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TAB celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding broadcast leaders and stations! All awards are presented at TAB’s Annual Convention & Trade Show. Contact TAB's Beth Bobbitt for more information.

Nomination Deadlines

  • Leadership Award Submissions Due: April 3, 2023
  • Bonner McLane Award Submissions Due: May 5, 2023
  • Entry Forms Coming Soon!

View Past Winners

Individual Leadership Awards

Pioneer Broadcaster of the Year

Current Winner: Kathy Saunders, KDFW/KDFI-TV Dallas-Fort Worth

  • Requirements: 25+ years in broadcasting; substantial portion of career in Texas; extensive public service; historical developments; significant industry advances; active participation in TAB
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB members

Broadcaster of the Year

Current Winner: Sarah Frazier, Audacy Houston

  • Requirements: full-time station employee or owner; station must be TAB member; emphasis on achievements in the past year; example to others in broadcasting; 1 nomination/station/year.
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB members

George Marti Award for Engineering Excellence

Current Winner: Sonny Cavazos, Entravision Rio Grande Valley

  • Requirements: Individual's excellence and innovation in broadcast engineering for a Texas radio and/or television station; Development of new technology, leadership in education, and contributions to broadcast engineering technical standards
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB members

Associate of the Year

  • Current Winner: Dan Sessler, RF Specialties
  • Requirements: Employee or owner at TAB Associate Member company; Helps broadcasters further industry goals
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB members

Distinguished Service Award

Educator of the Year

Current Winner: Dr. Alan Albarran, University of North Texas (retired)

  • Requirements: Dedication to the industry; Active participation in TAB
  • Who Can Nominate: TABE members

Lifetime Achievement Award

Steve Pieringer Award for Outstanding Valor in News Coverage

  • Current Winner: Will Ripley
  • Requirements: Outstanding valor in news coverage; Exemplary display of news reporting; Going “above and beyond” normal call of duty; Award only presented if the review committee feels a nomination has merit
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB members

Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence (R/TV)

  • Current Winners: Chelsea Reber, Bryan Broadcasting; Amy Anderson, KXAN-TV Austin
  • Requirements: This award recognizes an individual with at least 10 years' experience in the broadcast industry who demonstrates a proficiency for enterprise and innovation in a member station's service to their audience, advertisers and community. The top three (3) nominees in both Radio and TV categories will receive complimentary registration for the TAB2021 Convention & Trade Show, a ticket to the Annual Awards Gala (where the winners will be announced), as well as two (2) complimentary hotel room nights.
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB members

Station Awards

Bonner McLane Public Service Awards

  • Current Winners: View list
  • Requirements: Excellence in community service
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB member stations

Lone Star Leader Awards

  • Current Winner: View list
  • Requirements: Most spots donated; Greatest dollar amount donated to TAB's PEP program
  • Who Can Nominate: TAB

Questions? Contact TAB at (512) 322-9944.