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Speaker line-up announced for Next-Gen TV Summit

With the first group of U.S. stations now “on-air” with ATSC 3.0 and with Spectrum Repack planning well underway, local station General Managers and Engineering personnel need to know how the upcoming transition to Next-Generation ATSC 3.0 TV transmission will affect their advertising offerings and engineering plans. Broadcaster Associations throughout the Midwest are pooling resources to present this event targeted to local stations who need to get ready for the transition to Internet Protocol-enabled broadcast TV.

Location: Marriott Columbus Northwest in Columbus, Ohio. Hotel sleeping room rate = $143/night. Click here to register now!

Wednesday, June 27

3:00 p.m.
“Start at the Beginning with ATSC 3.0: An Overview of
Television’s Next Big Leap”
— Rich Chernock, Triveni Digital (Past Chair, ATSC Technology Group 3)
— Skip Pizzi, Vice President, Technology Education & Outreach,
National Association of Broadcasters

5:15 p.m.
Bus transportation begins to evening reception in Hilliard, OH (10-minute bus ride) at the Early Television Museum, sponsored by LG Electronics. Bus service back to the hotel continues until 7:30 p.m..

Thursday, June 28

8:30 a.m.
Welcome

8:35 a.m.
Cleveland Test Station Update: Starting Place for ATSC 3.0 Broadcasts
— Lynn Claudy, Sr. VP of Technology, National Association of Broadcasters

“Deployment Details: An ATSC 3.0 Plan for General Managers and Engineers”
Panel Discussion
• Moderator Myra Moore, Digital Tech Consulting
• Joseph Seccia, GatesAir
• Jeff Andrew, Osborn Engineering
• Greg Martin, Rohde & Schwarz USA, Inc.
• Lisa Hobbs, Ericsson Media Solutions

“Building New Revenue with NextGen TV and SFN Deployment”
— Jerald Fritz, Executive VP, OneMedia

“Monetizing ATSC 3.0 with Personalized Advertising and Viewership Data from Next-Gen TV”
Panel Discussion
• Moderator Glen Dickson, TVNewsCheck.com
• Marc Hand, Public Media Venture Group
• Brad Seitter, TVB
• Jason Patton, Verance

12 p.m.
Luncheon

“Better Television: First Market Phoenix, Arizona”
— Ray Thurber, Vice President of Engineering, The E.W. Scripps Company

“Alert & Aware with AWARN Emergency Alerting”
— John Lawson, AWARN Alliance

“The Consumer’s Appetite for New Technology”
— Stephen Baker, NPD Group

“All Eyes on the Viewer & the Evolution of Television”
— Tim Hanlon, The Vertere Group

4:15 p.m.
Conclusions & Dismissal

ABIP Training Day will be Offered June 14

The MAB is looking for a qualified individual to conduct Alternative Broadcast Inspections for our members (learn more here) and will offer a special one-day ABIP training session for interested individuals. A day-long ABIP training session will be offered on June 14, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2710 Lake Lansing Rd., near the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing.
While the training is geared toward interested applicants, the MAB has opened the session to all who want to learn more about the ABIP inspection process. 
Dennis Baldridge, Baldridge Communications, LLC, a respected 35 year broadcast veteran, will conduct the training. Mr. Baldridge is a Senior Member of the SBE and holds the following certifications: CPBE, CBNT, AMD Specialist, 8-VSB Specialist, and DRB Specialist. Baldridge holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB). As owner of Baldridge Communications, LLC, he works as a contract engineer and has also authored several articles for Radio Guide.
A small non-refundable $40 fee will be charged to off-set the trainer’s travel expenses. Space is limited to the first 30 participants.
Whether you are interested in becoming our official MAB ABIP inspector or just want to learn more information about performing your own self-inspections, this training a great opportunity to further develop your skills and expertise that are so vital to the our broadcast industry.
Itinerary for June 14 Training Day:
8:30 a.m. – Meet for Continental Breakfast at Courtyard by Marriott, Lansing
9:00 a.m. – Training begins
12:30 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own (several options in the area)
1:30 p.m. – Meet at a Local Station (TBD) for a hands-on inspection
If you are interested in this special training opportunity, act now. Only 30 seats are available and will be reserved on a first-come basis. Click here to register now.
If you have and questions, contact Ann Walters 1-800-968-7622 or or email walters@michmab.com.

Are you sure you haven’t paid too much in sales tax?

It’s tax season. Have you taken advantage of all your available sales tax refunds?  You can go back seven years for a refund if you have paid too much in sales tax.  MAB Tax Consultants maybe able to help you get a sales tax refund and save money going forward.

Any equipment that is used in the origination and integration of the broadcast signal does not require that you pay sales tax.  This includes studio lighting, studio equipment, production equipment including certain computers, electric energy, some phone lines.  The Energy Audit cost you nothing to find out if you qualify.  MAB Consultant Don Johns from EnStar only get paid out of your refund.  You get money back now and a savings going forward on certain reoccurring equipment bills.

Broadcasters qualify for the “Manufacturing Tax Exemption” and you have this in Michigan.  Call the MAB at 1-800-YOUR-MAB for a free review to see if your station’s qualifies.

MAB, EnStar Partner to Earn Energy Rebates For Broadcasters

You may be able to get a refund from your energy company if the new equipment that you plan to purchase or have purchased within a year saves energy.  Knowing that many of you will be need to purchase a new transmitter as part of the repack and the equipment  will most likely be more energy efficient than the ones that you have, MAB is filing with local energy companies to create a special category for broadcasters to receive cash back.

You already pay into this account as a surcharge on you electric energy bill, everyone does.  Electric Energy companies are required to place the money into a special account and use it to provide refunds and incentives for energy conservation. These incentives will help the energy companies to reach their declared energy reduction plans. You pay into the energy fund on you bill, so why not try to get a little back.

Call the MAB at 1-800-YOUR-MAB and we will set you up with our Energy Consultant Don Johns, EnStar Energy.  Don is an expert on all things energy and he can help you traverse the paperwork to see if you qualify. Nothing Ventured Nothing Gained

MAB on the Road Hosting “Snack & Learns”

MAB at Entercom/Detroit on April 11.

T​he MAB staff has been hitting the road and visiting with stations across the state!  During the visit, MAB discusses all the services provided to members!​

Contact ​Jacquelen Timm  today to ​ schedule a Snack and Learn with the MAB!

​Upcoming Snack and Learns will be held at:
  • iHeart Media, Detroit
  • ​WOOD-TV Grand Rapids
  • WLNS & WLAJ-TV,  Lansing
  • Townsquare Media, Lansing

Your MAB in 2 Minutes

The MAB is testing a new communications service that will go out the last Monday of every month.  “Your MAB 2 Minute Update” is an effort to reach the goal set by members and the MAB board in their strategic plan launched last year to apply the most advanced modern technology to disseminate MAB communications and information to our members.  Please Let us know how you like it and what you’d like us to covered in our brief 2 minute updates.

The purpose is to give you the issue highlights on a monthly basis and occasional industry interviews in a brief fast paced media that will allow you to access it on your many devices.  Even when you can’t stop and read the Newsletter, you can listen or watch the “MAB 2 Minute Update.”  Our surveys show that many of our members rely first on the MAB for their industry information.

We can’t cover everything in two minutes, but we can remind you of what you need to know and then point you to the MAB website for more in depth information when you have more time.  MAB members may go to MichMAB.com click on Advocacy for for more industry-related  information, including topics highlighted in”Your MAB 2 Minute Update”

Thank you to Lila Lazarus, Lila Productions LLC for her help and assistance in putting together this new communications effort. 

Be sure to watch for “Your MAB 2 Minute Update” in your inbox next week. 

MAB Partners with Dennis Baldridge for 2018 ABIP

The MAB has partnered with broadcast engineering veteran Dennis Baldridge to conduct its Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) in 2018.

The MAB offers ABIP through a  unique partnership between the with the FCC. Participating stations are able to receive a three-year exemption from routine FCC inspections.  Once any deficiencies noted in the MAB ABIP Report are resolved, a copy of the three-year ABIP Certification granted to the station will also be provided to the FCC.

Dennis Baldridge

Dennis has been working in the field of broadcasting for over 35 years.  He is a Senior Member of the SBE and holds the following certifications:  CPBE, CBNT, AMD Specialist, 8-VSB Specialist, and DRB Specialist.  Baldridge holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB).

Dennis is a member of the SBE’s education committee, Technical Presenters group and has conducted many webinars as part of SBE’s educational efforts. He was the 2013 recipient of the James C. Wulliman SBE Educator of the Year award.  He holds a M.A.E and has taught science courses for Upper Iowa University.  As owner of Baldridge Communications, LLC, he works as a contract engineer and has also authored several articles for Radio Guide.   In 2017, he presented an 8 part webinar for the SBE titled RF101.

Since 2006, Baldridge has been an inspector for the Alternate Inspection Program of the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association.  He travels to radio stations throughout the state, verifying their substantial compliance to the FCC rules according to the FCC’s Self-Inspection Checklists.  Personal goals include educating broadcasters to help them understand the FCC requirements.

Not only is Dennis a well-respected broadcast engineer, but also a proficient musician. He holds a PhD in music, plays piano, trombone and harp and is a choral conductor.

Participation in the MAB Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program is voluntary and is open to all broadcast stations throughout Michigan.  Note that MAB membership is not a requirement to participate; however a non-member rate will apply.

2018 ABIP inspections are now being scheduled. Contact Ann Walters at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or download the no-cost, no-obligation ABIP contract request form and return it to walters@michmab.com.

 

MAB Snack ‘N’ Learns Are Coming to YOU!

From left to right: MAB Government Affairs Director Elena Palombo, Beasley Media Group VP/Market Manager Mac Edwards, MAB President/CEO Karole L. White and MAB Director of Education and Development Jacquelen Timm.

The MAB Staff is out and about sharing about the virtues of association membership with MAB members and their employees. Several stations have already hosted the MAB in 2018 and we are now booking Snack ‘N’ Learns for the for the second week in March.

Staff members at Beasley Media Group in Detroit are ready to Snack ‘N’ Learn with the MAB.

“With the turn over at stations, we can no longer assume that all members know the many services of the MAB;  we are taking our show on the road,” said MAB President/CEO Karole L. White. “MAB staff members will come directly to your station. We set up in your board room, break room, conference room or hall and share about the many benefits of MAB membership with your employees as they come by. We answer questions and we bring snacks. The casual drop-in, meet-and-greets have been very successful so far.”

Staff members at Midwest Communications in Lansing gather to Snack ‘N’ Learn with the MAB.

“We’ve learned a lot in just the first few Snack ‘N’ Learns. It has given us an opportunity to meet with many of our general managers and staffs that we might not get to know otherwise. We discuss the issues that are important to members and have met really great people.”

White said the MAB plans to host as many as to two Snack ‘N’ Learns a day, going on the road  two or three days a week following the Great Lakes Media Show. We hope to visit every station or station group by years end.

Contact Jacquelen Timm at 1-800-YOUR-MAB to book your station’s Snack’N’ Learn.

2018 Will be a Great Year to be Part of the MAB

Happy New Year … 2018 is quickly approaching. There are many exciting things in store here at the MAB.

The Great Lakes Media Show will be held March 6 and 7 and host dynamic exhibitors, speakers and sessions to address new challenges facing broadcasters as they evolve into multi-media platforms.  We also will be launching a new website and member CRM, giving members the ability to interact easily through the MAB.

Dues and invoice renewals have been sent to every station for 2018. At this time, more than 39 percent have taken advantage of the early payment discount.  If your station has not paid the 2018 modest dues investment, you have until December 31 to get the discount. We offer many programs and services reaching every employee at your station, most of them are free!  Be certain to take advantage of your MAB membership.

New membership cards are being sent along with a 2018 window cling.  You can proudly display the cling on office doors and windows or on station vehicle windows.  You are the MAB!

To find out more about the MAB services offered, contact Denise Weston or Sara Siegmann at 1-800-YOUR MAB (1-800-968-7622).

2017 State of the State Broadcast Information

wcmu-1_300On Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 7:00 p.m., Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his annual State of the State address to Michigan citizens. In response to a survey of our members, the MAB will provide live feeds for commercial TV and radio to use.

TV: MAB will uplink the State of the State address for commercial television. The feed will be a clean (unanchored) feed, in HD and closed-captioned. House TV may be including a signer for the hard of hearing on the video feed.

