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Ray Cole, longtime president and COO of Citadel Communications Company, will be recognized with the Ward L. Quaal Award by the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

The award will be presented at the Foundation's annual breakfast on April 20, during the National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas.

Cole's industry and community leadership positions include: emeritus member and past chairman, ABC Television Board of Governors; board member, Broadcasters Foundation of America; board member, Security National Bank - Sioux City; past board member, National Association of Broadcasters; past board member, Iowa Broadcasters Association; past member, Briar Cliff University Board of Trustees; past board chairman, Siouxland Chamber of Commerce; and past board member, United Way of Siouxland.

Cole is a native of Kingsley, Iowa. He atteded Briar Cliff College University, during which time he started his broadcasting career as an intern at KCAU-TV (ABC) in Sioux City.

In his current role with Citadel, Cole is responsible for the oversight of KLKN-TV (ABC) in Lincoln, Nebraska; WLNE-TV (ABC) in Providence, Rhode Island; and WSNN-LD (Independent News) in Sarasota, Florida. He was previously responsible for WOI-TV (ABC) in Des Moines; KCAU-TV (ABC) in Sioux City; and WHBF-TV (CBS) in Rock Island, Illinois, prior to their sale in March 2014.

The Quaal Leadership Awards are given annually in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal.

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