#MABshow Alert: Gray Television’s Greta Van Susteren will Deliver 2020 Keynote

Just days ahead of Michigan’s Presidential Primary, Greta Van Susteren, the longtime political commentator and host of Gray Television’s “Full Court Press,” will deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Great Lake Media Show.

The Great Lakes Media Show will take place March 3 and 4 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Learn more and register to attend at MABshow.com.

A veteran of CNN, Fox News Channel and MSNBC, Van Susteren is an award-winning and trusted communicator with decades of experience as an interviewer, analyst, host and moderator. Prior to her on-air career, she spent almost 20 years practicing law.

Van Susteren joined Gray Television in April 2019 as Chief National Political Analyst, providing stations with political analysis of major news events and traveling around the country to report on stories impacting Americans today.

On September 8, 2019, Van Susteren launched the nationally syndicated Sunday show, “Full Court Press with Greta Van Susteren”​ ​which is reshaping the political show format to focus on how local communities are affected by critical issues, political decisions, and national events through substantive interviews of newsmakers, roundtable discussions and both on-the-ground and investigative reports from Gray stations.

Van Susteren launched “On The Record” in February 2002 at Fox News Channel. The prime time news and interview program was number 1 in its time slot for the entire 14½ years she was at the network. Her reporting took her all across the world including North Korea, Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Egypt, Pakistan, India, and others.

Before joining Fox News, she hosted CNN’s prime-time news and analysis program, “The Point with Greta Van Susteren,” and co-hosted the network’s daily legal analysis show, “Burden of Proof.” Her legal analysis for CNN’s coverage of Election 2000 earned her the American Bar Association’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Journalism.

Van Susteren has interviewed hundreds of leading government officials, from U.S. Presidents to cabinet members, from leaders of the House and Senate, to Generals and Ambassadors. Her interviews include President Donald Trump, President Barack Obama (when he was a U.S. Senator), President George W. Bush, President Bill Clinton, President George H. W. Bush, President Jimmy Carter, Vice President Mike Pence, Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, National Security Advisor General HR McMaster, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Former Speakers Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and Newt Gingrich. Her interviews also include members of Congress, governors and spiritual leaders, including the Rev. Billy Graham and the Rev. Franklin Graham.




‘All About Film’ and More at #BCBC19

Online Registration will Close on October 24

Are you the future of the broadcast industry
? Then make sure you are at the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference on November 8! This is your chance to connect with professionals from all across Michigan’s broadcast industry. #BCBC19 is where you need to be if you are looking to land that dream j-o-b. So don’t hesitate. Register online before October 24 to secure your spot. Although registration will be available at the door, meals will not be guaranteed. Space is limited. Register today!

Each year BCBC connects broadcasting students from across Michigan with the state top industry leaders in radio and television. #BCBC19 will take place Friday, November 8, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus. Learn more and register to attend at MyBCBC.com.

Until then, check out some of this year’s exciting “All About Film” learning opportunities …

 

Finding Your Way into the Corporate, Commercial or Feature Film Industry, a Primer 

Have you ever wanted to know what it’s like to work on a film set? This session will be packed with information that will help you get into the film and video industry and walk onto sets feeling strong! Industry professional and co-founder of the Michigan Production Alliance Mark Adler provides an overview of what you can expect and what is expected of YOU! On the set of corporate projects, commercials or feature films.

Power of Video Storytelling in Marketing Campaigns

In 2018, one-third of all online user time was spent watching video. The world of online video is rapidly pivoting to reach constituents, audiences, customers, and donors. It takes skill and effort to tell a compelling story online, and we are busy producing and being consumed with a variety of media to narrow in on a well-refined content strategy. In this presentation, award-winning digital storyteller Justin Wedes will give you the technical tips and tricks to effective video storytelling — one of the most effective marketing tools in 2019. He’ll cover a range of thought-provoking questions: Why is video the most effective way to reach people, and inspire action, online? How can I use a unique storytelling video to communicate a mission or vision? What are the basic steps of a video marketing campaign? and How do I make stunning, effective videos without breaking the bank?

Top 10 Tips for Better Filmmaking

Focusing on various methods designed to enhance your video production skills, this workshop is aimed at making your videos outshine the rest. Join seasoned filmmaker and digital marketer, Steve Julin as he shares his top ten tips for shooting better video and telling better stories. This session will cover creative camera techniques, capturing audio, lighting techniques and general filmmaking tips that will improve your skills on the next video you shoot.



Discover the Power of Sales, Marketing & Promotions at #BCBC19

Are you the future of the broadcast industry? Then make sure you are at the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference on November 8! This is your chance to connect with professionals from all across Michigan’s broadcast industry. #BCBC19 is where you need to be if you are looking to land that dream j-o-b. So don’t hesitate. Space is limited. Register today!

Each year BCBC connects broadcasting students from across Michigan with the state top industry leaders in radio and television. #BCBC19 will take place Friday, November 8, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus. Learn more and register to attend at MyBCBC.com.

Until then, check out some of this year’s exciting opportunities to discover the power of sales, marketing and promotions …

Sales is your gateway into the Media Industry

Selling means connecting your products and services to meet the needs of your customer. When selling media, what are your products? There are more than you think…there’s more to media than commercial spots! In this session you’ll learn about the exciting products in today’s media marketplace, practice conducting a Client Needs Analysis, and discover how a position in sales just may be your steppingstone into the industry.

Content Marketing to the Right Audience

Learn how to effectively market a product or service to fulfill your client’s needs. Go through the process with an actual client case: identify the target audience, choose the proper delivery mediums, and create and customize effective messaging. With today’s savvy audience, traditional messaging just won’t cut it! So learn how to create consumable content with your message. Led by an award-winning, 18-year veteran of local TV and movies, take a creative journey and get a taste of the world of marketing.


