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Cornelius To Be Inducted Into Illinois Hall


The late Don Cornelius will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame exactly 42 years after “Soul Train” debuted from Chicago studios. Illinois Broadcasters Association President Dennis Lyle said, “Sadly, our previously planned 2012 induction of Mr. Cornelius will now be a posthumous induction. That said, his well-deserved induction allows us to formally recognize the genius behind “Soul Train” and celebrate his countless contributions to our industry.”

Cornelius learned of his invitation for IBA Hall of Fame induction just days before his untimely death late last year. IBA Director Emeritus Marv Dyson, a personal friend of the famous host, reached out to Cornelius last December to personally deliver the invitation and reported Cornelius was delighted to learn of the news and graciously accepted the invitation for 2012 induction. Days later, Cornelius passed away.

As with all of IBA’s Hall of Fame inductions, the August 17th Cornelius induction is a private event open only to IBA-member stations and guests.

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