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LAB To Honor Ronald W. Reagan At ?Giants Luncheon, Sept. 15

NAB President Eddie Fritts To Deliver Tribute (August 25, 2004)

The Library of American Broadcasting (LAB) will honor President Ronald W. Reagan, who began his long and illustrious career in 1932 as a radio sports broadcaster for station WOC, in Davenport, Iowa, at their second annual ?Giants of Broadcasting luncheon, Wednesday, September 15th, in New Yorks Grand Hyatt Hotel. Eddie Fritts, President of the Washington, DC-based National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), and longtime friend of the Reagan family, will deliver the special tribute.

At the luncheon, Fritts will also present a Proclamation to Charles Lowry, Dean of Libraries of the University of Maryland, which houses the LAB. The proclamation reads, ?Be it known that Ronald Wilson Reagan, 40th President of the United States, a broadcaster first and always, has brought great favor upon that profession and upon his public life as a champion of the first amendment and the American Way. A framed copy of the proclamation will also be presented to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

The Library of American Broadcasting (LAB) was founded over 30 years ago as the Broadcast Pioneers Library in the basement of the NAB and now occupies 25,000 square feet at the University of Maryland in College Park, where its operations are the responsibility of the Dean of Libraries, Charles Lowry, and the Chief Curator, Chuck Howell.

Charles Osgood (Anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning and CBS Radio network anchor, The Osgood File) is the luncheon host and will help the LAB pay tribute to the 17 honorees who, in alphabetical order, are:
* Roone Arledge (Former President, ABC News and President, ABC Sports)
* Ralph Baruch (Founder, Viacom International)
* James Cox (Founder, Cox Enterprises)
* Fred W. Friendly (Broadcast journalist and former President, CBS News)
* The Gamblings (Radios inter-generational dynasty - John B., John A. and John R. of Rambling with Gambling)
* Merv Griffin (Merv Griffin Productions; TV producer, host and creator of some of televisions most popular game shows, including Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune)
* Don Hewitt (Executive Producer, CBS News and former Executive Producer, 60 Minutes)
* Shari Lewis (Puppeteer and childrens television innovator)
* Ed McLaughlin (Former President, ABC Radio Networks; radio programming pioneer)
* Don McNeill (The Breakfast Club, 1933-68, defined what talk shows would be for years to come)
* Jack Paar (Created the late-night talk show format as the host of The Tonight Show)
* Tony Randall (TV and radio actor best known as Felix Unger of The Odd Couple)
* Todd Storz (Father of Top 40 radio programming)
* Pierre ?Pepe Sutton (Chairman/CEO, Inner City Broadcasting Corp.)
* Danny Thomas (Entertainer best known for The Danny Thomas Show, aka. Make Room For Daddy, and as producer of The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show)
* Marlo Thomas (Emmy Award-winning Actress, best known as Ann Marie of That Girl, and Producer of Free To Be You and Me)
* Mike Wallace (Co-Editor, 60 Minutes and CBS News correspondent)

The ?Giants of Broadcasting reception will begin promptly at 11:30 AM, followed by the luncheon and ceremony at 12:30 PM. Tickets are $500 each. Inquiries regarding table purchases, commemorative journal ads and event sponsorship should be directed to Jessica Chaikin at (212) 685-4233.

For additional information about the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, which is headquartered at 21 Seven Bridges Road, Chappaqua, NY 10514, contact President & CEO Lucille Luongo at phone: (914) 238-8292; FAX: (914) 238-9187; or email:


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