Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters

Barry Baker Passes

Right:  Barry Baker at the MAPB Booth, 2009 Great Lake Broadcasting Conference (GLBC);
Left: Barry speaking at the 2015 MAB/MAPB Advocacy Conference

Barry Baker, retired General Manager of Delta Public Broadcasting, died August 30, 2016.  His funeral was held at the Davidson/Hermelin Chapel at Clover Hill Park on Thursday, September 1. The Rabbi David Nelson officiated.

Surviving are Barry's wife Sherri Baker, his son Brett Baker and daughter Carrie Platner; his sister Marlene Krauetzker and brother James Baker. Grandchildren Dillian Tacey and Ryan Harris.  His parents Marcia and Paul Baker predeceased him.

Barry was a valued member of the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters prior to his retirement and served on many committees.  Barry was an active participant in the MAB Foundation, annually attending the Career Fairs, speaking at conferences and serving as a mentor at the speed networking events. Barry loved speaking to the student that attended these functions and encouraging them in their careers in broadcasting.

Barry was witty, personable, a kind man who approached each issue with great wisdom.  He will be missed by his friends at the Michigan Association of Public Broadcasting and broadcasting associates across the nation.

Photo right:  Barry Baker in 2015 after receiving the Professional MAPB Public Media Impact Award.


Barry Baker was Executive Director of Communications Technology & General Manager for Delta College Public Broadcasting. Before coming to Delta College in 1997, Baker served as Executive Director & General Manager for Southern Minnesota Public Broadcasting stations KSMQ-TV and KMSK-FM from 1978-1997. From 1974-1978 Baker was Director of Operations and Production for the New Hampshire Public Television Network, where he won an EMMY in 1977 as Executive Producer/Director for “Best Entertainment Program”. From 1971-1974 Baker worked at public TV stations WSIU/WUSI in southern Illinois and was an instructor in the mass communications department at Southern Illinois University. Baker worked as a Producer/Consultant for the University of Western Ontario from 1970-1971. His initial exposure to the broadcast industry began in 1966 at Detroit Public Television as crew supervisor and studio director and as an engineer for ABC network owned WXYZ-TV/AM/FM in Detroit. Baker is a graduate of Wayne State University.

Barry retired from Delta College in March of 2015.

MAPB Names 2016 Public Media Impact Award Honoree


(L-R) MAPB President Eric Smith, 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient Ms. Bucky Love, and WGVU Public Media General Manager Michael Walenta.

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce the 2016 Public Media Impact Award Donor Recipient, Ms. Bucky Love.  The award was presented August 30, 2016 at ceremonies held at the Inn at St. John's in Plymouth, Michigan.

Bucky Love has a heart for, and has given from the heart, to WGVU Public Media for over 30 years - her nonprofit of choice when it comes to a champion for the arts and music. Her passion for WGVU extends first and foremost to the music the station is synonymous with, and which she helps to nourish with the Bucky M Love WGVU Music Endowment Fund. In addition, Bucky gives generously to WGVU on a heartfelt basis to help fund a variety of educational initiatives and has provided more than one lead gift to WGVU to acquire much needed production equipment.

Bucky's love of music and sense of responsibility to give back to the community both started at a very early age influenced by her father Michael, who enjoyed singing in his native Slovenian language.

Bucky’s deep commitment and varied contributions to WGVU Public Media extending back to 1987, have benefitted multiple areas, including arts, education and technology-all greatly enhancing the stations on-air and community engagement efforts serving 2.5 million citizens.

Bucky, a former kindergarten teacher continues to be a vibrant ambassador of WGVU, who loves nothing more than to hop in her little yellow sports car and drive to station activities. What makes Bucky worthy of this award is her steadfast eagerness to support all that Public Media stands for and to make sure that others follow in her footsteps. She has been a pioneer for WGVU in the truest sense of the word. Ten years ago she was one of the first individuals to provide a foundation match for an early childhood reading program benefiting at risk children. Her innovative outlook on life convinced her to support an area previously foreign to her- the technological that makes WGVU tick. She stepped forward with a lead gift helping WGVU secure digital production equipment.

Bucky Love has been a significant part of the WGVU success story helping to provide for all programming and community events that educate, inspire and entertain, just as Bucky does in her day-to-day life. Anyone who has had the pleasure of spending time with Bucky appreciates the enjoyable way she weaves together the lessons she learned in the past with her current love of music and her strong sense of philanthropic responsibility. 

The MAPB Public Media Impact Award will be presented at the MAB/MAPB Awards Banquet, Tuesday, August 30, 2016 at The Inn at St. John's in Plymouth.  For more information or to register, click here.

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