MBHOF Now on Social Media
The Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame is now on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter (@MassBcast-HOF). We’d love it of you take a moment to like us on Facebook and join any Group Discussions on LinkedIn.
Updates on Inductees
Bob Lobel, long-time WBZ-TV Sports Anchor (famous for the line, “Why can’t we get players like that?” and warning viewers of upcoming low-lights of a local team’s loss) is back on the air on WCVB-TV with his former long-time competitor, Mike Lynch. Bob is part of Mike Lynch’s Sunday night show “Sports Center 5 OT.”
We are saddened to note the passing of two Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame Inductees:
George Capalbo was one of the nation’s most respected broadcast engineering executives. He was Chief Engineer for WRKO at the time of its launch as a Top 40 station in 1967. He is credited by then-GM Mel Phillips with putting together a state-of-the-art broadcast facility for television and radio from scratch at 7 Bullfinch Place in Government Center, and with developing WROR-FM’s automation system. In 1973, he was promoted from Chief Engineer of the Boston Radio stations to Vice President Engineering for the RKO Radio Division nationwide, supervising seven AM stations and seven FM stations in major markets including New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles.
George passed away peacefully on November 8th with his family at his bedside. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2012.
Bill Hahn spent over 50 years in Boston serving the broadcasting industry. While attending Harvard he worked at various Boston radio stations to pay for his tuition. In 1943 he joined the Yankee Network and hosted “The Answer Man,” “Breakfast With Bill” and several others.
When television came to Boston in 1948 Bill hosted hour-long show from the Boston Public Library, Museum of Fine Arts and the Peabody Museum at Harvard. He introduced John F. Kennedy to television when he ran for the US Senate in 1952.
Later in his career he set the standard for public service shows at RKO General stations across the country.
Bill Hahn passed away on November 15th after a prolonged illness. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009.
The MBHOF celebrates the past, present, and future of broadcasting in the Bay State.
The sights and sounds of the electronic media are constantly changing. Only with the perspective of time can the gradual progress from Marconi’s 1903 transatlantic transmissions from Cape Cod, to broadcasting in Massachusetts today, be perceived.
The Hall recognizes innovators and milestones in the state’s media, while preserving important radio and television broadcasts from the past so today’s media people can learn from them.
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Sept. 12, 2014