Category: June 2016

Engineering Spotlight: Gary Blievernicht, MSU/WKAR-AM/FM/TV (East Lansing)

Nominate an engineer you know!  Email Dan Kelley at [email protected] Gary Blievernicht Engineering Supervisor, Michigan State University-WKAR-AM/FM/TV, East Lansing.  He has been at MSU since 1992. Gary is also Chairman of the State Emergency Communications Committee (SECC), which oversees the Emergency Alert System (EAS) in Michigan. Brief Engineering Resume: Gary:  Attended the Purdue University extension in… read more

Why Internships Are Important

By:  Dick Taylor,  CRMC/CDMC Dick Taylor Blog https://dicktaylorblog.com/ In his new book There Is Life After College, Jeffrey Selingo discloses an important statistic: 79% of students that had an internship while in college moved into a full-time job upon graduation. So having an internship is important. But there are some tips I’d like to share… read more

WWCK Gives Back to Flint with Music Video

Cumulus Media’s WWCK-FM (Flint) is giving back to its community with a feel-good positive music video to help the city get through its water crisis.  WWCK-FM morning show hosts Mike McDonald and Stephanie K put the idea for a music video into play after realizing that Flint needed “something uplifting for the city.” See the… read more

EAS Comments Filed By State Broadcast Associations

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters, along with other broadcaster associations representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, recently filed Joint Comments in the FCC’s rulemaking proceeding regarding proposed changes to the Emergency Alert System. We pointed out how state broadcasters associations played an important role in the effort to pass a federal… read more

Associate Member Highlight: VetBiz Central

VetBiz Central is a non-profit organziation assisting veterans since 2005, serving Michigan, Ohio, and Indiana.  The organization helps veterans, active duty, guard, and reserve members in the formation and expansion of their businesses. Services provided include: Entrepreneurial Training and Counseling Networking Opportunities Mentoring Programs and Activities Advocacy Services Procurement Counseling On November 10, 2016, VetBiz… read more

NATAS Honors Michigan Broadcasting Excellence

On June 18, the Michigan Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences awarded commercial and public broadcasters and video producers throughout the state with 2016 Michigan EMMY® Award ceremonies at Motor City Casino in Detroit. A complete list of winners is available here. (PDF download) The awards are to recognize outstanding achievements… read more

This Old House Comes to Detroit

In its forthcoming 37th season, the public television program This Old House will air a series of episodes recorded in Detroit.   The program traveled to the Motor City to work with retired firefighter Frank and his family as they renovate their classic brick home. The 1939 two-story property was one of thousands of abandoned structures… read more

John Gay Joins WDZH-FM

CBS Radio’s WDZH-FM (Detroit) has announced the hiring of Jon Gay as the station’s new midday air talent.  Gay, known on-air as “Jag” comes to the station from New Orleans, where he was program director and afternoon drive host at KVDU-FM. Gay previously worked at WKQI-FM (Detroit) between June 2011 and December 2012. CBS Radio SVP/Market… read more

WWMT-TV Welcomes Mara Thompson

WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) has hired former WPBN/WTOM-TV (Traverse City) news reporter Mara Thompson.  Thompson joined the station on June 6. Thompson is a 2014 graduate of Michigan State University, majoring in journalism with a concentration in electronic news. While at MSU, she was an announcer for the Big Ten Network Student U and was an anchor and… read more