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MAB Member Services

The Mississippi Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has been proudly serving the broadcasting industry in Mississippi for more than 65 years. We provide programs and services beneficial to the individual broadcaster and to our members as a group.

ALTERNATIVE BROADCAST INSPECTION PROGRAM (ABIP) - ABIP provides great 3-year protection from an FCC walk-in inspection. It is member subscriber-based and is facilitated by a retired FCC Regional Inspector. It is the equivalent of a very inexpensive insurance policy! Many members have stated that this program alone is worth the price of membership.

EEO PROGRAM - Broadcast Compliance Services is an all-encompassing, easy-to-use internet based software program to assist your station in its EEO outreach and reporting initiatives. Free to members.

JOB FAIRS - MAB facilitates a Job Fair every other year. By sponsoring, supporting and participating, stations can earn a full FCC EEO credit against their PRONG 3 requirements.

SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM - By supporting the Scholarship Program, you can earn FCC EEO PRONG 3 credit and encourage bright young people to enter the broadcasting profession. Our goal is to award 8 scholarships annually to deserving residents of MS, enrolled in a course of study directed toward broadcasting at a college or university in MS.

ANNUAL CONVENTION - Our annual convention features workshops and sessions on a variety of topics dedicated to the improved operation of a station. It typically incorporates sales training, FCC updates, exchange of sales and promotion ideas, legal updates, engineering issues, technology updates and other subjects suggested by members. Any business related to the operation of the Association is also included as sponsors and exhibitors.

WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS - Features industry experts and guest speakers offering a variety of educational opportunities.

LEGAL INFORMATION - MAB, through its Washington attorneys, provides information pertaining to FCC operating requirements, FCC issues and policy-making, and legislative issues on a national level.

LEGISLATIVE SUPPORT - Legislative support is a key component of member services. It is provided through our staff lobbying efforts both here in MS and in Washington. We maintain a close relationship with the National Association of Broadcasters, working with and through their staff, to be effective on the Hill in Washington regarding broadcast issues.

POLITICAL INFORMATION The MAB staff and our attorneys provided important information on political issues. Political rules and regulations are constantly changing, and we diligently provide timely information to our member stations.

EAS MANAGEMENT AND SUPPORT - MAB is the primary author of the state EAS Plan. Our association provides both management and support to assist stations with meeting their important FCC/EAS requirements.

EMAIL ALERTS AND BULLETINS - MAB keeps our members informed on key issues, requirements and information through timely alerts and bulletins.

WEBSITE - Provides relevant information for broadcasters, a member database and online job listings.

MAB/NCSA SUPPORTING ANNOUNCEMENTS - Non-profit organizations contract with MAB for spot air-time. The MAB NCSA Program generates revenue to help keep the MAB dues low.

A BASIC RESOURCE - The MAB is a basic resource of information. We attempt to provide prompt answers to a wide range of questions. If we do not know the answer to a question, we try to find the right source to accurately answer the question.

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