Print  RSS 
May 06

Brett Moss
5/6/2011 2:35:00 PM 

<p><i>Brett Moss is gear and technology editor.</i><br /><br />This might surprise some readers, but Tennessee doesn’t have a hall of fame for radio broadcasters. Neighboring states do, but somehow Tennessee seems to have not gotten around to it.<br /><br />Considering that one of the highlights of the NAB Show was induction of Nashville’s Gerry House into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame, and that WVVR(FM) of Clarksville snagged a Crystal Radio Award, the lack of an HOF is more noticeable. And those are just from this spring. Let’s not even mention country radio’s deep historical presence in Tennessee. (Oops, we mentioned it.)<br /><br />Now a few Tennesseans have decided to do something about that.<br /><br />Led by Lee Dorman, GM of WQKR(AM/FM) and author of the book, “Nashville Broadcasting,” the foundation for a Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has been laid.<br /><br />Dorman started this ball rolling after attending ceremonies at the <a href="http://www.grhof.com/" target="_blank">Georgia Radio Hall of Fame</a> last year and wondering, “Why can’t we in Tennessee have something like this?” He points at a number of nationally-known folks who have sat behind the mic in Tennessee: Dinah Shore, Phil Harris, Oprah Winfrey, Pat Sajak, Wink Martindale and Scott Shannon.<br /><br />“There are many fine radio stations throughout this state which have informed and entertained audiences for decades with outstanding talent, and we feel it is time to pay homage to them.”<br /><br />He added: “They made it possible for us to have the careers we have had, and they entertained and informed millions of Tennesseans, in small towns and big cities, over the years. We expect an initial ‘class’ of about 15 honorees at our First Annual Banquet and Induction Ceremony in May, 2012.” The site is to be determined.<br /><br />Learning of the effort, Radio World nudged Dorman to include technical engineers and innovators in any planned salutes. A few state associations and local broadcast halls of fame include technical innovators, like chief engineers and early inventors; but others tend to forget, focusing mostly on air talent and owner/GMs.<br /><br />Dorman replied, “We will not fail to recognize engineers and their many contributions to radio in Tennessee. I am quite certain that one of our first inductees will be John DeWitt, one of America’s greatest broadcast engineers and founder of WSM and several other early Nashville radio stations. We have made a concerted effort to include several engineers in our core group of founding members.”<br /><br />As a new operation, many details are in flux. The TRHOF is looking for volunteer help and is building relationships with Tennessee broadcast entities and players. This is a chance for Tennessee radio fans to get in on the bottom floor. The hall of fame is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit foundation so donations are tax-deductible. Dorman is eager to talk to anyone interested. Call him at (615) 517-1756 or visit the TRHOF <a href="http://www.tennradiohalloffame.org/" target="_blank">website</a>.<br /><br /><i>(Update: The website was not working when we tried it on May 6; Dorman said the site is changing hosts and should be back up shortly.)</i></p>

Comments

Thank you for your comment. Please note that posts are reviewed for suitability and may not appear until the next business day.

Archive

July 2016 (3)
June 2016 (3)
May 2016 (4)
April 2016 (3)
March 2016 (6)
February 2016 (4)
January 2016 (6)
December 2015 (7)
November 2015 (6)
October 2015 (11)
September 2015 (7)
August 2015 (8)
July 2015 (10)
June 2015 (14)
May 2015 (5)
April 2015 (6)
March 2015 (6)
February 2015 (4)
January 2015 (5)
December 2014 (7)
November 2014 (6)
October 2014 (10)
September 2014 (11)
August 2014 (14)
July 2014 (4)
June 2014 (2)
May 2014 (5)
April 2014 (4)
March 2014 (6)
February 2014 (7)
January 2014 (8)
December 2013 (9)
November 2013 (11)
October 2013 (9)
September 2013 (6)
August 2013 (5)
July 2013 (1)
June 2013 (4)
May 2013 (3)
April 2013 (2)
March 2013 (8)
February 2013 (8)
January 2013 (7)
December 2012 (3)
November 2012 (4)
October 2012 (7)
September 2012 (10)
August 2012 (4)
July 2012 (7)
June 2012 (4)
May 2012 (5)
April 2012 (10)
March 2012 (5)
February 2012 (6)
January 2012 (5)
December 2011 (5)
November 2011 (5)
October 2011 (8)
September 2011 (9)
August 2011 (10)
July 2011 (6)
June 2011 (5)
May 2011 (7)
April 2011 (3)
March 2011 (9)
February 2011 (6)
January 2011 (7)
December 2010 (2)
November 2010 (3)
October 2010 (6)
September 2010 (10)
August 2010 (8)
July 2010 (7)
June 2010 (5)
May 2010 (5)
April 2010 (11)
March 2010 (7)
February 2010 (5)
January 2010 (4)
December 2009 (2)
November 2009 (4)
October 2009 (5)
September 2009 (6)
August 2009 (4)
July 2009 (3)
June 2009 (15)
May 2009 (8)
April 2009 (6)
March 2009 (2)
February 2009 (2)
January 2009 (1)
December 2008 (5)