WSJM’s Phil McDonald Celebrates 30 Years!

(L-R) Rep. Kim LaSata, WSJM’s Phil McDonald

Last week, WSJM-AM/FM (St. Joseph/Benton Harbor) Sports Director Phil McDonald celebrated his 30th anniversary with Mid-West Family Broadcasting. As congratulations came in for WSJM’s hardest-working sports guy, state Representative Kim LaSata stopped by Phil’s morning show Friday to present him with a special tribute coming out the state House.

LaSata thanked Phil for all of his hard work on behalf of southwest Michigan schools and athletes. Phil broadcasts countless local sporting events each year, and has given him the chance to interview Tiger Woods, hang out with Sparky Anderson, and call the recent Benton Harbor Tigers basketball championship game.

Phil was saluted this week by a long list of dignitaries for his 30 years with WSJM. He told WSJM News that he started out as a part-time board operator back when WSJM wasn’t even doing sports.

Entercom’s WWJ-AM NAB Crystal Award Winner

The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) has announced the 10 winners of the Crystal Radio Awards. Included is WWJ-AM (Detroit), the Entercom-owned all-news station.

Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2018 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed below were chosen among 50 finalists who were honored at today’s We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Here is the nationwide list of winners:

WWJ-AM, Detroit, Michigan
KFOR-AM, Lincoln, Nebraska
WHKO-FM, Dayton, Ohio
KGSR-FM, Austin, Texas
WINS-AM, New York City, New York
KTAR-FM, Phoenix, Arizona
WSOY-AM, Decatur, Illinois
KTTS-FM, Springfield, Missouri
WTMX-FM, Chicago, Illinois
KXLG-FM, Watertown, South Dakota

NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms. Finalists were honored and winners announced April 10 at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration, where Chairman Pai delivered remarks about local radio and television stations’ vital role in communities and ongoing commitment to innovation that enables broadcasters to better serve listeners and viewers. Also at the event, five-time NAB Crystal Award recipient WTOP-FM was honored with the NAB Crystal Heritage Award.

Send in your ​Nominations for 2018 Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards​!

Nominations are now being taken for the 2018 Michigan Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the Advocacy Conference & Awards Banquet on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Nominations are due by April 27, 2018. Click here to learn more.

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DHS to Compile Database of Journalists

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) wants to track journalists, bloggers and other “media influencers” through a database. The DHS’s “Media Monitoring” plan would give the contracting company “24/7 access to a password protected, media influencer database, including journalists, editors, correspondents, social media influencers, bloggers etc.” in order to identify any and all media coverage related to the Department of Homeland Security or a particular event.

The database would be designed to monitor the public activities of media members and influencers by “location, beat and influencers,” the document says.

FCC Opens Settlement Window for Mutually Exclusive Applicants in Second Translator Window for AMs Seeking FM Translators

According to David Oxenford’s Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing a window for mutually exclusive applicants filed in the second translator window to attempt to resolve the interference conflicts that the FCC found to exist between certain applications. The conflicting applications are listed on the Excel spreadsheet found here. These are translator applications filed in the second translator window in late 2017 which was opened primarily so that Class A and B AM stations could seek authority to rebroadcast their signals on new FM translators that would be tied to those AM stations.

While mutually exclusive parties can start discussions now about resolving the conflicts between their applications, engineering amendments resolving the problems or other settlement agreements can only be filed in a window open between May 24 and June 14.

Part-Time Legislature Effort Falls Short

Supporters of the proposal to move Michigan to a part-time legislature stated that the petition fell about 20,000 signatures short of the required minimum. The group collected 290,000 signatures on the final petition form, which falls short of the 315,654 valid signatures required of a constitutional amendment.

The group collecting the signatures will be mailing new petitions to begin the process again in 2019.

Snyder Signs Record Management Legislation

Gov. Rick Snyder

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation into law that amends the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) to clarify that The State Police would not have to produce reports from its Statewide Records Management System unless it created those reports.

Senate Bill 712 (PA 105) requires those seeking police records under the Freedom of Information Act go through the agency that created them and not an agency that might be maintaining them in a central system.

FEMA Releases 2017 IPAWS/EAS National Test Report

FEMA has released the results of the September 27, 2017 National EAS Test.  The agency reports that overall results were similar to 2016 with improvements in most areas.

The largest issues reported to FEMA via ETRS were:

1) 27.1% of errors reported were due to General EAS device configuration errors.  268 EAS participants nationwide reported this.

2) 21.2% of errors were due to EAS equipment failure or EAS equipment out for repair.  210 EAS partipants reported this.

3) 7.5% of errors were due to a timing issue within EAS device, typically due to NNTP server configuration.  74 EAS participants reported this.

The complete list of errors are in the report.

The agency noted that while the apparent overall quality of the data collected in ETRS has improved FEMA continues to have concerns regarding the quality of EAS Participant responses recorded in ETRS. For example seven EAS Participants indicated that they did not receive the NPT message, but did successfully relay the message they claimed not to receive.

See the complete report here.

Original ‘Voice of the Huskies’ Bob Olson Passed Away

Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Famer, and the original “Voice of the Huskies,” Bob Olson passed away on March 3 in Middletown, Conn., he was 87.

Olson was known as the Dean of Broadcasters in all of college hockey and did hockey play-by-play for 32 seasons until his retirement after the 2000-01 season, according to a MichiganTechHuskies.com press release.

While he started broadcasting Huskies sports with men’s basketball and football,  a lengthy meeting with legendary hockey coach John MacInnes led to hockey’s addition to the WMPL lineup. Olson called his first Husky hockey game on November 13, 1970.

Olson is the originator of the WMPL College Hockey Poll—the first of its kind in the nation. WMPL also served as the clearinghouse for all of the country’s college hockey scores with its call-in score service run by Bob and his wife, Edda. She preceded him in death in 2000.

A true community-minded individual, Olson served as president of the Michigan Tech Blueline Club (1987-91), as a member of the Michigan Tech Community Advisory Committee, on Tech’s Sports Promotion Committee (1987-92), and on the Hockey Coach Search Committee (1992).

Olson was inducted into the Michigan Tech Sports Hall of Fame in 1994. He also received the Otto Breitenbach WCHA Distinguished Service Award in 1997 and the American Hockey Coaches Association Jim Fullerton Award in 1996 for someone “who gave as much as he received and never stopped caring about the direction in which our game was heading.”

The press box at the John MacInnes Student Ice Arena is named in his honor. The Bob Olson Broadcast Center was dedicated during Winter Carnival 2001. The Tech men’s basketball team hands out yearly the Bob Olson Award to the team’s top newcomer.

 A memorial service for Olson will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19 at The Church of the Resurrection in Hancock, Mich.

Heritage Broadcasting Will Host Opioid Epidemic Forum on April 18

Heritage Broadcasting’s WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac) and Blue Cross, Blue Shield, Blue Care Network of Michigan have teamed up to shed some light on opioid issues in Northern Michigan.

The 9&10 News team’s Michelle Dunaway and David Lyden will discuss the important truths and statistics with a panel of local specialists and law enforcement personal from throughout the viewing area.

“Opioid use in Northern Michigan is climbing at an alarming rate and as an organization that values being a reliable source of information, we feel compelled to discuss all the facts and bring it to our viewers. Knowledge is power and we want to make sure everyone who sees or hears this forum feels empowered to help stop opioid abuse in our communities. ” said Kevin Dunaway, Vice President/General Manager.

The forum will air live on 9&10 News and Local 32 on Wednesday, April 18, from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. Reruns of the forum will air on Sunday, April 22, at 11 a.m. on Local 32 and 12 p.m. on WWTV. WTCM will simulcast the forum live on Newstalk 580 WTCM for those listening on radio.