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Jacobs Media Announces Additional Free Webinars

Jacobs Media Strategies, based in Bingham Farms, MI, has announced additional FREE webinars in May for the radio industry.

Jacobs1On Thursday, May 19, at 2:00 p.m. eastern, the company will present “How to Launch a Podcast: An Introduction for Radio Stations.”  Is your radio station ready to start podcasting? Jacobs’ “Digital Dot Connector” Seth Resler, will show you how to plan and execute your first podcast in a few easy steps.  Register here.

Jacobs2On Thursday, May 26, 2:00 p.m. eastern,  the company will present “Understanding the Connected Car: An Introduction for Radio Broadcasters.”  The car is the number one listening location and revenue category for radio. Every month, the number of connected cars on the road grows. And today, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto have gotten into the game. Fred Jacobs and Bob Kernen will help you better understand the rapidly changing technology of the connected car and offer steps your radio station can take now to ensure your presence in the automobile.  Register here.

WXYZ-TV Debuts Gun Violence Documentary Online

BeyondBullet_400WXYZ-TV (Detroit) journalists are exploring the staggering impact of gun violence in a digital short film documentary, Beyond the Bullet: The Cost of Gun Violence in Detroit. The special presentation on WXYZ.com goes beyond the headlines to explore the lasting impact of shootings on victims, taxpayers, and society.

“At WXYZ, we’re digging deeper to create unique digital content that provides background and context for the issues that impact our local community and communities across the country,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD Vice-President and General Manager.

WXYZ-TV 7 Action News reporter Aaron Baskerville, producer Lisa Gass and photojournalist John Sartin created the documentary. It debuted on WXYZ.com and the station’s apps, on Wednesday, April 27. Some of the stories told in the program will later appear as part of WXYZ-TV newscasts in May.

“By tackling this project as a digital documentary, we’re able to take viewers far beyond what they see in a newscast,” said Dave Manney, WXYZ/WMYD news director. “It’s a powerful look at what happens after the cameras and police go away and the lasting impact of gun violence.”

The special includes interviews with gunshot victims, including a 9-year-old girl who was hit by a random bullet and may never walk again. Baskerville also speaks with a grieving mother whose son was shot and killed over a cell phone. Documentary viewers will hear from Detroit Police Chief James Craig and U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade about the cost of gun crimes.

The documentary goes inside for a rare look in the Detroit Police Department gun vault where police keep a collection of long guns and hand guns seized in homicide investigations.

“We have a team of journalists capable of turning stories very quickly,” said Seth Myers, WXYZ digital director. “Providing these long form opportunities gives them more time and space and lets them shine a brighter light on the issues our community faces every day.”

Eagle Radio Group Purchased By Armada

Armada Media Partners, based in Fond du Lac, WI is pleased to announce the purchase of the Eagle Radio Group Radio Stations based in Marquette and Escanaba, MI. Eagle Radio operates stations 94.9 “The Bay” WUPZ-FM, 96.7 “Yooper Country” WUPG-FM, 100.3 “The Point” WUPT-FM and 107.3 “The Eagle” WUPF-FM.

Armada Media Partners also owns and operates Bay Cities Radio – a 5 station group based in the Marinette/Menominee market and Radio Results Network – a 5 station group based in Escanaba with offices in Marquette and Manistique.

“We are excited to be able to expand our coverage even further into the Central U.P. market as the premier media company in Upper Michigan. Eagle Radio has a great group of stations and we look forward to building upon their hard work over the last several years,” says General Manager Jesse Huff. “This now gives us 14 radio stations in the Central U.P. that are each committed to great local radio and serving as a resource for the communities in which we serve. We now have even more resources and opportunities to offer our listeners and advertisers.”

Huff will lead the operations in both Escanaba and Marquette for Armada Media and all Eagle Radio employees will continue in their current roles.

Chris Bernier, President and CEO of Armada Media Partners said, “We truly enjoy doing business in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It is home to a lot of great communities, each with unique strengths and all with a sense of pride. This is a great opportunity to grow our company in this region.”

In addition to the stations in Upper Michigan and Wisconsin, Armada and affiliated companies also operates radio stations in South Dakota, Minnesota, Nebraska, Kansas and Colorado. Eagle Radio Group will continue to own and operate its radio stations in Newberry, Sault Ste. Marie, The Straits and Gaylord.

Traffic Director Spotlight: Juli Morgan

JuliMorgan_300Juli Morgan 
WCSR-AM/FM, Hillsdale

Juli Morgan is not only the Traffic Director for WCSR, but also is Office Manager, Account Executive, and On-Air Talent! 

Q1: Favorite comfort food?
Juli:  Pretty much any carbs.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Juli:  Wonder Woman – she was my hero as a child, and I just love a superhero portrayed as a smart, strong, confident, and beautiful woman.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Juli:  Outside on a nice day or working on my house.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Juli:  Mother Teresa.

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Juli:
Career-wise, my first week at Specs Howard, my instructor, Jim Bell, stressed that if we didn’t have a genuine love for people, we needed to get out of the business right then. I went home and cried because I honestly didn’t know if I had that love, but I stuck with it and realized how many people we help on a regular basis in broadcasting. I think you really can’t work in the trenches and be content unless you want to help people as a big part of your job.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
Juli: 
I have a strong personality and confidence, but I have a very hard time engaging in or initiating confrontation.

Engineering Spotlight: Shawn Hoskey, CMU Public Broadcasting

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Alisha Clack at [email protected].

Hoskey_300Shawn Hoskey
Operations Supervisor for Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting.

