Tag: Issue 123

MAB Partners with MSU for the Future of Media Sales

MAB members had the great opportunity to mentor student members of MSU’s Global Sales Leadership Society (GSLS) on Wednesday evening as part of the organization’s partnership with the university. Gary Baxter, WSYM-TV Fox 47 (Lansing), Jeff Hutchings, WNEM-TV (Saginaw), Jamie McKibbin, Jackson Radio Works (Jackson), and Steve Schram, Michigan Radio (Detroit) led a discussion on the… 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

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

FCC Extends C-Band Registration Deadline to October 31

On October 17, the FCC, at the last minute, extended the deadline for those who wish to register their C-Band satellite receive dishes.  Tom Taylor, in his daily news mailing, writes: “the Commission acknowledges ‘intermittent difficulties.’ It says ‘due to the large influx of earth-station applications filed near the deadline, the IBFS [International Bureau Filing… 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

A Message from the MABF Chair:

The MAB Foundation is dedicated to promoting, supporting and enhancing the broadcast industry for the good of all Michigan citizens, through education, research, public service, historical preservation, information dissemination and a commitment to diversity in all aspects of the broadcast industry. Broadcasting is an industry in the midst of technological transformation. It is as exciting… read more