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Are You Ready for the Broadcast Excellence Awards?

bea_700BACK TO MARCH:  Wednesday, March 8, 2017!
The Lansing Center
Lansing, MI

It’s time to start thinking about the professional Broadcast Excellence Awards! The due date for all entries is January 13, 2017. Production and broadcast for all entries must have occurred between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.

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.

Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards!

Michigan Radio wins Third Coast International Audio Award for Flint Documentary

mir-ann-arbor-logo-bwThe Michigan Radio documentary, Not Safe To Drink, has been recognized as an award winner by the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

third-coastThe annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition honors the most creative and compelling audio work being produced worldwide. Michigan Radio’s Not Safe To Drink documentary was selected as one of ten award winners out of more than 550 entries from 17 countries.

The Not Safe to Drink documentary traced the story of the Flint water crisis and how the water in Flint became unsafe to drink, bathe in and use for cooking. The documentary first aired on Michigan Radio in December 2015 and has also aired nationally on public radio’s “Reveal” program.

Michigan Radio was one of the first news outlets to cover the Flint water crisis and this documentary was instrumental in calling attention to the issue. Not Safe to Drink was reported and produced by Lindsey Smith and edited by Sarah Hulett, with reporting help from Michigan Radio‘s Steve Carmody, Rebecca Williams and Mark Brush.

The Third Coast Competition selects winners in categories including Best Documentary, Best New Artist, Radio Impact and Best News Feature. Specific award winners will be revealed at the Third Coast Awards Celebration on November 13 in Chicago.

Look for 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Info!

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Information has been sent to educational institutions across Michigan and is available on the MAB website about the 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards.  If you are a teacher, advisor or professor, please make sure to post the information for your students and help them to participate in this year’s awards program. Students can submit work in several broadcasting categories.

Attention broadcasters:  you can help encourage young people to enter the broadcasting industry by calling area high schools and colleges that you have relationships with and encourage the faculty advisor to have students participate in this year’s awards program.  Schools or colleges need not have a specific broadcasting curriculum; it could be a club, English class or a digital media group.  They just need to have an audio/video program of some kind that is directed by an advisor who will sign their application forms.  You can also help by volunteering to judge these online entries.

Important Dates

Friday, December 16, 2016
Contest Entry Deadline
All entries must be submitted via the online entry system.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Student Broadcast Awards Presentation & Luncheon
Lansing Center, Lansing MI

For questions, please contact Alisha Clack, MAB Foundation Executive Manager of Program and Development: clack@michmab.com or 517.484.7444.

Specs Howard School Wins ACCSC Award

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Proudly displaying their ACCSC award is (L-R) Specs Howard School of Media Arts founder Specs Howard and Dick Kernen, VP of Industry Relations.

On September 21, Southfield-based Specs Howard School of Media Arts was one of a small number of schools in the United States to receive the School of Distinction Award from the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC).

According to the ACCSC, “This award recognizes accredited member schools that demonstrated a commitment to the expectations and rigors of ACCSC accreditation, as well as a commitment to delivering quality educational programs to students.”

Founder Specs Howard had this to say about the award, “I’m deeply appreciative to the accrediting organization for recognizing us over the years since 1978. We try to run a good, honest and believable school. And, it didn’t happen out of this office. The people who work here; the hours that they put in preparing for the re-accreditation that enabled us to get this award. I think they know who they are and I think they should be very proud because it’s their award. And, I like to stand and take some credit for it, but they should get all of the credit, because the staff did it. Thank you, and congratulations to the staff.”

For over 46 years, the Specs Howard School of Media Arts has been dedicated to teaching students the fundamental skills for entry-level employment in the media industries. What started as a school for radio performance in 1970 has grown into a school for anyone with a creative drive. Specs Howard now offers programs in Graphic Design, Digital Media Arts and Broadcast Media Arts.

 

Murrow Awards Presented to Michigan Stations

Murrow_logo_2016_300On October 10, the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) honored news operations nationwide with the 2016 Edward R. Murrow Awards.  Seven Michigan radio and television stations were recipents of 15 2016 Murrow Awards.

Among the national winners were two Michigan broadcasters (by category/award):

Large Market Radio – News Documentary
Not Safe to Drink
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor

Large Market Television – Reporting: Sports
Big Ann
WZZM-TV
Grand Rapids

The (regional) Region 7 Awards (by category/award):

Large Market Radio – Continuing Coverage
Lead in Flint Water
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor

Large Market Radio – Investigative Reporting
Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU: A Broken System; and the Efforts to Fix It
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor

Large Market Radio – News Documentary
Not Safe To Drink
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor

Large Market Radio – Reporting: Sports
The Community Finally Got What People Have Been Asking For All Season: A Home Football Game
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor

Small Market Television – Newscast
Funeral For A Fallen Firefighter
WLNS-TV
Lansing

Small Market Television – Continuing Coverage
Flint Water Emergency
WJRT-TV
Flint

Small Market Television – News Series
Friends For Life: Men’s Health
WLNS-TV
Lansing

Small Market Television – Website
WLNS.com
WLNS-TV
Lansing

Large Market Television – Breaking News
Portland Tornado
WOOD-TV
Grand Rapids

Large Market Television – Continuing Coverage
It’s A Hard Thing To Watch A Man Die
WDIV-TV
Detroit

Large Market Television – Investigative Reporting
Delayed Firefighter Death Benefit
WZZM-TV
Grand Rapids

Large Market Television – Reporting: Sports
Big Ann
WZZM-TV
Grand Rapids

Large Market Television – Writing
Brent Ashcroft
WZZM-TV
Grand Rapids

A complete list of winners is available here.

The award presenters for the gala included Lester Holt, anchor of “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” and “Dateline NBC,” ABC News “Nightline” co-anchor Byron Pitts, ABC News Radio correspondent Aaron Katersky, CBSN anchor Elaine Quijano, RTDNA Chairman Vincent Duffy, and NPR Senior Vice President of News / Editorial Director Michael Oreskes.

2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards

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Attention Educators!  It’s time to get your students thinking about the 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards! This awards program features categories such as Most Innovative Media Technology and Mini-Documentary that help students develop their creativity and highlight their work in front of Michigan broadcasting professionals. Look for an informational poster to be sent to Michigan schools within the next few weeks.

Important Dates

Friday, December 16, 2016
Contest Entry Deadline
All entries must be submitted via the online entry system.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Student Broadcast Awards Presentation & Luncheon
Lansing Center, Lansing MI

If you have any questions, please contact Alisha Clack at the MABF, clack@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Greater Media’s Michael Mayer Wins Radio Wayne Award

michaelmayerLast Thursday (9/22) at the NAB Radio Show luncheon in Nashville, Greater Media Detroit National Sales Manager Michael Mayer was honored with the prestigious Stu Olds National Sales Manager of the Year award, presented by Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti.

The award was one of 7 Radio Wayne awards presented at the luncheon.

Taking honors as America’s Best Broadcaster for 2016 was Emmis Chairman/CEO Jeff Smulyan.  A complete list of winners is available here.

The Radio Wayne Awards are named in honor of “Radio Wayne” Cornils, who set a great example for professionalism in radio. A successful small-market radio broadcaster, Cornils also served as executive vice president of the RAB and SVP/Radio at the NAB.
The Radio Wayne Awards are presented to the radio superstars whose hard work, dedication and creativity separate them from the pack. They recognize the people who make the industry work, every single day.

WLEN-FM (Adrian) Wins 2016 NAB Marconi AC Station of the Year

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Julie Koehn, WLEN President and General Manager

Lenawee Broadcasting Company’s WLEN-FM was named AC Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced September 22 at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner and Show, held during the Radio Show in Nashville.

The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

This is WLEN’s fourth Marconi Award.

Julie Koehn, WLEN President and General Manager, told MAB “All of us in radio are blessed to work in an industry where we get to inspire, educate, entertain, help people and even save their lives each and every day. I am blessed to get to work with amazing broadcast professionals at Lenawee Broadcasting Company. Our team is humbled to be recognized by the industry for their hard work and service to the citizens of our community and our region. We take service to heart.”

For a complete list of this year’s NAB Marconi Award winners, click here.

 

WXYT-FM (Detroit) Wins Marconi Sports Station of the Year Award

971theticketCBS Radio’s WXYT-FM  (97.1 The Ticket) was named Sports Station of the Year at the 2016 National Association of Broadcasters’ (NAB) Marconi Radio Awards. The awards were announced Thursday night (9/22) at the 27th annual NAB Marconi Radio Awards Dinner & Show held during the Radio Show in Nashville.

Debbie Kenyon, VP/Market Manager for CBS Radio Detroit (and MAB Chairman) told the MAB “We appreciate the NAB recognizing 97.1 The Ticket for this prestigious award. It has been a huge year for us between winning the Marconi last week and the Service to America award a few months ago. Our entire staff deserve the recognition for both if these awards.”

The prestigious awards recognize radio’s outstanding personalities and stations. Marconi finalists were selected by a task force of broadcasters, and the winners were voted on by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The votes were tabulated by an independent firm.

For a complete list of this year’s NAB Marconi Award winners, click here.

 

WGVU’s Shelley Irwin Wins Athena Award

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(L-R) WGVU General Manager Michael Walenta, Morning Show Host/Producer Shelley Irwin and Assistant General Manager Jay Lowe. Photo courtesy of Michael Walenta.

WGVU-AM/FM (Grand Rapids) morning host/producer Shelley Irwin has been honored as recipient of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce 2016 Athena Award, presented at ceremonies on September 15.

The ATHENA Awards Program and ATHENA Young Professional Award are founded on the ATHENA Leadership Model® from ATHENA International, which identifies eight distinct attributes, called the ATHENA Tenets, that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy.

Irwin was recognized for her leadership, mentorship and many remarkable contributions to the greater Grand Rapids community. Not to mention boundless energy and positive nature elevating all those around her!