Category Archives: February 2016

WLNS-TV & Art Van Collect More Than 12,000 Bottles of Clean Water for Flint

WLNS Andrea Ilitch
Image via WLNS Facebook

Together with Art Van, WLNS-TV (Lansing) collected over 12,000 bottles of clean water for the people of Flint. On February 15, trucks were loaded with bottled water and began the trip out to Flint.

The 6 News team, along with Art Van in West Lansing, helped pack two trucks with bottled water to send to their neighbors in Flint.

“Well, when people need help, that’s what we’re here for. And everyone has to help everyone out,” one man said.

One woman dropped off a truck bed full of 60 cases of water.

“God blessed me with my taxes this year,” she said. “So me and another one of my friends decided to go half on them. It’s a pallet of water.”

In just 12 hours, more than 12,000 bottles of clean water filled these trucks. One day’s effort will make a long lasting impact.

Art Van locations across the state of Michigan will be collecting bottled water donations, including cash funds.

Before Monday, Art Van and partners have already delivered 400 tons of water to the city.

WYTZ-FM Hosts a Radiothon to Benefit St. Jude Kids

975 Y CountryWYTZ-FM (Benton Harbor) hosted its 11th annual 2016 Country Cares for St. Jude Kids Radiothon broadcasting live from Silver Beach Center in St. Joseph. The fundraiser took place on February 18-19.

This annual event raises money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ranked one of the best pediatric cancer hospitals in the country. St. Jude is the first and only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center devoted solely to children. The past 97.5 Y-Country radiothons have raised a total of over $265,000!

The Country Cares for St. Jude Kids program is celebrating its 27th year credited to Randy Owen, the lead singer of the music group ALABAMA. Country Cares has grown to be one of the most successful radio fund-raising events in the nation with more than 200 radio station partners raising more than $500 million in pledges. These pledges will fund research that is shared with our local community hospitals.

Listeners were able to donate during the radiothon by calling in to the phone bank or online at 975ycountry.com or by coming to The Silver Beach Center on February 18 or 19.

WMHW Undergoes Format Changes

101.1 FM The BeatOn February 15, WMHW (Mount Pleasant), CMU’s School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts’ two HD student run radio stations, underwent an exciting format change.

91.5 FM The Mountain switched from a Modern Rock to an Adult Album Alternative (AAA) format, and 101.1 The Beat converted from (AAA) to a Hip Hop format.

Mountain 91.5WMHW (Wilbur Moore Hall Wireless) started in the Fall of 1972 as a BCA co-curricular radio station. 91.5 FM began as a 10-watt college station and has grown to its current 13,000-watt level with  broadcast signal that ranges from Bay City to Cadillac and Houghton Lake to St. Johns. This extensive coverage area lends itself well to the new (AAA) format which focuses on current music and appeals more to adults than teenagers.

For more than 40 years, WMHW has been providing students professional, hands-on training, which makes them highly marketable in the radio industry after graduation. Transitioning from a modern rock format, which has virtually no presence in today’s industry and is solely a “campus” format, to a popular AAA format will certainly benefit CMU’s future radio broadcasters from both a programming and administrative standpoint.

91.5 FM will continue to provide its live seasonal coverage of CMU Women’s Basketball, Softball, Men’s Baseball, and Mount Pleasant High School Football.

Both 91.5 and 101.1 can be heard over the air and streamed worldwide at www.wmhw.org.

Local 4 Special – “Failure in Flint: Inside the Water Crisis”

WDIV-TVWDIV-TV Local 4 (Detroit) and ClickOnDetroit presented “Failure in Flint: Inside the Water Crisis,” an hour-long special about the Flint Water Crisis on Tuesday, February 16 at 8 p.m. Carmen Harlan and Devin Scillian were live from Flint, MI to examine the dramatic impact of the decision to stop buying water from the city of Detroit, the latest on the devastating health effects, and what the next steps will be to find solutions to this crisis.

Hank Winchester, Local 4’s consumer reporter, continued his in-depth investigating of the impact this emergency is having on the community of Flint – most importantly, the children.

Local 4’s investigative unit, The Defenders, took viewers through the latest on the FBI investigation, the reality for the citizens of Flint, and what will make Flint’s water safe again.

In addition to reporting by Harlan, Scillian, and Winchester, Local 4’s Kevin Dietz, Karen Drew, and Kimberly Gill contributed to the news special.

Gill profiled the “Faces of Flint” and the impact this disaster will have for years to come.  “Faces of Flint”  is an NBC News and WDIV-TV partnership that gives a platform to the children of Flint. There are multiple ways to follow the story using the hashtag #FacesOfFlint on social media.

“Local 4 News is dedicated to seeing the stories of Flint through until residents have safe tap water, the infrastructure is fixed, and the policy makers ensure that this will not ever happen again,” said Local 4 News Director Kim Voet.

