Compiled and Written by Don Barrett


LARP Factoids from 2000 Column
"I Did Not Know That!"

KFWB airborne traffic reporter Jeff Baugh was a club dj for 15 years, mostly at Carlos ‘n Charlie's on the Sunset Strip.

Mark & Kim left KOST for a Florida remote paid for by Cox; the hotel was paid for by AMFM; and on the return flight they were working for Clear Channel.

John Frost arrived at KROQ in 1987
from an Anchorage radio station.

Bill Schubert worked as public
relations director for the Southern
California Edison Company before
starting his Southland radio career.

KABC’s Superfan, Ed Beiler,
was sentenced to a year in prison
for defrauding the federal government
in 1969, when he was in the
trucking business.

Gary Owens voted #1 dj by readers
of Los Angeles Radio People for the
period between 1957 and 1997.

Rhonda Kramer has worked with
eight of the all-time Top 10 Los Angeles
personalities, as listed in
Los Angeles Radio People

LARP voted M*A*S*H their
all-time favorite tv show in a
1998 survey. 60 Minutes
topped the list of "Must-See"
tv shows.

KFAC's transmitter, with the
call letters affixed, stood
for years atop Cord's
automotive showroom
in downtown L.A.

Raechel Donahue spent
1990 working on an
offshore radio station
near the French Riviera.

Ken & Karen Beck's
first born son, Bryan, played
Jason the ABC soap General
from 1983-90.
He also was the little kid
with the dog on a
Doogie Howser episode.

KROQ’s Adam Carolla is a former comedy traffic schoolteacher.

In the 1970's, Stephanie Edwards was a regular on the sitcom The Girl with Something Extra and the variety show The Hudson Brothers Show.

Wink Martindale made a cameo appearance as a quiz show host on a short-lived ABC sitcom in 1983 called Just Our Luck (The show lasted only 3 months)

Jonathan Doll (KRTH, 1986-91) was a Star Search winner.

Reed Berry played Santa Claus in The Garbage Pail Kids Movie and a uniformed security agent in the Clint Eastwood movie, In the Line of Fire.

KRLA’s Michael Jackson is married to actor Alan Ladd's daughter.

Bill Drake, during the '60s, was married to Jerry Dunphy's daughter.

Reb Foster, during the '60s, managed Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf and Hoyt Axton.

Manon Hennesy's step-father is actor Clint Walker. Her father, Tom Hennesy, played The Creature (From The Black Lagoon), among other roles.

In the 1960's, KNX entertainment reporter Tom Hatten played Capt. Murdock on Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.

KRLA newsman Adam J. Demaris appeared as an extra in Rebel Without a Cause and Raintree County.

Mike Wagner's father Jack Wagner not only was a KHJ deejay prior to Boss Radio but also had a recurring role on the tv show Ozzie & Harriet. Mike's uncle was Roger Wagner of the famed Roger Wagner Carole.

Don Elliot is the voice heard announcing the flight on the '60s hit Next Plane to London by Rose Garden.

Charlie O'Donnell was the newscaster on Simon and Garfunkel's '60s hit 7 O'clock News.

Wink Martindale had a country/pop hit in the early '60s with Deck of Cards.

Wolfman Jack has been heard on several records, including the '70s Guess Who hit, Clap For the Wolfman.

M.G. Kelley appeared in an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati as a newspaper reporter.

The Regular Guys, Eric Haessler and Larry Wachs were best friends working together in Hartford and Rochester radio before joining KLSX "Real Radio" in the summer of 1995.

Pat Boone plays weekend dj on the "Music of Your Life’ satellite-delivered format.

Bob Morgan (KGBS) runs a passenger train.

Premiere Radio Networks’ Tim Kelly and
Evelyn Kelly met at KTLK-Denver.
They worked together in Chicago and
joined KFI as a team in 1978.

When asked if Mark Wallengren was his real name, KOST’s Mark replied: "Would I change my name to Wallengren? You’ve got to be kidding."

People Magazine’s special double issue on "Hollywood’s Happiest Couples" featured a full-page story with three photos of KPWR’s Josefa Salinas’ marriage to Coolio.

KNX financial editor Jere Laird
started at day one of the all-News
format and stayed until his retirement in 1998.
KABC’s Frank Hemingway was
remembered for his Folger’s Coffee
and White King commercials.

Joel Bellman was fired from KBIG on June 16, 1987, on the same day he won a Golden Mike.

Gil Henry, host of Private Line, participated in numerous Pacific Island actions as part of the U.S. Navy Amphibious Corps.

In the summer of 1998, LARPs voted Saving Private Ryan their favorite film.

Dick Heatherton was known as "Happy Dick" while working at WPOP-Hartford.

Is Shirley Strawberry’s brother-in-law Darryl Strawberry?

KROQ’s Sluggo was a 911 operator in San Diego.

"Our mission is to be entertaining, first and foremost. And second, shut up and play the hits." – Steve Rivers

Former flamboyant Los Angeles mayor Sam Yorty became a talk show host at KGBS. His sidekick was Wally George.

Merrie Rich won a 1983 national KABC contest to co-host SportsTalk and was fired a month later.

Fred Wallin grew up five minutes from KABC and started as a go-fer. A decade later he had his own show.

Jim Wesley came to L.A. with the Cox purchase of KFI in 1973 for $15.1 million. "Turning KFI around is like changing the course of the Queen Elizabeth – it will take time."

"We aren’t going to be a 2 and half share radio station.
If we can’t do better than that, we’re gonna blow it up."
Bill Sommers, KABC gm, September 1998.

Lisa Boman’s husband directed many episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman.

When Charlie Van Dyke arrived for his first day on August 31, 1998, 20 "K-Earth" staff members from sales, engineering and programming were sporting a Van Dyke beard, including gm Pat Duffy and pd Mike Phillips.

In 1993, Randy Thomas was the first female announcer of the Academy Awards broadcast.

Rick Dees grandfather was a renowned surgeon in Myrtle Beach. He was also one of the founders of the Mayo Clinic.

KRLA’s Richard Beebe was born in Pasadena and worked for KRLA (Pasadena) over a five-decade period.

Jim Meeker (KRLA/KEZY) is a real estate appraiser in Seattle.

Sky Walker started the first campus radio station at Mulholland Junior High in Van Nuys.

"I used to listen to Casey Kasem and
record ‘American Top 40’ on my
little cassette player and then talk
into the microphone between songs
and pretend to be the announcer.
Now I’m hosting the replacement show
for ‘AT40.’ Wild!" – Adrienne Walker

Kenny Morse started out as an actor appearing in Broadway companies of Grease and Jesus Christ Superstar.

Johnny Gunn (KEZY/KBIG) started his broadcast career in Alaska. He owns a cottage gift business on the Central California Coast.

In 1996 and 1997, Paul Freeman and Sylvia Aimerito worked morning drive at KBIG.

Charlie Sergis worked at KFWB from 1971 until his retirement in 1998. He earned a master’s degree from the University of Missouri School of Journalism and was news director for part of his term.

"The Wild Itralian" Dick Biondi from KRLA in the 1960s is enshrined in the
Radio Hall of Fame in Chicago.

Channel 13 weatherman Danny Romero started in morning drive at "Mega 100" on August 17, 1998. He was part of the successful "B-100" team in San Diego that included Ellen K.

In the late 1960s, 103.5FM was known as KADS, "K-Ads," the country’s first all-Classified want ads radio station.

The Beaton Family, Fred with his father William and brother Ronald, owned and operated KIEV from 1961 until selling the station in 1998 to Salem Communications.

KRLA’s Rhett Walker (1967) was born in New Zealand.

"I find him to be Eddie Haskell with a South African accent!" This is the way KABC’s Ronn Owens responded to a listener when asked about Michael Jackson.

KACD’s Nicole Sandler used to produce the Bob Grant Show in New York.

Former KFWB dj Elliot Field was elected twice to the Palm Springs City Council and he was elected mayor pro-tem in 1981.

Chris Roberts played football, basketball and baseball at Baldwin Park High and baseball at Cal Poly Pomona.

Former vp/director of programming for RKO Radio Network, Dave Roberts, holds a doctorate in research from the University of Oregon.

Mike O’Neil appeared in numerous episodes of Ozzie & Harriet, Leave It to Beaver, F-Troop and Playhouse 90.

According to the book Can’t Get Out of Here Alive, Dave Diamond is credited as the founder of The Doors. The former KHJ "Boss Jock" teaches communication at Black Hills State University.

In 1993, KWIZ became "Little Saigon Radio."

KTWV’s Sandy Kelley raises and trains Golden Retrievers.

"Mega 100’s" Little Ricci is a stone cold ChiPs trivia buff.

2016 Year in Review
by Alan Oda, LARadio Senior Correspondent

Time for a recount?: And we’re not talking about the recent election. Nielsen threw out the data from 35 families in the L.A. market, claiming it was done “out of an abundance of caution” (a phrase usually used for recalling contaminated food) and later stating it didn’t affect the August report. Inside Radio said it “highlights the complications involved when the ratings rely on humans.” Then in December, the Media Research Council withholds accreditation of the December ratings due to “connectivity disruption” of PPM units reporting. There are millions of dollars riding on each month’s ratings. Though Nielsen continues to defend the PPM methodology, it’s hard to ignore the complaints about Nielsen (formerly Arbitron), with some now calling for alternatives. But back to the election...
Everything got Trumped: Save for Sean Hannity, it’s doubtful few could claim they were not surprised by the outcome of Campaign 2016. But what was surprising was there was little change in the ratings for information (news / talk) stations. KFI is now back in the top 10, and KNX is pulling in higher numbers, yet neither station dominated the ratings in what was arguably one of the most interesting – and heated – elections in recent memory. Nor did “The Answer” (KRLA), “The Patriot” (KEIB), and KABC (choose a nickname) see any appreciative bump in listenership.  Arguably, social media became the favored outlet to share opinions and insults more than talk radio, and the latter didn’t seem to gain substantial listenership.
Cumulus outlook still stormy?: While Cumulus management continues to try to address a $2.4 billion debt and a stock price hovering around a dollar, their local properties continue to address their own challenges. KABC is still found toward the bottom of the local ratings, even with live-and-local talent including some recognizable names. Now the heritage AM station, along with FM sibling KLOS, move to a smaller Culver City facility as they prepare to sell their long-time transmitter site and custom-built studios on La Cienega Boulevard. The AM station will now diplex from the KWKW transmitter site and increase their power from 5,000 to 6,500 watts (and 6,800 watts at night), hopefully making up the loss of their longtime antenna site with arguably one of the greatest ground patters in Southern California (the rumored oil underground definitely didn’t hurt). And now, KNBC/tv – not KABC/tv – is KABC radio’s media partner. Yes, it’s a bit confusing.
Rock solid?: Neither KLOS nor competitor KSWD (The Sound / 100.3) could claim total domination over the rock-n-roll audience, though it’s easier to distinguish between the two stations. The Sound has the mantle of “Classic Rock,” a collection of more familiar tunes (think Eagles, Tom Petty, Credence Clearwater Revival, Rolling Stones) largely drawn from the 70s and 80s. Claiming the title “the Rock of Southern California” (what does KROQ think of this?), KLOS moved to a less mainstream, harder-rocking playlist (consider AC / DC, Metallica, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Guns’n’Roses). KLOS offers “Jonesy’s Jukebox (hosted by the Sex Pistol’s Steve Jones),” “Whiplash with Full Metal Jackie,” “Breakfast with the Beatles,” and Frazer Smith, while The Sound offers “My Turn,” “Your Turn,” and “Peace, Love and Sunday Mornings” (get well, Mimi Chen!). Mornings continued to be challenging. The Sound tried – then dropped – “Mark (Thompson) in the Morning,” while KLOS reunited Frosty (Stillwell) with Heidi (Hamilton) and Frank (Kramer) to try to boost their AM drive numbers. And both stations are looking up in the ratings at the jockless JACK/fm (KCBS/fm).
The CBS Spin (Off) Zone: A joking – and cynical – comment was made that maybe all of the CBS Radio stations could achieve JACK/fm’s success by dropping all of their talent. The comment didn’t solicit a lot of laughs, and there wasn’t a lot to laugh about at their Wilshire Boulevard and Venice Boulevard facilities. The budget axe did its chopping, particularly among station veterans. The casualties over the past year include Shotgun Tom Kelly (16 years), Jim Carson (22 years), Linda Nunez (26 years), Steve Grad (23 years), Ed Mertz (16 years including KFWB), and Tammy Heide (25 years), among others. The budget cutbacks are in the shadow of the planned spinoff of CBS Radio as a separate IPO, as CBS Chair Les Moonves is convinced there’s no growth potential in radio. It’s also rumored that Univision (locally KLVE [K-Love], KRCD [Recuerdo], KSCA [Zona MX], KTNQ) is also planning an IPO next year.
Saying Adios: Spanish radio also saw some dramatic changes. Super Estrella 107.1 (KSSE) did some major housecleaning, dropping the longtime Spanish Classic Hits format and moving it to a automated digital platform. A number of on-air and production staffers were laid off, including Keven Ramirez, a 13-year veteran with parent company Entravision. Now known as “La Suavecita 107.1,” the station airs regional Mexican music, but curiously the station’s new website doesn’t list any information about personalities or features. Entravision has economized in other markets, still the former Super Estrella – though well known – was consistently in the bottom third of the local ratings.
Show me the…debt?: Besides the aforementioned financial issues of Cumulus, iHeart continues to make the news, and it’s not good news.  Fitch Ratings was concerned iHeart was “burning through cash,” while Moody cut the credit rating of the company. iHeart did win a reprieve against some major creditors as more attempts are being made to restructure the debt. Locally, many of their stations garner strong ratings, with KOST, KBIG (104.3 / MyFM) and KIIS continuing to do well, plus KFI re-emerging in the top ten. The local Burbank facility got a facelift, the station continues to make advances with their digital platforms, and iHeart’s Jingle Ball concert still gets a good size crowd. One would almost forget the company is still saddled with $21 billion (!) in debt.
Anyone keeping score?: The sports stations lost one outlet, The Beast s980 (KFWB), while the rumors kept flying that KSWD (The Sound/100.3) would go all-sports. The Sound didn’t change format, but you’d be excused if you thought so on Sundays when the station simulcast all of the flagship ESPN L.A. (KSPN 710 AM) coverage of the recently relocated L.A. Rams. Former afternoon drive host Fred Roggin re-emerged middays at AM 570 (KLAC), though most of The Beast staff has yet to find new local homes. Max Kellerman left afternoons on 710 to do ESPN’s “First Take” back in Bristol, Connecticut, while AM 570’s Petros (Papadakis) and Money (Matt Smith) continue to drive people home. But back to The Beast. The station continued offering the NBA’s Clippers even after the format change, with their new Bollywood programming nightly giving way to Brian Sieman’s play-by-play. It was a bit odd. Eventually the Clippers relocated to KLAC where they reside today. Also of note: The KFWB Asset Trust sold 980 AM (estimates range from $8 - 11 million) to Universal Media Access, before the station was resold to Lotus Communications at a profit of somewhere between $3 - 5 million, all within the span of a year. Now that’s a decent profit.
Vin Scully retires: And Sports Illustrated drops the ball when the magazine had the opportunity to name him “Sportsman of the Year.” Did anyone do more for baseball in Los Angeles? Baseball in general? And for 67 solid years?
Passing Parade: It’s always difficult when someone in the local radio community passes, but 2016 was particularly painful. Charlie Tuna was a signature voice whose stood out throughout the L.A. dial, Ron Jacobs will forever be associated with the glory days of Boss Radio, and John Rook was behind-the-scenes guiding some of the biggest stations in town. Then the holidays were disrupted with the passing of Bob Coburn, whose Rockline syndicated program made him about as legendary as the talent whose stories he shared. Rock’n’Roll Heaven has some amazing new residents.
HearAche (the year-ender): KKGO still is in local hands, an amazing feat by the Levine family, given the value of that frequency…That being said, Paul Freeman – one of the most amazing survivors of LARadio – sadly retired from his GO Country shift…Mark Thompson (not “Mark in the Morning”) is a good foil for KFI’s Tim Conway Jr.…The former STAR 98.7 (KYSR) has not only completed its evolution as an alt-rocker, it now cracks the top ten in ratings with The Woody Show now the number one show for listeners 18 – 34…REAL 92.3 (KRRL) is now ahead of Power 106 (KPWR), Big Boy still popular with his younger listeners…Andrew Jeffries continues to keep 104.3 / MyFM (KBIG) a fun station to hear, with Valentine shining in the morning light…Congrats to Kevin Weatherly, who signed a new deal to continue overseeing JACK/fm (KCBS/fm) and KROQ…The intelligence of Doug McIntyre notwithstanding, Terri-Rae Elmer will be missed during KABC’s morning drive…Steve Mason “comes out” at ESPN L.A. (KSPN), and his listeners hardly react – and that’s the way  it should be...Props to AMP Radio’s (KAMP) Carson Daly for his tributes to Christina Grimmie, who died way too early for the most tragic of reasons…Sending healing thoughts and prayers to both Mimi Chen and Nicole Sander, colleagues on the radio and now both sharing journeys as cancer survivors. Both have GoFundMe pages, please check them out… Also thinking of Chuck Martin and many others on that journey…Vic “the Brick” Jacobs raises $30,000 for the Paralyzed Veterans of America by allowing his massive beard get a good trimming during a radiothon on AM 570 (KLAC) – worth every whisker…K-EARTH’s amazing ratings notwithstanding, the station is still playing too many shortened versions of songs (the edit on Phil Collins and Phillip Bailey’s Easy Lover is way too obvious)…Glad to see KNX veterans Diane Thompson, Dick Helton and Frank Mottek survive the recent budget cuts. Helton and co-anchor Vicky Moore do a great job, but I still remember the glory days of Tom Haule and Linda Nunez…Wondering if the current “Car Pros” shows get any better ratings than reruns of NPR’s Car Talk?...With little fanfare, 94.7 / The WAVE (KTWV) keeps drawing a lot of listeners – lots and lots of listeners…Nice to see Bryan Simmons, one of L.A.’s most consistent and underrated talents, find a new opportunity as pd and talent in New Mexico. Good luck and have fun with your new adventure!...American Idol may be history, but the reincarnation of Dick Clark, Ryan Seacrest of KIIS/fm, continues to roll on, but I still blame him for the Kardashians…When will Saul Levine’s KBOQ and its Standards again be heard in AM HD? Or am I the only one who cares?...Will airborne traffic reports disappear in the new year?...KOST continues to dominate the ratings, Ellen K is a joy to hear every morning, and let’s see the holiday all-Christmas numbers next month… Years ago, Jimi Fox tried to keep the commercial load at Ten-Q down to eight (8) minutes an hour – now, at some stations eight (8) minutes would be somewhat short for one of several stop sets per hour.

Final thought (hey, it works for Jerry Springer): There’s little doubt 2016 was one of the craziest years in memory. For some, a time of celebration, for others a time of fear. There were both boasts and frustrations. While some believed their voices were finally heard, others believed their voices were now lost. Allow me to reiterate what I mentioned a few years ago. It’s times like this I wish I could sit in the garden of the “tender young cypress” and have Dick Whittington offer the perspective (and some needed laughs) that would be so helpful in times like this. It’d be good to laugh with someone instead of laughing at someone. At least radio survived another year, and we’re thankful Don Barrett is still around to keep us posted on what’s happening. Come to think of it, as cliché-ish as it may sound, being thankful as 2017 begins is a good place to start. As the late Jim Healy would say, “stay tuned.”

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Krampf Quarters

(December 26, 2016) Ed Krampf, former head of the CBS/LA cluster in 2009-10, had a fascinating tale to tell over the holidays. He lost his wallet on the American River bike trail, near Sacramento. "I wasn't sure what mile marker it was, or the possibility that I left it in the freezer or just misplaced it somewhere in my house," wrote Ed. "I came home and tore the house apart with no luck finding the wallet. I was then off to the bank to cancel my credit cards, and go through the major hassle of going to the DMV, and wondering what other cards of importance were in my wallet."

Ed continued: "I got really sad when I realized that the only thing of value to me was that I have kept my father's dog tag from the Army with me in my wallet and every other wallet in my life since he passed 31 years ago. Everything else could be replaced except the dog tag.

"After I came home from the bank, there was a knock on my door. A wonderful person named Gloria Ramos found my wallet by mile marker 11, found my address inside and drove it to my home. She lives 25 miles from me, but just happened to be walking her dog on that same trail minutes after my wallet fell out of my pocket. How beautiful and wonderful is Gloria Ramos, and what an act of kindness. I'm planning on doing something special for her, and I'm blown away by how lucky I am to be reunited with that dog tag."

Kerdoon's Car World

(December 24, 2016) KNX's Randy Kerdoon checked in: "See you are back doing LARadio! Nice! I wanted to pass along a Happy Holidays to you and your family!

The year 2016 wasn't all bad. My 'Talking About Cars with Randy Kerdoon' podcast on iTunes, Soundcloud  (and brief segments Sundays on KNX 1070) won two awards this year and was nominated for a Motor Press Guild award for Best Audio podcast or program. We've also begun doing 'video' podcasts that we are putting up on our YouTube and Facebook 'Talking About Cars' channels. 

Lots of great guests ...talking about cars."

Hear Ache

(December 23, 2016) Congratulations to Julia and KNX's Frank Mottek. They are expecting a child early next year. This will be a first for both ... NBC is developing a comedy starring and executive produced by Cheech Marin, actor-comedian and former KKBT (the BEAT) morning man in 1989 Paul Rodriguez and his son, professional skateboarder/actor Paul Rodriguez Jr. It is described as an irreverent comedy about being Latino in today’s America as seen through the different perspectives of three generations of Latino males – a grandfather, father, and son ...  NBC sportscaster Al Michaels, KNBC weathercaster and LARP Fritz Coleman will be special honorees at the 67th Annual Golden Mike Awards next month, presented by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California ... KFI helped raise $320,000 in its sixth annual Pastathon, an on-air event to benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate the children of Orange County. In addition to a huge amount of money raised in the 17-hour KFI Pastathon broadcast, the event resulted in 90,000 lbs of food donated. Throughout KFI Pastathon, KFI on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. were on-site and encouraged listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen to cook healthy meals ... May you find peace in your heart as you celebrate the holidays.     

Christmas Music Good for Country?

(December 22, 2016) KOST has owned the LA holiday radio ears for years. Others have tried an all-Christmas format (KTWV as an example) but in the end it has been KOST's turf. Last month KKGO abandoned Country music in favor of wide mix of traditional classics, contemporary artists and a sprinkle of Christmas Country songs. interviewed the program director, Michael Levine, as to why the change.

"Our audience is already pre-disposed to listening to Christmas music, because we do see that they switch to the stations that play the all-Christmas format over the years. So why why not provide the music?," said Levine.

As to the wide Christmas music format, Levine said people enjoy the classics. He said, "90% of the music will be those Classic hits."

Many stations use holiday music as a bridge from one format to a New Year's change. Levine told AllAccess the family is committed to Country. "We've been very happy with the Country format, and we've been very fortunate that listeners have responded to the format, as well. We have no desire to ever change from that format. We love it, and we're here to stay with it."  

Morning Has Broken

(December 21, 2016) The morning ratings were released with the December '16 PPM:
Persons 12+

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Bill Handel (KFI)
3. Ellen K (KOST)
4. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. JACK/fm (KCBS/fm)
4. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
    Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
Persons 25-54

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. JACK/fm (KCBS/fm)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
    The Woody Show (KYSR)

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** LARadio Marches On
"After such a turbulent year on so many levels, it's comforting to know that LARadio is still with us as we head into 2017.  Don, your quality website for and about a special community of talented people is truly appreciated." - Ken Davis

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KOST Continues at #1 as December (11.3-11.30) Survey is Released

(December 19, 2016) The December PPM survey, which covers the month of November, was released this afternoon and some familar stations dominate the top 10 in 6+ Mon-Sun 12a-mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.5 - 6.4
2. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.7 - 5.6
3. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.8 - 4.9
4. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 4.8
5. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.4
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.1 - 4.0
7. KFI (Talk) 3.5 - 3.8
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.7 - 3.7
9. KYSR (ALT 98-7) 3.5 - 3.4
10. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.3

KNX was up a notch and came in 11th ... In the Classic Rock fight, KLOS was up two-tenths of a point, while KSWD (the Sound) was down two-tenths of a point ... KKGO, the only Country station, seems to be going in the wrong direction, coming in 18th ... In sports, perhaps it was the end of the Dodgers season that prompted a drop of almost a point and caused KLAC to drop behind KSPN.

Rock Radio Legend Dies 

(December 18, 2016)  Born in 1948, Bob Coburn was nationally known for being the voice of "Rockline" for almost two decades and he owned the production company. He died Saturday afternoon following a short battle with lung cancer, at the age of 68.

Billboard magazine recognized "Rockline" as the best syndicated show for five years.

In 1972,  Bob worked for Ron Jacobs at KGB-San Diego, after starting his LA radio career at KPPC in 1969. Bob worked afternoon drive at KMET from 1975-79, where he was also md. “This time was the highlight of my career!” Bob said when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People in 1994.

Bob joined KLOS the first time in the summer of 1980, from WMET-Chicago, where he was pd. In 1981, he was named assistant pd to Tommy Hadges. In 1985 Bob was the worldwide host for Live Aid, and in the 90s, anchored Roger Waters’ The Wall in Berlin and The Freddy Mercury Aids Awareness Tribute in London. Bob was the voice for NiteTrax on WTBS and he was heard on Radio Luxembourg for four years. He also served as the Rock reporter for KABC/Channel 7.
Bob left KLOS as part of an overall housecleaning in late 1994. Bob told the LA Times at the time: "In a nutshell, they wanted to take the station in a different direction, and we were not part of that direction. We were perceived as part of the past, part of the old. I'd like people to know we're not dead and buried. After all, it's the only thing I know how to do. I'm completely unqualified for anything else."

In 1994, Bob started afternoon drive at the "classic rock" station, KLSX, and a few months later left with a format change to Talk and "Real Radio." In the summer of 1996 he hosted "A Very Special Evening With Crosby Stills & Nash" for the Global Network. At the same time he joined KZLA for weekends and moved to afternoons in the summer of 1996. By the end of 1996, Bob had joined “Arrow 93” in afternoon drive. In the spring of 1997 he returned as host of “Rockline.” On June 19, 2001, Bob left his afternoon drive slot at KCBS/fm and worked in San Francisco for a year before taking ownership of “Rockline.” Most recently, Bob was hosting middays at KLOS. (Bob pictured in the Rockline studios on the 25th anniversary of the show)

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** KNX Changes
"I am devastated by the news of the cuts at KNX. I guess they are trying to see just how low they can bring the station before anyone tunes in anymore. My sincere prayers to Linda Nunez, Steve Grad and Ed Mertz to find a spot somewhere where their great talents will not be wasted. I appreciate what all three of you have done to make my life more meaningful all these years." - Bill Mann, South Pasadena 

** News Broadcasting Under Attack
"Feeling so bad for my colleagues Linda Nunez, Steve Grad and Ed Mertz. Don Barrett reports they have been let go at KNX. I get that when a sale is on the horizon the biggest paychecks get cut, but, remember, they get paid well because they are great at their job. I feel like crying that these top of the line living breathing journalists with mortgages and kids in college are collateral damage as the big pieces move around the board. News broadcasting is under attack. And specifically radio news. And, to drill down deeper, Radio. Sorry, it hurts." - Larry Van Nuys, FB

** You Could Retire at KNX
"Geez, what's going on at CBS Radio, especially KNX? They used to respect and reward loyalty and it was the one place were you could retire with dignity." - Tom Bernstein

Bryan Simmons Starts New Life in New Mexico 

(December 16, 2016) Former KOST, KBIG and KTWV personality Bryan Simmons takes on a new challenge in Albuquerque where he will be pd and do afternoons at 99.5 Magic FM. Good luck to one of the good guys in LARadio ... Premiere Networks and Cumulus Media have renewed and extended an affiliation agreement that will keep The Rush Limbaugh Show on 33 Cumulus stations through 2019. The deal is being done on the heels of the program’s 28th anniversary in national syndication … Former KLSX Talker and former Brady Bunch star Susan Olsen has exited her online show for LA Talk Radio after a social media firestorm exchange with a listener … San Antonio Express-News reports that iHeart “is burning cash as it approaches a wall of repayments over the next two years” … Nice piece in the LA Times on Al Michaels’ return to the Coliseum after his first visit as a kid in 1958. He called the miserable Thursday Night Football contest last night, which was played in Seattle, but it was his first Rams call in 25 years … TALKERS publisher Michael Harrison describes nationally-syndicated Fox Sports Radio host and former KLAC host Jay Mohr as a “remarkably diverse and original multi-media communications artist” and welcomes him as his guest this week on the award-winning PodcastOne series “Up Close and Far Out.” … Rosemary Hernandez is out at CBS/LA where she was vp of the Altitude Group ... In light of a series of end-of-the year terminations, Jeff Pope observed: "It's these firings during the holiday season that makes me embarrassed to be in this industry" ... Terri-Rae Elmer found herself without a morning co-hosting job at KABC when her contract was not renewed earlier this month. In a FB post she was asked if she regretted leaving KFI where she worked with John & Ken for a number of years. "Yes and no. I have missed all my friends there, but I have learned a lot in the last five years."

Doug McIntyre Re-Ups at KABC for Two More Years

(December 15, 2016) KABC morning man and LARP favorite Doug McIntyre has signed a two-year contract extension to continue his long-running McIntyre in the Morning show. He just completed his 20th year in radio, having originated Red Eye Radio both locally in Los Angeles and the syndicated national edition for powerhouse 77 WABC-New York City. "Great, another two years of no sleep!” said McIntyre who gets up at 3:45 every morning to prep for his show. “It’s been a crazy year between the election and pop music icons dropping like flies”, continued McIntyre. “I think we’ve found success by evolving talk radio away from stridency; by striking the right balance between today’s headlines and laughs without beating people over the head with ginned up outrage and demoralizing partisanship."

In other news, while KABC was keeping McIntyre for two more years, multiple sources report that KNX has let go news anchor Linda Nunez, sports anchor Steve Grad, and reporter Ed Mertz. The three had over 56 years of service with KNX ... Services for Art Astor will be held Friday, December 23, at 10 a.m. at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 13922 Prospect Avenue, Santa Ana. 

Email Wednesday, 12.14

We GET Email ...

** Down LARP Memory Lane

"I just stumbled across your great history of Hollywood radio celebrities. Talk about a trip down memory lane. I worked as a news and sports writer and KFWB and KMPC from 1970-73, and I've never forgotten so many of those celebrities I worked with:    

KFWB: Hal Goodwin, Bill Angel, Cleve Hermann, Charlie Sergis, Mark Savan, John Swaney, Leo McElroy [he left from the new KROQ], Vince Campagna, Bill Herbert, and so many, many more. We had a reunion once 25 years after they went all-news, and so many people from the early years were there. I flew down for the party. So many have died since then - pretty much all of them. Lots of lung cancer from the ciggies. How sad. I was the kid.    

KMPC: Whittinghill in the Morning, Geoff Edwards, Wink Martindale, Gary Owens, and the Prince of Darkness Johnny Magnus, Dave Niehaus, and so many others. I still email with Wink, and he recorded an opening segment for the benefit concert for homeless kids that I run each year here in Olympia, Washington. In 2018, I'm bringing in Bob Flick and the Brothers Four to perform. (Photo: Gary Owens, Bob Arbogast, and Roger Carroll)

And as I kid I remember so many of the names - B. Mitchel Reed, I Winked Awake in the Morning with the Deck of Cards man [I remember when he changed his name to Win], Rick Dees [88 deesgrees today], and on and on. I went to school with KRLA sports guy Rich Marotta [I got him his first job, as a writer at KFWB].    

I still remember recording the sports wire: This is R. Scott Schoengarth with your KMPC Busch Beer Sports Wire. Next time you're in the market for a beer get Busch, the best popular-priced beer in America. Today in sports. I also learned the bad side of radio - union vs. management, and lack of job security. My dad was a television film and sound editor [Telephone Time, Steve Canyon, Lassie, Ben Casey, Barbara Stanwyck, Star Trek, Mork and Mindy, and so many more] and I observed him always going through the uncertainty of his next show vs. unemployment.

There once was a station located in McCambridge Park in Burbank called KBLA. Loved the name. About the same time KFWB left rock and roll for all-News, another station that was rock and roll - KHJ -went Country Western:  We all grew up to be cowboys the jingle went.

So thanks for all of your research and the time it took to compile this.  I think I'll keep strolling through the alphabet and seeing who else I remember. What a trip!" - Scott Schoengarth,
** Old La Cienega KABC/KLOS Site

"I started at KABC in ’96. One reason I was able to get the job was that I worked for the company in Carlsbad, Pacific Recorders & Engineering, that made all the cart machines, consoles, furniture and inter-room wiring for the place. I helped ring out and test all the Studio gear before it was installed in ’91/‘92.

The place was designed as a radio facility from the ground up by Norm Avery, not as a office space conversion as is the case or most stations these days. Needless to say it has seen better times." - Tim Ahern
** Astor's Car Collection
"A legend in broadcasting. Art Astor did it his way and was always successful. One of the true entrepreneurs of radio. His memory will live on through his car and radio collection, and the incredible staff of talent and people who were associated with him over the years. I will miss my friend. My condolences to his family, friends and staff." - Michael Horn

** More on Astor's Collection
"Sorry to hear about the passing of Art Astor, though at 91 he’d lived quite a long and colorful life.

