Thursday, June 8, 2017 from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM CDT
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Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum 
212 N. Sixth Street
Springfield, IL 62701

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Attend the IBA Silver Dome Awards Gala

Abraham Lincoln Presdential Museum


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Hotel Accomodations:

The Doubletree Hotel in dowtown Springfield is the host hotel and conveniently a short walk from the Lincoln Museum.


Or call 217-544-8800 for reservations, mention 

IL Broadcasters Association for the event rate.

Reservations must be made by May 8, 2017 to receive the discounted rate.


Silver Dome Awards Gala 

IBA's Silver Dome Awards returns to Springfield's Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum on June 8, 2017. Presented by AT & T, the evening will announce the IBA Silver Dome Award winners, the IBA Stations of the Year, the Vincent T. Wasilewski "IBA Broadcaster of the Year" and the W. Russell Withers, Jr., "IBA Broadcast Pioneer" awards.

BMI SInger Songwriter Emily Kinney of Walking Dead Fame to Perform at Silver Dome Awards 

Emily Kinney is an actor and songwriter best known for her role as Beth Greene on AMC's hit television series The Walking Dead. Kinney's musical talents have been featured on TV, in musical theater, and in her own releases. A Nebraska native, she studied theatre at Nebraska Wesleyan University and New York University, staying in NYC to pursue her acting and music career. Kinney worked in theatre off-broadway and regionally before landing a role on Broadway in the musical adaptation of Spring Awakening. 

In 2011 she released her debut EP, Blue Toothbrush, and started working on The Walking Dead where she would later become a series regular. Her singing has been prominently featured on the show, notably a moving cover of Tom Waits's "Hold On", and a haunting rendition of the traditional Scottish song "The Parting Glass" with cast-mate Lauren Cohan, the latter of which appears on The Walking Dead: AMC Original Soundtrack, Vol. 1. Kinney has also been seen in reoccurring roles and guest appearances on television series such as Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Law & Order: SVU, The Good Wife, The Big C and more recently, The Knick, Masters of Sex, and Conviction.  Read her complete bio at www.ilba.org.

IBA Congratulates Larry Wert

Vincent T. Wasilewski "IBA Broadcaster of the Year"

Larry Wert,President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Broadcast Media has been selected as this year's "Broadcaster of the Year."

With over 30 years of broadcasting experience, most of which has been in his home market of Chicago, Wert has long been a highly-regarded radio and TV executive.  Wert began his career in sales with ABC in various large markets. He has also held the roles of LSM for ABC 7, Pres/GM of WLUP, President/GM of WMAQ (NBC 5) in Chicago.  Wert is currently the President of Broadcast Media for Tribune Broadcast Media and includes overseeing WGN-AM, WGN-TV and CLTV in Chicago.  Wert becomes the 32nd recipient of the Vincent T. Wasilewski "IBA Broadcaster of the Year" and will be honored on June 8th as part of the Silver Dome Awards Gala.

Don Sharp Named IBA Broadcast Pioneer

IBA will honor Don Sharp on June 8th as W. Russell Withers, Jr., "IBA Broadcast Pioneer."

 Don Sharp has had a long illustrious career, most of it coming during a time when the modern age of television and television sports were still developing. Don not only participated in the medium, he helped shape it with an easy style and professionalism that make him a role model.  Sharp was a sports anchor for WHBF and play-by-play for Rock Island High School sports for nearly 30 years. Recently, Sharp was inducted into the Quad City Sports Hall of Fame.

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