The highest award given by the MAB, the Lifetime Achievement Award, honors Michigan broadcast pioneers, living or posthumously, who have dedicated the majority of their professional careers to broadcasting in the state of Michigan and has distinguished himself or herself through a lifetime of service as a top manager or owner through excellence in broadcasting.

In 1989, the MAB began this tradition of honoring individuals for their outstanding careers with the Lifetime Achievement Award, however, understanding that there were many outstanding individuals in the Michigan broadcasting industry, the MAB board developed the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame encompasses all Lifetime Achievement Award winners and also recognizes other broadcasters in various areas of the industry for their leadership, achievements and contributions to their communities.

Both the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Hall of Fame ceremonies are held each year during the MAB’s Summer Advocacy Conference.

Want to nominate someone deserving?  Download the nomination form here.

2011-2017 Honorees and Inductees Below

See 2001-2010 Honorees and Inductees here
See pre-2001 Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients here

2018 Honorees and Inductees
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2018 Lifetime of
Distinguished Public Service
Award Recipient
2018 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Gov. Rick Snyder

Michael Walenta
WGVU Public Media
(Grand Rapids)

2018 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Bob Allison
WNZK-AM
(Detroit)

Sheri Jones
WLNS-TV
(Lansing)

Pete Bowers
WBFH-FM
(Bloomfield Hills)

2017 Honorees and Inductees
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2017 Lifetime of
Distinguished Public Service
Award Recipient
2017 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient
2017 Michigan Broadcasting
Hall of Fame
Legacy Award

Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)

Marla Drutz
WDIV-TV
(Detroit)

Linda Lee*
WYCD-FM
(Detroit)

2017 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Rob David
Handyman Productions
(Novi)

Erik Smith
WXYZ-TV
(Detroit)

Dick Estell
WKAR-AM
(East Lansing)

2016 Honorees and Inductees
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2016 Lifetime of
Distinguished Public Service
Award Recipient
2016 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Congresswoman Candice Miller (R-10)

Julie Koehn, Lenawee Broadcasting Company
(Adrian)

2016 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Paul W. Smith
WJR-AM
(Detroit)

Paul Jacobs
Jacobs Media, jacAPPS
(Bingham Farms)

Stephen Schram
Michigan Radio, WUOM
(Ann Arbor)

2015 Honorees and Inductees
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2015 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Jeanne Findlater (Retired)
WXYZ-TV
(Detroit)

2015 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Frank Beckmann
WJR-AM
(Detroit)

Mike Fezzey*
WJR-AM (Detroit)
(Posthumously Inducted)

W. Lawrence Patrick
Patrick Communications
(Elkridge, MD)

2014 Honorees and Inductees
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2014 Lifetime of
Distinguished Public Service
Award Recipient
2014 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Senator Carl Levin
(D-MI)

Mario Iacobelli
Heritage Broadcasting (Cadillac)

2014 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

George Blaha
MSU Football
Detroit Pistons

Jim Brandstatter
U of M Football
Detroit Lions Football

Susan E. Goldsen
Jackson Radio Works
(Jackson)

2013 Honorees and Inductees
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2013 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Thomas Scanlan*
(Retired)
Scanlan Communications Group

2013 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Christopher H. Cornelius
Barrington Broadcasting

Will Tieman
& Wendy Hart
Spartan Sports Network
(East Lansing)

Robbie Timmons
(Retired)
WXYZ-TV
(Detroit)

2012 Honorees and Inductees
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2012 Lifetime of
Distinguished Public Service
Award Recipient
2012 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Congressman John D. Dingell (D-15)

Edward K. Christian
Saga Communications, Inc.
(Grosse Pointe Farms)

2012 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Michael J. King
WILX-TV
(Lansing)

Julie Koehn, Lenawee Broadcasting Company
(Adrian)

W. Palmer Pyle
Northern Star Broadcasting
(Traverse City)

2011 Honorees and Inductees

2011 Lifetime Achievement
Award Recipient

Gary Reid
Michigan State University
(East Lansing)

2011 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Glenn Haege*
Handyman Productions

Ken "Mac" MacDonald Jr.
MacDonald Broadcasting
(Saginaw & Lansing)

Chuck Stokes
WXYZ-TV
(Detroit)