While his car collection was mentioned briefly in the obit, I’m hoping your readers had a chance to visit the Astor Collection in Anaheim when it was in full-swing in the early 2000s. I was fortunate enough to have been there several times, including covering the auction when he pared it down quite a bit. In addition to the eclectic variety of automobiles [many winning awards at major car shows], the other section of the museum was also a great look at the past. He had vintage radios, televisions, and even telephones that chronicled the progress of their respective technologies. Talk about a look at the good [and not so good] old days! And the best part was that, like his cars, most of them were still fully functional. Rest In Peace, Art." - Dave Kunz, Automotive Reporter, KABC-TV /Co-Host, The Car Show, KPFK/fm

** Jeff Fisher Dilemma
"How delightfully ironic that you should ask, 'I wonder why radio keeps program directors way beyond their disastrous performances?' on the same day you show us a peek into the presumably sad-looking 'new' KABC studio.  Just sayin' ...." - Greg Hardison
**Brill Book
"My new book, Tales of My Baseball Youth: A Child of the 60's, is now available in paperback form as well as digital [Kindle]. If you would like to purchase a paperback copy you can do so through Amazon, my website or you can order directly from me, check, MO or credit card. PayPal and credit cards should go through the website as it will be easier for you and faster.

Tales of My Baseball Youth; A Child of the 60's is a book about relationships, growing up in the turbulent 1960's with baseball as the common thread. I think you will enjoy it." - Bob Brill, KNX

Hoppy Great News for Kids

(December 13, 2016) KFRG (K-Frog)-Riverside staff and volunteers celebrating (photo) the total raised of $338,378 from the 15th Annual Stater Bros. Charities K-FROGGERS for Kids Radiothon on December 7th.  The funds benefit pediatric cancer patients at Loma Linda University Children’s Hospital. Donations did come in after the tote board photo so the final number was $340,001 ... No sooner had we complained about the losingest NFL coach of all time (tied with Dan Reeves), the owner of the LA Rams ups and fires Jeff Fisher. I wondered outloud, “Is that St. Louis breathing a sigh of relief?” Jim Shannon of St. Louis fired off an email, "No, that's us saying, 'we told you so!'” ... On a related note, I wonder why radio keeps program directors way beyond their disasterous performances? ... Sounds like a fun book for the holidays about Talk Radio - Yappy Days: Behind the Scenes with Newsers, Schmoozers, Boozers and Losers by veteran WABC talk radio producer Bernadette Duncan. She worked with Larry King, Sally Jessy Raphael, Lou Dobbs, Tom Snyder, Gil Gross, Charles Osgood and many more during modern talk radio’s pre- and post-9/11 “golden era.” ... Wonder if Laura Ingraham is still being considered for a positition as Trump's press secretary? It seems like yesterday when I interviewed her at Orange County's 830AM when it was a Talker ... KROQ got some LA Times love in its review of Acoustic Christmas concert over the weekend.

Hear Ache

(December 12, 2016) After decades broadcasting from studios on La Cienega, KABC and KLOS moved to Culver City over the weekend. KABC morning man Doug McIntyre (left) didn't want to miss his wake-up call and took a ride in the moving truck ... Bob Klopfenstein spent four years at KABC. He wrote: "Many would agree that the KABC address was the birth of the Talkradio format. I spent many very happy years there, and was involved in studio design, which became the model for the NBC Frasier radio set. Heartbreaking for some of us!" ... KUSC morning man Dennis Bartel emailed to say that he was in his 10th year doing mornings at the Classical station. His second book was published last year, High'd Up. "Put me on your mailing list," wrote Dennis. "Your news about radio figures in L.A. can be had nowhere else." ... Whotta' treat for r&b fans on Saturday as Tom Reed, the Master Blaster from KGFJ, KPFK, XPRS, KMET, and KDAY in the 60s and 70s, guested with Bill Gardner on Rhapsody in Black. "You do it every Saturday," said Reed. "Without you we would be dead in the head ... gone with the wind ... without Bill Gardner at the helm, we would have no r&b, no soul. We would have nothing." Tom wrote a tasty book in 1993  called The Black Music History of Los Angeles - Its Roots. ... David G. Hall was on a flight last week with a Pearl Harbor survivor who was going home after the 75th anniversary memorial in Honolulu. "How do you give a standing ovation when the seatbelt sign is on?" wondered Hall ... KSPN's Steve Mason wondered about the "real" attendance in the Coliseum for the awful LA Rams game against Atlanta. One reader guessed half-filled. Is that St. Louis breathing a sigh of relief?


Merry Christmas from

What Did 2010 Sound Like?

(December 24, 2010) With a deep breath … Merry Christmas. Another challenging year for so many of us. My sincere hope is that you surround yourself with family and friends this weekend and begin the process for anticipating a New Year to be filled with love and work that you love to do.

My daughter, Alexandra, graduated from UCSB in June and secured a job with a reality tv production house in the South Bay, with the kind help of a LARP. She’s already home visiting friends. My 23-year-old son is due from San Diego on Christmas Day. My older son bought his first home in Naples, Florida, thanks to the Obama first-time buyer incentive package. He will enjoy the holiday in the Florida sun with his two dogs and girlfriend. We have much to be thankful for. 

I experienced two losses this year that make me very sad. My best friend from my radio days in Detroit, Jack Danahy (he ran K-ADS, Gordon McLendon’s brief attempt at Los Angeles' all-Classified radio at 103.5/fm and I replaced Jack at W4), passed away last month. And my best friend for the last decade, Dan Avey, died this fall. I will treasure my time with them. As philosopher Joseph Campbell once said, “To have lived in our heart, is not to die.” 

LARadio will be here most days next week. Alan Oda, our senior correspondent, has put together the big LARadio stories of 2011. That piece will run early next week. We are also working on the Passing Parade, which begins with good guy Rory Markas

Enjoy your holiday weekend! 

2010 in Review
By Alan Oda, LARadio Senior Correspondent 

(December 27, 2010) Rush to judgment:  Whatever a listener’s political leanings, one must greatly admire Rush Limbaugh, for not just holding onto his daily audience, but also infuriating those who claim to dismiss him. Case in point – Limbaugh suggested that the earthquake-devastated Haiti shouldn’t need any donations and charity – “we already donate to Haiti, it’s called the U.S. income tax!” – causing an avalanche of outrage. Limbaugh himself later stated he was quoted out of context, his concern being his mortal enemy, the Obama Administration, was taking political and financial advantage of the tragedy.  The talk show giant continues his love of “tweak(ing) the Liberal Media.” Rightly or wrongly, the head of the EIB Network once again demonstrated the power that he holds on both the local airwaves and radio dials across the country.
Bill Handel being eaten alive!: Though pd Robin Bertolucci continues to do an amazing job with her news / talk outlet, even the best can’t bat 1.000.  With Dr. Laura moving up the dial to KFWB, it left an open time slot which quickly allowed Bill Handel to become a two-timer – his local morning show remained intact, while he launched a syndicated midday effort. After six months, the midday effort was shelved and Bill Carroll arrived from Canada. “The numbers absolutely sucked,” said the KFI host.  But there was more to consider – Handel speculated that the second show, even with its limited audience, was drawing listeners away from the morning offering, which he described as “ratings cannibalization.”  Speaking of KFI’s former on-air therapist…

Dr. Laura relocates her practice: Apparently fending off her critics upset at her use of the infamous “N-word” with a caller this past summer was the proverbial “last straw.”  So Dr. Laura Schlesinger has decided she was “reclaiming her First Amendment rights” and shutting down her nationally syndicated radio show after 16 years (and that’s not counting her exclusive L.A. gigs, starting with Bill Ballance back in 1975).  She’s not disappearing, of course – her next endeavor will be via Sirius XM Satellite Radio. Though Sirius XM may potentially reach 30 million listeners, the question is how many of her current 8 million listeners will subscribe to hear the doctor. Meanwhile, Dr. Laura’s soon-to-be former station, KFWB, has so far avoided receivership, offering veterans Penny Griego, Phil Hulett, Michael Shappee, and Maggie McKay anchoring morning and afternoon news blocks that deserve bigger audiences.  Come January, the multitalented Bob McCormick will join Dave Ramsey and life coach Les Brown to occupy the middays of “NewsTalk 980.”
Then there’s news (outlets) making news: Juan Williams now calls FOX News his home after being dismissed by NPR for perceived anti-Muslim remarks. The resulting brouhaha led to calls for NPR to lose its federal funding, though the network claims that public dollars are a small part of its operating revenue and wasn’t all that concerned, at least for now. And some along the NPR network keep moving forward. With its new 35,000 square-foot off-campus facility boasting 13 studios, local affiliate KPCC makes its bid to be the primary local news outlet, with the ambition of having a news department with as many as 100 reporters.

“And the countdown continues…”: The words once offered by Casey Kasem on his weekly American Top 40 took on a whole new meaning in the local market, when KABC gm Bob Moore asked Don Barrett, the purveyor of LARadio, to give him 90 days and see what’s going to be “new and improved” on the heritage talk station. And change did happen during the three-months and beyond – Teresa Strasser joined Peter Tilden in the mornings, John Phillips offers quality evening talk when he’s not pre-empted by the Dodgers, and “The Sage from South Central,” Larry Elder returned back to the talkradio outlet, taking the timeslot from KLSX refugees Frosty, Heidi & Frank. He may not be doing morning drive at the station, but the eloquent Doug McIntyre and his “Red-Eye Radio” program lands on his feet via syndication from New York.  KFWB veteran Steve Kindred joined Mark Austin Thomas keeping news a priority at the station, though veterans Dave Williams and Michael Linder were dismissed. The station is still not yet live-and-local in the afternoon, though neither Sean Hannity nor Mark Levin are strangers to their local and national audiences. 

Radio’s version of “Break the Bank?”: Why was Ryan Seacrest putting up for sale his 10,000 square foot Mediterranean bachelor pad in the Hollywood Hills last summer? Were contract negotiations with Clear Channel not going well? Was Dick Clark reclaiming New Year’s Rockin’ Eve? Was even his three-year $45 million deal for hosting American Idol not enough to cover the monthly payments? Would he need to downsize?  Uh, no.  Not after the KIIS/fm morning man signed a three-year deal to continue his radio gig for…gasp…$60 million. Maybe he wants something a bit flashier for his abode…is the Taj Mahal on the market?  And Howard Stern could be in a bidding war for anything Seacrest purchases – the “King of All Media” is now armed with a new Sirius-XM deal purportedly worth…double-gasp…$400 million.

Top 40 still tops: So what about KIIS/fm, Seacrest’s home base? Things are going well, thank you – the station continues to be the #1 station, so far maintaining a lead over Carson Daly and his station, the still relatively new AMP Radio (KAMP). The two mass-appeal (I think that’s what they call “top 40” nowadays) stations continue to offer the hits to stellar ratings. Stryker moved from KROQ to AMP Radio, only to return back to the alternative rocker at the beginning of the year. KROQ and AMP Radio pd Kevin Weatherly continues to be one of the market’s most amazing programmers, but he’s not the only success story among the CBS / Los Angeles radio family… 

A WAVE of success, indeed: Already given credit for helping K-EARTH return to the top of the ratings, Jhani Kaye performed another ratings revival, this time for sister station KTWV, a.k.a. “94.7 The WAVE.” The station is no longer “smooth jazz,” but its soft AC sound provides listeners who listen to KOST an alternative. It should also be even more familiar with former KOSTer Kim Amidon bringing her friendly talents to morning drive. Oh wait…Jhani also programmed KOST earlier in his career. Still, current KOST pd Stella Prado has to be given credit for keeping her station consistently in the top 5 of the Arbitrons.   

The Coffey’s not brewing at GO Country: The return – and then quick dismissal – of KIQQ and K-EARTH veteran Jay Coffey was just one of the changes at Saul Levine’s Country outlet.  The owner of “GO Country 105” says the shuffling will soon settle as he anticipates a bright 2011. Charlie Cook finished his consulting gig there, succeeded by the Pollack Media Group.  Former morning man and now mid-morning host Shawn Parr, was relocated from mornings to mid-mornings, “and so far is pulling the highest 25-54 ratings we have achieved in that day-part,” said Levine. Ginny Harman and Ashley Paige are “nicely maintain the morning show, (while) KKGO is conducting its nationwide search for the morning show person.” Acknowledging some earlier audience downturn, Levine stated “KKGO has regained its One Million Plus Cume, and is on its way to once again being The Number One Country Cume in the USA.” 

Now, one-line (non)sports flashes to fight the clock (we miss you Jim Healy!): Art Laboe received a well-deserved LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award – whatever our ages, we’d envy being nearly as active and healthy as the 85-year-old father of “Oldies but Goodies”…Rory Markas and Dan Avey did more than just sports, and more than just news – both were amazing human beings who’ll be missed…Joe McDonnell may be one of the strongest men alive…Will someone please give back Mimi Chen her last hour for the enjoyable “Peace, Love and Sunday Morning” broadcasts?...I don’t think Meg Whitman sent a thank-you card to KFI after the unsuccessful gubernatorial candidate appeared with the skeptical John & Ken…Continued prayers for Rich Buhler…Will L.A. get another shot at an FM talk outlet?...Anyone else notice there’s still a “star” in the billboards for 98.7/fm?...People guaranteed to make me smile on the drive home include Steve Mason, John Ireland, and Petros Papadakis...Worth mentioning – Univision’s KLVE/fm and KSCA/fm are both in the top ten...My 9-year-old and 6-year-old plead daily for Radio Disney in the car – so I’ve heard Willow Smith’s Whip My Hair about 500 times over the last two daysThere’s a reason why Tom Haule and Linda Nunez are multiple award-winning news anchors…How much talent is there at K-EARTH? Charlie Tuna and Bruce Chandler are weekenders at the oldies – er, I mean “Greatest Hits” outlet…I hear 104.3 / MY/fm (KBIG) at a number of retail outlets…Though it was all taking place back in Chicago, the departure of Randy Michaels was well noted here, 1700+ miles away from Tribune Headquarters.

Last but not least: How he does this day-in and day-out is truly amazing – once again, Don Barrett deserves kudos for another year as THE source for the stories about radio.  Gary Owens once said Mr. Barrett is truly the one who keeps the Los Angeles radio community together, as well as “being a mighty fine dancer, too.” And thank you, Don Barrett, for giving me opportunities to celebrate my heroes, the talented folks who’ve kept me entertained on the airwaves throughout this journey. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good PPM! (You can reach Alan at: ) 


Drake Wake

8 Years Ago This Month

(December 5, 2008) New Jersey may claim they have the Boss, but on a Wednesday afternoon in Southern California, it was time to pay tribute to the Boss of Boss Radio. Some of the biggest names and personalities in Top 40 radio caused a seismic shift in Studio City, as they gathered to remember the ultimate Boss, Bill Drake

The main auditorium at the Little Brown Church on Coldwater Canyon in Studio City on Wednesday was overflowing with friends, family and colleagues of Bill Drake. Bill was the architect of the enormously successfully 93/KHJ “Boss Radio,” a format so successful it became the most copied format ever in contemporary radio. (Reverend Charlie Van Dyke during the Bill Drake Celebration of Life)

Charlie Van Dyke, an ordained minister and a former Drake jock and pd at KHJ from 1972-77 and on-air at other Drake stations in San Francisco, Boston and the Detroit market was chosen by Drake’s longtime partner, Carol Scott, to officiate the services. Charlie addressed his Lutheran clothing complete with clerical collar and stole early in his opening remarks. “And about now, I can see Bill looking at all of us and me dressed this way and saying, ‘Watson what happened to Van Dyke? I always thought he was one of us!’”   

Charlie created a tight format for the afternoon’s proceedings that most of the participants adhered to. “And I can hear Bill again saying, ‘That’s fine…just keep it moving…remember forward momentum!’  So, we have chosen a few people to share reflections today. And I think they represent a good variety of Goldens, Boss 30 hits, and Boss hitbounds and just a taste of a rockumentary.  So, moving past the Top Of The Hour ID, and sweeping the :03 continuing sign-on, we pause at the :07 promo set for a prayer.” After some laughs, Charlie brought in a spirit of spirituality to the proceedings with a couple of readings from the Bible. 

(KIIS and KTLA/Channel 5 airborne reporter Commander Chuck Street, Bill Watson;
 former Drake program director Sean Conrad; and K-EARTH'sCharlie Tuna)

Charlie continued: “So, we share the confidence that there was a room waiting in the Father’s house for Bill. Well, not really. In Drake’s case, it would be a suite. It would have a well stocked bar. Shelves of audio equipment, of course. And just beside his favorite chair, there is the batphone. And we can have pretty good confidence that he will put his talents to work up there. Many have talked about the Righteous Brothers song, ‘Rock and Roll Heaven,’ when I’ve talked with them about Drake. So, we can predict that as he takes over consulting K-GOD, he is pleased to know that some of the finest talent to ever grace the airwaves is waiting for him. Talent that he selected and groomed welcomed him to the jock lounge and helped him get up to speed. And after experiencing the early examples of Boss Radio on earth, he’ll dazzle the galaxies with his next project. And can you begin to imagine what the jingle singers sound like up there? One day, we will be able to hear it to…because, Ladies and Gentlemen, in faith we know…the beat goes on!” 

Bill Watson was Drake’s national program director. Watson now lives in North San Diego County. He hitched a ride to the Celebration of Life with KIIS’ Commander Chuck Street. Chuck met Watson as a youngster hanging outside the K/men studios in the Inland Empire, where Watson was pd. That’s where Drake and Watson first met. “Drake told me to sit tight, I have something in mind for you when the time is right. It was mysterious and I had no idea what he meant,” said Watson.

 (Drake's partner of 11 years Carole Scott and Drake's daughter Kristie flank Kristie's husband; Lisa Osborn;
and record promo guru Don Graham and former K-EARTH personality Johnny Hayes)

Watson went on to consult r&b KDIA-Oakland. During a San Francisco visit, Drake and Watson met for the first time. “Obviously I can’t be everywhere at once so I need someone to be where I am not. And that’s you.” And that’s how the magical relationship began. 

Ken Levine was another of the half-dozen speakers. “Bill Drake fired me,” opened Ken.  “It was 1974 at K100. I was on the air as Beaver Cleaver. No, he fired me for another reason.  Actually, he had Watson do it.  Anyway, you’d think I would be resentful. And usually I am. But I owe so much to Bill Drake. The impact he had on my life is immeasurable.” 

(Gary Owens, Ken Levine; former KOST midday host Mike Sakellarides;
 and former Boss Jock Humble Harve, Bill Mouzis, and Charlie Tuna)

Ken talked about being “mesmerized” when hearing KHJ for the first time in 1965. “If Tom Cruise had discovered Boss Radio before Scientology he’d have that same profound feeling but be far less nuts today. Bill set the course for my life’s work and I am forever in his debt."

“It was always amazing to me how Drake had such a keen understanding of people and the world around him,” continued Levine. “He never got out. When your sample size of America’s taste and teenage behavior is a 65 year-old waiter at Martoni’s named Nunzio, how do you program so insightfully, so pinpoint perfectly to an entire generation? Bill Drake did. He had this uncanny knack of knowing what we wanted before we did. Even Sonny & Cher.  Boy, how did he make that call?”   

Levine continued: “But from his fortress in Bel Air – where only Bernie Torres and the delivery boy from Vendome Liquor were allowed to enter – Bill Drake created a format that forever changed an entire medium and shaped the lives of millions of young people – all for the better. We baby boomers felt energized, optimistic, excited about a future that held endless possibilities.  How much of that is because we also had Fractious Fridays and Million Dollar Weekends and a Big Kahuna handing out money at junior highs (although that one was a little dicey)? My entire generation owes a debt to Bill Drake and his vision, even if they have no idea who he was.” 

(Two-time Drake music guru Annie Van Bebber, Bernie Torres;
former KTWV personality Amy Hiatt; and Charlie Van Dyke)

Jhani Kaye is having enormous success as program director at K-EARTH. In the early 1990s, Bill put his programming stamp on the station playing the “Greatest Hits on Earth.” Jhani talked about growing up in Hemet, and remembering the exact moment he was introduced to ‘93/KHJ’ and the Drake formatics for the first time. “The presentation we heard on the air was something new and exciting and far surpassed the programming we heard on the two Top 40 radio stations in nearby San Bernardino.  That was the beginning of Bill Drake’s influence in my life. And little did I know then that he would become so influential in my role as a programmer.” 

While studying for a 1st Class Radio License at Bill Ogden’s Radio Operational Engineering School in Huntington Beach, Jhani remembers that he along with some classmates would listen to KHJ and airchecks of KFRC, ‘The Big 6-10’ in San Francisco. “We would take turns at talking up the songs along with The Real Don Steele and Sam Riddle, and all the rest. Bill Drake stations were the ‘Gold Standard’ and our goal was to perhaps one day sound good enough to work on a Drake station.’

“Bill Drake was the ‘ultimate programmer’ and perhaps the greatest teacher of radio in the country,” said Jhani. “It was a challenge for us younger programmers to listen to Bill’s stations and analyze why Bill would play two jingles with the weather, or only allow the jock to speak on the second record of a two-song sweep, and so many other intricacies of his formats.” 

(Shaune McNamara Steele, K-EARTH's Shotgun Tom Kelly; K-EARTH morning man Gary Bryan,
K-EARTH middayer Jim Carson, Gary Owens, Ken Levine; and Radio & Records founder Bob Wilson)

When Jhani was appointed program director at K-EARTH a few years ago, Bill Drake was the first to call and offer his congratulations. “He reminded me how much he loved K-EARTH and that the station is a ‘grand lady’ and I should use all the programming instincts I had learned from him in order to honor the heritage that came along with the position. What a thrill that was. And on behalf of all the programmers that followed in your footstep, ‘Thank you Bill. It’s been a real privilege to learn from the best and thank you for being our mentor, our friend, and a stellar example of what a radio programmer should be.” 

Jhani concluded with: “Before 20/20 News, there was news on the hour. Before ‘forward momentum,’ there was ‘This is and that was.’ Before ‘hot clocks’ there were no clocks. Before Johnny Mann’s a capella jingles, there were station ‘songs’ that lasted almost as long as records. And before ‘all others’ there was Bill Drake. God bless you, Bill.” 

Bill Mouzis was a production engineer at KHJ for 14 years before he met Drake in 1965. “You know, I am fully convinced that one of the reasons I survived World War II was that I was destined to work with the likes of a Bill Drake. It appears FATE insisted upon it,” said Mouzis.  

(Former KHJ newsman Roger Aldi, 20/20 newsman Lyle Kilgore; Gary Owens; and Jhani Kaye and Charlie Van Dyke)

Mouzis provided some of the history of KHJ just before Drake came on the scene. “A format was emerging which would make KHJ ‘the Personality station,’” said Mouzis. “Gypsy Rose Lee and comedian Morey Amsterdam were in the process of being signed, and Steve Allen was already on the air daily with a show from his home in the Valley, in fact I was his producer / engineer. At the very same time, and unbeknownst to practically everyone, the change of all changes was being discussed with President Tom O’Neil behind closed doors at RKO headquarters in New York.”   

Shortly thereafter, it was announced that KHJ would be abandoning its current programming plans and go rock ‘n roll. “The news was shocking and it caught everyone by surprise,” remembered Mouzis.  

Bill Drake and Gene Chenault took complete control of the RKO Radio division in the Spring of 1965. Mouzis thanked Clancy Imislund, who was the promotion director at the time, for coming up with the actual term “Boss Radio.” 

(Engineer Ken Orchard, former Boss Jock Mark Elliott; K-EARTH's Bruce Chandler and Keith Smith;
and former Robert W. Morgan producer Kevin Gershan and KHJ Boss Jock Dave Sebastian Williams)

“Subsequently and on a more personal note, a working relationship between Drake and I evolved that was magic,” continued Mouzis. “It was creatively instinctive, it was warm and it forged a bond of respect and friendship between us that was never to be broken. With the advent of ‘Boss Radio,’ America heard radio as it never had before. It was simply a smash.” 

Over the years Mouzis and Drake lost track of each other. A few years ago, Mouzis ran into Drake and his partner Carole Scott at Monte’s in Woodland Hills. “I cannot begin to tell you how emotional it was getting together with him after all this time, and we did it a number of times after that, the latest being only a few month ago. Never did I have an inkling though that he might be sick.” 

Mouzis concluded: “Bill Drake was not only a great talent, but a wonderful down-to-earth human being who knew how to treat you with the genuine and gracious smile of a southern gentleman which he truly was. I have already shed my tears, and in closing I would refer you to Frank Sinatra’s version of ‘Thanks for the Memories,’ introduced by Bob Hope as his theme song many years ago. I think this particular lyric relates somewhat to Mr. Drake’s untimely passing. It reads: ‘I had my bed of roses, but forgot that roses die.’ Carol, I too thought he would live forever.” 

(KNX & KCAL/Channel 9 Money 101 host and former KFRC newsman Bob McCormick, KFWB's Bill Nesbitt;
Bill Watson at podium; Julio Flores and Lee Chambers)

Les Garland, former pd at Drake-stations KFRC-San Francisco and CKLW-Detroit, flew from Florida to attend the services on Wednesday. He read the moving letter that he wrote to his two sons about Bill Drake. The letter and Drake’s response appeared in Wednesday’s

In introducing Charlie Tuna, Van Dyke said: “He wasn’t there on Day One of Boss Jockdom but he got there as fast as he could and he holds the record for Boss Jock longest on the air in Los Angeles who is just about out of call letters.” 

Tuna remembered that it was on Thanksgiving Day 41 years ago that he joined KHJ. “Bill Drake to me was someone was immortal. You never thought Bill would leave. You always thought he would be there for you,” said Tuna.

Tuna was first introduced to the Drake format at KOMA-Oklahoma City in the summer of 1966 where he was working. At a jock meeting the program director played tapes of KHJ and explained that this station had gone rocketing to the top in L.A. and that’s the sound he wanted for KOMA. “After listening to the KHJ tapes, we walked out of that room so jacked up it left our heads spinning because we couldn’t believe the momentum, the pace and just the sheer excellence of this radio station. It got us all excited about radio.” (Ken Levine, Shotgun Tom Kelly, Jhani Kaye, and Charlie Van Dyke)

A year later Tuna was in Boston when Drake was in town and invited him to join KHJ. “On my first day I walked into Bill Mouzis’ production room. The first thing I saw was the blinding jewelry that Bill Watson wore in those days. Then I saw the towering presence of this man, Bill Drake, and it was one of those larger-than-life moments. I had never met the man yet but I knew he was responsible for getting me to KHJ. I stood there in absolute awe and I can’t tell you the details of that meeting because it was like you met God. I remember that he had a quick smile and he was very warm – a real southern gentleman and he made me feel like I belonged.” 

“The Drake format could make a good jock sound great. It could take a pretty good jock who had great content and make him a super star,” said Tuna. “And that happened time and time again with Bill Drake. With Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele in heaven, that’s a party.” 

Gary Owens recounted meeting Bill Drake when he still used his birth name Phil Yarbrough. “I was the morning man at WNOE in Louisiana for Gordon McLendon. A good friend of ours, formerly from KIMN in Denver, Jimmy Neil, became Scotty Day with the Bartell organization. My wife and I drove up to Birmingham and that’s when I met Phil Yarbrough. My name at the time was Lucille Ball.” 

“From 1957 until today, I’ve always liked Bill Drake. He did such a great job with the broadcast industry and was one of the great innovative people.” 

Owens left the packed house with a laugh. “There was a KHJ Boss Jock who will remain nameless. Just last week this jock was probably not quite as vivid as he used to be. He went to proctologist for a check-up and accidentally yelled out the name of another proctologist.” 

I was able to share a historical perspective about the importance of Bill to not only Los Angeles radio but to the entire radio community. “To have lived in our hearts and minds, is not to die.” 

In conclusion, Ken Levine said: “Wherever you are up there, Bill, just know that we love you, we miss you, and the kid from Vendome Liquor needs your new address.” 

The Berner, Mary Berner, One of the Hot 100

(December 9, 2016) Mary Berner, present and ceo of Cumulus Media (KLOS and KABC), has landed on the The Hollywood Reporter’s 2016 Women in Entertainment Power 100 list.  She is the only radio executive to make this year’s list and one of 26 new faces.

From the Reporter story: "When Berner, 57, was named ceo in October 2015, the radio company had suffered four straight years of ratings declines, its 18-month employee turnover rate was near 50 percent and its stock was in danger of delisting from NASDAQ. After surveying her 6,000 employees, she launched a turnaround effort that included handing over control of content to local programmers. The result: 12 consecutive months of ratings increases.

Cumulus owns 447 stations, including KLOS and KABC in Los Angeles and WPLJ in New York, where Berner lives. Its Westwood One segment produces and syndicates shows starring John Tesh and Don Imus, and it has exclusive radio rights to NFL games. Berner's focus now is on ad sales. 'Ninety-three percent of Americans listen to radio each week, which makes it the largest medium in the U.S. in terms of reach, but it's under-appreciated by advertisers.'"

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(December 8, 2016) Rich Capparela’s (l) radio life in LA has been Classical, three times at KUSC (1980-83, 1993-96, 2007-16). He is now in the final days of afternoon drive at KUSC. “The end of December marks the end of my time as a formal KUSC employee,” Rich wrote on his FB page. “The plan is that sometime in January I'll return to KUSC as a contractor to host the Friday beach show from my home studio, host weekend shifts and take on other duties TBD. It is not retirement in any way. I still have a thriving studio business and I'll be looking for new clients and projects. Kinda fun, actually.” … Author and original Master Blaster Tom Reed spends Saturday afternoon with Bill Gardner on KPFK during the tasty Rhapsody in Black. If you have been into the r&b music scene during the last half century, don’t miss this show … … Comedy Central’s @midnight with Chris Hardwick landed an unexpected time slot upgrade in August when the network canceled The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, temporarily moving @midnight to 11:30 p.m. in the final stretch of one of the most compelling presidential campaigns ever … Delilah, syndicated and heard on the “Fish,” has joined the American Forces Network (AFN).  The announcement comes on the heels of Delilah’s induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame on November 17 ... Many responded to my FB posting on the passing of Art Astor: "My first boss in Cali in 1986 at KTIM in San Rafael. He introduced so many of us to this wild ride we call RADIO! Thank you and RIP Art Astor." (Diana Steele); "He took a chance on me in 1973 & hired me at KDAY as a lowly receptionist but we all start somewhere! R.I.P." (Nancy Plum);  "There are a lot of people who Art gave opportunities to so they could further their careers. Lots of stories that I will never forget. He was one of a kind to say the least. One of the few remaining WWII veterans and ironic that he passed today on the same day WWII began. He has answered his final muster roll call." (Michael Means);  "Art was a real, dedicated broadcaster. I learned a lot in my 18 years with him plus his Astorisms and some crude Armenian words. We all remember his Christmas jacket! Some things really worked out for him such as being the sales manager at KHJ in the Boss Radio days and buying KIKF for $1.4M and selling for $35M. My condolences to Laura Astor Dame, Kevin and Susan." (Paul Sakrison) ... Some of you have asked to be on a mailing list for radio stories. Send your request to me at: .

Art Astor Dies 

(December 7, 2016) Art Astor, veteran Southern California broadcaster and owner, died this morning, following a short illness due to cancer. He was 91.

Born in Fresno to Armenian-immigrant parents who came to this country to escape the genocide, Art lived in Southern California since he was five. Following a tour of duty with the Air Force, he graduated from USC with a degree in communications.

Over a long and distinguished career, he has held management positions with two national rep companies, RKO (gsm of KHJ and KRTH), Rollins Radio (gm at KDAY), and evp and gm of Drake-Chenault Enterprises.

Art became an owner in 1983 when he purchased KIK/fm (later COOL 94.3) and an AM/FM combo in San Francisco. In 1987, he added two more stations to the group by purchasing an AM and fm in San Diego. Later, he purchased KSPA in Ontario.

Art's automobiles are his second passion in life. He owned over 200 classic cars.

"In broadcasting, two years employment at the same station is a miracle," emailed Jeff Gehringer. "I was lucky to work with Art for 18 years.  He was a class act. He is one of the last independent owners in Southern California."

Future of AM Radio

(December 7, 2016) The lead story in Tom Taylor's tasty daily NOW website deals with the future of AM radio and thinking from Multicultural Media, Telecom and Internet Council (MMTC). “Time to start thinking about a future without AM radio,” the MMTC tells Trump team. AM “may disappear in 30 years or less,” says the public interest group. It’s formed its own “AM Glide Path Task Force,” and proposes an effort comparable to “government programs transitioning tobacco farmers to other crops and transitioning coal mining to other energy sources.” The MMTC, focused on multicultural issues, takes its shot with “12 imperatives” about telecom policy - addressing the Trump transition team and the two Republican FCC Commissioners. The MMTC says AM is still important, especially to the minority community. (“Approximately 60% of all minority-owned stations are AM facilities.”) And it reminds policymakers that “The great majority of multilingual radio service today is found on the AM band.” But despite its near-century of usage and some “modest engineering reforms” from the FCC, AM has big issues. There’s declining listenership and “a lack of capital flowing in.”

Saul Levine responded in a letter to Taylor's site: AM Radio is not a problem, and terminating it is not a solution,” says L.A. owner Saul Levine. Levine’s company may be titled “Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters,” and he owns “Go Country 105” KKGO. But he also operates an AM station. Here’s his “Soap Box” opinion – “I read the news about a group that wants the FCC to do away with AM radio. AM radio is not a problem, and terminating it is not a solution but the creation of a new obstacle that we do not need. I have a 20 KW AM station in Los Angeles that I am very happy with, and I get frequent attempts to purchase it. It is not for sale.

The group claims the AM band can be used for other things. Nonsense. Digital TV and digital devices do not work on the AM Band (not very well). I suspect that there are people who want money from the FCC thinking they can make more money that way than the old fashioned way of creating an audience. I am perfectly happy for the government to pay people who do not want to continue in AM radio, thereby clearing away interference. But leave the rest of us alone. They don't need to dismantle the band to ask for a pay-off for themselves to get out. “I have a simple formula for the success of AM radio,” says Saul Levine - 1. Step up to new AM technology. Discard the old wrecks of equipment and install state of the art new equipment. Install HD Radio technology. 2. Program material that people want, and they will listen. 3. Get off your behinds and make AM radio exciting - again.”

Lara Scott New Middayer at K-EARTH 

(December 6, 2016) Lara Scott has been promoted from weekends and fill-in at K-EARTH to middays. "I am beyond honored and thrilled," enthused Lara. "I love K-EARTH so much. Chris [Ebbott] and Dan [Kearney] and the whole team here are just phenomenal." PD Ebbott made the announcement today in a memo sent to the staff.

Lara joined K-EARTH in late 2015 as weekends and fill-in from a long run at KFSH (2006-15), "The FISH."

She co-hosted the "Family Friendly Morning Show" at the "FISH," as as well as afternoons from 3-7 p.m. Lara is also the host of The World Chart Show, an internationally syndicated countdown, and her voice has been heard on programs for Bravo, VH-1, the Olympic Encore on Universal Sports,  and in-flight programming for Delta Radio and Air Force 1.

Born in Southwest Florida, Lara headed west after high school. She got into radio in Bend, Oregon, after randomly calling a local station, and then continued her broadcasting career in Portland.  After graduating with a B.S. in philosophy from Portland State University, she moved to San Francisco to become the music director and nighttime air personality at KZQZ. She then spent almost 7 years as the midday host at KYSR/Star 98.7.

Lara was a 2008 President’s Volunteer Service Award winner, which was presented by recording artist Michael W. Smith on behalf of President George W. Bush for her charity work.  In her free time, she can be found hanging out with her husband and sons, snowboarding, biking, hitting thrift stores and flea markets, and attending lots of concerts and movies.

Kimmel to Oscars

(December 6, 2016)  Jimmy Kimmel opened his late-night show last night: “A lot of things happened to me … "I got a tummy tuck ... had my eyes done and I think they look great, I also went to Dry Bar and had an updo. I had my whole body done. But I also read online today that, in February I’ll be hosting the Oscars.” It's official. The former KROQ-er will host the 2017 Oscar telecast. 

Kimmel also hosted this year’s Emmys on ABC, Jimmy Fallon hosted the Golden Globes on NBC, James Corden hosted the Tonys and will host the Grammys. “The producer and the Academy went through a long list of names and, in the end, they decided that, since I’m  already right across the street from where they produce the show, I was the closest person to host,” he added, self deprecatingly. “I guess I have to get a tux now – or maybe I’ll wear jean shorts!" He went on to say: “I had a very nice call of congratulations this morning from the president of Taiwan. Just to be clear, she called me, not the other way around.”

Kimmel next announced his wife is “hosting a baby inside her body,” triggering even bigger applause. “So there’s a lot exciting stuff going on. Congratulations to me. I’m hosting the Oscars – and I had sex. Two things, as a teenage boy, I never thought would be possible.” (Source:

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(December 5, 2016) For the first time ever, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest will include a Central Time Zone countdown, as the New Year’s Eve 2016-17 edition of the annual broadcast will include live coverage from New Orleans … With KABC’s Terri-Rae Elmer exiting the Doug McIntyre morning show, veteran Lori Kelman will be anchoring morning news thoughout December … Jeffrey Leonard reports that the LARadio Reunion over the weekend at Fuddrucker’s was another huge success. “Prayers go out to former KHJ and K-WEST pd, Chuck Martin who is battling cancer. He's one of the good guys,” wrote Leonard … Al Peterson is ending his NTS MediaOnline column this month. He says it was not an economic decision since “it has been a profitable venture since the first day we launched.”  ... Sports guy Eric Tracy reports on FB that his cancer has moved into his chest and lungs. “I’m only the 4th patient at City of Hope that my kind of cancer moved,” writes Eric. “Began immunotherapy in November, which is designed to have your own immune system fight the effects of cancer growth." ... 25 years ago Russell Allen Lee moved from the NYC area to Southern California after accepting a job transfer to report traffic on Los Angeles radio. “I've lived in Orange County the entire time, and the last quarter century has brought many God given blessings,” wrote Russ on his FB page. “Among them a great job, good friends, two beautiful daughters, Katie Lee and Jessie Lee, a conversion to Catholicism, and the most wonderful fiancé in the world, Anna-Lisa George. To quote Jerry Garcia, ‘What a long strange trip it's been.’" … Condolences to former KABC morning man Ken Minyard on the passing of his son, Kevin Scott. “He was born on July 4th, 1960. He was so precious to us. He fought hard for 15 months but cancer finally won, as it so often does. We are heartbroken. Please hug your kids and don't let them grow up to be smokers,” wrote Ken.

After 22 Years, Jim Carson Signs Off at K-EARTH

(December 5, 2016) Jim Carson had his final midday show at KRTH last week. He had been at the Oldies/Classic Hits station for 22 years.

His last words: “K-EARTH 101 and nothing evil going on here. This is Jim Carson and I didn’t mention this earlier but this is my last get-together with you here on K-EARTH 101. The reason I didn’t mention it is I’d be on the phone all day. But for those of you that I’ve met in person at supermarkets, phone store openings, home shows, whatever … As well as though of you who I’ve talked with on the phone and even those of you who listen but never call, thanks for being a friend. And thank you K-EARTH 101 for the greatest hits on earth.”

89.3 KPCC/fm Boosts Signal Coverage
(December 4, 2016) Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) station 89.3 KPCC/fm has added a signal booster to improve its coverage of the west side of Los Angeles. Listeners west of the 405 Freeway, including those in Santa Monica, Pacific Palisades, Sawtelle, and Brentwood, should now experience a stronger signal with less static interference from other stations on the same or adjacent radio frequencies.

The project began nearly two years ago in an effort to enhance the KPCC listening experience for their west side audience, who live and work in that area. The signal improvement will also benefit commuters who cross the Sepulveda Pass and travel along Pacific Coast Highway between Santa Monica and Malibu.

The state-of-the-art engineering required to boost the signal was a joint effort of the KPCC staff and talent from National Public Radio Labs. Doug Johnson, SCPR vice president operations, noted, “Our engineering staff insists on premium sound quality and continuously strives to make improvements. We expect to apply the advances we gained on the Westside to improve our signal for listeners in other parts of the Los Angeles area.” According to Bill Davis, SCPR president and chief executive officer, “This important project was funded by a gift from members of our Board of Trustees. As the most listened- to public radio news service in Southern California, we have a responsibility to provide the best possible service to our listeners. Our board and membership help make this all possible.”

For more information on KPCC’s, broadcast schedules, membership, and donation support, go to Listeners can also access programming with the KPCC iPhone app, MP3/iTunes app, and Windows Media. Southern California Public Radio (SCPR) is a member-supported public radio network that operates 89.3 KPCC/fm in Los Angeles and Orange County, 89.1 KUOR/fm in the Inland Empire and 90.3 KVLA/fm in the Coachella Valley, 89.9/fm in Santa Barbara, and 89.5 KJAI-Ojai in Ventura County.

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** Photo Shoot
"This week's pic of  Johnny Magnus, Jerry F. Sharell, Pat Boone, Calabria Foti, Peter Marshall, and Marc Angel  was taken in Dave & Dave Recording Studios' Studio A, when we were fortunate to host these legends weekly as they came in to record their Voice Tracks for the Music Of Your Life syndicated Music & Personality 24 hour radio format." - Dave Sebastian Williams

** Schrack Beginnings
"I noticed your story about Don Schrack starting his radio career in 1966 at KOAD in Lemoore, CA. I started my radio career at KOAD in 1975. Small world." - Mike Baird, Hanford

Morning Drive Change at KABC 

(December 2, 2016) Terri-Rae Elmer has left the morning show at KABC.

She  started at KFI in 1989 where she anchored news in afternoon drive at all-Talker until leaving 12.7.11 to join Doug McIntyre in morning drive at KABC in January 2012.

She came to L.A. with her husband and weatherman Gerry Wallace and news anchor Dave Grosby - all from KFBK-Sacramento. The three were brought to L.A. by then-new program director David G. Hall, also from KFBK. Grosby left fairly quickly. Wallace stayed around for awhile.

Don Schrack, Early KFWB News Director, Dies 

(December 1, 2016) Don Schrack, part of the embryonic decade of all-News KFWB and later news director, died November 15, at the age of 73.

A third generation native of the Fresno County community of Selma, he majored in journalism at UCLA. After graduate work at New Mexico Highland University, he started his radio career in 1966 at KOAD-Lemoore. For the next three years he broadcast news at KBCH-Lincoln City, Oregon, KSLM-Salem and KEX-Portland. "He was the news director at KXRX in San Jose, and Don hired me into my first position as a pilot reporter," emailed Mike Nolan. "He also hired Ron Kilgore."

Don started at KNX in 1969 and spent five years at all-News KFWB from 1974-79.

Don was in general management and/or station ownership since leaving Los Angeles. He was retired and had been living in Yakima.  (Thanks to John Brooks for the photos)

KFI Helps Feed the Motel Kids

(November 30, 2106) KFI and Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that helps feed, house and educate the children of Orange County, announced the sixth annual KFI PastaThon, an on-air fundraising event to help feed local children in need.

KFI PastaThon will take place on Thursday, December 1 from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. at Bruno Serato’s White House Restaurant in Anaheim. Money raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, which provides a balanced meal every night to more than 1,800 low-income children in over 15 cities in Los Angeles and Orange County.

All KFI on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Aron Bender, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. will be on site encouraging listeners to donate packaged pasta, jars of pasta sauce and money to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen to cook healthy meals.  

"In the past five years, KFI PastaThon has raised over $1 million and more than 151,000 pounds of food," said Robin Bertolucci, pd for KFI. “This year, KFI AM 640 aims to raise $325,000 in one day. We are honored to join our listeners in support of Bruno Serato and his outstanding organization, Caterina's Club." To donate online or learn more about the event listeners can go to and use the keyword PastaThon.

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** Country Christmas

"What was KKGO thinking -- abandoning its Country music format for six weeks to go all Christmas music? Several stations play music similar to what KOST plays, so it’s no big deal if they switch to holiday tunes. But KKGO supposedly prides itself on being L.A.’s only source of Country music.

I predict that dumping that format will antagonize listeners and likely will be a ratings flop. Didn’t KTWV try it a few years ago without success?" - Tom Burfield

** Gillian Harris Found

"So, tell that person Gillian Harris went on to become an entrepreneur. She is ceo of Valet Of The Dolls, LLC as well as Bless & Clear Sacred Ceremonies where she is also an ordained minister.  She is also now a published author and speaker specializing in topics found in her book, The Secrets of Lost: The Validity of Multi-Dimensional Existence and the subject of Conscious Creation! : ) xoxo!" - Gillian Harris


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(November 28, 2016) Roger Nadel (photo), former gm at KFWB, has been promoted to svp of affiliate operations at Total Traffic & Weather Network ... Jim Carson, who is leaving K-EARTH after 22 years, was asked for his highlights in working at the Oldies/Classic Hits outlet. “Putting numbers on the board and getting paid for it,” he succinctly responded … Bob Shaw, after 16 years with KFSH (the FISH), joins afternoons at KWVE (K-WAVE 107.9/fm) … Charese Fruge, former pd at “Star 98.7” from 2006-07, exits the Houston CBS cluster … Leah Brandon, former KFI news anchor, quit her podcast/syndicated show with John Ziegler. “I quit on the air and have never done that in more than 25 years in this business. You will hear all kinds of crap about me on social media. That's fine. The only statement I am going to make about the whole thing is that it's sad it turned out this way but I could no longer continue,” wrote Leah. John responded, “ I said nothing bad about you after you quit on the air and left me to do 3 hours alone with no notice, and said nothing bad about you today after it was clear you had no interest in trying to end this more appropriately. I am very sad and I wish you the best of luck for your future … Cathy Hughes, founder and chairperson of Radio One, was honored earlier this month, with a lifetime leadership achievement award at the Radio Ink Forecast Conference at the Harvard Club in New York City … Larry Van Nuys announced on his FB page that he was leaving his position as news and traffic anchor at KSFO …  … Randy Tivens was watching a Charlie Tuna aircheck from KRLA in 1986 and saw Gillian Harris doing the news and wonders what became of her. Do you know? ... Steve Harvey (KJLH) gave away 8,000 turkeys last week. More than 80 affiliates of the top-rated syndicated morning show gave the turkeys away to help those less fortunate celebrate the Thanksgiving holiday.  Since the Turkey Give was launched in 2009, more than 50,000 turkeys have been provided to those in need. 

A Thankful FB Message from Randy Kerdoon 

(November 27, 2016) Up until this year, Thanksgiving has simply been a time to gather with family and friends, stuff ourselves silly with great food and pay lip service to being grateful for what makes up our lives.

My heart attack on Super Bowl Sunday in February changed that. Nothing like a close brush with not being around anymore to open your eyes. No more taking things for granted.

I'm grateful for my wife Marta who loves me more than I deserve, my cardiologist Dr. Uri Ben-Zur and my previous cardiologist Dr Ben Cohen for helping me in my path to recovery, the LAFD EMT team that came to my home and kept me alive en route to the hospital, my kids Kelcie, Amy and Stan, my sisters and mom for their support, my best friend Ken, my exercise pals at the West Hills cardiac rehab and so many of you who have shared not only your words of encouragement, but your experiences with similar cardiac events, that have really helped me out more than you know.

Thanks to my bosses and co-workers at KNX for being incredibly supportive and understanding. I wake up every day grateful to be alive. Now I know what the real meaning of being thankful is all about.

Florence Henderson Dies

(November 26, 2016) Florence Henderson, best known for her role as Carol Brady on the popular sitcom The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, worked at Pop Standards KGIL during the Broadway and Hollywood show tunes format from 1997-98. She left KGIL in early 1998 following a format change. She died November 24, at the age of 82. According to statements released by her manager and her publicist, she had been hospitalized Thursday night in Los Angeles for heart failure.

Born On Valentines day in 1934 in Dale, Nebraska, she was the youngest of 10 siblings growing up in poverty. By the age of 2, Florence's mother had taught her fifty songs. Her acting career began at 17, when Florence entered New York's prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following a number of touring company roles, Florence starred in Fanny on Broadway in the mid-1950s and ran for 888 performances. She has since appeared in numerous nightclub gigs and toured in all  the high-profile musicals.

From her dancing she was diagnosed with a deformed vertebrae and later almost went deaf. She learned that she had a hereditary condition called otosclerosis, which was corrected through surgery.

Her big break came while still a drama student in New York City at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts, where after a one-line role in Wish You Were Here, she was cast in the touring production of Oklahoma! in 1952. Henderson worked steadily as a Broadway star over the 50s and 60s and moved into television. Among her most notable accomplishments, she was the first woman to guest-host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She also was a regular during the 1960s on NBC’s Today. She landed her most famous role in 1969, starring for five years on The Brady Bunch. Despite its relentlessly cheerful tone and aggressively unthreatening aesthetic despite the tumultuous period in which it aired, the show was groundbreaking for being among the earliest examples of a blended family on television in the United States. Though The Brady Bunch ended after a relatively short run, it became a staple of syndicated reruns for decades after becoming something of a hyrid between generation X cultural touchstone, camp classic, and example of the quintessential family sitcom.

Morning Has Broken

(November 25, 2016) Morning drive in LARadio for November '16 PPM has a little bit for everyone: 

Persons 12+

1. Bill Handel (KFI)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Valentine (MY/fm)
    Ellen K (KOST)
5. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (Alt-98.7)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Don Cheto (KBUE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Big Boy (KRRL)
Persons 25-54

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
    Valentine (MY/fm)
     El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
    El Show del Mandril (KXOS)


Disturbing Trend at CBS/LA Cluster?

(November 23, 2016) Tami Heide, an incredible talent at CBS' KROQ and JACK/fm for 25 years, is out. She joined the iconic KROQ in 1991 from her start at WBCN-Boston, while attending Emerson College. At KROQ, she worked middays for many years and at JACK/fm Tami was a creative writer of much of what you heard.

Tami is the latest exit in a disturbing movement to eliminate long-term employees. Last week the station eliminated the position held by Shotgun Tom Kelly. He had been with the Classic Hits station for 18 years. Then midday K-EARTHer Jim Carson, veteran of 22 years, learned that he's gone. CBS Radio is preparing for an IPO in a complicated move that will separate it from the rest of the company.

Tami was born in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and she graduated from Framingham North High School in Massachusetts. Tami had an extensive history in Boston College radio at Emerson's WERS and M.I.T.'s WMBR, where she was music director. She managed and was the record buyer for Newbury Comics, Boston's alternative record store. Tami did the evening shift at 'BCN and was assistant music director.

Perhaps somewhat prophetic, Tami said in a 2011 Laguna Niguel Patch interview: "I've always said radio is like a shark, it just keeps moving forward."

KOST Enjoying Best Year Ever!

(November 22, 2016) Christmas music. No Christmas music. KOST has got the ratings thing figured out. Every month this year, the Adult Contemporary station has been #1. And again in the November '16 PPM Nielsen, Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid. KFI jumped with all the election talk, but the all-News outlet, KNX, didn't budge month-to-month at 13th. Country KKGO fell a few tenths of a month and now that they are all-Christmas music (and not just Country Christmas music) we'll see if that helps them. All-Sports KLAC made a nice increase with Dodger playoff hopes still alive during the survey period.

1. KOST (AC) 5.4 - 5.5
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.5 - 4.9
3. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.7 - 4.8
4. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.4 - 4.7
5. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.6
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.5 - 4.1
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.3 - 3.7
8. KFI (Talk) 3.1 - 3.5
     KYSR (Alternative) 3.2 - 3.5
10. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.3
      KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.5 - 3.3

No Bull - Frank Was the Bomb in Sports Broadcasting
by Jim Hilliker, Early LARadio Historian

(November 22, 2016)  I haven't felt like doing any writing this year, since my wife died last December 8th, nearly one year ago.   I've been feeling better lately, and wanted to finish an article I had nearly completed two years ago.

With the 88th edition of the USC vs. Notre Dame football classic this Saturday, November 26th, I wanted to post my radio history piece on the life of Los Angeles sportscasting pioneer Frank Bull (1897-1975).  

A random email I received in 2014 sparked this article.  A man in the midwest told me he had a reel-to-reel tape containing the entire radio broadcast of the 1953 USC-Notre Dame game from Los Angeles, with Frank Bull calling the action. He wanted to know who was Frank Bull, and why was a west coast announcer on this tape, which was recorded off the air in Elkhart, Indiana from station WSBT-960 in South Bend, Indiana?  

Solving this mystery and digging into the life and career of Frank Bull take up most of this article. I found out that Frank Bull got into sports announcing on radio by accident, but he paved the way for later sportscasters in Los Angeles. It is interesting to me that he made his living primarily as a radio executive who sold air time and later owned his own advertising agency for many years. He considered sportscasting his "hobby."

So, while this early L.A. radio sportscaster is long forgotten today, I felt it was time to give him some recognition. I also wish to thank Diana Kirchen Kelly for her help in finding several newspaper stories for me on Frank Bull, plus information on his family, because it helped me locate a granddaughter of Frank Bull's in California, who also had some old record transcriptions of his broadcasts in the 1930s and '40s. My new article on pioneer Los Angeles sportscaster Frank Bull can be found at this link on Jeff Miller's American Radio History Website.  -  Jim Hilliker

Frank Bull - Los Angeles Sportscasting Pioneer

Personality Departures at K-EARTH

(November 21, 2016) Jim Carson, middays at K-EARTH and a fixture at the Oldies/Classic Hits station since 1994, will be leaving the station at the end of the month, according to a number of sources.

Jim started at KBLA in 1965 and worked at KBBQ, KIIS, KHJ, KIQQ, KEDG/KLIT, as well as over two decades at KRTH. Born Vic Gruppie in LaCanada, Jim is one of those strong, solid personalities who fits nicely with a number of formats. The native Southern Californian was a journalism and radio/tv major at Pasadena City College. Jim also went to the Don Martin Broadcast School.

He served in Panama and Korea twice as part of American Forces Radio, Korean Network and Southern Command Network in Panama. Jim had a very successful run in morning drive at KFRC-San Francisco and KGB-San Diego. At KBLA he was known as Vic Gee, then at KBBQ as Vic Grayson, working the Country format noon to three shift. Jim's time on KHJ was limited to one week in the mornings before Charlie Van Dyke arrived. He did mornings at "K-Lite." Jim's done voiceover work on a number of tv shows. He left Gene Autry's "K-Lite" when the sister station, KMPC, was sold to ABC/Capital Cities.

In other K-EARTH news, Shotgun Tom Kelly is no longer the "ambassador" for the station and no longer does weekends. He has left the station.

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** Receiving Radio
"At $99, this receiver is what people want for the beach, or whatever activity. It's just entering production.

The broadcasters in this country did themselves a disservice by embracing proprietary formats for taking broadcasting digital.  They want receivers to cost more for the consumer? How does that translate into more listeners? My assumption is that this receiver includes DRM+ only. Since the receiver accepts software-plugins it may be possible for someone to write/reverse-engineer a decoder for Ibiquity or Ibiquity themselves could write it and release it into the public domain. 

One can dream." - Best Regards, Keith Frick


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He's a Rebel

(November 17, 2016) Reb Foster was a huge voice in early Top 40 LARadio at KFWB, but mainly KRLA where he worked in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

Born James Bruton on March 18, 1936, he started in Texas radio in the mid-1950s working in Ft. Worth and Amarillo. Before Los Angeles he was heard at KYW-Cleveland, KCIN-Denver and at KISN-Portland, where he was known as Dennis James. He arrived in Los Angeles from KYA-San Francisco. Reb was pd for a time at KRLA.

One of his famous characters was Maude Skidmore. He put on dances at the Retail Clerks Union Hall Auditorium in Buena Park with the cry "Let's Wail at the Retail." Reb had his own nightclub in Redondo Beach imploring the kids to "Be There or Be Square." In 1967 Billboard listed Rebel as the best midday dj.

Reb quit KFWB to affiliate with Ted Randal in consulting radio stations. He made a third return to KRLA in 1973, when the Pasadena station went to an MOR format from contemporary music and experimented with teams in every time period. Rebel worked the afternoon drive shift with Bob Dayton. In the '70s Reb managed Three Dog Night, the Turtles and Steppenwolf.

He’s now living in Amarillo where a local tv stations profiled the Rebel. Click his picture to watch the short piece.

We Get Email ... 11.16 

** Potpourri
"I attended the Ad Relief lunch honoring three true legends in Los Angeles Radio, George Green, Bob Fox and the king of ad agencies Dennis Holt. I spent a fair amount of time catching up with all three of them. I thought it was a great idea honoring these pioneers, but I guess you had to be over 55 and had worked in the markets for the last 20-plus years to really understand the impact these guys had on radio.

As the MC was speaking , no one was listening or paying any attention. The audience was just a bunch of rude, self- absorbed people, it’s sad. I’m just grateful that I did work during the era that people cared and made it a fun business.  

Sad to hear about Bill Shearer.

I went to the EJ Jackson (Jackson Limousine) services yesterday. There must have been 2,000 plus people, lots of politicians, Sydney Poitier, and Lee Baca. EJ's loss will really be felt in South Central. He did so much for that community. There was story after story of guys who he hired despite not having any experience  or just getting out of prison, and feeding the homeless all year long. He was one of a kind! For all the years I have known him he always called me Koontzie. I’m going to miss hearing his call: 'Koontzie…EJ here, how you doing baby, is there anything I can do for you?'" - Bob Koontz, KSWD (100.3/The Sound)  

Bill Shearer, Radio Pioneer, Dies

(November 15, 2016) Bill Shearer, a longtime, successful radio executive and former owner of KGFJ, passed away November 1, after a lengthy illness.

Originally from Columbus, Ohio, Shearer was a graduate of the University of San Francisco. He was a Korean War veteran who served for over 20 years in the United States Army and held the rank of Colonel, according to colleague Bob Fox.

In the early 1960s, Bill entered the radio industry and worked as a sales executive for Willie Davis and then KLOS. He then put together some financing and purchased KGFJ and operated the station for several years until he sold the station.

During his nearly four decades tenure in the radio industry, he also served as an officer of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, held sales, executive, and ownership positions at several radio stations, including: KLOS, KAGB, KACE, KGFJ/KUTE, and KGFJ. He also worked with the National Association of Market Developers (NAMD), and American Urban Radio Networks, until his retirement.

His memorial services will be held this morning at 11 a.m. at the AME Church, 2270. So. Harvard Street.

Hear Ache

(November 14, 2016) The Tonight show continues to far outpace the competition on ABC (Jimmy Kimmel) and CBS (Stephen Colbert) in Adults 18-49 and total viewers …Cumulus stock opened at $1.06 this morning and re-entered the danger zone last week when it closed at $1 a share. The stock did touch 99 cents in very active trading, and if does close below $1 for ten straight days, then Cumulus is back where it was before the 8-for-1 reverse stock split, which occurred on October 13 … The Steve Harvey tv show will be coming to an end with his current production deal in May and he will move to a new producer,  NBCUniversal Domestic Television. He will also be moving his show from Chicago to Los Angeles, in order to take advantage of a deeper well of available talent as guests. His tv show ranks #4 behind Dr. Phil, Ellen and Live With Kelly. During the most recent week reporting, it averaged 2.3 million viewers and a 1.7 in adults 18-49 ... Gary Campbell wonders if anyone knows whatever happened to Cal Campbell? "He was in my First Phone class at the Don Martin School in 1972, and he was on KNX/fm in the late 70s or early 80s," emailed Gary. "I lost track of him after that." ... Services for 4-decade KIIS chief engineer Mike Callaghan will be this Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church, 215 Foothill Blvd., La Canada. You can RSVP to his Celebration of Life by clicking his photo ... Ad Relief (formerly AIEF) held their annual fund raising luncheon and honored past presidents. Also, special honors  were provided to  the two founders George Green and Dennis Holt as well as Bob Fox, also a founder. There were over 200 people at the luncheon. AIEF was founded in 1972 and over the years has provided over three million dollars to media people in need.

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** Saddened by Bob Nelson's Passing
"We radio rats never forget our first general manager and Bob Nelson was mine. He was an enigma to many [putting it mildly] but always a class act, always thoughtful, and always in control of his emotions, his look, and his demeanor. And he was a very smart guy. Like George Nicholaw at KNX, Bob also recorded regular editorials and they were brilliant. How many fm gm’s would ever attempt that today?

Most of all he cherished the purity of what was The Mellow Sound. Many a time a commercial I’d brought in was rejected for being too strident or too loud or just not a fit for the station. Imagine a gm turning down business today because the commercial didn’t fit the format. He loved commissioning the musical images that people still recall to this day. Were there any better station jingles than KNX/fm? I don’t think so.

Etched in my memory is my job interview with Bob. Having already gotten news that I was Hal Bedsole’s first choice as his next sales guy, the final step was to meet with Bob and get his stamp of approval. Upon entering Bob’s office [a smaller but similar version of George Nicholaw’s downstairs at KNX], without assistance, the door to the office closed. Magic. Later, I learned Bob had a button under his desk that released the door without him having to walk all the way across the office to do it.  Even armed with The Button, his door was always open to this radio sales rookie. I am eternally grateful for my time at KNX/fm and Bob was the one who nurtured it, held it together, and honestly tried to help it survive." - Keith Samuels, LA

Close Cut for Vic the Brick

(November 12, 2016) “For all those people wondering if there’s any love or any hope out there, there’s still a lot of beautiful people,” said Don Martin¸ senior vice president of Sports programming for iHeart Media and AM 570 L.A. Sports (KLAC). His comments followed his station’s very successful radiothon for the Paralyzed Veterans of America. The goal of the seven hour effort was $185,000, yet by the end of the evening, the final total was over $235,000.

“It’s a true testament – the love that permeated that building came from an incredible city, an incredible group of athletes, and an incredible radio family,” said Martin. This was the station’s tenth year raising money for the Veteran’s group, amassing just under $1.5 million over the decade. The highlight of this year’s program was the $30,000 raised for update reporter Vic “the Brick” Jacobs to shave his beard on the air. KLAC sponsor James Bergener (“the sweet beard of justice”) did the honors of significantly shortening a beard “that’s been around for a generation,” said Jacobs.

Two LARP Join Passing Parade 

(November 11, 2016) Bob Nelson (l), a very well-liked general manager at CBS' KKHR and the mellow KNX/fm from 1973-88, died last weekend. He was 88.

The other LARP who died this week was born John Schultz, he entertained us in LARadio at KRLA, KDAY, KHJ, and KROQ, as Red Mountain. He served his country in the US Army where he was in Armed Forves Radio. Red worked for Bob Wilson at KDAY during the Wolfman Jack days doing the all night show after Wolf went off at midnight. "They were very close friends," wrote Jim Duncan

"We caught up when I was doing mornings and programming in San Diego and Bob was consulting for Dan Mc Kinnon's Rocker KSEA. We had an opening for an evening jock on KSON.  When I moved to LA to work with Wilson at R&R, Red and I stayed in touch. He went on to program a station in Reno for awhile and when 93-KHJ tried their hand at Country he spent two years on that station. One day I got a call from Red saying he wanted to disappear. He took a gig in Brownsville, Texas as pd and morning man, calling himself Sunny Laguna.

He worked until he had a minor stoke about 10 years ago that caused his speech to slur. He retired and got married to a lovely lady named Linda, who called me with the terrible news. He was 74. Red was a TALL Red-Headed Strange Funny Man...thus RED MOUNTAIN. Loved the guy," concluded Duncan. 

Jim Rondeau's New Job at KNX  
(November 10, 2016) Jim Rondeau is the newest addition to the KNX news team.

"I anchored mornings at KCLU for 12 years and grew up wanting to be on KIRO in Seattle, so it's really a kick to do KNX," wrote Jim. "It's unbelievable how many people in L.A. depend on that station. They've got an A-team in place, so I just fill in some holes once or twice a week. They're real pros when news starts to break!

There are great things happening at KSBR that I'm sticking around for. New radio and tv studios being built, fundraising is up and working on an interference mitigation plan with KCSN to clean up 88.5.

I love public radio and working with future broadcasters at Saddleback College, so it's the best of both worlds. Yes, it sounds like one of those phony press release quotes, but I'm incredibly thankful for all the opportunity."

(November 9, 2016) The political landscape wasn't the only thing that seismically changed this morning, KOST 103.5 returned to their annual holiday music programming a month and a half before Christmas. At 7 a.m., Ellen K, donned a holiday hat and made the transistion from AC programming to Christmas classics by Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Nat King Cole, and more.

“This is the 15th consecutive year that KOST 103.5 has provided the soundtrack for the season to Southern California. We’re humbled that millions of listeners make KOST 103.5 a part of their families’ holiday traditions each year,” says pd Michael R. La Crosse.  “Last year alone, KOST 103.5 averaged more than 5 million listeners weekly during the holidays, making KOST one of the most listened to radio stations in the country during that period.”   (Click the KOST artwork to watch the announcement)

by Shelley Herman

 (November 8, 2016)  For the past 18 months, I protected my quirky, brilliant, innovated and charming friend, Fred Wostbrock by keeping a heartbreaking secret.  Some of you may know him as Fred Westbrook, a name he often used as it was easier to spell and remember for those he did business with as an agent at Kazarian/Measures/Ruskin & Associates (KMR).  Fred succumbed last week, at the age of 56, to the ravages of inoperable lung cancer which, as his doctor told him, was 100% tobacco related.  Fred was a cigar smoker for 30-years.   (Photo by Roger Karnbad)

Fred was an original.  He spent his childhood in Waldwick, New Jersey in front of his television, absorbing vital information that would become the foundation of his career.  He wrote fan letters and collected autographs.  He scoured the streets of New York looking for entertainment memorabilia stores, collecting game show photos.  He presented a pile of his photos to Bob Clayton the announcer one of the many versions of the Dick Clark's Pyramid game shows.  Impressed by Fred's collection, Clayton introduced Fred to Dick Clark and was invited backstage by producer Francine Bergman where he met his childhood idol, Bill Cullen (far right). 

Once graduated from Syracuse University, Fred took the money he earned as a waiter, packed his bags, and with his father, drove to Hollywood with the dream of  working in the game show industry.  In 1983, Jay Wolpert gave him is first break as a production assistant on the game show Hit Man. He credited Jay with keeping him going in the lean times, often giving him Lucky Market food gift cards as a bonus for all his hard work.  He also worked as a contestant coordinator for Barry & Enright along with numerous production companies and on pilots and television shows including the game show Trump Card

Fred was introduced to the legendary voice over agent Don Pitts and was given the opportunity by Cindy Kazarian to begin what would become his career at her agency.  Fred knew nothing about being an agent, but under their guidance, he amassed a roster of talent inspired by the radio giants at KMPC 710 and began signing clients including Wink Martindale, Gary Owens, Geoff Edwards and Jim Lange.  His client base continued to expand with talent including Bob Eubanks, Gene Rayburn, and with the advent of The Game Show Network, Fred cultivated relationship with the classic hosts and game show stars helping them and their heirs receive payment for re-runs of classic game shows.  He often booked theme shows with his iconic game shows hosts with the crown jewel being the return of Peter Marshall hosting a special game show host-packed panel on “Hollywood Squares.”  

Along the way, Fred's life began to mirror the film My Favorite Year, when he began a representing Adam West for many varied projects and live appearances.  Fred would hop a plane (he hated flying) to accompany Adam all over the world for speaking engagements and autograph shows.  Fred once told me he had to go to Argentina for the weekend with Adam.  I questioned the necessity of such a long trip, but he said, “In Argentina, Adam is bigger than The Beatles.”  I thought he had set his expectations a bit too high, but sure enough, 20,000 fans were waiting to greet their classic Batman hero at the airport! (Fred is bottom right along with some legendary game show hosts and executives)
The Fred stories could go on forever, but here a few quick stories that make me smile.    A few years ago, Fred was called for jury duty.  When asked the title the last book he read, he answered honestly he just completed his late client's autobiography “Like a Lampshade in a Whorehouse” by Phyllis Diller.  He was excused from duty.    Fred was loyal, amazing discrete and a man who went way beyond the traditional client/agent relationship. A germ phobic person his entire life, Fred dreaded visiting hospitals.  When his dear friend, actor Frank Gorshin, was dying at St Joseph's in Burbank, he was at his side and helped Frank with a request.  Unable to speak, Frank formed the letter “C” with his hand.  Fred asked Frank, “Do you mean cash?”  Frank shook his head no.  “Do you mean cancer?”  Frank shook his head no.  Fred racked his brain trying to guess what Frank needed and finally said “Cigarette?”  Frank nodded his head yes.  So Fred, who never liked cigarettes, went to a nearby store, bought a pack of cigarettes, lit one up outdoors, filled his mouth with smoke, held his breath, went to Frank's bedside, lifted his oxygen mask, and blew the smoke for Frank to inhale.  Fred said Frank smiled for the first time in a long time.   

