WRWR alumnus Tom Severino posthumously honored


Jun 13, 2022 Updated Jun 13, 2022

Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame To Induct Tom Severino

Longtime Indianapolis radio executive Tom Severino will be inducted posthumously into the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers Hall of Fame this October. Severino had two stints in Indianapolis during his 30-year including 15 years with Emmis Communications. As VP/Market Manager at Emmis, he oversaw the launch of “Hank FM 97.1” WLHK in 2005.

Severino, who died in 2009, is one of six 2022 inductees, along with “The Bob & Tom Show” co-host and news director Kristi Lee, Fort Wayne news director Ted Linn, Indianapolis station creative services director Peggy McClelland, Indianapolis news anchor John Stehr, and sportscaster and NBA player Jerry Harkness, who also will receive a posthumous induction.

Severino also is the namesake of the Indiana Broadcasters Association’s Tom Severino Leadership Award, given annually to “ an individual with at least 10 years of service with ties to radio and/or TV broadcasting in Indiana who has demonstrated passion for broadcast media with an emphasis on serving the public,” according to the IBA website.

Nominations for that award and for the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award are open through July 15.

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I’ve added more photos and graphics to the History and Evolution page, including photos of Annette Wendt Reider, Don and Venice Michel, and WRWR (Georgia’s) broadcast license.

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I’ve added three more sound clips: John Schaffner hosting a sportscast, Bill Beinke reading news headlines, and the station’s sign-off announcement — all from 1975-1976.

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This site first went live in late December 2003 and stayed almost the same for sixteen years. I did little or no work on it—and my other sites—as my wife and I worked hard and spent time and resources raising our kids.

Now, happily, both kids are in the home stretch on the way to adulthood, so it’s much easier to find time to work on fun projects like this one.

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