The annual Southern Media Hall of Fame awards presentation is scheduled for Thursday, April 4 at Missouri Southern State University. The Hall of Fame honors media professionals from the region who have made significant contributions through their careers in broadcast or print.
This year’s honorees are John David, Executive Vice President of Radio for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Steve and Kathy Fairchild, former publishers of the Lawrence County Record. Between the three, they have more than 100 years of media experience.
John David, who now lives in the Washington, D.C. area, started his radio career in Oklahoma, and owned radio stations in Joplin from 1971 to 1988. While in Joplin he served as chair of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce. He moved to NAB in 1989 and was promoted to his present position in 1998. He is recognized throughout the industry and has received other awards, including being named a member of the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Missouri Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
Steve and Kathy Fairchild, Mt. Vernon, grew up in Southwest Missouri and had long careers in journalism. Steve graduated from Aurora High School and Kathy graduated from Mt. Vernon High School. They owned the Lawrence County Record from 1984 to 2012. They have been involved in the community throughout their careers. Steve has served as president of the Mt. Vernon Chamber of Commerce and Kathy chairs the Lawrence County Historical Society Museum.
The awards dinner will be held at 6 p.m. in the BIllingsly Student Center at MSSU. In addition to the recognition of the honorees, a historical display showcasing broadcast history will be established in the first-floor broadcast lobby of Webster Hall. The area also showcases photos and bios of past Hall of Fame and Pioneer Broadcasters award recipients.