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Golf for the Future of Broadcast Excellence

Are you attending the MAB Advocacy Conference in August? Are you looking for a great incentive for your employees? Do you like to win? If you answered YES to any of the above questions, the MAB Foundation’s Golf Fundraiser is for YOU! Come out and have fun while supporting a GREAT CAUSE.

Join us on Wednesday, August 23 from  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Crystal Mountain Resoirt’s Betsie Valley Golf Course in Thompsonville. 

Cost is $600 for a team to enter ($150 per individual) and includes 18 holes of golf,  cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation, team photo and green fees. Proceeds benefit the MAB Foundation and support the future of broadcast excellence


Advocacy Conference Early-Rate Deadlines Approaching

Don’t miss the speakers at this year’s Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 22-23 at Crystal Mountain Resort.  Register today to take advantage of discounted room rates at Crystal Mountain (through this Friday, July 21) as well as early-bird conference rates (through July 31).

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
Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP

John D. Pirich
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 Fundraiser $150

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.

Hotel Room Discount Deadline: July 21

See the schedule of events here: Schedule

Questions? Contact Jennifer at

Register Today! Discounted Rates Available for a Limited Time

There is still time to take advantage of discounted registration opportunities at this summer’s Advocacy Conference at Crystal Mountain Resort.  But time is running out.

Act now to reserve your overnight stay August 22 and 23. Crystal Mountain Resort’s discounted group rate expires Friday, July 21.

Additionally, discounted Early-Bird conference registration rates will be offered through July 31.  Register online today. 

The August 22 Advocacy Conference features an exciting line-up of industry experts who will offer valuable insights into  current “fake news” phenomena, new consumption trends and upcoming issues to keep an eye on.

The day’s sessions will be follow up with the annual Public Media Impact, Lifetime Achievement, Legacy and Hall of Fame awards banquet. The evening event is a wonderful chance to network among peers and celebrate outstanding careers in the broadcast industry.

Be sure to stay overnight to participate in our annual MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser at Crystal Mountain Resort’s beautiful Betsie Valley Golf Course on August 23. The MAB Foundation supports the future of broadcast excellence by investing in scholarships, hosting career fairs and other important opportunities for students in the broadcast industry.



Coming Soon: Fall Career Fairs!

Attention Stations and Companies: Fall is right around the corner!

Secure your booth TODAY at one of the MAB Foundation’s Fall 2017 Career & Networking Fairs. Meet with students and young professionals from across the state!

  • October 18, from 12 to 4 p.m. at Western Michigan University’s Brown Hall.
  • October 19, from 12 to 3 p.m. at Central Michigan University’s Bovee University Center
  • October 26, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Specs Howard School of Media Arts’s Southfield location.

Click here to sign up.

Feeling Lucky? Be a Winner at this year’s Advocacy Conference

Great prizes are in store for you as part of the Annual MAB Foundation Raffle!

You could win $300 cash, four tickets to a Detroit Tiger’s Game or an overnight stay with a choice of golf or skiing at Crystal Mountain Resort.

Raffle tickets are $10 each and benefit the MAB Foundation. They will be available at the 2017 Advocacy Conference on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. There also is an option to purchase your tickets online when registering for the conference. Register for here …

Get the Scoop on ‘Fake News’ and Other Important Issues

Learn from the experts at the 2017 Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting.  This year’s line up of speakers will offer valuable insight on the “fake news” phenomenon and other current issues that are important to the broadcast industry.

Dr. Esther Thorson

The MAB is excited to host Professor Esther Thorson, PhD from Michigan State University’s School of Journalism.  Dr. Thorson is a nationally recognized expert on news consumption and will discuss recent “fake news” issues.  She will highlight some of her recent work on news consumption patterns regarding fake news and fact-checking efforts as well as several new political socialization projects and how news stories about controversial and politicized subjects (e.g., global warming) can be rewritten to reduce wholesale rejection.

This year’s Advocacy Conference speaker line up also features Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs at the National Association of Broadcasters. Rick will give members an update on what the NAB is doing to advocate on a national level for the broadcast industry.

Rob Elhenicky, Partner & MAB Lobbyist from Kelley Cawthorne, John D. Pirich of Honingman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP and David Oxenford of Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP also will be on hand to bring attention to important Michigan legislative updates, focusing on issue advertising. You don’t want to miss out on this insightful opportunity to forecast the issues on the horizon and be prepared from the coming year.

The 2017 Advocacy Conference will take place on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. Register now to attend.


Stay an Extra Day in Paradise

Wednesday, August 23, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan

You’re coming to MAB’s Annual Advocacy Conference and Meeting, plus the awards banquet anyway (right?), so why not “Stay an Extra Day in Paradise” and sign-up for the MAB Foundation’s Golf Fundraiser, which supports individuals seeking a career in broadcasting?

Playing 18 holes of golf with your industry colleagues is the perfect end to a great trip up in one of the most beautiful areas of our state. Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation, green fees and priceless GREAT FUN.

Sponsorships are available. Your company can show even greater support by becoming a participating sponsor. Funds from the MAB Golf Tournament go to support programs that help students move toward their goal of a career in our industry.

Several sponsorship options are available, please contact us and we’ll design a sponsorship opportunity just for you!

You can 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 Jackie or Crysta at the the MAB Foundation 800.968.7622 or email at .

Linda Lee To Receive MAB Legacy Award

Linda Lee

Linda Lee (Young) of WYCD-FM (Detroit) and nationally recognized radio personality, will receive the first MAB Legacy Award, posthumously, at the Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 22, during the Chairman’s Banquet at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville.

Lee, who passed away March 31, 2017 will be honored among others for her outstanding career and her commitment to her craft, her audience and the many charities she supported.

Lee’s husband of 17 years (Jeff Young) says “Linda loved to talk, and she was good at it! She would be so honored to know that she was receiving the MAB Legacy Award.”

“Linda has the biggest heart in radio and is one of the most positive people I’ve ever met,” said Tim Roberts, longtime friend and CBS’ VP of country music programming.

Join the MAB and MAB Foundation for this wonderful evening of celebration. For those wishing to participate by may show their support for the beautiful life of Linda Lee by honoring her with a congratulatory ad in the program guide or by making a donation to the MAB Foundation so that others wishing to enter the broadcasting industry may follow their dream by receiving scholarships and continuing education programs.

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
Click here for bio

Dick Estell
Radio Reader
WKAR/Public Radio
(honored posthumously)
Click here for bio

Linda Lee
Former Air Personality
(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.