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MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

MACKINAC ISLAND – The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed three other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel.

The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated and voted on by their peers. Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. To see a complete list of the  MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
L-R: Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters President Gary Reid, 2018 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Michael Walenta, former General Manager for WGVU Public Media, and MAB President/CEO Karole L. White.
Michael T. Walenta, WGVU Public Media
Michael T. Walenta served as General Manager of WGVU Public Media for 30 years. Under his leadership, WGVU has grown into a multi-platform public media organization, a far cry from the four-hour broadcasts that were the humble beginnings of WGVU on December 17, 1972. WGVU Public Media currently serves 2.4 million people across our community with 10 Television Broadcast Channels featuring PBS, PBS Kids, WGVU Life, Worldview and the WGVU Guide; two FM Channels featuring NPR and Local News, Blues and Jazz; two AM Channels that are the only NPR Stations in the country to feature Real Oldies Music from 1954 – 1972.
2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees
L-R: 2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Pete Bowers, WBFH-FM (Bloomfield Hills), Bob Allison, WNZK-AM (Detroit) and Sheri Jones, WLNS-TV (Lansing) .
Bob Allison, WNZK-AM (Detroit)

Bob Allison, congenial host of “Ask Your Neighbor” on WNZK-AM, has to be Metropolitan Detroit’s longest-reigning, best-known neighbor. He has been on-air for over 50 years as the host of his popular show – an impressive feat in an industry that measures success by weeks and months. Each weekday from 9 – 11 a.m., Bob and his son, Rob, chat with listeners on a wide range of topics. Bob started broadcasting over 60 years ago in La Porte, Ind. As popular as the radio show has been, many Baby Boomers remember him more for his TV work as host of “Bowling For Dollars” or as the milkman on the children’s show “Milky’s Party Time.”

Sheri Jones, WLNS-TV (Lansing)

Sheri Jones has devoted her life to broadcasting by being a top anchor at WLNS-TV for 30 years. She was an early innovator and has continued to innovate and address critical community concerns throughout her career. For example, she led her station’s coverage of the heroin and opioid epidemic in May of 2017. In 2017, Sheri was also responsible for launching and co-anchoring a new show at 5:30 p.m. on WLNS-TV. For Sheri, her career is not just a job, it’s a life of service. She uses her status in our community to help the community not just herself. In addition to winning over 50 awards including Emmys, MAB Awards, and a NATAS Silver Circle Award, Sheri has served on 16 Community Boards, chaired numerous service committees and fundraisers, and has volunteered over 500 hours each year for over 100 community organizations.

Pete Bowers, WBFH-FM (Bloomfield Hills)
Pete Bowers has influenced the lives of hundreds of students as a high school broadcasting educator at WBFH-FM which is owned and operated by the Bloomfield Hills School District. But his 41 years of service and dedication extends well beyond the boundaries of Bloomfield Hills. His students have dominated state and national high school broadcasting award competitions winning MABF Station of the Year 10 times. WBFH students won Best High School Station in the Nation six times, tied with the most of any station in the U.S. Bowers has been honored as Best High School Advisor in the Nation twice.

MAPB Honors Paul J. Ryan, Mark T. Brush with 2018 Public Media Impact Awards

MACKINAC ISLAND – The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2018 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel.
The MAPB presents Public Media Impact Awards to professionals and donors for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity, inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.
2018 Public Media Award Impact Award Recipients
 
L-R: 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Recipient Paul J. Ryan and retired WGVU Public Media General Manager Michael T. Walenta.
Paul J. Ryan, WGVU Public Media (Donor Recognition)
Paul J. Ryan has been an integral part of the expansion of community engagement and impact for WGVU Public Media. He began supporting the station in 2010, both philanthropically and through providing his expert knowledge and leadership to the station’s desire to be a deep convener throughout its community. In 2010, Paul began a multi-year personal commitment to help fund a scholarship endowment for veterans and their dependents to attend Grand Valley State University directly through WGVU. Additionally, he contributed to building community outreach for veterans and made a substantial gift to allow WGVU Public Media to create a visual display of all Medal of Honor Recipients from the State of Michigan with images and biographical information. WGVU has leveraged this tool in schools and throughout its expanded community engagement efforts and it is only possible thanks to Paul. In September of 2017, Paul spearheaded the community effort to support WGVU Public Media’s LZ Michigan, a “Landing Zone” to Remember, Honor and Celebrate the community’s veterans and their families. He took the lead role in helping to raise the needed revenue to help support the statewide community engagement effort. His personal support is multiplied by his work to share his passion for WGVU and being able to help bring over $100,000 of additional philanthropic support for the station in recent years.
L-R: Mark T. Brush’s father, Tom Brush, sister, Lisa Brush, mother, Sally Brush and brother-in-law Jim Frey accepted his 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Mark T. Brush (1968-2018), Michigan Radio (Professional Broadcaster)

Mark T. Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He worked to develop and maintain the station’s overall digital strategy. As a senior producer/reporter and the station’s first online news content specialist from 2010 to 2016, he helped move the station toward publishing more online-first stories. From 2006 to 2010, as the unit’s comanager and senior producer, Mark helped transition the station’s regional environmental news unit into an award-winning national news service known as The Environment Report. He reported on many vitally important issues for Michiganders, including cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie, pollution from industrial animal production and arsenic in groundwater… and he covered all sorts of fun stories too, such as a profile of Christmas tree farmer Duke Wagatha and the history of the giant Uniroyal tire along I-94. Mark was a crucial member of the team at Michigan Radio that covered the Flint water crisis. He won the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow award for his investigation into the status of Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac and spearheaded the “M I Curious” project that seeks to answer the questions our listeners are wondering about. Mark was a graduate of the University of Michigan (’00 MS in Environmental Policy and Planning & ’91 BA in Political Science) and has been a “public radio junkie” since 1992. Much of Mark’s storytelling philosophy was influenced through his close work with veteran CBC réalisateur David Candow.

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.

Help to Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media

BCBC’18 is just around the corner. We’re hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. BCBC is one of Michigan’s only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry.

Friday, November 16
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI 48917

We need YOU to get involved in this conference.  We’ll be offering the popular Speed Networking session which allows attendees to network with professionals for 5 minutes at a time in a “Speed Dating” type of setting.  We need professionals in sales, programming, management, on-air talent, traffic, marketing and more to serve as mentors.  If you’re interested in becoming a Speed Networking mentor, please contact Rachel Krause at krause@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Mark T. Brush, Paul J. Ryan to be Honored with 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce its 2018 Public Media Impact Awards. Mark T. Brush and Paul J. Ryan will be honored August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the annual MAB Summer Conference.

Professional Award
Mark T. Brush, Michigan Radio
(posthumously) 
Mark T. Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He worked to develop and maintain the station’s overall digital strategy. As a senior producer/reporter and the station’s first online news content specialist from 2010 to 2016, he helped move the station toward publishing more online-first stories.
From 2006 to 2010, as the unit’s co-manager and senior producer, Mark helped transition the station’s regional environmental news unit into an award-winning national news service known as The Environment Report. He reported on many vitally important issues for Michiganders, including cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie, pollution from industrial animal production, and arsenic in groundwater… and he covered all sorts of fun stories too, such as a profile of Christmas tree farmer Duke Wagatha, and the history of the giant Uniroyal tire along I-94. Mark was a crucial member of the team at Michigan Radio that covered the Flint water crisis. He won the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow award for his investigation into the status of Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, and spearheaded the M I Curious project that seeks to answer the questions our listeners are wondering about.
Mark was a graduate of the University of Michigan (’00 MS in Environmental Policy and Planning & ’91 BA in Political Science) and has been a “public radio junkie” since 1992. Much of Mark’s storytelling philosophy was influenced through his close work with veteran CBC “réalisateur” David Candow.
Donor Award
Paul J. Ryan, WGVU Public Media
Paul J. Ryan has been an integral part of the expansion of community engagement and impact for WGVU Public Media. He began supporting the station in 2010 both philanthropically and through providing his expert knowledge and leadership to the station’s desire to be a deep convener throughout our community.
In 2010, Paul began a multi-year personal commitment to help fund a scholarship endowment for veterans and their dependents to attend Grand Valley State University directly through WGVU. Additionally, he contributed to building our community outreach for veterans and made a substantial gift to allow WGVU Public Media to create a visual display of all Medal of Honor Recipients from the State of Michigan with images and bios. WGVU has leveraged this tool in schools and throughout its expanded community engagement efforts and it is only possible thanks to Paul.
In September of 2017, Paul spearheaded the community effort to support WGVU Public Media’s LZ Michigan, a “Landing Zone” to Remember, Honor and Celebrate our community’s veterans and their families. He took the lead role in helping to raise the needed revenue to help support the statewide community engagement effort. His personal support is multiplied by his work to share his passion for WGVU and being able to help bring over $100,000 of additional philanthropic support for the station in recent years.

ABIP Training Day will be Offered June 14

The MAB is looking for a qualified individual to conduct Alternative Broadcast Inspections for our members (learn more here) and will offer a special one-day ABIP training session for interested individuals. A day-long ABIP training session will be offered on June 14, 2018 at the Courtyard by Marriott, 2710 Lake Lansing Rd., near the Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing.
While the training is geared toward interested applicants, the MAB has opened the session to all who want to learn more about the ABIP inspection process. 
Dennis Baldridge, Baldridge Communications, LLC, a respected 35 year broadcast veteran, will conduct the training. Mr. Baldridge is a Senior Member of the SBE and holds the following certifications: CPBE, CBNT, AMD Specialist, 8-VSB Specialist, and DRB Specialist. Baldridge holds an FCC Lifetime General License (formerly a First Class FCC License) and Amateur Radio Extra Class License (K0DB). As owner of Baldridge Communications, LLC, he works as a contract engineer and has also authored several articles for Radio Guide.
A small non-refundable $40 fee will be charged to off-set the trainer’s travel expenses. Space is limited to the first 30 participants.
Whether you are interested in becoming our official MAB ABIP inspector or just want to learn more information about performing your own self-inspections, this training a great opportunity to further develop your skills and expertise that are so vital to the our broadcast industry.
Itinerary for June 14 Training Day:
8:30 a.m. – Meet for Continental Breakfast at Courtyard by Marriott, Lansing
9:00 a.m. – Training begins
12:30 p.m. – Lunch on Your Own (several options in the area)
1:30 p.m. – Meet at a Local Station (TBD) for a hands-on inspection
If you are interested in this special training opportunity, act now. Only 30 seats are available and will be reserved on a first-come basis. Click here to register now.
If you have and questions, contact Ann Walters 1-800-968-7622 or or email walters@michmab.com.

