BFOA Announces Philip J. Lombardo Spirit Award

New York, NY – Monday, April 22, 2024 – The Broadcasters Foundation of America has announced The Philip J. Lombardo Spirit Award to be presented annually at the Golden Mic Award Gala beginning in 2025. The Spirit Award will be bestowed upon an individual who exhibits the spirit of dedication and relentless drive to the Broadcasters Foundation charitable mission exemplified by its former longtime chairman, Phil Lombardo, who passed away earlier this year. Board members, officers, supporters, contributors, and sponsors with a long history of demonstrating Lombardo’s commitment to the Foundation will be candidates for this special recognition.

“Phil believed in giving back to an industry he deeply cared about, contributing both time and treasure to support the vital mission of the Broadcasters Foundation: helping fellow broadcasters during a difficult time in their lives,” observed Ray Cole, Broadcasters Foundation board member and retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Citadel Communications, the broadcast TV group founded by Lombardo. “This award is being underwritten by Kim Lombardo and her family along with Mario Gabelli, Phil’s longtime business associate and friend,” said Cole. “It’s an ideal way to recognize Phil’s unparalleled leadership and countless efforts that left a lasting impact on the Foundation’s mission.”

“Phil brought the sense of urgency that is often needed to give donors an understanding of why they need to donate to our charitable purpose,” noted Scott Herman, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “He led the board for many years, overseeing significant advancements that brought in more funds, and thereby allowing us to continue to distribute financial aid to broadcasters in need.”

The inaugural Spirit Award recipient will be announced next year prior to the 2025 Golden Mic Award Gala.

About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:
The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed more than $15 million dollars in aid over the past 20 years. This year, the Foundation will award approximately $1.8 million. For more information about the Broadcasters Foundation, to make a contribution or to apply for assistance, please visit, call 212-373-8250, or email

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life for 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, accident, and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 Public Charity and has received 4 stars from Charity Navigator, its highest rating, and a Gold Seal of Transparency from Candid/Guidestar.

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