The Michigan Association of Broadcasters announced the winners in its annual Broadcast Excellence Awards on Wednesday night. In the Metro Detroit category for commercial broadcasting station of the year, WJBK-TV Fox 2 won as TV station of the year and news radio WWJ-AM (950) won as radio station of the year. The winning stations racked up the most merit points in the individual award categories... Fox 2 News, WWJ-AM win awards (Fri, 3/16)
In the spirit of St. Patrick's Day celebrations, Celtic rockers Bill Grogan's Goat join Ralph Valdez for a live performance blending the traditional and the modern. Singer / guitarists Terry Murphy and Gerard Smith are joined by drummer Jude Closson, lead guitarist Norm Rosenbaum and bassist Dean Western for a heady stew of rock solid playing and singing that mixes acoustic Irish instrumentation with grittier electric rock sounds.
Ralph will also be giving away two pair of tickets to see the band LaGuitara on March 22 as well as two pair of tickets to see illusionist Marc Salem on March 22 at the Fisher Theatre.
As always, other arts and culture information and a wide variety of music new and old, from around Detroit and around the world, plus a few "rummage sale records", will also be spun and explored on The Ralph Valdez Program, 10 pm - midnight on Public WDET-FM 101.9.
WSDP, 88.1 FM Plymoth, was honored as the High School Radio Station of the Year at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference. The MAB Foundation presented the award during the conference luncheon on Wednesday March 14.
Broadcasters from throughout the state were in attendance. 88.1FM student broadcasters also received individual awards:
- Promotional Announcement, First Place: Timothy Thompson (Salem Sophomore) and Sean Trombley (Plymouth Junior)
- Promotional Announcement, Second Place: Colin Lazorka (Salem Junior)
- Sports Play-By-Play, First Place: Ryan Winn (Plymouth Senior)
- Aircheck, Second Place: Ashley Forystek (Salem Junior)
- Sportscast/Newscast/Newsfeature, Second Place: Erin Bodine (Salem Junior)
- Health Issues PSA, Second Place: Sarah Mendonca (Canton Junior)
“Everyone was so stunned,” said Sarah Mendonca, “It took a few moments for us to realize that they said WSDP was the Station of the Year. It was so exciting.”
“I’m continually amazed by the work our students do. They’re definitely deserving of the honor,” said Bill Keith, Station Manager.
The MAB Foundation is dedicated to promote, support and enhance the broadcast industry for the good of all Michigan citizens, through education, research, public service, historical preservation, information dissemination and a commitment to diversity in all aspects of the broadcast industry.
WSDP is owned and operated by the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools. Students at Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools serve as staff members. 88.1FM is celebrating 35 years of serving the Plymouth and Canton Communities.
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters awarded News/Talk 760 WJR with several awards at their annual awards dinner on March 14, 2007. The Broadcast Excellence Awards recognize outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Michigan radio and television stations.
WJR won the following Best in Class Awards:
- Broadcast Personality/Team: Frank Beckmann
- News Special: 9-11Anniversary Broadcast from NYC - Frank Beckmann
- Marketing Materials/Promos: Paul W. Smith 10th Anniversary
- Feature-Use of Medium: White Christmas
- Commercial: S & J Tree
WJR won Merit Awards in the following categories:
- Broadcast Personality/Team: Mitch Albom
- Hard News Story: Collision Course by Dick Haefner
- Mini Documentary/Series: A Desire Named Streetcar by Dick Haefner
- Community Involvement: Salvation Army
- Sports: Mackinac Race Coverage