Thursday, March 19, 2015

BFA Honors NAB’s Gordon Smith

Jim Thompson (President of the Broadcasters Foundation), Phil Lombardo (Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation), Senator Gordon Smith (NAB President and CEO and recipient of the 2015 Golden Mike Award) Major Garrett (CBS News Chief White House Correspondent 

More than $250,000 was raised at the Broadcasters Foundation of America 2015 Golden Mike Award Dinner, honoring Senator Gordon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB). The Golden Mike Award was presented to Smith at a black-tie fundraiser to benefit the Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need.  More than 250 television and radio executives were in attendance on Monday evening at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.

Kari Clark, Nick Verbitsky
The evening was hosted by CBS News’ Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who reports for all CBS News broadcasts and platforms.  The presenters were Jeff Smulyan, Founder and Chairman of the Board of Emmis Communications Corporation, and David Barrett, Director of Hearst Corporation.

Kari Clark accepted a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, the legendary TV and radio personality Dick Clark.  This was the first time the Broadcasters Foundation has given a Lifetime Achievement Award.  Going forward, it will be awarded annually and be known as The Dick Clark Lifetime Achievement Award, in honor of the iconic broadcaster and entertainer.

The Broadcasters Foundation also debuted its new video, featuring grant recipients who shared their personal stories and expressed how the Foundation has made a difference in their lives. The video is on the Foundation’s website at

The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to thousands of broadcasters and their families who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy.  Individual membership is only $150 a year and can make a difference in the life of a colleague who has fallen on desperate times.  Donations can be made as a personal gift to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.  In addition, a bequest may be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society.

For more information on applying for a grant or making a donation, please visit, or call 212-373-8250.

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