The Queen of Talk will be inducted as its sole inductee at a luncheon ceremony on May 3.
"Oprah is the epitome of broadcasting excellence," said Dennis Lyle, president/CEO of the Illinois Broadcasters Association on the IBA website, "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."
Winfrey came to the Windy City in 1984. In 1986, she launched the "Oprah Winfrey Show" under her new Chicago production company, Harpo Productions. The award-winning show is seen in nearly 150 countries around the world. It will come to an end in September.
She launched OWN, Oprah Winfrey Network, at the beginning of the year.