The NAB will present the 2022 National Radio Award to consultants Fred and Paul Jacobs at the NAB Show New York. The brothers will be honored during the Marconi Radio Awards on Oct. 19. This marks the first time the award has been given to two people.
“Radio broadcasters rely on Fred and Paul Jacobs for their industry-leading research and market insights to help them innovate, better serve listeners and reach new audiences,” NAB President/CEO Curtis LeGeyt said in a release. “We are delighted to present this honor to the Jacobs brothers for their decades-long leadership and commitment to radio.”
A frequent presenter at radio conventions, Fred Jacobs is the Founder and President of Jacobs Media. A former programmer, he is credited with devising the classic rock format and has a background in audience research, having worked for Frank N. Magid and Associates and ABC Radio. In addition to consulting, Jacobs is known for helping illuminate key industry challenges, opportunities and trends, such as the connected car, mobile content distribution and other technologies via the company’s annual Techsurvey and Jacobs Media Strategy Blog. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018 and has served on the Board of the Public Radio Program Directors Association.
Paul Jacobs is the VP/GM of Jacobs Media. He began his career in radio sales and management positions at stations in Detroit and Dallas. Over the last 15 years, his startup j?capps, a mobile application development company focused on the radio industry, has created more than 1,300 apps worldwide. He has served as the Board Chair for Greater Public and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters Foundation.
“Paul and I are thrilled to receive this recognition together. It marks a significant accomplishment for our company,” Fred Jacobs remarked. “Our entire team has been committed to helping broadcasters deal with a changing media landscape, adapt to new generations of listeners, and develop strategic digital media plans. This prestigious award is validation of that work.”