James F. Goodmon '65, president and CEO of Raleigh-based Capitol Broadcasting Company, was named the 2004 recipient of the Futrell Award for Excellence in the Field of Communications and Journalism. The award was presented at the Sanford Institute of Public Policy, where Goodmon spoke on media consolidation.
The Futrell Award, given each year by Duke's DeWitt Wallace Center for Communications and Journalism, was established in honor of Ashley B. Futrell Sr., publisher of North Carolina's Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Daily News. It is awarded to a Duke graduate who has made distinguished contributions to the communications field.
As Capitol Broadcasting's president and CEO since 1979, Goodmon has guided the growth of its radio and television holdings, as well as its expansion into innovative businesses such as satellite communications, the Internet, high-definition television (HDTV), and high-definition radio. Flagship station WRAL-TV was among the nation's first to broadcast HDTV.
Among his numerous honors, Goodmon has received a lifetime achievement award from the Nashville/Midsouth chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He was inducted into the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame and into the Journalism Hall of Fame at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications. He also earned the Earle Gluck Distinguished Service to Broadcasting Award from the North Carolina Association of Broadcasters.
In recognition of his business and philanthropic efforts, Goodmon was named Tar Heel of the Year in 2003 by The News & Observer of Raleigh, due in part to his work to redevelop Durham's American Tobacco complex and his influence in the national debate about how many TV and radio stations a single media company should be allowed to own.