Category Archives: MAB Events

Look into the Future of Television with 3 Engineering Gurus

Peer into the future of television and gain valuable insights with the industry leaders 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. 

Fred Baumgartner, Director of Next Generation Broadcast Implementation at Sinclair Broadcasting, will discuss the “ATSC 3.0 and Dallas Project.” Fred is a fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, a past trustee of the Ennes Foundation and Fellow of the Radio Club of America.

Jeff Cohen is the newsnet® Key Account Managera t IMT Vislink. He will offer insights into “Using Bi-directional IP Networks to Access Studio Systems from The Field.”  Traditional microwave Electronic News Gathering (ENG) provides high bandwidth, high quality transmission with low latency, while using secure dedicated BAS spectrum. The past few years have seen a shift in video technology toward acceptance, and adoption, of IP-based links into ENG workflows.

Experience “Adventures in TV Channel Repacking: The Michigan Perspective and Nationwide Experience, To Date” with Karl Lahm, Founder of Broadcast Transmission Services LLC. He retired in June 2018 from 19 years with Univision, where he was the Director, RF Systems Engineering, for the company’s local TV and radio stations. He led the Univision stations’ conversion to digital transmission, selection of final digital channels, and the build‐out of most digital transmitting facilities in service today.

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Learn How to ‘Hold Your People Accountable Without Holding Them Hostage’ and More at the #MABshow 

Three seasoned experts will offer valuable tips and advice for improvements in management 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. 

Tim Moore  will tell you “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good Your Cluster Is.” As a former owner who today works with radio clusters from San Diego to Atlantic City, he will share how one of the most important things we can bring to a cluster-leader is hope. Tim is the Managing Partner for Audience Development Group.

Laurie Kahn is the Creator and President of Media Staffing Network, Inc., the first staffing company to cater exclusively to media sales and associated departments for full time placement.  She will discuss “Positioning and Creating a Culture to Attract, Hire & Retain Employees” and  “Prepping for a Career in Media.”

And Brandies Hall will help you “Hold Your People Accountable Without Holding Them Hostage.”  Brandies currently works for Radio One as Vice President of Revenue Development, where she creates curriculum and oversees the sales and management training for hundreds of radio professionals; creating a Revenue Culture in Radio One’s 15 markets across the U.S.

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97.1 The Ticket Team Will Talk Sports Radio at #MABshow

If your goal is to score a touchdown in broadcasting, this is your chance to learn the ins-and-outs of a sports talk radio station from a team of major league professionals!

97.1 The Ticket’s Tom Millikan, Jamie Samuelsen and Mike “Stoney” Stone will lead a engaging panel discussion about sports talk radio during 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. 

Tom Millikan has been the Executive Producer, 97.1 The Ticket/WXYT-FM since 2012 and is currently producing the Jamie & Stoney show and serves as manager for  the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons radio networks.

Jamie Samuelsen can be heard weekdays from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. as part of “Jamie and Wojo” on 97.1 The Ticket/WXYT-FM. He has been a well-known sports voice in Detroit for more than 20 years.

Mike “Stoney” Stone is in his second year with 97.1 The Ticket/WXYT-FM, but has been working in Detroit for over 20 years. He can be heard weekdays from 5:30 – 10:00 a.m. “Stoney and Bill with Sara” and previously worked with Bob Wojnowski on the popular show “Stoney and Wojo” for 14 years.

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These News Professionals Will Have You Covered at the #MABshow

From investigative reporting to multi-media journalism to newsroom personalities, these news leaders will have you covered 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. 

i-Media Strategies Founder Kevin Benz will present a conversation about how newsroom culture goes bad and what every journalist can do to create a more hospitable even happier workplace and defend yourself against negativity, harassment and bullies (even if your boss is the bully). With more than 30 years in the field and in the news director’s chair, Kevin is well-known as an inspiring, engaging journalism coach and trainer.

Boyd Huppert is a reporter and Host of “Land of 10,000 Stories” at KARE-TV (Minneapolis) He will present “The Write Stuff,” offering tips for visual journalists who want to improve their writing skills, and “Social Media: It’s Personal,”  to help you add value to your stories, before and after they air – while enhancing both your station and personal brands.

Marisa Kwiatkowski is an Investigative Reporter atThe Indianapolis Star. In 2016, Marisa and her colleagues launched an investigation into USA Gymnastics and Larry Nassar that revealed top officials at the sport’s national governing body failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches and showed how predators exploited a lax culture to prey on children. She will help you “Say Yes to the Right Investigative Stories.”

And Joe Little  makes a return to the Great Lakes Media Show to help make sure you are “Surviving and Thriving Under Deadline.” Joe  is a television news journalist at KNSD in San Diego, Calif. and a proud Multimedia Journalist who travels the country with his Garden Gnome teaching his strategies for better storytelling, on-camera performances, and time management.

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’60 Minutes’ Lara Logan Headlines 2019 #MABshow as Keynote Speaker

CBS “60 Minutes” Correspondent Lara Logan

The MAB is excited to welcome  CBS “60 Minutes” Correspondent Lara Logan as the keynote presenter for the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show. 

Lara Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting has earned her a prominent spot among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Named a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent in May 2012, the 2016-17 season is her 12th at the newsmagazine.

The Great Lakes Media show will take place March 5 and 6 a the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Learn more and register at

Logan was named CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent in February 2006 and Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent in 2008, all while contributing to 60 Minutes beginning in 2005, and 60 Minutes II from 2001. Recent reports for 60 Minutes include the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS, a story on little-known victims of the Holocaust of WWII and another that reported on the similarities between ISIS genocide tactics’ and those of Hitler’s Final Solution. Her work has taken her from the front lines of the Ebola crisis to the forests of central Africa where she did a story on veterinarians treating endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, to Hollywood where she recently profiled one of rock ‘n roll’s most prolific photographers.

She obtained a rare interview with Jack Ma, founder of the giant Chinese Internet company Alibaba, took viewers inside the unique advertising campaign that helped bring an end to Colombia’s violent insurgency, and took the audience on an inspiring journey with the story of severely wounded veterans climbing some of the world’s tallest peaks.

In February 2011, Logan was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt during the revolution there. She was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob of some 300 men while reporting a story for 60 Minutes on the Egyptian Revolution. She broke her silence about the brutal attack on 60 Minutes to draw attention to the plight of men and women, as well as female journalists covering war zones.

Few television reporters have spent as much time in Afghanistan as Logan has since the attacks of 9/11. And in 2010, her 60 Minutes report from the Afghan battlefield, “A Relentless Enemy” earned her electronic journalism’s highest award, a duPont – Columbia University Silver Baton. A powerful 2006 report for the CBS Evening News about U.S. Marines under fire in the most dangerous part of Iraq, won an Emmy, an Edward R. Murrow Award and an Overseas Press Club award. “Ramadi: On the Front Line,” was a two-segment series, shot in part by Logan herself.

Among her most notable reports for 60 Minutes, her profile of Medal of Honor winner Salvatore Giunta which won the Emmy for Best Interview, a profile on International Monetary Fund Managing Director Christine Lagarde; a report on the controversial practice of raising exotic game on U.S. ranches; a penetrating interview with Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf after the assassination of Benazir Bhutto; and interviews with Gen John Allen and President Hamid Karzai that highlighted the return of Al Qaeda to Afghanistan long before that was ocially acknowledged.

Logan has interviewed many commanding generals during the war on terror, to include Gen. John Campbell, when he was running the war in Afghanistan, and Gen. John Abizaid when he was the Commander of United States Central Command.

Logan’s reports were an integral part of CBS News’ coverage of the war in Iraq, where she lived for almost five years. She was the only sta correspondent from an American network in Baghdad when the U.S. military invaded the city, reporting live from Firdos Square as the statue of Saddam fell. For weeks prior to that Logan shot, produced and reported on her own as Iraqi warplanes pounded the Iraqi capital and appeared on every broadcast at the news network.

In June 2007, Logan broke the story of the abuse of special needs Iraqi orphans on the CBS Evening News, a report that made headlines around the world. Also that year, she was one of few journalists who managed to gain permission to report from Darfur in Sudan.

Logan’s reporting from the frontlines of Afghanistan with Navy Seals hunting high value targets and another report with Green Berets searching for al Qaeda and Osama bin Laden appeared on 60 Minutes II and on the CBS Evening News, The Early Show and CBS News Radio, for which she served as a general assignment reporter. While reporting a 60 Minutes II story about the war near the Afghani-stan-Pakistan border in 2005, the military vehicle Logan was riding in hit a double-tank mine. The explosion seriously wounded two soldiers; she escaped with minor injuries.

Logan has received multiple Emmy Awards, several Murrow awards, an Overseas Press Club Award, the Daniel Pearl Award, Glamour Woman of the Year and five American Women in Radio and Television Gracie Awards, to name a few. In 2008 for Outstanding Feature-Hard News for the Iraqi orphans story; in 2004 for Individual Achievement for Best Reporter/Correspondent; in 2003 for Best News Story for her CBS Evening News report on the attempted assassination of Afghan President Hamid Karzai; in 2002 for Best News Story for her CBS News Radio coverage of the war in Afghanistan; and in 2000 for Best News Story for her CBS News Radio coverage of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She received the David Bloom Award in 2008 from the Radio & Television Correspondents Association for excellence in enterprise reporting and the 2007 Association of International Broadcasters’ Best International News Story Award for her report on the Taliban.

Before formally joining CBS News in 2002 as “60 Minutes II” correspondent, Logan already had 14 years of journalism experience, including 10 years in the international broadcast news arena. She served as a correspondent for GMTV, the weekday morning news program of Great Britain’s ITV (2000-’02), and as a freelance correspondent for CBS NewsRadio, a role that included occasional appearances on the CBS Evening News. Logan reported on the war in Afghanistan, Middle East violence, the Mozambique floods, the land invasions in Zimbabwe and the India earthquake. Previously, she served in a variety of freelance assignments, including as a correspondent for ITN and Fox/SKY, an assignment editor for CBS News and ABC News in London, and an editor/producer for NBC, CBS and the European Broadcast Union (1996-99).

Logan also served as a freelance correspondent for CNN (1998-99), covering the U.S. embassy bombings in Nairobi and Tanzania, the conflict in Northern  Ireland and the war in Kosovo, among other stories. She got her start in broadcast journalism in Africa as a senior producer for Reuters Television (1992-96). But Logan began her career in print – as a general news reporter for the Daily News (1990-92) and the Sunday Tribune (1988-89), both located in Durban, South Africa.

Logan was born in Durban and graduated from the University of Natal in 1992 with a degree in commerce. She also holds a diploma in French language, culture and history from the Universite de L’Alliance Francaise in Paris. In addition to French, Logan speaks Afrikaans and basic Portuguese.

New in 2019: ‘Beer & Bull’ Adds a Band, Moves to LBC

The favorite Tuesday evening Great Lakes Media Show networking event, “Beer & Bull,” will feature live music at a new location in 2019.

The #MABshow “Beer & Bull” event  is all set to take place from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5 at the Lansing Brewing Company and feature live music from the Black Barn Band.  Shuttle Service will be provided from the Lansing Center.

Register now to attend the 2019 #MABshow and book your ticket to what is guaranteed to be one of the best “Beer & Bull” experiences to date. “Beer & Bull” is sponsored by Spartan Sports Newtwork, the Greater Lansing Convention and Visitors Bureau and Fletcher, Heald & Hildreth, P.L.C

The Venue | Lansing Brewing Company

One of the first breweries in Michigan’s Capitol city, the Lansing Brewing Company supplied craft beer to artisans, laborers and tradesmen as they built our city over a century ago. Opened a year after Ransom E. Olds’ historic automobile ride down a city street in 1897, the Lansing Brewing Company welcomed its first customers.

The Entertainment | The Black Barn Band

It’s been said that once in a lifetime, a band comes along that changes your world. The Black Barn Band is not that band… but what they are is the best darn  cover band in Mid-Michigan.

Talented musicians and singers, great music, and even a bit of humor, highlight the Black Barn Band’s epic sets. Celebrating seven years together in 2019, the BBB features songs from seven decades of rock-n-roll including (but most certainly not limited to) The Rolling Stones, The Wood Brothers, The Grateful Dead, Matchbox 20, The Doors, Sublime, David Bowie, Radiohead, Joe Cocker, JJ Grey & Mofro, Joe Walsh, Pink Floyd, The Doobie Brothers, John Mayer, Leonard Cohen, The Decemberists, Neil Diamond, Lonely Island, Creedence Clearwater Revival, and so much more.

The Black Barn Band is a lot like Michigan Weather — If you don’t like it, wait 10 minutes and it will change. Whatever your mood, the BBB has you covered— and your fun-meter cranked to 11. And bonus for Great Lakes Media Show participants: BBB members Chad Munce and Peter Clay are both broadcasters in Lansing!!!

New in 2019: Visit the Exhibit Hall, Win $10,000!

One lucky participant could walk away from the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show $10,000 richer! The MAB has partnered with Million Dollar Media to offer #MABshow attendees the change to win $10,000 cash. Visit our exhibitors and earn chances to crack the  5-digit code to open up the bank vault located on the Exhibit Hall floor. The contest, sponsored by Midwest Communications, will be open on March 6.  Register now to attend the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center.

2019 #MABshow Exhibitors

’30 Under 30′ Michigan Native Jay Kruz Will Host BEAs at #MABshow

Named one of Radio’s Rising Stars by Radio Ink Magazine and one of broadcasting’s “30 Under 30” in America by Edison Media, Jay Kruz is the Program Director and Afternoon Host at Mix 94.9 in Cincinnati.

But on March 6, he will return to his home state of Michigan to host the 2018 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEAs), the grand finale of the Great Lakes Media Show

Kruz got his start at the age of 14 at his high school radio station, WSDP in Plymouth, Michigan. At age 18, he was hired as afternoon drive host at WTWR in Monroe/Toledo, Ohio.   He has a diverse media background including stops at MTV Networks  in New York City and radio stations in Detroit, Cincinnati and the Cayman Islands. He has worked as a program director, on-air personality, imaging director, emcee, and voice-over artist.  Kruz helped develop the first MTV podcasts, hosted a nationwide afternoon show on XM Satellite Radio, and has been the voice of multiple radio stations & syndicated radio specials.

He returns regularly to Michigan to support and encourage young broadcasters by presenting sessions at the annual MAB Foundation’s Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) and student-focused sessions at the Great Lakes Media Show, formerly the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo.

Kruz volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors and is a Past President at the Music Resource Center in Cincinnati, where he helped start a low power FM station for teenagers, 95.7 MRC.  When he’s not on the radio, Kruz serves as emcee for the Cincinnati Cyclones professional hockey team.  He enjoys collecting vintage radios, traveling around the world with his wife, and playing hockey.

The BEAs will be celebrated at 6:30 p.m. on March 6 at the Lansing Center. Click here to reserve your seat and participate in the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show. 


You’re Invited to Meet Your Local Lawmakers at the #MABshow

Michigan broadcasters are invited to attend the MAB Annual Legislative Reception on Wednesday, March 6 from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lansing Center during the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show.

With the high turnover after the recent election, MAB legislative reception is a wonderful opportunity to meet your legislators and connect with other Michigan broadcasters to discuss issues that affect your station(s)!

As lawmakers work on creating public policy, it is important they hear from you, their constituents, about how their decisions influence Michigan’s broadcast industry.

We need your presence and your voice to ensure that state laws and regulations do not burden your station’s priorities! We encourage you to attend and to get further acquainted with the key policy-makers who support the Michigan broadcast industry!

The MAB Legislative Reception is free of charge to all members and will include a Walk-Around Dinner in the River Concourse of the Lansing Center. The Legislative Reception will precede the Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) ceremony.

If you cannot personally attend, please consider sending a representative from your station.

Click here to register by February 15. Questions? Contact Jackie Timm at [email protected]

Brandeis Hall Will Hold Attendees Accountable at the #MABshow

Brandeis Hall will tell you that accountability is about delivering on a commitment; It’s responsibility to an outcome, not just a set of tasks. It’s taking initiative with thoughtful, strategic follow-through. Teach people how to be accountable and they will take ownership of outcomes and work harder and longer to achieve success.

Radio One’s Vice President of Revenue Development will share from her experience and wisdom on this topic alongside a growing and dynamic list of speakers on deck to present sessions on March 5 and 6 during the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

Brandeis started in radio when a station manager heard her voice and asked her to host the morning show on    a college radio station.  She told him she had to finish high school first, but joined the station the following August.  Within three years, she KJCR’s Development Director, responsible for the station’s underwriting and public funding.  WBAP in Dallas/Ft. Worth then recruited Brandeis for their Promotions Department. Free concert tickets, mugs and t-shirts, cool remotes; how could anyone say, “No?”

In the 1990s, France’s bi-lingual Radio 74 asked Brandeis to cross The Pond and direct their English-language programming and production.  Eventually, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation lured her over the border into Geneva to help them create and launch Switzerland’s first English-language FM Radio station, WRG-FM (Now WRS-FM). Despite living adjacent to the Alps for 7 years, she remains an appalling skier, but can identify an impressive range of Western European cheeses.  Ultimately, her path brought her back to the Dallas/Fort Worth market, where she worked for two Dallas stations in sales,  production, and management before joining the hardworking team at the Radio Advertising Bureau.

As Vice President of Professional Development, Brandeis trained tens of thousands of radio sales and management professionals throughout the United States, Africa, South America, and Europe and was a frequent speaker at radio and other media conferences.

Brandeis currently works for Radio One as Vice President of Revenue Development.  In this role, she creates curriculum and oversees the sales and management training for hundreds of radio professionals; creating a Revenue Culture in Radio One’s 15 markets across the U.S.

When not travelling for business, Brandeis packs her bags and globetrots for pleasure and buys supplies for household DIY projects she rarely completes.