No shortage of nominees for local med...

No shortage of nominees for local media hall of fame

There are 55 comments on the Chicago Tribune story from Jul 18, 2008, titled No shortage of nominees for local media hall of fame. In it, Chicago Tribune reports that:

W ith Howard Stern and Steve Dahl snubbed again in voting this year, and other major impact players such as Studs Terkel not even nominated, the so-called National Radio Hall of Fame remains as incomplete as ...

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Chicago, IL

#1 Jul 20, 2008
Great list. Now how about all the media in town and many of those named getting together to do what it takes to get the Museum of Broadcast Communications completed. And maybe get Blago to fulfill the empty $5 million pledge (of our money) to it. The building at Kinzie and State is surrounded by trash and in its incomplete stage is an embarrassment to an industry that has so much money and power.
William Serpe

United States

#2 Jul 20, 2008
The biggest TV personality in Chicago's history was Tom Duggan Please read about him at this web site ( ) and read the Tribune's about the reaction when he was fired by NBC in 1953. Chicago went 'nuts'. Also read or listen to Sterling "Red" Quinlan's interview mentioned in the Wikipedia item. I wrote most of the Wikipedia item and would be happy to provide additional information if you wish.
Very sincerely yours, Bill Serpe.
Jean SmilingCoyote

United States

#3 Jul 20, 2008
Heads up! Irv Hayden, Len Baldy, and Kris Habermehl.

United States

#4 Jul 20, 2008
I really liked Renee Pouissant.

Park Ridge, IL

#5 Jul 20, 2008
If Carol Marin goes in, so should Ron Magers. But no Amy Jacobson, please.

Chicago, IL

#6 Jul 20, 2008
Carol Marin? John Calloway? they are bombastic, egocentric, and extremely rude to guests. with few exceptions, most of the listed nominees are simply "Ted Baxter" reincarnated.
Chicago Resident

Chicago, IL

#7 Jul 20, 2008
No-one from the Chicago Defender? Really?

Aurora, IL

#8 Jul 20, 2008
Mike Royko was the heart and soul and conscience of Chicago! If anyone deserves to be in a Chicago Media Hall Of Fame, Royko is at the top of that last, bar none!

East Chicago, IN

#9 Jul 20, 2008
CGull wrote:
Mike Royko was the heart and soul and conscience of Chicago! If anyone deserves to be in a Chicago Media Hall Of Fame, Royko is at the top of that last, bar none!
I agree. Royko should be the first in. Unlike the reporters of today, Royko was as objective as they come. You would think he was a racist and a conservative on one day, and a left-wing liberal on the next. No one was safe from his pen and paper, and he avoided becoming chummy with anyone of influence because he might loose his objectivity. You could never really tell who he liked or disliked, because he just called the shots as he saw them on any given day.

I really miss him and sorry Kass, but you don't come close by a long shot.


#10 Jul 20, 2008
Herb Kent (The Cool Gent) might deserve to be in your Hall, but how about Al Benson, Sam Evans (Jam With Sam), Sid McCoy, Daddyo Daley (sp) and Yvonne Daniels.
In the early '50s WGES 1390 had the greatest line-up of DJs found anywhere.

And lets not forget the early Top 10 guys like Jim Lounsbury,Howard Miller and Marty Faye. And while were at it throw in Two-Ton Baker.

Print guys you over-looked are the curmudgeons Jack Griffin, Bill Gleason and from the AP, Joe Mooshil.
**** ann

Downers Grove, IL

#11 Jul 20, 2008
please do not forget weatherman p.j. hoff his drawings were always enjoyed by our family! we love your column too keep it up !!


#12 Jul 20, 2008
Don't forget Ed Grennan, NBC staff-announcer (the last of a remarkable breed), TV host, and Emmy award winner. 30-plus years on Chicago airways.

Bradenton, FL

#13 Jul 20, 2008
I agree with CGull and Rick; Mike Royko told it "like it was" and with class. His was the first daily column we wanted to read, plus his books. We remember going to his annual "ribfest" down in Grant Park. It was quite the competition, not only the ribs, but the ambiance in the set up for cooking and serving.
loose cannon

Lombard, IL

#14 Jul 20, 2008
He won a Pulitzer Prize.
For writing about civil rights, if I remember correctly.
WD Winston

Orange, VA

#15 Jul 20, 2008
Did you miss John McCutcheon?

Sharpsburg, GA

#17 Jul 20, 2008
Hey, why are there no photojournalists on the list?

Joliet, IL

#18 Jul 20, 2008
Not sure what category he'd belong in (maybe one of his own), but how about Larry Schreiner?

Ron Britain?

Definitely Steve Dahl.

Homer Glen, IL

#19 Jul 21, 2008
Great idea, Phil, but you lost me at Lester Holt, Elizabeth Vargas, and Deborah Norville. I would add to the list Pat Cassidy.

Crest Hill, IL

#20 Jul 21, 2008
I didn't see

Bert Williams
Wally Phillips
Max Armstrong
Milt Rosenberg

I hope I just missed them.
Tony Papaleo

Chicago, IL

#21 Jul 21, 2008
Local but I believe infludential:
Jim Stewart and his wife, I can't remember her name, long of WBKB Channel 7: "Here's Geraldine," "The Gloveables," and the show where Jim basically showed his home movies made on trips around the world: "Passage to Adventure."

Terry Bennett also of WBKB, for the insane kid show, "Jabberwocky(sp?) Place."
Case in point:
Jim Stewart used to show cartoons on his show, and to start them off, there was a little chant or rhyme recited, and then the cartoon would start.
Terry Bennet used the same idea on his show, some kind of rhyme recited, then the cartoon would play.
Jim Stewart "visited" Terry Bennet's show one day. At one poit, the both decide to recite their respective "cartoon chants" at the same time. Result: Two cartoons playing on the TV screen simultaneously, overlapping images and sound, all at once.

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