Awards Programs

Awards Programs

Recognize Excellence!

2019 award recipients will be announced soon!

What industry event would be complete without giving out some well-deserved bling? Every year NAB Show honors leadership, innovation, achievement and distinguished service.

The 2018 Awards were presented at these events:

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2018 Award Recipients

Robin Roberts

Co-Anchor ABC's "Good Morning America"

Co-anchor of ABC’s “Good Morning America” Robin Roberts will receive the NAB Distinguished Service Award (DSA)during the 2018 NAB Show in Las Vegas. 

Roberts began contributing to “Good Morning America” in June 1995 and was named co-anchor in May 2005. Prior to that, she appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” and “NFL PrimeTime.” Additionally, Roberts heads her own production company, Rock'n Robin Productions, which creates original broadcast and digital programming for ABC and other networks.

Roberts was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2007, and five years later, she was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS). Upon her diagnosis, she joined forces with the national marrow donor program, Be the Match, to inform the public about the need for more donors. The registry has seen a tremendous increase since Roberts began her advocacy.

Roberts has been recognized with awards and honors from organizations around the country, including The Susan G. Komen Foundation and The Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. She was also honored with a George Foster Peabody Award and Gracie Award. Additionally, Roberts was recognized with the Arthur Ashe Courage Award at the ESPY’s in July 2013.

Roberts is the author of “From the Heart: 7 Rules to Live By” and her memoir, “Everybody’s Got Something,” in which she tells the story of her battle against a life-threatening illness, learning life’s hardest lessons, and her inspiring return to broadcast television.

Distinguished Service Award

Presented at the NAB Show Opening

Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry. 

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.

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Jeopardy

Produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution

JEOPARDY!, America’s Favorite Quiz Show®, and its host, Alex Trebek, began their 34th season in syndication on September 11, 2017. With 23 million viewers each week, JEOPARDY! is the top-rated quiz show on television, and has won many awards and distinctions over the course of its 30+ years on the air, including the 2017 Emmy for Outstanding Game Show. The show holds a Guinness World Records® record for the most Emmy® Awards won by a TV game show (34 Emmys). In 2014, JEOPARDY! won the inaugural Writers Guild of America award for Outstanding Writing for a Quiz and Audience Participation Show; it is also the recipient of a 2011 Peabody Award. JEOPARDY! is produced by Sony Pictures Television, a Sony Pictures Entertainment Company; it is distributed domestically by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Television International, both units of CBS Corp.

Created by Merv Griffin in 1964, JEOPARDY! is a daily half-hour quiz show with a unique answer-and-question format. Johnny Gilbert serves as announcer, and Harry Friedman is executive producer.

For more information, please visit Jeopardy.com.

Harry Friedman

Harry Friedman
Executive Producer
Jeopardy

Alex Trebek

Alex Trebek
Host
Jeopardy

Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Inductees to be honored at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner.

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. 

Previous honorees include American Idol, Dave Ramsey, Gary Marshall, Bob Uecker, Betty White, Larry Lujack and Saturday Night Live among others.

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Wheel of Fortune

Produced by Sony Pictures Television Studios and distributed by CBS Television Distribution

Reaching more than 25 million weekly viewers, "Wheel of Fortune" reaches more viewers than any other program on televsion. Created by Merv Griffin in 1975 as an NBC daytime show, it is based on the game "Hangman". "Wheel of Fortune" is currently celebrating its 35th season of syndication and is trademarked "America's Game".

Pat Sajak began hosting "Wheel of Fortune" in 1981 when it aired on network daytime televisionand continued through its syndication in 1983. Since then, he has earned three emmy awards, a People's Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Vanna White quickly became a household name when she was named co-host of "Wheel of Fortune" in 1982. Since her debut on the show, she has become a Guinness World Record Holder as "Most Frequent Clapper" and has also earned a start on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Both hosts have been with "Wheel of Fortune" through its entire 35 seasons in syndication.

Pat Sajack

Pat Sajak
Co-Host
Wheel of Fortune

Vanna White

Vanna White
Co-Host
Wheel of Fortune

Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Inductees to be honored at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner.

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. 

Previous honorees include American Idol, Dave Ramsey, Gary Marshall, Bob Uecker, Betty White, Larry Lujack and Saturday Night Live among others.

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Elvis Duran

Radio Personality The Morning Show

Elvis Duran considers himself the host of the party on his national radio show, which is the most listened to Top 40 morning show in the U.S. that consistently ranks #1 across multiple demographics and top markets. Broadcasting live from New York’s Z100, Duran and his on-air crew entertain listeners with up-to-the-minute entertainment and pop culture news, celebrity guests, hit songs, and regular features such as the gossipy “Entertainment Report,” the news-worthy “Headlines,” and the ever-popular prank “Phone Taps.” 

Duran’s radio career has spanned 30 years and has included both host and program director duties at Philadelphia’s WIOQ and Austin’s KBTS, as well as stints at Z-93 in Atlanta and KRBE Houston. He began hosting his daily radio show on New York’s Z100 in April 1996. Since then, the show has enjoyed much success resulting in a national deal in March 2009 with the country’s leading radio syndication company, Premiere Networks, a subsidiary of Clear Channel Media and Entertainment. 

In only a year, Elvis Duran and the Morning Show added more than 30 stations. Today, he’s heard on over 80 radio stations including 96.5 KISS FM/WAKS-FM in Cleveland, Channel 99.9/WDKF-FM in Dayton, KISS 107.5/KKDM-FM in Des Moines, Z-104/WZEE-FM in Madison, Y100/WHYI-FM in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, and Q102/WIOQ-FM in Philadelphia. The show also airs on XM Satellite Radio, iHeartRadio.com, the iHeartRadio mobile app, and The Elvis Duran Channel on www.ElvisDuran.com.

Broadcasting Hall of Fame

Inductees to be honored at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner.

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. 

Previous honorees include American Idol, Dave Ramsey, Gary Marshall, Bob Uecker, Betty White, Larry Lujack and Saturday Night Live among others.

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Roger Keating

Senior Vice President of Digital Media Hearst Television Inc

Roger Keating joined Hearst Television in 2008, overseeing the company’s growing digital media unit and leading product development, business development and corporate development. Keating’s portfolio also includes serving as the first chairman of Pearl TV, leadership in the Dyle mobile DTV project, support of the NAB SPROCKIT program and most recently his leadership in the launch of NewsON, the mobile-only app for local news aggregation.

Digital Leadership Award

Recipient to be honored at the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner.

The NAB Digital Leadership Award honors 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 through the use of technology, mobile applications, social media, or web-based information management and marketing.

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Kristen Bell

Film and Television Actress

Photo Credit: Andrew Eccles

Kristen Bell currently stars as 'Eleanor Shellstrop' in season two of the TV series "The Good Place" with Ted Danson, which has been renewed for a third season by NBC. Up next, she will star in the Netflix comedy "Like Father" opposite Kelsey Grammer, and lend her voice to the animated film "Teen Titans Go! to the Movies," both set for release in 2018. Bell was most recently seen executive producing and appearing in the ABC special "Encore," about former high-school classmates who get together for an encore performance of their old musical theater productions. She also reprised her role as 'Anna' in "Olaf's Frozen Adventure," a featurette based on the blockbuster Disney animated feature "Frozen," that was released alongside Pixar's "Coco." She is working on the sequel to "Frozen," scheduled to hit theaters in fall 2019. "Frozen" has grossed over $1.2 billion worldwide, making it the highest grossing animated film of all time. Bell also recently starred in "A Bad Moms Christmas," alongside Mila Kunis and Kathryn Hahn. The film is a sequel to 2016's "Bad Moms," the first STX film to gross over $100m domestically.

In 2016, Bell was seen as 'Jeannie Van Der Hooven' in the Showtime series "House of Lies" opposite Don Cheadle, which wrapped its fifth and final season. In 2014, Bell reprised her beloved title role in Warner Brothers' film "Veronica Mars," which raised $2 million on Kickstarter in less than eleven hours and broke the record at the time for the fastest project to reach $1 million and $2 million. She appeared in a guest-starring arc on NBC's hit series "Parks & Recreation" and played the lead role in the independent film "The Lifeguard," which premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival. She also starred in and co-produced the comedy "Hit & Run," written and directed by her husband Dax Shepard.

Her other film credits include: "CHIPs," "How To Be A Latin Lover," "The Boss," "Movie 43," "Some Girls," "Writers," "Big Miracle," "You Again," "Burlesque," "When in Rome," "Couples Retreat," "Forgetting Sarah Marshall," "Pulse," "Serious Moonlight" and David Mamet's "Spartan." Her television credits include: "Veronica Mars," "Unsupervised," "Deadwood," "Heroes" and "Party Down."

Her Broadway credits include "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and "The Crucible," opposite Liam Neeson and Laura Linney. Her Off-Broadway credits include "Reefer Madness" and "A Little Night Music."

Television Chairman's Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Established to recognize individuals for significant achievement in one or more specific art disciplines in television, the NAB Television Chairman's Award first debuted in 2009 with four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe-winning actor Kelsey Grammar as the recipient.

The 2017 recipient was award-winning actress and producer America Ferrera.

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Mark Aitken

VP of Advanced Technology Sinclair Broadcast Group

Mark Aitken continues to be a dynamic leader in the development of Next Gen TV. He joined Sinclair Broadcast Group in 1999 and became VP of advanced technology in 2011. He has been involved in the broadcast industry’s migration to advanced services, including participation in the FCC Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service, involvement in ATSC including chairing the specialist group on mobile DTV, and with the formation of Sinclair’s joint venture ONE Media, serving as its President.

Television Engineering Achievement Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the Association began giving two awards – one for achievements in radio and the other for television.

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Tom Jones

President Carl T. Jones Corporation

Tom Jones is the president of Carl T. Jones Corporation and has been actively serving the broadcast industry as a consulting engineer for nearly 40 years. Jones joined his father’s engineering firm as a senior engineer in 1979 and became a full partner in 1983, rising to his current role as president in 1985. He has managed hundreds of complex broadcast engineering projects, served on industry and government advisory committees and has been heavily involved in the development of the Method Moments analysis for AM directional arrays and more recently the AM revitalization effort.

Radio Engineering Achievement Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the Association began giving two awards – one for achievements in radio and the other for television.

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Clay Freinwald

Chairman of the Washington State SECC Washington State SECC

Clay Freinwald began his broadcast engineering career in 1961 and has held various technical positions at numerous stations and station groups, including Tacoma News Tribune, Viacom and Entercom. He is a Fellow in the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE) and is a founding member of the Broadcast Warning Working Group, helping broadcasters and others understand and implement EAS technology. Freinwald has served as chairman of the Washington State EAS Committee for over 20 years and chaired the SBE EAS Committee for a decade.

Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award

Recipient to be honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to an individual for their outstanding accomplishments in the broadcast industry. In 1991, the Association began giving two awards – one for achievements in radio and the other for television.

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