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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from October 30, 2013
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


NEVADA BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION GALA

By Dr. Adele Zorn


U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus with Dr. Adele Zorn at Cocktail Reception

Musical Entertainment at Cocktail Reception

Downtown Renaissance Theme at Cocktail Reception

The 18th Annual Nevada Broadcasters Association (NBA) HALL OF FAME GALA–recognizing and showcasing excellence in Nevada's radio and television industry was also a special night for the Southern Nevada community at large. An important celebration of The Gala at the Red Rock Casino Resorts was the induction of 40 broadcasters into the NBA Hall of Fame. Among the night’s themes was the honoring of “The Renaissance of Downtown Las Vegas.”


Puppy sold at Live Auction

Some items at Silent Auction

Guests: on right - School Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky

Established in 1961, the Nevada Broadcasters Association is dedicated to protecting, promoting, enhancing and strengthening Nevada’s broadcast industry. As the eyes and ears of Nevada, NBA serves as an information resource for Nevada's radio and television broadcast stations. As a lobbying organization, NBA seeks to educate Nevada's local, state and federal officials and other community leaders about the issues, concerns and challenges broadcasters face. The NBA also serves as Nevada’s voice for Homeland Security, Public Warnings and Nevada's Voice for AMBER Alert.


TV 8 anchor Paula Francis and husband

TV 13 anchor Tricia Kean and Husband

Honoree Steve Schorr with Dr. Adele Zorn

The evening with guests in cocktail attired dress started with a reception featuring Cocktails, Hors D’ Oeuvres of Tomato & Buffalo Mozzarella on Baguette,Korean Meatballs, Blue Crab Cakes and Demi Chicken Artichoke Skewer. Guests enjoyed Live Artists, Music, First Friday representation and a Silent Auction. This year the Silent Auction utilized GiveSmart technology (people bid using their smart phones or tablets). All money raised through the auctions goes to the Tony & Linda Bonnici Broadcast/Communications Scholarship, which aids in the higher education of promising broadcast students which includes a guaranteed internship opportunity.


Bob Fisher M.C.

Honorees Mayor Caroline and Oscar Goodman on right

Special Award to The I Team at KLAS Channel 8 – George Knapp at podium

Frankie Moreno entertained as guests entered the main Ballroom. The Nevada Army and National Guard, A Salute to America and an Invocation started the program. NBA CEO, Bob Fisher was M.C. and introduced some of the NBA Staff – Adam Sandler, Earlene Lefler, Gary Campbell and Melanie Mueller. An amazing amount of Broadcasters from different areas attended and were recognized.


Scholarship Recipients

Entertainer Frankie Moreno

Guests

Videos of important broadcasting events of First Informers were shown. Bonnici Scholarship Recipients were introduced. Special Political dignitaries were called onstage and U.S. Congresswoman Dina Titus spoke. The 40-member Class of 2013 filled the stage as they were inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame with some of the oldest broadcasters from years back.


M.C. Bob Fisher introducing honorees Mayor Caroline and Oscar Goodman

Some of the Hall of Fame Broadcasters honored

Hall of Fame Honorees

A wonderful Gospel Group performed and Dinner was served. The Program and Awards continued between dinner courses.

Dinner Menu:

Salad Tender Greens with Roasted Pears & Candied Walnuts, White Wine Vinaigrette

Entrée Filet Mignon, Wild Forest Mushrooms

(The Filet was so extremely tender, a steak knife was not even necessary)

Scalloped Potatoes Seasonal Vegetables, Port wine Jus

Dessert Chocolate Caramelized Banana Cake, Honey Peanuts Banana Sorbet

The NBA Pinnacle Award went toLas Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman and Former Mayor Oscar Goodman. They were honored for their vision in leading the revitalization of Downtown Las Vegas. The funny quips between them were hilarious.

The NBA Community Achievement Award was presented to the KLAS-TV I-TEAM. Steve Schorr, Cox Communications; Colin Cowherd, ESPN Sports; Ed Henry, Fox News Channel; and KOLO-TV, Channel 8 in Reno celebrating 60 years in broadcasting this year.

The prestigious NBA Lifetime Achievement Awardee was Tom Humm, Vice President and Market Manager for the Beasley Group. A 35-year broadcaster, Tom Humm played a pivotal role in the formation and professionalization of the Nevada Broadcasters Association. Tom’s acceptance speech was quite emotional as he called his wife onstage.


Tom Humm and his wife

Guests: Relatives of Tom Humm

Tom Humm was born in Las Vegas and attended school locally, graduating from Bishop Gorman High School, where he played football – three years were with his brother, former NFL star David Humm. Tom is dedicated to the community and enthusiastic about providing employment to Las Vegans. He has been a strong supporter of hiring young adults from local schools and universities to build the future of broadcasting. During his 35 years in the broadcasting industry, Tom was part of numerous teams of broadcasters who have provided more than $50 million in public service announcements and appearances for charitable and youth organizations.

Numerous other people and organizations were honored and acknowledged, and after a champagne toast,a performance by Frankie Moreno and his band and Dancing, continued the evening's festivities. The NBA Gala evening was entertaining, fun and an emotional experienced jam-packed event.



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