Michigan Almanac: August 2009 Archives

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation's (MABF) annual Online Auction is in full swing. The annual event is a fundraiser hosted by the MABF to raise money for their education and scholarship program which aids students who are pursuing careers within the broadcasting industry.

The final day of bidding on fantastic items and packages is today, Wednesday, August 5th. Bidding will end at 11:00pm. Items available include: University of Michigan Football Package; Michigan State University Football Package; Detroit Tigers Tickets; and A Getaway for two at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island.

The MAB Foundation has provided more than $60,000 dollars in scholarships to worthy students pursuing a career in broadcasting since its inception. The MABF also sponsors major educational opportunities like the Broadcasting Career Builders Conference (BCBC) which will be held Friday, October 30, 2009 at Lansing Community College's West Campus. BCBC helps young people, and those new to the business, learn more about the inner workings of the broadcasting industry and serves as a great networking opportunity with seasoned professionals. Additionally, the MABF sponsors the following programs: the Michigan High School and College Broadcast Awards program, broadcasting career fairs and the Broadcast Excellence Awards for Michigan Broadcasting professionals.

For more information on the Online Auction or for a complete list of items being auctioned, please visit the MAB website at www.michmab.com and click on the Online Auction button.


Television: Newsmakers Aug. 7, 2009



Crain's Detroit Business:

Fans of the Detroit Tigers have reason to rejoice: cable provider Comcast Corp. has added an all-Tigers channel starting today. "FOX Sports Detroit: Tigers On Demand" is available at no additional cost to Comcast digital cable subscribers in Michigan. The channel will re-air the most recent game in its entirety, including all pregame and postgame coverage, starting two hours after the game ends. Other content will include: a selection of baseball memories featuring Ernie Harwell; the "Tigers Weekly" special on the late Mark Fidrych; and an installment of "FSN Basement: All-Star Edition" from 2005 featuring conversations with Al Kaline and George Kell... New all-Detroit Tigers TV channel debuts on Comcast cable (Fri, 8/7)


Michigan Almanac: Aug. 25, 2009




At age 13 Art Vuolo huddled under the blanket at night listening in the dark with an earpiece. His rocket-shaped plastic radio had an antenna sprouting from its nose. With an alligator clip to ground the radio to a wall plug, he could tune in "Night Beat" with Bernie Herman on WIRE(AM), a station a few miles away from his home in Indianapolis. This was 1958. Within 10 years Vuolo would be on his way to making his own radio history, not as a DJ but as an archivist of the radio industry. "The radio bug really bit me then," said Vuolo (pronounced VOE-low) from his home in the Detroit suburb of Novi, Mich. "Another radio personality who had a big influence on me was Jim Shelton, who hosted record hops in addition to 'Platter Party' on WIBC(AM). He let me help him out at remotes and dances, and I got to the point where I could sign his name on his 8-by-10 promo photos as well as he could." By DXing, Vuolo was able to extend his horizons and tune in stations all over the country at night. He kept a log of what he heard and came to appreciate the air talents in each market... Art Vuolo: Still Radio's Best Friend (Tue, 8/25)


The Michigan High School Athletic Association Network has a redesigned website ready for the start of the 2009-10 school year, which kicks off its schedule of MHSAA Game Night events on Friday (Aug. 28) when Watervliet and Coloma meet for the 100th time in football at Panther Stadium in Watervliet at 7 p.m.

Last year, the MHSAA Network televised over 400 events on the MHSAA.tv website and with its cable television partner, Comcast Cable. This year, the weekly featured Friday regular-season contests will generally be available online Saturday morning; and other coverage will generally debut online late each week.

The MHSAA.tv website will also be the home to video content being created by member schools. A pilot video streaming program is being undertaken involving schools from the Capital Area Activities Conference in mid-Michigan, plus Carsonville-Port Sanilac High School, which will chronicle its first season of eight-player football online.

The schools voluntarily participating in the pilot are being provided at no cost the equipment necessary to create video and stream it to the MHSAA.tv website. When We Were Young Productions, which powers the MHSAA Network, and its technical partner, PlayON! Sports, are providing the equipment and the robust streaming platform.

Schools participating in the pilot will be paid for their participation, and will be allowed to use the equipment and the streaming solution to distribute their regular-season events in any sport they choose, at any level they wish. CAAC schools will have portal pages on the MHSAA.tv website which fans can directly access to see the content created by and for their school. Their only participation requirement is to stream those indoor MHSAA tournament games they host.

Based on this fall's pilot, the MHSAA plans to expand the streaming program to include those schools hosting many of its winter sports tournaments.

"The proliferation of streaming video on the web has schools excited about the possibilities this has to bring recognition to their programs and stay in contact with their alumni, their communities and their fans," said John E. "Jack" Roberts, executive director of the MHSAA. "It also has schools contacting our office to seek guidance about putting their games on the Internet, and that conversation usually ends with the callers asking 'why doesn't the MHSAA just do it?'

"With the vision of When We Were Young Productions and PlayON! Sports, we're pleased that we can provide schools with a safe place where they can stream their athletic events; give students some hands-on experience in a growing field; and provide our schools with revenue for their programs without them having to hold their hand out in the community."

Content created by schools for the MHSAA.tv website will generally become available for viewing online at 11:30 p.m. the day of the contest, or the following day. Most CAAC schools involved recently were trained on the use of the production kits and the streaming solution, and Roberts said those schools will begin to stream games as they become comfortable using the equipment.

Cable viewers on Comcast Channel 900 will be able to watch the weekly featured MHSAA Game Night football contest on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. One girls volleyball contest and one boys soccer match will also air weekly in prime time, with volleyball getting its first airing Thursdays at 8 p.m.; and soccer on Sundays at 6:30 p.m. Two additional football games will be shown on Saturdays at 10 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sundays will also feature reairings of selected contests. In addition, Comcast will air MHSAA championship action of past years daily at 3 p.m. Visit the MHSAA.tv website and click on TV Schedule to see complete listings.

Comcast will also feature highlights packages of selected contests through its Video On Demand service. To watch, go to the Video On Demand channel, selected Get Local and then MHSAA. You can also visit MHSAA.tv to see a complete schedule of what's available on Comcast Video On Demand.

Roberts said the MHSAA Network is still seeking clearances for its programming with other video distributors in areas not served by Comcast.


Michigan Almanac: Aug. 31, 2009



The Michigan Farm Radio Network (MFRN), The Voice of Michigan's Farm Families has added Annette Weston, former news director of WSJM-AM Radio in St. Joseph / Benton Harbor, as an agri-news reporter. Weston is an award-winning broadcast journalist with vast radio news experience. Annette brings several years of news coverage and broadcast journalism in Michigan, continuing the MFRN tradition of gathering and delivering vital information from the Michigan ag industry leaders and policy makers affecting the producers in the state.

She will work with Rob Buttery, who moves into an editorial role as MFRN's agri-news editor. This team will offer its audience as well as the newsmakers a network with a great deal of radio experience.

Located in view of the Capitol in Lansing, the Michigan Farm Radio Network delivers programming to radio station affiliates targeted to a pure Michigan farm audience. Still committed to Michigan farming, it continues to serve as the only state-based radio network delivering 16 programs each day to over 20 affiliates.

The hiring of Weston was announced by Dennis Mellott, president and general manager of the Michigan Farm Radio Network.







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