BFOA to posthumously Honor Jim Thompson with the Chairman’s Award

Jim Thompson, well-respected radio and TV broadcast industry executive and long-time President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, will be honored posthumously with the Chairman’s Award at the Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast, 7:00 AM, Wednesday, April 19 in Room Bandol Two at the Wynn, Las Vegas. The Chairman’s Award is bestowed on an individual in recognition of their contribution to the broadcast industry. Thompson’s wife, Cindy, will accept the Award.

“Jim made an impact on everyone who worked for or with him,” said Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “He was always helping people in their careers and served as a mentor to many. His steadfast commitment to the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation was unwavering. It is fitting for us to honor his memory and contributions to our industry and the Broadcasters Foundation.”

Tim McCarthy, President of the Broadcasters Foundation, commented, “Jim was beloved and admired by many. He had a distinguished career and came to the Broadcasters Foundation ready to make a difference. Jim’s easy-going manner made it difficult to say no to him, and he increased donations, allowing the Foundation to help more broadcasters in need than ever before.”

Jim took the reins of the Broadcasters Foundation in 2008, following a distinguished career. He was President and CEO of Group W Radio, the second largest radio company in the country during his leadership, and along with Mike Craven was co-owner of Liberty Broadcasting, a nineteen-station radio group. He began his broadcasting career as an account executive at KYW-TV, Philadelphia in 1971, where he rose to Vice President and General Manager.

An innovator and visionary, Thompson created the Radio-Mercury Awards and served on the boards of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the Advertising Council and was Vice Chairman of the Pennsylvania State Broadcasters Association. Thompson was named “Radio Executive to Watch” by Advertising Age, “Radio Executive of the Year” and “One of the Most Powerful People in Radio” by Radio Ink Magazine, where he also appeared on the cover numerous times. A member of the U.S. Army, Thompson served in Vietnam.

The Broadcasters Foundation Breakfast is complimentary to all in broadcasting, although registration is required. To register or make a donation, visit  or contact the Foundation at 212-373-8250 or

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, call 212-373-8250, or email

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About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute financial need due to a critical illness, severe accident, or other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and has been rated 100 from Charity Navigator for solid financial health and received full credit for its program to expense ratio.


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