Steve Newberry to be honored


Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation President and CEO Steve Newberry will be this year’s recipient of the National Radio Award. He’ll officially receive the honor during the 2011 Radio Show in September.

“For over 25 years as an owner and operator, Steve Newberry’s enthusiasm for radio and exemplary leadership abilities have been acknowledged and respected by radio executives nationwide. We welcome Steve as the latest recipient of the National Radio Award, and look forward to honoring him for his dedication to the Radio profession,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “

Newberry currently serves as joint board chairman of the NAB, and is a member of the board of directors and executive committees for RAB.

In addition, Newberry has held leadership positions in broadcasting that range from chairman of the Authority for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) to his current position as president and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation. In this capacity, Newberry oversees 22 radio stations with facilities throughout Kentucky. Previously Newberry was president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA), and in 2009 was the recipient of the KBA’s prestigious Distinguished Kentuckian Award.

In addition to his broadcast activities, Newberry is a member of the board of directors of Citizens First Bank. He served as executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority (IDEA), and for many years chaired that organization. He also served as president of the Glasgow Rotary Club, twice chaired the local United Way campaign and was a member of the board of directors of the Glasgow-Barren County Boys and Girls Club.

Newberry will receive the 2011 National Radio Award during the Radio Show Luncheon on September 16th in Chicago.

RBR-TVBR observation: We remember meeting Steve Newberry when he was the “new kid” among radio station owners. That just tells you how old we are. He did, however, move quickly into the leadership ranks of the industry.