Radio listeners nationwide have the opportunity to vote for their favorite on-air personalities in two categories—Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word Format On-Air Personality—for this November’s Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Voting takes place July 15-28, with inductees announced Aug. 5.
In all, the Radio Hall Of Fame has 24 nominees competing for its Class of 2019 at this fall’s induction ceremony. Voting began Wednesday (June 10) in four categories among a voting participant panel of 1,000 industry pros. Nominees were determined by the organization’s Nominating Committee, as Inside Radio reported.
Nominees for Music Format On-Air Personality are Hollywood Hamilton, Lon Helton, The Mark and Brian Show (no longer on the air) and Ryan Seacrest. For Spoken Word Format On-Air Personality, nominees are Joe Madison, Scott Slade, Stephanie Miller and Suzyn Waldman. From 6am on the 15th through midnight July 28, listeners can vote for one personality in each category online HERE and via text to 877-370-VOTE (8683).
Radio Hall of Fame personalities typically get creative in mobilizing their fans to vote for them—whether talking up their “so lucky to be nominated” status on-air or through “don’t forget to vote for me here” on social media.
Meanwhile, there is a change in the process for this year’s Hall of Fame: Inductees in those two categories are determined by the public as well as the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. The outcome of the listener tally counts as a single vote among the committee votes. All the same, Chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame Kraig Kitchin says it is an engaging variable of the awards: “Listener engagement is an important part of this process as they’re given an opportunity to directly support their favorite on-air personality.”
Returning sponsors of the 31st-annual Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony include The Mix Group and V Creative. The event honors notable radio personalities and showcases their accomplishments in the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications. Each year, 24 nominations in six categories are determined by the organization’s Nominating Committee, which is composed of 23 industry leaders.