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 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.
Detroit-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.
The 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 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.
via Rick Pluta, Managing Editor and State Capitol bureau Chief, MPRN
As 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.
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.”
The 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.
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.
In its forthcoming 37th season, the public television program This Old House will air a series of episodes recorded in Detroit.
The program traveled to the Motor City to work with retired firefighter Frank and his family as they renovate their classic brick home. The 1939 two-story property was one of thousands of abandoned structures owned by the Detroit Land Bank. The family recently purchased the Russell Woods neighborhood house at auction with the promise they would make improvements and move in.
Expected work includes a new roof, kitchen, and baths, plus new mechanicals to replace vandalized equipment in the basement. The team will look to preserve historic details such as leaded stained glass windows and archways as the homeowners blend their modern aesthetics with the home’s historic details. The Detroit series will span 10 all-new episodes.
“The Detroit episodes will present the city’s housing situation in a new light, as residents and leaders are finding the best ways to reclaim and restore their community homes. Our team is honored to take part in these efforts in this landmark city,” said Executive Producer Chris Wolfe.
The 37th season of This Old House will premiere nationally on PBS this fall.