Top media honor for Suzyn Waldman


Suzyn Waldman and her Gracie Award.

Congratulations to my colleague and longtime friend Suzyn Waldman for being honored Tuesday by the Alliance for Women in Media with a Gracie Award.

The Alliance is an organization that recognizes exemplary programming created by women, for women and about women in all facet of media and entertainment. The Gracie Awards, names for the late radio and television comedian Gracie Allen, honors individuals who have made inspirational contributions to the industry.

That would be Waldman, who was the first voice heard on WFAN Radio when it began in 1987 and who has partnered with John Sterling the past 12 seasons on radio broadcasts of Yankees games. Suzyn received her award for sports programming at the Alliance’s annual luncheon at Cipriano’s in midtown Manhattan.

For young people who may be unaware of Gracie Allen, she was the wife and partner of George Burns, who shared a long marriage and career in vaudeville, motion pictures, radio and television. Known for her illogical logic and malaprop sayings (a precursor to our beloved Yogi Berra), Gracie retired from show business in 1958 and died in 1964 of heart disease at the age of 58.

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