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The Gold Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to television for fifty years or more. The broadcast pioneers who become part of this distinguished group have had significant careers in many different aspects of the industry - engineering, management, on-air, technical, production, administration, talent.
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Class of 2013
After serving his country Neil joined the staff of the "Oberlin News-Tribune" as a reporter in 1954. In 1961 he began his radio broadcasting career at WEOL in Elyria. A year later he kicked of his television career by freelancing for WJW-TV, where he later accepted a full-time reporting position, which he held for 37 years.
Since 1959, Dennis has had hands-on experience in all phases of documentary, public affairs and news production that includes expertise in cinematography, videography, research, writing and both on-line and off-line editing.
It’s fair to say that thousands of Clevelanders woke up with Fred Griffith for years. In fact, co-workers have figured that he has logged 13,700 hours on air, most of those on morning television.
Class of 2012
Tom Carnegie will be remembered around the world for his decades as the public address voice of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and his catch phrases, "And Heeeee's ON it!" and "It's a neeeeeew traaaack record!" In the Lower Great Lakes Chapter, he will also be remembered for his years in radio and television and for his love of Hoosier basketball.
Tom worked his entire career in Indiana. He spent 32 years as sports director at WRTV (1953-1985). Tom pioneered the "Trackside 6" reports, a May tradition that continues today as the station covers the Indy 500.
Tom began his career in 1942 at WOWO radio (Ft. Wayne) and moved to WIRE radio (Indianapolis) as World War II ended. He also wrote a column for The Indianapolis Star.
Tom joined the public address team at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in 1946. Sixty-one years later, in 2006, Tom retired from that post. He called 61 Indy 500s, 12 Brickyard 400s and six US Grand Prix for millions of race fans.
Tom dearly loved high school basketball in Indiana. He announced 24 years of state championship games, including the famous 1954 Milan High School win. That led to a cameo role in the movie "Hoosiers" as a PA announcer. Tom's passion for the sport also led him to co-found the "Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame".
When Tom passed away in February 2011, tributes used the words 'pioneer', 'legend' and 'icon'. Sports stars, business leaders, politicians and friends paid public tribute.
A few years earlier, Speedway historian Donald Davidson wrote the following tribute honoring Tom and his "booming baritone voice":
The voice of Carnegie was first heard over the P.A. on race day an incredible SIXTY years ago, and by the mid-1950s it had become one of the track’s most recognizable and cherished attributes. He probably deserves more credit than any other single human being for the building of the gigantic crowds which used to flock to qualifications during the days when the breaking of the track record was almost an annual occurrence. While it was certainly the drivers who were out there breaking the records, it was the dramatic commentary by Carnegie which stirred the crowd and led them to spreading the word, thus creating an even larger attendance for the following year.
While he was growing up, the now 86-year-old icon aspired to be an actor, but those dreams were effectively dashed during his college days when he was stricken with polio. Instead, he regrouped and began focusing on using his extraordinarily rich voice for commentating at sporting events, his sense of the dramatic paying dividends for him.
“It’s theater,” he has always said of the Speedway, chuckling at the memories of some of his more famous calls, when spectators had to rely solely on his commentary for clues as to what was occurring in areas of the track hidden from their view.
He always relished the private moments when he would learn of an exciting development and then have a second or two in which to contemplate how he was going to announce it. He loved “working the crowd,” and its reaction was his reward.
There have been many glorious gems over the years, basically just straightforward lines, but always delivered with such powerful drama, particularly during qualifications.
“Eyes on the starter.” (Delivered with a low and even pitch)
“AAAAAAAAND, IT’S STILL GOING....UP !!” (Still bellowing)
And, of course, “IT’S A NEEEEEEEW TRACK RECORD!!!”
What passion that man could stir. Who else would be able to open a microphone at 8:00 am on a Saturday morning of qualifications, when nothing was happening, and with a simple, “Testing, one, two, three. Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,” be greeted by a roaring cheer?
Thank you, Tom Carnegie, for all of the wonderful memories.
- Donald Davidson
Class of 2011
About 45 years ago, a National Research company ranked Dick Goddard as the most popular weathercaster in American television. Certainly. Northeast Ohio TV viewers agreed with that approbation then, and they continue to hold him in high esteem for his reliable weather reports and the technical rationale for why the winds of change will bring us rain, snow, sleet or sun.
Howard Caldwell joined the WRTV news staff in May of 1959, after four years as news manager for WTHI Radio/TV in Terre Haute, Indiana. Before making his formal entrance into Journalism, Caldwell spent a year aboard a South Pacific Minesweeper during World War II as a radio reporter. Later, during the Korean conflict, he served as the editor of a Naval Reserve newsletter.
Between military commitments, he worked a year on a small town weekly newspaper. Caldwell was an anchor/reporter with WRTV for 35 years. During that time, assignments placed him squarely in the middle of political, labor and social controversies that helped shape Indiana. His consistent professionalism in reporting those kinds of events prompted the Indianapolis Press Club in 1978 to name him "Newsman of the Year," the first TV newscaster in the area to be so honored. Early in his career, he was sent on a month-long assignment to the Far East and became the first American newscaster to interview newly-elected Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi. The interview aired nationally on the NBC "Today" program. His documentary on hunger in India led to a 1967 Indianapolis Press Club Award. Caldwell held memberships in several civic organizations and was a member of the Butler University Board of Trustees. He was named an "Outstanding Alum" of the school in 1982 and received an honorary Doctor of Letters Degree in 1984. In 1992, he received a similar degree from Indiana University. Ball State University named him Journalist of the Year in 1993 and in 1983 his college social fraternity, Sigma Chi, named him "Hoosier Sig" of the year. In 1984, Caldwell was awarded a plaque of appreciation from the Indiana State Symphony Society for preparing a history of the Circle Theater. Caldwell is a past president of The Service Club of Indianapolis, a professional/business group of war veterans. He is a former president of the Indianapolis Press Club and Central Indiana Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, Society of Professional Journalists. Caldwell is a 1950 graduate of Butler University with a B.A. in Journalism. He also received a Masters in Political Science in 1968. Caldwell is also known for his "Howard's Indiana" series and commentaries called "Perspectives", which were personal observations about news happenings in the city and state. Four times he received recognition from The Associated Press and United Press International news service for those efforts. Caldwell won a CASPER Award in 1989 for "A Delicate Balance," a documentary on local police and citizen relations. In April 1991, Caldwell was inducted into the Indiana Journalism Hall of Fame, established by The Society of Professional Journalists (formerly Sigma Delta Chi). Later that year he also was inducted into the Indiana Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. In 1994 he became a member of the Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Indiana Chapter of American Women in Radio and Television. He is the author of two books. Tony Hinkle: Coach for All Seasons is a biography of the late Butler University coach and Athletic Director. Indianapolis is a pictorial trip through the Capital City with text and introduction by Caldwell. Howard Caldwell retired from WRTV June 1, 1994. Howard and his wife Lynn still reside in the Indianapolis area and are very active in the community.
Class of 2009
Cleveland born and raised, John Marinko began his broadcasting career on May 20, 1957 at KYW Radio and TV. In 1972 the Radio division was sold and John began working exclusively at WKYC Channel 3 for his entire career. He has worked with the established names of Cleveland television including Mike Douglas, Doug Adair, Virgil Dominic, Jim Granner, Len Sheldon and Al Roker.
His work included productions with some of the most recognizable names in Northeast Ohio business including Spitzer Ford, Jack Matia Honda and several other automotive dealers. He also worked on commercials for companies that are gone now but played a large role in Cleveland history such as Higbee’s and May Company department stores.
For all his work he was honored with 11 Emmys and a Silver Circle Award from NATAS – Lower Great Chapter.
After 51 years in television, retired from WKYC –TV3 on July 3, 2008.
John is most proud of his family; his wife of 48 years Kathleen, sons Christopher, Thomas and Jay and his daughter, Tammy. He is also the proud grandfather of 4.
Class of 2005
Charles E. “Bud” Ford, Jr. began his 70 year broadcast career as a child actor in radio dramas in Seattle. He became an announcer and sportscaster on KFIO, Spokane in 1943, and joined the Army a year later. Ford served as a Japanese interpreter in Japan, and was assigned to Armed Forces Radio to construct WVTO and WLKH in Sasebo. Bud came to Cleveland in 1950 with NBC’s WTAM & WNBK. He produced “Noontime Comics” and “Johnny Andrews Sings for Your Supper” on WNBK, and was producer/director of such programs as “NCAA Football”, “Colgate Sports Newsreel,” and “Pepsi Cola Camp Shows” on the NBC radio network, and “The Morning Bandwagon” on WTAM. Moving to New York in 1954, he produced and directed the “Bill Cullen” show on WNBC … then was appointed Director of Operations for the station. Leaving NYC for Baltimore in 1962, Bud was named Director of Operations for Group W’s WJZ-TV. By 1966, he returned to New York as VP/ National Director of Operations for the Overmyer TV stations in Toledo, Pittsburgh, Dallas, Atlanta and other markets. Ford returned to Cleveland in 1967 as General Manager of Visual Techniques, a film and multi-media company, and by 1970 was Executive Producer/Controller for Bell & Howell’s Wilding Studios. He joined Meldrum & Campbell Advertising in 1972, where he produced award-winning commercials and revamped “It’s Academic” into the long-running “Academic Challenge” on TV-5. In 1987, Bud helped create “The Cash Explosion” show originating at WEWS-TV for a state-wide TV network. He was inducted into the Silver Circle in 1996. He’s been NATAS Chapter Vice President, Membership Chair, Finance Chair, By-Laws Chair, Publicity and Website Chair and National Trustee. Now retired, Bud is a devoted volunteer with the Boy Scouts, The Cleveland Play House, several hunger and homeless centers, and as an advisor to the President of the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of NATAS.
JOHN J. “JACK” MOFFITT
Jack began his television career at WEWS in December, 1947. In 1964 he made a station move to WJW in the sales department. In 1968 he moved both jobs and stations to serve as the General Sales Manager at WUAB, and in 1971 became the General Manager. Moffitt left Cleveland in 1985 and opened 7 new independent TV stations in various cities across the United States before retiring in 2001.
Jack passed away in 2010.
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Class of 2014
John Butte enters the Silver Circle with a remarkable broadcast journalism career that began in 1965 as a full time radio announcer while in high school in his hometown, Corydon, Indiana. Today, John Butte is the Practitioner in Residence in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Kent State University and the owner of John Butte & Associates, a boutique news representation firm with clients across the country. A keen eye for talent and his ability to recruit, teach and lead has highlighted Butte's career. He is widely recognized as one of the best creative thinkers, content innovators and career developers in local television news.
Wayne Dawson has been the co-anchor of Fox 8 News in the Morning for 15 years. The news broadcast which airs weekdays from 4:30am until 10am has been number one every year with Wayne behind the news desk. Before being promoted to the morning show, Wayne was co-anchor of the weekend evening edition of Fox 8 News for 5 years, as well as serving as a weekday reporter.
Class of 2012
Chris Wright is the Indianapolis Weather Authority and has served as a chief meteorologist in Indianapolis for twenty-two years. In June of 2012 he was inducted into the Silver Circle of the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS). The Silver Circle Award is reserved for an elite group of professionals recognized by the chapter for making a significant contribution to television for 25 years or more. He is the first, and only African-American in the Indianapolis market to receive this honor.
Chris currently serves as Chief Meteorologist for WTTV where he delivers the CBS 4 Weather Authority forecast weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. In addition to his television duties, Chris prepares forecasts for the weather page in the Indianapolis Star and the CBS 4 website at WTTV.com. He also serves as the morning and afternoon drive meteorologist for Classic Hits 104.5, WJJK-FM
Chris came to WTTV from WTHR-TV where he served for fourteen years as the primary meteorologist for the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts. While in Indianapolis, he has been honored with numerous awards.
Chris has been awarded eleven Emmys from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was named National Weather Association Broadcaster of the Year in 1994. He holds the National Weather Association Seal of Approval and in 2005 became the first African American in the nation to be designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society. In 2006, the Indiana Associated Press began presenting a Best Weather Operation Award. With Chris Wright as Chief Meteorologist WTHR-TV won this honor in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Chris began his career in his hometown of Memphis where he worked as a weather assistant for WMC-TV. In 1987, he became the morning meteorologist for WBRC-TV in Birmingham and moved to WLWT-TV in Cincinnati a year later. Chris made his central Indiana television debut on WXIN-TV in 1991. He left the market in 1995 to work at KOVR-TV in Sacramento, California, but returned to Indianapolis one year later to join WISH-TV as Chief Meteorologist. In each of those cities, Chris was the first African-American meteorologist in market history.
In his spare time Chris is an accomplished author. He has written ten mysteries, available on the Amazon Kindle, and two children's books. Chris and his wife Megan have three daughters and make their home in Indianapolis.
Class of 2011
Nancy O'Donnell, the first camerawoman in Ohio, began her television career in 1965 at WOSU in Columbus after earning an Associate of Arts Degree in Radio/TV and Speech and Drama from Marjorie Webster Junior College in Washington, DC. She worked as a booth announcer, copywriter and in traffic/operations. After she married, she moved to Ft. Benning, GA in 1967. Her husband was shipped to Vietnam, and Nancy returned to Columbus and WOSU. To help the Vietnamese in refugee camps her husband organized and she helped collect tons of books, canned goods, clothing, toys, etc. When Woody Hayes returned rrom Vietnam he appeared on the WOSU Noon News showing pictures of the refugee camps and the distribution of food and clothing resulting in more donations pouring in. When Nancy's husband was discharged from the service, they went to The Maryland Center for Public Broadcasting in Baltimore where Nancy was hired as Traffic and Operations Manager. After the breakup of her marriage, Nancy returned to Columbus to tackle the job of News Room Secretary and Assignment Editor at WTVN. With an interest in photography, she asked the Chief Photographer to teach her how to shoot, and in 1972 when an opening for a shooter came up, Nancy became the first female cinematographer/editor in Columbus.
Class of 2010
Alan Cloe is the Executive Vice President for WFYI, Public Broadcasting for Central Indiana. Over a period of 39 consecutive years he has served in nearly every capacity at the public broadcasting station.
Over the years Alan has been involved in nearly every strategic decision and instrumental in all facets of the organization. For years he served as the station's TV Program Director. He was there in 1986 when public radio became a part of WFYI. He was a key member of the management in 1995 when the Indiana Reading and Information Services (IRIS - formerly CIRRI) was added to the list of WFYI services. He's overseen the community outreach and learning services provide by WFYI. As WFYI has grown to better serve the community Alan has been given the responsibility for all aspects of WFYI Content Services, including the radio and TV program schedules, local program production, IRIS, community outreach and learning services, as well as the engineering function for the stations.
A native of Noblesville, Indiana and a graduate of Noblesville High School, Alan represents WFYI in various ways throughout the community. In addition to having assisted with Boy Scout Troop 514, Alan is an active member of the Downtown Kiwanis club, the board of directors of the Indiana Debate Commission, the Indiana Coalition for Open Government, the Near North Development Corporation and the Indiana Youth Services Association. He and his wife Susan celebrated their 35th wedding anniversary in September of '09.
Jerry Anderson is the Emmy Award-winning anchor of WTOL-TV's News 11 at 5, 6 & 11pm.
He began his broadcasting career at WFOB radio, Bowling Green, in 1974 and started his television news career in Toledo in September of 1980.
In June of 2008, the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters named Jerry the "Best News Anchor" in Ohio and in that same month he earned his 5th Emmy nomination from the Cleveland region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In June 2001, Jerry won the Emmy for Outstanding News Anchor in the NATAS region.
The Press Club of Toledo honored Jerry in 2007 with its prestigious "Golden Touchstone" award for his "substantial, positive impact on journalism in the Greater Northwest Ohio region.
Jerry chose to pursue his career in his hometown of Toledo where, in 2006 & 2007, readers of the Toledo City Paper voted Jerry "Best TV Anchor" in the paper's annual "Best of..." poll. In 2005, Jerry was recognized as the "Best Journalist" in the City Paper's "Best of..." survey.
Jerry is very active in his community with a busy schedule of appearances as Master of Ceremonies and frequent Celebrity Auctioneer. In 1992, Jerry actually earned his Ohio Auctioneer's license for the sole purpose of conducting charity auctions legally. He calls 20 charity auctions a year with an emphasis on helping schools, economically-challenged kids and families and the developmentally disabled.
After attending Bowling Green State University, Jerry worked at Fostoria-based WFOB before moving to WSPD-AM Radio, Toledo, as an anchor/reporter. His entry to television came at WTVG-Toledo where he reported before anchoring the 6 & 11 pm news for 12 years.
During his career, Jerry has covered four national political conventions, three presidential inaugurations, Pope John Paul II's visit to Detroit and even traveled to Yokohama, Japan for an in-depth series comparing the lives of Japanese and American auto workers.
Jerry has been married to Teri for 28 years and they have three children.
Class of 2009
Steve Goldurs has served as an engineer at WJW-TV in Cleveland since 1976. Steve is a native Clevelander, graduating from Shaker Heights High School in 1966.
After a brief bout with engineering school in 1967, Steve joined the U.S. Navy. His duty stations included: Naha, Okinawa, DaNang, Viet Nam, the U.S.S. Enterprise and NAS LaMoore, California. During his service he always found the time to moonlight at a radio station. On Okinawa he was all-night man on KSBK radio. Steve was the morning DJ on board the Enterprise, and worked at KOAD in California.
After discharge from the Navy in 1972, Steve returned to Cleveland and landed a job as all night man on WLYT-FM. After a format change to all disco music in 1976, Steve left the radio station and got a job as a vacation relief engineer at WJW-TV. Apparently, they forgot he was just a “VR”, because he is still there.
Steve’s career at WJW was highlighted by eleven years with PM Magazine. The show took him around the world, taping in Europe, Asia, Australia and all around the United States and Canada. He was even on-camera as the show’s restaurant reviewer.
After PM ended in 1991, Steve recorded and edited many programs including: the two-time Emmy winning “Stagepass”, “The Mossman Movie Show”, several Emmy winning sports programs and dozens of specials.
Steve’s latest project is “Hollywood and Dine”, a show featuring movie star interviews and cooking segments.
Steve was a member of the NATAS Board of Governors from 1992 to 1998. Served as President of the chapter from 1998 to 2002 and was awards chairman from 2003 to 2006.
He currently resides in South Euclid, Ohio with Bev, his wife of 35 years, Sox the cat and Winston, a Chinese Sharpei. His is the father of two grown sons: Josh and Adam. Bev and Steve are also proud grandparents of grandson, Charlie.
Class of 2008
Steve Bell is Endowed Chair Emeritus in Telecommunications at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. He is active as a public speaker, panelist and writer, and in special projects for television and radio.
Bell's prestigious network and local news career made him an eyewitness to many historic events. From 1967-1986 he was a correspondent for ABC News. Bell was familiar to millions of Americans as news anchorman for ABC's "Good Morning America." He regularly interviewed newsmakers and reported from the scene of major news events, election campaigns and overseas Presidential trips.
After joining ABC News in 1967, Bell covered the social upheavals then reshaping the nation, including the Newark and East Harlem riots and anti-war protests in Washington. His reports from Newark were described in Variety as "one of the most moving and chilling examples yet of on-the-scene reporting." He also covered the assassination and funeral of Dr. Martin Luther King, Junior, and was on the scene when Senator Robert Kennedy was shot in 1968.
Beginning as a war correspondent, Bell has reported extensively from Vietnam and Indo-china. In Cambodia in 1970, he and his camera crew were captured by the Viet Cong. While held briefly at gunpoint, he managed to record the incident. Bell also served as ABC News Bureau Chief in Hong Kong and has reported extensively from the People's Republic of China. In 1973 he and Ted Koppel wrote and co-anchored ABC’s first documentary from the People’s Republic of China. Returning from Asia in 1974, he covered Watergate and the Ford Administration as a White House Correspondent. Since arriving at Ball State Bell has moderated national and international conferences and teleconferences. He has lectured and presented papers in the U.S., China, Taiwan and Korea. In 1996 he reported and produced a Vietnam documentary syndicated by PBS based on a Ball State study abroad trip. In 2006 Bell was the reporter for an ABC News Nightline program, revisiting people he and Koppel had featured in their 1973 documentary. Since 1998, he has been Faculty Director for seminars on "Politics and the Media" sponsored by the Washington Center for Internships and Academic seminars.
Steve Bell has received several Emmy® awards, an Overseas Press Club award and a Headliner's Award. A native of Oskaloosa, Iowa, he has a B.A. degree from Central College in Iowa and an M.S. in Journalism from Northwestern University. His wife, Joyce is an accomplished musician and vocalist who taught voice at Ball State.
Class of 2007
Class of 1999
Windsor "Win" Smith
Neil "Mickey" Flanagan
Class of 1997
Ron St. Charles
Class of 1996
Charles E. (Bud) Ford
Class of 1995
Class of 1994
Class of 1993
Neal Van Ells
Class of 1992
Class of 1991