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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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Michigan Westside Station Tour

Westside Station Tour Flyer– Feel free to print and pass out!

FRIDAY PHILO KICKOFF EVENTFind the event on Facebook! 
Michigan Westside Station Tour (including lunch)- Friday, October 10. Hosted by Michigan Chapter ACM. Transportation will NOT be provided, but if you need a ride, we love carpooling! Free with Philo Festival of Media Arts registration.

RSVP by Oct. 3, 2014: Email

Itinerary includes:
9:00am: Meet at Access Vision in Battle Creek- 70 Michigan Ave W, Battle Creek, MI 49017
10:00am: Leave for Kalamazoo
10:30am: Arrive at Public Media Network- 359 S. Kalamazoo Mall, 3rd Floor Kalamazoo, MI 49007
11:30pm: Leave for WKTV
12:30pm: Arrive at WKTV, lunch (provided by WKTV) & business mgt.- 5261 Clyde Park Ave SW, Wyoming, MI 49509
1:30pm: Tour WKTV
2:30pm: Leave for Grand Rapids
3:00pm: Arrive at Grand Rapids Community Media Center- 711 Bridge St NW 49504
4:00pm: Return to Battle Creek
5:30pm: Brewery Tour Arcadia Ales in Battle Creek
* Itinerary is subject to change.

We will be spending Friday night at the McCamly Plaza Hotel just two blocks away from the brewery. $99 for a room, book by Oct. 1st under CSACM.
McCamly Plaza Hotel address: 50 Capital Avenue Southwest, Battle Creek, MI 49017
Phone: 269.963.7050 & fax: 269.963.9665


MIACM members during the 2013 Eastside Station Tour!

Join us for the Michigan ACM/NATOA Joint Luncheon

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

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.

Attendance including lunch and admission to the Trade Show is $40 (Early bird rate ends February 16). After February 16 it will be $50!

Sign up through the Great Lakes Broadcasters Conference and Expo online:




7- 10 a.m. Registration Opens

10 – 11 a.m. Session 1- Lobbying for Your Community     

  • Director of Government Relations Judith M. Allen from Michigan Townships Association. This session will offer ideas and show examples of how to best communicate or lobby with our legislators about public, education and government issues.

11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Main Lunch

1:30 – 2:30 p.m. Session 2- Social Media Branding Panel

  • Director of Media Relations Matt Bach from Michigan Municipal League. Social media best practices for centers and government.
  • Internship Coordinator Brandie Yates from HOMTV. Workflow for centers and volunteers/Organization strategies.
  • Communication Strategist Di Henderson owner of Collaborative Communications, LLC. Branding your platforms (FB, Twitter, and Blogs) as a producers/center.
  • Founder of Whiskey Neat, LLC Kevin Budzynski.  Viral videos, YouTube and VOD branding.

2:30 – 3:15 pm Exhibit Hall Refreshment Break

3:15 – 4:15 p.m. Session 3- Joint Meeting ACM and NATOA Members

  • Attorney, Mike Watza will give us a legislative and legal update. Then we will discuss tending topics in PEG Access.

4:15 – 5:00 p.m. Open Discussion

***speakers subject to change

Speaker Bios:

  • Judith M. Allen from MTA- Lobbying for your Community

BIO: Allen brings nearly 30 years of experience working with state and local governments prior to her role at the Association. As director, Allen oversees MTA’s legislative efforts to advocate for—or fight against—legislation impacting township government. Allen comes to MTA after spending four years as director of government and community services of Oakland Schools, where she advocated for the needs of public schools with policy-makers in Lansing and Washington, D.C. Prior to that, Allen served as chief of staff for Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow. She was later appointed by then Gov. John Engler to serve as chairperson of the Michigan State Liquor Control Commission.

  • Matt Bach from Michigan Municipal League – Social media best practices for centers and government. BIO: Matt Bach is the director of media relations for the League. Previously, he was a newspaper reporter for 18 years at multiple newspapers, including the Flint Journal, the Livingston County Press and the Daily News in Greenville. The Grand Blanc resident also was public relations manager for the Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau before joining the League in November of 2009. As media relations director for the League, he helps spread information and positive news about the League and Michigan’s cities, villages and urban townships. He is a 1991 graduate of Central Michigan University and is married with two children.
  • Kevin Budzynski founder of Whiskey Neat, LLC. Viral videos, YouTube and VOD branding. BIO: Budzynski is a visually rich Editor / Director with years of experience working on multi-million dollar films, television productions, corporate videos and other online content. His love for film and video started in High School where he was awarded a ‘Regional Student Emmy’ in 2005 and  won five MAB awards for his work. Budzynski has worked on two feature films (Chaos Experiment and Game of Death) as an Editor and Associate Producer. He has also been involved in several pilots and demos for features and television. Recently, Budzynski co-created a television show named “Renovation Raiders” for the HGTV network; it has been renewed for a second season. His most recent viral video about a Homeless Military Veteran has been viewed over 17 million times and was featured on GMA, CNN, FOX NEWS and other national and international news programs. Over 20 million people online have seen his work.
  • Di Henderson owner of Collaborative Communications, LLC. Branding your platforms (FB, Twitter, Blogs) as producers/center. BIO: Henderson is the founder of Collaborative Communications, LLC, a company she established to provide entrepreneurs, small businesses, and non-profit organizations a voice and competitive edge through the use of communications strategies and social media tools. She is an active member of Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) and International Association of Business Communicators (IABC). She has served two terms as an executive committee member for the New Professionals Section of PRSA. Henderson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Concordia University in Ann Arbor, Michigan and is the producer of the upcoming show “Influencers” where she interviews entrepreneurs on what motivates and inspires them.
  • Brandie Yates from HOMTV- Workflow for centers and volunteers/Organization strategies. BIO: Yates began her career at HOMTV as a reporting intern in 2007. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Specializations in Public Relations and Dance from Michigan State University in 2009. While studying at MSU, Yates worked her way up from rookie intern, through the ranks to paid intern, and after graduation she was hired as Production Manager/Communications Specialist. In October 2012, Yates was promoted to Internship Coordinator and enjoys overseeing the Internship Program, preparing interns for successful careers in the television industry. Yates is currently the co-anchor and producer of HOMTV’s award-winning news show “Meridian Magazine” as well as the anchor and producer of HOMTV’s newest news show “Meridian News Now.” She is also the point-person for website management, public relations, and social media for HOMTV and Meridian Township.
  • Michael J. Watza Attorney at Law from Kitch Drutchas Firm- Watza is Co-Chair of the Governmental and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups at Kitch, a full service Law firm based in Detroit, with offices in Lansing, Marquette, Mt. Clemens, Chicago, Ill. and Toledo, OH.  Watza’s practice provides litigated, legislative and regulatory solutions on behalf of municipal, non profit and private sector clients concerning Complex Litigation, Governance Issues, Telecommunications and Energy.
    Watza has represented clients in State and Federal trial and appellate courts across Michigan as well as attended to regulatory matters before the Michigan Public Service Commission, Michigan Tax Tribunal, Department of Labor and Economic Growth and the Federal Communications Commission.

Contacts for more information:

Alysha Schlundt-Bodien, President of MIACM Aschlundt-bodien@a2gov.org

Deborah Guthrie, President of MINATOA Guthrie@meridian.mi.us

Find the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/502107859904635/?ref_newsfeed_story_type=regular


2013 Philo Festival of Media Arts Winners!

The Central States Region Alliance for Community Media (CSACM) honored the winners of the Annual Philo Festival of Media Arts hosted by Public Media Network at the Epics Center in Kalamazoo, MI on Saturday, October 5, 2013. Categories ranged from government meeting, interview/talk show, original short film and much more. Each category offers profesional, non-professional and student winners.

CSACM Chair, Elizabeth Lord said, “This year’s regional winners showcased wonderful community partnerships and excellence in local media. Congratulations to all winners and finalists on their awards, for building community media and continuing to educate others. ” This year’s excellence awards were presented to:

Excellence in Cinematography
WINNER: Village Players 90th, Steve Rota, Matt Winne & Sally Savoie, Bloomfield Community Television, MI

Excellence in Editing
WINNER: Festifools and FoolsMoon, Ann Arbor Michigan, April 2013, Dave Chappell, CTN Ann Arbor, MI
InnerView #43, HOMTV, MI

Excellence in Directing
WINNER: Special Feature #236: Life As A Zebra
, HOMTV, Okemos, MI The_Buzz_WLND, WLND, Dave Monak & Craig Welkenbach, Westland, MI
March of Dimes “Jail & Bail”, Senyk, Kovatch, Orrell, Schuler, Shay, Stafforst, Wendt, Yielding, CPHS, Port Huron, MI
2012 Tri-Track Meet at Dow HS, MCTV Volunteers & Staff, MCTV Network, Midland, MI

Excellence in Sound Design
Fish, Austin Patrie, PMN, Kalamazoo, MI

Best Series Program
WINNER: Soup & Company, Steve Rota, Director & John Prepolec, Bloomfield Community Television, MI
The_Buzz_WLND, WLND, Dave Monak & Craig Welkenbach, Westland, MI

George C. Stoney Community Activism Award
WINNER: March of Dimes “Jail & Bail”, Senyk, Kovatch, Orrell, Schuler, Shay, Stafforst, Wendt, Yielding, CPHS, Port Huron, MI

Note: All other nominates are finalist!


Arts/Cultural Awareness
Professional: Shakespeare Stripped Bare– Chuck Bentley, PMN, Kalamazoo, MI
Non-Professional: Community Connection #118, HOMTV, Okemos MI

Community Event
Professional: March of Dimes “Jail & Bail”, Senyk, Kovatch, Orrell, Schuler, Shay, Stafforst, Wendt, Yielding, CPHS, Port Huron, MI
Non-Professional: Festifools and FoolsMoon, Ann Arbor Michigan, April 2013, Dave Chappell, CTN Ann Arbor, MI
Non-Professional Finalist: Parchment StarsMarch 25, 2013, Ian Howell, Ryan Borne, David  Shaw, Brandon Gillies , PMN, Kalamazoo, MI

Professional: Village Players 90th, Steve Rota, Matt Winne & Sally Savoie, Bloomfield Community Television, MI
Non-Professional: Eddie in Decatur, Mike Salerno, Access Vision, Battle Creek, MI

Non-Professional: Special Feature #236: Life As A Zebra, HOMTV, Okemos, MI
Professional Finalist: Midland Beautification Awards 2012, MGTV, MCTV Network, MI

Government Compilation
Professional: Overall WLND, WLND, Westland MI

Non-Professional: 25 by 25 #4, HOMTV, Okemos, MI

Interview Talk Show
Professional –TIE: The Arts Scene Karen Kelsey, Karen Kelsey, The Omni Center, Carmel, IN
Professional -TIE: The_Buzz_WLND, WLND, Dave Monak & Craig Welkenbach, Westland, MI
Professional Finalist: InnerView #43, HOMTV, MI

Magazine Program
Professional: Beyond The Badge,  HOMTV,  Okemos MI
Non-Professional: Special Feature #227 Paws,  HOMTV, Okemos MI
Professional Finalist – Best of Connect, PMN, Kalamazoo MI
Non-Professional Finalist – Touring Tree Town, CTN, Ann Arbor MI

News Program
Professional: Meridian Magazine #1068, HOMTV, Okemos, MI
Student K-12- CCMS Newscast, Campbell County Media Central, Highland Heights, KY
Professional Finalist- TIE:  For Your Information, CTN, Ann Arbor, MI
Professional Finalist- TIE: Meridian Magazine #1048, HOMTV, Okemos MI

Original Short Film
Professional: Stowaway, Edward Senyk, Martha Navarro, Karl Staffhorst, CPHS-6 Staff, CPHS-6, Port Huron, MI
Student: Fish, Austin Patrie, PMN, Kalamazoo, MI

PEG Compilation
Professional: Access Excellence in PEG, Access Vision, Battle Creek, MI

Non-Professional: Howl At the Moon Promo, HOMTV, Okemos, MI
Non-Professional Finalist: Blood Drive, HOMTV, Okemos, MI

Promo (3:00 or less)
Non-Professional: Meridian Ice Fishing Derby Promo, HOMTV, Okemos, MI
Non-Professional Finalist: Carroll, John Carroll, PMN, MI

Promo (3:01 or more)
Non-Professional: PMN Promo- Dan Baker, PMN, Kalamazoo, MI
Professional Finalist: Ann Arbor Artisan Market Promo, Tim, Alysha, Bea, Phillisha, Jim, Artisan Market’s Venders & Customers, CTN Ann Arbor, MI
Non-Professional Finalist: We are Chapel Lane, Kathryn Mass, MCTV, MI

Professional: A3 “Center Of Light”, CTN Public & Educational Staff, CTN, Ann Arbor, MI

Professional- Senior Moments : June 2013, Tim Nagae, Connie Craft, Dean Cole, Jim, Robert, CTN, Ann Arbor, MI
Non-Professional: Senior Living #50, HOMTV, Okemos, MI
Non-professional Finalist: Aging Ep. 14, Ike Engelbaum, ONTV, MI

Sports Coverage
Professional: 2012 Tri-Track Meet at Dow HS, MCTV Volunteers & Staff, MCTV Network, Midland, MI
Non-professional Finalist: Portage Central vs. Portage Northern Boys Basketball, PMN Interns, PMN, MI

Sports / Entertainment Talk
Non-Professional: Between Taorminas – Ep. 77, Ian Witherspoon, ONTV, Lake Orion, MI

Professional Finalist: kzootv.org, Public Media Network, Kalamazoo, MI

To view all Philo Festival of Arts winners visit csregionacm.org. With 26 categories including community event, original short film, public service announcement, government coverage and many more, this year’s event had 217 entries covering a variety of programming. To view all 2013 winners & finalist or request a duplication of your award visit csregionacm.org.

 The CSACM supports community media in Indiana, Michigan, Ohio & Kentucky. To learn more about the CSACM find us on Facebook at CentralStatesACM or visitcsregionacm.org.

Michigan Chapter Alliance for Community Media Recognizes the 2013 NATOA Government Programming Award Winners

Four Michigan Community Access Centers Win 10 National Awards.

The National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors (NATOA) honored the winners of the 28th Annual Government Programming Awards (GPA) at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel in Orlando, FL on Thursday, September 19, 2013. Four of the Michigan Government (PEG) Access Stations received a total of 10 awards. Meridian Township won first, second and third place as well as honorable mention, City of Livonia won first and third place and honorable mention, City of Ann Arbor won two honorable mentions and Bloomfield Township won second place. Categories ranged from election coverage, live sports events, to use of social media.

Michigan Chapter President, Ron Beacom states, “Providing our communities with local coverage is what we do best, but winning national awards is icing on the cake! Congratulations to all the national award winners, but mostly our local Michigan stations.” Below are the Michigan winners from first place to honorable mention with categories listed.

First Place:
• Arts and Entertainment- “Artists: Michael McNamara” City of Livonia
• Visual Arts- “Beyond the Badge Opening Animation” Meridian Township
Second Place:
• Live Sports Event- “BACB Sports: Girls Basketball – Seaholm VS. Groves” Bloomfield Township
• Use of Social Media- “HOMTV Social Media” Meridian Township
Third Place:
• Election Coverage- “Ballot Meridian 2012 Township Trustee Debate” Meridian Township
• Event/Program Promotion – “Recycling PSA” City of Livonia
Honorable Mention:
• Bulletin Boards- “Livonia Television Information Screens” City of Livonia
• Magazine Format Series – “For Your Information (FYI)” City of Ann Arbor
• Public Affairs- “Special Feature #234 – Charrette Project” Meridian Township
• Seniors- “Senior Moments November 2012” City of Ann Arbor

To view all NATOA Winners visit www.natoa.org. The GPA honors excellence in broadcast, cable, multimedia and electronic programming produced by local government agencies. This year, NATOA received more than 670 entries submitted by local governments from across the country and Canada.

The ACM Michigan chapter promotes the importance of supporting PEG stations, local channels, and free speech. We seek fair treatment of community channels by video providers To learn more about the Michigan ACM find us on Facebook and Twitter at MichiganACM or visit our blog at Michiganacm.wordpress.com. To learn more about the ACM on a national level visit allcommunitymedia.org.