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Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts 2018 Annual Luncheon
"Back Row left to right- Commander Eugene McDonald (Posthumous Award), Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa (Guest Presenter), Bill Abbott, John David, Juju Chang (Emcee) Front Row left to right- Jack Abernethy, Paula Zahn, Elizabeth Murphy Burns, Dave Lougee, Bill Whitaker Not Pictured- Ed Asner" Photo by WEndy Moger-Bross:

"Back Row left to right- Commander Eugene McDonald (Posthumous Award), Ryan Seacrest, Kelly Ripa (Guest Presenter), Bill Abbott, John David, Juju Chang (Emcee) Front Row left to right- Jack Abernethy, Paula Zahn, Elizabeth Murphy Burns, Dave Lougee, Bill Whitaker Not Pictured- Ed Asner"

Photo by WEndy Moger-Bross:


Library of American Broadcasting Foundation
Salutes its 2018 Giants of Broadcasting & Electronic Arts Honorees


Awards Presentation Held at Annual Luncheon Produced For the LABF by The International Radio & Television Society Foundation


NEW YORK – November 13, 2018 – Ten distinguished members of the media industry where honored today at the 16th Annual Library of American Broadcasting Foundation’s GIANTS OF BROADCASTING & ELECTRONIC ARTS awards ceremony.


The awards were presented during a luncheon emceed by ABC News’ “Nightline” co-anchor Juju Chang with a guest appearance by Kelly Ripa. The event was held at New York City’s famed Gotham Hall. This event is produced annually for the Library of American Broadcasting by the International Radio and Television Society Foundation.


The LABF, a charity dedicated to preserving the past, reflecting the present and informing the future, created the Giants of Broadcasting celebration to honor the remarkable creators, innovators, leaders, performers and journalists who have brought the electronic arts to the prominence they occupy in the United States and the world today, and who have set the stage for the future. 


Since the event’s inception in 2003, the LABF has honored 220 leaders in the broadcasting industry. Proceeds from the luncheon support the work of the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, which plays a vital role in growing, preserving, and providing access to archives that represent the most influential cultural force in the world. A portion of the proceeds will also support the International Radio and Television Society Foundation’s student training program and diversity initiatives.

The 2018 Giants of Broadcasting and Electronic Arts honorees are: 



President & CEO

Crown Media Family Networks




Fox Television Stations



Award-Winning Actor

"Lou Grant", "The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "Roots", "Rich Man, Poor Man", “UP”



Owner and President 

Morgan Murphy Media



Senior Advisor

National Association of Broadcasters



President & CEO




TV/Radio Host and Producer

Disney-ABC, iHeartMedia, NBCUniversal



Correspondent, "60 Minutes"

CBS News



Producer/Host, “On The Case with Paula Zahn”

Investigation Discovery


Posthumous Award


Radio and Television Pioneer

Founder, Zenith Radio Corp.

(In Celebration of Zenith's 100th Anniversary!)



About the Library of American Broadcasting:


The LAB is located at the University of Maryland and has for more than forty years served as the national information resource for the radio and television industries and the academic communities that rely upon it for depth and expertise. Its collections of historic documents, professional papers, oral and video histories, books and photographs are among the nation’s most extensive. LAB is evolving from a conventional library into a “homepage” for the world at large, no longer confined to responding to constituents one at a time but reaching thousands simultaneously through the Internet.


About the International Radio and Television Society Foundation: 


The IRTS Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization with programs and diversity initiatives that help ensure that the business responsible for informing, entertaining, and educating the public reaches its highest potential in this exciting digital age. More than 8,500 competitively selected students and professors from colleges across the nation have been beneficiaries of the IRTS educational programs.



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