2021 Broadcasters Conference

Your Indiana Broadcasters Association is excited to welcome members back to our in-person annual conference which will be held Wednesday, October 27th at the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel!

The day will include training for broadcasters as well as industry updates, the Spectrum Awards and induction of the 2021 and 2020 Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame at lunch.

We know this conference is a little different from previous years as we resume in-person attendance. That’s why we want to share some important updates and requests we are asking to ensure that you and other IBA members have a safe and successful conference.

  • We are requiring you to wear a face mask when attending the conference.
  • We are recommending that all attendees receive their COVID-19 vaccination.
  • We are livestreaming the Awards Ceremony at the conference, which will be available for free viewing on www.IndianaBroadcasters.org.
  • We are recording the conference training sessions which you can purchase to watch “on demand” for one month after the event from our website.
  • Conference registration will be limited to 200 people to ensure the safety of each attendee.

The deadline to register is Tuesday, October 12th.



Tuesday, October 26

12noon : Board of Directors and Annual Member Meeting

3 – 6:00PM : IBA Fall Career Fair

7:00PM : “Celebration of Broadcasting Careers” Dinner, for stations exhibiting at the Career Fair

Wednesday, October 27

9:00AM : Opening Session

9:30AM : Sales Track:  Dawnna St. Louis

9:30AM : News Track:  Poynter Institute on Newsroom Stress

11:30AM : Doors open for Spectrum & Hall of Fame Awards

Dawna St. Louis

Sales TrackDynamic Presenter Dawnna St. Louis

A nationally-recognized sales and performance coach and motivational speaker – Dawnna St. Louis has created several highly successful methodologies in sales, marketing, entrepreneurship, copywriting, influence, and mindset. These strategies and techniques have been nationally adopted and used to help people succeed.

Dawnna’s session at this year’s conference is called “Get Your Client to Create Value.”  Dawnna will share how sales are won – or lost – at the beginning of a sale. She will also discuss why it’s important to get your client to create tons of value early in the sales conversation, how to vet your ideal client and waste less time on tire kickers and other easy-to-use tactics for higher value conversations.

Al Thompkins
Rev Sidney Tompkins

Newsroom TrackAl & Rev. Sidney Tompkins of the Poynter Institute

With more than 40 years of newsroom experience combined with more than 40 years of clinical therapy experience, the Poynter Institute’s power couple has taught thousands of journalists worldwide how to ethically cover difficult issues.

At this year’s conference, Al and Rev. Sidney Tompkins share about “Managing Newsroom Stress and Trauma.” They will discuss the stress from COVID-19, the repetitive stress of covering racial strife, why younger journalists may be most deeply affected and why it’s important to have purpose and to disconnect.

Their practical and engaging teaching style is backed by data and clinically supported outcomes, and they have worked with journalists from all over the world covering issues from global conflict zones to heated political campaigns and racial conflict.

All events take place the 502 East Event Centre, located at 502 East Carmel Drive in Carmel, IN.  After manuevering Carmel’s famous roundabouts, parking at the venue is abundant and free.

Spectrum Awards

The 34nd Annual Spectrum Awards

The Indiana Broadcasters Association will recognize stations from across the state for their “best in broadcasting” achievements throughout the past year during the 2021 Spectrum Awards which will be handed out during lunch of the Indiana Broadcasters Conference on Wednesday, October 27th 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.

Congratulations to this year’s finalists.  We will see you in October 27.

Hall of Fame

Hall Of Fame Honorees

Six Hoosier broadcasters will soon become the newest inductees into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame. This year’s ceremony will honor both the 2020 and 2021 classes.

2021 Hall of Fame Class

Jill Ditmire

Jill Ditmire

Jill Ditmire graced the airwaves of stations across the Midwest for more than 25 years, most recently on WFYI on Indianapolis as a local news anchor on afternoons during All Things Considered as well as reporting for Sound Medicine, Curious Mix, and Art of the Matter.  Jill’s career includes stops in Detroit and Lafayette as well as several Indianapolis TV stations. She produced her own television series on Indiana Public Television for eight years called “The Good Life” which showcased independent chefs, restaurants, and local wineries.  Jill was an Omnimedia Wine Specialist, an Certified Wine Judge, and owner/buyer of The Mass Ave Wine Shoppe & Cafe in Indianapolis.

Delores Poindexter

Delores Poindexter

When Delores Poindexter started her radio career in 1970, she was one of only a few women on the air in Indianapolis at the time.  She started as a DJ on Sunday mornings on WTLC and entertained with her personality and knowledge of the community and gospel music.  When the legendary Rev. Mozel Sanders passed away in 1988, Poindexter took over WTLC’s weekday early morning gospel music program that became a top ranked program in the market.  She was the first African American woman licensed Disc Jockey to have a national radio program on WTLC Radio and the first African American woman to have a number one rated show for 15 years. She also was the first woman to host her radio show inside the prisons and jails throughout the city and state. Poindexter was a pioneer in gospel music and a world-renowned singer, singing with the greats of gospel music.

