Michigan Almanac: June 2008 Archives

Interview with Art Vuolo




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.







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