Radio Hall of Fame

Radio Hall of Fame The Radio Hall of Fame is a project of the Museum of Broadcast Communication, which is a 501(c)3 organization. It recognizes contemporary talent from today's diverse programming formats, as well as the pioneers who shaped the medium.
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The Radio Hall of Fame & Museum has been created to commemorate the giants of a medium that has permeated American society for most of the 20th century. Radio's power has always depended upon diverse talents and many kinds of genius. Taken together, the inductees into the Radio Hall of Fame & Museum are more than technical geniuses and more than celebrities. They are part of a phenomenon that helped guide America. Before radio, there was silence. Radio came first. Of all the electronic media that have made their indelible mark on the world, radio came with few precedents. Radio personalized events, made them more intimate, more real. Radio engaged us emotionally and brought us closer together as a nation. Radio marked the first instant medium shared collectively by millions. Radio has given us the freedom to use our imagination. Whether it enlightened, enraged or amused us, radio filtered through our individual sensibilities. Take the time and walk through the Radio Hall of Fame & Museum and you'll realize that, while the way we listen and what we've heard has changed over the years, radio itself remains a constant and enduring force in our lives.

Mission: The Radio Hall of Fame and museum recognizes contemporary talent from today's diverse programming formats, as well as the pioneers who shaped the medium.

Operating as usual

12/21/2020
Museum of Broadcast Communications

Happy Holidays from 2020 Inductee Donnie Simpson! Support the future of the Radio Hall of Fame and Museum of Broadcast Communications by making a tax-deductible donation here: www.tinyurl.com/mbcholidays

Day four of #MBCStayHomefortheHolidays is brought to you by Radio Hall of Famer, Donnie Simpson! Donnie shares his favorite Christmas memory- how he pulled off a Christmas suprise that rivaled Santa Claus himself!

#MBCStayHomefortheHolidays is MBC's gift to our community. We want all of you to stay safe and be healthy. And we hope to bring you a little joy with these newly recorded stories, memories, reflections and holiday traditions celebrating our differences and our diversity. Join us every day here through Jan. 1.

And to those of you who have the means, please help the museum to make it through this pandemic with a donation. Anything you can give will help. Thank you! Click here to donate: www.tinyurl.com/mbcholidays

Calling all journalists, producers, and documentarians! We still have spots open for tonight's digitization workshop wit...
12/14/2020

Calling all journalists, producers, and documentarians! We still have spots open for tonight's digitization workshop with the wonderful Dan Erdman, video archivist at Media Burn Independent Video Archive. Register now at www.tinyurl.com/mbcevents

Museum of Broadcast Communications is teaming up with Media Burn Independent Video Archive on a workshop for Broadcast p...
12/10/2020

Museum of Broadcast Communications is teaming up with Media Burn Independent Video Archive on a workshop for Broadcast professionals! Get registered here: www.tinyurl.com/mbcevents and join us on Monday!

Join us Thursday to celebrate the 2020 inductees to the Radio Hall of Fame. Listen by either downloading the iHeartRadio...
10/28/2020

Join us Thursday to celebrate the 2020 inductees to the Radio Hall of Fame. Listen by either downloading the iHeartRadio app or going to channel 111 on SiriusXM radio.

We are housed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. And we invite you to join them tonight after the debate, live o...
09/29/2020

We are housed at the Museum of Broadcast Communications. And we invite you to join them tonight after the debate, live on the museum’s page for a discussion about how to talk to #students about the presidential race. This is for #parents, #teachers and all #educators who care about #medialiteracy, #civicengagement and #criticalthinking. (But we promise to make it interesting and entertaining too!) The online exhibit and curriculum is at GreatDebates.org.

The Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s 24 nominees in a total of six categories. Industry voting in four of th...
07/09/2020

The Radio Hall of Fame has announced this year’s 24 nominees in a total of six categories. Industry voting in four of those categories begins next Monday, July 13. Listener voting in the other two categories begins on July 20. Due to COVID-19 health and safety concerns, the 2020 induction ceremony will be a live radio broadcast from multiple locations this October. The exact date and additional details will be announced along with the inductees later this summer.

