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Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Zoe Burdine-Fly

Zoe Burdine-Fly, Vice Chair /Chair-Elect (Townsquare Media, Lansing/Flint)

Zoe Burdine-Fly brings more than 25 years of media leadership experience from major media companies, including Townsquare Media, Clear Channel, and Citadel Communications in markets like Lansing, Flint, Syracuse, and Chicago. Best known for her energetic spirit, creativity and tenacity, she has been in a leadership role in one form or another since the early 1990s in the radio industry. Most recently, Zoe was the Regional Vice President for Townsquare Media in New Jersey, where she was named on the of the “50 Most Influential Women in the Radio Industry” by Radio Inc. Zoe is currently the Market President for two of Townsquare Media’s key markets, Lansing and her hometown of Flint, Mich.

Meet the MAB Board of Directors.

Gary Baxter Elected MAB Chairman

L-R: 2017-2018 MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo), “passes the gavel” to 2018-2019 MAB Chairman Gary Baxter, General Manager at Fox 47 WSYM-TV (Lansing), following the organization’s 2018 Annual Business Meeting on August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Gary Baxter, Vice President and General Manager for E.W. Scripps Company’s Fox 47 WSYM-TV in Lansing, was elected Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Baxter is the 73rd chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents nearly 300 radio and television stations and about 4,000 individual broadcasting industry employees across the state of Michigan.
Also elected to the MAB Board of Directors executive committee were:
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Zoe Burdine-Fly, Market President, Townsquare Media (Lansing/Flint);
  • Secretary/Treasurer Stephen A. Marks, President/CEO, The Marks Group (Alpena);
  • and Michael Renda, Vice President/General Manager, Fox 2 WJBK-TV (Detroit).

See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.

2018 MAB Annual Business Meeting

Tuesday, August 14, 2018 – 10:00 a.m.
The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island, Mich.

AGENDA

I. Call to Order

II. Acceptance of the Anti-Trust Policy

III. Approval of Agenda

IV. Minutes of the 2017 Annual Meeting

V. MAB New Building

VI. MAB Bylaw Change

Article III, Section 3 after the phrase, “not eligible to hold office for one year” place a comma and insert the following to complete the sentence:

Section 3. Term of Office: A full term of office of a director is three (3) years, not including any partial term of office served by reason of filling a vacant office. After serving two full terms or two full terms and any portion of an unexpired term, a director is not eligible to hold office for one year, “provided that the term of office as a director of any director who is elected to or re-elected to an Elective Office or as a Director at Large shall be extended to the extent necessary to coincide with the director’s term as an Elective Officer or Director at Large.“ Terms of office shall be staggered. The immediate Past Chairman shall serve for a one-year term, or until such time as a successor is named, immediately following his or her year as Chairman of the Association, regardless of the number of years served as a director.

VII. Treasurer’s Report

a. 2017 Audit

VIII. Membership Report

IX. Government Relations Report

X. Report of the Foundation

XI. Nominating Committee Report/Elections

XII. Adjournment

Peter Tanz Elected Chair of the MAB

Peter Tanz

Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, was elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s annual business meeting on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. 

Tanz becomes the 72nd chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents nearly 300 radio and television stations and about 4,000 individual broadcasting industry employees across the state of Michigan.
Tanz joined Duke Wright’s Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisc, as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed the company’s stations in Wausau, Wisc., Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., before moving to Michigan in 1995 when Midwest purchased 4 stations from Tri-State Broadcasting. Today, Midwest Communications operates 14 stations in southwest Michigan and Lansing.
As Senior Vice President, Peter works with market management at more than 70 radio stations owned by Midwest.
Peter is a member of the MAB Foundation Board and has chaired several MAB committees. He is involved with many community organizations and is past chair of the Coldwater and Kalamazoo Chambers of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Also elected to the MAB Board of Directors executive committee are: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Gary Baxter, WSYM-TV, Lansing; Secretary/Treasurer Zoe Burdine-Fly, Townsquare Media, Lansing/Flint; At-Large Director Stephen Marks, Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corp., Alpena, and Immediate Past Chair Debbie Kenyon, CBS Radio, Detroit.

See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.

MAB Board Profile: Nick Gnau

Nick Gnau

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Nick Gnau is Region President for iHeartMedia, overseeing Detroit, Grand Rapids, Toledo and Muskegon (24 Stations).

Nick has been with the company for over 23 years, serving as Vice President/Market Manager for the Lima/Marion Ohio market from 2009-2010; for the Dayton Ohio market from 2010-2011 and manager over four markets from 2011-2013.  In 2012, Nick became Market President for iHeartMedia Detroit and, in 2016, was appointed Region President.

A 1990 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Nick worked his way through the ranks starting as an account executive, then moving to local sales manager, general sales manager and director of sales.

Nick is on the board of directors of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group, Ad Council, Christ Child House, Reggie Jackson’s DETermined to Assist and of course the MAB. In his free time, Nick enjoys travel, sports and spending time with his family.

Nick has served on the MAB Board since 2015.

MAB Board Profile: Dan Boers

Dan Boers

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Dan Boers is the News Director for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids.

Dan has been with WOOD-TV for 20 years in a number of roles.  Prior to his appointment as news director in 2015, he was assistant news director since 2009 and director of news operations from 2003 to 2009.   He joined the station as a producer in 1997 and became assignment manager in 2001.

