The Kansas Association of Broadcasters (KAB) board of directors has selected three individuals to enter their Hall of Fame in 2016. These broadcasters will be recognized during a special reception at the annual KAB Convention, October 9, 2016 in Wichita.
DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD
DAVE FREEMAN has been Chief Meteorologist at KSN TV in Wichita for over 20 years and has been forecasting weather for 25 years. He is also the first person ever recognized two times as Broadcaster of the Year by the National Weather Association – most recently for coverage of the Greensburg tornado in 2007. He is the recipient of an Emmy and part of a team that received a national Murrow Award. In addition to anchoring the weather, Dave has also co-written a children’s book on storms, and a severe weather safety brochure for teenagers. He serves on the faculty of the University of Missouri, as an online Lecturer, in the Soil, Environmental and Atmospheric Sciences Department. Dave will automatically be inducted into the Hall of Fame.
HALL OF FAME
KELLY LENZ is currently Farm Director at WIBW Radio/Kansas Agriculture Network. He began his radio career in 1973, at WIOK in Normal, Illinois, as an Ag specialist. He then moved on to WJBC in Bloomington, Illinois. In 1978 Kelly made the move to Topeka and began an outstanding career at 580 WIBW Radio and WIBW Television, owned by Stauffer Communications at the time. Kelly began as Farm Director for the WIBW Television, covering Ag related news and hosting the Midday in Kansas noon show. Kelly has served as regional Vice-President of the National Association of Farm Broadcasters, was named Regional NAFB Farm Broadcaster of the Year, and Kansas Farm Bureau honored Kelly with their Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.
STEVE PHYSIOC has served as a play-by-play announcer for Kansas City Royals television and radio broadcasts since 2012. He was awarded a Mid-America Emmy in 2013 for his outstanding work on Royals’ broadcasts. His career began at WIBW TV in Topeka in 1979 and after also serving as the “Voice of the KSU Wildcats” has spent four decades doing play by play for Major League Baseball, the NFL, ESPN, PAC 12, Big 10 and the NBA. During the winter months, Physioc broadcasts college basketball games for FOX Sports and the Big Ten Network. He and his wife, Stacey, are involved in numerous non-profit organizations such as Operation Smile, the Sierra Club, Friends of the Arboretum and the Fred White Scholarship Fund at Kansas State.