NEW YORK CITY -- Our congratulations to longtime Syracuse TV and radio broadcaster Rick Gary -- one of several personalities inducted to the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame last night, during a ceremony at The Paley Center for Media.
Gary hosts two different live afternoon drive shows simultaneously for Galaxy Communications -- you can hear him on Sunny 102 (WZUN) in Syracuse and Mix 102.5 (WUMX) in Utica-Rome. But that was just one of the factors contributing to his selection for the award. His longevity and success in the business was another major factor.
"If you look at the scope of Rick’s career starting with WOLF, through Channel 9 to today at Sunny 102, nobody deserves this honor more," said Galaxy Communications President Ed Levine. Although he's worked in four different states, Gary made his mark on Syracuse as co-host of the "Rick and Ron" morning show on WOLF back in the 70s. He later spent 23 years at the television station, with the last few years overlapping in radio before leaving television earlier this year.
"I was humbled and touched by the whole event," Gary said. "My personal highlight was being inducted with Charles Osgood!" In addition to the host of CBS News Sunday Morning, other inductees included CBS radio personality Harry Harrison, Buffalo TV news reporter Marie Rice, Rochester radio personality "Brother Wease," and Albany radio host Don Weeks.
Photo credit: Submitted by Galaxy VP/Programming Mimi Griswold.
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