Category Archives: Connecting to Local Communities

Jackson Radio Works Receives Chamber Award

Jamie McKibben
Jamie McKibbin

On March 23, Jackson Radio Works (WKHM-AM/FM, WIBM-AM) was the recipient of an appreciation award from the Brooklyn-Irish Hills Chamber of Commerce, honoring the company for 20 years of service (“hyper local content that matters”) to the community.

WKHM-FM is licensed to Brooklyn.  Accepting the award was  General ManagerJamie McKibbin, who tells the MAB that the staff at Jackson Radio Works is pretty excited about the honor.

March 29 Vietnam Veterans Day

On Tuesday, March 28, Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake) and Senator Margaret O’Brien (R-Portage) introduced a resolution that the members of the Michigan Senate proclaim March 29, 2017, as “Vietnam Veterans Day.”

The resolution encourages all citizens of the state of Michigan to honor our Vietnam Veterans. Read the complete resolution below.

In conjunction with the proclamation, Sen. Kowall’s office released this video, highlight the 50th Anniversary Pin Ceremonies that have been held around the state to formally welcome Veterans home.


Resolution:

Senator O’Brien and Senator Kowall offered the following resolution:

A resolution commemorating March 29, 2017, as “Vietnam Veterans Day”.  Whereas “Vietnam Veterans Day commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam Veterans and their families; and

Whereas, The Vietnam War was fought in Vietnam from 1961 to 1975, and involved North Vietnam and the Viet Cong in conflict with the United States Armed Forces and South Vietnam; and

Whereas, The United States became involved by serving in an advisory role to the South Vietnamese in 1961; and

Whereas, In 1965, United States Armed Forces ground combat units arrived in Vietnam and by the end of that year there were 80,000 United States troops in Vietnam with a peak of approximately 500,000 troops in 1969. Michigan residents joined with the rest of the nation, serving our country and our state with honor in Vietnam; and

Whereas, On January 27, 1973, the Treaty of Paris was signed, which required the release of all United States prisoners-of-war held in North Vietnam and the withdrawal of all United States Armed Forces from South Vietnam; by March 29, 1973, the United States Armed Forces completed the withdrawal of combat troops from Vietnam; and

Whereas, More than 58,000 members of the United States Armed Forces lost their lives in Vietnam and more than 300,000 members of the Armed Forces were wounded. More than 2,650 Michigan residents lost their lives in the Vietnam War; and

Whereas, It was not until 1982, that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial was dedicated in Washington, D.C. to commemorate those members of the United States Armed Forces who died or were declared missing-in-action in Vietnam; and

Whereas, Members of the United States Armed Forces who served bravely and faithfully for the United States during the Vietnam War were caught upon their return home in the crossfire of public debate about the involvement of the United States in the Vietnam War; and
Whereas, March 29th marks the anniversary of the day that combat and combat support units withdrew completely from South Vietnam; and

Whereas, The members of the Michigan Senate support the establishment of a “Vietnam Veterans Day” as an appropriate way to honor those members of the United States Armed Forces who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War and the 242,562 Vietnam veterans living in Michigan; now, therefore, be it
Resolved by the Senate, That the members of the Michigan Senate proclaim March 29, 2017, as “Vietnam Veterans Day”; and be it further  Resolved, That all citizens of the state of Michigan are encouraged to honor our Vietnam Veterans.

I Vaccinate Campaign Underway!

logoOn March 20, a press conference was held in downtown Lansing to announce the kickoff of the I Vaccinate Campaign, a project adopted by the MAB Board of Directors.  The campaign is designed to increase immunizations in the state as Michigan has the 4th highest rate of vaccination waivers in the nation.

In a letter to broadcasters, MAB President/CEO Karole White wrote: “Our members have joined together on other issues in the past to eradicate unnecessary risks to our children’s health. We need your help to educate parents, caregivers and grandparents about the risks of not vaccinating children.  We ask all stations in Michigan to help reach the goal of immunizing all Michigan children by covering this issue in your news products, placing the interview clips on your website, sharing or tweeting on Twitter and creating Facebook posts.”

Public Service announcements for both radio and TV, as well as talking points and other materials are available for download on the MAB website here.

White spoke at the press conference about the broadcaster’s role in both the campaign and overall service to their communities:

MAB Board Adopts I-Vaccinate as Statewide Community Service Campaign

logoMichigan has one of the highest vaccine-waiver rates in kindergartners in the country, three times the national average, according to the CDC. The number of kindergartners getting vaccine waivers is growing. In five years it’s increased 23%

There is a great deal of false information out there about immunizations and the MDHHS has turned to the MAB, as they have with other tragic health issues and is asking members to help by shedding light on the subject.

Next week, broadcasters will receive a participation packet on how your station may get involved. Join in the fight to prevent childhood diseases. Answer the call of your state and your community.

