The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation has revised its plans to honor broadcasters’ commitment to their communities in 2019 and added plans to highlight their contributions during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Celebration of Service to America Awards were originally scheduled for June 9 in Washington, D.C. However, NABLF President Michelle Duke announced this week that the black tie gala will not be held as usual, due to ongoing concerns from the coronavirus crisis. Instead, they will host “a virtual event later this summer.” The specific date and logistics have not yet been announced, but NABLF says it will “recognize our station honorees, partners, political leaders and the entire broadcast industry.”
“The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation believes it is our obligation to put the safety and well-being of our community first, and we continue to follow the social distancing guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” Duke wrote in an statement issued Tuesday.
The Celebration of Service to America Awards is sponsored and produced by the National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation and financially supported by the NAB, Bonneville International and Hearst Television.
Service to Community Awards will be presented to radio and television stations in categories according to whether the entry was on behalf or a broadcast ownership group or an individual station in a certain market size. Eight honorees will be chosen.