Rowland is Broadcast Citizen of the Year
Denver, CO – The 2005 Television Broadcast Citizen of the Year Award was presented to Dr. Willard D. (“Wick”) Rowland, Jr. by the Colorado Broadcasters Association (CBA). Dr. Rowland is president and CEO of Colorado Public Television, KBDI/Channel 12, Denver, Colorado. The award recognizes Dr. Rowland’s contributions to public service in the community.
Dr. Rowland was nominated by other broadcasters and media critics in recognition of his leadership in developing KBDI’s outstanding record of community-oriented public service television in Colorado. With limited resources KBDI provides a weekly schedule of nine locally produced public affairs programs and other local specials and documentaries covering a wide range of issues including state and local politics, community health, minority social struggles, disabilities and youth affairs.
Dr. Rowland also has led KBDI’s development of the acclaimed Colorado Decides election debate series, a partnership with the Rocky Mountain News and CBS4 (KCNC-TV) which each election season provides far and away the largest amount of campaign and ballot initiative debate programming of any television station in Colorado.
Rowland serves on the Colorado Broadcasters Association board and is chair of its Education Committee, in which capacity he has developed and significantly expanded the CBA college scholarship and industry continuing education programs. He is dean and professor emeritus of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado.
He also is a leader in public television nationally, having served in 2005 as the chair of the Affinity Group Coalition, the chair of the Small Station Association, and a founding board member of the Beta Group.