2022 Official CBA Election Ballot

There is one candidate for the open Metro Market Radio seat and there are four unchallenged incumbent candidates for Metro Market Radio, Medium Market Radio, Non-Metro Television and Small Market Television. CBA Bylaws provide all radio and television members this annual opportunity to vote for all Board Directors. All radio and television members, in all market sizes, are allowed to vote for candidates representing all market sizes and industries.

Ballots will be counted and finalized by the CBA’s current Secretary/Treasurer before June 30th, 2022 and the new CBA Board of Directors will be installed prior to the July board meeting. If you have questions about the CBA’s Board of Directors, director involvement, requirements and/or responsibilities please contact Justin Sasso at Justin@ColoradoBroadcasters.org.

Below is your electronic ballot. This ballot includes incumbents and new candidates for the various broadcast markets represented; all CBA member stations are asked to vote. Please make your selections and submit your ballot by the deadline.

DEADLINE: Ballots must be submitted by 11:59 p.m., Tuesday, June 14th, 2022.

 

2022 CBA Board Election Ballot

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Metro Market Radio Candidate

There is one candidate for the open Metro Market Radio seat and there are four unchallenged incumbent candidates for Metro Market Radio, Medium Market Radio, Non-Metro Television and Small Market Television. CBA Bylaws provide all radio and television members this annual opportunity to vote for all Board Directors. All radio and television members, in all market sizes, are allowed to vote for candidates representing all market sizes and industries.


Stewart Vanderwilt | CEO | Colorado Public Radio, KCFR, KVOD, KVOQ

Bio & History
Stewart joined Colorado Public Radio in July 2018 after leading public radio organizations for over two decades. Previously, he was the director and general manager of Austin’s KUT and KUTX radio stations where he spent 18 years and worked to transform the organization into one of the highest-rated public radio stations in a market of its size. He also spent 15 years at Indiana Public Radio serving in various positions. At Colorado Public Radio, Stewart works closely with the Board of Directors, Senior Staff, Leadership Team and staffers in four Colorado cities and Washington, DC to fulfill the organization’s mission and vision. He has previously served on the boards of Public Radio International, Greater Public, Learning Ally, and the Station Resource Group. He served as Executive Producer for a short-lived rock history program distributed by NPR. He has been an off ice official for a minor league hockey team and has worked for tips as a ski instructor at a small hill in Michigan. Stewart has a Bachelor’s degree in business and marketing from Ball State University and worked at the same radio station that fired David Letterman.

Reason for Running
I believe that free, over the air broadcasting is one of the most democratic of mediums. The user platform is inexpensive and easy to use, there is no pay wall or registration required and access is private. Local broadcasters provide critical roles and sometimes lifesaving information for their communities. Commercial broadcasters support a healthy economy by connecting consumers with businesses and issues of local importance. As a public broadcaster we have many shared interests in supporting a healthy broadcast ecosystem. And it is essential that we strengthen the ecosystem to provide services that reach all Coloradans in support of equitable access and outcomes for all. Some of our shared areas of interest include: creating a pipeline of talent representative of the diversity of our state; fairness and modernization of the application of copyright, data privacy impacts on newsgathering, Forest Service leases, emergency alert services; and the protection of CORA access. If elected, I would work with broadcasters across the state to strengthen the service we provide and to deliver a positive impact for our communities.


Medium Market Radio Incumbent Candidate

Pete Benedetti | President & CEO| AlwaysMountainTime, LLC

Bio & History
Pete Benedetti has over 34 years of total experience in the broadcast industry, primarily in acquiring, owning, integrating and operating radio stations in various sized markets. He has since successfully owned and/or overseen the operations of more than 130 stations across the USA. He has been a successful senior executive in both publicly traded and privately held companies as well as an entrepreneur. In 2013, he co-founded AlwaysMountainTime, LLC, which owns and operates 12 radio stations in the resort ski towns of Colorado. In 2009, he founded and also currently owns another broadcast company, BMG Billings, LLC, which owns four radio stations in Billings, Mont. From 2002 – 2009, he served as president and CEO of New Northwest Broadcasters, LLC, overseeing a portfolio of 36 stations in seven markets in the Pacific Northwest. From 1998-2002, he was president of the Western Region at Citadel Broadcasting, overseeing almost 80 stations in a total of 13 cities, including five of Citadel’s largest cash flow producing markets. Nearly all of the stations under his supervision have developed into local market revenue leaders and have consistently outperformed the competition. Pete is a past board member of New Northwest Broadcasters, LLC and currently serves the Immediate past Chairman of the Board of the Colorado Broadcasters Association. He was a member of both the Pacific Northwest and Colorado chapters of Young Presidents Organization (YPO). He also founded the Samantha Remington Angel Heart Foundation in 2012, a nonprofit whose mission is to provide financial assistance to Colorado families who have children facing life threatening medical catastrophes. Pete has been married for 26 years to his wife Krista and they have two sons, Blake (25) and Brett (22). He resides in Avon, Colo.


Non-Metro Market Television Incumbent Candidate

Nick Matesi | Senior Vice President - Local Media| Gray Television

Bio & History
I have oversight of both KKTV in Colorado Springs, and KKCO/KJCT in Grand Junction. I feel I bring a unique perspective with my knowledge of the issues in both markets and Colorado in general, and the issues globally as I also oversee 14 other markets in the west. We are facing a number of threats to our industry, and my “seat at the table” with a large broadcaster gives me a window into what’s haunting us “down the road.” In addition, my background in news provides a different viewpoint. I served on the board of the Nevada Broadcasters Association from 2008-2011.


Small Market Television Incumbent Candidate

Sandra Zoldowski | Vice President/General Manager | Nexstar Media Group Inc.

Bio & History
Sandra Zoldowski is the Vice President/General Manager at Nexstar Media Group, Inc. with responsibility for the KREX, KREY, KFQX, KGJT Television stations in Grand Junction, Colorado. Sandra has been with Nexstar since 2005; promoted to General Manager in 2009; promoted and moved to Grand Junction in 2015. Prior to Grand Junction, Sandra held the same responsibilities at the KSVI KHMT Television Stations, in Billings, Montana. She is a member of Grand Junction, Delta, and Montrose Chamber of Commerce, on the board of directors of Museum of Western Colorado, Grand Junction Rotarian, Committee Member of the Banff Film Festival, and was a Board Member of Western Colorado College. While in Billings, Sandra was a Special Olympics Media Advisor and Volunteer, a member of the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Ag Committee member, United Way ambassador, member of the Montana Broadcaster’s Association and Building Bridges Committee Member with the Crow Reservation. Sandra’s greatest strengths are her passion, drive and leadership. Sandra was born in Denver and grew up in Littleton. She received her Bachelor’s degree at Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas. Following college, she moved to Billings, Montana where she worked at the International Office of Kampgrounds of America for 16 years. Sandra was the National Marketing Director for the US and Canadian Kampgrounds. Sandra has been married for over 21 years; enjoys golf, photography, hiking, and deep sea fishing.


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Please Make One Choice to Represent Non-Metro Market Television
Please Make One Choice to Represent Small Market Television

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