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FCC Proposes New EAS Event Code and Adding 13 Additional Languages to Alerts

February 23, 2024

In the past week, the FCC has proposed some updates to the current EAS system.  On Wednesday (2/21), Radio World reported that FCC Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel is proposing adding a new event code to the EAS system for missing and endangered persons.  This would be those who would not qualify for an Amber Alert.

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WYTZ St. Jude Radiothon Sets New Fundraising Record

February 23, 2024

Midwest Family Broadcast Group’s WYTZ-FM (Benton Harbor) held their 2024 ‘Y-Country Cares for Kids’ St. Jude Radiothon February 15-16 and announced a new record fund-raising total.

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Mike Stone Signs Off From The Ticket

February 23, 2024

Last Friday (2/16), longtime WXYT-FM (Detroit) morning host Mike Stone (aka “Stoney”) said goodbye to listeners for the last time on the “Stoney and Jansen” morning show with an emotional speech in which he thanked at least 100 people by name.

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MAB Member Benefit Spotlight

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Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio

In partnership with the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), the MAB is launching the Mentoring and Inspiring Women in Radio program. The goal of the program is to encourage strong female leadership in Michigan radio and enhance the value of a career in radio. Women broadcasters in positions of leadership from Michigan will provide monthly guidance to the individual who will be chosen through an application process.

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Broadcast Station Site Safety Assessments

Unfortunately, media outlets and personnel have become targets of violence and harassment.  In an effort to help provide protection to broadcasters in Michigan, the MAB and Michigan State Police Critical Infrastructure Protection (CIP) Desk are partnering to help broadcast stations ensure safety for their staff and facilities by offering Station Site Safety Assessments that will evaluate and make practical recommendations of security operations at broadcast stations and identify options for facility owners and operators to mitigate against relevant threats.

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Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program

The Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) is a unique partnership between the MAB and the FCC to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to avoid surprise inspections. Stations that pass the inspection receive a three-year Certification of Compliance.

 

Mark Your Calendar

The MAB hosts events for all Michigan broadcasters throughout the year both in-person and online.  Along with the continuing education opportunities, the MAB connects broadcasters with chances to network and celebrate during awards ceremonies.  Keep track of the MAB opportunities on the events calendar.

All Things ABIP: A Deep Dive Into the Alternative Inspection Program

March 21, 2024
1-2 p.m. Eastern

Join Larry Wilkins  Director of Engineering Services, Alabama Broadcasters Association for a one-hour walk-through of the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program.  Larry is a long-time ABIP inspector and trains other ABIP inspectors around the country.  Find out what it takes to stay legal!

The Michigan Broadcast Engineering Conference

March 13, 2024
The Double Tree by Hilton, Lansing

Join the Michigan Association of Broadcasters at the 2024 Michigan Broadcast Engineering Conference to network, learn, and celebrate. The event welcomes broadcast engineers, station managers, and industry partners for the iconic Beer and Bull networking reception, educational sessions on various engineering topics, and the presentation of the Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award.

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