Specs Howard Vice President Honored By State Of Michigan For 40 Years Of Service
Specs Howard School of Media Arts Vice President of Industry Relations, Dick Kernen, a resident of Dearborn, was recently given a Special Tribute from the State of Michigan to honor his 40 years of service to the school and industry.
The award was presented by State Representative George T. Darany (D-Dearborn), as a “Special Tribute to Dick Kernen” and was signed by State Senator Morris W. Hood III (D-Detroit) and Governor Rick Snyder.
Kernen’s career began as a mail carrier for WXYZ-AM in 1956. After a short navy career, Kernen spent 12 years at WXYZ-AM, moving from through the ranks with various mid-level positions. In 1966, the FCC ruled AM and FM stations could no longer be simulcast, and in 1969, Kernen assumed a programming role for WXYZ’s FM station, at a time when most vehicles did not even have FM radios. He helped popularize the station under its new moniker the WRIF and is responsible for hiring one of Detroit’s most recognizable voices: Arthur Penhallow, who was known as Cicero Grimes at the time at WNRS in Ann Arbor.
By 1972, Kernen had years of broadcasting and networking experience, making his transition to a career with Specs Howard a natural evolution. As an instructor and placement advisor for Specs Howard School, Kernen has been a cornerstone in the broadcasting industry for the State of Michigan, having placed thousands of Specs Howard graduates in radio, television and other media positions.
About Specs Howard School
The Specs Howard School of Media Arts, based in Southfield, Mich., has been one of the nation’s leading private communications schools since 1970. Offering undergraduate programs of study in radio/video, film, graphic design and digital media, the school is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools & Colleges (ACCSC). For more information about the school, visit www.specshoward.edu.