National Radio Hall of Fame
The National Radio Hall of Fame is a project of Bruce DuMont, CEO of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, and is described as a museum dedicated to recognizing those who have contributed to the development of the radio medium throughout its history in the United States. The Hall of Fame is slated to be housed in a wing of the Museum of Broadcast Communications building.
Inductees to the museum are nominated by the National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum Steering Committee (NRHOFSC), the members of which are appointed by the President of the MBC, Bruce Dumont. The Steering Committee recommends nominations in the following categories:
- Pioneer Network or Syndicated
- Active Network or Syndicated
- Pioneer Local or Regional
- Active Local or Regional
The NRHOFSC has the option to select a fifth inductee each year for non-air contributions, as well as selecting posthumous inductees for the hall of fame. The non-air recognition can be for distinguished lifetime achievement in production, management, manufacturing or technology. The NRHOFSC may also make additional inductions that they deem appropriate and in the best interests of the National Radio Hall of Fame.
- See footnote
National Pioneer: A broadcaster who has given no less than 10 years of service to the radio industry and has been recognized as a leader in developing or improving radio programming at the national level.
National Active: An active broadcaster who has made no less than 10 years of significant contributions to the industry on a national level.
Local or Regional Pioneer: A broadcaster who has made no less than a 20-year contribution to the radio industry and has distinguished him or herself at the local and/or regional level.
Local or Regional Active: An active broadcaster who has made no less than a 20-year contribution to the radio industry and has distinguished him or herself at the local and/or regional level.
The online public selection of Focus on the Family in 2008 caused some gay rights leaders to protest the induction ceremony in Chicago on November 8, 2008.
Howard Stern, one of the most highly rated and visible figures in radio in the last 30 years, has been vocally critical of the organization, and has regularly made the organization a focus of jokes. He lampoons the fact that the entire nomination and selection process appears to be controlled by one man, Bruce DuMont, who is also the sole authority appointing the selection panel for the selection process. Stern has stated he would reject any offer to join, and further said "There is no Radio Hall of Fame. It's just a guy in his basement giving out awards. His name is Bruce DuMont and he has nothing to do with radio other than the fact that his family made radios years ago." On June 28, 2012, columnist Robert Feder reported that the "most conspicuous and embarrassing omission to the Radio Hall of Fame finally will be corrected this fall when Howard Stern" is inducted. Stern was inducted in 2012.
- For list of inductees by induction year, see footnote
- For list of inductees by category, see footnote
- NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame
- American Museum of Radio and Electricity
- Museum of Radio and Technology
- "2011 RHoF Induction Ceremony photos". National Radio Hall of Fame Web site. Retrieved 21 December 2011.
- Selection Process. National Radio Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Isaacs, Deanna (31 July 2008). "Anyone but Him: Gay activists fight James Dobson's induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame". Chicago Reader. Retrieved 11 August 2009.
- "Howard Stern comments on Radio Hall of Fame". 14 June 2010. Retrieved 19 October 2011.
- Feder, Robert (28 June 2012). "Radio Hall of Fame finally bows to Howard Stern". Time Out Chicago. Retrieved 16 July 2012.
- Inductees by Year. National Radio Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2011-09-07.
- Inductees by Category. National Radio Hall of Fame official website. Retrieved 2011-09-07.