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April 6, 2009

Four-Time Emmy Winner Kelsey Grammer Becomes First Recipient of NAB Television's Chairman's Award

--NABEF Broadcast Leadership Program founder Diane Sutter to receive Broadcast Leadership Award at Television Luncheon emceed by Actress Tracee Ellis Ross--

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WASHINGTON, DC -- Four-time Emmy and two-time Golden Globe-winning actor Kelsey Grammer will receive the Television Chairman's Award, April 20 in Las Vegas at the NAB Show Television Luncheon, sponsored by VCI Solutions.

Grammer has excelled at the highest level in theater, television and film as an actor, producer, executive producer and director. Best known for his two-decade portrayal of psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane in the classic NBC sitcoms "Cheers" (1984-1993) and its spin off "Frasier" (1993-2004), Grammer was nominated four Emmys for playing his character on three different sitcoms with the third being a guest appearance on "Wings." Grammer is also an accomplished voice-over artist providing the voices for popular animated characters such as Sideshow Bob from "The Simpsons" and Stinky Pete the Prospector in "Toy Story 2" among others.

The new Television Chairman Award was established to recognize individuals for a significant breakthrough in one or more specific art disciplines in television.

"Not only has Mr. Grammer earned his place in television history as an exceptional actor, but he has also excelled in producing, directing and writing," said K. James Yager, CEO of Barrington Broadcast Group and NAB Television Board chairman. "His multifaceted talent makes him the perfect first-time honoree of this award."

Grammer is currently executive producer of the primetime television shows "Medium" on NBC and "The Game" on The CW Network. Other recent works include "Girlfriends" on CW and "The Sketch Show" on FOX. In addition, Grammer will serve as executive producer and star of the ABC comedy pilot "Pryors."

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Also at the Television Luncheon, Diane Sutter, president and CEO of ShootingStar Broadcasting in Boston and founder of the NAB Education Foundation's Broadcasting Leadership Training (BLT) program, will receive the NAB Leadership Award.

The BLT program was created in 2000 to help increase the number of women and minorities in broadcast ownership. Participants learn the specific skills relevant to owning and operating radio and TV stations and group management. Sutter continues to lead the program and even teaches some of the sessions herself.

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Award-winning television actress and director Tracee Ellis Ross will emcee the Television Luncheon. Ross plays a main character in the show "Girlfriends," which was produced by Grammer, and ran for eight seasons first on UPN and then The CW. She is also the daughter of legendary entertainer Diana Ross.

The Television Luncheon will also include the induction of Bob Newhart into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame.

About the 2009 NAB Show
The NAB Show will take place April 18 - 23, 2009 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 20). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering filmed entertainment and the development, management and delivery of content across all mediums. Complete details are available at

Online registration is now available for news media reporters interested in covering the NAB Show.

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