A local tradition ends this month, when WKAR (Channel 23) has its final auction. This will be the 30th auction and the last one. DeAnne Hamilton, the station manager, broke the news to staffers Monday, then phoned some of the volunteers. "Donations have been down lately," Hamilton said. "I think part of it is Michigan's economy." Still, WKAR has kept its auction going longer than most. Other public-TV stations gradually bailed out partly because their auctions were no longer unique... TV station's 30th auction to be final one (Tue, 4/17)
B-Mac Joins WDZZ:
CUMULUS Urban AC WDZZ/FLINT, MI hires BRANDON "B-MAC" McCLAIN as morning producer for THE TOM JOYNER MORNING SHOW. B-MAC is also producer of GERALD MCBRIDE's "OLD SCHOOL HOUSE PARTY." B-MAC was last doing nights/Public Affairs Director at MACDONALD BROADCASTING Adult Hits WHZZ (101-7 MIKE-FM)/LANSING, MI. (Mon, 4/16)
During an academic year filled with recognition from state, regional and national organizations, faculty and students in Central Michigan University's School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts continue to rack up awards and honors in a variety of competitions.
Recent faculty awards included:
* Associate professor Kevin Corbett's screenplay "Cold Snap" won First Place in the Feature-Length Script category and also took the Best of Festival award in the Broadcast Education Association's Festival of Media Arts Faculty Scriptwriting Competition. "Cold Snap" tells the story of a former New Orleans police officer, now a small-town Louisiana cop, as he tries to solve a mystery during an unusually cold period and must confront the ghosts of his past along the way.
* Corbett received an Honorable Mention award in the Accolade Awards and an Award of Distinction in the Communicator Awards for his documentary "Crazy or What," which examined individuals' obsessions, collections and hobbies, including his own 100-mile bicycle ride.
* Assistant professor Heather Polinsky's presentation "Local Radio Station Group Ownership Efficiencies" took Second Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Radio and Audio Media Division Open Paper Competition. Polinsky will present the paper at the BEA's annual convention, which is scheduled April 18 through 21 in Las Vegas.
* Assistant professor Will Anderson took Second Place in the National Audio Theatre Festival's Script Competition for "The Ending Everyone Wanted." Anderson's radio drama, set at the end of the Civil War, focuses on a time traveler from the future who comes back to warn President Abraham Lincoln of his impending assassination, radically changing the course of history. Anderson has earned a $250 cash prize, plus complimentary registration for the NATF's late-June Audio Theatre Workshop in West Plains, Mo.
Recent student awards included:
* Moore Hall Television program "Plain Jane," produced by seniors Charlene Thelen of Fowler and Jackie Frincke of Southfield, won an Award of Distinction in the Entertainment Program category of the Communicator Awards.
* "Plain Jane" and producers Thelen and Frincke also received a Bronze Telly for outstanding achievement in the Comedy Television category of the Telly Awards.
* Moore Hall Television's "Post-Election Coverage," produced by Manchester junior Christina Vecchioni and Warren senior Jennifer Deneau, won an Award of Distinction in the News Program category of the Communicator Awards.
* "The Imperial," a segment of the Moore Hall Television program "A-OK," received an Award of Distinction in the Videography category of the Communicator Awards. "A-OK" aired during the spring 2006 semester and was produced by Grosse Pointe Woods senior Michael Greiner, May 2006 graduate David Seger of Los Angeles (formerly of St. Clair Shores) and Muskegon graduate student Tom Kauffman.
* Graduate students Aaron Jones of Pinconning and Ken Ochalek of Romeo took Third Place in the Broadcast Education Association's Student Video Competition for Moore Hall Television's "Central View."
"We are very proud of the national recognitions recently attained by our students and faculty, many of which, such as Dr. Corbett's 'Best of Festival' script, represent the top honor in the competitions in which they were entered," said BCA Director Peter Orlik. "This clearly indicates BCA people are able to contend and achieve against competition from the top programs in our discipline."