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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.

Celebrate With Fellow Broadcasters

Marla Drutz

You will not want to miss one of the highlights of the Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Awards, held at the President’s Banquet on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. You will get to network with fellow broadcasters and honor five Michigan broadcasters.

This year’s Lifetime Achievement honor goes to Marla Drutz, Vice-President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Throughout her career in broadcasting, Drutz has received numerous professional awards including Emmy Awards, first-place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and a “Top Woman in Management” Award from the Detroit Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. She has been honored as a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and has been selected by Corp! Magazine as one of Michigan’s Top Businesswomen.

Click here to read Marla’s complete bio.

Also being honored with induction into the MAB Hall of Fame are:

Rob David
President/General Manager
Handyman Productions, LLC
Click here for bio

Erik Smith
Former Anchor/Reporter
WXYZ-TV
Click here for bio

Dick Estell
Radio Reader
WKAR/Public Radio
(honored posthumously)
Click here for bio

Linda Lee
Former Air Personality
WYCD-FM
(honored posthumously)
Click here for bio

Celebrate these legendary broadcasters by attending the Awards Banquet Tuesday, August 22nd at Crystal Mountain Resort. Whether or not you can attend you may still show your support of these inductees by taking out a congratulatory ad in the Awards Banquet Program Guide.  Click here for more information.

Congratulate Those Being Honored

Help us congratulate the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award winner and Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees through an ad in the banquet program guide, which will be distributed to all attendees of the awards ceremony at Crystal Mountain Resort on August 22.

All ads are in full color and must be provided in either a JPEG, TIFF, PSD, PDF or EPS at 300 dpi.

Medium Advocacy Conference Awards Program Guide Ad (3.5” wide x 4.75” tall) $150

Large Advocacy Conference Awards Banquet Program Guide Ad (7.5” wide x 4.75” tall) $200

Contact Jacquelen Timm at timm@michmab.com.

Golf For Future Broadcasters


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

Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan

Make plans to join us up north at the MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters. Playing 18 holes of golf with your industry colleagues is the perfect end to your time away at the MAB Advocacy Conference.

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and green fees.

Sponsorships are available! Your company can show even greater support of young people seeking a career in broadcasting by sponsoring this event. Several sponsorship options are available, please contact us and we’ll design a sponsorship opportunity just for you!

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 the MAB Foundation at mabf@michmab.com or 800-YOUR-MAB.

Have Fun and Keep Our Voice Strong in Lansing!

JOIN US!

The MAB Political Action Committee (MABPAC) would like to invite you to their annual Summer Fundraiser. The event will feature a reception at the Mountain Top along with private chair lift rides at Crystal Mountain Resort with the breathtaking views of the surrounding area.

MABPAC helps to assure that your voice is heard in Lansing!  FOIA issues have been in the headlines as of late and it takes strong relationships to maintain access to information.

MABPAC will also be joined by John D. Pirich, Partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP, an expert specializing in ballot proposals, to discuss predictions for the upcoming 2018 elections and the political climate in Michigan and across the country. Don’t miss this opportunity to ask your campaign related questions and listen to the insider’s forecast for the 2018 election cycle.  Also on-hand will be Rob Elhenicky, Partner and MAB Lobbyist with Kelley Cawthorne in Lansing.

WHAT: MABPAC 2017 Summer Fundraiser
WHEN: Monday, August 21 from 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
WHERE: Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, MI
Tickets: $200 per person, includes lift ride, reception with full bar and appetizers.

Reserve your spot by clicking HERE.

Questions? Contact Elena Palombo at Palombo@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Thank you and we hope to see you at Crystal Mountain!

NOTE: In accordance with the Michigan Campaign Finance Act, only personal payments/checks are accepted. NO corporate checks, please.

Register Now! MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting + Awards!

Crystal_700The speaker lineup is set.  The Hall of Fame Inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award winner have been announced.  It’s time you registered for the annual MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held at beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, August 22-23.

MAB members can save $30 on their registration before July 31!

CrystalMountain2_300The two-day conference will be a great chance to catch up with fellow broadcasters from around the state and discuss the legislative and regulatory issues facing today’s broadcasters, all at the beautiful Crystal Mountain Resort. If you were with us at Crystal Mountain in 2008, you’ll remember!

Mark your calendar now and join us! More details, early-bird discounted registration, plus highlights from last year’s conference are available here.