Category Archives: May 2016

Traffic Director Spotlight: Michelle Arvanitis

Michelle-Arvanitis_300Michelle Arvanitis
Jackson Radio Works,
Jackson

Michelle Arvanitis is the Traffic Director for WKHM-AM/FM, WIBM-AM/FM and Hot Country 101.5 (Jackson) 

Q1: How long have you been in traffic?
Michelle:  I’ve been the traffic director here for about a year and a half; but have been with Jackson Radio Works since 2007 with only two short stints where I left for a short period of time but came back!

Q2: Favorite comfort food?
Michelle:  I love pizza and Chinese!

Q3: Which Superhero would you be and why?
Michelle:   I’d be Wonder Woman. It would be nice to fly, and, I hear she doesn’t age!

Q4: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Michelle:  Spending time with my six-month-old old little boy, Colton!

Q5: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Michelle:  The Backstreet Boys!!!

Q6: What’s the best advice you have ever received?
Michelle:
Best advice that I’ve ever gotten is that “it’s all good!”! Even when things are going bad, it’s still good! Bad things only make us stronger.

Q7:  Tell us something about yourself that very few people know:
Michelle:
Mackinaw City is one of my favorite places.

Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards Announced

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 MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held on May 3 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

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

Engineers
(L-R) Don Missad, Karole White, Wayne Henderson, Ed Fernandez

Radio Recipient: Don Missad, Chief Engineer, iHeartMedia of West Michigan
 
Don started his career at Channel 41 in Battle Creek in 1974.  In 1976, he moved to WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids and has remained there throughout many ownership changes. He is currently the Chief Engineer of iHeartMedia of West Michigan overseeing 12 transmitter sites.Throughout his career, Don has built and rebuilt many stations.  He is a creative problem solver and has saved radio stations thousands of dollars by rebuilding or repairing equipment.  By doing so, he has earned the nickname, ‘Shipshewana Don.’  He is a team player and has always done what’s best for the station. His passion, dedication and commitment to the field is evident in all that he does. Don is active in the community and has helped many small stations stay afloat.  In 2010, he was awarded “Volunteer of The Year” by the public radio station WYCE.  Don continues to strive to excellence in the field and currently is in the process of completely rebuilding all studios with the AOIP studio technology.

Television Recipient: Wayne Henderson, Director of Technical Services and Chief Engineer at CMU Public Broadcasting.

Wayne was raised in the thumb area of Michigan and graduated in 1975 from Carsonville – Pt. Sanilac High School in Carsonville, Michigan.  Wayne attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan from 1975 to 1979 and obtained an Associate Degree in Radio Television Service Technology, an Associate Degree in Industrial Electronics Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Electronics Technology.

Upon graduation in 1979, Wayne’s first job in television broadcasting was with Central Michigan University’s Public Broadcasting Department as a staff Maintenance Engineer; two years later he was hired as WFUM-TV’s Senior Media Engineer at the University of Michigan-Flint.

Wayne was promoted to Director of Engineering & Operations at UM Flint and served in that role from 1984 to 2009. In television engineering, Wayne managed an extensive student program developing engineering assistants for on-air switching, transmitter management, editing, and project work. Many of these students became full-time staff within the station and many more went on to work for area commercial TV Stations.

In late 2009, the University of Michigan sold the WFUM-TV transmission facilities to Central Michigan University. Wayne found himself back at Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting where his career started.

2015 BEA Winners Announced!

Robert Kolt

On May 2, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the MAB Foundation (MABF)  presented the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards during ceremonies held at the Lansing Center.  Hosted by Kolt Communications President/CEO Robert Kolt, both commercial and public radio and television stations throughout the State of Michigan were honored for their accomplishments in 2015.  Every win demonstrated the professionalism of broadcast media and journalism.

This year’s Broadcast Excellence Awards Program set another record for entries with 867 entries submitted by 87 different broadcast stations from across the state.

Robert Kolt was assisted on the Lansing Center stage by MAB President/CEO Karole White and MAB Chairman (and Divisional General Manager for E.W. Scripps Company) Ed Fernandez, who handed out awards to each recipient.

A list of all awards and winning stations can be found here.

Included in the ceremonies were the recipients of the 2015 Station of the Year awards:

BEA2015
Broadcast Excellence Award Station of the Year Winners
Station of the Year Commercial Divisions
Commercial Radio Market 1
WJR-AM, Detroit
Commercial Television Market 1
WDIV-TV, Detroit
Commercial Radio Market 2
WOOD-AM/WOOD-FM, Grand Rapids
Commercial Television Market 2
WZZM-TV, Grand Rapids
Commercial Radio Market 3
WLEN-FM, Adrian
Commercial Television Market 3
WLNS-TV, Lansing
Commercial Radio Market 4 
WGHN-FM, Grand Haven
Commercial Television Market 4
WLUC-TV, Marquette
Station of the Year Public Divisions
Public Radio Group 1
WEMU-FM, Ypsilanti
Public Radio Group 2
Michigan Radio
(WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM), Ann Arbor
Public Television
WKAR-TV, East Lansing

The MAB and the MAB Foundation wish to congratulate all of the winners of the Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. The Broadcast Excellence Awards Program is one of the largest state broadcast awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

Appeals Court Rejects Open Meetings Claims Against U of M

According to the Michigan Court of Appeals, informal meetings of the University of Michigan Board of Regents do not violate the state’s Open Meetings Act. The unanimous decision, in Detroit Free Press v. University of Michigan Regents (COA docket No. 328182), upheld a finding by the Court of Claims that the constitutional provision giving the universities autonomy, and requiring open meetings, does not create a requirement that the informal meetings be conducted openly.

