PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio1020 KDKA) – The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – Pittsburgh Edition kicks off tonight! The inaugural inductee took time out of his day before the big ceremony to talk with KDKA Radio’s Bill Rehkopf on the KDKA Afternoon News.
Rich Engler, long-time Pittsburgh concert promoter and author of “Behind the Stage Door,” is the first inductee to the Pittsburgh Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KDKA’s Dave Crawley Reports:
With so many musical hits and people coming out of the Steel City, the rush of being named the inaugural inductee may be overwhelming to some people, and Engler talks about getting the call.
“I was really, really, really shocked and humbled and just overwhelmed with emotional. Whenever they told me, it was about two months ago and they said, ‘Rich, plus, you can’t do anything for the event.’ I’m always such a hands on person that they gotta know everything’s going to be a surprise,” Engler said.
The Pittsburgh Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Celebration will benefit the Cancer Caring Center. Tickets both General Admission and VIP were sold to raise money for the center, and those attending are in for a special night.
This year isn’t even in the books officially yet and they are already starting to throw names around for next year and previous years. Who does Engler think should be honored and inducted after him?
“There are so many names, my partner Pat Dicesare, and there has been the suggestion of Porky and several others, on and on, and I think they are all worth of the honor, absolutely,” Engler said.
For those attending, it should be a night full of good music, food and company – a night that Engler thinks will be one he soon won’t forget.
“Life has very few magically moments and this has to be one of them for me,” he said.
You can listen to the whole interview here: