The Writers Guild of America East will bestow its Evelyn F. Burkey Award upon the Museum of Television & Radio at the WGA’s 58th annual awards ceremony Feb. 4 at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.
The museum is a “perfect choice for the WGAE’s Burkey Award because it showcases the exemplary work of writers in the broadcast arena and makes their work available to everyone long after their shows have left the airwaves,” said WGA East prexy Chris Albers.
Since opening in 1976, the museum has organized events at its Gotham and Los Angeles venues to showcase its collection of more than 120,000 TV and radio programs and advertisements.
The Burkey Award was established in 1978 to honor Evelyn F. Burkey, who worked in the creation of the WGA East in 1953 and served as exec director until her retirement in 1972.
Past recipients include Martin Scorsese, Sidney Lumet, Arthur Miller, Art Buchwald, Horton Foote, Andy Rooney and Walter Cronkite.