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The Berner, Mary Berner, One of the Hot 100

(December 9, 2016) Mary Berner, present and ceo of Cumulus Media (KLOS and KABC), has landed on the The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list.  She is the only radio executive to make this year’s list and one of 26 new faces.

From the Reporter story: "When Berner, 57, was named ceo in October 2015, the radio company had suffered four straight years of ratings declines, its 18-month employee turnover rate was near 50 percent and its stock was in danger of delisting from NASDAQ. After surveying her 6,000 employees, she launched a turnaround effort that included handing over control of content to local programmers. The result: 12 consecutive months of ratings increases.

Cumulus owns 447 stations, including KLOS and KABC in Los Angeles and WPLJ in New York, where Berner lives. Its Westwood One segment produces and syndicates shows starring John Tesh and Don Imus, and it has exclusive radio rights to NFL games. Berner's focus now is on ad sales. 'Ninety-three percent of Americans listen to radio each week, which makes it the largest medium in the U.S. in terms of reach, but it's under-appreciated by advertisers.'"

Hear Ache

(December 8, 2016) Rich Capparela’s (l) radio life in LA has been Classical, three times at KUSC (1980-83, 1993-96, 2007-16). He is now in the final days of afternoon drive at KUSC. “The end of December marks the end of my time as a formal KUSC employee,” Rich wrote on his FB page. “The plan is that sometime in January I'll return to KUSC as a contractor to host the Friday beach show from my home studio, host weekend shifts and take on other duties TBD. It is not retirement in any way. I still have a thriving studio business and I'll be looking for new clients and projects. Kinda fun, actually.” … Author and original Master Blaster Tom Reed spends Saturday afternoon with Bill Gardner on KPFK during the tasty Rhapsody in Black. If you have been into the r&b music scene during the last half century, don’t miss this show … … Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick landed an unexpected time slot upgrade in August when the network canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, temporarily moving @midnight to 11:30 p.m. in the final stretch of one of the most compelling presidential campaigns ever … Delilah, syndicated and heard on the “Fish,” has joined the American Forces Network (AFN).  The announcement comes on the heels of Delilah’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame on November 17 ... Many responded to my FB posting on the passing of Art Astor: "My first boss in Cali in 1986 at KTIM in San Rafael. He introduced so many of us to this wild ride we call RADIO! Thank you and RIP Art Astor." (Diana Steele); "He took a chance on me in 1973 & hired me at KDAY as a lowly receptionist but we all start somewhere! R.I.P." (Nancy Plum);  "There are a lot of people who Art gave opportunities to so they could further their careers. Lots of stories that I will never forget. He was one of a kind to say the least. One of the few remaining WWII veterans and ironic that he passed today on the same day WWII began. He has answered his final muster roll call." (Michael Means);  "Art was a real, dedicated broadcaster. I learned a lot in my 18 years with him plus his Astorisms and some crude Armenian words. We all remember his Christmas jacket! Some things really worked out for him such as being the sales manager at KHJ in the Boss Radio days and buying KIKF for $1.4M and selling for $35M. My condolences to Laura Astor Dame, Kevin and Susan." (Paul Sakrison) ... Some of you have asked to be on a mailing list for radio stories. Send your request to me at: db@thevine.net .

Art Astor Dies 

(December 7, 2016) Art Astor, veteran Southern California broadcaster and owner, died this morning, following a short illness due to cancer. He was 91.

Born in Fresno to Armenian-immigrant parents who came to this country to escape the genocide, Art lived in Southern California since he was five. Following a tour of duty with the Air Force, he graduated from USC with a degree in communications.

Over a long and distinguished career, he has held management positions with two national rep companies, RKO (gsm of KHJ and KRTH), Rollins Radio (gm at KDAY), and evp and gm of Drake-Chenault Enterprises.

Art became an owner in 1983 when he purchased KIK/fm (later COOL 94.3) and an AM/FM combo in San Francisco. In 1987, he added two more stations to the group by purchasing an AM and fm in San Diego. Later, he purchased KSPA in Ontario.

Art's automobiles are his second passion in life. He owned over 200 classic cars.

"In broadcasting, two years employment at the same station is a miracle," emailed Jeff Gehringer. "I was lucky to work with Art for 18 years.  He was a class act. He is one of the last independent owners in Southern California."

Future of AM Radio

(December 7, 2016) The lead story in Tom Taylor's tasty daily NOW website deals with the future of AM radio and thinking from Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC). “Time to start thinking about a future without AM radio,” the MMTC tells Trump team. AM “may disappear in 30 years or less,” says the public interest group. It’s formed its own “AM Glide Path Task Force,” and proposes an effort comparable to “government programs transitioning tobacco farmers to other crops and transitioning coal mining to other energy sources.” The MMTC, focused on multicultural issues, takes its shot with “12 imperatives” about telecom policy - addressing the Trump transition team and the two Republican FCC Commissioners. The MMTC says AM is still important, especially to the minority community. (“Approximately 60% of all minority-owned stations are AM facilities.”) And it reminds policymakers that “The great majority of multilingual radio service today is found on the AM band.” But despite its near-century of usage and some “modest engineering reforms” from the FCC, AM has big issues. There’s declining listenership and “a lack of capital flowing in.”

Saul Levine responded in a letter to Taylor's site: AM Radio is not a problem, and terminating it is not a solution,” says L.A. owner Saul Levine. Levine’s company may be titled “Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters,” and he owns “Go Country 105” KKGO. But he also operates an AM station. Here’s his “Soap Box” opinion – “I read the news about a group that wants the FCC to do away with AM radio. AM radio is not a problem, and terminating it is not a solution but the creation of a new obstacle that we do not need. I have a 20 KW AM station in Los Angeles that I am very happy with, and I get frequent attempts to purchase it. It is not for sale.

The group claims the AM band can be used for other things. Nonsense. Digital TV and digital devices do not work on the AM Band (not very well). I suspect that there are people who want money from the FCC thinking they can make more money that way than the old fashioned way of creating an audience. I am perfectly happy for the government to pay people who do not want to continue in AM radio, thereby clearing away interference. But leave the rest of us alone. They don't need to dismantle the band to ask for a pay-off for themselves to get out. “I have a simple formula for the success of AM radio,” says Saul Levine - 1. Step up to new AM technology. Discard the old wrecks of equipment and install state of the art new equipment. Install HD Radio technology. 2. Program material that people want, and they will listen. 3. Get off your behinds and make AM radio exciting - again.”

Lara Scott New Middayer at K-EARTH 

(December 6, 2016) Lara Scott has been promoted from weekends and fill-in at K-EARTH to middays. "I am beyond honored and thrilled," enthused Lara. "I love K-EARTH so much. Chris [Ebbott] and Dan [Kearney] and the whole team here are just phenomenal." PD Ebbott made the announcement today in a memo sent to the staff.

Lara joined K-EARTH in late 2015 as weekends and fill-in from a long run at KFSH (2006-15), "The FISH."

She co-hosted the "Family Friendly Morning Show" at the "FISH," as as well as afternoons from 3-7 p.m. Lara is also the host of The World Chart Show, an internationally syndicated countdown, and her voice has been heard on programs for Bravo, VH-1, the Olympic Encore on Universal Sports,  and in-flight programming for Delta Radio and Air Force 1.

Born in Southwest Florida, Lara headed west after high school. She got into radio in Bend, Oregon, after randomly calling a local station, and then continued her broadcasting career in Portland.  After graduating with a B.S. in philosophy from Portland State University, she moved to San Francisco to become the music director and nighttime air personality at KZQZ. She then spent almost 7 years as the midday host at KYSR/Star 98.7.

Lara was a 2008 President’s Volunteer Service Award winner, which was presented by recording artist Michael W. Smith on behalf of President George W. Bush for her charity work.  In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her husband and sons, snowboarding, biking, hitting thrift stores and flea markets, and attending lots of concerts and movies.


Kimmel to Oscars

(December 6, 2016)  Jimmy Kimmel opened his late-night show last night: “A lot of things happened to me … "I got a tummy tuck ... had my eyes done and I think they look great, I also went to Dry Bar and had an updo. I had my whole body done. But I also read online today that, in February I’ll be hosting the Oscars.” It's official. The former KROQ-er will host the 2017 Oscar telecast. 

Kimmel also hosted this year’s Emmys on ABC, Jimmy Fallon hosted the Golden Globes on NBC, James Corden hosted the Tonys and will host the Grammys. “The producer and the Academy went through a long list of names and, in the end, they decided that, since I’m  already right across the street from where they produce the show, I was the closest person to host,” he added, self deprecatingly. “I guess I have to get a tux now – or maybe I’ll wear jean shorts!" He went on to say: “I had a very nice call of congratulations this morning from the president of Taiwan. Just to be clear, she called me, not the other way around.”

Kimmel next announced his wife is “hosting a baby inside her body,” triggering even bigger applause. “So there’s a lot exciting stuff going on. Congratulations to me. I’m hosting the Oscars – and I had sex. Two things, as a teenage boy, I never thought would be possible.” (Source: Deadline.com)

Hear Ache

(December 5, 2016) For the first time ever, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest will include a Central Time Zone countdown, as the New Year’s Eve 2016-17 edition of the annual broadcast will include live coverage from New Orleans … With KABC’s Terri-Rae Elmer exiting the Doug McIntyre morning show, veteran Lori Kelman will be anchoring morning news thoughout December … Jeffrey Leonard reports that the LARadio Reunion over the weekend at Fuddrucker’s was another huge success. “Prayers go out to former KHJ and K-WEST pd, Chuck Martin who is battling cancer. He's one of the good guys,” wrote Leonard … Al Peterson is ending his NTS MediaOnline column this month. He says it was not an economic decision since “it has been a profitable venture since the first day we launched.”  ... Sports guy Eric Tracy reports on FB that his cancer has moved into his chest and lungs. “I’m only the 4th patient at City of Hope that my kind of cancer moved,” writes Eric. “Began immunotherapy in November, which is designed to have your own immune system fight the effects of cancer growth." ... 25 years ago Russell Allen Lee moved from the NYC area to Southern California after accepting a job transfer to report traffic on Los Angeles radio. “I've lived in Orange County the entire time, and the last quarter century has brought many God given blessings,” wrote Russ on his FB page. “Among them a great job, good friends, two beautiful daughters, Katie Lee and Jessie Lee, a conversion to Catholicism, and the most wonderful fiancé in the world, Anna-Lisa George. To quote Jerry Garcia, ‘What a long strange trip it's been.’" … Condolences to former KABC morning man Ken Minyard on the passing of his son, Kevin Scott. “He was born on July 4th, 1960. He was so precious to us. He fought hard for 15 months but cancer finally won, as it so often does. We are heartbroken. Please hug your kids and don't let them grow up to be smokers,” wrote Ken.


After 22 Years, Jim Carson Signs Off at K-EARTH

(December 5, 2016) Jim Carson had his final midday show at KRTH last week. He had been at the Oldies/Classic Hits station for 22 years.

His last words: “K-EARTH 101 and nothing evil going on here. This is Jim Carson and I didn’t mention this earlier but this is my last get-together with you here on K-EARTH 101. The reason I didn’t mention it is I’d be on the phone all day. But for those of you that I’ve met in person at supermarkets, phone store openings, home shows, whatever … As well as though of you who I’ve talked with on the phone and even those of you who listen but never call, thanks for being a friend. And thank you K-EARTH 101 for the greatest hits on earth.”

89.3 KPCC/fm Boosts Signal Coverage
(December 4, 2016) Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) station 89.3 KPCC/fm has added a signal booster to improve its coverage of the west side of Los Angeles. Listeners west of the 405 Freeway, including those in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle, and Brentwood, should now experience a stronger signal with less static interference from other stations on the same or adjacent radio frequencies.

The project began nearly two years ago in an effort to enhance the KPCC listening experience for their west side audience, who live and work in that area. The signal improvement will also benefit commuters who cross the Sepulveda Pass and travel along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu.

The state-of-the-art engineering required to boost the signal was a joint effort of the KPCC staff and talent from National Public Radio Labs. Doug Johnson, SCPR vice president operations, noted, “Our engineering staff insists on premium sound quality and continuously strives to make improvements. We expect to apply the advances we gained on the Westside to improve our signal for listeners in other parts of the Los Angeles area.” According to Bill Davis, SCPR president and chief executive officer, “This important project was funded by a gift from members of our Board of Trustees. As the most listened- to public radio news service in Southern California, we have a responsibility to provide the best possible service to our listeners. Our board and membership help make this all possible.”

For more information on KPCC’s, broadcast schedules, membership, and donation support, go to www.KPCC.org. Listeners can also access programming with the KPCC iPhone app, MP3/iTunes app, and Windows Media. Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC/fm in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR/fm in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KVLA/fm in the Coachella Valley, 89.9/fm in Santa Barbara, and 89.5 KJAI-Ojai in Ventura County.


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** Photo Shoot
"This week's pic of  Johnny Magnus, Jerry F. Sharell, Pat Boone, Calabria Foti, Peter Marshall, and Marc Angel  was taken in Dave & Dave Recording Studios' Studio A, when we were fortunate to host these legends weekly as they came in to record their Voice Tracks for the Music Of Your Life syndicated Music & Personality 24 hour radio format." - Dave Sebastian Williams


** Schrack Beginnings
"I noticed your story about Don Schrack starting his radio career in 1966 at KOAD in Lemoore, CA. I started my radio career at KOAD in 1975. Small world." - Mike Baird, Hanford

Morning Drive Change at KABC 

(December 2, 2016) Terri-Rae Elmer has left the morning show at KABC.

She  started at KFI in 1989 where she anchored news in afternoon drive at all-Talker until leaving 12.7.11 to join Doug McIntyre in morning drive at KABC in January 2012.

She came to L.A. with her husband and weatherman Gerry Wallace and news anchor Dave Grosby - all from KFBK-Sacramento. The three were brought to L.A. by then-new program director David G. Hall, also from KFBK. Grosby left fairly quickly. Wallace stayed around for awhile.

Don Schrack, Early KFWB News Director, Dies 

(December 1, 2016) Don Schrack, part of the embryonic decade of all-News KFWB and later news director, died November 15, at the age of 73.

A third generation native of the Fresno County community of Selma, he majored in journalism at UCLA. After graduate work at New Mexico Highland University, he started his radio career in 1966 at KOAD-Lemoore. For the next three years he broadcast news at KBCH-Lincoln City, Oregon, KSLM-Salem and KEX-Portland. "He was the news director at KXRX in San Jose, and Don hired me into my first position as a pilot reporter," emailed Mike Nolan. "He also hired Ron Kilgore."

Don started at KNX in 1969 and spent five years at all-News KFWB from 1974-79.

Don was in general management and/or station ownership since leaving Los Angeles. He was retired and had been living in Yakima.  (Thanks to John Brooks for the photos)
 

KFI Helps Feed the Motel Kids

(November 30, 2106) KFI and Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate the children of Orange County, announced the sixth annual KFI PastaThon, an on-air fundraising event to help feed local children in need.

KFI PastaThon will take place on Thursday, December 1 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bruno Serato’s White House Restaurant in Anaheim. Money raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, which provides a balanced meal every night to more than 1,800 low-income children in over 15 cities in Los Angeles and Orange County.

All KFI on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. will be on site encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen to cook healthy meals.  

"In the past five years, KFI PastaThon has raised over $1 million and more than 151,000 pounds of food," said Robin Bertolucci, pd for KFI. “This year, KFI AM 640 aims to raise $325,000 in one day. We are honored to join our listeners in support of Bruno Serato and his outstanding organization, Caterina's Club." To donate online or learn more about the event listeners can go to
kfiam640.com and use the keyword PastaThon.

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** Country Christmas

"What was KKGO thinking -- abandoning its Country music format for six weeks to go all Christmas music? Several stations play music similar to what KOST plays, so it’s no big deal if they switch to holiday tunes. But KKGO supposedly prides itself on being L.A.’s only source of Country music.

I predict that dumping that format will antagonize listeners and likely will be a ratings flop. Didn’t KTWV try it a few years ago without success?" - Tom Burfield

** Gillian Harris Found

"So, tell that person Gillian Harris went on to become an entrepreneur. She is ceo of Valet Of The Dolls, LLC as well as Bless & Clear Sacred Ceremonies where she is also an ordained minister.  She is also now a published author and speaker specializing in topics found in her book, The Secrets of Lost: The Validity of Multi-Dimensional Existence and the subject of Conscious Creation! : ) xoxo!" - Gillian Harris

 


Hear Ache

(November 28, 2016) Roger Nadel (photo), former gm at KFWB, has been promoted to svp of affiliate operations at Total Traffic & Weather Network ... Jim Carson, who is leaving K-EARTH after 22 years, was asked for his highlights in working at the Oldies/Classic Hits outlet. “Putting numbers on the board and getting paid for it,” he succinctly responded … Bob Shaw, after 16 years with KFSH (the FISH), joins afternoons at KWVE (K-WAVE 107.9/fm) … Charese Fruge, former pd at “Star 98.7” from 2006-07, exits the Houston CBS cluster … Leah Brandon, former KFI news anchor, quit her podcast/syndicated show with John Ziegler. “I quit on the air and have never done that in more than 25 years in this business. You will hear all kinds of crap about me on social media. That's fine. The only statement I am going to make about the whole thing is that it's sad it turned out this way but I could no longer continue,” wrote Leah. John responded, “ I said nothing bad about you after you quit on the air and left me to do 3 hours alone with no notice, and said nothing bad about you today after it was clear you had no interest in trying to end this more appropriately. I am very sad and I wish you the best of luck for your future … Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, was honored earlier this month, with a lifetime leadership achievement award at the Radio Ink Forecast Conference at the Harvard Club in New York City … Larry Van Nuys announced on his FB page that he was leaving his position as news and traffic anchor at KSFO …  … Randy Tivens was watching a Charlie Tuna aircheck from KRLA in 1986 and saw Gillian Harris doing the news and wonders what became of her. Do you know? ... Steve Harvey (KJLH) gave away 8,000 turkeys last week. More than 80 affiliates of the top-rated syndicated morning show gave the turkeys away to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, more than 50,000 turkeys have been provided to those in need. 


A Thankful FB Message from Randy Kerdoon 

(November 27, 2016) Up until this year, Thanksgiving has simply been a time to gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly with great food and pay lip service to being grateful for what makes up our lives.

My heart attack on Super Bowl Sunday in February changed that. Nothing like a close brush with not being around anymore to open your eyes. No more taking things for granted.

I'm grateful for my wife Marta who loves me more than I deserve, my cardiologist Dr. Uri Ben-Zur and my previous cardiologist Dr Ben Cohen for helping me in my path to recovery, the LAFD EMT team that came to my home and kept me alive en route to the hospital, my kids Kelcie, Amy and Stan, my sisters and mom for their support, my best friend Ken, my exercise pals at the West Hills cardiac rehab and so many of you who have shared not only your words of encouragement, but your experiences with similar cardiac events, that have really helped me out more than you know.

Thanks to my bosses and co-workers at KNX for being incredibly supportive and understanding. I wake up every day grateful to be alive. Now I know what the real meaning of being thankful is all about.

Florence Henderson Dies

(November 26, 2016) Florence Henderson, best known for her role as Carol Brady on the popular sitcom The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, worked at Pop Standards KGIL during the Broadway and Hollywood show tunes format from 1997-98. She left KGIL in early 1998 following a format change. She died November 24, at the age of 82. According to statements released by her manager and her publicist, she had been hospitalized Thursday night in Los Angeles for heart failure.

Born On Valentines day in 1934 in Dale, Nebraska, she was the youngest of 10 siblings growing up in poverty. By the age of 2, Florence's mother had taught her fifty songs. Her acting career began at 17, when Florence entered New York's prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following a number of touring company roles, Florence starred in Fanny on Broadway in the mid-1950s and ran for 888 performances. She has since appeared in numerous nightclub gigs and toured in all  the high-profile musicals.

From her dancing she was diagnosed with a deformed vertebrae and later almost went deaf. She learned that she had a hereditary condition called otosclerosis, which was corrected through surgery.

Her big break came while still a drama student in New York City at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where after a one-line role in Wish You Were Here, she was cast in the touring production of Oklahoma! in 1952. Henderson worked steadily as a Broadway star over the 50s and 60s and moved into television. Among her most notable accomplishments, she was the first woman to guest-host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She also was a regular during the 1960s on NBC’s Today. She landed her most famous role in 1969, starring for five years on The Brady Bunch. Despite its relentlessly cheerful tone and aggressively unthreatening aesthetic despite the tumultuous period in which it aired, the show was groundbreaking for being among the earliest examples of a blended family on television in the United States. Though The Brady Bunch ended after a relatively short run, it became a staple of syndicated reruns for decades after becoming something of a hyrid between generation X cultural touchstone, camp classic, and example of the quintessential family sitcom.

Morning Has Broken

(November 25, 2016) Morning drive in LARadio for November '16 PPM has a little bit for everyone: 

Persons 12+

1. Bill Handel (KFI)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Valentine (MY/fm)
    Ellen K (KOST)
5. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (Alt-98.7)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Don Cheto (KBUE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Big Boy (KRRL)
Persons 25-54

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
    Valentine (MY/fm)
     El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
    El Show del Mandril (KXOS)

 


Disturbing Trend at CBS/LA Cluster?

(November 23, 2016) Tami Heide, an incredible talent at CBS' KROQ and JACK/fm for 25 years, is out. She joined the iconic KROQ in 1991 from her start at WBCN-Boston, while attending Emerson College. At KROQ, she worked middays for many years and at JACK/fm Tami was a creative writer of much of what you heard.

Tami is the latest exit in a disturbing movement to eliminate long-term employees. Last week the station eliminated the position held by Shotgun Tom Kelly. He had been with the Classic Hits station for 18 years. Then midday K-EARTHer Jim Carson, veteran of 22 years, learned that he's gone. CBS Radio is preparing for an IPO in a complicated move that will separate it from the rest of the company.

Tami was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and she graduated from Framingham North High School in Massachusetts. Tami had an extensive history in Boston College radio at Emerson's WERS and M.I.T.'s WMBR, where she was music director. She managed and was the record buyer for Newbury Comics, Boston's alternative record store. Tami did the evening shift at 'BCN and was assistant music director.

Perhaps somewhat prophetic, Tami said in a 2011 Laguna Niguel Patch interview: "I've always said radio is like a shark, it just keeps moving forward."

KOST Enjoying Best Year Ever!

(November 22, 2016) Christmas music. No Christmas music. KOST has got the ratings thing figured out. Every month this year, the Adult Contemporary station has been #1. And again in the November '16 PPM Nielsen, Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid. KFI jumped with all the election talk, but the all-News outlet, KNX, didn't budge month-to-month at 13th. Country KKGO fell a few tenths of a month and now that they are all-Christmas music (and not just Country Christmas music) we'll see if that helps them. All-Sports KLAC made a nice increase with Dodger playoff hopes still alive during the survey period.

1. KOST (AC) 5.4 - 5.5
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.5 - 4.9
3. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.7 - 4.8
4. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.4 - 4.7
5. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.6
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.5 - 4.1
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.3 - 3.7
8. KFI (Talk) 3.1 - 3.5
     KYSR (Alternative) 3.2 - 3.5
10. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.3
      KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.5 - 3.3

No Bull - Frank Was the Bomb in Sports Broadcasting
by Jim Hilliker, Early LARadio Historian

(November 22, 2016)  I haven't felt like doing any writing this year, since my wife died last December 8th, nearly one year ago.   I've been feeling better lately, and wanted to finish an article I had nearly completed two years ago.

With the 88th edition of the USC vs. Notre Dame football classic this Saturday, November 26th, I wanted to post my radio history piece on the life of Los Angeles sportscasting pioneer Frank Bull (1897-1975).  

A random email I received in 2014 sparked this article.  A man in the midwest told me he had a reel-to-reel tape containing the entire radio broadcast of the 1953 USC-Notre Dame game from Los Angeles, with Frank Bull calling the action. He wanted to know who was Frank Bull, and why was a west coast announcer on this tape, which was recorded off the air in Elkhart, Indiana from station WSBT-960 in South Bend, Indiana?  

Solving this mystery and digging into the life and career of Frank Bull take up most of this article. I found out that Frank Bull got into sports announcing on radio by accident, but he paved the way for later sportscasters in Los Angeles. It is interesting to me that he made his living primarily as a radio executive who sold air time and later owned his own advertising agency for many years. He considered sportscasting his "hobby."

So, while this early L.A. radio sportscaster is long forgotten today, I felt it was time to give him some recognition. I also wish to thank Diana Kirchen Kelly for her help in finding several newspaper stories for me on Frank Bull, plus information on his family, because it helped me locate a granddaughter of Frank Bull's in California, who also had some old record transcriptions of his broadcasts in the 1930s and '40s. My new article on pioneer Los Angeles sportscaster Frank Bull can be found at this link on Jeff Miller's American Radio History Website.  -  Jim Hilliker

Frank Bull - Los Angeles Sportscasting Pioneer

Personality Departures at K-EARTH

(November 21, 2016) Jim Carson, middays at K-EARTH and a fixture at the Oldies/Classic Hits station since 1994, will be leaving the station at the end of the month, according to a number of sources.

Jim started at KBLA in 1965 and worked at KBBQ, KIIS, KHJ, KIQQ, KEDG/KLIT, as well as over two decades at KRTH. Born Vic Gruppie in LaCanada, Jim is one of those strong, solid personalities who fits nicely with a number of formats. The native Southern Californian was a journalism and radio/tv major at Pasadena City College. Jim also went to the Don Martin Broadcast School.

He served in Panama and Korea twice as part of American Forces Radio, Korean Network and Southern Command Network in Panama. Jim had a very successful run in morning drive at KFRC-San Francisco and KGB-San Diego. At KBLA he was known as Vic Gee, then at KBBQ as Vic Grayson, working the Country format noon to three shift. Jim's time on KHJ was limited to one week in the mornings before Charlie Van Dyke arrived. He did mornings at "K-Lite." Jim's done voiceover work on a number of tv shows. He left Gene Autry's "K-Lite" when the sister station, KMPC, was sold to ABC/Capital Cities.

In other K-EARTH news, Shotgun Tom Kelly is no longer the "ambassador" for the station and no longer does weekends. He has left the station.

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** Receiving Radio
"At $99, this receiver is what people want for the beach, or whatever activity. It's just entering production.

The broadcasters in this country did themselves a disservice by embracing proprietary formats for taking broadcasting digital.  They want receivers to cost more for the consumer? How does that translate into more listeners? My assumption is that this receiver includes DRM+ only. Since the receiver accepts software-plugins it may be possible for someone to write/reverse-engineer a decoder for Ibiquity
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IBiquity or Ibiquity themselves could write it and release it into the public domain. 

One can dream." - Best Regards, Keith Frick 
www.regardpro.com

 

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Ron Rodrigues

Bob Hamilton

Scott Lowe

David G. Hall

 

John Duncan

Cyndee Maxwell

Dave Beasing

 
   

Don Benson

George Burns and Ed Shane

   

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Ralph Stewart

Ken Levine

Randy Lane

RJ Curtis

Lisa Worden

Max Tolkoff

Rick Cummings

Phil Hall

Frank Murphy

Gabriel Wisdom

Kelli Gates

Sky Daniels

 

Tim Pohlman and Frank Cody

Walt "Baby" Love

Kim Amidon and Joni Caryl

 

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Bob Coburn

Gary Owens

Lon Helton

 

Gene Gates

Johnny Chiang

Mike Savage

Charles Laszlo

 

Jeff Barnes

Joe McDonnell

"Melrose" Larry Green

 

 

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Mucho Morales

"Shotgun Tom" Kelly

Wally Clark

Gary McCartie

 

Delilah

Gene & Julie

 

Jessie Duran

Bob Koontz

Mike McVay



He's a Rebel

(November 17, 2016) Reb Foster was a huge voice in early Top 40 LARadio at KFWB, but mainly KRLA where he worked in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Born James Bruton on March 18, 1936, he started in Texas radio in the mid-1950s working in Ft. Worth and Amarillo. Before Los Angeles he was heard at KYW-Cleveland, KCIN-Denver and at KISN-Portland, where he was known as Dennis James. He arrived in Los Angeles from KYA-San Francisco. Reb was pd for a time at KRLA.

One of his famous characters was Maude Skidmore. He put on dances at the Retail Clerks Union Hall Auditorium in Buena Park with the cry "Let's Wail at the Retail." Reb had his own nightclub in Redondo Beach imploring the kids to "Be There or Be Square." In 1967 Billboard listed Rebel as the best midday dj.

Reb quit KFWB to affiliate with Ted Randal in consulting radio stations. He made a third return to KRLA in 1973, when the Pasadena station went to an MOR format from contemporary music and experimented with teams in every time period. Rebel worked the afternoon drive shift with Bob Dayton. In the '70s Reb managed Three Dog Night, the Turtles and Steppenwolf.

He’s now living in Amarillo where a local tv stations profiled the Rebel. Click his picture to watch the short piece.

We Get Email ... 11.16 

** Potpourri
"I attended the Ad Relief lunch honoring three true legends in Los Angeles Radio, George Green, Bob Fox and the king of ad agencies Dennis Holt. I spent a fair amount of time catching up with all three of them. I thought it was a great idea honoring these pioneers, but I guess you had to be over 55 and had worked in the markets for the last 20-plus years to really understand the impact these guys had on radio.

As the MC was speaking , no one was listening or paying any attention. The audience was just a bunch of rude, self- absorbed people, it’s sad. I’m just grateful that I did work during the era that people cared and made it a fun business.  

Sad to hear about Bill Shearer.

I went to the EJ Jackson (Jackson Limousine) services yesterday. There must have been 2,000 plus people, lots of politicians, Sydney Poitier, and Lee Baca. EJ's loss will really be felt in South Central. He did so much for that community. There was story after story of guys who he hired despite not having any experience  or just getting out of prison, and feeding the homeless all year long. He was one of a kind! For all the years I have known him he always called me Koontzie. I’m going to miss hearing his call: 'Koontzie…EJ here, how you doing baby, is there anything I can do for you?'" - Bob Koontz, KSWD (100.3/The Sound)  

Bill Shearer, Radio Pioneer, Dies

(November 15, 2016) Bill Shearer, a longtime, successful radio executive and former owner of KGFJ, passed away November 1, after a lengthy illness.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Shearer was a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He was a Korean War veteran who served for over 20 years in the United States Army and held the rank of Colonel, according to colleague Bob Fox.

In the early 1960s, Bill entered the radio industry and worked as a sales executive for Willie Davis and then KLOS. He then put together some financing and purchased KGFJ and operated the station for several years until he sold the station.

During his nearly four decades tenure in the radio industry, he also served as an officer of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, held sales, executive, and ownership positions at several radio stations, including: KLOS, KAGB, KACE, KGFJ/KUTE, and KGFJ. He also worked with the National Association of Market Developers (NAMD), and American Urban Radio Networks, until his retirement.

His memorial services will be held this morning at 11 a.m. at the AME Church, 2270. So. Harvard Street.

Hear Ache

(November 14, 2016) The Tonight show continues to far outpace the competition on ABC (Jimmy Kimmel) and CBS (Stephen Colbert) in Adults 18-49 and total viewers …Cumulus stock opened at $1.06 this morning and re-entered the danger zone last week when it closed at $1 a share. The stock did touch 99 cents in very active trading, and if does close below $1 for ten straight days, then Cumulus is back where it was before the 8-for-1 reverse stock split, which occurred on October 13 … The Steve Harvey tv show will be coming to an end with his current production deal in May and he will move to a new producer,  NBCUniversal Domestic Television. He will also be moving his show from Chicago to Los Angeles, in order to take advantage of a deeper well of available talent as guests. His tv show ranks #4 behind Dr. Phil, Ellen and Live With Kelly. During the most recent week reporting, it averaged 2.3 million viewers and a 1.7 in adults 18-49 ... Gary Campbell wonders if anyone knows whatever happened to Cal Campbell? "He was in my First Phone class at the Don Martin School in 1972, and he was on KNX/fm in the late 70s or early 80s," emailed Gary. "I lost track of him after that." ... Services for 4-decade KIIS chief engineer Mike Callaghan will be this Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Canada. You can RSVP to his Celebration of Life by clicking his photo ... Ad Relief (formerly AIEF) held their annual fund raising luncheon and honored past presidents. Also, special honors  were provided to  the two founders George Green and Dennis Holt as well as Bob Fox, also a founder. There were over 200 people at the luncheon. AIEF was founded in 1972 and over the years has provided over three million dollars to media people in need.

LARadio

2016 News

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett
db@thevine.net

January: Charlie Tuna dies; March: CBS announces pursuit of alternatives for its radio division; KLAC new home for Clippers; Passing parade includes John Rook (former KFI pd), Ron Jacobs (pioneer of Boss Radio); April: Xmas music gone but KOST still #1; Doug Banks, Steve Julian, and Dr. Toni Grant die; May: Mars/fm dj Don May dies; June: KSPN official home of the Rams; July: Gerry Cagle Peterson reminsces about radio; Scott Shannon hosting Marconi Awards; Nicole Sandler has cancer; Pat O'Brien is a Business Rockstar; Kris Ankarlo joins KFI as reporter/anchor; Karen Tobin loses battle with cancer; KSPN's Max Kellerman joins First Take; Tonya Campos exits KKGO; John Phillips joins CNN; longtime voice of USC sports, Tom Kelly, dies; Tim Conway, Jr. and The Woody Show nominated for Marconi; Larry Scott, KLAC dj and Hall of Famer, dies; October: Regis gets PPB Roast; Neil Rockoff, former KHJ gm, dies; KFWB sold AGAIN; Scully stories; 1260 AM is Unforgettable; former KFI newsman Jay Lawrence ... we lost Jim Meeker, OC radio veteran; Melissa Carbone is set to scare you; Kimmel hits a homerun; Radio bankruptcy issues; You give us 22 minutes and we'll give you the world; Polka's Dick Sinclair dies; Remembering Roz Larman; Longtime KIIS CE Mike Callaghan dies; Red Mountain and Bob Nelson join the Passing Parade

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 was 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. 


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