WYCD Earns CMA Nomination

Nominees for the CMA Broadcast Awards are out in the field of Country Radio. Entercom’s WYCD-FM (Detroit) is included as a nominee for Major Market Radio Station of the Year.  The CMA awards will be announced on November 11 on ABC-TV.  Here is the full list of this year’s nominees:

National Personality of the Year

“American Country Countdown,” Kix Brooks (Westwood One)
“CMT After Midnite,” Cody Alan (Premiere Networks)
“Country Countdown USA,” Lon Helton (Westwood One)
“The Mayor of Music Row,” Charlie Monk (Sirius XM Satellite Radio)
“The Blair Garner Show,” Blair Garner and “Off Eric” Garner (Westwood One)

Major Market Personality of the Year

“Angie Ward,” Angie Ward (WUBL – Atlanta, GA)
“Chris Carr & Company,” Chris Carr, Kia Becht and McKaila Granning (KEEY – Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN)
“Double-L,” Lois Lewis (KNIX – Phoenix, AZ)
“Fitz in the Morning,” Cory Fitzner (KNUC – Seattle-Tacoma, WA)
“Paul Schadt & Sarah Lee in the Morning with Producer Geof,” Paul Schadt, Sarah Lee and Geof Knight (WKKT – Charlotte-Gastonia-Rock Hill, NC-SC)

Large Market Personality of the Year

“The Big Dave Show,” “Big Dave” Chandler, Chelsie Shinkle, Jason Statt and Ashley Hempfling (WUBE – Cincinnati, OH)
“Jim, Deb & Kevin,” Jim Denny, Deborah Honeycutt and Kevin Freeman (WFMS – Indianapolis, IN)
“Lexi & Banks,” “Lexi” Elena Abatgis and “Banks” Jared Danielson (KUBL – Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, UT)
“Obie & Ashley,” “Obie” Obed Diaz and Ashley Morrison (WWKA – Orlando, FL)
“Ridder, Scott and Shannen,” “Ridder” Shaun Ridderbush, Scott Dolphin, and Shannen Oesterreich (WMIL – Milwaukee-Racine, WI)

Medium Market Personality of the Year

“Brent Michaels,” Brent Michaels (KUZZ – Bakersfield, CA)
“Clay & Company,” Clay Moden, Rob Banks and Val Townsend (WYRK – Buffalo-Niagara Falls, NY)
“Kenn McCloud,” Kenn McCloud (KUZZ – Bakersfield, CA)
“Scott and Sarah In The Morning,” Scott Wynn and Sarah Kay (WQMX – Akron, OH)
“Steve & Gina In The Morning,” Steve Lundy and Gina Melton (KXKT – Omaha-Council Bluffs, NE-IA)

Small Market Personality of the Year

“Big Rick In The Morning,” “Big Rick” Daniels (WGGC – Bowling Green, KY)
“Bobby & Steve (and Mandi!),” Bobby Cook, Steve Schwetman and Mandi Turner (WKYQ – Paducah, KY)
“Brent and Candy – The Cat Pak Morning Show,” Brent Lane and Candy Cullerton (WYCT – Pensacola, FL)
“Officer Don & DeAnn,” “Officer Don” Evans and DeAnn Stephens (WBUL – Lexington-Fayette, KY)
“Steve And Jessica Mornings,” Steve Waters and Jessica Cash (WFLS – Fredericksburg, VA)

Major Market Radio Station of the Year

KNUC/Seattle-Tacoma, WA
KSCS/Dallas-Ft. Worth, TX
KYGO/Denver-Boulder, CO
WXTU/Philadelphia, PA
WYCD/Detroit, MI

Large Market Radio Station of the Year

KNCI/Sacramento, CA
KUBL/Salt Lake City-Ogden-Provo, UT
WMIL/Milwaukee-Racine, WI
WUBE/Cincinnati, OH
WWKA/Orlando, FL

Medium Market Radio Station of the Year

KATM/Modesto, CA
WHKO/Dayton, OH
WQMX/Akron, OH
WUSY/Chattanooga, TN
WXCY/Wilmington, DE

Small Market Radio Station of the Year

KKNU/Eugene-Springfield, OR
WBYT/South Bend, IN
WKXC/Augusta, GA
WXBQ/Johnson City-Kingsport-Bristol, TN-VA
WXFL/Florence-Muscle Shoals, AL

WSGW and Gray Television Receive NAB Leadership Foundation 2020 Service to America Awards

On August 22, The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation presented the 2020 Service to America Awards,
recognizing outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners were announced during the Celebration of Service to America Awards program, which aired on hundreds of stations nationwide.

