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  • Memorial Day front pages are ‘In their honor’

    Here’s a collection of front pages via Newseum from around the U.S. honoring veterans on Memorial Day Weekend. As you’ll see, some focus on veterans today, some on the those from past wars and some on the impact those veterans have had on the community.

    From Sunday:

    The Anniston Star, Anniston, Alabama:

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    Inland Valley Daily Bulletin, Ontario, California:

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    The Southern Illinoisan, Carbondale, Illinois:

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    Palladium-Item, Richmond, Indiana:

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    The Town Talk, Alexandria, Louisiana:

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    The Sun Chronicle, Attleboro, Massachusetts:

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    The Statesman Journal, Salem, Oregon:

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    The Leaf-Chronicle, Clarksville, Tennessee:

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    From Monday:

    Montgomery Advertiser, Montgomery, Alabama:

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    The Orange County Register, Santa Ana, California:

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    Fort Collins Coloradoan, Fort Collins, Colorado:

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    Honolulu Star Advertiser, Honolulu, Hawaii:

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    Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Illinois:

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    The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa:

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    The Hutchinson News, Hutchinson, Kansas:

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    The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky:

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    Boston Herald, Boston, Massachusetts:

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    Omaha World-Herald, Omaha, Nebraska:

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    Newsday, Long Island, New York:

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    The Tennessean, Nashville, Tennessee:

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    The Virginian-Pilot:

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    The Spokesman-Review, Spokane, Washington:

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  • ‘This American Life’ to address retracted segments on air

    This week’s broadcast of “This American Life” will include a note from host Ira Glass addressing an academic article, used in a previous episode of the show, that has come under heavy fire this week.

    The study, which purported to show how individuals could be swayed on the issue of same-sex marriage by talking to gay people, was featured in episode 555 of “This American Life,” “The Incredible Rarity of Changing Your Mind.” The article was also covered by several major news organizations, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal.

    “I talk about it in a program note in this week’s show, and refer listeners to our website where we tell the full story of the Science article’s retraction,” Glass told Poynter via email. Read more

  • Judy Woodruff to PBS ombud: ‘What you wrote was unfair’

    PBS

    “PBS NewsHour” co-anchor Judy Woodruff on Friday responded to a post from PBS ombudsman Michael Getler calling her donations to an initiative by the Clinton Foundation “a mistake.”

    I’m a longtime admirer of your work, as a journalist and as ombudsman, but what you wrote was unfair. To lump what I did in 2010 under the simple heading of “Clinton” ignores the facts and the context. I gave $250 two days after the Haiti earthquake struck in 2010, to an emergency relief fund, and in response to one of the first appeals to cross my desk when we were witnessing wall-to-wall scenes of death and devastation. I am a journalist, but I also am a citizen who supports non-partisan, charitable causes when I feel so moved.

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E.R. Vadeboncoeur

WSYR Radio and TV

Syracuse Journal

Mention the name E.R. Vadeboncoeur and it's his radio news broadcasts and Election Night commentaries that come to mind for many longtime Central New Yorkers. Long forgotten is that "Curly," as he was known to his friends, started out to be a newspaperman.

 

He got his first job on a newspaper after leaving Central High School and worked his way up to city editor at the old Syracuse Journal. When the paper merged with the Herald a few years later, he was offered a spot on the new Herald-Journal. Instead, he decided -- on the advice of his wife Orletta -- to switch to broadcasting by accepting another job offer at WSYR Radio.

The change made sense because Curly had been doing a Sunday night broadcast on WFBL called "City Editor" during his later years at the Journal. Soon after joining WSYR, he began doing noon-hour news and commentary every day. In the late 1940s, he successfully crusaded against a proposal for a city sales tax. (Years later, however, the tax became reality).

In an effort to help his listeners better understand what was happening overseas during World War II, Curly traveled to the Pacific for a month. He is believed to be the only war correspondent accredited personally by Gen. Douglas MacArthur. Several times, he risked his life by flying in bombers on missions out of New Guinea to get a better feel of war.

In the early 1950s, several years after he became general manager of WSYR radio and television, Vadeboncoeur gave up his broadcasts to become more involved in S.l. Newhouse's plans to expand Newhouse Broadcasting, which owned WSYR. The expansion included purchase of stations in Harrisburg, PA; St. Louis, MO; Birmingham, AL; and Portland, OR. Curly traveled weekly to Harrisburg and once a month to the others. He also was involved in the development of Newhouse cable properties.

Meanwhile, he continued to appear on television every Election Night, analyzing returns for viewers after being introduced as the "dean of Syracuse newsmen."

As a boy, Curly Vadeboncoeur earned money to support his widowed mother by bicycling prints of films from theater to theater. His interest in theater led him to join Murray Bernthal to create the Famous Artists Series in 1946. The two men also launched a concert series. The following year, they inaugurated the star-driven Famous Artists Country Playhouse in Fayetteville, later expanding to East Rochester and Watkins Glen.

Vadeboncoeur served as president of the Upstate Chapter of American Cancer Society, was awarded the Simon LeMoyne Medal by LeMoyne College, and chaired numerous Red Cross benefits.

Even after Newhouse sold off the television stations and then the radio stations, E.R. continued to preside over the Newhouse cable enterprises almost until his death in 1986.
--Joseph A. Porcello
Last Updated ( Monday, 17 November 2008 01:26 )
 
"Good night, and good luck."
--Edward R. Murrow

Wall of Distinction


Fred Hillegas

WSYR Radio and TV

The Post-Standard

Club President: 1959

Fred Hillegas probably inherited some of his talent for news work, but he worked hard to become what many area listeners and viewers considered the top broadcast newsman in Syracuse.

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