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Member Service Highlight: Meet Melissa Burris, MAB’s new Enstar Energy Consultant!

Melissa 16_300The MAB would like to welcome Melissa Burris to the Enstar Team! Enstar Energy is an MAB member service that can help your station save some hard-earned CASH!

Melissa is very excited to be a part of the Enstar Energy team and looks forward to meeting all of the MAB members at the 2016 Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting held at The Inn at St. John’s on August 30-31.

She will be on-site representing EnStar as a sponsor of the event and talking to members about the various energy saving programs offered through EnStar designed to help MAB radio & television Stations reduce their utility bills

Burris, an expert in Business Consulting, joins Enstar Energy as an Energy Consultant bringing with her over fifteen years of experience. Prior to working at Enstar Energy, Melissa worked as a Business Consultant for a Fortune 500 Company – First Data Corporation. Her background is helping businesses and business owners grow their business by giving them the knowledge and tools they need to succeed in today’s world.

Melissa was born and raised in Michigan; however, she has spent the last 15 years in Georgia and recently moved back to Michigan to be closer to her family. Family is very important to Melissa and she enjoys spending time with them in her spare time. Additionally, she has been married for eight years and has two beautiful boys, August and Thirteen.

But, you don’t have to wait until August!! Melissa will be reaching out to MAB members throughout the summer to see what she and EnStar can do to save your station money!! contact Melissa at 517-694-2510 Ext.13 or by email at mburris@enstarenergy.com.

Registration Open for the 2016 Advocacy Conference & MAB Annual Meeting!

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Curtis LeGeyt

Save money by registering today to secure the discounted rate of only $124 for members!

Learn how to be an effective advocate for our industry, and how you can affect change and make a difference in Lansing and Washington D.C.

Special guests include Curtis LeGeyt, EVP of Government Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters. Read more about Curtis here.

This year’s event will be held August 30-31 at the Inn at St. John’s in Plymouth.

Click here for complete schedule, lodging, and registration information.

Community Partner News: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services

MDHHSGenesee County healthcare professionals are eligible for
student loan repayment through a program to assist
underserved populations.

Healthcare employers in Genesee County will be able to better recruit and retain medical, dental and mental health professionals through a special student loan repayment program offered by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

MDHHS will select 10 to 15 primary care healthcare professionals who will be eligible for up to $50,000, tax-free, to repay their educational debt if they practice for two-years at approved sites in Genesee County and meet other program requirements.

The state-funded student loan repayment assistance in Genesee County is through the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program, which is designed to improve healthcare services in underserved communities. MDHHS will select providers on a first-come, first-served basis. The application period began June 2, 2016, and will end on August 15, 2016, or once all program funds are obligated.

Interested providers must mail completed application packages including application forms found on the Michigan State Loan Repayment Program website under “’Application Periods, Forms, and Process.”

Eligible primary care providers include MDs, doctors of osteopathic medicine, doctors of dental surgery, doctors of medicine in dentistry, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and certified nurse midwives practicing in an outpatient, not-for-profit setting. For this program, practice sites are not required to be located in health professional shortage areas or have such a designation, as is usually the case, and employers sponsoring providers are not required to make employer contributions.

Applicants must read all information on the Michigan State Loan Repayment website, including the Participant information and Requirements section. Anyone with further questions after reading the information can call Ken Miller at 517-241-9946.

Applications must be mailed to: Tania Rodriguez, MSLRP Coordinator, Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, Policy, Planning and Legislative Services, MSLRP Program – Genesee County Program, P.O. Box 30195, Lansing, MI 48909.

Media Contact:  Bob Wheaton, (517) 241-2112, wheatonb@michigan.gov

Actor Timothy Busfield Joins MSU

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Photo courtesy of WKAR

Emmy award-winning actor Timothy Busfield will join the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University (MSU) as an artist in residence, effective June 15.

In this new role, Busfield will co-teach courses that emphasize acting and fiction film production, provide insights based on his experience as a professional in theatre and film, and bring noted industry professionals to campus for workshops. He will also be the director of national content for WKAR-TV, where he will develop original content for major networks, cable networks, movie studios, and new media.

“I’m looking forward to sharing my experience with the students,” said Busfield. “I’ve learned much in my career and I love helping those that are also eager to learn. My goal is to help their transitions into the major (and not so major) film and theatre communities when they graduate.”

Prabu David, dean of the College of Communication Arts and Sciences, shared his enthusiasm on having Busfield join the college, stating, “Tim brings a wealth of experience in acting, directing, and moviemaking, which will add new energy to the Media Arts Collaborative, a new collaboration for creative work between the College of Communication Arts and Sciences and the College of Arts and Letters,” said David. “We are also excited about collaborating with Tim to create compelling content for WKAR.”

A native of East Lansing, Michigan, Busfield was eager to rejoin the mid-Michigan community, specifically MSU, stating “I grew up in East Lansing. My dad taught speech and theater at MSU and my mom and stepfather retired after many decades with the MSU Press… so in short, I’m all Green and White. Then, in January my heart jumped when President Simon announced that she was interested in WKAR producing more original content. I felt I was a perfect fit to help execute her vision of seeing WKAR and MSU move into the market of major television and film.”

Susi Elkins, Interim Director of Broadcasting and General Manager of WKAR, is looking forward to having Busfield join her team. “It’s so exciting for us that Tim is returning home to East Lansing, eager to give back to the community and to join our team at WKAR. His creativity, experience, and enthusiasm for engaging audiences is unmatched and we’re thrilled to be working with him,” said Elkins.

Another aspect of Busfield’s new role for MSU will incorporate promoting experiential learning opportunities for students interested in acting in fiction and nonfiction productions. This work will include the Theater2 Film Project, dedicated to transforming student theatre productions into film, and Busfield’s Performing Arts Warm Up, a weekend performing arts camp for kids.

Busfield has been working in the theatre and film industry for 37 years. He is most recognized for his work in “thirtysomething”, “Field of Dreams,” and “The West Wing.” Most recently, Busfield has sold seven pilots to major networks and has directed four others, including “The Fosters” which is currently still on the air.

SAVE THE DATE For The 2016 MAB Foundation Golf Fundraiser!

The Inn at St. John's

Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 9:00 am-3:00 pm
The Inn at St. John’s, Plymouth Michigan

Par-tee with the MAB Foundation at this year’s
Golf Fundraiser, which supports our young broadcasters!

We’re making some changes to the Golf Fundraiser this year…Your golf experience is sure to be fun and offer an excellent networking opportunity! Join friends and industry colleagues in helping to support the MAB Foundation and broadcast scholarships, internships, and education for the future of our industry, while having a great time golfing and enjoying a beautiful day!

Cost is $150 per golfer and includes: 18-holes of golf, cart, box lunch, refreshments, awards presentation, green fees, and surprise guests.

Sponsorships are available!

Your company can show even greater support of young people seeking a career in broadcasting by sponsoring this event. Several sponsorship options are available, please contact us and we’ll design a sponsorship opportunity just for you!

Help support the future of our industry and have a great time too! Now that’s a hole in one!

For more details and to register click here.

Questions? Contact Alisha or Rachel at 800-YOUR-MAB.

Clack Appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation

Clack_300Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation.  Clack handled the Broadcast Excellence Awards and the Michigan Student Broadcast Awards program for the MAB Foundation as well as the Hall of Fame/Lifetime Achievement Awards.  Clack has been with the MAB since 2010, starting as a Tech Assistant for the Emergency Alert System.

Alisha received her bachelor’s of art degree from Middle Tennessee State University in 2002. Then, more recently, she received her
master’s of science degree from Central Michigan University in
administration, while working full-time with MAB and raising
three young children with her husband Steve.

In addition to her duties with the MAB Foundation, Alisha will also coordinate the EAS program with MAB Director of Technical Services/Digital Communications Manager Dan Kelley and she will manager the Michigan AMBER Alert Foundation.

Free Webex for MAB Members

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We did it once, we can do it again! This time without that pesky simulcast period. Following immediately on the heels of the Broadcast Incentive Auction, many of the auction losers, and non-participants will need to change channels. The webinar will present a look at the project from the legal side, antenna, coverage and transmission options. Industry representatives from Wilkinson, Baker & Knauer, Dielectric, Comark/Hitachi, and Alive Telecommunications will make presentations.

This Webex meeting is FREE for MAB members!

Register here: http://bit.ly/Channelrepack

Eddie Money Runs the Front Desk at CBS Radio Detroit

Via George Fox, CBS Radio/Detroit 


On May 27, After hanging with Jim Johnson in the 104.3 WOMC studios, Eddie Money took a break from his rockstar life and got a real job answering phones and greeting guests at CBS Radio’s front desk in Detroit.

Even signing the receipt for the Jimmy Johns guy carrying “two hoagies to paradise” for a CBS staffer.

Eddie Money’s visit was to promote his appearance at the DTE Energy Music Theater.

RAB Announces Rising Through The Ranks Scholarships For Women

RABThe Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) has announced that scholarships are available for the “Rising Through The Ranks” management sessions to be held August 24-25 in Nashville, TN.

Radio station management is asked to reach out personally and encourage the talented, capable, dynamic women in your company to apply for one of the 20 BMI scholarships available for the sessions.

The deadline for applications is this Wednesday, June 8.  Applications may be submitted here.

Speakers at the two-day event include:

  • Erica Farber, CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
  • Weezie Kramer, Chief Operating Officer, Entercom Communications
  • Susan Larkin, Regional Vice President, Cox Media Group
  • Heather Monahan, EVP, CRO, Beasley Broadcasting
  • Beth Neuhoff, President, Neuhoff Media
  • Heidi Raphael, SVP, Corporate Communications, Greater Media
  • Kay Olin, Partner, Olin & Associates
  • Lynn Anderson, CEO, Integrated Media Solutions Group
  • Lindsay Cerajewski, Director of Partnership Marketing, Emmis Communications
  • Joe D’Angelo, SVP – HD Radio
  • Laurie Kahn, President and CEO, Media Staffing Networks
  • Dan Spears, VP – Licensing, BMI
  • Brandeis C. Hall, VP – Professional Development, RAB

Sessions include:

  • The Role of Today’s Radio Manager
  • Managing Different Personalities and Generations
  • Having Difficult Conversations
  • Budgeting, Forecasting, and P&L

Plus, the seminar also includes classes specifically for women in the workplace, such as:

  • Women in the Radio Workplace
  • Building Your Personal Brand
  • Small Groups and Open Discussions

MAB Announces Staff Changes

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters President/CEO Karole White has announced several new hires and internal promotions.

MAB staff member Alisha Clack has been appointed Executive Manager of the MAB Foundation (see separate article here).

Rachel_200Rachel Krause (photo above) has joined the MAB as the new Marketing/Communications Manager. Rachel has a bachelor’s of art in marketing from Dominican University, River Forest, IL and has served as Marketing and Promotion Director for a major bridal label in Hanover Park Ill.  Rachel may be reached at krause@michmab.com.

Sara_200Sara Siegmann (photo above) joins the MAB as Event & Membership Assistant for MAB and the MAB Foundation.  Sara may be reached at Siegmann@michmab.com.

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Dan Kelley
 (photo above), MAB Director of Technical Services adds addition duties as Digital Communications Manager.  Dan may be reached at dkelley@michmab.com.

The staff changes were announced May 24, 2016.