Gold & Silver Circle Awards

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Congratulations to 2013 Gold Circle Award recipients Dennis Goulden, Neil Zurcher, and Fred Griffith. To find out more about our latest inductees, click the tabs above.


About the Gold Circle Awards

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.


About the Silver Circle Awards


The Silver Circle recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to television for twenty-five 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.

Gold Circle Award Recipients


Class of 2013


Neil ZurcherNEIL ZURCHER

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.

Neil has logged more than a million miles on Ohio's roads as a TV travel reporter. He was the original host of the One Tank Trips travel report, which aired on Fox8 Television in Cleveland and has since been imitated in other television markets throughout the United States. He has also written about travel for "AAA Ohio Motorist Magazine" and "The Plain Dealer."

Zurcher received the Distinguished Service award from the Society of Professional Journalism and the Silver Circle award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also received an Emmy®, the Award for Excellence in Broadcasting from the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters, and has been inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame. He was one of the founders, and a member of the original board of Governors, of the local NATAS Chapter in 1968. He was also inducted into the Ohio Broadcasters Hall of Fame and received their Living Legacy Award in 2007.

He has written five books about Ohio, including "Ohio Oddities" and "Strange Tales from Ohio." He continues to host One Tank Trips for WJW-TV and blogs at www.onetanktrips.com.


 

Dennis GouldenDENNIS GOULDEN

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.

Dennis has a successful record of starting up various operations, including production units within broadcast, cable, public television stations and independent production companies. He is capable of planning production streams and carrying projects through to completion without supervision, if necessary.

Dennis is experienced in working with all levels of staff within television, cable and production house facilities. He has a successful record of working with union and non-union personnel. This includes extensive international travel and production in many countries for an end-product used on outlets from broadcast networks, to national cable networks and local cities.

Dennis was also a consultant to colleges and universities, including lecturing on journalistic standards (Kent State, Cleveland State) curriculum (Notre Dame College), and communications alternatives. He served as Board member numerous times for the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He also developed interest in preserving and nurturing film and tape collections.


 

Fred GriffithFRED GRIFFITH

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.

For 26 years Fred hosted “Morning Exchange” on WEWS-TV, creating a warm and friendly start to the day while updating viewers on what had happened while they slept.

In 2000, Fred moved to WKYC-TV, lending his skills to the station’s “Good Company” program.

Fred retired in 2012 and co-workers from both stations joined together for the sendoff. He left television with Emmy® awards, the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for Professional Journalists, and was inducted into the Cleveland Press Club Hall of Fame.

He will soon add a Gold Circle award to go along with his Silver Circle recognition from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.


 





Class of 2012


Tom CarnegieTOM CARNEGIE

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


Dick GoddardDICK GODDARD

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.

Dick honed his meteorological skills in the U.S. Air Force and at the U.S. Weather Bureau before joining KYW-TV 3, Cleveland in 1961 as Chief Meteorologist. Yep, this is his 50th year in the Cleveland ADI on local Cleveland TV stations. In 1966, he made a dramatic switch to WJW-TV 8 where he was first seen on the 5 PM, 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts Monday through Friday.

Dick practically invented the category of official TV meteorologist and weather anchor. He's certainly the longest running weathercaster/anchor in the Cleveland market ...and maybe even in the world. When WJW-TV became Foxnews 8, Dick continued his Monday - Friday early and late weathercasts.

He was inducted into the Silver Circle in 1992 for his pioneering efforts and distinguished service to the television industry. Nationally recognized and praised for his genuine concern for animal welfare, Dick has placed thousands of orphaned pets into loving families, Dick is also noted for having created Ohio's largest one day event ... his Woolleybear Festival, now in its 41st year.

Dick Goddard celebrated his 75th birthday in 2006 on the air with a surprise birthday party staged by the staff at WJW/Fox8 with some eighty special guests - forty people and the forty dogs they adopted because they fell in love with them on Goddard's program segments. More than a hundred people -- pet lovers, politicians, festival folks, representatives of animal organizations he'd worked with over the years, friends, associates, Fox8 personalities and management helped celebrate Dick Goddard's many years of accomplishments and contributions to the communities of Northeast Ohio.



 

Howard CaldwellHOWARD CALDWELL

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


John MarinkoJOHN MARINKO

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.
 
John recalls that the one challenge of the early years was editing on quad machines. Not only were there no timecodes to use but editing was done with a microscope, razor blades and iron filings. “It was very difficult to get it all lined up,” recalls John in the early years before technological advance changed the industry. “It took 5 guys to do a commercial in quad.”   

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' FordCHARLES E. “BUD” FORD, JR.

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 MoffittJOHN 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.

 




Silver Circle Award Recipients
Class of 2014


John ButteJOHN BUTTE
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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.

After receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from Indiana University, he began his career as a reporter/photographer at WHAS, Louisville. He worked as an anchor, reporter, assignment editor and producer, in medium and large markets, before accepting his first News Directorship in Asheville, North Carolina. His following News Director positions included WMAR, Baltimore, WFLA, Tampa, WTHR, Indianapolis, and WEWS, Cleveland and Vice President and General Manager, WEWS.

At the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California, in 1993, as Executive Producer, Butte created the national advocacy television news magazine, "The Crusaders." In 1996 in Columbus, as General Manager, he created the Ohio News Network, ONN, Ohio's 24/7 cable news channel. He helped launch local news on-line with his highly innovative web-desk-first concept at ONN in 1997. He is the recipient of numerous local and regional awards including two Emmys and both a national Edward R. Murrow and an I.R.E. for investigative reporting. He and his wife Ana Luisa Sanchez Butte live in Cleveland's Ohio City neighborhood. Thier daughter Carolina is a graduate student at Kent State University. Sons John, Ryan, Eric and families live in Baltimore, Maryland, Bethel, Alaska, and Portland, Oregon respectively.

Is retirement in his future? Butte says he doesn't know... that he seems to have lousy retirement skills.





Wayne DawsonWAYNE DAWSON
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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.

In his 34 years at Fox, Wayne has covered thousands of stories ranging from two national presidential conventions, the second history-making space shot of John Glenn, Pope John Paul's visit to Detroit, Michigan, the first celebration of Martin Luther King Day in Atlanta, as well as various Cleveland mayoral and Ohio gubernatorial races not to mention covering various news in Northeast Ohio ranging from education, to health, politics and feature reporting.

Wayne is the winner of 11 Regional Emmy® awards, 2 Excellence in Journalism awards, a UPI award for his documentary "State of Black Cleveland," the Kent State University "Diversity in Leadership" award... the keys to cities of East Cleveland, University Heights and Shaker Heights, as well as a host of awards, proclamations, and certificates from various organizations thorughout Northeast Ohio. Wayne was also name to the Jaycee's "Outstanding Young Men of America," the Professional Women's Business Association named him "Outstanding News Reporter," and Delta Sigma Theta named him "Man of the Year."

A member of the Broadcasters Hall of Fame, Wayne is known for his involvement in the community and, along with his brother Judge Will Dawson, has established the "Annie L. Dawson Foundation" to provide college scholarships to inner city students.

Wayne is a graduate of Kent State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism. He is a graduate of Shaw High School in East Cleveland and he attended Cuyahoga Community College. Wayne is one of those rare individuals who was born, raised, and has worked his entire career here in the city of Cleveland.

Wayne is a popular, well-versed speaker, and a licensed minister at Bethany Baptist Church in Cleveland.

He is the father of 4 children and the grandfather of five.

His wife is LaVerne Dawson.






Class of 2012


Chris WrightCHRIS WRIGHT

Chris Wright joined the SkyTrak Weather Team in September 1999. He came to WTHR from WISH-TV in Indianapolis where he served as the primary meteorologist for the 5, 6, and 11 p.m. weeknight newscasts.

Chris studied broadcasting and meteorology Portland State University and at the University of Memphis where he graduated in 1983. While in Indianapolis, he has been honored with numerous awards. He was named National Weather Association Broadcaster of the Year in 1994 and has been awarded ten Emmys from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

He holds the National Weather Association Seal of Approval and in 2006 became the first African American to be designated a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) by the American Meteorological Society. The CBM Seal supercedes the AMS Seal of Approval and requires successful completion of a very comprehensive examination on theoretical meteorology, operational meteorology, forecasting, and general science.

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 in 1996.

Chris currently anchors "SkyTrak Weather" on Eyewitness News weeknights at 5 p.m., 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. In addition to his on-air duties, Chris also prepares forecasts for the weather page in the Indianapolis Star and the Eyewitness News website at WTHR.com. As if that's not enough, Chris also hosts "The Brain Game," a high school quiz show promoting the values and benefits of a solid education.

In his spare time Chris is an accomplished author. He has written nine mysteries and three children's books. Chris and his wife Megan have three daughters and make their home in Indianapolis.






Class of 2011


Nancy O'DonnellNANCY O'DONNELL

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.

In 1974, Nancy became the first female cinematographer in the country working for a network Owned &Operated when she was hired by WKYC. She joined IATSE Local 666, and faced blatant harassment from the chauvinist shooters who told her that they wanted to keep the "broads out of broadcasting." She persisted and eventually won the respect of her peers. For three years she covered the Kentucky Derby pre-week for NBC Sports. She covered network news with Brian Ross, Bob Dotson and Bill Jamison. She was assigned to the Carter Presidential Campaign and did a special interview with Jimmy Carter. Over the years Nancy O'Donnell shot train derailments, one of the Eddie Watkins bank robberies, hostage situations, and sports including post game interviews in the Cleveland Browns previously taboo (for women) locker room. There were tense situations -- she was threatened, and had her camera grabbed and the film ripped out. When videotape replaced film, she began shooting tape and joined NABET. She covered Betty Ford before she admitted her substance abuse problem, and captured the only Danny Green bombing video minutes after it happened.




Class of 2010


Alan CloeALAN CLOE

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. 

Alan's employment with WFYI began in the summer of 1970, shortly after he graduated from college and nearly four months before the Indianapolis' public television station actually signed on the air.  A graduate of DePauw University, Alan wore many hats in those early days.  Among his first assignments was public information and promotion with a focus on getting the word out about WFYI, a new UHF (Channel 20 was the first UHF station in Indy) public TV station.  Indianapolis was the largest city in America without a public TV station when WFYI signed on the air on October 4th, 1970 (also Alan's birthday). 

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 AndersonJERRY ANDERSON

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.

Jerry's work as the sole reporter and principal writer of WTOL's 18-part, post 9-11 series, "Families Coping",  won the regional Edward R. Murrow award for "Best News Series" of 2001.  Jerry has won two Crystal Awards of Excellence (1999 & 2002), and two Crystal Awards of Merit from Women In Communication for his reporting while at WTOL-TV.

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. 

Jerry joined WTOL-TV in 1994 to anchor a brand-new newscast, "First at Five".  He has since added the 6 & 11 p.m. newscast duties.

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 GoldursSTEVE GOLDURS

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 BellSTEVE BELL

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


Rex RicklyREX R. RICKLY

Rex Rickly started his career in broadcast engineering at WOSU Radio in 1962 while a student at Ohio State University, and was soon working part time at WBNS and WLWC in Columbus.  After graduation, Rex moved on to WLWT in Cincinnati, one of the first stations in the nation to broadcast in color.  In 1969, he was appointed Chief Engineer at the PBS station in Toledo, WGTE.   By 1974, he had joined WUAB-TV in Parma, OH where he managed many important engineering projects including the construction of a new transmitter.  Rex became Manager of Engineering at WKYC in 1994, and supervised the planning and construction of the new digital studio building as well as conversion to digital transmission.  He was awarded an Emmy® in 2001 for Technical Achievement.  In January of this year, Rickly stepped down as Director of Technology & Operations at WKYC, but has continued to work part time for that station and for Sports Time Ohio Cable network.




Jim TichyJIM TICHY

Born and raised in Cleveland, Jim Tichy joined Toledo’s Channel 24 in 1972, when it was operating with the call letters WDHO, as a general assignment reporter and cameraman.  Jim also had to process and edit the film he shot, and filled in as news, weather and sports anchor.  Later, the station became WNWO-TV, and in April of 1974, he was promoted to the position of Sports Director -- a title he held until his retirement in June, 2007.  Jim Tichy continues to work part-time on special projects for the station, and is also heard on radio broadcasts of high school sports.  Over the years, the industry and community have acknowledged his contributions with awards from Women in Communications; Toledo Press Club; Northwest Ohio Football Coaches Association; National Professional Bowlers Association; American Lung Association; the Toledo City League Athletic Hall of Fame; and the Ohio Associated Press Broadcasters Hall of Fame.


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Class of 1999

Windsor "Win" Smith
Bob Olive
Pete Sereda
Wilma Smith
Neil Zurcher
Neil "Mickey" Flanagan

Lawson Deming
Judd Hambrick
Bob Hammer
Roy Meyers
Dick Russ
Gary Short
Class of 1997

Ed Bell
Ralph Campbell
Pete Cary
Ted Henry
Ron St. Charles
Marty Sullivan
Class of 1996

Clifford Adkins
Alan Bush
Jenny Crimm
Charles E. (Bud) Ford
John Marinko
Joe Mosbrook
Class of 1995

John Herrington
Ed Miller
John Rinaldi
Chet Roberts
Gib Shanley
Dick Trembath
Don Webster
Class of 1994

Leon Bibb
Earl Keys
Jerry Lackamp
Don Marcus
Frank Strnad
Tim Taylor
Class of 1993

Del Donahoo
Howard Hoffman
Jack Moffitt
Paige Palmer
Chuck Schodowski
Neal Van Ells
Class of 1992

Betty Cope
Dick Goddard
Fred Griffith
Linn Sheldon
Bill Wiedenmann
Hank Zbrzeski
Class of 1991

Jim Breslin
Virgil Dominic
Tom Haley
Don Perris
Ernie Sindelar
Alice Weston