(Jim Duncan, Goofy, Evelyn Erives, Jeff Pope, Gary Bryan, Doug McIntyre, Rob Marinko, Rob Ismael, Larry Marino, Mark Wallengren, and Kim Amidon)
Sunday Nostalgia - 13 Years Ago Today
Full Metal Jack
You might ask what all the fuss is about. Jack is a format that promises to relieve listener frustration over narrow playlists and it sets out to expand on the rigid corridors that fm music has found itself in over the past 25 years.
At 5 p.m. yesterday the imaging voice announced: "Happy St. Patrick’s Day. For those of you sober enough to care, this is ninety three one, JACK/fm. We’re the new station for L.A. and the OC. And we’re gonna play what we want. We’re kinda like your iPOD on shuffle. We're declaring our independence from all those radio stations with little playlists, big repetition, and boring djs. Welcome to the new 93.1 JACK/fm. We have two simple rules: 'We play what we want, and don't tell us what to play.' This makes it incredibly easy for you to listen. Enjoy.”
The first song was Devo's Whip It. It could have been Jumpin’ JACK Flash (it was the second song) or JACK and Diane.
The station's diverse playlist includes a combination of more than 1200 songs from the past four decades. Among the many artists that will be featured on the station include: The Rolling Stones, Prince, U2, Aerosmith, No Doubt, Tom Petty, Bob Marley, The Cure, Dave Matthews Band and The Police.
Kevin Weatherly will continue to serve as pd of the station. "We are thrilled to launch the next great radio station in Los Angeles," said Jeff Federman, vp/gm of KCBS/fm. "Tremendous variety and less repetition go against traditional wisdom, but it is the key to success with JACK/fm and we're confident listeners will embrace the station as they never have before."
"Launching JACK/fm is a natural evolution for the station following the incredible run of Arrow 93.1," said Weatherly. "With a massive library of songs and an irreverent attitude, we're going to have a lot of fun and shake up the Los Angeles radio landscape."
JACK was first heard in Vancouver and grew throughout Canada. In the past, programmers would segregate among Classic Rock, Alternative, Hard Rock, CHR or even Country stations. JACK stations often sell themselves as "Songs You Can't Hear on the Radio," and they've revived a slew of late '70s and early '80s rock hits that are too new for Classic Rock stations and too old for more hit-oriented formats.
The “Arrow” staff was let go yesterday, most of them by phone with Federman, Weatherly and a human resource person on the line. The djs were thanked for their service to “Arrow” but the station was now going in a different direction. Losing their jobs: Maggie McKay, Mary Price, Lily Sheen, Joe Benson, and Chris Taylor. Apparently staying on will be Jonathon Brandmeier in an unknown capacity, Chris Abbott, apd, and Clark Macy.
“Literally for three years they’ve been trying different things to pump life into the ‘Arrow’ format,” said Federman by phone last night. “We knew it was running on empty from our own research and obviously from the biggest research, Arbitron, that we just couldn’t do anything to move the dial on it. We brought in JB [Brandmeier] to try something different and the format is just a dying format.”
Even though current morning man Jonathon Brandmeier has two more years on his contract, Federman said they were committed to being jockless for the foreseeable future. “We don’t know what the station will evolve to.” Dallas has been running the JACK format for nine months without jocks. “When they talked about putting jocks on it was like a body rejecting a body part from an organ donor. The audiences just didn’t want it.”
Weatherly is in charge of the JACK music in L.A. “One of Kevin’s strengths is picking the hits,” said Federman. “We have a different logo and a completely different look from the other JACKs. The music is obviously geared to Southern California. It is much different than anywhere else. The music is influenced by KROQ and KROQ was such an important part of anybody in that 35-44 demographic,” said the 37-year-old Federman. Many of those 80s records that you won’t hear in Dallas will be heard here. You’ll hear more Depeche Mode and The Cure. Those artists will be more important to us than the JACK listener in Dallas or Vancouver.”
‘Our business cards are playing cards and they say ‘none of us have titles, we’re all jack of all trades.’” A huge marketing campaign to support the launch of JACK/fm will kick off in early April. http://931jackfm.com
Arrow Origins. “The 93.1 FM frequency in LA was resurrected on 9/10/93 when Tommy Edwards, myself and an amazing staff of people of passion launched a new format known as ARROW 93 FM,” emailed long-time gm and originator of the “Arrow” format Dave Van Dyke. “It blew a hole in the market, went from 21st to 4th with 25-54 adults in less than 3 months and spawned many world-wide imitators. It lasted 11 years, 7 months, 7 days. It's unfortunate that it had to go; it outlived its usefulness but I certainly understand why the decision had to be made. For the last 7 months Bridge Ratings had the station with a 1.2 12+ Favoriteness share. Its loyalty conversion was down to 10%. Something had to be done. I'd just like to say thanks to every single staff member of the original Arrow for helping us make radio history,” concluded Van Dyke.
Email Saturday, 3.17.18
** The Day the Music Died
"Every year at this time, my mind wanders back briefly to an eventful day in 1968 for listeners of LA radio. March 11th marked the beginning of all-News broadcasting on KFWB. For a little over ten years beginning January 2, 1958, Channel 98 presented music with colorful personalities. The first five years were considered the ‘glory period,’ with the highest ratings of any station.
Since my mother and Joe Yocam (photo) were friends, he invited us to sit in with him on his last day, after 26 years with the station. After Joe’s shift ended, Roger Christian came on and he asked that we stay awhile to visit. Although being very young at the time, I could feel a sense of profound sadness radiating with the air talent and engineer. We left before Gene Weed came on to become the last music dj on the station that night. During his broadcast, he named all 50 personalities who had worked there during that decade. It does not seem like 50 years ago this week that the station bid farewell to a music format.” – John Hart
** David and Goliath
“With KFWB and KNX. It was funny. At KFWB we always saw KNX as being the big network news station. Big writing, production and delivery. We at KFWB were the little radio station that could. And boy did we!” – Jeff Baugh
** Annoying Commercials
"I agree that Kars for Kids is overwhelmingly the worst. Another that I find intolerable is Goettl Air Conditioning. Very self-serving on his part and just annoying to listen to. Which I don’t. If at home, I leave the room. If driving, I change the station.” – Lyn Fisher
** Voice Work
“My best to Mary Beth Garber. Long ago we announcers did everything – books, commercials, etc. The toughest for me were the medical discs they would send to doctors. It was the hardest money I ever earned BUT it was big $$$.” – Roger Carroll
** iHeart Bankruptcy
“Some folks refer to iHeart as the ‘Evil Empire.’ This letter seems to belie that. Very inclusive respectful of the sensitivities of the employees. Good for them.” – Keri Tombazian
** More iHeart
“Truly a very positive letter from iHeart ceo. Thanks for sharing.” – Stan White
** Tough Ads
“Remember the concept of Chinese water torture? Water was repeatedly dripped onto someone’s forehead until they eventually went insane. A radio version of this form of torture is being perpetrated by KABC through the ridiculous number of spots for retirement seminars for a company owned by Ken Moraif, who also hosts an infomercial on the station. Just for fun, I turned on KABC as I’m writing this email, and have already heard the commercial twice within the same spot break – which is not uncommon – and I’ve heard it as many as three times within the same spot break.
Does Moraif not know how talk radio works? Does he think that people just listen for a few minutes at a time? Back in the late 90s, there was a station called K-Traffic that only broadcast traffic reports all day. People would listen briefly to get the info they needed, then moved on to another station so, in that situation, running a commercial repeatedly to catch the ears of transient listeners would have been understandable. But to oversaturate a talk radio station with the same spot over and over again to the same audience is wasted money for the advertiser and an extreme annoyance for listeners. I guess Ken Moraif doesn’t realize that talk radio listeners generally tune in for an entire show or, in some cases, listen to the same talk station all day if they like the station’s air talent line-up.
Moraif runs his commercials on other local stations, as well, but KABC is the most serious offender when it comes to repeatedly running these annoying spots. One of my close friends, another talk radio listener, probably summed it up best: ‘KABC will occasionally interrupt Money Matters commercials with some actual programming.’” – Peter Thomas, L.A. radio listener
** Former News Anchor at KABC and KNX
“Howdy from Dallas, old friend. As you know Anita Garner and I have been sharing a blog for more than a decade and recently started recording them as well as writing them. Today she sent me her voice and music tracks and lo and behold, there you were – the star of her minute and a half piece! Just thought I’d check in and see how you're doing. My wife, Carolann, and I are very happy in North Texas. We arrived six years ago this month and have no plans to leave.” – Dave Williams
Seacrest and the Promotion of American Idol
|(March 16, 2018)
Lisa Foxx is certainly a survivor in LARadio. She partnered
with Ryan Seacrest at Star 98.7 in the nineties, and is
now part of the gargantuan ratings at MY/fm, hosting middays. Since
December she is down almost 30 lbs. “I can’t explain how much my life
has changed during this experience,” she wrote on Facebook. “I'm ready
for MORE drastic change, losing more weight, move to the beach, or maybe
chop the hair off?” She credits Athenix Body Sculpting Institute and the
Orbera Weight Loss Balloon for the new look.
Once upon a time, LARadio used to have two full-time all-News stations – KNX and KFWB. The late “Car 98” newsman Gary Franklin used to opine at this site that KFWB should create a new format (all-Tech was one of his favorites in the 90s) and let KNX have exclusive land with all-News and jump to the leader board of the ratings. KFWB did ultimately make wholesale changes but KNX never seemed to budge up the ratings ladder until recently, at least not until last year. Probably due in part to the volatile political landscape and the Trump presidency, KNX is regularly in the top 10 of the current ratings. Two decades ago, those who followed the two stations loved to argue which news outlet was better. In 1993, KFWB created a tv spot offering differences between the two stations. John Brooks has included it in his tasty Facebook page on KFWB. You can see the tv spot here.
Craig Roberts is moving to Las Vegas this summer. You’ll know hot when you experience Vegas summer heat … Last Monday, the industry saluted decades-long veteran newsman and news director Lyle Kilgore in a Celebration of Life. He died February 22, at the age of 89. Jhani Kaye put together a video montage you can see by clicking Celebration of Life.
Add to the list of Art Laboe accolades – a Schlagle. The City of El Monte presented Art with a Key to the City last week. He’s the first person to be recognized with this honor. Famous for his dances at the El Monte Legion Stadium, I grew up with great memories of El Monte and performances by the Johnny Otis Show & Band, Handsome Mel Carter, and the Penguins.
iHeart Radio Has Filed for Bankruptcy
|(||(March 15, 2018) It seemed like it was just a matter of time for the largest owner of radio properties. After months of delays, discussions and last-minute attempts to avoid an unfortunate financial necessity, the inevitable has finally happened: iHeartRadio has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy. The radio titan officially filed for protection late on Wednesday. The company has been suffering due to more than $20 billion in debt. The following is an internal memo from Bob Pittman (ceo) and Richard Bressler (coo) that was sent to employees last night:|
We are pleased to announce that we have reached an agreement in principle with the majority of our creditors and our financial sponsors that reflects widespread support across the capital structure for a comprehensive plan to restructure iHeartMedia’s debt – reducing it by more than $10 billion. This is a significant accomplishment, and it will finally resolve an issue that has been hanging over the company for some time. iHeartMedia will use a court-supervised process (Chapter 11) to implement this agreed upon restructuring plan.
To put this in perspective, seven years ago, when we began our transformation as a company, we faced two major challenges. First, we needed to transform iHeartMedia, then called Clear Channel, from a traditional broadcast radio company into a true 21st century multi-platform, data-driven, digitally-focused media and entertainment leader. And second, the company needed to address its capital structure, which has been burdened with more than $20 billion of debt since the 2008 leveraged buyout (LBO).
Thanks to your efforts, we’ve made great progress on the transformation challenge, generating 18 consecutive quarters of year-over-year revenue growth, something very few media companies can claim. And even though we still have work to do, as America’s #1 audio company, our business has unparalleled reach – greater than Facebook and Google in the U.S. – and our cutting-edge products and services are now available on more than 200 platforms. That is quite a feat.
Meeting the second challenge has taken longer than we had originally anticipated, but the Board is finally addressing the balance sheet in a definitive way to give iHeartMedia a capital structure that matches the impressive operating business we’ve built together.
Before going into further detail, we want to assure you that during this court-supervised process the company will operate as usual, including paying wages and providing benefits, and your day-to-day roles and responsibilities will be unchanged.
We want to explain a bit about what this process means for our company and for you. There are different flavors of bankruptcy filings. In some cases – not ours – companies are in trouble because their businesses are failing, they are not generating enough cash and, as a result, they’re unable to fund their ongoing operations. In those cases, stakeholders are looking to salvage what they can, and those companies frequently stop operating and liquidate.
That’s not the case for us. iHeartMedia generates a substantial amount of cash. We are restructuring the balance sheet of an impressive business – not fixing a failing business.
Two good examples of companies familiar to you that used a court-supervised process to improve their capital structures are General Motors and American Airlines, which operated as normal during the process and emerged as stronger companies poised for success and ready for the future. In fact, since emergence, these companies have reported record profits.
In the last reported 12 months, our company generated more than $6 billion in revenue and $1.6 billion of OIBDAN. Currently, we devote substantially all of the cash generated by the business to the payment of cash interest on our debt. During this court-supervised process, we no longer have to pay interest on much of that debt and as a result we expect to have significantly more cash available for our business than we did before.
After all the hard work we’ve done together to transform iHeartMedia on the operating side, we will now definitively resolve the capital structure too, putting us in the best position for the future. To us, that’s the very last piece of the puzzle.
We want to highlight some key points about this process and what it means for you:
• You are imperative to iHeartMedia’s success.
• There will be no changes to your wages and benefits, subject to routine court approval.
• iHeartMedia is operating business as usual.
• We expect to have more than enough funding to run the business as usual for the benefit of our stakeholders.
• We are finally and definitively resolving an issue that has been hanging over the company for some time.
• As an FYI, please note that Clear Channel Outdoor Holdings, which includes Clear Channel International and Clear Channel Outdoor Americas and is the New York Stock Exchange public company that’s 90% owned by us, has not filed for bankruptcy.
We want to make sure you’re comfortable explaining this to your friends and family as well as to the people you interact with day to day as part of your job. For more information, please visit Workday, where you’ll find a number of answers that may be helpful.
We will also be hosting a Town Hall at ( ) to address questions you may have. In advance of the Town Hall, questions can be sent to TownHall@iHeartMedia.com. Please connect with your local manager on where to gather as a team; the Town Hall meeting will only be available for viewing at iHeartMedia locations.
One of our corporate values is transparency and, as always, we will continue to keep you updated on developments and encourage you to stay focused on growing our business because that is how we will continue the success we’ve had as an industry leader in breaking new ground at iHeartMedia – the #1 audio company in America.
We are proud of all that you do, and we thank you for your incredible commitment to our company.
Bob and Rich
Seacrest Seems to Have Weathered a Storm of Bad Publicity
|(March 14, 2018) The timing for
Ryan Seacrest couldn’t have been worse. Oscar red
carpet duties and the launch of American Idol were only days
away. But allegations of sexual harassment by a fellow-worker at E!
forced Ryan into offense that got him ahead of the story. Yet it didn’t
make the controversy go away.
E! stood by their man, but publicists were torn between guiding their clients up the red carpet to the E! location or bypassing Ryan. All of the Best Actress nominees bypassed Ryan. The controversy had a major impact at E! The E! president saw Oscars red carpet viewership drop 35% from 2017, citing Ryan as a distraction after a harassment accuser went public.
On the American Idol front, ABC voiced support for Seacrest. The ceo of the production company stood by the results of the E! investigation. “I’ve known Ryan now for almost 16 years. I stand by him. Obviously, it’s unfortunate. I’m not privy to the details. He seems to be very robust in his defense. And we’ll see where it all goes." (Artwork courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter)
|How did American Idol do in ratings
debut? Going head to head with NBC’s singing competition show Monday,
The Voice came out victorious. Idol was down 22% in the demo
(18-49) from its ABC premiere on Sunday to mark the series’ lowest Week
2 showing, according to Deadline. On Sunday night, Fox ran a
gimmick program dealing with OJ Simpson’s alleged confession to killing
his ex-wife and Ron Goldman. Fox's effort may have hurt AI.
“It’s too soon to call it a smashing success, but ABC’s relaunch of
AI got off to a strong start Sunday with audiences,” according to
While sexual harassment allegation conversations swirled over the Oscar weekend, Roger Friedman wrote in Showbiz411 about Ryan’s charitable Foundation. “It just seems to be a way for the radio deejay and tv host to pay salaries to family members. His sister, Meredith, and dad, Gary, are the only two staff members of the foundation who receive payment,” Freidman wrote. “The foundation’s Form 990 for 2016 is now available. Together, Meredith and Gary made $310,603. Meredith got $208,784 plus extra compensation of $5,819– a bump up from last year of $10,000. Gary, the father, a personal injury lawyer, received $96,000. But that money for family members is MORE than the Ryan Seacrest Foundation donated to anyone with a charity. Grants from the organization only totaled $303,148. And THAT amount was paid in equipment, not money. So the Ryan Seacrest Foundation only exists to give cash to his relatives.”
Carson Daly Has High Anxiety
|(March 13, 2018) Carson Daly,
former AMP morning man and KROQer, has suffered with anxiety for years.
He opened up about his challenges last Friday morning on The Today
Show. “It is something I can’t change about myself, in fact, it is
okay. I’ve learned to embrace it and hopefully by opening up it will
inspire others to do the same.”
Carson sat on a Today Show stool in the main studio. Instead of dispensing pop culture news from the Orange Room, he was the subject of the story as he sat (dark jacket) with co-hosts Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb. “Looking back on my life I was a worry wart. My father died when I was five. I have been nervous my whole life. My very first panic attack happened when I was a host at MTV.”
Daly explained how his life changed overnight when he got the TRL (Total Request Live) gig at MTV. “I had a hard time breathing,” he continued. “I was terrified for no apparent reason. At times I feel there is a sabre tooth tiger right here and it is going to kill me, attack me, and bite my head off. I’m scared and believe it is really happening. I feel like I’m dying.”
If you look at The Voice on Monday or Tuesday nights, he’s never still. “And the same thing in the morning on The Today Show. "Some days I’m just a little anxious. You’ll see I’m fidgeting.”
Once, Carson rode across the country on a motorcycle to find some relaxing time. Instead, he incurred some panic-stricken attacks throughout his trip. “This is the way I was born. This is the way I was hard wired. This is a down side of the way God made me. And there is a tremendous upside as well. I love music and it moves me in a very visceral way. I get the chills when I hear certain music, like soul music.” Carson went to a cognitive therapist to learn some tools on how to work through his anxiety. Muscle tension and relaxation really helps Carson.
“I really wear the way I am as a badge of honor. This is who I am. I proud of it. I may be a little anxious but I know I will be okay.”
Mary Beth Garber Has Gone to VO and Water
(March 12, 2018) Mary Beth Garber is one of my favorite Los Angeles Radio People (LARP) for many reasons. She’s a great leader (head of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, SCBA). She’s been in local sales. She appreciates talent. She's a problem solver. When she left the SCBA, Mary Beth took on an executive position with Katz Media. And now add one more notch on my admiration list … resiliency. She has moved into talent, voicing audiobooks. Let her tell the story:
|As you reported, in June 2017 Katz Media
bought out my contract. I had to decide if I wanted to try to get
another job, set up a consulting business or take the opportunity to
use my performance talents in some way. I fumbled around research -
all kinds of paths, really getting nowhere. Then I attended a
luncheon of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in September last year
and promptly sat at the wrong table (I was at 15A, but sat at 15).
Across from me was PJ Ochlan, who knew me from my
SCBA days and his Mt Wilson FM days. We got to chatting about what
he did and he told me that a great deal of his time was spent
narrating audiobooks, the fastest growing area of book publishing. A
bell went off in my head. Sirens, maybe. “Really,” I said. “Yes,
and I make good money at it,” he said.
He explained that this burgeoning new field was different from VO and acting. No agents involved, only publishers and authors. He said I had a great voice and needed training at speaking and acting to be good at this. He was doing a class for beginners a couple of weeks later at Deyan Audio Institute and gave me the sign-up info. I took the class (which was excellent, quite comprehensive and a good intro to the field) and began doing what he advised. I asked him to coach me on creating 3 audio samples, then put them up on ACX and SoundCloud. I joined APA and began researching. A board member from APA called me (I was in awe!) and said they did that with all new members. We chatted about how to get active in the business and he gave me Pat Fraley’s name for technique training. I’m on my 4th course with him – he and Scott Brick, another big audiobook narrator, do them together. They are excellent.
|I wanted to begin auditioning for titles on
ACX, Amazon/Audible’s marketing exchange place that brings authors,
publishers and producers (narrators) together to do business. But I
didn’t have a home studio and I had no clue about how to operate
Pro-tools, let alone to the specs demanded by ACX. I tried to book
time at Deyan Audio’s studio, but they didn’t have any openings for
a week. So I turned to my friends Shotgun Tom Kelly
and Jhani Kaye to see if they had a home studio
where I could record a couple of auditions and things for my audio
courses. Miracle workers. Jhani directed me, Shotgun coached me and
recorded me in his home studio. It took roughly 4 hours to record
about 10 minutes of finished product. The direction and coaching was
invaluable. What great, generous guys to mentor me.
I didn’t get any of the jobs I auditioned for, but it did give me great experience. I did remember I had done some favors for a local publisher, Red Hen Press. They had sent me an invitation to an event that they ended up canceling in November but told me to come visit anyway. I met with the executive publisher and her marketing director to talk about how to help them market their books. I interjected that I no longer worked for Katz and was shifting to becoming an audiobook narrator. Karen, the publisher, looked at her marketing director and said, “She has the perfect voice.” The marketing director said, “Perfect!” They had a series of books by a female author that were in need of the “perfect voice.”
As for DOING the books…. I auditioned a few weeks later, was offered the books, booked time at Deyan Audio and Pat Fraley led me to his son, Ford, who does my editing and mastering. By this time I had finished 3 or 4 training courses and done about 20 auditions, so I was familiar with the technical requirements. Then I sat down with my book director, James Berish and began the 3-day task of actually recording a book that had about 60 different voices, 10 main characters (thank you PJ and Pat for guidance on how to create that many different people), and a story that would run about 8 finished hours. I learned all about stomach noises and what to eat/not eat (thank you Scott Brick). About dry mouth and green apples (thank you PJ). About water. Lots of water. And then I just got immersed in telling this great story, House Arrest by Ellen Meeropol. I actually did pretty well – it usually takes two hours of recording to produce one finished hour of audiobook. I finished the first one with maybe a couple of hours to spare – amazing since I drove my director crazy with book noise, helicopter noise, stomach noise, flubbed lines and my “wait, I don’t like that, let’s do it again” or his “mmmmmm, no, not really…..”
It was great fun and I can’t wait to do the next three.
Sunday Nostalgia - 8 Years Ago Today
Why Isn’t Bill Handel’s Morning Show Syndicated?
Bill went on to say: “Nationwide a good local show will generate more money than a syndicated show. You can buy a national commercial on ‘Handel on the Law,’ which includes KFI, for less money than buying a commercial on KFI. That’s how important local programming is. The last show you’ll see syndicated is a morning show.”
Handel added that the last four times his contract has been up, he has been offered a syndicated show for mornings. “Then you have to deal with affiliates. If you’re in 100 markets you have to deal with 100 program directors. When we syndicated ‘Handel on the Law,’ the first thing we did was lose the Mormon station in Salt Lake City. In talking with the then-head of our syndication company, Kraig Kitchin, I asked if I could call the program director and apologize. He said, ‘What are you going to apologize for? Even if he says okay, next week you’re thrown off. He’s offended by the whole show.’”
|** Talented Mancow?
"I noticed that in this morning's column, you mentioned the 'talented' Mancow. What exactly was his talent?
The talent to do a 0.000 rating or his talent at scaring away advertisers? The year with Mancow as our morning show at KLAC probably took a year off my life and caused me to lose the 43 hairs I had left." - Bob Scott
** Annoying Commercials
“Mike Baird of Hanford thinks the Kars4Kids spot has to be the most annoying spot in radio history.
Even more annoying than the garage door guy?” – Bill Schwarz, Ontario
** More Kars
“I've got to agree with many LARP’s on the Kars4Kids spot. Someone tell those brats how to spell :)” – Mike Butts
** Worked with Cassidy
“GREAT piece on Paul Cassidy. He really was one of the ‘good ones.’” – Rich Brother Robbin
** More on Cassidy
“Paul Cassidy was a loving husband of Marla Jean Cassidy for 57 years, who was at his side with Paul’s children when he passed away peacefully. Ultimately, Paul was most proud of his children, three of the four followed his footsteps in the broadcasting industry.
Daughters Carolyn Cassidy is a Senior Vice President at 20th Century Fox TV in Los Angeles and Paula Polma is a Senior Account Executive at Cumulus’ WBAP-AM in Dallas. Paul’s son Kevin Cassidy has spent his entire career in radio. Kevin is the former President of D&R Radio Sales and current GSM for Entercom’s KVIL/KLUV/KJKK in Dallas. Paul’s other son Stephen Cassidy is a successful attorney and former Mayor of San Leandro, California.” – Cassidy family
** Horrible Music
“I read where you started one of the LA rock stations in the 70’s ... that’s cool!! Btw, the HORRIBLE garbage music of the last few years, I think is affecting ratings and listenership. There are very, very few ‘Super Stars’ and Top Super Groups, any more. Maybe the Internet will change that. The record companies are losing their grip and control, and I think that’s a good thing.” – Bob McKay
** Music Promoter to the LARP
“Glad to see your up and running. I have attached an article on the passing of Brian Murphy, he was a concert promoter going all the way back to 1969. If you worked in Rock radio, you knew who he was. He was the nicest and smartest guy in the room. The concert business will not be the same without him.” – Bob Koontz
|(March 9, 2018) Thanks for your patience while LARadio went through being off the air. That’s what it felt like. Pretty much good to go with an enormous effort by Christian Wheel … iHeartMedia woes continue. The company and lenders buy a little more time before bankruptcy is triggered … Remember when the talented Mancow (l) was doing mornings at KLAC? He was gone after a year locally, but he was a big success in Chicago, in particular at WLUP (“The Loop”). Earlier this week, the heritage station in the Windy City was sold to the Christian music outfit that took over 100.3/The Sound. For Mancow, the plane has landed. It will be interesting to see where he ends up … Mike Fleming of Deadline.com reviewed the recent Oscar telecast and observed: “Jimmy Kimmel was hilarious. Compared to the men-are-bad funereal atmosphere of the Golden Globes, this show was fun. So, what the hell happened to the ratings?" One of Fleming’s young staffers said his generation watches highlight clips on their iPhones – why sit through 3+ hours? … Just a reminder about Lyle Kilgore’s Celebration of Life. It will be held next Monday (12) at noon at the Old Ranch Country Club, 3901 Lampson Avenue, Seal Beach. Lyle’s wife Eva is feeling very empty. “I’ve known him since I was 22,” wrote Eva. “He was bigger than life.” Commander Chuck Street will be the officiant … Bill Lally died March 3. “Bill was loved by so many dear friends and he knew that,” wrote KFI pd, Robin Bertolucci in an internal memo …|
|Somehow this might be the best way to die. Tower Records founder Russ Solomon passed with a drink in his hand and a smart-aleck remark on his lips. "Ironically, he was giving his opinion of what someone was wearing during the Oscars last Sunday that he thought was ugly, then asked his wife to refill his whiskey. When she returned, he had died,” according to his son. Bob Sherwood, a Bay Area veteran, wrote. “There may be someone who was more passionate about music, artists and art in general – and cared more about the music business than him. If so, I never met that person.” It’s the perfect documentary if you have yet to consume Rise and Fall of Tower Records … Bernard McGuirk and Sid Rosenberg will be taking over the WABC-New York morning show when Don Imus leaves at the end of the month … Geena the Latina is part of the “Kramer and Geena” show on Channel 933 in San Diego. She had been part of the KIIS “street team” before moving south about 13 years ago. Next month, the city of San Diego is proclaiming “Geena the Latina Day” … Ken Levine is always spot on in his Oscar review. You can read it on his blog. He thought it was so dull, he was watching Phantom Thread … Ken Davis will be hosting a book signing for his tasty tome, In Bed with Broadcasting, tomorrow at 2 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in Thousand Oaks (the Westlake Promenade).|
Paul Cassidy, Decades in LARadio, Dies
|(March 8, 2018) Paul
Cassidy, part of the LARadio scene from 1968 to
1981, was at the helm when the new Ten-Q (KTNQ) was launched. Paul died
March 1, at the age of 83.
Paul started his radio career at KDKA-Pittsburgh in 1961 in the sales department. He’d been in hotel management at the Pittsburgh Hilton. Paul arranged details so well for a Westinghouse Public Service Conference that the radio chain hired him. He spent 10 years with Westinghouse, working later at WIND-Chicago, then going to KFWB in January 1968 when it was still a music station.
In August 1971, Paul went to KHJ, where he was named manager just after two weeks at the iconic station. “My best memory of LA Radio, was 1971 when Don Imus and Robert W. Morgan were cavorting with the Billy Sol Hargus Act live in the KHJ studio. Reverend Billy was healing the hole in the records that Robert was playing! I called Robert to tell him that the FCC was on the way to the station and to get back to reality. Guess what, he did! Then came upstairs to ask, ‘are they really?’”
The RKO position lasted about a year, then Paul joined KLOS in sales before being moved to ABC sister station, KSFX-San Francisco. In October 1974 he moved back to L.A. to run KGBS AM & FM. In 1976, station owner Storer Broadcasting switched their AM property to rock ‘n roll, while KGBS/fm became “Gentle Country.” Paul became titular head of both operations. He was named vp in 1977. Paul was active in making KGBS/AM a 50,000 watt 24 hour operation rather than just a daytimer.
The New Ten-Q was positioned to challenge
long-time Top 40 leader KHJ, Paul calling it a “street fight” between
the two stations. He was let go shortly before the station was sold to
the Liberman Brothers in 1979. His last radio job in the Southland was
as gm at KWST.
When he left radio he spent 19 years in television! Tucson, Lansing [Go State], Lafayette, Louisiana, Wilkes Barre and Buffalo at WKBW. “For five years I was president of Cordillera Communications headquartered in Plano, Texas. Cordillera is a group of 12 tv stations, primarily in the Western US., and represents 4 different networks.” (Photo: Paul Cassidy, Ringo Starr, and Bob Hamilton)
Larry Huffman, veteran of Orange County radio (KWIZ and KEZY)
and the iconic voice of Motor Speedway announcing,
was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award from the Advertising Federation of America at the Mission Inn in Riverside.
"It was a sold out affair and blew my mind," said Larry. "I can't believe people remember me!"
Archives 3rd Quarter 2017: KBIG big in the ratings; Open Email to KLOS
PD; Entercom shuts down The Sound; Art Laboe
celebrates 74 consecutive years on the radio; KNX shuffles shifts; Top
20 AOR stations of all-time; 2 non-coms go Triple A; Fake news at AMP
radio; Book on Nancy Cole; Ellen K
makes list of Inspirer women in radio; 1,000 apply for morning drive at
AMP Radio; Gene Sandbloom exits KROQ; Alan Oda
digs Japan; Outlaw Radio - Animal House for grown-ups who haven't grown
up; Art Astor car collection auction; Idol producer on including
Seacrest in reboot; Carson Dal out at AMP Radio; Lisa Bloom publishes
Shattered Peacock; KN wins Edward R. Murrow award; Charles Pyne
reported sexual harassment case; Summer reading; KROQ GM to Santa Monica
Mayor; Passing Parade includes: Helen Borgers,
Steve Gonzalez, Barry Turnbull, Don
Bishop, Jay Thomas, Tommy Hawkins,
and Bill Smith
Archives 4th Quarter 2017: Stern worth $1/2 billion; traffic LARPS honored; empty spaces at KABC/KLOS; fire threatens radio towers; LARPs caught in Northern California firestorm; K-LOVE versus EMF; Stern appears with Kimmel; unthinkable happens to Delilah a second time; three faces of Nicci Ross; LARPs at Las Vegas massacre; KNX wins Edward R. Murrow award; Passing Parade includes Joe Reiling, Bob Eatman, Helen Borgers, Cliff Winston; Hilly Rose; Greg Ashlock promoted to President at iHeart; Jim Duncan exits iHeart; Jeff Federman returns to CBS/LA cluster that is now Entercom; Kiplinger says announcing one of the worst jobs; KBIG dominates ratings; Is Bill Handle in trouble? Jeff Baugh involved in SigAlert; Charley Steiner complaints; Countdown until The Sound shuts down; essay on The Sound; Love letters to Sound staff; Field of Dreams; Scully scolded; KABC's Tweeden claims Al Franken groped her; Laboe marshall of Xmas parade; Seacrest denies behaving "Inappropriately"; Pope moves from San Jose to Inland Empire; Night disco died; Jingle Ball reviewed; Steve Edwards departs Fox morning show; Bill Brown found; Ralph Garman fired from CBS after almost two decades on Kevin & Bean Show; radio reunion; Allred/Bloom tiff?; LARP traffic people mentioned in NY Times story; massive firestorm; Tammy Trujillo writes broadcast textbook; Top stories of 2017 by Alan Oda; Scott St. James' challenges; Memories of Chickenman
Archives 1st Quarter 2018
Al Michaels broadccasts from home for the first time; Norm Pattiz to step down; At first whispers, and then a roar; Passing Parade of 2017; Paul O'Malley heads to Charleston cluster; Chuck Blore essay; new AMP morning team; latest KFI news anchor, Mary Kate Gaffney; In Bed with Broadcasting; Morning Side of the Mountain - personal stories of Montecito mudslides; Keith Jackson's death makes front page in two LA Times sections; KGO ready to simulast KABC personality; Passing Parade: Jack Sweeney, Bill Lally, Paul Cassidy, Jon Badeaux, Lyle Kilgore, Joe Frank; Lisa Worden new ALT 98.7 PD; Thanks for the ride, Don Imus; KOST holiday ratings on top; Lauren Sivan joins KABC middays; Ellen K to announce Grammy broadcast'; The Real Don Steele voted Best LARP of All-Time; Billy Bush repairing his career and life; KABC wins Golden Mikes; Reel Radio founder needs help; Rob Frazier's new gig takes him East; Corbin Carson joins KFI News; Chelsea Briggs joins AMP morning show; LARadio readers listen to KFI and Tim Conway, Jr.; Val Maki and Janet Brainin out at Power 106; Gary Owens with a story for the ages; Ryan Seacrest tells it like it is; Behind scenes at KOST, Cumulus uses outdoor to promote Dahl; Gloria Allred's Netflix docu; Craig Fiegener new to KNX news; 80-year-old LARP sues 77-year-old LARP; Michael Harrison chats with Trump; New mornings at Power 106; LARP memories of Billy Graham; busy JoJo; is podcasting worth it? Ryan Seacrest woes; iHeart in deep financial trouble
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 60+ 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.