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 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.

NAB Achievement in Broadcasting Award

Monday, April 8 | 7:30 p.m.

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

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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.

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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.

Urban One, Inc. also owns TV One, a television network serving more than 60 million households, and maintains controlling interest in Reach Media, Inc. (blackamericaweb.com), which provides several syndicated programs, including the “Tom Joyner Morning Show.” The company also provides social content, news, information and entertainment through its digital platform, iOne Digital, with popular websites including “Cassius” and “Bossip.” Urban One maximizes its reach to more than 80 percent of the African-American market by offering cross-platform marketing opportunities with its marketing firm, One Solution.

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.” 

“Cathy Hughes is a truly remarkable broadcaster and entrepreneur whose contributions continue to greatly influence and drive our industry,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “We look forward to honoring Cathy with this well-deserved award at this year’s NAB Show.” 

In addition to her professional career, Hughes continues her family’s work and legacy at The Piney Woods School in Mississippi, which was established by her grandfather in 1909. The school is the largest of only four African-American boarding schools in the country. She also advocates on behalf of the homeless and minority communities, in addition to mentoring countless women.

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.

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