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WXRT Chicago DJ Goes Into Radio Hall Of Fame

Posted by John on August 5th, 2010

One of our favorite “rock jocks” has been voted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.  Chicago rock radio icon Terri Hemmert of WXRT will be among this year’s inductees in the National Radio Hall of Fame. Along with Terri’s induction will be NPR’s deep-voiced veteran Carl Kasell and Sam Phillips, owner of radio stations and Sun Records and the man credited with discovering Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash.

Terri Hemmert has been heard on Triple A/Adult Rock WXRT (93.1 FM) for 37 years.  That’s an unheard of long journey at one radio station in addition to the longevity in the radio business.  Even Carl Kasell hasn’t been at NPR as long (35 years).

Terri has been featured in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “Rock and Radio” exhibit in Cleveland.  She has a passion for and deep knowledge of the Beatles and hosts “Breakfast With The Beatles” on 93XRT.  Terri made Chicago radio history in 1981 when she became the city’s first female morning drive personality. She’s been on WXRT in middays since 1992, currently heard 10am to 1pm.

Congratulations Terri.  You’re a first-class broadcaster as friendly and personable off the air as you are on the air.  Read, hear and watch the WXRT tribute page to Terri.

Once again, voters snubbed two of America’s pioneering shock jocks, Howard Stern and Steve Dahl.  Stern has consistently opposed having anything to do with the hall of fame, brutally mocking it as insignificant and begging his listeners not to vote for him.

Administered by Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, the Radio Hall of Fame has inducted more than 165 broadcasters and programs since its inception. Voting was open to the public online from June 14 to August 1.  Winners will be inducted November 6 during a live national radio broadcast from Chicago.

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