WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) General Manager Michael Walenta recently returned from taking the WGVU Explorers on a 14-day trip to the Magnificent Cities of Central and Eastern Europe.
Michael and the WGVU Explorer travelers toured Berlin where they saw many sites including the Sans Souci Palace, the former residence of Frederick the Great, and saw the remains of the Berlin Wall including “Checkpoint Charlie.” Then it was on to Dresden, Prague and the Czech Republic. From there, they visited Vienna and took in a classical concert and lovely dinner consisting of local cuisine. They traveled to the beautiful city of Budapest, Hungary where they visited a Hungarian Horse Farm. Krakow, Poland was their next stop where they visited historic Old Town and toured Wawel Castle, a former residence of Polish kings. Auschwitz was their next stop where they saw first-hand the various prison cells and learned more about the history of the prison and many of the hardships that occurred within those walls. Warsaw was their last city on the tour where they experienced the local capital city. It was a very memorable trip, filled with history and education.
For more information on an upcoming trip, visit wgvu.org/explorers or call (800) 442-2771.
Upcoming WGVU Explorer trips include:
Alaska Discovery Land & Cruise – May 9-21, 2017
Exploring Ireland & Britain featuring Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales – October 13-27, 2017
Interlochen Center for the Arts has chosen a new President. Trey Devey will leave the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra next year to come to northern Michigan. Devey has been president of the symphony orchestra since 2009 and led it out of a severe financial crisis.
Interlochen Public Radio is owned and governed by the Interlochen Center for the Arts and its Board of Trustees.
Devey, age 45, has vacationed near Traverse City his entire life. He has a masters degree from The Wharton School of Business, and he studied music and played trombone at Northern Illinois University.
This Friday, October 28, WGVU Public Media will hold a fundraiser at the Grand Rapids Public Museum from 7:30 – 10 p.m.
Attendees can enjoy samples of over 400 of the finest domestic wines and beers along with gourmet food selections, all for one ticket price. In addition, live jazz will be provided by The Steve Higler Band.
Proceeds will benefit WGVU Public Media. More information here.
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) recently received an award in the Promotion category from the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) for the station’s 2015 Fall Sizzle Reel. The Award was presented during the NETA conference in Baltimore on September 19.
The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) is a professional association that serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico.
Wednesday, March 8, 2017! The Lansing Center Lansing, MI
Get your entries ready! The 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards will be here before you know it. The due date for all entries is January 13, 2017. Production and broadcast for all entries must have occurred between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016.
Gather your Newscast, Sportscast, Investigative Stories and more, and get ready to celebrate your station at this most anticipated yearly event!
MAB or MAPB Member: $45 per entry
Non-Members: $90 per entry
The Michigan Radio documentary, Not Safe To Drink, has been recognized as an award winner by the Third Coast International Audio Festival.
The annual Third Coast / Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Competition honors the most creative and compelling audio work being produced worldwide. Michigan Radio’s Not Safe To Drink documentary was selected as one of ten award winners out of more than 550 entries from 17 countries.
The Not Safe to Drink documentary traced the story of the Flint water crisis and how the water in Flint became unsafe to drink, bathe in and use for cooking. The documentary first aired on Michigan Radio in December 2015 and has also aired nationally on public radio’s “Reveal” program.
Michigan Radio was one of the first news outlets to cover the Flint water crisis and this documentary was instrumental in calling attention to the issue. Not Safe to Drink was reported and produced by Lindsey Smith and edited by Sarah Hulett, with reporting help from Michigan Radio‘s Steve Carmody, Rebecca Williams and Mark Brush.
The Third Coast Competition selects winners in categories including Best Documentary, Best New Artist, Radio Impact and Best News Feature. Specific award winners will be revealed at the Third Coast Awards Celebration on November 13 in Chicago.
On September 23, Governor Rick Snyder announced the initial appointments to the Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education. The council consists of 15 members appointed by the governor.
Among the 15 appointed were Michael Walenta, General Manager of WGVU Public Media at Grand Valley State University. He holds a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting and cinematic arts and a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University. Walenta is currently on the board of directors of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters.
The Governor’s Council on Genocide and Holocaust Education was created to promote, within schools and the general population of Michigan, implementation of genocide education by identifying strategies for providing and enhancing genocide education to students and identifying programs and resources to train teachers in providing genocide education.
Please see the complete release and list of appointees here. Members will serve two-year terms expiring on August 26, 2018.
In 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.