Category Archives: GLBC

MABF Awards 2017 Scholarship Recipients

ScholarshipThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Scholarship Program. Recipients were identified by the faculty representatives from each school, or by the sponsoring station, and ratified by the MAB Foundation Board of Directors. Scholarships were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing. The MAB Foundation awarded $26,500 in scholarships this year. The following students were recipients of the 2017 Scholarships:

MAB Foundation Named Scholarships

The Carl E. Lee Scholarship
Teresa Turner, Western Michigan University

The Charles D. Fritz Scholarship
Daniel Tabaka, Henry Ford Community College

The WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship
Mark Heinonen, Michigan Technological University

The WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship
Samantha Carter, Northern Michigan University

The Charles D. Mefford Scholarship
Carla Heaps, Specs Howard School of Media Arts

The Gary A. Reid Scholarship
ShaDonna Crosby, Michigan State University

The James H. Quello Scholarship
Claudia Price, Michigan State University

The Leicinger Biederman Scholarship
Nick Stahl, Michigan State University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Kayde Hambaum, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Stephanie Hodges, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Theron Logan, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University

The Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship
Eric Deyo, Grand Valley State University

The Alan W. Frank Scholarship
Jacob Rapanotti, Oakland University
MAB Foundation General Scholarships

Matthew McCracken, Eastern Michigan University

Megan Uhl, Spring Arbor University

Julian Morrison, Hope College

Mariah Iltis, Ferris State University

Natalie Dunn, Adrian College

Elijah Baker, Wayne State University

Kristin Welton, Lansing Community College

Station Sponsored Scholarships

WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Amanda Barberena, Michigan State University

Midwest Communications Broadcasting Scholarship
Kathleen Montroy, Michigan State University

Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship
Jeffery Wachowicz, Ferris State University

Friends of Bill Burton
Hannah Vogel, Central Michigan University

High School Scholarships

Mary Lee, Royal Oak High School

Brandon Morrow, Lake Orion High School

For more information about the MAB Foundation Scholarship Program or other MAB Foundation programs please visit our website at or email Jennifer Preslar at [email protected].

MABF Announces 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Award Winners

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The 689 entries were judged by professional broadcasters. Awards were presented in each of the 23 categories. Station/Program of the Year is chosen based on the number of winning entries from the High Schools or Colleges. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing.

The following schools were honored:

2017 Station/Program of the Year
Avondale High School, Auburn Hills
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Rockford High School, Rockford WDBMCOLLEGE RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Michigan State University, East Lansing
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant

MABF also announced winners of its Student Broadcast Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here.

MAB/MABF Announce the BEA Station of the Year Recipients

SOY2017The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) are proud to announce the recipients of 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Stations of the Year Awards. The awards were presented during the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Program, held as part of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, Michigan.

For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here.

Of the 961 entries, the following stations were found by judges from the Illinois Association of Broadcasters to be the best of the best in the overall station product:

Commercial Divisions

Commercial Radio Market 1: WJR-AM, Detroit
Commercial Television Market 1: WDIV-TV, Detroit

Commercial Radio Market 2: WOOD-AM/FM, Grand Rapids
Commercial Television Market 2: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids

Commercial Radio Market 3: WLEN-FM, Adrian
Commercial Television Market 3: WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Traverse City

Commercial Radio Market 4: WKQS-FM, Marquette
Commercial Television Market 4: WLUC-TV, Marquette

Public Divisions

Public Radio Group 1: WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids
Public Radio Group 2: Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR), Ann Arbor

Public Television : WTVS-TV, Detroit

The MAB and the MAB Foundation wish to congratulate all the winners of the Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here. The Broadcast Excellence Awards Program is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

Michigan Engineers Honored at GLBC

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters who, combined, have served in the industry for over six decades. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the main luncheon at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held March 8 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White
Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White

Radio Recipient: Craig Bowman, Owner of Bowman Engineering Company/Partner in the Synergy Broadcasting Group.

Craig began his radio career while in high school at a 500-watt daytimer on 1460, then WMMH, Marshall,  N.C., working weekends running religious programming and playing Southern gospel music. After high school, Bowman attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he worked at the student station, later becoming the station manager where he oversaw the transition from the University ownership to Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. with a long-term vision of bringing NPR to Western North Carolina.

Having worked part-time in Black Mountain and Canton of North Carolina (NC), Craig accepted a full-time position at WHCC-WQNS in Waynesville, NC, where he held his first Chief Engineer position as well as doing afternoons on WHCC. In 1986, Craig was recruited to build WMYI. A station licensed to Hendersonville, NC but build to serve Hendersonville, Greenville (SC), Spartanburg (SC), Anderson (SC) and Asheville (NC).

After Greenville, Bowman joined Bob Herman at RF Projects Corporation in Raleigh as a consulting engineer and later was promoted to Vice-President. In 1991 Jim Jensen of Liggett Broadcast approached Craig (who was doing projects for WFMK and WHNN) to join the company as their Director of Engineering. Craig worked with Liggett until after the current Pine Tree Road facility was completed and then went to work for Scott Studios helping with product development as well as traveling the nation providing training for new Scott Studios automation customers.

In 2001, Craig started his own broadcast engineering company and Bowman Engineering has been around ever since, and even while he has been reaching out to new challenges developing audience engagement tools, mobile app development, audio streaming and podcasting with Futuri Media in Cleveland, Bowman remains an active part of Liggett Communications in Port Huron as well as Krol Communications in Flint, Owosso, and Alma. Craig is also a corporate officer and partner in the Synergy Broadcasting group of stations based in Ludington, MI. Bowman also serves on several MAB Technical committees.

MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver
MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver

Television Recipient: David Oliver, Engineering Supervisor for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, and Chief Operator for WGVS-AM and FM.

David began his broadcasting career in 1983 when he enlisted in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. In 1989, he completed a six-year enlistment as an Electronics Technician First Class. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service as Site Maintenance Supervisor for NAVCAMS MED SATCOM in Naples, Italy. Upon completion of his Navy service, David joined Hughes Network Systems as VSAT Hub Engineer, supporting the Chrysler and GM dealer networks.

David was hired by WGVU Public Media as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer in 1992, and was promoted to Engineering Supervisor in 1996. His responsibilities include supervision of the stations technical staff, overseeing daily TV and radio operations; maintenance and support for two Television, two FM, two AM transmission sites and a satellite teleport.

Now celebrating his 25-year anniversary with WGVU and Grand Valley State University, he was awarded the 2009 GVSU – Administrative/Professional Achievement award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a staff member to the University.

David has been identified by GVSU as a Vet Net Ally and is active with WGVU’s Engage-Veterans project, LZ Michigan, and a member of American Legion Post #28 in Grand Haven.

Miss GLBC 2017? Take a Look at the Highlights

Even the wind storm didn’t shut down MAB’s GLBC 2017! Of all the past Great Lakes Broadcasting Conferences, this one was the absolute best.  More than 850 Individuals attended GLBC this year, held March 7 & 8 at the Lansing Center.

GLBC is the MAB’s most popular events. Members in attendance raved about the sessions, and the quality of the students in the Career Fair.

“We were prepared for the worst with the wind storm, but most people arrived at the Lansing Center before the strongest part of the storm hit,” said President Karole White. “MAB is very pleased to offer quality programs to members at a reasonable price. Click here to see some of the highlights of this years conference.”

MABF Career Sessions at GLBC 2017!

This year, the MAB Foundation is happy to present a number of sessions for student broadcasters on Wednesday, March 8.

Of course, no matter how long you’ve been in broadcasting, you’re also welcome to attend!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“Connecting the Dots: How Social Media, Blogging, and Podcasting Fit Into A Station’s Digital Strategy”

Presented by Seth Resler, Jacobs Media
Facebook? Twitter? Search engine optimization? Google Analytics? With so many new tools available to broadcasters, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In this student-focused session, Seth Resler, Digital Dot Connector for Jacobs Media Strategies, will show you how stations bring all of their different digital tools together in a single coherent strategy that impacts the bottom line.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Picking the College that is right for YOU!”
Jennifer Williams, Beasley Broadcast Group (Moderator)
Panelists include: Allison Newman, Grand Valley State Alumni; Geneva Bass, Central Michigan University; Ilene Gould, Michigan State University; Katie Grinnell, Western Michigan University; and Audrey Wierenga, Cornerstone University
Are you trying to decide if the broadcast industry is where your future lies? Are you a future television or radio star but are not sure which college program will best develop and grow your talent? Then you need to attend this session! Young adults will discuss their college experiences thus far and the opportunities their school broadcasting programs can offer YOU!

  • Which college programs offer hands-on classes?
  • What types of internship programs and requirements are offered at the major Michigan broadcasting programs?
  • What scholarship opportunities does each school offer?
  • Which colleges have the best new-grad hire rates?

Come prepared with your questions and concerns and learn directly from young adults that were faced with the decision of which broadcasting program to choose not too long ago.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Main Luncheon & Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Ceremony”

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“MAB Foundation Career Fair & Student Networking Event”
Meet with stations, schools and media organizations from around Michigan all in one place, at one time! See all of the organizations represented and learn more about them BEFORE you arrive! Click HERE for the Virtual Fair.

Plan now to attend to learn more about your future in the ever-changing, ever-exciting world of broadcast media! Plan now to attend and advance your career today!

What to bring:

* Copies of resumes with contact information.
* Samples of work, audio and/or video clips.
* A positive attitude.
* Dress to impress.

Click here to see what companies will be there at: GLBCCareerFair

GLBC Session Preview: A New Administration – What it Could Mean for Media

(L-R) David Oxenford and Skip Pizzi
(L-R) David Oxenford and Skip Pizzi

Wednesday, March 8 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Presented by David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer &

Skip Pizzi, National Association of Broadcasters

A new President and a new Chair of the FCC have already demonstrated that change is in the air in Washington. Already we’ve seen Chairman Pai lead the FCC to abolish the requirement that broadcasters maintain letters from the public about station operations in their public file, proposals to expand use of FM translators by AM stations and pushing ahead with the new ATSC 3.0 standard for television.

And we have a post-auction repack coming soon.

Join us as we address the legal, regulatory, and technical issues that may arise.  David and Skip will answer your questions!

GLBC Programming Sessions Preview

Kevin Robinson
Kevin Robinson

This year at GLBC, we are delighted to welcome programmer and consultant Kevin Robinson to present two radio programming sessions.

Kevin is a record-setting and award-winning programmer. His brands consistently perform in the Top 3 of the target – often times as the list leader. In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand. Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position. His efforts have been recognized by Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink, and has coached CMA, ACM and Marconi winning talent.  Early in his career, Kevin was program director in Michigan at WVIC/Lansing.

“Coaching the Coaches”
Wednesday, March 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Tiger Woods, Michael Phelps, Britney Spears: They all have coaches. Mentors who take raw talent and make improvements, taking them to the world’s elite. Join the only coach who has mentored three different shows to the #1 position on three different brands in the same major market. As programmers, Kevin will share tools that will make YOU a better coach:

  • Developing a strategic Plan for your shows,
  • Being memorable,
  • Identifying the target,
  • The seven slots of short term memory,
  • The five P’s,
  • Listener Eye Contact,
  • The Creative Process,
  • Five areas of connected content,
  • The top three, and
  • Pre-selling with intrigue.

All this in a fast-paced, TED-like talk. You will come away re-energized with action items you can take back to your station and put in place immediately!

“#Branding –in a Social Media Age”
Wednesday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Facebook – Snapchat – Twitter – Instagram. Where should you AND your BRAND be? In this interactive session you’ll discover where to have the most impact in the digital space and how :60 seconds is all you have to create a buzz. Robinson Media’s Kevin Robinson will guide you through the best social format(s) to present your brand, how often and WHAT you should post, that interaction is more powerful than likes and the networks to plant your brand where YOU cannot be ignored.

In addition to sessions presented by Kevin Robinson, here’s another session that may be of interest to programming and promotion personnel:

“From Concept to Completion: Creating Content with your iPhone”
Presented by Steve Julin & Tim Peterson, Specs Howard School of Media Arts
Wednesday, March 8, 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

ATTN: Radio and Press! This is your intro to video for your websites!

Photographer Jay Maisel is credited with saying “The best camera is the one you have with you.” Well, chances are you almost always have your phone with you so you almost always have a camera in your pocket. But today’s phones aren’t just any old camera. They can shoot high definition video, 4K video, stop motion and even slow motion. They’re so versatile that creating videos or short films is in right in the palm of your hands. In this session, seasoned filmmaker Steve Julin will walk attendees through all aspects of creating content with an iPhone. Topics include, settings, apps, support gear, developing an idea, basic interview techniques, field audio, post production and uploading a finished video. Start shooting great videos with the camera you have on you.

Not registered yet for GLBC?  Online registration is closed, but on-site registration will be available Tuesday and Wednesday, March 7-8.