Category Archives: MAPB

Interlochen Public Radio Highlights Grayling Broadcaster

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!

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.

Michigan Radio Wins National Clarion Award for Veterans Series

via Steve Chrypinski, Michigan Radio

MIRadio-Battlefield_300Michigan Radio has won a national Clarion Award from The Association for Women in Communications. The award was received in the Radio Documentary Series category for “Beyond the Battlefield.”

The “Beyond the Battlefield” series, which aired in July 2015, looked at how post-9/11 military veterans are faring in Michigan. The series featured interviews, feature reports, online videos and a public engagement event to examine issues including veteran’s medical care, employment, housing and long-term health impacts from their military service.

Since 1972, the Clarion Awards have honored excellence in more than 100 categories across all areas of communications, including advertising and marketing, magazines, newspapers, online media, photography, public relations, radio and television.  The Association for Women in Communications (AWC) is a professional organization that champions the advancement of women across all communications disciplines by recognizing excellence, promoting leadership and positioning its members at the forefront of the evolving communications era. The 2016 Clarion Awards will be presented at the AWC National Conference, September 17-19 in Dallas.

Cheyna Roth Joins MPRN’s Capitol Bureau

via Rick Pluta, Managing Editor and State Capitol bureau Chief, MPRN

Cheyna_400As a prosecutor, Cheyna Roth stayed busy putting away the bad guys. Now, she’s turning those skills to covering government and politics as the new state Capitol correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN).

“As a lawyer I only ever got to tell one side of a story, but as a journalist I’m able to use the analytical skills I learned in the legal profession to dig into all sides of an issue,” she says.

Roth was an assistant prosecutor in Ionia County handling a lot of prisoner misconduct cases when she decided, after about a year and a half, that her passion was story-telling:

“NPR got me through an almost hour long commute every day,” she says. “Listening to the stories and amazing quality of radio production was a real catalyst for my leaving the legal field to pursue journalism. Every morning and evening I would listen and say, ‘I want to do that.’ To have the opportunity to work in public radio is quite a dream come true.”

Roth, 27, returned to school and graduated in 2016 with a master’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University. During grad school, she interned with Michigan Radio, and post-graduation, her freelance career included multi-media reporting for WKAR and researching and producing a documentary on an ex-con’s experiences teaching life lessons to kids in Flint.

Roth will focus on covering the Legislature and criminal justice issues in her new role with MPRN.

WKAR-FM hires Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen, WKAR Morning Edition host. photo: Stacy Hoxsey/WKAR-MSU. 6/7/2016
Photo credit: Stacy Hoxsey, WKAR/MSU

Radio veteran Brooke Allen has joined Michigan State University’s WKAR-FM as Morning Edition producer and local host, as well as a contributor to Current State.

Allen comes to the station from WWJ-AM (Detroit), where she served as an anchor and reporter.  At WWJ, her projects included “Second Chance,” a broadcast series that sought to provide those serving time an opportunity to turn their lives around; and stories revealing the tragic plight of victims of alcohol-related crashes, something that has also personally affected her family.

Before her stint at WWJ, Allen served as a news and traffic reporter at a number of stations in Michigan and California, including KFI-AM, KOST-FM and JILL-FM.

Allen studied theatre and communications at Eastern Michigan University, and is a graduate of the Academy of Radio and Television Broadcasting in Huntington Beach, California.

“We’re thrilled to have Brooke join us as local host of Morning Edition and as a part of the Current State team,” said WKAR Radio Station Manager Peter Whorf. “Brooke brings listeners a broad and deep level of experience honed by her years at multiple major-market stations. She also exudes a sparkling personality and a voice that Michigan listeners will enjoy waking up to.”

Michigan’s Broadcasters To Honor Rep. Candice Miller

RepresentativeCandiceMillerOfficialPhoto)_300The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) will honor Representative Candice S. Miller (R-10th) with the Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies, Tuesday, August 30.

The awards ceremony wraps up the 2016 Advocacy Conference, held August 30-31 at the Inn of St. John’s.

Congresswoman Candice Miller is currently serving her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Miller served the State of Michigan at various state and local levels. In 1980, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history and the first woman ever elected to the post. In 1992, she was elected Macomb County Treasurer, becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years. In 1994, she was elected Michigan’s 40th Secretary of State, defeating a 24-year incumbent to become the first women to ever hold the office and the first woman to ever win a partisan statewide office in her own right. After two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State, she was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002.

In Congress, Representative Miller is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration – currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Until recently, she also served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and as a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Throughout her tenure, she has be a staunch advocate of initiatives to preserve, protect, and restore the Great Lakes, as well as promote Michigan industry.

For more information on the Advocacy Conference or to register, click here.