2019 Broadcasters Conference

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is, again, celebrating the achievements of Hoosier TV and radio stations on Thursday, October 24th during the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference which includes the Spectrum Awards and Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame luncheon.

This year’s event will bring the industry together to celebrate successes, to learn, and to share ideas that can make our stations even more impactful – the heart of our mission at the IBA.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 8th.


Lynn Claudy

Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the trade association for commercial radio and television broadcast stations in the United States.

He joined NAB in 1988 as a staff engineer and held positions of Director of Advanced Engineering & Technology and Vice President before assuming his present position in 1995. He earned a BA degree from Oberlin College, BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and MSEE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology.

He is a member of AES, AFCCE, IEEE, SBE and SMPTE. He is also a member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and was the 2016 recipient of the IEEE BTS Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. He currently serves as Chairman of the ATSC Board of Directors.

Laurie Kahn

Laurie Kahn is Founder and President of Media Staffing Network, Inc. ™ the first staffing company to cater exclusively to media sales and associated departments for full time placement, consulting and career coaching for the Broadcast, Cable, Internet, Digital, New Media, Out of Home and Print industries.  Kahn has expanded her practice, lending her staffing and sales management expertise to the general market. In media, Kahn has developed various training programs to help guide managers in how to hire, on board and retain new talent, primarily in the sales department.

Kahn’s more than 25 years’ experience in media includes local and national sales positions in both large and small markets; turn around expertise with new formats; and local and national management positions.

Kahn earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in business and a minor in television, radio and film from Stephens College. She is a Certified Placement Specialist through the American Staffing Association and has completed numerous Employment Law courses. 

Speed Marriott

Speed Marriott began his career in broadcasting over 30 years ago as a copywriter. He quickly discovered that copywriters drove cars from the previous decade, while account executives drove cars from the current decade. Based on this revelation the move was made to sales and he has never looked back.

Speed has worked for broadcast companies such as Shamrock Broadcasting (Disney), South Central Communications, and Entercom Communications. In 2000 Speed joined forces with Advantage Systems and in 2007 Speed partnered with broadcaster Katey Woolam to found the online training company, P1 Learning. Today P1 Learning caters to thousands of traditional broadcast stations and media-based companies on an international basis.

David Oxenford

David Oxenford is a partner at the Washington DC law firm Wilkinson Barker Knauer LLP.  He has represented broadcasters for over 35 years on regulatory, transactional and copyright issues.  He is the Indiana Broadcasters Washington DC counsel and also represents a number of other state broadcast associations, the National Association of Media Brokers and a number of digital media companies.  David is a regular speaker at industry conferences and the principal writer of the Broadcast Law Blog, which covers legal issues of importance to media companies.

He received his law degree from Emory University, and his BA from the College of William and Mary, where he managed the college’s FM radio station. 

Robert Russo

Rob Russo is the founder and president of RNR Media Consulting, LLC.

Rob started his career as a research analyst for the TV and radio rep firm Katz and then became an account executive and TV manager.  After a stint in cable TV he returned to broadcasting with Katz and then a Clear Channel Company where he co-created and was a principal in the new business development team as well as head of the Millennium Research Development. 

After 15 years at Katz, Rob went on to start ION Media’s Political Advertising Unit and also opened RNR Media Consulting.  In 2016, Rob and RNR Media moved into the broadcast tv, cable, movie, digital and radio production field as executive and co-producer

Rob also spent 15 years as a professor of advertising and marketing at Saint John’s University in New York City.

Diana Jordan

Having entertained over a million people live and on television, Cancer survivor Diana Jordan came to realize that by making people laugh, she could help them deal with life’s stresses, motivate them, and teach them what she has learned over the past 25 years–how great laughter is in nourishing yourself and changing your outlook on life.

As a funny motivational speaker in Diana’s keynote speaker address, messages ring loud and true about how you can make the choice to be happy, find the funny in your life, take responsibility for your own health, and bust stress. Just these four things can make a happier, healthier, and more productive you!
 And she’s funny too!

Diana has been nominated by the American Comedy Awards as a Top Five Female Comedian in the country. She has been seen on Showtime, Showtime Specials, HBO, ComedyCentral, VH1, and more.

Diana has also been featured on Oprah for her talent as a comedian and writer. Her hilarious, best-selling book called, A Wife’s Little Instruction Book, Your Survival Guide To Marriage Without Bloodshed! has sold over 500,000 copies.

