Radio Mercury Awards Top Prize Goes to DeVito Verdi

Crispin Porter & Bogusky Also a Winner

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NEW YORK ( -- On June 8, the 2006 Radio-Mercury Awards were held honoring creators of Radio commericials and Public Service Announcements. Above left: Co-Chairmen of the Radio Creative Fund, Jim Thompson, president, Craven-Thompson Communications (far left) and Gary Fries, president-CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau (far right) presented the $100,000 Radio-Mercury Grand Prize for the best Radio commercial of the year to writers Daniel Giachetti (center left) and John Clement (center right) for a spot they developed while at DeVito/Verdi for the National Thoroughbred Racing Association. The creatives now work at TBWA/Chiat/Day NY. Above right: (from left to right) Jerry Ketel, creative director, Leopold Ketel & Partners, Guy Baker, composer and engineer, Digital One, Mike Houston, writer, Leopold Ketel & Partners, received a General Category Radio-Mercury Award from George Pine, president-COO, Interep.

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NEW YORK ( -- At the 2006 Radio-Mercury Awards, above left: Jill Kershaw, Crispin Porter & Bogusky (left) and producer from the agency, Christine Tierney (center) accepted a General Category Radio-Mercury Award from Weezie Kramer, regional VP, Entercom. Above right: Kurt Reisfschneider (left) and Mike Hayward (center), writers for Copacino & Fujikado, accepted a General Category Radio-Mercury Award from Rob Williams, senior VP-northeast, Clear Channel Radio (right).

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NEW YORK ( -- After nine seasons as moderator of ABC's "The View," Meredith Vieira said goodbye on June 9. Mario Cantone (top left, along with Barabara Walters, Vieira and Joy Behar) took part in a "Celebrity Roast," hosted by Walters. Behar (top left with Vieira) also participated in the roast. | Photos: Steve Fenn.

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NAPA VALLEY, CA ( -- Above left: 'Departures' hosted The Connoisseur's Lot at the 26th Edition of Auction Napa Valley for local health, children's and housing organization. Ed Ventimiglia, VP-publisher, 'Departures', Nitsa Lewis, VP-marketing, Crystal Cruises, Lisa Gabor, special projects editor, 'Departures', and Shirnett Gordon, manager advertising, Crystal Cruises. | Photo: George Nikitin
On June 6, the Battery Conservancy hosted the 11th Annual Battery Banquet, which honored Dominique Browning, editor-in-chief of 'House & Garden'. Above right: Warrie L. Price, president-founder of Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees; Martha Stewart; Dominique Browning and William C. Rudin, chairman, Battery Conservancy Board of Trustees. | Photo: Patrick McMullan.

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