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Engineering Spotlight: Gary Williams (WLNS/WLAJ-TV)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected].
Gary Williams
Gary Williams

Gary Williams is an engineer for WLNS-TV and WLAJ-TV in Lansing. Gary was formerly Chief Engineer for WLAJ-TV, prior to the station entering into a shared-services agreement with WLNS-TV in 2013.

Q: Please share with us a brief engineering resume.
I started at (the original) WWJ-TV (Detroit) as a vacation relief engineer back in 1967, while attending Michigan Tech. I worked my way up to engineering management (and was the highest ranking person to survive the transition of WWJ-TV to WDIV-TV).

After 17 years at WDIV-TV (WDIV-TV VP/Chief Engineer Marcus Williams, “my brother,” was going to be at the station forever), I moved into corporate video for 17 years for companies including
GM, Chrysler, VW, and more).

I then moved back to broadcasting, spending three years as Chief Engineer at WSYM-TV (Lansing).  When Journal bought WGBA-TV in Green Bay, Wisconsin, I became Chief there along with WACY-TV, also in Green Bay.

After three years in Green Bay, I moved back to Lansing as Chief Engineer at WLAJ-TV.

When I started in engineering, I made system engineering a priority. I figured, every manufacturer had a manual for their specific equipment, but nobody had information on how to get box A talking to box B.

Q: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know:
I still ride my unicycle occasionally, but never thought I’d occasionally be leading singing at church.



Drone Journalism Lab Releases Drone Use Guidebook

According to a report in Editor and Publisher, the Drone Journalism Lab released its operations manual as an open source, Creative Commons-licensed document. The 23-page guidebook (found at dronejournalismlab.org) covers a range of issues including how to conduct a preflight briefing and ethical considerations journalists should review before flying a drone. This information may be useful by our members using the drones for news gathering purposes.

The MAB is working on state legislation that sets up a legislative drone taskforce to develop statewide policy recommendations on the use/operation of drones. The taskforce will include a representative from the broadcast industry to ensure that our industry’s concerns are addressed in any future drone related legislation/rulemaking.

CMU Public Radio Presents Warm Hearts, Warm Homes

Central Michigan University’s CMU Public Radio (WCMU-FM)
, in collaboration with the distribution network of Michigan Community Action (M.C.A.) and the generosity of Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank, presented a unique fundraising effort titled Warm Hearts, Warm Homes, December 9 through 12.

Every donation made to CMU Public Radio during the Warm Hearts, Warm Homes campaign was matched dollar for dollar through the support of corporate sponsors Consumers Energy and Isabella Bank, which will give the matching funds to M.C.A. to distribute to residents in need of heating assistance through a network of local Community Action Agencies. The station’s goal was to raise $65,000 for heating assistance in central and northern Michigan.

The campaign is the brain child of CMU Public Radio. Program Director, Rick Westover notes that the effort puts the strength of their listenership into action. “Our listeners care about their community and the world around them. We tried something new with Warm Hearts, Warm Homes in 2014, we look forward to seeing the tradition continue. It gets cold here in the mitten state, too cold to go without heat over the winter. Here’s a chance to help.”

Celebrate the Best in the Industry

What we should say is “Celebrate YOU” because YOU are the best in the industry and YOU deserve to be recognized for your hard work!

The Broadcast Excellence Awards Reception is one of the biggest and brightest parties of the year for Michigan broadcasters and you won’t want to miss it! Gather your station’s best work and join colleagues and industry friends on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 as we celebrate YOU and your station’s hard work over the past year. Just imagine those goosebumps of pride and accomplishment you’ll feel as your station’s name is called as an award winner!

Don’t wait to begin entering your submissions for the 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) program. Get a jump start on the busy holiday season. The deadline for the 2016 BEAs is 12:00 p.m. (noon) on Friday, January 13, 2017.

The 2016 BEA rules and category information can be found here .

Be sure to review your station’s account information. If you need assistance with your password, resetting your password, or changing the Contestant Manager for your station, please contact Alisha Clack at [email protected] or via phone at 517-484-7444.

Click here for instructions and direct access to the online entry system.**

Awards Ceremony
Wednesday, March 8, 2017 | The Lansing Center | Lansing, MI

Entry Fees
MAB or MAPB Member: $45 per entry
Non-Members: $90 per entry

For questions, contact Alisha Clack at 517-484-7444 or email us at [email protected].

**IMPORTANT NOTE: If you created an account at www.betterbnc.com in the past two years, please log in using the same account information, if you are creating a new account, please follow the instructions that are listed in your reference guide or online at www.broadcastexcellenceawards.com.