Barney Ales played an important part in the careers of Diana Ross & the Supremes, the Jackson 5, Smokey Robinson & the Miracles, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, the Four Tops, the Temptations,the Marvelettes and the entire Motown roster. As President of one of the world’s hottest labels, Barney was a major player in the success of Motown Records.Ron Alexenburg, with extensive experience in the music industry, headed up promotion for recording giant Columbia Records, was Senior Vice President and General Manager of Epic Records and CEO of Infinity Records. Among his many achievements, Ron is credited with signing Michael Jackson to Epic and releasing the most successful album of all time, “Thriller”. As a Professor at New York University, Ron Alexenburg taught Music Business, Music Promotion and Marketing. His Alexenburg Entertainment Group provides Artist Representation, Music Marketing services and Television representation with producers, syndication companies and major TV music awards programs. Ron Alexenburg serves as executive director at the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Herb Oscar Anderson, the singing dj and morning mayor of the nation’s largest city New York. During his time at WABC, with millions listening daily, HOA was top rated in the big apple for many years. Herb’s contribution to the Hit Parade Hall of Fame will be measurable, representing great recording stars of all genre’s from the 1950′s forward. Loved and appreciated by his fans, Floridians tune in WOSN FM even today to hear Herb Oscar Anderson. HOA@WOSN FM. Gil Bateman a music business veteran began his career in Seattle and moved on to LA and New York with Elektra Records, leaving Elektra he settled in the Rockies and worked with Leon Russell’s Shelter Records and later was one of the initial people involved with Windham Hill. Gil’s love of the “weeds” brought him to graphic design and web development. He found he could live where he wanted and still have three square meals a day. He began designgraphics 360 a graphics and web development firm and spends his days on the computer and in the “weeds” of Northern New Mexico. He is a co-creator of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Kent Burkhart, starting as a 1950′s disc jockey in Texas and becoming one of the nation’s top managers at WQXI in Atlanta, Georgia, Kent is a radio station owner, a group manager and highlyrespected consultant with numerous national and international successes. Inducted into the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, Kent Burkhart pioneered satellite radio and has received many prestigious awards for his contributions in the field of broadcasting. Rick Dees is a comedic performer and renowned radio personality that has made an indelible mark in the entertainment world with his captivating enthusiasm and quick-witted style. His #1 internationally syndicated radio show, The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40, is heard each weekend by more than 70 million people around the world, including virtually every city in the United States, 125 countries, 27 massive ships at sea, and on the Armed Forces Radio Network. Along with the Billboard Radio Personality Of The Year ten years in a row, the Marconi Award, the National Radio Hall Of Fame, and his induction into the National Association Of Broadcasters’ Hall Of Fame, Rick is also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition to his internationally acclaimed Countdown show, Rick’s latest ventures reflect his expansion into the digital realm, expanding distribution of his own abundant entertainment content as well as launching many online digital channels. www.rick.com Erica Farber , Former publisher and Chief Executive Officer of Radio & Records, climbed the ropes throughout her career in the radio business, becoming one of the industry’s most respected and influential businesswomen. She currently serves on The Radio Hall of Fame Advisory committee and the Southern California Radio Advisory Group of the Museum of Television& Radio. Erica is a board member of the Broadcasters’ Foundation and received an American Broadcast Pioneer Award from that organization. As a Director-at-Large on the Academy of Country Music’s Board of Directors Erica Farber is consistently voted by the readers of Radio Ink Magazine as one of “The Most Influential Women in Radio”, topping the list in 2001. Erica Farber currently serves as executive vice president at the Radio Advertising Bureau and on the Executive Committee at the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Bob Fead , a long time recording executive has served as Senior Vice President, General Manager A&M Records; Division Vice President of RCA Records; President, Pacific Arts Video; President, CEO of Famous Music at Paramount Pictures; President, CEO of The Burt Bacharach Music Group and Vice President of creative at Warner/Chappell Music. Bob is a member of the National Academy Recording Arts & Science, the Country Music Association and the National Academy of Songwriters.. John Gehron began his broadcast career programming two of the nations first major market oldies stations, WCAU-fm in Philadelphia and WCBS-fm in New York. He served as both Program Director and General Manager of WLS in Chicago before becoming General Manager of WODS in Boston and Senior Vice President of Programming for all of CBS/Infinity. John also was Regional Vice President of the seven Clear Channel stations in Chicago and General Manager of Harpo, Inc., Oprah Winfrey’s radio division. Michael J. Glynn , is a veteran personal manager and award winning producer who began his entertainment career in the early 70s booking rock bands. For over thirty years since he has provided career guidance to numerous actors, as well as recording and variety artists. He has created and/or produced many special events, in addition to video projects for home video and broadcast. Michael is the president of Mixed Media Entertainment, Inc., an entertainment management and marketing company, and is a member of the National Conference of Personal Managers.. Jack Hakim began his career in record promotion right after finishing business school in Pittsburgh. Working with Nick Cenci the duo broke more records in the mid-west and firmly established Pittsburgh as a key breakout center. The Vogues, Lou Christie were their hometown finds producing several of their smash hits. Moving on, Hakim went to Buddah, United Artist, Playboy and 20th Century Records as Vice President of Promotion and Marketing, followed by Vice President of International during the Star Wars phenomena. Leaving 20th Century to form his Independent Marketing firm Redwing Marketing Inc. 1998 was the year he retired and moved to his weekend home on the Beautiful Colorado River in Bullhead City, AZ.. Today Jack enters his second term as the Honorable Mayor/CEO of his growing city of 45K, directly across the river from Laughlin, NV. Mayor Hakim’s love for the music of sixties, seventies and eighties still remains and calls those years the greatest times of his life. You can visit his city’s site www.bullheadcity.com Ira Howard , served as Music Editor for Cash Box magazine in the early ’50s & ’60s (and was credited for coining the word “Rockabilly” in an early Country review). He then joined Screen-Gems Music as East Coast Prof. Mgr. and went on to head Belwin-Mills Music as Gen. Prof. Mgr. After joining Reader’s Digest as Music Editor in 1974, Ira rose to Executive Music Editor and Director of Artists & Repertoire (working along side fellow HPHOF committee member Gary Theroux). His creative expertise covers nearly every musical genre from country to pop, rock to rhythm ‘n’ blues, classical to Christmas, jazz to inspirational and has earned seven RIAA-certified gold and platinum records for his collections. Rollye James , one of the industry’s most experienced host’s broadcast a nightly syndicated radio talk show on numerous AM & FM stations across the nation and on XM satellite radio, channel 165. A former music editor of Billboard magazine, Rollye is considered an authority on all genre’s of music, with great expertise on Rhythm & Blues history. www.rollye.net . George Klein , a close friend of Elvis Presley since they attended school together in Memphis, is also a celebrated disc jockey who’s “Celebrity Hotline” is featured on Sirius satellite’s Elvis Radio, a 24/7 all Elvis Presley radio channel that features the entire spectrum of his career, hit singles, the “Sun” years, movie soundtracks and concerts. Broadcasting from Graceland, George Klein is heard Friday’s 3-7pm, Monday’s 8pm til’ Midnight and Wednesday’s from 3am-7am, all Eastern Standard Time on Sirius. Michael Lloyd , the prolific and talented record producer has accumulated in excess of 100 gold and platinum records – well over 72 albums and 34 singles ranging from Pop & Rock to Country & Jazz, R&B & Gospel. Additionally, Lloyd has provided scoring/music supervision/song writing, song placement and/or music producing for over 100 motion pictures, 11 TV movies, 12 television specials & 30 television series. Michael Lloyd works have been recognized by such organizations as the Grammy’s, the American Music Awards, the Academy Awards, the Dove Awards (the Christian Music equivalent of the Grammy), NARM (the National Association of Record Merchants) and The Golden Globe Awards. He is featured in Who’s Who in America, in California & in Entertainment. His recording success spans five decades, from the 60′s to the present. Jim Long is highly experienced in the development of Intellectual Properties, with extensive business holdings focusing on music production, master recordings, music publishing, and broadcast licensing and syndication. As owner with interests in twenty-six radio and television stations, Jim Long founded/co-founded numerous broadcast and radio syndication companies, including: Dallas based TM Productions/Starr Broadcasting, FirstCom/Jim Long Music and a Nashville based music and publishing group, OneMusic. Jim currently owns and operates Point Classics Library www.pointclassics.com one of the world’s largest classical music catalogs, with over 3500 major compositions – Long has also created a new music service company, CrucialMusic now headquartered in Los Angeles. http://www.crucialmusic.com Wink Martindale , a veteran radio personality and host of Music of Your Life, Recording artist, TV Game Show Host of 19 broadcast network, National Cable and syndicated television game shows including, “Tic-Tac_Dough”, “Trivial Pursuit”, “Can You Top This”, “Gambit”, “High Rollers” & “Debt”. With his recently published autobiography “Winking At Life”, he is also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. www.WinkMartindale.com . Sonny Melendrez , a multi talented TV host, actor, writer and radio