MAB News Archive

MAB Testifies on a Drone Bill in Senate Transportation Committee

Last week, MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo testified in the Senate Transportation Committee in opposition to Senate Bill 432 – legislation that prohibits drones from operating within 1,000 feet of Mackinac Bridge. The MAB asked the committee to consider amendatory language to the bill, which will allow FCC-licensed TV and radio stations, and their… read more

Senate Panel Reinstates Some Tax Credits

The Michigan Senate Finance Committee unanimously approved a four-bill package to reinstate some of the tax credits that were eliminated in 2011 when Governor Snyder’s (R) tax reform was enacted. The bills would: Allow a taxpayer to claim an income tax credit of up to 50 percent of charitable contributions he or she made to public… read more

Bill Restricts Advertising for Healthy Michigan Fund

MAB opposed Senate Bill 542, introduced by State Senator Tonya Schuitmaker (R-26), which prohibits the use of state funds to advertise or encourage enrollment in the Healthy Michigan Fund, a Medicaid extension program authorized through the Affordable Care Act. MAB opposes any legislation that restricts advertising and the free flow of information from government to… read more

Create Support Documents to Get Your Blog Off the Ground

By: Seth Resler, Jacobs Media As I’ve discussed before, the way to pull all of your different digital tools together is to use a content marketing strategy. To do this, of course, you’re going to need to implement a system to consistently create online content. When I say “online content,” what I’m talking about is… read more

Bill Velez

Associate Member Highlight: Radio Music License Committee

By: Bill Velez, Executive Director at Radio Music License Committee I owe my job at the Radio Music License Committee (RMLC) to Michigan’s own Ed Christian of Saga Communications. My first job out of college in 1972 entailed licensing radio stations at American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).  Ed was one of my… read more

AM Revitalization Rules to Take Effect February 18

The FCC’s AM revitalization rules have been published in the Federal Register on January 19. The publication sets the effective date of the new rules as February 18, and establishes the framework for the one-time FM translators-for-AM stations filing windows in 2017, the continuation of “MATTOON Waivers” and the 250-mile window for moving existing translators… read more

Fire Chiefs Support Linking WEA to FM Smartphones

According to the report in Radio Business Report (RBR), The International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) is urging the FCC to explore activated FM chips in cellphones because of radio’s importance during a crisis. The FCC wants to raise the 90-character limit of current Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) messages to 360 characters. The smartphone alerts… read more

Al Tompkins

Al Tompkins, Senior Faculty at Pointer Institute, Featured at GLBC

The MAB is excited to bring you on-trend topics about news gathering and reporting with Poynter Institute’s Al Tompkins! Al Tompkins is The Poynter Institute’s senior faculty for broadcasting and online. For almost 10 years, thousands of people each day read his online journalism story idea column “Al’s Morning Meeting” on Poynter.org. Tompkins is the… read more

Geary Morrill

Engineering Spotlight: Geary S. Morrill, Digity Great Lakes Region

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations. To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com. Geary S. Morrill, CPBE-CBNT Technical Manager at Digity Great Lakes Region for the past three years. Brief Engineering Resume: WLCC (Closed Circuit) Station Manager – LCC ’72-73… read more