John F. Dille IIIPresident
John Dille is president of Federated Media, a 15-station radio group with stations in Indiana and Michigan. Born in Chicago, Dille began his career as a copy boy for The Washington Post. He continued as a newspaper reporter for Thomson Newspapers, Ltd., with assignments in England, Scotland and Wales, The Mishawaka Times (Ind.); and The Elkhart Truth before moving into broadcasting.
Active in industry affairs, he is past chairman of the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and twice past chairman of the National Association of Broadcasters Radio Board. He chaired the NAB/National Radio Broadcasters Association Unification Task Force and is a former chairman of the NAB Congressional Relations Committee. John was on the negotiating committee of the Radio Music Licensing Committee, which deals with ASCAP and BMI. He is a past president of Indiana Broadcasters Association, past chairman of the Legislative Liaison Committee (LLC) program, director of Michiana Public Telecasting and chairman of the Indiana LLC. In 2000 he became an adjunct professor at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff teaching senior level broadcast management.
At Colby College in Maine, John studied history and government; he later received an M.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame. He then enlisted in the United States Army, graduated OCS, attended the Airborne School and was attached to the 101st Airborne Division. He commanded a 105mm Howitzer Battery before leaving the service at the rank of captain.
John has been president of the Elkhart Conference, a community foundation; director of the Elkhart Chamber of Commerce; a director of the KeyBank of Elkhart and is a former director of Elcona Country Club. He plays tennis and hockey. John and his wife Anne have three children who are all in the media business.