WRIF-FM is ‘Rock Station of the Year’ at Marconi Awards

WRIF’s Mark Pennington

Beasley Media Group’s WRIF-FM (Detroit) was the recipient of an NAB Marconi Award Thursday night during ceremonies held in conjunction with the Radio Show in Dallas.

‘RIF was one of five stations announced as finalists in July for the Rock Station of the Year Marconi.  WRIF-FM Program Director Mark Pennington was on hand to accept the award.

The complete list of Marconi winners is below.

Legendary Station of the Year: KRTH-FM (Los Angeles, CA)

Legendary Manager of the Year:  Dan Seeman, Hubbard Broadcasting Minnesota

Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year:  Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks

Major Market Personality of the Year: Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, WBZ-FM (Boston)

Large Market Personality of the Year: Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM (St. Paul-Minneapolis)

Medium Market Personality of the Year:  Mike Street, WBTJ-FM (Richmond, VA)

Small Market Personality of the Year: Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM (Columbia, MO)

Major Market Station of the Year: WTOP-FM (Washington, DC)

Large Market Station of the Year: KSTP-FM (St. Paul-Minneapolis)

Medium Market Station of the Year: KIPR-FM (Little Rock, AR)

Small Market Station of the Year: KWYO-AM (Sheridan, WY)

Best Radio Podcast of the Year: “Denied Justic Podcast,” WCCO-AM (Minneapolis)

AC Station of the Year: KRWM-FM (Bellevue, WA)

Top 40 Station of the Year: KRBE-FM (Houston)

Classic Hits Station of the Year: WMGK-FM (Philadelphia)

College Radio Station of the Year: WRHU-FM (Hempstead, NY)

Country Station of the Year: KYGO-FM (Denver)

News/Talk Station of the Year: KIRO-FM (Seattle)

Religious Station of the Year: KKFS-FM (Sacramento, CA)

Rock Station of the Year:  WRIF-FM (Detroit)

Spanish Station of the Year: KLOL-FM (Houston)

Sports Station of the Year: WBZ-FM (Boston)

Urban Station of the Year: WHQT-FM (Miami)

 




MAB Honors Congressman Tim Walberg With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

MAB President/CEO Karole L. White presents Congressman Tim Walberg with the
2019 MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) honored U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7, with its 2019 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 6, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker or other public servant for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This recipient is nominated by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.

Congressman Walberg was honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information the Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award, click here.




MAB Celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

(L-R) 2019 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Bruce and Sue Goldsen, owners of Jackson Radio Works.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed three other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids

The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award honors Michigan broadcast pioneers who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and have distinguished themselves through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated and voted on by their peers. Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. To see a complete list of the MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce & Sue Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works
Bruce and Sue Goldsen are the owners of Jackson Radio Works Inc., licensee of News/Talk 970 & 101.5 WKHM, Jackson’s Hit Music/K-105.3, ESPN Radio 101.9 FM (WKHM-FM HD-2) and 95.9 The Power Cow/1450 AM WIBM in Jackson. They purchased the stations in 1997. In June 2000, Bruce and Sue formed Goldsen Broadcasting, licensee of WCFX-FM (Clare/Mt. Pleasant). They sold the station in November 2003. Prior to ownership, the Goldsens managed WABJ-AM/WQTE-FM (Adrian) and WMXE-FM (Hudson/Hillsdale). Bruce also served as Interim General Manager and consultant for NPR member station WDET-FM (Detroit) from 2007 to 2010.

Bruce and Sue are both Past Chairs of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and have both been inducted into its Hall of Fame. Both are also Past Chairs of the MAB Foundation. Bruce is an NABPAC trustee and is currently in his second two-year term as the Michigan representative to the NAB Radio Board, having previously served six years from 2003-2009. He currently serves as the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Radio Board Executive Committee.

