Category Archives: March 2017

MAB/MABF Announce the BEA Station of the Year Recipients

SOY2017The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) are proud to announce the recipients of 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Stations of the Year Awards. The awards were presented during the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Program, held as part of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, Michigan.

For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here.

Of the 961 entries, the following stations were found by judges from the Illinois Association of Broadcasters to be the best of the best in the overall station product:

Commercial Divisions

Commercial Radio Market 1: WJR-AM, Detroit
Commercial Television Market 1: WDIV-TV, Detroit

Commercial Radio Market 2: WOOD-AM/FM, Grand Rapids
Commercial Television Market 2: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids

Commercial Radio Market 3: WLEN-FM, Adrian
Commercial Television Market 3: WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Traverse City

Commercial Radio Market 4: WKQS-FM, Marquette
Commercial Television Market 4: WLUC-TV, Marquette

Public Divisions

Public Radio Group 1: WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids
Public Radio Group 2: Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR), Ann Arbor

Public Television : WTVS-TV, Detroit

The MAB and the MAB Foundation wish to congratulate all the winners of the Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here. The Broadcast Excellence Awards Program is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

Michigan Engineers Honored at GLBC

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters who, combined, have served in the industry for over six decades. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the main luncheon at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held March 8 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White
Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White

Radio Recipient: Craig Bowman, Owner of Bowman Engineering Company/Partner in the Synergy Broadcasting Group.

Craig began his radio career while in high school at a 500-watt daytimer on 1460, then WMMH, Marshall,  N.C., working weekends running religious programming and playing Southern gospel music. After high school, Bowman attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he worked at the student station, later becoming the station manager where he oversaw the transition from the University ownership to Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. with a long-term vision of bringing NPR to Western North Carolina.

Having worked part-time in Black Mountain and Canton of North Carolina (NC), Craig accepted a full-time position at WHCC-WQNS in Waynesville, NC, where he held his first Chief Engineer position as well as doing afternoons on WHCC. In 1986, Craig was recruited to build WMYI. A station licensed to Hendersonville, NC but build to serve Hendersonville, Greenville (SC), Spartanburg (SC), Anderson (SC) and Asheville (NC).

After Greenville, Bowman joined Bob Herman at RF Projects Corporation in Raleigh as a consulting engineer and later was promoted to Vice-President. In 1991 Jim Jensen of Liggett Broadcast approached Craig (who was doing projects for WFMK and WHNN) to join the company as their Director of Engineering. Craig worked with Liggett until after the current Pine Tree Road facility was completed and then went to work for Scott Studios helping with product development as well as traveling the nation providing training for new Scott Studios automation customers.

In 2001, Craig started his own broadcast engineering company and Bowman Engineering has been around ever since, and even while he has been reaching out to new challenges developing audience engagement tools, mobile app development, audio streaming and podcasting with Futuri Media in Cleveland, Bowman remains an active part of Liggett Communications in Port Huron as well as Krol Communications in Flint, Owosso, and Alma. Craig is also a corporate officer and partner in the Synergy Broadcasting group of stations based in Ludington, MI. Bowman also serves on several MAB Technical committees.

MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver
MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver

Television Recipient: David Oliver, Engineering Supervisor for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, and Chief Operator for WGVS-AM and FM.

David began his broadcasting career in 1983 when he enlisted in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. In 1989, he completed a six-year enlistment as an Electronics Technician First Class. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service as Site Maintenance Supervisor for NAVCAMS MED SATCOM in Naples, Italy. Upon completion of his Navy service, David joined Hughes Network Systems as VSAT Hub Engineer, supporting the Chrysler and GM dealer networks.

David was hired by WGVU Public Media as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer in 1992, and was promoted to Engineering Supervisor in 1996. His responsibilities include supervision of the stations technical staff, overseeing daily TV and radio operations; maintenance and support for two Television, two FM, two AM transmission sites and a satellite teleport.

Now celebrating his 25-year anniversary with WGVU and Grand Valley State University, he was awarded the 2009 GVSU – Administrative/Professional Achievement award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a staff member to the University.

David has been identified by GVSU as a Vet Net Ally and is active with WGVU’s Engage-Veterans project, LZ Michigan, and a member of American Legion Post #28 in Grand Haven.

Miss GLBC 2017? Take a Look at the Highlights

Even the wind storm didn’t shut down MAB’s GLBC 2017! Of all the past Great Lakes Broadcasting Conferences, this one was the absolute best.  More than 850 Individuals attended GLBC this year, held March 7 & 8 at the Lansing Center.

GLBC is the MAB’s most popular events. Members in attendance raved about the sessions, and the quality of the students in the Career Fair.

“We were prepared for the worst with the wind storm, but most people arrived at the Lansing Center before the strongest part of the storm hit,” said President Karole White. “MAB is very pleased to offer quality programs to members at a reasonable price. Click here to see some of the highlights of this years conference.”

WFQX Launches MeTV in Northern Michigan

WFQXmetvMeTV, Memorable Entertainment Television, America’s #1 All Classic TV Network, launched today (March 1) in Northern Michigan, airing on WFQX-TV channel 32.2 (Cadillac). At this time, MeTV covers more than 90% of the country and has 100 affiliates.

MeTV’s library includes almost 100 series from Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution, CBS Television Distribution, NBCUniversal Television as well as independent series owners and producers. MeTV’s line-up includes some of the most beloved television programs ever produced, including: M*A*S*H, Perry Mason, The Bob Newhart Show, I Love Lucy, Gunsmoke and the original Star Trek and Hawaii Five-O series.

“We’re thrilled to introduce MeTV to our viewers here in Northern Michigan”, said Alex Bolea, Owner of Cadillac Telecasting. “MeTV’s library of TV classics allows us to provide our viewers with the some of the most popular and enjoyed shows ever on television.”

For schedule highlights, viewers may check their local listings or visit

MeTV, Memorable Entertainment Television, launched nationally in December 2010, is owned and operated by MeTV National Limited Partnership.

The Dreaded “Got-a-minute?” Meeting

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Chris Lytle

By: Chris Lytle, Content Developer

Special for MAB members:

Chris is giving away his “Supercharged Sales Management” video. An Australian consultancy commissioned it for a video keynote a couple of years ago. Take a look at it here

How long is a “Got-a-minute?” meeting in your office? I’m guessing it’s more than a minute.

Shoot, I remember a “Got-a-second?” meeting that lasted an hour and a half!

Salespeople ask you for a minute whenever they have a fire for you to put out for them.

Could it be that you’ve trained salespeople you’re willing to do their firefighting for them.

Why not? After all, you know more than they do and you’re their boss.

Here’s why not.

Your real job is developing your salespeople so they can do their jobs better.

Yes, developing people takes a lot more time on the front end. As a sales manager, the quick and easy thing for you to do is this:

• Give people the answers to their questions.
• Solve their problems for them.
• Put out the fire.

Then, move on to your next “Got-a-minute?” meeting.

This can go on all day.

And it probably will unless you change your approach.

Developing people starts with your willingness to coach.

Chris Lytle’s Critical Rule of Coaching is to ask at least seven questions before you give an answer.

“But, Chris, I don’t have the time to ask seven questions,” you say. “There are salespeople lined up at my door waiting for me to fix things for them.”

You have to make the time.

Coaching builds loyalty. To ask seven questions, you have to quiet your mind and listen to people.

When people feel listened to and not judged, they become more confident and committed.

Because people rarely resist their own ideas.

And you cannot possibly ask seven questions in a row unless you really are listening.

“You can’t influence someone’s thinking until you know what they’re thinking.” The late Norm Goldsmith said this to our Leadership Institute participants every session.

You won’t know what someone on your sales team is thinking until you ask.


That’s your signal that you have an opportunity to develop someone.

Reprinted by permission

The Robinson Report – Hire Smart

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of this article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Kevin Robinson will be speaking at this year’s Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC), March 7-8, 2017 in Lansing.  Kevin will present two sessions: “Coaching The Coaches” and “#Branding – in a Social Media Age.”  More information here.

KevinRobBy: Kevin Robinson
Robinson Media

“Your talent determines what you can do. Your motivation determines how much you are willing to do. Your attitude determines how well you do it.” – Lou Holtz

If you are a Brand Manager, building talent is much like casting and directing a movie.

You MUST have the vision in your head to complete the picture!

It is documented that up to the cost of replacing an employee is 2 ½ times the person’s salary.

Stop right now and do a web search on job interviewing.

You will discover thousands of websites on how to ‘rock’ the interview.

Quality interviewing is an art – but can be learned.

But before you get there, do your homework.

The Basics


For the position, insure the candidate is qualified for the opening – many make the mistake of ‘they can nearly do the job – we’ll train them to do the rest.’

Work Ethic

Media is like White Castle – we never turn off our grills. Your candidate must understand that uneven and a high hour count is part of what we do.


Hire attitude over talent with like experience. An ambitious attitude can make up for talent shortcomings – the reverse can be cancerous.

Good People

Identify those individuals who have a strong moral compass and can compliment your mission – not disrupt it.

The Law of Three

Three Candidates

• After weeding the piles of resumes, identify at least three qualified target candidates.

Three interviews

• Before the candidate visits, conduct three thorough phone interviews.

Three people

• Enlist at least TWO other leaders to interview the candidate – everyone has different styles – these styles will bring out different qualities in the candidate.

In our world of the impersonal job solicitation, intimate and personal contact will build your team’s most important, non-duplicatable asset.


Kevin Robinson is a record-setting and award-winning programmer. His brands consistently perform in the Top 3 of the target – often times as the list leader. In his 35 years of radio, he’s successfully programmed or consulted nearly every English language radio brand. Known largely as a trusted talent coach, he’s the only personality mentor who’s coached three different morning shows on three different stations in the same major market to the #1 position. His efforts have been recognized by Radio & Records, NAB’s Marconi, Radio Ink, and has coached CMA, ACM and Marconi winning talent. Kevin lives in St. Louis with his wife of 30 years, Monica. Reach Kevin at (314) 882-2148 or [email protected].

FCC Filings: Class A TV Station in Detroit Sold for $2M

TCT_300On February 17, an application was filed with the FCC to transfer the license of WDWO-CD (Detroit) from Locuspoint WDWO Licensee, LLC of Plesanton, California to religious broadcaster TCT of Michigan, Inc.

TCT is also known as Tri-State Christian Television.  The purchase price of the station was listed as $2 million.

WDWO is listed as an affiliate of TCT programming.  In Michigan, TCT presently owns WTLJ-TV (Muskegon), WAQP-TV (Saginaw), WJGP-LD (Kalamazoo) and WLNM-LD (Lansing).  The comany also owns other stations around the country.

In another FCC filing, Zamora Broadcast Systems, Inc. has applied to modify the construction permit of FM translator W240DL (Dearborn) to specify operation on 107.9 Mhz.  The translator will be a fill-in translator for WDTW-AM, also licensed to Dearborn.

CBS Radio’s WYCD in the News Again!

WYCDLast week, your MAB News Briefs shared the story that WYCD-FM (Detroit) Program Director Tim Roberts was named one of America’s Top Country Program Directors by RadioInk.  But there’s been more news!

Since then, the Academy of Country Music (ACM) unveiled (2/22) its winners in the Station of the Year and On-Air Personality of the Year categories…..and WYCD’s Rob Stone and Linda Lee were tied for Major Market On-Air Personality of the Year (or, in this case “personalities”).

And, if that wasn’t enough, on February 23, CBS Radio announced that it has promoted WYCD Program Director Tim Roberts to Vice-President/Country Programming,  In his new role, Roberts will oversee the company’s country-formatted stations nationwide.

The MAB congratulates Debbie Kenyon, Tim Roberts and the WYCD staff.

Gonzalez Joins WLEN-FM

Ashley Gonzalez
Ashley Gonzalez

Lenawee Broadcasting’s WLEN-FM (Adrian) has announced that Ashley Gonzalez has joined its staff. 

Gonzalez, an Adrian native, will be an integral part of the advertising, marketing and promotions department at the station.

She most recently worked at County National Bank and First Federal Bank in Adrian. Gonzalez has a bachelor’s degree in business from Siena Heights University and a master’s degree from Loyola University of Chicago.