2001...John F.X. Browne
2002...Carl W. Onken
2003...Eugene “Gene” Wiczak
2006...Michael Bradford (R)
2006...Marcus Williams (TV)
2007...Del Reynolds (R)
2007...Michael Doback (TV)
|2008...Jerry L. Martin (R)
2008...Lowell Shore (TV)
2009...Greg Urbiel (R)
2009...Dale Scholten (TV)
2010...Ed Trombley (R)
2010...John Grover (TV)
2011...Ralph Haines (R)
2011...Michael Laemers (TV)
2012...David E. Gale (R)
2012...Michael E. Winsky (TV)
|2013...Bob Lumbert (R)
2013...Chris Arnaut (TV)
2014...Geary S. Morrill (R)
2014...Gary Blievernicht (TV)
2015...Robert L. Friedle (R)
2015...Chuck Mikowski (TV)
2016...Don Missad (R)
2016...Wayne Henderson (TV)
2017...Craig Bowman (Radio)
2017...David Oliver (TV)
2017 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards
Radio Recipient: Craig Bowman, Owner of Bowman Engineering Company/Partner in the Synergy Broadcasting Group.
Craig began his radio career while in high school at a 500-watt daytimer on 1460, then WMMH, Marshall, N.C., working weekends running religious programming and playing Southern gospel music. After high school, Bowman attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he worked at the student station, later becoming the station manager where he oversaw the transition from the University ownership to Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. with a long-term vision of bringing NPR to Western North Carolina.
Having worked part-time in Black Mountain and Canton of North Carolina (NC), Craig accepted a full-time position at WHCC-WQNS in Waynesville, NC, where he held his first Chief Engineer position as well as doing afternoons on WHCC. In 1986, Craig was recruited to build WMYI. A station licensed to Hendersonville, NC but build to serve Hendersonville, Greenville (SC), Spartanburg (SC), Anderson (SC) and Asheville (NC).
After Greenville, Bowman joined Bob Herman at RF Projects Corporation in Raleigh as a consulting engineer and later was promoted to Vice-President. In 1991 Jim Jensen of Liggett Broadcast approached Craig (who was doing projects for WFMK and WHNN) to join the company as their Director of Engineering. Craig worked with Liggett until after the current Pine Tree Road facility was completed and then went to work for Scott Studios helping with product development as well as traveling the nation providing training for new Scott Studios automation customers.
In 2001, Craig started his own broadcast engineering company and Bowman Engineering has been around ever since, and even while he has been reaching out to new challenges developing audience engagement tools, mobile app development, audio streaming and podcasting with Futuri Media in Cleveland, Bowman remains an active part of Liggett Communications in Port Huron as well as Krol Communications in Flint, Owosso, and Alma. Craig is also a corporate officer and partner in the Synergy Broadcasting group of stations based in Ludington, MI. Bowman also serves on several MAB Technical committees.
Television Recipient: David Oliver, Engineering Supervisor for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, and Chief Operator for WGVS-AM and FM.
David began his broadcasting career in 1983 when he enlisted in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. In 1989, he completed a six-year enlistment as an Electronics Technician First Class. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service as Site Maintenance Supervisor for NAVCAMS MED SATCOM in Naples, Italy. Upon completion of his Navy service, David joined Hughes Network Systems as VSAT Hub Engineer, supporting the Chrysler and GM dealer networks.
David was hired by WGVU Public Media as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer in 1992, and was promoted to Engineering Supervisor in 1996. His responsibilities include supervision of the stations technical staff, overseeing daily TV and radio operations; maintenance and support for two Television, two FM, two AM transmission sites and a satellite teleport.
Now celebrating his 25-year anniversary with WGVU and Grand Valley State University, he was awarded the 2009 GVSU - Administrative/Professional Achievement award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a staff member to the University.
David has been identified by GVSU as a Vet Net Ally and is active with WGVU's Engage-Veterans project, LZ Michigan, and a member of American Legion Post #28 in Grand Haven.
2016 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards
Radio Recipient: Don Missad, Chief Engineer, iHeartMedia, West Michigan
Don started his career at Channel 41 in Battle Creek in 1974. In 1976, he moved over to WOOD Radio in Grand Rapids and has remained there throughout many ownership changes. He is currently the Chief Engineer of iHeartMedia of West Michigan overseeing 12 transmitter sites.
Throughout his career he has built and rebuilt many stations. He is a creative problem solver and has saved radio stations thousands of dollars by rebuilding or repairing equipment. By doing so, he has earned the nickname, Shipshewana Don. He is a team player and has always done what’s best for the station. His passion, dedication and commitment to the field are evident in all that he does.
Don is active in the community and has helped many small stations stay afloat. In 2010, he was awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by the public radio station WYCE. Don continues to strive to excellence in the field and currently is in the process of completely rebuilding all studios with the AOIP studio technology.
Television Recipient: Wayne Henderson, Director of Technical Services, CMU Public Broadcasting (Mt. Pleasant)
Wayne was raised in the thumb area of Michigan and graduated from Carsonville High School in 1975. Wayne attended Ferris State College in Big Rapids, Michigan from 1975 to 1979 and obtained an Associate Degree in Radio Television Service Technology, an Associate Degree in Industrial Electronics Technology, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Broadcast Electronics Technology.
Upon graduation in 1979 Wayne’s first job in television broadcasting was with Central Michigan University’s Public Broadcasting Department as a staff Maintenance Engineer; two years later he was hired as WFUM-TV’s Senior Media Engineer at the University of Michigan-Flint.
Wayne was promoted to Director of Engineering & Operations at UM Flint and served in that role from 1984 to 2009; During his time at UM Flint, WFUM FM was put on the air. In late 2009, the University of Michigan sold the WFUM TV transmission facilities to Central Michigan University. So Wayne found himself back at Central Michigan University Public Broadcasting where his career started.
2015 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards
Radio Recipient: Robert L. Friedle (Retired), Director of Engineering, Citadel Broadcasting (Flint)
Robert "Bob" Friedle is a lifetime resident of Bay City, Michigan where he graduated from T. L. Handy High School in 1961. In 1963 he joined the United States Air Force as an aircraft radar and infrared guided missile systems technician. While serving in Vietnam, Friedle worked for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service where interest in electronics and broadcasting emerged.
Friedle is a 44-year broadcast veteran working as Chief Engineer for several broadcasting companies within the Flint, Saginaw and Traverse City markets.
In June 1981, Bob started his own broadcast contracting company, JBL Communications, Inc. which primarily served radio stations in the Central Michigan area. It was during this time that he redesigned and rebuilt most of the radio stations in the Tri-City area.
In June 1989, he formed Mid-America Broadcasting, Inc. becoming a station owner with the building of WTCF-FM, "The Tri Cities Fox." After ten years of ownership, Bob sold the station to Liggett Broadcast Group and took on the role of Chief Engineer for the company. Liggett Broadcasting later sold the station to Citadel Broadcasting and Bob came along for the ride as Director of Engineering.
Throughout his career Bob has been an active member of his community and was a member of the MAB Engineering committee, working closely with the late Larry Estlack on numerous projects.
Mr. Friedle is a member of the National Association of Radio and Television Engineers. He's been married for 40 years to his high school sweetheart and together they have raised three wonderful sons.
Television Recipient: Chuck Mikowski, Vice President and Director of Technology, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids)
Chuck Mikowski is the Vice President and Director of Technology at WZZM-TV in Grand Rapids. He began his career at the station in 1980. Chuck is known at the station for finding creative solutions to difficult broadcasting challenges. His ability to efficiently interface video and audio equipment is only one of his many strengths. The station's parent company, Gannett, has often assigned Chuck to be a point person on projects ranging from EAS conversion to master control file servers, using his skill and expertise to research the best direction for the companies' forty-six television stations to proceed.
Chuck is highly respected, not only at his station, but across West Michigan. He has hosted many meetings for the broadcasting community and general public, including SBE chapter meetings, where he has shared his knowledge and expertise. Additionally, Chuck has volunteered as member of the Gannett mentoring program, using his wisdom and knowledge to help grow others.
Chuck has also been an active member of the MAB Engineering Committee and was essential in helping to educate the public during the massive DTV transition in 2009.
Chuck's career has spanned over three decades, and multiple generations of technological advancements. He's been challenged to find solutions to technical coverage issues ranging from presidential elections to sporting events and town hall meetings. Through it all, Chuck has always been the driving force to not only do things well, but to go the extra mile.
