Broadcasters Foundation Sets Six Honorees

Tegna’s Dave Lougee, Shooting Star's Diane Sutter, Patrick Communications’ Larry Patrick and TVNewsCheck’s Harry Jessell are among this years Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards. In addition, William Duhamel, will be presented with the nonprofit's Chairman’s Award. They will be honored on April 26 in Las Vegas.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America will honor six recipients of the 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards and the Chairman’s Award at the foundation’s on April 26 in Las Vegas during the NAB Show.

The Leadership Awards are given annually by the Broadcasters Foundation in recognition of career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large, and are named in honor of iconic broadcaster Ward L. Quaal.

The 2017 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards recipients are: 

  • John David, EVP of radio, National Association of Broadcasters
  • Harry A. Jessell, editor and co-publisher, TVNewsCheck
  • Scott Knight and the Knight Family, president-CEO, Knight Media Group
  • David Lougee, president, Tegna Media
  • Larry Patrick, managing partner, Patrick Communications
  • Diane Sutter, president-CEO, Shooting Star Broadcasting

In addition, William Duhamel, president, Duhamel Broadcasting Enterprises, will be honored with the 2017 Broadcasters Foundation of America Chairman’s Award for his numerous contributions to the broadcast industry and his community.

The awards will be presented at the Broadcasters Foundation annual breakfast at 7 a.m., Wednesday, April 26, in the Brahms Room of the Encore Hotel in Las Vegas, during the NAB Show.

The breakfast is complimentary to all, although pre-registration is required. To register, or to obtain information on reserving a page in the Program Guide, please contact the foundation at 212-373-8250 or [email protected].


This year’s event is sponsored by Frank N. Magid Associates, Marketron the NAB, the National Association of Media Brokers, Nielsen, the Radio Advertising Bureau and the Television Bureau of Advertising. 

For more than 70 years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of needy broadcasters and their families.  Individual donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be arranged through the Legacy Society. To learn more or to donate, contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250 [email protected] or visit

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Cheryl Thorne says:

March 8, 2017 at 1:38 pm

A few of these a political moves, the rest do very good work in their respective assignments