Congratulations to Ralph Hacker

via Kentucky Digital Library

via Kentucky Digital Library

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association salutes Ralph Hacker, University of Kentucky Hall of Fame Class of 2017. A legendary broadcaster who spent 34 years on the UK Radio Network. Hacker served as the men’s basketball analyst for years with Cawood Ledford. After Ledford’s retirement, Hacker conducted the play-by-play duties for eight years, including UK’s 1996 and 1998 national championship seasons. He was the voice of Wildcat football for five seasons.

Hacker was president of HMH broadcasting. He hosted head coaches pre- and post-game shows and the weekly Big Blue Line call-in show. Hacker was on the radio call for three men’s basketball national championships, seven Final Fours and four football bowl games.

Hacker was chairman of the KBA in 1985.

In Memory of Charlene Stats

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association is saddened by the passing of Charlene Stats, wife of former Kentucky Bureau Chief of the Associated Press, Ed Stats.

Charlene was very active in community life as her husband Ed was in his. Our thanks to our higher power for not only allowing all of us who were AP members to know Ed but also his partner in life, Charlene who faced Alzheimer’s with great courage.

Funeral services for Charlene were held Juky 16 in Louisville.

2017 KBA Conference registration now open!

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Galt House Hotel
Louisville, KY
October 9-10, 2017

Join the Kentucky Broadcasters for the 2017 KBA Conference at the Galt House Hotel, October 9-10, 2017. We are currently accepting lodging and conference registrations for this event! You may register online or download and email to karen@kba.org.

Registration deadline is Friday, September, 1, 2017. Please note after this date a $100.00 registration fee will apply per attendee. Please register early, as we want to see YOU in Louisville.

We have a lot of great events planned including a bourbon tour, cruise on the Belle of Louisville, educational sessions covering lobbying, FCC regulations, sales, staff safety, engineering and so much more! Peruse the exhibits to learn about the latest and greatest technological advances in the broadcast industry.

Tuesday, October 10 will culminate into an evening of awards and splendor. Following the awards dinner, a KBA after party is scheduled. Remember, lodging reservations must be made through the KBA. Check back for weekly updates! Deadline is September 1, 2017!


2017 KBA Awards nominations are now being accepted

The KBA is now accepting nominations for the 2017 KBA Awards to be presented during the KBA Annual Conference October 9-10 in Louisville, KY at the Galt House.

To submit a nominee, state the award that you are nominating the person(s) for and give a brief overview of the accomplishments of the individual(s). Your contact information must be included. Nominations can be emailed to Karen@KBA.org, faxed to (502) 848-5710, or mailed to 101 Enterprise Drive, Frankfort KY 40601.

Deadline for nominations is August 8, 2017.

Winners will be announced October 10th at the KBA Annual Conference in Louisville.

The Kentucky Broadcasters Association award winners are selected by a committee appointed by the organization’s Chairman and shall be comprised of three representatives of member stations and the sitting executive committee. Nominations for awards may be made by employees of any member station or by members of the awards committee.

Al Temple Award: Presented to those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Kentucky Broadcasters Association over an extended period of time. Their volunteer service is an invaluable part of this organizations success and ability to serve its members. The award is named in honor of the extraordinary service of Al Temple a pioneer secretary-treasurer of the KBA.

Kentucky MIC Hall of Fame Award: Presented to those individuals who have made outstanding personal contributions to the broadcasting profession in Kentucky. Since this award is considered to be the highest award given by the KBA to recognize accomplishments in Kentucky broadcasting, recipients are hereby inducted into the KBA Hall of Fame.

J.T. Whitlock Life Service Award: Presented to members retiring or leaving the profession who have earned perpetual membership and recognition as a result of their contributions to Kentucky broadcasting. Participation in conventions shall be at no cost to recipients of the Life Service Award and their spouse. The award is in honor of a life of service by J.T. Whitlock, longtime KBA Executive Director / Secretary-Treasurer.

Ralph Gabbard Distinguished Kentuckian Award: Given to present or former Kentuckians who have earned fame or acclaim in their field of endeavor and presented in recognition of the value of those achievements and accomplishments to the state and nation. This award is in honor of distinguished television broadcaster and former Kentucky Broadcasters Association Chairman Ralph Gabbard.