Henry Rosenthal Honored As IBA Inducts 8 Others
May 30, 2007 at 5:51 AM (PT)
A longtime LAFAYETTE radio broadcaster will be honored twice in the next few months reports the JOURNAL AND COURIER. HENRY ROSENTHAL, who owned WASK-A & F, now WKOA, from 1959 to 1983, was surprised to learn recently of both honors. On OCTOBER 4, he will be inducted into the INDIANA Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
"I am very, very proud of that," he said. "I think it's probably one of the greatest honors I've ever received. You like to think you're being noticed, but you never know until you're bypassed or chosen."
But prior to induction into the IBA Hall of Fame, ROSENTHAL, 88, will be presented the Distinguished American Award by the Northwest Chapter of the NATIONAL FOOTBALL FOUNDATION and COLLEGE HALL OF FAME on JUNE 21. The chapter's Executive Director, JIM VRUGGINK, said the award is given to someone who "maintained a lifetime of interest in the game of football... while making a significant contribution to the betterment of amateur football or sports in general."
During the time he owned the WASK stations, ROSENTHAL handled broadcasting duties of PURDUE UNIVERSITY football and basketball games. "Some of my employees felt that I bought the stations to do PURDUE play-by-play, and they may have been right," he said. "But I still have people today who say, 'We enjoyed your broadcasts.' "
Other new members being inducted by the IBA into its RICHARD M. FAIRBANKS Hall of Fame on OCTOBER 4 include FEDERATED MEDIA's JOHN DILLE III, RADIO ONE's AMOS BROWN III, station owner DEAN SPENCER, former WTLC and WFBM-A/INDIANAPOLIS News Dir. GENE SLAYMAKER, former WISH-TV/INDIANAPOLIS weathercaster KAY FIELD, former INDIANA UNIVERSITY basketball broadcaster PAUL LENNON, and radio veteran SUSAN BARTLETT (aka SUE STEWART). Longtime INDIANAPOLIS 500 voice TOM CARNEGIE will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.