Tag Archives: Issue 5

Another Spectrum Reform Bill in the Works

Senator John Thune (R-SD), Chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, released a statement that he and ranking committee member Bill Nelson (D-FL) are planning to introduce a spectrum reform bill later this week, titled ‘The Mobile Now Act,’ with the goal of improving wireless access. However, Thune’s House counterpart, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chair Fred Upton (R-MI), stated that his committee will monitor the upcoming spectrum auction before taking action on any spectrum reform legislation.  MAB is tracking.

Got an iPhone in your Pocket? Learn How to Use it to Create Video Content to Enhance your Story

Steve JulinMedia Power founder Steve Julin will be at the 2016 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference to teach you how to use video to create and enhance your content. As the lines blur between radio and television, the one constant is the need for compelling story telling and adding video to your repertoire of essential tools.

Steve is presenting the following four sessions on Tuesday, May 3 in Lansing:

Filmmaking with the iPhone6

Apple’s line of phones has always been able to capture footage, but when the iPhone 6 was released, it changed the playing field. The new camera (that also works as a phone) can grab 1080p high-definition clips at 60 frames per second, take 240-fps slow-motion shots, shoot time lapse scenes, provide cinematic video stabilization, and even has up to 128 gigabytes of storage, which is more than enough for a short film. In this workshop, award winning filmmaker Steve Julin will share his insights after testing the camera out on a corporate video shoot.

Creative Camera Techniques

Shooting great video or film is essential to any great video production. But some times a little creativity is called for. In this workshop, seasoned filmmaker Steve Julin will share with you some innovative ways to use your camera and provide examples from his award-winning PBS series, Great Lakes ~ Great Tastes.

Tips, Tricks, Ideas, Suggestions, Secrets, Hints, and Advice for Producing Better Video Productions

Ready to take your next video production up to the next level? In this workshop you’ll learn some techniques and tools that can help you make more compelling stories for film, TV, and the web. This is not a “how to” workshop. The goal of this workshop is to share filmmaking techniques that can spice up that next corporate video or provide you with that “Ah Ha” moment for your next documentary. Feel free to bring and share some of your own tips and tricks to the session.

The Art of Interviewing for Video

Interviewing is the foundation of great storytelling, and the stories you tell are only as good as the information you get. In this workshop you’ll learn the top tips to use when conducting an on-camera interview and, most importantly, how to get the sound bites and quotes you need in the edit suite.

Click here for information and to register for GLBC. Members can register for the full day for only $159!*

*early, member rate

Traffic Director Spotlight: Jessica Boerma, WSYM-TV

Jessica BoermaJessica Boerma
WSYM-TV (Lansing)

Jessica Boerma is the Senior Traffic Coordinator at WSYM-TV Fox 47 News, where she has been for the past three years.

Q1: What is your favorite comfort food?
Jessica: Pizza

Q2: Which Superhero would you be, and why?
Jessica: Iron Man because he can fly and has awesome toys!

Q3: When I’m not working, I’d rather be…
Jessica: Outside playing with my three dogs and husband or going to car shows.

Q4: If I had the chance, I’d really like to have lunch with…
Jessica: George W. Bush

Q5: Best advice you have ever gotten?
Jessica: Be yourself, and don’t try to impress everyone around you. Not everyone is going to like you, and you’re not always going to get along with everyone you meet; so there is no point in being fake.

Q6: Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Jessica: I’m a sucker for biology and totally believe in ghosts and spirits.

2016 Public Media Impact Awards – Criteria and Information

2016 marks the 31st year of honoring Michigan’s public broadcasting pioneers with the 2016 Public Media Impact Awards.


·         To recognize outstanding individuals, donors, foundations and individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovativeness, creativity, and impact on public broadcasting.

·         To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.

·         To foster an exchange of innovative, creative ideas and solutions among public broadcasters.

·         To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.


Professionals, volunteers, and donors involved in Michigan public radio or television are eligible for nomination. Nominations can be made by colleagues, supervisors, and/or station managers. Activities for which the person is nominated may be long-term, to recognize lifetime contributions to public broadcasting, or more recent, to reflect a concentrated period of achievement.

1.  The Public Media Impact Award for Donors is for individuals or foundations that have been able to support a specific project at a station, and the criteria states that there is not a required number of years of support.  This would be based on threshold of impact and importance in Public Broadcasting.

2.  The Public Media Impact Award for Professionals is opened up to all professionals working in public broadcasting.

Nomination Process

Deadline for nominations and supporting material is Tuesday, July 19, 2016. Please check the MAPB website for updates.

MABF Scholarship Deadline Extension

The MAB Foundation has extended the deadline for both the MABF station-sponsored scholarhips and the MAB Foundation Board Scholarship (Friends of Bill Burton Scholarship).  The application deadline for those scholarships is now Friday, March 25, 2016.

Click here for information on the MAB Foundation Board Scholarship.

You can find information here for the station-sponsored scholarship program. If you have any additional questions, please contact the MABF at (517)484-7444 or [email protected].

Community Gathered for Black Panther Documentary Screening and Conversation at MSU

This past Thursday February 11, WKAR (East Lansing) hosted a community conversation around the new film “The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution,” by award-winning filmmaker Stanley Nelson.

Interest in this film is very high, and all seat reservations were filled for this free event on the MSU campus.

The film tells the story of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, which sought to transform a system of racial oppression. On Sunday February 7, singer Beyoncé made news with a Super Bowl halftime performance that paid homage to the revolutionary civil rights group.

Along with a screening of the film, the evening featured discussion led by panelists Aida Cuadrado, Director of Action of Greater Lansing; Pero Dagbovie, Associate Dean and graduate school Professor in the Dept. of History at MSU; and Kelsi Horn, Vice President of Black Student Alliance at MSU.

Media were given opportunities to speak with the panelists before and after the event. Conversation throughout the evening offered insight into various views held in our community regarding the Black Panther movement of the 60s and 70s, today’s Black Lives Matter movement, and civil rights issues that affect us all.


Engineering Spotlight: Eric Send, Midwestern Broadcasting Company

We’re pleased to begin a new spotlight series featuring the hardworking engineers at our stations.
To nominate an engineer for a spotlight, please email Alisha Clack at [email protected].

Eric SendEric Send
Engineering & IT for Midwestern Broadcasting Company for the past sixteen years.

Brief Engineering Resume:
Intern Interlochen Public Radio 1992

WLDR Radio, Traverse City, MI 1996-2000 / Part-time on-air talent

WLJN Radio Good News Media 1999-present / Volunteer engineering & weekend on-air talent 2005-2010

Northwestern Michigan College AAS, Electronics Technology 2002

Q: How did you get started in broadcast engineering?
Eric: My grandfather got me interested in HAM radio. I got my HAM license (N8STO) when I was 12. A good friend and Chief Engineer for Good News Media, Don Parker, mentored me into the profession.

Tell us something about yourself that very few people know…
Eric: I enjoy watching British and Canadian TV. Doc Martin and Murdoch Mysteries are personal favorites.

What is the best advice you’ve ever gotten?
Eric: Make sure to point out your accomplishments to management and station ownership. Broadcast engineers often work odd hours and away from the studio. They fail to communicate what they are doing and can be perceived as slacking off, when in fact, they are contributing to the success of the station.

WXYZ-TV Names Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan its 2015 Newsmaker of the Year

Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan
L to R: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Chuck Stokes

WXYZ-TV (Detroit) has named Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan its 2015 Newsmaker of the Year. Duggan was featured in a special edition of “Spotlight on the News,” on Sunday, February 14, at 10 a.m. Each year, WXYZ selects one newsmaker it deems to have had the greatest positive impact on the state of Michigan and the Detroit region during the year.

Mike Duggan was elected in 2013 as Detroit’s 75th mayor. Last year was the first full year Duggan ran the city without the assistance of a state-appointed emergency financial city manager. Under Duggan’s watch, the city bus schedules and police emergency response times were improved, transit workers and police union contracts were negotiated successfully, abandoned structures were removed, and neighborhood revitalization was increased. His administration has been instrumental in attracting economic development to Detroit.

In the “Spotlight” interview, Duggan discussed a wide range of topics, including his vision for Detroit, city safety, Detroit Public Schools, his family, and his goals for the future.

WMYD-TV Names New Sports Personality

Rob Parker
Rob Parker, WMYD-TV

Sports personality Rob Parker (pictured right) is bringing his unique brand of sports reporting to WMYD-TV20 (Detroit).

Parker has been a trailblazer in sports media.  He was the first African-American sports columnist at both Newsday in New York and at the Detroit Free Press, where he started working in 1993.  He was also an award-winning sports columnist at the Detroit News for nine years.

“Rob brings vast experience—and deep sources—to our team,” said WXYZ/WMYD news director Dave Manney.  “He also brings a fearless style with opinions that will have people talking.”

“I am excited about this great opportunity at WXYZ and WMYD,” said Parker.  “I’m loud, passionate, informed, and I dig deep for scoops.  Best of all, I have the biggest opinion in Detroit sports.”

Parker is among a select group of sports journalists who vote each year to determine the Baseball Hall of Fame inductees.

Parker began on WMYD’s Action News at 10 p.m. the week of February 8.

WXYZ Collects 20+ Tons of School Supplies

WXYZ supplies driveWXYZ-TV’s (Detroit) week-long “Fix My School” supplies drive collected more than 20 tons of school supplies for students and teachers in Detroit Public Schools. The items donated filled three semi-trucks and included notebooks, pencils, crayons, markers, Kleenex, and toilet paper.

“At a time when Detroit schools are in crisis, these supplies will make a tremendous difference for thousands of kids and teachers,” said Dave Manney, WXYZ news director. “The staggering amount of donations also sends a powerful message of hope. People across southeastern Michigan will do whatever they can to help Detroit students and teachers succeed.”

“Fix My School” is a 7 Action News series that brings attention to issues and concerns in school districts throughout Metro Detroit. After a number of stories focused on the needs of the 47,000 students in Detroit Public Schools, WXYZ decided to take action to address the problem. Viewers were encouraged on-air, on-line, and on mobile, to drop off classroom supplies at one of 56 Leo’s Coney Island restaurants throughout Metro Detroit. Stevens Worldwide Van Line donated its trucks to transport the supplies to a central warehouse. The City of Detroit donated warehouse space to hold all of the supplies.

“I am completely overwhelmed! To Channel 7, to Leo’s Coney Island, to everyone who donated, I just want to say thank you,” said Ivy Bailey, interim president of the Detroit Federation of Teachers.

The supplies will be distributed by the Detroit Federation of Teachers beginning Monday, February 22.