American Advertising Awards/Our Addy History

The American Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads & Richmond, Virginia’s past award winners and the work that shows great advertising ideas in action from the Commonwealth of Virginia.

AAF-Hampton Roads SILVER MEDAL AWARD Winners

At the 2018 SILVER MEDAL event honoring John Trinder/President – MAX MEDIA L.L.C. properties, several prior lifetime achievment winners posed for this photo.  All leaders and people of great achievement in forwarding community service and the advertising profession in Virginia they are from left to right: John Koehler/President-KOEHLER Books, Cutch Armstrong/Director of Marketing-COX Virginia, the late Larry Saunders/President-MAX MEDIA Radio, Howard Waters/President-WATERS & BRIDGMAN Marketing, Dick Lamb/Executive Vice President Programming-MAX MEDIA Radio, Thurman Worthington/(Ret) Sr. Accounts Manager-MAX MEDIA Radio, Gene Loving/C.E.O. – MAX MEDIA L.L.C., John Trinder/C.O.O. & President – MAX MEDIA L.L.C., Joe Tacach/C.E.O. – MERIDIAN Group, Mike Herron/General Manager & Asso Publisher – INSIDE BUSINESS, and Greg Jordan/President – CENTRIC COMMUNICATIONS



This Advertising Federation of Hampton Roads (AAFHR) website catalogs prior winners of the advertising industry’s longest running award for superior ad work/messages from Richmond to the Norfolk/Va. Beach DMA (aka Hampton Roads) market.

For more information on CURRENT AAF-Hampton Roads happenings and awards competition, go to our main website at: 

The 2022-23 American Advertising Awards competition is accepting entries now through Feb 28, 2023! 

Get your best creative ads together and upload them now to compete and win America’s longest consecutively running advertising contest.  When you win an AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS “ADDY”, potential future employees see, future clients see and current clients see it. Most of all, you and your team see and feel a special level of pride in seeing recognition from the industry. It’s external proof that your team are among the best minds and creators working today. This is team building on steroids.

 Enter by clicking here:

All entries are being accepted digitally again this year so there’s NO PHYSICAL ENTRY or CREATIVE DROP OFF needed.  It couldn’t be easier to enter your creative in less than 5 minutes.  And if you have a question we are here to answer it the same day.

 Pricing for 2022-23 entries is as follows:

Student AAF/AIGA/or AMA current members: 

  Single entry $35  /  Campaign entry $40

Student Non-Members:

  Single entry $45  /  Campaign entry $50

Professional AAF/AIGA/or AMA current members:

  Single entry $115  /  Campaign entry $130

Professional Non-Members:

  Single entry $135  /  Campaign entry $150

Now, get your best work together and load it up for the local, regional and national recognition you deserve!.

Thanks also goes to 3 Waves Media for website design on this site, our AMERICAN ADVERTISING AWARDS site that chronicles the rich history of ad creative creation in Virginia.  

In Memoriam: Jack Rattigan Long-time WNOR & WRAP GM / AAF-HR Silver Medal Award Winner


Christmas Day 2022, Hampton Roads lost a much admired and beloved leader in radio and media, Jack M. Rattigan passed at age 94. We salute the accomplishments and memories Jack leaves us. 

The Rattigan family knows and we recognize his thoughtful life of service to the media and advertising industry, Hampton Roads residents, businesses, local organizations, those who Jack led locally as General Manager at FM99/1230 WNOR, 850 WRAP, 1350 WKLX,  leading sales at 92.9 WFOG, as a consultant at 100.5 WCMS and as an expert speaker at AAF chapters here and nationwide on several occasions.     

Read more of Jack’s early career, the rich family legacy he leaves those around him and of his service from his Obituary from Jack Rattigan Obituary (1928 – 2022) – Portsmouth, VA – The Virginian-Pilot (


2021-2022 American Advertising Awards – “Addy” Winners



LANPHER Productions – Client: Downtown Norfolk Council “Thank you from..”

Credit to: Keith Lanpher, Kerry Cecil & Jessica Kliner


EPIC MADE – Client: Deschutes Brewery Animated Ad Suite

Credit to: Carl Cleanthes, Ross Ciuppa & Kira Ribordy

SUNSHINE & BOURBON – Client: Visit Billings Trail Guides

Credit to: Keith Ireland, Aiden Chapperone and Ali Webb

SUNSHINE & BOURBON – Client: Visit Phoenix Brand Anthem

Credit to: Keith Ireland, Jimmy Reeves, Aiden Chapparone, Pedro Perez Nunez, Parco Richardson and Nilesh Patel

ADAMS OUTDOOR – Client: Action Rental “We’ve Moved”

Credit to: Ryan Saul

COLLECTOR STUDIOS – Client: Tricky Mickey

Credit to: Ryan Meadows, Adam Jones, Nick Davis and Catherine Meadows







AAF Hampton Roads protects and promotes the well-being of advertising in our market through self-regulation with a unique, locally coordinated grassroots network of advertisers, agencies, media companies, suppliers, independents, and college chapters.

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