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Jason Jennings, author of “Think BIG-Act Small,” will deliver the keynote address at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters' (MAB) annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC), which will be held March 13 and 14 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Jennings will deliver his speech titled “The Five Leadership Secrets of the World's Best Performing Companies,” at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday March 14.

MABJennings was founder of Jennings-McGlothlin & Company, the nation's largest media consulting company. His unique and legendary programming, sales and management strategies are credited with revolutionizing many parts of the broadcast industry, and hundreds of thousands of companies around the world use his training programs on sales, customer satisfaction and leadership.

GLBC is the annual convention for Michigan's broadcast industry. More than 1,000 broadcasters and related industry professionals from across the state will attend the event that covers a broad range of industry related issues. Conference highlights include:

• The annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Presentation, which recognizes outstanding news and programming and public service performances by Michigan radio and television stations
• The MAB Foundation Career Fair, at which broadcasters will meet with and offer advice to students seeking positions in the industry
• The MAB Foundation's Michigan High Schools & College Broadcast Awards
• A luncheon speech on March 14 by Ron Bachman, whose life was featured in a documentary titled “Walk This Way.” Bachman, whose legs were amputated when he was four years old, has worked as a broadcaster in Michigan, and will speak on diversity issues, relationship building, disability concerns for the able-bodied, bullying in the workplace and related issues.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individuals employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.

 

Accident topples WNBY-FM/AM tower

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A freak accident on Monday afternoon took down a 282-foot tower and temporarily left WNBY voiceless. But it could have been much worse. According to Michigan State Police reports, a 55-year-old Chelsea man was turning around in the WNBY parking lot when his snowmobile trailer caught a guy wire stabilizing the large steel structure. “It got the tower rocking, and it collapsed on the radio station,” confirmed a spokesman for the post. WNBY General Manager Travis Freeman confirmed there were three employees inside the structure when the tower came down on the building. All escaped without injury. The occupants of the vehicle which upset the tower likewise escaped unscathed... Accident knocks down Newberry radio tower down (Soo Evening News, Wed 2/15)

 

High Definition Television Transition And The Growth of HD Radio Are Key Topics For Michigan Broadcasters During Annual MAB Convention

MABThe high-tech future of broadcast television and radio will be “front and center” in the hallways, conference rooms, and exhibition hall of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC), which will be held Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14 at the Lansing Center located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing.

GLBC is the annual convention for Michigan's broadcast industry. More than 1,000 broadcasters and related industry professionals from across the state will attend the event, which covers a broad range of industry related issues. The MAB conference comes at a time when the broadcasting industry is facing some of the most complex and sweeping changes in its history. Among the key issues being discussed by broadcasters during GLBC are:

The Transition to Digital Television (DTV) – New federal legislation makes February 17, 2009 the official shut-off date for analog TV transmission. There are many complex issues that must be dealt with over the next three years to ensure that consumers can successfully make the transition to digital television in advance of the government-imposed deadline. Barry VanDenBerg of Orlando Digital TV will lead a seminar called “Collaborating to Grow the HDTV Market,” in which he will discuss how broadcasters and early HDTV adopters in Orlando worked together to create the greatest market penetration of HDTV in the country.

HD Radio On The Horizon – HD Radio has hit the air in many markets. When will affordable receivers hit the market and lead consumers into the HD universe? Is HD radio a format that will doom
emerging competitors including satellite radio? Joseph D'Angelo of iBquity will lead a discussion of HD radio.

An HD Radio receiver and high definition television technology will be prominently displayed in the GLBC Exhibit Hall. The MAB booth will feature a display of HDTV, as well as a “souped-up” 1965 Pontiac GTO that is equipped with HD Radio.

Other GLBC conference highlights include:
• A keynote speech by Jason Jennings, founder of the nation's largest media consulting company and author of the book “Think Big-Act Small.”
• The annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Presentation, which recognizes outstanding news and programming and public service performances by Michigan radio and television stations;
• The MAB Foundation Career Fair, during which broadcasters will meet with and offer advice to students seeking positions in the industry;
• The MAB Foundation's Michigan High School & College Broadcast Awards; and
• A luncheon speech on Tuesday, March 14 by Ron Bachman, whose life was featured in a documentary titled “Walk This Way.” Bachman, whose legs were amputated when he was four years old, has worked as a broadcaster in Michigan, and will speak on diversity issues, relationship building, disability concerns for the able-bodied, bullying in the workplace and related issues.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individuals employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2005 Broadcast Excellence Station of the Year awards. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the Broadcast Excellence competition's 13 categories and is given to the station with the most points in each radio and television market. The following stations were the recipients of the 2005 Station of the Year awards:

Market 1
Television: WJBK-TV, Detroit
Radio: WJR, Detroit

Market 2
Television: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids
Radio: WOOD-AM, Grand Rapids

Market 3
Television: WWTV/WWUP, Cadillac
Radio: WLEN-FM, Adrian

Market 4
Television: WLUC-TV, Marquette
Radio: WSJM-AM, Benton Harbor

Public Television Group 1: WKAR-TV, East Lansing
Public Television Group 2: WTVS, Detroit

Public Radio Group 1: WGVU-AM/FM, Grand Rapids
Public Radio Group 2: WUOM/WFUM/WVGR-FM, Ann Arbor

The MAB also announced the winners of its Broadcast Excellence Award competition. The winners were selected from 807 entries submitted by Michigan radio and television stations from the commercial and public sectors. For a complete list of all winners, visit www.michmab.com. The Broadcast Excellence Awards, one of the largest state awards programs in the nation, was judged by members of the Illinois Broadcasters Association on a variety of criteria including presentation, delivery, and production values. On Tuesday, March 14 more than 200 people attended the awards presentation at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

 

MSU student radio station is college station of the year

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.



Great Lakes Radio Consortium Wins Two National Headliner Awards

GLRCThe 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).



Michigan Broadcasters Present Robert G. David MAB Associate Of The Year Award

robdavidThe 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.

 

Bills Would Encourage Competition and Improve Services for Consumers

MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) today announced its support for bills in the Michigan Senate and House of Representatives that would allow telecom companies to provide advanced video services. The bills, SB 1197 and HB 5895, would allow additional providers to enter the business of home delivery of video and audio entertainment.

“These bills would allow more providers to offer programming to the consumer—including that of local broadcasters,” said Karole White, President and CEO of the MAB. “We are strongly in favor of changes that would offer more competition in delivery of video services to Michigan citizens and provide new ways for them to receive the local programming they want.” White said inclusion of local broadcasters' television and radio signals in any new delivery system is crucial because of the role that broadcasters play in emergency communications, local news and weather coverage, and other community events. “The citizens of Michigan should demand more choices and urge their lawmakers to support bills that would give them that choice,” White said. “More providers mean more competition, more choices, better customer service and better prices.”

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' (MAB) Foundation recently elected 2006 officers during the Foundation Board of Directors meeting at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing on March 13 and 14. Officers, who are elected to a one-year term include:

Chairman Bill Keith, Station Manager of WSDP 88.1 FM since 1991. The Plymouth-Canton Community School owned station was named the Michigan Association of Broadcasters “High School Station of the Year” in 2001 and 2002. While at WSDP, Keith has served in many positions on the Board of the Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters, including President since 2001. Keith previously served as an Account Executive at WGRY in Grayling, Michigan.

Vice Chairman Gary Reid, Director of the Careers and Internships Office for Michigan State University's Telecommunication Department. Reid is also the General Manager of WDBM “IMPACT 89FM” and directs a staff of approximately 150 students.

Secretary/Treasurer Chris Monk, Vice President/General Manager of Northern Star Broadcasting in Traverse City/Petoskey since 1998. Monk previously served as General Sales Manager for The Journal Broadcast Group in Tucson, Arizona, and as General Sales Manager/Corporate Trainer for Prism Radio Partners in Louisville, Kentucky.

The MAB Foundation Board also elected Dana Hughes to a three-year term as a director. Hughes serves as Radio Program Manager of Golightly Career and Technical Center in Detroit.

 

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) re-elected Thom Paulson, General Manager of Interlochen Public Radio, as President of the MAPB. He began at Interlochen Public Radio in 1976 and became manager in 1981 and has previously held positions as Vice-President and Secretary of the Michigan Public Radio Network.

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is the unified voice of Michigan's public radio and television stations. Together, these stations produce and distribute a remarkable array of television and radio programs and series, which meet the needs, and interest of Michigan citizens.

Officers elected to the 2006-2007 MAPB Board include:
President: Thom Paulson, WIAA-FM & WIZY-FM, Interlochen
Vice President: Steve Antoniotti, WTVS-TV, Detroit
Treasurer: Pam Clark, WDCQ & WDCP-TV, WUCX-FM, University Center
Secretary: DeAnne Hamilton, WKAR-AM/FM/TV, East Lansing
At-Large: Michael T. Walenta, WGVU/WGVK-TV, WGVU & WGVS-AM/FM, Grand Rapids
At-Large: Edward Grant, WCFX-FM, WUPS-FM, WCMB-FM, WCMU-TV/FM, WCML-TV/FM, WCMV-TV, WCMZ-FM, WCMW-FM, WMHW-FM, Mt. Pleasant

 

Leading Industry Publisher, New NAB President Headline MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat July 24-26 At Boyne Mountain Resort

Michigan broadcasters will discuss their role in The New Media Mix at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to be held Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

MAB“The continued emergence of new technologies presents challenges to broadcasters in this day and age,” said MAB President and CEO Karole White. “By understanding the changing nature of how consumers are enjoying entertainment and receiving information, broadcasters will be able to improve their competitive position in the marketplace.”

Noted industry expert Kurt Hanson, Publisher of the Radio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) will deliver the keynote address to broadcasters at the Annual Meeting. Hanson will discuss how technology is changing consumers' use of broadcast media, and what opportunities may appear for broadcasters as a result. Other program highlights include:
• The New Media Mix panel discussion, moderated by Kurt Hanson. The panel will explore new ways to mix old and new technologies to help broadcasters better serve their communities;
• A luncheon speech by David Rehr, recently named President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters. Rehr will discuss hot issues facing broadcasters on a national level; and
• A panel discussion featuring leading advertising executives in Michigan, which will focus on the latest trends in effectively reaching consumers.

A complete program listing and registration information for the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat is available at www.michmab.com.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individual employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.

 

MAB Foundation Golf Event to Support Future Scholarships, Internships And Broadcast Education

MABFormer Detroit Tiger pitcher Milt Wilcox will be a special guest at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) Golf Scramble Fundraiser, scheduled from 7:30 a.m. until noon on Tuesday, July 25 on the Monument Course at Boyne Mountain Resort in Harbor Springs, Michigan. The MABF 2006 Golf Scramble Fundraiser is an 18-hole event raising money to support the Foundation's program to offer scholarships, internships and other educational opportunities to young people seeking a career in the broadcast industry. The event is part of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to be held Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26 at Boyne Mountain Resort.

Milt Wilcox's 20-year baseball career began with the Cleveland Indians and the Chicago Cubs, prior to joining the Tigers in 1976. After retiring from baseball, Milt started his own baseball clinic called the Detroit Batting Academy, which he continues to run today. Wilcox also operates “Milt Wilcox's Ultimate Air Dogs,” in which he trains dogs to compete in distance jumping competitions around the country.

Tee times are still available for the MABF Golf Scramble fundraiser. The $150 fee includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch. MABF also has limited hole sponsorship opportunities remaining at a cost of $250 per hole. Registration and sponsorship information is available at www.michmab.com.

 

Local radio and television stations in Michigan generated $330 million in public service in 2005, through a combination of airtime donated for public service announcements and money raised for charity and disaster relief, the National Association of Broadcasters announced today.

Broadcasters across the nation took to the airwaves to generate charitable fundraising that totaled more than $1 billion after two cataclysmic events: Hurricane Katrina and the Southeast Asian tsunami, the survey found. Nationwide, broadcasters generated a record $10.3 billion in public service...

Read the entire story (pdf)

 

Michigan Broadcasters Honored

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The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors announces 2006 Inductees into the Hall of Fame and Lifetime Achievement Award winner

MABThe MAB will honor posthumously John Wismer, Wismer Broadcasting, Inc., with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. The Hall of Fame inductees include John F.X. Browne, John F.X. Browne & Associates; Toby Cunningham, WKBD/WWJ-TV (Detroit); Chuck Furman, WGVU-AM/FM/TV (Grand Rapids); Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media; and Luster "Les" Root, Cumulus Media-Flint.

The inductees will be honored during the Chairman's Banquet on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.


MAPB Announces 2006 Pioneer Award Winners

Congratulations to the following recipents of the Pioneer Award: The Ferguson family, WGVU-AM/FM-TV (Grand Rapids); Nancy Gilleo, WKAR-AM/FM/TV (East Lansing); and Ruby Iwamasa, Delta College Quality Public Broadcasting. They will be honored during the Chairman's Banquet on Tuesday, July 25, 2006 at the Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.


Visit the Michigan Association of Broadcasters web site for more information on the MAB Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat July 25-26 at Boyne Mountain.

 

370,000 Michigan Jobs At Risk If HB 6213 Is Not Signed Into Law and Put Into Effect Before October 1, 2006

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is supporting a coalition of job providers and employees that is urging Governor Jennifer Granholm's approval and immediate legislative effect for House Bill 6213, which was approved by the legislature and which reinstates critical overtime exemptions that were unintentionally eliminated when the minimum wage increase was approved earlier this year.

In passing HB 6213, lawmakers fell short of enough votes to put the law into immediate effect, which means problems with the existing legislation will not be corrected until April 1, 2007. The delay of several months could impact as many as 370,000 jobs across Michigan including more than half of the members of the MAB.

“Without this legislative fix, thousands of commissioned sales personnel will lose their overtime exemption,” said Karole White, MAB President & CEO. “That could result in commissioned sales employees making less money than they do now because they won't be allowed to work as many hours.”

Broadcasters will be hit with a double whammy. In addition to the problems caused by overtime for sales people, smaller markets face an additional hardship without an exemption for on-air staff, news editors and engineers.

“News doesn't happen with in a 40 hour week,” White said. “Stations in those markets could be forced to reduce coverage of local news, community events and severe weather situations resulting from staff reductions that may occur unless HB 6213 goes into effect October 1.”

“The failure to correct the state's new minimum wage law to include existing overtime exemptions could do substantial damage to the state's economy,” said White.

“Estimated cost to Michigan stations range from a low of $30,000.00 for a very small market operator without a news staff to over $1 million dollars to our larger group-owned stations and this does not even take into account the cost of software changes needed to calculate the new pay scale.

“The MAB has no issue with the increase in minimum wage,” White said. “Plenty of the employees at stations receive overtime, like clerical employees and those in unionized shops. These people will not lose their over time. MAB members just can't afford to add the higher paying, salaried positions which are paid on performance rather than hourly to our human resources costs. It is not good for the station or the employee.”

 

Noted industry expert Kurt Hanson to discuss broadcasters' changing role in the New Media Mix

NAB President David Rehr Also Joins a Prominent Line-up at MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat July 24-26 at Boyne Mountain Resort

MABRadio and Internet Newsletter (RAIN) Publisher Kurt Hanson will focus on how technology is changing consumers' use of broadcast media, and what opportunities may appear for broadcasters when he delivers the keynote address at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to be held Monday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 26 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

The theme of the MAB Annual Meeting is The New Media Mix, and will include a panel discussion, moderated by Kurt Hanson on how new technologies such as the Internet, iPods, and TV On Demand can be incorporated into the existing broadcast world. Other conference highlights include:
• A speech by David Rehr, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters;
• A presentation by leading advertising executives on how broadcasting fits into The New Media Mix; and
• The Chairman's Banquet on Tuesday evening, at which six distinguished Michigan broadcasters will be inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. MAB will also posthumously honor John Wismer of Wismer Broadcasting in Port Huron with the Distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individual employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.

 

Industry legends recognized in ceremonies at Michigan Association of Broadcasters annual meeting & leadership retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort

MABSix 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.

 

The late owner of WHLS-AM and WSAQ-FM recognized posthumously for his contributions to broadcasting and the community

The late John Wismer, owner and president of Port Huron based Wismer Broadcasting, has been recognized by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) with the distinguished Lifetime Achievement Award. The tribute to Wismer was part of ceremonies held Tuesday, July 25 at the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan.

“John Wismer was one of the real pioneers and leaders in Michigan broadcasting history,” said Karole White, MAB President & CEO. “His contributions to the communities he served and to our industry were enormous.”

Wismer began his broadcasting career in 1946 as Sports Director at WHLS-AM in Port Huron. He became General Manager in 1950 and purchased the station in 1954. Wismer bought and sold stations WLAV-FM in Grand Rapids, WCSR-AM in Hillsdale, WLEW-AM/FM in Bad Axe and WAOP-AM/FM in Otsego. Wismer served as President of the MAB in 1954. He also served as President of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce from 1976-78, and was Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Radio & Television Stations. Wismer passed away in October 1999.

Wismer was also one of six Michigan broadcasters inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame, during the MAB meeting. The other Hall of fame honorees were:
• John F.X Browne, John F.X Browne & Associates
• Toby Cunningham, WKBD/WWJ-TV, Detroit
• Chuck Furman, WGVU-AM/FM/TV, Grand Rapids
• Fred Jacobs, Jacobs Media, Southfield
• Luster “Les” Root, Cumulus Media-Flint

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected officers for 2006-2007 at its Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat held July 24-26 at Boyne Mountain Resort in Boyne Falls, Michigan. The newly elected officers are:

• Chairman - Mario Iacobelli, President and CEO of WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City;
• Vice Chairman-Chairman Elect – Bart Brandmiller, Vice President and Market Manager of Clear Channel Lakeshore in Muskegon;
• Treasurer – Diane Kniowski, President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids;
• At Large – Tom Mogush, General Manager of WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM in Marquette; and
• Immediate Past Chairman – Julie Koehn, President and General Manager of WLEN-FM in Adrian

Mario Iacobelli is President and CEO of WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City. He was born and raised in Detroit, where he graduated in 1960 from the University of Detroit. After college Mr. Iacobelli entered the construction industry where he owned and operated many worldwide offices. In 1982, Mr. Iacobelli formed Heritage Broadcast Company. In 1983, he bought WWTV/WWUP-TV, and has been personally overseeing the station's daily business since 1990.

Bart Brandmiller is Vice President and Market Manager of Clear Channel Radio's five-station cluster (WMUS AM/FM, WMHG AM, WMRR FM, WSHZ FM) in Muskegon, Michigan. Prior to joining Clear Channel, from February 1984 to December 2002, Bart was President and General Manager of Michigan Media. Inc. (WBBL AM, WKLQ FM, WLAV FM, WODJ FM) and Vice President and General Manager of Citadel Radio Corp., both of Grand Rapids, Michigan. He served in sales and sales management in Lima, Ohio, Indianapolis and South Bend, Indiana. He has served as President of the Grand Rapids Area Broadcasters Association, and is a board member of YMCA Camp Manitou-lin.

Diane Kniowski is the President/General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI. Diane joined WOOD TV8 in 1993 as the National Sales Manager, and was promoted to the General Sales Manager position in 1996. She reconstructed the sales and traffic departments to maximize inventory and client relations. She launched the installation of a new traffic system within all the LIN Television stations and established the market's leading sales team. She established a Special Projects Director to effectively plan WOOD TV8's involvement in events such as Angel Tree, the West Michigan Grand Prix and the Foremost Championship to build and strengthen WOOD TV8's commitment of community service. In June of 1999, Diane was named President and General Manager. Since that time, Diane has overseen the development and launch of WXSP, the West Michigan UPN affiliate. She has developed strategic partnerships with the local newspapers, and overseen the successful operation of three local television stations; WOOD TV8, WOTV and WXSP. Diane is also an active member in the industry and community as a member of TARPAC (Television and Radio Political Action Committee), the regional chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, TVB (Television Bureau) and Junior Achievement.

Tom Mogush is General Manager of WMQT-FM and WZAM-AM in Marquette. Mogush contributed 15 years to broadcasting Northern Michigan University Hockey on WMQT, including the 1991 NCAA National Championship team. Mogush also serves as President of the Upper Peninsula Radio Broadcast Alliance, serves on the Lake Superior Community Partnership Board of Directors, and was a contributing author of the Roy Williams book "Accidental Magic." Mogush is a 1981 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree in Speech Communications/Broadcasting.

Julie Koehn is the President of Lenawee Broadcasting Company, licensee of WLEN-FM in Adrian. She has worked at WLEN-FM since 1985. Throughout her career in broadcasting Ms. Koehn has served on many boards including the March of Dimes in Lenawee County, Lenawee County Communities in Schools, Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce, Adrian Downtown Business Associations as President in 1990-1991 and more. She has also founded the John W. Koehn Memorial Scholarship Fund in 1990 in honor of WLEN and WTWR founder John W. Koehn. She has been a speaker on small market radio during the 1993, 1996, and 1998 National Association of Broadcasters national conventions, the recipient “Best Small Market Idea” award from the NAB in 1996, and the recipient of the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year Award in 1993. Ms. Koehn received her bachelor of science degree from Michigan State University with a dual major in Industrial & Labor Relations and Political Science in 1985.

Elected to serve first terms on the board are Gayle Olson, President and General Manager of Midwest Family Broadcasting in Benton Harbor, and Steve Wasserman, President and General Manager of WDIV-TV in Detroit.

Returning to the MAB Board are: Duane Alverson, President of Macdonald Broadcasting in Saginaw; Don Backus, Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ENCO Systems in Southfield; Al Blinke, Vice President and General Manager of WNEM-TV in Saginaw; Julie Brinks, Vice President and General Manager of WPBN/WTOM-TV in Traverse City; Sue Goldsen, Vice President and Director of Sales and Marketing for Jackson Radio Works in Jackson; Paul Grzebik, Regional Sales Manager for Axcera in Southfield; Michael King, Vice President and General Manager of WILX-TV in Lansing; Carol Lawrence-Dobrusin, Vice President and General Manager of Radio One in Detroit; Michael Murri, General Sales Manager for WXYZ-TV in Detroit; Judy Ouvry, Director of Manistee Operations for Lake Michigan Broadcasting, and Palmer Pyle, President of Northern Star Broadcasting in Traverse City.

 

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.

 

Orth joins MRN staff

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A former Traverse City mayor with over three decades of Michigan broadcasting experience has joined Michigan Radio Network. Phill Orth joined the Lansing-based news network August 9 as its marketing consultant.

Orth has been involved in broadcast radio since 1970, including stints in Traverse City, Midland, St. Ignace, Chicago, Detroit, and even Mexico. He most recently served as general manager of seven Northern Michigan radio stations.

The Traverse City native has also been active in politics over the years, serving as mayor of his hometown for one term each in the 1980s, 1990s and most recently from 2001 to 2003. He also served as a city commissioner there for 15 years and ran for the Michigan State House of Representatives twice.

"For a number of years now, I've been familiar with MRN and have dealt with them from the other side," Orth said. "I've always thought they provided a unique and high-quality product that is well-respected in this state. I'm honored and thrilled to be working for and representing them."

MRN General Manager Dennis Mellott also looks forward to integrating Orth into the network's daily operations. "With his background and experience, I think Phill will make a great addition to the organization," he said.

Michigan Radio Network, owned by Detroit-based Saga Communications, provides news and sports information to more than 50 stations throughout Michigan.

 

A broad coalition representing Michigan broadcasters, state government and human service agencies last week celebrated an unprecedented level of community service contributions made in 2005 by Michigan's commercial radio and television stations. A news conference recognizing broadcasters' collective $330 million in contributions during 2005 was held in the rotunda of the State Capitol in Lansing.

“What's really amazing about the $330 million in community service contributions made by broadcasters in 2005, is that it tops the previous record high level set in 2003 by seven percent,” said Mario Iacobelli, Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Chairman and owner of WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac. “That total was significantly boosted by fundraising that occurred in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.”

“Community service isn't done to fulfill license requirements or generate ratings,” said Karole White, MAB President & CEO. “Michigan broadcasters are involved in their communities because they care. I am proud of the high level of commitment the broadcasting community continues to demonstrate, and I know for certain that the tremendous impact from the contributions of time and money is more than just significant. It changes our communities and the lives of those living in them for the better every day. Broadcasters have truly become the heart and soul of their
community.”

The contribution total was determined as part of a national study conducted for the National Association of Broadcasters by Public Opinion Strategies of Alexandria, Va. The 2005 study, calculated the amount of contributions local radio and television stations made in the form of public service announcements, fundraising and relief for victims of disasters. Survey results showed:
· Michigan broadcasters contributed $195 million in public service time during 2005;
· Local radio and television stations collectively raised $81 million dollars in 2005 for disaster relief; and
· The combined efforts of local broadcasters raised $54 million for local charities, charitable causes and needy people.

“The work by Michigan broadcasters in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina was phenomenal,” said John Cauley, CEO of the American Red Cross-Mid Michigan Chapter, “The support of the local radio and television stations across the state at a time of critical need was absolutely invaluable to Red Cross chapters around the state.”

“Local television and radio give St. Jude's Children Research Hospital the opportunity to reach the entire community,” said Stacy Ziarko, Event Marketing Representative for ALSAC/St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. “Live remote broadcasts, special programming for our Dream Home Giveaway, and public service announcements have helped us raise millions in the last several years.”

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters represents more than 300 radio and television stations, serving nearly 4,000 individual employees in the broadcasting industry. MAB is one of the largest broadcast associations in the nation and offers educational, informational, and cost-saving services to its members. The MAB is dedicated to helping its members serve their communities, advertisers and staff by providing solutions to industry problems and satisfying members' needs.

 

The Michigan Radio Network has announced it will host a one-hour gubernatorial debate between Governor Jennifer Granholm and gubernatorial candidate Dick DeVos. Broadcast from Michigan State University campus, MRN Senior Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick will moderate the debate at 8 p.m. on October 2nd.

MRN affiliates will have exclusive commercial radio rights to the debate, which will be broadcast live. Other sponsors include various Fox television stations, WILX-TV in Lansing, Heritage Newspapers, the Lansing State Journal, Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS), Michigan Public Television, Michigan Public Radio and Michigan Information and Research Services (MIRS).

Lansing-based Michigan Radio Network provides news and sports information to more than 60 radio stations throughout the state.

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation Broadcasting Career Builder Conference to Offer a “How To” Guide for Growing in the Broadcasting Profession

Students, broadcasters and professionals interested in developing a career in the broadcast industry have a unique opportunity to gain insights from leading Michigan professionals during the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC), which is being sponsored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF). The BCBC will be held from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, October 28, at the Lansing Community College West Campus, located at the corner of Sanders Road and Cornerstone Drive in Lansing (Delta Township).

“The Broadcasting Career Builder Conference is a terrific opportunity for anyone in Michigan who wants to get started or advance their career in broadcasting,” said Bill Keith, MAB Foundation Chair. “This event is a rare opportunity to network and learn from a diverse group of some of the leading broadcasters in the state.”

The BCBC will open with a keynote address featuring Mojo from “Mojo in the Morning” which is carried on 95.5 FM WKQI, Detroit. Panel discussions during the day include:
• How to Climb the Mountain 2: Getting Your First Gig;
• Broadcasting Showcase-A look at different kinds of broadcasting jobs;
• Getting the Broadcast Job You Desire;
• Non-Traditional Careers in Television
• From Tech Geek to Broadcast Star-The Importance of Technology in Broadcasting; and
• Non-Traditional Careers in Radio.

The cost of attending BCBC is $20 per person for those who register prior to October 18. Registration is $35 after October 18. A registration form is available on the MAB web site at www.michmab.com.

 

Grand Rapids based Simonson Marketing & Entertainment has announced the acquisition of the rights to publish and syndicate American Country and New Christian Music Spotlight on a market exclusive basis to radio stations from On Target Media. SME was formed earlier this year by Bob Simonson of Grand Rapids, Michigan, a veteran broadcaster and entertainment business owner. In addition to personal ventures, Simonson is also affiliated with Audience Development Group of Grand Rapids and Regent Communications heritage AC WLHT-FM 95.7 Radio.

The syndications are designed to assist stations in generating additional Non-Traditional revenue by using a custom station newsprint magazine targeted to a station's life group and including advertising the station sells locally. A complete turnkey product, the magazines allow stations to increase their sales without sacrificing on air inventory.

Simonson, who was employed with On Target Media in 2003 to 2005 as a sales representative for the syndications was approached by Bruce Law, President of On Target Media earlier last month. “Bob's experience with On Target Media proves that he has the background to grow the syndication business. With his product knowledge and broadcast experience, it made him a perfect fit to take over the business.”

The syndications began in the mid-90's with American Country and later New Christian Music Spotlight was added, along with an oldies and MOR magazine. With station consolidation and changes in the later two formats, both of those syndications were dropped last year.

“I'm excited about this venture. Bruce Law has afforded me an opportunity to provide small and medium market stations that are struggling with revenue projections, a product that will not only increase their bottom line, but grow listenership and brand awareness as well. It's a multipurpose tool that very few products out there in this price range can do” Simonson stated.

Simonson will maintain his ownership of a local entertainment company as well as support services for Audience Development Group and on air for WLHT.

For further information on Simonson Marketing & Entertainment or to inquire about either American Country or New Christian Music Spotlight for your station, please contact Bob Simonson at 616-855-1798 or via e-mail at production@bobsimonson.com.

 

From the Grand Rapids Press:

Ernie Harwell might be long gone from the radio broadcast booth, but the Hall of Fame broadcaster hasn't been forgotten. He makes a grand return tonight. Harwell, 88, is scheduled to make a special guest appearance on ESPN's prime-time telecast of Game 3 of the American League Division Series between the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees at Comerica Park. He is set to join the ESPN announcing team of Jon Miller and Joe Morgan in the third inning. He also is expected to rejoin former radio broadcast partners Dan Dickerson and Jim Price for the second inning of the contest... Full article (Fri 10/6)

 

DeVos and Mulhern to Host Big Show Heard Across the State

The spouses of Michigan gubernatorial candidates Dick DeVos and Governor Jennifer Granholm will each take a turn guest-hosting the Michigan Talk Network's “Big Show” only days before the election. First Gentleman Dan Mulhern and Betsy DeVos will guest host the statewide news-talk program, which airs from 6-10 a.m. weekdays on 11 radio stations, in place of regular host Michael Patrick Shiels, who will be out of the country. The Big Show originates at WJIM AM 1240 in Lansing.

“We're pleased both camps have accepted our invitation,” said Michigan Talk Network General Manager Tim Hygh. “Our goal is to give Michigan voters a different look into the lives of our Gubernatorial candidates.”

First Gentleman Dan Mulhern, husband of democrat Governor Jennifer Granholm, will take his turn at the microphone on Thursday, Nov. 2. Betsy DeVos, wife of republican candidate Dick DeVos, will host the program on Friday, Nov. 3. Both Mulhern and DeVos have promised to arrange very special guests to interview during the show including, of course, their respective spouses and national political figures supporting the candidates.

Mulhern and DeVos will also take listener calls and discuss what it is like to be married to a gubernatorial candidate. As Michigan's first “First Gentleman,” Mulhern is champion for the cause of state volunteerism and community service, chairing the Michigan Community Service Commission (MCSC), and is also an author and leadership coach.
Betsy DeVos served as chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party and serves various boards and charitable organizations.

The Michigan Talk Network's Morning Show features interviews with newsmakers, public officials, professional and college athletes and coaches, entertainers and experts of every variety. News anchor Gary Austin and sportscaster Tim Nester, along with Channel WILX-TV 10 meteorologist Darrin Rockcole add their own unique spins and provide the service elements listeners have come to depend on. The Big Show airs from 6-10 a.m. and is heard across the state, including radio stations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey, Marquette, Muskegon, Greenville, Hastings, and Ishpeming.

 

Soft rock stations WNIC FM 100.3 Detroit and WOOD-FM 105.7 Grand Rapids have launched their full-time Christmas music formats in what has become an annual early-November tradition. Both WNIC and WOOD-FM are owned by Clear Channel.

 

Michael Patrick Shiels will originate morning show from Israel

The Michigan Talk Network's “Big Show…with Michael Patrick Shiels,” will broadcast live from Israel November 13 through 17. The daily statewide morning news-talk show, airing weekdays from 6-10 am, originates on WJIM AM 1240 in Lansing and is heard via-satellite on 9 other radio stations across Michigan.

“Israel is obviously at the geopolitical crossroads of the Middle East. It is the ‘Promised Land' to the Jews and where the faithful believe Christ was born and the Prophet Mohamed ascended to heaven,” said Shiels, host of the show and an accomplished travel journalist who has visited 32 countries. “As Michigan prepares for the holiday seasons of Christmas and Passover, we feel the Holy Land is an appropriate place to explore and investigate – a strategically, politically, culturally, and economically sensitive area.”

The morning radio shows will originate from Jerusalem and Haifa, near Israel's northern border with Lebanon. Shiels will interview elected officials, tourism ministers, international journalists, government affairs experts, cultural figures, religious leaders and Richard H. Jones, the United States Ambassador to Israel.

Israel is the meeting place of three continents and two seas…located between the Mediterranean and the deserts of Syria and Arabia, with the mountains of Lebanon to the north and Jordan to the east.

The Michigan Talk Network's Morning Show features interviews with newsmakers, public officials, professional and college athletes and coaches, entertainers and experts of every variety. News anchor Gary Austin and sportscaster Tim Nester, along with Channel WILX-TV 10 meteorologist Darrin Rockcole add their own unique spins and provide the service elements listeners have come to depend on. The Big Show airs from 6-10 a.m. and is heard across the state, including radio stations in Lansing, Kalamazoo, Mount Pleasant, Petoskey, Marquette, Muskegon, Greenville, Hastings, and Ishpeming.

 

AllAccess.com:

Clear Channel Says Yes To A $26.7 Billion Deal:
The CLEAR CHANNEL BOARD has agreed to a bid of $26.7 billion by private equity firms THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS and BAIN CAPITAL, including the assumption or repayment of approximately $8.0 billion of net debt. CLEAR CHANNEL will still be run on a day-to-day basis by Chairman LOWRY MAYS, CEO MARK MAYS, and President/CFO RANDALL MAYS.

The bid values CLEAR CHANNEL, which has about 1,150 radio stations, at $37.60 a share, representing a premium of approximately 25% over CLEAR CHANNEL's average closing share price of $29.99 during the 30 trading days ended OCTOBER 24, 2006, the day before CLEAR CHANNEL first acknowledged that it was evaluating strategic alternatives.

CLEAR CHANNEL retains the right to solicit other offers until DECEMBER 7 and negotiate with other bidders until JANUARY 5, which leaves the door cracked open for further bids.

Radio Outside Of Top 100 Markets And TV Group To Be Sold

Additionally, CLEAR CHANNEL has announced plans to sell 448 of its 1,150 radio stations, all located outside the Top 100 ARBITRON markets -- 90 markets are affected -- as well as the company's 42-station TV group. Collectively, these properties contributed less than 10% of the company's revenues last year.

ALL ACCESS hears that a few of the markets may already be spoken for, with rumors swirling that MARATHON MEDIA has dibs on CC's NORTH DAKOTA, MONTANA, WYOMING, and IDAHO (except BOISE) properties and WEST VIRGINIA RADIO CORP. is lined up to buy CC's WEST VIRGINIA stations.

CLEAR CHANNEL CEO MARK MAYS said, "We are very pleased to announce this transaction which provides substantial value to our shareholders. We look forward to working with THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS and BAIN CAPITAL PARTNERS to continue our business plan to provide exceptional programming to our audiences and value to our advertising partners."

Regarding the divestiture of radio and TV properties, MAYS added, "Our decision to divest these broadcast properties was reached as a result of the ongoing optimization of our diverse portfolio of media assets. These are profitable and well-managed properties in excellent markets. We believe that the sale of these stations will allow us to position our business to provide even greater value to our listeners and shareholders."

THOMAS H. LEE PARTNERS Co-Pres. SCOTT SPERLING stated, "CLEAR CHANNEL is one of the nation's truly great companies that has the finest collection of outdoor and radio assets in the industry. We are extremely pleased to be partnered with the management team led by MARK and RANDALL MAYS and to have the opportunity to work with them and to grow this company that was created by its Chairman and founder, L. LOWRY MAYS. CLEAR CHANNEL has tremendous long term growth opportunities in both the radio and outdoor businesses and we look forward to partnering with MARK and RANDALL to create value in the years ahead.”

BAIN CAPITAL Managing Dir. JOHN CONNAUGHTON added, "We are very impressed with CLEAR CHANNEL's strong management team and the company's leadership positions in a variety of markets and media formats. CLEAR CHANNEL is an exceptional media franchise that is well-positioned to grow thanks to the solid foundation the MAYS family has created. We look forward to partnering with CLEAR CHANNEL as it continues to innovate in meeting the changing needs of the audiences and advertisers it serves."



Clear Channel Michigan markets to be sold:

Ann Arbor
Battle Creek
Muskegon

No buyers have been announced for the stations in these markets.



Clear Channel to go private; CMU broadcasting professor not surprised

Central Michigan University School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts faculty member Heather Polinsky, an expert in media economics and policy, is available to discuss Clear Channel's decision to become a private company by selling to Thomas H. Lee Partners, Bain Capital and the Clear Channel-founding Mays family.

A few of Polinsky's initial thoughts on the subject:

* "The Mays family, founder of Clear Channel, has not made any secret of wanting to take Clear Channel private, so this sale is not a surprise."

* "The most profitable enterprise of Clear Channel has been and continues to be its outdoor advertising. Clear Channel acquired its radio station holdings very quickly after the passage of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and was never able to turn a huge profit with its radio station holdings. Clear Channel was famous for buying several stations in a market and streamlining the stations' personnel and equipment to the bare minimum."

* "Clear Channel found that radio programming is not done well on the cheap, so it is no surprise that it is selling off its medium to smaller market stations. Larger-market radio stations tend to do better because these markets have a larger number of advertisers to support a larger number of media outlets."

* "It will be interesting to see what happens to Clear Channel's radio networks. Its Premiere Radio Network has some of the bigger names in talk radio. And its music networks serve a significant number of automated stations across the country in small to large markets. These may continue to turn a profit for Clear Channel."

Polinsky is an expert on audio recording technology and the convergence of computers and broadcasting. She assists with WMHW-FM, the CMU student radio station, and teaches basic and advanced audio courses. Polinsky's research interests include media economics, media policy and new media technologies.



 

Michigan coach Bo Schembechler dies at 77

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Bo SchembechlerLegendary football coach Bo Schembechler passed away Friday morning (Nov. 17) at Detroit Providence Hospital at the age of 77.

As the winningest head coach in Michigan football history, Bo Schembechler's teams won or tied for an impressive 13 Big Ten championships during his 21-year tenure. Under Schembechler's guidance, Michigan's 96-10-3 regular season record through the decade of the 1970s was the nation's best. He guided 17 teams to postseason bowl games – including 10 Rose Bowls – and another 17 to top 10 finishes in the final wire service polls (AP and/or UPI).

In his 27 years of coaching, Schembechler's teams never had a losing season. Upon stepping down after the 1989 season, Bo retired as the winningest active coach in the nation (234-65-8) and fifth on the all-time list, behind only coaching legends Paul ‘Bear' Bryant, Amos Alonzo Stagg, Glen ‘Pop' Warner and Woody Hayes. In addition to his coaching responsibilities, Schembechler served as Michigan's Director of Athletics between 1988-90, and is a past president of the American Football Coaches Association.

Schembechler was a prep all-state player at Barberton (Ohio) High School. He continued his football career at Miami of Ohio where he was an offensive tackle for three seasons, playing under George Blackburn and Woody Hayes. Schembechler was also a lefthander on the Miami baseball team.

He graduated in 1951 and received a master's degree in 1952 at Ohio State where he served as a graduate assistant coach. After serving in the U.S. Army, Schembechler was a line coach at Presbyterian College in 1954, a line coach at Bowling Green in 1955, and then joined Ara Parseghian's staff at Northwestern in 1958 before serving as an assistant at Ohio State. He was appointed head football coach at Miami of Ohio in 1963, a position he held until taking over the Michigan program prior to the 1969 campaign.

MichiganStatements from University of Michigan Officials

University of Michigan President Mary Sue Coleman
"This is a tremendous shock and an irreplaceable loss for the University of Michigan family. Bo Schembechler embodied all that is best about Michigan – loyalty, dedication and the drive for ever-greater excellence. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and all those who loved him, a number as great as the Michigan community in every corner of the world.

"This university's deep tradition is our immense pride and our common ground. No one represented Michigan tradition better than Bo," President Coleman continued. "Bo was the icon of Michigan football. But he was connected with this university far beyond athletics. We watched with pride as he received an honorary degree. We watched with gratitude as he extended his considerable talents to the University of Michigan cancer center and so many other worthwhile programs. And even this semester we watched with a smile as he enjoyed becoming a student again in the Ford School of Public Policy.

