Michigan Almanac: March 2007 Archives

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)

 

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