The 43rd Annual Gracie Awards Luncheon was held at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City, Wednesday. The luncheon honors the accomplishments of local and student women in media and entertainment. You’re looking at the Radio Ink table, featuring: (Top Row) Heather Cohen, The Weiss Agency; Dennis Clark, iHeartMedia; Radio Ink Publisher Deborah Parenti; Amy Bolton, CBS News; Marlo Rucci, ESPN; Deborah Rodriguez, CBS News; Peter Smyth; Sheri Collins, The Shark Group. (Bottom Row) Elizabeth Fabio, iHeartMedia; Julie Talbott, Premiere Networks; Steve Jones, ABC; Darren Davis, iHeartMedia.
The luncheon, which was sold out, was attended by virtually all the major broadcast groups. Judy Woodruff was presented the Lifetime Achievement Award by Jane Pauley.
Radio Ink’s June MIW issue was part of the celebration with a copy distributed to each attendee.
Also in the sold out crowd was a large contingent from Cumulus. Four Cumulus Media hosts were honored: (L-R) Joan Hamburg, The Joan Hamburg Show, 77 WABC Radio/New York in the “Talk Show” category; Mary Walter, Mornings on the Mall, WMAL-AM, Washington, DC, in the “Crisis Coverage” category; Rita Cosby, Curtis & Cosby, 77 WABC Radio/New York in the “Talk Interview Feature” category; and Jayde Donovan, Todd & Jayde in the Morning, 95.5 WPLJ-FM/New York in the “Co-host” category. The winners are flanked by Suzanne Grimes (L), EVP, Marketing, Cumulus Media and Mary Berner (R), CEO, Cumulus Media.