April 15, 2008

Kristopher Jones
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After April 18: 202-429-5486


LAS VEGAS -- WJBC-AM Bloomington, IL today was awarded the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Radio Award. Since 1987, the NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service.

Ten winners were chosen from among 50 finalists. Recipients were recognized at today's NAB
Show Radio Luncheon.

WJBC-AM provided this description of its accomplishments in 2007:

"For 83 years, WJBC-AM has been the talk of the town, serving as McLean County's voice for local news, sports, talk and weather. In 2007, WJBC continued its commitment to be the voice of the community, providing over 10,000 minutes of airtime to community service projects and raising $5.9 million for charities. WJBC was instrumental in organizing a community-wide welcome home celebration for a local military unit returning from deployment in Iraq, helped the local Relay for Life to become the first in the state to ever raise more than $500,000 and delivered Christmas gifts to over 6,400 needy men, women and children. WJBC is the voice of local radio, airing 15 hours of local programming and 48 local newscasts each weekday, and originating more than 200 local sporting events in 2007. WJBC is the voice of innovation, developing a secondary internet stream to cover more sporting events, and creating an interactive Web site providing local news, weather, podcasts and a free service for listeners to sign up to receive instant weather alerts on their cell phones. The people of WJBC are the voice of our community, with staff donating 1,200 hours in 2007 to service projects."

For more information on WJBC's accomplishments, contact Red Pitcher at

The NAB Radio Luncheon, sponsored by ASCAP, featured a keynote address by Robert Pittman, MTV co-founder and former Co-COO of AOL Time Warner. During the luncheon, Larry Lujack, legendary Chicago radio personality, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame and WUSL-FM Philadelphia was given the NAB Crystal Heritage Award for long-term commitment to community service.

About the 2008 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 11 - 17, 2008 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 14). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at

About NAB
The National Association of Broadcasters is the premier advocacy association for America's broadcasters. As the voice of more than 8,300 radio and television stations, NAB advances their interests in legislative, regulatory and public affairs. Through advocacy, education and innovation, NAB enables broadcasters to best serve their communities, strengthen their businesses and seize new opportunities in the digital age. Learn more at