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 65 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.

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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 sixty-five 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 10019-5366

T: 212-373-8250
F: 212-373-8254
info@thebfoa.org

Our Staff

James B. Thompson

President
jim@thebfoa.org

Peter M. Doyle

Vice President
peter@thebfoa.org

Frank Pesce

Vice President, Business Affairs
frank@thebfoa.org

Emily Barratt

Office & Grant Administration
emily@thebfoa.org

Our Officers

Chairman

 Dan Mason, Senior Advisor of Broadcast Relations, iHeartMedia

Vice Chairman

 Richard A. Foreman, President/CEO, Richard A. Foreman Associates

Vice Chairman

 Bill Hoffman, President, Cox Media Group

President

 James B. Thompson

Vice President

 Joe BilottaPresident/CEO, JMB Solutions, LLC

Vice President

 Jeff HaleyPresident/CEO, Marketron

Vice President

 Steve LanzanoPresident, TVB

Vice President & Treasurer

 Leo MacCourtneyPresident/CEO, Katz Television Group

Vice President, Business Affairs

Frank Pesce

Secretary & General Counsel

Wade Hargrove, Esq., Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Board of Directors

Caroline Beasley
Interim CEO & EVP, CFO Beasley Broadcast Group, Inc.

Philip R. Beuth
Capital Cities, ret.

Richard J. Bodorff
Partner, Wiley Rein LLP

Rebecca S. Campbell
President, ABC Owned Television Stations Group

Brian Cobb
President, CobbCorp

Raymond H. Cole
President & COO, Citadel Communications

Lee Davis
EVP of Sales, Univision Radio

Peter Dunn
President, CBS TV Stations

Erica Farber
President/CEO, RAB

Joseph Field
Chairman, Entercom

Michael J. Fiorile
President/CEO, Dispatch Broadcast Group

Mark Gray
President, Katz Radio Group

Wade Hargrove, Esq.
Brooks Pierce McLendon Humphrey & Leonard LLP

Scott Herman
COO, CBS Radio

Louis Hillelson
VP/Group Publisher, NewBay Media

Paul Karpowicz
President/CEO, Meredith Broadcasting Group

N. Scott Knight
President/CEO, Knight Media Group

Brian Lawlor
SVP Television, E.W. Scripps TV Station Group

David T. Lougee
President, TEGNA Media

Elizabeth Neuhoff
President/CEO, Neuhoff Communications

Deborah Norville
Anchor, Inside Edition

Mike O’Neill
President/CEO, BMI

William O’Shaughnessy
Chairman, WVOX/WVIP-Whitney Radio

I. Martin Pompadur
Consultant

Joseph Reilly
President, Empire Broadcasting Corp.

Gordon H. Smith
President/CEO, NAB

Jeffrey H. Smulyan
Chairman/CEO, Emmis Communications

Perry Sook
President/CEO, Nexstar Broadcasting

Valari Staab
President, NBC Owned TV Stations

George Stephanopoulos
Co-Host, Good Morning America

Nicholas J. Verbitsky
Chairman, United Stations Radio Networks

Jeff Warshaw
CEO, Connoisseur Media, LLC

Jordan Wertlieb
President, Hearst Television

Diana Wilkin
Managing Partner, Twelve 24 Media

Philip J. Lombardo
Chairman Emeritus

Edward F. McLaughlin
Chairman Emeritus

501(c)3 Information

Tax Form 990

Annual Reports

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

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