Last night, Tom Brokaw, now 71 and a special correspondent for NBC News, was on the phone reliving some of the past 10 years since 9/11 as part of the network’s coverage announcing the death of Al-Qaeda mastermind Osama Bin Laden.
It was just the latest in a long list of major events that Brokaw has covered in his stellar career.
Brokaw, who gave up his coveted Nightly News anchor chair six and a half years ago, is getting a special honor tonight.
He is receiving the Charles Osgood Lifetime Achievement Award in Broadcast Journalism from WFUV. Making the honor even more special, Brokaw will receive the hardware directly from Osgood, the veteran of CBS News, including Sunday Morning since 1994.
But it all started for Osgood at Fordham and WFUV. He graduated from the university in 1954.
Also on the evening’s docket, the Vin Scully Lifetime Achievement Award in Sports Broadcasting. Longtime Monday Night Football announcer Frank Gifford will recognize his former New York Giants colleague (and fellow NFL play-by-play man) Pat Summerall.
Scully helped form WFUV during his time as a student. Of course, Scully is synonymous with the Dodgers, having called games for the franchise since 1950 in Brooklyn.