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It is with a sad heart that the MAB pass on the news that MAB Past President (1956), Lifetime Achievement Award recipient (1990) and broadcast engineering pioneer Carl E. Lee died on Sunday, February 22. He was 96.
He was a founding member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, serving as President of the organization in 1956; and a founding member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation. He continued his service and support of the MAB until his death as an active Honorary Board Member on the MAB Foundation Board of Directors. His leadership and input will be greatly missed.
Lee's long career in the radio and television industry began in 1939, shortly after graduating from the Michigan Academy of Radio Science. Lee began a long career with Michigan-based Fetzer Broadcasting. Lee moved quickly up through the Fetzer organization and by 1958, was executive vice president and general manager of the company. In 1973, he became president of both Fetzer Broadcasting and Fetzer Television Co. The companies included what are now WWMT-TV and WKZO-AM/FM. Lee also headed up six other CBS affiliates around the nation.
Lee's involvement with the broadcast industry's professional organizations was extensive. His service included roles as president or director of the Broadcasters Foundation, National Association of Broadcasters and National Broadcast Pioneers. He was chairman of the CBS Television Affiliates Board and was instrumental in establishing the Region 4 Emergency Broadcast System and inspecting early Radio Free Europe facilities.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters continues to honor Lee annually by offering its Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards and the Carl E. Lee Broadcasting Scholarship, which is designated for a Western Michigan University broadcasting student.
Lee is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Cheri and Jeffrey Weedman of Cincinnati, and two grandchildren; two grandchildren, Carl Lee Weedman of Chicago, IL and Tatiana Eloise Weedman of Cincinnati, OH; a sister-in-law, Doris Lee of Kalamazoo; and many nieces and nephews. A private funeral service was held and burial has taken place.
A public memorial service is set for 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 14, at the Lee Honors College at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. Memorial donations may be made to the Carl E. Lee Broadcasting Scholarship fund through the MAB Foundation (819 N. Washington, Ave. Lansing, MI 48906; 517-484-7444) to continue his legacy by awarding a scholarship annually to a WMU broadcasting student.
The FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force announced an upcoming information session on March 10 in Lansing, MI for stations in the Detroit and Lansing area. Broadcasters have the opportunity to learn more about the incentive auction and repacking process in a general session, but stations also may schedule confidential meetings with members of the Task Force. The meeting is set for Tuesday, March 10 at 12:00pm Noon at the Lansing Center.
Broadcasters interested in attending the general session and/or scheduling a confidential meeting should email IncentiveAuctions@fcc.gov or contact Kelly Jones at 202-418-7078 prior to the applicable information session. Other questions may be directed to Mary Margaret Jackson, Legal Advisor to the Task Force, at MaryMargaret.Jackson@fcc.gov or 202-418-3641 or Julissa Marenco, Assistant Chief, Media Bureau, at Julissa.Marenco@fcc.gov or 202-418-0535.
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UPDATE: Manufacture-specific instructions for adding the NPT code to existing EAS units for this test is available here.
UPDATE: Second Technical Webinar Announced....see below.
On Wednesday, March 18, 2015, at approximately 2:30 P.M. Eastern Time, Michigan Broadcasters have been asked to participate in a regional test of IPAWS. IPAWS is the Integrated Public Alert Warning System run by FEMA. With the endorsement of the MAB Executive Committee, Michigan Broadcasters will join Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee in this important regional test of this new system, which is a secure pipeline for dissemination of emergency information to the public. All broadcasters with EAS equipment are required to have their EAS equipment connected to the IPAWS server via the Internet.
MAB Chairman Chris Warren writes:
"People in our listening and viewing areas depend on us for in-depth emergency information. Recent polls have shown that the first place people turn in an emergency is their local broadcasters, on-air and online; it is imperative that we are ready for all emergencies. The Executive committee of the MAB strongly believes that every broadcaster should participate in the IPAWS Test."
Listeners and viewers will hear and see a test message very similar to the Required Monthly EAS Test. The test will originate from FEMA in Washington, D.C. This is a test of the broadcast system only; your local area emergency managers will not be involved. Stations should log receipt and transmit of the IPAWS test.
It should be noted that this is a no-risk/no-fault test. Broadcasters will not be penalized for any negative test results.
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