Category Archives: Awards

Nominations Now Open for 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards

There will be up to two awards given — one Professional (all professionals including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized at the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 6 at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids.

MAPB Public Media Impact Online Nomination Form

The purpose of the awards are to:

  • 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.

For more information on the awards (criteria, etc), click here.

Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

All supporting materials must be submitted at the same time the nomination form is submitted. If you have any questions concerning the Public Media Impact Award program please contact Ann Walters via email at [email protected] or by phone at the MAB at (517) 484-7444.

MAB Foundation Announces 2019 High School & College ‘Station of the Year’ Awards

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2019 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. This year’s record-setting 802 Student Broadcast Award entries were judged by professional broadcasters across Michigan and presented across 40 categories.

Stations of the Year are chosen based on the number of winning entries from the High Schools or Colleges. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 6 at the Lansing Center.

The following schools were honored:

COLLEGE TELEVISION
2019 Station of the Year
Michigan State University

HIGH SCHOOL TELEVISION

2019 Station of the Year
Rockford High School

COLLEGE RADIO
2019 Station of the Year
Hillsdale College WRFH-FM

HIGH SCHOOL RADIO
2019 Station of the Year
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools – 88.1 The Park

The MABF also announced winners of its 2019 Student Broadcast Awards competition. Click here for a complete list of individual award winners.

 

Richard Paul Grzebik, Gary Harding Honored with MAB’s 2019 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

MAB Chairman Gary Baxter (center), General Manager at Fox 47 WSYM-TV in Lansing, presented the 2019 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners Richard Paul Grzebik (left) and Gary Harding (right).

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 at the Lansing Center. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Munn-Reese’s Richard Paul Grzebik and Gary Harding, retired from MacDonald Broadcasting.

Richard Paul Grzebik has been a Broadcast and Communications Engineering Consultant with Munn-Reese since 2007. In addition to his job with Munn-Reese, Rick has been the Chief Engineer for WSDP, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for the past 10+ years. Rick serves in this role on a volunteer basis, and he donates hundreds of hours to the radio station and students of the district. Rick has also helped other educational stations including WBFH in Bloomfield Hills, and the Music Resource Center’s WVQC-LP in Cincinnati. Prior to Munn-Reese, he worked in Detroit for 13 years as an Engineer for radio groups including ABC/Disney, CBS/Infinity and Viacom. He holds three Associate’s Degrees in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College including CAD/Mechanical Design, General Business and Electronic Technologies, and is proud to be a second generation Broadcast Engineer learning skills from his father Paul who started in the business in 1964.

Gary Harding recently retired after 40 plus years at the MacDonald Broadcasting Company as Technical Services Director. In that time Gary has designed and constructed numerous radio facilities throughout Mid and Northern Michigan. He holds both a bachelor and masters degrees in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. He currently enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Jeanne, and their three outstanding children, along with their respective spouses, and six wonderful grandchildren.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards was named after Carl E. Lee, a prominent Michigan broadcast engineer and station owner, who was known for his innovation and recognition of opportunity. Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say “you’re outstanding.”

NATAS Holds 2019 Silver/Gold Circle ® Ceremonies

Photo credit: NATAS

At ceremonies held February 24 at the MotorCity Casino Hotel, the Michigan Chapter of the The National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS) held its induction ceremonies for its 2019 Silver Circle Awards.

The Silver Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion and public relations. They must also have made a significant contribution to the Michigan Chapter television for at least part of their 25-year career.

The Gold Circle honors media professionals who began their careers in television at least 50 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry or in an area related to television such as TV journalism education, advertising, promotion and public relations. They must also have made a significant contribution to the television for at least part of their 50-year career.

2019 Silver Circle Inductees

Catherine Behrendt
Community and Program Director
WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids)

Joel Boykin
Videographer
Pulsebeat.TV (Detroit)

Tom Brocklehurst
Photographer
WJRT-TV (Flint)

Ro Coppola
Executive Producer/Special Projects
WDIV-TV (Detroit)

Randy Henry
Director
WDIV-TV (Detroit)

Lila Lazarus
Founder/CEO
Lila Productions (Orchard Lake)

2019 Gold Circle Inductee

Bill Harris, Anchor
WEYI-TV (Saginaw)

The MAB is Pleased to Announce its 2019 Carl E. Lee Award Recipients

Rick Paul Grzebik and Gary Harding will be honored March 5 at The Great Lakes Media Show during the Exhibitor Reception.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards was named after Carl E. Lee, a prominent Michigan broadcast engineer and station owner, who was known for his innovation and recognition of opportunity. Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say “you’re outstanding.”

Rick Grzebik
Gary Harding

Rick Grzebik has been a Broadcast and Communications Engineering Consultant with Munn-Reese since 2007. In addition to his job with Munn-Reese, Rick has been the Chief Engineer for WSDP, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for the past 10+ years.  Rick serves in this role on a volunteer basis, and he donates hundreds of hours to the radio station and students of the district.  Rick has also helped other educational stations including WBFH in Bloomfield Hills, and the Music Resource Center’s WVQC-LP in Cincinnati. Prior to Munn-Reese, he worked in Detroit for 13 years as an Engineer for radio groups including ABC/Disney, CBS/Infinity and Viacom. He holds three Associate’s Degrees in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College including CAD/Mechanical Design, General Business and Electronic Technologies, and is proud to be a second generation Broadcast Engineer learning skills from his father Paul who started in the business in 1964.

Gary Harding recently retired after 40 plus years at the MacDonald Broadcasting Company as Technical Services Director. In that time Gary has designed and constructed numerous radio facilities throughout Mid and Northern Michigan.

He holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. He currently enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Jeanne and their 3 outstanding children, along with their respective spouses, and 6 wonderful grandchildren.

Send in your ​Nominations for 2018 Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards​!

Nominations are now being taken for the 2018 Michigan Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards. This year’s honorees will be recognized at the Advocacy Conference & Awards Banquet on August 13 and 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. Nominations are due by April 27, 2018. Click here to learn more.

​Check out the 2018 Summer Conference​ Schedule​ here.
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Long-Time West Michigan Radio Engineer Honored with MAB’s Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award honoree Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (left), and MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President, Midwest Communications (right).

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7 at the Lansing Center. The 2108 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (Grand Rapids Christian Radio).

Tom Bosscher started his career in broadcasting at an early age. He received his first amateur radio license when he was in grade school, and took the test to obtain his FCC Radiotelephone 1st class license on a dare while still in high school. Tom started his official broadcast career at WION-AM in Ionia and found himself at the WOOD-AM/FM stations in Grand Rapids at the age of 18.

He later went on to WLAV-AM/FM in Grand Rapids and installed a Pirod 400-foot tower, FM antenna and transmitter for the Class B upgrade.

In June 1995, he went to work for WCSG-FM. Among his first projects was the installation of a 25kw Continental transmitter and FM DA antenna and installing the first of many Broadcast Electronics AudioVault systems. Tom has helped WCSG expand to four on-air stations.

Tom is credited for designing the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL), a “one phone call” school closing system that served the Grand Rapids local schools for 12 years. He also developed a significant mobile remote setup using three receiver sites, three vehicular repeaters, two communication grade repeaters and ran 300 to 400 remotes a year for newly built studios for the Federated Media Grand Rapids stations, WCUZ and WCUZ-FM.

Tom has served the local SBE chapter in many fronts, including serving as the SBE West Michigan frequency coordinator for 1 GHz and down. He is a member of the MAB’s Engineering Board and serves on the LEPC for Ottawa County. He is also the host for a mission driven forum for Christian Radio Technical forum on crtech.org

MPA Seeks Journalist of the Year, McCree Award Winners

The Michigan Press Association is looking for entries for its 2017 Journalist of the Year and McCree Awards.

Journalist of the Year
The Richard Milliman Michigan Journalist of the Year award is in an annual competition sponsored by the Michigan Press Association Foundation. The contest is open to all professional journalists in Michigan and honors an individual journalist whose work had a significant impact, locally or statewide. Journalists may submit a body of work published, broadcast, or posted from October 1, 2016 through December 1, 2017. Entries for the 2017 contest will be accepted through December 15. Learn more at www.michiganpress.org/mijoy/

Wade H. McCree Awards for the Advancement of Justice
The McCree Awards recognize Michigan broadcast, print and on-line journalists whose work fosters greater public understanding of the values of our legal and judicial systems. To be eligible, journalistic work must be published, broadcast and/or posted between Jan. 1 and Dec. 31, 2017. The work must inform and educate citizens about the role of the law, the courts, law enforcement agencies or the legal profession in society. The work could also disclose practices in need of improvement and encourage legal and legislative efforts to reform or modernize our laws, courts and law enforcement agencies. Contest begins December 1, 2017 and ends February 2, 2018. Learn more at www. michiganpress.org/mccree/

 

MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

L-R: Retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Erik Smith; MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager for WDIV-TV in Detroit; Rob David, President and General Manger of Handyman Productions; Sheryll Estell, who accepted on behalf of her late husband and WKAR “Radio Reader,” Dick Estell, who passed away in 2016; and Gina Mills, who accepted the MAB 2017 Legacy Award on behalf of her late mother, WYCD-FM host Linda Lee, who passed away on March 31.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed four other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated by their peers and voting takes place over a few weeks. Active members of the broadcast media cast their votes and the inductees are chosen. These awards are the highest recognition given by the MAB to members of Michigan’s broadcasting industry.

 

Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.

 

2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees
 
Handyman Productions (Novi)

 

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
WDIV-TV (Deroit)
 
Legacy Award Recipient
WYCD-FM (Detroit)

 

WXYZ-TV (Detroit)

 

Radio Reader, WKAR (East Lansing)

MAB Honors Sen. Debbie Stabenow With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

L-R: Past MAB Board Chair Ed Fernandez, Vice-President and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps in Detroit; 2017 MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI); MAB Board Vice Chair/Chair-ElectGary Baxte, Vice-President and General Manager of WSYM-TV in Lansing; and MAB Chair Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications in Kalamazoo. (Not Pictured: Immediate Past MAB Board Chair Debbie Kenyon, Senior Vice President/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit.)

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) honored Sen. Debbie Stabenow with its 2017 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker or other public servant for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This recipient is nominated by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.
Sen. Stabenow (D-10) was honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about Sen. Stabenow and the MAB’s Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards, click here.