NAPLES — Radio broadcaster George Beasley has been awarded the National Radio Award from the National Association of Broadcasters.
Beasley founded the company that bears his name in 1961 with one station in North Carolina. He purchased his first Southwest Florida radio station in 1986 and moved the corporate offices to Naples in 1988. The company operates 52 stations today.
The National Association of Broadcasters presents the National Radio Award annually to an individual who has shown exemplary leadership in the radio industry. “George Beasley's entrepreneurial spirit and passion for our business have made a very positive and lasting impact on all of radio,” says John David, the association's executive vice president of radio, in a statement. “The NAB is proud to recognize a true family broadcaster for a remarkable and honorable legacy in broadcasting.”
In addition, Beasley was awarded America's best broadcaster by Radio Ink, an industry publication, at the Radio Show in Atlanta recently.
“George Beasley is a true broadcaster in every sense of the word; his passion for radio and his belief in the power of our medium is as strong today as it was when he built his first station in 1961,” says son and Beasley Media Group President and Chief Operating Officer Bruce Beasley, in a statement. “He is an amazing entrepreneur who has built a pure-play radio company that values its 800-plus employees, encourages unparalleled community service, supports its local and national advertisers and strives to produce the best in music, news and entertainment for Beasley Media's 7.7 million weekly listeners through 52 radio stations nationwide.”