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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:

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.