Category Archives: July 2018

2018 MAB Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich.

AGENDA

I. Call to Order

II. Acceptance of the Anti-Trust Policy

III. Approval of Agenda

IV. Minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting

V. MAB New Building

VI. MAB Bylaw Change

Article III, Section 3 after the phrase, “not eligible to hold office for one year” place a comma and insert the following to complete the sentence:

Section 3. Term of Office: A full term of office of a director is three (3) years, not including any partial term of office served by reason of filling a vacant office. After serving two full terms or two full terms and any portion of an unexpired term, a director is not eligible to hold office for one year, “provided that the term of office as a director of any director who is elected to or re-elected to an Elective Office or as a Director at Large shall be extended to the extent necessary to coincide with the director’s term as an Elective Officer or Director at Large.“ Terms of office shall be staggered. The immediate Past Chairman shall serve for a one-year term, or until such time as a successor is named, immediately following his or her year as Chairman of the Association, regardless of the number of years served as a director.

VII. Treasurer’s Report

a. 2017 Audit

VIII. Membership Report

IX. Government Relations Report

X. Report of the Foundation

XI. Nominating Committee Report/Elections

XII. Adjournment

WCZY Holds ‘Hometown Showdown’

Stephan J. Wilson

On July 23, WCZY-FM (Mt. Pleasant) held its 10th Annual “Hometown Showdown” at the Isabella County Fairgrounds.  Eleven contestants competed for two $500 cash prizes in the talent contest.   Stephan J. Wilson, currently attending CMU, became the first ever “Grand Prize” winner, taking home  prizes from Audience Choice and Judges Choice categories.

Wilson won with his rendition of the Josh Groban song “You Raise Me Up.”

WPHM Goes Hyper-Local for Boat Races and Festival

WPHM’s Dennis Stuckey broadcasting dockside

Liggett Communication’s News-Talk-Sports WPHM-AM 1380 (Port Huron) once again provided start to finish coverage of the 94th annual Bell’s Beer Bayview Mackinac Race. The annual sailboat race starts in Port Huron and ends at Mackinac Island and is organized by Detroit’s Bayview Yacht Club. Coinciding with the race is the Blue Water Festival in Port Huron. Blue Water Fest kicked off Wednesday, July 11 with the Rotary International Day Parade in Downtown Port Huron.

WPHM Morning Show host Paul Miller anchored coverage of the event along with the Rotary Club’s Matt Wallace live from Downtown Port Huron with Program/News Director Caleb Gordon on the street interviewing parade participants. The following morning, Paul Miller hosted his show from Tio Gordo’s Cocina in Downtown Port Huron in the heart of Blue Water Fest. On Friday, July 13, personalities Paul Miller, Caleb Gordon and Dennis Stuckey provided 12 hours straight of all-local talk dockside along Black River during the festival. They were joined by yacht race officials, local governmental and business leaders, festival organizers, and race participants.

(left) WPHM’s Caleb Gordon with street level parade coverage. (right) WPHM’s Paul Miller and Ted Everingham on the starter boat
On race day Saturday, WPHM broadcast live from the starting line of the Mackinac race in lower Lake Huron. Sports Director Dennis Stuckey anchored coverage from the studio with WPHM’s Paul Miller and Bayview Yacht Club’s Ted Everingham live on the starting line boat. Due to lack of wind delays, it took over five hours for the all Mackinac boats to begin the race. Miller and Stuckey then headed north to Mackinac Island to broadcast their shows live from the Grand Hotel July 16-17 as boats crossed the finish line.

Gordon, WPHM Director of News and Programming , said “The Port Huron to Mackinac Yacht Race and the Blue Water Fest are the most anticipated events of the year for our community. Race participants, race fans, festival goers and the community as a whole trust WPHM to bring them the most in-depth coverage of both events. We are so thankful for our relationship with Bayview Yacht Club, Port Huron Yacht Club, the City of Port Huron and, of course, our sponsors who make our coverage possible.”

WPHM and it’s sister stations broadcast hourly reports of the race updated by Dennis Stuckey. These reports were also shared on the WPHM Radio Facebook page.

Detroit Journalism Cooperative Goes Digital with Gubernatorial Interviews

Hour-long interviews with six of the seven major party candidates for Michigan governor turned into dozens of on-air reports, YouTube video playlists and digital posts for the audiences of the multimedia Detroit Journalism Cooperative.

The candidate interviews included a representative from each outlet and a common set of questions developed to include issues in Michigan’s headlines and what voters are most wondering about, according to station surveys. Six of the seven Democratic and Republican candidates participated with Attorney General Bill Schuette declining to participate despite several requests.

DPTV hosted the taping and edited the videos into embeddable clips organized into playlists. Each outlet created its own content, based on platform and needs.

A consortium of nonprofit outlets originally formed to cover Detroit’s bankruptcy, the DJC has three broadcaster members – Detroit Public Television, Michigan Radio and WDET – and also includes Bridge Magazine, Chalkbeat Detroit and New Michigan Media, a partnership of five ethnic/minority newspapers. The DJC formed in 2014 with support from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

You can find links to all the work HERE.

WDIV-TV To Host Congressional Debate

WDIV-TVWDIV-TV/ClickOnDetroit and the 13th Congressional District Democratic Party Organization will host a debate with candidates for U.S. House of Representatives for the 13th congressional district at 8 p.m. on Thursday, August 2. The live event will be streamed on ClickOnDetroit.com.

The debate will originate from the WDIV-Local 4 studios in downtown Detroit. The participating candidates are State Senator Ian Conyers, former State Representative Shanelle Jackson, Detroit City Council president Brenda Jones, former State Representative Rashida Tlaib, Westland Mayor Bill Wild and State Senator Coleman Young II.

