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Peter Tanz Elected Chair of the MAB

Peter Tanz

Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, was elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s annual business meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. 

Tanz becomes the 72nd chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents nearly 300 radio and television stations and about 4,000 individual broadcasting industry employees across the state of Michigan.
Tanz joined Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisc, as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed the company’s stations in Wausau, Wisc., Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., before moving to Michigan in 1995 when Midwest purchased 4 stations from Tri-State Broadcasting. Today, Midwest Communications operates 14 stations in southwest Michigan and Lansing.
As Senior Vice President, Peter works with market management at more than 70 radio stations owned by Midwest.
Peter is a member of the MAB Foundation Board and has chaired several MAB committees. He 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.
Also elected to the MAB Board of Directors executive committee are: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Gary Baxter, WSYM-TV, Lansing; Secretary/Treasurer Zoe Burdine-Fly, Townsquare Media, Lansing/Flint; At-Large Director Stephen Marks, Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corp., Alpena, and Immediate Past Chair Debbie Kenyon, CBS Radio, Detroit.

See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.

Townsquare Announces Multi-Year Radio Broadcast Partnership with Flint Firebirds Hockey Club

On August 21, the Flint Firebirds Hockey Club, in conjunction with Townsquare Media, announced a new multi-year partnership, making WQUS-FM (US 103.1 FM) the exclusive flagship radio station for Firebirds’ games. Additionally, Townsquare Media’s sister station, WWBN-FM (Banana 101.5 FM) will carry the Firebirds Coach’s Show every other week on Tuesday nights from 6 to 7 p.m. at a location to be announced.

The multi-year deal with Townsquare Media will bring Firebirds’ hockey live to the FM radio dial for all regular season home and away games, including two games from the Buffalo Pre-Season Showcase and OHL playoff games, on 103.1 FM WQUS. The broadcast agreement includes extended pre-game and post-game shows before and after every game, giving fans the most coverage of Flint Firebirds Hockey all season long.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to partner with the Flint Firebirds. Our community loves Flint hockey and we are proud to be airing the games and hosting this year’s coach’s show. Here’s to a great season,” said Townsquare Media Market President Zoe Burdine-Fly in a statement.

In his 10th season broadcasting hockey games and third with the Flint Firebirds, play-by-play announcer Dominic Hennig will call the game action all season long for Firebirds’ fans on the radio on 103.1 FM WQUS, online on the “OHL Live” video stream and on television province-wide throughout Ontario on the OHL Action Pak. Hennig will also co-host the bi-weekly coach’s show on Banana 101.5 FM on Tuesday night’s from 6-7 p.m. with Townsquare Media radio personality, Maggie Meadows.

Trudi Daniels Joins WGFM/WGFE

All-Access reports that Black Diamond Broadcasting rock simulcast stations WGFM-FM (Cheboygan-Traverser City) and WGFE-FM (Glen Arbor) have added former WRIF personality Trudi Daniels to the station’s lineup.

Daniels was a familiar voice on Detroit rock stations for the past 25 years. She was a part of the Drew and Mike Show on WRIF for 22 years and spent three years as the morning host on WCSX-FM.

Daniels told All Access, “I started listening to Rock 105 and 95.5 driving up north for weekends and wished I could get it all time, everywhere in Michigan.  So much great rock I hadn’t heard in years and new music too.”

Black Diamond Broadcasting co-owner Norm McKee said, “We’re excited to have Trudi join the Black Diamond and Rock 105 and 95.5 team.  We, and all of northern Michigan are lucky to have such a talented professional on our air. She’s passionate about Northern Michigan, and most importantly, about Rock 105 and 95.5.”

Daniels takes over the mid-day airshift, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

FCC Releases New EAS Guide

To help small businesses, nonprofits and small governmental jurisdictions comply with its latest EAS rules, the Federal Communications Commission has released the “Small Entity Compliance Guide Review of the Emergency Alert System.”

The guide is available here.

Last year, the commission adopted an order resolving a petition filed years before by the Independent Spanish Broadcasters Association, Office of Communication of the United Church of Christ Inc. and Minority Media and Telecommunications Council. It revised Part 11 EAS regulations to establish certain reporting requirements applicable to EAS participants, including radio stations, and to State Emergency Communications Committees.

By Nov. 6, 2017, EAS participants must now share:
A description of actions they have taken to EAS alert content available in languages other than English to its non-English speaking audience(s).

A description of any future actions planned by the participant, in consultation with state and local emergency authorities, to provide EAS alerts in languages other than English to its non-English speaking audience(s), along with an explanation for the decision to plan or not plan such actions.

Also, by May 4, 2018, SECCs must provide a summary of such information received from EAS participants as an amendment to included in their State EAS Plans.

It also said that within 60 days, EAS participants have to report any notable changes to information reported earlier, writing to their respective SECCs and chief of the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. These will then be considered amendments to the State EAS Plans.

And the commission encouraged participants to provide SECCs with further information such as state-specific demographics on languages spoken and identification of resources used or necessary to originate current or proposed multilingual EAS alert content, as well as pilot projects or other initiatives that involve translation technologies or other approaches to providing non-English alerts and emergency information.

Michigan’s SECC will be surveying EAS participants in the state, including radio, television and cable participants gather this information.

Reminder: ETRS Form One Registration Due Monday

Lauren Lynch Flick

By Lauren Lynch Flick,
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

The FCC and FEMA have established September 27, 2017 as the date for the next nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS). Like last year’s test, all EAS participants must file Form 1 a month before the test. The Form 1 has been modified, however, requiring information that was not requested previously. In addition, the FCC’s Emergency Test Reporting System (ETRS) has been revamped so that prior log in codes do not work and the system’s functionality is now unfamiliar to prior users. As a result, while the Form 1 is technically due next Monday, August 28, anyone who has not yet started the filing process should begin immediately and aim to finish the process this week.

Abandoning the ETRS log in system from the prior test, the ETRS now relies on log in information from an entirely separate FCC database, the Commission Registration System (CORES). Therefore, the first step in filing the Form 1 in the ETRS is the rather unintuitive step of establishing an FCC Username and Password in the CORES. While this step might be simple enough in and of itself, it is important to understand that the CORES system confers control of the licensee’s Federal Registration Number (FRN) on the first person to lay claim to it.

Many broadcasters only know the FRN as the number they have to frantically search for every September when paying their Annual Regulatory Fees. But the FRN and password are increasingly used as the log in for many of the FCC’s other filing systems such as the new Licensing Management System that TV stations use for most application filings, the Universal Licensing System which is the licensing system for stations’ wireless facilities like broadcast auxiliaries and business radios, the International Bureau’s filing system for stations’ earth station facilities, and even an alternate log in for the new Online Public Inspection File. Therefore, every station owner should establish a CORES Username and Password or have their lawyer do so on their behalf, and then claim the role of “Admin” of their FRN, even if someone else will be making their ETRS filings.

Once the licensee has claimed the Admin role for the station’s FRN, the person making the ETRS filings for the station must establish a CORES Username and Password for themselves and request that the FRN Admin associate the licensee’s FRN with their account. Only once all those steps are complete will the person making the ETRS filings be able to even draft the Form 1.

To reach the Form 1, filers should log into the ETRS using their own CORES Username and Password. A message may appear at the top of the page upon logging in saying that no FRNs are associated with the account. If you think you have in fact associated the FRN with the account, proceed with drafting the Form 1, as the FRN may appear in the pull down menu despite that message.

Information about the station’s transmitter location, EAS equipment, and stations monitored will prefill from the Form 1 filed for the last nationwide test. This year, stations must also provide the location of their EAS receivers. The FCC is requesting this information to be able to map where signals are received and sent so that it can better understand any communications breakdowns. Also new this year, stations will see an instruction to file a separate Form 1 for each encoder, decoder or combination unit. It is likely that most broadcasters have a combination unit and therefore only need to file one Form 1. However, there may be situations where multiple filings are needed, for example where a cluster of co-owned radio stations share a studio but have to employ separate encoders and decoders to deal with stations in the group having different monitoring assignments.

