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Buckcherry’s Crazy Bitch
Rocks Coburn’s 25th Anniversary of Rockline

(October 4, 2006) Rockline, the perennial champ of syndicated rock ‘n roll shows, turned middle aged last night. Bob Coburn, host and owner of Rockline was celebrating the 25th anniversary of the show from his studio/offices in Burbank. The entrance to the funky building is off a darkened alley, but inside is state of the art broadcast and recording equipment. The walls are adorned with Gold Records, photos, and memorabilia. Inside the restroom is a framed classic concert poster promoting an event starring the legendary Jimi Hendrix.

“Since our first broadcast in 1981 so much has changed,” said Coburn, who still works weekends at KLOS. “Back then there were no CD's, let alone SACDs, DVDs, DVRs and HD. Internet? Forget it. Jimmy Carter and then Ronald Reagan were our presidents, Christopher Cross won the Grammy for Album of the Year [seriously], Ordinary People won the Academy Award for Best Picture and Osbourne 1, the first portable computer, was introduced. It weighed [appropriately] twenty-five pounds. Since then we have produced over 1,650 shows with the biggest stars in Rock and Roll week after week and year after year for a quarter century. We began broadcasting two programs a week for two different formats in 1999.” 

(Pictured: Kristy Graham, KLOS' Tony Scott; and right, Kareem Agleh)

When it came time to decide who would perform live in the Rockline studios on the 25th anniversary show, the choice was obvious to Kristy Graham, the show’s assistant producer.  She wanted the group Buckcherry. “First choice, last choice, and only choice,” said Kristy, acting more like a circus ringmaster than a syndicated producer during the hour and a half live broadcast. Tough to line up Buckcherry? “They agreed immediately and were honored to be here. Being a nationally syndicated show they’ve all grown up with Rockline,” said Kristy. 

Two dozen friends, colleagues and sponsors were in a rocking mood as everyone stood and watched from the other side of the glass. 

 

(Left: Buckcherry; right, Gregg Journigan [producer], Jaime Sutton [studio owner]
and Jimmy Rash [engineer])

“Buckcherry had one of the biggest singles in recent memory with Crazy Bitch, undoubtedly THE Rock anthem of 2006 and it comes from an album, 15, absolutely loaded with great songs,” said Coburn. ‘They are the perfect group to celebrate our 25th anniversary.” 

(Pictured: phone screener Tina McCormick; Graham with anniversary cake; and Coburn)

Coburn concluded: “I get to work with such great people on the show. I get to be 18 years old again two nights a week.”


Midday Favors Three Talkers from Two Stations

(November 21, 2014) Dennis Prager hosts a syndicated Talk show at 870 KRLA (9 a.m. – noon) and John Phillips & Jillian Barberie at KABC (noon- 3 p.m.). They are favorite listening stops for readers of LARadio.com. The 16th annual listener poll is a great indication of who you want to read about.

Prager started with KABC in 1983. Anyone who was in living in L.A. will remember Religion on the Line, a Sunday evening show on KABC that featured a Jewish rabbi, Protestant minister and Catholic priest. In late 1984 an early evening slot opened up on KABC when Hilly Rose retired. Ten years later he started a daily noon to three shift.

Dennis moved over to Salem’s 870/KIEV, which became KRLA in 2000 where he does midmornings.

John Phillips and Jillian Barberie were teamed together earlier this year and more readers of LARadio listen to them between noon and 3 p.m. than any others. John has been with KABC in various time slots since 2007. Jillian Barberie is best-known for her two decades co-hosting Good Day LA on KTTV/Fox 11.

Favorites from 9 a.m. – noon:

1. Dennis Prager (KRLA)

2. Jim Carson (K-EARTH)

3. Rush Limbaugh (KEIB)

4. Bryan Suits (KABC)

5. Bill Carroll (KFI)

6. Linda Nunez & Tom Haule (KNX)

7. Andy Chanley (100.3/The Sound)

8. Jim Rome (KFWB)

9. Kat Corbett (KROQ)

10. Mychal Thompson (KSPN)

Others on the list in alphabetical order: Cindy Davis (KOLA); Lisa Foxx (MY/fm); Jack (JACK/fm); KCSN; KDAY; KPWR; KTOX; Dave Mason (XHPRS); Melissa Maxx (KLOS); Sisanie (KIIS); Kari Steele (KOST); Talaya (KTWV); Brad Williams (KKJZ)

Favorites from Noon to 3 p.m.:

1. John Phillips & Jillian Barberie (KABC)

2. Mason & Ireland (KSPN)

3. Jim Carson (K-EARTH)

4. Sean Hannity (KEIB)

5. KNX

6. Andy Chanley (100.3/The Sound)

7. Michael Medved (KRLA)

8. Larry Mantle (KPCC)

9. Jack (JACK/fm)

10. Thompson & Espinosa (KFI)

Others on the list in alphabetical order: Lisa Foxx (MY/fm); KUSC; Melissa Maxx (KLOS); Warren Olney (KCRW); Fred Roggin (KFWB); Sirius/XM; Stryker (KROQ)

Rockline Ends. As the Who sang, “The song is over,”  Bob Coburn announced through Westwood One that he is ending syndication of the long-running radio show Rockline after 33 years. 

Rockline offered fans the opportunity to engage with their favorite rock and roll stars live on the air.  Committed to breaking new artists and saluting classic rockers, the show was available in both Active Rock and Classic Rock formats. 

The final shows will air on Wednesday December 17 (Rockline Classic) and Monday December 22, 2014 (Rockline Active).  Rockline will continue to run encores of its absolutely best shows until the broadcasts are over.

Coburn, longtime Rockline host as well as owner of the show, stated “The world has changed from an innovative, unique idea back in 1981 to a one of near constant exposure for artists in 2014. With the Internet, Twitter accounts, hundreds of television channels and a more sophisticated press, artists are now literally at the fingertips of their fans. Rockline is no longer the invaluable tool to connect fans with their Rock & Roll heroes, it has become but one of many. We have had the honor to present the history of Rock as told by the artists who created it for the past three decades plus, but now is the time to pass the mantle. We will proudly present the very best of Rockline until the end of the year when our mics will fall silent forever. Thanks for listening and long live Rock & Roll!"

Kasem in Norway. “Casey Kasem is rotting in Norway because of his own flesh and blood -- his daughter -- so claims Casey's widow, who has gone to court so she can put Casey in his place for good,” according to TMZ.

TMZ first reported ... Casey's remains have been stagnating in Oslo for 3 months, and he's been dead for 5. Kerri Kasem filed legal docs recently asking for an order allowing her to bring the body of her father back to the U.S. for an autopsy -- something the LAPD wants for its elder abuse probe targeting Jean.

“Now Jean has fired back saying Kerri is the obstructionist that is preventing a proper burial,” reports TMZ. “Problem is, Jean's argument makes no sense. She's fighting Kerri on the one hand, saying Kerri's U.S. lawsuit is BS because our courts can't force Norway to do anything, yet on the other hand she seems to be saying Kerri's lawsuit is preventing Casey's burial. She can't have it both ways. Kerri thinks Jean is full of it and the reason she's dragging her feet is so the body decays to the point the Coroner won't be able to pin the blame on her for the infection that led to his death.

LARadio Rewind: November 21, 2011. Bryan Simmons joins KTWV, filling in for midday host Talaya Trigueros during Thanksgiving week. Born in Vallejo, Simmons attended Washington High School in West Sacramento and worked at the campus station, WWHS/fm. He jocked at KROI (as Brian Mason), KROY and KZAP (as Brian Davis), and KXOA (as Bryan Davis). In 1982, Simmons was the first announcer heard on KOST when the station switched from a beautiful music format to soft rock. Simmons did afternoons until 2001 when he and some weekenders were fired. A year later, after AFTRA and the NLRB got involved, KOST reinstated everyone but Simmons had begun working at KBIG and chose to stay there. He returned to the KOST afternoon show in 2004. When his contract was not renewed in 2011, he joined KTWV, where he now works 11 am to 4 pm Saturdays and 3 to 8 pm Sundays. Simmons also is the imaging voice of more than 100 radio stations.

