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5 from radio, TV will be inducted

Randy Michaels, Marie Rice, Don Polec, Pat Feldballe and the late Fred Klestine will be inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame tonight in the WNED-TV studios, 159 Lower Terrace.

Michaels started as a disc jockey at WGR in the 1970s and went on to become one of the most powerful people in radio, buying more than 1,000 radio stations as president of Jaycor Broadcasting and later Clear Channel Communications. He is now a top executive of Chicago's Tribune Co., owner of 23 television stations.

One of WBEN-TV's top female reporters, starting in 1977, Rice was among the first journalists to cover the Love Canal environmental disaster and followed the story until she left the station five years ago.

From 1977 to 1982, Polec gave an offbeat, sometimes goofy, twist to stories that ended the "Eyewitness News" telecasts at WKBW. He took his act to Philadelphia in 1982 and was a correspondent for ABC's "Good Morning America" in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Feldballe is considered Western New York's independent voice-over king, as the unseen announcer behind WGRZ-TV promotional spots, Valu Home Center and Paddock Chevrolet ads and national Time-Life commercials. He started in the 1970s as a deejay at WBUF, WGR, WGRQ and WUWU.

Klestine started in radio as the morning host at WWOL in the 1950s and was part of the deejay stable that included Dan Neaverth and Sandy Beach during WKBW's heyday as a Top 40 station in the 1960s. A jazz aficionado, he later worked at WADV-FM and WBUF. He died at 68 in 1992.

Cassandra Eldred, a recent Canisius College graduate, will receive the Tim Russert Medal of Merit and a $1,000 scholarship during the 7 p.m. ceremony, after cocktails and dinner. Tickets are $50 and may be reserved at 873-2233.


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