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Broadcasters’ Reunion Held In Binghamton Saturday

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The Southern Tier Broadcasters Association hosted its bi-annual Reunion Saturday evening at the Doubletree Hotel by Hilton.  Over 200 past and current radio and television broadcasters with ties to the region turned out to share memories and renew friendships.

Those WNBF alumni attending included Bill Parker and Ted Baer.  Parker has worked in local broadcasting for six decades.  He became an icon in both television and radio and for a period of time when what is now WBNG Television and WNBF Radio were co-owned, he starred on both.Parker was known as “Officer Bill” for his children’s shows on TV and “The Dean of Broadcasting” during his radio broadcasts.

Another of WNBF’s popular alumni in attendance was Ted Baer.  Ted was the Morning Show Host on WNBF when it was owned by Stoner Broadcasting.  During his stay at WNBF he posted huge ratings and was paired with long-time News Director Bernard Fionte.

Several awards were presented including WNBF Polka Show host Barb Mack named as “Broadcaster of the Year”.  WHWK Brand Manager and Mid-Day host John Davison was selected as “Audio-Technica Award” given to someone still active in the industry. The “Living Legend” recipient was Dana Potter from Magic 101.7 WLTB.  Dana is the  long-time Operations Manger there and is a former WNBF on-air host as well.

Another broadcast veteran, Ray Ross heads up the committee that organizes the event.

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