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Lon Helton of “Country Countdown USA” Earns Nomination for Radio Hall of Fame [Vote Now]
by Jim Casey | @TheJimCasey | July 14, 2019

Lon Helton, the longtime host of Country Countdown USA, has been nominated for the Radio Hall of Fame.

Lon is one of four nominees in the Music Format: On-Air Personality category, along with Hollywood Hamilton, the Mark & Brian Show, and Ryan Seacrest.

From July 15 to July 28, fans have the opportunity to vote for their favorite personality in the aforementioned category. The winners will be determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame’s nominating committee. The outcome of the fan vote counts as one vote among the committee votes.

TEXT 20 to 877-370-VOTE (8683)…….(20 indicates you’re voting for LON) or… can also vote by going to

Lon has been host of Country Countdown USA since its inception in 1992. Lon was named CMA National Personality of the Year in 2002, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2018. In 2009, 2012, 2014, 2016, and 2018, he won that honor from the Academy of Country Music. Lon was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame in 2006.
Inductees will be announced on Aug. 5. The induction ceremony will take place in the fall.

Music Format On-Air Personality
Hollywood Hamilton
Lon Helton
Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps)
Ryan Seacrest

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