Business After Hours Celebrates Local Broadcaster’s Accomplishments

July 5, 2018
Withers Broadcasting Companies held a Business After Hours on June 12, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 3501 Broadway St., Mt. Vernon. The event was specifically put together for the Jefferson County  Chamber of Commerce to congratulate Dana Withers, the 2018 IBA Broadcaster of the Year, and Withers Broadcasting/Dana Communications, for their accomplishments.
Dana Withers, president of Illinois-based Withers Broadcasting and Dana Communications has been named Illinois Broadcasters Association’s 2018 “IBA/Vincent T. Wasilewski Broadcaster of the Year.”   The award, named in honor of Athens, Illinois native Vincent T. Wasilewski, NAB’s 18th president, was created to honor those Illinois broadcasters who exhibit the same passion and dedication to the broadcast industry as Wasilewski did.  Honorees are recognized for broadcast excellence with their Illinois station(s) and within the broadcast industry as a whole, and for the respect they receive from their peers both on a local market and national level, in addition for their work to achieve a favorable legislative climate for the broadcast industry.
Withers was presented the award during the Chairman’s Dinner, opening night of IBA2018, the Illinois Broadcasters Associations’ annual summer conference which was held June 5-6 at the Marriot Hotel & Conference Center in Normal, IL.  Withers is the second in her family to receive the award.  Her father, the late W. Russell Withers Jr., received the award in 2005.