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MAB Says Thanks and Good Luck to Jennifer Preslar

Jennifer Preslar

Longtime MAB Vice President of Programs Jennifer Preslar is leaving the MAB after 15 years of stellar service for a little “Green and White.”  Yup, we are losing another great staff member to Michigan State University.

Preslar said in her letter to the MAB Board that she has enjoyed her time at MAB and will greatly miss her members and MAB Staff but the offer was too good to pass up.

A passionate Spartan, Preslar will be working as an event coordinator in MSU’s  College of Communication Arts & Sciences as well as WKAR-AM/FM/TV.

The MAB education event services will be handled by Jacquelen Timm, MABF Manager/ Development Director in the interim while President/CEO  Karole L. White works with the Executive Committee to see what talents are needed on the MAB staff as it begins to undertake the new “MAB Future” strategic plan.

Are you Registered Yet?


The 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference is less than two weeks away Time is running out to register to attend the annual business meeting, Advocacy sessions and Awards Banquet!

 

Are you registered to join the MAB on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville?

 

This Advocacy Conference is designed to offer legislative insights on federal, state, political and issue advertising that could impact station’s bottom lines. You’ll hear from a line-up of top speakers, including:
  • Dr. Esther Thorson, MSU School of Journalism Professor and expert on “fake news” trends and news consumption patterns;
  • Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters;
  • Rob Elhenicky, Partner & MAB Lobbyist with Kelly Cawthorne;
  • David Oxenford of Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP.
  • John D. Pirich of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; and

The important Advocacy Conference is  FREE to MAB members. Register here

Left: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) / Right: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12)

The MAB is thrilled to welcome two Washington D.C. lawmakers home to Michigan as part of this year’s  Awards Banquet:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will be honored with the MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) will be a special guest at this year’s Banquet  to present the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award to 2017 honoree Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager at WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Other 2017 Awards Banquet honorees will include Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Rob David of Handyman Productions, Erik Smith of WXYZ-TV (Detroit), and Radio Reader Dick Estell of WKAR (East Lansing), as well as Legacy Award recipient Linda Lee of WYCD-FM. Both Estell and Lee will be honored posthumously.

CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler and Detroit Public Television supporter William H. Smith will be  honored with MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

The annual MAB Awards Banquet is a fundraiser for the MAB Foundation, which awards more than $26,000 in scholarships to deserving broadcasting students each year.

Awards Banquet tickets are still available for $170 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

We look forward to seeing you on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville!

Early-Bird Discounts Extended Through Friday

MAB members have one last chance to save on registration to this year’s Advocacy Conference and Awards Banquet. Early-Bird discounts have been extended through 11:45 p.m. on Friday, August 4.

The afternoon Advocacy Conference and MAB Annual Business Meeting are free to members while tickets for the evening Awards Reception and Banquet are $140 and benefit the MAB Foundation, which awards more than $26,000 in scholarships each year.

Group discount room rates are still available for event participants.

Click here to learn more, reserve your spot and join us August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

National Lawmakers will be Part of Awards Banquet

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (left) and Congresswomen Debbie Dingell (right).

The MAB is thrilled to welcome two Washington D.C. lawmakers home to Michigan during the August 22 Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will be honored with the MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.

Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) will be a special guest at this year’s Banquet  to present the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award to 2017 honoree Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager at WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Other 2017 Awards Banquet honorees will include Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Rob David of Handyman Productions, Erik Smith of WXYZ-TV (Detroit), and Radio Reader Dick Estell of WKAR (East Lansing), as well as Legacy Award recipient Linda Lee of WYCD-FM. Both Estell and Lee will be honored posthumously.

CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler and Detroit Public Television supporter William H. Smith will be  honored with MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

The annual MAB Awards Banquet is a fundraiser for the MAB Foundation, which awards more than $26,000 in scholarships to deserving broadcasting students each year.

Awards Banquet tickets are $140 per person and include a fabulous reception, host bar, dinner and afterglow. Sixty dollars of each ticket price may be deducted as a charitable donation to benefit the MAB Foundation. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

Crystal Mountain Extends Room Discounts

Uh oh! You didn’t book your room before last Friday’s discount deadline? Don’t worry … we’ve got you covered. 

Crystal Mountain Resort has generously extended its discount window for MAB members and friends who book overnight accommodations for the August 22 and 23 Advocacy Conference, Awards Banquet and MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser at the Thompsonville resort.

Click here to register for the event and book your stay today!

Congresswoman Dingell will be Special Guest at Awards Banquet

U.S. Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12)

Each summer, the MAB’s Advocacy Conference allows its members an important opportunity to hear from and network with broadcast industry peers as well as legislative experts and leaders.

That is why the MAB is excited to announce that Congresswoman Debbie Dingell will be a special guest at this year’s MAB Awards Banquet on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

The U.S. Representative from Michigan’s 12th District serves on the House Committee on Energy and Commerce and is a member of the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, the Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection, and the Subcommittee on the Environment.

She will be on hand to present the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award to 2017 honoree Marla Durtz, vice president and general manager at WDIV-TV (Detroit).

The daytime Advocacy Conference event is free to MAB members, however, evening Awards Banquet tickets are $140 per person and include a fabulous reception, host bar, dinner and afterglow. Sixty dollars of each ticket price may be deducted as a charitable donation to benefit the MAB Foundation.

Click here to make sure you are are part of the celebration on August 22.

Sen. Stabenow to Receive MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Sen. Debbie Stabenow will be honored with the MAB’s “Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award” during the August 22  MAB Awards Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Senator Stabenow grew up in Clare, where her family owned the local Oldsmobile dealership, and her mother was Director of Nursing at the local hospital. She graduated at the top of her class from Clare High School and went on to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Michigan State University. She worked with youth in the public schools before running for public office.

Leading a successful effort to stop the closure of a local nursing home first inspired her to run for office. She was elected to the Ingham County Board of Commissioners when she was 24 years old and, in just two years, was elected Chair of the Board. She was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives where she served for twelve years (1979-90) and to the State Senate where she served for four years (1991-94). Her influence as a State Legislator is evident throughout Michigan law – from Michigan’s historic property tax cut and small business reforms, to nationally acclaimed legislation to protect children and families.

Elected to the U.S. Congress in 1996 representing Michigan’s Eighth District, Senator Stabenow made history in 2000 when she became the first woman from the State of Michigan elected to the United States Senate.

As Ranking Member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as a member of the Senate Energy, Finance, and Budget Committees, she has a powerful and unique role to play in shaping our nation’s manufacturing, health care and agriculture policies. In addition to serving as Michigan’s senior U.S. Senator, Stabenow is a member of the Senate Leadership and Chair of the Democratic Policy and Communications Center.

Awards Banquet tickets are $140 per person and include a fabulous reception, host bar, dinner and afterglow. Sixty dollars of each ticket price may be deducted as a charitable donation to benefit the MAB Foundation. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

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