Friday, April 28 is the deadline for nominations for the annual Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. The awards will be presented during the Awards Banquet at the MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.
Click here for more information on the qualifications and to fill out the form to nominate someone.
This year marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.
Two awards will be presented – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet as part of the August 2017 Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI, which is attended by owners and operators of broadcast stations, lawmakers and other dignitaries.
To recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity.
To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.
To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.
Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.
Nomination Process Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
WZZM-TV, the TEGNA owned ABC affiliate in Grand Rapids, won the parent company’s Community Empowerment Award for the second year in a row. The award showcases the initiatives and work that stations do to help their respective communities.
“It has been the highlight of my career to be able to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives and work hand-in-hand with my colleagues to improve our community,” said Program and Community Director Catherine Behrendt. “This award is recognition of that work and I’m proud of our team for having received it.”
WZZM 13’s sustained commitment and willingness to go one step further was evident in the examples they submitted.
New Heights: Restoring a City was an hour-long documentary that examined the history, the challenges, and the work being done to restore a more hopeful future for the city of Muskegon Heights. It also inspired others to do more, and with the help of TEGNA grants, launched an effort to bring back the much-loved Muskegon Heights High Step Marching Band. See the full special here.
Water for Flint was an effort that collected tens of thousands of gallons of donated bottled drinking water for the people of Flint, whose own water was tainted with lead.
LOVE>hate (Love Is Greater Than Hate)was launched after the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. At a time of great tragedy, how might people be reminded that the world is filled with many, many good people? A series of stories and on-air messages reminded people that love has a much greater impact on the world. WZZM 13 also hosted a Dance for Unity in downtown Grand Rapids to give people a chance to come together.
13 Friends for Life turned twenty this year. The breast cancer awareness campaign is credited by a number of women for having saved their lives. They saw the message, got a mammogram, discovered cancer, and were successfully treated – all because of 13 Friends for Life.
And, finally, Toys for Tots served thousands of children and their families during the holiday season—making sure all those kids had presents under the tree at Christmas.
TEGNA honored the winners and finalists during its annual Employee Awards ceremony at corporate headquarters in McLean, VA.
“Our employees are living our purpose by empowering those they serve. It is always an honor to come together and celebrate their many achievements,” said Gracia Martore, president and CEO, TEGNA. “Today’s award winners helped TEGNA reach new heights over the past year and their continued dedication and hard work is vital to our success. I congratulate all of our winners and finalists on their outstanding performance.”
WZZM 13 was also a finalist in the Diversity & Inclusion Category.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The 689 entries were judged by professional broadcasters. Awards were presented in each of the 23 categories. Station/Program of the Year is chosen based on the number of winning entries from the High Schools or Colleges. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing.
The following schools were honored:
HIGH SCHOOL RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Avondale High School, Auburn Hills
WAHS-FM HIGH SCHOOL TELEVISION
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Rockford High School, Rockford COLLEGE RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Michigan State University, East Lansing
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
MABF also announced winners of its Student Broadcast Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) are proud to announce the recipients of 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Stations of the Year Awards. The awards were presented during the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Program, held as part of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, Michigan.
Of the 961 entries, the following stations were found by judges from the Illinois Association of Broadcasters to be the best of the best in the overall station product:
Commercial Divisions Commercial Radio Market 1: WJR-AM, Detroit
Commercial Television Market 1: WDIV-TV, Detroit
Commercial Radio Market 2: WOOD-AM/FM, Grand Rapids
Commercial Television Market 2: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids
Commercial Radio Market 3: WLEN-FM, Adrian
Commercial Television Market 3: WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Traverse City
Commercial Radio Market 4: WKQS-FM, Marquette
Commercial Television Market 4: WLUC-TV, Marquette
Public Radio Group 1: WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids
Public Radio Group 2: Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR), Ann Arbor
Public Television : WTVS-TV, Detroit
The MAB and the MAB Foundation wish to congratulate all the winners of the Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here. The Broadcast Excellence Awards Program is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters who, combined, have served in the industry for over six decades. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the main luncheon at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held March 8 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.
The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:
Radio Recipient: Craig Bowman, Owner of Bowman Engineering Company/Partner in the Synergy Broadcasting Group.
Craig began his radio career while in high school at a 500-watt daytimer on 1460, then WMMH, Marshall, N.C., working weekends running religious programming and playing Southern gospel music. After high school, Bowman attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he worked at the student station, later becoming the station manager where he oversaw the transition from the University ownership to Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. with a long-term vision of bringing NPR to Western North Carolina.
Having worked part-time in Black Mountain and Canton of North Carolina (NC), Craig accepted a full-time position at WHCC-WQNS in Waynesville, NC, where he held his first Chief Engineer position as well as doing afternoons on WHCC. In 1986, Craig was recruited to build WMYI. A station licensed to Hendersonville, NC but build to serve Hendersonville, Greenville (SC), Spartanburg (SC), Anderson (SC) and Asheville (NC).
After Greenville, Bowman joined Bob Herman at RF Projects Corporation in Raleigh as a consulting engineer and later was promoted to Vice-President. In 1991 Jim Jensen of Liggett Broadcast approached Craig (who was doing projects for WFMK and WHNN) to join the company as their Director of Engineering. Craig worked with Liggett until after the current Pine Tree Road facility was completed and then went to work for Scott Studios helping with product development as well as traveling the nation providing training for new Scott Studios automation customers.
In 2001, Craig started his own broadcast engineering company and Bowman Engineering has been around ever since, and even while he has been reaching out to new challenges developing audience engagement tools, mobile app development, audio streaming and podcasting with Futuri Media in Cleveland, Bowman remains an active part of Liggett Communications in Port Huron as well as Krol Communications in Flint, Owosso, and Alma. Craig is also a corporate officer and partner in the Synergy Broadcasting group of stations based in Ludington, MI. Bowman also serves on several MAB Technical committees.
Television Recipient: David Oliver, Engineering Supervisor for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, and Chief Operator for WGVS-AM and FM.
David began his broadcasting career in 1983 when he enlisted in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. In 1989, he completed a six-year enlistment as an Electronics Technician First Class. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service as Site Maintenance Supervisor for NAVCAMS MED SATCOM in Naples, Italy. Upon completion of his Navy service, David joined Hughes Network Systems as VSAT Hub Engineer, supporting the Chrysler and GM dealer networks.
David was hired by WGVU Public Media as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer in 1992, and was promoted to Engineering Supervisor in 1996. His responsibilities include supervision of the stations technical staff, overseeing daily TV and radio operations; maintenance and support for two Television, two FM, two AM transmission sites and a satellite teleport.
Now celebrating his 25-year anniversary with WGVU and Grand Valley State University, he was awarded the 2009 GVSU – Administrative/Professional Achievement award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a staff member to the University.
David has been identified by GVSU as a Vet Net Ally and is active with WGVU’s Engage-Veterans project, LZ Michigan, and a member of American Legion Post #28 in Grand Haven.
We received a record number of Broadcast Excellence Award entries this year and stations and networks that have won awards have been notified. Make plans now to attend this prestigious awards ceremony and celebrate your station and co-workers. This ceremony is your chance to meet and mingle with professional broadcasters statewide and show off your hard work from 2016!
Wednesday March 8, 2017 | The Lansing Center | Lansing, MI
7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Prior to the Awards Ceremony, you’re invited to join the MAB for the Legislative Reception/Walk Around Dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (This will be the only meal before Broadcast Excellence Awards; light refreshments will be served at the awards ceremony).
Pre-registration is required to attend the BEA ceremony, which is only $35 for MAB station members. Register HERE. Broadcast Excellence Award winners have been notified by email on the number of complimentary tickets each station will receive for the awards ceremony, which varies by number of awards won.