From MAB President/CEO Sam Klemet:
The Michigan Association of Broadcasters’ primary mission is to support our members and provide opportunities to learn and grow. And no event gives Michigan broadcasters a greater opportunity to collaborate and learn as an industry like the annual Great Lakes Media Show.
This year’s event is slated for March 2-3 and we were excited to celebrate with all of you in-person after nearly two years apart.
Unfortunately, with the recent rise in COVID cases in Michigan and across the country, it is the decision of the MAB and our Board of Directors to pivot to a digital Media Show, Broadcast Excellence Awards (BEA), Student Awards, and Career Fair.
We are heartbroken that we will not be able to get together as an industry. One of the great benefits of the GLMS is the relationships built and connections made, but we also do not want to do anything to put you, your colleagues, or your families in harm’s way.
It’s evident that no matter how cautious or how many protocols are put in place, there are still many unknowns and risks of getting together in large groups at this time and the last thing we want is to jeopardize your health and safety.
So, as we have all become accustomed over the past 24 months, we will adjust.
And I know there is a certain level of fatigue with virtual meetings and conferences, but I can assure you, the experience of the digital GLMS 2022 will be one that is engaging, informative, inspiring, and most importantly safe.
While the setting will change, the Digital #MABshow on March 2nd and 3rd will still have an excellent slate of speakers. We are thrilled to have Rece Davis – who got his start in Flint – as our keynote speaker who will be joined by WZZM Sports Director Jamal Spencer for a candid conversation. We also will have two days of industry leaders providing insight into the future of broadcasting including engineering, sales, management and on-air tracks as well as panel conversation with state leaders to discuss the Michigan economy and health care. Click here to see the schedule, speakers and registration information for the Digital #MABshow.
On March 10, the MAB will celebrate the incredible achievements of state broadcasters during the Broadcast Excellence Awards and, we will honor the work of student broadcasters – who represent the hope and innovation of our industry’s future – during the student awards and career fair later this spring.
We look forward to connecting with you all from a distance at the digital Great Lakes Media Show and hope to gather in-person, again, soon. Continue to stay safe and thank you for all the work you do informing and entertaining Michigan viewers and listeners.
President & CEO
Michigan Association of Broadcasters