The National Radio Hall of Fame has announced a field of nominees that span many decades and styles of radio. "Radio speaks with many voices and reaches many audiences because of its diverse talent spectrum. Our 2004 nominees represent that diverse talent spectrum," said Hall President Bruce DuMont.
The nominees are (drum roll please):
NETWORK OR SYNDICATED – ACTIVE
Bob Brinker, host of Money Talk, ABC Radio's financial advice program
Bob Edwards, veteran anchor of National Public Radio's Morning Edition
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Premiere Radio Networks' relationship advisor
Howard Stern, outspoken personality who has changed radio's landscape
NETWORK OR SYNDICATED PIONEER
Gang Busters, law enforcement reality series created by Phillips Lord and hosted by Col. H. Norman Scwarzkopf
The Great Gildersleeve, comedy series that starred Harold Peary and Willard Waterman along with a strong cast
The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show, Playing themselves, the real-life husband and wife comedy team starred as a zany egotistical bandleader and his glamorous film star wife.
Walter Winchell (deceased), one of radio's most influential commentators in the '30s and '40s, he pioneered modern celebrity journalism initially for CBS and eventually ABC
LOCAL OR REGIONAL – ACTIVE
Marty Brennaman, the "voice of the Cincinnati Reds" on WLW/Cincinnati since 1974
Bob Grant, the controversial talk show pioneer of WOR/New York
Dick Purtan, the veteran morning voice on Oldies 104.3 WOMC/Detroit
Preston Westmoreland, the long-time afternoon personality on KTAR/Phoenix
LOCAL OR REGIONAL PIONEER
Dan Ingram, a rock radio pioneer on WABC/New York and eventually on WCBS-FM
Larry Lujack, the edgy rock jock who shook up WLS/Chicago and now WRLL
Rick Shaw, Florida's "Dean of Rock & Roll" for 40 years on WQAM and WMXJ/Miami
Jean Shepherd (deceased), radio humorist and master storyteller on WOR/New York
Ballots will be mailed in mid-May 2004 to radio executives, broadcast historians, and all RHOF members.