FCC Chairman Appears on WJR

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(L-R) FCC Chairman Ajit Pai and WJR-AM’s Paui W. Smith

Last Friday (3/17), FCC Chairman Ajit Pai made a guest appearance on Paul W. Smith’s WJR-AM (Detroit) morning show.  The Chairman had been an occasional guest while serving as a Commissioner.

Pai called the station in advance to let them know he would be in town. He dropped by Smith’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration show, which was broadcast live from the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Music Center.  See highlights of the show below:




I Vaccinate Campaign Underway!

logoOn March 20, a press conference was held in downtown Lansing to announce the kickoff of the I Vaccinate Campaign, a project adopted by the MAB Board of Directors.  The campaign is designed to increase immunizations in the state as Michigan has the 4th highest rate of vaccination waivers in the nation.

In a letter to broadcasters, MAB President/CEO Karole White wrote: “Our members have joined together on other issues in the past to eradicate unnecessary risks to our children’s health. We need your help to educate parents, caregivers and grandparents about the risks of not vaccinating children.  We ask all stations in Michigan to help reach the goal of immunizing all Michigan children by covering this issue in your news products, placing the interview clips on your website, sharing or tweeting on Twitter and creating Facebook posts.”

Public Service announcements for both radio and TV, as well as talking points and other materials are available for download on the MAB website here.

White spoke at the press conference about the broadcaster’s role in both the campaign and overall service to their communities:




Johnny Burke Joins WRSR-FM (Flint)

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Johnny Burke

MLive reports that longtime Mid-Michigan air personality Johnny Burke will be returning to the air, beginning this coming Monday, March 27 on WRSR-FM (103.9 The Fox).

Burke will be heard weekday mornings 5:00 – 9;00 a.m.  on the station.

Burke left WHNN-FM in Saginaw 14 months ago.  Joining Burke on the new show will be longtime Mid-Michigan newscaster Hal Maas, MLive Chief Meteorologist Mark Torregrossa and Art Neil will be featured as the “Monday Morning Quarterback,” recapping the weekend’s sporting events.

Burke told MLive: “(103.9 FM) is a locally owned station by a smaller group of people from Michigan. We’re going to keep that local feel in mind.”

 




FCC Filings: WMXG-FM Acquired by Radio Results Network

RRN_300On March 21, 2017, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WMXG-FM (Stephenson) from Escanaba License Corporation to AMC Partners Escanaba, LLC (Armada Media/Radio Results Network).

The asset purchase agreement sets a price of $325,000, including a building in downtown Escanaba.

AMC Partners already has an LMA in place for WMXG and its currently simulcasting its news/talk AM station, WCHT.

In a separate release posted on the Radio Results Network website, the company announced the purchase:

Armada Media Purchases WMXG Radio Frequency and Building

Armada Media, based in Fond du Lac, WI is pleased to announce the purchase of WMXG-FM, 106.3 and the building at 1101 Ludington Street in downtown Escanaba.

WMXG will join Bay Cities Radio – a 5 station group based in the Marinette & Menominee market and Radio Results Network – a 9 station group based in Escanaba, Marquette & Manistique.

“We are excited to be able to expand our coverage even further into the Central U.P. market as the premier media company in Upper Michigan. We have exciting plans for the building and frequency which we plan to unveil in the coming months,” says General Manager Jesse Huff. “This now gives us 15 radio stations in the Central U.P. that are each committed to great local radio and serving as a resource for the communities in which we serve. We now have even more resources and opportunities to offer our listeners and advertisers.”

Chris Bernier, President and CEO of Armada Media Partners says, “We plan to make this the crown jewel of broadcast studios for small market radio in the Midwest. We have some great ideas and this 12,000 square foot building gives us the structure to turn our vision into a reality.”

“We truly enjoy doing business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan,” says Bernier. “We serve some amazing communities with one of the most experienced and talented staffs that you’ll find anywhere. This is a great opportunity for us further establish our roots in these communities.”

In addition to the stations in Upper Michigan and Northeast Wisconsin, Armada Media also owns radio stations in Watertown, South Dakota; North Platte, McCook and Scottsbluff, Nebraska; and Ortonville, Minnesota.




Statewide Tornado Test Scheduled April 19

Michigan Statewide Tornado DrillIn conjunction with Michigan’s Severe Weather Awareness Week, April 16-22, broadcasters and emergency management partners statewide are encouraged to participate in a statewide tornado drill at 1:00 p.m. ET on Wednesday, April 19.

Test details and a severe weather prepardness handbook will be distributed to broadcasters this next week via email and on the MAB website.

With the endorsement of the MAB Board of Directors, the National Weather Service will conduct the test with the Tornado Warning EAS Code.  The MAB received a waiver from the FCC to use the actual EAS Tornado Warning Code (“TOR”) for this statewide test.

As with last year’s test, participation by broadcasters is voluntary.

In 2016, some areas in the state received multiple EAS alerts from the NWS weather radio.  After reviewing the results of last year’s test, the weather service has corrected the issues regarding those multiple alerts.

In addition to the EAS activation, areas of the state may also be testing outdoor tornado sirens,  which may alarm some members of the public. Your assistance in informing the public before the test is requested.




Success Secrets from Ancient Greece

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.

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Chris Lytle

By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer
InstantSalesTraining.com

Special for MAB members:

Chris is giving away his “Supercharged Sales Management” video. An Australian consultancy commissioned it for a video keynote a couple of years ago. Take a look at it here

Around 2,400 years ago, Socrates said, “I can’t teach anybody anything. I can only get them to think.”

Fortunately, I came across his advice early in my professional speaking career. It was an an eye-opening, game-changing revelation for me.

Almost immediately, I started teaching less and getting my audiences to think more.

I added experiential learning exercises and group discussions.

Getting people involved made those six-hour seminars seem to go faster.

It saved a lot of wear and tear on the trainer, too. I no longer had to talk and be the center of attention all day.

Here’s the exercise I have used in hundreds of seminars. It takes about 25-minutes and really energizes the audience.

Try it in an upcoming sales meeting for a change of pace.

You could introduce the exercise by saying, “Let’s spends some time today thinking and talking what selling is like when you’re at your best?”

Then, pose the first question below. Let every person in the meeting get a shot at answering it. Repeat the process with questions 2 and 3.

  1. How do you feel when you’re at your best?
  2. How do you behave when you’re at your best?
  3. How do your prospects and customers react to you when you’re at your best?

You may find that salespeople talk about feeling relaxed, confident, prepared, and totally in the moment when they’re at their best.

They may describe behaviors like making solid eye contact, walking tall, gesturing appropriately, listening better, and using a more confident tone of voice.

You may hear their clients react by giving them more time, sharing real problems, and even buying from them.

You won’t know exactly until you run the meeting.

I do know it will be a positive and motivating meeting for your salespeople. It might even motivate you to do even less teaching get your team to do more thinking.

And, of course, it can give each of your salespeople insights into how to be at their best more often.

If you’re ready to shake things up a bit, then heed Socrates’ timeless advice?

You’ll find more ideas on running better sales meetings at https://InstantSalesTraining.com

Reprinted by permission




Think Like There is No box

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Dick Taylor

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
Dick Taylor Blog
https://dicktaylorblog.com/

One of the things you often hear people say is you need to “think outside the box.” You’ve probably heard this cliché so many times that you want to punch that proverbial box out. So when I heard Ziad Adbelnour say “Don’t think outside the box. Think like there is no box,” it got me thinking how you might do this for today’s radio.

Walt Disney

I just spent a week in Orlando. I went to Disney World and experienced an environment Imagineered by Walt. Imagineering, Disney said, was a blending of creative imagination with technical know-how.

Carousel of Progress

I first experienced Walt’s Imagineering at the 1964-65 World’s Fair in New York City. My dad worked for General Electric Company. We got discount tickets to the fair and went both years, a couple of times each year. My favorite exhibit was GE’s “Carousel of Progress.”

It was a theater that revolved around a center series of stages that showed how technology evolved over time improving the lives of families and ended with a glimpse into the future.

That exhibit still exists in the Tomorrowland at Disney’s Magic Kingdom in Orlando and I went to re-live one of my fondest childhood memories.

Walt conceived of the Carousel of Progress himself.

8 Principles of Imagineering

Alex Wright explained the way Walt Disney worked in his book “The Imagineering Field Guide to Disneyland.” There are eight principles: 1) Area Development, 2) Blue Sky, 3) Brainstorm, 4) Dark Ride, 5) Elevation, 6) Kinetics, 7) Plussing and 8) Show.

So how would these apply to radio? Let me take a whack at that.

  • Area Development: means the first impression your radio station gives off; the grounds, lobby and overall look your facility make on everyone who comes to your station. Have you stopped seeing what others see when they arrive? Look at your property again with fresh eyes.
  • Blue Sky: means when you start thinking about anything new generate as many ideas as you can. Anything is possible. Nothing is out of bounds. The sky’s the limit.
  • Brainstorm: When any group brainstorms the only rule is there are no rules. Nothing is a bad idea. The whole reason for brainstorming is to generate as many ideas as you can.
  • Dark Ride: While in a Disney theme park this means a ride that is all indoors, where every element can be controlled, in a radio station, this should mean the layout of your broadcast studios. Are they able to be lit to individual tastes? Does everything work as it’s supposed to and kept in operational condition through preventative maintenance? Is the chair comfortable? Can a person(s) stand if they want? How about the HVAC? When I toured the famous RCA recording studios in Nashville where Elvis recorded, I learned that they had multiple light conditions to bathe Elvis in the kind of mood lighting to fit the song he was recording. When recording “Are You Lonesome Tonight” Elvis decided none of the available lighting schemes worked and so he had every light turned out and the band, engineers and Elvis recorded the song in total darkness. If you listen to the end of that recording you can actually hear Elvis bang his head against his microphone because he forgot where he was and couldn’t see it in the dark.
  • Elevation: A series of drawings to bring clarity to the project and guide construction activities. In radio, this would be a fully written out plan of action so that everyone is on the same page in executing the plan.
  • Kinetics: Walt wanted to know how everything would move in one of his attractions giving it life and energy. For radio, our remotes need some serious kinetic thinking. Taping a station banner to a card table and calling in the breaks on a smartphone is not getting the job done for the listener or the advertiser.
  • Plussing: This is perhaps my favorite one of Walt’s eight principles. With Disney, nothing was ever finished. He was always thinking how everything could be made better. Plussing is non-stop Imagineering to provide continual surprise and delight to all.
  • Show: For Disney everything was part of the show. It’s why all of the people who work at Disney are considered cast members, even the people picking up the trash. How important is it to be so fanatical? Very. In addition to Disney World, I spent a day at Universal Studios in Florida. I only have one word for that day’s experience: disappointing. I won’t ever be going back. Those that were with me maybe summed it up best when they said of the rides, “they are all the same ride, only a different movie is played.”

More Outside the Box Ideas

One of the things I try to do in this blog is look at other industries and find the lesson for radio, broadcasting or education that can be applied.

Another is reading a variety of things that literally have nothing to do with one another. Being a curious personality helps here, but it also exposes you to new worlds.

In fact, my office at work and home is filled with a variety of knick knacks that to the casual observer have nothing to do with one another. That’s because they really don’t. But they caught my attention and stimulate my thinking.

“Today you hear people talk about ‘thinking outside the box.’

But Walt would say, ‘No! Don’t think outside the box!

Once you say that, you’ve established that there is a box.’

Walt would refuse to accept the existence of a box.”

-Jim Korkis, Disney Historian

Reprinted by permission.

Dick Taylor has been “Radio Guy” all his life and is currently a professor of broadcasting at the School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Dick shares his thoughts on radio and media frequently at https://dicktaylorblog.com.  




Senators Push Open Records Proposal Despite Opposition

capitol3Three Republican Senators plan to introduce legislation mirroring a House package of bills that expands the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to include the governor’s office and the legislature, despite their caucus leader’s resistance to the idea. According to a report in Gongwer, Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (R-30) has opposed expanding FOIA to the legislative branch, specifically citing concerns over communications between constituents and their legislators.

But, both the House package and the bills expected to be introduced by Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-26) and Senator Rick Jones (R-24) exempt communications between constituents and their legislator from being disclosed. The bills would remove the current FOIA exemptions for the governor, lieutenant governor, and executive office employees and create a new part to the act, the Legislative Open Records Act, which would subject the Legislature to the disclosure provisions of FOIA. Records currently exempt from disclosure under FOIA would remain exempt as well.




Relaxed Rules Announced for FM Translator Locations

According to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC has moved forward with the new rules to relax the limits on where licensees of AM stations can use FM translators to rebroadcast their stations. The new rules allow the location of these translators so that their 1 mv/m coverage area does not extend beyond 25 miles from the AM station or beyond the AM station’s 2 mv/m contour – whichever is greater. Up to now, the translator had to stay within the lesser of those two areas.

According to a Federal Register notice, the new rules are effective on April 10.




Midwest Communications Launch FM Translator Simulcast in Holland

WHTClogoMidwest Communication’s WHTC-AM (Holland) has announced that the station is now heard on both the AM and FM bands!

Midwest announced that they have placed an FM station at 99.7 FM, that will simulcast all of WHTC-AM programming on FM. The addition of the FM station will enable listeners to clearly hear 1450 WHTC programming with a better range and with no interference from electrical noise or thunderstorms in the area. The new station, on the FM dial at 99.7, has official call letters of W259CO but will be known as The New 99.7 FM. All current programs on WHTC will be simulcast at 99.7 FM, 24 hours a day.

In a press release to listeners, Market Manager Kevin Oswald said, “Midwest Communications has made a significant investment in radio for our area and we’re proud to announce the New 99.7 FM. For years we’ve been the station you turned to for real news now, weather, sports, traffic, talk and more on 1450 WHTC. Now, all we do for you can be found on the New 99.7 FM. The advantages to our listeners and advertisers are exciting as we again increase the ways we reach our audiences. You can now hear WHTC at 1450 AM, 99.7 FM, streaming online at whtc.com, on our smartphone app, and with the NextRadio app. Our FM coverage and quality of signal will enhance our already strong AM station. This adds another way that WHTC serves the greater Holland/Zeeland area with total media coverage, including on-air, online, texting, mobile, live on-site broadcasting, email, video, streaming audio and podcasts. Midwest Communication’s existing local FM radio station, 92.7 The Van will continue to bring Classic Hits to the greater Holland area, with a strong on-air and on-line presence and local event-centered live broadcasts. “