Hall of Fame Luncheon Honors New York’s Finest Broadcasters

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Ed Levine, Liz Bishop, John Sterling, Suzyn Waldman, Dan Palmer, Chris Jansing, Janice Huff, David Donovan, Robert Krummenacker

2016 Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon

HOF2A capacity crowd of more than 300 people attending the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Luncheon at the Conrad Hotel in New York city. Prior to the luncheon, the inductees attended a reception held in their honor.

“The class of 2016 represents the best in our profession,” observed NYSBA Chairman Robert Krummenacker (GM, WBNG-TV Binghamton). Robert and NYSBA President David Donovan welcomed attendees. NYSBA Vice Chair and CEO of Galaxy Communications, Ed Levine President served as emcee.  The inductees were selected by our Board of Directors. We are truly fortunate that our business has produced such outstanding professionals. They have set the gold standard. All of us who work in the industry stand on the shoulders of these truly great broadcasters.

Liz Bishop

HOF3Liz is an Emmy-winning reporter at WRGB-TV with three prestigious regional Edward R. Murrow awards.  She has earned numerous awards including several New York State AP Broadcast Awards and New York State Broadcasters Association award for Excellence in Broadcasting.  Over the past four decades – spent at the very station where she began her career in 1973 – Liz Bishop has been a pioneer who set the standard for newscasters in the Capital Region and New York State.  Her debut as the station’s weekend sportscaster broke the gender gap as she became one of just a handful of women sports reporters in the nation.  She was a pioneer of what’s widely held to be the first all-woman newscast in the 1970’s.  For more information on Liz’s outstanding career, click HERE.

Janice Huff

HOF4Janice is one of the most recognized names in broadcasting and a 21-year veteran of News 4 New York, “Janice Huff is one of News 4 New York’s pillars of excellence,” stated Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of News 4 New York.  “Janice Huff is a leader in her field. Her accomplishments as a broadcast meteorologist are remarkable,” said Eric Lerner, President and General Manager of NBC 4 New York.  “Not only is she great at tracking severe weather and keeping our viewers safe, but she is one of the nicest people I know.”  Huff has also been extensively honored for her tireless work on children’s issues, including through her hosting of “Wednesday’s Child”, a News 4 New York weekly adoption feature.  For more information on Janice’s outstanding career, click HERE.

Chris Jansing

HOF5Chris Jansing is the Senior White House Correspondent for NBC News, reporting for NBC Nightly News, the Today Show, and MSNBC programs from “Morning Joe” to “Rachel Maddow”.  She has also been a guest host on Meet the Press.  Jansing joined NBC News in June 1998.  Before moving to Washington, she was a New York and Los Angeles-based correspondent who filed reports from around the world, from Afghanistan to Iceland to Bolivia and Malawi, as well as across the U.S.  Before joining the NBC News team, Jansing co-anchored the nightly news for WNYT-TV Albany – where she was honored with numerous awards for excellence in journalism, including two Emmys.  For more information on Chris Jansing’s outstanding career click HERE.

Dan Palmer

HOF6WDOE Radio Sports Director and Morning Show Announcer Dan Palmer has been broadcasting for 45 years in his hometown area of Dunkirk/Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York.  He started his professional career in 1970 at WBUZ radio in Fredonia, NY.  However, sports play-by-play was his true passion, so after 5 years he accepted a position as Sports Director/morning  announcer at his hometown radio station, WDOE in Dunkirk, NY, on October 6, 1975.  Dan Palmer just celebrated 40 years at WDOE.  He has broadcast the play-by-play of over 2000 games of Chautauqua County high schools, youth sporting events and Fredonia State University sports.  For more information about Dan’s outstanding career click HERE.

Yankees Broadcast Team:

John Sterling 

HOF7John Sterling has been the ironman of radio broadcasting and is nearing his 5000th consecutive Yankees broadcast.  He began his career as a talk show host with WMCA in 1971.  He was the radio voice for the WHA’s New York Raiders, the WFL’s New York Stars, the NHL’s New York Islanders and the ABA/NBA’s New York/New Jersey Nets. Sterling also served with the Yankees as pre-game host on WMCA and WINS radio. This year marks Sterling’s 28th consecutive year calling Yankees games.  He is also host of the YES Network’s Yankeeography series, which produces biographies of New York Yankees and has received twelve Emmy Awards for the series.  In addition, Sterling had a nightly commentary feature on WCBS Newsradio 880 called “Sterling on Sports.”  For more information about John’s outstanding career click HERE.

Suzyn Waldman

HOF8Suzyn Waldman’s 30 year career pioneered the way for women in broadcasting.  When Suzyn became part of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Women in Baseball” exhibit in 2006 as the first full time female color commentator in the Major Leagues, it was just another “first” for the award winning Journalist and Sports Commentator.  Suzyn Waldman has spent the past 3 decades overcoming the obstacles that go along with being a female sports broadcaster, and has risen to the very top of her profession.  In1987, Waldman became the first voice ever heard on WFAN, the first all-sports radio station in the country, and was a mainstay there for15 years.  She created the job of the radio beat reporter, covering both the NY Yankees and the NY Knicks.  Her news breaking reports, exclusive interviews, and always original and controversial opinions, won her countless journalism awards.  For more information on Suzyn’s outstanding career click HERE.

New York Yankees Honor Hall of Famers Sterling and Waldman

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In a special on-field ceremony at Yankee Stadium, the New York Yankees Honored WFAN’s broadcasting team of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman. Helping to present the award are Alex Rodriguez; Scott Herman, COO CBS Radio; and Ed Levine, CEO Galaxy Communications. The award brought good luck as the Yanks beat the Angels.

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