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MINORITY MEDIA TO HONOR 12

The first Bob Coles' Minorities in Media Hall of Fame dinner and awards ceremony will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. today in Pettibones Grille in Dunn Tire Park, 275 Washington St.

Dwight Ellis, a former vice president of the National Association of Broadcasters, will speak.

The inductees are:

Ron Atkins, who started out at WBLK-FM and is now the vice president of entertainment for American Urban Radio Networks.

Ron Baskin, who retired from ABC Radio in New York City in 2003. He also worked for WBLK-FM and was host of the talk show "Express Yourself."

Frank Mesiah, president of Buffalo Chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and host of community affairs television shows for 20 years, including the "NAACP Hour" on WUFO radio every Thursday.

Criterion Newspapers, the oldest black newspaper in Buffalo.

John Smith, one of the founders of the Black Media Coalition in the 1970s, who has been instrumental in hiring of minorities in local broadcasting.

Ted Kirkland, creator and host of "Kirkland's Korner," heard every Tuesday on WUFO-AM.

Bill Ransom, president and general manager of WKBW-TV.

Sara Norat-Phillips, president and general manager of WDWB-TV, better known as WB20, Detroit's Warner Bros. station. In the 1980s and early 1990s, she also was host of the public affairs show "Buffalo Beat."

Darryll Green, president and general manager of the Gannet-owned WUSA in Washington, D.C., and former president and general manager of WGRZ.

Simba Mlee, who has taken pictures in the African-American community for five decades and currently works for the Buffalo Challenger.

Donald K. Boswell, chief executive officer of WNED-TV.

The late George "Hound Dog" Lorenz, who founded WBLK-FM in 1964.

The hall is sponsored by the Western New York Minority Media Professionals. Tickets are $35 per person.

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