Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame

Each year, the Indiana Broadcasters Association inducts a new class of broadcasters into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame.  Honorees represent the highest level of professional broadcasting in Indiana and are recognized each fall during the annual Indiana Broadcasters Association “Best in Broadcasting” Spectrum Awards ceremony.

The Indiana Broadcast Pioneers are now accepting nominations for the 2021 Richard M. Fairbanks Hall of Fame.

Nominations for the new class will be accepted through Friday, February 19th and can be submitted by clicking the link below and filling out the form.

Honorees represent the highest level of professional broadcasting in Indiana and are inducted each fall during the annual Indiana Broadcasters Association “Best in Broadcasting” Spectrum Awards ceremony.

This class will be inducted in October during a luncheon ceremony at the annual Indiana Broadcasters Conference.

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Class of 2020

Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson

For more than 30 years, Linda Jackson has delivered the news to viewers in northeast Indiana – the vast majority of them from the desk where she has anchored morning or evening newscasts spanning two generations.

Linda graduated from Indiana University with a degree in Journalism and got her start in local news as an intern at what was then WKJG-TV, the NBC affiliate based in Fort Wayne. Her first full-time work in broadcasting was as a producer and reporter.  She has also served the community in a station management role, and it is as a news  anchor that Linda has become best known in the region.

In 2016, having spent several years as the morning news anchor at WPTA’s ABC-affiliated station, Linda was tapped to lead the re-launched NBC TV news channel in Fort Wayne. She has served as lead anchor at “Fort Wayne’s NBC” since its launch, helping to establish the news team as a source for engaging and professional coverage in the community.

J Chapman

J Chapman

J Chapman grew up in the broadcasting industry.  His father, Jerry Chapman, led Indianapolis WFBM Radio and TV (now WRTV-TV) for three decades and J got an early start in the media business when assigned by his father to mow the grass at the Indianapolis station’s northside transmitter site.

After graduating from Hanover College in 1983, J worked as on-air talent in Indiana at stations in Indianapolis, South Bend, and Madison.  He also worked at stations in Scranton, Pennsylvania and Covington, Kentucky.  J was part of a team that launched Indianapolis Fox TV affiliate WPDS-TV (now WXIN-TV) in 1984 as a Photographer and Sports Anchor.  In the late 1980s, J decided to go into broadcast sales and joined Emmis Communications.  He started out as a sales representative for WENS-FM radio and soon became sales manager before becoming General Sales Manager for WTLC-AM/FM.   From 2001 to 2005 he was Director of Sales for Emmis’ Indianapolis Radio Group, where he worked for 17 years.

In June 2013 he became owner and President of Woof Boom Radio (affectionately named for his father’s employer, WFBM) with six stations throughout eastern Indiana serving the communities of Muncie, Anderson, Hartford City, Daleville, Yorktown, Alexandria, Pendleton, New Castle, and Marion.  He soon added more stations in Lafayette and a five-station cluster in Lima and Delphos, Ohio.  J also served as the Board Chairman of the Indiana Broadcasters Association and has been an IBA board member since 2013.  Currently, he represents the 5th Congressional District on the IBA Board.

Terri Stacy

Terri Lynn Stacy

Terri Lynn Stacy was born in the small town of Knightstown in Henry County, Indiana. She graduated from Knightstown High School in 1980 and attended Herron School of Art on a scholarship.

In 1985, Terri was hired as the receptionist for WIBC-AM Radio in Indianapolis.  After winning “Employee of the Year” in 1989, Terri was rewarded with a guest stint on WIBC’s morning show, hosted by Jeff Pigeon.  Terri was such an instant hit that station managers decided to continue having her cohost the morning show even though she was still working her full-time job as the station’s receptionist. In less than a year, the station made her a full-time on-air personality and morning show co-host. She would continue in that role, despite the ever-changing radio landscape, for more than 20 years.

In 2010, Terri finally stepped down from morning drive and began a new direction as the traffic reporter for WIBC.   Since 2005, Terri has hosted “The First Day Sunday Magazine Show” and she continues as host of the “Caregiver Crossing” show on WIBC.

In 2012, Terri became the face of WIBC’s community outreach program, “Neighbor-To-Neighbor.” In this capacity, Terri attends over 200 events a year, raising awareness and assisting the fundraising of countless nonprofits and worthy causes.  In both 2007 and 2008, Terri was acknowledged by Indianapolis Woman magazine as the “Local Female Radio Personality of the Year.”

Paul Mendenhall

Paul Mendenhall

Paul Mendenhall began his life-long radio broadcasting career in 1970 at Carmel High School where he worked at the school’s radio station WHJE. After high school graduation, Paul worked part-time at WHYT Radio in Noblesville, and in 1974 at WXLW Radio in Indianapolis while attending Butler University.

From there,  Paul transferred to Ball State to take his first full time job for Bill Shirk’s family at WERK Radio in Muncie.  At WERK, he became Program Director and served as one of the “Men at WERK” until 1981.

Paul also managed the radio station at Ben Davis High School and was a teacher for 17 years.  After stepping down for a few months to student teach, Paul joined Fairbanks Broadcasting in Indianapolis working for Cris Conner at  WNAP Radio, then WIBC Radio, and finally his current professional home, WTTS Radio.  Paul joined Indianapolis market station WTTS (Trafalgar), where he hosts the WTTS “Morning Show.”

