National Radio Hall Of Fame Inducts Eight New Members
November 10, 2014 at 6:37 AM (PT)
A full house at CICADA (11/09) in LOS ANGELES as the NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME induction ceremony moved from its traditional home in CHICAGO for this year's induction of eight of radio's best during a live radio broadcast and dinner show.
NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME Chairman and SOUND MIND LLC's KRAIG KITCHIN welcomed MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS Pres. BRUCE DuMONT and the ceremony's MC, syndicated radio star DELILAH to the stage and then show's announcer, WESTWOOD ONE's JIM BOHANNON was introduced.
There was a terrific video recap of radio history that was introed by the late PAUL HARVEY, that set the tone for the evening and it was on to the first induction of CHARLIE & HARRIGAN, presented by NTS MEDIAONLINE's AL PETERSON, for their work at SAN DIEGO's KCBQ-A, KFMB-A and being one of the first morning shows ever to be syndicated.
LOS ANGELES Talk legend MICHAEL JACKSON introduced the next inductee, BARRY FARBER, one of NEW YORK's legendary Talk hosts.
Former CEO/Pres., Board Of Directors CHICAGO PUBLIC MEDIA and GM at WBEZ/CHICAGO TOREY MALATIA introduced the next inductee, IRA GLASS, host of "This American Life."
HUBBARD BROADCASTING Chairman STANLEY S. HUBBARD spoke briefly and eloquently about his father, STANLEY E. HUBBARD, the next inductee, and the founder of HUBBARD BROADCASTING.
The legendary LARRY KING was on hand to introduced the next inductee, one of baseball's most widely-known announcers, JON MILLER, who has been calling the plays for the SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS since 1997 on KNBR-A/SAN FRANCISCO.
Superstar MELISSA ETHERIDGE made a brief appearance to show a video and discuss the power of women in radio and their continuing influence on the platform.
MARION ROSS, best known for her role as MARION CUNNINGHAM on the ABC TV's Happy Days inducted AGNES MOOREHEAD who was part of ORSON WELLS' radio acting group for some of his most famous radio broadcasts as part of the MERCURY THEATER, and a star in movies like "Citizen Kane" and later as ENDORA on the TV show "Bewitched."
One radio's most legendary morning stars, RICK DEES was up next and spoke about some of the legends we'd lost this year, DON PARDO, LARRY LUJACK and CASEY KASEM. He then introed two of CASEY's daughters, KERRI and JULIE KASEM who spoke of the love and support for their father and thanked everyone for honoring him.
And then nationally syndicated morning star, and iconic KIIS-FM/LOS ANGELES morning man RYAN SEACREST made a touching video appearance and described what CASEY KASEM meant to him personally and how he inspired him in his life and career.
The final induction was for "Chicken Man" creator and RADIO RANCH owner DICK ORKIN, with a warm and funny intro from longtime associate CHRISTINE COYLE JOHNSON. ORKIN was hilarious in his own right during his acceptance.
Dinner was highlighted by a terrific two-song set from INGRID MICHAELSON including her recent hit "Girls Chase Boys" followed by a wonderful performance by MELISSA ETHERIDGE, who invited INGRID back for a duet singing "Yesterday" by the BEATLES, and then "Bye Bye Love" by the EVERLY BROTHERS. The show ended with MELISSA singing one of her biggest, "Bring Me Some Water".
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