The Rufus Oates Award

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Our achievement award, the "Rufus Oates Award" was designed for members of our association only, to honor one of our members, for their outstanding contribution and achievement, in a calendar year. The criteria for the award is simple. Any member who assumes responsibility, and completes those tasks with positive and professional results, will receive consideration for the award.

 

The award was named after a gentle man who truly cared about Dee Jays, whether you earned a living at the job, or just did it as an avocation. He was a person who cared about you as a customer, as well as a human being. He was just a nice guy!

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Judy Collins & Jeannie Elmore, daughters of Rufus Oates, are presented with a commemorative plaque that will hang in Judy's House of Oldies in North Myrtle Beach, noting each recipient of the "Rufus Oates Award" from The NAR&BDJS. Members present: Director Sue Kestner, Jackie Kestner, Director John Hall, Director Mike Little, and President Mike Hall.

Gary Jones - 2000
Gary Jones - 2000

Gary congratulations for being our first honoree of this new award, and thanks again for your outstanding effort.

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Tommy Polzin - 2001
Tommy Polzin - 2001

We congratulate Tom Polzin, President of the National Association of R&B DJs, on his selection as the year 2001 Rufus Oates Award winner.

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Dave Roby - 2002
Dave Roby - 2002

This years honor, as voted on by our Board of Directors, goes to Mr. Dave Roby, of Tampa, FL. This award, has long been overdue, since he's been working his fanny off since the inception of our growing organization.

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Mike Little - 2003
Mike Little - 2003

Mike certainly helps us discover "New Releases" for our web site. Mike, "Thank You" for you contributions and congratulations for being our 2003 Rufus Oates Award Winner.

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Berni Mckenna - 2004
Berni Mckenna - 2004

This year, the 'Rufus Oates Award', which is an internal award given to the member who volunteers their time and effort in a professional manner for the advancement, prestige and growth of the Association

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Tommy Roberts - 2005
Tommy Roberts - 2005

The board of directors, this year, unanimously voted to honor Mr. Tommy Roberts, as this years recipient of our annual Rufus Oates Award. Tommy Roberts of North Little Rock, Arkansas

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Sheila Judah - 2007
Sheila Judah - 2007

Congratulations to our Association Secretary, Sheila Judah, of Columbus Georgia, for winning our annual "Rufus Oates" award for 2007. She has become a wonderful asset to our organization

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Ray Coker - 2008
Ray Coker - 2008

The winner of our annual Rufus Oates Award for 2008 was Mr. Ray Coker, of Houston Texas, and our proud Vice President.

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George Wood - 2009
George Wood - 2009

Our Rufus Oates Award for 2009 goes to George Wood of The Memphis Bop Club. George's efforts over the past year, and the past 10 years, in support of our organization, is unrivaled.

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Doug Thayer - 2010
Doug Thayer - 2010

Doug’s dedication to our group has been unparalleled. Already a Lifetime member, his expertise on our website has made it one to admire. Giving of his time and energy to keep everything up-to-date, he silently has contributed to our success.

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Rich Kopels - 2011 & 2018
Rich Kopels - 2011 & 2018

Our internal award, The Rufus Oates Award, went to Rich Kopels for his outstanding job stepping up to the challenge of Board membership, web site, Top Tens and anything else that was asked of him! Congrats, Rich. We certainly appreciate it.

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Bill "WillieC" Swank - 2012
Bill "WillieC" Swank - 2012

For 2012, our Rufus Oates Award, designed to honor one of our members for their outstanding contribution and achievement, goes to Bill "Willie C." Swanke! Willie C has long been a contributor on the Beach Music scene. Thank you, Willie C. and congratulations!

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John Hall - 2018
John Hall - 2018

Info available soon!

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