MAB News Archive

Committee Has No Plans to Move Pallone’s Broadcaster Bill

As reported last week, U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee Ranking Member Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-NJ), unveiled a draft bill, the Viewer Protection Act. This bill empowers the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to fully protect both broadcast viewers and mobile broadband users who may be affected by the upcoming Broadcast Incentive Auction by funding viewer… read more

House Passes Sweeping FOIA Reform Legislation

The U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would create the most sweeping reforms to federal open records laws in nearly a decade. The measure would limit exemptions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) that now allow federal agencies to hold back information. The bill would also create a single online portal for people… read more

Zorn Moves to Repeal Local ‘Gag Order’ From Law

State Senator Dale Zorn (R-17) submitted legislation to repeal a recently enacted prohibition on schools and local governments from providing factual information on ballot questions during the 60 days prior to the vote. Dubbed “a gag order” by schools, local governments, and media groups who lobbied Governor Snyder to veto a bill primarily dealing with… read more

Jennifer White

Jennifer White Leaving Michigan Radio for WBEZ

All Things Considered host Jennifer White has left Michigan Radio for Chicago, where she has accepted a position as on-air anchor and host at Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ. Jennifer had been the local host of Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered since September 2010, and had led many community-focused projects, local discussions, and political forums. Her… read more

GOP report slams FCC on open records

According to the GOP-led report released last week, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) might be deliberately withholding public records. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report concluded that the FCC’s is either incompetent or intentionally misused redactions under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to withhold internal communication about its internet regulations. “The agency… read more

NAB Disputes CCA’s Repack, Relocation Fund Facts

According to a report in Radio Business Report (RBR), the Competitive Carriers Association (CCA) told the FCC that the 39-month timeline to repack television stations into their new channels and the $1.75 billion to compensate broadcasters for the move is enough time and money. The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) says that neither is true…. read more

Gehman doing an ABIP inspection

Unique Benefits of Your ABIP Inspection

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters maintains a formal agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to operate the ‘Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program’ (ABIP). MAB’s ABIP grants unique benefits to radio and television stations that elect to participate and resolve their deficiencies. These stations earn a three-year MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance. Not only does the MAB… read more

WKAR Will NOT Participate in Spectrum Auction

According to Prabu David
, Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences
, “MSU will NOT participate in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.” David noted that WKAR had received hundreds of emails and social media postings regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, and that he and the WKAR staff were “truly touched” by all the support…. read more

MSU & DPTV Announce Partnership

WKAR-TV (East Lansing) has announced a new partnership with Detroit Public Television on January 11. “This collaboration gives us the opportunity to become a national model in providing quality educational content in public television,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It will provide opportunities consistent with our land-grant mission for unique partnerships that will… read more