WLAC's Legendary Spider Harrison Among Those Inducted Into Tennessee Radio Hall Of Fame
May 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM (PT)
Nationally-syndicated radio personality and music promoter SPIDER HARRISON, the voice of rock and soul on NASHVILLE's famed WLAC throughout the '70s and early '80s, was inducted into the TENNESSEE RADIO HALL OF FAME at the 4th Annual Inductees Ceremony held at EMBASSY SUITES in MURFREESBORO, TN, last SATURDAY night. Other inductees included KEITH BILBREY, JOHNNY DARK, STACY MOTT, JACK PARNELL, AL VOECKS and JOHN YOUNG. WLAC, where SPIDER first made his mark, was also honored with the "Legendary Station" award.
After stints at WCWP and WWRL NEW YORK, and WTLC INDIANAPOLIS, the native NEW YORKER began his climb to prominence in 1973 when he took the over reigns of the departing 32-year legendary radio veteran JOHN R. (RICHBOURG) at WLAC, a 50,000-watt R&B powerhouse station whose nighttime signal reached most of the Eastern and Midwestern U.S., southern CANADA and the CARIBBEAN. Despite the station's move to a Top-40 format, HARRISON was able to maintain this massive audience with his dynamic and distinctive style and steer the nighttime programming into a blend of rock and soul, hosting his own four-hour show every evening. When BILLBOARD purchased the station five years later, HARRISON was also named host of its first nationally syndicated weekend countdown show, "Soul Countdown."
"I was doing for soul what CASEY KASEM was doing on the pop side," explained SPIDER, until the station was sold and turned to a gospel/talk format.
HARRISON moved to LOS ANGELES to serve as West Coast Promotions Director for pioneering rap label SUGAR HILL RECORDS, writing a column for BLACK RADIO EXCLUSIVE.
HARRISON still resides in the INLAND EMPIRE outside L.A. and produces "Rock n Soul America," a three-hour syndicated weekend radio show spotlighting the music of the '70s, '80s and '90's. In 2007. HARRISON also returned to NASHVILLE with his own daily show from 8 - midnight (ET) on Classic Hits WHPY (HIPPIE RADIO 94.5 FM). For more information on HARRISON, visit www.spider-harrison.com.
"Music has always been a driver in my life," said HARRISON. "When I heard a song or great artist that moved me, I wanted others to be turned on, too, and share that same love with me. As long as I can remember, music has driven me to want to be a part of it. Throughout my live, I was given the opportunity to share great music with millions of fans all over the world -- what a blessing in itself! And now, I'm being honored for it -- I'm overwhelmed."