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Radio Needs a Bold Shot of Change

(May 2, 2014) I have been a big fan of Mark Ramsey’s for many years. I think he is one of the bright thinkers in the world of media in general and radio in particular. His essay yesterday about the six lessons for radio from Game of Thrones was right on. For those non-subscribers who don't receive the bulletins, ratings, headlines and radio-related mailings, a quick recap from Ramsey:  

1. Build for Quality

You actually have to be great. How great is your radio brand?

2. Let there be Mystery

What mysteries lurk inside your radio brand? What have you given the audience to speculate and guess about? What drama have you created?

3. Stories Unfold over Time

Is there a story that builds from one day to the next? Or is every day the same – the same bits, the same segments, day after day after day? Isn’t that like watching the same episode of Game of Thrones over and over?

4. Give Fans an Experience from Another World

Making listeners laugh is much easier than creating a “funny world.” Yet the benefits of the latter are much longer-lasting.

5. Not “Roles,” but “Characters”

In radio we tend to obsess on the “roles” of each player on a morning show, for example. But people are not widgets - they are people. They are characters first, and the roles are defined by the characters, not vice versa (and if they’re not “characters” why are they on your air?).

And by the way, not all “characters” are likable. Many of our biggest heroes in TV and film are fundamentally unlikable. Tony Soprano, Gordon Gekko, Frank Underwood, Walter White. And a guy named Howard Stern. Are you casting “roles” or “characters” on your radio brand?

6. Surprise Me

Yet “can you believe it?” moments are all too uncommon on the radio. What will your morning show do that surprises me tomorrow?

It has been a long time since a new format burst on the scene. Everything seems to be a derivative of something else. Some will also point out that there are no new ideas, just new approaches.

Wisdom would tell you back in the 70s that there was no way a boxing movie would ever be successful again, then along comes Rocky Balboa with a new twist and a new coat of paint. When the movie industry seemingly exhausted all movies from outer space, relegating the genre to B-movie status, along came Star Wars and a $30 Billion franchise. A new look. A new storyline.

How do we approach change in LARadio?

The movie business is all about content and how you tell the story with compelling characters (good guys and bad guys) and a storyline that has three acts and characters who have an arc.

We also have this mentality that all money and resources are put into morning drive and then those ratings alone will drive the station. Yet in Southern California, people are driving around town all hours of the day. L.A. was one of the first markets to have 24-hour traffic reports, so there’s an audience outside of 6 – 10 a.m.

Remember when the 23-movie James Bond franchise faltered in the late 80s? Instead of giving up and throwing in the towel, the producers got rid of Timothy Dalton and brought in more explosions and the slick looking Pierce Brosnan. Dalton was more brooding. The audience wanted glamour and a good-looking James Bond. And boy did they get it. Licence to Kill, Dalton’s second and final movie earned the lowest gross of the franchise. With Brosnan back, shaken and not stirred, his movies once again elevated the titles to over a half billion each.

Does the current ensemble of morning drive hosts in LA Radio have the critical high ratings potential, or is it time to look at a new franchise player? KIIS was very successful in making a difficult decision a decade ago.

Earlier in the week, we shared two different perspectives about what’s happening on the dial. Holland Cooke lamented that a 2012 boycott of Rush Limbaugh had gone too far, making advertisers unnecessarily wary of the talk format. Jerry Trowbridge thinks that radio is an old, dying technology that can’t compete with the digital world of custom-made entertainment, and that the portrayal that radio is as vibrant a medium is simply an act of denial.

Alan Oda, LARadio’s periodic contributor and professor at Azusa Pacific University reflects on these points of view:

Because I work with college students, I’ve learned (heck, I ask them in the middle of lecture) that they still listen to the radio – they’ll tune in to Ryan Seacrest, Carson Daly, Valentine, Kevin & Bean, and Big Boy. Young males tune in to sports and sportstalk, embracing the bombasts of Petros Papadakis or hearing Steve Mason and John Ireland offering the latest gossip about the Lakers. Mr. Trowbridge is right in pointing out that radio is an older technology, but it’s also a very accessible medium. Like watching old-fashioned network television and viewing The Bachelor while lying on the couch, there’s many other higher-tech choices out there, but few activities are easier than to turn on the radio while driving the car.

That being said, my students can tell you that Ryan Seacrest works mornings at KIIS, but they’ve no idea who does afternoons on the same station (then again, when was the last time you saw a billboard for an afternoon personality?). And when they’re out of the car, my students are likely listening to their personalized playlist on their mobile devices.  There are some who listen to Pandora (mostly while they study), but not many mention Sirius XM nor iHeartRadio as alternatives.

My students can download the music they want – if anything, the “niche” of a radio format is counter to what’s on their devices (Katy Perry might be followed by “La Bamba”). If radio has a chance, it has to offer something different, not mirror a playlist already programmed and playing over the headphones. That’s gonna take some talent, indeed. I’m a bit more optimistic than Mr. Trowbridge, yet he’s absolutely correct when he states at least too much of radio has been running on inertia, perhaps grinding slowly to a halt. The question is whether the current internal combustion engine can be updated – or even replaced – with something more powerful, running on alternative fuel.

The last thing I want is radio to be the way it was. That radio belongs in an earlier part of our history. Today is what’s exciting. Are our current crop of program directors keeping their eye on the ball and giving us the most compelling radio possible?  


Don May, Ex-MARS/fm, Dies of Cancer

 

(May 1, 2016) Don May, veteran of KSRF and "MARS/fm," died April 30, 2016, of cancer. Holly Adams, a colleague who worked with May at 103.1, said "Don was very intelligent, had the best sense of humour, and was lots of fun at parties! Good friends are such an important part of our lives." (Holly pictured with Swedish Egil and Don May)

Don figured out why he hates to move, he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. It's because he was born on the road in 1966 while his parents were traveling through Moorhead, Minnesota. Don grew up shuttling between Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Southern California.

He started at KSRF as an intern while attending classes at Santa Monica City College. Four years later he had worked practically every shift and was the production director. Don was part of the transition from KSRF to the techno-rock experiment, "MARS/fm." When the experiment ended after 15 months, Don joined his mother's business, the Sheila May Permanent Make-Up company.

He later opened Signal Core Studios, for voiceovers, "On-Hold" enterprises and recording Books on Tape. 


Turmoil at KABC

(May 1, 1998) "I find him to be Eddie Haskell with a South African accent!" This is the way KABC's Ronn Owens responded to a listener this morning when asked about Michael Jackson. It's clear Ronn has taken off the gloves in his verbal fisticuffs with Jackson. The last hour of Ronn's Friday show is a "free-for-all" as far as subjects go. When a listener asked about the brouhaha that came out of the Talk radio seminar last week at the Museum of TV & Radio (see 4/23), Ronn hesitated for a minute and then said: "...It is tough to keep your mouth shut after awhile.We did a broadcast on both KGO and KABC from London following the death of Princess Di. When we came back there was an article in Buzz Magazine in Los Angeles that said that I had left early saying I was bored. Now, anybody who has heard me for years, I'm not going to leave early. I'm bored? Why would I do this? I long suspected that probably the source of that was Michael Jackson and, in fact, I wrote a letter to Buzz Magazine significantly and very seriously pointing out that was not the case and they printed it because they knew what I was saying was true. I found out just a few days ago in an interview with Gary Lycan of the OC Register that Michael was the source...that he had been telling that story...and Gary on a couple of occasions had heard Michael tell that story. That's hurtful, folks. You don't do stuff like that. What's interesting is I could point out, as I did to Gary, and I faxed him the actual ticket that was issued before we ever left for London showing when we were going and when we were coming back and how that story was false. You get to a point where you say enough, folks. In the words of the great philosopher, Donna Summer, Enough Is Enough. I did not ask for Michael's job. The job was offered to me. If I hadn't taken it, someone else would have taken it. I had nothing to do with it. If Michael has a beef, it should have been with the previous management, not with me. Don't personalize stuff like that. Alright. Enough already."

As part of the continuing saga at KABC, Daily Variety reported today that, "KABC program director Dave Cooke is expected to hand in his resignation by Monday, and possibly as early as today."

KABC's ratings problems in general and an internal station feud were set off recently at a Talk radio seminar at the Museum of TV & Radio (see both 4/23). Ken Minyard set off a media blitz on the problems the station was facing when he relayed comments from gm Bill Sommers that Sommers was prepared to "blow up" some elements of programming. At the same seminar, Michael Jackson referred to his replacement as the "miracle man" from San Francisco (Ronn Owens) who Michael claimed had made the ratings go down, not up. Ronn was "furious" and lashed out at Michael. Readers to this Website were unanimous in their opinions about Michael that he was complaining too much and being a whiner. In the trade publication, R&R, the lead story in the Street Talk column was headlined, FIREWORKS COMING AT KABC/L.A.? Now Judith Michaelson has devoted most of her weekly radio column in the Los Angeles Times dissecting KABC's woes and microscoping the ratings of each daypart. Judith quotes Ronn about his show: "It looks like there's going to be a turnaround. The new gm [Sommers] has put money into promotion, and it's wonderful to see billboards and tv commercials. As of a month ago, I have totally revamped and gone back to the show that's made me successful in the past...I strayed from doing what I like to do. Now I'm back to doing a show more like Newsweek or Time - 60% news stories, 40% guests." Judith goes on to report about the comments Ronn made on this Website, to which Michael declined comment. It's not over yet, because this Sunday in the OC Register, Gary Lycan begins a two-part series on KABC. Gary talked with Ronn and Michael for this story and we should see more fireworks. 


George Nicholaw and Order 

(April 30, 2009) He was there on Day One when KNX flipped to all-News in 1968. He was at the vortex of an unparalleled news standard set for three and a half decades. During his stewardship, KNX won more awards year after year than any other station in the market. Under his leadership the station won the coveted Peabody Award, the Alfred I. DuPont Award, the NAB Crystal Award, and more than 170 Golden Mike Awards. His career with CBS spanned over six decades, from 1955 to 2003. 

He is George Nicholaw, one of the smartest and nicest Los Angeles Radio People ever. 

On June 6, LARadio.com will present George with a Lifetime Achievement Award at a special luncheon and you’re invited. You’ll be able to meet George, have your picture taken with him and then he’ll sit with me for an hour while we review one of the most fascinating careers in LARadio history, focusing on his time as vp/general manager at KNX. He’ll talk about what it was like on Day One at the all-News format flip, the amazing newspeople who distinguished themselves over the years, the unprecedented decisions he made during the OJ Simpson trial, the long-running Drama Hour, and his thoughts about the years leading up to the end of his leadership with KNX. 

The afternoon luncheon will be held in Studio City on Saturday, June 6, from 1:30 p.m. – 4 p.m. We’ll gather for a meet and greet before a one-hour interview with George, followed by an audience Q&A. George will then be presented with the LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award. 

The venue limits us to 90 seats. The cost of the event is $25 and is open to only subscribers of LARadio.com. Because of the limited seating, please only one ticket per person, in order to allow as many people as possible to participate in this momentous occasion. If you’re interested in attending, email me at: db@thevine.net

KFRG at the Stagecoach Festival

Frogmen Scott and Tommy flank Kevin Costner and Reba McEntire backstage
 
at the Stagecoach Country Music Festival last weekend

Overheard.

  • “All five of these American Idol contestants are true artists. I hope all of these contestants get a chance to do a record. I was really touched. Each one of them had their own thing.” (Jamie Foxx, guesting with Ryan Seacrest, KIIS)

  • “Why do hens lay eggs? If they dropped them they break.” (Leon Kaplan, KABC)

  • “They think the Mexican government loves to tell the people when there is good news, but when there is bad news, say the swine flu, they go silent. If this swine flu had been circulating in Mexico for weeks or possibly months, people didn’t know to take precautions.” (Ken Champiou, John & Ken, KFI)

  • "Survey with living condition in Los Angeles. 25% of the people live in the city. 70% live in the Valley, and 5% are on the freeways. And they're looking for off-ramps." (Brian Roberts, KYA-San Francisco, 1975)

  • “Any man who was smart enough to cheat on his wife with a woman of the same name is some kind of a genius. While you are engaged in the act and shout out the wrong name it is still the right name.” (Doug McIntyre, KABC, on Sheriff Mike Corona)

  • “Jennifer Anniston is determined to have a kid. She’s picked out David Schwimmer as the donor. I think it would work because he got good Schwimmers.” (Mark & Kristin, KOST)

  • "Actually, a lot of people are donning surgeon's masks to protect themselves in public places. In fact, Michael Jackson passed through a crowded airport recently ... undetected!" (Bruce Chandler, K-EARTH)

Hear Ache. Don Elliot is headed to Cedars-Sinai Hospital for a procedure this morning that requires him to be in the hospital for five days followed by 4-6 weeks of home recuperating. Your prayers for his speedy and safe recovery are welcomed … One veteran read about the continuing layoffs and said, “Pretty soon there will be more people on the beach than on the boat.” … Another thought – if the layoffs don’t get you, the swine flu will! … KROQ’s Bean is doing a live read for the new Honda Insight – here’s a line you won’t hear every day in a car commercial: “You know what you don’t get with the 2010 Honda Insight? The swine flu. Not a single person has driven off the lot with this car and come down with the swine flu.” … The Sound’s Larry Morgan is participating in the OC Marathon 5K Walk. Monies raised go to help terminally children and their families … Leslie Marshall was on Showbiz Tonight this week discussing the first 100 days of Octo-Mom. 

Spanish Update. Jim Caine wrote asking about Rocio Sandoval aka "La Peligrosa" on Spanish radio, KSCA-La Nueva 101.9. “She worked afternoon drive and then one day 'poof' she was gone! I haven't seen or heard anything from her, about her since.” 

Consultant Bill Tanner offers this explanation, “I knew she was out. Whatever Univision says, they are having severe ratings problems with KSCA, getting killed after Piolin’s morning show. Rocio ‘La Peligroso’ had the unfortunate luck to be on in afternoons opposite El Mandril on KLAX ‘La Raza.’ Originally on KLAX in the morning as part of Juan Carlos Hidalgo’s morning show, Mandril left around 2002 or 2003 and went to KBUE. He was half of their morning show, returning to KLAX around 2007 [not too sure of that date].  He has been doing the afternoon show at KLAX since and has enjoyed great success.” 

LARP Rewind: April 30 

2008 - Mariah Carey, 38, marries actor Nick Cannon, 27, in the Bahamas.
1992 - Frederick's of Hollywood offers $1000 reward after theft of Madonna's bustier.
1987 - Capitol releases the Beatles' Help, Rubber Soul, and Revolver on compact disc.
1983 - Blues singer Muddy Waters, born McKinley Morganfield, dies in his sleep at age 70.
1968 - Jefferson Airplane, Canned Heat play at grand opening of Kaleidoscope in Hollywood.
1945 - Arthur Godfrey Time begins 27-year run on CBS Radio; was simulcast on tv, 1952-59.
1943 - Bobby Vee (Rubber Ball, Run To Him, Take Good Care Of My Baby) born in Fargo.
1933 - Willie Nelson (Crazy, On The Road Again, Always On My Mind) born in Abbott, TX.
1925 - Johnny Horton (Battle Of New Orleans, North To Alaska) born in Los Angeles. 

Top Five Flashback, April 30, 1967: Somethin' Stupid by Frank & Nancy Sinatra, The Happening by the Supremes, Sweet Soul Music by Arthur Conley, A Little Bit Me A Little Bit You by the Monkees, Happy Together by the Turtles. (LARP Rewind meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson)

Hot Rod Memories. Hot Rod Hundley had a wonderful NBA career. He was drafted #1 out of college and he went to the Minneapolis Lakers in 1957. Hot Rod moved to Los Angeles with the team move and stayed until 1963. After his playing career he joined Chick Hearn in the broadcast booth. 

Hot Rod ended his Utah Jazz broadcast career earlier this week, ironically with the Lakers knocking the Jazz out of the playoffs. He’s been on a whirlwind tour of sports talk shows and one of his stops was with KLAC’s Chris Myers and Steve Hartman. Hundley talked about his first year with Hearn and how Chick would step on his lines. “But in the second year, he was really great,” said Hot Rod. “I think he accepted the fact I was going to be there.”

After a few years in the Lakers broadcast booth, Hot Rod got an offer to go with the Phoenix Suns. “I went with the Suns because I figured if I stayed with the Lakers as an analyst, fifty years later I’d still be there. Chick worked until he was 85, so I made the right move for five years and then the Jazz started in New Orleans and I was there five years and stayed with the move to Salt Lake City for another 30 years.”

Phoenix Ratings. The Phoenix Winter '09 Quarterly Arbitron ratings have been released:

1. KFYI (Talk) 6.7 - 6.6
2. KHOT (Regional Mexican) 4.7 - 4.8
3. KZZP (Top 40/M) 3.4 - 4.7
4. KESZ (AC) 5.5 - 4.3
    KOOL (Classic Hits) 3.8 - 4.3

Concert Leaders. KKGO’s Shawn Parr was talking about the success of Brad Paisley and Rascal Flatts in concert the other morning. Of all the concert tours worldwide in all genres in the first quarter, both Country artists are in the Top 20. “Both did over $250,000 in gross revenues during the first three months of the year. Brad was 14th ranked and Rascal Flatts was 15th. There was $160 separating the two,” said the Go Country morning man. (Shawn Parr with Go Country fans at the recent Stagecoach Country Music Festival)

Clear Channel List. Paul Mahler, ex Al B. Sure! producer, was on the list of those leaving HOT 92.3. You can reach out to Paul at: mahlerradio@aol.com … Another casualty from HOT was Kevin “Slow Jammin’” James. He is still on WHUR-Washington, DC, but looking for something in the L.A. market. Kevin’s email address is: slowjamjames@me.com

Funnie.

Happy Birthday: Brenda Ross, Jeff Salgo, David Srebnik, Ken Stanton, and Audie Thomas

LARP: Over the last 50 years, more than 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People have been on the air, providing us entertainment as jocks, talk show hosts, sports personalities and newspeople. 
Who do you miss hearing on the air?   

Chris Compton (KFXM/fm): "Emperor" Bob Hudson of course! He was my mentor and one of the funniest people ever to crack a mike. A rikki, tikky tick, and a fluddy up and wack! Get off the freeways peasants, his highness is coming! 

Joe Collins: 1. Bobby Dale (because he was magic just about every time he opened the mic switch)
2. Emperor Bob Hudson (because of his irreverence)
3. Dave Hull "The Hullaballooer" (Because of his clever wit and timing)
4. Johnny Hayes (Because of his smoothness)
5. The Real Don Steele (Because of excitement that he created)
6. Rosko (formerly of KDIA in Oakland and later on KGJF)......because of the poetry he would weave when he'd speak
7. Steven Clean of KMET (he was perhaps the Lenny Bruce of radio in Los Angeles)
8. Fraser Smith when he was on KLOS and KMET (I loved his irreverence and timing)
9. Bill Keffury on KRLA (another smooth pro)
10. B. Mitchel Reed when he was at KFWB (...the "fastest tongue in the West")
 

Hal Smith: Dick Haynes and now that I no longer live in L.A., Gary Owens. 

Lyle Kilgore:  I miss The Real Don Steele. He was exciting, entertaining, and an original. And, besides all of that, he was a friend.  

Bill Mouzis (formerly 93/KHJ & 710/KMPC): The person I miss most hearing who was on the air during the past fifty years is a toss-up between Chick Hearn and Jim Healy, both of whom I worked closely with for many years here in the L.A. market. I was the man who put those beeps in Healy's actualities as he aired statements by sports personalities throughout the world. His rat-a-tat reporting style resembled that of the inimitable Walter Winchell who was famous throughout the world. Jim and I worked together at both 93/KHJ and 710/KMPC over a span of 50 years, going back to when he was a columnist for the Hollywood Citizen News and network radio was still in vogue as Jim was getting his feet wet in the field of broadcasting. 

I was one of the very first on-air engineers to work Chick Hearn's Laker game broadcasts from the Sports Arena in the early 60's on 93/KHJ when he first arrived in Los Angeles from the Midwest in the pre-Boss Radio days. Chick was in a class of his own, not only as a play by play announcer, but as a critic and personality the likes of which has never been matched to this day. He and Jim were not only show biz personified but wonderful human beings. I miss them beyond words of expression.

Mike Callaghan (KIIS chief engineer): The Credibility Gap on KRLA and later KPPC. Harry Shearer, David L. Landers, Richard Beebe, and Lew Irwin.

Their irreverent send-ups on the news brought numerous visits from Nixon’s Secret Service, and one particular episode even got the wrong station bombed in Pasadena.   

They’d never get that stuff on these days, playing games with the station’s license doesn’t go well with Wall Street. 

J.J. Johnson (ex-KDAY): This was a great radio market and there are many people I'd like to hear again. But, the one I'd like to hear most - and, I definitely am biased here as he was a friend for four decades - is Mike Payne. He was never a local legend here as he was in Cleveland, but he was, in my opinion, one of the great on-air personalities. He was lightening quick and funny. At his funeral a few years back, instead of the usual organ music, there was an XPRS Mike Payne aircheck. Quite appropriate. 

Paxton Quigley: Gosh ... I miss hearing myself on radio talking about women's empowerment. 

Bob Coburn: First, I miss hearing all those who have answered this question by saying 'me.' It is an unfortunate indication of just how tough it is out there right now and I hope to hear everyone again much sooner than later. The person I'll never hear do another show, the man who served as my mentor, the gentleman who was the first host of Rockline, which somehow by the grace of God I now own, is someone several other LARP's have mentioned, B. Mitchel Reed. He was a WMCA Good Guy, a legend at KFWB [long before news, or more infomercials, more often] and a pioneer of early fm radio and the Free Form Rebellion. We first met at KPPC and then reunited at KMET where I followed his mid-day shift. Actually, no one ‘followed’ Beamer, one only went on after him. While together at KLOS, where his picture is just outside the studio door, he fell ill and recommended that I serve as host of Rockline. My elation was firmly negated by the sadness that the inevitable was near. Every time I pass by his final resting place just off the 405, I salute him and say a little prayer. I remember helping carry him to his grave like it was yesterday. Can class, presence, compassion and caring about the audience, the music and the artists truly be taught? Probably not. One can only hope a sprinkle of the magic might wear off on them. Mitchell was a gang of one and for me, he remains the gold standard. 

Emails 

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** LARadio and Workplace Secrets
“I am sorry that so many people lost their jobs at Clear Channel. But the frequent turnover of radio personnel is one reason why listeners like me are so loyal to your Web site. You reveal the story that is not given to the public.   

Years ago, the enthusiastic and knowledgeable Bob Coburn suddenly disappeared from a local station. There was no warning or explanation, as is so often the case. I asked Joe Benson, who was at the same station, what had happened. Ever the good soldier, he did not break protocol by revealing workplace secrets, BUT he did tell me I needed to subscribe to your site if I wanted to know what was really happening in radio.  

Joe was right. I subscribed, and ever since then you have let me know what is actually happening. I truly appreciate that.” - Karen Martin, Los Angeles 

** Lohman Fan
“I enjoyed Dick McGarvin's comments about Al Lohman. I remember first hearing Al on KBOX in Dallas when I was at KBEC in Waxahachie in the late '50s. He was very clever and entertaining, and his baritone voice sounded great on the station's constant reverb presentation.

I loved the Lohman & Barkley team but Lohman was also great as a solo. By the way, Dick McGarvin is another voice I miss hearing on the radio. One of the best jazz deejays in the business.” - Jerry Lee 

** Former KMPC Owner Defied FCC
G.A. Richards had owned KMPC since 1936. Regarding the item from Roger Carroll, G.A. Richards was investigated by the FCC at license renewal time, for ordering newscasters at KMPC, WJR-Detroit and WGAR-Cleveland to slant their newscasts in favor of Republicans and the Republican Party, to make Democrats look bad in newscasts and to mention Jews unfavorably in all newscasts.  

The FCC investigation took place in 1950, as they looked into newscasts at all three radio stations between 1948 and 1950. KMPC newscaster Clete Roberts testified before the FCC on March 14, 1950 in this matter. He told the Commission that he was ordered by KMPC owner G.A. Richards to distort all newscasts. From a New York Times story on this: ‘When I protested to him that I thought he was violating the letter and the spirit of his FCC. license,’ Mr. Roberts said: ‘The hell with the FCC. Let them take the license away. We'll go down with all flags flying.’ Mr. Roberts testified that he was dismissed from his position in February 1948, because of his defiance of an order to present Gen. Douglas MacArthur in a favorable light.

G.A. Richards died in 1951, leaving KMPC and the other stations to his widow. Mrs. Richards then sold KMPC in 1952 to Bob Reynolds and Gene Autry. The FCC approved the sale, after they were satisfied that the new owners would not slant the newscasts in any way, as the previous owner had done.” - Jim Hilliker, Monterey 

** Big Band Records/CD's
“My father, Jon A. Holiday, was a collector of Big Band music. I have 20 boxes of vinyl record albums including some 78's. I also have approximately 600 CD's. These albums and CD's were used to create the radio format Swing Era II. In addition, I do have the masters and related information for the Swing Era II format. Is there any interest in a Big Band format for radio? 

I am looking for someone who would be interested in purchasing the collection and could give me a value. The albums have been cataloged, however the CD's are not. 

As a side note, my father worked for Harry O'Connor at O'Connor Creative Services in the early 80's. Also, my father worked in radio for most of his life including program director for KBIG and KIRO.  I have pictures and information related to his broadcasting career, including an unpublished book titled Stay Tuned.” - Toni Holiday, daughter of Jon A. Holiday, flyingcheeses@bellsouth.net 


KFWB Loses Most Advertisers for Tonight’s Clippers Game 

(April 29, 2014) A majority of the advertisers on the Los Angeles Clippers KFWB broadcast have suspended their spots for tonight’s game, according to KFWB general manager Valerie Blackburn. “We are waiting for the league’s announcement following Clipper owner Donald Sterling’s allegeded comments over the weekend.”

“KFWB is here to continue supporting the Clipper players, the fans, and the team,” said Valerie.

Did the Talk Radio Ad Boycott Go Too Far? Holland Cooke is media consultant who writes a provocative newsletter for the Talk radio industry.

Holland has drawn a line in the sand, stating the Talk radio ad boycott went too far. He says that blacklisters are costing advertisers Talk radio’s clout. “There was little doubt that News/Talk is radio’s most-Sales-friendly format. Because the format itself is spoken word, commercials don’t halt things, and it’s never background music. And Talk radio’s host/listener bond elevates live endorsement spots.”

An advertiser boycott against Rush Limbaugh was organized after his derogatory comments toward Georgia law student Sandra Fluke in February 2012. The boycott “continues relentlessly to this day,” writes Cooke.

Holland makes three observations:

1. The boycott hurts big more than small. Affiliates in bigger markets depend more on transactional business from spooked agencies than smaller market affiliates that are fueled by local direct retailers.

2. Hearing from the boycotters remains a nuisance in smaller markets.

3. If the entire format is suffering the wrath Rush Limbaugh provoked, advertisers too are suffering as a result. Client GMs tell me they’ve missed buys because the rep firm tells ‘em that Glenn Beck and Sean Hannity are also blacklisted. Network executives tell me advertisers as non-controversial as AccuWeather, Wall Street Journal Radio, and Charles Osgood are on Do Not Buy lists. Just logically that seems like overkill, and now data affirms it.

Cooke concludes his newsletter: “Given how well Talk radio can deliver for advertisers, and how well-received these other talks are, shunning the entire format seems as unwise for advertisers as it is unfair to that talent. Other radio talkers today shouldn’t be punished for one bad apple.”

Overheard.

  • “Has Donald Sterling looked out at a basketball game from his seats? And what does he see?” (Bill Handel, KFI)

  • “Donald Sterling may be working for Cliven Bundy. They are trying to out Klan each other.” (Stephanie Miller)

  •  “Five years ago our marketing department had 5,000 KABC key chains made to give away to listeners. Every single one of them had a paper tag that said, ‘Hecho en Mexico.’ Can you imagine handing those out to our crowd?” (Doug McIntyre, KABC)

  • "You know who the two happiest people are today? Frank and Jaime McCourt. The Donald Sterling saga makes the McCourt’s sound like child's play… and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, welcome to your new job." (Fred Roggin, KLAC)

  • “By the way, are people driving like crazy more than ever on the freeways these days? This morning, you are usually going about 80 on the 101. But this morning everybody thought the 101 was the speed limit. There was a motorcycle cop and he was doing 101.” (Gary Bryan, K-EARTH)

Does TV Blackout Help KLAC? Many readers want to know if only Time Warner systems are airing the Dodgers on tv, will this elevate the radio ratings of the flagship station, KLAC. “I think it will give everyone a lift,” emailed Mike Thompson, pd at KSPN. “We didn’t experience a big lift when it was a similar blackout of Lakers in the beginning of the TW deal. I think the beginning of the season is slow in long season sports – historically the Dodgers might help in Persons 12+ but not necessarily in our demo. In addition, that cume hasn’t gone back to the major day parts – but we shall see what happens – certainly the excitement about the team will help everyone.”

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Emails

We GET Email …

** Future of the Clippers

“It is going to be very interesting how KFWB is going to handle tomorrow’s Clipper broadcast with all of the Clipper advertisers pulling out, KFWB can’t even run ‘no charge’ spots for non-sponsor clients, no one wants to be anywhere close to the Clippers.

On another note, pretty ironic that Donald Sterling host an end of summer party at his home in Malibu for clients and sponsors, it’s called ‘the all-white party’ everyone is requested to dress in white. Guess that event is no more.” – Bob Koontz

** Lee Marshall a Colleague

“I’m sorry to see Lee Marshall go. I worked w/him at KCBQ-San Diego in the glory days. He was a great guy. Too young and horrible way to go [just like Bogart].” – Rich Brother Robbin

** Worked with Marshall in Phoenix

“I remember Lee Marshall from KRIZ-AM 1230 in Phoenix, back in the mid 60’s with that unmistakable voice doing bits with the djs besides news.  A great radio personality and voice talent who will be missed.

Condolences to his family.” – Nick Tyler, KMZT-AM/KKJZ-FM

** KHJ with Lee Marshall

“I'm so sad to hear this news about Lee Marshall. I have a special place in my heart for Lee since he hired me at KHJ in 1980. May he rest in peace.

We had a GREEAAAAT group of people working together at Country KHJ when Lee was news director. Lee, Larry BoxerJackie Rich and I were on-air. Pete Domas and Zeta Graham were news production assistants. I can’t forget Vivian Porter who was Public Affairs Director, which was an important part of news coverage in the 80's.

It was such a fun place to be, a wonderful newsroom.” – Diane Thompson

** Lee Marshall the Boomer

“If I’m not mistaken Lee Marshall also programmed one of the Ventura stations in the late 90’s, and I believe it was the oldies station where he did morning drive. I think they used the nickname calling the station ‘The Boomer.’ Played mostly 50’s and 60’s stuff.” – Bob Brill

** RKO Pal with Lee Marshall

“I’m so glad you’re there to keep us all in touch.

I learned of the passing of my old friend and colleague Lee Marshall while perusing my computer screen earlier this afternoon. I was stopped in my tracks. That was something I didn't want to see, but that I needed to know.

Lee Marshall and I were both alums of RKO Radio, though he was the guy with The Voice. When we worked together at KDAY in 1976, he made certain to take the time to mail me a condolence card on the passing of my beloved grandfather. We remained in on-and-off contact. I communicated with him just a few months ago. I always like him a lot and am saddened at the news of his passing.” – J.J. Johnson

** Marshall’s Wit and Humor

“Not only did Lee Marshall have a great voice but a man who was a great friend to all of us who knew him for the good years at KABC Radio. I will always remember his wit and humor, not only on air but just hanging out in the newsroom.

My prayers for his family.” – Jack Naimo

** Marshall was Tony the Tiger

Lee Marshall was Grrrrrrrrreat...

I am absolutely shocked at hearing of the death of the wonderfully talented, Lee Marshall. I just saw him and talked with him a few months ago at a Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon and he seemed so healthy and happy. He even performed his Tony the Tiger voice for those in attendance. Life is way too short. I am stunned.” – Jeffrey Leonard

** Interview with Marshall

“Shawn ‘Franky’ Slauson interviewed Lee Marshall in 2013 for his pop culture program on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ga9lXUVDuc. “ – Steve Thompson

** SCBA Prexy’s Blog Message

“As a non-professional radio listener, I need to take issue with Thom Callahan’s remarks.

Radio may be full of bright, hard-working people, but when stations such as KFI devote almost half of their airtimes to commercials, the medium becomes boring to the point of rigidity.

Whether the percentage of AM/FM commercial content averages 50% or not, there are still so many commercials that it makes listening to commercial radio more like reading the yellow pages than being entertained or informed.

Satellite radio offers some relief, as does listening to ball games. Ball games’ commercials come at predictable times, and are limited to the length permitted by Major League Baseball.

I understand that everyone needs to eat, and that commercials pay for talent, content, and everything else on the air and behind the scenes. No commercials = no radio, except for NPR and its constant begging for donations.

Still, it is what it is.

This comment is coming from a person who has always preferred radio over any other news or entertainment medium, so these comments are made in sadness, not in anger.

I can’t imagine that the situation will change. That said, I thought it appropriate to raise a dissenting voice to Mr. Callahan’s sunshine and lollipops speech.” - Mike Norton, Aliso Viejo

** Ken Levine’s Variegated Career

“With due apologies, I’ve just read the item on Ken Levine.  Phenomenal!  My sincere appreciation and compliments.  And it's great to have this item around for the future scholars.” – Claude Hall

** Women at Gannett

“My friend Ed Mann mentioned that there were no on-air women at Gannett in the 80s. Please correct me if I’m wrong, but I remember Liz Fulton working with Rick Dees and [I believe] Laurie Allen at KIIS as well.” – Chuck Southcott 


Lee Marshall, News Veteran and Voice of Tony the Tiger, Dies 
"If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call" - Tommy Lasorda

(April 28, 2014) Lee Marshall was a booming news voice in Southern California for decades. But that was just one of his many talents – he hosted sports talk, was a featured voice in professional wrestling, ran news bureaus, and hosted morning drive. And maybe, the voice of Tony the Tiger from the Frosted Flakes commercials sounded familiar – indeed, that too was Lee Marshall. On Saturday afternoon, Lee died of esophageal cancer. He was 64.

Before arriving in the Southland, he worked at legendary Rock radio stations such as KCBQ-San Diego and CKLW-Detroit’s anchor of their “20/20 News.” Lee's work has been featured in New York's Museum of Broadcasting and is also used as a teaching tool at the University of Illinois. He has been honored with Golden Mikes and an Emmy. He started at KHJ in 1970 followed by KDAY from 1976-78. He returned to KHJ in 1979 where Lee was news director, as well as Western regional bureau chief for the RKO Radio Network.

Lee joined KABC in 1980 as news director and stayed for more than a decade. He also co-hosted Sports Talk. Lee oversaw the Western regional bureau for the ABC Radio Networks.

In the early 1990s he was syndicating a Notre Dame football pre-game radio show and a syndicated sports-entertainment program called "SportsAmerica." On April 17, 1991, Lee launched KBLA's business morning show, "California Drive."

He went on to be executive vp of news and sports programming for Shadow Broadcast Services. Lee has always been active in broadcasting high-profile traditional sports. In 1969 he started providing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling.

Lee became part of TNT Monday Night Intro before he moved to WCW (World Championship Wrestling). For over a year Lee was been splitting his week between L.A. and the CNN Center in Atlanta doing the commentary for World Championship Wrestling for Turner Broadcasting. He became a character himself, as Marshall was known as "Stagger Lee." Other shows included Lee as co-host of WCW Thunder and WCW Monday Nitro. A staple of WCW Monday Nitro was his regular cracking of "Weasel" jokes. He was also known for traveling across the country to host Nitro parties for WCW, while keeping in contact with the tv show through updates by telephone.

At KDAY in the early 1990s, his booming voice was heard as Lee presented his stories as “King News,” with his stories tailored for the station’s r&b/rap audience. The LA Times did a feature on his work for the station, noting his stories often gave advice to young people about the hazards of gang activity and drugs.

In recent years he was teaching voiceover classes at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said of Lee: "If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call!"

Services for Lee Marshall are pending.

No Action on Keyshawn.  KSPN Mike Thompson said ESPN continues to “look into” the story that surfaced last week involving football analyst and former NFL star wide receiver Keyshawn Johnson and a domestic dispute he was involved with at his home in Calabasas. Last week, TMZ was first with the story reporting that Johnson had been arrested for domestic violence.

According to law enforcement, Keyshawn was involved in a fight with his girlfriend when things allegedly got physical. Sources say he smashed her phone, causing a gash to her hand. TMZ sources say the two had an up-and-down relationship and were arguing over marriage. Johnson was formally arrested for misdemeanor domestic battery and booked. Bail was set at 20K. Keyshawn made bail and is now out pending a hearing.

Keyshawn lives in Southern California and is a frequent fill-in at KSPN.

Hear Ache. Next month the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon saluting former KGIL announcer Peter Marshall will have a jam packed dais with Jack Jones, Joanne Worley, Monty Hall, Norm Crosby, Howard Storm and Chuck Southcott … It was a mess Sunday morning on a major freeway and KNX’s Denise Fondo handled the traffic reporting chores with aplomb.

50 Year Story (Thanks to David Schwartz for finding this ad)

Overheard.

  • “There are kits out there that let you refill your own ink cartridges. I would not recommend that. You will ruin your shirt. You will get ink all over everything.” (Christian Wheel, KFWB, Let’s Talk Tech)

  • “Wow, the record that changed the world, Rock Around The Clock featured in the movie Blackboard Jungle just turned 60.” (George Johns, radio consultant)

  • "Time for Clippers players to step up. Refuse to play till NBA moves against this racist jackass Sterling. NBA can’t defend him. I was banned by the Clippers for criticism of the front office – in 1986. This made me the envy of every other LA sports media person." (Keith Olbermann from his Twitter page)

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Emails

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** Lee Marshall Memory

“I worked with Lee Marshall when he was a voice and pd at KNJO. He also took over as Tony the Tiger in the ads after the former voice Thurl Ravenscroft died.

We had tons of fun at 92.7/fm. He loved to play classic rock and roll on Saturday mornings, as ‘Captain Spaulding.’

My deepest sympathies to his wife, Judie." – Harvey Kern

** Women in Radio

“Thanks for a great article on women in radio. It should be noted that Gannett Broadcasting, which owned KIIS back in the day when I was there, had Gwen Roberts as the APD, Peggy Schiavo as GSM, Lynn Anderson Powell GM, although sadly, no on-air persons. This was in the mid-80’s.

Misogyny was everywhere [still in places in radio, unfortunately]. During that same period, Louise Palanker was a co-partner of ours at Premiere and easily half of our original staff was women. We were members of AWRT and made regular appearances at their functions.

After spending sometime in a front office of a major broadcaster recently, I can’t say that this is case now, and everywhere, and I feel like we’re slipping back to a Mad Men mentality… well, early Mad Men.” – Ed Mann

** All Women Staff

“Thanks so much for your great review of the women of LA Radio.

I was very fortunate to work at KWIZ when most of the on-air talent on KWIZ/fm was female, including Mary PricePatty Martinez,Jan Marie [later ‘Strawberry Jan’ on KEZY], Margie KellyJoyce Eagleton, and many others.

It’s also important to recognize Ronni Richards as possibly one of the only women who was the primary morning show personality in LA-Orange County.  She started at KWIZ-AM in 1979 after a successful morning show at KLOK in San Jose.  Program Director Bill Weaver needs to be acknowledged for his innovation and vision in promoting women in on-air roles at all of his stations.  At that time, Bill was programming KWIZ AM & FM (and KLOK AM& FM, San Jose and KFIG/KARM, Fresno).

Again, thanks for your great article - and it would be wonderful to hear from more of the women jocks from the 1960’s, 70’s and 80’s.” – Diana (Kirchen) Kelly, KWIZ-AM & FM, Music Director (1978-80) and weekend air personality (1978-82),dikelly54@hotmail.com

** Plum of a Broadcaster

“Well, that was an interesting piece on the women in radio. I am still on the radio only in a little town in Kentucky but we stream worldwide online and there are phone apps for us too.  My career is in a full circle. I began as an album rock jock and had all those different gigs in between and now I do a three hour oldies show every afternoon. Anyone can listen on www.passportradio1490.com

Several folks you mentioned hired me. Jhani Kaye hired me for KFI where I was on the air from 1984-88 and Crys Quimby chose me to be the midday airborne reporter at KFWB, (add comma) a job I still miss BUT there’s no traffic jams in Lexington unless the races are on.

Judging from what I see and what I hear the radio business is still dominated by men for the most part.  And a lot of women choose other careers because financially you can make more money doing something else.  I have my own business on the side because my salary in radio is laughable. I sure have fun though.” – Nancy Plum

** More Women

"I didn't see Hettie Lynne Hurtes listed among the women in L.A. radio. She's with KPCC and has one of the best voices in radio, L.A. and elsewhere. She was news director at K-Earth after Dara Welles, who took over after I left in 1978." - Steve (Fredericks) Liddick

** Women in LARadio

“Fabulous column Friday. What a great read.

While we’re on the womanly subject, here’s a pic of The Wall of Wave Women [plus a promoter we call 'The Cat in the Hat' in the middle] a couple weeks ago at  Jamie Young-Eke's 20-years-at-the-Wave celebration.

Talaya, Deborah Howell, Pat Prescott and Keri Tombazian. The Wave was all-women during the week days for a few years running.  QUITE unusual! Jhani Kaye's harem.  :)” – Deborah Howell

** OC Register Start

“My brother and I loved your column in the Register, and I share your web stuff with him now. Thanks so much for carrying on.” – Carol Ziehm

** Rush Success Story

“The incredible success of Rush Limbaugh is the number of advertisers to stay with him year after year who are direct response advertisers they wouldn’t be with them if they weren't getting results.” – Joe Cosgrove

** Mellow Radio

“A heartfelt thank you to Douglas C. Brown, for sharing those old KNX/fm jingles with everyone.  This station was the soundtrack to my life back in high school.  KNX/fm was one of the most sorely missed stations in SoCal, playing their unique blend of mellow rock back in the 70’s and early 80’s, then returning in 1986 after KKHR lost its Top 40 battle with KIIS/fm.  The jingles were so unique, they could be considered hits themselves. They mixed the jingles artistically with the music...something that today’s radio stations are missing.  Again, Mr. Brown, thank you.” - Anthony Kardoes, Riverside

** ABC O&Os

“Loved Friday’s Funnie. I may be passing it on. I can't help but feel nostalgic whenever I read about any of the old ABC-Owned radio stations, of which I was a part for 7-8 years. The good old days.” – Jerry Downey, Detroit  


Not So Fast on Breaking Bonaduce 

(April 27, 2011) Danny Bonaduce was one of the most controversial LARadio people to come through here. His raging alcoholism and drug addiction coupled with a troubled past, always seemed to get in the way of finding peace during his time in the Southland. His antics played out in various media and culminated with Breaking Bonaduce, a VH1 reality series that featured the tumultuous life of Danny and his wife, Gretchen. One could have easily put Danny in their ‘Death Pool’ and felt confident that it was just a matter of time before he flamed out and became one of those awful statistics that seemed to trail child actors, he from The Partridge Family

But wait. Hold your horses. It’s not over for Danny Bonaduce. In fact, it seems like a long way from over. When he left Hollywood, Danny went home to Philadelphia and reclaimed the place where he was born and grew up. He’s become a superstar in Philly at WYSP. And more importantly, he is at peace. I know, I know, Danny Bonaduce at peace? Yes. After an hour on the phone with Danny yesterday morning, I made the comment that he seemed at peace with his career and his life. He agreed.

Danny hasn’t given up the mile-a-minute speed at which he talks about everything in his life. He is still candid, real, and really interesting, even when he isn’t “on.” Not knowing at the start of the interview about anything in his life since leaving L.A. I started our conversation asking about his life in the East. Without missing a beat he responded, “My life back East is exceptional. I told my boss today as I was leaving the station that this morning’s show was the best one of my career. He told me to retire.” 

Bonaduce said he’s having so much fun that even he can’t believe it. “I was telling my wife, Amy (photo with Danny), just the other day…” Wait a minute. Your wife? Yep, four months ago Danny married the school teacher he met when things collapsed for him in L.A. 

The National Enquirer sent me a framed version of the pictures of our wedding that they ran. My accountant said since the wedding was a charity trip, it was worth more than we paid for it so I couldn’t deduct it. But the accountant said since there were published pictures, our marriage and the note from the Philadelphia Phillies, I now could deduct the entire trip.” 

Danny confessed that Amy is running his life. “The other day I’m leaving for work and I said to Amy – she was up – you know what’s weird? I’m going to talk to my two best friends for four hours, crack up and then take someone’s money for it. That’s really a cool job description.” 

“As far as my morning radio show, the only thing I care about at all is ‘hello,’ reflected Danny. “What am I going to say when they crack the mics at 5:30 in the morning and point at me? I only live a block and a half from the radio station. It is the fastest form of travel to work, whether it be snow or perfect weather, I go by foot. By the time you park a car, get it warmed up and re-park the car, I’ve been at work for 10 minutes.”

Danny’s challenge is to figure out what will be fascinating and riveting to talk about each morning. “And it’s not hard. I know that something weird is going to happen to me all the time. When I get outside someone recognizes me and wants me to talk with their mother. That’s good enough to get started. Coming out of the radio station this morning there was someone standing there on the phone and said, ‘Oh, my God, will you talk with my rabbi’ and hands me the phone.”  

Andy Bloom is Danny’s operations director at WYSP-Philadelphia. Andy is the forward-thinking programmer who brought Howard Stern to KLSX and LA Radio. “Danny is a joy to have as an air talent,” emailed Andy. “He is one of, if not, the most coachable high profile talent I have ever had the pleasure of working with. We get along so well that usually I go over to Danny's home to work with him - there are less distractions for him and me that way. He is also the best sales person I've ever met. I have some great stories that I would love to share but I'm a little worried about giving out some of his secrets - but he is a secret weapon for the sales department.”

How is Danny doing in the PPM? “Ratings-wise in March, Danny continued to set new highs,” continued Andy. “He is 4th M25-54 with a 5.4 and 4th M18-49 with a 5.3. He is 6th P25-54 with a 3.9. [PPM M-F 5:30 a.m. – 9 a.m. March 2011]. The highest rated quarter-hour consistently comes at 7:30 when Danny does his signature feature ‘Danny Bonaduce Life Coach.’  This isn't a feature that could be lifted and duplicated by most personalities. Danny is uniquely qualified to offer advice on everything from addiction to legal to relationship to medical, travel and virtually anything you can think of. Not only does he know enough about everything, but he's also quick enough to sound great being the Life Coach. Danny is one in a million!”
 

In the days to come, more from Danny Bonaduce. How is his sobriety journey going? What were his best memories of his time on LARadio? And wait until you hear about his partnership with Adam Carolla at KLSX. Wow! 

The Voice. AMP RADIO’s Carson Daly was on with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean this week to promote his new NBC show, The Voice. “Is the talent pool deep enough in this country to support American Idol, X-Factor, the Voice, and all the other talent shows?” wondered Bean. “I’ve got to be honest: I don’t think there are that many talented people out there that have not already auditioned for the other shows.” 

Carson said the talent level is great. “None of us wanted to do anything that was cheesy. We’re shining a spotlight on new artists.” (Carson, far right, was on the Today Show yesterday promoting the debut show last night)

In the last five years of Last Call with Carson Daly, he has been focusing on music credibility. “I’m not going to piss that away by hosting this show. The show is good. The talent is good,” said Carson. 

Bean hoped that his buddy Carson would, as host, do everything opposite to the way Ryan Seacrest hosts American Idol. “I want to be sure you don’t have crazy hair product and there is no Daly ‘out’ at the end of the show. And no massaging the male contestants throughout the entirety of the hour like he does over there.”

Brian Cantor at HeadlinePlanet.com reported the reviews of The Voice as "mixed." Ratings will be out later this morning but Cantor speculated that The Voice did not top Dancing With the Stars and might not have topped Glee with Lady Gaga in the Adults 18-49 demo. At 2 a.m. this morning, The Voice was the number one search on Google.

Radio People Were the Worst. George Lopez guested with KABC’s Peter Tilden and Teresa Strasser yesterday morning. He was unclear about the name of the station in L.A. (Mega) but he was very clear about his experience: 

George: I just turned 50. I was 40 when I did the radio on…uh…um…I don’t know what station anymore. 

Peter: That was a great memory for you….laugh.

George: I gotta tell you this, in all honesty, I have never worked with more low-life, back biting, miserable, and insecure people. That’s why there is glass to separate people to keep their insecurities in different rooms. It is the worst group of people that I have ever worked with and I’ve worked with contractors who didn’t have permits. 

Teresa: So you’re saying the radio people are worse than tv people? 

George: Way worse and they get to dress casual. You’d think they’d get to take more of pride that they don’t have to dress up. It’s all in the voice. The general manager was already cutting liners for the next station when I was still there.   

Peter:  I remember because I tried to help you at that time. 

George:  If I was on fire, and a guy ran up to me wearing a radio station t-shirt, I wouldn’t try to put out the fire.

Hear Ache. Bob McCormick, host of KFWB’s Money 101, tackles the issue of wholesale coffee prices percolating higher. Will this affect the cost of your latte? His guest is the president of Coffee Bean & Tealeaf. “The So Cal-based coffee chain beats Starbucks in a heartbeat when it comes to taste and that LA feel,” emailed Bob. “Mel Elias talks about how they compete and keep prices from spiraling out of control on Money 101 today beginning at 9 a.m." ... Gilbert Gottfried lost his job as the voice of Aflac's duck last month after he made jokes about the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. The company went on a nationwide talent search and the new Aflac Duck is a radio sales manager from Minnesota named Dan McKeague. The 36-year-old father of three was chosen from a pool of 12,500 entries ... Phoebe Snow has died. Singer who had hit with Poetry Man was 60.

Olbermann is Current. Keith Olbermann's CurrentTV show is set to launch on June 20, according to a story in The Hollywood Reporter. The show will still be called Countdown With Keith Olbermann, which is the same title he used at MSNBC, which he departed earlier this year. 

Mark Rosenthal, ceo of Current, says the show "Will combine familiar and popular features with some new elements that we can’t wait to unveil. We’re creating a great platform for Keith’s style, which includes a very sophisticated digital presence for him -- that we think will appeal to his very enthusiastic and active following.  The show will also appeal to new viewers tuning into Keith for the first time."

Radio Rides Out the Storm. A five-station cluster of radio stations in the Tyler, Texas area provided coverage of tornado warnings and watches earlier this week that may have saved lives. The stations are owned by Townsquare Media and they went wall-to-wall with weather coverage. No voicetracking. In addition to the on-air coverage, Townsquare was updating residents via Twitter.  

One listener was appreciative and wrote: "Thank you so much for this afternoon/evening's coverage of the severe weather in East Texas. If not for your live continuous weather broadcast on my car radio I would not have been able to navigate safely home on my commute from Dallas as there were numerous active tornadoes in my path, including two near my home in southwest Van Zandt County. This information was literally life saving for me and a friend also commuting as I had her tune in too, as well a multitude of other people I am certain. I can't thank you enough. Sincerely, Veronica.” 

New Morning Man at K-JAZZ. Jazz pianist David Benoit is expected to be announced, as early as today, as the new morning man at KKJZ. He is already doing afternoons at K-Mozart.

Overheard. 

LARP Rewind: April 27, 1964. Simon & Schuster publishes John Lennon's book, In His Own Write, a collection of line drawings and nonsensical short stories. In Great Britain, the book had been published a month earlier by Jonathan Cape. The first printing of 100,000 sold out. It was the first solo project by a member of the Beatles. Describing the book, Lennon wrote, "As far as I'm conceived this correction of short writty is the most wonderfoul larf I've every ready." In 1968 Lennon and Welsh actor Victor Spinetti, who appeared in the Beatles' films, A Hard Day's Night and Help!, turned the book into a play, which was performed at the Royal National Theatre in London. Also on April 27, 1964, the Rolling Stones perform at Royal Albert Hall in London for a British tv special. On the Hot 100, number one was Can't Buy Me Love by the Beatles, biggest jumper was Love Me With All Your Heart by the Ray Charles Singers, moving from #62 to #28, and highest debut was Do You Love Me by the Dave Clark Five at #53. 

Born on April 27: Allison Iraheta (1992), Cleopatra vocalist Yonah Higgins (1984), Fall Out Boy lead singer Patrick Stump (1984), Evanescence bassist Will Boyd (1979), Mica Paris (born Michelle Wallen, 1969), Sheena Easton (born Sheena Orr, 1959), Adam Ant guitarist Marco Pirroni (1959), KISS guitarist Paul "Ace" Frehley (1951), Stylistics vocalist Herb Murrell (1949), B-52's organist/vocalist Kate Pierson (1948), Ann Peebles (1947), Badfinger guitarist/vocalist Pete Ham (1947), British singer/bassist Gordon Haskell (born Gordon Hionides, 1946), Main Ingredient vocalist Cuba Gooding (1944), British actress/Laugh-In co-star Judy Carne (born Joyce Botterill, 1939), French actress Anouk Aimée (born Françoise Sorya, 1932), Browns vocalist Maxine Brown (1932), Kemal "Casey" Kasem (born 1932), Jacob "Jack" Klugman (1922), animator Walter Lantz (1899), painter/telegraph inventor Samuel F.B. Morse (1791).

Northwest Ratings. The Seattle-Tacoma March '11 Arbitron ratings have been released:

1. KJR (Classic Hits) 5.5 - 6.3
2. KRWM (AC) 5.4 - 5.7
3. KISW (Active Rock) 5.4 - 5.4
4. KIRO (Talk) 5.1 - 5.2
5. KOMO (News) 5.0 - 5.1

Funnie. An elderly man went to the doctor for his annual physical exam. After the doctor checked the man's temperature, blood pressure, hearing, eyesight, reflexes and circulation, he asked, "Do you have any other problems you'd like to discuss with me?" The man admitted, "Well, when I make love with my wife, I feel cold and chilly. Then when we make love a second time, I get hot and sweaty." The doctor said, "Hmm, that's unusual. If your wife is in the waiting room, could you send her in? I'd like to talk to her." When the woman came in, the doctor told her, "Your husband says that when he makes love with you, he's cold and chilly. Then the second time, he's hot and sweaty." The woman exclaimed, "That old fool! The first time is in January and the second time is in August!"

Happy Birthday: Larry Elder, Casey Kasem, and Jeffrey Leonard

LARPs: How did you meet your spouse or significant other? 

Andy Rush: The blow-up doll said she had a friend that was made out of more durable plastic. I had to investigate! 

Rex Moore: My ‘significant other’ was a disc jockey at a small radio station in Corona, California. She had been my secretary at KGRB before that.
 
Johnny Wendell: My former roommates in Boston knew this woman that was moving to LA and asked if I wanted to meet her and show her around. I suggested she call after she arrived and she did. She wanted to go to the Hollywood Bowl for a symphony, to which I responded ‘lukewarm on that.’ We agreed to go see some rock and roll instead and when we finally met, I was pleased that she was so pretty. Our mutual friends are a little odd and I was expecting someone kind of rough looking.

Been together ever since, almost 21 years. Wrote and recorded this song for her.

Sheri Tobin (Playlist 92.7/fm): I bought him from his ex-wife.  

Brie Tennis: My husband and I met in a bar. Really!  

Kenny Noble Cortes: I met Kay at my sister’s Christmas party in December 1970. She was 17, gorgeous and had the sweetest smile I’d ever seen. She and my sister were seniors together at J. Frank Dobie High School in Pasadena, Texas. She swept me off my feet and we’ve been married ever since. Kay is truly my sweetheart and best friend! 

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** Martini In the Morning
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Fishing in the Kitchens 

(April 26, 2003) Lauren Kitchens is part of the morning team at Christian music KFSH, “The FISH,” with L.A. veteran Ted Ziegenbusch. Lauren is featured in a recent full-page story in the Azusa Pacific University newspaper, The Clause. Lauren is an adjunct professor in the department of communication studies at Azusa. 

While working at a Nashville radio station, she appeared at Trevecca Nazarene University and one thing led to another. Within a year she was a full-time communications teacher. Lauren came to the Southland in 2001 to work at "the FISH." She told the authors of the student newspaper that she enjoys teaching at Azusa because of the Christian environment that APU fosters among its students and staff. 

The Clause article shares stories about her personal experiences. “Her stories range from topics such as being a miracle baby, to her father accidentally leaving her mother at a gas station for eight hours, to shooting her mother’s dresser when she believed there was a burglar in her house, to almost getting hit be a bullet when she first moved to L.A.”

Lauren was born and raised with Elvis and catfish in Tupelo, Mississippi. She wants students to know that “God created everybody with a purpose in mind, and the things you dislike the most about you sometimes could be the things God is going to use the most.” 

Infinity Concerns. In the upbeat financial report from Viacom this week, buried in the story was a declaration that Infinity Radio was a weak link. In a conference call with investors, Mel Karmazin vowed to get the group back on track. 

What does this mean for Infinity chairman/ceo John Sykes? Insiders speculate that the Sumner Redstone chosen Sykes might not survive Karmazin’s re-commitment to the Radio group. "In this strong advertising market, radio needs to grow its top-line revenues at least in high single digits," he said. "So the low single digit revenue performance [in the first quarter] is not an acceptable level for Viacom." 

Burbano Baked. Talk about raining on a parade. The way KYSR’s Jamie White expressed her happiness for Mindy Burbano’s engagement, there is hardly any joy left over. Mindy finally told her KTLA/Channel 5 staff about the good news and showed off a 5 ½ carat diamond engagement ring from her real estate beau. Jamie immediately called her office to confirm that her new boyfriend had baggage (translated: kids) and a small penis.   

Mindy dispelled any problems and she said she was thrilled with his ex-wife and was looking forward to being a step mom. As far as the size of his “member,” Mindy said that she had been “orgasm deprived” and that she was experiencing “passion like she’s never had before.” Danny said that when you wrap money around “it,” it becomes big. Mindy, the frequent fill-in at KLSX, said, “No rock will make up for that deficiency. I just wouldn’t be there.” Is there no privacy? How about a little less revealing from everyone.

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LARPs Petting. A Pet Place Marathon, hosted by Fred Bergendorff (ex-KNX) and OC Register radio columnist Gary Lycan, takes place from 8 – 11 p.m. tomorrow night on KDOC/TV. Many familiar LARP will be participating. Co-hosts include: singer Jackie DeShannon, KLOS' Suzanne Ansilio and KKBT's Nautica De La Cruz. Celebrities scheduled to appear include: KRTH's “Shotgun Tom” Kelly, KIIS’ Rick Dees and Ellen K, KFSH's Ted Ziegenbusch, KNX Newsradio's Barry Turnbull, KRLA's Warren Eckstein, The Pet Place's own Mickey Laszlo and Wally George.

According to Bergendorff, Pet Place is the most successful program of its kind in the nation. "I don't know of another television show in the United States with this kind of track record in getting animals adopted. But it is critical that we stay on the air to continue our important work." Bergendorff, most recently PR director at KNX, started the show in Long Beach in April 1990 on a local cable system. A year later the show was added to the lineup on KDOC/TV. More than 40 area shelters and rescue groups participate on the Pet Place. The show's adoption rate continues at an incredible 96%.  

Ratings Results. K-BIG's Disco Saturday Night, hosted by Archer and mixed by dj Ray Rhodes won its time slot in Persons 25-54, moving from #2 last book to #1 overall! It also jumps from 5th place in the last book to #1 with Men 25-54!…Mr. KABC numbers from the Winter 2003 Arbitron:

10-1   kabc  kfi   klsx  krla
12+     6.3   4.5  1     .2
25-54  4.1   3.3  1.6  .1
35-54  6.9   4.4  2.2  .1   
35-64  8.2   5.1  1.8  .1

KIIS’ Valentine is voicetracking in Cleveland and in morning drive he is #1 18-34 Women and from 4th to 2nd 18-34 persons ONLY being beat by Howard Stern. “All this from a little room down the hall from KIIS,” emailed Valentine.   

No Rush to Syria. KFI’s Rush Limbaugh is breaking with the Bush administration on its post-war approach to Syria. In an exclusive interview with WORLD magazine that will be published in next week's issue, Limbaugh said Secretary of State Colin Powell should not go to Damascus as planned. He also warned that Syria is a "terrorist Disneyland" that "must eventually be dealt with," perhaps even militarily.

Stern on Moonves Case. KLSX's Howard Stern attacked CBS Television president Les Moonves as a "snake in the grass" yesterday for cozying up to his enemies, according to a story in the New York Post.

Both CBS and Infinity Broadcasting, which carries Stern's show, are owned by Viacom. Howard was upset with Moonves when he learned that Moonves had signed a seven-figure production deal with Telepictures - the company Stern is suing for allegedly stealing a show idea from him. "The Evaluators" - a recurring segment on Howard's E! show in which series regulars and celebrities rate aspiring models. When Are You Hot? surfaced at ABC, Howard sued claiming it was a direct rip-off. E! producer, Scott Einziger, and former Stern show writer Jackie "Jokeman" Martling were on the Hot payroll.

Are You Hot? was a ratings disaster for ABC, and it spoiled Stern's plans to bring a series based on "The Evaluators" to cable. Stern declared his disgust with Moonves yesterday after reading in Variety about the CBS/Telepictures alliance.

"I hate Les Moonves so much," Stern fumed after learning about the CBS/Telepictures (production company of Are You Hot?) "How many years ago did I point out that Les Moonves looks like a snake in the grass and is a snake in the grass? Oh my God, I hate this guy! I get a call from Les Moonves about a month ago. He says to me, 'I'm so glad you're suing those guys. They totally stole from you.' " Stern claimed that Moonves offered to give him access to "the whole CBS legal department" to assist with his case just before Moonves teamed up with the defendants in that suit. (The case is still pending).

Stern warned Moonves: "Don't call me up and start kissing my a- - 'cause it's not worthwhile. You're not my friend and when you see me at CBS events look the other way . . . You put your arm around me I'm going to kick you in the nuts. I'm not kidding. Stay away from me, stupid."

  KRTH's Appearance on KTLA/Channel 5 Morning News 
 (Gary Bryan w/Mark Krisi [l] and Lisa Stanley [r])

K-Earth Celebrates Earth Day. KRTH and the Los Angeles Zoo have teamed together for the seventh annual Earth Day Expo this weekend. The celebration will feature booths by environmentally conscious organizations, exhibits and live entertainment. On Sunday, KRTH air personalities “Shotgun Tom” Kelly, Bill Stevens and Christina Kelley will make appearances at the K-EARTH 101 booth.  

Let’s Get Ready to Rumble. Rich Marotta's boxing show, Neutral Corner, begins a news time slot tonight at 8 p.m. on XTRA Sports. “My first show in the new timeslot should be a great one,” enthused Rich. “The famed ring announcer Jimmy Lennon, Jr. will sit in with me for a full hour to talk about his life [son of the great Jimmy Lennon, Sr. who for years was the voice of the Olympic Auditorium and Forum] and his career. He'll be in-studio to also take calls.” Rich will also talk with Staples Center president Tim Lieweke  about the facility hosting its first-ever heavyweight title fight June 21st. Rich will talk with the two fighters - World Heavyweight Champion Lennox Lewis and challenger Kirk Johnson. “This will be the first heavyweight title bout in L.A. since 1958. Next week, we're taking the show live to Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas to interview the principals in the Oscar de la Hoya-Yory Boy Campas fight card.” Because of Dodger baseball, Rich’s time slot was moved around, but now he’s pleased to be locked into the Friday night 8 p.m. – 10 p.m. slot. 

Steppin' Out. Steppin’ Out, the addiction and recovery 12 Step Radio Show that was most recently heard on KLAC, will now be broadcast via the ABC Satellite network live on Saturday nights at 8 p.m. and re-fed on Sunday mornings 3 a.m. Steppin' Out, which features real people sharing their true stories, serves as an excellent public affairs show. Steppin' Out is heard in Minneapolis, Las Vegas, Denver, New York, Nashville and many other cities across the country. Steppin' Out just celebrated its fourth birthday in New York, and has been on since January of 2002 in national syndication. Any broadcasters interested in running the show in L.A., contact Denise McIntee at 845-359-3299 or check their Web site at www.powerfulradio.com

Hearing Aide. Mark West, subscriber to LARadio and editor for One on One, The Hughleys and Dave’s World is sharing a birthday this weekend with Casey Kasem and Larry Elder…KABC’s Al Rantel expressed some very candid thoughts about the Iraqi people. “I’m beginning to believe that most people in that part of the world are just crazy. They’re hopeless. There’s something wrong with their brain.” Al went on to say, “Their culture is wacky. How about a little gratitude for what we did?”…KSPN’s Joe McDonnell was very unhappy with the promotion for Bud Selig’s appearance on his McDonnell-Douglas Show. “We didn’t get the Bud Selig thing promoted on the air all day until I called up and asked for it to be promoted. Come on. What are we around here? A candy store? Anyone want to be a producer for the #1 radio station in Southern California,” asked Joe. “We may have an opening soon.”...

… Hot 92 Jamz will carry a weekly live national broadcast called “Live in the Den,” hosted by Big Tigger from BET’s “Rap City in the Basement.” Tomorrow afternoon at 3 you can talk with R. Kelly…KZLA is broadcasting from Valencia Acura all day beginning this morning with Peter Tilden. Diapers, baby food and canned goods will be collected in Operation Hugs from Home for the families of our troops. Also appearing in Valencia, Larry Santiago (l) and Billy Burke  

RadioThon. In a show of support for the men, women and families of the United States Armed Services, KRTH and KNX will join together to present the USO Bob Hope Center Radiothon from 6 a.m. this morning until 6 p.m. tomorrow night. 

The goal of the 36-hour event is to raise funds and awareness for expansion, remodeling and volunteer efforts of the Bob Hope Hollywood USO at LAX. Funds raised from the Radiothon will go towards office equipment, computers, electronic equipment, a children’s room, a baggage facility, a kitchen and much more. The Bob Hope USO is a non-profit organization, receives no funding from USO World and is dependent on private, tax-deductible contributions. 

Radio Stuff. Computer whiz Kim Komando returns to KLSX tomorrow morning at 7 a.m.… “Every morning show has something going for it. Mark & Brian, no one listens to anymore, but you know it is the show that talks to Elvis all the time. That’s their hook. Rick Dees you know he does the phony phone calls. Big Boy’s got his characters. Everybody’s got something except for us,” confessed KROQ’s Kevin & Bean. “If we can figure out with El Cucuy [long-time #1 morning  driver Renan Almendarez Coello] is doing, we’ll be rocking and filling in for all those who feel disenfranchised.”…KFI’s Bill Handel figured out what El Cucuy means in Spanish. “It is the equivalent of a 9 share is what it really means. It’s outstanding,” said Handel.

BBC Down on American Journalists. U.S. broadcasters' coverage of the Iraq war was so unquestioningly patriotic and so lacking in impartiality that it threatened the credibility of America's electronic media, the head of the BBC said on Thursday. The BBC director singled out for criticism the Fox News Channel and Clear Channel Communications Inc. “If it continues, it will undermine the credibility of the U.S. electronic news media. We are genuinely shocked when we discover that the largest radio group in the United States was using its airwaves to organize pro-war rallies. We are even more shocked to discover that the same group wants to become a big player in radio in the United Kingdom when it is deregulated later this year," the BBC head said. Officials for Clear Channel said that any pro-war rallies linked to the company have been organized by individuals, such as Glenn Beck, or individual stations, rather than as a result of overall corporate policy.   

KZLA Mailer

Hear Ache. KYSR’s Ryan Seacrest hosts the noon “Two Martini” lunch at KLAC today. “It’s a fun deal,” emailed KLAC pd Brad Chambers. “Ryan enjoys the music and we find more and more young listeners who are also American Idol fans of all ages. He's a nice addition to the station."..."The Knucklehead Show" featuring The Insane Darrell Wayne, Gary "The Bomber" Bombalicki and Timmy from Tucumcari will broadcast live from a car dealership in Grants, New Mexico tomorrow morning from 9 a.m. to noon on the Internet at www.kmin980.com. “Old KROQ friends should check in and say ‘hi,’hi,’in the chat room at http://www.errorfm.com/” emailed Darrell. emailed Darrell. 

Funnie. A redneck taped toilet paper to his television and said, “Lookee here, now we have free pay per view. (Mark & Kim, KOST joke of the day)  

LARP: Live radio is no livelier than when a guest is in studio or on the phone. 
Do you have an interesting story about one of your live interviews?

Stan Campbell (Montreal): I'm sure other guys have been in similar situations. I was doing my morning show from Scottsdale, Arizona back to KLAC. We were promoting travel from Southern California to Arizona.  

My guest was a Native American Navajo sand painter. He did a demonstration of his art on air (hard to see on the radio) but he did a native dance and chant while he created. We, of course, had a talkback to the studio and my producer Eric Redd was always present in my headphones. He was also easily amused. As my Navajo guest began his song Eric started chuckling until he was out-of-control sobbing. Remember, this is all going on in my headphone while I try to appear serious and impressed. However, inside, my face is about to explode. I struggled to find the pot that turned down the backfeed from the station. I whispered into the mic..."shut up!" This only served to drive Mister Redd into howling hysterics. In a fit of panic I yanked the headphone out of the jack as my Navajo guest finished his dance. Then I had to ask him so serious questions with a straight face but with tears in my eyes. I'm sure he thought that I was incredibly moved by his performance. Control? I was totally OUT of control. No disrespect intended for our Navajo friends.  

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** Roy Laughlin a Regular Feature
“The quotes from Roy Laughlin regarding his battle with the LA Times made me realize how much I've missed what had become a daily feature on LARP. The tirades were always wonderfully entertaining, and the spin more powerful than the one on my Maytag washer. I hope the ‘Roy Rants’ return as a regular feature. But remind Mr. Laughlin to keep them full of local content or we'll know he's being voice-tracked from San Antonio.” – Randy West, tvrandywest.com 

** Roy’s Back
“It's nice to see Roy Laughlin pissing off someone other than Bean.” - Scott Ward, Yucaipa 

** LA Times is Wrong
“I loved Roy Laughlin’s comments regarding the lack of respect that the LA Times gives radio. It is almost Déjà vu. For years, I fought the battle for radio. At times I felt I was the lone voice out there. 

Why in the world would the Times week after week show only quarter hour ratings and not the Cumes of radio stations. Most of the radio stations have Cumes of over half a million and the bigger stations like KIIS have Cumes of two million listeners, double the circulation of the LA Times, even their Sunday paper. 

The Times loves to tell their advertisers that the big stations may be reaching two or three percent of the radio audience. Bull! Just ask a newspaper advertiser about the reach of their ads, whether it’s a quarter page or half page. They will feed you back their total circulation number of a million, as if every subscriber were to read every ad. We all know that isn’t so. At best, a full page ad still doesn’t get read by more than 10 % of the circulation. Don’t get me started on this. I spent too many years trying to win this battle and didn’t. 

But back to Cumes and Roy Laughlin’s lone voice out there. Say what you want about Roy Laughlin, and I have heard a lot of people take their shots at him, he still puts his money where his mouth is and this last move of his with reference to the Times covering his station is proof of it. I will end my remarks with this advice to the radio industry, not only here in Los Angeles but across the country: THE QUICKER RADIO DROPS THE TERM CUME AND ADOPTS THE TERM CIRCULATION, THE QUICKER THE DOLLARS FROM NEWSPAPERS WILL FLOW INTO RADIO. 

Every retail department at every radio station in America ought to make these changes.   Roy Laughlin ought to lead the charge with Arbitron to make this change. Mary Beth Garber should lead the charge with SCBA. If L.A. radio stations insist on the change, the whole country will demand it and Arbitron will change. Now is the time for Infinity and Clear Channel to work together to get this done. Quarter hour ratings tell you how many people are listening on any given quarter hour. Sell circulation and watch the dollars flow into the radio pocketbooks. And as for you Roy, ‘Don’t get me started again. I have had more than six quiet years watching the battles at a distance.” – George Green 

** New Times Ratings Story
“Just when I thought the LA Times could not work to make radio look even smaller, they did. Check out Friday’s article on HOUR by HOUR AQH that you sent to LARadio members. Many L.A. radio stations reach in a week the entire population of cities like Tampa. This means you could buy 18 spots per week on every Tampa radio station for a YEAR and that would not be 2/3rds of the KIIS Cume in one week - 1.7million in the current survey.

But the LA Times has a circulation of 1million at best on Sunday and does a story on the hour by hour ratings of radio? Why not the total audience story on how the Cumes of several L.A. radio stations are much larger on a weekly basis than the circulation of the LA Times? I think we all know why? I get a feeling that the OC Register this weekend is going to outfox the LA Times and show they really understand the radio business.” – Roy Laughlin
 

** Numbers Game Confusion
I'm not sure I understand Roy Laughlin's numbers game: He wants to compare a weeks worth of listeners to one day's circulation of the LA Times? Shouldn't he compare the same time frame, i.e., total weekly circulation vs. total weekly listeners? And why would Spanish radio reflect more poorly in total Cumes? Perhaps Mr. Laughlin could provide you the numbers he's talking about?” - Mario Escamilla, Cypress 

** Stern Warning
“I thought you might find http://www.sternwarning.com of interest. It is a fantastic marketing tool, comparing Howard Stern's listenership to the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, etc. circulation, and also the household incomes. It sort of ties into Roy Laughlin's point about his cluster's listenership compared to LA Times circulation. 

Maybe you will find the Web site to be something your readers will also find of interest. Thanks for all your hard work on the Web site; it's great.” – John Crowley 

** Response to Hewitt
“I read Hugh Hewitt's response to my email, and here's my reaction. First of all, the Weekly Standard is hardly an objective publication. They share the same opposition to Mr. Moyers' point of view.

Secondly, almost all PBS programming is underwritten by both foundations and the government. But to say that Mr. Moyer's program would disappear if the government funding stopped is just plain inaccurate.

Third, if anything, prior to today, I seldom watched Mr. Moyers' show, but now I plan to watch and support it as much as I can.

Fourth, I have no idea whether any commercial networks have tried to hire Mr. Moyers for employment and nor do I care. It's immaterial to what Mr. Hewitt said on his show.

Fifth, and finally, it's time for me to get ready for work. Maybe that's something Mr. Hewitt needs to start doing. His radio show has few listeners, which he didn't dare refute, and maybe he needs to start doing something more constructive with his life than picking apart people he disagrees with.” - Steve Austin, Montecito Heights 

** Web Site Changes
“Thanks for making the change[s] that enabled your web pages to load faster. Originally, it was slow even when I used DSL; when I used a modem it was VERY slow. Now, post change[s], DSL is supersonic, and using a modem is actually very good. As always, Don, your Web site’s content is wonderful! It’s thoughtful and accurate, and the amount of news [and gossip] is just right. Please don’t ever stop producing it.” -  John Mazzarino, San Pedro
 

** Morning Drive
“I was wondering how many LARPs doing mornings have finally adjusted to the time change. That was the hardest thing for me to adjust to when I was doing mornings at KPSI- Palm Springs in '78-79. In those days, the change was made on the last Sunday in April. I can remember it was the only time I could drive to work in daylight [the sun was up about 5 a.m.]. Then in '82 the Reagan Administration changed the law to make Daylight Savings Time begin the first Sunday in April, due to the energy crisis we had in ‘79-80. It sure was nice to go to work with the dawn. 

Speaking of morning drive, there is no lonelier time ever than driving to the studio to do a morning shift on Christmas Day - very quiet, still and hardly any cars on the highway, right out of the Sci/Fi Channel. 

As always, Don, I enjoy the site. Thanks for everything.” - Omer Tomlinson, Wilkesboro, North Carolina

** Thaxton Show
“As one who wasted a good portion of my teenage years watching these dance shows, I always thought Lloyd Thaxton was the best - kind of an irreverent Dick Clark. Unfortunately, he was on KCOP/Channel 13 in the pre-cable days and I had to watch through ghosts and static. Of the 7 L.A. tv stations in the 60s, KCOP had the worst signal by far - at least out in the Valley.

I'm surprised these shows aren't mentioned more often, considering that the local L.A. shows had LARP hosts. KTLA/Channel 5 had Shebang with Casey Kasem. It was the slickest show, and the kids danced in front of moving images on a blue screen. KTLA was the first station by a few years to get the chromakey technology, and it was also why George Putnam had the slickest looking newscast.

On Saturday night, KHJ/Channel 9 had 9th Street West, which morphed into Boss City, first with Sam Riddle, then later The Real Don Steele. When the word ‘boss’ was finally eliminated from the Bill Drake vocabulary, it became The Real Don Steele Show.  If I remember correctly, this show started about 1965, and was still on the air when I left L.A. in ‘73. 

Channel 9 also had Groovy on weekdays with Robert W. Morgan in the late 60s. Morgan's show usually had one "video" song performance - which is only worth noting for those who think videos were invented for MTV in the 80s. I remember Tommy Roe doing Dizzy complete with psychedelic spinning visual effects.” - Llew Keller, San Francisco 

** Dodger Baseball Coverage
“West Valley?! What about West Los Angeles? KFWB's signal stinks in Brentwood.” - Steve Benoff, Los Angeles 

** LARP Access  
“I am curious about folks using others passwords. Specifically, if I travel about, which I do and I sign into LARadio with my password from another computer, does that register with your server as someone else using my password, and if so, could that be the cause of the appearance that folks are using others passwords?

I just read your summary of the survey and found it to be very interesting. I want to let you know how much I enjoy being a subscriber and appreciate your work. I don't always agree with this or that, but I must say your site keeps alive much of the excitement that radio has always provided me.

On another note, a little about radio reception. Being a guide in the Grand Canyon on river boats, I always take a small Radio Shack radio with me. I'm often able to triangulate the future canyon weather by listening to KNX, KSL-Salt Lake and KOB-Albuquerque. The Grand Canyon is sort of in the middle there. If the weather looks good, I'll tell the folks, ‘hey, it's gonna be a great day - I heard it on the radio’ and if it's sounds bad – ‘sorry, couldn't get any radio’ - we wouldn't want any dreary trippers would we?

KNX is a radio mainstay for me, especially when I'm alone at night on my boat, where I sleep. Radio tucked into my sleeping bag, volume way down low. The ‘drama hour’ at nine and again at two, whichever I'm awake for, is always welcome.

Several days ago, on my most recent canyon trip I pulled in some good radio, KFWB very clear, K-Surf on the now music starved AM dial [and welcome it was] and KCBQ-San Diego, Mark Larson going on in his way about all those ‘liberal loons’ - all very clear - kind of fun listening to the traffic scene while surrounded by the snow topped spires of the Grand Canyon, 5,000 feet above.

Final note: I've sort of been waiting for a radio erudite to write an obit on what some of us would call ‘the day the music died’ - that dark night when KOMA turned off the 50,000 watt Oldies and became just another trite ‘news-talk-AP news outlet’ - a careful scan of the AM dial now turns up only Mexican music at night in the great Southwest.

For radio folk, that day was the same day as the space shuttle disaster, so probably no one in the radio biz paid much attention, but I'll bet there were a lot of disappointed music fans who tuned in to find out that ‘All Oldies KOMA’ had morphed into ‘NewsTalk 1580 KOMA.’ How bold. How daring.

For Southwesterners, KOMA has been a musical bond since 1956. Everyone that's a native can tell you plenty of KOMA stories - tuning in when the local daytimers turned off and KOMA beamed in strong and clear, telling us about dances in South Dakota and Colorado, blasting out ‘battles of the bands’ and offering the KOMA Countdown. Some of those other great rock radio giants of the day include The Mighty 690 clear all the way to Idaho, the Wolfman at XERF and later XROCK 80. XROCK was rockin' around the pickup truck on a desert night, with your sweetie and a smuggled bottle of A-1 Pilsner, the ‘big brown jug’ to cool the night and turn up the excitement - James Brown in the background, Please, Please, Please drifting in and out - catching a strain of Gladys Knght's Midnight Train or the thrill of Elvis telling us, That's All Right Momma.

Many a major memory's soundtrack was strung together by ‘Yours truly—KOMA.’ Out here, in the land where fm radio is essentially useless in your pick up winding about in dark mountain canyons or across high desert flats, the music has died. Way too bad.” - Richard "Ricardo" Martin, Jerome, Arizona 

** BIG Thank You  
“A giant, huge thank you to Joshua Escandon at KBIG for spending well over three hours in my radio broadcasting class at Saddleback College [in Mission Viejo] this week. 

Wow! He was a terrific speaker; full of engaging, lively and incredible information. Several of my students called me afterwards to express their gratitude and to tell me just how impressed they were with Josh. To share such knowledge and experience and to genuinely try to help out up and coming broadcasters seems to be a bit of a rarity in this industry, although there are others in the past years who have been very helpful - jocks and personnel at KLOS, The WAVE, KYSR, KIIS, KNX and a few others. [I won't include the long list of those who never return emails, phone calls or letters!] Again, my sincere gratitude to Josh and his station for supporting him and his efforts!” - Tina (Arana) Anderson, part-time faculty, Saddleback College 

** LARP Passing
“Wow! A sad story for me to read. I did not know that Steve Woods passed away this past December from a heart attack. How terrible. He was so young. What a great guy Steve was. I also had the wonderful pleasure of working with him in my earlier radio days at KBIG in 1993 and 1994. He used to host the evening show Monday through Friday from 7 p.m. to midnight and I was his listener line operator and would answer calls for him during his show, writing down all of the requests listeners would call in with. He used to tell me great stories about his earlier radio days in Texas, specifically Lubbock because I have family there. He was amazed that I was familiar with Lubbock because most people are not. I will definitely miss Steve - a very kind man and good spirit!” - Terri Dourian, executive assistant/office manager, KPWR/KZLA 

** Remembering Steve Lundy  
“KROQ and Steve Lundy! THE VOICE! Thanks for the remembrance! Oh my gawd! Best promo voice I EVER worked with!  

Mike Lee was another great at KROQ [now runs Brown Bag Productions]. He was the voice of nearly ALL my KROQ promos when we started that style, which now still pervades. I was so tired of my own stuff a month after I did it, so we kept re-inventing ourselves to keep it fresh! I got even MORE tired of it when I heard it copied. [I still pray for today's promo guys to do something NEW.] 

Steve proved that monotone and filtered voice weren't where it's at. He could interpret copy. Gee, what a concept. Not to mention effortless pipes. He didn't have to hide any shortcomings behind needless so-called production effects. The read just seemed to fall out of him. Every good reader I ever met seemed to come from Texas. I don't know why that was. Jim O'Brien was another. Charlie Van Dyke. Ron Chapman. Heroes all!  

We need more like him. It gives the younger talent models and goals to live up to – standards - the height of the bar, etc! When I first met Steve, we were talking about his missing leg and I asked whether he was a 'Nam vet. He said, ‘No, I'm a Porsche 914 vet.’ Apparently he flipped it. Not an easy task, if you remember how low they are! 

PS / If you ever put audio on this site, I'll give you some Lundy samples that you would think were recorded this morning. That's how well his stuff holds up!” - Don Elliot 

** Snap to Deirdre  
“Have you ever learned any more facts about the death of Deirdre O'Donoghue? She was found dead abruptly and under somewhat mysterious circumstances [although foul play was not suspected] in January 2001 and the results of the autopsy performed afterwards was not widely publicized.  

I had listened to her do the weekly ‘Breakfast with the Beatles’ from the show's inception in 1985 through the time of her passing on both KMET and later KLSX, as well as her SNAP pop music shows on KCRW and KLSX. It is still a very much time honored tradition at our house to play plenty of Beatles on Sunday mornings, but whether we're listening to one of the various new Beatles programs that air on Sunday mornings or my CDs, not a week goes by that I do not miss the pleasant, always positive voice and professional enthusiasm that she brought to every show that helped make the weekend special. 

I'm sure I am but one of many of her fans that miss her very much, even more so due to the fact that we do not know what led to her untimely passing. Any information you may have would be much appreciated. 

PS. Thanks for remembering the great Jim Healy this past week with the passing of Leonard Tose. Hard to think of one without the other. ;)” - Kevin Fordyce, Diamond Bar 

** Power to the Democrats  
“When the democrats are back in power, look for unemployment to drop, the stock market to go up and the economy will be back in good shape. Again, the Democrats will have the job of cleaning up the national debt.” - Helen Jones 

** LARP Beemer  
“Just a quick side note regarding B. Mitchel Reed. I worked with the Beemer, as he liked to be called, at KMET in 1971. I was working for free in the newsroom with Ace Young while attending Pierce College. The engineers went on strike and the next thing I know I'm spinning records for B.M.R., Mary Turner, Michael Turner and others. It was an invaluable year that I spent at the Mighty Met. B.M.R. was very kind to me at the Mighty Met. I will always remember his very slow and easy way of speaking and that wonderful voice. He had some great pipes. At the time, I had no idea I was working with a radio legend. 

I completed a 3-month FCC license training session at Pasadena City College and took my 3rd, 2nd and 1st class license test at the FCC and passed them all. I eventually went to Santa Rosa and worked at KPLS playing Big Band music. My next gig was in Ukiah playing Top 40.

My final job in radio was at KSRO in Santa Rosa, where I was a full time newsman doing 4-5 newscasts a day. I interviewed Cesar Chavez, William Poxmire and other dignitaries who came through Sonoma County. I came back to Los Angeles and tried to get on the air with KCBSfm, which was the leading Classic oldies station at the time.

My family started a Famous Amos kind of cookie operation and needed some help selling their product so I went to help out. The days turned into years as I married and entered corporate America selling grocery products for Ralston Purina, stuffed animals and gift items for Applause, Dakin and Ganz Bros, yellow page advertising for Pacific Bell and finally 3rd party memory for Kingston Technology.

Now, I'm going back into the realm that excited me the most and where my passion never left. I love radio and always will. It looks like now, these many years later, I will be back in the saddle again! This time around I won't allow myself to be pulled away from radio. I've always loved this unique and magical medium. There's really nothing like radio. My grandfather, Dick Bradley, owned Tower Records in Chicago. When I was a kid I used to come into his den and see this beautiful picture collage of my grandfather interviewing Danny Kaye, Danny Thomas and many of the major celebrities of that era.  Every time I would come to his house I would stare at that picture and think about one day doing what he did. My family tells me he did a lot of announcing in Chicago and eventually sold his record company. He died a very unhappy man unable to fulfill his dreams in broadcasting and life.

I now have six beautiful children and a wonderful wife.  I found that they are my true treasures and everything else is just gravy or the cherry on top! I submitted a resume to KFSH for a sales position and after visiting their website and listening to their programming I'm very excited to join their team. Also, they don't have a news or sports department and maybe I can help solve that problem for them!” - Jeff Bradley, Fountain Valley

** KFWB Engineer Recounts Power Outage
“Wednesday was a weird day. Or, at least, weirder than usual. When I pulled into the KFWB parking lot at 8:30a.m., the generator started up. It is not on an exerciser because the power goes out in our area of Hollywood every 30-60 days for 8-18 hours at a time, so it is load tested very regularly. I knew something was up.

Newsroom staff reported that the lights had dimmed a number of times in the last few minutes and that the lights had gone out momentarily about the time I pulled into the lot. Some of the computers had rebooted, but came up all right. I didn't think too much of it, as our 200kW generator has plenty of capacity to run the entire building for days at a time and some of the UPSes respond too slowly to keep that from happening. We had to reset a couple of microprocessor controlled things that got confused, but that was about it.

Robert Arak, KFWB staff engineer, and I began setting up to do the ‘Ask the Mayor’ show in our new interview studio that is videotaped by the Los Angeles City's cable channel. They were setting doing their lighting setup and we determined that nothing they did caused the power problems.

After a few minutes we got a comment about a smell. We figured it was the tv lights heating up their diffusing gels, but the smell got stronger as we went beyond the studio. We followed it down the stairs into the server room where the smoke was pretty strong. We started gingerly touching panels looking for a hot one.

We found smoke coming out of a screw hole in the LEA surge suppressor panel. I opened its front door and a plume of smoke belched out. Then some little thing in there that was white hot as we opened the door burst into flames, because we gave it oxygen with the door open. Robert gave it a couple of blasts from the extinguisher but the fire kept going. So it was time to close the door and choke off its air. Then we looked for the disconnect. We found it, flipped it and took the station off the air, of course. We waited a minute and rechecked the suppressor box and the fire was out. We closed the door again to be safe.

Next, we called 911 and went outside to cough out lots of smoke. Went upstairs to explain what was going on and started figuring out a quick way to get back on the air. The lights were still on because the lighting circuits don't run through the surge suppressor, as we found out. We quickly determined that the surge suppressor only fed the tech areas like the control rooms, the studios and newsroom and most of the wall outlets. So some of the building infrastructure, including the air conditioning, was still operational. The phone system stayed on because it runs on batteries as its primary power source.

During this time, the LA Fire Department arrived, agreed that the fire was out and helped us ventilate the smoke from the basement.

So we decided to stay.

Then Mayor Hahn arrived with his entourage.

We brought the remote kit upstairs and ran extension cords to our new Dodgers control room, which has a 5.7kVA UPS with a typical 1.6kVA load on it and 168 minutes of power left in it. The Shure 367 mixer uses very little power, so it could run for a long time on UPS power. I grabbed a portable radio from my off to act as an air monitor. We plugged a couple of mikes into the mixer, ran the mixer output to the patch bay spigot in master control for the 15k line to the transmitter and announced ‘KFWB, Los Angeles,’ like the old engineer I am.

I handed the mike to one of the anchors and off we went. The lead story was about the big explosion and fire at the DWP power substation down the street that knocked out power for much of Hollywood. Our reporter that was at the DWP substation that had a fire and explosion came back to the studio to do his report. chief engineers Ron Russ from KTWV and Lynn Duke from KRTH/KROQ/KCBSfm arrived to provide additional technical support.

We got out our two 5kVA portable generators used for Dodgers promotions inflatables and ran extension cords into the studio to supply power in case the UPS ran out before we had regular power restored. At that point we still had not found any wall outlets that had power available, fed from the main generator which was still running.

We then did the ‘Ask the Mayor’ show standing in the newsroom for an hour without commercials and it went surprisingly well. We couldn't do much else, as the various UPSes batteries were going dead and computers, including the Enco workstations, were dropping every few seconds.

While the Mayor show was going on, the fire department finished up and an electrician arrived. He bypassed the surge suppressor panel and restored ‘normal’ power to the studios and newsroom. We had a bunch of small UPSes that ran their batteries flat, so they will either get a good recharging or tell us their batteries are wrecked. The servers were all a little finicky starting up, but they are all OK now. News crews from KTLA, KTTV and KCBS/TV came and shot video of our temporary setup with our news people and the Mayor.

Since the City of Los Angeles is our electric utility, the Mayor asked us on his way out, ‘You're going to sue us, aren't you?’ We all laughed and then said, ‘yes.’

The surge suppressor did its job. Nothing that we can find got fried by the surge.

The electrician is looking for replacement parts for the surge suppressor and we had a ‘disaster recovery’ company clean up the extinguisher mess.

The DWP substation fire was finally put out about 1 p.m., when the DWP workers began dealing with their electrical problems. We ran on the main generator until about 4:30 p.m. when City power returned and we were satisfied it was clean. We had about 18 days of fuel left for the main generator.

In the end we had about 10 minutes of dead air and an hour and fifty minutes without commercials, less than some periods of our recent war coverage. The news and engineering staffs, and even Mayor Hahn, pitched right in and did what it took to keep the station going even in the unusual conditions. I give them my thanks and appreciate all their help.

A video of the story KTLA ran Wednesday night on the Hollywood power outage that included coverage of the emergency operation at KFWB is available at: http://www.labaseballnetwork.com/video.” - Paul Sakrison, chief engineer, KFWB 

** KFWB Makes News  
I really admired the ingenuity and dedication that the KFWB staff displayed during the power outage recounted on the LARP report of 4.24. That's what it took to be a LARP back when I started fresh out of USC [and KUSC] in 1954 with a degree in broadcast communications. 

As a piece of trivia, how many LARP know that USC was the first licensee of Public Television/Channel 28, then called KTHE? I was privileged to be one of the first voices on Public Television for Southern California because the FCC used to require a live station ID every half-hour and I'd have to bust my butt to race over to Hancock Auditorium and announce the ID while they were showing test patterns [remember those?]. ‘You're tuned to Public Television from the campus of the University of Southern California, KTHE, Channel 28, Los Angeles.’ Ah, me. Why SC gave up the license is an intriguing story for another time.

Anyhow, the mention of KFWB director of engineering Paul Sakrison caught my eye because he has just put up on his Web site a series of photos of the old KNOB studios, now KLAX, in Anaheim (http://www.sakrison.com/radio/KNOB.html ). Paul worked there as CE from 1986-90. I was there from 1972 thru ‘77 as chief announcer and apd. Jack Banoczi, co-owner with his wife and all around great LARP, Jeannette, was the gm and pd. I spent many an hour creating commercials and other program elements in the control room for play on the automation unit shown in the photo, the SMC DP-2.

In 1976, Jack was looking for a computer system to automate the traffic functions of the station, something I had been interested in since 1968 when I was with KWIZ in Santa Ana. Our search led us to Automated Business Concepts in San Diego where they had what we considered to be a superior system running on a Data General Eclipse computer. It was installed and quickly started pumping out logs and billing based upon sales contracts input from traffic manager, Mary Dragieff. The indispensable element here, of course, was the sales crew with such dynamos as Helen Jones and Don Malone. Let's not forget, folks, no sales, no take home pay.

The next step was to link the ABC system to the SMC DP-2 which, up to then, Mary manually had to program from each day's computer generated log. With the help of the ABC computer programming staff and our CE, Bob Banoczi, Jack's brother, we successfully wired the computer to the SMC's control unit and created what must have been, for that time, for better or worse, one of the first completely computer operated radio stations in the US. Sales contracts put in one end with on-air programming coming out the other. Worked for us.

Many thanks to Paul Sakrison who has a sensitivity to radio history that I sadly lack, otherwise I would have thought to take a lot of pictures myself. Anyhow, go to his site and enjoy the days that were. BTW, notice that the late 80s staff included LARPs Mike Villani and Ed MacKay. Today, we see and/or hear Mike almost daily on the Ditech.com tv commercials. The last I heard of Ed not too long ago, he was sounding just great as one of the KNX anchors. Anyone know where he is now? I hired him at KNOB as one of his first LARP jobs and remember him spending countless hours in that little control room honing his talent. That's what it takes. Where do beginners do that today? Where is the talent to come from? Just curious.” - Larry Grannis

 

 

The JAZZ KNOB at 97.9fm

KNOB had been the Jazz station for L.A. for many years, but struggled. Eventually its format was changed to a soft AC when it was purchased by Pennino Music Co. It was a family operation until it was sold in the early 1990s to Raul Alarcon and SBS. The wonderful story and photos by Paul Sakrison at:http://www.sakrison.com/radio/KNOB.html  



Southern California Broadcasters Association Award

SCBA recently honored Epson and creative agency DDB Needham with its Best Spot of the Month, Continuing Campaign Award. The winning spot, A Thousand Words, compares the value of an Epson printer to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony, translating DPI (dots per inch) to the increasingly rich texture of the orchestra. 

Leonard Madrid, gsm/KLOS/KSPN; Kelly Green and Philip Nicholas of DDB, Jeffrey Marks, marketing director at Epson; Christine Hayama, ad specialist, Epson; Annette Carrier, Epson; Keith Block DDB; Dan Weiner, gsm, KLAC/KXTA.


 

     KLOS' Starr

Beatle Ringo Starr joined 
Mark & Brian at KLOS
earlier this month.


All Night (Morning) Long

Lionel Richie recently spent two hours at KOST for a Breakfast with Mark & Kim. He brought in a couple of keyboards and spent two hours singing his greatest hits. Mark Wallengren and listeners enjoyed the performance. 


Where Have All the Radio Women Gone?
Special Women’s Edition of LARadio
 

(April 25, 2014) In recent months, two women from television have joined the ranks of Los Angeles Radio People (LARPs). When Rush Limbaugh left his long-time mid-morning position at KFI and moved to KEIB (1150 AM), program director Robin Bertolucci adjusted the midday schedule and brought in Elizabeth Espinosa (l) from CNN to team with tv’s Mark Thompson. At KABC, long-time co-host of Channel 11’s Good Day LAJillian Barberie (r) joined John Philips for the noon to 3 p.m., a slot once occupied by Sean Hannity (who joined Rush at KEIB).

There was a time when music radio was dominated by men. In the second edition of Los Angeles Radio People, the Top 10 djs between 1957-97, as voted by readers, were all men (Dave HullEmperor Bob HudsonCharlie TunaSweet Dick WhittingtonRick DeesB. Mitchel ReedBill BallanceRobert W. MorganThe Real Don Steele and Gary Owens). It was a slow process, but women began to be heard on radio – both music and talk formats. Sie Holliday was the pioneer at Top 40 KRLA from 1962-76 and later 710/KMPC. 

Shana was the first woman dj at Top 40 KHJ. She went on to a distinguished career at KEZY, KROQ, KLOS, KLSX, and KPCC.

Others who started in the 1970s are still on the air. Denise Westwood who started in 1977 at KNAC is still heard on LA Radio at KLOS. Cynthia Fox was part of KMET, “the Mighty Met” beginning in 1977 and is now fill-in and weekender at 100.3/The Sound. And Rita Wilde was heard in 1978 at KEZY and went on to be program director at KLOS. She’s heard nightly at 100.3/The Sound.

Melinda Lee started in 1985 doing the KNX Food News Hour, then went on to KABC and KFI. She returned to KNX in 2004 and continues with a weekend food show.

The most successful sidekick is Ellen K, who joined Rick Dees at KIIS/fm and continued in that capacity when Ryan Seacrest took over morning drive in February 2004.

For over two decades, Kim Amidon (l) was paired with Mark Wallengren at KOST and they were equals in every respect, including pay. “Mary Catherine SneedDon Dalton and I all agreed that it was going to be like pay for each performer since both were contributing equally to the show,” remembered Jhani Kaye, then-program director at KOST.

When Jhani moved over to KTWV, he hired Kim to work with Pat Prescott. “They really have high respect for one another became great friends working together. I wanted to give Pat a starring role [since she had always been a featured player with her previous morning show players]. And adding Kim gave Pat a great partner.”  

Jhani was the first program director to have a complete staff of female newscasters when he programmed KFI. “People asked why I’ve hired so many women over the years. It’s because they were the best candidate for the job.” 

In the world of Talk radio, Dr. Toni Grant exploded at KABC in 1972. In 1975, she went on to revolutionize her field and the broadcasting industry with the nation’s first psychology call-in format. By 1981, her show was syndicated on the ABC radio network. Her famous phrase was “Life is not a dress rehearsal.”

Hot on Toni’s heels was Dr. Laura Schlesinger, who got the radio bug after calling into the Bill Ballance Show in the mid-1970s. She went on to an enormously successful syndicated career and arguably the biggest radio therapist ever. She is now heard on Sirius/XM Satellite Radio.

Over the decades, women have integrated into all format and all dayparts. In 1993, KTWV experimented with a two-woman music morning drive show. Keri Tombazian and Sheryl Bernstein were the hosts. Keri recently left her nighttime show at KTWV and presently has a strong voiceover career. Sheryl grew up in Buffalo and worked at WKBW and the comedy circuit in the evenings before coming to Southern California. She remembered, “I loved doing the morning show. If we had been able to stay, I think we would have been really great. I sure learned a lot about working as a team. We did something unique and very real.”

Keri remembers how the two-female morning team started:

I was on maternity leave having just given birth to my son, Cooper in August 1993 when Chris Brodie [pd] asked me if I would like to team up as part of a two-woman show.  Consultant Walt Sabo had recent success with a first-ever two female show in Chicago and they wanted to boost morning ratings at The Wave. Smooth Jazz across the country was flourishing but could not garner morning ratings. That remained true through the life of the format on most of the stations.

Sheryl and I were colleagues in voiceover and I knew she had a comedy background, which seemed a good balance to my usual default of serious and ponderous.

Oh the heady start of a morning show! It was a fine time. Because it was uncharted territory for CBS and specifically The Wave, there was a lot of fiddling around with our content. They wanted us to be creatively free but they also constrained us with ever changing elemental impositions – one song an hour, no songs an hour, break at the top, no, break at :05, be funny, be topical, which were all understandable but it did more harm than good.  Sheryl and I were finding our way and it was a little prickly for several months. Sheryl leaned to comedy and I leaned to issues and we had a time finding how to balance those. Then, like so often in radio, just as we were hitting our stride, having a ball, and gaining audience, corporate could not weather the hit they had taken in revenue and even ratings. 

I think the truth about why we ended so early is a mix of things: We needed more time, more marketing, either less or better direction from management, and they needed fast results. Today, often when Sheryl and I are on the phone, talking about any number of things – my kids, her dogs, the state of the world – we will hit upon a funny and ironic note and one of us will invariably say, “NOW we should be on the air.”

To this day, I am greeted by strangers with “OH I LOVED YOU AND SHERYL! HOW IS SHE?” She is well.  It was a great time. I learned so much and I am grateful to CBS for having had faith in me to try something untested and new. I wish they could have weathered the bumpy start, but it was a matter of numbers.  The on-air lessons I learned from those brief eight months informed and shaped who I have become as a performer. I always strive for as much one-to-one straight communication with the listener as is humanly possible through a mic, from inside a little glass room. Talking about my marriage and kids and topics of the day, moved me from dj speak to straight speak.

No mention of KTWV would be complete without mentioning the herculean accomplishment of Talaya Trigueroes, who has been with the WAVE since its inception as a format.

Karen Sharp has been hosting the high-rated evening show, ‘Love Songs on the KOST’ for over a quarter of a century and still going strong.

(Talaya, Diane Thompson, Michelle Kube, and Vicky Moore)

And for over two decades, Tami Heide has been with CBS/LA, first with KROQ and now with JACK/fm.

Diane Thompson has been in local news for over three decades, first as news director at KHJ and since 1985 she has been an anchor at KNX.

Mimi Chen, host of Peace, Love and Sunday Mornings at 100.3/The Sound, thinks LA Radio is still a boy's club. “This would be especially true in upper management, but we radio gals are tough,” emailed Mimi. “As for me, I’ve been making my move into tech, as a Co-Founder and President of Cognitive Code.  We're angel funded and our tech is similar to SIRI, but unlike SIRI, we don’t require expensive servers for our tech to work. Our tech is currently being used by the US military in Training and Simulation.”

Crys Quimby never thought too much about being a woman in a man's world until she added program director to her news director responsibilities at KFWB, sometime around 2000. “I got a call from another CBS pd, who asked, ‘Do you know we're the only two female pds in CBS Radio?’ Even so, I never felt to be at an advantage or disadvantage because of my sex. I was, however, finally convinced that women on the air were too often subjected to sexism and chauvinism by colleagues, in news, and especially in sports. I saw a few things that truly disappointed me in that arena. But hopefully, times continue to change for the better.”

Hall Perspective. David G. Hall, former program director at KFI and KNX, reviews the women in his life:

“I’ve been really lucky to have been able to surround myself with both men and women who were much smarter and stronger than me, many of whom are leading LA Radio today!

There are Robin Bertolucci and Julie Chin. I hired Robin to replace me at KFI because she’s simply one of the best program directors  in the format, of any gender. I brought Julie Chin down from KGO to run KNX and she’s going very strong…giving Robin a run for her money in weekly listeners. Between the two of them, I bet 80% of AM radio listeners hear one of their products, or both, every week. 

There’s Melinda Lee, who is a one woman social network from way before the times of Facebook and Twitter. She has such a connection and such a sense of community with her audience that she can do a four word endorsement commercial: ‘Tupelo Honey. Bristol Farms’  and practically sell out their supply by the time she gets off the air. I got Melinda to come from KNX to KFI, and then from KFI to KNX. 

There’s Vicky Moore, whom we hired from KFBK in Sacramento to be a reporter at KFI and then I was lucky enough to get her to come to KNX to do mornings first with Dave Williams and now with Dick Helton.  She’s never sounded better.

There’s Stephanie Miller, whom we brought to KFI from having been a music morning show co-host in New York. For as funny as she is known to be, she is twice as smart. And she tells amazing stories of her childhood in the home of a former GOP VP Candidate!

There’s Terri-Rae Elmer, with whom I have worked since 1984. My predecessor at KFI, George Oliva, teamed her up with Tracey Miller to do a double-female morning show, TNT, an absolute first in talk radio at that time, I am sure. 

There’s Michelle Kube, who came to KFI as an intern and now is in her…20th?…year of keeping Bill Handel interesting and on time. Lisa Erspamer, whom Michelle replaced, who also came in as an intern, went on to produce Bill, then left us for Oprah and most recently was the OWN Network’s CCO. 

But the one I am the most proud of…and I think technically you have to allow me to talk about her as an official LARP because she put in a couple of solid years on the KLOS Street Team…is Madi Hall, who is about to graduate from college and is doing her first on-air work at a non-university station, a small commercial jazz station in Northern California.

But I could go on and on and on.  And each one of these people has such a great story, she could be a column all by herself."

Good Day LAJillian Barberie spent 18 years at Channel 11’s Good Day LA with Steve Edwards and Dorothy Lucey. She is now teamed with John Phillips for the noon-3 p.m. at KABC. A caller called recently and wanted to know the real story on why she left GDLA.

“There are many theories out there. I’ve definitely shared the truth,” said Jillian. She said she loved what she did. “I would have stayed. I would have taken a pay cut. It wasn’t about money. They told me they wanted to put me out in the field a couple of days a week. Wasn’t sure if they meant out to pasture. They said they were going a different route. I told them the news was becoming a dinosaur and that we were all about big social media and that we should do Twitter and I told them I could help them do that and bridge the gap. They said, ‘nope.’ So I decided to walk away and it was very hard for me, and, boy, was that a hard decision for me. But that was the right decision. That show is horrible now.”

Hear Ache. “Did you know that the 1978 movie FM was [very] loosely based on life at KMET?” wrote Rita Wilde100.3/The Sound. “It wasn’t an Oscar winner, but that was a fun movie. It really captured the vibe of rock n’ roll radio in the 70s, and it had a great theme song from Steely Dan. Is that one of your all-time favorites? I want to know! Vote for your Steely Dan faves on our website, and then I’ll count them down this Friday night starting at 10 p.m.”

Mornings in the MarinaMarina Wilson, veteran of KOCM, KIKF, KEZY, KLIT, KSCA, KOST, KACD and KZLA has joined K-MOZART (1260 AM) and K-MOZART.com. “I grew up loving Classical music,” emailed Marina. “My father was a concert violinist and conductor. Even my babysitter became an opera singer for the New York MET. My dad passed away 25 years ago, but for a time he was maestro and Dean of Music for Santa Ana College. All of the Classical music I was exposed to stayed with me all these years. I never thought I’d be announcing Beethoven and Haydn. My dad would be smiling at his little classic rocker and classical rocker...”

Ladybird In the Air. Kelly Lange the longtime KNBC/Channel 4 news anchor was the “ladybird” airborne traffic reporter in the early days of KABC’s move to talk radio. It was one of the biggest radio promotions in Southern California history.

For two months a roving trailer moved from shopping mall to shopping mall while hopeful women read one minute of copy in front of the crowd. Out of the tens of thousands who auditioned, Kelly was one of two who emerged as winners. She became a Ladybird, one of the first female helicopter traffic and weather reporters.

Morning drive was won by “Dawn O’Day,” who was Kelly. Her partner Lorri Donaldson was called “Eve O’Day.” For more than two years, Kelly in her tight-fitting silver lame jumpsuit, paved the way for today's less exploited women deejays and announcers. The pair appeared in sexy KABC ads and on billboards with ad lines like “Our traffic figures aren’t dated.”

The pair started on Valentine's Day 1967 and remained KABC sweethearts until 1970. Kelly hosted a talk radio show on KABC and served as a field reporter with KABC/Channel 7 before joining Channel 4 in March 1971 as the first female local news anchor. She is now a successful mystery writer.

Overheard.

Funnie.


LARadio Veteran Steve Julian Dies, at Age 57 

(April 24, 2016) Steve Julian, the host of KPCC's Morning Edition since 2000, has died at the age of 57 from complications from brain cancer.

For 15 years, Julian's smooth, soothing voice woke up tens of thousands of listeners in Southern California, providing the day's news, weather and traffic. "He was a singular talent," said Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk and Julian's best friend. "He is completely irreplaceable. "The tone and richness of his voice," he added, "perfectly conveyed the man behind it."

Julian was born in Pomona in 1958 and spent the majority of his life in Southern California. “He came across as someone who was knowledgeable, friendly and accessible, and that’s the kind of sound we wanted – one that was not lecturing to you but was riding along with you in the car to work,” said Bill Davis, president of Southern California Public Radio/KPCC.

A chance meeting launches a career in news Julian's news career began when he met Mantle while working at KPRO, a Riverside radio station, in the early 1980s. KPRO was in the process of switching its format from big band music to all-news and talk. The boss overheard Julian, who worked in production, talking to Mantle, who was the assistant news director, as they discussed the day's events in the newsroom. "The news director said that we had such great chemistry that we should co-anchor the afternoon drive time," Mantle recalled. It was a successful, if short-lived, pairing.

Mantle soon left to join KPCC as the news director, and Julian decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. Julian went back to school, attending the police academy at Rio Hondo College and joined the Baldwin Park Police Department. 

"His dream wasn't to work in radio, it was to be a cop," Mantle said.  But while on the job, Julian observed an incident where he believed his fellow officers were using excessive force and reported it. Afterwards, he felt shunned by his colleagues and decided to leave the force. In 1995, Julian returned to broadcasting as a traffic reporter for AirWatch America based in Santa Ana. Five years later, he joined KPCC as the host of Morning Edition. He was on the air the morning of the 9/11 attacks in New York and broke the grim news to Southern California listeners.

When NPR was slow to break away from its taped programming to go live, Julian took matters into his own hands, insisting that KPCC switch over to coverage from New York's WNYC, according to Davis. "That decision really accelerated the change in our view of ourselves of an institution," Davis said. Julian always sounded calm and collected to listeners even if behind the scenes, his producers were scrambling to cover unfolding news.  "You could get in his ear during a five-second sound byte and say two or three words about something that had just broken, and the way he delivered it, it sounded like poetry on the air," said Nick Stoffel, KPCC's Morning Edition producer.

A busy second act in theater hosting the magazine meant Julian had to be at work by 4 a.m. He spent his free time in the early afternoons and evenings pursuing playwriting, directing and acting in local theaters. He directed classics such as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Death of Salesman" at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts as well as new plays at L.A.'s Coeurage Theatre Company, a "pay what you want" theater where Julian served on the board of directors. "I never knew that all this work could come out of one person and that he could wear so many different hats,” said Eric Czuleger, a playwright who frequently collaborated with Julian.

When Steve Julian was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer, his wife Felicia Friesema turned to social media for solace, support, and the space to process this heart-breaking journey. "Steve being Steve, he has accepted most of it with humility and grace," Friesema wrote in one of her final posts. "But there are times when there is a complete awareness of everything he has lost in such a short time." Julian was diagnosed with cancer in November and has been off the air since then. In January, KPCC renamed the studio where he hosted Morning Edition "The Steve Julian Studio." From Steve's wife, Felicia: Donations can be made to Coeurage Theatre Company where Steve served as a board member or Ensemble Studio Theater Los Angeles where Steve was an active member.  And of course, donations can be made to KPCC, because he believed so strongly in his employer that he was also a longtime contributing member.  (Story was posted on SCPR.com and photo is from Bill Youngblood) 


Traffic Reporters Got Congested

(April 24, 2013) “I haven't quit, nor was I fired,” is how long-time traffic reporter Arianna Ortiz (l) started her note when asked about leaving Total Traffic (TTN). The economics of covering the traffic conditions in Southern California have been going through back flips to find a revenue model that works without compromising the content. 

Operations have merged and moved, and airborne reporters have been grounded. Clear Channel had a traffic operation in Orange County, a group of reporters that served various stations and formats all over the Southland.  

Total Traffic was the name that Clear Channel renamed all of their traffic operations about 4 or 5 years ago, including AirWatch in Santa Ana. When CC then purchased Metro a few years ago,  they renamed all of those operations Total Traffic as well.  Due to the size of the merger and the lack of due diligence that went into the purchase, they kept many of the operations separate (the DOJ had something to do with this as well while they approved the deal). Once they figured out how to move forward they started combining operations and closing entire cities. On one layoff day TTN went from having traffic operations in 125 cities down to having operations in 29 cities. They were still covering traffic in those 125, just from the new hub cities with less people doing generic recorded reports.   

The old Metro building lease in Culver City was up last April and they couldn't get an extension so they built a temporary TTN studio in an old server room that Premiere Radio Networks had in Sherman Oaks, across the street from the big building. All of the former Metro people moved there while the Long Beach studio was being built. Meanwhile the old AirWatch people continued to work out of the Santa Ana studios they've been in since 1993. There were some exceptions that flew under the AFTRA radar as some non-union AirWatch people went to work in Sherman Oaks because it was closer to their homes, and at least one Metro person, the late David Courtney, worked out of the AirWatch studios because he lived in South Orange County.

The AirWatch lease was finally up this month and the Long Beach Studio was almost finished so the AirWatch people moved from Santa Ana into Long Beach at the end of March, a few people at a time while they brought the studio to 100% operation. A few radio stations had to go without traffic for a few days because the technical work wasn't done in time.    

Last week the Metro people who had been in Sherman Oaks for about a year started moving to Long Beach. The move should be complete today. 

Many traffic reporters were not able to handle the traffic commute from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, including Arianna. “As an actress [as I have been for all these years], I do all my auditions and much of that work in Los Angeles,” emailed Arianna. “We were unable to negotiate a way for me to continue to do both. As any traffic professional knows, a round trip drive to/from Long Beach at its worst can take 2.5 hours. The relocation was a hardship for me in both my professions that I love. When negotiations failed, I asked for a constructive layoff but was denied and so am now on my own.” 

Arianna has been through four other moves, a merger of Shadow and Metro and the company being sold to Westwood One and Clear Channel. “I'm pleased for my colleagues who are benefiting from the move but am saddened at the sudden end to my years on the air with stations I love, such as KFWB and especially K-EARTH [Clear Chanel would not let me broadcast from either station]. It was pure joy working with the great Shotgun Tom Kelly and news anchors such as Maggie McKay and Phil Hulett, to name a few.” 

She concluded, “I move on, I hope, to greener pastures, remain as busy an actress as I can and meanwhile will have to nudge my husband to get a better job.” 

Arianna stars in a film called The Wound (artwork from the film on the right) that is currently on the film festival circuit and it should play in Los Angeles very soon. It was entered into the prestigious Dallas International Film Festival recently.

Hear Ache. Mario Lopez is coming back for Season 3 of Fox’s The X Factor. “I’m looking forward to returning to The X Factor team,” said Lopez. “We’re coming back stronger and better than ever and I'm excited to check out all the new talent.” 

Overheard.

  • “Before the puck was dropped in the Bruins game, the TD Garden dropped the most amazing national anthem I’ve ever seen or heard. If a performance of the national anthem is making the news it is probably because some pop star forgot the words. Not in Boston. It was letting 17,000 people sing every single word.” (Jim Rome)

  • “CNN is going to have boffo ratings despite the fact they couldn’t stop but step on their own dicks while trying to report these stories in Boston.” (Marc German, TalkRadioOne.com)

  • “Originally we were told that consolidation was going to save local radio. Surely they weren’t lying were they?” (George Johns, radio consultant)

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** KNX History Lesson

“Thanks for the mention about the KNX history. When founder/owner Fred Christian was issued his first license in December 1921, he was assigned the call letters KGC. When he decided to move the station from his Hollywood home to the California Theater at South Main Street at 8th Street in Los Angeles, he was given the new call letters of KNX in May 1922. 

KNX moved back to Hollywood in October 1924 with the sale to Guy Earl, owner of the Los Angeles Evening Express, who in turn sold KNX to CBS in 1936. The station was a Hollywood fixture from 1924 to 2005, when KNX moved to the Wilshire district.” – Jim Hilliker

** New at Register

“Just heard about your taking over Gary Lycan's slot at The Register. I can't imagine a better candidate. Rarely, these days, does management make the right move on anything, but in this case, they made the perfect move on selecting you. Gary is undoubtedly smiling down on you from above. I wouldn't be surprised if you feel his presence often. 

Worlds of luck to you, Don. Do keep in touch.” – Rollye James


Dallas AC Team Joins Mornings at Country KZLA

 
(April 23, 2000) The husband-and-wife team of Gene & Julie start mornings at KZLA on Monday. Gene Gates and Julie Jacobson come to KZLA from five years at AC KBFB-Dallas. " We believe Southern California will quickly realize they’re waking up with two of the nicest people they’ve ever heard," said KZLA pd RJ Curtis. "They’re genuinely fun to listen to because they’re living their life on the radio, yet they never forget to make listeners a major part of the show." (Photos of Gene & Julie are from the KBFM Web site)

John Murphy, former morning man with John Garabo at KZLA from 1993-95, is returning to Southern California from the Northwest following 15 #1 books in a row, according to John. "I moved my family back to L.A. a year ago and have been doing the fly-jock thing, but it’s time to come back home," emailed John. "By the way, Garabo and Murphy will not be returning to KZLA. Despite having the best morning numbers ever for the station, we were never considered by the new management team at KZLA. RJ Curtis and I are still friends, but he wanted to go in a different direction for the morning show." If you would like to contact John, you can reach him at 626.798.2915 or email him at: stellarjones@earthlink.net

KKBT’s Egg Hunt. "The Beat" hosts its Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning at 9 a.m. at the Los Angeles Zoo. All week long KKBT has been giving out family four packs of passes to hunt for over 5,000 eggs filled with candy and Toys R Us gift certificates. The hunt will be hosted by djs, the Beat Street Team, the Easter Bunny and the L.A. Zoo.

Potpourri. Andy Barber is celebrating a birthday today and he has just moved to mornings at CHR KIZS-Tulsa…Alex Gomez, formerly head of promotions at Foot Locker Worldwide, has joined "One-On-One Sports" Network, locally heard at KMPC (1540AM)…Former KIIS dj George McFly has just left mornings at KCDA-Spokane…Jon Wailin, formerly with KZLA in the late 1970s, has returned "home" to do airborne traffic at KGO-San Francisco. He spent a decade doing mornings and programming at KNEW-SF/Oakland…Stuart Turner, former KFI marketing maven, has joined Cox Interactive media….Former KIQQ pd Rich "Brother" Robbin has authored an article for an archival radio Web site: www.oldradio.com. Click INDEX TO THE ARCHIVE - Click Programming - Click #4 "The Transition"…Didja check out the "Pirate Radio" Web site mentioned here earlier this week? Were you surprised to learn that R&R Rock Editor Cyndee Maxwell was a "Pirate" dj?

Going, Going, Gone. KIEV gave up the usual mix of topical topics and guests on the Larry Marino in the morning show this week for the Union Rescue Mission Easter Auction. Items up for bid included: an autographed John Wooden basketball (went for $350); a number of restaurants donated dinners; a Laser eye procedure ($2,000); autographed Evander Holyfield boxing glove; Shaquille O’Neil autographed basketball ($500); and, green fees at PGA La Quinta golf course. At one point Mayor Richard Riordan called in and offered a dinner at his Pantry Restaurant and the Mayor’s box seats in the first row behind Dodger dugout ($800). Over $15,000 was raised during the auction for a very worthy cause.

Going, Going, Gone. Part II. KYSR morning co-host Jamie White announced to her listeners this week that she is filing for divorce from her doctor husband who lives in Colorado. "We have lived apart for two years, so this is inevitable. The fact the guy is acting like nothing is happening drives me insane. I don't know what to do with him," said Jamie. "We see each other basically eight days a month. The guy is amazing. I love him to death and he's perfect, but I just don't know him anymore by living away from him for two years. We don't have anything to talk about anymore. We talk about the weather. It's been agony. The worst part is thinking, 'Oh, my god, do I really want this to be over?'" confessed Jamie.

Julio Settled. Julio Flores, most recently with KLSX, KSCA, KRLA and the "Wave," is the new music director of musicplex.com. I will be programming Triple-A, alternative, Classic Rock and mainstream rock," emailed Julio. "They will have a total of 200 streaming channels in the future. We are programming everything with Selector. It's an exciting venture with a great start-up company just down the street from Westwood One in Culver City."

Ring Around Howard. The NY Post reports that Howard Stern flatly denied an "outrageous" news story that he had given Angie Everhart a diamond "friendship ring" and that their relationship had "blossomed into something more serious." Stern guessed Angie's rep was desperate for publicity.

Dr. Laura Revisited. A&E’s Biography dusted off last year’s episode on Dr. Laura Schlessinger and redid the intro to include all the buzz around the upcoming Paramount tv show and StopDrLaura.com furor. Familiar LARP in the one-show bio included: KLSX’s Tom Leykis, Bill Ballance, KRLA’s Dr. Toni Grant and OC Register’s Gary Lycan.

Bulgarian Music. Tom Schnabel, host of KCRW’s Café LA, was profiled in the weekly radio column in the LA Times yesterday. "We started playing African music in 1980. Mostly, it was what I could borrow from wherever I could find something. But I think the real launch of the African thing was King Sunny Ade. Aside from the Bulgarian women’s choir it was the most distinct, unusual, unclassifiable sort of new sound music I’d heard up to that point," Tom told the Times. Tom believes that playing "the newer mixes, the ambient mixes, and things like that," that they are pulling over some listeners from KROQ.

Quite a Visual. Doug Steckler, co-host of the eclectic KLSX evening Conway & Steckler show, has the perfect remedy for a cold movie theatre. "I was at the Magic Johnson Theatre in a short sleeve shirt and was getting cold and getting goose bumps," said Doug. "I remembered that 90% of heat loss is through the top of your head. So I took a bunch of popcorn napkins and I opened them all and put them on my head." Tim Conway, Jr., guessed that his partner was the talk of the theatre. "I’m not gonna lie to you, there were rubber neckers doing double takes," confessed Doug.

SCBA Look at Radio. Mary Beth Garber, president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, was profiled on the back page of R&R last week. Her advice to radio stations: "Start looking at the picture more as a marketer than ever before. I would want radio stations, from the Web sites to their on-air people to their promotion departments to their selling departments to their actual brick-and-mortar locations, and think of the whole thing as being a product with different lines to it. They should think about how they can best market it and make strategic alliances that will pay off the most."

Diss ‘n dat. Andy Chanley, mornings at Channel 103.1, has some very interesting guests. Tracey Chapman told Andy that if she hadn’t gotten into music, she would have been a master carpenter…Rick Springfield caused quite a stir in-studio with KLOS’ Mark & Brian. This was Rick’s "first studio session" with M&B. Rick promised to appear at Mark & Brian’s Christmas Show…Former KACE dj Gillian has started her own newsletter. Check out www.gillianonelove.com and learn about her first movie, The Caretaker where she had two scenes with about 8 pages of lines. She’s playing a "Hoochie mama" in an about-to-be shot movie, Plausible Denial…Chris Bury saw the inquiry about the whereabouts of Lisa Novak, formerly with KWST in 1979. Chris found her working as a D.A. for San Mateo County…Tony Bruno, new afternoon host at "XTRA Sports 1150" must have an incredible crystal ball. He said to "bet the farm" that the lowly LA Clippers would defeat the Seattle Supersonics Wednesday night. Clippers won!…Richard Salgado wants to alert all ex-KACD "Groove" listeners that tonight at 1 a.m., "Underground Vibes" is full of Electronic Dance Music. Check out http://ksbr.net/# and click KSBR Jazz!FM88.5...Zakk Wylde phones in to Mark Mendoza tonight at 6 on KNAC.Com...KTLA/Channel 5 entertainment reporter Mindy Burbano has been sitting in for the new-Mom Leigh Ann Adam at KBIG this week.

Do you remember Cheryl "Red Shoes" Steele from KUTE in the 1980s? Anyone know where she is?

LARP: What is the one thing about you that no one knows?

Scott West (KOLA): In my younger days (before I knew what I wanted to do), I had 17 W-2's in one year!!!!!

"Big John" Carter (ex-KHJ): Aside from being a cross-dresser--well, OK, I lied!--I was once a "colorful manager" in the Roller Derby. I was a bad guy. I got in a fight with the other guy's manager. Afterwards, he and I went out and had a nice dinner. I wouldn't want to shatter anyone's image, but I have to tell ya: the outcome of the Roller Derby is, well, pre-determined. I know that must come as a terrible shock, but the truth MUST be told!

Chuck Martin (ex-KHJ, KWST): Only years later now can I admit it because years ago my inflated ego wouldn't allow it. But through my program director days everyone gave me credit and adulation for the high ratings and major turn around of stations where I was pd. The truth of the matter is that I surrounded myself with highly qualified and creative people who did all the work. I got the credit for their abilities but it was their hard work that made me a star. To them I say thank you.

Jerry Lewine (KHJ): Once when I was in college I took a break from studying for finals in the wee hours to see what I could hear on my ham radio. About the only thing I could hear was a weak Morse Code signal sending out an SOS. It turned out to be from a freighter off Baja, California. The ship was on fire, listing badly and the radio room was burnt up and the only communications was from a ham on board. I called the Coast Guard, they saved the ship with all 35 people on board and I was given credit since I was the only one to hear the SOS.

Mike Evans (ex-KFWB, KABC, KBIG, KROQ): That I NEVER-NEVER-NEVER listen to other morning shows -- I won't even listen to ''air-checks'' sent to me from my affiliates. I have heard a few minutes of Stern, just to see what it sounds like -- but, I've never heard Mark & Brian or any of the big LA shows. Aloha.

Shana (KPCC): In 1974, I was hired at KWBB in Wichita, Kansas, as a double minority. The FCC required stations to do the minority hiring at that time. No photo was necessary from this 20-year-old female dj from Detroit. I was a black female for a month.

Tommy Edwards ("Arrow 93" pd): I'm only doing this radio thing until I figure out what I want to do for a living.

Emails

We Get Email…

** Just Tyll Pretty Good
"In response to Conway & Steckler and their comments about Ed Tyll [4/17]. I have to throw my two cents in and I feel compelled to give L.A. an update. When Ed was on KABC I hated him. He was whiney and noisy. Never sounded like he was just talking to me. When he moved over to KLSX, I thought YUCK what were they thinking? He was pushing and trying too hard. He again never sounded comfortable.

Well, I was on hold the other day at WKRK in Detroit and I was amazed. Ed Tyll was funny, engaging and great with the callers. He still beat them up but it wasn't just an attack he responded to them and then attacked. He sounded like he was at home and on a roll. I have had to listen to him more than once on hold and it wasn't just a fluke. He has gotten better. The environment plays a big part in the way you sound. I was amazed that I didn't want to hang up. I wanted to hear what he was going to say and how he formulated his points. I heard promos for his show and they were a riot. Like any typical listener, ask me what he said and I can't tell you, but I can say he left an impression on me. Sometimes it just takes the right program director to bring out the best in someone. Once in a while talent and the station just don't flow well together. I have no idea how he related to anybody at any of his stations, this is all just an opinion. The slightest thing can throw someone who is really talented off. Or for all I know... maybe it's just the weather. Whatever it is, just FYI he's more than listenable now." - Stacey Ruben, Los Angeles

** Frank About Jamie & Danny
"A rather large part of me was cheering and happy to hear that Jamie and Danny [KYSR] are doing poorly. I stopped listening to the morning show the day after they pulled Frank & Frosty off the air. In fact, I stopped listening to the music portion for a good three months.

To say I am happy that the Jamie and Danny show might be off the air is an understatement. :) Sir, you have brightened my day. I cannot thank you enough for that little piece. I cannot stand Danny's voice. Voices like that DO NOT belong on the radio. Even though I don't know what their rating is, I hope it stinks. :)" – Caroline Liu, Irvine

** Open Letter to Victoria Jackson
"An open note to Victoria [4/18]. Here's a quarter, go buy a clue! Anyone with half a brain would know not to bring up that slimeball Howard Stern during an interview with Mark & Brian. No wonder your career is in the porcelain fixture since you left SNL!

Thanks, Don, I feel better now." - Bob Whitmore, Chino Hills

** Copy Catting LARP
"I haven't seen anyone on LARADIO.COM mention Phil Hendrie's dead-on impersonation of Tom Leykis. I'm surprised that Tom hasn't responded, considering how brutal Hendrie attacks him. I know they worked together at KFI in the early 90s. Why is Tom silent about Phil?" - Irving Messelman, Sherman Oaks

** Hilly Not "Dumb"
"In response to Alice Ramirez: we all have talk show hosts and others who we like and dislike, but for her to refer to Hilly Rose as ‘dumb’ is downright idiotic. Personally speaking, I learned most of what I know about news/talk programming from six months of working closely with the man, as his last L.A. area producer [KABC, 1984] after being a fan for the previous 14 years or so. Hilly Rose, as all good talk show hosts, can indeed come off as ‘annoying,’ but ‘dumb’?? I'd venture to say Hilly's got more brains in his little finger than Alice has in her entire Wonderland!" – Greg Hardison

** Jamie’s Schtick
"Let's put the ‘controversy’ to rest. I've never listened to Jamie White [and, honest to God, I'm proud of that], but it's clear from just the on-air quotes in LARP that she's not only a ‘dirty girl,’ it's how she makes her living. Nothing wrong with that - apparently everything has an audience these days - but being coy doesn't wash." - Bob House

** Roger Marsh Reviews Recent News
"Local spot revenue: How does KDIS ‘amass $72,000 in February? I've worked with Orange County and suburban LA signals billing twice or three times that amount. And while we're talking ‘Radio Disney’ - is there any reason you know of they don't daypart their programming? [See Nickelodeon, Nick, Jr. and Nick at Nite] Call-in programs [brokered or bartered], sports. Does the whole family really want to hear the same thing all day long?

-- Regarding the ‘rip-and-read’ issue. Who hasn't? In the Summer of 1983, I was a rookie overnight jock at KIQO/Atascadero/San Luis Obispo. One of my responsibilities was to prepare local stories for the 6 a.m. newscast [anchored by LARP Bruce Anson who teamed with morning jock Craig Hines]. All I had to work with was the local SLO town paper. All of their national stories were from AP or UPI; the local material was practically lifted straight from the police blotter. The challenge for me was making the stories sound fresh - a good workout for a novice newswriter to be sure! Was it original? Hardly. Was it of benefit to our listeners? I hope so.

The bottom line here is that there are days when, quite frankly, there's not enough ‘newsworthy’ material happening to fill the countless hours devoted to news and talk programming. All-day news and talk stations need material; hence, the competition to keep "fresh, original" programming on the air leads to needless squabbles over who broke what story. Imagine the possibilities if some of the energy currently spent on ‘feeding the machine’ went into original programming instead.

-- Howard Stern and Dennis Prager are compelling; Tom Leykis and Larry Elder are entertaining, but for my money, there's no better investment of time each day than Conway & Steckler. Just the right mix of swagger and sensibility - and the ‘What the #$@% Did Jesse Jackson Say?’ piece is one of the funniest I've ever heard!

-- Haven't seen anything in print about the future of KXMX/KEZY. With their recent signal upgrade, they could be posing more of a threat to someone in L.A. [see KBUE] than they currently are. It seems as though L.A. is ripe for a decent rock station. [Hats off to the programmers who identified the "Jammin Oldies" niche - it's a great complement to KRTH.] How about a rocker with a core year of around 1990 [isn't KROQ's still somewhere in the mid-80's?] to complement the KLOS/‘Arrow’ vibe - only WITHOUT positioning statements between EVERY song and more songs than spots each hour?" - Roger Marsh, booth announcer for the FOX Broadcasting Company and host of AMBASSADOR "ExpressTalk" (former gm/pd at KYMS-Santa Ana)

** The Host Who Loves You the Most
"I have to second Dale Ruhe's email of last Saturday and his assessment of Johnny Magnus. He is a Los Angeles radio legend. It doesn't take much to use one's imagination to put Johnny on in the late afternoons or early evenings and let him divert from the KLAC playlist. What we'd be hearing are those hidden album tracks that only he can find and all his insights to those tracks. The talent is there for three djs during the week. I can't see KLAC'S reasoning for using Johnny on voice-tracked weekends only. Please! Let L. A. have THE HOST WE LOVE THE MOST." - David Swain, Bell Gardens

** Wailin Back Home
"Wow, I hadn't spent time with your Web site before and am blown away by the wealth of information, not just for the ‘radio consumer’ but for those of us who can proudly say ‘we played the room.’ Awesome work! Keep it up. I'll be a regular ‘visitor’ to your site! It's fabulous!" - Jon Wailin, formerly with KZLA

** Cavalcade of Hits
"Your interview with Dave Diamond was interesting. That ‘funky old time format’ as he described with Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows was known as the ‘Cavalcade Of Hits.’ I liked both formats because I was born in 1947. You have to like all kinds of music, whether it's The Ames Brothers, Teresa Brewer, The Beatles or Jim Reeves. I grew up in Ohio outside Akron and I love country music. I never liked drugs or had anything to do with the drug culture generation. I am very independent minded and yes, Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows are hallmarks in the entertainment business. Again I liked both Boss Radio and the Cavalcade of Hits." - Dave Fiorella, North Hollywood

** Mega Ownership
"Read LARADIO.COM Friday, April 21 about the FCC Chairman addressing the NAB about keeping broadcasters in the era of black and white when the world is changing. The FCC used to have a rule that allowed a network to own a maximum of 5 stations nationwide, and one owner per AM-FM-TV station in any one market. I believe this idea worked the best because of competition. The thought of one owner controlling multiple stations in any one market reduces competition and creates a slanted view on the news. And where's the competition? It reminds me of the Microsoft "monopoly" fiasco that's going on now. Just looking at your radio listings, the only media owners in L A are AMFM, Inc. and Infinity, with the smaller single outlets getting the dregs of the spectrum. The only ‘mom & pop’ operations are in towns nobody has ever heard of. I may be off base here, but the point being ‘Where's the competition?’ It makes a healthier atmosphere!" - Tom August, Monrovia


Stephanie Miller Turns Left into KTLK Morning Driveway

(April 22, 2005) Stephanie Miller is joining the new Progressive Talk station, KTLK, in morning drive. The former KFI and KABC talker brings instant recognition to the station that features Al Franken and Ed Schultz. The announcement was made by KTLK station manager John Quinlan. “This is a significant move for Progressive Talk AM 1150 and our Los Angeles listeners,” said Quinlan. “Stephanie’s experience in the format and her familiarity in this market is a big plus for KTLK.”

Miller commented, "I am beyond thrilled to be back on the radio live in my hometown, and especially with the great team at KTLK. Finally, progressive talk in L.A!” Stephanie begins May 2, replacing the Morning Sedition. 

This is a major departure for Air America (AA), the syndicator that provides the programming for KTLK. The only exception to AA programming is Ed Shultz, who appears from noon to 3 p.m. The Stephanie Miller Show is produced by Democracy Radio and is syndicated by Jones Radio Networks. Shultz is also part of the Jones Network.

Stephanie appears in a number of markets, including Boston and Washington, DC. From the Iowa Quad Cities newspaper, a reporter reviewed Stephanie’s performance on WKBF. “My favorite voice so far on WKBF is Stephanie Miller, whose Los Angeles-based morning show is aired live here from 8-11 a.m. Miller is both entertaining and a broadcaster. Miller knows her politics - her father was Barry Goldwater’s GOP running mate in 1964 - and has turned the tables on Limbaugh, Hannity and the like with cut-by-cut dissections of Republicans’ talk-show appearances from the night before. And she’s very funny. When told the crowd for Pope John Paul II’s funeral was expected to be at least 3 million, her first response was, ‘That’s going to be a lot of dishes to pass...That’s an awful lot of pigs-in-a-blanket for someone to make.” 

There is a poll on the “Official Air America Fansite” for those who follow Progressive Talk. The top performer among AA’s “official fans” is the one person not affiliated with AA., Stephanie Miller. 

Stephanie hosted a late-night network television show syndicated by Disney and guest hosted on CNBC’s Equal Time as the liberal counterweight to Bay Buchanan. She has also appeared on ABC’s Good Morning America, NBC’s Today Show, the Tonight Show, CNN’s Larry King Live, and FOX’s The O’Reilly Factor. Most recently, she was a host for I’ve Got a Secret on cable’s Oxygen network. 

The KTLK line-up now includes The Stephanie Miller Show (6a-9a), Al Franken (9 a.m. - noon), Ed Schultz (Noon – 3 p.m.), Randi Rhodes (3 p.m. – 7 p.m.) and Janeane Garofalo (7 p.m. – 10 p.m.). Morning Sedition can still be heard live on KTLK from 3 a.m. to 6 a.m. Monday through Friday. 

“You can only imagine how long I’ve been waiting for this moment,” said Stephanie by phone yesterday, “and how many people I’ve had to crush to get here.” 

Seacrest Backlash?  The lovable national host of American Idol received a Star on Hollywood Boulevard on Wednesday. Not everyone was impressed: From the Charlotte Observer: “The requirements to get a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are simple: You've got to accumulate a body of achievement over a period of some longevity [described, generously, as at least five years] with at least some measurable contribution to the community. Throw in a $15,000 nomination fee and a Star could be yours as well."

Observer continued: "Congratulations, then, Ryan Seacrest on your achievement in earning a coveted star on the Walk of Fame. Astute television viewers will note that Seacrest's greatest contribution to popular culture landscape, a little show he [and several others] likes to call American Idol, has only been around for three years, and much hardly qualifies it as the kind of venerable institution worthy of Walk of Fame veneration. However, Seacrest's star won't celebrate his legacy on the boob tube. Instead, the polished piece of metal will feature a radio, reflecting a medium in which Seacrest has, indeed, achieved the requisite low level of longevity.” 

Defamer.com is so unimpressed with the Star unveiling, the Web site claimed that the Walk of Fame was now tainted and referred to the Star on Hollywood Boulevard as “urine-soaked immortality.” 

The Washington Post asked the question, “How do you explain a world in which a dweeb like Ryan Seacrest gets a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? Beyond comprehension. We did get to see Idol outtakes of Seacrest being attacked by a pink flamingo, Seacrest flubbing his lines, Idol producers facetiously praising Seacrest, Seacrest chasing barnyard animals, more Idol producers facetiously praising Seacrest, more Seacrest flubbing lines.”  

A caller to Ryan’s show said that she heard Jamie White at KYSR bashing Ryan for getting a Star. “Jamie said she’s been on the air for 17 years,” according to the caller, indicating that she had been in radio much longer than Ryan. Ryan and Ellen K responded in unison. “Is she that old?” Ryan said that he was catering to a different audience and “hating is part of their program.” 

In a later segment on KIIS, Ryan admitted that American Idol was not his show. “I am the traffic cop.” When he learned that he was receiving a Star, he thought it was a little early in his career and he was afraid it would end up being an episode of Punk’d.  

AI Investigation. Primetime Live is digging into the workings of American Idol, according to a story in the Daily Variety. It has been described as a “potentially explosive expose.” Apparently the expose has been in the works for several months, focusing on the relationship between Idol judges and contestants.

M&K Breakfast. Vanessa Williams was in studio this week with the KOST morning team for a Mark & Kim Breakfast. A couple of dozen listeners had the opportunity to be part of Williams’ appearance. “She looks amazing,” said pd Stella Schwartz, “and she was a pleasure to have in studio.” (Photo: Stella Schwartz, Vanessa Williams, CC svp of programming Michael Martin)

Hear Ache. Insiders report that former Arrow 93 morning man Jonathon Brandmeier is applying for jobs in Chicago…Mark & Brian’s KLOS morning show is not on the Internet, but the show is carried on the KGON-Portland Web site. “We get calls from Tibetan priests wondering what’s happening on the show. Now they can listen on the Internet,” said Brian PhelpsHoward Stern appeared on Jeopardy the other night. Alex Trebek read the answer: “Howard Stern’s famous self-proclaimed four-word title.” Question: “What is the King of All Media.”…This afternoon, KPCC’s Kitty Felde takes a look at how sex offender notification is affecting real estate transactions…Today and tomorrow, versatile LARP Mike Carlucci is subbing for Jim Duncan at the Fabulous 690. Duncan is subbing for morning man Brad Chambers...From RonFineman.com: Every now and again, I point out when some reporter misuses the word 'literally.' They should say 'figuratively' - if they need a qualifier - but they don't. Anyway, this one comes not from a reporter, but a sports talk show host. On KSPN radio Steve Mason said, "They've got to talk literally out of their ass."...KROQ morning entertainment guy Ralph Garman got married last weekend and he showed up at the wedding driving the Batmobile. The Batman memorabilia collector is honeymooning in some Bat cave in Hawaii...When Monday Night Football moves from ABC to ESPN, Larry Stewart of the LA Times thinks Keith Jackson should be involved. "Keith was the play-by-play announcer when it began on ABC in 1970," wrote Stewart...Dave Smith, afternoons at KMPC 1540/The Ticket, remembered interviewing "Sugar" Shane Mosley (who is boxing this weekend) in 1995 on the old KMAX. Remember that short-lived sports station at 107.1/fm?...KBIG morning co-host Kari Steele was almost speechless when Desperate Housewives' James Denton came in studio to surprise her on her birthday this week.

LARP Photo Gallery

(Former Arrow 93 evening personality Maggie McKay is spending more time at home with 19-month-old son Ryan [pictured at 17 months] and hubby Richard until the next radio gig opens for the talented USC grad)

Overheard.

LARP Archives. April 22  

On this day in music and radio history: 

1940 - KSAN in San Francisco airs the nation's first commercial Chinese-language program.
1946 - WEAF in New York debuts the Hi Jinx morning show with Tex McCrary and his wife Jinx Falkenburg, a fashion model and actress; the station later became WNBC, then WFAN.
1969 - John Lennon legally changes his middle name from Winston to Ono.
1978 - John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd make their first appearance as Jake and Elwood, the Blues Brothers, on NBC's
Saturday Night Live. 

Birthday Bio: Jack Nitzsche was born in Chicago on this day in 1937. Beginning with the Crystals' He's A Rebel in 1962, he did arranging for many of Phil Spector's productions, co-wrote Needles & Pins with Sonny Bono, wrote the score for One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, and had a top 40 hit, The Lonely Surfer, in 1963. He died of heart failure in 2000. Also born on this day:  Eddie Albert (1908), Yehudi Menuhin (1916), Charles Mingus (1922), Glen Campbell (1936), Jack Nicholson (1937), Mel Carter (1939), Peter Frampton (1950). 

L.A. Radio Rewind:  On this day in 1971, the top five songs on the KHJ Boss 30 were (1) Joy To The World by Three Dog Night, (2) Put Your Hand In The Hand by Ocean, (3) I Don't Blame You At All by the Miracles, (4) I Love You For All Seasons by the Fuzz, (5) What's Going On by Marvin Gaye

No Tengo Miedo. Joe Collins and Steve Mitchell sent this picture of the XERB (1090 AM) transmitter in Rosarita Beach from 1969. There was a guard with a rifle at the door.  

DOC’s Prescription. KROQ morning newsman Boyd R. Britton, DOC on the ROQ, recently celebrated 40 years on the air and 30 years on L.A. radio. “Services will be private,” quipped Doc. “The odd coincidences file: As a trainee board-op at Princeton University's student owned WPRB/fm [coverage New York to Philly] I was told that Lewis MacAdams had been over-served and I had to host his late-night jazz show. [I was from Boston, he a Texoid.] That was November 1964. For a decade or more, Lewis has also lived in LA, where he founded ‘Friends of the LA River’ and guested on my Open Line. Lew is a noted poet-author-journalist whose most recent book is Birth of the Cool and is now finishing a bio of Rolling Stone's Jan Wenner.” 

El Adobe Enchilada. Tim Halm, Gary Bryan’s producer/board-op, is getting married this weekend, so a number of current and former K-EARTH colleagues gathered for lunch at Lucy’s El Adobe, across from the Melrose studios. (Photo: Brandon Castillo [aka - Jeremiah Bullfrog], Gary Bryan, Dave the Phone Guy, and Tim)

Funnie. In today's business section of the LA Times it's reported that KFC may be putting the "fried" back in its name. After 14 years of trying to distance itself from the image of greasy and unhealthy, the company is returning to its roots. Its newest branch in Louisville will not be named KFC, but instead the old Kentucky Fried Chicken. Honesty in advertising! In a related story, MacDonald's is renaming its "Big Mac" the "Big Stroke." (Rich Capparela, K-Mozart)
Happy Birthday
:
Friday - Mike Johnson, Mario Machado, Chris Taylor, and Natalie Urias
Saturday - Benjamin Dover, Neil Grant, George Lopez, Steve Mitchell, and Larry Santiago
Sunday - John Butler and Dylan Littlefield 

LARPs: How did you get first job in radio? 

Kim Kelly (director of marketing, Morris Desert Group): My first job in radio was working at Chicago north suburban [Highland Park] WVVX –AM/FM. I hosted a brokered Israeli music show from 7 a.m. – 9 a.m. [even though the owner said I didn’t sound Jewish enough], engineered the Spanish music hour from 9 - !0 a.m. and the German show on weekends, served as receptionist and traffic director, hosted a community affairs talk show, played local news reporter and rock dj [of course those songs are now Classic Rock, found my love of Barry Manilow music, .AND dated the program director! Everything was great until the program director/boyfriend dumped me for a hot older woman, a leather-clad sales person who loved to take this guy’s hand and pull him into the air studio when I was on the air. She later went on to become the vp/gm of KIIS/fm! Radio continues to be the smallest world in the world! 

Jay Coffey (K-EARTH pd): My best friend was a jock on KLIV in San Jose [Jimmy "Jet" Powers, later afternoons at KYA]. I had just quit the rock band I had been with for years in the Bay Area. One night while I was doing a brake job [I also worked as a mechanic] on Jimmy's car, he suggested I take a shot at radio. Jimmy helped me make my first board check in the production studios at KJOY in Stockton. Jimmy had worked at KJOY when Don Imus was here.  

I landed my first job by driving to every AM station from Monterey [KMBY] to Yuba City [KOBO]. Just me, my first tape and my 69 VW bug. I logged a lot of miles in that car and received many rejections. John Chappell, the pd at KFIV in Modesto, was the only pd who didn't laugh in my face or give me some long lecture about how tough the business is. After I had spent 9 months trying to get my first gig, John gave me a shot on the weekends doing overnights. I was paid 2 dollars an hour and it was a blast! John moved me to weekend days about 2 weeks after my first night [October 5, 1973]. I owe John for taking a shot on a very green talent!  

This October is my 28th year in L.A. radio and 20th at K-EARTH 101. All because a good friend made a suggestion and one great pd took a chance! By the way, Jimmy left radio and has been a pilot for U.S. Air for almost 20 years and John teaches broadcasting at a Modesto Junior College.  

Don Benson: First real job in radio was as a phone turkey/producer/every-now-and-then character on Scott Shannon's night show in Nashville [when he came to WMAK-Nashville from WMPS-Memphis]. At the time, Scott was known as ‘SuperShan’ on the air and was this high-energy, high-personality night jock, ala Jack Armstrong.   

Scott gave me my first break when he took me with him to Atlanta with him in 1974, when he was accepted the pd job at WQXI.   

Guy Zapoleon: In 1972 I was 20 and took my top 1000 chart into Warner Bros Records hoping to get a summer job  They didn’t hire me but Pete Johnson head of publicity took that chart and devoted their monthly magazine to showcasing it. Betty Breneman music coordinator for RKO hired me to come in and redo the oldies library at KRTH, and I worked there helping out with music and continuity until my good friend Sherman Cohen left KRLA as music director to become apd of Disco KIIS/fm and recommended me to Art Laboe and  consultants Tom Greenleigh and Billy Pearl as his replacement. I know how blessed I am now, to have gotten such an amazing break into radio.  

Shadoe Stevens: “Declared one of the original ‘Rough Riders,’ he was born and raised in Jamestown, North Dakota. A self-proclaimed radio prodigy, he built a radio station in his home at the age of 10, and began broadcasting for a mile in every direction. The audacious whippersnapper - driven by sheer enthusiasm - went on to create a ‘viral marketing campaign,’ which led to his being hired as host of his own rock radio show on local commercial station KEYJ. He was 11-years-old and was promoted as ‘The World's Youngest DJ.’ He went on to work at the station on weekends and vacations through high school, then went on to KILO in Grand Forks, putting himself through school at the University of North Dakota.” 

Email Friday 

We GET Email… 

** Salem with Second Rate, Right Wing Talkers
“Re from LARadio earlier this week: ‘I wouldn’t vote for Senator McCain – ever. He’s not trustworthy. On the big issues he gets them wrong. He got it wrong about people of faith six years ago. Being a war hero is not enough. He’s illiterate about the Constitution.” (Hugh Hewitt, KRLA)

Aside from the fact that Hewitt is not a resident of Arizona, so therefore can make such a stupid statement with impugnity, where and why would Hugh Hewitt come up with such a statement concerning Sen. John McCain? Is it because McCain has dared to differ with some special interest group currently in favor with the contemporary right-wing powers to be, seeking preferential treatment?

His remarks parrot the usual moronic line handed out by the Salem Communications lineup of second rate, right wing talk hosts.

I am a life long Democrat and John McCain is my Senator. I have voted for him repeatedly because he is responsive to constituents with an office that is open to us, no matter our party affiliation. He has on numerous times responded directly to our small community's needs in a positive manner, even though our town is overwhelmingly of the Democratic persuasion.

He has proven himself to be a thoughtful and caring man.

When the election is over, the electee's job is to represent and serve all of the people of his district. Each is sworn to uphold the terms of the Constitution which specifies a representative government for all, not to just represent Republicans or Democrats or "people of faith" - the political buzz term du jour.

He is regarded here in Arizona with respect, trust and pride. That is why he has been re-elected so many times.

From a broadcasting perspective Senator McCain has been responsive to the call for expanded Low Power fm opportunity asking for a re-examination of FCC policy and seeking to change it. That, of course could impact Salem Communications, Hewitt's employer.

No, being a ‘war hero’ is not enough, but it is certainly evidence of the quality of a man's character, regardless of political affiliation, be it John McCain or John Kerry. Two war heroes the Bush handlers spent a rather large amount of time defaming while glorifying a man who at best has a questionable military record.

I choose not to vote for Hugh Hewitt, by not dialing into his pitiful exercise in broadcast buffoonery.” - Richard Martin, Jerome, Arizona 

** Last Song at KNAC?
“Hey there, and thanks for the site. I am trying to settle a bet I have with my brother-in-law. I lived in L.A. and the only fm station I had on my radio was KNAC. I remember that fateful day they went off the air and were replaced by yet another all Spanish format. I was driving down the 5 through Burbank and pulled over for the sole reason of listening to the last song and the sign off. Damn! I was pissed they were going off the air.  I clearly recall the last song being Fade to Black by Metallica. My brother-in-law insists it was For Those About to Rock by AC/DC. Do you happen to know? Long live KNAC!” – Pamela Langley, aaron@deanshomer.com 
 


Setback at SCBA

(April 21, 2015) The already small two-person office staff at the Southern California Broadcasters Association got even smaller, as both staffers were let go last week. The only person remaining is the president, Thom Callahan. Apparently the bulk of the association’s funding came from outside sources.

Specifically, the Army National Guard, which operates from government funds, did not renew their ad campaign with the organization. The SCBA seeks sponsors in exchange for spots run on Southern California stations.

Callahan is hopeful he will find a new sponsor soon.

Monterey Bay City Roller. Saul Levine has extended his presence in the Monterey market to five stations with the purchase of KIDD, a frequency at 630 AM. KIDD is presently silent due to the erosion of the two former radio towers located near Monterey Bay, which were recently demolished as a safety measure.

“I can’t disclose the price yet, but it was so reasonable, it was irresistible,” emailed Levine. “Interesting, this was the last of all the Buckley properties. In 1993, I closed on the purchase of KGIL from Buckley. Rick Buckley came to my office for the closing. It took only about ten minutes. Rick was a classy, dynamic person. This transaction with the Buckley Family has been equally harmonious.”

“The erosion was in the towers. The towers were more than 50 years old in a wet environment,” explained Saul. “The towers (about 380 ft.) were rusted. They were in a flight path and the tower riggers would not climb them to change the light bulbs. So they just pulled the towers down.’

Mount Wilson FM plans to construct a new transmitting facility.

Great Scott. Lara Scott is back to middays at Christian Contemporary KFSH, the FISH, after having her second baby. “While I was pregnant, I got certified as an aroma therapist and started working with an essential oils company,” emailed Lara.

“I’m also certified as a family herbalist and I'm now teaching classes and educating people about the power of natural medicine. If you know of anyone in radio or another business that might like to learn more or even join my team and create a second stream of income, they can email me at laralaralarascott@gmail.com.”

Overheard.

 

Fox on Crystal Awards. Bob Fox just returned from the NAB that was held in Las Vegas last week. “Among other things, I attended the radio luncheon,” emailed Fox. “Regarding the Crystal Awards, three of the 10 winners were Hubbard stations and the company also had a couple of more nominations. There were no stations nominated from California [none in L.A, S.F., San Diego or the smaller markets]. Many of the nominees were from small markets in various states. Hubbard gets it. From the top of the company and down, they understand that successful radio stations provide local news, strong local community service, and local air talent. It is local, local, and local with a heavy involvement in each of their communities. That has always been the mantra of successful radio. Too bad the major consolidators don’t get it.”

Hear Ache. KLOS' Heidi & Frank discussed yesterday what you did when you got very high. A caller name Jared was visiting a friend after high school and smoked so much that he got the munchies. He looked high and low for something to eat. “All I could find in the kitchen was a box of candles. I started eating them and thought they were candy. I was cleaning wax out of my teeth for hours.” … I understand local market revenues for March are down double digits. Ouch.

Calvary Anniversary. KWVE pd Brian Perez sent along a terrific six-minute video created by the video department at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, which has owned KWVE for 30 years (and five days).  “We showed this video in front of a near-packed house at the Pacific Amphitheater in Costa Mesa earlier this month during a concert that we put together,” emailed Brian. Click the artwork for the story of KWVE: Past, Present, Future. Click the artwork to view the video.

LARadio Rewind: April 21, 2014. The Woody Show joins ALT 98.7 KYSR for mornings. Jeff “Woody” Fife had begun co-hosting mornings with Tony Mott, Renae Ravey, Greg Gory and Jason “Menace” McMurray in 2006 at Live105 KITS in San Francisco. On April 1, 2009, Fife was fired along with Mott and Ravey for playing 30 seconds of an unreleased track from Green Day's upcoming 21st Century Breakdown CD. Mott quit radio and Fife moved to KDSK in St. Louis to co-host The Woody & Rizz Show with Scott Rizzuto. Ravey joined the show in 2013. Fife, Ravey, Gory and McMurray reuni ted in 2014 and replaced Lisa “Kennedy” Montgomery on the ALT 98.7 morning show. Program director Mike Kaplan declared, "They’re genuine. They talk about things that are important to all of us. These are the friends listeners will want to hang out with after work, at a party or any time." http://www.alt987fm.com/onair/the-woody-show-54307/ (LARadio is meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson)

 Funnie. Rare picture of a nesting Falcon (from Rich Brother Robbin)

 

Emails

We GET Email …

** Death of Scott Mason

“Wow ... I remember Scott Mason as a kid back at the old KKDJ. I'll always remember him as an involved, helpful guy who caught whatever passes were thrown to him [even as a ‘kid’ in his teens].” – Rich Brother Robbin

** We Lost a Legendary Broadcaster

Scott Mason was one of those wonderful, unique characters that rarely come into our lives. To have worked with him was to know what it was like to have a real friend, as well as a professional colleague. 

Scott’s early entry into radio broadcasting began at KKDJ at Sunset & Vine in Hollywood. I never got tired of hearing him share the story of how he became my intern when I was a jock at KKDJ under legendary program director Rick Carroll. Scott would answer my request lines and loved just being around the radio station, high up on the 16th floor overlooking the Pacific coast. Scott was particularly moved with the passing of Rick, and offered his heartfelt goodbyes as we all said farewell to Rick over the Pacific Ocean. 

Our friendship continued well past our time together at K-Earth 101. Whenever I had an IT issue around the house, Scott was there to solve the problem. He would often text just to say hello and to let you know how much you were missed back at work. Scott had radio DNA in him.  He loved being on the air, and supporting all the talent with whom he worked.  He never complained about his medical issues, even when he was in the midst of distress. 

He did his best to remain positive and always turned the conversation around to inquire about how you were doing. It's the passing of an era in Los Angeles radio engineering. Scott touched so many of our lives. He’s truly a legendary broadcaster.” – Jhani Kaye

** Scott Mason Made It Easy

“So saddened by the passing of Scott Mason. He made it easy to do our job in programming via the terrific support from CBS/LA Engineering. A wonderful guy who will be missed greatly.” – Rick Thomas, Program Director, AMP Radio New York

** Norway Turning Off FM

“It is my understanding that Canada is dropping DAB (Digital) and returning exclusively to AM-FM.” – Saul Levine

** Old School

“I'm not sure whether I feel good or bad about the demise of fm in favor of digital. I guess I'm the Old School type who prefers to listen to a radio and watch a tv, rather than getting everything off of my phone.” – Jerry Downey, Detroit

** They’re Off and Running

Bill Garr is a name I had forgotten. But for a few of years in the mid 60s I listened to him most early evenings. In those days I would go to Santa Anita as often as I could cadge my uncle's clubhouse pass--several times a meet. At the time my uncle owned one-third of a horse. I never made a nickel off his third in five tries. The most interesting part of the racing show was the commercials for the various tout and tip sheets. I knew if I used their services, and there were many, their tip of the day would make me a winner! Well I didn’t and I’m not. I'm just old with a pleasant memory of a very entertaining show.” – John Hindsill, Highway Highlands (Glendale to you)       


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LARadio Final Column


 

2016 Columns by Don Barrett
  • Iconic Personality Charlie Tuna Dies (2.29)
  • Dr. Toni Grant dies
  • Clippers find new radio home
  • Former KHJ pd Ron Jacobs dies
  • March '16 ratings - Xmas music gone, KOST still #1
  • Doug Banks dies
  • Brent Seltzer, veteran of of KMET and KZLA, dies

 

2016  Columns by Alan Oda
  • End of KFWB 980 The Beast (2.29)
  • January '16 Ratings
  • 2015 Year in Review (2.11)
  • Hall of Fame Posthumously to Joe McDonnell (1.28)

 

 

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