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March 4, 2004 -- No. 120

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Local angles: Albemarle, Belmont, Blowing Rock, Boone,
Chapel Hill, Charlotte, Fayetteville, Goldsboro, Rocky Mount,
Smithfield, Wilmington; Washington, D.C.; Richmond, Va.

N.C. Halls of Fame in journalism, public relations,
advertising, broadcasting to induct 10 standouts

By JUANITA COVERT
School of Journalism and Mass Communication

CHAPEL HILL ĖTen communication professionals will be inducted into the N.C. Journalism, Public Relations, Advertising, and Association of Broadcasters halls of fame in an April 4 ceremony in Chapel Hill.

The halls are based in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The four journalism honorees are Carl Kasell, broadcaster for National Public Radioís "Morning Edition" and official judge and scorekeeper for NPRís weekly news quiz show "Wait, Wait Ö Donít Tell Me!"; William F. McIlwain, former senior editor of The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group; award-winning writer Ellen Scarborough; and Lawrence "Jeep" Hunter, former photographer for The Charlotte News.

The public relations honoree is H.A. "Humpy" Wheeler, president and general manager of Loweís Motor Speedway in Charlotte.

The advertising honoree is Donald H. Williams, president and chief operating officer of Lewis Advertising in Rocky Mount.

The N.C. Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame will induct four new members: Vassie Balkcum, former owner, president and general manager of the former Eastern Carolina Broadcasting Co.; Woody Durham, longtime play-by-play announcer for UNC-Chapel Hill menís basketball and football; Carl Lamm, vice president and general manager of WMPM-AM in Smithfield; and Cullie Tarleton, former general manager for WBT-WBTV and WCCB in Charlotte.

The ceremony will be in the Carolina Inn, with a reception at 6 p.m. and dinner at 7 p.m. Admission is $65. Reservations may be made by calling (919) 962-1204. The reservation deadline is March 22.

The new members will bring the Journalism Hall of Fame, which began in 1981, to 106 members. The Public Relations Hall of Fame, founded in 1988, will have 20 members. The Advertising Hall of Fame, also founded in 1988, will have 16 members.

These halls recognize individuals who have made outstanding, career-long contributions to their field. Honorees must be native North Carolinians or those born elsewhere who have become distinctly identified with the state. The UNC school created, sponsors and houses the halls, but honorees need not be affiliated with any university.

The broadcasters hall, begun in 1970, will have 82 members including this yearís honorees. The statewide association represents more than 300 broadcasting executives and business managers in industries that support broadcasting operations.

Kasell, a 1956 UNC-Chapel Hill alumnus, joined WUNC-FM as program host and newscaster while still in college. Before joining NPR, he worked at WAVA in Arlington, Va., and WGBR-AM in Goldsboro. In 1975, he became a part-time broadcaster for NPRís "Weekend All Things Considered." "Morning Edition" debuted in 1979 with Kasell as its full-time newscaster. He prepares and delivers news reports at the top of every hour during the program. Recent reports rank "Morning Edition" as the second most listened-to radio show in the country.

Kasell joined "Wait, Wait Ö Donít Tell Me!" in 1998. He won the Public Radio Regional Organization Award in 1991 and the Leo C. Lee Friend of Public Radio News Award in 1996.

McIlwain, a South Carolina native, grew up in Wilmington, where became the Wilmington Morning Starís sports editor at 17. He also worked for the Jacksonville Journal in Florida, the Twin-City Sentinel in Winston-Salem and The Charlotte Observer.

He became a general assignment reporter and assistant night city editor of the Richmond Times-Dispatch and later chief copy editor, then editor, at Newsday in New York. After a brief break from journalism, when he wrote the book "A Farewell to Alcohol," McIlwain edited at the Toronto Star, The Record in Bergen County, N.J., the Boston Herald American, the Washington Star and the Arkansas Gazette.

McIlwain also founded and was editor of New York Newsday, the city edition of the Long Island-based newspaper, and later edited the Sarasota (Fla.) Herald Tribune. He retired as senior editor of The New York Times Regional Newspaper Group in 1992 and started his own consulting business, working as a writing coach for reporters and editors. He wrote "The Glass Rooster" and collaborated on "Legends of Baptist Hollow" and the best-selling spoof "Naked Came the Stranger."

Scarborough began proofreading for The Charlotte News and The Charlotte Observer, later becoming a feature writer for The Charlotte Observer. In 1981, she took on the education beat at The Fayetteville Times (now The Fayetteville Observer) and wrote other pieces on diverse topics. She retired from full-time reporting in 1990.

Scarborough has won more than 90 awards in a variety of categories from N.C. Press Women, the N.C. Press Club and the National Federation of Press Women. She was inducted into the Southern Furniture Marketís Writers Hall of Fame in 1980 and was named state "Communicator of Achievement" by the N.C. Press Club in 1987. Scarborough now puts her communication skills to work for the American Red Cross.

Hunter worked for Tom Franklin Studio as a contractor for The Charlotte News starting in 1948 and later joined The Charlotte News staff. He stayed with The Charlotte Observer after the two papers merged and retired in 1989.

A Charlotte native, Hunter attended the Baltimore Institute of Photography in 1947. His awards include Southern Photographer of the Year in 1956, of which he was a co-recipient in 1962; Kent State Photographer of the Year in 1961; and various National Press Photographers Association prizes.

One of Hunterís photos, of three postulates at Sacred Heart Academy in Belmont, was bought by the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and shown in a special exhibit in 1961.

As president and general manager of Lowe's, Wheeler helped transform the 1.5-mile race track into one of the premier motor sports facilities in the world. During his tenure, the track, in Concord, was the first super speedway to add lights for night racing. It also added condominiums and a luxurious private club with dining and banquet facilities and incorporated spectacular pre-race entertainment.

In 1995, Wheeler and speedway owner Bruton Smith took the company ó Speedway Motorsports Inc. ó public, becoming the first in motor sports to be traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Before his work at the speedway, Wheeler, a Belmont native, was a sports writer, television director, public information officer, public relations executive, dirt track operator and director of racing for Firestone Tire and Rubber Co. He has earned numerous professional and civic awards and serves on several advisory committees.

Williams, a Richmond, Va., native, became co-founder, executive vice president and creative director for Lewis Advertising in Rocky Mount in 1969. He is now president and chief operating officer. Before his work there, Williams was a copy writer in Norfolk, Va., and later joined a Richmond ad agency. He has been president of the Triangle Ad Club and served on the American Advertising Federation national board of directors and national executive committee.

As creative director at Lewis, Williams won more than 200 local, regional and national awards. He also won two Silver Medal Awards from the federation for outstanding contributions to the advertising industry. He is past chairman of the Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce.

Balkcum started in the broadcast industry as an announcer, rising rapidly in the early '50s to program director and general manager and eventually a president of the former Eastern Carolina Broadcasting Co. He was presented the N.C. Association of Broadcasters' Distinguished Service Award in 1992. Now retired, he has long been active in the Goldsboro community.

Durham has been the "Voice of the Tar Heels" since 1971. The 2003-2004 season marks his 33rd year as play-by-play announcer for UNC-Chapel Hillís football and men's basketball teams. The Albemarle native has been recognized 11 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association as N.C. Sportscaster of the Year. A Carolina graduate, Durham lives in Chapel Hill with his wife of 40 years. Both their sons work in sports broadcasting.

Lamm is co-owner, general manager and on-air personality at WMPM. He has been a broadcaster in eastern North Carolina for more than 50 years, and his show has long been synonymous with old-time Southern radio at its best. His station still plays a vibrant mix of old-time country, bluegrass and Southern gospel.

Lamm has received the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the highest honor bestowed by the governor of North Carolina on private citizens for public service. He had the distinction and pleasure of close friendship with many New York Yankees of the 1950s and í60s, including Mickey Mantle and Whitey Ford.

Tarleton was senior vice president and general manager of the three Charlotte radio and TV stations, all owned by Jefferson-Pilot Broadcasting, his employer for more than 30 years. Previously he was senior vice president for television for Bahakel Communications. Tarleton retired from broadcasting in 2002. He and his wife now live in Blowing Rock, where he is active in the community and an adjunct professor at Appalachian State University in Boone.

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Vassie Balcum

Woody Durham

Jeep Hunter

Carl Kasell

Carl Lamm

Bill McIlwain

Ellen Scarborough

Cullie Tarleton

Humpy Wheeler

Donald Williams
 

Contact: Zach Hoskins, assistant dean for communication, (919) 966-3323, hoskins@email.unc.edu