Former Shamokin man Tim McLaughlin recently won the Art Stein Memorial Award from the Media Association of Pittsburgh.

McLaughlin is the owner of 321Blink, an advertising agency that utilizes all forms of media for its clients. He is a son of Vera and the late Joseph McLaughlin, and is a 1984 graduate of Our Lady of Lourdes Regional High School.

Tim McLaughlin has been voted into what he considers the media hall of fame.

The owner and president of 321Blink, a creative agency along Brilliant Avenue, Aspinwall, McLaughlin earned the Art Stein Memorial Award from the Media Association of Pittsburgh.

"It's for longevity and dedication to the club," said McLaughlin, 47, a member since the mid-1990s.

McLaughlin has served as both president and board member.

"The cool thing about it is that it's not given every year. If they feel there's not someone worthy, they don't do it.

"It makes it more special."

Founded nearly 70 years ago as the Pittsburgh Radio and Television Club, the media association was originally focused on social networking.

Today, the group's mission has evolved into something broader - to educate the media community and serve as a resource for buyers and sellers. Members also work to raise money that provides scholarships for college students entering the communications field.

With his career rooted in media, McLaughlin worked for a television provider for about 13 years before starting 321Blink.

McLaughlin resides in Aspenwall, a suburb of Pittsburgh, with his wife, LuAnn, and his four daughters.