Morgan Murphy Media President & CEO honored as “Giant of Broadcasting”

Morgan Murphy Media President & CEO honored as “Giant of Broadcasting”

The President and CEO of Morgan Murphy Media, which owns KXLY, was honored Tuesday with a Giants of Broadcasting Award.

The honor, presented by the Library of American Broadcasting Foundation, celebrates innovators, journalists, leaders, performers and producers.

Elizabeth Murphy Burns joined this year’s class, which includes Jack Abernathy, CEO of Fox Television Stations; actor Ed Asner; 60 Minutes correspondent Bill Whitaker; and TV/radio host Ryan Seacrest, among others.

Murphy Burns is a third-generation owner of the company her grandfather started in 1890. It has grown to include tv stations, radio stations and other publications in Wisconsin, Washington, Texas and Missouri.

In addition to her leadership in our company, Murphy Burns is seen as a pioneer in broadcasting. She was the first woman named to the CBS affiliate board and one of the first women to serve on the National Association of Broadcasters board. She is seen as a leader in innovation with a commitment to journalism and community.

On his show Live with Kelly and Ryan the day after the ceremony, Seacrest talked about Murphy Burns and her speech at the ceremony.

“She’s a true pioneer,” Seacrest said of Murphy Burns’ contribution to the development of HD technology. “She’s doing her speech and she’s smart and charming and funny. Then, she looks at her husband and says – and, this is when I lost it – ‘I just want to thank you, you are my life’s song.'”

Murphy Burns’ husband Richard Burns serves as Vice President of Business Affairs and General Counsel for Morgan Murphy Media. His son Brian Burns is the Executive Vice President and COO, carrying on the proud family tradition within the company.

Congratulations to Liz and this year’s honorees!

You can read more about Morgan Murphy Media and its history at this link.