Category Archives: Broadcasting Industry News

WKQI-FM’s “Mojo In The Morning” Wins Award at WWRS

(L-R) Spike, Mojo and
(L-R) Spike, Mojo and Shannon

WKQI-FM’s (Detroit) “Mojo In The Morning” received national honors this past week, winning the Station Air Talent of the Year Award at the Worldwide Radio Summit (WWRS) held in Los Angeles.  The award was announced during the 2016 Industry Awards Luncheon held at Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood.

“Mojo in the Morning,” with hosts Mojo, Shannon, and Spike, has been airing on WKQI since 2000.

RTNDA Announces 2016 Murrow Award Winners

MurrowThe RADIO TELEVISION DIGITAL NEWS ASSOCIATION (RTNDA) has announced its Regional EDWARD R. MURROW Award winners for 2016. There were 654 winners in 14 categories and 14 regions throughout the country.

Congratulations to our Region 7 Murrow Award winners here in Michigan:

Large Market Radio

Continuing Coverage
Lead in Flint Water
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

Investigative Reporting
Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU: A Broken System, and the Efforts to Fix It
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

News Documentary
Not Safe to Drink
Michigan Radio Ann Arbor, MI

Reporting: Sports
This Community Finally Got What People Have Been Asking For All Season: A Home Football Game
Michigan Radio
Ann Arbor, MI

Small Market Television

Newscast
Funeral For A Fallen Firefighter
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Continuing Coverage
Flint Water Emergency
WJRT-TV
Flint, MI

News Series
Friends for Life: Men’s Health
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Website
WLNS.com
WLNS-TV
Lansing, MI

Large Market Television

Breaking News
Portland Tornado
WOOD-TV
Grand Rapids, MI

Continuing Coverage
It’s A Hard Thing To Watch A Man Die
WDIV-TV
Detroit, MI

Investigative Reporting
Delayed Firefighter Death Benefit
WZZM-TV
Grand Rapids, MI

Reporting: Sports
Big Ann
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI

Writing
Brent Ashcroft
WZZM-TV Grand Rapids, MI

MAB PEP Campaign Wins Pinnacle Award for Public Service

MVAA was honored with the 2016 PACE Pinnacle Award for its statewide advertising campaign, “One call. One stop. One agency. 24/7 veteran resources.” Media partners Edge Partnerships and Such Video worked with MVAA to research, plan and execute the concept, which included billboards, television, radio and digital ads. From left: Angela Witwer, Edge Partnerships president; Suzanne Thelen, MVAA director of communications and veteran engagement; Lynn Sutfin, MVAA web portal and veteran engagement strategist; Danielle Lenz, Edge Partnerships director of public relations and social media; and Lorri Rishar, Edge Partnerships CEO.
From left: Angela Witwer, Edge Partnerships president; Suzanne Thelen, MVAA director of communications and veteran engagement; Lynn Sutfin, MVAA web portal and veteran engagement strategist; Danielle Lenz, Edge Partnerships director of public relations and social media; and Lorri Rishar, Edge Partnerships CEO.

A current MAB PEP Campaign airing for The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVVA) was recently honored with a Pinnacle Award for its “One call. One stop. One agency. 24/7 veteran resources” campaign.  The campaign invites those who have served to connect with MVAA and the benefits they’ve earned.

The agency was recognized in the public service campaign category, receiving the top honor from the Central Michigan chapter of the Public Relations Society of America during the 2016 PACE Awards celebration, held April 14.

The statewide advertising campaign featured four veterans’ transition from active duty, getting ready for a job interview, exercising with a service dog, and enjoying retirement. The campaign serves to notify Michigan’s 660,000 veterans that the agency is with them every step of the way.

Media partners Edge Partnerships and Such Video worked with MVAA to research, plan, and execute the concept, which included statewide television advertisements, billboards, radio, and digital ads.

The campaign was boosted via the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Public Education Partnership (PEP) program, as well as the Non-Commercial Sustaining Announcement (NCSA) program beginning in November 2015 and will continue through October of this year.   The program helps non-profit organizations and government agencies bring attention to their issues, services, and programs by utilizing the airtime from 386 member radio and television stations to connect services with communities.

Here is the award-winning spot that aired statewide:

The 2016 PACE Awards recognized mid-Michigan’s best public relations and communications tactics and campaigns during the 2015 calendar year. The annual ceremony honors public relations practitioners who, in the judgment of their peers, have successfully addressed a contemporary issue with exemplary professional skill, creativity and resourcefulness.

MVAA was honored with the Pinnacle Award for best public service campaign, recognizing programs that advance public understanding of a societal issue, problem or concern.

MSU Student Radio WDBM-FM (The Impact) Gets New Antenna

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Photo courtesy of WDBM General Manager Ed Glazer

Michigan State University’s student-run radio station WDBM-FM (88.9 The Impact) replaced their 30-year-old broadcast antenna last week at the tower site in East Lansing.

Ed Glazer, General Manager of the station, said the old antenna outlasted its 15-year lifespan, but in recent years had been suffering from “diminished efficiency.”

The new antenna, which cost between $10,000 and $15,000 was paid for by the station’s general fund.  Workers from JT Tower Service, Clarksville, Michigan spend several hours in mid-Michigan’s chilly spring air working high on the station’s 300-foot tower removing and replacing the old antenna.  WDBM’s antenna is mounted on one tower of the WKAR-AM directional array.

