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The Michigan Chapter ACM is here to support free speech, community outreach and Public, Education and Government Access in Michigan.

2015 Station Tour

The MI-ACM Board is happy to announce the line up for the 2015 annual MI-ACM Station Tour. This years tour will head north on Friday, September 25, 2015. Starting at Saginaw Valley State University, Midland Community TV, Central Michigan University & MACTV NetworkAfterwards, we will have a special brewery tour at the Tap Room operated by Mountain Town Brewery in Mount Pleasant, MI. This event is free for members and $20 for non-members. See flyer for more details. RSVP to

Station Tour Flyer






We hope to see you there!

Recap of Affinity Dinners

On Thursday, March 12, 2015 the Michigan Chapter ACM held three networking dinners for Media Central conference patrons. There were so many great discussions it’s hard to name a few, but major topics included remaining relevant with today’s ever changing technology, how to get different programming for community media channels, best practices for marketing/branding and staying ahead of the game with public policy issues.

Below is a photo of Deborah’s networking group who all put the “pub” in Public Policy!

Networking Dinner 2015
Public Policy Networking Dinner

The next MI-ACM event will be a North Eastern Station Tour where members will be visiting Midland Community TV, MAC TV Network in Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan University’s News Central 34 & Saginaw Valley State University Studio on Friday, September 25. More information TBA, so stay tuned!

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Save the Date, Station Tour 2015

Affinity Dinners Hosted by MI-ACM

The Michigan Chapter will be offering off-site Networking Dinners for conference patrons during this year’s annual Central States Region ACM Conference & Trade Show in conjunction with MI-NATOA & MAB  held in Lansing, MI. Networking Dinners will be from 5:15-6:45 p.m. on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Dinners like these are a great way for members to network and discuss current industry topics.
Topic will include:

  • Communication Strategies and Engagement: Getting people involved with your center and/or engaged with the democratic process through social media, publications, programs, etc. At-large Board Member, Ashley Berens will be the moderator.
  • Public Policies and Legislation: local authorities for franchising and public rights of way, state wide franchising and legislative policies. At-large Board Member, Deborah Guthrie will be the moderator.
  • Programming and The Future of Access TV: Share programming ideas, issues, and how your organization utilizes interns and volunteers to create programs in your area. Secretary, Beth Mitchell will be the moderator.

Reserve your spot today by emailing and please tell us what topic you would like to attend. Moderators will email their groups a list of restaurants to choose from. The cost of dinner is not included, so please keep in mind that you will be in required to pay for your own meal. We hope to see you there!

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MAB, Central States-ACM Conference & Trade Show

The next MI-ACM event for members will be in conjunction with Michigan Association of Broadcasters Great Lakes Broadcastes ConferenceCentral States Regional-ACM & Michigan NATOA.

When: Wednesday, March 11 to Friday March 13, 2015.
Where: Radisson Hotel Lansing At The Capitol: 111 N Grand Ave, Lansing MI 48933
NOTE: Wednesday, March 11, 2015 is part of the Michigan Association of Broadcaster Great Lakes Broadcasters Conference @ Lansing Center: 333 East Michigan Avenue Lansing, MI 48933

HOTEL RESERVATIONS must be made by Tuesday, February 10, 2015. CALL the Radisson 517.482.0188 and ask for the Central States Region ACM Conference rates, using CSRAC1.

Full Registration (includes MAB) – Wednesday through Friday $175
Thursday & Friday only $125
Thursday (with vendor area) $100
MAB only- $40 for members and must register with MAB under NATOA/ACM rate.

Exhibitors: If you are interested in exhibiting at the Spring Conference please contact: Elizabeth Lord Cary at moc.liamg@drol87zilydal.  Exhibitor and Sponsorbrochure

Schedule of Events- PDF

Session Topics include:


click here to register for Wednesday only(then select NATOA/ACM rate $40)

Remaining Relevant in Today’s Technology

Conducting a TED Talk – Skyline H.S. Ann Arbor Public Schools

High School Sports Coverage with Speakers John Johnson, Communications Director, MHSAA; Al Martin, TV and Radio Sports Reporter, WKAR MSU and Matt Ottinger, TV Coordinator, The Okemos Channel

Joint Michigan NATOA & Michigan ACM Meeting


Working with the MPSC and METRO Permitting

Crisis Communications – Speakers include Rob Dale, Regional Planner at Ingham County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management; Fire ChiefFred Cowper, Meridian Township Fire, and Chris Thelen, Public Information Director Consumers Energy

Digital Antennae Systems (DAS) in Local Rights of Way

Content Marketing

Creating Local Film Competition

Mobile Apps: Content Streaming

Keynote Luncheon with Special Speaker Mike Wassenaar

The Great Divide Has Faded: Franchise Dollars at Risk

On Camera Talent: Tips from the Pros

Modified Uniform Agreements

Setting Up Over The Top (OTT) Devices


Youth-Driven Space: Empowering youth to lead and become engaged – John Weiss, Executive Director of the Neutral Zone Ann Arbor

Live Streaming Tech Talk Roundtable

Engaging Youth: Summer Camps Featuring Suzanne St. John – Crane

Legislative Landscape: Telecomm Re-Write and FCC

NATOA Region Meeting

Central States : State Chapter Meetings

We hope to see you there! #acmcs & Find the event on Facebook!

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Recap: Fall Station Tours

The Michigan Westside Station Tours were a blast! Michigan & Central States Alliance for Community Media members toured four PEG Access Station. Stations included AccessVision, Public Media Network, WKTV Community Television, Grand Rapids Community Media Center and finished with a brewery tour at Arcadia Brewing Company. Thank you to all the stations who helped make this possible and to all the members who showed up ready to explore!

 View photos on Michigan ACM’s Facebook page.

Our next MIACM event will be at the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) Great Lakes Conference on Wednesday, March 11, 2015 also in part of the Central States Region ACM annual conference held March 12- 14. If there are any topics you are interested in learning more about please let us know by emailing Michiganamc(at) We hope to see you all there!