Photos by Jeremy Gordon

This past Tuesday night saw the stars of radio and television gathered at the Plaza Hotel in Manhattan for New York Public Radio’s annual gala. Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Radiolab, one of the country’s top podcasts, attendees included actors Julianna Margulies (hosting the event), This American Life host Ira Glass, Radiolab co-hosts Jad Abumrad, hosts John Schaefer, Suzie Lechtenberg, Terrance McKnight, and many others.

The evening began with a cocktail party where the celebrities, WNYC hosts, execs, and donors shared drinks and conversed before a parade led by High and Mighty Brass Band marched the guests into the beautiful ballroom for dinner and remarks.

Highlights of the evening included a surprise virtual toast by country legend Dolly Parton, a video tribute celebrating NYPR’s work during 2020-2021, and a performance from violinist Kishi Bashi.

Reflecting on the past tumultuous two years, Julianna Margulies had this to say, “I can’t imagine this city existing without New York Public Radio. I can’t imagine my life without it…I listen when I’m walking, and I literally plan my family’s drives upstate around the shows we want to hear together. I listen when I’m feeling hopeful. And I listen — really listen — when I’m losing it a bit. Or when I feel like the world is ending — which, let’s be honest, has been a little more often than we’d like lately. In those times especially, tuning in brings me back to the ground — and back to myself. I learn the facts, and I see into the lives of others, and I remember that we’re all human — and at the end of the day, we’re all in this together.” | NYC