Category Archives: MAPB

MAPB Elects New Officers

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) elected the 2016 Officers of the Board of Directors during a board meeting held on March 7.

The newly elected officers include:

President: Eric Smith, Director of Broadcasting, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting

Vice-President: Gary Reid, Michigan State University Public Broadcasting

Treasurer: Steve Schram, Michigan Public Media

Secretary: Michelle Srbinovich, WDET Public Radio

For more information about MAPB and the board members please visit our website at www.michmab.com/MAPB.

Michigan Radio Names New Morning Edition Host

DougTribou_250After an extensive national search, Michigan Radio has announced that Doug Tribou has been named as the station’s new Morning Edition host.

From 2008 until August 2015, Tribou worked at NPR member station WBUR-FM in Boston. During that time, he served as a reporter and producer for “Only A Game,” NPR’s weekly sports show. From 2006-2008, he served as a news anchor and on-air host at WBUR. In September 2015, Tribou came to the University of Michigan after being awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship.

In addition to his past decade in public radio, Tribou also has extensive experience in commercial radio. He served as Program Director at ESPN Radio Boston (WAMG/WLLH) from 2005-2006, and spent several years as Program and News Director for a group of Saga Communications radio stations in Portland, Maine. He has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree from Boston University.

“We’re tremendously excited to have Doug as our new morning host,” said Michigan Radio Director-General Manager Steve Schram. “He has a voice that listeners will enjoy waking up to; and a strong commitment to the role that public radio journalism plays in society.”

“When I came to Ann Arbor, I quickly became a fan of Michigan Radio,” said Tribou. “I feel fortunate to join such a talented team at a highly respected news organization.”

Tribou’s first day as Morning Edition host will be Monday, June 6.

Radio Reader Dick Estell Passes

Dick Estell in 1964. Photo couresty of WKAR.
Dick Estell in 1964. Photo couresty of WKAR.

The MAB learned this past weekend that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, had passed away. According to family, via WKAR (East Lansing), Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016.

Dick Estell continued broadcasting into his 90th year, retiring from the airwaves in March of 2016.

WKAR has made available some stories celebrating Dick’s career:

Radio Reader Estell to Leave Airwaves After Storied Career
After 52 years, Radio Reader Dick Estell signs off

Memorial information will be shared at the Radio Reader website.

For those desiring, contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the WKAR Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired, which he founded in 1973. You can contribute your Memorial Gift to Radio Reading Service here.

WGVU Presents Kids Day at the Air Zoo

On April 24, WGVU-AM-FM-TV (Grand Rapids) invited viewers and listeners to visit the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo for just $5 per person with tickets available through sponsor Flagstar Bank.

The Air Zoo is a favorite Kalamazoo area destination attraction…it has been voted the “Best Place to Take Out-of-Towners” and “Best Place to Spend a Day with Your Family” three years in a row. The Air Zoo features more than 50 rare and historic aircraft, amusement park-style rides, Full-Motion Flight Simulators, RealD 3D/4D Missions Theater, as well as historical exhibits and educational activities.

See more about the Air Zoo here:

Nominations Needed for 2016 Public Media Impact Awards

Last year's winners with (on far right) Eric Smith, MAPB Board President : (L-R) Robert Barclay Volunteer CMU Public Broadcasting Network (Mt Pleasant), Barry Baker Former General Manager, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting (University Center)
Last year’s winners with Eric Smith (on right), MAPB Board President. Robert Barclay (on left), Volunteer, CMU Public Broadcasting Network, (Mt Pleasant), and Barry Baker (center), Former General Manager, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting (University Center).

This year marks the 31st year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasters. Two awards will be presented – one award for Donors and one award for Professionals – for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. This award will be presented at the Annual Awards Banquet as part of the Advocacy Conference & Annual Meeting of MAB on August 31 at The Inn at St. John’s which is attended by owners and operators of broadcast stations, lawmakers and other dignitaries.

Purpose
• To recognize outstanding individuals or foundations involved in public broadcasting for their innovativeness and creativity.
• To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.
• To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

Eligibility
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.

Nomination Process
Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos, and videos) is Wednesday, June 8, 2016.  Download the nomination form and complete information here or contact Ann Walters at the MAB: walters@michmab.com.

Awards
There will be up to two awards given — one Professional (including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized at the 2016 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth, Michigan.

Gordon Bolar to Retire

Bolar_400It has been announced that Gordon Bolar, General Manager of WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) (Western Michigan University), will retire on June 30, 2016.  A search is currently underway for a new General Manager for the station.

Bolar has served as WMUK’s General Manager for the past five and a half years. Prior to that he was the station’s Development Director for five years. He has more than 21 years of experience in public radio and public television, and served as Development Director for KAKM and KSKA in Anchorage, Alaska and for WGVU TV and Radio in Grand Rapids.

WKAR Radio and Television Present “Faces of Flint”

FacesOfFlint_400WKAR Radio and Television, along with the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University, have put together a series of stories focusing on the people of Flint affected by the water Crisis.

“Faces of Flint” debuted on radio and television this week. Radio featured daily segments on “Current State with Mark Bashore” and TV featured documentary video shorts aired daily immediately following “PBS NewsHour.” All “Faces of Flint” stories are available online at wkar.org.

Among the people we meet in “Faces of Flint” are Pastor Jeffrey Hawkins, at Prince of Peace Missionary Baptist Church, who uses his spirituality to craft sermons centered around the Flint water crisis; second graders at St. John Vianney Catholic School, sharing stories on how their life has changed; volunteers at the Hispanic Technology and Community Center, providing food, water, and testing kits to undocumented immigrants; the MacIntyre family, who aren’t ready to give up on their hometown yet; and hip-hop artist Mama Sol, who uses her music to bring attention to and give voice to Flint residents struggling in the midst of the continuing water crisis.

The reporting and production team of “Faces of Flint” is made of top journalism and media students and recent graduates working alongside WKAR Network professionals. The team is headed up by MSU faculty Associate Professor Geri Alumit Zeldes, WKAR Television Producer Nicole Zaremba and WKAR Radio Producer April Van Buren.

Work of the student journalists was funded in part by ComArtSci, School of Journalism, Knight Center for Environmental Journalism, MSU Office of Outreach and Engagement and MSU Alumni Association. Funding is being sought to support production and marketing of “Faces of Flint,” and to extend the series
as a weekly feature beyond April 15.

Michigan Radio Wins Society of Professional Journalist-Detroit Awards

mir-ann-arbor-logo-bwMichigan Radio has been recognized with several awards from the Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

The station received a first place award in the Radio: Investigative Reporting category for “Sexual assault investigations at MSU: a broken system, and the efforts to fix it.” In the report, the Michigan Radio team of Joe Linstroth and Kate Wells investigated allegations of problems with Michigan State University’s handling of sexual assault cases.

Michigan Radio’s Lindsey Smith also received a first place award in the Radio: Documentary category for “Not Safe to Drink,” which told the story of the Flint water crisis. Lindsey Smith was also a finalist for the Journalist of the Year award, which was presented to Ron Fonger of the Flint Journal.

Michigan Radio reporter Lester Graham took third place for “A Detroit mom’s journey from welfare to the workforce” in the Radio: Feature Story category.

The awards were presented April 12 at the Detroit SPJ’s annual banquet. The Detroit Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists recognizes the Detroit area’s top print, online, radio, and television journalists.

WGVU Holds 5th Annual “Local Blues Matter” Fundraiser

WGVUBluesmatterOn April 16, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids) presented their 5th Annual “Local Blues Matters” benefit event to support the nearly 36-hours of blues programming heard each weekend on the station.

The benefit concert, held at a local lounge, featured headliner Larry McCray along with West Michigan blues artists Hank Mowery, Jimmy Stagger, plus Hannah Rose and the GravesTones.

Hear a pre-event on air interview with organizers Garry Zack and Jim Marcusse here.

WKAR Radio Host Mark Bashore Spotlighted in Business Magazine

MarkBashore_300The Longtime Lansing market radio personality and present Managing Editor and Host of WKAR-FM’s (East Lansing) “Current State” program was the spotlight of a recent article in Greater Lansing Business Monthly.  In the article, Bashore discusses his career, the changes he has observed in the radio industry over the years, and his current program at WKAR.

Bashore started his career in 1971 doing campus radio at Michigan State University, later went to WWCK-FM in Flint, WILS-AM in Lansing, WEEI-FM in Boston, and back to Lansing at WFMK-FM for 19 years.  He joined WKAR in 2007.

Read the Greater Lansing Business Monthly article here.