L-R: Retired WXYZ-TV news anchor Erik Smith; MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Marla Drutz, Vice President and General Manager for WDIV-TV in Detroit; Rob David, President and General Manger of Handyman Productions; Sheryll Estell, who accepted on behalf of her late husband and WKAR “Radio Reader,” Dick Estell, who passed away in 2016; and Gina Mills, who accepted the MAB 2017 Legacy Award on behalf of her late mother, WYCD-FM host Linda Lee, who passed away on March 31.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed four other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 22 at Crystal Mountain Resort.

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 by their peers and voting takes place over a few weeks. Active members of the broadcast media cast their votes and the inductees are chosen. These awards are the highest recognition given by the MAB to members of Michigan’s broadcasting industry.


Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information about MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.


2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees
Handyman Productions (Novi)


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient
WDIV-TV (Deroit)
Legacy Award Recipient
WYCD-FM (Detroit)


WXYZ-TV (Detroit)


Radio Reader, WKAR (East Lansing)
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