MAB Seeks Director of Education and Programs

Category: May 2017

A Day in May

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:  Tim Moore, Managing Partner, Audience Development Group This month marks the sixth anniversary of the largest natural disaster visited on the American landscape in the new… read more

WGVU Announces Golf Outing Fundraiser

WGVU Public Media has announced that is will hold a golf outing on June 12, 2017 at The Meadows on the campus of Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids.  The event is an 18-hole best-ball scramble format, with practice green and driving range hours included. Cost is $100 per golfer and funds raised support WGVU… read more

WQON’s Dave Sherbert to Retire

Via Maureen Barkume, Blarney Stone Broadcasting: “Big Dog” Dave Sherbert wasn’t there when the Italian inventor Gugglielmo Marconi built the first commercially successful wireless telegraphy system that paved the way for commercial radio. To listeners throughout Central and Northern Michigan, it just seems that way. But soon, that friendly, mellow voice that has graced the airways… read more

WCMU Honored with Michigan Community Action Award

WCMU’s “Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” campaign has received the 2017 Community Service Award from Michigan Community Action (MCA). The award was presented May 9 at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Lansing. “Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” is a partnership involving WCMU, Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank that provides home-heating assistance to families in need. The December… read more

Protect Your Station from WannaCry

Contributing to this article:  Jason Walther, former Chief Engineer, Townsquare Media (Lansing) and Ron Kramer, Michigan Network Consultants (Lansing). One of the largest cyberattacks ever is currently eating the web, hitting PCs in countries and businesses around the world. WannaCry can invade your computers without any action on your part and encrypt your files and hold… read more

Body Cameras Exempted From FOIA in House Bill

State Representative Jim Runestad (R-44) re-introduced legislation (HB 4427) to exempt body camera footage from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).  The MAB has very serious concerns about this legislation which bears on transparency and the public’s right to know. Specifically: HB 4427 places body‐worn camera footage, in connection with criminal or internal investigation, outside… read more

5 Questions on the Meaning of the FCC’s Recent Ruling on Online Recruiting – How Does it Change a Broadcaster’s EEO Obligations?

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP www.broadcastlawblog.com The FCC recently issued a declaratory ruling (which we summarized here) addressing the requirement that broadcasters widely disseminate information about all of their job openings in such a way as to reach all of the groups within their communities. The recent FCC decision stated that a broadcaster can… read more

Representative Introduces Voter Bill of Rights

State Representative Jon Hoadley (D-60) has introduced a constitutional amendment to include a voter bill of rights. The amendment, HJR O, includes the right to no-reason absentee voting and in-person early voting up to 15 days before an election, and would automatically register any eligible person issued a state driver’s license or identification card. American citizens… read more