WHEELING — Edwin M. “Ned” Steckel’s broadcasting profession stretched from Wheeling to Pittsburgh to Syracuse, New York, to ABC Sports. His Emmy Award-winning perform has earned him induction into the Wheeling Hall of Fame.
Steckel is 1 of 11 inductees to be honored at a Saturday, June ten, ceremony at WesBanco Arena. Steckel is becoming inducted in the category of sports and athletics.
The occasion is open to the public and will start at six p.m. A catered dinner is integrated. Tickets are $40 and can be bought at WesbancoArena.com, or by calling the box workplace at 304-233-7000 from ten a.m. to two p.m. Monday by way of Friday.
Steckel was a national Emmy-Award winning network tv producer. He was born November 23, 1930, in Gastonia, N.C. and later moved to Wheeling in June of 1936 from Peekskill, West Chester County, N.Y., when his father, Edwin M. Steckel, joined the Oglebay Institute as the organization’s very first complete-time employees member and who later became its executive director. His mother, Nina Gooding Steckel, is remembered as a longtime Ohio Valley teacher at different public schools and institutions.
Steckel attended Linsly Military Institute from 1941-48. As a student at Linsly, Ned held the Ohio Valley Conference swim records in the 50-yard and one hundred-yard freestyle events. Steckel graduated from Linsly Military Institute in 1948 and continued his education at the University of Michigan, at Bethany College, and graduated from Syracuse University in 1953 with a bachelor of arts degree in journalism.
He received a master of science degree in communications in 1954 from the very same institution. Whilst at Syracuse University he was a varsity letterman on the undefeated 1952 swimming group, Eastern Conference Champions.
He served as a rated journalist in the U.S. Naval Reserve for seven years, like two years of active duty from 1955-56. He was assigned to the Battleship New Jersey (BB-52) and later to the headquarters of the Supreme Allied Command Atlantic (NATO) in the public facts workplace.
Steckel’s broadcasting profession integrated employment with WKWK and WTRF-Television in Wheeling, WOLF in Syracuse, NY, WTAE-Television and WIIC in Pittsburgh, and ABC Sports in New York. At ABC Sports (1965-84), Steckel served as assistant to Executive Producer Roone Arledge and as producer/director.
Assigned principally to ABC’s Wide Globe of Sports, he also participated in making tv coverage of the Winter and Summer time Olympic Games. He served there for 19 years as the producer/director, through which time he won eight national Emmy Awards for his production of “ABC’s Wide Globe of Sports,” NCAA football and different Olympic Games coverage.
Right after his broadcasting profession, Steckel joined the faculty of Bethany College as an associate professor of communications and resident fellow. He also served on the faculty of the University of Pittsburgh on the “Semester at Sea” plan.
In retirement, Steckel actively pursued his sailing hobby on Florida’s Gulf Coast, Chesapeake Bay, and at his summer time property at Chatauque Institution, Lake Chautauqua, New York.
His nearby memberships in Wheeling all through the years integrated the Aviator Society of the Linsly College, the Brief Circuit Club, Symposiarchs, Wheeling Historical Society, Fort Henry Club, Oglebay Institute, and the 1st Presbyterian Church.
Steckel has two sons, Edwin M. Steckel III and Stephen C. Steckel, and 1 grandson, Zachary Falk Steckel.
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