The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Music Inc. have named Michigan State University's WDBM-FM 88.9 – or IMPACT 89FM as it is commonly known – the college radio station of the year. The Gold Record Award was presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference at the Lansing Center on March 14. This is the sixth time in the past seven years that WDBM-FM has won the award. “This competition is so important because of everything going on in the broadcast industry,” said Gary Reid, professional general manager of the station. “Being judged by commercial broadcasters as the state's best for six of the past seven years is a true honor from a profession that many of our students hope to get jobs in.”
Jeremy Whiting, the production director, received three individual awards, and Brock Elsesser, the program director, received two individual awards. Impact staffers took first place in four categories: Joey Levine, Lauren Filo and Matt Schuler for the daily newscast/news feature category; Jeremy Whiting for the sportscast/play-by-play category; Jason James, Pat Wharton and Brock Elsesser for the public service announcement category; and Patrick Bowen, Katie Greer and Jeremy Whiting for the promotional announcement category. All entries were judged by professional radio and television broadcasters in Michigan.
“With this win, the legacy of an excellent program is firmly established,” Reid said. “We are seeing high school students choosing Michigan State due in part to the quality and success of the station.” Approximately 120 students, ranging from freshmen to doctoral candidates, are working at the station.
WDBM-FM may be found at 88.9 on the FM dial and may be heard via streaming media on the Web at www.impact89fm.org. The Gold Record Award, along with the previous five, may be seen at the station located in G-4 Holden Hall on MSU's campus. “The thing that's important about an awards program like this is the rallying cry that happens within our staff,” said Reid. “We've created such a legacy over the past seven years that it gives our students something to aspire to, and it helps motivate our staff like nothing else would.”
Out of more than 13,000 radio stations in the country, WDBM was the 132nd overall and the first college station to begin broadcasting the new HD digital signal last fall. WDBM also produces Michigan Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm's weekly radio address and podcast.
The Great Lakes Radio Consortium, a production of Michigan Radio, has been awarded two National Headliner Awards for news segments produced in 2005. These awards, judged and presented annually, recognize and celebrate outstanding achievements in journalism.
The report “Up Close and Personal with a Prairie Fire,” produced by GLRC Editor Mark Brush, was awarded second place for best “Feature, Human Interest Story or News Series” on broadcast radio networks and syndicators. “Up Close and Personal with a Prairie Fire” is a visceral exploration of the action and sounds of a prescribed “prairie burn.” Controlled fires are used throughout the country to help restore natural areas to their former beauty and diversity. Aired without narrative, this piece draws the listener into the heart of one such fire, letting the characters and sounds alone move the story along.
The series “Ten Threats to the Great Lakes,” created by GLRC editorial staff Lester Graham, Mark Brush, and Rebecca Williams, received the third place award for best “Breaking News or Continuing Coverage of a Single News Event” on broadcast radio networks and syndicators. “Ten Threats to the Great Lakes” is a comprehensive 33-part series illuminating the ever-present problems facing the world's greatest freshwater resource. Featuring contributions from 18 different reporters, “Ten Threats” goes on-location throughout the region to explore these issues and the efforts being made to confront them.
“We knew that Mark Brush's audio postcard of a prairie burn was a real winner when we heard it,” GLRC Senior Editor Lester Graham said. “It's nice to see Mark get this recognition. We're also thrilled about the “Ten Threats” award. The GLRC felt the series was important to do and we're happy the effort is seen as some of the nation's top journalistic work.” The Great Lakes Radio Consortium is a production of Michigan Radio, the public radio service of the University of Michigan. The GLRC is a modular environmental news service that produces six to eight environmental stories each week. These stories are distributed free of charge to more than 140 public radio stations in 20 states (most stations are located in the Great Lakes region).
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Robert G. David of Northville, MI with the organization's first “MAB Associate of the Year” award. The presentation was made Tuesday, March 14 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. The new award was created by MAB to recognize the significant contributions made by associate members, and to acknowledge their efforts in enhancing the quality and integrity of broadcasting while supporting their community.
“Rob David has given generously of his time and vast expertise in serving as Vice Chairman and Chairman of the MAB Foundation,” said Julie Koehn, MAB Board Chair and owner of WLEN-FM in Adrian. “He has also been an outstanding committee member, program moderator and panelist through the years.”
David serves as President and General Manager of Handyman Productions, LLC, syndicator of the Handyman Show with Glen Haege, a home improvement program that airs on more than 150 radio stations, including 20 stations in Michigan. He is a broadcast sales and management veteran who has worked for CBS-Infinity, Fritz Broadcasting and ABC. The Radio Advertising Bureau has recognized David as a Certified Marketing Consultant at the Diamond level.