Weekly CAP Messages From Michigan State Police

The Michigan State Police Emergency Management and Homeland Security Division (MSPEMHSD) has moved to a new location in Dimondale.  During the move, the EMnet terminal was relocated and is not scheduled to be reinstalled for another two weeks.  You will not be receiving another weekly CAP test from MSPEMHSD until early March. Currently, the EMnet terminal at the MSPEMHSD office is the backup terminal, and all emergency messages will be sent out using the terminal at the Michigan Intelligence Operation Center (MIOC).

Please contact Alisha Clack at clack@michmab.com or 517-484-7444 if you have any questions.

FCC Letter On Way To Auction Participants

According to CommLawBlog, the FCC’s Incentive Auction Task Force has sent ‘First Confidential Status Letters’ (First CSL) to would-be reverse auction applicants advising them of potentially fatal incompleteness flaws in their application.  According to the Task Force’s public notice, the First CSL includes “information on the status of [the addressee’s] application, as well as the status of each station that it selected.” These assessments are based on the FCC staff’s initial review of all applications filed last month.

The letter confirms that an application is complete, including all information about each station that an applicant has put into the auction. However, it may indicate that either the application, or the showing relative to one or more specific stations, is lacking. Deadline for corrections is February 26 at 6 p.m. (EST) to fix whatever problems there might be with the application.

EMU Hires Dr. James Smith as School’s New President

Dr. James SmithEastern Michigan University (EMU) has hired Dr. James Smith as the school’s next president.

Smith has been President of Northern State University in South Dakota since 2009 and holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from Miami University.

Dr. Smith stated, “Sometimes you do things, and they don’t work. And then you have to be bright enough to know when to exit. Eastern has a history of being a great teacher education counseling institution, and I will continue to give every ounce of my effort to make that happen.”

Smith will take office in July. Interim President Donald Loppnow will continue to lead EMU until then.

Michigan State Police to Issue Blue Alerts Using LEW Code

On February 1, 2016, the Michigan Blue Alert took effect.  The State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC) held a meeting on December 16, 2015 and voted that for the purpose of Michigan State Police (MSP) compliance with MCL 28.697, Blue Alerts could be issued using the Law Enforcement Code (LEW) through EAS.

The Blue Alert is designed to broadcast information to the public about suspects who have severely injured or have killed a law enforcement officer. This broadcast is similar to the AMBER Alert.

In accordance with MCL 28.697, a Blue Alert will only be activated if one of the following is provided for broadcast to the public:

  • Suspect’s name
  • Detailed physical description of the suspect
  • Detailed description of the suspect’s vehicle
  • Full or partial vehicle registration plate numbers or letters

Just like all state issued emergency alerts, with the exception of FCC mandated tests, it is up to each individual station as to which FCC approved EAS codes they choose to activate.

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

Another Spectrum Reform Bill in the Works

Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released a statement that he and ranking committee member Bill Nelson (D-FL) are planning to introduce a spectrum reform bill later this week, titled ‘The Mobile Now Act,’ with the goal of improving wireless access. However, Thune’s House counterpart, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI), stated that his committee will monitor the upcoming spectrum auction before taking action on any spectrum reform legislation.  MAB is tracking.

Got an iPhone in your Pocket? Learn How to Use it to Create Video Content to Enhance your Story

Steve JulinMedia Power founder Steve Julin will be at the 2016 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference to teach you how to use video to create and enhance your content. As the lines blur between radio and television, the one constant is the need for compelling story telling and adding video to your repertoire of essential tools.

Steve is presenting the following four sessions on Tuesday, May 3 in Lansing:

Filmmaking with the iPhone6

Apple’s line of phones has always been able to capture footage, but when the iPhone 6 was released, it changed the playing field. The new camera (that also works as a phone) can grab 1080p high-definition clips at 60 frames per second, take 240-fps slow-motion shots, shoot time lapse scenes, provide cinematic video stabilization, and even has up to 128 gigabytes of storage, which is more than enough for a short film. In this workshop, award winning filmmaker Steve Julin will share his insights after testing the camera out on a corporate video shoot.

Creative Camera Techniques

Shooting great video or film is essential to any great video production. But some times a little creativity is called for. In this workshop, seasoned filmmaker Steve Julin will share with you some innovative ways to use your camera and provide examples from his award-winning PBS series, Great Lakes ~ Great Tastes.

Tips, Tricks, Ideas, Suggestions, Secrets, Hints, and Advice for Producing Better Video Productions

Ready to take your next video production up to the next level? In this workshop you’ll learn some techniques and tools that can help you make more compelling stories for film, TV, and the web. This is not a “how to” workshop. The goal of this workshop is to share filmmaking techniques that can spice up that next corporate video or provide you with that “Ah Ha” moment for your next documentary. Feel free to bring and share some of your own tips and tricks to the session.

The Art of Interviewing for Video

Interviewing is the foundation of great storytelling, and the stories you tell are only as good as the information you get. In this workshop you’ll learn the top tips to use when conducting an on-camera interview and, most importantly, how to get the sound bites and quotes you need in the edit suite.

Click here for information and to register for GLBC. Members can register for the full day for only $159!*

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