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LABF to Honor 17 Giants at 2nd Annual Luncheon

Library Of American Broadcasting luncheon to take place September 15 (August 12, 2004)

The Library of American Broadcasting (LAB) will honor 17 radio and television pioneers at its second annual ?Giants of Broadcasting luncheon, Wednesday, September 15th, in New Yorks Grand Hyatt Hotel, it was announced today by Lucille Luongo, President & CEO of the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF).

?It will be our good fortune to convey, in person, our admiration and gratitude to those individuals who continue to grace our lives, remarked Luongo, ?and to honor those who are no longer with us. All are legendary for their contributions to broadcasting, and this occasion is designed to keep their example and that of their fellow pioneers forever before us.

Charles Osgood (Anchor, CBS News Sunday Morning and CBS Radio network anchor, The Osgood File) is host for the afternoon 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)

(Ralph Baruch, Merv Griffin, Don Hewitt, Ed McLaughlin, Pierre ?Pepe Sutton, Marlo Thomas and Mike Wallace are all scheduled to be in attendance.)

In addition, the LAB will make a special presentation to honor President Ronald Reagan, who began his long and illustrious career in 1932 as a radio sports broadcaster for station WOC, in Davenport, Iowa. A framed copy of this tribute will be displayed in the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library.

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

About The Library Of American Broadcasting:
The Library of American Broadcasting (LAB) was founded over 30 years ago as the Broadcast Pioneers Library in the basement of the National Association of Broadcasters in Washington, DC. It 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.

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) owns the collection and is committed to the care, growth and oversight of the library itself. Its mission is to provide the connection between the library and the broadcasting industry, to be its principal liaison with the real worlds of TV and radio, to assist the curators in their pursuit of collections, to conduct a program of oral histories and most importantly to provide a financial base for library operations.

The LAB is the national resource on broadcast pioneers. All available materials on the ?Giants papers, books, oral histories and the like - are being assembled at the University of Maryland, academic host to the Library of American Broadcasting, assuring that scholars and others will have ready access to the historical record of their industry leadership. While many of these materials already exist in the library archives, an aggressive outreach is currently being undertaken to expand this invaluable resource.

The LAB embarks on its fourth decade already enriched by more than 1,000 oral histories of broadcast pioneers the most comprehensive collection of its kind along with more than 250,000 photographs donated from the Broadcasting & Cable magazine archives, and more than 10,000 books, 1,000 kinescopes and videotapes, as well as 4,300 radio and television scripts. Already a resource for the ages, the LABF-University of Maryland partnership is dedicated to preserving ?the traditions, the visions and the very purpose of an industry and a medium whose product, by its nature, disappears into thin air.

The LABFs fundraising goal for 2004 - 2009 is $5 million. ?In a sense, were halfway there, explained LABFs Lucille Luongo. ?Well reach our target when the industry steps up to the challenge of Lawrence B. Taishoff, for many years the publisher of Broadcasting (now Broadcasting & Cable) magazine, who has pledged to match every contribution of $50,000 or more, up to $500,000.

Among those who have met the Taishoff challenge are the National Association of Broadcasters (contributing $100,000), the Estate of Frank Fletcher, LIN Broadcasting, Hubbard Broadcasting and Susquehanna Broadcasting. All contributions are tax deductible; LABF is a 501(c) 3 corporation. A donor sculpture is being created at the library to memorialize gifts at three levels: the Founders Circle ($100,000+), the Broadcast Pioneer ($50,000-$99,000) and the Patron ($25,000-$49,999).

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:; or visit

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