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WCMU earns statewide awards

Michigan Association of Broadcasters recognizes stations for excellence

Contact: ​Jeff Johnston

The Michigan Association of Broadcasters has recognized WCMU Public Media for broadcast excellence.

WCMU Public Television was honored with a Best in Cultural Programming Broadcast Excellence award for the locally produced magazine program “Destination Michigan.” Now in its ninth season, “Destination Michigan” explores Michigan’s splendor, from golden beaches and rolling farmland to urban areas rich in recreational attractions and people with remarkable and noteworthy stories.

The award-winning entry featured segments on the AuSable River Canoe Marathon, Gwen Frostic’s Prints in Benzonia, the photography of Neil Weaver and a pirate ship that plies the Straits of Mackinac. The “Destination Michigan” team includes executive producer Chris Ogozaly; host Matt Ozanich; segment producers Bob Garner, Stefanie Mills and Steven Smith; and videographer Adam Miedema.

WCMU Public Television also earned a Best in Community Involvement Broadcast Excellence award for outreach and educational activities and a merit award for use of new media.

WCMU Public Radio won a Best in Mini-Documentary or Series Broadcast Excellence award for a series titled “Just Talk.” The series focused on major issues across the country, including episodes on the Black Lives Matter movement, transgender rights, immigration and the Enbridge Line 5 pipeline.

Members of the WCMU Public Radio news department who contributed to the series include News Director Amy Robinson and reporters/producers Mike Horace and Ben Thorp.

The MAB Broadcast Excellence Awards program is Michigan’s premiere broadcasting competition and awards show. Stations from across the state compete against a standard of excellence in various categories designed to showcase the best materials produced by Michigan broadcasters.

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