Atlanta honors its radio and TV ad stars


Some names you know are among those honored with 2009 Lifetime Achievement Awards by the Atlanta Broadcast Advertising Club (ABAC). In fact, you may have forgotten that some had roots in the Georgia capital.

ABAC presented the awards this month at its annual summer charity event, Meltdown. Bob Rathbun, national sports television announcer and four-time Emmy Award winner, hosted the event and presented the 2nd Annual ABAC Lifetime Achievement Awards to the following recipients who are highly respected in the advertising industry: 

Clarke R. Brown, Jr., retired President of Jefferson-Pilot Communications Company;
Paul Courtney, Vice President of Sales Southeast- ABC National Television;

Bruce B. Demps, Regional Vice President for Radio One-Atlanta;

Dan Griffin, Senior Vice President of Sales for National Cable Communications;

John Hogan, President and CEO of Clear Channel Radio; and

Jane Williams, Vice President of Sales for Cox Television. 

Each recipient earned the prestigious honor based on his or her outstanding achievements and contributions, in the media community, throughout their careers.

This year ABAC, a non-profit organization, held its 2009 Meltdown festivities at Ansley Golf Club, in Atlanta. The event drew more than 400 people from various realms of the advertising industry. A portion of the proceeds from Meltdown will be donated to the Martin Sherry Scholarship Foundation. The scholarship is awarded annually to a student attending the College of Business Administration, in the Marketing Department, at Georgia State University.