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The Arizona Broadcasters Association has inducted three new members into its Hall of Fame.

The trio, Linda Turley, Brian Jeffries and Tom Chauncy II, joined more than 75 others who have received the prestigious honor.

In 1981, Turley became the first female co-anchor of the nightly news at KPHO-TV, Channel 5.  I had the pleasure of working with her during my time at the station – and I can honestly say she was one of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of working with.  She was introduced at the ceremony by another Hall of Famer, Mary Jo West, also a top-shelf nice person.  West was the Valley’s first female news anchor at KOOL-TV, now FOX-10.

Jeffries has been the play-by-play voice of University of Arizona football, basketball and baseball since 1986. His broadcast career has taken him from the Northwest to Tucson and across the country covering the Wildcats.

Chauncey worked as a photographer, editor and reporter for KOOL Radio and TV, and then served as in-house counsel for KOOL-TV and as general manager of KOOL-FM. He is a founding member and past president of the First Amendment Coalition and was instrumental in opening up Arizona’s courts to television and radio coverage.

Congratulations to these deserving Arizona media giants.

Scott Hanson
Scott Hanson
President Scott is president of HMA Public Relations and a founding member of the Public Relations Global Network. He’s a Phoenix native, husband, father of two and a fan of all sports and a participant in some. Check out Scott's full bio

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  1. I learned that Linda’s first job in TV was as the assistant to Bill Close at KOOL-TV. She then went back to school, earned her degree and became a fixutre in Valley news for years. It was interesting to hear Linda thank Ken Robinson, the news director at KPHO-TV “who took a chance on her.” Ken took a chance on me, too. Linda told me she was a much bigger gamble than I was. It certainly worked out for everyone.

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