New York - Feb 19, 2014 - Richard E. Wiley, chairman of Wiley Rein and a former chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, will receive the 2014 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award. The Award will be presented during the Broadcasters Foundation of America breakfast on April 9 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas during the 2014 NAB Show.
Wiley heads an 80-attorney communications practice. As chairman of the FCC from 1974 to 1977, he fostered increased competition and lessened regulation in the communications field. Wiley played a pivotal role in the development of HDTV in this country, serving for nine years as chairman of the FCC's Advisory Committee on Advanced Television Service from 1987 to 1995. He represents a number of major communications-oriented organizations, including Verizon, AT&T, JP Morgan, Credit Suisse, Motorola, CBS, Belo, Gannett, Sirius/XM, Emmis, Gray Television, and LG.
Wiley has often been profiled by the media and recognized for his expertise and contributions to the communications industry. He has been recognized by Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington's 30 superstar lawyers for his role as "the unofficial sixth commissioner" of the FCC (2011) and consistently listed as one of Washington's Best Lawyers and Top Lawyers in the magazine. He was named the most prominent telecommunications lawyer and lobbyist in Washington by Broadcasting & Cable in 2005, and he was honored with the National Association of Broadcasters' Distinguished Service Award in 2002.
The Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award honors an individual in broadcasting whose work exemplifies innovation, community service, advocacy, and entrepreneurship. It salutes its namesake Lowry Mays and is underwritten by The Clear Channel Foundation and Wiley Rein.
The Broadcasters Foundation of America Breakfast is complimentary due to the generosity of its sponsors. Over the years, the Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars to thousands of broadcasters and their families. Individual membership is $150 a year. Donations can be made to the Guardian Fund, and corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative.