Ira Joe Fisher began his broadcast career at WGGO Radio in Salamanca, New York. He worked at WDOE in Dunkirk, New York and KWFR in San Angelo, Texas. In 1970 he moved to KHQ in Spokane, Washington. Doing his daily Ira Joe Radio Show and a variety of KHQ Television roles — host/interviewer of The Noon Thing, master-of-ceremonies for Starlit Stairway, essayist and weather reporter. Doing the weather assignment, Ira (who is not a meteorologist…) developed a presentation that incorporated his artistic talents and ability to write backward! In 1980, Ira accepted a position with WKRC Television in Cincinnati. He wrote backward, reported the weather, and presented video essays on a number of topics …and for which he won two regional television Emmy awards. Ira also served as co-host on P.M. Magazine. And he appeared regularly on WKRC Radio as a commentator. In 1983, Ira became a weather and features reporter for WABC Television. His day was divided between The Morning Show with Regis Philbin and Kathy Lee Gifford and Channel-7 Eyewitness News. He returned to Cincinnati to launch The Ira Joe Fisher Show, a daily talk/variety telecast that ran for two and a half years. Then it was back to New York and WNBC Television in 1989 for weather and feature reporting. In 1995, Ira joined WCBS Television, reporting the weather and conducting feature interviews. He now appears weekly on the CBS Television Network’s Saturday Early Show (where he has revived his “backward” weather presentation). Ira is a prolific writer and poet. He has two Emmys for television writing and he was a contributing editor for Spokane Magazine through the late ‘70s. The magazine published Ira’s whimsical essays on a wide range of subjects — coast-to-coast train trips, how a third-grader celebrates February, winter in snow-deep upstate New York, joining a softball team in puffy middle age. He went on to author regular newspaper columns in The Stamford Advocate and The Greenwich Times. Ira’s poetry has appeared in Poetry New York, The Alembic, The New York Quarterly, Entelechy International, Ridgefield Magazine and the anthology Confrontation. He is the author of Remembering Rew, a poetry chapbook. Ira has a book-length collection of verse he hopes to soon see published. He presents readings and conducts poetry workshops in New York and throughout New England. Ira has a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from New England College in Henniker, New Hampshire. He teaches poetry, communications and broadcast history at New England College, lectures and teaches at the University of Connecticut, Stamford and at Founders Hall in Ridgefield, Connecticut. Ira is also an accomplished thespian. A member of Actors’ Equity, he regularly performed in the long-running musical The Fantasticks beginning in 1995. In the summer of 2003, he performed the role of “Henry VIII” in the musical The Prince and the Pauper at New York City’s Lambs Theatre. He appeared in the role of “Monsignor Buckley” in the two-act reader’s theatre drama The Garden of Dromore, presented at the New York University Hot Ink Festival. Ira has also appeared in the film “California Girls” with Robbie Benson and in the ABC daytime drama “Loving”.
March 8, 2006 – Ira Joe Fisher