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WGVU Holds 5th Annual “Local Blues Matter” Fundraiser

WGVUBluesmatterOn April 16, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids) presented their 5th Annual “Local Blues Matters” benefit event to support the nearly 36-hours of blues programming heard each weekend on the station.

The benefit concert, held at a local lounge, featured headliner Larry McCray along with West Michigan blues artists Hank Mowery, Jimmy Stagger, plus Hannah Rose and the GravesTones.

Hear a pre-event on air interview with organizers Garry Zack and Jim Marcusse here.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Kelly Bailey

Kelly-Bailey_300Kelly Bailey

CBS Radio, Detroit

Kelly Bailey is the Traffic Director for WWJ-AM (Detroit).

Q1: How long have you been in traffic?
Kelly:  33 years.  The past 27 at my current employer.

Q2: Favorite comfort food?
Kelly:  Pizza.

Q3: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Kelly:  Ironman.  Billionaire philanthropist, come on, do you have to hear any more?

Q4: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Kelly:  Playing tennis or watching my beloved Red Wings.

Q5: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Kelly:  Carl Sagan, if I could choose someone no longer with us.  Jens Voight, retired professional cyclist for a living person.

Q6: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Do or do not.  There is no try. -Yoda

Q7:  Tell us something about yourself that very few people know:
Instead of piano lessons as a child, I ended up with accordian lessons.  It didn’t go well.

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Associate Member Spotlight: Michigan High School Athletic Association

MHSAA-041816a_800The MHSAA was originally created in the 1924-25 school year to serve as the service organization for interscholastic athletics in the state of Michigan. It is a charter member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

In 1976, the MHSAA was made a private, non-profit corporation of voluntary membership by a state Attorney General’s ruling and moved from offices in downtown Lansing to East Lansing – first on Trowbridge Road; and since 1996, on Ramblewood Drive.

As a private, non-profit corporation, the MHSAA receives no tax dollars from the state of Michigan or the federal government. Its membership, made up of public, private, and parochial schools, pay no membership dues or tournament entry fees — the only one of two such associations nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools.

Through their boards of education, member schools voluntarily join the MHSAA each and every year, vowing by formal resolution to abide by and enforce common rules for educational athletics. Membership is optional: schools may conduct a complete program of interscholastic athletics and may participate against MHSAA member schools in regular-season competition without joining the MHSAA.

John R. Johnson, Communications Director for MHSAA, says “The opportunities for athletic participation for Michigan secondary schools has grown from the original program of football, basketball, track, and baseball for boys to a total of 28 sport activities in which tournaments for boys and girls are organized and conducted by the MHSAA. If one considers the breakdown of the 28 sports into categories of male, female, classes and divisions by enrollment, and Upper and Lower Peninsula, there is a total of 120 separate tournaments in which schools vie for a championship trophy. Nearly 300,000 young men and women take part in these activities each year.”

Visit the MHSAA website here.

Longtime Detroit Broadcaster Paul Carey Dies at 88

PaulCareyLongtime Detroit Tigers broadcaster Paul Carey passed away April 12 at the age of 88.

Carey spent 19 years broadcasting Tigers games with Ernie Harwell, joining him in the booth in 1973. He retired in 1991.  Carey also worked at WJR from 1956 until 1992 and served as a play-by-play announcer for the Detroit Pistons.

Carey was born in Mount Pleasant in 1928 and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School in 1946. He attended Central Michigan University from 1946 through 1948 before transferring to Michigan State University where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Speech, Radio, and Dramatics in 1950.

His professional broadcasting career started in 1949 when he was part of the original announcing staff of Mount Pleasant’s WCEN -AM.  In the fall of 1949, Carey was also part of the first-ever broadcast of Central Michigan University football.

In October 1950, he was drafted into the Army and served with the Fourth Infantry Division during the Korean War.

He returned to WCEN in the fall of 1952 before moving to Saginaw’s WKNX from 1953-56.  Carey then moved to Detroit’s WJR in the summer of 1956.

