Alan Alda will receive the National Association of Broadcasters’ Distinguished Service Award (NAB DSA) at the 2019 NAB Show.
Alda will accept the award at the NAB Show opening session on 8th April.
The NAB DSA recognises those who have made a significant contribution to the broadcast industry. Previous recipients include Michael J. Fox, President Ronald Reagan, Edward R. Murrow, Bob Hope, Walter Cronkite and Oprah Winfrey.
Alda is best known for his starring role as Dr Hawkeye Pierce in the hit TV show M*A*S*H, which was itself inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame in 1996.
Alda has won seven Emmy awards and has been nominated 34 times. He remains the only person to win acting, directing and writing Emmys for the same series (M*A*S*H).
He has also appeared in The West Wing, 30 Rock and The Blacklist, as well as the films Bridges of Spies and The Aviator.
Alda also helped found the nonprofit Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University in New York, which has trained over 12,000 scientists and medical professionals in the U.S and abroad.
“Alan Alda is an authentic entertainer whose incredible talent and enduring characters have engaged audiences for decades,” said NAB president and CEO Gordon Smith. “We look forward to celebrating the immeasurable contributions he’s made to television and film at the 2019 NAB Show.”