Meet District 4 Representative: Joe Blaney, Illinois State University
How long have you been a member of BEA?
I have been a member of BEA since 1997.
What is your favorite book?
My favorite scholarly book is the three volume, “History of Broadcasting in the United States,” by Erik Barnouw, but in terms of popular reading it doesn’t get more amusing than “Straight Man” by Richard Russo.” The Gospel According to Matthew holds a special place in my heart as well!
What is your favorite TV show?
My favorite TV show is “Saturday Night Live.”
How is BEA unique for you?
BEA is unique for me insofar as the organization bridges practitioners and scholars in a way that other associations could only dream of.
How did you get started in the industry?
I got started in broadcasting at my college radio station, WLUW, at Loyola University Chicago. I also produced a talk show at WLS-AM before it made the full-time flip to talk. It was a really interesting time to be in Chicago.
As a board member what are your goals for BEA?
My biggest goal as a BEA board member is to exploit a symbiotic relationship with the wonderful Illinois Broadcasters Association to the advantage of District 4 members. I have tremendous respect for all that Dennis Lyle and IBA offers for educators.
What is your favorite BEA memory?
My favorite BEA memory is the moment that Rebecca Lind from the Publications Committee told me that I would be the next editor of JRAM. That was back in 2010. That was something I aspired to since Frank Chorba rolled out the first issue back in 1993.