Dick Bertel spent almost 60 years in both radio and television as a talk host and news anchor. He joined WTIC in Hartford, Connecticut soon after graduating from New York University, where he majored in radio and film.
For radio he created “The Golden Age of Radio”, a series of one hour specials that featured the voices of many major performers, writers and directors of the era. These shows are in the permanent collection at the Library of Congress. On Channel 3 television he anchored the 6 o’clock News and hosted a weekly documentary called “Perception”.
In 1965 he anchored a four hour broadcast of Mariner 4’s fly-by of Mars with co-host Richard Hoagland in Springfield, Massachusetts. 50 years later to the day he and Richard co-hosted the New Horizons fly-by of Pluto.
Bertel moved to Washington in 1984 as Executive Producer of the Voice of America. He also anchored news at WTOP and later at NBC Radio. Dick is now retired and living in Gaithersburg, Maryland with his wife where he teaches English to area newcomers.
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