Rosanna Scotto & Jeff Smulyan to present awards at BFOA Golden Mike, with performance from Frank Ray

New York, NY – February 21, 2023 – The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced the presenting speakers at this year’s Golden Mike Award gala and fundraiser. Rosanna Scotto, Co-host of WNYW FOX 5, will honor this year’s Golden Mike Award recipient, Jack Abernethy, Chief Executive Officer of FOX Television Stations. Jeff Smulyan, Founder, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of Emmis Corporation, will pay tribute to the 2023 Edward F. McLaughlin Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, Richard E. Wiley.

“We’re delighted to have such prestigious presenters at this year’s Golden Mike Award dinner,” said Scott Herman, Chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation of America. “We’re looking forward to Rosanna and Jeff’s contributions to our program and thank them for lending us their time and talent, as broadcasters come together to honor Jack and Dick.”

Tim McCarthy, President of the Broadcasters Foundation, added, “The Golden Mike Award gala is one of our biggest fundraisers. We’ve seen an incredible uptick in requests for aid, and we thank everyone who has bought a table or ticket. The funds allow the Foundation to continue providing aid to hard-working individuals in our industry who have fallen on very challenging times due to illness or disaster.”

Country music’s hottest new star, Frank Ray, will give a special performance, including his first single with Stoney Creek Records, “Country’d Look Good On You,” which was the Most Added song on Country radio by a new artist in 2021.

As previously announced, EMMY Award-winning broadcast journalist and nationally syndicated talk show host Soledad O’Brien will host the evening.

For more information or to reserve a seat or table at the Golden Mike Award gala and fundraiser, please contact the Broadcasters 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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