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The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 57 years, is now available just by clicking on your favorite personality. The listings provide a colorful snapshot of where they came from, where and when they worked, and what they’re doing now. Enjoy!
(Larry and John Gassman, Andrew Mollenbeck, Claudia Peschiutta, Sam Donaldson, John Phillips, Dan Avey, Marc Germain, Vic the Brick Jacobs, and Cecil Heftel)
Tim Conway, Jr. Most Listened To In Evenings
(November 26, 2014) Nights have belonged to Tim Conway, Jr. for over 15 years. He worked at the FM Talk station, KLSX, from 1997 to 2009, until 97.1/fm flipped to AMP Radio. Tim segued to KFI five years ago and was an instant hit with evening listeners. He scored big with regular bits like What Did Jesse Jackson Say? and Friday nights when his former co-host Doug Steckler joins Tim.
Many of the voters are true aficionados of nighttime radio and seem to avoid tv. Many votes were split for the 7 p.m. – midnight between Tim, then at 10 p.m. many continue with George Noory or switch to Peter Tilden at KABC.
Other voters had their favorites, and the only programming that disturbed that listening habit was when their favorite baseball team was playing. But they didn’t seem to stay with the station after the game was over.
One voter used to be a KABC fan in early evening, but “can’t stand” Mark Levin. “I wish they would dump him altogether and move Peter Tilden up to 6 p.m. from his all but forgotten late evening timeslot.” Another Tilden fan wrote: “I am finally used to his rapid-fire speaking.”
Another voter listens to Bryan Suits during his nightly walk around 8 p.m. “If I miss Suits’ live show, I often download the same day podcast, load it to my iPhone, and listen to at least the first hour. It is compressed without commercials or other breaks.”
A fan of Phil Hendrie has given up evening radio saying, “Bring back Phil Hendrie and I am there.”
“I can’t forgive KABC for letting Mr. KABC [Marc Germain] out of their loop.” She continued, “I really loved his show.”
The Top 10 evening listener’s preferences:
1. Tim Conway, Jr. (KFI)
2. Rita Wilde (100.3/The Sound)
3. KNX News
4. Peter Tilden (KABC)
5. Christina Kelley (K-EARTH)
8. George Noory (KFI)
9. Karen Sharp (KOST)
10. Tony Scott (KLOS)
El Cucuy (Renan Almendarez Coello) was honored with a Star on the
Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday. The star is at 6141 Hollywood
Boulevard in front of the new Eastown development.
(Thanks to Robert Freeman for the photo)
SF Ratings. Once again, the top three stations in San Francisco are all Spoken Word, as opposed to Los Angeles where the top three are all music. In the Bay Area #1 in Sports KNBR, followed by #2 Newser KCBS, with News/Talk KQED coming in third.
K-EARTH Promotion. K-EARTH is looking for someone in need of help this Christmas. Here’s what the station’s telling their listeners:
Maybe it’s a friend who is unable to give their kids the Christmas they deserve – or a neighbor who’s down on their luck. This is a lucky listener’s chance to be their Secret Santa and nominate someone to be a part of Knock...Knock, it’s a K-EARTH Christmas!
The K-EARTH morning team of Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley is asking listeners to tell them a little about their nominee and why they need the help.
Paraquat Benefit. Former KMET personality Pat “Paraquat” Kelley is in a battle for his life. He has Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The bills are mounting and award winning musicians, KMET alumni and friends are bringing their talents and efforts together for a one-night special event at the Canyon Club in Agoura, Sunday, December 14th at 7:30 p.m. in recognition of Pat’s unstoppable spirit and courage.
Alex and Eddie Van Halen stopped by Paraquat’s Nichols Canyon home to sign a guitar that will be part of a silent auction.
KMET alumni Jim Ladd, Cynthia Fox and Jeff Gonzer will be among the evening’s emcees.
Hear Ache. CBS/LA market chief Dan Kearney is still interviewing for the vacant KNX programming slot. “Taking my time,” said Dan … Genius radio man Gordon McLendon and his iconic KLIF news team on the day John Kennedy was assassinated. Thanks to Beau Weaver for this link to that fateful day.
Channel 5 Coming Down. Work began Monday to take down, restore and then relocate the iconic KTLA radio tower – once used by KFWB – to its original location on the Sunset Bronson Studios lot in Hollywood, according to a story and series of photos on the KTLA website. The tower move also paves the way for Hudson Pacific Properties construction of a 323,000-square-foot office building on the lot.
The 160-foot tall radio tower was one of two matching towers erected in 1925 that flanked the colonial-style office building at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Bronson Avenue.
“The restoration and relocation of the former KFWB radio tower at Sunset Bronson Studios exemplify Hudson’s respect for the lot’s rich history and our commitment to its bright future,” Victor J. Coleman, the company’s chairman and chief executive officer, stated in a news release.
“Burning down your own city. Brilliant. That sure changed my thinking! Enjoy commuting miles to go shopping.” (Tom Leykis, from his Facebook page)
“Remember there were 49 murders in one month in Chicago. Most were black on black murders. Where was the President? Where was Eric Holder, the Attorney General? Why weren’t they in Chicago, their hometown declaring a massive emergency?” (Carlos Amezcua, KEIB)
“The primary job of the air talent is to promote the radio station as the job of the radio station is to promote the air talent. It helps of course if the air talent actually has talent.” (George Johns, radio consultant)
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** What the World Needs Now
“I just wanted to mention that it will be nineteen years ago that my good friend and mentor Tom Clay lost his life to cancer at 66 years of age. What many people don’t know is that his son Ron also lost his life to cancer at age 41, with a wife and kids. We had many good times at KWIZ in Santa Ana, as well as getting Lip Service up and going on Sunset Blvd in Hollywood. Tom has a daughter Candy that I have lost touch with, but maybe someone here will know where she is.” - Gary Lane
** Last Mono FM
“Greg Hardison’s letter reminded me that we still had one last monaural FM in L.A. until September 27, 1976 – KGBS/fm 97.1, which simulcast KGBS/1020 until the latter became KTNQ (The New Ten-Q) on that date. It wasn’t until the fm went to its automated ‘gentle country’ format that stereo was added to the frequency.
So KFOX/fm becoming KIQQ was the next-to-last mono fm, not the very last one.” – K.M. Richards
Top 3 Stations in November '14 Owned by iHeartMedia
(November 25, 2014) KIIS/fm, KOST, and KBIG (MY/fm), all owned by iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), finished the November '14 PPM rankings 1, 2, 3. "It's an early Thanksgiving celebration," emailed Greg Ashlock, market chief for iHeartMedia/LA. "We've always been blessed with great brands and talent."
Six months ago, KFI had made a precipitous drop in cume to well under a million listeners to around three-quarters of a million. Month by month the News/Talk station has made steady increases. "For KFI, I'll simply say, 'I told you so.' :) The staff works really hard at staying timely, relevant and stimulating. It was such a matter of time before the numbers corrected," concluded Ashlock.
The numbers look really impressive for Bonneville as KSWD (100.3/the Sound) continues to make steady increases. Six months ago, The Sound had a 2.9. This month the Classic Rock station was up to a 3.5. When asked for a comment on the numbers, program director Dave Beasing said succinctly: "Great team, great company."