Funnie. A blonde woman was trying to sell her old Ford Mustang, but when people came to look at it and saw that the car had 250,000 miles on it, they were no longer interested. The blonde complained to the brunette woman who she worked with at the hair salon. The brunette told her, "There's a way to make the car easier to sell but it's not legal."

"I don't care," the blonde said, "As long as I can sell the car."

The brunette handed her a business card and said, "My friend owns a garage. Tell him I sent you. He can turn the odometer back to 50,000 miles and then you should have no problem selling the car."

That afternoon the blonde went to the mechanic. A month later at the salon, the brunette said, "Hey, whatever happened to the car you were trying to sell?"

The blonde replied, "I decided to keep it. It has only 50,000 miles on it." (Steve Thompson)

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** Stew’s Expertise

“I've seen all the accolades for Stew Herrera and thought I'd put in my two cents.

I worked with Stew at KNAC.  During the first Iraq war many of the listeners to the station were directly affected by that conflict with either family members being called up or in many cases the listeners themselves.  At the start of the war, Stew put together a ‘mash up’ of music from the stations format and sound bites that reflected the headlines of this conflict. The piece to me was awe inspiring. This was back in the ‘razorblade’ days of audio editing, so this piece was not an easy assemble.  It affected me so much that I began to attempt to produce similar pieces, with nowhere near the success as that piece, but it gave me something to strive for.  

When KNAC went off the air, I started my long association with the nationally syndicated Tom Joyner Morning Show.  I started doing these types of pieces for them and still, to this day, am producing an occasional feature for that show.  All of this because of the inspiration I took from Stew's work.  Fortunately for me, ‘digital’ editing came and the process has gotten easier, but occasionally I still pull out that old clip that Stew put together to give me motivation when I'm stuck on a piece I'm working on.” – Mike Stark

** Stew was Pure Rock

“That was a fantastic piece on you on LARadio.com. Congrats on 20 at KLOS. And he included the fact that you got kicked out of Catholic school just like I did !! Awesome to work with you at KNAC Pure Rock back in the day. We've both been fortunate to have fun gigs that have lasted decades.” – Michael Davis

** Stereo at 100.3/fm

“Although I was not in SoCal, and very young at the time, it was fun to be reminded of KMLA/100.3's role in early FM Stereo presentation. Ironically, I do recall that the old KFOX/fm was in pure mono, right up until the end in the Spring of '73.” – Greg Hardison 


Doug McIntyre Most Listened To In Morning Drive

(November 20, 2014) The results of the 16th annual LARadio.com Listener Poll are in. The voting this year reflects tumultuous and turbulent patterns. Not only are readers of LARadio finding other platforms in which to listen to their favorite shows, but they are sharing their listening habits with multiple hosts on multiple stations, mostly due to excessive commercial loads heard on terrestrial radio.

In morning drive, more readers of LARadio.com listen to Doug McIntyre in the Mornings with Terri-Rae Elmer on KABC than any other personality or station. A VERY close second was KFI’s Bill Handel. One reader offered, “Sometimes I’m up at 5, so then it would be Gary Hoffmann. When I start at 6, it is a revolving dial of Handel, Kevin & Bean and Heidi & Frank.”

Another reader listed Travis Rogers on KLAA when the Angels season is in gear.

The survey also demonstrated that when flipping goes on, it is not just within the same format. A Long Beach reader switches between KROQ’s Kevin & Bean and KRLA’s The Answer. Another reader makes the flip between KFI’s Handel and Morning Edition on KCRW or KPCC depending on what the news is that day. And a Huntington Beach listener goes between KSPN’s Colin Cowherd and The Answer.

A Valley reader is impressed with Uncle Joe Benson on 100.3/The Sound. “He has been a consistent air talent for decades now and he is so relatively low-key that you don’t really recognize the polish in his on-air performance.”

Even though voters were not encouraged to make any comments, many were not shy in voicing their opinions. “I used to listen to Handel, but it got repetitive and boring,” wrote one voter. In choosing McIntyre, another reader wrote: “I most enjoy his humor and intellect.” And another former fan of KABC from Culver City emailed: “I used to listen to KABC mornings but can’t stand the commercial load, so have switched to music or tv.”

Top 10 Morning Drive Personalities favored by readers of LARadio.com:

1. Doug McIntyre (KABC)

2. Bill Handel (KFI)

3. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

4. Vicky Moore & Dick Helton (KNX)

5. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

6. Joe Benson (100.3/The Sound)

7. Colin Cowherd (KSPN)

8. Big Boy (KPWR)

9. The Answer (KRLA)

10. Howard Stern (Sirius/XM)

Runner-ups in alphabetical order: Dennis Bartel (KUSC); Glenn Beck (KEIB); Jason Bentley (KCRW); Jesse Duran & Irma Blanco (KOLA); Carson Daly (AMP Radio); Nic Harcourt (KCSN); Heidi & Frank (KLOS); Rick Marino (KHAY); Marques Johnson & Jeanne Zelasko (KFWB); Morning Edition (KCLU, KPCC); Murphy & Kim (XHPRS); Mitch Lewis (KAJR); Dan Patrick (KLAC); David Perry (KTYD); Pat Prescott (KTWV); Travis Rogers (KLAA); SiriusXM Country; Valentine (MY/fm); and Mark Wallengren (KOST)

LARadio Rewind: November 20, 1994. Bruce Hayes, one of KFWB’s original “Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen,” dies of cancer at 67. Born in Dallas, Hayes attended a broadcasting school and began in radio at KRIS in Corpus Christi. He jocked at Dallas Top 40 stations WRR in 1955 and KLIF, 1956-57.

On January 2, 1958, program director Chuck Blore transformed KFWB into Top 40 “Color Radio, Channel 98” and Hayes became the morning show host. Hayes’ wife, Bea Shaw, provided traffic reports and was known as the Tiger Lady for always greeting Bruce with a sexy-sounding “Hello, Tiger.” Hayes and Shaw also wrote and produced radio and tv commercials. Hayes left KFWB in February 1961 and was replaced by former 9-to-midnight jock Bill Ballance. Hayes worked at KDAY in 1962 and KHJ in 1963-64 before spending two more years at KFWB. He briefly worked at KFI in 1969.

Hayes’ familiar sign-off was “Excelsior!”

 Overheard.

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** Herrera Teacher

“I really enjoyed your showcase of former Fullerton College radio personality Stew Herrera. He is the real deal. Very proud to have been a part of his learning process at FC’s KBPK. It was easy to see that he had the skills and the attitude to be successful.

It is great to know that Stew and our other former KBPK students such as Bill Thomas at KABC, Christina Kelley at K-EARTH, Rob Frasier, Lisa Osborne and Jim Governale and other former KBPK students have become top-tier LA Radio people. And their success has confirmed that our on-air training program was worth the journey.” – Jim Bain

** College Mate of Stew’s

“Great career Stew Herrera has had!

We went to the same college, Fullerton College. I also worked on KBPK. It was a strange time at K-OCEAN when Lawrence Tanter was there. Wasn’t sure what format we were then. We played songs from the 60s through the 80s. When Lawrence came along we started sounding like The Quiet Storm, the music of KUTE mixed in. I was still doing overnights at that time.” – Dale Berg - www.969theoasis.org

** Love Working with Stew

“Working with Stew Herrera is one of the highlights of my day, which pretty much tells you what my days are like. Seriously, he’s THE BEST at what he does. And what he does goes way beyond imaging and production. People with Stew’s talents are one in a gazillion and we're lucky to have him.” – Gary Moore

** Worked with Charles Arlington

“Thanks for the article on Charles Arlington. I met many celebrities during those three years in Hollywood. I consider Charles to have been one. He was like a father, brother, son, to almost everyone he met. I never met anyone who wasn’t impressed by his unassuming attitude, and his quiet, kind of off-beat sense of humor. I admit, without apology, that I emulated much of his personality in my later year’s mic-side.” – Hal Swift

** Arlington & Olden

“I loved working with Charles Arlington while we were at KLAC.

