Two longtime employees of Michigan public broadcast stations and a volunteer family have been honored by the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) with the 2006 Pioneer Awards, given for outstanding contributions or meritorious volunteer service to public broadcasting. The awards were presented this week at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat held at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. 2006 Pioneer Award winners are:
Nancy Gilleo, Administrative Services Director/Business Manager at WKAR-TV/AM/FM.
Nancy started work at WKAR-AM/FM in 1978 as Business Manager. She expanded her oversight to include television in 1989. Nancy has performed virtually every job at WKAR in the past 28 years, including working in the news and traffic departments, running a control board and performing on-air announcing;
Ruby Iwamasa, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting. Ruby officially joined the Delta College staff in 1983 and has been involved in most aspects of the station, including a stint as Interim General Manager. Through various initiatives, such as the PBS Ready To Learn Service, she championed the educational uses of public television programming, while nurturing the love of learning and literacy in all ages.
Winners of the 2006 Pioneer Award for Meritorious Service are:
The Ferguson Family, volunteers for WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids. Father Dave Ferguson, wife Barb, sons Tim and James, and daughter-in-law Amy have been the consummate super volunteers at the annual WGVU auction. The Fergusons have been active in every facet of the auctions, including writing and running bids, training and assisting other volunteers, training auctioneers and helping in the lunchroom. Staff at WGVU feel the auction doesn't begin until the Fergusons have arrived.