Category Archives: MABF

Oakland University’s WXOU Holds Birthday Bash

The student employees at Oakland University’s student-run radio station, 88.3 FM WXOU, celebrated the station’s its 52nd annual Birthday Bash on April 4.

“This is our 52nd year of doing it,” said Drew Marczewski, the general manager of WXOU. “I believe we’ve been doing it since the station opened.”

The celebration included food, free t-shirts to the first 100 people, and live music performances from several different artists.

WXOU was awarded the College Radio Station of the Year award both in 2012 and in 2013 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, and has been broadcasting on campus since 1967.

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 krause@michmab.com or 517-484-7444.

Help us kick off the 70th Anniversary for the MAB!

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.

For the price of one latte a month…YOU can help mold the future of our industry

​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.

Upcoming 2018 MAB Foundation Career Fairs

Save the dates for upcoming 2018 Media Career Fairs at these locations:

Wednesday, March 7, 2018​
Lansing Center, Lansing
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
FREE to attend!

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
Northern Michigan University-University Center
1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
FREE to attend!

October 10, 2018
Ferris State University
​12pm-3pm
FREE to attend

October 24, 2018
​Western Michigan University
11am-2pm
FREE to attend ​

For more information, contact the MAB Foundation at mabf@michmab.com.

Contrasting the Sounds of College Radio – Highlighting WDBM, WXOU & WIDR

By: Terri Powys, Spartan Newsroom, 
The Michigan State University Journalism Program
Reprinted by permission

 

The main sounds of the radio stations at three Michigan universities. Mac Demarco is representative of Impact WDBM (Michigan State University) and their indie rock fan base. Photo: Anna Hanks’ Flickr through Creative Commons. Artwork: Terri Powys.

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.

WIDR (Western Michigan University) featuring Courtney Barnett’s alternative rock style. Photo: Fred von Lohmann via Flickr through Creative Commons. Artwork: Terri Powys.

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.”

This story first appeared in the Spartan Newsroom.

 

Help us kick off the MAB’s 70th Anniversary!  

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.

For the price of one latte a month…YOU can help mold the future of our industry.

​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

BCBC Early Registration Deadline is Friday

If you or your students are planning on attending BCBC ’17 , be sure to register before October 27 to receive the discounted registration rate of $20.  After October 27, registration will be $35.

NEW this year at BCBC, we’re offering a FREE head shots for students 18 and over! Students should make sure to register early to take advantage of this offering.

Here’s the full BCBC schedule of events:

8:00am
Registration Opens

9:00am
BCBC Welcome/Coffee and Rolls

9:15am – 9:30am
Networking Break

9:30am – 10:30am
Speed Networking Session 1
Resume Critique
How to Build your Resume and Get Involved Round Tables

10:30am – 10:45am
Networking Break

10:45am – 11:45am
Speed Networking Session 2
The Best Broadcasting Jobs you’ve Never Heard of
 You Don’t Need Permission

11:45am – 1:15pm
Career Fair and Luncheon
FREE Head Shot Service

1:15pm – 2:15pm
How to Create an Award Winning Student Broadcast Awards Entry
Storytelling Across Platforms
Student Advisory Committee Meeting

2:15pm – 2:30pm
Networking Break

2:30pm – 3:15pm
KEYNOTE ADDRESS, WDIV’s Mara MacDonald

DATE & LOCATION
Friday, November 10
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI
8:00am-4:00pm
Early registration is only $20 and includes lunch!
($35 after October 27) 

Register for BCBC ’17 HERE and check out more at mybcbc.com.

One of BCBC’s Favorites is Back Again!

Jay Kruz

Michigan native Jay Kruz will be back at BCBC this year to impart his wisdom on our future broadcasters. Kruz’s sessions are highly rated by students year after year-they love his approachable attitude, awesome hair and endless stream of industry knowledge.

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.

Students will get the chance to learn from Jay in two new sessions:

You Don’t Need Permission

You don’t need someone to create opportunity for you… there are dozens of ways to do it yourself!  Jay Kruz presents real life examples of media personalities and behind the scenes staff who didn’t wait for the chance to shine in “You Don’t Need Permission.” Hear the story of how a geek from Michigan became the lead animator for a major national video game. Find out how a well-known radio voice over artist found a path that others weren’t taking and created a lucrative career. From YouTube stars to internet radio creators, podcasters to producers – Jay will show you why You Don’t Need Permission from anyone to jump start your career.

How to Create a Winning Student Broadcast Awards Entry

The Michigan Student Broadcast Awards deadline is coming up in December, do you know what your entry needs to win?  Watch and listen to past winning entries and learn how to incorporate their winning features in your entries!  Also get a review of this year’s categories and ask your questions about topic ideas and technical concerns.  Fine-tuning your entries now will lead you down the path for success at the awards ceremony in March 2018!

Jay is the perfect person to speak with students about the Student Broadcast Awards.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

DATE & LOCATION
Friday, November 10
Lansing Community College West Campus (NEW!)
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing MI
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 until October 27 and includes lunch!
($35 after October 27)

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at mybcbc.com.

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm, timm@michmab.com, to learn more and sign up!

Jay Kruz as a high school student with adviser Bill Keith with his handful of winning Student Broadcast Awards entries

Students Will Learn to Build and Boost their Resume at BCBC

When it comes time to apply for college or an internship, students need a resume. How can they ensure that they have developed the skills and experience needed to create a resume that will get them noticed?

Luckily, the MAB Foundation is here to help!  This year at BCBC, we’re offering a new session called “How to Get Involved and Build your Resume” for high school and college students that want to discover new ideas on how to get involved in the industry.  Getting involved early-on will help them to build the skills they need to add to their resume when it’s time to hunt for a job or internship.

How to Get Involved and Build your Resume

Building skills to add to a resume can be challenging – let our group of young professionals help you out by giving you tips and advice on how to get involved!  Learn about the endless opportunities you can easily pursue that will be great resume boosters and will help to get YOU noticed when it’s time to apply for college or an internship!

Our professionals know exactly what to look for in a resume and will impart their wisdom on students. Don’t wait until graduation  to get your resume or demo ready, the time to work on it is NOW!

NEW this year, submit your resume or demo by October 27 for the opportunity to have it critiqued during the session (Limited Availability!). Names on resumes can be confidential if wanted.  Email your resume or demo to mabf@michmab.com with the subject line “Resume/Demo Critique for BCBC” by October 27.

Make sure your students know about and plan to attend this important career building conference!

 DATE & LOCATION
Friday, November 10., 2017
Lansing Community College West Campus
5708 Cornerstone Dr., Lansing, MI
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Early registration is only $20 (includes lunch) until October 27!
($35 after October 27)

Register for BCBC 2017 HERE and check out the full event schedule at mybcbc.com.

Are you interested in getting involved with BCBC?  We’re looking for Speed Networkers!  Contact Jacquelen Timm, timm@michmab.com, to learn more and sign up!

MABF Career Fairs Support Our Need for More Young Talent

Peter Tanz

As Michigan’s unemployment rate hovers near 4 percent, finding your next great employee can be a challenge. Participating in one or more of the MAB Foundation’s Career Fairs is a great way to find your next super star.

In the MAB strategic planning process all four member focus groups identified the need for more young people to enter the field of broadcasting, multimedia sales, production and engineering as a top priority.

MABF Career Fairs offer you the opportunity to meet face-to-face with young people interested in media careers. If you haven’t already reserved your station’s booth at one of the upcoming fall career fairs, click here to register now.

This year we have expanded our outreach to include sales and marketing, electrical engineering, journalism, broadcast media and cinematic arts students.

Even if you do not have a current opening at your station, you may have one in the near future. Your participation gives you the opportunity to meet young adults and nurture the seed of interest as they figure out their career path. Someone showed you the way when you got into this great business and MABF Career Fairs give you the opportunity to pay that gift forward.

MABF Career Fairs may meet some of your EEO additional credits.
For possible credit, your station unit must promote the career fair over the air and must send someone with hiring authority to meet with the attendees. This year we are gathering information on all of the students and will provide participating stations with a list of student attendees following the event.

Participation is not only good for your station and the future of our industry, it helps support the work of the MAB Foundation.

– Peter Tanz, MAB Chariman
Vice President, Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo)