Albany, N.Y. – April 2, 2014 – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Albany announced today that "Doctor" John Cooper will be inducted into the New York State Broadcaster's Hall of Fame Class of 2014. The induction ceremony will take place at a special luncheon during the summer conference at the Waldorf Astoria on Friday, June 13.
Doctor John has been broadcasting in New York State continuously for more than 40 years and can still be heard middays Monday-Friday on WPYX and weekends on WTRY. He has been with Clear Channel Media and Entertainment Albany since 2000, and is currently regional programming manager for stations in Albany, Poughkeepsie, and Sussex, N.J. In addition, for almost 20 years he has lent his voice to WTEN-TV in Albany, voicing promos and commercials. Doctor John has also focused his career to give back to the local community – he enjoys playing the role of Santa Claus during WGY''s Christmas Wish fund raising events; being part of the local Honor Flight organizations who fly World War II Vets for free to Washington, D.C. to visit their Memorial; attending various ceremonies for area Veterans as a Patriot Guard Rider; helping organize Stars for Our Troops “Star Parties” at the station; and taking part in fund raisers for the Alzheimer''s Association and Toys for Tots.
Doctor John was bitten by the radio bug when his older sister got a two-transistor radio in the early 60''s. From that point on his fascination with radio broadcasting has never waned. In 1973 while at Syracuse University''s Newhouse School of Public Communications he became an on-air personality at WAER-FM. In the winter of 1974, WOUR-FM in Utica added Doctor John to their weekend line-up and by Summer of 1974 he held a full time job doing nights, and worked at weekends at WQBK-FM in Albany, NY. Upon graduation he made the move to full time work at WQBK-FM and spent the next nine years there on the air and as Music and Program Director. In 1987, he moved across the street to WPYX.