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Tugging at Emotions Through Broadcast Journalism

A 2015-2016 SAC Member shares her passion for broadcast journalism

LaurenButzer_275By: Lauren Butzer,
Rockford High School ’16,
Grand Valley State University

I fell in love with storytelling at a very young age. No matter fiction or nonfiction, a story has the power to stir up many different emotions in people. It doesn’t matter if a piece has all the right technical aspects; if it doesn’t tell a good story, people won’t react to it. The media industry is entirely based upon people wanting information and entertainment, and journalism is a huge sector of that industry. With broadcasting, I am able to tell a story, give information and entertain people simultaneously. The effect a story has on someone is what makes me so passionate about making a news package. I am able to take an interview and pick what I want and don’t want the audience to see or hear, and tug at the emotions I know will be the most impactful. Taking a simple interview and turning it into continuous story is exciting every time. Creating something visually pleasing is one thing, but having a good storyline and connection to the audience makes it even better. Nothing beats the feeling I get when I finish a video and watch someone’s face and emotions as they see the final product.

This upcoming year I plan on attending Grand Valley State University. I am still unsure on what I would like to study, but I want to work with people in some way. Whether I end up in broadcasting, communications, or hospitality, I want to try it all before I make my final decision. No matter what I choose, I know I will always be able to use what I have learned in broadcasting to help people tell their story.

WSDP “The Park” Finalist in Marconi Awards

WDSP_300For the third consecutive year, the students and staff of WSDP-FM (88.1 The Park) (Plymouth-Canton) are being recognized alongside America’s elite broadcasters after the station was named a finalist for the National Association of Broadcasters Marconi Radio Award for Non-Commercial Station of the Year.

The Marconi Radio Awards were created in 1989 and named after inventor and Nobel Prize winner Guglielmo Marconi.  The awards recognize stations and individuals for excellence and performance in 21 different categories.  They are among the most prestigious awards in the broadcast industry.

WSDP is the only high school radio station to receive a nomination in the history of the Marconi Awards.  Three college-level student stations and one professional station round out the 2016 class of Non-Commercial finalists.  The awards will be presented on September 22 at the NAB Marconi Radio Awards 27th Anniversary Dinner and Show in Nashville, TN.

“We’re excited to be a finalist for the third year in-a-row.  This is an incredibly prestigious honor for our hard working and dedicated staff,” said Amanda Barberena, WSDP Program Director.

“We couldn’t achieve this without the support of the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools, the board of education, administrators and staff.  We’re lucky to have been part of such a great community,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.

WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools.  Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools serve as staff members.  The station is celebrating over 44 years of serving the Plymouth and Canton Communities.

Take A Day to Golf and Help Future Broadcasters!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters and the future of our business!

Your golf experience is sure to be fun, and will offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in supporting the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and green fees.

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 Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

Stories Deserve to be Told: A 2015-2016 SAC Member Shares Her Passion for Storytelling

Ilene Gould
Rockford High School ’16
Michigan State University

Ilene Gould
Ilene Gould

One day I was watching the movie Evita with my mom when I said to her, “Wouldn’t it be cool to have a movie made about your life?” and she replied, “Well for that to happen you have to be very controversial.” This got me thinking, why do you have to be controversial to have your story told? Controversy creates intrigue and interest, but that doesn’t mean that other stories aren’t exciting.

Hearing everyday stories are just as important as hearing the controversial ones. In news, there are no limits to the types of stories you can tell. Whether the story is about an upcoming election, or the story is about a big-hearted lady doing something extra for her community, getting someone’s story told helps give our world a louder voice. Stories are collective and make up the novel that is the “Humanity of Planet Earth.”

I believe it’s important for people’s lives and stories to be told, so their life and legacy can outlive them and leave their footprint behind. We can’t control who tells our personal story, but as storytellers within the news industry, it is our job to find that one person whose everyday story deserves to be told; and who doesn’t love to hear a good story?

My entire life I have loved stories and I will begin my education at Michigan State University in the fall pursuing degrees in Music, and Media and Information, which will hopefully lead to a career in the film industry where I can further my love for stories and storytelling. Everyone has a story to tell and a voice to be heard. I hope someday I can find enough voices to create a choir where everyone can sing out their story.

The MABF Student Advisory Committee is Seeking New Members!

In an effort to better reach Michigan’s students and young people, the MABF Student Advisory Committee was formed in July 2009. This committee is looking for bright, forward-thinking individuals who are currently enrolled in a Michigan high school, college, university or trade school to offer their input in the planning of the Foundation’s future events and programs.

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

We want to hear from you!

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 2016-2017 school year to join our Student Advisory Committee.

To apply, the student must first be nominated by an adviser. They must then complete the application and return it via mail, fax or email (using the PDF text function) to be considered for a one-year, renewable term beginning at BCBC in November and ending in August 2017.

Applications will be accepted through September 16, 2016. All applicants will be reviewed and selected by the MABF Education and Scholarship Committee.

Click here for a link to the application forms

Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting and new opportunity, please begin to think about possible nominations!

Please send all student nominations to Rachel Krause, SAC Advisor, Krause@michmab.com.

Get Your Golf On & Support The MABF!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters, the future of our business!

Your golf experience is sure to be fun and offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in helping to support the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and green fees.

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 Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

10 Reasons YOU Should Golf with the MABF!

The Inn at St. John's
The Inn at St. John’s Golf Course

MABF Golf Scramble Fundraiser
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Inn at St. John’s Golf Course

Are you on the fence about golfing this year?

Here are 10 important reasons to golf with the MABF:

1. Your show of support will mean that students interested in broadcasting will be able to pursue their dreams in college and beyond.

2. A day in the sun will do great things for your farmer’s tan.

3. You can golf and still be working.

4. The cost to golf is only $150 per golfer and includes 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation and greens fees.

5. Who doesn’t love driving a golf cart?

6. You’ll have unlimited bragging rights about your hole-in-one.

7. Proceeds from this event go directly into broadcast scholarships, internships and education for the future of the broadcasting industry.

8. The golf fundraiser is the day after the MAB’s Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting. You can enjoy two great days of networking, celebrating our 2016 award recipients and golfing for a great cause, all in one convenient location.

9. We’ll be golfing too, which means you definitely won’t get the worst score of the day.

10. A little friendly station-to-station competition never hurt anyone!

Make plans to make a difference today!

Not a golfer? You can sign up to be a phantom golfer and we won’t even make you wear a cape and mask. Sponsorship details can be found here.

For more details and to register click here: Golf Scramble

Questions? Contact Alisha, Jennifer or Rachel at
800-YOUR-MAB

SAVE THE DATE For The 2016 MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s
Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters!

We’re making some changes to the Golf Fundraiser this year…Your golf experience is sure to be fun and offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in helping to support the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships, and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation, green fees, and surprise guests.

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 Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

Clack Appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation

Clack_300Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation.  Clack handled the Broadcast Excellence Awards and the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards program for the MAB Foundation as well as the Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Clack has been with the MAB since 2010, starting as a Tech Assistant for the Emergency Alert System.

Alisha received her bachelor’s of art degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002. Then, more recently, she received her
master’s of science degree from Central Michigan University in
administration, while working full-time with MAB and raising
three young children with her husband Steve.

In addition to her duties with the MAB Foundation, Alisha will also coordinate the EAS program with MAB Director of Technical Services/Digital Communications Manager Dan Kelley and she will manager the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation.

MABF Scholarship Winners Announced

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabglbc2016At the Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Main Luncheon and Student Awards event, the MAB Foundation (MABF) with support from the MAB and large donors, were able to present $27,000 in scholarships to deserving college students.  In addition, scholarships were awarded from many companies, individuals and stations.

General Scholarship Recipients

Kylie Ambu, Spring Harbor University
William Corbett, Lansing Community College
Natalie Henderson, Central Michigan University
Heather Irvine, Eastern Michigan University
Noah Jurik, Hope College
Charlie Kadado, Wayne State University
Chris Martin, Ferris State University
Brandon Neal, Adrian College

Station Scholarship Recipients

Phylisha Drayton, University of Detroit Mercy – WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Robert E. Tomlinson III, Western Michigan University – Midwest Communications Scholarship
Aisha Carter, University of Michigan – Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship

High School Scholarship Recipients

Joseph DeBaradino, DeLasalle Collegiate High School
Ilene Gould, Rockford High School

Named Scholarship Recipients

Catherine Drabicki, Western Michigan University – Carl E. Lee Scholarship

Shandria Maxwell, Henry Ford Community College – Charles D. Fritz Scholarship

Glenn Himawan, Michigan Tech University and Dane Wurmlinger, Northern Michigan University – WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship

Jillian Borowski, University of Michigan – Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship

Jeremy Nelson, Specs Howard School of Media Arts – Charles D. Mefford Scholarship

Josephine Nyounai, Michigan State University – Gary A. Reid Scholarship

Valerie Dorn, Michigan State University – James H. Quello Scholarship

Isaac Constans, Michigan State University – Leicinger Biederman Scholarship

Joshua Scramlin, Justin Steward, Hannah Vogel and Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University – Dr. Peter Orlink Broadcast Scholarships

Regan Blissett, Grand Valley State University – Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship

Jake Rapanotti, Oakland University – Alan W. Frank Scholarship

Caleb L. Gordon, Michigan State University – Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship