At each of its luncheons honoring a well-known celebrity, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters also honors one of its members, who may or may not be a celebrity in the usual sense of the word, but who nonetheless has made a significant contribution to broadcasting. The other criterion for this honor is that the member must also be age 60 or older. On this page, you will find pictures of and information about our most recent inductee into the Diamond Circle. If you click on "Past Recipients" just below this paragraph, another window will open showing you a list of all the distinguished broadcasting pioneers who have been inducted into this most honorable Diamond Circle in years past.

Past Recipients

Wally Clark

Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters' Past President Chuck Southcott presented the organization's Diamond Circle Award to Wally Clark at the June 29, 2016 luncheon honoring Tom Dreesen. Below are Mr. Southcott's remarks introducing Mr. Clark.

Our Diamond Circle honoree is known as a highly-respected standard bearer in major market broadcasting, both nationally and internationally. In St. Louis, Wally Clark managed WIL AM and FM for Lin Broadcasting and KSD AM & FM for the Gannett company. He was also General Manager in Detroit at WWWW for Roy Disney’s Shamrock Broadcasting.

Those of us in southern California are well aware of his staggering success at KIIS-FM in Los Angeles. Under Wally Clark’s management, KIIS-FM achieved an astounding ten share of the audience and became the highest revenue-producing music radio station in the world. In the 1980s advertisers were paying 2000 dollars per commercial on KIIS. No wonder Billboard magazine recognized him as “Trend Setter” of the year, an honor he shared with Prince and Julio Iglesias.

Wally was named Top Ten Manager by Gannett - Gannett, with over 100 media outlets including USA Today, newspapers, TV and radio stations. Not only a respected General Manager, but Wally Clark has produced national radio programs working closely with Dick Clark’s United Stations, Premiere Radio Networks along with producing radio shows internationally including London, Geneva, Paris, Tokyo and Mexico.

Wally was co-creator of the Rick Dees Weekly Top Forty national radio program with over 700 affiliates in the U.S. and around the world on AFRTS. Morning shows have been brightened nationally by his creation of the Satellite Comedy Network.

It is my pleasure to introduce the “Alumnus of the Year” from Southern Illinois University, and now member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasting’s Diamond Circle - Wally Clark.

Wally Clark accepts his award from Chuck Southcott

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