READ THE COMPLETE PRESS RELEASE WITH NOMINEES HERE:
http://www.radiohalloffame.com/news/2020/7/8/2020-nominees-announced-voting-begins-july-13

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY VOTING PARTICIPANT PANEL:
Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)
Mark & Brian - KLOS-FM
Bobby Rich-KFMB-FM San Diego & KMXZ-FM Tucson
Bob Rivers-KJR-FM Seattle
Donnie Simpson-WMMJ-FM Washington D.C.

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)
Angie Martinez-WWPR-FM New York City
Matt Siegel-WXKS-FM Boston
Elliot Segal-WWDC-FM Washington D.C.
Bob Stroud-WDRV-FM Chicago

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)
Sid Mark-Host, Sounds of Sinatra
Joey Reynolds-Host, WOR Radio Network
Cokie Roberts-Political Reporter, NPR
Suzyn Waldman-New York Yankees Radio Network

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more)
The Breakfast Club-Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee, DJ Envy, Premiere Networks
Larry Elder-Salem Radio Network
Jaime Jarrin-Los Angeles Dodgers Network
Kim Komando-Host, Kim Komando Show, Westar Radio Network

NOMINEES TO BE VOTED ON BY LISTENERS/RADIO HALL OF FAME NOMINATING COMMITTEE:

Music Format On-Air Personality
Whitney Allen-The Big Time with Whitney Allen, Westwood One
Bob & Sheri-The Bob and Sheri Show, Westwood One
Sway Calloway-Sirius XM Shade 45 Channel
John Boy & Billy-The John Boy & Billy Show, Premiere Networks

Spoken Word On-Air Personality
Glenn Beck-The Glenn Beck Show, Premiere Networks
John & Ken-The John & Ken Show, KFI-AM Los Angeles
Stephanie Miller-The Stephanie Miller Show, WYD Media
Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me-NPR

VOTE TODAY!The RADIO HALL OF FAME Nominating Committee is now accepting suggestions for 2020 nominees and will continue ...
05/14/2020

VOTE TODAY!
The RADIO HALL OF FAME Nominating Committee is now accepting suggestions for 2020 nominees and will continue to accept them until May 29, 2020. Inductees will be honored at the annual Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony, which is returning to Chicago in late October 2020. The exact date of the gala will be announced shortly.

Suggestions for Radio Hall of Fame nominees can be made in the following categories, by visiting www.radiohalloffame.com and clicking on the NOMINATE tab:
• Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more)
• Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)
• Networks/Syndication (10 years or more)
• Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)
• Music Format On-Air Personality
• and/or Spoken Word On-Air Personality

This fall also marks the 100th anniversary of the radio industry, which will be part of this year’s celebration. KDKA in Pittsburgh is often cited as the first commercial radio station in the United States for broadcasting the 1920 presidential election returns. The first national radio network was NBC in 1926, followed by CBS in 1927. ABC became a spin-off of one of NBC's networks in the 1940s.

Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin said, "The annual Hall of Fame ceremony is a traditionally heartfelt event that evokes emotion from inductees and attendees. These talented radio broadcast individuals are honored for accomplishments that most only dream of. Being the 100th anniversary of radio makes this year’s celebration even more special.”

“We are excited to welcome the Radio Hall of Fame back to its hometown of Chicago,” said David Plier, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. “However, we continue to monitor the COVID-19 guidelines daily. If the State of Illinois does not reach the goals of a Phase 5 reopening for large gatherings, we will seek other alternatives.”

The Radio Hall of Fame was founded by the Emerson Radio Corporation in 1988. The Museum of Broadcast Communications took over operations of the Hall in 1991.

2.13.2020 - World Radio Day!
02/13/2020

2.13.2020 - World Radio Day!

01/29/2020
HARRY HARRISON R.I.P. Tribute

Another Tribute to Harry Harrison. RIP

Iconic NYC Radio Personality Harry Harrison died on Tuesday January 28th 2020. This video will illustrate why Harry was THE way to start the day on 3 great s...

RIP Harry Harrison.
01/29/2020

RIP Harry Harrison.

Radio Hall of Famer and Legendary New York City Radio Personality Harry Harrison Has Passed On.
01/28/2020
Legendary New York City Radio Personality Harry Harrison Has Passed On

Radio Hall of Famer and Legendary New York City Radio Personality Harry Harrison Has Passed On.

One of NEW YORK CITY radio's most legendary morning hosts, HARRY HARRISON died TODAY (1/28) after a long battle with multiple health issues.  He was the only radio personality to have worked as a WMCA "Good Guy," a WABC "All-American" and the longtime morning drive host at WCBS-FM until he retired ...

12/03/2019
Live with Kelly and Ryan

Live with Kelly and Ryan

Congrats Ryan Seacrest on being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame!

Delilah will be stopping by the Museum of Broadcast Communications today around 1:30 PM to record in our studio.
11/22/2019

Delilah will be stopping by the Museum of Broadcast Communications today around 1:30 PM to record in our studio.

This Just In: Radio Hall of Famer Delilah will be recording in the radio studio at the Museum of Broadcast Communications around 1:30 PM today. 📻🎙

Live with Kelly and Ryan
11/11/2019

Live with Kelly and Ryan

#Repost Ryan Seacrest: 2 dreams came true: I was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame and I got to meet Dr. Ruth! A special shout-out to Jimmy Fallon for inducting me, and my On Air with Ryan Seacrest radio family who make mornings the best part of my day. It’s an honor to do what I do with all of you. We go together like Nico & Vinz.

Cheers to our alarm clocks and strong coffee! #RHOF

The votes have been counted and - as determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee - this yea...
08/05/2019

The votes have been counted and - as determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee - this year’s inductees have been announced. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, listed below in alphabetical order, who will be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony in New York City.

THE CLASS OF 2019: http://www.radiohalloffame.com/2019-inductees

The votes have been counted and - as determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee - this yea...
08/05/2019

The votes have been counted and - as determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee - this year’s inductees have been announced. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, listed below in alphabetical order, who will be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony in New York City.

THE CLASS OF 2019: http://www.radiohalloffame.com/2019-inductees

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE 2019 NOMINEEVoting is underway for the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame. Inductees will be announced Augus...
07/15/2019
Voting — Radio Hall Of Fame

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE 2019 NOMINEE

Voting is underway for the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame. Inductees will be announced August 5 and honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony.

Voting is underway for the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame. Inductees will be announced August 5 and honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony.

06/06/2019
Museum of Broadcast Communications

Museum of Broadcast Communications

Author Don Zminda sits down with Mike Leiderman to talk about his new book about legendary baseball announcer and 1990 Radio Hall of Fame inductee Harry Caray.

Radio Hall of Fame's cover photo
12/11/2018

Radio Hall of Fame's cover photo

Radio Hall of Fame
11/19/2018

Radio Hall of Fame

11/01/2018

Scott Shannon to Host 30th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

Sold-out NYC Event Breaks Prior Attendance Records

Rush Limbaugh, Bruce Morrow, Alan Alda, Jim Nantz, Jim Harper, Jimmy DeCastro, Gabe Hobbs Greg Moceri and Paul Jacobs to Present

LOS ANGELES, November 1, 2018 – WCBS-FM 101.1 New York morning personality, United Stations Radio Networks’ nationally syndicated host of Scott Shannon Presents America’s Greatest Hits, and 2006 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee Scott Shannon will host the 30th Annual National Radio Hall of Fame Induction ceremony and celebration in New York City on Nov. 15. This year the event is officially sold-out and marks what will be the most attended ceremony in the history of the National Radio Hall of Fame. Additionally, an exemplary group of presenters joining the festivities include Rush Limbaugh, national radio icon and 1993 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee; Bruce Morrow, aka “Cousin Brucie,” legendary radio personality and 1988 National Radio Hall of Fame inductee; Alan Alda, Golden Globe and Emmy award-winning actor; Jim Nantz, CBS sportscaster and three-time Emmy award winner; Jim Harper, acclaimed morning radio personality; Jimmy DeCastro, Entercom Chicago SVP/market manager; Gabe Hobbs, Gabe Hobbs Media, LLC president/National Radio Hall of Fame Committee member; Greg Moceri, Moceri Media, LLC owner; and Paul Jacobs, Jacobs Media VP/GM.
National Radio Hall of Fame Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin says, “Scott Shannon is the perfect person to host the 30th anniversary of the National Radio Hall of Fame induction in New York City. And with the support and presence of this years’ presenters, and of course our inductees, this is going to be a most memorable evening for all.”
The 2018 inductees include Jonathon Brandmeier, Nanci Donnellan, Mike Francesa, Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg (Mike & Mike), Joan Hamburg, Fred Jacobs, Kid Kelly, Jim Kerr, Mark Levin and Dr. Laura Schlessinger.

The Mix Group is the presenting sponsor of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.

About Scott Shannon
Scott Shannon is the popular morning show host on WCBS FM, one of radio's most respected music programmers in the industry. Scott helped create and define the "Morning Zoo" format for CHR formatted radio stations. As a youth, he listened to different stations around the country during his family's frequent moves. His first job at age 17 was at WAAB/Mobile in 1969. He then worked at WMPS/Memphis, followed by WMAK/Nashville, where he spent three years as program director and on-air personality.

Shannon then joined WQXI/Atlanta, became program director at WPGC/Washington, DC, and then went to WRBQ/ Tampa. It was at WRBQ where he created the "Morning Zoo" format, a fun party atmosphere during the four-hour morning shift. His next position was at WHTZ/New York, where he took the ratings from last to first in just 72 days. He then went to Pirate Radio KQLZ/Los Angeles before returning to New York to join WPLJ in 1991. He later joined WCBS FM, ‘CBS 101 FM, and hosts mornings on the popular station. His program again achieved a No. 1 ranking long before his 1000th program on the station in August 2018. He is programmer and host of the True Oldies Channel satellite music station, as well as the host of Scott Shannon Presents America’s Greatest Hits radio program, distributed by United Stations.

Scott Shannon was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2006.

With the war ended, workers at Emerson Radio's  assembly line are in full force to meet the demand of radios not availab...
08/21/2018

With the war ended, workers at Emerson Radio's assembly line are in full force to meet the demand of radios not available during the war years.

1990 inductees into the Emerson Radio Hall of Fame- Dick Clark, Charles Osgood, Frank Stanton, and Paul Harvey.  One yea...
08/20/2018

1990 inductees into the Emerson Radio Hall of Fame- Dick Clark, Charles Osgood, Frank Stanton, and Paul Harvey. One year later, the Emerson Radio Hall of Fame would be absorbed by the Museum of Broadcast Communications as the Radio Hall of Fame (now the National Radio Hall of Fame).

WFAN's Mike Francesa has a new title: Hall of Famer
06/25/2018
WFAN's Mike Francesa has a new title: Hall of Famer

WFAN's Mike Francesa has a new title: Hall of Famer

Mike Francesa has achieved radio immortality. The WFAN host is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2018, it was announced Sunday. Francesa will be inducted at a Nov. 15 ceremony in Manhattan.

Kid Kelly on Twitter
06/25/2018
Kid Kelly on Twitter

Kid Kelly on Twitter

“Your amazing genuine support & around the clock texting & emailing votes on my behalf has truly left me humbled & speechless. I’m so honored and sincerely thank you for your kindness & generosity. I’ll never forget it! Results Monday! #NationalRadioHallofFame @RadioHOF”

Johnny B. voted in to Radio Hall of Fame
06/25/2018
Johnny B. voted in to Radio Hall of Fame

Johnny B. voted in to Radio Hall of Fame

Jonathon Brandmeier, who took Chicago by storm as morning star of The Loop in the ’80s, has been elected to the National Radio Hall of Fame on the first ballot.

National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Class of InducteesRecord-Breaking Half Million+ Votes Cast in Public Categori...
06/25/2018
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National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Class of Inductees

Record-Breaking Half Million+ Votes Cast in Public Categories

LOS ANGELES, June 25, 2018 – Voting results for the 2018 National Radio Hall of Fame’s 24 nominations in six categories are in. Four of the categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. The other two categories were voted on by the public. Listener voting was administered by Votem and overseen by the accounting firm of Miller Kaplan Arase. They report an unprecedented level of listener participation with more than a half million votes cast for the two voting categories, Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality. The increase is attributed to the competitive and creative campaigning waged by nominees. The inductees by public vote are:

Mark Levin, The Mark Levin Show; syndicated by Westwood One
Spoken Word On-Air Personality

Kid Kelly, Backtrax USA with Kid Kelly; syndicated by Westwood One, on-air host and programmer, Sirius XM Hits 1
Music Format On-Air Personality

The inductees by the industry panel are:
Jonathon Brandmeier, The Jonathon Brandmeier Show, Chicago
Active Local/Regional, 10+ years

Jim Kerr, Rock and Roll Morning Show, Q104.3, New York
Longstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years

Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, Mike & Mike, ESPN Audio
Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years

Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Laura, Sirius XM Stars 109
Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years

Additionally, the NRHOF nominating committee voted to induct four individuals for their contribution to the industry. Those inductees are:

Nanci Donnellan, The Fabulous Sports Babe, a pioneering voice in local and national sports talk radio.

Mike Francesa, longtime afternoon drive host on WFAN AM/FM, The Fan, New York.

Joan Hamburg, host of The Joan Hamburg Show on 77 WABC Radio and prior, WOR AM, and known as New York’s “First Lady of Radio.”

Fred Jacobs, a creator of the Classic Rock music format, as well as a consultant to both commercial and public radio stations.

NRHOF Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “It’s our mission to recognize the most impactful personalities and individuals to our medium and honor them. We’re proud to induct these individuals for their contributions into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, our 30th year.”

The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 15 at New York City landmark Guastavino’s located in midtown Manhattan. Tickets are now available at www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax deductible charitable donation to the Museum.

Returning sponsors of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group and V Creative.

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Bobby Rich is such a class act! This true broadcasting legend is generous and humble regarding his nomination to The Radio Hall Of Fame. Bobby so deserves this honor. PLEASE SHARE AND REPOST NOW! Let’s get the word out in support of the guy who means the world to so many radio listeners and radio professionals! ❤️📻❤️
Nominate Mark and Brian
WOW The fact that you chose to ignore a duo that were on the air over 25 years tells me it's time for all the voting members to go! Really??? How brain dead can you be? Thoroughly disgusted! 🤬
Mark and Brian should be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame Mark&Brian #radiohof #KLOS
Mark and Brian in Los Angeles deserve to be in the Radio hall of fame because they were a way of life in Los Angeles for over 25 years. I was a listener from day 1 in Los Angeles in 1987. They shared child berth and many other personal stories that translated well into KLOS Radio. We were a family as well as following all of the antics that the boys got into. They had Christmas shows that were much better than many rock and roll festivals. They had big names come in and play for the Christmas show. They were syndicated in other markets as well. White hot around 1991. There were Birthday shows that included many celebrities for each of the Boys. But when it came time for the show to come to an end. I remember exactly where i was. I was on the 405 in Los Angeles in traffic that was stopped. When Mark said, For the last time this is the MARK and Brian program. Then Brian said be good humans and it was over. I looked around at the cars around me and i noticed that many of the drivers and passengers were crying as i was as well. It was over. The 25 year run had ended. Mark and Brian were a Staple of the Los Angeles Radio market for over 25 years and are certainly worthy of a place in the Radio Hall of Fame.
Mark and Brian gave us 25 years of great radio and deserve the highest honor of being inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Radio Hall of Fame. Mark and Brian deserve to be recognized because they changed the face of major market radio. They engaged the listeners in a truly unique way. Full of laughter and information. However their broadcast on 9/11 was exceptional. It is a testament to how talented they are by the fact many many listeners follow them on social media to this day. They must be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame!
I am urging you to vote Mark & Brian - KLOS95.5 - into the RHOF. They were a staple in Southern California for 25 years, and I was a listener from the first day on the air until the last day on the air. Their irreverent humor, the guests they brought into the studio, their hijinx, the listener events, the list goes on. They were a mainstay during some of the most tragic events in American history (9/11) and made you feel like you were family. They got me through long morning commutes and started my weekday mornings with a smile on my face, even when my personal life was in shambles. I still miss hearing them on the air in the mornings. Please make the right decision and vote them in!
I VOTE FOR. GEORGE NOORY I LEARN SO MUCH ALL NIGHT
We will be voting on July 15th! #markandbrian #radiohof #markandbrianrhof #stupidreplaceablelistersunite https://www.facebook.com/groups/markandbrian25years/
Dear Radio Hall of Fame, Today would be a good day (Twofer Tuesday) to induct #MarkandBrian into the Radio Hall of Fame. 1. You know you should because they deserve it. 2. You know you want to because they deserve it. 3. It is time. Let’s make this happen! They deserve this for all the joy they have given us over 25 years! P.S. They are out of order in the picture, Brian is on the left; Mark on the right (those wacky local morning dee jays still mixing it up.)