A Cleveland country radio icon is about to become a national Hall of Famer.
Clear Channel country WGAR/99.5 Cleveland afternoon driver Chuck Collier will be inducted into the Country Music Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville. The induction will take place on March 3, 2009.
The station says Collier was "one of a very few selected for the Class of 2009" for the Hall of Fame, and is one of "fewer than 60 radio professionals" to receive the honor over the years.
Collier got the news in a call from Lon Helton of Country Aircheck, and video of the on-air announcement - which was apparently a surprise to him - is available on his WGAR page.
Chuck has been on the air at WGAR, the station says, for over 36 years...which would mean he's survived not only many ownership changes, but dates him back to WGAR's days at 1220 AM (now Salem Christian talk/teaching WHKW)...