So if you were procrastinating before filing the Form 1, or tried and were stymied by the FCC’s updated filing system, it’s time to get moving. Monday’s deadline is coming fast.

MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

L-R: Retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Erik Smith; MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager for WDIV-TV in Detroit; Rob David, President and General Manger of Handyman Productions; Sheryll Estell, who accepted on behalf of her late husband and WKAR “Radio Reader,” Dick Estell, who passed away in 2016; and Gina Mills, who accepted the MAB 2017 Legacy Award on behalf of her late mother, WYCD-FM host Linda Lee, who passed away on March 31.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed four other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by their peers and voting takes place over a few weeks. Active members of the broadcast media cast their votes and the inductees are chosen. These awards are the highest recognition given by the MAB to members of Michigan’s broadcasting industry.


Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.


2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees
Handyman Productions (Novi)


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
WDIV-TV (Deroit)
Legacy Award Recipient
WYCD-FM (Detroit)


WXYZ-TV (Detroit)


Radio Reader, WKAR (East Lansing)

MAB Honors Sen. Debbie Stabenow With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

L-R: Past MAB Board Chair Ed Fernandez, Vice-President and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps in Detroit; 2017 MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); MAB Board Vice Chair/Chair-ElectGary Baxte, Vice-President and General Manager of WSYM-TV in Lansing; and MAB Chair Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications in Kalamazoo. (Not Pictured: Immediate Past MAB Board Chair Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit.)

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) honored Sen. Debbie Stabenow with its 2017 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker or other public servant for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This recipient is nominated by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.
Sen. Stabenow (D-10) was honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about Sen. Stabenow and the MAB’s Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards, click here.

MAPB Honors 2017 Public Media Impact Award Recipients

L-R: Retired CMU Public Radio executive and host John Sheffler, 2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Professional Award recipient, and Detroit Public Television Senior Vice President Dan Alpert, who accepted the 2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Donor Award on behalf of William H. Smith.


The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2017 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

 The MAPB presents Public Media Impact Awards to professionals and donors for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity, inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.


For more information about the awards, click here.


2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Award – Professional Recipient

CMU Public Radio

2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Award – Donor Recipient

Detroit PublicTelevision

Beasley Media Group Unveils Company-Wide Community of Caring Initiative

Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced the unveiling of a company-wide “Community of Caring” Public Service initiative that will run throughout the organization’s 63 radio stations.

The initiative will consist of several aspects. A rotating PSA series will be aimed at shining a spotlight on important issues impacting their communities. Topics will range from the on-going opioid epidemic and bullying to racism and mental health awareness. The public service announcements also will be supported via social
media campaigns.

In addition, Beasley Media Group will host specific “Day of Caring” events throughout the year in which teams, made up of employees from each market, will adopt non-profit organizations within the communities they serve and volunteer during company supported work hours over the course of the year in an effort to make a difference for those in need.

In Michigan, Beasley owns and operates WCSX-FM, WRIF-FM and WMGC-FM, all in Detroit.

“As a company, we take all of these issues very seriously,” said Caroline Beasley, Chief Executive Officer of Beasley Media Group. “The rotating PSA and social media campaigns, combined with our Day of Caring events across all of our markets, underscores our company’s strong commitment to making a difference in the
communities we serve.”

FCC Releases a List of FM Channels Available in Future Auctions

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released an order listing various vacant FM channels. Although the channels are not newly allotted, they had previously been awarded to applicants who either did not pay the amount they bid in the auction, or who received a CP and then did not construct the station.

It has been more than two years since the last window allowing applicants to file for new FM stations. There had been some speculation that the number of requests for new allotments was decreasing, leaving the FCC with few FM channels to auction off and thereby breaking what had been an almost yearly start of a new FCC auction for new FM channels.

When will the channels be available? Read more here.