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Last Chance to Register for MAB!

Please join us for the Michigan ACM/NATOA Joint Luncheon on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. Please share freely! Registration is open through Monday at midnight. You can also register on-site, but you will not have a lunch meal. At the end of the day, we will have a joint meeting with Michigan ACM & NATOA members. All events take place at The Lansing Center: 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Attendance including lunch and admission to the Trade Show is $50! Conference starts at 9am, but our sessions begin at 10am. Register online through this special Great Lakes Broadcasters Conference and Expo link.


7- 10 a.m. Registration Opens

10 – 11 a.m. Session 1- SD to HD: Digital Migration from Shooting to Playback- This session is a two part round-table discussion moderated by Deborah Guthrie. First, we’ll talk about preparing for a transition to HD. From cameras to composition. Next, we’ll cover what you’ll need to know when sending the signal to cable providers. From planning, cost, format, graphics and much more.

11:30 a.m. – 12:30p.m. Session 2- A Presentation on the Michigan Uniform Video Franchising Act by State Representative Bill LaVoy- State Representative Bill LaVoy will be discussing the MI Uniform Video Franchising Act. Representative LaVoy, who represents Michigan’s 17th House District, provides a unique perspective as a legislator who has served 14 years as the executive director of Monroe Public Access Cable Televison (MPACT).

12:30 – 2 p.m. Main Luncheon & Michigan Student Broadcast Awards 2:30- 3:30p.m. Session 3- The Monster of Digital Archiving- Learn best practices with tips and tricks for audio and video archiving. From creating an online presence to media management and more. Speaker Kay Gregg from Access Fort Wayne will discuss her archiving policy & how she organizes a working archival file.  She has been working on archiving programs from the Lincoln Collection.

3:30-4p.m.  Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break 

4-5p.m. MI-ACM & NATOA Join Meeting ***speakers subject to change

Speaker Bios:
Deborah Guthrie is the content management strategist for Meridian Township. She develops communications best practices and procedures to provide information to residents through digital and print communications across multiple platforms. Deborah is the Executive Producer for HOMTV government and CAMTV public access channels. She is also the video franchise compliance and metro permit specialist overseeing regulatory issues and rights of way. In 2013, Deborah was elected to serve a third term as Chapter President of Michigan NATOA and served on the NATOA National Board of Directors from 2012-2014. She is a long time member of the Alliance for Community Media and was elected to an At Large position on the board in 2013. Deborah is married with two children. Her oldest son is a Marine, and youngest son attends Ferris State University in the Criminal Justice Program. She enjoys time with family, travel, and playdates with her grandson.
Kay Gregg is the Library Production Coordinator at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, IN. She earned her MLS from Indiana University/Purdue University Indianapolis in 2011. She went on to digitally organize video files in the tape library of Access Fort Wayne, a department of the Allen County Public Library. Her duties include writing a digital collection development policy, crafting small collection project outlines and various other best practice documents to guide the management of the 9000 digital and analog programs available in the AFW tape archive.

State Representative Bill LaVoy is serving his second term representing Michigan’s 17th House District, which covers portions of Wayne and Monroe counties, including the cities of Monroe, Flat Rock and Rockwood. He serves on three House committees: Agriculture, Energy (minority vice chairman) and Tax Policy. Bill is the son of retired Judge William LaVoy and the late Carolyn LaVoy, former principal of Orchard Alternative High School and Director of Senior Adult Education, whose commitment to their community fostered in Bill a sense of the importance of public service.Bill, a lifelong resident of Monroe, attended Leadership Monroe, Monroe Catholic Central High School and the University of Michigan and continues to live in the city of Monroe with his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Grace and Carolyn.Before serving in the Legislature, Bill served 14 years as the executive director of Monroe Public Access Cable Television (MPACT). His experience includes serving on the City of Monroe Airport Board and the Monroe Cable Television Committee. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Monroe, having served on the board of directors and as president, and has volunteered as a teacher with Junior Achievement. Bill is also a member of the Monroe County Rod and Gun Club, the Monroe County Historical Society, the Michigan Democratic Party and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Contacts for more information:

Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, President of MIACM

Deborah Guthrie, President of MINATOA

Thank you and we hope to see you there!

MAB Conference & Trade Show

Join us for the Michigan Association of Broadcaster’s Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Trade Show on Tuesday, May 3, 2016. At the end of the day, we will have a joint meeting with Michigan ACM & NATOA members. All events take place at The Lansing Center: 333 E Michigan Ave, Lansing, MI 48933

Attendance including lunch and admission to the Trade Show is $40 (Early bird rate ends April 1). After April 1 it will be $50! Conference starts at 9am.

Register online through this special Great Lakes Broadcasters Conference and Expo link.

Session topics include:

  • SD to HD: Digital Migration from Shooting to Playback
  • Guest Speaker House Representative Bill LaVoy
  • The Monsterof of Digital Archiving
  • MI-ACM & NATOA Joint Meeting

More information TBA. See you then!

2016 Save the Dates

The Michigan Chapter (MI-ACM) and National Alliance for Community Media (ACM) offer many events to help generate ideas and network with like minded people! Here is a list of a few community media events held at a national, regional and state level. We hope to see you there.

New Board Appointed by Members!

We have a new board for the 2016-18 term! Many thanks to Ron Beacom for being the election chair and tallying the votes!! Here is the list of our new board:

President, Alysha Schlundt-Bodien             

Vice-President, Milward Beaudry                           

Secretary, Ashley Berens                              

Treasurer, Beth Mitchell                                

At-Large, Deborah Guthrie, Ian Locke & Ted Diedrich                                     

Congratulations to all our new board members! I look forward to working with each and everyone of you!!

2015 Station Tour Recap

The 2015 Fall Station Tour was jam packed and tons of fun! We saw everything from creative DIY solutions to gear that will be for sale soon! Huge thanks to Dan Goodell from Saginaw Valley State University for showing us his impressive LED studio and audio booth.

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Many thanks to the whole crew at MCTV Network; Ron Beacom, Matt Richardson, Billie Bethune, interns and Midland Library for providing lunch and showing use their ProMax server, new cablecast room and production trailer (that will be updated in a few weeks and the old one will be on sale!).

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Special thanks to Aaron Jones from Central Michigan University for giving us an inside look at CMU’s Broadcast & Fine Arts programs and an in-depth look at their playback system Just Play by Tools On Air. Congratulations to MHTV for winning Michigan Association of Broadcasters Station of the Year award 14 years in a row!

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Round of applause to Carey Hammel from MACTV Network in Mount Pleasant (a consortium of 11 surrounding villages and towns) for getting creative in his studio to build some cheap DIY solutions, showing off his EVO server and creating so many wonderful programs with limited staff!

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Shout outs to Billie Sue Oliver from Midland Public Schools for being our chauffeur around town and Brewer Jeff from the Tap Room who gave us an informative and engaging brewery town!

Brewery Tour 2015
Mount Pleasant Brewery Tour

If you have any suggestion on stations and/or studios you wish to tour please email Thank you to everyone who came out and especially the station for making this possible!

Station Tour fall 2015 michigan
Station Tour Group Photo (missing UpNorth Media Center)