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Key Code Media Opens Detroit Office

Key Code Media announced this week the opening of their newest office in Detroit. This office is the re-seller of media technology and system integrations’  eighth location nationwide.

The new location is convenient to customers and production facilities looking to plan future media workflow advancements and technology upgrades, according to an announcement on the company’s website. Key Code Media will also gain a location to better stage equipment workflows for customer presentations and installations. At the core of the office is a state-of-the-art remote conferencing system, allowing customers to gain greater access to Key Code technicians located across the U.S.

The Detroit office is located at 26075 Woodward Ave, Suite 100, in Huntington Woods.

“This facility is really about getting the Detroit community better access to media technology, demonstrate new workflow products, and training. No other company can provide greater access to media manufacturer products and, most importantly, technical support,” said Lisa Jackson, Key Code Media Detroit Sr. Account Manager.

About Key Code Media

Founded in 2001, Key Code Media designs, integrates, trains, supporting live production, post production, and media automation solutions. Our focus is on helping our clients maximize their budget, consulting around your objectives, outcomes and workflow.

Key Code Media supports production systems nationwide for broadcast, entertainment, sports, government, education, reality television, pro audio, and a majority of the U.S. Fortune 100 corporations. Founded in 2001 by Mike Cavanagh, Key Code Media has expanded in Burbank, Irvine, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit and New York, with revenues exceeding $35 million per year. In 2018, Key Code Media acquired Burst Communications ( expanding our geographic coverage with offices in Newport Beach, CA, Denver Colorado and Dallas Texas. Burst Communications has strong competencies in broadcast design, production studios and full Audio Video Crestron automation systems.

WYCD Raises Over $651K For St. Jude Children’s Hospital

(L-R) WYCD’s Tim Roberts, Holly Hutton and Rob Stone

On December 6 and 7, Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit), with the help of their incredible listeners, raised $651,900 for St. Jude Children’s Hospital during its 2018 Country Cares Radiothon.

The event was held at Art Van Furniture in Canton, Mich.  This is the 18th year the station has held the Radiothon for St. Jude.

WLNS Holds 11th Annual Day of Giving

WLNS Anchor Lauren Thompson.

On December 6, Nexstar Broadcasting’s WLNS-TV (Lansing) held it’s the 11th annual Day of Giving, collecting non-perishable items like cereal and canned soup.

All donations went to help those who are struggling in our community.  WLNS crew members accepted donations throughout the day at the station’s Lansing studios as well as Consumers Energy Headquarters in Jackson.

The effort this year ending up with more than 3,000 pounds of food donated along with cash donations.  One local business, Auto-Owners Insurance, made a $5,000 cash contribution to the cause.

Former WBRN Owner Jack White Passed Away

John “Jack” Anthony White II

The MAB has learned of the passing of John (Jack) White II, formally President & CEO, and owner of WBRN-AM and WBRN-FM in Big Rapids, Mich. He died at his home in The Villages, Fla., on Dec. 5, at the age of 79.

In 1966, he became manager and then president and CEO of the radio stations, owned under WBRN Inc, and also worked as founder and president of Rapid Cablevision, in Big Rapids, from 1973-86. He sold the stations and retired in 1996, after working in broadcasting for 30 years.  White was a  past director and treasurer of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters.

Mr. White is survived by his wife of 52 and a half years, Theresa; their two children, Cathy (Marco) Renedo, of Westport, Connecticut, and John (Brenda) White, of Interlochen; his siblings, Geri (Richard) Hanna, of Big Rapids, James P. (Kathy) White, of Grand Rapids, Gena (Dick) Sheldon, of Grand Ledge, and Thomas J. White, of Big Rapids; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

He was active in the local community, the St. Mary Catholic Church Parish and the Big Rapids Industrial Development Corporation, past president and treasurer of Big Rapids Lions Club and Mecosta County Fair Board, and past president of Mecosta County Economic Development Corporation. In 1986, he was awarded Mecosta County Area Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year.

Guy Dark Joins Black Diamond Broadcasting

Guy Dark

Black Diamond Broadcasting has announced the hiring of Guy Dark to a newly-created position as Assistant Program Director and Morning Co-Host for its WGFN/WCHY (Traverse City) classic rock simulcast. Dark will be joining current morning show host Steve “Omelette” Nornandin, following the Christmas holidays.

Dark was at WWWX in Appleton-Oshkosh, Wisconsin for 17 years and most recently doing weekends at WLUM-FM (Milwaukee).  He has also had previous programming spots in Reno, Nevada and Fargo, North Dakota.

WKAR Welcomes Abigail Censky to Reporting Team

Abigail Censky

WKAR Public Media (East Lansing) has announced that it is expanding its political and government reporting in mid-Michigan with the addition of Abigail Censky.

Censky joins the station from St. Louis Public Radio where she served as news intern and worked heavily with the politics team covering the 2018 midterms and the primary races there.  Prior to that she worked for the Gazette in Colorado Springs, covering Colorado politics.

She was also a Washington Desk Intern at NPR, attended George Washington University and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Colorado College.

WJBK Mourns Meteorologist Jessica Starr

WJBK-TV (Detroit) anchors announced Thursday, they were informed of the heartbreaking news that their friend and colleague, meteorologist Jessica Starr took her life the night before. “All of us here at FOX 2 are in deep shock and cannot believe that such a wonderful, bright and intelligent individual will no longer be with us. Her family and friends will be in our thoughts and prayers in the coming days as we all deal with our grief.”

Starr, 35,  was a Michigan native, born in Southfield and raised in Commerce Township. She received two meteorology degrees from Michigan State University and Mississippi State University.  She had been with the station since 2012.  She had been off the air for several weeks following eye surgery in October.

From 2005 to 2006, Starr was a weekend meteorologist for WLNS-TV in Lansing.

She leaves behind a husband and two young children.

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Meet Your MAB Board Member of the Week: Peter Tanz

Peter Tanz is Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, a family broadcasting company with radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. He currently serves as the Immediate Past Chair of the MAB Board of Directors.

Peter joined Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisc., as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed stations in Wausau, Wisc., Lincoln and Omaha, Neb., before coming to Michigan in 1995. In Michigan, he works with Midwest’s stations in Battle Creek, Coldwater, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing.

Peter is involved with many community organizations and is past chair of the Coldwater and Kalamazoo Chambers of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Visitor and Convention Bureau.

Bills Stripping Campaign Oversight from SOS Clear Senate

The State Senate has reported a package of bills that strips campaign finance oversight from the Secretary of State and puts it into  the hands of an independent bipartisan commission. This move would reduce the power and responsibilities of the Secretary-elect Jocelyn Benson.

Senate Bills 1248-1252 were reported along the party-line votes and create the Fair Political Practices Commission within the Department of State. The proposed commission would consist of three members recommended by the governor from the governor’s political party and three members of the opposing political party. No more than three members of one political party would be allowed to serve and members would be able to serve two four-year terms and would be eligible to be re-appointed after two terms after a period of four years.

Banned from serving on the commission would be those holding elected office, staff or paid employees of a candidate for elected office, lobbyists and those who are not registered Michigan voters. Commission members would also be banned from making political contributions to anyone running for office or solicit contributions from anyone.

‘Survive and Thrive’ Under Deadline with Joe Little


The clock is always ticking but amazing, emotional stories can be told, even under the strictest deadlines. Just ask Joe Little.

Join Joe and many amazing speakers who will be on hand for the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6.

Joe Little is a television news journalist at KNSD in San Diego, Calif. He’s a proud Multimedia Journalist and often travels the country with his Garden Gnome teaching his strategies for better storytelling, on-camera performances and time management.

Joe has been awarded 12 Emmys and was a finalist for the NPPA’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting in 2017. His creative stories have taken viewers as far away as Pakistan; to a story completely contained inside a dumpster.

Joe’s mantra: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”

It has served him well since 1999 as he zigzagged across the country as a television news reporter and anchor with stops in Hagerstown, Maryland; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; San Diego and Carlsbad, California. Joe has taught journalists and students from around the world how to improve their visual storytelling. He joined the faculty at the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma in 2013. Coincidentally, that was also the last year Joe used a stick mic.

His coverage of the 9/11 attacks is among Joe’s greatest accomplishments. He was four miles away from Shanksville, Pennsylvania when United Flight 93 crashed. Joe was one of the first reporters on the scene. His accounts are included in a book called Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report on 9/11. Joe’s expertise has also been included in a number of journalism textbooks.

Joe received his Masters from Syracuse University in 1999. But he credits George Mason University with building a strong foundation for his career. In 1998, he earned his BA in Speech Communication. While at Mason, Joe was a proud member of the Men’s Basketball Team (Career Totals: 2 points, 3 rebounds). In 2010, the Department of Communication and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences named Joe the Alumnus of the Year.