Category Archives: MABF

Latest MAB Foundation Student Newsletter Available

The latest issue of Beyond the Classroom, the MAB Foundation student newsletter has just been sent out.  In this issue, there’s Michigan broadcasting job opportunities, a review of our recent student awards luncheon and an interview with WLNS-TV (Lansing) News Director Jam Sardar.

And, students write about picking the right college, the benefits of local broadcasters and how to make the most of your broadcasting internship.

Read this issue here.  Subscribe and receive future issues in your mailbox here.

Save the Date for the 2017 MABF Golf Fundraiser!

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

Crystal Mountain Resort, Thompsonville, Michigan

Who’s ready to PAR-TEE!?

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 or 800-YOUR-MAB.

2017-2018 MABF Student Advisory Committee Seeking Nominations

Do you know an outstanding broadcasting, media, sales, engineering or journalism student that has great ideas and would love to become more involved in the broadcast industry?

We want to hear from you!

The MAB Foundation has a great opportunity for Michigan students to get involved and play an integral role in the MAB Foundation! The MABF Student Advisory Committee is looking for exceptional, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled, or will be enrolled, in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school during the 2017-2018 school year to join our Student Advisory Committee.

2016-2017 MABF Student Advisory Committee Members

Student Advisory Committee members are featured in our Newsletters and at MAB Conferences. They help to shape MABF events like the Student Broadcast Awards, Career Fairs, GLBC Student Sessions and BCBC. The students also write and edit a NEW student-focused e-newsletter, Beyond the Classroom. They help the MABF to encourage other students to become involved in the MAB and MAB Foundation.

Would someone you know like to add this great experience to their resume? Please begin to think about students you can recommend for our open positions this fall.

To apply, the student must first be nominated by an adviser. They must then complete the application and return it via mail or email to be considered for a one-year, renewable term beginning at BCBC in November and ending in August 2018.

Applications will be accepted through June 30, 2017. All applicants will be reviewed and selected by the MABF Education and Scholarship Committee.

Click here for a link to the forms.

Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting and opportunity, please email the name of your nominated student(s) to!

MABF’s Student Advisory Committee Shines Brightly

As this school year comes to a close, it’s time to recruit new student talent to join the 2017-2018 Student Advisory Committee. Do you know a Michigan broadcasting student with great ideas who can help guide the MABF into the next few years? Prospective students must first be nominated by an advisor. Please send in your student nominations to and have your student fill out an application and submit it to the MABF by Friday, June 30, 2017. 2017-2018 SAC applications can be found here.

The 2016-2017 MABF Student Advisory Committee is, without a doubt one of the best, most active student committees the MABF has had over the past few years. This year’s committee, comprised of fifteen high school and college students from throughout the state, was integral in the planning of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) and has proven that they are passionate and committed to the future of the industry through their production of a new student-focused e-newsletter.

During the committee’s first meeting at the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) in November 2016, the students gave input on the types of educational sessions students want to attend. Suggestions such as educating students on social media outlets and giving information on the state’s different college broadcasting programs were discussed. As a result of this meeting, the MABF offered two career sessions at the GLBC in March, “Picking the College that is right for YOU” and “Connecting the Dots: How Social Media, Blogging, and Podcasting Fit into a Station’s Digital Strategy.” Both of these sessions were very popular and highly attended by college and high school students. The MABF thanks the Student Advisory Committee for their input and looks forward to gathering further suggestions from them for BCBC 2017.

The planning and production of the MABF’s new student e-newsletter, “Beyond the Classroom,” is the committee’s answer to solving the issue of student outreach. The goal of the bi-monthly e-newsletter is to directly inform broadcasting students statewide about the benefits and offerings of the MABF as well as new job and internship postings. The students write articles for each newsletter and provide suggestions on new and relevant topics to cover. The MABF is working hard to grow the e-newsletter reach and encourages you to subscribe to receive the e-newsletter by texting “MABF” to 22828 or clicking here.

HOMTV Internship Application Summer 2017 Deadline April 1st

HOMTVFor 35 years, HOMTV has been equipping interns with tools for success. Dozens go through their internship program every year and hundreds have found successful jobs in the television and communications industry as a result. If you know of anyone who you think would benefit from practical, hands-on experience in television reporting, production (studio & creative), or social media & promotion, please direct them to for more information and to submit the online application here:

The application deadline for HOMTV’s Internship Program for the Summer 2017 semester is April 1, 2017.

HOMTV will begin reviewing applications and sending out interview invitations the week of April 3rd.

More information from HOMTV:

Sometimes landing a great job in the television industry can seem impossible. You need experience to get the job, but you need a job to get experience. How can you win? The answer is an internship at HOMTV. We provide the opportunity to gain practical, hands-on
experience in a comfortable, nurturing environment. We teach all aspects of basic television production, as well as online promotion through various social media platforms, so you don’t have to have any experience to start. There are three tracks to choose from:

The Reporting track is for those wishing to explore an “on-camera” career in television.  Reporting interns will produce weekly news stories, deliver live reports and conduct live interviews.

PRODUCTION (Creative & Studio)
The Production track is for those who are looking for more of a “behind-the-camera” experience. Interns in this track will shoot and edit elements for various programs (including news), produce short promotional spots and public service announcements and direct live
television productions.

The Social Media & Promotion track focuses on branding and promoting events and information using traditional marketing techniques and social media. Interns will create promotional
campaigns, produce short promotional spots and public service announcements, create and manage content for social media platforms and assist with public relations as well as event

In addition, interns in all tracks will learn professional techniques for operating cameras, using editing software, lighting, audio mixing and utilizing social media platforms. For decades, HOMTV has been equipping interns with tools for success. Dozens go through our internship program every year and hundreds have found successful jobs in the television industry as a result. You could be next!

MABF Awards 2017 Scholarship Recipients

ScholarshipThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Scholarship Program. Recipients were identified by the faculty representatives from each school, or by the sponsoring station, and ratified by the MAB Foundation Board of Directors. Scholarships were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing. The MAB Foundation awarded $26,500 in scholarships this year. The following students were recipients of the 2017 Scholarships:

MAB Foundation Named Scholarships

The Carl E. Lee Scholarship
Teresa Turner, Western Michigan University

The Charles D. Fritz Scholarship
Daniel Tabaka, Henry Ford Community College

The WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship
Mark Heinonen, Michigan Technological University

The WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship
Samantha Carter, Northern Michigan University

The Charles D. Mefford Scholarship
Carla Heaps, Specs Howard School of Media Arts

The Gary A. Reid Scholarship
ShaDonna Crosby, Michigan State University

The James H. Quello Scholarship
Claudia Price, Michigan State University

The Leicinger Biederman Scholarship
Nick Stahl, Michigan State University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Kayde Hambaum, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Stephanie Hodges, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Theron Logan, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University

The Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship
Eric Deyo, Grand Valley State University

The Alan W. Frank Scholarship
Jacob Rapanotti, Oakland University
MAB Foundation General Scholarships

Matthew McCracken, Eastern Michigan University

Megan Uhl, Spring Arbor University

Julian Morrison, Hope College

Mariah Iltis, Ferris State University

Natalie Dunn, Adrian College

Elijah Baker, Wayne State University

Kristin Welton, Lansing Community College

Station Sponsored Scholarships

WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Amanda Barberena, Michigan State University

Midwest Communications Broadcasting Scholarship
Kathleen Montroy, Michigan State University

Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship
Jeffery Wachowicz, Ferris State University

Friends of Bill Burton
Hannah Vogel, Central Michigan University

High School Scholarships

Mary Lee, Royal Oak High School

Brandon Morrow, Lake Orion High School

For more information about the MAB Foundation Scholarship Program or other MAB Foundation programs please visit our website at or email Jennifer Preslar at

MABF Announces 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Award Winners

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The 689 entries were judged by professional broadcasters. Awards were presented in each of the 23 categories. Station/Program of the Year is chosen based on the number of winning entries from the High Schools or Colleges. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing.

The following schools were honored:

2017 Station/Program of the Year
Avondale High School, Auburn Hills
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Rockford High School, Rockford WDBMCOLLEGE RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Michigan State University, East Lansing
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant

MABF also announced winners of its Student Broadcast Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here.

MABF Career Sessions at GLBC 2017!

This year, the MAB Foundation is happy to present a number of sessions for student broadcasters on Wednesday, March 8.

Of course, no matter how long you’ve been in broadcasting, you’re also welcome to attend!

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
“Connecting the Dots: How Social Media, Blogging, and Podcasting Fit Into A Station’s Digital Strategy”

Presented by Seth Resler, Jacobs Media
Facebook? Twitter? Search engine optimization? Google Analytics? With so many new tools available to broadcasters, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. In this student-focused session, Seth Resler, Digital Dot Connector for Jacobs Media Strategies, will show you how stations bring all of their different digital tools together in a single coherent strategy that impacts the bottom line.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
“Picking the College that is right for YOU!”
Jennifer Williams, Beasley Broadcast Group (Moderator)
Panelists include: Allison Newman, Grand Valley State Alumni; Geneva Bass, Central Michigan University; Ilene Gould, Michigan State University; Katie Grinnell, Western Michigan University; and Audrey Wierenga, Cornerstone University
Are you trying to decide if the broadcast industry is where your future lies? Are you a future television or radio star but are not sure which college program will best develop and grow your talent? Then you need to attend this session! Young adults will discuss their college experiences thus far and the opportunities their school broadcasting programs can offer YOU!

