Our Mission

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 financial need due to a critical illness, accident, advanced age or other serious misfortune.

Our History

Over 70 years ago, when a fellow broadcaster fell on hard times and was unable to receive his salary, his broadcasting colleagues came together and chipped in to support him until he was back on his feet. That initial idea became the Broadcast Pioneers, which launched similar programs within cities across the country. Today, we have the Broadcasters Foundation of America, which combined the Pioneers’ efforts and expanded outreach to the whole country.


About Us

The Broadcasters Foundation of America reaches across the country to provide an anonymous safety net for radio and television broadcasters who find themselves in acute financial need. For over seventy years, the Broadcasters Foundation of America, along with it Board of Directors, many volunteers and countless contributors, have aided over 1,000 broadcasters and their families across the United States.

Contact Us

Broadcasters Foundation of America
125 West 55th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10019

T: 212-373-8250
F: 212-373-8254

Our Staff

James B. Thompson


Frank Pesce

Vice President, Business Affairs

Peter M. Doyle

Vice President

Emily Barratt

Office & Grant Manager

Public Relations Consultant

Renee Cassis
RC Communications Marketing
646-808-6505, cassis2@msn.com

Our Officers


Scott Herman, CEO, SHH Media Management

Vice Chairman

Jordan Wertlieb, President, Hearst Television


James B. Thompson

Vice President

Peter M. Doyle

Vice President

Jeff Haley, Vice Chairman, Marketron

Vice President

Steve LanzanoPresident, TVB

Vice President

Dennis LylePresident, Illinois Broadcasters Association

Vice President

Julie TalbottPresident, Premiere Networks

Vice President & Treasurer

Leo MacCourtneyPresident, Katz Television Group

Vice President, Business Affairs

Frank Pesce

Vice President

Charlie Weiss, SVP Business Development, NATPE

Secretary & General Counsel

Richard Bodorff, Wiley Rein, LLP

Chairman Emeritus

Philip J. Lombardo, Citadel Communications Company

Board of Directors

Caroline Beasley
CEO, Beasley Media Group

Philip R. Beuth
Capital Cities, retired

Richard J. Bodorff
Senior Counsel, Wiley Rein LLP

Brian Cobb
President, CobbCorp

Raymond H. Cole
President & COO, Citadel Communications

John David
Senior Advisor, NAB

Peter Dunn
President, CBS TV Stations

Erica Farber
President & CEO, RAB

Joseph Field
Chairman, Entercom

Michael J. Fiorile
Chairman, Dispatch Companies

Mark Gray
CEO, Katz Media Group

Steve Jones
President & COO, Skyview Networks

N. Scott Knight
President & CEO, Knight Media Group

Jinny Laderer
Co-Founder & President, vCreative

Brian Lawlor
President, Local Media, E.W. Scripps TV Station Group

David T. Lougee
President & CEO, TEGNA

Dan Mason
President, CBS Radio, retired

William McGorry
Chairman, B&C Hall of Fame

Wendy McMahon
President, ABC Owned TV Stations

Elizabeth Neuhoff
President & CEO, Neuhoff Communications

Deborah Norville
Anchor, Inside Edition

Mike O’Neill
President & CEO, BMI

William O’Shaughnessy
Chairman, WVOX/WVIP-Whitney Global Media

I. Martin Pompadur

Deborah Roberts
Correspondent, ABC News

Sen. Gordon H. Smith
President & CEO, NAB

Jeffrey H. Smulyan
Chairman & CEO, Emmis Communications

Perry Sook
Chairman, President & CEO, Nexstar Media Group

Valari Staab
President, NBC Owned TV Stations

Jeff Warshaw
CEO, Connoisseur Media, LLC

Diana Wilkin
Managing Partner, Twelve 24 Media

Financial Information

Expense Allocation

Program Service


Mgt & Gen

Tax Form 990

Annual Reports

Feel free to contact us for more information about our Public Charity Status.

Donor Privacy Policy

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is committed to the privacy and protection of our treasured donors and their personal information.  To learn more about our donor privacy policy, click here.

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