lou schriver - Inducted 1985
Ramblin' Lou Shriver is blazed a solitary path starting more than a half-century ago, preaching the gospel of country music way before it became cool to be country in the northeast. Shriver earned an increasingly fine living simply by being himself-a broadcaster who played Ernest Tubb instead of Frankie Avalon, a bandleader who barnstormed the Northeast, an irrepressible salesman who cajoled merchants into investing in his radio show, and a radio station chieftain who now ranks as the only independent owner in the Buffalo radio market. In the process, he became one of the most revered country-music radio personality north of the Mason-Dixon line. Beginning as a teenager at WJJL Buffalo, NY in 1947, Schriver parlayed his love of country and his relentless pursuit of the public ear into a career that probably knows no equal. Moving to WWOL Buffalo, NY in 1964 broadened his audience, and purchasing WMMJ Lancaster NY, a Buffalo suburb, in 1970 and transforming it into WXRL gave him the ultimate bona fides as a broadcaster. Shriver was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1985, and has been inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Ramblin' Lou's Family Band continues to perform regularly, and Shriver still hosts his daily radio show each afternoon on WXRL.