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KDFC announcers nominated for Hall of Fame

Allison Engelby Allison Engel
Bill Lueth, Dianne Nicolini and Hoyt Smith
Photo: Bill Lueth, Dianne Nicolini and Hoyt Smith

Three Classical KDFC announcers — Bill Lueth, Dianne Nicolini and Hoyt Smith — are on the ballot for the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2013. All three were nominated in the Program Host category.

This marks the first time any of the station’s announcers have been nominated for the honor.

Lueth is president of KDFC, but for years did double duty as morning announcer at the station when it was a commercial enterprise. He has been part of the Bay Area radio scene for 24 years. He is also vice president of USC Radio, the entity that now operates KDFC as a nonprofit, public station along with its sister station KUSC in Los Angeles.

Nicolini is an 18-year veteran of the station and hosts “KDFC While You Work With Dianne Nicolini” weekdays from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m, which includes a daily request hour, “KDFC a la carte at Noon.” She also broadcasts Saturdays from noon to 6 p.m. She hosts the San Francisco Opera broadcasts worldwide and has been a Bay Area radio mainstay for 30 years.

Smith has worked at KDFC since 1999 and hosts “Hoyt Smith and the KDFC Morning Show” weekdays from 6:30 to 11 a.m., which includes the features “The Off to School Request at 7:30,” “The Blind Date at 8:30” and “Mozart in the Morning at 9.” He is also on the air Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. He has worked in many formats in Bay Area radio over the last 30 years, including 10 years at a smooth jazz station.

The public can vote through June 30 by visiting bayarearadio.org/hof/2013/. Results will be announced on July 20 during Radio Day By The Bay at the California Historical Radio Society’s Bay Area Radio Museum in Berkeley. The winners will be inducted in the fall.

Most categories allow only one vote, but listeners can vote for two nominees in the Program Host category.

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