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TAB Board of Directors Ballot

You should have received an email from TAB President Oscar Rodriguez on June 28 with the final ballot for TAB's 2021-2022 Board of Directors.

Following are bios of each nominee (sorted by market category).

Questions? Email TAB's Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

Large Radio-Place 2 (3 year term)

David Abel, Cox Media Group San Antonio

  • Cox Media Group named David Abel as Vice President/Market Manager of its radio stations in San Antonio in March 2019.  
  • He oversees KISS 99.5, KONO 101.1, KTKX 106.7, KKYX 104.9, KCYY 100.3 and KSMG 105.3.
  • Abel joined the CMG San Antonio team as a 20-year radio veteran, most recently serving as Vice President of Radio with Griffin Communications in Tulsa, OK.
  • Prior to that role he was VP/GM for Apex Broadcasting’s radio group in Charleston/Hilton Head, SC and also helped Apex launch new digital and IT companies, where he concurrently served as COO.
  • Abel has a history as a member of the CMG family, having worked as a sales manager for 11 years in Greenville, Orlando and Birmingham.
  • Abel began his radio career in sales and sales management in the New Orleans region.
  • Abel is a recognized industry leader and was honored in 2015 by Radio Ink Magazine as one of the “Best Managers in Radio”.

Medium Radio-Place 3 (3 year term)

Rodney Brown, KEYS / KZFM / KKBA Corpus Christi

  • Rodney Brown is a 20+ year radio veteran and previous TAB Board Member (2017-2019).
  • He started his career as an intern within the promotions department for CBS Radio while attending Texas State University.  
  • After graduation, Brown was hired at CBS as a Promotions Coordinator and worked his way up through sales to become the Sales Manager of KXBT and KJCE before CBS sold the station group to Entercom.  
  • While working for Entercom, he managed both KJCE and KKMJ before making the move to Corpus Christi to become the General Manager for Malkan Interactive Communication (KZFM, KKBA, and KJCE) for the past 12 year.  
  • While in Corpus, he has worked with various non-profit organization such as AAF-CC, Mayor’s Fitness Council, Colin’s Hope and the CC Triathlon Club holding offices in each organization.  
  • Brown is currently the president of the Lambda Chi Alpha Alumni Assoc for Texas State which he founded in 2001.  
  • In 2009, he created Bikes for Kids-CC and has given away over 2000 free bikes to kids in the community.  
  • In his spare time he enjoys the outdoors (camping, biking, and kayaking) with his wife Sean and three children Jaxon, Ashby, and Jillian.
  • He is also a 3X Ironman finisher.

Brad Moran, Ramar Communications Lubbock

  • Brad Moran was born into a broadcasting family and started as a radio station janitor at the age of 11.
  • At 15 he became a DJ and throughout college a radio and night club DJ while attending Texas Tech University (BBA ’82).
  • In 1982 Ramar Communications was established to start KJTV-TV what later became the Lubbock FOX affiliate with his dad.
  • Today Moran (61) operates 8 radio stations in Lubbock.

Small Radio-Places 1 & 4 (3 year terms)

Mason Benitez, KIXS / KLUB / KQVT / KTXN Victoria

    Bio Pending

Eric Kauffman, KBUS / KOYN / KPLT Paris

  • Eric Kauffman is a native Texan with a 40-year career in the radio business.
  • Born and raised in Dallas, he's actually been around the business for almost his entire life.  
  • Going to work with his grandfather at WRR-AM in Dallas starting at 5 years old.  
  • After spending the first 12 years of his career working morning and afternoon drive doing traffic on KPLX and WFAA-TV and air work on WBAP, he hit the road to California where he spent over 20 years doing morning radio and managing four stations in Ridgecrest, north of Los Angeles.  
  • He returned to Texas in 2013 and is proud to be a part of the East Texas Broadcasting family in Paris where he is the Market Manager.  
  • Kauffman is a big believer in the power of small market radio and its impact on local communities.

