Category Archives: Associate Members

Associate Member Highlight: VetBiz Central

300logo_vetbiz_300VetBiz Central is a non-profit organziation assisting veterans since 2005, serving Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  The organization helps veterans, active duty, guard, and reserve members in the formation and expansion of their businesses.

Services provided include:

  • Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling
  • Networking Opportunities
  • Mentoring Programs and Activities
  • Advocacy Services
  • Procurement Counseling

On November 10, 2016, VetBiz Central will hold their 11th annual veteran “Meet & Greet” at the Holiday Inn Flint/Grand Blanc. The event is to help veterans meet company buyers, meet government buyers, and network.  For more details, click here.

The VetBizCentral website may be accessed here.

Associate Member Spotlight: Michigan High School Athletic Association

MHSAA-041816a_800The MHSAA was originally created in the 1924-25 school year to serve as the service organization for interscholastic athletics in the state of Michigan. It is a charter member of the National Federation of State High School Associations.

In 1976, the MHSAA was made a private, non-profit corporation of voluntary membership by a state Attorney General’s ruling and moved from offices in downtown Lansing to East Lansing – first on Trowbridge Road; and since 1996, on Ramblewood Drive.

As a private, non-profit corporation, the MHSAA receives no tax dollars from the state of Michigan or the federal government. Its membership, made up of public, private, and parochial schools, pay no membership dues or tournament entry fees — the only one of two such associations nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools.

Through their boards of education, member schools voluntarily join the MHSAA each and every year, vowing by formal resolution to abide by and enforce common rules for educational athletics. Membership is optional: schools may conduct a complete program of interscholastic athletics and may participate against MHSAA member schools in regular-season competition without joining the MHSAA.

John R. Johnson, Communications Director for MHSAA, says “The opportunities for athletic participation for Michigan secondary schools has grown from the original program of football, basketball, track, and baseball for boys to a total of 28 sport activities in which tournaments for boys and girls are organized and conducted by the MHSAA. If one considers the breakdown of the 28 sports into categories of male, female, classes and divisions by enrollment, and Upper and Lower Peninsula, there is a total of 120 separate tournaments in which schools vie for a championship trophy. Nearly 300,000 young men and women take part in these activities each year.”

Visit the MHSAA website here.

Associate Member Spotlight: Good Shepherd Catholic Radio

Good_Shepherd_600Good Shepherd Catholic Radio – A Brief History
By: Doug Shumard, Good Shepherd Catholic Radio

In 1997 there were five Catholic Radio stations in the United States. That number increased to 94 stations in 2005, and to 167 stations on 2010.

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio's Bill Thompson
Good Shepherd Catholic Radio’s Bill Thompson

Catholic Radio in the Jackson-Lansing area began with a meeting of 16 Jackson residents in the spring of 2010. At that time, the name Jackson-Lansing Catholic Radio was chosen, knowing that sometime in the very near future a fully-Catholic name would be chosen. By that summer, board members began meeting with the Bishop of the Lansing Diocese, Earl Boyea, as well as many of the local pastors to review their intentions.

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio's Cindy Collver
Good Shepherd Catholic Radio’s Cindy Collver

Programming began in the fall of 2010, with a two-hour broadcast every Saturday afternoon, preceding the Notre Dame football pre-game show on WLCM-AM, 1390, a Christian broadcast station broadcasting from Charlotte.  We are grateful to the staff and management of WLCM for that very successful and warm partnership.

In the fall of 2010, a 7-member advisory board was created, in addition to the then-current four-member Board of Directors.

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio's Dan Kuras
Good Shepherd Catholic Radio’s Dan Kuras

In January of 2012, the Board of Directors finalized a letter of intent as an affiliate of EWTN Radio (Eternal Word Television Network – Birmingham AL) as well as an agreement with Ave Maria Radio (Ann Arbor) for additional programming.

Upon returning from the 2012 EWTN Catholic Radio Conference in Birmingham,  AL, serious negotiations with Spring Arbor University began for stations that would serve both Lansing and Jackson.

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio's John Richmond
Good Shepherd Catholic Radio’s John Richmond

Later that year, in 2012, an agreement was reached for the purchase of WJKN 1510 AM, and translator 93.3 FM, which provides full-time 24/7 broadcasting.

In February of 2014, the Federal Communications Commission granted a permit to Good Shepherd Catholic Radio to begin construction of a Jackson broadcast facility and by April, the AM and FM licenses were granted.

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio's Larry McNeal
Good Shepherd Catholic Radio’s Larry McNeal

At this point, we had been blessed with a suitable building to use for offices and a studio, however, absolutely no broadcast equipment of ANY kind, not a microphone, not a paperclip. Fundraising and purchasing became a full-time effort.

Broadcasting began on September 12, 2014 from studios in the St, Joseph Convent, located at 704 N. East Avenue in Jackson.

Online streaming of the GSCR signal began internationally on October 31, 2014.

Good Shepherd Catholic Radio's Stephanie Davis
Good Shepherd Catholic Radio’s Stephanie Davis

A mobile app was created on December 11, 2014.

Regular broadcast of the Sunday Outreach Mass began at noon and again at 7 p.m. on December 14, 2015. In addition, our radio broadcast was requested by the Diocese of Lansing, who provides us with the audio portion of a videotape which is recorded in Lansing each Saturday evening.

As of April 28, 2016, Jackson-Lansing/Good Shepherd Catholic Radio will celebrate its sixth year as a radio apostolate and its 19th month of broadcasting.

GSCR is currently among more than 360 Catholic Radio stations in the U.S., along with an additional 60 translators.

Fourteen (14) Catholic Radio stations are currently broadcasting in Michigan, operated by four broadcasters, Baraga, Holy Family, Ave Maria and Good Shepherd.

Visit Good Shepherd’s website here.

Associate Member Spotlight: The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency

Lyman&Sheets_350The Lyman & Sheets Insurance Agency’s early beginnings date back to 1874 when the state’s first insurance commissioner created an insurance agency to serve the needs of the citizens. Today, the Lyman & Sheets Agency is a full-service insurance firm offering property, general liability, workers’ compensation, builder’s risk, auto, crime, directors and officers liability, professional liability, special event liability, international exposures, fiduciary liability, kidnap and ransom, and employee benefits among other insurance coverages.

They provide insurance coverage in over 45 states and in multiple countries across the globe. They are privileged to serve as the managing general agent for a number of insurance programs and we offer special expertise in developing insurance solutions for the broadcast sector. Lyman & Sheets excel at identifying areas of exposure and developing affordable solutions to protect the financial integrity of MAB members.

Visit their website here.

Associate Member Highlight: Radio Music License Committee (RMLC)

RMLC-Logo-RThe Radio Music License Committee (“RMLC”) represents the interests of the commercial radio industry (some 10,000 commercial radio stations) on music licensing matters. It is structured as a 501(c)(6) non-profit Tennessee corporation based in Nashville. Its Directors, who volunteer to serve without compensation, reflect a diverse group of station owners and management. The RMLC’s staff consists of Executive Director William Velez, and  Staff Accountant/Data Manager, Rebekah Smith.

The objective of the RMLC is to achieve fair and reasonable license fees with the music licensing organizations (such as ASCAP and BMI) on behalf of radio stations. The RMLC is dedicated to negotiating licenses that reflect the realities of the current and changing state of the radio business.

In 2016, the RMLC heads into a year that will feature a binding rate arbitration with SESAC and license fee renewal negotiations with ASCAP and BMI on behalf of the radio industry.

Bill_Velez_350A fun fact about RMLC’s Bill Velez (pictured left):

“I owe my job at the RMLC to Michigan’s own – Ed Christian (Saga Communications). My first job out of college (1972) entailed licensing radio stations at ASCAP. Ed was one of my radio accounts and I did a favor for him at the time.  I had no idea when I approached the RMLC for a job in 2007 that Ed was now the Chairman of the RMLC. Like they say, what goes around, comes around!”

Some of the RMLC’s license negotiation goals include:

  • Implementation of licenses that fairly and accurately reflect station/industry economic performance, with the least amount of administrative intrusion;
  • Program period and/or blanket license “carve-out” alternatives that offer the potential for further fee discounting based upon a station’s ability to make strategic music programming choices and/or license music directly from copyright owners;
  • Negotiation of licenses that provide the broadest scope of rights possible with respect to new media applications (e.g., streaming, HD multicasting, mobile, and other “through-to-the-listener” applications); and continuation of the existing, court-mandated RMLC funding mechanism.

