Governor Gretchen Whitmer has moved the date of her first State of the State Address to February 12.
Whitmer was scheduled to deliver the speech on Tuesday, February 5. But US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced she would invite President Donald Trump to deliver his State of the Union address on the same day.
The MAB will offer a pool feed of the address, with feeds for both TV and radio. This is Governor Whitmer’s first State of the State address. The MAB TV feed will be unhosted, allowing your anchors to introduce and conclude the broadcast.
We encourage all TV stations to take the raw feed and carry the address live over the air and on your website if you can. The feed from the Capitol will be closed-captioned.
The MAB will be providing radio with anchored coverage from the Michigan Public Radio Network (produced by Michigan Radio). The radio broadcast will be 90 minutes in length; more format information will be released soon. The broadcast will be available to commercial stations via web stream on the MAB website.
We want to start off the term of the new Governor on the right track showing our commitment. We also hope you will carry the pre-recorded Republican response which will be fed before and after the address so you may record it and play it following the Governor’s address or at a more convenient time. Your audience will be interested in the Governor’s first State of the State address.
The administration will be looking for ways to fund their aggressive agenda in the new budget. We do not want a tax on services that includes advertising. Showing the administration the strength of the Michigan Broadcasting industry and our reach is vital to our advocacy efforts.
If you are unable to carry the State of the State Address on one of your channels, you may record and tape delay it to be played at a more convenient time. We are trying to get at least one TV and one radio station in each market to carry it live.
We will distribute to Television via Galaxy 17. Radio will be provided an Internet stream.
Stations interested in the broadcast who have not yet responded to a survey invite can state their interest here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TS2GNRH