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** Lyle Kilgore Dies

“I am saddened by Lyle Kilgore’s (l) passing. He was the consummate professional. A newsman for all seasons. He delivered the news with a great baritone voice that was unmistakable. He was of the Walter Cronkite era, no fake news for Lyle. My condolences to his family.” – Norm Epstein

** A Great News Director

“I only worked with Lyle Kilgore for one year, but in that year he was always smiling and co-operative. He was a great news director at KHJ and a perfect, brilliant gentleman. RIP.” – Larry McKay
** Sunday Nostalgia with Ann and Richard Beebe

“The only thing wrong with Ann and Richard’s relationship is that it didn’t last anywhere near long enough. I’ve known her since she was fifteen. Ann was a regular listener when I was on KLIV- San Jose. When I met her, her last name was Strohecker.   

What a wonderful human being!” – Jack Hayes  

** Kars 4 Kids Lawsuits

“One needs only Google ‘Kars4kids lawsuits’ to see what a deceitful organization they are. Whether it be California, where the company has come under legal fire ever since the D.M.V. first sued them for deceptive business practices back in 2003, or Minnesota, where the state attorney general recently found that less than 1% of donations went to local kids, they keep finding a way to deceive the public.  

KNX should be ashamed of themselves for allowing their annoying ads to continue without including a disclaimer as to where the ‘donations’ really go. Sadly, it appears profit takes precedence over transparency.” – Ken Davis

** Carlucci Story

“A post note on Mike Carlucci: If he gets the professor role on Syfy, he will be a natural since he's been teaching Communications courses part-time at Coastline College and Santa Monica College for many years.” – John Hart

** State of LARadio

“I was very interested in your discussion about the state of LA Radio and the loss of listeners when they die and / or lose their favorite format. My sister and I were followers of The Sound and haven't found any one station to take its place. Here was an opportunity for a station like KLOS or KRTH to increase their audience by even adding one of the djs and some of the format. Instead, they’ve acted like anyone into legacy music [Beatles, Rolling Stones, Classic Pop, etc.] isn’t worth attracting. And the only station to pick up ‘Peace, Love and Sunday Morning’ and Mimi Chen doesn’t market much outside of the college market. Talk about missed opportunities.” – Julie Byers

** Passing of Billy Graham

“I met Reverend Billy Graham when his Sunday show came from Los Angeles. At the time they could not ask for money on ABC. A staff announcer had to do it I won the audition to ask at the end of the program for your free gifts and offerings for the support of this program. I cannot remember the actual words. He would tell me I was doing a good job. I was at the broadcast site.” – Roger Carroll  

Carlucci is Untouchable for Varied Projects 

(February 23, 2018) Mike Carlucci has been a busy guy. He’s nearing the end of his time in Pyeongchang, So. Korea where he was the voice for Men's and Women's Ice Hockey at the Winter games. This is Mike's sixth Olympics overall, most recent Olympics was last summer in Rio. He is slated to work his seventh as baseball is coming back to the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Back home, Mike has been heard in last summer's hit, The Power Rangers movie, a VO snippet on HBO's Ray Donovan and as Dirk's dad in Broken: A Musical, and for a brief VO moment on FOX's Orville. Mike recently completed his 22nd Year as the PA voice of Sony's MLB The Show, coming out next month. “If things work out with the Syfy channel, my role as professor Jared McKinney will be seen on the feature film The XSpecies.

Mike has taken his radio talents into a variegated array of areas. He has been the public-address announcer at Dodger Stadium, Anaheim Mighty Ducks P.A. announcer, and staff announcer at KDOC/TV. Over the years he’s worked radio in Ontario, Riverside, Palm Springs, San Diego, as well as KFI, KIKF, KYSR and KBIG. The Society of Voice Arts & Science rocognized Mike for work on a promo for Call of Duty: Black Ops III. He worked with Rob Lowe on The Lifetime original film, Drew Petersen: Untouchable.

LARP Memories of Reverend Billy Graham, 2.22.18

Beau Weaver (ex-93/KHJ: Marking today the passing of Billy Graham. Even though I felt he was a “Nixon enabler,” I came to respect him for admitting, albeit late, that he was wrong about civil rights. Though he and I found very different directions in the Jesus teachings, I feel that throughout his ministry he retained the “heart of a pastor.” His Christian walk included empathy, compassion and forgiveness at the center. I only wish his son Franklin had found some inspiration in his fathers gentle way. And so it goes. Jami Mayberry (ex-KYMS): My favorite Billy Graham memory: I lived in Southern California and did radio in Orange County in the 80s. I was also in the church choir. One day we got a notice that the Billy Graham Crusade was coming to Anaheim Stadium and they wanted church choirs to come together to form one huge choir. Seeing Billy Graham preach was on my bucket list so I didn't hesitate. We learned several songs for the event and it was so moving to be a part of something that big. If you have ever sung in a huge choir you know the thrill of hearing the power of voices blended together. They brought him to the stage in a golf cart and he preached his heart out. At the invitation there were streams of people coming down onto the field to accept Christ. It was remarkable to see. On the way home that night I knew I had experienced something that I would remember the rest of my life. Today is a day of reflection. I feel sure Billy is hearing "well done good and faithful servant..." I was honored to be a small part of one of his crusades. RIP Billy Graham. Hal Smith (ex-KLAC in 70s): August, 1954. It was a Monday, my first radio job an announcer at WNAH- Nashville. My shift started at 9 a.m. I arrived at about 8, checked the log. Scheduled at 9:00 "Nashville Crusade" live, in studio. I was in the station lobby when 3 men walked in. The tall one came to me with his hand extended and said, "I'm Billy Graham." He introduced the other two, George Beverly Shea and Paul Mickelson (piano). He asked to see Van Irwin, owner and gm. Van and I took them to the studio, set up the mikes. For the next two weeks, 9am - 9:30, Monday thru Saturday I did his show. He invited me to join him on stage for the final Sunday service. (My Mama was real proud). R.I.P Rev. Billy.

Hear Ache 

(February 22, 2018) Jock changes at KIIS. Alex Gervasi (l) moves up from late nights to middays, as Letty B transitions to weekends/swing. Letty B will continue voicetracking middays at “Channel 93.3” KHTS-San Diego. Replacing Alex in late nights is Edris “EJ” Jenkins. He arrives from KDMX-Dallas … Bob Koontz got a rude awakening last week at the Celebration of Life for Jack Sweeney. “I was expecting a bunch of KMPC guys and gals, what I didn’t think about was Jack retired in 1992. Most of the guys he worked with are dead, guess I’m getting older,” emailed Bob … Former talk show host Tavis Smiley is reportedly suing PBS for firing him last December, following an investigation into allegations into sexual misconduct. Conversely, PBS is not going down without a fight. A network spokesperson provided TVNewser with the following statement: “Today’s meritless lawsuit is yet another example of Tavis Smiley’s attempts to distract the public from his pattern of sexual misconduct in the workplace.” … Bryhana has joined middays at KDAY. The former KIIS intern replaces Cece, who now joins J Cruz and the Power 106 morning show. Cruz’s former partner Krystal Bee moves to KPWR middays. She can also be seen on MTV’s Amazingness with Rob Dyrdek … Ever since Westwood One has been covered here, the abbreviation has always been WW1. This email arrived yesterday: “When you are writing about us and abbreviating our name, can you please use WWO and not WW1? WWO is what we use internally.” Wonder what happened internally and how long they have using WWO within the company? As for the latest news from WWO, they state they are “building upon its business momentum by bolstering revenue power and expertise within the network sales organization.” Joining WWO is Craig Rossi (former KABC/KLOS, KYSR and KBIG exec) as vp, Spoken Word … Kars for Kids and its annoying jingle still airs incessantly on KNX, with the vast majority of the children that benefit from the cars donated to Kars4Kids live in the Northeast, particularly in New York and New Jersey. “The ad is also heard – albeit less frequently – on other L.A. stations …  Len Weiner, former Sports director at 710/KMPC, adds programming duties at Sports WQAM-Miami to his current pd post at WAXY-Miami … Eva Kilgore is asking that radio friends keep her husband, Lyle Kilgore, in their prayers. “He’s at Hoag Hospital with pneumonia, kidney failure, and a host of other problems. He’s sleeping most of the time,” wrote Eva.

New Mornings at Power 106

(February 21, 2018) Cece Valencia, better known as "Cece The Mamacita," has moved from KDAY middays to be part of the morning drive team at "Power 106." With over 15 years experience in the entertainment industry, Cece’s main message to her audience is to inspire, recharge and reflect through music.

She began her radio career at Wild 96.1 in the Inland Empire then made her way to Hot 97.5 in Las Vegas where she spent time doing nights. Returning to Los Angeles, Cece did morning's at 93.5 KDAY and voiced the popular Grand Theft Auto 5. Eventually she made her way to Latino 96.3 and started working for Jennifer Lopez’s network NuvoTv on music driven show “The Collective.”

Growing up in Los Angeles, Cece is driven by the LA Culture Of Hip Hop. She is currently working on a project called "Tons Of Anarchy,” executive produced by George Lopez and she can be seen in Chocolate City 2.

MY/fm Back on Top
(February 20, 2018) The January '18 PPM ratings have been released and KBIG (MY/fm) is back on top after a couple of months of holiday tunes at KOST. This survey period covers January 4-31 and People 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12M. KLOS seems to have benefitted from the disappearance of 100.3/The Sound (now KKLQ, which is kicking off their brand of Contemporary Christian with an impressive start beating Sports KLAC).

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.7 - 6.3
2. KOST (AC) 11.9 - 5.5
3. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.3 - 4.9
4. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 4.8
5. KFI (Talk) 3.9 - 4.5
6. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.1 - 4.4
7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.1 - 3.9
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 2.7 - 3.4
9. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 3.2
     KNX (News) 2.9 - 3.2
11. KAMP (Top 40) 2.8 - 2.8
      KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.8
      KPCC (News/Talk) 2.4 - 2.8
14. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.7
15. KRRL (Urban) 2.3 - 2.6
16. KPWR (Top 40/R)) 2.6 - 2.5
       KYSR (Alt 98.7) 2.2 - 2.5
18. KKGO (Country) 2.9 - 2.4
19. KROQ (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.4
20. KSCA (Regional Mexican 2.3 - 2.1
21. KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.2 - 2.0
22. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.8 - 1.9
       KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.4 - 1.9
24. KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.8
25. KJLH (Urban AC) 2.0 - 1.7
26. KCRW (Variety) 1.3 - 1.5
27. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.7 - 1.3
28. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.2
29. KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.0 -1.1
30. KEIB (Talk) 1.0 - 1.0
       KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 1.0
       KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 1.0
33. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.8 - 0.9
34. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.8
35. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.6
       KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.6
       KSUR (Oldies) 0.6 - 0.6
38. KABC (Talk) 0.4 - 0.5
       KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.5
40. KLAC (Sports) 0.5 - 0.4
       KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.3 - 0.4

Take Me Out to the Ball Game
(February 20, 2018) LA Magazine features baseball in its current edition, getting a head start on the upcoming season. If you are a baseball fan, you will find plenty of stories, timelines and new lore. The “Kings of the Mound” story highlights Sandy Koufax, Fernando Valenzuela, Orel Hershiser, Clayton Kershaw and Don Drysdale.

Vin Scully recalls the move west and how the Dodgers weren’t particularly charismatic, arriving in Los Angeles having finished seventh in an eight-team league. The team was playing in a football / track stadium, not a baseball park.

“The big thing was 1959,” wrote Scully. “Out of nowhere they not only win the pennant, they win the World Series. That was a major in becoming the heart and soul, of the Southern California community."

Jaime Jarrin writes about becoming a commentator for the Spanish audience. “I come from Ecuador, and in Quito, where I lived, they didn’t play baseball. I never saw a baseball.” He didn’t start traveling with the team until 1965 or ‘66.

“We would go to a studio. There was no tv. We had to listen to Vin and Jerry Doggett describe the game, and we would be practically translating what they were saying. We have a tape going with background noise.”

In other news, subscribers will get the latest PPM ratings this afternoon in their email box. If you would like to be on the mailing list, just send a request to It’s a free service to readers of

Chatting it Up with the President

(February 19, 2018) TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison (right) is pictured engaged in a conversation with President Trump (left) last night (2/18) at a special Presidents Day Weekend dinner at the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Harrison and his wife Bernadette Duncan were the guests of Newsmax ceo Christopher Ruddy, a personal friend of the Trump family. Trump was joined at the dinner by First Lady Melania Trump and his children Tiffany Trump and Donald Trump Jr. as well as select friends and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly. 

Harrison reported back to TALKERS, “Trump was basically in a solemn mood, the weight of the Parkland shooting was obviously on his mind and the breaking story about the Russian election meddling operation was swirling in the air.  However, a lot of the conversation was purely social. It was interesting seeing the President – amazingly relaxed and informal - among personal friends, associates and family…away from the press. Up close, he has a snarky sense of humor, like a Millennial, that rivals the best of his comedic media critics.” Harrison added, “It is clear that Chris Ruddy and Newsmax are held in extremely high regard by this administration.  If you recall, Newsmax was one of the earliest supporters of Trump.  They even ran a cover story speculating on the prospect of a Trump GOP candidacy more than a year before he announced his intentions to run.”

80-Year-Old LARP Sues 77-Year-Old LARP for Age Discrimination
(February 19, 2018) Sports guy Warner Wolf is suing Don Imus, WABC-New York and three executives (including Cumulus svp of programming Mike McVay) for age discrimination. A report in the New York Post alleges that 80-year-old Wolf was replaced in 2016 due to his age. Wolf was replaced by New York sports veteran Sid Rosenberg, who is 30 years younger. Wolf also cited comments Imus made on the air about his age, including suggesting that Wolf be “put out to pasture” and “shot with an elephant dart gun.” The suit also claims that Imus accounted for about one-third of WABC's revenue, allowing him to “call the shots.” Wolf is seeking severance – 26 weeks of pay, totaling $97.500 –  plus damages. The suit also states Wolf took a pay cut from $195,000 to $80,000 so he could continue to report from his home in Naples, Florida. Imus purportedly found the arrangement dissatisfying. “We tried it,” Imus allegedly wrote. “It sucks. If you’re (Wolf) in studio in New York … it’s terrific. Anything else is not.” Wolf said neither Imus nor the station had previously said his working from Naples was an issue. Wolf also states there was an agreement he would get 26 weeks of severance pay should he be terminated. He claims Cumulus reneged on the agreement.

In other news, the efforts made by the KLOS airstaff raised $725,218 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in the St. Jude Rocks event held earlier last week. The two-day live broadcast capped Cumulus Media’s inaugural “St. Jude Rocks” fundraising partnership across 14 of its Rock-formatted stations in markets across the U.S.  The St. Jude Rocks Radiothon brought the total dollars raised by Cumulus Media radio stations for St. Jude in 2017-18 to a record-breaking $2,099,518 ... KTWV afternooners Deborah Howell tripped over a metal pipe sticking out of the sidewalk. “I tumbled into the street and broke my collarbone and ripped a ligament in my shoulder. Fun times! Right now can't even lift a spoon with my left hand and, of course, I'm left-handed. Putting on and taking off headphones is an excruciating procedure,” Deborah wrote ... Bruce Chandler just heard from a friend that former 93/KHJ news director and KFWB weekend news anchor Lyle Kilgore is at HOAG hospital in Orange County. "He was moved recently from intensive care and is showing improvement, suffering from renal failure and pneumonia.  His kidneys are functioning better now but he's still battling pneumonia," wrote Bruce. "I'm sure all of the LARadio family would want to wish him and his wife Eva well."

Sunday Nostalgia - 4 Years Ago Today


Colonel Splendid Was

(February 18, 2014) While our early djs played the soundtrack of the explosion of rock ‘n roll and the English Invasion, there was a group of newsmen who provided the news, some more creatively than others. One of my favorites was Richard Beebe.

He worked at a number of local stations, including KRKD, KPPC, KGIL, KMET, KABC, and KMNY. But his most memorable jobs were his three stints at 1110/KRLA. For over a decade from 1959-70 Richard was news director for the rock ‘n roll station serving L.A from Pasadena. He will be best remembered as part of the satirical news group, "The Credibility Gap.”

Richard was born in Pasadena and raised in Alhambra. He started his radio career in 1949 working as a dj/newsman in Santa Fe and then went to Globe, Arizona before joining the Air Force. He was assigned to the base radio station at Barksdale Air Force Base in Shreveport.

Following his discharge, Richard attended Pasadena City College and the Pasadena Playhouse, graduating with a B.A. in theater arts. One of his famous classmates was Dustin Hoffman. While waiting for his "big break," Richard worked in the freight yards of downtown Los Angeles while doing relief work at KRKD.

He was in a repertory company with Dyan Cannon when he was hired by KRLA. It was 1959 and Canadian millionaire Jack Kent Cooke had just purchased KRLA. Richard remembered his instructions from Cooke when he started doing morning drive news: "I want it as fast as you can go and make it exciting." Morning man Emperor Bob Hudson had syndicated "The Emperor" idea, soon there were “Emperors” in cities across the country. Each station received custom promos featuring Richard as Colonel Splendid and Casey Kasem as Lt. Cavendish.

As a news alternative, the award-winning “Credibility Gap” was an irreverent presentation reflecting the volatile political landscape of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. We lost Richard on August 29, 1998, at the age of 69.

Richard was married to Ann Beebe, director of broadcast operations at USC and its longtime radio producer of football and basketball.  Ann shared a Valentine’s story on her Facebook page that is oh, so lovingly.

“Way back when, before we were married, he was on his way to Tampa to work the Super Bowl. The Raiders were playing. Our station carried Raider broadcasts. He had a Super Bowl jacket, so I, being on the prowl, was ironing it and making it nice. In the pockets, I placed several of those pastel Valentine heart candies, each with an appropriate Valentine thought. He did not find them until he was in Tampa. Years later, he told me how much he liked the surprise.  So every Valentine’s Day, when I see those little candies [thanks Google], I am thinking of him. Miss you, bub.”

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** Anybody Having Fun on the Radio?

“This idea of yours is already happening: ‘Take us down the hallway, tell us what is going on with your station and with your personalities.’ Many nights, whoever follows the Tim Conway Jr. show on Instagram will be treated to a live behind-the-scenes video during commercial breaks. Sheron Bellio gives a point-of-view tour of the studio, Aron Bender is in the news booth, engineer Mondo at the board, and interacts with those of us peeping in during these live scenes. Tim chimes in with fun shout-outs when he can.

It’s absolutely brilliant, it takes us behind the scenes, and costs them absolutely nothing. Bravo.” – Dave Kunz, Automotive Reporter, KABC-TV and Co-Host, The Car Show, KPFK/fm
** More Fun?

“Fun? I think it went on a remote broadcast and never came back!” – Dave Armstrong

** If You Don’t Promote, a Funny Thing Happens: NOTHING

“Yep you are right, nothing. I recall my earlier days at Columbia Pictures where I was responsible for covering seven states in marketing and promotion. My first stop in every city was starting my list of radio stations to create different promotions for our upcoming motion pictures.  

It is interesting to note that I was using radio to promote motion pictures. I did walk the halls looking for enthusiastic personalities that I could work with in creating and promoting both sides of media. I did this in the mid-70s where computers were still in diapers. I took nothing and created something. If today you are questioning yourself, create a marketing plan and go out and PROMOTE. The surprise will be in your package.” - Stan White, Seattle

** Bill Lally Under Hospice Care

“For those who haven’t heard yet, we wanted to let everyone know some unfortunate news about our friend Bill Lally. He has recently been diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma (Skin Cancer), unfortunately it’s Stage 4. He’s currently at home receiving Hospice Care, but as you can imagine, his medical expenses are very high now that he needs around the clock care.  

While Bill receives Social Security, once the rent is paid there is very little left over to help with these unforeseen expenses and Medicare covers very little of it, so we’ve decided to go a Go Fund Me page for him. Anything you can do would be tremendously appreciated, below is the link. And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU in advance if you’re able to help him.” – Brian Blackmore,
(click Bill for link)

** The Real Don Steele

“Loved The Real Don Steele parody! I was listening to it while perusing emails at a Starbucks, secretly hoping somebody would ask why I was laughing with tears streaming down my cheeks. It was almost embarrassing for a guy my age.” – Brian Perez

** Parody

“That Real Don Steele parody Neil Ross posted is the funniest thing I’ve heard in years. Absolutely nailed it! I think Steele would have given that thumbs up most definitely!” – Shaune McNamara Steele

** Ross and Steele

“Love the mentions of ‘Natural’ Neil Ross and The Real Don Steele. It makes me think of the late lamented KHJ and KZLA.

My favorite movie this year is The Greatest Showman. The music alone is worth going to see it!” – Julie Byers

** Memory of Jack Sweeney

“Very sad to hear the passing of Jack Sweeney. He was one of the good guys. Jack and I worked for Gene Autry for more than twenty years.” – Roger Carroll

** Video

“On a day filled with so much sadness in the air because of the Florida school shootings, the video of Johnny Mathis and Diane Schuur was a much-needed upper and even brought a tear to my eye.

 Thank you, Don, for sharing Jhani Kaye and Tom Kelly’s video and for showing there's actually some positive things going on in our world.” - Ken Davis

 ** Eric Leonard

“I don't usually tune to NBC-4 for my tv news. I'm a fan of CBS-2 and KCAL-9, but now that Eric Leonard is with Channel 4 I will certainly give it a look because I have enjoyed Eric’s reporting on KFI-AM 640. I had noticed Eric not being on KFI recently, but I’d hoped he was getting some rest after a grueling 2018 so far with all the California storms and fire coverage.

Kris Ankarlo of KFI and many of the field reporters at KNX seemed to be working tirelessly during these weeks of disasters.” – Steve Nieto, Yorba Linda

End of the Week Thoughts

(February 16, 2018) LARadio reader Chris Bury from Pasadena read with interest the Steve Dahl / John Belushi story, about how “it ain’t over until it’s over” and even quoted the source exchange from Animal House is being used to market the WLS-Chicago personality. Chris thought the line appropriate for He’s right that our site has had its share of starts and stops while attempting to navigate the information onslaught offered on various platforms. There are other sources for information, but none dedicated on a daily basis to Los Angeles Radio People. We’ll continue as long as there’s interest. If you are not on the mailing list and would like to be added, just send me a note at:

In recent days, the column and the stories have pricked some questions in my mind. For over two decades, LARadio has been a proponent of the motto, “if you don’t promote, a funny thing happens: NOTHING.” Where are the great marketing minds? As mentioned earlier this week, Cumulus / Chicago is promoting Steve Dahl on WLS with outdoor billboards. Cumulus / New York has been making significant changes to make the station VERY New York-centric. Meanwhile, Cumulus / Los Angeles seems to have their head in the sand. KLOS lost a very strong competitor when 100.3/The Sound was sold to a Christian outfit, yet there seems to be no attempt to draw any of those listeners. And KABC is a heritage station, yet the ratings place the station barely in the Top 40. Even in bankruptcy, Cumulus seems to be spending money elsewhere, but not in the Southland.
Didn’t you love the tour of KOST? Even though the material was dated, it showed outsiders what was going on in the inside. Radio is such an intimate medium, so we love to know everything we can about our favorite stations and personalities. However, local radio today appears to be in lock-down mode. It is next to impossible to get information today. Radio personalities should be promoted, but every time there is an inquiry about a new hire or when someone moves on, it is like “we are not allowed to talk about personnel issues.”

Really? Hey folks, lighten up. You might wonder why listeners haven’t embraced you. They become fickle because you are. Take us down the hallway, tell us what is going on with your station and with your personalities. Give us something to root for. Where is your station going? What is it you are doing to gain a new audience?

I was chatting with an astute radio executive the other day about radio’s concern that listeners are getting older, with the real need for the industry to attract younger demographics, especially in Talk, News, and Sports formats. The subject was of concern to my boss, Gordon McLendon (photo above), back in 1967. My first assignment with McLendon was program director at KABL-San Francisco. When I arrived in the Bay Area, the station was a VERY successful Beautiful Music station playing classic, familiar music by Mantovani, 101 Strings, Ray Conniff Singers and the George Shearing Quartet. My assignment was to lower the demographics.

Gordon expressed his concern about the aging audience. He would frequently remind me that every time one of our KABL audience members dies, there is no one to replace him / her. We embarked on an aggressive programming path that proved to be very successful. The purpose of sharing this anecdote is to note programmers have striven for decades to generate the maximum audience in the appropriate demographics.

Sometimes listening to LARadio feels stodgy. I wonder if it is stodgy inside the stations? Are the bosses having any fun? Is radio having any fun or has it become just a job?

Behind-the-Scenes Along the KOST  

(February 15, 2018) Want a behind-the-scenes look at super successful KOST? Take a peek at a station tour from 1989,conducted by their longtime morning team Mark Wallengren and Kim Amidon. Their success is noted with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also, meet longtime pd at KOST, Jhani Kaye, along with other familiar voices along the KOST. (Click artwork of Mark, Pam Baker, and Kim)

In other news: When management changed at Oldies K-EARTH, many of the personalities like Shotgun Tom Kelly and Christina Kelley (no relation) left the station along with the Oldies. They moved on as the now-Classic Hits station transitioned to newer music from the 80s and 90s. Now, former nighttime star Christina Kelley has joined KABC as a fill-in morning news anchor … At the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon on February 9th, the honoree was veteran tv actress and producer Donna Mills. Additionally, there were many other highlights that day. The most heart-warming moment occurred when two-time Grammy-award winning jazz vocalist Diane Schuur was overwhelmed when her idol, the legendary Johnny Mathis, walked into the room to meet her and sit next to her at lunch. The whole thing was arranged by radio host Shotgun Tom Kelly and caught on film by longtime programmer, Jhani Kaye.

