Awards & Recognition
Radio Saigon Houston, KREH 900 AM
- Texas Asian American Leadership Summit Award, TAALS (Houston 2009)
- Asian Business Leadership Award 2006, U. S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce & Wells Fargo (Chicago 2006)
- 2004 Vision in America (VIA) Awards, International Channel Networks & Time Warner Cable (Houston 2004)
- Entrepreneur of the Year 2004, Asian Entrepreneur Magazine (Las Vegas 2004)
- Asian Business Leadership Award 2004, Finalist, U. S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce & Wells Fargo Bank (Washington D.C. 2004)
- Community Service Award, The Houston Police Department (Houston 2002)
- Entrepreneur of the Year 2002, Asian Chamber of Commerce (Houston 2002)
Vũ Thanh Thủy
- Hall of Fame, Greater Houston Women’s Chamber of Commerce (Houston, 2009)
- Lifetime Achievement Award 2006, Asian-American Journalists Association (Hawaii 2006)
- Asian Woman in the Media, Asian Houston Network (Houston 2002)
- One of 25 Vietnamese Americans in 25 Years, New Horizon Publications, Overseas Vietnamese (Los Angeles 2000)
- Most Valuable Person Award on Quality, San Diego Union-Tribune Newspaper (San Diego 1997)
- Woman of Honor, Women Together Foundation (San Diego 1996)
- Woman of Achievement, The June Burnett Institute, San Diego State University (San Diego 1993)
- Roger Joseph Prize, International Human Rights Award, Hebrew Union College (Israel-New York 1989)
- Honorary Doctor of Human Letters Degree, Marist College (New York 1988)
- Woman of the Year & Headliner of 1987, San Diego Press Club (1988)
- Medal of Honor, Freedom Foundation (Valley Forge, Pennsylvania 1988)
- 21st Century Woman Award, National Organization For Women (New York 1987)
- 1985 Poster Woman of the Year, San Diego City Schools (San Diego 1985)
- Best War Report Prize, Vietnam Press Corps (Saigon 1972)
- Silver Star For Valor, Army of the Republic of Vietnam (Saigon 1970)
Duong Phuc was the Newsroom chief of the South Vietnamese Army’s Radio Station and a Vietnam war correspondent since 1969 until 1973. He was among the first delegates to Hanoi to cover the release of American POWs in 1973 and went on to become a senior presidential reporter, covering the President of the Republic of Vietnam. Phuc’s personal and professional achievements earned him multiple awards, including the Bronze Star of Valor at War (1969) and Best War Correspondent Award (1971).
When South Vietnam fell under Communism in 1975, Phuc was imprisoned as a political prisoner from 1975 until his escape from prison in 1977. Phuc then became a fugitive living underground for two years until he fled Vietnam by boat with his family. Facing atrocities at seas as a refugee, Duong Phuc and his journalist wife made international headlines when they became first victim-witnesses publicly testifying against the piracy in the Gulf of Siam. The journalist couple later joined the multi-nation/multi-million dollar efforts to rescue more than 3,000 refugee boat people drifting in the South China Sea.
In 1998, Phuc came to Houston to be the Chief Executive Officer of a California-based Vietnamese radio station. In 1999, Phuc bought out the station and co-founded Mass Media Inc.’s Radio Saigon Houston 900 AM, a station that he co-owns with his wife. Within four years, under their management and dedication to serving the local needs of Vietnamese-Houstonians, the station has grown from what used to be a small, time-shared California project with a staff of five into the only full-service Asian station in Houston, with contributions from 80 professionals from all over Houston.
As a result of the station’s professionalism and goodwill, Phuc has been recognized with a 2002 Community Service Award by the Houston Police Department; awarded the “2004 Entrepreneur of the Year” by Asian Entrepreneur Magazine; the “2006 Asian Business Leadership Award” by the U.S. Pan Asian Chamber of Commerce and Wells Fargo Bank, and the “2006 Lifetime Achievement Award” honored by the Asian American Journalist Association.
Phuc’s other media outlets are Saigon-Houston Yellowpage Directory in 2002; Saigon Weekly News in 2006; Radio Saigon Dallas – KTXV 890AM broadcast in 2007.