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MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and its member stations combined resources in the past week to allow for Michigan radio and television stations from every corner of the state to provide news and community affairs coverage of Monday’s inauguration of Governor Jennifer Granholm.

“I am proud of how Michigan’s broadcasting community came together to make coverage of this important event possible for all people of our state to see and hear,” said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. “The fact so many people recognized the importance of this event is what made this technically challenging project successful.”

MAB coordinated both satellite and land based feeds through the Michigan Public Radio Network, Michigan Farm Radio Network, Michigan Radio Network and affiliated sports networks to reach radio stations throughout the state. The group was also able to provide technology to allow other stations not affiliated with those networks to receive the broadcast feed of the inauguration. More than a dozen television stations attended the Granholm inaugural, and many others provided coverage as the result of a statewide satellite feed.

“We know that more than 75 radio and television stations provided some form of coverage,” said White. “This was also the first time that several stations provided live streaming of the event on their web sites.”

 

StaggJuris H. Josts, aka Allan Stagg, 55 of Marshall, died Monday, January 1, 2007 at Battle Creek Health System. He was born August 28, 1951 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the son of Hermans Alfreds and Anna Julianna (Strautins) Josts. Allan was involved in radio broadcasting for 40 years, starting with WLAV in 1965 in Grand Rapids as George Jay. He had also worked at WMAX, WXTV and WGRD in Grand Rapids. He then worked at WZZM in Grand Rapids as George Stagg, as well as WAFT in Grand Rapids, WSAM in Solsa, WVIC in Lansing, WBCM in Bay City, WTRX in Flint, WCAR, WDEE, WOMC, and WABX all in Detroit, KAZY in Denver and KVMT in Vail. He then worked at KINK and KGON in Portland, Oregon as Allan Wolfe, and later at WCKG, WLS, WXCD and WDRV in Chicago as Alan Stagg. He was currently working at WRCC Rock 104.9 in Battle Creek. On May 1, 1990 he was married to Catherine A. Stutz in Chicago, Illinois, who survives. Also surviving are 5 sons: Luc, Levi, Dio, Deuk, and Drac Josts all of Marshall. The family will receive friends at the Richard A. Henry Funeral Home in Battle Creek, on Saturday, January 6th from 1 to 3 p.m.. Memorial Contributions may be directed to an educational fund that will be established for his sons.


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Michigan Farm Bureau (MFB) recently named Michigan Farm Radio Network (MFRN) director Janelle Brose its 2006 Broadcast Communicator of the Year. She was nominated for her statewide agricultural coverage by the Bay County Farm Bureau. She was recently honored at the 87th MFB Annual Meeting in Grand Rapids.

The Monroe native grew up participating in 4-H and took that interest with her to Michigan State University where she graduated in 2002 with a degree in agricultural and natural resources communications. Brose was an intern with Michigan Farm Radio Network while attending MSU and joined the network full time in 2003 as assistant farm director. She was promoted to her current position in 2004.

The Lansing-based Michigan Farm Radio Network provides agricultural and market news to more than 20 Michigan radio stations. For more information on MFRN, visit www.mfrn.com.

 

There were an estimated 13,649,000 subscribers to satellite radio services as 2006 came to an end, up about 4.4 million from 2005 year end totals.

Sirius enjoyed the biggest year-to-year gains having increased its subscriber total 2,707,440 since 2005 to close 2006 with an estimated total of 6,024,000 customers and also enjoyed its first ever cash free quarter in the fourth quarter.

Rival XM claims to have ended 2006 with 7,625,000 subs, an increase of 1.695 million over 2005 levels with a fourth quarter gain of 442,000 subs. Those numbers are far below the level of 9 million subscribers projected by XM earlier in 2006, estimates that were throttled back later in the year.

"XM completed another year of significant subscriber growth, despite retail softness, and did so with continued cost controls, achieving positive cash flow from operations during the fourth quarter," said Hugh Panero, Chief Executive Officer, XM Satellite Radio.

While the claims by both XM and Sirius that they were cash flow positive for the first time ever in the 4th quarter of 2006 are encouraging for the business, that news does not equate to either company being profitable. Both companies still had to overcome losses in the first three quarters of the year and the trend of stronger numbers at year end as compared to results at the start of the calender year is likely to continue at both companies in 2007.

 

Central Michigan University is the among the first institutions in the state to have its own endowed scholarship fund with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, courtesy of an adjunct professor with a longstanding connection to the university.

Larry Patrick recently pledged $25,000 to the MAB - which will match the contribution - to endow an annual scholarship designated for CMU broadcasting students. Patrick, president of media investment banking and brokerage firm Patrick Communications LLC and owner of 16-station radio group Legend Communications, also requested that the scholarship be named for CMU School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Director Peter Orlik.

"This is a tremendous thing for Larry to do," said Orlik. "He respects our program a great deal and plays a significant role in it.

CMU is one of the first schools to have a dedicated MAB scholarship, but more are expected to follow suit as the association shifts its scholarship disbursement philosophy, Orlik said.

"What the MAB foundation has done historically is gather general donations, look at schools that offer broadcasting, and give $1,000 scholarships to students at those schools in alternating years," he said.

Patrick said Orlik is "a textbook author, teacher and true friend of the broadcasting industry," and he "could think of no better way to honor Dr. Orlik" than to name the scholarship for him.

"Pete Orlik has been a leader in broadcast education in Michigan and the nation," Patrick said. "He has guided the careers of thousands of broadcast students over the years."

The first scholarship will likely be awarded in spring 2008 for the 2008-09 academic year. BCA students entering their sophomore, junior or senior year and carrying at least a 2.75 overall grade point average and a 3.0 grade point average in their BCA course work will be eligible to apply for the nonrenewable award. Other criteria will include extensive involvement in BCA cocurricular activities, as well as a demonstrated commitment to the pursuit of a broadcast-industry career.

 

Question Mark's house burns

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Flint Journal:

A pioneer of garage rock lost more than four decades' worth of memorabilia from his colorful career this week when his house was destroyed by fire. Question Mark - who scored a No. 1 hit in 1966 with "96 Tears" - lost everything from recordings to stage outfits. "I lost everything. All my tapes, pictures. I'm going through the rubble right now," he said by phone Friday. But the worst was the loss of his four Yorkies. "They're gone," said the singer, his voice breaking... Question Mark's house burns (Sat, 1/13)



WJRT-TV, ABC12.com:

A Michigan rock and roll legend is sifting through the remains of his Vienna Township home this weekend after a fire destroyed more than 40 years of music history.
For four decades now, he's gone by the name Question Mark and was the frontman for the band Question Mark and the Mysterians. The group is best known for their song "96 Tears", a garage rock classic recorded in 1966 that reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100. When his Clio area home went up in flames this week, most of the mementos went up with the house -- including the gold record for "96 Tears"... Rock and roll legend loses priceless memories (Sat, 1/13)

 

The Michigan Radio Network (MRN) will begin distributing Chris Holman's one-hour "Michigan Business Beat" on Saturday, February 3rd.

Holman has been producing the program - in some form - for more than 10 years. He decided to expand the program to one hour because he believes residents need to know what's happening in Michigan business.

"Arguably, 100 percent of the net jobs in Michigan are coming from small business," Holman said. "That's why we need to pay attention to it, to understand it, and know exactly where it is and how it's functioning."

The show will include various people involved in Michigan business, including Governor Jennifer Granholm and representatives from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Small Business Association of Michigan and the Michigan Manufacturers Association, among other organizations. It will include statistical data from throughout the state and geographic updates on projects from Detroit to the Upper Peninsula.

"Business is the driver for our way of life and our community fabric," commented Holman. "That's why we intend to be the most comprehensive radio connection for that business information."

Holman, host of the "Chris Holman Morning Show" on WILS AM 1320 Lansing and "Business Today with Chris Holman" on Lansing's WILX-TV Channel 10, has been involved in Michigan business for decades. The former teacher and coach started The Greater Lansing Business Monthly magazine out of the trunk of his car in 1987, which he continues to publish. A business owner himself, Holman has served on various business and community boards and has received many awards for his outreach in the Michigan business community.

MRN president Dennis Mellott looks forward to distributing the program after a long history of working with Holman.

"This type of program should pique interest on several levels," Mellott said. "It deals with Michigan issues, the host is a solid broadcaster, and the function of the show will inform listeners on one of today's key interests, especially in this state."

Lansing based MRN provides news and sports information to more than 60 radio stations across the state and will distribute "Michigan Business Beat" on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Stations may broadcast the program at any time.

 

MTN Dan Mulhern is taking his expertise on leadership to the airwaves with a new radio program that will be distributed by The Michigan Talk Network (MTN) this March. The nightly show will air live Monday-Friday from 6pm to 7pm from flagship station WJIM-AM 1240 in Lansing.

Mulhern says, “I love doing live radio. The interaction and immediacy with great guests and the listeners is a thrilling experience and I’m looking forward to a daily fix.”

“Dan is the perfect companion for the ride home. He’s one of those guys that make you feel good every time you interact with him,” MTN General Manager, Tim Hygh commented. “We think Dan’s show will be a perfect mix of current events, advice and humor.”

 

MTN
The Michigan Talk Network will present its second annual “State of The State At First Light” broadcast on February 7th, the morning after Governor Jennifer Granholm’s state of the state address. This is a live 4-hour remote broadcast from the Sparrow Professional Building with a wonderful panoramic view of Michigan’s capitol building and downtown Lansing. Governor Granholm will join the live statewide broadcast hosted by Michael Patrick Shiels. The show is heard on 10 Michigan radio stations.

The special broadcast will be performed in front of a live audience of political, community and business leaders. The Governor is scheduled to be interviewed live at 8:30am.

All morning long, Michael Patrick Shiels will break down the Governor’s speech and what it means to Michiganders. He will do that with the help of Senate and House Leaders along with a special debate between GOP Party Chair Saul Anuzis and Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer in the 9:00am hour.

The Michigan Talk Network’s “Big Show…with Michael Patrick Shiels” is heard weekdays from 6-10 a.m. The full-service news and information show is headquartered at WJIM AM in Lansing and heard on radio stations across Michigan. Governor Granholm is a frequent guest on “The Big Show,” as are other elected officials, newsmakers, business leaders, celebrities, entertainers and sports figures. The show also streams live on MLive.com.

 

A nationally acclaimed scholastic journalism educator, three groundbreaking broadcasters and a legendary newspaper reporter represent the 2007 Class of Inductees into the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame.

Induction ceremonies will be held beginning at 6 p.m., on Saturday, April 14, 2007 at the Kellogg Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

The 2007 inductees are: Cheryl Pell, Jeanne May, Gene Fogel, Anne Doyle and Susan Carter.

“This is a stellar group of professionals who have earned their place in the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame,” said Jane Briggs-Bunting, chair of the committee. She noted this was the first time in Hall of Fame history that the majority of the inductees were women.