Cumulus Uses Outdoor to Promote Steve Dahl

(February 14, 2018) Cumulus/Chicago just launched a clever marketing campaign to salute market legend Steve Dahl‘s 40 incredible years in radio (starting at KPPC and KKDJ). Dahl, who currently does afternoon drive on News-Talk WLS, is featured on this billboard in a vintage photo with John “Bluto” Belushi, and any self-respecting Animal House fan will immediately recognize that immortal line… part of that classic sequence when Bluto rants, “Over? Did you say ‘over?’ Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? Hell no!” Otter: “Germans?” Boon: “Forget it, he’s rolling.” Bluto: “And it ain’t over now.” (Story from the Ramp newsletter)

Howard Stern a Video Star

(February 14, 2018) Video will embrace the radio star this summer as 64-year-old Howard Stern will become a multi-media play for SiriusXM, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jim Meyer, ceo of SiriusXM said they “we are not going into the Netflix business but will be wading into the video pool” before July. The satellite provider will draw on 30 years of Stern interviews as a blueprint to launch video of other talk hosts, comedians and musicians.

In other news: The American Life’s Ira Glass paid a nice tribute to KCRW’s Joe Frank, who recently died. “Frank’s dark narratives touched on the meaning of life and death with surreal imagery, absurdist wit and often hypnotic musical backdrops.” … If you were around LA in 1966 when Tom Brokaw joined KNBC/Channel 4, he pens an incredible, nostalgic look back a half-century in Vanity Fair. “I landed in the midst of seismic change around the world and at home,” wrote Brokaw … If you have missed hearing KFI reporter Eric Leonard, he is now with KNBC4.

Former KABC Talker in Media Blitz for Her Netflix Documentary

This week, the LA Times and People magazine feature stories on the Gloria Allred documentary

Jack Sweeney, GSM at 710/KMPC, Dies
 He Spent Three Decades with Gene Autry

(February 13, 2018) Jack E. Sweeney, a 33 year veteran with Golden West Broadcasters, died peacefully in his sleep the morning of January 30, 2018. He was 87.

“Jack was one of the nicest guys you could ever meet and work for,” said colleague Bob Koontz.

Born in Los Angeles on April 19, 1930, Jack graduated from Cathedral High School in 1947. He was drafted into the Army in 1950. After serving his country, he received a degree in Advertising from Woodbury College. In 1953, he married his high school sweetheart Lee Gallagher and they settled in San Marino. Jack began working in radio sales for 710/KMPC. In 1992, he retired as general sales manager. In 1993, the Sweeneys moved to Niguel Shores in Monarch Beach. Jack was President of the local Men's Club and Garden Club. He enjoyed golf, horse racing, traveling, gardening, and cooking. He was an avid Angels and UCLA fan. Jack attended daily mass at St. Edward's and was an usher at the Saturday evening mass.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, February 15th at 11 a.m. at St. Edward's Catholic Church in Dana Point.

Seacrest Pained

Ryan Seacrest: "Seeking shoulder pain relief and my cap and gown reminds me of the days at the salon getting frosted tips."

Newest News Reporter at KNX 
(February 12, 2018) Craig Fiegener (l) is the newest reporter at KNX, according to his pal Ethan Harp. Craig returns to Southland radio, previously at KFI, mostly covering the Inland Empire. He arrives at KNX by way of the NBC/TV station in Las Vegas. “He provided some of the top coverage of the Las Vegas shooting rampage and questions about the police investigation,” emailed Harp.

Craig also spent years reporting for KCBS-TV/KCAL and KNBC.

In other news: Congratulations to former KNX program director Andy Ludlum and his wife Rodi Shemeta Ludlum on their 40th wedding anniversary. They celebrated in San Jose … We had a wonderful meal with Judy and Jim Duncan in Avila Beach recently. The couple was spending a week in the area. You can only imagine the radio stories we shared over lunch at the Custom House … PJ Ochlan, veteran of Saul Levine’s operation, moved on a few years ago to voicing audio books. Last week he shared some exciting news. “I’m officially the dialect coach for Universal Studios Hollywood and the Wizarding World of Harry Potter!” … Classical KUSC begins a week of playing a movie theme every hour during the workday, as part of the station’s pre-Oscar buildup. It’s a reminder that a film score has life beyond the big screen. By the way, what is your favorite film this season? … Neil Ross sent a link to the parody of The Real Don Steele on KMPC

Sunday Nostalgia - 8 Years Ago Today

Giving "Undo" Credit To Art Laboe
For Oldies But Goodies Albums

(February 11, 2010) LARadio icon Art Laboe was honored with the 2010 LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award last month and during a one-hour interview he took the packed house in Studio City through his amazing journey.  

In 1957, Art started broadcasting his daily afternoon drive show at KPOP (1020AM) from Scrivener’s Drive-In in Hollywood. It had never been done before. Kids got out of school, piled in their cars and headed for Scrivener’s to request and dedicate a song. Virtually overnight it was the place to be. Celebrities came to promote their songs. 

“All of a sudden this little day-time station I was on exploded,” remembered Art. “We went to number one with a Hooper [call-out ratings at the time] share with a 33. This station was selling time to churches, vitamin companies, and now they were getting calls from Cadillac, Coca-Cola and all the major advertisers because we were number one. And there was no People Meter then.” (audience laughed)

Art continued the afternoon remotes for four or five years. He would hand the kid sitting in the car making the dedication a list of the top 30 songs and Art would include a couple of recent Oldies at the bottom of the list. “Kids starting asking me for stuff by Little Walter and some r&b songs by the Dominoes and the Penguins. So the kids who were in junior high school were now in high school and for them that was a long time ago. There were old songs and good ones so I called them Oldies but Goodies. And more and more people asked for those songs at the bottom of the list. They were remembering songs from four or five years ago. And the new kids coming to the drive-in wanted to hear songs by Chuck Berry and Fats Domino along with the old ones and that’s how Oldies But Goodies actually started on the radio, not as a record yet.” 

This was a perfect segue into the story of how Art, in some ways, fumbled his way into the music business, with his first album, Oldies But Goodies, Volume One. The album stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 album charts for a mind-boggling 183 weeks. 

“I was a bachelor at the time and I was dating some young ladies,” Art confessed. “One night in the fifties and I am sitting on the couch with this girl and she’s wearing one of those angora sweaters. You oldies but goodies out there might remember those. We’re necking and I’m trying to get under that sweater. In the meantime, there’s one of those 45 rpm record players across the room and it’s dropping these 45’s but the problem is they didn’t always drop – sometimes it would get caught and the music would stop. As things were starting to get good she would nudge me and say, ‘the music stopped, go fix it.’ So I would and then come back and try to get going again. One record, two records, three records would drop and I’m doing pretty good. It’s getting more heated and then the records ran out. She tells me to turn them over. Every time I went to the record player I had to come back and start over again. The sweater was always pulled back down.” 

With a fresh start, Art is back under the sweater. “I’m trying to undo the bra. The guys in the fifties really got good at it. I’m up there and the music stops again. She says, ‘I wish those damn things were on an LP.’ And I go bingo!”

When Art left the young ladies house, he went back to the studio at KPOP and strung all these records together and dubbed them onto an Ampex. "I play it back and thought it sounded pretty good. I tell a friend in the publishing business and he suggests I make an album of them.”

The next day Art makes a few phone calls to the major labels and he couldn’t get anyone to call him back. “I call Dootsie Williams [owner of Dootone Records], the guy who owns the Penguins.” Dootsie was concerned that Art wanted to release Earth Angel as a single. Art assured him that the song was going on an album, an album like had never been done before. Dootsie checked with his wife and Art feared she would be the stumbling block but quite the contrary. “My wife thinks we should do it because all the years you’ve been on the air and helped us you never asked for money or anything at all,” said Dootsie. “So we want to do that for you.”

Art rushed over to Dootsie’s house to get something in writing. He typed out one paragraph allowing for one cent per album and one cent for publishing with a stipulation that the song would not be released as a single. “He signed it and I think I gave him a $200 advance. Now I had Earth Angel, which was one of the best Oldies of all. The next day I called Al Silver who had In the Still of the Night and told him that I already had Earth Angel. Al, like Dootsie, wanted to be sure it wouldn’t be released as a single.” (Art with Robert Wagner in 1957 at Scriver's)

Oldies but Goodies, Volume One was released in the fall of 1959. “I bought spots on KPOP and I could write them in whenever I wanted for $5 apiece. Next thing I know the distributor wants 1,000 copies and before the day was out they order another thousand. It started selling a thousand LPs a day. At the time I was still making $90 a week on the radio.” 

