Senator Hannon Honors Hofstra Radio for 50 Years of Service and Journalism Excellence
Five hundred WRHU, Radio Hofstra University, alumni gathered on November 7th at the Long Island Hilton to celebrate 50 years of Hofstra Radio on the airwaves. A special presentation was held by Senator Kemp Hannon (6th District), who presented WRHU General Manager Bruce Avery with a New York State Citation for 50 years of community minded radio, exceptional student achievement and journalism excellence.
“As high school students gear up to graduate with dreams of being the next reporter or producer for a major TV or Radio network, they apply to Hofstra because that’s where they will get the best pre-professional broadcasting training,” said Senator Hannon. “I had the privilege of being interviewed by many of the WRHU students over the years. Each time, I was very impressed by the intelligence and professionalism of the student reporters and producers,” continued Hannon.
“It was an honor to have Senator Hannon attend our celebration,” said WRHU General Manager Bruce Avery. “Senator Hannon has always been a friend of Hofstra University and the radio station.”
During the 50th anniversary celebration, 18 WRHU alumni were inducted into the Radio Hofstra “Hall of Fame.” Among those inductees was Ed Ingles, who has spent 53 years in broadcasting, 24 of those years at CBS, and currently works as the professional-in-residence for WRHU, mentoring and teaching hundreds of students. “The students reaction was priceless and overwhelming, and it made me realize how lucky I am to work with such caring young people as the ones we have at the Hofstra radio station,” said Ingles, as he recalled being inducted into the “Hall of Fame.”
Other inductees in attendance included Fox News TV host and radio personality Alan Colmes, 1010 WINS morning drive news anchor Lee Harris and ABC Radio Network sports anchor Todd Ant. WRHU broadcasts 24 hours, 7 days a week on 88.7 FM from Hofstra University in Hempstead. Hofstra Radio covers a variety of formats including news, sports, music and women’s show programming.