[Plays Fanfare #1]
From Chicago! It's the 1997 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony! Radio's biggest
stars on radio's biggest night!
["Of Thee I Sing" up full/Under at measure 5---playing first ending
and repeat, if necessary]
the Radio Hall of Fame inducts actor William Conrad...
music host Karl Haas...
Lynne "Angel" Harvey...
disk-jockey Murray "the K" Kaufman.
our awards tonight are radio, screen and television star June Lockhart...
Bury and Bob Callahan from ABC...
concert flutist James Galway...
Herb Kent, the "Cool Gent"...
[stops playing "Of Thee I Sing"...immediate segue to tympani roll
now---our host for the evening! From Westwood One, the "King of the
Countdowns"---Ladies and Gentlemen, Casey Kasem!
[Plays "Of Thee I Sing" coda]
Thank you Al Parker. And good evening, ladies and gentlemen.
the next hour, we'll induct five new members into the Radio Hall of Fame. This
is the nation's only radio hall of fame---and each year it honors broadcasters
on both sides of the mike who've made significant contributions to radio's
past and present.
also take you back to radio's earliest days---as we do right now.
See if you can guess whose voice this is...
Voice of Calvin Coolidge: "My fellow conntrymen, no one can contemplate
That's the voice of President Calvin Coolidge...giving his second inaugural address
on March 4th, 1925, 1925. The president's voice was broadcast as far west as the
Rockies that day. It was radio's greatest technical feat to date.
President Coolidge was already well aware of radio's power. For
the previous year, the presidential household, rent asunder by the call of nature,
had been made whole...thanks to radio!
[Plays "March of Time Bridge"]
Coolidge had a cat named Tiger. Tiger was a tomcat. He was large, orange--- with
black vertical stripes.
the president would call, "Here, Tige!" Tiger would run to his commander-in-chief,
more in the manner of a dog than a cat. President Coolidge was very fond
of Tiger, who had begun his life on the president's farm in Vermont.
day, specifically on March 20th, 1924, Tiger decided he needed something that
he couldn't find in the White House, no matter how hard he looked. And so that
night, in the midst of a spring ice storm, Tiger scooted out a White House door
somebody had left ajar---and wandered off, guided only by his instincts.
[Plays "Alley Cat UP FULL two measures, then UNDER narration.
Stops after measure 8]
Tiger prowled, the President slept. And when the President awoke in the morning,
he called out "Here Tige!" as he had on many mornings for many years.
there was no response, the President called again. And when there was still no
response, the President alerted his staff.
thorough search of the White House and the White House grounds followed. But there
was no sign of Tiger.
District of Columbia Police were placed on alert. But on the streets of the District
there were no signs of Tiger.
for three days there were no signs of Tiger. And this worried the President.
For though Tiger was large and well-put together, he was not a city cat.
then one of the President's staff came up with a brilliant idea. Maybe
Tiger could be found---by radio!
[Plays first two bars of "Someday I'll Find You" UP FULL then UNDER
narration---playing second ending, if it gets that far]
[Continuing over music] Since the nation's infatuation with radio began three years earlier,
this new communications medium had successfully found criminals in flight
from the law---and spouses in flight from unhappy marriages. Could it now
locate a large tomcat? It was worth a try.
Secret Service agent James Hanley was dispatched to the studio of WCAP radio.
And on the night of March 24th, he stepped before WCAP's microphone.
President's cat is missing," he told the radio audience. He described
the cat, told how the cat answered to the call of "Tiger", and gave
the White House phone number.
later, the White House phone began to ring off the hook. A few callers claimed
to have seen Tiger. But many more, apparently with excess cats of their
own, offered the President a replacement. Indeed, the President could have
had more than a hundred new cats by morning, had he wanted them.
of those who heard the WCAP broadcast that night was a Navy captain named Edward
Bryant. The following morning he entered the Navy Building---which happened to
be about a quarter-mile from the White House---and he went to the office of a
Captain Edward Sullivan with whom he had some business to conduct. On the floor
next to Captain Bryant's desk, he noticed a large cat. The cat was
asleep and purring. It seemed to have a smile on its face.
the cat come from?" Captain Bryant asked Captain Sullivan. Captain Sullivan
replied that the cat had just wandered in a few days before.
me try something," said Captain Bryant. "Here, Tige," he called.
sleeping cat awoke---and ran to Captain Bryant's side.
is the President's cat!" cried Captain Bryant. He scooped up
Tiger, hailed the first cab he could find and told the driver to take him to the
Coolidge was overjoyed to see Tiger. He immediately ordered a cat collar that
said, "My Name is tiger. I live at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue."
he met briefly with the press. Calvin Coolidge was normally a man of few words.
But that day he gave one of his longest off-the-cuff remarks. "Tige
is back," said the President. Thank to radio!"
[plays "Some Day I'll Find you" coda]
Now its time to induct our first new member into the Radio Hall of Fame---the
late William Conrad. Here to tell you about his contributions to our medium is
someone whose own contributions over the decades have been substantial. Presently
she's the Chairperson of the Advisory Board for the National Association of Radio
Talk Show Hosts. But when she was still a teenager, she stepped before the microphones
of the "Chase and Sandborn Hour" in the role of Charlie McCarthy's girlfriend.
You'll no doubt remember her well from her television roles in the "Lassie"
and "Lost in Space" series. Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome June
[plays "Lassie" theme]
How many of you remember the time when you could
turn on your radio at night and hear drama?
you can recall that age, then certainly you remember the voice of William Conrad
and his marvelous characterization of Marshal Matt Dillion on radio's "Gunsmoke".
It was the last of the great network radio dramas. And "Gunsmoke",
and William Conrad, and CBS, the network that carried the show for nine
years, closed out, in a very graceful way, radio's 'golden age'.
"Gunsmoke" went on the air in 1952, the number of prime-time
radio listeners was still greater than the number of prime-time television
viewers. When "Gunsmoke" went off the air in 1961, a new
day had long since dawned---and there would be no turning back the clock. On radio,
"Gunsmoke" would have no sequel.
"Gunsmoke" ran as long as it did, and because it came at the end of
an era, William Conrad will be remembered best for his portrayal of Matt
Dillon. But from the end of World War II until the end of radio drama, William
Conrad took on countless other roles in some of radio's most memorable
dramatic programs---programs like "Suspense", "Escape","Screen
Director's Playhouse" and the "Lux Radio Theater".
once asked William Conrad how many parts he had played on radio over the years.
His estimate was seventy-five-hundred.
Conrad was a big man with a big voice, and a dramatic talent that was bigger still---and
so big that radio alone couldn't contain it.
film credits include"The Killers", "Body and Soul", "Arch
of Triumph",and "Any Number Can Play".
television he was heard---but not seen---as the narrator of shows that
included "The Fugitive", "The Wild World of Animals", "The
Bullwinkle Show" and "Buck Rogers".
Conrad directed and produced as well. When the ratings of television's "77
Sunset Strip" began to sag in 1963, he rode to the rescue and kept the series
alive another season. He likewise brought his production talents to "Naked
City:, "Bat Masterson" and the television version of "Gunsmoke".
Conrad was seventy-three when he died of a heart attack. Fortunately, hundreds
of his performances have been preserved---and they remain a monument to
what radio drama was at its best. Listen...
CART: [Conrad MONTAGE]
Radio Hall of Fame is proud to induct the late William Conrad.
the award for William Conrad is his wife Tippy....
[Plays "Memories of You"]
[Plays bumper music]
Radio Hall of Fame returns to honor WTMJ-Milwaukee's Gordon Hinkley after these
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This is Casey Kasem back at the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago's Cultural Center
where we honor now one of the nation's great regional broadcasters who,
for almost half a century, has been broadcasting on one of the nation's great
regional stations. The broadcaster is Gordon Hinkley. His station
is WTMJ. Here to introduce Gordon and to tell you about his work is a former colleague---a
veteran of WTMJ and now a correspondent for ABC News. Ladies and gentlemen, let's
welcome Chris Bury!
If you live almost anywhere in Wisconsin, if you live in northern Illinois or
Western Michigan, you probably already know Gordon Hinkley---because you've heard
his voice for years on 620 AM, WTMJ Milwaukee. In fact, unless you're a
senior citizen or approaching that status, you've probably been listening
to Gordon since you were a kid. Gordon, you see, has been at WTMJ forty-seven
years. He's been a broadcaster fifty- five years.
loyalty of Gordon's listeners is approached only by the dedication of his sponsors---some
of whom have been buying time on his shows for more than four decades. Gordon
is one of the reasons why, over the years, WTMJ has remained one of the nation's
great regional stations.
hard to miss Gordon Hinkley on WTMJ. He's on the air seven days a week.
his 'Gotta Minute' segments offer experts whose fields range from health to fitness
to business to entertainment.
Saturdays, 'Gordon Hinkley's Wisconsin Weekend' fills a three hour block with
practical advice for the handy-man and gardener.
on Sunday mornings Gordon hosts 'Invitation to Beauty', a show of light classics
and popular music now in its fifth decade on WTMJ.
was as a live musician that Gordon made his radio debut back in 1941---a
high-school sophomore playing the piano Saturday afternoon on WFHR, the voice
of Wisconsin Rapids. Gordon's patter between numbers proved more engaging than
his work on the keyboard---and thus a career was born.
went to work full-time for WFHR after high school, served three years in the Army,
and---at the end of World War II---signed on at WSAU in Wausau.
1950 Gordon joined the announcing staff at WTMJ. Over the years, he's worked every
shift and just about every show.
remember Gordon best as the host of "Ask your Neighbor", the show where,
for thirty-three years, Gordon brought listeners with questions and experts with
answers together---through the medium of radio.
management probably remembers Gordon best as the drive-time host of 'Top
O' the Morning'. With Gordon at the helm for twenty-three years, that show posted
ratings that, these days, couldn't be matched.
do you explain Gordon longevity in a medium that's changed so much over
the years? Listen for a few moments to Gordon Hinkley. And you'll
Ladies and gentlemen, the Radio Hall of Fame is proud to induct Gordon Hinkley!
[Plays Hinkley walkon music]
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listening to the "Radio Hall of Fame" induction ceremony---live from
Chicago!. We'll tell you how you can join the Radio Hall of Fame
and vote for next year's inductees later in this broadcast. Stay tuned!
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This is Casey Kasem back at the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago where our broadcast
continues---and where we now pay a brief tribute to a broadcaster from radio's
[Plays "March of Time Bridge"]
Listen to this voice---and to the words of a broadcast pioneer whose name has
been all but forgotten...
["HERROLD I---voice of Charles Herrold: "I
am particularly proud that the dream we had for radio as an entertainment medium
has been realized"]
That's the voice of Charles Herrold---recorded in 1945 when he was 70 years old.
Thirty-seven years earlier, Charles Herrold---better known as "Doc"---became
the first man to broadcast on a regular basis---and to broadcast music
on a regular basis. And here's how it happened.
[Solo keyboard plays Scott Joplin's "PINEAPPLE RAG". Intro UP FULL
then UNDER narration"
The time was 1912. And the Place was San Jose, California---where "Doc"
Herrold ran the "Herrold College of Wireless and Engineering". Doc taught
young how to send dots and dashes with a telegraph key so they could become wireless
also tinkered with new and better ways of sending voice and music
over the air.
built what he called an "ARC-PHONE"---a bunch of sputtering carbon arcs
that created a current so intense that he had cool his microphone
Doc was convinced that this contraption could reliably transmit voice and music---and
that these transmissions could be listened to on receivers at some
distance from the transmitter---he was struck by a revolutionary idea.
What if he were to schedule his transmissions at a regular time?
And what if he were to direct these transmissions specifically to people
who had installed these receiving devices in their homes?
in 1912, that's exactly what Doc Herrold started to do. Every Wednesday
at 9 PM, he fired up his ARC-PHONE and transmitted what he called a RADIO
PROGRAM. Doc's listeners? At first, mostly his students. But, as word of
the weekly broadcasts spread, more and more folks in San Jose acquired
receivers---and before long listening to Doc's "programs" became a Wednesday
Doc's programs? Well, he'd start out by reading some items he's clipped
from the local paper. Then his wife Sybil would announce and play records
on their wind-up Victrola. Sybil borrowed the records from the Sherman-Clay music
store down the street. In exchange for the use of the records, Doc and
Sybil would tell their listeners that if they liked the records they had
just heard, they could go to the Sherman-Clay store and buy copies of their own.
the folks at Sherman-Clay began to notice an increase in record sales following
another thing. Doc's listeners began to call in and ask that
specific records be played.
[Keyboard rendition of "Pineapple Rag" stops]
[continues without stopping] Does this sound familiar? Just remember that Doc and Sybil did
it first. And they might have gone on to become the world's first
commercial broadcasters---had it not been for the course of world events...and
some personal tragedies.
[Keyboard arpeggio followed by strings playing "Hungarian Waltz".
UP full for first two measures, then UNDER narration]
In 1914, World War I broke out. And in the spring of 1917, the government ordered
all but military stations off the air for the duration
of the conflict.
so those weekly "Doc and Sybil" shows faded into the static, never more
of course, returned after the war---but with new and improved technologies. Radio,
after the war, was a new game. And Doc Herrold couldn't quite figure
out the rules.
efforts to run station KQW in San Jose ended when he couldn't meet the payroll.
in the midst of that failure, his beloved Sybil left him, married another
man---and took custody of their only child.
Herrold spent his last days working as a security guard in the Oakland Shipyards
and operating audio-visual equipment in the Oakland Public Schools. His contributions
to our medium were forgotten---until 1945, when KQW was preparing a station history,
and when Doc's voice was recorded on an acetate disk.
recently have broadcast historians rediscovered Doc Herrold---and acknowledged
as we end this tribute, listen one final time to the voice of Charles "Doc"
Herrold--- broadcast pioneer.
["Hungarian Waltz" should be ending at this point. If narration ends
first, FERMATA on last note. Otherwise, UP FULL for payoff]
CART: [HERROLD II: Herrold: I am happy to have been the first man to have broadcast radio
entertainment on a regular schedule" ]
[plays "March of Time Bridge"]
Each year, the Radio Hall of Fame inducts an individual who, though not an on-
air personality, has nevertheless made an extraordinary contribution to the medium.
year, for the first time, the Radio Hall of Fame welcomes a producer---a producer
who happens to be the guiding force behind two of radio's most listened-to programs,
"Paul Harvey News" and "The Rest of the Story." And here to
introduce Lynne "Angel" Harvey is Bob Callahan, President of ABC Radio.
me say first that I've listened to Paul Harvey virtually all of my life--- which
means that Angel has been a part of my life, too. This is the reason it's a real
personal honor for me to be part of the program tonight.
of you know that the Harveys' success story has been a partnership from the beginning.
But you might not know that it was an accident of scheduling that led to
what became one of the most significant relationships of radio---both on-air and
this...A beautiful, young staff announcer...brilliant in school...cum laude,
Phi Beta Kappa...Determined to make it in radio, she lands a job at KXOK in
Saint Louis, where she's an announcer...A DJ...and a sportscaster.
day, she's on the air when she's forced to accept a substitute for one
of her interviews. Yes, a charming young news director happens into
her life and...well...she can tell you the rest of the story.
and Angel were soon partners---in life and in radio. With Angel as his editor,
producer and writer, Paul made radio history with new and innovative programs---with
concepts unheard of at the time.
when Paul was forced to leave for cadet training, Angel continued to blaze
ahead. She was soon on the air again from 4 PM to midnight each day on CBS radio.
have always thanked Paul for returning and taking Angel with him to Chicago, removing
the competitive threat. With two Harvey's in Chicago, the teamwork really
paid off. Paul Harvey News earned the top news slot their very first
year on the air. And for those of you who think the business is a male bastion
today---I want you to think of what Angel put up with in those years.
may be engineers here tonight who still remember the intense young woman in the
control room! Angel also jumped into television, producing a panel show that became
a prototype for its genre---as well as a television version of Paul Harvey
Comments---which was syndicated for twenty years. Angel developed The Rest
of the Story for both radio and television---and she edited the stories
for books and videos.
airing 17 broadcasts for ABC each week, I think I'm justified in introducing Paul
and Angel Harvey as radio's most successful husband and wife team.
with great pleasure that I can help unite Paul and Angel once again---this time
in the Radio Hall of Fame.
welcome Angel Harvey!
[Plays "I Hear Music When I Look at You"]
[Plays into commercial]
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The Radio Hall of Fame broadcast continues after these messages.
Back at the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago, we induct now the late Murray "The
K" Kaufman---one of the great and most influential disk jockeys of the past.
Here to tell you about him is a 1995 inductee into the Radio Hall of Fame. Let's
welcome one of the original WVON 'Good Guys"---the "Cool Gent"---Herb
[Plays Kent walkon]
The "Swinging Soirees" of Murray the K---as he was known---and Murray
Kaufman---as he was born---provided some of broadcasting's most memorable
moments in the 'fifties and 'sixties. During that period Murray traveled up and
down Manhattan's radio dial---from WMCA to WMGM to WINS to WOR-FM to WNBC.
'fifties and 'sixties were a time when radio was changing, when radio's
audience was changing, when the music played on radio was
changing. Murray understood the medium, the audience and the music---often
better than the managers the stations he worked for. And with that understanding,
Murray the K stood out as an innovator.
music and the audiences were getting younger. Even as he was growing
older, Murray knew how to pick the best of the new music---and how
to relate to the new generation of performers who made it, and the young
people who listened to it.
knew that the best music on an artist's new release was not always what the record
producer's designated the "A"-side. If Murray thought it was the right
thing to do, he'd flip the platter and play the "B"-side. And, often
as not, make it a hit.
also knew that the best performers were not always the white artists who recorded
for the major labels and who enjoyed the biggest promotion budgets. Murray the
K gave the recordings of black and Hispanic artists a fifty-thousand watt outlet
to a greater extent than any other disk jockey of his day.
were well aware of Murray's impeccable musical judgement and of his unequaled
power in the business. That's why the Beatles sought Murray out when they made
their first American tour---and why Murray thereafter was known nationally as
the 'fifth Beatle.'
was the son of a vaudeville pianist. In his early years he put together shows
in the Borscht Belt and plugged songs. He entered radio producing shows for others.
Fortunately, it was not long before he found his way to the microphone.
long bout with cancer cut Murray's career short. When he died in 1982, he was
only sixty. But the high energy and creativity of his shows still resounds. So
let's turn down the lights, crank up the volume and---for a few moments---head
off to the submarine races!
The Radio Hall of Fame is proud to induct the late Murray "The K" Kaufman!
the award is the son of Murray "The K", Peter Altschuler...
[Plays "Murray the K Theme". Last four bars is sung by band
AND audience ("It's Murray, Murray "The K" and his swingin'
[Plays "Murray "The K" Theme" into break]
up next at the Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago---flutist James Galway and the legendary
Karl Haas. Don't touch that dial!
Finally tonight we honor a man who has made sure that the music of the ages is
heard by millions on the radio, even in an age where radio often thinks
it's found more profitable ways to fill the airwaves. To introduce Karl Haas,
we are most fortunate in having with us tonight one of the most beloved performers
of our era. Ladies and gentlemen, concert flautist James Galway...
[Plays "Galway Theme"]
The medium of radio is not treating classical
music kindly these days.
in September, Philadelphia's WFLN radio ended a forty-eight year tradition of
fine-arts programing and switched to an 'adult-contemporary' format.
Public Radio has announced the elimination of all musical programing.
the past fifteen years, the number of commercial stations broadcasting
classical music has dropped from roughly sixty to forty.
the more reason to be thankful for Karl Haas and his "Adventures in Good
Music." Karl Hass, in his seventies, and his program, at the age of thirty-eight,
are bucking a trend with a degree of success that's probably without parallel
in radio's history.
the United States, 'Adventures in Good Music' is heard in two hundred cities,
coast to coast. More than four-hundred stations of the Armed Forces network Relay
it on all continents. In Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation feeds
it to thirty-seven station. The Suddeutscher Rundfunk transmits it---in German,
via shortwave---throughout all of Europe.
musical talents of Karl Haas were discovered his native Germany---when his mother
gave him his first piano lesson. The broadcasting talents of Karl Haas
were discovered in Detroit when, in 1950, when WWJ asked him to host a
weekly preview of concerts by the Detroit Symphony Orchestra.
was not long before the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation asked Karl to conduct
weekly chamber concerts and to perform piano recitals from its Windsor, Ontario
studio. The CBC asked Karl to comment on the music---which he did, in both
English and French.
in 1959, Detroit's WJR offered Karl an hour a day, five days a week for his music
and commentary. Karl accepted the offer---and thus was born "Adventures in
program today remains very much like it was when it first aired. Except today,
syndicated by the Seaway Productions subsidiary of WCLV, Cleveland, Karl's words---and
the music he loves and his words describe---reach an audience infinitely more
vast than even the fifty-thousand watt clear-channel signal of WJR could reach
thirty eight years ago.
the end of the twentieth century, fine music's future on the radio is uncertain.
But during the twentieth century, it's absolutely certain that nobody
has done more for classical music on radio---than Karl Haas. Listen...
and gentlemen, the Radio Hall of Fame is proud to induct Karl Haas!
Ladies and gentlemen, that concludes our business here tonight at the Radio Hall
of Fame where we've just inducted five new members---William Conrad, Gordon Hinkley,
Angel Harvey, Murray Kaufman and Karl Haas. Our congratulations to all of them
and are thanks to all of you for joining us tonight.
remember---when you're in Chicago, stop by the Radio Hall of Fame
in the Cultural Center and visit us.
Casey Kasem saying good night from Chicago!
[Plays "Of Thee I Sing" into oblivion]
The Radio Hall of Fame Broadcast was produced by Chris Broyles, written by
Rich Samuels, with music performed by the Georgia Frances Orchestra. Dick Carter
directed with the assistance of Michelle McKenzie-Voigt and Danny Rozkuszka. Jim
Guthrie was our audio engineer. The Radio Hall of Fame Broadcast is a production
of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, Bruce DuMont, President. Al Parker
speaking. This program has come to you from Chicago!