National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees 2013: List Includes Two of Chicago's Own

Steve Dahl

Steve Dahl

Garry Meier

Garry Meier

The National Radio Hall of Fame Inductees for 2013 were announced today. The Class of 2013 includes two of Chicago's long-time popular radio personalities Steve Dahl and Garry Meier along with six others from across the country.

The legendary Dahl/Meier twosome, credited with changing the landscape of radio in Chicago and the nation by pushing the envelope as far as possible, came to life in March 1979. At that time Dahl was doing the morning show at WLUP-FM while Garry Meier was working nights spinning records at the station.  The two began a cross talk that became so popular that Meier was teamed with Dahl in the mornings as both sidekick and reporter.

The duo moved to WLS-AM/FM for five years, then returned to the WLUP-AM in 1986, and came full circle September 1993, moving back to WLUP-FM. They became the most talked about radio team in the city’s history, representing a generation and ushering in a new era of radio.  Each continues to work in  broadcast in separate careers.

The induction ceremony for the National Radio Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 will take place in a black-tie ceremony on Saturday, November 9 at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications to be hosted by broadcast icon Larry King.  Jim Bohannon of Dial Global Networks will be the announcer for the ceremony and broadcast. Tickets to the black-tie gala are available online.  Individual tickets are $350.

Other inductees into the National Radio Hall of Fame include:

  • Blair Garner, a Nashville country music veteran with a national following.  Garner hosts the highly acclaimed Country radio show “After MidNite,” a six-hour program nationally syndicated by Premiere Radio Networks that airs on approximately 230 affiliates.
  • John Lanigan a popular Cleveland radio personality who came to WGAR 1220 AM to replace Don Imus in the 1970’s.  In 1985, he went to work at WMJI where his highly rated morning program “Lanigan & Malone Show" has remained intact ever since.
  • Paul W. Smith, Detroit, is the radio news talk show host at WJR-AM and has been with WJR since July 1996.  He has been a regular fill-in on "The Rush Limbaugh Show," "The Sean Hannity Show" and more.
  • Eddie “Piolín” Sotelo, Los Angeles show, "Piolín por la Mañana," runs weekday mornings on KSCA in Southern California.  The LA Times once ranked Sotelo among the 100 most powerful people in Southern California.  His show, broadcast entirely in Spanish for a Spanish speaking audience, is one of the most popular radio shows in Los Angeles and is nationally syndicated by Univision Radio. Sotelo, can also be heard locally in Chicago where he has been the morning drive personality on Univision Radio's WOJO for the past 10 years.
  • Charley Steiner, Los Angeles, began his professional broadcasting career in 1969 at WIRL-AM/Peoria, Illinois.  Before landing his current play-by-play job with the Los Angeles Dodgers, Steiner broadcast three years for the New York Yankees. Prior to his seasons with the Yankees, Steiner spent 14 years at ESPN, where he anchored SportsCenter and did Major League Baseball play-by-play on both ESPN Radio and Television.
  • Powel Crosley Jr. (posthumous), Cincinnati & Sarasota. In the 1920’s, Powel Crosley purchased a booklet titled "The A.B.C. of Radio," after his son asked for a radio and he discovered it was $100.  Powel and his son eventually built their own radio and soon Crosley was manufacturing radios and its components. By 1924, Crosley Radio Corporation was the largest radio manufacturer in the world—with the slogan "You’re There With A Crosley" used in all advertising.

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