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Fall Station Tour 2016

The MIACM annual station tour and meeting is next Friday, Sept. 9th. We’ll be touring Specs Howard School of Media Arts new studio, TV Warren and Local 4 WDIV TV. This is free for members and $20 for non-members. The first 15 people who RSVP get to watch WDIV’s live 5pm newscast! RSVP to There are only a handful of spots left!!

Here is the schedule of events:
We will start the tour at 10:30am at Specs Howard School of Media Arts:
23801 Industrial Park Drive Farmington Hills, Mi.
From the street, there’s a sign that says Studio Center.

Then head to TV Warren around noon:
5441 Arden Ave,
Warren, MI 48092
Park in the TV Warren Truck lot.

Head to Lunch & General Meeting at around 2pm (lunch on your own tab):
Oasis Mediterranean Cuisine
5709 East Twelve Mile Road
Warren, MI 48092

Head to Local 4 WDIV TV around 4pm:
550 W Lafayette Blvd
Detroit, MI 48226

We hope to see you there!

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