Comedian and philanthropist Jerry Lewis will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award at next month’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. Lewis is slated to accept the award at the opening session on April 13. In addition to his decades-long work in the entertainment industry, Lewis, 89, was national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA), hosting marathons that raised over $2 billion for patient care and research. Lewis no longer is associated with the MDA.
“Jerry Lewis’s slapstick brand of comedy has entertained audiences for decades, and his contributions to the entertainment industry are immeasurable,” said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith. “We are honored to recognize not only his comedic innovation, but also his remarkable philanthropic efforts that have bettered the lives of thousands of children.”
The annual award recognizes members of the broadcast community who have made significant and lasting contributions to broadcasting. Previous recipients include Jorge Ramos, Bob Schieffer, Michael J. Fox, Mary Tyler Moore, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite, Oprah Winfrey and Charles Osgood.
The NAB Show, running April 11-16, is billed as the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms.