Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame to Induct Second Class in May

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• March 21, 2013

tennessee radio hall of fame1The second class of the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame will be inducted on May 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro, Tenn.

Career Category:

Tommy Jett, “The Tommy Jett Good Time Oldies Rock and Roll Variety Show”
Charlie Chase, co-host of “Crook & Chase.”
Pat Sajak, former WSM-AM personality and host of Wheel of Fortune.
Rick Dees, disc jockey, television host who had a hit song with “Disco Duck.”
George Klein, disc jockey, television host and longtime friend to Elvis Presley. Current host of Elvis Radio on SiriusXM and on the George Klein Original Elvis Hour on WKQK-FM.
Bob McKay, station owner from Columbia, Tenn.
Les Acree, radio pioneer and mentor to many in the industry.

Legacy Category:

Rufus Thomas, R&B broadcaster and a recording star himself with hits like “Walkin’ the Dog” and “(Do the) Push and Pull.”
Drue Smith, a Chattanooga native who wrote for both the Chattanooga papers before spending several decades reporting the news on radio stations across the state.
Coyote McCloud, known as “Bill Scott” while working at WGOW in the early ’70s, went on to superstardom in Nashville, and was dubbed by CBS “America’s 1st shock jock.”
George Mooney, owned a number of stations in Tennessee and was also involved in the Tennessee Volunteer Network.
Allen Dennis, whose four-decade radio career started at WRIP in Chattanooga. He spent much of his career in Nashville.
Dewey Phillips, The longtime Memphis DJ was the very first to ever play anything by Elvis, “That’s All Right Mama.”
Luke Medley, Cookville, Tenn., WHUB.
Noel Ball, a Top 40 DJ in Nashville who also did a lot of TV work.
Tennessee Ernie Ford, best known for singing the hit “Sixteen Tons,” he began his career in radio in Bristol, Tenn.

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