MAB Retreat Focuses on Digital

The digital transition will be a theme of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat in July.

Presentations include “The Next Generation of HD Radio” featuring Kitsa Lee of Ibiquity, who says radio stations need to stay ahead of the learning curve by understanding what is next in HD Radio technology.

Also on the agenda is “Technically Speaking With NAB’s David Layer.” The director of advanced engineering for the National Association of Broadcasters will talk about what the organization is doing to prepare stations for the next generation of broadcast media.

Ross Biederman, president and general manager of Midwestern Broadcasting Co., will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include Thomas Bender, regional GM and senior vice president for Greater Media Detroit; P. Thomas Bryson, president/GM of WJRT(TV) in Flint; Gary A. Reid, University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University; and Stephen Trivers, former president and GM of Fairfield Broadcasting Co. in Kalamazoo.

The MAB Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat will be held July 9-10 in Grand Rapids. Program and registration information is available on its Web site.
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So when will they ban wind turbines, they kill far more birds than towers. In 40 years around towers, I have seen less than 10 dead birds, and there was no way of telling if they died from the tower or other causes. I see scores of dead birds in downtown metro areas from flying into high rise building, will there be an EA on that? (estimated 200 million-1 billion/year) How about domestic and feral cats? (estimated 300 million+/year) Or even flying into moving cars (estimated 60-80 million/year) Even if the outrageous figure of 40-50 million/year bird deaths were correct (this has never been documented as even remotely approaching this number), towers are at the low end of mortality causes and not a major problem. From my legal research, I can find no jurisdiction for the federal government beyond airspace protection over towers, this is state territorial jurisdiction. If it passes the airspace study, put it up anyway and dare them to do something. Migratory birds are not "Interstate Commerce". This needs to be settled in court, the government is out of control and needs to be stopped.
By Mike V. on 4/1/2011

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