Central Michigan University Television (WCMU-TV) will once again uplink the event for MAB with their mobile uplink/production truck.

TV Satellite Information:

2017 Michigan State of the State Address
January 17, 2017, Tuesday

All Times Eastern Standard Time:

TEST PERIOD 1400 – 1430
TEST PERIOD 1830 – 1900
PROGRAM 1900 – 2000 *APPROXIMATE OUT

Our plan, as in years past, is to prefeed the Democratic Party response during the test periods, and again exactly 90 seconds following the Governor’s address (90 seconds after we fade to black).

Transponder time is booked until 2030.

CLEAN FEED/POOL FEED:

Coordinates: G16/24K 99 degrees
Downlink: 12189.0000 Vertical

Data rate: 19,392,658
FEC: 3 / 4
Symbol rate: 14,028,731
Modulation: QPSK
MPEG-2 Profile: 4:2:0

The feed will be closed captioned.
Video is 1080i @ 59.94 Hz field rate. (29.97 Hz frame rate).
Video encoding is CBR 17.5 Mbps MPEG-2, open GOP-12, PID 0x31.
MPEG program number is 3.
Main Program Audio is in 5.1 Dolby Digital (AC3) at 384 Kbps on PID 0x34.
Main Program Audio is in 2.0 Dolby Digital (AC3) at 384bps on PID 0x35.
Main Program Audio is in 2.0 MPEG encoding at 192Kbps on PID 0x36.
5.1 audio is up-converted

RADIO: MAB will provide a radio feed for members.

This year, through the cooperation of Michigan’s Public Radio Broadcasters, the MAB is offering Michigan Public Radio Network’s (MPRN) State of the State coverage to commercial broadcasters.

The MPRN Capitol Bureau staff, along with reporters from Michigan Public Radio stations will provide a 90-minute hosted broadcast from 7 to 8:30pm.

Commercial stations that wish to use this must air the following announcement before and after the broadcast: “Broadcast of the Governor’s State of State address is provided by Michigan Public Radio Network and this station.”

Commercial stations may pick up the feed off-air from their area FM public radio station for rebroadcast. A complete list of public radio stations airing the MPRN State of the State Broadcast is listed below.

The feed (via WKAR-FM/East Lansing) will also be available via Internet on the MAB website: www.michmab.com.

Public Radio Stations Airing MPRN Feed

Alpena – WCML-FM 91.7
Ann Arbor – WUOM-FM 91.7
Detroit – WDET-FM 101.9
East Lansing – WKAR-FM 90.5
Flint – WFUM-FM 91.1
Grand Rapids – WGVU-FM 88.5
Grand Rapids – WVGR-FM 104.1
Harbor Springs WCMW-FM 96.9
Harbor Springs WHBP-FM 90.1
Kalamazoo WMUK-FM 102.1
Manistee WLMN-FM 89.7
Marquette WNMU-FM 90.1
Mt. Pleasant WNMU-FM 89.5
Muskegon WGVS-FM 95.3
Oscoda WCMB-FM 95.7
Sault Ste. Marie WCMZ-FM 98.3
Standish WWCM-FM 96.9
Traverse City WICA-FM 91.5

This list may be updated…..please check www.michmab.com for the latest.

We encourage you to carry this program live on as many of your stations as possible, to stream it on your website and to promote to your audience that you will make both it, and the Democratic response available.

ON-SITE INFORMATION: For those stations sending trucks and/or reporters, be aware that the Capitol Building will have increased security. Anyone entering the Capitol will be required to have special credentials, including news media. You may request credentials by contacting John Whetstone at (517) 373-5059 or cell: (517) 899-9671. Email: jwhetstone@house.mi.gov. THIS MUST BE DONE IN ADVANCE – DEADLINE IS JANUARY 13, 2017. You will need a photo ID to pick up credentials; a press pass will not do.

TRUCK PARKING: If you will be bringing your own truck/van, you will need to arrange on-street parking adjacent to the Capitol through City of Lansing Parking Services: (517) 483-4240 or parking@lansingmi.gov.

No cameras will be allowed in the House Chambers. The video feed will be provided by House TV. A video feed connection is available on-site for those stations who might be sending their own truck. For more information on the video (or audio) feed, contact Dave Smith, Media Operations Manager, at (517) 373-7438.