Byron Allen, Ralph Oakley Among Broadcast Foundation ’22 Honorees


Ralph Oakley will be making perhaps one final appearance in his role as head of a broadcast television company now part of the Gray Television family.

The now-retired President/CEO of Quincy Media, Inc., ranked in 2021 as one of Broadcast Television’s Best Leaders by RBR+TVBR readers, will be joined by Byron Allen; the now-retired EVP of Media Relations at the NAB; and two radio industry executives as a Leadership Award honoree at the 2022 Broadcasters Foundation of America breakfast.

The event, which is traditionally held during the NAB Show in Las Vegas, makes it return after a three-year absence on Wednesday, April 27 — bright and early at 7am Pacific.

Among the other honorees — now-retired NAB EVP/Media Relations Dennis Wharton; Katz Radio Group‘s President, Christine Travaglini; and Pierre Bouvard, the Chief Insights Officer at Cumulus Media and former longtime Arbitron EVP.

The five honorees include those previously announced in 2021, prior to the cancellation of the 2021 NAB Show.

The Broadcasters Foundation is the only charity devoted exclusively to providing financial aid to broadcasters in acute need from critical illness, accident, or serious misfortune, and the breakfast held during the NAB Show is complimentary to all in broadcasting.

During the Breakfast, the Broadcasters Foundation will also present the Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. It is bestowed on an individual whose work in broadcasting exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship.

Who’s the recipient? Gordon Smith, the now-former NAB head and ex-U.S. Senator from Oregon, who is now a special advisor to the association.

While the Breakfast is complimentary to all in broadcasting, pre-registration is required.

To register or to reserve a page in the Program Guide, broadcasters can visit

Sponsors for the 2022 event include AccuRadio, National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), National Association of Media Brokers (NAMB), Nielsen, Premiere Networks, Radio Advertising Bureau (RAB), Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB), USTrust and vCreative.

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident, and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 Public Charity and has been rated 100 from Charity Navigator for solid financial health and received full credit for its program to expense ratio.