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MSU & DPTV Announce Partnership

WKAR-TV (East Lansing) has announced a new partnership with Detroit Public Television on January 11.

“This collaboration gives us the opportunity to become a national model in providing quality educational content in public television,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It will provide opportunities consistent with our land-grant mission for unique partnerships that will lead to much broader outreach and engagement, both in Detroit and statewide, and a significant platform for faculty work and innovation across several colleges.”

According to DPTV’s press release:

One of the first initiatives will be a 24/7 children’s broadcast and online channel serving not only Detroit and Lansing but also the entire state. That initiative will build off DPTV’s Ready To Learn program, supported by a PBS grant. It focuses on engaging and strengthening early learning experiences for children ages 2-8 at home, in preschool and in other out-of-school settings.

Watch video of the press conference here.

WKAR Will NOT Participate in Spectrum Auction

According to Prabu David
, Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences
, “MSU will NOT participate in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.” David noted that WKAR had received hundreds of emails and social media postings regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, and that he and the WKAR staff were “truly touched” by all the support.

The FCC Spectrum Auction is happening in the Spring of 2016, and is meant to reallocate a portion of the spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile providers.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Sheralyn Ganz, Cumulus Media

Sheralyn GanzSheralyn Ganz
WWWW-FM, WQKL-FM, WLBY-FM, WTKA-FM

Sheralyn Ganz is the Traffic and Continuity Director at Cumulus Media in Ann Arbor, where she’s been for seven years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Sheralyn: Homemade macaroni and cheese.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Sheralyn: Crimson Curse, because she uses her magical powers to manipulate the elements of nature — a talent that would really come in handy to a resident of Michigan.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Sheralyn: Flexing my brain muscles, trying to beat my boyfriend in an epic board game battle.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with …
Sheralyn: Marc Maron.

Q5: Best advice you have ever gotten?
Sheralyn: “Every job you’ll ever work is a paid education.”

Click here to read other Traffic Director spotlights.

Unique Benefits of Your ABIP Inspection

Gehman doing an ABIP inspectionThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters maintains a formal agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to operate the ‘Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program’ (ABIP).

MAB’s ABIP grants unique benefits to radio and television stations that elect to participate and resolve their deficiencies. These stations earn a three-year MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance.

Not only does the MAB ABIP provide an independent, confidential written review of compliance with applicable FCC rules at your main studio and at each transmitter site, the program also provides expert recommendations and access to the MAB’s ABIP inspector, thereby enabling you to maintain the highest degree of operational compliance.

What if a violation inadvertently occurs and an FCC field agent appears at your studio location? Point out your MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance, follow the agent’s instructions to resolve the issue of note, and contact the MAB office to facilitate mitigation of the occurrence with the applicable FCC field office.

Now is the time for your station to join the 2016 MAB ABIP and earn the inherit benefits – and enjoy compliance peace of mind! Contact Ann Walters today at walters@michmab.com, or call (800) 968-7622 to request your ABIP contract.

Student Broadcast Awards deadline is January 29, 2016

2016 Student Broadcast Awards

The entry deadline for the student awards is fast approaching, so be sure to plan ahead and register in the online awards system.

The deadline for entries is Friday, January 29 at 3 P.M.

Visit the official Student Broadcast Awards website for complete rules, criteria, categories and online entry instructions. If you have any questions, contact the MAB Foundation office at mabf@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.

BEA Awards Deadline on February 12, 2016 at Noon

2015 Broadcast Excellence Awards

This year is off to a speedy start and we want to remind you that the Broadcast Excellence Awards deadline has changed for this year, allowing your station an additional month to prepare your entries!!!

This year’s BEA deadline is on Friday, February 12 at 12 P.M. (noon).

Please refer to the website HERE for all of your BEA information. If you have any questions regarding the Broadcast Excellence Awards, please contact Alisha Clack at awards@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.

NAB Disputes CCA’s Repack, Relocation Fund Facts

According to a report in Radio Business Report (RBR), the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) told the FCC that the 39-month timeline to repack television stations into their new channels and the $1.75 billion to compensate broadcasters for the move is enough time and money. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says that neither is true.

It is unclear how many television stations will take part in the auction – that is why the NAB is urging the commission to wait until after the auction to establish a repacking schedule. “Broadcasters should not be forced off the air if they are unable to make the transition to their new channels due to factors outside their control,” wrote NAB General Counsel and EVP Rick Kaplan in an ex parte notice filed with the FCC.

The NAB commissioned a technical study looking at the resources, costs and timeline for a nationwide repack. The study found that it could cost “substantially” more than the $1.75 billion set aside in relocation funds and take longer than the 39-months deadline.

GOP report slams FCC on open records

According to the GOP-led report released last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might be deliberately withholding public records. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report concluded that the FCC’s is either incompetent or intentionally misused redactions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold internal communication about its internet regulations.

“The agency either misunderstands how to use redactions, raising concerns of competency, or the agency intentionally misuses redactions, raising concerns of integrity,” according to the report. “Given the numerous examples in which the FCC improperly redacts information, this may be a deliberate tactic to withhold information from the public.”

The report concluded that the open records process is broken within the broader federal government. About a quarter of the report was dedicated to side-by-side comparisons of FCC documents, which were redacted when sent to journalists but provided in full to the committee.

Bill Would Make Manipulating Data a Felony

State employees who are caught manipulating data could be convicted of a felony under legislation state representative Phil Phelps (D-49) plans to introduce. The legislation is aimed at preventing government corruption by making it a felony for any state employee to knowingly manipulate data that would change the outcome of an official report. The felony would be punishable by up to five years in prison.

“As we began to comb through all of the facts surrounding Flint’s water crisis it was frightening to learn that there were very few laws on our books that protect the public from potential government abuse such as data manipulation,” Phelps said in a statement. Lawmaker stated that he plans to introduce the bill at the end of January after the House of Representatives resumes session.

New TV20 Station Host and On-Air Personality

Jessica LundyWMYD-TV (Detroit) held an open casting call in December for a new station host and on-air personality, and selected Jessica Lundy as their best candidate to represent TV20 in Detroit.

“Jessica’s personality and confidence jumped off the screen during all the auditions,” said General Manager, Mike Murri. “She brings the positive attitude we’re looking for to represent TV20 on all our platforms. We’re so excited that Jessica is part of the team.” Jessica began her new hosting role on January 11, 2016.