Category: October 2018

MAPB/APTS/MAB Join forces at Emergency Managers Conference

On October 22, 23 and 24, the MAPB attended the International Association of Emergency Managers Conference in Grand Rapids to talk to emergency managers about the advantages of datacasting to supplement a program called “FirstNet,” which is currently being rolled out nationwide by AT&T. FirstNet is a program that gives priority traffic to First Responders… read more

State Wants Study on Health Insurance Market

State Officials at the Department of Insurance and Financial Services (DIFS) are calling for bids on a study of Michigan’s health insurance market with the goal of both stabilizing the market and lowering overall costs. In a statement, DIFS Director Patrick McPharlin said the “goal is to study options that could have a meaningful impact… read more

Michigan Gubernatorial Race Ranks 6th In TV Spending

Michigan’s governor race has generated $18 million in broadcast television spending, according to Advertising Analytics. Michigan ranks sixth among the states for most money spent in a gubernatorial race.  Illinois takes the top spot at $50 million, which is far and above the rest of the nation by $21 million. Second place at $29 million… read more

Music Modernization Act Becomes Law – Mechanical Rights To Become Easier Just As Performance Rights May Become More Difficult

By: David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP Last week, after passage by both chambers of Congress and signature by the President, the ‘‘Orrin G. Hatch–Bob Goodlatte Music Modernization Act’’ became law. The law underwent a few changes on its journey to approval, adding new provisions in the Senate to those which we summarized here upon its… read more

NAB Lobbies Against STELAR

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) circulated a policy paper on Capitol Hill advocating for not renewing the STELAR law (Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act) when it expires at the end of 2019. STELAR, which was last renewed in 2014, reauthorizes the satellite compulsory distant signal license for five years. The 2014 version contained cable-friendly changes… read more

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Kathy Stinehour

Kathy Stinehour, Vice President/General Manager of Radio One cluster in Detroit, is an experienced broadcast executive with more than 25 years of senior management experience in media and radio broadcasting. She has served in her current position since 2008 and was previously President/CEO for Archway Broadcasting in Atlanta, Ga., from 2004-2007, Vice President/Market Manager for… read more