William B. Williams' Family Battles With NYSBA Over Hall Of Fame Snafu
July 18, 2011 at 7:08 AM (PT)
A battle has erupted between the family of the late longtime WNEW-A/NEW YORK personality WILLIAM B. WILLIAMS and the NEW YORK STATE BROADCASTERS ASSOCIATION over the radio legend's induction into the NYSBA Hall of Fame, according to MEDIABISTRO's FISHBOWLNY.COM reporter JERRY BARMASH, who chronicles the back-and-forth between WILLIAMS' son JEFFREY B. WILLIAMS, former NYSBA President BILL O'SHAUGHNESSY, and outgoing NYSBA President JOE REILLY.
The dispute came after WILLIAMS said he was not contacted about the induction ceremony by REILLY after O'SHAUGHNESSY informed him about the selection, and that he was promised by O'SHAUGNESSY that transportation for himself and his mother would be provided but none was arranged. REILLY's response to BARMASH claimed that the younger WILLIAMS was informed that "we never offer transportation to awards site to any family member or even a recipient," but REILLY then admitted that guest speakers and honorees BRIAN WILLIAMS and DEBORAH NORVILLE were provided transportation, and REGIS PHILBIN, another inductee, said on his TV show the day after the ceremony that he rode along with BRIAN WILLIAMS on a private jet to the LAKE GEORGE festivities. REILLY told BARMASH that he wouldn't put "Joe Blow" on a plane with BRIAN WILLIAMS and added, "This is AMERICA. There are people that are treated differently because of status, because of profession, their standing in life, and those that aren’t."
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