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Gene Shay Steps Into Music Walk of Fame

October 30, 2013 By:
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Music legends Gene Shay (left) and Kal Rudman reminisce as Shay is inducted into the Philadelphia Music Alliance's Walk of Fame. Music magazine publisher Rudman is a past inductee.

Folkie legend Gene Shay, one of the founders of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, among many other signal musical achievements, has been inducted into the Walk of Fame of the Phila­delphia Music Alliance.

Shay, a radio mainstay for decades, has had a major impact on the local music scene over the years, such as presenting Bob Dylan for the first time in Philadelphia 50 years ago. In his early days in radio, Shay conducted interviews with such luminaries as Judy Collins, Joni Mitchell and Phil Ochs. A record producer as well, Shay served as a charter member of the board of the North American Folk Alliance as well as other music groups.

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