Whether it's breaking news or broken equipment, Chuck is always a steadying influence on how his employees handle the challenges each day brings.
2014 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards
Radio Recipient: Geary S. Morrill, Chief Engineer,
Digity Media, LLC (Saginaw)
Geary S. Morrill is the Chief Engineer for Digity Media in Saginaw and is a 42 year veteran of the broadcasting Industry. He is a certified broadcast network technologist (CBNT), a certified professional broadcast engineer (CPBE) and holds a FCC lifetime general radiotelephone operator’s license. But, don’t let his technology background fool you, Geary is man of many talents and has worn multiples hats within the industry including: director of engineering, general manager, technical manager, independent consultant, freelance writer, a certified Radio Marketing Consultant (CEMC) and Manager of Radio Marketing (MRM).
Geary first found his love for broadcasting as a student right here in Lansing, where he befriended fellow broadcaster and all-around go-to man, the late Larry Estlack. It was this shared passion for broadcasting that lead to the creation of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference. Geary, Larry and MAB President and CEO Karole White, worked together to meld all aspects of the industry into one educational event for broadcasters across the state.
Geary’s passion for the industry is vast and doesn't stop with his own career. He is a mentor, educator and innovator. In addition to his broadcasting career, Geary has been an adviser for ITT Technical Institute and Capital Are Career Center of Ingham County; as well as been a counselor, training chairman and Board member for regional Boy Scout Councils. And, in his spare time, he is an avid reader of self-improvement books.
Television Recipient: Gary Blievernicht, Director of Engineering,
WKAR Public Media (East Lansing)
Gary Blievernicht is the Director of Engineering at WKAR. He has held this position since 1992 and has been responsible for both WKAR TV and radio including all television engineering and master control operations for the station.
Gary earned Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering Technology from Purdue University and upon graduation, began his career in television with WTTV-TV in Indianapolis as a Film Projectionist. But, after nine years in commercial broadcasting, Gary made the move into Public Broadcasting as the Engineering Supervisor, then Acting Director of Engineering for the University of New Mexico's KNME-TV and KUNM-FM.
While the majority of Gary’s career has been spent in public broadcasting, he had the opportunity to work on the commercial side of the industry as well, working for RCA SelectaVision and seven years at WISH-TV in Indianapolis.
Gary is currently the acting Chair of the Michigan Emergency Communications Committee (MECC); Co-Chair of the MAB Engineering Committee, Chair for the Society of Broadcast Engineers Chapter 91; and is a former member of the PBS Engineering Advisory Committee. He also served as Eastern Educational Television’s representative to the Public Broadcasting Interconnection Committee.
2013 Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Awards
Radio Recipient: Bob Lumbert, WGVU Public Media, Grand Rapid
After graduating from Ferris State University in 1978 with an Associate’s degree in Radio-Television Service and a Bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Electronics Technology, Bob was hired by WGVU-TV, then called, WGVC, a fledgling PBS affiliate in Grand Rapids. WGVC consisted of two 2" videotape machines, a film camera with 2 Kodak movie projectors, one slide projector, two studio cameras and a transmitter. Bob served for eight years as Television Area Maintenance Engineer.
Then in 1986, Bob was hired by his alma mater Ferris State University as a Telecommunications Specialist in the Department of Television Production. In 1988, he returned to WGVU as the Assistant Director of Engineering and in 1990 he was made Director of Engineering, which he remains today. He oversees the technical facilities for two full-power television stations and four radio stations and directs all facets of WGVU’s technical operations. Over the years, he has also been very active in MAB/MAPB engineering conferences, where he has played a strong leadership role.
In 1999, Bob headed the Michigan Engineering Study for Digital Conversion of the state’s public broadcasting stations, including statewide interconnect facilities planning.
In 2002, he was awarded the MAPB Pioneer Award for his considerable contributions to the broadcast engineering field and his efforts to correlate all of the stations in Michigan. In his mentoring and volunteer work in the engineering field, Bob has helped train and has given countless hours providing technical guidance for members of Jehovah’s Witnesses, where he is a member of the congregation.
Bob looks forward to the next generation of media that WGVU will bring to its audience and is feeling the excitement that this self-proclaimed geek gets with all the new technology. It is for this and so many other reasons why Bob Lumbert is the 2013 Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award for Radio Recipient.
Television Recipient: Chris Arnaut, WDIV-TV, Detroit
In twenty-plus years as a broadcast engineer, Chris Arnaut has contributed to the engineering support of over forty AM, FM and Television stations. Upon graduating from Specs Howard in 1988 he immediately began his career as an assistant engineer for WCZY in Detroit. Within two years he obtained the role of chief engineer for WCAR followed by an opportunity to become the chief engineer for WKMG. At the same time he became involved with Great Lakes Technical Services as an assistant engineer where he focused on improving his technical and troubleshooting skill-set.
In late 1990, Chris began a nearly seven year run as a self-employed contract engineer providing engineering and IT support to dozens of stations in Michigan’s lower peninsula, northern Ohio and Indiana.
Like many broadcast engineers in the state, Chris viewed WJR-AM in Detroit, as the ultimate goal for his radio career and in 1996 was hired as a bench technician and remote engineer for the station.
Still continually working to further his knowledge in the field, he became the network engineer for the ENCO DAD network that was deployed in 2000 for WJR, WDVD & WDRQ. At the time it was one of the largest DADpro32 networks in the country with 40+ workstations. Following the retirement of Ed Buterbaugh in 2005, he was promoted to Chief Engineer of WJR and assumed the management of the construction of the new WFDF transmitter site in Monroe County.
During the two and a half year project in constructing this 50 kW 8-tower directional, he was promoted to Director of Engineering for WJR, WDVD, WDRQ & WFDF.
After nearly twenty years in radio, in late 2007 he made the move to television and is now employed as the IT Manager for WDIV overseeing the IT infrastructure for the television station as well as the management of the WAN and financial servers for Post-Newsweek Stations.
Because of his dedication and his passion for continuing to better, not only himself, but the stations he serves, that the MAB presents Chris Arnaut with the 2013 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award for Television.
2012 Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Awards
Radio Recipient: David E. Gale, Cornerstone University Radio, Grand Rapids
David E. Gale is a staff Engineer at Cornerstone University Radio in Grand Rapids and has over 50 years of experience in broadcasting. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast Engineering from Ferris State University, where upon graduating was drafted by the army where he worked oversees for the Armed Forces Radio Network.
Mr. Gale went on to upgrade several stations in West Michigan including a Class A station in Muskegon where he created a system that allowed him to fully control two transmitters and nine towers remotely from Grand Rapids and was recognized for his ingenuity by the FCC.
For over 40 years, has walked miles down two-track trails to service snow shuttered transmitter sites, cupping hundreds of padlocks in his own frozen hands breathing them open and has entered buildings where the temperature has reached 130 degrees due to a failed exhaust blower, climbing up a ladder to bring the tar oozing motor down for repair. And while he began his career with mercury vapor rectifiers, he embraced the dawn of modern technology recognizing the vast use of computers, including the use of hard drive based automation systems.
Throughout his years of service in the broadcasting industry, Mr. Gale has gone out of his way to break the stereo type of a non-communicative engineer, reaching out to every member of the staff at the radio station and addressing their technology needs.
Television Recipient: Michael E. Winsky, WILX-TV, Lansing
Michael Winsky, the Chief Engineer for WILX-TV(Lansing), has over 38 distinguished years of experience in the field of Broadcast Engineering. He earned an Associate of Science Degree in Electronic Engineering from Lansing Community College. While in college, he gained hands-on experience as a part-time audio and video engineer then went on to become a vital component in creating and developing the broadcast curriculum at his alma mater.
Mr. Winsky has been directly involved in the original construction of not one, but two television facilities, WSYM-TV (Lansing) and WLAJ-TV (Lansing), and played an integral part in building countless radio facilities and IT networks, overseeing the transition to digital television at WILX-TV and the conversion to high-definition television.
Mr. Winsky is an active member and former Chair of the mid-Michigan chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, the MAB Engineering committee, the MAB EAS committee and was one of the original organizers of GLBC serving on the committee for over 25 years.
Throughout his many years of service in the broadcasting industry, Mr. Winsky has acted as an engineering consultant to the MAB, where he unselfishly and patiently trained and explained the principals of broadcast engineering.