Congratulations to our 2021 award winners!

Distinguished Service Award – Steve Smethers

Mike Oatman Award for Broadcast Sales Excellence – Scott Donovan

Sonny Slater Award for Service to Station and Community – John O’Connor

Rising Star Award – NEW AWARD!*

The KAB Rising Star Award seeks to recognize young broadcasters who have made a significant impact on their stations and communities. Nominees must be under the age of 40 at the time of their nomination and must have spent a minimum of ONE year at a radio or TV station in Kansas. Finalists will be selected based on their contributions to the industry, spirit of innovation, and community involvement. Anyone can make nominations. Nominations will be accepted in the form of a letter of recommendation not to exceed 500 words, emailed to [email protected] by August 1.

Three finalists and a winner will be chosen by the KAB Board of Directors. All three will be profiled in KAB publications. The winner will be awarded at the KAB Broadcast Excellence Awards Dinner.

 

KAB Distinguished Service Award

The KAB’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, is given annually for exemplary service to the community, state and broadcast industry. All DSA’s prior to 2000 were automatically inducted into the KAB Hall of Fame when it was started that year.
See nomination guidelines here.

 

KAB Sonny Slater Award for Service to Station and Community

The Sonny Slater Award was established in 1992 to honor Sonny Slater and to recognize a Kansas broadcaster, who is not an owner or general manager, for long time service to his or her station and community. See nomination guidelines here.

 

KAB Mike Oatman Award for Broadcast Sales Excellence

KAB established the Mike Oatman Award in 2003 to honor his memory and to recognize outstanding achievement in Kansas broadcast sales, sales management and mentoring others to sales success over a period of time. It was presented the first year, posthumously to Mike Oatman. See nomination guidelines here.

 

KAB Hod Humiston Award for Sports Broadcasting

(Presented at the Sports Seminar in April/May)

The Hod Humiston Award is given annually to a Kansas broadcaster who has made significant contributions to the field of sports broadcasting as well as work in the community. See nomination guidelines here.

 

KAB Friend of Kansas Broadcasting Award

This KAB award was established in 2001 and is not intended to be awarded annually but only when the KAB Board of Directors determines that an individual or organization merits such recognition. See nomination guidelines here.