Dick Purtan, legendary host of Oldies 104.3 WOMC Detroit's "Morning Show with Purtan's People," will be inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB2006 Radio Luncheon, Tuesday, April 25, in Las Vegas. "Dick Purtan has been one of local radio's most influential figures for nearly four decades," said NAB President and CEO David Rehr. "His humorous and colorful commentary is matched only by his commitment to community service. NAB is proud to recognize him for his significant contributions to radio."
For nearly 40 years, Purtan has entertained his loyal following of listeners throughout Michigan, Ohio and Ontario with comedic commentary and topical wit. His cast of characters gives the show witty daily twists and turns, covering current events and public figures. Purtan is consistently a Detroit ratings winner and is known across the country. His dedication and commitment extend beyond his morning show. In 1993, the Detroit News recognized his charitable contributions by naming him "Michiganian of the Year." Over 18 years, his annual Salvation Army Radiothon has raised more than $10 million for the Salvation Army's Bed & Bread program. This past February, the 16-hour Radiothon brought in a record $1.7 million.
Purtan has collected many honors, including the NAB Marconi Radio Award for "Major Market Personality of the Year," which he received in 1993. He has twice received the "Radio & Records Industry Achievement Award" as "Oldies Personality of the Year" and Billboard Magazine has twice named him "Major Market Air Personality of the Year." In September 2000, Purtan hosted the NAB Marconi Awards Dinner & Show in San Francisco, where Oldies 104.3 WOMC picked up two Marconi Awards for "Major Market Station of the Year" and "Oldies Station of the Year." In 2004, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, located in Chicago.
The Radio Luncheon is the premiere event for the radio industry featuring a keynote address and the annual presentation of the prestigious NAB Crystal Radio Awards. The NAB2006 Radio Luncheon is sponsored by ASCAP. NAB2006 will take place April 22 - 27, 2006 in Las Vegas (exhibits open April 24). It is the world's largest electronic media show covering the development, delivery and management of professional video and audio content across all mediums.