Welcome to the Broadcasters Club of Florida!

Glad you found us! The Broadcasters Club of Florida is an organization composed of individuals with an interest in the broadcasting industry.   Each month, we meet over lunch to discuss the issues of the day, have a panel discussion, or hear from a wide variety of interesting speakers.   Many of the attendees have worked–or are still working– in the field.  Members range from a retired television network president to a twentysomething meteorologist!   Join us for networking, fellowship, and the chance to raise a few dollars to support future broadcasters through our scholarship program.

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We’re proud to announce our first speaker for the 2014/2015 season will be the most-quoted political scientist in Florida and a popular figure on local TV newscasts.  Dr. Susan A. MacManus will join us on Friday, October 10, 2014, just in time to dissect the heated political races–including the gubernatorial race in Florida.  MacManus , who received her M.A. from the University of Michigan and Ph.D. from Florida State University, is a Distinguished University Professor at USF in the Department of Government and International Affairs.  She has appeared on every major broadcast and cable television and radio network and been interviewed by major newspapers in Florida, the U.S., and abroad.
Susan MacManus
We’ve just come off our most successful year in club history:

*Increased attendance.
*A new website and social media presence on Facebook. (“Like us!” at https://www.facebook.com/BroadcastersClubOfFlorida)
*A first-ever “evening mixer” with nearly a hundred people filling the Hyde Park Steak House in downtown Sarasota.
This past season–guest speakers included Dickie Smothers of the “Smothers Brothers,” Kelly McBride of the Poynter Institute on News Media Ethics, Dean of Tampa Bay News Anchors John Wilson, Hall of Fame tennis icon Nick Bollettieri and Vice President/General Manager of ABC 7 in Sarasota Jeff Benninghoff.  We also had a lively panel discussion about the growth and impact of digital media. (Panelists included a Vice President from the Nielsen, the Sarasota Film Commissioner and the News Director of ABC 7.)
We’re busy planning our six speakers and evening mixer for the 2014/2015 season.  We hope to see you again–or meet you–in the fall.Thank you.
Ray Collins
President/Broadcasters Club of Florida


The Broadcasters Club of Florida luncheon meeting is open to the public. ($20 for members, $22 for non-members.) The club meets the second Friday of each month from October through April. January’s event is an evening networking function.