Category Archives: May 2016

GLBC 2016: Big Success!

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Were you among the nearly 900 people to attend the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo?

Attendees said that this was the best group of speakers we have ever had. Evelyn Massaro WNMU, Northern Michigan University said, “I’ve attended most of the GLBC meetings and this was the best as far as variety of and quality of speakers for both commercial and public stations.”

Members came, they learned new ideas, and had a good time networking. The weather was great and the receptions were wonderful. We want to thank our exhibitors and sponsors who help to make GLBC one of the nations longest running and most successful state broadcast conferences and expo in the nation. If you attended we thank you. If not, maybe we’ll see you next year.

 

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ABIP Scheduling Underway!

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Is Your Station Ready for any regulatory changes coming in 2016?

Can you afford a FCC fine? Take advantage of this great savings opportunity to get your station fully FCC compliant and free from a routine FCC inspection for three years.

The MAB’s alternative inspection program (ABIP) is unique in that we work with your staff on-site during the inspection to correct errors or omissions in the pubic file as well.

The schedule window for the 2016 ABIP’s is now open! All the details are available here.

Whether you have had an inspection in the past and your certificate is about to expire, or you have never had an inspection, the MAB ABIP program is well worth the time and cost.

WGVU Announces Annual Golf Outing Fundraiser

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WGVU Public Media (Grand Rapids) will hold their annual Golf Outing Fundraiser on Wednesday, June 8 at The Meadows at Grand Valley State University.  The event involves dozens of Grand Valley State University and public media friends and supporters enjoying an annual day on the links. The event is an 18-hole best-ball scramble format, with practice green and driving range hours 7 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The event will offer prizes for contest holes and winning teams, and a silent auction.  Proceeds support WGVU Public Broadcasting!

For more information, click here.

WMUK Hires New General Manager

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Western Michigan University’s public radio station, WMUK-FM, is getting a new general manager.

Stephen Anthony Williams will take the post beginning July 1. He has been general manager for WESM-FM at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore since 2011. He was interim general manager of the station for 18 months before that and had previously been the news and public affairs director and morning news host for the award-winning station.

Williams’ background also includes positions with an XM Satellite station and two AM stations in Arlington, Va. Before beginning his broadcast career, Williams taught English as a Peace Corps worker in Africa’s Republic of Cameroon. He is a 1999 graduate of the University of New Hampshire, Durham, where he majored in communications and minored in music.

Williams will replace Gordon Bolar, who is retiring June 30 after five years as WMUK general manager and more than 20 years in public radio and public television management.

The station Williams currently works at is similar to WMUK in format, offering a mix of music, news, and public service programming. He says he’s excited about the fundamental strengths he found at the station in Kalamazoo.

“The thing that stands out to me most is that WMUK has a truly dedicated staff, and that the administration of Western Michigan University is fully committed and supportive of the station’s success,” he says. “Importantly, there is also a community of listeners and supporters that stand behind the station, and it’s clear to me that both the station and the University are deeply engaged in serving both Kalamazoo and greater Southwest Michigan. In my experience, these are critical ingredients for success.”

Legislature Recognizes Michigan AMBER Alert Awareness Week May 15-21

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(L-R): Trooper Matthew Williams (MSP); Sergeant Timothy Fitzgerald (MSP); Karole L. White (MAB); State Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37); Elena Palombo (MAB)

Michigan celebrated AMBER Alert Awareness Week Sunday, May 15 through Saturday, May 21 to help bring more awareness to the Michigan AMBER Alert Program and to promote the importance of AMBER Alerts in recovering abducted or endangered children. The statewide AMBER Alert week was designated by the Michigan Senate in Senate Resolution 178, introduced by Senator Wayne Schmidt (R-37) of Traverse City. The resolution outlines the importance of AMBER Alerts, provides information about the program, and explains how funds are raised through the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation (MAAF). MAAF helps support the program and technology to meet the ongoing mission to recover abducted or endangered children. Senator Schmidt said “Michigan AMBER Alert is just one of the many community services offered by our local broadcasters. The combination of AMBER Alerts and the excellent work of law enforcement have helped to return hundreds of children to their families.”

“The AMBER Alert system extends the eyes and ears of law enforcement to residents throughout the state who may be able to help in finding these children. More than 351 children have been returned to their families over the past 15 years,” according to Karole L. White, Chair of MAAF.

“The public’s help is essential to the success of an AMBER Alert, it takes our communities working together with law enforcement, broadcasters, and other government agencies to save the lives of our abducted and endangered children. Michigan’s AMBER Alert program would not work without the thousands of extra sets of eyes aiding in the search,” said D/Sgt. Sarah Krebs, of the Missing Persons Coordination Unit of the Michigan State Police. “We have many tools to help find missing children. AMBER Alert is just one and it is set aside for the special instances where details indicate that a child has been abducted.”

Michigan residents lead active lives that sometime take them away from their televisions and radios. The FCC approved the use of Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA), to inform the public about AMBER Alerts on their cell phones. This text alert provides brief basic details of the AMBER Alert within a specified area surrounding the suspected abduction or the whole state in certain instances. In Michigan, a WEA is only activated when there are details on the vehicle involved in the suspected abduction.

To help continue the Michigan AMBER Alert Program you may donate to MAAF HERE.  MAAF is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization and donations may be tax deductible to the extent of the tax code.

WXYZ-TV Celebrates Top Graduating High School Seniors

WXYZ_052316_300WXYZ-TV (Detroit) celebrated the region’s top high school graduating seniors at the 37th annual Brightest & Best event on May 14, at the station’s broadcast center in Southfield, Michigan.

Nearly 200 students from schools across Southeast Michigan attended the event. They were joined by their parents and guardians.

The event was broadcast live on the station’s Saturday morning newscasts.  Students participated in a Twitter scavenger hunt and had the opportunity to meet WXYZ/WMYD on-air personalities. The program ended with the traditional group hat toss that will be featured in on-air spots.

“We are honored to recognize the academic achievement of these extraordinary students,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD vice president and general manager. “This is one of our favorite days at Channel 7. These young people represent the future of our region and our country, and we are pleased to be able to applaud their hard work and dedication.”

Promotional spots featuring the graduates will air on WXYZ beginning in June. Profiles and photos of all the honorees are available here and in a special section on WXYZ’s mobile apps. You can also learn more about the students and experience the event by searching the #BrightestAndBest hashtag.

National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2016 Nominees

NRHOFVoting for the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) Inductees has begun.  The 24 nominations in six categories were determined by the organization’s nominating committee. Four of those categories will be voted on by a voting participant panel comprised of 400 industry professionals, while the other two will be voted on by the public. Public voting commences June 20 for eight nominations for Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality.

NRHOF Committee Chairman Kraig Kitchin comments, “The sheer depth of talent in our industry never seizes to amaze me. After much discussion and deliberation, our nominating committee is very proud of this year’s class of nominees. We’re all looking forward to seeing the voter outcome from our industry peers and listeners nationwide.”

Inductees will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony will be held Thursday, Nov. 17 at the Museum of Broadcast and Communications in downtown Chicago.

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL 

Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)
Jeff & Jer (Jeff Detrow & Jerry Cesak), San Diego
Charles Laquidara, Boston
Bobby O’Jay, Memphis
Garland Robinette, New Orleans

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)
Tom Barnard, Minneapolis
BJ & Migs (BJ Shea & Steve Migs), Seattle
Eric & Kathy (Eric Ferguson & Kathy Hart), Chicago
Preston and Steve (Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison), Philadelphia

Networks/Syndication (10 years or more)
American Top 40 & On-Air With Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Seacrest
The Fabulous Sports Babe, Nanci Donnellan
The Steve Harvey Morning Show, Steve Harvey
Wait, Wait…Don’t Tell Me!, Peter Sagal

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)
Delilah, Delilah
Gospel Traxx with Walt “Baby” Love, Walt “Baby” Love
The Jim Rome Show, Jim Rome
The Kim Komando Show, Kim Komando

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS NATIONWIDE 

Music Format On-Air Personality
Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton
Tom Kent
The Kevin & Bean Show (Kevin Ryder & Gene Baxter)
Bob Kingsley

Spoken Word On-Air Personality
Diane Rehm
Mike Francesa and Chris Russo
Michael Savage
Sean Hannity

About the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications:  The institution collects, preserves, and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educates, informs, and entertains the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983 by veteran broadcaster Bruce DuMont.

NATAS Announces 2016 Emmy Nominations

On May 18, the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) has announced the list of nominations for the 2016 regional EMMY® Awards in Michigan. The Michigan EMMY® represents the most experienced and talented television professionals from all disciplines of the industry and from all of Michigan’s 11 television markets.

The list of nominees can be found here.

The award winners will be announced during black-tie ceremonies on Saturday, June 18, at the the MotorCity Casino Sound Board Theater in Detroit.  Click here to learn more.

AP Media Editors Broadcast Competition Winners Announced

On May 22, radio and television stations in Grand Rapids, Lansing, and Detroit were named the best in the state in the annual Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Broadcast Competition.

WLNS-TV in Lansing, WWJ-AM in Detroit, and WGVU-FM in Grand Rapids won first place for Outstanding News Operation for 2015.

Sixteen broadcast stations submitted 218 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting, as well as features, documentaries, and photography from 2015.

Entries were judged by broadcasters from KNUS-AM, Denver; Radio I; WJER-AM, Dover, Ohio; Radio II; WHBQ-TV, Memphis, Tennessee, and Ohio Public Broadcasting, Columbus, Ohio, Television II.

Michigan APME winners list in Television II:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing; 2, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac.

Best Feature Story: 1, David Parks and Chivon Kloepfer, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “9-Year Nightmare”; 2, Jane Aldrich and David Parks, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Perfect Match.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Mariah Harrison, WLNS-TV, Lansing; 2, Bill Harris, WEYI-TV, Flint.

Best Sports Coverage: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Spartans Will: Football’s Final Four”; 2, Fred Heumann and Kevin Gehl, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Miracle at the Big House.”

Best Sportscast: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “The 5th Quarter (September 9th)”; 2, Thomas Eschen and Cory Coppock, WEYI-TV, Flint, “Michigan Bowl Games.”

Best Use of Videography (TV Only): 1, Blair Nelson, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “4th of July Concert”; 2, Ian Kast and Alexandra Ilitch, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Meijer Gift Drive.”

Best Use of Photography (TV Only): 1, Corey Adkins, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac; 2, Jeff Blakeman, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac.

Best Documentary: 1, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “The Making of Miss Margy”; 2, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40-Year Legend.”

Best Public Service: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Friends for Life – Men’s Health”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Friends for Life – Women’s Build.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Medical Facility Car Crash”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Portland Tornado.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, “Flint Water Crisis Continuing Coverage”; 2, Nick Lulli, WNEM-TV, Saginaw, “Omarion Humphrey Drowning.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Angie Hendershot and Eric Fletcher, WJRT-TV, Flint/Bay City/Saginaw, “Living Without Water”; 2, Corey Adkins and Kevin Essebaggers, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Traverse City/Cadillac, “Edmund Fitzgerald: A 40 Year Legend.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Mariah Harrison, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Hampton Park Housing Horror”; 2, Jessica Dupnack and Mark McGlashen, WJRT-TV, Flint/Bay City/Saginaw, “Flint Water.”

Best Weathercast: 1, Derek Kevra, WJBK-TV, Detroit, “Station Scientist”; 2, Ahmad Bajjey, WEYI-TV, Flint, “Dense Fog Brings Overnight and Morning Hazards.”

Best Newscast: 1, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “The Inauguration/Cotton Bowl Show”; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing, “Crash at Mid-Michigan Physicians.”

Best Digital Presence: 1, WNEM-TV, Saginaw; 2, WLNS-TV, Lansing.

Michigan APME winners list in Radio II:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, WSGW-AM, Saginaw.

Best Feature Story: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Milk Donation”; 2, Kevin Lavery, WKAR-FM, East Lansing, “Lansing 2015 Homeless Count.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Mariano Avila, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids.

Best Sportscast: 1, Pat Johnston, WSGW-AM, Saginaw.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “On the Good List”; 2, Peter Whorf, WKAR-FM, East Lansing, “MSU China Halftime Show.”

Best Documentary: 1, Ann Williams, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Back From the Battlefield”; 2, Patrick Center and Zach Liniewski, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Mission Accomplished.”

Best Public Service: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Live Arts!”; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Mary Free Bed.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “God & Country Protest”; 2, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Trump Campaign Rally.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, Jessica Mathews and Danica Katnik, WHMI-FM, Howell, “Road Rage Shooting Trial”; 2, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Saginaw Schools Crisis.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Jon King and Jessica Mathews, WHMI-FM, Howell, “Charter School Arrest”; 2, Michael Percha, WSGW-AM, Saginaw, “Reinventing Saginaw.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Patrick Center, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids, “Gasoline Price Spike?”; 2, Walt Zerlaut, WGHN-FM, Grand Haven, “Harbor Transit Expands.”

Best Newscast: 1, Scott VanderWerf, WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids; 2, Jon King, WHMI-FM, Howell.

Best Digital Presence: 1, WSGW-AM, Saginaw; 2, WHMI-FM, Howell.

Michigan APME winners list in Radio I:

Outstanding News Operation: 1, WWJ-AM, Detroit; 2, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor.

Best Feature Story: 1, Laura Herberg, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Sundays at the Carpet House”; 2, Laura Herberg, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Why You Might Have A Hard Time Pronouncing Lahser.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: 1, Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor; 2, Quinn Klinefelter, WDET-FM, Detroit.

Best Sportscast: 1, Ryan Wooley, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Tony Ortiz, WWJ- AM, Detroit.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): 1, Kyle Norris, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Instruments”; 2, Pat Batcheller, WDET-FM, Detroit, “Palmer Park Tennis.”

Best Documentary: 1, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Same Sex Marriage Special”; 2, Lindsey Smith, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Not Safe to Drink.”

Best Public Service: 1, Mark Brush, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Testing for Lead”; 2, Deanna Lites, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Your Eye on Health.”

Best Spot News Coverage: 1, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Courthouse Shooting.”

Best Continuing Coverage: 1, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Continuing Coverage of the Flint Water Crisis”; 2, Vickie Thomas, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Pot Shops in Detroit.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: 1, Roberta Jasina, WWJ- AM, Detroit, “Wife Remembers State Trooper”; 2, Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Detroit Retired Firefighters Battle Cancer, Medical Bills.”

Best Investigative Reporting: 1, Mark Brush and Rebecca Williams, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Michigan Officials Changed a Flint Lead Report to Avoid Federal Action”; 2, Joe Linstroth and Kate Wells, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor, “Sexual Assault Investigations at MSU.”

Best Newscast: 1, Brian Larsen, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Brian Larsen, WWJ- AM, Detroit.

Best Digital Presence: 1, Christy Strawser, WWJ- AM, Detroit; 2, Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor.

 

Sinclair Names Jennifer Casey to Local/Digital Sales Manager

Casey_200Sinclair Broadcast Group, Inc. has announced that Jennifer Casey has been named Local/Digital Sales Manager of WPBN-TV and WTOM-TV (Traverse City). Casey will also oversee the local/digital sales of WGTU-TV and WGTQ-TV in the same market pursuant to joint sales and shared services agreements. The announcement was made by Todd Harrison, General Manager/General Sales Manager of WPBN/WTOM and WGTU/WGTQ.

In making the announcement, Harrison said, “We are excited to welcome Jennifer to Sinclair Broadcast Group. In Jennifer’s 16 years of sales and media buying experience, she has a proven track record in new business development while managing and mentoring a team of sales and marketing executives in local, regional, and digital business.”

Casey most recently served as the Vice-President of Sales at Heritage Broadcasting in Cadillac, MI. In 2013, she was the Digital & Mobile Sales Manager for ESPNLocal.com. From 2010-2012, she was the Digital Sales Manager at WLS-TV (Chicago). Casey received a 2015 National Association of Broadcasters Award for creating the Michigan BrewVine Passport. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Marketing from Michigan State University.