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
Lenawee Broadcasting Company
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
Paul W. Smith
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.
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.
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.
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