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The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) are proud to announce the recipients of 2017 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Station of the Year honorees. The awards were presented during the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Program, held as part of the Great Lakes Media Show on Wednesday, March 7, 2018 at the Lansing Center.
Of the 960 entries, the following stations were found by judges from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters to be the best of the best in the overall station product:
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7 at the Lansing Center. The 2108 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (Grand Rapids Christian Radio).
Tom Bosscher started his career in broadcasting at an early age. He received his first amateur radio license when he was in grade school, and took the test to obtain his FCC Radiotelephone 1st class license on a dare while still in high school. Tom started his official broadcast career at WION-AM in Ionia and found himself at the WOOD-AM/FM stations in Grand Rapids at the age of 18.
He later went on to WLAV-AM/FM in Grand Rapids and installed a Pirod 400-foot tower, FM antenna and transmitter for the Class B upgrade.
In June 1995, he went to work for WCSG-FM. Among his first projects was the installation of a 25kw Continental transmitter and FM DA antenna and installing the first of many Broadcast Electronics AudioVault systems. Tom has helped WCSG expand to four on-air stations.
Tom is credited for designing the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL), a "one phone call" school closing system that served the Grand Rapids local schools for 12 years. He also developed a significant mobile remote setup using three receiver sites, three vehicular repeaters, two communication grade repeaters and ran 300 to 400 remotes a year for newly built studios for the Federated Media Grand Rapids stations, WCUZ and WCUZ-FM.
Tom has served the local SBE chapter in many fronts, including serving as the SBE West Michigan frequency coordinator for 1 GHz and down. He is a member of the MAB's Engineering Board and serves on the LEPC for Ottawa County. He is also the host for a mission driven forum for Christian Radio Technical forum on crtech.org.
We are pleased to announce our newest communication vehicle, a monthly two minute wrap up video blog. It informs or reminds you of those things you absolutely need to know about legislation, regulations and MAB up coming events. "YOUR MAB in 2 Minutes" will come out monthly at the end of each month.
Let us know how you like it and what we can do to improve this quick reference of only those items that are hot that month.
with David Oxenford, Wilkinson Barker Knauer
Originally Presented November 9, 2017
On March 1, 2018, all radio stations (both commercial and noncommercial) will be required to have fully activated their FCC-hosted online public inspection file. Do you know what is required to be in compliance with the FCC rules?
Whether your station is going off the air or moving to a new frequency because of the recent spectrum incentive auction, your viewers need to prepare for these upcoming changes. To that end, NAB has developed tools for stations in English and Spanish to use to explain to viewers the changes that are coming.
These tools are based on research conducted by NAB to determine the best messaging to convey to over-the-air viewers how they will be impacted and what they must do to stay connected to their favorite local stations.
Click Here for Station Tools
Click Here for Station Tools in Spanish
The tools for stations include a checklist of activities to keep you on track, talking points, sample scripts and crawls and even automated phone messaging. The NAB will add more tools in the coming months, including customizable spots for stations to use as well as a video to help viewers understand how to rescan their TV sets.
Stations are urged you to use these tools and coordinate with other stations in your market to send a clear, consistent message and minimize viewer confusion.
As new tools become available, the NAB will alert stations. In the meantime, don't hesitate to contact the NAB at NABMarketing@nab.org.