RTCA Announces Radio Personality Bobby Bones As Guest Emcee at the 73rd Annual RTCA Dinner

RTCA Announces Radio Personality Bobby Bones As Guest Emcee at the 73rd Annual RTCA Dinner

Dear RTCA members:

The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce nationally-syndicated radio personality Bobby Bones will serve as guest emcee at the 73rd annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner set for October 25, 2017 at the National Building Museum.

Bones’ weekday radio program, The Bobby Bones Show originates from iHeartMedia’s WSIX-FM in Nashville, Tennessee and is heard on more than 100 stations nationwide as well as iHeartRadio.  

He also hosts a weekend countdown show Country Top 30; is a New York Times Best-Selling author for his first book, Bare Bones: I’m Not Lonely If You’re Reading This Book; a stand-up comedian performing sold-out shows on his Funny & Alone tour; and is half of the chart-topping comedy band Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots.

Born and raised in Arkansas, Bones began his radio career at age 17 at KSWH-FM 91.1, the campus station of Henderson State University, where he graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in Radio/Television.

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association aims to promote the radio and television news gathering fraternity and strives to protect the rights and privileges of radio and television news reporters, and assist in every way possible to maintain the high standards of reporting news by radio, television, wireless and other similar means of transmission. The RTCA credentials approximately 3,700 broadcasters from more than 100 news organizations to cover the United States Congress.

For ticket information, or if your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com.

House Speaker Paul Ryan to Keynote 73rd Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner

House Speaker Paul Ryan to Keynote 73rd Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner

House Speaker Paul Ryan will deliver keynote remarks at the 73rd Annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner on October 25 at the National Building Museum.

The Wisconsin Republican currently serves as the country’s 54th Speaker of the House and was the 2012 Republican vice presidential nominee. Ryan has represented Wisconsin’s 1st congressional district since 1999. 

Roy Wood, Jr., correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” to headline RTCA Annual Dinner

Roy Wood, Jr., correspondent for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” to headline RTCA Annual Dinner

Dear RTCA members:

The Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association is pleased to announce Roy Wood, Jr., a correspondent for Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,” as its headline entertainer at the 73rd annual Congressional Correspondents Dinner set for October 25, 2017 at the National Building Museum.

Wood became part of “The Best F#@ing News Team” as a correspondent in 2015 and in 2017 was named the new host of Comedy Central’s storytelling series, “This is Not Happening.” In 2017, his first one-hour standup special, “Father Figure,” premiered on Comedy Central along with an extended uncensored album released by Comedy Central Records.

Entertainment Weekly describes the thought-provoking comedy of Wood as “Charismatic Crankiness.” His comedy has entertained millions across stage, television and radio. Prior to The Daily Show, Wood co-starred for three seasons on the TBS sitcom Sullivan & Son. A native of Birmingham, Alabama, Wood began his comedy career in 1999 while attending Florida A&M University, where he has a degree in broadcast journalism. In October 2006, he made his network television debut on The Late Show with David Letterman. In 2008, Wood appeared on HBO’s historic Def Comedy Jam and was selected as one of the top three finalists on Last Comic Standing on NBC in 2010. Since then Wood has made appearances on Conan, The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.  He has also performed for American troops on numerous USO tours to Iraq, Kuwait, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Guam and the Philippines.

The Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association aims to promote the radio and television news gathering fraternity and strives to protect the rights and privileges of radio and television news reporters, and assist in every way possible to maintain the high standards of reporting news by radio, television, wireless and other similar means of transmission. The RTCA credentials approximately 3,700 broadcasters from more than 100 news organizations to cover the United States Congress. 

For ticket information, or if your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com.

http://www.roywoodjr.com

RTCA 2017 Annual Award Competition: Barone, Bloom and Thompson Awards

RTCA 2017 Annual Award Competition: Barone, Bloom and Thompson Awards

Dear RTCA members,

We are happy to kick off the 2017 submission process for the Joan S. Barone, David Bloom and Jerry Thompson awards. Winners will be announced at the 73rd annual Radio & Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner, set for October 25, 2017 at the National Building Museum.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, September 29 at 5:00 p.m. (ET).  Organizations can submit both the entry application and story content electronically.  See the attached documents for detailed information and instructions. 

The Joan S. Barone Award recognizes excellence in Washington-based Congressional or political reporting in the past year.  The award honors the memory of Joan Shorenstein Barone, a CBS producer known for her tenacity, detailed memory and relentless pursuit of answers from politicians.
To apply, click here: The Joan S. Barone Award 2017 

The David Bloom Award celebrates exceptional enterprise, investigative or enterprise reporting done in the past year, with a particular eye toward journalism that is fresh, daring or undertaken in difficult circumstances.  The award honors the memory of David Bloom, a dogged, creative and gutsy correspondent and anchor for NBC News.
To apply, click here: The David Bloom Award 2017

The Jerry Thompson Award recognizes extraordinary careers in photojournalism production, focusing on the qualities of selflessness, mentorship and commitment to quality.  The award honors the memory of Jerry Thompson, a longtime videographer for CNN known for his generous friendship, willingness to help others and consistently pushing above and beyond expectations.
To apply, click here: The Jerry Thompson Memorial Award 2017

For award questions or clarifications, please contact Mike_Mastrian@saa.senate.gov. For ticket information, or if your organization is interested in sponsorship or advertising in our program, contact RTCADinner2017@dufourandco.com.  

Media Access on Capitol Hill

Media Access on Capitol Hill

Your Executive Committee continues to pursue ways to protect and enhance our access to members of Congress at a time we frequently reach capacity in the hallways during active coverage of news.

We are compelled to write this letter because of two recent developments.  Within the last few weeks, staff with the Senate Rules Committee briefly banned hallway interviews with Senators, in part due to crowded corridors. 

Additionally, the Speaker’s Office met with our committee early this month to express similar concerns on the House side.  All members of the congressional community – including journalists – are growing concerned about the impact this is having on safety, particularly as it relates to the proliferation of cameras that have turned some of these areas into hazardous zones.

The Executive Committee strongly favors self-policing measures to avoid further restrictions to our access on Capitol Hill, including possible temporary removal of a Gallery member’s credentials for failure to comply with the on-site direction of Gallery staff, who are working diligently to assist us in this effort.   

If you have any suggestions on helping us better enforce the respectful gathering of broadcast media as we encounter members of Congress in congressional hallways, please do not hesitate to let us know. 

Here is a link to our current rules on covering Capitol Hill for your review:

http://rtcacaphill.org/about-rtca/coverage-rules/ 

Thanks,               

Craig Caplan
C-SPAN Capitol Hill Producer
2017 Congressional Radio-TV Correspondents’ Association Chair on behalf of the RTCA Executive Committee