WASHINGTON, D.C./NEW YORK -- George G. Beasley, chairman, chief executive officer and founder of Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc., will receive the National Radio Award during the Radio Luncheon on Wednesday, September 30. The 2015 Radio Show, produced by the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) and the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), will be held September 30-October 2 in Atlanta.
“George Beasley’s entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our business have made a very positive and lasting impact on all of Radio," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "The NAB is proud to recognize a true family broadcaster for a remarkable and honorable legacy in broadcasting.”
Beasley began his broadcasting career in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Virginia when he launched his first radio station in 1961 in Benson, NC. At that time he was serving as assistant principal at a public high school in Ringgold, VA. In 1962, Beasley accepted the position of principal of Meadow High School in nearby Benson in order to be closer to the radio station. During his seven years at Meadow High, Beasley worked at the station evenings and on weekends. In mid-1969, he left education in order to pursue his entrepreneurial goal of broadcasting on a full-time basis.
Beasley Media Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Beasley Broadcast Group, is headquartered in Naples, Florida, and now owns and operates 53 radio stations (34 FM and 19 AM) located in 12 large and mid-size markets across the United States.
Beasley has received numerous accolades from the broadcast industry, as well as from various civic and charitable organizations throughout his 50-plus years in radio broadcasting. Among them, he was honored by the Library of American Broadcasting as one of the “2012 Giants of Broadcasting.” Beasley served on the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters (NCAB) for 12 years and received the association’s Distinguished Service Award in 1996. He was also inducted into NCAB's Hall of Fame in 1998, the Nevada Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame in 2008 and was named Broadcaster of the Year by the Florida Association of Broadcasters in 2011.
Beasley holds a Bachelor of Science (graduating Cum Laude), a Master of Arts and an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Appalachian State University and serves as a current member and past chairman of the Appalachian State University Foundation Board of Directors. Today, on ASU’s campus in Boone, NC, the George G. Beasley Media Complex stands as a promise that future generations of Appalachian State University students will have an opportunity to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams in broadcasting.
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About the Radio Show
The 2015 Radio Show, produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB) and the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), will be held September 30-October 2 in Atlanta. This year's show brings radio broadcasters and industry colleagues together to share knowledge, discover the latest innovations, network with industry leaders and explore creative business strategies for the digital age. To learn more about the 2015 Radio Show, visit www.radioshowweb.com.
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