Category: October 2017

Updates on Legislative Races:

The MAB will continue to offer this segment in the News Briefs as new candidates announce their intentions. Former Representative Jeff Irwin announced he will seek election to the 18th Senate District next year, with the seat currently held by term-limited Senator Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor). House Majority Floor Leader Dan Lauwers (R-Brockway) announced his… read more

House Committee Approves Critical Infrastructure FOIA Exemption

Legislation exempting critical cybersecurity data from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was unanimously reported from the Michigan House Communications and Technology Committee last week. Under the bill, HB 4973, the state’s plans to protect its information technology infrastructure and any assessments of the plans or equipment would not be public information. Michigan State Police… read more

Lawmakers Introduce “The Honest Ads Act”

According to a report in The New York Times, Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Mark Warner (D-VA) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) drafted legislation to increase transparency in online political advertising. The measure called “The Honest Ads Act” attempts to align rules for online advertising with those broadcast on television and radio. The Act would require online companies… read more

Michigan Legislature Introduces Unemployment Insurance Reform Bills

The Michigan House of Representatives introduced a package of bills to repair several major problems within Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. According to a Gongwer report, the bipartisan legislation was the outcome of a large workgroup consisting of Republicans, Democrats, business, labor, experts in unemployment benefits and the MI Unemployment Agency, which spent close to 900 hours… read more

WNMU’s Walton on Candidate Forum Panel

On October 24, WNMU-FM (Marquette) News Director Nicole Walton participated on a media panel along with representatives from the Marquette Mining Journal and WLUC-TV for a candidate forum between two candidates: Democrat Sara Cambensey and Republican Rich Rossway.  Both are running for the 109th District State Representative seat formerly held by John Kivela who died… read more

Finding Success

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 DickTaylorBlog.com When I was growing up, kids, when asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” would respond with things… read more

The Robinson Report: Legend

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: Kevin Robinson Robinson Media “I won’t be a rock star – I will be a legend.” – Freddie Mercury Tom Petty – Dead. The news swept… read more

Court Rejects Appeal of FCC Decision Not to Mandate Multilingual EAS Alerts

The MAB and the SECC are currently surveying all Michigan Broadcast Stations and Cable Systems at the request of the FCC (see below).  If you have not been contacted for your information, please contact Dan Kelley at the MAB:  [email protected] and you will be provided a link to your station’s information. By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker… read more

WDIV’s Andrew Humphrey to Receive Alumnus of the Year Award

On October 26, WDIV-TV (Detroit) Meteorologist and Reporter Andrew Humphrey, CBM, will be at the University of Michigan to receive the Climate & Space (CLaSP) department’s Alumnus of the Year Award and give an accompanying lecture.  His lecture is titled “Broadcast Meteorology: Weather and Communications in the 21st Century.” Humphrey is an Emmy award winning meteorologist and… read more