Michigan Almanac: July 2010 Archives

The Michigan Emergency Alert System (EAS) will enable the first, full use of a new public warning delivery system allowing direct input from the Michigan State Police and Emergency Managers to key broadcast stations statewide beginning Monday, July 19, 2010.

Through funds provided by the federal government, the Michigan State Police and several Emergency Managers will be able to send emergency messages and AMBER alerts directly to key EAS stations throughout the state. The EAS terminals are linked by both satellite and internet to provide redundancy when communication systems have failed. Additionally, as the warning is sent to key broadcast stations, it can be sent in a short length format that can be used to post to web sites, feed electronic signs and be sent to email accounts, as well as text messages to mobile devices.

"EMnet is a proven system, in use in nearly 25% of the United States and is compliant with the forthcoming government required messaging format. We expect to demonstrate its ability to provide full text messaging for the hearing impaired in the coming weeks," said Larry Estlack, State Chair for EAS and Director of Technology for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. "These early warnings will allow the broadcasting community to inform their audiences quicker, ultimately helping to save lives."

For over a year, emergency managers have trained on the EMnet equipment, testing weekly, as required by the FCC. The system is multilingual, with the ability to send messages in English, Spanish and French. In addition, it delivers prompt messaging; from the time an Emergency Manager pushes the send button to the receipt of the message, takes just 10 seconds.

 

Michigan Almanac: July 19, 2010

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Michigan Association of Broadcasters elects new Board of Directors and Officers

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) elected their 2010-2011 Board of Directors and Officers during the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting July 15, 2010 at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth. The newly elected officers include:

  • Chairman, Mike King, Vice President & General Manager, WILX-TV, Gray Television, Lansing
  • Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Duane Alverson, President, MacDonald Broadcasting Co., Saginaw/Lansing
  • Secretary/Treasurer, Trey Fabacher, Vice President & General Manager, WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV CBS Television, Detroit
  • At-Large, Tim Feagan, General Manager, Clear Channel West Michigan, Grand Rapids
  • Immediate Past Chairman, Tom Mogush, President and Owner, WMQT-FM/WZAM-AM, Marquette

Members elected for their first-full term include:

  • Secretary/Treasurer, Trey Fabacher, Vice President & General Manager, WWJ/WKBD-TV, Detroit
  • Director, Debbie Kenyon, Vice President & Market Manager, CBS Radio, Detroit
  • Director, Marla Drutz, Vice President & General Manager, WDIV-TV, Detroit

Board members who have been elected for a second term include:

  • Director, Ken Radant, President and Owner, WBCH-AM/FM, Hastings
  • Director, Rob Striker, Market Manager, Cumulus Radio, Flint
  • The MAB congratulates the members on their newly elected positions and looks forward to working with the board to bring the best service to all Michigan broadcasters. For more information about the MAB and its board members, including full bios and photos, click here.

     

    MAB Foundation announces newly elected Board of Directors and Officers

    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) elected their 2010-2011 Board of Directors and Officers during the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Conference July 15, 2010 at the Inn at St. John's. The newly elected officers include:

    • Chairman, Chris Monk, Citadel Broadcasting Company, Saginaw/Flint
    • Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect, Dave Downing, Lansing Community College/WLNZ-FM, Lansing
    • Secretary/Treasurer, Julie Koehn, WLEN-FM, Adrian
    • Immediate Past Chairman, Charles Ganzert Ph.D., Northern Michigan University, WUPX-FM, Marquette

    Members elected for their first full-term include:

    • Director, Pete Bowers, Bloomfield Hills School District, WBFH-FM, Bloomfield Hills
    • Director, Sue Goldsen, WKHM-AM/FM & WIBM-AM, Jackson
    • Director, Rick Sykes, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant
    • Director, Eva Aguirre-Cooper, WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids

    Board members who have been elected for a second 3-year term include:

    • Director, Jennifer Mefford, IBEW NECA, Detroit
    • Director, Steve Marks, WBKP/WBKB/WBUP-TV, Alpena

    The MAB congratulates the new MABF elected officials and looks forward to working with them in the year ahead. For more information about the MABF and its board members, please contact the MABF office at mabf@michmab.com.

     

    MAPB Presents Michael T. Walenta with the 2010 Professional Pioneer Award

    The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented the MAPB Professional Pioneer Award to Michael T. Walenta, General Manager of WGVU-AM/FM/TV in Grand Rapids. He accepted the award during the Chairman's Banquet at the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting held Thursday, July 15 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan.

    Michael Walenta began his career in 1978 after receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University and his Masters degree in 1980. As a spirited young broadcaster, Walenta worked in several broadcasting positions in and around Central and West Michigan, including assistant engineer, video editor and college instructor.

    In 1983, Walenta headed to Texas where he worked first as a production manager and later as operations manager for a series of television stations. However, in 1988, Walenta returned to his home state of Michigan to take on the position of General Manager for the public broadcasting station WGVU-AM/FM/TV, a position he proudly holds today.

    Walenta is an outdoor enthusiast and world traveler who has visited the far corners of the earth. He is actively involved with the National Ski Patrol, the Rapid Wheelman Bicycling Team and the Boy Scouts of America.

     

    MAB Inducts three into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame

    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) inducted three new members into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting held Thursday, July 15 at The Inn at St. John's. The inductees were selected based upon their service to the broadcasting industry and their communities. The 2010 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees are Bill Bonds, Retired Television Anchor & Reporter, Detroit, Jerry Hodak, Chief Meteorologist for WXYZ-TV, Detroit, and Karole L. White, President & CEO of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Lansing.

    The Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees were presented during the Chairman's Banquet at the Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting. For more information about this year's inductees, including full bios, visit the MAB website at www.michmab.com.

     

    MAB presented P. Thomas Bryson with the MAB Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) was proud to present the Lifetime Achievement Award to P. Thomas "Tom" Bryson, President and General Manager of WJRT-TV in Flint, Michigan. The MAB presented the award at their Summer Celebration and MAB Annual Meeting on Thursday, July 15 at The Inn at St. John's.

    For more information, including a full biography, about this year's Lifetime Achievement Award winner, please visit the MAB website at www.michmab.com.

 

Michigan Almanac: July 27, 2010

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Two bills introduced in the MICHIGAN legislature would ban non-compete clauses in broadcasters' contracts, and AFTRA's DETROIT chapter is urging its members to call their representatives to support the efforts. A bill sponsored by State Rep. FRED MILLER and co-sponsored by 20 other representatives is making its way through the House; the bill, HB 5750, has been referred to the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by one of the bill's co-sponsors, Rep. MARK MEADOWS. Another bill, SB 1068, sponsored by Sen. RAYMOND E. BASHAM, has been referred to the Senate Committee on Commerce and Tourism... AFTRA Urges Support For Michigan Anti-Non-Compete Bills (Tue. 7/27)

 

By now, you've probably heard about the huge Motor City Radio Reunion to be held on September 25, 2010 in Novi. The price of tickets will be jumping from $80 to $110 by this Monday. If you'd like to save a few dollars log onto the web site: www.mcrr2010.com and order your ticket(s) now. Attendance will offer to you a chance to meet and greet many of the legendary names who made Detroit one of the most exciting radio markets in America! Already confirmed are most of the WKNR Keener jocks, Big 8 DJ's and CKLW newsmen, plus stars from WXYZ, WJR and WWJ among others. Organizers have indicated, "This will be the final such event, and those who miss it will surely regret it as time goes on. We hope you will be a part of this very special event."

 

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