Category Archives: MAPB

WKAR Receives National Award

(L-R) WKAR’s Director of Broadcasting Susi Elkins and NETA President Skip Hinton.

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.

Watch the award-winning spot here.

Learn more about the NETA awards here.

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.

Will Your Station be a Winner? The Broadcast Excellence Awards Are Coming!

bea_700Wednesday, 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!

Entry Fees
MAB or MAPB Member: $45 per entry
Non-Members: $90 per entry

For questions, contact Alisha Clack at 517.484.7444 or email us at

Stay tuned for more information on the 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards!

Michigan Radio wins Third Coast International Audio Award for Flint Documentary

mir-ann-arbor-logo-bwThe Michigan Radio documentary, Not Safe To Drink, has been recognized as an award winner by the Third Coast International Audio Festival.

third-coastThe 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.

WGVU’s Walenta Appointed to Governor’s Council

Michael Walenta
Michael Walenta

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.

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

(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

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.

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.


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

(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

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: