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Hall of Famer Ed Waldheim wins local award

September 09, 2013

AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer Ed Waldheim (right) has been selected by the Kern County Board of Trade Directors to receive the Radoumis Award for 2013.

Ed Waldheim has been an off-road racer, organizer and advocate for decades. He has been president of the California Off-Road Vehicle Association and has been appointed to the California Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Commission by two governors.

Waldheim has won several awards for his advocacy on behalf of all off-road riders and continues to advance their cause with the government and in media. Waldheim was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2007.

Waldheim’s latest recognition is named after James Radoumis, the executive director of the Kern County Board of Trade from 1952 to 1988. Radoumis was known as Mr. Kern County. Current Kern County Board of Trade members say he served tirelessly always putting Kern County, not himself in the limelight.

In 2007, the Board of Trade created an annual award, in his name, honoring persons who, in some way, have followed his lead by promoting Kern County as a great place to visit, to work and to live.

Below are past recipients of the award.

The first recipient in 2007 was the late Vivian Tucker who for years shared her “Tales of the Golden Empire” with KGET television viewers, and in doing so passed forward Kern County’s uniqueness to future generations. She kept our cultural and geographical history alive.

The 2008, Radoumis Award recipient was Mojave’s Bill Deaver who has tirelessly promoted East Kern. Bill Deaver is editor/publisher of the Mojave Desert News. Bill also co-founded the Mojave Transportation Museum Foundation.

In 2009, the Radoumis Award was presented to Pete Gianopulos who served the tourism community through his volunteer efforts at the West Kern Oil Museum, which routinely attracts visitors from around the world to Western Kern County. Pete served on the Taft Oildorado Committee, helping to organize the celebration that attracts thousands to the community every five years.

Pete also fostered an association with television personality Huell Howser that helped focus statewide attention on Western Kern County as Pete cooperated with the production of programs highlighting both Oildorado and the West Kern Oil Museum.

Tom Anderson of the Kern River Valley received the Radoumis Award in 2010.

Rick Davis was selected but never awarded the Radoumis Award in 2011.

No selection was made in 2012

Ed Waldheim has been selected by the Kern County Board of Trade Directors to receive the Radoumis Award for 2013.

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