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Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo Slated for March 10 & 11 at the Devos Place in Grand Rapids

Dramatic changes in a rapidly evolving industry and the future of Michigan’s economy will be front and center during the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC), which will take place as follows:

Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo
Monday March 10 & Tuesday March 11
Devos Place, Grand Rapids
Registration Information: www.michmab.com

“GLBC is a can’t miss event this year due to the major changes taking place in both radio and television,” said MAB President and CEO Karole White. “The transition to digital television and changes in the radio landscape require that broadcasters continually update themselves on the latest industry developments.”

GLBC 2008, entitled Michigan Broadcasting: A Sure Bet, has been redesigned with new elements that have been requested by broadcasters, including; an interactive exhibit hall which will feature 90 exhibitors with the latest industry technology and programs, and seminars with nationally renowned speakers. Among the GLBC program highlights are:

The Future of Michigan’s Economy: A Dialog with Michigan Industry Sector Giants (March 11, 8:30 a.m.): Celebrating Michigan has never been more important than it is now. Join high-profile Michigan-based business leaders from commerce, tourism, banking, technology and economic development as we explore why Michigan is a logical destination for business and citizens alike. Speakers include: Tim Skubick, Capital Correspondent (moderator); Larry Patrick, Managing Partner of Patrick Communications; Jim Herbert, Chairman and CEO of Neogen Corporation; Mitch Stapley, Director of Fixed Income Strategy at Fifth Third Bank; James Epolito, President and CEO of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation; John Brown, Vice President of Government Relations at Jackson National Life Insurance Co. and Matt Van Vranken, President of Spectrum Health in Grand Rapids.

MAB is offering a free Exhibits Only pass that will allow individuals to visit the exhibit hall and attend the fabulous opening panel. GLBC features over 60 national caliber speakers. Full information is available on the MAB web site.

Other GLBC conference highlights include:

• The Broadcast Excellence Awards Presentation, which recognizes outstanding news and programming and public service performances by Michigan radio and television stations (separate registration required)

• The MAB Foundation Career Fair, which will allow students interested in the industry to meet and obtain advice from broadcasters

• The MAB Foundation’s Michigan High School & College Broadcast Awards

 

Tomorrow morning, February 27th, from 9-10 am public radio stations across Michigan will air a live call-in program with Governor Granholm hosted by Rick Pluta of the Michigan Public Radio Network.

While the program will have an open format, the governor is expected to focus on her economic and education strategies for Michigan. Granholm will field questions from listeners on a variety of topics at (877) 952-7870.

 

Lansing State Journal:

To classmates at Beaver Area High School in the hills of western Pennsylvania, then-Suzanne Pagella was a celebrity. "She made it big in Detroit. She was born for that," Tom Dowlin said. "That's just how we thought about her. She was the first to go out and do what she said she would do." As a married Suzanne Wangler, she appeared to have it all: a career as a popular television news anchor; a former college quarterback as a husband; and four children... Anchorwoman made it big, fell hard (Fri, 2/29)

 

1,000 People Connected to Michigan’s Broadcasting Industry To Attend the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo at the Devos Place in Grand Rapids

The Midwest’s premier broadcasting conference is moving locations for the first time in 19 years and West Michigan will be the beneficiary. More than 1,000 people connected to the broadcasting industry are expected to attend The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) on March 10 & 11 at Devos Place in Grand Rapids.

“We are thrilled to bring this exciting event to West Michigan,” said MAB President & CEO Karole White. “We think broadcasters will enjoy the many enhancements we’ve made to GLBC, including interactive exhibits as well as a roster of nationally known speakers.”

GLBC 2008 entitled Michigan Broadcasting: A Sure Bet has numerous program highlights including:

• The Future of Michigan’s Economy: A Dialog with Michigan Industry Sector Giants (March 11, 8:30 a.m.). The general public is invited to attend this important event, and can acquire a free exhibits only pass to participate

• The Broadcast Excellence Awards Presentation, which recognizes outstanding news and programming and public service performances by Michigan radio and television stations (separate registration required)

• The MAB Foundation Career Fair, which will allow students interested in the industry to meet and obtain advice from broadcasters

• The MAB Foundation’s Michigan High School & College Broadcast Awards;

A complete program listing for GLBC and registration information can be found on the MAB web site at www.michmab.com.

 

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 Friday, March 21 at 11:59 p.m. to attempt to win auction packages.

Bidding in the MABF online auction is open to the general public. Auction items include:

• Mojo in the Morning. Passes to the popular WKQI-FM radio show in Detroit

• Detroit Pistons Mini-Vacation Package. Four tickets to the April 4 game against New Jersey. Includes two parking passes, four club tickets for a buffet dinner and two queen overnight rooms

• Detroit Red Wings Tickets. Two tickets to the April 6 game against Chicago

• Grand Hotel Golf for Two (two sets available). Golf for two at the Grand Hotel’s beautiful Jewel Golf Course

• Detroit Tigers Big Boy Package. Four tickets to a Detroit Tigers game in April, one parking pass and $50 in Big Boy restaurant certificates that may be used at the Big Boy located in right field at Comerica Park.

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.

 

MAB Foundation Announces 2008 High School and College Station of the Year Award Winners

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2008 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 2008 MABF High School and College Awards competition. The following stations were the recipients of the 2008 Station of the Year Award:

High School Radio Station of the Year: Bloomfield Hills Andover/Lasher High School, WBFH-FM

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

High School Television Station of the Year: Rockford High School, WRHS

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

MABF also announced winners of its High School and College Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, visit www.michmab.com.



Two Michigan broadcasters honored with Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

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:

Jerrod L. Martin, Director of Engineering (retired), WNIC-FM, Detroit. Mr. Martin began his career as a radio engineer in 1946, assisting in the construction of WKMH in Dearborn, Michigan. His many accomplishments through the years include supervising the installation and construction of the present day transmitting facilities of WNIC-FM. Since retiring in 1985, Mr. Martin has worked as a consultant and co-authored the operating information for what is now known as the Emergency Action System (EAS). He is a life member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers and Certified Senior Broadcast Engineer.

Lowell Shore, Chief Engineer, WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac, Traverse City. Mr. Shore joined WWTV as a staff engineer in August 1960. In 1976 he became Chief Engineer of WWUP-TV, Sault Ste Marie and WKJF-FM and WWAM in Cadillac. Among Mr. Shore’s achievements has been to successfully supervise the transition to digital broadcasting at the TV facilities in Cadillac and Sault Ste. Marie.

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 Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during MAB’s Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo being held in Grand Rapids.



Michigan Broadcasters present Larry Patrick MAB Associate of the Year Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Larry Patrick of Patrick Communications with the organization’s Associate of the Year Award. The presentation was made Tuesday, March 11 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Grand Rapids. The award recognizes the significant contributions made by associate members, and to acknowledge their efforts in enhancing the quality and integrity of broadcasting while supporting their community.

“Larry is a long time friend and supporter of the MAB,” said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. “Many Michigan broadcasters have benefited greatly from Larry’s wisdom and expertise in the television and radio industries.”

Larry Patrick is President of Patrick Communications a media brokerage and investment banking firm, with a track record of over $3 billion in transactions in recent years. He also owns Legend Communications, a radio group owner with 16 radio stations. He has sold over 60 television stations and 300 radio stations. Mr. Patrick is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Ion Media Networks, a 62-television station group. He is a former Senior Vice President of the National Association of Broadcasters, Past President of the Broadcast Education Association, and current President of the National Association of Media Brokers.




Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters and Michigan Public Radio Network elect 2008-2009 officers

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 (MPRN) is a unique broadcast partnership formed more than 20 years ago by Michigan’s noncommercial public radio stations. MPRN The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) has elected Steve Schram of Michigan Public Media, as MAPB President. The Michigan Public Radio Network (MPRN) has elected John Sheffler of Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting as its President for the 2008-2009 Board term.


Officers elected to the 2008-2009 MAPB Board include:

- President: Steve Schram, Michigan Public Media
- Vice President: Eric Smith, Northern Michigan University Public Broadcasting
- Treasurer: Allen Mazurek, Detroit Public Radio
- Secretary: Rick Schudiske, Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting

Officers elected to the 2008-2009 MPRN Board include:

- President: John Sheffler, Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting
- Vice President: DeAnne Hamilton, Michigan State University Public Broadcasting
- Secretary: Michael Walenta, Grand Valley State University Public Broadcasting
- Treasurer: Howard Sharper, Delta College 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 (MPRN) 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 Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2007 Broadcast Excellence Station of the Year Awards. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the Broadcast Excellence competition’s selected 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 2007 Station of the Year awards:

Market 1
- Television: WXYZ-TV, Detroit
- Radio: WJR-AM, Detroit

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

Market 3
- Television: WILX-TV, Lansing
- Radio: WKHM-AM, Jackson

Market 4
- Radio: WSJM-AM, Benton Harbor
- (no market 4 television)

Public Television Group 1: WKAR-TV, East Lansing

Public Radio Group 1: Interlochen Public Radio, Interlochen

Public Radio Group 2: WUOM/WFUM/WVGR-FM, Ann Arbor


The MAB also announced the winners of its Broadcast Excellence Award competition. 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 Colorado Broadcasters Association on a variety of criteria including presentation, delivery, and production values.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ (MAB) Foundation recently elected officers to lead the MABF Board of Directors during the 2008 year. New officers were elected at the March 10 MABF meeting, held during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Grand Rapids. Officers, who are elected to a one-year term include:

Chairman Bruce Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works: Bruce Goldsen is President and General Manager of WKHM-AM/FM and WIBM-AM/Jackson Radio Works in Jackson, Michigan. Goldsen graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor's degree in Communications Arts from Western Connecticut State University, where he was given its "Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005. He has worked as Program Director at WIVY-FM, Jacksonville Florida; WTFM, Kingsport, Tennessee; and WINE, Danbury, Connecticut. Goldsen, along with his wife and partner Sue have owned Jackson Radio Works since 1997. He is active in his community and has served as Board President for both the Lenawee and Jackson County United Way. He was also chairman of the Lenawee County WalkAmerica for the March of Dimes and Junior Achievement's Grand Prix steering committee. Both Bruce and Sue are active Rotarians, and Bruce will serve as Rotary District 6400 Governor in 2008-2009. Goldsen served as Chairman of the MAB Board of Directors in 1998, after serving as a director for 5 years. He is also in his third-term as the elected Michigan representative on the National Association of Broadcasters' radio board of directors.

Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect Charles F. Ganzert, PhD, Northern Michigan University: Chuck Ganzert is an Associate Professor at Northern Michigan University as well as the Faculty Advisor for the student station WUPX-FM. Dr. Ganzert received both his masters degree and doctoral degree from Ohio University. His experience in media began when he worked with the student radio station at Virginia Tech. In 1980, Dr. Ganzert took a job with WYSO, a public radio station in Dayton, Ohio where he worked in programming, public affairs and production. While at WYSO, he produced a series titled: "Tis Sweet To Be Remembered" and was awarded the Ohio Educational Broadcasters Program of the Year Award in 1986. Dr. Ganzert teaches Audio Production and Media Law courses in the CAPS Department; and is the campus coordinator for Academic Service Learning. He has won two MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards through WNMU-FM (Marquette) and completed a book project with other faculty from Ohio University, Kent State University, and Kenyon College called "Oral History Done Right" which will be published by the Ohio University Press this year.

Secretary/Treasurer Chris Monk, Citadel Broadcasting, Flint/Saginaw: Chris Monk is currently with Citadel Broadcasting Company as the General Manager for their Saginaw and Flint operations that includes six radio stations. He is a 29-year veteran of the radio industry and has held sales management positions with Nationwide Communications, Prism Radio Partners and The Journal Broadcast Group. In addition, Monk spent over nine years in Northern Michigan as vice president/general manager for Northern Star Broadcasting. He has a BS in Radio/Television Management from Southern Illinois University and a Masters in Organizational Management from Spring Arbor University.

Immediate Past Chairman Gary Reid, Michigan State University: Gary Reid is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Department of Telecommunication at Michigan State University and General Manager of WDBM-FM. Reid joined the faculty upon completion of his graduate studies in 1977. Over his career, he has taught in a variety of areas including all of the audio/radio courses, video production classes, both undergrad and graduate technology classes as well as media management courses. Further, he was responsible for the design and installation of the departments’ audio and video production facilities. He is currently the Director of Undergraduate Studies where he oversees the academic programs of approximately 500 majors and administers the Careers and Internships Program. Reid was one of the original three people promoted to the rank of Senior Academic Specialist when the University created the position.

Newly elected board members to the MAB Foundation:
- Julie Koehn, WLEN-FM (Adrian)
- Matt Kreiner, WEYI-TV (Flint)

Board members elected for another three-year term:
- Rob David, Handyman Productions
- Dave Downing, WLNZ-FM/Lansing Community College
- Dick Kernen, Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts
- Elaine Baker, Bloomfield Hills, MI
- Larry Patrick, Patrick Communications

Board members moving from a director position to an honorary director:
- Tom Bryson, WJRT-TV (Flint)
- Tom Scanlan, Scanlan Communications

 

Detroit News:

Once the king of morning radio, now he's the talk of it, as well as the subject of gossip in offices all around Metro Detroit. So it seems kind of silly to ask Drew Lane how he is. He's had better weeks. On Tuesday, the news broke that after being off the air for seven months to help his cancer-stricken fiancee, Tess Schuster, that Lane was in fact not returning to the morning show he launched 16 years ago. The news was triggered, Lane said Thursday, when word spread in the radio world that he was gauging interest in a syndicated show featuring himself and "Mr. Skin," a "Drew and Mike" (and Howard Stern) regular who comments humorously upon nude scenes in movies... WRIF hoopla haunts Drew Lane (Fri, 4/25)

 


 

Detroit Free Press:

Today's installment in the ongoing saga of the now-Drew Lane-less WRIF-FM (101.1) morning show? Lane and former partner Mike Clark finally got together over the phone Thursday and, according to Lane, had a forthright talk about who knew what when about the timing of Lane's resignation and about the seriousness of Lane's desire to move to an afternoon drive time slot for personal reasons. After a lengthy conversation, Lane says he and Clark are "on the same page more so than at any time since 2004." Lane says "both of us have been misled by numerous people involved in this scenario." Lane also held out the possibility they could reunite sometime... Drew and Mike talk, make peace (Fri, 4/25)

Drew Lane, longtime Detroit morning radio personality, answers key questions Thursday about his departure from WRIF-FM (101.1)... After leaving WRIF, Drew Lane is pondering his options (Thu, 4/24)

 


 

AllAccess.com:

WJR's Smith To Receive Award: CITADEL Talk WJR-A/DETROIT morning man PAUL W. SMITH will receive the 2008 Executive Leadership Award from the MARKETING AND SALES EXECUTIVES OF DETROIT at the group's gala in BIRMINGHAM, MI on JUNE 18th. "We are pleased to honor PAUL W. SMITH with our annual Executive Leadership Award in recognition of his lifelong contributions to the City of DETROIT and Southeastern MICHIGAN. His tireless efforts promoting our region through both the power of his microphone and the many organizations he supports serve our region well," said MSED gala Chairman and HONIGMAN MILLER SCHWARTZ AND COHN LLP Sr. Business Development Mgr. RICHARD MARSOLAIS. (Thu, 4/24)

 

Six prominent figures in Michigan broadcasting history have been selected for induction into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The board of directors of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) endorsed the nominees May 21 at its board meeting in Lansing. Inductees will be formally recognized at ceremonies to be held July 15 at the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort. Honorees include:

 

2008 Lifetime Achievement Award

Richard Sommerville retired in 2000 after a half-century of distinguished broadcasting excellence including his ownership of several radio stations. Dick started his career as a morning man at WTTH (now WPHM) in Port Huron. He purchased WSMA in Marine City in 1962 and subsequently purchased WCEN AM/FM in Mt. Pleasant in 1986. Many broadcasters got their start under Dick's tutelage at WCEN, including several who now own their own stations, or have gone on to distinguished on-air careers, including legendary sportscaster Dick Enberg.

 

2008 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

James Bleicher has served as news director at WJRT-TV in Flint for 22 years. Jim is widely recognized for his steady, creative and sensitive presence that has built and maintained the highest journalistic standards and audience levels at the station. Jim has a long established track record of mentoring dozens of news employees who've gone on to other stations and networks. Jim's entire professional career has been spent in Michigan, starting in radio news in Jackson prior to television news assignments in Detroit, Lansing and Flint. Jim has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including a regional RTNDA award and five Emmys.

Gordon A. Lawrence was hired by Grand Valley State University in October of 1971 to be its first station general manager. He created and launched a PBS station, WGVC Channel 35, bringing service to the West Michigan market to what had previously been the largest region in the nation without public television. In March 1979, Gordon was hired as director of broadcasting and media resources at the University of Michigan-Flint. For the second time, he developed another PBS station, WFUM-TV, channel 28, again in a market that was the largest unserved region in the nation without public television.

Diana Lewis has been an integral part of the WXYZ-TV family since 1977 and has become one of the most recognized and respected faces in Michigan television. In addition to her role as news anchor on the WXYZ-TV 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, Diana can also be seen anchoring two of the biggest Detroit area events, the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview Special and The Woodward Dream Cruise. Diana's commitment to the community, her enduring strength and spirit make her one Detroit's leading women. Diana's Tuesday's Child segments have been credited with inspiring people to adopt children with special needs. Diana is also involved with the American Lung Association of Southeast Michigan and the Boys & Girls Club, Haven and many more organizations.

Mike Whorf is best known as the producer and host of WJR radio's award winning program Kaleidoscope, a music, docu-drama featuring stories of people and events which influenced our thoughts, words, deeds and actions. The program received many of broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award. Mike created many special projects during his stellar career, at WJR, which began in 1964, including holiday specials, The Quest for Excellence series: a 13-part series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ending of WWII, a 36-week series I Remember Radio, as well as programs on sports and music.

Larry Estlack is director of technology for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Larry began working in Michigan broadcasting operations in 1970, and has been involved in just about every area of broadcasting from engineering to programming. Larry has been the chief engineer at several radio and television stations in Michigan and is widely respected as an engineering consultant. He was named MAB Engineer of the Year in 1997. Larry has been the Michigan chairperson of the Emergency Alert System since 1985, and has been a teacher at Michigan State University.

 

Interview with Art Vuolo

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InsideRadio.com:

Decades old modus operandi of the typical radio convention attendee remains intact: Stick your head in a session just long enough to be seen, move on to the next room and avoid getting buttonholed by the person you're desperately trying to avoid. Rinse and repeat. Noticeably and uniquely different from that routine is someone who isn't a group head, market manager, programmer, on-air talent or any other form of station employee yet nevertheless possesses an arduous schedule calling for him to be an integral part of approximately eight different annual confabs. Once inside a particular convention session, the man with a seemingly bottomless pit of industry contacts is there to stay. There's no ducking in and out for this individual with a tremendously high profile, fueled in great measure by his instant likeability quotient. Knowledge of Motor City and Michigan radio is encyclopedic for Brooklyn-born Art Vuolo, but expertise of the Vuolo Video Air-Chex creator extends far beyond the Great Lake State's upper and lower peninsulas... Artisan Crafts Valuable Video History (Mon, 6/2)

 

Many Low Income, Elderly, Rural and Disadvantaged Citizens in Danger of Losing Their Television Signals After February 17, 2009

 

Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) President & CEO Karole White was scheduled to tell state lawmakers this morning that tens of thousands of Michigan citizens will lose their television signals after February 17, 2009 as a result of the shift to digital television (DTV) if they do not take action. White will testify before a state house committee.

"We are particularly concerned about 600,000 households in Michigan currently receiving television through rooftop or set top antennas," said White. Many of these citizens are low income, elderly, rural and disadvantaged residents and depend on television for news and emergency information."

Under federal law, all full-power television stations will turn off their traditional analog broadcast signals on February 17, 2009 and broadcast only in the newer digital standard. To receive the digital format, citizens need to either subscribe to cable, satellite or telephone company video services; purchase a new television with a built in digital tuner; or install a converter box on their existing television.

The MAB is concerned that many of the 600,000 over-the-air households will either be unaware of or unable financially to take the steps needed in order to continue to receive television signals when analog broadcasting ceases next February.

"MAB has an aggressive DTV consumer awareness program, but we need help to ensure that no citizen is left behind in the DTV transition," said White.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters' (MAB) Foundation invites you to golf at the 2008 MAB Foundation Golf Scramble Fundraiser Tuesday, July 15 at Crystal Mountain Resort's Betsie Valley Golf Course. Proceeds from this event support future broadcast education activities, scholarships and internship programs all designed to secure the future of broadcasting in Michigan.

Space is limited so sign up today and do your part to preserve Michigan broadcasting for future generations to enjoy!

The beautiful Betsie Valley Golf Course at Crystal Mountain Resort is nestled among creeks, ponds and mature forest. Betsie Valley boasts a slope rating of 67.2 from the white tees as well as pristine views of Michigan's northern country.

Cost per person is $150 and includes 18-holes golf, cart, breakfast to go, lunch, green fees, goody bag and a tax deductible donation to the MAB Foundation. Download a registration form and get more information here: www.michmab.com/MABF/fundraising.html. Registration ends Friday, June 20th.

Hole sponsorships are also available...contact MAB Foundation's Julie Sochay at (800) 968-7622 for details.

 

Bidding Concludes Friday, July 18 at 11:59 p.m.

Bidding has begun in the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation's (MABF) summer online auction. Interested bidders have until Friday, July 18 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.

 

Items include:

The Spartan Club at Spartan Stadium Package: Two exclusive passes to the September 13th Michigan State University v. Florida Atlantic University game as a guest in the exclusive Spartan Club (formerly the LaSalle Bank Club) at Spartan Stadium. Buffet style meals are set up throughout the game. Also included in this package are: access to Spartan Radio Network Tailgate Party, parking pass and a visit to the broadcast booth.

UofM Football Tickets: Four tickets to the September 6, 2008 University of Michigan home football game against Miami University (Ohio). Tickets are located in Row 68, Section 7 on the aisle.

MSU Football Tickets: Four tickets to the September 13, 2008 Michigan State University home football game against Florida Atlantic University.

Impression 5 Science Center Private Event: A two-hour, after hours event for up to 500 people at Impression 5 Science Center located in downtown Lansing. Plan a private party, business meeting or just have some fun with your family and friends! Dates are available on a first come, first served basis.

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.

 

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 (MAB) and the National Black Church Initiative will host an educational discussion about the upcoming switch to digital television (DTV) open to all Detroit residents on July 22. Detroit DTV Day is part of MAB's statewide campaign to educate Michigan viewers about the DTV transition and supports the national consumer outreach efforts led by the National Association of Broadcasters.

The activities will start with a 10 a.m. news conference followed by a noon presentation at the Detroit Public Library's Main Branch at 5201 Woodward Ave in Detroit.

By law, all full-power television stations in the country must turn off their analog signals and begin broadcasting exclusively in a digital format on February 17, 2009. Minority communities, including the elderly and African-Americans, are among the most disproportionately affected populations by the DTV transition.

 

Six prominent figures in Michigan broadcasting history were inducted into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The board of directors of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) endorsed the nominees May 21 at its board meeting in Lansing. Inductees were formally recognized at ceremonies held July 15th at the MAB Annual Meeting & Leadership Retreat at Crystal Mountain Resort. Honorees included:

2008 Lifetime Achievement Award

• Richard Sommerville retired in 2000 after a half-century of distinguished broadcasting excellence including his ownership of several radio stations. Dick started his career as a morning man at WTTH (now WPHM) in Port Huron. He purchased WSMA in Marine City in 1962 and subsequently purchased WCEN AM/FM in Mt. Pleasant in 1986. Many broadcasters got their start under Dick's tutelage at WCEN, including several who now own their own stations, or have gone on to distinguished on-air careers.

2008 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

• James Bleicher has served as news director at WJRT-TV in Flint for 22 years. Jim is widely recognized for his steady, creative and sensitive presence that has built and maintained the highest journalistic standards and audience levels at the station. Jim has a long established track record of mentoring dozens of news employees who've gone on to other stations and networks. Jim's entire professional career has been spent in Michigan, starting in radio news in Jackson prior to television news assignments in Detroit, Lansing and Flint. Jim has won numerous state and national journalism awards, including a regional RTNDA award and five Emmys.

• Larry Estlack has been selected as a member of the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Larry is director of technology for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. Larry began working in Michigan broadcasting operations in 1970, and has been involved in just about every area of broadcasting from engineering to programming. Larry has been the chief engineer at several radio and television stations in Michigan and is widely respected as an engineering consultant. He was named MAB Engineer of the Year in 1997. Larry has been the Michigan chairperson of the Emergency Alert System since 1985, and has been a teacher at Michigan State University.

• Gordon A. Lawrence was hired by Grand Valley State University in October of 1971 to be its first station general manager. He created and launched a PBS station, WGVC Channel 35, bringing service to the West Michigan market to what had previously been the largest region in the nation without public television. In March 1979, Gordon was hired as director of broadcasting and media resources at the University of Michigan-Flint. For the second time, he developed another PBS station, WFUM-TV, channel 28, again in a market that was the largest unserved region in the nation without public television.

• Diana Lewis has been an integral part of the WXYZ-TV family since 1977 and has become one of the most recognized and respected faces in Michigan television. In addition to her role as news anchor on the WXYZ-TV 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. newscasts, Diana can also be seen anchoring two of the biggest Detroit area events, the North American International Auto Show Charity Preview Special and The Woodward Dream Cruise. Diana's commitment to the community, her enduring strength and spirit make her one Detroit's leading women. Diana's Tuesday's Child segments have been credited with inspiring people to adopt children with special needs. Diana is also involved with the American Lung Association of Southeast Michigan and the Boys & Girls Club, Haven and many more organizations.

• Mike Whorf is best known as the producer and host of WJR radio's award winning program "Kaleidoscope," a music, docu-drama featuring stories of people and events which influenced our thoughts, words, deeds and actions. The program received many of broadcasting's most prestigious awards, including the George Foster Peabody Award. Mike created many special projects during his stellar career, at WJR, which began in 1964, including holiday specials, The Quest for Excellence series: a 13-part series commemorating the 50th anniversary of the ending of WWII, a 36-week series I Remember Radio, as well as programs on sports and music.

 

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected officers for 2008-2009 at its Annual Meeting & Leadership retreat held July 14-16 at the Crystal Mountain Resort in Thompsonville. The newly elected officers are:

  • Chairman - Diane Kniowski, President and General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids
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  • Vice Chairman/Chairman Elect - Tom Mogush, Owner/General Manager, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM in Marquette
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  • Secretary-Treasurer - Michael King, Vice President & General Manager, WILX-TV in Lansing
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  • Immediate Past Chairman - Bart Brandmiller, Director of Sales for Clear Channel-West Michigan in Grand Rapids
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  • At-Large Director - Duane Alverson, President, MacDonald Broadcasting Company in Saginaw

 

Diane Kniowski is the President/General Manager of WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, MI. Kniowski joined WOOD- TV 8 in 1993 as the National Sales Manager, and was promoted to the General Sales Manager position in 1996. She was appointed to her current position in June 1999. Diane is also an active member in the industry and community as a member of TARPAC (Television and Radio Political Action Committee), the regional chapter of American Women in Radio and Television, TVB (Television Bureau) and Junior Achievement.

Tom Mogush is owner and General Manager of WMQT-FM and WZAM-AM in Marquette. Mogush contributed 15 years to broadcasting Northern Michigan University hockey on WMQT, including the 1991 NCAA national championship team. Mogush also serves as President of the Upper Peninsula Radio Broadcast Alliance, as well as the Lake Superior Community Partnership Board of Directors. He was a contributing author of the Roy Williams book Accidental Magic. Mogush is a 1981 graduate of the University of Minnesota with a degree is Speech Communications/Broadcasting.

Mike King is the Vice President and General Manager of WILX-TV, Lansing, a Gray Television property. In January 1999 he was named Vice President/General Manager of WLAJ-TV in Lansing, Michigan. In 2000, he assumed his current position at WILX-TV. King is a 1985 graduate of Michigan State University with a bachelor's degree in Telecommunications.

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.

Duane Alverson is President of MacDonald Broadcasting. Alverson has spent his entire broadcast career working in various leadership capacities at MacDonald Broadcasting Company. Duane's broadcast career began in 1985 as Local Sales Manager for country powerhouse WKCQ-FM. A few years later he became General Sales Manager for the Saginaw property and then served for five years as VP Sales prior to being named President in 2004.

 

Elected to serve their first term on the MAB Board are:
• Debbie Kenyon - Vice President/Market Manager, CBS Radio - Detroit
• Bill Kring - General Manager, WWTV-TV - Cadillac/Traverse City
• Jill Saarela - Vice President/General Manager, WPBN-TV - Cadillac/Traverse City
• Lyle Schulze - Vice President/General Manager, WSYM-TV - Lansing
• Chris Warren - Corporate Controller, Midwestern Broadcasting Company - Cadillac/Traverse City

Returning to the MAB Board for 2008-2009 are: Al Blinke, Vice President and General Manager of WNEM-TV, Saginaw; Trey Fabacher, Vice President and General Manager of WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV, Detroit; Paul Grzebik, Regional Sales Manager of Axcera, Detroit; James Lutton, Vice President and General Manager of WWMT-TV, Lansing; Gayle Olson, President and General Manager of Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Benton Harbor; Bob Peters, General Sales Manager of WCZY-FM/WMMI-AM, Mt. Pleasant; Ken Radant, Barry Broadcasting, WBCH-AM/FM, Grand rapids; Bob Sliva, Vice President and General Manager of WXYZ-TV, Detroit; and Robert Striker, General Manager of WTWR-FM, Monroe.

 

Take a look at the age 12+ rankings, look courtesy of Stationratings.com:

For the first time in its existence Detroit contemporary hits outlet Channel 9-5-5 (WQKI FM 95.5) is the top station among radio listeners age 12 and over, followed closely by news NewsRadio 950 (WWJ AM), NewsTalk 760 (WJR AM) and FM 98 (urban WJLB FM 97.9). Oldies 104.3 (WOMC FM) rounded out the top 5 stations.

The Ticket (sports WXYT-FM 97.1) enjoyed huge gains over the winter ratings period and the 'Rif (rock WRIF FM 101.1) also saw a nice numbers rebound.

Country stations had the best individual ratings in Lansing, Toledo, and South Bend with heritage stations WITL FM 100.7, WKKO FM 99.9, and WBYT FM 100.7 each leading the way among all listeners.

 

Another batch of Spring radio ratings was released late last week; they are available courtesy of Stationratings.com:

Top stations among listeners age 12+ in each market were soft rock WCRZ in Flint, contemporary hits WIOG in the Tri-Cities, news/talk WJR in Ann Arbor and country WNWN-FM in Battle Creek.

 

MAB Says Goodbye to Richard Sommerville

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Richard S. Sommerville, 1918-2008

It is with great sadness that the Michigan Association of Broadcasters announces the passing of 1985 MAB Past President Richard Sommerville.

Richard S. Sommerville, 90 of Port Huron, passed away Saturday, November 8, 2008 in Port Huron Hospital. He was born on October 20, 1918 in Evart, MI, the 3rd youngest of twelve children, to Harry and Minnie Sommerville. Dick grew up in Flushing and graduated from Flushing High School in 1936. On May 23, 1942, he married Letty Pilon. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served through the end of World War II.

Dick graduated from the Pasadena, CA Institute of Broadcasting in 1948, moved back to the Flint area, and then joined WTTH Radio in Port Huron, becoming station manager within five years. In October of 1967 he purchased WSMA, and in March of 1973 with sons, David and John, bought WTHM in Lapeer. The family then purchased three newspapers in southern St. Clair County. In 1984, Dick and son, Jeff, bought WADM and WQTZ in Decatur, IN, and in 1986 with son, Jim, purchased WCEN in Mt. Pleasant.

In 2000, Dick and Letty returned to the Port Huron area. When SC4 became a community college, Dick served as the first chairman of the Board of Trustees. He was a long-time supporter of the St. Clair County March of Dimes, serving as board member and chairman. He was instrumental in beginning the Jail and Bail project. He was a board member of the National Association of Broadcasters and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters where he was presented their Lifetime Achievement Award this past July. He was a former member and past president of the Port Huron Rotary Club. Dick was a past chairman of the St. Clair County Republican Party, was a past member of the State Republican Party Central Committee, and was a two-time delegate to the National Republican Convention. In 1968 and 1970 he was a candidate for the Michigan State Senate.

Dick is survived by his wife of 67 years, Letty J. Sommerville; five sons, David (Nancy) Sommerville of Lapeer, John (Debbie) Sommerville of North Street, Tom Sommerville of Jacksonville, FL, Jeff (Pam) Sommerville of Ruby, and Jim (Debbie) Sommerville of Fort Gratiot; eight grandchildren, Robert Sommerville, Lorie (George) Karnegis, Chris (Holly) Ochodnicky, Todd (Stacy) Sommerville, Amy (Trip) Limehouse, Alex Sommerville, and Racheal & Janelle Sommerville; eleven great grandchildren, one brother, David (Mary Lou) Sommerville of Alma; and several nieces & nephews. He was preceded in death by his sisters, Florence, Marion, Jean, and Suzie, and his brothers, Harry, Don, Todd, Robert, George, and Alvin.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, November 11, 2008 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Smith Family Funeral Home-North.. The funeral service will be on Wednesday in the funeral home at 11:00 a.m. preceded by one hour of visitation. Rev. Max Amstutz will officiate. The St. Clair County Allied Veterans Council will provide military honors. Contributions may be made in Dick's memory to the March of Dimes.

To send condolences, please visit smithfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Smith Family Funeral Home - North:
1525 Hancock St.
Port Huron, MI 48060
Tel: (810) 985-4351
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Michigan Almanac: November 21, 2008

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MaxPreps.com:

It's like being in sports heaven for Ross Maghielse. Maghielse is co-owner of Michigan Sports Radio.com and specializes in streaming high school sporting events over the Internet. More specifically, Maghielse is the director of broadcast activities for eastern Michigan. Handling west Michigan is the other co-owner, Brock Konkle. It's a statewide operation. Both are natives of Rockford. Maghielse is attending Oakland University in Rochester, 30 miles northwest of Detroit. I worked for the Rockford Independent newspaper when I was a senior and junior in high school as a stringer covering high school sports," Maghielse said. "I had a column. Brock came up with the idea of starting Rams.radio.net to broadcast Rockford High School games online. He contacted me about helping him with this. I was in school and knew all of the coaches and the ADs. So we started Rams radio. We did one year of covering just Rockford sports (2005-06). "We got a very good reception for the first year and a lot of interest. We also had some other schools start calling us. So the 2006-07 school year is when we started Michigan Sports Radio.com. That's what we expanded to. We'd cover six to eight games every Friday night during football and basketball season. We were statewide, but still mostly in Grand Rapids." Maghielse then moved to southeastern Michigan and started covering schools in that area... Michigan: Radio Broadcasts Hit Internet (Mon, 11/17)

 

It's been a busy year for NOAA All Hazards Weather Radio in and around Michigan with three new transmiiters signing on, one changing location, and another changing frequency.

The first new transmitter signed on last fall in the Petoskey area. WNG 572 operates at 162.475 mHz with 300 watts and fills in a sizable coverage gap at the tip of the lower peninsula in Emmet, Cheboygan, and Charlevoix counties. The station is served by the Gaylord National Weather Service office.

A new transmitter signed on earlier this year in Keweenaw county at Copper Harbor serving the northern portion of the Keweenaw peninsula the nearby waters of Lake Superior. WZ 2513 operates at 16.500 mHz with 300 watts and is served by the Marquette National Weather Service office.

Another new Upper Peninsula transmitter served from Marquette, KJY76, was added this year in Iron county between Crystal Falls and Iron River. Operating at 162.475 mHz with 1000 watts, this new weather station is providing new coverage to Iron county as well as better coverage of Dickinson county and the very eastern portion of Gogebic county in addition to some areas in northern Wisconsin.

WXL 51 Toledo changed frequency from 162.550 to 162.500 mHz to minimize the amount of interference from the Detroit/Southfield transmitter, which also operates at 162.550. The Toledo station also increased power to 300 from 100 watts.

Kalamzoo area weather station WWF34 moved from Oshtemo northwest to Plainwell earlier this fall. It remains at 162.475 mHz and is part of the Grand Rapids NWS office network of stations.

And finally, yet another new UP weather station is expected soon to fill in coverage of Gogebic county. WNG 683 broadcasting at 162.550 MHz from a transmitter located near Marenisco is under construction.

Check out Michgiuide.com's NOAA Weather Radio Information page for a complete listing of weather service radio across Michigan.

 

Highlights programs wrapping up Michigan High School Athletic Association championships from this past fall in cross country, golf and tennis will be available for cable and Internet viewing this month via the MHSAA Network.

Shows recapping the Lower Peninsula Girls Golf Finals and the Upper Peninsula Girls Tennis Finals from October are already available for online viewing at MHSAA.tv. Those programs will soon be joined by highlights of Finals in cross country from both peninsulas and Lower Peninsula Boys Tennis.

Comcast Cable channel 900 debuted the tennis action on Thursday (Dec. 11), showing the Upper Peninsula Girls Finals at 9:30 p.m., followed by the Lower Peninsula Boys Finals at 10 p.m. On Sunday (Dec. 14), the cross country programs will have their airing, with the Upper Peninsula Final at 9:30 p.m., followed by the Lower Peninsula Girls Finals at 10 p.m. and the Lower Peninsula Boys Finals at 10:30 p.m.

The Girls Lower Peninsula Girls Swimming & Diving Finals received their first ever statewide full meet coverage this year. Those programs will first be shown on Dec. 27, with the Division 2 meet at Holland airing at 10 a.m., followed by the Division 1 finals at Ypsilanti at 12:30 p.m. and the Division 3 championships at Rochester at 7 p.m. On Dec. 28, the Division 3 show will air at 10 a.m.; the Division 2 program will be at 6:30 p.m.; and at 9 p.m., Division 1 will be shown again. These three programs will also be available soon on the Internet at MHSAA.tv.

The MHSAA Network provides video coverage of regular-season and post-season tournament events to be distributed on multiple platforms. MHSAA.TV is the portal site for video content, and the launching pad to MHSAA Radio. During the Fall of 2008, the MHSAA Network produced nearly 400 hours of original programming, covering over 140 contests, including MHSAA Final events in all sports except football.

The MHSAA is a private, not-for-profit corporation of voluntary membership by over 1,600 public and private senior high schools and junior high/middle schools which exists to develop common rules for athletic eligibility and competition. No government funds or tax dollars support the MHSAA, which was the first such association nationally to not accept membership dues or tournament entry fees from schools. Member schools which enforce these rules are permitted to participate in MHSAA tournaments, which attract approximately 1.6 million spectators each year.

 

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