Lifetime Achievement Award: P. Thomas "Tom" Bryson President and General Manager of WJRT-TV, Flint, Michigan
Tom Bryson is the President and General Manager of WJRT-TV in Flint, a position he has held for nearly 25 years. Bryson graduated from the University of Missouri in 1961, where upon, one of his first assignments with Group W Radio in Washington, D.C. was to cover the "I Have a Dream" speech of Martin Luther King, Jr. Bryson has since served in the broadcasting community at a variety of stations in multiple cities across the country including Washington, D.C., Baltimore, Philadelphia, Albany and finally landing at WJRT-TV in Flint, which is where he has called home for nearly two-and-half decades. He also served as president of the MAB in 1990. Bryson's commitment to Michigan broadcasting and to his community is unmatched and why he was selected as the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award recipient.
Hall of Fame Inductees:
Bill Bonds, Retired Television Anchor and Reporter Detroit, Michigan; Bill Bonds, an iconic, award-winning television anchor and reporter is best known for his work at Detroit's WXYZ-TV, as a news anchor for more than 25 years. His anchoring and commentaries won more Emmys than any other newscaster in the country and helped to build his reputation for being a no-nonsense, up-front interviewer, confronting lawmakers and national figures with tough questions and demanding straight answers. Bonds has been an advocate and member of the Michigan Association of Broadcasters for the duration of his career and an active supporter of broadcast education.
Jerry Hodak, Chief Meteorologist WXYZ-TV, Detroit, Michigan; Jerry Hodak's name has been synonymous with the word "weather" in the Detroit area for more than 45 years. However, Hodak's experience extends far beyond weather reports and includes award-winning reporting and community activism. Hodak has served on the board of directors for the Science and Engineering Fair of Metropolitan Detroit and as a mentor for several young broadcasting hopefuls including two of his own children, who have successful careers within the Michigan broadcasting industry.
Karole L. White, President & CEO Michigan Association of Broadcasters, Lansing, Michigan; Karole White began her career in broadcasting 25 years ago when the MAB was just a fledgling, part-time organization. Through her hard work and overwhelming dedication, the MAB has grown into one of the most powerful and successful state broadcasting associations in the country. White's commitment to the MAB members and the Michigan broadcasting industry is recognized nationwide and has been awarded through various state and national organizations. White joins the ranks of some of the finest examples of broadcast leaders in the state as a 2010 Michigan Broadcasting Hall of Fame Inductee.