Dorothy McIntyre was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2002,
along with other former Cleveland news broadcasters, Al Roker, Jack Paar,
and Bob Hope. Dorothy has a voice that immediately commands attention.
Ever since she was a little girl growing up in Cleveland, Ohio, she has always
received her well deserved share of the spotlight. She came from a family
of performers and Dorothy marveled at her father William singing bass
with his quartet in rehearsals and in public. In fact, the McIntyre Quartet
was the first African American group to perform on Cleveland television.
Dorothy sang at John Adams High School, and performed on radio and TV, as well as the Cathedral of Tomorrow in Akron, with the McIntyre Family. She also appeared during her teenage years on Cleveland TV's "Rising Generation," "The One O'clock Club," The Gene Carroll Show," and performed live in front of then Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy as he rallied Cleveland voters in September of 1959 during his historic presidential campaign.
Dorothy was also active in civic affairs. She marched alongside several thousand demonstrators in the "Poor People's Campaign," organized by the Rev., Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., which reached Washington, D.C. five weeks after his assassination. Dorothy also assisted former Cleveland Browns running back, Jim Brown, at The Black Economic Union, was involved in the organization of community events featuring legendary entertainer Sammy Davis, Jr. and social activist Angela Davis, served as co-organizer of the East 131st Street Community Club in Cleveland, and was an active member of the Lomond Association of Shaker Heights.
Dorothy later sang lead vocals for several jazz bands in nightclubs and performed in musical theater productions, including the prime role of "Bloody Mary" in two stage productions of "South Pacific," in addition to a supporting role in "The Sound of Music" at Cleveland Public Auditorium. A single mother, Dorothy auditioned her two young children, Cathy and David, as extras in the play so that she could care for them during rehearsals and performances while also eliminating the cost of hiring a babysitter. Her voice was recorded on numerous radio jingles for local radio stations and she sang the National Anthem before a crowd of Cleveland Indians baseball fans at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.
Throughout an economic recession (1973-1975), Dorothy found herself struggling like many Americans in low paying jobs as a part time bank teller, secretary, and retail salesperson. After her divorce, she decided to pursue a career in radio, ignoring numerous naysayers who told her that she didn't have a chance. She worked at WGAR and WERE from 1975-81, anchoring the news, hosting talk shows and she held the morning drive time slot at WWWE.
Dorothy hosted the top rated public affairs TV program, "Black on Black" for WEWS and served as the TV station's staff announcer from 1977-86. "Black on Black" gave Dorothy a televised platform to interview guests such as Ray Charles, Julian Bond, Rev. Jesse Jackson and Jim Haskins, author of "The Cotton Club," which was adapted into a film by Francis Ford Coppola. During one particular "Black on Black" interview, Eartha Kitt (Catwoman) purred as she playfully rubbed Dorothy's arm. Dorothy also wrote, produced and anchored a weekly half hour news program for WVIZ called "Newsdepth" and anchored an hourly newscast for the Satellite News Channel.
Dorothy became an ABC News Radio correspondent in 1986. The following year she joined WIOD/Miami as news director and anchor, returning to ABC News Radio in 1989 where she did hourly radio newscasts, national television broadcasts on ABC-TV's "World News Now," and anchored the award winning "World News This Week."
Dorothy and her husband, Mert Esmond, live in Vermont.