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Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards Announced!









PITTSBURGH – MARCH 19, 2015 – The Second Annual PITTSBURGH ROCK ‘N ROLL LEGENDS AWARDS committee is happy to announce its new 2015 inductees, who will be honored during the awards event Thursday, April 23 at the Hard Rock Café, Station Square. This year’s inductees are:

  • Modern Era Legends (Groups or solo artists with 20+ years in the business)
    • Donnie Iris: Singer, gold record-winning songwriter known nationally for Top 100 hits “The Rapper,” “Ah Leah,” “Love is Like a Rock” and “I Can’t Hear You.” Member of the Jaggerz, Wild Cherry and front man for Donnie Iris and the Cruisers
  • Non-performer/music professional (Individuals with 20+ years in the business)
    • Porky Chedwick: Pittsburgh radio icon; one of the first DJs to present racially diverse music in a major city; “Daddio of the Raddio” and the “Platter Pushin’ Pappa.” Credited by many artists for breaking their records
  • Legacy Legends (Groups or solo artists with 40+ years in the business)
    • Lou Christie: Million-selling singer/songwriter known for his distinctive falsetto voice, with hit singles such as the #1 song, “Lightnin’ Strikes,” “The Gypsy Cried,” “Two Faces Have I,” ”Rhapsody In the Rain” and I’m Gonna Make You Mine”


Inductees for this year’s Legends Awards were selected through a new and extensive nominations and voting process, whereby votes were cast online by the Legends Nominating Committee comprised of local music industry experts, more than a thousand people from the general public who registered to vote, and the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards Academy of Voters – assembled for this purpose, and comprised of nearly 200 knowledgeable, local music industry pros. Final ballots were carefully reviewed and results were verified by an independent, volunteer third-party panel of judges comprised of a local CPA, a journalist and a federal judge, to assure the voting process was fair and transparent.


“The panel of judges was provided the raw data and summary of votes cast by the Nominating Committee, the Academy of Voters and the general public. We validated the votes and found the winners declared in each category to be correct. It was an honor to assist the Cancer Caring Center in this process and we wish the organization much success with the Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards event,” said Michael J. Malinsky, CPA, CGMA, senior manager at Herbein + Company, Inc.


“We know the voters had some tough choices to make, given the caliber of the slate of nominees, which speaks to the exceptional rock and roll talent we have in Pittsburgh,” noted Rebecca Whitlinger, executive director, Cancer Caring Center, which hosts the event and is the beneficiary. “We congratulate all of this year’s inductees and look forward to celebrating with them.”


The April 23 Awards event will feature special VIPs; musical guests, and performances by local all-star musicians including Donnie Iris, Joe Grushecky, Billy Price, Johnny Angel, Rick Witkowski, Ed Manion, Hermie Granati, Art Nardini, Frank Czuri and Joffo Simmons (scheduled to appear); a commemorative Hard Rock Cafe collectible pin created especially for the event; specialty cocktails and hors d’oeuvres, a live and silent auction and other surprises. Auction items collected so far, which will be viewable online for pre-event bidding several weeks before the event on, include event tickets, gift certificates and many autographed items from music and sports legends such as Bruce Springsteen, Fleetwood Mac, KISS, Tony Bennett, Rod Stewart, Joe Perry, Santana, Mario Lemieux, Pedro Alvarez and others.


Tickets for the fundraiser are on sale at Prices are the same as last year: $200 for VIP and $150 for General Admission. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. for VIP guests, and the price includes food, entertainment, a commemorative gift and two hours of open bar, while doors open at 6:30 p.m. for General Admission and includes food, entertainment and one hour of open bar. Additionally, due to numerous requests, the committee has added a limited number of tickets for guests who may wish to attend just the awards presentations and the musical performance for $50 each. Doors open for these attendees at approximately 7:30 p.m. Guests may also call the Cancer Caring Center anytime to purchase tickets at 412-622-1212.


For more information about the Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards, or to learn more about becoming a sponsor or donating an auction prize, please visit or call 412-622-1212.

About the Pittsburgh Rock ‘n Roll Legends Awards

The Pittsburgh Rock ‘N Roll Legends Awards, launched in 2014, and created as a local registry rather than a museum, honors the tremendously talented individuals and organizations that have contributed to the rich history of rock and roll in Pittsburgh. Organizers of the Legends Awards and a team of leading local musicians and industry experts have created an entity that will, over time, recognize many individuals who have played an integral role in making rock and roll music part of the fabric of life in Western Pennsylvania.


A permanent Legends display, created by Wendell August Forge, features a colorful painting of the city skyline by highly regarded local artist Johno Prascak, which hangs at the Hard Rock Café in Station Square. It will be updated as new    Legends members are inducted. Follow the Legends on Facebook and Twitter or visit the website at