George Beasley, Founder and Chairman of Beasley Media Group, will be honored with the 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award dinner. The gala, which is an annual fundraising event for the Broadcasters Foundation’s mission of helping broadcasters in need, will be held on Wednesday, March 4 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City.
“George is one of the forward-thinking pioneers of radio and a longtime supporter of our charitable mission,” observed Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “Starting off with radio stations in small market America and expanding to major cities, George built the company that bears his name with ingenuity, integrity, and innovation. We are delighted to recognize his leadership in our industry.”
“I fell in love with radio early in my career, and I have been fortunate to be a part of this wonderful business as it has grown and expanded,” stated Beasley. “Giving back is an important tradition in our family, and it is an honor to support the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to help those in our industry who need it most.”
Beasley began his career in radio ownership with a daytime-only AM station in Benson, North Carolina in 1961 and built Beasley Broadcasting into one of the leading radio groups in the country. Throughout his 56-year radio career, Beasley received numerous broadcast industry distinctions as well as recognition from various civic and charitable organizations. He served on the Broadcasters Foundation Board of Directors for many years and is a recipient of their prestigious Broadcast Pioneer Award.
He was inducted into the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame earlier this year, named a “Giant of Broadcasting” by the Library of American Broadcasting in 2012 and “Broadcaster of the Year” by the Florida Association of Broadcasters in 2011.
The Country Radio Broadcasters awarded Beasley the “Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award” in 2010, and the Nevada Broadcasters Association inducted him into their Hall of Fame in 2008. Beasley was honored with the North Carolina Association Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award in 1996 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 1998 upon receiving their “Distinguished Broadcaster of North Carolina” Award. Beasley has consistently been acknowledged by Radio Ink magazine in their annual “40 Most Powerful People in Radio” issue.
Beasley joins broadcast luminaries Ed McLaughlin, Dick Clark, Bill Hoffman, and Charles Osgood as a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award, which is presented during the Broadcasters Foundation Golden Mike Award dinner and ceremony. As previously announced, Dave Lougee, President and Chief Executive Officer of TEGNA Inc., will be the recipient of the Broadcasters Foundation’s 2020 Golden Mike Award.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America 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. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email [email protected].
About the Broadcasters Foundation of America: www.broadcastersfoundation.org
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.