Published on Friday, 29 June 2012 09:47
Today, the National Radio Hall of Fame (NRHOF) announced
its inductees to its ranks for 2012. Six individuals and one show will be added to the Hall of Fame.
As they did last year, the 23 member NRHOF Steering Committee (down from 27 members last year) broke away from the rules of previous years, passing on the usual nomination process and not allowing any outside or public voting.
The Class of 2012 will be:
Howard Stern -- arguably the biggest radio personality of all time
Jack Cooper -- called the first black disc jockey, who started in Chicago in the 1930s.
Gary Burbank -- legendary Cincinnati/Louisville broadcaster
Art Laboe -- Los Angeles "Oldies but Goodies" pioneer
Ron Chapman -- Dallas radio icon
Luther Masingill -- Chattanooga radio great for over 70 years
"Fresh Air with Terry Gross" -- long-running National Public Radio interview program
The induction of Howard Stern corrects the longtime mistake of not entering him years ago, before far less-deserving individuals were inducted. Stern has been up for induction four times in the past. He has steadfastly said he wants nothing to do with the NRHOF and urged his fans to not vote for him. It remains to be seen if he will have anything to do with the induction ceremony this Fall.
The induction ceremony and radio broadcast will take place on Saturday, November 10th at 9:00pm from the Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago, located at at 360 N. State Street in Chicago.
Ticket prices to attend have increased by $100 each this year, though. Tickets are now going for $350.00 each, with VIP tables of ten available for varying prices between $3,500 and $15.000.
The host of the ceremony, the list of presenters, and more details about the radio broadcast will be announced later this summer.