The distributor released it in New York and Philadelphia and it just “blew up.” Within months, Art had a giant record company, Original Sound, on his hands. 

Email Saturday, 2.10.18

** KFI Tops with LARadio Readers

Tim Conway, Jr. is the best! Thank you to you and the LARadio readers for their love and support! Congrats, Tim! So proud of you!” – Robin Bertolucci

** Conway Most Listened to LARP

“This is Awesome! It saved me a suspension for asking where Caitlyn Jenner’s new granddaughter will find a happy anniversary card for her Grandmother and Grandmother.” – Tim Conway, Jr.
** Gary Owens and a Dose of Preparation H

Gary Owens’ reading of the Preparation H commercial is still one of the funniest moments in LARadio history. A postscript: Most of us, having made it through that ordeal, would have been glad it was past us. Not Garish. He had it dubbed to a cart and gleefully played it once per shift between Thanksgiving and Christmas every following year until he left KMPC. He even guested with Roger Carroll one year and told the story himself. G.O. had a wonderfully huge sense of humor, even when the joke was on him. He is still missed. [And missed-FM.]” – K.M. Richards

** More Preparation H

“The Gary Owens bit never gets old. BTW, at one point someone had a link to the ‘The Real Don Steele/KMPC’ aircheck. Do you know where that lives on the Internet? I need to hear it again!” – Mike Johnson

** Lowering the Demos

“Your State of LA Radio was a fun read from you, as always Don. The K-EARTH comment [obviously] held importance to me as I was part of the 2014 music changes.  You wrote: ‘the challenge for most of the radio programmers is to find a way to keep your P1’s while attempting to bring on new listeners – albeit YOUNGER listeners. K-EARTH spent 2014 adding newer music to the playlist from the 80s. It seems like for every 80s song they added, they subtracted a 60s title. Will this lower the demographics of the station while maintaining the cume? We should have a pretty good idea by this time next year.’ And where did it go? Even our market manager wondered if it were the right thing to do, eschewing the 60s and adding Depeche Mode and Madonna. You saw the numbers climb, and yes they DID get younger.

What people also wondered was what was the effect on JACK/fm, which over the past 3 years hasn’t really suffered much, while K-Earth has stayed in The Top 4 book after book after book. Other stations have made changes, some not very successful. Having been a part of the resurgence of K-EARTH I think the real winners there are Gary Bryan, Keith Smith and Rick Thomas who spearheaded the changes. With Chris Ebbott coming in, a lot of the ‘old guard’ K-EARTH was changed out and the station hasn’t missed a beat. These changes were well thought out, and highly researched. But the truth of the matter is the people involved really cared and saw the benefits of ‘fixing’ the aging audience. It’s still about numbers – both from ratings and revenue standpoints – and we all know a business that isn’t making money won’t last long.   Thanks for tickling the memory bank!” – Dave Mason, Sunny98.1 San Diego, (former APD, K-EARTH 101)

** Mentoring Teacher

“You had your Mr. Richardson who had a lasting impression on you. I had Hans Erlanger, the general sales manager of Hunt’s Foods. Hans had been brought to this country in the early 30s by relatives in the U.S.A. who convinced him to leave Germany before the Nazis got hold of him.

I was in my early 20s, and a member of the office staff and Hans was somewhat of a mentor. He often repeated to me that it is important to market one’s product in a meaningful manner. I listened to him. After three years on the inside at Hunt’s, I asked for a sales territory in order to gain direct experience with customers. I had no prior sales experience. At the time, Hunt’s Foods was running full page color ads weekly in Life magazine. So, I decided to produce some marketing that would connect with my clients. The sales management at Hunt’s had carved out a small territory for me in East L.A. and some surrounding communities [Bell Gardens, Pico-Rivera, etc.]. My customers were small mom and pop stores and I had not one supermarket in my territory. I got a bunch of Life magazines and cut out the full page age ads of Hunt’s Tomato Sauce, filling a three ring note book with about 20 of the ads. I started calling on my customers and the first thing I would do was show them my note book with the ads and explained that Hunt’s Tomato Sauce was being pre-sold for them. I also explained to them how they could save 25 cents on each case of tomato sauce by buying direct instead of from their co-op. I also told them to stack three cases of tomato sauce near their check-out stand, and I would provide printed recipes that utilized tomato sauce.

I opened 26 new clients my first month, and there were 15 sales persons in the greater Los Angeles Market. The first month of selling I was the No. 1 sales person for Hunt’s Foods in Southern California. The sales managers couldn’t believe it as I had a really small and unproductive client list [or so they thought]. Each month, I was No. 1 or 2. Later in the year, when peaches had been canned and were available, I had done some research and found out that because of bad weather the prior year, the peach crop was low and the canners including Del Monte, Hunt’s, and others had run out of peaches months before the year was over, and the price of canned peaches had skyrocketed. I also read reports that weather was bad for the current year, and once again peaches were going to be a small peach pack. I went to my small grocery stores and told them that if they purchased peaches at opening price that Hunt’s would not charge them for storage, but the grocers had to take all of the peaches they had purchased at the opening price by the end of the year. It was simply supply and demand.

I sold over 10,000 cases of peaches. Sales management called me into the office and asked what the heck I was doing to sell so many cases of peaches because their chain store salesman had sold only 1,000 cases. I told them I studied the reports of the peach pack and passed on that information to my customers. I thought it was interesting that management never looked at industry information that was readily available. And I learned some valuable lessons about marketing and salesmanship at Hunt’s Foods. Among other things, it taught me how to sell and market value. It’s all there for the taking if one is interested.

By the way, I loved Rimsky Korsakov and had a record of his recording of The Bolero. It is a very emotional piece of music.” – Bob Fox

** Super Bowl Memory

“I’m sitting here waiting for the Super Bowl to crank back up, and just happened to recall your great ‘Get Bart Starr Sunday’ liner running on KABL-San Francisco back in ’68 prior to Super Bowl II, and following the rout by the Packers the listener who called Monday to ask ‘did you get enough of Bart Starr yesterday?’ It still makes me laugh. 50 years ago ... Good God!” – Rich Brother Robbin

** Radio Ads

“Thanks for the page of LA Times radio ads. As a born and raised southern Californian, KMPC was the station I was most exposed to while growing up. Geoff Edwards was a great fit for the station. After Dick Whittinghill and soon to-be before Wink Martindale, he was just the right mix of the ‘old guard’ and the ‘up-and-comers.’ Anyway, could you email me a PDF of that LA Times page? I can blow it up, but with all the small type it becomes a blurry mess. It brings back some great middle-school memories.” – Brad Cramer

** Go West Carson

“The throw-back picture of Jim Carson and Gene West. I worked with both of them at KFRC-San Francisco. I ran the board in the morning for Carson, and later, produced Gene on the all-nite show. When I bumped the all-nite guy because I had seniority,  moving to a 6 hour day, I got paid ‘nite-time differential’ [paid for 8 hours], thru I.B.E.W. progressive contract, so I could moonlight at KTIM in San Rafael, doing 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. doing Rock. Then, I moved on in March of ’73 to program KQIV in Portland, Oregon.” – Joe Collins  

Ryan Seacrest Tells It Like it Is

(February 9, 2018) When the Harvey Weinstein sex allegation scandal broke last October and the seemingly endless parade of victims surfaced, I figured that LARadio People would not be immune. As the weeks evolved, we started hearing about very private cases involving names you would know … names of on-air, off-air and bold-faced personalities.

Many of the cases were already settled, but just knowing about them would raise an eyebrow. But I decided that LARadio would not break these stories.

And then came Ryan Seacrest getting in front of a story about a claim from a former E! wardrobe stylist claiming Seacrest behaved inappropriately during his tenure at E! News. At the time, Ryan said: “I do not take things for granted. Every day I am living my childhood dream because of the efforts of so many other people. I do my best to show and express my gratitude to my co-hosts, producers, guests, audiences, executives, partners and fans for the privilege of their collaboration and participation, and for the unwavering support of my loved ones and team.”

Now, in a guest column in the current Hollywood Reporter, Ryan tells his story about what happened after he was wrongly accused of harassment. Some highlights:

In November, I received a letter from a lawyer representing a former show stylist. She claimed that I mistreated her more than a decade ago when we worked together. This arrived during an unprecedented public reckoning by women in our industry and beyond, courageously coming forward to share their stories, many of them heartbreaking.

These women sought to bring attention to the systemic gender inequality that has occurred for decades. I was — and am — amazed at their bravery. To have my workplace conduct questioned was gut-wrenching. I’ve always aimed to treat all of my colleagues with honesty, respect, kindness and compassion. Yet, I knew, regardless of the confidence I had that there was no merit to the allegations, my name would likely soon appear on the lists of those suspected of despicable words and deeds.

The pressures of our overflowing newsfeeds would insist on it. I absolutely want to be part of the change, the progress that is coming. I did not want to be a postscript of evidence of its cause. After sharing the letter with the network, I publicly denied the claims against me, and agreed to participate in any inquiry the network deemed appropriate.

On February 1, I received notice that an independent third party found the claims to be unsubstantiated and that there was no evidence of wrongdoing on my part. Most of us agree that the presumption of innocence is an important standard. We are taught early on that it’s essential to see all sides, to give everyone a chance to explain and to check for exculpatory evidence that may have been missed.

At a time when improper interactions between men and women, particularly in the workplace, are part of a national conversation, we must find a way to ensure that everyone — the public, private and public institutions, accusers and alleged accused — is given the opportunity for a swift and fair review. My job is to listen. Beyond listening, which I will continue in earnest, I also will ask questions and try to help voices be heard. It isn’t lost on me that my platforms — radio, tv, social media — can be powerful conduits for change. We all have the right to be treated equally, regardless of our gender, race, faith, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity or other status. We find ourselves in extraordinary times in American culture. We live with near constant change, disruption and public discourse. I realize the morals and values, the decency, we’ve perhaps taken for granted, individually and as citizens of the world, are in question. Worse, at risk. I do not take these things for granted.

A Story for the Ages

(February 8, 2018) Back in the mid-1970s, Eric Norberg demonstrated his programming wizardry as he successfully captained for three years “The Station of the Stars,” 710 / KMPC. In October 2000, Eric was appointed editor / gm of The Bee, a monthly neighborhood newspaper in Portland. He also did some work teaching radio at Mt. Hood Community College, also in Portland, as a part-time instructor.

Eric is now in his 34th year of publishing his weekly Adult Contemporary Music Research Letter for his subscribers. In 1996, he published Radio Programming: Tactics and Strategy, published through Broadcasting Magazine, still in print after three printings, with a Spanish version translated and published in Spain. He also was weekly columnist in the Gavin Report for 19 years in the 1970s through the early 1990s.

For many years, Gary Owens offered one of the most memorable holiday moments in the long history of Los Angeles radio. Eric emailed a tale from behind the scenes of this on-air incident:

"I was on my way home to the Monterey Peninsula at Christmas, after my first few months at KMPC as apd in the early 1970s. I was listening to KMPC as I drove on a late afternoon, the 50 kw signal was still pretty strong as I was around Paso Robles northbound.  All of a sudden I became aware that Gary was laughing uncontrollably – HAW HAW HAW type stuff – and he just kept laughing.  

Gary, Mr. Control, had lost it...and just kept laughing...until, after about a minute and a half of nothing but laughter, I lost the KMPC signal. One of life’s really surreal moments. After a minute, I realized it was time for the pattern switch, and that’s why I had lost the signal. KMPC protected 50 kw KIRO from Seattle at night, and that was the pattern change. But I was left with puzzlement over what could possibly have happened.

When I got back to LA after Christmas, I had the 24-hour logger tape pulled from that afternoon. I finally found out what happened. Like many stations, right at Christmas, when no ads were sold, the station used stock 15-second ‘Christmas greetings’ scripts. We gave the air staff a list of advertisers, they were to grab a script in one hand and the list of advertisers in the other. They would then read the top script (putting it back on the bottom) and use the next unchecked advertiser in the list, filling the blanks in that script with the advertiser’s name. Needless to say, it would have been a good idea to have taken a pre-emptive check of the subsequent spot, but Gary had not done so.  He picked up the script of ‘sincere holiday wishes from our family to yours…with best wishes for the New Year.’ And he started reading – plugging in the name of the next advertiser – which was Preparation H! Gary began to giggle, and manfully kept going, but the advertiser name was to be read repeatedly in the script. He never made it all the way through. And now you know...the REST of the story. Eric

You can hear this Christmas tale via You Tube:

Hear Ache 

(February 7, 2018) Subscribers to LARadio got the word over the weekend that Meruelo Media had made a change at the top of “Power 106.” It is now official that Val Maki (l), head of the cluster (KPWR and KDAY), and Janet Brainin, vp of sales, have resigned. Val joined KPWR in 1998, then after three years KZLA duties were added, which later flipped to KMVN (Movin’ 93.9/fm).

In other news: Rick Shaw, afternoons at 101.3 “the Mix” in Temecula finally scored his first ever hole-in-one. The avid golfer did it on the 18th hole, 180 yard, par 3 at Colton Golf Course. “It happened only two days after my birthday,” wrote Rick. “I can die happy now!”… Rita Cosby is joining former KABC Talker Curtis Sliwa for early afternoons at WABC-New York. Cumulus brass could be listening carefully for a possible new morning show to replace Don Imus, come next month … Congratulations to Mark Wallengren, celebrating 32 years at KOST … Jim Hilliker just finished 10 weeks of radiation for early stage prostate cancer on January 16th, but still have hormone therapy ahead, with two more hormone shots to go in February and May. “My oncologist says they won't know how well a job the radiation did, until I finish the hormone shots,” said the Monterey resident. “But I feel good.”

LARadio Readers Listen to KFI - Tim Conway, Jr. is Favorite 

(February 6, 2018) Talk station KFI is the most-listened-to radio station, expressed by readers of Last week, readers were asked to what and to whom they listen to each day. KFI’s evening host Tim Conway, Jr. is the most-listened-to LARP.

Craig Daniger listens to KABC’s John Phillips and Jillian Barberie but “she can drive me crazy with her incessant ‘I was on tv 20 years, I have two kids. I know everyone.’”

David Schwartz listens to KNX or AM 1260. “Most of the time I am listening to either CDs or my iPods.”

“In a time with the country in such conflict, it’s refreshing to escape with the drama of pro sports,” offered Jeff Gehringer. “Mason & Ireland broadcast with intelligent conversation and avoid the screaming match of some talk radio programs.”

Elizabeth McDonnell listens to Pandora or XM/Sirius. “Yup, I’m one of those.”

Mary Beth Garber can “tolerate” KNX in short bursts. “The announcers all say ‘uh’ every 5th word [drives me crazy] and they repeat the exact same bits of news and commercials all day long.”

Larry McKay listens to KSPN all the time. “My favorite is Stephen A. Smith.”

KCSN/KSBR is my favorite station,’ wrote David Alpern. “I like the 88.5 combo, although their signal is unusable in the car here in Long Beach.”

Karen Martin writes: “I only listen to KLOS when the indefatigable Gary Moore is on in the afternoons.”

AMP Radio Morning Team Ready

(February 5, 2018) The new AMP Radio morning team is now complete. Joining Edgar Sotelo and Brian Moote will be Chelsea Briggs. She earned a bachelor's degree in Arts, Broadcasting and Cinematic Arts in 2008 from Central Michigan University.

Following some assignments with MTV, Chelsea joined Hollywire TV as an entertainment host/writer/ producer. She hosted a daily pop-culture infused show.

"Words cannot describe how excited and honored I am to join the Entercom family as part of the 97.1 AMP Radio Los Angeles morning show,” said Briggs. “I look forward to creating an incredible morning show that brings a new, fun and genuine energy to the SoCal community every morning.”  

Most recently she has been a Billboard News correspondent. Chelsea has also appeared as a guest host on a number of different networks including MTV Networks, HLN, VH1, Yahoo! TV, Clevver TV and Ovation TV. 

Sunday Nostalgia - 3 Years Ago Today

State of LARadio
by Don Barrett

(February 4, 2015) When I was in the Santa Monica school system in the 1950s, I took Music Appreciation, hoping that the class would be an hour of r&b and rock ‘n roll music. Instead the experience turned out to be one of the defining moments in my life. On our first day of class, there stood a lanky young man with glasses and a baton. Donald Richardson welcomed us. Without saying a word, he walked over to a record player, and put the needle on the beginning track of an album.

Mr. Richardson walked back to his desk, stepped up on his chair and then onto his desk. All of a sudden Rimsky-Korsakov’s Scheherazade oozes into the room. For a half hour, the piece consumed our classroom and our teacher/conductor.

To this day, the mere mention of Rimsky-Korsakov sends me back in a zooming time machine to see Mr. Richardson perched on his wooden desk, immersed in conducting an imaginary orchestra.

I never got hooked on Classical music but my startling introduction by Mr. Richardson gave me a music appreciation that lasts to this day, not only for the music but how one teacher can make a difference. He went on to be the music guru for the entire Santa Monica school district.

