Gold Circle Honoree – 2019
In 1950, as Louisville TV was finding its way into our homes, this singing cowboy was finding his way into the hearts of children and families. Watching TV was a new concept and RANDY ATCHER made it magical. On Saturday nights, he was the star of “Hayloft Hoedown” and after school each day was “T-Bar-V Ranch.” Kids of all ethnicities were welcomed to the show hosted by Atcher and his sidekick Cactus Tom Brooks. In fact, an estimated 153,000 girls and boys celebrated their birthdays on this program. While his tenure with WHAS 11 ended in 1970, his showmanship lives on through memories of his early radio days dating back to 1933, performing on WHAS Louisville, KMOX St. Louis and a variety of stations in Chicagoland with his brother, Bob. Randy remained a favorite during special appearances on the “WHAS Crusade for Children” through 2001 and at countless community events. Inducted into the Gold Circle in 2019, Atcher would have turned 100. Fitting, as the birthday song he wrote and performed each afternoon is one of the cheerful tunes fans remember to this day. Happy happy birthday. May all your dreams come true. Happy happy birthday from all of us, to you. Congratulations, cowboy. You earned it.
Gold Circle Honoree – 2018
Puppeteers, by nature, are cloaked behind the scenes. While we may not as quickly recognize his face, his name and characters are legendary. LARRY SMITH and his puppets were a mainstay of tri-state children’s television from the early 1950s through 2001. Every day, his comedic genius beamed into our living rooms with the likes of Hattie the Witch, Snarfie R Dog, Teaser the Mouse, Rudy the Rooster and others. His shows were so popular, they attracted appearances of the superstars of the era such as David Cassidy, Bobby Sherman, Tiny Tim and Johnny Bench. First with marionettes then transitioning to hand puppets, the career of Larry Smith featured a series of shows in Dayton, Columbus and on every television station in Cincinnati. These ratings-grabbing programs include The Tic Tock Toy Shop, Puppet Time Morning, Hattie the Witch and Friends, Rudy & Teaser and The Magic Forest. He lent his genius to The Uncle Al Show, numerous commercials and personal appearances to benefit kids with muscular dystrophy. Though Larry left us in February of 2018, no one can imagine Queen City television without him. Larry Smith, a man who truly did have the world by a string.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2018
Many say, “It could only be better if his anchor desk were on a trout stream.” But JOHN BOEL’s approach to fishing is very similar to his style of news; he’s relentless and he knows the lure to draw out the truth in a story. And both have netted their share of trophies. With EMMY awards now numbering near 90, it’s evident that John also knows how to catch viewers and exactly what they’re hungry for. Arriving in Louisville in 1988, he has been a fixture of daily news since. After leaving his boyhood home of Wisconsin in 1984, he joined WREX in Rockford, Ill. Four years later, he heard the bugle of the Derby City and joined WLKY TV 32, then on to WAVE 3 News in 2012. A newsman’s newsman, there is no area of reporting he hasn’t done and done better than most. Equal to the smack of a keeper against his line, news keeps him curious assuring that John will never let the big story get away.
“Where can we take the viewer in a way they have never experienced before?” DAVID BRINKLEY’s growth in Public Broadcasting answers that question in many ways. First, from his earliest days with Kentucky Educational Television, his mastery of photography and lighting were game changing. Moving in 1995 to WKYU in Bowling Green, KY, his talent flourished. Though produced in the shadows of caves, his production of Mammoth Cave: A Way to Wonder is a shining example of his skill which lead to national distribution of many locally-produced programs. In 2001. he became Television Production Manager influencing both staff and students in the television field. Named as Director of Educational Telecommunications at Western Kentucky University in 2014, he has become a champion of public media funding. David meets with legislative representatives, garners community support and travels to Washington, DC to ensure the vitality of Public Broadcasting for future generations. From the ground up, David exemplifies the mission of Public Television. Just like in his first love of field production, in so many facets of the industry, he continues to show success in a whole new light.
Gold Circle Honorees – 2017
Forget about high definition. Forget about 4K, and PLEASE forget about 3-D. MIKE KANAREK’s television career in Lexington began when color television was the hot new technology that everyone was talking about. That was 1966 – and he still calls Lexington home! He was in college when he started at WKYT as a part-time production staffer. Several years later, he moved on and helped a new station come on the air in Lexington – WBLG, which we now know as WTVQ. He was a director there, and then became news director. He’d stay on at WBLG until he decided to return to WKYT in 1971. In the ensuing decades, he’s held numerous positions at the station: photographer, production manager, operations manager, and the vice-president of operations. He’s been described as a steady hand at WKYT, and someone who willingly shares his vast knowledge with those at the station. To top it off, he’s had time to volunteer for numerous charities in the Lexington area. Mike Kanarek is one of those rare individuals in our profession who decided to stay put… and Lexington is richer for it.
If you want to define a trailblazer, you may want to talk to SUE WYLIE. She epitomizes the word. She started her career in Cincinnati in 1951, working with the great Rod Serling and on “The Paul Dixon Show.” She moved on to Columbus in 1954, where she worked in promotions and hosted the “Romper Room” show on what was then WTVN. She followed that by spending nearly a decade in Miami as a television news reporter during a time when female reporters were still a rarity. She returned to our region in 1968 where she spent the next three decades working in Lexington at both WLEX and Kentucky Educational Television. She seemingly did it all in the Bluegrass market – producer, anchor, assistant news director, host. In fact, she was the first woman in Kentucky to anchor a daily newscast. She’s been described as a pioneer… someone who didn’t break the glass ceiling, but crashed through it. If it weren’t for people like Sue Wylie, many of us may not be be working in the industry today.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2017
Unwavering. That’s how CHERYL BECKLEY’s dedication to her craft has been described. She came to Western Kentucky University PBS in 1992 after spending a dozen years in Nashville producing work that was honored with several regional Emmy awards. She continued that sterling work in Bowling Green as a producer/writer and director. It seems that no challenge has been too big for Cheryl, including the many technical challenges of producing a documentary in Mammoth Cave. She has also served as an adjunct professor at Western Kentucky University’s Department of Journalism and Broadcasting. She has mentored countless students over the years, and we can most likely assume that they, like Cheryl, are “unwavering” in their craft.
It’s all about the bow tie. Well, at least in Terre Haute that is. KEVIN ORPURT is the Chief Meteorologist at WTHI in Terre Haute. He took the long road in terms of becoming the face of his station. After starting his career in radio in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kevin joined WTHI in 1982 as the station’s promotions manager. It wasn’t long before Kevin found himself in front of the camera as the host of the station’s midday report. By 1985, he was the evening meteorologist for WTHI… and his bow ties are more than an on-air fashion accessory. He only wears them when the weather is going to be good. So, for viewers in Terre Haute, that bow tie can only mean one thing – Kevin Orpurt is on the air, and sunny skies are in the forecast.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2016
Now that’s good storytelling!! Those four words represent perhaps the highest compliment a reporter can receive- and they epitomize the work of MIKE BOWERSOCK. Mike was a reporter for WCMH in Columbus from 1989 to 1994, and again from 2004 until his tragic passing earlier this year. Mike began his career in his hometown of Lima, and also spent a number of years working in the Detroit market. He reported from the oil fields of Kuwait during the Gulf War in the 1990’s, and followed an Ohio National Guard unit to Afghanistan in 2004. He was a four time regional Emmy winner, and was also honored by the Society of Professional Journalists and The Associated Press. To top it off, Mike was dedicated to volunteer activities ranging from local animal shelters to chairing Dublin’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration. Mike continues to be missed by his colleagues at WCMH- and all those in Columbus.
BARBARA DEEB is the first Silver Circle honoree from the Bowling Green television market- and rightly so. She has been a fixture in the market for more than three decades. After beginning her career at Purdue University, she eventually found her way to Bowling Green, where she was part of the original staff that put the local NPR radio station on the air. After a stellar career at WBKO-TV in Bowling Green, she became the primary on camera talent for Western Kentucky University’s PBS affiliate. She is the proud recipient of two Ohio Valley Regional Emmy awards, and recently a teaching award from WKU. Maybe one of her former students summed it up best when they said, “I was blessed to intern with Barbara… Barbara Deeb for me is a mentor and a savior.”
If you were to concoct a recipe for a local television news anchor, you probably wouldn’t include degrees in law. But then again, you may not be familiar with COLLEEN MARSHALL. She joined WCMH in Columbus in 1984, and eventually became a weekday anchor in 1992. She’s covered a wide range of stories impacting central Ohio. She’s been honored with an Ohio Valley Regional Emmy award, as well as numerous other awards for her diverse body of work. Her colleagues describe her as someone who is selfless, and always has the time to listen, talk… and mentor!
BETTER CALL CHERIE! WHAT DID CHERIE SAY? CHERIE WILL KNOW THE ANSWER!!! For more than a quarter century, there’s probably not a single member of the Ohio Valley NATAS region who hasn’t uttered those words. CHERIE HOUSLEY first became involved with the chapter in the 1980’s. During her tenure, she’s served as chapter president, national trustee, and the role most of you are most familiar with, Emmy awards administrator. She now serves as the chapter’s executive director. Along the way, she started her own production company, Panoramic Productions, and has earned four Ohio Valley Regional Emmy Awards, among myriad other honors and achievements. She remains tireless, selfless and dedicated to the chapter, and as one member has said (probably more than one!), she’s the glue that holds the chapter together.
Gold Circle Honoree – 2015
NICK CLOONEY is a reporter, anchor, editor, news director, host, candidate, author, activist…and you thought his famous son got all the talent. His impressive career in broadcast news spans six decades and it all started in his hometown of Maysville, Kentucky. It has taken him to news stations from coast to coast and don’t forget about that stint in Germany. Highlights from Clooney’s versatile career include hosting his own variety local morning show in Ohio the “Nick Clooney Show”. One of his most significant stories was his hard hitting coverage of the 1977 Beverly Hills Supper Club fire and its aftermath. Clooney interrupted a program at WKRC-TV to broadcast news of the fire. In 2006 Clooney traveled to Sudan and Chad to report on the ongoing genocide in Darfur in the documentary, “Journey to Darfur”.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2015
ROB BROMLEY has been covering sports for WKYT since 1977. And, in that time, he has become as well-known and popular as any of Kentucky’s biggest sports figures. Rob been the one who dedicated viewers have turned to during 4 UK national basketball championships, bowl games and countless Kentucky Derbies. His smooth style and integrity have allowed him to achieve a rare status in this industry that makes viewers say “if Rob Bromley says it, it must be true.” Still, those who know him describe Rob with words like “gentleman” “class” “grace” and “dignity.” He’s also always been incredibly generous with his expertise… touching the lives of countless co-workers who have turned to Rob for advice. The mark he has left on the industry will be felt for years to come.
In his 18 years covering Kentucky, FERRELL WELLMAN knew where to find a pay phone in every small town he visited. He’s revered as a tenacious reporter who explained the nuances of Kentucky state government and politics as Frankfort bureau chief for WAVE-TV and radio. Ferrell covered most stories as a “one man band,” shooting and editing film and videotape in the days before satellite uplinks, cell phones and Internet access. He often drove his stories back to Louisville daily for evening newscasts. Ferrell took that experience to Eastern Kentucky University where he taught and mentored hundreds of broadcast news students. They now work in newsrooms across the country. He still keeps in touch with many of them. Viewers across Kentucky also know Ferrell as the host of “Comment on Kentucky,” the long-running public affairs program on KET, the Kentucky network. “Comment” is appointment TV for those who want to review the week’s news through the eyes of the journalists covering it.
Gold Circle Honorees – 2014
BOB GERDING had already enjoyed a multifaceted career in broadcast television as an artist (WCPO), director, editor and cinematographer (WCET) before going out on his own. His subsequent experiences as an independent producer convinced Bob that there was a growing need for a facility able to provide editing, graphics, animation and film-to-tape transfer services. Establishing Post Production Services (now The PPS Group) in 1984, Gerding’s company was one of only a handful to survive the massive shifts in marketplace dynamics and technologies during the past 20 years.
BILL MYERS has long been recognized for his versatility. He is able to execute virtually any on-air role with distinction. Starting out in 1952 as a “set-up boy” (production assistant) for the legendary Ruth Lyons, he moved over to the WLW radio and TV announcing staff in 1958. For the next quarter-century, Myers could be seen and heard daily over WLWT and its regional network of stations. A skilled photographer, Myers was also one of the first to recognize the need to document and preserve the area’s unique media history. Over 60 years after his first job in broadcasting, producers, authors and reporters continue to draw upon Bill’s extensive collection of photographs, recordings and memorabilia.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2014
HOWARD AIN In the Tri-State, there are four words that make deceptive businesses, uncooperative government agencies and would-be scammers shudder: “I’m calling Howard Ain!” Attacking consumer problems with the tenacity of an investigative journalist, Ain’s reputation as “The Troubleshooter” remains unchallenged after more than 30 years. His achievements as a general reporter are equally noteworthy. Highlights include his coverage of the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire in May, 1977 which took 165 lives, and the aftermath of the 1979 Who concert in Cincinnati, where 11 young people died in a stampede for “festival seating.” Ain’s investigation into the Zimmer Nuclear Power Plant uncovered safety violations that led to the plant’s closure in 1982
KENNETH MILLS and CAMERON JAMES first met in 1978 at The Media Group, where Mills was vice-president and James was the company’s marketing and account manager. Ken’s experience with news, documentaries and other projects at WTVN (Columbus) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources provided a perfect complement to Cameron’s background with “live audience” programming in Cincinnati (The Paul Dixon Show on the WLWT/Avco stations) and New York (The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, Concentration, I’ve Got a Secret, etc. on NBC) Forming Mills-James Productions in 1984, the organization has become the largest creative media production firm in Ohio, with a wide range of productions ranging from original TV programming to corporate meetings and special events.
Gold Circle Honoree – 2013
LOUIS “BUD” HARBSMEIER After putting in 20 years as a top notch reporter covering everything from politics and crime to sports and entertainment, Bud Harbsmeier made an unusual decision: He turned away from news to assume leadership of WHAS’ Crusade for Children. During Bud’s 19 years as Crusade director, annual donations rose from $1.6 million to $5.9 million, turning the Crusade into the most successful local telethon in America. Even though he retired in 2000 after 40 years with WHAS, Bud remains active with the Crusade for Children. He continues to appear on the telethon annually to present an annual award to persons who display outstanding dedication to the Crusade. The award is known as the “Buddy” – named in honor of Bud Harbsmeier.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2013
JANE ELLIOTT During her 26 years at WXIX, Jane Elliott has been responsible for creating on-air graphics that consistently place the station ahead of its local competition, and on an equal level with the national networks. Cited by colleagues for the quality and variety of her work across a wide range of genres, Jane also has displayed the unusual ability to remain on the cutting edge of her craft, particularly during its evolution from traditional techniques to computer-based 3D design.
BARRY FULMER made industry headlines in 2012 when he raided the Louisville Courier-Journal for two Hall of Fame sportswriters, increasing the page views on WDRB’s website by over 8000% (no, that’s not a misprint). Beginning in 2007, Fulmer executive produced “Thunder Over Louisville,” an 11 hour, 23-camera high-definition extravaganza, and would eventually guide the transformation of WDRB into the market’s only full HD operation. Selected by the State Department to teach broadcasting in developing countries, Fulmer shares his expertise internationally, traveling to the Ukraine and the nation of Georgia to consult with fellow journalists.
TOM KENNY Whether he’s taking viewers inside the Federal Witness Protection Program or exposing how online diploma mills serve as fronts for overseas terrorist groups, Tom Kenny’s work is steeped in the values of traditional journalism. Kenny has been a TV fixture in Lexington for over a quarter century. His honors include two EMMY awards and a pair of Addys. He is also the only Lexington area reporter to receive a national Edward R. Murrow award.
CAROL LUPER From pianists (Marvin Hamlisch, Michael Feinstein) to presidents (Gerald Ford, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama), newsmakers can’t pass through Ohio’s state capitol without taking time out for an interview with Carol Luper. Named “Best TV Reporter” by Columbus Monthly, the publication praised her as a journalist who “gets the facts, understands the facts, reports the facts.” In 2009, Carol was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame. After nearly four decades of covering everything from brutal crimes to human interest stories, Carol Luper’s integrity, dedication and Rolodex have become legendary.
JERRY REVISH is a rarity: a local journalist who’s recognized for his outstanding overseas coverage. The first Columbus reporter to travel to Saudi Arabia during the Persian Gulf War, Jerry has also filed stories from Bahrain, Barbados, Bosnia, Japan and South Africa. Closer to home, Revish’s persistence helped a Columbus man wrongfully convicted of rape win his freedom through DNA testing. Jerry has received numerous honors for his work, including 7 EMMY awards, 3 Associated Press awards, and the Best International Reporting Award from the National Association of Black Journalists. He was inducted into the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters’ Hall of Fame in 2011.
STEVE YORK In 1978, long before terms like “video journalist” or “multimedia journalist” entered the media lexicon, Steve York was reporting, shooting and editing his own stories as a one man band – and one man bureau – for WAVE-TV. It was only the first step in Steve’s 33-year career with the station. His news judgment, organizational skills and ability to get scoops from highly placed sources were admired by co-workers and competitors alike. Best known for his “behind the scenes” role in mapping out WAVE’s daily news coverage, Steve’s persistence and passion have made him a role model and mentor for several generations of aspiring journalists.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2011
CHERYL McHENRY From EMMY winning reporter to lead anchor, Cheryl McHenry has used her gifts to connect with the Dayton viewers of WHIO for more than 30 years. She has been awarded “Best Anchor” by the Associated Press, and is a member of the Radio/Broadcasting Hall of Fame of Ohio.
DAVE NAKDIMEN For 36 years, Dave Nakdimen served Louisville as government and political reporter for WAVE-TV. He’s earned an EMMY award, 9 SPJ Awards and induction into the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame. In 1997, he “retired” to part-time political analyst for WAVE.
ANGELA PACE A fixture of central Ohio television since 1980, Angela Pace became a Columbus household name during time at both WCMH and WBNS as reporter and anchor. Throughout her career in her home town, Angela has earned countless awards for her commitment to the community. She is currently the Director of Community Affairs at 10TV.
JOHN POPOVICH Since 1979, “Popo” has brought more than just sports to Cincinnati. As 9News Sports Director, John uses a unique writing style that has earned him 7 regional EMMY awards. In addition, he continues to host and produce “Sports of All Sorts,” the Queen City’s longest running sports talk call-in show.
Gold Circle Honorees – 2009
CARL DAY The voice of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Carl Day spent his entire career dedicated to Dayton, Ohio television. His assignments took him as far as Sarajevo and Bosnia. Carl’s achievements over the years have been so impressive that the Ohio Associated Press renamed their “Outstanding Achievement in the Field” award to the “Carl Day Award.”
MILTON METZ Milton Metz began his broadcasting career in Louisville in 1946. His radio show Metz Here is credited for introducing the modern day talk show format. Since making his move to TV, Milton has been a fixture on Millionaire’s Row at the Kentucky Derby. His charitable contributions are as long running as his career. Since 1954, Milton has been a host for the WHAS Crusade for Children telethon.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2009
MARK ALLEN Since 1967 Mark Allen has been a part of the Terre Haute, Indiana television industry serving in positions ranging from master control operator to news anchor to general manager. Mark also continues to make an impact on the community as the host for the United Cerebral Palsy Telethon.
BARRY BERNSON A longtime Louisville broadcasting fixture, Barry Bernson has received numerous awards over the years celebrating his talent and contributions. Barry has also been recognized by the American Federation for the Blind for narrating over 400 audio books for the blind.
LEN GOORIAN Program host and producer Len Goorian started his career in Cincinnatiin 1947. Known for producing such long-running shows as “The Emma Lazarus Show” and “Lilias, Yoga and You,” Len is also an inductee in the Television Broadcasting Hall of Fame and is head of the American Theatre Guild in Cincinnati.
DAVE KAYLOR An award-winning news anchor, Dave Kaylor has been recognized for his work on a number of Columbus public affairs programs. Dave is the voice of the Ohio State Marching Band. He was also inducted into The Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Associations’ Hall of Fame in 2007.
Gold Circle Honoree – 2006
JO SCHMIDT We wouldn’t be here if Jo and a few others had not begun the Columbus chapter that grew into today’s burgeoning regional Ohio Valley Chapter of NATAS. If serving as Secretary, VP, President, and National Trustee of our regional chapter wasn’t enough, Jo served as National Parliamentarian for the National Academy for over 30 years.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2006
DICK MURGATROYD Best known as the longtime director of the Ruth Lyons, Bob Braun, Paul Dixon and Midwestern Hayride shows, Dick Murgatroyd spent 29 years in Cincinnati and Columbus TV before retiring from TV and moving into politics.
MIKE BLAKE One of the most trusted voices in Evansville, WFIE’s Mike Blake has brought news, weather and sports to Hoosier viewers for more than 36 years as well as his commitment to hosting the annual Muscular Dystrophy Telethon since 1971.
TOM ROBERTSON Three national Emmy Awards, 40 regional Emmy Awards, the Peabody Award and dozens of top national and international film, broadcast and programming awards must mean his work was special. Tom Robertson’s more than three decades of television excellence set the bar high producing more than 70 Young People’s Specials and numerous documentaries, music-variety programs and miniseries. His programs have been seen on ABC, NBC, PBS, the Disney Channel, History Channel, A & E, TNN, HBO, and in worldwide syndication.
GRACE HILL “Been there, done that” sums up WCET. Grace Hills’s TV tenure at Cincinnati’s From answering phones at the fledgling TV station to Director of Programming, she continues to champion local programming.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2005
GENE MCPHERSON A writer, producer, director, documentarian, performer, and executive award winner. At every step his work has set new standards for excellence and relevance. Gene wrote, produced, and or directed 22 Multimedia Entertainment/NBC Young People’s Specials.
DICK THRALL In a career filled with gold records and gold statues, Dick Thrall has done it all. Dick originated the concept of television syndication with The Phil Donahue Show. He was instrumental in on air innovations for Phil Donahue and Sally Jesse Raphael, Rush Limbaugh. Dick served as Ohio Valley President and for 13 years as National Awards Chair for the National Television Academy.
AL WHITE When it comes to television news, Allan White has been there and done that- news editor, assignment desk, anchor, producer, news manager, talk show host- the list goes on. Retirement still finds him active at WCPO TV as archivist and producer.
JOHN HALDI When television began in Columbus, John Haldi was one of its pioneers. For more than four decades as Vice President of Programming at WBNS TV he helped create outstanding programming and launched the careers of giants like Rod Serling, Johnathan Winters and Jack Hanna.
TED RYAN Long before there was cable and the Travel Channel, Ted Ryan escorted Miami Valley around the world with WHIO TV’s “Travel to Adventure” and “Travelscope” programs. Ted continues as the longest running local host in America of the Children’s Medical Network Annual Telethon.
BRAD BYRD For almost three decades, folks in Evansville have turned to Brad Byrd at WEHT TV to deliver their nightly news and lead campaigns that care for the community.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2004
GENE D’ANGELO D’Angelo introduced the first 24-hour news format to Central Ohioans. He also embraced new technology by providing reporters with the first fully-computerized newsrooms in the country, and also built the first satellite news gathering truck in the area allowing WBNS to air live coverage of news events from anywhere on the continent. D’Angelo was also inducted into The Osmond Foundation Hall of Fame for his significant contributions to the Children’s Miracle Network Telethon.
JIM FRIEDMAN Friedman entered the industry for the same reason as most -he liked watching television and he didn’t want to wear a tie to work. 27 years, 53 Emmys and hundreds of television series, movies and specials later… neither his humor nor his love for local television have diminished. Dr. Friedman is a talented writer, producer, director, program creator and mentor who has dedicated his career to sharing the magic of television with thousands of students and millions of viewers across the country.
C. BOSWORTH JOHNSON Serving 56 years in the broadcasting industry, “Boz” Johnson has impacted Ohio Valley television and especially the West Virginia journalism region in an extraordinary way. His approach to covering news in multiple markets became the prototype for the NBC Huntley-Brinkley Report.
RUTH LYONS Lyons, a native of Cincinnati, was best known for her radio and television show, The 50-50 Club, broadcast regionally and nationally during television’s heyday, and the annual Ruth Lyons Children’s Christmas Fund that she started. Known far and wide as America’s First Lady of Broadcasting, she blazed a new trail for women in the unknown television market, becoming the first woman to host a nationally televised daytime talk show. Ruth began her now-famous Christmas fund in 1939. As of 2004, the fund has generated more than $21 million for hospitalized Tri-state children.
O. LEONARD PRESS In the 1950s when television was taking its first tentative steps, an idea was forming in Kentucky to use the medium to overcome geographic barriers to educate young people. O. Leonard Press had a vision, but it took KET’s Founder and Executive Director the persistence to camp out on a governor’s doorstep and to travel the back roads of Kentucky to make it a reality. In 1962 the Kentucky legislature approved the creation of the Kentucky Authority for Educational Television, and Press was named Executive Director – a job he would hold for nearly 20 years.
GLENN “SKIPPER” RYLE Called one of the “most versatile men to walk in front of a camera,” and a “consummate story teller,” Skipper” Ryle was a familiar face to Cincinnati television viewers during his long and multi-faceted career. Ryle was best known as host for his long-running hit show, The Skipper Ryle Show. Scores of Cincinnati baby boomers played games, tried their hand at contests, and watched cartoons on his long running program. The show drew legions of loyal viewers who couldn’t wait to appear in the studio audience or have their chance to compete for prizes. Play Dough and Silly Putty made
their debut on Skipper’s Show.
BOB SHREVE Known as the King of Cincinnati’s late night TV comedy, Bob Shreve enticed millions of Cincinnatians to stay up late to watch campy, B-rated movies. Bob’s appeal crossed all ages. Visiting stars would drop in including Bill Cosby, Alice Cooper and Red Skelton. Shreve’s popularity reached beyond regional television and he appeared in the September 1978 issue of TV Guide.
CHARLES VAUGHAN Charles Vaughan forever changed the face of Cincinnati television. He quietly reshaped an ailing television station, and put his touches on National Educational Television, the forerunner of the Public Broadcasting Service. He’s credited with establishing WCET’s Action Auction, and built it into the largest auction in the public broadcasting system, and the single largest fundraising event in the city of Cincinnati.
DON WAYNE Best known as WHIO-TV’s “the anchor man”, Don Wayne was one of the Miami Valley’s most popular television news anchors with nearly 40 years of nightly appearances in the homes of Dayton viewers. In 1969, Don was one of seven correspondents chosen to report from around the country on the public reaction to the U.S. moon landing for Cronkite’s CBS Evening News. One of Wayne’s greatest moments was a private interview with then President Gerald Ford, in the Oval office. It remained a highlight of his career.
Silver Circle Honorees – 2003
DAVID ASHBROCK Ashbrock started his career at WCPO in 1978. He also worked at WXIX for more than 27 years. He has amassed over 30 Emmy awards, multiple Tellys and served as the Chairman of the National Emmy Awards Committee.
WALTER BARTLETT An Ohio television icon for 45 years with stations in Columbus and Cincinnati and as President and CEO of Multimedia, Inc. Notable works include a significant hand in the creation of The Phil Donahue Show, Sally Jessy Raphael, The Jerry Springer Show and The Young People’s Specials.
BOB BRAUN From his start as a singer and voice talent at WCPO, Braun built a 57-year career. His national acclaim even led him to appearances on soap operas, game shows and as an emcee for many national shows. He is best known for more than 25 years on WLWT’s midday 50/50 Club and Bob Brawn Show.
NICK CLOONEY Clooney began his career as a radio announcer in Maysville, KY and served as anchor or host for television stations from Cincinnati to Los Angeles, gathering more than 300 awards along the way. Host of his own shows on WLWT, WCPO and WKRC. He is best known as the number one anchor for WKRC-TV News for more than a decade.
JIMMY CRUM Best known as the voice of OSU basketball and his 41 years as Sports Director for WCMH. His dedication to charitable works was equally impressive and has been recognized by President Reagan, PRSSA, the Kennedy Foundation and Sertoma.
CARL DAY The voice of the National Aviation Hall of Fame, Day spent his entire career dedicated to Dayton, Ohio television. He served as Anchor-Reporter for WDTN, but his assignments took him as far as Sarajevo and Bosnia.
PAUL DIXON An Ohio television pioneer, Dixon was the inspiration and model for David Letterman. Dixon’s first stint was as a pantomimist on WCPO’s “The Music Shop” in 1949. He is best known for almost 20 years as WLWT talk show host and “Mayor of Kneesville.” He was voted Cincinnati’s Favorite Broadcast Personality and has been recognized by numerous charities for his fundraising efforts.
AL LEWIS Forty years at WCPO…. A career that included 14,000 shows. To millions of viewers, he will always be simply “Uncle Al”. With a run of more than 35 years, The Uncle Al Show was one the longest running children’s television programs in America.
AL SCHOTTELKOTTE is called the father of modern television news. His Al Schottelkotte News led the Cincinnati ratings for 22 years. Schottelkotte devoted his entire career to WCPO, starting as a part time News Anchor and ending as General Manager for WCPO and a Senior Vice President for parent Scripps Howard Broadcasting. Ted Turner has credited his news style as the model for CNN Headline News.
MORT WATTERS M.C. “Mort” Watters founded WCPO in 1949 and served as CEO of both it and Scripps Howard Broadcasting during his 32 years in the business. Mort’s oft repeated phrase “Start with local, lead with local because it affects the people the most” still rings true today. He discovered and brought many greats to television including Al Schottelkotte, Paul Dixon, Bob Braun, Dottie Mack and Uncle Al.
CHUCK WHITE In his 35 years with WBNS, Chuck did everything from write to direct to produce to anchor. Chuck has been honored as a Living Legend, an Outstanding Executive Producer, and a Media Legend and for his lifelong devotion to children’s causes. He is the first African American broadcast anchor.