Hall of Fame Class of 2021 is Selected

The Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc. (NYSBA) is honored to announce its Hall of Fame Class for 2021.  The inductees were selected by the NYSBA Hall of Fame Committee from nominations submitted by NYSBA members.  They will be honored this fall at a special awards luncheon in New York City.

Tim Busch – President, Broadcasting, Nexstar Media Inc., New York 

Timothy C. Busch has more than 37 years of broadcasting experience and has been with Nexstar Media Inc. nearly 21 years.  A long time up-state New Yorker, he was appointed to President of Nexstar Media Inc. in January 2017 and up until his retirement from Nexstar on June 1 of this year, oversees its broadcasting operations.  The Broadcasting Division operates, programs, or provides sales and other services to 198 television stations and related digital multicast signals reaching 116 markets or approximately 39% of all U.S. television households (reflecting the FCC’s UHF discount). The division’s portfolio includes primary affiliates of NBC, CBS, ABC, FOX, MyNetworkTV and The CW. Nexstar is proud to own and/or operate 17 television stations in coverage of every DMA across the Empire State.

Starting out in 2000 at WROC (CBS) in Rochester, New York as Vice President and General Manager when Nexstar was comprised of 12 markets and 15 stations, as of today, with 198 stations across 116 Nexstar markets, Tim has been intimately involved in the company’s growth through his expanding leadership roles, serving as its Senior Vice President and Regional Manager from October 2002 to May 2008, Executive Vice President and Co-Chief Operating Officer from May 2008 to January 2017 and subsequently as its President until June 1, 2021 upon which he will be retiring from Nexstar.  Prior to his service within America’s largest broadcasting company, Tim served as General Sales Manager and held various other positions at WGRZ-TV (Gannett/NBC) in Buffalo, New York from 1993 to 2000.  Earlier in his career, he worked in radio broadcasting holding various sales and management positions at WGRZ-TV and at WGR-AM and FM (Taft/Rich) in Buffalo.

Tim has been an active defender for local broadcasting, advocating for the industry with numerous federal and state legislative decision-makers.  He has spent many years lobbying on behalf of broadcasters through his company and board organizations with key lawmakers and the FCC.  He has served on numerous boards in New York, including the Upstate New York Advisory Board for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, the New York State Broadcasters Association, the first United Way in America (Rochester, NY), American Red Cross and Adjunct Professor for the University of Buffalo. He served on the CBS Affiliation Association Board with his latest role as Chairman, the TVB Executive Board, NBC Affiliates Board, the Media Ratings Council Board and as a Trustee of the Ohio University Foundation Board, in service to his Alma Mater.

Mark Chernoff – Senior Vice President Programming WFAN and Audacy NY and CBS Sports Radio

Mark Chernoff is a legendary radio executive in New York sports radio.  He has helped guide WFAN in New York City for nearly 30 years.  His passion for radio is unsurpassed.

While known for his sports programming, Mark started his career at music stations including the legendary WNEW-FM from 1985-1989.  He was the program director at K-Rock 92.3 FM from 1989-1993 which included working with the legendary Howard Stern.  Mark again worked as K Rock’s programming director from 2004-2006, where he helped develop the unique “Free FM” format as a response to subscription-based satellite radio services and had the opportunity to work with  Opie and Anthony. He even worked as a Rock music DJ for more than a decade.

Mark joined the FAN in 1993.  At FAN Chernoff oversaw iconic shows such as “Imus in the Morning” and “Mike and the Mad Dog.” Chernoff’s skills were put to the test as he rebuilt WFAN’s programming following Imus’s comments about the Rutgers University women’s basketball team. He managed the legendary Mike Francesa and Chris Russo.  Chernoff brought Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton to the station for a morning show that saw Boomer & Carton reach No. 1 in the market during their decade-long run.

In a recent Newsday interview, Audacy Senior VP and NY City Market Manager, Chris Oliviero stated, “When people think of WFAN, names like Imus, ‘Mike & The Mad Dog’ or Boomer [Esiason] often come to mind, but no name has been more responsible for the consistent excellence of THE FAN than ‘Chernoff.’ ”

Wayne Mahar – Chief Meteorologist on NBC3, CBS5, CW6 and CNYCentral, Syracuse

Wayne has been providing weather information to the citizens of Syracuse Central New York for 36 years.  He was the first full time meteorologist on central New York television. Wayne’s arrival signaled a new era in central New York television weather of using computer models and science to actually make a forecast and taking weather seriously and not merely rip-and-reading off the newswire. His love for meteorology spawned the tradition of broadcasting the weather outdoors on the CNY Central Weather Deck in sunshine, snow storms and everything in between. If that’s not daring enough, Wayne has even broadcast from the top of the Syracuse University Carrier Dome.

Wayne has been a professional member of the American Meteorological Society for more than 35 years, and holds the AMS Television and Radio Seals of Approval for excellence in weather broadcasting. He is also a member of the Canadian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society and National Weather Association.  In 1984, the United States Jaycees organization recognized Wayne as one of the Outstanding Young Men in America.

Before coming to Syracuse, Wayne worked six years on TV back in his home area of Portland, Maine, but before his TV career began, Wayne founded Precision Weather Service, a private weather consulting firm that serves hundreds of clients worldwide in several industries including: radio and TV broadcasting, transportation, tourism, and the Hollywood entertainment industry. Wayne is known as Meteorologist to the Stars forecasting the weather for most red carpet Hollywood events, high profile weddings and even the Super Bowl and MLB All Star game. When the Kardashian’s or Madonna have party plans that involve the weather, they call Wayne.

Additionally, Wayne lends his meteorological expertise to the Court system, providing expert testimony in weather related cases all across the United States. Wayne’s contributions to meteorological education include “Wayne’s Weather Workshop” for high school earth science classes and a co-authored course workbook on the science of meteorology, sold worldwide. In 2007, with the help of meteorologists Chris Brandolino and Peter Hall, Wayne developed an educational mock weather disaster that is used in the curriculum requirements for a college degree in emergency preparedness. Weather safety for outdoor events is a huge issue, so Wayne developed a one-of-a-kind table top exercise for outdoor event professionals and has given talks in both the US and Canada on outdoor weather safety. In fact, a few years ago Wayne was invited down to New York City to present a day-long seminar to City officials on ways to better prepare for the next Super Storm SANDY.

Wayne is also an animal lover. In 2008, Wayne founded the Priscilla Mahar Animal Welfare Foundation, a not-for-profit organization with the mission of raising funds to support animal welfare initiatives throughout Central New York. He established the organization in honor of his mother who passed away in 2007 and to date has donated over $300,000 to central NY animal rescues.

Aside from this, Wayne has always felt that if you are on TV or radio, you should become part of the community, use your platform and any notoriety to help causes, as he has done in Syracuse and central New York, getting involved with dozens of local charities from Ronald McDonald House to the American Heart Association, Make-A-Wish, Arc of Onondaga, American Cancer Society and many other great organizations. “That is the best of all” Wayne says, getting to know these great people at so many great charities, showing them support and doing whatever you can to help their causes and the people who depend on these organizations. It’s about caring and giving back. That’s called making a difference in your community and Wayne hopes in our broadcasting lives we’ve all done at least a little of that.

Jacquie Walker – Journalist, News Anchor, WIVB-TV News 4, Buffalo

Jacquie Walker has been news anchor at WIVB-TV Channel 4, CBS Buffalo, for 38 years – the longest serving anchor at one television station in Buffalo broadcasting history. She anchors News 4 at 5, 5:30, 6 and 11 p.m. For her outstanding career, Jacquie has been inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame and the Silver Circle of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.

Jacquie’s work has been recognized with dozens of journalism awards, eighteen New York Emmy nominations, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Communications. She is proud to be on the News 4 team that earned two National Edward R. Murrow Awards for coverage of the tragic crash of Flight 3407 in 2009.

Jacquie considers the coronavirus pandemic, without question, to be the story of her lifetime; never has the field of journalism been more vital and important in the day-to-day lives of all Americans

Jacquie truly believes in serving others through community volunteerism. She has been honored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society with a Lifetime Achievement Award for 30+ years of support for those living with MS. Because of her dedication to the fight against cancer, she was honored with the prestigious Service to Mankind Award by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. She also has received major awards for her service from the Girl Scouts of Western New York, Kevin Guest House, Rotary Club, National Conference for Community and Justice, and other charitable and civic organizations. For more than 10 years, the Buffalo chapter of the American Association of University Women has presented a $5,000 scholarship in Jacquie’s honor to a local college student.

A breast cancer survivor, she has shared her own story with viewers as well as other stories of survivors, screenings, and clinical trials.

Jacquie began her 42-year career in television news reporting and anchoring at (the former) WBHW-TV in Springfield, Illinois. In 1980, she became the first female co-anchor for WROC-TV in Rochester, NY. She moved to Buffalo, NY, as anchor in 1983 and remains among the longest-tenured employees at WIVB-TV.


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