MAB to Hold News Conference on May 15 at the State Capitol

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters will hold a news conference  at 1:00 p.m.  on Tuesday, May 15 at the State Capitol to highlight the findings of the Woods and Poole Economic Study of the economic impact of broadcasting on the state of Michigan.
The news conference will be recorded and made available to stations via a link sent to all stations.  You will have the choice of the raw feed and short segments suitable for your news segments.
MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Vice Chairman Gary Baxter, and President Karole L. White will be joined by Speaker Pro Tem Lee Canfield (R-107), who will present a tribute to Michigan’s Broadcasters for their service to local communities and the state of Michigan at large.
The News Conference is part of the MAB’s a day-long event, “State Capitol Advocacy Day,” where broadcasters will meet one on one with elected officials to discuss important issues, such as transparancy,  FOIA and more.
For more information contact Elena Palombo at 1-800-YOUR-MAB or palombo@michmab.com.

MAB Foundation Seeks Summer Raffle Prizes

Be a winner by donating your prize for the MAB Foundation’s Summer Raffle!

Do you have a big-ticket item or experience to donate to the MAB Foundation for the summer raffle? Every year at the Summer Advocacy Conference, the MAB Foundation hosts an exciting raffle drawing for MAB members and their families.  Past prizes have included:

  • Sporting Game Tickets
  • Northern Michigan Cottage Vacation
  • Sailing on Lake Michigan
  • Overnight Resort Stays
  • Theater Tickets
Proceeds from the raffle help to benefit the MAB Foundation and will fund educational opportunities for broadcasting students and professionals. Donations to the MAB Foundation may be tax deductible. If you would like to donate a prize, please contact Rachel Krause at krause@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Long-Time West Michigan Radio Engineer Honored with MAB’s Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award honoree Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (left), and MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President, Midwest Communications (right).

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7 at the Lansing Center. The 2108 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (Grand Rapids Christian Radio).

Tom Bosscher started his career in broadcasting at an early age. He received his first amateur radio license when he was in grade school, and took the test to obtain his FCC Radiotelephone 1st class license on a dare while still in high school. Tom started his official broadcast career at WION-AM in Ionia and found himself at the WOOD-AM/FM stations in Grand Rapids at the age of 18.

He later went on to WLAV-AM/FM in Grand Rapids and installed a Pirod 400-foot tower, FM antenna and transmitter for the Class B upgrade.

In June 1995, he went to work for WCSG-FM. Among his first projects was the installation of a 25kw Continental transmitter and FM DA antenna and installing the first of many Broadcast Electronics AudioVault systems. Tom has helped WCSG expand to four on-air stations.

Tom is credited for designing the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL), a “one phone call” school closing system that served the Grand Rapids local schools for 12 years. He also developed a significant mobile remote setup using three receiver sites, three vehicular repeaters, two communication grade repeaters and ran 300 to 400 remotes a year for newly built studios for the Federated Media Grand Rapids stations, WCUZ and WCUZ-FM.

Tom has served the local SBE chapter in many fronts, including serving as the SBE West Michigan frequency coordinator for 1 GHz and down. He is a member of the MAB’s Engineering Board and serves on the LEPC for Ottawa County. He is also the host for a mission driven forum for Christian Radio Technical forum on crtech.org

Programming, Promotion and Digital/Social Media Sessions at 2018 GLMS

Here’s a quick summary of the programming, promotion and digital/social media sessions at this year’s Great Lakes Media Show, March 6-7 in Lansing.  Full descriptions can be found on the schedule here.

Comprehensive Digital Strategy: How to Connect Everything from Google Analytics to Social Media
Wednesday, March 7 10:10 – 11:00 a.m.
Presented by Seth Resler, Jacobs Media Strategies

31 Things You Need to Know to Get a Job Right Now & 8 Reasons Why You are the Future of Broadcasting
Wednesday, March 7 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Presented by Jay Kruz, WREW-FM Mix 94.9 (Cincinnati)

What You Have to Know To Be A Program Director in 2018
Wednesday, March 7 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Presented by Kevin Robinson, Robinson Media

Double your Audience
Wednesday, March 7 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by Paige Nienaber, Clifton Radio & CPR

Also of Interest:

Drones and Tools
Wednesday, March 7 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Presented by Brian Town, Michigan Creative

Radio Broadcasters and the Digital Dashboard
Wednesday, March 7 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by David Layer, National Association of Broadcaster

And don’t forget the Exhibit Hall is open for a preview on Tuesday from 5:00 – 6:00 p.m. and again all day Wednesday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m!