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Free MAB Web Training on Wage/Overtime Laws

When Taking Care of Business Requires Working Overtime

Responding to the Department of Labor’s New
Overtime Pay Obligations: A Guide for Broadcasters

Wednesday, June 22, 2016
2:00 – 3:15pm ET

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Labor published final regulations under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) that more than doubled the minimum salary level necessary to be exempt from the Act’s overtime rules.

While the changes affect all businesses subject to the FLSA, broadcasters in particular may feel the impact of the changes given the staffing models used by many TV and radio stations.

The new requirements will go into effect on December 1, 2016, and broadcasters need to take steps to adapt to, and minimize the impact of, those changes prior to that deadline.

Communications and Employment practice attorneys from the Washington D.C. law firm Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman will be online to discuss what the new requirements will mean for broadcasters come December, and how these changes affect the existing exemption for certain employees at small market stations.


Scott R. Flick, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Rebecca Carr Rizzo, Counsel, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman
Moderator, Oscar Rodriguez, President, NASBA & Texas Association of Broadcasters

Register here by June 21 to receive login details.

“Denise Bohn Strong” Benefit Golf Outing Announced

golf outing_400She unabashedly called her annual golf outing “Tee-Off for TaTas” for half a dozen years.  But with the tragic death in April, of cancer survivor, breast cancer advocate and WCXT-FM (Benton Harbor-St. Joseph) on-air personality Denise Bohn, her annual golf outing has been re-branded as the “#DeniseBohnStrong” Golf Outing.

Her friends and family have elected to rename her classic event and become a benefit for the Bohn-Stewart Children Education Fund, to assure that Denise’s three amazing children have the resources to continue their life’s education without fear of being financially strapped going forward. Friends and family have pledged to carry on the “full-court press” that Denise was so well known for in every endeavor she signed on to and are hoping that many will support those efforts by participating with a team of your own, or donations of items for a silent auction, or even just cash towards the cause.

The event is scheduled August 6, 2016 at Indian Lake Hills Golf Club in Eau Claire, beginning at 9 a.m. Online registration is open here until July 29th (or until the event is sold out, if sooner) or in-person at the studios of WCXT/98.3 The Coast, 580 E. Napier Avenue in Benton Harbor, weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For $300 you can register a foursome to play in the tourney or individual players can register for $75.  The registration fee includes greens fees and a cart along with a lunch buffet, awards, and prize drawings, and a silent auction following the golf outing at the Farmers Country Club at 5265 Napier Circle in Benton Harbor.  Checks should be made out to Bohn-Stewart Education Fund.

On-site registration will begin at 8am at golf course.

If you would like to donate items to the silent auction, or volunteer to help out in any way, please contact Kim Thumm at [email protected] or by phone at 269-932-2868.

The outing is sponsored by 98.3 The Coast, WSJM Sports Radio, Town Crier Wire, JohnsonRauhoff, Walsworth Printing Services, KitchenAid, and LeValley Chevrolet Buick GMC.

Additional Hole Sponsorships are available. To become a hole sponsor or sponsor the event in any other way, please contact Midwest Family Broadcasting Michigan President/General Manager Dave Doetsch by e-mail at [email protected] or by phone: 269-925-1111.

Detroit Sportscaster Al Ackerman Dies

AckermanFormer Detroit sportscaster Al Ackerman passed away June 6 at the age of 90.  Family members say Ackerman died at his home in Florida.

Ackerman worked at WXYZ-TV during the 70s, alongside Bill Bonds, Marilyn Turner, and John Kelly.  Later, he was Sports Director at WDIV-TV where he coined the “Bless You Boys” rallying cry for the 1980s Tigers.

Former Detroit sportscaster Eli Zaret told the Detroit Free Press that Ackerman was “The local version of Howard Cosell” and “Had the courage to speak his mind.”

Ackerman was a member of the Michigan Jewish Sports Hall of Fame.

Instead of a public funeral service, the family says Ackerman requested “Take your family to a ball game.”

Ackerman is survived by his wife of 40 years, Terese Ann, as well as his daughters and sister-in-law. A son, Michael, predeceased his father.

WRIF-FM’s Dave & Chuck the Freak Morning Show Named Best Radio Program by Hour Detroit

Top L-R: WRIF- FM Morning Personalities Dave Hunter, Chuck “the Freak,” Lisa Way, and Andy Green. Bottom L-R: Jason Watson (phone screener and video editor) and James Campbell (show producer)

Greater Media has announced that WRIF Morning Personalities Dave and Chuck the Freak have been named “Detroit’s Best Radio Program” for the third consecutive year by Hour Detroit Magazine.
The morning show will be featured in the publication’s June issue, which features the results of its annual readers’ survey.

“We’re blown away that people would take some time out of their day to cast a vote for us,” said WRIF Morning Personality Dave Hunter. “It’s an honor to be named Detroit’s Best Radio Program by Hour Detroit for the 3rd year in a row and it’s even better that our incredible listeners helped make it happen.”

Hour Detroit is the monthly city magazine metro Detroiters rely on for dynamic, award-winning coverage of issues and people affecting their lives, (as well as their source for enjoying the finer things in the region). Renowned for its glossy, oversized format and the premium it places on outstanding journalism and photography, the publicationis recognized as the metro area’s leading authority on restaurants, arts and entertainment, and trends in fashion and décor.

Editorial: What is Your Job? Move Over and Move Up!

Jim MathisBy: Jim Mathis, IPCS, CSP, MDiv
J&L Mathis Group, Inc.

“There is no success without a successor.” -John Maxwell

If you are in a leadership position, your job involves being a coach, cheerleader,  emergency responder, trainer, mentor, and visionary, to name just a few. But, have you ever heard that your job is to be replaced… on purpose?

I heard John Maxwell say several years ago, “Every leader’s job is to work himself/herself OUT of a job.” You are to create an organization or platform that doesn’t include yourself at some point in the future. If you are not creating people to take your place, your leadership only exists for you… and will die with you. If you have to check your messages by email, text, or written notes to make sure the people under you are making you look good, then check your leadership motives and methods instead.

I meet workers who don’t have “permission” to put people over policies and wind up angering customers, clients, and prospects. The CEO cares more about the bottom line than the policies being enforced (if he or she wants to remain the CEO).

Here is an example: I had a sore bruise, so I asked the flight attendant on a cross country journey if I could sit on one of the pillows NOT being used in First Class… four feet away. I missed the cut for First Class by one person, so I was in Economy Comfort …neither economical nor comfortable.

Now bear in mind, I am a Platinum Level “Million Miler” with this airline already this year. The attendant said, “I really shouldn’t… You know we aren’t supposed to allow anyone to have these that are not seated in First Class.”

A First Class passenger offered me his pillow. And, people wonder why the customer service and profits are so low with many airlines. Southwest goes out of their way to please customers and make them feel appreciated. Their board of directors know that empowered employees are more likely to please customers than state punitive policies.

Many leading companies give awards to associates for actually pleasing customers.

If they have to bend the rules occasionally to do it, they know it will benefit them in the long run. Is rule bending on occasion prohibited or encouraged by your management staff? Leaders know if their employees have a vision for growing the organization, they will be more likely to take the authority to do it with the common good in mind and not break the bank.

Earning Your Degree

Your job as a leader is to grow yourself and stop being the “lid on the pressure cooker” of your organization. One day the cooker is going to blow! If you constantly shut down creativity and nurse an attitude of “permission,” then you will be taken out when it explodes around you… and it will explode one day. Can you say “Collateral Damage?”

Our future daughter-in-law just earned her degree in nursing. She studied hard for years to learn how to do a very difficult job. But what about the nursing degree you have tried to “earn” every day for the past several years? If you nurse someone or something, you care for it, work on it, and help it to grow.

Nursing a bad attitude, a grudge or a sick patient all have the term in common. The result of nursing something bad, though, is harmful. If you nurse a poisonous snake back to health, it will bite you one day. The same is true for nursing bad attitudes and policies.

When you empower your staff to take authority (and not just responsibility), you will be free to grow yourself and morph into a new position as leader.

Failure to empower others will stagnate your current role forever.

You can’t move up if you are tied down to the same tasks that others are neglecting or doing poorly.

“But Jim, I can’t give these people authority! They are a bunch of incompetents!” A CEO said that to me in a conference a few years ago. “Who hired these people?” I asked him. “Well… I did!” he exclaimed.

Then that’s not my problem. He hired people he knew couldn’t handle authority and was aware they weren’t capable without micro-management. So now he is paying the price for that string of hiring decisions. You, too… If you exercised more leadership in hiring and staffing, you would have to do less management now.

“As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.” -Bill Gates

You Have One Job…

Your primary task should be to get replaced one day. Your goal is to mentor, coach, and empower others to take on the organization and allow you to move up the ladder to new heights of achievement. You can’t achieve more if you are stuck dragging incapable people with you. More importantly, you will never achieve any new status or skills if you are doing the same job every week and there is no growth within miles of you.

Madame de Pompadour, in the court of Louis XV of France, knew the royalty was overspending and overindulging themselves. She predicted future failure when she said, “Après nous le déluge.” Translation: “After us, a flood.” Their extravagance led the way for Louis’ son to lose his throne and end up beheaded along with Marie Antoinette in the French Revolution. Today the phrase means, “’I don’t care what happens after I’m gone.”

People observe your behavior and have already decided if you care what happens in your absence.

However, Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants.” His success as one of the most famous physicists in the world was due to what others accomplished. He knew that he could only move up if others had
taken on tasks before him. He shared credit with Aristotle, Kepler, Leibniz, and many others enabling him to climb to greater heights. Newton is regarded as probably the greatest scientist in history, but gave credit to others.

You will never move up, until you move over and let someone else drive the car.

My wife drove us to a local restaurant and I got to see the wonderful scenery I had missed by watching the road as I drove before. I was thrilled with the sights as we road along over a bridge we had crossed dozens of times. You will see more, too, when you let someone else handle the details you have been dealing with all these years. The vision will benefit everyone you come in contact with.

“The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers.” -Ralph Nader

Model the Train

There is a story about a church pastor in a small town. He walked down to the depot every day to watch the train leave town. Each day, he would smile as the train left and walk back to his office grinning. He repeated this activity so much that some church elders took him aside and asked him why he made this a practice on a daily basis. The pastor answered, “I just like to watch something move in this town without me having to push it!” Aren’t you tired of pushing everyone else?

Tim O’Reilly popularized the terms “open source” and “Web 2.0.” He says, “Empowerment of individuals is a key part of what makes open source work, since in the end, innovations tend to come from small groups, not from large, structured efforts.” Power comes from the small groups you free to move forward in your absence.

Your greatest job is to lose your job in favor of someone else.

Sales managers can’t improve end of month closings doing all the tasks of lackluster account executives. You need to work yourself into a new position by allowing someone else to take on yours gradually. Have a plan. Find several people who are creative and you see a spark of intuition in their attitudes. Reward the out-of-the-box thinkers. Stop punishing rule bending and reward great service and customer stories. Free people up to grow the organization without you having to push it every day.

The more you change your strategy, the more the organization will grow and your results will change… in your favor.

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Jim Mathis, IPCS, CSP, MDiv. is The Reinvention PRO™, an International Platform Certified Speaker, Certified Speaking Professional and best-selling author of Reinvention Made Easy: Change Your Strategy, Change Your Results. To subscribe to his free professional development newsletter, please send an email to: [email protected] with the word SUBSCRIBE in the subject. An electronic copy will be sent out to you every month. For more information on how Jim and his programs can benefit your organization or group, please call 888-688-0220, or visit his web site: www.jimmathis.com. © 2016 J&L Mathis Group, Inc.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Editorial: 7 Tips for Radio Stations Using Facebook Live

Seth Resler
Seth Resler

By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

Facebook has recently unrolled Facebook Live, a feature that allows you to broadcast live video to your followers with a click of a button. There are a lot of helpful tips for using this new feature from trusted sources like Social Media Examiner, Mashable, and even Facebook itself.

Here are some tips to help you incorporate Facebook Live into your radio station’s digital strategy…

1. Know the Goals of Your Digital Strategy and Understand Facebook Live’s Role

jack hammer
Not intended for sheet rock. Only heavy metal.