A 1998 graduate of Grand Valley State University, Boers worked as a weekend assignment editor for WOOD-TV and as a producer for WILX TV in Lansing while finishing his undergraduate studies.

Dan is a 2016 Kneeland Fellow. The organization focuses on news ethics, management and leadership.

He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from Grand Valley State University. He and his wife Lisa have two children.

Dan is serving his first term on the MAB Board of Directors.

MAB Board Profile: Shannone Dunlap

Shannone Dunlap

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Shannone Dunlap is Market Manager for Alpha Media and its cluster of stations in Saginaw.

A 30-year marketing/media veteran, Shannone was hired in August of 2007 to lead the local radio stations then owned by NextMedia, with over 40 employees who live, work and play in the Great Lakes Bay. Ownership of the cluster transitioned to Digity Media in 2014 and then to Alpha Media February of 2016, where On-Air, Online and On-site is the company’s philosophy.

The properties provide entertainment through music and talk, as well as education and local information to the community through traditional radio broadcasts, internet radio stations, over seven websites and dozens of social media outlets, mobile apps and digital assets.

Shannone also holds the Secretary position of the Executive Committee for the Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum and serves on the Great Lake Bay Regional Alliance Ambassadors Advisory Board and is an active board member for the Saginaw County Business and Education Partnership.

Prior to her current position, Shannone pursued advancement in her broadcast career and worked in Flint, MI, Indianapolis, IN and Buffalo, NY.  Before radio she worked in newspaper in the sales department and in graphic design, starting her marketing/media career in 1987 at an advertising agency as the creative director.

Shannone: “I’ve enjoyed the journey… it has truly been an evolution in what we use and how we use technology in our lives both professionally and personally. My career has enriched my life by giving me opportunities to be involved in the communities I have lived and worked through non-profit and civic organizations touching lives and being a better citizen.”

Shannone currently resides in Swartz Creek, Mundy Twp. MI with her 9 year old daughter.  Michigan is home for Shannone and being a part of the growth and sustainment of her community is in her blood.

Shannone is serving her first term on the MAB Board of Directors.

MAB Board Profile: Ed Fernandez

Ed Fernandez
Ed Fernandez

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This week’s profile is Ed Fernandez.  

Ed Fernandez is a Michigan native with a distinguished career as a broadcast executive. He serves as Detroit-based Vice-President and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps, overseeing the company’s stations in Buffalo, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Denver, Detroit, Green Bay, Lansing, Milwaukee as well as the company’s Azteca America properties. Prior to his current role, he was VP & GM of WXYZ & WMYD in Detroit. Prior to joining E.W. Scripps, he served as president and general manager of WSNS-TV (Telemundo) in Chicago.

Fernandez also worked for 14 years at WXMI Fox 17 in Grand Rapids. He joined the station as a local sales manager, served as general sales manager, station manager and eventually became Vice President/General Manager. Earlier in his career, he served as an account executive for WSB-TV in Atlanta, WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids, and WOOD-TV, also in Grand Rapids.

He is currently Immediate Past Chairman of the MAB, having served on all positions of the MAB Board of Directors.

Fernandez, whose stations have won numerous local Emmys and Station of the Year acknowledgements, has received a number of awards, including the Central Michigan University Distinguished Alumni award, Grand Rapids Business Journal “Forty Under Forty” award and St. Augustine College’s “El Puente” award for his commitment to the Chicago Hispanic community.

Originally from West Michigan, he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts from Central Michigan University. He was also the Robert R. McCormick/Tribune Foundation Fellowship Recipient through National Association of Broadcasters.

MAB Board Profile: Peter Tanz

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Peter Tanz

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This week’s profile is Peter Tanz.   Peter is Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, a family broadcasting company with radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

Peter has been on the MAB Board of Directors since 2012, has served as Treasurer and is currently Vice-Chairman/Chairman Elect.  He has chaired several MAB committees and is valued by his peers.  Peter has also served on the MAB Foundation Board.

Peter joined Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisconsin, as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed stations in
Wausau, WI; and Lincoln and Omaha, NE before coming to Michigan in 1995.

In Michigan, he works with Midwest’s 14 stations in Battle Creek, Coldwater, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

Peter is involved with many community organizations and is past chair of the Coldwater and Kalamazoo Chambers of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Visitor and Convention Bureau.

MAB Board Profile: Rob David

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This week’s profile is Rob David.   Rob is President/General Manager of Handyman Productions, a radio program syndicator, which produces and distributes the award-winning Handyman Show with Glenn Haege. The show is heard on over 20 stations in Michigan and more than 140 stations across the country.

He founded Handyman Productions after an extensive radio broadcasting sales and management career at WGMZ-FM in Flint; and at WXYT-AM (WXYZ-AM) / WMXD-FM in Detroit.

Rob is a long serving board member and former chairperson of the MAB Foundation Board and was the inaugural recipient of the MAB ‘Associate of the Year’ award.

He is a proud graduate and supporter of Michigan State University and was presented with the ‘MSU Alumni Service Award’ and named an ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ by the Eli Broad College of Business.

Outside of broadcasting, he is a recent graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy and serves on various community organization and boards. In addition, he is a distinguished member of the Consular Corps as the Honorary Consul for Grenada.

The Honorable Robert David and his wife, Marcia, reside in Novi.