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Radio World Founder to Be Honored

Steve Dana will receive INKY Lifetime Achievement Award

Broadcast business publishing entrepreneur Stevan B. Dana will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award during the upcoming NAB Show.

Familiar site: Steve Dana meets with a client at an NAB Show. Photo by Jim Peck The award will be given by LOI International, a marketing and promotions company headed by Lauren Darr. It created the INKY awards, which recognize media that cover media technology.

Dana founded IMAS Publishing in 1976; the following year he launched Broadcast Equipment Exchange, which soon changed its name to Radio World. Its editors describe it as the longest-standing U.S. trade publication focused on radio broadcast technology and management.

During 31 years owning IMAS, Dana launched titles such as TV Technology and Pro Audio Review. He was active internationally, expanding Radio World and other publications into various editions abroad.

He sold IMAS to NewBay Media in 2007. Radio World U.S. Editor in Chief Paul McLane wrote at that time: “The success of RW spawned competitors and imitators but the Radio World name remains the leading and most familiar brand in a niche that Steve literally created. If you are a radio engineer and feel you have a wealth of trade information available to you from IMAS and elsewhere, Steve Dana is a big reason.”

LOI stated in this week’s award announcement: “Thousands of people in the industry have benefited either from the knowledge gained by reading the publications or by having a venue for advertising their hardware and software products.” The award will be presented to Dana by Carmel King, executive vice president broadcast & video for NewBay Media, who credits Dana with giving her a start in the business.

A ceremony and reception will be held on Sunday of the NAB Show.

Paul McLane’s 2007 column about Dana’s career and the sale of IMAS