CHICAGO (WBBM) — A familiar face will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association’s Hall of Fame this spring.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Lisa Fielding reports, Oprah Winfrey is to be inducted into the hall of fame at a luncheon on May 3. In a news release, association president and chief executive officer Dennis Lyle called Winfrey “the epitome of broadcasting excellence.”

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“How fortunate for us that she chose Illinois to remain her stage through each phase of her career that has seen her skyrocket from local talk show host to national treasure to the global media personality she’s become today,” Lyle said in the release.

In being inducted to the hall of fame, Winfrey joins a list of Illinois broadcasters that includes movie critics Roger Ebert and Gene Siskel, late Cubs announcer Harry Caray, and comedian Jack Benny.

Winfrey’s talk show, “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” will go off the air after this year after 25 years. She started the show in Chicago in the 1980s.

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