Category Archives: MAB Events

Elections 2020 are Coming … This Panel Has You Covered at #MABsummer

Four of Michigans top political broadcasters will be on hand to offer their insights into the state’s political landscape as the 2020 election cycle looms on the horizon during the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

The panel will include WOOD-TV Political Reporter Rick Albin, MLive Public Interest Reporter Emily Lawler, WKAR State Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick and WXYZ-TV Editorial/Pubic Affairs Director Chuck Stokes.

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NAB’s Steven Newberry is Coming to #MABsummer

Steven W. Newberry

Steven Newberry serves America’s broadcasters as Executive Vice President, Industry Affairs and Strategic Planning for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).  He will be among he distinguished guest speakers on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

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Steven began his career as a broadcaster at the age of 14 and owned his first radio station at 21. He eventually co-founded and led Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation; a radio broadcast group with facilities throughout his home state of Kentucky. It was during his years with Commonwealth he first became engaged with the National Association of Broadcasters as an active member.

As an NAB board member, Steven served as Radio Board Chair, NABPAC Chair, and was eventually twice elected to lead America’s broadcasters as the Joint Board Chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters. Based in Washington, DC, NAB is the premiere trade organization representing America’s radio and television stations and television networks.

He chaired the Authority for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) for five years and served two terms as a member of the national board of trustees of America’s Public Television Stations (APTS). Steven is a past-president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (1993) and is a member of the KBA Hall of Fame. He received their Distinguished Kentuckian Award in 2009.

He previously served on the board of directors of Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI) and as a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) executive committee. He is a member of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank and was the named the 2013 Outstanding Alumnus from the University of Kentucky College of Communications and Information.

He received his BA in telecommunications from the University of Kentucky.

Conference Highlight: Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director to Speak at #MABsummer

Andrew Brisbo

Michigan’s New Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director An drew Brisbo will be on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

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Andrew was recently appointed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to lead the newly-created Marijuana Regulatory Agency, the successor to the Bureau of Marijuana Regulation (BMR). BMR was created in 2017 to implement the Medical Marihuana Facilities Licensing Act and Marihuana Tracking Act and oversee Michigan’s existing medical marihuana registry card program under the Michigan Medical Marihuana Act.

The agency is also responsible for implementing the regulatory program enacted under the Michigan Regulation and Taxation of Marihuana Act. BMR’s mission is to establish Michigan as the national model for a regulatory program that stimulates business growth while preserving safe consumer access to marijuana.

Andrew is the director of BMR and has been in licensing and regulation with the State of Michigan since 2004, including experience with the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Department of State and occupational and health professional licensing in LARA.

Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Congressman Tim Walberg

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) has joined the list of speakers who will be on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Additionally, he will be honored with the MAB Board of Director’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the conference’s concluding Awards Banquet.

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Walberg is currently serving his sixth term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan. The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County. Since first taking office, he has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

Prior to his time in public office, Walberg served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

In the 116th Congress, Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 40 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.

The MAB is Pleased to Announce its 2019 Carl E. Lee Award Recipients

Rick Paul Grzebik and Gary Harding will be honored March 5 at The Great Lakes Media Show during the Exhibitor Reception.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards was named after Carl E. Lee, a prominent Michigan broadcast engineer and station owner, who was known for his innovation and recognition of opportunity. Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say “you’re outstanding.”

Rick Grzebik
Gary Harding

Rick Grzebik has been a Broadcast and Communications Engineering Consultant with Munn-Reese since 2007. In addition to his job with Munn-Reese, Rick has been the Chief Engineer for WSDP, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for the past 10+ years.  Rick serves in this role on a volunteer basis, and he donates hundreds of hours to the radio station and students of the district.  Rick has also helped other educational stations including WBFH in Bloomfield Hills, and the Music Resource Center’s WVQC-LP in Cincinnati. Prior to Munn-Reese, he worked in Detroit for 13 years as an Engineer for radio groups including ABC/Disney, CBS/Infinity and Viacom. He holds three Associate’s Degrees in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College including CAD/Mechanical Design, General Business and Electronic Technologies, and is proud to be a second generation Broadcast Engineer learning skills from his father Paul who started in the business in 1964.

Gary Harding recently retired after 40 plus years at the MacDonald Broadcasting Company as Technical Services Director. In that time Gary has designed and constructed numerous radio facilities throughout Mid and Northern Michigan.

He holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. He currently enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Jeanne and their 3 outstanding children, along with their respective spouses, and 6 wonderful grandchildren.

On the Innovation Stage: T-Mobile Presents Wireless Mics

#MABshow Session Highlight!March 6 @  11:30am

Katie Miller

Katie Miller’s session will highlight T-Mobile’s 600 MHz deployments and how it impacts the use of wireless microphones in the 600 MHz bands.

