The boating store was having a big sale on canoes. That was quite the oar-deal.

2 Years Ago Today


iHeart Bloodbath Continues
(January 16, 2020) The name of this website is Los Angeles Radio People. Not the corporations that run radio. The intent for a quarter of a century has been to keep the people in the spotlight and in its heart.  

The recent iHeart firings came swift and mostly without warning. The worst kind. Holidays were over and radio people and their families were getting back to some kind of normalcy when wham! You didn’t make the cut.

One radio newsletter missed deadline Wednesday because they got so behind tracking all those who had been fired.
“Wednesday afternoon, they got me again,” emailed Ted Ziegenbusch. “Today, I became part of the current iHeartMedia dislocation project. My two weekend shows, my multiple sick leave and vacation duties and my special assignment as the only fill-in host for the nightly Love Songs segment are all being replaced now by technology.” 

Ted continued: “Fifty-one consecutive years is a long time to be receiving a weekly paycheck as a radio host. I have been blessed beyond belief. As I had hoped for, I’m leaving the company on good terms. The sad news came via a phone call with Andrew Jeffries and John Peake. They were empathetic and cordial. They were also kind enough to verbally recognize the value of my employment at KOST going back to 1982. I was the last guy standing from the original on-air staff hired, when the station made their format change to Adult Contemporary under Cox Communications. I’ve lost track of how many owners, program directors and general managers I’ve worked for over the decades at KOST. But it’s been an absolute pleasure.

“Unbeknownst to the managers who called today, my wife and I were at the oncologist’s office at City of Hope when we received the downsizing news. On the brighter side, I will now have the time to accompany my wife through her breast cancer treatments. She was recently diagnosed, but the prognosis is very good.

“Thanks for your never-ending support, encouragement and for lending me an ear when I needed some solid advice. Radio folks have been nagging lately me to tell my career story via a biographical book. Now, I guess there’s going to be time for that, too,” concluded Ted.

Allaccess is reporting additional iHeart terminations: DJ Drew from KIIS, Julianne Miller from KYSR and in the Inland Empire, Chris "QuiWest" Quiles and Nick Nack.

We have learned that Melissa Sharpe (formerly mornings at Star 98.7) was let go from her job in Arizona. Also part of the firings was Jarred Diglio formerly wih KSPN.

Chris Little, news director at KFI, confirmed that Andrew Mollenbeck is gone. "He had an idea what was up, when I called him in," emailed Little. "So he made sure he wore a tie and he filled up the news truck. That is a class act. Andrew is a smart, talented and classy guy. He brings positivity to every situation. He will be sorely missed."

Ken Minyard, longtime iconic KABC morning man, wrote on Facebook: “Being fired is never any fun but being fired because of your own company’s mismanagement makes it that much worse. On the bright side, you’re escaping from a dying industry. Hopefully these people can find new careers in more promising fields.”

Charlie Cook, Cumulus vp/Country formats operations manager and operations manager of the Cumulus Nashville cluster, recognized this as a very difficult week for many in radio. He is offering shoulder a shoulder to listen. “If a radio person loses a job - what they’ve loved for their career - we’re all less for it.” He provided his cell phone number: 818.378.5979. “I owe so much to everyone in this business,” he said.

Hear Ache. Another Rock Hall of Fame and another year of controversy. Bob Lefsetz took a shot: “Come on, the only thing Whitney Houston has in common with Rock is she O.D.’ed!” … Bill Earl is upset that the iconic phrase “Hey, Culligan Man” has dropped Man. “PC gone crazy!” … Frosty Stilwell of KLOS’ Frosty, Heidi and Frank said he had the worst Christmas ever. “I regret to say this is not a joke. In Florida, family devil dog lunged and attacked me Christmas Eve, chewed on my face. I left early on Christmas day to fly back home for stitches.”

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Another LARP Joins the Passing Parade ...

JACKSON, Michael: KHJ, 1963-65; KNX, 1965; KABC, 1966-1998; KRLA, 1999; KLAC, 2001-02; KNX, 2004-05; KGIL, 2007-08. The former rock and roll dj was a midday mainstay at News/Talk KABC for over three decades. He died January 15, 2022, at the age of 87. He had been sufffering from Parkinson's disease.

Michael’s father owned several pubs in London and when he was 11, the family moved to South Africa, where Michael became fluent in Afrikaans. But he always imagined himself in radio, and by the time he was 16 (and finished high school) he was on the air in Johannesburg, having lied about his age. He trained with the BBC.

Michael started his American radio career in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved quickly to the Bay Area where he played rock music at KYA and KEWB. In San Francisco he was known as Michael Scotland, and his program was called "Scotland's Yard."

In 1963, Michael hosted a two-hour Hootenanny show on KHJ. In 1965, when the format switched to "Boss Radio," he moved to KNX. The same year he became a U.S. citizen and married into Hollywood royalty. His wife Alana is the daughter of the late actor Alan Ladd, the man who played Shane. He won a local Emmy while hosting KCOP/Channel 13's The Big Question series. 

A 1974 LA Times profile said, "He is of small stature, as compact as a lightweight boxer. His facial expression is one of bemused, continental curiosity - a man secure in all things intellectual but having too good a time to be excessively tweedy." 

Michael has won seven Emmys and four Golden Mike awards. He has also received many other honors, including Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) presented by  Queen Elizabeth, the French Legion of Merit Award, presented by president Mitterand in 1988, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984. 

In the spring of 1984, he suffered a minor heart attack at the age of 50 while riding horseback through Griffith Park. Journalist Norman Cousins advised Michael during his recuperation period and told him, "A heart attack is something to laugh at. It really is."

In 1992 he was off the air for almost two months following heart surgery. In the summer of 1997, Michael moved to weekends on KABC, eventually leaving the station in 1999. He was a regular substitute for Larry King on CNN.



SEWARD, Bill: KXLU, 1976-80; XPRS, 1980-81; KWNK, 1987-88; KGIL, 1989; KNX, 1990-1997; KFWB, 2001-14; KFI, 2017-21. The Sherman Oaks native was a play-by-play announcer for NBC Sports. He died January 14, 2022, of cancer.

In addition to calling various professional and college sports in America, Seward was “on the mic” for NBC’s Olympic rugby coverage, Rugby World Cup, Rugby World Cup Sevens, Rugby Sevens World Series, Varsity Cup, Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series, FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup, FIS Nordic Skiing World Cup, European Figure Skating Championships, FINA Synchronized Swimming World Cup, Vuelta a Espana, Eneco Cycling Tour, Tour of Belgium, Tour of Norway, 4 Days of Dunkirk, Paris Marathon, IBU Biathlon World Championships, Tour de Ski and the Four Hills World Cup ski jumping event. Seward also has appeared on NBC’s Early Today along with programs on MSNBC, CNBC, USA Network, Universal Sports and the horse racing network, TVG.

He earned several Golden Mikes as a sports anchor with CBS Radio in Los Angeles, and been honored with multiple "Best Radio Anchor Staff" awards, the top honor presented by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. Seward hosted “DodgerTalk” on the Dodgers Radio Network and has been voted "Top Sports Update Anchor" a record thirteen times by the Los Angeles Daily News.  

Seward previously anchored for ESPN, hosting such shows as SportsCenter, ESPNEWS and 2Day at the Races. While at ESPN, Seward was a regular contributor to ABC's World News This Morning. He also was part of ESPN's Summer Olympic Games coverage and was one of the hosts for NBC’s Olympic Zone. In addition to sports anchoring, Seward has been in feature films such as Steve Jobs, Nightcrawler, Good Kill, Zodiac, Ruby and Recount, along with appearances on television shows The Dress Up Gang, I’m Dying Up Here, Scandal, Revenge, Key & Peele, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Touch, Medium, Everybody Hates Chris, The Event and several others. Seward also was the host of Sega’s popular video game, “Virtual Fighter 5.”  

Seward began his television career as Sports Director at KVIQ in Eureka, California, followed by stops at KATY in Oxnard and WNHT/TV in Concord, New Hampshire, before returning home to become an award-winning sports anchor at KCBS/TV, KNBC/TV and radio news stations KNX and KFWB. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Seward was the nation’s youngest head football coach at Saint Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, where he was honored as "Bay Area Coach of the Year." He coached at Saint Bernard and at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and he had the privilege of working with several future MLB, NBA and NFL players.  


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Kevin Weatherly, Thom Tran, Smokey Robinson, Bill Seward

 

Dominick Garcia, LL Cool J, Carey Curelop, Mike Butts

 

Melody Rogers, The Real Don Steele, Mickey Mouse, Bean

 

Dennis Quaid, Angel Martinez, Bill Bowker, Art Laboe 

 

Jolie and Chuck Madden, Gene Gates, Mike Lundy 

Cliff Winston, Paul Wells (the Lobster), Bill Smith

 

Diana Steele, Danny Bonaduce, Gordon Mason

 

Humble Harve, The World Famous Tom Murphy, Casey Kasem, Dick Moreland

 

Rick Hunter, Cathy Hughes, Zac Zenor

 

Shadoe Stevens, Don West, Francesca Cappucci, Chris Sedens

 

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For 25 years LARadio chronicled the news of Southern California radio and the personalities who populated it. Alan Oda was editor for much of that time. With the closing of LARadio he opened a weekly blog, mostly about radio at ayodaradio.blogspot.com After 25 years, LARadio came to an end in  2020.

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