Popular television personality Tom Bergeron, a national Emmy Award-winner who began his career in broadcasting in his hometown of Haverhill and is best known as the host of ABC-TV’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos” from 2001 to 2015, will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the upcoming Massachusetts Broadcasters Hall of Fame’s 10th annual “Induction and Awards Luncheon” scheduled for Thursday, October 13, from 12 to 2 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel. Hall of Fame President Don Kelley is the event producer.
Among this year’s inductees is Paula Lyons. For two decades, she was the consumer editor for Boston’s WBZ-TV, Channel 4, and host of “Lyons on the Lookout,” covering consumer issues that concerned New Englanders. Prior to joining the station in 1994 she was a consumer editor for ABC Television’s “Good Morning America” from 1989 to 1994, and also for WCVB-TV, Channel 5 in Boston, from 1978 to 1989.
Lyons has been honored with the Consumer Federation of America’s prestigious Outstanding Consumer Media Service Award and the National Press Club’s Journalism Award for Best Investigative Reporting. Paula and her husband journalist/playwright/poet Arnie Reisman are regular panelists on National Public Radio’s quiz show, “Says You!”
Also slated for induction at the luncheon are The Boston Celtics’ 35-year television broadcast team of Mike Gorman and Tommy Heinsohn; WCVB-TV meteorologist Bob Copeland; longtime WBCN Radio Program Director Oedipus; 23-year WCVB-TV Chronicle co-host Peter Mehegan; the late WBZ Radio deejay Bruce Bradley; the late WZOU Radio and KISS 108 Program Director Steve Rivers; and Gay Vernon, best known for her on-air work on radio stations WVBF and WMJX, MAGIC 106.7.
In addition, three veteran Boston news videographers, representing the backbone of local television news, will share the Hall of Fame’s first “Pioneer Award” at the luncheon. They are former WBZ-TV cameraman Nat Whittemore, WCVB-TV’s multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner videographer Stanley Forman, and WHDH-TV’s retired photographer Charlie Ballantine.
The public is invited to attend the Awards Luncheon. The Boston Marriott Quincy Hotel is located at 1000 Marriott Drive, Quincy. Tickets at $75 each are available for purchase by visiting the Hall of Fame Website at www.massbroadcastersHOF.org.