The University Station Alliance (USA) is an initiative which began at the system level as a result of ongoing and repetitious challenges experienced by both university-licensed stations and the institutions to which they are licensed.

Board of Directors (2018):

President - John Hess, Arizona Public Media University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Vice President - Kerry Swanson, Northwest Public Broadcasting Washington State University, Pullman, WA
Treasurer - Chuck Singleton, WFUV Fordham University, Bronx, NY
Secretary - Staci Hoste, WNIU Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, IL
Board Member - Caryn Mathes, KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio, Seattle, WA
Board Member - Ernie Sanchez
, Sanchez Law Firm Washington, D.C.
Board Member - Connie Walker, WUNC University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Board Member - Moss Bresnahan, WILL University of Illinois, Urbana, IL
Board Member - Vince M Petronzio, KPBS San Diego State University, San Diego, CA
Associate Board Member - Randy Wright, WUFT-TV/FM University of Florida, Gainesville, FL
Executive Director - Craig Beeby

USA Madison Hodges Innovator Award for Public Media Advancement

This award reflects the USA’s Mission and Madison Hodges’ desire to strengthen the public media system through improving the relationship between broadcasters and their licensees to help the station/licensee transition to success. Advancement means not accepting the status quo, so this award is for forward-thinking media professionals and institutional leaders. Award criteria is based on the quality and importance of a short or long-term achievement. The Award is intended as a platform to recognize success, defined in this case as simply the courage to “try.”  Even failures, if successful in helping move the system forward, can be recognized. The Award recognizes the individual’s attempts to make a greater impact in their communities and their profession as a public media professional. In 2014, the first Innovator award was presented to the Madison Hodges family.

Innovator Award History (Winners)

2016 - Michelle Srbinovich General Manager of WDET at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
2015 - Randy Wright Executive Director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ Division of Media Properties and of WUFT-FM/WJUF-FM/FPREN
2014 - The Madison Hodges Family -
The first Innovator award was presented to the family. The late Madison Hodges (1947 – 2014) will long be remembered for his many contributions to Public Media.  He was a mentor, a friend, a colleague, and a model leader. He had a long and admirable career in television and radio. As a leader he knew how to build consensus. Madison worked at several university public radio stations and he worked for a number of years in Washington, DC as a project manager for the Public Telecommunications Facilities program (PTFP) and as NPR's Director of Policy and Station Services. He then served as Executive Director of University Station Alliance. Throughout his career he also served on several national boards including the University Station Alliance, PMBA board, and the executive board of the Florida Public Broadcasting Service. Hodges was Manager of WQCS at Indian River State College in Ft. Pierce, Florida when he lost his long-term battle with cancer in July, 2014. Madison was the University Station Alliance Executive Director in 2006. From 2007 to 2014, he served as USA's past president, past vice-president, and at the time of his passing board member.

USA History

A Planning Committee composed of a representative group of managers from throughout the country met in January 2000 to discuss issues that face stations which are licensed to universities, and to lay the groundwork for the USA initiative. A unique alliance between public broadcasting and higher education made the Planning Meeting possible. The meeting was jointly funded by Dr. John Keiser, President of Southwest Missouri State University (SMSU) and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB). This groundbreaking, cooperative effort not only enabled the initial meeting of the USA to be held, it set the tone for future collaborations. There is additional background information available about the grassroots initiative if you have an interest in learning more.

USA Statement of Purpose

"to create a support system for stations licensed to institutions"

What are the USA Goals?

a. to strengthen the public media system through improving the relationship between broadcasters and institutions;

b. to focus on commonalities of purpose between a station and its institution-licensee; to integrate institution/station missions and strategic plans so that stations have a place at the institution table;

c. to assist stations in managing licensee relations on a day-to-day basis;

d. to establish "firewall" standards of editorial integrity;

e. to test the assumption that it is in the best interest of all institution stations to continue to be owned and operated by institutions, and if not;

f. to explore available options and help the station/licensee facilitate the transition

The 2000 USA Planning Committee:

Eleven station managers from around the country comprised the USA Planning Committee. Their charge was to lay the foundation for the project. The group was broadly representative in order to provide a sensitivity to the full range of challenges and nuances within the system. Such things as geographical representation, market size and the various types of settings--from public and private universities, to a statewide network, to an LMA arrangement--were taken into account when the committee was formed. Although these things focused on the differences within the group, there were two key characteristics that members of the Committee had in common: a high level of dedication to the public radio system and the ability to get outside personal needs, looking instead at what would be good for the university-licensed community at large. As a result, the following managers agreed to participate in the 2000 USA Planning Meeting:

Craig Beeby, Current USA Executive Dir, Former KOSU-FM, Stillwater, OK
Regina Dean, WUOT-FM, Knoxville, TN
Arlen Diamond, KSMU-FM, Springfield, MO
Bob Franklin, KASU-FM, Jonesboro, AR
Judy Jankowski, KLON-FM, Long Beach, CA
Dennis Kita, KUOP-FM, Stockton, CA
Caryn Mathes, WAMU, Washington, DC
Pat Monteith, WUMB-FM, Boston, MA
Jim Paluzzi, KBSU-AM/FM, Boise, ID
John Stark, KNAU-FM, Flagstaff, AZ
JoAnn Urofsky, WUSF-FM, Tampa, FL
Linda Carr, Carr Communications, Facilitator

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