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Senior Entertainment Reporter John Kiesewetter has been covering TV and media issues for 20 years. After joining the Cincinnati Enquirer in 1975 as a summer intern, he worked as a county government and suburban reporter; assistant city editor and suburban editor; and features editor supervising the Life section. He has a B.S. in journalism from Ohio University.

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Thursday, May 01, 2008

Help Put Gary Burbank Into The Hall Of Fame

Wake up, Uhmerika, and help get Gary Burbank into the Radio Hall of Fame.

Online voting started today at Chicago's Museum of Broadcasting website for the retired WLW-AM afternoon personality. He's one of four nominees as a "Local or Regional Pioneer."

And he'll need all the help he can get. His competition includes long-time Philadelphia Phillies announcer Harry Kalas, Los Angeles DJ Charlie Tuna and Iowa Hawkeyes announcer Jim Zabel.

Unlike the Baseball Hall of Fame voting, you can only vote once. There are four categories. To me, the most interesting balloting will be in the "National Active" category with "Focus On The Family" founder James Dobson against Howard Stern, Dr. Laura Schlessinger and Bob Costas. The four "National Pioneer" nominees are talk hosts Barry Farber and Art Bell, country music icon Ralph Emery and the old "Gang Busters" radio series. Winners will be honored Nov. 8 in Chicago.

Marty Brennaman was inducted in 2005. Also in the Radio HOF are several other baseball announcers -- Bob Uecker, Milo Hamilton, Ernie Harwell, Jack Brickhouse -- so Burbank has stiff competition.

Voting ends at midnight July 15. Spread the word!


at 5/01/2008 1:13 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow - how do Dobson, Schlessinger, and Costas even BELONG in a category with Howard Stern?

Love him or hate him - he's affected the radio industry more than any other voice out there. He really revolutionized how mornign radio works.

Dobson & Schlessinger are little more than conservative hate-mongers who criticize everything you do unless you follow their beliefs. Costas is just another bland voice in the void.

at 5/01/2008 1:19 PM Blogger Aggrazel said...

I miss Gary so much. Honestly I'd rather hear BBC reruns than what they have on his timeslot now.

at 5/01/2008 1:56 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I agree....I miss the bits, primarily those with others, like Stump the Band and Top 6, but I miss Kevin Wolff's bits the most.

I would love to see Kevin teamed with Bob Lewis and Eddie. Tracy should stick to sports, like After Innings.

It's too bad the Cincinnati Broadcasting Hall of Fame died after 2 years. It was neat seeing Durwood Kirby and Buggs Scruggs. I would have liked to have seen JFPO and others entered into the HOF before they went over the rainbow.

Gary's category seems loaded with "locals" who are more "national". Charlie Tuna has been Casey Kasem's announcer for years (along with game shows) and Harry Kalas has been the voice of the NFL since John Facenda and Campbell Soup.

Good luck Gary!

at 5/01/2008 2:50 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got my in for vote in for Gary!

Bye-the-bye, how can we get an update on what he's up to? I'd like to know what's happening with John Phillips while we're at it!

at 5/01/2008 3:11 PM Blogger House of Cards said...

agreed, Aggrazel. But I swear I just heard Cunningham telling Tracey that the book is out and they are no.1. OUCH.

at 5/01/2008 3:26 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm 50 and grew up listening to Jim Zabel...and he was already a 20-year veteran. He did everything. News, Non-sports talk shows, cooking shows, TV as well as radio. While most noted as the voice of the Hawkeyes, He also did games for Drake and Iowa State when it didn't mean having to be two places at once. It was often said that he could get you on the edge of your seat doing a radio broadcast of a chess match, or the like. Truly a voice you'd never forget.

With Zabel, Kalas, and Tuna in the same category, the competition is very stiff indeed.

at 5/01/2008 3:58 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The national radio hall of fame is a kind of a sham. Give a guy named Bruce Dumont the credit for coming up with the idea for his semi-defunct Museum of Broadcast Communications in Chicago. Unfortunately, the museum closed four years ago and can't find the money to open a new location. The MBC HOF doesn't really have any legitimacy other than Dumont thought of the idea first. I guess that's something but there are a LOT of inductees (Paul Harvey's wife, for example) who were inducted because they are: a) wealthy and/or b) a friend of Bruce. The Museum of radio and Television History in NY is kicking itself for not coming up with the idea first.

at 5/01/2008 3:59 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I vote for Stern and Burbank 100% Hall of Famers.

Looks like WLW went out and bought a book for Eddie and Tracey! Good for them! I realy like Eddie, but Tracey makes that show unlistenable, and no one cares about it! When was the last time you heard someone in their right mind say, "Hey..did you hear what Eddie and Tracy were up to?"

at 5/02/2008 1:41 PM Blogger Robert Scott said...

Most of the hall of fame choices were people who have been in radio for a long time, even if they are past their Zenith in ratings or even retired and no longer broadcasting.

I thought including Dobson and Schlessinger was appropriate.

I casted my ballet and made sure Gary was selected.

at 5/02/2008 11:42 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jim Rose of, the man who provided to you the original National Radio Hall of Fame Press Release that the former WLW afternoon host is a candidate, has expressed his wish of Good Luck GARY BURBANK!! I'm proud to say I've already voted for him!

at 5/03/2008 12:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, if cc was going to "buy" a book they wouldn't have done it at the sacrifice of the other big station in the cluster, the one that has a large studio (WEBN) while the rest of the cluster are in closet size studios.

Also is Cincinnati still using diaries or have the moved to portable people meters?

at 5/07/2008 3:08 PM Blogger thorn said...

Isn't the Hall of Fame intended for entertaining broadcasters?

Burbank may have been funny 30 years ago, but for at least the past 12 he was stale beyond belief.

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