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Kathy Saunders

2022 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

(Published August 2022)

This year’s Pioneer of the Year has done more to serve Texas in terms of local news – in my opinion – than any other broadcaster.

Kathy Saunders, VP/GM of KDFW and KDFI-TV in Dallas-Fort Worth, has been with the Fox Television Stations since 1997 – making her the most tenured Television GM in our market.

With our industry’s focus on local journalism (as well as our politicians) I’m so very excited to be able to recognize an individual like Kathy.

She has always approached her work with one eye on the future of our industry and another on the community as she doubled down on local journalism.

Kathy has always stressed the importance of keeping her stations and staff connected with the community – no matter how they get their TV content.

She continues to push for a high-energy, digital approach to reaching viewers – whether it be breaking news, weather alerts or sports updates.

A champion for TAB, Kathy is a strong supporter of our industry, our association, local news, her company and her team.

On many occasions, she has jumped on a flight to DC, driven across town or joined virtual meetings when Oscar called to press our case on issues like retransmission consent, Open Government, or unfair competition from Big Tech.

Her leadership skills are reflected in the minimal staff turnover at her stations.

The fact that her news, weather and sports anchors have remained loyal to her speaks volumes to her servitude, people skills and integrity.

Her sales teams are always at the top of the game and the most aggressive in the market.

Customers and clients consistently comment on the professionalism of her teams.

I could go on for days – but suffice to say – “Kathy is the Real Deal!”

And she accomplished everything when very few women were given changes to run their own stations – much less in a Top 10 Television Market!

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Mark Grubbs

2021 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

(Published August 2021)

TAB’s Pioneer of the Year has always believed that broadcast success is a combination of consistently applied fundamentals and a commitment to community service.

Mark Grubbs has been the owner/operator of the Ranch Radio Group stations in the Texas Hill Country since 1993.

Grubbs got his start at KEYS Corpus Christi but spent most of his early career with Waterman Broadcasting at powerhouse KTSA San Antonio.

Fifteen years at KTSA! That was unheard of in the business at the time.

“Even his competitors couldn’t help but acknowledge his presence in the market. He set an example for all other sales executives – he was inside every door at every agency and client in town,” said former TAB President John Barger.

“He was personable, out-going, knowledgeable and professional – hard to beat!”

After a seven-year competitive FCC battle, Grubbs and his business partner were able to build and operate 94.7 FM in Austin. Didn’t go so well in Austin.

As he says, “I got my RTV degree from OSU, my master’s from Bernie Waterman and my doctorate from Austin – when I went broke.”

Leaving Austin, he filed for a license for an FM station in Kerrville – and 92.3 “The Ranch” became the cornerstone of the Ranch Radio Group.

Grubbs is always looking for opportunities to serve his community, either with new promotion, programming, and marketing strategies to better serve listeners and local businesses, or a solution to a pressing community need.

Whether it’s serving as the official Radio station for the Gillespie County Fair or raising money for 4-H and FFA scholarships, Grubbs’ passion for serving his community is woven seamlessly into everything he and the Ranch Staff do.

At the end of the day, he’s the “Consummate Radio Guy.” You can ask him about the weather and within a minute or so – the conversation has turned to Radio.

Texas broadcasters salute Grubbs’ undying passion for the Radio business and his continuing commitment to broadcast excellence and serving the industry and local community.

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Jackie Rutledge

2019 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

Throughout her long career in Texas Radio and Television, Jackie Rutledge stands out as a shining example of dedication to the broadcast industry and her local community alike.

Growing up in Houston, Rutledge’s began her career as an account executive at the Houston Chronicle.

Following her husband Evans’ career, she moved to Temple where she worked for KTEM/KPLE – radio stations owned by Pioneer Texas Broadcaster Clint Formby.

The Rutledges moved to Lubbock so Evans could go to law school, and she started working in sales for KLLL/KEND radio.

In February 1986, Rutledge took a position in Abilene at the ABC affiliate, KTXS-TV as an Account Executive.

After two years, she was promoted to Local Sales Manager, then General Sales Manager.  General Manager Clay Milstead trained her to take his place and in 1993 she was named Vice-President, General Manager.

Under her leadership, the stations achieved strong ratings, created excellent promotions and received many community accolades, as well as industry honors.

They also expanded coverage and sales in San Angelo and added CW and Telemundo stations.

Always a big believer in community service and giving back, Rutledge served on numerous boards during her time in Abilene. Her commitment to her local community was evident through every part of her stations.

During her tenure, the stations won a record 10 consecutive TAB Bonner McLane Public Service Awards.

During her 23 years at KTXS-TV, she worked under five different owners (Catclaw Broadcasters; Southwest Multi Media; Lamco Communications; Blue Stone Television, owned by Sandy Di Pasquale, and Bonten Media).

“I think I can call myself a ‘survivor’,” she said.

In 2008, Rutledge left Abilene to spend four years in the GM position at WOAI-TV San Antonio, the NBC affiliate.

She revitalized the management team, built a sales staff and focused the news department and the station in a total community coverage direction.  The station’s popularity, ratings and revenue grew under her leadership.

As did many station managers, she also guided her station through the digital transition and a full HD conversion.

When WOAI-TV was sold in 2012, she moved to KWES-TV Odessa-Midland to work for the Drewry Broadcast Group and old friend Larry Patton.

The stations included KWES (an NBC Affiliate), CW, Telemundo and La Ley Radio.

In just three years, Rutledge and her staff elevated each of those operations to new levels. 

Raycom purchased the stations in 2015 and she stayed on to work for another Pioneer Texas Broadcaster, Brad Streit, before retiring in 2016 when she and Evans returned to the Houston area.

Throughout her career, Rutledge mentored scores of young professionals and helped them navigate their careers, offering counsel and encouragement even when it meant highly prized talent moving on to larger markets.

A powerful legislative advocate for the industry before state and federal policymakers, she successfully stared down one of the largest electric utilities in the country whose wind farm threatened to block her station’s signal from a huge chunk of her market.

She was equally resolute in her leadership role with TAB, working hand in glove with lawmakers to advance the industry’s agenda in the early days of satellite TV, tax deductibility of advertising costs, the DTV transition, and onerous FCC regulations on EEO recordkeeping.

She was a key figure in planning several TAB conventions, expanding the organization’s menu of services, building what is now the Public Education Partnership program, chairing multiple TAB Board committees and serving for 10 years on the Board of Directors before being named TAB Chairman in 2007, only the fourth woman to hold that title in the organization’s 55 years of existence.

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Brad Streit

2017 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

(Published August 2018)

The accomplishments of TAB’s 2018 Pioneer of the Year can be seen in communities across Texas, as well as in TAB’s continuing efforts on behalf of Texas’ free, over-the-air Radio & Television Stations.

Brad Streit now serves as Raycom Media’s Senior Vice President for Television, but his career began on the news production team at KTRE-TV Lufkin-Nacogdoches.

While he enjoyed stints in Ohio and Mississippi, his primary focus has been in the Lone Star State where he built a company-wide culture of excellence in news and community service.

The “Brad Streit Culture” is reflected in the teams he has built, with hiring based first and foremost on character, and then on initiative, ingenuity and results.

As General Manager of KLTV-TV Tyler-Longview, he led the station to market dominance with his emphasis on local news.

The station rose to national prominence by consistently commanding market share through all local newscasts.

He was recognized by the Texas Associated Press Broadcasters as “Best in Texas” two consecutive years for his commentary segment called “A Better East Texas.”

His engineering and management team at KLTV-TV was lauded for bouncing back from a tower collapse just days before it was slated to air the Super Bowl…the broadcast came off without a hitch for viewers or advertisers!

In 2015, he shepherded the acquisition by Raycom of the Drewry Broadcasting TV stations in Wichita Falls, Odessa-Midland, Amarillo and Waco.

