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Russell M. Perry
2020 NAB National Radio Award Winner

Russell M. Perry

Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company founder and president Russell M. Perry will receive the National Radio Award during the 2020 Radio Show. Produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), the 2020 Radio Show digital experience is a week-long online event, taking place October 5 - 9, 2020.

“For over four decades, Russell Perry has been a trailblazing media entrepreneur, a champion of journalism and a celebrated humanitarian in his community,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “His success and leadership in the broadcasting business exemplify the spirit of the National Radio Award, and we are delighted to honor him in recognition of his many contributions to the radio industry."

Perry began his radio career in 1993, when he founded Perry Publishing & Broadcasting Company after purchasing KVSP-AM Oklahoma City, Okla. Since then, he has grown the company into the largest independently owned African American broadcasting company in the nation, with 11 radio stations across the southeast United States.

Perry started his career in journalism as co-publisher of The Black Dispatch. In 1979, he became the owner and publisher of The Black Chronicle, which has grown into one of the largest paid weekly newspapers serving the state of Oklahoma.

Perry has been recognized for his numerous achievements in journalism and the broadcasting industry, including inductions in the Oklahoma Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame, the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and American Urban Radio Network Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Perry has been an engaged civic leader in Oklahoma throughout his career, including serving on the Board of Directors of numerous charities and on state and local commissions. He also served as Secretary of Commerce for the State of Oklahoma and Secretary of Economic Development and Special Affairs for the State of Oklahoma in the administration of Gov. Frank Keating. He is currently involved in projects to promote and restore African American-owned commerce in Oklahoma City, and was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 2013.

Each year the National Radio Award honors an individual who is an outstanding leader in radio broadcasting. Previous National Radio Award recipients include David Field, George Beasley, Ginny Morris, Dan Mason, Steven Newberry, Charles Warfield, Ed Christian, Bruce Reese, Jerry Lee, David Kennedy, John Dille, Lowry Mays, Jeff Smulyan, Bill Stakelin, and Erica Farber, among others.

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