Twenty years after their legendary partnership broke up, Steve Dahl and Garry Meier will be united again in the National Radio Hall of Fame.
As a duo, the two will be inducted into the Chicago-based shrine along with six other broadcast veterans. The black-tie ceremony, hosted by Larry King, will be November 9 at the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which houses the Radio Hall of Fame.
Other inductees for 2013 are: broadcasters Blair Garner, John Lanigan, Paul W. Smith, Eddie “Piolin” Sotelo and Charley Steiner, and (posthumously) radio manufacturer Powel Crosley Jr.
From their first day on the air together in 1979 until their bitter split in 1993, Dahl and Meier broke new ground in Chicago radio and amassed legions of fans. “They became the most talked-about radio team in the city’s history, representing a generation and ushering in an era of content envelope pushing that was imitated nationwide,” the Radio Hall of Fame announcement said.
Dahl, who left terrestrial radio in 2008, launched a subscription podcast venture in 2011 and continues to host a daily program from home studios. After nine years with Roe Conn at WLS AM 890, Meier went solo again and joined WGN AM 720 in 2009. He currently hosts afternoons on the Tribune Broadcasting news/talk station.
Along with Howard Stern, who was finally inducted in absentia last year, Dahl was long considered the most conspicuously absent of American radio legends in the Radio Hall of Fame. In 2010, after Dahl lost for the third time in Radio Hall of Fame balloting, he told fans he no longer cared to be inducted.
This year’s inductees were chosen by Bruce DuMont, chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame, and ratified last week by the 20-member steering committee. There was no public nomination or voting process.