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KAB Announces 2020 Hall of Fame and Individual Award Winners
Distinguished Service Award and Hall of Fame - Kent Cornish
Kent has been a Kansas broadcaster for over 40 years, starting as an intern at WIBW in Topeka in 1975 and concluding his career as President of the KAB later this year. In between, Kent was a news anchor and assistant news director and operations manager at WIBW for 12 years, and general manager for 10 years at KTKA TV in Topeka and 7 years at KSAS/KMTW TV in Wichita. He served as President of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations in 2015.
Hall of Fame Inductees - Don Hall and Ralph Titus
Don Hall (Posthumously)
Don spent nearly 45 years on the air in Wichita before he was tragically killed in an auto accident this past spring. Known widely as “Dancin’ Don”, he began his career at KSEK Radio in Pttsburgh while in college. He spent two years at KWBW in Hutchinson, before starting at KEYN in 1974. Don later joined Clear Channel Radio in Wichita before returning to KEYN in 2009. For 36 years he served as the PA announcer for Wichita State Basketball and in 2019 was inducted into the Wichita Sports Hall of Fame.
Ralph Titus (Posthumously)
Known as the "Voice of Kansas State University" for nearly 40 years, Ralph helped establish KSAC/KKSU radio as one of the premiere university owned stations in the country. Ralph, a 1955 graduate of K-State, worked at KSAC radio during the four years he was a student at K-State. After serving in the Air Force, he did news and public affairs stints at WIBW AM-TV and KWTV-TV in Oklahoma City. He returned to Manhattan in 1961 as assistant manager and program director at KSAC. Ralph helped develop the programming format for National Public Radio, which started in 1976. At KSAC/KKSU he was known by listeners for his erudite style and love for the arts. He was also remembered for the many interviews he conducted with U.S. Presidents, world leaders, and most of all, with interesting people. He retired as manager of KKSU in 1994 and passed away in October 2018.
Mike Oatman Award for Broadcast Sales Exclellence - Amy Jo Williams-Wintz
“AJ" as she is known, has been a KWCH TV sales rep in Hutchinson for 23 years. More than an advertising salesperson, she is a true marketing consultant, advising her clients on all aspects of their business. Competitors have tried and failed to duplicate her success in sales and list of fiercely loyal clients. Her nomination stated, “As a sales manager you attempt to find someone that fits your most successful salesperson’s profile. For us, that’s AJ." Over the years AJ has given back by volunteering her time and marketing talents to local schools, colleges, various non-profits and important organizations and businesses in the communities where she has resided. She has loved cheering on her husband and kids in all of their sports and activities. She has been humbled to serve her clients but she is most proud of her job as wife to Chad and mom to Turner and Josie.
Sonny Slater Award for Service to Station and Community - Bob Thibault
Bob has worked behind the scenes in Topeka television for 40 years. He is currently the managing editor at KSNT/KTMJ/KTKA in Topeka and has served in several capacities in his 20-plus years there. Prior to his current position at KSNT/KTMJ/KTKA, he worked at WIBW-TV for nearly 15 years as a photographer, producer, and assignment editor. He’s a lifelong Kansan and a graduate of Colby Community Junior College and Ft. Hays State University.
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