He was the fastest two-fingered typist I ever saw!

If things got dicey towards the deadline for air – perhaps a late breaking story coming in – Charlie would bellow for all to hear, ‘Things have come to a pretty pass ... The deep river boys are wallowing in shallow water!’

We knew then, upon hearing that, that Charles was feeling pretty confident about making the newscast on time.

What a guy!” – Paul Olden, NY Yankees PA Announcer 


Heavy Hundred Sports Talkers

(November 19, 2014) For 19 years TALKERS Magazine has ranked the Top 100 “Heavy Hundred” Talk show hosts. In recent years the respected radio industry publication has added the “Heavy Hundred of Sports Talk – The Most Important Sports Talk Radio Hosts in America.”

Editor Michael Harrison admits the results are subjective. “Being true to the realities of the media business, ratings and revenue are two of the major factors – some would save they are the only factors worth considering – but the editors also took into account other qualities that help created a list that is reflective of the industry’s diversity and total flavor and still give credit where credit is due. Those qualities include: courage, effort impact, recognition, service, talent, potential and uniqueness.

The leaders were #1 Mike Francesca and #2 Boomer Esiason/Craig Carton, both from WFAN-New York.

 Many sports LARP made the list:

12. Colin Cowherd (KSPN)
20. Mason & Ireland (KSPN)
21. Jay Mohr (KLAC)
31. Tony Kornheiser (ex-1540/KMPC, now PTI co-host)
32. D'Marco Farr (ex-KSPN, now St. Louis)
33. Petros & Money (KLAC)
58. Scott Kaplan & Billy Ray Smith (XEPRS-San Diego)
74. Kevin Kiley/Chuck Booms (ex-KSPN, now in Cleveland)
86. JT the Brick/Tomm Looney (KLAC)
87. Max Kellerman & Marcellus Wiley (KSPN)
93. Dan Sileo (XEPRS)

Ferguson Coverage. The St. Louis area is on edge waiting for the decision of a grand jury.  KFI has sent newsman Steve Gregory to cover the outcome of the grand jury deliberations in Ferguson, Missouri. KNX is using reporters from their sister station, CBS owned KMOX. “This award winning news team will be used for our updates,” emailed Dan Kearney, CBS/LA cluster chief.  “They are entrenched in the community, have been on the coverage since the beginning and have a great feel for the situation.  We are very fortunate to be able to partner with our sister station to bring our listeners great, in-depth coverage, live from the area. We just felt that was a much better option than to send a KNX reporter back there and try to get entrenched at the last minute.”

October Up. The SCBA reports October 2014 revenue results for both the Los Angeles and San Diego markets are up. According to Miller Kaplan Arase’s October summary report, the LA market posted local spot increases of 3% with national spot at a 5.7% increase. San Diego posted a 1.3% local spot increase with national spot growth at 18.0%. Total market revenue for LA was at 7.1% and San Diego at 8.8% for October.

Murphy Cited. Frank Murphy, former producer for Mark & Brian and Kevin & Bean, received the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award in Knoxville, where Frank works at Classic Hits WNOX.

The award honors individuals and organizations for selfless contributions to their communities. The local winners will be brought to FBI Headquarters at a later date for a national ceremony with the FBI Director. Frank is being honored for several community contributions, including serving as emcee or talent for several charity events and organizations and anchoring public television pledge drives.

Car Talk. The death of Tom Magliozzi, co-host with his brother of Car Talk, heard on NPR radio stations for decades, has generated much press.

In the LA Times, Robert Lloyd wrote: “Theirs was the sound of grown men who had found a way never to grow up, to make their private party public; it was the talk show as bunk bed. Loud and raucous and given to laughter, with New England accents several stories deep, they were by the crepe-soled, deep-pile carpet standards of public radio a riot in a parking garage.”

At TIME magazine, Peter Sagal wrote: “Everybody knows that their radio show Car Talk wasn’t about cars. It was about Tommy Magliozzi and his little brother Ray as they continued their lifelong refusal to take each other, themselves or anything else seriously.”

LARadio Rewind: November 19, 1997. KIBB drops its rhythmic hits format and becomes “Jammin’ Oldies Mega 100.” The call letters would change to KCMG on January 30, 1998. KMPC/fm broadcast on the 100.3 frequency from 1947 to 1951 and then went dark. In 1957, the frequency became home to beautiful music KMLA. In 1961, KMLA was the first Los Angeles station to experiment with FM Stereo Multiplex broadcasting. In 1965, the station became KFOX/fm and simulcast country KFOX/am during daytime hours. On-air hosts included Dick Haynes, Biff Collie and Charlie Williams. The station became KIQQ in 1973. Several former KHJ personalities would join the new K-100, including Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele, Humble Harve, Billy Pearl and Jerry Butler. The station became Pirate Radio KQLZ in 1989, KXEZ in 1993 and KIBB in 1996. In 1997, the new Mega 100 was the first US station to adopt a 1970s-based rhythmic hits format. In 2000, KCMG moved to 92.3 and KKBT moved to 100.3. In 2006, KKBT became KRBV (for “Rhythm & Blues Variety”). Since 2008, the station has been KSWD, The Sound.

Hear Ache. Congratulations to KPCC’s Steve Julian on his marriage to Felicia Friesema over the weekend … Al Michaels was on the Today Show yesterday tub-thumping his new book, You Can’t Make This Up ... KABC begins a new relationship with the LA Kings hockey, which plays havoc with Larry Elder fans when there are games originating in the East. The station will continue airing Larry Elder on the Internet when there is a conflict. Another reason for WiFi in the car.

Overheard.

Funnie. Today's funnie from Timmy Manocheo

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** Congrats to s2

“Thank you for running the article about s2. He was one of the first people I worked with when I became a switch boarder at KLOS, February 1995.  Stew Herrera had a shift on Saturday, and I’d answer phones for him. Stew is not only allergic to his own haircut, I can remember when I cut off about 10 inches of my own hair and he jumped the engineering board and pinned me to the wall asking why in the world would I do that.

His talent is extraordinary and his loyalty is unstopping. I’m so happy that you recognized him in LARadio. Stew is truly a staple in LA Radio. I’m proud to call him a friend.

Congratulations s2.” – Elizabeth McDonnell

** Yeah Stew

“I have been blessed to be in the community for many years with this talented man of integrity, Stew Herrera. There is a reason he has survived so many changes at KLOS. Yay, Stew.” – Keri Tombazian

** Stew a Student

“Loved your story about Stew Herrera. He showed great promise when he was in my audio production class at Fullerton College, and he’s having a wonderful radio career, as we knew he would. Stew took all of our radio classes and was on KBPK, the fm radio station that is still a part of the radio program at Fullerton College. My husband, Paul Kelly, and I are proud he was our student in the radio program” – Diana (Kirchen) Kelly (former KWIZ, former Fullerton College radio faculty)

** KNX/KOST Fan

“I am a retired female, age 78, and listen to KNX first thing every morning to catch up with the news and weather. That would be between 6:15 a.m. and 8 a.m. I think Dick Helton presents subjects and interviews in a very informative manner asking guests questions we want answered. When I go for my for my morning walk at 8 a.m. I listen to KOST for music and entertainment with Mark Wallengren. When I'm driving anywhere I'm back to KNX.

I enjoy reading your column on the Internet to learn why a radio personality has left and where they are going as well as seeing pictures of them.” – Ruby Shlifka, Laguna Woods

** Ushering at KHJ in the 50s

“One of my KHJ ushers was Lee Hazlewood, the composer and singer of Country music. You'll recall he worked with Nancy Sinatra for a time. 

Lee was a tympani player in the Army before his discharge. 

We were classmates at the Frederick H. Speare Radio and Television Staff Announcers School in Hollywood.​ 

Lee, his wife, Naomi, and I and my wife, Carol, bought a Monopoly game together. Lee was a cut throat player.  When he got exercised over a game, Naomi would lay her hand on his and, angrily, he would brush it off. Naomi would chide him with, ‘Oh, Barton Lee Hazlewood, you're just an ol' touch-me-not!’  Both retained their Texas accents.

Another of my ushers was Bill Reynolds. His sister was Debbie Reynolds, whom I met when she visited him at work.  Nice girl.” – Hal Swift 


KLOS Has Been In a Stew For Two Decades

(November 18, 2014) We love Los Angeles Radio People. We love the People, not so much the Companies. It is the People who make radio rock. The personalities, the executives, the sales people, and those behind the scenes.

At KLOS, Stew Herrera is one of those unsung heroes who has done production work for over two decades. Along with writing, voicing, and producing for KLOS, he has nurtured and sustained a flourishing voiceover career (http://www.stewvox.com/) and can be heard across a wide variety of projects, including movie trailers, network tv and cable promos, syndication, in-program narration, commercial, and industrials.

Stew is a local boy. He was born in Anaheim, and grew up in Buena Park, Cypress, and Fullerton, “as OC as it gets,” offered Stew. When he was growing up there were OC-oriented local stations, so he listened to 1190 KEZY and later KEZY/fm, as well as KMET, KLOS, KROQ, and KWST. “Between all that and my older brother’s Elton John, Beatles, and Beach Boys records and 8-tracks, I was hooked on both radio and music,” said Stew.

From the 2nd grade until puberty, Stew went to Catholic school because he thought he was going to join the priesthood, until he was kicked out of high school in his junior year. “So much for joining the clergy,” Stew said. “I attended Fullerton JC, where I learned my way around mixing consoles and tape recorders. I earned my Associate degree there under Jim Bain and Ed Ford. Fun fact: Mary Price was a teacher of mine, too.” 

His first radio job interview was at KOCM in Newport Beach with Lawrence Tanter. “I didn’t get the gig, and I suspect it was partially because my hair reached halfway to the floor.” A better fit may have been KNAC, a heavy metal station based in Long Beach. In 1988, he got an entry level job answering phones for Tawn Mastrey. A year later he became paid morning show producer/ sidekick with “Gonzo” Greg Spillane

Stew recalled one of the highlights working at KNAC. “It was the infamous ‘bungee jump’ from the Vincent Thomas Bridge. With zero budget, we secured permits, rigged a wireless connection, and on Friday the 13th in June of 1990, broadcast 2 or 3 jumps from underneath the bridge.  It basically consisted of Gonz and a crowd rooting me on from the parking lot in San Pedro, and my unbridled screaming as I plunged some 300 feet down.  The Coast Guard threatened to arrest me. TV coverage added to the drama. My 15 minutes.”

KNAC promoted Stew to production director and he stayed until 1994. “I got an offer from KLOS that I couldn’t refuse. I worked at KLOS under Carey Curelop, Bill Sommers, John Duncan, Rita Wilde, Bob Buchmann (and Scott Shannon), Jack Silver, and now, Derek Madden.”

As part of working with Mark & Brian for 18 years and Howard Hoffman for 17 years, he enjoyed working with many of the personalities he grew up listening to, including Jim Ladd, Joe Benson, Rita Wilde, Denise Westwood, Frazer Smith, and Cynthia Fox.   

Stew claims to be a decent enough guitarist and singer. He loves four-legged animals and anything with two-wheels. He is a card carrying member of the Grammar and Spelling Police, and is allergic to haircuts.

Overheard.

Is KCRW the only publication with an advertising relationship with Los Angeles Magazine?

