BCBC’18 is just around the corner. We’re hard at work planning educational sessions for the upcoming Broadcast Career Builder Conference (BCBC) on November 16. BCBC is one of Michigan’s only broadcast and media conferences that is strictly focused on educating students and giving them a direct path to success in the media industry.
Friday, November 16
8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI 48917
We need YOU to get involved in this conference. We’ll be offering the popular Speed Networking session which allows attendees to network with professionals for 5 minutes at a time in a “Speed Dating” type of setting. We need professionals in sales, programming, management, on-air talent, traffic, marketing and more to serve as mentors. If you’re interested in becoming a Speed Networking mentor, please contact Rachel Krause at firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-484-7444.
Help support the MAB Foundation’s mission to encourage, support, and sponsor educational activities to encourage the brightest, most creative and energetic students to choose broadcasting as a career. You can make a difference through supporting programs and scholarships for students in this industry.
For more information contact Jacquelen Timm at (517) 484-7444 or email@example.com
Thank You 2018 Foundation Supporters!
Bruce & Sue Goldsen
Dr. Peter Orlik
Robert F. Ottaway
Have the student formally apply for the committee by June 29, 2018.
Don’t let your students miss out on this exciting opportunity to offer valuable input and add this service to their resume! They will also make important industry contacts that may help them when searching for a job after college.
Canton High School student Fiona Hughes was recently recognized with a WDIV-TV (Detroit) “4Frenzy Spotlight” for her work as the Program Director for Plymouth-Canton High School’s WSDP-FM radio. Station Manager Bill Keith and Assistant Station Manager John Kreger both recommended Hughes for the spotlight.
In the spotlight, Hughes is noted for being at the station every day because she knows that there’s always work to be done, or someone in need of her help.
She started to love broadcasting during her freshman year after she interviewed her current favorite band, Arkells, for her first “Backstage Pass” show for The Park. Vocalist for the group, Max Kerman, told her he couldn’t tell that it was her first time interviewing someone, even though she herself had not been confident in her interviewing skills. His words gave her reassurance and boosted her confidence. She initially thought that she would be behind the scenes but her journey brought her on-air, and now she is winning state awards for her talents.
Hughes herself won two awards at the recent 2018 MAB Foundation High School and College Awards program: 1st place Sports Public Service Announcement and 1st place On-Air Personality; Honorable Mention for Innovations in Digital Media.
The MAB Foundation will again host several career fairs this fall to connect YOU with new employees. The new career fair dates have been set, so make sure to get them on your calendar now! We’re changing it up this year and adding a new location to the mix, Ferris State University. Make plans to attend and gather resumes from an exciting new pool of candidates.
Wednesday, October 10 @ Ferris State University (12-3 p.m.)
Thursday, October 24 @ Western Michigan University (12-3 p.m.)
Friday, November 16 @ Lansing Community College West Campus (12-1:30 p.m.) In conjunction with the Broadcast Career Builder Conference
Registration is now open, sign your station up here.
Participating in multiple career fairs may help boost your EEO file-we can help you do this! In 2018, we’re offering a “Buy 3 get 1 Free” promotion. If you already participated in a career fair at the Great Lakes Media Show or Specs Howard School of Media Arts, you can participate in all 3 fall career fairs and only pay for 2 of them.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 517-484-7444.
The MAB Foundation is asking MAB members to donate $7 per month to help celebrate. These donations will contribute to the continuation of the educational programs that have benefited Michigan broadcasters over the years.
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The MABF sustains the longevity of the broadcast industry through education, awareness and resources as a stepping stone into the business.
Your gift to the MABF helps fund the future of the industry by educating and recruiting young, fresh, and talented people through career fairs, conferences, and award ceremonies. Your tax-deductible gift will help fund the future of broadcasting, think of it like life insurance for the industry.Go to SEVENfor70.com to make your gift.
By: Terri Powys, Spartan Newsroom, The Michigan State University Journalism Program Reprinted by permission
As streaming services surge, a passionate crowd of student-run radio stations remain across many college campuses in Michigan. From curating playlists to handling on-demand phone calls, these broadcast stations dedicate long hours to ensure a well-thought-out listening experience. A look at the sounds of Impact 88.9 WDBM, 88.3 WXOU and 89.1 WIDR shows that there are some promising trends in the sounds of college radio.
WIDR brings in the sounds of Western Michigan by showcasing a primarily punk-rooted broadcast. Mid-Michigan, represented by WDBM, has a heavy circulation of indie-rock or independent rock that isn’t defined by just one sound. Finally WXOU reels in southeast Michigan and metro-Detroit with a more urban tone that focuses mainly on hip-hop.
Each station maintains a unique and distinct catalogue.
Jesse Taconelli, a journalism sophomore at Michigan State University and the music director at MSU’s Impact WDBM, said that his station is the only alt rock and indie rock station in the area.
“I’m definitely interested in modernization and pushing the limits of what music can and can’t be on the radio,” he said. “Our sound right now I would definitely define as indie rock, but it’s my job to make sure that it’s indie that’s refreshing, cool and meaningful to the listener.”
Indie, or music that is independent from a major record label, is at its peak popularity, especially on college campuses. Listeners enjoy the idea of smaller artists who establish a fan base rather than popular artists with the means to distribute their music virtually anywhere through a large recording company.
Looking past genre or marketability, radio stations also cater to call-in song requests frequently on the air.
“We were originally a punk station that was on the cutting edge of the punk movement in the 80s, and we have listeners who have stayed with us since then,” Taconelli said. “A song that targets back to them is Salad Days by Minor Threat.”
By staying loyal to original fans, WDBM maintains a steady following from mature listeners regardless of music era.
“But the nature of requests have since changed,” he said. “There’s newer stuff, like anything by Sandy Alex G is in good rotation here. Mac Demarco is also up there and he’s a huge heavy hitter for our station.” These two artists alone represent a major section of the indie rock range.
Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker reflects the psychedelic rock sound at WXOU (Oakland University). Photo: Abby Gillardi via Flickr through Creative Commons. Artwork: Terri Powys. Fundamentally playing hip-hop, underground rap and trending artists on the charts, Oakland University’s WXOU offers a more balanced range to cater to many different tastes.
Drew Marczewski, a senior in communications at Oakland University and general manager at WXOU, says that most people on campus tend to listen to party music or the top 40.
“Around the station, people are into a lot of stuff that you would see in Pitchfork Magazine, mostly indie, alternative, psych and underground rap. We try to balance tastes when we DJ.”
As far as popular artists on campus, like at MSU’s WDBM, Mac Demarco’s name pops up again. Marczewski lists a few musicians and albums worth noting as popular content for WXOU:
“I associate albums like Tame Impala’s “Currents”, Mac Demarco’s “Salad Days”, Protomartyr’s “The Agent Intellect”, and the last two Beach House albums with Oakland University and WXOU,” he said. “I was introduced to them by our former music director Anthony Spak around the time I first got involved with the station.”
Unlike MSU’s Impact, WXOU has a more urban sound. Hip-hop’s revival is catching speed on college campuses especially with artists like Kendrick Lamar and Brockhamtpon constantly releasing so much content.
“I’d say among the general student population that current Hip-Hop is the most popular. Among our DJ’s, Psychedelic, Lo-Fi and Shoegaze are the most played,” Marczewski said.
Western Michigan University, home of WIDR in Kalamazoo, follows roots of rock music similar to Impact WDBM. In comparison to WXOU, WIDR also plays Sandy Alex G regularly during broadcast.
“Sandy Alex G is frequently played on the WIDR wave,” said Tony Mitchell, business director at the station. “Kalamazoo has a very diverse taste. I would say emo and punk are the most prominent, but in the past few years since I started at WIDR dream pop and styles of music coming from artists like Alex G and Courtney Barnett have been on the rise.”
Western’s radio station is the first to mention pop music. Short for popular music, it can range from anything like easy listening top hits to deeper cuts that play in avant-garde nightclubs. “Some of the commonly played genres at WIDR are indie rock, synth pop and hip-hop,” said Mitchell.
Regardless of taste of what’s hot and not, these stations agreed that representing their audience is extremely important.
“We play a variety of music that represents a bunch of different tastes,” said Mitchell, WIDR’s business director. “We pride ourselves in our ability to expose our listeners to new music.”
Said Taconelli from MSU’s WDBM: “Impact tries to cater towards being such a diverse community, there are a lot of different walks of life here on campus and we want to play music for all of them.”