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WFUV Gala to Honor Rosanne Cash


An iconic trio of music, news and sports broadcasting legends will be honored on Thursday, May 9, at WFUV Radio’s Annual Gala 2013. The event is sold-out.

Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter and author, Rosanne Cash, will be feted as WFUV’s “Artist of the Year”; Sam Donaldson, veteran reporter/anchor and ABC contributor, will receive the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism; and sportscaster and commentator Bob Costas will receive the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting at the station’s sixth annual gala.

Also to be honored with a Community Service Award is the The Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, established by Agnes Varis to support affordable access to the arts, education, and healthcare.

The benefit in support of Fordham University’s “Rock and Roots” public radio station will be held at the Edison Ballroom in New York City. Attendees will be treated to a performance by Rosanne Cash.

Cash is one of America’s pre-eminent singers and songwriters. With 12 albums and 11 number one singles to her credit, she has navigated her own path between country and rock, roots and pop, for more than 30 years. Writing songs that are finely-wrought vignettes, both highly personal and universally appealing, she is the keeper of an extraordinary family legacy, the eldest child of Johnny Cash and stepdaughter of June Carter Cash.

As a prose writer, she has published a collection of short stories, a children’s book, and a critically praised memoir, and she has had essays and fiction appear in various collections and publications. For her contributions, not just to music, but also contemporary arts and culture, WFUV is pleased to honor her as our 2013 Artist of the Year.

Lifetime Achievement Awards will be given to multiple award-winning sportscaster, Bob Costas and to ABC News veteran, Sam Donaldson. Costas and Donaldson were nominated and selected by well-known colleagues in their respective fields, many of whom began their careers at WFUV.

The annual gala, now in its sixth year, has raised more than $2 million for WFUV (90.7 FM). Previous WFUV gala honorees include Paul Simon, Emmylou Harris, Levon Helm, Dick Enberg, the late Ernie Harwell, Jim Lehrer, Tom Brokaw, Vin Scully, FCRH ’49 and Charles Osgood, FCRH ’54.

A Community Service Award will go to  the Agnes Varis Charitable Trust, which supports affordable access to the arts, education, and healthcare. The trust is named in honor of Agnes Varis, a business leader, who co-founded two pharmaceutical companies.

For more information about the event or to purchase tickets, please visit, email or call 212-930-8898.


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