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The Pistons hosted an all-day telethon Friday benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Michigan that culminated with the broadcast of the Spurs game. They raised more than $400,000 to grant the wishes of children who have life-threatening illnesses in Michigan... Telethon raises more than $400,000 (Sat, 3/15)
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Michigan Radio Named MAB Public Radio Station of the Year
Michigan Radio, the public radio service from the University of Michigan, has been named Public Broadcasting Station of the Year for 2007 by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB). The award was announced Tuesday evening at the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference, held in Grand Rapids. This is the fifth year in a row Michigan Radio has been named Public Radio Station of the Year.
The Station of the Year recognition is based on total points that a station receives in various judging categories.
Michigan Radio received a total of seven Broadcast Excellence Awards, in the following categories:
• Best Newscast—Charity Nebbe
• Best Mini Documentary/Series—“Grading Michigan Schools” (Sarah Hulett, Tracy Samilton, Samara, Freemark w/ Lester Graham & Kaomi Goetz)
• Best Feature/Use of Medium—“Urban Explorers” (Jennifer Guerra)
• Best News or Public Affairs Special— “Ashes to Hope: Overcoming the Detroit Riots”
• Best Membership Appeal—“Pledge Questions” (Charity Nebbe)
• Best Marketing Materials and Promos—“Open House: Behind The Scenes” (Tamar Charney)
• Merit Hard News/Current Events—“Disability” (Jennifer Guerra)
"The Station of the Year award is a tremendous recognition from our peers," Director of Broadcasting Steve Schram said. "It is exciting to have the high quality work of our reporters acknowledged with this honor. However, it’s our listeners and supporters who also deserve the credit. Their continued investment in this broadcasting service is what makes everything we do possible."
The Broadcast Excellence Awards, one of the largest state awards programs in the nation, were judged by members of the Colorado Broadcasters Association on a variety of criteria including presentation, delivery, and production values. A total 862 entries were received from 76 television and radio stations in Michigan. All entries aired between January 1 and December 31, 2007.