Las Vegas, NV—Each year the NAB Distinguished Service Awards recognizes broadcasters who have made significant and lasting contributions to the broadcasting industry. This year, entertainment industry legend Alan Alda will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award during the NAB Show Opening session on April 8.
Past recipients include Bob Schieffer, Mary Tyler Moore, President Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood.
Alda first appeared on the big screen in 1963 with Gone Are the Days! Since then, he has appeared in dozens of movies. However, he is best known for his starring role as Dr. Hawkeye Pierce in the hit television series M*A*S*H, which debuted in 1972 and ran for 11 seasons. The comedic drama, set during the Korean War, was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996.
In addition to playing a starring role in the series, Alda directed and cowrote its feature-length final episode in 1983. The show made Alda the only person to win acting, directing and writing Emmys for the same series. Moreover, it still ranks in the top 10 list of most-watched programs in the U.S.
In 2004, Alda joined the sixth season of The West Wing as Senator Arnold Vinick, for which he also received an Emmy. In total, he won seven Emmy awards. He also received 34 nominations.
“Alan Alda is an authentic entertainer whose incredible talent and enduring characters have engaged audiences for decades,” Gordon Smith.
Alan Alda & the Sciences
Furthermore, Alda became host of Scientific American Frontiers in 1993. He continued with what became Alan Alda in Scientific American Frontiers until the PBS show ended in 2005. Alda’s deep interest in science led him to help found the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York. The organization has trained more than 12,000 scientists and medical professionals in the United States and abroad. He also recently launched The Alda Communication Training Company, the proceeds of which support the Center for Communicating Science.
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