Lessons Learned Through Disasters

Informative Panel Discussion with Michigan Broadcasters moderated by Don Backus of Rohde & Schwarz. Learn how local stations handled unfortunate disasters … how they recovered … and the lessons they learned.

  • Don Backus

    Account Manager, Rohde & Schwarz

    Don Backus

    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.

  • Kevin Dunaway

    General Manager/Vice President, Heritage Broadcasting

    Kevin Dunaway

    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.

  • Brad Lanser

    General Manager/Vice-President, Lanser Broadcasting

    Brad Lanser

    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.

  • Pete Ludviksen

    Operations Manager, Heritage Broadcasting

    Pete Ludviksen

    Pete Ludviksen was hired in with Heritage Broadcasting Company Feb 1991.
    He has worked as Operations Manager since 1996

  • Ed ‘ET’ Trombley

    Field 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 VanProyen

    Engineer/Sound Designer, Technical Services

    Bob VanProyen

    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.