Rock Radio Heaven (H-I)

JOE HAGAR

Died: Feb. 23, 1999

Also known as: Smokin' Joe Hagar, Smokin' Joe Beamer, High-Gear Hagar

Stations: WRSU Rutgers, WNJH Hammonton, N.J., WMID Atlantic City, N.J., WWBZ Vineland, N.Y., WAMS Wilmington, Del., WWCO Waterbury, Conn., WDRC Hartford, WAVZ New Haven, Conn., WIFE Indianapolis, KDWB, KSTP Minneapolis, WIVY, WAIV Jacksonville, Fla., WQYK, St. Petersburg, Fla., WFLZ, WYUU Tampa, Fla.

Notes: Died at age 54 of cancer.


SAM HALE

Died: August 4, 2015

Also known as: Charlie King. Sammy Hale

Stations: WMMT, WBMC McMinnville, Tenn., WYDE Birmingham, Ala., WKDA Nashville, WQXI Atlanta, WDGY Minneapolis, WJJD Chicago, WOKY Milwaukee, WADO New York.

Notes: Georgia Radio Hall of Fame inductee, and was co-founder and vice-president of that organization. First newscaster on Army's first broadcast TV station. Left radio after 12 years in 1966 for a second career as a chartered market technician. Died at age 78.


CLARENCE HAMANN

Died: November 9, 1999, Louisiana

Stations: WJMR, WSDL New Orleans

Notes: One of the original New Orleans Poppa Stoppas. Replaced Henry J. Thiele, Jr. in 1953. Aged 81 at death.


HUNTER HANCOCK

Born: 1916, Ulvaled, Tex.

Died: August 4, 2004, Claremont, Calif.

Also known as: Ole 'HH

Stations worked at: KMAC San Antonio, KPAB, Laredo, Tex., KFVD (later KPOP), KGFJ, KBLA, KGER, KCBS-TV Los Angeles

Notes: Regarded as the first deejay in the western U.S. to play Rhythm and Blues and the one of the first to play rock 'n' roll. For years, his shows were rated #1 among black listeners in southern California. Featured on the Cruisin' album compilation, representing 1959. Left radio in 1968.


JIM HAND

Died: May 11, 1962

Stations: CJCA Edmonton

Notes: Used the slogan "a little hand in the morning." Had an incredible 87% rating from 1958 to 1962, leaving 13% for the other five stations in the city. Died of a brain tumor at age 28.


JOHN HARDING

Died: June, 1973

Also known as: John Wesley Harding (at WIBG)

Stations: KYNA-FM Des Moines, WCAO Baltimore, WIBG Philadelphia, KRIZ Phoenix

Notes: Committed suicide just before he was to start at WCFL Chicago.


BOBBY HARPER

Born: 1939, Saskatchewan

Died: July 22, 2003, Atlanta

Also known as: "Skinny" Bobby Harper

Stations: KFNF Shenandoah, La., KWKY Des Moines, Ia., KUSN St. Joseph, Mo., WING Dayton, Ohio, WSAI Cincinnati, WYSL Buffalo, N.Y., WKNR Detroit, WPLO, WQXI, WAKY, WIIN, WGST, WKLS, WLTA, WSB Atlanta, WAKY Louisville, Ky., WDAF Kansas City, Mo.

Notes: His on-air antics inspired the Johnny Fever character on the TV show WKRP in Cincinnati. His promotional stunts included riding a wild bull, running in an ostrich race and belly-flopping into an immense ice cream sundae. Brought the Beatles to Cincinnati on their first U.S. tour. Was also a colour commentator for the Atlanta Flames of the NHL. Died of cancer at age 64.


JIM HARRIOTT

Died: May 2007, Seattle

Stations: WMCA, WNBC, WCBS-AM New York, KING-TV, KOMO-TV Seattle, WJLA-TV Washington, D.C., Voice of America

Notes: One of the original WMCA "Good Guys", was well-known for his work in radio and TV news and extensive voice work. Harriott was the newscaster in the 1983 movie "War Games". Died of complications of a stroke at age 71.


GEORGE HART

Died: March 29, 1993, Pittsburgh

Also known as: Was Shawn McCoy at WXKX, Birth name was George Hartung

Stations: WOKY Milwaukee, WXKX, KQV, WFFM, WPNT, WWSW-FM, WLTJ, WEZE-FM, WPTT-TV Pittsburgh, KONO AM and FM, KSRR-FM San Antonio

Notes: Hart and Billy Soule did the last music show on KQV October 14, 1975. PD at WPNT. Was general manager at KONO AM and FM. The Pittsburgh native died of a heart attack while undergoing a liver transplant. He was 39.


STEVE HATLEY

Died: 1981

Also known as: The Box

Stations: WIBG Philadelphia, KSTP St. Paul, Minn., KAKC Tulsa

Notes: Died in motorcycle accident in Albuquerque N.M.


BRUCE HAYES

Died: November 20, 1994

Stations: KFWB, KDAY, KHJ, KFI Los Angeles, WRR, KLIF Dallas

Notes: Was the morning man at KFWB when the famed "Color Radio" debuted on Jan. 2, 1958. Bruce also acted in both dramatic TV roles and commercials. The former member of KFWB's "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen" team died of cancer.


JOCKO HENDERSON

Born: March 8, 1918, Baltimore

Died: July 15, 2000, Philadelphia

Also known as: The Ace From Outer Space

Stations: WLIB, WADO, WOV New York, WDAS, WHAT Philadelphia, WSID Baltimore

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DAVE HERMAN

Born: Huntington, N.Y.

Died: May 29, 2014, Newark, N.J.

Stations: WHTG Eatontown, N.J., WMMR Philadelphia, WABC-FM, WXRK, WNEW-FM New York

Notes: A pioneer of the free-form format, Herman hosted "The Marconi Experiment" on WMMR in the late '60s. Went to WABC-FM in 1972 and then moved to WNEW-FM where he did he morning show from 1972 to 1991. Went to WXRK before returning to WNEW-FM to do mornings again from 1997 to 1999. After his final WNEW-FM stint, he founded eYada.com, an early experiment in online talk radio. At the time of his death was in federal custody awaiting trial on charges related to a child sex sting to which he pleaded not guilty. Died at the age of 78 after suffering an aneurysm.


LARRY HIMMEL

Born: 1946, Chicago

Died: November 6, 2014

Also known as: The Cruiser (KGB-FM)

Stations: KSIV Pekin, Ill., WJOB Hammond, Ind., CJOM-FM Windsor, Ont., KGB-FM, KFMB-FM, KNSD-TV, KFMB-TV San Diego

Notes: The Chicago native started in radio in 1969, moving to television 10 years later. Spent six years at KGB-FM as "The Cruiser" in the '70s. Known for his light-hearted segments on the San Diego community at KFMB-TV, where he was a reporter-weatherman. Died of brain cancer.


DOUG HOBBS

Died: May 5, 2013, St. Catharines, Ont.

Stations: CKSL London, Ont., CKTB St. Catharines, Ont., CJRN Niagara Falls, Ont.

Notes: Once played every song Elvis recorded back-to-back on this Saturday morning oldies show. Long-time morning host and sports director for CKTB, he also broadcast the minor league St. Catharines Blue Jays for that station. An avid baseball fan, he was an official scorer for the Toronto Blue Jays from 1990 to 2012. Died following a heart attack at the age of 68.


DANNY HOLIDAY

Died: February 20, 2012

Also known as: Birth name was Danny Thygesen.

Stations: KOL, KSND, KZOK, KBSG Seattle, KPUG Bellingham, Wash., KSER Everett, Wash.

Notes: Gained fame for his "Rock 'N' Roll Time Machine" show, which focused on the music of the '50s and '60s. Was also a record promoter and worked in graphic arts in his later years. Native of Everett, Wash. Was 69 when he died after an extended illness.


FRANK HOLLER

Died: October 15, 2015, Newington, Conn.

Also known as: Justin Paige at WDAI

Stations: WPOP Hartford, AFVN Danang, Vietnam, WLW Cincinnati, WYSP Philadelphia, WDAI Chicago, WHYN-FM Springfield, Mass., WKLS Atlanta (PD), WWWW Detroit (PD), WCMF Rochester, N.Y., (PD), WCOZ Boston (PD) WDRC-AM-FM (PD), KLOU St. Louis (PD), WIOQ Philadelphia (PD)

Notes: Hosted Jukebox Saturday Night on WDRC-FM. Died at the age of 67.


SAM HOLMAN

Died: January, 1987

Stations: KOIL Omaha, KISN Portland, Ore., WIL St. Louis, WKNR Dearborn, Mich., WKTQ Pittsburgh, WLS Chicago, WABC New York, WOHO Toledo, Ohio, WPOP Hartford, Conn., KQV Pittsburgh, CKLG Vancouver, KGO San Francisco, KNEW Oakland, Calif., KEYV Las Vegas

Notes: Was program director at WABC before Rick Sklar. Did talk show at WPOP called "Hotline". Also programmed CKLG, WPOP and WLS. Was national program director of the ABC owned and operated stations. Died in 1986 at age 52.


RICK HONEY

Born: May 13, 1947

Died: February 24, 2001

Stations: CJOB-AM, CJOB-FM Winnipeg, CKPR Thunder Bay, Ont., CJCB Sydney, N.S., CKLG, CKNW, CKBD, CFUN Vancouver, CKSR-FM (STAR-FM) Chilliwack, B.C.

Notes: Named Performer of the Year by the British Columbia Association of Broadcasters in 2000. Spent 24 years at CKNW hosting the "Road Show" afternoon program. Died of cancer (he did his last show at CKBD just two days before he died). His close friend and fellow deejay Darryl B. passed away of a stroke three days after Honey's passing.


SANDY HOYT

Born: 1939, New Glasgow, N.S.

Died: August 5, 2002, Picton, Ont.

Also known as: That Nice Man on the Radio

Stations: CJCH Halifax, CIGO Port Hawkesbury, N.S., CHIQ Hamilton, Ont., CFTR, CHFI-FM Toronto (also worked in Chatham and Kitchener, Ont.)

Notes: Also appeared on Channel 11's broadcasts of the Hamilton Red Wings junior hockey team for years. Co-hosted Canwest Global TV's annual Santa Claus Parade from 1985 to 1997. Died of complications from a brain tumour at age 63.


HARTLEY HUBBS

Died: December 15, 2005

Stations: CHUM Toronto, CKWX Vancouver

Notes: Was CHUM helicopter traffic reporter in 1960s. Did news at CKWX in the '70s. Ran unsuccessfully for the Progressive Conservatives in the 1974 Canadian federal election.


EMPEROR BOB HUDSON

Born: 1939

Died: September 20, 1997, Montrovia, Calif.

Also known as: Birth name was Robert Howard Holmes

Stations: KRLA, KBLA, KFWB, KGBS, KRLA, KFI, KIEV Los Angeles, KKMI Seattle, XPRS Mexico

Notes: Billboard morning man of the year in 1966. Teamed with Ron Landry at KGBS beginning in 1971, and the two produced the Grammy-winning comedy album "Ajax Liquor Store." Hudson died Sept. 20, 1997 at the age of 66.


DICK HUGG

Born: 1928, Canton, Ohio

Died: August 30, 2006, Long Beach, Calif.

Also known as: Huggy Boy

Stations: KRKD, KWKW, KALI, KGFG, KBLA, KRLA, KRTH Los Angeles, KWKY-TV Glendale, Calif., XPRS Tijuana, Mexico

Notes: The native of Canton, Ohio, was one of the pioneering R&B deejays. In the early '50s, he broadcast a late-night show on KRKD from the window of the famous Dolphin's of Hollywood record store. Hosted dance show on KWHY-TV He was still on the air as late as 2002 playing oldies on KRTH. Died of internal bleeding at the age of 78.


PAT HUGHES

Died: 1969, Atlanta

Stations: KBOX Dallas, WQXI, WPLO Atlanta

Notes: Was early promoter of Ronnie Milsap who credits him in his autobiography. Died of diabetes.


MAURICE HULBERT

Born: July 30, 1916, Helena, Ark.

Died: December 24, 1996, Towson, Md.

Also known as: Commander Hot Rod

Stations: WDLA, WDIA Memphis, WWIN, WITH, Baltimore; WHAT, WDAS Philadelphia, WWRL New York, WBGR Baltimore (sales)

Notes: Named to Black Radio Hall of Fame in 1991.


HERB HUNT

Died: 1978, Washington, D.C.

Stations: WLCY Tampa Bay

Also known as: Johnny Rebel, Herbert L. Hunt (newscasts)

Notes: WLCY night-time jock in the '60s, hosted Tampa Bay area's first talk show, 'Open Mike'. Died of pancreatic cancer.


MIKE IVERS

Died: October 4, 2014, Westlake, Ohio

Stations: WBT Charlotte, N.C., WJAR Providence, R.I., WMJI, WGAR Cleveland

Notes: Spent more than 40 years in radio. Expert on '50s and 60s music. Hosted the Original Sunday Night Hall of Fame on WBT. Died at the age of 69.


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