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WKAR Presented Free 'Thinking Money' Screening

WKAR-TV (East Lansing) recently presented a free screening of Thinking Money: The Psychology Behind Our Best and Worst Financial Decisions on Tuesday, April 7, which was also webcast live at The television program used a mix of humor, on-the-street interviews and provocative insights from innovative thinkers to explore why we spend, why we save (or don't), and how we think about money. The evening included panel discussion and Q&A with financial experts from the mid-Michigan area.

Local, mid-Michigan panelists for the evening included April Clobes, MSU Federal Credit Union; Tiffany Dowling, M3 Group; Steven Hicks, Siena Wealth Advisors; and Debra van Hevele, Comerica Bank. The discussion was moderated by Erica Tobe, extension specialist in human development and family studies at MSU.

The Thinking Money screening presented by WKAR was sponsored by the MSU University Club and made possible by a grant from Maryland Public Television. Thinking Money is produced by Rocket Media Group in association with the FINRA Investor Education Foundation and Maryland Public Television."

CMU's Sheffler Retires

After 40 years with CMU Public Radio, Director of Radio John Sheffler is retiring. John joined CMU Public Radio in 1975 as the overnight Jazz host. In 1979 he created the popular "Our Front Porch" concert/radio series that was distributed nationally through NPR. He later brought this series and international music groups to many Michigan communities. In an article appearing in the station's newsletter, the station wrote: "John has not only been a valuable leader but a trusted mentor to those who have been a part of the CMU Public Radio family for many years."

John’s last day with CMU Public Radio will be May 8th.

Michigan Radio Honored with Edward R. Murrow Awards

Ann Arbor’s Michigan Radio was recently honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Edward R. Murrow Awards in Region 7. The regional awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. Michigan Radio won a total of four awards including:

Large Market Radio - Investigative Reporting
Oil Pipeline Under Lake Michigan

Large Market Radio - News Documentary
Finding Home

Large Market Radio - News Series
One Company's Toxic Legacy

Large Market Radio - Website

This year, RTDNA awarded 673 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards out of more than 4,200 entries in 14 categories. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 12.

See the full list of winners by region here.


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WILX Media Launches New Studio and New Broadcast Team

WILX Media’s (Lansing) News 10 recently began broadcasting from a new state-of-the-art studio facility with new graphics. The contemporary new look is just the beginning as the environment and presentation of content will be enhanced by state-of-the-art technology. A touch screen monitor will allow reporters and anchors the opportunity to breakdown complex stories and showcase important events in a simple and enjoyable way.

“The new redesigned studio and interactive environment will engage the viewer and take an ordinary story and turn it into an extraordinary experience,” said Michael King, WILX’s Vice President and General Manager. “We’re very proud of the entire News 10 team that worked tirelessly over the past three months to bring this one-of-a-kind studio to life.”

WILX also announced that Ken Houston will join Lauren Evans on the anchor desk for News 10’s 5, 6 and 11 p.m. weekday newscasts. Ken’s journalist career stretches from Kansas City to across the Atlantic. His wall-to-wall coverage of the 911 attacks shaped his reporting approach and life forever. In his off time, Ken is a theater and movie enthusiast, and shares a deep love for community and the notion of giving back.

WLEN-FM Receives NAB's Crystal Heritage Award

WLEN-FM (Adrian) Lenawee Broadcasting joins a small and elite group of radio stations in the U.S. as it was awarded the prestigious Crystal Heritage Award by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The honor was presented to Julie Koehn, President, Lenawee Broadcasting, on Tuesday, April 14 during the Radio Luncheon at the NAB Show in Las Vegas. The NAB Crystal Heritage Award recognizes a radio station’s long-term commitment to community service, honoring stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards.

Congratulations WLEN-FM!

Photography courtesy of Robb Cohen Photography and Video

WRIF’s Dave & Chuck The Freak Put Fans Into Their Video Game!

WRIF-FM's (Detroit) Dave & Chuck The Freak show recently announced the release of a new level to their game app, Dave & Chuck The Freak’s Kick Ass Game. In conjunction with the announcement of the new level, Dave and Chuck also announced that the final level of their game will be released this May and will feature a unique fan experience. A couple selected fans of the show will be featured as “thugs” within the gameplay of the final level. Listeners will have their chance to register to win the grand prize and become a part of the game, where they will meet with game developer, Red Piston Inc, to have their likeness put into “cartoon” form and record their voices for their role in the final levels. The listeners will then be featured as “thugs” trying to stop Dave and Chuck’s characters from beating the final level.

Bowers Named Radio's Most Innovative

Pete Bowers, Bloomfield Hills High School Teacher and WBFH-FM Radio Station Manager, was just named one of Radio's Most Innovative in a blog post by Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media.

In the blog post, Jacobs writes: "Bowers saw the need and the opportunity to celebrate what’s happening in radio at the high school level. And so in 2011, he launched High School Radio Day (HSRD), an annual event that celebrates the efforts of young broadcasters from across the country."

In addition to Bowers' work at WBFH-FM, he is also a very active board member for the MAB Foundation. Congratulations Pete! Pictured: (l-r) Pete Bowers with BCBC14 Keynote Charlie LeDuff. Bowers served as the BCBC14 Committee Chair.

Click here to view the blog.

Michigan Stations Honored with Edward R. Murrow Awards

WWJ-AM (Detroit), WDIV-TV (Detroit) and WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) were all recently honored by the Radio Television Digital News Association’s (RTDNA) Edward R. Murrow Awards in Region 7. The regional awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. The awards include:

Large Market Radio - Newscast
AM Drive
WWJ-AM, Detroit, MI

Large Market Radio - Breaking News
Apartment Fire
WWJ-AM Detroit, MI

Large Market TV - Breaking News
Flooding in Detroit
WDIV-TV Detroit, MI

Large Market TV - Feature Reporting
Old Friend, New Friend
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI

Large Market TV - News Documentary
Care and Hope
WDIV-TV Detroit, MI

This year, RTDNA awarded 673 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards out of more than 4,200 entries in 14 categories. Regional winners automatically advance to the national Edward R. Murrow Awards competition, which will be judged in May. National awards will be presented at the RTDNA Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City on October 12. See the full list of winners by region here.

MSU School of Journalism Students Win 3 Crystal Pillar Awards

On April 18, the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) presented its Crystal Pillar Awards at ceremonies held at the studios of Detroit Public Television.

Nominated for 13 awards, Michigan State University's School of Journalism won three of the awards. The Crystal Pillar Awards are sometimes informally referred to as student "Emmy" Awards, as NATAS is the organization that holds the annual professional-level Emmy Awards program.

MSU's School of Journalism Students won awards for Best Newscast, Best News: General Assignment, and for Photographer.

A complete list of winners statewide is available here. Pictured: MSU School of Journalism Broadcast Journalism Instructor Bob Gould (2nd from left) with student winners.

John Alan Giberson 1950-2015

The MAB sends its condolences to the family and friends of West Michigan radio engineer and air personality John Alan Giberson, who passed away April 24 at age 64.

Known professionally as John Alan, he had worked for a number of Michigan radio stations, including WMUS (Muskegon), WGRD (Grand Rapids) and WLAV (Grand Rapids). John most recently was founder of WAXT (Real Gold Radio), a low-power FM station in Whitehall. Services were held April 28.

He is survived by his wife Carole, a son (Aaron), daughter (Patricia) as well as grandchildren. At the family's request, memorial contributions in John's name may be made directly to the low-power FM station that John established. Photo courtesy of WAXT.

Norway to Switch Off FM in 2017

On Thursday, April 16, Norway's Ministry of Culture announced a national FM-switch off, to complete the transition to digital radio. Norway is making an historical move into a new radio era, being the first country in the world to decide upon an analogue switch-off for all major radio channels. According to the release: with DAB and digital radio, listeners will be provided with more radio channels and greater diversity in content. Read the full story here.

Advertising Icons Featured at Museum of Broadcast Communications

Three of the 10 greatest advertising icons featured during the Museum of Broadcast Communications' (MBC) "Salute to Advertising's Greatest Icons" May 8 and 9, are from Michigan.

Kellogg’s Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes); Snap, Crackle & Pop (Rice Krispies) and the Keebler Elves (Keebler) will be in attendance with their corporate, marketing managers, owners, the ad agencies that created them, and their brand managers.

On May 8, there will be a VIP reception at 5:30 PM in the Museum located at 360 N. State St., Chicago, Ill in The Paul M. Lisek Gallery. The Award Program will begin at 7 PM. Cost is $150/person for the program and reception; $75 for the program only.

Other icons to receive awards include: McDonald’s Ronald McDonald; Procter & Gamble’s Mr. Clean; 9Lives’ Morris the Cat, StarKist’s Charlie the Tuna and S.C. Johnson’s Raid Bugs.

Regional and national sales managers and their general managers will want to be at this function to get to know the top agencies and corporate brand managers of these companies. Be there to congratulate the creators or the agencies; create that relationship with your station.

To register or find out more order tickets here or call 312-245-8200.


