2014 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
President and CEO, Heritage Broadcasting
Mario Iacobelli is the President and CEO of Heritage Broadcasting. He has been an innovative business and community leader throughout his lifetime and is a true philanthropist. Iacobelli was born and raised in Michigan and in 1965, he married his wife Jane. Together they raised their two children not to far from where he grew up.
From a young age he was a hard worker, taking his first job at a grocery store as a freshman in High School and later hauling barges in the Army Transportation Core after college. Iacobelli attended the University of Detroit, U of M and Wayne State studying Pre-Med with a major in
Soon after his military service, Iacobelli and his father began a construction business. They found success and remained in business for over 20 years, eventually owning worldwide offices.
In 1982 Iacobelli had his first opportunity to purchase a television station and discovered his love for the broadcasting industry and the people in it. He formed Heritage Broadcasting Company and bought WCTI in Newborn, North Carolina. Shortly after, he purchased WWTV-WWUP/TV in Cadillac/Traverse City and WXXA in Albany, New York. Iacobelli also had a brief foray into radio, but his first love was always television.
Iacobelli has impacted the broadcasting world outside of his own stations as well,
taking great pride in his role with organizations such as the MAB and NAB. During
the time of the digital transition and the expanse of mobile media he served one year as chairman of MAB.
Iacobelli not only leads the way in his business efforts, but in philanthropy as well.
His leadership and support has ensured that his station not only provide the best news coverage, but also provide the best community service. That dedication is seen not only through the station, but in the employees that work for him.
He also has a special place in his heart for both health care providers and independent education supporting numerous medical organizations such as the Children’s Hospital, Munson Hospital, Mercy Hospital and University of Detroit Schools.
Iacobelli enjoys the broadcast industry’s ever evolving world and looks forward to watching it grow into the future.
2014 Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award Recipient:
Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)
In his 35 years in the Senate, Carl Levin has become one of the nation’s most respected leaders on national security, a powerful voice for equality and justice, and a fighter for economic fairness. TIME Magazine has named him one of America’s 10 best senators.
In the Senate, his top priority has been the economic well-being of Michigan families. He has been a consistent voice for support of American manufacturing, the backbone of Michigan’s economy and the nation’s. And, he has been one of the Senate’s strongest advocates for policies that would help American manufacturers compete globally.
Another signature issue is protecting Michigan’s precious and diverse natural environment. As co-chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, he has fought to protect Michigan’s signature natural resource.
Since joining the Senate, he has been a member the Armed Services Committee. From 2001 to 2003 and again from 2007 to the present, he has been the committee’s chairman. He has focused on taking care of the men and women of our military and their families, supporting much-needed pay raises and improvements in treatment and other policies for wounded warriors. He has led oversight efforts to improve efficiency and reduce cost overruns in expensive weapons programs.
His legal background is evident in another thread that runs through his career: tough, vigilant oversight of powerful institutions in government and the private sector. He is chairman of the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations. He has led investigations of the 2008 financial crisis, abusive credit card practices, the Enron collapse, speculation in energy and food markets, abusive offshore tax havens and money laundering by corrupt foreign leaders.
He married Barbara Halpern in 1961. They raised three daughters, Kate, Laura and Erica, and they spend as much time as they can with their six grandchildren.
2014 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees:
Play-By-Play Announcer, MSU Football and Detroit Pistons Basketball
George Blaha is the play-by-play announcer for both Michigan State University football and Detroit Piston’s basketball. He has amassed a 40-year catalogue of play-by-play, broadcast commercials, mentorship and community service. A Michigan broadcast icon and one of the most recognizable personalities in our state, Blaha has served in these roles for nearly 80 seasons combined.
Blaha is a 2008 inductee in the Michigan Sports Hall of Fame and is the longest tenured Play-by-Play broadcaster in the state. He has been the recipient of many prestigious awards including Michigan Sports Broadcaster of the Year (1998 and 2007) from the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. In 2002, he was presented the Ty Tyson Award for Excellence in Sports Broadcasting by the Detroit Sports Broadcasters Association (DSBA). George has been an active member of DSBA the majority of his career.
Blaha’s community interests are many. During the Pistons off-season, he serves as a Pistons ambassador making appearances at charitable and community events. His annual “High Hopes” golf outing for the Vista Maria home for abused young women, has raised nearly $1 million for the charity.
As a mentor for young broadcasters, including the Milwaukee Brewers announcer, Joe Block and Northern Michigan University play-by-play sportscaster, Ryan Beckman, George takes time to critique play-by-play, advise, and show young people the “ins and outs” of the broadcast industry.
Born in Detroit and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa and Grayling, Michigan, George graduated with a B.A. in Economics from Notre Dame University and earned an MBA from the University of Michigan. He was made an honorary Michigan State alumnus in 2002 and is an honorary member of the Spartan Varsity ‘S’ Letter-Winner’s Club.
Play-By-Play Announcer and Analyst, U of M Football and Detroit Lions Football
Jim Brandstatter is the Play-By-Play Announcer and Analyst for the University of Michigan Football program and Detroit Lions Football. Brandstatter has been a Michigan Sportscaster since his graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972, where he was a football letter winner as offensive lineman who helped the Wolverines win two Big Ten Titles and went on to compete in two Rose Bowls.
Brandstatter, who is referred to as “Brandy” by his broadcasting partners, has vividly brought to life U of M football games for more than 30 years on Detroit radio stations and the statewide Wolverine network.
In addition to his colorful commentary, Brandstatter hosts “Inside Michigan Football” the U of M Coach’s Show. His knowledge of the game and strategy give him the edge in getting the inside story. From Coach Bo Schembechler, to current Coach Brady Hoke, Brandstatter has been entertaining fans of the show since 1980 and has won a number of awards including Emmys and MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards.
As the eyes for radio listeners of the NFL’s Detroit Lions, he has been calling since 1987, Brandstatter is one of the longest tenured color analysts for a single team.
Brandstatter is a published author. His first book, “Tales from Michigan Stadium” became a top-selling sports book.
When he is not broadcasting, he is frequently asked to emcee sports banquets or give motivational keynote speeches to aspiring sportscasters. His sense of humor and his ability to inspire and motivate people make him a great asset to the sports broadcasting community.
Susan E. Goldsen
Vice President and Co-Owner, Jackson Radio Works
Susan E. Goldsen, or Sue to her friends, is the vice-president and co-owner of Jackson Radio Works, which operates WKHM-AM/FM and WIBM-AM. She is responsible for all sales, marketing and promotions for the radio station group. Sue has operated stations since she was a student in college, amassing a career that spans over thirty years.
In 1997, Sue, along with her husband Bruce, purchased their station group in Jackson, building it into one of the most listened too stations in Southern Michigan.
Sue is a past chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, chair-elect of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation, and has served on several committees for both organizations. Additionally, she sits on the Board of Directors for the MABPAC, is a member of the Radio Advertising Bureau’s (RAB) Small Market Advisory Committee, and has also served on the National Association of Broadcasters’ Small and Medium Market Radio Committee.
In addition to her professional work, Sue is a great philanthropist supporting numerous community organizations. She sits on the board of directors of Junior Achievement serving Jackson, Hillsdale and Lenawee Counties, and Sue and her husband Bruce are very active in Rotary, where Sue served as Charter President of the Adrian Morning Rotary Club and was recently nominated to serve as the Rotary District 6400 Governor in 2016.
Sue is a past recipient of the Athena Award (1994), and received the Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Small Business Person of the Year award in 2002.
2013 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
CEO and Owner, Scanlan Communications Group
Tom Scanlan worked in the broadcast industry for nearly 50 years, 39 of which were spent in the state of Michigan. He first saw television as a five-year-old when his dad took him into a New York City restaurant, and he was instantly transfixed by a prizefight on a 7” screen on a TV above the door. At 14-years-old with $100 borrowed from his dad, he went into business installing TV antennas in his neighborhood.
In 1966, he graduated from Michigan State University on an Air Force Scholarship, which carried
with it a four-year active duty commitment. Scanlan was assigned to the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service and served as the commanding officer for nine television and radio stations in Turkey and Germany. While in Germany, he organized a campaign to raise funds to broadcast the moon landing of Apollo 11, because at the time, the military broadcasting network received their programming via 16mm, black and white film two to six month after it was first seen in the U.S. Scanlan arranged for a microwave interconnection to Eurovision and paid for it with the money raised, and was able to bring the overseas community seven days of live, real-time broadcasts of the landing and surrounding events to his audience. This event was the first live, overseas satellite television broadcast to military families overseas and demonstrated the need for live transmissions overseas. His pioneering endeavor leads to appropriations of the necessary funds to launch satellite circuits for live broadcasts, a system that remains in place today.
Leaving active duty in 1973, Tom’s career included serving as Owner and General Manager for eight full-power commercial TV stations over the next years while maintaining a career as an active reservist until retiring in 2000 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Of the stations he owned, three, WBKB-TV (Alpena), WBKP-TV (Calumet) and WBUP-TV (Marquette/Ishpeming), were brand new sign-ons, serving new areas in northern Michigan. He also bought and managed WGTU-TV and WGTQ-TV in Traverse City and served as General Manager of four other stations in Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina.
Scanlan has been an active member of the MAB and the MAB Foundation, serving on both organizations board of directors and as the chairman of the MAB board of directors in 1995 and MAB Foundation in 2000-2003. In addition to his professional contributions, Scanlan has been heavily involved in the communities of each of his stations, serving on the board of directors of several organizations.
2013 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees:
Christopher H. Cornelius
President and Chief Operating Officer, Barrington Broadcasting Group, LLC
Christopher H. Cornelius is a 1981 graduate of Western Michigan University and began his broadcasting career at WUHQ-TV in Battle Creek as an account executive. Cornelius joined CBS affiliate WWMT-TV, a Gillette Broadcasting station and was promoted to General Sales Manager in 1989. While responsible for sales at WWMT-TV, he assisted with the transition of ownership to from Gillette to Granite Broadcasting.
In 1997, Cornelius joined Benedek Broadcasting as Vice President and General Manager of WILX-TV, their newly acquired NBC affiliate in Lansing. In late 1999, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and moved to Benedek’s corporate office in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
In that capacity, he was responsible for the operation and performance of ten television
stations throughout the East and Midwest. In October of 2002 Benedek merged with Gray Television.
Cornelius is currently President and Chief Operating Officer of Barrington Broadcasting Group LLC, of Schaumburg, Illinois, an organization he formed in 2003 along with Messrs. K. James Yager, Keith Bland and Mary Flodin to manage and acquire small to mid-market television stations.
Additionally, he is a current member of the NAB TV Board and serves as a member of the Small Market Television
Committee. He is a member of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board, the Television Operators Caucus (TOC), current Chairman of the CBS Affiliates Board and past member of the NBC Affiliates Board.
Cornelius is married with two adult children and resides in the suburbs of Chicago, Illinois.
Will Tieman and Wendy Hart
President and Vice President/ Co-Owners, Spartan Sports Network
Will Tieman and Wendy Hart are the husband and wife team who co-own Spartan Sports Network. The duo has over 60 years of combined experience and has spent the last 21 years in the state of Michigan.
Tieman and Hart have grown into a very strong team using their strengths to drive each other. Tieman drives the company to work hardest on creative endeavors, while Hart puts the effort into making it successful. Their attention to detail and specific market situations have allowed them to create the most listened to Sports Network in the state of Michigan. Their effort to produce quality broadcasts from an ice sheet in Spartan Stadium to an Aircraft Carrier Basketball game has allowed MSU Athletics to know going in, not IF a game can be broadcast, but how it will be done.
They have also moved into radio station ownership, with WGHN-AM/FM and WMPA-FM, bringing their experience to a local level. They embraced the current staff and worked with them to deliver a product with new emotion and conviction.
Tieman and Hart have influenced many lives and careers in their advancement to become radio professionals. Positive growth in talent is rare and the couple has a way of not criticizing on-air mistakes, which enables the talent to develop their own personalities and to have confidence in themselves.
While the couple’s primary focus is on their growing business, they are very involved with their community as well. When he’s not at the office or traveling with the Spartans, Tieman can be found emceeing events or charitable golf outings. Tieman was also the President of the Detroit Sports Broadcaster Association from 2011-2012. Hart has been active with the MAB Awards Committee bringing the program into the digital age. Additionally, the couple’s support of the MAB Foundation is driven to help young broadcasters get a chance to experience broadcasting find their own niche.
Sometimes to exhaustion, the Tieman/Hart duo has never wavered in doing what they love, broadcasting. Throughout their journey, they have earned the respect of their peers, competitors and customers.
