The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People,
spanning the last 62 years, is now available just by clicking on
(Charlie Tuna w/ Tom Patterson, Leigh Ann Adam, the Insane Darrell Wayne, Dave Skyler, Christina Kelley, and Randy Kerdoon)
LARadio Is On Holiday
|(August 7, 2018)
Our summer series recognizing the one-of-a-kind LARP who
stand out as a unique personality, who not only has withstood
the test of time, but stands alone as being
unduplicable, comes to an end. This was never meant to
be a contest, but rather a tribute to those performers who
truly left an indelible mark.
Some readers were not in the Southland when a particular LARP was at his/her best, so we asked you provide some insight on why you thought there were unique. Some have already been published.
We leave on holiday later today and thought we would provide all contributions, new and old, for your perusal. We'll be back in late August.
Thanks for taking the time to salute our outstanding, unreplicable Los Angeles Radio People. (artwork from Etsy)
|Rick Sietsema (KNX/CBS
Radio, retired): My knee-jerk reaction was The Real
Don Steele. Then I thought about it for a bit, and
it’s not a simple question. Rick Dees, Casey
Kasem, Jimmy Kimmel and Adam
Corolla used LA Radio to launch national careers
across multiple platforms. Charlie Tuna probably
set a record for most frequencies modulated in a single
major market, spread across four decades. Wolfman
Jack is a legend. And you can’t ignore Vin
Scully. But I think the best answer to your
question is Art Laboe.
Art is the face of local radio, and connecting to an audience. He’s almost as old as radio itself. His name, his face and his Oldies but Goodies franchise are known around the world. I had the privilege of working with Art at KRLA in the mid-1980s, long before I became aware of his historic past. I can't imagine that anyone from LA Radio made a bigger difference in pop culture than Art Laboe.
Mike Hagerty, iHeartMedia: LARadio has had several one-of-a-kind personalities. There was
no Art Laboe clone, before or since, anywhere in
The sophisticated wit and astonishing vocabulary of Bill Ballance was not going to be found anywhere other than with Bill himself.
Bob Crane was to radio what Ernie Kovacs was to tv, but in his own, unique way. Find me a jock who was ‘just like Bob Crane.’
Johnny Magnus – ain’t nobody better than he (a line he once used about Wes Montgomery) when it comes to knowing the music and sharing that knowledge, which he still does every Saturday and Sunday morning on 88.1.
The Real Don Steele spawned a host of imitators, all doomed to fail, because as Robert W. Morgan (arguably another original) said "if you try to sound like him, you just end up sounding like an idiot."
B. Mitchel Reed pioneered the concept of an FM album rock jock and proved you didn’t have to sound or be stoned to do it.
Jimmy Rabbitt often was or sounded stoned when he did it (sometimes on the same station as BMR), but he’s an original too.
There was only one Wolfman Jack. Or Frazer Smith, for that matter.
I never heard anybody do radio the way Lee Baby Simms did it. Or Bobby Ocean. And how about Phil Hendrie?
I’m sure I’m leaving out names. I hope other readers fill the blanks I’m unintentionally leaving. Bottom line – the ranks of LARPs includes a whole host of originals, which is probably how they made it to – and made it in – Los Angeles.
|Steve Thompson: Jim
Hawthorne was voicing another character [“Skippy”]
long before Phil Hendrie gave us Margaret
Gray, Bobbie Dooley and Bud Dickman.
Jim Hawthorne was punctuating his programs with drop-ins and sound bites long before Jack Armstrong and Jim Healy started using drop-ins and sound bites.
Jim Hawthorne was doing “stream of consciousness” long before Robin Williams came along. And who but Hawthorne could have invented the Hogan-twanger?
|Julie Byers: I would have to say Dr.
Demento. He combines a love of radio/music history
and a truly wacky sense of humor.
I first discovered him when I was in high school, first on KPCC then KMET, and excitedly taped some of his show and brought it to school. When I played “Vatican Rag” and “Shaving Creme” during lunch, my friends loved it. He introduced us to old time novelties like “Pico and Sepulveda” and new artists “Weird Al” and “Barnes and Barnes.”
Even LARP's like Hudson & Landry made it into the program’s weekly “Top Ten,” later becoming the “Funny Five.” There have been imitations, but nothing like what we grew up with “Under the Smogberry Trees”; and I'm glad Dr. Demento is still around on satellite radio.
Thanks for the remembrance of Anthony Bourdain!
|Bob Scott: You
asked about LARP who were great storytellers. While I’m not
sure if he qualifies as an LARP, I believe that Paul
Harvey was certainly a unique personality and could
spin a yarn with the best of them. I never cared for his
political commentary, but I thought his “rest of the story”
pieces were brilliant.
First, of course, was his stilted delivery that made him sound different from everyone else on radio. Then he’d get you totally engaged in a character until you were sure you knew where the story was going, until he’d hit you with the twist: An ending you never saw coming.
I remember one about a prisoner who was released from death row because a Broadway producer wanted to use him in a show. I was wracking my brain to figure out who it was and then the twist! The producer had gone to a dog kill shelter and rescued the dog who played Sandy in the Broadway show Annie.
I never would have guessed!
|Rich Piombino: I was fortunate enough to work at KMET from 1983
– 1986. Having previously worked with some amazing air personalities on
previous occasions, I was especially proud to share space at The Mighty
Met with Cynthia Fox, Pat “Paraquat” Kelley, Jeff
Gonzer and a man who I feel is the best rock dj of all time, Jim
Honestly, I didn’t meet him for a full three months after I started at KMET on June 6, 1983. One Friday night on the way out, I stuck my head in the studio, said hello, he nodded and shook my hand. I spent many “late hour” evenings at the station, so I was in a position to be an average listener with the distinct advantage of being 15 feet from the studio.
What I remember most, and what makes Jim the “essential” rock jock, is based on his overwhelming knowledge of the artists and the music, much of it based on personal relationships with many of them. Second are the narratives — if you’ve ever seen, heard Bruce Springsteen at shows, we all know the kind of intros Bruce makes as lead up to the songs. Jim is amazing there – I always remember best how he intro'd Panama from Van Halen, any number of Pink Floyd and Doors tracks. As a matter of fact, hearing Jim’s intro of LA Woman sealed my respect for ‘both' Jim’s, the Doors were the second and third concerts I ever saw in the late 60’s at Madison Square Garden and the Felt Forum in NYC.
Jim Ladd and I did a promotion together when Elektra released Dance On Fire, the first Doors video compilation. We gathered fans and listeners for a “Dinner with the Doors,” including Robbie, John and Ray – it’s no coincidence that it was Jim Ladd who rounded out that foursome.
After I left The Met, I went to work for Norm Pattiz, Thom Ferro and Brian Heimerl at Westwood One. We were assigned to tape one of Roger Waters’ early Radio KAOS shows at Great Woods outside of Boston. Roger had handpicked Jim to “narrate’”the dj parts on that record, thus capping an amazing era and close-up opportunity to work with one of the all-time greats.
These memories are sealed forever...
Without a doubt in my mind, the most creative person to ever
inhabit Los Angeles' (and later, the nation’s) airwaves was
Stan Freberg. Not simply content to do
“theatre of the mind,” Stan turned the mental pictures his
words created on their side, inside out, backwards, on
multiple diagonals, and any other absurd way one can think
If Stan hadn’t pioneered his kind of comedy, would we have had the parodies of Weird Al Yankovic [technically also a LARP from his appearances with Dr. Demento]? The absurd one-liners of Gary Owens? The “gag commercials” that inhabited countless morning shows over the years?
And yet, even among those who followed in his footsteps, no one could quite achieve duplicating Stan completely. That’s why he was one of a kind.
|Rich Brother Robbin:
NEVER to be duplicated? You already know my choice(s): Robert W.
Morgan and The Real Don Steele will never be
duplicated, on OR off-air. There were other greats who lasted longer [Rick
Dees comes immediately to mind], but no one will ever do for us
old timers what Morgan and Steele did.
Reason #1: they weren’t copying anyone else. As you know, I basically got NOWHERE as a jock copying Steele. When some record guy touted me to Buzz Bennett, I sent a tape from KRUX. Buzz ‘heard something’ even in that pukey Steele-copycat demo. On that tape was a promo I did for my Sunday night Oldies show, up and perky but ‘in my own voice’ which brought Buzz out of his chair saying ‘THAT’s the real you, not that pukey Real Don Steele copycat bullshit.’ Per his instructions I stopped puking that very night. I started using my own voice in its natural state with a big smile on my lips, thereby becoming my own man as a jock which obviously worked. Not to be immodest, but I doubt there’ll never be another one of me either.
|Johnny St. Thomas:
I would like to add Johnny Hayes, who on
tracks would sound ‘live’
and when ‘live’ could deliver a great story about the music and artist.
|Gary Lane: Jimmy O’Neil
would be my entry. Jimmy, had that great voice,
started barely out of his teens, great interviewer, [liked
the one with Phil Everly], and hosted the tv show Shindig in
his early twenties.
Fascinating dj and person. Met him at the Apple Pan for a late lunch, with Lee Simms. Lee was at KRLA, as Ol’ Doc Frail, and Jimmy was at KDAY.
And the Wolfman, what can I say. Movies, that gravelly voice, blasting over the radio airwaves at XERB, to name one. You could hear him, just about all over, west of the Mississippi.
|Jeffrey Freedman: Jim Healy was
not really a story teller in the sense of Ralph
Story or Huell H, but Lohman & Barkley did
that soap opera spoof it seems every morning. I woke up to
their program for years. After the top of the hour news a
song would be played and then they would do their thing
until the bottom of the hour. News headlines, another song,
and then another dose of them until the hour ended.
The “Light of my Life” segment seemed prepared but was probably ad libbed for the most part. I never got the impression that Lohman prepared for anything. How he remembered all those voices and could segue between them was remarkable – Maynard Farmer, W. Eva Schneider, Noel Contendere, etc. Plus their satire on Sam Yorty, aka “Mayor Sam” who worked in the “pointy building” as Mayor of “Los Angle-eez.”
In “Light of my Life” they described the people “living their span of years’ in Pine City, a ‘typical small town’ in Iowa.”
|Alan Oda: I think
the L.A. radio veteran – make that outstanding L.A. radio
veteran – Diane Thompson had it right when
she stated “I think anyone who has been hired in the Los
Angeles radio market and survived is a superstar” in an
LARadio.com column a few weeks ago. That being said, when
Don Barrett asked about who was a
one-of-a-kind talent in Los Angeles radio, the name of
“Sweet” Dick Whittington immediately came
to mind. His many feats have been well-documented over the
years, from the marriage of the Queen Mary to the invasion
of Catalina Island.
I could easily write more than a page of the memories I have of Dick Whittington and his inspired folly. When he wasn’t sharing what sort of day he was having (he was brutally honest if he was having “a day” or if he was feeling good), he’d give us something to laugh about. Which highlights the uniqueness of the Whittington humor. Much of comedy nowadays is about laughing at others, Dick had us laughing at him and with him. He made fun of himself, and could also lso had us laughing at ourselves. Dick taught us you don’t have to be viciously insulting to be funny. (Sweet Dick with his producer preparing for the invasion of Catalina ... below is the Whittington and producer Douglas McEwan at a recent function)
|Laughter can be a weapon, but Dick
used it as a way of easing the craziness of what life
Seventeen years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, so many on the L.A. radio dial did so much to offer comfort to a hurting community, yet I realized that day how much I missed having Dick Whittington on the air.
He would have had the offered the reassurance to let us know we would get through this, and that we would once again find something (not someone) to laugh about as time started to heal the deep wounds of tragedy.
And am I the only one that think the current political climate would be a goldmine for Whittington’s “Clean Thoughts on a Dirty Wall?” His Sweetness is missed, but I’m the richer to have been able to have been part of his loyal listenership.
Steve: I’d like toss my vote into the ring of fire and offer
Bill Handel as “that one-of-a-kind LARP who
is so distinctive that she or he could never be duplicated.”
He’s quick witted, uber intelligent, smart “assy” enough to
not be insulting and has more corn in his shtick than an
Iowa corn field at harvest time.
He’s also very loyal to the KFI audience by not wanting to go syndicated [at least his Mon-Fri morning show. He’s an entertainment time bomb that continually goers off and that alone makes him unable to be so and he can’t be duplicated…AND THANK GOD FOR THAT!
Chris Bury: I think Bill Handel should be considered. He started with a legal advice show on KABC. He moved to KFI. He has been talking and giving marginal legal advice for about 24 years. Handel on the Law is syndicated. Has a website. Has been supportive of other newbie KFI hosts. He has had to evolve as the pc-osity has evolved.
|Danny Lemos: Three
names missing from your list, in my view.
1) Rick Dees. I was employed by Rick for quite a few years and I may be a bit biased, but Rick was a powerhouse of LARadio throughout the 1980’s, into the 90’s and into the 2000’s. To this day, when I meet the parents of my graduating students each year [at Cal State Long Beach] they STILL freak out – 37 years later – that I was Chuy from La Puente on the “Rick Dees in The Morning show.” Talk about a legacy! “My grandma grew up with you guys!” is a double-edged compliment, but I’ll take it.
2.) Jay Thomas. Jay was a legend, a true tv and radio star… and he was a total gentleman. We met in person only one time, at a promotional parade. Jay shook Rick’s hand and walked past him to the “worker bees” who stood around. ‘You’re only as good as your team,’ Jay boasted about us and introduced himself to all the writers and young producers. A real class act.
3.) Mary “the Burner” Turner. She was a rock star and the sultriest voice in LARadio during the 70’s. When I started at KMET in 1977, I was elevated to superstar status by my college housemates simply because I worked in the same building as “the Burner.” Every night at 6 p.m., when she kicked off her Candies and curled her feet under her in the chair in front of the turntables [remember them?] she reigned as LA’s rock-and-roll queen of the night. She had no equal, but lots of imitators. Her very nature was her style – easy-going, respectful and a lot of fun. She knew how to make you feel like you were the only one listening.
Bill Earl: Emperor Hudson
Andrew Schermerhorn: Vin Scully, Vin Scully, Vin Scully. Great story tellers have also included Doug McIntyre, Charlie Tuna, and Larry King. All of them have kept me riveted in appointment listening.
Margie Cherry: I think that Tim Conway, Jr. qualifies as a good radio storyteller.
Chris Taylor: The Real Don Steele
Don Graham: Jim Hawthorne
Rebecca Davis: My suggestion for best dj’s are Rick Dees, Dick Clark, Casey Kasem, and Tom Leykis
Maggie McKay: Shotgun Tom Kelly
KBIG Seems to be the Station to Beat
|(August 6, 2018) MY/fm (KBIG) has
been consistently #1 in the monthly PPM's since the first of
the year and the disappearance of KOST holiday music. The
Nielsen July '18 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid was
released this afternoon. Here is the Top 40:
1. KBIG (Hot AC) 5.8 - 5.7
2. KOST (AC) 5.6 - 5.2
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.1 - 5.0
4. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.5 - 4.3
5. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.3 - 4.2
6. KFI (Talk) 4.1 - 4.1
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.1 - 4.0
8. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.5 - 3.1
9. KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.6 - 2.9
10. KROQ (Alternative) 2.5 - 2.8
|11. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.7 - 2.7
KNX (News) 2.6 - 2.7
KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.6 - 2.7
14. KRRL (Urban) 2.6 - 2.6
15. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.5
KPCC (News/Talk) 2.7 - 2.5
KYSR (Alternative) 28 - 2.5
18. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.4 - 2.4
19. KKGO (Country) 2.3 - 2.3
20. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.2 - 2.1
KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.1
KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.1
23. KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.7
KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 1.7
25. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.5 - 1.4
KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.0 - 1.4
27. KCRW (Variety) 1.3 - 1.3
KJLH (Urban AC) 1.4 - 1.3
KRLA (Talk) 1.1 - 1.3
30. KSPN (Sports) 1.1 - 1.2
31. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 1.1
KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.3 - 1.1
33. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.6 - 1.0
KEIB (Talk) 0.9 - 1.0
35. KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.7 - 0.9
36. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.7
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.9 - 0.7
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.6 - 0.7
39. KSUR (Oldies) 0.4 - 0.5
40. KABC (Talk) 0.4 - 0.4
KIRN (Ethnic) -- - 0.4
KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.2 - 0.4
KYLA (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.4
I visualize the location within a highly trafficked area, e.g. Universal City Walk. Getting a storefront donated in turn is a traffic builder for the Hall of Fame. Our yearly induction could take place at one of the Universal theatres.
Is this something the Southern California Broadcasters Association could spearhead? Perhaps the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters will step up and help with the process.
I know our radio leaders are concerned with making budgets and working on the corporate bottom line, but Southern California radio is rich, vibrant and fascinating and should be recognized. The young kids coming along should know where we have been in order to figure out where we are going.
Does this idea resonate with you? Do you have some thoughts on how to take the first step?
Email Saturday, 8.4.18
|** Dave Zorn Remembered
“I only met Dave Zorn a couple of times. We had previous market experience in common. All I remember is a gracious, friendly, warm individual, who I liked instantly. I can only imagine how the people he worked with must feel. Safe travels ahead my friend.” – Mike Nolan
** Zorn Special
“I met Dave Zorn one time while filming and producing a presentation for The NAB Convention in Los Angeles in the early 80s. It was call ‘Radio Across America.’ He was such a nice man, who took the time between broadcasts to show our crew the famous basement at the CBS Broadcast Center on Sunset Blvd. The basement was filled with old sets from many television shows that had been filmed there.
He was a gentle man, who I very much enjoyed listening to. Our family of LARadio talent has lost one of the best! Rest in Peace, Mr. Zorn.” –Jim Duncan, Owner of Jim Duncan Creative
** Zorn was Collegial and Funny
“Dave Zorn is gone from our world, but as long as there are people who remember him fondly, he continues to live in a way. They say it’s what you do when no one is looking and there is no payoff for you which reveals true character.
My first day at KNX, Ed Pyle [news director] marched me into the main studio at Columbia Square to show me how it’s done. Dave was on the air with Dick Helton and after an hour or two it occurred to me that the REAL show happened in the studio while the spot breaks ran. They were so funny and collegial. They demonstrated a real respect and love for each other. I had done radio and tv for years, but news anchoring was a relatively new skill for me. Dave was warm, helpful in a million ways, and this newbie will always be grateful for the humanity and character he showed me. That’s what I always thought big time radio was going to be at its best. Ed was right, THAT’S HOW ITS DONE.” – Larry Van Nuys
** Zorn Style
“For years, my broadcast buddies here in San Diego – Gabriel Wisdom and Michael Berger – and I, would always greet each other ‘Dave Zorn style’ with ‘Good Morning Southern California.'
We looked up to Dave as professional dude #1. Dave was a true gentleman and a broadcasting professional! - Jeff Prescott, La Jolla
|** Zorn Will Be Missed
“That’s such a shame. Thanks for letting me know. My deepest sympathies to his family and all who held him dear. He shall certainly be missed. Rest in Peace, Dave.” – Laura Brodian Freas’Beraha
** Zorn’s Distinctive Voice
“Very sad. Dave Zorn had a distinctive voice as I recall.” – Christopher A. Bury
** Zorn Good Guy
“Dave Zorn was one of the really great guys among a lot of really great people who worked at KNX Newsradio. Sorry to see his passing.” – Tom Bernstein
** Zorn a Caring Soul
“Twenty-five years ago, I was the media spokesperson for LA General Hospital. Dave Zorn called me live on air when three of our doctors were shot in the emergency room. He allowed me the time to correct some rumors and to provide reassurance that care was being provided during the chaos. We developed a nice friendship and when we both retired, he visited the beautiful garden in Thousand Oaks where I was volunteering.
He was a caring gentle soul with a wonderful voice, now silenced. Rest in Peace dear friend.” – Harvey Kern, West Los Angeles
|** Great Broadcaster
“If you are a longtime listener to KNX Newsradio in Los Angeles, you know the name and inimitable voice of Dave Zorn. We lost Dave, less than two weeks after he was diagnosed with cancer. Dave was more than a great broadcaster and newsman, he was a gentle and generous mentor to so many of us, and a beloved colleague to all. He had a great sense of humor and an uncanny way of putting everyone at ease, even in the pressure cooker of a newsroom.
He and Jack Salvatore (l)were such a memorable anchor team. Here they are circa mid-80’s. They stayed very close all these years, Jack flew to Michigan this week to join Dave’s family at his bedside.
The photo of Dave and me marks a little broadcast history: August 2005. Just seconds earlier, Dave had finished anchoring the last KNX newscast from Columbia Square, the station’s storied home since 1938. The end of an era. Dave, you are so loved and admired. Just the best. RIP.” – Gail Eichenthal (from her Facebook page)
“I was shocked to hear Dave Zorn was so ill, and saddened and stunned that he passed so quickly. I remember him fondly. He was so well liked and regarded!” – Mark Austin Thomas
** Zorn’s Voice Provided Comfort
“So sad to hear this. I never had the pleasure of meeting Dave Zorn when I worked at CBS, but he was a staple of my radio on KNX. One of the familiar, confident voices that provides comfort even in the face of bad news. He will certainly be missed.” – Christian Wheel
** Zorn’s Son
“I come with bad news. My father, Dave Zorn, passed away this afternoon from a short battle with liver cancer. Words can’t express how sorry I am for my stepmother Carolynn and her family. Keep them in your thoughts. He tried to hang around until myself and family got there but it became too much. We Facetimed last Friday and it was great to see and talk to him one last time. We got a lot out and it was a very good thing. Since that time, I started to write a blog. No one knew that except my wife Nicole. I had to get things out of my head and put them somewhere and that was what I came up with. It’s a little long so bear with me. I had a lot to say. I'll leave for now with this: My dad was a Cleveland Browns fan, a die hard. I got him a Tim Couch jersey and he wore it with pride. If there’s any justice, the Browns will have a great season this year and maybe make the playoffs. I’ll be rooting for them. Enjoy the blog and thank you everyone for your love the past week or so. https://dzsportsblog.blogspot.com/ For those who knew him, or want to spread the word please share.” – David Zorn
** Zorn Stood Out
“I didn’t know Mr. Zorn personally, but certainly knew him as a broadcaster. It takes an extra effort to stand out on an all-News station, but he certainly did so. Condolences to his family and thank you to Dave for many hours of news over the years. Your efforts are most appreciated.” – Michael Wick
** Zorn the Real Deal
"Thank you so much for posting these stories about Dave Zorn. I knew him from Phoenix and he was the real deal." - Valerie Geller
** Fox Love
“George Green put Lonnie Lardner in touch with me many years ago. She was and is a terrific person.
Speaking of love stories, my wife, Valerie, and I celebrated our 65th anniversary a few weeks ago on July 5. Marrying Valerie was the best thing that ever happened to me. Nothing is in second place.” – Bob Fox
** KNX Traffic Jam
“I agree with Steve Thompson’s comments on KNX's handling of their own traffic reports. They treat listeners like children. They put so much importance on telling us the names of their traffic reporters six times per hour. Heck, the main news anchors only get their names mentioned on the air five times an hour....and how many airborne crafts does KNX have? I’ve only detected no more than one (1) traffic report from the aircraft when the reporter is introduced as being in ‘Sky 5’ or ‘Sky 4’ etc. If they actually have five individual aircraft that’d just maybe justify puffing up their chest to gloat about that investment, but I doubt they have the ability to put up more than one at any given time, even in fire emergencies [and don’t tell me that taped reports from Channel 2 or Channel 9 add to KNX’s fleet].
Another thing that bothers me: the obvious commercials for Channel 2 and Channel 9 when the KNX anchor introduces one of the tv station’s anchors so that Jeff or Suzie or Pat can promote what we'd see if we tuned in to their evening newscasts. AND THEN, when we hear the KNX anchor tell the tv anchor that we ‘will be sure to tune in,’ the KNX anchor then says ‘and that [referring to the tv station promo] is all part of our in-depth team coverage!’ Whoop-dee-doo. When does a commercial for their sister tv stations somehow make it part of the radio station's ‘in-depth team coverage’ of the news?
Hey KNX, give us the news without being so pompous and condescending. Try listening on line to how WTOP Washington DC’s all-News station handles their news presentation. You’d learn a lot about what I’m talking about.” – Steve Nieto, Yorba Linda
** More Traffic
“I disagree that KNX should lessen its number of traffic reports per hour. Assuming I have to get somewhere on time, I leave early enough, I’m guessing. However, once on the road, I am suddenly sitting in bumper to bumper traffic. I WANT to know as frequently as possible how late I can expect to be based on the most current traffic conditions. Many might disagree with me, but under those conditions I'd wish there would be more, not fewer, traffic reports.” – Laura Brodian Freas’Beraha
** KRKD Personality
“My grandmother used to perform on the radio at KRKD radio during the 1930s. Her name was Venna Taylor or maiden name was Hansen. I have been looking for confirmation of this for quite some time when I came across your article on radio personalities in the Los Angeles area and wanted to know if you have any information regarding the line-up of performers on KRKD during the 1930? My grandmother had a wonderful voice and sang every chance she got. I have heard the stories of her radio days and would love to find some confirmation of those events. Thank you for your help.” – Richard Taylor, Temecula, firstname.lastname@example.org
** Anyone Have the Big One?
“It was great reading the update from Mary Lyon! I seem to recall that in her KRTH days, the station [and maybe KHJ] did a fascinating special, simulating how it would cover ‘The Big One’ had it just hit L.A. Does anyone have an aircheck?” – Ethan Harp, email@example.com
** Ward Practice
“Thanks for the story about my private practice and crisis work. I am getting positive feedback from your readers [including my family and radio friends].” – Cameron Ward, cameronwardlaw.com
** AT 40 Memories
“Regarding memories of Casey Kasem and American Top 40 I remember both WGAR and WPIX/fm running the show in 1970, but it seemed slightly out-of-place as WGAR was mostly Oldies. On December 26, 1971, we were treated to a special AT40 Christmas countdown, however when Casey got to Snoopy's Christmas by the Royal Guardsman, he said they didn't have the song available. Interestingly, at the next station break, WPIX/fm did play the song from an LP. On the 5th year anniversary of AT40, they replayed its first show, boy was Casey’s style much more energetic.
Also, of note, AT40 sometimes took liberties with the records they played. Convention 72 was a novelty record by the Delegates. AT40 did their own edit from the original 5 minutes 7 seconds.
Still, my favorite countdown show was Dan Ingram and his ‘Top 30 Satellite Survey,’ which KKHR ran from the Radio Radio syndication service offered by CBS in 1984.” – Chime Hart, Sherman Oaks
** Couple of Blasts
“First, let me send kudos to Rick Dees for obviously donating his voice talents to KQLH. Obviously, a low-power FM doesn’t have the money to afford someone of Dees’ stature, so it has to be a labor of love on his part.
I also noted that two of the three stations airing Wolfman Jack [the Santa Rosa, actually Guerneville, one is the exception] are also LPFMs. I hope the syndicator is similarly making allowances for the lack of funds to pay full rate. BTW, KOPA in San Diego, which is owned by the Pala Band of Mission Indians, changed its call letters to KPRI in March after the calls were given up by Educational Media Foundation in December on what is now KKLJ. According to Wikipedia, the tribe says they intend the new calls to stand for ‘Kupa Pala Rez Indians’, Kupa being the name of the ancestral home near Warner Springs of the majority of the Pala tribe. Interesting!” – K.M. Richards
“I'm glad you had a good time at the concert at the Chumash Casino. I haven’t been there in four years but I’ve always loved the place and the people there. I hope you got a chance to go into Solvang for some pastries or to Pea Soup Andersen’s for Onion Cheese bread – unforgettable!
Thanks for the update / news about Rick Dees. I think that is wild about him going to a smaller market, but once a dj, always a dj. And I thought I was one of the few who’ve noticed the lack of any 60’s and most 70’s music on KOLA. Except for the Casey Kasem shows on Saturdays, you’d think you were listening to KRTH. It shows there is a market for every kind of music and Oldies too!
I’ve got a new one for you: Have you ever heard of Sirius or one of the other Satellite channels coming in on a regular FM frequency? Someone in the north Arcadia / Pasadena area has some very eclectic music tastes that I’ve picked up on 95.1 [normally KFRG] once or twice a week. Everything from a syndicated Oldies package to a mix of Big Band, 50’s and 60’s music. I picked it up the first time Christmas before last, then last year, and now a couple of afternoons a week. The radius is from Huntington Drive and Sunset in Arcadia to NW Pasadena and it blocks out KFRG until I leave that area. No commercials [except for the Oldies package, which comes complete with local event calendars from Atlanta and Santa Cruz], just one tune after another like someone putting records on. It wouldn’t be so mysterious except that I don’t have a satellite receiver!” – Julie Byers
** Format Mixes
"KQLH's LPFM manager, Mark Westwood, may be mistaken. On the one hand he seems happy to put together a station that is reminiscent of the music that K-Earth left behind. On the other hand, he describes the format as a mix of the 40's through the 70's. That's not even close to KOLA or K-SURF. Sounds more like The Music for the Rest of Your Life." - Vince Daniels, Smart-Talk KMET 1490-AM
Zorn As a Kid
3, 2018) While preparing stories on Dave
Zorn’s amazing life following his passing on July
30, I found this delicious story from when we met for the
first time. I was conducting interviews for my book, Los
Angeles Radio People. Dave majored in broadcasting in
college and began his commercial broadcasting career in
“I can’t remember a time in my life that I didn’t want to be on the radio, but I really got the ‘bug’ one rainy summer afternoon in Cleveland in the late ’50s when I ‘played radio’ with a neighborhood electronic genius who built a radio station in his basement. We tape recorded our pretend rock ’n roll radio show with ‘your boy D.Z. on K-R-A-P’ and played it through a miniature transmitter my engineer friend built. What a thrill, I was on the radio! Imagine our surprise when we read in the newspaper the next morning that the FCC was looking for a pirate radio station that had appeared mysteriously, knocking off the air a major Cleveland radio station. When we read that the penalties for such a federal crime were multiple years in jail and thousands of dollars in fines, we decided to find safer ways to spend our rainy summer afternoons.”
Tomorrow’s Email Saturday includes lotsa memories of Dave from his friends. (Photo: Dave was the last voice on KNX when the station physically moved from its home at Columbia Square to the Miracle Mile)
New Book. Delilah is
a Hall of Fame broadcaster who has had her syndicated show
air on a number of LARadio stations over the years.
Currently it is heard on KFSH (95.9 The Fish). She is the
most listened-to woman on American radio with 9 million
listeners. On air for 25 years, her shows are heartfelt,
often hilarious, and warm. Delilah (Rene) has written One
Heart at a Time, an uplifting, and motivating look at
life, love, and faith. She talks about how she has opened
her home to 10 adopted children, making her a mom to 13
children, with an effort underway to adopt a two-year-old
baby boy to join the family. She is the founder of an NGO
called Point Hope, created in 2004 to be a voice for
forgotten children and their families. The book will be
available this fall.
New Format. John Sebastian, former programmer at KHJ, KLOS, KTWV, and KZLA/KLAC, left an ominous message last week about mysterious procedure taking place in a Phoenix Hospital. He updated his situation on his Facebook page this week. “Fifty years ago, today I was hired for my first job in radio, part-time at KPAM in Portland. Thus, began my long strange journey of adventure, travel, joy, momentous challenges and accomplishment that has been the love of my life. It’s ironic that I was recovering from back surgery back then, even still wearing a body cast when I started this first gig. And now, on this historic anniversary, at least for me, I’m again recovering, quite successfully, from a hospital stay coming back from an Ablation for AFIB, a heart rhythm issue.”
He’s now looking toward the future. John is doing voice work but his heart is in programming. He has an idea. He has a format. He’s looking for a bold operator. “On a full signal, this format has the potential to be #1 6+,” John said. You can reach John at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In other news: Lonnie Lardner and her husband Josh Kaplan, senior executive producer of Good Day LA, stopped by Avila Beach for a visit on their way from a trip on the Central Coast. Two nicer people you will never meet. Josh had stories about working with Steve Edwards for a couple of decades. He’s a huge fan. Lonnie used to be on KFWB and KABC Radio back in the day as well as Channels 2, 7, and ll. Lonnie comes from a long line of news and entertainment professionals. Her father Rex served as head writer for the trailblazing Ernie Kovacs Show in the 1950s; her grandfather was national editor of The New York Times in the 1930s. Her great uncle, Ring Lardner, is acknowledged as one of the best sports humorists of all time, and his son Ring Jr., is a multiple Oscar-winning screenwriter. Lonnie serves on the Advisory Board of the LA Art Association … Great love story for 43 years. Sandy and Wink Martindale celebrate their wedding anniversary this week ... Christina Kelley, one of our K-EARTH favorites from years past, will be anchoring morning newscasts on McIntyre in the Morning on KABC, through next week, while LeeAnn Tweeden is on vacation … It was 30 years ago this week that Rush Limbaugh began his syndication journey in reshaping Talk Radio. While reminiscing this week about the past three decades, the five-time Marconi Award winner played audio from his first radio job as a disc jockey at WIXZ in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1971. He’s currently heard locally on KEIB (1150AM) … Art Bell certainly had a strong mixture of a drug cocktail when he died April 13. The Talk show host had in his system “the opioid Oxycodone, the analgesic Hydrocodone, Diazepam (often marketed as Valium), and Carisoprodol, a muscle relaxant,” according to the Las Vegas Review Journal. All four had been legally prescribed. He also suffered from COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and hypertension, conditions which contributed to his death … Diane Suter, most recently Trust administrator for KFWB until it was sold, has been appointed chairman of the FCC’s Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment.
Longtime Good Day LA Cast Back for Podcast
2, 2018) If you were a fan of Fox 11’s Good Day
LA with Steve Edwards, Dorothy Lucey,
and Jillian Barberie, your dream of a
reunion has come true. KABC is housing a podcast titled OK
LA: As We Were Saying. https://loom.ly/F-k-bgA.
The free form exchange seems to have no rules, no boundaries and no problem with language. Older listeners will be uncomfortable with the peppering of the “F-word” and “bull shit,” among other expletives. Seems so unnecessary but despite the language, the podcast is a lot of fun.
The first episode covered a wide array of subjects, almost picking up where they left off. Steve was host of the show for 24 years. Hear about Jillian’s relationship with Donald Trump, censorship on the tv show, and a funny line from former LA TV news anchor John Beard. “The success of our show was because we were pushing against the norm,” said Steve. “People would watch thinking it was a normal morning show with news. John Beard said, ‘Your viewers liked the show because they are stunned. They are stunned every morning.’”
Beasing had great success programming at 100.3/The
Sound. The station was sold when Entercom took over the
CBS stations last year and found itself over the FCC limit
on ownership. Dave’s now part of transitioning leaders
tethering radio and podcasting.
In a comprehensive interview he described what makes a great podcast: “Great Storytelling — Obvious, I know, but it’s exciting that this matters so much. Let’s face it: most radio has been reduced to fill-in-the-blank formats. ‘Insert call letters here.’ I was so fortunate to be given license to create an original version of Classic Rock at 100.3 The Sound in Los Angeles. We had to, because there wasn’t a hole for a standard issue station. But even programming The Sound, I’d say 20% of my time was spent writing, figuring out how to tell the brand’s story. That’s a lot. In podcasting, the percentages are flipped, and I’m writing and creating 80% of the time.” You can read the complete interview here.
Hear Ache. Westwood One is taking over syndication of The Baka Boyz. No LA stations yet … George Lopez, former Mega morning star, has started production in Los Angeles on an indie thriller The Tax Collector … Days after being absent from his annual duty as moderator for The Walking Dead panel at Comic-Con, Chris Hardwick has been given the green light by AMC to return to the air after allegations of sexual assault and emotional abuse by an ex-girlfriend … Joe Grande, ex-KLAC, is celebrating eight years of wedded bliss … Brett Winterble, former sports guy when KFWB was all-Sports “The Beast 980,” signs a new contract with news/talk KFMB-San Diego to continue hosting the afternoon drive show … Rick Dees emailed to clarify his role at KQLH-Yucaipa for afternoon drive. “It is only PARTIALLY true,” wrote Rick. “Here is the TRUE report: KQLH begins airing my syndicated Rick Dees – Daily Dees show daily from 2 - 6p starting August 13. Daily Dees is syndicated by Dees Creations, Inc. and available for radio stations globally. To add it to your programming, contact Joe Kieley at Dees Creations at email@example.com or via phone at 818.295.2100.” Kieley said that the Daily Dees syndicated show is heard on 50 stations.
The Quirky Journey of Steve Fredericks
1, 2018) Steve Liddick has written a book. We know
him best during his LARadio journey as news anchor Steve
Fredericks (radio people thought listeners would
confuse his name with Ly-Dick). With lightning speed, names
from his time at KSOM, KIIS, KDAY, and K-EARTH come at you
with delicious stories. Perhaps he titled his book, But
First This Message: A Quirky Journey in Broadcasting,
because, well, Steve is a little quirky. He finds
fascinating news stories and then presents them in a
fascinating way. A listener once told him, “You do funny
news.” He responded, “No, I do news funny.”
Growing up near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania with WKBW-Buffalo blasting Rock Around the Clock on his transistor radio, Steve knew at 10 that he wanted to be a radio announcer, but school and early career took him into the world of photography. His snapshot of a radio station is priceless: “Conflicting personalities worked within screaming distance of each other: Sales staff, studio and transmitter engineers, marketing people, office support staff, deejays, and news personnel. It was kind of like putting a cobra, a mongoose, a wolverine, a hamster and a peacock together in a burlap sack and expecting something good to come of that.”
From 1961 to 2008, Steve worked for over 20 radio stations and two national networks. “I got fired a lot,” he confessed. “You can tell how long a person has been in radio by the size of his U-Haul trailer.”
He left Pennsylvania and went to Florida in order to escape the bone-chilling cold. He left Florida (WSUN, WINQ, WDAE) and went to California for more opportunities, but first a stop in Korea where he participated at AFKN radio before programming a station in Nashville. Steve got his first taste of controlling owners. The owner hired Steve to make changes and get his station up in the ratings. Every time he would make a change, the owner would change it back.
Being a newsman in Hollywood, we are treated to behind the scenes stories of a variegated array of personalities from Jane Fonda to Jane Wyatt, with Brian Wilson, Cheech and Chong, and Natalie Wood in between. His experience with Alan Chlowitz (K-EARTH general manager) was not a good one. “He was an angry, bald-headed little man with the bearing of a stray dog that seemed fearful of being whipped yet was entire capable of biting.” Steve was at Oldies K-EARTH when Elvis died. His recollections are wonderful.
Along the way we meet Dave Cooke, Dwight Case, Roger Christian, Vivian Porter, Dick Bozzi, and Dara Welles. He calls Bob Hamilton a programming genius. Steve’s quirky journey is a must-have for radio people.
“The broadcasting career had been a wild ride; never any two days in a row alike,” Steve wrote. “Over the years, I had filed news reports on a lot of important stories. I met, worked with, and interviewed a lot of fascinating people. Now that I’m at the wrinkled end of life, in a fierce struggle with gravity, I have lots of stories to tell to impress some people with and bore others to tears. My days are spent writing novels (he’s written eight), hanging out with our menagerie and trying to remember what I did with my car keys.” Click the artwork to order your book NOW.
The Zorn Identity
(July 31, 2018) Alan Oda, senior LARadio correspondent, wrote a sensational piece at the time of Dave Zorn's retirement from KNX. With Dave's passing yesterday, we thought it was a perfect time to review his life and career)
Since then, Zorn and
his wife Carolynn spent time at their condo near Detroit,
then returned to Southern California via Phoenix to visit
with friends. While in Arizona, the Zorns "looked at some
homes for sale. We found one we liked and bought it. Now
we're faced with doing something we thought we'd NEVER
do...move to Phoenix in July! We've been packing up all of
our 'stuff,' and brother have we collected a lot of 'stuff.'
The movers will haul it away in about a month," said
Zorn. Right now, the goal is to fix up their current home.
Though he was limited in what he could do, Zorn said that
"thanks to my patient wife, I learned to supervise others in
the repairs that were needed."
Zorn's colleagues at KNX shared their own memories and accolades. "Dave is the best radio news anchor in the country. Period. I have been extremely privileged and extraordinarily lucky to have worked with and learned from him," said KNX midday anchor Linda Nunez. "After all these years in broadcasting, he still air-checked himself, and still tried to find ways to make himself better. That kind of dedication is unheard of. will miss his laughter and wise counsel. When Dave left, the heart and soul of the newsroom left with him," said Nunez.
“I first met Dave Zorn years ago when I was at KFI,” emailed David G. Hall, head of programming for KNX and KFWB. “I 'sneaked' over to KNX with Mark Thomas, who had once worked here. I met Dave in the studio during his shift and he could not have been nicer or more complimentary of both me and KFI.
“Dave is a signature voice of KNX, both in tone and credibility. I have really enjoyed working with him, and I miss hearing him on this radio station every day. Also, I LOVE the book he wrote about his experience in Vietnam. He really puts into perspective a small corner of that war in ways that you don't see anywhere else.”
“We Are Expecting the Unexpected on
Our Return to Vietnam”
Joining Zorn for the incredible journey is KNX assistant news director Ronnie Bradford (above right). Zorn was stationed at Camp Pendleton with the 2nd battalion, 7th Marine regiment. Bradford was part of the Big Red One’s 2nd battalion, 18th infantry. In early 1965 Ronnie was a driver for a battalion commander. When the orders came that his battalion was headed for Vietnam, the commander resigned his commission. He had been there in 1954 and had no desire to return. This should have been a warning for all involved.
Ronnie was transferred to the 18th infantry battalion and was sent home for a brief time. “I didn’t know what was going on. We had been training in the jungles of Florida,” remembered Ronnie. “But we didn’t know what it was for.”
I asked Ronnie if he was scared. “The first night was fine, but on the second night there was gunfire and tracers,” he recalled. “I was scared to death. I laid in the mud crying. ‘Lord, what did I do to deserve this?’ On the third night there was even more gunfire. The next morning I went into a bunker a few meters away. Our 1st sergeant was killed and three others were wounded. We put him in a body bag in seven pieces. He had 19 years and 5 months and did not have to go to Vietnam, but he wanted to be with his guys,” said Bradford.
Zorn explained that the Marines had a transplacement system where one battalion would train stateside for a year and then rotate for a year overseas. He was due to go over at the end of the training cycle but all of a sudden everyone was headed overseas ending the transplacement system.
“We went out of San Diego,” said Zorn. “We sailed into the sunset landing in Hawaii for a couple of days and then to Okinawa, basically to take the place of earlier battalions. After 4 or 5 days in Okinawa we were told to pack it up and head back to the ship. We had always figured that we were going to Vietnam eventually.”
Zorn’s ship landed in Vietnam in the first week of July 1965. “I remember thinking they were celebrating the 4th of July. All along the shoreline there were tracer rounds going off and at nighttime there were flares. It was not a celebration; this is what was called warfare.” (Dave's book, Dinky Dau: Love, War and the Corps, is available at www.xlibris.com and at major bookstores and online book sellers.)
Dave said they trained hard for combat. “But it’s nothing like reality. It didn’t take long. It was sporadic combat for a couple of months. We had to secure a number of villages and there would be sporadic gunfire.” Dave said the movie, We Were Soldiers, was about the area where he fought. Later in the year his division hooked up with the rest of the 7th regiment in Chu Lai and that’s when things really started heating up.
Dave left the states from San Diego while Ronnie was taking a troop train from Ft. Riley to the docks of Oakland. “We were wearing full battle gear minus ammunition,” said Ronnie. “We boarded the USS Grant for the 27-day trip. On the last day they gave us ammo.”
Bradford remembered that early on they never saw the enemy. “They only fought at nighttime and they were wearing black. We were losing so many people our brigade commander lost his commission and was reassigned.”
But that was then. Why go back? A radio promotion? Closure?
The idea for the return trip came from KNX programming chief, David G. Hall. This summer is the 40th anniversary of Ronnie and Dave’s landing in Vietnam and the 30th anniversary of the final US forces leaving the country.
On February 4, the KNX pair leaves from LAX and flies to Hong Kong. They change planes and fly into Ho Chi Minh City, the old Saigon. During their 9-day trip they will visit Qui Nhon, Da Nang, Chu Lai, and Hanoi. They will be filing reports that will be put into a series to air on KNX upon their return.
They will be visiting sites where they fought and also visit some new areas. I asked if part of the reason for going was closure. “To me there is no closure,” said Ronnie who then got choked up. “I’ve got to stop talking.”
One of Zorn’s best friends was killed in Vietnam and he continues to stay in touch with his friend’s parents. “His mother hates the word closure. I agree. There are things you can’t ignore, but you do figure out ways to get on with life. You live with it and honor….” Zorn broke down. Forty years later and the feelings are still raw. “It’s hard to talk…”
Zorn and Bradford decided that whatever baggage that they might still be carrying from 40 years ago, they have a plan. They will take some negative item from Vietnam and take it on their trip and leave it there. They plan to bring back something positive to take its place.
When Zorn tells his buddies about the return trip to Vietnam, they are divided. A third would love to go back. A third said absolutely not, and a third was ambivalent. “I have nothing but positive feelings about the trip,” enthused Zorn. “I have no qualms. This trip will be very different. They won’t be shooting at us. The transportation will be better. The accommodations will be better. And there will be mini-bars in our room.”
What are they expecting? “I expect some villages will not be changed. We are expecting the unexpected that will move us in ways we could never anticipate,” concluded Dave.
Dave Zorn, KNX News veteran for 25 years, has died,
following a short, but tough battle with liver cancer.
He was 73. Dave was one of the most talented broadcasters ever and yet so down to earth.
A beautiful soul that we lose all too soon.
Rick Dees Set to Return
|(July 30, 2018) Rick Dees has
joined KQLH-Yucaipa for afternoon drive. The one-time top
L.A. morning man begins later in August at his new gig.
He'll be doing afternoons. There was a very brief story
about Dees in the Yucaipa/Calimesa NewsMirror.
Rick has had quite the distinguished career in LARadio, heard in the mornings at: KHJ (1979-80); KIIS (1981-2004); KMVN (2006-09); KHHT (2011-12).
KQLH 92.5 LPFM is a locally-powered FM grassroots radio station from Yucaipa. It serves portions of the Inland Empire and Palm Springs. The stations’ website describes KQLH as airing an eclectic mix of the “Music of America’s Mainstreet.” KQLH states they offer tunes: “From the era of the 40's,50's, 60, 70's and beyond. From Big Band Music to Rock not heard otherwise.”
Mark Westwood is running KQLH. He’s also general manager at KCAA in the Inland Empire. “We are getting a lot of love from our listeners who lost their music on K-EARTH and KOLA,” Mark told me yesterday. “Radio for a generation who loves radio. Whodda Thunk??? Lol. Comments from people who say things like KHJ has come to Yucaipa.” Because KQLH is a non-profit operation, it doesn’t run ads. However, it does run sponsorships. Businesses and organizations who sponsor the station get a tax deduction for donating to a non-profit.
Hear Ache. On September 19, Talaya Trigueros celebrates her 30-year anniversary with KTWV (The Wave). “Crazy huh?!?!,” enthused Talaya. “And midday ratings have skyrocketed. Still playing this nutty game called radio!” … Diane Thompson is back to afternoons at KNX. Have no idea why they made the switch putting her on evenings last October. She’s back where she belongs … K-EARTH 101 will no longer be available on TuneIn. Starting Wednesday, the only place to stream K-EARTH 101 is on Radio.com … Friday night was a first for me. We saw Patti LaBelle at the Chumash in Santa Ynez. OMG. Fans in the packed venue were on their feet for at least half of the concert. Rip-roaring and at 74, the Grammy winner has an incredible voice, still very strong … Wolfman Jack show is returning in syndication. Michael Lichtstein reports that three stations in California will be carrying the show: KOCI (101.5/fm), Newport Beach, KWVF-Santa Rosa, and KOPA-San Diego.
Dave Zorn in Hospice Care
|(July 29, 2018) “Dave Zorn
is at Providence Park Hospital in Novi, Michigan under
hospice care for terminal liver cancer,” emailed his wife
“He entered the hospital on Friday the 20th and was diagnosed with stage four cancer within days. He had no warning except he had been tired and short of breath since our cruise in April. Jack Salvatore is flying flew in Sunday to see him. I hope you can let all his former co-workers in the LA area and at CBS to know. I am still shocked and at a loss as to how to accept this news.”
Email Saturday, 7.28.18
|** Whittington’s Producer
“Thanks for the lovely pictures in the Dick Whittington article this week. Those pictures were taken 45 years apart. I was not Dick’s producer at the time of The Great Catalina War. Tom Krachtovil produced that massive undertaking and deserves the credit for that enormous amount of work. I was a writer and performer in the event. I became Dick’s producer a year and a half later. Of course, we were not ‘preparing’ for the Catalina War in that photo, but rather had just concluded it, hence now having time to pose for that Victory picture, which was taken by Bill Smith.
The other photo was taken at Bill Smith’s funeral a year ago. Attached is the uncropped photo, which also includes Wink Martindale and JV Martin, the son of the late Jim Martin who was, along with Dick, Bill and myself, served as the regular writers for ‘Clean Thoughts on a Dirty Wall.’
|Alan Oda is
right; the current appalling political climate would certainly be a rich
source for ‘Clean Thoughts.’ I talked to Sweet Dick last week. He's in
good spirits and good health and preparing for a big European trip soon.
It's nice to see our work so long ago is still remembered and still a
beloved memory for some.
I’m still turning out comedy, and published another two books last year, a funny non-fiction book titled We Belong Dead: A Gay Perspective on the Classic Movie Monsters, and a black comic novel I think is the best thing I’ve ever written titled My Gruesome Life.
Thanks for posting the article. It was a cheerful thing to discover yesterday. I saw it on my own before friends started alerting me to it.” – Douglas McEwan
Is There a Smart Radio?
|(July 27, 2018) There is the
smart phone, smart tv, but I’ve wondered where is the smart radio? The
lead story in Tom Taylor’s tasty NOW newsletter yesterday
featured a story signaling potential trouble ahead for terrestrial radio
if, in the words of SiriusXM’s ceo Jim Meyer, “they don’t vastly improve
Meyer says there’s been a “surge in technology, and yet you still look at the number of people that listen to AM/FM radio every day, okay? And honestly, I think that [industry] has got a problem. If they don’t vastly improve their product, that’s the area [of media] where I think listener hours are finally” going to start declining. Or, he says, listeners could “shift away to other things.” SiriusXM keeps polishing up its own products, including a new app released in May to boost streaming. SiriusXM focused on generating more “engagement” – even for subscribers “who do not have a need or desire for an in-car plan.”
Reunion. Were you part of satellite programming? Westwood One/Dial-Global/Unistar/Transtar is having a reunion this weekend. “Anyone who walked the hallways and knows how to backtime an hour of music is welcome,” emailed Katie Clark. “It’s a no-host party at Las Hadas Mexican Restaurant in Northridge this Sunday at 2 p.m. We look forward to seeing everyone there.”
Ward of LARadio. Bill Ward had quite the run in LARadio. He was the general manager and program director at KLAC, KMPC and KLIT/KSCA. His son, Cameron, worked in promotion at KLOS but felt he had a higher calling. In addition to Cameron’s therapy practice in the San Fernando Valley, he’s a crisis counselor.
“In the past year alone, I have been to Houston, Beaumont, and Port Arthur, Texas to provide crisis counseling following Hurricane Harvey,” emailed Cameron. “After I came home I went to Las Vegas and all over Southern California to provide crisis counseling to the victims of the Route 91 mass shooting.”
In other news: Country star Cole Swindell will be the guest host during middays at KKGO for the month of August … John Sebastian, former program director at KHJ, KLOS, KTWV, and KZLA/KLAC, posted on his Facebook page: “I don’t think I've ever been moved to post something like this before but I’m asking for your positive thoughts, vibes, chants, prayers and good wishes Friday morning. I’m going into Mayo Hospital for a procedure that is a bit scary but has a chance of giving me a new lease on life.” … AllAccess is reporting Trey Morgan, former middays at ALT 98-7, is leaving his current post at KPLX-Dallas in the fall … FOX Sports Radio’s The Doug Gottlieb Show and JT “The Brick” are hitting the road to bring fans live, on-location coverage from the network’s annual NFL Training Camp Tour this summer. They started this week checking in with the LA Rams, followed by the Dallas Cowboys and the LA Chargers. JT has served in various broadcast capacities with the Oakland Raiders since 1998 … iHeartMedia is syndicating a new weekend show with KOST morning star, Ellen K. The new four-hour AC weekend program will originate from LA and debut tomorrow on her KOST home, as well as New York market leader WLTW (Lite 106.7).
Is Podcasting for You?
|(July 26, 2018) I graduated
from Chapman College in 1964. The escalation of the Vietnam war was an
issue, plus it was an election year – Barry Goldwater versus Lyndon
Johnson. I had recently read John Steinbeck’s Travels with Charley:
In Search of America,
a story of Steinbeck’s road trip to discover America. Charley was his
French poodle dog who sat beside him in the camper.
I proposed to my soon-to-be graduating buddy that we should do the same thing. No agenda. No itinerary. And we did. For the next four months we visited about 35 states. I decided to write a book about our adventures. I loved to write, and was editor of the Chapman newspaper in my senior year.
Steinbeck said you can find the salt of America in either the tavern or the church. As budding alcoholics, we elected the former since it was open more days of the week than the church. Borrowing a campaign phrase from Johnson, All the Way with LBJ, with our own twist, I called the book We Beer Drank our Way Across the USA. It was written in diary form on a daily basis because I knew it would be impossible to remember all our antics and experiences.
Among our adventures, we saw civil rights cafeteria sit-ins, almost got ourselves arrested in Louisiana, and was part of the first wade-in in St. Augustine, Florida. It turned out to be quite a historical summer.
|After our busy journey, I tackled the daunting
task of “cleaning” up my writings and got it to the point of presenting
it to prospective publishers. I was so naive. I had no idea what to do,
but I sent a synopsis to a dozen publishers. Months went by with no
interest. Then a letter from Vantage Press. They liked my book and
thought it had potential. After a series of exchanging communiques, I
paid them $1,200 (probably $10,000 in today's dollars). Not long after
signing the deal, I received a dozen soft-cover books. What a thrill!
Now what? Turns out they were the biggest vanity publisher in the country. Since then, the company has gone out of business leaving a trail of legal action, including fraud for failed promises to promote the books they were supposed to be selling. I’ve always felt that writing a book is the easiest part of the process. It is the marketing of the book that is the bigger challenge.
I feel the same way about podcasting. It’s fairly easy to do the mechanics of podcasting, but how do you get people to listen? There are a number of podcasting companies that promise to put you on a platform for a fee. And then what? Artwork on website with dozens of others?
You need time to invest in ideas about content. You might be able to get a couple of dozen or even a couple of hundred people to check in, but the challenge is to have content that is so compelling that they will want to come back on a regular basis.
Before you begin podcasting, be sure you know how you will attract listeners. Where will you get your P1 listeners?
We have LARP who had successful podcasts, yet they gave it up when a real paying job with a traditional radio station came along. There are ways to monetize your podcasts, but you need to figure it out BEFORE you start talking. Do you need the money from your podcast to live on or is it a vanity effort? You better figure it out or you will end up having stories to tell about how the vanity podcasts platforms took your money. Probably not much different than barter broadcasting. I still have my vanity book somewhere … and nowhere.
Bruce Springsteen at the Roxy and KMET Was There
|(July 24, 2018) Cynthia Fox,
iconic voice of AOR and Classic Rock radio, sent this screenshot of the
credits of the new Bruce Springsteen release. The credit shows that KMET
and pioneering program director Sam Bellamy are
"Bruce just announced the release of his historic concert at The Roxy 7.7.78, which was broadcast on KMET," emailed Cynthia. "It was a huge moment for us. [I was on the air right after the concert-not too intimidating for a young pup!] It was quite an amazing time."
Cynthia continued: "A few nights before Bruce Springsteen came to KMET to do a live in studio interview with Mary Turner from 6-10 p.m. He was so dazzled by her grace and wit he dedicated a song to her onstage at the Forum! The Roxy show was phenomenal and I'm sure Sam Bellamy and Paul Rappaport of Columbia Records at that time have some hilarious stories about pulling that together! Fans taped it off the radio broadcast, so between that and the Mary Turner interview, truly coveted items for any Bruce fan. The Bruce Springsteen Roxy show is available at Nugs.Net!"
Mike Carlucci, the Voice of Russia World Cup Games
|(July 24, 2018)
Mike Carlucci is not only a LARP, but in the past two decades
you’ve heard him as the public-address announcer for the Ducks, Dodgers,
UCLA baseball and the minor league San Diego Gulls.
His latest assignment was the English-language PA voice of the World Cup games at Fisht Stadium in Sochi. His duties include announcing the lineups, goals, cautions and substitutions in English and editing the translation from Russian to English to make sure the scripts are grammatically correct. The LA Times recently profiled Carlucci and you can read his profile by clicking his photo. (Photo courtesy of the Acorn)
In other news: Respected broadcaster Warren Duffy made one final broadcast as his celebration of life aired on the Internet. You can watch here: https://vimeo.com/280281544 ... LARadio historian Jim Hilliker is looking forward to his 45-year high school reunion, for Katella High School in Anaheim. “I only found out today from the main organizer of the reunion that L.A. radio personality Rita Wilde was also in my graduating class at Katella in 1973. I don't remember her in school, but I see she is on the latest list of those attending. My youngest brother Ray will be impressed. Rita is his favorite rock dj and raves about her!” … Didja know JJ Johnson’s book, Aircheck: Life in Music Radio resides in the archives of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame and the Paley Center for Media?
Highest Paid LARP
|(July 23, 2018) Howard Stern and Sean
Hannity made the 2018 Forbes’ list of world’s 100
top-earning entertainers. A year ago, Stern’s $90 million from SiriusXM
ranked him #7, but this year it’s only good for #13. The figures that Forbes lists
are all just estimates. Premiere’s Rush Limbaugh, heard
on KEIB (1150AM) places #18 this year at $84.5 million. Forbes has
Hannity at #92, with an estimated $36 million. Other radio-connected
celebs include Premiere’s Ryan Seacrest (KIIS), at #26
with $74 million. Premiere’s Steve Harvey (KJLH) is #63
at an estimated $44 million).
In other news: JD Freeman, general manager at KZLA/KLAC from 1993-96, is being inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Association. Freeman’s 41-year broadcasting career includes Market Manager stints in Phoenix, Dallas, Los Angeles and San Francisco … Ken Davis rolled over the 1,000 mark in sales for his tasty tome, In Bed with Broadcasting … Mary Lyon wrote to say she is loving her move to Portland, a suburb of Lake Oswego. “Well, we no sooner moved, sold the old house, and settled in up here when we got the news: we're gonna be GRANDPARENTS in January! Holy cannoli – how’s that for timing?” … Robin Williams would have celebrated his birthday over the weekend. We finally caught up with the HBO Documentary called: Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind. It was riveting from start to end. This is what great documentaries are all about. I got to work with Robin on a couple of weekend adventures and enjoyed his tenderness and manic-ness, all within a snap of a finger. It was delightful. Hard to believe it has been almost 4 years since he passed … Jeffrey Leonard sent a note that former KHTZ, KBZT and KRLA production guy, John Campbell has passed away. “While I was also working at KIIS/fm, John got me hired at K-Hits in 1985 and really moved my radio career along. I don’t have a lot of details on his cause of death. Rest in peace, John.”
Email Saturday, 7.21.18
| **Handel’s Banner Years
“This banner gave me the biggest LARP laugh in years [and there’s been a lot of funny stuff in those years]. Hats off to the person who had balls big enough to create this. Love it. Love it.” – Rich Brother Robbin
** Handel’s 25th
"Man, oh man. Bill Handel celebrating 25 years on LARadio! I’ve been a fan for the whole time. Bill is the master of ‘More STIMULATING Talk Radio.’ The Morning Show’s right on, added to tremendously by the on and off-air talent and staff. Dy-nomite producer Michelle Kube, board op genius Jon Ramirez, sports guy Wayne Resnick, Jennifer Jones Lee tackling the news, and the traffic anchors/producers. What a team!
‘Handel On the Law’ makes my weekend a real giggle. Bill Handel RULES. It's what AM drive is all about. Rock on Bill!" - Alan F. Ross
** Visit Down Penny Lane
“That Paul McCartney segment WAS amazing and fantastic! He genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself. A great way to promote his new album.” - Christopher A. Bury, Pasadena
** Kelli at the Gates
“Thanks for doing the story on Kelli Gates. It was nice to hear what she has been up to, even though she has struggled post-Mark & Brian. As always, I appreciate the news you provide!” – Karen Lindell
** Sage Story
“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your funny and poignant story about Sage Stallone. Sage and I attended Landmark West School together in Culver City, along with the children of several other celebrities including Mike Kasem, Casey’s son, who also attended school with us as well.
When I read about Sage’s passing at such a young age I remembered what a funny guy he was to be around and was well liked by all of his classmates. We went to a small private school [there were only seventeen in my graduating class] It seems like even more of a shock when someone so young and vibrant passes away so early in life. May he rest in peace.” – Cameron Ward
** Movie Biz
“Such an engaging story you shared on July 16th about the Stallones. I hope you’ll continue to tell us more about your days in the movie business. A faithful reader.” – Anita Garner
** Sweet Dick
“That cartoon was so punny! Seriously, I love the remembrance of ‘Sweet’ Dick Whittington. He really was one of a kind, not to mention ahead of his time! Howard Stern could learn a thing or two from his smart humor. And I agree with Diane Thompson about LARP's, it's survival of the fittest.
The voices of LA Radio are the soundtrack of my life, everyone from Dick Whittinghill and "Helen Trump" to Lohman and Barkley and Hudson and Landry and Dave Hull and Boss Radio, just to start!
I just wish someone would write a book about the personality driven 60's - 2010's, warts and all! But in the meantime, we have you!” - Julie T. Byers
** Man of Steele
“I think that The Real Don Steele was really one-of-a-kind! Have to say that he was also a close friend and my manager when I was singing back in the 60’s. I was on the Imperial label – Vicki Vote, Angel Baby 1969. So, I’m kind of prejudiced.
Also, I want to get on your email list again if possible.” – Vicki Vogt Lindoerfer
** Eve of
“I’m currently writing a biography of John Phillips, co-founder of the Mamas & the Papas. Part of their story revolves around the unexpected rise of Barry McGuire’s #1 hit Eve of Destruction. Barry was a friend and helped get them signed to his label, Dunhill Records, which released all their hits.
I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Eve of Destruction story but, in a nutshell, it was recorded in haste on Thursday, July 15, 1965 at Western Recorders and mixed down to a reel for one of their executives, Jay Lasker, to listen to the following morning. He recognized its hit potential and had a dub made. He then gave it to his promotions chief to take it to KFWB, where it debuted on Wink Martindale’s Monday morning show as a ‘Pick Hit.’
This story has been told by countless witnesses, including Barry, the songwriter P.F. Sloan, one of the producers Steve Barri and others. I'm trying to find out if it’s legitimate. I'm wondering if there’s an aircheck that might exist somewhere?” – Scott Shea, Producer, Seize the Day w/Gus Lloyd, SiriusXM, Scott.Shea@siriusxm.com
** ...and Wink on Eve of Destruction
“Sadly, NO aircheck exists that I am aware of. That seem eons ago ;). I have NO airchecks of my KFWB shows. At the time, to record them for ‘posterity’ didn't occur to most of us. I don't remember the story being told and re-told re my introduction of the song. I certainly recall what a ‘sensation’ the record became, i.e. an instantaneous hit after being made the KFWB ‘Discovery’ and thus being played hourly. Wish I could be more helpful.” – Wink Martindale
First, I enjoyed your mention of the Bill Handel anniversary this week. I had a good chuckle at the ‘asshole’ banner on the studio wall. Of course, those of us who know Bill know that he really is anything but, we just don’t want to say that publicly.
In a ‘programming decision,’ I've made the rare move to keep my mouth shut, this time about Robert W. Morgan. If I’m not mistaken, you're looking for One-Of-A-Kind evaluations of LARPs based on their air personas. In all honesty, I never really had that much chance to listen to R.W. on the air, due to work and other commitments over the years. I do know he was a master at ‘flow-of-consciousness’ banter, especially within tight formats such as Drake.
Two of the funniest things I ever heard on the air involved him: 1) His shift with Wolfman Jack, sometime around ’73 or so, and 2) His infamous KMPC ‘interview’ with Ray Malavasi, the time the Rams coach fell asleep during the segment. My mother was only ever taken by two people on the air, during her L.A. years: 1) Russ Powell on KNX, and 2) R.W. on KMPC. I think she even won $100 from him once in the late ’80s.
I jumped at your column question, thinking only about my close friendship with R.W. during his final years [which pleased my mom no end], but I don’t think my own perspective there is what you’re looking for, though I do appreciate the opportunity. And as far as ‘unforgettables’ on the L.A. airwaves, I realized there are way too many for me to name just one, with all due love and respect to Robert W. He's been gone now twenty years, as of last May 22. I’ve missed him every day since and will continue to do so for all the rest of my days.” – Greg Hardison
|(July 19, 2018) In a series of
iHeart management promotions, Kevin LeGrett (l) has a
new title. Kevin is now the new head of the iHeartMedia / LA cluster in
the summer of 2015. He arrived from Rochester, New York where he was svp
of operations for iHeart's Northeast and Midwest regions. This summer he
was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations for the Markets
Hear Ache. John Regan checked in from San Diego. “I'm simply enjoying retirement,” he emailed. “Also, having the time to enjoy my vast recorded music collection.” John does have an incredible collection of Oldies and r&b. He provided many of his own collection when one of Saul Levine’s stations went Oldies a time or two ago … Didja know that Ed Mann is married to Mindy Rickles, the daughter of comedian Don Rickles? … Monique Marvez has exited her weekend show at KFI. Bryan Suits will now do two shows at 8 p.m., Dark Secret Place on Saturdays and Super Hyper Local Sunday. Monique will continue doing her podcast on the KFI website.
What’s Going On. Yesterday I was reading a sports story about the NFL in the late ‘60s. I had no idea that legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye tried out with an NFL team. “We tried him out at tight end, wide receiver, even some fullback,” recalled Lem Barney, a Hall of Fame defensive back. “We thought he was doing good. But the Lions said, ‘We like your attitude, but since you haven’t played any ball, we don’t want to risk putting you out there.’ He was appreciative of that.’” A couple of years later, Marvin returned the favor, asking Barney and Mel Farr to sing backup on his 1971 mega-hit What’s Going On.
More Hear Ache. In 2002, Sylvester Stallone sold his $16 million, 15,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion to Viacom chief Sumner Redstone… And in the summer of 2002, Ron Kilgore, who had spent almost a decade with all-News KFWB, joined the Wall Street Journal to start up an hour-long national morning program, based in Trenton, New Jersey. Born in Prague, Oklahoma, on October 2, 1950, he grew up in Santa Cruz and went to high school in Upland in the Inland Empire. “I went to several colleges in Southern California. Since I was already working in tv and radio, I took lots of different courses, ranging from fire science to police science, with a real interest in sociology. I'm still waiting for one of them to confer a degree on me.” … If you haven’t seen the James Corden, host of The Late Show, Car Karaoke feature with Paul McCartney, here’s a link. Outstanding. Creative. Just the best!
Marconi Nominations to LARP and LA Radio Stations
|(July 18, 2018) KNX, the local
all-News outlet for more than 50 years, was named a finalist for Major
Market Station of the Year in the National Association of Broadcasters’
2018 Marconi Radio Awards. Other LARP finalists were in the
Network/Syndicated Personality of The Year, including: Dan
Patrick, Delilah, Ryan Seacrest,
and Sean Hannity. K-EARTH was nominated as Classic Hits Station
of the Year. Nominated In the Religious Station of the Year category is
Salem’s KKLA. KLVE was one of the five nominations for Spanish Station
of the Year. Winners will be announced September 27 at the NAB Radio
Show in Orlando.
In other news: Ending a long-running emotional legal battle, Ports O’Call Restaurant in San Pedro was locked down by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department early Tuesday morning, which also affected Mike Stark and his state-of-the-art LARadio Studio.
“It ended this morning,” emailed Mike yesterday. “PLEASE know that we are resolved to rebuild and be bigger and better than before. The people we need to think about are the employees of the restaurant (over 100) that just lost their jobs, in a move that was unnecessary and – honestly – cruel. These are hard-working loyal folks that understood the importance of the restaurant to history and to the community it served.
“The power has already been cut for the studio, so our stream is temporarily down, but I am hoping to have it back up – remotely – later today. It will be playing in a ‘loop’ our last day ‘on the air,’" continued Stark. “Not much else I can tell you but stay tuned. My wife and I sat at our computers weeping today as we watched the Facebook feed of the events taking place, but we ALL need to prepare for the next chapter. Thanks to all of you for your continued support. We will be back and karma is a bitch!” (Thanks to the Daily Breeze for photo)
Former GM at KIIS/fm Retires
|(July 17, 2018) Marc Kaye,
former president and gm of KIIS (1992-94), announced his retirement
45 years in the radio business. He is a native of New York and graduated
from Ohio University with a bachelor of Science degree.
Marc began his broadcast career in 1973 at WGBB-Long Island. In the early 1980s he was sales manager of WRBQ-Tampa and gm of KODA-Houston. In July of 1984, he began his journey with Gannett Broadcasting as sales manager of KKBQ-Houston and two years later was promoted to station manager. In August of 1987, he became gm of KNUA-Seattle and a year later took over WDAE/WUSA-Tampa.
Marc left KIIS in 1994 to return to WUSA/WDAE where he was the president and gm until leaving in late 1996 following an ownership change. In the spring of 1997, he was appointed vp of Sandusky Radio’s five Seattle properties.
“I promised myself that when I hit the 45-year mark in the great business of radio, I was going to get a bit selfish and consider that milestone was enough to prove I have given it my all. I am looking forward to spending a whole lot more time with my wife and see what new challenges and chapters I can write as I move forward. I have been fortunate to have worked with the very best and for this I am very grateful,” said Marc.
Handel Celebrates 25 Years at KFI
||(July 17, 2018) Longevity and
radio are not two ideas that go together. So it’s tough to believe that Bill
Handel is celebrating an amazing 25 years as morning man at KFI
this week. In preparation for the Monday show, the staff decorated the
studio will signs, streamers, and balloons. All of which he hates.
Michelle Kube spent 24 years working with The Official Bill Handel Show until a recent promotion. “It is with great pleasure that I got up early again this morning to get here before the show to wish him a very happy 25th Anniversary in morning drive on KFI, what an accomplishment,” she wrote on Facebook. “Congrats Bill! I know how much you hate studio decorations! Big THANK YOU to our promotions crew for decoding and implementing my request for 'over the top, obnoxious studio decorations.’”
Many sent congratulations through Facebook. Bob Scott, sales executive with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia wrote: “A 5-year-run is a long one in radio. 25 years is almost impossible! You’ve done it because you deliver the best damn morning show in the US every day.”
Handel started on KFI weekends in 1993 providing what he called “marginal legal advice.” Bill seemed to relish informing callers “you have absolutely no case.” Yet a case could be made for his obvious talent. A few years later, Attorney Handel became the morning host on the powerful news/talk outlet.
In 2005, Bill won the Marconi Award for Personality of the Year. In 2006, he was voted #1 Best On-Air LARP. Bill was then voted #2 Best On-Air LARP for three years in a row. In 2009, he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Some of his fans wrote: “Comfortable as an old shoe, a predictable rascal that relays that twinkle in his eye so that you know not to take anything too seriously. It sounds like he’s having fun.”
“Love him or hate him, even the pig valve in his heart didn’t sideline him for long. The most controversial talk show host in Los Angeles, he always pushes the envelope. A complete cast of characters helps him deliver a fresh packaged show every day.”
“His biggest asset is he is very f***ing funny. Smart, informative and funny. That’s morning radio how it’s supposed to be done whether you’re playing music or talking.”
(July 16, 2018) Sage Stallone, 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone, died six years ago this week. Nothing a parent wants to experience. I had the pleasure of working with both men and I wanted to share with you my encounter under a fun environment.
Gleason’s Gym has a history of some of the greatest boxers of all time having trained there at one time or another. And the smell? Oh, my God. The smell of sweat, booze, and history was something to embrace. I didn’t want the press to interview Sage in a hotel room because I envisioned five minutes of questions about his father, ‘How was it growing up as the real-life Rocky’s son’ over and over. Stop it. I wanted the focus to be on the kid. He was up for anything. And when I told him that I wanted a walking interview with boxers sparring in the background, boxers pounding punching bags, and characters just hanging around, he was up for it.
There was a row of Everlast punching bags hanging on very heavy chains. The big bags swung with every punch. They were staggered throughout the gym. I wanted Sage and the interviewer (think local Sam Rubin) to walk around the gym and at three locations the bag would swing into shot (the bag let go by an off-camera PA) and Sage and the interviewer would walk in such a way as to avoid the bag.
Well, the first interviewer was from a Minneapolis tv station and as they began the walking interview, I watched the interviewer surruptiously glancing sideways waiting for the swinging bag. Well, you guessed it, the bag hit the interviewer square on and decked him. After he saw that his interviewer was okay, Sage couldn’t stop laughing. He thought it was the funniest thing he ever saw. (Picture the tv show, Wipeout)
Doug Dunlap's Keys to Happiness
|(July 16, 2018) Doug Dunlap has been
a familiar voice for decades in Southern California. His traffic reports
have been heard on virtually all LA stations at one time or another. He
started his radio career on KFOX-Redondo Beach in 1980. When the LA
Dodgers created their Transportation Center in 2007, Doug was one of the
anchors getting fans in and out of Chavez Ravine with as much ease as
possible. During the NFL season, a highlight every fall was attending a
football party he called the Doug-O-Rama. With large tv sets set in
every room of his Valencia home, there was plenty of hot dogs,
hamburgers, and drink while mingling with some of the elite of Los
Today, Doug is retired but still very busy. Everyone of us has a gift, the challenge is the discover that gift and share it with others. Doug is a pianist and a really good one. He is devoting his time to playing in assisted living homes. “As much as they get out of it, for me it’s life changing,” said Doug. “Their eyes light up and it makes my day!”
“After retiring from radio, I found myself with lots of time on my hands,” Doug remembers. “I was talking to a friend who is a guitar player and she told me that she volunteered at an assisted living apartment playing guitar during their lunch three days a week. She suggested I look into something like that.” Doug knew a woman associated with the Santa Clarita Senior Center, so he contacted her. She was thrilled at his offer to play piano for them. “I have been going every week for several years playing standards from the Great American Songbook. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me. Some of these seniors have memory issues. And while they can’t remember everyday things, they can remember the lyrics to a song written by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or Rodgers & Hart DECADES ago! I have been told that music reaches through to people in a way like no other.”
Doug now volunteers at numerous places for the elderly and for people who can’t get out. “It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Beats playing in a piano bar any day. No amount of money could compete with the joy I get from volunteering my time. I highly recommend it!” (You can reach Doug at: firstname.lastname@example.org)
|In other news: KPCC’s Rita Pardue, most recently crowned Ms. Senior California 2018, has been invited to speak at a women’s group that offers scholarships to college students. “What a coincidence, almost 30 years ago I was one of their recipients,” said Rita. “My scholarship covered my tuition and books for my master’s Degree at Cal State LA. I wrote an essay about wanting to have a career in radio and help children. How great it will be to report back to them, ‘Mission Accomplished.’"|
Email Saturday, 7.14.2018
|** KABC Essay from 2010
“Your points are well taken here, Don, even eight years later. It has been so long since KABC had a meaningful presence here that the call letters, if they mean anything at all, stand for an era that has passed.
Heritage call letters are only useful when they have had years of active relevance; KIIS, KFI, even KABC's sister station KLOS, have a positive ongoing recognition factor. KABC does not. [And the funny thing is that I still think of 870 as KIEV, even though Salem replaced those calls way back on January 1, 2001.]
If the program schedule in 2010 seemed like a ‘work in progress’ that got halted for some reason and then never resumed, then it looks now like the entire project was abandoned. Perhaps Cumulus was so focused on their bankruptcy that they didn’t notice Bob Moore was sitting on his hands over in the corner. I think that if Cumulus can’t make KABC work, they should either sell it, LMA it to an ethnic broadcaster, or – if they're intent on keeping this now-inferior AM signal – simulcast with KLOS until they come up with a workable game plan. Because the plan they’ve had for the past decade ain’t workin.’” – K.M. Richards
** KABC Ratings?
“I just can’t believe what has happened to KABC.” – Allen Mclean
** More Ratings
“I remember when KABC was #1 for all those years. So sad! Good for KPCC ... #10!! YEA!” - Alan F. Ross
** KPCC vs. KNX
“I suppose that listeners are saying that they’d rather sit through pledge drives than 22+ minutes an hour of spots. Not to mention real content.” – Douglas Brown
** Boss Radio Insight
“I recently received a sizeable collection of original memos that were written by Paul Drew while he was the program director at KHJ. As many of you who worked with him know, he was very detail oriented.” – Jeffrey Leonard
** Ciji Ware
“I worked with Ciji Ware for a few months in 1971-72 when I joined KNBC as the Dayside Assignment Editor and she was our consumer reporter who went by Ciji Ware Billet. What I wish I’d known back then was that her dad wrote for One Man’s Family. It was created and produced by Carlton E. Morse who, with his wife Pat, was a lifelong friend of my parents. My mom and Morse worked together on the San Francisco Evening Bulletin before he hit it big in network radio drama. My parents wedding was held in Pat and Carlton’s SF apartment.
So much for nostalgia. My entire LA experience was in tv, but I have known a lot of the radio people just because we’re all broadcasters.” – Warren Cereghino, Pacific Palisades
** Radio Streams
“Entercom stations are announcing the only way to listen to stations on the go is to download the radio.com app. For those that do not want app overload on their mobile device – still as of today, one can enter web address player.radio.com and access all Entercom stations.
Did you happen to hear the interview with Chuck Martin, done by Richard Wagoner and Mike Stark – posted by LA Radio Studios? It's over 2 hours long, but well worth the time.” – Greg Wood, West Hills
The padded package on the left arrived in the mail this week in 2002. Inside, a bag of M&M's wrapped with a promotional message
Marcellus Wiley Jumps Teams
|(July 13, 2018) After 11 years
with ESPN, the last seven locally with KSPN, Marcellus Wiley
has his final show today. “It has been amazing, years filled
w/laughs, debates & even tears,” he wrote on Twitter. “My gratitude runs
deep for every executive, co-host, co-worker & fan on this journey.
Going to miss it all, but I am so excited to create many more media
memories!” Word is Marcellus will join Fox Sports.
The former NFL star and ESPN analyst joined Max Kellerman to form the “Max & Marcellus” show in early 2011. Previously, he has been paired with various personalities, most recently Roger Lodge.
A native of Southern California, Wiley attended St. Monica High in Santa Monica, where he was an academically and athletically honored student. Wiley is a graduate of Columbia University.
A 10-year NFL veteran, Wiley played for four teams during his career, including the Buffalo Bills (1997-2000), San Diego Chargers (2001-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-06). He had his best years with the Bills and the Chargers. Wiley was also voted to the Pro Bowl in 2001 and was named one of Pro Football Weekly’s Top 50 Players in the NFL.
After the NFL, Wiley turned to broadcasting as an NFL commentator for ESPN.
In other news: Saul Levine is prepping for a “grand celebration” in February 2019. “KBCA went on the air the night of February 18, 1959 from temporary studios on top of Mount Wilson on a cold and stormy night with immediate listener calls from all over Southern California,” emailed Saul … KUSC’s Rich Capparela just returned from the Galapagos Islands. “It was a mind-blowing trip. Whoa,” declared Rich … Tom Joyner’s Foundation presents “Fantastic Voyage,” a cruise that supports Historically Black College and University scholars. This year’s offering sold out faster than any of the eight before it. The cruise departs next spring from Miami with port stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk … K-EARTH’s Larry Morgan posted on Facebook that he has been diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. “The doc gave me the Epley Maneuver, a series of positional changes to realign these rascal crystals in my inner ear back to their normal place. The positions basically bring on the vertigo, which is not pleasant, but by design. Not fun. But necessary.” It all started with a fall that knocked him unconscious … Morning KOST star Ellen K got pulled over by the LAPD the other night. Window tinting was too dark. She got off … MY/fm’s Lisa Foxx has lost 40 pounds in six months thanks to the Orbera Weight Loss Balloon. “I turn 48 on the 28th and already feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD!” enthused Lisa. With the balloon out, she has vowed to lose another 20 pounds by the end of the year through healthy eating and exercising … Mark Elliot, former operations head at Gold Coast Broadcasting in Ventura, is now the Group Program Director for Cherry Creek Media in Denver. Cherry Creek Media owns and operates 46 stations in Washington, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota … Manny the on-the-street reporter for KIIS’ Ryan Seacrest was laid off.
KPPC's Rita Pardue is a Beauty
|(July 12, 2018) KPCC’s production manager Rita
Pardue was crowned as this year’s Ms. Senior California during the
annual pageant at the University of San Diego’s Joan Croc Institute for
Peace and Justice Theater. “In October, I go to Atlantic City to compete
in the national Ms. Senior America pageant,” emailed Rita. “What an
honor to represent our great state of California. This pageant is for
women over 60 who have reached ‘The Age of Elegance.’”
Her responsibilities this year include appearances, speaking engagements, entertaining and encouraging everyone, regardless of age, to live life to the fullest every day. “My first official appearance was appearing in the Coronado Island Fourth of July parade. How fun.”
The annual pageant shows off singing and dancing talents, evening gown modeling and the wisdom of women ages 60 and older, according to a story in Pasadena Now. Five judges evaluate the contestants on talent, a statement on their philosophy of life and other criteria. Pardue, 66, was chosen out of eight talented women who competed during the pageant last month, where she sang I’ve Got the Music in Me.
In April, Rita was crowned Ms. Senior Ventura County before going on to the state competition. Pardue has over 20 years of experience in radio and has expertise in fundraising, writing, presentation, production and media campaign expertise.
Before coming to KPCC, she was KKLA’s Midday LA host from 1998 to 2004. Her assignments have taken her to China, Indonesia, Japan and North Korea, where she was a guest of the state.
Born in Indiana, she grew up in St. Louis. “I started singing at 16 years old and toured across the country performing at major hotels and supper clubs,” said Rita. “I opened for name acts including Harry Blackstone Jr., George Burns and Pia Zadora. Also did some acting in film and television work, too. I sang with the original cast of ‘Jubilee’ at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in 1981.”
Rita started her next career in radio, working at KORK-Las Vegas as a
news reporter, while returning to college at the University of Las
Vegas. Simultaneously, she was hosting a talk show, Paying Dues at
KUNV- Las Vegas. “At that time my faith walk became very important in
my life,” continued Rita. “I rededicated my life and moved to Los
Angeles to pursue my dreams in children’s radio.” She also does
freelance work doing voiceovers, teaching audio production and vocal
As a community volunteer, she has been working with the Lake Avenue Community Foundation in Pasadena for six years, helping in a mentoring program where she’s paired with a young Latina girl who had just completed her first year of college. She has also committed to reading before school children, doing Saturday morning sessions in Pasadena and Altadena. Rita tells the children her story of growing up in the Midwest and moving to California later in life.
Pardue is also an actor, musician, and vocalist. Her credits include the CBS film When the Circus Came to Town, PBS Math Facts, and WB’s Unhappily Ever After, to mention a few. In the 1990s, she was the voice of Mrs. Aahs and a host of other characters on Children’s Broadcasting Corporation’s “Radio Aahs.”
Pardue is the author of the children’s book The Nothing-To-Do Funshop, and a narrator for several of the popular Hello Kitty children’s books. She has also performed with the Hollywood Bowl Easter Choir from 2008 to 2011.
Archives 3rd Quarter 2018: Anniversary of AT 40; Passing Parade: Ed Schultz; New Role for Kelli Gates; Art Laboe is One-of-a-Kind; Savage as Supreme; Vic the Brick is Feelin' You
Archives 2nd Quarter 2018: Michael Benner's new book; Brian Beirne in concert; KNX celebrates 50 years; Uncle Joe to Townsquare; Amp says Yes to Yesi; Click and Clack to automotive Hall of Fame; When is an Oldie Not an Oldie? Passing Parade - Mark Morris, Bill Watson, Dex Allen, Dick Orkin, Don Bustany, Arnie McClatchey, Mark Morris, Roger Collins, Art Bell, Mike Walker, Frank Bresee, Warren Duffy, John Mack Flanagan; 3 LA stations in revenue Top 10; NAB nominations and voting; Kimmel in People; Ted Leitner diagnosed with cancer; PPM re-issue issue; Lady LARPs of Grace; Dick Biondi out of WLS after six decades; 6-minute commercial load too much; Purely Personal with son's graduation and daughter's marriage; Len Chandler songs for Credibility Gap; Alfonzo Ortiz @KNX; THR award to Harvey; Stern cut and he's not happy; 2 LARPs on Time list of 2018 Most Influential; Ladd is back and Tribe thrilled; Larry Gifford diagnosed with Parkinson's; Is Savage being set-up; Walker needed for pd; Good Time Steve Mitchell to Georgia HOF; LARPs nominated for HOF; Marriage of Alexandra Barrett; Lyon Queen; David Viscott king of psych Talker; Debunking myths of a dj; New day for Sue Fruend; Adam Carolla is driven to buy; Is the Bloom off the rose?; Paul Newman's cars; One of a Kind LARPs Series with Jim Ladd, Jim Healy; K-EARTH's Locks of Love excellent promotion; Good Day LA crew reunites at KABC; Baseball ratings; Jersey Boys interruption; Rita Wilde interview; LARPs inducted into Radio Hall of Fame
About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett
As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 60+ years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.
In 2013, he started as the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.
Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).
He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.
In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies.
He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.
He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists.