Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame

Induction 2011

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Induction Night - May 12, 2011

Class of 2011

RIRHOF Class of 2011 - from L to R:
Blair Fish, John Rooke, Larry Kruger, Marylou Pearson, Florence Markoff, Lydia & Tom Toevs, Chuck Wilson, Geoff Charles (David Jones not pictured)

Program readers 2011

Catching up on "who's who" in the program!

Tim Draper Navigant

Thank you to Navigant Credit Union's Tim Draper for his support of the RIRHOF

Henry Moretti, SORI

RI Special Olympian Henry Moretti introduces himself - thanks to the SORI volunteers for their help and support!

Jim Norman, Vin Ciavatta

Former URI voice Jim Norman and RIRHOF Board Advisor Vin Ciavatta

John Colletto

RIRHOF Board member John Colletto welcomes the crowd

Geoff Charles

WHJY's Geoff Charles acknowledges his entry into the RIRHOF with Big Blue Bug tales and more

David Jones family

David Jones, his family and friends enjoy the evening

Gene DeGraide, Larry Kruger

HOF'er Gene DeGraide ('08) has some congratulatory words for Larry Kruger

Florence Markoff 2011

Florence Markoff was a delightful speaker - great wit and personality.  A true pioneer in RI radio!

Marylou Pearson

Marylou Pearson, Ed Pearson's daughter, accepted on behalf of her late father.  Pearson's popular programs aired on WEAN-AM and WPJB-FM in the '40's, and into the '70's!

John Rooke

Holy Moly!  The longtime "voice of the Friars" and sports radio fixture John Rooke steps up to accept his induction

Lydia, Tom Toevs

Accepting for Bud Toevs, his wife Lydia, and son Tom

Chuck Wilson

A pioneer for sports talk radio - Chuck Wilson - moved from RI right to the network level at ESPN

Tony Bristol, Jimmy Gray

A couple of "pros," Tony Bristol and HOF'er Class of '09 Jimmy Gray

West Valley Inn crowd

A packed house at the West Valley Inn - as always!

Ron St. Pierre

Class of '10 HOF'er Ron St. Pierre doesn't miss a minute of the action!

Steve McDonald

Looks like we caught our emcee, '10 HOF'er Steve McDonald, laughing at his own jokes...

Karen Kutniewski, Larry Bonoff

Citadel's Karen K and Larry Bonoff share a laugh over a memory - or two!

Blair, Brett Fish

The 1st Shepard Award recipient - Bob Fish - accepted by his sons Blair and Brett, with Steve McDonald

Geoff Charles

Geoff Charles receives a big ovation for his induction into the Hall!

David Jones

WWLI's David Jones has plenty of stories from more than four decades in the RI radio business - congrats David!

Larry Kruger

Former WPRO morning man Larry "Ice Cold" Kruger had those "Salty" stories to tell...

Florence Markoff

Florence, there's a word for it - congratulations!

John Rooke, Marylou Pearson

John Rooke, representing the RIRHOF Board, with Marylou Pearson

Ryan, John, Austin Rooke

Future voices?  John Rooke's sons, Ryan (left) and Austin, share a moment with their dad

2011 awards

The awards table for the recipients included citations of merit from Governor Lincoln Chafee 

Barbara Smith

Wow - this whole thing is pretty cool!

King Arthur Knight 2011

King Arthur Knight was in the house!

Chuck Wilson, Bill Rodman, John Zannini

It's always time for Chuck Wilson on Sports!

2008 Induction Night Photos

2009 Induction Night Photos

2010 Induction Night Photos

Thank You - Gene Hutnak Photography