The term Rock n Roll was coined right here in Akron by Alan Freed on our sister station WAKR. We also landed the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland. But a lot of you as well as me have not been happy with the inductee selections. A lot of it has to do with a few individuals controlling the selections. Great musicians and bands from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s have been ignored. How can that happen? It happened because a select few have controlled the induction process. It is slowly changing but the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame needs to change faster. They’ve lost their focus. Rock n Roll is a huge spectrum. Inductions should be categorized better. Right now the categories are “performers,” “early influences,” “sideman and non-performer,” “Award for Musical Excellence,” and “Ahmet Ertegun Award.” Let’s get real. It’s 2019. How about expanding the categories to include: rock, metal, alternative, easy listening, hip hop, rap, disco. They’re all a derivative of rock. Also include independents, and session musicians.
There are more too. This way we don’t have what looks like Nortorious Big being inducted before the Doobie Brothers. The Doobies are a different definition of rock. Different audience and age group. Plus, they should have been inducted years ago. Categorize the ballot, start adding the bands that have been ignored and change the name. Change the name you say? Yes! Call it the Rock n Roll Music Hall of Fame. There are many cities that have rock and music museums. Ours must be the overall leader because music and the way people find it today has changed. Make the induction ceremonies bigger! Expand it, add a hotel and watch the popularity skyrocket. In any business, this is called, “Taking it to the next level.”