Category Archives: Awards

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!

2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards

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It’s time to get your students thinking about the 2017 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards! This awards program features amazing categories 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 your school within the next few weeks.

New for 2017, we’re bringing back the popular Current Events Program category. Student work will be judged on human interest, subject portrayal and production value.

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.

MAB Honors 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award Recipient

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(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez, Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10), and MAB President/CEO Karole White.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF)
presented the 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s to Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10).

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker, and/or other public official, for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This person is selected by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.

Congresswoman Miller (R-10) was honored during the MAB’s Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends.

Meet the 2016 Class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame

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(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez with inductees Paul Jacobs (Jacobs Media), Paul W. Smith (WJR-AM) and Stephen Schram (Michigan Radio).


The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF)
inducted three outstanding individuals into the 2016 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.

Inducted were Paul Jacobs, VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS (Bingham Farms); Paul W. Smith, Radio Host and Columnist, WJR-AM (Detroit); and Stephen Schram, Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM/WFUM/WVGR (Ann Arbor).

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 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.

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. From Toledo, he went to Windsor, Ontario for the morning drive show at CKLW. He moved back across the river to WJR-AM 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.

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 was proudly inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

Stephen Schram is Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM/WFUM/WVGR, 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.

For a list of previous Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame recipients and their biographies, click here.

 

2016 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient: Julie Koehn

(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez, Julie Koehn, MAB President/CEO Karole White.
(L-R) MAB Immediate Past Chairman Ed Fernandez, Julie Koehn, and MAB President/CEO Karole White.


The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF)
presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenawee Broadcasting Company/WLEN-FM (Adrian) President and General Manager Julie Koehn during MAB awards ceremonies on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.

Julie 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 Commercial Radio Market Three.

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 fundraising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.

For a complete list of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipents and links to their biographies, click here.