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Broadcasting Career Builder Conference 2016

Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) is in November and we’re looking for YOUR help!

Friday, November 18
Eagle Eye Golf Club & Conference Center, Bath, MI

This conference attracts hundreds of students eager to learn about the field of broadcasting. For many students, this conference is the key factor in their decision to pursue broadcasting beyond high school. Is your station interested in helping to educate them on this exciting and fast-paced industry?

The MABF is looking for professional volunteers to participate as mentors in the BCBC Speed Networking sessions. As a mentor, you’ll meet with students face-to-face and share your experiences and “insider tips.”

If you’re interested in getting involved, please contact Alisha Clack at the MABF, or 517-484-7444.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Fran Campbell, WHMI-FM (Howell)

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fran-campbellFran Campbell is Traffic Director for WHMI-FM in Howell.  

Fran has been in traffic for 30 years!

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Fran: Bacon cheeseburger with “the works.”

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Fran:  Superman. I would love to fly.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Fran:  On a beach with my toes in the sand.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Fran: Oprah.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Be kind to everyone.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
I lost 250 pounds.

WSAQ’s Chuck Santori Raises $125,000 with Roofsit 2016!

WSAQ-FM (Port Huron) (Q Country 107) Program Director and Morning Personality Chuck Santori
camped out on top of the Birchwood Mall in Port Huron last week, Sunday through Friday (9/18-23), in order to raise funds for St. Clair County Child Abuse/Neglect Council, which provides prevention programs for kids and raises awareness about child abuse.

wsaqSantori has been doing this annually for eleven years now, broadcasting from the rooftop and sleeping in an adjacent tent with a makeshift shower stall.  He told the Port Huron Times Herald that “There is no greater need in my mind than this fundraiser.  This week I have counselors come on to the show to talk about serving the children in our community and each year I get a little more educated.”

Santori began his week-long broadcast by being hoisted up onto the mall’s roof by the Fort Gratiot Fire Department.  Pledges from listeners were taken by telephone.  Santori told the MAB that he was told $125,000 was raised by the time he came down off the roof Friday night at 6pm.

Roofsit 2016 Promotional Video:


Lori Bennett Appointed Operations Manager at Cumulus/Grand Rapids

loribennett_275Cumulus Media has announced that Lori Bennett has been appointed Operations Manager for the company’s 5-station cluster in Grand Rapids.  This includes WLAV-FM, WBBL-FM, WHTS-FM, WTNR-FM and WJRW-AM.  Bennett will also program WTNR and host the afternoon drive show from 3-7pm.

Bennett joins the Grand Rapids group from Cumulus Media in Detroit, where she most recently was Program Director and Afternoon Drive Host for Hot A/C WDVD-FM.  She previously was Promotions Director/Feature Anchor at WJR-AM and air talent for WDRQ-FM.  In Detroit, Bennett also served in various capacities including Operations Manager, Program and Marketing Director and Morning Show Host for various stations such as WNIC-FM, WMGC-FM and WVMV-FM.

“We are thrilled to have Lori join our Grand Rapids team” says Vice-President/Market Manager Jeff Cartwright. She is a true broadcast professional who brings a positive energy along with new programming ideas to our cluster. I am excited to see what the future holds for our 5 stations with Lori here.”

Bennett says “I’m honored to join the remarkable family of broadcasters at Cumulus Grand Rapids! The talent and energy within the cluster extends beyond the norm, with legendary market personalities that know how to truly connect and super serve the West Michigan audience. I am grateful to Mary Berner, Mike McVay, Doug Hamand, Bob Walker and of course, the dynamic Jeff Cartwright, for the opportunity to captain such an incredible team!”

Students Design WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) ArtPrize News Desk

wzzm-1_532Students from the Kendall College of Art and Design (KCAD) at Ferris State University teamed up with local office environment company Custer to design and create a newsdesk for WZZM-TV for use during the 19-day ArtPrize event in Grand Rapids.

ArtPrize is an international art competition spread over three square miles of Grand Rapids, with art on display everywhere, including museums, galleries, bars, restaurants, theaters, hotels, public parks, lobbies, buildings, walls, bridges, etc.  About 400,000 people attend the free event each year.

WZZM President/General Manager Janet Mason told TV NewsCheck “The collaboration between Custer, KCAD design students and WZZM 13 has resulted in a news desk unlike any other.”

Constructed out of reclaimed ash wood, from within 25 miles of downtown Grand Rapids, the desk is detailed with donated items repurposed from Goodwill Industries and bottles representing various West Michigan craft breweries — arranged in a wave formation in homage to the area’s Grand River.

The desk is installed on the second floor of the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum and will serve as the studio for WZZM’s newscasts throughout ArtPrize, which runs now through October 9.

See WZZM’s story on the desk construction below:

Beth Handelong Named WXYZ Local Sales Manager

handelong-300Beth Handelong is the new local sales manager for WXYZ-TV, the Scripps-owned, ABC affiliate, in the Detroit market. Handelong replaces Cathy Goltz who was promoted to director of sales at WPTV, the Scripps-owned station in West Palm Beach, FL. Before coming to Detroit, Handelong was the national sales manager at WMAR, the Scripps-owned station in Baltimore.

