Broadcast Legend Of The Year Award: “The Myrna”

The Myrna, signifying the Broadcast Legend of the Year, is awarded to a member who has made extraordinary contributions to the organization in time, effort and talent.

1995:
KEN ACKERMAN

Founding Member; Core Group; Program Chairman. KQW/KCBS Radio; elected to the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame (2006)

“In appreciation for donating a phenomenal amount of time to the organization, producing programs with audience-attracting stars and themes, expanding membership, engaging productive volunteers and constantly focusing on our main purpose … fun!”

 

 

1996:
KNOWLES ROBERTSON

Founding Member, Core Group, Publications Chairman; KNEW/KSAN; Life member, NorCal RTNDA

“In appreciation for donating an extraordinary amount of time, producing outstanding newsletters and many other designer print items, maintaining voluminous data bases, staging special functions like “Sunday in Sonoma” and constantly focusing on our main purpose: fun”

 

1997:
CHET CASSELMAN

Founding Member (one of the Original 4); Chair of the Core Group; Lunch MC; Leader of The Legends. News Director, KSFO Radio.

 

1998: KAREN LIPNEY

Legal Counsel, Core Group; Assistant Executive Director, AFTRA/SAG.

 

1999:
ROD SHERRY

Founding Member, Member of Core Group; Past Treasurer; Official Greeter. Member of NATAS Silver Circle.

 

2000:
DARRYL COMPTON

President and Executive Director of Broadcast Legends. Darryl is also Executive Director of NATAS SF/NorCal, RTNDA and the S.F. Peninsula Press Club. He spent many years at San Francisco State and KRON-TV. Member of the NATAS Silver Circle.

 

2002:
WANDA RAMEY

The first woman news anchor in the West and second in the nation. “Girl on the Beat,” The Noon News, KPIX. Member of the NATAS Silver Circle.

2003:
MERLA ZELLERBACH

Merla is the editor of the Nob Hill Gazette and is remembered as a panelist on the ABC-TV show Oh My Word. Her real claim to fame is the final proof reader of the Legends newsletter. Her plaque reads: “Merla Zellerbach, who saves our collective asses.”

 

2004:
JIM SCHOCK

Jim Schock is the Legends Core Group Secretary. Writes the wonderful “boy stories” in each edition of the newsletter and writes the newscast that opens each of our quarterly lunches. A former TV news reporter, producer and executive, Jim is also a novelist.

 

2005:
DAN ODUM

Dan Odum is a member of the Legends Board of Directors and Producer/Director of the Legends Old Time Radio Players

 

2006:
ALAN YOUNG

Alan Young is a member of the Legends Board of Directors and Luncheon Engineer for many years. 

 

2007:
PETER CLEAVELAND

Peter Cleaveland is the Legends Vice President and luncheon producer and MC.  He also performs with the Old Time Radio Players.  Peter was a reporter for ABC News and worked as an AFTRA rep for many years.

 

2008:
TERRY LOWRY

Terry Lowry is a member of the Board of Directors.  She has worked at KRON, KTVU, KGO and KICU.  She co-hosted AM San Francisco with her husband Fred LaCosse.  Terry is a member of the NATAS Silver Circle and chair of the Silver Circle committee.

 

2009:
DAVID FERRELL JACKSON

Publisher and Editor of the Bay Area Radio Digest; Founding Executive Director and Curator of the Bay Area Radio Museum and Hall of Fame. Member of the Broadcast Legends Board of Directors; Charles Herrold Award (2007), California Historical Radio Society; CHRS Fellow in History (2011).

 

2010:
DAVID PARKER

Original cast member of the Lone Ranger radio program, TV director at KPIX and Life member of the Legends.  Active performing with the Old time Radio Players,

 

2011:
BEN FONG-TORRES

Ben Fong-Torres writes Radio Waves for the San Francisco Chronicle.  He has hosted many of our luncheons as the interviewer or moderator as well as performing at our annual holiday parties.  Elivs is in the room.

 

2012:
ROBERT MOHR

Robert Mohr is the official Broadcast Legends photographer.

 

2013:
ABE BATTAT

Abe Battat is the first call for San Francisco Society entertainment. Abe was the featured pianist and bandleader at the Westin St. Frances Hotel’s beautiful Compass Rose Room from 1972 to 2000.  Abe is a favorite performer at our annual holiday luncheon.  Abe writes an original song each year highlighting the luncheon.

 

2014:
GLORIA DUFFY

Gloria Duffy is a Life member of the Legends and never misses attending the Legends quarterly luncheons.

 

2015:
BOB BROWN

Bob Brown is a member of the Legends Board of Directors and resident audio engineer for our luncheons and Old Time Radio Players.

 

2016:
STEVE KUSHMAN

Steve Kushman is a member of the Legends Board of Directors as well as President of CHRS (California Historical Radio Society)

 

2017:
LEN SHAPIRO

Len Shapiro is the Legends Treasurer as well as the Executive Director of The Bay Area Radio Museum and BARHOF (Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame)