Illinois Broadcasters Association To Honor Dick Rakovan with Lifetime Achievement Award
January 22, 2016 at 8:39 AM (PT)
The ILLINOIS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION Board of Directors will award its fourth-ever Lifetime Achievement Award at its upcoming JUNE 2016 Conference to legendary radio broadcaster and industry representative DICK RAVKOVAN. Having just ended a 20+ year career with the RADIO ADVERTISING BUREAU, RAKOVAN began his long-time broadcasting career as a salesman with CAPITAL CITIES'-owned WKBW-A/BUFFALO, only to be promoted to Sales and General Management positions with CAPITAL CITIES’ stations in NEW YORK, DETROIT and PROVIDENCE.
RAKOVAN has served on the boards of directors of the NAB, RAB, RHODE ISLAND and ILLINOIS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATIONS and is a long-time member of the selection committee for the MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS’ National Radio Hall of Fame.
“No one can never accuse Rackets of not having been there-done that,” remarked ILLINOIS BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION Pres./CEO DENNIS LYLE upon announcing news that RAKOVAN would be only the fourth broadcaster ever to receive IBA’s Lifetime Achievement Award. “His contribution to the radio industry in general, and particularly that of ILLINOIS, is most admirable.”
“The telephone was his magic wand, and when it was Rackets on the line, everyone (and I do mean everyone!) took his call,” wrote BROADCAST MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES’ LINDSAY WOOD DAVIS in nominating RAKOVAN for the award. “Rackets has made our industry so much better over the course of his career. It is only appropriate that his adopted home-state broadcasters recognize this great career with the IBA Lifetime Achievement.”