Jonathon Brandmeier to host Radio Hall of Fame ceremony

Jonathon Brandmeier (Photo: Michael Kovac/Getty Images)

Chicago radio legend Jonathon Brandmeier has been tapped to emcee the 2021 Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the Museum of Broadcast Communications announced Tuesday.

Brandmeier, who was inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, will host this year’s event October 28 at Wintrust Grand Banking Hall, 231 South LaSalle Street, in Chicago. (Here is the link for tickets.)

Besides honoring eight new inductees, the event will recognize those from last year’s class who were saluted in a virtual ceremony. An additional 33 “legacy inductees” also will be celebrated at the ceremony in conjunction with the 100th anniversary of commercial radio.

“Jonathon Brandmeier is as talented on stage as he is behind the microphone,” said Radio Hall of Fame chairman Kraig T. Kitchin. “This year’s induction ceremony honors both our Class of 2021 as well as welcoming the 2020 inductees. We’ll need great energy on stage and Johnny B. is the perfect host.”

This year’s inductees are Alan “Brother Wease” Levin, Elliot Segal, Dan Patrick, Kim Komando, Javier Romero, Preston Elliot & Steve Morrison, Erica Farber and Bill Siemering.

Last year’s inductees were Cokie Roberts, Glenn Beck, Mark Thompson & Brian Phelps, Angie Martinez, Sway Calloway, Donnie Simpson and “The Breakfast Club” (Charlamagne Tha God, Angela Yee and DJ Envy).

Among the 33 “legacy inductees” selected by the Radio Hall of Fame steering committee were two with close Chicago connections — Don Cornelius and E. Rodney Jones.

The Radio Hall of Fame is administered by Chicago’s Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 North State Street.

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