The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 61 years, is now available just by clicking on your favorite personality. 
The listings provide a colorful snapshot of where they came from, where and when they worked, and what they’re doing now.
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(Jim Cramer, Rick Scarry, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Gene Michellini, and Steve Futterman) 


Hear Ache

(September 19, 2017) Sean Hannity is moving to 9 p.m. to take on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow directly starting next week in anticipation of Fox News Channel debuting Laura Ingraham’s (l) new show on the day before Halloween. I remember meeting Laura 15 years ago when interviewing her at KPLS (830AM) in Orange. You might have fun reading the original story as you scroll down … Jim Cramer’s nine-minute piece on why the market is totally wrong about the CBS Radio/Entercom merger is a great, positive listen. If you haven’t seen it, click here. One local industry leader wonders if 20 years after consolidation if anyone can effectively run a large station group. Good question. The McDonaldization of radio just hasn’t worked the way it was perceived … When the Dodgers were in the midst of their 11-game losing streak recently, a letter to the LA Times was quite poignant. “Could Vin Scully consider calling a few games, until at least several of them are won? If anyone can break a curse, it has to be Scully. My dad and I had a difficult relationship. Scully’s call of Sandy Koufax’s perfect game in 1965, with us listening in our kitchen without breathing much was a healing moment for us. Maybe the unmistakable sound of Vin’s voice can heal the Dodgers as well.” …  Adding to the list of changes at KNX posted yesterday, the all-nights will be shared on different nights between Bob Brill, Maggie McKay, and Mark Austin Thomas … Those of you who have asked how my son, Don, Jr., was doing in Naples, Florida, he’s still without power. “Turns out our quadrant had more extensive line damage than they thought. Likely Friday until restored,” he texted.

“I Became a Talk Show Host,
 a Profession More Reviled than the Law” – Laura Ingraham, KPLS
 

(April 30, 2002) Laura Ingraham, nine to noon counter talker to Rush Limbaugh, appears daily on Hot Talk/KPLS (830AM) and 225 other stations across the country. She was in town yesterday, broadcasting from the Orange studios where there were wires everywhere to hook up with her studio headquarters in Washington DC. She teased KPLS gm Alan Fuller  (pictured below with Laura) unmercifully about getting the studio just right for her. 

In person, she looks like a coed late for her classes at San Diego State instead of one of those bright young ladies dotting the talk show wars. She graduated from Dartmouth College, where, in the mid-1980s, Laura was editor of The Dartmouth Review. She worked as a speechwriter in the final two years of the Reagan administration and then graduated from law school at the University of Virginia. She successfully took her bar examination in San Diego. Laura was a clerk in the Supreme Court of the United States for Justice Clarence Thomas. For three years, she was a white-collar criminal defense litigator for a Washington DC law firm. When she moved into the media world, she worked at MSNBC and CBS, where she contributed on-air commentaries for the weekend evening news. 

Her father was a career worker at Pratt & Whitney, a company that manufactures engines for commercial, military and general aviation aircraft, space propulsion and power systems. Laura’s mother was a waitress. The youngest of four children, she has three older brothers. “When I was born, my parents were so happy they had a little girl. But I was a tomboy. I loved to play basketball, baseball and other sports,” she enthused during a break in her program. 

Laura is part of KPLS’ effort to become a major player in Southern California radio. Emerging from the shadows of the Catholic Family Radio, William Agee, the former chairman of Bendix, is the champion of the new talk entry. “It is not by accident that five of our six hours in midday are female voices,” said Alan Fuller, proudly looking after his Washington, DC guest. “We’ve signed with ABC Radio, and Westwood One. We carry Pepperdine sports, we're the alternate flagship for the Angels and we carry USC sports. Did you know that 70% of USC graduates living in Southern California, live in Orange County?” Alan asked rhetorically. 

When Alan arrived last fall from a career in advertising, sales (he was with CBS for 17 years) and syndication, KPLS had three employees. The station now has 30 and a full staff of sales people. (Following Laura’s show yesterday morning, Mike Bremner, the KPLS gsm, was taking his talk show guest to lunch with a group of station advertisers.) The station is looking to move to new quarters, demonstrating a commitment to be a player in local radio. They currently occupy the old Radio AHHS space. 

Don Imus starts the KPLS day followed by Laura, George Putnam at noon, and then Dana Roth. The controversial Michael Savage holds down afternoons. Alan is still toying with the evening line-up. The station is celebrating its one-year anniversary today as a Hot Talk station. Operations director Howard Drescher and Jeffrey James have been there from day one.


KNX Shuffles Shifts 

(September 18, 2017) KNX is shuffling the anchor staff in all dayparts except mornings. Brian Ping (l) moves from nights to midday. “After more than six years on overnights and then late nights, I'm moving to the KNX midday anchor shift starting September 25. See you on the dayside,” he wrote on his Facebook page.

5a – 10a               KNX Morning News with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore

10a – 1p               KNX Midday News with Brian Ping

1p – 2p                 KNX In Depth with Charles Feldman and Mike Simpson 

2p – 7p                 KNX Afternoon News with Mike Simpson and Chris Sedens

7p – 8p                 KNX Evening News with Diane Thompson

8p – 9p                 KNX In Depth (Repeat) 

9p – 12a               KNX Evening News with Diane Thompson


Nostalgia Sunday - 11 Years Ago Today

KFI’s John  Ziegler Suspended After Flap with John Kobylt

(September 17, 2006) An angry exchange between KFI’s John Kobylt and John Ziegler (photo) during the cross over between shows Monday night shortly before 7 p.m. has resulted in a two-show suspension for Ziegler.

Nearing the end of the John & Ken show (Ken Champiou was on holiday and John was working solo), John Ziegler walked into the studio to promote his show.

Kobylt: “John & Ken Show, John Kobylt and Ken Champiou, six fifty-five here at KFI. John Ziegler coming up right after the seven o’clock news.”

Ziegler: “Hey, John, exclusive information – stuff you won’t hear anywhere else – about how ABC caved on the Path to 9/11 movie last night. Plus we’ll talk to a teacher who is having some difficulty locally teaching about 9/11 and I’ll also explain…there are two great mysteries as far as I’m concerned. Why George Bush is so incredibly soft on illegal immigration and why someone as smart as John Kobylt has his head up his ass on Iraq.”

Kobylt: “Oh, get the…get out of here…get out…get out…get out or I’m going to throw something at you. Out. Out.”

Ziegler: “Go ahead and throw it John.”

Kobylt: “Get him out…get him out. No, I’m serious. I’m sick of you coming in here every day and bugging me. Get out of here.”

Ziegler: “You’re wrong on this, John. You turn off my microphone…”

Kobylt: “Either turn off his microphone or I’m getting out. Get him out…get him out. John, I just asked you five minutes ago not to be a pain in the ass and bug me anymore. Okay? I asked you…I ask you every day. Get out of here. God almighty. Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. I want to see you put on a GI uniform and go fight in Baghdad. God…go…out.”

Ziegler:  “Fine. Take care of it tomorrow.”

Kobylt: “Leah Brandon is next…”

Austin Hill sat in for Ziegler last night. Ziegler is scheduled to return to his 7 p.m. - 10 p.m. slot on Monday.


Email Saturday

** KSHE Impressive

"I thoroughly enjoyed today's story on the Top 20 AOR Stations. During my days in the 1970s doing mornings and helping to program KCAL/fm in San Bernardino, we shamelessly did our best to mirror all the good attributes of our Los Angeles competitor KMET. However, the best overall music presentation and imaging award back then would have to go to KSHE in St. Louis.

While traveling on a three week cross-county road-trip in the summer of 1979 [a.k.a. Album Rock's heyday] my wife and I listened non-stop to every AOR station on the dial in virtually half of the United States. We logged a ton of miles and buckets of listening hours. Many stations were impressive, but none more so than KSHE. I'm not at all surprised that it made everyone's Top Ten List.

But when it came to the best on-air charisma and the hipness factor, The Mighty Met put everyone else to shame." - Ted Ziegenbusch
** New Liner at KNX?

"On Tuesday 9/12/17 at around 6:47 a.m., Jennifer York was ending her two-minute traffic report as part of the station’s 'traffic [and weather together] every ten minutes on the five’s' when she said something totally different than her usual sign-off of:  '…I’m Jennifer York with more traffic reports more often, KNX 1070 Newsradio.'

She caught herself a few seconds into this new and different sign-off saying 'sorry' and chuckling a bit to herself, then returning to the normal sign-off script.

Does anybody know what distracted her to say something totally different then what she has to say 50 [FIFTY!!] times each day during her five hour shift?" - Steve Nieto
** Anniversary to LARP

"Happy anniversary to LARadio.com. Congratulations, Don, and many thanks for all you do." - Don Graham


 ** Why Did KCSN Move?

"As a former KCSNer, I agree with Doug Brown’s assessment of KCSN and KSBR. I unfortunately started at KCSN after Doug left and Bob Bishop was manager. At that time we were 3000 watts, reached from Santa Barbara to San Diego. We were NPR, run by mostly students at CSUN. We were highly thought of in the music industry since we didn’t have 'sponsors' we were doing basically the same format as KCSN has been doing for the past few years, but only at night. Most of the day parts were NPR and educational stuff.

Then for some reason, I don’t know why, and after I left, KCSN moved their antenna to hit the Santa Clarita Valley and cut their power to 370 watts. This led the way to KSBR [Saddleback College] to come on the air. Now they’re back. We all wish them luck and have nothing bad to say against the 'employees.' They just should be mostly students. That’s my opinion. - Kevin Stern  
 

** Where is Bill Jenkins?

"I love your website about the radio scene in LA. Do you have any idea what became of Bill Jenkins who worked at pretty much every station down there?" - John C. Dvorak, KJ6LNG, jcdvorak@dvorak.org

 
 
  ** Passing of Don Bishop

"Sad news about the death of Don Bishop, former morning personality at K-100/fm in L.A. in the 70's and long time personality at Transtar/WestwoodOne/Dial-Global Radio Networks has passed.  

I knew him for such a long time. I first met him when he was brought on to host the evening shift at KFXM in San Bernardino in the early 70's. Our broadcast paths crossed again at K-100 and at WW1. The link to his information in enclosed if anyone reading this knew him and wants to post a comment." - Bruce  Chandler

Naples, Florida is a Family Affair 

(September 15, 2017) My oldest son lives in Naples, Florida. Not knowing the laser beam precision of Hurricane Irma, he waited until Sunday to evacuate his home with his two dogs, Daisy and Papi. Don, Jr. (l) works for a law firm. The company opened the building for employees and their families (including animals) to ride out the storm.

There’s nothing worse than “not knowing” when it comes to family members. The storm hit the Florida Keys very hard, and Naples was next. Last I heard was Sunday when he was evacuating … until yesterday afternoon.

“It’s like a war zone here,” my son texted. “No electricity. No gas. No cell service. No power in county. No Internet until late last night. No AC, no pool screens, mosquitoes breeding. Earlier no flushing toilets until neighbor back fed water. Lots of standing water until today. Front yard is still a bog.”

My son ended his text mentioning that one of his dogs damaged her leg and was lame. In addition, he has a giant Bismarck palm leaning on his property, he doesn’t know if that will come crashing down. His car got water logged traveling through high water, so his vehicle is no longer drivable.

As a father I am pleased that he survived and that there was no major damage. Others had it so much worse. I remember in 1994 when half our Valencia house collapsed in the earthquake. Day by day you do what is in front of you and keep moving forward. It seems impossible to escape the obstacles that Mother Nature has up her sleeve.


Top 20 AOR Stations of All-Time 

(September 14, 2017) Over the past few weeks, readers of trade publication Radio Ink voted for the top 20 AOR stations of all time. In addition to the people poll, two AOR experts voted. Both John Sebastian and Lee Abrams have ranked their lists.
How John Sebastian picked them: “My decisions and analysis for this list was predicated on several considerations: Legacy…how the station influenced other Rock radio stations around the country and really the world. Longevity…Consistency in a rock format. How the station was a factor in furthering social justice…this varied market to market but it speaks to how serious the stations were about truly being sensitive to the day to day needs of their listeners and advertisers…the way they covered news, the public service they provided, the concerts they influenced to play in their market. Ratings dominance and consistency, over time and also stations that broke ratings records that in some cases still stand today.” John Sebastian’s Top 20 Rock Stations of All Time:

#1) KMET-Los Angeles
#2) WEBN-Cincinnati
#3) KQRS-Minneapolis
#4) WRIF-Detroit
#5) KSHE-St. Louis
#6) KISW-Seattle
#7) WLUP-Chicago
#8) WBCN-Boston
#9) WMMS-Cleveland
#10) WNEW-New York
#11) WMMR-Philadelphia
#12) KLOS-Los Angeles
#13) WFBQ-Indianapolis
#14) WDVE-Pittsburgh
#15) KGON-Portland
#16) KSAN-San Francisco
#17) WYSP-Philadelphia
#18) WSHE-Miami
#19) KZEW-Dallas
#20) WCOZ-Boston
How Lee Abrams ranked his Top 20:

#1) WEBN-Cincinnati
#2) WMMR-Philadelphia
#3) WBCN-Boston
#4) KMET-Los Angeles
#5) WRIF-Detroit
#6) WMMS-Cleveland
#7) KISW-Seattle
#8) WDVE-Pittsburgh
#9) KQRS-Minneapolis
#10) KSHE-St. Louis
#11) WKLS-Atlanta
#12) WFBQ-Indianapolis
#13) WNEW/fm-New York
#14) WSHE-South Florida
#15) WQDR-Raleigh
#16) KYYS-Kansas City
#17) WDIZ-Orlando
#18) KLOS-Los Angeles
#19) WAAF-Worcester
#20) KGB-San Diego
And here’s how Radio Ink readers voted in online poll:

#1) WMMR-Philadelphia
#2) KLOS-Los Angeles
#3) WRIF-Detroit
#4) KSHE-St. Louis
#5) WEBN-Cincinnati
#6) KQRS-Minneapolis
#7) KMET-Los Angeles
#8) WNEW-New York
#9) WNOR-Norfolk
#10) WRAT-New Jersey
#11) WFBQ-Indianapolis
#12) KISW-Seattle
#13) WKLC-Charleston, WV
#14) WMMS-Cleveland
#15) KNAC-Los Angeles
#16) WBCN-Boston
#17) WDVE-Pittsburgh
#18) KQRC-Kansas City
#19) WSHE-Miami

#20) WGRF Buffalo

Former KIQQ and Westood One DJ Dies

(September 13, 2017) Don Bishop, former jock at KIQQ (mid-70s), KMGX and Westwood One, died September 10, 2017, in American Fork, Utah, according to his longtime friend, Gary Cheney.  He was 69. Funeral services are set for this Friday in American Fork.

Before broadcasting at “K-100,” Don worked in Utah, Washington and Chicago. Don also worked at the Bright AC format at Westwood One for many years.

There were immediate memories of Don from his colleagues.

James Baker: So shocked! Don was super kind to me when I came to WW1 and Bright AC. I filled in for him from time to time before I moved into nights. I am so grateful to have known him. Rest in Peace Don!

Andy Waits: What a shock!

Bob Blackburn: Don was a nice soft spoken guy, I really liked working with him both in Hollywood & Valencia, this is sad news

Jim Duncan: Always loved talking with Don. He was a special person. It was a honor to know him.


Chuck Clifford: I worked with Don at Westwood One in Valencia for many years... A gentle man with a heart of gold.... I am saddened by the news of his passing.... Prayers to his family and friends.

Dr. Demento Loses His Wife of 34 Years

(September 13, 2017) "Sad times in the Land of Dementia – Sue Hansen, my wife, love and helpmate for 34 years, died on Sunday, September 10, after a month-long illness. She was just 65.

Sue saved my life and my sanity at a time when I was sorely tempted by the fast times of the L.A. radio and record business in the 1980s. We never had children [our mutual decision, for several reasons] but richly enjoyed each other's company, and I learned a whole lot about life and love from her.

Sue was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles a year after high school. She and I were introduced by my L. A. neighbors in the 1970s, Fred and Delores Schaefer. Sue and Fred worked together in the Los Angeles yard office of the Union Pacific Railroad, and we first laid eyes on each other when Fred offered to give me a tour of the yard office. [As you may know I'm something of a rail fan, so I was eager for that]. After a couple of get-togethers at the Schaefers' house Sue and I began dating in 1979. We were married in Fern Grotto, Kauai, Hawaii in 1983, and our reception in early 1984 drew hundreds of people to the Variety Arts Club in L.A., where the great Johnny Otis and his band capped the celebration with their fabulous r&b sounds.

By that time Sue had been promoted to training officer for the railroad, but soon after our wedding the training operation was moved to the Midwest. Since I couldn't leave L.A. at that time due to the show, Sue opted to leave the railroad and stay with me in L.A. For several years she worked for a business that imported quartz crystals and carvings from Brazil, distributing them to local metaphysical bookstores and head shops. She then volunteered to take over the Demento Society, the show's fan club and merchandising operation. She ran that very successfully through the 1990s and into the new century. If you got one of our membership kits in those years, Sue probably packed and shipped it.

Sue began having health problems in 2009, when she had an attack of food poisoning that lingered for a very long time. One day in 2011, when I was out of town, she tried to lift a large box of papers, and suffered a hernia which led to serious consequences requiring emergency surgery. She had barely recovered from that when she began having the back and knee problems which plagued her from then on. She had to sleep in a recliner, making it difficult for us to travel together.

We continued to enjoy a happy life at home, though, until she became ill early last month. On August 15 she was admitted to the hospital. Despite their efforts including emergency surgery and dialysis, her condition continued to get worse. I was totally unprepared for how fast she was taken from me. The Dr. Demento Show will go on [and you will continue to hear Sue's voice saying "The Doctor is In!" at the start of each show] but this will be a very hard one to get over." -Dr. Demento (Barret Hansen) from his Facebook post

Damn Gardner

(September 12, 2017) Bill Gardner is one of my favorite LARP. Bill hosted the quintessential doo-wop music show on Friday nights at KPCC until a format change dropping all music programming in the spring of 2000. By day he is a supervisor of social workers who aid victims of child abuse in Los Angeles County.

His weekly show, Rhapsody in Black, moved to KPFK in May 2000 and he hosted a weekend show on KKJZ playing jazz, blues and classic r&b until the spring of 2007 when there was a management change.

He shared a story when he was at LACC.

In 1958 I was a movie extra in Damn Yankees. I was playing ball for Los Angeles City College in 1958. The filming of Damn Yankees was about to begin. My coach knew movie people and told me to go and try out for the film at a local playground. I was chosen as an extra, really because the Washington Senators first baseman was black and left-handed and played first base ... like me..

We filmed the first day at Warner's Brothers. I got to see the filming of a Maverick episode featuring James Garner. For the next four days we were on location at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. My main scene is when Tab Hunter is trying out for the Senators. The camera is directly behind me as a ball is hit to Tab Hunter at shortstop and an extra throws the ball to me at first base. I was also in several other walk by scenes. I got to meet Tab Hunter who was a very nice person. He invited me and others to his ranch to ride horses, but I and other ballplayer extras declined. lol. I made $800 for this, which was a lot of money back then. I could have joined the screen actors guild but I chose to buy a used Ford to drive to school.

Hear Ache
(September 11, 2017) Chris Madsen is celebrating his 24th Anniversary with the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim franchise. Chris wrote on his Facebook page: “Looking back, it was something right out of a Hollywood script…considering I had no inside contact at the Walt Disney Company, no agent, and yet I got the call over hundreds of other applicants for the tv play-by-play post–WITH ONLY ONE NHL GAME on my resume! As my dad taught me: 'Happy are those who dream dreams, and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.'" … Bob Madigan did news on KNX/fm in the late seventies. In 1993, Bob joined WTOP-Washington, DC and stayed until his retirement in 2014. He now lives in Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine … Rhonda Kramer is celebrating 3 years of dispending traffic info at KABC …  … LARadio reader Andrew Schermerhorn wonders if there is a rift between KABC’s Doug McIntyre and Peter Tilden. “Every morning Doug waits until the last 10 seconds of his show to do crosstalk with Peter. As Peter begins to respond to Doug’s, ‘Peter! What do you have coming on your show today?’ Doug cuts him off with his signature signoff, ‘Down the dinosaur I go!” Doug responded: “It's a bit, but if gets us a single listener, you can tell LARP we hate each other.” … During the La Tuna fire last week, Rick Dees tweeted: “Hollywood air is loaded with ashes and smoke and breathing is not good. I fact, I just inhaled and chipped a tooth.” … Roger Carroll emailed to say that during his 22 years with 710/KMPC, “We had the Angels, UCLA football and basketball and Rams.” … What the heck is happening with LARadio? During the 2017 NAB Marconi Radio Award presentation, not one LA station received an award.


8 Years Ago Today

Our Missed Brooks 

(September 10, 2009) Barbara Brooks has been doing traffic and news reports for over two decades both on local radio and tv, including KNBC/Channel 4. Born and raised in Los Angeles, she was on the ground floor of Metro Traffic, the first independent company to deliver traffic and later news to radio stations.  

In the late 1970s, Barbara was working for a newspaper in Lubbock. She was in Lubbock because she had majored in journalism at Texas Tech University, where she also was a dj and newsperson on the campus radio station. “I just happened to get into radio. I was in the student union and there was a table selling tee-shirt transfers. I was talking with the guy selling the transfers and he commented that I didn’t have a Texas accent and that I should talk with the program director at the college station. I did and he put me on. I really wasn’t looking for anything in radio because I planned on writing for newspapers. That was my idea at the time.” 

Barbara needed an FCC 3rd Class License. She studied for it but on her first attempt at taking the test, she didn’t pass the Element 9 section, which was very technical. But Barbara persisted and passed the test on the second try. Not long after passing the exam her general manager at the college station put up a notice on the stations’ bulletin board that the Easy Listening station in Lubbock was looking for a female announcer. She called, got the job, but didn’t actually have her 3rd Class license in her hands yet. “I had to drive to Dallas to get the physical piece of paper in order for it to be placed on the wall of the control room before I could start.”

“Turned out it wasn’t much on air work because the men were doing the imaging. It was an automated station with the old Schafer Reel-to-Reel playback machines that were programmed by numbers. I was allowed to do the news once an hour. This was 1976 and I felt like the token female.” 

Barbara originally moved to Texas in 1970 when her father accepted a job with an independent production company in Dallas. He was a film editor and director in Hollywood in the 50s and 60s where he did 60 travelogues for Jack Douglas and a tv series called I Search for Adventure. “Competition from film school graduates forced my dad to look elsewhere and he found work in Dallas and we moved there when I was 12. You could buy a house for next to nothing and there wasn’t the same kind of competition for jobs,” said Barbara. 

When Barbara was working in Lubbock, her father had a massive hemorrhage on his spinal cord and he was paralyzed from the chest down. “I moved to Dallas to help take care of him. Shortly after moving to Dallas I needed a job and saw an ad in the newspaper: ‘Traffic Reporter Wanted.’” 

Metro had already established itself in Baltimore and Washington DC. Dallas was the third market. The sexual revolution had yet to hit Dallas and Barbara was confronted with sexism. “In those days they wouldn’t let a woman do drive time. Nobody wanted a female voice so I did middays.” 

The Dallas Metro office consisted of two rooms – an outer office and a broadcast room, which was an office with a control board. Barbara recalled: “There were no such things as computers back then so we listened to the scanners, called the highway patrol and wrote down the information on a piece of paper.”

While working for Metro she was offered a position with a tv production company in Baltimore as a coordinator. “The job was not what I expected. I didn’t meet anybody and saw the same four people every day. I think they had more expectation of what I knew about video. I was basically a radio/newspaper girl.”

She ended up at Metro in Washington DC and after some broken promises from management; Barbara left and returned to Dallas to work at all-News KRLD. After her father died, Barbara’s mother wanted to go back to Southern California. They did – her mother didn’t stay in the Southland, but Barbara decided to stay.

In 1985 Barbara joined LA Network, a traffic company owned and run by Rhonda Kramer (now KFWB drive time traffic) and her then-husband Kenny Green. She stayed at LA Network for a couple of years before returning to Metro Traffic for the third time, where she was also director of operations for a time. In 1993 she moved over to the competing traffic service, AirWatch, and dispensed traffic and news for 14 years, primarily for KFI and KBIG. For several years Barbara flew with Mike Nolan.

On the day of 9-11, she was doing news for Charlie Tuna at KBIG. “I have a CD of that morning but I’ve never listened to it. I should some time.” 

Did she like the airborne reporting? “I hated the Santa Ana winds,” as Barbara remembered being buffeted during the strong winds. “I loved some of the views and the sunrises were beautiful. There were certain parts of the job I loved but other parts scared me.” 

On one airborne flight the plane lost an alternator over the Diamond Bar/Walnut area. There were no flaps and no radio. “We did an emergency landing at the Fullerton Airport. I got out of the hangar, saw Commander Chuck Street and told him I needed a hug.” (Photo of Barbara with Bruce Manning at recent celebrity event)

With a career as a traffic reporter, Barbara reflected on her first introduction to traffic reporting, ironically at a young age. "At a costume party my parents met Capt. Max Schumacher and his wife," remembered Barbara about the traffic reporting pilot from the 50s and 60s who worked for Gene Autry's 710/KMPC. "At the end of the evening, Capt. Max invited my dad to fly with him the next afternoon. He was finishing up a film, ran into some problems and had to cancel so Capt. Max said to come to the airport the following day and to bring his wife. My mother was very excited and told several friends she would be going. The following afternoon, my father had a premonition that he shouldn't go so he called and said he was still busy with work and canceled. Capt. Max was glad because he had a couple at the airport that was there on the wrong day so he said he would take them up that day and my parents the following day. That was the day he had a mid-air collision over Dodger stadium with a police helicopter. Evening news reports said there was an unidentified couple on-board, thankfully it wasn't my parents."

Barbara thought it was a little strange that she ended up as a traffic reporter after that introduction. "I was on the ground for many years but, when I first decided to become an airborne reporter I had a difficult time trying to tell my mother about my decision because of her history. I explained to her that I would be in an airplane and not a helicopter. After I was grounded, she was sad I lost my job but I think secretly thrilled that both my feet would once again be on the ground."

Barbara lives in a historic home in the Inland Empire (she was quick to point out that it was in the 951 and not the 909 area code) that was built in 1924. “I really like it. When I bought it five years ago I was able to get it for what I was paying in rent.” 

Today, Barbara combines all of her skills as a reporter, video host and writer for a Web site called Fire Department Network News. She is up for taking on a new news and/or traffic reporting assignment. You can reach Barbara at: barbarabrooks@yahoo.com  

New Sport. 710 ESPN vp/gm Chris Berry (left) and Matt Mallon (right) welcome new Account Executive Allen Sliwa to the KSPN Sales Team.  Sliwa joins the sports talk station after six years at XX Sports Radio 1090 in San Diego, where he was Salesman of the Year in 2008 and was instrumental in the station’s Padres play-by-play sales.

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** Power to 88.5/fm

“With KCSN merger with KSBR, it now gives KCSN approximately the same coverage area they had when they were 3000 watts. Who says you can't ‘go home.’" – Kevin Stern

** Ex-GM at KCSN Remembers

“My thoughts on the "new" 88.5/fm.

I was the first full time staff general manager of KEDC/KCSN in 1971-73. That was also the very early days of NPR of which we were a member.

I find it really sad to see both KCSN and KSBR are no longer primarily student operated providing young people with a starting place in broadcasting

In fact, I don't get why the colleges are even holding these non-commercial licenses which are now run primarily by former commercial music radio people.

In the late '60s and early '70s, the staff of KEDC/KCSN was well more than 100 students performing virtually every function: writing, performing, production, engineering, continuity, music programming, news, public affairs, publicity, etc. It was a great place to start for many of us.

And BTW, the new KCSN call sign was my idea [in January '73] to coincide with the university name change from San Fernando Valley State College to CSUN.” – Doug Brown

** Can You Hear Me Now?

“Listening to the La Tuna Canyon fire press conferences, I am rather puzzled that, in 2017, journalists at press conferences STILL do not deploy a crowd mic to pick up the questions that the reporters are asking. The questions can barely be heard and often are not heard at all. We only hear the spokesperson answering the question and are left to deduce what the question was.

Steve Kindred, Chris Little, Steve Gregory, Andy Ludlum, et al … can you explain why this basic logistic to serve the listener is omitted and ignored?” – Andrew Schermerhorn

 

** Tribute to Josefa Salinas’ Father

“I am here for a brief moment to share the most heartbreaking news with you. My father has died.

He was the most incredible man I have ever met. Many of you had the joy of meeting Senor Salinas. I took my father everywhere with me and I can tell you he was at home in ALL situations. He made everyone feel welcome. He was the most well-read man I have ever met. He taught me about morals, ethics, philosophy, art, writing, negotiation, parenting and more.

He said something to me this week that echoed a previous conversation. He said: ‘I have so much respect for you Josefa. The woman you have become. The mother you are. Congratulations sweetheart.’ WOW, for my father to tell ME that he had respect for ME? The highest honor he could ever have presented me.

Believe me I understand that he is in a better place. This however took my breath away. He was my rock. My mentor. My confidant. My advisor. Mi Papá. He taught me that I should expect what I am prepared to give. He taught me that I was a princess deserving of a prince. He was a warrior. He was superhuman. To see the look on his face when they told him he was terminal was heart breaking. He looked at me and said NO. I am NOT going to die.

I held his hand for three days as he lay not speaking. I watched his chest go up and down listening for each breath until it did no more. I held my hand over his heart as it took its last beat. I will never forget preparing his body, washing it with lavender soap, covering it with lavender oil, sage and rosemary and wrapping his body for delivery.

Papa, you are right. You will never die. I will tell your stories for as long as I have breath. My children will tell your stories. I will finish all of your writings and publish all of your books. I will make sure the world knows about the books you have written. You will be with us always.

For today, I am trying to figure out how to breathe. How to walk with no legs. How to see with eyes that cannot focus. To move one foot in front of the other.

Forgive me as I grieve. And if I have business with you, understand that I will not be taking phone calls for now. I must find my way in a dark place of which I have no map.

Thank you all for understanding.” – Josefa Salinas (facebook entry)

** LA Persons in 1976

"Here's a look at quarter hour numbers - mid-1976. Compare New York to Los Angeles and more. The top station in LA was KABC - with about 100,000 per quarter  - compared to music station WABC-NY at about 250,000 per quarter hour. WLS-Chicago - 170,000.  KHJ about 64,000. Also in the Top 10 - KBIG, KFI, KMPC, KNX and Country KLAC. 

An interesting time as fm was quickly catching up to AM in most places. Also - interestingly (FYI) - KHJ's top year was 1972 when it did $5.3 million gross. Same year - WABC did just over $8 million gross. 

Here's a link. - Gary West/Man From Yesterday


Two Non-Comms Go Triple A 

(September 8, 2017) Two student non-com stations, KCSN from Cal State Northridge and KSBR from Mission Viejo's Saddleback College, have joined programming forces to extend the reach of both stations. “With both stations on 88.5/fm, the combined effort increases the potential audience of the two stations from 3 million to 11.5 million listeners.

The station will be branded as "The New 88.5," with much of its programming originating from KCSN, currently a Triple A  station. Previously, KSBR had been primarily programming Smooth Jazz. The broadcasts will originate from both stations' campus studios as well as from a remote studio at The Village at Westfield Topanga.

“We’ve been saying that one plus one equals eleven,” said KCSN’s general manager/program director, Sky Daniels. He’s been working for the past four years, leading the charge to combine the two non-commercial stations. “We were literally the lowest powered fm station in L.A.,” Daniels told Billboard Magazine.  

In addition to Daniels, Jim Rondeau will be ops manager, plus djs Nic Harcourt, Jim Nelson and Daniels along with KSBR’s Garrison West who will now have a regular weekday slot. The station will continue to program NPR’s syndicated World Cafe as well as shows with Julie Slater, Harry Shearer, Les Perry (Saturday with the Beatles), Robert Hilburn, Jed The Fish and Kevin Bronson.  

“There’s a reason why we’ve taken the tact we have as a Triple A station,” said Daniels, “it's because this is a format in Los Angeles that has not been served." "The New 88.5" will host a benefit concert with Sheryl Crow at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre on October 23. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Stomp Out, an anti-bullying organization.

Fake News at AMP Radio 

(September 7, 2017) There is much interest in the morning drive slot at AMP Radio. The opening was created when Carson Daly decided to leave after seven years to devote more time to his young family and his role at The Today Show. At my Twitter account (@barrettLARadio) there have been a few Tweets asking if Opie (Gregg Hughes) was in line to join AMP/LA. Opie was the former co-host of the Opie and Anthony radio show that aired from 1995 to 2014 with Anthony Cumia and comedian Jim Norton. When the team broke up, Hughes stayed on at SiriusXM until July of this year. When AMP program director Chris Ebbott was asked about the speculation, he said, “This is fake news, first I’ve heard of it.” So there.

In other “real news,” Brad Chambers is celebrating 11 years hosting MartiniInTheMorning Internet radio playing songs of “The Great America Songbook.” … Speaking of anniversaries, Ashley Paige, former mornings at KZLA and KKGO, is celebrating her 21st wedding anniversary with hubby Neil … Also celebrating their anniversary, Lisa Bowman, ex-KABC, celebrates 38 years of marriage bliss with husband/director Chuck of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman … Bonnie Marquez is joining KCSN, the Northridge Triple A station, as director of marketing and special events. She had a similar role at KZLA and KOST … Former KIIS and KBIG dj Gary Spears is exiting Chicago Oldies station, WJMK. He’s headed for Florida, hopefully after Hurricane Irma … Mike Dowler, part of Santa Clarita radio for many years, is telling everyone he is now cancer-free for the past seven years.

Morning Has Broken (August '17 PPM)

Persons 12+

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Bill Handel (KFI)
3. Pat Prescott (The WAVE)
4. News Team (KNX)
    Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

6. Ryan Seacrest; 7. Gary Bryan; 8. Ellen K;
Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Valentine (MY/fm)
    Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Mega Morning Show (KXOL)

6. Pat Prescott; 7. Frosty, Heidi, Frank; 12. Carson Daly
Persons 25-54

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
4. Jack (JACK/fm)
5. Pat Prescott (The WAVE)
    The Woody Show (KYSR)

7. Kevin & Bean; 20. Big Boy

KBIG Top of the Charts in August '17 PPM 

(September 5, 2017) Something's got a hold on the top spot in the LARadio ratings and it is BIG, in fact, MY/fm KBIG. The Hot AC station is a half point higher than the runner-up KTWV (The WAVE). Not much jumping around in the August '17 PPM ratings, Mon-Sun, 6a-12M:

1. KBIG (Hot AC) 6.1- 6.4
2. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 5.3 - 5.9
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 4.8
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.7 - 4.7
5. KOST (AC) 4.7 - 4.5
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.4 - 4.2
7. KFI (Talk) 3.4 - 3.5
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.4 - 3.4
9. KNX (News) 2.9 - 3.0
10. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.0 -2.9
      KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.1 - 2.9
12. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.7
      KROQ (Alternative) 2.5 - 2.7
      KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.9 - 2.7
15. KRRL (Urban) 2.8 - 2.6
      KYSR (Alternative) 2.7 - 2.6
17. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.5 - 2.5
18. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.5- 2.4
      KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.4
20. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.2 - 2.2
      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.2
22. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.4 - 1.9
23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.7
24. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.6
25. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.4 - 1.5
26. KCRW (Variety) 1.2 - 1.4
27. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.4 - 1.3
      KUSC (Classical) 1.4 - 1.3
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC ) 1.2 - 1.2
30. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 1.1
31. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 1.0
      KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0
      KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.1 - 1.0
34. KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 0.8
       KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.7 - 0.8
36. KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.6
      KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.6
      KKJZ (Jazz) 05. - 0.6
39. KFWB ( Regional Mexican) 0.6 - 0.5
      KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.5 - 0.5


You Can Book on Nancy Cole

(September 5, 2017) I met Nancy Cole for the first time when she was the gm at The Sporting News’ KMPC.  The station was located on Ocean Park Blvd in a Santa Monica industrial park.Not many women were running radio stations at the time, let alone a sports station.

Nancy was born in Seattle, later growing up in the orange groves of Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1973 before working in Phoenix radio and tv as a writer/producer. “I began my radio career as an intern and I was the first woman on the air in Phoenix. From then on I was bitten by the broadcast bug and the rest is history.”

Nancy continued in radio but on the path of sales, from starting as an account executive to her first leadership position as sales manager at KXTA. At KMPC she was responsible for repositioning the station to include a more local focus, adding USC football and men’s basketball, signing the LA Avengers arena football team, and changing the call letters from KCTD to KMPC. In early 2002, her contract was not renewed with the station.
Nancy is now an author. She sent an email to update her profile. “Since retiring I’ve picked up my pen and started writing The Carol Childs Mystery series about a young investigative reporter working for a talk radio station here in Los Angeles,” Nancy wrote. “Something I know a little bit about. It’s been a fun and successful series to write. Room For Doubt, book four in the series has been on Amazon’s top 100 in mysteries and the series over all appears to be a hit.”

Stations Nancy was involved with: KGIL, 1981; KJOI, 1982; KNX, 1983-88; KFWB/KTWV, 1988-95; KABC/KTZN, 1995-97; KXTA, 1997-98; KCTD/KMPC, 2000-02, gm

18 Years Ago Today

Labor Day Weekend Catch-Up

(Labor Day 1999) Whotta’ week. A three-day weekend could not have come at a better time. If for nothing else, just to catch our breath. A major station swap with 14 AMFM, Inc. stations going to Cox Communications in exchange for KFI and KOST. Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, LaLa and the Baka Boyz debut at The Beat. KLOS hit with second lawsuit over "Black Hoe" promotion. John London and the House Party move from mornings at The Beat to "Mega 100." Whew.

Walt Disney Co. was hit yesterday with a second racial-discrimination lawsuit stemming from its role in a KLOS promotion called "The Black Hoe," according to a front-page LA Times Business section story. KLOS account executive Carla Woodson is the second black employee to allege that she was retaliated against for complaining about the promotion.

John Duncan, former pd at KLOS and recently departed from "Y107," has entered the "Black Hoe" story. The Times reported this morning: "Sources this week said KLOS general manager William Sommers dismissed the station’s program director, John Duncan, last year, holding him responsible for the promotion."

The Congress of Racial Equality has sent a letter to the FCC asking the government to revoke KLOS’ license. On Wednesday morning personalities Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps publicly apologized for the promotion during their morning talk show. "We never intended to hurt anyone," said Mark & Brian, who were on vacation last week when Disney’s ABC division issued a written apology, referring to the promotion as inappropriate and unacceptable. "It’s not what the show is about. We now know people were offended and hurt by this and we sincerely apologize."

The Times story referred to an incident in the djs’ career when "an Alabama radio station issued an apology after an African American sportscaster sued them over alleged disparaging racial remarks made on their show."

Art Laboe, Huggie Boy, George Jay and Chuck Cecil appeared last night at a special edition of "Nostalgia" night at the Pioneer Broadcasters monthly gathering. The program prepared by Lina Romay and Frank Bresee encompassed the early years of music radio and the foursome shared the journey on how they got into radio and their love affair with the medium. All four have taken their passion for radio and found a way to survive for decades in this business. Chuck Cecil is a youthful 76 and continues to syndicate his "Swingin’ Years" to 20 stations including KPCC every Saturday afternoon from noon to four. Huggie Boy is 72 and works evenings at "K-Earth." Art Laboe is 73 and manages Original Sound Records and the successful Oldies but Goodies series (as well as many others), owns four radio stations, broadcasts a daily noon to 3 show on his stations, which is also heard on the Internet. Every Sunday night Art hosts an Oldies show, which is carried on "Mega 100." George Jay’s radio career specialized in hosting interview shows with the stars of the 1940s and 50s. The 82-year-old took this love for personalities and runs a talent agency; one of his clients won an Emmy this year. Highlights from this special night will be shared over the coming days.

Charlie Van Dyke at KRTH came across the Hallmark card reject list. "My tire was thumping, I thought it was flat. When I looked at the time, I noticed your cat. Sorry."…Sluggo returns to KROQ tonight and tomorrow night and then he returns to San Diego for his 911 job…New KKBT middayer LaLa will make an appearance at the Southern California Basketball Showdown over the weekend at the Venice Beach Courts. "I’m definitely going to slide through there and show my face."

Daniel Johns of Torrance was listening to KGIL’s Jim Roope during his sports report. "He was talking about how bad the Angels are and said something like, ‘For those who saw the brawl between Cleveland and Anaheim the other night you witnessed just how bad the Angels are. There were faces of Cleveland players four inches in front of them and they were still swingin' and missin.'"

Larry Mayer of KUSC is looking for a necktie with a microphone or other related radio symbol "One of my former bosses has a unique tie with pictures of circuit boards and other engineering stuff on it. I'm at a loss as to where to find it. I've been checking the Internet and I have only found musical instrument ties and music notes, so far." Any thoughts for Larry?…"Lord Have Mercy" tee shirts are being given away by Jim Ladd at KLOS.

Rick Dees interviewed actress Heather Graham and one of the stars of Bowfinger on KIIS yesterday morning. "If we had known you were listening at Agoura High School back when you were there, we would have done many more remotes." Rick commented about the relationship between Heather and Ed Byrnes. "It looks like he wants to eat you with a spoon." Heather returned with: "He does. Every night!"

Charlie Tuna put a KLAC listener on the air yesterday morning who had high compliments for Charlie, Fran Tunno and the entire station. And then: "The only thing I don’t like about your station is Sunday morning. It would be nice to have music again rather than some guy talking about my intestines and colon." Ah, those infomercials… "Shotgun Tom" Kelly continues a quarter century tradition as co-host of the local cut-aways during the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon over the Labor Day weekend. For 25 years he was the co-host in San Diego and this year marks his second with Casey Kasem.

Coming Attractions: Tomorrow, Email Saturday is chock-a-block with your thoughts on the KFI/KOST sale, the LA Times’ coverage of the radio industry, Groove Radio and others. Even though many of you will have to labor on Monday, I won’t. On Wednesday, one of the most amazing promotion/publicity stunts in the history of L.A. radio will be retold. What happened 30 days after the stunt is an equally compelling story. LARadio.com celebrates its two-year anniversary on 9/9/99. I will have a very special State of the Site Message. And of course everything else that evolves and develops on the continuing radio stories and the stories that have yet to be broken. LARadio.com is the only daily dose of radio news for Southern California.

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We Get EMAIL…

** Photo Phan
"I wanted to drop a quick line about the new LARP Photo Gallery in the Current News: It's GREAT! I'm sure there are many of us who read your column every day that aren't LARP, but are fans of radio, and always wondered what these people looked like. I also noticed the addition of photos in the Where Are They Now? section. Keep up the good work!" – Vincent Aza, Buena Park

** Follow the Money
"Why doesn't Mr. Hochman come clean [8/31]? As Deep Throat said: ‘follow the money.’ The LA Times obviously feels itself in competition with local English language commercial radio for advertising bucks, so they write about radio that doesn't compete with them for the dollars: Spanish language and NPR. If Mr. Hochman really feels it's so important to cover Spanish language radio in his paper, perhaps he can explain why the Times hardly ever finds it necessary to cover Spanish language films or television shows. Why are there no Spanish language books reviewed in the Times Book Review section? If the paper has so many bilingual readers, why is none of the advertising in Spanish? My favorite piece of radio 'coverage' in the Times occurred about a year and a half ago when they devoted a couple of pages to a format change at an obscure Riverside Spanish language FM station. Out of curiosity I tried to tune the in the station at my home in Manhattan Beach and couldn't. Great! An article about a station I can't hear in a language I can't understand. What a joke. The rest of the Times is, in my opinion, world class. The radio coverage is strictly bush league. I'm not a xenophobe, and I wouldn't mind a reasonable amount of coverage of Spanish language radio in Los Angeles - but nine out of ten stories and the tenth one NPR? Fuggetaboudit!" - Neil Ross, Manhattan Beach

** It’s the Times
"The Los Angeles Times had never done a good job of reporting on radio, and if it's possible, they've actually gotten worse in recent years. I agree with you, I also thought the poor radio coverage was a universally accepted fact. I never expect them to get station call letters or frequencies correct in their radio reporting. The Times does seem to devote much space to ethnic and other formats, but that just seems to be in keeping with the general bent of the paper in recent years. Maybe Steve Hochman should put some of his passion into better radio reporting.

I was pleasantly surprised when I moved up to the Bay Area three years ago at the importance the local print media places on its radio reporting. Maybe I should send some examples to the LA Times." - Michael Smith, KCBS/KLLC, San Francisco

PS "I sent a letter to the Times editor around two years ago that actually got printed. A Times editorial writer wrote an article about the Beatles coming to Los Angeles, and credited KHJ with bringing them over! I pointed out to them that it was KRLA who brought the Beatles to Los Angeles." - MS

** Print Versus Radio
"Please do not become engaged in a feud or even attempt an exchange of logical thought with Steve Hochman or almost any of our ‘snooty cousins’ from print journalism.

Ever since sound first came out of speakers, those claiming to have ‘printer's ink flowing through their veins’ have viewed those of us in radio as the bastard children of the communication industry. Print journalists have traditionally regarded themselves as the elite, suggesting that anything truly worthwhile will be found only within the pages of a newspaper and certainly not within a radio program or radio newscast.

I am still waiting for a newspaper person to write something about creativity and deadlines. Just like our friends from the newspapers, we must also work and survive within the pressure packed world of deadlines. As a radio journalist, I've worked in formats where I had to meet a deadline two, three or four times each hour. Disc jockeys also have deadlines to meet, as they are required to say something new, entertaining and interesting each time they open their microphones. Quite honestly, this is what makes radio so exciting, challenging and fun. I think I speak for many of my radio peers and colleagues when I suggest that there's a world of difference between those that broadcast on the radio and those that write for a newspaper, and for that reason, validation of radio is slow in coming.

I suggest to you that as radio broadcasters, our deadlines for producing creative, exciting, entertaining and original material comes four-to-six times each and every hour...as opposed to the newspaper world where the deadline for most feature pieces comes once each week. If you told Phil Hendrie, Rick Dees or Charlie Tuna that they had a week to come up with a four minute bit, I'm pretty sure they'd be looking for something to do with the remaining 6-days, 23-hours, and 45-minutes." - Lee Marshall, Malibu

** Calls of the Wild
"As for three letter calls, there were 185 radio stations with 3-letter calls in May of 1922, back when all stations got 3 letter calls. When they ran out of 3 letter calls, the government began to assign 4 letters. By 1930, there were only 95 stations with 3 letters calls, at a time when there were only 600-700 stations in the U.S.!! Only in recent years does it seem so small a number when there are more than 4,000 AM stations! As of January 1, 1998, it was down to 56 AM stations remaining with historic 3-letter calls, 13 3-letter calls are also on FM and/or tv stations. KFI was assigned those call letters at random and was licensed March 31, 1922, and had its first day on the air, April 16, 1922. This was only 3 days after KHJ went on the air. KFI is the 42nd oldest surviving radio station in the United States today. KNX is the 7th oldest, based on date it was licensed, December of 1921. KNX officials date the station back to September of 1920 when a ham radio operator, Fred Christian, broadcast music out of his Hollywood home." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

** Sherman’s March
"Geoff Whitford's recollection of Gary Owens lines [8/30] left me laughing and reminded me of a couple of Owensisms. Gary once back-announced Good Vibrations with: ‘Ladies and gentleman, that was the sound of Ethel Merman being attacked in an echo chamber,’ which left me gulping for air, my sides aching, for minutes afterward.

He signed an autograph for me years ago, when George Carlin received his star on the Walk of Fame. Gary wrote, ‘To Andrew, Best Krelbs, Gary Owens.’ Who knows what krelbs are. Milton Berle was also at Carlin's ceremony and Gary, bless him, was kind and gracious enough to introduce me to him. Milton asked me a few questions, making jokes at my expense [which I gladly accepted], cracking everyone up.

Best of luck to Neil Grant. I truly enjoyed his conversational, witty, ‘Hey, how ya doin'?’ style of doing the news at KABC Talkradio.

To all radio talk show hosts: Please do not say the caller's name while simultaneously pressing the line they are on. When you push the button, the caller hears a second of hiss/static as they're put on the air. If you greet them as you're hitting the line, they won't hear you say their name, they'll hear the hiss. Many times, I've heard dead air as callers waited to be addressed and hosts became impatient because, after all, they'd just greeted the caller and the caller didn't respond. Hosts, now you know why. My suggestion: Hit the line, THEN greet the caller." - Andrew Sherman, Glendale

** In the Groove
"I agree with what Sal Garcia of Pico Rivera had to say about the Groove format. The Y-107 frequency would indeed be an excellent place to implement a dance music format. Although 107.1FM does have signal problems as well, it is a bit better than that of 103.1FM. There is no way Y-107 can compete with KROQ. As we all know, it’s world famous. They have been trying to compete with KROQ for so long now and I can't believe they still don't get the picture.

The recent overhaul of the station has proven ineffective. Their ratings have not made a significant jump in the last book. There is no way of knowing whether or not putting a dance format on that frequency will bring up the station's ratings since the ‘dance’ format is an unproven format and will continue to be as long as it is ignored. I think we'd see some surprised radio experts if the format was given the chance to survive. It obviously wasn't given a true chance on 103.1 because of a weak signal [by the way, does Clear Channel ever plan to upgrade the signal?].

I really hate to say it, but I don't think we are going to see a true dance format back on the airwaves anytime soon. Today's corporate radio is just too competitive and playlists are based almost entirely on research. Dance music is a new concept and there just aren’t enough researched songs out there yet. Another thing is that the radio industry simply doesn't understand true dance music. They think that N-Sync or Backstreet Boys are considered to be dance music artists, but they aren't." - Cody Corbett, Laguna Niguel

** How Great is KFI/KOST?
"When I read LARADIO.COM current news on Tuesday, I was shocked that another media corporation wants to have KFI/KOST. Both are great stations! When I read that there might be programming changes as early as October 1, it left me wondering if anything would change at these two stations. Does this mean that there might be some personnel changes to KFI/KOST? Both are owned by Cox Communications. Cox is a great corporation because they are giving us two of the best radio stations in Southern California. It was only four years ago that I discovered KFI/KOST while switching through the radio dial.

KOST has better ratings than its competitor KBIG because of the great personalities and music on KOST. On the August 25th broadcast of the "Mark and Kim Most Music Morning Show" on KOST, Mark and Kim were talking about the great staff at KOST 103 and that they haven't had a major personnel change in about ten years.

I hope that KFI/KOST remain with Cox Communications. I wish everyone at KFI/KOST the best of luck during this time of possible change." – Roger Rodriquez, KOST/KFI listener in La Puente

** No Tengo Miedo
"Must be gratifying to know that Steve Hochman thinks enough of your column to respond so vehemently to your diatribe. Do you think he actually knows any English-only people who listen to Spanish radio for the music? I don't know any myself." – Bruce Harris, San Pedro

** From Art Bell’s World to Hendrie’s World
"Art Bell had a caller from Arizona who asked him what HE listened to when he had time. Art mentioned a guy I had never heard of, and then paused and said that he listened to Phil Hendrie [maybe a slip?] and thought he was ‘wonderful.’ He then went into detail saying that Phil does a parody of him that is ‘super,’ and that if you didn't know the characters were done by him, you'd believe they were real. He summed it up saying that ‘you should really check him out’ if you had a chance.

As a HUGE fan of Phil, I thought this compliment was priceless. Phil's parody of Art just cracks me up, and I think it's great that Art doesn't have a problem with Phil doing that. Real testament to the genius of Phil." - Bruce Bergman, San Diego

** Fan For the Times
"I am an LA Times fan as well and read it everyday. I think the most consistent mistakes are made when the radio ratings are published. They always screw up the call letters or dial position. I never knew FM stations could have dial positions ending in an even number." - Chris Butler, Granada Hills

** Radio Singled Out By the Times?
"You're right on the money when you talk about the LA Times' indifference and/or incompetence in reporting radio in L.A. They may have a short bit about such and such a station changed format, but that change will sometimes take many months to show up in their format chart. I have seen errors in the format chart that shows they missed changes [call letters, frequency, format, etc.] made a year ago or more. If they reported tv that way, the tv industry would scream bloody murder, and rightfully so. Sure, they publish the quarterly Arbitrons, but there's very little serious analysis of the books. There's absolutely no excuse for all of this in the second largest radio market in the country. I don't even live in the L.A. market [Santa Barbara], but I'd love to see some hard reporting and analysis on this topic. I'd been hoping this topic would pop up here some day; I was afraid I was the only one who thought it strange that an otherwise excellent paper like the Times virtually ignores one of the biggest entertainment media in L.A. Your page continues to be essential reading for me every day. Although I sit in the background and say very little, I appreciate all of the time and effort that goes into it. I can come here for reliable, timely information. Great job!!" – Dennis Gibson, Santa Barbara

** A New Rocker for LA Radio
"I love this Web site, I read it everyday. As far as the KFI/KOST situation goes well I hope someone will realize that a new Rock station is needed in Southern California. Yes we have KLOS and they are great in their own way. But we need a station that plays more of the new rock. I have been to quite a few states on this side of the Mississippi in the past few years [i.e. Idaho, Washington, Nevada and Utah]. They have at least one ‘rock station.’ I can't remember the call letters, but some examples of California/Nevada rock stations are: KCAL in Riverside, KIOZ in San Diego and KOMP in Las Vegas. L.A. desperately needs a rock station, not another adult contemporary [i.e. KXMX, KYSR, KOST, KBIG]. Just my opinion. But I do listen to all sorts of radio stations everyday, mainly to win prizes, but also for the music." - Ted Sweazy, Laguna Niguel

** Lack of Times Radio Coverage is $$
"While reading about the dissatisfaction with the LA Times' coverage of mainstream L.A. radio, I noticed no one mentioned the fact that most L.A. radio stations and the Times compete for the same piece of the ad revenue pie. Therein lies the obvious, if simple, explanation for the Times' ‘snubbing’ of the mainstream L.A. radio community. The Times doesn't compete with Spanish-language radio stations for advertisers, so those stations get lots of ink. The same reasoning applies to the Times' heavy coverage of non-commercial radio.

We intuitively understand why the Times doesn't cover the inner workings of the other papers it competes with. Why are we so quick to fault the Times for ignoring another medium that it competes so heavily with? I happen to think it's shortsighted to shun radio because competitors [e.g., the Sunday Orange County Register] will exploit this as a weakness, but there is a kind of logic to it. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times: Money is the only reason." - Scott Allen Miller, Los Angeles


Email Saturday

** Jay Thomas Had Power

"I thought that you had retired from the website. It looks like it's still going on.  I assume that you are still running it, but maybe at this time you have someone else in charge.

I went thru my files and found a Hitmakers cover featuring Jay Thomas and the Power 106 staff at the time. I am actually the guy who took this photo. The staff showed up at one of my Hollywood & Vine studios, and it was one of those  'crazy & fun' radio get togethers.

Jay Thomas was the morning man at the time.  

Just thought that I would pass this along to you." - Rich Hogan  ( Yep still alive and kicking )

 

** Riding the Surf

"Congratulation to Saul Levine who has come up with a format that all my friends love, Oldies 1260AM [K-SURF).  My car has HD Radio so the Oldies really sound great in stereo. I actually can listen in HD from North Hollywood to just past Hidden Hills when I drive to Thousand Oaks. 

My one problem is their liners. They are laid over part, usually the beginning, of a song then the liner and music stop and they go into a song. Why can’t they just program the computer so when they play a liner, suck as 'the oldies are new again' etc? They do it over the intro of the song that’s going to play. Most songs have a music intro. Or just the liner with no music works too. But to think you’re going to hear a song then it’s over in 10 seconds, kind of gets to you. I know I’m not the only one who thinks this way. 

Thanks for the chance to bitch." - Kevin Stern

 

** Internet Oasis

"I wanted to give you an update on my Internet Radio Station. 

Since I launched it in 2009 the station has grown. After settling on a Smooth Jazz format and the name 96.9 The Oasis it’s been doing very well.  I have a library of 5,000 Smooth Jazz Songs. I also play 1,200 indie songs from 144 independent artists from all over the world. They all personally contacted me to play their music. 

I’m also a reporting station. I report my adds to Groove Jazz Music. My station has it’s own app available on Google Play, BlackBerry World, and The App Store for iTunes. I also have added some season professional voices to the station - Bryan Simmons, Cathi Parrish, and Mike Villani. I host the morning show weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific. Starting September 22nd I will be having a co-host on Fridays. Canadian Artist Catherine Kiki Love will join me via Skype. She’s an award winning artist who has earned over 40 independent music awards, and is a Grammy Member. It will be a lot of fun!  Looking forward to many more fun years!” – Dale Berg, www.969theoasis.com  

Houston, We Have Help

(September 1, 2017) The images coming out of the coverage of the devastating flooding in Houston is mind-boggling. Each of us has chosen our own way of helping, contributing, praying and donating to the effort.

One LARP wants to help a radio colleague who has been wiped out, displaced or left homeless as a result of hurricane Harvey. Instead of writing a check to the Red Cross, this individual would rather help another radio person directly. His efforts are commendable but he wants to remain anonymous.

I’ve agreed to act as a middle man if you know of a Texas or Louisiana radio person that needs help because of the disaster, contact me and I will act as a middle man. Write me at: db@thevine.net 

Labor Day Hear Ache 

(September 1, 2017) Eight classic cars from Art Astor’s collection were sold in Pebble Beach at The Russo and Steele auction for $394,000. “The highest paid in his collection was a 1932 Packard for $80,000,” emailed Bob Koontz. "Art would have loved it.” … Dodgers manager Walter Alston a LARP? Steve Thompson remembers when the skipper hosted a short-lived morning show on KHJ in 1960, plus an evening program on then-sister station Channel 9 … Love the Carolina Shag channel on SiriusXM. I’ll be sorry to hear it go after this weekend … Headed to Vina Robles Amphitheatre this weekend for a Saturday in the Park to see Chicago in concert. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?  … With Meruelo Media (KDAY) purchasing KPWR (Power 106), Jimmy Steal adds programming chores for both stations. Adrian Scott is out … Pete Weber, former Kings announcer, continues as the play-by-play guy for the Nashville Predators NHL hockey broadcast team … Veteran Spanish radio exec Gary Stone has resigned from the board at SBS … Nearly three years after hitting the local airwaves, Simi Valley’s country radio station has expanded its reach into the western end of the San Fernando Valley. Ranch 99.1/fm has been heard not only in Simi, but also in Chatsworth, Northridge, West Hills, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Van Nuys, Hidden Hills and Canoga Park, reports John “JD” Tayloe, the station’s founder and president … In the next couple of months, AMP Radio is moving studios into the CBS/Radio facilities on the Miracle Mile from the Culver City location.

Labor Day Countdown 

(August 31, 2017) For decades, a Labor Day weekend custom was hearing K-EARTH count down the number one songs of the past. With the station going a different musical direction in recent years, K-EARTH no longer provides the annual countdowns. But no fears. Vince Daniels has been holding onto his cassettes of the countdown shows. “The tapes were superior quality for the time in the late eighties / early nineties,” emailed Vince, former host of his own show at KCAA. He’s spent the past two years having the cassettes professionally remastered and cleaned up.

Vince has put together recordings from 1989 and 1990 of “Southern California Number One’s of Rock and Roll,” procured from past Labor Days on K-EARTH. The recordings are largely unscoped in the almost 25-hour presentation. The program begins on August 31, 1990 at the start of countdown with Brian Beirne, who kicked off the show with music from 1955, seven months before the official initiation of the rock-and-roll era. The program continues with the hits presented in chronological order. Other air personalities featured include Jeff Davis (sitting in for Steve Scott), Joe “Baby” Daniels, Lisa Moree, “Bernadette” (Irma Molina, sitting in for Scott Jenkins), George Matthews, and Jay Coffey. The contest that weekend was tickets awarded hourly to see the Beach Boys at the Pacific Amphitheatre.

“The 1970s #1 songs continue with my recording from Saturday, September 2, 1989. The personalities working that day were Steve Scott, Jay Coffey, and Jeff Davis,” Daniels continued. During the 1989 countdown K-EARTH played all of the #1’s through 1979, I was only able to record through the end of 1976. The 1989 Labor Day weekend presentation was the final year of the classic K-EARTH 101 jingle. All the music, air personality patter, jingles and bumpers are still intact, except I cut many of the commercials while doing the original recording. The recording sounds like HD quality, the quality audio of K-EARTH heard later on.” “It’s true a lot of valid arguments can be made for how K-EARTH barely cracked a 4 share in those days, and how much of an industry giant the station became when they tightened up,” said Daniels.

“For now, and particularly fitting for this particular weekend, I thought it might be good to remember a time in radio when air personalities worked hard to get a station to a place where it would eventually be. It’s also a reminder of a time when they kept us company as our friends,” said Daniels. He also is offering to share these recordings. “If anyone is interested in this, please email me at vdaniels2001@yahoo.com. I won’t (and can’t) charge you for this, but if you would mail me a 32 GB USB flash drive, I’ll transfer the files over for you. Hopefully, I’ll hear from some of the aforementioned K-EARTH jocks, or maybe some of you know where they are. I’m sure they’d appreciate this!”


Tough enough to get your Letter to the Editor published once in the LA Times,
but Pat Paraquat Kelley managed to have TWO letters published on the same day

Ellen K Makes List of Inspirer Women in Radio

(August 29, 2017) In the past decade or so, radio has been perceived as a dying art. Much like cable TV, no one really wants to sit through unnecessary advertisements when they have ad free music at their fingertips. Radio is left to daily commuters, who often flip through channels mindlessly. Inspirer Magazine recently featured some of the women of radio and some women of LARP made the list, including Ellen K (l) , morning lady at KOST. 

In other news: Didja hear the Disco music Saturday night on 1260AM (K-SURF)? ... Former KLSX morning man Adam Carolla testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month, on free speech on college campuses. The Washington Post followed up with a feature story. Click the Post … Condolences to Ken Levine (Beaver Cleaver at KIQQ and KTNQ, et al.) on the passing of his father, Cliff Levine. Cliff was a sales executive for major LA and Chicago radio stations. “’Cliffy’ was one of the really good guys in the business and will be truly missed,” emailed colleague Tom Bernstein … Want to hear fun radio stations from Jay Thomas? Listen here:  … ESPN’s Ryen Russillo will return to the sports network following an incident where he was “highly intoxicated” when he entered a Wyoming condo and refused to leave. Russillo was found naked, with just his pants around his ankles and “bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” Jackson police said after arresting him for criminal entry. ESPN is suspending Russillo for a couple of weeks … In an obit in the LA Times over the weekend; a doctor’s cause of death was “Too Many Birthdays.”

1,000 Apply for Mornings at AMP Radio 

(August 28, 2017) In an era of vanishing radio jobs, the idea that morning drive at a major LA radio station had an opening was like a vacancy surfacing in beach front rent-controlled property. Carson Daly would be leaving CBS’ AMP Radio. Newly-installed pd Chris Ebbott – already part of the Miracle Mile executives leading K-EARTH to interstellar heights – put out the call about the available AM drive slot.  

Ebbot told AllAccess last week that he had 1,000 applications for the opening, and was still looking. It sounded like a logistical nightmare. Are there still 1,000 radio people left in the business? And how in the world do you process 1,000 applicants? “Yeah, it's crazy,” emailed Ebbott. “We've gotten some really amazing people along with some dreamers who are shooting for the moon.”  

Chris and two others are going through it all to see what they’ve got. “Nothing is missing – just want to make sure we hear from everyone who is interested,” wrote Ebbott. He apparently hasn’t found the perfect gem – a communicator who can break through the clutter. It is a tough assignment. It takes a few years for a morning person (team) to gain traction … if they ever do. Think George LopezSinbadAdam Carolla, and Danny Bonaduce.

If you have the dream of morning radio in LA, Ebbott is keeping it alive for you. Better contact him NOW before you snap your fingers and say, “Gads, I wish I had gone out for that job.”

Jerry Lewis Was a LARP

(August 27, 2017) Jerry Lewis died last Sunday. He was a lot of things to a lot of different people. Frenchmen found his movies to be masterpieces. Some found his comedy slapsticky and funny. For a decade he was unequally paired with singer Dean Martin. He became a mainstay on Labor Day tv as he served as national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons for 44 years.

His spectacular success is fully rounded out in a note from master LARadio historian, Jim Hilliker. He reminds us that Jerry Lewis owned an LA station. "In the early days of LARadio, we discussed Jerry Lewis being a part owner of KVFM 94.3," wrote Hilliker. I found this blog from 2011, that shows a December 15, 1960 newspaper column, in which Jerry Lewis talks about the radio station and his interest in it, doing a show on KVFM, etc. In the story, the writer gives call letters as KJPL for Jerry and Patty Lewis, but either that was a joke, or they decided not to file for those call letters. In the story, the writer also listed the wrong frequency. I figure the radio show on his own station was likely a short-lived hobby, but his movie career took up more time, so he had to give up radio.  Just a guess."

You decide for yourself with this story at:
Jerry Lewis is On the Air
 (94.3 is now Que Buena LA Radio)

Email Saturday, 8.26.17

  ** Batter Up

"Interesting to [not see] a real ratings bump this year, considering the shape of the team and all the good baseball coming from the Dodgers. And,considering the sub-par tv deal they still have - as many of us can't watch the games. Rick Monday and Charley Steiner sound great - but I wonder, is some of that Vin Scully

If there is a bump, it's not nearly as pronounced in the overall KLAC ratings as in the past." -  Gary West,
facebook.com/manfromyesterday  
 

  ** Ebay Memory

"You might enjoy this from March of 2003, a few years before Darrell Wayne (Wampler) became the next buyer of KTHO-Lake Tahoe." - Bill Kingman  (click artwork for story)

** Updating Where Are They Now

"I happened to come across your website. My dad, Flavio Silva Zenteno passed away April 2004.  I noticed the info was not updated.
 
He was also known as 'El Gordo.' When he came to L.A. he already had a successful radio and tv career in Mexico. He worked in Spanish-speaking theater in East Los Angeles, and he also worked in movies.

He was a radio personality in L.A. from 1985- 2003. He worked for Radio KALI, KTNQ, KWKW, Telemundo, Channel 22, and some others I can't recall." - G. Roxana Cobbs MA SpEd  
 


Reaction to Jay Thomas' Passing

(August 25, 2017) Fastest way to get LARadio news is to sign up as a subscriber. Next to get the news is on my Twitter account. And then a few minutes later, the content gets posted at LARadio.com. After posting news about Jay Thomas yesterday, there were many responses on Twitter.

Greg Tanner wrote that he loved Jay’s Christmastime appearances on Letterman. The almost yearly appearance certainly gave us ample notice on what kind of a storyteller Jay was. We’ve posted the link a number of times over the years because it is a real keeper. Click artwork.

Danny Lemos who played the character Chuy from La Puente on the Rick Dees program wrote:  “Jay was a class act all the way. He sought me out at a KIIS/fm event to say he was a fan. So sad on hearing this.”

Harry Shearer wrote to note that he also had a show on SiriusXM for quite a while.  “It was always fun to do that show w/him,” wrote Harry.

Carson Daly was a fan: “I heard #JayThomas every am on @Power106LA growing up in LA. Huge inspiration as a DJ. Very nice guy. Praying for his family. Terrible loss.” (Photo: Jay with Richard Dreyfuss from Mr. Holland's Opus)


Jay Thomas, starred on Power 106, Murphy Brown, Cheers, Ray Donovan, has died 

(August 24, 2017) Jay Thomas, former morning man at KPWR from 1986 to 92, has died of cancer, at the age of 69.

 The co-star of the hit movie Mr. Holland's Opus was born in 1948. He attended the University of Tennessee. Jay spent three years at WAYS-Charlotte and eventually became pd. His wacky on-air sidekick characters started to emerge during this period: Mister Denise, the station hair dresser; Granny Glick, the oldest skin flick maker in the world; Dr. Henry the K; Rock, the inflation fighter; and Caleb Kluttz, the local redneck policeman.

His first visit to the Southland was a two-season stint as a deli owner on ABC/TV's Mork and Mindy, but the third season the producers introduced Jonathan Winters, and five character actors hit the street. Jay recalled: "Winters said, 'I'm 58. I need the work.' What, and we didn't?"

Before joining KPWR Jay did a number of tv shows, including Love Boat and Spencer for Hire as well as dinner theater. He arrived at KPWR in October 1986 from morning drive at WKTU-New York. KPWR captured NAB's first Marconi Award during the 1989 convention in New Orleans. Even though the award was new, it was being touted as the Oscar of radio. Jay commented on the station's award: "It's a great, fabulous honor. Marconi invented wireless transmissions. Unfortunately, if Marconi heard 'Power 106' he would probably die again. I don't think this is what he had in mind. But he's dead." 

Jay's later tv carreer includes Cheers, Almost Grown, Murphy Brown, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Love & War and others. He has won an Emmy. When Jay was terminated from "Power 106" in 1993, he filed a $1,000,000 breach of contract lawsuit. He was nominated for Billboard Top 40 Radio Air Personality of 1993.

At the start of the second season of Love & War, Jay lamented about his firing from KPWR: "I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I had the rug pulled out from under me. It's very hurtful." Jay told the LA Times in September 1993, that KPWR fired him "because they became jealous of my tv show. They could not parlay my television popularity into what they wanted." His breach-of-contract lawsuit with Emmis Broadcasting was settled in late 1994. In addition to his acting career, Jay was the promotion voice of Comedy Central.

Gene Sandbloom to Exit CBS/LA

(August 24, 2017) Sounds like more downsizing at CBS/LA Radio. One of the unsung heroes behind the scenes for decades, Gene Sandbloom (l), is leaving. In a Facebook post, he wrote: “Ciao. Yeah, it isn't French, but au revoir sounded a little too permanent. After 25 years at KROQ, I'll be leaving next week. It's been an amazing run, and throw in music director at KIIS/fm, A&R director at MCA Records and managing editor of Network 40 Magazine, that's 35 years in the music biz in LA. It's time to move on.” Gene said he will be off to the Sierras to solo backpack the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mount Whitney in September. Then a quick stop in Cuba before heading to France. “I can't take up French residency until 2019, so next year I'll be travelling the world looking for my next job. Africa, Asia, Europe, or back here in the States – anything and everything is on the table.”

In other news: Ross Porter has been broadcasting CSUN Matador baseball games. You can hear a recap of the 2017 season at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai7uUd7Jgro&feature=youtu.be ... Don Elliot went to Kansas City for the eclipse. On his way to the airport, he tripped on a welcome mat and fell on his face on the cement. Don has seven stitches … How time flies! Pat “Paraquat” Kelley reported on the eclipse on KMET. Not the one this week, but the one in 1979. Take a listen by clicking his name ... A few months ago, Felicia 'The Poetess' Morris entered an essay writing contest sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. The winners received $10k-$25k in business upgrades and renovations! The former KKBT personality was one of the winners! "My studio is gonna receive a $10,000 make over," enthused Felicia. "I met with the designers and architects today to lay out my wish list and I also had a really good time meeting the other contestants! I'm so blessed and excited to see the studio moving forward." 

Hear Ache

(August 23, 2017) Glenn Cooper (l) who recently retired from a career in sales/marketing sports in LA (XTRA Sports 1150, Sporting News Radio 1540 / The Ticket, and ESPN LA 710) emailed to he’s retired from ESPN LA 710 Radio and “enjoying the ‘retirement’ chapter with my wife of 45 years. We go up to the Central Coast every couple of months and stay in Cambria and always get into a few PickleBall games.” … Phil Hulett, formerly with KFWB and now on episode 329 of his always interesting podcast, is recovering from hernia surgery. “I know, it’s not like I had an organ removed or anything, but still, I’ve got to be ready for the end of September when my first-born gets married,” emailed Phil. “Yup, two weddings in one year. Olivia in March.” ... Mark Sudock sent a funnie: Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication … American Idol reboot seems to be in crisis. The show’s honchos still haven't locked down a second, third and possibly forth judge, with only five weeks until cameras roll. TMZ broke the story. Producers first set their sights on Katy Perry, who will be pocketing $25 million. Lionel Richie, a front runner for one of the judge’s chairs, wants $10 million, double the amount the honchos want to pay … While in front of the TV with food poisoning symptoms, I watched Sully again on HBO. Saw it on the big screen when it was first released, but it really moved me again. Why can’t there be more heroes like Sully? To him, it was just another day, saving the lives of 154 passengers and crew … In a press conference at the conclusion season five and the end of the run for his show in Chicago, Steve Harvey was asked if he would write a memo to his new staff along the lines of the infamous one he wrote to the staff of his previous, Chicago-based daytime talker, The Steve Harvey Show. “ I learned two things from that email: No. 1 I can’t write, and No. 2 I should never write,” Harvey joked. He said he wrote that memo a year before it was leaked bya staffer who “got pissed” when the individual was not offered a job on the new show. “I was OK until I saw it on CNN and then I knew I was in a lot of trouble,” Harvey said. “It’s not a big deal to me,” he insisted, saying, “I’m not a mean-spirited guy. I’m a congenial guy.” He likened the memo to coming home to a house full of kids and telling them, “You just need a moment.”

Former KFWB Program Director Exits NO cluster

CLAUS, Chris: KFWB, 1988-92; KFWB/KTWV, 1992-96. Chris spent a decade in New Orleans as market manager for Entercom. He retired from the cluster (WWWL, WKBU, WEZB, WWL, WLMG) in the summer of 2017.  

Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1949, Chris graduated from Indiana University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration. He started his radio career at WOWO-Fort Wayne in 1975 as a comptroller. Three years later he was a financial analyst and in 1982 moved to Group W Radio in New York. Prior to joining KFWB, he was vp/gm of KJQY-San Diego for three years. In 1996 Chris was elevated to vp of station operations for CBS Television & Radio. In late summer of 1996 he moved to WOGL-Philadelphia as vp/gm and in early 1998 took on additional duties at WHPT. He left the stations in the summer of 2001. Chris is married to Judy and has two sons, Max and Nathan.

“I am grateful for these 10 years in the New Orleans cluster working with exceptional colleagues and being a part of this great community,” said Claus. “I had a wonderful experience and now I look forward to spending time with my family.”

Brooke Binkowski, former KNX reporter/anchor,
penned an op-ed piece for the LA Times on Friday

Alan Oda Digs Japan

by Alan Oda

(August 19, 2017) Don Barrett was clearly having a slow news day when he posted some very kind words about me. Nonetheless, I humbly accept his comments on behalf of our team here in Kumamoto, Japan.

A bit of background: Six years ago I was offered to go to Japan myself after training students here in the U.S. for disaster relief work after the 2011 Great Tohoku (Northern Region) Earthquake and Tsunami. It was a life-altering experience, seeing total devastation yet also signs of hope. Since then, each year I either have people interested in joining disaster relief work or we receive offers from Japan to continue assisting the rebuilding  both lives and livelihoods. I want to emphasize two details.
First, I never, ever expected to be part of volunteer disaster relief work and disaster relief networks, yet this seems to be something I consider to be a Divine appointment. Second, I really don't think there's anything exceptional about me, not any specific gifts or talents for this sort of work. Maybe my most important role is to show anyone can be helpful when others are recovering, I just happen to have been given the opportunity these past few years.

That being said, I've worked with some incredible people whose dedication amazes me. I'm currently part of a team of seven, all from Southern California, ranging in age from 13 (my youngest son) to yours truly (AARP eligible, but not just yet). We've done everything from helping with a kids Science Fair (children are greatly neglected since adults spend their time rebuilding their homes, businesses, and families) to cutting down overgrowth around property (including a local cemetery) and helping move belongings from damaged homes.
This year, just prior to our arrival, mudslides left at least 11 dead and 600,000 people needing to evacuate in the neighboring prefecture of Fukuoka. My team has shown great flexibility and grit extending themselves by doing manual labor in 90+ degree temperatures and 90+ percent humidity, digging mud, dirt, and rather large rocks. I'm honored to work with this team.

Our stories are posted at
http://ayoda.tumblr.com Your good thoughts and prayers are requested for these communities recovering from trauma, it's a privilege to be able to help out in some small way. We'll be back later  with more stories and with great curiosity about Rick Dees back doing mornings on KOST. Sincerely, Alan Oda http://ayoda.tumblr.com ayoda@dslextreme.com

Outlaw Radio - Animal House for Grown-Ups Who Haven't Yet Grown Up 

(August 18, 2017) For two decades, Outlaw Radio has been one of those secrets on Internet Radio, where every guy who wanted to disappear for a few hours of smoking, drinking, and telling outrageous stories could vicariously participate. The brainchild of Magic Matt Alan, host on the 70s Channel on SiriusXM and a former jock on KIIS/fm, rides herd on a dedicated group of decadents from a mystery location in the Southland. Think of it as Animal House with grown-ups who haven’t quite yet grown up.

The recurring cast includes radio legend Shadoe Stevens, entertainment manager to the star Howard Lapides (Dr. Drew Pinsky), Matt's musician brother Sherer, Hollywood producer Frank Hagan, the enigmatic Mark CG Boyer; and Outlaw Radio Show Producer - widow of legendary tv star Morton Downey Jr - Lori Downey Jr.

Outlaw Radio is making a move into traditional radio circles as WNFL-Green Bay is the first to broadcast the mayhem every Saturday. They have been carrying the craziness for two months. Midwest Communications has eight more stations that are set to air the crazy cigar smokin' and martini swiggin’ romp soon. Lapides is spearheading the syndication and can be reached for more information on being one of the first to carry the weekend show at:  Lapidesh@aol.com.

One never knows who might drop in at Outlaw Radio. Guests have included: ZZ Top, Meatloaf, Spencer Davis, Chicago,  Village People, The Cowsills , Bob Saget, Sean Young, Robert Hayes, Ann Coulter, Engelbert Humperdinck, Scorpions, Burt Reynolds, Michael Madsen, Pat Boone, and hundreds more.

Listen this Saturday on iTunes or on the Internet (www.outlawradiousa.com).

Reaction to Tommy Hawkins' Passing

** Dual Stations

"Very sad news about 'The Hawk.' I had the pleasure of working with Tommy Hawkins at KABC/KLOS where he would do sports on both sides of the hall, with Ken and Bob on the KABC side and 'The Fraze,' Frazer Smith at KLOS and not miss a beat. 

Moreover, Tommy always had a smile and a kind word for anyone and everyone he met. He’ll be missed." - Ira Lawson

** Worked with Tommy at KABC

"I just read about the passing of Tommy Hawkins on LARadio.com and the news hit me hard. Tommy was a very special person.  He was one of those rare people that everyone loved and respected. He was a gifted athlete. He had an unbelievable vertical jump during his basketball career. 

I had the pleasure of working with Tommy at KABC radio during the 70's and 80's. He was always smiling, and positive while doing a quality job on every project he was assigned to work. He was also a wonderful public speaker and inspired people here in Los Angeles for many years. I feel very fortunate to have had him as a colleague and friend. He will be missed.” - Geoff Witcher

Tommy Hawkins Dies

 

(August 17, 2017) Tommy Hawkins - a two-time University of Notre Dame men's basketball All-American, Notre Dame All-Century Team member, Notre Dame Ring of Honor inductee and 1959 Notre Dame graduate and veteran from KGFJ, KABC, and KKJZ - passed away yesterday at his home in Malibu, according to a Notre Dame press release. He was 80.

Hawkins was the first African-American to earn All-America honors as a student-athlete at Notre Dame.

Drafted in the first round (third overall pick) by the Minneapolis Lakers, Hawkins played 10 years in the National Basketball Association with Minneapolis, the Cincinnati Royals and the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 6,672 points and grabbed 4,607 rebounds in the NBA.

Hawkins' life off the basketball court was as equally distinguished as his playing career. As a player representative, he played a key role in the first collective bargaining agreement with the players' union and the NBA. After his playing career, he worked in radio and television and served as the vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2012, Hawkins authored a book on poetry entitled Life's Reflections: Poetry for the People.


Art Astor Classic Car Collection Auction

(August 16, 2017) When Art Astor was alive we knew him as an eclectic owner of radio stations. What many did not know was he was an avid collector of classic cars and old radios. “Thought this might interest you and your readers,” emailed Dave Kunz, automotive reporter for KABC/TV and co-host of The Car Show on KPFK. “As you probably know, Art Astor auctioned off the majority of his huge classic car collection some years ago, but kept some of his favorites. Now, those favorites are up for auction in Monterey this week in the wake of his passing.” More information and a look at some of Art’s classic cars by clicking the artwork.   

In other news: Radio news websites have dwindled in recent months. San Diego is now without a full-time outlet. On Monday, Rollye James announced that she was ending VoxJox.org, a site paying tribute to the men and women of early Top 40 radio. The site was started by former Billboard editor, Claude Hall. When Claude got too sick, Rollye came to the rescue but now that Claude has passed on, Rollye is calling it quits.  

“I’m stopping it with much frustration over having no other choice,” wrote Rollye. “If I were retired, it would be the perfect pastime, and I’d embrace it wholeheartedly. But I own a couple radio stations and run a few corporations. Fortunately nothing I do is physically intensive, but all of it is tremendously time consuming. My ongoing fantasy is that I will find a Time Shop where I can buy a few hours, or a weekend, or an extra Sunday. But as technologically advanced as society is now, we’re not there yet.”

Rick Dees to Mornings at KOST

(August 15, 2017) KOST morning host Ellen K took some time off earlier this month for wrist surgery (she injured it in a snowboarding accident while showing off for her husband and teenaged son) and Rick Dees sat in the chair. Rick and Ellen ruled mornings for many, many years at KIIS. “When I called Rick and asked him to help, he didn’t hesitate- I am happy that the show will be in the hands of someone I know and trust,” said Ellen. “It was such fun and the audience response was phenomenal,” emailed Dees.

“Ellen K., as always, was so thoughtful to call on me to help during her wrist surgery. Darlene of Ellen's show has the complete audio link. She's a pro, and so is Ryan Manno, along with Alaysia working the phones and Rockin' Rosie, the traffic superstar. President Kevin LeGrett created a high mark when he came by and offered a ‘high 5 !’ Then he said I had to host a minimum of two shows in order to get my parking validated.”

In other news, Terry Hardy sent along a very warm story from the Thousand Oaks Acorn about Jaime Jarrin ... April Whitney, former KROQ dj for over a decade, had a stress related heart attack four years ago. She returned to the hospital earlier this month. “It's called Takotsubo or ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’,” April posted on her Facebook page. “It's a heart attack caused by stress. They're not kidding when they say stress can kill. It's rare, you'll usually hear about it when someone dies right after their partner of a long time dies. That is often ‘Broken Heart Syndrome.’”

Alan Oda Leaves Classroom to Help Earthquake Relief in Japan

(August 14, 2017) Almost from the inception, Alan Oda has made enormous contributions to LARadio. He’s got radio in his blood and enjoys writing about it. But his day job is at Azusa Pacific University where Alan is professor. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever known.

Six years ago a major tsunami hit Japan. Every year since then, Alan has given up his vacation to participate in post-earthquake relief. Alan and his two boys join members of his church from Santa Monica as they help with the cleanup. The man is so humble. One year I remarked what a remarkable heart he has to make this yearly sacrifice and he remarked that God has presented him with an opportunity and all he did was take it. You can read about his efforts at his blog: http://ayoda.tumblr.com.

In other news, Jack Hayes, former dj from Top 40 KFWB in the 60s, was released last night from the Tahoe Pacific Hospital after spending three days following a stroke. “Scared the hell out of me,” said Jack … K-EARTH morning Gary Bryan is in London helping Tom Cruise do some stunts for Mission Impossible Brian Roberts is recuperating from knee replacement surgery … Cameron Ward asks: Do you know why you should never break wind in an Apple Store? “Because they have no Windows” … Tonya Campos, former pd at Country KKGO, has joined Skid Trax, a company that offers tune-ups for small and medium market radio stations. Skid Trax writes imagining and slogans, designs or calibrates music clocks for better flow, airchecks talent and helps stations utilize the tools they have to produce a winning sound at a very affordable rate … Runaway Bronchitis put Charlie Van Dyke in a Santa Barbara hospital for a couple of days. He’s back at his home away from home this morning tending to his station imaging chores.


Tonight - Sunday, 8.13.17

"I can strongly recommend the teriffic  new 2 hour Elvis documentary to air Sunday night on the REELZ TV Network. 
Produced by Peacock Productions (NBC) for this Elvis Week, they did extensive interviews with Sandy and me for the show. 
I feel sure it will be excellent." - Wink Martindale

Email Saturday, 8.12.17

** Russian Trip

"Thanks Don, happy to contribute, Bill Smith seemed like a genuinely nice guy.  Too often nice guys don't get the attention they deserve. Sad that often the recognition comes after they pass away.

I read of your and your wife's adventures in Russia. Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear that you found no animosity directed at Americans, maybe there is hope that we all can live together in peace. Welcome home, your column was missed." - Mike Wick

** V A C A T I O N

"A week without LARadio.com is a dreary week indeed.

I am so happy that you and Cherie had such a wonderful time! I loved the commentary and photos about your trip to Russia.

Here's wishing you and yours a long and happy time." - Sterrett Harper, Burbank

** Thanks for Remembering What Couldn't Be Remembered

"Jim Healy! Loved the guy. Listened every day. You score a double:  the name B. Mitchel Reed came to me in the middle of the lunch hamburger. Looked him up on your site. Sorry to learn of his passing.

And I remembered and looked up my Top Fave:  Johnny Magnus. Wow. He grew up in Germany. Never heard a trace of an accent.

And Gary Owens.

And that rogue late-night jock who broadcasted from some cave in Mexico - Wolfman Jack.

In a moment of excess alcohol, I once suggested to Ron Chapman, the king of Dallas radio, that a site be assembled where folks could pull up and listen to these radio greats. But six thousand in LA alone. Yikes! William B. Williams in New York. I think the word is mellifluous. George Lorenz in Buffalo ['The Hound's Around!']

You belong to a proud fraternity, Mr. Barrett. Arthur Murray used to say on his show, 'Put a little fun in your life; try dancing.' You and your fraternity put a LOT of fun in our lives.  Thank you! And your site is reprising all that fun for this old geezer in Green Valley, Arizona. Gotta go to PayPal and drops some coins in your tambourine." - Dick Wilke

 

** Winker with Elvis

"I just wanted to share a great hour I spent listening to Wink Martindale on the Gilbert Godfrey podcast. 

If you love vintage L.A. radio, you'll love this podcast. Wink has such amazing stories about local personalities like Chuck Barris, the glory days of KMPC, and of course his friendship with Elvis. Sometimes, big stars get interviewed so often, they have standard answers to many questions. But not Wink. He went outside the box with great stories.

Wink reminisced about the early days of radio, his numerous game shows, and his experience as a guest on the Ed Sullivan show. It is hard to imagine Gilbert Godfrey as a great interviewer, but he is. He has no filter and asks the uncomfortable questions. 

Thanks Wink for opening up to fans of local radio. You are a class act. If you'd like hear the podcast, go to
http://www.gilbertpodcast.com/ " - Jeff Gehringer, Astor Broadcast Group & Astor Classics KSPA 1510 KFSD 1450

Hear Ache

(August 11, 2017) KFI midday Talker Shannon Farren will be the Chargers radio sideline reporter this season. Home and away games. "I'm thrilled!," emailed Shannon ...  Dean Cantor, a CBS/LA LSM, has exited the cluster ... Stella Prado Kuipers is home from emergency gallbladder surgery ... After almost 11 years of hosting mornings on KWVE, pd Brian Perez moves to the afternoon slot, where he'll also be hosting the nationally syndicated Bible Q&A show, Pastors' PerspectiveBob Shaw, who recently joined KWVE after nine years as morning host on KFSH, takes the AM shift at KWVE ... An email earlier this week stated HD programming on Saul Levine’s stations incorrectly.  KKGO HD2 is broadcasting K-SURF.  The in-house Classical format, K-Mozart, is now on 88.1 HD2 … Want to stir up some controversy? Check out a new survey appearing in RadioInk listing the greatest Top 40 stations of all time … Charles Osgood, host of long-running The Osgood File, heard for decades on KNX, will be honored by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences with the 2017 “News & Documentary Emmy Award for Lifetime Achievement.” The honor is given to a journalist or filmmaker who has “made a lasting and distinguished contribution to broadcast journalism or documentary film.” … Congratulations to former Star 98.7 pd Angela Perelli and her husband, Chris Ebbott, pd at K-EARTH and AMP Radio, on their 14th wedding anniversary … Condolences to Jay Coffey on the passing of his brother … Angel Martinez is running for mayor in Santa Barbara. Not the Angel on KFI. Santa Barbara’s Angel is a he … People Magazine snapped a photo of KIIS’ Ryan Seacrest and his galpal Shayna Taylor (l) strolling through New York City’s SoHo neighborhood … Bill O’Reilly launched a 30-minute-long news show, shot inside a studio and made available online to premium subscribers to his website. The goal of the studio show, he said at the end of the program, is to "bring everybody into the annual premium membership fold and spread the word." … Amber Perry, ex-CBS, most recently sales at Pandora went over to The Chargers as a sales manger ... Ryan Seacrest Productions is expanding his relationship with ABC in a big way. He has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, RSP’s scripted division will develop scripted projects exclusively for ABC Studios at all tv networks and platforms, including broadcast, basic and premium cable and on-demand services ... Nelson Salsa Fernandez, formerly with KLSX, just picked up the book by Neil De Grasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in  a Hurry. "What a wonderful book to read on what the cosmos and planet earth have in common," emailed Nelson."But more importantly it asks the question, 'is there alien life out there." 



 
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As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 50 years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.

In 2013, he started as the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.

Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).

He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies.

He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.

He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists. 


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