The Celebration of Service to America Awards is an annual gala designed to celebrate and honor you – local broadcasters who serve their communities every day. For the past 20 years, the NAB Leadership Foundation has provided a platform to showcase your hard work to the policymakers and leaders making decisions impacting our industry.

From investigative journalism to emergency weather reports, you and your team don’t let anything get in your way when providing the news and latest information your viewers and listeners needs. To thank you and commemorate your amazing commitment, this evening is designed for you.

As a Service to America Award recipient, you will join the exclusive group of winners whose hard work and dedication have been recognized before the National Association of Broadcasters, members of Congress, the Federal Communications Commission and the broadcast executives leading our industry.

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6 at 11:59 pm

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As an award member, you will receive

  • A FREE trip to and hotel in Washington, D.C., to attend the black tie gala at The Anthem
  • Award acceptance and photo opportunity with your congressional representative or broadcasting leader
  • Press exposure to the entire industry highlighting your dedication and commitment to your community
  • Social media coverage leading up to and throughout the evening
  • Personalized crystal award and medal honoring your dedication
  • VIP after party access following award ceremony
  • Red carpet entrance with photo opportunities for your entire team

It’s time for your station and community to be recognized during our industry’s most inspirational evening. Join past Leadership Award recipients like John Legend, Glenn Close, Bill Clinton and Stevie Wonder in sharing this honorable award. This year, we’ve made the application process easier! As you create your application, please be prepared to answer the following question:

Please describe the campaign, project or program and how it met the needs of your local community. Please include details on how this entry made a lasting or meaningful impact on your community. Where applicable, your response should also include details on any or all of the following:

  • Third-party partnerships: nature of the partnership, length/history of existence and accomplishments, etc.
  • Investigative journalism: results of the reporting, total off-air hours dedicated to the investigation, etc.
  • Innovative use of new technology: description of the new technology or innovation, how it facilitated the completion of your project, etc.

Need submission inspiration?

Explore the types of work we honored with last year’s winners.

Television Small Market: WCTV Tallahassee, Fla.
Television Medium Market: WREG-TV Memphis, Tenn.
Television Large Market: WKMG-TV Orlando, Fla.
Television Ownership Group: Hearst Television, Inc.
Radio Small Market: WLEN-FM Adrian, Mich.
Radio Ownership Group: Beasley Media Group

Radio Major Market: WMMR-FM Philadelphia, Pa.

Radio Medium Market: WYCT-FM Pensacola, Fla.

Your impact is important to your community and your community is important to this industry. Don’t miss your chance to be recognized for the community service and commitment you provide to your local community and beyond.


Need More Entry Help?
For personal entry help, please reach out to NAB Leadership Foundation Marketing and Events Manager Jessica Stevens at






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