terri 385 National Radio Hall of Famer, Terri Hemmert!

Terri Hemmert with the Ramones

[photogallerylink id=36548 align=left] This weekend, our own Terri Hemmert will be inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame, acknowledging her incredible achievements as one of the country’s legendary air personalities. Coincidentally, today also marks the anniversary of Terri’s first radio show on WXRT back in 1973. Although she certainly deserves every accolade that she has received throughout her storied career, it’s really Terri’s sense of humanity that distinguishes her from the rest.

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As any of her friends, neighbors, or colleagues will readily admit, Terri’s honesty, generosity, and genuine concern for others makes her a remarkable human being by any conventional standard. She is known for being thoughtful, encouraging, enlightening, supportive, and sympathetic, while remaining completely true to her ideals. As a mentor, teacher, or co-conspirator, there is really no one who compares with the tireless efforts she’s willing to expend for others. And when she’s off the air, the sound of her hearty laughter prompts us to run down the hall to find out what we’re missing. Congratulations Terri on being XRT’s first (and only) Hall of Famer! As far as we’re concerned, you’ve already been on a pedestal for quite some time!
We love you, Aunt Terri!
Check out an archive of celebrity photos and and hear Terri talk with Frank E. Lee and Mary Dixon at the start of her first shift on WXRT after hearing the news!

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Comments (8)
  1. Christina Hannigan says:

    Congratulations, Terri!!! You deserve it. I grew up listening to you on WXRT and it is my favorite station. You make my day, every day. Thank you for that. Enjoy tomorrow night’s festivities.

  2. Bob R says:

    Congrats Terri from me and other Elmhurst College staff, students and alumni. I’ve been listening to you since your earliest days at WXRT. You always played “deep cuts” and the good music, not just Top 40 stuff. Also saw you introduce Bob Dylan at one of the most incredible concerts in 45+ years of loving rock. The best to you and please keep up the great job. Bluejays and Hemmert Rock!

  3. Ken says:

    Yes, congratulations. I too grew up listening to you, and although I live a long way from Chicago now, I recently started listening to WXRT on-line. What a treat it was to find out that you are still here!

  4. Mitch Alvarez says:

    Congrats Terri,
    Always a joy to hear your voice on the radio cause I know I’m going to hear some great music. Especially Breakfast with the Beatles. An inspiration for my own musicmaking. Keep it up!!!!!!!!!

  5. KimT says:

    Congratulations! What a fabulous achievement. Here’s hoping that we have many more years of listening to you.

    Like others who have posted here, I grew up listening to XRT. When I drive back to Chicago, the first thing I do after crossing the IL state line is turn the radio to XRT. No one dares touch the radio until we’re back out of IL.

  6. Beth Manders says:

    Warmest congratulations from the Manders family, Terri! Jeff and I have been listening to you since we were teens in the 70’s, and there is no doubt you have been influential with the music we enjoy. You watched Kyle grow up at all the Fests, and he truly does think of you as AUNT Terri! Thanks for all you’ve given and long may you rock. With love and admiration, Beth and Jeff :^)

  7. Deborah says:

    Hey Terri–congratulations! I had all my friends voting for you. Melissa says hello and congrats too!!!
    Your old buddies in continuity and traffic….

  8. Nancy Bucket says:

    Congratulations, my sister! I’m so glad the five of us have re-connected, and am looking forward to some sun & surf with everyone in March. You deserve this prestigious recognition more than anyone! Blessings.

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