Category Archives: June 2016

Michigan’s Broadcasters To Honor Rep. Candice Miller

RepresentativeCandiceMillerOfficialPhoto)_300The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) will honor Representative Candice S. Miller (R-10th) with the Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award ceremonies, Tuesday, August 30.

The awards ceremony wraps up the 2016 Advocacy Conference, held August 30-31 at the Inn of St. John’s.

Congresswoman Candice Miller is currently serving her seventh term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing Michigan’s 10th Congressional District. Prior to being elected to Congress, Representative Miller served the State of Michigan at various state and local levels. In 1980, she was elected Harrison Township Supervisor, becoming the youngest Supervisor in her township’s history and the first woman ever elected to the post. In 1992, she was elected Macomb County Treasurer, becoming the first Republican to win a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years. In 1994, she was elected Michigan’s 40th Secretary of State, defeating a 24-year incumbent to become the first women to ever hold the office and the first woman to ever win a partisan statewide office in her own right. After two successful terms as Michigan’s Secretary of State, she was elected to the House of Representatives in 2002.

In Congress, Representative Miller is the Chair of the Committee on House Administration – currently serving as the only woman chair of a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Until recently, she also served as the Chair of the Subcommittee on Border and Maritime Security. She also serves as the Vice Chair of the House Committee on Homeland Security and as a member of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Throughout her tenure, she has be a staunch advocate of initiatives to preserve, protect, and restore the Great Lakes, as well as promote Michigan industry.

For more information on the Advocacy Conference or to register, click here.

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.

WWCK Gives Back to Flint with Music Video

WWCK_300Cumulus Media’s WWCK-FM (Flint) is giving back to its community with a feel-good positive music video to help the city get through its water crisis.  WWCK-FM morning show hosts Mike McDonald and Stephanie K put the idea for a music video into play after realizing that Flint needed “something uplifting for the city.”

See the video here.

Mike and Stephanie told the MAB:  “The inspiration for our version of the ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ music video certainly came from Justin Timberlake, who talks about his city and his home in the lyrics. Seeing other people throughout the country respond with images of their hometowns was pretty awesome! The motivation, however, behind doing our particular video was to offset all the negative press that Flint has received lately over the Water Crisis. The entire music video had God’s divine anointing upon it!”

“Olympic boxer Claressa Shields flew from Los Angeles to Lexington for the Muhammad Ali funeral and than drove all night to Flint to be a part of it before she flew to Rio for the Summer Olympics.  Congressman Dan Kildee flew in from Washington to take part.  Other characters included Flint Mayor Karen Weaver, Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, Mari Copeny (aka ‘Little Miss Flint’), and Riley McLincha, who is in the Guinness World Book of Records for what is termed as the ‘dribbling joggler.’ Riley holds the world record for running the fastest one mile during The Crim while dribbling three basketballs.”

“Also in the video is MaryAnn Tremaine, who, at 86-years of age, heads up the longest established Realty Company in Flint and Genesee County. Tom Z’s Original Flint’s Coney Island, and David Custer, news anchor at WNEM-TV (who just happens to look like Justin Timberlake).  We also included Flint’s local community and social events ‘On the Town’ magazine, which has served mid-Michigan for 42 years. Besides, they had the best cover to date which just happened to feature Mike and Stephanie in the Morning!”

“Most importantly, making this video was a labor of love and a gift for the people of Flint. We were blessed to have the skill set of our filmmakers, Stephen ‘Max;’ Vincent along with his son Alex (Mr. Red Productions) who worked tirelessly to film and produce this video gratus….we thought that type of selfless commitment deserved a little recognition. “

NRHOF Opens Public Voting

NRHOFThrough 11:59 p.m. on June 30, radio listeners nationwide can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.   Fans can text 36500 (message and data rates may apply) with their one vote for each HALL OF FAME category accordingly:

Music Format On-Air Personality
For Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, text “HOLLYWOOD” to 36500.
For Tom Kent, text “TOM” to 36500.
For Kevin & Bean, text “KEVIN & BEAN” to 36500.
For Bob Kingsley, “BOB” to 36500.

Spoken Word On-Air Personality
For Sean Hannity, text “HANNITY” to 36500.
For Mike & The Mad Dog, text “MIKE & THE MAD DOG” to 36500.
For Diane Rehm, text “DIANE” to 36500.
For Michael Savage, text “SAVAGE” to 36500.

In addition to the two listener-voting categories, there are four categories being voted on by a panel of 400 industry professionals. Winners in all six categories will be announced July 11. The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 17 at the home of the National Radio Hall of Fame, the Museum of Broadcast Communications in downtown Chicago.

For a list of nominees or for more information, visit

NATAS Honors Michigan Broadcasting Excellence

emmysliveOn June 18, the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded commercial and public broadcasters and video producers throughout the state with 2016 Michigan EMMY® Award ceremonies at Motor City Casino in Detroit.

