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Michigan’s Broadcasters To Honor Rep. Candice Miller

RepresentativeCandiceMillerOfficialPhoto)_300The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) will honor Representative Candice S. Miller (R-10th) with the Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies, Tuesday, August 30.

The awards ceremony wraps up the 2016 Advocacy Conference, held August 30-31 at the Inn of St. John’s.

Congresswoman Candice Miller is currently serving her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Miller served the State of Michigan at various state and local levels. In 1980, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history and the first woman ever elected to the post. In 1992, she was elected Macomb County Treasurer, becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years. In 1994, she was elected Michigan’s 40th Secretary of State, defeating a 24-year incumbent to become the first women to ever hold the office and the first woman to ever win a partisan statewide office in her own right. After two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State, she was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002.

In Congress, Representative Miller is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration – currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Until recently, she also served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and as a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Throughout her tenure, she has be a staunch advocate of initiatives to preserve, protect, and restore the Great Lakes, as well as promote Michigan industry.

For more information on the Advocacy Conference or to register, click here.

Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement Award Announcement!

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

The 2016 award recipients have 150 plus years of combined experience serving the broadcasting industry. Each of the award recipients have influenced and supported their communities as broadcasters, humanitarians and philanthropists over the time they have been involved in broadcasting.

These outstanding honorees will be presented with their awards on Tuesday, August 30 at the MABF Awards Banquet at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. Please join the MAB and MAB Foundation in celebrating these outstanding people in our industry!

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

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Lenawee Broadcasting Company
Adrian, MI

Julie Koehn is the president of Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian, Michigan. She 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 Market 3.

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 fund-raising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.

2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

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WJR-AM
Detroit, MI

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 called “AM Magazine,” then “Mornings with Paul W.” while still doing his Afternoon Drive Radio Show. From Toledo, he went to Windsor, Ontario for the morning drive show at CKLW. He moved back across the river to WJR Radio 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.

While doing work on The ABC Radio Network and WMCA, Smith started doing Morning Drive on WWDB-FM in Philadelphia. Soon thereafter he added hosting the noon time “Focus” show on WJR via satellite to his busy broadcast day in Philadelphia. 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 has won an Emmy for his hosting duties of the monthly television show “Minds of Medicine” and continues to co-host (with Stephen Luigi Piazza), the weekly radio show “Opportunity Detroit.”

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “The King of Talk Radio in Detroit” and named a 2011 Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News, Smith was proudly inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

This year, “The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic to benefit The Detroit Police Athletic League” will surpass Five Million Dollars (Net) given to help thousands of kids every year.

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Jacobs Media, jacAPPS
Bingham Farms, MI

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 the 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.

Stephen Schram
Michigan Radio, WUOM
Ann Arbor, MI

Stephen Schram is Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM, 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.

The awards program and banquet are an MAB Foundation fundraising event. Proceeds go to support student scholarships and broadcast education in Michigan. Click here for more information about the MAB Advocacy Conference and Awards Ceremony.

Wish to Congratulate this Year’s Honorees?

Make this event special for the Award recipients with a full-color congratulatory ad in the awards program! All attendees receive a copy of the program as a keepsake for the event. For more information on how you can purchase an ad click here.

Registration Open for the 2016 Advocacy Conference & MAB Annual Meeting!

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Curtis LeGeyt

Save money by registering today to secure the discounted rate of only $124 for members!

Learn how to be an effective advocate for our industry, and how you can affect change and make a difference in Lansing and Washington D.C.

Special guests include Curtis LeGeyt, EVP of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters. Read more about Curtis here.

This year’s event will be held August 30-31 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

Click here for complete schedule, lodging, and registration information.

SAVE THE DATE For The 2016 MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s
Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters!

We’re making some changes to the Golf Fundraiser this year…Your golf experience is sure to be fun and offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in helping to support 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, green fees, and surprise guests.

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 Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

GLBC 2016: Big Success!

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Were you among the nearly 900 people to attend the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo?

Attendees said that this was the best group of speakers we have ever had. Evelyn Massaro WNMU, Northern Michigan University said, “I’ve attended most of the GLBC meetings and this was the best as far as variety of and quality of speakers for both commercial and public stations.”

Members came, they learned new ideas, and had a good time networking. The weather was great and the receptions were wonderful. We want to thank our exhibitors and sponsors who help to make GLBC one of the nations longest running and most successful state broadcast conferences and expo in the nation. If you attended we thank you. If not, maybe we’ll see you next year.

 

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MABF Scholarship Winners Announced

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabglbc2016At the Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Main Luncheon and Student Awards event, the MAB Foundation (MABF) with support from the MAB and large donors, were able to present $27,000 in scholarships to deserving college students.  In addition, scholarships were awarded from many companies, individuals and stations.

General Scholarship Recipients

Kylie Ambu, Spring Harbor University
William Corbett, Lansing Community College
Natalie Henderson, Central Michigan University
Heather Irvine, Eastern Michigan University
Noah Jurik, Hope College
Charlie Kadado, Wayne State University
Chris Martin, Ferris State University
Brandon Neal, Adrian College

Station Scholarship Recipients

Phylisha Drayton, University of Detroit Mercy – WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Robert E. Tomlinson III, Western Michigan University – Midwest Communications Scholarship
Aisha Carter, University of Michigan – Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship

High School Scholarship Recipients

Joseph DeBaradino, DeLasalle Collegiate High School
Ilene Gould, Rockford High School

Named Scholarship Recipients

Catherine Drabicki, Western Michigan University – Carl E. Lee Scholarship

Shandria Maxwell, Henry Ford Community College – Charles D. Fritz Scholarship

Glenn Himawan, Michigan Tech University and Dane Wurmlinger, Northern Michigan University – WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship

Jillian Borowski, University of Michigan – Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship

Jeremy Nelson, Specs Howard School of Media Arts – Charles D. Mefford Scholarship

Josephine Nyounai, Michigan State University – Gary A. Reid Scholarship

Valerie Dorn, Michigan State University – James H. Quello Scholarship

Isaac Constans, Michigan State University – Leicinger Biederman Scholarship

Joshua Scramlin, Justin Steward, Hannah Vogel and Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University – Dr. Peter Orlink Broadcast Scholarships

Regan Blissett, Grand Valley State University – Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship

Jake Rapanotti, Oakland University – Alan W. Frank Scholarship

Caleb L. Gordon, Michigan State University – Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship

 

MAPB Elects New Officers

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) elected the 2016 Officers of the Board of Directors during a board meeting held on March 7.

The newly elected officers include:

President: Eric Smith, Director of Broadcasting, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting

Vice-President: Gary Reid, Michigan State University Public Broadcasting

Treasurer: Steve Schram, Michigan Public Media

Secretary: Michelle Srbinovich, WDET Public Radio

For more information about MAPB and the board members please visit our website at www.michmab.com/MAPB.

Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards Announced

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 MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held on May 3 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

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

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(L-R) Don Missad, Karole White, Wayne Henderson, Ed Fernandez

Radio Recipient: Don Missad, Chief Engineer, iHeartMedia of West Michigan
 
Don started his career at Channel 41 in Battle Creek in 1974.  In 1976, he moved to WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids and has remained there throughout many ownership changes. He is currently the Chief Engineer of iHeartMedia of West Michigan overseeing 12 transmitter sites.Throughout his career, Don has built and rebuilt many stations.  He is a creative problem solver and has saved radio stations thousands of dollars by rebuilding or repairing equipment.  By doing so, he has earned the nickname, ‘Shipshewana Don.’  He is a team player and has always done what’s best for the station. His passion, dedication and commitment to the field is evident in all that he does. Don is active in the community and has helped many small stations stay afloat.  In 2010, he was awarded “Volunteer of The Year” by the public radio station WYCE.  Don continues to strive to excellence in the field and currently is in the process of completely rebuilding all studios with the AOIP studio technology.

Television Recipient: Wayne Henderson, Director of Technical Services and Chief Engineer at CMU Public Broadcasting.

Wayne was raised in the thumb area of Michigan and graduated in 1975 from Carsonville – Pt. Sanilac High School in Carsonville, Michigan.  Wayne attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan from 1975 to 1979 and obtained an Associate Degree in Radio Television Service Technology, an Associate Degree in Industrial Electronics Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Electronics Technology.

Upon graduation in 1979, Wayne’s first job in television broadcasting was with Central Michigan University’s Public Broadcasting Department as a staff Maintenance Engineer; two years later he was hired as WFUM-TV’s Senior Media Engineer at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Wayne was promoted to Director of Engineering & Operations at UM Flint and served in that role from 1984 to 2009. In television engineering, Wayne managed an extensive student program developing engineering assistants for on-air switching, transmitter management, editing, and project work. Many of these students became full-time staff within the station and many more went on to work for area commercial TV Stations.

In late 2009, the University of Michigan sold the WFUM-TV transmission facilities to Central Michigan University. Wayne found himself back at Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting where his career started.

2015 BEA Winners Announced!

Robert Kolt

On May 2, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the MAB Foundation (MABF)  presented the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards during ceremonies held at the Lansing Center.  Hosted by Kolt Communications President/CEO Robert Kolt, both commercial and public radio and television stations throughout the State of Michigan were honored for their accomplishments in 2015.  Every win demonstrated the professionalism of broadcast media and journalism.

This year’s Broadcast Excellence Awards Program set another record for entries with 867 entries submitted by 87 different broadcast stations from across the state.

Robert Kolt was assisted on the Lansing Center stage by MAB President/CEO Karole White and MAB Chairman (and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps Company) Ed Fernandez, who handed out awards to each recipient.

A list of all awards and winning stations can be found here.

Included in the ceremonies were the recipients of the 2015 Station of the Year awards:

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Broadcast Excellence Award Station of the Year Winners
Station of the Year Commercial Divisions
Commercial Radio Market 1
WJR-AM, Detroit
Commercial Television Market 1
WDIV-TV, Detroit
Commercial Radio Market 2
WOOD-AM/WOOD-FM, Grand Rapids
Commercial Television Market 2
WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids
Commercial Radio Market 3
WLEN-FM, Adrian
Commercial Television Market 3
WLNS-TV, Lansing
Commercial Radio Market 4 
WGHN-FM, Grand Haven
Commercial Television Market 4
WLUC-TV, Marquette
Station of the Year Public Divisions
Public Radio Group 1
WEMU-FM, Ypsilanti
Public Radio Group 2
Michigan Radio
(WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM), Ann Arbor
Public Television
WKAR-TV, East Lansing

The MAB and the MAB Foundation wish to congratulate all of the winners of the Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. The Broadcast Excellence Awards Program is one of the largest state broadcast awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

MABF 2016 Student Broadcast Awards – Station/Program of the Year Awards

On Tuesday, May 3, the MABF honored the winners of the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards. The program received over 637 entries from 40 different high school and college institutions in Michigan. The awards were presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference with several hundred media professionals in the audience. The MAB and MABF congratulates all the student winners!   For a complete list of all winners, click HERE.

Also announced were the recipients of its 2016 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The following schools were honored:

High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM