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MAPB will honor John Sheffler, William H. Smith with Public Media Impact Awards

The MAPB has announced its 2017 Public Media Impact Award recipients. CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler will be honored for his nearly 40 years of professional service and leadership and Detroit philanthropist William H. Smith will be recognized for his generous contributions to Detroit Public Television.

John Sheffler

John Sheffler retired in May 2015 from WCMU (Mt. Pleasant) as Director of Radio after nearly 40 years with the station, a career that began while he was a student at Central Michigan University. He is credited with creating the series “Our Front Porch” in 1979, highlighting live  Traditional Americana and Celtic music. The program was broadcast nationally by NPR from 1983-1988 and was a weekend WCMU mainstay for more than 34 years. “Our Front Porch” recordings have been collected by the Library of Congress and the Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin.

William H. Smith

William H. Smith founded Allied Film & Video in Detroit after he and his wife, Patsy, moved to the city in 1960. They quickly became regular patrons of local culture and education, including Detroit Public Television. When Bill sold his company in 1995, the Smiths established a private charitable foundation and donor-advised fund through the Community Foundation of  Southeast Michigan. The couple was among DPTV’s lead donors as the organization expanded its services and facilities to convert to digital broadcasting in 2005, providing funding for the Smith Family Broadcast Operations Center. Following Patsy’s death in 2006, Bill made an additional gift for the construction of the Bill and Patsy Smith Studio at the Riley Broadcast Center. In 2013, Bill and his children made a $1 million commitment to established DPTV’s William H. Smith Family Leadership Circle to encourage other’s in charitable giving to the organization by their generous example. As of 2017, the giving circle surpassed its  $4 million goal with more than 55 donors participating in high level support of the values and mission of DPTV.

The MAPB Public Media Impact Awards will be celebrated on Aug. 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville as part of the MAB’s annual Advocacy Conference evening Awards Banquet.  Click here to attend.

WKAR’s ‘QuizBusters’ Announces Final Season

The long-running high school game show “QuizBusters”  will begin its final season this fall,  WKAR-TV (East Lansing) announced on July 5.

The award-winning original series first aired on Michigan State University’s public television station in 1989. In that time, as many as 100 different school districts, including home school groups, have sent teams to compete on the quiz show.

“I have been humbled by the outpouring of support and words of kindness from viewers and, especially, my former contestants,” said Matt Ottinger, “QuizBusters” host and producer, in a statement on WKAR.org. “While we have fun playing the game in the studio, we don’t always see the greater impact in the community and the memories we are creating for the students.”

The final 29th season of “QuizBusters” will begin October 7 and continue through the Grand Championship Series in Spring 2018.

WKAR Public Media is part of Michigan State University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences. WKAR provides mid-Michigan and the global community with award-winning original programming and the best from PBS and NPR via television channels WKAR-HD, WKAR World, WKAR Create and WKAR PBS Kids; and radio broadcasts at 90.5 FM, 94.5 FM, AM 870 and WKAR Radio Reading Service.

Michigan Radio Wins Two PRNDI Awards

Michigan Radio was honored on June 24 with two awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI).

The station received a First Place award in the Large Newsroom-Nationally Edited Continuing Coverage category for its on-going reporting about the Flint water crisis.

“The reporters at Michigan Radio took our commitment to keep the story of the Flint water crisis in front of a national audience very seriously,” said Vincent Duffy, Michigan Radio News Director. “This award is really a credit to the whole Flint team and our entire newsroom for their work that aired on NPR. I’m really pleased that the fantastic work done by Michigan Radio reporters has been recognized in this way.”

The station also received a Second Place award in the Long Documentary category for “Out From The Shadows: Living Undocumented.” The hour-long documentary by reporter Dustin Dwyer of Michigan Radio’s State of Opportunity team looked at what life is like for illegal immigrant families in the Grand Rapids area facing the prospect of deportation.

Michigan Radio has the state’s largest and most recognized radio news service, with more than thirty-five awards received in 2017 for news excellence. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in southeastern Michigan, 91.1 FM in Flint, and 104.1 FM in western Michigan.

WCMU Plans 50th Anniversary Open House

Central Michigan University’s WCMU will have an open house on Saturday, June 24.  The open house gives the station a chance to thank listeners and viewers for 50 years of support.

The WCMU 50th anniversary open house will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. with lots of activities for people of all ages.  The event will feature live music, tours of the radio and television studios and a chance to meet on-air personalities.

The event is free and open to the public. The WCMU studios are located at 1999 E. Campus Drive in Mount Pleasant.

