MAB Chairman Gary Baxter (center), General Manager at Fox 47 WSYM-TV in Lansing, presented the 2019 Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award winners Richard Paul Grzebik (left) and Gary Harding (right).

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) presented its most prestigious engineering award during the Great Lakes Media Show on March 5 at the Lansing Center. The Carl E. Lee Broadcast Engineering Excellence Award was presented to Munn-Reese’s Richard Paul Grzebik and Gary Harding, retired from MacDonald Broadcasting.

Richard Paul Grzebik has been a Broadcast and Communications Engineering Consultant with Munn-Reese since 2007. In addition to his job with Munn-Reese, Rick has been the Chief Engineer for WSDP, the student radio station for the Plymouth-Canton Community Schools for the past 10+ years. Rick serves in this role on a volunteer basis, and he donates hundreds of hours to the radio station and students of the district. Rick has also helped other educational stations including WBFH in Bloomfield Hills, and the Music Resource Center’s WVQC-LP in Cincinnati. Prior to Munn-Reese, he worked in Detroit for 13 years as an Engineer for radio groups including ABC/Disney, CBS/Infinity and Viacom. He holds three Associate’s Degrees in Applied Science from Schoolcraft College including CAD/Mechanical Design, General Business and Electronic Technologies, and is proud to be a second generation Broadcast Engineer learning skills from his father Paul who started in the business in 1964.

Gary Harding recently retired after 40 plus years at the MacDonald Broadcasting Company as Technical Services Director. In that time Gary has designed and constructed numerous radio facilities throughout Mid and Northern Michigan. He holds both a bachelor and masters degrees in teaching from Saginaw Valley State University. He currently enjoys spending time with his lovely wife, Jeanne, and their three outstanding children, along with their respective spouses, and six wonderful grandchildren.

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.”

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