It is with sadness we announce that Dick Novik is retiring from the New York State Broadcasters Association. He served as Sr. Vice President for the past 18 years. Dick has had a long and distinguished career in broadcasting. He learned the business and community service from his father, Harry Novik, who owned WLIB-AM and WBLS-FM in New York City. Located in Harlem, the station focused on the African American community from the 1950’s and into the 1970’s. In 1971, Dick became the owner of Putnam Broadcasting, and owned several stations including WPUT in Brewster. From 1989 to 1999 he owned WKIP AM and WRNQ FM in Poughkeepsie.
In 1999 he was tapped by radio giant Clear Channel Broadcasting to become the President of its International Division. His job was to acquire and manage radio properties in Europe, especially in Eastern Europe. In that position, Dick had a front row seat to the rebuilding of Eastern Europe after the fall of the Soviet Union.
He joined the New York State Broadcasters Association in 2002. He has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters as well as the New York State Broadcasters Association.
He received numerous awards throughout his career. The most satisfying concerns his work with AMBER alerts. Dick is largely responsible for creating the broadcast AMBER alert system in New York State as well as getting these alerts into New York City taxi cabs. The AMBER alert system has saved hundreds of abducted children in New York. In 2010, he received the Hope Award presented by the Center for Hope, and an Amber Alert Award from the Department of Justice.
We wish him all the best.
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