"Bo had an unmistakable twinkle in his eye, and I will miss that spirit and so much more. I am grateful for this remarkable man and all his contributions that make Michigan Michigan."

University of Michigan Athletics Director Bill Martin
"This is a profoundly sad day for Michigan athletics, for the University of Michigan, and for all of college football. I find it difficult to express what Bo has meant to this program for close to 40 years. He was a giant of a coach and giant of a man. His life touched generations of players, families, staff, students and alumni. His energy fueled not only athletic success but the incredible pride of all Michigan fans. His impact was immeasurable. On behalf of the athletic department, I express our deep sadness at his loss, and extend our sympathies to his wife Cathy and their sons."

Football Legend Bo Schembechler Passes Away, University of Michigan Athletic Department

U-M mourns death of Bo Schembechler, University of Michigan

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Schembechler dead at 77, Ann Arbor News

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Legendary Michigan coach Schembechler dies, Detroit News

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Bo Schembechler, 77, dies, Detroit Free Press

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Schembechler collapses, dies at 77, ESPN.com

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In remembrance of University of Michigan football coach Bo Schembechler, Channel 7 will broadcast special reports Friday evening and Saturday morning. A special program, following 7 Action News, will honor Bo's legacy Friday night. Then Saturday at 10 a.m., Channel 7 will present a 2-hour special program celebrating the life and times of the legendary U of M coach... Channel 7 to Remember Bo with Special Programming, Bo Schembechler has Died, WXYZ-TV

 

2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards

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MABThe 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations. The competition is open to all FCC licensed commercial, public stations, and statewide broadcasting networks in Michigan, and is presented by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and sponsored by Verizon. The competition is established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity. It brings the ultimate prize -- peer recognition -- to members of the broadcast industry of Michigan.

The 2006 Broadcast Excellence Awards deadline is January 11, 2007 at 4:00pm. Visit the MAB web site at www.michmab.com/awards/awards_be.html to find out more information about the awards and to enter.

 

With a network of over-the-air and cable television stations and radio stations, the Detroit Pistons are ensuring their fans throughout the state of Michigan and in northwest Ohio will be able to enjoy the 2006-07 season from the comfort of their homes or while traveling. The team has agreements with five out-state and N.E. Ohio television stations and 16 radio stations, which will reach the majority of its fans.

In addition, Fox Sports Net (FSN) Detroit is carrying 31 remaining regular season games. It is picked up by nearly every cable system in Michigan. My TV-20 is televising 27 upcoming regular season games and WDIV-TV 4 is airing six selected weekend Pistons match-ups. The remaining 11 contests will be aired nationally on TNT cable or ABC-TV. For those who can't tune in for the live broadcasts, My TV-20 will replay their game broadcasts at midnight and 3 a.m., and WDIV-TV 4 will replay the games played on its station at 1 a.m.

George Blaha enters his 31st season as the voice of the Pistons, and will handle all of the television announcing duties this season on My TV-20, as well as cable provider FSN Detroit. Greg Kelser will join Blaha and provide color commentary, marking his 10th season on FSN Detroit and his first on My TV-20.

The Pistons TV network includes key additions WNEM-TV My-5 in Flint; WMNT-TV My TV-48/58 in Toledo, Ohio; and WWLZ-TV 12 in Traverse City, joining longstanding holdover WXSP My-X in Grand Rapids. Also carrying some games is WHTV My-18 in Lansing.

The Pistons out-state over-the-air broadcast television network will televise all games carried on My TV-20 or WDIV-TV 4 for the 2006-07 season. The network includes:

WXSP-TV - My X (Grand Rapids)
WMNT-TV - My TV 48/58 (Toledo)
WNEM/DT - My 5 TV (Flint)
WLLZ-TV12 (Traverse City)
WHTV/My18 (Lansing) will broadcast 19 games. All of these games are listed on Pistons.com.
(Check your local listings for specific games and times.)

Pistons fans will get to know their team even better during Prime Time Pistons, a 30-minute program being aired on My TV-20 every Saturday night during the season (check your local listings for start times).

“We've got powerful stations in Grand Rapids and Toledo now, and the great thing about WNEM in Flint is their signal runs all the way up to Oscoda and Alpena and beyond,” said Pete Skorich, senior vice president of broadcasting and multimedia for Palace Sports & Entertainment. “We used to get a lot of letters from the Bad Axe-Cass City area in the Thumb. They just weren't covered before. We have a greatly increased reach this year.”

The Pistons' radio network also has broadened its reach, said Glen Kwiatkowski, director of broadcast traffic at Palace Sports and Entertainment. “We have radio affiliates throughout Michigan and into Ohio,” said Kwiatkowski, instrumental in putting the radio network together. “We're proud this year to have added major markets such as Traverse City, Saginaw and Toledo. We're also in the process of negotiating additional markets.”

The Pistons' flagship station, WDFN-AM 1130 will continue to provide game coverage, as well as pre and post-game shows each game night. With Blaha handling all the television duties, play-by-play veteran Mark Champion will handle the call on the radio with former Pistons Bad Boy and current Shock Assistant Coach Rick Mahorn providing color commentary. Radio listeners can also pick up the action on .the following stations throughout the state, five more stations than previously could be picked up during the 2005-06 season:

· Ann Arbor: WTKA AM 1050
· Ann Arbor WLBY AM 1290
· Battle Creek: WBCK AM 930
· Battle Creek: WRCC FM 104.9
· Escanaba: WCHT AM 600
· Flint: WTRX AM 1330
· Grand Rapids: WBBL AM 1340
· Greenville: WSCG AM 1380
· Jackson: WIBM AM 1450
· Kalamazoo: WKZO AM 590
· Maumee, Ohio: WDMN AM 1520
· Muskegon/Fremont: WEFG FM 97.5
· Petoskey: WWKK AM 750
· Port Huron: WPHM AM 1380
· Saginaw: WSGW AM 790
· Traverse City WCCW FM 107.5

 

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