Powel Crosley Jr. will be inducted into the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame this coming November. In 2012, retired WLW host Gary Burbank received the honor.
Powel Crosley founded WLW in 1922. WLW was known as "The Nation's Station" in the 1930s because it fed network programming to NBC and Mutual and because of its unprecedented experimental 500,000-watt transmitter in Mason from 1934 to 1939. Red Skelton, Fats Waller, Eddie Albert, the Mills Brothers, Red Barber, Doris Day, Andy Williams and Rosemary and Betty Clooney and various soap operas appeared on Crosley Broadcasting's WLW in the 1930s and 1940s.
Other National Radio Hall of Famers from Cincinnati (mostly on WLW) include Marty Brennaman, Red Barber, Gary Burbank, Norman Corwin, Wally Phillips, Jean Shepherd, Red Skelton and the "Ma Perkins" soap opera.
Larry King will host the black-tie ceremony Nov. 9 at Chicago's Museum of Broadcast Communications. Tickets ($350) may be purchased at www.radiohof.org .