National Association of Broadcasters
Executive Vice President of Radio
John David's interest in radio began early, when as a 13-year-old he read the weather forecast on his hometown radio station. Now, as the Executive Vice-President of Radio at the National Association of Broadcasters, he works with radio stations around the country. He oversees membership and service to NAB member radio stations.
He started his radio career in the region. He graduated from Oklahoma State University with a B.S. in Radio/Television Communications. His on-air career began at KLCO in Poteau, Oklahoma. He worked at other Oklahoma radio stations before coming to Joplin. In 1971, at the age of 24, he became a station owner, with the purchase of KFSB.
He and his business partner, Richard Chewgin, went on to purchase two FM radio stations in the area, KDBQ in Pittsburg and KIXQ in Webb City. His career involved all aspects of radio, including on-air, news, sales, promotions, and management. While in Joplin, he served as chair of the Joplin Chamber of Commerce. He represented Kansas and Missouri as a member of the NAB Radio Board of Directors from 1984-1988. He is a past president of the Missouri Broadcasters Association.
In 1989, he joined the Government Relations Department of the NAB. He became Vice-President of Radio in 1992, and was promoted to Executive Vice-President of Radio in 1998.
John David is recognized throughout the industry, and is known for being in touch with broadcasters across the country. "Radio Ink" Magazine has him on the list of the Top 40 Most Powerful People in Radio Since 2000. He was inducted into the Oklahoma Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. The Missouri Broadcasters Association placed him in the first class of the MBA Hall of Fame in 2011.