The Nielsen November '14 PPM ratings for Persons 6+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid
1. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.3 - 5.3
2. KOST (AC) 4.1 - 5.2
3. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.3 - 4.7
4. KPWR (Top 40/R) 4.5 - 4.3
5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.2 - 4.2
6. KAMP (Top 40/M) 4.1 - 4.0
7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.0 - 3.9
8. KFI (News/Talk) 3.5 - 3.6
9. KSWD (100.3/The Sound) 3.2 - 3.5
10. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.2 - 3.1
11. KNX (News) 2.9 - 2.9
12. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 2.8
KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.8
14. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.5 - 2.6
KHHT (Hot 92.3) 2.2 - 2.6
KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.6
KROQ (Alternative) 2.8 - 2.6
18. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.5
19. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.3
20. KTWV (Urban AC) 2.2 - 2.1
KYSR (Alternative) 1.9 - 2.1
22. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.0
23. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.2 - 1.9
24. KUSC (Classical) 2.0 - 1.7
KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.6 - 1.7
26. KCRW (Variety) 1.0 - 1.4
KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 1.4 - 1.4
28. KHJ (Regional Mexican) 1.1 - 1.3
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.4 - 1.1
KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.1
31. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.9 - 0.9
32. KJLH (Urban AC) 0.9 - 0.8
33. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7
KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.7
KRLA (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7
37. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 0.6
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.8 - 0.6
39. KFWB (Sports) 0.2 - 0.3
KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3
Haven’t seen this one before. K-EARTH is giving away a parking spot for Black Friday at the Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks
“You know, the last time the U.S. and Germany squared off, Tom Hanks died so Matt Damon could go home. It was a tragedy.” (Jimmy Kimmel, about the summer World Cup)”
“If you think the day after Thanksgiving sales are good here, they’re giving away the tv’s in Ferguson.” (John Phillips, KABC)
“Over the weekend I was talking to some people in the law world, not actual lawyers, but I like to talk with those who played lawyers on tv, like Law and Order. This is Hollywood. Why talk to a lawyer if you can talk with someone who plays a lawyer?” (Mark Thompson, KFI)
“The Obama administration is as unfriendly to journalists as any in American history.” (Rush Limbaugh, KEIB)
“CNN was hoping for action. They only got a little bit. Most of Ferguson is peaceful, but seething. In other news, I love all these clips that keep surfacing.” (Isidra Person-Lynn, from her Facebook page)
Record Promoter. The world of record promotion is a colorful one at best. When a record company wants an aggressive push on a particular artist or song to get coveted airplay, they turn to the record promotion person. If there isn’t one on staff, they hired freelancers to conduct stunts, trot the artists around to the different radio station and do what is necessary to secure airplay.
Don Graham (l) has been the best for over 50 years. Not only an affable guy you like to be around, but he is someone who has a heart as large as all outdoors. We learned of his special relationship with Jack Roberts, former producer at CRN Digital Radio.
Scott St. James told the story at Graham’s 80th Hawaiian-themed (Don's wife Robin used to sing with Don Ho) birthday party earlier this month at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. For Scott, he hadn’t prepared to say anything at the luncheon but was so moved by the outpouring of love for Don Graham, he took the microphone. “I wasn't asked to stand up and speak,” recalled Scott. “I don't think anyone was. Walking to the middle of the room was an impulsive move on my part and what I said was off the top of my head.”
Scott St. James, Brad Martini Chambers, Mike Horn, Saul Levine, and Roger Carroll
Jack Roberts died earlier this year and being alone, he didn’t have anyone to turn down when his health challenges required hospitalization. Scott and Jack would talk for hours during his last few months as Roberts was getting closer and closer to ‘death's door.’
Bobby Hart (I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight + Monkees hits), Dandy Don Whittemore, James Darren (Goodbye Cruel World + Gidget movies), Mike Horn and Chick Watkins
“Jack told me about the many times that Don Graham carried him to Don's car because Jack had to go back to the hospital and the many times (among other things) that Don would chew out a doctor or doctors if (in Don's view) Jack wasn't being treated properly,” continued Scott.
Don Graham, Jerry Sharell, James Darren, Robin & Don Graham, and Scott St. James
“I heard lots of things like this from Jack and we talked at length about most of those things. I recalled Jack saying to me that he had lived as long as he did because of Don Graham.”
Supermouth Challenges. Larry Supermouth Huffman has had a tough couple of years. “After three weeks in a coma, almost two months in a hospital and two skin grafts, I’m now walking without a cane and with a brace,” emailed Larry.
His two most recent skin grafts on his ankle were made using bovine material. “The only problem is that from time to time I find myself saying ‘Moooo…’” His problems started two years when his trainer had him do an exercise that he shouldn’t have done.
His voice is still
usable and is available for voiceover work. You can reach Larry at:
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LARadio Rewind: November 25, 2011. Kojo Antwi and Flavour Nabania perform at the first-ever All African Thanksgiving Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. The audience included many KPFK listeners who had won tickets during Nnamdi Moweta's Radio Afrodicia program. Born in 1958 in Nigeria, Moweta studied filmmaking in San Francisco and has worked as a dj, news commentator, boxing promoter and event producer. In 1983, he hosted an eight-part KPFK series on the history of rap music. Since 1995, he has hosted Radio Afrodicia, featuring interviews and the music of African and Afro-Caribbean musicians as well as other musicians who are influenced by African sounds. Among the artists played are Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Bamboo, Osibisa, Baaba Maal, Bebe Manga, Richard Bona, Tony Allen, King Sunny Ade, Blitz the Ambassador and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The program airs from 4 to 6 pm Saturdays. KPFK is at 90.7 fm and simulcasts on 99.5 in Ridgecrest, 98.7 in Santa Barbara and 93.7 in Rancho Bernardo.
