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    Individuals & Bands Inducted in 2007

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    Bob Akers

    Bob Akers

    Born: Fayettville, N.C.
    Biography: Began his driving career with Overnite Transportation Co in the early 60's. Bob could handle a truck better than anyone when he was growing up in Fayettville. He worked for many different trucking companies while attending High School. Bob could back a tractor and trailer into spots that seemed impossible for most drivers. He could also back to a dock leaving only two or three inches between the dock
    and the trailer and do it time after time plus backing into docks on the blind side between trailers without putting a scratch on either trailer.

    Bob drove for thousands of miles without an accident out on the road or in the city. That's quite an accomplishment especially when those thousands of accident free miles became millions of miles accident free. Bob has driven in every major city in America handing the freeways and city streets to make deliveries to unknown destinations with the least amount of problems backing his rig into spots that would not accommodate a Volkswagen .

    Bob transferred to Oklahoma City in 1979 and entered his first Truck Rodeo. He was soon winning time after time. In 2000 Bob was the Oklahoma driver of the year to add to his National Truck Rodeo Championships and his five Oklahoma State titles and another trip to compete in the national truck rodeo where he took the winners trophy in the twins division.

    Bob Akers is one the nations most celebrated professional truck drivers with more than 4 million miles of accident free driving to his credit. The American Trucking Association ( ATA ) presented Akers with it's Professional Excellence Award, the industry's highest honor. Akers is a 39 year Overnite veteran ( UPS Freight ).
    Current Status: Bob is retired and lives in Oklahoma City.
    Inducted: September 11, 2007 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK. The former ATA American Road Team Captain and Overnite All-Star Road Team Captain is the only non- music industry inductee to be honored.

    Dale Wehba

    Dale Wehba

    Born: Oklahoma
    Biography:: Dale Wehba became a Disc Jockey in the early 50's playing Rock n Roll. Dale could hear a recording and knew if it would become a hit. Dale was a true innovator of the new music called Rock n Roll and his understanding of it made him a big hit everywhere he worked. Each time Dale became the program and music directorfor a RADIO STATION, that station would became Number One in the ARB ratings.

    Dale became a top radio personality at the biggest radio stations in Oklahoma City, KOCY, KOMA and WKY. His successtook him to Detroit where he became a No. 1 Personality for many years. Moving to Boston, he quickly became the No. 1 personality in the Boston area also. Dale's knowledge of an artist and the public's reaction to that artist song's made Dale very successful in the music business.

    Being able to break an unknown artist to the public with the before hand knowledge the public will accept that artist's music is a rare quality. Dale Wehba has always understood the true relationship of radio and music.
    Current Status: Dale lives in Edmond, OK and remains active in the music industry.
    Inducted: September 11, 2007 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK.

    Bobby Flores

    Bobby Flores

    Born: Blanco,Texas
    Biography: Bobby began his musical career at the age of seven performing with his mother Mary Jane Flores. By the time he was nine, Bobby could play several musical instruments and was performing professionally. At 13, Bobby formed his own band playing clubs and fairs. He also opened shows for Larry Gatlin, Conway Twitty, and a host of other well known artist. By 1980 Bobby had recorded four singles that charted regionally. He released his first album shortly afterward.

    In 1981 he went to work for Johnny Bush as his fiddle player working with several bands until 1988 when he formed another band "Angel Fire" opening for Steve Warner, Vince Gill, George Strait, Garth Brooks, Diamond Reo and Shenandoah. Then he moved on to perform with Ray Price while opening shows for Lee Ann Rimes, Tracy Lawrence and Collin Raye. Bobby played with Wille Nelson at several of his famous 4th of July picnics starting in 1997 till 2001 in Luckenbach, TX.
    Current Status: Today Bobby lives in Blanco, TX, fronts his own group, The Bobby Flores Band, and performs extensively throughout the Southwest.
    Inducted: September 11, 2007 at the First Annual Inductions Awards Ceremony in Oklahoma, City, OK.