(Portland, OR) - William (Bill) Johnstone, who has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters since 1995, has announced his retirement, effective September 30, 2015.

“Bill has been a terrific leader and has served the Oregon Association of Broadcasters extraordinarily well over the past two decades,” said Keith Shipman, Chairman of the Board of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters. “He has heightened television and radio broadcaster’s visibility among lawmakers at the state and federal level and leaves the organization in a very strong position. His successor will have big shoes to fill.” 

Johnstone has directed the day-to-day management of the broadcast trade association for commercial radio and television stations in Oregon for the past 21 years. The membership of the OAB is primarily comprised of commercial broadcasters, and counts many public and non-profit stations among its membership as well as more than 60 Associate members. Approximately 3,600 people are employed in the broadcast industry throughout the state of Oregon. 

He began his career in 1970 in Roswell, New Mexico as an On-air Personality at a 50,000-watt NBC affiliate station. Prior to joining the OAB, he held positions as Play-by-Play Announcer, Talk Show Host, Account Executive, Local – National – and General Sales Manager, and General Manager for radio and television stations in New Mexico, Idaho, Washington, and Oregon.

“This has been a fun and successful ride over the years, and I want to thank the broadcasters I’ve met and worked with for their support, comradery, friendship, and some of the best times I could ever imagine.” Johnstone told the Board of Directors, “This isn’t my last rodeo, but it’s going to be fun to throw away the alarm clock for a few months (unless I have an early tee-time) and do some volunteering at my church and in my community. I’ve had the pleasure of being the ‘face’ of the OAB for nearly 21 years and while it’s time step down I have to admit I’m going to miss it.”

He is a Past President of the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations; and has held numerous positions with local March of Dimes, Red Cross and Chamber of Commerce organizations in his communities of residence throughout his career.

Bill and his wife Danielle recently celebrated their 47th anniversary and reside in King City, OR. 

A search for his successor will begin immediately. 

Contact:  Keith Shipman, OAB Board Chair (541-419-0141)
Bill Johnstone, OAB President & CEO (503-443-2299)

Mark your calendar! The OAB Day at the Captiol is March 1, 2016!

The Oregon Association of Broadcasters
9020 SW Washington Square Road, Suite 140
Portland, OR 97223
Ph:(503) 443-2299
Fax:(503) 443-2488