Six to be inducted into Country Radio Hall of Fame


Beverlee Brannigan, Moby, Ron Rogers, Eddie Stubbs, Rusty Walker and Bill Whyte are the 2012 Country Radio Hall of Fame inductees. All will be inducted February 21st at a dinner ceremony in Nashville.

Beverlee Brannigan, Ron Rogers and Rusty Walker are the 2012 Radio category inductees, and Moby, Eddie Stubbs and Bill Whyte are the On-Air category inductees.

The Country Radio Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony unofficially kicks off Country Radio Seminar, which will be February 22-24 at the Nashville Convention Center. The Country Radio Hall of Fame is dedicated to the recognition of those individuals who have made significant contributions to the radio industry over a 20-year period, 15 of which must be in the Country format.

About the 2012 Radio Inductees:

Beverlee Brannigan – Beverlee Brannigan’s career began at the college radio station at Northwestern University.  She joined WOKQ as an air personality, and in 1979 became the Program Director/personality for KJJY, where she enjoyed tremendous success for the next 20 years.  Brannigan also programmed stations KRUU, KHKI and KMXM.  Since 2003, she has served as Operations Manager for six stations in Wichita and Program Director for three, including market leader KFDI, which won CMA Station of the Year in 2003.  Brannigan is widely considered by the industry to be a trailblazer for women in Country Radio programming.

Ron Rogers – Ron Rogers began his broadcasting career at KTBC AM-FM-TV while a student at the University of Texas.  His lengthy career spans the entire spectrum of the radio business.  He has held positions as Program Director at WACO, Sales Manager at KNOW, General Manager at KOKE, and President/Co-Owner at KLAW, KVET and KASE.  He has served on numerous industry and community boards and is the recipient of several broadcasting and community awards.  He was inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame in 2004.

Rusty Walker – Rusty Walker has either programmed, advised, created, consulted, overseen, served as a strategic partner or performed as an air personality for more than 750 Country radio stations since he started his radio career in 1970.  In total, there are fewer Country stations in rated markets that Walker hasn’t worked with than those he has.  A few of his personality and Program Director stints include: WQYK, WQIK, WZZK and KFKF.  He has been recognized with numerous national industry and community awards, including a seven-year consecutive run as Billboard’s Consultant of the Year.  His program consulting firm, Rusty Walker Programming, remains one of the industry’s most influential.

About the 2012 On-Air Inductees:

Moby – Moby is a 40-year veteran air personality whose career began at the age of 15 in his hometown of Crossville, Tenn.  For 10 years, he was a major force in the Rock format every morning in Houston and Dallas (KSSR, KLOL, KEGL).  Moby then moved to Atlanta and WKHX, where he proceeded to win a major morning battle in the Country format and enjoy success for the next decade.  Moby is the recipient of numerous national Air Personality awards, including winning Billboard’s Major Market Country Morning Show of the Year five times.  He formed his own syndication company in 2004 and continues today to be heard on Country stations around the nation.

Eddie Stubbs – Celebrated air personality Eddie Stubbs has been the longest tenured evening host on Nashville’s legendary 650AM WSM since the station went to an all Country format in 1979.  He is recognized nationally as the announcer of the Grand Ole Opry, a position he has held for more than 16 years.  He also serves as the on camera announcer for the Marty Stuart Show on RFD-TV and serves on the CMA and IBMA committees.  He won the CMA Large Market Broadcast Personality of the Year award in 2002.  Stubbs is well respected among his peers for his vast knowledge of the history of Country music.

Bill Whyte – Bill started his career as a teenager on KCPR, “Kow Pasture Country Radio,” in Missouri.  His career spans successes at WUBE, WMIL, WSM-FM and WFMS.  He has won multiple national Air Personality awards, hosted syndicated shows, and is also a singer-songwriter. He has won numerous broadcast awards including the CMA Award for Best Large Market Personality.  He’s been nominated for a CMA Award twice and won an AIR Award for best new Morning Show in Nashville.