Fred Young is a past-President of the PAB who considers himself fortunate to be included in a rejuvenated association that serves our industry today. 30 years ago, Fred was among those who selected Rich Wyckoff to become its first full time leader. In 2016, Fred was honored to be among those who participated in the selection of our new leader, Joe Conti.
Fred’s career began at Duquesne University where he traveled Western PA. learning about radio in Latrobe, Greensburg and McKeesport. In 1962, an entry level job beckoned Fred at WTAE-TV. For the next 46+ years, Fred added new and challenging responsibilities in the expanding Hearst group.
As news director and General Manager at WTAE-TV, he was fortunate to work in his home town until the mid-eighties. He was promoted to a corporate news vice president, and with several of his colleagues, re-located to New York in 1986. He was part of a team that grew the TV group from 3 to 30+ stations.
Fred retired in 2008 with a few awards earned along the way, among them the Paul White award from the RTNDA. Fred is one of only two local news executives who received this honor since its inception in 1956. Recently, Hearst named a news producing fellowship for exceptional producer candidates in his name. He’s honored to be in the PAB Hall of Fame as well.
Since retirement, Fred has chaired the Peabody Award competition, served as a judge for the Hearst journalism competition, taught at Temple University, volunteered in his home community of Yardley PA, lectured on ethics and most importantly, continues to make an occasional contribution to the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters.