Craig Melvin, news anchor of NBC morning show Today and anchor at MSNBC, will host the Broadcasters Foundation of America’s 2019 Golden Mike gala. Perry Sook, Nexstar Media Group chairman/president/CEO, gets the award. The event happens March 6 at the Plaza Hotel in New York.
Country duo Sugarland, featuring Jennifer Nettles and Kristian Bush, will perform.
Previous Golden Mike recipients include Graham Media Group president/CEO Emily Barr, former Hearst TV president/CEO David Barrett, former NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg and NAB president/CEO Gordon Smith.
Sook founded Nexstar in 1996. The Irving, Texas-based company has grown into one of the nation’s largest local broadcasters. It closed on a $4.6 billion acquisition of Media General in 2017.
The Broadcasters Foundation has distributed millions of dollars in aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease or unforeseen tragedy.