National Radio Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2008
July 18, 2008
Chicago - Jul 18, 2008 - The National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) released the results of its national online balloting process, including three posthumous inductees, who make up the class of 2008. The inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame are:
- Art Bell
Showing an early interest in radio, Bell became a licensed amateur radio operator at the age of 13. In 1989, he was offered a five-hour time slot in the middle of the night by KDWN Las Vegas. The original format was a political talk show, but Bell switched the focus to paranormal-themed topics in the mid 1990s. At its peak, Coast to Coast AM was syndicated on more than 500 stations with an audience of 15 million. While Bell has reduced his schedule, he still occasionally hosts the weekend edition.
- Jess Cain (deceased)
Long-time morning talk-show host on WHDH Boston, Cain began as an actor and appeared in more than 20 plays before and during his radio career. The morning man, who died in February 2008, was the first voice many New Englanders heard each day for 34 years. Cain was beloved for finding humor in everyday moments with his song parodies, quick wit, and impressions.
- Howie Carr
An outspoken, conservative commentator, Carr has been on the air for almost two decades in the Northeast United States. First heard on WHDH Boston, The Howie Carr Show now originates from WRKO Boston and is syndicated across New England and parts of New York every weekday. Carr is also an award-winning columnist for the Boston Herald and a best-selling author.
- Bob Collins (deceased)
Collins was a top-rated morning show host from 1986 until his death in 2000 on WGN Chicago. Known to his fans as Uncle Bobby, his show featured conversation, music and Collins' folksy charm. The native of Florida had a regular afternoon show when he was only 14 years old and spent time at stations in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami before finding a home at WGN.
- Michael "Mickey" Luckoff
The president and general manager of one of America's most successful radio stations, KGO-AM San Francisco, he is one of the industry's most respected managers. He also oversees the operations of KSFO-AM San Francisco.
- Charlie Tuna
Tuna has been on the radio for more than 40 years. After getting his start at KOMA Oklahoma City and brief stints at KLEO Wichita and WMEX Boston, he took a job at KHJ Los Angeles in 1967. He has been an LA fixture ever since. Tuna was one of the original DJ's at the legendary KROQ and can still be heard on KRTH Los Angeles every weekend. He also had a 25-year run (1971-1996) on Armed Forces Radio, doing approximately 6,000 shows.
- Dick Whittinghill (deceased)
Whittinghill began his career as a movie and television actor, as well as a recording artist who once sang with Tommy Dorsey's big band. From 1950 to 1979, he established himself as one of the most popular morning disc jockeys in Southern California at KMPC Los Angeles. His creativity and brash personality earned him millions of loyal fans, as well as a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Whittinghill died in 2001.
- Focus on the Family
The Focus on the Family ministry was founded in the mid-1970s by Dr. James Dobson, a psychologist, lecturer and author. Following a television appearance in 1978, Dobson recorded his first radio program calling for a return to conservative, Christian values. The internationally syndicated show has been on the air ever since and is heard on over 4,000 stations worldwide.
Westwood One will produce and distribute the live induction ceremony from Chicago on Nov. 8 at 10pm ET.
Votenet Solutions supervised and tabulated the 2008 National Radio Hall of Fame ballots. More information on National Radio Hall of Fame inductees is available at www.radiohof.org.