2 Years Ago Today
For over 27 years, LARadio has tracked thousands
who have entertained us in the Southland from 1957-present.
These are snapshots of each on-air personality –
where they came from, where and when they worked in Southern California,
and where they are now.
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In 1963, Michael hosted a two-hour Hootenanny show on KHJ. In 1965, when the format switched to "Boss Radio," he moved to KNX. The same year he became a U.S. citizen and married into Hollywood royalty. His wife Alana is the daughter of the late actor Alan Ladd, the man who played Shane. He won a local Emmy while hosting KCOP/Channel 13's The Big Question series.
A 1974 LA Times profile said, "He is of small stature, as compact as a lightweight boxer. His facial expression is one of bemused, continental curiosity - a man secure in all things intellectual but having too good a time to be excessively tweedy."
Michael has won seven Emmys and four Golden Mike awards. He has also received many other honors, including Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) presented by Queen Elizabeth, the French Legion of Merit Award, presented by president Mitterand in 1988, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.
In the spring of 1984, he suffered a minor heart attack at the age of 50 while riding horseback through Griffith Park. Journalist Norman Cousins advised Michael during his recuperation period and told him, "A heart attack is something to laugh at. It really is."
In 1992 he was off the air for almost two months following heart surgery. In the summer of 1997, Michael moved to weekends on KABC, eventually leaving the station in 1999. He was a regular substitute for Larry King on CNN.
Seward began his television career as Sports Director at KVIQ in Eureka, California, followed by stops at KATY in Oxnard and WNHT/TV in Concord, New Hampshire, before returning home to become an award-winning sports anchor at KCBS/TV, KNBC/TV and radio news stations KNX and KFWB. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, Seward was the nation’s youngest head football coach at Saint Bernard High School in Playa del Rey, where he was honored as "Bay Area Coach of the Year." He coached at Saint Bernard and at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks and he had the privilege of working with several future MLB, NBA and NFL players.
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Kevin Weatherly, Thom Tran, Smokey Robinson, Bill Seward
Dominick Garcia, LL Cool J, Carey Curelop, Mike Butts
Melody Rogers, The Real Don Steele, Mickey Mouse, Bean
Dennis Quaid, Angel Martinez, Bill Bowker, Art Laboe
Jolie and Chuck Madden, Gene Gates, Mike Lundy
Cliff Winston, Paul Wells (the Lobster), Bill Smith
Diana Steele, Danny Bonaduce, Gordon Mason
Humble Harve, The World Famous Tom Murphy,
Casey Kasem, Dick Moreland
Rick Hunter, Cathy Hughes, Zac Zenor
Shadoe Stevens, Don West, Francesca Cappucci, Chris
Rick Hunter, Cathy Hughes, Zac Zenor
Shadoe Stevens, Don West, Francesca Cappucci, Chris Sedens
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For 25 years LARadio chronicled the news of
Southern California radio and the personalities
who populated it. Alan Oda was editor for much
of that time. With the closing of LARadio he
opened a weekly blog, mostly about radio at
After 25 years, LARadio came to an end in 2020.
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