The MAB just wrapped up the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) a few weeks back and now we’re gearing up for our next big event: the annual MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, August 22-23.
While speakers are still being lined up for this event, the awards ceremony is not to be missed as we induct broadcasters into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame and present the Lifetime Achievement Award.
The 2-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 plan to attend. More details, plus highlights from last year’s conference here.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2016 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s to Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10).
This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker, and/or other public official, for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This person is selected by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.
Congresswoman Miller (R-10) was honored during the MAB’s Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends.
The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) inducted three outstanding individuals into the 2016 class of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.
Inducted were Paul Jacobs, VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS (Bingham Farms); Paul W. Smith, Radio Host and Columnist, WJR-AM (Detroit); and Stephen Schram, Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM/WFUM/WVGR (Ann Arbor).
Paul Jacobs is the VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS. Jacobs has served within the broadcasting industry for nearly 40 years, the majority of which have been spent in the state of Michigan. He has cultivated a new niche in radio broadcasting with jacAPPS, a leading mobile application software company, based in Michigan. Jacobs was also the driving force behind the DASH conference, which brought the radio and automotive industries together to generate ideas to best serve the general public. In addition, he serves on the MAB Foundation’s Board of Directors, helping to drive innovative educational opportunities for current and future broadcasters.
Paul W. Smith started in radio at WVMO-FM in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan in 1968. As a 15-year-old kid in High School, he knew radio was what he wanted to do the rest of his life. From Monroe, he moved on to Toledo, Ohio, where he sold radio time, did on-air stints at WCWA and WSPD and a daily live television show. From Toledo, he went to Windsor, Ontario for the morning drive show at CKLW. He moved back across the river to WJR-AM to do weekends and fill in for legendary broadcaster J.P. McCarthy, before heading to New York City to do a morning show at 77/WABC. In fact, for a year, Smith flew back and forth every week to be able to continue working weekends at WJR-AM while doing his Monday through Friday show on WABC.
In 1996, Smith came back home to WJR to take over stewardship of the morning show on “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes,” still broadcasting to this day from “The Golden Tower of the Fisher Building.” Smith was proudly inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.
Stephen Schram is Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM/WFUM/WVGR, the state’s most listened to NPR news and information service, originating from Ann Arbor and licensed to the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in western Michigan, and online at michiganradio.org.
As General Manager, Schram previously led WOMC and WYCD in Detroit, plus earlier provided executive leadership for the seven Detroit market Clear Channel radio stations (now iHeartMedia), including WNIC and WKQI. He also worked for WJBK-TV (Fox 2), Detroit in Marketing and Business Development. Schram is a Past President and current Treasurer of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, a current Director of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and served as a board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 1999-2002 and 2003-2005.
For a list of previous Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame recipients and their biographies, click here.
The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenawee Broadcasting Company/WLEN-FM (Adrian) President and General Manager Julie Koehn during MAB awards ceremonies on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.
Julie began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a bachelor of science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Julie is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She sits on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation and chaired the Foundation in 2012-2013. She was also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee. Julie was the District 13 representative (MI) to the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015 and is a faculty member of the NAB Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Academy. Julie is also on the Board of Directors of the NAB Education Foundation.
Julie has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include five NAB Crystal Radio Awards, the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, three NAB Education Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards and three NAB Marconi Awards, one for AC Station of the Year and two for Small Market Station of the Year. WLEN has been MAB Station of the Year for nine of the last thirteen years in Commercial Radio Market Three.
A very active member of her community, Julie is a past chair and chair-elect and sits on the board of directors of ATHENA Lenawee and is a board member of the Pleasant Grove Hotel Historical Society.
Julie is a past board member of the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club (serving as their first female Commodore in 2011). She has held positions on the HOPE Community Center Board of Directors, the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce (serving as their first female chair), Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Julie has also initiated fundraising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.
For a complete list of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipents and links to their biographies, click here.
The annual MAB Advocacy Conference hosted several panels discussing the latest legislative and federal affairs in Lansing and Washington, D.C.
Curtis LeGeyt – Executive VP of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters updated members on the latest issues faced by the broadcasting industry in DC, including spectrum auction, copyright review, retransmission consent, broadcast ownership rules and FM chips in cells phones. LeGeyt also shared effective methods and practices for grassroots advocacy within the industry.
Tim Skubick, one of the longest serving State Capitol correspondents, hosted a panel of pundits which included Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio; Chad Livengood, Detroit News; and Chuck Stokes, WXYZ-TV. The panelists discussed Michigan’s role in this year’s presidential elections, polled the audience on their views of the presidential candidates, dived into prospective candidates for the next gubernatorial election and offered insights on which party will control the Michigan House of Representatives.
At its annual business meeting on August 30, the MAB Board of Directors elected new officers. Debbie Kenyon, Senior VP/Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit was appointed Chairman. Peter Tanz of Midwest Communications was appointed Vice-Chairman/Chairman Elect. Gary Baxter of WSYM-TV (Lansing) was named Treasurer; and Zoe Burdine-Fly of Townsquare Media (Flint-Lansing) was appointed At-Large Director.
Former Chairman Ed Fernandez, Divisional General Manager, E.W. Scripps Company (Detroit) is now Immediate Past Chairman.
In addition, the Board appointed five new Directors to the MAB Board. Al Blinke, Vice-President and General Manager of WNEM-TV (Saginaw) returns to the MAB Board. Also appointed Kevin Dunaway, Vice-President/General Manager of Heritage Broadcasting (Cadillac); Shannone Dunlap, General Manager of Alpha Media USA (Saginaw) and Scott Shigley, General Manager of Liggett Communications (Port Huron).
Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters and the future of our business!
Your golf experience is sure to be fun, and will offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in supporting the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!
Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and green fees.
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!
Please join the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (MABPAC) for the Detroit Tigers v. Chicago White Sox baseball game and fundraiser on Monday, August 29, prior to the 2016 MAB Summer Advocacy Conference.
Guests will enjoy the game and picnic-style dinner and drinks in one of the private party suites located by third base.
What: Tigers vs. White Sox When: Monday, August 29 – Suite opens at 6 p.m.; Game time is 7:10 p.m. Where: Comerica Park, Detroit Cost: $250/person