Event to honor 40 broadcasters inducted into the Hall of Fame

LAS VEGAS – This Aug. 17 will be a special night for those in the broadcast industry, both radio and TV, as well as for the Southern Nevada community at large. The Nevada Broadcasters Association (NBA) will host its 18th annual gala at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Red Rock Casino Resort Spa, 11011 W. Charleston Blvd, in the Summerlin Ballroom. Among the night’s themes will be the honoring of “The Renaissance of Downtown Las Vegas.”

Registration and the reception will take place from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. Celebrating First Friday, the reception will feature live artists and will include appetizers, cocktails and a silent auction utilizing GiveSmart technology (people bid using their smart phones or tablets).

All money raised through the auctions will go to the Tony & Linda Bonnici Broadcast/Communications Scholarship, which aids in the higher education of promising broadcast students and includes a guaranteed internship opportunity.

The opening program, emceed by NBA CEO Bob Fisher, will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. and will feature a Salute to America and the presentation of the NBA Community Achievement Award as well as the Induction of the Class of 2013, recognition of special honorees and the invocation.

“This is the people’s hall of fame,” Fisher said. “Sure, we’re recognizing the best of the best in our industry, deserving individuals who work on-air and behind the scenes. But it’s also an opportunity for members of the general public to rub elbows with their favorite radio and TV personalities. After all, if it weren’t for the viewers and listeners, none of us would have jobs.”

This year’s revamped, jam-packed event is going to be an entertaining, fun and maybe even an emotional experience for everyone, Fisher added.

The NBA Community Achievement Award will be presented to the KLAS-TV I-TEAM. Steve Schorr, Cox Communications; Colin Cowherd, ESPN Sports; Ed Henry, Fox News Channel; and KOLO-TV, Channel 8 in Reno also will be honored.

From 8 to 9:20 p.m. dinner will be served, the live auction (also using GiveSmart technology) will take place; the 2014 Bonnici scholarship recipients will be introduced; and the final awards of the evening will be presented.

Tom Humm, vice president and market manager for the Beasley Group, will be honored with the NBA Lifetime Achievement award.  A 35-year broadcaster, Humm played a pivotal role in the formation and professionalization of the Nevada Broadcasters Association.

Mayor Carolyn Goodman and former Mayor Oscar Goodman will receive the NBA Pinnacle Award for their vision and leading the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas. After a champagne toast, a performance by Frankie Moreno and his band will conclude the evening’s festivities. Approximately 500 people are expected to attend the event.

Established in 1961, the Nevada Broadcasters Association is dedicated to protecting, promoting, enhancing and strengthening Nevada’s broadcast industry to more effectively serve the public.

As the eyes and ears of Nevada, NBA serves as an information resource for Nevada’s radio and television broadcast stations, addressing questions and concerns. The organization also responds to questions and concerns from the public, providing a better understanding of the role broadcasters play in the community.

A lobbying organization, NBA seeks to educate Nevada’s local, state and federal officials and other community leaders about the issues, concerns and challenges broadcasters face and regularly partners with the National Association of Broadcasters and the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations on initiatives. The NBA also serves as Nevada’s voice for Homeland Security, Public Warning and Nevada’s Voice for AMBER Alert.

For additional information, visit www.nbagala.com. To receive an invitation to the event, call the NBA office at 702-794-4994.