Michigan Public Broadcasters
Honor Congressman John D. Dingell
At ceremonies on August 25, The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented Congressman John D. Dingell (D-12) with a resolution to commemorate his service to the citizens of Michigan and to public broadcasting.
The Congressman accepted the award before 170 individuals within the industry and their guests at the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island. He remarked on his career as a public servant and the long relationship he has had with public broadcasters and their importance to the community.
Since he was first elected to Congress over 60 years ago, he has served as a member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and spent 18 years as its Chair. Additionally, he sits on all of the six subcommittees of the House Energy and Commerce Committee and is among the most knowledgeable individuals on telecommunications issues in the House of Representatives.
Known as the Dean of the United States House of Representatives, Congressman Dingell has championed many important issues that contribute to making free over-the-air broadcasting strong. Congressman Dingell is a strong supporter of funding for public broadcasting and is a steadfast proponent of the community services broadcasters perform.
The Congressman, in his acceptance speech, went on to explain that public broadcasters are special. They are licensed to serve public interest, convenience and necessity; that community service is vital to a community and Michigan broadcasters are good at what they do.
According to Karole White, President and CEO of the MAB, "Congressman Dingell has represented the best interests of his district from day-one and he understands the value citizens place on public broadcasting."
"Congressman Dingell has been a great long-term friend to broadcasting, and in particular to public broadcasters, " said Edward B. Grant, President of MAPB. "We thank him for being a consistent voice in Washington committed to retaining free over-the-air non-commercial television."