Keynote & Breakout Session Speakers
Lara Logan, Keynote PresenterCorrespondent, 60 Minutes
Lara Logan, Keynote Presenter
Lara Logan’s bold, award-winning reporting has earned her a prominent spot among the world’s best foreign correspondents. Named a full-time 60 Minutes correspondent in May 2012, the 2016-17 season is her 12th at the newsmagazine.
Logan was named CBS News Chief Foreign Correspondent in February 2006 and Chief Foreign Aairs Correspondent in 2008, all while contributing to 60 Minutes beginning in 2005, and 60 Minutes II from 2001. Recent reports for 60 Minutes include the operation to take back Mosul from ISIS, a story on little-known victims of the Holocaust of WWII and another that reported on the similarities between ISIS genocide tactics’ and those of Hitler’s Final Solution. Her work has taken her from the front lines of the Ebola crisis to the forests of central Africa where she did a story on veterinarians treating endangered mountain gorillas in the wild, to Hollywood where she recently profiled one of rock ‘n roll’s most prolific photographers.
She obtained a rare interview with Jack Ma, founder of the giant Chinese Internet company Alibaba, took viewers inside the unique advertising campaign that helped bring an end to Colombia’s violent insurgency, and took the audience on an inspiring journey with the story of severely wounded veterans climbing some of the world’s tallest peaks.
In February 2011, Logan was almost killed in Tahrir Square in Egypt during the revolution there. She was sexually assaulted and beaten by a mob of some 300 men while reporting a story for 60 Minutes on the Egyptian Revolution. She broke her silence about the brutal attack on 60 Minutes to draw attention to the plight of men and women, as well as female journalists covering war zones.
Dave AlberyExecutive Director, Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission
Dave Albery has been the Executive Director of the Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission for over 30 years. The Commission serves residents of Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake, Sylvan Lake, and West Bloomfield by providing governmental and educational access, community radio, and on-line services including cable content and a comprehensive community events calendar. Dave is the Treasurer of the Michigan Chapter of the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors and a member of NATOA’s Member Services Committee.
Don BackusAccount Manager, Rohde & Schwarz
Don Backus is Account Manager, Radio Transmitters for Rohde & Schwarz, handling Canada and the United States. Prior to joining Rohde & Schwarz in mid-2017, Don was Eastern US Sales Manager for Broadcast Electronics for five years. Don was previously VP of Sales & Marketing at ENCO Systems for 13 years and prior to that has held a number of positions in radio as an on-air personality, production director, general manager and chief engineer. He has presented to a number of professional broadcasting organizations including the Audio Engineering Society, a number of international, state and regional conferences and several SBE chapters. Don has served two terms on the board of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and has just completed serving a second term on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation board.
Fred BaumgartnerDirector of Next Generation Broadcast Implementation, Sinclair Broadcasting
Fred Baumgartner, CPBE, is a fellow of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, a past trustee of the Ennes Foundation and Fellow of the Radio Club of America. Currently, he is the Director of Next Generation Broadcast Implementation for Sinclair Broadcasting. Previously, he was Director of Broadcast Engineering for Qualcomm’s MediaFLO project, and directed Leitch/Harris’ Systems Engineering group. Up to that time, he served as Director of Engineering for the Comcast Media Center in Denver, its Director of New Product Development through the center’s AT&T ownership and Director of Broadcast Satellite Operations during its TCI ownership era. Before joining the satellite and cable origination world, Mr. Baumgartner held the position of Chief Engineer at KDVR-TV & KFCT-TV, Denver; WTTV-TV, WTTK-TV, Indianapolis; KHOW AM & FM, Denver; WIBA AM & FM, Madison, Wisconsin, operations manager at KWGN-TV, Denver; and others beginning with the overnight gig and a newly minted FCC 1st Class license at WBIZ AM & FM, Eau Claire, Wisconsin in 1972. Baumgartner was also heavily involved with the development of EAS, and authoring several hundred articles and a few books on Radio and TV engineering. He operates amateur radio station KØFMB; sometimes from a sailboat, skis or bicycle from both the “ranch” in Colorado and an apartment Maryland.
Jonathan BeardDirector of Digital Product Development, Graham Media Group
An industry expert with more than twenty years of successful experience in professional software development, Jonathan T. Beard has a proven ability to architect, develop, manage, and deploy software in enterprise, entrepreneurial, and research applications.
Jonathan has taken innovative artificial intelligence systems to field deployment for the U.S. defense industry, built and deployed global social media and web applications with millions of users, and rolled out enterprise-wide engineering change management systems for the auto industry.
He brings a wealth of experience to Graham Media Group and has lead his team in integrating distributed technologies across the corporation into a unified strategy. Incorporating the rich tools and capabilities developed by Graham Digital, Jonathan leads his team in enhancing the experience of all web and mobile users — both consumers and content-providers — through improved ease-of-use, reliability, and engagement.
Kevin BenzFounder, i-Media Strategies
Kevin’s career in journalism and marketing informs his leadership and editorial coaching. As the founder of i-Media Strategies he works with news leaders developing powerful newsroom systems aimed at producing more engaging journalism on-air and online.
Beyond 30 years in the field and in the news director’s chair, Kevin is well-known as an inspiring, engaging journalism coach and trainer. He’s presented to thousands of industry leaders and mentored hundreds one-on-one while working with the Carole Kneeland Project for Excellence in Journalism, Poynter, RTDNA and other related organizations.
Kevin launched two of the most innovative media organizations in the country — News 8 Austin, a 24-hour local cable news channel where he served as news director for 11 years; and as editor in chief at CultureMap Austin, the most read digital lifestyle magazine of the city.
Kevin’s newsrooms received national recognition with two Sigma Delta Chi awards, the National Edward R. Murrow award, three National Walter Cronkite awards for excellence in Political Journalism and as a finalist for the DuPont-Columbia Award.
A University of Texas graduate, Kevin is also a former Chairman of RTDNA where he chaired the planning committee for the first Excellence in Journalism convention; a Poynter Institute leadership fellow and visiting faculty member; and a Carole Kneeland Project fellow and trainer. He is a founder of the Southwest Broadcast Workshops held annually by TAB in Texas.
Kevin lives in Austin, Texas. He is married to a former news anchor, Olga Campos. They have twin daughters, Allegra and Corazon.
John BissetWestern U. S. Regional Radio Systems Sales Manager, Telos Alliance
John Bisset is the Western U. S. Regional Radio Systems Sales Manager for the Telos Alliance. John’s broadcasting career started with his sister’s record player, a Lafayette mike mixer, and a wireless transmitter broadcasting Top 40 songs in his neighborhood. Professionally, he started on-the-air as a summertime relief announcer while in high school. He then switched his college major to engineering. Back then, they fired the jocks regularly, but John noticed, never the engineer (how times change!).
Otto BoschetProduction Assistant, Access Fort Wayne / Chief Engineer, "This Week In America"
Otto’s broadcast experience began in high school at radio station, WJHS-FM and
currently works at Access Fort Wayne and WELT-LP located in the Allen County Public Library and called the station’s MacGyver. You will also find him working as the Chief Engineer for Blue Funk Broadcasting’s This Week In America. He is on the Central States Alliance for Community Media Board were his continues helping communities staying involved in combination of use of media. This involvement strengthens his importance in media and to share inexpensive ways to use many platforms available.
Kevin DunawayGeneral Manager/Vice President, Heritage Broadcasting
Kevin Dunaway began his career as a news producer for 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting in September of 1998. After producing Michigan this Morning and 9 & 10 News at Noon, Kevin moved to assignment manager in December of that same year. After 4 months of working the desk in the newsroom handling assignments and breaking news in northern Michigan, Kevin moved into the role of assistant news director. There he managed the day to day operations of the 9 & 10 News department. In March of 2000, Kevin was promoted to News Director at 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting. Kevin’s role expanded in 2007 when he began to oversee the news department of the local FOX television station as well. During his time as news director, he has expanded the amount of news programming from 4 ½ hours a day to 7 ½ hours a day. He also ran a news department that won countless MAB and Associated Press news awards, including the MAB General Excellence Award for station of the year in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Heritage Broadcasting added the duty of company Vice President to his job description. In his new additional role, Kevin helped oversee staffing, direction and assisted the General Manager with the future vision of the company. In April of 2016, Heritage Broadcasting named Kevin Dunaway General Manager/Vice President. Kevin has a wife, Michelle, and 10-year-old daughter, Elizabeth. They enjoy spending time exploring northern Michigan and traveling whenever they get a chance.
Eric EisenDirector of Sales and Marketing, SoCast
As Director of Sales and Marketing at SoCast, Eric’s goal is to help enable radio brands to thrive in the modern digital landscape. While his primary focus is developing partnerships with radio groups, Eric also leads a team with a goal of promoting SoCast’s vision of providing user-friendly digital solutions to the radio industry. Eric offers a wealth of sales experience and knowledge selling B2B and B2C solutions to a wide array of verticals. He has been recognized as a sales leader throughout his career and thrives on sharing his knowledge to help deliver results.
Steve FinlaySenior Editor, WardsAuto
Steve Finlay is a WardsAuto senior editor who covers the auto-retail beat.
He has worked at WardsAuto for 21 years, initially covering auto production and sales. Before that, he spent 25 years at the Royal Oak Daily Tribune newspaper, starting out as a crime reporter. He was city editor when he left to join WardsAuto. His monthly WardsAuto column has won four national gold writing awards (three in a row) from the American Society of Business Publication Editors. He resides in Royal Oak and graduated with a degree in psychology from Oakland University in Rochester.
Arco GroenenbergDirector of Sales Central Region, LiveU
Arco Groenenberg is a global sales leader with 20+ years of experience growing businesses and driving results across continents and industries including IT, Software and Cloud technologies. Arco demonstrates a proven track record of success spearheading strategic growth initiatives and maintaining long-term client and partner relationships. Arco is a coach, mentor, advisor to colleagues, partners, friends and clients.
Deborah GuthrieCommunications Director/PIO, Brand Manager and Content Management Strategist, Meridian Township
Deborah is the Communications Director/PIO, Brand Manager and Content Management Strategist for Meridian Township. She develops communications best practices and procedures through digital and print communications including Media and Public Relations. Deborah graduated from Michigan State University in 1997 with a Communication Arts and Sciences degree. While in school, Deborah was accepted into the HOMTV program in April 1996 where she did a non-paid internship for one year. During that time, she began working regional sports for ESPN which led to national events including ABC Monday Night Football and ABC College Football. She simultaneously worked at WLNS 6 until Meridian Township hired her as HOMTV Production Manager in April 1998. She worked her way up to becoming the first HOMTV Internship Coordinator, then promoted to HOMTV Station Manager. She created the Communications Department for Meridian Township and became the first Communications/PIO Director for the Township. She has authored the Township’s Community Engagement Plan, Marketing and Promotion Strategy, Social Media Policies and CAMTV Operating Policies and Procedures. Deborah appears on several HOMTV programs interviewing residents, businesses owners, nonprofits, regional partners, constituents and Township staff. She has given communications presentations at local, regional and national levels. She is married with two children and two grandchildren and she loves to travel, eat and try to stay fit.
Brandeis HallVice President of Revenue Development, Radio One
Brandeis started in radio when a station manager heard her voice and asked her to host the morning show on a college radio station. She told him she had to finish high school first, but joined the station the following August. Within three years, she KJCR’s Development Director, responsible for the station’s underwriting and public funding. WBAP in Dallas/Ft. Worth then recruited Brandeis for their Promotions Department. Free concert tickets, mugs and t-shirts, cool remotes; how could anyone say, “No?”
In the 1990s, France’s bi-lingual Radio 74 asked Brandeis to cross The Pond and direct their English-language programming and production. Eventually, the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation lured her over the border into Geneva to help them create and launch Switzerland’s first English-language FM Radio station, WRG-FM (Now WRS-FM). Despite living adjacent to the Alps for 7 years, she remains an appalling skier, but can identify an impressive range of Western European cheeses. Ultimately, her path brought her back to the Dallas/Fort Worth market, where she worked for two Dallas stations in sales, production, and management before joining the hardworking team at the Radio Advertising Bureau.
As Vice President of Professional Development, Brandeis trained tens of thousands of radio sales and management professionals throughout the United States, Africa, South America, and Europe and was a frequent speaker at radio and other media conferences.
Brandeis currently works for Radio One as Vice President of Revenue Development. In this role, 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.
When not travelling for business, Brandeis packs her bags and globetrots for pleasure and buys supplies for household DIY projects she rarely completes.
Carey HammelOperations & Administration Director, Mid Michigan Area Cable Consortium (MAC TV Network)
Carey Hammel is the Operations & Administration Director at the Mid Michigan Area Cable Consortium(MAC TV Network) which serves several communities in Mid Michigan. Through his work at the MAC TV Network Carey has worked on several forms of broadcasts and has designed their current playback and operations system. MAC TV makes use of live streaming to enhance their traditional broadcasts and regularly streams Mid Michigan College Basketball games and other events for their communities. Carey has also led a group of volunteers in providing a free to view live stream of the Michigan Indoor Track Series State Championship Meet for the last three years. Carey & MAC TV staff use a variety of tools to produce high quality broadcasts and streams on a small budget using the free software OBS Studio as their main method of streaming, recording and graphics.
Boyd HuppertReporter/Host of "Land of 10,000 Stories," KARE-TV (Minneapolis)
During his 34-year career in television news, Boyd Huppert has become widely known for his work as a video storyteller and teacher.
In his primary role, Boyd works as a reporter at KARE TV in Minneapolis, where he produces and hosts the station’s weekly “Land of 10,000 Stories” segment.
Boyd has also presented more than 150 visual storytelling workshops across North America and in Norway, Denmark and New Zealand.
Boyd’s work as a reporter has earned some of journalism’s highest honors, including a national Emmy for feature reporting, more than 100 regional Emmys, the Scripps Howard Award, and multiple National Headliner, Sigma Delta Chi and Gabriel Awards. In 2017 Boyd was recognized with the National Edward R. Murrow Award for news writing, his 16th National Murrow. Boyd is a 2016 recipient of the Sprague Award, the highest honor bestowed by the National Press Photographers Association. Also in 2016, Boyd was inducted into the Emmy Silver Circle, recognizing career contributions to the television industry.
Prior to his arrival at KARE in 1996, Boyd worked at WITI-TV in Milwaukee, KETV in Omaha and WSAW-TV in Wausau, Wisconsin.
Boyd grew up on a dairy farm in Wisconsin and graduated with a journalism degree from UW-River Falls, where he was named the university’s 2013 distinguished alumnus.
Joe JasonPresident, Joe Jason Media
Joe Jason will celebrate his 40th year in broadcasting next month. He has been a radio station owner and on-air talent during that time. He is currently the lead play-by-play announcer for the MHSAA Championship Network, a relationship that began over 30 years ago. Joe is a current Member of the MAB Foundation Board.
Laurie KahnCreator and President, Media Staffing Network Inc.
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.
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.
Jeffrey KimmelPresident – North America, Wedel Software
Jeffrey Kimmel, President – North America, for Wedel Software is a broadcaster with more than 30 years of experience working in and providing services to the media industry. Starting out as a seller at a small-town stand-alone AM station paved the way for a 13-year career on the station side of the business as a salesperson, sales manager, and ultimately, general manager and partner prior to radio’s initial consolidation. Kimmel continued working in the media industry by helping operators find the best possible systems to help manage sales processes, inventory, and track revenue. As President of Wedel Software for North America Kimmel is responsible for introducing a new comprehensive media management platform to the marketplace. Wedel Software is changing the landscape of broadcast media one client at a time.
Jay KruzProgram Director and Afternoon Host, Mix 94.9 (Cincinnati)
Named one of Radio’s Rising Stars by Radio Ink Magazine and one of broadcasting’s 30 Under 30 in America by Edison Media, Jay Kruz is the Program Director and Afternoon Host at Mix 94.9 in Cincinnati.
Kruz got his start at the age of 14 at his high school radio station, WSDP/Plymouth, MI. At age 18, he was hired as afternoon drive host at WTWR in Monroe/Toledo, Ohio. He has a diverse media background including stops at MTV Networks in New York City and radio stations in Detroit, Cincinnati and Cayman Islands. He has worked as a program director, on-air personality, imaging director, emcee, and voiceover artist. Kruz helped develop the first MTV podcasts, hosted a nationwide afternoon show on XM Satellite Radio, and has been the voice of multiple radio stations & syndicated radio specials.
Kruz volunteers as a member of the Board of Directors and is a Past President at the Music Resource Center in Cincinnati where he helped start a low power FM station for teenagers, 95.7 MRC. When he’s not on the radio, Kruz serves as emcee for the Cincinnati Cyclones professional hockey team. He enjoys collecting vintage radios, traveling around the world with his wife, and playing hockey.
Marisa KwiatkowskiInvestigative Reporter, The Indianapolis Star
Marisa Kwiatkowski is an investigative reporter for The Indianapolis Star. She handles investigations relating to social services and welfare issues, including child abuse and neglect, poverty, elder abuse, human trafficking, domestic violence and access to mental health services. Marisa has earned more than 50 journalism awards, including Indiana Journalist of the Year, IRE’s Tom Renner Award, a Sigma Delta Chi Award in public service, the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism and the Will Rogers Humanitarian Award. Prior to The Star, Marisa worked for media outlets in northwestern Indiana, South Carolina and Michigan.
In 2016, Marisa and her colleagues launched an investigation into USA Gymnastics that revealed top officials at the sport’s national governing body failed to report many allegations of sexual abuse by coaches and showed how predators exploited a lax culture to prey on children. As a result of the series, more than 330 women came forward with allegations of sexual abuse against Larry Nassar, a longtime team physician who worked in four Olympic games. Nassar was convicted of criminal charges and sent to prison. The series also spurred Congress to pass a bill that would make it a federal crime for national governing bodies to fail to immediately report alleged sexual abuse.
In 2013, Marisa received two national awards, as well as state and regional awards, for her coverage of the difficulties of children with mental illnesses and developmental disabilities to receive appropriate mental health services. She found parents falsely admitting to neglect in order to secure services for their children. After Marisa’s series published, state officials pledged up to $25 million per year to close the funding gap.
One of her articles, “The exorcisms of Latoya Ammons,” became the most-read piece in The Star’s history.
Karl LahmFounder, Broadcast Transmission Services LLC
Karl Lahm formed Broadcast Transmission Services, LLC, to offer part‐time transmission system
consulting services to US broadcasters, following his retirement in June 2018 from 19 years with
Univision, where he was the Director, RF Systems Engineering, for the company’s local TV and
radio stations. He led the Univision stations’ conversion to digital transmission, selection of
final digital channels, and the build‐out of most digital transmitting facilities in service today.
He is currently involved in the post‐Auction channel repacking implementation and ATSC‐3
Prior to joining Univision, Mr. Lahm was a senior RF systems engineer with the US International
Broadcasting Bureau, the parent of the Voice of America worldwide radio service, from 1992 to
1999, where he designed and rebuilt high‐power AM‐band transmission systems and oversaw
the installation of new transmitters. He was a broadcast consulting engineer with regulatory
consulting engineering firms in the Washington, DC area, from 1981 to 1992, where he
performed and directed AM, FM, and TV service analyses, coverage optimizations, RF systems
design, and many technical submittals to the FCC.
He is a Registered Professional Engineer, received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from
Michigan Technological University, and has presented numerous technical papers on broadcast
transmission facilities at industry conferences.
Brad LanserGeneral Manager/Vice-President, Lanser Broadcasting
Brad Lanser began his career in broadcasting a little over 20 years ago this past June. He started out as a Sales Consultant and later took over the General Manager duties along with becoming Vice-President and eventually part owner. Lanser Broadcasting currently operates two radio stations (JQ99 and “The Pledge”) in the Grand Rapids market. Before coming to Lanser Broadcasting Brad owned a Landscape Company and operated it for 10 years before joining the Broadcast ranks.
Joe LittleMMJ/News Reporter, NBC San Diego
Joe Little is a television news journalist at KNSD in San Diego, CA. 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.
John LynchDirector of Business Development. Broadcast Supply Worldwide
John E. Lynch is Director of Business Development for Broadcast Supply Worldwide (BSW) in Tacoma, Wash. He has been with BSW since 1992 after a 20 year career in Radio and Television that began in North Dakota, then Arizona and finally his native Washington State.
His on-Air career continued after joining BSW with many sportscasting assignments over the years, including Play-by-Play “Voice” at Pacific Lutheran University, Unlimited Light Hydroplane Racing Association, Inc., Tacoma Stars (MISL) and the Seattle SeaDogs (CISL) indoor soccer plus two decades with High School sports play-by-play. He also has enjoyed 25 years as an on-stage as Master of Ceremonies and judge at the local and state level of the Miss America system and California’s Youth Focus Inc.
Deb MaconMember, Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission
Deb Macon is a 20 year Member of the Greater West Bloomfield Cable Communications Commission, where she serves as Vice Chair of the Program Committee. She is passionate about leveraging volunteer engagement and leadership to strengthen the community. As a governance and strategic planning consultant, Deb engages, educates and empowers elected and appointed officials.
Kipper McGeeChief Brandwidth Strategist, Kipper McGee LLC
Creative thinker, dynamic leader and published author (“Brandwidth”, please see below) with proven ability to excel in all stages of brand management and marketing communications. Skilled and experienced at fully leveraging fiscal and human resources for groundbreaking success.
His book “Brandwidth: How Big Broadcasting Is Missing the Mediamorphosis” has lead to countless seminars, keynotes and workshops. This exposure has lead to a weekly podcast with mentor and media pro David Martin called “Brandwidth On Demand” where media thought leaders share their insights.
Led successful re-launches and/or turnarounds of media brands in highly competitive markets including Chicago, St. Louis, San Diego, Milwaukee and others. Delivered top performance ratings for formats ranging from News-Talk to CHR, AC, Oldies and Country. Advocated, introduced and executed digital marketing strategies including web re-design; consumer loyalty programs; database maximization; distribution of audio, video and text content; social media and SMS.
Specialties: Strategic planning; Consumer Trending Analysis; Quality Control; Results Orientation in a proactive “solutions-seeking” approach; Bottom-line Accountability.
Brand management and imaging; recruiting, training and coaching; expectation management and team/individual goal-setting;
Web analytics; database/direct marketing (B2B & B2C); Constant reinvention: “Experiment, Measure, Evolve.”
Tom MillikanExecutive Producer, 97.1 The Tickket/WXYT-FM
Born in Trenton, MI. Graduated from Eastern Michigan University double majoring in Journalism & Telecommunications. Worked in radio in Detroit for over 20 years. Produced the highly rated Stoney & Wojo show for 8 years at WDFN-AM before moving over to 97.1 The Ticket in 2012 as Executive Producer. Tom is currently producing the Jamie & Stoney show as well as the manager the Tigers, Red Wings and Pistons radio networks.
Tim MooreManaging Partner, Audience Development Group
Finally, after weeks of lobby-sitting, Tim Moore wore down his first employer, and was offered a seven-to-midnight job at age 16. He never looked back.
Managing partner for Radio’s preeminent multiple format consulting firm, Moore thrives on innovating, and the road not taken. At 29 he became Vice President for the TM Companies (Dallas), and shortly thereafter, was awarded executive VP stripes, overseeing both TM Productions and TM Programming for Roy Disney’s parent ownership, Shamrock Broadcasting.
From there Moore began buying radio stations at age 33. Building formats from the ground-up, each station became ratings and revenue success stories. In the mid 90’s he formally established Audience Development Group with colleague Alan Mason, resurrecting a name he and Jon Coleman had intended for a research company, while colleagues at TM.
With consolidation, Audience Development Group’s business plan calling for a “Mayo Clinic” cluster-approach with expertise in multiple formats resulted in a highly successful national reputation, strategically positioned to provide cluster guidance for multiple formats in markets of all sizes.
In 2004, Moore’s book The Motivator, a collection of leadership essays was widely read and endorsed by the Radio Advertising Bureau. He also authors the firm’s weekly E-Column Midweek Motivator, distributed to thousands of media readers each week.
Tim lives in Naples, Florida, travels coast to coast, and has addressed the NAB, RAB, Canadian Broadcasters, Conclave, and countless state associations. He holds a degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from CMU, and is a U.S. Navy veteran.
David OxenfordPartner, Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP
DC office. He has represented broadcasters for over 30 years on a wide array of matters from the negotiation and structuring of station purchase and sale agreements to regulatory matters. His regulatory expertise includes all areas of broadcast law including the FCC’s multiple ownership limitations, the political broadcasting rules, EEO policy, advertising issues, and other programming matters and FCC technical rules.
His clients range from family-owned broadcasters to active mid-market venture-backed companies to one of the largest noncommercial radio licensees in the country. In addition to representing station groups, David represents a number of state broadcast associations, the trade association for media brokers, program and service providers to the broadcast and digital media industry and banks and others providing financing to media companies.
David also represents webcasters and other digital media companies, including serving as counsel to a webcast trade association. He represents these companies on copyright, music licensing and other business and regulatory issues. He was counsel to the small webcasters group which negotiated the first Small Webcasters Agreement with the recording industry in 2002, represented webcasters who negotiated the Pureplay Webcasters Agreement in 2008, and represented webcasters in litigating sound recording performance royalties in both of the webcasting rate setting proceedings held by the Copyright Royalty Board.
David is a regular speaker at broadcasting and digital media conferences, conventions and trade shows across the country, and regularly conducts webinars for many trade associations. He has also served as an expert witness on broadcasting and music licensing issues.
He has been active internationally in counseling developing countries on the development of media laws embodying democratic principles.
Jeremy RuckPrincipal Engineer, Jeremy Ruck & Associates
Jeremy Ruck is Principal Engineer with Jeremy Ruck & Associates in Canton, Illinois. He has worked in broadcasting for nearly 35 years, with the last 28 in RF consulting. He is a graduate of Bradley University with the Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree, and is a licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Illinois. He holds membership in the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE), the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE), and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE).
Jamie SamuelsenOn-Air Personality, 97.1 The Ticket/WXYT-FM
Jamie Samuelsen can be heard weekdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm as part of Jamie and Wojo on 97.1 The Ticket.
Samuelsen has been a well-known sports voice in Detroit for more than 20 years. He signed on to WDFN – Detroit’s first all sports station – in 1994. He honed his skills as an update anchor and reporter and quickly became a talk show host in March of 1995. For more than 10 years, Samuelsen was part of every sports fan’s morning routine; first as the co-host of WDFN’s morning show, then as the Sports Director on the top-rated “Mike in the Morning Show” on 101 WRIF and as part of the 94.7 WCSX morning show with Ken Calvert. Joining 97.1 The Ticket in 2012, Samuelsen is part of Jamie and Wojo, which can be heard weekdays from 6:00 – 8:00 pm.
Samuelsen has covered dozens of major sporting events including the Super Bowl, the World Series, The Stanley Cup Finals, the NBA Finals, the Final Four, the US Open, The Ryder Cup, and the Major League Baseball All-Star Game.
Samuelsen’s sports opinions are not just limited to the radio. He blogs several times a week for the Detroit Free Press, appears regularly on the Fox 2 Sunday night Sports Works round table segment discussing the week in sports and is a panelist on Fox 2 Football Sunday each week before the Detroit Lions games. Additionally, Samuelsen is a frequent contributor to the #1 rated Fox 2 Morning News, has appeared on FSN Detroit and written for Hour Detroit Magazine.
Samuelsen has an extensive play-by-play background as well calling Division I college basketball and the Arena Football League. He has also done fill-in pre and post game show host for the Detroit Pistons.
Samuelsen was born and raised in Lafayette, California outside of San Francisco. He attended Northwestern University and graduated with a degree in communications in 1993.
Samuelsen resides in Troy with his wife, television news reporter/anchor Christy McDonald and his children Caroline (7), Josh (5) and Catherine (2).
Brian SavoieSenior Director for Technology Education and Outreach, NAB
Brian Savoie is senior director, technology education and outreach for NAB. In this role, Brian produces compelling educational content for broadcasters across a variety of platforms.
Brian is an award-winning writer and producer specializing in non-profit and educational video production. He has won multiple Cine and Telly Awards. In 2007, Brian received the Cine Special Jury prize for producing Mesopotamia: From Nomads to Farmers. This award capped a fabulous run for this character driven story about life in ancient Mesopotamia. In addition to these awards, Brian was part of the production team that claimed the ‘Outstanding Children’s Television Series’ EMMY for Greatest Inventions with Bill Nye.
Brian is a vice chair of the National Capital region chapter of the Producers Guild of America (PGA). He is also a member of the Board of Representatives for the PGA East. Brian is a member of the Television Academy (formerly, ATAS).
Mike ‘Stoney’ StoneOn-Air Personality, 97.1 The Ticket WXYT-FM
Mike ‘Stoney’ Stone
Mike “Stoney” Stone is in his second year with 97.1 The Ticket, but has been working in Detroit for over 20 years. Now on Stoney and Bill with Sara, heard weekdays from 5:30 am – 10:00 am on 97.1 The Ticket, Stoney also worked with Bob Wojnowski on the popular show “Stoney and Wojo” for 14 years.
Stoney grew up in Broomall, Pennsylvania, where he was a Philadelphia sports fan watching athletes like Harold Carmichael, Wilt Chamberlain, and Tommy Hutton. His favorite athlete was the Flyers’ Bobby Clarke. He attended American University in Washington, D.C., and started his sports career broadcasting American basketball games. After graduating in 1980, he helped produce the George Michael Sports Machine, a 30-minute weekly sports wrap-up.
Stoney moved to Detroit in 1986 with Bernie Smilovitz and began working for NBC local affiliate WDIV where he stayed for the next eight years.
Stoney is a true Detroit sports fan. If he had to choose one Detroit sports team to watch, it would be the Lions. He says the greatest athlete to interview was Lions nose tackle Jerry Ball, who was always a funny guy who gave reporters a great quote.
Outside of the sports world, Stoney is one of the biggest Bruce Springsteen fans. He has attended 102 concerts (and counting) and has been listening since 1973. His favorite Spingsteen song is “Rosalita”, and if the E Street Band is in town, he will be in attendance at every concert.
Brian SzewczykRegional Sales Manager, GatesAir
Brian’s interest in radio started at a very young age. He became a licensed Amateur Radio operator at the age of 11 and has been in active in radio as a hobby and professionally ever since. During his freshman year in college hr became the chief engineer for WBEC-AM/FM in Pittsfield, MA. After college graduation an opportunity to become the chief engineer of WPYX and WTRY owned by Merv Griffin presented itself. After four years at WPYX and WTRY, Bill Bingham the owner of Northeast Broadcast Labs offered him a job selling broadcast equipment packages. In 1997 Harris Corporation purchased Northeast Broadcast lab. He continued in sales with increasing responsibilities for Harris and now GatesAir since.
Ray TejedaVice President Sales, Market Events & Brand Partnerships, iHeart Media
Ray Tejeda is a Vice President at iHeartMedia working with 150 markets on brand partnerships at events and experiential market properties. He is responsible for collaborating with the national sales teams & individual markets to drive sponsorship revenue across thousands of local events, national tentpoles, the iHeartRadio theaters, and in market studio & performance lounge integrated assets.
Ray started his career on the record label side at Atlantic Records where he was in charge of planning/buying media and developing strategic marketing plans for Album releases & artist tours. He transitioned to the advertising agency world where he spent 7+ years at two mid-sized shops (Pedone & Partners and Warren Kremer Paino). He moved up within both organizations to Account Director and a manager of the agency’s Brand Audit Group, pointing brands such as Ritz Carlton, Bulova, Hershey Entertainment, Ralph Lauren Polo Stores, Maine Tourism, to name a few.
Ray joined iHM eleven years ago as a senior Account Executive in New York at the world famous Z100, where he quickly moved into management of NY’s 3 largest Station properties Z100, Power 105 & KTU. In his role in the market, he created many revenue generating events, while increasing the revenue of the station’s signature events (Powerhouse, KTUphoria and Jingle Ball) and leading a large team of Account Executives.
He has a proven track record of successfully monetizing and building events with a forward thinking mind in the event space!
Ed ‘ET’ TrombleyField Engineer, Munn-Reese
Ed ‘ET’ Trombley
Ed “ET” Trombley has been a field engineer at Munn-Reese since 1994. Recipient of the Carl E. Lee, Engineering Excellence award for 2010. Recipient of the MAB Golden Vice Grip award 2006. Radio Frequency Problem solver, Wave Engineer, Junior scientist, Curator and collector of old transmitter parts, Amateur Radio Operator Extra Class. Can Ed fix it? The odds are good, just remember the goods are Odd.
Bob VanProyenEngineer/Sound Designer, Technical Services
Bob VanProyen has made a career, (more than 35 years) out of providing live sound, audio mastering & archiving and broadcast engineering services. Bob has built many studios & transmitter sites and has extensive experience with automation systems programming and AM antenna systems.
Mike WatzaCo-Chair of the Governmental and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups, Kitch
Michael J. Watza is Co-Chair of the Governmental and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups at Kitch, a full service Law firm based in Detroit, with offices in Lansing, Marquette, Mt. Clemens, Chicago, Ill. and Toledo, OH.
Mr. Watza’s practice provides litigated, legislative and regulatory solutions on behalf of municipal, non profit and private sector clients concerning Complex Litigation, Governance Issues, Telecommunications and Energy.
Michael has represented clients in State and Federal trial and appellate courts across Michigan as well as attended to regulatory matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Tax Tribunal, Department of Labor and Economic Growth and the Federal Communications Commission.
Michael has represented clients in the halls of the Michigan Legislature and Congress through negotiation, drafting and testimony regarding legislation on various issues including electric transmission line siting, telecommunications, cable, pipeline regulation, the formation of inter-governmental authorities and tort reform.
Michael also serves as General Counsel to PROTEC and the Mobile Technology Association of Michigan, is a member of the NATOA National Board, the Michigan Gaming Control Board, Covenant House Central School Board in Detroit, Chairman of the Novi EDC, Chairman of Attorney Grievance Commission Grievance Panel #9, Immediate Past Chairman of the Administrative Law Section of the State Bar and Council Member of the Public Corporation Law Section of the State Bar.
He holds an A-V rating with Martindale Hubbell, was designated a Super Lawyer in 2007 and listed in the Cambridge Who’s Who Directory.
In 2008, Michael and Co-counsel Joe Van Eaton, were successful in protecting Michigan PEG channels from unilateral digitizatation to the 900 channel tier by obtaining an injunction in Federal Court in Dearborn v Comcast.
Michael is an adjunct faculty member at Michigan State University Law School having taught Communications Law and Policy and Ethics and the Practice of Law.
Jeff WeltonCBRE, Nautel
Jeff Welton has been with Nautel for over 28 years, the first 17 of which were spent in field service and technical support positions, as well as assisting Engineering with design review of new products and improvement of existing systems. Since moving to Sales in 2007, Jeff keeps finding ways to get his hands dirty and can frequently be found assisting in the install of a transmitter he’s sold, as well as performing several site inspections every year, along with the occasional repair. Recipient of the SBE’s James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year Award for 2018, Jeff writes several articles and performs presentations every year on the topics of lightning protection, grounding, transmitter site safety and various other subjects of interest in the broadcast engineering field, as well as being a contributor to the 11th edition, NAB Engineering Handbook, authoring the chapter on Facility Grounding Practice and Lightning Protection, among others.
Paul WeylandPresident, Paul Weyland Communication Strategies
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. 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.
Jack ZavoralDirector of Member Development, Local Media Association
Jack Zavoral is a digital sales and marketing professional who has worked in dozens of markets with hundreds of merchants on their digital marketing strategies. He led the digital sales teams at the local broadcast and newspaper properties owned by Quincy Broadcasting, and also led the digital sales team at MyWeather, LLC. He is a regular speaker at digital marketing conferences and seminars focused on integrating digital with traditional media.
His earlier experience in brand management with packaged goods companies Birds Eye foods and Rayovac batteries put him on both sides of the advertising transaction table. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison with Bachelors and Masters degrees in Marketing. He has been certified by the Internet Advertising Bureau (IAB) in Advanced Digital Media Sales and has co-produced LMA’s Advanced Digital Sales certification course. Jack and his wife Tina are longtime residents of the Madison, WI area. Together they have four adult children. Jack enjoys sailing, fishing, hunting and all things in the outdoors