$375,000 was raised to help broadcasters in need at the Broadcasters Foundation of America 2013 Golden Mike Award, honoring David J. Barrett, Hearst Television Chairman and CEO. The Golden Mike Award was presented to Barrett at a black-tie fundraiser 2/25 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City, with more than 300 television and radio industry executives and celebs in attendance.
Left to Right: Phil Lombardo, Chairman, Broadcasters Foundation of America; Steve Harvey; Jim Thompson, President Broadcasters Foundation; Dr. Mehmet Oz; Darlene Love; 2013 Golden Mike Award Recipient David J. Barrett, Chairman & CEO, Hearst Television Inc; and Jon Miller.
Legendary sports broadcaster and “voice of the San Francisco Giants” Jon Miller hosted the event, which included two of America’s most popular television personalities — Steve Harvey and Dr. Mehmet Oz — as presenters, along with Barrett’s son Casey, former President and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations and winner of the 2011 Golden Mike Alan Frank, and President of Hearst Television Inc Jordan Wertlieb. Ellen DeGeneres provided some laughs via a video presentation, as did Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan.
Celebrated singer and actress Darlene Love brought the audience to their feet with rousing renditions of her most famous hits, including “Da Doo Ron Ron,” “He’s A Rebel” and by special request from Barrett, even though it was out of season, “Christmas Baby Please Come Home.”
The Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars in aid to colleagues who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy.