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LABF Presents the 2024 Broadcast Historian Award to Terry Likes, Ph.D.
For Immediate Release: March 19, 2024
Contact: Heather Birks | 

Washington, D.C. – The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) is pleased to announce the winner of its 2024 Broadcast Historian Award is Dr. Terry Likes, for his audio production, Sharing a laugh: The impact of popular culture on the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.  

The relationship between the White House press corps and the President is often combative. However, there is one time of the year the mood lightens, when the President and reporters get along, just for a few hours, at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. This program looks at the history and the popular culture impact, featuring audio from current and former White House correspondents as well as memorable moments from Presidential speeches delivered at the event. 

Terry Likes, Ph.D., is a Professor and Head of the Department of Communication at Mississippi State University. Likes teaches courses in Radio News Reporting & Podcasting, Sports Announcing and more. Before joining MSU, Likes served as the Chair of the Department of Communications at Tennessee State University in Nashville and taught at Western Kentucky University. His freelance reports have aired in Washington, D.C., Tampa, St. Louis, Detroit, the Kentucky News Network and Tennessee Radio Network. He previously worked full-time as a television and radio news and sports reporter. 

Likes has produced many documentaries over the years specifically related to broadcast history including several pertaining to the relationship between the media and the President. 

In 2015 LABF and BEA partnered to establish the annual Broadcast Historian Award.  Each year the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) and BEA present the Broadcast Historian Awards. With the support of LABF, BEA annually provides two $2,500 awards. The Broadcast Historian Book Award is presented to an educator who has published a book specifically related to broadcast/media history. The Broadcast Historian Creative Award is presented to an educator who has produced a documentary/multimedia project specifically related to broadcast/media history. 

The LABF supports a broadcast archive housed at the University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland.  

About the BEA Convention BEA’s annual convention is held in conjunction with NAB Show in Las Vegas every spring. Co-located next door at the Westgate Hotel and Casino, BEA’s annual convention attracts 1,200 educators and students with 250 sessions, events, research panels, technology workshops and an exhibit hall, making BEA the largest conference partner of NAB Show. 


About the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) – BEA is the professional association for professors, industry professionals and graduate students interested in teaching and research related to electronic media and multimedia enterprises. There are currently more than 2,500 individual and institutional members worldwide. Visit  for more information. 

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