The Broadcasters Foundation of America today announced Dan Mason, President and CEO of CBS RADIO as a recipient of the 2014 Ward L. Quaal Leadership Awards. The awards, which also went to five other deserving recipients, will be presented at the Foundation’s annual breakfast on Wednesday, April 9, at the Wynn Hotel during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show in Las Vegas.
Mason oversees all aspects relating to CBS RADIO’s more than 125 stations across 27 markets, including all of the Top 10, as well as the day-to-day operations of the division. An experienced radio programmer, Mason has initiated an aggressive growth strategy at CBS RADIO, diversified the division’s portfolio and expanded its digital presence, including building an online audio streaming platform, creating mobile applications that allow listeners to interact with CBS RADIO stations on the go, and expanding its use of online video to complement the division’s over–the-air programming.
A native of Louisville, Ky., Mason was graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a degree in broadcasting, and was later presented with an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from that institution. He serves on the Board of Directors for The Broadcasters Foundation of America, which aims to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need.
In addition to Mason, the five other accomplished individuals with highly distinguished careers who will be honored are:
Jim Beloyianis, Past President, Katz TV
Deborah Norville, Host, Inside Edition
Mary Quass, President & CEO, NRG Media
Perry Sook, Chairman/President & CEO, Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc.
Nick Verbitsky, Chairman, United Stations Radio Networks
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.
Over the years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of broadcasters and their families. To learn more or to donate, please contact us or visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org.
About the Broadcasters Foundation of America:
The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident, and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)3 Public Charity.
About CBS RADIO:
CBS RADIO is one of the largest major-market broadcast media operators in the United States and the undisputed leader in news and sports radio. Producing original audio and video content, live events and exclusive programming broadcast via on-air, online and mobile platforms, CBS RADIO reaches more than 72 million consumers nationwide each week. As a part of CBS Corporation, the division owns and operates 126 radio stations in 27 markets – including the top 10 as ranked by Nielsen Audio – as well as an extensive array of digital assets. CBS RADIO distributes its programming via AM, FM and HD Radio stations, Radio.com and CBS Local Digital Media apps, making engaging with audiences easier than ever before. For more information on CBS RADIO, please visit www.cbsradio.com.