Monday, November 23, 2015

Bangor Radio: WVOM-FM Morning Host George Hale Honored

Ric Tyler and George Hall
When former WABI-TV of Bangor sportscaster and WABI radio morning show host George Hale began his broadcasting career over 60 years ago, he never gave any thought to winning awards.

George Hale
“I didn’t go out looking for those things,” he said.

But, according to Bangor Daily News,  awards found him, including the prestigious Gold Circle Honoree that he received from the New England chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Thursday night.

The Gold and Circle Awards honors veteran television professionals who have made noteworthy contributions to their community, the television industry and to individuals for careers in the field of television. The Gold Circle Award is for 50 years of service in the industry.

“You’re always happy when people recognize you. And when it comes from within the industry, it’s nice. I appreciate it very much. It was a fun night,” Hale said Friday.

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The 83-year-old Hale, co-host of the “George Hale Ric Tyler Show” on WVOM 103.9 FM in Bangor, moved to New York City in fourth grade after spending his previous time in Florida, said he developed his interest in broadcasting at age 6.

“My family made me a microphone, and I would go outside and describe traffic jams, ambulances going by along with birds and a few other stupid creatures,” said Hale.

He tried to break into the broadcasting business in New York, but it was overcrowded, so friends suggested he look for a TV/radio gig in another town.

“I found that they had a new TV station in Bangor,” he said.

That was 1956.

He began as the morning newsman on radio with one day a week on television.

He remained a morning disc jockey and eventually became the TV sports anchor. He also added play-by-play man to his resume.

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