The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 60 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.
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Hear Ache 

(May 26, 2017) Marketing has all but disappeared from radio, but there was a time when it was important. “After KRLA signed-on in 1959, KFWB wanted to make sure the advertising community knew that KFWB was a ratings leader and delivered a quality audience with top personalities - all of which were entirely true,” emails Gary West, the Man From Yesterday. “KFWB was just coming off 42 shares in Los Angeles. This was unique in another way - it's in color."

In other news: Chris Berry, former gm at KSPN, has been elevated to senior VP of News, Talk and Sports programming at iHeartMedia. In his new role, Berry will oversee the company’s spoken word brands providing strategic guidance and connecting key advertisers with their audiences. In addition to his new post, Berry will continue in his current position of senior vp/gm for NBC News Radio and iHeart’s 24/7 News Network.

Were you a fan of Dick & DeeDee (The Mountains High, Thou Shalt Not Steal)? I was. DeeDee and I were at Santa Monica High School at the same time. Such a nice AND talented woman. You can read a recent interview with her:
https://interviewuniverse.com/dee-dee-phelps-dick-and-dee-dee-60s-singer/

Ken Poston, decade long vet of KLON (now KKJZ), is general manager of Jazz 88.3 KSDS in San Diego. “He has brought with him the same creative energy and passion he had at KLON, initiating Club Caravans (city-wide station-sponsored pub crawls) and member events like a trip to Frank Sinatra’s house in Palm Springs, a celebration of Some Like It Hot at the Hotel Del Coronado (where it was filmed; the band included Gene Cipriano, the legendary reed player who ghosted for Tony Curtis in the movie), etc.,” emailed colleague Ken Borgers. “The station’s audience and income are rising rapidly and life is good!”



Has Entercom Sold The Sound?
(May 25, 2017) Even though the Entercom/CBS Radio merger is slated for some time in the 4th quarter, there have been significant actions behind the scenes. Every day the industry press seems to report another CBS lay-off. Instead of massive firings they have been doing it market by market hoping to be undiscovered, which is impossible as those who lose their jobs post something on social media for the world to know.

On another Entercom front, the company was slated to dispose of a Los Angeles fm station because once the merger with CBS takes place, they would be one over the maximum allowed by the FCC. The gossip tom-toms have been beating this week that it is indeed, KSWD, 100.3/The Sound, that has been sold and it will be announced soon. No word on the buyer, but to those who know, it shouldn’t come as a surprise. The head of Entercom, David Field, was spotted in the CBS VIP area during KROQ’s Weenie Roast concert last weekend.

TALKERS Heavy Hundred Radio Talk Show Hosts

(May 24, 2017) Lotsa Los Angeles Radio People in TALKERS Magazine annual listing of the 100 most important radio talk show hosts in America. "Aside from the hosts whose sheer numbers and fame demand their inclusion on this list, the selection process is subjective with the goal being to create a list reflective of the industry's diversity and total flavor as well as giving credit where credit is due," according to the introduction of the Heavy Hundred by TALKERS Magazine. Included in the evaluation, candidates display courage, effort, impact, longevity, potential, ratings, recognition, revenue, service, talent and uniqueness. The following LARP are currently on the air in LA or have been:

1. Rush Limbaugh; 2. Sean Hannity; 3. Dave Ramsey; 4. Mark Levin; 5. Glenn Beck; 6. Howard Stern; 7. Michael Savage; 9. Thom Hartmann; 10. Mike Gallagher; 11. Laura Ingraham; 12. Todd Schnitt; 13. Bill Handel; 15. George Noory; 18. Lars Larson; 19. Jim Bohannon; 20. Hugh Hewitt; 21. John & Ken; 22. Doug Stephan; 23. Stephanie Miller; 25. Michael Smerconish; 31. Getty & Armstrong; 33. Michael Medved; 34. Ronn Owens; 35. Kim Komando; 36. Dennis Prager; 42. Don Imus; 43. Tim Conway, Jr.; 44. Doug McIntyre; 51. Terry Gross; 54. Clark Howard; 64. Steve Dahl; 71. Larry Elder; 75. Heidi Harris; 86. Ric Edelman; and 92. Leslie Marshall

Howard Stern's Private Parts Looms Over Cannes Film Festival 

(May 23, 2017) The 2017 Cannes Film Festival is in full swing and all the trade publications are covering the festivities. For the 70th anniversary of the festival, The Hollywood Reporter recounted the 70 Moments from the past and a LARP was #28. To promote Howard Stern's movie, Private Parts, the promotional plan involved inflating a 40-foot balloon of a naked Stern perched on a barge anchored near the beach. The President of France was visiting the festival and officials felt the balloon was too vulgar. He was given two choices, the police would shoot it down or Howard could deflate it. The latter was chosen. When the President left, they reflated the balloon.

Stern reminisced about the event: "I miss the giant inflatable me and wish he were still with us. He was taken way too soon, and I had high hopes he would have visited America and participated in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade right next to Underdog."

Email Tuesday

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** LARPs Talk Better Than They Write

"You might remember that years ago when I started writing a book, which was a collection of 'funniest things that happened to me' stories from jocks ... usually morning djs, I received very little response. I had planned to do that since that early in my career there wasn't much on myself about which to write. That was compounded by the fact of the realization of the small size of the market willing to buy it.

Today, it's all that you can do to keep them off of blogs and social media and writing up all kinds of irresistibly controversial commentary, especially about themselves or if it's a slow day, their two cents about politics.

Just goes to prove your point that jocks don't write, they talk!” - Don Elliot


Document Your Radio Life With A Docu/Bio 

(May 22, 2017) I received an interesting email recently from Kevin Gershan. Attached was a link to something about Scott St. James. I like both Kevin and Scott. I first met Kevin a number of years ago over lunch at Marie Callender’s when he regaled me with stories about the iconic morning man Robert W. Morgan. Kevin was Robert’s producer for decades, since then he’s gone on to a wonderful career as a producer at Entertainment Tonight.

I met Scott when interviewing him for Los Angeles Radio People. He was doing sports commentary at “Arrow 93.” Scott is one of those veterans who spent many years at 710/KMPC and also a decade at KHJ/Channel 9 as the nightly sports anchor. He's a legend in St. Louis.

Both are TERRIFIC storytellers, and after all, that’s what makes radio people compelling – telling engaging stories.

The email from Kevin about Scott immediately got my attention because Kevin has been looking after Scott since the former sports journalist was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. I clicked the link. I was pleasantly surprised to ride down nostalgia lane with Scott. Kevin has produced an amazing docu/bio on the life of Scott. I shouldn’t have been surprised at the quality of the piece as Kevin pieced together interviews, airchecks, photos, and videos. He’s also done others – namely Robert W. and Ron Jacobs.

I got to thinking that this type of video would be perfect for LARP who like to:

1.       Create a different kind of resume.

2.       A living history for family and kids.

3.       Instead of writing a book, tell stories about your career.

Something to think about or perhaps you would like to talk with Kevin about having one done about YOU! Kevin can be reached at: kgershan@earthlink.net 


Ink for Dunlap 

(May 21, 2017) After more than a decade without an NFL team, sports fans recently learned of abundance of riches with both the Rams and Chargers claiming Southern California as home.

Doug Dunlap, the ultimate sports fan, wrote a letter to editor at the LA Times. Not too often do we read LARP expressing a lucid opinion for the Southland's largest read publication.

Email Saturday, 5.20.17

** Remembering Norm Woodruff

Norm Woodruff had just left KFBK-Sacramento when I started there as a stringer. However, his legacy was well established. Woodruff was at the station when it first started as an all-News operation, utilizing the late, lamented syndicated NBC News and Information Service (NIS), which was providing much of the station's programming.

When NIS shut down operations in 1977, Woodruff -- along with the rest of the KFBK staff -- learned of the network's demise through an AP wire story (!).

He helped the staff regroup to quickly create a locally-based all-News station. After programming a full-service information station on what is now San Francisco's KOIT-AM, Woodruff returned to KFBK in 1980 or 1981, I remember Woodruff diligently working in the newsroom behind a typewriter and wearing a tie and monogrammed white shirt, in contrast to the rest of the staff's more casual wear.

I think this was probably his last local radio gig before he became a consultant, eventually guiding Rush Limbaugh to Sacramento after Morton Downey Jr. was fired for an offensive joke that cost the latter his job. In addition to bringing Limbaugh to the world along with other previously mentioned innovations through his Woodruff Organization consulting, his legacy includes today's highly successful and respected Newsradio KFBK.

It was sad to hear of Norm Woodruff's early death at the age of 48.” – Alan Oda

 

** More Norm

I got to know Norm Woodruff through my old boss, Jim Simon at KGOE-Thousand Oaks. We were part of the Woodruff Pacific Network. It was an interesting idea ... way ahead of its time. He really was a visionary in the world of all-News and News/Talk radio.” – Ken Jeffries, reporter, KABC Radio

** The Lowe Down

“Thank you for the quick mention in today's column. Also, an even bigger thank you for continuing with LARadio.com, I check it every day. 

After you published Volume 2 of your Los Angeles Radio People book, I was inspired to make the move to L.A. Eventually, working at Y107 along with a couple of fun stops in San Diego and the I.E.  No regrets!” – Scott Lowe

 

** Meet You at Martoni’s

“Seeing the photo of the Martoni match book brought back a lot of great memories. Martoni’s and Carlos & Charlie’s were the last of the great radio and music biz hangouts.” – Bob Koontz


Hear Ache

(May 19, 2017) Bill O’Reilly becomes a Friday regular on Glenn Beck’s radio show. They’re both ex-Fox News Channel and were “good friends there,” says O’Reilly. TheHill.com says “After Beck left Fox News, O’Reilly still had him back on as a guest on The Factor more than any other Fox host” – and now Beck will feature O’Reilly every Friday on his Premiere Networks radio show … ESPN’s Mike & Mike morning show is becoming Mike & Trey, confirming recent speculation. Mike Golic (KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2000-01; KMPC, 2001-03) wasn’t happy about how he and Mike Greenberg were told by their bosses about the upcoming changes after teaming together for 18 years. According to the NY Post: “This has been the worst-kept secret for a long time,” Golic said. “The last year and a half has been somewhat interesting, if not eyebrow-raising as well. For me, it’s not my story to tell. I’m going to continue doing this exact same show. It’s for others to tell who made this decision, if they want to tell it and how they want to tell it.” … Turi Ryder, former Talker at KFI, is writing a “fictionalized memoir” due for publication. The manuscript of She Said What? will be released next year … Garrison West sent a note about the KSBR Birthday Bash on May 28th at the Grove of Anaheim. Details at www.ksbr.org  … Is Steve Harvey's ex-wife suing him for murder? … iHeartMedia has swapped the formats for its two AMs in Riverside and San Bernardino. The News/Talk format shifts from 1440 KFNY Riverside to 1290 KKDD San Bernardino, while Spanish AC “La Precisoa” moves in reverse from 1290 to 1440 … Looking for a job at CBS Radio?  … The American Idol reboot at ABC has yet to announce who will be the host. Worth noting: Ryan Seacrest recently relocated to New York and does his tv and radio shows out of ABC studios … Despite the botched ending to the Academy Awards Oscarcast, the same production team will be back next year. The host will again be Jimmy Kimmel, who did a great job as MC … Scott Lowe, former jock at Y107 in the late 90s is now with the CBS cluster in Philadelphia … Lynda Clayton, formerly with KMET and KLOS in the 80s and 90s, has joined Sacramento's Smooth Jazz station.

Morning Joe Scoring 

(May 18, 2017) The LA Times recently devoted almost a full-page story to MSNBC's Morning Joe with Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Willie Geist. Joe was heard on KABC when he attempted radio syndication.

The Times' Q&A was mostly political, which is not what we do here, but the first question asked what it was like to have their best ratings ever?

Joe: "It's surreal. We're coming up on 10 years, as Mika points out, we can't thank of any co-anchors who have been together for a decade. Then add Willie Geist - three people, together every day for a decade. That's great."

Times: The show has always appeared to be very personal. You don't see any fingerprints of management or market research on it. How are you able to keep that kind of control?

Mika: "Upstairs, they know we're going to do what we're going to do. They know that because we've established it from day one that we are going to be who we are. We're going to rip up the script if you give us something to read that is not real."

KUTE/Inland Empire Jock Dies 

(May 17, 2017) Chuck Van Horne, veteran jock from KUTE (1979-80), died Monday, according to his wife Linda Dukeslaw. Apparently his death was sudden. No other information was immediately available.

From Los Angeles Radio People: Born in Fresno, Chuck Van Horne Dukeslaw, Jr. grew up in Arcadia. Chuck was bitten by the radio “bug” while serving overseas with the U.S. Air Force. When he left the military, his family, who had been in the banking business for over 100 years, expected him to pursue a banking career. Instead, Chuck enrolled in the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences in Hollywood.

He started his first radio job on November 12, 1972.  In less than two years Chuck had worked at KTOT-Big Bear, KICO-Calexico, KPTL-Carson City, KTHO-So. Lake Tahoe and KONE-Reno. A network of radio friends began to pay off for Chuck with assignments at KDES-Palm Springs, KSTN-Stockton, KSOM-Ontario, KFXM and KUDO-San Bernardino/Riverside.
In 1977 he returned to college and also became an instructor at Don Martin's.

After programming two Reno stations, Chuck started at KUTE in November 1979. Less than a year later, he was off to Albuquerque and by 1985 had left the radio business.

He produced and directed training videos for the City of Los Angeles' Department of Transportation, which led to a position as program manager for Ralph's Grocery Company's television department doing co-op and training videos. In 1992, he became director of operations for the American Video Network in Corona del Mar, which specialized in interactive media production.

When asked if he ever thinks about radio, he replied lightning quick, "All the time. I'm a jock...always." While working at AVN, Chuck returned to school for a master's at Cal State Long Beach. “After three semesters, I was able to graduate 'Cum Laude' with a Bachelors of Arts degree and was all set to continue on for an Interdisciplinary Masters in new media. However, things at work really started to speed up. I was ‘recalled’ and promoted to vp of operations, which no longer provided me the time to continue my education. Our company provides multi-media solutions [including Web sites, intranets, CD-rom's, kiosks, videos, and audio/visual support for seminars and management meetings] for a growing number of corporations. It's an exciting time; we are getting ready for our next growth spurt. If everything works out I am hoping to return to my Master's quest in two years.

My nephew, Ted, says: ‘Uncle Chuck will probably still be going to school when he's eighty.’ I think he may be right.”

MY/fm Continues at #1 in April '17 PPM 

(May 16, 2017) The April '17 PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12Mid:

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.7 - 5.6
2. KTWV (The WAVE) 5.5 - 5.5
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 5.0
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.9 - 4.8
5. KOST (AC) 4.4 - 4.6
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.9 - 3.7
7. KFI (Talk) 3.4 - 3.5
8. KNX (News) 3.6 - 3.4
9. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.2 - 3.1
10. KYSR (Alternative) 3.1 - 3.0

Morning Has Broken

Persons 12+
6a-10a April '17 PPM


1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
3. News Team (KNX)
4. Bill Handel (KFI)
5. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

5 (tie). Gary Bryan (KRTH)
Persons 18-34
6a-10a April '17 PPM


1. Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Big Boy (KRRL)
4. Valentine (MY/fm)
5.
El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
Persons 25-54
6a-10a April '17 PPM

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Woody Show (KYSR)
4. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
5. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
5 (tie). El Show Del Mandril (KXOS)

Add New LARP to 1110/KRLA 

(May 15, 2017) After two decades of publishing LARadio, we think we have included every Los Angeles Radio People (LARP) who fits the criterion for inclusion. And then there’s this note from Alan Skuba of Palm Desert.

"Came upon your wonderful compilation of all-time southern California radio personalities. Having owned and operated three southern California radio stations in the past and, having spent a lifetime listening to L.A. area AM & FM stations, reviewing the roster was like a trip back in time.  Great...loved it. You may wish to add the name of Norman Woodruff to the list. I was a pal of Norman's and helped in having him land his very first radio job when we were both 19 years of age (1957).”

From an obit published around the time of his 1987 death.

Norman Eugene Woodruff is considered to be among the foremost pioneers in the advent of talk radio. He had thirty year career as a preeminent network newscaster. Norm was considered by many to be the “Lou Grant of radio” -- gruff but loveable and with news in his blood. His proudest achievement was probably the success of CBS-owned KCBS Newsradio in the highly-competitive San Francisco radio market. Under his stewardship in the 1970s, KCBS reached No. 1 in the ratings and stayed there for several years. The station had personable-yet-aggressive news coverage and took seriously the slogans “The News Authority” and “What goes on is on right now.”

Norm was famous for calling news editors from his car if he heard sirens and didn’t quickly hear the reason why on the air. After Hearst newspaper heiress Patty Hearst was kidnapped by domestic terrorists in 1974, he had a telephone jack installed on a tree outside the Hearst estate gates so reporters could conduct live remote broadcasts throughout the months-long drama.  

It was while Norm consulted Bonneville’s Kansas City station KMBZ in the early ’80s that he encountered Rush Limbaugh, who had recently been a public relations exec for the Kansas City Royals. Rush’s opinionated radio commentaries often made KMBZ’s conservative Mormon owners nervous. Norm counseled Rush and helped to focus his talents -- and even advised him on his wardrobe and other trappings of the potential stardom Norm envisioned.

In 1984, Norm recommended Rush to Group W’s Sacramento station (KFBK) as a replacement for the recently-fired Morton Downey, Jr. Four years later, EFM Media and WABC-New York combined to bring Limbaugh east and, soon, to the nation. Norm was involved with “satellite radio” decades before the arrival of Sirius and XM. In 1979, his consulting firm initiated a pioneering nationwide project to find acceptable sites for hundreds of satellite receiving dishes for affiliates of the Mutual Broadcasting System. Mutual was the first network to phase out expensive telephone lines and opt for delivering programming to stations via satellite, beginning in the early ’80s.  

Norm’s consulting company, The Woodruff Organization, consulted several news and talk radio stations owned by Gannett, Bonneville, Combined Communications, Mutual, Group W and included broadcast properties KIRO-Seattle, KXRX-San Jose, and KCBS & KXLU, both of San Francisco. The Woodruff Organization also operated Woodruff Pacific Network, which provided daily newscasts to West Coast-only radio stations as well as “Coast to Coast,” one of the first independently syndicated radio talk shows. The company had a small radio station of its own, in Fortuna, California.

 When you hear Rush Limbaugh refer to “adult beverages,” that’s a “Woodruff-ism” that Rush picked up. Rush even says it in the same theatrical way Norm said it. It’s not known if Norm ever referred to Jesse Jackson the way Rush does (“The….REVerand….JACKson”), but that’s the way Norm would have done it if he was in the mood to take a poke. Norman Woodruff passed away December 2, 1987 at the age of 48.


Email Weekend

** Oldies Radio

"Hallelujah that Oldies music is staying on KSURF. I listen to the station at work all day on the Internet.

The playlist is stretching a bit into the early '70s, which is a real plus. Keep the playlist expansions coming. I send the station an email telling them when, in my opinion, there's a clunker being played (for example: Ode to Billie Joe).  

Advertisers should know that a lot of folks in my age bracket have spendable income and we can be influenced by their ad message. The adding of the AP network newscast near the top of the hour during the Monday-Friday business day was a good idea, though the bumper song snippets are getting overplayed and annoying. If the .4 rating is for the over-the-air listening, I'd imagine that with the Internet's superior sound and stereo fidelity there is a large listener base going unrated. But color me hooked on KSUR Oldies. When K-Earth HD-2 dropped Oldies for Radio Disney [why would CBS do that anyway with the huge branding achieved over the years with the K-EARTH name that means Oldies to so many of us] it left a huge gap. Saul Levine noticed it and filled it nicely. Congratulations!" - Steve Nieto, Yorba Linda

Hear Ache 

(May 12, 2017) Steve Harvey was surprised that the publication of his staff internal memo inspired so many headlines and so much negative reaction. "I don't apologize about the letter, but it’s kind of crazy what people who took this thing and ran, man," Harvey told Entertainment Tonight. "I just didn’t want to be in this prison anymore where I had to be in this little room, scared to go out and take a breath of fresh air without somebody approaching me, so I wrote the letter."

RadarOnLine reported that Harvey called an all-hands meeting before Thursday’s taping to discuss the incident. During his nearly hour-long address, “he didn’t really apologize,” an insider said. “But you could tell his ego is bruised. He actually started crying at one point,” the source said, but to some it seemed like just more show business from Harvey. “It seemed so fake, like he literally looked into the lights to get himself crying,” the insider claimed.

In other news, 21st Century Fox has doled out $45 million since Roger Ailes was canned last summer, following sexual harassment claims and lawsuits … KIIS morning co-host Sisanie posted on Twitter that she was jealous she didn’t attend Stagecoach … Fans of iconic team Lohman & Barkley now have a place to post photos and memories. Click artwork.


Likeable Steve Harvey Becomes Unlikeable with Memo

(May 11, 2017) A memo that Steve Harvey (mornings at KJLH along with a move to LA for his tv show) sent to his staff has backfired when one of them released the memo to the press. The memo:

Good morning, everyone. Welcome back. I’d like you all to review and adhere to the following notes and rules for Season 5 of my talk show.

There will be no meetings in my dressing room. No stopping by or popping in. NO ONE. Do not come to my dressing room unless invited. Do not open my dressing room door. IF YOU OPEN MY DOOR, EXPECT TO BE REMOVED. My security team will stop everyone from standing at my door who have the intent to see or speak to me. I want all the ambushing to stop now. That includes TV staff.

You must schedule an appointment. I have been taken advantage of by my lenient policy in the past. This ends now. NO MORE. Do not approach me while I’m in the makeup chair unless I ask to speak with you directly. Either knock or use the doorbell. I am seeking more free time for me throughout the day. Do not wait in any hallway to speak to me. I hate being ambushed. Please make an appointment. I promise you I will not entertain you in the hallway, and do not attempt to walk with me. If you’re reading this, yes, I mean you. Everyone, do not take offense to the new way of doing business. It is for the good of my personal life and enjoyment. Thank you all, Steve Harvey 

Future of Oldies at K-SURF 

(May 11, 2017) When Saul Levine, owner of Country KKGO and Oldies K-SURF, wrote to say that the Oldies format received another 0.4 share in the weekly PPM ratings, I asked the maverick broadcaster if he was able to translate this new success for his 1260AM station into revenue. There is a fear among some fans of the format that Saul will tire of the format if the station doesn’t achieve financial success.  

“I know you have heard this song before, but Oldies is here to stay,” responded Levine. “I am not in the Oldies format for money.” And then Saul declared, “This is the end of the road for formats on 1260. It just seems the perfect fit for AM.”

Saul gave us a peek into his radio corporation, Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. “My focus now is keeping KKJZ viable as the No. 1 Jazz station in the world. It is irony that I started out with Jazz just under sixty years ago."

Working for Gordon McLendon for five years, Gordon would frequently say to us, “Find the void and fill it.” Instead of becoming the fourth station in a format, find the format void and fill it. As K-EARTH continued to move to a format that abandoned the 50s and 60s music, Saul seized the opportunity to fill the void. When Emmis abandoned Country music at KZLA, Saul jumped in with 'Go Country.' And Jazz is nicely filled by K-Jazz.

“I developed a fondness for Country and my son Michael is passionate about it," continued Saul. "We are making more money with KKGO than I ever have in my radio career. And it pays the small cost of running Oldies, which is only the electric bill and some part-time salaries for programming.”  

Saul provided some insight into his life: “For the balance of my career, I am very happy with the set-up and plan to keep it that way. I have put away enough for my golden years so that I do not need to have Oldies make a lot of money to keep it going. The difficult place is KKJZ, which does not get the support it should as a public station, but the entire Levine family feels passionate about Jazz and we intend to keep funding it to keep it going.”

Power to Change Power

(May 10, 2017) Emmis Communications’ Power 106 (KPWR) is being sold to an affiliate of the Meruelo Group for $82.75 million. “Power 106 has been part of the Emmis family for more than 32 years, so this day is bittersweet,” Jeff Smulyan, said the ceo of Emmis. “The Meruelo Group will be great owners of this historic brand, and take it to even greater heights.”

Emmis sold the station, its sole outlet in L.A., to pay down debt. The sale is subject to the FCC’s approval of the station license transfer.

There seems to be a unanimous feeling that there will be no wholesale changes to the format or station. Meruelo agreed to retain Power 106's workforce of about 90 employees, according to Emmis cfo Ryan Hornaday. Meruelo currently owns KDAY.

David Gleason, radio expert and Hispanic Market consultant, responded to an LARadio question about what might be expected in this ownership change. “I exepect, as with any local owner, to see the operation personalized to some extent," emailed Gleason. "But the station billing and ratings represent a positive operation and it does not make sense to change it significantly.”

Meruelo Group is a diversified holding company with interests in banking, construction, hospitality and real estate. The company, run by entrepreneur Alex Meruelo, has been expanding its media portfolio and intends to use some of its proceeds from the FCC spectrum auction for the purchase. Meruelo bought Spanish-language television station KWHY-TV Channel 22 from NBCUniversal in 2011 and in 2014 picked up radio station KDAY/fm (93.5) for about $15 million. A Local Marketing Agreement (LMA) will begin promptly following the expiration or early termination of the waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act.


"That's how my mom used to get me out of bed to go to school every morning."

- Jimmy Kimmel, reacting to video of a United Airlines passenger being forcibly removed from a plane, on Jimmy Kimmel Live (from Entertainment Weekly, 4.21.17)

Fred Dryer is in the CRN Sports Lounge 

(May 8, 2017) CRN Digital Talk Radio has launched another syndicated show: The Sports Lounge with Fred Dryer. Fred is the ubiqutous personality who was a football star playing for the LA Rams, a sports commentator for CBS, star of an enourmously successful tv series, Hunter, and now host of the weekly, weekend program heard nationally. The progam is unique because it covers ground not discussed in other sports shows.  

“There is so much in the world of sports that is not investigated,” Dryer says. “What excites me is not the scores or the outcome of games. It’s what lives in between and behind the scenes.” 

Dryer – dubbed the “Sultan of Safeties” because of an in-game record he broke in 1973 – was born in Hawthorne. Michael Horn — also a SoCal native — joins Dryer each week as co-host. Horn (whose own broadcast career spans more than 40 years) worked at KROQ, KRLA and KFI before launching CRN in 1983. 

“With all due respect,” Horn prefaces, “so many other shows featuring former athletes restrict themselves to the safe stuff: chalk talk, Xs and Os, simple analyses of trades. Fred gives a deeper, more psychological look at sports. He explains sports in terms of how players and front office personnel approach them. Sports aren’t all hot dogs, sodas, and peanuts. There’s a pretty brutal truth behind what fans watch and hear on game days. That’s what Fred provides. He tells us why things happen and what to look for.” 

  Dryer routinely discusses myriad sports topics – but provides unique input and flavor. He mixes his professional football and acting careers, giving listeners virtual access and insight as to what happens on the field, in locker rooms, and owners’ offices. The Sports Lounge also delves into interesting personal territory. Stories of Dryer's dates with Elizabeth Taylor, talks with his neighbor’s dog Frank, and his connection to Babe Ruth are all fair game.  

Dryer is a graduate of San Diego State University, where he lettered in football and won the prestigious Byron H. Chase Memorial Trophy. He was the 13th overall pick in the 1969 NFL Draft and played for the New York Giants until 1971. A year later, he was traded to the Los Angeles Rams. On October 21, 1973, Dryer became the only player in NFL history to score two safeties in one quarter of a single football game. He accomplished the feat during the fourth quarter of the Rams’ 24-7 win over the Green Bay Packers. He was selected to the 1975 Pro Bowl and played in Super Bowl XIV following the 1979 season. He has since appeared in several films and more television series. Dryer recurred on Cheers as sportscaster “Dave Richards." His most recent major roles include recurring turns on the TNT drama “Agent X” with Sharon Stone as well as NBC’s “Crisis.”

 "I saw Fred at a restaurant and introduced myself,” Horn said. "We talked about radio. Fred mentioned he wanted to host a political talk show. But we had more fun talking about the politics of sports, what goes on behind the scenes in professional athletics. He has a trove of stories and is an incredible storyteller. I knew instantly he was a talk show natural, so we set up a time to meet. The rest, as the saying goes, is history.”   

 “Working with Mike and the production team provides a satisfaction very reminiscent of my time in organized sports," said Dryer. "From my childhood through my adult life, the collaborative environment gives me a ‘home.’" The podcast version "The Sports Lounge" is one of CRN's most downloaded programs. 

Email Monday

** Raiders Home

"Tom Bernstein is mistaken about who carried the LA Raiders. When the team moved to Los Angeles, they started at KRLA. Bill King, who also did play-by-play for the Oakland A's and the Golden State Warriors, would commute from the Bay Area every weekend to call the games. Rich Marotta became the color announcer. KRLA was acquired by Greater Media. Bob Moore was the KRLA gm after the sale. Bill King continued to do play-by-play, while Rich Marotta survived the sale to Greater Media and continued to do color.

