NAB Awards

Join NAB in honoring this year's industry/service, radio, television and technology award-winners!

Celebrating innovation, service, contributions and excellence in broadcasting.

The winners for the following awards will be posted to this page as they are announced: Broadcasting Hall of Fame, TV Hall of Fame Award, Radio Hall of Fame Award, Crystal Awards, Crystal Heritage Award, Digital Leadership Award, Distinguished Service Award, NAB Best Paper Award, NAB Technology Innovation Award, Radio Engineering Achievement Award, Service to Broadcast Engineering Achievement Award, Television Chairman’s Award and Television Engineering Achievement Award.

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Honorees

Alan Alda

Alan Alda

Entertainment Industry Legend

Entertainment industry legend Alan Alda will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award (NAB DSA) during the 2019 NAB Show in Las Vegas. Alda will accept the award at the NAB Show Opening session on Monday, April 8.

Alda is best known for his starring role as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce in the hit television series “M*A*S*H,” which debuted in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. “M*A*S*H,” a comedic drama set during the Korean War, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996. Alda, in addition to playing a starring role in the series, also directed and co-wrote its feature-length final episode in 1983. The show still ranks in the top-ten list of most-watched programs in the U.S. and made Alda the only person to win acting, directing and writing Emmys for the same series.

In 2004, Alda joined the sixth season of “The West Wing” as Senator Arnold Vinick, for which he also received an Emmy. In total, Alda has won seven Emmy awards and has been nominated 34 times. He has made guest appearances on many popular television shows such as “ER,” “30 Rock,” “The Blacklist,” “The Good Fight,” and “Ray Donovan.” Alda first appeared on the big screen in 1963 with “Gone Are the Days!” Since then, he has appeared in dozens of movies, including “Bridges of Spies” (2015 Best Picture Oscar winner) and “The Aviator,” for which Alda was Oscar-nominated for his role as Senator Ralph Owen Brewster.

Alda became host of “Scientific American Frontiers” in 1993 and continued with what became “Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers” until the PBS show ended in 2005. Alda’s deep interest in science led him to help found the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York. The organization has trained over 12,000 scientists and medical professionals in the United States and abroad. He also recently launched The Alda Communication Training Company, the proceeds of which support the Center for Communicating Science.

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 Robin Roberts, Bob Schieffer, Eddie Fritts, Mary Tyler Moore, President Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood, among others.

Cathy Hughes

Founder and Chairperson Urban One, Inc.

Hughes grew Urban One, formerly known as Radio One, into the largest African-American owned, diversified media corporation in the nation. The company is an urban market leader with 59 broadcast stations across the country. As such, Hughes became the first woman to own a radio station that was ranked number one in a major market. Today, the company is run by Alfred Liggins III, Hughes’ son.

Hughes began her radio career at KOWH-AM in her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska. In 1971, she became a lecturer at the newly established School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. During her tenure, Hughes served as general sales manager at WHUR-FM, Howard University Radio, increasing the station’s revenue from $250,000 to $3 million in her first year. She also became the first woman vice president and general manager of a station in the nation’s capital and created the format known as the “Quiet Storm,” which revolutionized urban radio and was aired on over 480 stations nationwide. In 1980, Hughes purchased her flagship station WOL-AM, in Washington D.C. and pioneered yet another innovative format known as “24-Hour Talk From a Black Perspective.” 

Additionally, Hughes was awarded the NAB Distinguished Service Award in 2001.

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 inductees include "Wheel of Fortune," "JEOPARDY,"  Elvis Duran, María Elena Salinas, Chuck Lorre, Shonda Rhimes, "Everybody Loves Raymond," "American Idol," Betty White, Garry Marshall, "Meet The Press," Bob Uecker, Larry Lujack, "Saturday Night Live" and Bob Newhart, among others.

Cindy Hutter Cavell

Senior Broadcast Consulting Engineer Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc.

Cindy Hutter Cavell serves as Senior Broadcast Consulting Engineer at Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. with a specialty in television station and microwave system design and implementation. Her career includes stints as director of operations at ABC News’ Washington Bureau, engineering director for several local TV stations, vice president of Fox Sport’s Houston Technical Operations Center, and broadcast engineering director for Sprint Communications. As part of the ABC Broadcast Operations and Engineering team, Cavell has won three Emmy Awards for Technical Innovation, is the recipient of the AWRT/SBE 2007 Outstanding Female Broadcast Engineer award and holds the 2015 TVNewsCheck Women in Technology Award.

Engineering Achievement Awards

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to individuals 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.

Fox NFL Sunday

Fox NFL Sunday

Landmark Football Pre-Game Show

FOX NFL SUNDAY has ranked as America’s most-watched NFL pre-game show for the past 25 seasons. Since its inception in 1994, the program has served as the signature studio show for FOX Sports and revolutionized the sports television industry. Additionally, the program includes an audio simulcast on FOX Sports Radio. In total, FOX NFL SUNDAY has received 16 Emmy Awards with its on-air personalities garnering an additional seven trophies.

The program features co-hosts Terry Bradshaw and Curt Menefee with analysts Howie Long, Michael Strahan and Jimmy Johnson, with reports from NFL insider Jay Glazer.

“Every week, millions of viewers across the country tune in to FOX NFL SUNDAY not just for the latest information about ‘America’s Game,’ but also for the analysis and antics of the show’s larger-than-life personalities. The show resonates with football diehards and casual fans alike, and we look forward to enshrining it in our Hall of Fame,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.

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 inductees include "Wheel of Fortune," "JEOPARDY,"  Elvis Duran, María Elena Salinas, Chuck Lorre, Shonda Rhimes, "Everybody Loves Raymond," "American Idol," Betty White, Garry Marshall, "Meet The Press," Bob Uecker, Larry Lujack, "Saturday Night Live" and Bob Newhart, among others.

Garrison C. Cavell

President Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc.

Garrison C. Cavell is the President of Cavell, Mertz & Associates, Inc. and has worked in management and technology positions in radio and television broadcasting for over 40 years. Prior to cofounding Cavell, Mertz and its predecessor consulting firms in 1989, Cavell worked in radio and television engineering management, facility design and construction, program production, and station systems development in his home town of New Orleans. Cavell served as editor in chief for the 11th Edition of the NAB Engineering Handbook and is an IEEE and SMPTE Life Member.

Engineering Achievement Awards

Each year since 1959, NAB has presented the Engineering Achievement Award to individuals 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.

KFOR-AM

Lincoln, NE

“KFOR AM/FM has proudly served the Lincoln, NE region for over 94 years, and our commitment to the community has never wavered," said Alpha Media Lincoln’s Market Manager Julie Gade. "We are so proud of our team’s accomplishments both on and off the air and are honored that this dedication is being rewarded with a coveted NAB Crystal Heritage Award.”

NAB Crystal Heritage Award

Presented at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

The Heritage Award recognizes radio stations that have won a total of five Crystal Radio Awards for exceptional year-round community service efforts.

Previous inductees include WTOP-FM, Washington, D.C., WTMX-FM, Chicago, Ill., WLEN-FM, Adrian, Mich., KNOM – AM/FM Nome, Alaska, KUZZ – AM/FM, Bakersfield, Calif., KBHP-FM, Bemidji, Minn., WUSL-FM, Philadelphia, Penn.

Sterling K. Brown

Sterling K. Brown

Actor "This Is Us" and "Black Panther"

Brown currently stars in NBC’s “This Is Us.” He received an Emmy and a Golden Globe for the role, becoming the first African American actor to win Best Actor in a TV Series in the Golden Globe’s 75-year history. Brown was also the first African American actor to receive the SAG Award for Outstanding Male Actor in a Drama, and twice received a SAG award alongside his cast for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.

In 2018, Brown co-starred in Marvel’s record-breaking and Oscar nominated blockbuster “Black Panther.” This year, he will star in four films, including Sony’s "Angry Birds 2," Paramount’s "The Rhythm Section," Disney’s "Frozen 2" and A24’s "Waves." In 2017, he co-starred in the drama “Marshall,” for which he received an NAACP Image Award nomination for his performance.

In 2016, Brown portrayed prosecutor Christopher Darden in FX’s highly-rated award-winning television event series “The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story.” He won an Emmy Award and Critics Choice Award for the role and was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award and NAACP Image Award. He previously starred in Lifetime’s acclaimed series “Army Wives.” His other television appearances include hosting “Saturday Night Live,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Insecure,” “Supernatural” and “Criminal Minds,” among others.

“Sterling Brown is a remarkably gifted actor who continues to break barriers with the range of characters he portrays on TV and the big screen,” said NAB Television Board Chairman Jordan Wertlieb. “We are honored to recognize Mr. Brown for his acting craft and his ability to connect with audiences of all types."

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 last recipient was television and film actress Kristin Bell in 2018.

The 2019 Crystal Radio Awards Winners

Ten Crystal Radio Award recipients will be chosen from these finalists by a panel of judges representing the broadcast industry, community service organizations and public relations firms.

KBHP-FM Bemidji, Minn.
KCVM-FM Cedar Falls, Iowa
KNDE-FM College Station, Texas
KWBG-AM Boone, Iowa
WMBX-FM West Palm Beach, Fla.

WMGK-FM Philadelphia, Pa.
WRLT-FM Nashville, TN.
WTAM-AM Cleveland, Ohio
WWPR-FM New York, NY.
WYCT-FM Pensacola, FL

Crystal Radio Awards

Prestigious award given annually to 10 NAB member radio stations for exhibiting excellence in year round community service.

Winners will be announced and the finalists honored at the We Are Broadcasters Celebration.

Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor Sports Show

Tom Taylor recently retired after 30 years covering radio. His journalism career included stints as editor of the daily Tom Taylor NOW e-publication newsletter, which launched in November 2012, published through RTK Media with partners Robert Unmacht and Kristy Scott. Previously, Taylor served as editor of Inside Radio, M Street Journal/M Street Daily and the TRI newsletter from Chicago-based Radio-Info.com. Before turning to journalism, Taylor served as vice president of programming and operations for Nassau Broadcasting’s WPST/WHWH in Princeton, NJ. He also programmed WKQQ Lexington, KY and WCHL Chapel Hill, NC. He was a Morehead Scholar at the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill. The second-generation broadcaster is the son of Bill Taylor, a former radio/TV personality in Orlando and radio general manager in Charlotte.

Spirit of Broadcasting Award

Presented at the NAB Show Opening.

The Spirit of Broadcasting Award recognizes general excellence and leadership and is given to individuals or organizations that have made lasting contributions to over-the-air broadcasting.

Previous recipients include radio and television entrepreneur Lowell “Bud" Paxson, improvisation and acting training center The Second City, Hubbard Broadcasting founder Stanley E. Hubbard, Communications Daily broadcast beat reporter Dawson B. "Tack" Nail, American Women in Radio and Television, "60 Minutes" creator and executive producer Don Hewitt, and Hispanic broadcasting pioneers Emilio Nicolas Sr. and Raoul A. Cortez.

Wendy McMahon

President ABC Owned Television Stations Group

Wendy McMahon, president of the ABC Owned Television Stations Group, oversees the company’s local television stations and their digital assets. In her role, McMahon guides the modernization efforts of the Group’s leading local news and information brands with a focus on next-gen storytelling, capabilities and distribution.

Key initiatives include the expansion of the stations’ multiplatform content portfolios and reach as demonstrated by the launch of the highly successful digital brand, Localish, as well as the pioneering Community Journalist program that embeds digital-first reporters directly in the neighborhoods they serve. ABC-owned stations continuously leverage technology and data to reimagine the future of local television and secure new revenue streams through innovative programming and products. Prior to being named president, McMahon’s leadership of the stations’ digital content and product development efforts helped drive historical video-performance increases.

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.

Previous recipients include Roger Keating, Catherine Badalamente, Adam Symson, and James F. Goodmon, Jr.

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