The St. Louis Media History Foundation has announced its Hall of Fame members to be inducted at a gala on Saturday, March 17, at St. Louis City Center Hotel, 400 South 14th Street, in downtown St. Louis. The public is invited.

KSDK's Deanne Lane; KMOV and KSDK's Al Wiman; Former Post-Dispatch basketball writer Dave Dorr; Pulitzer Prize winning photographer J.B. Forbes; and  others will be inducted that night.'s Editor-in-Chief Rob Rains and content manager Sally Tippett Rains are on the list of those being inducted-- going in as a duo.


In alphabetical order, the inductees are:

Dave Dorr: A veteran St. Louis Post-Dispatch sports writer (1966-2001), Dorr also was a Sporting News college basketball columnist, and was twice named Sports Writer of the Year by the National Sports Media Association.

Paul Fey/Walt Jaschek: Founders of Paul and Walt Worldwide in 1991, they quickly gained recognition and numerous ADDY and CLIO awards for their highly creative national radio campaigns for CBS-TV, NBC, King World, and many other clients.

J.B. Forbes: Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for more than 42 years, Forbes is a master at using his photojournalistic talents to capture colorful images, supporting thousands of sports, hard news, and feature stories for the newspaper.

Tripp Frohlichstein: A former news editor at the former KMOV-TV, Frohlichstein founded MediaMasters to teach executives to communicate with the public through the print, broadcast and online media. *

Henry Hampton: An author and award-winning filmmaker, Hampton produced the highly acclaimed PBS documentary “Eyes on the Prize” about the civil rights struggle, and that was after he had already produced 60 documentaries focusing on democracy, diversity, culture and civil society. *

Mary Lou Hess: Chief marketer for May Department Stores and Plaza Frontenac, Hess later started her own consultancy, was the first woman admitted to the Ad Club of St. Louis, and its first female president. *

Cleora Hughes: She began her 41-year reporting career at the Post-Dispatch in the mid-1960s, and later became editor of the entertainment section, the first African-American woman at the Post-Dispatch to occupy such an important editorial position.

Bob Joiner: Distinguished for his informed reporting, Joiner was an outstanding journalist for the St. Louis American and the Post-Dispatch, where he was a beat reporter, wire editor, editorial writer, columnist, and a member of the newspaper’s D.C. bureau. He also covered medical issues for KWMU/St. Louis Public Radio.

Jim Kirchherr: The Senior Director of Content at KETC/The Nine Network, where he has worked since 1991, Kirchherr oversees production of local broadcast and digital content, documentaries, public affairs specials, and town halls. As a producer, host and writer, he has won 26 regional Emmy Awards.

Deanne Lane: A staff reporter and news anchor, Lane worked for more than 24 years at KSDK Channel 5. She was recognized for her reporting on news stories of the day, and unique, investigative series.

George “The G” Logan: A popular radio DJ in the mid-1950s on KXLW in St. Louis, “The G’s” style of broadcasting and imitation of Black radio helped lay the foundation for what would become “rock and roll radio” here and across the country. *

Bill Miller Sr.: Joining the Washington Missourian after returning from the Korean War in 1953, Miller worked his way up from reporter to publisher of the newspaper his family has owned since 1937. The Missourian is known for fair and accurate reporting, mixing country journalism with tough editorial stances on local and regional issues.

George Noory: Host of “Coast-to-Coast,” which can be heard nightly by millions of listeners on more than 600 radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Guam, Noory is a longtime St. Louisan, a former news director at KSDK-TV, and a former late-night host on KTRS Radio.

Rob Rains & Sally Tippett Rains: Rob Rains has been covering sports in St. Louis for more than 30 years in print, 20 years on radio, and he’s written more than 30 books,  including two he co-wrote with Sally Rains. Most of Rob Rains' books were written with or about the greats in St. Louis sports. Sally Tippett Rains started in the Sports Department at KMOX Radio writing and producing for Bob Costas, Bill Wilkerson and others of that era. Today they work together and moved into the digital world with in 2011.

John Rawlings: Senior Vice President and Editorial Director of The Sporting News for 18 years and a longtime sports writer, Rawlings was an excellent editor and later, the driving force in helping Major League Baseball – and TSN – to develop websites and go online in the early days of the Internet.

Brother George Rueppel, SJ: He is the founder of radio station WEW (We Enlighten the World) in 1921, the first station west of the Mississippi, which was owned by St. Louis University. Under Bro. Rueppel’s watch, WEW became the second station in the U.S. authorized to broadcast weather forecasts, the first to include river reports, and later that year, market reports – regular features in today’s broadcasting world. *

Al Schweitzer: The last surviving member of the Post-Dispatch’s original art department. For more than 30 years, Schweitzer was considered one of the finest draftsmen in the newsroom. He “covered” trials, drew countless political portraits and 
illustrations, and the first to consistently sketch the Weatherbird in color.

James Roy Stockton: Legendary Post-Dispatch sports writer who covered of the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals for 43 years (1915-1958). Stockton also wrote the baseball classic The Gas House Gang and a Couple of Other Guys, hosted a radio sports program for 15 years, and was part of the first telecast of a baseball game in St. Louis in 1947. He was the winner of MLB’s J.G. Taylor Spink Award in 1972. *

Susan Veidt: Regional President of Fleishman-Hillard, Veidt has helped guide the growth of FH into one of the world’s largest communications agencies. She has led major client accounts since 1986, and spearheaded numerous campaigns, such as “Change Your Clocks, Change Your Batteries” for Eveready Battery Co.

Al Wiman: A longtime medical reporter at KMOX/KMOV-TV and KSDK-TV, Wiman won numerous medical and science awards during his 29 years in broadcasting. He is known for his innovative medical series, including coverage of his own prostate cancer surgery, which led to a marked increase in men seeking prostate exams.

(* - Inducted posthumously)


St. Louis Media History Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that seeks to preserve the history of St. Louis Media. The Foundation is actively involved in pursuing all aspects of preserving local media history and has a wing in the Karpeles Manuscript Museum. They have an oral history effort in which media veterans are encouraged to share their memories for posterity. 

The Foundation maintains the St. Louis Media Halls of Fame and has established a college scholarship in the name of Joe Pollack, who was an original board member. All donations, both financial and material-related, are tax-deductible. I

They encourage anyone reading this that if you worked in St.Louis media,  contact them and share your memories and discuss ways in which the Foundation can work with you to preserve those memories. Financial donations to help their efforts.