Michigan Almanac: March 2010 Archives

MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters presented Station of the Year honors at the Broadcast Excellence Awards presentation in Lansing on Wednesday, March 3, 2010 to the following stations:

Market 1 (Detroit):

  • Television: WJBK-TV
  • Radio: WJR AM

Market 2:

  • Television: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids
  • Radio: WKZO AM Kalamazoo

Market 3:

  • Television: WILX-TV Lansing
  • Radio: WLEN-FM Adrian

Market 4:

  • Television: WLUC-TV Marquette
  • Radio: WSJM-FM/AM Benton Harbor

Public Broadcasting Group 1:

  • Television: WGVU-TV Grand Rapids
  • Radio: WICA-FM Interlochen

Public Broadcasting Group 2:

  • Television: WTVS-TV Detroit
  • Radio: Michigan Radio/Ann Arbor (WUOM-FM/WFUM-FM/WVGR-FM)

High School Radio Station of the Year: Bloomfield Andover/Lahser High School, WBFH-FM

College Radio Station of the Year: Michigan State University, WDBM-FM

High School Television Station of the Year: Davison High School, DTV

College Television Station of the Year: Central Michigan University, MHTV

The MAB also announced the winners of its Broadcast Excellence Award competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here. The MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

Congratulations to all the winning stations and their employees!



WBFH Bloomfield Hills named 2010 High School Radio Station of the Year

Eight WBFH students win 14 awards from MAB

WBFHBloomfield Hills School District radio broadcasting students won five first place awards, three second place awards and six third place awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 3, 2010 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. WBFH received the most cumulative points in all categories entered and was awarded the 2010 High School Radio Station of the Year.

The MAB received 458 entries from 33 schools for their annual High School and College Broadcasting Awards competition. WBFH students won 14 of the 26 awards given out in the high school radio division.

Lahser senior Chad Shepard won five awards: 1st Place, MHSAA Sports PSA; 1st Place, Sportscast/Sports Play-by-Play; 2nd Place, Promotional Announcement; 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Bobby Brandon); 3rd Place, Air Check (with Drake Deitch).

Andover senior Josh Loney won four awards: 1st Place, Talk Show; 2nd Place, Air Check; 3rd Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature; 3rd Place (tie), Promotional Announcement.

Andover senior Josh Gordon won two awards: 2nd Place, Public Service Announcement; 3rd Place (tie), Promotional Announcement.

Andover senior Kevin Furlong won one award: 1st Place, Daily Newscast/News Feature.

Lahser senior Patrick Garretson won one award: 1st Place, Promotional Announcement.

Andover senior Ryan Bloom won one award: 3rd Place, Station Activities Report.

Andover senior Drake Deitch won one award: 3rd Place, Air Check (with Chad Shepard).

Lahser junior Bobby Brandon won one award: 3rd Place, Talk Show (with Chad Shepard).

The WBFH management team of Station Manager Pete Bowers, Assistant Manager/Technical Director Randy Carr and Remote Supervisor/Program Director Ron Wittebols were present to congratulate the award winning students and accept the Station of the Year Award on their behalf. This was the sixth Station of the Year Award WBFH has won in the last eight years.

WBFH, also known as The Biff, is a non-commercial, educational radio station broadcasting at 88.1 on the FM dial or online at www.wbfh.fm.



MSU News:

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters and Broadcast Music Inc. have named Michigan State University's WDBM - or Impact 89 FM, as it is commonly known - the college radio station of the year. The Gold Record Award was presented at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing on March 3. This is the 10th time in a row that WDBM-FM has won the award. "To be named College Station of the Year for the 10th year in a row is an unprecedented accomplishment." said Gary Reid, professional general manager of the station. "I am extremely proud of our staff, and honored to be able to work with such talented and motivated young people." Impact staffers took first place in four of the seven categories, including Ed Glazer for talk show, Ben Rickert for promotional announcement and public service announcement, and Jeremy Whiting for the station activities report. The staff earned 10 awards in all and amassed nearly twice the number of points than the next nearest competitor... MSU's Impact 89 FM named College Station of the Year for the 10th time (Thu, 3/4)


MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) has presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters, who combined have served in the industry for nearly eight decades. 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 the Lansing Center, March 3 in Lansing.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

  • Radio Winner: Ed Trombley, Field Engineer/RF Expert, Munn-Reese, Inc., Coldwater, Michigan

Ed Trombley is the Field Engineer and RF Expert Extraordinaire at Munn-Reese, Inc. He began his broadcasting career as a student at Lake Superior State College in the Electronic Engineering Technology program. Upon graduating, Ed worked as a contract engineer for several years at numerous stations across Lower Michigan. In 1984 Ed took on the position of Chief Engineer and Technical Director of Telecommunications at WSAE/KTGG at Spring Arbor College. After a decade of service at Spring Arbor College, Ed made to the move to Munn-Reese, Inc. in Coldwater, MI to work as a field engineer conquering the most complex of radio engineering issues. Since his move to Munn-Reese, Ed has become quite the engineering celebrity throughout the state known for his problem solving and uncanny way of communicating with the finickiest of machinery.

In addition to his professional work, Ed is known for his garage full of old broadcast parts and equipment supplying the local theatre with period props not to mention the numerous engineers who have been helped in a pinch because of his garage full of goodies. Ed is married to his lovely wife Mary and the couple has four children.

  • Television Winner: John Grover, Chief Engineer, WADL-TV, Mount Clemens/Detroit, Michigan

John Grover is the Chief Engineer for Adell Broadcasting Corporation's WADL-TV. He has over 46 years of experience in broadcast engineering, 33 of which has been as a television station chief engineer. John began his broadcasting career in 1963 at WJIM as a staff engineer before a brief two-year stint as an engineer for World Wide Sports in Williamston, MI. He then became the Chief Engineer for WGPR, a radio and television licensee, in 1977 where he assemble a U-Matic auto logging sequencer for interstitial and program playback.

In 1988, John joined the Sinclair Broadcast Group in Flint as Chief Engineer at WSMH starting a local news operation. In addition, in 1992 John took on the extra duties of Chief Engineer at WADL-TV where he managed the operations and staffing of Master Control. In 2006, John opted to lighten his heavy work load retiring from WSMH-TV. John is still Chief Engineer at WADL-TV and is known for his positive, can-do sprit and outstanding work ethic.


MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Michael Gottlieb of Don-Lors Electronics and Will Tieman of TBC Sports/Spartan Sports Network with the organization's Associate of the Year Award. The presentation was made Wednesday, March 3 during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo in Lansing. The award recognizes the significant contributions made by MAB associate members, and acknowledges their efforts in enhancing the quality and integrity of broadcasting while supporting their community.

  • Michael Gottlieb, National Director of Sales and Marketing, Don-Lors Electronics, Livonia, Michigan

Michael GottliebMichael Gottlieb grew up in Plymouth, MI where he graduated from Plymouth Canton High School. After attending Central Michigan University he went to work for E.F. Hutton as a Stockbroker and remained in investment business for over 15 years seeing several corporate mergers and acquisitions. He was promoted to several levels from Branch Manager to Vice President during that time before making the move to Don-Lors Electronics who specializes in all facets of commercial and residential satellite TV and communication, home and commercial theatre and A/V and Digital signage and advertising. As the National Director of Sales and Marketing, Michael is responsible for offices in 14 major markets throughout the country.

In 2008 Michael, and his company, teamed with the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) to bring the most comprehensive DTV transition plan in the country. Through his dedication to the cause and the people of Michigan, Michael and Don-Lors Electronics opened their facilities and dedicated their staff to the first-ever Live DTV Helpline, assisting Michigan citizens with every facet of the digital television transition.

"Michael Gottlieb was a key player in the massive success of the 2009 transition to digital television," said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. "Michael offered his company's assistance and resources to bring the people of Michigan the first live-operator DTV call center in the nation."

  • Will Tieman, President of TBC Sports/ Spartan Sports Network, Holt, Michigan

Will TiemanWill Tieman is in his 4th decade of broadcasting college football and basketball games. Within the state of Michigan he is most recognized as the voice for Coach Tom Izzo's Michigan State Spartan basketball team. In addition to his broadcast work with MSU, Tieman has served as the voice of Miami University, the Big Ten Basketball Game of the Week and was lead announcer for Coach Eddie Robinson's Grambling State University Tigers national radio network.

His national network football bowl assignments have included The Citrus Bowl, The Motor City Bowl (now Little Caesars Pizza Bowl), the International Bowl and the Blue-Gray Game. He has anchored various television assignments and for 15 seasons in the month of May, Tieman provided national radio coverage from The Indianapolis Motor Speedway. During the course of a year over 250 radio stations around the nation air broadcasts he anchors.

For the past two years, Tieman and his crew received the Michigan Association of Broadcaster's "Best Network Play-By-Play" Award. Tieman is currently the President of the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association.

"Will Tieman has been an extremely active and supportive associate member of the MAB," said White. "Mr. Tieman has provided countless opportunities for the MAB to build key external relationships and has given back to the broadcasting community by sharing his depth of knowledge on sports broadcasting with new and experienced broadcasters alike, by serving as a speaker and panelist at MAB events and as a guest columnist for the MAB newsletter."







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