Caroline Beasley will receive the National Radio Award this October.
The CEO of Beasley Media Group will be honored during the opening session of the Radio Show on Wednesday Oct. 13.
Six years ago her father George was honored with the same award.
In its very early years, the award tended to be given to on-air talent; Howard Cosell, Larry King and Gary Owens were the first recipients.
But it evolved to an honor usually given to radio executives. Last year’s recipient was Russell M. Perry; past recipients have included Lowry Mays, Jeff Smulyan, Ginny Morris and Mary Quass. A few recipients have served radio in other ways such as Erica Farber and John David.
A full list appears below.
NAB President/CEO Gordon Smith saluted Caroline Beasley for her “business savvy and extraordinary leadership” and “her passion for radio.”
Beasley joined the company that was founded by her father in 1983 and rose to be named CEO in 2017. But she also has a highly visible presence in the commercial U.S. radio industry more broadly. She is chair of the BMI Board of Directors and a member of the FCC Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the NAB Leadership Foundation Board of Directors.
She is immediate past chair of the Joint Board of the NAB and a former NAB Radio Board Chair.
George Beasley received the award in 2015.
The Radio Show is co-produced by the Radio Advertising Bureau and the National Association of Broadcasters. This year it will be co-located with NAB Show in October in Las Vegas.
Recipients of the National Radio Award: