Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2021 Inductees
|RADIO ONLINE | Tuesday, August 24, 2021|
The Museum of Broadcast Communications has announced the selection of eight new inductees as well as a new class of Legacy inductees, into the RADIO HALL OF FAME for 2021. The 2021 Radio Hall of Fame inductees will be honored at the in-person 2021 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Thursday, October 28, 2021, at Chicago's Wintrust Grand Banking Hall. Tickets go on sale on Wednesday, September 1st at: www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.
THE 2021 RADIO HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES ARE:
- Brother Wease - Radio 95.1, Rochester, NY - Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more)
- Elliot Segal - DC 101, Washington, DC - Active Local/Regional (10 years or more)
- Dan Patrick - The Dan Patrick Show - Longstanding Networks/Syndication (20 years or more)
- Kim Komando - The Kim Komando Show - Active Network/Syndication (10 Years or more)
- Javier Romero - WAMR-FM/Amor 107.5, Univision Miami - Music Format On-Air Personality
- Preston & Steve - 93.3 WMMR, Philadelphia, PA - Spoken Word On-Air Personality
- Erica Farber, President and CEO, Radio Advertising Bureau
- Bill Siemering, Founding Director of Programming and Founding Member of the Board of Directors, NPR
Four inductees were determined by a voting participant panel comprised of more than 600 industry professionals and four inductees were voted on by the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, two with input from the public. The outcome of the listener vote for a music format and spoken word format on-air personality counted as one vote among the committee votes. The process was overseen by the certified public accounting firm Miller Kaplan Arase LLP.
In addition, to honor the 100th year of radio, the Radio Hall of Fame has established a Legends induction, recognizing the talents and efforts of air personalities, programmers and operators who although they have died, spent their lives contributing their talents to the industry. While the industry celebrates 100 years of existence, the industry's Hall of Fame is only 33 years into existence. The centennial milestone provides an opportunity to recognize the talents and efforts of 33 individuals in 2021, as well.
"I'm thrilled to welcome this deserving Class of 2021 and look forward to celebrating their inductions in late October in Chicago," said Kraig T. Kitchin, Radio Hall of Fame chairman. "In addition, it's my honor to announce and recognize the talents of individuals who provided the foundation for so much of our industry's success, but have not been yet recognized by this institution. These individuals have earned their place within the Radio Hall of Fame. We used the opportunity of this medium's 100th anniversary to undertake a review of the industry's past performers and operators, to identify a select group of industry legends that left us before they could be properly recognized. We honor their contributions and their memory by these inductions."
Thirty-three radio legends will take their place in the Radio Hall of Fame immediately, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of radio. You can find the legends list of inductees HERE.
Dennis Green, Radio Hall of Fame's Nominating Committee chair, remarked: "We are excited to not only announce a fantastic group of inductees for the Class of 2021, but on the 100th anniversary of radio, we honor legends of our industry for their contributions. The best part is having an in-person induction to honor this year's inductees as well as members of the 2020 Radio Hall of Fame class. It's an honor to recognize the new class of inductees, as well as legends of our industry this year."
David Plier, Chairman of the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC), noted: "I'm proud to see the list of ‘Legends' in this inaugural year and the Class of 2021 Radio Hall of Fame inductees, chosen by this year's Nominating Committee. The combined list is the most diverse group of nominees in the hall of fame's history, which is reflective of the audiences that are and have been listening to radio stations across America all these years."
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