Broadcasters Foundation To Honor Karpowicz

Meredith broadcast executive Paul Karpowicz will receive the Golden Mike Award at the Foundation’s annual black-tie fundraising gala in New York in February.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced today that Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Corp.’s Local Media Group, will receive the 2017 Golden Mike Award on Monday, Feb. 27, 2017, at the Plaza Hotel in New York City. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the charity’s mission of providing aid to broadcasters in need.

“I am grateful to the Broadcasters Foundation for this honor, and I thank the Board for their deep commitment to colleagues in need,” said Karpowicz. “The pleas for aid come in every day. It is with the generous support of broadcasters across the country that we can continue to make a difference in the lives of those who find themselves in devastating circumstances.”

“Paul is an industry leader who has given back to the broadcast community through his dedication and service,” said Dan Mason, chairman of the Broadcasters Foundation. “A tireless champion of the Broadcasters Foundation of America, Paul’s contributions have advanced our goal of providing important aid to our colleagues. We are proud to recognize him.” 

Under Karpowicz’s leadership since 2005, Meredith’s Local Media Group has significantly increased its television footprint to 17 owned and operated television stations reaching more than 11% of U.S. TV households. Prior to Meredith, Karpowicz spent more than 20 years at LIN. During his tenure, he presided over significant growth in LIN’s broadcasting business, nearly doubling it in size from 12 to 23 stations. 

An inductee of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Karpowicz serves as chairman of the board of directors of Broadcast Music Inc. and as a board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and the Television Board of the National Association of Broadcasters, for which he is also a former chairman.

He has been chairman of the CBS Affiliates Board and the Television Bureau of Advertising board and has served on the executive committees of the NAB and the Rhode Island and Indiana Broadcasters Associations. Karpowicz is a graduate of the University of Notre Dame.

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Each year, the Golden Mike Award dinner attracts a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. The presenters and performers to honor Karpowicz will be announced at a later date.

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 information on how to reserve a seat or a table, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250, or email [email protected].org.


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