After his triumph over throat cancer in the 1990s, Levon Helm’s musical rebirth will continue to arch upward when he is presented with the WFUVSound & Vision Award at the WFUV 90.7-FM’s Spring Gala on May 5 at Gotham Hall in New York City. The solo artist and former drummer with The Band is one of three broadcast luminaries to be honored by the New York-based public radio station — also receiving awards are Baseball Hall Of Fame member Ernie Harwell, longtime broadcaster for the Detroit Tigers, who will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting; and Bob Schieffer, the seven-time Emmy Award-winning television journalist, will receive the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award In Broadcast Journalism.
“WFUV is one of those rare radio stations that both celebrates the rich history of great American rock and roots music and shines a light on lots of terrific new songwriters and players,” says Helm. “I am so honored to be receiving WFUV’s Sound & Vision Award, and our band is really looking forward to performing at the Gala in support of one of our favorite stations!”
The annual gala, now in its third year, has raised over $1.2 million for WFUV. As a public radio station, these much needed funds enable the station, broadcasting from Fordham University in The Bronx, to provide a unique blend of music, news, and sports services, and to train the next generation of broadcasting talent.