Wednesday, October 23rd


IBA Executive Committee Meeting


IBA Board Luncheon & Meeting

2:00PM – 3:00PM


3:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Preparing for the Fall IBA Career Fair (90 minutes)

Session for Stations: “Hiring Millennials” with Laurie Kahn

Most of the Career Fair participants will be students hunting for their first job in broadcasting or internship opportunities.  What are the expectations of today’s students and how can those making hiring decisions understand where they’re coming from?  Laurie Kahn will share her experience helping match new hires with radio and TV openings, with advice to stations about hiring the millennial generation.

5:00PM – 6:30PM

IBA Fall Career Fair (90 minutes)

7:00PM – 9:00PM

Young Professionals Mixer / Dinner 

The Indiana Broadcasters Association is hosting media strategist, researcher, and trend-maker Mark Ramsey for a special
session on the key ways to use social media for YOUR purposes, not Facebook’s and Twitter’s.

Broadcasters 40 years of age and under are invited to join veteran broadcasters and general managers to sit in on the presentation which shares five key elements that can help you audit your own brand’s social media efforts and maximize your effectiveness in targeting the one metric which counts most: Ratings.

Registration for the dinner is required.  Reserve your seat by clicking here.

Thursday, October 24th

8:30AM -9:15AM

Conference Welcome & Opening Comments (45 minutes)

    • State of the Association
    • Remarks from NAB Representative Lynn Claudy
    • Remarks from Washington counsel David Oxenford

9:30AM – 11:45AM

Educational Sessions (2.5 hours)

TRACK A (Sales):

Generational Marketing: Attracting Tomorrow’s Customer, Today!
Presenter: Speed Marriott, CEO, P1Learning.com
Length: 2.5 hours
Audience: General Managers, Sales Managers & Sellers (Radio & Television)

In this session, Speed Marriott will take a deep dive into the minds of tomorrow’s consumer. He will challenge attendees to think about the future needs of both future advertisers and co-workers.

TRACK B (Programming)

Applied Improvisation
Presenter: Indianapolis chapter of ComedySportz
Length: 2.5 hours
Audience: On-Air Talent and Programming Staff

This workshop will offer an opportunity for professional development in a session focused on growing skill sets that elevate broadcast practices for on-air talent. Participants will collaborate with each other in order to leverage the benefits of improv. Attendees will leave the engaging, active session with improv-based skills such as:

  • Building stronger, more meaningful relationships with teammates, clients, and stakeholders.
  • Communicating more effectively with their audience in any situation, while keeping the big picture in mind.
  • Reframing any situation as an opportunity for growth, support, and the chance to make connections that build their presence on or off the air.

TRACK C (General Managers)

The Changing Face of Media
Presenter: Robert Russo
Length: 2.5 hours
Audience: General Managers

Today “The Face of Media” is changing every day. Local cable, local cable digital and local cable OTT is out billing almost every TV station and radio station in each market, despite that local cable is losing subscribers and viewers. Robert Russo’s presentation, “The Changing Face of Media,” will discuss this happening and how to reverse the revenue grab and return it to local broadcast.

12noon – 1:30PM (1.5 hours)

2019 IBA Spectrum Awards and Hall of Fame Luncheon

2:00PM – 3:00PM (60 minutes)

Laughter at Work:  A Humorous Take on the Workplace
Presenter: Diana Jordan

Length: 90 minutes
Audience: Everyone

Everyone will leave laughing and inspired. Diana offers important messages delivered with a comedic twist as well as tools on subjects such as how laughter brings people together, how laughter improves interpersonal relationships and of course the health benefits of laughter.  Jordan is a radio veteran – including appearances on The Bob & Tom Show.

The 32nd Annual Spectrum Awards

The Indiana Broadcasters Association will recognize stations from across the state for their achievements throughout the past year during the 2019 Spectrum Awards which will be held during lunch of the Indiana Broadcasters Conference on Thursday, October 24th at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel.

Click here to see the complete list of finalists for this year’s “Best in Broadcasting” awards (listed alphabetically).

Congratulations to this year’s finalists.  We will see you in October 24.

Hall Of Fame Honorees

Four Hoosier broadcasters will soon become the newest inductees into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame. The 2019 class includes morning show radio host and TV anchor/reporter Ann Craig-Cinnamon, TV anchor and editor James David Longest, TV journalist Linda Lupear, and TV program manager and network founder Ed Spray.

“We are honored to recognize Ann, James, Linda, and Ed for their commitment to our industry and their work to inform and entertain audiences throughout Indiana and the nation.  This 2019 class joins a long list of people who have built a remarkable record of accomplishment in broadcasting, and we’re grateful to the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers for helping us identify worthy candidates for this recognition.” said Dave Arland, Executive Director of the Indiana Broadcasters Association.

