Governor Whitmer’s 2021 State of the State Address
7pm – Wednesday, January 27

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  • MAB Encourages Stations to Air Wednesday’s State of the State

    The MAB will offer Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State Address, Wednesday, January 27 at 7:00 p.m.  2020 was a tumultuous year and 2021 has a tough challenge getting our state economy up to its previous prosperity. Governor Whitmer will address both of these subjects in her State of the State address. Your listeners and… read more

  • Michigan Broadcasters Currently Assigned to Vaccine Priority Group ‘1C’

    At this time within Michigan, vaccines are being given to individuals in prioritized group “1B.”  MAB President/CEO Karole L. White has been in communication with MDHHS, this group includes frontline essential workers who are continuously working closely with large numbers of the public on a daily basis. Those would include workers like first responders, firefighters,… read more

  • Karole White

    Advertising Sports Betting – What Are The Rules?

    By:  Karole L. White, President/CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters The MAB has received several calls from members that were being told by ad agencies representing casinos and other sports betting organizations that TV and Radio stations had to be registered vendors with the state to accept sports betting ads. THIS IS NOT TRUE, according to… read more

  • Online Gaming, Sports Betting Begins Today

    The Michigan Gaming Control Board announced Tuesday (1/19) that nine operators will be able to launch online sports betting, online gaming or both beginning on Friday (1/22), according to a report in Gongwer. The ability to launch online gaming and online sports betting was set to begin at noon today for all nine operators, which… read more

  • WCMU Hosts Conversation on ‘COVID Virus & Vaccines’

    On January 19, WCMU Public Media (Mt. Pleasant) hosted a virtual conversation, “WCMU Pop-Up: COVID Virus & Vaccines,” an insight on how local Michigan communities are controlling COVID-19 and keeping their communities safe. According to a press release from WCMU Public Media, new data about how the spread was impacted by the holiday season will… read more

  • NAB Statement on Department of Justice Decision on ASCAP and BMI Consent Decrees

    In response to the Department of Justice’s decision to take no action on the consent decrees governing the performance royalty organizations ASCAP and BMI, NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith released the following statement: “NAB is very pleased that the Department of Justice will not move to make changes to the ASCAP and BMI consent… read more

  • SCOTUS Hears Broadcast Deregulation Arguments

    The FCC and National Association of Broadcasters made their virtual arguments to the Supreme Court Tuesday (1/19) on why a lower court was wrong to invalidate the FCC’s 2017 broadcast ownership deregulation decision, a defense that came in the waning hours of the FCC’s Republican majority, which had approved the rule changes over the objections… read more

  • WKAR Goes Virtual with PBS Kids Day

    WKAR Public Media is presenting another PBS Kids Day on Saturday, January 30.  With the current COVID-19 pandemic, this PBS Kids Day will be held online. Viewers can login and explore science with the Curious Crew and enjoy story time with PBS Kids favorite Daniel Tiger and WKAR’s Mrs. Pizzo. Morning and afternoon sessions are available…. read more

  • 10 Pieces of Sales-Related Content That Should Be on Your Radio Station’s Website

    By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies When I speak to radio broadcasters about pulling all of their different digital tools together into a coherent Content Market Strategy, I am usually talking to people in the programming department who want to reach more listeners. But Content Marketing is also an effective strategy for the radio sales… read more

  • Detroit SBJ Chapter Taking Award Entries, Scholarship Applications

    The Detroit chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists is calling for entries for the Excellence in Media awards, accepting nominations for Journalist of the Year and Young Journalist of the Year, and receiving applications for Laurain Scholarships. SPJ Detroit will present awards for outstanding journalism in Michigan Detroit publications, broadcast, digital and social media… read more

  • Retired WBKB GM Cher Allen Passes; Broadcast Management Scholarship Announced

    Cherryl “Cher” Lynn Allen, a long-time employee of WBKB-TV (Alpena), passed away Friday, January 15 at MidMichigan Medical Center in Alpena. Allen worked for 35 years for WBKB in many roles, retiring as the general manager. She loved making memories with family and friends. She was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church and a board… read more

  • State of the State Address Scheduled for January 27

    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will deliver her third State of the State Address on Wednesday, January 27. Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the State of the State address will be held virtually, in compliance with CDC and the State of Michigan’s best practices. Under normal circumstances, Governor Whitmer would request the House Chambers to deliver… read more

  • COVID-19 Vaccine Education Toolkit Launched To Support Local Journalists

    The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) and the National Association of Chain Drug Stores (NACDS) on Thursday (1/14) announced the launch of an online toolkit to help local journalists craft COVID-19 vaccine education messages that best resonate with their audiences. The toolkit is designed to provide journalists with… read more

  • FCC Issues an EAS Enforcement Advisory

    The Federal Communications Commission is reminding broadcasters and other EAS participants of their obligations to comply with the Emergency Alert System rules, including ensuring that alerts are accessible to persons with disabilities. “In reporting on the most recent national level test of the EAS, the FCC’s Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau noted improvements in… read more

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