Category: June 2017

FCC Watch: Translator Upgrades and Ownership Changes

Here’s the latest Michigan-related FCC broadcast filings: June 28:  The application by Mentor Partners, Inc. to modify the facilities of FM translator W299BE (Big Rapids) was granted.   The application is to change the transmitter site and height above average terrain (HAAT). The translator rebroadcasts the company’s WBRN-AM (Big Rapids). June 28:  An application to assign… read more

Get the Scoop on ‘Fake News’ and Other Important Issues

Learn from the experts at the 2017 Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting.  This year’s line up of speakers will offer valuable insight on the “fake news” phenomenon and other current issues that are important to the broadcast industry. The MAB is excited to host Professor Esther Thorson, PhD from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism…. read more

FCC Releases Updated ETRS Registration Information

While the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has not decided whether, or when, to have another national EAS test this year, the FCC’s EAS rules provide for yearly updates to the Form One information in the Electronic Test Reporting System (ETRS). On June 26, the FCC released a Public Notice containing instructions on how to… read more

Remotes: Make ‘Em Great

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: Gary Berkowitz Berkowitz Broadcast Consulting From radio’s earliest days, remotes have been a part of our landscape. Today, they still cause much talk at radio stations. Should… read more

MAB’s Palombo Meets with D.C. Staffs, Attends ‘Service to America Awards’

MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo went to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with the Michigan Congressional legislative staff to discuss issues affecting our members including: post-spectrum auction repack, preserving ad tax deductibility and opposing legislation that imposes performance tax on our radio members. MAB was also on hand to help celebrate our member… read more

Snyder Picks Mason as the New MEDC CEO

Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped Jeff Mason, Executive Director of the state’s University Research Corridor, to replace Steve Arwood as the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC). Mason will still have to be approved by the MEDC Executive Committee, which will meet on July 11 to consider Snyder’s nomination. Mason has led the… read more

Michigan Nexstar Employees Give Back with “Day of Giving”

On June 16, The Nexstar-owned television stations in Michigan, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids), WLNS-TV (Lansing) and WJMN-TV (Marquette) joined 168 other Nexstar stations nationwide for the company’s annual “Founder’s Day of Caring,” where company employees donate a half-day to a local non-profit or community agency. This year’s event corresponded with Nexstar’s 21st anniversary. In Grand Rapids,… read more