“Over the past year, America’s local radio and television stations have demonstrated unparalleled devotion to helping families and communities in need,” said NAB Leadership Foundation President Michelle Duke. “We are pleased to honor these exceptional stations and to celebrate this year’s winners with viewers and listeners during the first ever broadcast of the Celebration of Service to America Awards.”

Two Michigan broadcasters are recipients of the 2020 Service to America Awards:

Service to Community Award for Radio – Medium Market
WSGW (Saginaw), “WSGW’s Sharing Hope Radiothon
Alpha Media

To help curb increasing homelessness in the area, 100.5 and 790 Newsradio WSGW hosted the 14th annual Sharing Hope Radiothon to raise money for the Rescue Ministries of Mid-Michigan and its local shelters. With cross promotion from sister station 94.5 The Moose WCEN, this 12-hour campaign exceeded its fundraising goal and raised more than $47,000 while also educating the community. To show continued support for their sister station, WSGW partnered once again and helped raise awareness and donations for the two-day St. Jude Kids Radiothon to raise another $83,250. These two campaigns strengthen the ties of local radio and continue to better the community through the sharing of hope and resources.

Service to Community Award for Television – Ownership Group
Gray Television, “Measure of Hate
Gray Television owns WJRT-TV (Flint), WILX-TV (Lansing) and WLUC-TV (Marquette)

Gray Television’s “Measure of Hate” campaign exposed significant flaws and omissions in the FBI’s annual hate crime report, ultimately leading the FBI to overhaul policy and ending the agency’s decades-long illegal practice. Through the investigation, Gray Television discovered that the FBI wasn’t accurately reporting its own hate crime cases and that national statistics were based on voluntary reports from local agencies. Throughout 2019, several “Measure of Hate” stories aired in newscasts on all 93 Gray Television stations. Gray also aired a 30-minute “Measure of Hate” documentary. Due to this investigation the FBI, public officials and law enforcers were required to change their reporting procedures and reevaluate the information and data available to accurately measure hate crimes across this country.

A complete list of 2020 Service to America Award winners can be found here.


2 Michigan Broadcasters Named as Radio Wayne Finalists

RadioInk has announced the finalists for the 2020 Radio Wayne Awards, to be presented virtually September 15 on Facebook and YouTube. It’s the 28th year Radio Ink will present Radio’s most prestigious awards in sales, marketing, and management.

Finalists include Jeff Marcero (Cumulus Detroit) in the Sales Manager category and Peter Kowalski  (Entercom Communications/Detroit) in the DOS/GSM category.

A complete list of finalists can be found here.

WKAR’s Ilene ‘Beany’ Tomber Receives MAPB’s 2020 Public Media Impact Award

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters has announced that WKAR Public Media’s  Beany Tomber will receive its 2020 Public Media Impact Award.

Ilene "Beany" TomberBeany Tomber personifies the very best attributes of public media. Over her 55-year career, she has dedicated herself to children, education and the pursuit of knowledge. 

As director of Corporate Development at  WKAR beginning in 1982, Beany formed partnerships with businesses and agencies to help ensure mid-Michigan’s public broadcasting television and radio stations could provide trusted news, educational, and entertainment programming for the community.

Following her passion for children and education, Beany launched WKAR’s Ready to Learn service in 1996,  providing training and resources to educators and families across mid-Michigan. In the years that followed, she expanded WKAR’s education and outreach efforts to include PBS Teacherline, PBS LearningMedia and the Community Cinema and Indie Lens Pop-Up film series.

Beany’s underwriting experience and grant writing ability led to CPB, PNC and numerous other grants in support of Head Start, Impression Five Science Center, and other early education services for mid-Michigan.

In 2000, Beany founded the Early Childhood Literacy Coalition, made up of area libraries and the Great Start Readiness program.

Beany also had a key role in creating the WKAR original television series “Curious Crew,” hosted by award-winning science educator Dr. Rob Stephenson. In six seasons on the air, the science show for kids has won numerous regional and national awards, and is seen on PBS stations across the country.  

Beany retired from WKAR in 2017.  She continues to stay in touch with WKAR leadership, offering help and guidance drawn from her years of experience and passion for her community.

Beany is caring, dedicated and devoted to the value of education for our youth. Simply put, Beany Tomber makes the kind of impact that defines public media and that we can all be proud of.

NATAS Michigan Announces 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Winners

With an online ceremony held this past Saturday (6/20), National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan announced the winners of the 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.  Television stations, both commercial and public, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan were honored.

This was the first year the awards were presented online, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the event was opened by NATAS Michigan President Bob Gould.  See the complete video here.

See the complete winners list here.

WSGW Honored as 2020 Service to America Awards Finalist

The NAB Leadership Foundation announced Thursday (5/28) that Alpha Media’s WSGW-AM/FM (Saginaw) Sharing Hope Radiation is among the finalists for its 2020 Service to America Awards.

The awards recognize outstanding community service by local broadcasters. Winners will be announced during the organization’s Celebration of Service to America Awards program, which will be held this year a prerecorded event that will be available online in late August.

WSGW News Radio is one of two finalists in the Medium Market category for radio. The station was previously honored for its community service efforts on May 13 as one of 50 finalists for the annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards.

Congratulations again to WSGW!

Click here to view WSGW’s Sharing Hope Radiothon entry and a full list of 2020 Service to America Awards finalists.

WSGW’s Mark Thomas poses with the station’s 2020 NAB Crystal Radio Award

NATAS Michigan Announces 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Nominations

Television stations, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan have received nominations for this year’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 42nd Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s awards ceremonies will be streamed on June 20 at 7 p.m.  More information here.

For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.


5 Michigan Stations Honored with Regional Murrow Awards

The Radio and Television Digital News Association announced on Tuesday (5/12) the winners of the 2020 Regional Edward R. Murrow awards; and three radio stations and two television stations in Michigan have been recognized as winners.

For small market radio, WMUK-FM (Kalamazoo) was honored for Feature Reporting. In large market radio, WDET-FM (Detroit) also won for Feature Reporting. Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor) received four wins in the Hard News, Multimedia, News Documentary and News Series categories.

For small market television, WLNS-TV (Lansing) won two awards, one for Excellence in Innovation and one for Feature Reporting. In large market television, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) was honored in the News Series category.

All the winners move on to the National Competition. Congratulations to our winning Michigan stations.

Since 1971, RTDNA has been honoring outstanding achievements in broadcast and digital televisions with the Edward R. Murrow Awards. Murrow Award winning work demonstrates the excellence that Edward R. Murrow made a standard for the broadcast news profession.

Click here to lean more about the awards and sell all the 2020 regional winners. 

WSGW Recognized for Community Service with NAB Crystal Award

WSGW-AM (Saginaw) was one of 10 radio stations across the nations to be honored on Wednesday (5/13) as part of the the 33rd annual NAB Crystal Radio Awards.

Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. The 2020 NAB Crystal Radio Award recipients listed below were chosen from 50 finalists and were recognized during the NAB Show Express.

  • KRMG-FM (Tulsa, Okla.)
  • KRWM-FM (Seattle, Wa.)
  • KUBL-FM (Salt Lake City, Utah)
  • KVTY-FM (Lewiston, Idaho)
  • WDNS-FM (Bowling Green, Ky.)
  • WHUR-FM (Washington, D.C.)
  • WKRQ-FM (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • WREW-FM (Cincinnati, Ohio)
  • WSGW-AM (Saginaw, Mich.)
  • WSUN-FM (Tampa Bay, Fla.)

NAB Crystal Radio Award finalists were chosen by a panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations and public relations firms.

Congratulations WSGW!

Michigan Radio, WXYZ Reporters Honored with Award for Advancement of Justice

Sarah Cwiek (left) and Heather Catallo (right)

Michigan Radio reporter Sarah Cwiek and WXYZ-TV (Detroit) reporter Heather Catallo have been selected as a winners of a 2020 Wade H. McCree Award for the Advancement of Justice by the Michigan Press Association Foundation.

Cwiek was recognized for her story, “They say their son needs to be in a psychiatric hospital. He went to jail instead” from February 2019, which highlighted impossible situations some families with autistic children find themselves in: stuck in a loop of emergency rooms and police encounters, in a state that makes it all but impossible to get a child admitted to inpatient psychiatric medical care.

Catallo received the honor for her in-depth investigation “Guardianship Epidemic: I just want my parents back,” which showed that as baby boomers age, guardianship abuse is increasingly becoming a bigger problem across the country.

The McCree Awards recognize journalism that examines, explains, exposes and details important issues in law and government. The award is named after distinguished Michigan attorney Wade H. McCree, who served as judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals and Solicitor General of the United States.

The Advancement of Justice awards were established in 1974 in a collaborative effort between the State Bar of Michigan and the Michigan Press Association. The Michigan Press Association Foundation was created in 1980 to further the interests of journalism in Michigan.

Detroit News reporter Karen Bouffard was also announced as a recipient of a 2020 McCree Award for her in-depth investigation “Healing Justice,” which looked into America’s underinvestment in mental health services and the enormous expense of incarceration.

The awards are presented annually to the winners at the Michigan Journalism Hall of Fame ceremony, held each spring. This year’s event has been moved to a later date to be determined.