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MAPB will honor John Sheffler, William H. Smith with Public Media Impact Awards

The MAPB has announced its 2017 Public Media Impact Award recipients. CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler will be honored for his nearly 40 years of professional service and leadership and Detroit philanthropist William H. Smith will be recognized for his generous contributions to Detroit Public Television.

John Sheffler

John Sheffler retired in May 2015 from WCMU (Mt. Pleasant) as Director of Radio after nearly 40 years with the station, a career that began while he was a student at Central Michigan University. He is credited with creating the series “Our Front Porch” in 1979, highlighting live  Traditional Americana and Celtic music. The program was broadcast nationally by NPR from 1983-1988 and was a weekend WCMU mainstay for more than 34 years. “Our Front Porch” recordings have been collected by the Library of Congress and the Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin.

William H. Smith

William H. Smith founded Allied Film & Video in Detroit after he and his wife, Patsy, moved to the city in 1960. They quickly became regular patrons of local culture and education, including Detroit Public Television. When Bill sold his company in 1995, the Smiths established a private charitable foundation and donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation of  Southeast Michigan. The couple was among DPTV’s lead donors as the organization expanded its services and facilities to convert to digital broadcasting in 2005, providing funding for the Smith Family Broadcast Operations Center. Following Patsy’s death in 2006, Bill made an additional gift for the construction of the Bill and Patsy Smith Studio at the Riley Broadcast Center. In 2013, Bill and his children made a $1 million commitment to established DPTV’s William H. Smith Family Leadership Circle to encourage other’s in charitable giving to the organization by their generous example. As of 2017, the giving circle surpassed its  $4 million goal with more than 55 donors participating in high level support of the values and mission of DPTV.

The MAPB Public Media Impact Awards will be celebrated on Aug. 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville as part of the MAB’s annual Advocacy Conference evening Awards Banquet.  Click here to attend.

Golf for the Future of Broadcast Excellence

Are you attending the MAB Advocacy Conference in August? Are you looking for a great incentive for your employees? Do you like to win? If you answered YES to any of the above questions, the MAB Foundation’s Golf Fundraiser is for YOU! Come out and have fun while supporting a GREAT CAUSE.

Join us on Wednesday, August 23 from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crystal Mountain Resoirt’s Betsie Valley Golf Course in Thompsonville. 

Cost is $600 for a team to enter ($150 per individual) and includes 18 holes of golf,  cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation, team photo and green fees. Proceeds benefit the MAB Foundation and support the future of broadcast excellence

SIGN UP TODAY!

Advocacy Conference Early-Rate Deadlines Approaching

Don’t miss the speakers at this year’s Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 22-23 at Crystal Mountain Resort.  Register today to take advantage of discounted room rates at Crystal Mountain (through this Friday, July 21) as well as early-bird conference rates (through July 31).

MAB members will hear policy and advocacy updates as well as attend the MAB Annual Meeting. The evening activities include the banquet, featuring the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductions, Lifetime Achievement Award and the MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

Rob Elhenicky
Partner and MAB Lobbyist
Kelley Cawthorne

Ed Fernandez
VP/Divisional General Manager
E.W. Scripps

Rick Kaplan
General Counsel and Executive VP
Legal and Regulatory Affairs
National Association of Broadcasters

David Oxenford
Partner
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

John D. Pirich
Partner
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP

Register NOW and Save: Registration

Early-Bird Registration (before 7/31/17)
Member-Full Conference $140
Member- Annual Business Meeting &
Sessions Only $0
Member- Reception/Banquet Only $140
Non-Member- Full Conference $170
Non-Member- Reception/Banquet Only $170
MABF Golf Fundraiser $150

The MAB has secured a discounted group room rate at Crystal Mountain Resort. Part of the charm of this location is the variety of lodging room types available. Click here for a description of the rooms.

Reserve your discounted room at Crystal Mountain by calling the Reservations Department at 855-520-2974 or by clicking here.

Hotel Room Discount Deadline: July 21


See the schedule of events here: Schedule

Questions? Contact Jennifer at
800-YOUR-MAB

Register Today! Discounted Rates Available for a Limited Time

There is still time to take advantage of discounted registration opportunities at this summer’s Advocacy Conference at Crystal Mountain Resort.  But time is running out.

Act now to reserve your overnight stay August 22 and 23. Crystal Mountain Resort’s discounted group rate expires Friday, July 21.

Additionally, discounted Early-Bird conference registration rates will be offered through July 31.  Register online today. 

The August 22 Advocacy Conference features an exciting line-up of industry experts who will offer valuable insights into  current “fake news” phenomena, new consumption trends and upcoming issues to keep an eye on.

The day’s sessions will be follow up with the annual Public Media Impact, Lifetime Achievement, Legacy and Hall of Fame awards banquet. The evening event is a wonderful chance to network among peers and celebrate outstanding careers in the broadcast industry.

Be sure to stay overnight to participate in our annual MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser at Crystal Mountain Resort’s beautiful Betsie Valley Golf Course on August 23. The MAB Foundation supports the future of broadcast excellence by investing in scholarships, hosting career fairs and other important opportunities for students in the broadcast industry.

 

 

Coming Soon: Fall Career Fairs!

Attention Stations and Companies: Fall is right around the corner!

Secure your booth TODAY at one of the MAB Foundation’s Fall 2017 Career & Networking Fairs. Meet with students and young professionals from across the state!

  • October 18, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Western Michigan University’s Brown Hall.
  • October 19, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Central Michigan University’s Bovee University Center
  • October 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Specs Howard School of Media Arts’s Southfield location.

Click here to sign up.

Feeling Lucky? Be a Winner at this year’s Advocacy Conference

Great prizes are in store for you as part of the Annual MAB Foundation Raffle!

You could win $300 cash, four tickets to a Detroit Tiger’s Game or an overnight stay with a choice of golf or skiing at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and benefit the MAB Foundation. They will be available at the 2017 Advocacy Conference on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. There also is an option to purchase your tickets online when registering for the conference. Register for here …

Get the Scoop on ‘Fake News’ and Other Important Issues

Learn from the experts at the 2017 Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting.  This year’s line up of speakers will offer valuable insight on the “fake news” phenomenon and other current issues that are important to the broadcast industry.

Dr. Esther Thorson

The MAB is excited to host Professor Esther Thorson, PhD from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.  Dr. Thorson is a nationally recognized expert on news consumption and will discuss recent “fake news” issues.  She will highlight some of her recent work on news consumption patterns regarding fake news and fact-checking efforts as well as several new political socialization projects and how news stories about controversial and politicized subjects (e.g., global warming) can be rewritten to reduce wholesale rejection.

This year’s Advocacy Conference speaker line up also features Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the National Association of Broadcasters. Rick will give members an update on what the NAB is doing to advocate on a national level for the broadcast industry.

Rob Elhenicky, Partner & MAB Lobbyist from Kelley Cawthorne, John D. Pirich of Honingman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and David Oxenford of Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP also will be on hand to bring attention to important Michigan legislative updates, focusing on issue advertising. You don’t want to miss out on this insightful opportunity to forecast the issues on the horizon and be prepared from the coming year.

The 2017 Advocacy Conference will take place on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Register now to attend.

 

Stay an Extra Day in Paradise


Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan

You’re coming to MAB’s Annual Advocacy Conference and Meeting, plus the awards banquet anyway (right?), so why not “Stay an Extra Day in Paradise” and sign-up for the MAB Foundation’s Golf Fundraiser, which supports individuals seeking a career in broadcasting?

Playing 18 holes of golf with your industry colleagues is the perfect end to a great trip up in one of the most beautiful areas of our state. Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation, green fees and priceless GREAT FUN.

Sponsorships are available. Your company can show even greater support by becoming a participating sponsor. Funds from the MAB Golf Tournament go to support programs that help students move toward their goal of a career in our industry.

Several sponsorship options are available, please contact us and we’ll design a sponsorship opportunity just for you!

You can help support the future of our industry and have a great time too. Now that’s a hole-in-one!

For more details and to register, click here. Questions? Contact Jackie or Crysta at the the MAB Foundation 800.968.7622 or email at mabf@michmab.com .

Linda Lee To Receive MAB Legacy Award

Linda Lee

Linda Lee (Young) of WYCD-FM (Detroit) and nationally recognized radio personality, will receive the first MAB Legacy Award, posthumously, at the Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 22, during the Chairman’s Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Lee, who passed away March 31, 2017 will be honored among others for her outstanding career and her commitment to her craft, her audience and the many charities she supported.

Lee’s husband of 17 years (Jeff Young) says “Linda loved to talk, and she was good at it! She would be so honored to know that she was receiving the MAB Legacy Award.”

“Linda has the biggest heart in radio and is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met,” said Tim Roberts, longtime friend and CBS’ VP of country music programming.

Join the MAB and MAB Foundation for this wonderful evening of celebration. For those wishing to participate by may show their support for the beautiful life of Linda Lee by honoring her with a congratulatory ad in the program guide or by making a donation to the MAB Foundation so that others wishing to enter the broadcasting industry may follow their dream by receiving scholarships and continuing education programs.