One of the benefits of a Michigan Association of Broadcasters Membership is the ability to take advantage of free programs to help you and your station:
MAB Member Benefits
The MAB coordinates regular meetings between Michigan broadcast industry leaders, state and federal lawmakers in their home districts.
The Association also monitors legislation that could impact MAB members, effectively lobbying when necessary to make certain that the views of broadcasters are considered by Michigan legislators and by members of Congress. We also support the government relations activities of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB.)
Advocacy outreach events for MAB members include Lansing Capitol Day, U.S. Call on Congress, in-district Congressional meetings, and the NAB State Leadership Conference.
The Legal Hotline features renowned Washington, D.C. based FCC attorney David Oxenford, who can answer your questions regarding FCC matters.
Oxenford represents broadcasting and digital media companies in connection with regulatory, transactional and intellectual property issues. He has represented broadcasters before the Federal Communications Commission, the courts and other government agencies for almost 30 years. He regularly counsels clients on all aspects of broadcast law including the rules dealing with political broadcasting, multiple ownership, noncommercial broadcasting, technical operations and various aspects of content regulation. He also negotiates purchase and sale agreements and other types of broadcast transactions. In addition to representing broadcasters, he works with many others involved in the industry, including broadcast associations, brokers, bankers, private equity funds, programming consultants, and technology companies.
David also represents digital media companies, including a number of Internet radio companies. He represents these companies before the Copyright Office, the Copyright Royalty Board, and other government agencies, and he advises them on music royalty issues as well as other general business and regulatory matters. David is a partner in the law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer, LLP
And, for matters here in Michigan, the MAB provides the resources of John J. Ronayne III of Bernardi, Ronayne & Glusac.
A Detroit native, Ronayne, has 36+ years of practice in Attorney, Media Law, State and Local Taxation Law, Corporate Law, Arbitration. John J. Ronayne, III is currently associated with law firm Bernardi, Ronayne & Glusac, P.C..
In collaboration with the FCC, the MAB offers the Alternative Broadcast Inspection Program (ABIP) to ensure compliance with federal regulations and to avoid surprise inspections. ABIP certifications are conducted by knowledgeable experts who review technical and regulatory requirements. Stations that pass the inspection receive a three-year Certification of Compliance, and all participants receive an FCC compliance checklist and an Emergency Alert System manual.
While ABIPs are available to any licensed broadcaster within the State of Michigan, MAB members can receive a substantial discount on their inspection and receive that important Certificate of Compliance.
The MAB organizes Career Fairs throughout the year to assist stations with meeting compliance requirements and we maintain member Job Postings here.
The MAB has arranged with Enstar Energy to provide energy audits for its members. Did you know that virtually all MAB members are eligible for an exemption on sales tax on energy? MAB members that have participated in this program have received, on average, $4,800 up to $40,000 in refunded taxes from their utility companies. Plus, they save about $1,200 annually at no cost and little to no effort on their part.
On-Demand Broadcast Training and Revenue Development.
- Training Videos: More than 1,100 sessions featuring over 60 trainers –making LBS the industry’s leading independent training service!
- Advertiser Intelligence: Over 3,000 relevant marketing support materials and research items updated every day and arranged by the advertiser category!
- Ask LBS: Live access to top industry minds when unique, and real sales challenges arise!
- Sales Ideas: Sellers and managers can always use fresh, creative ideas for their clients!
- 2nd Tuesday Webinars: The broadcast industry’s favorite webinars that focus on and provide street-ready skills!
To sign-up, call Eric Moore at Local Broadcast Sales
(317) 804-9440 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
The MAB hosts monthly webinars on a variety of topics, including FCC and legal issues, promotions, sales, news and more.
Third Thursday Webinars
Mark your calendars to spend “Third Thursdays with the MAB” each month and keep an eye out for special extra webinars to be posted. Webinars are free to MAB members, and all are archived for later viewing.
MAB Free Offers Mental Health Support for Journalists
To provide a level of support for journalists, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and Mental Health Association in Michigan (MHAM) is offering a four-part series on mental health support to journalists and all broadcasters from across the state.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters remains focused on offering services to support the mental health of our members.
Now more than ever, during these unprecedented times, we understand that a lot of our members might need a helping hand which is why the MAB has partnered with BetterHelp to extend an additional layer of care and provide you with easy and confidential access to professional therapy at no cost.
The partnership gives all MAB members one month of free, online therapy - up to 4 live sessions + unlimited texting - with a therapist that is specifically assigned to your individual preferences. You can communicate with your therapist via text, talk, phone and video whenever you feel it’s needed.
After the first month, therapy is offered at a 15% discount.
Sign up here.