Carey was a member of the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame.  He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Nancy, and his nieces and nephews.

As of this writing, funeral arrangements were pending.

Mitch Albom wrote a great tribute to Carey here.  The staff of WJR-AM shares their memories of Carey on their website here.  And WXYZ-TV posted this video tribute to him:

WKQI-FM’s “Mojo In The Morning” Wins Award at WWRS

(L-R) Spike, Mojo and
(L-R) Spike, Mojo and Shannon

WKQI-FM’s (Detroit) “Mojo In The Morning” received national honors this past week, winning the Station Air Talent of the Year Award at the Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) held in Los Angeles.  The award was announced during the 2016 Industry Awards Luncheon held at Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

“Mojo in the Morning,” with hosts Mojo, Shannon, and Spike, has been airing on WKQI since 2000.

WKAR Radio Host Mark Bashore Spotlighted in Business Magazine

MarkBashore_300The Longtime Lansing market radio personality and present Managing Editor and Host of WKAR-FM’s (East Lansing) “Current State” program was the spotlight of a recent article in Greater Lansing Business Monthly.  In the article, Bashore discusses his career, the changes he has observed in the radio industry over the years, and his current program at WKAR.

Bashore started his career in 1971 doing campus radio at Michigan State University, later went to WWCK-FM in Flint, WILS-AM in Lansing, WEEI-FM in Boston, and back to Lansing at WFMK-FM for 19 years.  He joined WKAR in 2007.

Read the Greater Lansing Business Monthly article here.

Committee Considers Public Threat Alert Legislation

capitol3Last week, the Michigan House Committee on Communications and Technology, heard testimony on House Bill 5442 – the Public Threat Alert. The bill requires that Michigan State Police (MSP) establish and maintain a public threat alert plan to rapidly disseminate useful information to radio, television, and through wireless emergency alerts (WEA). The bill states that the public threat alert plan shall be activated only in accordance with the policies created by the MSP. HB 5442 contains no mandates for broadcasters, and voting on the bill is is expected next week.

RTNDA Announces 2016 Murrow Award Winners

MurrowThe RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION (RTNDA) has announced its Regional EDWARD R. MURROW Award winners for 2016. There were 654 winners in 14 categories and 14 regions throughout the country.

Congratulations to our Region 7 Murrow Award winners here in Michigan:

Large Market Radio

Continuing Coverage
Lead in Flint Water
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

Investigative Reporting
Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU: A Broken System, and the Efforts to Fix It
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

News Documentary
Not Safe to Drink
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

Reporting: Sports
This Community Finally Got What People Have Been Asking For All Season: A Home Football Game
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Small Market Television

Funeral For A Fallen Firefighter
Lansing, MI

Continuing Coverage
Flint Water Emergency
Flint, MI

News Series
Friends for Life: Men’s Health
Lansing, MI

Lansing, MI

Large Market Television

Breaking News
Portland Tornado
Grand Rapids, MI

Continuing Coverage
It’s A Hard Thing To Watch A Man Die
Detroit, MI

Investigative Reporting
Delayed Firefighter Death Benefit
Grand Rapids, MI

Reporting: Sports
Big Ann
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI

Brent Ashcroft
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI

Snyder Announces Staff Changes

Rick-Snyder_300Governor Rick Snyder (R) recently announced several changes in his Executive Office. This includes:

Mike Zimmer, now the director of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs, into the post of cabinet director; and Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) Chief Deputy Director Shelly
Edgerton to LARA director.

Elizabeth Clement, currently Snyder’s deputy chief of staff and cabinet secretary, will become chief legal counsel, succeeding Jim Redford, who will serve as the interim director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency. Beth Emmitt, who has been Snyder’s director of scheduling since he took office, was promoted to deputy chief of staff.

“Improving the culture of state government to ensure we are continuing to put people first is as important in my office as it is across all departments,” Snyder said in a statement. “The people I’m appointing to these new roles understand that our state faces many challenges right now but that in Michigan we don’t shy away from problems – we tackle them head on to make things better for everyone.”