An award honoring the late Sydney L. Small, co-Chairman of American Urban Radio Networks, will headline the 2013 Urban Knight Awards. The 11th Annual event will take place during the NAB/RAB Radio Show September 18-20 in Orlando. The inaugural Sydney L. Small Lifetime Achievement Urban Bishop Award will be given to Russell M. Perry, Chairman & CEO of Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company in Oklahoma City.
“I could not be more pleased than to present an award bearing Syd’s name. The Urban Knight Awards event is in many ways like the CEBA Awards (Communication Excellence to Black Audiences) which Syd and his team at National Black Network founded back in the late 80’s. To give the initial award to Russell Perry, one of the finest broadcasters in the nation makes it especially rewarding,” said AURN President of Program Operations & Affiliations Jerry Lopes.
“I am very grateful that 2013 Urban Knight Awards are honoring Sydney L. Small with an award in his name. My father, Sydney, was a pioneer and truly dedicated to this industry. He would be proud that Mr. Russell M. Perry is the first person to receive this award,” added Anthony Small.
One of the other highlights during a reception on September 18 will be the induction of Alex Snipe, President & CEO of Glory Communications in Columbia, SC, into the Urban Knight Hall of Fame. The Urban Knight Awards are designed to honor those who have significantly improved marketing and sales to the African American consumer marketplace. Also receiving Urban Knight Awards:
- Superadio/New York President/COO Jack Bryant
- WQMJ-FM/Macon, GA, owner Mike Roberts
- KJLH-FM/Los Angeles VP/GM Karen Slade
- WFUN-FM and WHHL-FM/St. Louis VP/GM Shawneen Thompson
- GroupM/New York Managing Partner & Director of Radio Kim Vasey
- Wilson Broadcasting Company/Dothan, AL, President/CEO J.R. Wilson