Michigan Radio was honored on June 24 with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).
The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Nationally Edited Continuing Coverage category for its on-going reporting about the Flint water crisis.
“The reporters at Michigan Radio took our commitment to keep the story of the Flint water crisis in front of a national audience very seriously,” said Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio News Director. “This award is really a credit to the whole Flint team and our entire newsroom for their work that aired on NPR. I’m really pleased that the fantastic work done by Michigan Radio reporters has been recognized in this way.”
The station also received a Second Place award in the Long Documentary category for “Out From The Shadows: Living Undocumented.” The hour-long documentary by reporter Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity team looked at what life is like for illegal immigrant families in the Grand Rapids area facing the prospect of deportation.
Michigan Radio has the state’s largest and most recognized radio news service, with more than thirty-five awards received in 2017 for news excellence. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.
According to a report in Broadcasting & Cable, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) supports the FCC’s decision to raise the regulatory fee exemption threshold from $500 to $1,000. In the comments filed by the NAB, it writes that the cost of collecting payments would most likely exceed the actual amount of the payment, while smaller and rural TV and radio stations would benefit significantly from the decision.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted unanimously in favor of an event code that would create a streamlined way for the media to issue Blue Alerts when a police officer has been threatened or harmed. The proposal will now be up for public comment for three months.
According to the FCC, the alert would go out when a suspect is at large and there’s “actionable” information for the public — such as a clear description — in circumstances that involve an imminent, credible threat to a law enforcement officer or when a law enforcement officer is missing, seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Under the proposal, the state and local officials would deterimine when or whether to issue Blue Alerts.
Great prizes are in store for you as part of the Annual MAB Foundation Raffle!
You could win $300 cash, four tickets to a Detroit Tiger’s Game or an overnight stay with a choice of golf or skiing at Crystal Mountain Resort.
Raffle tickets are $10 each and benefit the MAB Foundation. They will be available at the 2017 Advocacy Conference on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. There also is an option to purchase your tickets online when registering for the conference. Register for here …
MAB Government Relations Manager Elena Palombo went to Washington, D.C. last week to meet with the Michigan Congressional legislative staff to discuss issues affecting our members including: post-spectrum auction repack, preserving ad tax deductibility and opposing legislation that imposes performance tax on our radio members. MAB was also on hand to help celebrate our member WDIV-TV winning the NABEF Service to America Awards. We send warm congratulations to the station and the staff for winning this prestigious award
Gov. Rick Snyder has tapped Jeff Mason, Executive Director of the state’s University Research Corridor, to replace Steve Arwood as the CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC).
Mason will still have to be approved by the MEDC Executive Committee, which will meet on July 11 to consider Snyder’s nomination. Mason has led the University Research Corridor since 2009. He was previously at the MEDC in various positions from 1999-2009.
“Jeff has a long history of commitment and dedication to improving Michigan’s economy and growing jobs – from his previous time at MEDC to the past eight years with the University Research Corridor,” Snyder said in a statement.
Learn from the experts at the 2017 Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting. This year’s line up of speakers will offer valuable insight on the “fake news” phenomenon and other current issues that are important to the broadcast industry.
The MAB is excited to host Professor Esther Thorson, PhD from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism. Dr. Thorson is a nationally recognized expert on news consumption and will discuss recent “fake news” issues. She will highlight some of her recent work on news consumption patterns regarding fake news and fact-checking efforts as well as several new political socialization projects and how news stories about controversial and politicized subjects (e.g., global warming) can be rewritten to reduce wholesale rejection.
This year’s Advocacy Conference speaker line up also features Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the National Association of Broadcasters. Rick will give members an update on what the NAB is doing to advocate on a national level for the broadcast industry.
Rob Elhenicky, Partner & MAB Lobbyist from Kelley Cawthorne, John D. Pirich of Honingman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and David Oxenford of Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP also will be on hand to bring attention to important Michigan legislative updates, focusing on issue advertising. You don’t want to miss out on this insightful opportunity to forecast the issues on the horizon and be prepared from the coming year.
The 2017 Advocacy Conference will take place on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Register now to attend.