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New Flint Water PSAs Available for TV, Radio


New Public Service Announcements featuring Flint Mayor Karen Weaver
are now available on the MAB website.  These PSAs promote the CORE (Community Outreach and Education) Program.  Among the activities the CORE program provides is proper water filter installation and maintenance, along with other water, nutrition and health issues.

TV and radio spots may be downloaded from the Flint Water Resources  page on the MAB website here.  The MAB encourages broadcasters in the Flint region to air these announcements.

Save the Date for the 2017 MABF Golf Fundraiser!


Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan

Who’s ready to PAR-TEE!?

Make plans to join us up north at the MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters. Playing 18 holes of golf with your industry colleagues is the perfect end to your time away at the MAB Advocacy Conference.

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and green fees.

Sponsorships are available! Your company can show even greater support of young people seeking a career in broadcasting by sponsoring this event. Several sponsorship options are available, please contact us and we’ll design a sponsorship opportunity just for you!

Help support the future of our industry and have a great time too! Now that’s a hole-in-one!

For more details and to register, click here.

Questions? Contact the MAB Foundation at mabf@michmab.com or 800-YOUR-MAB.

2017-2018 MABF Student Advisory Committee Seeking Nominations

Do you know an outstanding broadcasting, media, sales, engineering or journalism student that has great ideas and would love to become more involved in the broadcast industry?

We want to hear from you!

The MAB Foundation has a great opportunity for Michigan students to get involved and play an integral role in the MAB Foundation! The MABF Student Advisory Committee is looking for exceptional, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled, in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school during the 2017-2018 school year to join our Student Advisory Committee.

2016-2017 MABF Student Advisory Committee Members

Student Advisory Committee members are featured in our Newsletters and at MAB Conferences. They help to shape MABF events like the Student Broadcast Awards, Career Fairs, GLBC Student Sessions and BCBC. The students also write and edit a NEW student-focused e-newsletter, Beyond the Classroom. They help the MABF to encourage other students to become involved in the MAB and MAB Foundation.

Would someone you know like to add this great experience to their resume? Please begin to think about students you can recommend for our open positions this fall.

To apply, the student must first be nominated by an adviser. They must then complete the application and return it via mail or email to be considered for a one-year, renewable term beginning at BCBC in November and ending in August 2018.

Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017. All applicants will be reviewed and selected by the MABF Education and Scholarship Committee.

Click here for a link to the forms.

Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting and opportunity, please email the name of your nominated student(s) to mabf@michmab.com!

Michigan Radio Reporter Kate Wells named Young Journalist of the Year

Via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells with News Director Vincent Duffy (L) and General Manager Steve Schram.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) has named Michigan Radio reporter Kate Wells the ‘Young Journalist of the Year.’ The award was presented at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet April 19.

In naming Wells ‘Young Journalist of the Year,’ the judges called her a “multi-talented journalist” who shows “research, organization [and] compelling storytelling,” and deemed her work “inspiring 21st century journalism.”

Kate Wells has been with Michigan Radio since 2012 and has won numerous awards for her reporting.

Michigan Radio’s senior political analyst and commentator Jack Lessenberry was also honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual SPJ awards banquet. In addition to his work at Michigan Radio, Lessenberry is also head of the journalism faculty at Wayne State University and a columnist for the Metro Times and the Toledo Blade.

The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the area’s top print, online, radio and television journalists. Winners are selected by a jury of veteran metro Detroit journalists from candidates nominated by their peers. Michigan Radio reporter Lindsey Smith received the Young Journalist of the Year award in 2014, with Jennifer Guerra winning in 2008.

Public Media Impact Award Nominations are Open!

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabsummer2016This year marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Two awards will be presented – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet as part of the August 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI, which is attended by owners and operators of broadcast stations, lawmakers and other dignitaries.

Purpose

  • To recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation 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 7, 2017.

Visit the MAPB Award Page here for more information and to access the online nomination form.

 

Filmmaker Seeks Motown Radio Interviews

A filmmaker, working on a feature-length documentary on the formation and early years of Motown Records is looking for archival radio interviews from the 1960s and early 1970s with Motown stars and staffers: Berry Gordy, Smokey Robinson, The Supremes, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Martha Reeves and the Vandellas.

The production’s archive researcher, Hannah Green, is hoping that any broadcasters with such recordings might get in touch with her.

Payment is promised for anything used within the final film.

Those with material they can offer are asked to contact Hannah at Fulwell73 Productions:  hannahgreen@fulwell73.com.

