Michigan Almanac: March 2011 Archives

Specs HowardResponding to an increased demand for a workforce knowledgeable in digital media arts and graphic design, Specs Howard School of Media Arts on Friday announced it will be expanding its Farmington Hills campus at Studio Center by 2,500 sq. ft to add class space and nine editing suites, adding four classes at its Southfield campus, and hiring up to 10 new staff members.

With a legendary broadcast curriculum spanning nearly 40 years, Specs Howard School added a Graphic Design program in 2008, film workshops in 2009 and the Digital Media Arts program in 2010. With each program, the school has increased faculty, student services and support staff. The school has added nearly 40 staffers in the past year in all departments, including faculty, career services, marketing and administration.

For 2011, the school is seeking additional faculty and adjunct faculty for the Graphic Design and Digital Media Arts programs, as well personnel for career services and the business office.

"We hear regularly from employers requesting students from our programs because of the diversified skill-set we provide them. They want media-savvy employees who not only know how to run the soundboards or cameras but who can edit video; have experience in graphics; and understand Web development, compression and content delivery," said Lisa Zahodne, President/COO of Specs Howard School. "Each semester our media programs continue to attract more students, so naturally accommodating this demand requires more classes and additional qualified staff."

Through intensive 12-month programs, Specs Howard School of Media Arts' Graphic Arts and Digital Media Arts curriculum provide students with a comprehensive foundation for careers in the growing graphic design and digital media fields, respectively.

Areas of focus in the Graphic Arts program include: Working With and Manipulating Text, Digital Photography and Editing, Animation for Web Design, Website Maintenance and Design, Package Design, and Portfolio Creation and Presentation.

Areas of focus in the Digital Media Arts program include: Digital Media Production and Editing, ENG (electronic news gathering), Graphic Design, Motion Graphics, Website Design, and Writing for Digital Media.

For more information about the school, visit www.specshoward.edu.


Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo slated for March 9 at the Lansing Center in Lansing

GLBCGovernor Rick Snyder will present his first live address to Michigan broadcasters at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) March 9, 2011 at the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan.

The Governor will speak during the opening session of the event which brings nearly 1,000 broadcasters and their associates to the capitol city every year. At GLBC attendees will have the opportunity to preview the latest in new technology and media in the Exhibit Hall and attend educational sessions hosted by over 20 nationally recognized industry leaders.

"Many broadcasters have become the quintessential portals to new media for their audiences and clients alike. In addition to the driving force of traditional radio and television, clients can now deliver their messages through mobile marketing," according to MAB President/CEO Karole White. "Our members are now serving a broader audience which not only includes their traditional listening or viewing audiences, but those who access information through the web or mobile devices. Using these various multi-media opportunities enables our members to better serve their audiences and clients."

The event also includes sessions for high school and college students who are interested in a career in broadcasting and media. Students will have the opportunity to network with broadcast professionals during the main luncheon as well as at the Career and Networking Fair immediately following the luncheon.

The conference will conclude with the annual Legislative Reception and Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) presentation where broadcasters from across the state compete in a battle for excellence in several broadcasting categories. One station in each of the eight commercial television and radio divisions will take home the coveted title of Station of the Year.


Cumulus to acquire Citadel



Radio across lower Michigan is about to become super-consolidated with this morning's announcement that Cumulus has officially "entered into a definitive merger agreement to purchase Citadel Broadcasting Corporation, under which Cumulus would acquire all of the outstanding common stock and warrants of Citadel at a price of $37.00 per share. This consideration is payable in cash and shares of Cumulus stock, and values Citadel as an enterprise at approximately $2.4 billion. Citadel owns and operates 225 radio stations in over 50 markets and also operates the Citadel Media business, which is among the largest radio networks in the U.S." The combined operations of Cumulus and Citadel would be about 572 radio stations across 120 markets should the deal get the green light from the government.

In Michigan, the combined Cumulus and Citadel properties would result in a 38 station grouping of stations that would include properties in Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Flint, Saginaw/Bay City, and Toledo, OH -- pending FCC review and approval.

The biggest local downside of this deal will undoubtedly be the likely consolidation of positions in Michigan as Cumulus attempts to leverage the sheer number of stations it will own and markets it will cover in the I-75, I-94, and I-96 corridors.


MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented the recipients of its 2010 'Station of the Year' Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) during the annual BEA program on Wednesday, March 9 in Lansing. The awards are based on the cumulative number of points scored from the winning BEA entries and is given to the station with the most points in each commercial radio and television market.

The following stations were the recipients of 2010 Station of the Year awards:

Market 1:
Television: WXYZ-TV Detroit
Radio: WJR AM Detroit

Market 2:
Television: WOOD-TV Grand Rapids
Radio: WKZO-FM/AM Kalamazoo

Market 3:
Television: WWTV/WWUP-TV Cadillac/Traverse City/Sault Ste Marie
Radio: WKHM AM Jackson

Market 4:
Television: WLUC-TV Marquette
Radio: WTVB AM Coldwater



Also receiving awards yesterday in Lansing at the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference were the state's student-operated radio and televisino stations. Congratulations to the 2011 Student Station / Program of the Year winners:

College Radio: Michigan State University's WDBM-FM

College TV: Central Michigan University's MHTV

High School Radio (tie): Bloomfield Hills Public Schools WBFH-FM and Golightly Career & Technical Center

High School TV: Davison High School's DTV


Michigan engineers honored with MAB's Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

MABThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) 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 E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the Engineering Luncheon at the MAB's annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held March 9 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

Radio Winner: Ralph Haines III, Engineer & Co-Owner WGDN Radio and Broadcast Engineer Services, Gladwin, Michigan. Haines is Co-Owner and Chief Engineer for WGDN Radio in Gladwin in addition to owning and operating Broadcast Engineer Services. Ralph began his radio career in 1968, while he was still in high school. Since then he has worked for a variety of different stations throughout Michigan and Illinois.

In 1972, Ralph briefly left the broadcast industry when he married his wife, Annette and took a job at IBM as a Customer Engineer. While with IBM Ralph was transferred back to Lansing where he returned to the broadcasting industry.

In September 2003, Ralph retired from IBM and in 2004 started the contract engineering company Broadcast Engineer Services (BES). Today Ralph is still a staple in Michigan broadcasting and has no current plans to retire from the broadcasting industry.


Television Winner: Mike Laemers, Chief Engineer, WOOD/WOTV/WXSP - TV, Grand Rapids, Michigan. Laemers is the Director of Engineering at WOOD/WOTV/ WXSP, Grand Rapids. He has over 35 years experience in the field of Broadcast Engineering and has been a vital component in developing the television market in the Grand Rapids DMA. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Western Michigan University.

His many accomplishments in the field of television engineering include building one of the first television LMA and hub operations in the country as well as building a virtual television station which later became WXSP. Mike also headed WOOD-TV's transition to digital where he made WOOD-TV the technical leader in the market with the first all digital plant.

His many years in the business also include other areas of television station management. Mike's experience in program buying, traffic operations and labor relations have rounded his career in television management. He has served as a member of the board of directors of Channel 41, Inc. and has past memberships in the I.E.E.E. (Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers), S.M.P.T.E. (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers), Broadcast Pioneers, and the Michigan Association of Broadcaster's Engineering Committee.



Dennis Mellott presented with the MAB Associate of the Year award

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented Dennis Mellott of Saga Communications with the organization's Associate of the Year Award. The presentation was made Wednesday, March 9 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.

Mellott has worked within the radio industry for over twenty-nine years, seventeen of which have been spent in the network business. He serves as president and general manager of Saga Communications' group of five regional networks: The Illinois Radio Network, The Minnesota News and Farm Networks, Michigan Radio Network, and Michigan Farm Radio Network.

Located in the upper Midwest, the networks provide radio stations across their respective states, programming and event broadcasts such as state news, farm news, professional and collegiate sports distribution, public service and weekend programming. In Michigan, the networks offer a variety of programming as well as specialty broadcasts.

"Dennis Mellott has been a great asset to the MAB," said Karole White, MAB President and CEO. "His forward thinking and great talent for organization made him an industry leader, however, Dennis has always made time to serve the MAB and its members, and that I why he is our Associate of the Year."

Mr. Mellott has served as President of the National Association of State Radio Networks; associate board member for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and is a current member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting.


Michigan Almanac: March 18, 2011



Grand Rapids Press / Associated Press:

MLive.com has published a complete rundown of the numerous winners of Michigan Associated Press awards from across Michigan:

Top Michigan television and radio newscasts are honored by Associated Press (Fri, 3/18)


Non-commercial radio, General Excellence: Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor
Class I radio, General Excellence: WWJ, Detroit
Class II radio, General Excellence: WSGW, Saginaw
Class III radio, General Excellence: WGHN, Grand Haven

Class I television General Excellence: WJBK-TV, Detroit
Class II television General Excellence: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids
Class III television General Excellence: WLNS-TV, Lansing







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