 

WUOMMichigan Radio and Michigan Television, the public broadcasting services from the University of Michigan, will air live coverage of Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm’s State of the State Address to the Michigan Legislature on Tuesday, February 6 at 7 pm.

Michigan Radio will produce and broadcast this live event, with host Charity Nebbe. Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry will provide political analysis and commentary. This is the governor’s first address of her second term. She is expected to address the state’s plans to combat a looming budget deficit that will leave Michigan with an estimated $1 billion shortfall this year and next. Economist Charles Ballard will provide analysis of the state’s budget issues.

WFUMMichigan Television will air a special 90-minute edition of “Off the Record”, beginning at 7 pm. It will feature live coverage of the governor’s address, as well as the Republican response. This will be followed by analysis and commentary from a team of journalists headed by Tim Skubik, host of “Off the Record.”

Additionally, Michigan Radio will air “An Hour with Jennifer Granholm,” a statewide call-in show with Gov. Granholm on Friday, February 16 at 9 am. Listeners from across the state will be able to call in and ask questions of the governor on a variety of topics. This program will be hosted by Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta.

 

First online auction opens for bids Thursday, February 15

MABFThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) has launched the first of four charitable online auctions planned for 2007. The online auctions will be used to raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals interested in the broadcasting industry.

“The MAB Foundation online auction is an exciting new concept that allows the general public to get involved in a fun way, and help support the efforts of young people seeking a career in the broadcasting industry,” said MABF Board Chair Bill Keith of WSDP-FM/Plymouth/Canton Schools.

Bidding in the first online auction will begin at 12:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 15 and conclude at 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

First round online auction items include:
Detroit Tigers Getaway Package: Two VIP tickets behind home plate and an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
The Grand Hotel Golf Outing: Golf for four at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

MABF is also soliciting donations of items for bid at future online auctions planned to begin on May 15, August 15, and November 14.

“We would like to offer as many exciting bid items as possible,” said Keith. “Those could include sports tickets, resort/vacation packages, golf/ski packages, autographed memorabilia, or lunch with a celebrity.”

 

FCCTwo radio stations owned by Michigan colleges and one FM translator station have been served with Notices of Apparent Liability by the FCC for late license renewal applications, and in the case of two of the stations, unauthorized operations.

Hope College's WTHS FM 89.9 Holland was served with the NAL in the amount of $7,000 for the late application and unauthorized operation combo as was Wayne Kowalski's translator W251AD 98.1 Alpena. Lake Superior State's WLSO FM 90.1 Sault Ste Marie was served with notice of a $1,500 fine for its late renewal application.

All three stations have now been granted their renewals, despite the fines.

FCC documents (.pdf):
Notice of Apparent Liability, WTHS
Notice of Apparent Liability, WLSO
Notice of Apparent Liability, W251AD

 

MAEB elects new board

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MAEBThe Michigan Association of Educational Broadcasters (MAEB) announced its officers at a meeting in Plymouth on February 5, 2007:

President: Randy Carr, Bloomfield Hills School District
Vice President: Dave Downing, Lansing Community College
Treasurer: Pete Bowers, Bloomfield Hills School District
Secretary: David Legg, Novi School District
Member at Large: Rick Kreinbring, Avondale School District
Member at Large: Carl Jacobson, Spring Arbor University
Member at Large: Jason Topps, Southfield School District
Immediate Past President: Bill Keith, Plymouth - Canton Community Schools

The meeting was held at member station WSDP at Plymouth - Salem High School.

Formed in 1977, the MAEB helps to develop and promote low-power educational broadcasting across Michigan. Membership is open to any secondary, college, or vocational broadcasting program in the State of Michigan.

Visit the MAEB website at www.maeb.org for more information.

 

First online auction open for bids through March 15. Proceeds to support student scholarships, internships and educational programs

The bidding has opened in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF), charitable online auction. The auction will raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in the MABF online auction is open to the general public, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, March 15.

• Detroit Tigers Getaway Package: Two VIP tickets behind home plate and an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
• The Grand Hotel Golf Outing: Golf for four at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

XM/SiriusThis will be a very interesting story to watch unfold. For many months, the rumors of a merger between the two satellite radio companies have been getting stronger and stronger. Now that rumor has become reality, there will be a bunch of details to be worked out. Aside from getting the government to approve the deal, you can bet the National Association of Broadcasters will be fighting this move all the way. The lobbyists will certainly be busy these next few months.

Sports fans should celebrate this move - XM subscribers should gain access to the NFL, NBA, and NASCAR. Sirius subscribers get MLB, and the NHL. University of Michigan fans that have XM and not Sirius should get access to the Wolverines on a combined system.

It's a great deal for the signature personalities on both systems too - especially Howard Stern, Oprah, and Opie and Anthony. They all essentially double their audience potentials.

One thing to keep an eye on- will this announcement slow new subscriber numbers as potential customers wait and see what's going to happen with new receivers, subscription prices, and the "final" content offerings?

Press release: SIRIUS and XM to Combine in $13 Billion Merger of Equals

 

Michigan Almanac: Feb 28, 2007

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Detroit Free Press:

She's on the road again, with an even bigger deficit to talk about. Gov. Jennifer Granholm will travel to five Michigan cities and conduct town hall meetings -- all televised live -- to discuss Michigan's troubled economy. The first is at 7 p.m. Thursday in Traverse City. It will air locally with a studio audience picked by WWTV-TV...

Granholm Town Hall Schedule/Stations:
• Northern Michigan -- Thursday, 7 p.m. on WWTV-TV/WWUP-TV (Channels 9 & 10)
• Flint -- Monday, 8 p.m. on WJRT-TV (Channel 12)
• Detroit -- Tuesday, 7 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Channel 7)
• Grand Rapids -- March 7, 7 p.m. on WOOD-TV (Channel 8)
• Lansing -- March 8, 7 p.m. on WILX-TV (Channel 10)

Granholm will talk deficit at town hall meetings (Wed, 2/28)



Detroit News:

With budget negotiations stalled in the state capital, Gov. Jennifer Granholm will do what she does best: Take her show on the road. Starting Thursday in Traverse City, Granholm will talk with citizens about plans for the future of Michigan -- including her two-penny service tax proposal -- at five televised town hall meetings. The tour will take her to Flint, Southfield, Grand Rapids and Lansing over the next 10 days... Granholm to go on the road (Wed, 2/28)

 

Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing March 13 and 14

MABEvery successful business and professional organization faces the prospect of having to reinvent itself in the facing of changing competition and emerging technologies. That theme will be front and center as the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) hosts its annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) on Tuesday, March 13, and Wednesday, March 14 at the Lansing Center located at 333 E. Michigan Ave. in downtown Lansing.

GLBC 2007, which is titled Re-Imagine Business Through Innovation, features diverse sessions designed to reach a wide cross-section of broadcasting professionals. Management, sales, programming and engineering tracks will focus on how broadcasters can effectively compete in a rapidly changing environment.

 

Bidding concludes Thursday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference to offer attendees bidding opportunities

MABFThe bidding in the first round of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) online auction is entering its final days. Interested bidders have until Thursday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win packages being offered in the charitable online auction.

Bidding in the MABF online auction is open to the general public. First round auction items include:
• Detroit Tigers Getaway Package- two VIP tickets behind home plate and an overnight stay at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center
• The Grand Hotel Golf Outing- Golf for four at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island

Broadcasters and members of the general public attending the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) in Lansing Tuesday, March 13 and Wednesday, March 14 will have opportunities to enter bids in the online auction.

Proceeds from the online auction will support MABF programs, including scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals interested in the broadcasting industry.

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

80,000 Impression 5 visitors annually to enjoy On the Air! - a hands-on look at broadcasting’s past, present and future

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Impression 5 Science Center, Lansing mayor Virgil Bernero and various state lawmakers will take part in a dedication ceremony debuting On the Air!, an interactive exhibit exploring the science of broadcasting on Wednesday, March 14th at 6:00pm.

The event will take place at the Impression 5 Science Center, located at 200 Museum Drive in Downtown Lansing. This exhibit is an interactive method to educate young people throughout Michigan on the science and bright future of the TV and radio industries.

 

Regional Sales Manager of the Eastern United States for Axcera named second recipient of annual award at Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Paul Grzebik of Farmington Hills, MI with the organization’s second “MAB Associate of the Year” award. The presentation was made Wednesday, March 14 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. The 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.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has presented it’s most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters, who combined have served the industry for 65 years. The Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

Michael Doback, Vice President, Engineering Broadcast Division, E.W. Scripps Co. Doback has been with Scripps for seventeen years, where he is responsible for strategic technology and capital planning for the Scripp’s ten television stations. Before that he served as Director of Engineering for WXYZ-TV in Detroit. He joined WXYZ as a staff engineer in 1971. Doback oversaw construction and implementation of Michigan’s first high definition television station in 1998.

Del Reynolds, Corporate Chief Engineering, Northern Star Broadcasting, serving 20 radio stations in northern Michigan. Reynolds oversees Northern Star’s technical operations, and serves as a consulting engineer for several other broadcast operations. Reynolds started his career as an air personality in 1978. After working his way into various management positions, he formed Reynolds Communications where he owned and operated nine stations. Reynolds joined Northern Star after selling his stations that that company in 1998.

MAB created the Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award to honor the career of Carl Lee, a noted broadcast engineer who served as GM and President of the Fetzer Broadcasting. Mr. Lee was also President of MAB in 1956.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2007 High School and College Station of the Year Award. Award winners were chosen based upon overall excellence during the year, and entries submitted in at least three categories in the 2007 MABF High School and College Awards competition. The following stations were the recipients of the 2007 Station of the Year Award:

High School Radio Station of the Year: Plymouth Canton Community Schools, WSDP

College Radio Station of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

High School Television Station of the Year: Haslett High School, Vision 22

College Television Station of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV

MABF also announced winners of its High School and College Awards competition. The winners were selected from 500 entries submitted from 30 schools throughout Michigan. For a complete list of all winners, visit www.michmab.com.

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has announced the recipients of its 2006 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 2006 Station of the Year awards:

Market 1
Television: WJBK-TV, Detroit
Radio: WWJ-AM, Detroit

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

Market 3
Television: WPBN/WTOM-TV, Traverse City
Radio: WLEN-FM, Adrian

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

Public Television Group 1: WKAR-TV, East Lansing

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 841 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 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association on a variety of criteria including presentation, delivery, and production values.

 

The 2007 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) attracted 1,000 leaders connected to the broadcasting industry. The annual convention of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) was held March 13 and 14 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

“Broadcasters are looking for a competitive edge in a rapidly changing environment,” said MAB President Karole White. “This year’s GLBC provided a terrific opportunity to explore new management and programming strategies, and be exposed to the latest innovations in broadcast technology.”

Noted author and speaker Tom Peters, who wrote the best selling management book
Re-Imagine! Business Through Innovation, was the keynote speaker at GLBC. Peters spoke about the importance of trying new concepts in business and management without the fear of failure.

