In this week’s issue… NERW-land Hall of Fame inductees – Family Life adds new signals – New programming leaders in NY – Maine AM signs off
By SCOTT FYBUSH
*The Chicago-based Radio Hall of Fame isn’t always on our radar here in NERW-land, but we can’t ignore this year’s class of inductees, announced this morning, because it’s a class full of our hometown talents.
Out of nine inductees, fully two-thirds are deeply tied to New York radio: “Broadway Bill” Lee, the fast-talking afternoon host formerly of WKTU and now of WCBS-FM (101.1); Walt “Baby” Love, who made a name for himself at WXLO and WBLS in the 1970s and now hosts the syndicated “Gospel Traxx”; Carol Miller, a staple of rock radio at WNEW-FM and now at WAXQ (Q104.3); Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, the longtime half of “Mike and the Mad Dog” on WFAN and now heard on SiriusXM; Jeff Smulyan, the CEO of Emmis who left his mark on New York radio with the launch of WFAN and WQHT and Suzyn Waldman, the veteran Yankees radio broadcaster on WFAN.
(The three outliers? Chicago radio executive Marv Dyson, country countdown host Lon Helton and Los Angeles morning institution Ellen K.)
The nine inductees will be honored in an in-person ceremony November 1 at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
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