Each year IBA pays tribute to both a Chicago market and downstate broadcaster who have spent their entire career in Illinois behind the microphone or in front of the camera, in the production room, or in the manager's office. IBA's Broadcast Pioneer award was renamed in 2016 to the “W. Russell Withers Jr., IBA Broadcast Pioneer Award” dedicated their years to bringing local programming to their audience while serving as a pillar in the community, exemplifying the true meaning of “Localism” before it became popular.
IBA celebrates the long careers of the following broadcasters while thanking them for their contributions to Illinois.
Ken Wooddell, IHSA and EIU Sports Announcer
Inducted in 2013
Jack Rosenberg, Legendary Sports Broadcaster, WGN-TV/Radio