There he led a major investment in the stations’ infrastructure and news content, expanding digital offerings and local news programs in Spanish on the group’s six Telemundo affiliates.

He was recognized in 2015 by the Texas Association of Broadcast Educators for his commitment to developing the next generation of broadcasters.

The following year, Streit established Raycom Media’s scholarship program at Stephen F. Austin University which also involves a mentorship program pairing students with industry professionals.

In 1994-95, Streit’s leadership skills bore fruit for Texas broadcasters in two pivotal actions.

First, he endorsed and helped lead an effort by then-TAB President Ann Arnold to raise the tens of thousands of dollars needed to fight an attempt by then-Southwestern Bell to enter the video services business.

As drafted, the legislation would have put broadcasters at a distinct competitive disadvantage.

TAB succeeded and in so doing, established a state-level must-carry/retransmission consent regime for TV stations.

That statute helped TV stations eventually secure cash retransmission consent payments when Bell – now AT&T – finally entered the cable business with a commitment to compensate stations for their programming.

That success also built a reputation for Texas broadcasters as major players in the legislative arena where they continue to advance measures important to our industry.

Second, searching for ways to provide member stations more services without increasing dues, Streit helped launch TAB’s NCSA/PEP program and conducted a one-on-one marketing campaign with individual stations to embrace the idea.

Since then, the NCSA/PEP program has funded the expansion of TAB’s direct member services, a professional staff serving hundreds of TV and Radio stations daily, and the construction of a multi-level building in downtown Austin.

“Brad’s gutsy decisions have always required principle, faith and leadership,” said TAB President Oscar Rodriguez.

“In his long career, he has clearly been the right person for the moment and TAB – and the Texas broadcast industry – are better for it.”

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Bob White

2017 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

Born in 1937, Bob White attended high school in Lockhart before attending the University of Texas for three years majoring in Radio-TV-Journalism. He also attended Port Arthur College to study radio engineering and secure his FCC Radio-Telephone First Class License.

He got his start in broadcasting in 1958 at WTAW-AM Bryan-College Station. From on-air, to news and engineering – White did it all.

Bob White

He left the station in 1960 to join legendary broadcaster Gordon McClendon at KILT Houston. 

After only one year, White was promoted to program director, in addition to his daily on-air shift.  Under his leadership, KILT became one of the most innovative and successful broadcast stations in the early days of Top 40 Radio.

After seven years in Houston, White moved to the Metroplex to change the old KCUL (a 50,000 watt daytime religious station) into what would become the first modern country radio station in Texas – KBUY-AM Fort Worth.

The station enjoyed great ratings and revenue success but White desired a new challenge and made the switch to Television.
He joined the staff of KIII-TV Corpus Christi in 1969, and was quickly promoted to local sales/operations manager and then general manager.

The station was owned by Michael McKinnon, 1971 Chairman of the TAB Board of Directors. Working together, they built KIII-TV into the number one news station in South Texas and one of the top ABC affiliates in the nation.

When Hurricane Celia hit Corpus Christi dead on in August 1970, KIII-TV led the way in news and service to the public.  The station had the only film of the actual hurricane devastation.  The City of Corpus Christi presented White with a Certificate of Commendation for Distinguished Service involving Hurricane Celia.

White helped put the “Domingo Peña Show” on the air and it is still airing every Sunday on KIII-TV. The show is one of the most popular TV programs in South Texas and greatly increased KIII-TV’s presence among the large Hispanic community in Corpus Christi.

The program, renamed “Domingo Live” following Domingo Peña’s death, is the longest running weekly Hispanic music/talk show in the nation.  Peña’s show featured performances by a variety of Tejano musicians and served as a high-profile forum in which Peña and his guests discussed issues of concern to the Hispanic community.

Along with the many musicians who appeared on his program, the show brought in representatives from community groups (such as LULAC and the American GI Forum), as well national leaders like President Lyndon Johnson and Vice President Hubert Humphrey.

