Today, we recognize Marie Rice, from the Class of 2009, who was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
A respected street reporter at Channel 4 for an entire generation, Marie Rice joined WBEN-TV in 1977. It was soon after her sign-on in Buffalo that a story that best suited to her brand of straight-laced compassionate journalism began to unfold. It was one sheâ€™d continue to report on until she left WIVB-TV in 2004.
Rice was one of the earliest journalists on the scene at Love Canal at a time when homeowners there just wanted to know what has happening in their community. During that time, Marieâ€™s reporting was able to make a difference by providing a voice for the voiceless.
The Ohio native says everyone is blessed with a gift, and Marie counts her husky, commanding voice as hers. The tonal quality of her familiar voice struck the proper mood in reporting from murder trials to city hall scandals in the Queen City.
What many people may not realize is that it was her unique voice that launched Marieâ€™s career in broadcasting. Before working in television news in Buffalo and Albany, she was known as â€œMisty,â€ one of the countryâ€™s first female disc jockeys at an all-jazz station in Pittsburgh.
The Buffalo Broadcasters Association is proud to salute 2009 Hall of Fame Inductee Marie Rice for her many contributions during National Womenâ€™s History Month.