Midwest Communications Flips WLMI-FM to Top 40

Midwest Communications has changed the format of its WLMI-FM (Lansing) from Classic Hits to Top 40, effective today, April 26.  The station has adoped the “i-92.9 Lansing’s New Hits” as its moniker,  The station launched this morning playing 5,000 songs in a row, commercial-free.

Nikki Landry

And, with the format change comes a new Brand Manager for the station:  Nikki Landry.  Landry most recently was Program Director at Cumulus Media’s KKMG-FM, Colorado Springs.

A Michigan native, Landry also programmed stations in Toledo, Ohio and Memphis, Tennessee.

Landry told All Access “Having been born in Michigan, this place holds a special place in my heart. I have a big job to make my birthplace proud. The impact we’re about to make in Lansing will definitely get attention. I know Lansing is ready.”

WXYZ-TV Announces 2020 Town Hall Meetings


As part of a project that began nearly seven years ago, WXYZ-TV (Detroit) kicked off a series of town hall meetings this past Monday Night (4/24) in Macomb County.

The project, Detroit 2020, was created by the station as a future vision for the cities they serve.  The station set out to unify, inspire and take action.  As part of that effort, the station is holding a series of town hall meetings to learn what matters to their audience and to the communities they serve.

The first town hall meeting was held this past Monday night at the Wyndham Garden Sterling Heights and was free and open to the public.

“We’re going into the communities we serve to simply listen and learn from our neighbors,” said Mike Murri, vice president and general manager for WXYZ and WMYD. “We want to hear their vision for the future and how our platforms at WXYZ and WMYD can help us get there together.”

Carolyn Clifford, 7 Action News anchor, hosted the event. Chuck Stokes, WXYZ editorial director, Ross Jones, 7 Action News investigator, and Ameera David, anchor, were also on hand to join the discussion.  The station featured part of the town hall meeting both on-air and on Facebook Live.

For more information about the Detroit 2020 town hall meetings, go to wxyz.com.

WXYT’s Terry Foster Retires

Terry Foster

Terry Foster, co-host of the “Valenti and Foster” show on WXYT-FM/97.1 The Ticket (Detroit), has retired from the station, effective April 20. Foster suffered a stroke and was on medical leave for much of the second half of 2016. He returned to the show in January but has now decided to refocus his time on his health and his family.

Stated Foster, “I am retiring from sports radio but I am not retiring from life. It is time for me to move on to a more low-key career. I want to thank Deb Kenyon and James Powers for helping me get through a difficult time of my life and for the support during my 13-year career with 97.1 The Ticket. I also want to thank the most talented man in radio, Mike Valenti, for showing me the ropes and thank the men behind the glass and my main crew David ‘The Hatchet Man’ Hull and Mike Sullivan. We were a great team. I just could no longer keep up the brisk pace of talk radio after my illness.”

“I appreciate the love and show of support from the fans during my most trying days and through my career in radio and newspaper. And I would love one last hug from my CBS Radio family in Southfield. I found out over the past few months that health and family are the most important things in life. I will see you at the next game.”

WXYT Program Director Jimmy Powers, added, “Terry has brought witty banter, laugh-out-loud humor and engaging personal stories to thousands of Detroit listeners every afternoon over the past 13 years. He was a vital part of making ‘Valenti and Foster’ the success it is and his contributions to local radio and to our station will be sorely missed. Everyone at 97.1 is sending good vibes and well wishes for health and happiness to Terry and his family.”

Mike Valenti will host afternoons (2:00-6:00 PM) solo until a new co-host is named.

“It’s been a great run for Terry Foster and me on 97.1 The Ticket for more than a decade,” said Valenti. “Working with Terry has provided some memorable on-air moments. I want to wish Terry the same success in retirement that we have enjoyed together as a team. All the best, Terry, to you and your wonderful family.”

FCC Releases Names of TV Repack Regional Coordinators

According to MAB’s Washington, D.C. Attorney David Oxenford, the FCC released a Public Notice announcing FCC staff members who will help to coordinate the repacking of the TV spectrum. Each of these FCC staff members has been assigned a particular geographic area in which they will be responsible for contacting broadcasters to help to coordinate the repacking of their stations. These frequencies were changed in order to fit all the remaining stations into the smaller TV band left after the end of the incentive auction. The notice also lists stations that will be assigned a new channel in the post-auction repacking.

The Full Closing and Channel Reassignment Public Notice can be found here.