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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.

MAPB Honors 2017 Public Media Impact Award Recipients

L-R: Retired CMU Public Radio executive and host John Sheffler, 2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Professional Award recipient, and Detroit Public Television Senior Vice President Dan Alpert, who accepted the 2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Donor Award on behalf of William H. Smith.

 

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2017 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

 The MAPB presents Public Media Impact Awards to professionals and donors for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity, inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

 

For more information about the awards, click here.

 

2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Award – Professional Recipient
 

CMU Public Radio

2017 MAPB Public Media Impact Award – Donor Recipient
 

Detroit PublicTelevision

Are you Registered Yet?


The 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference is less than two weeks away Time is running out to register to attend the annual business meeting, Advocacy sessions and Awards Banquet!

 

Are you registered to join the MAB on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville?

 

This Advocacy Conference is designed to offer legislative insights on federal, state, political and issue advertising that could impact station’s bottom lines. You’ll hear from a line-up of top speakers, including:
  • Dr. Esther Thorson, MSU School of Journalism Professor and expert on “fake news” trends and news consumption patterns;
  • Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters;
  • Rob Elhenicky, Partner & MAB Lobbyist with Kelly Cawthorne;
  • David Oxenford of Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP.
  • John D. Pirich of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; and

The important Advocacy Conference is  FREE to MAB members. Register here

Left: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) / Right: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12)

The MAB is thrilled to welcome two Washington D.C. lawmakers home to Michigan as part of this year’s  Awards Banquet:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will be honored with the MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) will be a special guest at this year’s Banquet  to present the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award to 2017 honoree Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager at WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Other 2017 Awards Banquet honorees will include Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Rob David of Handyman Productions, Erik Smith of WXYZ-TV (Detroit), and Radio Reader Dick Estell of WKAR (East Lansing), as well as Legacy Award recipient Linda Lee of WYCD-FM. Both Estell and Lee will be honored posthumously.

CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler and Detroit Public Television supporter William H. Smith will be  honored with MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

The annual MAB Awards Banquet is a fundraiser for the MAB Foundation, which awards more than $26,000 in scholarships to deserving broadcasting students each year.

Awards Banquet tickets are still available for $170 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

We look forward to seeing you on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville!

National Lawmakers will be Part of Awards Banquet

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (left) and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (right).

The MAB is thrilled to welcome two Washington D.C. lawmakers home to Michigan during the August 22 Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will be honored with the MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) will be a special guest at this year’s Banquet  to present the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award to 2017 honoree Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager at WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Other 2017 Awards Banquet honorees will include Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Rob David of Handyman Productions, Erik Smith of WXYZ-TV (Detroit), and Radio Reader Dick Estell of WKAR (East Lansing), as well as Legacy Award recipient Linda Lee of WYCD-FM. Both Estell and Lee will be honored posthumously.

CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler and Detroit Public Television supporter William H. Smith will be  honored with MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

The annual MAB Awards Banquet is a fundraiser for the MAB Foundation, which awards more than $26,000 in scholarships to deserving broadcasting students each year.

Awards Banquet tickets are $140 per person and include a fabulous reception, host bar, dinner and afterglow. Sixty dollars of each ticket price may be deducted as a charitable donation to benefit the MAB Foundation. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

Sen. Stabenow to Receive MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be honored with the MAB’s “Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award” during the August 22  MAB Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Senator Stabenow grew up in Clare, where her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office.

Leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home first inspired her to run for office. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old and, in just two years, was elected Chair of the Board. She was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years (1979-90) and to the State Senate where she served for four years (1991-94). Her influence as a State Legislator is evident throughout Michigan law – from Michigan’s historic property tax cut and small business reforms, to nationally acclaimed legislation to protect children and families.

Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996 representing Michigan’s Eighth District, Senator Stabenow made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.

As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation’s manufacturing, health care and agriculture policies. In addition to serving as Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator, Stabenow is a member of the Senate Leadership and Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center.

Awards Banquet tickets are $140 per person and include a fabulous reception, host bar, dinner and afterglow. Sixty dollars of each ticket price may be deducted as a charitable donation to benefit the MAB Foundation. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

Michigan Radio Wins Two PRNDI Awards

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.

National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2017 Class of Inductees

The 25-person National Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee presented 24 individuals and shows worthy of consideration to listeners and industry peers and the voting results are in. In just three years since public voting was reinstituted, the National Radio Hall of Fame reports an unprecedented level of audience participation with nearly 300,000 votes cast for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. The increase is attributed to the ever-more creative campaigning waged by nominees as well as the newly offered online voting mechanism in addition to texting. The inductees by public vote are:

Bobby Bones, The Bobby Bones Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks
Music Format On-Air Personality

Bill Handel, The Bill Handel Show; KFI AM 640 Los Angeles; Handel on the Law; syndicated by Premiere Networks
Spoken Word On-Air Personality

Four of the categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. The inductees by this panel are:

John Landecker

Tom Barnard, The Tom Barnard Show, KQRS-FM Minneapolis
Active Local/Regional, 10+ years

John Records Landecker, renowned DJ, most notably on WLS-AM and WJMK-FM, Chicago
Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years

Landecker began his radio career while in high school at WOIA-FM/WOIB-AM in Ann Arbor.  He attended Michigan State University, working at station WILS-AM/FM in Lansing.

Sean Hannity, The Sean Hannity Show; syndicated by Premiere Networks
Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years

Robin Quivers, The Howard Stern Show; SiriusXM
Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years

Additionally, the National Radio Hall of Fame nominating committee voted to induct two individuals for their contribution to the industry. Those inductees are:

Joseph M. Field, Chairman/Founder Entercom Communications Corporation and Robert S. “Bob” Sievers, the late legendary Fort Wayne, Indiana on-air personality who was on WOWO Radio for 51 years.

National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “Each year the enthusiasm and participation from those in our industry, and the voting public, grows by leaps and bounds. We’re so happy to induct this truly deserving, talented group of broadcasters this year into the National Radio Hall of Fame.”

The black-tie optional induction ceremony takes place at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame – the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago on November 2. Tickets are now available at www.radiohof.org. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum.

Leading radio imaging and production company The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

About the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications: The institution collects, preserves and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educates, informs and entertains the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983 by veteran broadcaster Bruce DuMont.

Lee and Formicola Posthumously Inducted Into Country Radio Hall of Fame

Linda Lee and Joe Wade Formicola

At ceremonies held in Nashville on June 21, former Detroit air personalities Linda Lee and Joe Wade Formicola were posthumously inducted into the 2017 Country Radio Hall of Fame.

Kid Rock and CBS Radio’s Vice President of Programming Tim Roberts gave induction speeches on Lee’s behalf. Her husband, Jeff Young, and two daughters, Gina Holmes Mills and Alex Young, were also present for the ceremony.  Lee died on March 31, 2017 after a seven-month cancer battle.   Lee was an air personality on WYCD-FM (Detroit) for more than 20 years.

Formicola, who worked at both WWWW-FM and WYCD-FM in Detroit as well as other markets around the country passed away unexpectedly on May 31, 2017.

See WYCD’s article on Linda Lee and Joe Wade Formicola here.

Both Lee and Formicola attended Specs Howard School of Media Arts before launching their radio careers.  Dick Kernen, VP of Industry Relations at Specs Howard, told the MAB that Formicola was in one of the school’s first graduating classes back in 1970.

“It seemed that everyone was into rock music back then, but Joe decided to move into country.”  Kernen said, recalling that Formicola’s first job in radio was in Port Huron in the early ’70s.

“The irony is that in 1994, Linda Lee interned at Detroit’s WYCD, working for the station’s morning show co-host, another Specs Grad and Country Radio Hall of Fame inductee, Karen Dalessandro.  Eventually Linda’s career landed her a job as producer and co-host of the morning show at WYCD, paired with fellow Specs grad, Joe Wade Formicola.”

Kernen said he spoke with Formicola days before he passed away, remarking that “both (Joe and Linda) were terrific people.  Linda was one of the sweetest beyond belief.”

Linda Lee also will be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame with the MAB Legacy Award and will be honored at ceremonies on August 22.  More information here.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made a significant impact on the radio industry over the course of a 20-year period, with 15 of those years being contributed to Country-specific radio.

WDIV Receives NABEF Service to America Award

(L-R) Michigan Senator Debbie Stabenow presenting the Service to America Award to Marla Drutz, WDIV Vice-President and General Manager.

Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) was presented with the Service to America Award on June 20 in Washington, D.C. by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF).

WDIV received the prestigious award for its ongoing commitment to outstanding community service.

In a news release, the NABEF said, “Through news coverage, philanthropy and community service, WDIV puts the needs of viewers first. When the city of Flint found itself in crisis, WDIV hosted a telethon, raising more than $1.13 million. WDIV also provided extensive coverage of the Flint water crisis, airing a primetime special and traveling to Washington, D.C., to cover developments on Capitol Hill. To address the opioid epidemic, WDIV ran numerous PSAs and provided significant news coverage to keep the conversation on drug addiction front and center. With Detroit having the largest concentration of Arab Americans in the U.S., WDIV created the ‘Arab in America’ news series, which showed viewers personal stories of Arab Americans in their local community. In partnership with Bookstock, WDIV raised over $1.4 million for literacy and education programs in its community. The station’s commitment to education continued with its renovations of a school in the Detroit Public School Community District. This is just a small sampling of the work WDIV does to serve the local community.”

“This award reflects the hard work and contribution of every single member of our WDIV/ClickOn Detroit team. I couldn’t be more happy and proud of what we do here at this station,” said Vice-President and General Manager Marla Drutz.

Here is the video played at the award reception: