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J. Michael Collins, American Public broadcasting executive. Recipient Focus award Buffalo Courier Express, 1978, Signum Fidei award St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 1984, Man of Year award National Columbus Day Committee, 1985, 92, Matrix award Women in Comm., 1985; named one of100 Most Influential People in Western New York, Business First, 1996.

Background

Collins, J. Michael was born on February 17, 1935 in Buffalo. Son of John Lloyd and Celestine (Buhrle) Collins.

Education

Bachelor of Science in English, Philosophy, Theology, Canisius College, 1957. Doctor of Humane Letters (honorary), Canisius College, 1978. Postgraduate, Michigan State University, 1958.

Career

Promotion manager, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Stations WNED-television-AM-FM, WNEQ-television, WNJA-FM), Buffalo, 1959-1960;director development, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Stations WNED-television-AM-FM, WNEQ-television, WNJA-FM), Buffalo, 1961-1962;assistant station manager, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Stations WNED-television-AM-FM, WNEQ-television, WNJA-FM), Buffalo, 1963-1965;general manager, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Stations WNED-television-AM-FM, WNEQ-television, WNJA-FM), Buffalo, 1966-1969;president, Western New York Public Broadcasting Association (Stations WNED-television-AM-FM, WNEQ-television, WNJA-FM), Buffalo, 1970-1998;senior consultant, 1998-1999.

Works

  • Other Work

    • Co-author: ETV: The Farther Vision, 1967.

Membership

Member house of deals United Way of Buffalo and Erie County, 1967-1998. Trustee Eastern Educational Network, 1965-1995, treasurer, 1967-1970, executive committee, 1967-1974, 78-81, 84-85, 88-90, 92-94, chairman budget and finance committee, 1967-1970, president, 1971-1972, chairman, 1973-1974, vice president, 1980-1981, 88-90, 92-93, advisory board interregional progam service, 1984-1990. Trustee American Program Service, 1993-1996, executive committee, 1993-1996, finance committee, 1994-1996.

Member CAble TeleVision committee, development advisory committee NAEB. Executive board Niagara Frontier council Boy Scouts American, 1971-1976. Executive committee Cantalician Center, 1978-1985.

Trustee St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute, 1978-1985 (member steering committee capital campaign, 1998-2000). Chairman Public Broadcasting Service Border Sta.Consortium, 1986-1988. Board directors Public Broadcasting Service, 1972-1978, 80-86, vice-chairman, 1975, national program policy committee, 1990-1995.

Member Governance Task Force, 1996. Board directors Public Broadcasting Service Enterprises, 1985-1990, National Data Cast, Inc., 1989-1990. Trustee Association American Public television Stations, 1987-1993, executive committee, 1989-1993, chairman nominating committee, 1989.

Member Kenmore-Tonawanda Public Schools Board Education, 1974-1981, vice president, 1977, president, 1978. Trustee Chautauqua Institution, 1988-1996, development committee, 1989, program committee, 1986-1995, executive committee, 1989-1995, personnel committee, 1990-1995, marketing committee, 1994-1995, finance committee, 1995-1996, building and grounds committee, 1995-1996, education/youth/recreation committee, 1989-1993, 96-97, chairman, 1989-1993, mission policy committee, 1997-1998. Board directors Buffalo Council World Affairs, 1994-1995, Blue Shield West New York, 1990-1992, Buffalo Broadcasters Association, since 2005, Legal Services for the Elderly, 2006^.

Member finance committee St. Amelia Church, since 1990, member stewardship committee, since 1993, chairman, 1993-2001, trustee, since 2001, member bishop's committee laity, Roman Catholic Diocese Buffalo, since 2005. Board directors John Lodge McHugh Endowment, since 2000, chairman, 2000-2006. Trustee Kenmore-Tonawanda Public Library., since 2006, member Kenmore-Tonawanda Library.

Advisory Committee, since 2005. Member Legacy Council, War 1812 Bicentennial, since 2007, treasurer, 2008-2010. Member New York State Educational Radio and television Association (trustee, president 1964-1965, treasurer 1963, editor newsletter 1962), Public Relations Association Western New York (president 1966), National Association Educational Broadcasters, Canisius College Alumni Association (board governors 1960-1962, 70-73).

Interests

  • Other Interests

    Avocations: reading, collecting and tasting wine, photography.

Connections

Married Marilyn Anne Mercer, August 5, 1961. Children: Kevin Michael, Timothy David, Sheila Anne, Jeanne Mary, Julie Lynn.

father:
John Lloyd Collins

mother:
Celestine (Buhrle) Collins

spouse:
Marilyn Anne Mercer

children:
Kevin Michael Collins

Timothy David Collins

Sheila Anne Collins

Jeanne Mary Collins

Julie Lynn Collins