Lon Helton, host of the nationally syndicated Country Countdown USA, is the only country representative set to be inducted into this year’s National Radio Hall Of Fame class.
Helton becomes the seventh inductee from the country format, following Bobby Bones (2017), Bob Kingsley (2016), Blair Garner (2013), Ralph Emery (2010), Gene Autry (2003) and the Grand Ole Opry (1992).
The NRHoF 2022 class will also include KOST/Los Angeles’ Ellen K, Gospel Traxx’s Walt “Baby” Love, WCBS/New York’s Broadway Bill Lee, WAXQ/New York’s Carol Miller, SiriusXM’s Chris “Mad Dog” Russo, radio executive Marv Dyson, New York Yankees Radio Network’s Suzyn Waldman and Emmis’ Jeff Smulyan.
The Class of 2022 will be honored in person at the 2022 Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Nov. 1 at Chicago’s Radisson Blu Aqua Hotel.
In addition to hosting Country Countdown USA, Helton is the Publisher of Country Aircheck, a trade magazine he founded in 2006 following his departure from Radio & Records. He’s an 11-time CMA National Personality of the Year, a five-time ACM National Broadcast Personality of the Year, and was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in 2006.
- Chris Stapleton Confirms 2024 U.K. & Ireland Arena Tour - September 26, 2023
- Dean Dillon Honored With Tennessee Music Pathways Marker - September 26, 2023
- Craig Morgan Enlists Luke Combs, Jelly Roll, Lainey Wilson, More For New EP - September 26, 2023