The recipient of the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner is the founder and chairman of the radio broadcasting company bearing his surname.
George Beasley, founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, will receive the honor at the BFA’s annual fundraising gala in New York, scheduled for March 4.
“George is one of the forward-thinking pioneers of radio and a longtime supporter of our charitable mission,” said BFA Chairman Dan Mason. “Starting off with radio stations in small market America and expanding to major cities, George built the company that bears his name with ingenuity, integrity, and innovation. We are delighted to recognize his leadership in our industry.”
Mr. Beasley, who no longer holds a day-to-day role with Beasley Media, commented, “I fell in love with radio early in my career, and I have been fortunate to be a part of this wonderful business as it has grown and expanded. Giving back is an important tradition in our family, and it is an honor to support the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help those in our industry who need it most.”
Beasley began his career in radio ownership with a daytime-only AM station in Benson, N.C., in 1961. He built Beasley Broadcasting Group into one of the leading radio groups in the country; following its merger with Greater Media it is now one of the five biggest radio companies in the U.S.
Mr. Beasley has served on the Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors for many years and is a recipient of their prestigious Broadcast Pioneer Award. He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame earlier this year, named a “Giant of Broadcasting” by the Library of American Broadcasting in 2012 and “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Florida Association of Broadcasters in 2011.
Mr. Beasley had consistently been acknowledged by Radio Ink magazine in its annual “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.
As previously announced, Dave Lougee, President and Chief Executive Officer of TEGNA Inc., will be the recipient of the Broadcasters Foundation’s 2020 Golden Mike Award.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy. Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email [email protected].