Tag Archives: Issue 15

WPBN/WTOM-TV Hosts Town Hall Meeting

WPBN_400On May 4, WPBN/WTOM-TV (Traverse City), along with Northern Michigan Regional entity and UpNorthLive.com, presented Finding a Solution, a Prescription Drug Abuse Town Hall Meeting at the Dennos Museum Center’s Milliken Auditorium in Traverse City.

The discussion focused on prevention and included use and misuse of prescription opiates, and the rising trend of illicit opiate use and overdoses.

WPBN/WTOM-TV News Anchors Marc Schollett and Kristen Lowe moderated the discussion and WGTU/WGTQ-TV (Traverse City) News Anchor Jamie Innis provided updates throughout the meeting on UpNorthLive’s Facebook and Twitter feeds.

MABF Scholarship Winners Announced

View More: http://benjamindavidphotography.pass.us/mabglbc2016At the Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) Main Luncheon and Student Awards event, the MAB Foundation (MABF) with support from the MAB and large donors, were able to present $27,000 in scholarships to deserving college students.  In addition, scholarships were awarded from many companies, individuals and stations.

General Scholarship Recipients

Kylie Ambu, Spring Harbor University
William Corbett, Lansing Community College
Natalie Henderson, Central Michigan University
Heather Irvine, Eastern Michigan University
Noah Jurik, Hope College
Charlie Kadado, Wayne State University
Chris Martin, Ferris State University
Brandon Neal, Adrian College

Station Scholarship Recipients

Phylisha Drayton, University of Detroit Mercy – WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Robert E. Tomlinson III, Western Michigan University – Midwest Communications Scholarship
Aisha Carter, University of Michigan – Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship

High School Scholarship Recipients

Joseph DeBaradino, DeLasalle Collegiate High School
Ilene Gould, Rockford High School

Named Scholarship Recipients

Catherine Drabicki, Western Michigan University – Carl E. Lee Scholarship

Shandria Maxwell, Henry Ford Community College – Charles D. Fritz Scholarship

Glenn Himawan, Michigan Tech University and Dane Wurmlinger, Northern Michigan University – WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship

Jillian Borowski, University of Michigan – Nancy Waters and Mark Waters Scholarship

Jeremy Nelson, Specs Howard School of Media Arts – Charles D. Mefford Scholarship

Josephine Nyounai, Michigan State University – Gary A. Reid Scholarship

Valerie Dorn, Michigan State University – James H. Quello Scholarship

Isaac Constans, Michigan State University – Leicinger Biederman Scholarship

Joshua Scramlin, Justin Steward, Hannah Vogel and Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University – Dr. Peter Orlink Broadcast Scholarships

Regan Blissett, Grand Valley State University – Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship

Jake Rapanotti, Oakland University – Alan W. Frank Scholarship

Caleb L. Gordon, Michigan State University – Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship


MAPB Elects New Officers

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) elected the 2016 Officers of the Board of Directors during a board meeting held on March 7.

The newly elected officers include:

President: Eric Smith, Director of Broadcasting, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting

Vice-President: Gary Reid, Michigan State University Public Broadcasting

Treasurer: Steve Schram, Michigan Public Media

Secretary: Michelle Srbinovich, WDET Public Radio

For more information about MAPB and the board members please visit our website at www.michmab.com/MAPB.

Michigan Radio Names New Morning Edition Host

DougTribou_250After an extensive national search, Michigan Radio has announced that Doug Tribou has been named as the station’s new Morning Edition host.

From 2008 until August 2015, Tribou worked at NPR member station WBUR-FM in Boston. During that time, he served as a reporter and producer for “Only A Game,” NPR’s weekly sports show. From 2006-2008, he served as a news anchor and on-air host at WBUR. In September 2015, Tribou came to the University of Michigan after being awarded a Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellowship.

In addition to his past decade in public radio, Tribou also has extensive experience in commercial radio. He served as Program Director at ESPN Radio Boston (WAMG/WLLH) from 2005-2006, and spent several years as Program and News Director for a group of Saga Communications radio stations in Portland, Maine. He has an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University, and a master’s degree from Boston University.

“We’re tremendously excited to have Doug as our new morning host,” said Michigan Radio Director-General Manager Steve Schram. “He has a voice that listeners will enjoy waking up to; and a strong commitment to the role that public radio journalism plays in society.”

“When I came to Ann Arbor, I quickly became a fan of Michigan Radio,” said Tribou. “I feel fortunate to join such a talented team at a highly respected news organization.”

Tribou’s first day as Morning Edition host will be Monday, June 6.

Flint Radio Veteran Larry Loynes Passes

larry-loynesThe MAB has learned that Lawrence Dee “Larry” Loynes of Flint passed away on Tuesday, May 3 at age 60.

Larry graduated from Michigan State University and was an on-air personality in the Flint market for many years. He was most recently in radio sales, as well as host of “Race Talk Radio” with Townsquare Media’s WFNT-AM (Flint). In additon, he served as track announcer at Auto City Speedway in Flint for over 20 years. Larry was an on-air play-by-play announcer for Powers Catholic High School football and basketball. Larry was also a recipient of the Tom Carnegie Award along with many other media accomplishments.

He is survived by his wife, Tamara and two children.

Funeral services  were held this past Saturday, May 7.

Legendary WOOD Radio Broadcaster Bruce Grant Passes Away at 92

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Legendary Grand Rapids radio announcer Bruce Grant has died. Family says Grant died peacefully April 23, after a brief illness. Bruce Grant was 92.

Grant was the WOOD Radio morning show host for 32 years, as much a part of West Michigan mornings as bacon and eggs. Generations of radio listeners began their day listening to Grant’s creative, entertaining mix of humor, optimism, and interview skills coming from the radio in their kitchen, bathroom, car, or their trusty transistor radio.

“He was a man that was very much wrapped up in life and living. He had great love for his work. He had great love for his family. He had a great love for Grand Rapids and certainly for the people he woke up each morning during his 32-year career at WOOD RADIO.” — Former WOOD RADIO General Manager Jim White.

Bruce R. Grant was born on December 14, 1923 in Cincinnati, Ohio. At the age of twelve, he began playing second lead harmonica with the biggest country and western spectacular of its day, “The Early Morning Country & Western Entertainers,” starring Cowboy Copas, Merle Travis, and Red Foley, which was broadcast on Cincinnati’s WSAI radio.

Bruce’s entourage toured Cincinnati, Boston, Baltimore, Cleveland, Detroit, and St. Louis during summers. After graduating from high school, Bruce attended the University of Cincinnati and the Schuster-Martin School of Drama.

“Bruce personified old-school radio. I’m envious of the era he came from, when the announcers did everything. They played the music, did the news, the sports, read the weather… even took listener phone calls if the feeling came to them.” — Former WOOD RADIO Sports Director Rick Berkey,

Bruce Grant was a WWII Marine who served his country in the Pacific Theatre.

Grant began his radio Grand Rapids radio career on WJEF in 1949. After five years, Bruce was hired as program director and announcer at WGRD. In 1959, Bruce Grant began his service at WOOD RADIO earning recognition and awards along the way. In addition to his duties behind the WOOD RADIO microphone, Grant also led the radio station’s many charitable efforts.

At his celebrity roast prior to retirement, Grant downplayed his accomplishments telling a capacity crowd at the Amway Grand Plaza’s Ambassador Ballroom that he was honored to be a part of so many lives and watch the growth of Grand Rapids. After withstanding the many radio and television celebrities and their kind-hearted barbs, Grant broke celebrity roast tradition. Rather than return fire, Grant said he’d learned long ago “if a gentleman doesn’t have something nice to say, he shouldn’t say anything at all.”

Following his retirement from his morning show duties in 1985, Grant remained busy with the occasional WOOD RADIO weekend broadcast and charitable work with March of Dimes, Red Cross, and Muscular Dystrophy among others, eventually leaving radio in 1991.

“I would say he was the most perfect host. He never made a mistake. Always connected to his audiece and the way he used the voices on the air to marry to his own commentary. Frankly, I was in awe of him.” –Former WOOD RADIO News Director Greg Moceri.

Bruce Grant is survived by his children, Patti and Todd Johnson, Jim and Kathleen Grant of Oregon; his grandchildren Jordan Johnson and his wife Emily Besley, Alex Johnson, Mikki Johnson, Charlie Grant, Libby Grant; sister-in-law Patricia Walcott and many nieces and nephews.

Family Graveside services were held at Woodlawn Cemetery in Grand Rapids. Family requests that in Bruce’s memory, memorial contributions be made to Grandville-Jenison Congregational Church or to the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans.

E. Harold Munn, Jr: 1928-2016

MunnThe MAB is sad to share the news that E. Harold Munn, Jr. passed away Tuesday, April 26. Munn’s name is familiar to most MAB members as head of the longtime broadcast engineering consulting firm, E. Harold Munn, Jr., and Associates, based in Coldwater.

Munn received his Federal Communications Commission (FCC) radio license at age 14 and in 1947 at the of age 17 became a lifetime member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), the world’s largest professional organization of any scientific profession. The following year he graduated from Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI, with a degree in physics plus many credits in chemistry and mathematics.

Munn taught high school for one year in North Adams and one year at Pittsford before starting WTVB-WANG radio stations in Coldwater. Other stations he established and owned include Ypsilanti (WYSI), Hillsdale (WBSE), and Sturgis (WSTR). In addition to radio, he was a pioneer in broadband communications, received one of the three first cable TV permits awarded by the FCC, and started many cable companies including Coldwater and Columbia Cablevision.

In 1950, he established the E. Harold Munn, Jr., and Associates broadcast engineering consulting firm in Coldwater and in that capacity built or consulted with about 800 radio stations in all 50 states and on nearly 70 colleges and university campuses. Two notable stations include Bell Broadcasting Corporation in Detroit, the first FCC-approved African American-owned radio station in the United States providing a foundation for the Motown music industry, and a 50,000 watt AM station in Hawaii for the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association that broadcast a Christian witness to 20,000 Polynesian islands and literally around the world.

In 2005, Munn was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

A memorial service will be at Spring Arbor Free Methodist Church Tuesday, May 31, at 11:00 a.m. Memorial gifts may be made to Spring Arbor University.

Marconi Radio Awards Nomination Window Now Open

marconiLogoThe NAB Marconi Radio Awards recognize excellence in the industry. Eligible NAB member stations may apply here until May 31. Winners will be announced at the 2016 Radio Show, held September 21-23 in Nashville. For additional information, contact Melek Demir.

Established by the National Association of Broadcasters in 1989, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards are named after Nobel Prize winner and “Father of Wireless Telegraphy” Guglielmo Marconi.

Free Tech Webinar From Jacobs Media

DIF-TS11-1If you missed the presentation by Jacobs Media at GLBC ’16, you won’t want to pass up this opportunity to see it.  On Thursday, May 12, the company will present a FREE overview of their most recent Techsurvey.

Every year, Jacobs Media Strategies conducts the radio broadcasting industry’s largest survey to learn how audiences use new technologies to consume media. Join President Fred Jacobs as he identifies the key trends in podcasting, mobile, streaming, the connected car, and more that we gleaned from nearly 40,000 respondents in 2016.

WEBINAR: How Radio Audiences Use Technology: Key Takeaways from Techsurvey12

Thursday, May 12th at 2:00pm ET / 11:00am PT

Sign up here.

Denis Prior Joins WUPS-FM

Radio veteran Denis Prior, most recently with Grand Valley State University’s Real Oldies WGVU-AM (Grand Rapids), has joined WUPS-FM (Houghton Lake) as Morning Host and Programming Coordinator.  He debuted on the station May 2.

Prior also has worked in the past with the MacDonald-Garber stations in Cadillac and has hosted shows in San Diego, Nashville, South Bend, and Grand Rapids, plus many other stops around the country during his long radio career.  In addition to radio, Prior has also been a contributing writer for late night TV shows hosted by David Letterman and Jay Leno.

Prior told All Access, “I’m excited to join a heritage blowtorch station like 98.5 UPS. Norm (McKee) and MIKE (Chires) are great owners that I look forward to working with”.