National Radio Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Class of Inductees – Record-Breaking Half Million+ Votes Cast in Public
Voting results for the 2018 National Radio Hall of Fame’s 24 nominations in six categories are in. Four of the categories were decided by a voting participant panel comprised of nearly 1,000 industry professionals. The other two categories were voted on by the public. Listener voting was administered by Votem and overseen by the accounting firm of Miller Kaplan Arase. They report an unprecedented level of listener participation with more than a half million votes cast for the two voting categories, Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word Format On-Air Personality. The increase is attributed to the competitive and creative campaigning waged by nominees. The inductees by public vote are: Mark Levin, The Mark Levin Show; syndicated by Westwood One Spoken Word Format On-Air PersonalityKid Kelly, Backtrax USA with Kid Kelly; syndicated by Westwood One, on-air host, and programmer, Sirius XM Hits 1Music Format On-Air Personality
The inductees by the industry panel are: Jonathon Brandmeier, The Jonathon Brandmeier Show, ChicagoActive Local/Regional, 10+ years Jim Kerr, Rock and Roll Morning Show, Q104.3, New YorkLongstanding Local/Regional, 20+ years Mike Golic and Mike Greenberg, Mike & Mike, ESPN AudioActive Network/Syndication, 10+ years. Laura Schlessinger, Dr. Laura, Sirius XM Stars 109Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years additionally, the NRHOF nominating committee voted to induct four individuals for their contribution to the industry. Those inductees are Nanci Donnellan, The Fabulous Sports Babe, a pioneering voice in local and national sports talk radio. Mike Francesa, longtime afternoon drive host on WFAN AM/FM, The Fan, New York.Joan Hamburg, host of The Joan Hamburg Show on 77 WABC Radio and prior, WOR AM, and known as New York’s “First Lady of Radio.”Fred Jacobs, a creator of the Classic Rock music format, as well as a consultant to both commercial and public radio stations.
NRHOF Chairman Kraig T. Kitchin comments, “It’s our mission to recognize the most impactful personalities and individuals to our medium and honor them. We’re proud to induct these individuals for their contributions into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, our 30th year.”The induction ceremony takes place Nov. 15 at New York City landmark Guastavino’s located in midtown Manhattan. Tickets are now available at www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum. Returning sponsors of the National Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group and V Creative.