Traffic Director Spotlight: Jamie White, MAB

Jamie White_300Jamie White, Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Lansing

Jamie White joined the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) in June as NCSA/Membership Assistant.  Among her duties is handling NCSA/PEP (Public Education Program) traffic.

Jamie replaces Pam Cutler who recently went to work for MAB member stations WLNS and WLAJ-TV in Lansing.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Jamie:  Cheesecake.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Jamie:  I’ve already been one of the greatest Superhero’s ever: a single mom. So if I had to pick another, I would say one that cures cancer.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Jamie: Racing or playing in the mud. Dirt track racing and mud bogs are where I go to have fun. Getting to share that enjoyment with my kids, makes it even better.

Q4: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Jamie:  My Papa always gave the best advice. One time on the front porch, he shared this little chat with me:  “Always shake someone’s hand like it might be the last time and you mean business. Say what you mean and mean what you say. When you make a deal, look them in the eye. No one owes you anything, if you want it, get up and go earn it. Holding on to anger is like holding on to a hot coal, it only burns you. When you find someone to love, love them with all you have. Don’t hold someone’s past over their head when they are trying to improve their future. “

Q5: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Jamie: 
My sister who passed away in 2009. To many missed opportunities to spend time with her. You have no idea what your siblings mean in your life until they are gone.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Jamie:
I am going to be a Grandma for the first time in February of 2017.  Beyond blessed and excited.

jācapps Cracks The Connected Car Code For Radio

JacappsMichigan-based mobile developer jācapps announced a major breakthrough for radio stations, podcasters and Internet radio stations – the ability to appear in even more automobile audio entertainment systems via Android Auto, Apple CarPlay and the SmartDeviceLink system for Ford and Toyota vehicles.

jācapps President Paul Jacobs noted, “For us, it’s always been about how radio could have a presence on the beachfront property known as smartphones. Today, that valuable real estate includes the car dashboard.”

“Over the past six years, we have focused on the changing in-car entertainment environment, and its impact on the radio industry,” remarked Jacobs Media President Fred Jacobs. “Today’s entertainment systems provide drivers with myriad options, many of which are accessed from their smartphone. And now, we can get radio broadcasters on the valuable screens of these vehicles to ensure that millions of consumers can enjoy hearing their favorite stations while driving.”

jācapps has created App EverywhereSM, where mobile apps for radio stations can now be coded to appear in automobiles that have Android Auto, SmartDeviceLink and pending approval from Apple, their CarPlay system.

“It’s exciting to be first. Our mobile app team has been dedicated to developing solutions that will ensure that broadcasters have presence in these entertainment systems,” commented jācapps COO Bob Kernen. “It’s a major priority for us. Jacobs Media has invested a lot of time in this space, including the DASH Conference. This is an incredibly important opportunity for broadcasters and we’re extremely pleased that we were able to crack the code.”

jācapps is in the process of releasing a beta app for Apple CarPlay for WMMR, the Greater Media-owned radio station in Philadelphia. The app is awaiting final approval and will be released in the iTunes app store soon as an update to their existing app. Videos showing how radio station apps appear in Android Auto and Apple CarPlay are available by emailing jācapps at sales@jacapps.com.

For more information about App EverywhereSM and how broadcasters can ensure their mobile applications are available in cars, contact Bob Kernen at bob@jacapps.com or Alex Burnstein at alex@jacapps.com.

Associate Member Highlight: Speedy Spots

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The staff of Speedy Spots, Inc. and Audio Acres

audio_acres_300After graduating from Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts (now known as “Specs Howard School of Media Arts”) in Southfield and Siena Heights University in Adrian, Chelsea native Jeff Van Riper spent several years at television and radio stations in Escanaba, Suburban Detroit, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Jackson and Alpena. In 1998, Jeff discovered a service niche of providing high-quality voice overs to these stations with quick turnaround, at a very affordable cost, and with outstanding customer service.

Control Room

Nearly 20 years later, SpeedySpots.com has produced nearly two million English and Spanish-language voice overs for customers worldwide. Repetition is reputation, and Speedy Spots’ staff, along with specially-selected voice talents from across North and South America, have fully realized the formula that has made Speedy Spots so successful: “Do it fast, do it well and do it for an affordable price.”

Studio

In 2015, Jeff expanded upon this effective concept with the introduction of Audio Acres (AudioAcres.com), a small-scale, state-of-the-art recording studio. Audio Acres provides the latest in digital audio and video technology, while still being an affordable option for solo singer-songwriters, small acoustic and electric combos, audiobooks and Student Audition videos. You can see more on their Facebook page (FaceBook/AudioAcres).

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Chelsea, Michigan headquarters

Together, Speedy Spots and Audio Acres can provide a wide range of high-quality audio-visual services, that won’t exceed your budget or your deadline. Their staff is the finest you will find anywhere and is the reason for their continued success. Find out what they can do for you at www.speedyspots.com or www.audioacres.com.

Geary Morrill Promoted at Alpha Media

Morrill_300Longtime WSGW-AM/FM, WGER-FM, WCEN-FM and WTLZ-FM (Saginaw) Technical Manager Geary Morrill has been promoted to Midwest Regional Director of Engineering for parent company Alpha Media.

Morrill was one of three engineers nationwide promoted to regional positions on July 1.  Each were cited for their passion for new challenges and demonstrated track record of completing major projects.

Morrill will work with Alpha’s corporate engineer, market chief engineers and regional EVPs to implement Alpha’s major capital projects and signal improvements, as well as dealing with regulatory compliance matters.

The MAB extends its congratulations to Geary!

MSC Rules Police Held Harmless For Lying In Certain Circumstances

MIsupremeIn a unanimous opinion issued by the Michigan Supreme Court (MSC), the panel of judges held that police officers, regardless of whether they lie, cannot be charged criminally from an involuntary statement. The court, acting in People v. Harris (SC docket No. 149872), overturned a decision by the Court of Appeals. The case examined whether three Detroit officers could be charged with obstruction of justice after lying in an internal investigation about whether one of them, Officer Nevin Hughes, assaulted a person while on duty. The issue was whether the Disclosures by Law Enforcement Officers Act (DLEOA) rendered the charge invalid. The DLEOA protects officers making “involuntary statements,” meaning information provided at the threat of any employment sanction, from use in a subsequent criminal proceeding.

In an opinion authored by Justice Brian Zahra, the Supreme Court held that the law’s intent was to allow officers to provide information during internal investigations, seemingly with immunity from prosecution to encourage truthfulness, although this seems to have caused the opposite to occur in this instance, noted Justice Zahra.

Engineering Spotlight: Allan Augustyn, WJMN-TV (Marquette)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at dkelley@michmab.com.

Allan_Augustine_300Allan Augustyn (W8FYZ)  is Chief Engineer for Nexstar Broadcasting Group’s WJMN-TV, Marquette.

Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume.
Allan:   
I have been the Chief for over 2 years, since WJMN’s full HD studios were built in the spring of 2014 in Marquette and local news was launched.

I was previously chief engineer for twelve and a half years (12.5) at the Radio Results Network in Escanaba, Michigan (then a five station group).

Previous to becoming a chief engineer, I did contract engineering work for a couple of years for various radio groups in Upper Michigan while being employed full-time in another industry.

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Allan:  I was already doing some Contract work with a friend when I ran into a former College Classmate and Ham-Radio friend at the gas station who told me a radio group was looking for an Engineer…I asked him why he was not interested…he stated he was not interested in the long hours, being on call and dealing with GM’s….I should have taken better note of that.

I worked in Radio in the “on-Air” side (DJ and production) from 1978 to 1985, vowing to never work in radio again when I left…

My first job out of engineering school was blowing things up at Underwriters Laboratories as an engineering technician.

I also worked in high-Tech electronic security in the Defense Industry and later for a Controls company venturing into security, fire alarm and CCTV, and spent 8 years travelling the U.S. and Canada, consulting, designing, selling and marketing large building systems.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Allan:  I used to be a “safe-cracker” and traveled around the U.S. busting into safes and bank vaults.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Allan:  “Be patient…what goes around, comes around;” and “It’s easier to ask for forgiveness then permission.”

Michigan’s Broadcasters To Honor Rep. Candice Miller

RepresentativeCandiceMillerOfficialPhoto)_300The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) will honor Representative Candice S. Miller (R-10th) with the Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies, Tuesday, August 30.

The awards ceremony wraps up the 2016 Advocacy Conference, held August 30-31 at the Inn of St. John’s.

Congresswoman Candice Miller is currently serving her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Miller served the State of Michigan at various state and local levels. In 1980, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history and the first woman ever elected to the post. In 1992, she was elected Macomb County Treasurer, becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years. In 1994, she was elected Michigan’s 40th Secretary of State, defeating a 24-year incumbent to become the first women to ever hold the office and the first woman to ever win a partisan statewide office in her own right. After two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State, she was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002.

In Congress, Representative Miller is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration – currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Until recently, she also served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and as a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Throughout her tenure, she has be a staunch advocate of initiatives to preserve, protect, and restore the Great Lakes, as well as promote Michigan industry.

For more information on the Advocacy Conference or to register, click here.

Associate Member Highlight: VetBiz Central

300logo_vetbiz_300VetBiz Central is a non-profit organziation assisting veterans since 2005, serving Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  The organization helps veterans, active duty, guard, and reserve members in the formation and expansion of their businesses.

Services provided include:

  • Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Mentoring Programs and Activities
  • Advocacy Services
  • Procurement Counseling

On November 10, 2016, VetBiz Central will hold their 11th annual veteran “Meet & Greet” at the Holiday Inn Flint/Grand Blanc. The event is to help veterans meet company buyers, meet government buyers, and network.  For more details, click here.

The VetBizCentral website may be accessed here.

WWCK Gives Back to Flint with Music Video

WWCK_300Cumulus Media’s WWCK-FM (Flint) is giving back to its community with a feel-good positive music video to help the city get through its water crisis.  WWCK-FM morning show hosts Mike McDonald and Stephanie K put the idea for a music video into play after realizing that Flint needed “something uplifting for the city.”

See the video here.

Mike and Stephanie told the MAB:  “The inspiration for our version of the ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ music video certainly came from Justin Timberlake, who talks about his city and his home in the lyrics. Seeing other people throughout the country respond with images of their hometowns was pretty awesome! The motivation, however, behind doing our particular video was to offset all the negative press that Flint has received lately over the Water Crisis. The entire music video had God’s divine anointing upon it!”

“Olympic boxer Claressa Shields flew from Los Angeles to Lexington for the Muhammad Ali funeral and than drove all night to Flint to be a part of it before she flew to Rio for the Summer Olympics.  Congressman Dan Kildee flew in from Washington to take part.  Other characters included Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Mari Copeny (aka ‘Little Miss Flint’), and Riley McLincha, who is in the Guinness World Book of Records for what is termed as the ‘dribbling joggler.’ Riley holds the world record for running the fastest one mile during The Crim while dribbling three basketballs.”

“Also in the video is MaryAnn Tremaine, who, at 86-years of age, heads up the longest established Realty Company in Flint and Genesee County. Tom Z’s Original Flint’s Coney Island, and David Custer, news anchor at WNEM-TV (who just happens to look like Justin Timberlake).  We also included Flint’s local community and social events ‘On the Town’ magazine, which has served mid-Michigan for 42 years. Besides, they had the best cover to date which just happened to feature Mike and Stephanie in the Morning!”

“Most importantly, making this video was a labor of love and a gift for the people of Flint. We were blessed to have the skill set of our filmmakers, Stephen ‘Max;’ Vincent along with his son Alex (Mr. Red Productions) who worked tirelessly to film and produce this video gratus….we thought that type of selfless commitment deserved a little recognition. “

NRHOF Opens Public Voting

NRHOFThrough 11:59 p.m. on June 30, radio listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.   Fans can text 36500 (message and data rates may apply) with their one vote for each HALL OF FAME category accordingly:

Music Format On-Air Personality
For Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, text “HOLLYWOOD” to 36500.
For Tom Kent, text “TOM” to 36500.
For Kevin & Bean, text “KEVIN & BEAN” to 36500.
For Bob Kingsley, “BOB” to 36500.

Spoken Word On-Air Personality
For Sean Hannity, text “HANNITY” to 36500.
For Mike & The Mad Dog, text “MIKE & THE MAD DOG” to 36500.
For Diane Rehm, text “DIANE” to 36500.
For Michael Savage, text “SAVAGE” to 36500.

In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel of 400 industry professionals. Winners in all six categories will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 17 at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago.

For a list of nominees or for more information, visit www.radiohof.org.