5:30pm – President’s Reception

A great way to kick-off IBA2023 and meet this year’s special honorees before receiving their awards and network with colleagues and our IBA2023 presenters and panelists.

6:30pm – Chairman’s Dinner & Award Gala

IBA honors Melody Spann Cooper – IBA’s 2023 “Broadcaster of the Year,” Frank Whittaker – IBA’s 2023 “Chicago Broadcast Pioneer,” Max Armstrong – IBA’s 2023 “Downstate Broadcast Pioneer,” and our newest Vanguard Award honorees.


7:00am – “Legal, Legislative, and Regulatory Update Breakfast

Join NAB lobbyist Charlyn Stanberry, IBA Attorney Don Craven, IBA Illinois Lobbyist John Bradley, and IBA’s FCC Attorney Scott Flick for this 1 hour and 45-minute breakfast to learn the latest on front-issues every station owner and General Manager needs to know.

9:00am – Bart Feder – “Fearless Innovation and Transformation”

Get ready for an interactive keynote that promises to explore broadcasting’s future opportunities as well as real world solutions to the current challenges of our business. The discussion will center on embracing innovation, driving transformation, leveraging localism, leading change, and taking risk.

10:00am – Power Panel – Powering Today’s Pros and Tomorrow’s Super Stars!” 

A panel uniting the success secrets of today’s pros with the energy of student broadcasters on the rise. Learn more about what’s driving our future today. It’s a can’t miss session for all  attendees.

10:45am – Larry Rosin (Edison Research) – “Knowledge to Recharge Your Local Super Powers”

You will leave this session with super powers of your own because knowledge is power.  Understand the broad trends that are affecting the media landscape by attending this session that includes tracking data of the highest quality collected over decades.  While international players such as Amazon, Google/YouTube, Apple and Spotify are competing on one level, the data will show that the opportunity to connect with local consumers remains a huge advantage for broadcasters.

11:30am –  Hall of Fame Induction of Veteran Actor Jeff Perry

You may know Jeff  best at Cyrus Greene on TV’s Scandal, or Thatcher Grey on TV’s Grey’s Anatomy, or Harvey Leek on TV’s Nash Bridges, and most recently, Stanley Kornik on TV’s Alaska Daily. Don’t miss this native Illinoisan (Highland Park) and co-Founder of Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theatre’s induction during Tuesday’s IBA’s Hall of Fame Luncheon.

1:15pm – Bart Feder – “How Good Managers Become Great Leaders”

What does it REALLY take to lead in business today?  This session will focus on 5 key components:  The difference between management and leadership, what it takes to create a shared vision, how to leverage emotional intelligence, how to strengthen listening skills, and the best ways to give and receive feedback.  Great take-aways for current and future managers and leaders.

2:30pm – Power Panel – “Promotions that Work (and Make Money!)

A panel of local broadcasters who understand programming and sales can both win with promotions (and the station can make money!) Get ready to take notes and make money!

3:45pm – TBA – “AI…Friend or Foe?

5:00pm – “Silver Dome Awards Reception & Awards Presentation”

This year’s Silver Dome Awards gets a reboot! Instead of a sit-down dinner, expect a reception with heavy hordourves followed by the awarding of our 2023 Silver Dome awards. High energy Neuhoff (Decatur) radio  personality Terrence “TAT” Taylor returns as our energized host of this special evening, scheduled to end by 7:30pm allowing plenty of time for post-event celebration!