Mike Haile, Morning Show Host, WDWS/WHMS/WKIO, Retired VP/GM

Mike Haile, Morning Show Host, WDWS/WHMS/WKIO, Retired VP/GM Mike is that familiar voice the Champaign-Urbana market has heard each morning on the region’s most popular news and talk show. A pillar in the community, Haile keeps the listeners informed of city, state, and national news items as well as everything ILLINI! Haile remains on the […]

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Merri Dee, Legendary Chicago Broadcaster

Merri Dee has parlayed her celebrity into charitable success, powerful motivational speaking and advocacy. She has raised millions of dollars for children’s charities, spearheaded victims’ rights legislation, and helped increase adoption rates across the nation. Having been recognized as the first African American spokesperson representing the Chicago Auto Shows, her broadcasting career began in 1966 […]

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Mike Reis, Voice of the Salukis

This year Mike Reis began his 40th season of doing radio play-by-play for Southern Illinois University football, basketball and baseball and became IBA’s newest W. Russell Withers,Jr., Broadcast Pioneer. Reis began his student sportscasting career at WSIU Radio and WSIU-TV in 1975. He became a part-time sportscaster at WCIL Radio in 1976, and moved to […]

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Tom Skilling, WGN-TV, Chicago

Celebrating his 40th anniversary at WGN-TV, it seemed fitting for the Illinois Broadcasters Association (IBA) to honor Tom Skilling as it’s 2018 “IBA/W. Russell Withers Jr. Broadcast Pioneer” honoree. Skilling began his broadcast career at WKKD-Radio in Aurora at the unheard-of age of 14, while still a freshman at West Aurora High School. That soon […]

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Don Sharp, a True Pioneer

Don Sharp, legendary News and Sports Anchor with WHBF-TV in Rock Island became the newest recipient of the W. Russell Withers, Jr., IBA Broadcast Pioneer Award. Sharp retired after over three decades of being on the air at WHBF. Sharp is shown in the photo with Dana Withers, Presiden & CEO, Withers Broadcasting and Dana […]

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Ben Kiningham, Illinois Capitol Reporter
Lyle Dean, Chicago Radio Icon
Armando Perez, Spanish Language Chicago Broadcaster