My colleague Fritzi Depew started working for the Voice of America in 1966. Her long editorial tenure alone is noteworthy, but when you add daily cheerfulness and helpfulness to the package, well sports fans, you’re going to get a BIG Sonny Side of Sports salute!
Fritzi has taught and mentored some of VOA’s top correspondents, among them, Scott Bobb, Sonja Pace, Dan Robinson, Jim Malone, Scott Stearns and Jim Teeple. When those reporters come into our office, they always make a point to stop by and say hello to Fritzi.
Her fine editing touch is such that another colleague, Ashenafi
Abedje, when Fritzi is out of the office, will ask at our morning staff meeting, “Who will be Fritziing our scripts?” When you get a word named after you, sports fans, that’s quite an honor.
My former VOA colleague Barry Maughan worked with Fritzi for more than 20 years. ‘Da Ole Sports Emperor Barry, who had a royal reign on our VOA airwaves, describes Fritzi as skillful, ever-gracious, a guiding light and the heart and soul of VOA’s English to Africa Service. Yes, Fritzi is all that and more.
Here’s another Sonny Side of Sports salute coming your way, Fritz!