Deborah Norville to host 2018 BFOA Golden Mike Awards

Inside Edition’s Deborah Norville to host this year’s Broadcasters Foundation of America’s Golden Mike Award, honoring Graham Media’s Emily Barr.  Also, media luminaries Peggy Allen, Don Graham, and Hank Price, and singer/songwriter Darrian Ford, join the program.  While Pat McLaughlin will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Ed McLaughlin.

Celebrated TV personality Deborah Norville of Inside Edition will host the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2018 Golden Mike Award. The black-tie fundraiser will honor Emily Barr, President and Chief Executive Officer of Graham Media Group, and will take place on Monday, March 5 at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual event is one of the biggest fundraisers in support of the mission of the Broadcasters Foundation to provide aid to broadcasters in acute need.

Barr, who leads the seven-station broadcast television division of Graham Media Group, will be recognized by prominent leaders in media, including three colleagues who will join the program as presenters: Peggy Allen, former TV production and programming executive and current Vermont sheep farmer; Don Graham, Chairman of the Board of Graham Holdings Company; and Hank Price, President and General Manager of WVTM 13 in Birmingham, AL.

Pat McLaughlin will accept the Lifetime Achievement Award on behalf of her late husband, Ed McLaughlin. McLaughlin, who is credited with discovering Rush Limbaugh and the founder of EFM Media Management, was Chairman Emeritus of the Broadcasters Foundation when he passed away last month.

Singer/songwriter Darrian Ford will provide entertainment for the evening. Ford is currently touring his concept concert, The Cooke Book – The Music of Sam Cooke.

The Golden Mike Award dinner attracts a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. Previous Golden Mike Award recipients include: Alan Frank, Bob Pittman, Gordon Smith, David Barrett, Jeff Smulyan, and more. For information, or to reserve a seat or table, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 or



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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