Twenty-five stellar Hellenes will be honored in the Salute to Broadcast Media of the United Hellenic American Congress at its 29th Annual Banquet Saturday, Nov. 20, at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, 160 East Pearson.
The Salute includes 6 individuals who are in ethnic broadcasting and 19 who work in the general media market in Chicagoland.
“We can anticipate a star-studded night, in an exceptionally brilliant environment enhanced by the sound of the Linardakis Band featuring Kate Rafferty,” said UHAC Chairman Andrew A. Athens. “The Salute honors individuals who through hard work, talent and vision have reached a position that our youth and all Greek-Americans can be proud of and look up to.”
Also honored at the banquet will be “Hellene of the Year” Kostas Zografopoulos who is leading the way by his example of contributing to the community.
The broadcast media honored are (in alphabetical order): Danae Alexander, Host of “Lights Out Chicago” – WNUA; Art Andros, Host, “My Big Fat Greek Radio Show” – WSBC; Diana Berryman, Reporter, Shadow Traffic – WBBM; George Bliss, Promotions Director – WJJG; Lou Canellis, Anchor, “Sports Page” – CLTV; Tom Chiampas, Hellenic American Radio Hour; Andrea Darlas, Anchor, Evening News – WGN; Anna Davlantes, Anchor, Weekend News – NBC 5 Chicago; John Diamantis, Athens Greek Radio Program; Rose Economou, Broadcast Professor, Columbia College; Susanna Homan, “Night Out” Lifestyle; Jim Karas, Fitness – ABC,CNN,FOX News; Vicky Kournetas, Host, “Hellenic Heartbeat”; Athanasia Koutsopanagos Drakoulis, Hellenic Communications; Antigone Lambrou, Host, “Hellenic Interlude”; Dean Maris, Manager, Chicago Access Network; Mario Pappas, Producer, Greek Chicago Radio; Bud Photpulos, Producer/Correspondent – ABC News; Terry Poulos, Host/Producer, “Picture This Sports” – Cable TV; Sotirios Rekoumis, Host, The Chicago Greek Hour; Dean Richards, Entertainment Reporter/Critic – WGN TV; Bill Souronis, Reporter, Shadow Traffic – WBBM; Kiki Vale, Host, “The Kiki Vale Show” – WJJG; Anna Vasser, Producer – NBC 5 Chicago; Kim Vatis, Anchor, Morning News – NBC 5 Chicago.
UHAC, founded in 1974 to serve as an umbrella organization to unite Greek Americans, works nationally and locally to promote US government policies that are beneficial to Greece, Cyprus and Orthodoxy. UHAC founded the Hellenic Museum and Cultural Center in Chicago, and publishes the Greek Star newspaper.
For tickets to the banquet or additional information call 312-640-1055.