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Nationally recognized after 33 successful years on television and having worked with the likes of Larry King, Hugh Downs, Chris Matthews, Jay Leno, George Clooney, Katie Couric and many others, Ric now has two radio shows in national syndication.

This Week in America with Ric Bratton is on over 100 stations, and growing. The weekly program features nationally-known guests and contemporary topics of interest.

The show is recorded for local TV and recently won the Philo T. Farnsworth Award for the Best Professional Talk Show. The award is given by the Central States Alliance for Community Media. The region covers Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Kentucky.

Ric also is the host of the daily feature Just So You Know that airs on over 40 radio stations nationwide.

His television career has involved news reporting and anchoring, weather, and sports. The Ric Bratton Show was the longest-running and highest-rated local TV talk show in the country

Ric served for 28 years as a chapter president for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and hosted telethons in New York, Boston, Pittsburgh, St. Croix, Lima, Youngstown, Savannah, Flint, Naples, and Lafayette, Indiana. His involvement as host for the telethons since 1975 has helped generate over $20,000,000 for St. Jude; and he has never been paid for his services.

At the 1990 St. Jude National Convention in Detroit, Ric was awarded the St. Jude Man of the Year Award by hospital founder, Danny Thomas. The award is given each year to only one recipient and signifies the nation’s top St. Jude volunteer.

He has been a national board member of the Arthritis Research Institute of America, and in 1990 was one of only five national recipients of the prestigious Bobby Bonilla Award.

He is busy with free lance assignments. He was host of a satellite sports collectibles show, a home shopping program based in Cleveland, and master of ceremonies for the annual Ms. American United States Pageant held in Orlando, FL.

 

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"I'm Sean Bratton, the Executive Producer of This Week in America.

I've been working in broadcasting since 1991, and have served as on-air host and news director for multiple radio stations.  I got my start with syndicated radio programming back in early 2003, taking part in the nationally-syndicated Trip-N-Tyme morning show.  Since 2005, I've been involved with Blue Funk Broadcasting, providing high quality public affairs and general talk programming all across the country.  Currently, in addition to my duties with Blue Funk Broadcasting, I'm the afternoon drive host for WMEE-FM in Fort Wayne, IN."

Sean "Boomer" Bratton on WMEE-FM

 

 

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Scott began his broadcasting career in 1991 working with This Week in America's Sean Bratton as an on-air talent, news and sportscaster. Scott advanced to serve as Sports Director of WONB-FM, and won the Associated Press award for Best Small Market Sports operation in the state of Ohio in 1994.

In 2005 Scott joined Ric and Sean as the Vice President of Operations for Blue Funk Broadcasting, and also is to blame for the web page you're currently browsing.

 

 

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Otto’s broadcast experience began in high school at radio station, WJHS-fm. He was the first to earn all three awards that could be achieved - Most Improved Broadcaster, Most Valuable A/V Associate, and the Hester Adams Broadcast Achievement Award.

Between college studies and becoming a work-study student at College Access TV at Indiana University / Purdue University Fort Wayne, he fostered a concept to turn a radio program into a finished TV show, programming it for playback on the channel.

He then was hired at Access Fort Wayne located in the Allen County Public Library as a production assistant. This involvement strengthens his importance in media in the community by working locally and with The Alliance for Community Media.

You'll now find Otto working as the Chief Engineer for Blue Funk Broadcasting's This Week In America. He also produces the award-winning for-television version that runs on Fort Wayne, Indiana public access.

He is also working on getting local government meeting from Whitley County, Indiana, video tape and uploading them to whitleytv.info. This project is to support local community and government media.

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