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WQLN NPR Host Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

WQLN NPR has brought together some very special people and the relationships formed during the last half a century are lifelong.

“There are a lot of people that I met through WQLN that are bonded. We’re buds. That includes Gary Finney for example. So, it’s been a good way of connecting with people,” says Rob Hoff, WQLN NPR Host.

Perhaps that’s why our longest-running host on WQLN NPR shied away from the praises as he received a Lifetime Achievement Award at our Golden Anniversary party on January 7th. Instead, the recipient, Rob Hoff, looked to his colleagues – the many other hosts who have volunteered for months or years or decades – and shared his well-deserved spotlight so humbly.

“Probably four years before Rob ever met me he was my mentor. Rob is my mentor and my inspiration. He’s so knowledgeable and he’s so humble about it. Yet he’s a walking encyclopedia,” says Gary Finney, WQLN NPR Host.

For Hoff, a passion for public radio has been a defining characteristic. The moment WQLN’s radio station was created marked the beginning of a lifetime achievement.

“I think it’s helpful to have a purpose, something that drives you. Some reason to get up in the morning. Coming to the station to record those early mornings gives me a sense of being alive, being passionate,” says Hoff.