JOHN WILLIAMS SALUTED BY BMI BOARD AT 60th ANNUAL NAB DINNER IN LAS VEGAS
Las Vegas, April 16, 2008 – The Board of Directors of Broadcast Music,
Inc.® (BMI) saluted legendary BMI composer John Williams at its 60^th
annual dinner honoring the Directors of the National Association of
Broadcasters (NAB) on April 15. Hosted by BMI Board Chairman Jack Sander
and BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, the dinner was held at the Bellagio
hotel in Las Vegas during the NAB convention.
Saluted for a \"lifetime of brilliant music and performances that have
thrilled audiences throughout the world on television, on radio, in
concert halls and at the movies,\" Williams was recognized as an iconic
composer who almost single-handedly popularized orchestral music. His
music has been the lexicon of the broadcasting world for a generation,
with his stunning and memorable themes spanning films such as Star
Wars, Jaws, E.T. and Superman; and televisions series, shows and
specials including Checkmate, Lost In Space and the Olympic Games.
\"John Williams is truly America\'s composer and conductor,\" said Sander.
\"He has been one of the most influential musicians of our era,
introducing audiences worldwide to orchestral music through his themes
and scores. One of America\'s greatest cultural icons, his melodic gifts
helped make the films, television shows and orchestral works he created
resonate across the globe.\"
Bryant added, \"The management and Board of Directors of BMI have chosen
John for this honor because of the impact his music has made across all
media — broadcast and digital — and the cultural contributions he has
made as a composer, musician, conductor, television personality and
Also at the dinner were renowned songwriter/artist/actor Mac Davis
(\"Baby Don\'t Get Hooked On Me,\" \"In The Ghetto\"), legendary BMI
songwriter/composer Charlie Fox (\"Killing Me Softly,\" Happy Days
theme), Philly Soul pioneers Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff (\"If You Don\'t
Know Me By Now,\" \"Expressway To Your Heart\"), prolific television news
theme composer Frank Gari (Eyewitness News theme) and multiple Emmy-
and Grammy-winner Mike Post (Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Law and
Order). Joining BMI\'s Board of Directors were NAB President & CEO David
Rehr, executives and Board members of the NAB, and current and former
The dinner has been held annually during the NAB convention since 1949,
when it began as a clambake at Chicago\'s Blackstone Hotel. \"Over the
years the event has become the senior annual meeting place of the
broadcast industry,\" said Don West, former editor of Broadcasting &
Cable, who began attending the dinner in 1960. \"Owners and executives
of this most competitive industry, who spend their days and nights
fighting each other for a quarter of a rating point, were as one . . .
once a year. The friendships formed at the dinner extended throughout
the years, if not the ages.\"
Broadcast Music, Inc.® (BMI) is an American performing right
organization that represents more than 375,000 songwriters, composers
and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 6.5 million
works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from
around the world for over 65 years. The non-profit-making U.S.
corporation collects license fees from businesses that use music, which
it then distributes as royalties to the musical creators and copyright
owners it represents.
Shown, left to right:
Photo by Randall Michaelson:
BMI President & CEO Del Bryant; Composer John Williams; and BMI
Board Chairman Jack Sander.
Composer Mike Post, Songwriter Mac Davis, Songwriter Charlie Fox,
Composer John Williams, BMI President & CEO Del Bryant, Songwriter Kenny
Gamble, Songwriter Leon Huff.
Robbin Ahrold, BMI
Jerry Bailey, BMI