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Paul Fey

Paul Fey and Walt Jaschek were two kindred creative spirits who merged their efforts in 1991 to establish their agency, Paul & Walt Worldwide. The duo quickly gained national attention for their funny radio commercials for brands such as CBS-TV, Warner Brothers and many others, and their work has garnered more than 1,000 industry awards. Paul, having originally worked in St. Louis at KMOX-TV, moved to Hollywood, California to oversee production. Walt handled much of the scripting from his home office in St. Louis. The company’s name was later changed to World Wide Wadio and, in addition to its ongoing advertising work, expanded into the production of podcasts.

 

Walt Jaschek

Paul Fey and Walt Jaschek were two kindred creative spirits who merged their efforts in 1991 to establish their agency, Paul & Walt Worldwide. The duo quickly gained national attention for their funny radio commercials for brands such as CBS-TV, Warner Brothers and many others, and their work has garnered more than 1,000 industry awards. Paul, having originally worked in St. Louis at KMOX-TV, moved to Hollywood, California to oversee production. Walt handled much of the scripting from his home office in St. Louis. The company’s name was later changed to World Wide Wadio and, in addition to its ongoing advertising work, expanded into the production of podcasts.

 

Al Wiman

Al Wiman began his St. Louis TV career in 1974, joining KMOX-TV (later KMOV) as an investigative reporter. A few years later his professional focus turned to medical news where he was one of the first journalists in the nation to focus on the AIDS/HIV epidemic. Al’s medical reports yielded numerous local and national awards, including three local Emmys, the G. Duncan Bauman Award for Health Reporting, and honors from the National Cancer Society, Kidney Foundation and Missouri Public Health Association. He was honored twice by the Aviation and Space Writers’ Association for his work in the NASA Journalist in Space project.

 

Susan Veidt

Susan Veidt spent her entire career in public relations in St. Louis, most of it at Fleishman-Hillard. When she retired at the beginning of 2018, she had risen to the position of Regional President, responsible for the operations and growth of the worldwide company’s largest office and world headquarters and three other Midwest branches. She was involved in changing the face of the PR industry from stunts and hype to strategic planning, crisis communications, media relations and community relations. Her teams at FH won over 20 major industry awards for their work, and her strong ties to St. Louis’ cultural institutions resulted in thousands of hours of community service.

 

J. Roy Stockton

J. Roy Stockton gained a national reputation for his wit and writing when he produced a series of articles about baseball for the Saturday Evening Post. He joined the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1917 and retired 46 years later. He was promoted to Sports Editor in 1946. In 1932, Stockton was president of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Stockton travelled with baseball pros in a USO tour during World War II and was once seriously considered for the job of Major League Baseball Commissioner. In 1947, He appeared in the market’s first broadcast of a local baseball game on KSD-TV.

 

Al Schweitzer

Al Schweitzer is one of the elite group of six artists who have been responsible for the daily Weatherbird sketches in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch since the feature’s inception in 1901. After working at the Star-Times as a staff artist for a year, Schweitzer moved across the street to the Post in 1950, intending to stay a couple years before opening his own studio. Promotions came, and he rose to the position of the paper’s chief artist. Thirty-six years later, he retired, keeping his artistic energy active by teaching art at Meramec. He also did free-lance cartooning for a syndicate of 44 Catholic newspapers around the U.S. and Canada.

 

George Rueppel

Brother George Rueppel, S.J., took the experimental wireless station at Saint Louis University, 9YK, and turned it into radio station WEW. 9YK had been broadcasting weather information by Morse Code since 1912, and Brother Rueppel was working as director of SLU’s meteorology department. When WEW was licensed for voice transmission in 1922, Rueppel headed the operation and did most of the initial announcing. When he brought in a Victrola and played music into the microphone, he became the market’s first disc jockey. His work will forever  establish him as one of the founders of radio in St. Louis

 

John Rawlings

John Rawlings had many years of writing and editing experience under his belt when he arrived in St. Louis to take a position with The Sporting News. He spent 18 years as Editorial Director of the weekly that had become the nation’s premier sports publication, and during that time, he guided TSN and Major League Baseball to their initial forays toward a presence on the Internet. Both efforts were huge successes. The Sporting News website became one of the most popular sports-oriented sites in the world and MLB.com regularly registered four million viewers per day.

 

Rob and Sally Rains

Rob and Sally Rains pooled their knowledge of sports and media and essentially became a driving force in the world of St. Louis sports media. Between them, the couple produced numerous books, authored hundreds of articles and made appearances on all local sports media. Sally was a co-founder of SportsRadio, a network of 120 stations. Rob teamed with Andy Van Slyke on a national baseball podcast. And the couple established STLSportsPage.com and the SportsBlast electronic newsletter. Their web presence became one of the premier independent sports resources in the region.  

 

George Noory

George Noory turned his hosting job on an overnight talk show on KTRS into a springboard to national prominence when he became host of Premier Network’s “Coast To Coast AM.” Known here as “The Nighthawk,” Noory succeeded Art Bell on the national broadcast in 2003, reaching the overnight audience over some 600 radio stations. Much of the program’s focus centered on discussions of paranormal, alien abduction, time travel and unexplained phenomena. Noory authored three books and often conducted his broadcasts from his home in St. Louis.

 

Bill Miller

Bill Miller is the embodiment of just how valuable local journalism is in smaller communities. He is the editor and publisher of the Washington Missourian. His Missourian Publishing Company also owns papers in Union and St. Clair, Missouri, and a magazine, the Senior Life Times. He and his three brothers joined their father’s business and the family tradition continued when his sons and daughter joined the business. He was elected to the Missouri Press Association Hall of Fame in 2005.

 

George Logan

George “The Rockin’ Mr. G” Logan began his career in Mounds, Illinois, where he announced high school basketball games. A graduate of SIU Carbondale, Logan moved his family to St. Louis, and in the early ‘50s, he could be heard on KXLW. In two successive years, he won trophies as the listeners’ favorite disc jockey. He was also heard on KATZ in the late ‘50s, and was remembered by many for his gospel and spiritual show, “Lest We Forget.” One competitor DJ said that when G played that gospel and read those poems, the whole town heard him. Logan was active in the Civil Rights movement, travelling to Little Rock and reporting on the desegregation of their high school. When he left radio in the 1960s, he worked with the Head Start program and later helped senior citizens find employment.

 

Deanne Lane

Deanne Lane is an Emmy Award winning journalist who worked for KSDK for over 24 years. As a reporter and news anchor she covered numerous major events, including the Columbine shooting, Oklahoma City bombing and hurricane Katrina. Known for conducting in-depth interviews, she was recognized for her series on the homeless in St. Louis, during which she lived among them on the streets of the city for five days. She was very active in community service, volunteering her time for the St. Louis Area Food Bank, Red Cross, St. Louis Effort for AIDS and the Special Olympics.

 

Jim Kirchherr

Jim Kirchherr began his career in St. Louis television on election night, 1978, embarking on a career of video storytelling in St. Louis that spanned several decades. He spent four years as a producer/reporter for KTVI, then left the market briefly for a job at Radio Free Europe in Munich. When he returned he settled in at KETC and rose to the position of the station’s Senior Director of Content. He received numerous awards for his work there on public affairs programs and on “Living St. Louis.” He was a William Benton Fellow at the University of Chicago, where he taught broadcast journalism in the early ‘80s, and has served the local chapter of the National Association of TV Arts and Sciences in many capacities.

 

Robert Joiner

Robert Joiner wore many professional hats during his long career in St. Louis print media. He moved to the Post-Dispatch after working as an editor for the St. Louis American. Donald Suggs, publisher of the American, credited Joiner with being one of the men who helped establish the foundation of the paper. During his 40+ years with Pulitzer, he was a beat reporter, Washington Bureau reporter, columnist and editorial writer. He was one of the founders of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists and is a member of the group’s Hall of Fame. After retirement he joined the staff of KWMU and the Beacon on-line operation where he specialized in medical reporting.

 

Cleora Hughes

Cleora Hughes, one of the founding members of the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists, joined the Post-Dispatch in 1964 as a statistical clerk, having studied business at Harris Teachers’ College. She later transferred to the paper’s reference library, but she had her sights set on a writing career with the paper. She went back to school at Saint Louis University and got her degree in mass communications. Subsequent work at the paper was in the features department with a smattering of suburban news assignments. In 1995 she shifted her focus to food writing, and her byline became a weekly fixture in the paper’s food section. She was a member of the team that received the James Beard Award for excellence in food journalism in 2003.

 

Mary Lou Hess

Mary Lou Hess put her degree in journalism and advertising to good use throughout her entire career in St. Louis. She wrote ad copy and also worked as a fashion model for Stix, Baer & Fuller, staged fashion shows, and handled marketing for the May Company before becoming director of marketing for the soon-to-be-opened Plaza Frontenac. For her work there she was honored by the National Research Bureau, and, locally, her name became synonymous with her employer among members of the press who worked with her. She was the first woman to be elected president of the St. Louis Ad Club.

 

Henry Hampton

Henry Hampton is a St. Louis native whose prominence came in recognition of his documentary work. One, in particular, was said by critics to be “the definitive look at the nation’s early struggle over civil rights.” It was Hampton’s 1987 production, “Eyes on the Prize,” which received four national Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award for excellence in journalism. His follow-up three years later, "Eyes on the Prize II,” won two Emmys. He was recognized in 1990 by President George Bush for his documentary work.

 

Tripp Frohlichstein

Tripp Frohlichstein worked at KMOX-TV for ten years, working his way to the position of assistant news director. His years there served as perfect preparation for his true career with a company he named MediaMasters. Frohlichstein used what he had observed in television news to prepare his clients for media appearances. His work with major corporations, governments, associations and non-profits helped make his clients aware of the best ways to get their media messages across and avoid the possible pitfalls. He also served as a television critic for the St. Louis Journalism Review, Post-Dispatch and KMOX Radio, and he was an adjunct media instructor at Webster and Washington Universities.

 

J. B. Forbes

J. B. Forbes joined the Post-Dispatch photo department since 1975, holding the positions of staff photographer, photo editor and Chief Photographer. Five years after he was hired, Forbes began covering international assignments, a position that has taken him to 30 nations to cover wars, natural disasters and political upheavals. His work garnered over 100 awards including four regional National Press Photographers citations, election to the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame and a shared Pulitzer Prize with the rest of the paper’s staff for their coverage of Ferguson.

 

Dave Dorr

Dave Dorr became a familiar face at the Olympics, covering them nine times during his career with the Post-Dispatch. He joined the paper in 1966 and stayed for 35 years, writing about sports, international politics and filling the Everyday Magazine with features. It was sports where he excelled. Dorr covered the Masters and U.S. Open, and he was also a college basketball correspondent for Sports Illustrated and a columnist for The Sporting News. His work was nominated for a Pulitzer three times, he was voted Missouri Sportswriter of the year three consecutive years

 

Jack Dorsey

The first inductee into the Digital Media section of our hall of fame, Jack Dorsey was honored for his contribution to digital social media as the co-inventer of Twitter in 2006. The Bishop DuBourg High School graduate's name became synonymous with the website, which was such a major factor in digital media that its name, Twitter, became a widely used verb in the English language.

 

Jack Thorwegen

Jack Thorwegen bounced around in art, design and retail before jumping into the field of advertising. After cutting his teeth in agency work he started his own shop, Zipatoni, in 1985, with four employees. The firm quickly became the hottest creative shop in town, and by 2000, Promo Magazine named Zipatoni Agency of the Year, with over 350 employees and offices in 6 cities. Three years later Zipatoni was sold and Jack retired from advertising, for a short time, only to start up another boutique agency in 2013 which he called the Proof Agency. He dedicated some of his spare time to working with the American Cancer Society on fundraising efforts.

 

Clarissa Start

There were few women working in the newsroom of the Post-Dispatch when Clarissa Start started her career there in 1938. That career gave her the opportunity to interview celebrities for the paper’s feature-laden Everyday Magazine section. She began writing her column, “The Little Woman,” in 1955, sharing with her large female audience her own perspective on family life. When she retired from the paper in 1972, that column ended, but her Post-Dispatch writing career continued with “The Happy Gardener” until she was 85, for a total of 64 years in the paper. During her long career she also found time to write ten books.

 

Sid Savan

Sid Savan made a name for himself by spawning memorable ads, starting his career Clayton Davis & Associates in the 1950s. By 1958, he had opened his own agency, and in 1972, it became The Savan Company. Over the years, he partnered with many other ad men, but the Savan creative approach always came through. His success with the Community Federal Savings and Loan account led to business with S&Ls all over the country, and his local radio ads earned him several Marconi Awards. Savan also invested a lot of his time and energy in his teaching at UMSL, grooming the next generation of ad people. He retired in 1988 after working in the local ad business for over 30 years

 

Tom Ray

Tom Ray adopted the nom de plume Papa Ray for his weekly Monday blues program on KDHX. As a veteran of 30-plus years, Tom Ray brought his unique music perspective to KDHX listeners, focusing on blues cuts that were not rock-based. His life was totally immersed in music, from professional deejay work to ownership of Vintage Vinyl, the St. Louis area’s largest retail outlet for vintage vinyl and discs. He also performed regularly with local blues groups on vocals/harmonica.

 

John McHenry

John McHenry cut his teeth on the blues by listening to KATZ, KWLW, KADI, and later, KDNA. He played drums in the Soulard Blues Band for several years, but it was his friend (and co-host) Dennis Clancy who finally persuaded him to become a KDHX announcer. Most of the music played on the show is from John’s personal collection.

 

Rick Hummel

Rick Hummel, affectionately nicknamed The Commish by his fellow writers, was the go-to man for baseball news on the Post-Dispatch staff. He joined the paper in 1971, having graduated from the Mizzou Journalism School in 1968. In his early years there, he covered all sports, becoming the Cardinals’ beat writer in 1978. Rick worked every All-Star Game beginning in 1980 and every World Series since 1977. In 2002 He was promoted to the position of baseball columnist. Rick is in the Writers’ Wing on the National Baseball Hall of Fame and is a member of the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame.

 

Roy J. Harris

Roy J. Harris joined the Post-Dispatch in 1926 after a brief stint at the St. Louis Star, and during his 41 years at the Post, his work helped bring the paper four Pulitzer Prizes over a 15 year period. He personally shared one of those Pulitzers with a reporter with the Chicago Daily News. Their joint investigation exposed the fact that at least 51 newspaper employees around Illinois were on the state’s payroll during the gubernatorial term of Dwight Green. Other Pulitzers were won for stories about the Centralia mine disaster, St. Louis election fraud and smoke pollution in the City of St. Louis. 

 

Margaret Wolf Freivogel

Margaret Wolf Freivogel wore many hats during her journalism career. At the Post-Dispatch, she was a reporter, Washington correspondent, assistant managing editor and assistant chief of the paper’s Washington Bureau. She left the Post in 2005 and in 2008 helped establish The St. Louis Beacon, one of the nation’s first digital non-profit newsrooms. And through a merger in 2013, Margie became editor of St. Louis Public Radio, from which she retired in 2016. Among her professional recognitions, she received the National Press Club Washington Correspondent’s Award, the Missouri School of Journalism Honor Medal and the American Bar Association Gavel Award.

 

Don Francois

Don Francois literally helped build the television industry in St. Louis. He was first hired here to build KACY, the UHF station licensed to Festus. From there he went to KSD-TV, but when KWK-TV was licensed to go on the air in 1954, he moved there to build the new facility.  Then KWK-TV went to color in 1958 and Don was part of the rebuild.  In 1967, Channel 4’s station owner CBS set out to construct a state-of-the-art facility with the world’s first computerized master control room, and Don again rose to the challenge. He retired from Channel 4 in 1997.

 

Dan Forrestal

Dan Forrestal began his career in St. Louis as a print journalist for the Globe-Democrat, where he worked for 19 years in sports, features, news and assistant managing editor. He also served as a war correspondent for that newspaper and for CBS Radio. Dan joined Monsanto in 1947 as the assistant public relations director. Twenty seven years later he retired as Director of Corporate Public Relations, having earned the collective respect of his peers and members of the news media. Monsanto presented him with an unprecedented award, naming him the “Conscience of the Company.” He chaired various national public relations societies and in 1974 he received PRSA’a Golden Anvil Award  for lifetime achievement. Dan was co-author of the college text, “Public Relations Handbook,” as well as a number of corporate histories including “Faith, Hope and $5,000,” chronicling the first 75 years of Monsanto. 

 

David Erich

David Erich began his lifelong career on the St. Louis advertising scene following his service in the Korean War. That career took him to several of the market’s major players: Weintraub, Winius Brandon, BHN and Kelly Zahrndt Kelly. He also served as director of Advertising for Unigroup, retiring in 2006. In 1971 he managed advertising and promotion for the launch of Six Flags over Mid-America. David was president of the Ad Club in 1989-90 at a time when St. Louis agencies were closing or shrinking, and he guided the club through that difficult transition.

 

Ron Edwards

Ron Edwards was one of the original programmers for St. Louis’ community radio station KDHX when it went on the air in 1987. His weekly program, “Nothin’ But the Blues,” was required listening for true blues aficionados. Each themed program contained historic details not normally found in radio programming. His show became the first program to be syndicated by KDHX.
Ron was a founding member of the St. Louis Blues Society and served on its board for over ten years.

 

Mary Edwards

Mary Edwards began working behind the scenes at KWMU in May of 1974 upon her graduation with a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. What she assumed was a summer job turned into a career. Over the decades she was KWMU’s music director, program director and senior talk show producer. She found time during her daily work load to serve as an adjunct instructor at Webster University for 26 years, and to provide production assistance for the Greater St. Louis Association of Black Journalists’ Minority Workshop over a six year period. Among her many honors, Mary received the Charles Klotzer Media Literacy Award.

 

Art Dwyer

Art Dwyer accepted an invitation to visit the construction site of the radio tower being built for St. Louis’ community radio station, KDHX, in 1987. Almost as an aside, he was asked to bring along some records. Given that Dwyer had founded the Soulard Blues Band nine years earlier, the records he carried with him were all blues records. For the next 18 months he made the 75 mile round trip to the transmitter site twice a week to host a four-hour program that morphed into his popular Friday afternoon blues showcase, “Blues in the Night.” Art received the Riverfront Times Readers’ Poll Award for best blues show in 2006 and 2007. He served on the St. Louis Blues Society board for three years. 

 

Peggy Drenkhahn

Peggy Cohill Drenkhahn began working at KMOX Radio in July of 1975. In the ensuing decades, she became one of the most powerful behind-the-scenes people in St. Louis broadcasting as the person responsible for booking guests on the station’s talk programs. Her bookings and pairings with the strong KMOX stable of program hosts built the station into a nationally recognized ratings powerhouse through the ’70s and ’80s. Outside work she volunteering as a reading and math tutor for kids and taught Sunday School.

 

Bob Dotson

Bob Dotson grew up in Webster Groves. Beginning in 1975, working for NBC News, Dotson created a niche for himself in television history as an on-the-road reporter for The Today Show. His regular feature, “The American Story with Bob Dotson” focused on the stories of Americans whose accomplishments were worthy of the spotlight. For his work, Dotson received 120 national and international awards, including six Edward R. Murrow Awards and eight national Emmy Awards.

 

Dennis Clancy

Dennis Clancy developed an early interest in the blues thanks to his family’s collection of 78s from the great blues artists. Denny was there with his buddy Art Dwyer and a bunch of mutual friends, when the Soulard Blues Band was born. It was through Art that Dennis met up with John McHenry, who has co-hosted the Blursday show on KDHX with him from the beginning.

 

Jim Brady

Jim Brady was elected to the Hall of Fame for his work as the first news director of KTVI. Management contracted for a cameraman from a local movie company and the station’s local coverage began. Jim’s biggest worry was how his team would pull together enough news to fill a ten-minute broadcast. As news director he would determine who would cover a story, assign cameramen, edit film, write stories and occasionally cover them himself. He was also expected to host a weekly 30-minute "Meet the Press"-typepublic affairs program. Jim Brady served as KTVI’s news director for 14 years before taking a job as news operations director at KMOX Radio.

 

John Beck

John Beck was one of the market’s senior managers of a radio cluster, having served at the helm of Emmis Communications’ St. Louis properties for over 30 years, during which he oversaw station acquisitions, as well as format and personnel changes. The stations he oversaw consistently ranked in the market’s top ten. His community activities included service in over a dozen non-profits, and outside professional accomplishments included service as president of the Missouri Broadcasters’ Association, participation on several of the group’s boards, and work on several specialized efforts of the National Association of Broadcasters. His professional honors included being named one of the nation’s top ten radio market managers by Radio Ink Magazine.

 

Sarah Leen

Sarah Leen was appointed director of photography at National Geographic magazine in May 2013, becoming the first woman to hold that job in the National Geographic Society’s 125-year history. For 27 years prior, the St. Louis-area native worked as a freelance photographer for National Geographic magazine, and in 2004, she joined the magazine's staff as a senior photo editor.
In 1979, as a student at Mizzou, Leen received the College Photographer of the Year award.
She went on to work as a staff photographer for the Topeka (Kansas) Capital-Journal and the Philadelphia Inquirer. A book of her work, American Back Roads, was published by National Geographic in 2000.

 

Jeff Leen

Jeff Leen began working as the investigations editor of The Washington Post in 2003 after having joined the Post’s Investigative Unit as a reporter in 1997. The next year, he was the lead reporter on an investigation of D.C. police shootings that won the 1999 Pulitzer Gold Medal for Meritorious Public Service, the paper's first since Watergate. Leen worked as a reporter or an editor on investigations that were honored with seven Pulitzer Prizes. His individual honors include the Missouri Medal for Distinguished Service in Journalism. Jeff graduated from Ritenour Senior High School in suburban St. Louis in 1975, and his first job in journalism was at the St. Louis County Star. Prior to joining the Post, he worked for 10 years on the investigative team for the Miami Herald.

 

Gerry Mandel

Gerry Mandel spent four years working in television in St. Louis and 35 years at ad agencies, retiring in 1994. He met his wife Mary Lee at the TV gig, but he’s remembered for his extensive contributions to advertising at the D’Arcy, Roman and Gardner ad agencies.
Mandel’s work and creative influences were channeled into national, award-winning advertising for D-X Gasoline, Budweiser and Busch beers, Red Lobster, Mercury Outboard Motors, Southwestern Bell, Busch Gardens and Purina Pet Foods. Along the way he served as a writer/producer, creative director, group creative director and senior vice-president/creative director. During his time as creative director for the Budweiser account, the beer was the best-selling brew in the nation.
Mandel also found time to teach at Webster University, create short stories, write plays and win awards for his creative writing, and he was very active in efforts to preserve local advertising history.

 

Victor "Vic Vac" Vaccarezza

Victor “Vic Vac” Vacarezza began his career in art and cartooning while still a student at Washington University working part time at the St. Louis Republic. One of his first duties was providing sketches of murder victims, which required him to work at the city morgue. A stint in the Navy in WWI provided his first real break, as he did a regular strip for the newspaper at Great Lakes Training Station titled “Salty Steve.” When Vaccarezza returned to St. Louis, his former newspaper had been absorbed by the Globe-Democrat, so he went to work for the Globe, beginning a 50-year career there.
At the Globe, he rose to the position of chief art director, retiring at age 76. He produced a Sunday comic strip, “Shanty Lane,” drew thumbnail sketches that graced the white space between letters on the paper’s “Mail Bag” page, and created the chaotic cartoon art for which he became famous that graced the paper’s Sunday magazine covers. He also drew a nationally syndicated strip, “June Bride,” for four years beginning in 1946. Vic Vac, as he signed his work, confessed to an interviewer that the strip’s title character was modeled after his wife Rose.

 

Bill McClellan

Bill McClellan began writing a regular column in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1983, after originally being hired to write entertainment listings, followed by a promotion to covering the city police beat. Many of his columns over the ensuing years were based on the premise of championing the underdog—adding his humor and empathy to his unassuming manner.
McClellan began his education at the University of Illinois before he was drafted in 1969 and consequently served as a Marine combat correspondent for ten months in Vietnam and two months in Japan.  After the Marines, McClellan attended Arizona State University where he picked up his first journalism class in the bar where he worked, from a journalism professor who was a regular customer. While at the Post, McClellan penned several books, one a true-crime book entitled Body of Evidence and four books in a collection of his columns.
He was also a regular panelist on the KETC program “Donnybrook.” 

 

Hubert Echele

Hubert J. Echele’s contribution to the advertising industry came in the form of  his behind-the-scenes work at the Advertising Club of St. Louis. A printer by trade, Echele served as Ad Club president for two successive terms and was general chair of the club’s  Gridiron for six terms. He was also elected Chief Haymaker twice in 1933 and again in 1942. In 1966 Hube was elected to the Ad Club Hall of Fame, the same year he received the coveted Silver Medal presented for a lifetime of achievement and service spent in the highest traditions of the advertising business. The first man to be awarded a lifetime membership in the Junior Advertising Club of St. Louis, Hube was awarded an Honorary Life membership in the St. Louis Advertising Club. He was a major force in establishment and fostering better relations with political representatives and in the fight against legislation the ad community deemed unfair and restrictive. 

 

Mary Spencer

The first person in St. Louis television to win a national award was Mary Spencer, who was a public affairs writer and producer for KSD-TV. She had joined KSD-TV in the early 1960s, a time when women were a distinct minority in the business. Mrs. Spencer, her production team and KSD-TV won the national Emmy in 1964 for her first documentary, "Operation Challenge -- A Study in Hope," a program she wrote, produced and narrated about extreme poverty and the social ills in Kinloch. Spencer's Emmy remained the only one earned by anyone in the St. Louis area until 2002.
In 1966, Mrs. Spencer and her crew spent four months interviewing hundreds of people and filming city hospitals and clinics to illustrate the causes of the increasing number of first-year deaths. "The Lengthening Shadow" prompted an overwhelming response from viewers. The program became a teaching tool at health agencies and medical schools.
In her later years at the station, she did a daily commentary in the evening newscasts. She retired in 1975.

 

John Sabin

John Sabin’s girlfriend Elaine was so impressed with his voice that she pushed him to take elocution lessons and audition for a job in radio. Her persuasion paid off. He was hired at KFUO, where he worked for a short time before being hired as the news director of WTMV. John and Elaine married and she became his lifelong supporter.
His work covering the floods of the Mississippi River in 1947 cemented John’s reputation as an accomplished radio journalist, and that led to an offer to join the KMOX news staff in 1950. He continued working for the CBS O&O past his 65th birthday, having received special permission to violate the company’s mandatory age, thanks to a request from his co-workers and the station’s manager, Robert Hyland. When he retired in the late 1980s, John Sabin had been honored by the Associated Press nine years in a row for his contributions to broadcast journalism.
John was the first “non-print” person to be elected president of the St. Louis Writers’ Guild. His spare-time project of teaching broadcast production and journalism brought students into the newsroom as interns, where he mentored literally hundreds of potential broadcasters.

 

Leo Tevlin

An engineering grad of St. Louis University, Leo Tevlin was instrumental in getting KSD-TV, KACY-TV and KWK-TV on the air in St. Louis. He was behind the camera for many great moments in St. Louis history going back the 1950’s “CBS Baseball Game of the Week” with Dizzy Dean and Pee Wee Reese, countless “NFL on CBS” games as cameraman and engineer, completion of the Arch and CBS coverage of space exploration with the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo missions. Tevlin also earned the distinction of being on the first mini-cam crews in the country as newsgathering transitioned from film to videotape and microwave live signal technology which became the foundation of TV news.
He used his Ham radio expertise to build, reach and establish amateur radio stations in South American jungles & mountainous village missions established by the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  These ‘ham stations’ served as the only live communication link in the 1950’s and 60’s between missionary priests assigned from St. Louis.

 

Lee Michaels

At the young age of 12 Lee Michaels was a big fan of radio. By the time Lee was 15 he had his own radio station broadcasting live from his bedroom. Shortly after that he got his first shot at real radio in his hometown of Norfolk, VA.  While still in high school Lee worked at local station holding down the overnight show.    
Eight years later Lee got a call from St. Louis, where he accepted a job at KATZ-AM. The station was a dominant voice in the local Black community and Michaels became the afternoon drive jock. Within 6 months he was pulling top ratings and had become one of the most popular jocks in town.
Lee Michaels worked in New York City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Chicago, Charlotte, and Washington, DC. He launched an Internet talk network in June 2008 USTalkNetwork.com and offered syndicated shows to radio stations. In 2011 Lee Michaels was named the #1 Urban Radio Program Director of all time.

 

Todd Newton

Daytime Emmy Award winner Todd Newton’s broadcasting career began on WKBQ radio and KPLR-TV in St. Louis, where he used the nom-de-air of Rikk Idol. Newton grew up in Oakville in St. Louis County. He left his hometown and moved to Los Angeles to pursue his dreams, landing gigs as a host on several national programs. Newton also authored books about the business: The Host with the Most: Tales of a Tattooed Television Personality, and Life in the Bonus Round: A Game Show Host’s Road to Success and Fulfillment-which was named Best Autobiography at the prestigious Beverly Hills Book Awards. He returned for a short stint on KIHT/KNOU in 2015, and at that time, he and his family created Newton Fund 4 Kids to support St. Louis’ Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center.

 

Dave Senay

Dave Senay joined FleishmanHillard’s St. Louis headquarters staff in 1984 as an account executive.  In the 32 years that followed, he quickly rose through the corporate ranks, serving as a group leader; as general manager of the St. Louis office; as regional president for the Central U.S., for Canada, and for Europe, the Middle East and Africa.  He became president and CEO of the firm in July, 2006, the third in its 70-year history, a position he held until he stepped down and became special counsel to the firm in 2016. In 2011 Dave was inducted into the PRNews Hall of Fame. He also served two terms as Chairman of The PR Council, and was named “PR Professional of the Year” in 2014 by PRWeek -- the same year it named FleishmanHillard “Global Agency of the Year.”  

 

Steve Bunyard

Steve Bunyard joined Gardner Advertising in 1973, working in media on various Ralston and Anheuser-Busch brands over four years.  In 1977, he was named VP/Media at Kenrick Advertising, leaving 2 1/2 years later to form the Clayton Webster Corporation, a startup national radio syndication entity that would later evolve into the Olympia Networks.
Over the next 24 years, St. Louis-based CWC/Olympia created and syndicated 18 national radio programs to over 1600 radio stations each week.
Then in 1989, what would later become Pacific Broadcasting was formed by Bunyard to acquire middle market "turnaround" radio station across the country. Through 2014, 13 radio stations were bought and later sold various major broadcast groups.

 

Brad Hildebrand

Brad Hildebrand began his radio career on KSLQ St. Louis in 1973 where he worked as a DJ, traffic reporter, production director, assistant program director and host of talk programming. In 1984 he started CompuTraffic, one of the first independent companies in the nation to provide on-air traffic reports, and later news reports, to subscribing radio and television stations. After selling the company in 1994, Brad developed the nation’s first traffic reporting website, and he expanded his traffic reporting operations to three other Midwestern cities. In 1998 he purchased an AM/FM radio operation in Washington, MO.
While working in the business full-time, Brad also taught at St. Louis Community College and Lindenwood University. His charity work over the years included the Missouri Special Olympics, Emmaus Homes, American Cancer Society and the Salvation Army.

 

Sue Ann Wood

Sue Ann Wood was a great reporter who covered thousands of stories, including the sensational kidnapping of six-year-old Robert "Bobby" Greenlease, Jr. in 1953.
She also climbed to the top of the Gateway Arch in 1965 to cover the installation of the final stainless steel wedge to complete the 630-foot-high monument.
Her success as a reporter led to her being named the first female city editor of a major daily, the St. Louis Globe-Democrat. She later became just the second woman in the country to hold the position of managing editor at a major daily.
In 1983, Sue Ann moved to the Post-Dispatch, where she served as a highly respected editor until her retirement in 1999.

 

Frank X. Bick

Frank X. Bick was a firm believer in providing neighborhood news to South St. Louis readers. The founder of the Southside Journal, he later merged his paper with the Neighborhood News. After his death, his son, Frank C. Bick, expanded even more into what became the Suburban Journals. The Journals included the Southside Journal and nine other weekly community newspapers that were delivered on every lawn from Spanish Lake to Jefferson County. The Suburban Journal chain was sold in 1984 to Ralph Ingersoll, who sold them to Pulitzer Inc. in 2000.

 

Antonino Lombardo

Antonio Lombardo took the helm of Il Pensiero (The Thought), the only Italian- language newspaper in Missouri and Southern Illinois -- and one of very few in the U.S. -- since 1967. His bi-monthly newspaper served as a mainstay in St. Louis’s Italian-American community for more than 110 years. Published in Italian and English, Il Pensiero helped members of the Italian-American community maintain their strong Italian heritage throughout the region.

 

Tim Rodgers

Considered one of the leading advertising strategists in the region, Tim Rodgers had a notable, twenty-year career at DMB&B, after which he co-founded Rodgers Townsend with Tom Townsend in 1996, leading the company into becoming one of the most successful, award-winning agencies in the Midwest. In addition to winning every major international creative award, the agency was recognized as an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, and was presented the Mayor’s “Spirit of St. Louis Award” for their ongoing commitment to providing pro bono advertising and marketing assistance to worthwhile charitable and community organizations. The agency was also regularly listed among St. Louis' “Best Places to Work.” cited for its egalitarian culture. In 2006, the company was acquired by Omnicom.

 

Tom Townsend

Tom Townsend was co-founder of the Rodgers-Townsend agency. With Tim Rodgers, they grew the agency into an advertising powerhouse representing many sought-after regional and national clients. Townsend, was considered the creative force behind the agency’s top campaigns. After retiring from the advertising business, he founded a nonprofit organization, Pianos for People, that gives pianos to underprivileged kids, and a music and art festival in Savannah, GA, the “A-Town Get Down,”

 

Virginia Irwin

Working for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Virginia Irwin was the first woman reporter to sneak into Berlin to cover the Russian Army’s invasion of the German capital. She reached Berlin three days before Adolf Hitler committed suicide. Unfortunately, her stories were held-up by the U.S. Army for 10 days until after Germany's surrender on May 7, 1945. The first of her three stories finally splashed across the Post’s front page the next day to the delight of Publisher Joseph Pulitzer II, who rewarded Irwin by giving her an extra year's pay as a bonus.

 

Sam Muchnick

A phenomenal showman, promoter and broadcaster, Sam Muchnick was a staple in the sports scene here spanning seven decades. A native Ukrainian, he moved with his family to St. Louis in 1911. In 1926, he joined the St. Louis Times, where he covered the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team while developing many influential acquaintances, including Babe Ruth and Al Capone. Muchnick also covered professional wrestling, and in 1932, when the Times merged with the St. Louis Star, he began his career as a long-time sports promoter. His TV series, “Wrestling at the Chase,” aired on KPLR-TV from May 1959 through September 1983.

 

Marie Casey

Marie Casey left a full-time job as editor of St. Louis Construction News and Review in 1983 to start her own public relations agency, operating out of her house in the beginning. Throughout her career, she served major clients in construction-related industries, trade groups, and educational institutions whose leaders sought her counsel long before “going public” with a project or a problem. Casey also established a local niche in developing corporate histories and “leadership legacies” for her clients, and she did extensive volunteer work with her alma mater, the University of Missouri – St. Louis’ Fine Arts/Communications school, the St. Louis Mercantile Library and Missouri History Museum. Casey was honored in 2009 with the Distinguished Service Award for Campus-Wide Service by the University of Missouri-St. Louis (UMSL), and recognized in 2004 as an Influential Business Woman by the St. Louis Business Journal.  She received UMSL’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1991. .

 

Zip Rzeppa

Zip Rzeppa came to KTVI in St. Louis in 1984, filling his sportscasts with humor, energy, fast-paced highlights and commentary, bringing about a major change in the way television sports was presented in St. Louis.  He moved to KMOV in 1988.  Zip performed his trademark Zippo Awards for “the best, the worst, and the weirdest performances in the wild and wacky, wonderful world of sports” weekly from 1984-2001.

 

Max Roby

A news anchor on KMOX (now KMOV) and KSD (now KSDK) in the late 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, Max Roby was a TV pioneer and among the most trusted newsmen in St. Louis. The deep-voiced Roby delivered news in the style of Walter Cronkite, and seldom lightened up until he delivered his signature line, "That would be all of the news if it weren't for ..." followed by a "kicker" or a lighter story at the end of the newscast. Over the years, Roby interviewed half-a-dozen U.S. presidents and others who shaped the times.

 

Dave Garino

Dave Garino’s career spanned more than 45 years helping his readers understand the world of finance and his clients communicate effectively with financial analysts, investors, media and the communities they served. His unique media background provided a well-rounded view of the investment community. He spent more than 16 years as a reporter with The Wall Street Journal, including 13 years as the manager of the St. Louis bureau, and five years as a securities analyst with A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc.  In 1987, Dave joined one of the world’s largest public relations firms—Fleishman-Hillard Inc. where he managed a range of financial communications programs.  His client list included Fortune 500 companies in multiple industries. He developed their strategic investor messages, targeted members of the investment community, wrote and managed production on annual reports and placed stories in key financial media.  His counsel helped client companies improve their image with the investment community, deal with federal disclosure rules and successfully emerge from bankruptcy.  Dave was involved for more than 40 years with the St. Louis Journalism Review and its successor, the  Gateway Journalism Review.  He also served as the first president of the St. Louis Media History Foundation, whose mission is to procure and preserve St. Louis media-related historical materials.

 

Tom Engelhardt

From 1962 to 1997, Tom Engelhardt drew more than 8,000 editorial cartoons for readers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His creative sketches were always drawn with thoughtful perspective, strong composition, and a wide variety of creative devices to convey a message in support of the Editorial Page. Throughout his career, he always espoused four criteria for good editorial cartoons: The truth, or one side of it; humor; moral purpose; and, good drawings.

 

Herbert S. Gardner

Herbert S. Gardner was a St. Louis businessman and entrepreneur who partnered with Harry Lesan to form Gardner Advertising of St. Louis in the early 1900s. Lesan later left the partnership, and Gardner Advertising ultimately grew into an international agency with offices in St. Louis, New York, Los Angeles and six European cities, and had annual billings of more than $65 million. Clients included Ralston, Purina, Procter & Gamble, General Electric, Bristol-Myers, American Brands, John Deere, A&P, and Anheuser-Busch. On a national level, he was elected president of the American Association of Advertising Agencies.

 

Bob Whitney

In 1959, Bob Whitney was hired by Balaban Broadcasting as a programmer for its Dallas station and was subsequently promoted to National Program Director of the company’s radio group. Shortly thereafter he moved to St. Louis and began work on transforming Balaban’s WIL from an MOR station into a top 40 outlet.
Whitney hired on talent like Dan Ingram, Ron Lundy and Bob Dayton (Robin Scott) to jumpstart the new format, and added Gene Hirsh and Nelson Kirkwood to the newsroom to bolster that department.
WIL, under Whitney’s leadership, held its own in the early Top 40 wars of St. Louis. Later in the decade, he worked for other broadcasters at other stations around the nation before beginning a career in video production. In 1970, local independent station KDNL-TV began broadcasts of his syndicated musical video program, “The Now Explosion.”

 

Bob Burnes

Bob Burnes, "The Benchwarmer," was the first host of KMOX’s “Sports on a Sunday”, the hugely popular roundup of the previous week’s sports highlights. In addition, he was a host several times per week of the station’s “Sports Open Line” call-in show, and it is believed he hosted the premier broadcast of that program as well. Burnes often shared the microphone with other sports reporters on the show, which he hosted through the mid-1980s. In addition to his long stint on KMOX Radio, Burnes was a legendary sports reporter and columnist for the St. Louis Globe-Democrat.

 

Rick Balis

A native of Chicago, Rick Balis arrived in St. Louis and joined the staff of KSHE-95 in 1976, performing various duties for the station. He signed on to the airwaves in 1977 as an afternoon drive jock and continued in that capacity for three years until he exchanged the mic for a job in the programming office. Except for a brief stint as program director for KSD-FM, most of Rick’s career has been spent at KSHE. He was named Radio and Records Magazine's 2008 Rock Operations Manager/Program Director of the Year and in 2014 was selected as one of three panelists in the RAB/NAB Radio Show’s “New Creative Edge Challenge.”
As of the time of his Hall of Fame induction, Rick was VP and Director of Programming for the Emmis St. Louis owned stations… KSHE-95, NOW96.3, The Point and FM News Talk 97.1.

 

Robert Stolz

Bob Stolz’s Washington University Professor and mentor, Frank Cornwell, encouraged Bob to replace him as Advertising Director of Brown Shoe Company in 1946. By age 29, Bob had become President of The Ad Club of St. Louis. At Brown Shoe Company, Bob worked closely with the Leo Burnett Agency and helped produce the national children’s television show, Smilin’ Ed’s Gang, sponsored by Brown Shoe Company’s Buster Brown Brand. Bob resigned as Vice President and Director of Brown Shoe in 1966, founding his own agency, Stolz Advertising Company. Starting with only two accounts, Executive Leasing (Enterprise Rent-A-Car) and Schnucks, the company grew to become the third-largest advertising agency in St. Louis and was a regional agency for McDonald’s. After selling Stolz Advertising Agency to his employees in 1986, Bob founded Indian Paintbrush, Inc., which published St. Louis Seasons Magazine. Bob was a director of the ANA and the 4A’s and was a member of the group that founded Fair St. Louis.

 

Sally Bixby Defty

She joined the Post-Dispatch staff in January 1965, but with no newspaper experience, she started out in the women’s section. After three years there, two as editor, she achieved her goal, becoming the first permanent female member of the city desk staff.
She was a proud general assignment reporter, relishing the variety in doing straight news, features and investigative reporting. For her work on arson-for insurance in St. Louis she received the first of several Pulitzer Prize nominations and was a finalist. She spent a summer in the paper’s Washington Bureau and covered several national political conventions.  She was named executive city editor but stepped down after a year, citing the demands on a divorced mother of three children. She worked several years on the copy desk, enabling her to spend her final three years on the Post-Dispatch going to night school at Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, getting a master’s in English, specializing in teaching English as a second language. She took an incentive offer for early retirement in the fall of 1995.

 

Eugene Field

Born in St. Louis, Eugene Field lived in an era in which newspaper reporters dreamed of becoming poets and fiction writers. He reversed that process for a while. Having written his first poem at age 9, he held jobs at several newspapers following college, including city editor of the St. Joseph, Mo., Gazette, before landing a high-profile position writing a humorous column for the Chicago Daily News.
Finding success there with his “Sharps and Flats” column, he began dabbling in poetry again, publishing over a dozen volumes. Many of those works were for children, including his most-famous work, “Wynken, Blynken and Nod.”

 

Jim Fox

A newspaper career that spans 65 years is an accomplishment in itself, but Jim Fox did it by writing a column even after he retired from the Post-Dispatch. After a stroke destroyed his ability to type, he dictated the columns to his wife and daughter.
He began his work in St. Louis at the Star-Times, moving to the Post and, after retirement, the Suburban Journals. He often joked that his variety of jobs, including that of the Post’s readers’ advocate, “indicate they never knew what to do with me.”
While many journalists appreciated him for his advocate’s work, it was the folksiness of his columns that endeared Jim Fox to his legions of readers.

 

Ralph Graczak

Joseph Pulitzer Jr, came to to Post-Dispatch staff artist Ralph Graczak in1940 with an idea for a new comic strip.  Pulitzer thought everyone should have their name in the newspaper at least once, and a good way to do it was with a cartoon similar to Ripley's Believe it or Not.  St. Louis Oddities was born, later to become Our Own Oddities, and became, along with its artist, one of the most widely read and beloved features in St. Louis journalism history.  Graczak received hundreds of letters a week, submitting the likes of gourds shaped like Richard Nixon to talking dogs, and he personally verified each of them.  The strip lasted until 1990. Graczak was a brilliant illustrator. His caricatures of celebrities often highlighted the Everyday section and TV book and were much admired by fellow artists, including then-colleague and Hall of Fame member Bill Mauldin  Another local neigborhood cigar-smoking young cartoonist was Hall of Fame member Amadee Wohlschlaeger, who convinced the young Gracak to quit the Katy Railroad and join the Post. Graczak retired from the Post in 1980.

 

Don Hesse

If St. Louisans grew annoyed with the liberal editorial cartoons in the Post-Dispatch, they would be delighted by turning to the Globe-Democrat's editorial page.  From 1951 to 1984 that cartoon spot was held by Don Hesse, one of the most gifted draftsmen and conservative editorial cartoonists in the country.  His simple, loose pencil technique was sublime and his political viewpoint was always direct and forceful. Having been honored by the Freedoms Foundation, the American Legion and the National Headliners Club, Hesse gained a national reputation and following. It could even be said that changed he changed Republican Party history.  For it was a 1965 party at Hesse's Belleville home that he introduced his friend Richard Nixon to a young Globe editorial writer - Pat Buchanan. 
Hesse started his career at the Belleville News-Democrat and joined the Globe as a staff artist in 1946 before moving to the editorial page.  He returned the News-Democrat in 1984.  His work was nationally syndicated by the Los Angeles Times and the McNaught Syndicates.

 

Pete Rahn

Pete Rahn entered the field of print journalism at the age of 15 and stayed in the business at the Globe-Democrat for almost 49 years. His first job was junior financial copy editor for the Globe. In the late 1940s, editor Richard Amberg assigned him the job of creating and editing the paper’s television guide, making the Globe one of the first newspapers in the nation to publish one. Rahn expressed pride in being the first to include detailed descriptions of movies to be televised. He soon started writing columns about TV on his own and, over the course of several decades, wrote over 7,000 of them and interviewed scores of the medium’s personalities. He received the Board of Governors’ Emmy Award from the local chapter of NATAS.      

 

Richard Weil

His career spanned 42 years as a newspaper reporter and editor  – 11 years at the Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA., and 30 years at the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.  He joined the P-D at the end of 1973.  In his years on the City Desk and as an assistant managing editor, he put a heavy emphasis on investigative reporting, overseeing many major investigative series. He also was in charge of Sunday edition for many years.
In 1996, Richard was appointed managing editor and was credited with keeping the newsroom on an “even keel” during a period of management upheaval. Three years later, Weil became executive editor.  He finished out his newspaper career as editor for investigative projects.
He retired in the summer of 2004, but within a couple years he came out of retirement as one of the founders and board president of the St. Louis Beacon, a not-for-profit online news source, which began publication in 2008. In December of 2013, the Beacon merged news operations with St. Louis Public Radio.

 

Bruce Hayward

In June of 1953, local radio newsman Bruce Hayward was named director of news and special events at WTVI, the market’s first UHF TV operation and the second television station in St. Louis. Hayward was news anchor on all their newscasts. One of his additional duties was to go door-to-door to help viewers install and adjust their UHF antennas. When the station switched dial positions, Hayward remained with the newly named KTVI (Channel 2) as a news announcer and public affairs director.
In the 1960s, Bruce Hayward was the producer of KSD-TV’s noon show featuring Marty Bronson and Stan Kann, and in retirement he appeared as host of “Seniorville” on the local Higher Education Channel.

 

Russ Carter

Though he started out as a singer with the Ted Weems Orchestra, Russ Carter is best-known in St. Louis as the host of the wildly popular “St. Louis Hop,” a local, weekly  “American Bandstand” program on KSD-TV. He held that position for 15 years beginning in 1958 and played host to national and local teen music stars of the era.
His teen audience was loyal, following the show through four location changes over its life span. One of those changes came when a venue refused to allow black teens inside, and the next week, Carter found a place where everyone was welcome, thus making the program St. Louis’ first racially integrated show. Carter’s salesmanship made Bonnee Buttered Beef Steaks and Pepsi-Cola staples in the diets of St. Louis area teenagers. TV was still relatively primitive in the St. Louis Hop days, so Carter was even responsible for writing out his own cue cards.

 

Chris Condon

Chris Condon joined KSD-TV in 1961 to anchor the station’s 10-minute news broadcast and stayed for 23 years. The Fordham University graduate had served in the Army Signal Corps and Armed Forces Radio in World War II, and had worked in Kansas City television prior to coming to St. Louis. Those initial 10-minute broadcasts, which included weather, were produced with one camera team shooting on film, and Condon as expected to do most of the reporting and writing, as well as anchoring the broadcast.
Throughout his career at Channel 5, Condon became known for his take-no-prisoners interviewing style and no-nonsense presentation, which he said was inspired by pre-war broadcasts of Raymond Gram Swing and Elmer Davis.

 

Clif St. James

After coming to St. Louis as a radio host on KWK with his wife Nance, Clif caught the attention of Pulitzer Broadcasting. His subsequent move gave him the chance to appear on both radio and television. From 1956 to 1988, viewers watched him on Channel 5 performing a variety of tasks, hosting shows, presenting the weather and taking on the persona of a clown when he hosted children’s shows.
“Corky” had two different kids’ shows in his career, “Corky the Clown” and “Corky’s Colorama,” the latter a nod to its position as one of the first local kids’ shows to be broadcast in color. At one point, St. James appeared daily in the clown clothes and then magically transformed into a weather presenter in a coat and tie.

 

Wilma Sim

In television’s infancy, “live and local” was the daily reality and one of those pioneers in St. Louis was Wilma Sim. Taking over the “Homemaking with KSD-TV” from Esther Lee Bride, who had been on loan from Union Electric, Sim made the show her own through most of the 1950s and is rightly seen as one of St. Louis pioneering TV stars. She appeared on the first local color television broadcast and was active in American Women in Radio and Television. In later life she was a columnist for Farm Journal Magazine. Named as a distinguished graduate of the University of Minnesota for her professional accomplishments, Wilma Sim was also recognized as one of the Top 10 Women in Advertising in America in 1972.

 

Cathy Dunkin

The founder/CEO of Standing Partnership served in the PR industry for over 30 years, and she was recognized as one of the “Most Influential Business Women in St. Louis” by the St. Louis Business Journal.  On a less local level, she served as a popular speaker at regional and national conferences, covering communications and entrepreneurial business topics. Before founding Standing Partnership, winner of numerous national awards for its work, in 1991, she held management positions in St. Louis, Chicago and Dallas with multinational public relations firms and Fortune 500 companies.
An active partner in the global Worldcom Public Relations Group of 110 leading firms, Cathy served as the America’s region chair. She also was a national executive committee and board leader for the Council of Public Relations Firms and president of the St. Louis chapter of the Public Relations Society of America.

 

Bob Lachky

Bob Lachky is best known for his long career with Anheuser Busch, Inc. as their EVP, Global Industry Development & Chief Creative Officer. His career there spanned 20 years (1990-2009), where he oversaw the development of some of the marketing world’s most famous advertising campaigns and characters. Lachky’s career coincided with record volume and share growth for AB, helping build the world’s two biggest beer brands..Bud Light and Budweiser..and 50% share of the U.S. beer industry.
His personal recognitions include 1994 Adweek “Top Marketer of the Year,” 2001 Brandweek “Marketer of the Year,” 2009 Advertising Club of New York “Advertising Person of the Year.”
He also helped various not-for-profits with their marketing strategies and communications, including St.Vincent de Paul Society, Beyond Housing, and DEAF, Inc.

 

Erma Perham Proetz

Having risen to the position of executive vice president at Gardner Advertising Company in St. Louis, Erma Perham Proetz was known nationally for her contribution to the advertising profession. In recognition of her work, she was the first woman elected to the national Advertising Hall of Fame. Mr. Proetz’ biggest account at Gardner was the Pet Milk Co., for which she developed a network radio show, produced in St. Louis, called the Mary Lee Taylor Program, and it was said that the lead character was, in fact, a portrayal of Ms. Proetz. Sales for the company doubled within four years. She received the Harvard Advertising Award three times, the first person to do so, and in 1935, Fortune magazine named her one of the nation’s top 16 outstanding business women. She was elected president of the Women’s Advertising Club of St. Louis in 1936. After she left the ad business, Ms. Proetz was appointed to the St. Louis City Planning Commission.

 

Glenn Tintera

With numerous national awards under his belt, Glenn Tintera rose through the ranks of the local D’Arcy agency, starting as a research analyst in 1966 at age 34, retiring as executive vice president and manager of the St. Louis operation. He was a driving force behind the introduction of client Anheuser-Busch's products into international markets. Under his watch, the local office developed their “This Bud’s For You” and “Go-Getters Go Ozark” campaigns.
It was the “Belief Dynamics” system of research, which he was instrumental in developing and implementing, that helped give D’Arcy a big edge over its competitors. Glenn Tintera was named Ninth District Advertising Person of the Year in 1991 by the American Advertising Federation. In retirement, he taught advertising at his alma mater, Washington University.

 

Robert Coe

At the age of 15, Robert Coe began operating an amateur radio station in suburban Clayton, an act that led him to become one of the co-founding engineers of KSD in its earliest construction phase in 1921. He was 19. By the time he turned 22, the station’s owner had promoted him to the position of assistant manager and chief engineer and later, executive of radio engineering. After a brief job with competitor KMOX, Coe was back at KSD, where he later helped develop the station’s “radio newspaper” transmitted via facsimile to home receivers.
In service during World War II, Robert Coe built the military communications network for the Asian-Pacific theatre. He returned to a new challenge: television, which he embraced, building KSD-TV locally before moving on to ABC-TV in New York.

 

Andre "Spyderman" Fuller

Andre Fuller started out in 1978 as an intern from Lewis and Clark College reading morning news at WESL Radio. "The Son of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller" was the first African American to attend the radio broadcasting program at Lewis and Clark College in 1975.  While at WESL he coined the station slogan: “the Greatest Station in the Nation.” The Spyderman was the first jock in the market to expose to his audience to the sounds of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop.  Andre Spyderman Fuller was appointed Program Director WESL in the mid 80"s.  He left WESL when an offer was made to him and fellow DJ Dr. Jockenstein to join the new Black-owned station Z-100 FM, where he also became Program Director. Andre also worked the 6 pm-10 pm shift at Majic 108.

 

Jeremy Lansman

After apprenticing at KRAB in Seattle, at the time one of four U.S. stations supported by listener donations, Lansman returned to his home town in 1967 intending to pioneer a station more open to the community, forms of expression, and ideas, than is common in mass media.
Staffed by volunteer announcers and producers, KDNA became a platform for unusual music, serious news, as well as a platform for political expression from John Birchers to Communists. 
Listener support was a new concept.  Cajoling listeners to give cash to keep the station afloat required constant on-air reminders. Keeping KDNA alive was a huge challenge for Lansman and his staff.  Lansman also had to deal with people who were offended by the broadcasting of ideas that included both right wing and left. A worn-down Lansman (and station co-owner Lorenzo Milam) sold KDNA in 1974 with the idea of establishing a new station in the non-commercial-educational band.  Besides local offspring KDHX, Lansman helped create a plethora of independent community stations throughout the country.

 

Skeets Yaney

One of the only live radio entertainers to make the transition to disc jockey in St. Louis, Clyde “Skeets” Yaney, the “Golden Voice Yodeler,” began performing for free, singing and yodeling on KMOX in the 1930s. Within three weeks he was hired, allowing him to quit his job in road construction. He soon achieved star billing as part of the Skeets and Frankie duo, part of the National Champion Hillbillies, a group was featured on KMOX and CBS Network programming into the 1950s. They developed a large nationwide following, and Skeets received a stream of gifts and fan mail from female admirers.
When economic pressures caused radio stations to do away with live entertainment, Yaney re-invented himself as a disc jockey, first on WEW, then KSTL, extending a local radio career that spanned 40 years, all the while continuing his personal appearances at local clubs and fairs.

 

Ed Finkelstein

Ed Finkelstein was recruited by Maury Ruben, the founder of the Labor Tribune, in the early 1970s to become the paper's second publisher, a position he held for several decades.
Finkelstein, a public relations practitioner, was the founder of Union Communications, one of the first labor-focused public relations firms in America. Later, as UNICOM. that firm served educational institutions and specialized in issue-oriented campaigns. Through his early PR work, he helped give a voice to organized labor by telling its story to the public and its own members. As an aggressive newspaper publisher, Finkelstein oversaw the coverage of major union issues as well as investigative pieces that scooped St. Louis' major media outlets.

 

Nancy Pool

Few people who worked with Nancy Pool during her radio career realized that she once worked as administrative assistant to KXOK’s PD Bud Connell in the ‘60s. She learned well, moving on to manage several stations in the St. Louis market, where her strength in ad sales served her and her employer well. She was president of KADI-FM, VP/GM of KSHE, WIL-AM/FM and was brought in to resuscitate the operations of KMOX-FM, KXOK/KLTH, and KWK/KGLD. Nancy was featured in “Who’s Who in Radio and Television,” “Who’s Who in Advertising” and “Who’s Who in American Women.” After leaving radio Nancy went on to a second successful career in real estate sales.

 

France Laux

France Laux has been called St. Louis' "pioneer baseball voice," a tribute that referred to his work with the St. Louis Browns and St. Louis Cardinals. He was the voice of baseball for 19 years on KMOX starting in 1929. The Sporting News presented him with its first award to the nation's outstanding major league broadcaster in 1937. He did radio play-by-play in nine World Series and nine Major League All-Star Games, but his work wasn't limited to baseball. Laux also broadcast boxing, football, wrestling, hockey and basketball. His voice was also heard on KXOK in St. Louis as part of his play-by-play baseball agreements, but his association with KMOX lasted 30 years. His list of broadcast booth sidekicks reads like a "Who's Who" of sports: Gabby Street, Dizzy Dean, Pepper Martin, Joe Medwick, Leo Durocher and Frankie Frisch. He often bragged that he had worked for 20 years without missing a broadcast or arguing with a player or umpire.

 

Prince Knight

Mention the name “Prince Knight,” and a generation of St. Louis rock radio fans will smile. His given name Ron Lipe was only used on the air a short while during a stint at WIBV, but he soon evolved into Ron Brothers and then Uncle Buck. It was during this time that he managed to corner a rising star appearing in St. Louis for a rare one-on-one interview – the star: Elvis Presley. But it was his work as disc jockey Prince Knight at KSHE that created the legend that still lives. From the deep-voiced on-air philosophizing to the caped personal appearances, Brothers’ prince persona became etched in the memories of his young listening audience.

 

Doug Eason

After working as a broadcast specialist for the Armed Forces Radio and Television Service, Doug Eason made his mark in commercial radio in a career that spanned over 40 years. The majority of those years were spent in St. Louis radio, where Eason was remembered by his listeners as a gentle-voiced disc jockey and strong presence in his community. However, the man affectionately known to his co-workers as “The Leprechaun” also worked as VP/GM of KATZ and WESL. His degree from SIU Carbondale opened doors for him later in his life. While teaching full-time and mentoring high school students, Doug Eason also hosted a daily show on WGNU.

 

"Gentleman" Jim Gates

The career of Gentleman Jim Gates began at KATZ in 1968. After three years, he moved to KWK, followed by WESL, where he was co-owner of the station and served as GM and PD. In 1986 he returned to KATZ as GM. He also worked at KXOK in 1993 and them KMJM where his show was the highest-rated on the station. In 2000 Jim had a show on the Peabody Award-winning KJZJ, and he also worked at WFUN-FM. Known as “The Brown-Eyed Scorpio, Gates earned over 40 Gold Records from the music industry. He became one of the first jocks in the country to play Hip Hop when he introduced his listeners to the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight.” The NAACP presented Jim Gates with its Legend Award in 2008.

 

Glynn Young

Glynn Young's career in St. Louis centered around public relations for Monsanto, Solutia, Shell Oil and, briefly, local education. Over his career he wrote hundreds of speeches for executives and won nine national awards for those efforts. His corporate communications duties also included public relations management, employee and executive communications, for which he won two Silver Anvil Awards from PRSA. Glynn answered the call to help in the reorganization of the St. Louis Public Schools by devoting a year to revamping the internal and external communications programs for the district, and he was given the PRSA College of Fellows Award for his lifetime achievement in the field.

 

Arthur Wright

The late U.S. Senator Tom Eagleton called Arthur Wright "Mr. St. Louis." From his involvement in all phases of the development of the Gateway Arch to his board membership in Downtown St. Louis, Art Wright was lauded for his civic work. He continually worked to improve the quality of life in St. Louis through numerous board memberships. In public relations, he began at Fleishman-Hillard, then went to Pet, Inc., as corporate director of PR. He left to create Wright-Manning Public Relations. He was also general manager of the St. Louis office of Hill & Knowlton. He served the Public Relations Society of America as Past President of the St. Louis chapter, past National Chairman of the Investor Relations Section and past National Assembly Delegate. For his work within the community, he was given the Leadership St. Louis Award.