The 2016 VAB Hall of Fame Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, December 3 at the Hilton Burlington. Registration is now closed. Thank you to the hundreds of folks who registered. See you at the banquet!
The special VAB rate rooms at the Hilton were sold out as of November 21. There may be rooms available at their regular rate. You can call them at 658-6500. Also, rooms may be available at one of the other nearby hotels.
The forecast for WPTZ-TV meteorologist Tom Messner and WCAX-TV weather anchor Sharon Meyer calls for clear sailing into the VAB Hall of Fame. The popular veteran forecasters will both be inducted into the Hall of Fame Saturday, December 3 at the Hilton Burlington.
Also being enshrined this year is the late Dean Slack, a longtime radio personality and manager in the Burlington market.
Sharon Meyer, a native of the Boston area, became the lead forecaster and director of the WCAX weather department in 1990, upon the retirement of VAB Hall of Fame member Stuart Hall. She’s known not only for her forecasting skills but also for sharing her love of Vermont’s natural beauty with her viewers. Sharon is regularly featured on NESN Red Sox broadcasts.
Tom Messner joined WPTZ in 1990 and quickly became a local favorite thanks to his forecasting acumen and his ever-cheerful demeanor. He has spent hundreds of hours visiting local classrooms to talk about meteorology. Tom’s forecasts have been seen on the Today show, MSNBC and The Weather Channel.
Montpelier native Dean Slack joined WCAX radio (now WVMT) in 1950 and went to WJOY in 1954, where he was considered the market’s top disc jockey in that era. WVMT hired him as sales manager and announcer in 1965. He covered the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble for the station. He later became General Manager of WVNY-TV and WVNY radio (now WEZF), but moved out of state in 1974 after buying stations in New Hampshire and New York. He passed away in Corning, New York in 2014 at the age of 85.
Rod Hill has been named 2016 Broadcaster of the Year. Now in his 30th year with Hall Communications, Hill is the co-host of WOKO-FM’s “Morning Roundup” and is the Program Director for sister station WKOL-FM. He is now also responsible for day-to-day engineering duties and IT work for all five Hall stations in the region.
Rod has helped lead fundraising campaigns for Camp Ta-Kum-Ta and the Vermont Children’s Hospital, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars.
Distinguished Service Awards will be presented to WCAX senior news photographer Bob Davis and veteran radio personality and salesperson Bob Sherman at the Dec. 3 Hall of Fame banquet.
Davis has been covering news for WCAX for more than 30 years, and is considered one of the best at his craft. He’s received numerous Edward R. Morrow awards, a Peabody award and a Dupont award. He’s covered everything from presidential campaigns to cats stuck in trees–-and almost everything in between.
Sherman has also won many awards during his career. The Lyndon State grad was a manager, announcer and salesperson at WTSL-AM from 1978 until 1985, when he joined the staff at WVMT-AM. He returned to WTSL and its sister stations in 1990, and is currently a Senior Account Executive for Great Eastern Radio. Bob’s passion for radio also prompted him to return to his alma mater to teach communications to the next generation of Broadcasters. In 1987 he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award from Lyndon State.
WFFF-TV/WVNY-TV is the 2016 winner of the Alan Noyes Community Service Award for their volunteer efforts to beautify Little River State Park in Waterbury. On June 17, all available employees participated by gardening, trimming trees for emergency vehicle access along the main road (approximately 2 miles), and chopping, splitting, and stacking nearly nine cords of fire wood! Their 33 participants racked up 151 volunteer hours. The volunteer effort followed a week of on-air stories that encouraged viewers to volunteer in their own communities.
The Snyder-Teffner Award for Excellence Behind the Scenes will be presented to Kim Meisinger of Prescott Towers of Rutland.