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The largest crowd ever for a VAB event turned out December 6 at the Hilton Burlington for the 20th annual Hall of Fame Awards Banquet.  Nearly 300 broadcasters and friends enjoyed great food and drink as 10 awards were presented.

Governor Peter Shumlin was  on hand to salute the award winners, including new Hall of Fame inductee Tim Johnson of WTSA AM & FM in

Brattleboro. Shumlin joked that he listened to Tim read the news when he was growing up in Putney.  Johnson was introduced by WTSA owner and GM Kelli Corbeil.

Also inducted into the Hall of Fame this year were Jack LaDuke, longtime Adirondack Bureau Chief for WCAX-TV, and former VAB President Candis Leopold of Hall Communications.

LaDuke was introduced by VAB Hall of Fame member Marselis Parsons of WCAX.  LaDuke humorously discussed the technological changes in the television world, and recounted the challenges he had getting tape over to his editors in Burlington.  

Leopold was the VAB’s first female president and is a longtime sales manager in Vermont. She was introduced by a video featuring three of her bosses, Lynn Beaudoin, Ed Flanagan and her current boss Dan Dubonnet of Hall Communications.

The Broadcaster of the Year award was presented to Local 22 and Local 44 General Manager Roger Hess, who shared his award with his staff and family.

Distinguished Service Awards were presented to longtime WOKO personality Thom Richards and to WCAX-TV’s Judy Simpson, Vermont’s first female news anchor (at WVNY-TV).  

Simpson was introduced by her longtime co-anchor on the Channel  3 Morning News, meteorologist Gary Sadowsky, while Richards was introduced by longtime colleague Rod Hill of WOKO.

WCAX Chief Photographer Jim Oliver was the recipient of the Snyder-Teffner Award for excellence behind the scenes.  Oliver, who is retiring at the end of this year, has previously been honored with a Distinguished Service Award.

Sean Troland, new General Manager of WGLY-The Light Radio Network, accepted the Alan Noyes Community Service Award for a campaign earlier this year that collected hundreds of walkers and wheelchairs for people in the Third World.

Community Service Awards were also presented to Star 92.9 for their efforts to raise money to battle cancer, and to Mitch Terricciano of WIZN-FM for his fundraiser for Juvenile Diabetes research.

The VAB would like to thank all the speakers and all of our volunteers for helping to make the December 6 event so successful.  We’d also like to acknowledge the superb staff at the Hilton Burlington for their efforts above and beyond the call of duty.  Thank you!

The VAB’s next major event will be our 60th Annual Convention, which will be held in Montpelier this coming May.