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TAB Awards Season Opens with New Honor for Younger Broadcasters

- Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence

Applications are due April 1 for TAB’s leadership awards, including the new Jason Hightower Award for Broadcast Excellence, as well the long-established Pioneer, Broadcaster, and Associate of the Year awards.

The new honor is the third to be named after a Texas broadcaster, joining the George Marti Award for Engineering Excellence and Steve Pieringer Award for Outstanding Valor in News Coverage.

The Hightower award recognizes individuals in Radio and Television with at least 10 years’ experience in the broadcast industry who demonstrate a proficiency for enterprise and innovation in a member station’s service to their audience, advertisers and community.

The top three nominees in each category will receive a complimentary registration to the July 29-30 TAB Show and Awards Gala, along with two complimentary hotel room nights. The winners will be announced onsite.

The TAB Board of Directors established the Hightower awards to recognize broadcasters in the first decade of their careers, as the existing awards are widely seen as “career-capping” honors.

Award Nominations Info

About Jason Hightower

Hightower was just 27 years old when he and his wife Ingrid became owner/operators of KMOO-FM Mineola. He joined TAB immediately and quickly rose through the leadership ranks, ultimately serving as TAB Chairman in 2008. Jason passed away in March 2009 after battling brain cancer; he was just 37.

In 2009 his fellow broadcasters posthumously honored him as TAB Broadcaster of the Year – celebrating Jason’s strong commitment to locally-focused, community broadcasting, as well as his love for advancing the causes of Texas broadcasting (both Radio and TV) in front of lawmakers in Austin and Washington, DC.

Ingrid Hightower still owns KMOO-FM, known as “The Mighty Moo,” and will be on hand for the inaugural presentation of the awards at the Annual Awards Gala on July 30.

Questions? Contact TAB’s Oscar Rodriguez or call (512) 322-9944.

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