Media Hall of Fame Inducts 35 Media Professionals

Picture notes: Tom Eschen, Bob Costas and Alice S. Handelman

Bob Costas (center) is welcomed into the inaugural television hall of fame, by Tom Eschen, vice chancellor, University Development, University of Missouri St Louis and Alice S. Handelman, vice president, Press Club of Metropolitan St. Louis and a member of National Federation of Press Women, St. Louis section. Handelman serves on the Advisory Board of the Media Halls of Fame.

The television hall is one of the three Media Halls of Fame at St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The event, which honored 35 media professionals by inducting them into the Media Halls of Fame, was emceed by KSDK (Channel 5) sportscaster Frank Cusumano. It was was held at the Renaissance Grand Hotel on June 10 where Handelman presented the 12 Print Hall of Fame inductees. Costas has been on the air for the NBC network since the early 1980s. Prior to joining NBC, he was a play-by-play announcer for the Spirits of St. Louis of the American Basketball Association, worked at KMOX Radio and was briefly employed by the CBS network. Tom Eschen and Frank Absher, adjunct professor of communications at St. Louis Univesity and local radio historian, worked together to merge the newly created television and print halls with the existing St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame.