Jim Thompson inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame

Broadcasters Foundation of America would like to congratulate the ten radio legends, their families, and former colleagues, for being posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. Among the inductees is former Foundation President Jim Thompson, who passed away in August after a lengthy battle with cancer.

“This is such a tremendous tribute to Jim,” said Tim McCarthy, President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America . “Jim had a tremendous career that impacted so many people in the radio industry – first at Group W and then as President of the Broadcasters Foundation of America for 14 years, where he helped those in our industry who needed it most. Many thanks to the Radio Hall of Fame for recognizing all his accomplishments.”

The full list of inductees includes:

  • MrDoug Banks– Nationally syndicated on-air personality;
  • MrJames Brown– Legendary singer, to be inducted as a radio station owner of WJBE Knoxville, TN;
  • MrBob Coburn– Host of the syndicated Rocklineshow;
  • Chick Hearn– Play-by-play announcer/voice of the Los Angeles Lakers;
  • MsBernice Judis– Owner and General Manager, WNEW-AM, 1930’s–1950’s;
  • MrSid Mark– Host of syndicated program, Sounds of Sinatrashow for 60+ years;
  • Bobby O’Jay– On-air personality, WDIA-AM/Memphis;
  • MrPervis Spann– On-air personality, WVON-AM/Chicago;
  • James Thompson– Group W Broadcasting President and President of the Broadcasters Foundation;
  • Rosalie Trombley– Music Director of CKLW-AM/Detroit in the 1960’s–1970’s.

The Radio Hall of Fame Legend’s tribute recognizing the talents and efforts of air personalities, programmers and operators who contributed with greatness to the radio industry and have since passed away. Kraig T. Kitchin, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame, said, “The Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing the individuals who have made the greatest impact on our 100+ year old industry. I’m thrilled to see the Nominating Committee confirm the induction of these 10 individuals who each made such an impact on our industry in their time.”  Dennis Green, Co-Chairman, Radio Hall of Fame, noted, “We are proud to honor these legendary figures who made an indelible impact on the radio industry. Their legacy lives on as Radio Hall of Fame inductees of this year’s Legends class.”

The Radio Hall of Fame will recognize its 2022 class of inductees at the in-person 2022 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday, November 1st, at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Acqua Hotel. Tickets are on sale now at: www.radiohalloffame.com. A portion of ticket purchases is a tax-deductible charitable donation to the Museum of Broadcast Communications.  The Radio Hall of Fame was founded by the Emerson Radio Corporation in 1988. The Museum of Broadcast Communications took over operations in 1991.


ABOUT THE MUSEUM OF BROADCAST COMMUNICATIONS: The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) collects, preserves and presents historic and contemporary radio and television content as well as educate, inform and entertain the public through its archives, public programs, screenings, exhibits, publications and online access to its resources. The museum is located at 360 North State Street in downtown Chicago and was founded in 1983.


ABOUT THE RADIO HALL OF FAME: The Radio Hall of Fame is a project of the museum and honors notable radio personalities, showcasing their accomplishments in the Chicago-based Museum of Broadcast Communications. Each year, 24 nominations in six categories are slated by the organization’s nominating committee, which is comprised of industry leaders. CONTACT: Lisa Dollinger, Dollinger Strategic Communication for the Radio Hall of Fame, 512.633.4084, lisa@dollcomm.com.


About the Broadcasters Foundation of America: www.broadcastersfoundation.org

The Broadcasters Foundation of America provides financial aid to broadcasters who have lost their livelihood through a catastrophic event, debilitating disease, or unforeseen tragedy. One-time emergency grants are awarded to qualifying broadcast colleagues recovering from a natural disaster, such as hurricanes, tornadoes, fires, floods, or other serious misfortune.

Personal donations can be made to the Foundation’s Guardian Fund. Corporate contributions are accepted through the Angel Initiative, and bequests can be made through the Foundation’s Legacy Society. For more information, please visit www.broadcastersfoundation.org, call 212-373-8250, or email info@thebfoa.org.

The mission of the Broadcasters Foundation of America is to improve the quality of life and maintain the personal dignity of men and women in the radio and television broadcast profession who find themselves in acute need. The Foundation reaches out across the country to identify and provide an anonymous safety net in cases of critical illness, advanced age, death of a spouse, accident, and other serious misfortune. The Broadcasters Foundation of America is a 501(c)(3) Public Charity and has been rated 100 from Charity Navigator for solid financial health and received full credit for its program to expense ratio.

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