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Shelley Irwin

WGVU’s Shelley Irwin Selected as One of "The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan"

The Grand Rapids Business Journal recognized area women as the “The 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan”.  WGVU’s Morning Show Host and Producer, Shelley Irwin, will be among those honored for their outstanding contributions to the West Michigan community. 

The Grand Rapids Business Journal surveyed hundreds of women throughout Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties.  Shelley Irwin will be recognized during a luncheon on Wednesday, March 7 where all 50 women will be honored along with many of the additional nominees, at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, Ambassador Ballroom.


WKAR Hosts Video Game Workshop for Youth

WKAR and the College of Communication Arts & Sciences at Michigan State University will host an “Imagine, Create and Play Workshop” targeting middle school students in the Lansing area. The workshop is designed to help students develop their science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, which are crucial in developing video games among other science and technical careers.   In addition to hands-on activities and design, students will learn from several video game experts including East Lansing-based game development company Adventure Club Games.

The event was developed to promote participation in the 2012 National STEM Video Game Challenge. The challenge is supported by Michigan State University College of Engineering, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) and PBS KIDS through the Ready To Learn Initiative.


Detroit Public Television Hosts Town Hall Meeting with Governor Snyder

More than 75 citizens joined veteran news anchor Christy McDonald of Detroit Public Television, Nolan Finley of the Detroit News and Stephen Henderson of the Detroit Free Press, in a town hall meeting with Governor Rick Snyder on January 21.

The crowd was able to candidly discuss with Governor Snyder the direction that Michigan is headed, and were able to voice their concerns and and praises for the Governor's plan.

Watch the town hall meeting here.

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Silver Cirlce 2011 Class

2011 Class of Silver Circle Inductees to be Honored

The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Michigan Chapter has announced the 2011 Class of Silver Circle Inductees. Among them are: Carlota Almanza-Lumpkin - WTVS, Dave LewAllen - WXYZ, Greg Russell - WMYD, Peter Ross - WZZM, Richard Schaaf - WXYZ and Devin Scillian - WDIV.

Honorees will be presented during the 24th Annual Silver Circle Luncheon, February 26 at the Townsdend Hotel in Detroit.

The Silver Circle is open to individuals who began their careers in television at least 25 years ago, either in a performing, creative, technical or administrative role within the industry, or in an area related to television such as TV journalism, education, advertising, promotion, and public relations. Canidates must be a current resident of Michigan.

Jeff Murri

Jeff Murri, General Manager of WJBK-TV Passes Away

The MAB and all Michigan broadcasters extend their heart-felt condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of Jeff Murri, General Manager at WJBK-TV (Detroit).

The well-loved head of WJBK-TV died February 2 at the age of 50. Murri was a friend to many at the station and throughout the broadcasting community.

For more information or for memorial information click here.

Photo Courtesy of WJBK-TV


Detroit's "Good Guy," Clark Reid Passes Away

Clark Reid, one of the last surviving original WJBK-FM 'Good Guys', passed away February 3 at his Novi home. In the 50s and 60s WJBK Radio was one the Detroit Metro market’s top 40 empires. Their on-air personalities were known as the "Good Guys."

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 25 at 11 a.m. at Nardin Park Methodist Church on 11 Mile west of Middlebelt in Farmington Hills. Memorials suggested to Nardin Park Music Program or Fox Run Benevolent Care Fund.

Copper Country Radio Pioneer, Francis Locatelli Dies at Age 96

Well-known radio personality and businessman Francis Samuel Locatelli passed away at the age of 96.  Locatelli, who started as a radio engineer at WCCY, which was then WHDF, went on to start WMPL radio in Hancock with Ben Miller and Cliff Paulson in 1957.  Locatelli shared his love of radio with his 16 children and his son Paul followed in his father's footsteps going into radio himself. He was considered one of the pioneers of the radio business in the Copper Country.

Jeffrey Zaslow

Best-Selling Author, Jeffrey Zaslow Dies in Car Accident

Best-selling author and former Wall Street Journal Reporter Jeffrey Zaslow was killed February 10 in a car accident in northern Michigan.

The Philadelphia native was best known for writing books that inspired people and brought insight to exteme situations. He was married to Sherry Margolis, a WJBK-TV news anchor, since 1987 and was the father of three daughters.

Around the State
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Earlier this month, it was announced that Bob Simone was leaving his general manager post at Tucson’s KMSB-TV and that Simone has been named vice president and general manager of WLNS, Young Broadcasting’s CBS-affiliate in Lansing, MI.  Before joining KMSB in 2009, Simone was GM of three different Fox O&Os: KDVR in Denver, KPTV in Portland, and WTFX in Philadelphia.

WADL-TV (Mt. Clemens) President and CEO Kevin Adell announced in late January that Matt Uhl has been named the new vice president and general manager of the television station.

