Radio was the star at this year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony as The Moody Blues, Dire Straits, The Cars and Bon Jovi all acknowledged the role it played in their success.
A portion of Jon Bon Jovi's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech in which he thanks radio for their help in his rise to success:
Unbeknownst to Jon, both John Lassman, now at KQRS in Minneapolis, and Chip Hobart, now retired, were backstage Saturday. When Bon Jovi met with members of the press, Jon was surprised to see them and invited them onto the podium to thank them publicly once again and to acknowledge their role in his success.
John Lodge and Justin Hayward of The Moody Blues singled out four American disc jockeys -- Mancow, Howard Stern (who was there inducting Bon Jovi) and the late Scott Muni and Alison "Nightbird" Steele of the also deceased legendary New York station WNEW-FM.
John Lodge of The Moody Blues thanks American radio during his Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech:
For The Cars, it was a jock on Boston's former rock powerhouse, WBCN, who opened the doors for them.
Elliot Easton thanks Maxanne Sartori from WBCN for helping The Cars become successful:
And over in England, John Illsley of Dire Straits said DJs on the BBC played a role in their success.