The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation provides funding to ensure that that the Hall of Fame inductees are properly recognized with video segments at the Indiana State Museum.

Ann Craig-Cinnamon

After beginning her radio career at the legendary Indianapolis station WIFE-AM, Ann Craig-Cinnamon quickly moved to WNAP-FM, becoming the first woman to be a major part of a radio morning show in Indianapolis when she joined the morning team in the late 1970s. 

In the 1980s, she served as the News Director for Network Indiana, the statewide news-gathering and reporting radio network. In a broadcasting career that spanned nearly 30 years on radio and TV in Indianapolis, Ann would go on to make a name for herself as the host of successful radio morning shows on WZPL-FM, WENS-FM, WYJZ-FM and WHHH-FM.  

In 1983, she was instrumental in putting WPDS-TV (now WXIN) on the air as one of its original reporters and serving as the station’s Public Affairs Director.

During her nine-year run as host of the morning show at WENS-FM, Ann lead the effort to raise money for Riley Hospital for Children through the annual 97-Hour Riley Radiothon.  Those radiothons raised more than $2 million for the local hospital.  Later, as the morning show host on Smooth Jazz 100.9 WYJZ-FM, she spearheaded a fundraiser for the New Life Home orphanage in Nairobi, Kenya.

James David Longest

James David Longest (who goes by the “on air” name David James) started his journalism career writing and editing posts at Bosse High School’s newspaper and yearbook. He went on to become editor of the Crescent, the University of Evansville’s weekly newspaper. 

David received a bachelor’s degree in journalism and a Masters in Humanities while working evenings writing obituaries for The Evansville Courier and writing features part-time for The Evansville Sunday Courier and Press.  After graduation, he worked full-time at the latter, covering education and police beats before moving on as a reporter-anchor at WGBF-AM (Evansville). 

In late 1973, David began a 41-year career at WFIE-TV, becoming evening anchor and managing editor.  His work took him to the White House, United Nations, the Gulf Coast, England, Germany, and the Ukraine.  He also moderated several televised debates for mayor and the U.S. Senate and was a fixture on the Jerry Lewis MDA telethon in Evansville for more than 30 years.  Additionally, he has served on numerous community boards and committees.

James currently works part-time at an NPR affiliate, WNIN-FM in Evansville as host of a weekly, radio interview program ,”Two Main Street.”

Linda Lupear

Linda Lupear’s career as a television journalist spans nearly four decades.  After graduating from Butler University, she joined the newsroom at WISH-TV to become one of the first women hired as a general assignment news reporter in the Indianapolis market.

Linda spent seven years at WISH-TV, the first woman in the Indianapolis market to produce and anchor newscasts and covered the Indianapolis schools desegregation trial.  She moved to WRTV in 1973 and would spend the next 24 years at the station.

During her tenure at WRTV, Linda focused on the local education beat and established a health beat to explore medical and hospital issues, problems and trends.  She also covered major federal prosecutions including the Kimberlin bombing trial and scored a number of exclusive interviews and stories including with Roger Drollinger right before he turned himself in for the murder of four brothers in Hollandsburg, Indiana in 1977 and the Tony Kiritsis trial.  Linda’s more than three-decade career as a reporter in Indianapolis made her one of the longest serving women reporters in the city and state.

Ed Spray

Seymour native Ed Spray’s broadcast career took him from coast to coast.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in radio-television with a minor in journalism from Indiana University.  He worked part-time as producer-director for IU Radio and Television Services and then became a film editor and cameraman at WISH-TV in Indianapolis.

In 1966, Ed became producer-director for WMAQ-TV, Chicago, and won five Emmy Awards over his years there. In 1974, he moved across town to WBBM-TV, the CBS-owned station as program manager, director of broadcasting.

Ed transferred to CBS-owned KCBS-TV in Los Angeles in 1986 and served as station manager before being promoted to vice president of programming and development for all CBS-owned stations.

He left broadcasting in 1992 to become an associate professor at Syracuse University’s Newhouse School of Communications.  But only two years later, the E.W. Scripps Company hired him to launch a home and garden cable television network, HGTV. He was responsible for the initial development, production, and scheduling of HGTV content.

Ed retired as president of Scripps Networks.

Hotel Information

SpringHill Suites Indianapolis Carmel
$139 USD per night

Start Date: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
End Date: Thursday, October 24, 2019
Last Day to Book: Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Book now to get the group rate

Pricing & Registration

If you have any questions call 248-229-6898 or email sam@indianabroadcasters.org.

Online registration is closed. We have limited seats available and tickets can be purchased at the door on Thursday