Indiana Broadcasters Association Announces Two Award Recipients For Their Passionate Contributions to Hoosier Broadcasting

Educator Dr. Joe Misiewicz and Religious Broadcaster Jim Ganley to be Honored at Oct. 27 Indiana Broadcasters Conference

The Indiana Broadcasters Association (IBA) today announced that Professor Emeritus of Ball State University Dr. Joe Misiewicz will receive the organization’s 2021 Lifetime Achievement Award and that Jim Ganley, General Manager at Catholic Radio Indy, will be honored with the Tom Severino Leadership Award. Both will be recognized at the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference October 27 in Carmel.

2021 Lifetime Achievement Award

This annual award recognizes individuals for exceptional meritorious service, contributions to, or achievements in, the field of broadcasting in Indiana over the course of a career. This is the IBA’s highest honor and is presented to an Indiana broadcaster whose work is uniquely beneficial and of superior value to their community and to the Association.

“Dr. Joe Misiewicz has lived broadcasting for decades, leaving a lasting impact on the students, stations and communities he’s helped,” said Dave Arland, Executive Director of the IBA. “Joe’s career is a testament to how someone can change lives and influences others to succeed in broadcasting.”

Dr. Joe Misiewicz came to Ball State University in 1990 as chair and professor in Department of Telecommunication and retired with emeritus status in 2012. Misiewicz served a one-year term as President of the Broadcast Education Association has been a Poynter Institute and Gannett Fellow, a Disney and International Radio and Television Society (IRTS) Fellow and the past executive director for Indiana’s 16 Public Radio-TV stations for ten years.

“It’s totally humbling being selected by Indiana’s professional broadcasters who worked with me starting and advancing careers of so many students,” Misiewicz said when he was selected for the Lifetime Achievement Award. “I’m so fortunate Indiana broadcasters were willing to take the Doc Joe calls, emails, texts helping students start careers. I am simply blessed and humbled.”

Among many other accolades and positions over the years, Misiewicz served ten years on the Indiana Broadcasters board and was elected vice president and then President for the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers. Following his retirement from teaching Joe accepted a three-year contract as President and CEO of the IBA. In November 2017 the Indiana Broadcasters Association gave their 2nd highest award to Joe at their annual meeting giving him the Tom Severino Leadership Award.

Active in various community organizations in Muncie, Dr. Joe was an Army Reserves sergeant, and was called into stateside active duty four times with his platoon. A trained military journalist, he covered the Watergate trial for three weeks for the National Armed Services Radio Network.

2021 Tom Severino Leadership Award

The Tom Severino Leadership Award is given to an individual with at least 10 years of service with ties to radio and/or TV broadcasting in Indiana who has demonstrated passion for broadcast media with an emphasis on serving the public.  Honorees have a portfolio of leadership activities within the broadcast industry and within the communities served by the broadcast properties this individual worked for during their career.

“Jim Ganley’s passion for broadcast media is self-evident in his leadership at the helm of Catholic Radio Indy for the last 17 years,” Dave Arland, Executive Director of the IBA, said. “His leadership is an example for others to emulate in every area of broadcasting.”

Ganley began his radio career in 1966 becoming a Hoosier Broadcaster in 1979 while working for WWWY-FM in Columbus, IN. As a former Board Member and Treasurer of the Indiana Broadcasters Association, Jim oversaw the first Spectrum Awards, and was on the advisory board for the awards for several years.  Jim was also an initial supporter of the IBA Public Education Program, which pools unsold air time at stations throughout the state that is offered at a discount for public education purposes.  Revenues from the Public Education Program fund IBA’s educational and recognition activities.

“I was completely surprised when I received the call that I was receiving the Tom Severino Award and am very flattered,” Ganley said when learning he is this year’s award recipient. “I knew Tom Severino when I was on the Indiana Broadcasters Association Board of Directors, so this is really a big honor. As an Indiana Broadcaster for over 40 years, I learned that we aren’t only broadcasting to a community, but we are entrusted to be an active part of that community.”

Ganley joins the ranks of 12 other recipients of the Tom Severino leadership Award. Misiewicz will join 15 other previous recipients honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.




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