National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees

NRHOFVoting for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) Inductees has begun.  The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public. Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality.

NRHOF Committee Chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never seizes to amaze me. After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.”

Inductees will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL 

Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)
Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), San Diego
Charles Laquidara, Boston
Bobby O’Jay, Memphis
Garland Robinette, New Orleans

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)
Tom Barnard, Minneapolis
BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle
Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago
Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia

Networks/Syndication (10 years or more)
American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest
The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan
The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey
Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)
Delilah, Delilah
Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love
The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome
The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS NATIONWIDE 

Music Format On-Air Personality
Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton
Tom Kent
The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter)
Bob Kingsley

Spoken Word On-Air Personality
Diane Rehm
Mike Francesa and Chris Russo
Michael Savage
Sean Hannity

About the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications:  The institution collects, preserves, and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educates, informs, and entertains the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983 by veteran broadcaster Bruce DuMont.

NATAS Announces 2016 Emmy Nominations

On May 18, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced the list of nominations for the 2016 regional EMMY® Awards in Michigan. The Michigan EMMY® represents the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Michigan’s 11 television markets.

The list of nominees can be found here.

The award winners will be announced during black-tie ceremonies on Saturday, June 18, at the the MotorCity Casino Sound Board Theater in Detroit.  Click here to learn more.

AP Media Editors Broadcast Competition Winners Announced

On May 22, radio and television stations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit were named the best in the state in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Competition.

WLNS-TV in Lansing, WWJ-AM in Detroit, and WGVU-FM in Grand Rapids won first place for Outstanding News Operation for 2015.

Sixteen broadcast stations submitted 218 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting, as well as features, documentaries, and photography from 2015.

Entries were judged by broadcasters from KNUS-AM, Denver; Radio I; WJER-AM, Dover, Ohio; Radio II; WHBQ-TV, Memphis, Tennessee, and Ohio Public Broadcasting, Columbus, Ohio, Television II.

Michigan APME winners list in Television II:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing; 2, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac.

Best Feature Story: 1, David Parks and Chivon Kloepfer, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “9-Year Nightmare”; 2, Jane Aldrich and David Parks, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Perfect Match.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Mariah Harrison, WLNS-TV, Lansing; 2, Bill Harris, WEYI-TV, Flint.

Best Sports Coverage: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Spartans Will: Football’s Final Four”; 2, Fred Heumann and Kevin Gehl, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Miracle at the Big House.”

Best Sportscast: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “The 5th Quarter (September 9th)”; 2, Thomas Eschen and Cory Coppock, WEYI-TV, Flint, “Michigan Bowl Games.”

Best Use of Videography (TV Only): 1, Blair Nelson, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “4th of July Concert”; 2, Ian Kast and Alexandra Ilitch, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Meijer Gift Drive.”

Best Use of Photography (TV Only): 1, Corey Adkins, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac; 2, Jeff Blakeman, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac.

Best Documentary: 1, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “The Making of Miss Margy”; 2, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40-Year Legend.”

Best Public Service: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Friends for Life – Men’s Health”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Friends for Life – Women’s Build.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Medical Facility Car Crash”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Portland Tornado.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, “Flint Water Crisis Continuing Coverage”; 2, Nick Lulli, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, “Omarion Humphrey Drowning.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Angie Hendershot and Eric Fletcher, WJRT-TV, Flint/Bay City/Saginaw, “Living Without Water”; 2, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40 Year Legend.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Mariah Harrison, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Hampton Park Housing Horror”; 2, Jessica Dupnack and Mark McGlashen, WJRT-TV, Flint/Bay City/Saginaw, “Flint Water.”

Best Weathercast: 1, Derek Kevra, WJBK-TV, Detroit, “Station Scientist”; 2, Ahmad Bajjey, WEYI-TV, Flint, “Dense Fog Brings Overnight and Morning Hazards.”

Best Newscast: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “The Inauguration/Cotton Bowl Show”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Crash at Mid-Michigan Physicians.”

Best Digital Presence: 1, WNEM-TV, Saginaw; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing.

Michigan APME winners list in Radio II:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, WSGW-AM, Saginaw.

Best Feature Story: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Milk Donation”; 2, Kevin Lavery, WKAR-FM, East Lansing, “Lansing 2015 Homeless Count.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Mariano Avila, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids.

Best Sportscast: 1, Pat Johnston, WSGW-AM, Saginaw.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “On the Good List”; 2, Peter Whorf, WKAR-FM, East Lansing, “MSU China Halftime Show.”

Best Documentary: 1, Ann Williams, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Back From the Battlefield”; 2, Patrick Center and Zach Liniewski, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Mission Accomplished.”

Best Public Service: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Live Arts!”; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Mary Free Bed.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “God & Country Protest”; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Trump Campaign Rally.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, Jessica Mathews and Danica Katnik, WHMI-FM, Howell, “Road Rage Shooting Trial”; 2, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Saginaw Schools Crisis.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Jon King and Jessica Mathews, WHMI-FM, Howell, “Charter School Arrest”; 2, Michael Percha, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Reinventing Saginaw.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Gasoline Price Spike?”; 2, Walt Zerlaut, WGHN-FM, Grand Haven, “Harbor Transit Expands.”

Best Newscast: 1, Scott VanderWerf, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, Jon King, WHMI-FM, Howell.

Best Digital Presence: 1, WSGW-AM, Saginaw; 2, WHMI-FM, Howell.

Michigan APME winners list in Radio I:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WWJ-AM, Detroit; 2, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor.

Best Feature Story: 1, Laura Herberg, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Sundays at the Carpet House”; 2, Laura Herberg, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Why You Might Have A Hard Time Pronouncing Lahser.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor; 2, Quinn Klinefelter, WDET-FM, Detroit.

Best Sportscast: 1, Ryan Wooley, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Tony Ortiz, WWJ- AM, Detroit.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): 1, Kyle Norris, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Instruments”; 2, Pat Batcheller, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Palmer Park Tennis.”

Best Documentary: 1, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Same Sex Marriage Special”; 2, Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Not Safe to Drink.”

Best Public Service: 1, Mark Brush, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Testing for Lead”; 2, Deanna Lites, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Your Eye on Health.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Courthouse Shooting.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Continuing Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis”; 2, Vickie Thomas, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Pot Shops in Detroit.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Roberta Jasina, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Wife Remembers State Trooper”; 2, Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Detroit Retired Firefighters Battle Cancer, Medical Bills.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Mark Brush and Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Michigan Officials Changed a Flint Lead Report to Avoid Federal Action”; 2, Joe Linstroth and Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU.”

Best Newscast: 1, Brian Larsen, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Brian Larsen, WWJ- AM, Detroit.

Best Digital Presence: 1, Christy Strawser, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor.

 

Sinclair Names Jennifer Casey to Local/Digital Sales Manager

Casey_200Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that Jennifer Casey has been named Local/Digital Sales Manager of WPBN-TV and WTOM-TV (Traverse City). Casey will also oversee the local/digital sales of WGTU-TV and WGTQ-TV in the same market pursuant to joint sales and shared services agreements. The announcement was made by Todd Harrison, General Manager/General Sales Manager of WPBN/WTOM and WGTU/WGTQ.

In making the announcement, Harrison said, “We are excited to welcome Jennifer to Sinclair Broadcast Group. In Jennifer’s 16 years of sales and media buying experience, she has a proven track record in new business development while managing and mentoring a team of sales and marketing executives in local, regional, and digital business.”

Casey most recently served as the Vice-President of Sales at Heritage Broadcasting in Cadillac, MI. In 2013, she was the Digital & Mobile Sales Manager for ESPNLocal.com. From 2010-2012, she was the Digital Sales Manager at WLS-TV (Chicago). Casey received a 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Award for creating the Michigan BrewVine Passport. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Michigan State University.

WDIV-TV (Detroit) Hires First “Digital” Anchor

JasonCarrWDIV-TV, the Graham-owned NBC affiliate in Detroit, has hired former WJBK-TV (Detroit) reporter/anchor Jason Carr as its first digital anchor.

Marla Drutz, WDIV General Manager, said “To stay relevant and to be true innovators, we have to invest not just in the technology to do all these things, but also the people. It’s not just saying how important digital is, but acting like digital is important.”

Carr will do some on-air reporting, but the majority of his time will be producing web-exclusive content for the station’s website Clickondetroit.com.

The station recently hired Dustin Block as the station’s digital executive producer.

Read more in Broadcasting and Cable here.

Editorial: Experience

KevinRobBy: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media 

You know it the minute you step into a place.

Vibe.

You know the feeling – Target is different than Wal-Mart and WAY different than K-Mart.

The file already burnt into your brain nearly pre-determines your experience.

Walking through the gates of a Disney park is far different than – say – Six Flags.

You get that instant gut feeling about how YOUR experience will end.

Don’t fool yourself – YOUR brand is no different to your Customer.
From the moment a Customer engages your brand, the vibe is on.

During Customer Face Time, how does your Customer consume their experience?

Move to your lobby – are there self-serving plaques (resembling a mortgage company) on the wall or items reflecting the entertainment of your brand?

How is your Customer greeted?

When was the last time you (or any staffer) took 10 minutes to spontaneously offer a quick tour of your facility?

It also extends to your on-the-street presence. When a Customer approaches you on-site, how do you present?

Do you simply sit behind a table or engage the Customer proactively?

We’ve all been in a business where you can’t get ready answers to questions.

Often times some actually cocoon on-site – insulating them from the Customer.

In an measurement world, we ask for votes in 4- or 12-week increments. Every vote counts.

Imagine if Donald Trump ran for President but didn’t want to meet any voters.

Enhancing every experience for your Customer will always sway votes into your camp.

Kevin Robinson is a record-setting and award-winning programmer. His brands consistently perform in the Top 3 of the target – often times as the list leader. In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand. Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position. His efforts have been recognized by Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink and has coached CMA, ACM, and Marconi winning talent. Kevin lives in St. Louis with his wife of 30 years, Monica. Reach Kevin at (314) 882-2148 or robinsonradio@aol.com.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Editorial: 5 Ways to Dip Your Radio Station’s Toe into the World of Podcasting

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By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Fred Jacobs recently hosted a webinar in which he revealed the key takeaways from our Techsurvey12, the radio broadcasting industry’s largest survey. At one point, he asked, “Is podcasting really the next big thing?” Based on the research results, he answered, “Yes, we think it is.”

In fact, 28% of respondents reported listening to a podcast in the last month, which is up from 21% last year. With Google recently introducing a new podcast directory into Google Play Music app, making podcasts more accessible on Android phones, that number is only going to grow.

If podcasting has been on your station’s back burner, and you’re still not ready to take the plunge and dedicate resources to creating a station podcast, how can you ease into this world? Here are some suggestions…

1. Send a staff member to the Podcast Movement conference in Chicago this July.
The third annual Podcast Movement conference will take place on July 6-8th in Chicago. This is the largest gathering of podcasters in North America, with over 2,000 attendees expected. I will moderate a panel discussion with on-air personality Tom Leykis, talent coach and author Valerie Geller, Rob Greenlee (Head of Content at Spreaker), and Doug Berman (executive producer of NPR’s “Car Talk” and “Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me!”). My session is called, “Podcast Makeover: A Live Critique Session with Broadcasting Legends.”

The sessions are full of practical, actionable tips covering every aspect of podcasting, from the content creation to the promotion to the technical details. Find somebody on your staff who is passionate about podcasts and send them to this conference to scout out the landscape. We have a special discount rate exclusively for Jacobs Media clients — email me for details.

2. Join the Podcasters Google+ community.
There is a vibrant community of nearly 8,000 podcasters on Google+. This is a very supportive group of peers who are more than willing to answer any question you might have, from the best recording gear to interview techniques to guest-booking strategies. Join, lurk, and participate.

3. Listen to a podcast about podcasting.
If you’ve never listened to a podcast, now is the time to see what all the hype is about. If you’re an iPhone owner, it’s easiest to use the Podcasts app that comes on your device. If you’re an Android phone owner, you can either listen using Google Play Music, or download a “podcatcher” app like Pocket Casts. Browse and subscribe to a few podcasts, then download an episode and see what you like. Here are some suggestions:

The Audacity to Podcast
The Feed
New Media Show
Podcast Answer Man
Podcast Junkies
Podcast Group Therapy
The Podcast Report
The Podcasters’ Studio
Powerpress Podcast
School of Podcasting

…and there are plenty more where that came from.

4. Check out the Podcasters Roundtable.
Ray Ortega hosts a bi-weekly video discussion about podcasting. Each installment focuses on a different aspect of podcasting. Check out to hear leaders in the podcast space share their views on a wide variety of topics.

5. Watch our webinar on podcasting.
On May 19, I hosted a webinar called, “How to Launch a Podcast: An Introduction or Radio Stations.” Watch this as I walk you through a step-by-step process for getting your station’s first podcast off the ground. I’ll cover everything from how to develop an engaging show concept to how to submit your podcast to iTunes.

Watch here.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Bobbi Sansom

Bobbi_300Bobbi Sansom
WLUC-TV, Marquette

Bobbi Sansom’s official title is “Copy Coordinator / Digital Sales Assistant” for WLUC-TV.  Bobbi has been in traffic for three years now.

Q1: Favorite comfort food?
Bobbi:  Mashed potatoes and gravy.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Bobbi:  Wyldstyle:  click here

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Bobbi:  Traveling.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Bobbi:  Good friends that I haven’t been in touch with lately, honestly.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Bobbi:
 Everything you do is based on choices that you make. You, and only you, are responsible for every decision and choice you make.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Bobbi:
I’m a sucker for classical piano pieces. Love them, could listen all day long. Also, I love baseball … but everyone knows that, I think!

Engineering Spotlight: Mike Maciejewski, Townsquare Media (Grand Rapids)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

MikeM_052316Mike Maciejewski
Market Engineering Manager for Townsquare Media, Grand Rapids

Brief Engineering Resume:

  • 1999-Present – Market Engineering Manager for Townsquare Media, Grand Rapids
  • 1998-1999 – Chief Engineer, KTRH, Houston, TX
  • 1994-1998 – 1st tour of duty at current job
  • 1991-1994 – Station owner/operator, WKGH, Allegan, MI
  • 1983-1990 – Chief Engineer, WMUS, Muskegon

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Mike:  I’m a 2nd generation broadcast engineer and learned a lot while working with my dad when I was a kid. Somewhere along the way I graduated from him telling me to, “…hold the flashlight still!” I also had some great mentors: Dave Gale, Tom Bosscher, and my late friend John Alan who passed away last spring.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Mike:  My wife, Nikki and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary in May.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Mike:  Be willing to take risks and go the extra mile to achieve better things.

FCC Publishes Final List of Spectrum Auction Bidder Applicants

On May 12, the FCC released a public notice announcing the complete and incomplete applications for the forward auction. The forward auction will see wireless carriers and other participants bid on spectrum in the 600 megahertz (MHz) band relinquished by TV broadcasters. It is scheduled to launch two days after the close of the reverse auction, which starts May 31.