State of the State Broadcast is January 23

On January 23, 2018 at 7 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his final State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our TV members, the MAB will once again up-link the State of the State address live via satellite for all stations to use.

The feed will be a clean (unanchored) feed, in HD and closed-captioned. MABP stations will receive a seperate HD feed anchored by veteran State Capitol reporter Tim Skubick.

We encourage all radio and television stations to carry this program live on their main broadcast channel and/or digital channels. Its important that we show State government the value of broadcasting.

Airing the State of the State also goes a long way toward helping to influence lawmakers on the value of supporting a strong  Michigan broadcast media. The State of Michigan is one of the largest sponsors of public education programming, a major funding source of your association. We hope you will make the address as well as the Democratic response available.

Central Michigan University Television (WCMU-TV) has generously offered to once again uplink the address for MAB with their mobile uplink/production truck. The address will be on Galaxy 17 at 91 degrees west. More detailed satellite information to come. We will pre-feed the Democratic Response in two test periods prior to the live address, and again 90 seconds following the end of the Governor’s address.

And, after many requests last year, we will be happy to provide code to embed the State of the State broadcast on your websites, courtesy of WKAR-TV.  The embedded broadcast will  be closed-captioned and feature the Michigan public television broadcast hosted by Tim Skubick.

RADIO:  Radio stations are also encouraged to air the address.  The MAB will be providing an Internet feed of the hosted broadcast, details are pending.

Please complete this survey for us as soon as possible regarding your State of the State plans:


ON-SITE INFORMATION: It is important to note that due to State Capitol construction, parking on the streets surrounding the Capitol will not be available this year. Stations should be prepared to park vehicles, as available, on nearby streets.

Video/audio feeds from the House Floor will not be available as they’ve been in the past (again, due to Capitol construction). Stations should be prepared to use the MAB clean feed of the Governor’s address.

PRESS CREDENTIALS: Be aware the the Capitol Building will have increased security. Anyone entering the Capitol will be required to have special pre-apporved credentials, including news media. You may not get in if you just show up. Request credentials by contacting John Whetstone at (517) 373-5059 or cell: (517) 899-9671. Email: [email protected] . THIS MUST BE DONE IN ADVANCE – DEADLINE IS JANUARY 16, 2018. You will need a photo ID to pick up credentials; a press pass will not do.

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