In 1977, White received the Southern Baptist Radio and Television Commission’s Abe Lincoln Award, presented annually to a broadcaster who has made significant contributions to the quality of life in America both as private citizens and professionals. White competed with 300 other television managers from throughout the United States.

McKinnon’s company purchased KBMT-TV Beaumont in 1978 and White was responsible for overseeing both stations.  
During that time, White spent more than five years on the TAB Board of Directors and his fellow broadcasters elected him to serve as TAB Chairman in 1980. 

He would stay with McKinnon Broadcasting until 1986 when he and others secured a construction permit to build a new, full-power UHF television station in the Bryan-College Station market. Unfortunately, the financing fell through and he returned to Corpus Christi – this time as the station manager for KRIS-TV, the market’s NBC affiliate.

Working with Pioneer Broadcaster T. Frank Smith, Jr., White managed the day-to-day operations of the station and handled national sales for two low-power stations Smith purchased – KAJA (Telemundo) and KDF (Fox). 

He stayed with the stations for 10 years, before moving back to KIII-TV where he served as the vice president/general manager. His major challenge was to rebuild and revitalize the sales, news and promotion departments.

He also led the efforts to move the entire station from their 11,000 square foot studio to an 88,000 square foot building down the road.  The move led to more station changes and White had to restructure almost every department at the station – from traffic and production to engineering and promotions.

White retired from the station in 2002 but continues to occasionally consult for local stations and help train local and national sales teams.

“I have known and worked with Bob for 25 years and have always found him dependable, efficient and unfailingly punctual. In fact, I have never worked with a person who gives as much attention to detail as he does,” said Anita Saenz-Carvalho, SVP-Entravision Corpus Christi.

“His skills do not end with office work. He also projects a warm, cheerful attitude to our clients. I have seen him resolve conflicts and handle other difficult situations with remarkable patience and admirable tact.

“In the community, Bob goes out of his way to help people in need by organizing charity drives. His grandson’s six-man football team had no place to play so Bob undertook the task of building a full size football field for Annapolis Christian Academy.  He loves people, works hard, and always tries to lift the spirits of those around him, especially the newcomers to our business.”

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Becky Muñoz-Diaz *

2015 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

While the moniker “trailblazing pioneer” conjures images of hard-charging, rough-riding, take-no-prisoners strategy, Becky Muñoz-Diaz is a study in pioneering leadership achieved with finesse, quiet determination and joyful fearlessness.

In her more than 30 years of building English and Spanish language stations and serving two of the nation’s largest media markets, she was known and respected by her colleagues and competitors for growing ratings and revenues with an eye on the future for TV and Radio alike.

A native Texan, Muñoz-Diaz began her broadcast career in college at the University of Houston’s campus radio station. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Radio and Television Communications from UH in 1981 and went straight to work in sales at KCOH-AM and traffic at KIKK-AM-FM, all in Houston.

She led the efforts to establish three stations in the Houston area, including Grant Broadcasting’s KTXH-TV and El Dorado Radio’s KXTJ-FM/KQQK-FM – all now owned by Univision – as well as Telemundo’s KTMD-TV, now owned by Comcast-NBCU.

KXTJ-FM “Super Tejano 108” was the top-rated bilingual station in the summer of 1994 after only being on the air for nine months.
From 1995 to 2014, she served as General Manager and Vice President for Univision’s KUVN 23 and UniMas KSTR 49 – the number one and number two top-rated Spanish language stations in Dallas-Fort Worth, the fifth largest TV market in the country.

During her tenure with KUVN-TV, she expanded local news programming from 90 minutes to 22 hours a week, including the addition of the region’s first Spanish weekend newscast and early morning news program.

She and her team created marketing strategies for advertisers to reach and connect with the DFW Latino community by creating segments such as “23 a Su Lado” (23 at Your Side), “Desde la Communidad” (From the Community) and “Linea Abierta” (Open Line), as well as Univision events like the annual Tamale Festival and Copa Univision Soccer Tournament.

Muñoz-Diaz led Univision to work in tandem with multiple non-profit organizations to help inform and empower the region’s fast growing Latino community with education, health and civic engagement platforms.

Under her leadership, KUVN-TV received the Lone Star Emmy Award for “Outstanding Achievement-Station Excellence” in 2009 and “Outstanding Achievement-News Excellence” in 2012.

She served on the TAB Board of Directors from 1999 to 2003, often traveling to Washington, DC advocating for industry positions on key issues before Congress and the FCC.

In addition, she served on boards for numerous community organizations including the Greater Dallas Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Regional Dallas Chamber of Commerce, Head Start, Communities in School and the Dallas Women’s Foundation.

She has been a trailblazer, opening the doors for women in the broadcasting industry while remaining committed to bringing awareness to community concerns.

In 1996, Muñoz-Diaz launched a partnership with Dallas ISD to advance opportunities for the Spanish-speaking community by showcasing the schools and programs through live radio remotes, interviews and news reports on the KUVN community affairs program “Vive la Mañana.”

Her efforts earned plaudits in 2014 from Dallas ISD Superintendent Mike Miles who said “Our parents are better informed because of her belief that education can transform lives.”

Throughout her career, Muñoz-Diaz has volunteered with various professional and community organizations earning recognition from local and regional community leaders.
The National Diversity Council named her one of the most powerful and influential women in Texas in 2013.

She is a longtime member of Alliance for Women in Media (formerly American Women in Radio and Television), and past Chair of the Senior Source of Dallas and current Honorary Director.

She served on the Advisory Committee of the Ad Council of America for North Texas, Executive Advisory Board of the University of North Texas’ School of Communications and is a LIFT Advisory Council member.

Never faltering in her professional and volunteer leadership – even in her successful fight to overcome cancer – Muñoz-Diaz has pursued her love of helping people by encouraging community organizations to speak out on the airwaves so they could help them become better citizens and parents and build a stronger community.

Though she retired from Univision Media in 2014, she currently serves on the Board of the Hispanic 100 organization where she was President in 2009. She also serves on the AT&T Performing Arts Center Executive Community Engagement Committee.

Becky Muñoz-Diaz is the very model of how to overcome adversity, advocate for the industry’s goals and advance all communities while succeeding in a fiercely competitive marketplace.

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Tom Perryman *

2013 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

Radio the way it’s supposed to be.

That always has been the guiding principle of Tom Perryman, the 2013 TAB Pioneer of the Year. 

His radio career spans 66 years — from the heyday of live radio through many decades of market and technological changes.

At 86, Perryman still maintains a busy schedule as DJ and promoter of classic country artists on KKUS-FM 104.1 The Ranch, a station of the East Texas Radio Group in the Tyler-Longview market. 

Perryman’s show and his on-air promotional skills have moved KKUS to the top of the ratings, while contributing to the entire group’s financial stability.

The radio bug bit Perryman at age 16 when back surgery confined him to bed for several months at Rural Shade, his farming home in southeastern Navarro County.

The teenager listened to great announcers on popular AM stations and dreamed of being on the air.

Perryman earned an FCC first-class radio operators license at Tyler Commercial College, then fulfilled his dream in 1947 by signing on at KEBE-AM in Jacksonville.

“I went from picking cotton to picking records,” he likes to say.

“Texas Tom,” as he was known, hosted “The KEEBIE Korral” request hour, playing hillbilly music and telling stories about country life, a formula that served him well throughout his career.

“The station owner, Bill Laurie, told me, ‘If you can’t whistle it, don’t play it,’” Tom recalls, “and that stuck with me.”  Perryman promoted his first traveling Louisiana Hayride show in 1948, a success that filled Jacksonville’s football stadium.

From 1949 to 1956, Perryman worked at KSIJ-AM in Gladewater, eventually becoming station manager by his mid-20s, during the formative years of country music. 

He hosted “The Hillbilly Hit Parade,” which featured appearances by promising young musicians—including Elvis Presley – who traveled Highway 80 between Shreveport and Dallas.

He helped launch Elvis’s career by booking him at shows throughout East Texas.

Perryman’s career jumped from a small market to the biggest country station in the nation when he became the first regular DJ of an all-night country music show on WSM in Nashville.

He hosted the “Opry Star Spotlight” from 1956 to 1958, featuring music and interviews with top Opry artists. 

He also coordinated the Opry Artists Service Bureau, arranging with managers and buyers for artists’ appearances.

Perryman and his wife, Billie, returned to East Texas in 1959 as co-owners with country singer Jim Reeves of KGRI-AM/FM in Henderson.

They turned it into one of the nation’s first town-and-country format radio stations.

The station promoted future greats such as Johnny Cash and the Browns.

Reeves died in 1964 in a plane crash, and in 1967 the Perrymans, along with Reeves’ widow Mary, bought WMTS-AM/FM in Murfreesboro, near Nashville, Tenn.

The station was a founding organizational member of the Country Music Association. The Perrymans and Mary Reeves sold the popular station in 1978, and Perryman became vice-president of Jim Reeves Enterprises. 

To keep the Reeves legacy alive, Perryman produced an award-winning radio documentary about Jim Reeves’s influence on country music, in addition to a video showcasing Gentleman Jim’s music.  He also promoted and produced records for Cajun-Country star Jimmy C. Newman and others.

By 2001, Perryman was back in East Texas, turning KKUS-FM into a consistently high-rated classic country station.

“The Ranch and my 9-to-11 morning show dominate the older demographic.  These folks grew up with the people I play, and they can’t get that format anywhere else.  The younger listeners are hearing this kind of music for the first time, and they’re loving it,” Perryman says.

“Many fans listen to my show on the Internet in just about every state and even overseas.  That’s because every record I play, I tell stories about artists I knew personally.  I was there when country formats began to spread, and I’m proud to have helped many musicians become stars.”

As a DJ, promoter and station owner in the East Texas and Nashville markets, Tom Perryman joined other radio pioneers in helping develop a growing national appetite for what became country music. These changes led the way in the development of today’s entertainment industry.

“But I’ve always remembered that you don’t own the airwaves.  You have the honor of broadcasting to serve the public,” Perryman says.

“From 1947 until now, all our stations have always helped civic, religious, and educational institutions, in particular veterans groups.  We have helped countless non-profit organizations with local fund-raising.  There’s no telling how many community groups I’ve spoken to.”

Perryman credits Billie, his wife and partner of 67 years, for much of his success. “She worked with me at stations we owned and still raised our kids.  She’s been involved with everything I do.”

Pioneer broadcaster and DJ legend Tom Perryman has been inducted into the National Country Music Disc Jockey Hall Of Fame and the Texas Western Swing Hall of Fame, and has received the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame DJ Award and the East Texas Tourism Association Broadcaster of Year award, among many others.

“I’ve always tried to improve and promote the radio industry along with country artists,” Perryman concludes, “so I especially appreciate getting this honor from my peers at TAB.”

View Tom Perryman’s video interview as part of Texas Tech’s TAB Pioneer Broadcaster project

Broadcasters mourn loss of Perryman (January 2018)

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William G. Moll

2012 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

Throughout his career, TAB’s 2012 Pioneer of the Year has worked to advance the public service interests of broadcasters, whether in the commercial broadcast industry or public television.

Bill Moll’s career can be summarized with one word – Localism.

By his description, Moll has always “had a decent set of pipes.”

When he turned 16, Moll called his hometown radio station and made an appointment to meet the GM and talk about breaking into the broadcast business. Three days later, he was on the air…and he’s never stopped since.

He continued to work at local radio and television stations throughout college – doing everything from on-air work, to traffic, sales and copywriting.

Moll graduated with an English degree from Southeast Missouri State University and earned his Master’s degree in Communications and Education at the University of Texas in Austin.