Sue has served on the Jackson Chamber Board of Directors and Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge Board of Directors. She sits on the RAB Small Market Advisory Committee, has served on the NAB Small and Medium Market Radio Committee, chaired the NAB Sales Advisory Committee and served on the NAB Radio Show Steering Committee. Read more here.

2019 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Janet Mason, WZZM-13 (Grand Rapids)
Since 1997, Janet Mason has served as President & General Manager of WZZM 13 ON YOUR SIDE, which also operates TEGNA Marketing Solutions, WZZM13.com and the 13 On Target Weather Network. She previously served as Vice President/News Executive for Gannett Broadcasting. Prior to her corporate roles, Janet was Vice President/News for eight of her 17 years at KARE-TV (Minneapolis/St. Paul), where she also served as News Director, Assistant News Director, Managing Editor, St. Paul Bureau Chief, local update anchor for the “Today Show” and general assignment reporter.  Read more here.

Bill Proctor, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
Bill Proctor is an award-winning journalist with a highly-respected career spanning four decades in electronic media. His passion for the truth led Bill to found Proving Innocence, whose mission is to free the innocent in prison … men and women convicted of crimes they did not commit. He is a celebrated reporter, producer, and news anchor, having worked in five different media markets, including 33 years at WXYZ-TV (Detroit). For more than 19 years, Bill has also successfully provided media training to business executives and other professionals across the country. Read more here.

Tim Staudt, WILX-TV (Lansing)
Tim Staudt has been a mid-Michigan broadcaster for over 50 years, the longest tenure of any sportscaster on television in the state. Known as the “Dean of Sports,” he has anchored the sportscasts at WILX in Lansing since 1980. Prior to that, he was the Sports Director at the former WJIM-TV in Lansing from 1970 to 1980. He got his start at WSWM in 1969,  where he hosted a daily 5-minute radio show while he was an MSU journalism student. Tim also hosts the popular “Staudt on Sports” each weekday on Sports Radio 730 WVFN (The Fan). Read more here.




MAPB Honors Linda Yohn, Thomas C. Jones with 2019 Public Media Impact Awards

(L-R) 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Recipient Linda Yohn and WEMU-FM Director/General Manager Molly Motherwell.

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2019 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

The MAPB presents Public Media Impact Awards to professionals and donors for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity, inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

2019 Public Media Award Impact Award Recipients

Linda Yohn, WEMU-FM (Professional Award)
Linda Yohn retired as music director for 89.1 WEMU-FM, Eastern Michigan University’s Community NPR station in December 2017, after a spectacular 30 year career at the station. The congenial morning host of 89-1 Jazz weekdays Yohn took her listeners on a daily jazz journey covering many jazz styles from traditional to today’s contemporary jazz, from bebop to the blues, from swing to sultry singers and from introspective solo piano to bouncing big bands. Yohn joined the WEMU staff in 1987. She was recruited because of her love of and expertise in jazz music and also brought her connections as a jazz publicist in New York and valuable public radio experience at WKSU-FM for Kent State University. Yohn is well-respected in both the public radio and music communities. She’s a past winner of the prestigious Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and has received the JazzWeek Magazine Major Market Jazz Programmer Of The Year Award six times, out of the eight she was nominated and also won Jazz Presenter of the Year in 2017. In 2015, then-Michigan State Representative David Rutledge honored Yohn with a special award: “The Ambassador For Jazz Music From The Ypsilanti Area,” only the second ambassador award for the area. EMU’s jazz broadcast library is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country primarily due to Yohn’s efforts, working with labels and artists from around the country and the globe. The library currently boasts more than 100,000 jazz tracks and includes everything from 78 RPM records from the 1920s to the digital downloads of the 21st century. During her 30 years at WEMU, Yohn made many appearances on behalf of WEMU including serving on panels at national conventions, hosting meet-the-artist sessions at The Detroit Jazz Festival and acting as Master of Ceremonies for community and music events.

(L-R) Steve Schram, Director of Broadcasting at Michigan Radio, and 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Recipient Thomas C. Jones.

Thomas C. Jones, Michigan Radio (Donor Recognition)
Thomas Jones has been an exceptional supporter of Michigan Radio for nearly two decades and is one of the station’s most sought after individuals for counsel on fundraising matters. He participated in the drafting of the station’s most recent campaign case statement and assisted senior management with the introduction of endowment giving to our donor community. In 2014, he made what was then the largest gift to the station in support of a program editor for the daily show Stateside and two years later helped establish the Robben Fleming Public Media Internship Fund for students and others. Recently he extended his generosity and is challenging others to help endow that internship. His dedication to Michigan Radio recognizes not only current public broadcasting needs but the need to prepare the next generation of journalism professionals. Jones is a fellow of Northwestern Michigan College. He earned BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and participated in the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.




2019 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced September 26 during the Awards Dinner & Show during the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.

Finalists in various categories include Mojo of WKQI-FM (Detroit), WYCD-FM (Detroit), WCSX-FM (Detroit), WRIF-FM (Detroit) and WXYT-FM (Detroit).

The 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards are recognizing two new award categories, “Legendary Manager of the Year” and “Best Radio Station Podcast.” Additionally, “Best College Radio Station of the Year,” has been renamed from “Noncommercial Station of the Year.”

See the complete list of finalists and their categories here.




Michigan Radio Supporter Thomas Jones, Retired WEMU Music Director Linda Yohn  Honored With Public Media Impact Awards

-The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce its 2019 Public Media Impact Awards. Thomas Jones and Linda Yohn will be honored August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids as part of the MAB’s annual Summer Conference.

Thomas Jones,  Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
Thomas Jones has been an exceptional supporter of Michigan Radio for nearly two decades and is one of the station’s most sought after individuals for counsel on fundraising matters.

He participated in the drafting of the station’s most recent campaign case statement and assisted senior management with the introduction of endowment giving to our donor community.

In 2014, he made what was then the largest gift to the station in support of a program editor for the daily show Stateside and two years later helped establish the Robben Fleming Public Media Internship Fund for students and others.

Recently he extended his generosity and is challenging others to help endow that internship. His dedication to Michigan Radio recognizes not only current public broadcasting needs but the need to prepare the next generation of journalism professionals. Jones is a fellow of Northwestern Michigan College. He earned BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and participated in the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.

Linda Yohn,  WEMU-FM (Eastern Michigan University)
Linda Yohn retired as music director for 89.1 WEMU-FM, Eastern Michigan University’s Community NPR station in December 2017, after a spectacular 30 year career at the station.

The congenial morning host of 89-1 Jazz weekdays Yohn took her listeners on a daily jazz journey covering many jazz styles from traditional to today’s contemporary jazz, from bebop to the blues, from swing to sultry singers and from introspective solo piano to bouncing big bands.

Yohn joined the WEMU staff in 1987. She was recruited because of her love of and expertise in jazz music and also brought her connections as a jazz publicist in New York and valuable public radio experience at WKSU-FM for Kent State University. Yohn is well-respected in both the public radio and music communities.

She’s a past winner of the prestigious Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and has received the JazzWeek Magazine Major Market Jazz Programmer Of The Year Award six times, out of the eight she was nominated and also won Jazz Presenter of the Year in 2017.

In 2015, then-Michigan State Representative David Rutledge honored Yohn with a special award: “The Ambassador For Jazz Music From The Ypsilanti Area,” only the second ambassador award for the area. EMU’s jazz broadcast library is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country primarily due to Yohn’s efforts, working with labels and artists from around the country and the globe.

The library currently boasts more than 100,000 jazz tracks and includes everything from 78 RPM records from the 1920s to the digital downloads of the 21st century.

During her 30 years at WEMU, Yohn made many appearances on behalf of WEMU including serving on panels at national conventions, hosting meet-the-artist sessions at The Detroit Jazz Festival and acting as Master of Ceremonies for community and music events.




Michigan Stations Celebrate Emmy® Award Wins!


