Saturday Grand Banquet
Heroes of Amateur Radio, Past, Present, and Future
Keynote Speaker Radio Historian Donna Halper
Donna Halper is a respected and experienced media historian, her research has resulted in many appearances on both radio and TV,
including WCVB's Chronicle, Voice of America, PBS/NewsHour, National Public Radio, New England Cable News, History Channel, ABC Nightline, WBZ Radio (Boston)
and many more. She is the author of six books, including Boston Radio 1920 - a history of Boston radio in words and pictures. Ms. Halper
attended Northeastern University in Boston, where she was the first woman announcer in the school's history. She turned a nightly show in 1968 on the campus
radio station into a successful career in broadcasting, including more than 29 years as a radio programming and management consultant in markets of all sizes, at college and commericial stations, all over North America.
Donna's talk is titled "Meet Some Heroes of Ham Radio -- Past and Present". We all know about the famous amateurs like Hiram P. Maxim and Irving Vermilya, the men (along with a few women like Edith Rotch and Eunice Randall) who helped to promote the amateur radio craze of the 1910s and 1920s. But there are also some forgotten pioneers, from the old days right up to modern times; their contributions deserve to be remembered too. In this talk, Donna will discuss some of the heroes of ham radio, past and present, including some current innovators who are continuing the tradition of using amateur radio to make a difference.