Sarah Shellhammer is the 2020 (to be awarded in 2021) Vincent T. Wasilewski “IBA Broadcaster of the Year” and was recognized December 7th as part of the Chairman’s Dinner.
Sarah, owner and general manager of Morgan County Media in Jacksonville, Illinois, purchased her stations a few years ago after starting at the station as Sales Manager along with on-air duties. Sarah has been in radio since 1989, and worked in different cities and for different radio companies. Sarah’s love for Jacksonville and for the people is the reason she and her two children have remained residents. Sarah is very involved with military veterans’ organizations and with animal rescue operations such as PAWS.
She said the radio stations have started several annual community events in the past 22 years, including Safe Halloween for Kids; Bottoms and Bonnets baby contest; Veterans Day parade; Run, Walk, Remember 5K; and the Christmas parade. But of all the events the station has done since her time in radio, she is post proud of the Wall That Heals, the traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial, that came to Jacksonville in June 2015. WJIL was founded in 1962 and WJVO first went on the air in 1987. In 2013, the Illinois Broadcasters Association named WJVO the Small Market Radio Station of the Year.