Monday, October 25, 2021 at 11:55 AM CDT
Tuesday, October 26, 2021 at 12:55 PM CDT

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Marriott Hotel & Conference Center 
201 Broadway
Normal, IL 61761

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Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Normal, IL

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IBA Rates begin at $125 per night (dble occupancy)

About hotel:  5 miles to BMI airport, Airport shuttle service, walking distance to AMTRAK station, Business center, Fitness center, Hotel dining room, and coffee station.

Parking available in city garage across the street, valet available.


October 25- Opening Night

6 pm President's Reception, Ballroom C/D

7 pm Chairman's Dinner and Awards, Ballroom C/D

October 26-Sessions

7 am Registration Opens

7:30 am Legal, Legislative & Regulatory Breakfast for GMs.

9 am  Opening Session with Dawna St. Louis

10: 15 am  TVB & RAB

10:15 am News Track, pt 1

11:30 am Hall of Fame Luncheon and Student Silver Dome Awards

1:00 pm Automotive Panel

1:00 pm David Rich

1:00 pm News Track, pt 2

2:15 pm RAB & TVB

2:15 pm News Track, pt 3

2:15 pm David Rich

3:15 pm Liz Crider-Huff

3:15 on News Track, pt 4

6:00 pm Silver Dome Reception

7:00 Silver Dome Dinner

8:00 Silver Dome Awards Gala

9:00 After Hours with Melody



Debra Gray 
Illinois Broadcasters Association 

IBA2021 Navigating Next 

Given the all clear to gather in person, IBA's annual conference "Navigating Next" points to where businesses will be focusing to regain their sales and guides the sellers, managers and owners on how to personally take the successful steps towards NEXT. A News Track and Promotions sessions will focus on those departments for success.

October 25th-                                                                 President's Reception and Chairman's Dinner 

Plan to arrive early for this special evening dedicated to honoring these Illinois broadcasters who are being recognized for dedicating their careers to their local markets and to the industry.  Tickets for this event can be purchased individually or added to any other registration for $60.


IBA Vincent T. Wasilewski "Broadcaster of the Year"

Sarah Shellhammer, WJIL/WJVO, Jacksonville, IL 


IBA's W. Russell Withers, Jr., "Broadcast Pioneers"

Merri Dee, Legendary Chicago TV Personality


Mike Haile, WDWS, Champaign, IL 






Dawna St. Louis, From Great to EPIC Opening Session

SHRINK THE GAP BETWEEN WHO YOU ARE AND WHO YOU WANT TO BE. You’re a winner. Winning is in your DNA... but leveling-up has been filled with compromises. We compromise our family for a better career. We compromise our health and relationships for better finances. Before long we feel like we are chasing Fridays, dreading Monday’s, and compromising our life. It is time to end the bartering and reignite into that spark that made you a rockstar in the first place. In this high-energy program, you’ll be challenged to lean in, step up, and unleash the real you. Dawnna will give you her very unique perspectives on the timeless lessons and actions that transformed her from homeless teen to $250M tech consultancy founder. You’ll be energized when do you discover how to bring epic levels of bad-assery to everything you do.

Session time:  9 am, Ballrooms C & D


David Rich , Contagious Talk

How to Click with Everyone, Everytime

Based on his book of the same title called The Modern Day Version of Dale Carngie's classic "How to Win Friends & Influence People," relationships always have been and always will be the foundation of any successfule enterprise or endeavor, yet building true, qualiy, loyal relationships are harder than ever.  Technology may have made communication easier, fast and more abundant, but is has made real connections less common and lessened the quality of our relationships.  David shows how the depth of your relationships are your most valuable asset and shares the ingredients to making stronger connections.

                                                    Session 1:00 pm

How to Stay Motivated on a Daily Basis!

It doesn't matter what you do, wehre you live, or how much money you make.  We all suffer ups and downs in our motivational levels.  How to get and stay motivated is the questions to everyone's answer.  Nothing is as crucial to success to the ability to stay positive and focused on your goal.  It has been said that some people stay motivated for 30 minutes, others 30 days, but it is the person that can stay motivated for 30 years that achieves great things!

Session 2:15 pm


Jeff Schmidt, RAB 

New Normal of Mult-Channel Media Sales

Sales is becoming increasingly competitive and comples. Things are ever changing and you must change with them in order to thrive.  This session will help while we use Borrell's Benchmarking Report for the RAB to provide sellers a way to defy the gravity of 2020 and 2021.

Session 10:15 am

The Keys to Solution Based Selling

Business owners wake up every morning with problems.  Real problems!  How do they keep their doors open? Can they continue to employ their staff? If you want a business partner for life, build a relatioship with your client and offer solutions not ads.  It has been said that you should not ask for your client's business unless you have a plan for improving it. In this session we discuss ways to become the sustaining resource for your client that focuses on client results and have nothing to do with station ratings or price.

Session 2:15 pm


 Brad Seitter, TVB

 All new sessions being formulated for IBA2021.  Stay tuned.





Liz Crider-Huff, Secondstreet Promotions

  Liz is putting the final touches on her session for promotions and will soon be available.  This session is conveniently scheduled for 3:15 pm so that promotions staff arriving for the Silver Dome Awards Gala can catch this session before the Gala.


Boyd Huppert and Chad Nelson, Four-Part News Track

Boyd Huppert from the Land of 10,000 stories brings his photographer Chad Nelson to IBA2021 for this four-part session for news and multimedia journalists.

Compelling Stories on a Deadline, 10:15 am

The Storyteller's Dance, 1:00 pm

                                                The Write Stuff, 2:15 pm

        Social Media:  It's Personal, 3:15 pm