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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.

#MABsummer registration is now open. Discounted block hotel room rates expire July 8. Learn more, register for the conference and reserve your room at MABsummer.com

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.

#MABsummer registration is now open. Hotel block room rates expire July 8. Learn more, register for the conference and reserve your room at MABsummer.com

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.

#MABsummer registration is now open. Hotel block room rates expire July 8. Learn more, register for the conference and reserve your room at MABsummer.com

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.

#MABsummer registration is now open. Hotel block room rates expire July 8. Learn more, register for the conference and reserve your room at MABsummer.com

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.

MAB celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

MACKINAC ISLAND – The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed three other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel.

The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated and voted on by their peers. Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. To see a complete list of the  MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.

2018 Lifetime Achievement Award
L-R: Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters President Gary Reid, 2018 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Michael Walenta, former General Manager for WGVU Public Media, and MAB President/CEO Karole L. White.
Michael T. Walenta, WGVU Public Media
Michael T. Walenta served as General Manager of WGVU Public Media for 30 years. Under his leadership, WGVU has grown into a multi-platform public media organization, a far cry from the four-hour broadcasts that were the humble beginnings of WGVU on December 17, 1972. WGVU Public Media currently serves 2.4 million people across our community with 10 Television Broadcast Channels featuring PBS, PBS Kids, WGVU Life, Worldview and the WGVU Guide; two FM Channels featuring NPR and Local News, Blues and Jazz; two AM Channels that are the only NPR Stations in the country to feature Real Oldies Music from 1954 – 1972.
2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees
L-R: 2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Pete Bowers, WBFH-FM (Bloomfield Hills), Bob Allison, WNZK-AM (Detroit) and Sheri Jones, WLNS-TV (Lansing) .
Bob Allison, WNZK-AM (Detroit)

Bob Allison, congenial host of “Ask Your Neighbor” on WNZK-AM, has to be Metropolitan Detroit’s longest-reigning, best-known neighbor. He has been on-air for over 50 years as the host of his popular show – an impressive feat in an industry that measures success by weeks and months. Each weekday from 9 – 11 a.m., Bob and his son, Rob, chat with listeners on a wide range of topics. Bob started broadcasting over 60 years ago in La Porte, Ind. As popular as the radio show has been, many Baby Boomers remember him more for his TV work as host of “Bowling For Dollars” or as the milkman on the children’s show “Milky’s Party Time.”

Sheri Jones, WLNS-TV (Lansing)

Sheri Jones has devoted her life to broadcasting by being a top anchor at WLNS-TV for 30 years. She was an early innovator and has continued to innovate and address critical community concerns throughout her career. For example, she led her station’s coverage of the heroin and opioid epidemic in May of 2017. In 2017, Sheri was also responsible for launching and co-anchoring a new show at 5:30 p.m. on WLNS-TV. For Sheri, her career is not just a job, it’s a life of service. She uses her status in our community to help the community not just herself. In addition to winning over 50 awards including Emmys, MAB Awards, and a NATAS Silver Circle Award, Sheri has served on 16 Community Boards, chaired numerous service committees and fundraisers, and has volunteered over 500 hours each year for over 100 community organizations.

Pete Bowers, WBFH-FM (Bloomfield Hills)
Pete Bowers has influenced the lives of hundreds of students as a high school broadcasting educator at WBFH-FM which is owned and operated by the Bloomfield Hills School District. But his 41 years of service and dedication extends well beyond the boundaries of Bloomfield Hills. His students have dominated state and national high school broadcasting award competitions winning MABF Station of the Year 10 times. WBFH students won Best High School Station in the Nation six times, tied with the most of any station in the U.S. Bowers has been honored as Best High School Advisor in the Nation twice.

MAPB Honors Paul J. Ryan, Mark T. Brush with 2018 Public Media Impact Awards

MACKINAC ISLAND – The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2018 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel.
The MAPB presents Public Media Impact Awards to professionals and donors for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity, inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.
2018 Public Media Award Impact Award Recipients
 
L-R: 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Recipient Paul J. Ryan and retired WGVU Public Media General Manager Michael T. Walenta.
Paul J. Ryan, WGVU Public Media (Donor Recognition)
Paul J. Ryan has been an integral part of the expansion of community engagement and impact for WGVU Public Media. He began supporting the station in 2010, both philanthropically and through providing his expert knowledge and leadership to the station’s desire to be a deep convener throughout its community. In 2010, Paul began a multi-year personal commitment to help fund a scholarship endowment for veterans and their dependents to attend Grand Valley State University directly through WGVU. Additionally, he contributed to building community outreach for veterans and made a substantial gift to allow WGVU Public Media to create a visual display of all Medal of Honor Recipients from the State of Michigan with images and biographical information. WGVU has leveraged this tool in schools and throughout its expanded community engagement efforts and it is only possible thanks to Paul. In September of 2017, Paul spearheaded the community effort to support WGVU Public Media’s LZ Michigan, a “Landing Zone” to Remember, Honor and Celebrate the community’s veterans and their families. He took the lead role in helping to raise the needed revenue to help support the statewide community engagement effort. His personal support is multiplied by his work to share his passion for WGVU and being able to help bring over $100,000 of additional philanthropic support for the station in recent years.
L-R: Mark T. Brush’s father, Tom Brush, sister, Lisa Brush, mother, Sally Brush and brother-in-law Jim Frey accepted his 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Award.

Mark T. Brush (1968-2018), Michigan Radio (Professional Broadcaster)

Mark T. Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He worked to develop and maintain the station’s overall digital strategy. As a senior producer/reporter and the station’s first online news content specialist from 2010 to 2016, he helped move the station toward publishing more online-first stories. From 2006 to 2010, as the unit’s comanager and senior producer, Mark helped transition the station’s regional environmental news unit into an award-winning national news service known as The Environment Report. He reported on many vitally important issues for Michiganders, including cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie, pollution from industrial animal production and arsenic in groundwater… and he covered all sorts of fun stories too, such as a profile of Christmas tree farmer Duke Wagatha and the history of the giant Uniroyal tire along I-94. Mark was a crucial member of the team at Michigan Radio that covered the Flint water crisis. He won the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow award for his investigation into the status of Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac and spearheaded the “M I Curious” project that seeks to answer the questions our listeners are wondering about. Mark was a graduate of the University of Michigan (’00 MS in Environmental Policy and Planning & ’91 BA in Political Science) and has been a “public radio junkie” since 1992. Much of Mark’s storytelling philosophy was influenced through his close work with veteran CBC réalisateur David Candow.

Gary Baxter Elected MAB Chairman

L-R: 2017-2018 MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo), “passes the gavel” to 2018-2019 MAB Chairman Gary Baxter, General Manager at Fox 47 WSYM-TV (Lansing), following the organization’s 2018 Annual Business Meeting on August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Gary Baxter, Vice President and General Manager for E.W. Scripps Company’s Fox 47 WSYM-TV in Lansing, was elected Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

Baxter is the 73rd chairman of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents nearly 300 radio and television stations and about 4,000 individual broadcasting industry employees across the state of Michigan.
Also elected to the MAB Board of Directors executive committee were:
  • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Zoe Burdine-Fly, Market President, Townsquare Media (Lansing/Flint);
  • Secretary/Treasurer Stephen A. Marks, President/CEO, The Marks Group (Alpena);
  • and Michael Renda, Vice President/General Manager, Fox 2 WJBK-TV (Detroit).

See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.

Mark T. Brush, Paul J. Ryan to be Honored with 2018 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce its 2018 Public Media Impact Awards. Mark T. Brush and Paul J. Ryan will be honored August 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island during the annual MAB Summer Conference.

