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Criteria for Enshrinement:

  • Candidate must be or must have been a “long time Rhode Island on-air radio and television contributor” which would include: Disc-jockey, drive time host, talk show host, newscaster, or sportscaster whose exceptional talent, contributions, dedication and longevity earned him/her a significant degree of popularity in his/her market as well as respect from colleagues and peers.
  • Candidate must be or must have been a “long time Rhode Island radio and television station off-air contributor” which would include: General Manager, sales, business office, producer, production, and engineer whose exceptional skills, dedication and longevity contributed greatly to the success of his/her radio station over a period of many years as well as earned the respect of colleagues and peers.
  • Candidate spent significant time in Rhode Island radio or television, either on-air or off-air, and then used that experience to “springboard” to success nationally or in a major market in either radio or TV.

"Every person brings a new perspective and produces something unique."

The Shepard Award

The Rhode Island Radio Hall of Fame has created this award to recognize these two businessmen brothers for their remarkable efforts as early commercial radio pioneers and innovators, for launching Rhode Island’s first radio station, and for their keen sense of radio’s full potential.                                    
The RIRHOF proudly presents The Shepard Award to honor an important contributor to the business and support of Rhode Island radio during his/her generation through leadership, dedication, achievement, innovation, and spirit.