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Las Vegas Society News  

Note: This is a past article from September 04, 2014
You can find the current Las Vegas Society News article HERE


By Dr. Adele Zorn

The 19th Annual Nevada Broadcasters Association (NBA) HALL OF FAME GALA–recognizing and showcasing excellence in Nevada's radio and television industry was a special night honoring Nevada’s 150th Anniversary of Statehood with the theme BATTLE BORN* NEVADA PROUD 150th The evening was dedicated to Jim Rogers, NBA Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient. An important celebration at The Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel was the induction of Broadcasters into the NBA Hall of Fame.

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.

The Gala honored Nevada’s 150 th Anniversary. For more than 50 years, all three parts of the Nevada State Government were housed in the CAPITOL of Carson City. THE SUPREME COURT met there until 1937 when it relocated into an adjacent building. THE NEVADA LEGISLATURE met there until 1971 when it relocated to its new LEGISLATIVE BUILDING just south of the CAPITOL. Every NEVADA GOVERNOR, except the first, has had his office in the CAPITOL.

NBA President Bob Fisher

Tony and Linda Bonnici
(NBA Foundation Scholarship Fund)
and Executive Director Eric Bonnici (R)

Tony Bonnici presents the
2014 Scholarship Awardees

The evening started with a Reception and a Silent auction. All money raised through the auction goes to the Tony & Linda Bonnici Broadcast/Communications Scholarship, which aids in the higher education of promising Broadcast students. A Nevada Broadcasters Foundation Scholarship has been endowed in the name of Jim and Beverly Rogers.

Tony Bonnici introduced this year’s 15 Full Scholarship Recipients. 34 Scholarships have been awarded in the past 4 years.
The cost of a 4-year Education in Communications/Broadcasting are:
University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) - $21,528
University of Nevada Reno: $26,496
College of Southern Nevada: $11,628
Truckee Meadows Community College: $96,060

Todd Brown, Chairman of the NBA Board of Directors, Fox 5 welcomed everyone to the event and a Video presentation welcome was shown from Governor Brian Sandoval who was unable to attend.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki was called onstage and a presentation Honoring Nevada’s Sesquicentennial was given to him.

Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki with NBA Pres.
Bob Fisher’s sister Barbara (seated)

U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford and Mrs. Horsford

Broadcaster Alan Stock, Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki and James Hooban

The Program began with U.S. Congressman Steven Horsford who spoke about his difficult early life and how he has been able to accomplish what he has because: I AM AN AMERICAN
Ellie Smith 17 year old Miss Nevada 2014 beautifully sang the National Anthem
Alan Stock spoke about his life as: I AM A BROADCASTER

A Video Memory was shown of Jim Rogers, NBA Lifetime Achievement Award Winner.

Beverly Rogers (Jim Rogers wife)
Gary Campbell (NBA Board) Dr. Adele Zorn

An amazing amount of Broadcasters from different areas of Nevada attended and 34 were honored and received the green marble obelisk award. The Class of 2014 filled the stage as they were inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame with some of the oldest broadcasters from years back. The honorees walked across the stage in the footsteps of over 800 broadcasters who were honored over the past nineteen years. It was very sad to hear that Barry Garrett, the oldest broadcaster at 43 years who was to attend and receive the award at the event, died the same morning of the Gala. A memorial video was played to celebrate many of the broadcasters who had been honored who passed away since the last Gala including Murray Westgate who died just two weeks before the event.

The Program and Awards continued between Dinner courses.

Dinner Menu:
Salad: California Greens, Red and Yellow Teardrop Tomatoes,
Parmesan Crisp, Honey Raspberry Vinaigrette
Entrée: Jack Daniels Braised Short Rib, Caramelized Onions
Vegetable Bundle, Horseradish Whipped Potatoes
Dessert: Warm Chocolate Pudding Cake, Dolce Leche Ice Cream

Video Introductions were viewed for each of the main Honorees.
Each Honoree was individually presented and then gave remarks.
The Honorees were:

Inaugural Mark Smith Ambassador Award: Robin Leach
Community Achievement Award: Myron Martin (
Smith Center President who said that if not for Don Snyder there would be no Smith Center).

NBA Honoree: Robin Leach

Honoree Myron Martin and wife

Don Snyder and wife and Susan Anton and husband

NBA Pinnacle Award: D. Ray Gardner (veteran Northern Nevada broadcaster who has owned Elko Broadcasting for 40 years)
NBA Lifetime Achievement Award: Lawson Fox
(Reno KTVN Channel 2 President and General Manager)

Pinnacle Award Honoree: D. Ray Gardner

Pinnacle Award Honoree D. Ray Gardner (Center) and family

Lifetime Achievement Awardee:
Lawson Fox (played his guitar onstage)

Numerous other people and organizations were also honored and acknowledged.

(L) Gerri Schroder (Henderson Councilwoman (R) NV)
Senator Ruben Kihuen

Casey Kasem's daughter gave an impassioned speech about her father

Dr. Adele Zorn and Judge Kathleen Delaney
(daughter of vintage longtime Broadcaster Joe Delaney)

The 19th Annual NBA Hall of Fame Gala concluded with a live auction, music and dancing.

Mark Schaefer and Dr. Adele Zorn

Live Auction: Puppy and many other exciting auction items


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