Public Broadcasting favorites Bob Garner, Jimmy Gretzinger and Jenny Olsen were live in the studios of CMU Public Television hosting a special one-hour LIVE edition of "Michigan Out-of-Doors" During the show, they took questions from the viewing audience.
"The live show gave Jimmy, Jenny and me a chance to talk directly to the audience, the people who care about Michigan Out-of-Doors, and explain to them why their contributions to CMU Public Television are so important to the passing along of our outdoor heritage," said Garner. "Sharing television time with Jimmy and Jenny is a dream-come-true for me. We swap stories old and new while getting to talk directly to CMU Public Television viewers. It's the only time of the year we do this together, and all of us really look forward to it."
Pictured Right: Bob Garner, Host of Michigan Out-of-Doors
"Issues and Ale" is an event series co-sponsored by Michigan Radio and the Center for Michigan designed to engage people in conversations about important issues facing Michigan - in an informal atmosphere.
This month’s "Issues and Ale" event played host to a panel discussion and community conversation about the future of K-12 education. They posed questions to the audience including: What is the best way to prepare today’s students for the global economy; and what would you like to see from our education system?Host Jack Lessenberry, Senior Political Analyst for Michigan Radio, led the discussion. Panelists included Tom Watkins, former Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction; Doug Ross, founder of Detroit's University Preparatory Academy charter school; Michelle Herbon , Senior Consultant specializing in education policy for Public Sector Consultants; and John Bebow, Executive Director for the Center for Michigan.
Accurate, thoughtful performance evaluations can be a very important tool for management. Your employees are among your most valuable assets and you owe it to them to provide honest feedback about their performance. Also, you cannot successfully compete in the highly competitive broadcast industry if you are not realizing maximum performance from your employees. If properly performed, employee evaluations should assist you in meeting your goals.
Broadcasters should regularly and consistently complete written evaluations of employees. Each employee should be formally evaluated at least annually. More frequent evaluations should be undertaken for some employees, particularly in cases where employees have assumed different positions or been told that they need to take corrective action.
You should take all of the time and make all of the difficult decisions that are required to prepare a comprehensive and candid written evaluation. When preparing written evaluation forms, be sure to rate the employee for the entire period of time since the last evaluation, not just the recent past.
With the new year just around the corner, here are 10 easy to execute strategies for the end of the year.
The message is provocative, the talking points are edgy and the delivery stylishly interactive. It isn't a "feel-good, warm-and-fuzzy" message. Most people I work with like it (or they wouldn't be working with me!).
But some people just don't get it. And that's okay with me.
I have learned that and I have adjusted to it. To paraphrase Abraham Lincoln, "You cannot please all of the people all of the time." Speaking of Lincoln, he couldn't please everyone and still is remembered as one of the most successful presidents in U.S. history-even though most of his presidency was during an unpopular war. He barely won re-election with the war still in progress.
Like I said I have a purposefully provocative message about how "the economy isn't down; it's different" and "the recession won't really ever end." It startles some people, provokes others, makes many people laugh (and ticks off a few). An eager attendee spoke to me after a really good audience response and said: "Jim, you need to understand that about 99% of the people in this room didn't" get "what you were saying... but I want you to know that I "got" it today!" It was funny because he had to wait in a line of people stopping to say how much they liked it.
Still I was grateful that he got it. At least he seemed to.
But some people just don’t “get” your message, what you do or want your service/product. That’s okay. They won't no matter how hard(er) you try to sell them on it. They don’t have to. Yelling what you do LOUDER just makes it worse and brings less of what you want in results and profits.
Get over it and them.
|MAB Station Community Service Highlights|
MAB Station Community Highlight:
WLUC has been serving the people of the Upper Peninsula since 1956. Their community service is the reason people think of them as “their” television station. WLUC sponsored 63 events in their community in 2011, dedicating over $180,000 of airtime promoting them. They are a part of sled dog races, marathons, cross country ski races, softball tournaments and everything in between.
The culminating event of the year for WLUC is the TV6 Canathon. This annual can drive was established in 1982 and over the years their viewers have raised and distributed over 2 million pounds of food to local food pantries.
“Every year we ask our viewers to “Help Feed a Hungry Neighbor” in Upper Michigan by contributing to the TV6 Canathon,” said Kim Parker, Marketing Director, WLUC-TV. “Every year they come through. We’re proud that it’s our event.”
Cumulus’s WDVD-FM’s (Detroit) morning show hosts Blaine and Allyson launched their ‘Blaine and Allyson Put You Back to Work' series in November and it’s been a hit ever since.
"It's been bigger than we ever thought it would be,” said Dana Lundon, On-Air Talent and Producer for the show. The series showcases businesses that come in and talk about the job openings they have available.
“We screen them before they come in; we usually want businesses with at least 10 openings,” said Lundon. “We started a FB page as well.”
The series’ Facebook page has postings from the featured businesses as well as other postings that the station is aware of, helping to connect businesses with potential employees.
"We were so inundated with requests to be on the show that we had to make it a MONDAY and FRIDAY feature,” said host Blaine Fowler. “It’s really getting a very positive response from the audience as well as the businesses."
With many families facing economic hardships, times can be tight during the holidays. That is why WOOD-TV and WOTV-TV have teamed with the West Michigan Salvation Army for the Angel Tree Toy Drive.
The goal of the toy drive is to reach as many needy children as possible. Last year's Angel Tree Toy Drive helped to bring a Holiday gift to over 20,000 children in West Michigan. This year's goal is to reach 30,000 children in hopes of brightening their holiday season.
The toy drive, currently in its 21st year, is open now through December 20. Participating locations will display a holiday tree decorated with Angel Tree tags, provided by WOOD-TV, that represent a child or teenager who might not otherwise receive any gifts this holiday season. Local businesses and members of the local community then adopt one or more of the tags from the tree to provide a child with holiday gifts including toys, clothing and other items.
|MAB Member Services & Membership|
Broadcast Compliance Services (BCS), an MAB Associate Member, points out that an FCC EEO audit is not the time to find out that your outreach is short. BCS assists MAB member stations in meeting EEO outreach requirements FREE OF CHARGE. This innovative tracking, reporting and outreach program is a $25,000 value, but is free to MAB members.
Don't spend hours trying to find the information for your EEO report. Let BCS make reporting and outreach easy. BCS offers conference call training on a weekly basis. Click here for participant information and a schedule (Members Only).
Member Service Highlight:
Get Your Booth Now…Protect Your Station Later!!
Registration fee is $250 per booth (one SEU per booth)
Registrations will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis so be sure to register online with payment to the MAB Foundation office as soon as possible.
Deadline is Wednesday, February 15. Click here to register today!
Sign-Up for the 2012 MABF Station Internship Program
Purpose: In an effort to attract talented students to the field of broadcasting, the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation (MABF), in cooperation with MAB member stations, will coordinate student internships throughout Michigan.
EEO Credit: Participating stations may receive EEO credits for their active participation in selecting and training the interns. Contact your legal counsel or the MAB's David Oxenford at 212-663-8128 for more information.
Click here for more information.
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