Another honor came to Lon Helton, '72 as Monmouth College recognized his accomplishments as the college's Distin-guished Alumnus Award at its annual President's Homecoming Gala this past October 15th. Viewing his presentation and remarks begins at the 32nd minute...
Lon Helton's 38-year industry career began as a disc jockey at Monmouth's WRAM radio station. A few months later, he moved over to WGIL in Galesburg. He received his big break after sending an entry tape to a Billboard Magazine contest, which led to a job as the night disc jockey in Denver. Helton then worked in Chicago and, in 1986, moved to Nashville to run the country music office for Radio and Records. Six years later, he became the host of the nationally syndicated "CMT Country Countdown USA and Country's Inside Trak, while also hosting Country specials for a variety of syndicators."
Helton has interviewed countless stars over the years, from Carrie Underwood to Keith Urban to Willie Nelson. In 2006, he was inducted into the Country Radio DJ Hall of Fame.
During last November's Country Music Awards, Helton was surprised with the National Broadcast Personality of the Year Award, an honor he has received three times in six years.
Helton has been named the CMA's National Broadcast Personality of the Year an unequaled five times -- 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008, and 2010! He was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 2006.
Lon has been married to Anne for 37 years. They have two children, Amanda, 33, and Brad, 32.
Congratulations Brother Lon and we'll keep our radio dials turned in! Thanks for spending quality time at the House; the brothers enjoyed meeting you! Oh, we're in need of a band for formal...any chance an artist owes you a favor??? Just kiddin'.