Kitchin First To Receive Smulyan Award


Former Premiere Radio Networks co-founder, President, and COO Kraig Kitchin has been named the inaugural winner of the Jeff Smulyan Award — named for the Emmis CEO and founder of the All-Sports format. Kitchin will receive the award at this year’s BSM Summit in Los Angeles. The summit is a two-day affair for sports media professionals. It will take place February 21-22, 2019 at The Grammy Museum. Smulyan will be present for the award ceremony.

Kitchin, who has also held the title of CEO of The Blaze, and currently serves as Chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame, and Co-President of the talent management firm SoundMind.

“Kraig Kitchin’s importance to the sports format’s rise in national syndication can’t be understated,” said Barrett Sports Media President Jason Barrett. “Under his leadership at Premiere Radio Networks, Jim Rome’s program became a giant success for sports stations across the nation, paving the way for many others to enjoy similar success. As we introduce an award named after one pioneer, Jeff Smulyan, it’s fitting that our first recipient, Kraig Kitchin, is someone who has also been a trailblazer for the sports format.”

“I’m absolutely thrilled that Kraig has been selected as the inaugural recipient of this award,” said Emmis CEO Jeff Smulyan. “He has been a dynamic leader and visionary for this industry for so many years, and the fact that we’ve been friends for all that time makes it even better.”

Tickets for the 2019 BSM Summit on February 21-22, 2019 at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles are on-sale to media members for $249.99. For further information visit


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