MAB News Archive

Juke Van Oss

Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Famer Juke Van Oss Passes at 92

Midwest Communications’ WHTC (Holland) reports that talk icon and beloved West Michigan resident Juke Van Oss died early Monday morning (3/7). “Juke was a friend to all of us,” said WHTC/VAN General Manager Kevin Oswald on WHTC Monday, his voice filled with emotion. “He will be missed greatly.” He’d worked as recently as Friday (3/4),… read more

Radio Reader Estell to Leave Airwaves After Storied Career

Citing recent health isues, WKAR Radio (East Lansing) reports that long-time Radio Reader Dick Estell has made the difficult and heart-breaking decision to hang up his microphone after more than half a century as the voice of the “Radio Reader.” A passionate and avid lifelong lover of reading, Estell took over as the “Radio Reader” in… read more

What Would You Do with a Crystal Ball?

Speed Marriott and GLBC are here to help you be as prepared as possible for the future of our industry in a two-part series on Tuesday, May 3. “We cannot predict the future, but we can invent it.” – Anonymous Speed Marriott, P1 Learning, will present: 2020 Vision Session Description: We’re going to do a… read more

Q100’s JJ Will Participate in Black Bear Gran Fondo and Ice Man Cometh

According to Blarney Stone Broadcasting, the date and format of Grayling’s Black Bear cycling race has changed, but WQON-FM (Grayling) Q100’s JJ (of JJ’s Morning Jams) will still be participating again this year. The annual the Black Bear cycling event, organized by the Grayling Rotary Club, becomes the Black Bear Gran Fondo in 2016, with… read more

WBFH’s Bowers Featured on WXYZ-TV

WBFH-FM’s (Bloomfield Hills High School) General Manager, Pete Bowers, was recently featured on WXYZ-TV in Detroit for a piece called “Ann Marie’s All-Stars.” Bowers is serving his second term on the MAB Foundation Board of Directors and was the Chair for the 2014 Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC) Committee. Watch the video at WXYZ-TV here. WBFH has… read more

Remembering TV5’s Sam Merrill

Sam Merrill, a mainstay at WNEM-TV5 (Saginaw), passed away on February 25, 2016. He left behind his beloved wife Katy, and son James. In lieu of flowers, those planning an expression of sympathy may wish to consider memorials to James Alexander Merrill, c/o Franklin Templeton, Financial Investment Services, 17628 Oakwood Drive, Spring Lake, Michigan, 49456,… read more

WKQI-FM, WWJ-AM Among 50 NAB Crystal Award Finalists

WKQI-FM (Detroit) and WWJ-AM (Detroit) are among fifty NAB Crystal Award finalists. The award winners will be announced and the finalists honored during the NAB Radio Luncheon at the upcoming NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 19, 2016. Print This Article

Ed Christian, MAB Hall of Famer, Re-Upped by Saga

According to All Access Music Group, Saga Communications has signed Chairman/Pres./CEO Ed Christian, MAB Hall of Famer, to a new five-year contract extension. A Michigan native,  Ed Christian worked his way through college and earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications in 1973 at Wayne and his masters’ degree in Management in 1981 from CMU. Ed’s calling… read more

Syma Chowdhry

Reporter Syma Chowdhry Joins WXYZ-TV

Syma Chowdhry, Emmy award-winning reporter, is joining WXYZ-TV’s 7 Action News team as a reporter for “The Now” daily news and information program airing weekdays at 4 p.m. on WXYZ-TV (Detroit). “Syma’s experience makes her an ideal fit for “The Now,”” said Dave Manney, news director for WXYZ and WMYD in Detroit. “She’s adept at the… read more