Tag: Issue 18

FCC Moves to Drop Two Public File Rules

According to a report in TVNewsCheck, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed to eliminate two public file inspection rules. The rules currently mandate that: • Commercial television and radio broadcast stations to retain, and make available to the public, copies of correspondence from viewers and listeners; and • Cable operators to maintain and allow public… read more

FCC To Demo New Online Public File June 13

On June 13, 2016, the Federal Communications Commission will conduct a public/online demonstration of the expanded Online Public Inspection File (OPIF), which will replace the current Broadcast Public Inspection File (BPIF) process. The FCC will exhibit the interface that will be used by broadcast television and radio stations, cable systems, satellite television, and radio systems… read more

Committee Approves Bills, Opening Legislative, Governor Records

A package of bills creating the Legislative Open Records Act (LORA) and extending FOIA provisions to the Governor’s office was unanimously approved by the House Oversight and Ethics Committee. There were a couple key changes. Lawmakers added language empowering the administrator of the Legislative Council to recommend disciplinary action to the Speaker of the House… read more

Must Read: A Broadcaster’s Guide to the U.S. Department of Labor’s New Overtime Exemption Requirements

By:  Julia E. Judish, Scott R. Flick, and Jessica Nyman Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published final regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (“FLSA”) that more than doubled the minimum salary level necessary to be exempt from the Act’s overtime rules. While the changes affect all businesses subject… read more

What Drives Your Radio Station?

By:  Michael Tate, Sales Director NRS Media, Chatsworth, Australia [email protected] Every business is reliant on sales be it manufacturing, importing, distributing, service oriented, a global multinational, or the corner grocery store. As challenging as some particular technical occupations may be, even with years of training and knowledge, selling is equally demanding. While an advertising salesperson could… read more

Traffic Director Spotlight: Lynne Peck

Lynne Peck Northern Star Broadcasting, Cheboygan Lynne Peck is Traffic Director for Northern Star Broadcasting’s WQEZ-FM, WCKC-FM & WGFN-FM, based in Cheboygan, MI.  Lynne has been in traffic for 18 years, originally starting out in television. Q1: Favorite comfort food? Lynne:  Chocolate in any form except cake. Q2: Which Superhero would you be? Lynne:   Anyone who can fly. Q3: When… read more

Podcast Listenership Is Growing Because of Google

By: Seth Resler Jacobs Media Strategies As we’ve noted, the results of Techsurvey12 show that podcast consumption is rising. This year, 28% of respondents reported that they had listened to a podcast or on-demand audio in the past month, up from 21% the year before. (Watch Fred Jacobs’ webinar on Key Takeaways from Techsurvey12 here.)… read more

Clack Appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation

Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation.  Clack handled the Broadcast Excellence Awards and the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards program for the MAB Foundation as well as the Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Clack has been with the MAB since 2010, starting as a Tech Assistant for the Emergency Alert System…. read more

Northern Star Broadcasting Stations Sold

Black Diamond Broadcast Holdings, LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire eight radio stations from Northern Michigan based Northern Star Broadcasting. The eight station transaction includes multiple signals in the Traverse City-Petoskey Nielsen rated radio market. The stations include 1240 WCBY-AM Cheboygan, 105.1 WGFM-FM Cheboygan, 97.7 WCHY-FM Cheboygan, 98.1 WGFN-FM Glen Arbor, 102.9 WMKC-FM… read more