Guam – Media icon Jon Anderson was honored this morning with a Legislative Resolution presented by Senator Michael San Nicolas.
The resolution congratulates Anderson’s more than 40 years of service in the media business on Guam and in Saipan. During that time, he has nurtured the careers of dozens of local journalists. Family, friends and colleagues joined Senator San Nicolas today to show their appreciation for Anderson’s rich contributions to our island.
Senator Michael San Nicolas said, “I remember walking in the radio station and I was so nervous because he was regarded as a media celebrity…and he still is. I remember how gracious Jon was. I remember walking out of the room and thinking to myself this is somebody who does a lot of good things for the people of Guam. So we prepare this resolution to honor the career and service of Jon Anderson.”
President and CEO of Sorensen Media Group Rex Sorensen who worked with Anderson in 1985 said, “His sole purpose when he was with the Sorensen Media Group is to make sure K57 was doing the best job possible for the community. Provide the best service and provide the best information. He would listen to the radio at all hours of the day and night. Particularly if something was wrong, he got it first.”
Sorensen Media Group Vice President Radio Division Ray Gibson refers to Anderson as his mentor and thanks him for his guidance. Gibson said, “To my mentor and to the guy I refer to as a legend, Jon this is an honor that is a long time coming from the Legislature who you have loved, admired and criticized…just like every tax payer here on Guam. I’d like to offer you my congratulations and thanks for the guidance, and friendship throughout all of these years.”
Jon Andersen said, “This is an honor that I didn’t expect but I thank you very very much for thinking of those in the media and the contribution to the public. My goal was to always make sure that the other guy on the phone gets their gets his opinions across and his thoughts known.”
Anderson spent 25 years as President of Sorensen Pacific Broadcasting during which he launched the talk radio formart on K57 and served as morning host for more than a decade. Most recently, Anderson served as Editor-in-Chief of the Marianas Variety, stepping down just last month.
Frank Whitman, who is now the Editor-in-Chief of Marianas, expressed his thanks to Anderson, “I want to thank you for the help you provided for my transition to daily newspaper. Congratulations, you’ve had a great career.”