Broadcasters Foundation of America honors Emily L. Barr & Edward F. McLaughlin

Emily Barr Receives the 2018 Broadcasters Foundation Golden Mike Award
Ed McLaughlin Honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award

(L-R): Jim Thompson, President of the Broadcasters Foundation; Deborah Norville of Inside Edition; Emily Barr; Dan Mason, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation

The Broadcasters Foundation of America raised $250,000 to help broadcasters in need, as more than 250 industry executives and celebrities gathered at the Plaza Hotel last evening to honor Emily Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media Group and recipient of the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2018 Golden Mike Award.

The Broadcasters Foundation also posthumously presented the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award to Ed McLaughlin, the iconic broadcaster who discovered Rush Limbaugh and was previously Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. Ed’s widow Pat accepted the Award on his behalf.

The black-tie event was hosted by Deborah Norville of Inside Edition. The evening’s presenters were Peggy Allen, former TV production and programming executive and current Vermont sheep farmer; Don Graham, Chairman of Graham Holdings Co; and Hank Price, President and General Manager of WVTM 13 in Birmingham, AL. Singer/songwriter Darrian Ford provided the evening’s entertainment.

(L-R): Nick Verbitsky; Chairman, USRN; Jim Thompson; Pat McLaughlin; Dan Mason


About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:

The Broadcasters Foundation 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

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.

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