The founder, chairman, President and CEO of one of the nation’s top broadcast TV companies — an entity possibly looking closely at a merger with Tribune Media — has been selected to receive the 2019 Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America.
The honor will be bestowed upon Nexstar Media Group leader Perry Sook at the organization’s annual black-tie gala fundraiser scheduled for Wednesday, March 6, 2019, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The event is designed to raise funds for helping broadcasters in acute need—something exacerbated by recent hurricanes and wildfires across the U.S. and its territories.
“There is no greater testament to broadcasters’ commitment to public service than in times of emergency,” said Sook. “Many of us at Nexstar have experienced firsthand the devastating effects and extensive damage caused by severe weather and other unforeseen events. That is why we are proud to support the important work of the Broadcasters Foundation in providing both one-time emergency aid and ongoing monthly grants to help our colleagues most in need. From hurricanes to wildfires, news teams across the country consistently brave extremely dangerous conditions to deliver lifesaving news coverage and information to local communities.”
BFA Chairman Dan Mason added, “Perry has led the growth of Nexstar with vision and resolve that has benefited the entire television industry. As a member of our Board, he has championed our mission of helping broadcasters in acute need and spread the word about the assistance we can provide. He is admired among his colleagues, and it is a privilege to honor him.”
In addition to his role at Nexstar, Sook serves as Chairman of the CBS Affiliates Board and of the Television Bureau of Advertising (TVB) Board of Directors. He is also a NAB Board Member.
Previous recipients include Emily Barr, David Barrett, Michael Bloomberg, Bob Pittman, Gordon Smith, and Jeff Smulyan.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Golden Mike Award dinner attracts a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. The presenters and performers for the 2019 event will be announced shortly.
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 Foundation’s Legacy Society.