John N Tamerlano
President and Executive Director
Oregon Association of Broadcasters
John Tamerlano was named President & Executive Director of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters, February 1, 2018. The OAB represents 235 local radio and television broadcasters in Oregon.
Mr. Tamerlano most recently served as Vice President and General Manager of KATU-TV (ABC) and KUNP-TV (Univision) in Portland, Oregon. While under its former owner (Fisher Broadcasting, Inc.) John served as Regional Senior Vice President, overseeing station operations in Boise, Idaho, Bakersfield, California, Eugene, Oregon and the Tri-Cities, Washington.
John is originally from Cleveland, OH and attended Bowling Green State University. He began his television career in 1979 as a Sales Account Executive with WPGH-TV in Pittsburgh, PA, and became that station’s Local Sales Manager in 1980. In 1984, as General Sales Manager, he helped launch a new sign-on station, WRGT-TV in Dayton, Ohio. John returned to Cleveland in 1984, where he was the General Sales Manager for the ABC Scripps-Howard station and the NBC Gannett Television station. He was recruited to Portland, OR in 1999 by Lee Enterprise’s CBS affiliate, KOIN-TV, to serve as Director of Sales and Research and oversaw the local sales efforts for their sister stations.
Mr. Tamerlano recently served on the Oregon Association of Broadcasters Board of Directors and was on the ABC Network and TvB Sales Advisory Committees. He is also been a board member of Make A Wish Foundation of Oregon and the American Red Cross of Oregon.
President & CEO Emeritus
William Johnstone served as President & CEO of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters from 1995 until his retirement in 2015. Under his leadership the OAB experienced phenomenal revenue growth and he was among the most respected state broadcaster association leaders in the country.
He began his career in 1970 in Roswell, New Mexico as on air personality at a 50,000-watt NBC affiliate station. Prior to joining the OAB, he held positions as a 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.
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.
He was named the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year for the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.