Bailey receives Award of Excellence for Media Relations

The ECHL announced on Tuesday that Chuck Bailey of the Fort Wayne Komets is the 2014-15 recipient of the Award of Excellence for Media Relations as determined in voting by members of the media, league media relations directors and broadcasters.

The other finalists were Tommy Daniels of the Allen Americans, Kevin McGlue of the Colorado Eagles, Mark Thompson of the Reading Royals and Adrian Denny of the Utah Grizzlies.

A Fort Wayne native, Bailey has spent the previous 22 seasons as the Komets Director of Communications and Media Relations. Bailey started a broadcasting career in radio in 1971 when he accepted a position with then WPTH FM 95 in Fort Wayne (now Best 95.1). His radio career took him to Rockford, Ill.; Flint, Mich.; and Grand Rapids, Mich. before he returned to Fort Wayne in 1988 as program manager of WOWO Radio AM 1190. During Bailey’s stint at WOWO he met then radio salesmen Michael Franke and David Franke, who later became co-owners of the Komets. Bailey joined the Franke’s to help manage the Komets in 1993, ending his 22-year radio career.

While a member of the Komets’ front office, Bailey has witnessed five league championships and five regular-season titles. He has been a part of the Komets’ success in collecting five Member Club of the Year Awards. He also has received three honors as Media Relations Director of the Year.

He continues to make his home in Fort Wayne. He and his wife Jan have three children and eight grandchildren.

ECHL Award of Excellence for Media Relations Winners

2015Chuck Bailey
Fort Wayne Komets
2014Nick BrunkerCincinnati Cyclones
2013Kevin Bartl and Ryan Holt
Bakersfield Condors
2012J.P. Puma
Colorado Eagles
2011Will HoenikeIdaho Steelheads
2010Eric LevineElmira Jackals
2009Mike BentonStockton Thunder
2008John HamelCincinnati Cyclones
 Jeff Harris and Mike WalkerVictoria Salmon Kings
2007Dustin BixbyGwinnett Gladiators
 Josh FisherLas Vegas Wranglers
2006Jeremy ZagerSan Diego Gulls
2005Jeremy ZagerSan Diego Gulls
2004Mike KellyMississippi Sea Wolves
2003Ryan StanzelLouisiana IceGators
2002Bill McLaughlinGreenville Grrrowl
2001Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
2000Darren AbbottSouth Carolina Stingrays
1999Mark SimpsonCharlotte Checkers
1998Andy DavisRichmond Renegades
1997Peter KostosLouisiana IceGators