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41st Annual Professional Recognition Awards and Scholarship Banquet

April 27, 2019, 6 PM cocktails, 7 PM dinner

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Red Parton




Club President: 1956, 1963

For more than six decades, Claude "Red" Parton reigned as the 'voice of sports’ in Syracuse -- an achievement that earned him the honor of being the first journalist to be inducted in the Greater Syracuse Sports Hall of Fame.
Red’s clear, crisp, accurate and exciting play-by-play delivery has brought the region’s fans a wide range of sports events including Syracuse University and LeMoyne College basketball, SU and Ithaca College football, the I.R.A. regatta, "Syracuse Bowls" competition, stock car racing, and Empire State Games boxing.

He was just barely two years into his career in sports broadcasting when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Red began announcing over WSYR in 1939, but a year later, switched to WOLF when that station went on the air. At WOLF, he produced and aired two sportscasts daily. World War II cut short his tenure as WOLF's sports director in favor of duty in the U.S. Army Air Corps, stationed in Colorado in early 1942.

During his nearly four years in the Air Corps, Red honed his skills as a sports broadcaster by working as an announcer for Denver University football games along with his military duties.

When the war ended, Red briefly served as sports information director at the University of Connecticut in 1946. A year later, he was back in Syracuse -- first as Syracuse Chiefs announcer, then as sports director at WSYR-TV (Channel 3), and play-by-play announcer for S.U. basketball over WOLF.

He spent the next 40-plus years in various sports broadcasting positions in local radio and television. He did stints at WNYS-TV (Channel 9) as a sports anchor, and later as sports director when the station became WIXT; he was sports publicity director for the Syracuse Nats for five years; he was even a news editor at WNDR. He was the longtime host of "Syracuse Bowls" on WSYR-TV and WIXT. In 1965, he co-founded radio station WPAW and served as its president and general manager.

Red also found time to serve twice as president of the Syracuse Press Club; and president of the Syracuse Bowling Association, Syracuse Executives Association, and the Vernon Chapter of the U. S. Harness Writers Association.
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--Edward R. Murrow

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Rosemary Robinson

The Post-Standard

Rosemary Robinson was a pioneer in Syracuse journalism, becoming the first woman city editor of The Post-Standard and later the newspaper’s first female managing editor.
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