“I have come to know and appreciate Detroit and its business community,” said Handelong. “Our team has so many opportunities to develop strong relationships with local business leaders to help those businesses grow. WXYZ has a very strong presence and we take seriously our role in continuing to help our city thrive.”

Handelong brings years of experience as a top television sales manager and successful sales executive to her current job at WXYZ. In addition to sales management at WMAR, she was an account executive at WCAU and WPVI in Philadelphia; a team sales manager for FOX television sales in Los Angeles; and an account executive at WLVI in Boston.

She was the sales manager for Harrington, Righter & Parsons in Los Angeles, responsible for advertising sales for 26 television stations; and an account executive for Katz American Television in Los Angeles where she managed sales for 13 television stations.

Handelong is a Pennsylvania native and a fan of college and professional football.

Gill New PM Anchor at WDIV-TV. Harlan Retiring.

Kimberly Gill

Kimberly Gill has been named co-anchor of WDIV-TV’s (Detroit) Local 4 News at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m., announced Marla Drutz, Vice-President and General Manager of the station, NBC’s affiliate in Detroit.  The announcement was made September 26.

Gill will join Devin Scillian, who has been anchoring WDIV evening newscasts for nearly 20 years. This follows the recent announcement that Detroit broadcasting legend Carmen Harlan is retiring from delivering the news (see more below). Her last newscast is November 11.

“Since joining the Local 4 news team, Kimberly has done outstanding work out in the field covering stories like the shooting in Charleston, the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the nightclub shooting in Orlando and reporting nightly on ‘Local 4 News at 11 p.m.,’” said Kim Voet, WDIV’s news director.

Since December 2015, Gill has been anchoring Local 4 News at 5:30 p.m. and has been the regular fill-in on all of the evening newscasts.

Before joining WDIV, Gill worked as an anchor in Pittsburgh and Cleveland. She started her career at WBTW, the CBS affiliate in Florence/Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Carmen Harlan

On September 22, following a broadcasting career spanning four decades, Detroit broadcasting legend Carmen Harlan announced her retirement from the station.

Marla Drutz said “About 18 months ago, Carmen came to me to say that she wanted to retire in the near future. I wanted to pretend that I didn’t hear her. There is only one Carmen Harlan and I wish she would stay forever, but I understand her desire to spend more time with her children and their families.  She is a class act who has been a true booster for this city.”

A native Detroiter, Harlan began her broadcasting career in Detroit radio before joining WDIV-Local 4 in 1978 as a general assignment reporter. Not long after, she was promoted to news anchor with legendary newsman Mort Crim. For more than 20 years, Harlan has been partnered with anchor Devin Scillian for the station’s early evening and late news programs, making them Detroit’s longest running anchor team.

Greater Media’s Michael Mayer Wins Radio Wayne Award

michaelmayerLast Thursday (9/22) at the NAB Radio Show luncheon in Nashville, Greater Media Detroit National Sales Manager Michael Mayer was honored with the prestigious Stu Olds National Sales Manager of the Year award, presented by Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti.

The award was one of 7 Radio Wayne awards presented at the luncheon.

Taking honors as America’s Best Broadcaster for 2016 was Emmis Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan.  A complete list of winners is available here.

The Radio Wayne Awards are named in honor of “Radio Wayne” Cornils, who set a great example for professionalism in radio. A successful small-market radio broadcaster, Cornils also served as executive vice president of the RAB and SVP/Radio at the NAB.
The Radio Wayne Awards are presented to the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day.

WLEN-FM (Adrian) Wins 2016 NAB Marconi AC Station of the Year

Julie Koehn
Julie Koehn, WLEN President and General Manager

Lenawee Broadcasting Company’s WLEN-FM was named AC Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced September 22 at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, held during the Radio Show in Nashville.

The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

This is WLEN’s fourth Marconi Award.

Julie Koehn, WLEN President and General Manager, told MAB “All of us in radio are blessed to work in an industry where we get to inspire, educate, entertain, help people and even save their lives each and every day. I am blessed to get to work with amazing broadcast professionals at Lenawee Broadcasting Company. Our team is humbled to be recognized by the industry for their hard work and service to the citizens of our community and our region. We take service to heart.”

For a complete list of this year’s NAB Marconi Award winners, click here.


WXYT-FM (Detroit) Wins Marconi Sports Station of the Year Award

971theticketCBS Radio’s WXYT-FM  (97.1 The Ticket) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night (9/22) at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Nashville.

Debbie Kenyon, VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit (and MAB Chairman) told the MAB “We appreciate the NAB recognizing 97.1 The Ticket for this prestigious award. It has been a huge year for us between winning the Marconi last week and the Service to America award a few months ago. Our entire staff deserve the recognition for both if these awards.”

The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

For a complete list of this year’s NAB Marconi Award winners, click here.