BFA fêtes difference-making broadcasters.

fritts-eddie-2016At its annual breakfast during the 2016, the Broadcasters Foundation of America awarded the 2016 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards, recognizing an individual’s career contributions to the broadcast industry and the community at large. This year’s honorees are Ray Cole, president and COO, Citadel Communications; Mike Fiorile, vice chairman and CEO, Dispatch Broadcast Group; Scott Herman, COO, CBS Radio; Paul Karpowicz, president and CEO, Meredith Broadcasting Group; Peter Smyth, chairman and CEO, Greater Media; and Julie Talbott, president, Premiere Radio Networks. Former NAB president/CEO Eddie Fritts was honored with the 2016 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award, which goes to a person in broadcasting whose work epitomizes community service, advocacy, innovation and entrepreneurship. In addition, special recognition was accorded to outgoing BFA board member Phil Lombardo.