A prominent Northeast Ohio journalist for decades is calling it a career after 50 years in print and broadcast journalism.
Dick Feagler's writing was seen in the pages of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the old Cleveland Press, and other newspapers including the Akron Beacon Journal, and he also appeared on WKYC Channel 3.
He's stepping down from the public television series "Feagler & Friends", which he has hosted on WVIZ Channel 25 since 1997.
The last "Feagler & Friends" will air on September 27th, and will be recorded earlier that week in front of a live audience.
Among the regular panelists on "Feagler & Friends" is AkronNewsNow.com news director Ed Esposito, who appears on the most recent edition of the broadcast.
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Friday, August 16, 2013
‘Feagler & Friends’ Final Broadcast Set for Friday, Sept. 27 at 8:30 p.m. on WVIZ/PBS
Program marks an end to Dick Feagler’s 50-year career in journalism
Richard “Dick” Feagler’s 50-year career in journalism will come to a festive finale on Friday, Sept. 27 when the final episode of the weekly series, Feagler & Friends, airs on WVIZ/PBS ideastream at 8:30 p.m. (repeat broadcast on Sunday, Sept. 29 at 11:30 a.m. on WVIZ/PBS). The program will also air several times on WVIZ/PBS Ohio, one of ideastream’s digital channels, including on Monday, Sept. 30 at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m. Visit ideastream.org/schedules for additional broadcast dates and times on WVIZ/PBS Ohio.
Feagler & Friends—with its sometimes irreverent, sometimes irascible, yet always lively host Dick Feagler—has been a weekly presence on WVIZ/PBS since 1997. Each week, Feagler has been joined by a cadre of knowledgeable guests who not only provided facts about important topics of the day, but offered perspective, often sprinkled with a touch of Cleveland-based humor.
“My mother used to tell me that every good thing must come to an end,” Feagler said. “I practiced journalism in my hometown for 50 years, and for me, it was a very good thing. And now it is time for it to come to an end. Time to pass it along to those talented people who will pick it up now.”
“We are grateful to Dick for all his good work and proud of our 17-year association with him,” said Jerry Wareham, President and CEO of ideastream.
The Sept. 27 program will be recorded earlier in the week in front of a live audience in the Westfield Insurance™ Studio Theater at the Idea Center at PlayhouseSquare, home to ideastream. This special presentation of the weekly public affairs series will find Dick and special guests reminiscing about a half-century of memorable news stories and the people who populated them. Presented in the traditional “Cleveland-style” of Feagler & Friends, the final show will be filled with lively talk, feisty discussion and considerable sidebar conversations. The program will also feature Dick’s final “Commentary,” a familiar forum from Dick’s days as a newspaper columnist and TV commentator.
About Dick Feagler:
Dick Feagler’s long career in broadcast and print journalism is as remarkable as it is lengthy. He is the only Cleveland journalist to win both of broadcast journalism’s most coveted awards, the George Foster Peabody Award and the Alfred I. DuPont Award, for commentaries. He has also won 23 local Emmy Awards, as well as numerous state, regional and national awards for his work on television.
Through his work, Dick Feagler has chronicled life in Northeast Ohio, and through his analysis, insight and epigrammatic prose he has informed and enriched the lives of its residents immeasurably. In fact, Dick’s work on local television and his newspaper columns has defined Cleveland for a generation.
Dick Feagler was born in 1938 in Cleveland, and he graduated from John Adams High School and Ohio University. Following service in the Army and a stint with the Sandusky Register, he signed on with the Cleveland Press in 1963 as a general assignment reporter. His feature column ran in the Press from 1970 until the paper’s demise in 1982. Throughout the 1980s, Feagler’s columns ran in many northern Ohio newspapers, including the Akron Beacon Journal, the Lake County News-Herald, the Lorain Journal, the Painesville Telegraph and the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram. He also has served as a senior editor for Cleveland Magazine and contributing editor for Corporate Cleveland. The Plain Dealer began running Feagler’s regular column in 1993. His last column was published in The Plain Dealer on Sunday, January 4, 2009.
Many of Feagler’s favorite columns have been published as collections, including “Feagler’s Cleveland,” “Did You Read Feagler Today?” and “I Know I’m Not Supposed to Say This…But I’ll Say it Anyway.” One of Feagler’s most popular newspaper pieces, “Christmas at Aunt Ida’s” was adapted into a stage production in 2006 at the Huntington Playhouse in Bay Village, Ohio. The play returned for an encore in November 2007.
On television, Feagler presented regular news commentaries for WKYC-TV and WEWS-TV and co-anchored WKYC’s evening newscasts from 1991 to 1993. He has appeared on NBC’s Today and Tom Snyder’s Tomorrow. Many of his commentaries have aired nationally on NPR.
What Others Have Said About Dick Feagler:
“He is our Royko, our Damon Runyan, our Balzac, capturing our foibles and the goofy logic with which we pursue our grand schemes—even finding, occasionally, the tender and the sweet among the peanut shells and the kielbasa…As these collected columns attest, behind the smart-aleck smirk of the TV persona is a man who sees things, and knows how to tell a story.” — Northern Ohio Live
“[Feagler has] The ability to use words like Norman Rockwell used an artist’s brush.” — West Life
“Dick Feagler’s eye-opening commentaries have told the stories of his home town Cleveland to generations of readers, presenting the idiosyncrasies of everyday life with a touch of humor along with a wry wit.” — Morning Journal
“Feagler has serenaded a city with his wit, insight and bell-ringing home runs.” — Ohio Magazine