Saturday, March 18, 2017

Rhode Island Radio HOF Unveils 2017 Inductees

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame, founded in 2008 by local radio professionals, has announced its inductees for 2017:

Johnny Dowd/Jaybeau Jones: By one name or another, he's worked at radio stations in Providence, Hartford, New York, Chicago, Philadelphia and more, including a stint at JB 105 in Providence from 1979 to 1984. He's currently heard on Sirius XM's "70s on 7."

Roger Laliberte: Laliberte started in 1957 with a French-language broadcast on WWRI in West Warwick, moving to WWON in Woonsocket in 1963 and finally WNRI in 1985.

Myrna Lamb: Lamb, who died in 2014, was a radio personality on WHJJ and WPRO in Rhode Island, where she hosted shows on astrology, then general advice. Her advice show was syndicated by NBC from 1990-1993 and ran on 300 stations nationwide.

Tony Mascaro: Program director of WPRO-AM, he worked at New York City radio stations from 1997-2013 before returning to Rhode Island.

Dick Rakovan: He was general manager at WPRO (AM and FM) from 1974 to 1979. In 1979, working for Outlet Broadcasting, he swapped AM 920 for a Taunton FM station he renamed WSNE. He is retired senior vice president of the Radio Broadcasting Bureau.

Frank Kingston Smith: Smith started his radio career in 1967 at WICE, and he migrated to Boston, then New York, then back to Boston.

The Shepard Award: Created to recognize the founders of radio in Rhode Island, Shepard Department Store owners John and Robert Shepard, the award goes to Mowry Lowe, pioneering newscaster, announcer and executive.

Station of the Year: The award goes to I Heart Media Providence to recognize a successful multi-station food drive.

Legacy Station of the Year: This one goes to Top 40 station WICE-AM.

The official induction banquet for the Class of 2017 will take place at the Twin River Event Center in Lincoln on May 4.

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