Category Archives: Community Partners

MAB Members Help OK2SAY Save Lives

OK2SAY is a MAB partner; MAB member stations have been airing OK2SAY public service announcements.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has released the OK2SAY student safety program’s 2017 Annual Report.

OK2SAY is an effective prevention-based reporting mechanism tool, logging in more than 14,000 tips from students across Michigan since September 2014.

“Since the programs’ inception, I’ve been a firm believer in the power of OK2SAY,” said Schuette. “OK2SAY has done more than save lives, its stopped violence and ensured that Michigan students have a safe place to learn and grow. We have come very far since this program started, but it is apparent that students and schools continue to need the program.”

To date, OK2SAY presentations have been presented to 500k students across Michigan and has reached 230 new Michigan new schools.

OK2SAY received 4,605 tips in 2017 which is an increase of 72% compared to 2016. Tips were received in 30 categories, the top five are as follows:

1,205 tips on suicide threats
961 tips on bullying
456 tips related to “other”
390 tips on self-harm
311 tips on drugs

2017 was the most successful year yet and 2018 is already on track to beat the record numbers.

“OK2SAY continues to be a valuable, even life-saving, resource for our students and the Michigan State Police is proud to support this important program,” stated Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “No information or tip is ever too small to report because you never know when your tip could be the one that prevents a tragedy.”

See the report here.

New Flint Water PSAs Available for TV, Radio

New Public Service Announcements featuring Flint Mayor Karen Weaver
are now available on the MAB website.  These PSAs promote the CORE (Community Outreach and Education) Program.  Among the activities the CORE program provides is proper water filter installation and maintenance, along with other water, nutrition and health issues.

TV and radio spots may be downloaded from the Flint Water Resources  page on the MAB website here.  The MAB encourages broadcasters in the Flint region to air these announcements.

WWJ-AM Raises 1.45 Million+

WWJ_700On February 10, CBS Radio’s WWJ-AM (Detroit) held its 14th annual Winter Survival Radiothon for THAW (The Heat and Warmth Fund), raising more than $1.45 million to help thousands of families in southeastern Michigan who cannot afford to heat their homes or keep their lights on this winter.

The one-day event had the station broadcasting live from 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. and featured live interviews with families that THAW has helped during previous years, on-air check presentations from sponsors, on-site reporting and more.  Volunteers took phone pledges as well as bids on auction items to raise money for the fund.

In addition, listeners were invited to join the “WWJ THAW 360 Club” by making a one-time donation of $360 or $30 a month for one year. Those joining the 360 Club received a limited edition Winter Survival Radiothon tumbler.

THAW assists families in need by preventing utility shut-off, providing fuel or restoring services. 91 percent of every dollar that THAW spends goes directly to help those in need and THAW’s utility partners match every dollar that THAW raises, so that $1 becomes $2 in energy assistance.

WPHM Port Huron Raises $60k in “The Last Lockup”

St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon bringing in the day's Most Wanted Prisoner Charlie Barrett, retired owner of Cawood Auto in Port Huron. Barrett was unaware he'd be arrested and was brought in by Donnellon.
St. Clair County Sheriff Tim Donnellon (at microphone) bringing in the day’s Most Wanted Prisoner Charlie Barrett (in ballcap holding papers), retired owner of Cawood Auto in Port Huron. Barrett was unaware he’d be arrested and was brought in by Donnellon.

A one-day fundraiser that ended a 61 year tradition took place this past Saturday (2/4) in Port Huron.  WPHM-AM hosted the annual March of Dimes “Jail and Bail” and raised $60,000!

Billed as the “Last Lockup,” Saturday’s event was the final Jail and Bail for the March of Dimes in Port Huron as officials have decided that the promotion has simply run its course.

WPHM-AM air personality Paul Miller; broadcasting live from "jail."
WPHM-AM air personality Paul Miller; broadcasting live from “jail.”

Over the years, countless area residents, celebrities and others have spent time “behind bars” to raise money.   The event was started in 1956 at the suggestion of Port Huron radio personality Lee Van Dam when WPHM was known as WTTH.

This past Saturday, in addition to the mock arraignments and bail settings, the station did a day long broadcast from the Masonic Temple Hall in Port Huron that included a line-up of local entertainment.  The event was also televised on local cable.

Community Partner News: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MDHHSGenesee County healthcare professionals are eligible for
student loan repayment through a program to assist
underserved populations.

Healthcare employers in Genesee County will be able to better recruit and retain medical, dental and mental health professionals through a special student loan repayment program offered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

MDHHS will select 10 to 15 primary care healthcare professionals who will be eligible for up to $50,000, tax-free, to repay their educational debt if they practice for two-years at approved sites in Genesee County and meet other program requirements.

The state-funded student loan repayment assistance in Genesee County is through the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, which is designed to improve healthcare services in underserved communities. MDHHS will select providers on a first-come, first-served basis. The application period began June 2, 2016, and will end on August 15, 2016, or once all program funds are obligated.

Interested providers must mail completed application packages including application forms found on the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program website under “’Application Periods, Forms, and Process.”

Eligible primary care providers include MDs, doctors of osteopathic medicine, doctors of dental surgery, doctors of medicine in dentistry, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives practicing in an outpatient, not-for-profit setting. For this program, practice sites are not required to be located in health professional shortage areas or have such a designation, as is usually the case, and employers sponsoring providers are not required to make employer contributions.

Applicants must read all information on the Michigan State Loan Repayment website, including the Participant information and Requirements section. Anyone with further questions after reading the information can call Ken Miller at 517-241-9946.

Applications must be mailed to: Tania Rodriguez, MSLRP Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Policy, Planning and Legislative Services, MSLRP Program – Genesee County Program, P.O. Box 30195, Lansing, MI 48909.

Media Contact:  Bob Wheaton, (517) 241-2112, [email protected]

MAB Community Partner Spotlight: Department of Health & Human Services

MDHHSThe Michigan Department of Health and Human Services is a Community Partner with the MAB.  In May, the agency is celebrating Foster Care Month to show appreciation for the foster families who provide loving homes.

Approximately 13,000 Michigan children need loving foster homes while the state works to reunite them safely with their parents or find adoptive homes.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services in May is highlighting the crucial role that foster families provide in protecting children who were abused or neglected. Gov. Rick Snyder proclaimed May as Foster Care Month.

Michigan has close to 6,000 licensed foster homes, plus 2,800 children live in unlicensed relative homes.

“Our foster parents have great patience, compassion and skill,” said Steve Yager, executive director of the MDHHS Children’s Services Agency. “These selfless individuals keep children safe and care for their needs during difficult times while we work to find them permanent homes – either through reunification with their families if that’s safe or finding adoptive parents. Every day I appreciate what foster families do to support children in need, but it’s fitting that we have a month to recognize their efforts.”

The Foster Care Navigator program, which partners with MDHHS in recruiting and retaining foster families, is featuring some of the many outstanding foster parents and kinship caregivers all month on its website at

Yager said May is also a good time to recognize adoptive families, employees of state and private agencies, the courts and community, and faith-based organizations for the support they provide to children in foster care and to their biological and foster families.

Anyone who is considering becoming a foster parent can call Foster Care Navigator at 855-MICHKIDS. Navigators are experienced foster care parents who can answer questions and guide prospective foster parents on their journey. Learn more at or by texting MDHHS FOSTER to 64468 to receive updates about fostering.

Broadcasters who wish to learn more or would like to arrange an interview can contact Bob Wheaton at (517) 241-2112.