National Association of Broadcasters President and CEO Gordon Smith will present the NAB Distinguished Service Award to Jerry Lewis on Monday, April 13, during the NAB Show Opening, which is sponsored by Blackmagic Design.
“Jerry Lewis’ slapstick brand of comedy has entertained audiences for decades, and his contributions to the entertainment industry are immeasurable,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “We are honored to recognize not only his comedic innovation, but also his remarkable philanthropic efforts that have bettered the lives of thousands of children.”
Lewis started on stage at age five, performing alongside his parents in Vaudeville. Still performing at the age of 85, he has appeared in more than 50 films, directed a dozen movies, had 13 television specials, three television series, an NBC radio show, recorded numerous records and albums, and made thousands of other appearances on TV, stage and in nightclubs all over the world.
For more than 60 years, Lewis has been the driving force behind the fight against muscular dystrophy. As national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, Lewis raised more than $2 billion for patient care and research. His creation, the “MDA Labor Day Telethon” is one of the most successful fundraising programs in the history of television.
Shonda Rhimes, creator and executive producer of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Scandal,” will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon. Sponsored by RBC Capital Markets, the luncheon will be held Monday, April 13.
The hit ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy” chronicles the personal and professional lives of surgical residents in Seattle. “Scandal” revolves around the life and work of a professional crisis manager and her complicated relationship with an embattled White House administration. Rhimes also created the “Grey’s Anatomy” spinoff series “Private Practice,” which ran on ABC for six seasons, and is the executive producer of the new ABC series “How to Get Away With Murder.”
“Shonda Rhimes’ creative talent is undeniable, and is on display every Thursday night on ABC,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “The characters and storylines she creates draw in viewers and keep them coming back for more. Her hit shows serve as Exhibit A on why broadcast television remains the most popular destination for scripted entertainment programming.”
Rhimes has twice been included in TIME Magazine’s 100 list of the most influential people along with Fortune Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Women in Business,” Variety’s “Power of Women” and Glamour Magazine’s “Women of the Year.”
Also during the Television Luncheon actor, producer and motivational speaker Tracee Ellis Ross, who stars on the ABC comedy series “Black-ish,” will receive the 2015 NAB Television Chairman’s Award. “Black-ish,” which premiered in September of 2014, centers on the lives of an upper-middle-class African-American family in a predominantly white neighborhood. Ross received a 2015 NAACP Image Award in the category of Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series for her role as Dr. Rainbow “Bow” Johnson on the breakthrough comedy.
“Tracee Ellis Ross is a gifted talent who brings wit and style to the roles that she plays, most recently on ABC’s breakout hit comedy ‘Black-ish’,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Television Marcellus Alexander. “We are thrilled to honor her as this year’s Chairman’s Award recipient.”
The NAB also will recognize the long-running “Kevin & Bean Morning Show,” which airs on CBS Radio’s KROQ Los Angeles. The show’s hosts will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 14. The Radio Luncheon is sponsored by AS- CAP.
The “Kevin & Bean Morning Show,” hosted by Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter, is the longest-running morning-drive show on the air in Southern California. The show, which debuted on January 2, 1990, features music and news mixed with comedy, celebrity interviews, listener call-ins and live music performances. Consistent with “The World Famous KROQ” modern rock format, Kevin and Bean’s “Breakfast With…” series features bands like No Doubt, Foo Fighters, Weezer, Nine Inch Nails and U2.
“The talented team of the ‘Kevin & Bean Show’ is a true radio success story,” said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. “The morning show has made a huge impact on Los Angeles with its mix of music, entertainment and humor that has resonated with Southern California listeners for decades.”
In the winter of 1987, Ryder and Baxter met at the legendary Top 40 KZZP Phoenix, Arizona. Ryder had been working as one of the station’s nighttime DJs, and Baxter was the music director. After establishing a fast friendship, they teamed on air for a show called “Saturday Night Party Patrol.” Their morning show began January 2, 1990, and continues to this day.
Radio engineer Thomas F. King, Kintronic Labs, and television innovator Richard M. Friedel, Fox, have been named the 2015 recipients of the NAB Engineering Achievement Awards. In ad- dition, an NAB Service to Broadcast Engineering Award will be presented to Ray Conover, senior engineering consultant for Hub- bard Broadcasting. The recipients will be honored at the NAB Show Technology Luncheon on Wednesday, April 15.
Thomas F. King is the president of Kintronic Labs, a company founded by his father and 2007 recipient of the NAB Engineering Award, Louis King. Seeking ways to help broadcasters locate AM antenna systems in restricted zoning areas, King worked with the Star-H Corp. in the joint development of the Kinstar AM low-profile, high-efficiency, wideband antenna — the first of its kind accepted by the FCC for full-time omnidirectional operation.
Richard Friedel is the executive vice president and general manager for Fox Networks Engineering & Operations and oversees long-term technology strategy and day-to-day operations for the Fox Network Center in Los Angeles. He heads the Fox House Technical Operations Center, home of Fox Sports’ regional net- works, and provides technical support for 14 regional produc- tion centers. Friedel is a fellow of the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers and a member of Audio Engineering Society,
Society of Broadcast Engineers and Society of Cable and Telecommunications Engineers.
Ray Conover is a senior engineering consultant at Hubbard Broadcasting. In 1983, he established all technical parameters surrounding the company’s shift to Satellite News Gathering (SNG) and also coordinated the test phase of the business that would later become CO- NUS Communications Co. and subsequently went on to design the required SNG vehicle systems and the CONUS SNG control center. Conover also served as chairman of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) antenna committee that documented standards for the performance, test and measurement of TV receive antennas.