Retired News Anchor/Reporter, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
Robbie Timmons is a former TV news anchor and broadcast journalist for WXYZ-TV (Detroit). Timmons began her broadcasting career at WILX-TV (Lansing) in 1972, where she became the first woman in the country to anchor the evening newscasts. In 1976, Timmons made the move to WJBK-TV (Detroit) as the 11pm news anchor and reporter where she wrote and produced several Emmy winning documentaries and news reports. She has also worked with MAB Hall of Famers Ray Lane and Sonny Eliot.
Timmons joined WXYZ-TV in 1982 as reporter and co-anchor of the 5pm newscast, where she worked with MAB Hall of Famers Bill Bonds, Jerry Hodak, Diana Lewis, Jeanne Findlater and Grace Gilchrist. Timmons’ reporting and producing skills resulted in several Emmy awards. She anchored the award winning Noon News and 5 O’clock News with anchor Carolyn Clifford during her tenure at the station.
She has hosted telethons for Muscular Dystrophy, Michigan Humane Society, St. Vincent DePaul and breast cancer research. Timmons hosted special coverage of the Detroit Tigers World Series championship, the Detroit Pistons NBA Championships, the Detroit Red Wings Stanley Cup Parades and the UofM Football National Championship.
During her career, Timmons was awarded six Emmys and received numerous Emmy nominations for her superior work. She is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” has been named one of the most powerful women in Michigan and has received recognition for her volunteer work from numerous organizations including: Forgotten Harvest, St. Vincent DePaul, Humane Society, Detroit Zoo, CANTER, MSU College of Veterinary Medicine and UofM Cardiovascular Center.
In 2010, Timmons retired from broadcasting to volunteer full-time as National Treasurer of CANTER USA, a thoroughbred rescue organization for race horses. She has been involved with the organization since 1998 and has been instrumental in expanding the organization across the country. Timmons, and the organization, have helped transition more than 17,000 thoroughbreds to date! Through her work with MSU, the nonprofit, all-volunteer group helps injured thoroughbreds receive lifesaving surgery at the MSU veterinary teaching hospital while providing an advanced education for MSU veterinary students and making the program one of the best in the country.
The organization and one particular horse rescue inspired Timmons to write a popular children’s novel entitled, “Twoey and the Goat,” a story based on the life of Twoey, a champion race horse and his best friend Kidd, a goat.
2012 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient:
Chairman/President/CEO, Saga Communications, Inc.
Edward K. Christian, known to most as Ed, is the Chairman, President and CEO of Saga Communications, Inc. As a native Detroiter, Ed worked his way through college. In 1973 he earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from Wayne State University and in 1981 a masters' degree in management from Central Michigan University.
In 1958, at age 14, Ed became interested in radio and began his career as a young teen running the control board at several FM radio stations in Detroit. Then, while studying at Michigan State University, he worked as a radio reporter at several Lansing radio stations. In 1966, when he realized he'd reached the top of his game as on-air talent, he moved into radio sales at WCAR-AM/FM, in Detroit.
In 1971 Ed joined the ranks of station owner by partnering in the purchase of WCER-AM/FM, in Charlotte, Michigan and in 1974 he was brought in as vice, president and general manager to save the floundering WNIC AM/FM, which was in deep financial trouble.
In 1986, then parent company of WNIC-AM/FM, Josephson Communications, decided to sell its radio division. Ed found a venture capital partner and bought eight radio stations in the group and Saga Communications was born. Since then, the company has steadily acquired broadcast properties and now owns or operates 90 radio stations, three state networks, two farm radio networks, and nine television stations in 26 markets across the United States.
After 45 years in the business he loves, Ed has won many accolades. The broadcast publication Radio Ink has called Ed one of the most influential radio executives in the United States and was named their 2012 Executive of the Year. Saga has been regularly elected to the highly selective Forbes' list of the 200 Best Small Companies in America.
