As a local newsman who also did work for national CBS Radio, Margate's Howard Berger covered everyone from local political boss Sen. Frank "Hap" Farley to President Gerald Ford and his approach to governing after Watergate.
The 86-year-old recently wrote his memoirs about his 32-year career in radio, "On the Record with Howard Berger."
He got his first radio job in1964, when John Struckell hired him as news director for WFPG on the Steel Pier, he said.
Berger reminisces about covering the Hollybush summit between President Lyndon B. Johnson and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in1967 at Glassboro State College; and about working as a stringer for national shows such as Minority Report, World of Religion and Wide World of Sports.
It was a time when a newsperson could have side jobs writing for politicians and public organizations, said Berger, who wrote speeches for former Ventnor Mayor Warren Titus and did public relations for what was then Atlantic City Hospital.
"I managed to make a living out of all that," he said.
He was there for the 1979 renaming of Atlantic City Hospital's South Wing for Frank Sinatra, and heard Sinatra say, "It's better than a hit record," he recalled.
He covered the Miss America Pageant for 26 years, then was a volunteer another 16 years.
Berger was the newscaster for Harry Hurley's "Hurley in the Morning" program for years. He retired from radio in 1996, then administered the Workforce 55+ job training program in Pleasantville. He still writes a column, "Honorable 'Menschen,'" about local people for the Jewish Times of South Jersey.
Berger's book is $10 at the Paper Chase in Margate and at Seashore Gardens Living Center in Galloway Township. Proceeds benefit Seashore Gardens and the Ruth Newman Shapiro Cancer and Heart Fund. For more information, call 609-822-7990 or 609-335-5408.
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The Southern Regional School District has selected middle school science teacher Elizabeth Calderwood as its New Jersey State Teacher of the Year nominee. The First Year Teacher of the Year nomination went to high school math teacher Rebecca Posch.
Attorney James F. Ferguson, of Galloway Township, has joined the Bay-Atlantic Symphony's board of trustees, saying he hopes more people will discover classical music through the orchestra.
Ferguson has been county counsel for Atlantic County since 2003.
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