WAER Opens Hall of Fame, Alumnus Ted Koppel Inaugural Inductee
May 24, 2012 at 4:20 AM (PT)
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY's WAER/SYRACUSE is marking its 65th anniversary in broadcasting, and has opened the "WAER Hall of Fame" inside its broadcast facility on Ostrom Avenue. The Hall of Fame will honor the most accomplished of WAER's thousands of student alumni, which include a large pool of historic, transcendent figures in broadcasting.
WAER will honor 1960 SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY graduate TED KOPPEL as the first inductee. WAER awarded KOPPEL with a Hall of Fame trophy at a formal induction ceremony at SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY's GREENBERG HOUSE in WASHINGTON, D.C., on FRIDAY, MAY 18th.
KOPPEL told those who gathered to honor him that, "The WAER Hall of Fame Award is the most valued award I have received."
WAER GM Joe Lee noted, "TED KOPPEL epitomizes what WAER is all about. The station is AMERICA's foremost media education laboratory. TED, like so many students who have followed him, got his first hands-on experience and his first taste of radio inside WAER’s studios." LEE continued, "Our alumni include some the greatest broadcasters of recent generations. This Hall of Fame will serve as a 'Mount Rushmore' of our remarkable alums. TED KOPPEL is our version of GEORGE WASHINGTON."
Alumnus SCOTT MACFARLANE, who worked as a WAER news reporter and music announcer from 1994-1998, helped honor KOPPEL at the inaugural induction ceremony. "It’s exciting to think of 'Who's next?' for this Hall of Fame," MACFARLANE said. "WAER's sports and news alumni are pioneers and icons of the broadcast industry. No radio station or media education outlet is more deserving of a Hall of Fame than WAER."