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Sgt. Noah Galloway to be honored as ABA’s Citizen of the Year

Noah_GallowayThe Alabama Broadcasters Association is pleased to announce that Sgt. Noah Galloway, a Birmingham area native and recent finalist on “Dancing with the Stars,” will be honored at our Citizen of the Year Luncheon on Friday, August 14th as part of the ABA’s annual conference.

Sergeant Noah Galloway was assigned to the 1st of the 502nd Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division out of Fort Campbell, Kentucky during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Just three months into his second tour of duty, he experienced a life changing injury. On December 19, 2005, Galloway lost his left arm above the elbow and left leg above the knee in an Improvised Explosive Device attack. He was transported to Germany to receive medical treatment, remaining unconscious for five days.

Galloway woke up late in the evening on Christmas Eve to learn he lost two of his limbs and sustained severe injuries to his right leg and his jaw. Galloway was then transferred to Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington DC. Join us at the luncheon to hear how Sgt. Noah Galloway overcame this tragedy.

The purpose of this award is to honor and pay tribute to a citizen of Alabama for outstanding contributions to the well being, prosperity and progress of the state.

ABA’s Citizen of the Year is someone who has enhanced and enriched the lives of Alabamians by leadership and unselfish service to his or her community and the state. This leadership can be recognition of outstanding contributions of distinguished and honorable public service.

 While the award itself carries a date, it is not primarily devoted to one single achievement in a specific year. It is designed to award continuing service and leadership.




 The  ABA Annual Conference will be held Friday and Saturday, August 14 and 15 at the Hyatt Regency in Hoover (the Wynfrey Hotel).


Friday’s schedule includes an opening keynote address by Paul Weyland titled “Holding Your Own Leash:  How to Manage Yourself and Others”

The second session is a first for the ABA – a State of the Industry presentation.  NAB Executive Vice President Rick Kaplan will moderate a panel of professionals to discuss where broadcasting is and where it’s going.  Panelists include Pat LaPlatney, Senior Vice President of Raycom Media; Hank Price, President and General Manager of WVTM-TV and Senior Director of Northwestern University’s Media Management Center; Bud Walters, President of Cromwell Radio Group; and, Steve Newberry, President and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting.

At lunch Friday, we’ll name the Broadcaster of the Year and induct the 2015 Hall of Fame class.

After the luncheon, attendees will choose from four sessions including digital sales training, a radio programming round table, Graeme Newell presenting a television marketing and promotion session and  “Management versus Leadership” led by Mark Levy.

The annual ABA Engineering Seminar will be hosted on Friday so those inclined may also participate in the “Ham Fest” in Huntsville on Saturday!  This year’s Engineering theme is “Broadcast Audio – Quality vs Quantity.”  The Seminar is sponsored by Bohn Broadcast Services.

Friday will wrap up with the President’s Reception, after which attendees are invited to experience Birmingham’s great restaurants on their own.


The day begins with a choice of four sessions:  FCC and Legal Affairs with ABA Attorney Scott Johnson, a TV sales session presented by Paul Weyland, a radio sales session with Mark Levy and the first of four Poynter Institute news sessions.

Also of interest to radio and TV marketing professionals is a broadcast branding session with Greg Stroud of Fine Living and HGTV.

The heads of the Radio and Television Music Licensing Committees along with Kevin Goldberg of Fletcher Heald & Hildreth will talk about the status of licenses with ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and SoundExchange.

In the afternoon, Paul Weyland will teach a radio sales session and Mark Levy offers a topic for TV sales executives.

Kevin Goldberg will be joined by Ryanne Duffie Saucier of Mississippi Public Broadcasting to host an important session on Copyright and Trademark.

We’ll host an Exhibit Floor all day Friday through 1:45pm Saturday.  Plan to shop for equipment, programming, promotional items, etc!

We’ll wrap up the conference with a Closing Reception featuring music and food to set the mood for another night out in the ’Ham.

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