Who’s Who in Mass Broadcasting to be at Induction Ceremonies, Thu, 9-28

Media Contact:  Burt Peretsky (781) 828-4714 executivedirector@massbroadcastersHOF.org

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A Veritable “Who’s Who” from Local Radio and TV Will Attend the Massachusetts Broadcasters

Hall of Fame Induction and Awards Luncheon, Thursday, September 28, at Quincy Marriott Hotel

 

Nine Individuals To Be Inducted

 

Hall of Fame to Honor: News7’s Byron Barnett, Retired Channel 38 General Manager Dan Berkery, KISS 108 Radio Personality and Co-Host of TV’s “Dining Playbook” Billy Costa, Western Mass News Primary TV Anchor Dave Madsen, WBZ Radio “NightSide” host Dan Rea, Boston Red Sox TV Color Analyst Jerry Remy, Former Chairman and CEO of Radio Powerhouse Greater Media, Inc. Peter Smyth, Recently Retired WBZ Radio News Anchor Diane Stern, AND Cramer Productions Founder and Chairman, the Late Tom Martin.

 

 

Nine distinguished individuals will be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at its 11th annual Induction and Awards Luncheon at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel on Thursday, Sept. 28.  Each will be “presented” by prominent broadcasting figures, as nearly two dozen past inductees and more than 300 other guests look on.

 

Slated for induction, and their presenters, are (alphabetically by inductees’ last names):

 

  • WHDH-TV 7NEWS reporter Byron Barnett, to be presented by three-time Emmy Award-winning journalist and News7 reporter Jonathan Hall,
  • Retired TV38 General Manager and co-founder of New England Sports Network (NESN) Dan Berkery, to be presented by the recently named play-by-play voice of ESPN’s Monday Night Football, Sean McDonough,
  • KISS 108 Radio Personality and Host of TV’s “Dining Playbook” and “High School Quiz Show“ Billy Costa, to be presented by KISS 108 “Matty in the Morning” show host Matt Siegel,
  • Western Mass News Primary TV Anchor Dave Madsen, to be presented by John Hesslein, a Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame Board member and Vice President and General Manager of Western Massachusetts’ television stations WSHM, WGGB, and WFSB, better known as CBS 3, ABC40, and FOX 6,
  • Cramer Productions Founder and Chairman Tom Martin, who passed away on July 27 of this year. Martin’s presenter is 2010 Hall of Fame inductee S. James Coppersmith, who served WCVB-TV, Channel 5 as Vice President and General Manager from 1982 to 1989 and as President and GM from 1990 to 1994. Mr. Martin will receive the Hall of Fame’s “Pioneer Award,” which is presented to individuals or organizations fundamental to the industry but not readily recognized as broadcasters, per se,
  • WBZ Radio “NightSide” host Dan Rea, to be presented by WBZ Radio’s Peter Casey, the veteran director of news & programming for the station,
  • Boston Red Sox TV Color Analyst Jerry Remy, who will be present and introduced by NESN President Sean McGrail,
  • Former Chairman and CEO of Radio Powerhouse Greater Media, Inc. Peter Smyth, who will be introduced by Loren Owens, who with his WROR Radio partner Wally Brine was a 2013 Hall of Fame inductee, and
  • Recently Retired WBZ Radio News Anchor Diane Stern, who will be introduced by her husband, the former long-time WCVB-TV NewsCenter 5 executive Neil Ungerleider, who recently retired as the station’s Digital & Multimedia Manager.

 

Looking on among the (to date) more than 325 guests, will be the following past Hall of Fame inductees (others may be added before the event):

 

 

  • Bob Lobel
  • Hall of Fame Board member Phil Weiner
  • Natalie Jacobson
  • Former Hall of Fame Board member Paul LaCamera
  • Tom McAuliffe Sr.
  • Ken Meyer
  • Hall of Fame Board member Jim Boyd
  • Ken Carter
  • Ron Della Chiesa
  • David Mugar
  • Hall of Fame Board member Mike Addams
  • Former Hall of Fame Board member Dick Flavin
  • Dave O’Gara
  • Don Batting
  • Hall of Fame Board member Ed Perry
  • Bob Copeland
  • Tommy Heinsohn
  • Charlie Ballantine
  • Nat Whittemore


 

In addition, most of the Hall of Fame’s Board of Directors will be present, a group that includes general managers and other key executives of Bay State radio and television stations.

 

Hall of Fame President Peter Brown, Principal of Peter Brown Communications, called this year’s inductees “as impressive a group of broadcasters as there is anywhere and a collective credit to the radio and television industry of the Bay State.” Former long-time WBZ Radio host Jordan Rich, a Hall of Fame Board member, will emcee the luncheon.  Tickets for the luncheon are $75 each and may be purchased via the Hall of Fame’s website, www.massbroadcastersHOF.org.

 

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame conducts a nomination and selection process each year to induct individuals who have made major contributions to Massachusetts broadcasting and broadcasting in general. A permanent Hall of Fame exhibit with plaques representing all past inductees is on display opposite the Akillian Gallery on the Canton campus of Massasoit Community College.

 

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Nine Individuals to Be Inducted Into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at Induction and Awards Luncheon, Thursday, September 28, at Quincy Marriott Hotel

Hall of Fame to Honor: 7News’ Byron Barnett, Channel 38 General Manager (retired) Dan Berkery, KISS 108 Radio Personality and Co-Host of TV’s “Dining Playbook” Billy Costa, Western Mass News TV Anchor Dave Madsen, Founder and Chairman of Cramer Tom Martin, WBZ Radio “NightSide” host Dan Rea, Boston Red Sox TV Analyst Jerry Remy, Former Chairman and CEO of Greater Media, Inc. Peter Smyth, and WBZ Radio News Anchor (retired) Diane Stern

Nine distinguished individuals will be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame at its 11th annual Induction and Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 28 at the Boston Marriott Hotel in Quincy.

Slated for induction are (alphabetically) 7NEWS’ Byron Barnett, retired Channel 38 General Manager Dan Berkery, KISS 108 radio personality and host of TV’s “Dining Playbook” Billy Costa, Western Mass News TV Anchor Dave Madsen, Cramer Productions Founder and Chairman Tom Martin, WBZ Radio “NightSide” host Dan Rea, Boston Red Sox TV analyst Jerry Remy, Former Chairman and CEO of Greater Media, Inc. Peter Smyth, and recently retired WBZ Radio News Anchor Diane Stern.  Martin will receive the Hall of Fame’s “Pioneer Award,” which is presented to individuals or organizations for their pioneering contribution to broadcasting.

Hall of Fame President Peter Brown, Principal of Peter Brown Communications, called this year’s inductees “an extraordinary group of broadcasters with impressive credentials.  Each person stands alone for his or her outstanding contributions, and together they represent some of the very best in the radio and television industry across the state.” Former long-time WBZ Radio host Jordan Rich, a Hall of Fame Board member, will emcee the luncheon.  Tickets for the luncheon are $75 each and may be purchased via the Hall of Fame’s website, www.massbroadcastersHOF.org.

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame honors the industry’s most noteworthy members from Massachusetts, commemorates their achievements and contributions to broadcasting, and preserves their work for future generations. The Hall of Fame conducts a nomination and selection process in March and April of each year to induct individuals who have made major contributions to Massachusetts broadcasting and broadcasting in general. A permanent Hall of Fame exhibit with plaques representing all past inductees is on display opposite the Akillian Gallery on the Canton campus of Massasoit Community College.

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Following are brief biographical sketches of the 2017 Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame inductees…

Byron Barnett, host of the long running WHDH-TV public affairs show Urban Update, joined Boston’s 7NEWS in 1983.  From crime stories to human interest features to political campaigns, Barnett has covered an incredibly wide range of major stories of local, national and international interest.  Among the blockbuster stories Barnett has covered are: the 1984 riots in Lawrence, the release of American hostages from a hijacked TWA flight in Lebanon in 1985, the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster that killed New Hampshire school teacher Christa McAuliffe and six other astronauts in 1986, the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, and the death penalty trial of bomber Timothy McVeigh.  He has also covered every Presidential campaign since Reagan vs Mondale in 1984, including the historic campaigns of the nation’s first African-American President Barack Obama and the nation’s first female major party Presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton. An Emmy Award-winner, Barnett has won many other awards including a Sigma Delta Chi Award, the National Association of Black Journalists’ Region One Journalist of The Year Award, YMCA Black Achievers Award, and several community service awards.

 

Dan Berkery was General Manager of Boston’s WSBK-TV, Channel 38, from 1981 to 1994.  He also was a significant player in revolutionizing the Boston sports media landscape as the co-founder of the New England Sports Network (NESN),the first regional sports network launch in the industry.  During Berkery’s tenure at TV38, the station was the home for the Boston Red Sox, The Boston Bruins, and later the Boston Celtics, airing more than 150 live sporting events a year.  Berkery launched many successful careers, including in 1985, hiring a young broadcaster out of Syracuse University, Sean McDonough, as the Bruins between-period host.  McDonough later went on to a three-decade-plus sports broadcasting career and, among other achievements, was the youngest person to ever call a baseball World Series game. As General Manager of a major-market, independent television station, Berkery was a visionary and well respected by almost every national program syndicator, purchasing such shows as Seinfeld, Cheers, M*A*S*H, Family Ties, and many others. Berkery may be best known locally as the host of “Ask the Manager,” where he engaged energetically and candidly with viewers on the behind-the-scenes business of commercial television.

 

Billy Costa is a television Emmy Award-winner and popular radio personality with KISS 108-FM in Boston. He serves as co-host of The Matty in the Morning Show and hosts the KISS Top 30 Countdown. He is also the host of High School Quiz Show on WGBH-TV. He and co-host Jenny Johnson currently star on Dining Playbook, a 30-minute show on the New England Sports Network (NESN) that combines two of New England’s favorite pastimes … food and sports. Dining Playbook is a fan’s playbook to the New England dining and lifestyle scene. Costa previously created and hosted TV Diner on NECN and has been a part of food television for 20 years. Costa’s pro bono work for local charities is exceptional.  He regularly supports The Genesis Foundation, Big Brothers Big Sisters, The Landmark School, North Shore Cancer Center, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, Angel Flight, the Walker School, and South Shore Hospital.

 

The year 2017 marks Dave Madsen‘s 47th year in broadcasting and 25th anniversary with Western Mass News, broadcast on CBS 3, ABC40, and FOX 6 in Springfield. Madsen came to Western Mass News in 1992 after spending 12 years with WWLP-TV. He began his broadcasting career in 1970 with WMAS in Springfield. Later that year he began a nine-year association with WHMP Radio in Northampton.  Madsen serves as anchor of Western Mass News’ 5, 5:30, 6, 10 and 11 p.m. newscasts. He was born and raised in Southampton, attending schools there and Easthampton High School. He attended the University of Massachusetts in Amherst where he majored in Communications studies. From 2000 to 2014, he was an adjunct professor at UMass, developing and teaching a television news reporting course in the Journalism department. Madsen is very active in the community as a longtime member of the Jimmy Fund Council of Western Massachusetts, having served as its president and current vice president. He also chaired Western Massachusetts’ most successful golf tournament, the Jimmy Fund – Jeffrey Vinick Classic, and has served as that tournament’s emcee since 1987. He emcees a number of other charity golf tournaments, including Brightside, and the Dawn to Dusk Golf Marathon. He’s involved with Baystate Health’s Rays of Hope Walk, serving as emcee for a number of its events. In 2011, Madsen was inducted into the New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Science’s Silver Circle for his accomplishments in broadcasting and his work in the community. He’s won a wide array of community service awards, and TV viewers have honored him with the Valley Advocate’s “Best of Valley” award for nine straight years and 12 out of the last 13 years. Madsen was also voted the Favorite Local TV Personality in the Springfield Republican‘s “Reader’s Raves” poll for four consecutive years.

 

A Boston College and USA Olympics Team hockey star, Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame 2017 Pioneer Award-winner Tom Martin spent five years as a CPA at Arthur Anderson and was subsequently hired by Cramer Electronics in 1966 as a corporate controller, later shifting gears to become national sales manager in the multi-national company. When in 1979 the company was acquired by Arrow Electronics, Tom took out a loan to purchase the firm’s budding audio/video equipment sales division and, retaining the Cramer name, called the new venture, beginning in 1982, Cramer Productions. He noticed that many companies were still using slides and overheads when they could be taking advantage of then-new video production technology.  Now, Cramer operates out of a 70,000 square foot former warehouse in Norwood, MA, modified to be a state-of-the-art studio for their brand experience agency. Powered by their team of 150 people, Cramer produces meetings and events, experiential marketing, and video for global brands. Martin considers it an essential part of Cramer’s mission to contribute to nonprofit and charitable causes. Over the years, Cramer’s team has helped organizations such as Mother Caroline Academy & Education Center, The Francis Ouimet Society, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and Catholic Charities, to name a few. Over the years, Martin helped Cramer earn a reputation for producing great sports programs, including the critically acclaimed Boston Red Sox: 100 Years of Baseball History, the Emmy Award-winning documentary, Story of Golf, The Banner Years (a Boston Garden retrospective), Home Run Heroes (a tribute to legendary Red Sox players), Ray Bourque: The First 20 Years, and a 50-year retrospective of New England’s famous Beanpot HockeyTournament.

 

Dan Rea, a veteran Boston television journalist, is the host of NightSide on WBZ NewsRadio 1030 every weeknight from 8 pm to midnight. In November of 2010, Rea was honored with the prestigious Yankee Quill Award by the Academy of New England Journalists and the New England Society of Newspaper Editors. This distinguished award is considered to be the highest individual honor awarded by fellow journalists in New England. NightSide focuses on a wide variety of issues, political, economic and social. Rea is a native Bostonian, educated at the Boston Latin School, Boston State College and Boston University School of Law. Rea spent 31 years as an on-air television reporter at WBZ Radio’s sister television station, WBZ-TV, the CBS affiliate in Boston.  He considers his most important work in television a 15-year crusade that helped gain freedom for Joe Salvati, a Boston man wrongfully convicted for a 1965 murder. Rea exposed corruption within the Boston office of the FBI, whose agents conspired with a disgraced federal informant to wrongfully, intentionally, and maliciously convict Salvati and three other innocent men. The men and their families were awarded more than $101 million by Federal District Court Judge Nancy Gertner on July 26, 2007, a day during which Rea concluded his career at WBZ-TV with a series of day-long on-air reports. Rea has been awarded Honorary Doctorate Degrees from UMass Boston, Endicott College and the Massachusetts School of Law.

 

Jerry Remy has been the New England Sports Network (NESN) Boston Red Sox color analyst since 1988, when he was first teamed with veteran play-by-play announcer Ned Martin. For 15 years, Remy worked with play-by-play announcer, Don Orsillo, and since the beginning of this season with Dave O’Brien. Voted “Massachusetts Favorite TV Announcer” by Sports Illustrated in 2004, Remy has been honored with four Emmy Awards and was named the “Massachusetts Sportscaster of the Year” by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association in 2004. Remy is a former Major League second baseman. In 1971, he was drafted in the eighth round by the California Angels. He played three seasons for the Angels starting in 1975 before being traded to the Red Sox. He played second base for the Sox from 1978 to 1985. A knee injury forced his retirement during spring training of 1986. Remy had his best year in 1978 when he batted .278, scored 87 runs, stole 30 bases and was selected to the American League All Star Team. He finished his career with a .275 average, 208 stolen bases and a .981 fielding percentage. Small traditions followed by Remy include always greeting Spanish-speaking viewers with “Buenas noches, amigos” or another appropriate greeting upon the announcement of the SAP simulcast, and by bringing a doll of Wally the Green Monster (the Sox’ mascot) and his white Adirondack chair to the announcer’s booth of every ballpark the Red Sox visit. Remy loves to regale viewers with tales of his frequent vacations in Aruba and is affectionately known as the “RemDawg.”

 

Peter Smyth is recognized as a visionary and thought leader in the radio broadcasting industry. He most recently served as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Greater Media, Inc., one of the nation’s leading broadcasting companies.  In this role, Smyth oversaw the operational efforts of 21 AM and FM radio stations in Boston, Charlotte, Detroit, Philadelphia and New Jersey; a group of weekly newspapers in central New Jersey; and several telecommunications towers throughout the United States.  Over the past three decades, Smyth served in a variety of capacities within Greater Media, including General Manager of WMJX-FM in Boston, Vice President of the Radio Group, and Chief Operating Officer of Greater Media, Inc. He began his career in broadcasting in 1977 as an account executive with WROR-FM in Boston and was quickly promoted to General Sales Manager, a position he held for the next five years. In 1983, RKO General, the parent company of WOR, recruited him to serve as general sales manager of its New York stations, where he directed the company’s sales operations until his departure in 1986 to work at Greater Media. Smyth helped to revolutionize the broadcasting industry by advocating for and adopting new technologies such as HD Radio and internet streaming, and by developing and incorporating innovative content to improve media communications and meet the emerging demands of the industry and its advertisers. He was named a “Giant of American Broadcasting” by the Library of American Broadcasting in 2014. Radio Ink Magazine, a leading broadcast industry publication, in 2005 and 2011, selected Smyth as “America’s Best Broadcaster.” In addition, he has been recognized as one of Radio Ink’s “40 Most Powerful People in Radio,” ranking among the top ten. In 2007, the publication named him “Radio Executive of the Year.” An active philanthropist, Smyth currently serves on the Board of Directors of New England Baptist Hospital and the One Hundred Club of Massachusetts, an organization dedicated to enhancing the welfare and safety of the families of public safety officers and firefighters. He is a past member of the Board of Trustees of Emerson College and the United Way of Massachusetts. Additionally, he is a member of the Advisory Board for US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management. In 2007, he received the “Humanitarian of the Year” Award from the Hundred Club of Massachusetts and the Golden Mike Award from the Broadcasters Foundation of America for exemplary service in the radio Industry.

 

Diane Stern anchored the news at WBZ NewsRadio from 1983 to 2016. During her more than three decades there, Stern brought listeners the news of some of the region’s most historic stories. From Presidential elections and the New Hampshire primaries, to the Gulf Wars, to the 9-11 attacks, the capture of James “Whitey” Bulger, and the Boston Marathon bombings—Stern was one of New England’s “go-to” journalists when people needed straightforward, unbiased reporting. Stern also specialized in covering stories involving the vast changes in the medical world. She focused on the research and development of new treatments for diseases as well as new technologies that made the jobs of healthcare providers easier. Recently, Stern won the 2017 Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Best Newscast. Prior to joining WBZ News Radio, she worked as a morning anchor at WEEI Radio in Boston from 1978 to 1983, WITS and WMEX Radio in Boston from 1976 to 1978, and WMLO Radio in Danvers, Massachusetts from 1975 to 1976. Stern has also been honored with several Associated Press awards for her work in radio, was a finalist in the New York Radio Festival Awards and won for Best Newscaster in the March of Dimes Achievement in Radio Awards of 2000. One of the highlights of her career was covering the New England Blizzard of 1978 for WMEX Radio when the broadcasts were conducted by phone in candlelit studios. Stern also conducted a live interview with President Clinton in 1995. Stern is a Board of Trustees member of and an ESL tutor at the Immigrant Learning Center in Malden; she has volunteered for My Brother’s Table in Lynn; and she emcees events for charitable groups including The Arthritis Foundation, the Preeclampsia Foundation, the Salem Literary Festival (Salem Lit Fest), and the Alzheimer’s Association, MA/NH Chapter.

 

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The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Auction is Only Days Away!!

The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Auction is Only Days Away!!!

Online, April 17-30

More than three dozen fabulous items will be up for bid beginning at 8 am on Monday, April 17, in the third annual Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Auction. You can preview the auction by going to www.biddingforgood.com/massbroadcastersHOF,  and clicking on “View All Items.”

 Featured items include:

  • Meet and Greet the Anchors of CBS This Morning
  • Meet and Greet the Members of THE NFL TODAY Team!
  • Tour for Two, Lunch with Anchors at NBC Boston, New England Cable News
  • Two (2) VIP passes to ABC’s “Good Morning America”
  • VIP Behind the Scenes Tour for Four (4) of NBC’s “TODAY”
  • Watch Three Innings Behind Fenway Park’s Fabled Green Monster
  • Group tour for up to 12 people of WHDH-TV 7News studios in Boston.
  • Deluxe Spa Weekend Getaway at the Madison Beach Hotel on the Connecticut Shore
  • Two Putnam Club Premium-Seating Tickets to a 2017 New England Patriots Preseason Game
  • Four Tickets to the Boston Ballet Holiday Season Classic, “Nutcracker”
  • Two Night Stay at the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills, Plymouth, + $200 Resort Credit
  • Four Tickets to a Red Sox – Tampa Bay Rays Game on Friday May 12, 7:10 PM
  • An Overnight Stay at the Luxurious, Five-Star Boston Harbor Hotel
  • Two Tickets to the Broadway Musical “Wicked” at the Boston Opera House
  • Two Dress Circle Tickets to The Phantom of the Opera, 9/12-10/1
  • Four Tickets to the Boston Ballet’s Performance of “The Sleeping Beauty”
  • Four Pavilion Club Tickets, Two Parking Passes, Red Sox vs Phillies, Tue., 6/13
  • A Two-Night Stay at The Birches B&B, Southwest Harbor (near Bar Harbor)
  • Four Tickets for the Red Sox-Mariners Game, Friday, May 26
  • A Two-Night Stay at the Famed and Historic Snapdragon Inn, Windsor, VT
  • Top of the Hub – Five-Course Tasting Menu for Four with Wines
  • A Pair of Shed Tickets to a Boston Symphony Orchestra or Boston POPS Concert at Tanglewood
  • A pair of Loge Box seats to a Red Sox-Yankees game at Fenway Park
  • Two Tickets to the Boston POPS with Queen Latifah, Thursday, May 11
  • Two Passes to “Arsenic and Old Lace” at the Colonial, Pittsfield
  • Two Passes to Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
  • Two Additional Passes to Edward Albee’s “The Zoo Story,” Unicorn Theatre, Stockbridge
  • $100 Gift Card to Bricco, Mare, or Another Fine North End, Boston, Restaurant
  • Sunday Brunch for Two at Bistro Duet, Arlington, with the Winiker Jazz Trio
  • $50 Gift Card for Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse Restaurants

www.biddingforgood.com/massbroadcastersHOF

 

Dick Flavin Donates Red Sox “Teammates” Pic to Hall of Fame Auction

The late Pulitzer Prize-winner David Halberstam — in The New York Times bestseller “The Teammates” — talks with drama and passion of a group of close friends whom baseball brought together.  In early October 2001, Halberstam writes, Boston Red Sox legends Dominic DiMaggio and Johnny Pesky began a 1,300-mile trip by car to visit their beloved friend in Florida, Ted Williams, whom they knew was dying. Bobby Doerr, the fourth member of this close group–“my guys,” Williams used to call them–was unable to join them. Driving the car most of the way was another friend of the group, albeit not a Red Sox “teammate” – Dick Flavin.

The book is filled with historical details and first-hand accounts  about baseball and about something more: the richness of friendship.

DiMaggio and Pesky are gone now; Doerr is nearing 100 years old and lives in Los Angeles.  Dick Flavin owns a Red Sox World Series Championship ring as a public address announcer at Fenway and has been annointed as the official Red Sox Poet Laureate.  His own book of verse, “Red Sox Rhymes,” was itself a New York Times bestseller, and as a former Boston television personality and later as the narrator of “The Teammates,” an ESPN documentary that was nominated for three 2004 Emmy Awards, Dick was inducted in 2015 into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

Now, he has contributed this autographed and framed photo of Pesky and DiMaggio to our 2017 Hall of Fame “Celebrity” auction. It’s a collector’s item without compare.

From Wikipedia — Pesky was a shortstop and third baseman during a ten-year major league playing career, appearing in 1,270 games. He was associated with the Red Sox for 61 of his 73 years in baseball—from 1940 through June 3, 1952, 1961 through 1964, and from 1969 until his death in 2012. Pesky also managed the Red Sox from 1963 to 1964, and in September 1980. A left-handed hitter who threw right-handed, Pesky was a tough man for pitchers to strike out. He was the first American League player to score 6 runs in a 9 inning game. As a hitter, he specialized in getting on base, leading the league in base hits three times—his first three seasons in the majors, in which he collected over 200 hits each year—and was among the top ten in on-base percentage six times while batting .307 in 4,745 at bats as a major leaguer. He was also an excellent bunter who led the league in sacrifice hits in 1942.

DiMaggio, nicknamed “The Little Professor,” played his entire 11-year baseball career for the Red Sox (1940–1953). He was the youngest of three brothers who each became major league center fielders, the others being Joe and Vince. An effective leadoff hitter, he batted .300 four times and led the American League in runs twice and in triples and stolen bases once each. He also led AL center fielders in assists three times and in putouts and double plays twice each; he tied a league record by recording 400 putouts four times, and his 1948 totals of 503 putouts and 526 total chances stood as AL records for nearly thirty years. His 1338 games in center field ranked eighth in AL history when he retired. His 34-game hitting streak in 1949 remains a Boston club record.

Support the Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Fundraising Auction, April 17-30, 2017

The non-profit, 501c3 Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame is seeking sponsors and auction item contributions for its third annual online “celebrity” fundraising auction to be held April 17-30, 2017, on the www.biddingforgood.com website which boasts a bidding community numbering more than 450,000 individuals worldwide.

A single $10,000 “Presenting Sponsor” and an unlimited number of $5000 “Gold Sponsors” – as well as auction item donors – will help a worthy, educational cause and enjoy unique exposure opportunities.

The Hall of Fame honors the most noteworthy members of the Massachusetts broadcast industry, commemorates their singular achievements and meritorious contributions to the profession, and preserves their work for future generations.  In October 2016, the Hall of Fame inducted 16 accomplished and well known broadcasters at an induction and awards luncheon sponsored by the Subaru Dealers of New England and attended by more than 350 broadcasters and invited guests.  In all, over its ten-year history, the Hall of Fame has honored 141 broadcasters, and plaques representing those inductees are mounted proudly on a Massachusetts Broadcasters “Wall of Fame” on the Canton, MA, campus of our host organization, Massasoit Community College.

Last year’s Hall of Fame “Celebrity” Auction (https://goo.gl/iaKhFR) was supported by television and radio stations throughout Massachusetts, including all four major Boston network affiliate TV stations. Each auction item was described in full, and each donor was generously credited. In 2017, we’ll be publicizing our auction sponsors and contributors to conventional media outlets throughout the state and on the vast networks of social media. 

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring our 2017 auction, or in donating an auction item or two (or three, or more!), please let us know. We’ll need all of the details about your organization and about the items you’re contributing (including the item value).  If you have questions, or if you wish to contribute, please contact:

 

Burt Peretsky, Executive Director, Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame

executivedirector@massbroadcastersHOF.org or peretsky@gmail.com;

Tel: 781-828-4714

 

Thank you in advance!

Peter Brown is New Hall of Fame President

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For Further Information:  Burt Peretsky, Executive Director, Mass Broadcasters Hall of Fame, executivedirector@massbroadcastersHOF.org or peretsky@gmail.com

Telephone:  781-828-4714

Former WBZ-TV News Director and Former Partners Health Care Chief of Staff Peter Brown Succeeds Don Kelley as President of Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame

Peter Brown, former longtime News Director at Boston’s WBZ-TV, Channel 4, and former Chief of Staff to the President and CEO of Partners HealthCare, is the new President of the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Brown is the organization’s third president. He succeeds Don Kelley, who served as Hall of Fame President for two years and is the former 22-year Vice President of Programming at Magic 106.7 FM in Boston.

Brown is the founder and principal of the strategy communications consultancy, Peter Brown Communications of Boston.  He is a senior executive with vast experience in broadcast journalism, communications/brand strategy, internal and external communications, crisis communications, C-suite management and leadership, media and public speaking training.

Brown spent more than 25 years in broadcast journalism.  He started his career in radio news in 1977 and transitioned to television in 1978.  After graduating from the University of Rhode Island in 1979, Brown worked as a broadcast producer at television stations in Providence (WJAR-TV), Philadelphia (WPVI-TV) and Boston (WBZ-TV), where he was News Director from 1993-2004, leading a staff or more than 125 journalists. During Brown’s television news career, he was honored with numerous awards from the Associated Press and United Press International.  He received an Emmy Award, a Best of Boston Award as Best News Director from Boston Magazine and several distinguished accolades from the Radio/Television News Directors Association.  In 2000, he and his WBZ-TV news team were acknowledged with the highest award given to any television station, the Edward R. Murrow Award for best local news station in America.

In his previous position at Partners HealthCare, the state’s largest private employer with more than 65,000 employees, he worked directly with the CEO and senior leadership of the organization to advance the mission of the health care system.  Among his responsibilities, Brown oversaw external affairs for Partners, which includes Community Health, Government Affairs, Public Affairs and Communication and Development. Prior to this role, Brown was Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communication for Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

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