MAB Continues Lawmaker Meetings

The MAB, with help from its members, continues its summer series of in-district congressional meetings.  The focus of the meetings is to update lawmakers on the status of the incentive spectrum auction, discuss co-sponsorship of the Local Radio Freedom Act and advocate for preserving ad tax deductability in any future tax reform legislation.

On August 3, we met with Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) at his Jackson office and on August 4th we met with Congressman Dan Kildee (D-5) at his office in Flint. The Congressmen both understand the value of local broadcasters to their communities.  Congressman Walberg is a co-signer of the Local Radio Freedom Act and Congressman Kildee is taking another look and we will hopefully have him as a co-signer soon.

(L-R) Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), Karole L. White (MAB President), Julie Koehn (President/GM, Lenawee Broadcasting Co.), Bruce Goldsen (President, Jackson Radio Works).
(L-R) Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), Karole L. White (MAB President), Julie Koehn (President/GM, Lenawee Broadcasting Co, Adrian.) and Bruce Goldsen (President, Jackson Radio Works, Jackson).
(L-R) Al Blinke (GM WNEM-TV), Karole L. White (MAB President), Congressman Dan Kildee (D-5), Jayne Hodak (News Director WJRT-TV), Chad Conklin (GM, Sinclair WEYI/WSMH-TV).
(L-R) Al Blinke (GM, WNEM-TV, Saginaw), Karole L. White (MAB President), Congressman Dan Kildee (D-5), Jayne Hodak (News Director WJRT-TV, Flint) and Chad Conklin (GM, Sinclair WEYI/WSMH-TV, Flint).

The regional in-district Congressional meetings are paramount for our industry advocacy. The NAB counts on the state broadcast associations to help with the grassroots lobbying in this way. This is why we need your support. When you are notified of a meeting with a Congressman, please make every effort to attend, and if you can’t attend in person, please appoint someone else from your staff to attend. The Congressmen want to meet with the broadcasters in their district, not the paid staff.  Both Radio and Television need to be represented at every meeting. Unfortunately, these meetings sometimes come up quickly. The MAB will try to give you as much advanced notice as possible.

These in-district meetings are longer and have more substance than those in Washington DC, where our lawmakers have to squeeze us in to a loaded schedule with barely enough time to say hello. These meetings should be a “must attend” by every broadcaster with a station in a particular Congressional district.

Thank you to everyone who has attended so far for making the Congressional in-district meetings a priority. If you have not had the opportunity to meet with your Congressman, we hope to see you at an in-district meeting in the future. You will be notified when meeting come up in the areas your signal covers.

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