Fahey Flynn, a legendary local anchorman and announcer for more than 40 years, leads an illustrious list of 2015 inductees in the Silver Circle of the Chicago Television Academy.
Flynn is one of 10 broadcasting veterans who’ll be honored this spring by the Chicago/Midwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. The latest class of inductees was announced Saturday at the 56th annual regional Emmy Awards.
The Silver Circle Award recognizes individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to Chicago broadcasting.
Famous for his bow tie and friendly greeting (“How do you, ladies and gentlemen”), Flynn anchored first-place newscasts at two stations — CBS 2 and ABC 7 — and won the first local Emmy Award ever presented for best newscaster in 1958. He died in 1983.
The other 2015 Silver Circle honorees are:
Bob Sirott, multimedia personality and former news anchor at NBC 5, Fox 32 and WTTW. In 1980 he segued from radio to television and became the first entertainment and lifestyle reporter at CBS 2.
Pam Grimes, special projects producer at WGN.
Larry Wert, president of broadcast media at Chicago-based Tribune Media, and former president and general manager of NBC 5.
Richard “Ike” Isaac, news and sports cameraman for WGN.
Paul Meincke, 29-year veteran general assignment reporter at ABC 7.
Michael Dukewich (posthumous), former ABC 7 photojournalist and cameraman.
Howard Sudberry, former sports reporter and anchor at CBS 2. Now senior director of marketing and communications at Arlington Park.
Carl and Alison Ebert (posthumous), father and daughter directors at NBC 5.
Winners will be honored at a dinner May 8 at Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel Chicago, 163 East Walton Place.