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Although no physical building currently exists to house it, the National Radio Hall of Fame and Museum is a project of Bruce DuMont, CEO of the currently homeless Museum of Broadcast Communications, and is a museum dedicated to recognizing those who have contributed to the development of the radio medium throughout its history in the United States.

Radio programs as well as individuals are eligible for induction. Inductees to the museum are nominated by the National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum Steering Committee. The committee is appointed by the President of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, and is composed of radio executives, academicians, trade journalists, and others interested in radio's history. The Steering Committee recommends nominations in the following categories:

  • Pioneer Network or Syndicated
  • Active Network or Syndicated
  • Pioneer Local or Regional
  • Active Local or Regional

As of 2008, more than 150 individuals and programs have been selected for induction.[1] A ballot listing the nominees is offered online with free voting and runs each year from April to July. The 2009 inductees were announced on August 5, 2009.[2]

The 2009 inductees are talk show host Neal Boortz, novelty music show Dr. Demento, host of Play it Again, Ed Ed Walker, talk show host Wendy Williams, and Westwood One founder and chairman Norman Pattiz. Posthumous inductees are Puerto Rican radio veteran José Miguel Agrelot, sportscaster Harry Kalas, and legendary interviewer Studs Terkel. The inductees will be honored at an induction ceremony in Chicago on November 7, 2009.[2]

Controversies

Due to the involvement of Clear Channel in the ownership and operation of the Hall of Fame, Howard Stern has been excluded from the Radio Hall of Fame. For example, non-broadcaster Lowry Mays, Clear Channel's owner, is a Hall of Fame member. Since moving his show from terrestrial to satellite radio, the Hall of Fame has notified Stern that he is now ineligible. Stern responds to mentions of the Hall of Fame by stating that the Hall is a joke if he is not a member and that his contributions have been so great that not only should he be a member, the Hall of Fame should be named after him.

Additionally, the entire nomination and selection process appears to be controlled by one man, Bruce DuMont, rather than a panel or body of selectors, a highly unusual aspect of a Hall of Fame.

The online public selection of Focus on the Family in 2008 caused some gay rights leaders to protest the induction ceremony in Chicago on November 8, 2008.[3]

Inductees

Individuals

Programs

References

  1. ^ "Radio Hall of Fame Inductees". The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC). http://www.museum.tv/rhofsection.php?page=140. Retrieved 2008-06-28.  
  2. ^ a b "National Radio Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2009". The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC). 2009-08-05. http://www.museum.tv/newssection.php?page=528. Retrieved 2009-08-11.  
  3. ^ Isaacs, Deanna (31 July 2008). "Anyone but Him: Gay activists fight James Dobson's induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame". Chicago Reader. http://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/anyone-but-him/Content?oid=1109127. Retrieved 11 August 2009.  

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