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Audacy Inks Flagship Partnership with Rutgers Athletics


Audacy
Audacy

Audacy/New York and Rutgers Athletics ink a multi-year agreement to make WFAN-AM & FM the home for Rutgers football and WCBS-AM the flagship station for Rutgers men's basketball. Beginning with the 2022-23 season, WFAN will air all regular games and post-season football games, including a 30-minute pre-game and post-game show. Also beginning this season, WCBS will air all regular season and post-season men's basketball games, including a 15-minute pre-game and post-game show.

"Rutgers athletics is on the rise under Greg Schiano and Steve Pikiell in the Big Ten, bringing excitement and anticipation to Tri-State area fans," said Audacy New York Market President Chris Oliviero. "WFAN and WCBS 880 will provide listeners with unmatched coverage of the Scarlet Knights and we are honored to add Rutgers to Audacy's market-leading play-by-play portfolio."

"We are excited to announce this partnership with Audacy," added Rutgers Athletic Director Pat Hobbs. "Having our teams on WFAN and WCBS is a great opportunity to expand our reach to sports fans in the New York metropolitan area. Our programs are having tremendous success across the board, and this allows for so many more fans to enjoy the excitement and join Rutgers Nation."

Both Rutgers football and men's basketball broadcasts will also be available on the Audacy app in the local market territory. Both stations will also support the partnership and on-campus events through on-air, digital and social media promotion.

Bloomberg, iHeartMedia Announce Lineup of New Podcasts


iHeartPodcast Network
iHeartPodcast Network

Bloomberg Media and iHeartMedia have announced a lineup of new original podcasts for 2022, featuring a mix of daily and weekly news programs and narrative-style limited series. These five shows will be the first podcasts to debut as part of a multi-year agreement to co-produce and distribute more than a dozen new original podcasts. The full slate of shows is distributed by the iHeartPodcast Network.

Slate of upcoming podcasts for 2022 include:

  • Bloomberg Crypto (June 2022)
  • Bedrock, USA (July 2022)
  • In Trust (September 2022)
  • The Big Take (September 2022)
  • Crash Course (October 2022)

Bloomberg Media's podcasts offer insights and analysis into the financial and business worlds through a mixture of timely reporting and narrative style programs. Its offering of podcasts already includes Foundering, Masters in Business, Odd Lots, The Pay Check, Prognosis, Stephanomics and more.

Study: Publishers are Posting Podcasts to YouTube


Podtrac
Podtrac

A new study from Podtrac shows that 22% of Podtrac's top 250 podcasts post full video episodes (people talking on camera) to YouTube that matched the audio episodes posted to RSS (Apple, Spotify, etc). 67% of top audio podcasts post inconsistently or not at all to YouTube, and 11% post audio-only episodes (including static image or waveform visual) there.

YouTube provided Podtrac with total views and unique monthly audience per channel to help answer this question for a sample of Podtrac's top measured weekly podcasts. Podtrac analyzed the availability of podcasts on YouTube among Podtrac's top 250 measured podcasts for February.

  • 67% (167 podcasts) either didn't have a YouTube Channel or had inconsistent or discontinued postings to their channel.

  • 22% (54 podcasts) posted full video episodes (people talking on camera) to YouTube that matched the audio episodes posted to RSS.

  • 11% (29 podcasts) posted audio episodes (including static image or waveform visual) to YouTube.

Podtrac analyzed the subset of its top 250 measured podcasts with a non-seasonal weekly publishing frequency for February 2022, 63 podcasts total.

  • 63% (40 podcasts) either didn't have a YouTube Channel or had inconsistent or discontinued postings to their channel.

  • 32% (20 podcasts) posted full video episodes (people talking on camera) to YouTube that matched the audio episodes posted to RSS.

  • 5% (3 podcasts) posted audio episodes (including static image or waveform visual) to YouTube.

Podtrac then analyzed the audience, downloads and views of the 20 podcasts in this weekly posting sample. The combined RSS download and YouTube view total for February 2022 was 75 million.

  • YouTube contributed an average of 41% of the views and downloads per podcast, Apple 36%, and Spotify 14%.

  • YouTube contributed an average of 35% of unique audience members per podcast, Apple 33%, and Spotify 20%.

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Sadie Black Named WYBB-WCOO/Charleston SC Music Dir.


Sadie Black
Sadie Black

Sadie Black is appointed Music Director of Active Rock WYBB-FM (98 Rock) and AAA WCOO-FM (105.5 The Bridge) in Charleston, SC, effective May 31. She'll also air in middays on WYBB. Black joins the LM Communications cluster from Golden Isle Broadcasting in South Georgia, where she handled middays on both Hot AC WXMK (Magic 105.9) and Country WRJY (104.1 The Wave). Previously, Black was with Alpha Media as APD at WFMX, WKRQ-FM-HD2 and WPCO in Columbia, SC.

LM Charleston OM and WYBB-WCOO Brand Manager Bryan Schock said, "I began the search to fill this position more than a year ago, and Sadie was the first person that I spoke with. Unfortunately, she wasn't available at that time. Between then and now there were a few other hiring possibilities that didn't end up working out, and now I know why. I'm thrilled to welcome SADIE to the team."

Black commented, "As much as I'll miss the Golden Isles and my GIB family, I'm thrilled to come home to South Carolina, especially to the Charleston area. I am so excited to join Bryan and the team at 98 Rock and 105.5 The Bridge. I truly missed working on Rock and Triple A formats, and this opportunity feels like the perfect fit."

LM Communications GM Rick Carmean said, "Sadie Black is a great addition to our team. We are all about being local. With Sadie'S experience and her love for Rock and Roll, we believe she will have a huge impact in Charleston."

Salem Signs Julie Hartman to a Radio/TV and Podcast Deal


Julie Hartman
Julie Hartman

Salem Media Group signs newly graduated Harvard University student Julie Hartman to a three pronged deal involving Salem Podcast Network, Salem News Channel and Salem Radio Network. Hartman will start in September, hosting 2 shows every weekend on Salem News Channel, three podcasts a week on the Salem Podcast Network and sub hosting on various Salem Radio Network programs.

"Julie represents a new generation of young media professionals, and we are adding some to the Salem platform, proving that even at Harvard you can come out a conservative if you keep your wits about you," said Salem Senior Vice President of Spoken Word Phil Boyce. "Her story is compelling and even riveting, and will probably be a book and a movie someday."

Hartman found Dennis Prager's book "Still the Best Hope" as a sophomore in college. She wrote to Prager to tell him how much his work influenced her and he invited her to visit him in his Los Angeles radio studio. Hartman then became a regular guest on the Prager radio show. By the end of the summer she had grown into a substitute host on the program, later doing a weekly podcast called "Dennis and Julie."

"Despite her young age, Julie Hartman has become one of the most important people in my life," said Prager. "Every generation seems to produce a tiny handful of brilliant and morally clear people who are also courageous fighters. She is one of them."

"I am honored that Salem Radio Network has entrusted me with this responsibility," said Hartman. "Finding Dennis Prager's work and getting to know him has illuminated my life's vocation. Because of him, I've been able to collaborate with many other remarkably talented people at Salem. My generation needs courageous, independent, truth-telling voices. My goal is to be among the best of them."

RAB Live Presentation to Focus Auto Category Future


Radio Advertising Bureau
Radio Advertising Bureau

As part of RAB's Radio Works initiative, the next live presentation in the series is titled "Radio Works for Automotive." It's focused on one of radio's most important categories and will share how sellers can best prospect automotive clients in the current climate. The current state of the economy, rising gas prices and the future of energy are all influencing consumer auto purchase decisions.

During this presentation at noon CT on Wednesday, June 15, CivicScience Vice President of Media Insights Courtney Godshall, and Vice President of Client Success Casey Taylor, will provide current research on the automotive market and consumer purchase behavior. They will also share the role that radio plays in delivering information to auto buying intenders. Cox Media Group integrated media consultant Jodi Korlacki, will also be on hand to share client success stories.

Registration for the presentation is free for RAB members. The presentation will also be available for on-demand viewing. To register, click here.

Oladokun Launches ''Light on Radio'' on Apple Music Country


Light on Radio
Light on Radio

Singer and songwriter Joy Oladokun launches "Light on Radio," a new bi-weekly radio series airing on Apple Music's live-streaming radio station Apple Music Country. On the program, Oladokun celebrates music's power to bring people together and shines a light on her favorite artists, songwriters and storytellers.

"This is a radio show about life, love, mental health, and good tunes. I'm really excited to share songs that I love and songs that I've forgotten about and also to talk about things that really matter to me. I think that music is this great medium that we have to say things that really mean a lot in ways that aren't as offensive to the palate, so let's have some hard but good discussions," said Oladokun in the premiere episode.

She addsed, "I really do believe with my whole heart that music is one of the means that we have to help each other and heal each other and it's this really spiritual cosmic force that can be used for great good if you're paying attention. I'm gonna play songs that I love and play songs that have helped me through hard times or play songs that have asked hard questions of me or the people who wrote them."

In the inaugural episode, Oladokun talks mental health, current events, the importance of self care and being influenced by the likes of Kendrick Lamar, Maren Morris and Aretha Franklin. She also plays an eclectic mix of tracks from Brittany Howard, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, The Chicks, Michael Kiwanuka and more.

With Light on Radio, Oladokun joins the ranks of Tim McGraw, Fancy Hagood, Rissi Palmer, Dave Cobb, Morgan Evans, Dierks Bentley and Maren Morris, all of whom have helmed original radio shows on Apple Music Country.

Parker Hillis Named Brand Manager for KILT-AM/Houston


Parker Hillis
Parker Hillis

Parker Hillis is named Brand Manager of Audacy's KILT-AM (Sports Radio 610) in Houston, effective June 6. Hillis joins KILT after previously serving as Assistant Program Director of Bonneville's KKFN-FM (104.3 The Fan) in Denver, a role he'd held since January 2022. He joined Bonneville in April, 2019 as executive producer. This move marks Hillis' second stint with Audacy as he previously served in a variety of producer roles for KRLD (105.3 The Fan) in Dallas from 2014 to 2019, including the station's flagship coverage of the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers.

"Parker is a rising star," said Audacy Houston Senior Vice President and Market Manager Sarah Frazier. "He has impressed us since day one with his innovative ideas, focus on talent coaching and work ethic. We're thrilled to have him join our Audacy team."

"I'm excited to join the Sports Radio 610 team in Houston," added Hillis. "The opportunity to direct and grow an already incredible Audacy brand is truly an honor."

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Top Honors Presented at the 47th Annual Gracie Awards


47th Annual Gracie Awards
47th Annual Gracie Awards

The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented the 47th Annual Gracie Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. Hosted by Holly Robinson Peete, the awards recognized exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media and entertainment. Ava Duvernay, Jillian Mercado, Tamron Hall and Pose received top honors during the ceremony.

Highlights from the awards include:

  • Actress Jillian Mercado received the Gracie Award for her role in the Showtime drama The L Word: Generation Q, which she dedicated to the millions of people with disabilities who want to see physical manifestations of themselves on screen. In a heartfelt speech she said, "It was hard to imagine that as a young disabled Latina, I would ever be on this stage with you all winning this award for Actress in a Breakthrough Role. My mind can't honestly compute what is happening but I am so beyond thankful and grateful to be here." She continued, "opportunities are far and few in between for the disabled community. We must do better."

  • Tamron Hall accepted the Gracie Award for "Best On-Air Talent." In her acceptance speech, she spoke about the importance of seeing diverse role models on screen and noted her appreciation for trailblazers like Carole Simpson, Robin Roberts, Diane Sawyer, Barbara Walters, Linsey Davis. Hall concluded her speech by addressing the Texas elementary school tragedy, saying. "You don't have to be a parent to understand pain, you don't have to be a mom to understand loss, but you have to be a human to open your eyes and to see that none of us should rest easy tonight because too many tonight won't be able to say goodnight."

  • Award-winning writer, director and producer Ava DuVernay accepted the award for "Best Family Series" for her first unscripted television series Home Sweet Home that sends powerful messages about inclusion and acceptance, and used the platform to encourage empathy after today's Texas elementary school tragedy. "It's so important to tell these [types of] stories because the stories that we tell each other matter. If we can tell stories that allow us to see each other in ways that we truly are our most intimate spaces, maybe we would safeguard so that there were not shootings, mass shootings. If we could just see each other, understand each other, have empathy for each other... . See each other," DuVernay pressed, "and let's be kind and better to each other. Storytelling can do that."

  • POSE was honored with the Grand Award for Drama. Actor Our Lady J took the stage to accept the award from Medalion Rahimi. "Thank you for tuning in to laugh with us, and not at us, as trans women continue to be the butt of jokes today," she said. "We're at a very volatile moment and a very sensitive and delicate moment for the trans community and for the world at whole. We know that we can go backwards in time and it's organizations, and thanks to allyships of every person in this room tonight that hopefully we won't go back in time."

  • Actress Nasim Pedrad accepted the award for "Best Actress in a Breakthrough Role in Comedy '' for CHAD, for which she is also creator, writer, executive producer and showrunner. She thanked the Alliance for Women in Media and her parents, saying, "Mom, I can't think of anything less exciting for immigrant parents than to find out your daughter wants a career in improv, but you always encouraged me to follow my heart and do what makes me happy."

  • Rose McIver presented the award for "Best Actress in Leading Role Drama" to Melanie Lynskey for her character in Showtime's acclaimed new series Yellowjackets. In her acceptance speech, Melanie joked, "It's amazing to be 45 years old in a size 12... and be playing the sexiest, most interesting, most fun role of my entire career. I never thought it was going to get better, but it did."

  • Medha Gandhi awarded "Co-host Radio Nationally Syndicated said, "I was often told by the higher ups in this industry that I was too different, too much of a tomboy, too nerdy, too outspoken, and not QUITE blonde enough to advance in this business. But, thanks to a few guardian angels who had some faith in me, here we are."

  • "We all benefit from standing on the shoulders of the successful women who have been honored before us on this Gracie stage," a highlight of the show from Ellen K, receiving Weekend Host/Personality Entertainment.

Singer-songwriter Christina Perri unveiled her baby bump for the first time on the red carpet and then performed during the show. She opened the gala with a special performance of her chart-topping single "A Thousand Years." Later in the evening she returned to the stage to perform "Evergone," a deeply personal song off of her new album about the loss of her daughter.

Additional winners, presenters and notable attendees included Dana Cortez, Brie and Nikki Bella, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Sheinelle Jones, Bethany Joy Lenz, Shannon Thornton, Sarah Thomas, Angelica Vale, Zach Sang, Ashley Williams, Mimi Rogers, the Mathis family, Deon Cole and more.

To view the complete list of winners, their work and acceptance speeches, visit allwomeninmedia.org.

How Many Shows Reach Majority of All Podcast Listeners


Edison Research
Edison Research

According to Edison Research, the immense number of existing podcasts and the saturation within the market, without question, is one of the most popular conversations ongoing in the industry. For an advertiser aiming to reach a large number of people -- choosing where to launch their boat in this sea of two million or so existing podcasts can be quite intimidating.

Last week, using Edison Podcast Metrics data, the firm looked at the "long tail" of podcast listening, and noted that the "big hits" of the medium account for a large portion of all listening. The metrics can also provide a roadmap and answer the important question: where on this tail should one advertise? For the advertiser looking for reach, a surprisingly small number of the total shows -- those at the top of the charts -- can get one's message to a surprisingly large portion of all podcast listeners.

So, how much reach can a brand can achieve among weekly podcast listeners if that brand were just to buy these 'biggest shows?' As the following graphic demonstrates, if one were to simply buy the top ten biggest shows in podcasting an advertiser would be reaching one-third of all weekly podcast listeners. Expand the buy to the top 25 shows, and one is pushing close to half.

Just the top 100 shows combined are reaching six-in-ten weekly podcast listeners, and if one could buy all of the top 1,000 podcasts, 82% of all weekly podcast listeners would be exposed to the advertisement.

This access to 82% of the weekly podcast audience (more than 50 million Americans) is not only composed of shows from big-name networks, but independently operated ones too, such as Escuela de Nada (#707).

The company says, at this point, you can turn the numbers inside out -- buying every single one of the remaining podcasts beyond the top 1,000 will achieve an additional 18% reach.

This doesn't necessarily mean advertisers should ignore any podcast that falls below the top 1000. The 18% of the audience that is not reachable by the top 1,000 podcasts amount to millions of people accessible only by tapping into the shows beyond the top 1,000. Not to mention, these shows with smaller audiences are very useful in targeting specific types of listeners that align with specific types of brands.

Webinar Available for Hot New Radio Format in Canada


Coleman Insights and Alan Burns and Assoicates
Coleman Insights and Alan Burns and Assoicates

Coleman Insights president Warren Kurtzman and Alan Burns & Associates founder Alan Burns will present new research on a new format in Canada labeled Social FM, that infuses more personality content in music radio. In a free webinar on Thursday, June 2 at 2pm ET, Kurtzman and Burns will take a look at the format's biggest success so far -- Now! Radio in Edmonton -- and provide attendees with insights on what is driving the station's performance and the core perceptions listeners have of the brand.

"Given the success of Now! Radio in Edmonton and the expansion of the format to Calgary, Winnipeg, and Toronto, we expect that radio broadcasters beyond Canada will start taking a closer look at Social FM," said Burns. "This is especially true given that the need for radio stations to provide content that consumers can't get anywhere else is greater than ever."

"The research Coleman Insights and Alan Burns & Associates will share in this webinar will provide insights into what drives listeners to use Now! Radio in Edmonton and the perceptions they have developed of the station," added Kurtzman. "This will help broadcasters considering the format understand what they need to accomplish in order to be successful with it."

Registration is now open for the "Personality on Music Radio Stations: New Research on Social FM" webinar by clicking here.

WGN Morning Host Bob Sirott to Receive 2022 Dante Award


Bob Sirott
Bob Sirott

WGN-AM/Chicago morning drive host and broadcast television and radio legend Bob Sirott will receive the Dante Award from the Joint Civic Committee of Italian Americans (JCCIA) at a luncheon on Thursday, May 26. Since its inception in 1971, more than 40 Chicago journalists have received the Dante Award, which recognizes media professionals who pursue truth in their work.

"Looking at the long, impressive list of previous Dante Award winners, it makes me realize that the highly respected selection committee who decides who gets this award realized they had given this to every media person in Chicago except me. They simply ran out of names," said Sirott.

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SME's Global Podcast Division Launches ''The Binge''


The Binge
The Binge

Sony Music Entertainment's (SME) Global Podcast Division launches "The Binge," a first of its kind subscription channel providing fans with binge-access to full seasons of new podcasts each month from across SME's slate. Beginning Monday June 6, listeners can subscribe to "The Binge" on Apple Podcasts to access full seasons of two new original podcasts, "Witnessed: Friendly Fire" and "Fringe Network: Alien State," as well as a catalog of SME shows.

Developed to provide listeners with control of their listening experience and serve audiences ready for premium, bingeworthy shows, "The Binge" bundles some of the best podcasts from SME's network of creators and provides fans with at least one brand new binge-listen every month from storytellers and journalists. Each new show launch will offer subscribers the chance to listen to all episodes ad-free, all at once. In addition, the channel will also include ad-free access to library content from SME series including "Chameleon," "Death at the Wing," "Firebug," "The Doodler," "The Just Enough Family" and "Witnessed: Borderlands."

"We have been early believers in the power of subscription to drive the podcast industry forward and we see the demand and behavior of binge-listening across our network continuing to grow, similar to how it has across other forms of media," said SME Senior Vice President of Podcast Business Development and Operations Emily Rasekh. "With The Binge, we are building our offering based on those listening habits and delivering an unprecedented, new destination for listeners all around the world to get what they want, when they want it."

Focusrite Teams With Global Podcast Platform Acast


Acast and Focusrite
Acast and Focusrite

Focusrite, an audio interface manufacturer, teased its plans at The Podcast Show 2022 to team up with Acast. The companies will collaborate on forthcoming projects designed to better serve their mutual podcaster audiences. The project -- more details of which will be announced early next month -- will provide podcasters with access to the best technology and innovation from the two audio firms.

Focusrite has served a customer base of professional, commercial and hobbyist creators for more than three decades with its best-selling audio interfaces. Used by recording musicians, producers and podcasters alike, Focusrite interfaces provide the high-quality production of recorded sound whilst making creators' access to recording tech as easy as possible. Now, with Acast, they aim to keep creators at the heart of future product development.

Focusrite Head of Brand and Marketing Nicholas Howlett commented, "Focusrite puts creators' needs at the forefront of every decision we make -- an ethos we share with Acast. By bringing our two brands together, we're learning how to better serve our customers and ultimately see more creators empowered to share their stories. This partnership will see more podcasters -- and more podcasts -- emerging with better quality audio than ever before."

Acast Global Director of Business Development and Strategic Partnerships Marie Abesamis added, "Acast wants to make it as easy as possible for anyone who has a voice to start their own podcast. Focusrite produces some of the best audio tech around, so partnering with them helps give our podcasters access to even more of the tools they need for success."

SBS Elevates Elisa Torres to Chief Network Officer


Elisa Torres
Elisa Torres

Spanish Broadcasting System promotes Elisa Torres to Chief Network Officer/Executive VP for Aire Radio Networks and SBS National. Torres, the first female executive to hold a Chief position at SBS, will continue to oversee AIRE Radio Networks and spearhead the advancement of all network and national audio sales and marketing solutions. She was elevated to EVP in 2017 and initially joined SBS in 2013 to lead the establishment of AIRE Radio Networks and its syndication efforts.

Prior to joining AIRE Radio Networks and SBS, Torres played a role in establishing and developing some of the first Spanish Language audio networks in the country. She started her career with Caracol Radio and worked her way up to be an executive with Cumulus Media, formally ABC Radio Networks, where she launched ABC Radio Networks en Espanol and ESPN Deportes, the first Spanish Language sports network.

"Elisa has played an instrumental role in the creation, growth and development of Aire Radio Networks and our SBS national audio divisions," said SBS Chairman Raul Alarcon Jr. "Her transformational leadership combined with her tenacity to develop innovative partnership solutions and strategies has resulted in significant year-over-year revenue growth for our company. We are excited to have her at the helm of our continued advancement."

"The growth and success of Aire Radio Networks over the past ten years is a testament of Elisa's unique entrepreneurial ability to build audio vehicles that effectively reach and culturally engage Hispanic consumers across the country," added President and COO Albert Rodriguez. "From developing revenue-generating cross-platform solutions to overseeing one of our most successful operations, we couldn't be more proud to announce Elisa as the first female chief in SBS history."

"It's one of my greatest honors to work with the largest minority owned and certified Spanish Language multimedia company in the nation," said Torres. "I'm extremely grateful for the trust and commitment I've received from Raul, Albert and the SBS family for allowing me the opportunity to build a network that delivers on my passion to empower and inspire the Latino community."

FCC Denies Extension of FM Booster Comment Deadline


Federal Communications Commission
Federal Communications Commission

The Federal Communications Commission has denied a joint request by NAB and NPR for a two-week extension of the comment deadline in a proceeding on FM broadcast booster stations. The Extension Request asserted that NPR's and NAB's technical experts require additional time to analyze the "voluminous technical material" that GeoBroadcast Solutions (GBS) filed and that problems locating information in the Commission's electronic databases have slowed their review.

On May 19, GBS filed an opposition to request for an extension. GBS noted that it filed its most recent test report on March 30, 2022, and that the public has had ample opportunity to analyze its test results.

The agency found that NPR and NAB have not shown good cause in the Extension Request and that the public interest will be best served by expeditious review of the GeoBroadcast test reports and other material in the record.

In a statement, NAB Chief Legal Officer Rick Kaplan wrote, "The FCC's denial of NAB and NPR's two-week extension request is both surprising and disappointing, especially since the Commission has provided numerous extensions to GBS totaling over two years in length. We are not aware of a situation where the FCC has denied such a reasonable request, especially in a technical proceeding where documents were not readily available for examination. NAB sincerely hopes the FCC will read the comments submitted carefully and thoughtfully and not rush to judgment on an issue that presents such significant concerns for the broadcast radio industry."

Jose Andres to Receive Service to America Leadership Award


Jose Andres (credit: Josh Telles)
Jose Andres (credit: Josh Telles)

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) will present esteemed chef and humanitarian Jose Andres with the Service to America Leadership Award, the Foundation's highest individual honor. The award, which honors an individual's commitment to advocacy and public service, will be presented during the Celebration of Service to America Awards on June 7 at The Anthem in Washington, DC.

Andres is highly acclaimed globally for his avant-garde cuisine served through his restaurant collective, ThinkFoodGroup. Twice honored in Time Magazine's "100 Most Influential People" and a New York Times best-selling author, Andres was awarded by President Barack Obama in 2015 the National Humanities Medal, which honors individuals or groups whose work has deepened the nation's understanding of the humanities. In 2021 Andres launched Jose Andres Media, which will produce unscripted and scripted television series, books, podcasts, and digital content with a focus on stories about the power of food.

Through his non-profit, World Central Kitchen (WCK), Andres leads humanitarian efforts to feed communities in need and reduce food insecurity during times of crisis. Andres and his team have served fresh meals to those affected by man-made and natural disasters across six continents, including serving over 3.6 million meals to those affected in Puerto Rico by Hurricane Maria in 2017.

Most recently, WCK partnered with local leaders, farmers and restaurants to help those experiencing food insecurity caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and laying the foundation for smarter national food policy. Andres and WCK have been on the ground in Ukraine cooking nonstop since late February, where they have served nearly 30 million meals.

Andres' groundbreaking work with WCK is also the focus of the upcoming documentary film "We Feed People." Produced by National Geographic and directed by Academy Award-winner Ron Howard, the film will premiere on Disney Plus on May 27.

"Jose Andres is a culinary trailblazer, not only in the kitchen but through his dedication to feeding people and communities in need around the world," said NABLF President Michelle Duke. "When disaster strikes, the World Central Kitchen has stepped in to ensure communities have the strength to rebuild and that no one goes hungry. NABLF is honored to celebrate Andres' devotion to combatting food insecurity with the Service to America Leadership Award."

Previous recipients of the Service to America Leadership Award include "Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, award-winning-artist John Legend, multi-platform country music star Sara Evans and Grammy-winning musician Jon Bon Jovi.

For more information about the awards and event, visit servicetoamericaawards.org.

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The Gracie Awards: The Alliance for Women in Media Foundation presented the 47th Annual Gracie Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, CA. The awards recognized exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facets of media. Pictured is Patty Steele on the red carpet. She was honored with National Podcast - Lifestyle Limited Series, for

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