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2016 Fall Station Tour

Save The Date: Friday, September 9, 2016 for the annual MI-ACM Fall Station Tour!! MIACM Fall 2016 Station Tour Save Date B

More information TBA. MIACM Fall 2016 Station Tour Save Date A


Interim Funding For MPSC

The State of Michigan Department of Licensing & Regulator Affairs announced on Friday, July 1, 2016 that there will be interim funding for the MPSC…

“Communication to Michigan Municipalities and Video/Cable Providers – Michigan Public Service Commission Resumes Video Franchise Operations – Effective July 1, 2016 Interim funding for the Michigan Public Service Commission’s (MPSC’s) video franchise activity has been secured. The MPSC will resume video/cable franchise operations on July 1, 2016. The MPSC will resume handling and/or processing video/cable franchise entity, provider, and customer complaints. Municipalities can advise their residents to contact the MPSC for any video/cable customer complaints, in addition municipalities may contact the MPSC for any franchise agreement complaints. The MPSC looks forward to working with customers, municipalities and providers on matters related to Public Act 480 of 2006 (Uniform Video Services Local Franchise Act).”

Original Document here. 

Public Policy Priorities For 2016

This one-page document was sent out by National ACM President Mike Wassenaar on May 13, 2016. Here’s a list of the Public Policy Priorities and work for the rest of 2016.

  • Closed Captioning: ACM is working with the FCC for reconsideration of the Second Report and Order on Closed Captioning and will provide technical assistance for PEG channels and the FCC as the reporting and self-certification process for captioning exemptions begins. Our three goals are to ensure channels and access producers are not burdened with needless paperwork; that any self-certification is easy and actually helps PEG channels communicate with viewers; and that as many PEG operations as possible understand and are in compliance with FCC rules in the coming year.
  • Inquiry on Diverse Program Sources: ACM will press the FCC to strengthen the ability of PEG channels to have metadata carried on all interactive program guides, have technical parity with broadcast channels, and get HD carriage on MVPD systems.
  • Rulemaking on Set Top Boxes: ACM will press the FCC to insure that technical standards for all STBs include local data and local channels so PEG channels can be found in all navigation environments.
  • Court Challenge on 621 Ruling: ACM will file an amicus brief in the federal district court case challenging the FCC miting Local Franchising power.
  • Skinny Bundles and New Entrants: ACM will continue to monitor legal fights over the status of products like Comcast s Stream and will continue to ensure PEG carriage and support on new entrants systems such as Google Fiber and CenturyLink Prism.
  • Music Licensing: ACM is supporting measures to limit on-line licensing costs for LPFM radio operators. This will benefit the 60 PEG stations with new radio licenses across the country.
  • Preparing for 2017: ACM will prepare for the 2017 Congress by continuing to brief current and incoming Congress members on significant PEG issues; work to help states considering positive PEG laws (such as Wisconsin and Michigan); and prepare issues briefs for a new Administration and possible new FCC leadership.

Great job to National ACM for all their hard work! If you have questions or comments please contact: Alliance for Community President & CEO, Mike Wassenaar.


Original document can be found here: Public Policy Agenda 5.16

MAB 2016 Recap

On Tuesday, May 3, 2016 Michigan NATAO & ACM members came together to attend four relevant discussion for people working in the broadcast or media industry. Session were held during the MAB Great Lakes Broadcasters Conference & Trade Show at the Lansing Center in Lansing, MI.

Our first session started the day off with a round table discussions on SD to HD: Digital Migration from Shooting to Playback moderated by Deborah Guthrie & Lynn Meikle. Our next session was a A Presentation on the Michigan Uniform Video Franchising Act by State Representative Bill LaVoy. Representative LaVoy, who represents Michigan’s 17th House District, provides a unique perspective as a legislator who has served 14 years as the executive director of Monroe Public Access Cable Television (MPACT). We then took a break to attend the Main Luncheon & Michigan Student Broadcast Awards. After lunch our next session was The Monster of Digital Archiving presented by Kay Gregg from Access Fort WayneShe gave the group many helpful tips and tricks for audio and video archiving. From creating an online presence to media management and more. Our last session for the day was a special MI-ACM & NATOA Join Meeting with Protect Attorney Mike Watza giving us updates on the latest telecommunication legislation that affects our member communities.

There was a great PEG representation in the exhibit hall at the Advanced Lighting & Sound (ALS) booths 23-26. ALS showcased the latest in portable production systems and equipment. On display, the new production system for OrionONTV and new production truck for MCTV.

Thank you to everyone who attended MAB! We look forward to seeing you again at the 2017 event. #glbc #glbc2016

Last Chance to Register for MAB!

Please join us for the Michigan ACM/NATOA Joint Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Please share freely! Registration is open through Monday at midnight. You can also register on-site, but you will not have a lunch meal. At the end of the day, we will have a joint meeting with Michigan ACM & NATOA members. All events take place at The Lansing Center: 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Attendance including lunch and admission to the Trade Show is $50! Conference starts at 9am, but our sessions begin at 10am. Register online through this special Great Lakes Broadcasters Conference and Expo link.


7- 10 a.m. Registration Opens

10 – 11 a.m. Session 1- SD to HD: Digital Migration from Shooting to Playback- This session is a two part round-table discussion moderated by Deborah Guthrie. First, we’ll talk about preparing for a transition to HD. From cameras to composition. Next, we’ll cover what you’ll need to know when sending the signal to cable providers. From planning, cost, format, graphics and much more.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m. Session 2- A Presentation on the Michigan Uniform Video Franchising Act by State Representative Bill LaVoy- State Representative Bill LaVoy will be discussing the MI Uniform Video Franchising Act. Representative LaVoy, who represents Michigan’s 17th House District, provides a unique perspective as a legislator who has served 14 years as the executive director of Monroe Public Access Cable Televison (MPACT).

12:30 – 2 p.m. Main Luncheon & Michigan Student Broadcast Awards 2:30- 3:30p.m. Session 3- The Monster of Digital Archiving- Learn best practices with tips and tricks for audio and video archiving. From creating an online presence to media management and more. Speaker Kay Gregg from Access Fort Wayne will discuss her archiving policy & how she organizes a working archival file.  She has been working on archiving programs from the Lincoln Collection.

3:30-4p.m.  Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break 

4-5p.m. MI-ACM & NATOA Join Meeting ***speakers subject to change

Speaker Bios:
Deborah Guthrie is the content management strategist for Meridian Township. She develops communications best practices and procedures to provide information to residents through digital and print communications across multiple platforms. Deborah is the Executive Producer for HOMTV government and CAMTV public access channels. She is also the video franchise compliance and metro permit specialist overseeing regulatory issues and rights of way. In 2013, Deborah was elected to serve a third term as Chapter President of Michigan NATOA and served on the NATOA National Board of Directors from 2012-2014. She is a long time member of the Alliance for Community Media and was elected to an At Large position on the board in 2013. Deborah is married with two children. Her oldest son is a Marine, and youngest son attends Ferris State University in the Criminal Justice Program. She enjoys time with family, travel, and playdates with her grandson.
Kay Gregg is the Library Production Coordinator at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. She earned her MLS from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis in 2011. She went on to digitally organize video files in the tape library of Access Fort Wayne, a department of the Allen County Public Library. Her duties include writing a digital collection development policy, crafting small collection project outlines and various other best practice documents to guide the management of the 9000 digital and analog programs available in the AFW tape archive.

State Representative Bill LaVoy is serving his second term representing Michigan’s 17th House District, which covers portions of Wayne and Monroe counties, including the cities of Monroe, Flat Rock and Rockwood. He serves on three House committees: Agriculture, Energy (minority vice chairman) and Tax Policy. Bill is the son of retired Judge William LaVoy and the late Carolyn LaVoy, former principal of Orchard Alternative High School and Director of Senior Adult Education, whose commitment to their community fostered in Bill a sense of the importance of public service.Bill, a lifelong resident of Monroe, attended Leadership Monroe, Monroe Catholic Central High School and the University of Michigan and continues to live in the city of Monroe with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Grace and Carolyn.Before serving in the Legislature, Bill served 14 years as the executive director of Monroe Public Access Cable Television (MPACT). His experience includes serving on the City of Monroe Airport Board and the Monroe Cable Television Committee. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Monroe, having served on the board of directors and as president, and has volunteered as a teacher with Junior Achievement. Bill is also a member of the Monroe County Rod and Gun Club, the Monroe County Historical Society, the Michigan Democratic Party and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Contacts for more information:

Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, President of MIACM

Deborah Guthrie, President of MINATOA

Thank you and we hope to see you there!