Ten New ‘Legends’ Get Radio Hall of Fame Induction


CHICAGO — The Museum of Broadcast Communications has unveiled the selection of 10 new “Legends” inductees into the RADIO HALL OF FAME for 2022.

This, the museum says, recognizes the talents and efforts of air personalities, programmers and operators who contributed with greatness to the radio industry and have since passed away.

The following 10 radio legends take their place in the Radio Hall of Fame immediately:

  • Doug Banks- Nationally syndicated on-air personality;
  • James Brown- Legendary singer, to be inducted as a radio station owner of WJBE in Knoxville
  • Bob Coburn- Host of the syndicated Rockline show
  • Chick Hearn- Play-by-play announcer/voice of the Los Angeles Lakers
  • Bernice Judis- Owner and General Manager, WNEW-AM in New York from the 1930s through the 1950s
  • Sid Mark- Host of syndicated program Sounds of Sinatra for 60+ years
  • Bobby O’Jay- on-air personality, WDIA-AM/Memphis (post-humously)
  • Pervis Spann- On-air personality, WVON-AM/Chicago
  • Jim Thompson- Group W Broadcasting President and President of the Broadcasters Foundation (post-humously)
  • Rosalie Trombley- Music Director of CKLW-AM/Detroit in the 1960s–1970s (post-humously)

Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame, said, “The Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our 100+ year old industry. I’m thrilled to see the Nominating Committee confirm the induction of these 10 individuals who each made such an impact on our industry in their time.”

Dennis Green, Co-Chairman of the Hall, added, “We are proud to honor these legendary figures who made an indelible impact on the radio industry. Their legacy lives on as Radio Hall of Fame inductees of this year’s Legends class.”

The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees at the in-person 2022 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 1 at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Acqua Hotel. T

The Radio Hall of Fame was founded by the Emerson Radio Corporation in 1988. The Museum of Broadcast Communications took over operations in 1991.