David Donovan to head New York State Broadcasters Association


The Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association (NYSBA) has selected a successor to Joe Reilly, who is retiring after 31 years in the post. The new President and Executive Director is well known to broadcasters.

David L. Donovan has been President of the Association for Maximum Service Television (MSTV), which is in the process of merging into the NAB. Before that he was at the FCC, so he’s spent a long time in and around broadcasting.

“After an exhaustive search, we are delighted Mr. Donovan will serve as the next President of NYSBA. As a former FCC official and President of the Association for Maximum Service Television Inc., he brings to Albany more than 25 years of broadcast regulatory expertise. He has the right combination of industry knowledge and executive trade association experience,” said Dave Widmer, President and General Manager of the Long Island Radio Group, Inc., who headed the search team.
“I am honored for the opportunity to serve the radio and television stations of New York. These stations have a distinguished record of serving their communities. Local service remains the key as we confront new competitive and regulatory challenges. I look forward to working with Sr. Vice President Richard Novik and the entire New York team and building on the solid foundation laid by Joe Reilly,” said Donovan.
Since 2001, Donovan served as President of MSTV, the leading technical trade association for the broadcast television industry and helped lead the transition from analog to digital transmission. From 1990 to 2001, he served as Vice President of Legal and Legislative Affairs for the Association of Local Television Stations. He occupied a number of legal positions at the Federal Communications Commission from 1983-1989, and served as the media advisor to former FCC Commissioner James H. Quello.