More than 100 student volunteers work at the station, which has a music format consisting of alternative, rock and independent music as well as specialty music programs.  The station has been broadcasting since 1989.

 

WBBL-FM (Grand Rapids) Hires Eric Zane for Mornings

EricZane_258Eric Zane, most recently with the Free Beer & Hot Wings Show based at WGRD-FM (Grand Rapids), has joined crosstown WBBL-FM as Morning Show host.  Zane and co-host Kyle Paffhausen can be heard from 6-10am.

Zane started in radio while in ninth grade at Paul K. Cousino High School radio station WPHS-FM in Warren, Michigan.   He states on the WBBL website, after starting on WPHS, “he was hooked.  Now that I think of it, in 30-plus years, not a ton has changed!”

The Eric Zane Show began on April 7.

WEYI-TV/WSMH-TV Names Jamie Kagol Chief Meteorologist

Jamie-Kagol_300WEYI-TV and WSMH-TV (Bay City/Flint/Saginaw) has announced that Jamie Kagol is joining the station as Chief Meteorologist.  He comes to the station from WFTX-TV (Fort Myers, FL), where he was Morning Meteorologist for six years.  Prior to  Fort Myers, he was as the Chief Meteorologist at KIFI-TV, the ABC station in Idaho Falls, Idaho. Welcome to Michigan Jamie!  With the weather in our state, we’re sure you’re in for a wild time!

What’s happening at the Museum of Broadcast Communications:

MBC_350MAB President/CEO Karole White is pleased to be on the Board of Directors for the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) and on the Steering Committee of the National Radio Hall of Fame. If you are planning to be in Chicago soon, you must visit the Museum. Here is what is currently on exhibit:

“Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson,” now through October 15, 2016. The show’s host joked that he was “In more bedrooms than any other man in America.” Now, The Museum of Broadcast Communications is bringing an exhibit about the 20th Century’s most enduring show, as well as its iconic host, the late Johnny Carson. “Here’s Johnny: The Making of the Tonight Show, Starring Johnny Carson” will feature costumes, stage props, video, cue cards, and production materials to bring visitors behind the scenes into the phenomenal creative collaboration that dominated late night TV from 1962 – 1992.

Also at the Museum, visitors can take in the “Larry King Fantasy Interview Experience.”  Guests can answer questions from TV icon Larry King and have those answers preserved as a DVD momento.
BruceDumont_300Bruce Dumont (pictured left), President of the Museum, reports that they now offer online viewing of over 120 vintage television broadcasts with plans to add 20 digitized shows or more each week.  The broadcasts include conventions, political debates, ABC’s Our WorldFolkfest, big band broadcasts from Chicago, the Radio Hall of Fame ceremonies, Record Hop with Jim LounsburyKups ShowSee it Now with Edward R. Murrow, and many more.  Click here to view.  There is no charge.

The Museum of Broadcast Communications is located at  360 North State Street in Chicago and is open Tuesday through Saturday: 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday, Monday, and all federal holidays.  The museum is offering 50% admission through April 30.

For more information, visit their website.

 

National Radio Hall of Fame Calls for 2016 Nominations

Radio-Hall-of-Fame_300The 28th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration will take place on Thursday evening, November 17 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Industry members are encouraged to submit nominations for the Class of 2016 inductees via email to nominations@radiohof.org. The last day to submit suggestions to the Nominating Committee is Friday, May 6 at midnight ET.

National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “This is one of the best times in preparing for the induction ceremony because we get to see firsthand the tremendous amount of talented people who deserve recognition. It’s a proud moment for everyone involved.”

Nominations should be made for individuals in the following categories: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more), Active Local/Regional (10 years or more), Networks/Syndication (10 years or more), Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more), Music Format On-Air Personality, and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality.

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.

A list of past inductees to the National Radio Hall of Fame is available here.

Ed Cantelon Dies at 95

EdCantelonThe MAB has learned that longtime Detroit-area broadcast engineer Ed Cantelon passed away March 17.

Ed was long-time owner of Broadcast Measurements, Inc., providing frequency measurements services to broadcasters.

Ed was interested in radio since the age of 12.  Following military service during World War II, he attended Lawrence Institute of Technology. In 1948, he joined WJBK Radio and was with the station when they added television broadcasting in October of that year.  In later years, while working as Engineering Supervisor for the station, Ed and his wife Gloria started their own business measuring the frequencies for TV and radio stations in Michigan, Ohio and Canada.  Ed left WJBK in 1980 to focus on the business, Broadcast Measurements, which he sold in 2000.

Read Ed’s complete obituary, as written by his son Roger, here.

Bill Turpin: April 19, 1966 – March 30, 2016

TurpinThe MAB is sad to pass along news of the passing of William A. Turpin, Sr.  Bill, as he was known to friends and co-workers, passed away March 30 at age 49.

A resident of White Cloud, Michigan, Bill had worked as Sales Manager both in Grand Rapids and Lansing for Citadel, Cumulus, and iHeart Media.  Most recently he was Sales Manager of an outdoor advertising firm.

Services will be held at a future date.  The Lansing State Journal obituary for Bill is here.