Monday, Dec. 1, 2003
Va. – Four Virginia communications professionals – a newspaper editor,
television pioneer, a broadcast entrepreneur and a celebrated
historian/author – will be inducted April 15 when the Virginia
Communications Hall of Fame
returns to The Jefferson Hotel for its 2004 event.
The 17th induction ceremony will be hosted by the School of
Mass Communications at Virginia Commonwealth University.
four inductees selected by the Hall of Fame Selection Committee are John D.
Evans, Dr. Nelson D. Lankford, Aubrey Eugene Loving, Jr. and William H. Millsaps,
John D. Evans
is an internationally recognized expert in the telecommunications industry and a
leader in technological innovation, including Internet 2.
Perhaps best known as the a co-founder of C-SPAN in 1977, he is currently
chairman and CEO of Evans Telecommunications Company, an investment, consulting,
and operating company in the cable television and telecommunications industries.
the past nineteen years Dr. Nelson D.
Lankford has been the editor of the Virginia
Magazine of History and Biography, the quarterly journal of the Virginia
Historical Society. His most recent
book is an account of the end of the Civil War in Virginia’s capital city, Richmond
Burning: The Last Days of the Confederate Capital, published by Viking in
2002. The book was a nonfiction finalist for the Library of
Virginia’s annual literary award.
Aubrey Eugene Loving, Jr.
is chairman and CEO of Max Media LLC, a Virginia Beach media company that owns
and operates television, radio and alternative media.
In 1991, he co-founded Max Media Properties.
Loving started TVX Broadcast Group, which became a public company in
1985. During his 12 year run at TVX
it became the nation’s largest group of independent television stations
serving 12 markets.
William H. Millsaps, Jr.
has been vice president and executive editor of the Richmond
Times-Dispatch since Jan. 1, 1994. Prior
to that, he was managing editor of the paper for two years.
Under his leadership in 1993, 1996, 2000 and 2002, the Times-Dispatch
won the Virginia Press Association's highest honor for public service and
are pleased to recognize these stellar inductees for their many accomplishments
that serve as inspiration for future communications professionals,” said Dr.
Judy VanSlyke Turk, director of the School of Mass Communications. “This night
will be a unique opportunity to celebrate some of the finest Virginia has to
offer in journalism and communication professionalism and achievement.”
celebration will begin with a reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the
induction ceremony. Tickets are $125 each and can be requested by calling
804/827-3761. Proceeds from the ticket sales will benefit the Hall of Fame
permanent exhibit and scholarship fund.
About VCU and VCU Medical Center
Virginia Commonwealth University is a major, urban public research university with national and international rankings in sponsored research. Located in downtown Richmond, VCU enrolls more than 31,000 students in 226 degree and certificate programs in the arts, sciences and humanities. Sixty-seven of the programs are unique in Virginia, many of them crossing the disciplines of VCU’s 13 schools and one college. MCV Hospitals and the health sciences schools of Virginia Commonwealth University comprise VCU Medical Center, one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers. For more, see www.vcu.edu.