After 48 years at Central Michigan University, Dr. Peter Orlik will retire August 15. Dr. Orlik was the Director of the School of Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts from 1969 to 1979 and returned to the position in 1996.
Dr. Orlik was honored with ceremonies at CMU on June 3. MAB President and CEO Karole White presented him with a resolution from the MAB Board of Directors, honoring and thanking him for his many years of service to the broadcasting industry.
He joined Central Michigan University in 1969 to form what is now the School of Broadcast & Cinematic Arts from a small subdivision of the Speech Department’s Theater and Interpretation Area. Under Dr. Orlik’s direction, BCA grew to comprise 22 full-time staff serving well over 300 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students.
After helping convert WCMU-FM from a 10-watt to a 100,000-watt operation, he built WMHW-FM (91.5) as a new student training station. WMHW gradually grew to a large HD facility that now also encompasses a translator station at 101.1 to carry the main station’s distinct HD-2 programming. Over several decades, he also helped initiate cable television station MHTV together with its affiliated nightly news unit News Central 34, recording studio Moore Media Records and broadband service M2D2 (Multimedia Digital Design).
Throughout his career, Dr. Orlik has authored over 40 articles and several textbooks, taught 19 different classes, 9 of which he created, and has delivered more than 50 national presentations. Many owe their successful careers to the excellent education and guidance that Dr. Peter B. Orlik provided. The senior director of NBC News, the general manager of WXYZ in Detroit and a director who won multiple Emmy’s for the show “Supernatural” are all graduates of the program he helped create.
Dr. Orlik himself worked in both commercial and public broadcasting on-air and behind-the-scenes, including technical consulting. Dr. Orlik has served his community and the broadcast and cinematic industries on boards of directors, chairing committees and giving counsel, including the Broadcast Education Association and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, receiving honors from both organizations, such as the BEA Distinguished Education Service Award and induction into the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (2003). Dr. Orlik is the first college professor to be honored by the MAB. He also received the 2005 CMU President’s Award for Outstanding Research and Creative Activity.
Dr. Orlik earned a B.A. with distinction, M.A. and Ph.D. from Wayne State University where he served as instructor of mass communications from 1966-69. He met his wife Chris at WSU and they have two children and two grandchildren.