Category Archives: December 2016

MAB ABIP Inspector R. Dale Gehman Passes

dalegehman_275The MAB is sad to announce the passing of our longtime Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program inspector R. Dale Gehman.  Dale passed away November 22.  He was 59.

His family writes that after being diagnosed with cancer in 2007, he was blessed with a lot of good years since. Dale was most recently in Michigan in early October, conducting ABIP inspections on behalf of the MAB.  Dale apparently became ill again not long after and never recovered.

In addition to serving Michigan broadcasters, Dale conducted ABIP inspections in Indiana, Kentucky, New Jersey, Arizona and a number of other states.

Dale’s broadcast career started in 1970 during the glory days of live radio, spinning 45’s, pulling records for 30 minutes prior to going on air, making mandatory program logs entries, babysitting FM automation systems with freaky carousels, large auto reverse scully tape decks and carts machines galore.   He obtained the FCC 1st Class License with Radar Endorsement at age 16, later converting to a lifetime FCC General License.

During his extensive broadcast career, Dale has gone where few engineers have been with extensive experience in station ownership, management, sales and marketing, programming and even traffic and billing systems. He has served on the Alabama Broadcasters Association’s Board of Directors and on the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors.

Dale is survived by his wife of 34 years, Darlene; a son Mathew and daughters Sarah and Abigail, as well as three grandchildren.

Pay Dues Early and Save!

By: Karole L. White
Michigan Assocation of Broadcasters

A cartoon illustration of a Thanksgiving Turkey character.

If you are like many, the bird isn’t the only thing over the holidays that got stuffed. We all ate our fill. Now, its back to work where for the next month we will all try to sell as far into 2017 as we can.  Securing your annual contracts is
important, so you know what you have next year. That is important to the MAB as

The MAB membership is stuffed full of benefits for your whole team. We are laying out big plans for 2017, most of which are only available to members. We do not want you to come up with an empty plate. Use great programs from the MAB like: P1 Selling, Free Energy Audits, Broadcast Compliance Service for EEO and our wonderful Legal Help lines with the top communications and FCC attorneys in the nation, as your utensils for success.

Click here to see the list of MAB membership services and dues schedule or call the MAB at 800.968.7622.  Discounts available only until December 31.

NAB Files Lawsuit over Ownership Rules

According to a report by TVNewscheck, the National Assocation of Broadcasters (NAB) has filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging the FCC’s media ownership order as “arbitrary and capricious.” The organization challenged the FCC’s ruling in its required every-four-year review of its broadcast ownership rules, saying that “despite the obvious transformative changes in the media landscape in the decade since the commission’s last completed quadrennial review, the commission failed to take a fresh look at the broadcast ownership rules and to repeal or modify them in light of those changes.”

FCC Extends for 18 Months SAP Emergency Information Deadline

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David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP

The FCC released an order on November 16 giving TV stations an additional 18 months to comply with a requirement that emergency information conveyed to the TV audience during non-news programming in a visual or graphical manner (e.g. on-screen weather maps during entertainment programming) be converted to audio that is broadcast on the TV station’s SAP channel.

We wrote about the FCC’s request for comments on the extension here. If the extension had not been granted, those requirements would have kicked in this week. But, as broadcast groups and those representing the visually impaired agreed that there was no available technology to make this conversion of graphics to speech, an 18 month extension of the obligation was appropriate. Thus, broadcasters have more time to comply with this requirement (though the obligation to convert text carried in non-news programming – like emergency crawls – to speech broadcast on the SAP channel is already in effect for all TV stations (see our articles here and here).

The waiver extension is subject to the condition that NAB and the other petitioners provide a status report to the FCC on efforts to develop a technical solution by November 22, 2017.

David Oxenford is MAB’s Washington Legal Counsel and provides members with answers to their legal questions with the MAB Legal Hotline.  Access information here. (Members only access).

There are no additional costs for the call; the advice is free as part of your membership.

House GOP Leaders to FCC: No New Votes until New Administration

The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Communications and Technology Subcommittee Chairman Greg Walden (R-OR) sent a letter to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler asking the Commission to hold off on votes on the controversial items until the new administration is in place.

The letter states, “The most important challenge for the Commission over the next ten weeks is to ensure a successful broadcast incentive auction. The successful completion of the auction will provide needed spectrum to meet America’s wireless broadband needs and ensure that Americans continue to enjoy the local news and national programming broadcasters provide. As Representative Henry Waxman (D-CA) and Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) noted during the 2008 Presidential transition, it would be counterproductive for the FCC to consider complex and controversial items that the new Congress and new Administration will have an interest in reviewing. We strongly urge you to concentrate the Commission’s attention and resources only on matters that require action under the law and efforts to foster the success of the broadcast incentive auction.”

Court Stops DOL Overtime Regulations from Going Forward

A U.S. District Court in Texas issued a preliminary injunction preventing the Department of Labor from implementing and enforcing its new overtime regulation that was set to go into effect December 1. The regulation would have raised the salary and compensation level needed for white collar workers to be exempt from being paid overtime to $47,476 ($913 a week). The previous salary level was $455 a week or $23,660 annually.

The court concluded that the DOL’s salary level under the rule was “without statutory authority” and that the court has the authority to “enjoin the final rule on a nationwide basis.” For more on the court’s ruling, please click here for a legal advisory from Pillsbury Withrop Shaw Pittman LLP

MAB Board Profile: Peter Tanz

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MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors.

This week’s profile is Peter Tanz.   Peter is Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, a family broadcasting company with radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Peter has been on the MAB Board of Directors since 2012, has served as Treasurer and is currently Vice-Chairman/Chairman Elect.  He has chaired several MAB committees and is valued by his peers.  Peter has also served on the MAB Foundation Board.

Peter joined Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed stations in
Wausau, WI; and Lincoln and Omaha, NE before coming to Michigan in 1995.

In Michigan, he works with Midwest’s 14 stations in Battle Creek, Coldwater, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

Peter is involved with many community organizations and is past chair of the Coldwater and Kalamazoo Chambers of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Visitor and Convention Bureau.