1993 Inductee - Larry & Joanne Delaney


    Larry and Joanne Delaney helped establish the Ottawa-based Capital Country News in 1980 with founder, Neville Wells.  In 1982, the publication underwent a name change to Country Music News and, shortly after, Larry became the full-time Editor / Publisher, with Joanne handling various special features. 

    Under the direction of Larry and Joanne, Country Music News has become widely known as “The Voice of Country Music in Canada”, and the publication provides the Canadian country music industry and its artists with valuable international exposure.  Many of Canada’s top country music stars (including Shania Twain, Terri Clark, Paul Brandt, Charlie Major, The Wilkinsons, Michelle Wright, etc.) received their first-ever “Cover Stories” in Country Music News.  The publication has also become a main source for historical reference and data on Canadian country music. 

    In recognition of the value placed on Country Music News, Larry Delaney has been an eleven-time recipient of the Canadian Country Music Association’s prestigious “Country Music Person of the Year” award, and he was among the inaugural inductees into the Canadian Country Music Hall of Fame (1989) and the CCMA’s Hall of Honour in 1996.  Joanne and Larry were jointly inducted into the Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. 

Larry and Joanne were both born and raised in Ottawa and have remained lifelong residents of the Nation’s Capital.  Their heritage home in the city has housed the offices of Country Music News for the past two decades.