New York - Mar 14, 2012 - Rick Buckley, former president and chief executive officer of Buckley Broadcasting will be the posthumous recipient of this year's Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America. The Award will be presented posthumously during Foundations breakfast on April 18 at the Wynn Hotel in Las Vegas, in conjunction with the 2012 NAB Show.
Buckley was a respected broadcaster who passed away suddenly in July 2011 from a brain embolism. For more than four decades Buckley led the family-owned Buckley Broadcasting, which includes renowned WOR Radio in New York.
He was a longtime member of the Broadcasters Foundation board of directors and served as its treasurer for many years. In recognition of his commitment to the charitable mission of the Broadcasters Foundation, The Rick Buckley Memorial Fund was established shortly after his passing.
A champion for the radio industry, Buckley was a past chairman of the board of the Radio Advertising Bureau and a past chair of the Southern California Broadcaster's Association. As a member of the board of trustees at his alma mater, the University of Miami, Buckley was instrumental in establishing the Richard D. Buckley Audio Lab. Just prior to his untimely passing, Buckley was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame in June.
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 has provided millions of dollars in aid to colleagues who lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen tragedy that left them unable to work or support themselves.