The MAB Board of Directors is made up of top managers and owners from radio and television stations throughout Michigan. Officers are elected annually at the Annual Business Meeting. Directors serve three year terms.
Peter Tanz, ChairmanSenior Vice-President, Midwest Communications (Kalamazoo)
Peter Tanz, Chairman
Peter Tanz is Senior Vice President for Midwest Communications, a family broadcasting company with radio stations in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin. Peter joined Midwest Communications in Green Bay, Wisc., as an advertising sales representative in 1985 and was promoted to General Manager in 1987. He managed stations in Wausau, Wisc., Lincoln, Neb., and Omaha, Neb.,before coming to Michigan in 1995. In Michigan, he works with Midwest’s 14 stations in Battle Creek, Coldwater, Holland, Kalamazoo and Lansing. Peter is involved with many community organizations and is past chair of the Coldwater and Kalamazoo Chambers of Commerce and the Kalamazoo Visitor and Convention Bureau.
Zoe Burdine-Fly, Secretary/TreasurerMarket President, Townsquare Media (Lansing/Flint)
Zoe Burdine-Fly, Secretary/Treasurer
Zoe Burdine-Fly brings more than 25 years of media leadership experience from major media companies, including Townsquare Media, Clear Channel, and Citadel Communications in markets like Lansing, Flint, Syracuse, and Chicago. Best known for her energetic spirit, creativity and tenacity, she has been in a leadership role in one form or another since the early 1990s in the radio industry. Most recently, Zoe was the Regional Vice President for Townsquare Media in New Jersey, where she was named on the of the “50 Most Influential Women in the Radio Industry” by Radio Inc. Zoe is currently the Market President for two of Townsquare Media’s key markets, Lansing and her hometown of Flint, Mich.
Stephen Marks, At-Large DirectorPresident/CEO, Thunder Bay Broadcasting (Alpena)
Stephen Marks, At-Large Director
Stephen Marks started his broadcasting career at the age of 17 as a copy writer at WINX in Rockville, Maryland. While there, he was able to learn enough to pass the FCC 3rd class with number 9 endorsement license test. His early career was spent in radio holding positions from marketing to management. That included working with Mutual Broadcasting Systems (MBS) in Affiliate Programming and Syndication, after graduating in 1973 from American University in Washington D.C. In 1983 he acquired 51 percent of Thunder Bay Broadcasting Corporation in Alpena, Michigan. Today as a 100-percent shareholder, he still serves as President/CEO of WBKB-TV. His other Michigan stations include Lake Superior Community Broadcasting, WBUP-TV/WBKP-TV and Houghton Community Broadcasting, WOLV-FM, WHKB-FM, and WCCY-AM. Under the DBA of The Marks Group, he holds a total of 5 television stations and 14 radio stations. His Michigan stations fund two student scholarships with MAB Foundation.
Debbie Kenyon, Immediate Past ChairSVP/Market Manager, CBS Radio Detroit
Debbie Kenyon, Immediate Past Chair
Debbie Kenyon started her radio career in 1990 and has had diverse roles at various stations, including National Sales Manager for WOMC, Director of Sales for all CBS Radio local stations, Vice President and General Manager of WYCD-FM and WVMV-FM (currently WDZH-FM) and is currently Senior Vice President and Market Manager of CBS Radio Detroit which includes WOMC-FM, WYCD-FM, WDZH-FM, WXYT AM/FM and WWJ-AM. Kenyon has received numerous awards locally and nationally. She was named one of Radio Ink’s Most Influential Women in Radio in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Additionally, she was announced as one of the national finalists in Radio Ink’s most prestigious honors, the “Radio Wayne Awards”, in 2009, 2010 and 2013. Kenyon was also honored as one of Radio Ink’s “Great Radio Managers in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. Under Kenyon’s watch her stations have received many awards. In 2014 WWJ-AM won a Crystal Award for Community Service. WOMC, WYCD, WWJ and WXYT-FM all recently received 2013 MAB Awards including WWJ-AM receiving the MAB Station of the Year. WOMC won the 2011 Marconi Award “Classic Hits” Station of the Year, while WYCD was the 2012 Marconi Winner for Country Station of the Year and 2012 ACM Major Market Station of the Year. She is currently on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters (MAB) as well as the Board of Directors for The Heat and Warmth Fund (THAW). Kenyon, who has a Bachelor’s Degree of Finance from Western Michigan University, is married and the mother of 3 beautiful children, one boy and two girls.
Karole L. WhitePresident/CEO, MAB, and Executive Director, MAPB
Karole L. White
When Karole L. White arrived at the MAB more than 25 years ago, the organization had a part time executive director, a few boxes of files, about $150,000 dollars in the bank and membership was only at about 50 percent of its potential. With the help of very positive board members, Ms. White grew the MAB to become one of the most respected trade associations in the state and among the best state broadcaster associations in the nation. MAB now has a membership penetration of 89 percent.
Prior to joining the MAB, Ms. White was the Executive Vice President Director for the Michigan Floral Association, the Executive Director of the MFA Health Insurance Trust, the managing director of MFA Federal Credit Union and President, Executive Director MAB Floral Service Inc. She has been in Association Management in the Greater Lansing area for over 30 years. She has served in executive positions with the Michigan Funeral Directors Association, United States Cheerleaders Association, Muscular Dystrophy Association and was a partner in BKM Advertising and Display Company.
Ms. White received her broadcasting back ground through advertising as Marketing Director for Forbes Cohen Properties in Lansing and as Telethon Manager for MDA. She has been honored with numerous awards, including most recently induction into the Michigan Society of Association Executives Hall of Fame and the Citizen’s Medal of Honor from the National Guard. A life time learner, Ms. White attended Lansing Business University, Lansing Community College and Michigan State University.
Tom HahnVice President of Finance
Tom Hahn is the Vice President of Finance for the MAB and its multiple entities. He has been with the MAB since 2003 and handles accounting and finance for the organization. Before joining the MAB, he was in the banking industry, primarily in commercial lending. Hahn holds a BBA from the University of Michigan and an MBA from Michigan State University. His interests include reading and golf.
Dan BoersNews Director, WOOD-TV (Grand Rapids)
Dan Boers is the News Director for WOOD TV in Grand Rapids. He has been with the station for 20 years in a number of roles including producer, assignment manager, Director of News Operations, and Assistant News Director. He was a producer at WILX TV in Lansing for about a year early in his career. Dan is a 2016 Kneeland Fellow. The organization focuses on news ethics, management and leadership. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Broadcasting from Grand Valley State University. He and his wife Lisa have two children.
Chad ConklinGeneral Manager, Sinclair Broadcasting (Flint)
Chad Conklin is the General Manager of WEYI NBC25, WSMH FOX66 and WBSF CW46 in Flint. He has been with Sinclair Broadcast Group in the Flint/Saginaw/Bay City market for 15 years. Chad holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business/Marketing from Mount Mercy College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Rob DavidPresident / General Manager, Handyman Productions (Novi)
Robert David’s career in the radio broadcasting industry spans 38 years, all of them in Michigan. Rob is the President / General Manager of Handyman Productions, a radio program syndicator. The company produces and distributes the award-winning ‘Handyman Show with Glenn Haege’ which is heard weekends on 29 stations in Michigan and more than 140 stations across the country. He founded Handyman Productions after an extensive radio broadcasting sales and management career as an Account Executive at WGMZ-FM in Flint; followed by WXYT-AM (formerly WXYZ-AM) / WMXD-FM in Detroit, where he held several sales and management positions, as well as, being a part owner. His contributions to the MAB included serving as a board member, former chairperson, and now honorary member of the MAB Foundation Board. He also assisted in various roles with the annual Great Lakes Broadcasting Conference (GLBC) and Broadcasting Career Builder Conference (BCBC). He travelled to Washington, DC, on many occasions, representing the broadcasting industry in Michigan, to meet with federal lawmakers during the annual “MAB Call on Congress,” and is presently a member of the MAB-Political Action Committee board. Rob was honored to be the inaugural recipient of the “MAB Associate of the Year” award in 2006 and inducted into the Michigan Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2017. He recently accepted an invitation to remain as a member on the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors for another 3-year term. Rob is a proud graduate of Michigan State University with a degree in Marketing and was named an ‘Outstanding Alumnus’ by the Eli Broad College of Business and was presented with an ‘MSU Alumni Service Award’ for his service and support of the University. Outside of broadcasting, he is involved in his local community as a recent graduate of the FBI Citizen’s Academy, the Lakes Area Citizen’s Police Academy, and the Novi Ambassador Academy. He also supports various local charities and community organizations. His helpfulness on an international basis included his role as a distinguished member of the Consular Corps of Michigan as the Honorary Consul for Grenada. The Honorable Robert David and his wife, Marcia, reside in Novi.
Kevin Dunawayice-President/General Manager, Heritage Broadcasting (Cadillac/Traverse City)
Kevin Dunaway began his career as a news producer for 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting in September of 1998. After producing Michigan this Morning and 9 & 10 News at Noon, Kevin moved to assignment manager in December of that same year. After 4 months of working the desk in the newsroom handling assignments and breaking news in northern Michigan, Kevin moved into the role of assistant news director. There he managed the day to day operations of the 9 & 10 News department. In March of 2000, Kevin was promoted to News Director at 9 & 10 News/Heritage Broadcasting. Kevin’s role expanded in 2007 when he began to oversee the news department of the local FOX television station as well. During his time as news director, he has expanded the amount of news programming from 4 ½ hours a day to 7 ½ hours a day. He also ran a news department that won countless MAB and Associated Press news awards, including the MAB General Excellence Award for station of the year in 2000, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014. In 2013, Heritage Broadcasting added the duty of company Vice President to his job description. In his new additional role, Kevin helped oversee staffing, direction and assisted the General Manager with the future vision of the company. In April of 2016, Heritage Broadcasting named Kevin Dunaway General Manager/Vice President. Kevin has a wife, Michelle and an 8 year old daughter, Elizabeth. They enjoy spending time exploring northern Michigan and traveling whenever they get a chance.
Nick GnauPresident and Market Manager, iHeartMedia (Detroit)
Nick Gnau has been with the iHeartMedia for over 22 years, serving as Vice President/Market Manager for the Lima/Marion Ohio market from 2009-2010; for the Dayton Ohio market from 2010-2011 and manger over four markets from 2011-2013. In 2012, Nick became Market President for iHeartMedia Detroit and, in 2016, was appointed Regional President for iHeartMedia Michigan. A 1990 graduate of the University of Cincinnati, Nick worked his way through the ranks starting as an account executive, then moving to local sales manager, general sales manager and director of sales. Nick is on the board of directors of the Detroit Radio Advertising Group, Chris Child House Detroit, Farmington Hills Chamber, Ridgewood Elementary as the Ad Council. In his free time, Nick enjoys travel, sports and spending time with his family.
Brad Lanser began his career in broadcasting a little over 20 years ago. He started out as a Sales Consultant and later took over the General Manager duties along with becoming Vice-President and eventually part owner. Lanser Broadcasting currently operates two radio stations (JQ99 and “The Pledge”) in the Grand Rapids market. Before coming to Lanser Broadcasting Brad owned a Landscape Company and operated it for 10 years before joining the Broadcast ranks.
Michael RendaVice President and General Manager , WJBK-TV/Fox2 (Detroit)
Michael Renda began his broadcast career in radio at WOHO in Toledo, Ohio in 1977 as a Local Account Executive and very shortly thereafter moved to across the street to WTVG-TV in the same capacity. Storer Television was the next stop for Mike, moving to Chicago as the National Sales Representative. Stops in New York and Cleveland followed with Renda taking the General Sales Manager position at WJW in 1989. After a five year tenure as General Sales Manager at WLWT in Cincinnati, Renda returned to WJW in Cleveland, this time as VP and General Manager. Renda served as WJW’s General Manager for 10 years before accepting a similar position at WTXF Fox 29 in Philadelphia in April 2007. Chicago was next and another VP and General Manager position at WFLD/WPWR, overseeing both the Fox and MyNetwork Television stations from September 2009 through January 2013. Renda graduated from Miami University (Ohio) in 1976. He’s married to Susan and has two children, Matt and Emily.
Scott ShigleyGeneral Manager, Liggett Communications (Port Huron)
Scott Shigley started his broadcast career in sales at the Liggett owned station in Lansing, WFMK in 1993. He began his sales management career in 1998, managing stations in Adrian, Michigan (Friends Communications: WQTE,WABJ, WBZV), Port Huron (Liggett Communications: WSAQ/WBTI/WPHM/WHLS/WHLX), Greater Media Detroit (WMGC- Magic 105.1, WCSX Classic Rock 94.7). After that, Scott worked in advertising sales at Fox Sports Detroit before having the opportunity to return to his adopted home town of Port Huron in 2011, where Scott assumed the General Manager position for Liggett Communications in July 2014. Scott manages WSAQ, WBTI, WPHM, WHLS, and WHLX. He is a graduate of University of Michigan and Reading Schools in lower Michigan. Scott is married to wife Christine and they have three children: Kalyn, Isaac and Avery and two grandchildren. Scott loves to do anything outdoors, especially playing golf, coaching softball and UM football games.