Scott Donovan has quite a collection of broadcasting awards but a recent recognition is especially gratifying to him.
Donovan is the first sales representative at Eagle Radio to earn a spot in the $10 Million Sales Club for local ad sales. There are 28 Eagle stations in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri.
In addition, Donovan earned the Top Gun Award in the company for the fifth consecutive year. He also brought home plaques for the Platinum Club, Market Leader and Half-Million-Dollar Club.
These commendations for his work during 2021 were announced during a recent sales conference in Hays.
Donovan has been on the sales side of the radio business for 18 years, developing relationships with many private businesses and non-profit entities. When he started he had 30 clients and now has about 150.
“I am grateful that many of these clients have stayed with me for a long time,” Donovan said. “Some had one or two employees when they started and I have had the pleasure of watching their phenomenal growth over the years.
“I appreciate all my clients who have allowed me to be creative and offer innovative marketing solutions,” he added. “I write and produce most of the ads but I couldn’t do this without these trusted partnerships with clients.”
Donovan started his career in 1983 as a nighttime deejay; he still spends a little time on the air and hosts live remotes now and then.
“But my main job is sales, which has changed so much in recent years,” he said, noting formats such as digital, TV streaming, Google and Facebook. “I like to work with clients who appreciate collaborating with just one sales rep. It is always exciting to see their businesses grow and how I can be part of spreading the word.”
Donovan is active in many local charitable organizations and is the new state board member for CASA and vice president of the Great Bend Knights of Columbus Club.
He is a board member at Sunflower Diversified Services and Great Bend High School Site Council. He also is a familiar face as the emcee at local fundraising events.
Donovan has donated his time to the Great Bend Optimist Club, Central Kansas CASA, Great Bend Zoological Society, Great Bend Noon Lions Club and Jobfest.
He also served Prince of Peace Parish on the Pastoral Council and Confirmation Life Teen Committee. Donovan was the 2006 Barton County Relay for Life chairman and a Great Bend Chamber of Commerce Ambassador for six years.
Matt Althouse, local Eagle general manager, said “Scott is passionate about the success of his clients, our radio station and our community. This passion, in turn, attracts others who want to be the best they can be. Scott and those around him are driven by his can-do attitude.”