Binghamton Broadcaster's Hall Of Fame

By WBNG News

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 1, 2008 at 6:03 PM EST

Pioneers in local television and radio are recognized...
As 20 people are inducted into the new Binghamton Broadcaster's Hall of Fame.

The ceremony celebrates those with a storied past.

Members of the broadcasting community come together...

And honor the people they call the "great ones" in local television and radio.

"It's exciting to have them here to shake their hand and have them acknowledge what this community means to them," said Ray Ross of the Southern Tier Broadcaster's Association.

The Bundy Museum is debuting its Binghamton Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

And, inducting 20 people.

Including TV and radio personality Bernie Fionte.

"I'm kind of flattered okay, because of the great people who are in this. The other inductees are people who are just legends in many way," said Barry Fionte a Hall of Fame Inductee.

Also, former Action News weatherman Bob Buchanan was inducted.

Buchanan retired in the mid-90's and died last year.

His family was on hand to accept the award on his behalf.

"He would be very gratified. He loved this community. He loved the attention" said Leslie Kerrigan, Buchanan's daughter.

All 20 inductees now have a place in the Bundy Museum.

Their photos and bios will hang on this wall in the Hall of Fame.

The museum hopes to add even more photos and bios to the wall.

"There are far more that need to be in the Hall of Fame and probably will be at some point"

The museum says it plans to induct a group of 10 each year.

As way to always remember the "great ones".

Also, Rod Serling was inducted into the Hall of Fame for TV programming.

As well as Chubby Checker for his entertainment contributions.

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