High Definition Television Transition And The Growth of HD Radio Are Key Topics For Michigan Broadcasters During Annual MAB Convention
The high-tech future of broadcast television and radio will be “front and center” in the hallways, conference rooms, and exhibition hall of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC), which will be held Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14 at the Lansing Center located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing.
GLBC is the annual convention for Michigan's broadcast industry. More than 1,000 broadcasters and related industry professionals from across the state will attend the event, which covers a broad range of industry related issues. The MAB conference comes at a time when the broadcasting industry is facing some of the most complex and sweeping changes in its history. Among the key issues being discussed by broadcasters during GLBC are:
The Transition to Digital Television (DTV) – New federal legislation makes February 17, 2009 the official shut-off date for analog TV transmission. There are many complex issues that must be dealt with over the next three years to ensure that consumers can successfully make the transition to digital television in advance of the government-imposed deadline. Barry VanDenBerg of Orlando Digital TV will lead a seminar called “Collaborating to Grow the HDTV Market,” in which he will discuss how broadcasters and early HDTV adopters in Orlando worked together to create the greatest market penetration of HDTV in the country.
HD Radio On The Horizon – HD Radio has hit the air in many markets. When will affordable receivers hit the market and lead consumers into the HD universe? Is HD radio a format that will doom
emerging competitors including satellite radio? Joseph D'Angelo of iBquity will lead a discussion of HD radio.
An HD Radio receiver and high definition television technology will be prominently displayed in the GLBC Exhibit Hall. The MAB booth will feature a display of HDTV, as well as a “souped-up” 1965 Pontiac GTO that is equipped with HD Radio.
Other GLBC conference highlights include:
• A keynote speech by Jason Jennings, founder of the nation's largest media consulting company and author of the book “Think Big-Act Small.”
• The annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Presentation, which recognizes outstanding news and programming and public service performances by Michigan radio and television stations;
• The MAB Foundation Career Fair, during which broadcasters will meet with and offer advice to students seeking positions in the industry;
• The MAB Foundation's Michigan High School & College Broadcast Awards; and
• A luncheon speech on Tuesday, March 14 by Ron Bachman, whose life was featured in a documentary titled “Walk This Way.” Bachman, whose legs were amputated when he was four years old, has worked as a broadcaster in Michigan, and will speak on diversity issues, relationship building, disability concerns for the able-bodied, bullying in the workplace and related issues.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individuals employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.