Country Radio Hall Of Fame 2015 Class Unveiled
February 25, 2015 at 11:01 AM (PT)
GARTH BROOKS and TRISHA YEARWOOD announced five new inductees for the COUNTRY RADIO HALL OF FAME class of 2015 during opening ceremonies of COUNTRY RADIO SEMINAR (CRS) TODAY (2/25).
Former WUSY/CHATTANOOGA GM SAMMY GEORGE, longtime programmer and consultant JOEL RAAB, and current KBEQ/KANSAS CITY PD/morning personality MIKE KENNEDY join the HALL in the Radio category.
KAJA/SAN ANTONIO morning man RANDY CAROLL and WMIL/MILWAUKEE personality KAREN DALESSANDRO will be inducted in the On-Air category.
“The HALL OF FAME selection committee clearly did its homework here, evaluating a large and impressive slate of candidates before voting in these five deserving honorees for 2015,” said HALL OF FAME Chairman RJ CURTIS. “The inductees for the Radio and On-Air categories represent many years of service and countless contributions to the Country radio/music industry, per the criteria for this distinction. I thank the committee, and congratulate the COUNTRY RADIO HALL OF FAME, Class of 2015. We look forward to a wonderful night on JUNE 24th in NASHVILLE when we formally induct these groundbreaking Country broadcasters.”
The COUNTRY RADIO HALL OF FAME is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.
The annual COUNTRY RADIO HALL OF FAME & DINNER is set for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 24th, at the OMNI HOTEL in NASHVILLE.
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Here is a more detailed bio information on each inductee:
During his 38-year career in radio, SAMMY GEORGE handled virtually every position inside a radio station, including on-air-personality, Program Director, News Reporter, sports play-by-play announcer, Sales Executive and Director of Sales. His final 22 years in the radio business saw GEORGE serve as GM/Market Manager for WUSY/CHATTANOOGA, where he led the station to 73 consecutive #1 rating books, nine CMA Station of the Year awards, two ACM Station of the Year trophies, NAB CRYSTAL and MARCONI AWARDS, plus an eight-year run as the “CHATTANOOGA TIMES FREE PRESS” Readers’ Choice Award for Best Local Radio Station.
MIKE KENNEDY’s radio bug started in 1976 while attending high school in EMPORIA, KANSAS, landing a job at KVOE. He continued pursuing the business while attending college, earning degrees in Broadcasting and Business. In 1984, he became the youngest station owner in the UNITED STATES with his purchase of WFXI/HAINES CITY, FL. He rejoined KVOE in 1985 for mornings, sales, and play-by-play duties, and then moved to KEGS/EMPORIA where he assumed GM duties. A three-year stint at Top 40 KXXR followed, prior to his joining KBEQ/KANSAS CITY in 1991. In 1993, KENNEDY oversaw the station’s move from Top 40 to Country as PD/Morning personality, positions he continues to hold today.
JOEL RAAB began his radio career as a 15-year old air personality at WTHE/LONG ISLAND, NY. After serving as Air Talent/Student GM for NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY’s WNUR, RAAB went on to programming and on-air positions in PITTSBURGH, CLEVELAND, and NEW YORK. For the past 30 years, he has successfully consulted more than 200 Country stations spanning all market sizes while working for broadcast companies such as CBS RADIO, ENTERCOM, GREATER MEDIA, JOURNAL, DIGITY, SAGA, and many others.
During his 32 years with KAJA/SAN ANTONIO, which nearly equals the station’s tenure as a Country outlet, RANDY CARROLL has been a mainstay in mornings for SAN ANTONIO Country radio listeners. CARROLL also doubled as KAJA PD for many years and is already a member of the SAN ANTONIO RADIO HALL OF FAME. During his time at KAJA, CARROLL has received multiple nominations for personality of the year honors from the ACM and CMA, winning the ACM trophy in 2012 with his on-air partner, JAMIE MARTIN.
At 19 years of age, KAREN DALLESANDRO’s radio career began as the midday host at WSDS-AM/YPSILANTI, MI. She eventually landed mornings at WYCD/DETROIT, then afternoons at crosstown WWWW. In 1998, DALLESANDRO shifted to WMIL/MILWAUKEE for mornings, where she has since remained, co-hosting the “KAREN, SCOTT, & RADAR” morning show. In 2001, the show was honored with a CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year award. She has contributed to her community, forming her “KAREN’s Check Up For Chicks” campaign, which has provided mammogram screenings for hundreds of woman in SOUTHEAST WISCONSIN. DALLESANDRO has also introduced numerous Country artists to her audience via her morning show, providing first-time exposure to artists such as LUKE BRYAN, KEITH URBAN, LADY ANTEBELLUM, SUGARLAND, and countless others.