In terms of overall industry outreach, the RMLC:

  • Provides information concerning industry license negotiations via staff participation at industry conferences such as the MFM/BCCA, NAB venues, and various state association events;
  • Solicits appropriate feedback from all interested parties within the industry relative to music licensing issues;
  • Raises funds from the industry in the amounts required to conduct effective negotiations and/or court litigations;
  • Conducts research concerning the use and value of music to the radio industry;
  • Evaluates legislative action required to remedy music licensing inequities;
  • Identifies appropriate strategies to minimize the impact of other music licensing cartels; and
  • Responds to the needs of members who seek advice and counsel on various music licensing matters.

For more information on RLMC, visit their website here.

Associate Member Highlight: Comrex

Comrex – Fun Facts:

  • Comrex was founded in 1961. Our first product, designed by Comrex founder John Cheney, was a wireless microphone for use in live television news broadcasts. Since then, we’ve developed state-of-the-art equipment to meet a variety of broadcasting needs. From telephone couplers and hybrids, to POTS and ISDN codecs, to IP-based talk show management systems, and handheld IP codecs, Comrex has created a varied portfolio of products which have become industry staples over the years.
  • We are pioneers in IP broadcasting. The Comrex ACCESS, released in 2007, is an IP codec which, while it performs exceptionally in a variety of applications, is specialized for remote broadcasts. With ACCESS, users have conducted remote radio broadcasts from airplanes, moving bicycles, boats in the middle of the ocean, and mountains in the Himalayas. Additionally, we’ve applied our IP knowledge to other products, to build STAC VIP, our IP-based talk show management system and VH2, an IP-based two-line hybrid.
  • Comrex does television, in addition to radio! Though we’ve gained a reputation in radio, in 2012 we recognized an opportunity to apply our IP broadcasting knowledge to video. Comrex LiveShot is an IP-based video acquisition and transmission tool – weighing only three pounds, LiveShot plugs into the back of a camera and sends video and audio to a studio in real time with very low latency. LiveShot can also receive video and audio from the studio, making it easy to view teleprompter or programming from the station while also sending live footage from the field. Due to its portability and flexibility, LiveShot has become popular with users in a wide span of markets, from colleges to sports teams to large network affiliates.
  • The average Comrex employee has been with the company for over ten years. That is an incredibly low turnover rate! We care deeply about our team and there’s a reason our employees choose to stick around.
  • We’re entirely employee owned, and we’re proud of that. This means that Comrex isn’t accountable to outside investors – we answer only to ourselves, and to our customers. Our independence gives us the freedom to focus on customer service and careful research and development, rather than exponential profit growth. We’re never on a third-party’s timeline – we can truly prioritize the quality of our equipment over everything else. This care and attention to detail is present not just in our products, but in our interactions with customers.

For more information about our history and products, contact us at [email protected], or visit our website at
COMREX_LOGO_tagline_500reverseComrex will be exhibiting at NAB 2016, from April 18-22 – our booth number is C1633. In the next month, we’ll be displaying at the ACM Western Region Conference, and the Worldwide Radio Summit. and the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo, May 2-3, 2016.

For more information on upcoming events, visit our website at

Associate Member Highlight: The Yaffe Group

By: Mike McClure, Creative Director at The Yaffe Group

The Yaffe Group

Our founder, Fred Yaffe, helped Little Caesar’s come up with the “Pizza Pizza” concept.

Over half of our staff has been here for more than 10 years, and the majority of them have been here for more than 20 years.

Tired of seeing the best advertising prospects coming from MSU, Fred founded the Yaffe Center for Persuasive Communication in the Ross Business School to give his alma matter, the University of Michigan, a way to create marketing professionals of equal or better caliber.

Originally thought of as one of the area’s “Jewish Agencies,” The Yaffe Group has worked with four different Catholic Church related clients in recent years.

We were once number 264 on Inc Magazine’s 500 fastest growing companies of the year list.

We wrote and produced a short film called “The Date” that won a gold award in the comedy category at the Houston Film Festival.

We have worked with a lot of celebrities over the years, including Ray Charles, Terry Bradshaw, the Four Tops, Jerry Rice, Barry Sanders, Billy Barty, and more.

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