Michigan Almanac: March 2008 Archives

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

 

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