ABC News Radio’s Ann Compton, the first female network correspondent to cover the White House full-time, will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame tomorrow night in Chicago. Compton, who started on the beat in 1974, has been through seven presidential campaigns. On 9/11, she was the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain on Air Force One.
Compton will be among some heady company tomorrow night: The late comedians Bud Abbot and Lou Costello, as well as the live Cincinnati Reds broadcaster Marty Brennaman, Pittsburgh Steelers commentator Myron Cope and radio humorist Jean Shepherd will also be inducted, among others.
Inductees were selected through a national balloting process that included radio executives, broadcast historians, and members of the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Regis Philbin will host, and the event will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One. It can be heard on WMAL here in Washington starting at 10 p.m.