Category: October 2016

Associate Member Highlight: HOMTV’s Internship Program Celebrates 35 Years!

By: Brandie Yates HOMTV Internship Coordinator and 2007 HOMTV Alum They say everything gets better with age and the HOMTV Internship Program is no exception. In 1981, interns began working at the station making 2016 the 35th year of the program. HOMTV’s Internship Program is like no other, providing hands-on training and experience to those wishing to… read more

Scholarship Winner Spotlight: Joshua Scramlin

Your contributions to the MABF help students to realize their dreams! Here, one recent scholarship winner shares his experiences and goals for the future. Learn more about the MABF Scholarship program here and help to support these scholarship programs by donating here. Joshua Scramlin is the proud recipient of the Peter B. Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship… read more

“Electioneering” Ads Won’t Have to Disclose the Donors

The Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit declined to review a recent ruling which means that nonprofit political groups that sponsor “electioneering” ads won’t have to disclose the donors funding those ads. The appeals court’s denial of rehearing, likely ends a long-running challenge of Federal Election Commission (FEC) rules that require 501(c)(4) groups to… 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 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 “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

WOOD-TV Announces Changes; Welcomes New Anchor

WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) has announced a number of changes to its newscast and anchor lineup, effective October 17. The station’s morning “24 Hour News 8 Daybreak” newscast welcomes Teresa Weakley to the station.  Weakley joins Casey Jones on the anchor desk along with meteorologists Terri DeBoer and Matt Kirkwood. The newscast will include more news focused… read more

WKAR Receives National Award

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) recently received an award in the Promotion category from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) for the station’s 2015 Fall Sizzle Reel. The Award was presented during the NETA conference in Baltimore on September 19. Watch the award-winning spot here. Learn more about the NETA awards here. The National Educational… read more