WDIV anchor and “Flashpoint” host Devin Scillian will moderate the debate as a special “Flashpoint” election event.

A special election will be held on November 6, which will be concurrent with the general election on the same date. The special election is for the last few months of former U.S. Representative John Conyers Jr’s term, filling the seat he vacated in December 2017.

No Republican candidates are running for the 13th congressional district in either the special election or general election, and therefore no Republican primary will be held. The winner of the special election that will be held at the same time as the general election will serve from November 2018 to January 2019.

Ian Conyers, Brenda Jones, Rashida Tlaib and Bill Wild are running in both elections.

Nathan Graham in as New PD for WDZH-FM

Nathan Graham

Nathan Graham has been named Program Director for Entercom’s WDZH-FM (Detroit).  Graham was previously APD and Music Director for 103.7 KISS FM (WXSS-FM) in Milwaukee. Prior to joining Entercom, Graham held on-air positions at KSPW in Springfield, MO and KMXV in Kansas City. He was recently awarded the Music Director of the Year Award at the 2018 Worldwide Radio Summit in Los Angeles.

“Nathan has cultivated strong leadership skills and a wealth of Top 40 format knowledge that we are confident will help propel 98.7 AMP Radio to new heights,” said Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President and Market Manager, Entercom Detroit. “We are proud to cultivate talent within the Entercom team and look forward to welcoming him to Detroit.”

“I want to thank Debbie Kenyon, Tim Roberts, Brian Kelly, and Pat Paxton for this incredible opportunity,” Graham added. “I’m very excited to join the already amazing team at WDZH and to connect with Detroit listeners.”

Graham will begin his new position on September 4.

Congress Considers 21-Day Requirement for FCC Proposals

The proposed FCC Transparency Act (H.R. 6422) would require the Commission to publish the texts of any proposed actions on its website at least 21-days ahead of a vote. Under the proposal, the chairman of the FCC would be allowed to make emergency exceptions to the 21 day rule if the publication of such a document is deemed confidential or classified. It would also allow carve outs if the document’s publication would impose an invasion of privacy or release sensitive data.

READI Act Introduced to Improve EAS

According to a report in RadioMagOnline.com, new legislation would require state emergency communications committees to update their emergency alert systems plan periodically.  The Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act was introduced by the Chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science & Transportation John Thune (R-SD).

The READI Act would:

  1. Eliminate the option to opt out of receiving certain federal alerts on mobile phones;
  2. Require active alerts issued by the president or FEMA to be repeated;
  3. Explore establishing a system to offer emergency alerts to streaming services like Netflix and Spotify;
  4. Encourage SECCs to review and update their State Emergency Alert System Plans periodically;
  5. Compel FEMA to create best practices for issuing alerts, avoiding false alerts and retracting false alerts, as well as for alert origination training and plans for officials to contact each other and federal officials during emergencies; and
  6. Establish a reporting system for false alerts, so the FCC can track when they occur and examine their causes.

Elections Bureau Recommends Approval of Minimum Wage, Paid Sick Time Proposals

The Department of State Bureau of Elections concluded that both the One Fair Wage proposal to increase the minimum wage and the MI Time to Care proposal to require employers to provide paid sick time had collected enough signatures to be passed to the Legislature.

The bureau rejected a variety of challenges to the minimum wage petitions, though noting that some of the challenges are still pending before the Court of Appeals.

The reports showed One Fair Wage had collected 283,544 valid signatures and MI Time to Care had collected 271,088. Each needed 252,523 valid signatures.

Moving FCC EEO Enforcement from the Media to the Enforcement Bureau – What Does It Mean?

David Oxenford - Color
David Oxenford

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

On July 24, The FCC adopted an order moving broadcast EEO enforcement from the FCC’s Media Bureau to its Enforcement Bureau. The change will be effective later, after certain procedural approvals are obtained and after notice is published in the Federal Register. As EEO enforcement is primarily aimed at broadcasters and cable companies, and has been part of the Media Bureau responsibilities since the Bureau existed, why was this change made and what does it mean?

The FCC makes clear in its order that the reason for the move is that the Enforcement Bureau is for better enforcement of the EEO rules. Specifically, the FCC said this about the transfer of authority from the Media Bureau to the Enforcement Bureau:

“The Enforcement Bureau’s staff has extensive experience conducting investigations and pursuing enforcement in a wide range of areas. They therefore are well positioned to provide assistance and guidance with EEO review, audit, and enforcement work. Further, the Enforcement Bureau has expertise in, and maintains tools and databases to aid with, the tracking of statutory deadlines, including those relevant to EEO audits and investigations, that the Media Bureau does not.”

Thus, broadcasters need to be ready for more rigorous enforcement of the EEO rules.

As is evident from recent FCC decisions fining broadcasters for EEO rule violations, while EEO compliance is somewhat simpler since last year’s decision allowing broadcasters to rely solely on online recruitment sources for their wide dissemination of information about job openings, the rules are still being enforced. While EEO enforcement can arise through complaints or FCC investigations, it is much more common for it to come up in three ways: (1) through EEO audits, (2) in connection with license renewal (which will begin its three-year cycle again next year), and, (3) to a lesser extent, through EEO model programs filed with applications for new stations and in connection with assignments and transfers. As two of those three sources of EEO enforcement are tied to Media Bureau applications, there will have to be cross-Bureau cooperation now in assessing the applications where these issues arise.

We will see how this all plays out in the future. But, for now, watch for the notices on the effective date of this change, and be sure to make sure that your EEO program complies with the FCC’s requirements as there is now a new cop on the beat.

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).

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