Around the State
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Mike Murri has been promoted to vice president and general manager of WXYZ-TV and WMYD-TV. He replaces Ed Fernandez, who became a divisional general manager for station owner E.W. Scripps Co. He'll remain based here. Murri, 55, was hired by WXYZ as an account executive in 1982 and promoted to local sales manager in 1996. He was named sales director in 2001 and station manager in 2012. Murri is an Oakland University graduate and lives in Rochester Hills.

WXYZ-TV is also adding new faces to its "7 Action News This Morning" which began Monday, April 6. This includes anchors Alicia Smith and Malcolm Maddox, along with anchor Jeff Vaughn, who will lead breaking news coverage. Meteorologist Keenan Smith will continue to provide weather forecasts, and newcomer Ann Marie LaFlamme will bring viewers a new twist on traffic. Erin Nicole returns to the morning team with daily reports on what's happening around the city, including digital and social media. Reporters Jennifer Bisram and Nima Shaffe will provide up-to-the-minute, live coverage of daily breaking news from communities across Metro Detroit.

WUPM-FM (Ironwood) recently lost its broadcast tower during a high wind event. The station's programming has moved to sister station WHRY-AM (Hurley, WI) and an FM translator on FM 92.9 in Ironwood, displacing WHRY's regular Oldies format.

WSMH-TV (Saginaw) debuted a brand new FOX66 News at 10 newscast, featuring a new team and exclusive content for Mid-Michigan viewers. The all new FOX66 News at 10 returns anchor Dave Bondy to the mid-Michigan market, where he served as anchor/reporter from 2002-2007. Bondy will be joined by co-anchor Sadie Hughes, chief meteorologist Ty Shesky and sports director Tom Eschen. Consumer reporter Jennifer Profitt will also appear as a newscast regular. Pictured right: Dave Bondy and Sadie Hughes.

Bill Lamb, Flint radio pioneer and longtime radio personality, passed away April 15 after a lengthy illness. He was 90. Lamb was co-owner of the Bill Lamb Record Shoppes, host of the 50's Jam for Breakfast radio show and originator of Disk Jockey Dances. In the 60s he became host of The Buick Factory Whistle Show which aired over 11,400 programs and was the top-rated show in Flint radio for over a decade.

Grand Rapids FOX affiliate WXMI-TV recently introduced a new morning meteorologist. Garry Frank (pictured right) comes from Yuma, AZ where he was the chief meteorologist.

The E.W. Scripps Company has announced the completion of its merger with Journal Communications and the spinoff of the merged companies' newspaper properties as Journal Media Group. Scripps retains the two companies' television, radio, and digital properties. Scripps expanded portfolio now includes Lansing/Jackson FOX affiliate WSYM-TV Ch. 47 which joins ABC affiliate WXYZ-TV Ch. 7 and MyNetworkTV WMYD-TV Ch. 20 Detroit. In addition Scripps takes over a local marketing agreement for Lansing MyNetworkTV affiliate WHTV-TV Ch. 18.

Partha Nandi, MD FACP will join WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as the Chief Health Editor providing in-depth and breaking health news coverage. The Ask Dr. Nandi talk show host will be partnering with WXYZ to give a new look to their health news coverage. Dr. Partha Nandi is the creator and host of the metro Detroit filmed Emmy award winning internationally syndicated medical talk show. Dr. Nandi debuted Monday, April 20 on the 5 o’clock 7 Action News. He will continue on three times a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Specs Howard School of Media Arts celebrated the retirement of Tom Profit. From a recent Facebook post from the school: Tom has been with the school since 1977 and has influenced many students and staff members during his time there.

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Engineering and Technical Information

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Connect with the MAB EAS Forum!

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters recently launched an online EAS Forum for engineers, operations directors, and anyone who deals with EAS alerts at the station level. The purpose of the forum is to discuss problems and solutions with the state's Emergency Alert System, including troubleshooting the reasons for missed tests. The forum is moderated by State EAS Chairman Gary Blievernicht along with MAB EAS Project Manager Alisha Clack and Technology Manager Dan Kelley.

Invitations to station engineers have been sent to the password-protected site. If your station engineer has not received an invitation or there is someone else on your staff that would like to participate, send an email to [email protected] and request access.


Why ABIP??: The Educational Value of ABIP
By Randall Davidson, Lecturer/Director of Radio Services, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh

Many broadcasters in Wisconsin have taken advantage of the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program or ABIP.  It’s another one of the great services provided by WBA. (editor's note: MAB also offers this great service!)  Getting an ABIP inspection is a good idea no matter what kind of station you have, but there is added value if your station is a non-commercial/educational one.

Since WRST-FM here at UW Oshkosh is an affiliate of Wisconsin Public Radio, we could just opt to participate in ABIP when the network does their round of inspections.  However, we’ve always gone our own way and scheduled our inspections independent of the network.  Primarily, it’s to ensure that the ABIP inspection occurs during the school year, so that students can be a part of the process.   

During our most-recent inspection in September of 2013, I included the WRST student station manager, who was able to witness the inspection first-hand.  He saw the types of things the inspector looks at and how the chief operator (me) and the station engineer answer questions.  Moreover, he could see precisely why I’m so fussy in maintaining the public inspection file.

The ABIP inspection dovetails nicely with our educational mission in that it not only provides the student leaders an authentic media management experience, but it also prepares them to be responsible broadcasters as they go forward in their professional careers.

The ABIP is only once every three years, but it can (and should) be part of instruction at all times.  We include ABIP information as part of the training of all on-air students, and it’s the basis for a couple of test questions in my freshman radio broadcasting and audio production class.  I tell this class a true story about ABIP.  While I was working at Wisconsin Public Radio, an FCC field inspector showed up in our lobby and said he was there to do a routine field inspection of the network’s flagship station WHA-AM.  I politely told him that I would get the chief engineer, but in the meantime, I pointed out our WBA ABIP certificate that was framed and on the lobby wall.  He looked at it, and seeing it was current said, ‘thank you,’ and left.  The resulting test question is: “An FCC inspector shows up at WRST and says he wants to perform a routine field inspection.  Upon seeing our ABIP certificate, what is likely to happen?”

I urge students that once they get into a position of responsibility at a broadcasting outlet, they should schedule an ABIP at first opportunity.  To illustrate this point, I relate another ABIP success story.  A friend of mine got the job of station manager at a small public radio station in another state.  She asked if I could offer any advice, and I recommended that once she got settled in and got her paperwork and records in shape, she should contract for an ABIP inspection.  Ironically, she was about to do so when an actual FCC inspector dropped by and performed a full field inspection.  She passed with flying colors, which she credited to the preparation she was doing to prepare for the ABIP inspection.

If you’re at an NCE station and haven’t done so yet, please consider scheduling an ABIP at your first convenience.  It not only gives you peace of mind, but can also provide a great real-world experience for your students.

Contact MAB's Ann Walters at [email protected] or 800.968.7622 for information on how your station can benefit from ABIP in Michigan!

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MAB Station Community Service Highlights

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WDIV Celebrates National Reading Month with Local Schools
WDIV-TV (Detroit) Local 4 celebrated National Reading Month by bringing the love of books to nearly two dozen schools across metro Detroit. The morning show anchors on Local 4 News Today, as well as other WDIV reporters, read to children in their classrooms and when the visit was over, presented them with a gift card for a pizza party. In addition, Local 4 collected new and used books from the students and donated them to various charities in and around Detroit.

“It’s a wonderful way to get to know the teachers and kids in our community. And it’s a tradition we look forward to each year,” said Vice President and General Manager Marla Drutz. “And I know our news team enjoyed it just as much as the students did.”

WFXD Presents St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital 2015 Radiothon
WFXD-FM (Marquette) will be presenting radiothon to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital April 30 and May 1, 2015. The station will be broadcasting live from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. both days. Last year the station raised over $6000. Get more information on the station's website here.

The UPside Airs on WLUC
WLUC-TV (Marquette) is now airing "The UPside," a one-minute feature focusing on people, businesses, organizations, and events making a positive influence in the U.P. According to the station's website, the feature calls attention "to the many positive things that happen in Upper Michigan. All too often, we only hear about the negative things that happen. There's much more to life than that. We know there are many people who do things to help others have a better life. We know there are many businesses and organizations that make our communities a better place to live."

MAB Member Services/Membership

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MAB Member Service: Digital Media Consultants - Jacobs Media
Something Else About Periscope...
By: Lori Lewis, Jacobs Media

Whether it's a lack of funds or the simple fact that some people just don't want to pay for content, more and more people are getting creative in how they access it.

When the Season 5 premiere of Game of Thrones aired, friends who don't pay for HBO convinced friends who do to live stream the show via Periscope, the live streaming app that Twitter recently bought, so they wouldn't miss out.

Quality isn't the issue here - fans just wanted their Game of Thrones, and sitting through a low quality experience just to watch via their buddy's Periscope stream was worth it to them.

