NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith and the organization he leads will be the 2015 recipients of the Broadcasters Foundation of America's Golden Mike Award, to be presented in a black-tie fundraising gala on February 23, 2015, at the Plaza Hotel in New York. Broadcasters Foundation Chairman Philip J. Lombardo says, "Gordon's accomplishments for broadcasters are widely recognized across our profession, but perhaps many are not aware of Gordon's tireless efforts on behalf of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help our colleagues in need."
Lombardo continues, "Gordon's influence has raised awareness of the foundation's charitable mission, and his commitment to helping those in our business who need it most has been admirable. We are honored to have Gordon on our board and to recognize his dedication to our purpose with the 2015 Golden Mike Award."
Broadcasters Foundation President Jim Thompson adds, "The NAB is always at the forefront of advocacy for broadcasters' interests. Their task is often daunting, yet they persevere, providing legislative guidance and educational programs to advance broadcast radio and television. The NAB has provided the Broadcasters Foundation with platforms to helps us generate awareness about our mission, and we are thankful for that support. With the 2015 Golden Mike Award, we recognize their contribution."
Smith called it a "privilege to represent this industry of charitable, giving professionals." He goes on, "I am awed by the number of broadcasters who come forward to help their colleagues through the foundation's work. I'd like to thank the board of directors for this recognition, and I would ask all broadcasters to please consider your good fortune and help those in our profession who, through no fault of their own, have fallen on the hardest of times."
Before joining the NAB in 2009, Smith served as a two-term U.S. senator from Oregon and later as senior adviser in the Washington, DC, offices of Covington & Burling, LLP. While in the Senate, Smith was on the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, which oversees all broadcast-related legislation.
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