The MAB and MAB Foundation (MABF) presented the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award to Lenawee Broadcasting Company/WLEN-FM (Adrian) President and General Manager Julie Koehn during MAB awards ceremonies on Tuesday, August 30 at the Inn at St. John’s.
Julie 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 Commercial Radio Market Three.
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 fundraising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.
For a complete list of previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipents and links to their biographies, click here.