| Oct 30, 2006 |
CRB, Inc. Announces Inductees of 2007 Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame
Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. (CRB) announces the inductees for the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame and Country Music DJ Hall of Fame. Larry Daniels, Bob Moody, and Les Acree will be inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame. Joe Ladd and Big John Trimble will be inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame. “I think the CRB can be proud that the Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame Committee, a number of whom are current Hall of Famers, has come up with another great slate of worthy broadcasters for induction” stated CRB Executive Director, Ed Salamon. According to KFKF’s Dale Carter, who serves as Chairman of the CRB’s Hall of Fame Task Force, “The 2007 CRB Hall of Fame Inductee’s represent a talented cross section of radio and D.J. veterans. Between them they account for several decades of knowledge and experience and are an important part of country radio history."
Country Music Radio Hall of Fame Inductees:
Les Acree is recognized as a mentor of talent that includes multi-year CMA Personalities of the Year Wilhite and Wall, Carl P. Mayfield and Country Music D J Hall of Fame member Dr. Bruce Nelson. Acree began his radio career at KDKD Clinton, MO (1961-1964). He then worked at WKRM Columbia, TN (1964), WTUP Tupelo, MS (1964-1965) and WRBC Jackson, MS (1965-1966). He returned to WTUP as Program Director (1966-1967). Acree began working full time in Country radio as Program Director at WMQM Memphis, TN (1967-1969), then was Music Director at WUBE Cincinnati, OH (1969-1971) before returning to WMQM as Program Director (1971-1973). WMQM was the first major market Country station to conduct fundraisers for St. Jude. In 1973, WMC Memphis, TN went Country and Acree was the first employee hired. He remained WMC Music Director for three years until joining WKDA Nashville, TN as Program Director (1976-1977). Acree then returned to WMC as Program Director (1978-1984). He was Program Director of WGKX KIX 106 Memphis, TN (1984-1985), WTQR Greensboro-Winston Salem, NC and WIVK Knoxville, TN (1990-1998) before establishing Hill-Acree Consulting (1998-1999) which changed the format on WKDF Nashville, TN from rock to Country. Acree was named Program Director of WNOE (1999-2003) and most recently served as Program Director of KRMD Shreveport, LA. He was named Program Director of the year by Billboard in 1991, 1995 and 1997 and by the Gavin Report in 1998. He has served on The Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee as well as on The Country Radio Broadcasters’ Board of Directors.
Country Music D J Hall of Fame Inductees:
Air personalities and radio honorees will be inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame and Country Radio Hall of Fame during a dinner on Tuesday, February 27, 2006 at the Nashville Convention Center. Tickets are available at $85 per person. Visit www.crb.org or call 615-327-4487 for tickets and more information.
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The Country Music D.J. Hall of Fame (founded 1974) is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the country radio industry. Country Radio Broadcasters, Inc. is proud to be the trustee of the institution. Criteria for the Radio Hall of Fame is similar to the D.J. Hall of Fame in that it requires that the nominee's Radio career must have begun at least 25 years ago.