Category Archives: Awards

Linda Lee To Receive MAB Legacy Award

Linda Lee

Linda Lee (Young) of WYCD-FM (Detroit) and nationally recognized radio personality, will receive the first MAB Legacy Award, posthumously, at the Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 22, during the Chairman’s Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Lee, who passed away March 31, 2017 will be honored among others for her outstanding career and her commitment to her craft, her audience and the many charities she supported.

Lee’s husband of 17 years (Jeff Young) says “Linda loved to talk, and she was good at it! She would be so honored to know that she was receiving the MAB Legacy Award.”

“Linda has the biggest heart in radio and is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met,” said Tim Roberts, longtime friend and CBS’ VP of country music programming.

Join the MAB and MAB Foundation for this wonderful evening of celebration. For those wishing to participate by may show their support for the beautiful life of Linda Lee by honoring her with a congratulatory ad in the program guide or by making a donation to the MAB Foundation so that others wishing to enter the broadcasting industry may follow their dream by receiving scholarships and continuing education programs.

Celebrate With Fellow Broadcasters

Marla Drutz

You will not want to miss one of the highlights of the Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards, held at the President’s Banquet on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. You will get to network with fellow broadcasters and honor five Michigan broadcasters.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement honor goes to Marla Drutz, Vice-President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Throughout her career in broadcasting, Drutz has received numerous professional awards including Emmy Awards, first-place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a “Top Woman in Management” Award from the Detroit Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She has been honored as a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Top Businesswomen.

Click here to read Marla’s complete bio.

Also being honored with induction into the MAB Hall of Fame are:

Rob David
President/General Manager
Handyman Productions, LLC
Click here for bio

Erik Smith
Former Anchor/Reporter
WXYZ-TV
Click here for bio

Dick Estell
Radio Reader
WKAR/Public Radio
(honored posthumously)
Click here for bio

Linda Lee
Former Air Personality
WYCD-FM
(honored posthumously)
Click here for bio

Celebrate these legendary broadcasters by attending the Awards Banquet Tuesday, August 22nd at Crystal Mountain Resort. Whether or not you can attend you may still show your support of these inductees by taking out a congratulatory ad in the Awards Banquet Program Guide.  Click here for more information.

Congratulate Those Being Honored

Help us congratulate the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees through an ad in the banquet program guide, which will be distributed to all attendees of the awards ceremony at Crystal Mountain Resort on August 22.

All ads are in full color and must be provided in either a JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PDF or EPS at 300 dpi.

Medium Advocacy Conference Awards Program Guide Ad (3.5” wide x 4.75” tall) $150

Large Advocacy Conference Awards Banquet Program Guide Ad (7.5” wide x 4.75” tall) $200

Contact Jacquelen Timm at timm@michmab.com.

Michigan Emmy Winners Announced

At ceremonies held Saturday Night (June 10) in Detroit, 15 Michigan television stations took home awards in the 39th Annual National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), Michigan Chapter Emmy® Awards.

The awards recognize outstanding achievement, raising industry standards, and improving the quality of television.

Among the call letters receiving awards were WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV, WTVS-TV, WWJ-TV and WXYZ-TV (Detroit); WEYI-TV, WJRT-TV and WSMH-TV (Flint); WKAR-TV (East Lansing); WOOD-TV and WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids); WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo); WLNS-TV (Lansing); WNMU-TV (Marquette); and WDCQ-TV (Saginaw-Bay City).

A complete list of Emmy® winners is available here.

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the MAB Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, to be honored Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Marla Drutz

This year’s Lifetime Achievement honor goes to Marla Drutz, Vice-President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Drutz has held her current position since July 28, 2008. Under her leadership, WDIV Local 4 has strengthened its dominance both on-air and online. The station has the top-rated/most watched newscasts and ClickOnDetroit.com is Metro Detroit’s number one media website. Drutz has also bolstered a strong commitment to outstanding community service.

Local 4 News has consistently remained the #1 newscast at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in Nielsen household ratings for the Detroit television market and Local 4 News at 11 p.m. has maintained the title of highest-rated newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 11 markets nationwide. In addition, the Local 4 News team has been presented with three highly coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA for news coverage. Drutz is most proud of WDIV’s 2011 Service To America Award. The prestigious national honor presented by the National Association of Broadcasters recognizes the station’s commitment to outstanding community service.

Prior to joining WDIV, Drutz worked at the E.W. Scripps Company and WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as the Director of Programming. Earlier in her career, she was the Marketing Director at WJBK-TV (Detroit). Drutz began her career as a research analyst at WJW in Cleveland.

Throughout her career in broadcasting, Drutz has received numerous professional awards including Emmy Awards, first-place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a “Top Woman in Management” Award from the Detroit Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She has been honored as a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Top Businesswomen.

A graduate of Leadership Detroit XIII, Drutz is a member of the NBC Affiliate Board of Directors, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) and The Adcraft Club of Detroit. She serves on the executive board of the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is a board member of The United Way, The Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Detroit and Oakland Family Services.

Drutz holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in journalism and communication.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Celebrate these legendary broadcasters by attending the Awards Banquet, Tuesday, August 22 during the MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.  Take advantage of early-bird discounts now.  Registration and lodging information available here.

Can’t Attend? You can still be there in spirit with a congratulatory ad in the banquet program. Full page are $200, Half page are $150. Contact Crysta for more info at 517-484-7444 or ncsadata@michmab.com. Click here for more information.

Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 7

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabsummer20162017 marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Two awards – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – will be presented during a banquet at the August 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.

The awards honor individuals for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan.

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.

Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Visit the MAPB Award Page here for more information and to access the online nomination form.

 

Michigan Recipients of 2017 Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced its 2017 Edward R. Murrow Regional Award Winners, honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism.

Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

Among the winners in Region 7 are numerous Michigan broadcasters, both radio and television, commercial and noncommercial:

Small Market Radio

Hard News
Slashed Budgets Mean Less Independence for the Developmentally Disabled
Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen, MI

News Documentary
Grandmother’s Letter from the Holocaust
Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen, MI

News Series
Faces of Flint
WKAR-AM/FM
East Lansing, MI

Sports Reporting
Polo is Bliss in Northern Michigan
Interlochen Public Radio
Interlochen, MI

Large Market Radio

Continuing Coverage
The Flint Water Crisis
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Excellence in Social Media
7th District Road Trip
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Excellence in Sound
Students Recreate the “Golden Age” of Radio – Live on Stage
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Feature Reporting
New Life for Neglected Jewish cemetery in Detroit
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

News Documentary
Out from the Shadows: Living Undocumented
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Small Market Television

Continuing Coverage
Flint Water Crisis
WEYI/WSMH-TV
Flint, MI

Excellence in Sound
Drumline: Heartbeat of the Band
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Feature Reporting
The Fan
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Newscast
Flint Water Crisis Criminal Charges
WJRT-TV
Flint, MI

Large Market Television

Continuing Coverage
Flint Water Crisis
WDIV-TV
Detroit, MI

Excellence in Social Media
The Doppelganger Killings
WWMT-TV
Kalamazoo, MI

Excellence in Sound
Moving the Chapel
WDIV-TV
Detroit, MI

Newscast
WDIV 5pm News – Bashara Bombshell & Flint Emails
WDIV-TV
Detroit, MI

Michigan AP Media Editors Awards Announced

Winners of the 2016 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors annual contest were announced  at ceremonies this past Sunday, April 30 in East Lansing.

Among the individual winners in various categories were public radio stations Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor), WDET-FM (Detroit), WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids) and WKAR-FM (East Lansing).

Commercial radio winners were WGHN-FM (Grand Haven), WHMI-FM (Howell) and WSGW-AM (Saginaw).

Commercial television winners included WLNS-TV (Lansing), WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac), WJRT-TV(Flint), WEYI-TV (Flint), WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids), WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo), WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) and WNEM-TV (Saginaw).

In addition, three stations were honored with the award for 2016 Outstanding News Operation:

Television II category – WLNS-TV (Lansing)
Radio I category – WDET-FM (Detroit)
Radio II category – WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids)

A complete list of individual awards is available here.

 

 

Final Call for Nominations

This 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.

Check out the previous award recipients here.

Nominations Due April 28 for Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards!

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.

Check out the previous award recipients here.