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National Radio Hall of Fame to Induct Class of 2012

Seven Deejays and Hosts Who Left Their Mark

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Ron Chapman, Radio Personality

Ron Chapman, Radio Personality

The National Radio Hall of Fame is set to induct a new class of nominees this Saturday evening in Chicago. They include Gary Burbank, Ron Chapman, Terry Gross, Luther Masingill, Art Laboe, Jack L. Cooper, and Howard Stern.

The selection for this year's inductees was made by the 23 member National Radio Hall of Fame Steering Committee.

The selections were announced earlier this year on June 29.

This Year's Event

The official induction will take place this Saturday (11/10/12) at the New Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N. State Street, Chicago beginning at 6 p.m. Festivities will include a reception, dinner and live broadcast hosted by Geraldo Rivera, a Fox News commentator and host of the syndicated radio program Geraldo, which originates on WABC-AM/New York and is syndicated through Cumulus Media Network.

Special presenters at this year's ceremony include:

Jim Bohanon, host of America in the Morning,
Johnny Bench, Baseball Hall of Fame,
Ralph Emery, Radio Hall of Fame inductee and
Herb Kent, Radio Hall of Fame inductee.

The Class of 2012

Gary Burbank - A beloved Cincinnati radio personality who made his name at WLW-AM where he worked from 1981 until December 21, 2007 when he retired. Burbank is known for his many popular characters including Earl Pitts, Gilbert Gnarley, Eunice and Bernice, and the Right Reverend Deuteronomy Skaggs.
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Ron Chapman - Chapman started at KLIF in 1959 where he was part of "Murphy and Harrigan". He later teamed up with Jack Woods to form the first "Charlie and Harrigan" team. He later went to KVIL in 1968 where he remained for 32 years. Ron Chapman was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.
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Terry Gross - Terry Gross began her career at WBFO/Buffalo in 1973. Two years later she joined WHYY/Philadelphia and began hosting an interview program called Fresh Air. It soon went daily and began syndication by NPR in 1985.
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