Retired NYSBA President Donates $25,000 to Jim Thompson Memorial Fund

A message from our President, Tim McCarthy:

People in the broadcast industry can be very generous. We know this from the donations we receive, whether $20 or $2,000. Broadcasters help their communities and through the Broadcasters Foundation of America, they help each other.  Every now and then, someone steps up in a big way, going above and beyond, and you realize how special they are.

Joe Reilly is one such person. The retired President of the NY State Broadcasters Association has donated $25,000 to the Jim Thompson Memorial Fund.

Jim fought bravely against throat cancer this past year, and for 13 years, including during his illness, he fought valiantly for the broadcasters who need and deserve our help and support. Joe’s contribution to Jim’s Memorial Fund is a fitting tribute to a man who helped everybody. Colleagues often sought Jim out for advice, which he shared with his calm demeanor and positive outlook.  Suddenly, that problem didn’t seem so bad after all.

Joe Reilly’s generous donation in honor of Jim will help our colleagues who are in desperate need of help. The Broadcasters Foundation of America, and the entire broadcasting industry, are very grateful.

To make a personal donation to the Jim Thompson Memorial Fund, click here.

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 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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