The Early 90s: Random Thoughts from Deep Within the Memory Bag!
By Tim Griesdorn, MAB President 1991
To MAB…thanks for the invitation to look back, reflect and ponder the life and times of the MAB in the 1990’s. What I remember most vividly is joining the Board of Directors (“keeping my mouth shut”) and learning so much at the hands of my predecessors – Jim White, Guy Spitsberg, Jerry Colvin, Chuck Mefford and Tom Bryson…a smart thing to do.
The late 80s and early 90’s brought two things to the MAB – Karole White and a permanent home in Lansing at 819 N. Washington Avenue. Photo right: Tom Griesdorn, MAB President 1991 and Karole White.
First - I remember spending time (lots of time) on the phone with Tom Bryson discussing how to encourage Ms. White to continue in her position as Executive Director/President. The board was lucky enough to persuade her to move to Lansing and take over the role and she was establishing a name and reputation for the broadcasters of Michigan. Looking back – nice job, Mr. Bryson – as Karole is now celebrating 20+ years leading the organization…seems to have been a great “fit” for everyone involved.
Second – upon becoming President in 1991, I remember burning up the asphalt between Southfield and Lansing meeting with Karole to look over, investigate, plan review and finally – sign a mortgage on a permanent home for the MAB. Karole, remember how one second in almost every meeting we felt as if we were taking a giant step to solidify the future of the organization—only to be followed by a tick of the clock and being filled with fear that we were over-extending our capabilities and insuring certain ‘doom’ to the MAB and our respective careers?
Other random thoughts about the year – 1991:
January marked the swearing in of the 45th
Governor of the State of Michigan, John Engler, who took over the reins from Jim Blanchard – a shift from Democratic to Republican control was causing many changes in Lansing.
· Karole – remember the challenge of “re-establishing” a dues structure to support the NCSA program in order to comply with the rules of the IRS?
· Look around the board table – those directors who would go on to accomplish so much in our industry…Bob Ottaway, Pat Mullen, Elaine Baker, Tom Scanlan, Steve Trivers, Alan Frank, Scott Blumenthal (only a few in name).
· What is this new industry “cable television” – how do you think this will play out in the future? Do you think it will have an effect on over-the-air television? Man, we have enough competition in our TV markets with three networks and those independents.
…all good times and today as I sit as Vice President of the OAB (Ohio Association of Broadcasters), I will assume the presidency next year, and have the privilege of doing it all over again 19 years later in my home state, here in Columbus – near my beloved “OSU Buckeyes” (Sorry…had to do it!).
Tim Griesdorn's comments originally appeared in the May, 2009 issue of the MAB E-Newsletter.
Bob Ottaway: MAB Memories
MAB Past President 1992
I think that it might have been Chuck Mefford who encouraged me to join the MAB while I was still broadcasting WMMQ-FM out of our original Charlotte studios. It was one of the best things that I ever did in my professional career. The people, the information, the lobbying…what great years.
Although times are tough now, we thought that they were tough then too. I remember at one of my first meetings when Tom Griesdorn announced that they had had MAB headquarters appraised and that we may need to sell it and rent it back! That caused a few jaws to drop. Photo left: Bob Ottaway, MAB President 1992 presenting Ernie Harwell the 1992 Lifetime Achievement Award.
And, I had fond memories a few weeks ago when my client Macomb Community College invited me to attend a celebration of their Sixties Exhibit followed by an evening with the Smothers Brothers Live. You can imagine my surprise to see a video clip of Pat Paulsen, whom we saw live in Traverse City at one of our summer meetings, on the big projection screen “running for President” and espousing a platform to rid the country of greed, end the Middle East conflict and get the economy under control among other things. Can you believe it? And, this was before CBS cancelled their program in April 1969!
More proof that…”the more things change, the more they stay the same. My best wishes to all of my fine MAB friends! The best IS yet to come.
Bob Ottaway's comments originally appeared in the May, 2009 issue of the MAB E-Newsletter.
Memories from Ross Woodstock
MAB Past President 1997
I’ll never forget my first board meeting at the MAB. It was announced that there had become an unexpected vacancy as the chair of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) and an immediate replacement was needed, as the conference was just a few months away. One of my friends Gil Buettner, then with WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo), on the board pointed at me and said, “You’re elected. Welcome to the board.” Photo right: Passing the gavel (l-r) Stephen Trivers, MAB President 1996 passes the gavel to Ross Woodstock, MAB Chairman 1997.
I’ll never regret getting “drafted” as GLBC chairman as it gave me a wonderful opportunity to work with the talented MAB staff and meet many broadcasting colleagues from around the state. It also gave me a deeper appreciation of how blessed the broadcasting industry in Michigan has been to have an association that consistently provides the finest broadcast training and programming services in the country.
Without question, the best part of being part of the MAB board was getting to know so many outstanding individuals who have been leaders of the broadcasting industry in our state. I would have never known many of those people had it not been for my association with MAB. Many remain friends to this day.
The broadcasting industry provided me with a lot of wonderful opportunities and memories. MAB allowed me the privilege of making a small contribution back to that industry. Thank you!
Ross Woostock's comments originally appeared in the May, 2009 issue of the MAB E-Newsletter.
MP3 Audio - Stephen Trivers, MAB President 1996 discusses his memories of the MAB.
The Stephen Trivers audio originally appeared in the May, 2009 issue of the MAB E-Newsletter.