2016 Gold & Silver Circle

Established in 1989, the Gold & Silver Circles honor a lifetime of dedication to the television industry.

This prestigious award is reserved for those who persevere in an industry known for change.  Inductees for the Gold Circle have at least 50 years of experience and have made significant contributions, not only to the industry, but to their communities in the region.  Inductees for the Silver Circle have at least 25 years of experience.  These leaders join an impressive group of industry professionals who have helped shape the past, present, and continue to influence the future of the broadcast industry.

On Friday, September 9, 2016 at the Grand Hyatt in Atlanta the following people were inducted into the Gold & Silver Circles.

2016 Inductees


 Sam Smith, WALB in Albany, Georgia (Retired)

Darryl Cohen, Esq. of Cohen Cooper Estep & Allen in Atlanta


 Deborah Denechaud, WSB-TV in Atlanta

Jim Gandy, WLTX in Columbia, SC

Darcel Grimes, WLOS in Asheville, NC

Janet Hall, WBRC in Birmingham, AL

Mike McClain, FOX 5 in Atlanta

Rafael Ortiz-Guzman, Rolling Media LLC and formerly of Turner

Mark Pettit, WGCL CBS46 in Atlanta and Creaxion

Mark Pimentel, WGCL CBS46 in Atlanta

Lisa Rayam, most recently of WAGA in Atlanta

Kevin Rowson, Federal Bureau of Investigation, formerly of WXIA in Atlanta

Tina Tyus-Shaw, WSAV in Savannah

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