Category Archives: MABF

Help to Mentor the Future Generation of Broadcast and Media

BCBC’18 is just around the corner. We’re hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. BCBC is one of Michigan’s only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry.

Friday, November 16
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI 48917

We need YOU to get involved in this conference.  We’ll be offering the popular Speed Networking session which allows attendees to network with professionals for 5 minutes at a time in a “Speed Dating” type of setting.  We need professionals in sales, programming, management, on-air talent, traffic, marketing and more to serve as mentors.  If you’re interested in becoming a Speed Networking mentor, please contact Rachel Krause at or 517-484-7444.

Help Support MAB Foundation’s Mission

Help support the MAB Foundation’s mission
to encourage, support, and sponsor educational activities to encourage the brightest, most creative and energetic students to choose broadcasting as a career. You can make a difference through supporting programs and scholarships for students in this industry.

For more information contact Jacquelen Timm at (517) 484-7444 or

Thank You ​2018 Foundation Supporters!

Dan Boers
Kristin Burns
Allen Clow
Rob David
Marla Drutz
Susanne Elkins
Rebecca Falk
Bruce & Sue Goldsen
​Colleen Grant ​
Tom Hahn
Wendy Hart
Bill Keith
Julie Koehn
Fred Jacobs
Paul Jacobs
Mark Libke
Richard Kernen
Pam Manor
Christopher Meller
Dr. Peter Orlik
Robert F. Ottaway
Jam Sardar
AnnMarie Scaramuzzino
Stephen Schram
Peter Tanz
Jacquelen Timm
Denise Weston
Karole White
Jennifer Williams

Nominate an Outstanding Media Student for the Student Advisory Committee

2017-2018 Student Advisory Committee Members

Over the past 10 years students in the MABF Student Advisory Committee have given valuable information and input in the planning of the Foundation’s future events and programs!

It’s time to form a new student committee for the 2018-2019 school year and we NEED YOUR HELP finding students!

Nominating a student is easy…

  1. Think about all of your amazing students that have a passion for their craft, show initiative, and want to get involved in the industry.
  2. Identify the best and brightest student and discuss this amazing opportunity with him or her.
  3. Send his or her name to
  4. Have the student formally apply for the committee by June 29, 2018.

Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting opportunity to offer valuable input and add this service to their resume!  They will also make important industry contacts that may help them when searching for a job after college.

Please email the name of your nominated student(s) to

WSDP Student DJ Featured on WDIV-TV’s ‘4Frenzy Spotlight!’

Fiona Hughes

Canton High School student Fiona Hughes was recently recognized with a WDIV-TV (Detroit) “4Frenzy Spotlight” for her work as the Program Director for Plymouth-Canton High School’s WSDP-FM radio.  Station Manager Bill Keith and Assistant Station Manager John Kreger both recommended Hughes for the spotlight.

In the spotlight, Hughes is noted for being at the station every day because she knows that there’s always work to be done, or someone in need of her help.

She started to love broadcasting during her freshman year after she interviewed her current favorite band, Arkells, for her first “Backstage Pass” show for The Park. Vocalist for the group, Max Kerman, told her he couldn’t tell that it was her first time interviewing someone, even though she herself had not been confident in her interviewing skills. His words gave her reassurance and boosted her confidence. She initially thought that she would be behind the scenes but her journey brought her on-air, and now she is winning state awards for her talents.

Hughes herself won two awards at the recent 2018 MAB Foundation High School and College Awards program:  1st place Sports Public Service Announcement and 1st place On-Air Personality; Honorable Mention for Innovations in Digital Media.

Read the complete spotlight here.

Earn a FREE Career Fair Booth this Fall

The MAB Foundation will again host several career fairs this fall to connect YOU with new employees.  The new career fair dates have been set, so make sure to get them on your calendar now!  We’re changing it up this year and adding a new location to the mix, Ferris State University.  Make plans to attend and  gather resumes from an exciting new pool of candidates.

Wednesday, October 10 @ Ferris State University (12-3 p.m.)

Thursday, October 24 @ Western Michigan University (12-3 p.m.)

Friday, November 16 @ Lansing Community College West Campus (12-1:30 p.m.)
In conjunction with the Broadcast Career Builder Conference

Registration is now open, sign your station up here.

Participating in multiple career fairs may help boost your EEO file-we can help you do this! In 2018, we’re offering a “Buy 3 get 1 Free” promotion.  If you already participated in a career fair at the Great Lakes Media Show or Specs Howard School of Media Arts, you can participate in all 3 fall career fairs and only pay for 2 of them.

Questions? Contact Rachel Krause at or 517-484-7444.

Oakland University’s WXOU Holds Birthday Bash

The student employees at Oakland University’s student-run radio station, 88.3 FM WXOU, celebrated the station’s its 52nd annual Birthday Bash on April 4.

“This is our 52nd year of doing it,” said Drew Marczewski, the general manager of WXOU. “I believe we’ve been doing it since the station opened.”

The celebration included food, free t-shirts to the first 100 people, and live music performances from several different artists.

WXOU was awarded the College Radio Station of the Year award both in 2012 and in 2013 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and has been broadcasting on campus since 1967.

MAB Foundation Seeks Summer Raffle Prizes

Be a winner by donating your prize for the MAB Foundation’s Summer Raffle!

Do you have a big-ticket item or experience to donate to the MAB Foundation for the summer raffle? Every year at the Summer Advocacy Conference, the MAB Foundation hosts an exciting raffle drawing for MAB members and their families.  Past prizes have included:

  • Sporting Game Tickets
  • Northern Michigan Cottage Vacation
  • Sailing on Lake Michigan
  • Overnight Resort Stays
  • Theater Tickets
Proceeds from the raffle help to benefit the MAB Foundation and will fund educational opportunities for broadcasting students and professionals. Donations to the MAB Foundation may be tax deductible. If you would like to donate a prize, please contact Rachel Krause at or 517-484-7444.

Help us kick off the 70th Anniversary for the MAB!

The MAB Foundation is asking MAB members to donate $7 per month to help celebrate.  These donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years.

For the price of one latte a month…YOU can help mold the future of our industry

​The MABF sustains the longevity of the broadcast industry through education, awareness and resources as a stepping stone into the business.

Your gift to the MABF helps fund the future of the industry by educating and recruiting young, fresh, and talented people through career fairs, conferences, and award ceremonies. Your tax-deductible gift will help fund the future of broadcasting, think of it like life insurance for the industry.​Go to to make your gift.

Upcoming 2018 MAB Foundation Career Fairs

Save the dates for upcoming 2018 Media Career Fairs at these locations:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018​
Lansing Center, Lansing
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
FREE to attend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Northern Michigan University-University Center
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE to attend!

October 10, 2018
Ferris State University
FREE to attend

October 24, 2018
​Western Michigan University
FREE to attend ​

For more information, contact the MAB Foundation at

Contrasting the Sounds of College Radio – Highlighting WDBM, WXOU & WIDR

By: Terri Powys, Spartan Newsroom, 
The Michigan State University Journalism Program
Reprinted by permission


The main sounds of the radio stations at three Michigan universities. Mac Demarco is representative of Impact WDBM (Michigan State University) and their indie rock fan base. Photo: Anna Hanks’ Flickr through Creative Commons. Artwork: Terri Powys.

As streaming services surge, a passionate crowd of student-run radio stations remain across many college campuses in Michigan. From curating playlists to handling on-demand phone calls, these broadcast stations dedicate long hours to ensure a well-thought-out listening experience. A look at the sounds of Impact 88.9 WDBM, 88.3 WXOU and 89.1 WIDR shows that there are some promising trends in the sounds of college radio.

WIDR brings in the sounds of Western Michigan by showcasing a primarily punk-rooted broadcast. Mid-Michigan, represented by WDBM, has a heavy circulation of indie-rock or independent rock that isn’t defined by just one sound. Finally WXOU reels in southeast Michigan and metro-Detroit with a more urban tone that focuses mainly on hip-hop.

Each station maintains a unique and distinct catalogue.