From there, he went to work for the Southwest Texas Educational Television Corp. They held the license for the public television facility serving San Antonio and Austin. Moll was part of the team that signed-on the station – KLRN-TV – in 1962. He would spend the next five years as station manager, based in San Antonio.

Moll credits Pioneer Broadcaster Wayne Kearl with much of his success. Kearl was the longtime president of KENS-TV San Antonio and he’s the reason Moll returned to San Antonio in 1972.

“Bill is a classy person, a community-minded broadcaster and a real credit to the industry,” Kearl said.

TAB honored Kearl with the Pioneer of the Year award in 1981.

For the next 30 years, Moll’s career would take him all around the US: VP/GM of WSMW-TV Worcester, Mass., President/CEO of KENS-TV San Antonio, President/CEO of WNBC-TV New York and President/CEO of WKRC-TV Cincinnati.

In 2000, he returned to San Antonio as President/CEO of Clear Channel Television, and later served as Chairman. By the time Clear Channel sold the TV division it had expanded to 56 television stations in 25 markets under Moll’s leadership.

After nine years with Clear Channel, Moll returned to his roots at KLRN-TV. He serves as President and CEO of the Alamo Public Telecommunications Council.

He has always been committed to creating relevant local content for each station or group he has led. Most recently, at KLRN, he revived the station’s commitment to local content by establishing “Texas Week with Rick Casey,” a weekly public affairs broadcast, as well as “Conversations,” a weekly interview program with notable citizens of San Antonio and South Central Texas, and will add a local Arts & Culture series in the fall.

Under his leadership, the station has committed major resources to broadcast all three San Antonio Fiesta Parades.

The broadcasts marked the first time the parades were aired in High Definition and on two channels (in English and Spanish), as well as on a global, live Internet stream – serving 50 countries and 49 states.

Though his career has taken him all over the United States, Moll remained engaged with TAB and participated in industry matters every time he returned to Texas. He has always believed in TAB’s efforts to be the link between broadcasters and regulators, lawmakers, advertisers and the public.

Moll continues to be an effective spokesman on industry issues.

He serves on the Board of the Texas Association of Public Broadcasters (TPBA), the Public Television Major Market Group (PTMMG), Pres./CEO KLRN, as a Director of New Vision Television (a for-profit Television Group) and was Founding Chair of the Board of, a community-based neighborhood news website funded in part by the Knight Foundation and the San Antonio Area Foundation.

He is a former member of the board of the New York State Broadcasters Association and chaired TAB’s Board of Directors in 1984.

Moll led the TAB Board to again defeat the Texas Legislature’s attempt to tax advertising, launched the first “Radio Day,” created an important campaign to help broadcasters deal with drunk driving in Texas and began an ombudsman program with the FCC.

Moll was twice elected to the board of the National Association of Broadcasters, chairing the first-ever High Definition Television Committee in 1986.

He served the Television Bureau of Advertising as both Chair of the Board and President/CEO of the industry trade association, and served for eight years in the leadership of the board of The Broadcasters Foundation of America, benefiting broadcasters who have fallen on hard times.

In terms of “localism,” Moll continues his long-held belief that broadcasters should serve not only the needs of viewers and listeners, but contribute to the success of local non-profit organizations.

He currently serves on the boards of directors of the Greater San Antonio Chamber of Commerce, San Antonio Area Foundation, United Way of San Antonio & Bexar County, University of the Incarnate Word, Masters Leadership Program of San Antonio and the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts, among others.

He is the retired Chairman of the World Board of Governors of the USO, the premier organization supporting America’s military since 1941.

As Chair, he guided the creation of The USO Foundation to help ensure sustainability of the USO mission.

He is proud to be involved with the USO to help provide a tangible, straightforward way for the American people to say “Thank you” to the troops.

Moll says he has no plans to retire.

To him, broadcasting has never been a “job” – it’s a way of life.

View Bill Moll’s video as part of Texas Tech’s TAB Pioneer Broadcaster Project

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Mike Wenglar

2011 Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

(Published August 2011)

TAB’s Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year sets the standard in Texas for working unselfishly and tirelessly toward the betterment of the broadcast industry and has earned the unwavering respect and admiration of his peers.

