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Actor Timothy Busfield Joins MSU

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Photo courtesy of WKAR

Emmy award-winning actor Timothy Busfield will join the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) as an artist in residence, effective June 15.

In this new role, Busfield will co-teach courses that emphasize acting and fiction film production, provide insights based on his experience as a professional in theatre and film, and bring noted industry professionals to campus for workshops. He will also be the director of national content for WKAR-TV, where he will develop original content for major networks, cable networks, movie studios, and new media.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with the students,” said Busfield. “I’ve learned much in my career and I love helping those that are also eager to learn. My goal is to help their transitions into the major (and not so major) film and theatre communities when they graduate.”

Prabu David, dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, shared his enthusiasm on having Busfield join the college, stating, “Tim brings a wealth of experience in acting, directing, and moviemaking, which will add new energy to the Media Arts Collaborative, a new collaboration for creative work between the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts and Letters,” said David. “We are also excited about collaborating with Tim to create compelling content for WKAR.”

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Busfield was eager to rejoin the mid-Michigan community, specifically MSU, stating “I grew up in East Lansing. My dad taught speech and theater at MSU and my mom and stepfather retired after many decades with the MSU Press… so in short, I’m all Green and White. Then, in January my heart jumped when President Simon announced that she was interested in WKAR producing more original content. I felt I was a perfect fit to help execute her vision of seeing WKAR and MSU move into the market of major television and film.”

Susi Elkins, Interim Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR, is looking forward to having Busfield join her team. “It’s so exciting for us that Tim is returning home to East Lansing, eager to give back to the community and to join our team at WKAR. His creativity, experience, and enthusiasm for engaging audiences is unmatched and we’re thrilled to be working with him,” said Elkins.

Another aspect of Busfield’s new role for MSU will incorporate promoting experiential learning opportunities for students interested in acting in fiction and nonfiction productions. This work will include the Theater2 Film Project, dedicated to transforming student theatre productions into film, and Busfield’s Performing Arts Warm Up, a weekend performing arts camp for kids.

Busfield has been working in the theatre and film industry for 37 years. He is most recognized for his work in “thirtysomething”, “Field of Dreams,” and “The West Wing.” Most recently, Busfield has sold seven pilots to major networks and has directed four others, including “The Fosters” which is currently still on the air.

SAVE THE DATE For The 2016 MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s
Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters!

We’re making some changes to the Golf Fundraiser this year…Your golf experience is sure to be fun and offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in helping to support the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships, and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!

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

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 Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

Clack Appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation

Clack_300Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation.  Clack handled the Broadcast Excellence Awards and the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards program for the MAB Foundation as well as the Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Clack has been with the MAB since 2010, starting as a Tech Assistant for the Emergency Alert System.

Alisha received her bachelor’s of art degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002. Then, more recently, she received her
master’s of science degree from Central Michigan University in
administration, while working full-time with MAB and raising
three young children with her husband Steve.

In addition to her duties with the MAB Foundation, Alisha will also coordinate the EAS program with MAB Director of Technical Services/Digital Communications Manager Dan Kelley and she will manager the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation.

Free Webex for MAB Members

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We did it once, we can do it again! This time without that pesky simulcast period. Following immediately on the heels of the Broadcast Incentive Auction, many of the auction losers, and non-participants will need to change channels. The webinar will present a look at the project from the legal side, antenna, coverage and transmission options. Industry representatives from Wilkinson, Baker & Knauer, Dielectric, Comark/Hitachi, and Alive Telecommunications will make presentations.

This Webex meeting is FREE for MAB members!

Register here: http://bit.ly/Channelrepack

Eddie Money Runs the Front Desk at CBS Radio Detroit

Via George Fox, CBS Radio/Detroit 


On May 27, After hanging with Jim Johnson in the 104.3 WOMC studios, Eddie Money took a break from his rockstar life and got a real job answering phones and greeting guests at CBS Radio’s front desk in Detroit.

Even signing the receipt for the Jimmy Johns guy carrying “two hoagies to paradise” for a CBS staffer.

Eddie Money’s visit was to promote his appearance at the DTE Energy Music Theater.

RAB Announces Rising Through The Ranks Scholarships For Women

RABThe Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has announced that scholarships are available for the “Rising Through The Ranks” management sessions to be held August 24-25 in Nashville, TN.

Radio station management is asked to reach out personally and encourage the talented, capable, dynamic women in your company to apply for one of the 20 BMI scholarships available for the sessions.

The deadline for applications is this Wednesday, June 8.  Applications may be submitted here.

Speakers at the two-day event include:

  • Erica Farber, CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
  • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications
  • Susan Larkin, Regional Vice President, Cox Media Group
  • Heather Monahan, EVP, CRO, Beasley Broadcasting
  • Beth Neuhoff, President, Neuhoff Media
  • Heidi Raphael, SVP, Corporate Communications, Greater Media
  • Kay Olin, Partner, Olin & Associates
  • Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group
  • Lindsay Cerajewski, Director of Partnership Marketing, Emmis Communications
  • Joe D’Angelo, SVP – HD Radio
  • Laurie Kahn, President and CEO, Media Staffing Networks
  • Dan Spears, VP – Licensing, BMI
  • Brandeis C. Hall, VP – Professional Development, RAB

Sessions include:

  • The Role of Today’s Radio Manager
  • Managing Different Personalities and Generations
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Budgeting, Forecasting, and P&L

Plus, the seminar also includes classes specifically for women in the workplace, such as:

  • Women in the Radio Workplace
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Small Groups and Open Discussions

MAB Announces Staff Changes

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Karole White has announced several new hires and internal promotions.

MAB staff member Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation (see separate article here).

Rachel_200Rachel Krause (photo above) has joined the MAB as the new Marketing/Communications Manager. Rachel has a bachelor’s of art in marketing from Dominican University, River Forest, IL and has served as Marketing and Promotion Director for a major bridal label in Hanover Park Ill.  Rachel may be reached at [email protected].

Sara_200Sara Siegmann (photo above) joins the MAB as Event & Membership Assistant for MAB and the MAB Foundation.  Sara may be reached at [email protected].

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Dan Kelley
 (photo above), MAB Director of Technical Services adds addition duties as Digital Communications Manager.  Dan may be reached at [email protected].

The staff changes were announced May 24, 2016.

Northern Star Broadcasting Stations Sold

NSlogoBlack Diamond Broadcast Holdings, LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire eight radio stations from Northern Michigan based Northern Star Broadcasting.

The eight station transaction includes multiple signals in the Traverse City-Petoskey Nielsen rated radio market. The stations include 1240 WCBY-AM Cheboygan, 105.1 WGFM-FM Cheboygan, 97.7 WCHY-FM Cheboygan, 98.1 WGFN-FM Glen Arbor, 102.9 WMKC-FM Indian River, 106.3 WOEZ-FM Onaway, 95.5 WQEZ-FM Glen Arbor, and 100.7 FM (translator) W264CF St. Ignace.

Black Diamond, owned by long-time broadcast executives and life-long Michigan residents, Mike Chires and Norm McKee, currently own WUPS-FM Harrison and WTWS-FM Houghton Lake, both purchased in 2015.

Northern Star Broadcasting’s President Del Reynolds says of the deal, “These radio stations are huge technical facilities reaching from Cadillac to Canada and Traverse City to Alpena. I believe that Black Diamond is the radio group to continue the tradition of being committed local broadcasters and will be honorable trustees of these FCC licenses. Our staff and our clients are the best in the country and we know that they are in good hands with Black Diamond. They have shown with their previous acquisition of WUPS and WTWS that they know how to serve the local community and we are at ease knowing these groups will continue to grow and thrive with them as we transition into what is next for us.”

Black Diamond Partner and CEO Mike Chires stated, “Del and Mary have done a tremendous job of building powerhouse stations that serve their communities extremely well. They have strong relationships with their clients, and the respect of broadcasters throughout the industry, especially in Michigan, which is the ultimate compliment. We look forward to continuing the legacy and the relationships they’ve built with their clients and communities these great stations serve.”

Norm McKee, Black Diamond Partner and COO/CFO added, “The Northern Star properties permit us to establish a group of ten radio stations serving all of central and northern Michigan with quality broadcasting, sports, and community coverage. We can now serve listeners and clients from the Zilwaukee bridge to north of the Mackinac bridge, and from Ludington to Oscoda (Bridge to Bridge, Coast to Coast).”

In addition to the stations acquired by Black Diamond, Northern Star has sold WCKC-FM in Cadillac to Up North Radio, LLC, owned by Jennifer Theodore, who also owns WCDY-FM in Cadillac.

Transfer of the licenses for the radio stations is subject to approval by the Federal Communications Commission, which is anticipated to occur early this fall.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Lynne Peck

LynnePeck_300Lynne Peck
Northern Star Broadcasting, Cheboygan

Lynne Peck is Traffic Director for Northern Star Broadcasting’s WQEZ-FM, WCKC-FM & WGFN-FM, based in Cheboygan, MI.  Lynne has been in traffic for 18 years, originally starting out in television.

Q1: Favorite comfort food?
Lynne:  Chocolate in any form except cake.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be?
Lynne:   Anyone who can fly.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Lynne:  Traveling or walking a beach.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Lynne:  My grandparents. I would like to hear more firsthand accounts of our family history.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Lynne:  
“This too shall pass” and “How important will this be in 5 days, 5 weeks, 5 years?” Both of those help me to keep difficult things in perspective.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Lynne:
I backpacked throughout Europe by myself for a month when I was 20-years-old.