A Message from MAB Chairman Ed Fernandez

Ed Fernandez 2013If you are like me, every minute of your time is scheduled. This is why investing your time in the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) will be a good decision for you and your staff.

GLBC will refresh you, offer networking opportunities, and present new ideas and new ways of looking at how you do business. I always come away with a few new ideas. There are also plenty of learning opportunities for my staff as well.

Long before I was on the MAB Board of Directors and served as Chairman, I attended GLBC as a Sales Manager and then a General Manager. The GLBC was always on my schedule. There are sessions for all major positions at your station including, sales, management, news, programming, engineering, promotion and production. Plus, we also have the vitally important and “free” legislative reception with lawmakers from all over the state.

You will return from GLBC renewed and rewarded with new or reaffirmed ideas to improve your personal performance and that of your staff, all at a very reasonable registration fee. Our exhibitors, suppliers and sponsors help to underwrite the conference so we can keep the price down for you. Its only $159 per person for full registration, which includes lunch and the receptions if you sign up by April 10. There are also half-day and some single session offerings as well.

Now, more than ever, I ask that you join me at GLBC and bring your staff. It’s a day packed with information designed by a committee of broadcasters to meet your needs.

Hope to see you at GLBC this year. http://bit.ly/GLBConference.

Ed Fernandez,
Chairman of the Board, MAB
Divisional General Manager – E.W. Scripps

GLBC Registration Discount Deadline Extended!

Haven’t had a chance to register for the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference yet? Good news! We’ve extended the early-bird deadline so you have one more week to save!

Register through April 10, 2016 and MAB members can attend the entire conference for only $159!

Get all the GLBC info here: http://bit.ly/GLBConference

Associate Member Spotlight: The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency

Lyman&Sheets_350The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency’s early beginnings date back to 1874 when the state’s first insurance commissioner created an insurance agency to serve the needs of the citizens. Today, the Lyman & Sheets Agency is a full-service insurance firm offering property, general liability, workers’ compensation, builder’s risk, auto, crime, directors and officers liability, professional liability, special event liability, international exposures, fiduciary liability, kidnap and ransom, and employee benefits among other insurance coverages.

They provide insurance coverage in over 45 states and in multiple countries across the globe. They are privileged to serve as the managing general agent for a number of insurance programs and we offer special expertise in developing insurance solutions for the broadcast sector. Lyman & Sheets excel at identifying areas of exposure and developing affordable solutions to protect the financial integrity of MAB members.

Visit their website here.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Lisa DeAngelo

lisad_350Lisa DeAngelo 
Krol Communications, Owosso

Lisa DeAngelo wears many hats at WJSZ-FM in Owosso.  Not only is she the Operations and Office Manager, she is also the Traffic Director, Production Director, and Midday host on the station.  Lisa has been with Krol Communications since December 2009.  She began her radio career in 1992 at WYCD-FM in Detroit as a Producer.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Lisa:  Chocolate or Mac ‘n cheese.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Lisa:  Batman, because I LOVE his gadgets and cars. 

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Lisa: On a cruise or at a concert.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Lisa:  Pink, because she is an amazing artist and vocalist and has inspired me through tough times in my life.

Q5: Best advice you have ever received?
Lisa:  “Honor your truths”…from a wonderful mentor in Radio. He taught me to embrace my sensitivity and always be genuine in a very volatile business.

Q6:  Tell us something about yourself that very few people know:
I love being a Radio Personality, but I was so scared of public speaking that I actually dropped my Radio Announcing class at EMU.

Why is My Station Not Featured in MAB News Briefs?

If your station has not been featured in MAB News Briefs, we need you to send us information about your events and activities.  We’re always looking for information on community service events, new personnel hires, format changes, and whatever is going on at your station.

We also love photos!  Lots of photos!

We want to feature you and your station.  Nominate your traffic director or engineer to be featured.  Tell us what your station is up to.

Just drop an email to dkelle[email protected].  Thank you!

The MAB Job Bank

Job-BankIf you’re looking for a new challenge, your first job, or maybe an internship, you’ll find many listings on the MAB Job Bank.  We want to help you find the job you want.

Stations:  We have a situation wanted section where savvy job seekers are placing their resume and contact information.  You’ll also find a listing of other resources to help you find the employees you need.

Visit the MAB Job Bank here.

Department of Labor’s Proposed Overtime Rules Move Forward

According to an HR Morning article written by Christian Schappel, The Department of Labor’s (DOL) revised rules regarding the white-collar overtime exemption regulations has advanced.

The final ruling is now in the hands of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This will be the final step before the rule is published and made public for all to see.  Based on past practice, it should be approved in four to six weeks, perhaps longer.  Employers may be able to see the final rule by early to mid-May.

Congress Has The Right to Disapprove

Congress has the right to disapprove “major” final rules promulgated by federal agencies, like the DOL. However, the disapproval can be shot down by a presidential veto. The act states that if a major rule is submitted to Congress with fewer than 60 session days remaining on the legislative calendar, then the next Congress will have a similar 60-day period to consider the rule. And according to recent calculations by the Congressional Research Service, if the DOL’s overtime rule isn’t released by the OMB by May 16, the rule will be at the mercy of the next Congress and president.

HR 4773, The Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act, was just introduced in the Senate and House by Sen. Tim Scott (R-S.C.) and Rep. Tim Walberg (R-Mich.) and cosponsored by Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) and Rep. John Kline (R-Minn.), would delay publication of the Labor Department’s expected regulation, dramatically expanding mandatory federal overtime pay, despite widespread opposition from stakeholders. The bill would require the department to first conduct a comprehensive economic analysis on the impact of mandatory overtime expansion to small businesses, nonprofits, and public employers.

Rundown of the Act

    • Drastically increasing the FLSA’s salary threshold. The current minimum salary a worker has to be paid to be exempt from overtime is $455 per week or $23,660 per year. Under the proposed rule, it would jump to $970 a week or $50,440 per year. The DOL calculated that $50,440 would equal the 40% of weekly earnings for full-time salaried workers.
    • The highly compensated employee threshold will also climb. The total annual compensation requirement needed to exempt highly compensated employees would climb to $122,148 from $100,000 — or the 90th percentile of salaried workers’ weekly earnings.
    • The salary thresholds will automatically increase. For the first time ever, the salary thresholds would be tied to an automatic-escalator. The DOL is proposing using one of two different methodologies to do this — either keeping the levels chained to the 40th and 90th percentiles of earnings, or adjusting the amounts based on changes in inflation by tying them to the Consumer Price Index.
    • No changes to the duties tests have been proposed. The DOL didn’t suggest changing the executive, administrative, professional, computer, or outside sales duties tests (see them here) as of yet. However, the agency sought comments on whether they should be changed and whether they’re working to screen out employees who are not bona fide white-collar exempt employees. Early indicators were that the DOL would look to adopt a California-style rule in which employees would be required to spend more than 50% of their time performing exempt duties to be classified as exempt.
    • Discretionary bonuses wouldn’t count toward salary threshold. In the proposed rule, discretionary bonuses weren’t part of a person’s salary calculation — but that could change depending on the comments the agency received. Currently, such bonuses are only included in calculating total compensation under the highly compensated employee test. But the DOL said some stakeholders are asking for broader inclusion of bonuses in salary calculations.

NOTE: The MAB researched the impact on broadcasters and according to MAB Human Resources Attorney Terry Kasiborski, Washington Attorney David Oxenford of Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP, and NAB SR. VP & Corporate Counsel, Bart Stringham, there doesn’t appear to be any changes to the exemptions afforded certain broadcast personnel like reporters, anchors, engineers and outside sales reps.

Stay tuned!

WJRT-TV (Flint) Meteorologist John McMurray Retires

After more than four decades of delivering weather forecasts at WJRT-TV in Flint, Meteorologist John McMurray has retired at age 73.  On April 1, the station said goodbye with a look back at what’s made John such a big a part of the lives of viewers and station staff alike:

In an article published in Mlive, Jayne Hodak, News Director at the station said McMurray is going to be missed. “He’s that person people have always been able to rely on,” she said. “So many viewers rely on his forecasts. He never over-hyped storms, he just gave you the information you needed in a manner you could understand. He’s truly one of the best in the business.”

The station is currently conducting a nationwide search for his replacement.

WOLY’s Battle for License Renewal Ends

fcc-logo_dark-blueOn March 30, the FCC issued a final order in the case of former broadcast station WOLY-AM (Battle Creek).  The station’s former licensee, Christian Family Network (CFN), has been trying to get the FCC to reverse its dismissal of both a license renewal and a request for Special Temporary Authority.

According to the Memorandum Opinion and Order, at issue in the case was the Media Bureau’s treatment of the Renewal Application, which CFN filed more than four and one-half years after it was due and over two and one-half years after FCC staff notified it that, “due to CFN’s failure to have so filed, the Station’s license had expired and that any further operation of the Station was unauthorized, and directed CFN to cease operations immediately.”

CFN claimed that it was unable to file its renewal application electronically and filed its paperwork by regular U.S. Mail instead, and that the Commission should have treated the letter as wavier request.  However the Commission stated that it had “no record that CFN ever actually filed a license renewal application for the Station on paper through the Office of the Secretary at any time. “


Legendary CKLW Music Director Rosalie Trombley is Celebrated

The Juno Awards, Canada’s biggest celebration of music, were held this past Sunday, April 3.  Among the honorees this year is Rosalie Tombley, the legendary Music Director of the Big 8, CKLW-AM in Detroit back in its heyday.  This video, produced for the awards and featuring, among others, Bob Seger and Randy Bachman tells part of the story of an amazing woman with an ear for music like no other.