The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) will induct three new members into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame at their Annual Meeting and Leadership Conference as well as the MAB 60th anniversary celebration held Tuesday, July 14 at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. The inductees were selected based upon their service to the broadcasting industry and their communities. The 2009 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees are:
Thomas J. Cleary, Past MAB Executive Director and Retired Lobbyist, East Lansing, Michigan. Cleary, through his leadership as MAB Executive Director, helped to establish the MAB as a robust and influential organization. More over, Mr. Cleary served the MAB for nearly 20 years as their legislative and congressional champion. As a respected and registered professional lobbyist, he smoothed the path for the MAB in Lansing and Washington, assisting Michigan broadcasters with getting their voices heard on critical regulatory matters by those who made the laws that regulated the broadcasting industry.
Bruce I. Goldsen, President and Owner of Jackson Radio Works, Jackson, Michigan. Goldsen has been an active MAB member since the Mid 90's when he moved from Connecticut to Adrian, Michigan to oversee a radio station. After successfully managing local radio stations in the area, Bruce and his wife and partner Sue, ventured out on their own purchasing Jackson Radio Works. Since then Bruce has contributed a great deal to the Michigan Broadcasting industry serving the Michigan Broadcasters at both the state and national levels. Additionally, Bruce has been an advocate and active board member for the NAB, MAB and MAB Foundation.
Juke Van Oss, On-Air Personality at WHTC-AM, Holland, Michigan. Van Oss, for nearly 58 years, has dedicated his life to the greater Holland area as a local broadcaster for WHTC-AM, carrying out various responsibilities that have arisen throughout the decades. He has served as first class engineer, announcer, program director, assistant station manager and for 47 years, has hosted "Talk of the Town", a local radio talk show he helped to create in 1959. His ability to evolve and maintain a diverse audience is a testament to his outstanding contribution to his community and the broadcasting industry.
The Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees will be presented during the Chairman's Banquet during the MAB Annual Meeting and Leadership Retreat. Congratulatory ads are available for purchase, for more information about placing an ad or for conference information, please contact the Michigan Association of Broadcasters or visit the MAB website at www.michmab.com.