The Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Committee working in conjunction with the Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) Board of Directors will induct five new members into its Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame:  Brad Byrd, Tom Griswold, Bob Kevoian, Ed Roehling, and Bill Shirk. The Hall of Fame recipients represent the best in the broadcasting and have served as stewards of information and entertainment in Indiana communities for many years.


Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Fairbanks

Hall of Fame Inductees

Brad Byrd

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Brad Byrd, lead anchor and managing editor for WEHT (ABC) and WTVW (CW) in Evansville.  The first Tri-State broadcaster elected to the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame and the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Silver Circle Hall of Fame, Brad Byrd is now in his 39th year as Lead News Anchor for Eyewitness News.  Among his honors are Emmy, Edward R. Murrow, AP and SPJ awards.

Byrd co-anchors Eyewitness News at 4, 5, 6, 9 and 10 pm. He’s covered stories in Eastern Europe, Washington D.C., New York City, the Gulf Coast and other U.S. locations with Tri-State links.  He has received the Ball State University Telecommunications Distinguished Alumnus Award. The National Easter Seals Society Consistent Best Telethon Host award Evansville Courier & Press Best Community Volunteer and News Personality awards.

Byrd is a former president of the local American Heart Association Board. He co-founded Cruising for Hearts, a major fundraiser with his wife, TJ. For that effort, Byrd and TJ received the AHA’s Heart of Life award.  He was honored with the United Way’s Lifetime Achievement Award for his work with several Tri-state charities.  Byrd eventually took his experience to the classroom: teaching broadcast courses at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana.

Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold

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Bob Kevoian and Tom Griswold began their on-air partnership in 1981, hosting mornings in Michigan at WJML, Petoskey.  In 1983, they joined WFBQ-FM, Indianapolis as the station’s morning team. Once there, The Bob & Tom Show became the city’s top-rated morning show.

The Bob & Tom Show has offered an unpredictable blend of news from Kristi Lee, sports from Chick McGee, talk, celebrity guests, in-studio musical performances, sketch comedy and topical, sometimes irreverent, humor. The show routinely features original comedy songs and a cast of recurring characters.  The Bob & Tom Show is recognized for giving national exposure to young and developing comedians (including George Lopez, Brad Garrett, Tim Allen and Rodney Carrington) and the show continues to promote the nation’s best comedians through the popular Friends of the Bob & Tom Show Comedy Tour.

In 1995, The Bob & Tom Show began national syndication. The show has been heard on more than 400 stations nationwide and The American Forces Radio Network.  The show has won over twenty major industry awards, including five Marconi Awards from The National Association of Broadcasters and the show has released more than 60 comedy albums.


Ed Roehling

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Ed Roehling always wanted to be a broadcasters and received his degree from Butler University in Communications.  In his mid twenties, he organized a group of investors to put a station in Winchester, Ind., on the air.  He went onto manage radio stations in Minnesota and Michigan before returning to Indiana.

In 1971, Roehling and a group of local investors were delighted when the FCC finally granted the license they had applied for in Rushville, Indiana.  He and his wife Sandy made it into a true hometown station, that received many awards for its service to the community.  During this time, he also was able to get WWWY on the air in Columbus, Indiana.

He also served as a professor for the communications program at Indiana Central College (now University of Indianapolis) and served as general manager for the public radio station on campus, WICR-FM, for 20 years.

Roehling was vice president for Hoosier Broadcasting for ten years, a company that owned three educational stations licensed to Cloverdale/Indianapolis, Lebanon, and Greencastle/Indianapolis.

Roehling is now the president and Broker of Roehling Broadcast Services, Ltd., which serves the radio broadcast industry with appraisal, brokerage, and consulting services for individual and company acquisitions and sales of broadcast properties. The company also consults in the areas of management, sales, negotiations, and marketing in the broadcast and other industries.

Bill Shirk

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Bill Shirk graduated from Ball State in 1967 with a degree in education and initially worked as a repairman and as an account executive for his Dad’s advertising agency.  He taught a year of middle school in 1965 then talked his dad and mother into applying for the license for WERK Muncie. They receive the license and Shirk’s parents wanted  him to start at the bottom, so he began at WERK as the janitor.  A year later, he became a weekend DJ at WERK and by 1968 not only became WERK’s station manager, but also served as sales manager, program director, production manager and remained as a DJ in the afternoons.

Throughout the next three decades, Shirk went on to own, general manage, program and serve as an air personality on ten radio stations and two TV stations  in Muncie, Indianapolis, Greenwood, Greencastle, Cloverdale and Lebanon. A member of The Garden United Methodist Church,  in 1983 Shirk was the executive producer and starred in “The Escapist” the first motion picture ever produced in the state of Indiana before the film commission was established in Indiana. He is also a published author having written “Modern Day Houdini.” Bill Shirk was the number one Escape Artist in the World, in the 1970s, 1980s & 1990s, setting eight Guinness Book of World records from fastest escape from Strait Jacket 1.68 seconds to a World Record Jail Break. Through his escapes, Shirk has raised thousands of dollars for underprivileged and handicapped children and adults throughout Central Indiana. This work has been recognized with various awards including the Crossroads Business Award, Variety Club of Indianapolis Human Achievement Award, and the Indianapolis Northwest Lions Club Special Award, among others.

He now owns 12 radio stations in Hawaii and does mornings on the oldies station in Honolulu.


Spectrum Awards Finalists

Radio Market 1

Station of the Year


WTRC-FM – Winner

97.3 WMEE

WOWO

Radio Station Broadcast Personality/Team


WYXB
Mornings with Sean Copeland – Winner

WBYT

Brittney Bailey – Nights on B100

WOWO
Fort Wayne’s Morning News with Charly Butcher

Sports


WSWI
“Jevin Redman” – Winner 

WIBC
“Heroes of the 500 – Top 10 Finishes

WSBT
“Radio Sports – South Bend Cubs”

Best Promotional Campaign


WIBC
100th Indianapolis 500 – Winner

WBYT
Gameday Giveaway

WBYT
Concert A Day in May

 

Best Newscast


WIBC
Chris Davis & Mary Farucci – Winner

WFYI
Newscast July 15, 2016

WIBC
C.J. Miller

Local Community Involvement


WOWO
WOWO Penny Pitch – Winner

WTRC
2016 Five Star Life Radiothon

WBYT
Quest for a Million Pennies

Commercial


WFRN
Rob’s Carpet Care – Winner

WBYT
Overhead Door – Dinner Politics

WBYT
McKinley Pawn – Commercial Services

 

RADIO MARKET 2

Station of the Year


WITZ – Winner

WRSW

WQLK

Radio Station Broadcast Personality/Team


WKOA
Shamus and Annie – Winner

WASK
Randy Jones

WBWB

WBWB Behind the Mic 2016 (Kev)

Sports


WBDC
Southridge Football Sectional Opener – Winner

WHON
Richmond basketball sectional

WXFN
High School Sports – Mark Foerster

Best Promotional Campaign


WSCH
Eagle Clingy Thingy – Winner

WAXI
Great Day Recipe Promo

WAXI
Cub Bus Trip Promo

 

Best Newscast


WHON
Interstate Pileup – Winner

WSCH
Noon news July 12, 2016

WFML
WFML Newscast

Local Community Involvement


WKVI
Sexting Campaign – Winner

WAMW
Washington Bicentennial

WRSW

Riley Radio Days

Commercial


WSCH
McCabe’s – Mom’s Day – Winner


WQLK-FM
Miller’s Discount Tobacco

WQLK-FM

Dick Hill & SON

 

 

TELEVISION MARKET 1

Station of the Year


WTHR – Winner

WISH

WRTV

News Feature/Use of Medium


WTHR
High-Speed Hello – Winner

WISH
Hoosier Hardwood Project

WRTV
A Father’s Pain – John Longworth music

Local Community Involvement


WISH
GR8 Paper Push – Winner

WTHR
Circle of Lights

WTHR
Sunrise Cookbook

 

General News Story


WISH
Lauren Spierer: 5 Years Later – Winner

WTHR
Turbo Tatin

WRTV
Lifetime Fitness Save

Weathercast


WTHR
Skytrack 13 Weather – Winner

WISH
Daybreak Snow Moves In

WTHR
Snow, Rain, or Sun

 

Sportscast


WTHR
Operation Football – Winner


WISH

Daybreak Race Day

WISH
Countdown to Kickoff – Colts v. Patriots

 

 

Commercial


WISH
Dant Insurance – Winner

WISH
Kids Peace

WISH
International Marketplace

TELEVISION MARKET 2

Station of the Year


WNDU – Winner

WEVV

WEHT

News Feature/Use of Medium


WEHT
Minnie Black’s New Gourd Band – Winner

WPTA
Fishing Tackle

WLFI
Lafayette Principal moves entire office into school lobby

 

 

 

Local Community Involvement


WEHT
Day of Caring – Winner

WFIE
14 News Sunrise School Spirit

WNDU
Pack a Backpack Shred Event Fundraiser

 

General News Story


WLFI
Clinton County teen’s car displays a life lesson – Winner

WANE
Veteran Gives Medals to Students

WEVV
ISP Tech Essentials During Active Shooter Drill

 

Weathercast


WNDU
Late Show Storms with Mike Hoffman – Winner


WANE

Rob Lydick

WTHI
Storm Team 10 – July 13

 

Sportscast


WEHT
Home Team Friday Off the Grid Iron – Winner

WANE
August 21 Highlight Zone

WTWO
Grant Pugh Sportscast

 

 

Commercial


WNDU
Daihido – Winner

WNDU
Two Dogs & a Cat

WTWO
Honest Abe

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