The award winning, and legendary radio broadcaster, Delilah, will be inducted into the National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame this coming April at the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. Her induction will formally be held during the Radio Luncheon on April 25.
The NAB Show, held April 22-27, 2017, in Las Vegas, is the world’s largest electronic media show covering the creation, management and delivery of content across all platforms. With 103,000 attendees from 166 countries and 1,700+ exhibitors, NAB Show is the ultimate marketplace for digital media and entertainment. From creation to consumption, across multiple platforms and countless nationalities, NAB Show is home to the solutions that transcend traditional broadcasting and embrace content delivery to new screens in new ways.
NAB’s Executive Vice President of Radio, John David, said that, “With her distinctive blend of story-telling, listening and encouragement, Delilah has rightfully earned the distinction of being one of the most significant voices in American radio. Delilah’s career represents the true impact that radio can have on its listeners.”
Delilah Rene Luke, an Oregon native, began her career early on while she was attending middle school. There, in her home town of Reedsport, Oregon, she started working for the local radio station as a news and sports correspondent covering school happenings. She began her broadcasting career as Delilah Rene at her first gig on a Seattle radio station. She quickly dropped the Rene and has had a firm grip on American female listeners between the ages of 25-55 for decades.
She is the most listened to woman radio voice in all of America and her more than 8 million weekly listeners places her as the fifth most listened to radio show in the country. Here are the top five most listened to radio programs in the country with the number of average weekly listeners:
All Things Considered (13.3 million)
The Rush Limbaugh Show (13.2 million)
Morning Edition (13 million)
The Sean Hannity Show (12.5 million)
Delilah (8.8 million)
Her show is defined as adult contemporary and the show, broadcast from her home studio, features callers taking about their trials and their struggles and their joys and then Delilah chats with them and chooses a song that she feels is most appropriate to the story. One of her most popular segments has always been Friday Nite Girls where she recognizes a certain niche of loyal listeners with time and prizes. She has long been known, and loved, as the “Queen of Sappy Love Songs”.
In 1996, she was on four stations but that more than doubled to twelve by 1996. She eventually migrated to Premier Radio Networks where she remains to this day. She is currently heard on Armed Forces Radio as well as on over 170 radio stations in the Premier network of stations. Her show runs every evening of the week from 7PM to Midnight Pacific Time but, as they say, check your local listings for stations and times where you live.
Delilah is also the author of three books and started a charitable foundation known as Point Hope. The foundation rescues children in need from Ghana and attends to the special needs of children who are in the foster care system. She has been married four times, divorced three times, and is the mother of 13 children; ten of whom she adopted. She always seems to mention, with more than a chuckle or two, her four tries at marriage every time a caller asks her for advice of that nature. It is just part of the warmth and self deprecating humor that has endeared her to her listeners.
She is, in real life, how she is on her show and her dedicated and loyal fan base wouldn’t have it any other way.
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