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Traffic Director Spotlight: Carey Jarvis, Fox 47

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WSYM-TV

Carey Jarvis is the Traffic Manager at WSYM Fox 47 in Lansing, where he has been for ten of his twenty years in traffic.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Carey: Wendy’s

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Carey: Doctor Who because he uses his intelligence to beat the bad guys!

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Carey: Spending time with my wife and daughter, reading, watching TV/movies, or playing video games.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Carey: David Tennant, my favorite actor who has played Doctor Who. He seems to be an incredibly nice guy, and he really brought the role to life.

Q5: Best advice you have ever gotten?
Carey: “The Paradoxical Commandments”, by Dr. Kent M. Keith:

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Carey: I never ate a salad until I got married.

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Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) – What is it and why does it wake us up?

On Friday, January 15 at 2:00 AM, a WEA was issued for the full states of Michigan and Colorado by Michigan State Police in the form of an AMBER Alert for two missing/abducted children from Coloma, Michigan. Thanks to excellent police work, a law enforcement officer in Colorado recognized the vehicle from a police notification he received earlier, and the abductor was captured. The children were recovered unharmed.

There was a flurry of activity and controversy on social media concerning the value of a statewide Amber Alert WEA that early in the morning. Posts were placed on media websites in the article comment sections from individuals all over the state. I too was awakened and commented on the value of a WEA that early in the morning.

I know why a WEA was issued, and yet I found it very upsetting. I began to think that others might have felt the same. My concern rested in both how and when a WEA is appropriate and the reaction of the citizens concerning it.

Why was WEA developed?

On December 28, 2009, the Federal Emergency Management Association (FEMA), working with the wireless and mobile industry, created the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA), and planned to begin sending alerts to the general public by 2012. They realized that people do not watch TV or listen to radio 24 hours a day, yet their cell phones are usually close at hand.

FEMA gave the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, working with local law enforcement, the capability to issue the AMBER Alerts. A WEA is a text and alert sound to your phone alerting you of an emergency. In most phones, the WEA is already turned on when you get the phone; in others it must be turned on manually. Under settings, you should find a menu that allows you to choose the emergencies for which you wish to be alerted. You cannot choose the tone, since it is solely for the WEA, and the tone will sound even if the phone is on vibrate. Your only option is to select the emergencies for which you wish to be notified. I sincerely encouraging everyone to leave the Wireless Emergency Alert application turned on in your phone. These alerts may save your life or that of others.

The WEA is used very judiciously by law enforcement for AMBER Alerts. It is issued only when law enforcement has a license plate and vehicle description of a suspected abductor. A WEA alert can be activated statewide or in very small areas. It can alert you of serious weather events long after you have turned off other devices and gone to bed. Your cell phone can wake you up and tell you to take cover or that precious children have been abducted.

When it comes to using WEA for AMBER Alerts, I was reminded that awakening the community is exactly what I would want if my child had been abducted early in the morning. This is a very valid correction. In discussing the activation with others, I also realized that we have a 24 hour workforce. At 2:00 AM some people are just going to or coming from work.

A WEA is limited to 90 characters, so it can only give you basic information. Your local radio or television stations are dedicated to giving you detailed information and have been faithful partners in Emergency Alert delivery for decades.

Though it is a rare that a WEA wakes you up at night, as one of the founders of AMBER Alert Michigan, I want to encourage everyone to make certain that their Wireless Emergency Alert is turned on in their cell phone. Even though you could get an early morning WEA, it is the only way to alert a large number of citizens to an emergency and wake them up in the wee hours of the morning

We never want a WEA to be ignored.

If a little disturbance can save a life, that should be well worth the price of a little sleep.

I apologize if my questioning of the early morning activation of the WEA Amber alert in two states seemed to be insensitive to some. It did, however, give me a platform on which to explain the Wireless Emergency Alert system and how it works.

Karole White
President Michigan Association of Broadcasters

Radio Issues on FCC’s Agenda in 2016

According to Broadcast Law Blog, one of the biggest issues in radio may see some action by the FCC before the end of January. The FCC has circulated a proposal among the commissioners to adopt a requirement for an online public file for radio, cable and satellite. In his blog post, FCC Chairman Wheeler confirmed that the commission is due to vote on this issue at the FCC meeting on January 28.

