Inductees – TV

 

Don Alhart

Don Alhart began his career in broadcasting as a summer relief engineer at WROC-TV, in Rochester, New York, in 1962. He also worked there in the summers of 1963 and 1964, before securing a job in the summer of 1965 as a reporter for WOKR-TV, Channel 13. (Now WHAM-TV) During those college years, he was Read more

 

Ernie Anastos

Ernie Anastos (born July 12, 1943) is a veteran New York City television news anchor. He has worked for several television stations in New York City over his twenty-five-year career. He served as an anchor at WABC-TV from 1978 to 1989, when he joined WCBS-TV as the 5 and 11PM anchor. He worked at WCBS-TV Read more

 

Al Anscombe

Al Anscombe has more than 50 years experience as a groundbreaking pioneer in the radio, television and cable industry. He became Vice President and Station Manager of WKBW Radio and in the late 50′s transformed it into one of America’s great rock and roll stations. In 1959 Mr. Anscombe put WKBW-TV on the air. In Read more


Walter R.G. Baker

Walter R.G. Baker (1892-1960), “father” of electronics at GE, was a General Electric Vice President, and served as Chairman of the National Television System Committee (NTSC). Mr. Baker played a pivotal role in television broadcasting, establishing the federal standards for operation of both black and white television in the early 1940′s and color television in Read more


Dr. William F. Baker

Bill Baker, the President and CEO of Educational Broadcasting Corporation, the licensee of Thirteen/WNET New York and WLIW21 New York, is a leading figure in shaping American broadcasting. His career spans more than 40 years in broadcasting in both the commercial and public sectors. Previously Dr. Baker served a dual role as President of Westinghouse Read more

 

Len Berman

Len Berman is an Emmy Award-winning sportscaster and New York Times best-selling author who has covered just about every major sports event, including multiple Super Bowls, World Series and Olympics Games during his 40-year career in broadcasting. The legendary New York sports reporter worked for a number of major stations, including WNBC-TV (1982-2009), WCBS-TV (1979-1982) and WBZ-TV in Boston (1973-1978.) Len also hosted a segment on WNYW-Fox 5 in 2012. Read more

 

Philp R. Beuth

Phil Beuth was the first employee that Tom Murphy hired in 1955 for Capital Cities’ WTEN-TV. His entire career has been with this broadcast giant: managing three of the company’s television stations ­ WSAZ-TV, West Virginia; KFSN-TV, California; and WKBW-TV, Buffalo, New York. When Cap Cities bought ABC in the mid-80′s Phil became President of Read more


Walter Cronkite

Walter Cronkite, the “most trusted man in television news” is an icon in the field of television journalism. He has spent 50 of his 60 years of broadcasting with CBS News. Mr. Cronkite has covered virtually every news event and his nickname “Old Iron Pants” is an affectionate moniker due to his unflappability under pressure. Read more

 

Ed Dague

Ed Dague was born in Buffalo, New York and came to the Capital Region to study Electrical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1961. He started broadcasting to the Capital Region over WRPI as a freshman and in his senior year was hired by the Institute to run its AM station, WHAZ. In 1966, Ed Read more


James J. Delmonico

Jim Delmonico joined General Electric because he “loved automobiles” but quickly moved to become a part of the company’s radio and television expansion. He was elected Vice President of both GE Broadcasting and GE Cablevision Corporation and transferred to Schenectady where, in 1974, took on the added responsibility of being the Vice President and General Read more

 

Dan DiNicola

Capital Region viewers looked forward to Dan DiNicola’s news features, commentaries and entertainment reports each weeknight on Channel 6 News. Dan’s background in literature, education and entertainment gave him a knack for spotting trends. He presented ordinary events with warm humor, and his interviews with Hollywood celebrities were always spontaneous and revealing. Occasional half-hour editions Read more

 

Rich Funke

Retiring this year after 38 years of service, Rich Funke’s legendary career encompassed both news and sports. Working for WHAM radio, he was the first reporter on the scene at the Attica Prison riots. He helped sign WAXC radio on the air as the station’s first news director. Read more

 

Roger King

Roger King was an American television and media executive for King World Productions and CBS. He is credited with launching the careers of such noted television stars as Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Phil, Rachael Ray and Alex Trebek. Roger King became chairman of the board of King World Productions in 1977. His father, Charles King, had Read more

 

Arnold Klinsky

Arnold Klinsky has been Vice President and General Manager of WHEC television in Rochester, New York since December of 1983. From 1983 until September 1996, the station was owned by Viacom. Since 1996, it has been a part of Hubbard Broadcasting. Under his management, WHEC’s share of market revenue has consistently exceeded share of ratings Read more


Carrie Lazarus and Rod Wood

CARRIE LAZARUS is an award-winning anchor and reporter for NewsChannel 9 WSYR. Her FAMILY HEALTHCAST was one of the first daily local health and fitness reports in the nation, and the first in Central New York… bringing viewers the latest in health, fitness, and family news since 1986. She anchors NewsChannel 9 at Noon, 5pm Read more


Anthony C. Malara

Tony Malara was General Manager of CBS Affiliate, WWNY-TV in Watertown, New York, for 17 years. Not bad for starting out as a weatherman in the 1950s. Mr. Malara, who has been associated with the CBS network for 17 years, spent 7 of them as President of the CBS Television Network, and 7 of them Read more

 

Van Miller

Van Miller is truly a man for all seasons. His career, spanning 55 years, is one of the most remarkable and versatile in the history of radio and television broadcasting. After attending Fredonia State and Syracuse University, he began his play-by-play work in basketball and football at WFCB in Dunkirk and spent the better part Read more


Thomas Murphy

An icon in the broadcasting industry, Tom Murphy gave “birth” to a fledgling broadcast company, Capital Cities in 1954. It is hard to believe that this telecommunications giant almost went bankrupt in its first three years. Over several decades, and as a result of many brilliantly crafted deals, Tom, who became President of Cap Cities Read more


William S. Paley

Bill Paley (1901-1990) was named by Broadcasting & Cable magazine as “one of the two most important men of the millennium” in the broadcast field. He is the “father” of CBS and the founder of The Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. Under his tutelage, CBS’s prime time dominance lasted for almost Read more

 

Bill Parker

Born in Canastota New York which is in upstate New York between Syracuse and Utica. During high school he was active in band, orchestra and theater with percussion as his specialty.  He was planning on attending Potsdam to study music but joined the army.  Most of his army career was spent playing in army bands on the west coast.  Read more
 

Regis Philbin

Co-Host, “LIVE! with Regis and Kelly” As the face to which millions of Americans wake up every morning, Regis Philbin has become a cultural icon in television broadcasting. Since Philbin first stepped in front of the camera more than 40 years ago, he has ambitiously tackled talk shows, game shows and even the literary world Read more


Rafael Pineda

Rafael Pineda is the leading news anchor for NoticiasUnivision 41’s (Univision 41 News) prime-time newscast.  A native of Cuba, Mr. Pineda began his journalism career in radio over forty two years ago. Mr. Pineda’s first job as DJ for WJIT-1480AM earned him $50 a week. After three years of working the midnight shift, Read more

 

Cathy Pircsuk

Cathy Pircsuk is Vice President and General Manager of the local CBS and FOX affiliates in Watertown, New York where she has worked for 36 years.  She has held positions as:  reporter, anchor, assignment editor, news director, station manager and most recently general manager for the past 18 years. Read more

 

Leavitt J. Pope

Lev Pope, long-standing President and CEO of WPIX, is one of the industry’s pioneers. WPIX was one of the first stations built in New York and remained an independent station for most of its history. He was one of the minds behind INN and he gave WPIX a strong news presence in the New York Read more

 

Gabe Pressman

Recognized in the New York broadcast journalism community as the “reporter’s reporter,” “NewsChannel 4′s” Gabe Pressman has been with NBC 4 for more than 40 years. During his time with the station he has compiled a peerless record of investigative reporting in politics and social issues. Pressman’s reports, interviews, hard news stories and commentaries are Read more


Bill Ransom

Bill began his career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with a combined six-year stint in the media departments of the advertising firms of N.W. Ayer & Son and Sonder, Levitt & Sagorsky, Inc. He then joined WPVI-TV – the then Capital Cities, ABC affiliate station serving Philadelphia, Pennsylvania – as an Account Executive.  Read more

 

Joseph A. Reilly

Joseph A. Reilly, is President and CEO of the New York State Broadcasters Association with headquarters in Albany, New York. Reilly represents the interests of more than 750 radio and television stations in the Empire State. Included among his constituency are the major New York City based radio and television networks. In his post as Read more


Jackie Robinson

The legendary news anchor grew up in North Syracuse and stayed in her hometown. She joined WSYR-TV’s (now WSTM-TV) news staff in 1978 as a general assignment reporter upon her graduation from Syracuse University’s (SU) Newhouse School. In less than seven years, she became the station’s first black female anchor. Read more

 

Al Roker

Al Roker is known as America’s most trusted weatherman and has been the weather and feature anchor on NBC’s “Today” since January 1996. Since July 2009, he has been co-host of the morning show “Wake Up with Al” on the Weather Channel. Until January of 2000, Roker also served as the weekday weather forecaster for News Channel 4’s early evening Read more

 

Chuck Scarborough

WNBC anchor, Chuck Scarborough, has been one of the top-rated television journalism professionals for over 30 years. He has been with NewsChannel 4 since 1974 and co-anchors the No. 1 rated “NewsChannel 4/Live at 11 pm.” Chuck Scarborough and his long-time co-anchor Sue Simmons were named New York’s “top anchor team” by the New York Read more


Sue Simmons

A veteran of more than 25 years in television journalism, Sue Simmons co-anchors the top-rated WNBC “News Channel 4/Live at 11 p.m.” and “News Channel 4/Live at 5 p.m.” Sue has been with WNBC for 25 years. Simmons has served as host of the nationally syndicated program “Images: A Year in Review.” Co-anchoring with Chuck Read more

 

Perry Sook

Perry A. Sook has over 33 years of professional experience in the broadcasting industry, covering all facets of the business; ownership, management, sales, on-air talent and news. He has experience in both the radio and television mediums.  Sook is the founder, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Nexstar Broadcasting Group, Inc. Nexstar was formed in 1996 Read more

 

Shell Storrier

Shell Storrier, past Vice President and General Manager of WKTV in Utica, New York (where he worked for many decades), was one of the original founders of the New York State Broadcasters Association and also served as Vice President of the association. He was named “Broadcaster of the Year” in 1992. Shell is still very Read more

 

Percy Sutton

Personal Information Born Percy Ellis Sutton on November 24, 1920, in San Antonio, TX; son of Samuel J. (a school principal) and Lillian (a teacher; maiden name, Smith) Sutton; married Leatrice O’Farrel, 1943; children: Pierre, Cheryl Lynn Education: Attended Prairie View Agricultural and Mechanical College, Tuskegee Institute, Hampton Institute, and Columbia University School of Law Read more


Dennis Swanson

Dennis Swanson, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of the Viacom Television Stations Group is a veteran television executive who’s distinguished career includes leading flagship stations for NBC and ABC in addition to creating the “Oprah Winfrey Show.” He oversees operations of the division’s 39 television stations. Swanson most recently served as President and Read more

 

Ernie Tetrault

Ernie Tetrault has been an active broadcaster in the Capital Region for more than sixty years. Starting in the early 40\’s, Ernie appeared in dramatic programs on WTRY, Troy. directed by Mildred Joseph then a student at Russell Sage College. At about the same time Tetrault began his love affair with flight—taking flying lessons at Read more


Mike Wallace

One of television’s most admired journalists, Mike Wallace first discovered broadcast journalism at the University of Michigan, and he worked at several Michigan radio stations after graduation. He began working in television in the 1950s and became the host of Night Beat, which in 1957 became the nationally distributed The Mike Wallace Interview.Read more


Barbara Walters

Host of “The Barbara Walters Specials”; Creator, co-host and executive producer of ABC Daytime’s “The View”Barbara Walters has arguably interviewed more statesmen and stars than any other journalist in history. She is so well known that her name and a brief biography is listed in the American Heritage Dictionary. In September 2004, after 25 years Read more

 

Irv Weinstein

How well known is Irv Weinstein in Western NY, Southern Ontario, and Northern Pennsylvania? Some years ago, a letter arrived on the retired TV anchorman’s desk…It was simply address: Irv Buffalo, NY CHUM Radio in Toronto once ran an on-air promotion to have Irv elected Prime Minister of Canada, President of the US Read more

 

911 Engineers

The tragedy of 9/11 hit the broadcast industry very hard when a number of television engineers lost their lives while manning the towers. Their bravery was shown in the up-to-the minute reports to their respective stations as the event was unfolding. They will always be remembered.   WPIX-TV: Steven Jacobson Steve Jacobson was a 22-year Read more