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Luncheon celebrates women in broadcasting

Wanda Ramey, the first woman news anchor in the western United States and the second woman news anchor on local television in America, is scheduled to be present Thursday when for the quarterly gathering of the Broadcast Legends. Everyone interested in local broadcasting is welcome to attend.

The subject of the program is Bay Area women in broadcasting, with a look back at some of the pioneering women in local radio and TV — including Sybil True, Evangeline Baker, Wilda Wilson Church, Edna Fisher and Wanda Ramey.

Ramey worked at a number of radio and TV stations in the Bay Area in the 1940s and 50s, hosting programs such as “The Woman Behind the Man,” where she would interview the wives of well-known men.

Her big break came in 1959 when she was hired to co-anchor Channel 5’s new noon newscast. From the Broadcast Legends Web site:

Click here to see a Kate Kelly report from 2006 on the history of KPIX, which includes clips of Ramey on the “Noon News.”

Rosie Allen, KGO-AM’s afternoon co-anchor, will host Thursday’s luncheon with Terry Lowry as emcee. Belva Davis, Melanie Morgan, Cammy Blackstone and Trish Bell taking part in the presentation. Here’s how to RSVP. (Photo credits: Top, Broadcast Legends; The rest, KPIX)

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