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Stories Deserve to be Told: A 2015-2016 SAC Member Shares Her Passion for Storytelling

Ilene Gould
Rockford High School ’16
Michigan State University

Ilene Gould
Ilene Gould

One day I was watching the movie Evita with my mom when I said to her, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a movie made about your life?” and she replied, “Well for that to happen you have to be very controversial.” This got me thinking, why do you have to be controversial to have your story told? Controversy creates intrigue and interest, but that doesn’t mean that other stories aren’t exciting.

Hearing everyday stories are just as important as hearing the controversial ones. In news, there are no limits to the types of stories you can tell. Whether the story is about an upcoming election, or the story is about a big-hearted lady doing something extra for her community, getting someone’s story told helps give our world a louder voice. Stories are collective and make up the novel that is the “Humanity of Planet Earth.”

I believe it’s important for people’s lives and stories to be told, so their life and legacy can outlive them and leave their footprint behind. We can’t control who tells our personal story, but as storytellers within the news industry, it is our job to find that one person whose everyday story deserves to be told; and who doesn’t love to hear a good story?

My entire life I have loved stories and I will begin my education at Michigan State University in the fall pursuing degrees in Music, and Media and Information, which will hopefully lead to a career in the film industry where I can further my love for stories and storytelling. Everyone has a story to tell and a voice to be heard. I hope someday I can find enough voices to create a choir where everyone can sing out their story.

The MABF Student Advisory Committee is Seeking New Members!

In an effort to better reach Michigan’s students and young people, the MABF Student Advisory Committee was formed in July 2009. This committee is looking for bright, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school to offer their input in the planning of the Foundation’s future events and programs.

Do you know an outstanding broadcasting or journalism student that has great ideas and would love to become more involved in the industry?

We want to hear from you!

The MABF Student Advisory Committee is looking for exceptional, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school during the 2016-2017 school year to join our Student Advisory Committee.

To apply, the student must first be nominated by an adviser. They must then complete the application and return it via mail, fax or email (using the PDF text function) to be considered for a one-year, renewable term beginning at BCBC in November and ending in August 2017.

Applications will be accepted through September 16, 2016. All applicants will be reviewed and selected by the MABF Education and Scholarship Committee.

Click here for a link to the application forms

Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting and new opportunity, please begin to think about possible nominations!

Please send all student nominations to Rachel Krause, SAC Advisor, [email protected].

Traffic Director Spotlight: Julia Little

Nominate a Traffic Director you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected].

Julia-Little-275Julia Little is Traffic Director at Big Rapids Radio Network in Big Rapids and stations WBRN-AM, WYBR-FM and WWBR-FM.

Julia has been in traffic for 36 years and with her present company for 8 years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Julia:  Mashed potatoes.

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Julia:  Supergirl….so I could fly.

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be …
Julia:  On the beach!

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

Q5: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
 When one door closes another opens.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know.
I wear blue contacts.

MAB Member Digital Census Available

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is making available to its members the Michigan Digital Media Census for Broadcasters.   The study presents an in-depth look at the current use and footprint of digital media for all our broadcast stations.

Over the course of the survey, which included data collected through the online survey and collected over the phone, 81 surveys were filled out. These 81 surveys included 155 radio and television stations from every market across the state of Michigan, resulting in a 51% response rate.

The survey is available for download by members here.  (member password required)

Study: Broadcasters Have $33.98 Billion Impact on Michigan’s Economy

Impact_350The MAB, in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), is proud to present the latest study regarding the impact of local broadcasting on Michigan’s economy.

Woods & Poole Economics reports that Michigan broadcasters, with 332 commercial radio stations, 42 commercial television stations and 20 low-power/class A television stations, are responsible for 73,940 jobs that depend on local radio and television.  The economic impact on Michigan is nearly $34 billion.

Scroll to page 30 for the Michigan-specific information of the Woods & Poole report here.

300x250_michiganMichigan broadcasters annually make $53,360,686 in charitable contributions, provide $81,636,827 in disaster relief, and donate $195,349,264 in air-time each year.  Additionally, each Michigan broadcaster, on average, airs 178 public service announcements each week.  All-in-all, that’s a total public service contribution of $330,346,777 annually!

Read more about the public service efforts of Michigan broadcasters here.

Broadcasters are encouraged to use this information when talking to their lawmakers locally, statewide and in Washington.

The MAB thanks the National Association of Broadcasters for their assistance in compiling this information.  Please feel to contact MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo with any questons: [email protected].

Let’s Go To The Ballpark! PAC Fundraiser August 29

Please join the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (MABPAC)
for the Detroit Tigers v. Chicago White Sox baseball game and fundraiser on Monday, August 29, prior to the 2016 MAB Summer Advocacy Conference.

Guests will enjoy the game and picnic-style dinner and drinks in one of the private party suites located by third base.

What: Tigers vs. White Sox
When: Monday, August 29 – Suite opens at 6 p.m.; Game time is 7:10 p.m.
Where: Comerica Park, Detroit
Cost: $250/person

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

Space is limited and is available on first come, first served basis. Reserve your tickets today!

NOTE: In compliance with the Michigan Campaign Finance law, only personal checks/payments can be accepted. No corporate checks, please.

Questions? Contact Elena Palombo at [email protected] or 517-484-7444.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at the game!

MAB Files with the FCC to Drop Paper Letter Requirement

The Michigan Association of Broadcasers has joined other state broadcast associations in a FCC filling to support a proposal that commercial radio and television operators should no longer be required to keep hard copies of letters and emails from listeners and viewers in public files housed at the station. In the past, the FCC cited privacy concerns for requiring such communication be kept out of the online database, but, it now believes the legacy requirement does little to ensure broadcasters are serving the public interest.

State broadcast associations argue in the filing that eliminating the hard copy requirements will reduce the regulatory burdens on commercial broadcasters. And, that the use of social media platforms make stations “immediately and publicly responsible for their programming decisions,” thereby making a requirement to keep letters and email printouts “anachronistic, antiquated and fundamentally meaningless.” The state associations also say that eliminating the requirement will incentivize stations outside the top 50 markets, with fewer that five employees, to voluntarily make the jump to posting their public inspection online ahead of the March 2018 deadline.

MAB Provides Campaign Committee Information

MAB is pleased to provide to our members, contact information to candidate campaign committees, for the lawmakers running in the 2016 election, including state and federal races. This information is posted on the MAB’s members only section and requires a log-in.

If you have further questions, please contact MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo at [email protected] Information has been compiled by the MAB lobby firm Kelley-Cawthorne.

Please click HERE for the 2016 candidate campaign committee information.

State Lawmaker Wants OMA Filers to Recover Legal Costs

capitol3Under the legislation introduced by State Representative Martin Howrylak (R-41), citizens who win an Open Meetings Act (OMA) case against a public body can recover court costs and legal fees. House Bill 5778 states that persons who who take a public body to court in a civil OMA case can recover court costs and legal fees. “Public bodies have a responsibility to operate transparently and when we fail to do so, citizens should not be forced to foot the legal bill for exposing an injustice,” Howrylak said in a statement.

Engineering Spotlight: Robert Johns

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected].

RobertJohns_275Robert Johns is a Contract Engineer at the facilities of the School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University WMHW-FM HD1 and HD2 and Moore Hall Television (MHTV) PEG channel 34 on campus, 189 in Mt. Pleasant and outside communities.

Robert was nominated for the Engineering Spotlight by Dr. Peter Orlik, Director, CMU Broadcast & Cinematic Arts, who comments “Robert’s position is a bit unconventional, but I think it indicates the level of expertise and commitment we all look for in engineers. After many years at Dow, Robert set up his own engineering consulting firm. Since 2010, he has worked as contract engineer for the School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts here at CMU. In this capacity, he is responsible for the facilities of two FM radio stations, a cable television station, an audio recording studio that services its own record label, two television studios and a multitude of labs and production suites. This is clearly a wide and unusual span of responsibilities and is critical to the operations of the School of BCA, its 340 undergraduates, 60 graduate students and 17 faculty. I think this is the type of dynamic engineering that deserves recognition.

Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume.
Not a “typical” broadcast engineer, I spent almost all of my career in industrial video. I attended Delta College Broadcasting, WUCM-TV 19 and was a student employee. Started at the “new” Gerity Cablevision system (now Charter) headend operations in Bay City. Then on to Dow Chemical Corporate Communications internal studios for 35+ years as a freelancer, then employee, then contractor; built 3 video production facilities, built a 4.5m Andrew uplink dish and ran an 80-site BTV satellite network with downlinks from Van Nuys, CA to Athens, Greece. Began working at CMU’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts as a contract engineer in 2010. I’ve seen 1” and 2” B&W Ampex, SONY 1” color, ¾” U-Matic and BVU, BetaCam and DVcam, and now SD card.

Someday, I’m going to really retire. It’s been a great ride.

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Robert:  “Being in the right place at the right time,” and having great mentors. At Delta they couldn’t keep me out of Master Control and I asked a lot of questions. Cliff Saladine, Chief Engineer, was very patient and we spent a lot of time together in MCR. Gerity Cablevision asked Delta Broadcasting if they knew someone who could assist them in headend operations. I was Stage Managing an industrial show for Dow Chemical at the Midland Center for the Arts when Dow was looking for someone for their new industrial video production facility. I built the Dow facility with Pete Petroski, and renovated it years later with John Israel. At Central Michigan BCA, I work with support from Wayne Henderson, Pat Hanlon, Mark Brown and others at WCMU PBS.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Robert:  I asked for a Swiffer WetJet for my birthday.  I thought it would come in handy cleaning up spills on my new ceramic tile floor in front of my newly remodeled basement bar.

Q: What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
Robert:  A good friend said “Why don’t you ask Sue out on a date?”… Our first date was October 6, I proposed December 10 and were married the following July 11. That was 35 years ago!