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.
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 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 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 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.
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.
The 32nd Annual Spectrum Awards – Call for Entries
The 32nd Annual Spectrum Awards recognizes broadcast excellence for outstanding achievement in broadcasting by Indiana radio and television stations. The competition is open to all FCC licensed IBA member radio and television stations in Indiana.
The competition is established to encourage the highest standards of reporting, community service and production creativity. It brings the ultimate prize of peer recognition to members of the broadcast industry of Indiana.
Entries for the 2019 Spectrum Awards are due by Wednesday, July 31st at 11:59 p.m
Please review the following document for more information and submit your entry.
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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.
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’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.
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.
In 1997, Scripps Networks was formed, and Ed became Executive Vice President.