Jesse Taconelli, a journalism sophomore at Michigan State University and the music director at MSU’s Impact WDBM, said that his station is the only alt rock and indie rock station in the area.

“I’m definitely interested in modernization and pushing the limits of what music can and can’t be on the radio,” he said. “Our sound right now I would definitely define as indie rock, but it’s my job to make sure that it’s indie that’s refreshing, cool and meaningful to the listener.”

Indie, or music that is independent from a major record label, is at its peak popularity, especially on college campuses. Listeners enjoy the idea of smaller artists who establish a fan base rather than popular artists with the means to distribute their music virtually anywhere through a large recording company.

Looking past genre or marketability, radio stations also cater to call-in song requests frequently on the air.

“We were originally a punk station that was on the cutting edge of the punk movement in the 80s, and we have listeners who have stayed with us since then,” Taconelli said. “A song that targets back to them is Salad Days by Minor Threat.”

By staying loyal to original fans, WDBM maintains a steady following from mature listeners regardless of music era.

“But the nature of requests have since changed,” he said. “There’s newer stuff, like anything by Sandy Alex G is in good rotation here. Mac Demarco is also up there and he’s a huge heavy hitter for our station.” These two artists alone represent a major section of the indie rock range.

Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker reflects the psychedelic rock sound at WXOU (Oakland University). Photo: Abby Gillardi via Flickr through Creative Commons. Artwork: Terri Powys. Fundamentally playing hip-hop, underground rap and trending artists on the charts, Oakland University’s WXOU offers a more balanced range to cater to many different tastes.

Drew Marczewski, a senior in communications at Oakland University and general manager at WXOU, says that most people on campus tend to listen to party music or the top 40.

“Around the station, people are into a lot of stuff that you would see in Pitchfork Magazine, mostly indie, alternative, psych and underground rap. We try to balance tastes when we DJ.”

As far as popular artists on campus, like at MSU’s WDBM, Mac Demarco’s name pops up again. Marczewski lists a few musicians and albums worth noting as popular content for WXOU:

“I associate albums like Tame Impala’s “Currents”, Mac Demarco’s “Salad Days”, Protomartyr’s “The Agent Intellect”, and the last two Beach House albums with Oakland University and WXOU,” he said. “I was introduced to them by our former music director Anthony Spak around the time I first got involved with the station.”

Unlike MSU’s Impact, WXOU has a more urban sound. Hip-hop’s revival is catching speed on college campuses especially with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Brockhamtpon constantly releasing so much content.

“I’d say among the general student population that current Hip-Hop is the most popular. Among our DJ’s, Psychedelic, Lo-Fi and Shoegaze are the most played,” Marczewski said.

WIDR (Western Michigan University) featuring Courtney Barnett’s alternative rock style. Photo: Fred von Lohmann via Flickr through Creative Commons. Artwork: Terri Powys.

Western Michigan University, home of WIDR in Kalamazoo, follows roots of rock music similar to Impact WDBM. In comparison to WXOU, WIDR also plays Sandy Alex G regularly during broadcast.

“Sandy Alex G is frequently played on the WIDR wave,” said Tony Mitchell, business director at the station. “Kalamazoo has a very diverse taste. I would say emo and punk are the most prominent, but in the past few years since I started at WIDR dream pop and styles of music coming from artists like Alex G and Courtney Barnett have been on the rise.”

Western’s radio station is the first to mention pop music. Short for popular music, it can range from anything like easy listening top hits to deeper cuts that play in avant-garde nightclubs. “Some of the commonly played genres at WIDR are indie rock, synth pop and hip-hop,” said Mitchell.

Regardless of taste of what’s hot and not, these stations agreed that representing their audience is extremely important.

“We play a variety of music that represents a bunch of different tastes,” said Mitchell, WIDR’s business director. “We pride ourselves in our ability to expose our listeners to new music.”

Said Taconelli from MSU’s WDBM: “Impact tries to cater towards being such a diverse community, there are a lot of different walks of life here on campus and we want to play music for all of them.”

This story first appeared in the Spartan Newsroom.