MEET THE CLASS OF 2019
The votes have been counted and - as determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee - this year’s inductees have been announced. Congratulations to the Class of 2019, listed below in alphabetical order, who will be honored this Fall at the 31st Annual Induction Ceremony in New York City.
"Hollywood" Hamilton's radio career has spanned more than 40 years, making him one of the most recognized names in radio from coast-to-coast, with great success in New York City, Los Angeles, Tampa, Las Vegas and Reno.
Today, “Weekend Top 30 with Hollywood Hamilton” and “Remix Top 30” can be heard on 140 radio stations each weekend.
Hollywood Hamilton can also be heard in the highly rated 3-7pm shift on WKTU-FM in New York City.
Harry Harrison has been a popular radio personality, primarily in New York City, for over 50 years.
Harrison is the only DJ to be a WMCA "Good Guy," a WABC "All-American," and a morning show host on WCBS-FM for many years. In 2003, after a 44-year career in New York radio, Harrison left WCBS-FM, saying "I am not retiring." His farewell to his loyal radio audience was held before a live audience at the Museum of Television and Radio in New York City. Harrison returned later that decade to WCBS FM, again, with a weekend program featuring the The Beatles music.
Harrison’s nearly 50 years of NYC radio was preceded by stints in both Chicago and Peoria before making his way to WMCA.
Kevin & Bean
Kevin and Bean have been the hosts of Entercom’s World Famous KROQ in Los Angeles for 30 years, making it one of the longest running morning shows in the country.
Over the years, Kevin and Bean’s program has included personalities including Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew. Gene “Bean” Baxter will call this, his 30th year with KROQ, his last as he takes on the new adventure of moving overseas to the UK at the end of the year. Kevin Ryder, who has also been with the iconic show for 30 years, will continue the KROQ tradition of being one of the most influential alternative stations in the US.
They were inducted into the NAB Hall of Fame in 2015.
Known as “The Black Eagle”, Joe Madison is a legendary voice in radio and a recognized human and civil rights activist.
Joe began his storied talk radio career at WXYZ-AM/WXYT-AM in Detroit – then continued his broadcast journey to FM talk station WWDB in Philadelphia. Joe moved on to Washington DC, working on both WRC-AM and WOL-AM, and ultimately Sirius XM’s Urban View Channel each weekday.
On his daily morning program, Joe demands action against injustice and challenges his audience with an important question: “What are you going to do about it?”
Jim Rome is one of the leading opinion-makers of his generation.
Best known for his aggressive, informed, rapid-fire dialogue, Rome has established himself as the top choice of athletes and fans for sports news and commentary beyond the scoreboard. Jim Rome’s radio career includes a self-titled three hour daily syndicated program now in its 23rd year of distribution, via CBS Sports Radio since 2013, and prior to that, with Premiere Networks from 1996-2012.
Rome is also a commentator on “NFL on CBS”. The program was created on XTRA–AM, “The Mighty 690, in 1992.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Dr. Ruth is best known to radio audiences for her Sunday night self-titled program that helped revolutionize talk about sex and sexuality, which aired on hundreds of radio stations between 1984 and 1990, distributed by NBC Radio.
Dr. Ruth Westheimer’s media career began in 1980 when her radio show, “Sexually Speaking,” debuted on WYNY-FM in New York City, and by 1983, her show was the top-rated show heard in the nation’s largest radio market. She was born in Germany, and lived in Switzerland, Israel and France before becoming an American citizen in the 1960’s, the same time period of which she earned her doctorate at Columbia University.
She was a professor before joining WYNY-FM and making her Sunday night debut.
Ryan Seacrest holds preeminent positions in nationally syndicated and local radio and in broadcast and cable television. He is host of "On Air with Ryan Seacrest," his market-topping #1 nationally syndicated LA morning drive-time show for 102.7 KIIS-FM, as well as the nationally-syndicated “On Air with Ryan Seacrest,” “American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest,” and the weekday vignette “Direct from Hollywood”. He received the 2011 NAB Marconi Award for “Network Syndicated Personality of the Year”.
Dedicated to inspiring today’s youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives, he serves as chairman of the Ryan Seacrest Foundation, which has opened more than ten broadcast media centers – Seacrest Studios – in pediatric hospitals in cities across the country.
For the past 15 years, John Tesh’s dreams have branched out to his syndicated radio show “Intelligence For Your Life,” reaching 8.2 million listeners per week across the U.S., Canada and the U.K.
The award-winning daily and weekly show he calls “purpose driven radio”, inspired the trademarks and use in three more categories in their “Intelligence for....” family.
“Intelligence for Your Health,” “Intelligence for Your Pets” and “Intelligence for Your Love Life” have been added to Tesh's core brand, and have developed into stand-alone content-rich websites with products designed around the “Intelligence” Tesh and his staff have gathered in the 15 years since they launched the show.