personality on Los Angeles stations, KIIS, KMPC, KFI, KMGG & KRLA, was twice Billboard Magazine’s “Radio Personality of the Year.” Also named “Hispanic Radio Personality of the Year,” and Inducted into the “Texas Radio Hall of Fame.” Sonny is also host of the award winning children’s television series, “You And Me, Kid” on the Disney Channel. www.SonnyRadio.com Pat O’Day started his radio career in the mid 50′s as a disc jockey on a small Astoria, Oregon radio station and would become legendary in Pacific Northwest radio by building KJR-Seattle into a powerhouse that exposed and introduced many local recording artists to national stardom. Pat’s Concerts West was one of the nations biggest concert promotion firms presenting many superstar acts including the Beatles, Seattle’s Jimi Hendrix and providing a stage for numerous local bands. Pat also owned several radio stations in the northwest and in Hawaii. Jerry Osborne , after high school he began a 14 year career in radio before publishing “Record Digest,” “Music World,” “DISCoveries” and becoming the celebrated columnist of the weekly syndicated newspaper feature, “Mr. Music,” answering fan questions about their favorite Hit Parade stars. A frequent guest of numerous major radio and TV programs discussing the record collecting hobby, Jerry is also an accomplished emcee, managing shows with virtually all of the top stars of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. http://www.jerryosborne.com/ Russ Regan is a music-industry legend who played a major role in the careers of the biggest names of recorded music as he headed up labels such as Uni, 20TH Century Fox & Polygram Records. Dozens of recording artists, including super stars Elton John, Neil Diamond, Barry White, Olivia Newton-John and the Beach Boys have Russ to thank for opening the door wide for their success. Supervising the soundtracks for “Flashdance,” “Chariots of Fire,” “The Karate Kid,” “Spinal Tap,” and “A Chorus Line,” recordings Russ Regan has been involved with during his career have racked up sales of over one billion records, worldwide. As a founding member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame, Russ Regan serves of the executive committee. Steve Resnik , a veteran record promotion and marketing executive is a collector and premiere authority on hit recording of the past fifty years. A “Promotion Man of the Year” award winner, Steve has been involved in the careers of numerous recording stars. His library of recordings is a collection of every single top 100 Billboard hit since 1955. Red Robinson’s roots go back to the beginning of Rock’n’Roll. Red was spinning the hits on Vancouver’s CJOR while still in high school in 1954. He was the first DJ to play rock’n’roll on a regular basis in Canada. In 1957, Red jumped to Vancouver Top 40 giant CKWX, where he met Buddy Holly and Elvis and was MC for Elvis’ appearance. A move to Portland’s KGW in 1959 gave Red experience in television. Shortly after returning to Vancouver in 1961, Red was hired as Program Director at Top 40 newcomer C-FUN, and he turned it into a rock’n’roll powerhouse. In 1964, Red introduced the Beatles on the same stage where Elvis appeared seven years earlier. As part of EXPO 86, Red presented The Legends of Rock’n’Roll, featuring 40 acts including Ray Charles, Roy Orbison, Fats Domino, Jerry Lee Lewis and the Righteous Brothers. He was elected into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame in 1994, the Canadian Broadcast Hall of Fame in 1997, and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame in 2000. Red “retired” from radio in 2001, but continues to broadcast his Oldies show Sundays on CISL. In his honor, Great Canadian Gaming Corporation opened the 1100-seat Red Robinson Show Theatre in Vancouver on September 15, 2006.. http://www.redrobinson.com/ John Rook has been involved with entertainment for over half a century. While attending the famed Pasadena Playhouse in the mid 50′s he was a bit actor in Hollywood films and TV series’. Encouraged to begin a career in radio by Tennessee Ernie Ford and his close friend Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame legend Eddie Cochran, John became a disc jockey, an award winning program director/consultant and a owner of radio stations. John is also co-creator of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame . www.JohnRook.com . John Rosica , as an executive with RCA, A&M and Paramount Records was well prepared as founder of his own public relations firm. As chief strategist of Rosica Strategic Public Relations, he is credited with making his very first client, Wally Amos, “Famous Amos” a major success. John Rosica has been inducted into the Public Relations Hall of Fame and his firm is the official public relations agent for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. http://www.rosica.com. Ed Salamon headed Programming of a major radio network for more than two decades, most recently as President/Programming of the Westwood One Radio Network. Ed has demonstrated his passion for the wide range of artists who are candidates for the Hit Parade Hall of Fame by preserving the history of popular music through radio shows he has created and conducted interviews for including “Dick Clark’s Rock Roll and Remember”, “The Great Sounds”,Solid Gold Country” and many others. He has also produced retrospective albums and written liner notes for dozens of artists