We’re pleased to announce that our founder, Sanders Hickey, was inducted into the Georgia Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame over the weekend at GABCON 2021.
Hickey is a forty-six-year broadcast veteran, having owned and/or managed numerous Radio stations in Georgia, Texas, Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina.
Sanders is a partner in holding companies which own and operate FM and AM Radio stations in Coastal Georgia and Southeast Texas.
His career began in 1974 as an on-air personality in Columbus, Georgia. From there, he was a program director and was on the air in Athens, Atlanta, Macon (GA), as well as Texas and Florida.
In 1982, he successfully applied for an FM Construction Permit to establish a new FM station in Wichita Falls (TX), which he owned and operated until the station sold five years later.
From 1987-1993, Sanders served as Southeastern Regional Vice President of Radio Station Services for The Arbitron (Ratings) Company, where he administered to the sales and marketing of its radio audience ratings products and services to 350+ radio station clients in forty-six Radio markets in the Southeast United States.
From 1993 to 1998, he, was an owner, President and Chief Operating Officer of Southern Broadcasting Companies, Inc., an Athens, Georgia-based holding company, which owned and operated nine radio stations in Georgia and Florida.
For the past twenty years, Sanders remains Operating Partner of Golden Isles Broadcasting, which owns three FM stations in Brunswick/St. Simons Island, Sea Island, GA, as well as HEH Communications, which owns three FM stations in suburban North Houston, Texas.
Sanders is an active participant, lecturer and supporter of the National Radio Talent System’s “GAB Radio Talent Institute,” conducted annually at The Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communications at The University of Georgia, in Athens.
Hickey has served as the Chairman of The Board of Directors of The Georgia Association of Broadcasters (1997-1998) and continues to serve as an active member of that state association’s Board of Directors. He is a 2019 Inductee into The Georgia Radio Hall of Fame. Additionally, he is a member of The National Association of Broadcasters and the Radio Advertising Bureau.
He has been an invited guest speaker/lecturer at various Southeastern broadcast organizations, as well as for various broadcast management courses at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, as well as The Henry W. Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Georgia.
He and his wife, Karen, are residents of The Georgia Club, in Statham, Georgia, a bedroom community of Athens.
The Georgia Association of Broadcasters (GAB) is the trade association that represents the interests of Georgia’s over-the-air radio and television licensees who reach more than 95% of Georgia’s population every week. Our membership is comprised of more than 250 radio and television broadcasters. GAB provides technical, regulatory, and advocacy support to our members as well as offering continuing professional enrichment opportunities designed to keep Georgia broadcasters at the forefront of the industry.