Category Archives: MAPB

Bucky Love Says Thank You to MAPB

lovenote_300In a handwritten card to MAPB Executive Director Karole White, 2016 Public Media Impact Award receipent Bucky Love extends her thanks to the MAPB Board for the honor bestowed upon her at the ceremony August 30.

Bucky writes “Dear Karole, what an experience!  I’m still having “flashbacks.”  The event was beyond anything I could have imagined.”

“Having Jeff and Greg escort me to the stage was very special to me.  I especially enjoyed the lovely welcoming food tray you sent me.  I actually was hungry at 5 a.m. and so I ate.  Yum!”

Bucky Love was recognized for her 30+ years of contributions to WGVU Public Media, her nonprofit of choice when it comes to a champion for the arts and music.

Read more about the award ceremony here.

WGVU’s Shelley Irwin Wins Athena Award

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(L-R) WGVU General Manager Michael Walenta, Morning Show Host/Producer Shelley Irwin and Assistant General Manager Jay Lowe. Photo courtesy of Michael Walenta.

WGVU-AM/FM (Grand Rapids) morning host/producer Shelley Irwin has been honored as recipient of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce 2016 Athena Award, presented at ceremonies on September 15.

The ATHENA Awards Program and ATHENA Young Professional Award are founded on the ATHENA Leadership Model® from ATHENA International, which identifies eight distinct attributes, called the ATHENA Tenets, that are reflective of women’s contributions to leadership: Authentic Self, Relationships, Giving Back, Collaboration, Courageous Acts, Learning, Fierce Advocacy, Celebration and Joy.

Irwin was recognized for her leadership, mentorship and many remarkable contributions to the greater Grand Rapids community. Not to mention boundless energy and positive nature elevating all those around her!

Barry Baker Passes

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Left: Barry Baker at the MAPB Booth, 2009 Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC); Right: Barry speaking at the 2015 MAB/MAPB Advocacy Conference

Barry Baker, retired General Manager of Delta College Public Broadcasting, passed away August 30, 2016. His funeral was held at the Davidson/Hermelin Chapel at Clover Hill Park on Thursday, September 1. The Rabbi David Nelson officiated.

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Barry Baker in 2015 after receiving the Professional MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Surviving are Barry’s wife Sherri Baker, his son Brett Baker and daughter Carrie Platner; his sister Marlene Krauetzker and brother James Baker. Grandchildren Dillian Tacey and Ryan Harris. His parents Marcia and Paul Baker predeceased him.

Barry was a valued member of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters prior to his retirement and served on many committees. Barry was an active participant in the MAB Foundation, annually attending the Career Fairs, speaking at conferences and serving as a mentor at the speed networking events. Barry loved speaking to the students that attended these functions and encouraging them in their careers in broadcasting.

Barry was witty, personable and a kind man who approached each issue with great wisdom. He will be missed by his friends at the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters and broadcasting associates across the nation.

Biography:

Barry Baker was Executive Director of Communications Technology & General Manager for Delta College Public Broadcasting. Before coming to Delta College in 1997, Baker served as Executive Director & General Manager for Southern Minnesota Public Broadcasting stations KSMQ-TV and KMSK-FM from 1978-1997. From 1974-1978 Baker was Director of Operations and Production for the New Hampshire Public Television Network, where he won an EMMY in 1977 as Executive Producer/Director for “Best Entertainment Program.” From 1971-1974 Baker worked at public TV stations WSIU/WUSI in southern Illinois and was an instructor in the mass communications department at Southern Illinois University. Baker worked as a producer/consultant for the University of Western Ontario from 1970-1971. His initial exposure to the broadcast industry began in 1966 at Detroit Public Television as crew supervisor and studio director and as an engineer for ABC network owned WXYZ-TV/AM/FM in Detroit. Baker is a graduate of Wayne State University.

Barry retired from Delta College in March of 2015.

MAPB Honors 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient

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(L-R) MAPB President Eric Smith, 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient Ms. Bucky Love, and WGVU Public Media General Manager Michael Walenta.

On Tuesday, August 30 at the the Inn at St. John’s, the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented the MAPB Public Media Impact Award to Bucky Love.

Bucky Love has given from the heart, to WGVU Public Media for over 30 years – her nonprofit of choice when it comes to a champion for the arts and music. Her passion for WGVU extends first and foremost to the music the station is synonymous with, and which she helps to nourish with the Bucky M Love WGVU Music Endowment Fund. In addition, Bucky gives generously to WGVU on a heartfelt basis to help fund a variety of educational initiatives and has provided more than one lead gift to WGVU to acquire much needed production equipment.

Bucky’s love of music and sense of responsibility to give back to the community both started at a very early age, influenced by her father Michael, who enjoyed singing in his native Slovenian language.

Bucky’s deep commitment and varied contributions to WGVU Public Media extending back to 1987, have benefitted multiple areas, including arts, education and technology-all greatly enhancing the stations on-air and community engagement efforts serving 2.5 million citizens.

Bucky, a former kindergarten teacher continues to be a vibrant ambassador of WGVU, who loves nothing more than to hop in her little yellow sports car and drive to station activities. What makes Bucky worthy of this award is her steadfast eagerness to support all that Public Media stands for and to make sure that others follow in her footsteps. She has been a pioneer for WGVU in the truest sense of the word. Ten years ago she was one of the first individuals to provide a foundation match for an early childhood reading program benefiting at risk children. Her innovative outlook on life convinced her to support an area previously foreign to her- the technological that makes WGVU tick. She stepped forward with a lead gift helping WGVU secure digital production equipment.

Bucky Love has been a significant part of the WGVU success story helping to provide for all programming and community events that educate, inspire and entertain, just as Bucky does in her day-to-day life. Anyone who has had the pleasure of spending time with Bucky appreciates the enjoyable way she weaves together the lessons she learned in the past with her current love of music and her strong sense of philanthropic responsibility.

Interlochen Public Radio Highlights Grayling Broadcaster

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Jerry Coyne. Photo courtesy of Peter Payette, Interlochen Public Radio

Interlochen Public Radio’s “The Green Room” recently highlighted Blarney Stone Broadcasting’s Jerry Coyne (and wife and business partner Sheryl) in an audio piece titled “Rock ‘n’ roll revolution still going in Grayling.”

The feature begins with Jerry Coyne and his years growing up in Detroit: “As a teenager in the 1970s, he saw bands like Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones when they were in their prime and he listened to WABX, a rock station in Detroit that introduced a lot of the music that came to define his generation.”

The audio feature also has interviews with both Jerry and Sheryl Coyne discussing the history and their operating philosophy of their Grayling radio stations (WQON-FM, WGRY-FM and WMQU-AM).

Read more and listen to the audio feature here.

 

WKAR Puts the Fun in Fundraising

Michigan State University’s WKAR-TV (East Lansing) is having a little fun with their fundraising effort this summer, with the help of Emmy award-winning actor Timothy Busfield,  who joined the University’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences this past June.

Along with Susi Elkins, Interim Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR, station staff, plus a cameo appearance by Busfield’s wife, Melissa Gilbert, this video is now appearing on the station’s Facebook feed:

Michigan Radio Recognized by National Association of Black Journalists

Michigan Radio expanded its list of honors in 2016 with two recent awards from the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ). Michigan Radio’s Kate Wells was recognized with a Salute to Excellence Award in the Radio News: Short Form category, for “Breast milk company cancels campaign to recruit Detroit moms.” The story looked at a controversy surrounding efforts by an Oregon-based breast milk company to increase breast-feeding among low-income black moms in Detroit.

Producer Zak Rosen also won a Salute to Excellence Award in the Radio News: Long Form category for “Bringing Up Detroit.” This year-long series examined the lives of three Detroit families as they navigated the city’s often unpredictable school systems, economy, transportation networks and neighborhoods.

Michigan Radio had three other stories that were finalists for NABJ awards including Jennifer Guerra for the documentary “Mr. Knight’s Neighborhood;” Dustin Dwyer for his report “This Community Finally Got What People Have Been Asking for All Season: A Home Football Game;” and Zak Rosen for “A Youth Reporter Takes You Inside the Huddle.”

The NABJ’s Salute to Excellence Awards recognize journalism that best covers the black experience or addresses issues affecting the worldwide black community during the year.

WKAR’S Bushre Retires After 30 Years!

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Diana Bushre, (now-retired) WKAR Membership Assistant with Prabu David, Dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, Michigan State University.

On July 29, WKAR-AM/FM/TV (East Lansing) said goodbye and congratulations to longtime membership office assistant Diana Bushre as she retires after 30 years with the stations.

On a Facebook post, the station wished her the best on her next adventure and thanks her for her many years of service!

WDET Introduces “CultureShift”

CultureShift_-_ShowDetroit-based public radio station WDET-FM  has debuted a new weekday program called “CultureShift,” which airs live from noon to 3 p.m.

The show is described by the station as a culture magazine for radio, similar to syndicated popular national programs such as “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”  It also describes the program as “Your soundtrack to discovering Detroit.  Music, arts, food and what’s happening.”

The show is built around discussion of local music, arts, food and events along with prerecorded “sound-rich stories.” The show also taps into the station’s music archive as well as the resources of other WDET programs.

WDET General Manager Michelle Srbinovich told Crain’s Detroit Business that the station, over the past year, has done research, including a listener survey and focus groups, to see what would fit best in that part of the schedule — when listeners are still driving from lunch or at their desk tuned in. What they learned fueled the creation of “CultureShift”.

“We really felt culture was the place we could make a bigger play,” Srbinovich told Crain’s in a conversation Tuesday.

“CultureShift” re-airs midnight to 3 a.m and is also available as a podcast.  The show uses social media as a listener interaction tool to foster discussion and is also live-streamed on Facebook Live.

Find out more on the show’s webpage here.

MAPB Announces Public Media Impact Award

BuckyLove_300The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce the 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient, Ms. Bucky Love. Bucky Love has a heart for, and has given from the heart, to WGVU Public Media for over 30 years – her nonprofit of choice when it comes to a champion for the arts and music. Her passion for WGVU extends first and foremost to the music the station is synonymous with, and which she helps to nourish with the Bucky M Love WGVU Music Endowment Fund. In addition, Bucky gives generously to WGVU on a heartfelt basis to help fund a variety of educational initiatives and has provided more than one lead gift to WGVU to acquire much needed production equipment.

Bucky’s love of music and sense of responsibility to give back to the community both started at a very early age influenced by her father Michael, who enjoyed singing in his native Slovenian language.

The MAPB Public Media Impact Award will be presented at the MAB/MAPB Awards Banquet, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at The Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.  For more information or to register, click here.