New LABF Board Members Deborah Parenti (left) and Dan Spears

The Library of American Broadcasting Foundation (LABF) elected two new board members at its recent board meeting: Streamline Publishing President Deborah Parenti and BMI Vice President of Licensing and Industry Relations Dan Spears.

The announcement came from long-time D.C.-based communications attorney and former NAB General Counsel Jack Goodman and Beasley Media Group Chief Communications Officer Heidi Raphael. Goodman replaced Hubbard Radio CEO Ginny Morris as co-chair of the LABF in mid-2021. Morris had served as chair of the LABF Board of Directors since 2013; she remains on the foundation’s board.

At the meeting, 11 board members were reelected to new three-year terms: Chandra Clark, Ginny Morris, Harry Jessell, Heather Birks, John Taylor, Joyce Tudryn, Larry Patrick, Richard Liebner, Michael Carter, Wally Podrazik and Dennis Wharton. Executive Committee members elected to additional two-year terms were co-chair Heidi Raphael, Jim Morley, Joyce Tudryn, Marci Burdick, Harry Jessell and David Kennedy.

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Other current LABF board members include Mike Conway, Dave “Chachi” Denes, April Carty-Sipp, Gary Chapman, John Dille, Harry Jessell, Erwin Krasnow, Brian Philips, Patricia Smullin, Jeff Smulyan, Julie Talbott, Erica Farber, Dr. Judy Kuriansky, Mary Collins and Pierre Bouvard. Kathleen Kirby, a partner at Wiley Rein LLP, serves as LABF’s counsel.

“The LABF Board, and the broadcast industry as a whole, is indebted to Ginny Morris for her service to the Library and its mission of preserving the legacy of broadcasting and archiving its history,” said Raphael and Goodman in a joint statement. “We are delighted Ginny is remaining with LABF as a Board member.”

The foundation also extended its gratitude to Ramsey Woodworth, who transitioned off the board following more than 20 years of service.

The LABF is the philanthropic arm of the Library of American Broadcasting, the largest U.S. collection of broadcast history, policy and tradition, including historical documents, professional papers, oral and video histories, books, scripts and photographs. It is based at the University of Maryland in College Park.

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