PHIL HARRIS Nominated for Radio Hall Of Fame Award


CHICAGO, IL -- The late big bandleader Phil Harris is among this year's National Radio Hall of Fame nominees. Harris has been nominated for the "NETWORK OR SYNDICATED - PIONEER" category.

Born in 1904, Phil Harris is best known for his work with Jack Benny and his marriage to Alice Faye.

"Radio speaks with many voices and reaches many audiences because of its diverse talent spectrum," Radio Hall of Fame President, Bruce DuMont said. "Our 2004 nominees represent that diverse talent spectrum," he added.

Winners in each of the following categories will be inducted during a national radio broadcast from Chicago's Renaissance Hotel Saturday, November 6. Premiere Radio Networks will produce and distribute the broadcast.


The 2004 nominees are:

NETWORK OR SYNDICATED - ACTIVE
Bob Brinker, host of Money Talk, ABC Radio's financial advice program
Bob Edwards, veteran anchor of National Public Radio's Morning Edition
Dr. Laura Schlessinger, Premiere Radio Networks' relationship advisor
Howard Stern, outspoken personality who has changed radio's landscape

NETWORK OR SYNDICATED - PIONEER
Gang Busters, law enforcement reality series created by Phillips Lord and
hosted by Col. H. Norman Schwarzkopf
The Great Gildersleeve, comedy series that starred Harold Peary and
Willard Waterman along with a strong cast
The Phil Harris/Alice Faye Show (deceased), the husband and wife comedy
team that portrayed a zany egotistical bandleader and his film star wife
Walter Winchell (deceased), one of radio's most influential commentators
in the '30s and '40s, who pioneered celebrity journalism for CBS and
eventually ABC

LOCAL OR REGIONAL - ACTIVE
Marty Brennaman, "voice of the Cincinnati Reds" on WLW/Cincinnati since
1974
Bob Grant, controversial talk show pioneer of WOR/New York
Dick Purtan, veteran morning voice on Oldies 104.3 WOMC/Detroit
Preston Westmoreland, long-time afternoon personality on KTAR/Phoenix

LOCAL OR REGIONAL - PIONEER
Dan Ingram, rock radio pioneer on WABC/New York and eventually on WCBS-FM
Larry Lujack, edgy rock jock who shook up WLS/Chicago and now WRLL-AM
Rick Shaw, Miami's "Dean of Rock & Roll" for 40 years on WQAM and now
WMXJ
Jean Shepherd (deceased), radio humorist and master storyteller on
WOR/New York

Ballots will be mailed in mid-May to radio executives, broadcast historians and all RHOF members. The voting deadline is August 1.

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