Morris is a third generation broadcaster who began her career at the Hubbard flagship TV station KSTP-TV. Over the years she served as president and general manager of KSTP-AM and KSTP-FM, and president of the Hubbard Radio Network, a syndicator with more than 40 affiliates in the Midwest. A former chair of the NAB Radio Board, she currently serves on the board of the RAB and the Minnesota Chamber of Commerce.
Re-elected to the BMI board were G. Neil Smith, President of GNS Media LLC, Liberty, SC and K. James Yager, CEO, Barrington Broadcasting Co., Hoffman Estates, IL. Their terms expire in 2009.
Continuing in their terms on the board of directors are: Cecil L. Walker, Chairman of the Board of Directors; Del R. Bryant, President and CEO of BMI; Amador Bustos, President & CEO, Bustos Media Holdings LLC, Sacramento, CA; N. John Douglas, Chairman & CEO of AIM Broadcasting LLC, Palo Alto, CA; Craig A. Dubow, President & CEO, Gannett Co., Inc., McLean, VA; Kenneth J. Elkins, President & CEO, Pulitzer Broadcasting and Senior VP, Pulitzer Publishing (retired), St. Louis, MO; Catherine L. Hughes, Founder & Chairperson, Radio One, Inc., Lanham, MD; Philip A. Jones of Mission Hills, KS; Jerome L. Kersting, Executive VP & CFO, Clear Channel Radio, San Antonio, TX; Frank E. Melton, Mayor, City of Jackson, MS; John L. (Jack) Sander, President, Media Operations, Belo Corporation, Dallas, TX; and George V. Willoughby of Seattle, WA.
Three long-time members retired following the annual meeting. They are James G. Babb of Babb Communications, Charlotte NC, who served 19 years; Harold C. Crump, VP, Corporate Affairs, Hubbard Broadcasting Inc., who served for 21 years; and Donald A. Thurston, former President of Berkshire Broadcasting Co., Inc. of North Salem, MA, who served for 15 years.
Founded by a group of leading broadcast executives in 1939, BMI is an American performing right organization that represents more than 300,000 songwriters, composers and publishers in all genres of music. With a repertoire of more than 6.5 million musical works from around the world, the non-profit-making corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.