Jennifer White Leaving Michigan Radio for WBEZ

Jennifer White
Photo Credit: Michigan Radio

All Things Considered host Jennifer White has left Michigan Radio for Chicago, where she has accepted a position as on-air anchor and host at Chicago Public Radio, WBEZ.

Jennifer had been the local host of Michigan Radio’s All Things Considered since September 2010, and had led many community-focused projects, local discussions, and political forums. Her former position at Michigan Radio will now be filled by Christina Shockley, who will move from hosting Morning Edition to hosting All Things Considered. Michigan Radio will be undergoing a search for the next host of Morning Edition.

Michigan College Goal

MI College Goal SundayAccording to a press release by the Michigan Department of Treasury, MI College Goal is a team effort of the Michigan Department of Treasury’s MI Student Aid unit, Michigan Student Financial Aid Association, Michigan Department of Education, and EduGuide.

“Students and families often experience difficulties and frustration when filling out the FAFSA,” State Treasurer Nick Khouri. “But, expert help is available. MI College Goal locations have staff on hand to help families complete the application for free and maximize financial aid awards for students headed to college.”

High school seniors and their parents are strongly encouraged to visit MI College Goal and find out about upcoming event details and to get assistance in filling out the FAFSA in order to receive aid for college.

Current and prospective students can also visit the Treasury’s Student Financial Services Bureau website for more information on Michigan aid programs.

MSU & DPTV Announce Partnership

WKAR-TV (East Lansing) has announced a new partnership with Detroit Public Television on January 11.

“This collaboration gives us the opportunity to become a national model in providing quality educational content in public television,” MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon said. “It will provide opportunities consistent with our land-grant mission for unique partnerships that will lead to much broader outreach and engagement, both in Detroit and statewide, and a significant platform for faculty work and innovation across several colleges.”

According to DPTV’s press release:

One of the first initiatives will be a 24/7 children’s broadcast and online channel serving not only Detroit and Lansing but also the entire state. That initiative will build off DPTV’s Ready To Learn program, supported by a PBS grant. It focuses on engaging and strengthening early learning experiences for children ages 2-8 at home, in preschool and in other out-of-school settings.

Watch video of the press conference here.

WKAR Will NOT Participate in Spectrum Auction

According to Prabu David
, Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts and Sciences
, “MSU will NOT participate in the FCC Broadcast Incentive Auction.” David noted that WKAR had received hundreds of emails and social media postings regarding the upcoming spectrum auction, and that he and the WKAR staff were “truly touched” by all the support.

The FCC Spectrum Auction is happening in the Spring of 2016, and is meant to reallocate a portion of the spectrum from TV broadcasters to mobile providers.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Sheralyn Ganz, Cumulus Media

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WWWW-FM, WQKL-FM, WLBY-FM, WTKA-FM

Sheralyn Ganz is the Traffic and Continuity Director at Cumulus Media in Ann Arbor, where she’s been for seven years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Sheralyn: Homemade macaroni and cheese.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Sheralyn: Crimson Curse, because she uses her magical powers to manipulate the elements of nature — a talent that would really come in handy to a resident of Michigan.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Sheralyn: Flexing my brain muscles, trying to beat my boyfriend in an epic board game battle.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with …
Sheralyn: Marc Maron.

Q5: Best advice you have ever gotten?
Sheralyn: “Every job you’ll ever work is a paid education.”

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Unique Benefits of Your ABIP Inspection

Gehman doing an ABIP inspectionThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters maintains a formal agreement with the Federal Communications Commission to operate the ‘Alternate Broadcast Inspection Program’ (ABIP).

MAB’s ABIP grants unique benefits to radio and television stations that elect to participate and resolve their deficiencies. These stations earn a three-year MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance.

Not only does the MAB ABIP provide an independent, confidential written review of compliance with applicable FCC rules at your main studio and at each transmitter site, the program also provides expert recommendations and access to the MAB’s ABIP inspector, thereby enabling you to maintain the highest degree of operational compliance.

What if a violation inadvertently occurs and an FCC field agent appears at your studio location? Point out your MAB ABIP Certificate of Compliance, follow the agent’s instructions to resolve the issue of note, and contact the MAB office to facilitate mitigation of the occurrence with the applicable FCC field office.

Now is the time for your station to join the 2016 MAB ABIP and earn the inherit benefits – and enjoy compliance peace of mind! Contact Ann Walters today at walters@michmab.com, or call (800) 968-7622 to request your ABIP contract.