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WGVU’s Eernisse to NETA as Education VP

Tim Eernisse

Following a national search, the National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) announced July 6 that it has chosen WGVU (Grand Rapids) Public Media’s Tim Eernisse to be its first education vice president. Eernisse will be at the forefront of actualizing NETA’s strategic plan to amplify public media’s education role, overseeing the association’s education services and professional development activities, including the annual NETA conference this coming January in Salt Lake City. He begins work at NETA’s headquarters in early August.

Eernisse spent the last 12 years as director of development and marketing at WGVU, a service of Grand Valley State University. He developed many successful collaborations for the university licensee, both locally and nationally, including WGVU Engage, a group of more than 600 volunteers to support the station’s community engagement initiatives in inclusion, health, arts, veterans and education. The U.S. Air Force veteran and self-described “first generation PBS Kid” is already known to many in the public media system as a valued colleague on numerous working groups and advisory councils dealing with community engagement, early childhood education development, revenue innovation and communications.

Eernisse said, “I believe education is the foundational cornerstone of the services that PBS, NPR and public television stations provide to our communities. I am honored and humbled to join the NETA team and look forward to working together to make a difference in support of that educational mission.”

NETA president Eric Hyyppa said, “Tim brings a passion for the mission of public media, a service based leadership philosophy, a demonstrated creative and entrepreneurial streak and a station-centric perspective.” He added, “I am excited to have him as a partner. I am confident in his ability to lead NETA, our member stations, and our public media system forward.”

The National Educational Telecommunications Association is a public media pioneer, originally incorporated in 1967. The member organization is based in Columbia, S.C. It serves public television licensees and educational entities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Virgin Islands by providing quality program content from diverse sources, educational resources, professional development, management support and national representation.

Mark T. Brush, Paul J. Ryan to be Honored with 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce its 2018 Public Media Impact Awards. Mark T. Brush and Paul J. Ryan will be honored August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the annual MAB Summer Conference.

Professional Award
Mark T. Brush, Michigan Radio
(posthumously) 
Mark T. Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He worked to develop and maintain the station’s overall digital strategy. As a senior producer/reporter and the station’s first online news content specialist from 2010 to 2016, he helped move the station toward publishing more online-first stories.
From 2006 to 2010, as the unit’s co-manager and senior producer, Mark helped transition the station’s regional environmental news unit into an award-winning national news service known as The Environment Report. He reported on many vitally important issues for Michiganders, including cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie, pollution from industrial animal production, and arsenic in groundwater… and he covered all sorts of fun stories too, such as a profile of Christmas tree farmer Duke Wagatha, and the history of the giant Uniroyal tire along I-94. Mark was a crucial member of the team at Michigan Radio that covered the Flint water crisis. He won the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow award for his investigation into the status of Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, and spearheaded the M I Curious project that seeks to answer the questions our listeners are wondering about.
Mark was a graduate of the University of Michigan (’00 MS in Environmental Policy and Planning & ’91 BA in Political Science) and has been a “public radio junkie” since 1992. Much of Mark’s storytelling philosophy was influenced through his close work with veteran CBC “réalisateur” David Candow.
Donor Award
Paul J. Ryan, WGVU Public Media
Paul J. Ryan has been an integral part of the expansion of community engagement and impact for WGVU Public Media. He began supporting the station in 2010 both philanthropically and through providing his expert knowledge and leadership to the station’s desire to be a deep convener throughout our community.
In 2010, Paul began a multi-year personal commitment to help fund a scholarship endowment for veterans and their dependents to attend Grand Valley State University directly through WGVU. Additionally, he contributed to building our community outreach for veterans and made a substantial gift to allow WGVU Public Media to create a visual display of all Medal of Honor Recipients from the State of Michigan with images and bios. WGVU has leveraged this tool in schools and throughout its expanded community engagement efforts and it is only possible thanks to Paul.
In September of 2017, Paul spearheaded the community effort to support WGVU Public Media’s LZ Michigan, a “Landing Zone” to Remember, Honor and Celebrate our community’s veterans and their families. He took the lead role in helping to raise the needed revenue to help support the statewide community engagement effort. His personal support is multiplied by his work to share his passion for WGVU and being able to help bring over $100,000 of additional philanthropic support for the station in recent years.

Michigan Stations Win at PRNDI Awards

At the 2018 PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) Conference Awards Banquet, held June 23 in Washington, three Michigan public radio broadcasters were honored, winning multiple awards for their work.

Winning stations in Michigan include Michigan Radio (WUOM-FM/WVGR-FM/WFUM-FM, based in Ann Arbor), WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) and Interlochen Public Radio (Interlochen).

PRNDI awards is the only national contest recognizing outstanding public radio news reporting at local stations.

Covering the outstanding efforts of 2017, more than 190 awards were presented to stations across the country for categories including Breaking News, Call-in Programs, Documentaries, Interviews, and News Features.

For a complete list of winners, click here.

Emily Fox Named Local Morning Edition Host at WKAR-FM

Emily Fox. Photo credit: Gil Aegerter/KUOW

Emily Fox will join WKAR-FM (East Lansing) as the Capital Region host and local producer for NPR’s Morning Edition.

The announcement was made June 26 by Peter Whorf, radio station manager at WKAR. Fox joins the WKAR news team on July 23, and will debut as Morning Edition local host the week of August 13.

“We’re all thrilled that Emily will be joining WKAR as our local host and producer for Morning Edition,” Whorf said. “Emily brings a major radio market background, years of experience, deep Michigan roots, and MSU degrees in both communications and music. I can’t imagine anyone better suited for this position than Emily.”

Fox comes to WKAR from KUOW in Seattle, Washington, where she was the local Morning Edition host for the Seattle market. No stranger to Michigan, Fox previously worked at Michigan Radio as host, reporter, and producer.

“We’re excited to have another strong journalist join WKAR’s Morning Edition,” said Reginald Hardwick, WKAR digital news director. “In addition to hosting NPR newscasts in Michigan and Seattle, Emily has produced stories of indigenous peoples in our state and the northwest, which were picked up by national newscasts. It’s that kind of unique reporting that we cannot wait to have Emily share with our community.”

Emily Fox is a graduate of Michigan State University receiving her masters of arts in telecommunication information studies and media in 2013, and her bachelor of music in 2011.

CMU’s Dr. Jerry Henderson: November 19, 1938 – June 16, 2018

Dr. Jerry Henderson

The MAB is sad to report that Dr. Jerry Henderson, 79, of Bay City, Mich., passed away on the afternoon of Saturday, June 16, 2018, at Brian’s House Hospice.

Dr. Henderson was a Professor of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts at Central Michigan University and a member of the faculty since 1975. As station operations manager since the mid-1970’s, he shepherded station WMHW-FM from 10-watt to 13,000-watt HD status, training hundreds of students in station operations and paving the way for many of them to win a wide-range of awards, as well as pursue highly successful radio industry careers.  His beloved students often referred to him as “Dr. Jerry.”

Born in Malone, N.Y., on November 19, 1938, Jerry was the son of the late Robert A. and Charlotte (Disque) Henderson. He graduated from Franklin Academy High School in June of 1956, then went on to study at the University of Rochester, N.Y., Paul Smiths College in Paul Smiths NY, and Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY… Jerry completed his undergraduate career at Hartwick College where he earned a B.A. in Psychology in 1962.

Prior to his tenure at CMU, Jerry was an Assistant Professor at Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pa., an instructor for speech at the University of Maine,  and a speech and drama instructor at Lamar State College of Technology in Beaumont, Texas. In between semesters in 1980, Jerry served as a production assistant and driver for NBC. He worked as a radio programmer at various stations in New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Maine and was a recording and editing engineer at Magnetic Recorder and Reproducer Corporation. Early in his career, Jerry was a staff writer for the Malone Evening Telegram.

A celebration of Dr. Henderson’s life will be held this Sunday from 3 to 11 p.m. at Captains Quarters, 6011 E. Atherton Road in Burton.  M ore: https://www.facebook.com/events/2000140009997330/

Read Dr. Henderson’s complete obituary here.

FCC Announces Experimental NextGen TV License for WKAR at MSU

FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly speaks at June 20 press conference. Photos courtesy of WKAR Public Media.

On June 20, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly announced the granting of a special license allowing MSU and WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) to launch an experimental Next Generation TV broadcasting station. Based on the ATSC 3.0 digital TV standards, NextGen TV adds internet-style information and interactivity, plus advanced technologies such as 4k ultra high-definition video and multichannel, immersive audio, to over-the-air television broadcasts.

The announcement was held at a press conference at the WKAR studios in East Lansing.

(L-R) WKAR Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly and Dean of MSU College of Communication Arts & Sciences, Dr. Prabu David.

WKAR will be the first public broadcasting station in the U.S. to receive FCC authorization to begin experimental ATSC 3.0 broadcasts.

With the experimental ATSC 3.0 station as a testbed, MSU will open the NextGen Media Innovation Lab, a new research facility alongside WKAR studios in the Communication Arts and Sciences building on the MSU campus.

The lab will serve as a collaborative research hub exploring the potential of ATSC 3.0, with an emphasis on outcomes related to traditional public media content, such as education, health, local news and emergency alerting, plus new areas such as connected vehicles.

WDET To Offer Free Airtime to Non-Profits Through Kyle’s Challenge

WDET-FM (Detroit) and The Kyle John Foundation are awarding $25,000 in promotional support to five, youth-focused nonprofits.

Five organizations will receive $5,000 of free airtime on WDET.  One non-profit (Soar Detroit) was already chosen by the Kyle John Foundation, but listeners of the station have been invited to vote to choose the remaining organizations.

Soar Detroit will kick off the Kyle’s Challenge on-air awareness campaign on the station on June 25.

Gary Cone and Aimée Cowher, founders of The Kyle John Foundation believe in the impact of WDET and the collective ability to make a real difference. They have made a very generous gift to WDET as a challenge to get listeners involved in a Community Impact Campaign that can improve the lives of thousands of young people in Southeast Michigan.

For more information on the project, click here.

WKAR Completes Channel Repack

On June 1, WKAR-TV (East Lansing) announced that it has completed its channel repack move from channel 40 to channel 33 and is now operating at full power.

The station made the FCC-required frequency change on Tuesday, May 29, but in the days following the switch, broadcasting continued at low power to a reduced coverage area while additional work was required on the new main transmission line. Many viewers beyond 30 miles, and those with indoor antennas, had no reception during this period.

But, as of 12:50 p.m. on Friday, June 1, WKAR began broadcasting from the new main antenna at full tower height, at full power, and now reaches the full coverage area for all antenna TV viewers.

The station has been advising viewers through its website to rescan their digital television tuners.

The project also affected co-located WKAR-FM and WKAR-AM’s FM translator, both of which had to power down or go off the air for brief periods during the TV antenna project.

WKAR is the first station in Michigan, and the first public broadcasting station in the country, to begin broadcasting on their new assigned frequency.

Kehler Named Director of Corporate Partnerships at WKAR

Judy Kehler

Judy Kehler has been named Director of Corporate Partnerships for WKAR Public Media at Michigan State University. The announcement was made today by Susi Elkins, Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR. Kehler steps into the role beginning May 31.

As Director of Corporate Partnerships, Kehler will oversee development and cultivation of all corporate entities at the PBS- and NPR-affiliated public broadcasting station serving Michigan’s capital region.

Kehler comes to WKAR from the Michigan Public Health Institute within the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services where she served as Financial Manager.

“Judy is a strategic and creative thinker, experienced in building collaborative relationships that have a positive impact in our community,” said Elkins in making the announcement. “WKAR will benefit greatly from her passion and commitment to leveraging our programming and engagement in service of others.”

Judy Kehler holds a bachelor’s degree in general studies with a concentration on Accounting/Liberal Arts from University of Michigan.

WKAR-TV Shares Repack Updates with Viewers

WKAR-TV (East Lansing), which is switching RF channels due to the FCC repack, is keeping its viewers updated with the latest information on the project that started on April 20.

The station is moving from RF channel 40 to RF channel 33.  The station is one of the first in the country to make the move as part of the multi-year repack process.

To make the move, WKAR is replacing the main broadcast antenna that sits atop the station’s 1000-foot tower, plus a twenty-year-old transmitter, the transmission line to the antenna, and an auxiliary antenna.

It’s a $2 million project for WKAR, paid for almost entirely by the proceeds of the recent FCC spectrum auction.

The work is also affecting WKAR-FM and WKAR-AM’s FM translator.

The station has been providing daily “Technote” updates on its website detailing each day’s progress.  You can see the advisories here.  WKAR hopes to begin broadcasting on the new channel by May 23.