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Baton Rouge -- The Friends of LPB 2020 Annual Meeting honored distinguished supporters and champions of Louisiana Public Broadcasting on Thursday, September 24 during a virtual meeting hosted by LPB. Guests were welcomed by LPB President and CEO Beth Courtney, who recognized and thanked members of the Louisiana Legends and Visionary Societies, and the Boards of Directors of Friends of LPB, Louisiana Educational Television Authority and Foundation for Excellence in Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

The virtual gathering was also an occasion to celebrate the 2020 Honorees of LPB President’s Awards presented by Courtney. The recipients are long-time supporters and advocates of LPB: Richard Lipsey, owner of Lipsey’s, one of the nation’s largest sporting goods distributors; W. ClintonBubba” Rasberry, Jr., managing partner for Crestview Woods and Rasberry Commercial Properties; and Richard Zuschlag, CEO of Acadian Companies and a 2012 Louisiana Legend. The three award recipients were major underwriters of the award-winning 2019 LPB documentary, In the Blind, about the duck hunting culture in Louisiana.

Outgoing board members Anne Kennedy, Robert Levy and Rae Vasquez were recognized for their exemplary service to LPB over the past six years by Friends of LPB Executive Director, Terri Crockett, who also presented the Chairman’s Award to outgoing Board Chair Bob Emmert. During Emmert’s tenure, revenue streams were diversified and membership revenue increased by 9.5%. In his Chairman’s report, Emmert thanked his fellow Board members and commented on the tremendous success of the 20,000 members for 2020 campaign, putting Friends of LPB within reach of its membership goal by year-end.

Incoming Board Chair, Bo Harris, introduced incoming Board Members: Philip Jordan, originally from Shreveport, now residing in Baton Rouge, Vice President with b1Bank, and Justin Marocco of Baton Rouge, Associate with the Litigation Practice Group at Jones Walker.

LPB Deputy Director, Christina Melton, introduced a preview of the upcoming slate of programs coming to LPB and PBS this fall. Also highlighted were new and continuing LPB projects including a children’s health initiative with important tips for parents and caregivers; Deep in the Delta uncovering stories in the rural communities of the Louisiana Delta; and The Helpers, positive stories of Louisianans helping one another.

LPB marked its 45th anniversary on the air on September 6, 2020. PBS celebrates its 50th anniversary this Sunday, October 4. For more information on becoming a member of Friends of LPB, visit

About Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting:

Friends of Louisiana Public Broadcasting, a nonprofit corporation operating to support the Louisiana Educational Television Authority (LETA/LPB), is organized to further the educational and cultural enrichment of all citizens and to assist in making the benefits of educational and public television programming available to all the people of Louisiana. Contact us! Show your appreciation for the quality educational and entertaining programs LPB brings you by becoming a supporting member or by renewing your membership. All the donations raised during the campaigns go to pay for the programming which airs throughout the year on the LPB network.

About Louisiana Public Broadcasting:

Since 1975, Louisiana Public Broadcasting has been the public television network for the state of Louisiana with stations in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe and Shreveport. LPB’s mission is to improve the lives of all Louisianans with the highest quality programming that educates, enlightens and entertains and that showcases Louisiana’s unique history, people, places and events reaching audiences over-the-air, on the web, in the home and in the classroom.


Terri Crockett

Executive Director