Michigan Almanac: March 2009 Archives

You can support broadcast education, scholarships and internships in Michigan by placing your bid on a number of entertainment packages up for grabs in the latest Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation online auction. Items include:

    - Passes to Mojo in the Morning - live: For this package, the highest bidder and seven guests will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to watch a live radio broadcast of the 95.5 WKQI-FM Detroit "Mojo in the Morning" show. This experience includes a one-hour, in-studio visit with Mojo on a Friday determined by the winner and the show;

    - Impression 5 Science Center Private Event: Let your imagination soar at Impression 5 Science Center! The recipient of this package will receive 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! Don't forget to visit the On The Air Broadcast exhibit. This event must be planned after normal business hours;

    - Detroit Pistons Overnight "Staycation": The lucky high bidder of this package will receive two (2) tickets to the Sunday, April 5, 2009 Pistons vs. Charlotte Bobcats at 6:00pm, a VIP parking pass and an overnight stay at the Holiday Inn Express on Woodward Avenue in Birmingham;

    - Red Wings Tickets: The highest bidder of this package will receive two (2) tickets to a Detroit Red Wings hockey game of your choice. Tickets are based on availability at time of purchase and specific games/times are not guaranteed.

    - Two Grand Hotel Golf For Two packages: The highest bidders will enjoy golf for two at the Grand Hotel's beautiful Jewel Golf Course located on Mackinac Island. The items include 18 holes of golf including cart and horse-drawn carriage transportation between the Grand nine and Woods nine. Packages are good from May 2, 2009 through October 24, 2009. Reservations are encouraged and may be made directly to the course.

To bid, or for more information, visit www.michmab.com/MABF/auction_March_2009.htm.


The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has announced the recipients of its 2008 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 awards were presented during a special Mardi Gras themed dinner on Wednesday, March 11 in Grand Rapids. Check out the complete list of winner from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters web site here: www.michmab.com/awards/awards_be2008.htm. Congratulations to all the winners!


Many of the winning stations have issued individual press releases:

* WXYZ-TV Named Station of the Year

* WLNS TV 6 Wins Station of the Year Award, Among Others

* Michigan Radio named Public Broadcasting Station of the Year (Ann Arbor News)

* MSU student radio station is college station of the year

* From WJR Detroit: The MAB (Michigan Association of Broadcasters) has named News/Talk 760 WJR as Market 1 Radio (Detroit) 2008 Station of the Year. Presented at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters "Broadcast Excellence Awards Ceremony", this award was designed to recognize outstanding achievement in the Michigan broadcast world. WJR took home more awards than any other station in the state, receiving both first place and merit awards in some categories.

* From WSDP Plymouth/Canton: The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation named WSDP the High School Station of the Year. The MABF presented the award during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday March 11, in Grand Rapids. Broadcasters from throughout the state were in attendance.



Two Michigan broadcasters honored with Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters, who combined have served the industry for 93 years. The Carl E Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners for this year are:

Gregory Urbiel, Director of Engineering, Saga Communications, Detroit. Mr. Urbiel began his career as a radio engineer in 1969 at WCAR-AM/FM in Detroit, Michigan. His many accomplishments through the years include assisting to design and move WWJ-AM/FM/WYST (WJOI) to their current studio in Southfield. Since then Greg has worked for CBS Radio in New York, New York and ABC Radio in Detroit, Michigan before finding his current home at Saga Communications. He has also served as a member on the Engineering Committee for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the Southeast Michigan Operations Area Emergency Broadcast Coordinating Committee.

Dale Scholten, Chief Engineer, WXMI-TV, Grand Rapids. Mr. Scholten has been in the broadcasting industry for 53 years and has contributed in to the television industry in many ways. He began his career repairing TV's in Cadillac, Michigan where he soon was hired on at WWTV-TV, the local television station. Dale grew his experience and earned his FCC first class license. In 1968, while working as an engineer for WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Dale began his own contract maintenance company, General Communications Company. Dale helped to build what is now WXMI-TV and has been their Chief Engineer for 28 years. He still owns and operates his own business and now works with his son.

The Carl Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the Engineering Luncheon at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo which was held in Grand Rapids.



Michigan Broadcasters present Don Backus MAB Associate of the Year Award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Don Backus of ENCO Systems with the organization's Associate of the Year Award. The presentation was made Wednesday, 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.

"Don is a long time supporter and member of the MAB," said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. "Through his dedication and volunteer efforts, Don has not only been an asset to other broadcasters, but has been integral in MAB community outreach efforts."

Don Backus is Vice President of Sales and Marketing at ENCO Systems, a manufacturer and distributer of digital audio storage and reproduction systems. He has been an associate member of the MAB and has served on its Board of Directors for over eight years. Don was one of the founders of the MAB Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) and has served on the GLBC Committee since its inception in 1987. In addition, Don has served on the engineering committee, the annual convention committee and the MAB board of directors as its first associate representative.







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