Hall of Fame Induction at the Rainbow Room

The New York State Broadcasters hosted our Hall of Fame Luncheon in the famous Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.  Attendees at the capacity filled event saw the best in broadcasting inducted into the NYSBA Hall of Fame.

From left to right David Donovan, NYSBA President, Wayne Mahar, Meteorologist NBC3, CBS5, CW6 & CNYCentral in Syracuse, Jacquie Walker, Journalist and News Anchor WIVB-TV Buffalo, Tim Busch, former President Nexstar Broadcasting, Ed Levine, CEO Galaxy Media Partners (Emcee),David Ushery, Journalist and News Anchor WNBC-TV, NYC, Greg Schimizzi, owner Hamptons Television, WVVH-TV, Mark Chernoff, legendary sports programmer WFAN in NYC, Paul Vandenburgh, morning host and co-owner WGDJ Talk 1300 Albany NY, Ernie Schimizzi, owner Hamptons Television, WVVH-TV

NYSBA Chairperson Karen Carey, Market Manager and Chief Revenue Officer of Townsquare Media in Utica, opened the luncheon with a warm greeting to the inductees and all attendees.  Karen recognized the many sacrifices made by broadcasters during COVID 19 and noted that it was good to be back.

Emcee Ed Levine CEO of Galaxy Media partners did an outstanding job introducing each inductee and presenting them with their awards.

NYSBA did not have an induction ceremony in 2020, so we inducted both the Class of 2020 and 2021 at the event. The Rainbow Room was the perfect venue to honor the best in our profession.  While the inductees had diverse professional backgrounds, they all shared a common thread – commitment to their communities. Connecting to the community ensures that local broadcasting will remain as the most important and influential medium in this hyper competitive world. In all it was great to finally see everyone in person.


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