Michigan Almanac: February 2007 Archives

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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.

 

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