#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.




The MAB is Pleased to Announce its 2019 Carl E. Lee Award Recipients

Rick Paul Grzebik and Gary Harding will be honored March 5 at The Great Lakes Media Show during the Exhibitor Reception.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards was named after Carl E. Lee, a prominent Michigan broadcast engineer and station owner, who was known for his innovation and recognition of opportunity. Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say “you’re outstanding.”

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Gary Harding

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Rick Grzebik has been a Broadcast and Communications Engineering Consultant with Munn-Reese since 2007. In addition to his job with Munn-Reese, Rick has been the Chief Engineer for WSDP, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for the past 10+ years.  Rick serves in this role on a volunteer basis, and he donates hundreds of hours to the radio station and students of the district.  Rick has also helped other educational stations including WBFH in Bloomfield Hills, and the Music Resource Center’s WVQC-LP in Cincinnati. Prior to Munn-Reese, he worked in Detroit for 13 years as an Engineer for radio groups including ABC/Disney, CBS/Infinity and Viacom. He holds three Associate’s Degrees in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College including CAD/Mechanical Design, General Business and Electronic Technologies, and is proud to be a second generation Broadcast Engineer learning skills from his father Paul who started in the business in 1964.

Gary Harding recently retired after 40 plus years at the MacDonald Broadcasting Company as Technical Services Director. In that time Gary has designed and constructed numerous radio facilities throughout Mid and Northern Michigan.

He holds both a Bachelor and Masters degree in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. He currently enjoys spending time with his lovely wife Jeanne and their 3 outstanding children, along with their respective spouses, and 6 wonderful grandchildren.




Innovation Stage Highlight: Learn to Turn Digital into Dollars with SoCast’s Eric Eisen

Eric Eisen

Eric Eisen will show you how to turn digital into dollars on the MABshow Innovation Stage.

Everyone is looking for real and proven ideas to drive digital revenue and grow their digital audience.  Learn how SoCast Broadcast partners are successfully using their digital tools to drive meaningful results.

He will share secrets and practical ideas to take back to your station to make an immediate impact on your bottom line and improve audience experience.  You’ll learn how to leverage digital to create excellent digital content, promotions and events to increase audience engagement and generate significant digital revenue.  All attendees will receive a complimentary Digital Success Cheat Sheet with tactics to help them grow digital engagement and revenue at their radio stations.

The Great Lakes Media show will take place March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center. Click here to register today!




Learn How to ‘Hold Your People Accountable Without Holding Them Hostage’ and More at the #MABshow 

Three seasoned experts will offer valuable tips and advice for improvements in management at the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Register now to attend Michigan’s premier broadcast industry event. 

Tim Moore  will tell you “It’s Not How Good You Are, It’s How Good Your Cluster Is.” As a former owner who today works with radio clusters from San Diego to Atlantic City, he will share how one of the most important things we can bring to a cluster-leader is hope. Tim is the Managing Partner for Audience Development Group.

Laurie Kahn is the Creator and President of Media Staffing Network, Inc., the first staffing company to cater exclusively to media sales and associated departments for full time placement.  She will discuss “Positioning and Creating a Culture to Attract, Hire & Retain Employees” and  “Prepping for a Career in Media.”

And Brandies Hall will help you “Hold Your People Accountable Without Holding Them Hostage.”  Brandies currently works for Radio One as Vice President of Revenue Development, where she creates curriculum and oversees the sales and management training for hundreds of radio professionals; creating a Revenue Culture in Radio One’s 15 markets across the U.S.

Learn more about this great #MABshow presenters and others at GreatLakesMediaShow.com.




‘Survive and Thrive’ Under Deadline with Joe Little


The clock is always ticking but amazing, emotional stories can be told, even under the strictest deadlines. Just ask Joe Little.

Join Joe and many amazing speakers who will be on hand for the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 and 6.

Joe Little is a television news journalist at KNSD in San Diego, Calif. He’s a proud Multimedia Journalist and often travels the country with his Garden Gnome teaching his strategies for better storytelling, on-camera performances and time management.

Joe has been awarded 12 Emmys and was a finalist for the NPPA’s Photojournalism Award for Reporting in 2017. His creative stories have taken viewers as far away as Pakistan; to a story completely contained inside a dumpster.

Joe’s mantra: “If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it.”

It has served him well since 1999 as he zigzagged across the country as a television news reporter and anchor with stops in Hagerstown, Maryland; Johnstown, Pennsylvania; San Diego and Carlsbad, California. Joe has taught journalists and students from around the world how to improve their visual storytelling. He joined the faculty at the NPPA News Video Workshop in Norman, Oklahoma in 2013. Coincidentally, that was also the last year Joe used a stick mic.

His coverage of the 9/11 attacks is among Joe’s greatest accomplishments. He was four miles away from Shanksville, Pennsylvania when United Flight 93 crashed. Joe was one of the first reporters on the scene. His accounts are included in a book called Covering Catastrophe: Broadcast Journalists Report on 9/11. Joe’s expertise has also been included in a number of journalism textbooks.

Joe received his Masters from Syracuse University in 1999. But he credits George Mason University with building a strong foundation for his career. In 1998, he earned his BA in Speech Communication. While at Mason, Joe was a proud member of the Men’s Basketball Team (Career Totals: 2 points, 3 rebounds). In 2010, the Department of Communication and the College of Humanities & Social Sciences named Joe the Alumnus of the Year.




Stop Sounding Desperate and Attract Ideal Candidates with Laurie Kahn at the #MABshow

Laurie Kahn is Creator and President of Media Staffing Network, Inc., the first staffing company to cater exclusively to media sales and associated departments for full time placement, consulting and career coaching for the Agency, Broadcast, Cable, Internet, Digital, New Media and Print industries.  Successfully placing people since 1993, now offers solutions to finding local sellers in all market sizes.

Laurie will present “Positioning and Creating a Culture to Attract, Hire and Retain Employees” at the 2019 Great Lakes Media Show. 

Kahn’s more than 25 years experience in media includes local and national sales positions in both large and small markets; turn around expertise with new formats; and local and national management positions.

Kahn is currently involved with various industry associations and participates at career fairs, colleges and webinars to educate individuals about career opportunities.  Kahn conducts seminars targeting all aspects of talent acquisition, job search and how to grow your career. In addition, Kahn has authored articles appearing in Career Builder, Chicago Tribune, Sales and Marketing Magazine, Radio Ink, Young Money, and Inside the Minds “Staffing Leadership Strategies” to name a few.  Kahn has been featured in Crain’s/Chicago and quoted in the Wall Street Journal. She has also developed courses for women re-entering the work force and has mentored numerous women in media.

Kahn has been an elected member of MIW (Most Influential Women in Media) yearly since 2008 and has received numerous awards for sales and management throughout her career.

She regularly presents workplace topics to industry associations nationwide, including Broadcast Education Association, Chicago Advertising Federation, National Association of Broadcasters, Broadcast & Financial Managers Assn. and the Radio Advertising Bureau.




Paul Weyland Joins Speaker lineup for #MABshow19…

…and he is excited to see you!

Paul Weyland is an international speaker, humorist, marketing, branding and sales strategist, consultant, trainer, author and university lecturer. Paul started in the late 1970s as an on-air radio personality. He then went on to prove himself on the street as a leading broadcast sales person, specializing in long-term local direct sales. Paul made a name for himself speaking to and working in executive-level positions in the television and radio business.

Paul Weyland

Among his experiences was a three-year assignment managing and training overseas broadcasters in Prague, Geneva and London. In 2000, he started his own marketing and consulting business.

 Since then Paul has been featured in sales symposiums world-wide, including sessions with the National Association of Broadcasters, Europe Radio Days and with virtually every State Broadcast Association in the United States. His speaking style is described as “dynamic,” “inspirational,” “engaging” and “hysterically funny.” His humor and real-world experience combine to create relevant tools that people and organizations can implement immediately to increase their bottom lines. Paul keeps his audience on the edge of their seats, laughing until their faces hurt and the makeup is running down their cheeks.

March 5-6, 2019
Lansing Center
Downtown Lansing
Learn more and REGISTER at:
GreatLakesMediaShow.com

Interested in Exhibiting at the MABshow?
With over 1100 in attendance, this is the place you want to be!
Click here to find out more information.
https://michmab.com/programs-events/great-lakes-media-show/exhibitors/

 




Long-Time West Michigan Radio Engineer Honored with MAB’s Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award

2018 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award honoree Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (left), and MAB Chairman Peter Tanz, Senior Vice President, Midwest Communications (right).

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 7 at the Lansing Center. The 2108 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Tom Bosscher, Chief Engineer at WSCG-FM (Grand Rapids Christian Radio).

Tom Bosscher started his career in broadcasting at an early age. He received his first amateur radio license when he was in grade school, and took the test to obtain his FCC Radiotelephone 1st class license on a dare while still in high school. Tom started his official broadcast career at WION-AM in Ionia and found himself at the WOOD-AM/FM stations in Grand Rapids at the age of 18.

He later went on to WLAV-AM/FM in Grand Rapids and installed a Pirod 400-foot tower, FM antenna and transmitter for the Class B upgrade.

In June 1995, he went to work for WCSG-FM. Among his first projects was the installation of a 25kw Continental transmitter and FM DA antenna and installing the first of many Broadcast Electronics AudioVault systems. Tom has helped WCSG expand to four on-air stations.

Tom is credited for designing the Grand Rapids Area Information Line (GRAIL), a “one phone call” school closing system that served the Grand Rapids local schools for 12 years. He also developed a significant mobile remote setup using three receiver sites, three vehicular repeaters, two communication grade repeaters and ran 300 to 400 remotes a year for newly built studios for the Federated Media Grand Rapids stations, WCUZ and WCUZ-FM.

Tom has served the local SBE chapter in many fronts, including serving as the SBE West Michigan frequency coordinator for 1 GHz and down. He is a member of the MAB’s Engineering Board and serves on the LEPC for Ottawa County. He is also the host for a mission driven forum for Christian Radio Technical forum on crtech.org




Matt Burgoyne Will Bring ‘Magical’ Perspective to #MABshow

Matt Burgoyne

Rumple Co-founder and “Defender of Simplicity” Matt Burgoyne will bring his “magical” touch to the  2018 Great Lakes Media Show.

The Great Lakes Media Show, formerly the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) will take place March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Register to attend by February 23 to take advantage of discounted rates.

Burgoyne has a passion for training sales managers to know and understand how to get more out of their team and individuals, how to inspire, lead and coach.  He understands that media sales attracts a unique group of people. Managing and succeeding in this industry takes a relentless, mind-numbing commitment to fundamentals and a few magical activities that create success.

He will present 2 Weekly Meetings & 3 Magical Questions and proclaims, “There is a magical formula to helping your team and salespeople achieve more. It can help you consistently hit goals and revenue budgets.”

This breakout session will offer specific and real instruction on how to move from attempting to manage the past and focus on coaching for the future,  giving the blue print for successful weekly meetings that create consistent and proven success.

Learn more about him and other dynamic speakers lined up for the event at GreatLakesMediaShow.com 




Neilsen’s Abcarian will Help You ‘Elevate the POWER’ of Your Station at the #MABshow

Kelly Abcarian

Nielsen’s Vice President for Product Leadership Kelly Abcarian  joins the line up of presenters at the 2018 Great Lakes Media Show to help stations across Michigan “Elevate the POWER of Broadcast AND Digital and reach the largest most effective audience leveraging real truthful measurement.”

The Great Lakes Media Show, formerly the Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo (GLBC) will take place March 6 and 7 at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing. Register to attend by February 16 to take advantage of discounted rates.

Abcarian is a media research executive with more than 17 years of industry and technical leadership in aligning cross-product solutions for television, digital and cross-platform content and advertising.  She is responsible for the strategic vision and roadmap for Nielsen’s National TV Ratings and Total Audience products, focused on the convergence of devices and cross-platform audience measurement.  Since joining Nielsen in 2005, she has held numerous senior roles managing the company’s largest technology platforms and servicing clients in the Watch & Buy segments of Nielsen’s business.

Abcarian will present the #MABshow breakout session “Elevate the POWER of Broadcast AND Digital,” on March 7. Learn more about him and other dynamic speakers lined up for the event at GreatLakesMediaShow.com