Mel Karmazin will be the 2015 recipient of the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award, the Broadcasters Foundation of American announced Thursday. The award will be presented during The Broadcasters Foundation of America annual breakfast, April 15, during the NAB Show in Las Vegas.
Karmazin was the CEO and a member of the board of directors of SiriusXM when he retired in 2013. Karmazin was president and CEO of Viacom, president/CEO and a member of the board of directors of CBS. He first joined CBS in 1997 as chairman and CEO of CBS Radio, following the merger of Westinghouse/CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, where he had been president and CEO. Karmazin also spent 10 years with Metromedia.
Karmazin has been involved in numerous philanthropic ventures and has served on a number of boards during his career. He is presently a Trustee at NYU Langone Medical Center, a board member and executive committee member of Autism Speaks, and vice chairman of the board of trustees of the Paley Center for Media. Karamzin was inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and has received the National Association of Broadcasters' National Radio Award and the IRTS Gold Medal Award.
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