FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly

The Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association is honored to select FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly as its “New Yorker of the Year.” David L. Donovan, President of the New York State Broadcasters stated: “Commissioner O’Rielly’s connection with New York runs deep. The University of Rochester graduate stated during his confirmation hearings in 2013, “I was born …

Len Berman

Len Berman, TV Sports Broadcaster 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) …

Rich Funke

Rich Funke, TV Anchor/Reporter 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.  As sports director for WHEC-TV (Rochester) in 1974, …

Joan Hamburg

Joan Hamburg, Radio Show Host New York Radio’s “First Lady” has been a legendary personality on WOR-710 AM since the early 1970s.  The Long Island native began her radio career broadcasting consumer segments on the long-running “Rambling with Gambling” morning show.  She eventually earned her own show.   Today, her show covers a broad range of topics, including the day’s …

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson, TV Anchor/Reporter  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.  This accomplishment was noted in Jet …

Scott Shannon

Scott Shannon, Radio Show Host/Disc Jockey For the past 20 years, Scott has co-hosted the wildly successful “Scott & Todd in the Morning Show” with his partner Todd Pettengill on 95.5 WPLJ. Besides being the program director at WPLJ, he also runs the phenomenon known as “The True Oldies Channel,” a nationally syndicated radio network heard on 60 broadcast stations …

Mike Wallace

Mike Wallace, CBS News and Co-editor of 60 Minutes 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 …