Category: 2019

STELAR Renewal Update: Thank You Members

Thanks to our TV members who gave an all-out effort to appeal to Senator Gary Peters asking him to let STELAR expire. Yesterday (11/14), the Senate Commerce Committee was scheduled to mark-up a bill offered by Senator Roger Wicker (R-MS) that would reauthorize the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act (STELAR) for five years. NAB… read more

WLEN’s ‘Thank A Vet’ Fundraiser Raises $30,570.69

On November 11, WLEN-FM (Adrian) hosted it’s 14th Annual Thank a Vet Day. This day is in celebration of Veterans Day and is an event to raise funds and awareness for homeless and other veterans in need in Lenawee County. The event raised $30,570.69 between 5 a.m. and 7 p.m. for the “Veterans Dire Need… read more

WXYZ-TV Teams Up with Art Van for 11th ‘Together We Can’ Community Food Drive

For the 11th consecutive year, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) and Art Van Furniture are teaming up with Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan to fight hunger in metro Detroit with their annual “Together We Can” food drive. They will be collecting non-perishable food donations from through Saturday, November 30. “We know every can, bag or box… read more

State Legislative Report

State of Michigan issues and concerns facing broadcasters: Time Change Bill Back Again (11/12/19) The House passed a bill to stop the biannual time change leaving Michigan on Daylight Savings Time.  Representative Michele Hoitenga (R-102) introduced the bill (H.B. 4303) which now moves to House Ways and Means Committee. This bill was introduced a year… read more

WNMU-TV Welcomes New Producer and Host

Northern Michigan University’s WNMU-TV (Marquette) has announced that Elizabeth Peterson has joined the station as our new Producer and Host. Peterson has worked for Northern Michigan University for the past six years as the sales manager for the Northern Center. Prior to that, she was at WLUC-TV (Marquette) where she co-anchored with Steve Asplund and… read more

USDA Issues Interim Rules for Hemp Production – How Does it Affect CBD Advertising?

Editor’s note:  On Thursday, November 21, 2019 from 3 – 5 p.m., the MAB will present a live webinar “Preparing for the 2020 Elections” with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP and Bobby Baker, FCC.  2020 is bound to be a very active year for political broadcasting. Who do you have to sell advertising time… read more

Senate Floats Bare Bones Renewal of STELAR, Michigan Broadcasters Urge Senator Peters to Voice Opposition

Sen. Roger Wicker (R-Miss.), Chair of the Senate Commerce Committee, introduced a straight forward bill to renew STELAR this week. In response, MAB television members have flooded Michigan Sen. Gary Peters’ office with letters in opposition, asking him to let the Chairman and Ranking Member of the Senate Commerce Committee, Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-Wash.), know… read more

George Beasley to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America

George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, will be honored with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner. The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the… read more