That’s as named by the Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association. O’Rielly will be recognized at the NYSBA Broadcast Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon during the NAB New York Show in October.
David L. Donovan, President of the New York State Broadcasters, said: “Commissioner O’Rielly’s connection with New York runs deep. The University of Rochester graduate stated during his confirmation hearings in 2013, ‘I was born and raised in a small city located on the Erie Canal, just outside Buffalo, New York…The people of Lockport are hearty, hardworking, holders of strong faith, and fans of the Buffalo Bills. They accept the hard winter weather and lack of sun as a badge of honor.'”
Prior to being nominated by President Barak Obama in 2013, Commissioner O’Rielly served in key positions in the U.S. Senate.