Hall of Fame: 2010

Philip Weiner

Phil believes in “localism.” — that owners and operators of radio stations have a community service obligation and must go beyond entertaining listeners by bringing them the news, the issues, and the officials and other individuals who affect their daily lives.

When Radio Ink, a national industry magazine, recognized Phil Weiner as one of the “Best Small Market Operators” within the United States and Canada it was no surprise to residents of western Massachusetts where his career in broadcasting has had a huge impact. Phil believes in “localism” — that owners and operators of radio stations have a community service obligation and must go beyond entertaining listeners by bringing them the news, the issues, and the officials and other individuals who affect their daily lives. And he has spent his life espousing that role at the highest levels as evidenced by his work as a member and past President of the International Broadcasters Idea Bank (IBIB). The Idea Bank exists to share ideas about operation and management of commercial radio stations primarily in small to medium markets and assist these stations to be assets to their communities. Phil majored in broadcasting at Emerson College and worked at stations in Florida and New England, but his first important management position was as VP and sales manager of WBEC AM-FM in Pittsfield. In 1977, Weiner established WUPE/WUHN, Pittsfield. The stations went on to win many national awards for excellence in community service.

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