MAB Meets with Lawmakers During Congressional Recess

L-R: Chris Warren (Midwestern Broadcasting Co.) Elena Palombo (MAB), Trish MacDonald-Garber (MacDonald-Garber Broadcasting), Stephen Marks (Stephen A. Marks Group), Congressman Jack Bergman (R-1), Pete Iacobelli (Heritage Broadcasting), Kevin Dunaway (Heritage Broadcasting), Sheryl Coyne (Blarney Stone Broadcasting, Inc.)

Last week, the MAB held a series of congressional meetings across the state. We want to thank all of our members who joined us for these important meetings – we appreciate your time and your grassroots advocacy on behalf of the MAB and our industry!

The focus of these meetings was to advocate on behalf of Michigan broadcasters regarding:

  • the post-spectrum auction repack and the need for additional funding and deadline extension beyond the 39 months to ensure that all the stations moving to a new channel are made whole in the repack;
  • the MAB’s opposition to the performance tax and our support for the Local Radio Freedom Act; and
  • the need to preserve deductibility of advertising as ordinary and necessary business expenses in any future tax reform proposals.
L-R: Brad Lanser (Lanser Broadcasting Corp) Dan Boers (WOOD-TV), Julie Brinks (WOOD-TV), Congressman Bill Huizenga (R-2), Janet Mason (WZZM-TV), Kim Krause (WXMI-TV), Jeff Scarpelli (Big Rapids Radio Network)
L-R: Julie Brinks (WOOD-TV), Dan Boers (WOOD-TV), Rhonda Reeser (WXMI-TV), Congressman Justin Amash (R-3), Elena Palombo (MAB) and Tim Feagan (iHeartRadio Grand Rapids)
L-R: Elena Palombo (MAB), Gary Baxter (WSYM-TV), Karole White (MAB), Congressman John Moolenaar (R-4), Al Blinke (WNEM-TV) and Jacquelen Timm (MAB)
L-R: Bruce Goldsen (Jackson Radio Works), Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), Karole White (MAB) and Mike King (WILX-TV)
L-R: Mike Renda (WJBK-TV), Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12), Karole White (MAB), Elena Palombo (MAB), Marla Drutz (WDIV-TV), Mike Murri (WXYZ-TV) and Rob Davidek (CBS Radio Detroit)

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