April 7 - 12, 2018 | Exhibits April 9 - 12 Las Vegas Convention Center

Awards Programs

Awards Programs

The following awards are presented at NAB Show® recognizing individuals and organizations for their significant contributions to the broadcast and entertainment industries or commitment to community service.

Awesome Cool Exhibits Awards

These peer-driven awards recognize NAB Show Exhibitors for their innovations in booth design and execution.

Congratulations to the 2016 Awesome Cool Exhibits Award Winners


Linear Booth


Small Island


Medium Island


Large Island

Learn more about the Awesome Cool Exhibits Awards.

Best Paper Award

The Best Paper Award honors the author(s) of a paper of exceptional merit published in the NAB Broadcast Engineering Conference Proceedings. The recipient of the award will be honored at the NAB Technology Luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Best Paper Award Recipient

Best Paper Award Winner

Globo Play for “TV Globo Brazil Goes OTT with Simulcast, VOD and 3K on the Cloud,” written by Marcelo Souza, Fabio Ferraz, Fabio Castro, Fabio Areas, Leandro Pena, Edson Alves and Lucas Muratori of TV Globo, and Igor Macaubas and Rafeel Pereira of Globo.com. Accepting the award is Marcos Rayol, Program Manager, Globo Play


Broadcasting Hall of Fame

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. The inductees are honored at the NAB Radio and Television Luncheons. Previous honorees include American Idol, Dave Ramsey, Gary Marshall, Bob Uecker, Betty White, Larry Lujack and Saturday Night Live, among others.

Congratulations to the 2016 NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductees

Chuck Lorre

Chuck Lorre, Legendary Executive Producer/Writer - Television Inductee

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic

Mike Greenberg and Mike Golic, ESPN Radio's "Mike and Mike in the Morning" - Radio Inductees


Crystal Radio Awards

The NAB Crystal Radio Awards have recognized radio stations for their outstanding year-round commitment to community service. Fifty finalists are honored and ten winners are announced at the NAB Radio Luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Crystal Radio Award Winners

NAB Crystal Radio Awards

From Left to Right: Jason Steinberg, WBAB-FM, Chris Lloyd, WBAB-FM, Justin Chase, WJBR-FM, Scott Sutherland, KTAR-FM, Theo Terry, KPRS-FM, Robert Prasil, KRLC-AM, Mary Ellen Kachinske, WTMX-FM, Crystal Heritage Award Recipient, Lester Turner, Jr, WRLT-FM, Gary Kraen, WRLT-FM, Andre Fernandez, CBS Radio (KNX-AM), Scott Herman, CBS Radio (WWJ-AM), Bob Shomper, WCCO-AM, William Hicks, KNDE-FM


Crystal Heritage Award

The Crystal Heritage Award is given to a station that has won five Crystal Radio Awards. WUSL-FM Philadelphia was the first station to receive the award. It is presented during the NAB Radio Luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Crystal Heritage Award Winner

NAB Crystal Radio Awards

From Left to Right: José A. Valle, President of Political & Advocacy Sales, Univision Communications, Inc., Mary Ellen Kachinske, WTMX-FM and Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO, National Association of Broadcasters

Digital Leadership Award

The Digital Leadership Award is presented to an individual at a broadcast station, group or network who has had a significant role in transforming a traditional broadcast business to succeed on digital media platforms in a measurable way (e.g. new revenue, incremental revenue, audience growth, engagement, etc.) through the use of technology, mobile applications, social media, or web-based information management and marketing.  The award is presented at the NAB Technology Luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Digital Leadership Award Recipient

Adam Symson, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer at the E.W. Scipps Company

Distinguished Service Award

Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Award recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry. The Distinguished Service Award is presented at the NAB Show Opening each year. Past recipients include Bob Schieffer, Eddie Fritts, Mary Tyler Moore, President Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.

Congratulations to the 2016 Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Bob Woodruff - NAB Distinguished Service Award Recipient

Bob Woodruff, ABC News Correspondent


Engineering Achievement Award

This award is given each year to a radio and television industry leader for lifetime contributions who have advanced the state of the art of broadcast engineering. Winners are honored at the NAB Technology Luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipients of the Engineering Achievement Award

Richard Chernock

Richard Chernock, Chief Science Officer, Triveni Digital - Television Honoree

Andrew Laird - Radio Engineering Achievement Award Recipient

Andrew Laird, Former Vice President and CTO, Journal Broadcast Group


Television Chairman's Award

This award was established in 2009 to recognize individuals for significant groundbreaking work in one or more specific art disciplines in television. Past year's honorees include Jim Parsons and Kelsey Grammer.

Congratulations to the 2016 Television Chairman's Award Winner

NAB Crystal Radio Awards

Keke Palmer, Film, Television and Stage Actress


Technology Innovation Award

First presented at the 2009 NAB Show, this award recognizes organizations that bring advanced technology exhibits and demonstrations of significant merit to NAB Show. The nominated exhibit should present advanced research and development projects in communications technologies that have not yet been commercialized. The award will be presented at the NAB Technology Luncheon.

Congratulations to the 2016 Technology Innovation Award Recipient

Technology Innovation Award Recipient

Mickael Raulet, Advanced Research Manager accepting the Technology Innovation Award on behalf of 4EVER-2