Category: October 2016

WGVU Presents Food, Wine & All That Jazz Fundraiser

This Friday, October 28, WGVU Public Media will hold a fundraiser at the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 7:30 – 10 p.m. Attendees can enjoy samples of over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers along with gourmet food selections, all for one ticket price.  In addition, live jazz will be provided by The Steve… read more

MAB Board Profile: Stephen A. Marks

MAB News Briefs is pleased to bring you profiles of your MAB Board of Directors. This week’s profile is Stephen A. Marks.   Stephen is 100% shareholder, President/CEO of Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corporation, which owns WBKB-TV (Alpena); Lake Superior Community Broadcasting, which operates WBUP-TV (Ishpeming/Marquette) and WBKP-TV (Calumet); Houghton Community Broadcasting, which operates WOLV-FM, WHKB-FM, and… read more

Drone Regulation Bill Passes Michigan Senate

Last week, the Michigan Senate unanimously passed Senate Bill 992. The legislation allows a person that is authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to operate unmanned aerial systems (a.k.a. drones) for commercial purposes in a manner consistent with the authorization. The legislation also sets up a legislative drone taskforce to develop statewide policy recommendations… read more

Register NOW for Chris Lytle’s Next Broadcast Sales Webinar!

How to “Talk Advertising” With Your Prospects and Customers Now When:  Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at 1 p.m. EST Grab your “seat” and bring your whole sales team. Invite your copywriters and production people, too. Register HERE.  Here’s why this program is important:  Everybody has an opinion about advertising. But, people who sell broadcast advertising need… read more

FCC Report: Retrans Fees are Up

According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the FCC released its latest basic cable rate report and found that the average retrans payments had increased by almost $5 million. The FCC is required in the STELAR bill to survey for retrans payments. The report found that the average monthly price for basic cable had… read more

What Could Possibly Go Wrong With a Broadcast Contest? – From the Legal Side

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com Recently, our friends at the broadcast and digital media consulting and research firm Jacobs Media posted an article on their blog called “What Could Possibly Go Wrong,” dealing with the financial and reputational issues that can arise if a contest is not fully thought out. That article reminded… read more

It’s Another Fine Mess

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy. By:  Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC Dick Taylor Blog https://dicktaylorblog.com/ “Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into.” Variations of this line were always a part of Laurel… read more

FCC to TV Licensees: Where Are You?

From the CommLawBlog (10/16): In a somewhat unusual move, the FCC’s Media Bureau and Incentive Auction Task Force have issued a joint public notice encouraging “all television licensees” to “ensure that their contact information on file with the Commission is accurate and current.” As the notice reminds everybody, licensees are generally required to do so… read more