Washington, DC (February 11, 2009)--Comedian and actor Bob Newhart will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame during the NAB Show Television Luncheon on Monday, April 20, in Las Vegas. NAB President and CEO David K. Rehr will present the award.
"Bob is a cultural icon who has entertained millions of Americans both on and off the camera for more than five decades," said Rehr. "His legendary accomplishments in broadcasting and film have set the tone for a generation of TV shows, inspired entertainers across the industry, and thrilled audiences worldwide. We are proud to honor him as he celebrates his 50th anniversary in show business in 2009."
The Bob Newhart Show, which recently marked its 35th anniversary, aired on CBS from 1972 to 1978, followed by the successful Newhart series. The show was nominated for an Emmy as Outstanding Comedy Series (1977), ranked as number 44 on TV Guide's "50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time" (2002), and received TV Land's prestigious Icon Award at a gala televised ceremony (2004). The Show was also featured on Time Magazine's unranked list of "100 Best TV Shows of All-time" (2007).
Newhart is a recipient of many honors, including induction into the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame, the prestigious Mark Twain Prize for American Humor presented by the Kennedy Center, and a designation as an American Master by PBS. In 2004, Newhart was listed as number 14 on Comedy Central Presents: 100 Greatest Stand-Ups of All Time. Among Newhart's favorite honors is his selection as Grand Marshall of the 102nd Tournament of Roses Parade.
Previous NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame television inductees include Bob Barker, NBC's Meet the Press, Regis Philbin, The Tonight Show, Saturday Night Live, Ted Koppel, M*A*S*H, 60 Minutes, The Today Show and Star Trek, among others.
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