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BCBC Early Registration Deadline is Friday

If you or your students are planning on attending BCBC ’17 , be sure to register before October 27 to receive the discounted registration rate of $20.  After October 27, registration will be $35.

NEW this year at BCBC, we’re offering a FREE head shots for students 18 and over! Students should make sure to register early to take advantage of this offering.

Here’s the full BCBC schedule of events:

Registration Opens

BCBC Welcome/Coffee and Rolls

9:15am – 9:30am
Networking Break

9:30am – 10:30am
Speed Networking Session 1
Resume Critique
How to Build your Resume and Get Involved Round Tables

10:30am – 10:45am
Networking Break

10:45am – 11:45am
Speed Networking Session 2
The Best Broadcasting Jobs you’ve Never Heard of
 You Don’t Need Permission

11:45am – 1:15pm
Career Fair and Luncheon
FREE Head Shot Service

1:15pm – 2:15pm
How to Create an Award Winning Student Broadcast Awards Entry
Storytelling Across Platforms
Student Advisory Committee Meeting

2:15pm – 2:30pm
Networking Break

2:30pm – 3:15pm

Friday, November 10
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI
Early registration is only $20 and includes lunch!
($35 after October 27) 

Register for BCBC ’17 HERE and check out more at

One of BCBC’s Favorites is Back Again!

Jay Kruz

Michigan native Jay Kruz will be back at BCBC this year to impart his wisdom on our future broadcasters. Kruz’s sessions are highly rated by students year after year-they love his approachable attitude, awesome hair and endless stream of industry knowledge.

Named one of Radio’s Rising Stars by Radio Ink Magazine and one of broadcasting’s “30 Under 30 in America” by Edison Media, Jay Kruz is the Program Director and Afternoon Host at Mix 94.9 in Cincinnati.

Students will get the chance to learn from Jay in two new sessions:

You Don’t Need Permission

You don’t need someone to create opportunity for you… there are dozens of ways to do it yourself!  Jay Kruz presents real life examples of media personalities and behind the scenes staff who didn’t wait for the chance to shine in “You Don’t Need Permission.” Hear the story of how a geek from Michigan became the lead animator for a major national video game. Find out how a well-known radio voice over artist found a path that others weren’t taking and created a lucrative career. From YouTube stars to internet radio creators, podcasters to producers – Jay will show you why You Don’t Need Permission from anyone to jump start your career.

How to Create a Winning Student Broadcast Awards Entry

The Michigan Student Broadcast Awards deadline is coming up in December, do you know what your entry needs to win?  Watch and listen to past winning entries and learn how to incorporate their winning features in your entries!  Also get a review of this year’s categories and ask your questions about topic ideas and technical concerns.  Fine-tuning your entries now will lead you down the path for success at the awards ceremony in March 2018!

Jay is the perfect person to speak with students about the Student Broadcast Awards.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

Friday, November 10
Lansing Community College West Campus (NEW!)
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 until October 27 and includes lunch!
($35 after October 27)

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm,, to learn more and sign up!

Jay Kruz as a high school student with adviser Bill Keith with his handful of winning Student Broadcast Awards entries

Students Will Learn to Build and Boost their Resume at BCBC

When it comes time to apply for college or an internship, students need a resume. How can they ensure that they have developed the skills and experience needed to create a resume that will get them noticed?

Luckily, the MAB Foundation is here to help!  This year at BCBC, we’re offering a new session called “How to Get Involved and Build your Resume” for high school and college students that want to discover new ideas on how to get involved in the industry.  Getting involved early-on will help them to build the skills they need to add to their resume when it’s time to hunt for a job or internship.

How to Get Involved and Build your Resume

Building skills to add to a resume can be challenging – let our group of young professionals help you out by giving you tips and advice on how to get involved!  Learn about the endless opportunities you can easily pursue that will be great resume boosters and will help to get YOU noticed when it’s time to apply for college or an internship!

Our professionals know exactly what to look for in a resume and will impart their wisdom on students. Don’t wait until graduation  to get your resume or demo ready, the time to work on it is NOW!

NEW this year, submit your resume or demo by October 27 for the opportunity to have it critiqued during the session (Limited Availability!). Names on resumes can be confidential if wanted.  Email your resume or demo to with the subject line “Resume/Demo Critique for BCBC” by October 27.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

Friday, November 10., 2017
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing, MI
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 (includes lunch) until October 27!
($35 after October 27)

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm,, to learn more and sign up!

MABF Career Fairs Support Our Need for More Young Talent

Peter Tanz

As Michigan’s unemployment rate hovers near 4 percent, finding your next great employee can be a challenge. Participating in one or more of the MAB Foundation’s Career Fairs is a great way to find your next super star.

In the MAB strategic planning process all four member focus groups identified the need for more young people to enter the field of broadcasting, multimedia sales, production and engineering as a top priority.

MABF Career Fairs offer you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with young people interested in media careers. If you haven’t already reserved your station’s booth at one of the upcoming fall career fairs, click here to register now.

This year we have expanded our outreach to include sales and marketing, electrical engineering, journalism, broadcast media and cinematic arts students.

Even if you do not have a current opening at your station, you may have one in the near future. Your participation gives you the opportunity to meet young adults and nurture the seed of interest as they figure out their career path. Someone showed you the way when you got into this great business and MABF Career Fairs give you the opportunity to pay that gift forward.

MABF Career Fairs may meet some of your EEO additional credits.
For possible credit, your station unit must promote the career fair over the air and must send someone with hiring authority to meet with the attendees. This year we are gathering information on all of the students and will provide participating stations with a list of student attendees following the event.

Participation is not only good for your station and the future of our industry, it helps support the work of the MAB Foundation.

– Peter Tanz, MAB Chariman
Vice President, Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo)

Preparing Future Broadcasters: WDIV’s Mara MacDonald will Address Students as BCBC’17 Keynote Speaker

The MAB Foundation is excited to announce that Mara MacDonald, Reporter at WDIV-TV (Detroit), will address students as the Keynote Speaker at this year’s Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 10. Mara’s experience as a reporter and her love of Michigan, combined with her ability to dig up the truth and hard hitting interview skills, make her the perfect person to address the future broadcasters that attend BCBC.

BCBC ’17 is quickly approaching! The MAB Foundation is looking forward to meeting future broadcasters and educating students about our exciting field. This conference is definitely one of our favorites because it gets both students and current broadcasters involved in the learning experience.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!


Friday, November 10
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Lansing Community College – West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing

Early registration is only $20 until October 27!
($35 after October 27) and includes lunch!

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm,, to learn more and sign up!


“Sitting in the WDIV lobby, waiting for my job interview, I was the most nervous I’d been in my entire life. I’d been considering a network job when the call came from Local 4. This was home. I was born here and grew up here and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, coming home to work on the #1 station is exciting and nerve wracking at the same time.

“When they inevitably asked why they should hire me, I gave them 2 reasons: my family is here and I’d rather be dipped in a vat of hot oil than embarrass them and what happens here matters to me, it’s not just another story.

“That was 2004 and after my first week, Devin Scillian looked at me and said ‘It’s like you’ve always been here.’

“I graduated from the Detroit Country Day School — Go Yellowjackets! And went on to get my degree in Diplomacy and Foreign Affairs from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. I then started working my way up the ladder in TV with stops at WLNS in Lansing, WRIC in Richmond, Va., and WITI in Milwaukee, Wisc. I won a slew of awards along the way.

“People ask me about my first name all the time. Mara is a Latvian name. She’s a goddess in Latvian mythology. Not a surprising pick since my dad is an immigrant from Latvia. If you ever see us out and about and hear an unfamiliar language, we’re speaking Latvian. I’m on Facebook, and @maramacdonald on Twitter where in between tweets on the news of the day you may just spy a couple in Latvian.”


  • Favorite vacation spot in Michigan: Bay Harbor
  • Favorite book: Can’t narrow it down to one but love everything from To Kill A Mockingbird to Game of Thrones
  • Favorite movie: Anything 007
  • Favorite Song: Pearl Jam’s cover of The Who classic “Reign O’er Me”

Oakland University’s WXOU Highlighted in Press

WXOU-FM, the student-run radio station at Oakland University, was recently highlighted in an article published in the Oakland Press.

The station was named the College Radio Station of the year by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation for the years 2012, 2013 and 2014.

The piece quotes WXOU General Manager Drew Marczewski: “Our station consists of a hard working group of community DJs, staff and faculty. I want to make sure that WXOU continues to provide an environment for them all to thrive at what they do, whether it is covering news, mixing music, producing content or conducting interviews.”

Read the complete article here.

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


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 …