David Klement, KORQ / KABW Abilene

  • David W. Klement began his radio career in Gainesville, Texas, in 1978.  
  • He worked part-time as a DJ for four years, before making the transition into Sales.  
  • After gaining radio sales experience, Klement took over as manager of KGAF in Gainesville in 1984.  
  • After a good number of years working in Gainesville, Orange, and Beaumont radio, he accepted an offer to run two stations in Brunswick, Georgia.  
  • He enjoyed working radio in the Brunswick/Saint Simon’s Island area, spending seven years there.  
  • In 1999, he chose to move closer to home and family, and went to work as an Account Executive for ABC Radio/Disney, at KSCS in Dallas.  
  • In short order, he was promoted to Local Sales Manager.  
  • After one year as LSM, Klement was promoted to General Sales Manager of sister station KMEO and later back to KSCS where he weathered ownership transitions to Citadel and Cumulus.  
  • He left Cumulus in 2013 to start his own radio company.
    Today, Klement’s company, Community Broadcast Partners, has two radio stations in Abilene, Texas, and is in the process of acquiring a third station in Lubbock, Texas.
  • He is married to Lo Adams Klement, a National AE at iHeartMedia.  
  • Together they raise their two children in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

Christine Amato Scott, KVST Conroe

  • Bio Pending

Large TV-Place 3 (3 year term)

Robert Sarabia, KVDA-TV San Antonio

  • Robert Sarabia is the President and General Manager of Telemundo 60 San Antonio/KVDA, the NBCUniversal-owned television station that serves Spanish-language viewers in the San Antonio market.
  • In his current role, Sarabia oversees the overall management of the station’s operations.
    Sarabia earned a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Texas at San Antonio.

Other TV-Place 2 (3 year term)

Lori Bruffett, KBTX-TV Bryan-College Station

  • Lori Bruffett is a native of College Station, Texas and grew up watching KBTX, the station where she now serves as VP/General Manager and GSM.
  • She studied marketing at Texas A&M University prior to beginning her career which began with KBTX in 1988 as a Sales Assistant and quickly made the move to Account Executive within the same year.
  • As an AE, Bruffett broke numerous sales records and was the first KBTX salesperson to exceed $2 million in television ad sales in a single year.
  • She was promoted to the General Sales Manager position in 2011 and then took on the additional role of Station Manager in January 2014.
  • In June 2020, she was promoted to VP/General Manager and GSM. In July 2021, she will celebrate 33 years of employment with KBTX.

Brent McClure, KFDA-TV / KEYU-TV / KZBZ-LP Amarillo

  • Brent McClure has been in the broadcast industry for over 28 years.
  • He began with a music recording degree and quickly found his way into KCBD as a production camera man. He credits great mentorship and leadership in his development.
  • He had the opportunity to work in Operations, Marketing and Digital before accepting the job as General Manager at KFDA (CBS) and KEYU (Telemundo) in 2005.
  • Today he operates 8 TV stations and all the digital properties related to them for Gray TV’s Amarillo operation.
  • McClure has 3 daughters 23, 21, and 18 and his hobbies include playing guitar and golf when Not at work.

At-Large TV-Place 2 (3 year term)

Ronnie Glover, KWES-TV Odessa-Midland

  • Ronnie Glover is currently the Local Sales Manager for Tegna Media Midland/Odessa.  He oversees the local sales for KWES-TV, NewsWest9.
    A 29 year veteran of radio and television broadcasting, Glover’s first job was a camera operator for KOB-TV in Albuquerque.  
  • Since then, he has working in radio sales and management, and for 5 years as the General Manager for Max Media, and Townsquare Media in Cape Girardeau, MO, and Victoria, TX.
  • A leader in the community, Glover has led radio stations to several Missouri Association of Broadcaster Awards and Local Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund recognition.
  • He attended Eastern New Mexico University and is a graduate of Eastern Arizona College.

Pat Stacey, KLTV-TV Tyler-Longview; KTRE-TV Lufkin Nacogdoches

  • Pat Stacey is Vice President and General Manager of KLTV-TV and KTRE-TV, the Gray Television ABC affiliates.  
  • He began his broadcasting career with KLTV, channel 7 in Tyler, Texas in March of 1986.  
  • Stacey has held various positions including Master Control Operator, Promotions Manager, Research Director, Account Executive, Local Sales Manager, General Sales Manager and Vice President and General Manager.  
  • He previously served on the TAB Board of Directors from 2014 – 2020 and was active on the Legislative Committee and TAB Convention Committee.

Non-Commercial (1 year term)

Don Dunlap, KEDT Corpus Christi

  • Don Dunlap is the President and General Manager of South Texas Public Broadcasting System that operates KEDT-TV in Corpus Christi and Public Radio stations KEDT-FM in Corpus Christi and KVRT in Victoria, Texas.
  • In his first job out of college, he was part of a small group who started KEDT-TV.  
  • In 1995 Dunlap was the project manager for the creation of KVRT-FM in Victoria, Texas.  
  • He is a third generation South Texan, raised in Corpus Christi.
  • He attended Del Mar College and Texas A&I University and has an Electrical Engineering Technology degree.

Matt Austin, KCBI/KCBN Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Matt Austin is the GM and VP of Operations for 90.9 KCBI, Dallas/Fort Worth.  
  • He also serves on the Christian Music Broadcasters Board of Directors.  
  • Austin began his career in Lexington, KY, moved to Nashville, TN as Southeast Regional Manager of WAY-FM, and then to Texas to join KCBI in 2012.  
  • He is passionate about helping non-profit radio develop donor support, business underwriting, audience growth, and community service.  
  • He enjoys leadership development both personally and as a mentor for upcoming leaders.  
  • KCBI has received the National Religious Broadcasters Station of the Year four times including 2021 and is the recipient of the TAB 2019 Bonner McLane Public Service Award.  
  • He and his wife Denise have three children and eight grandchildren and live in Plano, TX.

Golden Mic Club (1 year term)

Mary "Mike" Hatcher

  • Mary Mike Hatcher is the National Sales Manager for Bryan Broadcasting in College Station, TX.  
  • She began working for WTAW/KNDE/KZNE in 1977 and has been one of the Top Producers for 25 years.
  • Hatcher has long been an ardent supporter of TAB, serving previously as a TAB Board director from 2004 through 2009 before advancing to the Executive Committee in 2010 and eventually as Chair in 2012-13.

Roger Bare

  • Roger Bare served as VP/GM of KIAH-TV, CW39 from April 2004 to September 2016.  
  • He managed 100 employees through six dept heads and was responsible for all aspects of the Houston CW affiliate.  
  • Bare worked at KIAH in various capacities for more than 24 years, serving as General Sales Manager from 1998 to 2004, as Local Sales Manager from 1996 to 1998, as National Sales Manager from 1995 to 1996, and as Account Executive from 1992 to 1996.  
  • He served as a TAB Board director from 2006 through 2012, before joining the Executive Committee in 2012 and eventually as Chair in 2016-17.

Associates (1 year term)

Angela Fenske, Comscore

  • Bio Pending

Perry Priestley, Elenos Group/BE

  • Perry Priestley has worked in the professional broadcast industry for more than 45 years.  
  • He joined Broadcast Electronics in June 2019 as Chief Operating Officer after serving as CEO for Anywave Communication Technologies Inc.  
  • He previously held positions in Sales and Business Development with Linear Industries Brazil, Ibiquity Digital (now Xperi), Thales-France (now Thomson Broadcast), and EEV-Marconi, and Philips (Pye TVT) in the UK.
  • Priestley has presented at more than 100 technical broadcast conferences worldwide, has been the lead commercial coordinator in notable projects in North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. and has been a significant contributor to many new product releases in the radio and television broadcast market.  
  • He started his career in the 1970’s as part of a team focused on improving the reliability and efficiency of FM and TV transmitters and has coordinated, planned, or supervised the commissioning of equipment at more than 300 transmission installations in more than 40 countries.