And this year’s award winner wears a lot of hats.

Mike Wenglar…Engineer…Manager…Station Owner…Volunteer.

Like many broadcasters, Wenglar’s interest in all things electronic and the world of broadcasting began early in his life. He was born and raised in El Campo and during his sophomore year of high school he began working at KULP-AM 1390 doing a show called “Mike’s Corner.”

Later, he renamed it “The Mikey Wikey Show,” complete with custom jingles.

In addition to his duties at KULP, he worked part-time as a police officer and crime/accident scene photographer for the El Campo Police Department.

After high school he joined the Air Force and was stationed in Biloxi, Miss. He continued to do his radio show via tape until he was sent to a base in Germany.

After leaving the Air Force, Wenglar returned to El Campo and began working with his father’s plumbing business.

A friend told him about a new television station coming to Austin.

He applied as an engineer/technician at KVUE-TV (even though it would pay less than his plumbing job) and in 1971, he helped sign the station on the air.

In less than a year, he was named chief engineer, a position he held until being named vice president/chief engineer in 1989.

In 1993, Gannett Broadcasting awarded him with their most prestigious engineering award for his outstanding contributions to KVUE-TV’s success.

Wenglar has seen many changes throughout the years, but he thinks the most important is how television is evolving into more of a media presence with web streaming and social media.

These new technologies will change how business is done in television with all the resources needed to manage these new aspects of the industry.

The future of television will be affected by broadband and spectrum issues but he strongly believes that “over-the-air broadcasting should be free. It is the American way.”

In 2000, he had the opportunity to purchase KULP, his hometown radio station.

His goal was to keep it the same as he remembered it. The station still features the popular polka-time and swap-shop shows, two staples of small town radio. He has a great point person, Stephen Zetsche, to handle the day-to-day business of the station.

In 2006, KVUE-TV honored Wenglar with an award for 35 years of outstanding work.

“Throughout his 35 years of service he has been instrumental in creating and maintaining one of the most respected television stations in the state of Texas. I affectionately call him ‘the backbone’ of KVUE-TV,” said Patti C. Smith, president and general manager.

“He treats the station as if it were his home away from home…with great respect and love. This attitude is reflected in his work and all of the staff and viewers of KVUE-TV are better for having Mike Wenglar’s service and dedication over these many years.”

Wenglar is convinced that KVUE-TV is the best run station in Austin.

“They have always had good management and good people. They trust me to do what is right for the station.”

Tireless volunteer for TAB

Wenglar’s insight is trusted far beyond the confines of the KVUE-TV studios.

Since the FCC adopted the Emergency Alert System in 1996, he has been an integral part of TAB’s efforts to make the system work as well as possible in Texas, despite considerable resistance from the Texas Department of Public Safety.

He also advised TAB in the planning and construction of its new home, finished in 1999, and is routinely called upon to help study the potential effect of legislation on broadcast operations.

Reflecting his wide range of interests and passions, Wenglar has served as TAB’s “official photographer” since 1992.

In 1999, TAB awarded Wenglar with a Special President’s Award for his tireless dedication and volunteer efforts.

For nearly 20 years, Wenglar has led the planning efforts for the engineering sessions at the TAB Convention. In 1996, he originated the “Chief Engineer” section of the TABulletin and has contributed to the newsletter on a variety of technical issues.

For the past three years, he has represented TAB’s pioneer/retired members on the TAB Board of Directors.

Giving back to the community

Wenglar has been involved with Austin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired since 1989 assisting them with their reading service. He is happy to provide pro-bono technical service to the organization because he is inspired by those he serves.

He is a lifetime member of the Society of Broadcast Engineers as well as many other organizations including the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers, the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, the American Radio Relay League and holds a General Class Amateur Radio License.

He has no plans to retire and is looking forward to working in broadcasting for many years to come.

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