Biography

PROFESSIONAL BACKGROUND
As a TV sports anchor, Billy V. won the Emmy Award for "Best Sports Anchor" for the Mid-Atlantic region covering the states of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in both 2008 and 2009. He has been nominated for Emmy awards a total of 9 times, 7 while working in Philadelphia from 1997-2009, and 2 for the State of New York while working in Buffalo between 1994-97.

He also covered sports in New York City while working at WWOR-TV in the early 90's.

During a two-year hiatus from broadcasting, Billy V. took up acting and appeared in a feature length film, "Raising The Heights" (available at CDUniverse.com). He had the principle role in a commercial for Multi-Grain Cheerios. And he was in several industrial films. Since returning to fulltime acting in 2009, he has appeared in industrial films and showed his ad-libbing skills in his role as Allen in the just-released short film "A Turn Of The Blinds.”



PERSONAL BACKGROUND
In the late 1980’s, while he was the Sports Anchor at WHYY-TV in Wilmington, Billy worked with Sue Serio when she became the weather anchor there.  Years later, when Bill no longer worked at the station, he heard Sue on the radio (she had a show, “Magic After Dark” on WMGK) and gave her a call.  The two began dating and were eventually married in 1994.  (He proposed to her while they sat in the stands at the 1993 World Series Game 4, which ended up as the highest scoring and longest game in World Series history, with Toronto winning 15-14.)

When Sue was offered a job at the CBS affiliate in Buffalo, as the first host of a brand new morning show, Billy urged her to take it, assuring her that he would find a job in Buffalo as well.  It turned out to be more difficult than expected, but when the 68-year old sports anchor at Sue’s station decided to semi-retire, Bill auditioned for the job and was hired.  That began a run of 15 years in which Sue and Billy worked at the same station, because when their Buffalo contracts ran out, he was offered a job back in Philly at Fox 29.  Ironically, Sue had been working at that very station on a fill-in basis before taking the Buffalo job, and they knew she would likely be offered a job when she was fully recovered from giving birth to their baby, Nia.

Sue began filling in on the Fox 29 morning show, “Good Day Philadelphia,” for a short time, and when the show’s weather anchor left for Seattle, she took over full-time.  She remains there to this day, almost 14 years later.

Acting Credits


Network Television:
Saturday Night Live, Gutbucket Guy, NBC

Film:
A Turn of the Blinds, Allen, Mary Beth Rim, Dir -  Hamme Productions
Raising the Heights, Brian, Max Gottlieb, Dir - Maggot Productions

N.Y. Theater:
Spades, Charles, Afrikan Women's Repertory

Industrial  Films:
Wal-Mart
Rite-Aid Pharmacies
SB Desktop
30 Minutes

Training:

Edge Studios, NY Audio book Coaching
Charles Michael, the Winning Voice, NY Voiceover Training
HB Studio, NY Acting
The Actors Center, Philadelphia Acting for the Camera
Temple University  Oral Interpretation of Literature


 

 

 

 

 

TV Achievements

2009 Emmy Winner, Best Sports Anchor, Mid-Atlantic Region

2008 Emmy Winner, Best Sports Anchor, Mid-Atlantic Region

7-time Emmy nominee, Mid-Atlantic Region

2-time Emmy nominee, State of New York

 

 

 

TV Experience


WTXF-TV, FOX 29 Philadelphia, PA, Sports Anchor

FOX TV NETWORK (various locations), NFL Sideline Reporter

WIVB-TV BUFFALO, NY, Sports Anchor

WWOR-TV NEW YORK, NY, Sports Anchor

WCAU-TV, NBC 10 Philadelphia, PA, Sports Anchor

WHYY-TV WILMINGTON, DE, News Reporter/Sports Anchor

 

 

RADIO Experience

WIP RADIO Philadelphia, PA, Talk Show Host: Interacted with callers on a variety of sports topics.

76ers RADIO NETWORK Philadelphia, PA Pre-Game Host:Demonstrated extensive knowledge of the NBA while hosting the pre-game show for 76ers games.

Q102 RADIO Philadelphia, PA, News Director: In keeping with the station's "Peace On The Streets" theme, created series of reports on drug abuse, guns and violence. Won Associated Press award for journalistic excellence.

WDAS RADIO Philadelphia, PA, News Anchor

WHYY RADIO Philadelphia, PA, News Reporter

WHAT RADIO Philadelphia, PA, News Anchor

 

 

OTHER Experience

    

Magazine Editor: Renaissance Magazine
Wrote articles, proofed and edited all stories written by others, and assisted with layout.

Legal Proofreader
Freelanced as a proofreader for many of New York's top law firms.

Game Designer
Created Ring Showdown, a boxing simulation game, and handled all aspects of marketing the game, including writing ads and purchasing space in magazines.

Writer: Boxing Digest
Covered boxing matches in Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

 

 

TEACHING Experience

Temple University -Philadelphia, PA
Taught undergrad Communication courses
Including Broadcast Writing and Broadcast Performance

 

EDUCATION

Temple University -Philadelphia, PA
BA  in Radio-TV-Film Grad courses in Film

 

 

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