Trustee, NATAS Nashville/Midsouth
President, Tennessee Association of Broadcasters
After dabbling in aviation and serving as an air traffic controller in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, Whit began his media career as an advertising account executive at WSMV Nashville in 1972, and rose to Regional Sales Manager. In 1987, he became Executive Director of the Tennessee Association of Broadcasters. In this role, he is a lobbyist and advocate for telecommunications and advertising Issues in the United States Congress, State General Assembly, industry regulatory boards and commissions, and the Federal Communications Commission. As the State Emergency Communications Chairman designee at the Federal Communications Commission, Whit testified before the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Energy and Water Development on the flooding across Tennessee in early May of 2010 and at the FCC on Earthquake Preparedness in 2011.
Whit administers the broadcast Statewide Emergency Alert System (EAS) as Statewide Emergency Communications Chairman; the broadcaster’s Child Abduction AMBER Alert along with the Tennessee Bureau of investigation; coordinates the TAB Job Bank, referrals and website applications; TAB’s intern and scholarship programs, education and training programs, career fairs, seminars and conventions.
Among Whit’s honors are the American Advertising Federation of Nashville – President’s Trophy 1984, Silver Medal Recipient 1992 and served as their Past Vice President and Committee Chairman on their Board of Directors. He also served as President of the National Alliance of State Broadcast Associations in 2006. Whit served as the National Alliance of State Broadcaster Association (NASBA) President and their Co-Chairman on the National Association of Broadcasters/ EAS Summit Committee for six years.
Whit currently serves as the State Legislative Chairman, of the American Advertising Federation’s 7th District. A graduate of MTSU, he holds a graduate degree in economics and finance.