(Hugh Hewitt, Sean Hannity, Allan Hotlen, Eva & Lyle Kilgore, Vic the Brick Jacobs, and Doyle Rose)
Sports LARPs on Heavy TALKERS List
(March 27, 2017) For five years, the well respected
TALKERS magazine has compiled the biggest names in Sports radio and
a number of LARPs appear, with many near the top of the list. Executive
editor Kevin Casey states, “This annual ranking of the most important
sports talk radio hosts is one of the most difficult – but enjoyable –
projects we undertake at TALKERS. The reason for that is the
partially subjective nature of the criteria combined with the enormous
number of talented and successful sports talk hosts working in America."
From the top 50: #3 Colin Cowherd, #4 Jim Rome, #5 Dan Patrick, #6 Dan LaBatard, #31 Dan Sileo, #34 Mason & Ireland, #35 Mike & Mike, and #37 Petros & Money
McIntyre MC's Political Roast
(March 26, 2017) Last Thursday, KABC morning man
Doug McIntyre emceed the 20th LA Political Roast, a
fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. This is fourth time
Doug has done it. The ADA has a special place in his heart. His brother
Jeff died from diabetes four years ago.
The Roastee this year was LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, with City Councilman Joe Busciano and LA County DA Jackie Lacey as the Roasters. Click the artwork to a related link to the LA Daily News article.
** Playlist Rotation
"Steve Thompson remains in denial, it seems, of everything he learned when he asked questions of myself and David Gleason of Univision Radio a few years ago about how music is programmed on Classic Hits stations.
Yes, it is well known that KRTH plays some songs as often as five times a day, but as he should know, those are the songs which rate the highest in auditorium testing. I would estimate that close to one-third of their library plays at least three times a day, but these are the songs that [and you got this right, Steve ... no 'apparently'] their listeners never get tired of them. Take into account that the average listener only tunes in for about 20 minutes at a time, multiple times per day, and it is relatively easy, using today's music scheduling software, to have the repeats turn up in different hours over several days. The end result is that the average listener only hears a song once or twice out of two dozen plays over an entire week.
It's only the 'deep playlist' fans like Steve who refuse to accept the fact [and he did mention KRTH's high ratings] that a smaller playlist, consisting of well-researched songs that listeners rank as the ones they want to hear often, will always perform better than one consisting of more titles, but as a consequence play those high-ranked listener favorites less frequently. As for Saul Levine and KSUR, he is in an entirely different situation. He doesn't have to use a tight playlist because (1) he's getting listeners just from the format flip in the first place; (2) most of these songs haven't been on the air in L.A. for many years anyway; and (3) he doesn't have to worry about ratings, because he knows going in that the Oldies format will get an older audience and all the ad buys are going to be local, not agency. I wouldn't be surprised if down the road he tightened it up a bit, once the novelty wears off ... but he certainly doesn't have to do that as KRTH must to remain competitive. My admiration for Saul for taking chances simply because he can afford to remains at a 'power rotation' level." - K.M. Richards
** Message from Saul Levine
"1260 AM [K-SURF] is now programming Oldies 24/7. My company, Mount Wilson FM, has owned an operated 1260 for 25 years. We have tried several different formats over this period of time. Standards have been featured on three different occasions, each time, up-dating the presentation to more modern renditions hoping to make the format successful.
Recently, when our research confirmed the need for an Oldies format in LA, we decided to move the Standards to 105.1 HD 3, and the Web, but to retain it. The move to Oldies on 1260, on 105.1 HD 2, as well as at LAOldies.com, has achieved enough support to justify its presence now on 1260 as a 24/7 format.
Supporting this move is a better AM signal. Our engineers have installed new equipment which has increased the area in which 1260 can be received along with the 100 mile coverage on 105.1 HD2. Also 1260 now operates with 20,000 watts in contrast to the 5,000 watts when we acquired it from Buckley Radio. I am optimistic that in contrast to the Standards format that never seemed to break through with a saleable demo that K-SURF / LAOldies will be successful.
In response to some who think I enjoy changing formats, a reminder that I placed 105.1/fm on the air in 1959 (about 60 years ago) and there have only been two formats prior to Country which has now passed TEN years and will never be changed." - Saul Levine, President Mount Wilson FM
** Oldies Component in Southern California
"Without the mention in your column when it first began, I wouldn't have heard about the new music happening on the weekends at K-SURF. Now, along with others, I am fascinated with both the diversity of the playlist and the strength of the Oldies songs that are being selected.
You made me laugh with your quote from owner Saul Levine: 'The program director is a proprietary secret at this time.' I can't blame Saul for keeping things silent, though. They're doing a really nice job! It seems like a million years ago [early 1980s] when I programmed The Mighty 690 and helped program 91X in San Diego. We ran a Sunday morning feature called Nostalgia Rock on 91X - Top 40 songs from the late 1950s and the decade of the 1960s. It was certainly different than our everyday Album Rock format back then. It drew legendary audience shares and we heard it almost everywhere that we traveled on any Sunday morning. Most industry insiders knew that it was unsustainable 24/7. But, what a blast it was hearing it on a Sunday morning." - Ted Ziegenbusch KOST 103.5
** Cool DJ
"I moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1980. There used to be a Jazz, Swing, and Blues radio show hosted by a man that came on Sunday as I recall. His title of the show was something like, 'Basie, Bennett and the Blues' or some variation of that.
Do you have any knowledge of whom the dj was and what the title of his show was? I have always thought that title was one of the 'coolest' titles I had ever heard for a radio show." - Mike Levand, Wichita, Kansas
|(March 24, 2017) The big merger of 2017 is in process. As Entercom moves forward with their merger with CBS Radio, the new entity will be run by David Field, currently the president and ceo of the Philadelphia-based company. When this merger happens, Entercom will have many stations to sell, swap or trade to get under the current FCC market caps. The company is moving quickly and is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into a trust, which gives them flexibility. One fm station in Los Angeles is required in the reduction process, but the company is planning to put two stations into divestiture trust. The filings list JACK/fm (KCBS/fm) and 100.3/The Sound (KSWD) … Fans of the new Oldies station 1260 AM (K-SURF) are fascinated with the diversity of the playlist. I asked owner Saul Levine who was the program director responsible for programming this eclectic mix. “The program director is a proprietary secret at this time but the depth of the K-SURF music is remarkable,” emailed Saul. “It is 100% in-house. I am finding it very enjoyable. Roll Over Beethoven.” … It has taken some time for new ceo of Cumulus, Mary Berner (photo), to get her own team and philosophy in place. This week at a meeting of the Cumulus Board, founder Lew Dickey, who was vice chairman of the Board, resigned “to pursue other professional interests.” Lew was replaced by his brother, John Dickey. Yesterday the stock dropped to 33 cents ... KIIS' Ryan Seacrest announced the line-up for Wango Tango: Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Niall Horan, Zedd, Machine Gun Kelly, Camilla Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Noah Cyrus, Halsey, Julia Michaels and a special guest performance from Alessia Cara.|
(March 23, 2017)
"I hope you'll start giving the new 1260 K-Surf a lot of publicity on
LARadio.com. (As of March 20, the call letters are KSUR -- the same call
letters the station had in 2002-05.) I would love to see K-Surf cut into
KRTH's audience share. KRTH plays certain songs three to five times a
day, every day, and listeners apparently aren't sick of hearing them -
KRTH is #2 in the latest Nielsen Audio ratings.
KSUR plays not only the big 1950s-60s hits, which KRTH no longer plays - KSUR plays dozens of low-charting songs, most of which KRTH never played. I hope Saul Levine sticks with this format for (at least) a few years." - Steve Thompson
Here are a few:
Abigail Beecher - Freddy Cannon (16/1964)
At Last - Etta James (47/1961)
Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley (--/1954)
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (20/1956)
Blue's Theme - Davie Allan/Arrows (37/1967)
Call Me - Chris Montez (22/1966)
Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye (22/1963)
Could This Be Magic - Dubs (23/1957)
Darlin' Be Home Soon - Lovin' Spoonful (15/1967)
Fever - Little Willie John (24/1956)
God Only Knows - Beach Boys (39/1966)
Good Lovin' - Young Rascals (1/1966)
Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (44/1963)
Hippy Hippy Shake - Swinging Blue Jeans (24/1964)
Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye (30/1963)
Hully Gully - Olympics (72/1960)
I Do - Marvelows (37/1965)
I Got A Line On You - Spirit (25/1969)
I Hear You Knockin' - Fats Domino (67/1961)
I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding (21/1965)
In My Room - Beach Boys (23/1963)
It's My Life - Animals (23/1965)
It's So Easy - Buddy Holly/Crickets (--/1958)
Like To Get To Know You - Spanky/Our Gang (17/1968)
Little Latin Lupe Lu - Righteous Brothers (49/1963)
Love Potion Number 9 - Clovers (23/1959)
Mountain Of Love - Harold Dorman (21/1960)
My Girl Sloopy - Vibrations (26/1964)
Nadine - Chuck Berry (23/1964)
Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Jessie Hill (28/1960)
Prisoner Of Love - James Brown (18/1963)
Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly (88/1959)
Rip It Up - Little Richard (17/1956)
Rumble - Link Wray/Ray Men (16/1958)
Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony/Imperials (24/1959)
So This Is Love - Castells (21/1962)
Soul Finger - Bar-Kays (17/1967)
Soul Limbo - Booker T/MG's (17/1968)
Tell Mama - Etta James (23/1967)
The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche (39/1963)
The River Is Wide - Grass Roots (31/1969)
Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens (14/1964)
What's A Matter Baby - Timi Yuro (12/1962)
Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy (21/1964)
You're A Wonderful One - Marvin Gaye (15/1964)
"I Got Into Radio to Impress a Guy"
(March 22, 2017) The first time I wrote about Jessie Jessup, she was a middayer at alt rock “Y107.” It was 18 years ago and we had a fun headline: “I got Into Radio to Impress a Guy.”
Part of that story from 1999:
She’s a pistol! I don’t know how else to describe my close encounter with Jessie Jessup. The walls of the Pasadena studios better be made of rubber to accommodate the bouncing. Jessie is part of a complete station retooling with music and personalities that is only months old. Where did you come from? "Well, this morning I came from Westwood," bounced Jessie. The quick one-liners punctuated the 20-minute phone conversation. Jessie (“I have a heart over the i, isn’t that what you do in L.A.?”) was born April 18 in Wyoming. What year? “It turns over to zero zero this year.” She was raised all over the world. “My mom was a Bohemian and my father threatened us so we took off for Paris, Japan, Haiti, Spain, Puerto Rico, Saipan and we spent 10 years in Guam.” She got into radio to impress a guy. “This guy I liked a lot liked a particular radio station, so I figured if I got a job there he would like me. I got the job, but didn’t get him.” Jessie ended up in Las Vegas and stayed with friends for 4 years.
Jessie ended up living in Westwood. “I thought it was West Hollywood, but so what. I have Astroturf and pink flamingoes on my balcony. Did you see Dharma & Greg when they got the Astroturf? I thought it was so cool and so California. My place is not an apartment, not a house, not a condo. I’m not really sure what it is, but it’s between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire.” Jessie is at the station at 6:30 in the morning preparing for her five-hour shift that begins at 10. “Some days I wish I could be on longer. I love the callers.” She hasn’t been cage dancing yet, but it hasn’t been for lack of desire. She gets up too early. “Have you been to doodie dot com?” she asked. I replied, no. “Wow, I get to tell Mr. LARADIO.COM about doodie dot com. Wait till you see Jonathan Livingston Doodie.”
When Y107 went Spanish in 1999, Jessie had a good long ride doing afternoons at KDGE-Dallas. “But as Prince sang so presciently in Sometimes It Snows In April, ‘all good things they say never last’ and here we are,” emailed Jessie. “The Edge flipped format in November and I find myself dogpaddling in rough waters trying to find work in an industry that is struggling and where so many much more brilliant jocks can no longer find steady work. Still I will try my best.”
Jessie really wants to stay in radio. “Everything has changed so drastically since the last time I went through this process. Does creativity and passion matter anymore? I genuinely love the art of radio. I have really honed my interview chops over the years. I got so good that Dave Navarro emailed me when he came to Dallas and said he heard I would ‘get it’ and asked to do an interview. I thought I was being punked so sent him a message on Twitter to see if it was legit. I mean it was DAVE NAVARRO. Sure enough it was real. I still marvel at that. He was coming to town to be suspended by meat hooks and as it turns out we have mutuals as one of the ladies who suspends at Jane’s Addiction shows is from Dallas and I have worked with her on the burlesque scene.”
She thinks she has a lot to offer to a pd “if he/she is looking for a
genuine and passionate, creative music lover with a penchant for being
well prepared and a talent for engaging not just artists but listeners.
The best stuff I have is all with listeners. Surely there is still a
place for such a soul in radio.” (Artwork done by Jessie
(Artwork done by Jessie Jessup)
You can reach Jessie at: email@example.com
Morning Has Broken
February '17 PPM 6a-10a
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. News Team (KNX)
3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
4. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
Pat Prescott (KTWV)
1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Big Boy (KRRL)
4. Valentine (MY/fm)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. The Woody Show (KYSR)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
February '17 Ratings
(March 20, 2017) MY/fm (KBIG) jumps back into the hot
top spot for the first time in over a year in the just-released February '17 PPM ratings 6+ Mon-Sun,
1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.1 - 5.2
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.3 - 4.9
3. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.8
4. KTWV (the WAVE) 5.0 - 4.8
5. KOST (AC) 5.2 - 4.6
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.8 - 3.9
7. KNX (News) 3.7 - 3.8
8. KFI (Talk) 3.5 - 3.5
9. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.4 - 3.4
10. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.3
11. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 - 3.2
KYSR (Alternative) 3.0 - 3.2
13. KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 2.9
14. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.9 - 2.7
15. KKGO (Country) 2.2 - 2.5
16. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.6 - 2.4
17. KSWD (Classic Rock 2.3 - 2.3
18. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.2
KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.2
20. KJLH (Urban AC) 2.3 - 2.1
KLAX (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.1
KPCC (News/Talk) 2.0 - 2.1
KROQ (Alternative) 2.0 - 2.1
24. KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.1 - 2.0
25. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.7
26. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hit) 1.8 - 1.6
27. KCRW (Variety) 1.4 - 1.3
28. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.3 - 1.1
KRLA (Talk) 1.1 - 1.1
KUSC (Classical) 1.2 - 1.1
31. KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.0 - 1.0
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.9 - 1.0
33. KEIB (Talk) 0.7 - 0.9
KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 0.9
35. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7
36. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.6
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.6
KLAC (Sports) 0.7 - 0.6
KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.6 - 0.6
40. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.4 - 0.5
(March 20, 2017) So many of our rock ’n roll heroes are
passing on, certainly giving us pause to think about our own mortality
... Former K-100 jock Goodtime Steve Mitchell wrote on
Facebook: “In honor of Chuck Berry I think I will pause to reflect on
My Ding-A-Ling ... You Tube is so cool. There is an incredible
link from the Mike Douglas Show where John Lennon played with
Chuck ... Closest I ever got to Chuck Berry was being in the T.A.M.I.
audience at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. If I remember correctly,
he sang Johnny B. Goode and Maybellene, complete with
Go-Go Dancers ... You can also watch Chuck’s appearance with Johnny
Carson. Carson seemed genuinely fond of Chuck and recalled a time when
he introduced Chuck on the Dick Clark's American Bandstand Show
in the 1950s. Carson cancelled two guests to go the full hour with
And how well do you remember the music of Chuck Berry? He sang: ''Oh, ___________, why can't you be true?''
(a) Suzie Q
(b) Peggy Sue
Our prayers go out to Vic the Brick Jacobs this morning. He is undergoing colon cancer surgery.
Last Wednesday, iHeart Media proposed another debt restructuring. This time, it was received positively by investors, pushing the price of “IHRT” stock to $1.43 by the end of the day, an increase of 24 percent. By Friday, the stock had gone up even further to an even $2.00 per share. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media dropped a dime at the end of the week, closing at $0.48 per share.
Almost 18 Years Ago
Lets Dance Over the 4th of July Weekend
(July 2, 1999) Chaz Kelley, part of the weekend/swing team at KRTH for the past 8 years, is headed for Las Vegas for the July 4th weekend. Her husband, Chris Montez, who had the dance classic from 1962, Lets Dance, is performing at the Riviera Hotel. Chaz and Chris met at a "K-Earth" Legends of Rock and Roll concert at the Greek Theatre. "It was my first year at KRTH and I had worked at Westwood One and KRTH that day and decided that the concert was just too much for one day," remembered Chaz. "I was dead tired. One of my girlfriends was having a birthday and she thought going to the Concert would be a great present." Chaz acquiesced and while backstage with some of the performers, she was introduced to Chris. "He wasnt even supposed to be there, but he got home early from Brazil and decided to hang out. At the end of the night we exchanged phone numbers." Chris called two days later and they started dating. Love at first sight? "It sure was on my part. We have a four month old daughter and shes a miracle baby." Chaz grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, where her father was a vp at the home office at Lennox Air & Heating. Before coming to the Southland, Chaz worked in North Dakota, Eugene, Portland, Phoenix and Dallas.
KABC pd Drew Hayes was ebullient. "Did you see our sign out front?" was how he greeted me. Drew has a moving billboard: "Some competition Bill cant Handel John & Ken, mornings at KABC." The billboard truck was parked in front of Bill Handels home yesterday morning when he left for work and then followed him to the KFI studios. The billboard truck stayed parked for the KFI employees to see as they arrived at work. Some friendly fun between competing radio stations. At KFI, John and Bills wives became good friends. "Were having dinner together in the near future," Ken said. "Its his mortgage or my mortgage."
After the debut show ended, John and I chatted about the Countdown Clock that appeared at the top of this page during the month of June that counted down the weeks, days, minutes and seconds until their arrival. "I was back East for three weeks and I got to the point where I would scroll very quickly past the clock while it was loading to read the days news. I didnt want to see that I only had 3 million more seconds left before my vacation was over."
KABC sales chief Bob Koontz was excited about the stations direction and the arrival of John & Ken. "The station has been making steady gains in our demographic target audience and with John & Ken, were gonna be a killer," opined Bob.
Well, KABC is now the vision that pd Drew Hayes envisioned one year ago. "Sometimes it takes two or three years to get it where you want it. Were now in place," Drew said. "Not once in the past year was there any pressure from management or corporate to hurry up. They gave me complete freedom to get where we are today."
The summer Arbitron ratings book started yesterday. Itll be interesting to track where KABC will be next July 1. Good luck!
Clear Channels KBET, tucked away in the Santa Clarita Valley, was simulcasting "XTRA Sports 1150" until last weekend, according to Larry Thornhill, gm at KAVL-Lancaster and in charge of the Antelope Valley cluster. KBET, at 1220AM, is now simulcasting Rick Dees from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Jim Rome until noon. KIIS/FM runs until the Dodgers pre-game show and then KBET hooks up with the Dodger package. "Were going to be running lots of sports on the weekends at 1220AM. We will be football intensified with local high school games, the UCLA package and an NFL triple header every Sunday," said Larry by phone earlier this week.
Jimi Hendrix is featured on Joe Benson's "Off The Record" on "Arrow 93" for July 4th at 10 p.m. Mark & Brian are playing host to Sammy Hagar this morning at KLOS This afternoon at 3 p.m., KROQ is counting down the top KROQ-Party songs, as chosen by listeners at www.kroq.com . Even the djs are getting into the July 4th weekend festivities. All the KROQ djs will be too busy partying to work, so KROQ will be dj-free all weekend long Kenny Morse and Reed Berry broadcast from the Museum of TV and Radio tomorrow afternoon. The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castelleneta, will guest Bill Austin, formerly with KTTV/Channel 11 in the early 1980s and now #1 morning man in Phoenix, is spending this morning on-air at KRTH with Charlie Van Dyke. Hmmm When KFWB went rock and roll in early 1958, Ted Quillin was one of the original djs. Ted moved to Las Vegas 20 years ago and became a motivational speaker and teacher. He is an expert on Las Vegas history and music. Check out his Web site at www.quillincountry.com .
I received a number of emails wanting to know why when I reported that KRLA would be simulcasting the KCBS/Channel 2 6 oclock news that I failed to mention that Minyard & Minyard would be cut by 25%. Frankly I didnt see that as the story. The simulcast was the story. I asked Ken for his thoughts: "I actually think it's a pretty good idea," emailed Ken. "Besides we're still on the last hour in all the other [satellite-delivered] markets." When Phil Hendrie was cut back an hour at KFI last month, the story was Phils unique approach to radio and his desire to concentrate on three hours, not four hours. The KFI story was not Tim & Neil adding an hour.
** Need Personalities on New
"Mr. Barrett, credit to Saul Levine for bringing Oldies back to LA on AM. Would be nice at some point if he decides to go 24/7 with the format on 1260 to hire quality on-air talent, along the lines of Dave Randall, Christina Kelley, Bruce Chandler - not wanted by the current K-Earth regime." - Greg Wood, West Hills
** More Oldies
"Now I understand why our local KNRY-1240 in Monterey was also playing the '50s and '60s Rock and Pop Oldies Saturday and Sunday.
I liked it much better than the Standards mixed with Jazz format. Hope it changes back to Oldies full time, but for my taste, I like RichBroRadio.com a lot better, but when I'm in the car, it's fine.
I switched to Classical KDFC when a song played that I didn't like." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey
** Scoop on Terri-Rae
"What went down with
Terri-Rae Elmer at KABC? Quit, let go...? Thanks. "
" -Dan Albanez
|(March 17, 2017) LARadio has long admired Mark Ramsey for his forward-thinking concepts about the power of audio. His yearly seminar is a must, which in recent years has been dedicated to podcasting. Not just someone talking about podcasts, Ramsey produced Inside Psycho that is now #1 on iTunes in the TV & Film category. It’s also featured by Apple as “New and Noteworthy.” He believes the iTunes rankings aren’t the whole story. “But even so, with the zillions of podcasts in distribution every day it says something to be atop these lists,” emailed Mark. “I hope you enjoy this effort. It’s intended to illustrate every point I have ever made about the power of audio over the years. You can judge for yourself whether I have proved those points or not. What would audio advertising be like if it sounded like this? It would sound a lot more compelling and be a lot more successful, for starters.” Listen to promo by clicking the artwork … Law agencies are investigating the case of Michael Savage, who claims he was assaulted by an unidentified man outside a restaurant in Tiburon … Dave Williams, former KABC and KNX newsman/talker, won a prestigious award from the Texas AP Broadcasters, winning the category for “Best News Anchor or Anchor Team,” with his co-anchor Amy Chordoff. Dave anchors mornings at KLIF-Dallas … Harry Adams died March 1, he was 90. He had a talk show, "Let's Talk," on KRLA in 1963-65, where listeners would call in with questions about religion. Dr. Adams received an undergraduate degree at Drew University, a theological degree at Yale Divinity School and a Doctorate degree at the School of Theology at Claremont. At the age of 7, he became a gospel singer. Born December 12, 1926 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in 1965 he joined Martin Luther King Jr. in his march from Selma to Montgomery. His conservative congregation disapproved and he had to leave his church … Chuck Hayes checked in this week. This past fall he did live Rams updates for CBS Sports Weekend from the Coliseum. Chuck guests with Coach Harvey Hyde on KLAA for a Mid-Week College Football Review, then a Saturday night USC Trojan football postgame report on KDWN-Las Vegas. Additionally, since 2008, he does sponsor relations for the company that builds Rose Parade floats. Whew! ... Sounds like K-SURF will be full-time Oldies at 1260 AM. Saul Levine said the station will be hiring personalities.|
Larry Huffman is On Track
(March 16, 2017) "It's
a bird...It's a plane...It's Supermouth." That's the way the LA
Times referred to Larry Huffman's announcing
style. Larry boasted, "I can speak over 300 words per minute, clearly
A native Californian born in Corona, he has spent most of his life and career in Orange County. Starting his radio journey in Elko, Nevada, and Lewiston, Idaho, Larry spent time at KGMB-Honolulu. After his half decade in Orange County radio (KEZY and KWIZ), his career got up to speed when he began announcing speedway motorcycle races. He has since announced every type of motorcycle off-road race in North America, England, Belgium, France and Japan. Larry developed his mark as a premier Motocross announcer by showing up in a tuxedo, screaming and shouting, while most of the crowd was donning tee-shirts and jeans.
He spices his announcing with "Huffmanisms" like..."He went down faster than an Idaho thermometer in January." Larry has built a state-of-the-art studio in his San Clemente home for his active commercial and voiceover work. In 1996 he voiced over two dozen national Dodge commercials.
"Last week I received a call from Kathy Lee, producer for Denver’s The Fox Radio Morning Show asking if I’d go on the air to be interviewed by the morning host, Rick Lewis, formerly of KMET," emailed Larry. "Of course I did and had a blast with them the following morning. They decided to call me because of my supercross/commercial announcer history."
"Rick asked me on the air if I was the announcer at the Superbowl of Motocross when he agreed to be wheelied around the track on the handlebars of Doug Domokos the 'Wheelie King’s' bike during intermission. I said I was and he said he’d never been more terrified as it felt like he was twelve feet in the air balanced on the bike’s back wheel. I replied, 'yes, but there was no damage except to your underwear!' It got a big laugh and I’m invited to guest on their show in person the next time I’m in Denver."
Vic The Brick Jacobs Reveals He Has Cancer
(March 15, 2017) A lot
of love is being directed towards Vic “the Brick” Jacobs,
who disclosed on Tuesday he is now battling cancer. He appeared on the
(Papadakis) and (Matt) Money (Smith)
"I’m feeling good, you guys. Just wanted
to tell everyone – number one, I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, I
mean, who knew? So I now join a legion of individuals who face this
disease in the past, present, and will be, in the future. I want to
enlighten people that (in) March, National Colon Cancer Awareness Month,
take charge of your destiny. If you are over the age of 50, or really,
under the age of 50 with a family history of colon or rectal cancer, do
not hesitate, I urge you to consult your doctor. Find out if you are a
colonoscopy candidate, and this prevention – if can be caught in time,
and it’s one of the miracle procedures of our time and space…and until a
cure is found, this vital test is our first line of defense. So I (am)
on that journey right now, and I just want to say how grateful I am for
the beautiful support of our family, our radio family here. Our
benevolent boss, Don Martin, said ‘Vic, you’re not
alone,” and I’m not alone. I have the family, here at the radio station,
all my colleagues…the fans, I feel your love, always have for the last
30 years in the ciudad,
and your love is what I feed off of, and I draw my strength from
you…it’s been a wacky, wacky journey. It’s flipped my life upside down,
but I draw strength from all my friends here at AM 570 L.A. Sports, the
entire iHeart Media family that have given me incredible, incredible
vibes, and I’m blissing out, it’s really body, mind and soul – you
really fight, you gotta fight with body, mind and soul, you gotta
congeal and diffuse that spirit into one, and that’s how you beat the
bastard down. "
Papadakis then remarked “if there’s someone who can show us how to be positive through a difficult situation and how to be yourself, completely through adversity, it’s you Vic.” Money said Vic has “bestowed that warrior code on many an athlete, on many a person who is facing adversity, and we know you’re giving it to yourself – you are the most positive person I’ve ever met in my life, I’m not embellishing or exaggerating, you really have been a true light that walks these hallways, and makes everybody’s day brighter when we come across you and there is no doubt that you’ll receive that back ten-fold.” Smith also remarked that Jacobs has “a connection with this city that nobody else has…because you love this city, you love the fans of this city, and you care about them.”
Via taped messages, two of the Dodgers sent their best wishes to Jacobs from the Spring Training headquarters in Glendale Arizona. Third baseman Justin Turner said he “just want to let you know there’s lots of love for you here, we’re with you along this fight. We’re going to be right by your side. Anything you need, you know you can come over to Dodger Stadium, we’ll take care of you. And stay positive, stay strong, and stand up to cancer. If anyone can do it, we know you can.” Outfielder Yasiel Puig said “I see you soon in Los Angeles. Keep going, fighting with the team that you have – and don’t worry about nothing, God bless you, and everybody from the Dodgers – thank you buddy for everything you do for me and for the Dodgers.”
Then there’s the Twitter messages sent to Jacobs, here is a sample:
(KLAC): I’ve known @vicfeelingyou for 20
years. VTB is not just a co-worker I share with everyday, he’s a friend.
He’s one of the most uplifting and compassionate people I’ve ever known.
He needs YOUR lifting up now. He’s a fighter. He will win. #FeelinYouVic
Gene “Bean” Baxter
(KROQ): @vicfeelingyou If what I’m hearing is true, all of us at the
@KevinAndBeanshow are sending you strength and love. Feeling YOU, my
David Vassegh (KLAC):
We love you @vicfeelingyou #FeelinYou #BendDontBreak
Mychal Thompson (KSPN):
Vic the Brick Jacobs…Literally…THE NICEST human on the planet…We’re with
you in your fight against cancer, buddy…Prayers for a GREAT man.
JT The Brick: From this
Brick to the “Original Brick,” I wish you all the best!
Jacobs, the AM 570 L.A. Sports (KLAC)
reporter has been both talk show host and update anchor since 1997 on
XTRA Sports 1150 (KXTA) which later migrated to AM 570. Previously, the
Queens, New York native appeared on KCOP/tv and with Rick Dees
Listeners are invited to post their
words of encouragement at
where Jacobs said he will provide updates on his progress. He has
completed the first of several rounds of treatment and will take time
away from his sports reporter duties, though with the clear intention of
returning back to work in the near future. Or, as Jacobs himself has
stated on numerous occasions, “we be the bamboo – bend, do not break
(Story written by Alan Oda, LARadio senior correspondent)
(Story written by Alan Oda, LARadio senior correspondent)
Adam Carolla Builds Stuff Tonight
(March 14, 2017 - Spike TV Press Release) Tonight at 10
p.m., Spike will debut Adam Carolla And Friends
Build Stuff Live which will feature the renowned television, radio
and Internet personality taking on building projects with celebrity
friends in need of his carpentry expertise. The interactive LIVE talk
show will include Carolla’s comedic take on recent headlines and topical
pop culture stories while showcasing his master carpentry skills as he
lends advice to his guests as well as his viewers via social media. Late
night host Jimmy Kimmel will be the special guest on
the series premiere.
Below please find a promo explaining more about the LIVE show, as well as a signature field piece segment, “Mr. Hardware,” where Carolla ambushes people at hardware stores to poke fun at their home improvement projects. This is one of a variety of field pieces that will be featured throughout this LIVE series.” http://www.spike.com/shows/adam-carolla-and-friends-build-stuff-live
|(March 14, 2017) Saul Levine had a busy weekend. His 1260 AM (KBOQ) turned into a 50s & 60s Oldies station. “It is not often we can hit a home run like this,” enthused Saul. “The response has been so overwhelming , there is serious consideration of going 24/7 with Oldies on 1260.” If he does, the previous Standards “The Great American Songbook-Unforgettable” would remain on 105.1 HD3 and the Web. Classical has moved to KJAZZ 88.1 HD2. It becomes part of an Arts Package of Public Radio offered by Cal State University Long Beach. Saul added the student-run outlet is still on the air: “KJAZZ 88.1 HD 3 is operated and presented by Cal State Students.” But for now, K-SURF Oldies is weekends only at 1260 AM. Listen by clicking the artwork … New York Post profiled Cumulus ceo Mary Berner over the weekend and called her “desperate.” From the Post: “Berner, with her company’s shares and revenue sagging, is asking all staff members in a recent company video to tap friends and family to generate leads for the firm’s ad sales unit, according to sources, who described the wacky video to The Post. Berner tells staff that if each of the firm’s 6,000 employees brings in one sales lead per quarter, it could result in $240 million in new revenue, sources said. That’s 20 percent of 2015 revenues. The cash could certainly come in handy, as revenue was down 2 percent in the first nine months of 2016.” You can read the entire Post story here.|
Terry Anzur Exits KFI News
(March 13, 2017) For
the past seven years, Terry Anzur has been up early on
Saturdays anchoring the news on KFI during Handel on the Law.
That assignment in Terry’s life has come to an end. “I resigned last
week and I'm grateful to Robin Bertolucci,
Chris Little and of course Bill Handel for the
awesome opportunity to reach KFI's listeners,” Terry emailed over the
weekend. “I'm definitely open to new gigs in talk, news and voiceover.”
During Terry’s time, KFI’s union contract has not been renegotiated and her part-time work no longer qualified for the merged SAG-AFTRA health insurance working one or two days a week. She’ll be spending more time on her tv/online video talent coaching business she started 10 years ago. Checkout her site at: www.TerryAnzur.com. Terry is also freelancing as tv, radio, film and voiceover talent.
Back in the 1990s, Terry was part of the morning drive team at KABC radio. Most of her success came from television in virtually every major market including KCBS/Channel 2 and KTLA/Channel 5. She was a former assistant professor in the School of Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication at USC. She anchored the news at West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, WPEC/TV.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised
in Southern California, Terry began her career in journalism at the age
of eight with a byline in the Pasadena Star-News. Terry was one
of the youngest women to gain a solo anchor position when, at age 23,
she headed a newscast at WCHS/TV in Charleston, West Virginia.
One of Terry’s greatest accomplishments was being part of America’s Talking, the NBC-owned national cable network, run by Roger Ailes prior to his long-term success at Fox News.
Terry traveled to Poland while it was under martial law to document the delivery of humanitarian aid. Sidestepping the threat of riots, bombs and tear gas, she interviewed Lech Walesa while he was still under house arrest. Her tenacity won her Chicago’s prestigious Lisagor Award for feature reporting and the Polish American Congress Award for her documentary Shoes for Poland.
When the Music Was Playing at KRLA
7 Years Ago Today
Dave Ramsey Is Cautious and Optimistic About Economy
Since his financial collapse two decades ago, Dave and his wife Sharon work closely together today on personal and professional matters. “After that crash we vowed to never be there again. She participates in all the major decisions. She’s not part of the day-to-day operations but before we make a decision to sign a book deal with a publisher or sign a contract with Fox Business network, Sharon meets the players. I trust her. She’s from the South like I am and so if she gets one of those feelings, then we don’t go there.”
“Dave started the radio show, his books, and everything else we do from his personal problems with his finances when basically he lost everything,” explained Bill Hampton, vp of Dave Ramsey Radio, based in Nashville. “He decided he was going to figure out how this money stuff really works. He wanted to know what people with no hair and gray hair had to say about money. He didn’t want to know what the young and the rich had to say about money because he had been one of those and it didn’t work out so well. He wanted to talk with people who had money and kept it for awhile. As he did, he realized the principles that we teach today – get out of debt and live on less than you make. Basically everything we do delivers that message of giving people hope in the area of personal finances.”
Dave is very excited to be getting a prime daytime slot on KFWB. “This is a huge deal for us,” enthused Dave. “We’ve never been in that market on a good, quality station in a major daypart. This is a huge honor for us and to be the lead-in for an icon like Dr. Laura is very flattering. We’re just excited. We’ve had so much success around the country but have never had a chance to help people in Los Angeles.”
Ramsey’s empire goes far beyond his syndicated radio show that is heard on over 450 stations around the country. He has had a tv show on the Fox Business Network for almost three years, has authored three New York Times best-selling books and he has an active lecture schedule.
Where does he find the time for research and to keep up with the ever-evolving economy and financial challenges? “Part of having a wonderful team here, they stay on top of everything. By having so many different divisions and departments working on different things, I’ve got people in the high school department sending me statistics, research and articles. I’ve got people on the military side sending me related information. We have a church division sending me stuff from the Christian perspective. My producer, Blake Thompson, has been with me for 13 years. I’ve always got a whole lot more to read than I can possibly get through and so many of the people who work here have been with me a long time and we kind of know where the other is going with just a look. That creates such a wonderful level of efficiency and synergy.”
Has Dave been able to avoid advertiser conflicts? He laughed. “I’m in radio. Of course I’ve had conflicts. We’ve always had to be very, very careful because money is such a sensitive issue. You can get labeled a shyster in that world faster than any other subject matter. With politics you can get away with all sorts of things with advertisers but when you start talking about money then all of a sudden people’s shields go up. For my brand to be trustworthy, we have to spend three or four times more energy on our advertiser relationships and selection process than other genres do.”
Hampton tells a wonderful story about how he joined Ramsey 11 years ago and how he became the 15th team member. It provides some insight into how Dave has built his empire. Hampton was a concert promoter and moved to Nashville in 1995. “I had a U-Haul truck, $900 in car payments, moving into a $500 a month apartment trying to figure out why I’m broke. I’m flipping stations on the radio and I hear this guy and everything he said about money made sense to me. It was like a light bulb went off for the first time in my life. The first person I called when I got to Nashville was Dave Ramsey on the radio and asked him a question. He was local at the time. He taught a class in Nashville at Financial Peace University. He invited me out to the class and I got to know him over the years.”
Bill started living the principles he taught, became debt-free as a result and turned his financial life around. In early 1999, Ramsey called Hampton about leading his radio team. “I told him I don’t know how the signal gets from the studio to the car. I have no idea how radio works. I’ll never forget what he said. ‘Bill, I don’t want you to be a career radio guy. If you were, you wouldn’t believe we could accomplish what I’m about ready to accomplish.’ He was right. I called people then, like Randy Michaels that I would be nervous to call today, but I didn’t know who he was back then. Dave was absolutely right. I was a guy who believed in Dave because it worked for me.”
Andy Ludlum, pd at KFWB, is moving Ramsey to 9 a.m. on Monday. “When we had a recent event with him I was astounded by the huge amounts of debt some really young couples were trying to get out from under, some of it was college loans but a lot of it was from credit cards,” emailed Andy. “He's kind of the ‘Dr. Laura’ of the personal finance world, which is why I think this is a good fit for KFWB."
|(March 10, 2017) Word is Wayne Resnick is joining the Bill Handel morning show in a hybrid position. "He'll do on-air, sports, be an additional on-air voice and to assist in producing the show," emailed Michelle Kube, executive producer ... Condolences to former KFI newsman Steve Gregory on the passing of his mother, Carole ... Ty Bentli, former MY/fm afternooner, is now doing mornings at NASH/fm. He was involved in car accident roll-over. Ty is okay ... Remember when stations updated their websites and made them relevant? Tom Reopelle has been gone from KNX for months but still listed as reporter. Cooper Rummell joined the all-Newser last spring and he's still not listed ... A radio blogger from the Midwest suggests that a radio program director should take over the Oscar telecast to avoid snafus like the recent Best Picture envelope mix-up. Really? ... Harvey Kern read the exciting news about my daughter getting engaged and said that I will cry three times in the future: (1) at the wedding when you give away your daughter; (2) when you hold your first grandchild in your arms; and (3) when you get the bill for the wedding ... Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon both picked UCLA to win March Madness ... My first real job in radio was on this date in 1965. My mentor, Earl McDaniel, suggested that I pack up my car and start driving. Every time I saw a radio tower, go knock on the door and ask for a job. From Santa Monica I headed north. Ventura/Oxnard. Santa Barbara. They all wanted experienced jocks. I was just out of school. Off the 101 I took Highway 1 to Lompoc. About 25,000 people. It was 1:15 p.m. I knocked on the door at KNEZ and Cal Cannon, the owner/general manager answered. He had just fired the program director and had no one to go on the air at 3 p.m. but he needed someone with an FCC 1st Class license. I had one, thanks to the Bill Ogden School in Burbank. At 3 p.m., I was off and running with the Supremes, Stop in the Name of Love. And I've never stopped loving radio! (Photo: getting in station station wagon in 1965, probably to go deliver some prize giveaways like Dippity-Do Hair Styling Gel)|
Rona Barrett and Her Adult Orphans
|(March 9, 2017) Rona Barrett
was more than a gossip
columnist who appeared regularly on
Good Morning America
and later The Today Show
as an entertainment reporter, she was one of the most feared woman in
the industry. Anne Helen Petersen recently wrote an in-depth profile of
"At the peak of her powers — back in the mid-’70s, when she was
essentially practicing therapy on stars while millions watched — Rona
Barrett drove around Hollywood in a Rolls-Royce with a license plate
that read MS RONA, the nickname she’d picked up when she first started
delivering Hollywood tidbits at the end of the
ABC Evening News." She
also dispensed entertainment reports on KFWB and KABC during the 70s and
What is she doing today? Rona moved to the Santa Ynez Valley (think Chumash Casino/Solvang) in the 1980s and started The Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the aid and support of senior citizens. Last year was the Grand Opening of the Golden Inn & Village, which was inspired by her father, Harry. The next phase is dedicated to the construction of "Harry's House - A Home for Memory Care and Assisted Living." In her fundraising literature: "Sixty rooms in all, with meals, activities and an extensive menu of enriching programs. This care residency will have its architecture, exterior spaces and landscape aligned with our senior Independent Living campus."
A Father/Daughter Journey
|(March 8, 2017) When you
are closer to 80 than 70, there aren’t a lot of personal milestones to
look forward to except another day of good health with a circle of
close, personal friends and a loving wife. In the middle of this
weekend, I received a phone call that inserted a new landmark in my
life. A pivot in my personal journey.
I have three children – Don, Jr. (50), Tyler (29) and Alexandra (28). None is married. I had given up the hope that I would be around to witness a wedding, let alone the possibility of being a grandfather. Ring. Ring. It was Alexandra calling from Las Vegas. Her long-time boyfriend, Simon Poulton of Wpromote, took her to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys in concert.
If you have been around this
website for a while, you will remember a personal crisis involving
Alexandra. While having a wisdom tooth pulled, the dentist’s hand
cramped and let loose of the pliers to get some circulation in his hand
and as soon as he let go, like a slingshot, the tooth acted like a
projectile and shot into her cheek, dangerously close to facial nerves
that in a worst case scenario could cause facial paralysis. I asked for
help because it didn’t seem that any dentist or oral surgeon that I
contacted wanted in on a potential lawsuit if things didn’t go well.
Through a well-documented series of tiny miracles starting with
then-KABC general manager John Davison, KNBC’s
Dr. Bruce Hensel, and ending with Dr. James Jensvold,
a few weeks later the tooth was successfully removed. As the drama
unfolded, I dubbed it The Tooth Fairy incident.
If you went into Alexandra’s Valencia bedroom around this time in high school, the walls would be covered with Backstreet Boys posters and stuff. It was no surprise that Simon would want to have something special for her Christmas present - tickets and trip to Vegas. He even arranged a meet and greet with the Boys. (Alexandra and Simon pictured with the Backstreet Boys in a meet and greet)
Cherie and I took the three kids and Simon on a cruise to Cuba
(Alexandra, Simon and the old man in Havana). It was one of those
rare times when schedules and plans seemed to free up so we could get
everyone together for the 8-day once-in-a-lifetime adventure. One
morning before leaving the ship for an excursion to Santiago, Simon and
I ended up having breakfast just the two of us. I sensed some
nervousness on his part and then he told me how much he loved my
daughter and wanted to ask my permission to ask Alex to marry him. I was
so pleased that he asked. I wasn’t sure if that protocol still existed
as part of the millennial generation. He was going to ask her when they
went to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys. I wasn’t sure which weekend
that might be. I assured him that his secret was safe with me. And it
And then on Saturday. Ring. Ring. “Dad, Simon just asked me to marry him,” said an excited Alexandra. I started to cry. I blurted out something stupid like, “What did you say?” And so there it is. Just when you think your life is headed in one direction, a phone call presents a milestone to look forward to. A walk down the aisle? Elopement? When? I have no idea and it really doesn’t matter. Our children have the potential to surprise us all the time. And I get to be surprised again when I hear that phone. Ring. Ring.
Jaime Jarrin Dodger Call Is Now Longest
(March 7, 2017) Jaime Jarrin is now the announcer who
has worked the longest with one sports team and it is the Dodgers. He
has been the Spanish voice since the team arrived in 1959. Bill Shaikin
of the LA Times wrote a wonderful story on the 81-year old.
Some highlights from the article:
"It has been a great ride," Jarrin said. "To be on the same page with Vin Scully and Jack Buck and Ernie Harwell and Joe Garagiola, for me, has been fantastic. And now, I am the senior of all. I never thought I would last this long. But I fell in love with the game."
Bill Davis, president of Southern California Public Radio, will be honoring Jaime later this month. "His life's work has transformed our region. He was the voice that was saying, 'Welcome,'" said Davis.
To the previous generations of Latinos who tended to speak Spanish exclusively, Jarrin was the connection to a team that is one of the city's cherished institutions."
"Even back then," Scully said, "I knew Jaime's influence on the Latino community would be immense. He's a dear friend of mine. He brings everything possible into the broadcasting booth: He's well prepared, he's informative, he's entertaining, he's interesting. He just does everything correct."
Jarrin is under contract through 2018, which would be his 60th year as a Dodgers broadcaster.
|(March 7, 2017) iHeart Media is in deep doo-doo because of a stifling debt of over $20 Billion. The trade press and some pundits have covered the situation frequently. Last week, Variety wrote a scathing story on the status of the company that was picked up in the mainstream press. The sub headline read: iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman’s Efforts May Not Be Enough to Avoid Looming Bankruptcy. The story was sent to LARadio subscribers last week and is now available for your perusal by clicking on the artwork … The sale of KFWB from Universal Media Access KFWB-AM, LLC to Lotus Communications Corporation for $11.2 million is complete. Howard Kalmenson takes control of its fourth AM station in the Los Angeles metro in a deal to buy Spanish “980 La Mera Mera” KFWB from Charlie Banta’s Universal Media Access. The transaction, announced last October, marks 2016’s largest single-station deal, according to SNL Kagan. Lotus also owns radio stations in Las Vegas, Tucson, Fresno, Bakersfield, Reno, and Sacramento, along with two tv stations in Houston and Phoenix … Outlaw Radio starring former KIIS star Magic Matt Alan is outrageous and live on the Internet every Saturday. You can also hear Matt on SiriusXM 70s on 7. He has so much fun doing the show …Do you have a previously well-loved instrument that no longer gets the attention it deserves? ‘Play it forward’ with the KUSC Instrument Drive. You can put your unused instruments in the hands of deserving local kids who will truly enjoy bringing the music back to life. Call 213.225.7400 for drop-off locations … Eva Kilgore will be the grand marshal of the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade … John Harlan’s Celebration will be Saturday, March 25 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge ... Congrats to KNX's Frank Mottek on the birth of his first child, Katherine Marie, born at Cedars Sinai on 3.3.17.|
Bob Miller Has Heart
|(March 6, 2017) It would
be easy to recite all of the incredible stats about Bob Miller.
The longtime play-by-play broadcaster announced his retirement from the
LA Kings broadcast booth on Thursday. But just recalling the numbers -
would be missing the real story. Tom Hoffarth of the Orange County
Register succinctly put it this way: “… 44 years and more than
3,300 games with the Kings, 50-plus years doing sports radio and TV, a
Hockey Hall of Fame induction in 2000, a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame in 2006 or having his name on the Staples center press box – Miller
has already given Southern California hockey fans a lifetime
He’s had a tough year with his health. Earlier last year, Bob had four-way bypass surgery, which required a major adjustment with diet changes, daily workouts and lotsa doctor appointments. A minor stroke in January during the NHL All-Star weekend necessitated a stent to help with a blocked carotid artery. In a KLAC interview with Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete, Miller said: “Doctors have told me to slow down, but you know, there’s really no slowing down in this job. When they drop the puck, you’re going. You’re either doing it right with some energy, or if you’re not, it’s very noticeable to the fans. What’s wrong? Why isn’t he into this game?”
I never felt that Bob Miller’s heart was hockey-proof. I also have never met anyone who had a negative word about Miller. Consistently and effusively they say he is the nicest guy in the world. My dear friend Dan Avey used to tell stories about Bob and the experiences they had while calling the Kings action. The stories were always fun, while never making fun of anyone, especially at their expense. Even though Bob and I have not spent much time together, when I announced that I was retiring from full-time attention to LARadio.com, he inquired if I would be interested in being the executive director of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was to receive his call. We had some great conversations.
May Bob Miller’s heart last long in retirement. Helene Elliott of the LA Times said it well: “This is the end of an incomparable era for Los Angeles sports fans, the last pillar removed from the broadcast trinity of Vin Scully, Chick Hearn and Miller. (And) it was Hearn who recommended Miller for the Kings’ broadcast job.”
1. When did ''Little
Suzie'' finally wake up?
(a) The movie's over, it's 2 o'clock
(b) The movie's over,
it's 3 o'clock
(c) The movie's over,
it's 4 o'clock
2. Rock Around The Clock was used in what
Without A Cause
(b) Blackboard Jungle
(c) The Wild Ones
3. What's missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint?
4. ''I found my thrill...
(a) Kansas City
(b) Heartbreak Hotel
(c) Blueberry Hill
5. ''Please turn on your magic beam
(a) Mr. Sandman
(b) Earth Angel
(c) Dream Lover
6. For which label did Elvis Presley first record?
7. He asked, ''Why's everybody always pickin' on me?''
Who was he?
(a) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown
(b) Charlie Brown
(c) Buster Brown
8. In Bobby Darin's Mack The Knife, the
one with the knife, was named:
(a) Mac Heath
(b) Mac Cloud
9. Name the song with
''A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.''
(a) Good Golly, Miss Molly
(c) Tutti Fruitti
"I am wondering if you can help me find out whatever happened to radio/news personality Steve Palma aka Steve Christopher. Knew him back from the 1970's when he worked with my father Frank Fazio, at KMLO in Vista.
Years later, I know at least for a time, he was a reporter for KNX radio. Thanks." - Joe Fazio
"All the guys I worked with and knew in LA radio are gone. Not to many of us left.
It's been tough since the loss of my wife Beverly and son Steven. I am living in our beach house that we have owned for 55 years. Lots of widow friends but no dates for me. Those widows call my daughter and ask, 'what's wrong with your dad? He is anti social.'
I was very fortunate to have had an outstanding career. I am a Jimmy Kimmel fan and I watch him every night. He did an outstanding job on Oscar night.
Thanks for LARadio. In the first row the KMPC heavyweights, yours truly, Dick Whittinghill and Robert W. Morgan. " - Roger Carroll
|(March 3, 2017)
Media has broken apart the simulcast of Classic Hip-Hop 93.5
KDAY-Redondo Beach and 93.5 KDEY-Ontario. After a day of
stunting with a loop of Guns ‘N Roses
Welcome To The Jungle,
KDEY flipped to Urban Wild 93.5 at 9:30 a.m., according to
Lance Venta at
"Positioned as 'The IE’s #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B,' the new
format goes up against iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR 99.1 KGGI.
The 'Wild' branding and Hip-Hop format was previously
utilized in the Riverside/San Bernardino market by what its
now 96.1 KRQB-San Jacinto from 2004-07."
Meruelo Media has been doing intensive testing to determine the amount of interference that would be created by breaking the simulcast between KDAY and KDEY. Meruelo Media president/coo Otto Padron commented: "This much-awaited Riverside metro launch comes after a long process of engineering, design and market studies and it adds a key revenue radio station to our growing portfolio of highly-recognized media brands in one of the fastest growing markets."
Former owner Don McCoy observed: "That didn't work for us, I wish them better luck."
Consultant K.M. Richards breaks it down:
"Don McCoy looked at that back in the Magic Broadcasting days and he had me take a fresh look at it when he was making an attempt to get the license back from his former partner's son. The problem is similar to Entravision's dilemma with 103.1 which limits the wattage on both stations due to their relative proximity. If you look at the primary (60dBu) signal contours of both KDAY and KDEY they exclude the San Gabriel Valley. Of course, the difficulty is that the signals don't just end there ... they are just weaker, but in many cases still receivable. That 'lesser signal' area is overlapped by both the Redondo Beach (KDAY) and Ontario (KDEY) transmitters and they therefore interfere with each other. Under Magic Broadcasting the two transmitters were synchronized to the highest degree possible, which meant if you were in an area where they overlap there was far less interference and the signal was pretty much listenable. Meruelo obviously knows about the overlap, if you read the application for their experiment a year ago in which they operated the Ontario transmitter at half-power for about a week and then went mostly silent for a few more weeks to take measurements, etc. For whatever reason, they are apparently choosing to write off that overlapping area just to take on iHeart in the IE.
This was tried before during the Magic years, with no less than Steve Smith consulting the programming ['Flo 93.5] and it failed. I personally doubt they'll make much of a dent in KGGI's numbers this time either, and I expect KDAY will take a hit in the L.A. book as well. [How much below a 1.2 can you go before no one wants to buy time?] The real problem has always been that the Redondo Beach signal can't go to a full Class A signal because of second-adjacent stations KCBS/fm at 93.1 and KXOS at 93.9; the transmitter can't physically move much farther north than it already does [else it might have moved in with KYSR years ago] and they can only operate 4,200 watts from Baldwin Hills rather than a full 6,000 that a Class A would normally have with an essentially 'at ground' tower site. [Note that Stevie Wonder's KJLH, at approximately the same location, is licensed for 5,600 watts, while Entravision's KDLD, also in that neighborhood, has 4,100 watts because of proximity to co-owned KDLE in Newport Beach and to second-adjacent KOST at 103.5.] At least Wonder and Entravision understand that when you have a signal limitation, you program as mass-appeal as possible to get as many listeners as possible. Meruelo thinks he's 'saving' KDAY when he's actually continuing its downward spiral by doing the opposite.
How to Launch a Podcast
|(March 2, 2017)
thread that is weaved through Mike Carruther’s career
is his association with network and syndicated programming. In the
1970s, he worked on national programming with Robert W. Morgan
(Record Report) and Steve Lundy (Hitbound
from Billboard) among others. In 1982 he was the voice of The
Best of the Midnight Special. For decades, Mike has been producing
a daily 90-second feature called "Something You Should Know." Last
summer, he adapted this radio feature into a half-hour podcast
it now ranks in the Top 50 every day on the iTunes charts (that is out
of about 60,000 podcasts on iTunes).
Next week Mike is hosting a free, live, online Master Class for radio people only called “How to Launch & Grow a Successful Podcast.” "Now I help others who want to start a podcast (www.PerfectYourPodcast.com) – and I believe everyone in radio should look into podcasting – as it is the one growing industry that can really utilize the skills and talents radio people already have – and can protect from the employment “uncertainties” faced by the radio industry. Podcasting is now a real industry and there is real money to be made." You can sign up for free by clicking the artwork.
From the late 70s to early 90s, Mike worked at KIQQ, KHTZ, and KBIG. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he grew up in Connecticut where he started his radio career at WJZZ-Bridgeport. Mike is a graduate of the USC Journalism School. While in college Mike began his L.A. radio career at KPSA. When the station became KLVE and changed format to Spanish, Mike was the last English announcer on the station. “That night we all left the station, out of work and headed to a Mexican restaurant where we hoisted a few margaritas!”
Bob Miller Expected to Announce His Retirement from Kings' Play-By-Play Activities
(March 1, 2017)
Bob Miller, whose vivid descriptions of the
Kings' struggles and triumphs have made him the soundtrack of local
hockey fans’ lives for 44 seasons, is expected to announce Thursday that
he will retire from his play-by-play duties, according to a story by
Helene Elliott in this morning's LA Times. (Photo of Miller
courtesy of LA Times)
Miller, 78, suffered a mild stroke during All-Star weekend festivities in Los Angeles in January, a year after he had undergone quadruple bypass surgery. His heart operation led him to work a reduced schedule this season and to limit his travel, but even a lighter workload appeared to tax him. He was hospitalized for several days following his stroke and has since been recuperating at his West Hills home.
The Kings issued a news advisory Tuesday saying Miller would host a news conference Thursday to make “a major announcement regarding his future plans,” but a club spokesman declined to specify the nature of the announcement. In that news advisory Miller said, “I have received a lot of inquiries about my health situation and I appreciate the concern. I think it’s time to bring everyone up to date on my progress and what’s ahead in my future.”
Miller, who was honored with a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, is likely to maintain a connection to the Kings’ organization in some capacity, and to the extent he feels comfortable for as long as he wants to be involved. He was given a lifetime contract in 1998 in celebration of his 25th anniversary with the club.
Two Veteran LARP Die
(March 1, 2017) John Harlan
(l), the past president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, passed away
Monday. He was 91. John was one of the founding members of PPB and one
of the biggest supporters of the organization. He worked on numerous
television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety
shows. Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired
on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his
most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced
between 1974 and 1985.
In 2013, Hank Simms (r) died, at the age of 90. His significance is remembered this week because Hank was the Oscar telecast announcer during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Hank was also the announcer on many hit tv shows, including: Marcus Welby, M.D., Dan August, Cannon, McCloud, McMillian & Wife, Streets of San Francisco, and Barnaby Jones. (Thanks to David Schwartz for photos)
|(February 28, 2017) Sign Jimmy Kimmel up for the next 20 Academy Award broadcasts He was spectacular! He was great as this year’s host. After two decades he would have more years as host than Bob Hope and deservedly so … Well, the political/mainstream wasn’t the only press to get it wrong. The entertainment press had been falling all over itself predicting La La Land as Best Picture. As a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy, quite frankly I bought the hype about La La Land thinking it would probably win despite the fact I voted for Moonlight, a nearly perfect film … Kimmel's plan was to end the show from the audience, next to Matt Damon. "Who, make no mistake, whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost. He was a loser. He is a loser,” Kimmel explains. “But we’re sitting there, and we notice some commotion going on.” “And Matt says, ‘I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong.’ Which is unusual. But you figure the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, ‘Oh I’m the host’,” Kimmel jokes. And what of Beatty's co-presenter, Faye Dunaway, who had actually read the name of the wrong movie? “She made quite a getaway,” Kimmel joked. “She read the wrong name and split. She got the hell out of there.” But this was not the only problem to plague this year’s Academy Awards, Kimmel revealed to Deadline.com. During rehearsal on Sunday, a huge part of the set collapsed. “I was on stage – I stepped off stage – and about a minute later, they both came crashing down. It scared the crap out of everybody. A lot of people thought a bomb went off. My wife shoved our daughter under a table to protect her. Somehow – even though we had like five cameras going – no one got this on video. Someone could easily have been crushed. Not me – I have reflexes like Spider Man,” Kimmel continued. “But, if there was a regular human on that stage, he would have been dead. So the envelope thing was a distant second in the disaster category.” ... Adding to the stellar Oscar broadcast was the announcing voice of Randy Thomas. She did a GREAT job! ... Randi Lavik posted on her Facebook page about Bill Paxton being a friend of KROQ. “A true talent and big loss at 61 years,” she wrote. “Boo.” … So much fun listening to Casey Kasem counting down the hits Saturday afternoon on SiriusXM. Gads, he was one of a kind … Debra Mark (left with Dolly Parton) made news over the weekend announcing she was the new news anchor for John & Ken during KFI afternoons. News director Chris Little confirmed and added: “Heather Jordan is out. Mark Thompson has decided he doesn't want to anchor any longer and will sit in with Tim Conway, Jr. one day a week on Tuesdays. He will fill-in occasionally. Aron Bender will be anchoring for Conway” … iHeartMedia promotes Rob Scorpio to regional svp of programming for the San Diego and Riverside markets. He’s been serving as svp of programming for the Riverside cluster and program director for hip-hop KSSX, San Diego “Jam’n 95.7.” He takes over for John Peake, who recently became pd at KOST and KBIG … Ryan Seacrest has been on top of the all-important morning ratings at KIIS for a number of years. Is there any concern that the numbers aren’t as stellar as they once were? ... Congratulations to Rich Brother Robbin on his ten-year anniversary of playing the hits and jingles from the 50s and 60s (exclusively) on www.RichBroRadio.com|
Mornings Have Broken
|(February 27, 2017) The biggest surprise in morning drive in the January '17 PPM ratings was the leap of the KNX all-News team tying for first place with MY/fm's Valentine. The election of Donald Trump has propelled all-News stations all over the country to numbers they haven't seen in awhile. The curiosity factor of President Trump's election and transition has kept listeners tuned in for the latest development.|
1. KNX Drive Team
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
4. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Big Boy (KRRL)
4. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
5. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
1. Valentine (KBIG)
El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. The Woody Show (KYSR)
5. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
Kimmel's Big Night
(February 26, 2017)
Over the decades, Los Angeles Radio People have gone on to huge projects
and notoriety. But tonight marks a first. Not too long ago,
Jimmy Kimmel was a goofball on the KROQ Kevin & Bean
morning show. Tonight he will be hosting the Oscar telecast. “It’s like a Super Bowl for a comedian,”
Jimmy said in a Variety
We've had LARP go on to successful tv talk shows (Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Rick Dees, Jimmy Kimmel, Regis Philbin, Les Crane), authors (Dave Diamond, Kelly Lange), game show hosts (Wink Martindale, Bob Eubanks, Geoff Edwards), QVC/HSN (Jacque Gonzales, Caroline Gracie), tv announcers (Gary Owens, Ryan Seacrest, Roger Carroll, Charlie Tuna), sports stadium announcers (Lawrence Tanter, Tommy Edwards), song writer (Roger Christian), tv newsman (Larry McCormick, Charlie O'Donnell) but Jimmy Kimmel is the first to be the host of the prestigious Academy Awards broadcast. We should all be very proud.
Email Saturday, 2.25
** San Diego Pioneers
"This picture was taken at the recent Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon saluting Laugh-In producer George Schlatter. Among the many celebrities was Regis Philbin.
I was having lunch with Shotgun Tom Kelly, Jhani Kaye, Chris Roberts, Don Elliot and several others. I saw Regis and told Tommy that he was the reason we became friends about 50 years ago. We both were the first audience members for a taping of his first talk show, The Regis Philbin Show on KOGO/TV (now KGTV) in San Diego.
Tommy was 16 and I was 17….we’re still best friends because of Regis. Stay great!" - Jim Duncan | Director of Production iHeartMedia Los Angeles
** Bob Crane's Replacement
"When Rege Cordic did replace Bob Crane on KNX, he bombed horribly. The interim team of Mel Balwdin and George Walsh were acutely more popular than Rege. And Rege bombed again on radio, when Bert West put him on KRLA briefly in the morning. But don’t feel sorry for Rege. He had a hugely successful carer doing voiceovers and character acting on tv and movies.” - Tom Bernstein
Kimmel's Role on Oscar Night is Gold
(February 24, 2017) The LA Times devoted
almost the entire front-page of the Calendar section Thursday to Oscar
host Jimmy Kimmel. The story was very upbeat about
Kimmel and there was significant space to Kimmel's beginnings on
Kevin & Bean's KROQ morning show in the 90s. Some highlights:
David Letterman was the inspiration for Jimmy to pursue a career in entertainment.
What's funny is that Kimmel didn't watch Letterman's Oscars live, as he spent the day trying to crash the party afterward. At the time, Kimmel was working at KROQ's Kevin & Bean morning show, and he and cohost Kevin Ryder decided to sneak into the famous post-Oscars bash. Donning black tie, they showed up at the Governors Ball dining room at noon, staying there for the next nine hours. "I was wearing a tuxedo I had probably borrowed from my father-in-law, who outweighed me by 50 pounds," Kimmel says. "I'm sure it was immediately obvious that we had no business being there."
Not having passes, they were ordered by security to leave just as the Oscars ended. Kimmel ran to a pay phone, called the radio station and asked a producer to read him a name as the credits rolled on screen. Kimmel hurried back inside and told the guards they were with Gil Cates, the producer of the awards show. They were again told to leave. Just then, a river of celebrants clad in tuxedos headed toward the entrance and Kimmel and Ryder jumped in the flow and made it inside.
"We were pretty nervous," Kimmel remembers. "John Travolta went and got us dinner, which is kind of crazy, but I think he could sense our fear of being thrown out."
So, yes, Kimmel has come far in 22 years, even if he's being paid, as he revealed on the Kevin & Bean Show, a (relatively) paltry $15,000 to host the Oscars.
Liberal Radio Pioneer Alan Colmes Dies
(February 23, 2017) Alan Colmes, the cable news and
radio commentator (KTLK [2007-08] and KGIL  who, as half of Fox
News’ early and long-running Hannity & Colmes was the network’s
go-to voice for a more liberal viewpoint, is dead following a brief
illness at the age of 66. (Artwork from Deadline.com)
A statement on Colmes’ website says he is survived by wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. The statement in full reads: Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.
Alan was hired by Fox ceo Roger Ailes to co-host Hannity & Colmes, the two hosts offering their right-left (respectively) perspectives to the issues of the day. The program lasted through 2008, with Hannity soon going it alone on his now solo-titled show. Colmes was the author of 2003’s Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong.
Colmes, who began his radio career as a
teenager on such Long Island stations as WGBB-Freeport and
WGSM-Huntington went on to star on the legendary outlets WABC, WNBC,
WHN, WMCA, WEVD in New York, according to
magazine. His career also included stints at WNHC-New Haven as well as
WZLX and WEZE in Boston. Colmes was a pioneer in the modern talk radio
syndication industry launching the seminal Daynet with Barry Farber in
the early 1990s. He also played a role in the developing NYC comedy
scene as a successful stand-up comic during the 1980s.
Colmes was a graduate of Hofstra University and a charter inductee into its radio station, WRHU’s Hall of Fame.
Jim Governale Finds the Power
(February 23, 2017) Part of the reason for keeping
LARadio.com alive is to update Los Angeles Radio People and keep the
living history alive as long as we can. Jim Governale
checked in this week.
After 23 plus years of doing mornings at 99.5 KKLA, he left the station in October 2016. "My new position is an exciting one," Jim emailed. "I enjoy it thoroughly and there are many areas of potential growth. I now work in the ‘Tower of Hope’ on the old campus of the Crystal Cathedral [now Christ Cathedral] in Garden Grove. My title is Radio Program Manager for the Diocese of Orange. I produce multiple local programs that air on networks such as Immaculate Heart Radio, Relevant Radio, and EWTN Network Radio. Some of the titles include Call Me Catholic, Empowered By the Spirit, OC Catholic Radio, The Don Johnson Show, and Catholic Sports View."
You can catch the podcasts at occatholic.com/radio. Jim's office is less than a mile from the old KYMS studios at the Katella Commerce Center, just down the street from Honda Center. "I really ‘grew up’ at KYMS during my formative years in radio from 1988 to ’93, working alongside such pros as Dave Armstrong, Austin Hill, Roger Marsh, Bill Reitler, Mike Villani and so many more.
|(February 22, 2017) Bruce Chandler calls it “the great radio mystery.” Jennifer Jones Lee (l) joined the KFI morning show as the news lady last year but she has been off the air more than on. “She got back Monday and not a word was said about how long she was gone (a few months) or why- just ‘welcome back.’ So weird," emailed Bruce. "She sounds great. I like her on air. Maybe she had to take care of an ailing parent? Who knows?” … Dave Williams and Anita Garner have relaunched their site, www.theagingofaquarius.com and made an adjustment to the format to fit mobile devices. Both are such fun reads … Seen any good movies in 2016? Academy Award time comes up this weekend. Which of the nine nominated films do you think will win? Send your choice to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and put your pick in the subject line. No prizes. I struggled with my Oscar vote this year. Lotsa B and B+ movies. But one movie was almost perfect and it got my vote … Dan Prince of El Centro saw the photo of Johnny Otis and remembered that he had a show on XERB, the "Mighty 1090" in the mid/late sixties. “Same guy that recorded Willie and the Hand Jive,” wrote Prince. “Wolfman Jack was on XERB as well during this period.” … Ryan Seacrest's Beverly Hills home suffered from a fire over the weekend. TMZ reports there was, "some heavy damage," done to the $50 million structure … The dementia challenges facing David Cassidy brought up a familiar name, Danny Bonaduce. The fellow Patridge Family player offered his support. Over the years, Cassidy has also been a supporter of Bonaduce's, especially when Danny was going through a very dark period. Danny has been doing mornings at KZOK-Seattle since 2011. I checked the KZOK website this morning and you can watch the morning show. He's still a great communicator. Remember his running battles with co-stars Jamie White at Star 98.7 and Adam Carolla at KLSX?|
KNX Makes Huge Jump in January '17 Ratings
(February 21, 2017) KOST narrowly held on to the #1 spot in the just-released January '17 PPM ratings. The AC station came down five points from its lofty position when it was playing Christmas music. The big ratings story, however, was a full-point jump for all-News KNX, moving from 2.7 to 3.7 in the 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid ratings.
Go Country KKGO experimented with early playing of Christmas music for the first time. "Our holiday programming was a huge success," emailed Saul Levine, owner of KKGO. "Country formats are hurt most of all formats by all-holiday programming. Each year we took a huge hit with audience dropping during that period. Our cume during December 2016, at just under 2 million, was the highest cume ever achieved by a Country station in the USA since PPM was adopted in 2008. We are evaluating our plans for 2017." Saul added: "KKGO just celebrated its tenth year as a Country station. We proved KZLA wrong that LA would not support a Country station. Almost every month, KKGO has the highest cume of any Country in the USA."
1. KOST (AC) 10.7 - 5.2
2. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.7 - 5.1
3. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.7 - 5.0
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.5
5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.1 - 4.3
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.8
7. KNX (News) 2.7 - 3.7
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.2 - 3.5
KFI (Talk) 3.1 - 3.5
10. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 - 3.2
11. KRRL (Urban) 2.9 - 3.1
12. KYSR (Alternative) 2.8 - 3.0
13. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.7 - 2.9
14. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.9 - 2.6
15. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.0 - 2.4
KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.4
17. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.9 - 2.3
KSWD (Classic Rock) 1.9 - 2.3
19. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.2
20. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.8 - 2.1
21. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.5 - 2.0
KROQ (Alternative) 1.8 - 2.0
23. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 1.9
24. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.5 - 1.8
25. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.5 - 1.7
26. KCRW (Variety) 1.3 - 1.4
27. KUSC (Classical) 1.2 - 1.2
28. KRLA (Talk) 0.8 - 1.1
29. KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0
KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.0 - 1.0
31. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.0 - 0.9
32. KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7
KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7
KLAC (Sports) 0.7 - 0.7
35. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.6
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.6
KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.4 - 0.6
Found Natalie Urias and Turk Stevens Living in Vegas
(February 21, 2017) Over our 20 years with LARadio, we
have tracked those you have listened to on Southern California radio.
From time to time, we update and introduce you to someone behind the
scenes. Today two stories and who better to tell you about
Natalie Urias and her husband Turk Stevens
than their friend, KOST’s Ted Ziegenbusch.
Both Natalie and Turk worked at Premiere Radio. She has two young children and is now living near Las Vegas. After seven productive years with Premiere Radio, Natalie still keeps her hands in marketing/promotions and PR. But being a full-time mom is Natalie’s first call. Turk was the sports update, anchor and color commentator for Premiere. He spent 25 years on various networks, including Fox Sports, Sporting News Radio, and NBC Sports. Besides his national work, Turk was even the voice of the Macon Whoopie Hockey team. As Natalie puts it, Turk was the Whoopie’s Chick Hearn, “but not nearly as famous!” Turk was also a staple on the Big Ben Maller Show on Fox for many years. To reiterate, Natalie’s biggest thrill nowadays is her family. That, and the fact that she often works out at the same gym with Britney Spears.
As I recall, Natalie was Delilah’s right-hand assistant back in the 1990s. She would often accompany Delilah on publicity and business tours. Natalie was also the only Love Songs producer at KOST that would stay late (often well past midnight) and help me produce the second-half of the KOST Love Songs Show. Before the days of email, Natalie would help edit the hundreds of listener letters that we received weekly, in addition to so many other tasks that helped me tremendously. Natalie accompanied me on our many remotes, the best of which were Disneyland Main Street as well as our weekends at The Rio in Las Vegas. Doing a call-in show while the Disneyland Parade or the Mardi Gras Parade marched past the KOST microphone was a real challenge, with or without a producer. However, Natalie made the effort and the journey much more fun. I still miss her delightfully cheerful attitude and willingness to take on any assignment.
Mr. Pop Culture
(February 20, 2017) In
June 1965, Bob Crane, the popular morning personality
on KNX- 1070 in Los Angeles, tells his audience he’s leaving the show to
star in a new television series Hogan’s Heroes. Crane says he
hopes to leave by mid- summer. “I’m not going to make a big deal out of
it. I’m just going to say it’s been nice, we’ve all made money and
good-bye. Crane says he’s been considering offers for years. Most
recently, he co-starred on The Donna Reed Show while still
doing mornings on KNX. In September, KNX staffers Mel Baldwin
and George Walsh are the station’s interim morning
personalities until Rege Cordic arrives from Pittsburgh
to replace Bob Crane. Rege has contractual obligations with KDKA until
the end of the year.
This story is part of Gary West's 50,000-page tribute to modern pop culture. His site is a great resource plus Gary makes a great guest. He gave the Internet its first "week in history" destination back in 1999 with www.pophistorynow.com. Here's a look at the site via the waybackmachine and 1999 (Click Here). Gary has contributed to the media with his own syndicated newspaper articles during the 1990's. His "this week in pop culture history" was a contributor to the History Channel and their version of the genre. Mr. Pop also echoed into such shows such as, Behind The Hits, gameshow Jeopardy and other MTV/VH1 shows and countless radio shows. Gary West can be contacted at email@example.com.
(February 19, 2017) Sometimes one can determine the
importance of a person during their lifetime by the amount of space
devoted to the obituary in the LA Times. With such a wealth of
distinguished people who die in the Southland each day, the Times
devoted a half-page to sports broadcaster, Mike Walden.
From the Times' obit:
"Walden's time intersected with another legendary USC broadcaster, Tom Kelly, when Kelly began calling the university's games on television.
USC's current play-by-play broadcaster, Pete Arbogast, said Walden's style of calling a game represented a 'younger and hipper' era. Walen bestowed nicknames on players and veered away from the more staid style of previous generations.'
'He's talking to college kids, basically, and younger with the parlance that he was using,' Arbogast said. 'I really enjoyed listening to him.'"
Steve Thompson sent along this: Bizarre was a sketch comedy series hosted by John Byner which aired on CTV and Showtime from 1980 to 1986. In several sketches, Bob Einstein portrayed Super Dave Osborne, an incompetent stunt man, and Walden was his interviewer. Several of the sketches can be seen at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nnl2kRsyVk
9 Years Ago
of the Mellow Sound at KNX/fm
For one thing, the word “soft” is often used to denote some kind of deficiency. We also never used the word “rock,” even though we played plenty of it. We thought of ourselves as rock for people who thought they didn’t like rock.
I wanted to write this to set the record straight about the birth of “The Mellow Sound.”
During that growth period in the ‘70s, I got most of the credit for the creation of the format. The real truth is it was an amalgam of the hard work and boundless imaginations of a number of extremely talented people.
My employment with KNX/fm began because of a long-standing association with its first program director, Rodger Layng, a friendship that dated all the way back to college. When I got out of the navy in 1966 and decided I wanted to break into radio, Rodger was the person responsible for making it happen, greasing the wheels for me to work weekends playing jazz at KBIG/fm.
Not long after that, Gordon McLendon was throwing out his unsuccessful all-classified ads station K-ADS and launching KOST on 103.5 and Rodger brought me into that operation as part of the original announcing staff. [As a side note, McLendon had a national program director we answered to ... some wet-behind-the-ears kid by the name of Don Barrett).
By September of 1970 after spending a few years apart, Rodger decided it was time for us to work together again. I was babysitting automation equipment and a transmitter for KJOI on a mountaintop in Coldwater Canyon. Rodger called and told me that CBS had finally allocated some money to develop its fm properties. KNX/fm had, for a number of years, been on the air with something called “The Young Sound.” The entire station had consisted of two reel-to-reel tape decks and a rotating cart machine in the engineer’s coat closet of KNX 1070. It played a bland assortment of rock covers...that is, when the engineers remembered to change the tapes. Often, the air went stone cold dead for minutes or longer until an alarm would summon an engineer who resented being pulled away from what he was doing in order to service a station that no one listened to.
Rodger had been hired by KNX/fm’s new general manager, Neil Rockoff, to put yet another elevator music format into place in Los Angeles. [You can tell from my use of that term that so-called “beautiful music” was not my personal favorite ... then or now]. However, the station’s studio wasn’t ready and the automation equipment hadn’t been delivered as yet. So Rockoff entrusted Rodger with creating an interim format ... something to bridge “The Young Sound” with the musical wallpaper that was yet to come. This was purely a holding action until the real station would be in place several months hence.
Rodger hired me as music director and on-air talent and KNX veteran Mel Baldwin to do some voice tracking to augment what Rodger and I were doing. Mark Bragg was brought in as public affairs director.
I mentioned to Rodger that one of the biggest drawbacks to elevator music was that it tended to recede into the background. I was afraid if our playlist was too melodic, we risked doing the same thing. I never understood why advertisers would spend their money on a station that people weren’t really listening to. I suggested that we salt the music liberally with foreground features that would command people’s attention. We began to write little vignettes, some comic, others informational, to drop into the middle of commercial clusters.
Rodger came up with a radically different clock, throwing out the standard beautiful music four-breaks-per-hour on the quarter hour approach and structuring breaks at the top of the hour as well as the :20 and the :40, thus being in music for much of the hour when other stations were breaking for commercials. At that point, the bare bones of what would become The Mellow Sound were in place, even if we were still broadcasting from that engineer’s coat closet.
Shortly thereafter, Rockoff was hired to manage a station in Chicago and left Los Angeles. Robert Nelson, veteran promotions director for what was then KNXT/Channel 2, got the general manager’s chair and brought in former USC football great Hal Bedsole as sales manager. By this time the studios were ready and the automation equipment in place and on the air, running fitfully and somewhat unreliably.
Rodger Layng and I were functioning as a team by then and practically finishing each others sentences. We went together to Bob Nelson and pitched the idea of staying with what we were doing. We really felt we were onto something and the Arbitron numbers backed us up. Bob turned out to be one of the most supportive general managers in the history of the medium. He not only gave us the green light to continue with what we were doing, but got Hal Bedsole to agree to limit the station’s commercial load to nine minutes an hour. That meant three minutes in each of our three clusters and never being out of music for more than a few minutes at a time. The idea was to keep the commercial inventory steady but raise the rates as the numbers went up. It worked.
At this point, CBS corporate took notice of the ratings increase at KNX/fm and rewarded Rodger with the general managemanship of KCBS/fm in San Francisco. I was then promoted to program director and started looking for my own staff of people to populate this strange new format.
I had one rule of thumb... no one could sound like an announcer. They had to appeal to the listeners as conversational human beings. The audio environment was everything. I was relieved when Hal Bedsole agreed with my insistence that we would not air any spot that screamed at the listeners or otherwise violated our very identifiable sound. Also, I was grateful that Bob Nelson believed, as I did, that we shouldn’t try to buy our audience with contest money. We both knew that kind of an audience is just as easily purchased by someone else waving a bigger check.
My first staff find was Tom McKay, who replaced me as music director. Tom had worked in rock ‘n’ roll formats and had shoulder length hair and a very mellow disposition. He was, in fact, the person who suggested during his employment interview that we call our format “The Mellow Sound.”
In keeping with the idea of high profile features, I tried to hire Lew Irwin, who was then best known for his Earth News reports. I was a big fan of those and found myself stopping whatever I was doing when Earth News came on the air. That’s just what I wanted for KNX/fm. But Lew was in business for himself and not enamored of the idea of working for anyone else. So I turned to someone with whom I had worked at KJOI, Paul Crosswhite. Paul was an extremely talented and likeable guy who had started at KJOI when he was a mere 17 years old and was only 19 when I brought him into KNX/fm. In addition to doing news, Paul was charged with creating something with the high-interest quotient of Earth News, but I told him he had to do it in only 60 second hunks. He took to the task immediately, but it was Tom McKay (whom you remember had christened “The Mellow Sound”) who came up with the name for Paul’s feature. He said it should reflect an audio odyssey through contemporary America. There was a film out around the time called The Odessa File. Tom merely flipped it in his mind into “The Odyssey File.”
To augment that very popular feature, Chris Ames brought public affairs out of the Sunday night ghetto, cutting up the compelling interviews he did into engaging sound bites, then packaging them into a one-minute top-of-the-hour feature called “60 Seconds.” We also wanted a feature that focused on entertainment, since Los Angeles was and is a company town. For that, I found a smooth voiced young woman named Dara Shulkin and rechristened her Dara Welles (I was a big Orson Welles fan). Dara did hard news, but also produced an entertainment news feature and pioneered a new approach to film reviewing that consisted of interviewing audience members as they left the theater, including their sound bites and reporting on what percentage of them liked it and disliked it.
I began working with Tom McKay to refine the playlist, throw out the last of the elevator music, get rid of the MOR and really turn KNX/fm into an AOR station, but one that still steered clear of hard rock and heavy metal. In addition to adhering to the enduring radio principal of playing familiar music, we also dared to venture out and break new songs and showcase new artists, people you couldn’t hear on any other station because no one knew who they were. That was “The Mellow Sound” at its purest.
There was one other behind-the-scenes character who played a huge, albeit silent role in the success of KNX/fm. His name is Bob Cole, a former jazz musician who served on the corporate level in New York as Vice President of the CBS FM Group. Bob reported to the head of CBS Radio, an austere, impeccably dressed man named Sam Cook Digges. Digges, you see, hated rock music in any form. It had been his idea originally to turn KNX/fm into an elevator music station. Bob Cole achieved his heroic status in this story by simply letting Sam Cook Digges think KNX/fm was indeed a “beautiful music” station. He literally spent years hiding our true format from Digges, accompanying him whenever he was in Los Angeles and making certain that he didn’t turn his radio dial to 93.1.
When Michael became pd, he hired the gifted Robert David Hall to succeed him as music director and replace my voice on the air. Dave proved to be multi-talented as an air voice at KNX/fm, then later as a gainfully employed commercial voice over artist. Today, he can be seen as coroner Dr. Al Robbins on the immensely popular CBS series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
That decade in the ‘70s remains among the best memories of my professional life. I have often reflected that KNX/fm couldn’t happen today. In fact, it’s a miracle that it even happened then. It was born in an era when decisions in radio depended heavily on research, yet we never conducted one focus group while I was at CBS. We did it by the seat of our pants, certain that, if we loved it, others would too.
I left in March of 1979, having achieved everything I had ever dreamed of and more in radio. It was time to reinvent myself and I did so by joining the writing staff of WKRP In Cincinnati. But I still kept a car radio button on 93.1.
|(February 17, 2017) While the future of 100.3/The Sound has yet to be determined (owner Entercom is merging with CBS Radio, the new company will have to sell one of the fm stations because it will be one over the FCC limit of ownership, “Uncle Joe” Benson (photo) has signed a new multi-year agreement. He works weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Joe is the best known and most loved classic rock dj in Los Angeles,” said Dave Beasing, pd of 100.3/The Sound. “The reason is simple. He’s literally written the book on Classic Rock, and he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” ... In 2015, Erin V worked morning drive sports at KFI with Bill Handel. She left in the spring of 2016 and Erin moved to Detroit because her mom was ailing. Yesterday she was on-air auditioning in morning drive at KRLA/The Morning Answer for an open slot. She's on again this morning ... Speaking of KRLA, Brian Whitman revealed that his friend's father is buried right next to Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr. ... Matt Damon was asked if he had any advice for Jimmy Kimmel on hosting the Academy Awards: "Evidently, he said that he doesn't care at all who wins as long as I lose. I tried to get on his Oscar show last year. I mean, I was nominated; he still didn't let me on. Somebody asked me, 'Do you want him to do bad?' I just want him to live up to my extremely low expectations." ... Reader John Nielsen heard that Perry Como was in the hospital with burned hands. He tried to catch a falling star ... Versatile news anchor Debra Mark has a VO newscast gig on Criminal Minds. Great hustle ... Howard Stern doesn't get much publicity these days but TMZ is reporting that Stern is being sued by a woman who claims that her personal and tax information were broadcast on Stern's radio show two years ago. The complaint alleges "outrageous violation" of her privacy has resulted in difficulty finding employment, anxiety, loss of sleep and irregular eating patterns ... Checking with hockey legend Bob Miller following his recent mild stroke: "I'm feeling better and resting at home." ... Lost another singer, this time on the morning of the Grammy Awards. Al Jarreau, with such a sweet voice, was a seven-time Grammy Award winner. He was 76.|
Sports Voice Mike Walden Dies
(February 16, 2017) Mike Walden, a prominent voice in
sports broadcasting in Southern California for over 30 years, died
Sunday, February 12, from complications of a stroke. He was 89.
There will be a celebration of his life on March 18 at 11 a.m. at
Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).
He’s the only announcer in radio and tv to serve as both the voice of the USC Trojans in football and basketball, and he later became the voice of the UCLA Bruins for both sports. He’s also well known for his play-by-play work on NCAA football and basketball, including tennis telecasts for the Prime Ticket Network (now Fox Sports West). Mike has done seven Rose Bowl games and called major league baseball for the Dodgers, Cardinals and Braves.
In addition to his work in sports, Mike served as sidekick (“on-scene” reporter) for the Super Dave Osborne tv comedy specials originally broadcast on Showtime. He was always introduced by studio audience members with the words: "Take it away, Mike Walden." Walden would often say "Get that thing out of here!" after a failed stunt using dangerous machinery.
He was born in 1931 and grew up in Springfield, graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. While in school, Mike worked on the Illinois Sports Network. After serving in the Air Force, he spent 10 years in Milwaukee broadcasting Wisconsin football and basketball, the Green Bay Packers and Braves. From Milwaukee he went to CBS radio in Chicago. In 1966, Mike started as the play-by-play voice for USC on KNX.
In 1970, he became sports director at KFI. He has won four Golden Mike awards, an L.A. Press Club award and has served five terms as president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasting Association.
Hot Hits Back in the Day
|(February 16, 2017) "Reading this memo made my brain go into hyper drive and rethink if I could have ever hung with a format like this," emailed LARP veteran Bruce Chandler. "I may have gone into another line of work. Thought you'd be interested in reading this memo from Mike Joseph, programming consultant for WHYT in Detroit, and later for many of the fm stations in the CBS Radio chain, including KKHR (formerly KNX/fm) in Los Angeles back in the 1980s. He introduced many of the Top 40 formatics back in the sixties, including WABC when they first went Top 40 in 1960, and later created the 'Hot Hits' format that was introduced at the aforementioned CBS stations across the country in the 1980s, and duplicated by many others. If you think Bill Drake was strict at KHJ and other RKO stations, read this memo."|
New Incarnation of KRLA's Morning Answer
(February 15, 2017) Jennifer Horn (pictured with Rick
Perry and Brian Whitman) is now officially
part of the KRLA Morning Answer, according to Chuck Tyler,
director of programming for the Salem/LA stations. She is paired with
Brian Whitman. The morning show has had some recent
upheaval with former co-hosts Ben Shapiro and
Elisha Krauss "moving on to do other things." Tyler
said he is recruiting (and trying out people this and next week) for the
Ben Shapiro spot.
"The Morning Answer with Brian and Jen is sounding great" emailed Phil Boyce, svp/Spoken Word format for the Salem Media Group. "It's fun and informative, and has great chemistry between the hosts.
Former KNX Newslady Uncovers New Career
(February 14, 2017) Brooke Binkowski, a KNX reporter
from 2006-07 and KPPC from 2007-12, is managing editor
with the myth-busting website, Snopes.com. Over the years, so many LARP
have had to change careers from radio because of the ever-changing
climate of jobs shrinking, and LARadio.com has chronicled the career
trajectory for many of those who found themselves unemployed due to
budget cutbacks and format changes.
This time, the LA Times has profiled the journey of Binkowski. Brooke was a freelance journalist who had worked with CNN, KPBS, Southern California Public radio, CBS Radio, as well as KNX. In the Times' bylined story by Gary Warth, he writes: "Binkowski said the last couple of years have seen a shift on the Internet from viral videos about busty women, puppies and aliens to fake news, propaganda and racist stories created by sites seeking a quick buck from the gullible public."
Brooke sifts through 1,500 daily emails responding to a myriad of questions. She assigns a team of four staff reporters and two contract writers to look into the ones that are the subject of most inquiries. Some are easily solved and traced to hoax or humor sites. Others can take days or even weeks to track down.
AMP's Carson Daly Wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am
(February 13, 2017) Carson Daly,
with his pro golfing partner Ken Duke, won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf
tournament. After it was over, Carson jumped on plane and got back to
New York to celebrate with his Today Show colleagues. "I played
golf in the 80s before golf was very cool," Carson told Matt Lauer and
Sheinelle Jones. "It was how I built my relationship with my stepfather
on the golf course where he taught me all the great life lessons through
the game of golf."
Carson said he played the Pro-Am before and the goal was always just to make the cut. "Winning it has been so surreal."
How Do You Listen to Music?
(February 13, 2017) The CBS Sunday Morning
spent a number of segments devoted to last night's Grammy Awards show.
In one of their bumpers they had an interesting poll from CBS News.
Radio was still the #1 way people listen to music.
KOST morning host Ellen K was the announcer for the show and did a great job, as well KIIS' Ryan Secrest who intro'ed a couple of segments.
About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett
As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 50 years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.
In 2013, he started as the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.
Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).
He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.
In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies.
He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.
He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists.