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Published: Monday, May 06, 2019 @ 11:58 AM
— One of Dayton’s most beloved anchors, two iconic videographers, a community-minded sportscaster and several radio pioneers have earned a spot in the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
The hall of fame announced its 2019 inductees on Monday, May 6.
WHIO will be well-represented among the dozen broadcasters to be honored at the ceremony set for 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 19 at the NCR Country Club, 4435 Dogwood Trail in Kettering.
WHIO inductees include anchor Letitia Perry, former sportscaster Don Brown, retired WHIO videographers Dee Moorman and Byron Stirsman, former news producer Terry Lafferty, co-host Jim Manley; and Donna Hall, a former general sales manager, vice president and general manager of WHIO Radio.
Hall is now vice president of marketing, audience and newspaper operations for Cox Media Group Atlanta.
The hall of fame honors people who have been a friend of the media and leaders in the community bi-annually.
Attorney Dennis Lieberman and Montgomery County Commissioner Deborah Lieberman will receive Community Service awards.
The broadcasters will be included on the Wall of Fame on the second floor southwest wall of the Dayton Convention Center.
Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley will receive a special recognition for helping secure a permanent home for the hall or fame in the convention center.
Tickets to the hall of fame award dinner are $75 per person. A table of eight can be purchased for $700. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following is the list of the honorees with biographical information provided by the Dayton Area Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Perry is one of the best-known and well-loved news personalities in the Dayton region. She fell in love with broadcasting at Meadowdale High School in Dayton. Perry went on to Central Michigan University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a focus in journalism.
From Michigan, she took a job at WCBE Public Radio in Columbus, where she covered her biggest story, the Lucasville prison riot of 1993. She returned to Dayton in 1995, accepting the news director position with Hawes Saunders broadcast properties WROU and WBNB radio.
Hosting many community events, Perry was spotted by officials with WHIO-TV, who asked her to join their team. Today, she is the anchor for WHIO-TV’s morning and noon newscasts. She is a much sought-after emcee and speaker and gives generously of her time to numerous community events and organizations.
Brown began his broadcasting career working at WHIO radio part-time, while attending Wright State University. He got his taste of sports announcing as the co-host analyst for WHIO Radio at high school games. Brown later joined the team at WKEF-TV and eventually became the host of the local Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy Telethon after the late Johnny Walker stepped down. As host, Brown helped raise money not just for the Jerry Lewis Telethon but for countless other charities throughout the Miami Valley. He later returned to WHIO-TV, where he served as a part-time sportscaster.
Stirsman served as the special project producer/videographer at WHIO-TV for many years, and his work behind the scenes garnered him numerous awards, including first place at the National News Photographer’s Association; two-time Ohio News Photographer’s Association of the Year honoree, and 21 Emmy awards. Twice he was the recipient of the Edward R. Murrow Award.
He started at WHIO-TV in 1979 and quickly established himself as a hardworking news videographer with an eye for quality work and an unmatched ability to work with any reporter to get the best results. He retired in 2018.
Hall served as general sales manager, vice president and general manager of WHIO Radio. During her tenure at WHIO Radio, she partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network to launch the Cares for Kids Radiothon. Over the 22 years of the radiothon, listeners have donated more than $4 million dollars to Dayton Children’s Hospital.
Hall was one of the first general managers with Cox Media to switch the music station to wall-to-wall coverage when the United States came under attack on Sept. 11, 2001. Hall worked tirelessly to maintain Cox’s relationship with the University of Dayton to remain the “Home of the Dayton Flyers.”
Now living in Atlanta, Hall said she still considers Dayton her home.
Moorman is an icon as a news videographer in Dayton. She started part-time at WHIO-TV as a production technician, operating studio cameras, adjusting lighting and set arrangement.
After convincing then WHIO News Director Jack Hurley to hire her as a videographer, she became one of two women to use film cameras. Soon after, Moorman began using large videotape cameras. Despite of the weight of the camera, she was able to do the job working through two pregnancies.
Moorman has won numerous state and local awards in videography. She became one of the few women in broadcasting to operate a live truck, shooting video, editing and turning out quality work.
Moorman recently retired after 42 years of service.
Lafferty got his break in the broadcast industry at WPTW in Piqua. Oscar Baker, the father of WHIO reporter Steve Baker, was the station manager and gave Lafferty his first break into radio.
In 1970, Lafferty , joined the WING radio news department. It was there Lafferty made a name for himself. He and Kathy O’Connor Bow became the first on-air duo to report traffic with the Skywatch traffic reports.
In 1980, Lafferty was hired by Winston Hoehner to join the WHIO Radio team and began his tenure as news producer. For the next 20 years at WHIO, Lafferty was dedicated to the community, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, a reader for Words and as the audio engineer for his church.
Today, Lafferty is a news anchor for WPTW in Piqua, making him one of the few with more than 50 years in broadcasting.
COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARDS
Dennis and Debbie Lieberman
An experienced and well-respected attorney, Dennis Lieberman practices law in the areas of criminal defense and civil litigation. He has tried a substantial amount of cases in both state and federal courts.
Outside of the courthouse, he is just as active in his community. During the 2012 election, he campaigned tirelessly to keep early voting in Ohio to make sure every vote is counted. In addition to his work on the board of elections, Lieberman was also Montgomery County Democratic Party chair for 13 years and a candidate for the Ohio Democratic Party chair.
Today, Lieberman is a member of the Clayton City Council. He currently serves his community by educating the next generation of lawyers, teaching litigation skills as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, University of Dayton School of Law.
Lieberman has also volunteered to assist high school mock trial teams and has served on a number of local charitable boards.
After graduating from the University of Dayton School of Law, Debbie Lieberman worked in real estate and with Legal Aid Society of Dayton. Lieberman joined the Montgomery County Auditor’s Office as director of real estate.
She served in that position for 10 years before becoming the chief deputy auditor in 2001. Lieberman served on the first Clayton City Council and was re-elected in 2001. She was elected to the Montgomery County Commission in 2004 and is currently in her fourth term.
Lieberman co-chairs the Montgomery County Reentry Council with Judge Walter Rice. Lieberman is a member of the Dayton Regional STEM Collaborative board, focused on enhancing regional STEM education assets. She serves on the Downtown Dayton Partnership Board. Lieberman co-chaired the Culture Connects 20/20 Committee and was recently appointed to the Board of Directors of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.