2009 Inductees -
Steve Kerrigan Memorial -
Ro Nita began her career at WAVI/WDAO, but would work her way to the top of the broadcasting
pyramid when she entered station ownership, launching WROU-
WROU was founded by Ro Nita Hawes-
DABHOF 2005 Inductees
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A former producer, reporter and writer for WCPO-
Dale Huffman of the Dayton Daily News seems to show up everywhere especially if the event is newsworthy. He is not only a popular newspaper columnist, blogger, an author, and television and radio show host. He has become a media personality. And he uses his celebrity to do good things, to touch lives and to try to make positive change for all the people in the Miami Valley. (Dayton Daily News Biography)
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Gil Whitney was an American television personality in Dayton, Ohio, who worked primarily at WHIO Television and Radio until his death in 1982.
Whitney's career at WHIO was multi-
As a weatherman, Whitney is best remembered for his timely warning on April 3, 1974 of a Category F5 tornado that went through Xenia, Ohio during the 1974 Super Outbreak. He specifically identified the Xenia neighborhood of Arrowhead as being directly in the tornado's path; his report proved to be correct as Arrowhead was leveled by the twister.
During the fall seasons, Whitney often referred to the unusually accurate Wooly Worm to predict the severity of an upcoming winter season. His frequent reference to Wooly Worms led to the creation of a kids' fan club with the Wooly Worm as its mascot.
During the summer months Whitney also hosted Summertime '7x (the number in the title
changed each year), a weekly late-
He was a regular on the community parade circuit, acted as emcee for numerous public events, volunteered as a firefighter, and most notably was one of the founders of the Dayton Air Show. (* Source Wikipedia)
Tom Harnlin is one of the giants of Dayton broadcasting history. A native of Carlisle,
Ohio, Tom graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1951 after serving in the United
States Marine Corps for two years. He began his broadcasting career in 1953 at WLOK
in Lima. After a year in Mansfield, Ohio, Tom traveled south to Birmingham, Alabama,where
he became the play-
During that time he broadcast The University of Dayton football and basketball games,
as well as The Ohio State University football and basketball games. He also organized
the Aviation Bowl in 1962 in which Houston played Western Michigan at Welcome Stadium.
After leaving WHlO in 1977, Tom continued his sportscasting career on WKEF-
Tom has televised or broadcastcd over 1,500 collegiate and high school footbalI and
basketball games to Dayton, MiamiV alley, Ohio and regjonal fans for the past 34
years. He is probably the only play-
Charlie came to Dayton broadcasting as a staff member at the former WLWD-
As Chief Meteorologist for WDTN-
He trained in weather while serving in the Navy from 1963 to 1967, then worked for the government for a while before joining a Tampa TV station in 1969.
Over the years as a videographer for WHIO-
Johnny began his career in Dayton as a DJ for WING Radio in the 1960's. By the 70's, he had become a newscaster for WKEF-
Virginia began her broadcasting career in the 1950's and was the first woman to be the General Manager of a radio station in Ohio. She also gave great encouragement to other women desiring to enter radio management, through her years with WIZE Radio in Springfield, WWSO/WAVI Radio and WING Radio in Dayton.
For 15 years, Jim was at the helm of WING Radio as General Manager during the stations' heyday as one of America's premier Top 40 AM rock stations. He receives a Lifetime Achievement Award for his innovative programming efforts.
Ted hosted travel programs, delivered weather forecasts and was a staff announcer for decades on WHIO Radio and Television. He also worked for a time at WING Radio, as well as Co-
James H. "Jim" McGee (November 8, 1918 – March 4, 2006) was an American politician of the Ohio Democratic party. McGee was born in West Virginia and attended Wilberforce University. After serving in the United States Army, he received a law degree from Ohio State University. McGee, a member of the NAACP, was involved as a lawyer in several civil rights cases in the 1960s. He served as a city commissioner and mayor of Dayton, Ohio.