Published on Friday, 05 November 2010 17:06
Tomorrow night is the 2010 National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, which is once again being held here in Chicago. Six more radio icons and institutions will be inducted into the prestigious virtual museum.
On May 25th of this year, the National Radio Hall of Fame announced the 2010 list of nominees in the four public voting categories, featuring nominees selected the NRHOF 23 member committee. On June 14th, the online voting process began and ran for a month and a half. On August 4th, the winners in the four categories, along with a pair of industry awards selected by the NRHOF Steering Committee, were announced
. Tomorrow, November 6th, it all becomes official.
The inductees are: the Queen of Chicago radio Terri Hemmert, Carl Kasell, Ralph Emery, "Music and the Spoken Word," Sam Phillips, and Cathy Hughes. The presenters will be: Chicago's own Orion Samuelson, Chicago's own Billy Corgan, Larry King, Reba McEntire, "Cowboy" Jack Clement, and Bob Edwards. The evening will be emceed by Neal Boortz, with a little help from founder Bruce DuMont.
The sold-out, black tie event will take place at the WTTW Studios, located at 5400 N. St. Louis Avenue in Chicago. The reception begins at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm, and the awards ceremony itself kicking off at 9:00pm.
For those who cannot attend, the entire two hour ceremony will be heard live on the radio on WLS-AM 890 or streaming online at WLSAM.com
from 9:00pm-11:00pm. The Westwood One radio broadcast of the event will feature Jim Bohannon and Neal Boortz as hosts.
The National Radio Hall of Fame is operated by the (temporarily-homeless) Museum of Broadcast Communications, which is headquartered here in Chicago. Since the NRHOF's inception in 1988, 174 radio broadcasters, executives and shows have been inducted into its shrine (counting tomorrow night's inductees).
As worded on their website
, the NRHOF's mission is to recognize and showcase "contemporary talent from today's diverse programming formats, as well as the pioneers who shaped the medium during its infancy."