Golden Mike Award goes to David Barrett


David BarrettThe Broadcasters Foundation of America will present its 2013 Golden Mike Award to David J. Barrett, chairman and CEO, Hearst Television, at its yearly gala to benefit the Foundation on Monday, 2/25 at the Plaza Hotel in NYC. Legendary sports broadcaster Jon Miller will host the event, which will include presentations by Steve Harvey and “America’s doctor,” Dr. Mehmet Oz.  Iconic singer and actress Darlene Love will perform.

Alan Frank, former president and CEO of Post-Newsweek Stations and winner of the 2011 Golden Mike, and Jordan Wertlieb, president of Hearst Television, will also join the program. The annual gala is the year’s top fundraiser for the Foundation, which supports broadcasters who can no longer work due to a catastrophic event, illness or family circumstances. The Award honors exemplary service to the industry.

Barrett has led Hearst Television, which comprises 29 television and two radio stations, since 2001.  He joined Hearst in 1984 as General Manager of the company’s Baltimore radio stations, later adding General Manager responsibility for the Hearst Radio Group, and then for WBAL-TV in Baltimore. He was named a vice president of the parent company and general manager of its broadcasting group in 1991, overseeing all Hearst-owned television and radio stations.  Barrett, a director of Hearst Corporation, is also a trustee of the trust established under the will of William Randolph Hearst and a director of The Hearst Foundations.

Barrett’s son, Casey Barrett, an Emmy and Peabody Award winner for writing and producing NBC Olympics coverage and the co-founder and Co-CEO of Imagine Swimming, Inc., the largest learn-to-swim school in NYC, will pay tribute to his father that night.