Washington, DC, and New York - May 26, 2011 - Steve Newberry, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation, will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Show Luncheon held Sept. 16 during the 2011 Radio Show, which runs Sept. 14 - 16 in Chicago.
"For more than 25 years as an owner and operator, Steve Newberry's enthusiasm for radio and exemplary leadership abilities have been acknowledged and respected by radio executives nationwide," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David.
Newberry has held leadership positions in broadcasting that range from chairman of the Authority for Kentucky Educational Television (KET) to his current position as president and CEO of Commonwealth Broadcasting Corporation. In this capacity, Newberry oversees 22 radio stations with facilities throughout Kentucky. Additionally, Newberry serves as joint board chairman of the NAB, and is a member of the board of directors and executive committees for RAB. Previously Newberry was president of the Kentucky Broadcasters Association (KBA), and in 2009 was the recipient of the KBA's Distinguished Kentuckian Award.
In addition to his broadcast activities, Newberry is a member of the board of directors of Citizens First Bank. He served as executive director of the Glasgow-Barren County Industrial Development Economic Authority (IDEA), and for many years chaired that organization. He also served as president of the Glasgow Rotary Club, twice chaired the local United Way campaign and was a member of the board of directors of the Glasgow-Barren County Boys and Girls Club.
Each year the National Radio Award honors an individual who is an outstanding leader in the radio industry. Previous National Radio Award recipients include Charles Warfield, Ed Christian, Bruce Reese, Jerry Lee, David Kennedy, John Dille, Lowry Mays, Jeff Smulyan and Bill Stakelin among others.