NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner and Show

This special event honors the new inductees to the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame and the presentation of the Digital Leadership Award. 

During this celebratory evening, media, entertainment and technology professionals will gather to honor those who have made – and are making – radio and television a vital part of the American lifestyle and earned a place in broadcasting history. This event will also recognize broadcasters’ commitment to innovating and creating new opportunities to deliver their highly-valued content to their audiences. Top-rated syndicated radio personality Rickey Smiley of “The Rickey Smiley Morning Show” will host the program.

Landmark football pre-game show “FOX NFL SUNDAY” will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame. Kevin Frazier, co-host of “Entertainment Tonight,” will moderate a panel with “FOX NFL SUNDAY” on-air talent.

Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc. Cathy Hughes will also be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

The Digital Leadership Award will be presented to President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group, Wendy McMahon.

NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Award

Monday, April 8 | 7:30 p.m.
Encore Ballroom, Encore Hotel

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By invitation only. To purchase a table, please contact Melissa Kittson.

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Honorees

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.

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.

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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