MAB Foundation Announces 2020 High School & College ‘Station of the Year’ Awards

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF) is proud to announce the recipients of its 2020 Student Station/Program of the Year Awards. This year’s 584 Student Broadcast Award entries were judged by professional broadcasters across Michigan and presented across 40 categories.

Stations of the Year are chosen based on the number of winning entries from the High Schools or Colleges. The awards were presented during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 4 at the Lansing Center.

The following schools were honored:

2020 Station of the Year
Michigan State University
2020 Station of the Year

Michigan State University, WDBM-FM
2020 Station of the YearRockford High School
2020 Station of the Year
Plymouth-Canton Community Schools – 88.1 The Park

The MABF also announced winners of its 2020 Student Broadcast Awards competition. Click here for a complete list of individual award winners.

The MAB is Pleased to Announce the 2020 Carl E. Lee Award Recipients

Coral Howe and Frank Maynard will be honored March 3 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.” This year we’re happy to present two Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards, one to a radio engineer and one to a television engineer.

Coral Howe

Coral Howe served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, the first six years as an Airborne Electronic Technician working on B-52 Bombers and KC-135 Tankers and the last 14 years as an air traffic controller, both in Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) and in the Control Tower. After retiring from the Air Force in 1994 Coral went to work for the U.S. Navy’s Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Project as an Electronic Technician.

Coral’s life in broadcasting actually began about four years before his retirement from the Air Force when he called WJPD’s General Manager to complain about baseball being on the FM instead of the AM. As a result of that conversation, Clifford Groth, the corporate engineer for Geotz Broadcasting Corporation ended up hiring Coral as a part time engineer to maintain their one FM and two AM stations in Marquette and Ishpeming. By this time, Coral had forgotten most of what he thought he knew about electronics and didn’t know anything about the broadcasting business. Coral says Groth and later Del Reynolds were both very patient with him (even at 2:00 a.m.) The stations were eventually sold and then sold again to Northern Star Broadcasting. The three stations in Marquette and Ishpeming had grown to five, plus there were three more in Iron Mountain. At the end of 2004, the Navy Elf site closed, so Del Reynolds asked Coral to work full time for Northern Star Broadcasting as their Upper Peninsula engineer covering the UP from Iron Mountain to Sault Ste Marie.

In 2010, Sovereign Communications purchased all of Northern Star’s UP stations and retained Coral as their Director of Engineering. Since then he has picked up more stations to maintain in addition: Aurora Media’s Escanaba stations, Strong Tower’s UP stations, TSE Broadcasting’s WUPN in Sault Ste Marie, Two Hearted Media’s WMJT in Newberry and along with Allan Augustyn, he also maintains WNOA Catholic Radio in Marquette.

Coral is very proud of his lovely wife Brenda and what she has brought to their 46 years of marriage that has enabled Coral to be as successful as he is. They have three wonderful daughters and six outstanding grandchildren! Outside of work Coral loves to hunt, fish and shoot, especially with other peoples ammunition. All of which he has absolutely no time to do!

Frank Maynard

Frank Maynard is the Supervisor of Technical Operations for WKBD-TV and WWJ-TV, the ViacomCBS-owned television stations in Detroit. Frank joined WKBD in 1985 as a videotape engineer, was a technical director for the Ten O’Clock News and was the lead video design engineer on the technical team that built the new Southfield broadcast facility which was commissioned in 1998. During his tenure at the stations, Frank was responsible for major studio projects including production control room design, studio construction, newsroom automation, microwave networks, satellite systems, graphics and weather systems and integrating the master control systems to implement the first merger of CBS’ WWJ-TV and Viacom’s WKBD.

Prior to his career at WKBD, Frank was a maintenance engineer at ABC-owned WXYZ-TV. During his earlier career in radio, he was chief engineer of stations in Lansing, Michigan and New Orleans, Louisiana and ran the consulting and contract engineering firm Maynard and Associates.

A Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, Frank has been a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers since 1979, and was a founding co-chair of SBE Chapter 91 in Lansing. He has served as the Certification Chair for Southeast Michigan Chapter 82 since 1999. Frank is currently the Section Chair of the Detroit Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

In his free time, Frank is an active amateur radio operator (NF8M) and a Unit Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America. Frank’s wife, Lisa, is the local host of NPR’s All Things Considered on WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti). They have two sons, Benjamin and Parker.

MAB’s Matt Treadwell to Coordinate Great Lakes Media Show

Matt Treadwell

Due to recent staff changes at the MAB, Matt Treadwell, Marketing and Communications Manager for MAB, will also take on the responsibility of managing the Great Lakes Media Show with the usual help of all MAB staff.  “Everything is pretty much done,” said Matt. “We are just working on registration, last minute details and confirmations.”

This year’s Media Show has something for just about anyone at today’s broadcast stations. We offer one and a half days of engineering, expanded sales training, management and news sessions, exhibits, the Innovation Stage plus our keynote. This years keynote is sponsored in part by Gray Television. She is veteran of CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. She is host & moderator of Full Court Press, and now Gray Television Chief National Political Analyst, Greta Van Susteren.

We are looking forward to seeing you at the Great Lakes Media Show.

#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

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.”


Rick Grzebik


Gary Harding


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

‘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
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