Little did these "good friends" realize that Twitter will shut down anyone's Periscope account for violating "community guidelines," the fine print most of us never bother to read. Read More

MAB Member Service: Enstar Energy Savings
Exemption from Michigan Sales Tax
By: Don Johns, Enstar Energy

EnStar Energy L.L.C. has helped MAB member stations save many thousands of dollars by obtaining the exemptions for which they are eligible. Yet, many stations are still paying the full 6% sales tax rate because they simply have not taken advantage of this service.

Please take a few minutes to review your utility bills. If you see sales tax being paid at about 6%, call EnStar. If you are not certain whether or not you have an exemption, fax a copy of your bill to EnStar at (517) 268-1278.

If your station is paying the full 6% on its utility bills, EnStar will perform an onsite energy analysis of your facilities to determine the percent eligible for exemption and prepare all necessary forms and documentation to put the exemption in place.

Under State of Michigan tax rules:
• Licensed radio and television stations are eligible for exemption from paying sales tax on the portion of their energy usage used to produce the broadcast material transmitted over the airways as well as the energy used to illuminate and condition the specific space where the production takes place within the studios. All other uses and areas are taxable including transmitters.
• Michigan law also provides for a recovery period that extends back 4 years from the date of a recovery submission – meaning dollars that you have already paid can be recovered.

Under MAB’s agreement with EnStar:
Member stations pay a portion of the previously paid taxes recovered to EnStar as the fee for its services when recovered and not before.
• A portion of the recovery also goes to MAB to allow MAB to continue to put together similar programs serving its members.
• Member stations do not pay EnStar or MAB unless monies are recovered.

Once the exemption is in place it is equivalent to a permanent 6% reduction in that portion of your station’ energy costs so long as your exemption is maintained but stations need to be aware:
• Exemptions are revoked if a station has new ownership.
• Exemptions are revoked if a station goes into receivership.
• Exemptions are revoked if a station moves to a new building or has a change in metering.
• Signing with an electric or natural gas choice supplier sometimes results in loss of an exemption.
• If a station has gone through major changes in its facilities or its operations such as remodeling, adding on to a building, installing new equipment, retrofitting with more efficient lighting, etc., the prior exemption may need modification to reflect current use.
• EnStar will assist your station with submitting all required paperwork to ensure your station remains exempt from future sales taxes.

To begin a review of your sales tax exemption simply contact Don Johns at EnStar. You can contact Don at (517) 694-2510 or [email protected]. EnStar is located at 6810 South Cedar Street Suite 16 Lansing, Michigan 48911.

Don and his staff at EnStar will be pleased to assist you with any questions you may have.

Meet the MAB Associate Members:

Adcraft Club of Detroit
AVI Systems
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
Book Venture Publishing
Charter Township of Meridian/HOMTV 21
CMU-School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts
Consumers Energy
ENCO Systems, Inc
EnStar Energy
Financial Technology, Inc.
Gehman Compliance & Consulting
H&S Associates
Hope College
Leightronix, Inc.

M3 Group
Masud Labor Law Group
MI Dept of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs
Michigan Radio/Michigan Farm Radio Network
Michigan Community Media/WBRW-TV
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Restaurant Association
Mid-State Consultants
Quello Center for Telecommunication
Radio Music License Committee
Regional Reps Corporation
Schoolcraft College
Speedy Spots, Inc
Spotlight Productions/Michigan's Big Show
Spring Arbor University

TBC Sports - Spartan Sports Network
Truscott Rossman
TVU Networks
Weather Metrics
WIHC-FM/Strong Tower Radio
WJKN-AM/Good Sheppard Catholic Radio
WKDS-FM/Public Media Network
WLSO-FM/Lake Superior State University
WMHW-FM/Modern Rock 91.5
WMIQ-AM/Talk 1450
WNFA-FM/Wonderful News Readio
WNFR-FM/90.7 Hope FM
WVFN-AM/Spartan Radio

Contact Ann Walters to see how you can be added to this list.

Membership Services

How Broad is Your EEO Outreach?

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Don't spend hours trying to find the information for your EEO report. Let BCS make reporting and outreach easy. BCS offers conference call training on a weekly basis. Click here for participant information and a schedule (Members Only).


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Secretary/Treasurer - Debbie Kenyon
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- Peter Tanz
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President/CEO - Karole L. White
Directors: David Bangura · Gary Baxter · Rob David · Marla Drutz
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Vice President - Gary Reid
Treasurer - Jeff Forster
Secretary - Michelle Srbinovich
Executive Director - Karole L. White
Board Coordinator - Ann Walters
Directors: Thomas Bennett · Gordon Bolar · Ed Grant · Sally Eisele
Evelyn Massaro · Molly Motherwell · Stephen Schram · Michael T. Walenta