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Broadcasters Foundation Honors Late President Jim Thompson

The Broadcasters Foundation of America is honoring its longtime former president and beloved broadcaster, Jim Thompson, with a home page takeover on its website at . Thompson, who passed away on this day a year ago, took the reins of the Broadcasters Foundation in 2008. During his 14-year tenure he led the charity to raise $10 million, quadrupling the amount of financial aid awarded to radio and TVim professionals in need from debilitating illness, accident, or disaster. BFoA chair Scott Herman says, “It’s hard to believe our friend and colleague left us a year ago. A true leader and exceptional human being, Jim helped everyone all the time. That’s the kind of person he was. I am proud to have known Jim for nearly 40 years as a colleague and a friend. He is sorely missed.” Thompson’s career included president and CEO of Group W Radio and co-owner of Liberty Broadcasting. He created the Radio Mercury Awards and served on the boards of the Radio Advertising Bureau and the Advertising Council and was vice chair of the Pennsylvania State Broadcasters Association. Upon Thompson’s passing, the Broadcasters Foundation created The Jim Thompson Memorial Fund, which remains open in his honor. You can donate any amount to the fund here.