WEMU Wins Best of Washtenaw Honors

Ann Arbor-based Current Magazine, an arts, food, business and music, publication for Washtenaw County just concluded its 2019 Best of Washtenaw contest, as voted by readers.  Best radio station award went to Eastern Michigan University’s jazz-formatted WEMU-FM (Ypsilanti).

Voting ended April 19 and winners were announced June 3.  Congratulations to Molly Motherwell,  Michael Jewett, Patrick Campion, David Fair and staff!

NATAS Michigan Announces 41st Annual Regional EMMY® Nominations

Television stations, cable networks, ad agencies and production houses throughout Michigan have received nominations for this year’s National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences/Michigan 40th Annual Regional EMMY® Awards.

Tickets are now on sale for the EMMY® Awards ceremonies, to be held at the MotorCity Sound Board Theater on Saturday, June 15.

Ticket purchase information is here.

For a complete list of this year’s nominees, click here.


Congressman Tim Walberg will speak at #MABsummer, receive MAB’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award

Congressman Tim Walberg

Congressman Tim Walberg (R-7) has joined the list of speakers who will be on hand for the MAB’s Advocacy Conference & Annual Business Meeting on August 5-6 at the JW Marriott in Grand Rapids.  Additionally, he will be honored with the MAB Board of Director’s Lifetime of Distinguished Public Service Award during the conference’s concluding Awards Banquet.

#MABsummer registration is now open. Hotel block room rates expire July 8. Learn more, register for the conference and reserve your room at MABsummer.com

Walberg is currently serving his sixth term in Congress as the representative of south-central Michigan. The diverse constituency of Michigan’s 7th District encompasses Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Jackson, Lenawee, and Monroe Counties, along with parts of Washtenaw County. Since first taking office, he has hosted hundreds of coffee and town hall meetings to better understand the thoughts and concerns of the district.

Prior to his time in public office, Walberg served as a pastor in Michigan and Indiana, as president of the Warren Reuther Center for education and Community Impact, and as a division manager for Moody Bible Institute. He also served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 1983 to 1999, and is proud to bring his reputation as a principled legislator, fiscal reformer, and defender of traditional values to Washington.

In the 116th Congress, Walberg serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee and the House Education and Labor Committee as Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor, and Pensions.

He and his wife, Sue, have been married for over 40 years, and enjoy spending time outdoors and riding on their Harley. They live in Tipton, Michigan, where they raised their three children: Matthew, Heidi and Caleb.

Detroit Public Television, Michigan Radio, WDET, WJR, WJBK, WXYZ All Receive Honors at Detroit Chapter SPJ Awards

At a banquet held May 2, the Detroit Chapter of Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ Detroit) announced winners of its 2019 Excellence in Journalism Awards.

Broadcast winners for various stories include Detroit Public Television, WDET-FM (Detroit), WJR-AM (Detroit), WJBK-TV (Detroit) and WXYZ-TV (Detroit).  A complete list of winning entries with comments from the judges is available for download here.

In addition, the chapter announced that Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells of Michigan Radio were 2018 Journalists of the Year.

In a release, SPJ Detroit said “Lindsey Smith and Kate Wells have continually demonstrated a strong commitment to quality journalism, attention to detail, energy and absolute enthusiasm about their work.  They also have the ability to develop sources on complicated stories, treat victims sensitively and tell difficult stories with a sensitive, yet compelling narrative style.  The talents of their partnership can he heard in the podcast series Believed.

Nominations for 2019 MAPB Public Media Impact Awards Due June 5

There will be up to two awards given — one Professional (all professionals including volunteers working in public broadcasting) and one Donor (individuals or foundations). The recipients will be recognized at the 2019 MAB Advocacy Conference and Annual Meeting, August 6 at the J.W. Marriott in Grand Rapids.

MAPB Public Media Impact Online Nomination Form

The purpose of the awards are to:

  • To recognize outstanding individuals involved in public broadcasting for their innovation and creativity.
  • To inspire others involved in public broadcasting to greater achievement in the field of public radio and television.
  • To increase awareness of public broadcasting and the contributions talented individuals make to the industry statewide.

For more information on the awards (criteria, etc), click here.

Deadline for nominations and supporting material (i.e. letters of support, photos and videos) is Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

All supporting materials must be submitted at the same time the nomination form is submitted. If you have any questions concerning the Public Media Impact Award program please contact Ann Walters via email at [email protected] or by phone at the MAB at (517) 484-7444.

AP Media Editor Broadcast Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2018 Michigan Associated Press Media Editors annual newspaper and broadcast contests were announced on April 28 at ceremonies in Lansing.

Seven Michigan television stations took home a combined 34 awards.  Congratulations to WEYI-TV (Saginaw), WJBK-TV (Detroit), WJRT-TV (Flint), WLNS-TV (Lansing), WNEM-TV (Saginaw), WWMT-TV (Kalamazoo) and WWTV/WWUP-TV (Cadillac),  A complete list of television winners, along with judges comments can be found here.

Large market radio stations taking home awards included WDET-FM (Detroit) and Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor).  There were 27 awards presented between the two stations.  See that list here.

Medium and small market radio winners included WGVU-FM (Grand Rapids), WHMI-FM (Howell) and WSGW-AM (Saginaw).  There were 26 awards presented between the three stations.  See that list here.

WLEN-FM Named 2019 Recipient of National Service to Community Award

WLEN-FM (Adrian) will be honored with the National Service to Community Award. This award is presented each year by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) to honor the public service commitment that local radio and television stations make year-round to their communities.

WLEN was selected to receive this award for it’s Thank a Vet event which is held each November. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised to help homeless and other veterans in Lenawee County. This past years’ event raised over $30,000 and over $250,000 has been raised to date. These funds are distributed by Housing Help of Lenawee and they are used for immediate needs of veterans in Lenawee County; things other programs will not cover and things veterans can’t wait for.

“WLEN Radio has always embraced the importance of a strong community. To that end, we donate in excess of $800,000.00 in cash and in-kind community giving every year. A strong community is important to all of us, and non-profits are part of the building foundation of that. Keeping those organizations strong helps to provide those most vulnerable with the services they need to survive and thrive. We love what we do at WLEN and we hope all our efforts make Lenawee a stronger place to work, live and raise families. Service to our community is a cornerstone of our mission as a company, and our entire team embraces that mission. I’m blessed to work with some of the best broadcasters in America and Lenawee County is fortunate to have such a strong group of advocates working on its behalf,” said WLEN’s President and General Manager Julie Koehn.

The awards will be presented at the Service to America ceremony in Washington D.C. in June. At that time the NABLF will also present the Service to America Leadership Award to a person of national profile. Past recipients have included Muhammad Ali, Sir Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Gary Sinise, Jon Bon Jovi, Paul Simon, President and First Lady Jimmy and Rosalind Carter and First Lady Nancy Reagan.

View the full press release here.

Personalities at WLHT (Grand Rapids) and WTLZ (Saginaw) Win AWMF Gracie Awards

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation (AWMF) has announced the Radio and Interactive Media winners of the 44th annual Gracie Awards, to be presented at a dinner on May 21 in Beverly Hills for national radio and a luncheon in New York on June 26 for local and student winners.  Two Michigan broadcasters will be honored:
[one-half-first]Connie Kellie, Morning Drive host at Townsquare Media’s WLHT-FM (Grand Rapids).  Kellie wins for Host – Morning Drive – Small/Medium Market – Local.[/one-half-first]
[one-half]Yvonne Daniels, Afternoon Drive host at Alpha Media’s WTLZ-FM (Saginaw).  Daniels wins for Host Non-Morning Drive (Music DJ/Personality) Small/Medium Market – Local.[/one-half]

[vertical-spacer]AWMF Executive Director Becky Brooks said, “Our leadership is proud to honor the best of the best who embody the spirit and intention of the Alliance for Women in Media Foundation’s Gracie Awards.”

Katz Radio Group President and AWMF Chair of the Board of Directors Christine Travaglini added, “In the more than four decades since the inception of the Gracie Awards, what stands out in 2019 is bravery. The courage of storytellers to share poignant, relevant and compelling content. This will be a year of true celebration.”

A complete list of winners is available here.

Six Michigan Broadcasters Win Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards honoring outstanding achievement in broadcast and digital journalism, technical expertise and adherence to RTDNA’s Code of Ethics. A record 4,600 entries were submitted nationwide for this year’s competition. From this group, more than 720 regional winners were selected for breaking news, continuing coverage, investigative reporting, Overall Excellence and more.

“Public trust in journalism is threatened by a lack of understanding about the reporting process,” said RTDNA Chairman Jerry Walsh. “The Edward R. Murrow Awards are an opportunity for our industry to showcase what well trained, ethical local journalists are doing to better our communities on behalf of the public. We invite viewers and readers to learn more about the reporting process behind each of these stories, and to know this same process is happening every single day in preparation for every single newscast.”

Michigan was grouped with Illinois, Indiana and Ohio in Region 7.  Receiving recognition were the following Michigan broadcasters:


Small Market Radio

Category: Feature Reporting
Winning Entry: Put That in Your Pipe and Smoke It: Up Pipe Maker Among World’s Best
Interlochen Public Radio (Interlochen)

Category: News Series
Winning Entry: Making the Grade in Michigan 2018
WKAR-AM/FM (East Lansing)

Large Market Radio

Category:  Continuing Coverage
Winning Entry: Larry Nassar Case
Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)

Category: Excellence in Sound
Winning Entry: Mornings in Michigan: The Early Birder Gets the Warblers, Chickadees, and Orioles
Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)

Category: Feature Reporting
Winning Entry: Mariachi Group Brings Women to the Front of the Stage
Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)

Category: Hard News
Winning Entry: Protesters Heading Home After Journey to Detention Center Housing Juvenile Migrants
Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)

Category: Investigative Reporting
Winning Entry: Romulus Blames High Lead Levels on One Vacant Home That’s Not Vacant
Michigan Radio (Ann Arbor)[/one-half-first]

Small Market Television

Category: Excellence in Innovation
Winning Entry: Marijuana Series
WLNS-TV (Lansing)

Category: Feature Reporting
Winning Entry: A Simple Act of Kindness
WJRT-TV (Flint)

Category: Hard News
Winning Entry: Born in to Crisis: Part 3
WJRT-TV (Flint)

Large Market Television

Category: Excellence in Social Media
Winning Entry: Social Media
WDIV-TV (Detroit)

Category: Excellence in Sound
Winning Entry: Criss-Cross Crash
WDIV-TV (Detroit)[/one-half]

[vertical-spacer]This year’s winners were judged in 14 regions and represent 309 local radio and TV newsrooms. These winners will move on to the national round of judging, which also includes digital and network news organizations as well as student awards. The national awards will be presented at RTDNA’s Edward R. Murrow Awards Gala at Gotham Hall in New York on Oct. 14, 2019.

See the complete list of regional winners here.

Michigan Radio’s Believed Podcast Wins 2018 Peabody Award

Michigan Radio’s Believed podcast was named a winner of a prestigious Peabody Award April 23 in the Radio & Podcast category. This is the first time that Michigan Radio has won a Peabody Award.

Hosted by Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith, the nine-part series investigates how former sports doctor Larry Nassar was able to abuse hundreds of women and girls for more than 20 years. The podcast was a first-of-its-kind collaboration between a member station and NPR, which distributed it.

“To be recognized with a Peabody award for our team’s work on the Believed podcast is most gratifying and humbling,” said Steve Schram, Executive Director and General Manager of Michigan Radio. “We also appreciate the efforts of NPR who helped raise the profile of our work with the distribution of Believed on NPR programs and podcast providers.”

“Michigan Radio is beyond proud to be able to bring the stories of these survivors to podcast listeners across the world,” said Zoe Clark, Michigan Radio Program Director. “We are grateful to the women who were willing to share their stories and hope this reporting will spark conversations aimed at preventing future abuse.”

The Peabody Awards are recognized as one of the highest honors in the field of journalism with the most powerful, enlightening and invigorating stories in television, radio and digital media being celebrated each year.

“This is such well-deserved recognition for the team at Michigan Radio. They tackled a challenging investigation with tremendous tenacity and sensitivity,” said Anya Grundmann, SVP of programming and audience development at NPR. “Believed is a perfect example of how podcasting has extended public radio’s mission to give voice to people and ideas that help us see our world more clearly.”

In addition to winning a Peabody, the podcast has also been recognized with a Dart Award for Excellence in Coverage of Trauma from the Columbia School of Journalism, a Scripps Howard Award for Radio/Podcast In-Depth Coverage, and an Award for Excellence in Coverage of Youth Sports from Penn State University’s John Curley Center for Sports Journalism.

Peabody Award winners will be celebrated on Saturday, May 18 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York. Ronan Farrow, a contributing writer for The New Yorker and an investigative reporter and producer based at HBO, will serve as host.

To listen to the Peabody Award-winning Believed, you can find it on Apple Podcasts, NPR One, or wherever you listen to podcasts.