Conclave-A Brief History
Born as “The Upper Midwest Communications Conclave”, the organization was founded in 1976 as a regional gathering of communications professionals. It was incorporated as a 501c-3 non-profit entity in 1985. Throughout the years, the Conclave’s yearly Learning Conference has grown to attract many from beyond its original Midwest boundaries, and as such, is now known simply as the Conclave.
The Conclave is governed by a Board of Directors and employs an Executive Director to coordinate the Conclave and exercise the dictates of the Board. The Conclave conducts seminars throughout the year in keeping with its mission statement, and makes available on an annual basis broadcasting school and baccalaureate scholarships.
The value of these scholarships approaches $50,000 this year and includes scholarships to Sanford-Brown College of Minneapolis (The Dennis Becker Scholarship), Specs Howard School of Media Arts in Detroit (The Bill Gavin Scholarship), and The McNally-Smith College of Music in St. Paul. The Conclave offers two baccalaureate scholarships - The Doug Lee Memorial Scholarships - annually to students attending or intending to attend accredited colleges and universities, this year provided by a generous grant from DMR. The Conclave also awards a scholarship to a student at Kean University/New Jersey - The Marc Birgir Memorial Scholarship.The Conclave administers the Rockwell Award, recognizing individuals who have contributed to the rich legacy of the industry in broadcasting, communicating and mentoring. An announcement regarding the selection of the 2014 recipient will be made on this site later this fall.
The Conclave has been made unique by design to accommodate, nurture and protect the special needs of the Conclave’s most important communications resource – YOU!
“Through education, the Conclave’s mission is to improve the quality of broadcasting and related industries so they may better serve the public interest.”
What about your mission? The mission of your radio station -as stated in your license- is to best serve the public interest. Not your company’s best interests. Not your label’s best interests. But the best interests of the real owner of your frequency- your public! That’s why the Conclave’s mission is to help you learn how to best serve the needs of your listeners. In return, you invest in your career just as much as you invest in your industry’s future. Consider it our common mission. It’s what the Conclave is all about.