"'Everybody Loves Raymond' is a great example of high quality broadcast programming that provides family entertainment, resonates with audiences of all ages, and above all, makes us laugh," said NAB President and CEO Gordon Smith.
The show, which debuted in 1996, aired for nine seasons, and ranked among the top 10 programs on television beginning with the 2000-2001 season. "Everybody Loves Raymond" completed its network run on the CBS Television Network in May 2005 with the series finale drawing more than 32 million viewers. A huge hit in prime time, the show has also been a ratings winner in syndication, consistently ranking in the top five of all syndicated programming.
"Everybody Loves Raymond" is a family comedy, combining real-life situations; strong, well-defined characters; distinctive performances by expert comic actors; and crisp, clever writing. Several of the show's principal writers, many of whom are among Hollywood's top comedic writers, participated in the April 7 induction ceremony.
The series follows the relationships between three close-knit generations of the Barone family that happen to live too close for comfort. The main character is sportswriter Ray Barone (Ray Romano), who lives in Long Island, NY, with his wife, Debra (Patricia Heaton), and their three children. Living just across the street are Ray's meddling parents, Marie (Doris Roberts) and Frank (Peter Boyle). And, constantly moving in and out of his parents' house is Ray's older brother, Robert (Brad Garrett).
During its network run, the series received numerous accolades, including multiple Emmy Awards, Screen Actors Guild Awards and People's Choice and Golden Globe nominations.
The series was created by Phil Rosenthal and executive-produced by Rosenthal, Ray Romano, Stu Smiley and Rory Rosegarten. The series was produced by Worldwide Pants, Inc. and HBO Independent Productions. "Everybody Loves Raymond" is distributed domestically in syndication by CBS Television Distribution and internationally by CBS Studios International.
Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include "American Idol," Betty White, Garry Marshall, "Meet the Press," Bob Newhart, "The Tonight Show," "Saturday Night Live," Ted Koppel, "M*A*S*H," "60 Minutes," "The Today Show" and "Star Trek."
Steve Harvey began his career in the mid-1980s as a stand-up comedian. The long-time host of "It's Showtime at the Apollo" has held numerous positions acting, hosting, writing and producing for television and film. Currently, Harvey hosts the top-rated syndicated radio program, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show;" the syndicated television game show "Family Feud;" and the television talk show "Steve Harvey," which earned him the 2013 People's Choice Award for "Favorite New Talk Show Host." Harvey recently renewed deals in January 2013 for his daytime television talk show and radio show.
"Steve Harvey entertains people of all ages with his unique and humorous perspective on life," said NAB Executive Vice President of Radio John David. "Mr. Harvey's dedication and talent have earned him great success, and we are thrilled to induct him into NAB's Broadcasting Hall of Fame."
Since 2000, "The Steve Harvey Morning Show" has provided humor, celebrity interviews, news and music to its listeners. The show, which has been syndicated by Premiere Networks since 2005, currently airs on 70 radio stations, reaching more than 6 million weekly listeners. It is also available on iHeartRadio.com and the iHeartRadio mobile app, Clear Channel's all-in-one digital radio service.
"The Steve Harvey Morning Show" is the #1 syndicated morning show in America and #1 with African American radio listeners. The popular "Strawberry Letter" segment, in which Harvey responds to listeners' relationship questions, led to his first book, "Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man," which is an international best-seller and was adapted into a major motion picture by Screen Gems.
Previous NAB Radio Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductees include Dave Ramsey, Bob Uecker, Gerry House, Ron Chapman, Vin Scully, Jack Buck, Harry Caray, Larry Lujack, Rick Dees and Dick Purtan.