Ronald Reagan Among Inductees In Radio Hall Of Fame
June 30, 2011 at 8:46 AM (PT)
The NATIONAL RADIO HALL OF FAME (NRHOF) announced its Class of 2011 TODAY (6/30) that includes a who's who of early radio pioneers -- as well as the only radio broadcaster ever to become President of the UNITED STATES. The induction ceremony and national broadcast will take place on SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 5th in CHICAGO.
The 2011 inductees are:
RONALD REAGAN: The 40th president of the UNITED STATES who was born in TAMPICO, IL and who began his career in broadcasting as an IOWA radio sportscaster where be once announced CHICAGO CUBS games for WOC/DAVENPORT and WHO/DES MOINES.
GRAHAM MCNAMEE: A sports casting legend, MCNAMEE gained national prominence and was radio's most-recognized national personality in its inaugural decade.
H.V. KALTENBORN: The premier news commentator of radio's first great era, KALTENBORN, a WISCONSIN native, was on the air for more than 30 years. He was America's first national radio commentator and was one of the first newsreaders to provide analysis and insight into current news stories.
WLS NATIONAL BARN DANCE: First broadcast in 1924, it was the first acclaimed Country music show in radio history -- a direct precursor of THE GRAND OLE OPRY. Because of the powerful clear-channel signal of WLS/CHICAGO, the program was heard throughout the MIDWEST and the SOUTH where its popularity launched many music careers and led to a music format that has dominated radio for over eight decades.
THE GREAT GILDERSLEEVE: One of radio's earliest spin-off programs, it was built around THROCKMORTON PHILHARMONIC GILDERSLEEVE, a bombastic character with a remarkable ensemble cast that was first introduced to radio audiences as a staple on the FIBBER MCGEE AND MOLLY show, also a RADIO HALL OF FAME inductee (1989).
GANGBUSTERS: The iconic radio crime drama series that dramatized FBI cases and was produced in close association with Bureau director J. EDGAR HOOVER during the great American crime wave of the 1930s.
SUSPENSE: One of the most compelling radio dramas of all time, this program from the Golden Age of Radio was subtitled "radio's outstanding theater of thrills" and focused on suspense, thriller-type scripts and featured the leading HOLLYWOOD actors of the era.
Extended biographies of the inductees as well as audio clips can be found at www.RadioHOF.org
In making the announcement, NRHOF Steering Committee Chairman BRUCE DUMONT said, "Many of the stars and shows that defined the medium in its infancy have been unfortunately overlooked in public balloting. This year, as we move into our new home, the Committee wanted to be sure to recognize the pioneers that time passed by but whose accomplishments must not be forgotten. The RADIO HALL OF FAME class of 2011 gives us a solid foundation upon which to build."