WASHINGTON, DC - The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) will honor Former President William Jefferson Clinton along with radio and television broadcasters for their commitment to community service at the eighth annual Service to America Gala on June 12 at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Washington, DC.
President Clinton will receive the Leadership Award. The Leadership Award is one of NABEF's highest honors, given to individuals who have performed extraordinary public service in bettering the lives of others. The award will be presented in recognition of his charitable work following his presidency.
"President Clinton has dedicated his life to public service in the role of Governor, President, and now as a tireless leader in global humanitarian relief efforts," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "The NAB Education Foundation is proud to honor him for his service to the United States and to the world."
Past recipients of the Service to America Leadership Award include First Lady Laura Bush, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Muhammad Ali, former First Lady Nancy Reagan and former President Jimmy and First Lady Rosalynn Carter.
The evening will also pay tribute to Gulf Coast broadcasters and local broadcasters nationwide for their unwavering strength and service before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. On hand to accept the Service to America Samaritan Award will be Louise Munson, Louisiana Association of Broadcasters President and CEO; Jackie Lett, Mississippi Association of Broadcasters President; Sharon Tinsley, Alabama Broadcasters Association Executive Director; and Whit Adamson, National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations President elect.
"At great personal risk, Gulf Coast broadcasters stayed on air and provided critical life-saving information to citizens affected by Hurricane Katrina," said NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr. "Employees lost homes and waded through alligator and snake-infested waters to keep their signal on air and their communities informed. We salute these broadcasters for their heroic service and dedication in response to the worst natural disaster in our nation's history."
Deborah Norville, host of the nation's longest-running syndicated newsmagazine Inside Edition will serve as master of ceremonies. Award presentations will be made by Members of Congress and the FCC. Additionally, Miss America 2006 Jennifer Berry will present awards to radio and television station winners for their outstanding programs, campaigns and public service announcements produced for the benefit of children.
SERVICE TO AMERICA 2006 STATION WINNERS
The NABEF established the awards to recognize the good works and efforts of broadcasters and their community partners. This year's winners are as follows:
Service to America Television Award
WPBF-TV West Palm Beach, FL
Service to America College Radio Award
KMSU- FM Mankato, MN, Minnesota State University
Service to Children Awards
Radio: KVAK-FM/AM Valdez, AK
Television: WLTV-TV Miami, FL
Service to America Partnership Awards
Television: KRON-TV San Francisco, CA
With partners: Students Rising Above, The Peninsula Community Foundation, The Summer Search Foundation
Radio: WTMX-FM Chicago, IL
With partner: Children's Memorial Hospital
Service to America Friend in Need Awards
Television: WSET-TV Lynchburg, VA
Radio: KHUM-FM Ferndale, CA
The Crystal Radio Award winners, who previously received their awards for outstanding community service during the NAB2006 Radio Luncheon in Las Vegas, will be honored as well.
About the Service to America Awards
The Service to America Awards is presented by the NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. Details about the Service to America Awards are available at www.nabef.org.
Founded in 1964, Bonneville operates 28 radio stations in the Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and Salt Lake City markets, as well as KSL-TV (NBC affiliate) in Salt Lake City. Bonneville's motto is "Do good, do well, make a difference, and have fun." In addition to competing aggressively in major market broadcasting, Bonneville has a tradition of award-winning commitment to the communities it serves.
The NAB Education Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy and other timely broadcasting issues.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a trade association that advocates on behalf of more than 8,300 free, local radio and television stations and also broadcast networks before Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the Courts. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.