President & CEO
Oregon Association of Broadcasters
Keith Shipman was named President & CEO of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters on January 1, 2016. In addition to overseeing the day-to-day operations of the OAB, Shipman manages the Washington State Association of Broadcasters. The OAB represents 235 local radio and television broadcasters, while the WSAB represents 247. Both trade associations focus on promoting and protecting free, over-the-air broadcasters’ interests before Congress and their respective State Legislatures.
Shipman has four decades of broadcasting experience. He began his career as an air personality at KPUG-AM in his hometown of Bellingham, WA, and upon graduating from Washington State University he embarked on a 17-year stint in Seattle at KOMO-AM, KCPQ (FOX) Television and KJR-AM. He co-founded Horizon Broadcasting Group (which owns and operates a group of radio stations in Bend, OR) in 1999 and has been the company’s President & CEO since 2003. Three of Horizon Broadcasting Group's stations (KQAK-FM, KWPK-FM and KLTW-FM) have been honored as Oregon Radio Station of the Year, recognized by the Oregon Association of Broadcasters for their extraordinary community involvement. He also founded Summit Broadcasting Group, licensee of KBNW-AM in Bend.
Shipman is a past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and serves on the Professional Advisory Board for the Murrow College of Communications at his alma mater, Washington State University. He is past chair of the Board of Governors for the Boys and Girls Clubs of Central Oregon and past chair of the Board of Directors of the Deschutes Children’s Foundation. Shipman served as President of the Bend-Mt. Bachelor Rotary Club in 2014-15 and is a past member of that organization’s Board of Directors. He is a past member of the Board of Directors of Deschutes United Way, Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, the Education Foundation for Bend-LaPine Schools, the Oregon Association of Broadcasters and the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association.
He was inducted into the Washington State University Edward R. Murrow College of Communication Hall of Achievement in 2009.
The Oregon Association of Broadcasters is operated under a management agreement by the Washington State Association of Broadcasters.
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.
Bill and his wife Danielle recently celebrated their 48th anniversary.
He was named the 2015 Broadcaster of the Year for the Oregon Association of Broadcasters.