The session is one of many great breakouts that will be apart of the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center. Click here to see the full schedule of events and register. 

Katie is currently assigned to T-Mobile’s National Development strategic program team as the manager of National Outreach on the Spectrum Management team. Her professional expertise is focused on spectrum clearing and repacking and broadcaster outreach. This broadcaster-focused work is now in high gear and the team has cleared tens of markets earlier than planned for by the FCC.

During her 5-plus years of employment with T-Mobile, Katie managed T-Mobile Towers leasing and operations and finalized the sale of over 600 towers, management of field and office personnel, oversight of tower modification and customer colocation installation, and a specialized program to find unlicensed equipment on owned towers and collected over $4M in unrealized revenue.

Prior to her tenure at T-Mobile, Katie was a project associate for RealCom Associates. Katie is knowledgeable with all aspects of site development and she assisted in the network development of Verizon LTE, Clearwire (specializing in Sprint Co-Planes), T-Mobile Modifications, and AT&T Modifications utilizing her existing contacts and relationships. Specifically, Katie was very successful with the resolution of tower decommissioning and landlord relations for AT&T in the Pacific Northwest Market.

Along with her professional career, she is busy with volunteer associations as well. Katie is the President of the Northwest Wireless Association, and a founding member since 2011 on the board of the South Wireless Summit which has grown to nine associations across the Southern United States with over 500 attendees yearly. Katie is also a sustaining member of the Junior League of Seattle.

Katie lives in Bellevue, WA and is completing her studies at Ashford University with a Bachelors in Business Economics.

When Disaster Strikes Your Station? Learn from Real World Experiences at the #MABshow

Learn how some local stations handled unfortunate disasters, how they recovered and the lessons they learned during the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show.

Join Don Backus of Rohde & Schwarz, Kevin Dunaway and Pete Ludviksen of Heritage Broadcasting, Brad Lanser and Bob VanProyen of Lanser Broadcasting and Ed Trombley of Munn and Reese for this informative and interactive panel discussion: “Lessons Learned Through Disasters.”

The 2019 Great Lakes Media Show will take place March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.  Register to attend today!

MAB, AMA Will Mix in Royal Oak

The MAB is partnering up with The American Marketing Association for a fun night out in Royal Oak! Join us for an opportunity to socialize and connect with professionals within all areas of marketing and broadcasting. Meet board members, expand your network, hear about upcoming events and learn how you can get involved.

Stop by after work and feel free to bring a colleague! Light appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

There is no charge for MAB members to attend.

Click here to register.  

Innovation Stage Highlight: Learn to Turn Digital into Dollars with SoCast’s Eric Eisen

Eric Eisen

Eric Eisen will show you how to turn digital into dollars on the MABshow Innovation Stage.

Everyone is looking for real and proven ideas to drive digital revenue and grow their digital audience.  Learn how SoCast Broadcast partners are successfully using their digital tools to drive meaningful results.

He will share secrets and practical ideas to take back to your station to make an immediate impact on your bottom line and improve audience experience.  You’ll learn how to leverage digital to create excellent digital content, promotions and events to increase audience engagement and generate significant digital revenue.  All attendees will receive a complimentary Digital Success Cheat Sheet with tactics to help them grow digital engagement and revenue at their radio stations.

The Great Lakes Media show will take place March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center. Click here to register today!

Big Names Will Offer Big Sales and Promotions Insights at the #MABshow

Get sold on this exciting line-up of sales and promotions all-stars who will be on hand at the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Register now to attend Michigan’s premier broadcast industry event. 

WardsAuto Senior Editor Steve Finlay will offer participants an “Automotive Outlook.” He has worked at WardsAuto for 21 years, initially covering auto production and sales. Before that, he spent 25 years at the Royal Oak Daily Tribune

Chief Brandwidth Strategist Kipper McGee will help discuss how “Programmers are from Mars, Sales People are from Venus.”  The author of “Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting Is Missing the Mediamorphosis” has led successful re-launches and/or turnarounds of media brands in highly competitive markets including Chicago, St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee and others.

Ray Tejeda serves as Vice President Sales, Market Events & Brand Partnerships at iHeart Media and works with 150 markets on brand partnerships at events and experiential market properties. He is responsible for collaborating with the national sales teams & individual markets to drive sponsorship revenue across thousands of local events.

Paul Weyland will share I Know Something You Don’t Know-About Selling Local Direct.” The  Weyland Communication Strategies President is an international speaker, humorist, marketing, branding and sales strategist, consultant, trainer, author and university lecturer.

And Jack Zavoral will have attendees “Leading the Conversation Framework for Local Digital Sales.” The Director of Member Development for Local Media Association has worked in dozens of markets with hundreds of merchants on their digital marketing strategies. He led the digital sales teams at the local broadcast and newspaper properties owned by Quincy Broadcasting and  at MyWeather, LLC.

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