News Release: 1/30/2019

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January 30, 2019

Local Chamber Member added to the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters 2019 Board of Directors: Congratulations to Dennis Banka, WUCZ/WRKM Carthage.



The Tennessee Association of Broadcasters 2019 Board of Directors announced after the Winter Board Meeting:

(Nashville, Tennessee) Tennessee Association of Broadcasters’ President Whit Adamson announced that the 2019 Board of Directors was elected and outgoing Chairman Bernie Barker, WDEF Radio, Chattanooga will step down while Tracey Rogers, WKRN-TV General Manager, Nashville was elected new Chairman. 

Under Barker’s leadership, the TAB conducted a 2ndsuccessful year of the National Radio Talent Institute at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. Chairman Barker held regional meetings on broadcast issues such as government open records and congressional issues that included thedeductibility of advertising, the Music Modernization Act and the ongoing spectrum repacking. The TAB celebrated its 70thAnniversary in 2018 with an Annual Conference in Murfreesboro and the Call-on-Congress. 

New TAB Chairman Tracey Rogers’ 2019 Executive Board will be complimented with Chairman Elect Lyn Plantinga, WTVF-TV Nashville; VP Radio Chris Protzman, Summitmedia Knoxville; VP TV Joe Denk, Nexstar TV Memphis and At-Large Directors Coby Cooper, WATE TV, Knoxville; Kenny Lawrence WJHL TV, Johnson City; Larry Stone, Stonecom Radio, Cookeville; Susie James, WANT/WCOR. Lebanon. Regional Directors are Dwight Wilkerson, WLIK Newport; Pam Teague, WRCB TV Chattanooga; Lester Turner WRLT Nashville; Dennis Banka, WUCZ/WRKM Carthage; Doreen Graves, WBBP Memphis and Dr. George Flinn, WHBQ Radio, Memphis. George DeVault will remain as Secretary Treasurer.

About the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters
The mission of the TAB is to promote and advocate for the broadcasters of Tennessee while serving the public. We help improve and preserve, on a national and statewide basis, an economic, legal and regulatory environment that best enhances the ability of each station to be financially strong, to remain free from governmental control of programming, and to excel in the public service roles that each station plays across Tennessee. The TAB offers a robust Public Education Partnership program providing government agencies and non-profits the ultimate program for public outreach and awareness. We seek to educate Tennessee’s local, state and federal officials along with other community leaders about important broadcasting issues, concerns and challenges, in an effort to create increasingly strong and healthy communities.

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