CANTON, GA – From the newsroom to the studio, Georgia’s broadcasters and industry experts gathered to celebrate GABCON 2022: the largest assembly of television and radio broadcasters in the state of Georgia. 

Revolving around the forefront of technology, journalism, and community service, the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Convention was held at the Grand Hyatt Atlanta in Buckhead on October 21 and 22, 2022.

The two-day event for Georgia’s broadcast professionals featured a Georgia Radio Workshop, exhibitors, a keynote breakfast, education sessions, the GAB Honors lunch and political panel, a cocktail hour and casino night, and the highlight of the weekend: the 60th Annual GABBY Awards.


Georgia Association of Broadcasters

Georgia Association of Broadcasters [GAB] is a trade association representing the interests of Georgia’s television and over-the-air licensees who reach more than 95 percent of Georgia’s population each week. The annual GABCON event brings awareness to and congratulates those making a tremendous impact on the journalism industry. The event also honored the pioneers in the industry with a History of Georgia Broadcasting session.


Think Digital

The Georgia Radio Workshop, which stressed the importance of digital consulting and diversifying broadcasters’ products, was presented by veteran broadcasters Paul Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager for Jacobs Media, and Pierre Bouvard, Chief Insights Officer for Cumulus Media.

Georgia Association of Broadcasters states, “[The workshop] focused on how broadcasters can redefine their current business model they are in so they can truly take advantages of new opportunities, plus put them in position to capture digital revenue.” 


60th Annual GABBY Awards

In July the Enjoy Cherokee Voices podcast was nominated for the 60th Annual GABBY Awards along with fellow nominees from across the state including iHeart Media, Cumulus Radio, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Georgia News Network, and more.

Legendary journalist, news anchor, and reporter Monica Pearson was the special guest host of the GABBY Awards, held Saturday evening in the Grand Ballroom. Throughout the evening many of the presenters and winners acknowledged Monica’s impact on the industry and expressed their delight at sharing the stage with her.

Enjoy Cherokee Voices host Jodi Drinkard and producer Asa Jones were awarded Best Podcast Series in a Small Market. Enjoy Cherokee—featuring the magazine and podcast—is a division of Tri-State Communications, Inc., an award-winning multimedia company specializing in radio, publishing, digital marketing, video, and more. Tri-State Communications is also the parent company of radio stations WLJA 101.1 FM and WPGY 1580 AM & 93.7 FM.

Best Podcast Series

Small Market Broadcaster

WLJA Jasper Jodi Drinkard and Asa Jones

For a full list of winners, click here.


About Enjoy Cherokee Voices

Enjoy Cherokee Voices is an opportunity to share in-depth conversations with dynamic people from all corners of Cherokee County, Georgia.

In this weekly podcast, listeners hear the stories of the people that make Cherokee County extraordinary. Featuring the dynamic personality of host Jodi Drinkard, whose insightful questions inspire guests to share stories ranging from emotional to amusing, and everything in between.

The podcast is hosted through Podbean and is available on all streaming apps, including Spotify, Amazon Music, and Google Podcasts.

Listen to the latest episode, Sarah Kendall: The Girls in Purple released October 11, 2022:

Sarah Kendall grew up with a little red suitcase with the phrase “Goin’ to Grandma’s” boldly displayed on the front. Sarah and Grandma Ruth were a great pair. Listen to what life was like with Grandma Ruth after Alzheimer’s disease became a part of their lives.

For updates on new episodes, follow Enjoy Cherokee Voices on PodbeanFacebook and Instagram.