Broadcast Leadership Training Graduate Becomes Latest Minority TV Station Group Owner
--Marc Jaromin joins John Spencer, Mark Lippert and Michael M. Davis as the latest BLT grads to move up in the broadcasting industry--
WASHINGTON, DC -- Marc Jaromin, president of Roundtable Broadcasting and 2007 graduate of the NAB Education Foundation's Broadcast Leadership Training (BLT) program, purchased two television stations in Jackson, MS, the NAB Education Foundation (NABEF) announced today. Jaromin's success follows the promotions of former BLT graduates John Spencer and Mark Lippert (both of whom are employed at LaSalle County Broadcasting), as well as the recent donation of WQBC-AM Vicksburg, MS to 2005 BLT graduate Michael M. Davis.
"For ten years, the Broadcast Leadership Training Program has helped aspiring broadcast owners reach new levels of success," said NAB Education Foundation President Marcellus Alexander. "We salute all the graduates of the program for their dedication and hard work, and look forward to hearing about the invaluable contributions they will make to the broadcasting community of tomorrow."
Jaromin purchased Fox affiliate WDBD-TV and low power station WXMS, both in Jackson, MS. As founder and president of Roundtable Broadcasting, Jaromin has drawn on his 25 years of experience in television to spearhead several projects that have regularly recognition from industry, business and governmental organizations for successfully promoting the positive image of the community and the local business environment. Programs like "Rooting for Rochester," "Homers for Hillside," "The Scholastic Arts Spotlight" and "The Pregnancy Codes" have generated received honors from government, education, private and non-profit organizations. Jaromin's commitment to core-issue programming has resulted in multiple Edward R. Murrow and Emmy awards.
As recently reported by Radio Business Report, Davis, the head of Costar Broadcast Group, recently acquired WQBC-AM Vicksburg, MS through a donation made by Grace Media International.
Lippert was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing at LaSalle County Broadcasting. His promotion follows over three years of service as a sales manager within the organization. Spencer was recently promoted from program director to vice president of operations. He joined LaSalle's radio stations as production director in 1992.
The Broadcast Leadership Training program, now in its tenth year, is dedicated to helping increase the number of women and people of color in broadcast ownership. The program's ten-month long "MBA-style" curriculum is divided into a series of intense weekend sessions taught by FCC Commissioners, lending and equity professionals, broadcasters and attorneys. The program was founded by Diane Sutter, president, ShootingStar Broadcasting, LLC. Sutter serves as the program dean.
Over 156 participants have completed the BLT program. Over 60 of the program graduates have been promoted into senior executive positions at their stations and 29 of the graduates currently own or have owned radio and/or television stations. Others have been recognized for their contributions to the industry with national broadcast awards and in trade publications.
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