Joan Jett at the 2010 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala

Joan Jett was the first presenter at the 2010 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala on Tuesday, November 16, 2010. She inducted former WLIR program director Denis McNamara.

I can’t find any pics of Joan from the event (!!), but here’s a short video. See glimpses of Joan at 0:25 and 2:44:

Watch on youtube.

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The night kicked off with Joan Jett, who was the very first inductee into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2006 inducting former WLIR program director Denis McNamara, “He is a man whose voice we all remember.”  McNamara changed the face of music when he changed the format of WLIR from classic rock to new wave in 1982.  Jett described, “Music in America would not be the same without Denis.  I am proud to call him my friend.”

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[F]ormer WLIR program director Denis McNamara, [was] inducted by Long Island Music Hall of Famer Joan Jett, who hailed him as a groundbreaker in radio. “It seems impossible to believe now, but it took a huge amount of courage for Denis to play my punk-rock, girl-led band’s songs, especially since the biggest bands for WLIR at the time were the Grateful Dead and the Doors,” she said. “But there was change in the air.”

East Northport’s McNamara recognized his part in building the area’s national reputation. “Because of what happened on the air at WLIR, especially in the ’80s, Long Island is seen as a gateway for new music and emerging artists,” he said. “That same compelling force now lives on in the scholarships of the Long Island Music Hall of Fame.”

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Joan Jett to present at the 2010 Long Island Music Hall of Fame ceremony

Joan Jett is one of the confirmed presenters for the 2010 Long Island Music Hall of Fame Gala this coming Tuesday, November 16, at the Oheka Castle in Huntington, New York. (Source)

More information from the Hall’s press release:

(Port Jefferson, NY) – The Long Island Music Hall of Fame (LIMHoF) Third Induction Gala on November 16th will feature a star-studded array of celebrities.

Red carpet entrances begin at 6:30PM [Eastern Time] at Oheka Castle (135 West Gate Drive, Huntington), the induction ceremony begins at 7:30PM, and VIP party immediately after.

Among the artists being inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on November 16 are Eric B. and Rakim, Oscar Brand, Roy Haynes, Eddie Palmieri, Teddy Charles, Carole and Paula, Lou Reed, Dream Theater, Al Kooper, John Zorn and The Shangri-las.  LIMHoF will also present the 2010 Music Educator of Note Award to a recipient who will be selected by November 1, and will formally present the 2009 Award to the family of Joseph Sugar, who passed away in 2009.

Event: Long Island Music Hall of Fame Third Induction Award Ceremony and Fundraising Gala
Date and Time: Tuesday, November 16, 2010 (6:30PM Red Carpet, 7PM Doors)
Location: Oheka Castle (135 West Gate Drive, Huntington, NY).
Tickets: $100 General Admission, $250 VIP tickets (includes entrance to special VIP party with the inductees, open bar and buffet), available at, 631-331-0808 or at Cinema Arts Centre.

Read the rest, including the full list of inductees and presenters, HERE. Read more about each inductee HERE.

To purchase tickets, click HERE. If any of you are lucky enough to attend, let us know!

The Long Island Music Hall of Fame honors musicians and music professionals who are native to Long Island or have lived a significant part of their life there. Its first ceremony was held on October 15, 2006, and Joan Jett was its first inductee. 🙂

Cool trivia: Two of this year’s inductees, rock ‘n’ roll photographer Bob Gruen and Lou Reed, each have Joan Jett connections. Bob has taken some awesome pics of Joan over the years (see his work HERE and Google “Joan Jett Bob Gruen”), and The Runaways covered “Rock and Roll” by The Velvet Underground, written by the band’s lead singer, Lou Reed. (Can you spot any others?)

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And here’s the original–it’s like night and day, isn’t it?

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Anniversary: Long Island Music Hall of Fame, 10/15/2006

Three years ago today, Joan became the first-ever inductee into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame. Happy Anniversary, Joan!

I remember hearing Joan’s entire speech somewhere on the web right after the induction happened. I can’t find it now. Does anyone know if it’s still out there? I remember that her speech was really sweet and I’d love to hear it again.

I did manage to find some video footage of the event that I haven’t seen before. Enjoy!

Joan interview at 5:03:

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more about “Long Island Music Hall of Fame“, posted with vodpod

Now if only the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland could get its head out of its ass long enough to induct The Runaways and Joan’s solo work. I can only hope it happens before the sun supernovas.