Category Archives: MAB Events

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.

A Fun Time at Crystal Mountain: MABPAC Announces Annual Fundraiser

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 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.

Advocacy Conference Speaker Lineup!

The MAB has announced the speaker lineup for this year’s Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, to be held August 22-23 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

MAB members will hear policy and advocacy updates as well as attend the MAB Annual Meeting. The evening activities include the banquet, featuring the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductions, Lifetime Achievement Award, and the MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

Speakers at this year’s conference include:

Rob Elhenicky
Partner and MAB Lobbyist
Kelley Cawthorne

Ed Fernandez
VP/Divisional General Manager
E.W. Scripps

Rick Kaplan
General Counsel and Executive VP,
Legal and Regulatory Affairs,
National Association of Broadcasters

David Oxenford
Partner
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

John D. Pirich
Partner
Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohen LLP

Register NOW and Save: Registration

Early-Bird Registration (before 7/31/17)
Member-Full Conference $140
Member- Annual Business Meeting &
Sessions Only $0
Member- Reception/Banquet Only $140
Non-Member- Full Conference $170
Non-Member- Reception/Banquet Only $170
MABF Golf Scramble Fundraiser $150

Hotel Room Discount Deadline: July 21

The MAB has secured a discounted group room rate at Crystal Mountain Resort. Part of the charm of this location is the variety of lodging room types available. Click here for a description of the rooms.

Reserve your discounted room at Crystal Mountain by calling the Reservations Department at 855-520-2974 or by clicking here.


See the schedule of events here: Schedule

Questions? Contact Jennifer at
800-YOUR-MAB

Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient and Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the MAB Foundation are pleased to announce the 2017 Hall of Fame Inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient, to be honored Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Marla Drutz

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

Drutz has held her current position since July 28, 2008. Under her leadership, WDIV Local 4 has strengthened its dominance both on-air and online. The station has the top-rated/most watched newscasts and ClickOnDetroit.com is Metro Detroit’s number one media website. Drutz has also bolstered a strong commitment to outstanding community service.

Local 4 News has consistently remained the #1 newscast at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. in Nielsen household ratings for the Detroit television market and Local 4 News at 11 p.m. has maintained the title of highest-rated newscast of all NBC affiliates in the top 11 markets nationwide. In addition, the Local 4 News team has been presented with three highly coveted Edward R. Murrow Awards from the RTDNA for news coverage. Drutz is most proud of WDIV’s 2011 Service To America Award. The prestigious national honor presented by the National Association of Broadcasters recognizes the station’s commitment to outstanding community service.

Prior to joining WDIV, Drutz worked at the E.W. Scripps Company and WXYZ-TV (Detroit) as the Director of Programming. Earlier in her career, she was the Marketing Director at WJBK-TV (Detroit). Drutz began her career as a research analyst at WJW in Cleveland.

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.

A graduate of Leadership Detroit XIII, Drutz is a member of the NBC Affiliate Board of Directors, the National Association of Television Program Executives (NAPTE) and The Adcraft Club of Detroit. She serves on the executive board of the Michigan Chapter of the International Women’s Forum and is a board member of The United Way, The Detroit Convention and Visitors Bureau, New Detroit and Oakland Family Services.

Drutz holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in journalism and communication.

The 2017 Hall of Fame inductees are:

Celebrate these legendary broadcasters by attending the Awards Banquet, Tuesday, August 22 during the MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.  Take advantage of early-bird discounts now.  Registration and lodging information available here.

Can’t Attend? You can still be there in spirit with a congratulatory ad in the banquet program. Full page are $200, Half page are $150. Contact Crysta for more info at 517-484-7444 or ncsadata@michmab.com. Click here for more information.

Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 7

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabsummer20162017 marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Two awards – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – will be presented during a banquet at the August 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.

The awards honor individuals for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan.

Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors, and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.

Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Visit the MAPB Award Page here for more information and to access the online nomination form.

 

MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting

Crystal_700Your MAB staff is 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.

CrystalMountain2_300While speakers are still being finalized 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.  In addition, we’ll be presenting the MAPB Public Media Impact Awards the same evening.

The 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 is available here.