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Great Lakes Media Show

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March 14 & 15, 2023 | The Lansing Center

Join the Michigan Association of Broadcasters and the MAB Foundation as we gather to educate, connect, and celebrate at the 2023 Great Lakes Media Show.

The #MABshow provides attendees the opportunity to learn from industry leaders, network with colleagues from across the state, share ideas, celebrate the award-winning work of students considering a career in the industry, and connect with job and internship seekers. The one-day Great Lakes Media Show includes Beer & Bull, student educational sessions, a station idea share summit, broadcast engineering sessions, the 2023 Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Luncheon, and a Media Career Fair.

Students, educators, and family members of student award recipients, please contact Claire Corr, Events & Member Relations Manager, with questions regarding your registration. 

Special Rate: $143/night plus tax, Use Promotional Code: MAB323

To make room reservation by phone call (800) 333-3333. Please identify yourself as a part of the MAB group and provide the hotel with guest name and requested type of room for the dates of event. Use the Promotional Code: “MAB323” to receive your discounted group rate.

Radisson Lansing at the Capitol
111 N. Grand Avenue, Lansing MI 48933

Keynote Conversations at the Great Lakes Media Show

11:30 am - 12:15 pm, Ahead of the Student Broadcast Awards Luncheon

Listen to insights from prominent Michigan broadcasters ahead of the Student Broadcast Awards Luncheon. Lee Thomas, anchor and host on WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit, Rachael Gray & Jackie Green, hosts of The Gray & Green Show on 105.3 HOT FM in Grand Rapids, and Ronnie Duncan, sports anchor and reporter on WWJ-TV CBS 62 in Detroit will chat with students and broadcasters to give a behind the scenes glimpse into the industry, share what it takes to become successful in the ever evolving world of media, and spark new ideas and conversation that will inspire the next generation of broadcasters.

Lee Thomas, WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit
Lee Thomas, WJBK-TV FOX 2 Detroit

Lee Thomas started his career started on “Channel One”, a national news program for teenagers based in New York City.  He has worked for WHAS 11 in Kentucky and WABC-TV in NYC before finding a home in Detroit at WJBK Fox 2.

Early in his career, Lee Thomas was diagnosed with vitiligo, an autoimmune disease that destroys the skin’s pigment.  As a television broadcaster that could mean disaster, but Lee says, “The thing that I thought would be a show stopper, turned out to be the biggest challenge and blessing in my life.” Now, his story has been featured on various TV, radio and social media outlets around the world.  Lee has traveled extensively sharing his story and techniques on overcoming insurmountable obstacles.

Lee is happy to be given the opportunity to share his story with broadcasters and media students from throughout the state. He'll discuss the importance of developing your authentic voice based on solid storytelling with honesty and integrity.

Rachael Gray & Jackie Green, WHTS-FM Cumulus Media, Grand Rapids
Rachael Gray & Jackie Green, WHTS-FM Cumulus Media, Grand Rapids

Rachael Gray & Jackie Green are hosts of The Gray and Green Show on 105.3 HOT FM, also known as West Michigan's FIRST all-female morning show. This Michigan Association of Broadcasters award winning duo, that started as a podcast many years ago, is heard weekday mornings live and local in Grand Rapids. They cover everything from the days trending topics to mental health and sharing their most embarrassing moments as parents and women.

Gray & Green will share their journey to morning show glory, how to keep the attention of a national audience while still maintaining a strong local presence, and the importance of advocating for yourself in your career, and life.

Ronnie Duncan, WWJ-TV CBS 62 Detroit
Ronnie Duncan, WWJ-TV CBS 62 Detroit

A career in broadcasting can often feel like working with a family, in the case of Ronnie Duncan, the industry is actually a family affair.  The sports anchor and reporter at CBS 62 in Detroit was once recognized as the Sportscaster of the Year in Alabama and spent time as a reporter in Phoenix, Arizona, Indianapolis, Indiana, and Ohio.  Now, his daughter Jericka Duncan is a national correspondent  and anchor at CBS News.

During his talk at the Great Lakes Media Show, Ronnie will discuss his journey, connecting different generations through broadcast news, and the importance of having a strong local broadcast presence.


Tuesday, March 14

6:00 - 10:00 pm Beer & Bull with Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award Presentation, Lansing Brewing Company

Wednesday, March 15

8:30 - 9:00 am Scholarship Recipient Meet-and-Greet (by invitation only)

9:00 - 10:00 am Breakout Sessions 1

    • Engineering Session: ATSC 3.0 Standards Update
    • Station Idea Share Summit
    • Student Session: Social Media
    • Student Session: Award-Worthy News

10:15 - 11:15 am Breakout Sessions 2

    • Engineering Session: Defending Against an Online Attack
    • Station Idea Share Summit
    • Student Session: The Write Way
    • Student Session: Podcasting

11:30 am - 2:00 pm

    • Keynote Conversations
    • Student Awards Luncheon
    • Awards Presentation

2:00 - 4:00 pm Media Career Fair



Beer & Bull
Student Sessions & Awards
Engineering Sessions
Station Summit
Media Career Fair

Thank you Great Lakes Media Show Sponsors

Beer & Bull Sponsor
Engineering Session Track Sponsor
Engineering Session Track Sponsor
Engineering Session Track Sponsor
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Engineering Session Track Sponsor
Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Sponsor
Michigan Student Broadcast Awards Sponsor
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