Ed's heritage is Icelandic and he serves as Honorary Consul of Iceland for Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. In this position he promotes tourism, commerce and industry between Iceland and the U.S. He also serves on many local and national civic and professional boards including: board member of St. John Hospital (Detroit); Past President, Associated Press Broadcast Board; Past Board Member, John Bayliss Scholarship Foundation; Past Board Member and past Chairman, Arbitron Radio Advisory Council; Past Board Member, National Auto Immune Related Disease Association; Board Member and Chairman, Radio Music License Committee; Board Member, National Association of Broadcasters; Past Board Member, Michigan Association of Broadcasters; Board Member, Broadcasters' Foundation; Board Member, Vision Alliance (Detroit); and Board Member, Historic Trinity, Inc., (Detroit). Additionally, Ed serves as Adjunct Professor for the School of communications Arts at Central Michigan University.
2012 Distinguished Lifetime of Public Service Award Recipient:
United States Congressman from Michigan (D-15)
John Dingell has spent his career standing up for the working families of America, and is currently serving his 29th full term in the U.S. House of Representatives representing the constituents of Southeast Michigan. Dingell has always fought for American jobs and for balance in protecting America’s economic competitiveness. He has fought for American education, manufacturing, innovation, technology and the American auto industry. As Chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee for 16 years and Ranking Member for 12 years, Dingell earned the name “America’s Watchdog” for his legislative and oversight leadership on a wide range of issues from improving the quality of the blood supply, expanding pharmaceutical safety oversight, improving consumer product safety, streamlining defense procurement, developing pipeline safety and scores of other issues.
An avid conservationist and outdoorsman, Dingell co-authored the National Environmental Protection Act, Federal Water Pollution Control Act, the Clean Water Act, and led the fight for full funding of these statutes to clean up our Nation’s waters, especially the Great Lakes. He wrote the Water Quality Act, the Endangered Species Act, the 1990 Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act and authored legislation to build North America's first international wildlife refuge among many others. As a pioneer civil rights proponent, his leadership has been progressive: he helped the passage of the 1957, 1964 and 1965 Civil Rights Acts, and he continues today ensuring social justice for those in need. He is best known for his dedication to healthcare. Dingell has spent his lifetime as a leading advocate for improving our health care system-- authoring the Patient’s Bill of Rights and the Affordable Care Act, the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act, the Prescription Drug User Fee Act, the Children's Health Insurance Program, and the Mammography Quality Standards Act among many others. Dingell’s respect and understanding is deep for Congress as a great institution and the Members who serve in it. He enjoys hunting, reading and loves listening to classical music. He has four grown children and several grandchildren, and has been married to Debbie Insley Dingell for 30 years.
2012 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees:
Vice President and General Manager, WILX-TV, Lansing
Michael J. King is the Vice President and General Manager for WILX-TV, Lansing. He has been in the broadcasting Industry for nearly 27 years. In 1985, after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Telecommunications, King began his career in as an account executive for WLAV-AM/FM in Grand Rapids.
However, in 1989, fate led him to the TV side of the industry where he took a sales position with WWMT-TV in Kalamazoo. While at WWMT-TV, King worked his way up through the ranks, eventually finding himself in the position of General Sales Manager. But it wasn’t long until the company recognized his true potential. In 1999, King was named Vice President and General Manager of sister station WLAJ-TV in Lansing.
After just a short time at WLAJ-TV, King was offered the position of Vice President and General Manager at WILX-TV in Lansing where he has spent the last 12 years of his career. While at WILX-TV King has overseen the station transition into a multi-platform media company.
King has been actively involved in the Mid-Michigan community serving on the boards for several businesses and charitable organizations including Sparrow Health System, Capital Area Michigan Works, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce, Ele’s Place, the Mid-Michigan Chapter of the American Red Cross and the Lansing Regional Community Foundation. Additionally, he is a Past Chairman of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and is the At-Large Director for the NBC Television Affiliate Board.
King has been married to his wife Kim for over 25 years and they have two daughters, Jessica and Abby.
President and General Manager, Lenawee Broadcasting Company, Adrian
Julie Koehn is the president of Lenawee Broadcasting Company in Adrian.
She began her broadcasting career in 1985 as an account executive after graduating from Michigan State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in both industrial and labor relations and political science. Koehn is a veteran of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors, having served as chairman in 2005-2006. She sits on the board of directors of the MAB Foundation and will chair the foundation in 2012-2013. She is also a trustee for the MAB Political Action Committee. Koehn is the District 13 representative (MI) to the National Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors and is a faculty member of the NAB Education Foundation Broadcast Leadership Training Academy.