All About Promotions

You’ve heard about one…and you’ve probably stopped by one. A radio road crew event is more than just a chance for listeners to win a prize or be on the radio. Hosting a radio event at a business is a time-tested strategy to give key clients a significant ROI and help to spread the word about an important event/promotion/sale for that brand. Learn how radio promotions teams collaborate with multiple departments to create and execute creative solutions for their clients all while having fun, promoting their brand, and gaining their clients’ trust.



BCBC Connects Students With the PROs

Are you the future of the broadcast industry? Then get yourself to the Broadcasting Career Builder Conference now! It’s hype. It’s straight fire. It’s where you need to be if you are looking to land that dream j-o-b. So don’t hesitate. Space is limited. Register today!

Each year BCBC connects broadcasting students from across Michigan with the state top industry leaders in radio and television. #BCBC19 will take place Friday, November 8, at Lansing Community College’s West Campus. Learn more and register to attend at MyBCBC.com.

Until then, check out some of this year’s exciting opportunities to “Connect with the PROs …”

All About Sports Broadcasting

On-Air sports broadcasting and professional play-by-play positions are one of the most sought-after careers for students, but sometimes those coveted roles can be few and far between. A panel of sports broadcasting professionals will share their insights on how you can start now to ensure your spot in the industry and give important tips on networking and internships. They’ll also discuss the business side of sports media and share why you should become an expert in all things sports related right now.

The Secrets News Directors Want You to Know

If getting the attention of a News Director isn’t enough, navigating the interview and follow up process can be even more complicated. What experience should I highlight? Do I really need to wear a suit? Should I wait to hear something or follow up right away? This panel discussion will focus on what News Directors expect through the interview process and help to set realistic expectations for new professionals. You’ll also learn about some latest trends in news and digital, and get a behind-the-scenes look at day-to-day newsroom life.

Resume and Cover Letter Workshop 

Are you ready to begin your broadcasting and media career or internship search? Could your resume use some help? What you decide to put in your resume matters. Learn to make the most of your first impression tools by discovering what potential employers are looking to learn about you from your resume. During this session, broadcast professionals will critique resumes, give tips on how to best prepare for your career search, and provide tips on how to pass an interview successfully. Learn the most effective ways to build your professional network base to advance your career. If you wait until graduation in May to work on a resume it may be too late!

Speed Networking (Pre-Registration Required)

From high-level managers to on-air talent, 20 industry professionals want to meet you. You have five minutes to ask the most important question of your career … GO! This popular session allows emerging professionals a unique opportunity to meet with Michigan broadcast professionals in a personal, one-on-one style setting. Come prepared with great questions and ready to make a good impression.



Zoe Burdine-Fly Elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters

(L-R) 2018-2019 MAB Chair Gary Baxter, General Manager at Fox 47 WSYM-TV (Lansing) “passes the gavel” to 2019-2020 MAB Chair Zoe Burdine-Fly, Market President for Townsquare Media (Lansing/Flint).

Zoe Burdine-Fly, Market President for Townsquare Media (Lansing/Flint), was elected Chair of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Board of Directors during the organization’s Annual Business Meeting on Tuesday, August 6, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

Burdine-Fly is the 74th chair of the MAB, one of the largest and most successful state broadcast associations in the nation. The MAB represents nearly 300 radio and television stations and about 4,000 individual broadcasting industry employees across the state of Michigan.

Also elected to the MAB Board of Directors executive committee were: Vice Chair/Chair-Elect Stephen A. Marks, President/CEO, The Marks Group (Alpena);
Secretary/Treasurer Kevin Dunaway, Vice President/General Manager, Heritage Broadcasting (Cadillac/Traverse City); and Scott Shigley, General Magager, Liggett Communications (Port Huron).

See the complete MAB Board of Directors list here.




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.




Traverse City Broadcaster Turned State Rep. Jack O’Malley Will Speak at #MABsummer

State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-101)

Longtime Northern Michigan radio personality and freshman State Rep. Jack O’Malley (R-101) has joined the list of speakers for the MAB’s 2019 summer Advocacy Conference on August 5 and 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

Other summer conference speakers will include Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7), the National Association of Broadcaster’s Steven W. Newberry, Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency Director Andrew Brisbo and a panel of Michigan political journalists moderated by State Capitol Correspondent and “Off the Record” host Tim Skubick . Learn more about the year’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Busuness Meeting and register to attend at MABsummer.com 

Following an almost 40-year broadcasting career, Jack announced his retirement from the airwaves early last year. He was elected to the Michigan House of Representatives in November 2018 to represent the “Fighting 101st District,” which includes Leelanau, Benzie, Manistee and Mason counties.

He will serve as chair of the Michigan House Transportation Committee for the 2019-20 legislative session. He will also serve as a member of the Tax Policy Committee, Education Committee, and Energy Committee.

Jack began hosting the morning show on WTCM-FM (Traverse City) in 1984. With his long tenure there, he holds the unofficial record for the longest-running morning show at one station in Michigan history, at 34 years. He also served as the station’s Operations Manager and Program Director and is a graduate of the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Media.

Jack has been involved with many local community efforts, active with the area’s veterans, served on the community corrections board and has worked with area law enforcement and fire departments. Along with his community involvement, he has volunteered with Child and Family Services of Northwest Michigan, Hospice of Michigan and coached high school softball for a dozen years.

Jack and his wife, Robin, have two adult daughters and one teenage son.




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.