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WILX-TV Anchors Compete Ringing Salvation Army Bells

Left: WILX-TV anchors David Andrews and Ann Emmerich. Right: Anchors Mallory Anderson and Barrett Tryon

On December 14, Gray Television’s WILX-TV (Lansing) News Anchors David Andrews and Ann Emmerich, along with Mallory Anderson and Barrett Tryon, rang the bells for the Salvation Army Kettle Drive.  Andrews and Emmerich will be hosting on Salvation Army kettle, with Anderson and Tryon a second, and it was a friendly round of competition between the two teams.

In a two hour period, the team of Anderson and Tryon raised $164.56, but that was topped by Andrews and Emmerich, who brought in a whopping $997.24.  The donations were matched by an anonymous donor, bringing the total close to $2500.00.

WTCM Takes Honors In Red Kettle Challenge

Left: Team Z93. Right: Team WTCM

Midwestern Broadcasting’s WTCM-FM and WJZQ-FM (Traverse City) held some friendly competition on December 14.  WTCM’s Mike & Christal in the Morning, along with Joel Franck, have challenged Ron & Rehmer of sister station WJZQ (Z93) to see which radio station can raise the most money for the Salvation Army.

Who took home the bragging rights?  WTCM!  Z93 raised $407.74 during the 2-hour event. WTCM raised a whopping $2199.86!  Between the two stations, $2,607.60 was donated to the Salvation Army, providing 2600 Meals or Heat for 32 families/homes for a month or 86 days of camp for kids!

Saginaw Station Cluster Exceeds Goal To Help Homeless

(L-R) Radiothon Coordinator Bill Hobson and Rescue Ministries CEO Dan Streeter showing off the grand total!

Alpha Media’s five stations in Saginaw, Michigan raised $46,242 for homeless shelters during a 12-hour Radiothon on December 19, exceeding their goal of $45,000.

Dan Streeter, CEO for Rescue Ministries of Mid Michigan, said the money will provide 1,541 nights of shelter and care for homeless individuals. The average cost of providing housing, food and care is $30 a day at Good Samaritan Rescue Mission in Bay City and City Rescue Mission in Saginaw.

On the night preceding the Radiothon the two shelters housed 263 people including men, women and children, far exceeding their average 180 person daily count.

Santa was even recruited to answer telephones!

Alpha Saginaw Operations Manager Dave Maurer recalled one emotional moment in the final hour when the stations were making strong appeals to exceed the goal when a volunteer in the phone room was moved to tears when a single listener contributed $1,500 after the caller heard accounts on the air from residents currently staying at the shelters and from those who had moved on and turned their lives around.

In the 13 years the Saginaw cluster has been doing the Radiothons, more than a half million dollars have been raised to house the homeless.

Homelessness is a year-round problem and the Saginaw cluster also does a two week long Summer Match campaign to raise money for the Rescue Missions.

The stations include WSGW-AM&FM, 94.5 the Moose, Mix 106.3 and KISS 107.1FM.

Win National Recognition for Your Station’s Community Service Efforts!

The Celebration of Service to America Awards, presented by the National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF), honors local radio and television broadcasters for their community service initiatives.

The Call for Entries window will be open January 1 – March 8, 2019.

Award categories are available for all market sizes. Open to NAB members and non-members. Broadcasters are encouraged to enter their best public service efforts of the year.

Winners receive airfare, hotel and two complimentary tickets to the Celebration of Service to America Awards gala in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 2019. Honorees are recognized before members of Congress and staff, Federal Communications Commission leadership, and broadcast industry executives.

Visit the awards website here for entry information and more.

WDET Receives $76,000 to Continue the Detroit Documenters Project

WDET-FM (Detroit) has announced that it has received a $76,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Southeastern Michigan in partnership with City Bureau and Citizen Detroit to expand the Detroit Documenters pilot, a citizen and local media partnership that aims to increase awareness and coverage of Detroit’s public meetings.

In addition to WDET’s Documenters pilot nine journalism projects, representing collaborations of 18 Southeast Michigan organizations, will receive a share of $333,952 from the Detroit Journalism Engagement Fund. The Fund seeks to address civic concerns by supporting innovative approaches to local reporting and community engagement.

Led by a range of journalism organizations and community nonprofits, the projects focus on highlighting the stories of Detroit residents from all backgrounds, while creating more options for them to shape the local information landscape. They range from a race and justice reporting initiative that highlights issues affecting communities of color to workshops that advance citizen journalism. They all work to promote a better future for Detroit driven by and in partnership with residents, expanding the capacity and impact of those working to create positive change.

Thomas Robert Kinney: 1961-2018

Thomas Kinney

The MAB was sad to learn that on December 1, WKAR Public Media Telecommunications Engineer Tom Kinney passed away at age 57.  Kinney was a 25-year veteran of the station.

Kinney graduated from East Lansing High School in 1979 and proudly served seven years in the U.S. Navy as an Interior Communications Electrician from 1982 to 1989.

In a Facebook post, the station notes that “Tom was a dedicated employee with passion for his work and a good friend to so many.”

Tom is survived by his wife, Kristin; stepchildren, Ted and Emma McGinn; father, John “Jack;” and siblings, Kathy Lorenz, Kevin (Patty), Tim (Debbie), Nancy (Mark) Twichell, Jane (Patrick) Huber, and John. Tom was preceded in death by his mother, Jill (2018).

Kinney’s life will be celebrated with a Memorial Mass at St. John Catholic Church and Student Center, 327 MAC, East Lansing, on Monday, January 14 at 1:30 pm.

Krol Communications Adds Rich Renko and Mark Libke to WHMI Sales Team

Rich Renko

Krol Communications Inc. announced the hiring of Rich Renko as General Sales Manager and Mark Libke as Local Sales Manager for WHMI-FM on December 14.

Rich is a more than 35-year veteran of Radio/Television in the Detroit market, where he most recently was the GSM for 97.1 The Ticket WXYT-AM/FM .

Mark Libke

Mark joins the station from Jackson Radio Works, where he served  as  the Director of Sales.  He previously was a long -time Sales Manager for TBC Sports/Spartan Sports Network.

“This Sales Management team is poised for even greater success than WHMI has already achieved. They will be replacing our 20-year veteran General Sales Manager, Debbie Platt, who is retiring at the end of the year.  Debbie has built a great sales organization and we look forward to growing our valued client relationships in and around Livingston County,” said Krol Communications President Rod Krol.

Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Chris Monk

Chris Monk

Chris Monk began his career in January 1979 after graduating from Southern Illinois University with a degree in Broadcast Management.  On January 1, 1979, he headed west for his first job in radio.

He began his career in Reno, Nevada (Lotus Communications).  For the better part of twenty years he worked various West Coast markets.  Las Vegas, Nev. (Western Cities Broadcasting), Sacramento, Calif. (Nationwide Communications), and Tucson, Ariz.(Journal Broadcast Group) before he returning to Traverse City/Petoskey to work with Palmer Pyle to manage Northern Star Broadcasting.

For ten years Northern Star Broadcasting grew from nine stations “below to bridge” to a total of twenty-one stations serving the additional markets of Iron Mountain, Marquette and Sault Ste. Marie.

In 2007, he joined Citadel Broadcasting to manage their stations in Saginaw and Flint.  He left for five years to do consulting work and manage stations in Fort Wayne, Ind., for Adams Radio Group.  In January 2017, he returned to Saginaw to re-join Cumulus as a Regional Vice President overseeing their stations in Saginaw, Flint and Ann Arbor.

In addition to radio, his other passion is teaching.  He has been an adjunct professor at Northwood University in Midland since 2010.

When not in one of his markets or the classroom, you’ll find him at home in Horton Bay (Boyne City) with his wife, Georganna. They live on 12 acres overlooking beautiful Lake Charlevoix


Bill Extending Legislature’s Power to Litigate Sent to Gov. Snyder’s Desk

HB 6553 – a bill that expands Legislature’s ability to intervene in any lawsuit on any level of state court system at any time passed the State Legislature and is awaiting Governor’s signature. The bill was approved following changes which would first require a court action challenging the constitutionality or the validity of a statute or legislative action before the legislature could intervene. This bill gives the Legislature an ability to litigate in cases of state interest as an entity independent from the Attorney General’s office.


Legislature Approves Bill Mandating Contact Info on FOIA Requests

Legislation requiring complete contract information from those submitting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request passed the State Legislature this week in response to requests sent to nearly every Michigan clerk for 2016 ballots signed only as “Emily.” It became clear after the requests were submitted that it came from the nonprofit arm of the national Democratic Party’s largest super PAC, Priorities USA. The requests came in the midst of the 2018 election season.

HB 6582 requires a first and last name, address and contact information from a person or agent of an organization when filing a FOIA request. It would also implement a 45-day timeline for the requestor to respond or appeal the cost estimate provided by the entity receiving the request. If there was no response within 45 days, it would be treated as abandoned. B top