Professional Award
Mark T. Brush, Michigan Radio
(posthumously) 
Mark T. Brush was Michigan Radio’s Digital Media Director. He worked to develop and maintain the station’s overall digital strategy. As a senior producer/reporter and the station’s first online news content specialist from 2010 to 2016, he helped move the station toward publishing more online-first stories.
From 2006 to 2010, as the unit’s co-manager and senior producer, Mark helped transition the station’s regional environmental news unit into an award-winning national news service known as The Environment Report. He reported on many vitally important issues for Michiganders, including cyanobacterial blooms in Lake Erie, pollution from industrial animal production, and arsenic in groundwater… and he covered all sorts of fun stories too, such as a profile of Christmas tree farmer Duke Wagatha, and the history of the giant Uniroyal tire along I-94. Mark was a crucial member of the team at Michigan Radio that covered the Flint water crisis. He won the station’s first regional Edward R. Murrow award for his investigation into the status of Enbridge’s Line 5 under the Straits of Mackinac, and spearheaded the M I Curious project that seeks to answer the questions our listeners are wondering about.
Mark was a graduate of the University of Michigan (’00 MS in Environmental Policy and Planning & ’91 BA in Political Science) and has been a “public radio junkie” since 1992. Much of Mark’s storytelling philosophy was influenced through his close work with veteran CBC “réalisateur” David Candow.
Donor Award
Paul J. Ryan, WGVU Public Media
Paul J. Ryan has been an integral part of the expansion of community engagement and impact for WGVU Public Media. He began supporting the station in 2010 both philanthropically and through providing his expert knowledge and leadership to the station’s desire to be a deep convener throughout our community.
In 2010, Paul began a multi-year personal commitment to help fund a scholarship endowment for veterans and their dependents to attend Grand Valley State University directly through WGVU. Additionally, he contributed to building our community outreach for veterans and made a substantial gift to allow WGVU Public Media to create a visual display of all Medal of Honor Recipients from the State of Michigan with images and bios. WGVU has leveraged this tool in schools and throughout its expanded community engagement efforts and it is only possible thanks to Paul.
In September of 2017, Paul spearheaded the community effort to support WGVU Public Media’s LZ Michigan, a “Landing Zone” to Remember, Honor and Celebrate our community’s veterans and their families. He took the lead role in helping to raise the needed revenue to help support the statewide community engagement effort. His personal support is multiplied by his work to share his passion for WGVU and being able to help bring over $100,000 of additional philanthropic support for the station in recent years.

MAB Foundation Seeks Summer Raffle Prizes

Be a winner by donating your prize for the MAB Foundation’s Summer Raffle!

Do you have a big-ticket item or experience to donate to the MAB Foundation for the summer raffle? Every year at the Summer Advocacy Conference, the MAB Foundation hosts an exciting raffle drawing for MAB members and their families.  Past prizes have included:

  • Sporting Game Tickets
  • Northern Michigan Cottage Vacation
  • Sailing on Lake Michigan
  • Overnight Resort Stays
  • Theater Tickets
Proceeds from the raffle help to benefit the MAB Foundation and will fund educational opportunities for broadcasting students and professionals. Donations to the MAB Foundation may be tax deductible. If you would like to donate a prize, please contact Rachel Krause at [email protected] or 517-484-7444.

Are you Registered Yet?


The 2017 MAB Advocacy Conference is less than two weeks away Time is running out to register to attend the annual business meeting, Advocacy sessions and Awards Banquet!

 

Are you registered to join the MAB on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville?

 

This Advocacy Conference is designed to offer legislative insights on federal, state, political and issue advertising that could impact station’s bottom lines. You’ll hear from a line-up of top speakers, including:
  • Dr. Esther Thorson, MSU School of Journalism Professor and expert on “fake news” trends and news consumption patterns;
  • Rick Kaplan, General Counsel and Executive Vice President for Legal and Regulatory Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters;
  • Rob Elhenicky, Partner & MAB Lobbyist with Kelly Cawthorne;
  • David Oxenford of Wilkinson Baker Knauer LLP.
  • John D. Pirich of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP; and

The important Advocacy Conference is  FREE to MAB members. Register here

Left: Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) / Right: Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12)

The MAB is thrilled to welcome two Washington D.C. lawmakers home to Michigan as part of this year’s  Awards Banquet:

  • Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) will be honored with the MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.
  • Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-12) will be a special guest at this year’s Banquet  to present the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award to 2017 honoree Marla Drutz, vice president and general manager at WDIV-TV (Detroit).

Other 2017 Awards Banquet honorees will include Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees Rob David of Handyman Productions, Erik Smith of WXYZ-TV (Detroit), and Radio Reader Dick Estell of WKAR (East Lansing), as well as Legacy Award recipient Linda Lee of WYCD-FM. Both Estell and Lee will be honored posthumously.

CMU Public Radio’s John Sheffler and Detroit Public Television supporter William H. Smith will be  honored with MAPB Public Media Impact Awards.

The annual MAB Awards Banquet is a fundraiser for the MAB Foundation, which awards more than $26,000 in scholarships to deserving broadcasting students each year.

Awards Banquet tickets are still available for $170 per person. Click here to reserve your tickets and be a part of the celebration.

We look forward to seeing you on August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville!