Luncheon Celebrates Excellence, Discusses Radio’s Future in the Car

Scott Burnell

Taking the stage at today’s NAB Radio Luncheon will be nationally syndicated radio personality Delilah, who will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

Scott Burnell, global lead for Business Development and Partner Management at Ford Motor Co., will address the audience to discuss Ford’s impact on the future of autonomous vehicles as well as radio’s future in the car.

The NAB Crystal Radio Awards also will be presented. The NAB Radio Luncheon is sponsored by ASCAP.

The NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame recognizes radio and television personalities or programs that have earned a place in broadcasting history. This year Delilah, who first became interested in radio as a middle school student in Oregon, where she provided school news and sports reports for the local station KDUN-AM, will be inducted.

Today, some 8 million weekly listeners on approximately 160 stations across the country tune into her adult contemporary radio show, making her the most-listened-to-woman on radio in the United States.

“With her distinctive blend of story-telling, listening and encouragement, Delilah has rightfully earned the distinction of being one of the most significant voices in American radio,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “Delilah’s career represents the true impact that radio can have on our listeners.”

Delilah, the mother of 13 children, 10 of whom were adopted, is the author of three books, including “Arms Full of Love,” which was released in 2012. In 2004, she established the nonprofit organization Point Hope, which addresses the needs of special needs children in the foster care system nationwide, in addition to refugee children in Ghana.

Burnell created and launched the Ford Developer Program, which is the world’s first automotive developer ecosystem. The program allows developers to integrate mobile applications for in-vehicle control. To date, Burnell has welcomed nearly 20,000 developers into the global Ford Development community.

Burnell also led the creation of the Smart-DeviceLink, which makes it possible for any original equipment manufacturer to retain branding and simplifies the integration of applications and content in vehicles.

“Scott Burnell is an expert on the longstanding and evolving relationship between radio, cars and consumers,” said David. “Scott’s hands-on experience in the evolution of the auto dash offers valuable insight on the future of radio in the car.”

The NAB Crystal Radio Awards were established in 1987 and are presented annually to U.S. NAB member radio stations, recognizing them for year-round commitment to local community service. A panel of judges representing broadcasting, community service organizations, and public relations firms select the finalists for the Crystal Radio Award. See page 36 for the list of finalists.