DPTV Announces Summer of Badges Program

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) and 45 partner organizations have announced a program to help Detroit area school children to learn during the summer months with the Summer of Badges program. Summer of Badges, is a continuation of Digital Adventures and digital badging, takes learning outside the confines of the classroom and stretches far beyond the average school year in a way that is fun for kids.

With DPTV’s partner organizations, anyone, anywhere can find opportunities that will allow them to explore their interests and earn a digital badge.

While kids can select any badge from any of their partners badges, every two weeks the Summer of Badges program will focus on three “featured” badges:

June 1-14: Reading and Writing
· Wild About Reading
· Book Reviewer!
· Detroit PBS Kids Reading Program
July 1-14: Math and Engineering
· Bat-gineering
· PBS Kids Odd Squad
· SciEngiMathePloration Challenge

The TOP 10 badge winners, for each of the two week brackets, will receive a complimentary gift card.

Digital Adventure and the Summer of Badges program contribute to DPTV’s dedication to maximizing kids’ learning outside of the classroom. For more infomration on the program, visit www.digitaladventure.org.

WRCJ and WKAR Join Forces for Classical Listeners


Partnership will bring DSO concerts to capital area listeners, MSU concerts to southeast Michigan.

Thanks to a new partnership between radio stations WKAR-FM in East Lansing and WRCJ-FM in Detroit, classical music lovers in the capital region will be able to hear Detroit Symphony Orchestra concerts live, and listeners in Detroit will be able to tune in concert performances from Michigan State University’s College of Music.

“WKAR is thrilled about this new partnership between Michigan State University and WRCJ,” said WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf. “MSU College of Music performances represent some of the finest music making by renowned faculty and gifted student artists. And, of course, having live broadcasts of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra will now bring world-class performances to thousands in the Capital Region.”

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Live debuted on 90.5 FM WKAR on April 21. The new monthly broadcast presented live concert performances of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra from historic, acoustically acclaimed Orchestra Hall. The debut broadcast was hosted by WKAR’s Peter Whorf and WRCJ’s Dave Wagner.

Broadcasts go on hiatus after June 2, and return in the fall for a new season.

“We love to connect Michigan’s classical and jazz performers with wider audiences,” said WRCJ Station Manager Dave Devereaux. “This collaboration is in tune with that mission and brings new musical experiences to our listeners.”

Also, MSU in Concert will reach WRCJ listeners across Detroit and southeast Michigan and WKAR listeners in the capital region.

MSU in Concert is a new weekly hour of recorded concert performances featuring faculty artists, student ensembles, and guests from around the world, captured in performance at Cook Recital Hall, Fairchild Theatre and Wharton Center Cobb Great Hall on the MSU campus. WKAR’s Peter Whorf is the host.

“The College of Music is pleased to join in partnership with WRCJ and WKAR to provide excellence in classical and jazz programming,” said James Forger, dean of MSU College of Music at Michigan State University. “With our internationally acclaimed artist faculty and more than 500 talented and diverse students — 50% of whom come from Michigan, 30% from 36 states, and 20% from 24 nations — we are delighted to share the power of music with a wider audience!”

MSU in Concert airs 3 PM Fridays and Sundays on 90.5 WKAR East Lansing and at 9 AM Saturdays on 90.9 FM WRCJ Detroit.

Also new for WRCJ listeners will be the WKAR original, What’s New in Classical, featuring new classical releases hosted weekly by WKAR’s Peter Whorf. The program airs at 9 AM Sundays on WRCJ.

Detroit Symphony Orchestra Live, MSU in Concert and What’s New in Classical can also be heard at each station’s live audio stream at the scheduled times, at wkar.org and wrcjfm.org

WRCJ 90.9 FM, “Classical Days, Jazzy Nights,” is a listener-supported service of Detroit Public Television and Detroit Classical and Jazz Educational Radio LLC, and is heard worldwide on wrcjfm.org.

WKAR 90.5 FM is a service of WKAR Public Media, a division of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. WKAR is funded in large part by community viewer and listener contributions with additional support from Michigan State University and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

 

WCMU Honored with Michigan Community Action Award

(L-R)  John Stephenson, Executive Director of the Northwest Michigan Community Action Agency; Amy Robinson, WCMU News Director; Rick Westover, WCMU Program Director; Ken Kolbe, WCMU General Manager; and Kate White, Michigan Community Action Executive Director.

WCMU’s “Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” campaign has received the 2017 Community Service Award from Michigan Community Action (MCA). The award was presented May 9 at a special ceremony at the State Capitol in Lansing.

“Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” is a partnership involving WCMU, Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank that provides home-heating assistance to families in need. The December 2016 campaign raised $68,000 to help pay heating bills for residence in central and northern Michigan.

The generosity of WCMU Public Radio listeners during the five-day campaign triggered a dollar-for-dollar matching donation from Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank who worked with Michigan Community Action to distribute the funds to those in need.

“Michigan Community Action has helped more than 10,000 families in each of the last three years keep warm,” Rick Westover, program director of WCMU, said. “The combined generosity of Consumers Energy, Isabella Bank and CMU Public Radio listeners allowed MCA to continue to meet the growing need for home-heating assistance in our listening area.”

This year’s Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign brings to $138,000 the funding provided for help with heating bills during the last three years.

“Thanks to MCA for the “Warm Hearts, Warm Homes” recognition, but it’s the feedback and generosity of our listeners that provides warmth in our hearts,” said Westover.

Listener feedback:

Atlanta: “I’m on social security and keep my thermostat at 60, but I know there are people worse off than me, I’m willing to help with what I can.”

Petoskey: “I am a beneficiary of the energy assistance program through the NMCAA. I cannot express enough my gratitude for this program, which is helping my family keep warm this winter.”

Saginaw: “I love the Warm Hearts idea. It’s so important to help low income residents – these heating funds always run out at the end of the winter”

Casting Call for WKAR Science Show Draws from Mid-Michigan and Beyond

Curious Crew Casting Call for season 4. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney, MSU-WKAR.

More than 240 aspiring scientists visited the MSU campus on Saturday (5/6) to audition for season four of Curious Crew, the WKAR original series exploring science, technology, engineering and math.

“It was wonderful to see so many kids excited about science and Curious Crew,” said Julie Sochay, WKAR promotion coordinator. “This year’s casting call brought in a lot of wonderful talent and we look forward to another great season.”

Cast hopefuls and their families came from areas near Detroit, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids, Mt. Pleasant and as far away as Indianapolis, Indiana!

“This year’s Curious Crew Casting Call was a great success! We had a fantastic turnout of excited and eager children – and supportive family members,” said Tim Zeko, WKAR TV executive producer.

Mini screen test during the Curious Crew Casting Call season 4. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney, MSU-WKAR.

Parents and guardians watched from afar as each child conducted a mini screen test for Zeko and Matt Ottinger, producer and host of WKAR’s QuizBusters. From there, participants were then grouped and tasked together for the Team Challenge led by Curious Crew Host Rob Stephenson.

“They all did a great job showcasing their love of science and interest in exploration,” said Zeko. “I’m confident we’ll have a terrific cast for season 4!”

Children worked together on the Curious Crew Casting Call Team Challenge. Photo credit: Amanda Pinckney, MSU-WKAR.

Out of the large number of attendees, 45 will be chosen to participate in the TV show and will be notified in late May 2017. Once the cast is selected, season four will begin production during the summer of 2017 and is expected to debut on WKAR TV beginning January, 2018.

Curious Crew season four is made possible in part with support from MSU Federal Credit Union, ITEC and Capital Area District Libraries.

Fore more pictures of the event please visit WKAR’s Facebook and Flickr pages.

Public Media Impact Award Nominations Due June 7

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabsummer20162017 marks the 32nd year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters with the MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Two awards – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – will be presented during a banquet at the August 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville, MI.

The awards honor individuals for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan.

Donors and Professionals involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors, and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.

Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 7, 2017.

Visit the MAPB Award Page here for more information and to access the online nomination form.

 

WDET Welcomes Journalist Emery King on May 17

Emery King

WDET-FM (Detroit) is presenting “Essential Conversation with Emery King hosted by Ann Delisi” at the Detroit Historical Museum  on May 17.  The event is a fund-raiser for the public radio station.

Delisi is a program host at WDET and also works with former NBC White House Correspondent and former WDIV News Anchor Emery King and his production company, Emery King Communications. For the past 10 years they have worked on countless productions together, met with everyone from doctors to legislators and at one time, they shared an office down the hall from Detroit Medical Center CEO (and now Detroit Mayor), Mike Duggan.

Delisi will put her interview skills to work and interview her boss, Emery King, for the first Essential Conversation of 2017. They will talk about Mr. King’s time covering the White House, the press, race, his work with the Michigan Film Industry, Mayor Mike Duggan, Mr. King’s incredible personal story and how he and Ann Delisi came to work together.

Ticket and event information is available here.