Mike Blake

Mike Blake

Mike Blake is now in his 51st year at WFIE-TV in Evansville.  After graduating with a master’s degree in radio, television, and film from the university of Iowa in 1968, he entered the U.S. Army.  He served two years, including the final 11 months on with the Armed Forces Vietnam network.  In September 1970, he began a remarkable career in the Evansville market, starting out as a weekday weatherman and weekend sportscaster.  In more than 40 years of sports reporting, Blake has received Associated Press awards for both sports and news work. Over the following decades, he co-anchored the first 5:00PM newscast in Evansville, helped to launch the first Friday night high school football and basketball shows, and continues to host the popular news and community service-oriented show “Midday with Mike.”  He has been elected to five sports halls of fame, including those saluting excellence in Indiana football and basketball.

Steve Sweitzer

Steve Sweitzer

Steve Sweitzer is the owner and operator of Sweitzer Productions, which provides video and still photography, editing, writing, reporting and field producing services. His clients include 60 Minutes, CBS Sunday Morning, CBS News & The Letterman Show. He is also Chief Photographer and a reporter/producer for Pet Pals TV and Great Day TV with Patty Spitler – where he reports a regular segment called Steve’s Tech Talk. Steve has more than 40 years of broadcast TV news experience, mostly at WISH-TV in Indianapolis; as Chief Photographer and News Operations Manager. Among his numerous awards, he has been Indiana News Photographer of the Year and received first place in the Associated Press reporting category.  For more than twenty years, Steve has taught courses at Indiana University Purdue University (IUPUI) where he received the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, their highest honor for an adjunct professor.

Derrik Thomas

Derrik Thomas

Derrik Thomas spent more than 40 years as a versatile general assignment reporter for WRTV in Indianapolis. He was the station’s third African American on-air reporter.  Widely praised for his incisive and lively writing style, Thomas produced thousands of stories on all subjects and events. He was particularly notable for his coverage of the courts and criminal trials, and feature stories emanating from the Indianapolis inner city community. His stories also generated first place awards from Associated Press, United Press International, Sigma Delta Chi, and Society of Professional Journalists, and lifetime achievement recognition from journalist organizations like the Indiana Association of Black Journalists, for a career that spanned 43 years.  His career began with stints at WMT-TV in Cedar Rapids, IA and KSMP-TV in Minneapolis. The Chicago-born and raised Thomas earned a degree in English from MacMurray College and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of lowa.

Dick Wolfsie

Dick Wolfsie

Dick Wolfsie left teaching in 1979 to host television talk shows in Columbus, OH; Boston, and Chicago, then on Good Morning New York on WABC-TV. He moved from New York to Indianapolis in 1982 to cohost WISH-TV’s Indianapolis Afternoon. In 1986 he created, produced and hosted a morning talk show on WTHR-TV from Union Station in Indianapolis.  In 1990 he returned to WISH-TV as a feature reporter on Daybreak until 2020.  His work in Central Indiana has resulted in dozens of honors including a Casper Award and two Emmys. Many of his video essays have been broadcast nationally. Dick Wolfsie is also a freelance writer and public speaker. He has authored 14 books and he currently writes a weekly humor column syndicated in 30 newspapers. He retired from WISH-TV in March of 2020, after 40 years on air in Indianapolis.

2020 Hall of Fame Class

LInda Jackson

Linda Jackson

For more than 30 years, Linda Jackson has delivered the news to viewers in northeast Indiana – the vast majority of them from the desk where she has anchored morning or evening newscasts spanning two generations.

Linda graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and got her start in local news as an intern at what was then WKJG-TV, the NBC affiliate based in Fort Wayne. Her first full-time work in broadcasting was as a producer and reporter. She has also served the community in a station management role, and it is as a news anchor that Linda has become best known in the region.

In 2016, having spent several years as the morning news anchor at WPTA’s ABC-affiliated station, Linda was tapped to lead the re-launched NBC TV news channel in Fort Wayne. She has served as lead anchor at “Fort Wayne’s NBC” since its launch, helping to establish the news team as a source for engaging and professional coverage in the community.

J Chapman

J Chapman

J Chapman grew up in the broadcasting industry.  His father, Jerry Chapman, led Indianapolis WFBM Radio and TV (now WRTV-TV) for three decades and J got an early start in the media business when assigned by his father to mow the grass at the Indianapolis station’s northside transmitter site.

After graduating from Hanover College in 1983, J worked as on-air talent in Indiana at stations in Indianapolis, South Bend, and Madison.  He also worked at stations in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Covington, Kentucky.  J was part of a team that launched Indianapolis Fox TV affiliate WPDS-TV (now WXIN-TV) in 1984 as a Photographer and Sports Anchor.  In the late 1980s, J decided to go into broadcast sales and joined Emmis Communications.  He started out as a sales representative for WENS-FM radio and soon became sales manager before becoming General Sales Manager for WTLC-AM/FM.   From 2001 to 2005 he was Director of Sales for Emmis’ Indianapolis Radio Group, where he worked for 17 years.

In June 2013 he became owner and President of Woof Boom Radio (affectionately named for his father’s employer, WFBM) with six stations throughout eastern Indiana serving the communities of Muncie, Anderson, Hartford City, Daleville, Yorktown, Alexandria, Pendleton, New Castle, and Marion.  He soon added more stations in Lafayette and a five-station cluster in Lima and Delphos, Ohio.  J also served as the Board Chairman of the Indiana Broadcasters Association and has been an IBA board member since 2013.  Currently, he represents the 5th Congressional District on the IBA Board.

Terri Stacy

Terri Stacy

Terri Lynn Stacy was born in the small town of Knightstown in Henry County, Indiana. She graduated from Knightstown High School in 1980 and attended Herron School of Art on a scholarship.

In 1985, Terri was hired as the receptionist for WIBC-AM Radio in Indianapolis.  After winning “Employee of the Year” in 1989, Terri was rewarded with a guest stint on WIBC’s morning show, hosted by Jeff Pigeon.  Terri was such an instant hit that station managers decided to continue having her cohost the morning show even though she was still working her full-time job as the station’s receptionist. In less than a year, the station made her a full-time on-air personality and morning show co-host. She would continue in that role, despite the ever-changing radio landscape, for more than 20 years.

In 2010, Terri finally stepped down from morning drive and began a new direction as the traffic reporter for WIBC.   Since 2005, Terri has hosted “The First Day Sunday Magazine Show” and she continues as host of the “Caregiver Crossing” show on WIBC.

In 2012, Terri became the face of WIBC’s community outreach program, “Neighbor-To-Neighbor.” In this capacity, Terri attends over 200 events a year, raising awareness and assisting the fundraising of countless nonprofits and worthy causes.  In both 2007 and 2008, Terri was acknowledged by Indianapolis Woman magazine as the “Local Female Radio Personality of the Year.”

Paul Mendenhall

Paul Mendenhall

Paul Mendenhall began his life-long radio broadcasting career in 1970 at Carmel High School where he worked at the school’s radio station WHJE. After high school graduation, Paul worked part-time at WHYT Radio in Noblesville, and in 1974 at WXLW Radio in Indianapolis while attending Butler University.

From there, Paul transferred to Ball State to take his first full time job for Bill Shirk’s family at WERK Radio in Muncie. At WERK, he became Program Director and served as one of the “Men at WERK” until 1981.

Paul also managed the radio station at Ben Davis High School and was a teacher for 17 years. After stepping down for a few months to student teach, Paul joined Fairbanks Broadcasting in Indianapolis working for Cris Conner at WNAP Radio, then WIBC Radio, and finally his current professional home, WTTS Radio. Paul joined Indianapolis market station WTTS (Trafalgar), where he hosts the WTTS “Morning Show.”

In addition to hosting charitable events that WTTS Radio presents for children’s reading programs through the Indianapolis Public Library, the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Toys for Tots and local food banks, Paul devotes his time to a number of other worthwhile local causes.

Bob Forbes

Bob Forbes

Terre Haute broadcaster Bob Forbes started broadcasting at WBOW-AM in 1947 while still in college at Indiana State Teachers College.

In 1948, Bob joined WTHI-AM when it first went on-the-air. WTHI-TV launched served in 1954, as just the tenth Hoosier television station. Bob Forbes was WTHI-TV’s first sports anchor and the only sports anchor at the television station until he retired in 1985. Bob was the longtime voice of the Indiana State Sycamores, including the Larry Bird-led NCAA runner-up basketball team in 1979.

Bob Forbes was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 for his broadcasting career and was also inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2006. Bob Forbes passed in January 2005 and the IBA recognition will be posthumously awarded.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

Although a native of Florida, Bob Ross lived and worked in Muncie. His “Joy of Painting” program is still nationally and internationally syndicated, and was produced at WIPB-TV, a community PBS station affiliated with Ball State University.

Bob’s programs have been carried by nearly 300 television stations, covering an estimated 80 million households. One early individual station report showed Ross’s “Joy of Painting” program was more widely viewed than “Sesame Street!”

Bob Ross passed in 1995 at the age of 52, and the IBA recognition will be posthumously awarded.

Springhill Suites

Hotel Information

SpringHill Suites in Carmel, IN – $129 per night

Book now to get the group rate.   Last day to get the IBA member rate is Tuesday, October 12th.

If you have any questions call (317) 922-6708 or email alex@indianabroadcasters.org.



Pricing & Registration

The IBA is excited to welcome members back to our in-person annual conference which will be held Wednesday, October 27th in Carmel!

The price is $50 to attend.

If you have any questions call (317) 922-6708 or email alex@indianabroadcasters.org.

Registration is now closed