WIOG Raises Over $50k for Children’s Miracle Network

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(L-R) WIOG’s Nate, April (of Nate & April in the Morning) and Bob Moore.

On February 9 and 10, Cumulus Media’s WIOG-FM (Saginaw) held The WIOG Cares for Kids Radiothon, live from Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.  All in all, $56,756 was raised during the 2-day event.

The live broadcast, hosted by WIOG’s Nate and Rachel in the Morning, featured stories and interviews with area miracle families and kids.

$32,500 for St. Jude’s at WYTZ/Benton Harbor!

Y975_700Last week, Midwest Family Broadcasting’s WYTZ-FM (975YCountry Benton Harbor) raised $32,500 in its annual Country Cares Radiothon for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

The two-day radiothon wrapped up on Friday Night (2/17) with a brand new record, and  station staff thanked all of its partners in hope who contributed money to help.

The station supplemented it on-air fundraising with Facebook Live video.

WNWN Raises $65k for St. Jude’s

WNWN_judeOn February 2-3, Midwest Communication’s WNWN-FM (Win98.5 Battle Creek) raised $65,110 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital during the station’s annual Radiothon.

Listeners were encouraged to call in and become a “Partner In Hope” for St. Jude kids, donating $20 a month.  In addition, the station aired stories of patients of the hospital throughout the 2-day event.

WIOG Announces 2017 “Cares for Kids” Radiothon

WIOG_350On February 9 and 10, Cumulus Media’s WIOG-FM (Saginaw) will present The WIOG Cares for Kids Radiothon, live from Hurley Children’s Hospital in Flint from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.

WIOG’s Nate and Rachel in the Morning will host two days of stories and interviews with our miracle families and kids. They’ll be asking for listener donations to help support the Children’s Miracle Network.

WOMC-FM to hold Radiothon

WOMC_300On Thursday, February 2, CBS Radio’s WOMC-FM (Detroit) will be hosting a day-long radiothon to benefit Gleaners Community Food Bank in Detroit.

The station will be broadcasting live from the food bank from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. and soliciting donations from listeners who then may become “Hunger Heros.”

All donors who pledge to make an annual commitment of $20/month or a one-time gift of $240 or more will become a “Hunger Hero” and receive an official 2017 104.3 WOMC Children’s Hunger Radiothon insulated tote bag compliments of your Michigan Dairy Farm Families. Each “Hunger Hero” helps provide 120 meals each month!

 

WXMI-TV Pays It Forward

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On January 26, WXMI-TV/FOX 17 (Grand Rapids) and Consumers Energy presented the third annual Pay It Forward Awards Gala. This invitation-only lunch event was held at Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. Its purpose was to honor the 2016 recipients of the Consumers Energy Pay It Forward Person of the Month Award and announce the recipient of the Consumers Energy Pay It Forward Person of the Year Award. In addition, seven new Pay It Forward Person of the Year categories were introduced and awarded at the event.

WXMI-TV began its Pay It Forward initiative in November 2010. The goal was to highlight West Michigan citizens who give of their time, talent and treasure while expecting nothing in return. The initiative received so much positive feedback that the station decided to make it an ongoing campaign. Since then they’ve aired at least one story per week, highlighting people and organizations in West Michigan who pay it forward and make West Michigan a better place.

(L-R) Lisa Cober, Pay It Forward Person of the Year; Christian Frank and Janice Allen, WXMI-TV News Anchors.
(L-R) Lisa Cober, Pay It Forward Person of the Year; Christian Frank and Janice Allen, WXMI-TV News Anchors.

Award recipients were nominated by the public, the honorees recognized at the event included:

Consumers Energy Pay It Forward Person of the Year: Lisa Cober from Grand Haven

Pay It Forward Firefighter of the Year presented by FOX 17: Chief Alan Styles

Pay It Forward Police Officer of the Year presented by AmeriGas: Tino Reyes Jr.

Pay It Forward Charity of the Year presented by Kentwood Community Church: The Diaper Depot of Ascension Lutheran Church

Pay It Forward Healthcare Professional of the Year presented by Samaritas Senior Living: Julie Gortsema

Pay It Forward Teacher of the Year presented by Courtesy Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram: Renne Wyman

Pay It Forward Veteran of the Year presented by Tom Stehouwer Auto Sales: Paul Potter

Pay It Forward Business of the Year presented by Howard Law Group: Gracie’s Bookstore

Pay It Forward is a very rewarding segment for us to produce,” Said FOX 17 News Director Brooks Blanton. “It’s important to highlight the many great people here in our community. West Michigan is fortunate to have so many giving people and we’re happy to use the voice we have to share these incredible stories and give selfless people the attention they truly deserve.”

The event was emceed by FOX 17’s Christian Frank and Janice Allen and included remarks from Dr. Donald M. Maine, Chancellor Emeritus, Davenport University and Brooks Blanton, News Director FOX 17.