The National Association of Broadcasters Educational Foundation has announced the winners of the 2016 Celebration of Service to America Award winners. The organization says the awards recognize community service by local broadcasters.
Among the awards handed out is the President’s Special Award, which recognizes what the foundation describes as “historic and extraordinary achievement by broadcasters.” This year’s winner is the Arizona Broadcasters Association, which in partnership with the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, created the “Hooked: Tracking Heroin’s Hold on Arizona” special, which was broadcast on both radio and television.
The other award recipients announced include CBS Radio-owned WXYT(FM) Southfield, Mich., which will presented with the Service to Children Award; WBIQ(TV) Birmingham, Ala., is the winner on the TV side. For the Service to Community Award, NABEF honored Cox Radio Group in Miami; KOLO(TV) in Reno, Nev., won for TV. There was also a Service to America Television Award, which will be given to KWTX(TV) in Waco, Texas.
All winners will be recognized at the Celebration of Service to America dinner, which is set to take place June 21 at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington.