Three big personalities from Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles have been selected for posthumous induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
They are Jess Cain, WHDH(AM); Bob Collins, WGN(AM), Chicago; and Dick Whittinghill, KMPC(AM), Los Angeles.
Cain was talk show host on Boston’s WHDH. He began as an actor and appeared in more than 20 plays before and during his radio career. The morning man, who passed away in February 2008, was on the air for 34 years.
Collins (“Uncle Bobby”) was a morning show host on WGN in Chicago from 1986 until his death in 2000. The Florida native had a regular afternoon show at age14, and spent time at stations in Milwaukee, Los Angeles, San Diego and Miami before WGN.
Whittinghill began his career as a movie and television actor, as well as a recording artist who once sang with Tommy Dorsey’s band. From 1950 to 1979, he was a morning disc jockey in at KMPC in Los Angeles. He has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and a statue in the Hollywood Wax Museum. Whittinghill died in 2001.
The inductions will take place during a live national radio broadcast from The Renaissance Chicago Hotel on Saturday, Nov. 8. Westwood One will produce and distribute the one-hour broadcast at 10 p.m. EST.
The National Radio Hall of Fame also announced its 2008 nominees in four other categories who must now participate in a national online balloting process. The nominees for the NRHOF are Bob Costas, host of “Costas on the Radio”; Dr. James Dobson’s “Focus on the Family”; Dr. Laura Schlesslinger; and Howard Stern, for the category of National—Active; Art Bell, “Coast to Coast AM”; Ralph Emery, WSM(AM), Nashville; “Gang Busters,” the 1930s law enforcement series hosted by Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf; and Barry Farber, a national host on ABC, for the category of National—Pioneer; Howie Carr, WRKO(AM), Boston; Steve Dahl, WJMK(FM), Chicago; Bob Grant, WABC(AM), New York; and Ronn Owens, KGO(AM), San Francisco, for the category of Local or Regional—Active; and Gary Burbank, WLW(AM), Cincinnati; Harry Kalas, the voice of the Philadelphia Phillies; KROQ(AM)’s Charlie Tuna; and Jim Zabel, WHO(AM), Des Moines, for the category of Local or Regional Pioneer.