KFI's Steve Gregory has been in Ferguson, Missouri covering the
grand jury proceedings in the police officer killing of Michael Brown. Steve
almost became the story. "He's OK," emailed KFI news director Chris
Little. "Steve got caught near some gunfire. Hit the ground a couple of
times by his car to take cover. Somebody shoved him from behind and another guy
snatched Steve's phone from his hand. He had a backup phone...he's always
prepared." ... KNX is running a one-hour special on the Ferguson grand jury
ruling at 10 a.m. this morning.
Hear Ache. KFI's Steve Gregory has been in Ferguson, Missouri covering the grand jury proceedings in the police officer killing of Michael Brown. Steve almost became the story. "He's OK," emailed KFI news director Chris Little. "Steve got caught near some gunfire. Hit the ground a couple of times by his car to take cover. Somebody shoved him from behind and another guy snatched Steve's phone from his hand. He had a backup phone...he's always prepared." ... KNX is running a one-hour special on the Ferguson grand jury ruling at 10 a.m. this morning.
Ryker Voice. Malcolm Ryker worked at Pure Rock KNAC twenty years ago. He’s now the voice and production director for over 20 iHeartMedia stations, including his home base in San Diego, Star 94-1 and KGB.
Malcolm got a degree in radio and tv at Arkansas State. The first rock station he worked for was KWLN-Memphis. Growing up he listened to z-Rock in Dallas. “It was crazy, heavy, and freaky,” said Ryker. “Lee Abrams believed in true theater of the mind in a hard rock satellite format.”
Malcolm is a member of La Jolla Lutheran Church. "I find Christ gives me some balance to this whack Rock N Roll/Hip Hop close to the fire world we live in,” revealed Malcolm in an AllAccess interview.
Fascinating fact from Malcolm: “I sold some Bud back in college a long, long time ago. I am a radio lifer.”
Biggest Loser. Look like a princess and feel like a queen is the way one bride-to-be described what she was looking for in a wedding dress. She had lost 180 pounds on The Biggest Loser, and former KFI Talker Jillian Michaels came to support her on Say Yes To the Dress. While trying on dresses, Jillian surprised the upcoming bride with the news that she was picking up the tab for the dress as a way to congratulate her for losing all the weight. When the bride screamed after hearing the news, Jillian told her not to worry that she was rich.
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** Dr. Toni Grant Before Dr. Laura
“I noticed in reading the Jim Richards account regarding the firing of Bill Ballance, he neglected to mention that Dr. Toni Grant was a long-time contributor to the Ballance program, offering her psychological take on many of the issues that were presented on the program. A few years later, when I partnered with Bill in syndicating his radio show, he shared bitterness regarding how he felt she ‘took’ his show.
Incidentally, one of our affiliates was KLBJ in Austin, Texas. When the show was canceled, someone mentioned to me that Lady Bird Johnson was the one who didn't find Bill funny and demanded the show end on her station.” – Chuck Southcott
** Memory of Steve Bailey
“Steve Bailey was a good friend. He came from Salt Lake City radio and worked ABC as a summer relief announcer staff. At the end of the summer the summer guys were laid off. Steve worked for a very short time at NBC/TV. When my orders for two years active military duty came, I suggested Steve as my replacement. When ABC laid off 11 announcers, including Steve, one of the best things that happened for Steve was being hired at KMPC.
Steve and I had lunch one day at the LA Country Club. We entered the dining room and sitting at a table was Gene Autry, Bob Reynolds Bob Forward and Stan Spero. Autry got up, walked over to me and said, 'we would like you to come to work with us at KMPC.' I did not know any one at the table except Bob Forward. I knew he was Vice President at ABC/TV because I dated his secretary. Bob left ABC/TV when Autry and Bob Reynolds bought KMPC. Forward created the music, news and sports format. When we met later to talk contract with my attorney, Beverly (my wife) could not believe how much money I was offered. I was making a very good salary at ABC and thought I would be at ABC the rest of my career
Looking back in time, ABC forced me to be a dj three hours every day on the ABC radio network then 3p to 6p on KABC. Luck being at the right place at the right time.” – Roger Carroll
** Saul Levine on The End of Radio
“This is a Post Script to my comments to ‘The End of Radio’ discussions. Traditional radio is confronting some very significant competition from various audio sources. I believe it is simplistic to assert that radio is now approaching its end. That alleged end date is open to some very complex issues and interpretation.
In the past, radio has reinvented itself when facing competition for listeners. Traditional radio is a very healthy medium at the present time. I am confident that traditional radio will be around in five years, and longer. The status of radio in ten, twenty or thirty years is something I would not venture an opinion.
Concerning web based audio services calling themselves ‘radio’ is absolutely ridiculous. Radio is a branding term that has been around for nearly 100 years. It is foolish for any of us in the radio industry who love the medium to glibly call the web based audio wanna-bes radio. It demeans the service that has been a major component in keeping the USA the wonderful nation that it is. And bringing so much happiness to so many people.
Abe Lincoln confronted this type of thinking when he said ‘Calling a cow's tail a leg does not give the cow a fifth leg’" - Saul Levine
John & Ken Most Listened To In Afternoon Drive
(November 24, 2014) Arguably the most successful and important Talk radio personalities in afternoon drive in the history of LARadio, KFI’s John & Ken are the most listened to between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Every afternoon they are the epitome of live and local. Others may claim it, but then talk about Obama and national issues. John & Ken expose those politicians who want to hide and hide their misdeeds. John & Ken will take the show to the people for rallies where thousands of listeners will turn out. They will put politician’s heads on stick to those who have misbehaved.
The pair arrived in 1992 and except for a year when they did mornings at KABC, they have owned afternoons for over two decades at KFI. For our poll, the duo led the pack by a very wide margin.
Close to 200 readers of LARadio.com shared their listening habits in the annual poll. The Top 10 vote getters:
1. John & Ken (KFI)
2. Diane Thompson & Jim Thornton (KNX)
3. Shotgun Tom Kelly (K-EARTH)
4. Larry Elder (KABC)
5. Julie Slater (100.3/The Sound)
6. Hugh Hewitt (KRLA)
7. Rich Capperela (KUSC)
8. Gary Moore (KLOS)
9. Deborah Howell (KTWV)
10. Petro Papadakis & Matt Money Smith (KLAC)
Hot Property. For 30 years the LA Times has featured the luxurious homes of the rich and famous in a weekly section called “Hot Property.” On this occasion the paper devoted 14 pages to the crème de la crème of the extravagant homes featured.
One such home was Dick Clark’s cave-like retreat with sprawling views of the Malibu coastline. “Built as a romantic getaway for Clark and his third wife, Kari, the home has free-form stone walls and expanses of glass.”
Surprise, You’re Fired.
At the end of last week, Jonathan
Brandmeier was informed that WGWG/fm The Game 87.7 in Chicago was shutting
after less than a year with the Sports format. Robert Feder writes about radio
in Chicago and was the first to break the story. Problem for morning man
Brandmeier and the rest of the on-air talent, Feder’s column broke on the
Internet when The Game staff had yet to be informed. The 10-minute rant says a
lot about what is wrong with radio:
Speaking of Getting Fired. Jim Richards reminisced on Facebook over the weekend about the firing of Bill Ballance at KABC almost four decades ago.
LA radio icon Bill Ballance held down the noon to 3 shift. My boss and I decided the talk station needed a fresher, innovative change in the format. So, we launched a new idea – “psychology talk radio” – to fill a 3 hour time slot. Neither of us was really sure this would work, in fact, we ran it past ABC's head honcho of radio programming in NY, Rick Sklar. He didn't know either, but we decided to go with it! Talk about flying by the seat of your pants.
A contract was signed with a young psychologist, Dr. Toni Grant . Little did we know that this decision would pave the way for “shrink” talk radio across the country in the late 70's and beyond. A day before the show launched, Bill was doing what turned out to be his last show. Apparently, he heard an unconfirmed rumor about Grant taking over his time slot. My boss and I were out of the station most of the day doing an on air monitoring session at the local Hilton. As Bill's show progressed you could hear an unsteadiness in his voice; he sounded depressed and edgy on the air. I could feel his emotional pain. During commercial breaks, he frantically called every office within the station to try to find us. I was very sorry to see it all happen this way. I personally liked Bill, one of the nicest guys in the business. Sadly, he passed on in 2004.
Chuck Hayes is probably LARadio’s biggest Beach Boys fan. Poster from his personal collection
Hear Ache. Michael Brandt worked at KROQ in 1983. When he left KROQ, he became general sales manager for a number of stations in San Francisco, including Live105/KITS, K101, and Susquehanna Broadcasting Company. He’s now a realtor with Jonathan’s Landing Realty in Jupiter, Florida.
How Deep Is Your Love? Bee Gees’ Barry Gibb was recently interviewed in Time Magazine. Time asked, “Do you get jokers who come up to you and say, ‘Hey Barry, how deep in your love?’ Barry responded: “I get people who come up to me say, ‘Get out of the way.’”
is meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson)
November 24, 1995. Steve Bailey, a 44-year veteran of KMPC, dies
of complications of lymphoma at age 70. Bailey began in radio in 1946 at
KVNU in his hometown of Logan, Utah. He came to KMPC in 1951 as a record
librarian and eventually became Director of Station Operations and
Executive Sports Producer. Beginning in 1961, he served as the the
announcer for the Los Angeles Angels, then a new American League
expansion team. He quit in 1962 after realizing that his strength was in
producing. Bailey produced game broadcasts for the Rams, the Angels and
the UCLA Bruins and occasionally provided color commentary.
In 1994, Bailey and fellow producer Bob Rowe put together a Golden Mike award-winning documentary on the career of longtime KMPC sportscaster Jim Healy, who had died of cancer in July of that year. Bailey served two terms as president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.
(LARadio Rewind is meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson)
KDAY on Platforms. KDAY is reaching a worldwide audience via livestreaming, mobile, social and more. A press release from the company states, “The new digital platform includes products and services that amplify traditional ‘listener tools,’ with real-time engagement via a social strategy anchored in rich media with interactive banner displays, page takeovers, audio/video pre-roll, exclusive special content sections and pop-culture prize polls.”
Meruelo Media president Otto Padron added, “This digital grand strategy unites our legendary music together with ‘KDAY Nation’ listeners anytime, anyplace and anywhere across the world. Listeners pick the time, place and the duration of their tune-in or brand interaction, giving them all the options to do so – on their own terms; whether its via our livestreaming app, mobile, on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, we’re there for them around the clock on broadcast radio, digital, mobile, and social platforms.”
Funnie. Definition of a will: A dead giveaway (Jerry Clark)
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** Prager #1 with Morning Midday Listeners
“Great pick with Dennis Prager. I am very proud to have started Dennis on KABC. Religion on the Line with Dennis was the highest rated program that we had on the station. Watching him grow in stature and reputation has been a great joy to me.” – George Green
** Memories of Santa Monica’s K-SURF
“I chuckle when I read some of the memory musings about K-SURF. I worked there from 1965-71 and George Baron was indeed in charge.
I was a slip disc jock before I beached myself on the SURF and there I babysat six 15 inch reels of music we recorded ourselves and the music was closely monitored by ‘The Baron’ himself. He forbid anything sung by Jerry Vale...HaHahaaa.
I worked the 6 to midnight shift and it was common for George to call from his Pacific Palisades lair to delete songs from the playlist.
I personally enjoyed George Baron and his style of dress, his way of talking and his pomposity. The station studio was an open glass design at the entrance of the Surf Rider Inn on Ocean Avenue in Santa Monica.
My on-air presence consisted of "K-SURF time is...." and occasional PSAs. Santa Monica Bank sponsored the top of the hour. We did have some agency placed spots. In all my years I did not sense any financial panic, but I was just a dumb youngster.
Does anyone know what happened to Terry Williams?” – Jerry Hahn
** When is Radio Radio?
“New York radio listeners potential 10-15 million listeners
Los Angeles radio listeners potential 10 million plus listeners
Internet radio listeners potential 'four billion listeners"
Population United States 300 million
World population 4 billion
Call Internet radio whatever you like. It is RADIO.” – Roger Carroll
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