Reprinted from the Facebook page of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Ohio Valley Chapter
Bud Harbsmeier is this year’s Gold Circle Honoree
Bud Harbsmeier made a tough decision after putting in 20 years as a top notch reporter covering politics, crime, sports and entertainment for WHAS11. In 1981, Bud agreed to take over leadership of the WHAS Crusade for Children. Under Harbsmeier’s leadership, the Crusade for Children grew to become the most successful local telethon in the nation. In the 19 years Bud was director, annual donations rose from $1.6 million to $5.9 million.
Even though he retired in 2000 after 40 years with WHAS, Bud remains active with the WHAS Crusade for Children. One of his duties is to present the annual “Buddy” award, named in his honor, to recognize those who best exemplify true Crusade spirit.