Retiring Band Director Bob Ambrose was the special guest on Bagley’s Corner June 8th from 3-4 p.m. Host Pete Bowers talked with him about his career as B.H.H.S. band director. With a few days left before he retires, Ambrose talked about highlights of his career including taking his students to play in Carnegie Hall and other band trips to London and Edinburgh. We also found out that he is an avid golfer and did get a hole-in-one once. Listen to the show by clicking the play button below.
Retiring A/V Technician Barb Radabaugh was the special guest on Bagley’s Corner June 1 at 3 p.m. Host Pete Bowers talked with Barb about issues behind the scenes in the A/V room including what paper colors are the most popular other than white paper. They also talked about her plans after retirement and her travel plans. The show can be heard on the Biff Radio app (On-Demand) and as a podcast on wbfh.fm (podcasts).
The CMU Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Department is recognizing longstanding BCA alums with the BCA Pioneer Award handed out at the annual BCA awards banquet. This was the second year of the Pioneer Awards, this year spotlighting BCA majors who graduated in the calendar year 1975 (40 years ago!). WBFH Station Manager Pete Bowers was a recipient of the Pioneer Award this year. Recipients received dinner, a certificate and a lapel pin attesting to their role in the early shaping of the BCA program. The banquet was held at Buck’s Run Golf Resort in Mt. Pleasant April 24, 2015.
Pioneer Award Recipients Pete Bowers, Ken Kolbe, Ivy Glennon and Gary Lico.
Pete Bowers with Pete Orlik, Director of School of Broadcast and Cinematic Arts, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant MI.
During May and June, Biff staff members and their families do “Family Shows”. Biffers bring their families into the on-air studio to do a live radio show and show them how we do what we do. It’s not uncommon to hear Mom do the weather forecast, Dad do the sports report and little brother/sister play their favorite song. There also have been discussions of current events on these shows. After the show, the parents can really appreciate what their son/daughter goes through when doing a two-hour radio show.
Shown here is Harrison Parker showing his mother Amy how to select a song on the touchscreen monitor.
The Margosian Family Show has Tom (Dad) running the board with co-hosts Greg and his brother Jonathan.
Junior Biffer Evan Brook is a member of the Student Advisory Committee for the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation. His thoughts about being on the committee are featured in the May edition of The Michigan Broadcaster: Link.
The spotlight was on Biff seniors at the annual end-of-the-year radio banquet called the Biff Bash. This year the banquet was held at Pasquale’s May 20, 2015, with 60 people attending. The “Biffet” dinner consisted of pizza, pasta, salad, bread sticks and Costco cupcakes. Station Manager Pete Bowers opened the program with comments about the past school year, both about the station and him personally. Operations Manager Jaron Kirshenbaum did the Year in Review recap of the year with a photo slide show plus videos of the Dream Cruise Remote Broadcast, the tour of WJLB/Bushman’s radio show and three videos posted on High School Radio Day. Staff students this year met Radio/TV broadcasters Mojo, Charlie LeDuff, Blaine Fowler, Matt Laurinec, Jake Neher and Scott “The Gator” Anderson. The WBFH Pledge Drive raised $3421.00 for station enhancement expenses. Bowers had the students come up to the front to be recognized for their accomplishments while on WBFH Staff. The spotlight was put on seniors with Bowers recognizing their contributions to the radio station including all of their state and national broadcasting awards. This group of seniors won a total of 18 state broadcasting awards and two national awards. In the last four years, WBFH won two MABF Michigan High School Station of the Year Awards and one John Drury, Best High School Station in the Nation Award. Assistant Manager/Technical Director Ron Wittebols made some comments about the seniors and how our programming is reaching a potential audience of 500,000 people with WBFH being broadcast over WAHS’s 89.5 frequency at 2,400 watts. Remarks were made by student representatives Kirshenbaum and Mitchell Salhaney with thoughts about their experiences on the Biff. Comments by all the seniors could be found in the printed program that was available for all students and their families. Representing the parents was Mike Salhaney who spoke about the radio program from a parents point-of-view. Families who donated $100 or more during the Pledge Drive were put in a drawing for gift cards to restaurants. A Biff desktop organizer went to the #1 caller to Bowers which was awarded to Kirshenbaum for his speed dialing. A group photo of seniors and managers was taken. Seniors received a Biff clock for their dorm rooms this fall and a movie gift certificate. Bowers thanked all the students for their contributions to the Biff, wished the seniors good luck in college and thanked the parents for their support.
Left to right: Ron Wittebols, Brock Appleby, Kent Davis, Mitchell Salhaney, Paul Tourneur, Jaron Kirshenbaum, Oliver Norton, Leanna Dixon and Pete Bowers.
BHHS Social Studies Teacher Vivian Johnston was a special guest on Bagley’s Corner May 4th. She talked about her retirement after 20 years of teaching as well as her experiences as an attorney. She also talked about her new motorcycle and trips she has made on it. Johnston and host Pete Bowers took a trip down Memory Lane as they talked about life as Andover Barons in 1970 (the year she graduated) and 1971 (the year he graduated). Listen to the show on the free Biff Radio app (On-Demand link), or click the play button below.
WBFH Station Manager Pete Bowers is the founder of High School Radio Day (HSRD), a nationwide day of celebration of high school radio stations in the United States. This year, the 4th Annual HSRD was celebrated April 22nd with 70 high school radio stations from 29 states participating. More information about HSRD can be found at www.highschoolradioday.com. Bowers was interviewed for a feature entitled Radio’s Most Innovative by Mike Stern of Jacobs Media: Link. A recap of the HSRD activities written by Bowers was posted on The Michigan Broadcaster: Link. Articles about HSRD also appeared in national sites: All Access (Link), Radio Ink (Link), Radio Survivor (Link) and Chicagoland Radio and Media (Link).
13 Biff broadcasters won 14 state broadcasting awards from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation at their annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference held March 11 at the Lansing Center in Lansing. Biff students won 14 of the 23 awards (60%) given out in the high school radio division and won the 2015 MICHIGAN HIGH SCHOOL RADIO STATION OF THE YEAR AWARD. Complete list of awards winners LINK.
Winning one state award: Jonah Lopas, Andrew Brown, Foster Stubbs, Greg Margosian, Oliver Norton, Mitchell Salhaney, Dylan Wittenberg and Kent Davis.
Winning two state awards: Brock Appleby.
Winning three state awards: Harrison Parker, Jason Silverstone and Evan Sacksner.
Winning six state awards: Jaron Kirshenbaum (the most awards won by any student in the awards competition).