Michigan Almanac: March 2006 Archives

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.







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