Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Nominations

PLEASE NOTE: You may submit a nomination for the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame by using the form located below on this page.

Please read and review the criteria listed herein before making your nomination.


The following is a primary listing of criteria to be considered for nomination and induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame.


Nominees shall be considered under the following categories:

  • Performers (Announcers, Disk Jockeys, Program Hosts)

  • Pioneers (generally pre-1965)

  • Engineering

  • Management (including executives, ownership and station management)

  • Specialty (including programming, production, traffic, weather, columnists, etc.)

  • Sportscasting

  • Programs

  • Legendary Stations

Nominees may be eligible in multiple categories, but will be placed on the ballot in one primary category only. (A person may only be elected once into the Hall of Fame.)


The criteria for eligibility in the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame includes many intangibles — there are no statistics or championships by which to judge a nominee.

At its very essence, we try to keep in mind one fundamental question:

Can you tell the story of Bay Area radio without including this person in it?

Some basic criteria to keep in mind:

  • Nominees must have worked in commercial or non-commercial radio broadcasting as an on-air personality, manager, writer, producer, engineer, developer or in another capacity in which the nominee exhibited exceptional and extraordinary ability and/or attained significant and notable popularity or recognition for their work, and

  • A nominee must have been born or raised in one of the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties* and achieved national or international fame in radio broadcasting in the Bay Area or elsewhere, or
  • A nominee must have relocated to the Bay Area and achieved his or her greatest fame or distinction in the Bay Area, and
  • A nominee must have made an extraordinary impact on the broadcasting history of the Bay Area for which he or she received widespread recognition, or
  • A nominee must have contributed significantly to the growth and development of radio broadcasting as an industry primarily through his or her work in the Bay Area; also
  • Nominees may have been part of an ensemble cast (two or more performers) on a regularly-scheduled program for which multiple cast members may receive nomination. (For example, two members of a morning-drive broadcast team may be nominated either separately or jointly; or all regular performers of a serial drama may be nominated as an ensemble under the Program category, or individually as a Performer.) The program shall have originated primarily in the Bay Area, and shall have aired on a Bay Area radio station.

* — For the purposes of this document, the nine counties comprising the San Francisco Bay Area shall be identified as Alameda County, Contra Costa County, Marin County, Napa County, San Francisco County, San Mateo County, Santa Clara County, Solano County, and Sonoma County.

ELIGIBILITY AGE: A nominee’s age shall not impact upon his or her eligibility. A nominee does not have to be currently active in the industry to be eligible for induction.


Nominees are selected for induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame by a majority vote of active members** of the California Historical Radio Society (CHRS) and the Broadcast Legends, and current inductees of BARHOF (as of the previous year’s class of inductees).

In addition, one nominee in the Performer category will be inducted into BARHOF through a vote of the general public as the Sherwood Award honoree in the Legend category.

Broadcasters currently working on the air at a station located in the Bay Area are eligible for the annual Sherwood Award in the Active category, with voting by the public. The recipient of the Sherwood Award in the Active category is not inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame. Members of BARHOF that are still working on the air at a Bay Area radio station are eligible for the Sherwood Award in the Active category.

The annual inductee in the Engineering category is selected by the Bay Area chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE 40). The board of directors of the Bay Area Radio Museum selects the annual inductees in the Pioneer category, and the annual recipient of Legendary Station status.

** – You must be an active member of CHRS and/or Broadcast Legends as of March 1 of the current year to be eligible to vote for the current year’s class.

Nomination Process

Although the Bay Area Hall of Fame inducts its new members each Autumn, you may enter a nomination at any time.

Nominees must meet the criteria outlined above. To submit your nomination, please use the form below.

In submitting your nomination, please include a detailed but concise overview (approximately fifty words) of the nominee’s accomplishments, citing all applicable criteria.

Nominations for the current year’s BARHOF class closes on January 31. Nominations received after January 31 will be considered for the following year’s class.

 Please check the list of all-time BARHOF honorees to confirm that your nominee has not already been inducted.

Submit A Nomination For BARHOF

Please be sure that you have reviewed the criteria listed above on this page and that you have compiled detailed information about your nominee before making your submission.

Who is the person you are nominating?
What category does this person best fit into? If the nominee fits into multiple categories, please select the primary category he or she is best known for. If a primary category (such as Performer, Newscaster or Sportscaster) does not apply, please select Specialty.
Please list the Bay Area stations that the nominee worked at, including the years affiliated with those stations (if known). If the nominee is a sportscaster, please list the local teams he or she worked with, including the years he or she broadcast for that team.
Please give a detailed explanation of the nominee's significant contributions to Bay Area radio through his or her work on the air or behind the scenes. Please list specific accomplishments, including awards received, ratings and other achievements. Nominations lacking sufficient detail will not be accepted.
Please enter the name of the person making the nomination.
REQUIRED. Please enter the email address of the person making the nomination. Submissions from invalid email addresses will be discarded
Please enter any additional information we should consider.

PLEASE NOTE: Limit of one nominee only per submission. Incomplete nominations will not be considered.

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