Gov. Mike Pence posthumously named Amos Brown III the 2015 recipient of the Sachem Award, Indiana’s highest honor. This announcement comes following Mr. Brown’s untimely death Nov. 7, 2015. Pence also directed flags at state facilities in Marion County to be flown at half-staff in honor of radio broadcaster Brown on the day of his funeral. He also asked businesses and residents to lower their flags to half-staff to honor the life and legacy of Brown.
The Sachem — whose name comes from the Algonquin term given to leaders who exhibit wisdom, judgment and grace and whose character underscores the importance of moral example — is given annually by the governor to Hoosiers whose life and character exemplify these qualities. With this recognition, Brown’s name will be enshrined in the Rotunda of the Indiana Statehouse.
Brown was born in Chicago and earned his undergraduate degree from Northwestern University. Brown has been awarded several recognitions for his work on the radio and in his community, including induction to the Indiana Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2007, a Sagamore of the Wabash, four CASPER Awards from the United Way/Community Service Council, the National Association of Broadcasters Crystal Award for Community Service and a four nominations and two wins of the Indiana Broadcasters Association Spectrum Award.
Brown began his radio career in 1976 as an advertising sales representative and quickly rose through the ranks to host the well-known “Afternoons with Amos” show on WTLC, in addition to his role as director of strategic research. Brown was also a columnist for the Indianapolis Recorder Newspaper — the Indiana Minority Business Magazine’s sister publication — and a staunch advocate for minority media and the betterment of the Indianapolis community.