Special Awards & Scholarships

The Buske Leadership Award:

The Buske Leadership Award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the Alliance for Community Media, leadership within the organization within the last three years, a high degree of involvement in the organization nationally, regionally and at the chapter level, and continuing service to the ACM.

Rob Brading (Oregon) was awarded the 2016 Buske Leadership Award for his demonstrated commitment to the mission and goals of the ACM and his leadership over the last three years, which included a high degree of involvement nationally, regionally, and at the chapter level, as well as his continuing service.

Since 1992, Brading has been the Chief Executive Officer at MetroEast Community Media, serving the east jurisdictions of the franchise area which includes the cities of Gresham, Troutdale, Wood Village, Fairview, and unincorporated Multnomah County. Brading has represented these jurisdictions at a national level through his service as the Public Policy Chair and National Board Chair of the Alliance for Community Media and as a Board Member of the Alliance for Communications Democracy. He has served in key leadership positions and his community involvement has been a critical component of continuing funding and political support. Brading brings heart and passion to all of his work and his contributions at the local, state and national levels on behalf of community media have been tremendous and impactful.

The Dirk Koning-George Stoney Award:

The Dirk Koning – George Stoney Award is given annually to an organization or individual who has made an outstanding contribution to championing the growth and experience of humanistic community communications.

Senator Ed Markey (Massachusetts) was awarded the 2016 Dirk Koning-George Stoney Award. Throughout his career, Sen. Markey has been a champion for the consumer, a national leader on energy and environmental protection, and a strong advocate for a telecommunications policy that supports community media and legislation that strengthens its mission. Markey served in the U.S. House of Representatives for 37 years and has always fought for his constituents, including his strong advocacy for PEG Access. He served as the Chair or Ranking Member of the Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet for 20 years, where he fostered the growth of new information technologies and was the principal author of many of the laws now governing our nation’s telephone, broadcasting and cable television, wireless and broadband communications systems. Markey was elected U.S. Senator in 2013 and as a member of the Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee; he has become a national leader on telecommunications policy, technology and privacy. As a founder of the Nonproliferation Caucus, Sen. Markey continues to spearhead efforts to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons to safeguard the future of generations to come.

The Jewell Ryan-White Cultural Diversity Award:

The Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity is given annually to those persons who show an outstanding contribution to a process that encourages, facilitates, or creates culturally diverse and/or non-mainstream community involvement in the field of community media.

Bepsie Perry (Connecticut) was awarded the 2016 Jewell Ryan-White Award for Cultural Diversity. Perry is the force behind the Hello! West Hartford, Connecting Our Community Through Language project which has used media to bring people together. The purpose of Hello! West Hartford is to bring people together and to celebrate the diverse community make-up by building unity by saying “Hello” and “Welcome” to each other in one of the more than 70+ languages spoken by West Hartford residents. The idea was to create opportunities for connections within new circles beyond community members’ daily interaction at schools, faith communities and neighborhoods. Perry partnered with West Hartford Community Television and the Be the Media project to produce videos featuring people who live in West Hartford and speak the language of the month. As student teams created the videos Perry began to envision a year in review event in which all of the videos would be shown, and a cultural celebration was born. The Annual Cultural Celebration is free and features musical presentations, ethnic food and is held in the West Hartford Town Hall each April. Perry continually promotes and advocates the principles of community media, encouraging new media experiences.

The Brian Wilson Scholarship:

Connor Donovan (Massachusetts) has been awarded the 2016 Brian Wilson Scholarship which promotes the values of former Board Chair Brian Wilson by providing financial support to an individual currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate degree granting program in media arts, broadcast journalism, community & public service, government administration, public education administration, or teaching.

Donovan is a Communications major at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Working at WACA-TV Ashland influenced his decision to major in Communications. At WACA-TV, Donovan learned the importance of media and gained an understanding that in today’s technological world the content people consume has a profound impact on their lives. Donovan plans on pursuing a career in media to help people gain insights into the intellectual potential of diverse media content, such podcasts and YouTube videos. Helping people participate in media is something Connor has been doing throughout his six years as a WACA-TV employee and he looks to continue into the future.

View the 2015 ACM Awards and Brian Wilson Scholarship Recipients

View the 2014 ACM Awards and Brian Wilson Scholarship Recipients.