w. steven martin - Inducted 2003
In 1941, Dick Haynes began his radio career in his hometown of Beaumont, Texas. He also worked in Louisiana before joining KTSA (San Antonio) where he was host of a live music show featuring western swing legend Adolph Hoffman. From 1946 through 1980, Dick worked at various Country stations on the West Coast where he was credited with ushering in the "Town and Country" era. He remained with KLAC (Los Angeles) until 1962 after which he worked for four years at KRAK (Sacramento). He changed directions and spent six years at KFOX (Long Beach) before returning to KLAC where he remained until failing health took him off the air in 1980. Dick passed away on November 24, 1980. He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and as a renowned radio entertainer, he is fondly remembered by his listeners for his many imaginary "sidekicks," Gumdrop Gus, Wilhelmina Meadow, Sir Chester Drawers and L.A. Smog.