  • Which college programs offer hands-on classes?
  • What types of internship programs and requirements are offered at the major Michigan broadcasting programs?
  • What scholarship opportunities does each school offer?
  • Which colleges have the best new-grad hire rates?

Come prepared with your questions and concerns and learn directly from young adults that were faced with the decision of which broadcasting program to choose not too long ago.

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
“Main Luncheon & Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Ceremony”

2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
“MAB Foundation Career Fair & Student Networking Event”
Meet with stations, schools and media organizations from around Michigan all in one place, at one time! See all of the organizations represented and learn more about them BEFORE you arrive! Click HERE for the Virtual Fair.

Plan now to attend to learn more about your future in the ever-changing, ever-exciting world of broadcast media! Plan now to attend and advance your career today!

What to bring:

* Copies of resumes with contact information.
* Samples of work, audio and/or video clips.
* A positive attitude.
* Dress to impress.

Click here to see what companies will be there at: GLBCCareerFair

MABF GLBC Career Fair – Is Your Company Signed Up?

MABF0112_300It’s time for the MAB Foundation’s most popular and highly attended career fair and we want YOU to be a part of the action!

You’re going to be at GLBC anyway, right?

Your station should participate in this career and networking fair because it attracts students statewide that will offer your company different views, ideas and opinions! By attending this event, you’ll be able to prove that your station is seeking out a diverse group of new staff and interns throughout the state, which is great for your EEO File!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
During the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC)
The Lansing Center, Lansing MI
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

This event attracts hundreds of students and young professionals eager to meet with YOU and continue their career journey in the broadcast and media industries.

Please join us! Click here for complete vendor details.

Reserve your booth here: ONLINE REGISTRATION

Each booth is $275 and includes a co-sponsorship of the event. As a co-sponsor, you will be helping to offset the cost of the fair. As a participant, you will help to promote the event to your students, listeners and viewers by sharing event information prior to the day of the event. You can do this by airing your own PSAs, if you have a station, or by adding your involvement into any press promotion. Your assistance in promoting this career fair is vital to the success of the event. For stations, keep track of everything you air for your EEO records and send the MABF a copy of your affidavits.

2017 Student Award Winners are Posted!

THANK YOU to those who participated in the 2017 MAB Foundation Student Broadcast Awards! We had 689 entries this year!  The judging process is complete and we have posted the winners’ names and schools on our website. To view this year’s winners, please click here.

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Please take a close look at all of the names and schools and notify Alisha of any spelling changes as soon as possible. Please note that these names and titles were pulled directly from the online system. The names, as they appear on the site, will be used on the award certificates and in the awards program.

Awards Presentation
Awards will be presented during the Main Luncheon at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing on Wednesday, March 8 beginning at 12:30 p.m. This luncheon will include both students and professionals. All students must arrive by 12:15 p.m. to check in at the main registration desk.

Student Winner Information
Each student winner receives a complimentary lunch ticket and admittance to all Career Sessions, Exhibit Hall and Career Fair on Wednesday, March 8. EACH student winner attending MUST complete the online Student Award Winner Registration by Wednesday, March 1, 2017 to receive their FREE registration. Late registrations cannot be guaranteed lunch.

Want to attend ALL GLBC sessions? For just $5, student winners only can upgrade their registration to a full GLBC Student Registration which includes admittance into ALL of the GLBC educational sessions. Mingle and network with Michigan broadcast and media professionals…just select the “GLBC Upgrade” option when you complete the Student Award Winner Registration.

Click here for the complete GLBC session schedule.

Click here to register EACH student winner.

Non-Winning Students, Parents, Teachers and Friends Information
If you are a non-winning student, parent, family, guest and/or advisor of a student and would like to attend the luncheon, you MUST register online to secure a seat. The cost is $35 per person. Non-winning students, parents, teachers and friends can register to attend by selecting the “Student Awards Luncheon Only” option which is $35 per person to attend the Main Luncheon.
Click here to register to attend the Luncheon.

Remember: On-site registrations are NOT guaranteed a lunch!

Contact Alisha Clack with any questions or changes at

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