The NAB National Radio Award will be presented to Saga Communications CEO Ed Christian at this year’s NAB Radio Show in Philadelphia. He’ll be honored for his achievements over a 49-year career in radio.
“While Ed Christian has served tirelessly as a national leader for radio, he has never forgotten that the most successful stations are those that have deep roots in their local communities and a passion for public service,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David.
At Saga Communications, Christian oversees 91 radio stations, five full-power and four network low-power TV stations, the Illinois, Michigan and Minnesota Radio Networks and the Michigan and Minnesota Farm Radio Networks. Formerly President of Josephson Communications, Christian has headed Saga since its formation over 23 years ago.
That apparently doesn’t keep him busy enough, so Christian is the chairman of the Radio Music License Committee, Broadcasters’ Foundation, and is also a board member of the NAB, the Michigan Association of Broadcasting, the National Autoimmune Related Disease Association and St. John Hospital in Detroit. He is past president of the Associated Press Broadcast Advisory Council and past board member and past chairman of the Arbitron Radio Advisory Council. He also serves as adjunct professor in Broadcast Arts at Central Michigan University and is an Honorary Consul for the Republic of Iceland.
RBR/TVBR observation: Bravo! We sure wish radio had a lot more group heads like Ed.