Three Inducted In Radio Hall Of Fame; Others Nominated
April 16, 2008 at 5:37 AM (PT)
BOB COLLINS, the shrewd "good ol' boy" who was CHICAGO radio's top-rated morning personality for 14 years, will be inducted posthumously in THE RADIO HALL OF FAME. ROBERT FEDER writes in THE CHICAGO SUN TIMES that at the height of his popularity on TRIBUNE News/Talk WGN-A, "UNCLE BOBBY" (as COLLINS was known) was killed in 2000 when the small plane he was piloting collided with another plane and crashed.
Also named posthumously to the shrine at the MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS will be JESS CAIN of BOSTON and DICK WHITTINGHILL of LOS ANGELES.
"These three great broadcasters are gone, but they should never be forgotten by the millions who invited them into their homes and hearts," said HALL OF FAME Chairman BRUCE DUMONT.
14 Others, 2 Shows Nominated
Along with the inductions of COLLINS, CAIN and WHITTINGHILL, the group's steering committee TUESDAY also announced 14 other broadcasters and two programs as nominees this year.
CHICAGO icon STEVE DAHL was nominated for the second time in the local/regional category, along with HOWIE CARR of BOSTON, BOB GRANT of NEW YORK and RONN OWENS of SAN FRANCISCO. DAHL, who hosts mornings on CBS RADIO Adult Hits WJMK, told listeners TUESDAY that he was so upset about losing to SCOTT SHANNON in 2006 that he didn't think he could take losing again.
The nominees in the national category are BOB COSTAS, DR. LAURA SCHLESSINGER, HOWARD STERN and Dr. JAMES DOBSON'S "Focus On The Family." The nominees in the national pioneer category are ART BELL, RALPH EMERY, BARRY FARBER and "Gang Busters." In the local/regional pioneer category, the nominees are GARY BURBANK, HARRY KALAS, CHARLIE TUNA and JIM ZABEL.
The winners will be inducted NOVEMBER 8th at a black-tie dinner at the RENAISSANCE CHICAGO HOTEL.