At ceremonies held June 16 in Detroit, television stations across Michigan were recipients at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.

Evan Linnert, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) accepts his Emmy for Visual Storytelling.

Both commercial and non-commercial stations from Detroit, Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Flint/Saginaw, Bay City, Mt. Pleasant and Cadillac received honors.

Congratulations to WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV, WTVS-TV, WWJ-TV, WXYZ-TV, WGVU-TV, WOOD-TV, WXMI-TV, WZZM-TV, WKAR-TV, WEYI/WMSH-TV, WJRT-TV, WDCQ-TV, WCMU-TV and WWTV/WWUP-TV.

For a complete list of winning entries, click here.

Chad Schwartzenberger and Tina Brunn took home three awards each for their work with Detroit Public TV.




Paul Jacobs Honored at Conclave

Edit 6/24/19:  Read “What Does It Take To Win A Rockwell Award?” and Paul’s full acceptance speech here.

Paul Jacobs

Jacobs Media Strategies’ Paul Jacobs was honored Thursday  with the Conclave’s  Rockwell Award, an annual Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes individuals of unquestioned accomplishment who have made a lasting impact on radio.

“Receiving this award is truly rewarding and a high mark in my career in radio,” Jacobs said. “I have been a big fan of the work of the leaders of the Conclave had done for our industry for decades, and to be acknowledged by them is truly an honor.”

The annual Conclave event in Minneapolis began on Wednesday and continues through today (6/21).




Michigan Radio, WJRT-TV and WDIV-TV Win National Murrow Awards


Three Michigan broadcasters have been honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  The awards were announced on Tuesday.

Michigan Radio’s Mornings in Michigan series received a Murrow Award.  The series installment entitled, “The Early Birder Gets the Warblers, Chickadees, and Orioles,” was given the honor for Excellence in Sound in the Large Market Radio category. Winners in the Excellence in Sound category demonstrate creative use of sound to tell a story.

The feature was written and produced by Rebecca Williams and edited by Doug Tribou, with help from Lauren Talley. In the piece, which originally aired in May, 2018, Williams followed a group of birders on an early morning hike to see migrating birds arriving in Michigan. The story captured the sounds of warblers, buntings, orioles and sparrows, and the excited birders as they spotted their favorite species. You can listen to the story here. Companion images to the feature were provided by Michigan Radio’s Emma Winowicki.

Gray Television’s WJRT-TV (Flint) received a national Murrow Award for the third installment of the station’s annual Born Into Crisis series.

The February 2018 story, which looks at children born during the water crisis and how they are developing compared to their peers, won the national Edward R. Murrow Award in the Hard News category this year.

Anchor Angie Hendershot reported the story while Photographer Timothy Robertson captured the video that accompanies it.

Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) received a national Murrow Award for Criss-Cross Crash, coverage of figure-eight racing with school buses and boats at the Flat Rock Speedway — “Criss-Cross Crash” — won the “Excellence in Sound” award for large market television.

Criss-Cross Crash was produced by WDIV photojournalists Alex Atwell and Hans Ihlenfeldt.  You may see the story here.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

“These winning pieces from news organizations large and small have educated, uplifted, inspired, uncovered and enlightened,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director. “We’re proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities.”




Interlochen Public Radio Takes Home National Award for ‘Short Documentary’

via Daniel Wanschura, Interlochen Public Radio

Morgan Skinner

For the second year in a row, Interlochen Public Radio has won a national award for its “Irredeemable” series.

In Washington D.C. on Saturday, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated awarded first place in the “Short Documentary” category to the episode titled, “Irredeemable, episode 6: Coming clean.”

PRNDI is an association that represents news directors, broadcast editors and newsroom managers. It has been awarding local reporting since 1988.

“Irredeemable” is the work of IPR’s Morgan Springer, who in 2017 began telling the stories of individuals convicted of murder as juveniles and sentenced to life in prison. This is her fifth PRNDI award since working for IPR.