Broadcasters: There When It Matters!


The NAB State Leadership Conference will be held in Washington, DC , February 27-28. As a result, the theme is Broadcasters There When It Matters.

In particular, the NAB is seeking photos of your great broadcasting skills from recent fires, snowstorms, floods, etc. The NAB wants tons of photos from both radio and television stations.

Please be sure the photos are, at minimum, 300 dpi, high-res JPG files as we plan to blow these up. Also please be sure to identify everybody in the photos with names, station call letters, city, state. If there is a great story to go along with the photo let us know as well. Please email those to Sue Keenom or Adam Sandler

If you have compelling video or audio clips, please send those our way as well. We are also producing a video. They need to be HD quality. (1280x h.264 files). You can send them via to

P/T News/Content Specialist

WFIE, the #1 station in Evansville, IN is seeking a part time News Content Specialist to join our team. Qualified applicants should be highly motivated and eager to learn all positions within our production department.

 Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
*Efficient operation of studio cameras, teleprompter, studio lighting, and microphones.
*Editing video for newscasts*Run audio board during newscasts
*Run Chyron graphics system during newscasts
*Assist with studio maintenance
*Learn and sign on for master control shifts

*Candidate must be creative and detail oriented.
*Have good computer and internet skills.
*Have good communication skills and the ability to work well with others.
*Be able to work under stressful situations.
*Be able to lift up to 25 lbs.
*Have strong hand/eye coordination
*Have the ability to recognize colors accurately
*Be able to stand and sit for long hours at a time
*Be able to work mornings, nights, weekends and additional hours on short notice.

High school diploma or GED equivalent required, college degree and/or relevant experience preferred. Pre-employment drug screen required.  Qualified applicants, please apply online and attach your resume and cover letter. No phone calls please. EOE-M/F/D/V

R.I.P. Wes Strader

The legendary voice of the WKU Hilltopppers, Charles Wesley “Wes” Strader passed away Tuesday evening at the age of 79.

Born in Barren County, his childhood was spent living and working on the family farm. He graduated from Hiseville High School, where he was an avid football and basketball player.

Strader’s association with WKU sports goes back to the late 1940s when, as a 10 year old, he began regularly attending athletic events with his father, a season ticket holder.

Strader spent 36 wonderful years ( 1964-2000) as the voice of the Western Kentucky University Hilltoppers.

In 2002, Strader was inducted into the 2002 Kentucky Athletic Hall of Fame. On February 21, 2013, Strader was honored from his WKU alma mater when WKU unveiled a banner in his name. The banner hangs in the E.A. Diddle Arena. To date, Strader’s is the only banner in the Diddle Arena that is not of a player or a former coach.

In 2008, Strader returned to the mic to host a Hilltopper pre-game and post-game call-in show. Many times, former UK All-American Basketball great, Kenny Walker was Wes’ co-host on the program. It was until late 2017 that his health declined and the show stopped production. Strader’s legacy will live on in the Bowling Green community and at Western Kentucky University. In its third year, the “Wes Strader Schoolboy Classic” basketball tournament will take place.

The KBA family extends its deepest condolences to his wife Sue, daughter Kim and son Chuck, two grandchildren, grandson Wes and granddaughter Kara and great granddaughter Olivia.

A visitation will be held on Monday, January 16, 2018 from 2pm to 8pm CST at Eastwood Baptist Church located at 500 Eastwood Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42103. Additionally, funeral services will be on Tuesday, January 16, 2018 at 1:00pm with a visitation at 10am until time of service at Eastwood Baptist Church, 500 Eastwood Avenue, Bowling Green, KY 42103.


“A kid can only dream to grow up and be friends with one of his heroes. I was blessed with getting to do this with Wes. I will miss voice and his smile, but more than anything I will miss his friendship.” I know I speak for so many in saying how much we will miss him. I will forever hear him say “Good night sports fans.”

Derron Steenbergen
KBA Past Chair


“Even though I, personally never worked side by side with Wes, I did have the opportunity to talk with him numerous times about high school players across Kentucky who were excelling in football in his area. We, sometimes, talked for hours about the future of high school sports. In addition, my sidekick for 30 years in calling Henderson County football on the radio was Leo Peckenpaugh. Leo was a former all OVC quarterback from Western in the early 1970s. Wes filled me in on Leo’s past and the same for other sports greats from the Henderson area who played at Western. Leo has been doing color for Western on the Big Red Network for over 15 years”.

“Our friend Wes, no doubt, was a positive influence on many young people at the high school and collegiate level at Western. In closing, Wes loved Kentucky broadcasters. Up until very recently, Wes would join us at the KBA Fall Conference. Wes was more than a sportscaster. Wes was a broadcaster and he will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

Henry G. Lackey
KBA President/ CEO

Media Sales Consultant

Media Sales Consultant  2018-7974  1-3-2018

WAVE-TV the NBC Affiliate in Louisville, KY is seeking a Media Sales Consultant.

Are you an aggressive, goal-oriented person with a strong competitive drive and determination to win? A natural relationship builder and collaborator, often viewed by others as a thought leader? Are you interested in a sales position that allows you to do what you do best—sell, sell, and sell?  No paperwork—just you and your clients changing the way an industry conducts business.  It is a new day of selling at Raycom Media, the industry leader in Multi-Platform sales and marketing, and we are looking for STAR sales professionals who want to join this team.

