Vince (AKA Vinson) Sanders is a retired broadcaster with more than 35 years on the job. He started his career as an on-air talent in 1958 at WBEE in Chicago and retired in 1995 as Vice President and General Manager of WWRL in New York City.
Vince in his early broadcasting days
Before his move to WWRL, Sanders was Vice President of Broadcast Operations at the National Black Network (NBN) from 1973 through 1983. Sanders joined NBN after leaving NBC News where he worked as an anchor/reporter from February '71 through June '73. He was awarded for his production and narration of "The House That Jack Built," a critically successful piece of journalism examining the racial patterns and conditions of housing in America. This NBC special broadcast won, among others, the Gabriel Award.
Muhammad Ali, Vince Sanders and Don King
Dick Gregory and Vince Sanders
Vince with comedian Flip Wilson
In addition to his employment at NBC, Vince did on-air stints at WMAQ-AM, WBEE-AM, WMPP-AM and WCIU-TV in the Chicago area, as well as special correspondence for KPOI radio in Honolulu, Hawaii.
Some of his special projects as a broadcaster included executive producer of gavel-to-gavel network coverage of the Democratic and Republican nominating conventions from 1976 through 1988; full network coverage of the Olympic Games (1976 in Montreal and the Los Angeles Games in 1984); and coverage of heavyweight championship boxing matches: Ali/Foreman, Zaire '74; Tyson/Holmes, Tyson/Spinks and Tyson/Williams-- Atlantic City.
As an actor, Sanders traveled with the American Negro Opera Guild and The Richard B. Harrison players in the early 1960s. In 1963, he served as theatre consultant and producer for the Chicago Emancipation Centennial Authority.
Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis with Vince
Vince with the Reverend Jesse Jackson and comedian Tom Dreesen
Sanders is a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and a past board member of the Central Florida Theatre Alliance. He was inducted into the NABJ (Region IV) Hall of Fame in 2005.
Sanders grew up in Orlando, Florida, where he obtained the earlier parts of his education at historical Jones High School. He studied three years of speech and drama under the acclaimed Ethel Minns Lucas of the Chicago Conservatory. He now makes his home in the Orlando area with his wife, the former Joyce Anderson of Chicago.
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