Category: Legislative Update

Looking at FCC Non-Vacancy Specific EEO Outreach Efforts – the ‘Menu Options’ – in a Pandemic World

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP In the last few weeks, we have received several inquiries from broadcasters about the FCC’s enforcement of its requirements that broadcasters conduct non-vacancy specific outreach efforts to educate their communities about broadcast employment opportunities and to train their staff to assume greater responsibility at stations and otherwise assist them in their career development… read more

Free Online Session: Battleground Michigan – A Virtual Election Briefing featuring Rachel Bitecofer

MAB members have been invited by the association’s lobbyist firm Kelley-Cawthrone to register and log in to view “Battleground Michigan: A Virtual Election Briefing.” The online event will be live Wednesday, October 21 from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m. The program will feature Rachel Bitecofer, who has appeared on nationally televised networks as the “election whisperer.”… read more

MIOSHA Issues COVID-19 Emergency Rules to Clarify Requirements for Employers

The Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) within the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) is one of the first state OSHA programs to promulgate rules which clarify the safety requirements employers must follow to protect their employees from COVID-19. Governor Gretchen Whitmer On Wednesday (10/14) signed her concurrence of the need… read more

SBA Issues Notice Regarding PPP Loans and Changes of Ownership

In a recently issued procedural notice, the Small Business Association (“SBA”) addressed a lingering question of borrowers and lenders related to the Paycheck Protection Program (“PPP”) process: What procedures are required for changes of ownership of an entity that has received PPP funds? The notice, issued on October 2, describes what impact a change or… read more

Music in Podcasts – As Podcasts Shut Down Following Infringement Notices, Looking at the Required Music Rights

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The use of music has long been an issue for those looking to provide music-oriented podcasts to the public.  As we have written before (see, for example, our articles here and here), clearing rights to use music in podcasts is not as simple as signing up with ASCAP, BMI and SESAC (or… read more

Voter Registration and Safety

By: Karole L. White President/CEO, MAB Many of you are doing great jobs informing voters about the process and explaining the personal safety procedures and the security measures being taken to protect the ballots that are, and will be, cast. Your audience appreciates your efforts. To support you in this mission, the Secretary of State… read more

FCC Announces Plans to Authorize All-Digital AM Radio at October 27 Open Meeting

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP The FCC this week released its agenda for its October 27 open meeting.  At that meeting the FCC will consider a number of issues of relevance to broadcasters, including enhanced white space use in the TV band and an expansion of the requirement for audio description of video programming. … read more

Supreme Court Agrees to Hear FCC Appeal to Deregulate Broadcast Ownership

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the appeal by broadcasters and the FCC of an appeals court’s rejection of the regulatory commission’s most recent attempt to deregulate broadcast ownership, according to a recent report in Broadcasting+Cable. In April, broadcasters and newspaper publishers petitioned the nation’s high court to review the Third Circuit Court of… read more

MDHHS issues Emergency Order designed to protect the health and safety of all Michiganders; Previous Restrictions Still In Effect.

Directive restricts gatherings, requires face coverings, limits bars and other venues.  On October 5,  Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) Director Robert Gordon issued an Emergency Order under MCL 333.2253 restricting gathering sizes, requiring face coverings in public spaces and places limitations on bars and other venues. The order follows the Michigan Supreme… read more