Brief Engineering Resume:

  • Graduated from Delta College in 1995 with an associates degree in Broadcasting – Radio and Television.
  • Worked at 93.3 WKQZ-FM as a part-time on-air talent for three years in the mid-90s.
  • Worked for some Delta college public broadcasting and freelance work for Hardy Commutations (Dow in Midland) from 94-97.
  • I taught a year of audio operations as an adjunct professor at Delta College.
  • Worked for WNEM-TV (Saginaw) in engineering from July 1997 until December 2009. Jobs included MCR, VTR editor, Uplink operator, editor, Audio operator and Technical Director for live news.
  • Have been with Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting since December 2009.
  • I also volunteer with technical operations audio and video at my church.

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Shawn:  I spent a year in college in Grand Rapids with no major. I volunteered for a campus-wide talent show having no actual talent to perform anything, so I helped with the tech and really loved the idea that even though I was not on stage, I helped to make it happen. I started in television audio production, but as my career moved forward, I rapidly found myself working more in engineering. I have always loved the bridge between the creativity of production and the technical “nuts and bolts” of making it happen. Engineering is in of itself an art form.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Shawn:   I am a huge board gamer . I even have a 10-foot conference room table in my living room for me and my “nerd” friends to gather around to play weekly “nerd” poker.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Shawn:  “Making the right decision does not define maturity (we are all human and make mistakes). Rather, it is how you take responsibility for the decisions you make that define maturity.”  -Ruth Sission, my family living teacher in grade 12.

FCC Announces Details of May 24 Reverse Auction Workshop

fcc-logo_dark-blueAccording to the Broadcast Law Blog, the FCC released a Public Notice outlining the agenda for the May 24 workshop to explain the process of bidding in the reverse auction. The May 24 Workshop will be held at the FCC’s offices and will also be streamed live on the Internet . The workshop, scheduled from 10 AM to 1 PM Eastern, will cover the process for bidding and will review the bidding software itself. Prior to the workshop, an online tutorial will be available that includes an overview of the bidding software and a review of the bidding procedures that bidders should understand in order to participate in the auction.

NAB Thanks Congress For Opposing Performance Royalty With Ad

NAB_thanksThe National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is running an ad in Capitol Hill newsletters and publications thanking more than 250 members of the U.S. House and Senate for co-sponsoring the Local Radio Freedom Act, which opposes any new performance fee, tax, royalty, or other charges on local broadcast radio stations. The resolution, which was introduced in Congress in February 2015, has 230 co-sponsors in the House and 26 in the Senate.

House Passes Public Threat Alert System

capitol3The House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a public threat alert system in an effort to “lessen the scale of future tragedies.”

House Bill 5442 passed 106-2 and would require the Department of State Police to establish and maintain a public threat alert system plan to activate as called for under departmental policies. The plan would be designed to rapidly distribute information to radio and television stations in the state and send text messages to wireless communication devices. The bill states that the public threat alert system plan shall be activated only in accordance with the policies created by the Michigan State Police. HB 5442 contains no mandates for broadcasters.

WPBN/WTOM-TV Hosts Town Hall Meeting

WPBN_400On May 4, WPBN/WTOM-TV (Traverse City), along with Northern Michigan Regional entity and UpNorthLive.com, presented Finding a Solution, a Prescription Drug Abuse Town Hall Meeting at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City.

The discussion focused on prevention and included use and misuse of prescription opiates, and the rising trend of illicit opiate use and overdoses.

WPBN/WTOM-TV News Anchors Marc Schollett and Kristen Lowe moderated the discussion and WGTU/WGTQ-TV (Traverse City) News Anchor Jamie Innis provided updates throughout the meeting on UpNorthLive’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

MABF Scholarship Winners Announced

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabglbc2016At the Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Main Luncheon and Student Awards event, the MAB Foundation (MABF) with support from the MAB and large donors, were able to present $27,000 in scholarships to deserving college students.  In addition, scholarships were awarded from many companies, individuals and stations.

General Scholarship Recipients

Kylie Ambu, Spring Harbor University
William Corbett, Lansing Community College
Natalie Henderson, Central Michigan University
Heather Irvine, Eastern Michigan University
Noah Jurik, Hope College
Charlie Kadado, Wayne State University
Chris Martin, Ferris State University
Brandon Neal, Adrian College

Station Scholarship Recipients

Phylisha Drayton, University of Detroit Mercy – WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Robert E. Tomlinson III, Western Michigan University – Midwest Communications Scholarship
Aisha Carter, University of Michigan – Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship

High School Scholarship Recipients

Joseph DeBaradino, DeLasalle Collegiate High School
Ilene Gould, Rockford High School

Named Scholarship Recipients

Catherine Drabicki, Western Michigan University – Carl E. Lee Scholarship

Shandria Maxwell, Henry Ford Community College – Charles D. Fritz Scholarship

Glenn Himawan, Michigan Tech University and Dane Wurmlinger, Northern Michigan University – WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship

Jillian Borowski, University of Michigan – Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship

Jeremy Nelson, Specs Howard School of Media Arts – Charles D. Mefford Scholarship

Josephine Nyounai, Michigan State University – Gary A. Reid Scholarship

Valerie Dorn, Michigan State University – James H. Quello Scholarship

Isaac Constans, Michigan State University – Leicinger Biederman Scholarship

Joshua Scramlin, Justin Steward, Hannah Vogel and Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University – Dr. Peter Orlink Broadcast Scholarships

Regan Blissett, Grand Valley State University – Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship

Jake Rapanotti, Oakland University – Alan W. Frank Scholarship

Caleb L. Gordon, Michigan State University – Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship