Sean Hannity, co-host of Fox News’ nightly “Hannity & Colmes” will host the live, one-hour presentation of the 2007 National Radio Hall of Fame.
The Nov. 3 annual induction of radio greats will be broadcast live at 9 p.m. over ABC Radio from the black tie gala at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel.
The 2007 inductees are: Baseball broadcaster Jerry Coleman, the voice of the San Diego Padres for 32 years; rock radio pioneer Dan Ingram, one of the best Top 40 DJs of all time and Marian McPartland, host of “McPartland’s Piano Jazz” heard over National Public Radio for 25-plus years.
Also the late vaudevillian and radio comedian Jimmy Durante and the late Chicago resident Richard Durham, who wrote and produced the groundbreaking, 91-episode radio drama “Destination Freedom.”
“This prestigious and diverse quintet was elected from a highly competitive field of nominees,” said MBC president Bruce DuMont, who in 1983 founded the museum, which opened to the public five years later.
The MBC was given the rights to the Radio Hall of Fame in 1992 by the Emerson Corporation, a radio pioneer and manufacturers of a wide range of radio, audio and housewares products.
Broadcast sponsor is State Farm Insurance; American Airlines and the Renaissance Chicago Hotel are providing promotional support.
Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, home to the National Radio Hall of Fame, is scheduled to move into its new state-of-the-art, 70,000-sq. ft. museum at State and Kinzie next year.
A working radio and television studio and interactive exhibits will showcase broadcasting’s leading personalities and historic trends. MBC had been located at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The new MBC will be the first U.S. public museum built to a Gold LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) construction standard, DuMont noted.
Tickets are $500 and be purchased at 866/860-1640 or