John Records Landecker to Be Inducted Into NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame

WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Legendary Top 40 disc jockey John Records Landecker will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the 2020 NAB Show. The induction will occur during the Achievement in Broadcasting Dinner on Monday, April 20 at the Encore in Las Vegas.

Landecker is best known for his tenure at WLS-AM Chicago, where he reached audiences in 40 states. His signature included incorporating satirical songs and bits based on current events into the program, as well as his trademark saying, “Records truly is my middle name.” While broadcasting nationally, he introduced some of the first interactive phone features on Top 40 radio, a style that still populates airtime today.

His 50-year broadcast career began as a high school student at WOIA-AM in Saline, Michigan. He stayed on the air throughout college in Michigan, working at WTRK-AM Flint, WERX-AM Grand Rapids and WILS-AM Lansing. Landecker entertained listeners across the world, with stints at WIBG-FM Philadelphia; CFTR-AM Toronto; WPHR-FM Cleveland, Ohio; WJMK-FM Chicago; and WGN-AM Chicago.

“John Records Landecker’s influence as a disc jockey has continued to shape the radio industry well-beyond his national departure,” said NAB’s Executive Vice President of Industry Affairs Steve Newberry, a former broadcaster and station owner. “His induction into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame symbolizes the personal connection between DJs and the audience that inspires to new broadcasters to enter and evolve radio.”

Landecker was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2017 and was named Billboard Magazine’s Radio Personality of the Year in 1977. His on-air talent and contributions to the radio industry are memorialized in the radio exhibit at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland.

Additionally, Landecker has released six albums of his work and written an autobiography titled “Records Truly Is My Middle Name.” He currently hosts a weekly program on his hometown station WEFM-FM Michigan City, Ind.

Last year’s NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame inductee for radio was Urban One founder Cathy Hughes. Explore the complete list of past inductees here.

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Ann Marie Cumming