Radio broadcasting pioneer, Art Laboe, has been nominated for induction into the 2009 National Radio Hall of Fame. Only a week remains in the on-line voting now in progress at http://www.radiohof.org/.
Voting is free and open to the public through August 1st, 2009. Inductees will be announced a week later and the Hall of Fame Gala Induction will be in Chicago on Saturday, November 7th, 2009.
Art Laboe is campaigning for votes on his current radio show, The Art Laboe Connection, which may be heard 6 nights a week on stations such as KHHT (Hot 92.3) Los Angeles, (99.1) KGGI Riverside, KAJM (Mega 104.3) Phoenix, AZ, KDES 104.7 Palm Springs, KPAT 95.7 Santa Maria and worldwide on the internet through the station’s simulcast.
Art Laboe has been in broadcasting and on the air somewhere for the past 63 years. San Francisco and Palm Springs in the 1940s. He was the first West Coast Disc Jockey to play Rock and Roll on the radio, he did remote broadcasts from Scrivner’s Drive-In on Sunset Boulevard and created the popular compilation through his Oldies But Goodies™ albums in the 1950s & 60s. In the 70s & 80s, Laboe made KRLA king in the Southland, CA. And since 1991 to the present Laboe broadcasts to the masses in the Western United States through his top rated nightly syndicated radio show, The Art Laboe Connection.
In the days prior to TV and the Internet, there was ONLY Movies and Radio. And as a boy Art Laboe was fascinated by the voices coming from the Radio. He would stare into the speaker listening to great announcers i.e. Les Tremayne and Jim Jordan to name a few. Art Laboe was so motivated by these legends of radio broadcasting, he went on to create his own successful career in broadcasting.
“These are my heroes, past and present on the list of Radio Hall of Fame inductees. I’ve been inspired by their voices and accomplishments. It is an honor to be nominated and a cherished distinction should I be chosen for induction into the 2009 National Radio Hall of Fame” says Art Laboe.
Art Laboe is a Radio Broadcaster, Radio Station Owner, Songwriter, Record Producer, Concert Promoter, Business Entrepreneur and Philanthropist. His Art Laboe Foundation has given over $100,000 in Los Angeles scholarships. With his Original Sound Record Co., Inc. he produced Music Machine (“Talk Talk”), Dyke & The Blazers (“Funky Broadway”), Preston Epps (“Bongo Rock,” which Art penned) and his Oldies But Goodies™ compilations, which Volume 1 was on the Billboard Top LP chart for 3 years. Through Original Sound Entertainment, he has placed thousands of songs in a long list of films and television shows such as “American Graffiti,” “Lethal Weapon” and “The Simpsons.”
He still gives live concerts he became famous for in his El Monte Legion days, but in larger arenas (i.e. nearly 7,000 sold out at Gibson Amphitheater, Los Angeles, CA and 11,000 – 19,000 attendees each year for the past 6 years at the Glen Helen Pavilion aka San Manuel Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA). His many awards include a Star on Hollywood’s “Walk of Fame,” he is on the Walk Of Stars in Palm Springs, the National Hispanic Media Coalition Lifetime Achievement Award, the Hollywood Arts Council Charlie Awards Media Arts Award, the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters Diamond Circle Award and Art has a permanent place of honor in The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, OH. And he was the first to do dedications on the radio and the legend continues with his nightly syndicated radio show, The Art Laboe Connection.
The National Radio Hall of Fame & Museum is a not-for-profit venture of The Museum of Broadcast Communications (MBC) in Chicago, a 501(C) (3) tax-exempt institution and recognizes and showcases contemporary talent from today's diverse programming formats, as well as the pioneers who shaped the medium during its infancy.