Today, we’re honoring the role and contributions Ann Deckop made to Buffalo broadcasting. She was inducted to the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame in 2006.
For a wide-eyed 1951 graduate of Mercyhurst College, learning the inner workings of the phenomenon called television was like gaining the code to the secrets of the universe. Ann Deckop jumped at a chance for a summer job at the only television station in her hometown, WBEN-TV.
All she hoped for was to meet some of the on-air radio legends from her childhood. Ann never imagined that she would spend all of her working life at Channel 4 as the â€œright hand womanâ€ to the stationâ€™s top executives. First in Sales and then with C. Robert Thompson, she became the assistant to Thompsonâ€™s successor, Leslie G. Arries, Jr. as he guided Channel 4 through the turbulent decades of the Twentieth Century. Ann worked with Aries on his on his many community outreach programs and National Association of Broadcaster projects. Her career thrived through 55 years of change in broadcasting.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to salute 2006 inductee Ann Deckop during National Womenâ€™s History Month