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Jackson’s K-105.3 Celebrates 18 Years!

WKHM-003_400K-105.3, WKHM-FM (Jackson) held their annual listener appreciation party March 4 at The Foundry night club/music venue in downtown Jackson with a couple hundred listeners and friends. The cause for celebration was the station’s 18th year of serving up hit music in Jackson county along with local news, contests and community engagement.

WKHM-004K-105.3 DJ’s Jamie “Big Dog” McKibbin, Scott Clow, J-Rod, and Craig & Mallory from the Morning Hustle emceed and entertained the crowd while giving out tons of prizes from local businesses in Jackson. WKHM would like to thank everyone for their continued support of Jackson’s HIT Music Station, K-105.3!

Michigan Media Professionals Honored with Silver Circle Induction

The Silver Circle Class of 2016. (L-R) Jim Lutton (WWMT-TV/Kalamzoo), Wayne Joseph (Fox Sports Detroit), Laurie Oberman (WDIV-TV/Detroit), Bob Gould (Michigan State University), and Dave Devereaux (WTVS-TV and WRCJ-FM (Detroit). Photo courtesy of Michigan NATAS.

The Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS) has announced their Silver Circle® class of 2016.  The Silver Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical, or administrative role within the industry or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion, and public relations. They must also have made a significant contribution to the Michigan Chapter for at least part of their 25-year career.

The Silver Circle Class of 2016:

Dave Devereaux (Senior Vice President of Broadcasting and Station Manager of WRCJ 90.9 FM, DPTV)
Bob Gould (Professor, MSU School of Journalism)
Wayne Joseph (Senior Account Executive, FOX Sports Detroit)
Jim Lutton (General Manager, WWMT)
Laurie Oberman (Director of Local Programming, WDIV)

The Michigan Chapter of NATAS has been honoring and celebrating our Silver Circle members since 1987.

Telethon for Flint Raises Over $1.1 Million

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MAB President/CEO Karole White (back row, third from right) answers telephone calls during the Flint Telethon.

Last Tuesday (3/15), people from across Michigan opened up their hearts and wallets to help the children affected by the water crisis in Flint.

WDIV-TV (Detroit) and four other television stations across Michigan, WEYI-TV (Flint), WILX-TV (Lansing), WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids) and WWTV/WWUP-TV (Northern Michigan), joined for the day-long telethon: Flint Water Crisis: For Our Families.

With a matching donation from Detroit Pistons’ owner Tom Gores, a grand total of $1,133,964 was raised during the telethon.

All proceeds will go to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund to help with things like education, nutrition and medical intervention.

MAB President and CEO Karole White pitched in to answer phones during the event.

Engineering Spotlight: Keith Bosworth, Cumulus Media (Detroit)

We continue our spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com.

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Keith Bosworth
Chief Engineer for Cumulus Media (WJR-AM, WDRQ-FM, WDVD-FM) in Detroit.

Brief Engineering Resume:

2003 Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts
2004-2013 Cumulus Media, Toledo
2013-Present Cumulus Media, Detroit

Keith shares his broadcast history:

“I started working as a Board op for Cumulus Media Toledo at WTWR (Monroe, MI) in 2004. Every time the Engineer (Kevin Hawley) would come in, I would watch him and I was a little savvy.  A few months later I was asked by Kevin if I would like to lend a hand installing new transmitters that were coming in for Cumulus Toledo. Halfway through the installs, he asked if I would like to be an assistant engineer, because as he put it, I was a good learner. Although to this day I tell him he was a good teacher.

After being at the Job for a few years and soaking up all the knowledge I could Kevin left to go to WJR. At that point, I was on my own and became Chief Engineer and IT of the eight station cluster in Toledo, which I did for 7-8 years on my own. When the position at Cumulus Detroit opened up, I applied for it and got it, but not until they found a replacement for me in Toledo.

In my career, I have also rebuilt four of the studios in Toledo and had the pleasure of helping build some state of the art facilities like the new Westwood One TOC in NY, the Nash Nights Live Studio in Nashville, TN, and 16 new studios in San Francisco, CA.

Before I got into broadcasting, I was a Chef and still love to cook.

The best advice I was ever given: to be a good engineer, you don’t have to have all the answers, you just need to know where to find them.”

Traffic Director Spotlight: Helen Skinner, WPXD-TV (Detroit)

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Helen Skinner is the Traffic Director for WPXD-TV.  Helen has been in traffic for 37 years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Helen:  My favorite comfort food is Tomato Soup with a Grilled Cheese Sandwich. There were six kids in the family and Mom used to fix this for us quite a bit, so it takes me back to a time that holds nothing but wonderful memories.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Helen:  I would be Aquaman. His abilities include telepathy, which he uses to communicate with all sea life. How wonderful it would be to interact with all those magnificent creatures.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Helen:  Spending time with the family. Take the time today to spend with those you love.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with …
Helen:  How easy! With my mom. She passed away years ago. How I would love one last chance to see her and tell her how much I miss her and how much I love her.

Q5: Best advice you have ever received?
Helen: Let it go and move on. Let go of the past and embrace the future.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Helen:   After high school, I traveled for six months with a group called Up with People. They are still around, and have grown tremendously since those days. I would recommend this whole heartedly.  What an all-around amazing experience.

 

 

CBS, Disney, Fox, Univision File Comments with FCC to Support Foreign Ownership Rule Changes

According to a report in AllAccess, CBS Corporation, The Walt Disney Company, 21st Century Fox, Inc., and Univision Communications, Inc., have filed comments in a joint letter to the FCC supporting extension of foreign ownership rule relaxation.

In the letter, the parties stated that the proposal to extend the looser foreign ownership limits and review procedures applicable to common carrier and aeronautical licensees to broadcasters as well have been endorsed by the NAB, the MMTC, Fox, Comcast, Nexstar, Media General, and T-Mobile, the latter of which the parties say, “can be said to owe its very existence to the Commission’s previous liberalization of foreign investment in common carrier (and other non-broadcast) licensees.”

Read more here.

FCC Reverse Auction Webinar Available On-Demand

The Federal Communications Commission has released a new on-demand webinar regarding the current spectrum auction.  Owners, general managers and other interested parties may find this of interest as it offers a sneak preview of the software will that will be used to enter their bid preferences.

While stations have attorneys who would likely manage this for participating stations, the webinar may help owners and managers understand the process in order to better communicate with legal counsel in a more effective manner.

The webinar can be found here.

FOIA Requests on the Rise for State Agencies

capitol3According to a report in MIRS, state departments say they are facing an onslaught of Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. The main state agencies in the spotlight, the Michigan Departments of Environmental Quality (DEQ), as well as Health and Human Services (DHHS), have been slammed with a record number of FOIA requests this year due to the media attention and coverage of the Flint water crisis.

The DEQ reported receiving 6,895 FOIAs during Fiscal Year (FY) 2015. So far in FY 2016, now in its sixth month, the department is up to at least 3,562 requests. The agency is projecting a 20-percent increase from last year, according to a DEQ spokesperson. The DHHS has had to bring on three temporary employees to help address the volume of FOIA requests. There have been at least 163 health-related FOIAs received by the DHHS so far this calendar year, compared to 680 total in 2015.

Mike Scott Joins Midwest Communications/Lansing

MikeScottMidwest Communications has announced that Mike Scott (pictured right) has joined the company as Operations Manager of their four-station Lansing cluster.  Mike will oversee WJQX-FM, WLMI-FM, WWDK-FM, and WQTX-FM.  Mike was previously with Kroll Communications’ WRSR-FM (Flint).

Mike’s background includes work at WOMC-FM, WNIC-FM, and WYCD-FM, all in Detroit.

Midwest VP/Market Manager Patrick Pendergast, in a news item appearing in All Access said,  “We are thrilled to land Mike given his talent and experience across a wide variety of formats. He is ideally suited to lead our four station cluster. As a Michigan native, he’s the perfect fit for us.”

Mike is quoted as saying, “I can’t express in words how excited I am to join the great team at Midwest Communications and lead this great programming group. I’d especially like to thank both Jeff McCarthy, Vice President of Programming and Patrick Pendergast  for this opportunity and look forward to joining the Lansing team.”