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WZZM-TV, Michigan Radio Honored With Murrow Awards

Two Michigan broadcasters were honored with Edward R. Murrow Awards, presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association.  Presentation will be at the Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York City in October.

The Edward R. Murrow Award for “Sports Reporting – Large Market” has been given to WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids), the TEGNA-owned ABC affiliate.  It is the station’s first ever Murrow Award.

Brent Ashcroft
Brent Ashcroft

WZZM won for a story titled “Big Ann,” produced by Our Michigan Life storyteller Brent Ashcroft, with former Director of Photography, Andy Sugden. “Big Ann” tells the story of an Ada, MI athlete, Anna Lee Konsoer-Rose, who was fighting for her health during her senior year following a rare diagnosis.

“We are honored to be recognized by such a prestigious journalism organization,” said Janet Mason, WZZM 13 President and General Manager. “We are elated that strong writing and great storytelling are valued by our peers and content consumers.”

“It’s exciting to see the work of our journalists recognized in this way,” said WZZM 13 News Director Taz Painter. “We have put a lot of emphasis on telling the kinds of stories that are unique in our market, and we are thrilled that the judges decided our work was worthy of this honor.”

“Big Ann” was one of three WZZM 13 stories that won regional Edward R. Murrow awards earlier this year. In the national competition, “Big Ann” was selected from a category that contained work from stations in larger markets, including Los Angeles, Washington, Denver, and Minneapolis.

Click here to see the winning story.

mir-ann-arbor-logo-bwMichigan Radio was recognized with a national Edward R. Murrow Award.  The award, in the Large Market Radio – News Documentary category, was received for “Not Safe to Drink.”  The documentary series traced the history and story behind the Flint water crisis.

“Not Safe to Drink” aired on Michigan Radio in December 2015.

It was produced and written by Lindsey Smith, with help from Sarah Hulett and Jennifer Guerra. Additional reporting by Steve Carmody, Mark Brush , Rebecca Williams, and other members of the Michigan Radio news team.

“Winning a national Edward R. Murrow Award is the ultimate compliment for any news organization,” said Steve Schram, Executive Director-General Manager of Michigan Radio. “This is a tribute not only to the excellent work done by Lindsey Smith, but also by all of our journalists every day.”

This is the fifth national Murrow award for the NPR station, which last won in 2011 for the Environment Report documentary “Coal: Dirty Past, Hazy Future.” Michigan Radio has also won more than ten regional Murrow awards over the past five years.

About the Edward R. Murrow Awards
The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971. Murrow’s pursuit of excellence in journalism embodies the spirit of the awards that carry his name. Murrow Award recipients demonstrate the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the electronic news profession.

Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement Award Announcement!

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

The 2016 award recipients have 150 plus years of combined experience serving the broadcasting industry. Each of the award recipients have influenced and supported their communities as broadcasters, humanitarians and philanthropists over the time they have been involved in broadcasting.

These outstanding honorees will be presented with their awards on Tuesday, August 30 at the MABF Awards Banquet at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. Please join the MAB and MAB Foundation in celebrating these outstanding people in our industry!

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Koehn_200Julie Koehn
Lenawee Broadcasting Company
Adrian, MI

Julie Koehn is the president of Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian, Michigan. She began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Julie is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She sits on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation and chaired the foundation in 2012-2013. She was also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee. Julie was the District 13 representative (MI) to the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015 and is a faculty member of the NAB Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Academy. Julie is also on the Board of Directors of the NAB Education Foundation.

Julie has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include five NAB Crystal Radio Awards, the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, three NAB Education Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards, and three NAB Marconi Awards, one for AC Station of the Year and two for Small Market Station of the Year. WLEN has been MAB Station of the Year for nine of the last thirteen years in Market 3.

A very active member of her community, Julie is a past chair and chair-elect and sits on the board of directors of ATHENA Lenawee and is a board member of the Pleasant Grove Hotel Historical Society.

Julie is a past board member of the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club (serving as their first female Commodore in 2011). She has held positions on the HOPE Community Center Board of Directors, the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce (serving as their first female chair), Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Julie has also initiated fund-raising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.

2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Smith_200Paul W. Smith
WJR-AM
Detroit, MI

Paul W. Smith started in radio at WVMO-FM in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan in 1968. As a 15 year old kid in High School, he knew Radio was what he wanted to do the rest of his life. From Monroe, he moved on to Toledo, Ohio, where he sold radio time, did on-air stints at WCWA and WSPD, and a daily live television show called “AM Magazine,” then “Mornings with Paul W.” while still doing his Afternoon Drive Radio Show. From Toledo, he went to Windsor, Ontario for the morning drive show at CKLW. He moved back across the river to WJR Radio to do weekends and fill in for legendary broadcaster J.P. McCarthy, before heading to New York City to do a morning show at 77/WABC. In fact, for a year, Smith flew back and forth every week to be able to continue working weekends at WJR-AM while doing his Monday through Friday show on WABC.

While doing work on The ABC Radio Network and WMCA, Smith started doing Morning Drive on WWDB-FM in Philadelphia. Soon thereafter he added hosting the noon time “Focus” show on WJR via satellite to his busy broadcast day in Philadelphia. In 1996, Smith came back home to WJR to take over stewardship of the morning show on “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes,” still broadcasting to this day from “The Golden Tower of the Fisher Building.” Smith has won an Emmy for his hosting duties of the monthly television show “Minds of Medicine” and continues to co-host (with Stephen Luigi Piazza), the weekly radio show “Opportunity Detroit.”

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “The King of Talk Radio in Detroit” and named a 2011 Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News, Smith was proudly inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

This year, “The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic to benefit The Detroit Police Athletic League” will surpass Five Million Dollars (Net) given to help thousands of kids every year.

Paul JacobsPaul Jacobs
Jacobs Media, jacAPPS
Bingham Farms, MI

Paul Jacobs is the VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS. Jacobs has served within the broadcasting industry for nearly 40 years, the majority of which have been spent in the state of Michigan. He has cultivated a new niche in the radio broadcasting with jacAPPS, a leading mobile application software company, based in Michigan. Jacobs was also the driving force behind the DASH conference, which brought the radio and automotive industries together to generate ideas to best serve the general public. In addition, he serves on the MAB Foundation’s Board of Directors, helping to drive innovative educational opportunities for current and future broadcasters.

Stephen Schram
Michigan Radio, WUOM
Ann Arbor, MI

Stephen Schram is Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM, the state’s most listened to NPR news and information service, originating from Ann Arbor and licensed to the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in western Michigan, and online at michiganradio.org.

As General Manager, Schram previously led WOMC and WYCD in Detroit, plus earlier provided executive leadership for the seven Detroit market Clear Channel radio stations (now iHeartMedia), including WNIC and WKQI. He also worked for WJBK-TV (Fox 2), Detroit in Marketing and Business Development. Schram is a Past President and current Treasurer of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, a current Director of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and served as a board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 1999-2002 and 2003-2005.

The awards program and banquet are an MAB Foundation fundraising event. Proceeds go to support student scholarships and broadcast education in Michigan. Click here for more information about the MAB Advocacy Conference and Awards Ceremony.

Wish to Congratulate this Year’s Honorees?

Make this event special for the Award recipients with a full-color congratulatory ad in the awards program! All attendees receive a copy of the program as a keepsake for the event. For more information on how you can purchase an ad click here.

AP Media Editors Broadcast Competition Winners Announced

On May 22, radio and television stations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit were named the best in the state in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Competition.

WLNS-TV in Lansing, WWJ-AM in Detroit, and WGVU-FM in Grand Rapids won first place for Outstanding News Operation for 2015.

Sixteen broadcast stations submitted 218 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting, as well as features, documentaries, and photography from 2015.

Entries were judged by broadcasters from KNUS-AM, Denver; Radio I; WJER-AM, Dover, Ohio; Radio II; WHBQ-TV, Memphis, Tennessee, and Ohio Public Broadcasting, Columbus, Ohio, Television II.

Michigan APME winners list in Television II:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing; 2, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac.

Best Feature Story: 1, David Parks and Chivon Kloepfer, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “9-Year Nightmare”; 2, Jane Aldrich and David Parks, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Perfect Match.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Mariah Harrison, WLNS-TV, Lansing; 2, Bill Harris, WEYI-TV, Flint.

Best Sports Coverage: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Spartans Will: Football’s Final Four”; 2, Fred Heumann and Kevin Gehl, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Miracle at the Big House.”

Best Sportscast: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “The 5th Quarter (September 9th)”; 2, Thomas Eschen and Cory Coppock, WEYI-TV, Flint, “Michigan Bowl Games.”

Best Use of Videography (TV Only): 1, Blair Nelson, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “4th of July Concert”; 2, Ian Kast and Alexandra Ilitch, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Meijer Gift Drive.”

Best Use of Photography (TV Only): 1, Corey Adkins, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac; 2, Jeff Blakeman, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac.

Best Documentary: 1, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “The Making of Miss Margy”; 2, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40-Year Legend.”

Best Public Service: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Friends for Life – Men’s Health”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Friends for Life – Women’s Build.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Medical Facility Car Crash”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Portland Tornado.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, “Flint Water Crisis Continuing Coverage”; 2, Nick Lulli, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, “Omarion Humphrey Drowning.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Angie Hendershot and Eric Fletcher, WJRT-TV, Flint/Bay City/Saginaw, “Living Without Water”; 2, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40 Year Legend.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Mariah Harrison, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Hampton Park Housing Horror”; 2, Jessica Dupnack and Mark McGlashen, WJRT-TV, Flint/Bay City/Saginaw, “Flint Water.”

Best Weathercast: 1, Derek Kevra, WJBK-TV, Detroit, “Station Scientist”; 2, Ahmad Bajjey, WEYI-TV, Flint, “Dense Fog Brings Overnight and Morning Hazards.”

Best Newscast: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “The Inauguration/Cotton Bowl Show”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Crash at Mid-Michigan Physicians.”

Best Digital Presence: 1, WNEM-TV, Saginaw; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing.

Michigan APME winners list in Radio II:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, WSGW-AM, Saginaw.

Best Feature Story: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Milk Donation”; 2, Kevin Lavery, WKAR-FM, East Lansing, “Lansing 2015 Homeless Count.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Mariano Avila, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids.

Best Sportscast: 1, Pat Johnston, WSGW-AM, Saginaw.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “On the Good List”; 2, Peter Whorf, WKAR-FM, East Lansing, “MSU China Halftime Show.”

Best Documentary: 1, Ann Williams, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Back From the Battlefield”; 2, Patrick Center and Zach Liniewski, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Mission Accomplished.”

Best Public Service: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Live Arts!”; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Mary Free Bed.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “God & Country Protest”; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Trump Campaign Rally.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, Jessica Mathews and Danica Katnik, WHMI-FM, Howell, “Road Rage Shooting Trial”; 2, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Saginaw Schools Crisis.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Jon King and Jessica Mathews, WHMI-FM, Howell, “Charter School Arrest”; 2, Michael Percha, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Reinventing Saginaw.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Gasoline Price Spike?”; 2, Walt Zerlaut, WGHN-FM, Grand Haven, “Harbor Transit Expands.”

Best Newscast: 1, Scott VanderWerf, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, Jon King, WHMI-FM, Howell.

Best Digital Presence: 1, WSGW-AM, Saginaw; 2, WHMI-FM, Howell.

Michigan APME winners list in Radio I:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WWJ-AM, Detroit; 2, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor.

Best Feature Story: 1, Laura Herberg, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Sundays at the Carpet House”; 2, Laura Herberg, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Why You Might Have A Hard Time Pronouncing Lahser.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor; 2, Quinn Klinefelter, WDET-FM, Detroit.

Best Sportscast: 1, Ryan Wooley, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Tony Ortiz, WWJ- AM, Detroit.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): 1, Kyle Norris, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Instruments”; 2, Pat Batcheller, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Palmer Park Tennis.”

Best Documentary: 1, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Same Sex Marriage Special”; 2, Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Not Safe to Drink.”

Best Public Service: 1, Mark Brush, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Testing for Lead”; 2, Deanna Lites, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Your Eye on Health.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Courthouse Shooting.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Continuing Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis”; 2, Vickie Thomas, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Pot Shops in Detroit.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Roberta Jasina, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Wife Remembers State Trooper”; 2, Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Detroit Retired Firefighters Battle Cancer, Medical Bills.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Mark Brush and Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Michigan Officials Changed a Flint Lead Report to Avoid Federal Action”; 2, Joe Linstroth and Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU.”

Best Newscast: 1, Brian Larsen, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Brian Larsen, WWJ- AM, Detroit.

Best Digital Presence: 1, Christy Strawser, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor.

 

MABF Scholarship Winners Announced

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabglbc2016At the Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Main Luncheon and Student Awards event, the MAB Foundation (MABF) with support from the MAB and large donors, were able to present $27,000 in scholarships to deserving college students.  In addition, scholarships were awarded from many companies, individuals and stations.