The Media Sales Consultant position requires someone with a high level of tenacity and closing ability to achieve set sales quotas. You will utilize an audience-based sales approach, selling across all product platforms, to provide marketing solutions to current and new customers. A great Media Sales Consultant must possess extensive industry and market knowledge in order to assist their clients in defining specific marketing objectives in order to recommend high impact solutions. Raycom Media believes in a client focused approach and prides itself on addressing clients’ needs, crafting custom solutions, and consistently delivering results.

Responsibilities for this role include:

Conducting thorough needs analyses, present proposed strategic solutions and tactics and provide superior follow-up assessments of advertising effectiveness.

Utilize expanded B2B marketing resources to build compelling and creative solutions in a competitive landscape.

Develop new business and maintain current business.

Sell across all product platforms; broadcast, digital and OTT.

Each Media Sales Consultant will be paired with a Success Manager.  Together it will be your priority to provide the best possible customer service while constantly and consistently creating new client relationships.

The individuals who will become our Media Sales Consultants are enthusiastic, driven, self-motivated, hunters, confident, and have an entrepreneurial spirit.  If this sounds like you, we invite you to apply today!

Desired Skills and Experience

  • BA or BS in Business, Marketing or Advertising preferred
  • 3-5 years of sales or marketing experience required, with interactive/digital experience preferred

Qualified applicants, complete online application:

and attach resume with cover letter.  Pre-employment drug screen and MVR required.  No phone calls please.  EOE-M/F/D/V

News Director

WPSD Local 6, the family owned, NBC affiliate in Paducah, Kentucky (82 DMA), is looking for a dynamic individual to lead its news department. The ideal candidate for this job should have the skills, passion, vision, and drive to take us to the highest level of performance. Candidates should possess strong writing, producing, management, and leadership skills. Must be creative, innovative, have an extremely hands-on management style, and be able to create and execute a winning strategy across broadcast, digital, social and OTT platforms. Should be knowledgeable about FCC rules and civil laws pertaining to news broadcasting and employment and labor regulations. Should work well under pressure and have the ability to train and motivate staff members in a positive way to advance their skills and bring out the very best in each of them. Most of all, you must be a fierce competitor who plays to win – every day! Three years of news management experience and a college degree is preferred. Computer skills are required. EOE, M/F/D/V, Drug Screen and Background Check required. Email resume and video links to: Bill Evans, General Manager, WPSD Local 6 at

KBA Welcomes Chad Lampe to the Board!

KBA President/ CEO, Henry Lackey and KBA Chairwoman Marti Hazel proudly welcome Chad Lampe to the KBA Board of Directors.

General Manager of WKMS in Murray, Kentucky, Chad was appointed Public Radio Director to fulfill the remainder of the seat held by John Hingsbergen, who suddenly passed away on November 30, 2017.

Chad has a B.A. in Psychology and an M.S. in Mass Communications from Murray State University. Welcome Chad!

Happy Retirement to ‘Kentucky Afield’ host Charlie Baglan!

It’s Official! Long-time host of Kentucky Afield Radio and the voice heard on the opening of every Kentucky Afield television show on KET, hung up the headphones on December 31, 2017.

“Helping to tell the stories of wildlife and wild places has been a dream come true,”says Charlie Baglan, who began his career in Carrollton , Kentucky’s WIKI FM 100.1 in 1981.

“Elk restoration , the birth of the National Archery in the Schools program, the recovery of the Bald Eagle and more, it’s been an exciting time to be a broadcast journalist in the field of wildlife.” Kentucky Afield Radio actually launched the television program, both beginning in 1953, and produced by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife.

Baglan spent several years in South Carolina from Myrtle Beach to afternoon drive on 56 WIS in Columbia before returning home to be nearer to family in 1990. After briefly working with WAVE 3 and WDRB 41 in Louisville, he answered the call from Kentucky Afield and never looked back. He was a reporter, executive producer, and hosted ” Kentucky Afield for Kids” which aired in schools on KET’s Star Channel.

His pride and joy was Kentucky Afield Radio he revived in 1997. Dozens of stations have carried the show across the commonwealth, Indiana and Tennessee.

Along the way, the Emmy-winning Baglan has amassed countless broadcast and advertising accolades for boating safety, early learning, Nature’s Finest license plates, highway safety and an audio tour for the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort.

This past June in St. Louis, the National Association of Government Communicators named Kentucky Afield Radio the best government-produced program in America. It was for an episode commemorating the 50th anniversary of the protest hike leading to the undamming of Red River Gorge. The Kentucky State Senate also honored the program.

Baglan’s good-bye broadcast aired on New Year’s Eve weekend. Kentucky Afield Radio will then got into hiatus, but could reappear as a podcast targeting the next generation of outdoor fans.

” I have no immediate retirement plans, but I hope to keep my hand in broadcasting in some way. Thanks so all my friends at the KBA for their support over the years. There is nothing better than hometown, community-fcoused radio. I’m so fortunate to have been part of that for 37 years.”

Charlie has been writing a few articles the in State Journal, our local Frankfort newspaper and his photography is featured in art galleries in town. I am sure that this is not the last we will see of Charlie Baglan, just a new chapter.