As I was starting to write about all the changes this week at 100.3/The Sound, KRLA, Power 106, and KABC, I wonder if any of the moves will result in success for the individual or the station. I don’t have a programming crystal ball, but I do know that if you don’t have a ‘Mr. Richardson’ moment or a strong marketing campaign to announce these changes, it won’t make any difference. You’ve heard it before: If you don’t promote, a funny thing happens: NOTHING.

The challenge for most of the radio programmers is to find a way to keep your P1’s while attempting to bring on new listeners – albeit YOUNGER listeners.

K-EARTH spent 2014 adding newer music to the playlist from the 80s. It seems like for every 80s song they added, they subtracted a 60s title. Will this lower the demographics of the station while maintaining the cume? We should have a pretty good idea by this time next year.

The KNX audience has aged. As we get older we seem to devour more news. But the cultural landscape has changed. It is pretty tough to ignore the Hispanic listener. If you do, you carve out a chunk of potential PPM audience and toss it away. Wonder what the ‘Mr. Richardson’ idea will be to attract new and younger listeners? The all-News station has been without a program director for months.

The new KNX pd will have a challenge to find these new listeners. Young people – the millennials - are using new devices to watch and listen to content. The type of content millennials are demanding is different from the aging nation. They seem to like everything in shorter bites. Will that be a panacea to attracting these young people with news they want? And what about pop culture? The millennials seem to have an insatiable appetite for what is going on in social media. To ignore pop culture while repeating business news ad nauseam may be the Achilles heel preventing growth of a younger audience.

One of the changes this week is at Bonneville’s 100.3/The Sound. When Mark Thompson ended his impressive run at KLOS, he turned to digital podcasting and boasted over 25,000 subscribers to the daily antics and doings of the Thompson family. For one reason or another he has returned to terrestrial radio. The Sound is doing an EXCELLENT job with social media. They have created a series of skits utilizing the new morning team and other members of the staff at 100.3/The Sound. They also bought a digital website schedule at cross-town rival KLOS alerting the community that “Mark’s Back” but this time on The Sound. Very creative. Disruptive marketing at its best. Disappointed that KLOS has ignored the onslaught of marketing aimed directly at them. 

Fans of Dennis Miller will get a big surprise the first of the week when the perky and pesky former member of Saturday Night Live and Monday Night Football, not only moves from 870/KRLA to 790/KABC, but he will move three hours later, which creates a 15-hour delay. In the world of politics, a lot can happen during the day that will sound terribly dated by the time a morning –originated syndicated show airs late evening. With a new political Presidential cycle coming up next year, being live will be doubly compelling. Tough to understand this move.

Mark Levin gets a promotion from early evening at KABC to afternoon drive at KRLA. Hopefully he won’t have a heart attack with his hyperactive approach in expressing rage and his political views. At least he won’t have Obama to kick around anymore pretty soon. That will be a relief.

KRLA’s Hugh Hewitt moves to early evenings, as does Peter Tilden at KABC. Hopefully management will find creative ways to alert their audiences to their new time slot. Listeners, especially older ones, don’t always hear it the first time. I remember a number of years ago when a reader of LARadio wrote frantically about what happened to Michael Jackson, the radio Michael Jackson. It just dawned on the reader that he wasn’t on anymore. He had been gone for almost three years.

The fast-moving developments with Big Boy and Emmis' lawsuit against their morning man to prevent him from leaving will provide a new challenge for Emmis in promoting J Cruz as its new morning star. And depending on whether Big goes to iHeart, how will his new morning home in LARadio be marketed?

“Content is king” has been a mantra for decades as the way to make successful movies, tv, and radio. If we keep doing the same things over and over again, there isn’t much reason to keep listening. Should radio be unpredictable? What is more immediate than radio? Certainly social media is immediate. Radio better not fall behind in content distribution. The traditional content business eventually becomes mediocre. It is harder to create new ideas and new content. Almost anything is going to take more effort. It is going to take much more ingenuity and scrambling to be bold and different. For the programmer, your real job is to grow new business.

Streaming helps grow the radio business but it doesn’t seem that the radio biz wants to put any effort into creating new content. Just simulcast terrestrial. Remember when the FCC stopped AM & FM stations from simulcasting? This act of separation forced the industry to create new programming. HD had a moment in the spotlight, but there was no compelling programming to encourage the consumer to go out and purchase this new-fangled receiver.

I remember lunching with the ceo at Sirius a while back. He was pontificating about the second satellite that he had recently launched to carry the programming. He wasn’t happy when I told him the solution to his woes was not more hardware. His problem was a lack of compelling content. Give us a compelling reason to spend $12 a month and we will. Enter Howard Stern, and the world of Satellite Radio changed forever that day. Howard’s move disrupted the status quo. He was the ultimate disrupter. No one has come along since Howard to be a disrupter and create appointment listening on a mass-media basis. Howard arrived more than two decades ago. That’s a long void with no new disrupter.

The consumer is the ultimate decider on whether it is worth investing in cable tv, Satellite radio or whatever the new delivery device will be. Is radio investing in personalities, approaches, and content?

Digital is the buzzword of the day. Ask a radio time salesperson what is Digital Radio and you will get as many answers as people you ask. Advertising dollars are moving to digital. Where is radio’s YouTube? Where is the next idea coming from that will keep LARadio fresh, new, and vibrant? Did you know that YouTube has its own original content half-time show during Super Bowl last Sunday? I wonder if any of the LA stations had any counter-programming?

Meanwhile, with the personnel changes this week, find a way to tell the listener. You ask advertisers to use radio to sell their wares, why not use other media to alert your potential listener? - Don Barrett

Email Saturday 2.3.18

** Skewed Voting

“The principal problem with lists such as these is that they can be skewed to the point of meaningless by the age and personal tastes of those being polled. I’m an old guy [I’ll be 84 in a month] and I would not have hesitated to vote for Steve Allen (l) as the all-time best LARP. According to, his KNX show in the late ’40s through 1950 drew the biggest nighttime audience of any show in the history of LARadio. But how many of those who voted were even aware that Allen had a show on KNX [or even know who Steve Allen was]?

I could make a similar comment about legendary newsman Chet Huntley, a fixture on KABC in the early 50s. And how could such a list be compiled without mention of Al Jarvis, LA’s first disk jockey [and likely the first in the nation], who entertained daily for nearly two generations? No mention of Jim Hawthorne, who replaced Allen on KNX and remained an idiosyncratic presence on LA Radio for years? And while I may have had my personal differences with Harry Shearer, he was often superbly brilliant on The Credibility Gap — and did an amazing put-down impression of winner Don Steele.” – Lew Irwin

** All-Time LARP

“So good to see Ken Cooper on the list of all-time Best LARPs. I worked with him for one short, phenomenal year at KYMS and learned TONS! Nobody else took as much time with me as he did in helping me ‘just have fun’ on the radio.  – Brian Perez

** McKay Humbled

“I am SO honored and humbled to even be mentioned among these truly great L.A. radio people.” – Larry McKay

** Big Jim Wood’s Timing

“In response to Larry Boxer’s Saturday email: Larry, you’re right. Jim Wood was at KGFJ with you in the fall of 1971. You have a misdated aircheck, which should read 10/31/72. KBBQ didn't become KROQ until September of 1972.” – Mike Hagerty

** Color Radio Anniversary

“I can’t believe we bypassed January 2, 1958 and the 60th anniversary of Johnny Mann Singers, Gloria Wood, Chuck Blore and the Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen. Where’d everyone go?” – Elliot Field

** Reel Radio Founder

“Sad story concerning ‘Uncle Ricky’ and ReelRadio. I’ve been in touch with him for a few months now as I’ve been working on a multi-hour Labor Day weekend special that he has agreed to air on his site later this year called, ‘L.A.'s Number One's of Rock & Roll: 1955 – 1985.’ The program is a tribute to the first thirty years of Rock and Pop #1’s. K-Earth only aired this program one time, in 1985, although the recordings cover a period through the 1990 airing. Added to the unscoped airchecks will be interview segments featuring the KRTH personalities heard on the station during this time period, some of whom will offer their thoughts on the state of radio today.  

Among them is Brian Beirne, ‘Mr. Rock-N-Roll,’ who recently drove to San Diego’s ‘Studio C’ to provide his voice-track following almost 14 years in retirement. In addition to his short, candid interview segments, you will also hear Brian doing his natural born thing as he hosts a marathon shift playing the 1977 through 1985 portion of the local #1 charted songs.    

Before I undertook this production, I became aware of Mr. Irwin’s condition and continually keep him in my thoughts and prayers and also thank him for this fun opportunity.” – Vince Daniels  

** American Heart Red

“For a worthy cause, the American Heart Association and Macy’s National Sponsorship has invited me to model three Ralph Lauren gowns at Macy’s in Pasadena at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 3. All are welcome to come. I’m representing the Great state of California as Ms. Senior California 2017 First Runner-Up. I walk the runway on Saturday in honor of my mother who died from a stroke. ‘Go Red For Women dot org’ is to bring awareness to women regarding heart attack and stroke.

Hope your readers can support this event.” – Rita Pardue

** Slick Grace

"I was somewhat skeptical of seeing Jefferson Starship, a group I have grown up with since the 1960s, when they were Jefferson Airplane. All of the founding members are either deceased or no longer working with the band. January 28th was the second anniversary of the passing of founding members Paul Kantner and Signe-Toly Anderson, a rare and bizarre coincidence. The current line up appearing at Saint Rocke in Hermosa Beach featured David Freiberg, Kathy Richardson, Jude Gold, Chris Smith, & Donny Baldwin, who put on a hell of a show.

Get Together from the first Jefferson Airplane album in 1966 was performed along with White Rabbit, Somebody to Love, and Today from the seminal second album Surrealistic Pillow. David Freiberg joined the group in 1974 and performed his own composition Jane and Marty Balin’s Miracles. He currently fronts the band along with Kathy, who resembles Janis Joplin and toured with Big Brother & The Holding Company for a while, until the Starship snagged her away over 10 years ago. She can belt it out with the best of them and offered no criticism of Starship's best known song We Built This City. She said, ‘If you want to hear a bad record, listen to Afternoon Delight by the Starland Vocal Band.’

The highlights of the entire career of Jefferson Airplane / Jefferson Starship / Starship were fully covered with dear respect. For the final jam the offspring of various members of the band joined them onstage, one of which was China Kantner, daughter of Paul Kantner and the dynamic Grace Slick. China was very friendly and very interested in my story about her mother Grace.

Back on New Years’ Eve, 1970, while attending a Fillmore Show in San Francisco at Winterland, with headliners Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Sly & Family Stone, and LA Jazz/Blues/Rock band Spirit, I got lost backstage around 2:30 a.m. and found myself on metal bleachers talking to a gorgeous red-headed woman. We discussed politics, current events We were just getting to the subject of music when bassist Jack Cassidy of Jefferson Airplane appeared and said, ‘Grace, we're on!’ She said, ‘by the way my name is Grace’ and I replied, ‘by the way my name is stupid.’ So there I was, talking to Grace Slick without even knowing it. My friends who were with me did not believe the story. But China did, and said, ‘my mom was pregnant with me when you had that conversation with her.’

P.S.: Peter Noone entertained a full house the previous weekend at a Herman’s Hermits show. He just turned 70, and sounds pretty much like he did in the mid 60’s hitting all the high notes, [and there were many]. He sang most of the Herman's Hermits catalogue, and songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Monkees, and even Johnny Cash ... sounding just like ALL of them. A great talent that fully respects musical history!” – Bill Dudley

** Outlaw Radio

“Outlaw Radio with Magic Matt Alan had added new affiliates in Reno, Lake Tahoe, Green Bay and Wausau, Wisconsin. The show airs this Saturday, February 3 at 3 p.m. with Wink Martindale, Dr. Demento, and the Scorpions drummer James Kottak. Outlaw Radio: We are not politically correct, but We are correct!” – Howard Lapides,

Another New News Voice to KFI News 


(February 2, 2018) One of the newest news voices at KFI belongs to Corbin Carson. He just started at the 50,000 News/Talk station at the beginning of the year. Corbin arrived from KTAR- Phoenix, where he was an award-winning, breaking news and investigative reporter.

“I am most knowledgeable and passionate about the criminal justice system, election fraud, politics, and parenting. I am honored to have just received two 2017 Edward R. Murrow Awards. One individually in the News Documentary category for ‘Locked Up Arizona,’ an in-depth look at the state’s criminal justice system. The other as an integral part of the KTAR News team for Overall Excellence,” he wrote on his website.

In 2010, Corbin graduated summa cum laude from Arizona State University. Two years later he earned a Master’s degree from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Hear Ache 

(February 1, 2018) Rob Frazier headlined his Facebook post with ‘New gig, New Town, New State. Big new adventure.” The audio / production master is going to be the Creative Director for a small, locally owned group of radio stations in State College, Pennsylvania (home of Penn State). “Non-rated market so creative, results, relationships and community involvement are what matter. Was looking for a change, and change found me,” posted Rob …  Jimmy Beaumont, the golden-voiced singer of the Skyliners, died a few months ago in his sleep at his home in McKeesport at age 76. His career lasted nearly 60 years. Lloyd Price called him “the best white R&B singer ever.’” Since I Don't Have You will forever be etched into minds of teens growing up in the late fifties. The song was featured in American Graffiti  … Ed Tyll, former KABC and KLSX Talker, has joined Salisbury-Ocean City news / talker WXDE, Lewes “Delaware 105.9.” … Tavis Smiley has maintained a low profile since PBS yanked his show off the air, after allegations of sexual misconduct with several subordinates. A story in the LA Times this week suggests Tavis is not quietly going into late night oblivion. He’s hosting a new inspirational series called The Upside with Tavis Smiley, set for April on the Word Network.

Archives 3rd Quarter 2017: KBIG big in the ratings; Open Email to KLOS PD; Entercom shuts down The Sound; Art Laboe celebrates 74 consecutive years on the radio; KNX shuffles shifts; Top 20 AOR stations of all-time; 2 non-coms go Triple A; Fake news at AMP radio; Book on Nancy Cole; Ellen K makes list of Inspirer women in radio; 1,000 apply for morning drive at AMP Radio; Gene Sandbloom exits KROQ; Alan Oda digs Japan; Outlaw Radio - Animal House for grown-ups who haven't grown up; Art Astor car collection auction; Idol producer on including Seacrest in reboot; Carson Dal out at AMP Radio; Lisa Bloom publishes Shattered Peacock; KN wins Edward R. Murrow award; Charles Pyne reported sexual harassment case; Summer reading; KROQ GM to Santa Monica Mayor; Passing Parade includes: Helen Borgers, Steve Gonzalez, Barry Turnbull, Don Bishop, Jay Thomas, Tommy Hawkins, and Bill Smith

Archives 4th Quarter 2017: Stern worth $1/2 billion; traffic LARPS honored; empty spaces at KABC/KLOS; fire threatens radio towers; LARPs caught in Northern California firestorm; K-LOVE versus EMF; Stern appears with Kimmel; unthinkable happens to Delilah a second time; three faces of Nicci Ross; LARPs at Las Vegas massacre; KNX wins Edward R. Murrow award; Passing Parade includes Joe Reiling, Bob Eatman, Helen Borgers, Cliff Winston; Hilly Rose; Greg Ashlock promoted to President at iHeart; Jim Duncan exits iHeart; Jeff Federman returns to CBS/LA cluster that is now Entercom; Kiplinger says announcing one of the worst jobs; KBIG dominates ratings; Is Bill Handle in trouble? Jeff Baugh involved in SigAlert; Charley Steiner complaints; Countdown until The Sound shuts down; essay on The Sound; Love letters to Sound staff; Field of Dreams; Scully scolded; KABC's Tweeden claims Al Franken groped her; Laboe marshall of Xmas parade; Seacrest denies behaving "Inappropriately"; Pope moves from San Jose to Inland Empire; Night disco died; Jingle Ball reviewed; Steve Edwards departs Fox morning show; Bill Brown found; Ralph Garman fired from CBS after almost two decades on Kevin & Bean Show; radio reunion; Allred/Bloom tiff?; LARP traffic people mentioned in NY Times story; massive firestorm; Tammy Trujillo writes broadcast textbook; Top stories of 2017 by Alan Oda; Scott St. James' challenges; Memories of Chickenman

Archives 1st Quarter 2018
Al Michaels
broadccasts from home for the first time; Norm Pattiz to step down; At first whispers, and then a roar; Passing Parade of 2017; Paul O'Malley heads to Charleston cluster; Chuck Blore essay; new AMP morning team; latest KFI news anchor, Mary Kate Gaffney; In Bed with Broadcasting; Morning Side of the Mountain - personal stories of Montecito mudslides; Keith Jackson's death makes front page in two LA Times sections; KGO ready to simulast KABC personality; Passing Parade: Joe Frank; Lisa Worden new ALT 98.7 PD; Thanks for the ride, Don Imus; KOST holiday ratings on top; Lauren Sivan joins KABC middays; Ellen K to announce Grammy broadcast'; The Real Don Steele voted Best LARP of All-Time; Billy Bush repairing his career and life; KABC wins Golden Mikes; Reel Radio founder needs help



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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