Kenneth J. Elkins of Pulitzer Broadcasting, St. Louis, has been elected Chairman of the BMI Board of Directors, it was announced today. Elected to new four-year terms were Frances W. Preston, President & CEO of the performing rights organization; long-time broadcasting veteran Phillip A. Jones of Mission Hills, KS, who just completed three years as Chairman, and David Sherman of ABC, Inc. Elkins was first elected to the Board in 1991. Preston, who has held her current executive position since 1986, also serves on the company's Board.
Continuing in their seats on the Board are: James G. Babb, Babb Communications, Charlotte, NC; Joseph A. Carriere, Broadcast Consultants, Knoxville, TN; Harold C. Crump, Hubbard Broadcasting, St. Paul, MN; N. John Douglas, Information Network Radio, San Francisco, CA; Willard W. Hoyt, Ohio University, Athens, OH; Frank E. Melton, TV-3 Inc., Jackson, MS; G. Neil Smith, Cosmos Broadcasting, Greenville, SC; Donald A. Thurston, Berkshire Broadcasting, N. Adams, MA; Cecil L. Walker, Gannett Broadcasting, Arlington, VA; George V. Willoughby, Esq., Seattle, WA; and K. James Yager, Benedek Broadcasting, Hoffman Estates, IL.
Founded by a group of leading radio executives in 1940, BMI is a performing rights organization that represents more than 250,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. Through its music performance and reciprocal agreements with sister organizations around the world, it grants businesses and media access to its repertoire of 4.5 million musical works.