The Broadcasters Foundation of America will award its Golden Mike to New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg at its annual gala, March 8 in New York. Prior to first being elected mayor in 2001, Bloomberg built a multimedia financial reporting empire that includes radio and TV outlets.
Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City and founder of Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg News, will be honored by the Broadcasters Foundation of America with the 2010 Golden Mike Award at a black-tie event to be held at the Plaza Hotel in New York on March 8.
The Golden Mike Award is bestowed annually to individuals who make an outstanding contribution to the radio and television industries and to the community at large.
Prior to first being elected mayor in 2001, Bloomberg founded and ran the financial reporting companies that bears his name. In addition to the basic online service, Bloomberg also distributes business news via radio, television, books and magazines. The companies made Bloomberg a multi-billionaire.
“Mayor Bloomberg had a reputation for philanthropy and civic involvement before he was elected to public service,” said Foundation Chair Phil Lombardo.
“Along with his business acumen and the impact he has had on broadcasting with Bloomberg News, make him an ideal recipient of the Golden Mike Award. We are grateful to the Mayor for accepting this award and for taking time from his schedule to join us on March 8th.”
Recent recipients of the Golden Mike Award include Anne Sweeney (2008), Jeff Smulyan (2006), Percy E. Sutton (2005), Bob Wright (2003) and Catherine Hughes (2002).
The Broadcasters Foundation has provided millions of dollars in aid to colleagues who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen family tragedy. Individual membership is only $150 a year.
Donations also can be made to the Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.
For more information on the 2010 Golden Mike Awards, or to apply for a grant or make a contribution, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org or call 212-373-8250.