Monday, June 13, 2011

Paul Stone named "Broadcaster of the Year" by GAB

Randy Gravley (station owner and NAB Board member) and I had the pleasure Saturday night of presenting our friend, Paul Stone, with an award from the Georgia Association of Broadcasters naming Paul "Broadcaster of the Year."

Paul is a "broadcaster's broadcaster." A graduate of the University of Georgia, he served as an officer in the U.S. Air Force before starting both the Georgia Radio News Services and the Florida News Network. He co-founded Southern Broadcasting with this late partner, Charles Giddens.

Southern grew to own stations in Georgia, Alabama, and the Florida panhandle. He bought all of the outstanding stock in the company in 2001 and became President and CEO of the company. Over the years he became one of the most successful station owner-operators in the business, building his stations on a commitment to serve their local communities.

Along the way, he has given a number of broadcasters their "start," and continues to be a mentor to many. He, along with Suzanne, are persons of great generousity, both to employees and to the many charities, local institutions, and civic organizations they support.

There is no deserving recipient of the GAB's "Broadcaster of the Year" award. I am proud to be Paul's partner (Monticello Media) and friend. Congratulations!

Media Services Group