Golden Mike honoree: Alan Frank


The Broadcasters Foundation of America will honor Alan Frank, President and CEO, Post-Newsweek Stations, with the 2011 Golden Mike Award. The presentation will be made at a black-tie fundraising event to be held at the Plaza Hotel in New York City on February 28, 2011. 
“Throughout his career, Alan has been an example of giving back to the industry and the community.  His tireless efforts on behalf of numerous charities and broadcasting organizations have helped countless individuals and advanced our industry forward.  The Broadcasters Foundation of America is proud to honor Alan with the Golden Mike Award,” said Broadcasters Foundation Chair Phil Lombardo.
“The Broadcasters Foundation has helped hundreds of colleagues who have fallen on hard times,” said Frank.  “While most of us may never need help, I am grateful that the Broadcasters Foundation is there for those who do.  I am honored to be chosen as the recipient of the 2011 Golden Mike Award.  This award and event serve as a reminder to all broadcasters to contribute to this truly unique charity.”
Before his appointment to the helm of Post-Newsweek’s TV-station group in 2000, Frank was Vice President and General Manager of WDIV-TV (NBC) Detroit, where among his many accomplishments he negotiated the purchase of Michigan’s regional cable sports system.  It was at WDIV in 1979 that Frank first joined Post-Newsweek, as Program Manager, and in 1986 he was appointed Vice President of Programming and Production for Post-Newsweek Stations.   Before WDIV, Frank held several management positions at Group W stations, including WJZ-TV, Baltimore; WBZ-TV, Boston; KPIX-TV, San Francisco; and also was Production Manager for the “David Frost Review.”
He has served as chairman or on the executive committee of many national industry trade organizations, including the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB); the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB); the Network Affiliated Station Alliance (NASA); the NBC and ABC affiliate association’s Board of Directors; Maximum Service Television (MSTV); the Open Mobile Video Coalition (OMVC); and the Broadcasters Foundation of America.  He also serves on the Board of Internet Broadcasting (IB). 
Frank joins a distinguished group of Golden Mike Award recipients, including 2010 recipient NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The Golden Mike Award is bestowed annually to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the radio and television industries and to the community at large.
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.  Individual membership is $150 a year.  Donations also can be made to the Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.