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Angotti inducted into Hall of Fame

September 30, 2011

Joe Angotti

Notable Communications Professor Joe Angotti is to be placed among Indiana’s greatest in the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame on Oct. 6, after a lifetime of dedication to the field. The event will be held in Indianapolis, Ind., with well-known news anchor (and long-time friend of Angotti’s) Tom Brokaw introducing Angotti  through video tape at the occasion. 

Beginning in 1981, The Richard M. Fairbanks Indiana Broadcast Hall of Fame, according to its website, offers recognition to distinguished professionals in the broadcasting fields who either worked or were associated with broadcasting in Indiana; in addition to “making a significant contribution to the industry.”

Famed members include Red Skelton, Jim Mathis, and CBS news correspondent Phil Jones who was introduced to the Hall of Fame by Walter Cronkite. 

“It’s a real honor,” Angotti said, having known about the organization for years.  “I’m very grateful.  It encourages you to look back on your career and all the people that have helped you and all the changes within the business.  When I found out I received the award, I looked all the way back to my first job.”

Angotti began his career as an early morning radio reporter for WHAS radio station in Louisville, Kentucky—which at that time reached across most of the country—and was known as “Old Joe” because of the difficult pronunciation of his last name. Over the years, Angotti accumulated 20 years of experience and an Emmy, with positions as the senior vice president of NBC News and the executive producer of “NBC Nightly News.”

Jennell Oddo
Online Editor

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