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(Kevin Fleming, Johnny Gill, Lance Ballance, Larry Gifford, Don Barrett, Dick Clark, Frank Mottek, and Jack Salvatore)
An Honorable Tribute to Rick Dees
(January 26, 2015) For decades, Rick Dees ruled the morning drive airwaves, entertaining a couple of generations getting up for school and those commuting to work. On Friday, the industry got to repay the favor by honoring Rick at this year’s Pacific Pioneers Broadcasters celebrity luncheon at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Sherman Oaks. PPB president Commander Chuck Street, familiar sidekick in Rick’s morning show at KIIS/fm from the “Yellow Thunder” traffic helicopter, presented the beautiful Art Gilmore Career Achievement Award to Dees.
“The honor itself was the highlight of the luncheon,” said Rick a day later. “What a humbling feeling and joy to see my name next to those greatest talents in entertainment!”
Dees loved the “the lively one-liners and jokes from members of the dais.” Appearing Friday were Wally Clark, Rick’s original general manager for much of the 80s, KNBC/Channel 4 weatherman Fritz Coleman, KFI nighttimer Tim Conway Jr., voice announcer Joe Cipriano, former tv entertainment reporter David Sheehan, and sportscaster Scott St. James, who worked alongside Rick for years.
There were some surprises. Jerry Bruckheimer made an unexpected appearance. Bruckheimer has an impressive resume of producing such movie hits as Top Gun, Beverly Hills Cop, American Gigolo, and Pirates of the Caribbean. His tv credits include the CSI series, and Amazing Race. “Jerry is my dear friend, and he surprised all of us with his appearance and kind words,” said Dees.
Rick wanted to acknowledge his dear friends and superstar talents in attendance: “Shotgun Tom Kelly, Mark Wallengren, Valentine, Wink Martindale, Kerri Kasem, Mancow Mueller, Joe Kieley, Paul Joseph, Jack Silver, Paul Liebeskind, Don Barrett, Mike Ramos, Frankie Quijano, Melanie Leach, Bob Catania, Jhani Kaye, Danny Lemos, Kraig Kitchin, Dennis Clark ,Lois Travalena, Chris Hamilton, Lynn Anderson, Charlie Rahilly, Juanita the "J-Unit", Cheryl Quiros, Jill Degan, Frances Murietta, Ray Delagarza, the 102.7 KIIS/fm sales stars, Diane Vudmaska, Bob Moore, Mary Beth Garber, Bianca Pino, Ric Ross, David Dow, Bill Moran, Jeff Wald, and so many more!”
Rick said he enjoyed re-connecting with “the most talented people in radio.” A number of attendees just hung out after the luncheon, catching up and exchanging radio gossip and stories.”
“I enjoyed the well-deserved award bestowed upon my dear friend, Michael Brockman…(and) seeing the glowing recognition of Julie and Kevin Dees.”
(Tim Conway, Jr., Fritz Coleman, David Sheehan, Joe Cipriano, Dees, Fritz Coleman, Harold Green, Lynn Anderson Powell, Julie Dees, Rick Dees, and Wally Clark)
Dees thanked PPB prexy Chuck Street for “the incredible work that went into the event and the entire Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters board.” Of course, Rick couldn’t leave our conversation without a quip. He thanked the PPB “for the free parking at the Sportsman’s Lodge.”
(Carson Schreiber, Don
Elliot, Ron Shapiro, Jeffrey Leonard, Jim Pewter, Gene Price, Jerry Fry,
(front row) David Sheehan, Fritz Coleman, Rick Dees, Wally Clark, (back row) Tim Conway, Jr., Scott St. James, Commander Chuck Street, and Joe Cipriano)
Scott St. James, the
first speaker for the afternoon gathering, said he had a good time. “Above all,
Rick and his family were very happy.” (Thanks to David Keeler and
Don Elliot for photos)
(Thanks to David Keeler and Don Elliot for photos)
Franklin Dies. Syndicated radio host and pioneering tv host Joe Franklin has died of cancer, at the age of 88. He gave breaks to the likes of Al Pacino and Bill Cosby on his variety show long before they became famous.
Franklin often is credited with developing the standard tv talk show format, sitting behind a desk while interviewing wanna-be celebrities, minor celebrities and the occasional bona fide celebrity.
The host of The Joe Franklin Show started in tv back in 1950. Billy Cristal used to parody Franklin on Saturday Night Live.
After Franklin's tv show ended in 1993, he worked on his late-night radio show. He continued to work even after he was diagnosed with cancer, doing celebrity interviews on the Bloomberg Radio Network.
Hear Ache. KLAC’s Jay Mohr and J.T. The Brick will broadcast live from Radio Row at The Bridgestone Fan Gallery, located at the Phoenix Convention Center this week. They join other media from around the country with interviews and other coverage leading up to Super Bowl XXXVII … Oscar time is coming soon and it is always fun to reminisce about the great films of our past. Take a listen to the best move quotes of all time at: https://www.youtube.com/embed/594Oxq4c0XA?feature=player_embedded
Gone. “Carlos Amezcua
has left his daily KEIB show to pursue other business interests,” emailed
Robin Bertolucci, pd of The Patriot 1150 (KEIB).
“Carlos has a media company and will be focusing his energies there. We are adding another hour of Dave Ramsey (3-6p) and moving Clark Howard's start time up an hour from 7p to 6p.”
Greenberg’s Mea Culpa. Mike Greenberg of KSPN’s Mike & Mike Show has just written a book called My Father’s Wives. Greenberg appeared with Dennis Miller on KRLA to promote the new published work. “I’ve been a lifelong fan,” Mike told Dennis. “I’ve always promised myself that if I ever got a chance to talk with you, I would apologize.”
Explaining the reason for the apology, Greenberg said he had stolen a Dennis Miller line and used it on his show and ESPN’s SportsCenter a thousand times. “If there is a team that soundly crushes another team, I will say they got beat ‘like a narc at a biker rally.’ I’ve never credited you and I get a laugh every time. So I apologize.”
Dennis told him that he was flattered that Greenberg used the line.
“When I was a little boy and I would get scared sometimes at night. I thought I would pull the blanket up over my head, I figured if I couldn’t see the boogie man, he can’t see me. Just like the ostrich that puts his head in the sand. There’s a lot of ostriches that die with their head stuck in the sand.” (Steve Harvey, KJLH)
“What do Microsoft and a halter top have in common? Both offer very little support.” (Dude, character on Gary Bryan Show, K-EARTH)
“Big story about Motley Crue in – I kid you not – the latest GQ magazine. Makes sense. When I think of well-groomed, refined metrosexuals, I always think of the Crue.” (Gary Moore, KLOS)
“I don’t care how you watch our shows, just watch them.” (Les Moonves, at recent CES show to promote TV streaming)
“I was 12 when we started American Idol.” (Ryan Seacrest, KIIS)
LARadio Rewind: January 26, 2003. Jimmy Kimmel begins hosting a late-night television talk show on ABC. Born in 1967 in Brooklyn, Kimmel began in radio while in college, working at Arizona State University station KASC and University of Nevada Las Vegas station KUNV. He jocked at stations in Seattle, Tampa, Palm Springs and Tucson before coming to KROQ in 1994, where he spent five years as “Jimmy the Sports Guy” on Kevin & Bean’s morning show. On television, Kimmel co-hosted Win Ben Stein’s Money and The Man Show and co-created/co-produced Crank Yankers. He has also hosted the ESPY Awards, American Music Awards and Primetime Emmy Awards. His ABC talk show, Jimmy Kimmel Live, debuted on January 26, 2003, following Super Bowl XXXVII, and continues to air at 11:30 pm each weeknight.
With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, KFSH’s Lara Scott has a book
she wrote with Cori Linder called From the corner of Hollywood and Divine:
Your Guide to 30 Old Hollywood-Inspired Spots in Southern California. You
can get the book at Lulu.com. “I wrote this back when
I just had one kid and had all that free time,” emailed Lara. “You could take
your Valentine to a theatre that looks like a tomb (The Egyptian), the glam
1920s hotel where the Munchkins once stayed (The Culver Hotel), or for dinner
aboard a 1930s Art Deco luxury liner (The Queen Mary).”
Valentine’s Gift. With Valentine’s Day just a few weeks away, KFSH’s Lara Scott has a book she wrote with Cori Linder called From the corner of Hollywood and Divine: Your Guide to 30 Old Hollywood-Inspired Spots in Southern California. You can get the book at Lulu.com.
“I wrote this back when I just had one kid and had all that free time,” emailed Lara. “You could take your Valentine to a theatre that looks like a tomb (The Egyptian), the glam 1920s hotel where the Munchkins once stayed (The Culver Hotel), or for dinner aboard a 1930s Art Deco luxury liner (The Queen Mary).”
Funnie. She was standing in the kitchen, preparing our usual soft-boiled eggs and toast for breakfast, wearing only the t-shirt that she normally slept in.
As I walked in, almost awake, she turned to me and said softly, ‘You've got to make love to me this very moment!”
My eyes lit up and I thought, “I’m either still dreaming or this is going to be my lucky day!” Not wanting to lose the moment, I embraced her and then gave it my all; right there on the kitchen table.
Afterwards she said, “Thanks,” and returned to the stove, her t-shirt still around her neck.
Happy, but a little puzzled, I asked, “What brought that on?”
She explained, “The egg timer’s broken.” (submitted by Christopher Bury)
We Get Email …
** Radio Wars
“I loved your item about the latest radio wars, and your memory of the KRLA/KHJ battle over the Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl. I remember that. What a night. I was still in elementary school and my best friend and I were there at that concert. We all noticed the circling message overhead ‘KHJ Welcomes the Beatles to Boss Angeles.’ It was before the Beatles played and you couldn't miss it, because they flew low enough to see easily, and low enough to hear the noise it made as it circled directly over our heads.
I think it was Bob Eubanks who was the emcee. He was onstage at the time. He looked up and cracked – ‘It's very nice to see those greetings from the station that hasn’t earned its fourth letter yet.’ It got a HUGE laugh from all of us in the audience. True enough, for a VERY brief moment, KHJ did one-up KRLA. But Bob Eubanks’ comment allowed KRLA to shut that moment down – cold. Just stole their rivals’ thunder in one quick retort. Kind of like what the President did during the State of the Union speech the other night, when some snarky GOPers applauded his statement that he had no more campaigns to run – and he shot back with ‘I know because I won both of them.’" – Mary Lyon
** Dees First Day on KIIS
“I am glad I had enough foresight to aircheck Rick Dees near the end of KHJ as a rock station. I also have an aircheck of his first morning show on KIIS/fm in 1981.
As a collector of novelty records, I know there are two Rick Dees related recordings related to the O.J. Simpson trial back in February 1995. These were Dickie Goodman-style interviews with snippets of hit records that had airplay on KIIS/fm. At that time, I spoke to a music staffer at the station (who coincidentally shared my February 15 birthday). She said the records would be edited and played on the (nationally syndicated) Rick Dees Weekly Top 40. However, I had someone check an archive of the program and there’s nothing indicating the parodies were ever played on the show. After seemingly millions of hours searching through a variety of sources, I cannot find any airchecks of these records. If someone does have these recordings, please let me know and make them available via upload.
One more novelty recording I’m looking for is recordings featuring “Tom Brokenjaw.” He was heard during a sketch played as KDUO 97.5 (San Bernardino) changed formats from beautiful music to oldies K-HITS (KHTS), probably around 1998 or 1989.
Thank so much in advance.” - Larry Hart, Sherman Oaks
** Inflate Gate
“I recall, just a couple of weeks ago as the Lions were preparing to play the Packers, the tv announcers were talking about how Aaron Rodgers preferred to OVER-inflate the footballs he’d be using in games, even in the cold, Green Bay weather. I guess he never got busted for over-inflation. Strange that the Rodgers factoid hasn’t re-emerged with all of the discussion about football PSIs this week.” – Jerry Downey, Detroit
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