Facebook Live is a tool, not a strategy. Treat it accordingly: Define your digital goals, develop a strategy for achieving those goals, and then select the right tools to execute that strategy. This may or may not include Facebook Live. A jackhammer is a wonderful tool, but if my goal is to hang a picture up on my living room wall, it’s not the right one for the job. In other words, don’t fall into the trap of thinking, “Everybody else is using Facebook Live, so we have to, too.”

Here’s an example: Suppose your station has decided that a key goal of your digital strategy is to sell more tickets to your radio station’s summer concert, the Big Lawn Party. You’ve determined that the key metrics you need to monitor are:

  1. The number of tickets sold
  2. The number of visitors to your website (because that’s where people go to buy the tickets).

The key question you’ve got to ask is, “How can Facebook Live help my station sell more tickets?”

Maybe it can and maybe it can’t. In all likelihood, it’s not a matter of “if” but of “how much?” But the crucial thing is that we’re keeping our eye on the larger picture.

Having said that, it is wise to experiment with Facebook Live so that your station can gain a better understanding of the tool. You may discover a way in which it helps you achieve your goals that you didn’t foresee. So while you may not want to make Facebook Live the lynchpin of your big summer promotion, it may be useful to have your night jock dabble with it a few times.

2. Set Yourself Up to Measure

Before you begin an experiment, make sure that you’re set up to measure the results. “Gut feelings” are a great way to guess if a new song will be a hit, but it’s not a sound digital strategy. Make sure that everybody agrees on the what you’re measuring — in our case, concert tickets sold — and how you’re measuring it. You may need some tools for this second part. For example, you could create a dedicated landing page at wkrp.com/biglawnpartysecrets. You can promote that url exclusively in your Facebook Live videos and track anyone who buys tickets through that page. It might sound like this:

“Hey, this is DJ Bob on Facebook Live, where every day at noon I’m giving you the behind-the-scenes scoop on the bands playing this year’s Big Lawn Party. You can find an archive of all of our Facebook Live videos and buy tickets at wkrp-dot-com-slash-big-lawn-party-secrets.”

Now, if people buy tickets because they saw your station’s Facebook Live videos, you’ll know.

Call to Action

As you can see, this means that you’ll want your Facebook Live broadcasts to have a very clear call to action. Don’t broadcast without knowing what you want to encourage viewers to do.

3. Decide Which Facebook Profile or Page You’re Broadcasting From

Radio stations may have multiple pages that they could broadcast from. For example, will Lisa from the “Rick and Lisa Morning Show” on WKRP broadcast live from her personal profile, her DJ Lisa Facebook page, the “Rick and Lisa Show” page, or the WKRP page? As a general rule, use the station’s page to broadcast live so people don’t have to follow many different people to catch your broadcasts. The exception to this rule would be a syndicated show that appears on multiple stations.

4. Have a Well-Defined Focus

Don’t start broadcasting live just for the sake of broadcasting live. Have clear focus for your broadcasts. Here are some situations where radio stations may want to take advantage of Facebook Live:

  1. Backstage Interviews at Concerts
  2. Acoustic Performances
  3. Morning Show Stunts
  4. Station Events

Any time your broadcast may include a musical performance, clear any rights issues with your station’s attorneys in advance.

5. Promote Your Broadcast in Advance

Promote your broadcast as destination viewing. Use all of the promotional channels at your disposal, including:

  • Social media
  • Email blasts
  • Live on-air reads
  • Recorded production elements.

For example, “All day Saturday, we’ll be broadcasting live from backstage at the Warped Tour. Follow us on Facebook to watch live interviews with the artists.”

6. Understand the Difference Between Live Video and Archived Video

There’s a difference between how people consume and interact with live video and archived video. Think about how you consume breaking CNN coverage of a national disaster and how that differs from the way you watch the latest episode of Empire. You may put CNN on in the background for six hours while you do other things, but you set aside an hour to watch Empire with a glass of wine. This types of differences will play a role when you produce video.

Live Video

With Facebook Live, you will produce a video that can both be consumed live and as an archive. Because it’s live, you want to make your broadcasts longer than if it were just archived; this gives people time to tune in. Live video also gives you the opportunity to interact with viewers. For example, if you are interviewing a band that’s playing at Big Lawn Day, you may want to encourage people to submit questions that you can ask them on the spot.

Archived Video

But, unlike your radio show, don’t assume that once the broadcast ends, your work is done. In fact, your video may get more views after the initial broadcast. Optimize your video after the fact by adding or editing the thumbnail image, the description, the date, and the time. Add a question that encourages further comments, and add a clear call to action (“If you want to see more Facebook Live videos, go to wkrp.com/biglawndaysecrets.”) You may want to embed this video on your radio station’s website and promote it on your other social media accounts.

7. Carve Out Time to Review and Discuss the Results with Your Staff

Gather the appropriate staff members and review the results of your Facebook Live broadcasts together. Set aside a specific time to do this — ideally in your weekly Web Meeting; don’t relegate this to a passing hallway conversation. People may look at the same stats and draw different conclusions, so its important to discuss them as a group.

Facebook offers metrics for Live videos, but make sure you’re coupling these from other important sources, like Google Analytics. In our example, we not only want to see how many people watched our Facebook Live broadcast, but how many people went to the landing page at wkrp.com/biglawnpartysecrets, and — most importantly — how many of those people bought tickets to the concert.

You may not find clear-cut answers. Remember, this is a new technology and you’re experimenting. “This had a minor effect” or “We need to do some more experimenting to see what works best” are perfectly reasonable conclusions.

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Townsquare Launches Urban AC in Grand Rapids

magic941logov1Townsquare Media has launched a new AM/FM Translator simulcast in Grand Rapids.  WNWZ-AM is now heard on FM translator W231DD 94.1 and is operating as “Magic 94.1.”

Radio Insight reports that former WGPR-FM (Detroit) Production Director Ed Spillers (aka: “Lee Stevens”) is serving as Brand Manager/Afternoon Host.

The new station website is here.  The station is also heard on the HD-2 signal of WLHT-FM.

Tom Bender To Retire From Greater Media

Tom_Bender_300Classic rock radio pioneer and current Greater Media Interactive Senior Vice President/General Manager Tom Bender will be retiring from the company at the end of June after nearly three decades of service.

Bender told All Access: “I am grateful to Peter Smyth for allowing me to lead our digital initiative for the past six years as we worked to conquer the digital challenges to radio,” said Bender.  “He has been a friend as well as a great boss. I was privileged to work in my hometown with a wonderful group of people who created WCSX and built upon the 45-year heritage of WRIF, where I began my career. Greater Media is an extraordinary company and I thank them for a creative and innovative culture in which to work. Now it’s time for a new chapter in my life!”

Bender was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2007.

He has been in his current role since November 2007.  Prior to that, Bender was Regional GM of Greater Media’s Detroit operations since November, 1986, where he was responsible for creating one of American’s first Classic Rock-formatted stations, WCSX-FM in Detroit.

George Blaha Shares Memories in New Podcast

blaha_300The legendary sportscaster George Blaha, who’s been the voice of the Pistons, Spartan football, and  countless commercials in his 40-year career, was recently interviewed on Deadline Detroit‘s “One Seat Over” podcast.

Blaha was inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 2014.

In the interview, Blaha shared hightlights of his 40-year career, such as meeting Vin Scully, a man he calls “The greatest broadcaster of our lifetime.”

Listen to the podcast here.

Hall of Fame & Lifetime Achievement Award Announcement!

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Board of Directors is proud to announce the 2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees and the Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.

The 2016 award recipients have 150 plus years of combined experience serving the broadcasting industry. Each of the award recipients have influenced and supported their communities as broadcasters, humanitarians and philanthropists over the time they have been involved in broadcasting.

These outstanding honorees will be presented with their awards on Tuesday, August 30 at the MABF Awards Banquet at the Inn at St. Johns in Plymouth, Michigan. Please join the MAB and MAB Foundation in celebrating these outstanding people in our industry!

2016 Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Koehn_200Julie Koehn
Lenawee Broadcasting Company
Adrian, MI

Julie Koehn is the president of Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian, Michigan. She began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Julie is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She sits on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation and chaired the foundation in 2012-2013. She was also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee. Julie was the District 13 representative (MI) to the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors from 2009 to 2015 and is a faculty member of the NAB Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Academy. Julie is also on the Board of Directors of the NAB Education Foundation.

Julie has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include five NAB Crystal Radio Awards, the NAB Crystal Heritage Award, three NAB Education Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards, and three NAB Marconi Awards, one for AC Station of the Year and two for Small Market Station of the Year. WLEN has been MAB Station of the Year for nine of the last thirteen years in Market 3.

A very active member of her community, Julie is a past chair and chair-elect and sits on the board of directors of ATHENA Lenawee and is a board member of the Pleasant Grove Hotel Historical Society.

Julie is a past board member of the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club (serving as their first female Commodore in 2011). She has held positions on the HOPE Community Center Board of Directors, the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce (serving as their first female chair), Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Julie has also initiated fund-raising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.

2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Smith_200Paul W. Smith
Detroit, MI

Paul W. Smith started in radio at WVMO-FM in his hometown of Monroe, Michigan in 1968. As a 15 year old kid in High School, he knew Radio was what he wanted to do the rest of his life. From Monroe, he moved on to Toledo, Ohio, where he sold radio time, did on-air stints at WCWA and WSPD, and a daily live television show called “AM Magazine,” then “Mornings with Paul W.” while still doing his Afternoon Drive Radio Show. From Toledo, he went to Windsor, Ontario for the morning drive show at CKLW. He moved back across the river to WJR Radio to do weekends and fill in for legendary broadcaster J.P. McCarthy, before heading to New York City to do a morning show at 77/WABC. In fact, for a year, Smith flew back and forth every week to be able to continue working weekends at WJR-AM while doing his Monday through Friday show on WABC.

While doing work on The ABC Radio Network and WMCA, Smith started doing Morning Drive on WWDB-FM in Philadelphia. Soon thereafter he added hosting the noon time “Focus” show on WJR via satellite to his busy broadcast day in Philadelphia. In 1996, Smith came back home to WJR to take over stewardship of the morning show on “The Great Voice of the Great Lakes,” still broadcasting to this day from “The Golden Tower of the Fisher Building.” Smith has won an Emmy for his hosting duties of the monthly television show “Minds of Medicine” and continues to co-host (with Stephen Luigi Piazza), the weekly radio show “Opportunity Detroit.”

Dubbed by the Wall Street Journal as “The King of Talk Radio in Detroit” and named a 2011 Michiganian of the Year by the Detroit News, Smith was proudly inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.

This year, “The Paul W. Smith Golf Classic to benefit The Detroit Police Athletic League” will surpass Five Million Dollars (Net) given to help thousands of kids every year.

Paul JacobsPaul Jacobs
Jacobs Media, jacAPPS
Bingham Farms, MI

Paul Jacobs is the VP/GM of Jacobs Media and President of jacAPPS. Jacobs has served within the broadcasting industry for nearly 40 years, the majority of which have been spent in the state of Michigan. He has cultivated a new niche in the radio broadcasting with jacAPPS, a leading mobile application software company, based in Michigan. Jacobs was also the driving force behind the DASH conference, which brought the radio and automotive industries together to generate ideas to best serve the general public. In addition, he serves on the MAB Foundation’s Board of Directors, helping to drive innovative educational opportunities for current and future broadcasters.

Stephen Schram
Michigan Radio, WUOM
Ann Arbor, MI

Stephen Schram is Executive Director and General Manager for Michigan Radio – WUOM, the state’s most listened to NPR news and information service, originating from Ann Arbor and licensed to the University of Michigan. Michigan Radio broadcasts at 91.7 FM in Ann Arbor/Detroit, 91.1 FM in Flint, 104.1 FM in western Michigan, and online at michiganradio.org.

As General Manager, Schram previously led WOMC and WYCD in Detroit, plus earlier provided executive leadership for the seven Detroit market Clear Channel radio stations (now iHeartMedia), including WNIC and WKQI. He also worked for WJBK-TV (Fox 2), Detroit in Marketing and Business Development. Schram is a Past President and current Treasurer of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters, a current Director of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation and served as a board member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters 1999-2002 and 2003-2005.

The awards program and banquet are an MAB Foundation fundraising event. Proceeds go to support student scholarships and broadcast education in Michigan. Click here for more information about the MAB Advocacy Conference and Awards Ceremony.

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