Barry and daughter Bibi en route to the Induction ceremony, Los Angeles November 2014
CHICAGO — The National Radio Hall of Fame(NRHOF) has announced its seven inductees for 2014. The black-tie ceremony, hosted by Premiere Networks personality Delilah, the most-listened-to woman on radio in America, will take
place Sunday, November 9, in Los Angeles. It will mark the first time the induction ceremony has taken place outside of Chicago.
Premiere Networks will produce and distribute the broadcast in association
with the Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC).
“The National Radio Hall of Fame is taking the show on the road this year,” said
MBC Founder and President Bruce DuMont in making the announcement. “There
are many Radio Hall of Famers living in southern California and several 2014 inductees, so it seems like a great time to try something different, and it will
be good to do the show live once again.” al foFAme is taken the show on theroad in 2014 , Jim Bohannon of Westwood One will reprise his role as the broadcast’s announcer.
The Class of 2014 includes a dynamic, trendsetting team that changed the
radio landscape from San Diego; a longtime, legendary New York talk-show
host who’s still talking; one of baseball’s most respected sportscasters
a leading lady of the golden age of radio drama; a great writer and one
of the most creative man in the history of radio advertising; one of
public radio’s most popular programs; and a visionary who helped define broadcasting in Minnesota.
The seven new inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame are:
Charlie & Harrigan
Charlie Brown, a.k.a. Jack Woods, and Irv Harrigan, a.k.a. Paul Menard,
were first paired in 1966 at KLIF/Dallas before moving on to ratings success in Cleveland, Houston, and both KFMB and KCBQ in San Diego, where the duo
invented “reconstructed syndication,” a way to spread their local success to more than 40 affiliates in both large and small markets across the country. Using specially tailored audiotapes delivered via UPS that included time checks, weather, and local information and references, listeners in every single city were sure that Charlie & Harrigan were just down the street.
Born in Baltimore in 1930 and raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, Farber began
his radio career in the ’50s when he joined WNBC/New York as producer of Tex and Jinx. In 1960 he launched Barry Farber’s Open Mike at WINS, and two years later he began a 15-year association with WOR. In 1977 Farber left WOR to run for mayor of New York but returned to the microphone the following year for a decade-plus run at WMCA. In 1990 he went national as part of the ABC Radio Network, and since 2008 Farber h h as been heard on CRN Digital Talk Radio.
Stanley E. Hubbard
A true radio pioneer and visionary, Hubbard is the founder of one of the most successful companies in broadcasting history, Hubbard Broadcasting. He launched his first station, WAMD/Minneapolis, in 1923, airing the popular dance show Where All Minneapolis Dances. But his first love was news: in 1924 he started what was likely the first regularly scheduled daily news broadcast (6:00 every night) in radio history. Always an innovator, Hubbard was the first broadcaster ever to go on the air with the intention of surviving solely from advertising sales. His legacy has lived on through several generations of family leadership that have followed his pioneering spirit.
Miller has been “the voice of the San Francisco Giants” on KNBR since 1997. After brief stops in Oakland, Texas, and Boston, Miller signed with the Baltimore Orioles for play-by-play duties in 1983 at WFBR (and, later, WBAL). He stayed in Baltimore
through the 1996 season, and while there began a two-decade run with ESPN, from anchoring Sunday Night Baseball on TV starting in 1990 to covering 13 consecutive World Series for ESPN Radio. He was at the microphone when Cal Ripken Jr. set the record for consecutive games played and when Barry Bonds hit his 756th home run. In 2010 Miller entered the broadcasters’ wing of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.
Agnes Moorehead (posthumous)
Born in 1900, Moorehead began her career as a singer on KMOX/St. Louis. In the 1930s she moved to New York, and by 1935 was one of radio’s busiest and most versatile actresses. Moorehead epitomized the golden age of radio drama, becoming the first actor to play Margo Lane on The Shadow and Mrs. Brown on The Aldrich Family, and she was an original ensemble member of Orson Welles’s The Mercury Theatre on the Air. During the 1940s she costarred with Lionel Barrymore in Mayor of the Town and became “the First Lady of Suspense” by appearing in more than 25 episodes of the long-running series. Television brought her more fame through her role as Endora on Bewitched before she passed away on April 30, 1974.
Born in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, in 1933, Orkin was 16 when he launched his radio career at WKOK/Sunbury. After attending the Yale School of Drama, he returned to Pennsylvania as news director at WLAN/Lancaster, then joined KYW/Cleveland. In 1967 he was off to WCFL/Chicago, where he created Chickenman, which chronicled the comic exploits of a mild-mannered shoe salesman turned crime-fighter; the longest-running radio serial of all time, its 195 episodes have been syndicated worldwide. Since 1978 Orkin has created commercials for radio through his own production company, the California-based Radio Ranch.
This American Life with Ira Glass
The Wall Street Journal has called This American Life “a forum for highly personal
yet idiosyncratic stories” that range from the humorous to the heartbreaking, while the program’s own website calls it “a documentary show for people who normally hate documentaries.” Host and producer Ira Glass launched This American Life in November 1995 as Your Radio Playhouse on WBEZ/Chicago; four months later it was retitled This American Life, and by the summer of ’96 it had been picked up for national syndication. Glass and his staff moved the program to New York in 2007. This American Life focuses on reporting stories with a depth that Glass has described as “funny and sad, personal and sort of epic at the same time.” It has won two George Foster Peabody Awards.
The 2014 NRHOF induction-ceremony broadcast will also honor the women of the National Radio Hall of Fame: actors Eve Arden (Our Miss Brooks), Virginia Payne (Ma Perkins), Shirley Bell(Little Orphan Annie), and Virginia Clark and Julie Stevens (The Romance of Helen Trent); comedians Gracie Allenand Jane Ace; triple threats Marian Jordan (Fibber McGee and Molly) and Gertrude Berg (The Goldbergs), who created, wrote, and starred in their own hit shows; behind-the-scenes players like producer Lynne “Angel” Harveyand executive Cathy Hughes; journalists Ann Compton (ABC News) and Susan Stamberg (NPR); interviewer Terry Gross (Fresh Air); singer and national icon Kate Smith; urban-radio personality Wendy Williams; Chicago disc jockeys Yvonne Daniels and Terri Hemmert; and jazz great Marian McPartland.
Nationally syndicated by Premiere Networks, Delilah’s soothing voice, open heart and love of music attracts millions of listeners, making her the most-listened-to woman on radio in the U.S. The top-rated show broadcasts daily from 7 p.m. to midnight in all time zones and features Delilah’s distinctive blend of storytelling, sympathetic listening and encouragement – all scored with adult contemporary music. Delilah celebrated the 25-year anniversary of her nighttime radio program in 2011, and she was honored at the 2012 Alliance of Women in Media Annual Gracie Awards Gala where she took home the trophy for “Outstanding Host – Entertainment/ Information.” Often referred to as the “Oprah of Radio,” Delilah is also the author of three books, including her most-recent work Arms Full of Love. Published by Harlequin Books, it features a poignant and emotional collection of heartfelt listener stories and Delilah’s own tales that demonstrate the importance of family. Please visit www.Delilah.com for more information.
Further details concerning the 2014 NRHOF induction ceremony are pending.
By Jim Meyers | Monday, 10 November 2014 03:29 PM
Legendary conservative talk radio host Barry Farber on Sunday crowned a long and highly acclaimed career when he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
"I would rather burn out than rust out," Farber, who is still on the air at age 84, said on his show on the Friday before the induction ceremony in Los Angeles. "I am one of those who will not retire."
He told the Greensboro (N.C.) News & Record that the honor was "such a happy surprise."
Born in Baltimore, Farber relocated with his family to Greensboro at age 5 and moved to New York City after college to pursue a career in the media.
He joined WRCA/New York City as a producer for an interview show, and in 1960 debuted on "Barry Farber's Open Mike" on WINS/New York. Two years later he began a 15-year career on WOR/New York as an evening and overnight host.
He left in 1977 to run for New York City mayor on the Conservative Party ticket, but returned to radio the following year to begin a decade-long run at WMCA/New York.
In 1990, the show went national as part of the ABC Radio Network.
Since 2008, Farber has hosted "The Barry Farber Show" on CRN Digital Talk Radio and Talk Radio Network. His one-hour show goes on the air each weekday evening at 8 p.m., with Farber broadcasting from his apartment in Manhattan. The show also airs on satellite, cable television and the Internet.
Farber is also an author and linguist — he translated Russian for the U.S. Army during the Korean War, and wrote the 1991 book "How to Learn Any Language."
In 2002, Farber was named No. 9 on Talkers Magazine's list of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts of all time.
In 2012, he was honored with the Talkers Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.
Mark Masters, CEO of Talk Radio Network, said at the time that Farber "brings meaning to what otherwise would be information through the art of storytelling. Barry transports the listener to places no other medium can take them, painting memorable images with a gentle Southern accent. He is one of a kind."
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By Dawn DeCwikielKane Nov.9 2014
GREENSBORO— When Barry Farber moved from Greensboro to New York in 1957, he aimed for a job with a newspaper or magazine.
"I didn't think that radio or television would be welcoming to a Southern accent," Farber recalls.
As it turned out, his Southern accent and his accompanying gentility didn't hurt. He found work as a radio producer, then as a talk show host.
More than five decades later, Farber hasn't left the airwaves yet — except during a brief unsuccessful run for New York City mayor in 1977.
Today, the talk radio pioneer will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Farber, 84, flew to Los Angeles on Saturday to attend the ceremony with his daughter, Bibi.
"I had no idea that I was being watched or measured, and that's why it's such a happy surprise," he said Friday from his apartment on New York's Upper West Side.
Each weekday at 8 p.m., Farber broadcasts his hourlong conservative talk show from his apartment on CRN Digital Talk Radio, which airs not only on radio but on satellite, cable television and the internet. His wife, former New York TV news reporter Sara Pentz, often joins him on the show, where he talks primarily about politics.
He writes a weekly column for the World Net
Daily website at www.wnd.com.
He's also an author and a linguist — he translated Russian for the U.S. Army during the Korean War — who has studied more than 25 languages and wrote the 1991 book, "How to Learn Any Language." He founded the Language Club in New York City.
Born in Baltimore, Md., Farber considers Greensboro his hometown. He moved here at age 5 when his father's clothing manufacturing business took the family south.
He remembers watching radio station WBIG broadcast from its former location in the old O. Henry Hotel at North Elm and Bellemeade streets.
"Like printer's ink gets in your blood, I guess radio waves do, too," he said.
After graduating from Greensboro Senior High School, now Grimsley, in 1948, he studied journalism at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he served as editor of the Daily Tar Heel.
In New York, a college connection and stroke of luck got him into radio. He was driving down Madison Avenue when he saw a minor bus accident. Among its passengers was a buddy from his college wrestling days. He told his friend of his quest for a job. “The next thing you know, I was gainfully employed as a radio producer, not having spent one day in radio,” Farber said.
He joined WRCA/New York City as a producer for Tex McCrary and Jinx Falkenburg's interview show.
In 1960, he debuted “Barry Farber's Open Mike” on WINS/New York. Two years later, he began a 15-year association with WOR/New York as an evening and overnight host. He left in 1977 to run for mayor, but returned to radio the following year for a decade-long run at WMCA/ New York.
In 1990, Farber's show went national as part of the ABC Radio network. He later tried his hand at syndication behind the scenes as a co-founder of the independent network Daynet.
Farber was named 1991 “Talk Show Host of the Year” by National Association of Radio Talk Show Hosts.
Since 2008, “The Barry Farber Show” has been on CRN Digital Talk Radio and Talk Radio Network.
Farber hasn't visited Greensboro much in recent years. He spoke at his high school class reunions in 1993 and 1998, and attended the funeral of his high school wrestling coach, Weddie Huffman, in 2002.
But he stays in touch with longtime friends Leonard and Rita Guyes and Erwin and Sandy Goldman.
And he still enjoys his work.
On Friday, his daughters Bibi and Celia, a journalist, turned the tables and interviewed him on his show.
“I would rather burn out than rust out,” Farber said. “I am one of those who will not retire.”
Contact Dawn DeCwikiel- Kane at (336) 373-5204, and follow @dawndkaneNR on Twitter.