Mark Brady of Middlebury, general manager of New Market Press newspapers, publisher of the Addison Eagle and the Green Mountain Outlook, has been selected for induction into the Vermont Association of Broadcasters' Hall of Fame.
Brady served as program director of radio station WJOY during the early 1970s under the late Frank Balch. At the time, he dreamed of owning his own radio station and later purchased WFAD-AM in Middlebury; he added WCVM-FM to his broadcasting company. Brady's stations were community oriented with an emphasis on local news.
Brady gave a start to a number of broadcasters including Jim Douglas, Chris Graff, Frank Sesno, Steve Pelkey, Ken Gilbert, Ed Johnson, among others. Only Douglas made a career change and went on to serve as a multi-term governor of Vermont.
Brady served three years as president of the VAB.
The first Red Sox Jimmy Fund radiothon was held at WFAD; it is now a New England-wide event. Brady created the popular "Grand Prize" $1,000 treasure hunt on local radio and it is now an annual event, sponsored by the Eagle newspaper. Brady made the crossover to newspaper management in 2000.
In addition to Brady's award, Jack Donovan of WDEV AM/FM in Waterbury was also inducted into the hall of fame and distinguished service awards will be presented to WCAX-TV chief news photographer Jim Oliver and WPTZ-TV meteorologist Tom Messner.