Legislation Speeds Up Public Notice For Contaminated Water

capitol3Under the new legislation proposed by State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-34), state regulators will have two business days to notify residents of water contaminants such as arsenic or lead, instead of the 30 days in current law. House Bill 5120, taken up by House Government Operations Committee, shortens the window in which the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is required to warn a community of health risks associated with prolonged exposure to contaminants in their drinking water.

The substitute version considered by the committee narrowed it down to two business days. House fiscal analysis of the legislation is available here.

MABF 2016 Student Broadcast Awards – Station/Program of the Year Awards

On Tuesday, May 3, the MABF honored the winners of the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards. The program received over 637 entries from 40 different high school and college institutions in Michigan. The awards were presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference with several hundred media professionals in the audience. The MAB and MABF congratulates all the student winners!   For a complete list of all winners, click HERE.

Also announced were the recipients of its 2016 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The following schools were honored:

High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

Radio Reader Dick Estell Passes

Dick Estell in 1964. Photo couresty of WKAR.
Dick Estell in 1964. Photo couresty of WKAR.

The MAB learned this past weekend that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, had passed away. According to family, via WKAR (East Lansing), Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016.

Dick Estell continued broadcasting into his 90th year, retiring from the airwaves in March of 2016.

WKAR has made available some stories celebrating Dick’s career:

Radio Reader Estell to Leave Airwaves After Storied Career
After 52 years, Radio Reader Dick Estell signs off

Memorial information will be shared at the Radio Reader website.

For those desiring, contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the WKAR Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired, which he founded in 1973. You can contribute your Memorial Gift to Radio Reading Service here.

WXYZ/WMYD-TV Welcome New Meteorologist

WXYZ_DENISE_ISAAC_300Meteorologist Denise Isaac has joined WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit).  She will handle weather for “The Now” at 4 p.m. and 7 Action News at 7 p.m. on WXYZ. She will also contribute to 7 Action News at 10 p.m. on WMYD.

“Weather is a critical part of the service we provide to our viewers, and we’re delighted that Denise will be joining the most experienced weather team in the market,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD vice president and general manager.

Isaac comes to WXYZ/WMYD from Telemundo Miami where she was the morning meteorologist. She was also the weather reporter for the national show Un Nuevo Dia and covered weather at WTVJ, the NBC affiliate in Miami. Earlier in her career, she was a producer and reporter for WeatherNation in Minnesota.

“I’m thrilled to work with the accomplished meteorologists of the 7 First Alert Weather Team,” said Isaac. “I’m looking forward to being part the team.”

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology and she is certified by the American Meteorological Society.  She began her new position on May 6.

Mojo Invites Listeners to “Make Out with the Mustang”

MOJO-1_700Last week, WKQI-FM’s (Detroit) “Mojo In The Morning” gave 20 listeners a chance to win a customized 2015 Mustang from Szott Ford in Holly.  How?  By “Making Out with the Mustang.”

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Makeout with the Mustang winner Eve Kelley of Davisburg, MI.

Contestants had to hold their lips to the Mustang and the one who did it the longest, won the vehicle.

According to WKQI Program Director Tony Travatto, the contest started Monday morning (4/18) at 8:30am.  Contestants immediately began dropping within the first couple of hours.  By Wednesday night it was down to the final three.  Early Thursday morning it was down to 2, and finally after nearly 69 hours, they had a winner.

The runner-up won an all-expense paid weekend in Las Vegas to the iHeartRadio Music Festival.  This is the second year in a row “Mojo In The Morning” has held the contest.  Last year’s contest went 71 hours.

WGVU Presents Kids Day at the Air Zoo

On April 24, WGVU-AM-FM-TV (Grand Rapids) invited viewers and listeners to visit the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo for just $5 per person with tickets available through sponsor Flagstar Bank.

The Air Zoo is a favorite Kalamazoo area destination attraction…it has been voted the “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners” and “Best Place to Spend a Day with Your Family” three years in a row. The Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities.

See more about the Air Zoo here:

Nominations Needed for 2016 Public Media Impact Awards

Last year's winners with (on far right) Eric Smith, MAPB Board President : (L-R) Robert Barclay Volunteer CMU Public Broadcasting Network (Mt Pleasant), Barry Baker Former General Manager, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting (University Center)
Last year’s winners with Eric Smith (on right), MAPB Board President. Robert Barclay (on left), Volunteer, CMU Public Broadcasting Network, (Mt Pleasant), and Barry Baker (center), Former General Manager, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting (University Center).

This year marks the 31st year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters. Two awards will be presented – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. This award will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet as part of the Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting of MAB on August 31 at The Inn at St. John’s which is attended by owners and operators of broadcast stations, lawmakers and other dignitaries.

Purpose
• To recognize outstanding individuals or foundations involved in public broadcasting for their innovativeness and creativity.
• To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.
• To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

Eligibility
Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors, and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.

Nomination Process
Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos, and videos) is Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  Download the nomination form and complete information here or contact Ann Walters at the MAB: walters@michmab.com.

Awards
There will be up to two awards given — one Professional (including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized at the 2016 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Gordon Bolar to Retire

Bolar_400It has been announced that Gordon Bolar, General Manager of WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) (Western Michigan University), will retire on June 30, 2016.  A search is currently underway for a new General Manager for the station.

Bolar has served as WMUK’s General Manager for the past five and a half years. Prior to that he was the station’s Development Director for five years. He has more than 21 years of experience in public radio and public television, and served as Development Director for KAKM and KSKA in Anchorage, Alaska and for WGVU TV and Radio in Grand Rapids.

Detroit’s Drew and Mike Together Again

DrewMike_400Former WRIF-FM (Detroit) personalities Drew & Mike are back together, this time around not on the radio, but talking about Detroit with a new podcast.

Drew Lane told Deadline Detroit that “he expects to produce a podcast five days a week, though he said Clark only wants to do it twice weekly. So Lane said he’s looking for other co-hosts, and one person who has expressed interest is (WJBK-TV) Fox 2’s Charlie LeDuff.”

Drew & Mike were together on WRIF from 1991 through 2013.

Ben C. Fisher Passes

Benjamin Chatburn Fisher, a preeminent Washington, D.C. communications law attorney and investor in Mid-West Family Broadcasting, died April 14, 2016 at age 93.

Fisher’s legal career spanned over six decades.  In 1952, he joined the law firm Fisher, Wayland, and Southmayd, which he father founded.  The firm later became Fisher, Cooper and Zaragoza.  Later, it merged with Shaw Pittman, then combined with the Pillsbury Winthrop law firm.  Fisher retired from his practice at age 86.

In addition to his legal work, he also served at the first Chairman of the U.S. International Telecommunications Union (ITU), was President of the Federal Communications Commission Bar Association.

See his complete obituary here.

Mid-West Family Broadcasting has stations in Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri and in Southwest Michigan/Northwest Indiana.