Jeff Smulyan To Receive CRB 2015 Tom Rivers Humanitarian Award
November 13, 2014 at 8:33 AM (PT)
COUNTRY RADIO BROADCASTERS (CRB) will honor JEFF SMULYAN with the 2015 TOM RIVERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD during the opening ceremonies of the COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) 2015 in FEBRUARY.
The TOM RIVERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD is given in recognition of an individual in the Country radio industry who has displayed a magnanimous spirit of caring and generosity in service to their community. It is awarded at the discretion of the CRB Board of Directors and is named in honor of CRB Board member TOM RIVERS, who passed in 2004 at the age of 38 due to bronchial asthma. RIVERS was known for his work at WQYK/TAMPA-ST. PETERSBURG and WUSN/CHICAGO. He was highly regarded for his public service work.
"JEFF SMULYAN epitomizes the definition of the TOM RIVERS HUMANITARIAN AWARD. His commitment to broadcasting, service to community, and personal giving is recognized across our industry," touted CRS Executive Director BILL MAYNE. "It is our privilege to recognize his accomplishments in this arena."
SMULYAN has served as EMMIS COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION Founder/Chairman of the Board since 1980 and is a former director of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BROADCASTERS (NAB) and a past chair of the CENTRAL INDIANA CORPORATE PARTNERSHIP. He currently sits on the Board of Trustees for the UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA (USC), his alma mater and in 1994 was named to head the US DELEGATION TO THE PLENIPOTENTIARY CONFERENCE OF THE INTERNATIONAL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION by the WHITE HOUSE. SMULYAN's leadership recognition has earned him multiple awards, including being named a "Giant of Broadcasting" by the LIBRARY OF AMERICAN BROADCASTING as well as being inducted in the BROADCASTING & CABLE HALL OF FAME and the INDIANA BUSINESS HALL OF FAME.