A complete list of winners is available here. (PDF download)

The awards are to recognize outstanding achievements in television and allied media by conferring annual awards of merit in the Chapter’s designated award region. The presentation of these awards is intended to be an incentive for the continued pursuit of excellence for those working in the television and media industry and to focus public attention on outstanding cultural, educational, technological, entertainment, news, informational programming, and craft achievements in television and on-line.

Mark Libke Joins Jackson Radio Works

Mark Libke_300Jackson Radio Works, Inc., operators of WKHM-AM/FM, ESPN Sports 101.9, and Power Cow 95.9 are pleased to announce the hiring of Mark Libke as Director of Sales.

Sue Goldsen, Owner and Vice-President said, “We are so happy to have Mark on our team. His experience with broadcasters and advertisers from around the state will be a huge asset to our company.”

Mark started his career in 1981 with WJR-AM as a high school news intern. While in college at Eastern Michigan University, Mark worked as announcer, producer, and sports reporter at WQBR, WSDS, and WAAM in the Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area. In 1992, he made the move to radio sales taking an Account Executive position with WPZA-AM/WQKL-FM in Ann Arbor. After four successful years in sales and sports marketing, Libke was promoted to General Sales Manager at WTKA-AM. In 1996, Mark took the position of Managing Director at Premier Tower Insurance Company (Okemos), specializing in comprehensive coverage for group radio and television studios and tower sites. In 1999, Libke joined TBC Sports (Holt) as Sales Manager for the Spartan Sports Network (SSN). Recently, he was promoted to Chief Marketing Officer for the Spartan Sports Network division of TBC Sports.

Mark Libke said, “I am so happy to be working with my colleagues Bruce and Sue Goldsen, and to be back working with local community radio stations. The future is bright and exciting and I’m thrilled to be a part of it!”

Michael Patrick Shiels Celebrates 10 Years

MPSSyndicated morning radio host Michael Patrick Shiels celebrated his 10th year on the air June 27 and 28 with Johnny Carson-style special broadcasts featuring highlight clips of celebrity interviews with the likes of Jim Nantz, Jack Nicklaus, Donald Trump, Wayne Gretzky, Julie Andrews, and more.  Plus Shiels welcomed special live guests, including longtime radio performers John McMurray, Jimmy Launce, and Warren Pierce, each of whom were on the air almost 50 years. “I celebrated a 10th anniversary once,” Launce joked when Shiels referred to himself as a “short timer” by comparison. “If there were term limits on radio hosts I would have been out two years ago.”

Shiels, who hosts Spotlight Media’s “Michigan’s Big Show Starring Michael Patrick Shiels” on radio stations across the state was a producer for National Radio Hall of Famers J.P. McCarthy, Dick Purtan, and Paul W. Smith. His flagship station is WQTX-FM in Lansing. Over the past 10 years, he has hosted his show live from Jerusalem, Ireland, Bermuda, Hollywood, and various Michigan locations.

Three Michigan Broadcasters Named Most Influential Women In Radio

RadioInk_300On June 20, Radio Ink published their annual “Most Influential Women in Radio” issue of its print publication and included three Michigan broadcasters!

Featured in the top 100 list were: 

Debbie_Kenyon_150Debbie Kenyon
SVP/Market Manager
CBS Radio (Detroit)

As a longtime board member, Kenyon is currently Vice-Chairman/Chairman-Elect of the MAB.  Radio Ink quotes Kenyon as crediting her own success to “having effectively recruited and retained great talent.”

StinehourKathy Stinehour
Market Manager
Radio One (Detroit)

Stinehour has been in her current position with Radio One for eight years now.  She told Radio Ink that she attributes her success “to a very strong work ethic and to genuinely caring about the success of those around her.”

Jennifer WilliamsJennifer Williams
Director of Interactive Media
Greater Media (based in Detroit)

Williams is currently  Vice Chair/Chair-Elect of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.  She told the publication that “it’s your responsibility to be in ‘education mode’ to be successful.  Everyday, make it a priority to learn something new about an area of business or another industry and see how that lesson can help you bring about positive results for your company, station, client, and community.”

Williams was also featured recently in a Radio Ink online Q&A feature which you can read here.

Editorial: How to Use RSS Feeds to Create a Free Radio Show Prep Service

Seth Resler
Seth Resler

By: Seth Resler
Jacobs Media Strategies

A show prep service can be a valuable resource for on-air personalities. It can help overworked airstaff stay on top of current events. Unfortunately, prep services require you to trade out precious inventory. And, they can’t help your jocks keep up with local events.

Fortunately, you can use online services to create your own prep service. You can customize this to not only keep you plugged into to national news sources like Entertainment Weekly and People magazine, but local outlets like your hometown newspaper, bloggers from your neighborhood, or the college down the street as well. Best of all, you can do it for free by using RSS feeds.

Behold, the power of RSS

What is an RSS Feed?

Many websites, particularly websites that regularly publish new content like newspapers and blogs, offer RSS feeds. An RSS feed lets you view that site’s content in an RSS reader. Think of the reader as a TV set, and the RSS feeds as cable channels that you can plug into the back, allowing you to subscribe to just the content you want. This lets you pull all the info into one place where it’s easy to scan and read so you don’t have to go to each individual site. This is how we’re going to build your custom prep service:

1. Sign up for an RSS Reader.

An RSS reader will let you collect the articles from your RSS feeds into one convenient place. There are several RSS readers that are available for free. I recommend using Feedly.

2. See if your favorite websites have RSS feeds and subscribe.

Go to one of your favorite websites to see if it has an RSS feed you can subscribe to. One of the easiest ways to do this is to click the “Add Content” link in the left sidebar of Feedly and type in the URL of the site that you want to subscribe to. For example, click “Add Content” and type in “” You will see feed for the newspaper appear and you can click the button to add this to your Feedly list.

However, the New York Times actually offers numerous RSS feeds. For example, you can subscribe to a feed for the entire sports section or just tennis coverage. If you don’t want to every article on a website to appear in your Feedly account, look for RSS feeds to specific sections.


There are several ways to look for RSS feeds:

  • Some browsers will automatically display the RSS symbol in the URL bar when there is a feed you can subscribe to.
  • Look for the RSS symbol on the page. It is an orange square with two white radio waves, and can often be found next to the social media buttons or in the website’s footer.
  • On the homepage, hit Ctrl-F and search the page and type “RSS” to see if it takes you to the RSS link.
  • Try adding “/rss” or “/feed” to the end of the site’s URL.
  • If the site has a search box, search for “RSS feeds” (this is how you will find the RSS feeds on the New York Times‘ website).

Where should you pull your RSS feeds from? Here are some ideas.

3. Organize your feeds to fit your radio show.

Most RSS readers, including Feedly, allow you to organize your feeds into folders. For example, you could put all of your sports feeds into one folder and all of your celebrities feeds in another. This is helpful if you are looking for content to match specific features in your show (e.g., celebrity gossip, sports news, movie previews, etc.)

You can view all of the latest articles in a single folder, or click on an individual feed to see just articles from that source.

Tutorial Video

This post first appeared at

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.

Editorial: Why Internships Are Important

dicktaylorBy:  Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC
Dick Taylor Blog

In his new book There Is Life After College, Jeffrey Selingo discloses an important statistic: 79% of students that had an internship while in college moved into a full-time job upon graduation. So having an internship is important. But there are some tips I’d like to share to make sure you get the most out of an internship.

Internship Tip #1

When you are in an internship, say “Yes” to everything. Be passionate and enthusiastic and let people around you know you want to learn about everything and that you’re hungry for every opportunity.

Internship Tip #2

To get the most out of your internship, ask lots of questions. Internships are learning experiences, so be curious. Mentors love sharing what they know with people who are really interested.

Internship Tip #3

Don’t be afraid to contribute your ideas. Interns bring a fresh perspective, one that may seem obvious to you, but isn’t necessarily to the people inside the station. Learning can be a two-way street.

Internship Tip #4

Interns need to earn the trust of the people inside the station. People at the station may feel it’s easier to just do something themselves than to ask the intern to do it. Don’t expect people to just give you things to do, ASK for things to do.

Internship Tip #5

Be persistent. One of my favorite quotes about persistence comes from President Calvin Coolidge: “Nothing in this world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not. Nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not. Unrewarded genius is almost a proverb. Education will not. The world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.”

Internship Tip #6

Never think what you’re doing goes unnoticed. People are watching. If you spend all your time on your smartphone, people will notice. If you’re a student that is always there, helping out even before being asked, people will notice that too.

Bonus Internship Tip

Remember, when you are being interviewed for an internship, that you are also interviewing the person who will mentor you. Mentoring Talent is a subject I wrote about on another blog post and it’s a list of things you will want to be looking for in the person you will be interning under.

I’ve seen so many students of mine turn their internships into their first job upon graduation, because they so impressed the people at the radio or TV station they were interning at the management of the station didn’t want to see them leave at the end of the internship.

This is how you full leverage your internship into a job opportunity.

Reprinted by permission.

Dick Taylor has been “Radio Guy” all his life and is currently a professor of broadcasting at the School of Journalism & Broadcasting at Western Kentucky University (WKU) in Bowling Green, Kentucky.  Dick shares his thoughts on radio and media frequently at

Editor’s Note: The views and opinions of the above article do not necessarily reflect those of the MAB. Contact the MAB for information on the MAB’s official editorial policy.