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.

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