LARadio Rewind: November 18, 1996. Radio Disney begins broadcasting from a studio in Dallas, targeting children with a mix of Top 40, Oldies, and songs from movies and tv cartoon shows, along with stories and contests. The launch date coincides with the 68th anniversary of the release of the Mickey Mouse cartoon Steamboat Willie, the first animated film with synchronized sound. The flagship Radio Disney station was KDIS-710 in Los Angeles. Among the original airstaff were Dean Wendt, Susan Huber, Bob Evans, Lee Cameron, Don Crabtree, Sheryl Rodgers, Sherry Shannon and Kyle “Squeege” Hebert. (Cameron would later work at KHHT.) From 1999 to 2002, Radio Disney broadcast from a glass-walled studio at Tomorrowland in Disneyland. In 2003, KDIS moved to 1110 am, switching dial positions with ESPN Radio. On August 13, 2014, after noting that the majority of the Radio Disney audience now listens via satellite radio or other digital platforms, general manager Phil Guerini announced plans to sell 23 of the network’s 24 stations. KDIS remains on the air as the originating station for Radio Disney network programming. (LARadio Rewind is meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson)

Hear Ache. Veteran newscaster Steve Kindred is working for 24/7 News and doing local morning newscasts for KFNY Newstalk 1440 in Riverside. “With a strong wind gust maybe you can hear me in Banning,” quipped Steve … Terry Fahy, general manager of the Salem/LA cluster, has been promoted to an operational vice president role overseeing most of the company’s stations west of Phoenix … Michael Steele, former music director at KIIS/fm, was appointed pd at "Indie 103" (KDLE) on January 1, 2004. He left Indie in February 2007. In the fall of 2012, he joined Northern Lights Broadcasting/Minneapolis as director of ops and pd of Hot AC KTWN (K-Twin 96.3). He recently exited the Twin … The Alt 98-7’s annual “Altimate Roof Top Christmas Party,” features live performances from Fitz and the Tantrums, The Neighbourhood, Bush, Banks, Cold War Kids, Robert Delong, and Glass Animals … Alan Gottfried’sTee It Up is now heard on 870/KRLA. The 21-year old syndicated golf show is heard on 290 radio and cable TV stations ... Commentary about the recent post about the End of Radio continues at: http://www.allaccess.com/net-news/archive/story/135602/all-access-commentary-it-s-not-the-end-of-radio-it 

Funnie. Brian Perez sent this Youtube of Curious George as a dj (click the artwork)

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** Early Surf

“I worked for KSRF when George Baron ran it, and remember sitting in the studio and watching the bookkeeper going over the books right outside the door of the studio, and hearing him say, ‘do you have any cash accounts?’ I knew almost all the accounts were trade outs.” – Bob Hughes

** Radio’s Future

“I think Pandora and Spotify have more listeners then all of Saul Levine’s stations. Saul said, ‘And let’s stop calling Pandora and Spotify radio.’” – Roger Carroll

** Godin’s Commentary

“You are most welcome. I grew up loving AM radio, working after-school (Webster Jr. High School) at KDAY’s transmitter site located in an old corn field off Palms Boulevard. Nothing beats the electrical smell of that 50KW Ampliphase transmitter. And, to this day I react to a drop in a radio signal with an adrenaline rush. I learned a lot of math out of school [especially about vectors] and broadcasting from Bob Dye who was the station’s chief engineer.

As for your piece referencing Seth Godin, I find Seth has an amusing way of monetizing the obviousness of evolutionary change and creative disruption. The one factor he does not often consider is choice-induced stress – trying to cope with a multiplicity of options leading to ‘simplification through elimination’ or choosing the lowest pain path rather than adoption of yet another choice. The greatest problem that I see in radio is discovery and the avoidance of boredom. I have often wondered why no program exists that plays samplers of curated content with the station’s themselves supporting the effort. I think the future might just be narrow-casting with the stations serving as conduits for content generated by the podcast generation.” – Steve Levine

** Arlington Memory

“My first paid radio job in LA was at ‘California Country’ KLAC. I worked as a news assistant for Charlie Arlington as well as Jim Healy, Paul Olden, and Dean Sander. Paul was by boss, but later the roles would be reversed as I hired him to work at KNUU in Las Vegas a decade later. 

Charlie was the most driven person I’d ever met. He was demanding, unforgiving and a complete perfectionist when it came to doing the news. He was one of the last of the hard-charging, hard-living journalists straight out of The Front Page. I don’t believe I would have a successful career today if it weren’t for Charlie’s tutelage under the most stressful conditions imaginable. I cherish my time with the team that taught me so much about broadcast news.” – Steve Kindred 



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