Three from Television, Two from Radio, and a Professor of Communications Will be Inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame Thursday, June 8
WCVB-TV’s long-time sports anchor Mike Lynch, the late and beloved Channel 7 videographer Therman Toon, the late WBZ-TV reporter, the gifted storyteller Bill Shields, as well as WBZ Radio’s heralded news reporter and “poet laureate” Carl Stevens, and Spanish music radio station entrepreneur Pat Costa will be inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 8, along with Lesley University Communications Professor and former rock and roll DJ Donna L. Halper.
Professor Halper, a former DJ, music director, and radio consultant, will also receive the Hall of Fame Pioneer Award, given, as Hall of Fame Committee Chair Peter Brown explained, “to individuals who have distinguished themselves over decades for lasting contributions made to the broadcast industry and through a leadership role in their particular craft.”
Tickets on sale now!
Tickets are $90 each, or if purchased by May 18, $80 each. Full tables of eight, nine, and ten are also available. The luncheon event will be held at the Marriott Boston Quincy Hotel.
This year’s MA Broadcasters Hall of Fame Awards Ceremony and Luncheon will be the 15th such program, and the six 2023 inductees will join a distinguished group of more than 150 past honorees in the Hall of Fame.
Read more about the inductees here.
MBA inducts 9 into its Hall of Fame
On September 22, 2022 nine prestigous radio and television broadacsters were inducted into the Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame during a luncheon induction at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame by emcee Jordan Rich and Hall of Fame Committee Chairman Peter Brown on behalf of the association were:
Mike Baxendale, the long-time morning co-host on Springfield’s Rock 102, WAQY; WCRB Classical 99.5 Boston morning program host of more than 20 years, Laura Carlo; Eric Jackson of Boston’s WGBH 89.7 Radio, widely considered the “Dean of Boston Jazz Radio;” pioneering broadcast executive Paul Kelley; ESPN’s award-winning former Boston Red Sox TV play-by-play announcer Sean McDonough; John O’Brien, the popular iHeart Radio podcaster and former Rock 102, WAQY morning co-host; Nancy Quill, who for 38 years with WMJX, Boston, Magic 106.7, was among the top-rated mid-day radio ratings leaders; Jorge Quiroga, the award-winning WCVB-TV, Channel 5, Boston journalist who reported news for more than four decades at the station; and Gerald Walsh, the former President and General Manager of Boston’s WLVI, Channel 56, as well as WFXT, Channel 25, and one-time President of Boston Celtics Broadcasting.
During the lucnehon, the association announced that its 2023 Hall of Fame ceremony would take place on June 8 with nominations being sought through October 2022. Those wishing to nominate someone for the Hall of Fame can use the nomination form on the HOF website.
A full video of the luncheon (coming soon) along with more than 600 pictures are also available on our 2022 Inductee page!