All this time, the radio broadcast rights were owned by Bob Speck Productions, and sublet to the station. I started engineering the games in the 1985 season, and continued until the team returned to Oakland in 1995-96. KFI won the rights in '88 or '89. About the same time, the Nederlander family (Pantages Theater, Henry Ford Theater, etc) made a move into sports production, and they took the rights away from Bob Speck. Bill King failed to get a contract offer that satisfied him, and Joel Myers took over the play-by-play. Former Raider QB and Stanford grad Jim Plunkett eventually took over the color position. The Nederlander/KFI combination remained until the team returned to the Oakland Coliseum." - Rick Sietsema, CBS Radio (retired)
"Tom Bernstein must’ve gone the Leonard Tose route to say 'KFI never carried the Raiders.' Not only did KFI carry them, but carried them for SIX SEASONS.  I was there when they got the rights in 1988, had the pleasure to work with the late Raider great John Matuszak before I left for KNX/fm. And I believe KNX-AM had the rights before KRLA. Oh, and there are plenty of these LA Raiders/KFI bumper stickers on eBay these days." - Gary Moore

Email Weekend, 5.6-7.17

** KNX Programmer Opposed Sports Programming

"No wonder I got a long so well with Ed Pyle. A sales guy on his side who wanted KNX to drop play-by-play sports.

KFI never carried the Raiders. It was KRLA. KNX tried to get them, but lost out to KRLA ’s general manager, Bert West. It was probably the last LA Radio sports play-by-play that was some what successful (Kings Hockey was another story).  Look what the Dodgers didn’t do for KLAC when half of L.A. couldn’t get their telecasts, even with Vin Scully doing part-time." - Tom Bernstein 

** Highway Stations Memories

"Did you know that the man who put them on the air originally was Howard Hughes? Their sales manager told me that several years ago. Interesting.

I just arrived in San Francisco and I was delighted to see your comments about the article in the LATimes by Steve Lopez. Thank you very much for your friendship and your dedication to my profession." - Larry Huffman


** KSPN Layoff

"As some of you already know, I was a part of the massive ESPN layoffs last week. My nearly 6-year run with ESPN L.A. was truly a blessing. But God, being the awesome God that He is, made sure that on my FINAL DAY I had probably the highlight of my career when I got to interview Dave Gahan one on one. Thank you for all of your support and encouragement. I'm really excited about what's next!" - Jeff Biggs


** Remembering Jack Popejoy

"From time to time, upon climbing in to the pre dawn light of a clear morning sky, the first thing you would hear from me would be, '... somebody please cue up the Rascals, it's one of those....!' During the KFWB years, Jack Popejoy would magically search and find the cut and by the end of a minute or so traffic report you would hear, ever so softly the opening line of A Beautiful Morning.

The music won't play, but I do it for Jack. Wonderful memories. Whenever I think of Jack, I smile. What more, could one ask for?" - Jeff Baugh

** Love LARP Listings

"Came upon your wonderful compilation of all-time southern California radio personalities. Having owned and operated three southern California radio stations in the past and, having spent a lifetime listening to L.A. area AM & FM stations, reviewing the roster was like a trip back in time.  Great...loved it." - Alan Skuba, Palm Desert

** Ryan Seacrest Joins Kelly Ripa

"Nothing against Ryan Seacrest, but there are a lot of talented folks around. He's not the only one." - Lori Spangler (Twitter)

"I'm afraid he'll be less edgy now." - Larry Wachs


Hear Ache

(May 5, 2017) KIIS’ Ryan Seacrest just signed a new multi-million-dollar deal with iHeart Radio according to RadarOnline.com. “It’s a three-year deal for $73 million,” the insider told Radar. He reportedly signed the deal around the time he started his new job co-hosting tv mornings with Ripa this week. “They are turning [LIVE exec producer Michael] Gelman’s second office at ABC into Ryan’s new radio studio,” said the insider. “After LIVE, Ryan can get in the elevator and do his radio show!” Chairman Bob Pittman said he’s okay with Ryan doing the radio and the show with Kelly. What’s he going to say? Doesn’t he have to be alright with it. And if iHeart continues to head for some sort of bankruptcy, these contracts seem so bizarre … Saul Levine is boasting a PPM week three in the April survey of a point four. “This is a station that not shown a share for decades,” emailed Saul … Howard Stern had an interesting rant on the departure of Bill O’Reilly. You can hear it here.  … Dave Denholm (photo) is excited to begin season two of his Soccer Weekly on KSPN. “Will be talking MY LA Galaxy and their rough start plus Champions League action and my two favorite Liga MX teams,” Dave wrote on his Facebook page. “We've expanded to an hour and will open up phones to hear from the soccer loving faithful all over the country!”


Industry Layoffs Frightening

(May 4, 2017) What’s up with the massive Cumulus firings in Chicago?

And iHeartMedia acts like a dysfunctional family. On one hand they tell the financial community that there may not be enough money to survive another year. Then a few days later, they begin extending contracts with huge increases. Elvis Duran got a five-year extension totaling $75 million. And Steve Harvey also got an extension on his contract.

Now if the schizophrenic whiplash of iHeart financial news isn’t enough, the company starts laying people off this week. A couple of market managers (Cincinnati and New Orleans), morning hosts (Detroit, Akron, Sacramento and Grand Rapids) program directors (Florence, SC, New Orleans) and several other markets (Jacksonville, Chicago, Biloxi, Tampa) where morning show producers, music directors, midday hosts and evening hosts have been let go.

Speaking of iHeart, Ryan Seacrest is their fair-haired boy, rumored to being paid $20 million a year to do the KIIS morning show that is syndicated on stations in over 100 markets. Both KIIS and the syndicated stations depend on Ryan to be current, relevant, fun, and topical. With his new commitment to Live with Kelly and Ryan, at least 25% of the show is comprised. It will be impossible for Ryan to devote his full-time energy and resources to radio and do this morning tv show from New York. For a company struggling to make interest payments on a suffocating debt, iHeart needs to double down on content to maintain high ratings to translate into maximum ad dollars. As energetic as Ryan has demonstrated in the past as he juggles multiple jobs and assignments, this latest venture with Kelly Ripa definitely conflicts with his radio priority, or – when faced with a choice – once again is the reality that radio gets the short shrift?

Jimmy Kimmel's Newborn Boy Has Successful Open-Heart Surgery 

(May 3, 2017) “I have a story to tell about something that happened to our family last week. I will try not to get emotional and before I get into it, know it has a happy ending.” This was how Jimmy Kimmel opened his Monday night latenight tv talk show.

Little more than a week ago his wife gave birth to their son, Billy, who appeared to be a normal, healthy baby — until about three hours after he was born when a nurse at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center noticed he had a heart murmur and was slightly purple. At 3 days old, during what Kimmel tearfully described as the “longest three hours of my life,” Billy Kimmel had open heart surgery at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles and now is home with his family.

He thanked a long list of people at Cedars-Sinai and Children’s Hospital, and at Disney and ABC and his show. He went to say, “President Trump last month proposed a $6 billion cut in funding to the National Institute of Health. And, thank God, our congressmen made a deal last night to not go along with that. They actually increased funding by $2 billion. And I applaud them for doing that." It would have a major impact on a lot of great places, including Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. Which is so unbelievably sad to me.

We are the team — it’s the United States. Don’t let their partisan squabbles divide us on something every decent person wants. I saw a lot of families there. And no parent should ever have to decide if can afford to save their child’s life. It just shouldn’t happen. Not here.”  Kimmel said his son would have to undergo surgery again in three to six months. (Click the photo to watch Kimmel's heartbreaking announcement)

Seacrest Makes Another National TV Move 

(May 2, 2017) KIIS' Ryan Seacrest is joining Kelly Ripa as the new permanent co-host of the newly named Live With Kelly and Ryan. After a year of searching, Ryan will up and move 3,000 miles east to fill the vacancy.

“Ryan is a quintessential broadcaster and at the top of his game,” said Ripa. “I am thrilled to start my mornings with him every day, and we are so fortunate at Live to have him join the family. Ryan is a close friend and his star shines as brightly off camera as it does on. His tremendous success is only matched by his impeccable reputation. Plainly said, everyone loves him, and so will our daily viewers.”

A couple of years ago, Ryan was an active contributor to the Today Show and he participated in NBC's Olympics coverage. At one point he was rumored to replace Matt Lauer on Today.

The press release indicated that Ryan will continue hosting and executive producing his morning-drive radio show On Air with Ryan Seacrest for KIIS, as well as a nationally-syndicated Top 40 radio show. New York's ABC7, home of Live with Kelly and Ryan, will house a brand-new iHeartRadio studio for Seacrest's New York City location.

Isn't it ironic that both Top 40 morning shows in LA (Carson Daly on AMP and Ryan on KIIS) will be based in New York? Ryan said on his debut show Monday morning that he will be commuting every weekend to LA.


I Love Jesus 

(May 1, 2017) Steve Futterman, CBS Radio News veteran that you hear frequently on KNX, saw many of the reminiscences of the 1992 LA Riots. He has many memories from being at the Simi Valley courthouse where the verdict was announced (he covered the entire trial) - to covering the unrest - to holding one of the mics in front of Rodney King when he made his famous comments.

"Covering the rioting and looting I did have one extremely memorable moment which [believe it or not] has been mentioned in many sermons and bible studies!," emailed Steve. "Here is how it is mentioned in a sermon from February this year:

In the thick of those riots a brave NBC reporter by the name of Steve Futterman attempted to interview looters emerging from the broken doors and shattered windows of a downtown department store. He asked one looter, a particular 'gentleman' with his arms full, 'What did you take?' The young man, caught like a deer in headlights, replied, 'Nothin'!' and ran off. The same question to a second 'protester' resulted in expletives I really can't repeat from the pulpit. Not giving up, the intrepid reporter pursued a third looter. 'What did you take?' he asked. The looter replied, without a trace of irony, 'I got me some gospel music! I love Jesus!'

This actually did happen. And I remember Arsenio Hall talking (joking) about the incident in his monologue," concluded Steve.


 

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As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 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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