Sandy Beach hits the 'trifecta' of Halls of Fame inductions

NYS Broadcasters induction marks third HOF induction

October 19, 2017 - 6:25 pm

New York, N.Y. (WBEN) - How about that!  Not one, or even two, but THREE halls of fame for Sandy Beach.  In a formal ceremony in Manhattan Thursday, WBEN Talk Show Host Sandy Beach was inducted into the New York State Broadcasters Hall of Fame.  Beach is already in the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

During the luncheon at the Javits Center in New York, Sandy made the long walk to the stage as the first inductee of the ceremony and quipped, "I called Uber to get me up to the stage".  The longtime broadcaster and master of wit had the audience at attention with his humorous and provocative acceptance address that followed a video tribute.  Borrowing the words of former Buffalo Bills Head Coach Marv Levy, Beach said "where would you rather be, than right here, right now". 

Well known Buffalo broadcaster Danny Neavereth accompanied Sandy to New York for the induction and is already a member of the prestigious NYS Broadcasters Hall of Fame.

You can see Sandy's induction here and hear the complete audio below.

Janet Lomax of  News10NBC in Rochester and  Art McFarland, the longest tenured reporter at WABC-TV will also be honored in ceremonies at the Javits Center in New York City.

Other Buffalo personalities already in the NYS Hall of Fame  include Sandy's close friend and WKBW colleague Dan Neavereth , longtime Buffalo Bills play by play voice Van Miller, longtime WBEN Sports host Stan Barron and early WKBW GM and cable TV pioneer Al Anscombe. The Hall also features legendary Eyewitness News anchor Irv Weinstein, WKBW DJ George "Hound Dog" Lorenz,  former Channel 7 General Manager Phil Beuth who also worked with Sandy at WKBW ,  onetime WIVB reporter Marie Rice, and former WIVB General Manager and News Director Chris Musial.

From The NYSBA:

The Board of Directors of the New York State Broadcasters Association, Inc. has selected three outstanding broadcasters for induction into the NYSBA Hall of Fame.​  The induction ceremony will take place during our New York Leadership and Hall of Fame Luncheon during the NAB/Show New York on Thursday, October 19th at the Javits Center in New York City.

David Donovan, President of NYSBA stated, “We are honored to induct Sandy Beach, Janet Lomax and Art McFarland into the NYSBA Hall of Fame. They represent the best in our profession. They serve as the “gold standard” for those entering broadcasting. Throughout their careers they have demonstrated a commitment to serve their local communities. It is our privilege to have them enter the NYSBA Hall of Fame.”

Sandy Beach is a Western New York legend, having been a fixture in Buffalo Radio for 35 years. Currently the top morning personality on Newsradio 930 AM WBEN, Beach is one of the most recognized names in Buffalo radio history. A renowned WKBW Radio voice, Sandy has worked in Buffalo, Hartford, Dallas, San Francisco, and Milwaukee as an on-air talent. Beach has made a career of straddling the line of the conservative tastes of Buffalo, and has never let office or city hall politics get in the way of a good show. It’s that desire for great radio that has allowed Sandy to remain on top for decades. He was also program director for NBC and Capital Cities/ABC. Sandy is a three time nominee for Billboard Magazine Personality of the Year. In May of 2003, Sandy was inducted into the Buffalo Broadcasters Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of fame as a DJ in 2013.

Sandy Beach's NYS Broadcasters Hall of Fame Speech

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