In addition to hosting charitable events that WTTS Radio presents for children’s reading programs through the Indianapolis Public Library, the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund, Toys for Tots and local food banks, Paul devotes his time to a number of other worthwhile local causes.

Bob Forbes

Bob Forbes

Terre Haute broadcaster Bob Forbes started broadcasting at WBOW-AM in 1947 while still in college at Indiana State Teachers College.

In 1948, Bob joined WTHI-AM when it first went on-the-air.  WTHI-TV launched served in 1954, as just the tenth Hoosier television station.  Bob Forbes was WTHI-TV’s first sports anchor and the only sports anchor at the television station until he retired in 1985. Bob was the longtime voice of the Indiana State Sycamores, including the Larry Bird-led NCAA runner-up basketball team in 1979.

Bob Forbes was inducted into the Indiana State University Athletic Hall of Fame in 1984 for his broadcasting career and was also inducted into the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association Hall of Fame in 2006.  Bob Forbes passed in January 2005 and the IBA recognition will be posthumously awarded.

Bob Ross

Bob Ross

Although a native of Florida, Bob Ross lived and worked in Muncie. His “Joy of Painting” program is still nationally and internationally syndicated, and was produced at WIPB-TV, a community PBS station affiliated with Ball State University.

Bob’s programs have been carried by nearly 300 television stations, covering an estimated 80 million households. One early individual station report showed Ross’s “Joy of Painting” program was more widely viewed than “Sesame Street!”

Bob Ross passed in 1995 at the age of 52, and the IBA recognition will be posthumously awarded.

Hall of Fame Inductees


Mike Ahern
Art Angotti
Joe Angotti
Mark Allen
Jerry Arnold


David Bailey
Charles W. “Bouncin Bill” Baker
Dick Baldwin
Susan Bartlett
James Baskett
Marvin Bates
Ken Beckley
Howdy Bell
Jinsie Scott Bingham
Charles Blake
Joe Boland
Barbara Boyd
Charles Brockman
Amos Brown
Don Burton
Brad Byrd


Howard Caldwell
Eldon Campbell
Hoagy Carmichael
Tom Carnegie
Bob Carter
J Chapman
Jerry Chapman
Reid Chapman
Bob Chase
Carolyn Churchman
Tom Cochrun
D.O. Coe
Kenneth Coe
Sid Collins
Cris Conner
Norm Cox
Wayne Coy
Ann Craig-Cinnamon
Bill Crawford
Mary Jane Croft
Rick Cummings


Donald Davidson
Elmer Davis
John DeCamp
John Dille, III
G. Christopher Duffy
Reid Duffy


Bernie Eagan
Captain William Eddy
Frank Edwards
Joe Edwards
Leonard Ellis
John A. Englebrecht


Richard M. Fairbanks
Philo T. Farnsworth
Kay Field
Don Fischer
Robert W. Flanders
Dick Florea
Bob Forbes
H. Gilbert Forbes
Jerry Fordyce
George A. Foulkes
Bill Fowler
Harry “Singin’ Sam” Frankel
Harry Frey
Hal Fryar
M. Wayland “Way” Fullington


Bill & Gloria Gaither
Bob Gamble
Hilliard Gates
Will Geer
Marthabel Geisler
Jim Gerard
Lee Giles
Robert Glaze
David Clay Goodnow
Jay Gould
Gordon Graham
Bob Gregory
Tom Griswold


Charlie Haines
William “Tom” Hamilton
Ann Wagner Harper
Phil Harris
John Hartnett
Fred Heckman
Don Hein
Al Hobbs
Carolyn Jane Hodge
Hoosier Hot Shots
Robert “Bob” Hoover
Helen Huber


Ink Spots


Linda Jackson
John Carl Jeffrey
Allen Jeffries
Phil Jones


Jim Kartes
Vern Kaspar
David Keister
Howard Kellman
Bob Kevoian
Durward Kirby


Brian Lamb
Janet Langhart-Cohen
Paul Lennon
Forrest Lewis
Dick Lingle


Joe Pate
Jane Pauley
William “Don” Payne
Robert M. Petranoff
Prof. James R. Phillippe
Joe Piggott
Martin Plascak
Cole Porter
Rita Price-Simpson
Madelyn Pugh-Davis


Wanda Ramey
Jack Rinehart
Ed Roehling
Henry Rosenthal
Bob Ross
Kneale D. Ross
Anne Ryder


Chris Schenkel
Franklin D. Schurz
Frank Sharp
Herb Shriner
Robert Sievers
Jim Shelton
Bill Shirk
Sam Simmermaker
Red Skelton
Gene Slaymaker
Dave Smith
E. Berry Smith
Jeff Smulyan
Ken Speck
Dean Spencer
Lester Spencer
Patty Spitler
Ed Spray
Terri Stacy
Steve Starnes
Betty Chadwick Sullivan
Elmer G. Sulzer


Sarkes Tarzian
Don Tillman
Elizabeth Turnell
Lurene Tuttle


Carl Vandagrift
Harry Von Zell


Luke Walton
Vicki Weger
Glenn Webber
Darrell Wible
Martin Williams
Jim Wilson
Hilda C. Woehrmeyer
Lew Wood
Stan Wood
Chuck Workman
Lloyd Wright


Richard Yoakam