Leo Rayhill '49 to Receive Sammy Award for Lifetime Achievement

Leo Rayhill '49
Leo Rayhill '49

Leo Rayhill is indeed attending Reunions '09, but you won't find him on campus on the evening of Friday, June 5. That night, Leo arrives in Syracuse, N.Y. to accept the Syracuse Area Music Award for Lifetime Achievement. The award honors Leo's esteemed career as the host of "Sounds of Jazz," a radio program that has broadcast for nearly half a century on local stations WCNY, WUNY, and WRNY. Rather like the Grammy Awards of the Syracuse area, the "Sammys" honor the contributions of local musicians to the Central New York music scene.

The Sammy Awards Executive Board, an all-volunteer nonprofit body, announces nominations, develops the annual awards show, and oversees production of the awards. It presents awards to artists and albums in numerous categories by genre. Special awards include Lifetime Achievement, Best New Artist, People's Choice, and induction into the Sammy Hall of Fame.

The 2009 Sammy Awards show takes place on June 5 from 6-8 p.m. at the Taste of Syracuse event in Clinton Square, Syracuse. Admission is free.

Leo Rayhill graduated from Hamilton College in 1949. During his years on the Hill, he maintained a membership in Psi Upsilon. Leo currently lives in Fayetteville, NY.
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