Category Archives: June 2017

Time is Running Out for AMC-8

Photo courtesy of Eric Send, WTCM-AM/FM (Traverse City)

Radio stations airing programming from any of the major network suppliers only have until June 30 to shift their satellite dishes from AMC-8 to the new AMC-18 satellite, at 105 degrees West latitude.

AMC-8, at 139 degrees West Longitude has exceeded its design life and is not being replaced by an equivalent satellite at the 139 position.   This affects users of programming from Learfield, Premiere, Skyview Networks, Westwood and Orbital Media Networks/OMNi. (OMNi was known as Clear Channel Satellite Services until Satellite Holdings acquired it in January 2015.)

Stations are encouraged to shift their dishes as soon as possible to avoid signal interruptions in the event of unanticipated difficulties in pointing their dishes to the new satellite.  All content from the the suppliers noted above is already available on the new AMC-18 bird.

There’s a list of satellite vendors, a list of frequencies and more at the AMC-8 Migration page here. Stations who need help to re-aim their dishes can search for it here.

Advocacy Conference Speaker Lineup!

The MAB has announced the speaker lineup for this year’s Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held August 22-23 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

MAB members will hear policy and advocacy updates as well as attend the MAB Annual Meeting. The evening activities include the banquet, featuring the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductions, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

Rob Elhenicky
Partner and MAB Lobbyist
Kelley Cawthorne

Ed Fernandez
VP/Divisional General Manager
E.W. Scripps

Rick Kaplan
General Counsel and Executive VP,
Legal and Regulatory Affairs,
National Association of Broadcasters

David Oxenford
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

John D. Pirich
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP

Register NOW and Save: Registration

Early-Bird Registration (before 7/31/17)
Member-Full Conference $140
Member- Annual Business Meeting &
Sessions Only $0
Member- Reception/Banquet Only $140
Non-Member- Full Conference $170
Non-Member- Reception/Banquet Only $170
MABF Golf Scramble Fundraiser $150

Hotel Room Discount Deadline: July 21

The MAB has secured a discounted group room rate at Crystal Mountain Resort. Part of the charm of this location is the variety of lodging room types available. Click here for a description of the rooms.

Reserve your discounted room at Crystal Mountain by calling the Reservations Department at 855-520-2974 or by clicking here.

See the schedule of events here: Schedule

Questions? Contact Jennifer at

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the MAB Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, to be honored Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Marla Drutz

This year’s Lifetime Achievement honor goes to Marla Drutz, Vice-President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Drutz has held her current position since July 28, 2008. Under her leadership, WDIV Local 4 has strengthened its dominance both on-air and online. The station has the top-rated/most watched newscasts and is Metro Detroit’s number one media website. Drutz has also bolstered a strong commitment to outstanding community service.

Local 4 News has consistently remained the #1 newscast at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in Nielsen household ratings for the Detroit television market and Local 4 News at 11 p.m. has maintained the title of highest-rated newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 11 markets nationwide. In addition, the Local 4 News team has been presented with three highly coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA for news coverage. Drutz is most proud of WDIV’s 2011 Service To America Award. The prestigious national honor presented by the National Association of Broadcasters recognizes the station’s commitment to outstanding community service.

Prior to joining WDIV, Drutz worked at the E.W. Scripps Company and WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as the Director of Programming. Earlier in her career, she was the Marketing Director at WJBK-TV (Detroit). Drutz began her career as a research analyst at WJW in Cleveland.

Throughout her career in broadcasting, Drutz has received numerous professional awards including Emmy Awards, first-place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a “Top Woman in Management” Award from the Detroit Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She has been honored as a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Top Businesswomen.

A graduate of Leadership Detroit XIII, Drutz is a member of the NBC Affiliate Board of Directors, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) and The Adcraft Club of Detroit. She serves on the executive board of the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is a board member of The United Way, The Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Detroit and Oakland Family Services.

Drutz holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in journalism and communication.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Celebrate these legendary broadcasters by attending the Awards Banquet, Tuesday, August 22 during the MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.  Take advantage of early-bird discounts now.  Registration and lodging information available here.

Can’t Attend? You can still be there in spirit with a congratulatory ad in the banquet program. Full page are $200, Half page are $150. Contact Crysta for more info at 517-484-7444 or [email protected]. Click here for more information.