General Scholarship Recipients

Kylie Ambu, Spring Harbor University
William Corbett, Lansing Community College
Natalie Henderson, Central Michigan University
Heather Irvine, Eastern Michigan University
Noah Jurik, Hope College
Charlie Kadado, Wayne State University
Chris Martin, Ferris State University
Brandon Neal, Adrian College

Station Scholarship Recipients

Phylisha Drayton, University of Detroit Mercy – WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Robert E. Tomlinson III, Western Michigan University – Midwest Communications Scholarship
Aisha Carter, University of Michigan – Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship

High School Scholarship Recipients

Joseph DeBaradino, DeLasalle Collegiate High School
Ilene Gould, Rockford High School

Named Scholarship Recipients

Catherine Drabicki, Western Michigan University – Carl E. Lee Scholarship

Shandria Maxwell, Henry Ford Community College – Charles D. Fritz Scholarship

Glenn Himawan, Michigan Tech University and Dane Wurmlinger, Northern Michigan University – WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship

Jillian Borowski, University of Michigan – Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship

Jeremy Nelson, Specs Howard School of Media Arts – Charles D. Mefford Scholarship

Josephine Nyounai, Michigan State University – Gary A. Reid Scholarship

Valerie Dorn, Michigan State University – James H. Quello Scholarship

Isaac Constans, Michigan State University – Leicinger Biederman Scholarship

Joshua Scramlin, Justin Steward, Hannah Vogel and Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University – Dr. Peter Orlink Broadcast Scholarships

Regan Blissett, Grand Valley State University – Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship

Jake Rapanotti, Oakland University – Alan W. Frank Scholarship

Caleb L. Gordon, Michigan State University – Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship

 

MABF 2016 Student Broadcast Awards – Station/Program of the Year Awards

On Tuesday, May 3, the MABF honored the winners of the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards. The program received over 637 entries from 40 different high school and college institutions in Michigan. The awards were presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference with several hundred media professionals in the audience. The MAB and MABF congratulates all the student winners!   For a complete list of all winners, click HERE.

Also announced were the recipients of its 2016 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The following schools were honored:

High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

Nominations Open for MAB Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award

Our industry has some of the most outstanding people involved in it. Many industry leaders have served their community, their audience and their advertisers selflessly and tirelessly for years. It is time to recognize them! It is only fitting that as an industry we recognize excellence, those who go way above and beyond normal expectations. You may know a broadcaster like this, one who should be recognized.

Take a few minutes to nominate someone for the MAB Hall of Fame or Lifetime Achievement Award. The nominations close Friday, April 29.  Please click through to the application form here.  Fill out the form and attach a brief bio and any other documentation you may have to describe the outstanding job your nominee has done, going above and beyond what would be normally expected of a person holding a position in our industry. Criteria is listed on the website. If you need help, contact Alisha or Jennifer at the MAB: (517) 484-7444.

The Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement awards will be presented at the Annual Meeting and Advocacy Conference, August 30-31, 2016 at The Inn at St. Johns Conference Center, Plymouth Michigan.  For more information on the Conference, click here.

2016 Public Media Impact Awards – Criteria and Information

2016 marks the 31st year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasting pioneers with the 2016 Public Media Impact Awards.

Purpose

·         To recognize outstanding individuals, donors, foundations and individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovativeness, creativity, and impact on public broadcasting.

·         To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.

·         To foster an exchange of innovative, creative ideas and solutions among public broadcasters.

·         To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

Eligibility

Professionals, volunteers, and donors 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.

1.  The Public Media Impact Award for Donors is for individuals or foundations that have been able to support a specific project at a station, and the criteria states that there is not a required number of years of support.  This would be based on threshold of impact and importance in Public Broadcasting.

2.  The Public Media Impact Award for Professionals is opened up to all professionals working in public broadcasting.

Nomination Process

Deadline for nominations and supporting material is Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Please check the MAPB website for updates.

Student Broadcast Awards deadline is January 29, 2016

2016 Student Broadcast Awards

The entry deadline for the student awards is fast approaching, so be sure to plan ahead and register in the online awards system.

The deadline for entries is Friday, January 29 at 3 P.M.

Visit the official Student Broadcast Awards website for complete rules, criteria, categories and online entry instructions. If you have any questions, contact the MAB Foundation office at mabf@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.

BEA Awards Deadline on February 12, 2016 at Noon

2015 Broadcast Excellence Awards

This year is off to a speedy start and we want to remind you that the Broadcast Excellence Awards deadline has changed for this year, allowing your station an additional month to prepare your entries!!!

This year’s BEA deadline is on Friday, February 12 at 12 P.M. (noon).

Please refer to the website HERE for all of your BEA information. If you have any questions regarding the Broadcast Excellence Awards, please contact Alisha Clack at awards@michmab.com or via phone at (517) 484-7444.