Category Archives: Awards

MABF Announces 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Award Winners

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:

AvondaleHIGH SCHOOL RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Avondale High School, Auburn Hills
WAHS-FM
RockfordHIGH SCHOOL TELEVISION
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Rockford High School, Rockford WDBMCOLLEGE RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Michigan State University, East Lansing
WDBM-FMCMUCOLLEGE TELEVISION
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.

MAB/MABF Announce the BEA Station of the Year Recipients

SOY2017The 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.

For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here.

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 Divisions

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.

Michigan Engineers Honored at GLBC

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:

Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White
Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White

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.

MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver
MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver

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.

Come Celebrate Your Win at the Broadcast Excellence Awards!

bea2016_700We 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!

Awards Ceremony
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.

Celebrate and Let Loose at the Broadcast Excellence Awards!

bea2016_700We received a record number of Broadcast Excellence Award entries this year and we want to celebrate with you! 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!

Awards Ceremony
Wednesday March 8, 2017 | The Lansing Center | Lansing, MI
7:00-9:00 p.m.

Pre-registration is required to attend the BEA ceremony, which is only $35 for MAB station members. Register HERE.

Murrow Awards Deadline is Thursday

Murrow_2017_300This Thursday, February 9 is the deadline to enter the prestigious 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards. The deadline includes Murrow, Student Murrow and Kaleidoscope entries, which must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Judging will take place in March, with regional winners announced in April and those winners automatically move on to the national competition.

For more information, click here.

NAB Crystal and NABEF Service To America Awards Entry Window Open

nab-crystal-awards_300The National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) is accepting entries for the 30th annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards, honoring outstanding community service. Winners are announced at the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, held Tuesday, April 25 in Las Vegas.

Established in 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards bring national recognition to radio stations for their year-round commitment to serving communities. A panel of judges with backgrounds in broadcasting and community service select 50 finalists and 10 winners.

Awards are open to NAB Member Radio stations. Entries are due by January 31.

To enter, a station must submit an online entry form describing their community service efforts for the 2016 calendar year.

Finalists will be announced in February. In addition to the presentation of the Crystal Radio Awards, the NAB Show Radio Luncheon will include the induction of nationally-syndicated radio personality Delilah into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Entry submissions must be received by January 31. Entry information is available here or by contacting Tobi Davis at the NAB.

In addition to the Crystal Awards, the entries for the NAB Educational Foundation (NABEF) Service to America Awards are being accepted through March 7, 2017. All radio and television stations and broadcast ownership groups are eligible to apply for Service to America Awards.  More information here.

REMINDER: The Broadcast Excellence Awards Deadline is Friday!

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The deadline for the 2016 BEAs is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, January 13, 2017.

The 2016 BEA rules and category information can be found here.

Be sure to review your station’s account information. If you need assistance with your password, resetting your password, or changing the Contestant Manager for your station, please contact Alisha Clack at awards@michmab.com or via phone at 517-484-7444.

Click here for instructions and direct access to the online entry system.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you created an account at www.betterbnc.com in the past two years, please log in using the same account information, if you are creating a new account, please follow the instructions that are listed in your reference guide or online at www.broadcastexcellenceawards.com.

The Broadcast Excellence Awards Ceremony is one of the biggest and brightest parties of the year for Michigan broadcasters and you won’t want to miss it! Gather your station’s best work and join colleagues and industry friends on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as we celebrate YOU and your station’s hard work over the past year. Just imagine those goosebumps of pride and accomplishment you’ll feel as your station’s name is called as an award winner!

Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | The Lansing Center | Lansing, MI

Entry Fees
MAB or MAPB Member: $45 per entry
Non-Members: $90 per entry

For questions, contact Alisha Clack at 517-484-7444 or email us at awards@michmab.com.

Scripps Howard Announces Annual Awards

scripps_howard-awardsThe Scripps Howard Foundation is looking for journalists to enter to win one of its annual awards.

Depending on the category, the competition is open to television or radio stations, online news sites or websites, broadcast or cable networks, any newspaper that published in print or online three or more times a week in 2016, cable systems, wire services, news syndicates, syndication or program services, or news magazines.

The awards have been around since 1953 to recognize outstanding journalism across multiple platforms. This year’s awards feature 15 journalism categories with total cash prizes of $180,000.  The Scripps Howard Awards event will take place on April 12, 2017 in Cincinnati.

Along with the investigative reporting, breaking news, community journalism, environmental journalism, public service, photojournalism and other categories, there’s a Topic of the Year category focusing on the 2016 Presidential Election.

The deadline to submit is Feb. 10, 2017. Click here for details.

Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Deadline is FRIDAY!

hsc16-winner-collage-image2_350There’s just one day left for students to submit their entries for the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards.

ENTRY DEADLINE! Friday, December 16, 2016 by 3:00pm

Make sure to review the online entry portal ASAP so you or your students have time to ask us any questions!

The Student Broadcast Awards Ceremony will take place during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Student Luncheon in Lansing at the Lansing Center on Wednesday, March 8, 2017. This Main Luncheon will include the awards presentation and scholarship presentation and is attended by broadcast professionals, students and guests. The popular GLBC Career Fair will immediately follow the luncheon, which will also include an area for students to network and mingle.

Contact the MAB Foundation office with any questions at mabf@michmab.com or via phone to 517.484.7444.