WRAL-FM Director Inducted Into National Hall of Fame

WRAL-FM Director Inducted Into National Hall of Fame

Joe Wade Formicola
WRAL-Fm Program Director & Operation Manager Joe Wade Formicola

WRAL-FM Program Director & Operation Manager Joe Wade Formicola recently received honors from his alma mater, the Specs Howard School of Broadcast Arts. Based in Southfield, Michigan, the Specs Howard School nominated Formicola, a 1970 graduate, for the Career College Association’s Hall of Fame. Formicola will be inducted on June 26, 2003, in Las Vegas along with the Food Network Chef Bobby Flay.

After graduation from Specs Howard School, Formicola spent many years as a DJ on the air in Michigan for radio stations WYCD, WXYT and WJR.

“This award is special because it acknowledges not just professional but academic achievement as well,” said Formicola. “It is also a tribute to the Specs Howard School and their thousands of graduates in the radio and television industries.”

Formicola’s trophy case includes many awards for his work in radio. The Country Music Association named him its “Major Market DJ of the Year” in 1988 and Billboard Magazine awarded him “DJ of the Year” in 1976 and 1984. He holds several Addy awards and has received honors from the governors of both North Carolina and Michigan for outstanding performance in radio and television broadcasting.

“Joe Wade is a dedicated broadcaster who takes a great deal of pride in his profession,” said WRAL-FM General Manager Ardie Gregory. “All of us at FM are pleased to see Joe get this type of well-deserved recognition.”

A national organization, the Career College Association established its Hall of Fame to give national recognition to students who have had unusually successful and outstanding careers after leaving their schools.

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