News and Country Superstars Join To Salute Sook

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Two of the biggest names in broadcast news and country music will join the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2019 Golden Mike Award gala to honor the founder and Chairman/CEO of Nexstar Media Group.


Getting feted at the March 6 event at the Plaza Hotel in New York is Perry Sook.

Craig Melvin, news anchor of NBC News’ “TODAY” and MSNBC anchor, will host the evening, which will include a performance by superstar duo Sugarland.

The 2019 Golden Mike Award Dinner and Ceremony is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation of America.

Melvin is recognized for his reporting on topical issues. He’s covered a wide range of news events, including several Republican and Democratic National Conventions, two presidential inaugurations, tragic mass shootings in cities across America, the death of Muhammed Ali, the EgyptAir MS804 crash, the Oklahoma tornado, and police-involved shootings and subsequent protests in Baltimore and Ferguson. He contributed to NBC Sports’ coverage of the 2016 Olympics in Rio. Melvin has received two Emmy Awards and was named “Best Anchor” by the South Carolina Broadcaster’s Association.

Grammy Award-winning duo Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush recently released their first Sugarland album in nearly six years with Bigger. Released through a joint venture with Big Machine Records and UMG Nashville, Bigger includes the hit single “Babe” featuring Taylor Swift. Since their inception in 2002, Sugarland has sold nearly 10 million albums domestically, earned seven No. 1 singles, and achieved multi-platinum and gold success with hits like “All I Want to Do,” “Stay,” “Stuck Like Glue,” “Settlin’,” and more.  Their critical and mainstream appeal have been magnified with industry accolades – five consecutive CMA Awards, five ACM Awards and GRAMMY® Awards for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals and Best Country Song for “Stay.” Sugarland’s performance is provided courtesy of BMI® (Broadcast Music, Inc.®).

Sook founded Nexstar in 1996 with one local television station in Scranton, Pa., and began building the foundation of what is today one of the world’s leading local diversified media companies, with 174 stations reaching 100 markets and annual revenue in excess of $2.4 billion.


The Broadcasters Foundation 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 Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email [email protected]