Technical sessions at GLBC focused on helping broadcast engineers deal with the complexities of the rapidly approaching deadline for the national transition from analog to digital television. The federal government has established February 17, 2009 as the date when all television stations will shut down their traditional analog signals, and broadcast exclusively in digital.

“The analog to digital transition presents significant challenges for broadcast engineers and consumers,” said White. “The broadcasting community is working hard to develop strategies that will ensure the smoothest possible conversion for everyone.”

GLBC also proved to be a terrific opportunity for aspiring broadcasters, particularly high school and college students to meet with representatives of Michigan radio and television stations who participated in the MAB Foundation Career Fair.

The 2008 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo will be held March 10-11 at Devos Place in Grand Rapids.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) Foundation recently elected officers to lead the MABF Board of Directors during the 2007-08 year. New officers were elected at the March 13 MABF meeting, held during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. Officers, who are elected to a three-year term include:

Chairman Gary Reid, Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect Bruce Goldsen, Secretary/Treasurer Charles F. Ganzert, PhD, and Immediate Past Chairman Bill Keith.

Newly elected board members to the MAB Foundation include:
Steve Marks, President/Owner of WBKB/WBKP/WBUP-TV
Jennifer Mefford, General Sales Manager, WCSX-FM (Detroit) Greater Media Detroit
Sarah Norat Phillips, President/General, WMYD-TV (Detroit)

 

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) has re-elected Thom Paulson, General Manager of Interlochen Public Radio, as MAPB President. The Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN) has re-elected Art Timko as its President for the 2007-2008 Board term.

Officers elected to the 2007-2008 MAPB Board include:
President- Thom Paulson, Interlochen Public Radio
Vice President- Steve Antoniotti, Detroit Public Television
Treasurer- Evelyn Massaro, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting
Secretary- DeAnne Hamilton, Michigan State University Public Broadcasting
At-Large- Michael Walenta, Grand Valley State University Public Broadcasting
At-Large- Edward Grant, Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting.

Officers elected to the 2007-2008 MPRN Board include:
President- Art Timko, Eastern Michigan University
Vice President- Thom Paulson, Interlochen Public Radio
Treasurer- Michael Walenta, Grand Valley State University Public Broadcasting
Secretary- Evelyn Massaro, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting

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.

The Michigan Public Radio Network is a unique broadcast partnership formed more than 20 years ago by Michigan’s noncommercial public radio stations. MPRN provides comprehensive coverage of issues statewide and regional importance to a weekly audience of more than 875,000 Michigan residents who tune in to one of the 30 member public radio stations across the state.

 

The five FCC commissions today approved official regulations in regards to HD radio. One of the biggest impacts of the new rules is allowing AM stations to being HD operations around the clock - up until now they had been limited to digital operations during daytime hours only, with the exception of some testing. All stations are now allowed launch HD multicasting without prior FCC approval. FCC News Release (.pdf)

Also, the Commission gave its approval for Citadel's acquisition of 24 radio stations, including three in Detroit, from ABC/Disney. The approval comes with the stipulation that Citadel will sell 11 of its stations to remain compliant with ownership cap rules. The deal between ABC and Citadel still requires the approval of the Internal Revenue Service.



Detroit Free Press:

The Federal Commnications Commission today approved the nearly $2 billion sale of 24 ABC Radio stations including Detroit's WJR-AM (760), WDVD-Fm (96.3) and WDRQ-FM (93.1) to Citadel Communications... FCC okays ABC Radio sale to Citadel (Thu, 3/22)

 

University of Michigan and Michigan State University Football Tickets Up For Bids. Proceeds to Support Student Scholarships, Internships and Educational Programs

The bidding has opened in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) charitable online auction. The auction will raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in MABF online auction commenced at 12:00 a.m. May 1, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 31. The general public is invited to participate in the bidding. Featured items in the MABF online auction are:

• Michigan State University Football Tickets. Four (4) tickets to the October 6, 2007 home football game versus Northwestern University

• University of Michigan Football Tickets. Four (4) tickets to the September 1, 2007 home football game versus Appalachian State University.

The MABF online auction is the second of four charitable auctions planned for this year. MABF is soliciting donations of items for bid at future online auctions scheduled for July and November.

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

Oldies star Gary U.S. Bonds will be part of the festivities at the annual Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) Golf Scramble Fundraiser on July 9. Proceeds from the event will fund MABF programs that provide for educational opportunities, internships and scholarships for young people interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. Details of the MABF golf outing are:

MABF 2007 Golf Scramble Fundraiser
Monday, July 9
7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Watermark Country Club Golf Course
5500 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids

The $150 cost of the event includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch, and contributions may be tax deductible. To register, call the MAB at 517-484-7444 or online at www.michmab.com/conferences/ac_regis.html.

As America's baby boomers moved into their mid teens, Gary began his professional career. For his first hit, "New Orleans", attention was brought to the record by having promotional copies sent to radio stations in sleeves inscribed "Buy U.S. Bonds" - hence at age 19, Gary Anderson became Gary U.S. Bonds.

The follow-up was the now legendary 'party' record, "Quarter to Three", a number one hit with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation. Over the next three years, Bonds co-wrote and recorded hit after good-time hit: "School is Out," "School is In," "Dear Lady Twist," "Twist, Twist Senora," "Seven Day Weekend" and others.

 

Friday June 22 is the deadline for registering for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) Charity Golf Fundraiser. Proceeds from the event will fund MABF programs that provide for educational opportunities, internships and scholarships for young people interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting. Legendary oldies rocker Gary U.S. Bonds will be appearing at the MABF outing.

MABF 2007 Golf Scramble Fundraiser
Monday, July 9
7:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Watermark Country Club Golf Course
5500 Cascade Rd SE
Grand Rapids

The $150 cost of the event includes 18 holes of golf, cart and lunch, and contributions may be tax deductible. To register, call the MAB at 517-484-7444 or online at www.michmab.com/conferences/ac_regis.html.

 

Lifetime Achievement Winner & Hall of Fame Inductees Honored

Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat to be held July 9 and 10 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. Early Bird Discounted Rate Registration ends Friday June 22nd, with registration still available through July 5, 2007

With the digital conversion beginning to come to the forefront in consumers’ minds, Michigan broadcasters will spend much of the time at their upcoming annual meeting focusing on ways to ensure a smooth transition to the exciting new digital era. Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) conference info is:

MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat
Monday, July 9 & Tuesday, July 10
Amway Grand Plaza
Grand Rapids, MI
Early Registration Deadline: Friday, June 22
Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 5

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

The digital transition is a critical issue for television and radio broadcasters, as well as consumers. MAB members attending the annual meeting will hear from industry leaders who will offer insight into making the transition smooth for broadcasters and their audiences. Among the presentations:

Preparing for the Digital Conversion – David Donovan of the Association for Maximum Service Television will provide an update on the status of the digital transition. He will discuss the importance of keeping the over-the-air audience during the transition from analog to digital. The presentation will focus on the need for cooperation.

The Next Generation of HD Radio – Kitsa Lee of iBiquity will discuss how radio stations need to stay ahead of the learning curve by understanding what is next in HD radio technology.

Technically Speaking with NAB’s David Layer - The Director of Advanced Engineering for the National Association of Broadcasters will offer insight into what the national organization is doing to prepare stations for the next generation of broadcast media.


Among other highlights of the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat will be the Chairman’s banquet on Tuesday night at which the 2007 Lifetime Achievement Award and Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees will be honored. Those being recognized are:

2007 Lifetime Achievement Award:
Ross Biederman, President and General Manager of Midwestern Broadcasting Company.

Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame:

* Thomas Bender, Regional General Manager and Senior Vice President for Greater Media Detroit

* P. Thomas Bryson, President and General Manager of WJRT-TV in Flint.

* Gary A. Reid, University Distinguished Senior Specialist in the Department of Telecommunications, Information Studies and Media at Michigan State University.

* Stephen Trivers, former President and General Manager of Fairfield Broadcasting Company in Kalamazoo.

 

Up For Bid: Spartan Stadium luxury suite with football package for two and Detroit Sports Car Challenge grandstand tickets with paddock passes for four

Proceeds Support Student Scholarships, Internships and Educational Programs

Bidding for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) charitable online auction opens Monday, July 9 at 12:00 a.m. Auction proceeds will support MABF programs, which include scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in the MABF online auction will continue through 11:59 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 9. The general public is invited to participate in the bidding. The MABF online auction features the following must-have items:

• As guests of the exclusive LaSalle Bank Club at Spartan Stadium, you and a friend will enjoy two (2) Michigan State University Football Tickets to the Sept. 15, 2007, home football game versus Pittsburgh. Package includes buffet-style meals, access to Spartan Radio Network Tailgate Party and a visit to the broadcast booth. Total package valued at $1,260. Reserve price/starting bid: $845.

• Highest bidder receives a VIP package for four (4), including reserved grandstand tickets and paddock passes to the Detroit Sports Car Challenge, presented by Bosch on Sept. 1, 2007, all part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Total value of $260. Reserve price/starting bid: $175.


This MABF online auction is the third of four charitable auctions planned for the year. MABF is soliciting donations of items for bid during its November online auction. Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

Viewers tell MSU research team that local television provides a valuable connection to their community -- nearly nine of ten watch television news

A survey of 500 Michigan citizens by researchers from Michigan State University reveals the overwhelmingly majority of viewers say television remains the dominant entertainment medium, and that local television news provides citizens with a vitally important connection to their local community. The William Donohue Group of East Lansing, Michigan conducted the statewide survey for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB).

“Not only is television viewing as strong as ever, but Michigan citizens clearly told us they want local television to provide information about weather and news,” said William A. Donohue, Professor of Communication at Michigan State University. “People in Michigan are convinced that local TV stations provide a valuable service to the community and all indications are viewing levels will remain consistent going forward.”

MAB hired the William Donohue Group to survey viewer attitudes toward television in general, and local television news in particular. The research was also used to determine the impact that new technology such as digital video recorders (DVRs), video games and Internet usage may have on television viewing. The telephone survey of 500 Michigan citizens representing a geographic cross-section of the state was conducted in April 2007.

Among the key findings of the research:
• 84% of those surveyed say they are frequent or occasional viewers of television news;
• 83% of the sample believes their favorite station provides a valuable service to the community;
• 77% believe they are spending about the same amount of time or more watching local TV news compared to one year ago;
• 63% watch TV more than 90 minutes per day after dinner;
• 39% watch early evening news while 35% watch late evening news; and
• The most important factors in determining which local news station viewers watch are weather, local news coverage and local events.

“Local television is extremely important because of our local news, community service, weather and our role in promoting community events,” said Mario Iacobelli, MAB Board Chair and President of WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac. “The research validates the work that we do, and encourages broadcasters to continue to make local programming relevant in the lives of our viewers.”

The Donohue Group survey also sought to reveal how new technology may be impacting television viewing. The research shows that use of new technologies is not having a negative impact on viewing, but appears to be used to enhance viewing or in addition to normal viewing patterns.

Among the survey’s findings:
• 78% only use their television to watch the TV channels provided on weekdays. Only 22% use their televisions on weekdays to watch videos;
• 75% do not use a DVR to record programs;
• Most people who do record programs are extending their viewing, that is, they are recording a show because they are watching another television show at the same time; and
• Only 13% use their TV to play video games.

“Michigan citizens are very traditional in the way they watch television,” said Donohue. “They like to sit down and watch their shows from start-to-finish at the time they are normally scheduled. Use of newer technologies is mostly used to enhance the viewing experience.”

The Donohue team conducted research two years ago to determine how newer technologies were affecting radio listener ship. Much like the latest television study, the research showed that emerging media such as satellite radio, Internet and personal players including iPods did not detract from the amount of time citizens were spending listening to their favorite stations.

“New technologies are going to be a part of the media landscape going forward, but our two research projects show that the impact on radio listening and TV viewing is over-hyped,” said Donohue. “As long as local radio and TV continue to provide unique, important local programming to their citizens, broadcasters will continue to maintain strong market shares.”

The Donohue research also surveyed advertising agency executives and local business owners who buy television advertising in their communities, to determine their attitudes on television viewing and the impact of new technologies. Both groups said they found TV to be the most cost effective medium for advertising. Ad agency representatives and local advertisers agreed that television is the primary source for local news and entertainment for Michigan citizens.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected officers for 2007-2008 at its Annual Meeting & Leadership retreat held July 9-10 at the Amway Grand Plaza in Grand Rapids. The newly elected officers are:

• Chairman - Bart Brandmiller – Director of Sales for Clear Channel-West Michigan in Grand Rapids

• Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect – Diane Kniowski, President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids

• Secretary-Treasurer – Tom Mogush, Owner/General Manager, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM in Marquette

• Immediate Past Chairman – Mario Iacobelli, President & General Manager of WWTV/WWUP-TV in Cadillac-Traverse City

• At-Large Director, Michael King, Vice President & General Manager, WILX-TV in Lansing


Bart Brandmiller is Director of Sales for all of Clear Channel Radio's stations on the west side of 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 has served as President of the Grand Rapids Area Broadcasters Association, and is a board member of YMCA Camp Manitou-lin.

 

The bidding in the charitable online auction sponsored by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is entering its final days. Interested bidders have until Thursday, August 9 at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win auction packages.

• As guests of the exclusive LaSalle Bank Club at Spartan Stadium, you and a friend will enjoy two (2) Michigan State University Football Tickets to the Sept. 15, 2007, home football game versus Pittsburgh. Package includes buffet-style meals, access to Spartan Radio Network Tailgate Party and a visit to the broadcast booth. Total package valued at $1,260. Reserve price/starting bid: $845.

• Highest bidder receives a VIP package for four (4), including reserved grandstand tickets and paddock passes to the Detroit Sports Car Challenge, presented by Bosch on Sept. 1, 2007, all part of the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix. Total value of $260. Reserve price/starting bid: $175.

This MABF online auction is the third of four charitable auctions planned for the year. MABF is soliciting donations of items for bid during its November online auction. Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation is sponsoring the third of four charitable online auctions to help fund Foundation programs that support student scholarships, internships and educational programs. The Foundation has a special auction item that will only be available for bids until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, September 9.

You have the opportunity to bid on and win an exclusive LaSalle Club Stadium Luxury Suite for an upcoming Michigan State football game. As guests of the LaSalle Bank Club at Spartan Stadium, you and a friend will enjoy two MSU tickets to the September 15 game versus Pittsburgh. The package includes buffet-style meals, access to the Spartan Radio Network tailgate party and a visit to the broadcast booth. The total package is valued at $1,260 with a starting bid at $600.

To bid and receive complete online information go the Michigan Association of Broadcasters website at www.michmab.com, then click on the Online Auction button.

Don’t miss this chance to win the Spartan Stadium Luxury package, enjoy MSU football in style and support students and young professionals seeking a career in the broadcast industry.

 

Ford Motor Co. today became the first automaker to offer HD Digital Radio across multiple product lines. The dealer-installed high-definition radio option is now available nationwide on nearly all 2008 model year Ford, Lincoln and Mercury vehicles. Additionally, HD Digital Radio can be installed on many earlier models from 2005, 2006 and 2007. As with SYNC, the extensive availability of HD Digital Radio furthers the company's ongoing efforts to deliver new entertainment technologies to automotive consumers.

“We believe HD Digital Radio will be an important part of Ford's commitment to delivering innovations with mass appeal,” said Kim Irwin, Vehicle Personalization and Accessories manager for Ford's Customer Service Division. “We're helping our customers stay connected by supporting the features and functions they want in their vehicles. The dramatically improved audio, text and data features of HD Digital Radio – along with its hundreds of new radio stations – create a compelling combination at the right price.”

To support the launch, Ford, Lincoln and Mercury dealers will benefit from an aggressive, multi-million-dollar, 13-week, on-air radio marketing campaign in partnership with the HD Digital Radio Alliance. The commercials will air in 100 markets over some 700 radio stations beginning on September 26, 2007.

"In all of our discussions with auto makers, Ford has consistently demonstrated both the will and the resolve to be industry leaders in this arena," said Peter Ferrara, president and CEO of the HD Digital Radio Alliance. "Now that HD Radio is broadcasting across hundreds of local stations nationwide, partners who move early will gain the biggest advantage."

 

Take Your Oldies To Go!

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The Michigan Oldies Podcast is back, and ready for an IPod or MP3 player near you! That's the word from Michigan Oldies Podcast producer Tony Clark, who has recently made several two-hour programs available for download, thus introducing great hits from the 50's through the 70's to the age of digital portability. The Podcast, though, is about more than just music, as Clark, along with co-host Art Van, revive the fun and excitement of the Golden Age of Top 40 Radio, and the best part is, you can listen whenever and wherever you want.

The Michigan Oldies Podcast main site is currently undergoing renovation, but listeners can currently download shows from the MOP's temporary site by clicking here.

 

It's November 1st, time for radio stations across the state to start dropping their regular programming in favor of a marathon of all-Christmas music as the calendar gets to within two months of the big holiday.

In Detroit, soft rock WNIC-FM 100.3 started mixing in some Christmas tunes to its regular playlist this morning instead of going all-yule all the time as it has done for the past couple of years. The station will eventually go all-Christmas, but the exact timing of that move has not been announced.


Saginaw's soft rock WGER-FM 106.3 jumped on the all-holiday sound this morning, becoming the first Tri-Cities outlet to make the change in 2007. Last year WGER chose not to go 100% Christmas in advance of the holiday, but cross-town classic hits WHNN-FM 96.1 did so as well as Gladwin's country WGDN-FM 103.1 and soft rock WSAG-FM 104.1/WSAM-AM 1400. WGDN has been making the a pre-Christmas switch-over to the sounds of the season longer than any other station in the state.

Dave Mauer, operations manager of WGER owner NextMedia's Saginaw cluster told the Saginaw News, ''Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year and we're starting a little early because we thought Saginaw could use something to lift it up. We didn't change to the holiday format last year, and that brought a lot of reaction,'' Maurer said. ''We're glad to get
back at it."

WHNN quickly followed the move by WGER by also flipping to all-Christmas today- well in advance of the station's planned switch on Thanksgiving.


WJZQ-FM 92.9 Traverse-City/Cadillac, which regularly offers a blend of soft rock and some smooth jaz, also went all-Christmas earlier today. Its the second year in a row that the Midwestern Broadcasting outlet has decided to jingle all the way to December 25.


In 2006, there were about twenty stations that ditched their regular formats at least two weeks before Christmas to have a holly jolly November and early December - up from about fifteen in 2005.

 

Detroit Pistons Package and Exclusive Mojo in the Morning Show Visit Up For Bids -- Proceeds to Support Student Scholarships, Internships and Educational Programs

The bidding has opened in the fourth and final round for 2007 of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF), charitable online auction. The auction will raise funds for MABF programs, which support scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals in the broadcasting industry.

Bidding in MABF online auction commenced at 12:00 a.m. November 5, and will continue through 11:59 p.m. Monday, December 11. The general public is invited to participate in the bidding. Featured items in the MABF online auction are:

• Mojo in the Morning LIVE. Highest bidder and seven (7) guests will watch a live radio broadcast of the 95.5 WKQI-FM Detroit "Mojo in the Morning" show. Includes a one-hour, in-studio visit with Mojo. Bidding will begin at $125 for this priceless opportunity.

• Detroit Pistons Mini-Vacation. Four (4) tickets to the Friday, April 4, 2008 home game against the New Jersey Nets at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Package includes two (2) parking passes; four (4) club tickets for a buffet dinner and two (2) queen, non-smoking overnight rooms (Rooms are double occupancy include room and tax only) for Friday night, April 4, 2008 at the Holiday Inn Express in Birmingham. Estimated donor value: $850, Reserve/Starting price: $550.

The MABF online auction is the fourth and final charitable auction planned for this year. Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

Michigan: Newsmakers Nov 30, 2007

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Founder of Family Life Radio Network dies

Charlotte Anne Bolthouse (Char), 1926-2007, went home to be with the Lord on Thanksgiving Day at 4:20 p.m. after struggling with Alzheimer's for many years. "Char's gentle spirit helped to set the tone for Family Life Radio's mission to reach people for Christ. She will be greatly missed," said Dr. Randy Carlson, president of Family Life Communications Incorporated, Family Life Radio's parent company. Char Bolthouse helped to inspire a broadcast ministry during her lifetime, and now that her work is complete, she has joined our Lord in heaven. It is with mixed emotions of sadness and joy that we say farewell to Family Life Radio's co-founder -- an energetic wife, friend and faithful servant of Jesus. Char was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan... Co-founder of Family Life Radio Network Goes Home to the Lord After Struggle with Alzheimer's (Fri, 11/30)

 

Bidding concludes December 11th at 11:59 p.m. for the fourth and final round of MAB’s Online Auction

The bidding in the fourth round of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation’s (MABF) online auction is entering its final days. Interested bidders, which includes the general public, have until December 11th at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win packages being offered in the charitable online auction.

Fourth round auction items include:

• Mojo in the Morning Live: Highest bidder and seven (7) guests will watch a live radio broadcast of the 95.5 WKQI-FM Detroit "Mojo in the Morning" show. Includes a one-hour, in-studio visit with Mojo.

• Detroit Pistons Mini-Vacation. Four (4) tickets to the Friday, April 4, 2008 home game against the New Jersey Nets. Package includes dinner for four and hotel accommodations in Birmingham

This is the fourth and final round of the online auction that will support MABF programs, including scholarships, internships and education programs for students and young professionals interested in the broadcasting industry.

Complete information on the MABF online auction, including detailed information on registration, auction items and contest rules may be found at www.michmab.com. Click on the Online Auction button.

 

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