The National Radio Hall of Fame is apologizing for what it called a terrible mistake after inductee John Tesh returned his award.

As first reported by Chicago media journalist Robert Feder, he attended the ceremony to accept his award, with an induction speech given by his wife and fellow KDAT host Connie Sellecca. When Sellecca's speech was cut short--despite the ceremony not being televised, Tesh's induction celebration continued. After the evening was over, Tesh chose to relinquish his award and return it to the heads of the Hall of Fame.

Radio Hall of Fame executive Susy Schultz later apologized in a statement found in Billboard, calling Sellecca a "role model whose voice should not be silenced" and thanked Tesh and Sellecca for "loaning back" the award to the museum.

John Tesh and Connie Sellecca are both important voices in the KDAT family with John's "Intelligence for Your Life" programs airing every weeknight from 7-midnight, Sunday morning from 8-11 a.m. and Sunday afternoon from 3-8 p.m. "Intelligence for Your Health with Connie Sellecca" is here on Saturday morning from 6-9 a.m.

[Via Billboard]