The pioneering Minneapolis-based broadcaster receives a “Historic Site in Journalism” award by the Society of Professional Journalists.
The Society of Professional Journalists honored Hubbard Broadcasting with its prestigious Historic Site in Journalism Award this past Friday, June 26. This is the first time the SPJ Award has been presented in Minnesota.
Each year, the SPJ honors one news organization, person or landmark of national interest that played important roles in American journalistic history. The Historic Sites award program began in 1942.
“This award really goes to my father, he was the innovator who started it all,” Stanley S. Hubbard, CEO of Hubbard Broadcasting, told the group gathered at the award ceremony. Hubbard continued, “On behalf of my whole family, I say thank you, thank you, thank you, we are just gratified and thankful from the bottom of our hearts and honored and pleased. Thank you very much.”
Being innovative and first is nothing new for Hubbard Broadcasting. The Minnesota based company has a history of firsts in radio and television broadcasting including:
- First radio station with fulltime radio news bureau.
- First radio news wire between Chicago, Minneapolis and Los Angeles.
- First television station to carry late evening local news seven nights a week.
- First television station between Chicago and the West Coast
- First television station to process color news film in house.
- First television station with full color programming.
- First in the world to develop satellite news gathering.
Hubbard’s ABC affiliate KSTP Minneapolis-St. Paul was the first television station to sign on the air in the upper Midwest. HBI owns six additional television stations around the state of Minnesota: KSTC Minneapolis/St. Paul, KSAX Alexandria, KRWF Redwood Falls, WDIO Duluth, WIRT Hibbing and KAAL Rochester/Austin. It also owns KOB-TV Albuquerque, N.M.; WNYT Albany, N.Y.; and WHEC Rochester, N.Y.
HBI owns radio stations in Minneapolis-St. Paul (KSTP-AM-FM and WFMP), plus the Hubbard Radio Network. Hubbard Media Group, a division of HBI, owns and operates ReelzChannel, a national cable and satellite network about movies.