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Washington, DC - Tony Perkins, weather forecaster for ABC's "Good Morning America," will serve as master of ceremonies for the seventh annual Service to America Summit on June 13, 2005 in Washington, DC. The celebration recognizes outstanding community service by local broadcasters and other leading citizens.
With a career spanning nearly 25 years in broadcasting, Perkins began his career as a desk assistant in the Washington bureau of ABC News. He later hosted and produced top-rated, award-winning programs with WDCA-TV Washington, WKYS-FM Washington and WTTG-TV Washington, where he became one of the most popular TV personalities in the nation's capital. In March 1999, Perkins joined "Good Morning America" as weather forecaster. In addition, he regularly contributes music and entertainment segments for the program and has interviewed music legends such as Ringo Starr and Stevie Wonder. His weather reporting has also been featured on CNN's "Larry King Live" and Fox News Channel's "On the Record with Greta Van Sustren."
The Service to America Summit is sponsored and produced by the NABEF with major support from Bonneville International Corporation and the National Association of Broadcasters. In recent years, the summit has recognized former President Jimmy Carter and First Lady Rosalyn Carter, First Lady Laura Bush, former First Lady Nancy Reagan, boxing legend Muhammad Ali and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani for their contributions and service to communities nationwide.
Founded in 1964, Bonneville operates 20 radio stations in the Chicago, San Francisco, Washington, D.C., St. Louis, and Salt Lake City markets, as well as KSL-TV in Salt Lake City. Bonneville's motto is "do good, do well, make a difference, and have fun." In addition to competing aggressively in major market broadcasting, Bonneville has a tradition of commitment to community.
The National Association of Broadcasters Education Foundation (NABEF) is a non-profit organization dedicated to serving the public interest in supporting and advocating: education and training programs, strategies to increase diversity, initiatives stressing the importance of the First Amendment, community service, philanthropy, and other timely broadcasting issues.
The National Association of Broadcasters is a full-service trade association that promotes and protects free, over-the-air local radio and television stations' interests in Washington and around the world. NAB is the broadcaster's voice before Congress, federal agencies and the courts. NAB also serves a growing number of associate and international broadcaster members. Information about NAB can be found at www.nab.org.