The late President Ronald Reagan leads the 2011 National Radio Hall of Fame 2011 class. Scheduled for induction in Chicago on Nov. 5, Reagan will be joined by pioneering sportscaster Graham McNamee and CBS and NBC radio newsman H.V. Kaltenborn.
From the programming side, famed and iconic programs “The Great Gildersleeve,” “Gangbusters” and “Suspense” along with the country music talent show “WLS National Barn Dance” will also be inducted. “Barn Dance” was considered a precursor to the “Grand Ole Opry,” and launched many music careers.
Chairman of the NRHOF Steering Committee Bruce DuMont said: “Many of the stars and shows that defined the medium in its infancy have been unfortunately overlooked in public balloting. This year, as we move into our new home, the committee wanted to be sure to recognize the pioneers that time passed by but whose accomplishments must not be forgotten.”
Premiere Radio Networks will produce and distribute a national broadcast of the ceremonies, hosted by NRHOF inductee Jim Bohannon.