The Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association has announced that Yankees broadcasters John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman, and WDOE sports director and morning show host Dan Palmer will be going into their Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will take place at a luncheon, Friday, June 10, at the Conrad Hotel in New York City. Here are more details on the three radio inductees.
Yankees Broadcast Team of John Sterling and Suzyn Waldman
John Sterling is nearing his 5000th consecutive Yankees broadcast. He began his career as a talk show host with WMCA in 1971. He was the radio voice for the WHA’s New York Raiders, the WFL’s New York Stars, the NHL’s New York Islanders, and the ABA/NBA’s New York/New Jersey Nets. Sterling also served with the Yankees as pre-game host on WMCA and WINS radio. This year marks Sterling’s 28th consecutive year calling Yankees games. He is also host of the YES Network’s Yankeeography series, which produces biographies of New York Yankees and has received 12 Emmy Awards. In addition, Sterling had a nightly commentary feature on WCBS Newsradio 880 called Sterling on Sports.
Suzyn Waldman’s 30-year career pioneered the way for women in broadcasting. When Suzyn became part of the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Women in Baseball” exhibit in 2006 as the first full-time female color commentator in the Major Leagues, it was just another “first” for the award-winning Journalist and sports commentator. Suzyn Waldman has spent the past three decades overcoming the obstacles that go with being a female sports broadcaster and has risen to the very top of her profession. In 1987, Waldman became the first voice ever heard on WFAN, the first all-sports radio station in the country, and was a mainstay there for 15 years. She created the job of the radio beat reporter, covering both the NY Yankees and the NY Knicks. Her news-breaking reports, exclusive interviews, and always original and controversial opinions, won her countless journalism awards.
WDOE Radio Sports Director Morning Show Announcer Dan Palmer has been broadcasting for 45 years in his hometown area of Dunkirk/Fredonia, Chautauqua County, New York. He started his professional career in 1970 at WBUZ radio in Fredonia, NY. However, sports play-by-play was his true passion, so after five years, he accepted a position as Sports Director/morning announcer at his hometown radio station, WDOE in Dunkirk, NY, on October 6, 1975. Palmer just celebrated 40 years at WDOE. He has broadcast the play-by-play of over 2,000 games of Chautauqua County high schools, youth sporting events, and Fredonia State University sports.