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CEA Hall of Fame Inducts Class of 2009

It runs gamut from wireless to retail sales

We told you about the honorees earlier, and now the Consumer Electronics Association has inducted its class of 2009, with individuals from a range of endeavors that reflects the nature of consumer electronics.

Among those of interest to the radio broadcasting world are Karl Hassel and Ralph H.G. Mathews, founders of the Chicago Radio Lab after World War I. It was the nucleus of Zenith Radio.

The late antenna maven Neil Terk is another inductee. Terk’s famous Pi Antenna was thought so aesthetically designed that the Museum of Modern Art signed on as a reseller. Terk Technologies is a consumer radio and TV antenna company.

Also on the radio consumer side is inductee John Shalam, founder of after-market car radio company Audiovox Corp. Shalam, an Egyptian immigrant as a child said of his career, “America provides so many opportunities that if you want to work hard, you can better yourself.”

Other inductees include former FCC Chairman Richard Wiley. He along with inductee Dr. Joseph Flaherty of CBS were instrumental in the development of HDTV. Also in this class is Apple’s founder Steve Jobs, whose inclusion needs little explanation when it comes to consumer electronics.

Read the bios of the recipients.