Category Archives: MAB Board

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Brad Lanser

Brad Lanser

Brad Lanser is Vice-President, General Manager of Lansing Broadcasting.  Brad began his career in broadcasting a little over 20 years ago. He started out as a Sales Consultant and later took over the General Manager duties along with becoming Vice-President and eventually, part owner.  Lanser Broadcasting currently operates two
radio stations (JQ99 and “The Pledge”) in the Grand Rapids market.

Before coming to Lanser Broadcasting, Brad owned a Landscape Company and operated it for 10 years prior to joining the Broadcast ranks.

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Dan Boers

Dan Boers

Dan Boers is the News Director for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids. He has been with the station for 20 years in a number of roles including producer, assignment manager, Director of News Operations, and Assistant News Director. He was a producer at WILX TV in Lansing for about a year early in his career.

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.

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Mike Murri

Mike Murri

Mike Murri began his broadcasting career as an account executive at WJBK-TV. He was hired by WXYZ as an account executive in 1982 and was promoted to local sales manager in 1996, director of sales in 2001, and station manager in 2012.

In 2015, he was promoted to vice president and general manager of WXYZ and the newly acquired My Network affiliate WMYD, TV20. In 2015, Murri lead the team effort to create a new street-side studio in the heart of downtown Detroit. The studio is home to 7 Action News at noon, and connects viewers to the vibrant rebirth of the city.

Under Murri’s leadership, WXYZ has continued to build on its rich history of public service and local programming. The station has syndicated its coverage of the Woodward Dream Cruise to stations across the country; advanced the multi-platform approach to storytelling with a series of ground-breaking news stories; and launched a Detroit 2020 town hall initiative.

WXYZ has been named “Station of the Year” by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, top station in the Detroit market by the Michigan chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, and honored as a finalist in the National Association of Broadcasters Service to America Awards

Murri is a board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Forgotten Harvest, the Woodward Dream Cruise, and the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau. He lives in Rochester Hills with his wife Mary and has three children; Lauren, Katie and Michael.

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Kathy Stinehour

Kathy Stinehour

Kathy Stinehour, Vice President/General Manager of Radio One cluster in Detroit, is an experienced broadcast executive with more than 25 years of senior management experience in media and radio broadcasting. She has served in her current position since 2008 and was previously President/CEO for Archway Broadcasting in Atlanta, Ga., from 2004-2007, Vice President/Market Manager for Cumulus Broadcasting in Toledo, Ohio, from 2003-2004 and Executive Vice President for Clear Channel Communications in Houston, New York and Chicago from 1995 to 2002. Kathy was named one of Radio Ink Magazine’s “Most Influential Women In Radio” in 2001, 2016, 2017 and 2018 as well as a “Who’s Who in Chicago Business” by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2001.

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Mac Edwards

Mac Edwards

With more than 40 years of professional experience in radio, Mac “Edwards” McTindal is Vice President/Market Manager for  Beasley Media Group (Detroit), a company he has served for 30 years, 18 as General Manager or Market Manager.

Mac began his career as on-air talent before adding program director responsibilities. He worked in Spartanburg, S.C., Charlotte, N.C., Coastal, N.C. and Austin, Texas before he settled in as PD at Beasley’s WKML in Fayetteville, N.C. in 1991.  He then became GM of WFLB-FM & WAZZ-AM when Beasley acquired those stations in 1996.

He was named Fayetteville Market Manager in 2007 and Detroit Market Manager in 2017. Mac has earned honors as Beasley Market Manager of the Year in 2017, Radio Ink Top GM/Small Market in 2007, Beasley General Manager of the Year in 1999 and Beasley Program Director of the Year in 1994. He is married to Angela McTindal and has three grown daughters Emery, Chatham, and Lauren.

Meet your MAB Board Member of the week: Michael Renda

Michael Renda, At-Large Director (WJBK Fox2 Detroit)

Michael Renda began his broadcast career in radio at WOHO in Toledo, Ohio in 1977 as a Local Account Executive and very shortly thereafter moved to across the street to WTVG-TV in the same capacity.

Storer Television was the next stop for Mike, moving to Chicago as the National Sales Representative.  Stops in New York and Cleveland followed with Renda taking the General Sales Manager position at WJW in 1989.

After a five year tenure as General Sales Manager at WLWT in Cincinnati, Renda returned to WJW in Cleveland, this time as VP and General Manager.  Renda served as WJW’s General Manager for 10 years before accepting a similar position at WTXF Fox 29 in Philadelphia in April 2007.

Chicago was next and another VP and General Manager position at WFLD/WPWR, overseeing both the Fox and MyNetwork Television stations from September 2009 through January 2013.

Renda graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1976.  He’s married to Susan and has two children, Matt and Emily.

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