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Great Lakes Media Show

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March 14 & 15, 2023 | The Lansing Center

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.

Keynote Conversations at the Great Lakes Media Show

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 chatted with students and broadcasters to give a behind the scenes glimpse into the industry, shared what it takes to become successful in the ever evolving world of media, and sparked new ideas and conversation that inspired 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.

Beer & Bull

Tuesday, March 14, 2023, 6:00 - 10:00 pm
Lansing Brewing Company
518 E. Shiawassee St., Lansing MI


What started in the early 2000's as a casual gathering of broadcast engineers the evening before the (then) Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference & Expo, has grown into one of the MAB's most popular events. Beer & Bull is an annual industry get-together and an opportunity for vendors, sponsors, and MAB members to network and catch-up...with beer and (sometimes) 'bull.'

This year's Beer & Bull event includes the presentation of the annual Carl E. Lee Engineering Excellence Award.

All 2023 Great Lakes Media Show registrations include a ticket to Beer & Bull.


The Venue
One of the first breweries in Michigan's capital city, the Lansing Brewing Company supplied craft beer to artisans, laborers, and tradesmen as they built our city over a century ago. Opened a year after Ransom E. Olds' historic automobile ride down a city street in 1897, the Lansing Brewing Company welcomed its first customers.


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Student Sessions & Awards
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Station Summit

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