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William O'Shaughnessy

William O’Shaughnessy

William O’Shaughnessy is a former president of the New York State Broadcasters and chairman of Public Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters. He presently serves as chairman of the Guardian Fund of the Broadcasters Foundation of America and operates two of the last independent stations in the New York area: WVOX and WVIP. He is the author of “AirWAVES” (1999) … “It All Comes Back to Me Now” (2001) … and “More Riffs, Rants and Raves” (2004). His fourth anthology and latest collection of editorials, commentaries and interviews “VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files” was just published by Fordham University Press.

  • AirWAVES

    • Fordham University Press
    • 1999

    AirWAVES is a collection of poignant, vividly portrayed, and emotion-laden stories written for the airwaves, under the guise of “editorials of the air.”
    Here are portraits of “giants who walked the land in the heart of the Eastern Establishment” – men and women who have made a difference in the fabric of the American experience – woven in exquisite colors and shadings. Sometimes impassioned, often dramatic, they are true to life and rich in human.
    The broadcasters/writer is William O’Shaughnessy, who took a small, regional radio station in New Rochelle and turned it into what the Wall Street Journal has described as “the quintessential community radio station in America.” WVOX is also his “bully pulpit” for defending our most precious freedoms.
    O’Shaughnessy is the one the broadcast industry enlists in its recurring fights to stay free of the shackles of the “Fairness Doctrine” and other incursions against free speech on the airwaves. But he derives the most pleasure out of just covering his beat. Westchester County, also known as “The Golden Apple,” is a magnet for aspiring politicians and home health for captains of industry, publishers, bankers, and businessmen, as well as celebrities and entertainers of the first magnitude. And Bill O’Shaughnessy’s radio station provides a forum for them all. Indeed, many of these “affluent influentials” consider WVOX their “hometown voice.”

  • It All Comes Back to Me Now

    • Fordham University Press
    • 2001

    It All Comes Back to Me Now features profiles and touching vignettes about contemporary figures like Jeanine and Al Pirro, Andrew Cuomo, Archbishop Edward Egan, the late John Cardinal O’Connor, the late Monsignor Terry Attridge, and George W. Bush. Also included is a special tribute to former Governor Malcolm Wilson, which was cited as ‘The Outstanding Radio or Television Editorial in New York State’ by the New York State Broadcasters Association.It All Comes Back to Me Now also incorporates transcripts of the author’s ‘Interview with William O’Shaughnessy’ cable television program, such as brilliant one-on-one interviews with hostage-journalist Terry Anderson, actor-activist Ossie Davis, president of the Council of American Ambassadors Ogden Reid, editor-in-chief of the New York Post Ken Chandler, former Westchester County Executive Andy O’Rourke, New York State power broker William Plunkett, Gannett’s star feature columnist Phil Reisman and national president of the Urban League Hugh Price.

  • More Riffs, Rants, and Raves

    • Fordham University Press
    • 2004

    Here’s the third big book of interviews, editorials, essays, commentaries, and observations, and just plain good talk from an authentic American voice.From the bully pulpitof his radio stations, O’Shaughnessy’s in the middle of it all-politics, local and national; culture, high and low and in-between; the media; and, above all, the rich flow of ideas and opinion that from what the Wall Street Journal calls the quintessential community station in America.For this compelling and fascinating collection, O’Shaughnessy gathers interviews with everyone from Tony Bennett on the singer’s art to Ed Koch on the art of politics. Essays and talks from luminaries ranging from Henry Kissinger to Larry King, Rudolph Giuliani to Tim Russert and Dan Rather. There are moving pieces on the impact of September 11, vivid sketches of movers and shakers, and provocative, deeply felt calls for protecting freedoms of the First Amendment. And Mario Cuomo’s moving thoughts on how to restore justice and wisdom to America’s political culture.From color sketches of local pols to intimate conversations with great writers and artists, Again! Again! Is an endlessly fascinating portrait our time and place-marked as always by Bill O’Shaughnessy’s intelligence, insight, and eloquence.Bill O’Shaughnessy’s editorials make his New York TV counterparts look like so much mish-mash.-The New York Times

  • VOX POPULI: The O’Shaughnessy Files

    • Fordham University Press
    • 2011

    Vox Populi is the long-awaited fourth collection of interviews, editorials, essays, observations and keen insight from legendary New York broadcaster William O’Shaughnessy. With this inspiring new anthology, Bill is back in a big way, offering compelling dialogue and opinion on timely issues and current events in politics, media, the arts and popular culture.A masterful interviewer, O’Shaughnessy goes one-on- one with Barbara Taylor Bradford, Steve Forbes, Joe Califano and a colorful band of townie characters from Westchester – the Golden Apple. Broadcasting for five decades from what the Wall Street Journal hailed as the quintessential community station in America,his thoughtful and muscular commentaries have been widely praised in all the important journals in the land.A self-styled First Amendment voluptuary,O’Shaughnessy is a stellar defender of Free Speech,having devoted the good part of fifty years to fighting censorship and government intrusion from his influential perch in the heart of the Eastern Establishment.He’s the one they roll out when the likes of Howard Stern, Bob Grant and Imus get in a jam. Colorful national figures and beguiling townies abound in Vox Populi which is also laden with exquisitely beautiful eulogies and tributes to his departed friends Tim Russert, Wellington Mara, Robert Merrill and Ossie Davis.And, as in every Bill O’Shaughnessy book, there is stunning and powerful wisdom and brilliant observations from Governor Mario Cuomo whom he so admires.The great American historian David McCullough observed: I always look forward to reading the history of our times Bill O’Shaughnessy has written.O’Shaughnessy is an authentic American voice!

President & CEO, Whitney Radio, parent company of Westchester community
station WVOX…and WVIP, the upscale regional station In the New York area.

* Editorial Director, WVOX
* Director, National Association of Broadcasters, Washington
* Trustee, Broadcasters Foundation and Broadcast Pioneers
* Trustee, Fund for Modern Courts
* Past President, New York State Broadcasters
* Founder & Past President, Advertising Club of Westchester
* Founder & Former Chairman, New York Market Radio (NYMRAi))
* Trustee, Andrew Cuomo’s Housing Enterprise for Less Privileged (H.E.L.P.)
* Founder, Nelson A Rockefeller Minority Internship Program (NYSBA)
* Chairman, The First NAB National Radio Conference

RECIPIENT
* Indiana University Award for “Outstanding Editorials in the United States”
* Abe Lincoln National Award, Southern Baptist Radio – TV Commission
* Crystal Prism Award, American Advertising Federation, (AAF)
* League of Women Voters Award for Communications
* Italian-American Columbus National Award
* Communications Medals, Archdiocese of New York
(Terence Cardinal Cooke & John Cardinal O’Connor)
* Westchester County Distinguished Service Medal for Public Service
* Corporate Achievement Award, NAACP

SPEECHES AND LECTURES

* United States House of Representatives, Communications Sub-Committee
* International Radio and Television Foundation
* Columbia University School of Journalism
* Landmarks Commission, City of New York
* National Conference of Christians and Jews
* National Shrine of the Bill of Rights, Mount Vernon
* Advertising Club of New York, New York City
* First Amendment Forum, Washington

RECENT PROFILES

  •     New York Sun Business section by Prenay Gupte
  •     New York Times Public Lives feature by Marek Fuchs
  •    Westchester Magazine
  •    Irish America Magazine

FUNDRAISER and TOASTMASTER

  •    Christian Brothers Centennial
  •    Little Flower Children’s Family Services
  •    Lincoln Hall
  •    Archdiocese of New York
  •    Our Lady of Mercy Medical Center
  •    Franciscan Friars of the Atonement, Graymoor
  •    Sound Shore Medical Center

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