He took a roundabout way to Washington radio by listening to the medium in pre-TV Eastern Europe in the 1950's. He also witnessed history at an early age when the violence of the 1956 Hungarian revolution resulted in the destruction of his family's home and a sudden relocation to New York City. Educated there, he began his radio career at all-news WINS while still in school.
Foty went on to more than two decades of network radio news in reporting and management posts at UPI, NBC and Unistar. Along the way, he covered the Peoples' Temple Suicides in Guyana, the nuclear plant accident at Three Mile Island, and the attempted assassination of President Reagan.
On September 11, 2001, he was on his way to the CBS Washington office when he saw the smoke arising from the Pentagon. After notifying WTOP, he anchored network updates for the next twelve hours. The following year, he reported on the sniper shootings and investigation all over the DC area for WTOP and CBS, contributing to coverage that won numerous awards for both local and national coverage.
In May of 2008, he was inducted into the Communications Alumni Hall of Fame of his alma mater, the City College of New York.
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