Finalists Announced in 2019 Michigan APME Broadcast Contest

Finalists have been announced in the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors 2019 radio and TV contest.  The awards in actual order of finish — first or second — will be announced at the annual Michigan APME annual awards banquet April 4 in Lansing. The General Excellence, Rising Star and First Amendment award winners also will be announced at the meeting.

Twelve broadcasters submitted 237 entries in the contest, which featured news, sports and weather reporting as well as features, documentaries and photography from 2019.

Entries were judged by broadcasters from WOSU-FM, Columbus, Ohio, Radio II; Ohio Public Radio and TV, Columbus, Radio I; WTOL-TV, Toledo, Ohio, and WSYX/WTTE-TV, Columbus, Ohio, Television.

The Associated Press is a not-for-profit news cooperative representing newspapers and broadcast stations in the United States.

Finalists in the 2019 Michigan APME broadcast contest:

Television I:

Best Feature Story: Lori Pinson, WJBK-TV (Detroit); “Lori’s Hidden Michigan-Underground Railroad.”

Best Weathercast : Lori Pinson, WJBK-TV (Detroit); “Severe Weather Friday.”

Television II:

Best Feature Story: Angie Hendershot and Eric Fletcher, WJRT-TV (Flint); “ABC 12 Days of Giving- First Flight”; Chivon Kloepfer and David Parks, WLNS-TV, Lansing; “Love, Loss, and the Gift of Life.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: David Custer, WNEM-TV (Saginaw); Dana Whyte, WLNS-TV (Lansing).

Best Sports Feature Story: Cassidy Cobb and Greg Miller, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “The Heartbeat of the Hornets”; Alex Sims and David Parks, WLNS-TV (Lansing); “Family and Faith: Josh Butler’s Journey.”

Best Sports Coverage: Matthew Doyle and Greg Miller, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “9&10 Sports Football State Finals 2019”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “A Championship on Selection Sunday.”

Best Sportscast: Matthew Doyle and Cassidy Cobb, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “Sports OT Homecoming Show”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “MSU Beats Michigan for Big Ten Title.”

Best Use of Videography (TV Only): Catherine Emery, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); Derrick Larr, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac).

Best Use of Photography : Rae Hines, WLNS-TV (Lansing); David Parks, WLNS-TV (Lansing).

Best Documentary: Corey Adkins and Stephanie Adkins, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “Crossing Lake Erie”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “Veterans Voices.”

Best Public Service: Stephanie Adkins and Regan Blissett, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “Seeking Shelter”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “The Safety Day Giveaway.”

Best Spot News Coverage: Lou DiVizio, WJRT-TV (Flint); “Mid Michigan Tornado”; Kit Kuhne, WJRT-TV, (Flint); “Officer Shot in the Face.”

Best Continuing Coverage: WLNS-TV, Lansing; “A Rough Month for the LPD”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “A Rough Year for MSU.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: Corey Adkins and Stephanie Adkins, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “Mystery Valley”; Angie Hendershot, WJRT-TV (Flint); “Born in to Crisis 4.”

Best Investigative Reporting: David Lyden and Derrick Larr, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “Betrayal of Trust”; Ann Pierret, WJRT-TV (Flint); “Teacher Misconduct.”

Best Weathercast : David Young and Diane Phillips, WLNS-TV (Lansing); “Sunfield Storms”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “Winter’s Fury.”

Best Newscast: Alison DeRees, WNEM-TV (Saginaw); Kit Kuhne, WJRT-TV (Flint).

Best Digital Presence: Karie Herringa and Joe Buczek, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); WLNS-TV (Lansing).

Best Multimedia Storytelling: Karie Herringa and Haleigh Vaughn, WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac); “Call for Civility”; WLNS-TV (Lansing); “The Weather Workbook.”

Radio I:

Best Feature Story: David Leins and Russ McNamara, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Homeward Bound: Greek Dogs Travel 5,000 Miles to Find Homes in the U.S.”; Doug Tribou, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “When Ann Arbor Pool Closes to People, Dogs Have Their Days.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: No winner.

Best Sports Feature Story: Pat Batcheller, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Tigers Put Awful Season Behind Them, Hope 2020 Is Better”; Isabella Isaacs-Thomas, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Shred Like a Girl: Ann Arbor Program Encourages Girls to Pick up a Skateboard.”

Best Sports Coverage: No winner.

Best Sportscast: No winner.

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): Lester Graham, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Honk! Talk to Geese”; Ryan Hooper, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Would You Rent a Stray Dog From the City of Detroit?”

Best Use of Photography : David Leins, WDET-FM (Detroit); “This Woman’s Christmas Wonderland Recaptures Childhood Joy for Visitors”; John Patrick McGuire, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Photographs for Life on the Inside Web Page.”

Best Documentary: Dustin Dwyer, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Forty Days on Strike With UAW Local 167”; Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Life on the Inside.”

Best Public Service: Ryan Hooper and LaToya Cross, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Your Guide to Sensory-Friendly Spaces for Autistic Kids in Metro Detroit”; Lauren Janes and Sarah Hulett, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Legislation Would Expand Expungement Eligibility, Which Could Mean Better Jobs.”

Best Spot News Coverage: Quinn Klinefelter, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Former Congressman John Conyers Dies as a Civil Rights Icon With a Tarnished Legacy”; Eli Newman, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Jefferson-Chalmers Residents and City Clash Over Flooding.”

Best Continuing Coverage: Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “UAW Strike Against GM.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: Sarah Cwiek, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “In Detroit, a New Approach to Stemming Cycles of Violence: Meeting Victims’ Needs”; Kate Wells and Sarah Hulett, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Exposed to Lead in Infancy, Now Flint’s Youngest Students Face Challenges in School.”

Best Investigative Reporting: Laura Herberg, WDET-FM (Detroit); “Listeners Ask, Why Does DTW Have Those Giant Fans?”; Kate Wells, Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); “Woman Who Had Relationship with Prosecutor in Her Rape Case Wants You to Know: It’s Complicated.”

Best Weathercast : No winner.

Best Newscast: Pat Batcheller, WDET-FM (Detroit); Pat Batcheller, WDET-FM (Detroit).

Best Digital Presence: Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor); WDET-FM (Detroit).

Best Multimedia Storytelling: Michigan Radio, Ann Arbor; “Life on the Inside Website”; WDET-FM (Detroit); “Ready, Set, Crash? Flat Rock Speedway’s Night of School Bus Destruction.”

Radio II:

Best Feature Story: Scott Pohl, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “LCC Play Portrays Homelessness in Lansing”; Ricardo Quintanilla, WSGW-AM (Saginaw); “Northwood eSports.”

Best Reporter/Anchor: Patrick Center, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); Michelle Jokisch Polo, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids).

Best Sports Feature Story: Tim Robinson, WHMI-FM (Howell); “Larry Prout Jr. Has a Big Heart.”

Best Sports Coverage: No winner.

Best Sportscast: Pat Johnston, WSGW-AM (Saginaw); Tim Robinson, WHMI-FM (Howell); “Saturday Scoreboard 9-14-19.”

Best Use of Sound (Radio Only): Patrick Center, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “America’s Tallest Singing Christmas Tree”; Scott Pohl, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “Ken Burns Returns With ‘Country Music’.”

Best Use of Photography : Alec Gerstenberger, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “ThankLansing, a Celebration for Lansing’s Newest Neighbors.”

Best Documentary: Jon King, WHMI-FM (Howell); “Viewpoint – New, Streamlined Divorce Law”; Kevin Lavery, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “Making the Grade.”

Best Public Service: Shelley Irwin, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “Sports Camp for All”; Kevin Lavery, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “Early Childhood Calendars Boost Lansing Area Learning.”

Best Spot News Coverage: Daniel Boothe, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “Grand Rapids Trump Rally”; Patrick Center, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “Belknap Gustnado.”

Best Continuing Coverage: Michelle Jokisch Polo, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “The Arrest of U.S. War Vet Jilmar Ramos-Gomez”; WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “MSU Special Coverage.”

Best Enterprise Reporting: Michael Percha and Ann Williams, WSGW-AM (Grand Rapids); “Cyber Kids”; Michelle Jokisch Polo, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “Grand Rapids Race & Marijuana.”

Best Investigative Reporting: Patrick Center and Alan Helzer, WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids); “Ottawa County’s Ground Water Crisis.”

Best Weathercast : No winner.

Best Newscast: Tamia Boyd, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); Jon King, WHMI-FM (Howell).

Best Digital Presence: WSGW-AM (Saginaw).

Best Multimedia Storytelling: Al Martin, WKAR-FM (East Lansing); “Eva Salinas Celebrates 100 Years of Legacy and Love on Cinco de Mayo.”




The MAB is Pleased to Announce the 2020 Carl E. Lee Award Recipients

Coral Howe and Frank Maynard will be honored March 3 at The Great Lakes Media Show during the Exhibitor Reception.

The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards was named after Carl E. Lee, a prominent Michigan broadcast engineer and station owner, who was known for his innovation and recognition of opportunity. Broadcast engineers work diligently to ensure the integrity of our airwaves. For those who have exercised their skills and innovations for the advancement of technology, this is our opportunity to say “you’re outstanding.” This year we’re happy to present two Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Awards, one to a radio engineer and one to a television engineer.

Coral Howe

Coral Howe served his country in the U.S. Air Force for 20 years, the first six years as an Airborne Electronic Technician working on B-52 Bombers and KC-135 Tankers and the last 14 years as an air traffic controller, both in Radar Approach Control (RAPCON) and in the Control Tower. After retiring from the Air Force in 1994 Coral went to work for the U.S. Navy’s Extremely Low Frequency (ELF) Project as an Electronic Technician.

Coral’s life in broadcasting actually began about four years before his retirement from the Air Force when he called WJPD’s General Manager to complain about baseball being on the FM instead of the AM. As a result of that conversation, Clifford Groth, the corporate engineer for Geotz Broadcasting Corporation ended up hiring Coral as a part time engineer to maintain their one FM and two AM stations in Marquette and Ishpeming. By this time, Coral had forgotten most of what he thought he knew about electronics and didn’t know anything about the broadcasting business. Coral says Groth and later Del Reynolds were both very patient with him (even at 2:00 a.m.) The stations were eventually sold and then sold again to Northern Star Broadcasting. The three stations in Marquette and Ishpeming had grown to five, plus there were three more in Iron Mountain. At the end of 2004, the Navy Elf site closed, so Del Reynolds asked Coral to work full time for Northern Star Broadcasting as their Upper Peninsula engineer covering the UP from Iron Mountain to Sault Ste Marie.

In 2010, Sovereign Communications purchased all of Northern Star’s UP stations and retained Coral as their Director of Engineering. Since then he has picked up more stations to maintain in addition: Aurora Media’s Escanaba stations, Strong Tower’s UP stations, TSE Broadcasting’s WUPN in Sault Ste Marie, Two Hearted Media’s WMJT in Newberry and along with Allan Augustyn, he also maintains WNOA Catholic Radio in Marquette.

Coral is very proud of his lovely wife Brenda and what she has brought to their 46 years of marriage that has enabled Coral to be as successful as he is. They have three wonderful daughters and six outstanding grandchildren! Outside of work Coral loves to hunt, fish and shoot, especially with other peoples ammunition. All of which he has absolutely no time to do!

Frank Maynard

Frank Maynard is the Supervisor of Technical Operations for WKBD-TV and WWJ-TV, the ViacomCBS-owned television stations in Detroit. Frank joined WKBD in 1985 as a videotape engineer, was a technical director for the Ten O’Clock News and was the lead video design engineer on the technical team that built the new Southfield broadcast facility which was commissioned in 1998. During his tenure at the stations, Frank was responsible for major studio projects including production control room design, studio construction, newsroom automation, microwave networks, satellite systems, graphics and weather systems and integrating the master control systems to implement the first merger of CBS’ WWJ-TV and Viacom’s WKBD.

Prior to his career at WKBD, Frank was a maintenance engineer at ABC-owned WXYZ-TV. During his earlier career in radio, he was chief engineer of stations in Lansing, Michigan and New Orleans, Louisiana and ran the consulting and contract engineering firm Maynard and Associates.

A Certified Professional Broadcast Engineer, Frank has been a member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers since 1979, and was a founding co-chair of SBE Chapter 91 in Lansing. He has served as the Certification Chair for Southeast Michigan Chapter 82 since 1999. Frank is currently the Section Chair of the Detroit Section of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

In his free time, Frank is an active amateur radio operator (NF8M) and a Unit Commissioner in the Boy Scouts of America. Frank’s wife, Lisa, is the local host of NPR’s All Things Considered on WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti). They have two sons, Benjamin and Parker.




WRIF-FM is ‘Rock Station of the Year’ at Marconi Awards

WRIF’s Mark Pennington

Beasley Media Group’s WRIF-FM (Detroit) was the recipient of an NAB Marconi Award Thursday night during ceremonies held in conjunction with the Radio Show in Dallas.

‘RIF was one of five stations announced as finalists in July for the Rock Station of the Year Marconi.  WRIF-FM Program Director Mark Pennington was on hand to accept the award.

The complete list of Marconi winners is below.

Legendary Station of the Year: KRTH-FM (Los Angeles, CA)

Legendary Manager of the Year:  Dan Seeman, Hubbard Broadcasting Minnesota

Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year:  Ryan Seacrest, Premiere Networks

Major Market Personality of the Year: Michael Felger and Tony Massarotti, WBZ-FM (Boston)

Large Market Personality of the Year: Crisco, Dez and Ryan, KSTP-FM (St. Paul-Minneapolis)

Medium Market Personality of the Year:  Mike Street, WBTJ-FM (Richmond, VA)

Small Market Personality of the Year: Scotty and Catryna, KCLR-FM (Columbia, MO)

Major Market Station of the Year: WTOP-FM (Washington, DC)

Large Market Station of the Year: KSTP-FM (St. Paul-Minneapolis)

Medium Market Station of the Year: KIPR-FM (Little Rock, AR)

Small Market Station of the Year: KWYO-AM (Sheridan, WY)

Best Radio Podcast of the Year: “Denied Justic Podcast,” WCCO-AM (Minneapolis)

AC Station of the Year: KRWM-FM (Bellevue, WA)

Top 40 Station of the Year: KRBE-FM (Houston)

Classic Hits Station of the Year: WMGK-FM (Philadelphia)

College Radio Station of the Year: WRHU-FM (Hempstead, NY)

Country Station of the Year: KYGO-FM (Denver)

News/Talk Station of the Year: KIRO-FM (Seattle)

Religious Station of the Year: KKFS-FM (Sacramento, CA)

Rock Station of the Year:  WRIF-FM (Detroit)

Spanish Station of the Year: KLOL-FM (Houston)

Sports Station of the Year: WBZ-FM (Boston)

Urban Station of the Year: WHQT-FM (Miami)

 




MAB Honors Congressman Tim Walberg With Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

MAB President/CEO Karole L. White presents Congressman Tim Walberg with the
2019 MAB Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) honored U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg, R-7, with its 2019 Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award on Tuesday, August 6, at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

This prestigious award is given to a lawmaker or other public servant for their dedicated service to Michigan citizens and the Michigan broadcasting industry. This recipient is nominated by the MAB executive committee and approved by the MAB Board of Directors.

Congressman Walberg was honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. For more information the Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award, click here.




MAB Celebrates Lifetime Achievement Award, 2019 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

(L-R) 2019 MAB Lifetime Achievement Award recipients Bruce and Sue Goldsen, owners of Jackson Radio Works.

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its 2019 Lifetime Achievement Award and welcomed three other outstanding individuals into the Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame on Tuesday, August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids

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

Hall of Fame inductees are nominated and voted on by their peers. Award recipients were honored during the MAB’s annual Awards Banquet surrounded by broadcasters and friends. To see a complete list of the MAB’s Hall of Fame award winners, click here.

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award

Bruce & Sue Goldsen, Jackson Radio Works
Bruce and Sue Goldsen are the owners of Jackson Radio Works Inc., licensee of News/Talk 970 & 101.5 WKHM, Jackson’s Hit Music/K-105.3, ESPN Radio 101.9 FM (WKHM-FM HD-2) and 95.9 The Power Cow/1450 AM WIBM in Jackson. They purchased the stations in 1997. In June 2000, Bruce and Sue formed Goldsen Broadcasting, licensee of WCFX-FM (Clare/Mt. Pleasant). They sold the station in November 2003. Prior to ownership, the Goldsens managed WABJ-AM/WQTE-FM (Adrian) and WMXE-FM (Hudson/Hillsdale). Bruce also served as Interim General Manager and consultant for NPR member station WDET-FM (Detroit) from 2007 to 2010.

Bruce and Sue are both Past Chairs of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and have both been inducted into its Hall of Fame. Both are also Past Chairs of the MAB Foundation. Bruce is an NABPAC trustee and is currently in his second two-year term as the Michigan representative to the NAB Radio Board, having previously served six years from 2003-2009. He currently serves as the 2nd Vice-Chair of the Radio Board Executive Committee.

Sue has served on the Jackson Chamber Board of Directors and Junior Achievement of the Michigan Edge Board of Directors. She sits on the RAB Small Market Advisory Committee, has served on the NAB Small and Medium Market Radio Committee, chaired the NAB Sales Advisory Committee and served on the NAB Radio Show Steering Committee. Read more here.

2019 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Janet Mason, WZZM-13 (Grand Rapids)
Since 1997, Janet Mason has served as President & General Manager of WZZM 13 ON YOUR SIDE, which also operates TEGNA Marketing Solutions, WZZM13.com and the 13 On Target Weather Network. She previously served as Vice President/News Executive for Gannett Broadcasting. Prior to her corporate roles, Janet was Vice President/News for eight of her 17 years at KARE-TV (Minneapolis/St. Paul), where she also served as News Director, Assistant News Director, Managing Editor, St. Paul Bureau Chief, local update anchor for the “Today Show” and general assignment reporter.  Read more here.

Bill Proctor, WXYZ-TV (Detroit)
Bill Proctor is an award-winning journalist with a highly-respected career spanning four decades in electronic media. His passion for the truth led Bill to found Proving Innocence, whose mission is to free the innocent in prison … men and women convicted of crimes they did not commit. He is a celebrated reporter, producer, and news anchor, having worked in five different media markets, including 33 years at WXYZ-TV (Detroit). For more than 19 years, Bill has also successfully provided media training to business executives and other professionals across the country. Read more here.

Tim Staudt, WILX-TV (Lansing)
Tim Staudt has been a mid-Michigan broadcaster for over 50 years, the longest tenure of any sportscaster on television in the state. Known as the “Dean of Sports,” he has anchored the sportscasts at WILX in Lansing since 1980. Prior to that, he was the Sports Director at the former WJIM-TV in Lansing from 1970 to 1980. He got his start at WSWM in 1969,  where he hosted a daily 5-minute radio show while he was an MSU journalism student. Tim also hosts the popular “Staudt on Sports” each weekday on Sports Radio 730 WVFN (The Fan). Read more here.




MAPB Honors Linda Yohn, Thomas C. Jones with 2019 Public Media Impact Awards

(L-R) 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Recipient Linda Yohn and WEMU-FM Director/General Manager Molly Motherwell.

The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) presented its 2019 Public Media Impact Awards on Tuesday, August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.

The MAPB presents Public Media Impact Awards to professionals and donors for their contribution to public broadcasting in Michigan. The awards are given to recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity, inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television and to increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

2019 Public Media Award Impact Award Recipients

Linda Yohn, WEMU-FM (Professional Award)
Linda Yohn retired as music director for 89.1 WEMU-FM, Eastern Michigan University’s Community NPR station in December 2017, after a spectacular 30 year career at the station. The congenial morning host of 89-1 Jazz weekdays Yohn took her listeners on a daily jazz journey covering many jazz styles from traditional to today’s contemporary jazz, from bebop to the blues, from swing to sultry singers and from introspective solo piano to bouncing big bands. Yohn joined the WEMU staff in 1987. She was recruited because of her love of and expertise in jazz music and also brought her connections as a jazz publicist in New York and valuable public radio experience at WKSU-FM for Kent State University. Yohn is well-respected in both the public radio and music communities. She’s a past winner of the prestigious Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and has received the JazzWeek Magazine Major Market Jazz Programmer Of The Year Award six times, out of the eight she was nominated and also won Jazz Presenter of the Year in 2017. In 2015, then-Michigan State Representative David Rutledge honored Yohn with a special award: “The Ambassador For Jazz Music From The Ypsilanti Area,” only the second ambassador award for the area. EMU’s jazz broadcast library is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country primarily due to Yohn’s efforts, working with labels and artists from around the country and the globe. The library currently boasts more than 100,000 jazz tracks and includes everything from 78 RPM records from the 1920s to the digital downloads of the 21st century. During her 30 years at WEMU, Yohn made many appearances on behalf of WEMU including serving on panels at national conventions, hosting meet-the-artist sessions at The Detroit Jazz Festival and acting as Master of Ceremonies for community and music events.

(L-R) Steve Schram, Director of Broadcasting at Michigan Radio, and 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Award Recipient Thomas C. Jones.

Thomas C. Jones, Michigan Radio (Donor Recognition)
Thomas Jones has been an exceptional supporter of Michigan Radio for nearly two decades and is one of the station’s most sought after individuals for counsel on fundraising matters. He participated in the drafting of the station’s most recent campaign case statement and assisted senior management with the introduction of endowment giving to our donor community. In 2014, he made what was then the largest gift to the station in support of a program editor for the daily show Stateside and two years later helped establish the Robben Fleming Public Media Internship Fund for students and others. Recently he extended his generosity and is challenging others to help endow that internship. His dedication to Michigan Radio recognizes not only current public broadcasting needs but the need to prepare the next generation of journalism professionals. Jones is a fellow of Northwestern Michigan College. He earned BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and participated in the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.




2019 NAB Marconi Radio Award Finalists Announced

The National Association of Broadcasters has announced the finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards, honoring radio stations and on-air personalities for excellence in broadcasting. The winners will be announced September 26 during the Awards Dinner & Show during the 2019 Radio Show in Dallas, Texas.

Finalists in various categories include Mojo of WKQI-FM (Detroit), WYCD-FM (Detroit), WCSX-FM (Detroit), WRIF-FM (Detroit) and WXYT-FM (Detroit).

The 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards are recognizing two new award categories, “Legendary Manager of the Year” and “Best Radio Station Podcast.” Additionally, “Best College Radio Station of the Year,” has been renamed from “Noncommercial Station of the Year.”

See the complete list of finalists and their categories here.




Michigan Radio Supporter Thomas Jones, Retired WEMU Music Director Linda Yohn  Honored With Public Media Impact Awards

-The Michigan Association of Public Broadcasters (MAPB) is pleased to announce its 2019 Public Media Impact Awards. Thomas Jones and Linda Yohn will be honored August 6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids as part of the MAB’s annual Summer Conference.

Thomas Jones,  Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)
Thomas Jones has been an exceptional supporter of Michigan Radio for nearly two decades and is one of the station’s most sought after individuals for counsel on fundraising matters.

He participated in the drafting of the station’s most recent campaign case statement and assisted senior management with the introduction of endowment giving to our donor community.

In 2014, he made what was then the largest gift to the station in support of a program editor for the daily show Stateside and two years later helped establish the Robben Fleming Public Media Internship Fund for students and others.

Recently he extended his generosity and is challenging others to help endow that internship. His dedication to Michigan Radio recognizes not only current public broadcasting needs but the need to prepare the next generation of journalism professionals. Jones is a fellow of Northwestern Michigan College. He earned BBA and MBA degrees from the University of Michigan and participated in the Advanced Management Program of Harvard Business School.

Linda Yohn,  WEMU-FM (Eastern Michigan University)
Linda Yohn retired as music director for 89.1 WEMU-FM, Eastern Michigan University’s Community NPR station in December 2017, after a spectacular 30 year career at the station.

The congenial morning host of 89-1 Jazz weekdays Yohn took her listeners on a daily jazz journey covering many jazz styles from traditional to today’s contemporary jazz, from bebop to the blues, from swing to sultry singers and from introspective solo piano to bouncing big bands.

Yohn joined the WEMU staff in 1987. She was recruited because of her love of and expertise in jazz music and also brought her connections as a jazz publicist in New York and valuable public radio experience at WKSU-FM for Kent State University. Yohn is well-respected in both the public radio and music communities.

She’s a past winner of the prestigious Willis Conover-Marian McPartland Award by the Jazz Journalist’s Association and has received the JazzWeek Magazine Major Market Jazz Programmer Of The Year Award six times, out of the eight she was nominated and also won Jazz Presenter of the Year in 2017.

In 2015, then-Michigan State Representative David Rutledge honored Yohn with a special award: “The Ambassador For Jazz Music From The Ypsilanti Area,” only the second ambassador award for the area. EMU’s jazz broadcast library is one of the largest, if not the largest, in the country primarily due to Yohn’s efforts, working with labels and artists from around the country and the globe.

The library currently boasts more than 100,000 jazz tracks and includes everything from 78 RPM records from the 1920s to the digital downloads of the 21st century.

During her 30 years at WEMU, Yohn made many appearances on behalf of WEMU including serving on panels at national conventions, hosting meet-the-artist sessions at The Detroit Jazz Festival and acting as Master of Ceremonies for community and music events.




Michigan Stations Celebrate Emmy® Award Wins!


At ceremonies held June 16 in Detroit, television stations across Michigan were recipients at the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.

Evan Linnert, WZZM-TV (Grand Rapids) accepts his Emmy for Visual Storytelling.

Both commercial and non-commercial stations from Detroit, Grand Rapids, East Lansing, Flint/Saginaw, Bay City, Mt. Pleasant and Cadillac received honors.

Congratulations to WDIV-TV, WJBK-TV, WTVS-TV, WWJ-TV, WXYZ-TV, WGVU-TV, WOOD-TV, WXMI-TV, WZZM-TV, WKAR-TV, WEYI/WMSH-TV, WJRT-TV, WDCQ-TV, WCMU-TV and WWTV/WWUP-TV.

For a complete list of winning entries, click here.

Chad Schwartzenberger and Tina Brunn took home three awards each for their work with Detroit Public TV.




Paul Jacobs Honored at Conclave

Edit 6/24/19:  Read “What Does It Take To Win A Rockwell Award?” and Paul’s full acceptance speech here.

Paul Jacobs

Jacobs Media Strategies’ Paul Jacobs was honored Thursday  with the Conclave’s  Rockwell Award, an annual Lifetime Achievement Award that recognizes individuals of unquestioned accomplishment who have made a lasting impact on radio.

“Receiving this award is truly rewarding and a high mark in my career in radio,” Jacobs said. “I have been a big fan of the work of the leaders of the Conclave had done for our industry for decades, and to be acknowledged by them is truly an honor.”

The annual Conclave event in Minneapolis began on Wednesday and continues through today (6/21).