including The Skyliners, The Platters and The Ink Spots. Ed Salamon was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2006. Jerry F. Sharell , a veteran entertainment company exec, instrumental in the success of hundreds of recording stars while at A&M, Buddah and was a ten year vet at Elektra-Asylum Records as Senior VP. Served as SVP at MCA Home Video, Westwood One network and handled all corporate PR/Special Events at WEA Corp. Formerly President/CEO of Society of Singers, a non-profit organization founded in 1984 that provides emergency financial aid to professional singers in need. Also presents vocal scholarships to talented/needy youngsters. Sharell is a voting member of The Recording Academy and produced the ELLA Award for SOS annually. A founding member, Jerry Sharell serves on the executive board of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Scott Shannon is a celebrated radio personality and programmer. Named the “Most Influential Programmer of the Past 20 Years” in a survey of his peers by Radio & Records, he’s also been honored five times as “Programmer of the Year” by Billboard Magazine. Scott has been inducted into the National Broadcaster’s Hall of Fame in Washington D.C., the National Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago and is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. Since 1991, Scott has been Program Director and morning co-host at WPLJ-FM in New York City. He is also heard across the U.S. on the syndicated Scott Shannon’s True Oldies Channel, for which he won a Marconi Award as “Syndicated Personality of the Year” in 2010. Prior to his time at ‘PLJ, Scott developed the “Morning Zoo” format in Tampa, built New York’s Z-100 into a Top 40 powerhouse and launched Pirate Radio in Los Angeles. He is also an acknowledged authority on music from early rock ‘n roll to today’s hits. Allen Shaw, a broadcast executive who started as a teenage disc jockey, graduating to program director before heading up radio divisions for ABC, Summit Communications, Beasley Broadcasting, Crescent Communications and Centennial Broadcasting . Allen is the winner of the National Association of Broadcasters “Marconi Award.” Michael Sigman is a media consultant and the president of Major Songs, a music publishing company which owns the copyrights to many standards written by his late father Carl Sigman as well as new material by contemporary writers.Prior to his current activities, Sigman was the president and publisher of LA Weekly, the nation’s largest alternative newsweekly, from 1990-2002. He was also the founding publisher of OC Weekly, sister paper to LA Weekly, when it was launched in 1995. In January of 2000, he also assumed the role of Executive Vice President of Village Voice Media (owners of eight alternative weeklies nationwide). Prior to joining LA Weekly, Sigman was a music journalist, and served as a reporter, then managing editor, then editor-in-chief of Record World Magazine, a leading music industry weekly, from 1972 to 1982.Michael Sigman graduated Phi Beta Kappa and Magna Cum Laude, with a BA in Philosophy, from Bucknell University in 1971. A native New Yorker, he now resides in Los Angeles and Manhattan. Joe Smith , alumni of Yale and top rated Boston radio personality, one of the most influential executives in the music industry as president of Warner Bros. Records, Chairman of Elektra/Asylum, Capitol/EMI and president of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. His keen ear discovered and/or guided the careers of a Who’s Who in popular music. Among those who benefited from his expertise are Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr., Petula Clark, Peter, Paul & Mary, James Taylor, Neil Young, Bob Newhart, Bill Cosby, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart, Bonnie Raitt, Garth Brooks, Van Morrison, Jimmi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell and the Grateful Dead. Gary Theroux , DJ, actor, narrator, commercial spokesman, scriptwriter and UCLA instructor, Gary is also a entertainment historian with a deep knowledge and understanding of music and pop cultures of all eras and genres, allowing him to create definitive collections in a broad spectrum of styles, from pop and rock to country and classical, jazz and R&B to inspirational and comedy. Maintaining over 250,000 files (bios, photos, reviews, etc.) on more than a century of hit music, films and television programming,his half-million reference recordings, along with film, video, thousands of artist interviews and a vast reference book library provides the Hit Parade Hall of Fame with volumes of research and expertise.
HIT PARADE HALL OF FAME BOARD MEMBERS WHO’VE PASSED ON
Bill Young , an award winning radio programmer, Film and TV Producer. His Bill Young Productions, headquartered in Houston, is the leading Radio, TV, Internet & Print Production facility in the nation, producing over 50,000 commercials annually and music videos for an elite roster of recording stars. Bill and his partner, Olympic Champion Mary Lou Retton, are Co-Producers of “Mary Lou’s Flip Flop Shop”, a children’s TV series airing nationally on PBS. Bill is Associate Producer of the hit Broadway Musical “Jekyll & Hyde”. www.Concerts.com .
Larry Lujack’s unique wit and style has made him one of the nations best known on-air radio performers. In 2004,“Superjock” Lujack was inducted into the Chicago Radio Hall of Fame and in 2008, Larry Lujack was inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame at their annual convention in Las Vegas. During his career on the air Larry is credited with being among the first to give exposure to dozens of new recording artist. Many who are now in the Hit Parade Hall of Fame.Al Coury embarked on his music career in 1957 with Capitol Records where he rose to the position of Vice President, helping develop the careers of the Beatles, Nat King Cole, the Beach Boys and Linda Rondstadt and many others before becoming president and co-founder of RSO Records where Al, working extensively with the Bee Gees, unleashed “Saturday Night Fever”, followed by “Grease” and Eric Clapton’s “Slow Hand”. Another giant hit for Al with the soundtrack to the movie, Flashdance, with the song, “What a feeling”, winning a Grammy and an Oscar for song of the year in 1984. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Coury. Al passed away peacefully August 8, 2013 surrounded by his family. George Wilson, starting out as a professional baseball player, he became a sports announcer and then a disc jockey in the 1950’s. As a broadcast executive with Bartell Broadcasting and the Starr group of stations he was twice honored as National Program Director and named by his peers as Radio Executive of the Year. George served as station manager, President and board member of major radio broadcast groups. George passed on April 10, 2013 following a heart attack and a long battle with cancer. He was a founding member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. Steve Popovich , a mega-platinum hitmaker, Grammy-winning producer, Promotion man & music fan, Steve’s all of these. His career spans every side of the music industry, as an A&R man for Epic Records, where he signed performers such as Michael Jackson, Ted Nugent, Cheap Trick and Boston. He founded Cleveland International Records in 1977, a label that features a diverse line-up of hits, classics and niche releases. His music has received 6 polka Grammy nominations, and has won 2. Though his record label, Cleveland International Records is most often identified with its most famous release, Meat Loaf’s “Bat Out of Hell” – an album that has sold more than 30 million units- the indie label spans all genres of music. “I’ve always tried to keep an open mind and stay away from the tunnel vision you sometimes see in the music industry”, says Popovich. “My musical tastes include everything from country to R&B to rock to ethnic to everything in between”. A perfect fit for being a member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame nomination committee. Steve Popovich, 68, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., passed away June 8, 2011, at his residence. . Clay Cole is legendary, starting at 15 years of age he was performing on radio and on stage before hosting a pop-music television show. A pioneer with TV’s rock n’ roll studio dance shows, it would be hard to find a recording artist who didn’t appear on the Clay Cole Show. Chubby Checker, the Rolling Stones, the Beatles, NeilDiamond, Dionne Warwick, Simon & Garfunkel, Tony Orlando, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Lovin’ Spoonful, Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons, the Young Rascals, Moody Blues, Gerry & the Pacemakers, the Dave Clark 5, Yardbirds, Animals, Who, Doors, and Herman’s Hermits are just a few that achieved stardom after being introduced by Clay Cole. Clay Cole was a founding member of the Hit Parade Hall ofFame. He semi-retired to Oak Island on the North Carolina Coast where he died on December 18, 2010 at 72 years of age. http://www.claycoleshow.com/ Shelby Singleton , Producer, publisher, began his illustrious music career by promoting stars of the famed Louisiana Hayride of the 50′s, was instrumental in the careers of numerous recording stars including, Patti Page, Clyde McPhatter, Brook Benton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Tom T. Hall, Charlie Rich, Roger Miller and others. He became owner of Sun Entertainment Corporation and Sun Records, in Nashville, Tennessee. Shelby was a founding member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame. At 77 years of age, he died on October 7th, 2009. http://www.sunrecords.com Bill Drake began his career as a disc jockey while still in high school. After graduation his expertise as a programmer at WAKE in Atlanta led to similar successes at KYA in San Francisco, KYNO in Fresno and KGB in San Diego. Given the responsibility of programming KHJ inLos Angeles in the mid 60’s, in just a matter of months the RKO station was #1 in the worlds most competitive radio market. Drake repeated the achievement with all of the other RKO radio stations, which consisted of WRKO in Boston, WOR-FM New York, CKLW Windsor/Detroit, and WHBQ in Memphis. By the late 60’s and early 70’s his Drake-Chenault had become a massive organization offering sales and programming in six different formats to more than 350 full time radio stations. With numerous awards, including for the creation of the widely acclaimed 52 hour radio special “The History of Rock and Roll, his contributions are unequaled in radio. Bill Drake was inducted into the California Broadcasters Association Radio Hall of Fame in 1996 and the Georgia Radio Hall of Fame in 2007. A charter member of the Hit Parade Hall of Fame nominating committee, Bill Drake passed away on November 29, 2008.