Q. Where is the National Black Radio Hall of Fame Headquarters?
A. The National Black Radio Hall of Fame Headquarters are located in St. Louis, Mo. at Harris Stowe State University
Q. Are there dues to join the organization?
A. $100.00 Annual Membership Fee is non-refundable; nor the $25.00 Student Annual Membership Fee (with current ID). Non-Refundable Lifetime Membership is $500 and may be paid in a 7 month increment of $71 for six months and final payment of $74.00. Chapter Dues are to be paid in the first quarter of each year.
Q. When is the Annual Hall of Fame Induction Program.
A. Initially, the Induction Program was to rotate each year to a different chapter; however, Chapters have requested that they hold their own regional Induction and that chapters will honor some of the submitted inductees who do not have a chapter in their area at the chapter who submits their names for induction selection.
Q. What community service programs does the organization provide?
A. Currently, we have the annual Drop The Kids Speech Competition; however, we are busy developing other training programs for students in voice over production and some broadcast teachings.
Q. How many chapters are there?
A. We have four active chapters with 5 more chapters meeting to develop their entity.
Q. What is the process if I am interested in starting a chapter in my region where there is not an active chapter?
A. Anyone who has worked in the industry (past or present) may solicit their interest in joining the organization and starting a chapter once they have submitted their chapter initiation form to the organization for review. You may send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Q. Is the organization a 501c3?
A. Yes, the National Chapter is a 501c3; however, any chapter outside of the National entity that wants to submit to Grants from their State, must create their own local 501c3. The organization is tax exempt and provides community outreach, education programs, and a museum experience. The organization has two founding Board Members; Bernie Hayes and Uvee Hayes and three member on the Board of Directors.
Q. What is the Founder Bernie Hayes background.
A. Bernie Hayes has worked in radio since 1950, with his career spent in Chicago, Newark, Alexandria LA, New York City, and San Francisco. He was a member of the inaugural class of the St. Louis Radio Hall of Fame and started his career as an Armed Forces radio announcer while serving his country in the Air Force. Bernie Hayes worked at KSOL in San Francisco before landing in St. Louis at KATZ in 1965. In addition to being the Music Director and Operations Manager for KWK in St. Louis in 1969, Hayes has held executive positions at St. Louis radio stations KKSS, KIRL, WESL, KXLW, and KADI. He hosted the ‘Soul Brotherhood; and ‘Black Circle Hours’ television dance programs on KDNL TV-30 and ‘Dialing for Dollars’ on KTVI TV-2. Hayes later became the News Director at KWMU, the St. Louis NPR station broadcast from the University of Missouri. During his time in radio, Hayes also recorded songs for labels that included Stax subsidiary Volt Records and he produced a number of recording acts.