Two veteran radio broadcasters will join Vermont’s first female television news director in this year’s VAB Hall of Fame class.
Radio Vermont’s Tom Beardsley, Catamount Radio’s Brian Collamore and WCAX-TV’s Judy Simpson will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame at the annual Hall of Fame Banquet December 2 at the Hilton Burlington.
Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to Lynn Beaudoin of Vermont Broadcast Associates, Mark Esbjerg of Sison Broadcasting and Steve Pelkey of Hall Communications.
WTSA AM & FM in Brattleboro is the winner of this year’s Alan Noyes Community Service Award for their annual “Project Feed the Thousands” campaign. The award is named in honor of the VAB’s longtime Executive Director.
This year’s Snyder-Teffner Award will be presented to Greg Towne, engineer for Mission Broadcasting station WVNY-TV.
A native of Watertown, New York, Tom Beardsley, a.k.a. “Beards,” began his radio career in 1969 at WIRD-AM in Lake Placid. He also worked at WIKE-AM in Newport, WHWB-AM in Rutland and for WPTZ-TV. He worked for WDEV and its sister stations for a combined 30 years. He also worked for Rep. Peter Smith, the New England Dairy Council and was part owner of a small radio group in Maine for four years.
Judy Simpson began her Vermont television news career at WVNY in 1985 and became the first female TV news director in state history. She joined WCAX in 1997 and began a ten-year stint as anchor of “Channel 3 News This Morning” in 2000. She “retired” earlier this year but continues to host “Across the Fence” for the station. She received the VAB’s Distinguished Service Award in 2014.
Brian Collamore started his radio career in 1968 at WRMC and WFAD while at Middlebury College. After a stint at WHWB-AM in Rutland, he joined WSYB in 1974 and has been on the air and in sales since then. He has been a longtime co-host of “The Proctor Gas Morning Show” and has been an ice hockey official for nearly 40 years. He received the VAB’s Distinguished Service Award in 2013 and is now in his second term as a State Senator for Rutland County.
Lynn Beaudoin started her sales career at WSTJ-AM in 1981. She joined Bruce James’ Vermont Broadcast Associates when he bought WSTJ and what is now WKXH-FM in 1990. She is known for “super-serving” her clients and her community and for being a goodwill ambassador for radio broadcasting.