Category: December 2018

Senate Overturns Donor Disclosure Rule

Last week, the U.S. Senate passed legislation regarding a recent Treasury Department decision which limits donor disclosure requirements for nonprofit organizations. This past summer, the Treasury Department altered a rule which required all names and address of donors of $5,000 or more to be made available on certain tax forms. The newly passed resolution seeks… read more

Win National Recognition for Your Station’s Community Service Efforts!

The Celebration of Service to America Awards, presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF), honors local radio and television broadcasters for their community service initiatives. The Call for Entries window will be open January 1 – March 8, 2019. Award categories are available for all market sizes. Open to NAB members and… read more

Podcaster Sued for Copyright Infringement for Using Music without Permission – Remember ASCAP, BMI and SESAC Licenses Don’t Cover All the Rights Needed for Podcasting

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP, It was news recently when a company that promotes poker was sued by one of the major record labels and publishing companies for the use of music in podcasts without permission. As we have written before (see, for instance, our articles here and here), the use of music in… read more

Thomas Robert Kinney: 1961-2018

The MAB was sad to learn that on December 1, WKAR Public Media Telecommunications Engineer Tom Kinney passed away at age 57.  Kinney was a 25-year veteran of the station. Kinney graduated from East Lansing High School in 1979 and proudly served seven years in the U.S. Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician from 1982… read more

WTCM Takes Honors In Red Kettle Challenge

Midwestern Broadcasting’s WTCM-FM and WJZQ-FM (Traverse City) held some friendly competition on December 14.  WTCM’s Mike & Christal in the Morning, along with Joel Franck, have challenged Ron & Rehmer of sister station WJZQ (Z93) to see which radio station can raise the most money for the Salvation Army. Who took home the bragging rights? … read more

EAS Alerts On Repeat?

This past week, InsideRadio reported that Emergency Alert System warnings would become a lot harder to miss under a bill advancing in Congress. It would allow the government to put the alert on repeat while a threat remains pending. This proposal, along with other EAS rule changes, came about following the erroneous missile alert in… read more