Michigan Engineers Honored at GLBC

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award to a pair of Michigan broadcasters who, combined, have served in the industry for over six decades. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards were presented during the main luncheon at the MAB’s annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo (GLBC) held March 8 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners are:

Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White

Craig Bowman and MAB President/CEO Karole White

Radio Recipient: Craig Bowman, Owner of Bowman Engineering Company/Partner in the Synergy Broadcasting Group.

Craig began his radio career while in high school at a 500-watt daytimer on 1460, then WMMH, Marshall,  N.C., working weekends running religious programming and playing Southern gospel music. After high school, Bowman attended the University of North Carolina at Asheville, where he worked at the student station, later becoming the station manager where he oversaw the transition from the University ownership to Western North Carolina Public Radio, Inc. with a long-term vision of bringing NPR to Western North Carolina.

Having worked part-time in Black Mountain and Canton of North Carolina (NC), Craig accepted a full-time position at WHCC-WQNS in Waynesville, NC, where he held his first Chief Engineer position as well as doing afternoons on WHCC. In 1986, Craig was recruited to build WMYI. A station licensed to Hendersonville, NC but build to serve Hendersonville, Greenville (SC), Spartanburg (SC), Anderson (SC) and Asheville (NC).

After Greenville, Bowman joined Bob Herman at RF Projects Corporation in Raleigh as a consulting engineer and later was promoted to Vice-President. In 1991 Jim Jensen of Liggett Broadcast approached Craig (who was doing projects for WFMK and WHNN) to join the company as their Director of Engineering. Craig worked with Liggett until after the current Pine Tree Road facility was completed and then went to work for Scott Studios helping with product development as well as traveling the nation providing training for new Scott Studios automation customers.

In 2001, Craig started his own broadcast engineering company and Bowman Engineering has been around ever since, and even while he has been reaching out to new challenges developing audience engagement tools, mobile app development, audio streaming and podcasting with Futuri Media in Cleveland, Bowman remains an active part of Liggett Communications in Port Huron as well as Krol Communications in Flint, Owosso, and Alma. Craig is also a corporate officer and partner in the Synergy Broadcasting group of stations based in Ludington, MI. Bowman also serves on several MAB Technical committees.

MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver

MAB President/CEO Karole White and David Oliver

Television Recipient: David Oliver, Engineering Supervisor for WGVU Public Media in Grand Rapids, and Chief Operator for WGVS-AM and FM.

David began his broadcasting career in 1983 when he enlisted in the US Navy as an Electronics Technician. In 1989, he completed a six-year enlistment as an Electronics Technician First Class. He was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal for meritorious service as Site Maintenance Supervisor for NAVCAMS MED SATCOM in Naples, Italy. Upon completion of his Navy service, David joined Hughes Network Systems as VSAT Hub Engineer, supporting the Chrysler and GM dealer networks.

David was hired by WGVU Public Media as Broadcast Maintenance Engineer in 1992, and was promoted to Engineering Supervisor in 1996. His responsibilities include supervision of the stations technical staff, overseeing daily TV and radio operations; maintenance and support for two Television, two FM, two AM transmission sites and a satellite teleport.

Now celebrating his 25-year anniversary with WGVU and Grand Valley State University, he was awarded the 2009 GVSU – Administrative/Professional Achievement award, recognizing outstanding contributions by a staff member to the University.

David has been identified by GVSU as a Vet Net Ally and is active with WGVU’s Engage-Veterans project, LZ Michigan, and a member of American Legion Post #28 in Grand Haven.

MAB/MABF Announce the BEA Station of the Year Recipients

SOY2017The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) and MAB Foundation (MABF) are proud to announce the recipients of 2016 Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA) Stations of the Year Awards. The awards were presented during the annual Broadcast Excellence Awards Program, held as part of the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference on Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at The Lansing Center in downtown Lansing, Michigan.

For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here.

Of the 961 entries, the following stations were found by judges from the Illinois Association of Broadcasters to be the best of the best in the overall station product:

Commercial Divisions

Commercial Radio Market 1: WJR-AM, Detroit
Commercial Television Market 1: WDIV-TV, Detroit

Commercial Radio Market 2: WOOD-AM/FM, Grand Rapids
Commercial Television Market 2: WOOD-TV, Grand Rapids

Commercial Radio Market 3: WLEN-FM, Adrian
Commercial Television Market 3: WWTV/WWUP-TV, Cadillac/Traverse City

Commercial Radio Market 4: WKQS-FM, Marquette
Commercial Television Market 4: WLUC-TV, Marquette

Public Divisions

Public Radio Group 1: WGVU-FM, Grand Rapids
Public Radio Group 2: Michigan Radio (WUOM/WFUM/WVGR), Ann Arbor

Public Television : WTVS-TV, Detroit

The MAB and the MAB Foundation wish to congratulate all the winners of the Broadcast Excellence Awards competition. For a complete list of all the winning entries, click here. The Broadcast Excellence Awards Program is one of the largest state awards programs in the nation and continues to set broadcast excellence standards.

MABF Announces 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Award Winners

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. The 689 entries were judged by professional broadcasters. Awards were presented in each of the 23 categories. Station/Program of the Year is chosen based on the number of winning entries from the High Schools or Colleges. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing.

The following schools were honored:

2017 Station/Program of the Year
Avondale High School, Auburn Hills
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Rockford High School, Rockford WDBMCOLLEGE RADIO
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Michigan State University, East Lansing
2017 Station/Program of the Year
Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant

MABF also announced winners of its Student Broadcast Awards competition. For a complete list of all winners, click here.

MABF Awards 2017 Scholarship Recipients

ScholarshipThe Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2017 Scholarship Program. Recipients were identified by the faculty representatives from each school, or by the sponsoring station, and ratified by the MAB Foundation Board of Directors. Scholarships were presented during the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference and Expo on Wednesday, March 8 in Lansing. The MAB Foundation awarded $26,500 in scholarships this year. The following students were recipients of the 2017 Scholarships:

MAB Foundation Named Scholarships

The Carl E. Lee Scholarship
Teresa Turner, Western Michigan University

The Charles D. Fritz Scholarship
Daniel Tabaka, Henry Ford Community College

The WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship
Mark Heinonen, Michigan Technological University

The WBKB-TV, WBKP-TV, WBUP-TV, WOLV-FM, WCCY-AM, WHKB-FM & The Stephen A. Marks Foundation Scholarship
Samantha Carter, Northern Michigan University

The Charles D. Mefford Scholarship
Carla Heaps, Specs Howard School of Media Arts

The Gary A. Reid Scholarship
ShaDonna Crosby, Michigan State University

The James H. Quello Scholarship
Claudia Price, Michigan State University

The Leicinger Biederman Scholarship
Nick Stahl, Michigan State University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Kayde Hambaum, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Stephanie Hodges, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Theron Logan, Central Michigan University

The Dr. Peter Orlik Broadcasting Scholarship
Dana Whyte, Central Michigan University

The Jerry P. Colvin Scholarship
Eric Deyo, Grand Valley State University

The Alan W. Frank Scholarship
Jacob Rapanotti, Oakland University
MAB Foundation General Scholarships

Matthew McCracken, Eastern Michigan University

Megan Uhl, Spring Arbor University

Julian Morrison, Hope College

Mariah Iltis, Ferris State University

Natalie Dunn, Adrian College

Elijah Baker, Wayne State University

Kristin Welton, Lansing Community College

Station Sponsored Scholarships

WXYZ-TV Broadcasting Scholarship
Amanda Barberena, Michigan State University

Midwest Communications Broadcasting Scholarship
Kathleen Montroy, Michigan State University

Robert Race Memorial Broadcasting Scholarship
Jeffery Wachowicz, Ferris State University

Friends of Bill Burton
Hannah Vogel, Central Michigan University

High School Scholarships

Mary Lee, Royal Oak High School

Brandon Morrow, Lake Orion High School

For more information about the MAB Foundation Scholarship Program or other MAB Foundation programs please visit our website at www.mabf.org or email Jennifer Preslar at [email protected].

MAB Holds Legislative Reception

The MAB held its annual Legislative Reception on March 8 during the 2017 Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference in Lansing. Close to 30 lawmakers attended the event to meet and visit with their local broadcasters and discuss issues affecting our industry.


Miss GLBC 2017? Take a Look at the Highlights

Even the wind storm didn’t shut down MAB’s GLBC 2017! Of all the past Great Lakes Broadcasting Conferences, this one was the absolute best.  More than 850 Individuals attended GLBC this year, held March 7 & 8 at the Lansing Center.

GLBC is the MAB’s most popular events. Members in attendance raved about the sessions, and the quality of the students in the Career Fair.

“We were prepared for the worst with the wind storm, but most people arrived at the Lansing Center before the strongest part of the storm hit,” said President Karole White. “MAB is very pleased to offer quality programs to members at a reasonable price. Click here to see some of the highlights of this years conference.”

Save $$!! GLBC Registration Discount Deadline Extended through Friday, February 24!


Don’t miss out on your chance to save some money on registration to this outstanding event. You will leave the conference reinvigorated and also learn concrete information you can use in your job today.

Register Here 

Speaker Highlights include:

SBE’s Ennes Broadcast Engineering Workshop: this all-day program will feature multiple topics and speakers that provide television and radio engineers with the latest information in broadcast and media technology.

Opening General Session featuring Phil Gwoke from BridgeWorks. Phil will speak on When Generations Connect: Communicating Across Generational Divides.

Network Security for Radio with Brian Lindemann, Broadcast Electronics.

Contagious Selling: How to Sell Profitably in a Media Fragmented World with high energy sales trainer David Rich, Rich Ideas.

Sound Advice with Les Rose, Professor of Practice, Broadcast and Digital Journalism, Syracuse University S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communication. We are thrilled to have Les at GLBC for FOUR sessions on using video, sound and lighting to enhance your reporting.

#Branding –in a Social Media Age with Kevin Robinson, Robinson Media.
Facebook – Snapchat – Twitter – Instagram… Where should you AND your BRAND be?

To see the full schedule go HERE.

Come Celebrate Your Win at the Broadcast Excellence Awards!

bea2016_700We received a record number of Broadcast Excellence Award entries this year and stations and networks that have won awards have been notified.  Make plans now to attend this prestigious awards ceremony and celebrate your station and co-workers. This ceremony is your chance to meet and mingle with professional broadcasters statewide and show off your hard work from 2016!

Awards Ceremony
Wednesday March 8, 2017 | The Lansing Center | Lansing, MI
7:00 – 9:00 p.m.  Prior to the Awards Ceremony, you’re invited to join the MAB for the Legislative Reception/Walk Around Dinner from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  (This will be the only meal before Broadcast Excellence Awards; light refreshments will be served at the awards ceremony). 

Pre-registration is required to attend the BEA ceremony, which is only $35 for MAB station members. Register HERE.  Broadcast Excellence Award winners have been notified by email on the number of complimentary tickets each station will receive for the awards ceremony, which varies by number of awards won.

MABF GLBC Career Fair – Is Your Company Signed Up?

MABF0112_300It’s time for the MAB Foundation’s most popular and highly attended career fair and we want YOU to be a part of the action!

You’re going to be at GLBC anyway, right?

Your station should participate in this career and networking fair because it attracts students statewide that will offer your company different views, ideas and opinions! By attending this event, you’ll be able to prove that your station is seeking out a diverse group of new staff and interns throughout the state, which is great for your EEO File!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
During the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & EXPO (GLBC)
The Lansing Center, Lansing MI
2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

This event attracts hundreds of students and young professionals eager to meet with YOU and continue their career journey in the broadcast and media industries.

Please join us! Click here for complete vendor details.

Reserve your booth here: ONLINE REGISTRATION

Each booth is $275 and includes a co-sponsorship of the event. As a co-sponsor, you will be helping to offset the cost of the fair. As a participant, you will help to promote the event to your students, listeners and viewers by sharing event information prior to the day of the event. You can do this by airing your own PSAs, if you have a station, or by adding your involvement into any press promotion. Your assistance in promoting this career fair is vital to the success of the event. For stations, keep track of everything you air for your EEO records and send the MABF a copy of your affidavits.

2017 GLBC Exhibitor Highlight: Zipwhip

ZipWhipSolidify local connection with Zipwhip Texting

Your listeners want to text you – Let them!

Over 80% of American adults text, making it the most common cell phone activity. Radio stations are rolling out texting in major markets all over the country.

“Texting just creates an ultimate bond with the listener,” Chunky from Portland’s 98.7 The Bull says. “It’s their favorite radio personality on their phone. That’s the closest you can get.”

Zipwhip software allows stations to text from their existing studio phone line. It comes with an easy-to-use web app that you can access from your computer or mobile device. Read on to learn how Zipwhip boosts listener engagement and increases ad revenue for radio stations:

Increase listener engagement

Whether it’s to take song requests, enter a contest for tickets, or send pictures, texting is the easiest way to get listeners to engage. For instance, a caller on Chunky’s show needed a date to a Jason Aldean concert, so they had listeners text in pictures of themselves to win a date with her. Texting helps Chunky and his team create fun and personable content for the show.

Ditch the short codes. Zipwhip is a better solution because it eliminates the clunky 5-6 digit numbers and provides a conversational texting experience, letting you text listeners like you’d text a friend. Maintaining relationships with listeners is important for radio stations these days and Zipwhip helps you solidify those local connections.

Digital revenue opportunities

Zipwhip provides a whole new set of opportunities for ad revenue. With the Custom Signature feature, your advertisers can purchase a title sponsorship (“This message brought to you by Sound Insurance”). With the Keywords feature, you can set up campaigns that ask your customers to “Text the word ‘Sound’ to win a pair of concert tickets.” Finally, you’ll have access to reporting to present to advertisers and show them measurable results for your campaign.

Zipwhip works with radio stations in all formats, all over the country, who are committed to actively engaging their listeners. With features to help you improve customer experience and drive ad revenue, Zipwhip is a “no-brainer” solution that both the programming and sales staff can get behind.

Please contact Joe Parodi 206-583-3736 [email protected]. We’ll see you at GLBC!