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Alumnus named Broadcaster of the Year

Broadcasting & Cable has named Perry Sook, the chairman, president and chief executive officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group as the 2009 Broadcaster of the Year.

Perry SookSook, a current trustee for the Ohio University Foundation, was honored Sept. 10 at the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) conference in New York.

Sook graduated from Ohio University in 1980 with his bachelor's of science in communication and a specialization in Radio-TV. He credits the management sequence of the radio and television program at Ohio University with giving him exposure to all sides of the broadcasting industry and contributing to his success.

"It is a tremendous honor to be selected by those in the industry and to be recognized for my contribution and impact to the industry through my career, which began back at Ohio University," said Sook.

Headquartered in Irving, Texas, Nexstar Broadcasting is a top 20 television broadcasting company that owns, operates, programs or provides sales and other services to 63 stations in mid-sized markets across 14 states.

"Perry is one of our outstanding alumni because of his creativity and innovation and the excellence he has achieved in the broadcasting industry," said President Roderick J. McDavis. "We are extremely pleased that he is receiving this very deserving recognition from his peers for those achievements. We extend our heartfelt congratulations to him on this honor."

Sook is in the Ohio Communication Hall of Fame, served as the Bicentennial Campaign Cabinet Communication Chair and has been a member of the Communication Dean's Advisory Board.

"We congratulate Perry on his award as Broadcaster of the Year," said Howard R. Lipman, vice president for University Advancement and president & CEO of the Ohio University Foundation. "As a member of the Ohio University Foundation Board, Perry is an active partner in support of the University's mission of education, research, and service."

Sook, giving advice to students coming into the evolving media landscape, touted the importance of written communication.

"You have to be a good writer," he said. "It is also tremendously important -- in any facet of broadcasting -- to be able to multi-task."

Sook and wife, Sandy, an Ohio University alumna, reside in Southlake, Texas. They have three children.

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