Industry Execs To Help Honor Karpowicz

Steve Lanzano, Mike O’Neill and Gordon Smith are among those who will celebrate Meredith’s Paul Karpowicz at the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s annual Golden Mike Award black-tie fundraiser on Feb. 27 in New York.

The Broadcasters Foundation of America announced today that three leaders in broadcasting will help honor this year’s Golden Mike Award recipient, Paul Karpowicz, president of Meredith Corp.’s local media group.

Steve Lanzano, president of the Television Bureau of Advertising; Mike O’Neill, president-CEO of Broadcast Music Inc.; and Gordon Smith, president-CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, will be a part of the presentation program at the Plaza Hotel in New York on Monday, Feb. 27. The annual black-tie gala is a major fundraiser for the Broadcasters Foundation’s charitable mission to provide financial assistance to broadcasters in need.

“We are delighted that Steve, Mike and Gordon will help honor Paul for his contributions to broadcasting and lend their support to the Foundation’s mission of providing aid to every broadcaster who qualifies” said Jim Thompson, president of the Broadcasters Foundation.

Since 2005, Karpowicz’s has increased Meredith’s television footprint to 17 stations reaching more than 11% of U.S. households. An inductee of the Broadcasting & Cable Hall of Fame, Karpowicz serves as chairman of the board of directors of BMI and as a board member of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and NAB’s Television Board , of which he is also a former chairman.

Each year, the Golden Mike Award dinner attracts a who’s who of broadcast media executives and celebrities. For information on how to reserve a seat or a table, please contact the Broadcasters Foundation at 212-373-8250, or email [email protected].

As previously announced, Bill Hoffman, president of Cox Media Group (CMG), will receive the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America during the evening.


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 more information, visit, call 212-373-8250 or email [email protected].

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Dale Palecek says:

January 24, 2017 at 8:52 am

Paul is an outstanding broadcaster and an outstanding recipient!!

Bo Berezansky says:

January 24, 2017 at 9:03 am

Paul is a great guy and very deserving of this honor. Not many broadcasters like him remain in the business. Good luck, Paul.

Oded Bendov says:

January 24, 2017 at 11:03 am

Could not agree more George. Paul was a real gem to work with in the old LIN days and still is by all accounts.