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The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 57 years, is now available just by clicking on your favorite personality. The listings provide a colorful snapshot of where they came from, where and when they worked, and what they’re doing now. Enjoy!   



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Lara Scott Answers the Proust Questionnaire

(May 1, 2015) Lara Scott joined Christian Contemporary KFSH (The Fish) in 2006. Since then, she has worked morning drive and middays. Twice in her lifetime, Lara has juggled the world of hosting a major market radio show and being a mother.

She agreed to take the Proust Questionnaire and allow us to get a glimpse into what makes Lara do everything she does.

What is your idea of perfect happiness? A day with no alarm clocks or time spent on the 405!

What is your greatest fear? Letting my fears hold me back; I feel like, many times in my life, I have settled for playing small.

Which living person do you most admire? That is so hard to pick one! I am so inspired by Dr. Richard Schulze, who is a master herbalist and natural medicine healer, he is the reason I studied and got certified as a family herbalist. After my son got sick when he was 11 months old with Kawasaki Disease, I studied his teachings and used his products to empower myself to care for my family. We rarely get sick anymore, and learning about the body’s ability to heal itself if we stop doing what made us sick and start creating new, healthy habits took away a lot of my fear that used to keep me up at night.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? I am a recovering people pleaser.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? I truly believe that anything I see in others that upsets me is a reflection of that trait in ME. I am working on asking, in any situation where I am upset, “What am I not giving?” Okay, having said that…road rage makes me nuts.

What is your greatest extravagance? Fresh juice and raw chocolate.

What is your greatest regret? See “What is your greatest fear!”

What or who is the greatest love of your life? My husband and my children.

When and where were you happiest? I think right now is the happiest time of my life. I’ve gone through enough struggles and heartache at this point to truly appreciate every day and not take it for granted. And, now that my son is five, I really sense how fast time is going by.

What is your current state of mind? Sleepy!

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? At one point, I would have answered this question by saying, “Everything!” Now, though, I have accepted my flaws (well, most of them) and realized that a lot of the things that make me different are also the things that make me special.

Which book had the most influence on you? I am a proud bookworm! How do I pick one? I’m going to pick three: A Farewell To Arms by Ernest Hemingway, which shattered my heart when I read it and introduced me to great literature when I was very young; The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, which was my first taste of the Jazz Age; and Rules of Civility by Amor Towles, which is so beautifully written that I found myself highlighting passages I wanted to remember on literally every page.

How would you like to die? I would rather NOT think about this one, but I saw a sign once, and it has really stuck with me: “Life’s journey is not to arrive at the grave safely, in a well-preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting, “Whoo! What a ride!”

Where would you like to live? Sunriver, Oregon is an incredible place. I spent a lot of time there growing up and it is my favorite place to snowboard.

What is your most treasured possession? My great-grandmother’s tattered Bible.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? My children. Dallas is five years old and Rosemary is five months, and I am so incredibly blessed to be their mom. Everything I do is for them.

What do you like most about yourself? My compassion.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? My cat, Barkley, who spends 90% of the day sleeping. The other 10% of the time is spent resting in the sun. Or, Ryan Seacrest. 

What is your motto? “Someday, after mastering the winds, the waves, the tides and gravity, we shall harness for God the energies of love, and then, for a second time in the history of the world, man will have discovered fire.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

Plum Job. Nancy Hurst Kirkwood was hired at KYMS-Santa Ana in the fall of 1973. “Patty Hearst’s kidnapping was all over the news so I didn’t want to use Nancy Hurst," Nancy recalled on her Facebook page.

A friend said ‘wow you got a plum job!’ Good name. One day on my way down the coast hwy I spot a purple van that has a mural saying The Fabulous Plum on the side. I ran it by the pd Bill Phoxx, who is still on the air in Northern California by the way, and he seemed to love it so I became Nancy Plum!

Being on the air in radio IS a plum job and of course I am plum crazy! It all works!”


Top 100. Beethoven it is! Classical KUSC listeners voted Beethoven’s Choral Symphony #9 as their favorite piece of Classical music in the station’s first-ever Classical Top 100 Countdown. Rich Capparela, the station’s afternoon drive host, made the announcement on Wednesday, ending a week when a listener favorite was played on the station each daytime hour.

Calling the Beethoven symphony an optimistic choice, Capparela said the piece “gives light when all else is darkness.”

Number two in Southern California’s biggest Classical music survey was Dvorak’s New World Symphony. Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was third.

 Beethoven did quite well in the voting, with four of his pieces making it into the top 10.  Rounding out the top 10 were works by Bach (Brandenburg Concertos), Vivaldi (The Four Seasons), Rachmaninoff (Piano Concerto #2) and Rimsky-Korsakov (Scheherazade).          

Bill Lueth, vice president of USC Radio and KUSC, said more than 3,000 voters made their choices known– not surprising for the station with the largest Classical radio audience in America.  He pointed out that the hometown industry, Hollywood, was represented by two movie themes – John Williams’ theme from Star Wars at number 40, and Howard Shore’s theme from Lord of the Rings at number 84.

The full list of the top 100 choices, in order, is at http://www.kusc.org/top100/

LARadio Rewind: May 1, 2007. 1540/KMPC becomes a Radio Korea affiliate. The station had gone on the air in 1952 as KPOL and went through several sets of call letters and several formats, including beautiful music, country and Spanish-language, before becoming One-On-One Sports affiliate KCTD “The Ticket” in 1997. KCTD carried Fred Roggin, Tony Bruno, Dave Smith, Petros Papadakis, NFL games, NASCAR races, Chargers football and USC football and basketball. In 2000, the station took the KMPC call letters which had previously belonged to 710 AM. One-On-One Sports became Sporting News Radio in 2001 and has been Yahoo Sports Radio since 2011. Radio Korea took over KMPC in 2007. Chanyeol Park and Sera Ryu anchor the three-hour morning newscast. KMPC also carries Dodgers baseball, with Richard Choi and Chong Yo Him doing the play-by-play. http://www.radiokorea

Hear Ache. Ventura Cumulus cluster switched KBBY (B95.1) from AC to Hot AC. PD/afternoon talent Bill Michaels will continue to handle programming duties.

King is Dead. Ben E. King has died at the age of 76. Best known for There Goes My Baby and Spanish Harlem, Benjamin Earl Nelson initially joined a doo-wop group called The Five Crowns, who became The Drifters. But the group members were paid just $100 per week by their manager and, after a request for a pay rise was turned down, the singer decided to go it alone, according to BBC News. In the process, he adopted the surname King.

Stand By Me, Spanish Harlem and There Goes My Baby were all named in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's 500 Songs that Shaped Rock and Roll and were all given a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.

Funnie. (Thanks to Bill Kingman)

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** Celebrating 50 Years of Boss Radio

“Emotional article (for me) from Richard Wagoner, thanks Don.

I grew up in San Jose in the San Francisco Bay Area. To have been a part of 93/KHJ, WOW.  Following my very first air shift on Boss Radio, LA, I arrived home after midnight in the OC and received a message from my wife that Dave Sholin of The Big 610 KFRC, SF, had called to congratulate me on ARRIVING.

I built my first MOCK aircheck at KLIV-San Jose where Sholin had work whil’est I was in high school. He soon moved to 610/KFRC and became an icon in the Bay Area. That was one of my early fond memories. I’ve got more ... for the BOOK? As years move on – Steele, Robert W Morgan, Jacobs, more WOWs.” – Dave Sebastian Williams

** Teen in Ohio

“I hope you are well. It doesn’t seem possible that it’s been 50 years. I remember listening, as a teenager growing up in Ohio, to any station I could find where the Bill Drake sound was present. It was an exciting era for radio. I wonder how we can recapture that excitement?” – Dave Armstrong, CCO

** Boss Radio as a Teen

“Nice story. I fondly remember Boss Radio bursting on the scene. I was in high school at the time, and everyone on campus was buzzing about KHJ, and particularly about listening to The Real Don Steele after school.” – Lane Quigley

** LARadio Network

“I love you and the social network radio you’ve created. Thanks for holding our family together!” – Bob Smith, Vaughn, New Mexico

** Louie Louie a Bargain

“The Kingsmen recorded Louie, Louie for $36 at Northwest Recorders in Portland, Oregon. It was made for a cruise ship audition and the cruise line hated it. I only worked with Jack Ely once before he left the band but today I still manage The Kingsmen with two original members and they sound better than ever. They still are America’s greatest party band and even rocked my 50th high school reunion in Oregon last year.” – Brian Beirne, Mr. Rock N' Roll

** Louie Louie Lyrics

“Memo to Pat O’Brien:  the lyrics to Louie Louie can be viewed at http://www.guntheranderson.com/v/data/louielou.htm

Richard Berry wrote Louie Louie in 1955 and recorded it in 1957. He sold the rights to the song for $750. In 1963, it became a number-one hit for the Kingsmen. The vocals by Jack Ely were so slurred, many people swore that the song was filled with ‘dirty words.’ It wasn’t. I have the original version. Ely was singing the song exactly as Berry had written it. Berry even verified this in an Esquire magazine interview. But so many people believed that the song included lines such as ‘I felt my bone in her hair’ and ‘I stick my finger up the hole of love,’ the FBI just had to conduct an ‘investigation.’ They concluded that the Kingsmen's song is ‘unintelligible.’

Richard Berry’s original version of Louie Louie can be heard at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-2CKsaq5r8

Dave Marsh’s book about the song and its controversy is available at http://www.amazon.com/Louie-Mythology-Including-Persecution-Introducing/dp/047203023X” – Steve Thompson

** Mark Denis Anniversary

“I look at the calendar today and realize that it's been 15 years since Mark Denis passed. I remember that sad day and precisely where I was when I heard the news, as if it were this morning, which simply underscores how many fine members of your vocation we all are missing.” – Brian Humphrey, Los Angeles Fire Department 

Larry Elder Receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

(April 30, 2015) Larry Elder, the “Sage from South Central,” is a man of grace, integrity and remarkable talent. He was humbled and honored to be the recipient of the 2,548th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week. Celebrities Jon Voight and Dean Cain were in attendance, and spoke of their admiration and respect for Larry.

Jon Voight offered that “Larry has the great virtues every man should possess.” Voight was preceded by Dean Cain (of Lois & Clark fame), who stated that Larry “has character, tells the truth and through hard work, has earned this Star.”

A telegram from Larry’s friend, Dennis Prager, emphasized Larry’s “moral courage.” L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge presented Larry with a special proclamation. Hollywood’s Chamber president/ceo Leron Gubler, on behalf of the late honorary Mayor, Johnny Grant, declared April 27, 2015 to be “Larry Elder Day” in Hollywood.

Addressing family, friends and his many fans (“Elderados”) who filled seats and lined the sidewalk, Larry thanked and recognized all for their support, love and encouragement. He fondly remembered three special Crenshaw high school teachers who had given him confidence, and he graciously acknowledged former KABC station manager, George Green, who took a chance and hired Larry, with five days of talk-show experience, all those years ago.

Placed in a prime location near the corner of Hollywood and Vine (“The Most Famous Intersection in the World”), across from the Pantages Theater, Larry’s Star, shining and bright in its newness, was a reminder to Larry, and all who know him, listen to him on the radio or Internet, or read his best-selling books, that whether you love him or hate him, Larry is relevant, impactful, influential and patriotic, and he has earned this honor through many years of hard work, perseverance and an unwavering belief in personal responsibility.

Visit www.LarryElder.com to listen live Monday – Friday, 3 p.m. – 6 p.m., or download the podcast to hear/watch at your convenience. (Larry Elder’s Star story was written by Tina Marie Ito)

LARadio Rewind: April 30, 2013. Shotgun Tom Kelly is honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stevie Wonder and KRTH program director Jhani Kaye speak at the ceremony and commemorative Shotgun Tom Kelly ranger hats are given to several fans in attendance.

Born in San Diego, Kelly jocked at KDEO, KPRI, KGB, KCBQ, KOGO, KBZS and KFMB/fm and hosted three television series, Kids Club, Disco 10 and Words-A-Poppin’. He also worked at stations in Merced, Oxnard, Bakersfield, Phoenix and San Francisco. Since 1997, Shotgun has hosted afternoons at KRTH. His home is in El Cajon, where for 35 years he has ridden in the city’s annual Mother Goose Parade. Kelly’s star is at 7030 Hollywood Blvd. and is adjacent to the star honoring his predecessor at KRTH, The Real Don Steele. As a child, Kelly admired the hats worn by National Park rangers and adopted the hat as part of his image. In March of 2014, Kelly wanted to wear his hat during his quadruple bypass heart surgery and subsequent recovery at Grossmont Hospital in San Diego. His wife Linda said no. 

Great Scott. Larry Scott, veteran of Country stations KBBQ and KLAC during the 60s-80s, had hip replacement on March 23. They sent him home a week later. Instead of sending him to rehab they sent him home. The next day he fell and broke the replaced hip.

This is certainly one of those horror stories surrounding surgery. They operated on him April 3, now he has spent a month in rehab and is able now to put half of his weight on the foot. He goes back to the doctor in May to get the all clear to “walk with full weight.”  His leg is healing great.

On May 13, Larry will have his voice fixed. When they did the carotid surgery in January, they had to separate the vocal cords to get the surgery done. Larry also has a leaky valve, so they are going to fix all of it on the 13th. He is very gravelly-sounding now. 

He’s being inducted again into the Cowtown Society of Western Swing in early May and the family doesn’t know if he will be able to make that. Larry’s being honored for his Lifetime Achievement.

Harvey with Obama. KJLH’s Steve Harvey welcomed President Barack Obama for an exclusive conversation about the civil unrest in Baltimore and the national issue of police-related deaths, as well as plans to create a dialogue between police and local community leaders.  President Obama spoke about the need for our society as a whole to tackle these issues and find long-term solutions, including rebuilding communities and increasing trust, training, accountability and transparency. Click here to listen to the interview.

Hear Ache. Fans of Boss Radio are passing around airchecks of the original Boss jocks. Click Robert W. Morgan for an early listen … Randy Thomas, former personality at KMET and KTWV, is the voice of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame special on HBO … KIIS’ morning co-host Ellen K hosted a fundraiser for the LA Times endorsed candidate Carolyn Ramsay in her run for the Los Angeles City Council ... Would love to hear from recent subscribers Walter Clark and Jerry from Santa Clarita.

Weenie Roast. KROQ announced this week that “KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta 2015” returns to the Irvine Meadows Amphitheare on Saturday, May 16. Lineup includes All Time Low, Awolnation, Big Data, Cold War Kids, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence + the Machine, James Bay, Muse, of Monsters and Men, Panic! At theDisco, Saint Motel, Vance joy, Walk the Moon and X Ambassadors. Proceeds go th the Surfrider Foundation and Heal the Bay.



Funnie. A man notices a stunning older woman at a bar. He thinks, She’s beautiful. I wonder if she has a daughter.

The woman approaches him and says, “I saw you staring at me. Were you thinking about a mother-daughter thing?

Stunned, the man says, “As a matter of fact I was.”

“Is that something you’d be interested in?” she asks.

“Are you kidding? Absolutely!”

The woman then nods her head, looks over her shoulder, and says, “Hey, Ma!”

(Funnie Joke from a Beautiful Woman series in Esquire features Addison Timlin from Stand Up Guys)


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** Powers’ Mentor Piece

“I first heard Craig Powers on KIIS/fm. I was driving back home from a day at Sea World.

I had the opportunity to work for KPZE 1190 AM in Anaheim in 1986. Craig worked across the hall at KEZY/fm. I will always remember January 29, 1986. We heard of the Challenger blowing up. The look on his face was shock.

Craig is one of those nice radio guys who keep going on. I’ve also learned he has a train hobby. He’s building a cool train layout in his backyard.” – Dale Berg, 969oasis.org

** Nolan Moves to Arizona

“Good for you, Mike Nolan.  How fortunate you are to write a new chapter for your ‘Book on Life.’ Your courage to free yourself from your comfort zone is not only an inspiration, but is an empowering example for others in our radio fellowship, who struggle with the dilemma of whether or not to remain in a medium where quality is sacrificed for homogenized quantity, to scratch and claw for ‘life and death’ work hours, for a radio paycheck just to make ends meet, to live in unbelievably overpriced Southern California. You’ve made a wise choice.” – Bob Smith, Vaughn, New Mexico

** Who Goofed, I’ve Got to Know, Part One

"The Kingman tape is certainly a true classic from the Jim Healy collection. The ‘Bevacqua who couldn’t hit water if fell out of a f ______g boat’ tape is even better.” – Tom Bernstein

** Who Goofed, I’ve Got to Know, Part Two

“It was a Sunday night May 14, 1978, when I was doing one of my two weekend shifts on KLAC, the top rated Country station in America. Top 5 in LA.  [Come on GO Country!]

I was the Country Editor of Radio & Records newspaper.  But I did weekends and lots of fill-in on KLAC.  My favorite shift to fill was for ‘Hi-Ya, Hi-Ya, Hi-Ya’ Harry Newman’s afternoon drive.  It was amazing to watch Jim Healy do his fast-paced show, with dozens of sound bites on carts. He did his own engineering. He was changing carts at an amazing speed while he did his legendary half hour report at 5:30. Even though I had a half hour break, I always stayed in my studio to watch the King of Krazy Sports work his magic. 

Anyway, back to that Sunday night in May of 1978. Paul Olden came running in to the station and told me to put on a long record. [Our Country go-to was El Paso by Marty Robbins.  And yes I introduced it by saying:  ‘Here’s what a Mexican quarterback throws.’ [Insert rim shot here!]

So, Paul tells me he has this incredibly funny sound drop from Tommy Lasorda. He was right. I barely got back to my studio in time to intro my next record; trying to contain my laughter because of what I just heard. I had Paul make me a cassette copy that I still have today. One of my favorite nights on the radio.” – Jim Duncan

** Add Animal Stan Brown to Unique Sportscasters

“Nice piece on Jim Healy.

While I was at KMPC we all had a particular pleasure in working with Jim.  Many of us would do all we could to bring little ‘additions’ to Jim's daily show.  I recall Jim’s yearly ‘thank you’ in being treated, along with ops manager John Felz, to a lunch at Musso & Frank.

If Jim quoted you or made fun of you during the show it became a badge of honor.

Happy to say that other than the hour Pat Buttram guested daily with Robert W Morgan, the 5 – 6 p.m. was the highest rated while I was program director at the station.

One tiny addition:  We had a very creative sports guy at KGIL in Stan ‘The Animal’ Brown. They don’t seem to make ’em like that anymore.” – Chuck Southcott

** Louie Louie Lead Dies

‘Sad day. Louie Louie was a great party song.” – Louie Chelekis

** Great Song

Louie Louie was the greatest song ever and the real words have never been published. I think my band in the 60s played this a thousand times. Did he really say ‘fuck your girl all kinds of ways?’" – Pat O’Brien

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