Steve Dahl Says He Won't Go To Radio Hall Of Fame Induction, Chaz Ebert Urges Him To Reconsider
October 25, 2013 at 4:06 AM (PT)
STEVE DAHL's decision to skip his induction into the NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME has prompted CHAZ EBERT, the widow of film critic ROGER EBERT, to issue a plea to CHICAGO radio legend DAHL and his estranged radio partner GARRY MEIER to "bury the hatchet" and attend the ceremony.
DAHL told CHICAGO media reporter ROBERT FEDER that he would stay home rather than attend the NOVEMBER 9th festivities, citing "general disinterest" and saying that after GREG SOLK told him he'd been "roped into inducting" the pair, DAHL had called MEIER, now in afternoons at TRIBUNE Talk WGN-A/CHICAGO, but did not get a return call. He added, "They used a shit picture of me, I’d have to buy a $5,000 table for my family, and they want to approve my 90-second acceptance speech. All of that combined with my general disinterest in the proceedings has made me anxious to stay home and listen to GARRY explain how he got there — and why — in his allotted minute-and-a-half. Maybe I’ll buy an ad in the program to promote my podcast."
The post at ROBERTFEDER.COM drew a response from Mrs. EBERT, who urged DAHL to go, telling DAHL in an open letter, "start making more positive remarks about GARRY and the event. Time to pour honey over the wounds." Turning her attention to MEIER, she instructed him to call DAHL and "bury the hatchet long enough to unite for this event. Do it for CHICAGO, but most of all, do it to free your heart from the prison of 20 years of resentment. You are an intelligent man, and I cannot profess to know what is in your heart and mind, but this whole thing must still sting. Give it one more try."
Saying that "forgiveness is one of the greatest personal liberators," EBERT noted that her husband and his longtime friend and on-air partner GENE SISKEL took the DAHL-MEIER breakup "personally" and discussed ways to convince the hosts to get back together.