SYRACUSE -- Congratulations to Dan Cummings! The retired longtime NewsChannel 9 (WSYR-TV) reporter/anchor is one of five people being inducted to the New York State Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame this fall, along with broadcasters from Rochester, New York City and the Southern Tier.
We're admittedly a bit late to the party as we didn't get the memo immediately: The NYSBA announced its 2023 class of Hall of Fame inductees last week. Inductions will take place on October 26, during a special luncheon in the Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Plaza in New York City.
Cummings retired from the ABC affiliate in 2021, after spending 37 out of his 45 years in broadcast news there. In addition to anchoring in every timeslot at some point during his tenure, Cummings also brought hoe two Emmy awards, a regional Edward R. Murrow award and various accolades from NYSBA and the Syracuse Press Club. Cummings was added to the SPC's Wall of Distinction, in the OnCenter Civic Center, in 2018.
Once inducted, Cummings will join other former NewsChannel 9 reporters and anchors who made the list, including the late Nancy Duffy (2014) and the former longtime anchor duo of Carrie Lazarus and the late Rod Wood (2011).
Other Central New Yorkers inducted to the NYSBA Hall of Fame in recent years include retired WSTM chief meteorologist Wayne Mahar (2021), retired Galaxy Media manager and on-air personality Mimi Griswold (2020), and longtime 93Q (WNTQ) morning duo Ted Long & Amy Robbins (2019).
Ironically, when Cummings returns to Syracuse, so will the plaques -- the actual NYSBA Hall of Fame is housed locally at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University.