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).




Michigan Radio, WJRT-TV and WDIV-TV Win National Murrow Awards


Three Michigan broadcasters have been honored with a National Edward R. Murrow Award from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).  The awards were announced on Tuesday.

Michigan Radio’s Mornings in Michigan series received a Murrow Award.  The series installment entitled, “The Early Birder Gets the Warblers, Chickadees, and Orioles,” was given the honor for Excellence in Sound in the Large Market Radio category. Winners in the Excellence in Sound category demonstrate creative use of sound to tell a story.

The feature was written and produced by Rebecca Williams and edited by Doug Tribou, with help from Lauren Talley. In the piece, which originally aired in May, 2018, Williams followed a group of birders on an early morning hike to see migrating birds arriving in Michigan. The story captured the sounds of warblers, buntings, orioles and sparrows, and the excited birders as they spotted their favorite species. You can listen to the story here. Companion images to the feature were provided by Michigan Radio’s Emma Winowicki.

Gray Television’s WJRT-TV (Flint) received a national Murrow Award for the third installment of the station’s annual Born Into Crisis series.

The February 2018 story, which looks at children born during the water crisis and how they are developing compared to their peers, won the national Edward R. Murrow Award in the Hard News category this year.

Anchor Angie Hendershot reported the story while Photographer Timothy Robertson captured the video that accompanies it.

Graham Media Group’s WDIV-TV (Detroit) received a national Murrow Award for Criss-Cross Crash, coverage of figure-eight racing with school buses and boats at the Flat Rock Speedway — “Criss-Cross Crash” — won the “Excellence in Sound” award for large market television.

Criss-Cross Crash was produced by WDIV photojournalists Alex Atwell and Hans Ihlenfeldt.  You may see the story here.

The Radio Television Digital News Association has been honoring outstanding achievements in electronic journalism with the Edward R. Murrow Awards since 1971.  Award recipients demonstrate the spirit of excellence that Murrow set as a standard for the profession of electronic journalism.

“These winning pieces from news organizations large and small have educated, uplifted, inspired, uncovered and enlightened,” said Dan Shelley, RTDNA Executive Director. “We’re proud to recognize the most outstanding ways journalists are keeping the public informed, holding the powerful accountable and enhancing the quality of life in their communities.”




Interlochen Public Radio Takes Home National Award for ‘Short Documentary’

via Daniel Wanschura, Interlochen Public Radio

Morgan Skinner

For the second year in a row, Interlochen Public Radio has won a national award for its “Irredeemable” series.

In Washington D.C. on Saturday, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated awarded first place in the “Short Documentary” category to the episode titled, “Irredeemable, episode 6: Coming clean.”

PRNDI is an association that represents news directors, broadcast editors and newsroom managers. It has been awarding local reporting since 1988.

“Irredeemable” is the work of IPR’s Morgan Springer, who in 2017 began telling the stories of individuals convicted of murder as juveniles and sentenced to life in prison. This is her fifth PRNDI award since working for IPR.




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.