Koehn has also been a featured and panel speaker on small market radio at multiple National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau annual conferences. Under her management, station accomplishments include four NAB Crystal Radio Awards, two NAB Education Foundation Service to America Awards, Service to Children Awards, two NAB Marconi Awards, one for AC Station of the Year and one for Small Market Station of the Year. WLEN has been MAB Station of the Year for seven of the last ten years in Market 3.
A very active member of her community, Koehn is a past chair and sits on the board of directors of ATHENA Lenawee and is the past Commodore of the Devil’s Lake Yacht Club. She has held position on the HOPE Community Center Board of Directors, the Lenawee County Chamber of Commerce, Catholic Charities and the Salvation Army. Koehn has also initiated fund raising events for multiple charities in her community. She resides with her husband, Tom Valentine, in Adrian.
Former President and Founder, Northern Star Broadcasting, Traverse City
W. Palmer Pyle is the former President and Founder of Northern Star Broadcasting (NSB) which owns several radio stations in Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula. Pyle is a graduate of Michigan State University and has spent the vast majority of his career in radio broadcasting.
Prior to his broadcasting career, Pyle was both a college and pro-football player. He played football for Michigan State University and played a vital role in 1957 National Championship win for the University. After college, he went on to play in the NFL for eight years. He spent the majority of that time with then Baltimore Colts, but also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Chicago Bears and the Oakland Raiders before retiring.
After his football career Pyle began a new career in broadcasting as an Account Executive with KLUC-FM, Las Vegas, in 1978. He began his own company, Northern Star Broadcasting, in Traverse City in 1998; however, before then Palmer served as Vice President/General Manager of three very successful start-up stations. Beginning in 1980 he helped to build KZZP-FM, Phoenix; KWSS-FM in San Jose and KQKS-FM in Denver.
During his time as President of Northern Star Broadcasting, Pyle built the company from the original eight stations in the Lower Peninsula to a 20 stations that spanned across both the Upper and Lower Peninsulas, making NSB one of the largest commercial broadcasting groups in the state of Michigan.
He has always been invested in every community in which one of his stations resided and urged the staff to be just as involved. He also served with several non-profit community groups in Grand Traverse County, Traverse City, Marquette, and various other locations throughout Northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
Pyle has always been champion for the broadcasting industry proudly serving on the MAB Board of Directors and various committees as well as the Arbitron Advisory Counsel. Even in his retirement he has kept in close contact with the industry acting as a mentor and consultant to broadcasters across the state.
2012 Special Honoree: Alan Frank Endowment Scholarship
President and Chief Executive Officer, Post–Newsweek Stations
Alan Frank was named president and chief executive officer of Post–Newsweek Stations in January 2000. Previously, he was vice president and general manager of WDIV, the Post–Newsweek station in Detroit. Frank has served as chairman and/or on the executive committee of many national trade organizations, including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB); the Network Affiliated Station Alliance (NASA); the NBC, and ABC affiliate association boards of directors; Maximum Service Television (MSTV); and the Broadcasters Foundation. In addition he is on the board of directors of Internet Broadcasting. In 2005, Frank was named Broadcasting and Cable’s Broadcaster of the Year, and in 2012, he will be inducted into their Hall of Fame.
Frank joined Post–Newsweek in 1979 as program manager for WDIV. In 1986, he became vice president of programming and production for Post–Newsweek Stations. In 1992, while serving as general manager of WDIV, he negotiated the purchase of PASS Sports, Michigan’s regional cable sports system, which he supervised until it was sold to Fox Sports in 1997.
Prior to joining WDIV, Frank held a number of management positions with Group W, including program manager at WJZ–Baltimore (1975-1978), WBZ–Boston (1974-1975), executive producer at KPIX–San Francisco (1972-1974), and production manager for the David Frost Revue (1971-1972).
Frank was the founding chairman of the board of trustees of Sparky Anderson’s Charity for Children and has served on the boards of numerous children’s and other charities.
Frank has received the Golden Mike Award from the Broadcaster’s Foundation, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and two Emmys.
A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Frank received his master’s degree in television and radio from Syracuse University and a BA in journalism from Duquesne University. He served in the Army in Vietnam as a first lieutenant.
Frank and his wife have three grown children.