Birmingham, AL - Jul 30, 2012 - The Alabama Broadcasters Association will induct its 2012 Hall of Fame class on Aug. 11, 2012, during the group's annual convention. Inductees are chosen for their contributions to the broadcasting industry, civic and community involvement. Under these guidelines, five broadcasters whom the Alabama Broadcasters Association has never honored, including the 2012 Broadcaster of the Year, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Those names include Larry Wilkins, CPBE CBNT AMD, of Prattville, Carmen Brown of Mobile, Everett Holle of Birmingham and Bob Howell of Montgomery.
The fifth inductee, the 2012 Broadcaster of the Year, will be revealed at a luncheon earlier on Aug. 11. Tommy Lee of Albertville/Gadsden was named the ABA's 2011 Broadcaster of the Year but, because there was not a Hall of Fame event last year, he will be recognized at the 2012 celebration.
Larry Wilkins served two terms on the Society of Broadcast Engineers board of directors, and he currently serves on the SBE Certification Committee. He chaired the AM Directional (AMD) Specialist Certification development committee. For the SBE locally, he was the first chairman of Montgomery SBE chapter 118 and served a number of years in that position. He was recognized as the SBE Broadcast Engineer of the Year in 2005.
Wilkins has worked in radio and television engineering since 1960. He designed and built the statewide satellite network for Auburn and Alabama sports distribution. He served as assistant director of engineering for Cumulus Media for a number of years and retired from full time engineering (corporate) in 2007. He presently works with the Alabama Broadcasters Association as director of its newly formed Engineering Academy. In July 2012 that group completed its first two classes designed to prepare engineers to take the SBE Certified Broadcast Technologist (CBT) exams. A total of 25 people took the course. The course will be repeated in the fall of 2012.
Wilkins designed and installed one of the first CAP satellite-delivered EAS networks in Alabama with more than 30 downlinks. He serves as SECC for Alabama and is a member of the state Amber alert task force.
In addition, Wilkins handles the Alternative Broadcast Inspections (ABIP) for Alabama . Wilkins says he enjoys this job because he meets lots of people and helps them to ensure their broadcast operations are compliant. Since 1979 he has also worked as the on-site engineer for all Auburn University Football games.