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Doug Mitchell. (Courtesy Photo)

WATERLOO, Iowa --- National African-American public broadcasting executive Doug Mitchell will be the speaker at the upcoming 34th KBBG-FM 88.1 annual banquet at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Five Sullivan Brothers Center.

He is the project manager of African American Public Radio Stations at the National Federation of Community Broadcasters in Washington, D.C.

He also is the co-project director of "The New U" Entrepreneur Fellowship Program at UNITY: Journalists of Color.

Mitchell is a nationally recognized trainer and coach for young people and early career professionals in multimedia. He is a former Knight International Press fellow and Fulbright scholar to Chile. He also spent 21 1/2 years as a producer and director at National Public Radio.

While at NPR he developed a program called "Next Generation Radio," looking at the impact of current forms of communication on current and future generations.

This year's honorees include second-time awardee and West High graduate Jadyn Spencer with the double distinction of both athletic and scholastic acknowledgements; James Harrington from Cedar Falls High for Athlete of the Year; Leonard Tomkins for his contribution as Special Friend; and the Special Recognition Award going to CommonBond Communities/Sisters of Mercy.

Banquet tickets are $45 for individuals and $360 for a table of eight.

For reservations or more information, call KBBG-FM, 235-1515, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or stop by KBBG-FM, 918 Newell St.

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