Broadcaster of the Year

Published 12:00 am Friday, June 29, 2007

Mike Reynolds gives credit to listeners, employees

By Deborah Goodwin

The Selma Times-Journal

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Even though he received the award, he gives the credit to the people of Selma.

Mike Reynolds, president and general manager of BroadSouth Communications, Inc., which operates radio stations WDXX and WHBB, was named the Alabama Broadcasters Association Broadcaster of the Year at the association’s 59th annual convention, held earlier this month at the Grand Hotel in Point Clear. The award is the association’s top honor.

Reynolds said he has been surprisingly overwhelmed with hundreds of congratulatory letters.

The modest Reynolds says it’s the people of the community and his hard-working staff that keep him going. &8220;The emphasis should be placed on the community and my great employees. They’re the ones that really, really deserve the credit.&8221;

In support of the nomination and subsequent award presentation, a large number of local officials, broadcasting associates and employees provided letters of support.

WDXX/WHBB Station Manager George Henry has worked with Reynolds since 1989.

State Sen. Hank Sanders, D-Selma, also praised Reynolds.

Dallas County Probate Judge Kim Ballard stated: &8220;Mike has been a calming, level headed player in our volatile political climate for as long as I have known him.&8221;

Reynolds served as the ABA Chairman in 2003-04 after serving two terms on the Board of Directors.

He presently is serving his third term on the Alabama Work Force Investment Board and has been a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Selection Committee since 1998.

On a local level, Reynolds has held Board of Directors positions with the Chamber of Commerce, Selma Tourism Council, Mental Health Foundation, and Selma Housing Authority along with numerous others.

He remains active in the Kiwanis Club of Selma where he has served twice as president and Battle of Selma Chairman.

While serving as president of the Selma Jaycees in 1984, he was named &8220;Jaycee of the Year&8221; for the State of Alabama.

He maintains a lifelong membership at Pisgah Presbyterian Church, where he is currently an elder, clerk of the session and treasurer.

He currently serves as secretary on the Board of Directors at the Selma Country Club and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of John T. Morgan Academy where he served as vice-chairman.

Wayne Vardaman, executive director of the Selma-Dallas County Economic Development Authority and president of the Centre for Commerce, said Reynolds &8220;exemplifies what a broadcaster and business owner should be in terms of character and values.&8221;

Reynolds was appreciative of his employees, close friends and family members showing up for the ceremony.

Reynolds and wife Lisa share two daughters, Laura Beth who is a senior at the University of Alabama, and Lindsay, who will be a sophomore at Morgan Academy.