WXYZ-TV has announced the inaugural Detroit 2020 Awards as part of the station's ongoing Detroit 2020 campaign. The station plans to give out three awards: A "Unify" award, which will honor an individual or organization that has worked to bring the community and people closer together in 2011; An "Inspire" award, which will honor an individual or organization that worked to motivate the community to accomplish great things in 2011; An "Act" award, which will honor an individual or organization that has made a demonstrable impact and made a difference in 2011.  The awards will honor those that exemplify Detroit 2020's motto of "Unify. Inspire. Act."

WPXD-TV has started testing their new transmitter in metro Detroit, giving the station full-market over-the-air coverage of the area for the first time. The eventual permanent switch will make the station the first full-power TV station to obtain full market reach in the Detroit since 1986. 

Dave B. Goode, morning host, program director and sales representative, of WLDR-FM Traverse City has accepted a new position as promotions director and morning host at WBTU-FM in Fort Wayne, IN.

WYCD-FM, country music radio, has been nominated for two Academy of Country Music Awards.  They have been nominated in the following categories: Major Market Station of the Year and Major Market On-Air Personality of The Year for the station's afternoon drivers, Chuck Edwards and Linda Lee.

Tim Skubick, longtime Michigan political writer and host of PBS' "Off the Record," has accepted a position with as their political columnist. He will continue his role with PBS, in addition to his new role at  Skubick has covered Michigan politics and government longer than any other political journalist in state history.

WDZH-FM (Detroit) and WXRK-FM’s (New York) Program Director Dom Theodore has stepped down from his position. Theodore sites the non-stop travel and demanding schedule as his reason for leaving. He will concentrate on growing Up North Radio and will continue with his consulting business, RadioAnimal, LLC.

MPRN Reporter Laura Webber is leaving the network to join WDET-FM as a Producer and Writer for the Craig Fahle show. During her two years at MPRN, Webber primarily covered news in an around the state capitol.

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MAB Station Community Service Highlights

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MAB Station Community Highlight:
WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV (Detroit)
The MAB Newsletter is highlighting the community service efforts of our 2011-2012 MAB Executive Committee Members. This month we highlight MAB Vice Chairman/Chairman-Elect Trey Fabacher's stations WWJ-TV/WKBD-TV (Detroit).

WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV are actively involved with the communities in which they serve.  They sponsor events, participate in fundraising efforts and are vehemently committed to community education. Below is highlight of just some of the stations efforts throughout the last few years.

For the past three years WWJ-TV has been the television sponsor of the Detroit Economic Club’s opening presentation featuring the “The Big Four:  the Oakland, Wayne, Macomb County Executives and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.” 

The stations have been involved in numerous fundraisers as participants and sponsors including the “Pancakes and Politics Speakers Forum”; the Ann Arbor Street Art Fair; Willie Horton’s Annual Batting for Kids Baseball Challenge; “Walk Now for Autism Speaks;” the “In Living Pink Gala;” the American Heart Association’s Most Powerful Voices Concert; the 5K University of Detroit Mercy School of Law “Race for Justice;” St. Jude Give Thanks Walk; and the annual Toys-For-Tots Drive.

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In 2011, WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV aired a promo campaign and half-hour television special about the Detroit Emergency Reference Guide or Med-E Book, which was part of the “Detroit Citizen Preparedness Program” and helped to distribute it to 200,000 Detroit residents.

WKBD-TV continued its on-going support of the deaf community as the media sponsor for 10th year in a row for the bi-annual Deaf Celebration Day held at Northland Center Mall in Southfield. 

WWJ-TV and WKBD-TV Vice President and General Manager Trey Fabacher (left) was one of the Celebrity Chefs for 100 Leaders Who Cook:  Nourishing our Future presented by the Detroit Housing Commission in November of 2011.  He was one of the community and business leaders from throughout Metro Detroit who served their favorite dishes and counseled kids on the profession of their dreams at The Masonic Temple in Detroit. 



WWJ-AM Raises Over $282,000 in
9th Annual Winter Survial Radiothon

With the help of their listeners, WWJ-AM has raised over $282,000 in their 9th annual Winter Survival Radiothon for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW).  

The station took calls for 31 straight hours, broadcasting live from The Henry Ford in Dearborn.  The collected donations will go to keep needy Michigan families warm this winter.

With partner matching funds, the amount will translate to more than $1.2 million in heating assistance throughout the greater Detroit area!

See more event photos here.


MAB Member Services and Membership

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Membership Services

How Broad Is Your EEO Outreach?

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 Services

MAB Foundation

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GLBC Career Fair – Connecting you to our Future!

Booth Space is Still Available! Whether you are a broadcast station, media company or school, you do not want to miss an opportunity to meet with Michigan's future at the 2012 GLBC Career Fair on March 14 in Lansing! Click here to register online.

This fair offers...

  • EEO opportunities for stations,
  • Reaching potential students for college/university programs,
  • Educating the future of our industry,
  • Networking with other Professionals,
  • Supporting the MABF Mission,
  • and more!

Click here to see who else is participating.

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President/CEO - Karole L. White
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