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.