The 1994-1995 Silver Medal Award goes to a local broadcasting legend, Dick Lamb
.A radio announcer, TV talk show and beauty pageant host, television booth announcer, sports announcer, kids' show host, live TV pitchman, and radio station program director and owner, he
has seen (and done) it all.Dick began his radio career in 1955 as an announcer for WAYE in Baltimore, Maryland while still in junior high school (and holding down a job as a bag boy in a local grocery store).
Since that first broadcasting job, he
has worked in radio and television in numerous capacities including announcing for the 1980 Miss Universe pageant on CBS Network.He moved to Hampton Roads in 1958 and became Dick Lamb,popular radio DJ at WGH-AM when AM radio was king in Hampton Roads.He
and fellow WGH-er (and future Silver Medal Award winner) Gene Loving eventually hosted a local version of "American Bandstand" called "Disc-o-Ten" on WAVY-TV.He
did a morning talk show, sports, news at WAVY from 1967-1970.He
moved across the water to WTAR -TV (now WTKR) for eight years where, among other things, hosted "The Dick Lamb Show," a daily talk and variety program.At the time when both stations were in the same building, he became program director for WTAR-AM radio while still doing his TV show for Channel 3.With an investment of $5,000 each, Dick and his partner, Larry Saunders (also a future Silver Medal Award winner), founded Golden East Broadcasting and purchased WVHR-and WPEX-AM from Tom Chisman, president of WVEC-TV.
Though they have both owned and sold that station and the other three in the Norfolk cluster off and on through the decades, Dick
and Larry have stayed with the stations regardless of ownership.
...A native of Baltimore, Dick continues as the host of 2WD's Morning Show: "Dick Lamb and the Breakfast Bunch."