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Buffalo Broadcasters Association

Heading the Class of 2017 is the Voice of the Nashville Predators Pete Weber, WKBW-TV meteorologist Mike Randall, 97 Rock’s Carl Russo, Townsquare Media Associate Commercial Producer Jim Pastrick, WLV -AM Station Owner Dick Greene and radio newsman the late Ray Marks.

In addition to the induction ceremony, the BBA will present the Tim Russert Medal of Merit to Noah Maciejewski, a student at Fredonia.

The Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame Dinner is Thursday, September 28th with cocktails at 5:30 p.m. and the program starting at 7:00 p.m. in the studios of WNED-TV. WIVB-TV Anchor Jacquie Walker and WGRZ-TV anchor John Beard will be the MCs. Penny Wolfgang and Steve Monaco are this year’s event chairs.

“The Class of 2017 inductees have an interesting cross-section of broadcasting,” said Steve Reszka, president of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association. “We are honored to recognize and welcome them into the Hall of Fame.”

The Chairman of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association, Heidi Raphael, has been named Vice President of Corporate Communications with Beasley Media Group, which is effective immediately. Beasley owns 63 stations in 15 markets, many of which are along the East Coast and in large to mid-sized markets.

Rapahel spent 20 years with Greater Media, Inc. and most recently served as Senior Vice President of Corporate Communications, a role she was promoted to in March 2016. She had previously served in many positions within the company including Marketing Director at WRIF-FM, New Business Development Director at WMGC-FM, and Group marketing Director for Greater Media Detroit. She was promoted to Director of Corporate Communications in 2006 and then two years later was upped to Vice President of Corporate Communications. Beasley purchased Greater Media in July 2016.

Locally, Raphael served as President of the Buffalo Broadcasters Association from 2015 to 2017 and now serves as the organization’s Chairman. On a national level, Raphael has been consistently recognized among the “Most Influential Women in Radio in the United States” by Radio Ink magazine on a yearly basis since 2006. In addition, she is the past spokesperson and executive committee member of the Mentoring & Inspiring Women (MIW) Radio Group. A former NAB Radio Board member, Raphael currently serves on the board of the National Library of American Broadcasting. In addition, she is a member of the Broadcast Education Association (BEA) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Raphael is a member of the Women’s Group, the Women’s TAP Fund, The Twentieth Century Club and the Buffalo Canoe Club. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Media Communications from Medaille College and Master of Arts degree from the University of Phoenix.

If you wanted to attend the 2016 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony but couldn’t get a ticket, you’re in luck! You can catch the broadcast tonight (Wednesday, December 28) at 8:30pm on WBBZ-TV.

Tune in to see broadcasting legends secure their place in Buffalo broadcasting history. You’ll see speeches and video compilations of former 97 Rock morning man Larry Norton, former WIVB-TV and current WKBW-TV meteorologist Don Paul, Susan Hunt of Pie Town Productions, former WKBW-TV Head of Operations Steve Zappia, WECK-AM’s Tom (Donahue) McCray, former WKBW-TV anchor Nolan Johannes. The broadcast will also include Stephanie Aponte, the Tim Russert Medal of Merit Award winner and The Fischers from WBTA-FM for 75 years in broadcasting.

WBBZ is at Channel 67.1 over-the-air, Channel 5 or 1230 (HD) for Time Warner Cable customers, Channel 5 for FiOS customers; Channel 5 for Dish customers; Channel 67 for DirecTV viewers.

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