2022 Broadcasters Conference

Your Indiana Broadcasters Association is excited to welcome members back to our in-person annual conference, with events held Monday, October 3 and Tuesday, October 4 the 502 East Event Centre in Carmel.  Parking is abundant and free.

Note that our Awards Luncheon and Conference Session registration deadline is Tuesday, September 20, 2022.  A special IBA hotel rate at the Renaissance in Carmel is also available until September 20.  Details are below.

Registration is closed.



Monday, October 3rd Events

The 2022 IBA Conference activities begin with the annual Member’s Meeting and election of 2023 Board of Directors at 12noon on Monday, October 3.  Any member in good standing can attend and vote on the board slate.  Lunch is provided.  Please RSVP to Alex Rusciano if you would like to attend the 12noon IBA Board of Directors meeting:  alex@indianabroadcasters.org.

The Fall Career Fair for member stations and job seekers is the afternoon of October 3, followed by a special “Salute to Broadcasting Careers” Dinner for stations registered to attend the Career Fair.  Station registration is now closed for this event.

Tuesday, October 4th Events


Coffee and pastries fundraiser for the National Association of Broadcasters Political Action Committee (NABPAC) $25 registration, to attend drop a line to:  dave@indianabroadcasters.org


Conference Welcome, with coffee provided.  (Please do not bring in food or drink from outside the venue.)


New Challenges in Broadcasting Roundtable

  • John Tkac, sales expert on new opportunities
  • Sam Matheny, CTO of NAB on ATSC 3.0
  • Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media on app-based listening


Refreshment Break


Selling to Auto Dealers with John Tkac

Ideal radio and TV sales and management.  For more than three decades, John Tkac operated in the retail automobile business at some of the largest retail auto dealerships in the country. He now travels the country teaching broadcasters how to better communicate with, and sell to, these important local advertisers. John will share the top strategies, tactics, and techniques that will make the auto dealers in your area long-term customers and true believers in the effectiveness of broadcasting. 


For Radio Members:  “Don’t Touch That Dial!”

  • Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media
  • Sam Matheny, CTO of NAB
  • Steve Newberry, Quu

Competitors are seeking to siphon your in-car listeners with a the latest bevy of digital apps and subscription services that often present comprehensive graphics, song information, and even more details on sponsored content.  Radio also has this capability, although many broadcasters don’t understand the “best practices” of how to use metadata – coordinating between station programmers, engineers, sales, and management to give listeners more timely, relevant, and ultimately useful information.


For TV Members:  “Television Trends — How TV is Changing”

  • Marisa DeCandido, Magid Research

Marisa DeCandido is a Consultant on the Brand Strategy and Innovation team at Magid. She works on evolving strategies to meet the changing needs of consumers across all platforms – both existing and emerging. Her goal is to help Magid partners become dynamic multi-platform trailblazers and stay on top of shifting digital trends. Before joining Magid, Marisa was an award-winning reporter and digital leader in newsrooms across the Midwest. 


Hall of Fame and Spectrum Awards Luncheon

Doors open at 12noon and lunch will be served as six Hoosier broadcasters are inducted into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame, and the IBA will present its annual Tom Severino Leadership to educator Scott Uecker and Lifetime Achievement Awards to broadcaster Tom Griswold.  The annual “best in broadcasting” Spectrum Awards will follow, saluting the year’s top stations, news, sports, weather, events, and commercials.

Hall of Fame

Hall Of Fame Honorees

Six Hoosier broadcasters will soon become the newest inductees into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame. This year’s ceremony will honor the 2022 class.

2022 Hall of Fame Class

Kristi Lee

Kristi Lee

Kristi Lee is best known for the nationally syndicated Bob & Tom Show where she began in 1987. Currently, she is the show’s co-host and news director. She began her career as one of the first female engineers at WRTV. Then she worked for radio stations WIRE, WNAP, and WENS. She has also covered sports for ESPN and the Indiana Pacers

Ted Lin

Ted Linn

Ted Linn served as News Director of WANE-TV in Fort Wayne for 16 of his nearly 40 years in television news, before his retirement. He took the station’s news to the leading spot in the market. They received a number of IBA Spectrum Awards, two Regional Emmy Awards and an Edward R. Murrow Award. Prior to working in Fort Wayne Ted worked for WISH in Indianapolis, WLFI in Lafayette, and WKEF in Dayton.

Peggy Mccelland

Peggy McClelland

Peggy McClelland has worked for WTTV, WNDY, KFVE and WISH. She rose to production manager at WTTV in 1987. In 1989, she left for KFVE, Honolulu to be production manager. She returned to Indianapolis and WTTV in 1995. She served as Executive Producer for the statewide Hoosier Millionaire broadcast. She is currently Creative Service Director at WISH in Indianapolis.

John Stehr

John Stehr

Prior to his retirement, John Stehr was lead anchor for 23 years at WTHR in Indianapolis. His work earned him numerous Regional Emmy Awards. Previously he was anchor in New York for CBS Morning News and CNBC’s The Money Wheel. He began his career working for stations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Indiana

Jerry Harkness

Jerry Harkness

Jerry Harkness was the first African American sportscaster in Indiana at WTHR, and was also a two-time All American at Loyola and played for the NBA New York Knicks and ABA Indiana Pacers. He was the first Black spokesperson for Quaker Oats and Indianapolis United Way. As a social activist, he helped found the 100 Black Men mentoring organization. Harkness will be posthumously recognized.

Tom Severino

Tom Severino

Tom Severino’s 30-year career included two stops in Indianapolis. He managed WIRE, WXTZ and Network Indiana then left for stations in Chicago, Detroit and Cincinnati. Returning to Emmis Communications in 1994, he led WIBC, WLHK, WFNI WYXB and Network Indiana. Tom and his stations won many awards, but he is best remembered by his employees for being a beloved leader. Severino will be posthumously recognized.

2022 Conference Hotel

Hotel Information

The hotel registration block is closed.

Renaissance Indianapolis North Hotel in Carmel, IN

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