Industry legends recognized in ceremonies at Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual meeting & leadership retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort
Six prominent figures in Michigan broadcasting history were honored with induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, during ceremonies held Tuesday, July 25 at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. Honorees include:
John F.X. Browne, who established the communications engineering consulting firm of John F.X. Browne & Associates in 1966. Browne is recognized as one of the leading broadcast engineering consultants in the country.
Toby Cunningham, Executive Producer of Sports & Special Projects at WKBD/WWJ-TV in Detroit. Over the past three decades, millions of metro-Detroiters have seen his work. He has produced and directed thousands of Detroit Pistons, Red Wings, Lions and Tigers games, including landmark productions Red Wings Stanley Cup celebrations.
Chuck Furman, Assistant General Manager of WGVU-TV in Grand Rapids, and one of the three original employees who helped launch the station in 1972. Through his stints as on-air talent during annual membership drives and the yearly live auction, as well as his work with planned giving, Furman has become WGVU's most recognizable voice and face in the community.
Fred Jacobs who founded Jacobs Media in Detroit in 1983, had the notion that Album Rock could be fragmented with the Classic Rock format. Jacobs has emerged over the past two decades as one of radio's leading visionaries, and consults the leading broadcasting companies in America.
Luster “Les” Root, News Director at WDZZ/WRSR/WWCK-AM & FM, Cumulus Media, Inc in Flint. In a broadcast career that has spanned 50 years, Root has risen through the ranks as a street reporter, anchor and news director. His dedication to the community and high level of integrity has earned him the respect of his listeners and colleagues in the industry.
John Wismer (posthumously) was Owner and President of Wismer Broadcasting, Inc, WHLS-AM, WSAQ-FM in Port Huron. Wismer began his career in 1946 as Sports Director at WHLS, became General Manager in 1950, and purchased the station in 1954. He was a past president of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. MAB also honored Wisner with its Lifetime Achievement Award.
The MAB Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame was established in 2001. It serves to recognize broadcasters for their leadership, achievement and contributions to the industry.