Judge Amy Ronayne Krause, joined by Judge David Sawyer and Judge William Murphy, held that the Constitution stipulates that “formal sessions” of the governing boards of Michigan’s universities must be open to the public. The court also pointed out that the Supreme Court has held that formal sessions of a governing board do not include all sessions of the board, and informal, informational sessions – the meetings held before the formal meetings of the board – are not included in the Constitution’s definition.

FCC Looking to Change Public File Obligations

fcc-logo_dark-blueThe FCC released the tentative agenda for its May 25 Open Meeting. Topping the agenda is an item that could lift a burden from commercial broadcasters.  The FCC will vote on adopting a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to eliminate the requirement that commercial broadcast stations retain copies of letters and emails from the public in their public inspection files. These letters are the last vestige of the physical public file for TV broadcasters who several years ago migrated the rest of their public file to an online system maintained by the FCC.

Commissioners will also consider potential updates to 911 network outage reporting requirements and rules for the bidding process to hand out more than $2 billion over the next decade in Connect America broadband funding. Here’s a Wheeler blog post explaining the agenda.

MAB is planning a web meeting on this topic, as soon as details are confirmed.

Legislation Speeds Up Public Notice For Contaminated Water

capitol3Under the new legislation proposed by State Representative Sheldon Neeley (D-34), state regulators will have two business days to notify residents of water contaminants such as arsenic or lead, instead of the 30 days in current law. House Bill 5120, taken up by House Government Operations Committee, shortens the window in which the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) is required to warn a community of health risks associated with prolonged exposure to contaminants in their drinking water.

The substitute version considered by the committee narrowed it down to two business days. House fiscal analysis of the legislation is available here.

MABF 2016 Student Broadcast Awards – Station/Program of the Year Awards

On Tuesday, May 3, the MABF honored the winners of the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards. The program received over 637 entries from 40 different high school and college institutions in Michigan. The awards were presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference with several hundred media professionals in the audience. The MAB and MABF congratulates all the student winners!   For a complete list of all winners, click HERE.

Also announced were the recipients of its 2016 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The following schools were honored:

High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Television Station/Program of the Year: Rockford High School
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
High School Radio Station/Program of the Year: Bloomfield Hills High School, WBFH-FM
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Television Station/Program of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM
College Radio Station/Program of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

Radio Reader Dick Estell Passes

Dick Estell in 1964. Photo couresty of WKAR.
Dick Estell in 1964. Photo couresty of WKAR.

The MAB learned this past weekend that Dick Estell, legendary voice of the Radio Reader, had passed away. According to family, via WKAR (East Lansing), Estell died peacefully Friday, May 6, 2016.

Dick Estell continued broadcasting into his 90th year, retiring from the airwaves in March of 2016.

WKAR has made available some stories celebrating Dick’s career:

Radio Reader Estell to Leave Airwaves After Storied Career
After 52 years, Radio Reader Dick Estell signs off

Memorial information will be shared at the Radio Reader website.

For those desiring, contributions may be made in Dick’s memory to the WKAR Radio Reading Service for sight-impaired, which he founded in 1973. You can contribute your Memorial Gift to Radio Reading Service here.

WXYZ/WMYD-TV Welcome New Meteorologist

WXYZ_DENISE_ISAAC_300Meteorologist Denise Isaac has joined WXYZ/WMYD-TV (Detroit).  She will handle weather for “The Now” at 4 p.m. and 7 Action News at 7 p.m. on WXYZ. She will also contribute to 7 Action News at 10 p.m. on WMYD.

“Weather is a critical part of the service we provide to our viewers, and we’re delighted that Denise will be joining the most experienced weather team in the market,” said Mike Murri, WXYZ/WMYD vice president and general manager.

Isaac comes to WXYZ/WMYD from Telemundo Miami where she was the morning meteorologist. She was also the weather reporter for the national show Un Nuevo Dia and covered weather at WTVJ, the NBC affiliate in Miami. Earlier in her career, she was a producer and reporter for WeatherNation in Minnesota.

“I’m thrilled to work with the accomplished meteorologists of the 7 First Alert Weather Team,” said Isaac. “I’m looking forward to being part the team.”

Isaac graduated from Florida State University with a degree in meteorology and she is certified by the American Meteorological Society.  She began her new position on May 6.