Thursday, August 11, 2011

CRB, Inc. Announces Inductees of 2007 Country Music DJ and Radio Hall of Fame

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:
Larry Daniels

Larry Daniels’ induction coincides with his 50th anniversary in the radio industry. Daniels’ career began while in high school in 1957 at KGEN Tulare, CA. A couple of years later, the station switched to the Country genre and Daniels was named Program Director of the station. From then on he worked exclusively in the Country format. Daniels worked as afternoon drive personality, and was soon named Program Director of KUZZ Bakersfield, CA (1961-1968) . He later became morning drive personality. Buck Owens purchased the station in 1965. Daniels was named Music Director of KMAK Fresno, CA (1969-1970). He rejoined Buck Owens as Program Director of KTUF and KNIX Phoenix, AZ (1971-99). Within a year he switched KNIX to Country, as FM was becoming available in automobiles. KNIX became the perennial number one radio station in Phoenix. Daniels won Billboard Radio Awards as Major Market Program Director of the year in 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 1999. He was recognized as Program Director of the Year by Radio and Records in 1998. He won the Gavin Reports’ Program Director of the Year award in 1986, 1990 and 1997. In 1999, when KNIX was sold to Clear Channel, Daniels formed his own consultancy. He served on the Country Radio Seminar Agenda Committee, and performed two terms as President of the Country Radio Broadcasters. He received CRB President’s Award in 2005.

Bob Moody
Bob Moody started in radio at age sixteen at KOTN Pine Bluff, AR. He first worked in the Country format between semesters at college on the air at KTG Columbia, MO and KKEG Fayetteville, AR. After graduation he worked at WOAI San Antonio, TX(1972) and KTLK Denver, CO (1973) before joining legendary CKLW Detroit, MI- Windsor, ON as “Cosmic Bob” Moody (1973 -1976). He then worked on the air at WAKY Louisville, KY (1976-1985). He accepted his first Country Program Director job at KRMD Shreveport, LA and its 12+ ratings increased from 3.7 to 18.4 in less than eighteen months (1985-1987). Moody then moved to WPOC Baltimore, MD where he doubled the ratings and was named Group Program Director for Nationwide’s Country stations (1987-1996). He was named Billboard Magazine Program Director of the Year in 1988. Moody then joined the McVay Media consultant firm as VP/Country (1997-2001). In 2002, he became VP/Programming for Regent Communications, Inc. Moody served on the Board of Directors of The Country Radio Broadcasters from 1986-1995.

Les Acree
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:
Joe Ladd
Joe Ladd (born Lad J. Macha 1941) was one of Houston’s most visible and longest tenured air personalities. Ladd began as a radio salesperson and on air personality for KANI Wharton, TX-- a station that programmed pop, rock and Country (1963). He then worked as Program Director, Music Director and Chief Engineer at KWBA Baytown, TX (1968-1994). In 1968, Ladd found a permanent home at KIKK Houston, TX, where he was an air personality and Music Director until 1994. He is credited with breaking Gene Watson, Johnny Lee and Mickey Gilley, who mentions him in the film “Urban Cowboy.” Ladd was an announcer at Gilleys nightclub in Pasadena, TX. He was named CMA Music Director of the Year in 1987 and 1988. In 2001, Ladd was inducted into the Texas Music Hall of Fame. His civic involvements include the Houston Rodeo, the Harris County Fair, the Ft. Bend County Fair and the Pasadena Texas Rodeo. Ladd organized shows to benefit the Texas Children’s Hospital and Texas Gulf Coast Hurricane Relief. He currently manages Mark Chesnutt.

John Trimble
Big John Trimble’s Trucking Radio Show was heard for twenty-five years on three different 50,000 watt clear channel radio stations. Trimble first hosted a teenage radio show at WSTP, Paintsville, KY (1955-1957). He then originated a show from the original Shoney’s Drive-In on WTIP Charleston, WV (1957-1958) before joining WDOC Prestonburg, KY (1958-1960). Trimbel’s radio career was interuppted by service in the US Army, where he emceed shows and performed stand up comedy (1960-1963). He retuned to radio with stints playing middle of the road and Country music at KYMO (1963-1964) and KGMR (1964-1965) Little Rock, AR. Trimble joined fulltime Country station KBBA Benton, AR as Program Director and afternoon air personality (1965-1967) and then joined WVHI Evansville, IN in a similar position (1967-1968). He then became Music Director and afternoon air personality at KMO Seattle/Tacoma, WA where he started an overnight truckers show in 1972 (1968-1973). Trimble then joined KWKH Shreveport, LA hosting Kelly’s Truck Stop on I-20 (1974-1977). He then hosted a similar show from Jarrell’s Truck Stop on I-95 on WRVA Richmond, VA (1977-1995), as well as Main Street America National Broadcast a live Country music show carried by several stations. He is currently Program Director and afternoon air personality at WXGI Richmond, VA where he has also operated the Hometown USA Music Hall Broadcast which has been heard on several stations since 1998.

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 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.

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