Fred did not want his family, friends or clients to know he was ill.  He thought he could beat it.  He didn't want people to worry.  He didn't want to see their concerned faces.  He wanted to keep his dignity during a very undignified time. He loved all his clients and worked on their behalf up until the end.  He still wanted to do so much more.  He had a wonderful team of doctors who used all the resources available and received constant updates regarding new medicines and clinical trials through StandUp2Cancer.  And, he had the team at KMR who provided unwavering support to him at his office.  Fred wanted to do it his way.   And, Fred would want everyone to know that he never lost his hair!    Fred is survived by his parents, Irene and Fred, brother, Steve, sister-in-law, Heidi, along with a niece, nephew and numerous cousins he adored.  He is also survived by his close, loving friends who supported him with kindness and heartfelt joy, Mae, Zaire and Amor Hampton.   Goodbye, my dear friend.  I hope they have cable in heaven so you can watch game shows and the sun is always shining so you can work on your tan. 

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(November 7, 2016) Jim Rondeau has joined KNX as a weekender and fill-in news anchor. Jim arrived in the Southland in 1993 as a dj at KOST and went on to work at “Arrow 93,” “Star 98.7,” and KBIG. Before arriving in the Southland, Jim worked at KJQY/KRMX-San Diego and KUBE-Seattle. He’s also been pd at KRUZ-Santa Barbara … Johnny Gunn and his wife are now living at the Motion Picture Home. “I got on the list in 2008, but when my name came up in 2010 we elected to not give up our independence. They took all of our Social Security, AFTRA and SAG (tiny) pensions, which didn't leave enough even to keep a car. When Jo-Ann's Alzheimer's began to "show," we did it. She has private, lovely quarters in 'Harry's Haven' [endowed by Kirk Douglas], the end-all in unbelievable care and I live in cottage 28 [alone] about 150 feet from her. We visit each other freely, have breakfast or lunch or dinner as often as we like. The food is gourmet, plentiful, I love it here.” … Johnny Helms died over the weekend, at the age of 72. He was one of the early Top 40 jocks at KMEN in the Inland Empire. “It was very sudden,” said his daughter, Amber … China’s Dalian Wanda Group has purchased legendary entertainment empire dick clark Productions for $1 billion … Bill A. Jones is set to appear today on Days of Our Lives. “And I'll be on Tuesday and Thursday as well - unless NBC preempts the show for election coverage on the 8th, in which case those appearances will be pushed back a day,” said Jones … Jimmy Rabbitt is resigning from his two radio gigs. “I am physically and financially unable at this time to continue to volunteer whatever time I may or may not have at this time, if you know what I mean,” wrote Jimmy on his Facebook page. “Maybe someday if I hit the lottery, find a rich uncle somewhere and a miracle cure or two I can return to help out in some way. It's been a good run." ... Ryan Seacrest served as sister Meredith's "Man of Honor" in her Mexico wedding over the weekend.

Mike Callaghan, Chief Enginner at KIIS for Almost 40 Years, Has Died 

(November 6, 2016) Mike Callaghan, veteran engineer for KIIS, KPPC, KWST, KKDJ and KXTA, has died. He was 72.

For a decade from 1975-85, he was teacher of telecommunications at Pasadena City College. In 1995 Mike designed the KIIS Megacruiser, a 46 foot long remote semi-trailer with two fully functional on-air studios, one of which rolls out of the side of the trailer. In 1998 he upgraded KXTA from 5,000 to 50,000 watts.

Paul McLane of Radio World interviewed Mike when he retired in 2013. "It has been an incredible amount of fun. “We developed a tremendous amount of new technology over the years, and met new challenges with new ideas and answers. And we had managers of vision who gave us the tools and money to try new concepts.”

I asked Mike how he got started in the business. He recalls taking the electronic curriculum at Pasadena City College right out of the Army. “One of the classes was to prep you for the First Phone. If you passed the exam before the class ended, you got an automatic ‘A’ and didn’t have to come to class anymore. That made a lot of sense to me, so I studied like mad and passed the exam. Two weeks later, I found that KPPC(AM/FM) in Pasadena was looking for an engineer. I applied and was hired. It was a baptism by fire, believe me!” He says he left the station when new owners ran out of money to pay anyone.

“From there I went to KWST. Beautiful music, and beautifully boring. That lasted one year. Then to KKDJ, which became KIIS.” Mike also worked as the transmitter engineer for station KEZY/fm in Anaheim, and he continued as the chief for KPPC (AM) after it was spun off from the fm.

Reflecting on what he’d say to others now, Mike says: “Radio is not getting any easier. You have to stay current with technology and keep learning as much as possible. Retiring for me means staying active and continuing to learn.”  

Two Years Ago

Car Talk Brother Dies

(November 5, 2014) Tom Magliozzi (l) was best known as half of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the hosts of Car Talk on National Public Radio. He died of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Magliozzi was 77.

As a pair, the Magliozzi brothers were appointment listening on NPR radio. “Tom’s been such a dominant, positive personality amongst us for so long that all of us in the public radio family – and I include our millions of listeners – will find this news very difficult to receive,” said Doug Berman, the executive producer of Car Talk  in a statement reported by NPR.

“Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers” were the personas Tom Magliozzi and his younger brother Ray created. They were two mechanics offering advice about autos back in 1977 for Boston’s NPR affiliate, WBUR. Ten years later, the program was syndicated nationally.

The notoriously self-deprecating duo retired from radio in 2012, after 35 years on air. NPR continues to rerun their popular shows.

KFWB is the Best of the Best

(November 4, 2016) KFWB (980AM) has quite the history this year. After a decade + of CBS/Infinity owning the station exceeding the FCC limit in station market cap, CBS sold the station to Principle Broadcasting earlier this year for $8 million. For seven months KFWB aired a South Asian-language "Bollywood" format as "Desi 980." KFWB was purchased by Lotus Communications on October 4 for $11.2 million and switched to regional Mexican music on October 31. KFWB is now "La Mera Mera 980" ("The Best of the Best"). That slogan is also used by KUTY-Palmdale and WBQH in Silver Spring, Maryland.

Hear Ache, 11.3.16 

(November 3, 2016) Norm Pattiz, founder of Westwood One, current University of California Regent, and husband to KMET's "Burner" Mary Turner, got his "tit in the wringer," so to speak. He is the "Prince of Podcasts," founder of PodcastOne. Norm recently apologized after a woman said that, when she was taping a bra commercial at his PodcastOne studio, he asked if he could hold her breasts. Heather McDonald aired an audiotape of his comments on her “Juicy Scoop” podcast last week. She said she was inspired to speak out by other women who came forward to describe their experiences with Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes. She did not accept Pattiz’s apology or excuse that he was trying to be funny. “Sexual harassment is not a joke,” she said in an interview with the LA Times.  Several other former employees and independent contractors of PodcastOne also say that Pattiz’s remarks about women’s bodies or looks sometimes made them uncomfortable. Pattiz, 73, told the Times he “deeply regrets” the comments to McDonald and vowed not to repeat such behavior. There is no excuse for any such comments or making anyone feel uncomfortable...I sincerely apologize, and it will be a valuable learning experience." ... Cumulus Media (KLOS/KABC) stock started the month of November with a new 52-week low. After opening at $1.39, Cumulus Media Inc. dropped to $1.26 for a new 52-week low. The stock opened this morning at $1.13. Stock observers opined that the new low can be either a buy or a sell signal. Someone bearish on the stock might see it reaching its lowest price in a year as a sign of growing downward momentum and make sure they sell their shares. Bulls, though, are more likely to see a new 52-week low as the stock hitting its low point and anticipate a bounce in the share price ... The Sound's Bob Koontz writes that his good friend of 35 years EJ, the owner of Jackson Limousine, died this week of a massive heart attack. "The reason I tell you this, 35 years ago when I was at KRLA I put a trade deal together with Jackson Limousine and since then I don’t think there was a radio station that didn’t do business with EJ," emailed Koontz. "For the past 32 years EJ put together a massive food drive that feeds 10,000 families a full Thanksgiving dinner, families who would go without if it wasn’t for EJ's dedication every year to make this happen."  ... Remember audio cassettes? If so, you will enjoy this very quick YouTube on the retro style cassette tape coffee table that was sent to me by Kevin Gershan ... Jim Ladd checked in recently. He's still hosting Classic Rock Deep Tracks on SiriusXM ... KBBY in Ventura has a treasure trove of LARP, including Lance Ballance, Bill Michaels, and Dave Randall. And the program director is Chris Cox ... SAG-AFTRA video game strike could last months. "Don’t expect the two-week-old SAG-AFTRA strike against the video game industry to end any time soon," according to Deadline. com. "Not unless the companies are willing to compromise on the key strike issue: residuals." ... CBS' quarterly call may be very insightful today on what the company will say about its “separation” from CBS Radio. 


(November 2, 2016) Alt 98-7, L.A.’s New Alternative radio station, today announced the lineup for the 2nd Annual ALTIMATE December 2 Remember Holiday Concert Series.  The ALTIMATE December 2 Remember series will feature live performances from some of the biggest alternative artists at iconic, intimate Los Angeles venues, providing a unique experience for the lucky few fans who get a coveted ticket to one of the shows. 

The ALTIMATE December 2 Remember Series 2016:

·         Kaleo at The Roxy on December 5

·         Miike Snow at El Rey Theatre on December 6

·         Cold War Kids at El Rey Theatre on December 7

·         The Lumineers at Fonda Theatre on December 7

·         Empire of the Sun at The Novo on December 8

·         Fitz and the Tantrums and Arkells at The Roxy on December 12

·         Glass Animals and Judah and the Lion at El Rey Theatre on December 12 

Tickets to all the ALTIMATE December 2 Remember series shows go on sale to the public on Friday, November 4 at 10 a.m. PT.  Tickets for The Roxy concerts are sold via  Tickets for The Novo, El Rey Theatre, and Fonda Theatre concerts will be available via  Members of the ALT 98-7 “The List” Rewards Club will have a chance to purchase tickets during an exclusive pre-sale on Thursday, November 3 at 10 a.m. PT (the pre-sale link and password will be emailed to membership on November 2).  To join the ALT 98.7 “The List” Rewards Club for the chance to participate in the exclusive pre-sale, log on

Universal Story

(November 1, 2016) Over the weekend I read a fascinating book on the history of the Universal Tour and Theme Park and its spark plug, Jay Stein. Having worked at Universal Pictures in the '80s, so many of the names were familiar and I learned so much behind the back story of decisions and how they were made.

After the launch of the Hollywood and Florida Universal parks, Jay Stein was obsessed with creating another theme park, Cartoon World. Stein was confident that a cartoon-based theme park had the strongest and broadest appeal of any theme park ever conceived. The key to his concept was obtaining the rights to the cartoon characters owned by Warner Bros. Without WB, the available second-tier cartoon characters would not be strong enough to attract patrons. Negotiations took place at the highest levels between WB and Universal execs and ultimately an agreement could not be reached.

How does this apply to LA Radio? The mention of Bob Pittman, the current chairman and ceo of iHeart Media. From Stein's book:

"Ultimately, Jay felt that the greatest impediment [to securing the WB rights] may have Robert Pittman, an aggressive, young executive who supposedly could figure out what would appeal to young people. At the time, Warner Bros. owned the Six Flags chain of amusement parks. Pittman was put in charge in 1991. Six Flags was a poor investment, run poorly. For the most part, Six Flags would put character names on rides without any serious theming and have costumed characters walk around. An ambitious Pittman convinced his bosses that Warner Bros. could do so much more with the characters and suggested that they not make a deal so that he could use them in building a theme park empire. Unfortunately, he did nothing and left the company. Warner Bros. sold Six Flags in 1995. Jay felt Warner's has no clue how to exploit their characters in movies or in the theme parks. He added it is shameful that they are unable to leverage their world-class characters and their current management is no more talented than the people he was dealing with many years before."

Boo! It's Elvira

(October 31, 2016) Elvira, the Mistress of the Night, is synonymous with Halloween and when I was in the marketing department at Universal Pictures, we hired Cassandra Peterson (Elvira) to help us promote John Carpenter's The Thing. We staged an event at a theatre on Hollywood Blvd and wearing my executive marketing costume, escorted Elvira to the stage.

She had a very successful career presenting a weekly horror movie on KHJ/Channel 9, wearing a cleavage-enhancing gown. Elvira also was frequently on KROQ.

Legends in the Fall of 2001

(October 2001) On Saturday, a jammed packed audience at the Day seminar at the Museum of Television & Radio was treated to a quick-witted three hours of memories, anecdotes, laughs, and insight into the early days of Top 40/Rock radio in Southern California. The early pioneers were in top form. I thought the best way for you to relive what happened on Saturday would be to hear from those who were there: 

Swingin' Gentlemen

Ted Quillin, Wink Martindale, Elliot Field, Jim Hawthorne, Perry Allen, Gary Owens, Casey Kasem, Art Laboe, and Don Barrett moderating (not pictured but participants in the seminar: Hunter Hancock and Chuck Blore)

*Jerry Lewine: “I am awed by how incredibly talented these people are. What great storytellers! I had to wipe my eyes from laughing so hard over some of those stories - conversations with the boss who had an accent so thick he couldn't be understood, Art Laboe's story of how he was on a couch with a girl - and the stack of sticking 45's on the record player as the explanation of how the Oldies but Goodies albums came to be, Perry Allen's story of throwing up on camera during the early days of live tv and of course, the story of the glass knife that sliced Jim Hawthorne's finger on live tv. I found it particularly interesting that the only personality mentioned as listened to by the panelists was Phil Hendrie."    

* Scott St. James: "With the stories told, everyone one of those guys showed that what helped them be successful was their not being afraid to fail. CLASSIC stories. And while being impressed by all the panelists, I left the museum feeling sorry that I'd never had the opportunity to work with Chuck Blore during the Color Radio days. I mean, the stories he told and the stunts he pulled...what a MIND! Jim Hawthorne was someone I wasn't familiar with and he left quite an impression. Every guy on the panel showed he "still has it" and I am big time happy I made the extra effort to find a parking space. It was a flat out WONDERFUL 3 hours! Take a bow, panel. And take a bow, Don Barrett."

*Randy West: Absolutely magical! I was immediately moved by the camaraderie and mutual respect among these legendary personalities, and of course their glib, easy-going senses of humor.

While I've worked with Wink, I'd never heard the full story of the genesis of his hit record, Deck of Cards. From Ted Quillin, I learned that the payola investigations included an L.A. component where djs were not only summoned to Washington, but that testimony was also taken by ‘G-men’ locally at the Hollywood Roosevelt. The origin of the long-disputed ‘Make Believe Ballroom’ was finally clarified for me in learning that Martin Block had worked for Al Jarvis before instituting the show in New York. (Left to right: Art Laboe, Wink Martindale, Gary Owens)

Hunter Hancock detailing the birth of his groundbreaking r&b program was fascinating, and at the ‘meet and greet’ I learned that he'd never known or spoken to his East Coast counterpart, Alan Freed. I'd known of Perry Allen from his WKBW work, but wasn't aware that he too had a resume akin to a coast-to-coast train ticket.

Gary Owens always has humorous and insightful comments to share about the true golden age of Top 40 radio, and I was again amazed at his encyclopedic knowledge of who worked where, and with whom. And when it comes to call letters, he's a walking Broadcasting Yearbook! And I could listen to Chuck Blore (r) for days on end recount tales of imaginative radio promotions, advertising campaigns, and the psychology of electronic communication.

I've always been fascinated by the larger-than-life likes of Todd Storz, Gordon McLendon and Bill Randle; I sure got a good dose of anecdotes and insight into the personalities of our founding fathers. And from a story about suspected payola, I also learned about a dark side of one of the indie record promoters with whom I had a relationship throughout the 1970s.

Finally and perhaps most profoundly, I realized that having the courage to risk and reach for personal goals in the first half of your life can create a sense of accomplishment, pride, and a cache of great memories that can sustain you into your 80s and beyond. I became truly aware that some of the veterans of the radio wars are reaching advance ages, but couldn't help but notice that once seated and in the spotlight, each of these legends were young at heart, glib and still have the all the magic that made them great. Thanks for a magical moment."   

* Bob Pond: "The airchecks unclouded my memory regarding the golden days of Top 40 radio. The transition over 45 years has been so gradual that I had forgotten how it really sounded. I was fascinated about the stories about great innovations that happened by accident like Art Laboe's Oldies but Goodies albums, and how [anglo] Hunter Hancock played Jazz for two years in order to cater to the black community until he found out that they prefer r&b and only THEN attracted that demographic!

The three hours went by faster than a Friday drive-time shift and they were just getting started when we had to clear the hall. You could write a book about these guys. Oh, that's right - you already have!"

* Brad Pomerance: "I had no idea I would be in for such an inspiring evening when I signed up to attend this event.  The ten stars offered a glimpse into the early days of Southern California radio that can only be described as galvanizing.  The audience reaction to their war stories demonstrated just how deeply radio touched its listeners in its infancy.  It reaffirms our commitment to ensure that the medium continues to reach out to the public like no other outlets can." 

* Ryan Fox: “I have to admit I didn't know who half of them were, so it was a very educational experience. But, since I'm going into radio, it seems only right to pay my respects to those that have paved the way. I especially loved hearing Casey Kasem's early airchecks from Oakland/San Francisco. It was interesting to hear about the humble beginnings of the countdown genre and American Top 40. Who knew a janitor indirectly helped with it's inception.” (Left to right: Jim Hawthorne and Casey Kasem)

* Rick Burke: “Perhaps most telling was the panelists' responses to the final question, in which they were asked what radio stations they listen to today. Most answered public radio or all news; nobody mentioned even one commercial music station or personality as their favorite [excepting one honorable mention for Phil Hendrie]. Is this surprising? Chuck
Blore mentioned that if you programmed a station today with many distinct personalities around the clock, as he had with KFWB, rather than just morning personalities as is done today, it would still be number one as KFWB was in its heyday.  While it was truly wonderful to see all these great radio personalities together, it was a reminder of what we have lost
in radio. The panel was both uplifting and bittersweet.”

* Darrell Wayne: “While I marveled at the talent and experience showcased at the Museum event, the impression that I will take away, as with last year, is how overwhelmed I am by the creativity and energy of Chuck Blore. The glimpse into the mind of his promotional genius was a world away from any of the meager attempts from stations today. I would like to think that we did some pretty wacky and successful things at KROQ, but they failed in comparison with the fire and compassion that exists in Mr. Blore. His stories of looking for the KFW ‘Bees’ and the Minneapolis promotion where the other stations in town were running spots for Formula 63 (the new station in town) were classic. Today's stagnant radio minds should sit up and take notice of how a true professional takes risks and thinks ‘outside the box.’" 

Don Barrett, Elliot Field, Perry Allen, Hunter Hancock, Jim Hawthorne,
 Casey Kasem, Art Laboe, Wink Martindale, Gary Owens, Ted Quillin, Chuck Blore

* Karen Martin: “I loved Gary Owens' response to the final question, ‘Well, I listen to a kaleidoscope of radio... and then I listen to a myriad.’ It was a perfect example of his talent, articulate and funny, delivered with impeccable timing in that unmistakable voice.” 

* Matt Johnson: What a wonderful opportunity it was for me to be part of this event. Although I am too young to remember all but a couple of these personalities, I was privileged enough to get a sense of what radio was all about during the 50's and 60's. I think the thing that was only touched on for a few minutes turned out to be the highlight of the afternoon for me, and that was when someone asked what radio stations they listen to now. That kind of got the ball rolling on the issues that plague Southern California radio today."  

* Jeff Baugh (KFWB): “The moment of the seminar was when Chuck Blore said he always told his people that the most important word you can use is...YOU. I'm just a pup when it comes to broadcasting but when I started, I promised myself I would bring something new and good to traffic reporting. That was, trying to actually speak to someone...YOU. Boy, did I light up inside when he said that!” 

* Geoff Nathanson (KNX): "For me, this event was all about the history of the radio business. The most amazing thing was that the panelists were so entertaining in their reflections on the radio business. Jim Hawthorne is a real talent, funny, witty, and sharp. The stories about how the AM radio business worked back in the 50's and 60's was very interesting.  These guys loved what they did and it showed. Hearing the aircheck of Casey Kasem doing a fast-talking dj style in Oakland was really something since I only knew Casey in his present delivery.  Ted Quillin knew Elvis, Wink had a #1 song, Casey started out as a fast-talkin jock. KFWB had 10,000 bees released as a promotion. Great stories, great evening. And I realized that Don Barrett really exists!" 

* Neil Ross: “Frankly, I had my doubts as to whether you could match the quality of last year's presentation, but my fears were soon allayed. Another stellar group! 

My two favorite one liners: Pixyish Perry Allen telling Wink Martindale that he'd had jobs that hadn't lasted as long as Wink's pre-recorded WHBQ-Memphis show open. Ted Quillin talking about teaching Spanish to Bill Ballance and Gary Owens asking if Ted was the one who had told Bill that 'cabeza de mierde' was Spanish for 'hello there.'  Speaking of TQ, what a treat to hear that folksy, down home baritone again. A voice like that is truly a gift from the Gods. His sincere comments about how important it is to reach out and really touch the listeners was quite touching in itself. (Left to right: Don Barrett, Elliot Field, Perry Allen)

My two favorite stories were: 1. Casey Kasem's tale of being informed by management fifteen minutes before airtime at KEWB that all humor was out, discovering a book of artist bios and trivia in a waste basket that was propping open the studio door, thumbing through it and reinventing himself on the spot thereby saving his gig and laying the groundwork for what would become American Top Forty. 2. Art Laboe's story of how a long ago make out session on a couch led to the invention of the Oldies But Goodies albums. [You had to be there.] Speaking of Art, what a mindblower to think that the man has been on the radio in Los Angeles since the forties! And still going strong. 

Which leads me to Hunter Hancock. What a charming, feisty irascible gentleman. And how fascinating to hear his tale of accidentally becoming the first L.A. dj to feature the music of African Americans on the radio in that strange, sad period when it was known as 'race music.' 

Great to see and hear Elliot Field again along with Wink Martindale and Gary Owens - always ready with a great one-liner. As T.Q. said, "He's never let us down!" A particular treat to have old friend/boss/mentor Jim Hawthorne on hand. He hasn't slowed up one bit. A brilliant, witty man who left his mark on both L.A. Radio and Television. What a nice surprise to have Chuck Blore join the panel. Any time that man wants to reminisce about the glory days of Color Channel 98 - I'm there! 

A truly wonderful evening, Don. Three hours flew by in a twinkling. I could have stayed for three more. Heck, I wish we were still sitting there. Thanks so much for putting it all together. Very much appreciated." 

* Ken Levine: “It was quite a contrast for me. The night before I saw Dylan at the Staples Center. I understood three words the entire night – ‘could,’ ‘blue,’ and [I think] ‘Alabama.’ [Instead of selling T-shirts in the lobby they should offer Decoder Kits]. Then yesterday these gentlemen all ten or more years his senior were razor sharp, funny, articulate, and insightful. Forget the voice of my generation. Give me the voice of THEIR generation!” 

* Phil Harvey (Phil Harvey Productions): “I will carry those three-hours with me for the rest of my life. It was your special guest, Chuck Blore, who really impressed me. The legendary program director truly spilled the beans on how to program a #1 radio station. While the panelists obviously had a few miles on them by now, their souls and wits were still pristine."

* Tyrone Dubose: “I heard Wink after it was all over say. ‘I thought that this would have been too long, but it seems as though it was not long enough.’ That was true. You didn’t have to live in L.A. to know how important these people were to radio.” 

* Jackie Smith: "I'm in my late 30's and listened to radio constantly growing up: KHJ - [when Rick Dees was on the air], KTNQ and KGFJ were THE stations I listened to on my radio - and I thought I grew up during the best era of L.A. radio! I had no idea that Los Angeles had SUCH a rich history in radio; what a privilege to see these gentlemen that shaped radio the way we know it today. It made me realize what a close knit community radio truly was 'back in the day.'  My favorite was stories were from Hunter Hancock, who brought the 'race records' to Los Angeles - such a quick wit and sharp as ever! It's obvious that the men on the panel have never lost their passion and enthusiasm for Los Angeles radio."

* Norm Garr: “As far as Saturday goes, the story that hit me the most was the one Art Laboe told about how he got the idea for Original Sound Records. He was trying to make the moves on his girl friend but kept having to get up to change the ten 45's on her automatic record-player. When his girlfriend stated she wished they were all on an album.....wah-lah, a company was born.”

Thanks to the Desiree Vander Wal and her staff at the Museum for making the day so special. Special thanks to Lane Quigley for escorting Hunter Hancock and Kevin Gershan for his assistance with the audio. Photo contributions came from Alan Oda, Pam Baker, and Scott Hawthorne. And my humble thanks to the ten personalities who reminded us, oh, so briefly on Saturday afternoon, that personality radio was pioneered by a unique breed of broadcasters. 


Airchecks. For those who were at the Museum event saluting the pioneers of early Southern California rock radio, it was clear that the personalities on stage were truly personalities. For those of you who missed a once-in-a-lifetime seminar, part of their history lives on at California Airchecks, a rich reservoir of classic airchecks for the past 50 years. “I started California Aircheck in 1980 between radio jobs,” emailed George Junak. “I had just left XERTA-FM 91X and would shortly begin work at Peters Productions in San Diego. So California Aircheck became a part-time enterprise after I was back working full-time. The idea was that California Aircheck would feature only Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, but I began receiving airchecks from other parts of the country and it quickly mushroomed. I would work on California Aircheck from 4 – 7 a.m. and then commute to my job at Peters. And work at few more hours in the evening after dinner.”

In 1987 George’s job with Peters was gone and California Aircheck became his full-time job. He has since added video airchecks to his collection. In 1999, George added compact disc as a delivery option, which amounts to about 40% of his audio business. Find out more about George’s wonderful collection of airchecks by clicking the box at the top of the page or If you decide to purchase an aircheck in the month of October, just mention LARP and George will take off 10%. George (l)  has been a supporter of from the very beginning and he runs a terrific business.

18 Years Ago Today 

(October 29, 1998) While writing about two deaths yesterday, Charleye Wright and Russ Barnett, it was very strange to turn on Bill Handel at KFI during the 7 o’clock hour. He was talking about death and funerals … I spent Tuesday with Bill Ballance (l) celebrating his 80th birthday. As he gave me the grand tour of his two-story spatial estate in North San Diego County, it was clear he has NEVER thrown anything away. He has books, plaques, celebrity photos, tapes and tearsheets everywhere. He has over 10,000 books, mostly on history and the Civil War. Bill owns every tape of every show or interview that he has ever done. He has a cataloging system by publication or radio station. The amorous Billo has photos hanging everywhere. When he showed me the one of him and Marilyn Monroe, I raised my eyebrows as if to say, "Yeah?" He said he tried but she had eyes for that "midget, Ray Anthony." I got a tour of his master bedroom with the celebrated heart-shaped headboard (it WAS loose) attached to a bed with decades of memories and stories. His industry awards and magazine covers cover the walls of an intimate reading room. In the garage, another warehouse of tapes and memorabilia. His collection will eventually be an enormous addition to a Museum or university archives. Over a chicken lunch, he reminisced about 80 years earlier, a time for joy and sadness. Bill’s mother died while giving birth. His father never forgave Bill for her death and they had a troubled relationship. A turbulent childhood gave him the resilience to survive and soar in the radio industry covering six decades. Back in his home in the afternoon, we made an audio history of his life. He described the night he punched out follow KFWB dj B. Mitchel Reed for stealing from his locker. Bill’s admiration for Chuck Blore is unabated. Bill is one of our true radio legends living life large, like he has for eight decades…Sports radio in Los Angeles continues to confound me. There are so many available sports signals, but the ratings languish. Last week I was tipped off to a major announcement by KXTA, "XTRA Sports 1150," that would appear in the Los Angeles Times on Sunday. I found a quarter-page ad announcing that the Mailman was coming with a photo of Karl Malone. No word if he was going to be a guest, a spokesperson, a host, or when to tune in. Turns out he appears weekdays from 1-3 p.m. with Vic "the Brick" Jacobs. Does this mean that they talk exclusively about basketball? Very strange … Word from Pam Baker at KFWB is that Dan Avey is doing great as he recuperates from successful heart valve surgery! "He will be back at the station on November 16th. He looks really good...he is full of energy...and he's anxious to get back to work," said Pam … "Mega 100" is running a secret scream contest for Halloween. Identify the scream and win.

Remembering Roz Larman
Host of KPFK's Folkscene
Michal Kornfeld, Acoustic Music Scene Newsletter

(October 28, 2016) Roz Larman, longtime host of the internationally syndicated radio program FolkScene, died unexpectedly on October 10 following a recent heart attack and stroke. Originating from Pacifica's KPFK 90.7/fm, FolkScene was launched by Roz and her late husband Howard Larman in 1970. Between them, they shared recorded music and live in-studio performances and artist interviews with listeners every Sunday evening for more than 45 years. Singer-Songwriters Dan Navarro and James Lee Stanley, who knew Roz well, shared their reflections with

Roz took over the helm of FolkScene, widely considered one of the preeminent folk radio shows in the U.S., following Howard’s death in 2007. With her at his side as co-producer, he had hosted and steered the program since its first broadcast on February 3, 1970. With the support of her son Allen and his wife Kat, as well as program engineer Peter Cutler, she continued the tradition that he had established – presenting a weekly program of traditional and contemporary music that aired Sundays at 6 p.m. on KPFK and at various times on other stations.

Several collections of the show’s in-studio performances were released on Red House Records. James Lee Stanley recalls first meeting Roz and Howard Larman at McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. “They came to a show of mine before I had a record deal,” said Stanley. “We hit it off immediately, and they invited me to be on their show. Through the years and through the various labels, I was on the show probably 20 times. [It was] always fun and always ended too soon — as did Howard’s life. With him gone, Roz took over the whole show and carried the torch. She played whatever music she thought was valid, and her home was a monument to music.” The veteran performing and recording artist recalled: “She went through thousands of CD’s to find music that resonated for her. I have a button that reads, ‘If Roz likes it, it’s folk music.’ She knew her audience and she knew that if she liked it, they would like it. FolkScene turned us all on to so much music that we might have missed in this corporate world.”

Email Thursday, 10.27

** Where Have All the Jobs Gone?
"I just wanted to say hi and ask you what has happened to the jobs in radio? It’s been more than a year since I’ve been on the air. I knew things were bad but I didn’t realize how bad.  Have you heard of anything in town?

I’ve been keeping busy with voice acting jobs here and there, and I’m back in college getting a journalism degree. There, they’ve promoted me to editor of the Culture Desk at the school paper. My plan is to turn this into employment, but my heart is in radio. Any suggestions?" - Christina Kelley, voice actor,, member of SAG-AFTRA,

** Mixing Console
"Thank you again for the wonderful article you did on my husband, Jay Lawrence.  It was truly heartwarming for me.

By the way, Jay has a Yamaha Mixing console.  Do you know anyone that can use one?" - R
eni Lawrence,

** Unforgettable
"Congratulations Saul Levine! I own Barb Bailey Entertainment in Chicago and many of my artists' repertoires are from The Great American Songbook. I am thrilled to see that he is carrying the torch and keeping this legacy of unprecedented music alive along with their composers, arrangers and singers. Sending you wishes for much success with Unforgettable!" - Barb Barb Bailey Artist Management/Bookings

Morning Has Broken
October '16 - 6 a.m. - 10 a.m.

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
2. Ellen K (KOST)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
    Pat Prescott (KTWV)
5. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
4. Big Boy (KRRL)
El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
Persons 25 - 54

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
2. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
3. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

KOST Tops October Ratings 

(October 24, 2016) KOST continues its torrid pace in 2016 topping the October '16 PPM Nielsen ratings Mon-Sun 6a-12mid, 6+:

1. KOST (AC) 5.6 - 5.4
2. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.3 - 4.7
3. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.9 - 4.5
    KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.2 - 4.5
    KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 4.5
6. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.7 - 4.4
7. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.2 - 3.5
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.6 - 3.3
     KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 - 3.3
10. KYSR (Alternative) 3.1 - 3.2
11. KFI (Talk) 2.6 - 3.1
12. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.5 - 3.0
       KNX (News) 2.9 - 3.0
       KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 3.0
15. KKGO (Country) 2.7 - 2.7
16. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.7 - 2.6
17. KPWR ( Top 40/R) 2.6 - 2.4
18. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.3
19. KROQ (Alternative) 2.3 - 2.2
       KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.0 - 2.2
21. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.1
22. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.0 -2.0
       KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.8 - 2.0
       KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.0
25. KPCC (News//Talk) 1.4 - 1.7
26. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.5 - 1.6
27. KLAC (Sports) 1.4 - 1.4
       KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.4
       KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.3 - 1.4
30. KCRW (Variety) 1.1 - 1.2
31. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.1
32. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.8
        KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.8
        KRLA (Talk) 0.8 - 0.8
       KSPN (Sports) 0.6 - 0.8
36. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.7
37. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.6
       KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.6
39. KHJ (Regional Mexican) ** - 0.3
       KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3
41. KLAA (Sports) 0.2 - 0.2
       KPCC stream (News/Talk) ** - 0.2
43. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.1

Polka Party Comes to an End   

(October 24, 2016) Dick Sinclair gained prominence in Southland radio as the host of Polka Party. He died last week, at the age of 91.

The Polka Party debuted during World War II on Guadalcanal Island. Private Sinclair, who was a pioneer in the creation of the Armed Forces Radio Service, first aired the show to an all G.I. audience over the island’s military station. While at Guadalcanal he met George Putnam.

Dick was born in Salt Lake City. After the war, he enrolled and graduated from the University of Utah. He started at KGIR in Butte, Montana before coming to the Southland. A tv version of Polka Party was syndicated in 65 markets and aired locally for two decades. While at KFI he served as staff announcer and financial editor. For decades, Dick was the pd of KIEV, which is now KRLA (870AM). (KIEV, 1950-54; KFI, 1954-68; KIEV, 1968-2000, pd; KRLA, 2001-02)

KGIL Engineer Joe Pugia Dies
(October 23, 2016) "It is with great sadness to inform our KGIL Family of the passing of one of our dearest friends Joseph Pugia who left us last Sunday October 16, 2016, at the age of 90," wrote colleague Tom Patterson. "Survived by his wife Jo and their son Ross. Deepest condolences to the Pugia Family, Joe will be missed by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him. He had a wonderful 34+ year career at KGIL from 1960-94."

Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday October 26, 2016 at 12 p.m. at Oakwood Memorial Park 22601 Lassen Street, Chatsworth, CA 91311 (818) 341-0344 (Photo: Catherine Smith, Joe Pugia, Tom Patterson)

Douglas McEwan added: "I can be glad for his long life. Joe was our broadcast engineer for Sweet Dick Whittington's Show at KGIL. I worked with Joe for almost 7 years. He was always sweet, affable, kind, always ready with a laugh, and an always-positive presence. I don't think I ever had a conflict with him. He was one of the good guys. Ciao, Joe."

You Give Us 22 Minutes ... and We'll Give You the World 

(October 21, 2016) KFWB/980 was the second all-News station in Southern California, launching in 1968. Over the decades, the short burst of headline news was very successful but time changed and the format began to tire along with pressure for the parent company to sell the entity because they exceeded the limit on number of stations they were allowed to own. The "... 22 minutes" branding lasted as long as the format. Great line. Maybe the best ever in L.A., along with Color Radio and Boss Radio.

In 1999, the company brought in Dave Cooke to program and refurbish the station. Kathleen Sullivan (1984 Olympic Games anchor, Good Morning America and CBS This Morning) joined veterans Dan Avey and former local tv anchor Bob Jimenez in morning drive.

"The station will have more personality, more focus on the reporters and on internal business," said Pam Baker, head of marketing and promotions, in an interview with the Los Angeles Radio Guide.

The station launched the "KFWB News Hour" with Charles Laszlo, Bob McCormick, and Randy Riddle.  Joe McDonnell ('the Big Nasty') was brought in as afternoon sports reporter. A decade later in 2009, the station morphed into news/talk and a few years later it became a sports station.

The station sold earlier this year and is now Hindu programming.

IHeartMedia, Cumulus Creditors Broadcasting Distress Signals

by Emma Orr, 

(October 20, 2016)  Video killed the radio star. Now, a massive pile of debt is threatening to bury it. Cumulus Media Inc. and iHeartMedia Inc., the two biggest U.S. radio station operators, are grappling with creditors while online music services poach away audiences, advertisers and revenue.

Losses and leverage are climbing, putting pressure on the broadcasters to cut a deal with lenders now, before the clock runs out. If they don’t, the two companies could slam headlong into a wall of debt coming due by 2019 that collectively tops $10 billion. “They’re going to need some help,” said Avi Steiner, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. high-yield media credit analyst. “A better balance sheet would help deal with the secular changes in radio.”

At Cumulus, creditors led by Franklin Resources Inc. have hired PJT Partners Inc. to advise them on talks with the company, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information. Millstein & Co. and Kirkland & Ellis represent the company, Bloomberg previously reported.  iHeart, whose total debt tops $21 billion, has posted eight years of losses, and Cumulus, which owes $2.4 billion, lost half a billion dollars last year, more than seven times its market capitalization. Shares of both have plunged more than 80 percent in two years and their debt, already junk-rated, may be downgraded again by S&P Global Ratings.

One reason for the pressure is the 3 percent decline in advertising revenue for traditional radio stations in 2014 and 2015, while digital ad revenue grew 9 percent and 5 percent in those years, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau. Online rivals such as Pandora Media Inc., Spotify Ltd. and Apple Inc. are adding listeners rapidly, with Spotify climbing from 40 million active users in 2014 to more than 100 million as of June, the company said. Cumulus and iHeart are responding with their own versions.  (Click the artwork to read the entire story)

Email Wednesday, 10.19

** Responsibility to Monitor Ads?
"Not defending it as the ad drives me crazy no matter which station I hear it on.  And being a Jew, I am embarrassed by the poor reflection upon the religion that the organization portrays. I am wondering though if it is the station's responsibility to check the veracity of the ads it broadcasts.  The free dinners for diabetes alternative treatments comes to mind as being a diabetic I understand what type 2 diabetes is and know that it can have some very serious affects upon ones body if not treated. There has been no evidence that I have been able to find that a miracle cure is out there that is being denied to suffers and that chiropractors are going to be able to reverse the cause of diabetes.  Should those ads be banned? How far does the responsibility go for a station to monitor its ads?" - Bill Mann

** KFWB in New Hands
"I was very glad to see that Howard Kalmenson bought KFWB,  I also think that they will do great things with the station, and will maintain the heritage of KFWB as a local radio icon." - Barry Wildman, Fountain Valley

Kars4Kids Questionable Financial Dealings

(October 18, 2016) Kars4Kids commercial is one of the all-time annoying intrusions to LA radio listening. Trouble has followed the organization for years and a Google search provides plenty stories of investigations and charges. More allegations surfaced over the weekend in a New York Post story: "A group associated with Kars4Kids is trying to take over a Staten Island synagogue to hide some of the charity’s cash, court papers say.  Congregation Oorah told the IRS that it was operating a synagogue in a building where the Young Israel of Eltingville congregation is currently housed. But it’s a smoke screen, say members of Young Israel.  In court papers filed last week in Staten Island Supreme Court, Young Israel argues that the charity, which rakes in tens of millions a year in car and real-estate donations, is using the synagogue as a shield 'to put their more questionable financial dealings through an entity that would not be subject to the same public scrutiny.'”

Last year LARadio published a story on the organization (below) and reached out to KNX general manager Dan Kearney for a comment.
KNX still runs the spots in heavy rotation

Questions about Kars4Kids

(March 20, 2015) Kars4Kids is one of the most annoying commercial jingles on LA Radio, if for no other reason than its incessant frequency. In just one hour on the KNX stream, we logged four of the commercials within that time period. The commercial and company behind it has elicited numerous claims of fraud.

Recently in the LA Times, Steve Lopez devoted an entire column to these commercials promoting the car donations. “If you’ve got an old car you'd like to unload, and the deal sounds pretty good: Donate it to an agency that handles all the paperwork, get a tax deduction and support a good cause,” wrote Lopez.

A reader from Chatsworth complained to Lopez that he wanted to give his 1997 Oldsmobile to Cars4Causes, another organization that has taken in more than 200,000 vehicles nationally in 17 years, with $8.6 million worth of donations in the year ending in June of 2012. It calls itself “the charity that gives to charities,” the nation’s “most trusted” and “America's 1st vehicle donation charity.”

But there are issues with the well-known organization. One example in Lopez’s Times story cited a Chatsworth man donating his car for $700 and the charity ended up getting only $25.

Cars4Causes has been sued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The attorney general’s office accused the organization of fraudulent and deceptive business practices. ‘

In the booming business of vehicle donations, Cars4Causes is not alone in drawing scrutiny.

“Kars4Kids, whose ‘1-877’ jingle has the kick of a recurring migraine, was sued by Oregon and Pennsylvania for, among other things, being vague about which kids and programs benefit from car donations,” wrote Lopez.

Kars4Kids is affiliated with Oorah, which promotes an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle. The majority of the proceeds from car donations fund their summer camp and other programs.

All you have to do is Google the organization and numerous stories come up dealing with questionable practices and legal action.

The jingle ends with: “We’re a recognized 501(c)(3) charity organization, so you’ll receive a maximum tax deduction." The ad doesn't say that Kars4Kids is recognized for other reasons, such as for failing to disclose the beneficiaries of its car donations, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Kars4Kids is well known to the Attorney General’s offices in Oregon and Pennsylvania who investigated the charity for leading donors to think the charity benefited a broad group of children, not a “narrow religious purpose.” There were $65,000 fines in each state back in 2009.

Kars4Kids insists it's not trying to mislead anyone. “There just isn't space in its advertisements to explain where the donations are headed,” spokesman Rabbi Eli Mintz said. “You have a 60-second spot. You don’t have time to inform people of your mission,” said Mintz, who also is the ceo of Oorah. “People can go to our website” to learn more, he said. Mintz is frustrated by the negative attention drawn to Kars4Kids, because no one has found financial improprieties or shown that it’s a front for a sham charity, which is far more serious.

Only by drilling down will donors learn “Your car donation to Kars4Kids will benefit Joy for Our Youth, an organization dedicated to addressing the educational, material, and emotional needs of disadvantaged Jewish children and their families.”

Joy for Our Youth, it turns out, is the legal entity behind Kars4Kids. It has its own website, which requires donors to do more digging to find the connection to Oorah, which is simply described as “a national nonprofit organization.”

Oorah and Joy for Our Youth have the same address.

The Star story concludes: “Another problem is donation dollars get diluted as they wind through charities. For example, tax statements show that Joy for Our Youth raised $24 million in 2009, spending $7 million on advertising and $12.7 million for a grant to Oorah.”

Oorah, however, spent $6.5 million on its programs that year, according to tax returns. Another $3.5 million went to fundraising and administration, and $5.4 million was not disbursed.

The Better Business Bureau reported in 2005 that Joy for Our Youth violated eight of its 20 standards, including those related to governance, finance and disclosures, said Bennett Weiner, who oversees the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance.

We reached out to KNX's Dan Kearney to learn if CBS researches some of it advertisers or explores controversial legal issues in conjunction with Kars4Kids. Dan “politely declined” to respond.

"If We're Successful, You're Not Going to Turn on the FM Dial"

(October 17, 2016) Podcasting has arrived. Well, it has been around for 10 years and all signs point to a successful alternative to traditional radio is on the horizon. This isn't HD Radio. This is another audio platform. When Mark Ramsey conducted his audio conference this summer, most of the dozen and a half audio experts dealt with podcasting. In the audience, virtually no radio people. Just audio people.

The San Diego Union-Tribune had a fanciful story over the weekend by Jennifer Van Grove that delved into the world of podcasting using two women, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark as an example of the phenomenal success of their so-far 32 episodes called My Favorite Murder. The show achieves 450,000 downloads per episode.

It is estimated that 35 million in the U.S. tune into podcasts weekly, which represents 13% of the total population. An executive with Edison Research says podcast listening has doubled in the last five years.

Two challenges to the world of podcasting: how do you get revenue and how do you get listeners. "We think podcasting is a $100 million to $150 million industry right now and radio is a $17 billion market," said the ceo of podcast network Panoply.

Listening is not always easy. One company, 60dB, is creating an app that is a one-button, car-friendly interface, which is like traditional radio. That'll help a lot. Once you can get audio with one movement, like a light switch, podcasting will become a major factor.

Another exec racing into this space says, his direct competition is radio. "If we're successful, you're not going to turn on the fm dial."

You can radio the entire story by clicking the "Murderinos" photo.

Kimmel Hits a Home Run

(October 13, 2016) Turns out that Vin Scully hasn't called his last game. Last night on  Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Vin called a special home run, hit by Kimmel himself. Click the photo for a watch and listen.

Boo! Melissa Carbone is Set to Scare YOU 

(October 13, 2016) Melissa Carbone, former Clear Channel sales exec, was featured this week in a two-page story in the LA Times about the business of Halloween. Highlights from the story:

  • Melissa Carbone quit her high-paying marketing job eight years ago and invested her life savings into something extremely scary: She launched a haunted hayride attraction in the heart of Los Angeles.
  • The LA Haunted Hayride is on track to draw 80,000 visitors this year.
  • "For an industry that big, I thought Los Angeles was super underserved. Clearly there was room for another attraction."
  • The idea for her haunted hayride came from the traditional hayrides she remembers growing up in Connecticut. After seeing neighbors admire the Halloween decorations on her Westwood home, she quit her executive position at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and along with her partner at the time Alyson Richards, they invested their savings to create the LA Haunted Hayride, which now operates in Griffith Park.
  • Her business got a boost in 2013 when she appeared on Shark Tank and persuaded NBA owner Mark Cuban to invest $2 million in her company.
  • She is already planning on expanding her business into producing horror films.

Hear Ache 

(October 12, 2016) KFI news director Chris Little (l) is celebrating 16 years with the top-rated Talk station. “Sixteen years ago, David G. Hall and Mark Austin Thomas decided it'd be OK to name me news director at KFI AM-640,” Chris wrote on his Facebook page. “I'm still doing it. Thank you both for your confidence in me.” … KIIS has outdone itself again. Top recording artists, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears lead an all-star lineup for their end of the year musical promotion, Wango Tango … Speaking of concerts, former KLAC personality Chuck Clifford attended “Oldchella.” He said: “I am still in awe of Neil Young's two-plus hour set. He was spot-on and note perfect. I've never heard him better.  Paul McCartney stopped his show a few times and just said, ‘Let me take this all in.’ He had an endless song list and ended his set with Hey Jude." ... Trey Morgan, former KYSR (Alt 98-7) jock has joined KPLX (99.5 THE WOLF)-Dallas, as morning man … Billy Bush was evening syndicated at MY/fm for a few years. He went on to the Today Show as host of the third hour, perhaps being groomed to replace Matt Lauer down the road. Billy’s been indefinitely suspended for his role in a released audio of a vile conversation with presidential candidate Donald Trump from 2005 ... Speaking of politics, former KABC Talker Gloria Allred is not allowed to deliver a letter calling for release of Apprentice outtakes ...  Nathan Baker has been promoted to KABC news director and executive producer.

Jay Lawrence, Former KFI Newsman, Dies

(October 11, 2016) Jay Lawrence was one of those big, booming voices who delivered the news at KFI for almost two decades. Sadly, he died September 22, of a massive heart attack. He died returning from a golf game, a game that he loved, in the desert. He was 69 years old.

Jay influenced the next generation of KFI news people. “I owe Jay a lot,” said former KFI newsman Steve Gregory. “He and I first met on the Arizona/Mexico Border where I was covering the Minuteman Project for KFYI in Phoenix, Jay was covering it for KFI. We became fast friends. Jay is the one who recommended me to news director, Chris Little. I was hired a year later. After Jay left KFI I began doing my aggressive lockout to pay homage to Jay, who did it first.”  

For much of his time at KFI, Jay was the voice of Orange County and the Inland Empire.  He survived firestorms, earthquakes and being shot at. Jay got his start as a college stringer, reporting golf games.

His buddies at the San Juan Hills Golf Club remembered Jay. “He was the consummate competitor in golf.  Jay liked being in public, he liked being with the boys and he liked the challenge of trying to improve his game. He liked golf on every level. Everyone who knew Jay liked him. One of the longest-standing members of the men's club if not the longest, he enjoyed making the club better for all who joined and all who played.”

Born Joel Lawrence Vidovich in East Chicago, Indiana on May 18, 1947, he was the first of 3 children. The family moved to California and he grew up in Whittier. 

Jay joined the U.S. Air Force where he served abroad in Pakistan and in Alaska.  His skills in reading foreign communication intercept codes was exemplary.  While in Alaska, he was given an opportunity to do radio work and loved it, according to his wife Reni.

While a student in radio communications at Saddleback College, he announced at many sports venues, including the Bob Hope Golf tournaments.  He was given an opportunity to do stringer work for KFI radio. It was the right time and right place for him to accept the offer to be the KFI Bureau chief in Orange County. 

As a bachelor until he was 50, Jay had a chance meeting with the lady who became his wife. “Our life was magical,” Reni said by phone recently. “We shared the love of golf, made some extraordinary friendships, and we were best of friends to each other and truly loved each other. I will miss him deeply.”

To honor Jay’s commitment to always giving back and his dedication to golf, there is a memorial button on the website of The First Tee.

There will be a memorial service Thursday, October 13th at St. Edwards the Confessor Catholic Church @ 11AM. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, CA 92629. With a "Celebration of an Extraordinary Life" immediately following at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

Jim Meeker, Veteran of Orange County Radio, Dies

(October 10, 2016) Jim Meeker, a veteran of KWIZ, KEZY and KRLA, died over the weekend, of prostate cancer. He was 78.

Born in Beloit, Kansas, Jim grew up in the Midwest, attended Washburn University for pre-law, and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for engineering. 

In Jim’s early broadcasting career he worked for Don Burden at KISN-Portland, Bill Drake at KGB-San Diego, Sam Holman at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, Bill Weaver at KWIZ, Arnie McClatchey at KEZY and Johnny Darin at KRLA.

Jim remembered his broadcasting career highlights when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People: “I was the emcee for the Portland, Oregon, Beatles concert in 1965, the announcer introducing the Steve Miller Band Live on CD (LP) at the Pasadena Civic and the emcee for the Carpenters, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Donny Osmond concerts at the Anaheim Stadium.” Jim continued, describing his favorite on-air contest highlight: “Giving away a real live horse at KEZY on my afternoon drive show for the song A Horse With No Name from the group America. The name selected for the horse was Amerage, and the winning contestant won the horse!”

He was especially proud of his involvement in the KEZY March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. “Mark Denis produced some of the most outstanding promos for this event that I had ever heard on radio, built around the theme of ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love.’ It was very moving and very successful!” Jim was also owner of Studio West syndicated programming in Newport Beach (1977-80); manager of KONG AM/FM-Visalia (1980-81);  manager of KSNN-Merced (1981-83); manager of KXA- Seattle (1983-84); chief engineer of KSAN-FM/KNEW- San Francisco (1985-86) and director of engineering for Crista Broadcasting (1987-88).

Since 1988, Jim was the owner of a residential appraisal company, Northwest Home Appraisals, in Kirkland, Washington. (Photo of KEZY reunion: 1. Bruce Chandler 2. Arnie McClathey 3. Paul Freeman 4. JIM MEEKER 5. Dave Sebastian 6. Larry Huffman 7. Jeff Defao 8. Oliver Wilson 9. Dan Mitchell)

Hal Lifson Salutes Beverly Hills’ Own AMRadio Station

(October 9, 2016) Did you know Beverly Hills has its own radio station?

It’s a really cool throwback mix which features Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and legendary crooners. I am referring of course, to the newly launched, “Unforgettable 1260AM” which just switched formats from Classical music to The Great American Songbook.

This is old timey radio at its best and love the B.H. reference on station ID’s. Station owner Saul Levine, who has been an advertiser in the Courier, is going back to the “standards” format for the first time since 2011. Years ago, 1260AM was known as KGIL a San Fernando Valley-based radio station playing big bands and talk shows.

It lasted until 1993, when Levine bought the station and began a news format. During the last 23 years, the station has been everything from ’60s oldies, all Beatles, Country, and Broadway show tunes. It’s so great to hear songs of my parents’ vinyl album era (and my youth) on AM radio reminding me of summer nights driving in my dad’s 1968 powder blue Chevy Caprice, with black vinyl roof and radio speaker on front dash and above back seat.

KGIL was where I first heard Come Fly With Me, a Sinatra anthem, the harpsichord melody of Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat and Fool On The Hill done by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66. These are all present on the 1260 playlist which has an added bonus–no commercials!

I tune in 1260AM at bedtime as a soothing lullabye and antidote to the Trump/Clinton furor. For some reason, hearing the music on the AM dial makes it that much more authentic. I remember hearing those legendary deejays like Gary Owens, Wink Martindale, and Bill Ballance on stations like KMPC, KFI and KGIL when I wasn’t listening to my own ’60s AM radio fave KHJ93 which all ’60s kids tuned in on their pocket transistors.

Now where’s my Groom N’ Clean? (Article by Hal Lifson appeared in the Beverly Hills Courier)

Scully knew how to make it sing

by Elizabeth Kirby, Thousand Oaks Acorn

(October 8, 2016) My first big purchase in life was a spiffy transistor radio in 1962. With a bucket of loose change saved from polishing silver and sweeping the garage, I picked out the turquoise one with a pretty tan leatherette case. Just right for listening to Chubby Checker on KFWB and, on the other end of the dial, checking in with Dodger baseball. Because there was this guy on the radio who could make you see the game. Honestly, it didn’t matter where you lived—in Ventura or Cucamonga or Sheboygan. I could practically taste the dirt. Without any effort from me or my buck teeth, I got to know each player, how he wore his uni, if he was in a slump or chewed gum instead of tobacco.

Vin Scully,” Mom said, “he makes it sing.” Let me translate. Mom was a classical pianist who believed there was more to a melody than playing it. You had to “make it sing.” So if she said this guy Scully does that, he must be pretty darn great. Sing, Vinny, sing, I thought. So I got my own transistor. “Don’t forget your radio, Knucklehead!” Dad hollered just days later as we piled into Mom’s red Chevy. Our destination was the new Dodger Stadium and my anticipation was a juicy Dodger dog followed by that frozen chocolate malt. It was a smokin’ hot August day but we cruised in style in Mom’s “fire engine,” as she called it, to Chavez Ravine.
“See the USA in a Chevrolet,” as Dinah Shore would croon. Air conditioning? Provided courtesy of Mother Nature as Dad drove “hell bent for election” around the twists and turns of the old Pasadena Freeway. Think pretzel and you can picture what those freeway designers must have imagined. Barf bucket at the ready. It’s time for Dodger baseball!” Yee haw, my new radio was doing its job. We settled in, passed the peanuts and bought a new hat with my leftover allowance money. Funny, it had an L.A. patch glued over . . . look at that . . . a “B.”

“Dad, what’s the ‘B’ stand for?” I asked. “Brooklyn,” he answered and explained the history. Frankly, I just thought it was weird. ‘B’ for baseball, I decided.

“Leading off for the Dodgers is No. 30, Maury Wills,” Vin Scully alerted, “who once he gets on base, steals successfully about 90 percent of the time.” OK, I get it. Even with buck teeth. In minutes, Wills was on first and Mom bellowed, “Come on, Maury, steal!!” Then Vin followed, “Based on his performance so far this year, Wills is stealing his way to a new record and is a candidate for National League MVP . . . the Giants tried to stop him with desperate measures in San Francisco by watering down the base paths, turning the lanes into giant mud pies.”

Wow, I thought, no kidding. Those rats. No wonder Mom hates the Giants. And there I was. Live at Dodger Stadium among a chorus of radios playing Vin. Suddenly, he was in polyphonic sound. I guess everyone knows it ain’t baseball without Vin Scully.

That was 54 years ago. For many years, after braces with my buck teeth once gone now returning, long after the turquoise transistor found its way to the landfill, Vin Scully threw and I caught. I learned how to listen. To understand the scope of a game. To love a wordsmith who could tell a story, with grace and respect, with dignity and class, with facts and presence, with color and charm. Who delivered a broadcast about the team, not about himself. Such humility. Now a rarity. Now that’s an art. I’ll miss you, Vin Scully. The great writer, Jim Murray, tagged you “Most Valuable Dodger.” I second that and wish you were running for president. Because I learned more from you than you’ll ever know. And now I get it: You knew how to “make it sing.” Reach Elizabeth Kirby at

 A Wedding and a Funeral  

(October 7, 2016) Nicole Alvarez and Beermug (l) got married this past Saturday afternoon in Malibu.  She does nights on KROQ and Beermug is a Kevin & Bean team member. "He answers phones/does interviews for us/etc.," emailed Bean ... AJ McWhorter of Hawaii is looking for former KNBC anchor Peter Burns (1969-70). He also did news for KHJ radio in 1976 with Anne Kaestner. If you know the whereabouts of Burns, contact AJ McWhorter at: ... Kimberly Holland, wife of Jeffery James (KXMX, 1999, KPLS, 2000, KCAA, 2005, KLAA, 2007) recently sent a note to inform the radio community that Jeffrey died earlier this year. "Totally unexpected," wrote Kimberly. "He was driving home from work and had a massive heart attack while driving and hit the railing on the interstate. He was not injured in the crash. He had went too long without oxygen and never recovered. We married three years ago and he was the love of my life. He loved radio and talked of his days in L.A. all the time. It was the highlight of his career. Jeffrey had been living in Biloxi and working afternoon drive at WRJW-Picayune, Mississippi ... J.T. The Brick does an evening show on FOX Sports Radio (KLAC) with Tomm Looney. In addtion to the syndicated show, J.T. is hosting a midday local show on Entercom’s KGMZ-San Francisco “95.7 The GAME” today ... ESPN continues to eliminate longtime veteran sportscasters. Mike Tirico, a 25-year ESPN voice, is out and picked up by NBC Sports Radio. Mike's syndicated radio show ran on KSPN from 2007-09. He was one of four play-by-play announcers to work primetime NFL games for at least 10 seasons (Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Mike Patrick) ... SBS has announced that Mexican American Chris Carrillo is the new vp/gm of 97.9 LA RAZA & MEGA 96.3 ... Shotgun Tom Kelly appeared recently on Tonight in San Diego. His appearance at:  ... At AMP Radio, Michelle Boros is now Michelle B. Nichols. Didja know that she used to be music director and on-air host for XM's 90s on 9 Channel? ... Congratulations to Cynthia Fox on moving from weekends to afternoon drive at 100.3/The Sound.

Schuon Co-Founder Every Day

(October 6, 2016) MTV veteran and former pd at KROQ Andy Schuon has teamed with a number of longtime television, radio and digital-media executives to form Every Day Networks, according to an exclusive story in Variety. Backed co-founder and board chairman Gary Veloric, Every Day Networks is a vertically integrated media company focused on over-the-top digital brands. The company, headquartered in Los Angeles and with offices in Europe, launches with an initial portfolio of channel brands that includes Fuel TV, which was recently acquired from Fox, as well as PlanesTrains+Automobiles and Business Rockstars.

“We believe Every Day Networks is what a successful media company looks like in the 21st century,” said Schuon, co-founder and ceo. “We’re set up with great brands and a great team to follow the audience as they migrate to new viewing platforms that enable an entirely new commercial model for our industry.”

Schuon previously served as president of CBS Radio and as head of programming at MTV and VH1. He most recently collaborated with Sean Combs on the launch of cable channel Revolt. Among Schuon’s initial executive team are former Tribune Company chief digital officer Don Meek, who will serve as chief operating officer; Fuel TV founder CJ Olivares as chief content officer; and former Fox Networks Group executive Austin Wignall as head of audience development. “The breadth of experience of Andy Schuon and his team is a perfect match to create a transformational business model in this new era of television,” said Veloric, co-founder of specialty finance company JG Wentworth. Every Day Networks plans to expand distribution of its initial brands globally through OTT expansion, while seeking out additional brands for acquisition.

Hear Ache

(October 6, 2016) Bob Shaw (l) of KFSH announced on his Facebook page: "It's with a heavy heart that I let you know I am no longer working at 95.9 The Fish. I've enjoyed 17 wonderful years there, a long stretch in this crazy radio business. I'm very proud of the work I've done there, and very grateful that God saw fit to use me in morning radio. Truly a dream come true. I wanna thank Chuck Tyler for believing in me in the early years when I was so green, and mentoring me through it all. I only wish we could've continued. And Mary Price, what can I say? You've been a true gem in the midst of it all. Finally, to my wife Sherry, who never ceased supporting my dream. This chapter is done. God's already writing the next one. :)" ... Jimmy deCastro is exiting WGN-Chicago at the end of the month, according to Robert  In 1988, Jimmy co-founded Evergreen Media, which became AMFM, Inc., the nation’s largest radio owner at the time, encompassing 465 stations. In 2000 deCastro cashed out of AMFM (a forerunner of iHeartMedia) and later became a consultant to America Online and president of AOL Interactive Services ... Kevin Weatherly has signed a multi-year contract with CBS Radio where he will continue to serve in his roles as senior vp of programming, program director of KROQ, KAMP, and JACK/fm. Kevin has been part of the programming leadership team at CBS and KROQ for almost 25 years.   

KFWB Makes News
(October 5, 2016) You give us 22 minutes and $11 million and you get KFWB ... again. After a decade plus with CBS holding the 980 AM frequency in Trust, the station was sold earlier this year for $8 million and a South Asian format took over the all-News/Talk/Sports franchise.

Now, a half year later, a familiar name in LA Radio history, Howard Kalmenson has purchased the 5,000 Watt station for $11.2 million.  The immediate speculation from Tom Taylor's tasty NOW newsletter is that it would move one of its two existing formats to 980. Those are the Spanish sports simulcast of KWKW at 1330 (5,000 watts fulltime) and KTMZ-Pomona (a 250-watter at 1220). KWKW (then on 1300) was Howard Kalmenson’s very first station, acquired in 1962. Lotus also owns and operates the highly-profitable Iranian/Farsi-language KIRN/670. It’s licensed to Simi Valley, up in Ventura County, and it runs 5,000 watts daytime/3,000 watts full-time. Lotus holds the Spanish language rights to the NFL Rams for KWKW/KTMZ, and KFWB would supply full-market coverage for “Deportes” – so maybe Spanish sports is the bet. (Then 1330 and 1220 would need a new format.) Kalmenson and his family have carefully pieced together their empire of 35 stations in L.A., Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Vegas, Reno and Tucson. Half are English-language and half are Spanish, with KIRN the outlier. At a guess – Lotus won’t keep us waiting for long, and will put its own stamp on KFWB via LMA. Bill Saurer at seller Universal Media Access doesn’t know what Lotus plans, but he says “I know they are excited to own the great KFWB.” Its roots trace back to the 1920s, and was once touted by Warner Bros. as “the only [movie] studio-owned radio broadcasting station in the world.”

Neil Rockoff, Former General Manager at KHJ, Dies

(October 4, 2016) Neil Rockoff, former program director at KNX/fm, pd and general manager of KGBS/KTNQ from 1976-79 and gm at KHJ from 1979-82, died on September 7, 2016.

For two years, Neil struggled to convince Los Angeles listeners that they should "all grow up to be cowboys" and listen to KHJ when the station launched a Country format. 

Later, Neil was part-owner of KBZT-San Diego and worked at WHN-New York before moving on to be Storer Broadcasting vp of the radio division.

In the summer of 1995, Neil joined Jones Satellite Network as manager of special projects.

Neil was born March 19, 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey and he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont. His great sense of adventure and love of travel brought him all around the world. His passion and vast knowledge of music, drew him into a long and successful career in radio broadcasting. Neil was the Chairman of the NY Board of Radio Broadcasting. He was written up in many magazines and major newspapers, even a full half page of the New York Times Business section and is listed in the "Who's Who of America." He was a mentor and instructor to many people in business and sports. As an author and a passionate political "junkie" Neil was able to express himself in a fictional novel. He was a sportsman who loved sailing, skiing, flying, horseback riding and golfing. In his later years Neil followed his love of art and began painting.

Regis Philbin Gets PPB Roast

(October 3, 2016) "We're proud to announce that on Friday, November 18th, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters will honor television icon and former KABC talk show host, Regis Philbin," wrote John Newton on his Facebook page. "As the pre-eminent talk and game show host, Regis holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on US television. As of 2011, he's spent 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera - that's an average of almost one hour a day throughout his 50-plus year career! We hope you can join Regis and his friends for this event." 

Vin Scully Tributes

(September 30, 2016) Do you have a picture of yourself with Vin Scully that you would like to share with Or perhaps a memory or a story about the legendary broadcaster? Send to

 "This is me and Vin Scully from 1992.  I started working at KABC in the Sports Marketing Department with Ken Miller and Sylvia O’Daniel back in 1991.  It was a dream come true for me.  I had been a Dodger fan since birth and now after graduating college was working at KABC. 

One of the highlights of my whole career in radio (1991-2015) was getting to meet Vin Scully in the Press Box at Dodgers Stadium.  I remember he was a really nice man, but we all know that.  The thing I love best about that photo is you can tell how happy I was getting to meet my all-time favorite radio person.  I could listen to Vin Scully talk about anything.  Every day when I leave work I turn on the radio in hope that a Dodger game is currently on and that Vin is announcing.  He will truly be missed." - Heather Thau, Assistant, Labor Relations, Disney/ABC Television Group

"I've met a lot of people, but this moment is still the best....67 years with the Dodgers, and 67 years for me Oct 24......And so honored to say that Jaime Jarrin and Jorge are friends." - Mike Nolan

  "On one of the first MLB record days at Dave & Dave, in walks Vinnie's driver to confirm this is the place Mr. Vin Scully is suppose to be, YES!  He goes back down to tell his passenger ... then, Major League Baseball Studios in NY calls to say they're running behind and will be ISDN connecting with us about a half hour late. 

Mr. Scully soon arrives at the top of our stairs and we usher him into Studio A.  Now, with Vin comfortably seated on our couch, we inform him, NY is running late and, without hesitation, he says ... 'That reminds me ... .... .... ... ... '  

I'm sure it was longer than a half hour. Everyone at the studios that day came in and sat around Vinnie to hear his stories, one segueing into the next ... I sat on the floor ... how wonderful to get this unexpected treat ... An AUDIENCE with the storied poet of MLB lore. 

On a subsequent session, I ask if he wouldn't mind signing my fitted Dodger hat." - Dave Sebastian Williams  

'It was mid-1998, and I was in my last months working nights at KABC.  My cousin Al was visiting from hometown-Atlanta, and asked to accompany me to work one night.  I told him he'd be bored as hell, but he kept asking anyway.  I finally relented, telling him he was welcome to take a nap in the Green Room, if properly inspired.

He retreated there, only to find Vin Scully sitting and waiting--for the life of me, I don't recall why he was actually there, or for whom exactly--and this was after KABC unceremoniously dumped its two-decade Dodgers affiliation, yet another brilliant Disney move.   Al spent the next two hours in a one-on-one chat with the great Vin Scully, about baseball, about New York [where we had both visited nine months earlier], Al's work as an Atlanta subway-tech, and God knows what else.  My cuz' still marvels at Vin's graciousness as an all-around raconteur and entertainer [as many of us know], and I am forever grateful to him for providing my family member with a once-in-a-lifetime memory." - Greg Hardison (Illustration by Piotr Lesniak from LA Magazine)

"I am a lifelong Dodger fan and Vin Scully fan. The thought of not being able to ever listen to him call a Dodger game again is unbearable to me. My big brother raised me to be a Dodger fan and even taught me to bat left handed so that I’d be more a valuable asset to a team [hopefully the Dodgers]. 

We have a long standing tradition of him treating me to a Dodger game every year for my birthday.  One year, I made sure to get tickets on the same level as the Press Box so that my brother could take a picture of me with Vin Scully after the game. Vin emerged from the Box, I somehow kept my voice from going too soprano and managed to ask him for a picture. The blanking flash on my camera wouldn’t work, but Vin extragraciously retained his affable composure for a few missed flash snaps, before I gave up and hoped for a good pic to turn out.
Well, one of the pictures indeed proved legible enough to prove that I had met Vin Scully, so the next time I went to a Dodger game, I gamely waited outside the Press Box again with a gold ink pen to have Vin sign my pic. Vin emerged from the Box, I bravely asked him if he would mind signing my pic with him. He said sure and asked me to hold a box for him that resembled a cigar humidifier, and a couple of other items like a book or folder or binder or something. He then used these items as his desk to sign 'our' pic. As he asked me my name to sign on the pic, his voice, in person, seemed like a pipe organ to me – I felt like I was standing next to master organist playing a pipe organ. I was in awe to hear the magnificent resonance of that Vin Scully voice that had succored me to sleep on countless life stressed nights in my life. It was like 90 seconds of heaven. I savored it like astronauts in training enjoy their seconds of floating in the NASA plane that dive bombs them into the weightlessness training. Wow. Vin Scully 

Please enjoy your retirement [and pleeeeeeeease consider doing the playoffs and World Series!]." - Andrew Schermerhorn

OKAY, You Love, Love, Love KOST

(September 29, 2016) KOST continues to dominate ratings with another 1st place finish in the Nielsen September '16 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a - 12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.8 - 5.6
2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.9
    KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 4.9
4. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.9 - 4.7
5. KTWV (the Wave) 4.1 - 4.3
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.0 - 4.2
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.6
8. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.1 - 3.5
9. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.2
    KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.3 - 3.2


Latino Vin Scully

(September 16, 2016) In 1959, a 23 year-old from Ecuador began calling Dodgers games in Spanish. Nearly 60 years later he is still working – and has helped transformed the team’s fan base. Read his amazing story by clicking Jaime Jarrin's photo ... Any chance the LA Rams will get over .500 this season. As Jim Healy might have said, "Bad coach, bad f#$%ing team" ... Joey Reynolds, veteran of KFI, returns to radio with a syndicated show on Cumulus Media’s WABC-New York on Sundays. Apparently KABC will also air Joey's show soon ... Thanks for all the birthday well wishing yesterday. My son asked if 75 was the new 60? Dunno about that because I've never much been into counting years, but what I do know is that EVERY day is celebrated with joy and thankfulness. I am truly blessed and look for ways to help others ... Steve Counts, last heard on Salem's KRLA, is now working at iHeartmedia in Charlotte ... Former K-EARTH pd Dave Mason exits BCA radio group in San Diego ... Congrats to Maggie McKay on her 15th wedding anniversary ... This weekend, Cherie and I are taking a trip to the Northwest and we are literally travelling by planes, boats, ferries, ships, Uber, and trains. Back next month ...

Paul Freeman Set Free Among Margaritas, Chips, and Salsa

by Jeffrey Leonard 

(September 15, 2016) It was an L.A. radio star-studded event for radio well-wishers to bid  Paul Freeman a fond farewell on Saturday, September 10th at Sol y Luna in Tarzana.

Former (and last) KHJ pd Chuck Martin was there sharing some fun stories. Martin talked bringing Rick Dees to Southern California from Memphis.

Also in the room were Paul's colleagues: Kris Erik Stevens, Dave Sebastian WilliamsMike Wagner, Bruce Chandler, Jim Carson, World Famous Tom Murphy, Joe Cipriano, Don Elliot, Tim Kelly, Danny Lemos and many more.

Long Beach's radio columnist supreme, Richard Wagoner, was on the scene to cover the event along with other L.A. radio veterans, Carson Schreiber, Mike Callaghan, Jerry Burnham, and Bob Moore.

Apologies go out to anyone in attendance whose name was omitted.

A toast was made to the late Charlie Tuna who was the Honorary Mayor of Tarzana for many years.

Freeman is relocating to his home state of Washington to enjoy the other half of his life and get some fresher air. (photo: Tom Patterson and Paul Freeman)

BEST On-Air LARP of 2004


                                                                                                                 #9 #8 (tie) #8 #7 #6
Sean Hannity                                                                     Vin Scully Jed the Fish Rick Dees BigBoy Bill Handel
#5 #4 #3 #2 #1
Ryan Seacrest John & Ken Kevin & Bean Phil Hendrie Howard Stern


Best Off-Air LARP of 2004

#10 #9 #8 #7 #6 #5


Lynn Duke Jimmy Steal Val Maki Kevin Weatherly                                                           Jhani Kaye Rita Wilde
#4 #3 #2 #1

Stella Schwartz John Davison David G. Hall Roy Laughlin

Hear Ache

(September 13, 2016) The Eric Dickerson Show is a new weekly program on KLAC. Last weekend, Dickerson welcomed former Rams tight end/two-time Pro Bowler David Hill and former cornerback/two-time pro bowler LeRoy Irvin. Every Monday throughout the regular football season, Eric Dickerson will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m. from a different BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. (Photo: David Hill, Fred Roggin, Dickerson, and LeRoy Irvin) ... KSPN has altered its lineup. The early morning “Kelvin & Travis” show is gone and the new morning drive show is hosted by Keyshawn Johnson, Jorge Sedano and LZ Granderson. Kelvin Washington moves to afternoons with Marcellus Wiley. Middays are hosted by Mychal Thompson & Mike Trudell, while Steve Mason and John Ireland from noon to 3 p.m. ... MY/fm's Ellen K appeared on The Talk this week. Check it out here: ... Jim Rome is hosting a new podcast with highlights from his "Daily Jungle." ... Ever wonder what happened to former KABC talk show host Ira Fistell? Wonder no longer. Steven Spierer hosts a talk show on Marc Germain's (Mr. KABC) Talk Radio One and last weekend he chatted with Fistell. Spierer, a lawyer, always wanted to be a talk show host and shows how good he is in tackling the tough and delicate subject that has surrounded Fistell - why he left the scene of a fatal automobile accident Fistell was involved in (a 15-year old girl was killed) and claimed his wife was driving while he rushed off to his KABC gig where he never mentioned the accident. Check it out here:

Another Broadcast Sports Legend Winds Down Brilliant Career
(September 12, 2016) Dick Enberg, after six decades behind the microphone, is set to retire at the end of this baseball season. Bill Shaikin featured a wonderful tribute to Enberg, play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres, in yesterday's LA Times. Some highlights:

"He has little patience for a new wave of broadcasters prone to diverting the spotlight from the game to the person calling it."
"With Dick, his brilliance spread over a number of sports. It didn't make any difference whether he was doing the French Open or the Super Bowl. Whatever he did, I just thought he was outstanding," said Vin Scully.
"In the mid-1970s, you could hear Scully on the Dodgers, Enberg on the Angels and Rams, Chick Hearn on the Lakers and Bob Miller on the Kings, and you could read Jim Murray in The Times. Today, all five are Hall of Famers."
"Now he has invested seven years in the Padres. He will surrender his microphone, but he will not surrender his heart. 'I want to be in line when they hand out the World Series rings, even if I have to be in a wheelchair to get one.'"

Read the complete story at:

Sports Sunday at KNX

(September 11, 2016) Beginning tonight, KNX will be the exclusive LA radio home for Sunday Night football, the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl 51. "It’s a great opportunity for us to try something different and see if it can help drive some new cume to KNX," emailed Ken Charles, KNX program director.

Paul Freeman's Retirement Party Today

(September 10, 2016) Friends and colleagues of Paul  Freeman will be celebrating today at Sol y Luna restaurant in Tarzana. Festivities are set to begin at 2:52 p.m.

Paul has been in Southern California radio since the early 70s, including 13 years at KIIS. Paul completed his LA run at KKGO last month and is set to retire to his hometown in Spokane. You are invited.

Sol Y Luna is at 19601 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana - No Host Event (North side of Ventura Blvd just West of Tampa - Valet Parking in back)


KJLH's Front Page Goes Digital 

(September 8, 2016)  After 27 years on-air in Los Angeles, 102.3 KJLH is dropping its daily broadcast of the popular news and public affairs show Front Page. To keep up with the digital age, the live ninety-minute program will end its traditional weekday broadcast September 16 and transition to on demand content and a Saturday morning broadcast between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

"Front Page is changing with the times,” said the show’s host Dominique DiPrima.  “It will now be available 24/7 on the KJLH mobile app and we will be producing video content for Radio Free TV along with news, commentary and election updates throughout the day. We are calling it Front Page Mobile because it is in the on-demand format of today’s media. And of course the all new Front Page will air Saturday mornings which will allow us to still broadcast live in the community."

Born out of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest during a need for Los Angeles’ African-American community to have an on-air gathering place for news and commentary on issues affecting the Black community. Front Page has been known as Southern California’s early morning communications in the Black community for almost three decades.  

Email Wednesday

** KABC Questions

"Sure miss the regular columns.

The one thing I would have like to know was why Tom Leykis went on air for one day at KABC; and where is KABC going to re-locate? That property is going to be site for huge development that should make the traffic there even more horrendous, but city wants development regardless of real impact on areas or restrictions current zoning codes dictate. But that's all another story.

Thanks." - Robert Guevara, Eagle Rock

The New/Old Heidi & Frank Show with Frosty Stilwell at KLOS

(September 6, 2016) By 8 a.m. this morning, Frosty Stilwell had received over 500 Facebook Likes on his return to the Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer Show at KLOS. A smattering of comments: "I'm loving the show!" (Glena Olausen), "Welcome back Frosty. I didn't get up early to listen to the opening, but just caught the Malort bit. So great to hear your wit. You have been missed. A winos tears.... Bwahahahah." (Shaunna White); "I renewed my Vip just so I could listed from SD!" (Tracy Horn); and "Still listening in Denver this morning." (Tracy Gimer).

Hopefully they will up their game beyond a discussion of what foods are still good to eat the next morning.

Hear Ache. In other news: Beginning today, ALT 98.7 brings in Marty Whitney for middays from sister station in San Diego. "Marty’s been pinch-hitting on middays this summer while continuing to deliver our #1 rank among 18-34 Adults," said ALT pd Mike Kaplan. He'll continue to host nights on KIOZ-San Diego ... Good news for Dodger fans, KTLA Channel 5 will air the final six games in the Dodgers' regular season schedule that Vin Scully works — three games at home against the Rockies and three games in San Francisco. Vin has said he will travel to San Francisco to work the last series of the season. These will be his final six games in the booth and conclude 67 years as the Dodgers' broadcaster. The station will also air live the pre-game tributes at Vin Scully Appreciation Day on September 23, the first game of the Rockies series.

Labor Day Weekend - 1999

(September 3-5, 1999) Whotta’ week. A three-day weekend could not have come at a better time. If for nothing else, just to catch our breath. A major station swap with 14 AMFM, Inc. stations going to Cox Communications in exchange for KFI and KOST. Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, LaLa and the Baka Boyz debut at The Beat. KLOS hit with second lawsuit over "Black Hoe" promotion. John London and the House Party move from mornings at The Beat to "Mega 100." Whew.

Walt Disney Co. was hit yesterday with a second racial-discrimination lawsuit stemming from its role in a KLOS promotion called "The Black Hoe," according to a front-page LA Times Business section story. KLOS account executive Carla Woodson is the second black employee to allege that she was retaliated against for complaining about the promotion.

Art Laboe, Huggie Boy, George Jay and Chuck Cecil appeared last night at a special edition of "Nostalgia" night at the Pioneer Broadcasters monthly gathering. The program prepared by Lina Romay and Frank Bresee encompassed the early years of music radio and the foursome shared the journey on how they got into radio and their love affair with the medium. All four have taken their passion for radio and found a way to survive for decades in this business.

Charlie Van Dyke at KRTH came across the Hallmark card reject list. "My tire was thumping, I thought it was flat. When I looked at the time, I noticed your cat. Sorry."…Sluggo returns to KROQ tonight and tomorrow night and then he returns to San Diego for his 911 job…New KKBT middayer LaLa will make an appearance at the Southern California Basketball Showdown over the weekend at the Venice Beach Courts. "I’m definitely going to slide through there and show my face."

Daniel Johns of Torrance was listening to KGIL’s Jim Roope during his sports report. "He was talking about how bad the Angels are and said something like, ‘For those who saw the brawl between Cleveland and Anaheim the other night you witnessed just how bad the Angels are. There were faces of Cleveland players four inches in front of them and they were still swingin' and missin.'"  

Rick Dees interviewed actress Heather Graham and one of the stars of Bowfinger on KIIS yesterday morning. "If we had known you were listening at Agoura High School back when you were there, we would have done many more remotes." Rick commented about the relationship between Heather and Ed Byrnes. "It looks like he wants to eat you with a spoon." Heather returned with: "He does. Every night!"

Charlie Tuna put a KLAC listener on the air yesterday morning who had high compliments for Charlie, Fran Tunno and the entire station. And then: "The only thing I don’t like about your station is Sunday morning. It would be nice to have music again rather than some guy talking about my intestines and colon." Ah, those infomercials… "Shotgun Tom" Kelly continues a quarter century tradition as co-host of the local cut-aways during the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon over the Labor Day weekend. For 25 years he was the co-host in San Diego and this year marks his second with Casey Kasem.

Email Thursday

(September 1, 2016) "I enjoyed that newspaper article about you when you were a student at Samohi (scroll down). Interesting that at any early age you recognized that you wanted to be in radio. I didn’t know in high school or college (Cal) what I wanted to do in my life. All I knew was that I had to get a job. It was at Hunt Foods where I worked on the inside for four years and accomplished some innovations that I asked to be given a sales territory in order to have direct experience with selling and meeting customers. My manager thought I was nuts but they carved up a terrible territory for me in East L.A. and all I had was a bunch of mom and pop grocery stores and two decent sized markets (one in Boyle Heights and the other in Bell Gardens) both of which were not customers for Hunt Products.

There were 15 direct sales persons for Hunt Foods in Southern California. So, I did my research and started out. I immediately figured out how to develop a relationship with my clients and how to explain to them how they could save money by buying direct and how they could move our products. I opened 26 new accounts the first month and was the No. 1 salesperson in the Southland. And every month I was No. 1 through 3. The sales management went crazy and they couldn’t figure out what I was doing. Anyway, I learned that I was good at selling and realized that I had a future in selling and marketing. The president of the company called me in after 6 months and told me I was the best salesperson in the company and they wanted to send me to Chicago as assistant sales manager. There was no way I was going to Chicago and I expressed that to the president. Some months later, I walked into KFWB and asked to see the sales manager (Mort Sidley) and we became close friends until his death - he was a chain smoker) and told Mort that I would go to work for no salary. All I wanted was a desk and some unproductive accounts. And that is how I started and found myself in an industry that I truly enjoyed. I also understood early on that I did not enjoy the corporate culture. I tried for several years to put together financing and finally found KVEN AM and FM. The rest you know." - Bob Fox

Two LARPs Join Passing Parade 

HICKS, Joe: KFI, 2006-09. Joe was a community activist who had a weekend show at KFI. He died August 28, 2016, at the age of 75.

"A man of his times, he had been a Black Panther in his youth, but shifted right as he grew older, suffering the brickbats you might expect from old comrades even though he served as Greater Los Angeles director of Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Council," wrote Roger Simon of PJ Media. "If someone embodied the best of the civil rights movement through the years, I can't think of anyone the equal of Joe. Through everything that has happened to us, black and white, Joe managed to preserve the true goal of racial equality and integration, devoid of cant and race-baiting. He was one of the guardians of the true dream of MLK. BlackLivesMatter was not for this ex-Panther. But he was so much more than an activist. He was what we used to call "a cool guy," someone you wanted to hang with."

BROWNE, Dr. Joy: KGIL, 2007. The longtime syndicated psychologist started on KGIL on October 29, 2007, and she was heard briefly during the short-lived Talk format. She died August 27, 2016, at the age of 71.

Browne was born in New Orleans and graduated from Rice University. A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology. In the late 1970s she was heard on WITS-Boston with a program called Up Close and Personal. She was known for her "one-year rule", which stated that people who have lost a spouse or partner due to break-up, death, or divorce should wait at a minimum one-year before resuming romantic relationships.

Dr. Browne hosted a tv show on the Discovery Health cable channel in 2005 which was a live one-hour simulcast of her weekday show on WOR. She previously hosted a King World-Eyemark weekday syndicated tv advice talk show in 1999 for one year. She has written numerous books on life and dating.

Hear Ache
(August 30, 2016) Karen Harlow has left all-News KNX weekends and is now dj jocking in San Diego. A replacement is close, according to KNX pd Ken Charles ... KLOS production extraordinaire Rob Frazier lost his job when Frosty Stilwell was hired to rejoin Heidi & Frank. Apparently odd man out but a solid pro who should land good soon ... KLAC's Colin Cowherd is launching, a new digital home for content created and curated by Colin ...  Condolences to the Sound's Bob Koontz on the passing of his brother ... KLAC's Bill Reiter is leaving his midday slot to join CBS Sports. Co-host Leeann Tweeden will be joined for noon - 3 by Channel 4's Fred Roggin ... Caught up with the scary 10 Cloverfield Lane and to my shock, KNX's Frank Mottek played a role. So versatile!

KOST #1 Again in August '16 Ratings

(August 29, 2016) AC KOST remains at #1 in the just-released PPM ratings (6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid). The station popped up another 4/10ths to ride the year in the top spot. KOST is almost a full point of #2, MY/fm.

1.  KOST (AC) 5.4 - 5.8
2.  KBIG (MY/fm) 4.7 - 4.9
      KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 4.9
4.  KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.9 - 4.6
5.  KTWV (the WAVE) 4.2 - 4.1
6.  KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.9 - 4.0
7.  KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.6 - 3.5
8.  KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 3.4
      KYSR (ALT 98-7) 3.2 - 3.4
10. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 - 3.3
       KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 3.3
12. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.8 - 3.1
       KNX (News) 2.9 - 3.1
14. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.9 - 3.0
15. KFI (Talk) 2.7 - 2.7
16. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.6
17. KKGO (Country) 2.4 - 2.4
      KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.4
19. KROQ (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.3
20. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.2
       KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.1 - 2.2
22. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.0 - 1.8
23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.5 - 1.7
       KPCC (News/Talk) 1.8 - 1.7
       KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 1.7
26. KCRW (Variety) 1.8 - 1.5
27. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.3 - 1.4
       KUSC (Classical) 1.3 - 1.4
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC ) 1.4 - 1.3
       KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.3 - 1.3
31. KLAC (Sports) 1.3 - 1.1
32. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 0.8
33. KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 0.7
       KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7
35. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.6
       KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.6
       KKJZ (Jazz) 0.4 - 0.6
38. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.5
39. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3
40. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2
       KLAA (Sports) 0.3 - 0.2


Paul Freeman Send-Off with a Touch of Tuna

(August 29, 2016) Paul  Freeman is taking a victory lap from Spokane to Spokane as he returns home to be with family in his retirement. And his buddies are putting together a "Fan of the Man" celebration on Saturday, September 10, at Sol y Luna restaurant in Tarzana. The Paul Freeman "Fan of the Man" Appreciation Celebration's first 'stop-set' will start promptly at 2:52 p.m. and 72 Dees-grees ['coming out of a F 'ing up-tempo song? … you do this to me all-the-time, is Don on the phone')," wrote one of the organizers Dave Sebastian Williams.

We’re sending this to not only to all of Southern California's radio listeners but to his co-workers as well, because IT'S TIME TO RETURN THE FAVOR of Paul Freeman's generosity," Dave continued. "Paul said he 'likes the Charlie Tuna touch' of sharing this event with all the radio personalities and co-workers and his loyal radio fans who are welcome to drop by Sol y Luna. Everyone will also reminisce the wonderful Artistry of Art Ferguson who called Tarzana home and served as that city's Honorary Mayor for several years.  Art [Charlie Tuna] had his headphones taken away earlier this year in February.  It was after Paul’s stay at The OC’s KEZY and following his stay at the famed 93 / KHJ, that Charlie Tuna hired Paul to join him at 102.7 KIIS/fm. That was 1976 and Paul stayed til ’89 long after Charlie moved on.  Following Paul’s 13 year stay at KIIS, where Tuna originally hired him, Paul’s next stop was KODJ where he again worked with Charlie. The KODJ call letters soon switched to KCBS/fm. Last day on the air for Paul was Friday, August 12th at KKGO."

Sol Y Luna is at 19601 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana - No Host Event (North side of Ventura Blvd just West of Tampa - Valet Parking in back)

Sunday Email

(August 28, 2016) "I lived in LA for 15 years, and in 1979-80 I recall that there was a morning show, don’t recall whose, that featured wonderful comedy skits including “BAKERSFIELD” (a spoof on Dallas, of course) and The New Leave It To Beaver.  Do you recall which station aired this show, and who were the announcers? Still miss KNX/fm, always will.  And as a San Diegan before and after LA, the old KGB AM (the mellow side) from the mid-70’s.  Those stations, and so many others, were true places and homes on the dial.  Nothing like them now.  Thank God for KUSC. Dan Goldzband"

Engelman, Ron: KRTH, 1979-81; KWST, 1981-83; KMGG, 1983. Ron spent his time in Los Angeles radio teamed with John London. The London & Engelman morning team was enormously popular.

Ron died August 29, 2007, following a 3-year battle with lung cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, according to his 19-year old daughter, Krista. He died peacefully in his sleep at home, in the Texas Hill Country. He was 68.

Ron was born in Denver. The radio bug bit him in 1961 at Northeastern College in Sterling, Colorado. He started at KGEK-Sterling and moved on to KBOI-Boise, then mornings at KLAK-Denver and KLIF-Dallas in 1973 where he met his eventual partner, John London. Ron became nd at KUPD-Phoenix in 1975 then to KHOW (“96KX”)-Denver. When Ron moved across town to KTLK-Denver, he began as a team with John and stopped doing news. Their journey took them to Portland, back to KLIF, to KULF-Houston, and then K-EARTH in 1979. Within days of their arrival in L.A., they stirred it up with a skit that had Eddie Haskell teaching the Beaver how to snort cocaine. The duo admitted that their Denver act was a bit sicker than what they did on KRTH.
After KMGG ("Magic 106,") they did some tv writing before joining WFLA-Tampa and then KMEL-San Francisco in 1986. During their stay in the Bay Area, which would be their last as a team, Ron was in the hospital twice, once for open heart surgery and later for an aorta bypass. The break-up of the London & Engelman partnership was, as Ron related in a 1998 telephone interview from his home in New Mexico, "real ugly."

Ron went on to WZOU-Boston in 1990, followed by a return to the Bay Area at KSOL-San Francisco. In early 1993, Ron became a talk host at KGBS-Dallas. Shortly after his arrival, all hell broke loose. "Waco hit and all of a sudden I and the station became a link with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians,” said Ron. “Tapes of my show were being monitored and obtained by the FBI. I was on virtually every single press outlet. At one stage the Branch Davidians hung a banner from the fortress that said WE WANT RON ENGELMAN." The government would not let Ron approach the compound and controversy swirled. He made an emphatic point that he did not agree with David Koresh, but, as Ron said, "POWs during the war were treated more humanely." After the Waco incident, he lost his job and had "a real, real tough two years."

While waiting for his next radio assignment, he restored a 1934 Rolls Royce, which is now in a Houston museum. Ron purchased some land in New Mexico and moved there in 1994. Thanks to Waco, he was unable to keep steady job in radio until he was hired once more in 1999 for Talk Radio Network, doing live late-night national news broadcast from Wichita Falls. After his contract ran out in 2000, he and his family returned to New Mexico where Ron returned to fill-in work for KKOB. Ron was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, and a tumor was removed from one lung. He was given three to five years to live. When his condition began to worsen post surgery, he needed to move to sea level to breathe easier. He and his family relocated to the Texas Hill Country (between San Antonio and Austin) in January of 2006.

Question of the Month from 10 Years Ago 

Richard Turnage: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over?  Many things, including but not limited to (and in no particular order): a hilarious Phil Hendrie segment, a classic Sinatra tune on KKGO-AM, a Dave Ross commentary on KNX, listening to Uncle Joe Benson being humorous and informative about the music he plays during his show and Gary Moore's feature 'Whole Lotta Led' on ninety-five-point-five KLOS.    
What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Any talk radio broadcaster who feels the best way to make a particular point is to simply start shouting, rather than use thought, logic, and reason.  Or, any radio personality who feels the best way to be humorous is to simply start speaking juvenile potty-talk that rambles and has no point, rather than use...well, uh...thought, logic and reason. (And creativity--potty talk is OK, if it's funny and if it has a point!)  

Ronni Richards: I rarely reply to you, because I know you have trazillion responses, but I remembered something the other day that made me turn change stations  immediately. I was listening to an Oldies station, searching for my Motown fix, when  suddenly, Morris Albert comes on singing Feelings. I got whiplash reaching for the radio dial! I had to play that song once an hour in high rotation when I was on the radio and  hearing it again was beyond painful. I know there are so many people who loved that song and it is probably a wonderful ballad,  but to me it was chalk on a blackboard.  Sorry Morris, for my money, there was only one ballad in '77, Elvin Bishop's Fooled Around and Fell in Love!   

Brie Tennis (KOST): What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over?  A great song or a tease that a great song is coming! The 5 o'clock funnies! A jock who is fun to listen to and who knows the music! 

What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Endless commercials. Bad voice on the radio. One that really gets me is poor grammar. It's amazing to me how many times I hear ‘anyways’ on the air - in L.A., the #2 market.     

Mike Botula, Veteran of KNOB, KFWB, KRLA, and KMPC Pens Book About His Father 

(August 26, 2016) "I just wanted to take moment of your time to let you know that my book about the LST 920 has been published. Titled LST 920: Charlie Botula’s Long, Slow Target! It’s being released through’s publishing division, CreateSpace. It is available in paperback or the Kindle e-book.

This project would not have become a reality but for all of the morale support, photos, interviews and the opportunities for me to get to know some of the people that my father talked about while he was regaling my brother and I with the stories of his adventures aboard the LST 920. His Navy service was the high point of his life, and, I’ve come to believe that the August day in 1944 and the encounter with U 667 was the highest point of his Navy service.

The US LST Association’s magazine, Scuttlebutt, will soon publish my latest article on the ship. (The editor tells me it may be in the November issue).

 Here’s part of the news release that will accompany the marketing for the new book: LSTs, the amphibious landing ships, or Long, Slow Targets - as the men who sailed on them referred to their ships – were a key ingredient in the Allies’ victory in World War 2. From the beaches of Normandy, North Africa, Italy and the island fortresses of the Pacific, these lumbering ships delivered the troops and their weapons and supplies where they were needed. In telling the story of LST 920, author Mike Botula pays a tribute to his father, Lieutenant Charles Botula, Jr who served as the 920’s second in command as well as the other sailors who helped win the ultimate victory. Included is the back story of the LST 920s mission, including the LST 920s captain, Harry Schultz who defied orders in order to save the lives of men from an LST torpedoed by an enemy U-boat. It’s also the story about the challenges facing an America family during the greatest war that the world has ever seen. It has become a reality, and I wanted to let you know about it.

Regards, Mike Botula, Cedar Park, Texas (916) 835-4485"

Pat Kelley Returns to Familiar Home

( —  The Rams are back in LA and, for now, calling the Coliseum home. Pat Kelley was back in the Coliseum for the first time since 1978. CBS2’s Greg Mills was there for the happy and poignant homecoming. He says the Rams made it special for Kelley. (click artwork)

He introduced the Rams’ starting lineup on the Rams radio broadcast. “To be on the field–  to look up into the booth where you guys are, where I spent the majority of my life as a young man with my dad and to being back his memory,” said Kelley. His dad was legendary Rams broadcast Bob Kelley. He broadcast Rams games from the day they first moved to LA to the day he died in 1964. “I got downloaded with the Bob Kelley gene. Lucky me,” said his son.

He was able to travel on road trips with his dad and he helped him appreciate football. Kelley says he was in the press box for every Rams home game, too. “My dad used to refer to them as ‘My Rams.  That’s how I think of them,” says Kelley. He and his childhood friend — actor Mark Harmon — even got to wear Rams uniforms. If you are a longtime LA rock radio fan, you most likely known Pat Kelley as Pat Paraquat Kelley and from his years on the Mighty Met.

His wife is actress and former 2 On the Town host Melody Rogers. He’s had multiple sclerosis for the past 13 years and he says it’s taken a toll on him physically. It’s hard to watch him decline for 13 years like this,” Melody says. She says his humor, and hers, help them cope. “Melody,” he says, “God bless her.” She is his primary caregiver and she speaks out often about this disease and insurance. Back to today’s radio gig, he got to pay tribute to his dad and his favorite player, Deacon Jones. The Rams told him they wanted to give him a day he’d remember the rest of his life. “Well, if I don’t remember this,” he said, “the rest of my life, there is something wrong.”

Everybody's working for the weekend / Everybody wants a little romance / Everybody's goin' off the deep end /

(August 19, 2016) Jeff Smulyan is trying for a third time to take his media company private. In addition to taking Emmis private, Smulyan wants to sell some assets to reduce the company's debt. Emmis will begin seeking buyers for the company's publishing division, excluding Indianapolis Monthly magazine, as well as a New York gospel radio station and its four radio stations in Terre Haute ... One reader thought the new LA Rams play-by-play guy was okay but his sidekick talked too much. Maybe nerves ... Country singer Easton Corbin has been tapped to “take over” the midday show on KKGO during September ... Mark Zander joins WXRX - 104.9 The X in Rockford as pd ... Rush Limbaugh signed a new deal with Premiere Networks. No details ... Perhaps as a sign that Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer were not performing as well as KLOS pd Keith Cunningham had hoped, Frosty Stilwell rejoins the duo to become The Triplets once again ... Ty Bentli, former afternooner at MY/fm (KBIG), joins mornings at Cumulus' syndicated NASH Country ... And former KZLA morning team, Gene & Julie, just got blown out of WRAL-Raleigh/Durham. Understand they had terrific ratings. Nice couple.

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10-Q's Joe Nasty Dies

 (August 18, 2016) Joe Nasty, one of the original jocks on "the new ten-Q" when it debuted December 26, 1976, passed away last Monday, August 15, at the age of 68. 

Joe was born Dennis Alvord on November 19, 1947 in Kalispell, Montana. In addition to KTNQ, he worked at KPWR from 1987-88.  In 1988, Joe went to WQHT (“102-Jamz”)-Orlando, and in 1992 to XHTZ-San Diego. In 1994 he worked at KTFM-San Antonio and the following year went to WPOW-Miami.  

He loved his two dogs, Teenie and Brownie.  His favorite saying was “I want to sing, I want to dance, I want to ha cha cha cha.” One colleague said: "Dennis became a friend to everyone he met and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him."   

Great American Songbook Returns to 1260 AM


(August 17, 2016) The only major format, The Great American Songbook, not presently on the radio in Los Angeles, returns Friday afternoon, August 19th on AM 1260, according to a press release from Saul Levine. The programming can also be received over 105.1 HD 3 in digital FM stereo. 

The Unforgettable format will also be carried on Internet. The core artists to be heard on Unforgettable AM 1260 include – Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Steve Tyrell and dozen of others.

Classical KMOZART, currently on AM 1260, will continue on 105.1 HD 2, and AM 1260 is owned and operated by Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters.

Hyde the Analyst

(August 17, 2016) Veteran college football analyst, talk show host and former UNLV Head Football Coach Harvey Hyde joins AM 830 KLAA Radio as host of a new midweek college football talk show. The announcement was made by Dennis Kuhl, president of AM 830 KLAA.   

"Coach Harvey Hyde is one of the most knowledgeable college football analysts in all of media," said Dennis. "The Coach has a tremendous following of USC Trojan fans and is respected by UCLA football insiders and has a national reputation that has been earned by his development of legendary college football Hall of Famers, Super Bowl MVP’s and current college and NFL coordinators and assistant coaches. He will be a tremendous addition to the lineup of talent, shows and live college football and NFL games that we are building for AM 830 KLAA this fall.”  

“College Football Mid-Week Review” will premiere Wednesday, September 7 (7 p.m.) and runs through the College Football Bowl Season focusing on USC, UCLA, the Pac12 Conference and the College Football Playoff selection committee process.  

A native of Pasadena, Coach Hyde began his Division One, college football coaching career (after coaching in high school and junior college) as an assistant football coach at the University of Hawaii. He returned to Pasadena to coach at his alma-mater Pasadena City College as a Head Coach and Co-Head Coach for 14 years with six conference titles. As the Head Football Coach of the Pasadena City College Lancers, Hyde made his mark in a brilliant 25-7 run during the 1979-81 seasons.  

Mighty Met Reunion 
(August 16, 2016) Sacramento’s K-ZAP, the listener-supported radio station with big ears (“50 Years of Rock, Blues and More”) is reuniting one of the top morning teams in rock radio history.  The new show will birth on Labor Day , Monday, September 5.  It will air from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday-Friday, the station’s award-winning news director Ace Young will once again captain the airwaves with Jeff “The Gonz” Gonzer, his former longtime on-air partner at the Mighty Met with “Ace & Gonzer in the Morning .” And neither could be more pleased.  

"We are both so excited,” Ace said with just a slight tongue-in-cheek aside, “we are starting with a clean slate in a new town! Seriously, we can cover whatever we want—we discovered back at KMET that we have a great chemistry together—we have lots of stories, music we love-- and we want the same kind of audience participation---plus, we have better tools now---like the Internet.”   Gonzer agrees. “Sacramento’s K-ZAP is one of best radio stations in America, hell the world. It’s true to its roots by presenting the great artists we grew up loving, and the new artists keep the rock tradition going.” The duo plan to keep the show music-centric, and “have such great stories for our audience that will personalize the music. We want them to be part of our fun.”  

Rams Off and Running

(August 15, 2016) The LA Rams came from behind to win their opener pre-season game over the weekend. What did you think of the radio broadcast team on KSPN and 100.3/The Sound? Any thoughts? You can share them here at

From Melody Rogers on Facebook:  "Some exciting news for us. The Los Angeles Rams have asked my husband, Patrick Paraquat Kelley, to announce the Rams starting lineup live from the press box for the game next Saturday, August 20, at the Coliseum where the Rams will be hosting The Kansas City Chiefs. It will be broadcast on ESPNLA710 radio.

As many of you know, Bob Kelley, the original voice of the Los Angeles Rams was Pat’s father. This is a picture of the team in 1956. The man in the white shirt in the middle of the first row is Bob Kelley and the little guy next to him on his left is Pat. He was 6 years old. Pat grew up with the Rams, spending many hours at the Coliseum, training camp and watching them on the field. This opportunity to honor his father’s memory has touched him very deeply. He loved his Dad and he loves the Rams."

Sunday Morning Memory of Claude Hall's Vox Jox 

(August 14, 2016) In 2015, I played in the World Series of Poker, a Super Seniors (65+) event. No hoodies, just cowboy hats and good ‘ol boys accents. Out of the 1400+ entrants in the Super Seniors, I only saw a handful of women. They probably didn’t want to show ID that they were REALLY a Super Senior. Between tournaments, Cherie and I had the treat of visiting with Claude Hall and his bride of 52 years, Barbara.

Claude was the quintessential dispenser of information about radio and record people in Billboard magazine. His column was called Vox Jox and if you were in the industry during the heady days of early Top 40, when Billboard arrived, Claude’s column was your first destination.

I found Claude to be a very humble man. He’s always loved journalism and writing, spending the early part of his career at different publications. He said he LOVED working at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He’s written over a dozen books, all published, mostly Westerns.  We talked about mutual friends we admire but we found much more in common as we talked about life and some of our early struggles. Our hour-plus visit passed much too quickly but it was time to get back to the Rio to ‘shuffle up and deal.’

Claude is the real deal and the man who started writing about radio people. It was an honor to take a sliver from his legacy to laser-focus on LARadio People for over two decades. Someone will come along with equal interest in preserving the rich history of LARadio. They won’t do it like Claude, or the folks at R&R or AllAccess, or myself. They will bring a fresh approach as the media seems to be creeping into the digital age with lightning speed.

Early Top 40 in LA

(August 13, 2016) "Bob McGehee of San Diego asks what L.A. stations did fulltime Top 40 before KFWB. I can offer only that there were two other stations in LA which debuted fulltime Top 40 [or almost Top 40] formats not before but simultaneously along with  KFWB in January, 1958 - they were KABC and KHJ [decades before the later Boss Radio KHJ/93 format]. 

KHJ's known star was Paul Compton. KABC's wild evening jock was Don MacKinnon (l), who enjoyed goofing with Short Shorts by The Royal Teens and other hits.

But KFWB ultimately dominated even though the other two stations also were simulcast on fm, which hardly mattered in 1958. Before L.A. first heard a fulltime Top 40 format on The Mighty 690 (XEAK) from San Diego in 1957, local KMPC 710 essentially owned evenings 9:30-midnight with Lucky Lager Dance Time hits hosted by Val Clenard." - Bill Kingman, Lake Tahoe

New/Old Afternooner at KKGO 
(August 12, 2016) Christine Martindale returns to Country KKGO to work afternoons in the soon-to-be-vacated slot. Current afternooner Paul Freeman is leaving the Southland after decades and retiring to his home in Spokane.

Christine will work 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. “I am thrilled to be back on the air and work again with the Go Country 105 family” said Christine. She worked middays at the Country station from 2013 until earlier this year. She also worked at KIKF, KBIG, KOST and Westwood One's Soft AC format.

"With the return of Ms. Martindale, the air schedule for Go Country 105 is complete," said new pd Michael Levine. "The middays will be filled with Nashville Country stars performing as guest djs."

** Oldies Days

"Seeing the old newspaper clippings of you as a young lad in 1957 brought to my mind a question that I have thought about for years and never found a good answer.  What stations did top 40 full time in L.A. before KFWB? 

I have seen surveys from KDAY dated from '57 and I know The Mighty 690 got rolling in April of that year but who did it before them? I have read about shows on KPOP and KLAC and, of course, KGFJ played r&b in the early '50's but was there a 24/7 outlet originating in Los Angeles prior to Channel 98? 

I grew up in San Diego and didn't get my own radio until 1957 when I was 10 years old so I wasn't able to listen as much as I would have liked. KCBQ debuted in late '55 and I listened whenever I could but my dad hated rock and roll and frowned on me tuning it in on the family hi fi.
Any memories you have about pre 1958 L.A. Top 40 radio that you can share would be greatly appreciated." - Bob McGehee, San Diego
** From Facebook

"So, I'm watching the documentary, O.J: Made In America [excellent by the way], and I'm in the 3rd part of the series where the trial has begun. Chris Darden is talking to reporters.

First I see a KFI Mike flag ... then shocked to see that the person holding it, is ME! Yikes, I'm sporting a beard, and wearing my U of I baseball cap. NOT a good look for me." - Mark Austin Thomas
** KLAC DJ of the Week

"How cool to see those clippings of you as DJ of the Week.  And Jack Smith.  I remember he became the host of You Asked for It after Art Baker.

I visited KLAC in a couple of locations when Joe Pyne was there and when Lohman & Barkley were there. Then in 1958, KFWB appeared!  I went there and met Joe Yocam and Elliot Field and newsman Mike Henry." - Gary Campbell

A Family Affair at KKGO 
 (August 9, 2016) Saul Levine, owner of 105.1 Go Country KKGO, has given his son, Michael Levine (l), additional duties of program director. He's already station manager and director of marketing. “I placed KKGO/fm on the air on February 18, 1959," said Saul. "I feel gratified that as a pioneer broadcaster, KKGO has been successful in bringing Country radio back to Southern California, and creating one of the most recognized and successful country radio stations in the USA. It is with a profound sense of confidence that I make the announcement that the new program director is Michael Levine."

Hear Ache. In other LARadio news, four-year veteran of HOT 92.3 (2007-11) Victor Zaragosa moves from his current slot at KBLX-San Francisco to sister sports station, KGMZ, the Game ... Perhaps as a sign of the times with radio revenue challenges, RAB President/ceo Erica Farber told that the organization will no longer report revenue numbers. "We've been discussing this for some time now and it follows the trend of other industries," said Erica. "Instead of reporting revenue numbers, the RAB will instead focus all of its strengths on its mission to advocate on behalf of the radio industry to advertisers and agencies on the strengths of radio."

New Voice of the Rams 

(August 8, 2016) The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their plans for their radio broadcast team. JB Long is the new play-by-play voice. He has served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pac-12 network, MLB Network, ESPN Regional Television, and the Big Ten Network. He was one of the founding members of Bleacher Report, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Finance - Accounting Measurement & Disclosure Supplement.

The team will air their games on KSPN (710 AM) and KSWD (100.3fm/ The Sound). Joining Long in the broadcast booth will be former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew spent eight seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and played his college ball at UCLA. He retired from the NFL following the 2014 season, and has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network, and SiriusXM.

In addition, former KSPN midday Talk host D'Marco Farr will work the sidelines. He had served as the color analyst for the team the past few years in St. Louis, and will remain involved albeit in a new role. Farr played seven seasons in the NFL, and started his NFL career as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. He  was a featured member of  the Best Damn Sports Show Period on FOX Sports. Prior to game play, KSPN midday host Steve Mason, former NFL Linebacker Kirk Morrison and former NFL cornerback Eric Davis will anchor the pre-game show. Davis has been a featured member of the NFL Network, and previously worked as an analyst for San Francisco 49ers radio broadcasts. Morrison has contributed as an analyst to FOX Sports, SiriusXM, and a number of other sports media outlets. Following each game, Rams post-game show will be hosted by Davis, Morrison, and KSPN host Travis Rodgers. KSPN reporter Jeff Biggs will report on the Rams during halftime.

Cleaning out the Garage on a Sunday

Mr. Freeman Goes to Washington

(August 5, 2016) The venerable, talented and iconic personality Paul Freeman is stepping away from LARadio after a run that began in 1970 at KEZY in Orange County. Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Paul is returning home to be with family. "I bought a beautiful home on an acre in the country with horses nearby and deer on my lawn," he emailed. "Lots of green and trees and I will not miss the 405 Freeway or the LA grind every day. I'm looking forward to doing whatever I want whenever I want." Paul will continue on KKGO until the end of the month. Over the decades, Paul has been heard on 93/KHJ, KIIS, KODJ/KCBS, KZLA, KLAC, KYSR, KBIG, along with KEZY and Country KKGO.

In other news, the Raiders and KDAY announced an agreement that makes KDAY 93.5 FM the exclusive Silver and Black fm flagship radio station in Southern California. KDAY will broadcast the Raiders’ regular season and select postseason games, while enhancing game coverage with exciting Raiders-oriented additional programming. “No other brand in SOCAL speaks to the loyal Raiders Nation better than KDAY,” stated Otto Padron, President of KDAY and Meruelo Media. "Our sound, attitude and colors are a natural fit for this legendary pro-football franchise. We are very excited with this new NFL partnership and KDAY is the right destination to the more than two-million Raiders fans in our LA market!"

KDAY has been trending very well in the ratings. Total weekly listeners (Cume) reached 1,188,600 – highest in 2 years. KDAY’s uptrend began at the beginning of the year.  Since then the station has posted 6 consecutive PPM surveys with more than 1 million weekly cume!

Another Look at the City by the Bay

(August 4, 2016) "The radio landscape has been changing in the City of San Francisco. I'm working up there now co-hosting a paid financial talk show on KSFO.  

The Spanish language that KKSF picked up when they dropped Stephanie Miller and Gil Gross is ESPN Deportes. It had been on KTRB but they were LMA'd by Salem and flipped to The Answer, same format as KRLA.

Our show will be on that station as well in a couple of weeks. KNBR dominates because of the Giants, and the Warriors before them ... people actually listen to sports radio in the City.  Not that they don't here but in much smaller numbers. 

KCBS also does well as an all-News station simulcasting on AM and FM.

That's all for now, love that you've been stealthily posting again.  It helps educate my radio class at Saddleback College." - Don Bastida

Engineering Fete
(August 3, 2016) Longtime LARadio engineer Chris Hays retired on July 31. He worked at KCSN, KHJ, KRTH, KRLA, KLSX, KDIS, and KSPN. He has spent the last 16 years at KABC/KLOS under Disney, Citadel and Cumulus.
Pictured below at his farewell lunch are, from left: Mike Worrall, Dave Dart, Norm Avery, Mike Tosch, Tim Ahern and Chris. The two Mikes and Dave are still at La Cienega. Norm, Tim and now Chris are retired.

Mark in the Morning Sleeping In

(August 2, 2016) KSWD (100.3/The Sound) announced today that Mark Thompson, the host of the “Mark in the Morning” show, will hand over the reins of the show to his former co-hosts, Andy Chanley and Gina Grad.  His final “Mark in The Morning” program on KSWD will be tomorrow, from 6 to 10 a.m.  

Beginning on Thursday, The Sound’s morning drive time show will be called “Andy & Gina in the Morning.”  While keeping some of the most popular features of “Mark in The Morning,” the new program will devote more airtime to playing music. “Doing ‘Mark In The Morning’ was the best job I’ve ever had and the best staff I’ve ever worked with. We did it right, and I will always be proud of that.  The Sound has decided that they need to play more music in the morning, and that’s not really the type of show I do. I try my best to entertain those who are listening with humor and shenanigans. So it wouldn’t make sense for me to host a music-intensive show.  Both The Sound and I knew that,” said Mark.   In the near future, Mark plans to launch a syndicated weekend show on The Sound called “Cool Stories in Music,” in which he takes a famous group or artist and, along with their timeless hits, tells the story behind the music that few people know – as only a storyteller like Mark can.  “I love to tell stories. That’s what I do.  This new weekly show is a great platform to do just that,” said Mark.  

KOST #1 in July PPM
(August 1, 2016) KOST keeps up its torrid #1 pace since the Christmas holidays coming in on top in the just released July '16 ratings. Everything is working for the Adult Contemporary station ... personalities, promotions, and a secret sauce. KIIS, K-EARTH and KBIG (MY/fm), and KTWV jockey to round out the Top 5.

ALT 98-7 is proving to be a solid winner as KYSR continues in the Top 10, while decades-long Alternative KROQ takes a significant hit, down a half a point.

And with all the news going on in the political and terrorist world, it seems strange that all-News KNX falls two tenths of a point. Wonder if all the promotion that stories are coming up in 2 minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes doesn't turn off the audience that might like the news NOW.

In the world of Classic Rock, KSWD (100.3/The Sound) is up while KLOS remains steady.

Speaking of sports, KLAC doesn't budge with the Dodgers in full swing.
LARadio Nielsen ratings for July '16 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.3 - 5.4
2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.1 - 4.9
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.5 - 4.8
4. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.0 - 4.7
5. KTWV (the WAVE) 3.6 - 3.9
    KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.9
7. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.5 - 3.8
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.9 - 3.6
9. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.6 - 3.2
    KYSR (Alternative) 3.0 - 3.2
11. KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 3.1
12. KNX (News) 3.1 - 2.9
      KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.8 - 2.9
      KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.9
15. KFI (Talk) 2.9 - 2.7
16. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.6
17. KKGO (Country 2.3 - 2.4
      KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.4
      KROQ (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.4
20. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.3
21. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.9 - 2.1
22. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.0
23. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 1.9
24. KCRW (Variety) 1.6 - 1.8
      KPCC (News/Talk) 1.7 - 1.8
26. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.5- 1.5
27. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.4
28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.3
      KLAC (Sports) 1.3 - 1.3
      KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.3
      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.3
32. KSPN (Sports) 1.1 - 1.0
33. KRLA (Talk) 0.7 - 0.9
34. KABC (Talk) 0.8 - 0.7
       KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7
36. KEIB (Talk) 0.4 - 0.6
37. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.5
38. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.4
39. KLAA (Sports) 0.4 - 0.3
      KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3
41. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2
Morning Drive, Mon-Fri 6a-10a July '16

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
2. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
     Ellen K (KOST)
     El Show del Mandril (KXOS)

Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Pat Prescott (KTWV)

Persons 25-54

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
    El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
3. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

City By the Bay

(August 1, 2016) I've been trying to figure out what is going on in Bay Area Radio. A media observer sent me a note:

"KGO [sister station of KABC] wanted to sound younger, but they had a contract to fulfill with Ronn Owens [was also on KABC for one year] so they notified him he’d be moving down the hall to KSFO. Ronn even said goodbye, that he wasn’t leaving, but was just going down the hall. Then his lawyer or agent located a clause saying KGO didn’t have the right to put him on another station and that Ronn got to stay for the duration of his contract. Rumor says that Ronn [or the station] spun the story by saying his staying at KGO after all was brought about by the overwhelming responses from his listeners that persuaded management to keep him in place.   

Re 910 Spanish conversation: they had Stephanie Miller in the AM, then Gil Gross. Before the KGO swaps, Sacramento-based Armstrong & Getty were simulcasting mornings on 910. Then KGO hired them and now they’re morning drive there and still in Sacramento. According to Gil Gross’ FB page, nobody had any warning. It was 'we’ll be right back' and then boom - Spanish. Gil posted not to worry about him because he had a contract and they’d have to pay up. Someone also posted that just prior to the format change, they’d been offering only $30,000 for a midday show. Nobody can live anywhere near the Bay Area on that money. One wonders why 910 didn’t just simulcast all day, since they were already taking Stephanie. Evidently Spanish language is where it’s at?"

Ciao and Bonjour!

(July 2013) My bride, Cherie, and I just returned from a month-long European honeymoon. First, we joined a two-week Italian tour in Rome and we were dazzled with the diversity of the country and landscape. 

Our first stop was the Coliseum, where the workers went out on strike that morning, while tens of thousands of tourists meandered outside in the sweltering summer heat. But they returned to their jobs by noon and then time for their lunch. 

One of the highlights of the Italian visit was a trip to the Blue Grotto, a sea cave on the coast of the island of Capri in southern Italy. By rowboat, we entered the cave, and were dazzled with a brilliant blue light reflecting off the water. We were lucky on the day we visited the Blue Grotto. If the tide is too high, it prevents any entry at all. When we placed our hand in the water, we could see it "glow" eerily in this light. 

Before the tour was over we visited Naples, Sorrento, Venice, Florence, and our tour ended up in Milan where we spent a few days. Other highlights included a visit to the Murano glass factory, a boat tour of Lake Como, the oldest inlaid wood factory that has been around for generations, and an afternoon at a Tuscany winery.

Leaving Milano, we trained to Switzerland and spent a couple of days on Lake Geneva. We rented a car and drove to a chateau in Châtel, where we had rented a wonderful apartment for a staggering $350 for the week. The village is considered the best ski resort in the French Alps, so when snow season is over, there are deals are to be had. 

We took a couple of ski lifts to the top of the world. At one point I felt if I could dunk like an NBA player, I would have reached the clouds.   

After a week of hiking in the Alps, we drove back to Geneva and hopped a train for Paris where we concluded our memory-filled trip. On our last night in Paris, we had dinner with former KFI and KNX program director, David G. Hall, who was in France consulting a number of stations in his ever-expanding consultation business. (Photo of David G. Hall and Don Barrett at Le Brise Miche Restaurant in Paris) 

Great Story

(July 29, 2016) Gerry Cagle (Peterson) programmed some pretty imporant stations: 93/KHJ, KCBQ-San Diego and WRKO-Boston. In a recent issue of the very tasty, he recounted some wonderful stories and here is one of them: 

"The radio and records environment of our time attracted the best and brightest and culminated in a poetic tapestry of majestic proportions…never to be equalled again. It created stars and superstars, legends and lemons, monsters and demons. It was truly the best of times. And if it only lives in the hearts and minds of those who created it, so be it.  I probably programmed as many Top 40 stations in major markets as anyone. I say this not to brag, but to qualify my declaration as that of an expert observer. I hired the best and heard the rest. But the greatest break I ever heard on Top 40 radio was truly one-of-a-kind, unequaled in the time and space of when it happened and impossible to recreate into today’s vapid vacuum of mindless mush. In the early 1970s, Buzz Bennett summoned me to San Diego to go over the final phases of my programming Y100. (Yes, I was to be the first PD at Y100, but I never made it. I chose instead to program WRKO in Boston the day before I was due to leave for Miami and Buzzy didn’t speak to me for a year!) “As I was driving from the airport that evening, I tuned in KCBQ. There, I heard the strangest sound. The Top 40 giant was playing, The Wind Cries Mary by Jimi Hendrix. Wait. What? I had to check the dial (yes, DIAL) twice to make sure I had the right station Q’ued in. And not only was the song choice drastically out of format, but when the last guitar chord hit, nothing happened. Nothing! The record began to fade out. I wasn’t even affiliated with the station (that would come later) and I began to panic. The massive processing of KCBQ began to pull me into the vortex. I could almost hear the grooves in the 45 (yes, 45) as it began to track. Dead air on The Q? Where was the jock? Then, just before it was too late,  a disembodied voice filled the empty rent-a-car like God speaking to Moses from a burning AM radio: “And the snake…ate the baby.” Shotgun jingle into the next record. Spectacular. Innovative. Revolutionary. Lee Baby Sims.

Hear Ache 

(July 28, 2016) Scott Shannon, creator of the Pirate Radio experience in LA in 1989, will host the 2016 NAB Marconi Awards. He's currently doing mornings at WCBS/fm-New York, he hosted his own True Oldies Channel, and in 2003 was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame ...  Are you a fan of Howard Stern? The NY Times has an interesting feature article at: ... Paul Iams of Wilmette, Illinois emailed to say that Steve Dahl, former KPPC personality in the 70s, is now doing afternoons, 2-6, on WLS-AM ... When there is a format change, others can get caught in the wake. KTWV, the WAVE, benefitted from HOT 92.3's  departure, and gains have been significant since February ’15.   Hispanic audience is massive – up 38% from a year ago.  

Tim Conway, Jr. Nominated for Marconi

(July 27, 2016) Congrats to super talented and VERY funny  Tim Conway, Jr. on his nomination for a 2016 Marconi Radio Award in the category of Major Market Personality. Well deserved! Hope he wins.

Alt 98-7's The Woody Show was also nominated in the category of Major Market Personality, which doesn't seem to fit - a show being nominated in individual category.

Other LARPs and LA stations nominated: Network/Syndicated Personality Of The Year, Delilah (KFSH); Jay Mohr, Premiere, and Dan Patrick (KLAC); Major Market Station Of The Year, KFI;  KBIG (MY/fm) AC Station of the Year; KIIS Top 40 Station of the Year; K-EARTH Classic Hits Station of the Year; and KKLA Religious Station of the Year

1110/KRLA Beachin' Promotions


(July 26, 2016) There was a time, perhaps a simpler time, when stations used to promote only themselves. Today, most promotions are sales oriented or tied in someway with a product that has already purchased a schedule on the station. I have long believed that the most creative promotions don't have to cost anything - only a little ingenuity.

If a station holds to the mantra - never promote a promotion, only promote your station - Top 40 Rock 'n Roll station 1110/KRLA did a GREAT job in the summer of some year in the 1980s or 1990s having their listeners take the call letters in building blocks or signs or beach towels with KRLA emblazoned for all beachgoers to see. (Thanks to KRLA promotion wiz David Schwartz for the photos)

5 Questions with Angela Perelli Founder, Angela Perelli Coaching Program Consultant/Talent Coach Background

from Global Media interview

(July 25, 2016) Angela Perelli has been at the helm of two of the most influential stations in our industry, the iconic K-101 in San Francisco (now Star 101), and Star 98.7 in Los Angeles (now Alt 98.7), considered to be the first Modern AC station in the country back in the mid-90s. During Angela’s tenure, both of these stations achieved major ratings success and plenty of industry accolades.  Today she is a highly skilled morning show and programming consultant for stations in several formats in the U.S & Canada.  Angela now shares with us what it takes to remain competitive and relevant in the most listened daypart on the radio… morning drive!

GM: Throughout your career you have always worked with high-profile on-air talent, such as the legendary Don Bleu at K-101 in San Francisco, and Ryan Seacrest during his early days as a part-timer, and then as afternoon drive host at Star 98.7 in Los Angeles.  Any tips you can share on how to manage these personalities, in order to get them to perform at peak level at all times and keep their egos in check?

AP: In meetings, set the tone always that you are on the same team and have common goals. You may go about things differently but the end result is the same for everyone. This helps pull people together. Also help them connect to their greatest areas of expertise and give them opportunities to shine. For Don Bleu, his strength was his Bleuper calls. For Ryan, he is so natural at interviewing celebrities. People enjoy jobs where they get to do what they’re really good at. And when you have to have a tough conversation? Always ask first about what their intentions were. What were they going for? And then you can ask about how happy they were with how it ended up. Often the personalities know when something didn’t work before you tell them. We as program directors often think talent is deliberately trying to mess with us and “our product” when really, they’re rarely thinking that way. Read the complete interview at: 

Nicole Sandler Has Lung Cancer

Facebook post by Jim Bleikamp

(July 24, 2016) Some of you already know this discomforting news. A woman on my thread who has made vast contributions to radio over many years - Nicole Sandler - has revealed that she has been diagnosed with lung cancer.

Lung cancer is a tough one - but know this - if my name were cancer I would NEVER wish to happen on an opponent of the passion and WILL of Nicole. She has this knack for getting her way. She will do so again. I know many people of great passion and energy in radio. I know few who wear those words as well as Nicole. I think the thing I like most about Nicole is that so far as I know, she's never been sucked into a situation that she didn't believe in from way deep in her heart.

First it was years of presenting the artful and revelatory music of the adult alternative format with her pinnacle at the late, lamented and wonderful KSCA, which introduced some of the 20th century's finest music to eager ears in the home of many of those artists. And then it was progressive talk. I was a regular contributor to Nicole's show at WINZ in Miami earlier in this century, and it was such a perpetual joy to be part of that show because Nicole brought so much energy with her. WINZ is a Clear Channel station, and a day would come when progressive talk would end at WINZ--even though Nicole had won out in the ratings over Clear Channel's conservative sister station WIOD, which of course was allowed to continue in its right wing ways. But it wasn't long before Nicole was daily on the web, where she has built the most loyal of followings. And now comes Nicole's greatest dragon-slay ever. I know she's up to it. I believe in
Nicole Sandler.

Marketing Pro Karen Tobin Left a Legacy of Promotions

(July 23, 2016) Karen Tobin, sales and marketing exec extraordinaire, died yesterday morning following a multi-year battle with cancer, according to her husband, John Tobin in a Facebook posting. She was the quiet pro behind the scenes who got things done at KIIS, K-EARTH, Westwood One and Viacom. Most recently she was president of Tobin Sales & Marketing.

Raul Moreno, a colleague wrote: "Today I lost a great friend. I worked with Karen Tobin at KIIS/fm and CBS. She did marketing and promotions and helped make KIIS the biggest station in LA. She also worked her magic at FOX/tv and again with me at CBS where I also worked with her husband another great friend, John Tobin. Karen lost her battle with cancer today. She loved coming to Disneyland so much and was thrilled to see me working for Disney. Karen was an amazing person who also did so much for charities. I will miss her so much ... RIP, Karen."

Ever Wonder What Happened to Former KFI and KNX Program Director David G. Hall?

Facebook post from David G. Hall 

(July 22, 2016) Not exactly the view from the office on a Friday but close enough. This is Cancún, Mexico. My office today will be a very small (and air conditioned!) conference room and radio studio about 20 minutes inland. But this is breakfast and my morning coffee.

When I started consulting full time six years ago this month, I allowed myself to think it would be 3-4 day work weeks and a lot of this view. A lot of 14 hour days and seven day weeks have passed and it only took six years... to get to this view, but it doesn't matter one bit.

I work with smart, creative, very passionate and inspiring people across 9 time zones, in 6 countries, in 6 radio formats, and in 4 languages. So as I gaze out over the Caribbean I am grateful that I get to do what I have always loved. I am extremely fortunate.

Ok. Blue ocean moment is over, and I'm off to work to help a brand new and very talented presenter do his best work ever.

The Benefits of Using Streaming Data to Pick Music from Bridge Ratings Report

(July 21, 2016) As on-demand music streaming has become THE manner in which most folks consume music these days, Bridge Ratings has found a growing group of radio station clients that rely on the weekly data we provide.

The reason our on-demand streaming clients align their music rotations closely with our on-demand music streaming data is because it works. 80% of our clients with at least six months using our data have seen the following improvements in audience: a. Increased daily listening occasions b. More minutes spent listening with each occasion c. Increasing daily and weekly cume audience. d. Resulting in increases in ratings reflected by Nielsen.

Don't pay attention to the myths about streaming research. Actual field experience shows these facts to be true:  1. On-demand music streaming reflects actual music consumption because users are self-selecting the songs they listen to and listening to those songs frequently and for weeks at a time. 2. Streaming on-demand music is more akin to listening to the radio than any other type of music research because streaming listening behavior mirrors radio listening. Call out research and auditorium testing rely on short hooks of songs played to a small sample of possible station listeners. This is not the way people listen to music. Believe us: people don't listen to their favorite songs this way and based on our research, fatigue and boredom impact these types of research scores. 3. Streaming data reflects the total spectrum of consumption: positive, negative and neutral. By focusing in on station format, demographics, local market data and listener streaming data, the Bridge Ratings streaming reports are much more granular, i.e. station-specific than broad-based, national rankers of streaming music. Songs that are not popular over time do not maintain rank status. These songs either don't rank in the top 100 each week or they simply die on the vine as mid-charters. Saying that on-demand streaming research doesn't reflect songs people don't like is inaccurate. 4. Airplay charts only occasionally reflect actual music consumption. More often than not published airplay charts are built on consensus, i.e. hundreds of station playlists are merged together to present an overall ranking of how much airplay songs are receiving on those stations. Programmers often depend on these airplay charts to align their music categories.  As one of our staunch supporting station owners proclaimed when the ratings book was released after using our data for six months or more, "This sh*t works!" The complete report is at:

Pat O'Brien is a Business Rockstar
(July 20, 2016) Former KLAC sports host Pat O'Brien has joined Business Rockstars as lead anchor. He will play a key role in the newly revamped daily show that targets the 30 million entrepreneurs and “wantrepreneurs” interested in starting and growing a business.

When KFWB was a Talk station a couple of years ago, Business Rockstars  was part of the offerings. In addition to being heard on 150 radio stations and streamed on various platforms, Business Rockstars is seen on tv in over 40 million households.

"Joining the Business Rockstars team as lead anchor is the natural next step in my career," said Pat, who for decades was on tv. He was at CBS Sports from 1981 to 1997, as well as his work as the anchor and host of Access Hollywood from 1997 to 2004, and The Insider from 2004 to 2008.  "I've had the pleasure of talking to the worlds biggest celebrities and athletes at events like the Oscars and the Olympics, and now I’m looking forward to the journey of sitting down with the rockstars of business.”

Pat continued: "Steve Lehman [chariman and co-founder of Business Rockstars], and Andy Schuon are great friends of mine and I am excited to help take Business Rockstars to the next level." 

“Pat is a long-time friend and one of the greatest broadcasters on the planet. He brings a fresh new approach to business interviews with some of the worlds biggest ceo’s, disruptors, and entrepreneurs,” said Lehman. “Pat brings a unique perspective in his approach and style to Business Rockstars."

New KFI Reporter/Anchor
(July 19, 2016) KFI has hired former WNEW-Washington DC's bureau chief Kris Ankarlo as a reporter/anchor. In addition to being bureau chief, during his stint at the CBS station he was a transportation reporter, and afternoon drive editor.

According to his LinkedIn profile he also spent five years as a tour manager for Contiki, directing 26-day transcontinental tours throughout the United States and Canada.

From 2005-07, Kris was the morning news anchor, news director and program director for WBLF-Bellefonte, Pennsylvania. In the 2004 election year, he was a field organizer, and assistant director for the Democratic National Committee.

Kris is  graduate from Penn State University, where he majored in Broadcast Journalism and was active in student politics and wrote for the campus paper. 

He wrote on Twitter: "Been real DC, a great 5+ years, as much as I'd love to stick around for #SafeTrack I'm LA-bound to report for @KFIAM640"

KLAC Promotion for New Morning Show in 2005



KKGO Seeking New Program Director 
(July 16, 2016) Country KKGO is looking for a new program director. Tonya Campos exited the station yesterday after nine years helming the outlet. Despite having a popular format with virtually no competitor, KKGO usually landed in the late teens or early 20 rankings in the monthly PPM. 

She started her radio career at the age of 14 at a small AM station in Visalia. Within five years she was the evening host at KFYE-Fresno. She followed that with jobs at KBOS-Fresno and KSDO-San Diego. She came to Los Angeles in 1987 and worked for the Transtar Radio Network. In 1994, she joined Country KZLA and became music director and apd. When KZLA dropped Country, Tonya worked for Lofton Creek Records before joining KKGO.

Los Angeles Radio People Book

(July 14, 2016) In 1997, 22 Los Angeles Radio People participated in a book signing at the tasty, eclectic and fun Pepperland in Orange County (photo above). The two-hour book signing for my second volume of Los Angeles Radio People stretched to almost four hours as the line for autographs wrapped around several rows of record bins and out the door. Some factoids from the book:

  • Talk show host Stephanie Miller's father, William Miller, was the running mate of Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater in 1964.

  • Kenny Morse, host of the "Mr. Traffic" radio show, missed the $75,000 question on Greed. (No it didn't have anything to do with traffic.)

  • Local traffic reporters Jeff Culver, Jeff Stevens and Wes Wood were all married on the same day. (Actually, they're the same person - Culver has used three different names on the air.)

  • In March 1968, disc jockey Gene Weed of Top 40 KFWB told listeners: "We'll be right back with more music after the news." The station immediately adopted an all-News format and no music was played again. This apocryphal story has lasted for decades. 

  • Former KJLH owner John Lamar Hill operated the station from inside his funeral parlor.  

Savage Acknowledges National Radio Hall of Fame

(July 13, 2016) KRLA's Michael Savage heard about his induction into the 2016 National Radio Hall of Fame on Monday. On his next show, he said: "It would be self-serving to talk about that the most unexpected upset in radio history occurred when it was announced that I won the National Radio Hall of Fame Award. I overcame all the cartels in the business. A business insider who is in the Hall of Fame sent me an email and said it is the most unexpected award EVER. No one could believe you would have overcome all the odds. I guess I shouldn't talk about winning the Hall of Fame award, like all the conservative fair-minded constitutionalists out there that they are so unfair and so on one team that none of them mentioned it." 


Help Martini in the Morning stay on the air so he can keep playing YOUR music!

This is the most I've intruded in your life via email since we started out on this mission. But this is so important. Most of our streams have been shut down by order of SoundExchange, we often call them the copyright police. If you're Beyonce, Kanye West or Taylor Swift, you're happy they're around. If you're a Jazz singer who's recorded a CD or two to use as calling cards to get live performance gigs, you're happy to get some airplay that will sell enough extra tickets allowing you to not only pay your band, but maybe stash a few bucks in your bank account to put food on the table for your family and maybe invest in studio time for another CD and a few more gigs. Some sites in Europe, like are still carrying us. (Click here to listen) They know that on the air, we can raise the money and stay on the air. Off the air, we're out of luck, out of business - and so are the artists SoundExchange claims to be helping.

We are facing past royalties of tens of thousands of dollars, plus associated legal fees. It's not that we wanted to skirt the law. It's that we couldn't afford the royalties and the expenses related to reporting. SoundExchange's take is that we should have shut down then. But we made a commitment more than 10 years ago that as long as artists put out great music we would give them a place, on the air and onstage, to expose their music and sell CDs, downloads and tickets to their live performances. We made a commitment too, to our listeners, to keep this music on the air even after it was largely abandoned by the major corporate broadcasters and record companies.

It's hard to gauge how many of us there are. So often, we hear from folks who say "It's not much, I wish I could do more," but the truth is, if everyone who has "Liked" MartiniInTheMorning on our Facebook page will do as little as $10, that would be a game changer. We have 14,323 likes on our Facebook page. $143,230 if everyone chipped in $10. So PLEASE don't feel like your $10 or $20 or $25 won't make a difference. If you are able or want to do more, do it. The faster we put this problem behind me, the faster we can get back to the business of playing the greatest songs ever written for you.

Please click here to #SavetheMartini and help us keep the music playing. I've poured my heart into this as have our team of unintentional volunteers. Now we leave it up to you. Thank you for making Martini in the Morning part of your life.
Brad "Martini" Chambers
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KSPN's Max Kellerman Set to Replace Skip Bayless on First Take 

  (July 12, 2016) ESPN has tapped Max Kellerman to replace Skip Bayless as Stephen A. Smith's sparring partner on First Take, the network announced Monday during the show. Max started middays at KSPN on 1.3.11.

The original host of ESPN's Around the Horn, Kellerman's first day is July 25. The boxing enthusiast's not quite as opinionated as Bayless, but he's quick on his feet and should be a talented adversary for Stephen A. Smith. Kellerman already has the street cred, too.

He was suspended by ESPN in 2014 after making inappropriate comments about domestic violence centered around the Ray Rice incident.  

Larry Scott, DJ and Hall of Famer, Dies 

(July 11, 2016) Larry Scott, a veteran of KBBQ (1967-68 and 1971), and KLAC (1971-82), died Saturday, at the age of 78. Cause of death was not announced by his son.

Born in Modesto in 1938, Larry spent most of his childhood in southwest Missouri. His first radio job was in Neosho, Missouri for 75 cents an hour. He became the unofficial spokesman for those fans who decried the "modern" trend in Country music. "I show the fans that I am still loyal to a sound they can relate to by the records I play."

Larry's love affair with Country music started while at Southwest Missouri State College. He became a friend of Chet Atkins while working at WAGG-Franklin, Tennessee in 1958. Before moving to Southern California, he worked at WIL-St. Louis and, beginning in 1961, spent four years at KUZZ-Bakersfield, where he befriended Buck Owens and Merle Haggard.

He promoted records for a while, then became pd at KVEG-Las Vegas. In 1966 he worked at KBOX and KRLD-Dallas/Ft. Worth.

A year later, his general manager moved to Los Angeles and Larry followed on June 17, 1967. In 1968, Billboard listed Larry the 2nd most popular Country dj. The CMA voted him #1 DJ of the Year four times between 1968 and 1974. In 1971, Larry returned to KBBQ after a stint as pd in St. Louis.

In 1973, he was working at KLAC and won his second consecutive DJ of the Year award from the CMA. Larry created the "Phantom 5-70 Club" for truckers only, and it boasted 8,000 members in 1975. Larry left KLAC in 1982 to host the "Interstate Radio Show" out of Shreveport. In 1994, Larry was voted into the Disc Jockey Hall of Fame in Nashville. In 1999, the Texas Country Music Hall of Fame honored Larry.

National Radio Hall of Fame 2016 Inductees

(July 11, 2016) The inductees into the 2016 National Radio of Fame were announced this morning and there are some LARP included. The inductees include: Steve Harvey of the Steve Harvey Morning Show, which is heard on KJLH; Delilah, Active Network/Syndication, 10+ years and heard locally on KFSH; Longstanding Network/Syndication, 20+ years, Bob Kingsley, Bob Kingsley's Country Top 40. Bob was the former program director at KLAC when it was a Country outlet; and Michael Savage, who is syndicated nationally and heard on KRLA.

 “This year’s class of inductees represents the diversity that makes radio so personal, entertaining and impactful," said Kraig Kitchin, chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame. "We all very much appreciate everyone who participated in this process as we welcome the very best in our business into The National Radio Hall of Fame."   

Captain of the KIIS-FM juggernaut in the 1980s gets some well-deserved recognition

by Richard Wagoner, the Daily Breeze

(July 10, 2016) Wally Clark, former general manager of KIIS/fm (102.7) and KPRZ (now KEIB, 1150 AM) was honored with a Diamond Circle Award by the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters on June 29.

The mild-mannered, highly respected Clark oversaw the operations during the record-setting ratings era of the 1980s, when KIIS attracted an audience share of over 10 in the Arbitron ratings — about double what the station earns now — and KIIS was the Top-40 trendsetter throughout the nation.

So popular was KIIS that the station was able to charge a full $2,000 per commercial for advertising time during prime hours while most other stations were charging about one-quarter of that amount.

Under Clark, KIIS became the highest revenue-producing station in the world. And it wasn’t just KIIS. Playing adult standards, KPRZ was earning ratings for the AM side of things into the high 2 and low 3 shares, something the station has not done since dropping the format, ironically also under Clark. That change was rumored to be related to allowing Clark to break the salary cap then-station owner Gannett had in order to keep Rick Dees at the station.

He was named Gannett’s top-10 manager, was recognized by Billboard as a Trendsetter of the Year, co-created “The Rick Dees Weekly Top 40,” and created the Satellite Comedy Network, which among other things supplies material for morning shows throughout the country. (Story written by Richard Wagoner and published in the Daily Breeze. Chuck Southcott is pictured with Clark on the right)

"About the Hat" - Mike Callaghan, former KIIS CE

(July 8, 2016) "I was at the press conference where Tim Sullivan, then the general manager of KHJ, introduced Rick Dees as the 'jock who was going to return KHJ to the greatness it once had.' And on a second note, [and much less important], was that KHJ was going to be broadcasting in AM Stereo. This was in 1980, and I had gone to hear the second announcement. 

I had never heard of Rick Dees, and had no idea he'd ever be coming to KIIS.  I was excited about the AM Stereo, though! KHJ was using the Kahn/Hazeltine system. It involved using two radios, one tuned a little low to KHJ, and the other tuned a little high. I set the radios up, did the tuning, and didn't hear a darned thing. So, not trusting my ears, I dragged out an oscilloscope, and hooked it up to the radios to show differences between the left and the right.  Still nothing.  

After a couple of hours or playing around with things, I finally gave up and called Bob Kanner, KHJ's Chief Engineer.  I told him what I'd done and that I couldn't hear [or see] any stereo at all. He laughed and said, 'It's a joke!  We only play one stereo song a day! We have a stereo cart deck out at the transmitter, and we fire off one stereo song at midnight!  It's so we can say we were the first station to have AM Stereo in the market!'

A few months later, KIIS-AM (on 1150) started with AM Stereo. Like most stations, we used the Motorola system, which had the de facto approval of the FCC. After a couple of years, we decided it was more trouble than it was worth and like everyone else, we abandoned it. But seeing the KHJ AM Stereo hat stirred up my aggravation at KHJ again.  What a rip-off!  And what a story to share." - Mike Callaghan

New Jazz and the 88s

(July 8, 2016) Dave Benoit, GRAMMY-nominated composer and contemporary jazz pianist, is the latest personality to join KJazz 88.1.  His program (Sundays from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. will focus on pianists such as Oscar Peterson, Art Tatum, Bill Evans, and Dave Brubeck and new music by pianists such Josh Nelson, to name a few. Benoit, who also hosts mornings on KJazz, conceptualized featuring pianists on Jazz and the 88’s who have influenced his musical career.  

KABC's John Phillips Joins CNN

(July 7, 2016) CNN has hired KABC's John Phillips as a Contributor. In his new role, Phillips will continue to make frequent appearances on all of the network's news shows. He be part of the incredible​ CNN team,​ on the ground in Cleveland and Philadelphia for the upcoming 2016 presidential conventions. John will continue on KABC.

On joining CNN, Phillips said:​ "I couldn't be more thrilled to be joining Jeff​ [Zucker] and the legendary CNN family​. As part of the most trusted name in news,​ I'll continue to deliver honest, informed analysis - beholden to no specific campaign or p​arty - and I'll blow through​ the candidates' scripted talking points, calling balls an​d​ strikes the whole way through. Not everyone in the CNN audience is going to agree with me, but that's okay...​ ​I'm a Republican from a deeply blue state ​with​ ​a wide variety of ​friends - so I'm used to it."

Phillips will also continue to write political columns for the Orange County Register. Phillips is an unapologetic Republican supporting Donald Trump's presidential bid. Phillips' intelligence, insight, and wicked sense of humor have made him a favorite across all media platforms.  Of Phillips' new role, KABC co-host Jillian Barberie said: "With his razor sharp wit, I can't think of a better person to go against any pundit from the opposing camp. John knows his politics and loves a good battle. At the end of the day he's the first to buy his opposition a drink.  John has found the perfect home at CNN where he will be able to debate, entertain, and educate an audience that may not take on his point of view. I love CNN and I love John Phillips. And so will the audience."  ​

KOST Again On Top in June '16 Monthly Ratings

(July 5, 2016) Not many surprises in the June '16 PPM 6+ ratings Mon-Sunday, 6a-12mid. The one surprise to many pundits has been KOST. The AC station has parlayed its Christmas music to winning the monthlies in 2016. The station revamped its drive time personalities, which may account for stronger ratings. Ellen K took over the morning slot after decades as the co-host to Ryan Seacrest and before the AI host, Rick Dees. The former morning host for decades, Mark Wallengren, moved to afternoons at KOST. He had been running solo after decades with a co-host, first Kim Amidon and much later Kristin Cruz.

1. KOST (AC) 5.4 - 5.3

2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.9 - 5.1

3. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.1 - 5.0

4. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.7 - 4.7

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.6 - 4.5

6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.6 - 3.9

7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.8 - 3.6

    KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.6 - 3.6

9. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.1 - 3.5

10. KNX (News) 3.2 - 3.1

      KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 3.1

12. KYSR (Alternative) 3.3 - 3.0

13. KFI (Talk) 3.0 - 2.9

     KROQ (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.9

15. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.6 - 2.8

16. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.2 - 2.4

17. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.3

18. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.3

     KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.0 - 2.3

     KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.5 - 2.3

21. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.2 - 2.1

22. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 2.0

23. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.7 - 1.9

24. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.6 - 1.7

25. KCRW (Variety) 1.6 - 1.6

26. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.8 - 1.5

     KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.5

28. KLAC (Sports) 1.2 - 1.3

29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.0 - 1.2

     KJLH (Urban AC ) 1.3 - 1.2

      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.2

32. KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 1.1

33. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.8

34. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 0.7

      KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7

36. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.6

      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.6

38. KEIB (Talk) 0.4 - 0.4

      KLAA (Sports) 0.4 - 0.4

40. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3

41. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2


Morning Has Broken

In the prized morning drive ratings for June '16:

Persons 12+

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
    El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
    Ellen K (KOST)

Persons 18-34

1. Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
4. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

Persons 25-54

1.  Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
3. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
4. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
5. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
     Valentine (KBIG)
     Woody Show (KYSR)

Longtime Voice of USC Sports, Tom Kelly Dies 

KELLY, Tom: KNX and KFI. Tom's signature assignment came when he began covering USC football and men's basketball in 1961. In his 35 years with the Trojans, he described the moves of four Heisman Trophy winners and recounted the exploits of five national championship football teams. For his dedication, he was presented the Tommy Trojan award in 1987, the highest award given by the USC Athletic Department.

Tom began his broadcasting career in northern Wisconsin at a small 250-watt station where he "did everything." He worked at KTTV/Channel 11 and KNXT/Channel 2 for five-year stints at each tv station as a sports reporter. From 1976 to 1982 he called play-by-play for the San Diego Chargers. He's called the action for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. He telecast 23 bowl games including 16 Rose Bowls.

Born in Minneapolis, Tom graduated in 1951 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He died June 27, 2016, at the age of 88, after a long battle with cancer. Kelly died two days before his 89th birthday.

Kelly came to Los Angeles to join Chick Hearn on USC football and basketball for the 1961-62 season at KNX radio. When Hearn left the next year to start broadcasting the newly relocated Lakers, Kelly began a Southern California broadcasting career that included calling five USC national championship football seasons from John McKay to Pete Carroll. Kelly’s booming voice that rose to the level of the action was also heard in Los Angeles on pro football, NBA, boxing and golf.

He won five Golden Mike Awards and the California Sportscaster of the Year by both the AP and UPI three times.

Kelly was the original voice of the Prime Ticket all-sports cable channel when it launched in 1985 prior to becoming Fox Sports West. Kelly was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. After he was injured while playing football at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, he helped with the school’s radio broadcasts. His broadcasting career continued in Duluth, Minnesota, Des Moines, Iowa, and then Peoria, Illinois. “The Lord blessed me with a voice that isn’t objectionable to listeners, is recognizable by many and has the ability to stand before people,” Kelly said in his 2007 biography.

“I hope I didn’t alienate anyone down the line, but I loved doing what I did and loved broadcasting for the team I covered. “It has been an unbelievable career … there’s no rhyme or reason how I managed to remain the Voice of the Trojans except luck and good fortune. … I don’t know how I qualified but I’m thankful. I enjoyed every moment and realize I was one of the fortunate ones.” (portions of this obit are from Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News)

Morning Has Broken - Top 5 + Top 25 EL
May '16 6a-10a

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Bill Handel (KFI)

    Ellen K (KOST)

5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

     Valentine (KBIG) 


7. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

7. (tie) Pat Prescott (KTWV)

9. Vicky Moore/Dick Helton (KNX)

12. Big Boy (KRRL)

14. JACK/fm (KCBS)

15. Woody Show (KYSR)

17. Carson Daly (KAMP)

17. (tie) Heidi & Frank (KLOS)

19. Mark Thompson (100.3/The Sound)

19. (tie) KPCC

22. J Cruz (KPWR)

23. Graham Bunn (KKGO)

25. Steve Harvey (KJLH)

Persons 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

2. Woody Show (KYSR)

3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

4. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

5. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)

6. Big Boy (KRRL)

7. Carson Daly (KAMP)

8. Valentine (MY/fm)

11. J Cruz (KPWR)

12. Ellen K (KOST)

12. (tie) Heidi & Frank (KLOS)

15. Pat Prescott (KTWV)

17. JACK/fm (KCBS)

18. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

21. KPCC

24. Graham Bunn (KGGO)

25. Mark Thompson (100.3/The Sound)

Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

    Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

4. Valentine (KBIG)

    El Show de Mandril (KXOS)

6. Woody Show (KYSR)

7. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

8. Big Boy (KRRL)

12. Pat Prescott (KTWV)

12. (tie) JACK/fm (KCBS)

14. Ellen K (KOST)

15. Heidi & Frank (KLOS)

16. Carson Daly (KAMP)

18. Bill Handel (KFI)

19. KPCC

20. Mark Thompson (100.3/The Sound)

21. J Cruz (KPWR)

22. Vicky Moore/Dick Helton (KNX)

22. (tie) Graham Bunn (KKGO)

KOSTING the Night Away

(June 7-8, 2016) AC KOST remains #1 in the just released May '16 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.3 - 5.4

2. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.8 - 5.1

3. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.1 - 4.9

4. KTWV (Urban AC) 4.4 - 4.7

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 4.6

6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.8

7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.6

     KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.4 - 3.6

9. KYSR (Alternative) 3.2 - 3.3

10. KNX (News) 3.1 - 3.2

11. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.3 - 3.1

       KRRL (Urban) 3.2 - 3.1 

13. KFI (Talk) 3.2 - 3.0

14. KROQ (Alternative) 3.1 - 2.9

15. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.6

      KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.6 - 2.6

17. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.5

18. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.5 - 2.2

      KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.2

20. KKGO (Country) 2.2 - 2.1

21. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.0 - 2.0

       KXOS ( Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.0

23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.8

24. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.9 - 1.7

25. KCRW (Variety) 1.8 - 1.6

      KPCC (News/Talk) 1.4 - 1.6

27. KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.5

28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.3

29. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 1.2

      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.2

31. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.0

32. KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 0.9

      KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 0.9

34. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.8

35. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7

      KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7

      KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.7

38. KEIB (Talk) 0.5 - 0.4

      KLAA (Sports) 0.4 - 0.4

40. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.2 - 0.3

41. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2


KSPN Official Home of the LA Rams
(June 20, 2016) The Los Angeles Rams announced today a five-year agreement with ESPNLA 710AM, who will serve as the Ram’s official home and flagship radio partner. We made the announcement on May 20 and it took Disney/ESPN lawyers this long to draw up the agreement, which covers pre-season, regular-season, and post-season games, with extensive pre and post-game shows, producing an eight-hour game day broadcast.
The Rams have also reached a multi-year agreement with Entercom’s KSWD (The Sound 100.3/fm), who will simulcast game-day broadcasts and serve as the Ram’s official fm home.

KOST Holds on to #1

(May 10, 2016) Despite dropping a half of a point in the April '16 Nielsen survey, KOST continues at #1 in monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid. The Classic Rock battle see-saws with KLOS and KSWD tied for 17th. Start of the Dodger season helps flagship station KLAC with doubling of numbers month to month.

6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid

1. KOST (AC) 5.9 - 5.3

2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.1 - 5.1

3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.5 - 4.9

4. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.8 - 4.8

5. KTWV (Urban AC) 4.4 - 4.4

6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.5 - 3.6

7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.7 - 3.5

8. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.0 - 3.4

9. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.0 - 3.3

10. KFI (Talk) 3.5 - 3.2

     KRRL (Urban) 3.0 - 3.2

     KYSR (Alternative) 3.2 - 3.2

13. KNX (News) 3.3 - 3.1

      KROQ (Alternative) 2.9 - 3.1

15. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.8 - 2.6

16. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.6 - 2.5

17. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.4

      KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.4

19. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.3

20. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.2

21. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 2.1

22. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.0 - 2.0

23. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.6 - 1.9

24. KCRW (Variety) 2.0 - 1.8

25. KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.7

26. KUBE (Regional Mexican) 1.5 - 1.6

 27. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.9 - 1.4

28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.1 - 1.2

      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.2

30. KDAY (rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.1

31. KLAC (Sports) 0.5 - 1.0

      KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 1.0

33. KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 0.9

34. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7

      KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.7

      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.7

37. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.6

38. KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.5

39. KLAA (Sports) 0.3 - 0.4

40. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2

       KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.2 - 0.2

Morning Drive numbers ranked by Persons 12+ Mon-Fri 6a-10a:

Persons 12+

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Bill Handel (KFI)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

Persons 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Woody Show (KYSR)
3. Ricardo Sanchez (KXOS)
4. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

Persons 25-54

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
3. Ricardo Sanchez (KXOS)
4. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
5. Woody Show (KYSR)

Don May, Ex-MARS/fm, Dies of Cancer


(May 1, 2016) Don May, veteran of KSRF and "MARS/fm," died April 30, 2016, of cancer. Holly Adams, a colleague who worked with May at 103.1, said "Don was very intelligent, had the best sense of humour, and was lots of fun at parties! Good friends are such an important part of our lives." (Holly pictured with Swedish Egil and Don May)

Don figured out why he hates to move, he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. It's because he was born on the road in 1966 while his parents were traveling through Moorhead, Minnesota. Don grew up shuttling between Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Southern California.

He started at KSRF as an intern while attending classes at Santa Monica City College. Four years later he had worked practically every shift and was the production director. Don was part of the transition from KSRF to the techno-rock experiment, "MARS/fm." When the experiment ended after 15 months, Don joined his mother's business, the Sheila May Permanent Make-Up company.

He later opened Signal Core Studios, for voiceovers, "On-Hold" enterprises and recording Books on Tape. 

LARadio Veteran Steve Julian Dies, at Age 57 

(April 24, 2016) Steve Julian, the host of KPCC's Morning Edition since 2000, died April 24, at the age of 57 from complications from brain cancer.

For 15 years, Julian's smooth, soothing voice woke up tens of thousands of listeners in Southern California, providing the day's news, weather and traffic. "He was a singular talent," said Larry Mantle, host of KPCC's AirTalk and Julian's best friend. "He is completely irreplaceable. "The tone and richness of his voice," he added, "perfectly conveyed the man behind it."

Julian was born in Pomona in 1958 and spent the majority of his life in Southern California. “He came across as someone who was knowledgeable, friendly and accessible, and that’s the kind of sound we wanted – one that was not lecturing to you but was riding along with you in the car to work,” said Bill Davis, president of Southern California Public Radio/KPCC.

A chance meeting launches a career in news Julian's news career began when he met Mantle while working at KPRO, a Riverside radio station, in the early 1980s. KPRO was in the process of switching its format from big band music to all-news and talk. The boss overheard Julian, who worked in production, talking to Mantle, who was the assistant news director, as they discussed the day's events in the newsroom. "The news director said that we had such great chemistry that we should co-anchor the afternoon drive time," Mantle recalled. It was a successful, if short-lived, pairing.

Mantle soon left to join KPCC as the news director, and Julian decided to follow in his father's footsteps and become a police officer. Julian went back to school, attending the police academy at Rio Hondo College and joined the Baldwin Park Police Department. 

"His dream wasn't to work in radio, it was to be a cop," Mantle said.  But while on the job, Julian observed an incident where he believed his fellow officers were using excessive force and reported it. Afterwards, he felt shunned by his colleagues and decided to leave the force. In 1995, Julian returned to broadcasting as a traffic reporter for AirWatch America based in Santa Ana. Five years later, he joined KPCC as the host of Morning Edition. He was on the air the morning of the 9/11 attacks in New York and broke the grim news to Southern California listeners.

When NPR was slow to break away from its taped programming to go live, Julian took matters into his own hands, insisting that KPCC switch over to coverage from New York's WNYC, according to Davis. "That decision really accelerated the change in our view of ourselves of an institution," Davis said. Julian always sounded calm and collected to listeners even if behind the scenes, his producers were scrambling to cover unfolding news.  "You could get in his ear during a five-second sound byte and say two or three words about something that had just broken, and the way he delivered it, it sounded like poetry on the air," said Nick Stoffel, KPCC's Morning Edition producer.

A busy second act in theater hosting the magazine meant Julian had to be at work by 4 a.m. He spent his free time in the early afternoons and evenings pursuing playwriting, directing and acting in local theaters. He directed classics such as "A Streetcar Named Desire" and "Death of Salesman" at the Covina Center for the Performing Arts as well as new plays at L.A.'s Coeurage Theatre Company, a "pay what you want" theater where Julian served on the board of directors. "I never knew that all this work could come out of one person and that he could wear so many different hats,” said Eric Czuleger, a playwright who frequently collaborated with Julian.

When Steve Julian was diagnosed with a terminal brain cancer, his wife Felicia Friesema turned to social media for solace, support, and the space to process this heart-breaking journey. "Steve being Steve, he has accepted most of it with humility and grace," Friesema wrote in one of her final posts. "But there are times when there is a complete awareness of everything he has lost in such a short time." Julian was diagnosed with cancer in November and has been off the air since then. In January, KPCC renamed the studio where he hosted Morning Edition "The Steve Julian Studio." From Steve's wife, Felicia: Donations can be made to Coeurage Theatre Company where Steve served as a board member or Ensemble Studio Theater Los Angeles where Steve was an active member.  And of course, donations can be made to KPCC, because he believed so strongly in his employer that he was also a longtime contributing member.  (Story was posted on and photo is from Bill Youngblood) 

Brent Seltzer Dies 

SELTZER, Brent: KWST, 1975-76; KMET, 1976-78; KZLA/KPOL, 1979; KNX/fm, 1980; KMPC, 1981-82. Brent passed away April 18, 2016. He is thought to be 67 or 68. In the fall of 2015, Brent underwent brain tumor surgery to remove a cancerous, golf ball-sized Glioblastoma Tumor Grade 4  from the front-left section of his brain.  This is the part of the brain that controls memory and language.  Seltzer’s colorful career dates back to the golden days of FM rock radio when he was a pioneer in the development of “rock ‘n’ roll radio style news” at such outlets as KGB-San Diego and KMET.

"The death of John Kennedy changed my career path," wrote Brent when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. "I was a dj on WJBR-Wilmington when Kennedy was assassinated and I was so moved by my role in radio. People just wanted to touch a media person, it made them feel better. After all, for 96 hours tv babysat the nation.

Born and raised in Wilmington, Delaware, Brent attended Ithaca College. After college he was off to New York and worked at ABC News and was a writer/producer at Hartwest Productions working with Mad magazine and Joe Pyne. Brent worked for three years at KGB-San Diego and would feed KMET news stories. "When I arrived at KWST people would call and wonder why I had left KMET. I never knew that Ace Young was using so much of my feeds."

Brent eventually worked the news at KMET and at the same time was the entertainment correspondent for CBC in Canada, which he did for five years. "I used street-talk when doing the news. A suspect wasn't arrested, he was busted. The audience seemed to respond to familiar language."

At KMPC he worked the Talk format from nine to noon. During this time, Brent worked closely with Watermark Productions as a writer and/or producer. "When Elvis died, I worked as associate producer/program coordinator of 'The Elvis Presley Story.'" In 1985 he realized that "nobody wanted me around. News had been eliminated at most stations and there didn't seem to be a place for me." Brent joined his wife who has a public relations firm that placed clients on radio and did media coaching. His voiceover career included the huge toys from movies: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers and Star Trek. In recent years, Brent worked news at KABC and KNX and had an active voiceover career and writing and hosting "Non Profit Profiles" on several cable access stations throughout Los Angeles County. His two-minute commentaries appeared on XM Satellite Radio.

Morning Has Broken

(April 13, 2016) Here is a listing of the morning drive most listened-to personalities in March '16 Nielsen ratings book:

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
4. Ellen K (KOST)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
5. (tie) Vicky Moore & Dick Helton (KNX)
Persons 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Woody Show (KYSR)
3. El Mandril (KXOS)
4. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)


Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
1. (tie) Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. El Mandril (KXOS)
4. Omar & Argelia (KLVE)
5. Valentine (MY/fm)

Christmas Music is Gone But KOST Still #1

(April 12, 2016) Playing Christmas music at KOST for well over a month (from mid-November through Christmas day) has paid off handsomely in the ratings over the years. When the Dodgers needed to bolster attendance during a dog series, they give an exclusive bobble-head of Vin Scully. It works for the Dodgers and stunting has worked for KOST. By March, the ratings for KOST normally tumble back to normal, but not this year. In the just-released Nielsen March '16 ratings, KOST is still #1, almost a full point over #2 KIIS. Has the newly-installed morning show with Ellen K (#4 in 12+, just behind Omar y Angelia, Ryan Seacrest, and Bill Handel) helped boost the overall ratings?

Observations and thinking out loud:

  • With all the political news, why isn't all-News KNX doing better? In Chicago and San Francisco, the CBS all-News stations are #1. In LA, the CBS KNX is #9.

  • KYSR (ALT 987) cracks the Top 10 with long-time Alternative leader KROQ falling to #14.

  • KFI had its best ratings book in over a half year. The Talk station may be benefitting from the political rhetoric and a change in midday with Gary Hoffmann and Shannon Farren.

  • Country music is on fire and yet exclusive Country purveyor KKGO is steady at #20. Perhaps it is not on fire. Country doesn't do well in New York, Chicago, or San Francisco.

  • Classic Rock battle between KLOS and KSWD (100.3/The Sound) continues. KLOS' Heidi & Frank rank 18th in morning drive (12+), while The Sound's Mark Thompson (formerly Mark & Brian) comes in 23rd.

  • Is L.A. a sports town? You would hardly know it by the ratings. KSPN ranks 32nd while KLAC is 38th and KLAA comes in 39th.

These rating numbers are 6+ Mon-Sun 6a-12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.7 - 5.9

2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.5 - 5.1

3. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.5 - 4.8

4. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.7 - 4.5

5. KTWV (Urban AC) 4.2 - 4.4

6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.6 - 3.7

7. KFI (Talk) 3.2 - 3.5

     KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.9 - 3.5

9. KNX (News) 3.3 - 3.3

10. KYSR (Alternative) 2.9 - 3.2

11. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.0 - 3.0

      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.0

       KRRL (Urban) 3.0 - 3.0   

14. KROQ (Alternative) 3.1 - 2.9

15. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.8 - 2.8

16. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 2.6

      KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.6

      KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.6 - 2.6

19. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.3

20. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.1

21. KCRW (Variety) 2.2 - 2.0

      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.0 - 2.0

      KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 2.0

24. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.9 - 1.9

25. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.7 - 1.6

26. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.5 - 1.5

      KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.5

28. KDAY (rhythmic AC) 1.0 - 1.2

       KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.3 - 1.2

30. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.1

31. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 1.0

32. KSPN (Sports) 0.8 - 0.9

33. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.8

34. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7

       KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.7

36. KEIB (Talk) 0.7 - 0.6

       KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.6

38. KLAC (Sports) 0.5 - 0.5

39. KLAA (Sports) 0.2 - 0.3

40. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2

       KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.1 - 0.2 

Former KDAY Personality Dies at 57

Syndicated radio jock, Doug Banks

(April 11, 2016) Doug Banks, a longtime radio veteran died early this morning, according to close sources. He has dealt with a long battle with diabetes and continued to advocate to his listeners on the importance of getting updated doctor check-ups. The Doug Banks show thrilled and entertained Chicago listeners every afternoon on WVAZ-FM/iHeartradio for the past few years.

The Philadelphia-born, Detroit-raised Doug Banks began his radio career as an on-air personality for his high school’s radio station. Local station WDRQ took note of his talent and hired him for a temporary late-night weekend disc jockey spot. Even though he was the youngest DJ, he quickly earned a permanent position. After high school, Doug turned a six-week trial into a multi-year position at KDAY in Los Angeles.

His next LA stop was KFI, which was the stepping-stone to his first morning show slot in Las Vegas at KLAV-AM. Next was KDIA-AM in San Francisco, followed by Chicago at WBMX (now WVAZ), where he took the morning show from a 1.8 share to a healthy 5.6, beating rival WGCI.

After much success in the mornings, Doug was offered the opportunity to do a nationally syndicated show. The Doug Banks Morning Show, hosted by Banks along with DeDe McGuire, rose to become one of the top-rated syndicated urban programs in America. Each week, millions of listeners tuned in to hear some of the most creative and innovative programming on the airwaves. - Chicago Defender

Dr. Toni Grant Dies

GRANT, Dr. Toni: KABC, 1972-86; KFI, 1986-90; KTZN, 1997; KRLA, 1998-2000; KABC, 2000-01. Dr. Toni Grant was a clinical psychologist and a pioneer in media psychology. She died March 27, 2016, at the age of 73.

Her radio career began in 1972 with weekly guest appearances on the Bill Ballance Show. She went on to revolutionize her field and the broadcasting industry with the nation’s first psychology call-in format. In 1981, her three-hour afternoon show was syndicated by the ABC network. In 1986, she was recruited by the Mutual Broadcasting System, and was syndicated in 180 markets until her departure in 1990.

In 1988, Dr. Grant wrote Being A Woman, a best seller which urged modern women to reclaim their femininity, lay down their “Amazon Armor” and return to traditional moral and family values. She took her own advice and that same year married industrialist John Bell.

In 1990, Toni decided to “live the book I wrote” and took a creative hiatus from daily broadcasting. She entered the world of corporate America, serving in an executive position at Bell Packaging Corporation.

Toni missed radio and in the spring of 1997 she returned to daily broadcasting. Famous for her phrase, “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” Toni spoke with over 50,000 people. Subject matter ranged from the bedroom to the boardroom." Born April 3, 1942, she had two daughters. Dr. Toni returned to KABC for late nights until her syndication deal fell apart in 2001.


AM 570 LA Sports

to Become New Radio Home of the Clippers  

(March 16, 2016) The L.A. Clippers and iHeartMedia Los Angeles today announced an exclusive multi-year broadcast rights agreement. Beginning with the Clippers game against the Memphis Grizzlies on Saturday, March 19 at 4:30 p.m. AM 570 LA Sports/KLAC will be the official radio home of the Clippers for all preseason, regular season and Playoff games while also providing comprehensive year-round coverage.  

“AM 570 LA Sports/KLAC has long been the premier destination for sports in Los Angeles,” Clippers President of Business Operations Gillian Zucker said.  “We are proud to establish an exceptional, long-term destination for Clippers basketball on the radio with a station that sounds like it was named for us.” 

Play-by-play duties will be handled by Brian Sieman, now in his ninth season calling Clippers action on the radio, while the venerable “Voice of the Clippers,” Ralph Lawler and former Clipper Michael Smith team up with Sieman to call all nationally televised games not shown on Fox Sports PRIME TICKET. Long-time Clippers broadcaster Isaac Lowenkron will continue to host Clippers pre-game, halftime and post-game shows.  

Clippers games will also be heard on The Patriot, KEIB AM 1150 when schedule conflicts arise with Los Angeles Dodgers baseball broadcasts. Beyond broadcasting the games on AM 570 LA Sports, Clippers-related programming and promotion will run across iHeartMedia's multi-platform media assets, including radio, digital, outdoor and music/entertainment events.   

"iHeartMedia Los Angeles and the L.A. Clippers just reinforced the fact that AM 570 LA Sports is the No. 1 destination for sport in Los Angeles," said Don Martin, Senior Vice President of Sports Los Angeles, iHeartMedia. "Welcome to your new home, Clipper Nation!”  

To: All CBS RADIO Employees

From: Andre Fernandez

Date: March 15, 2016 

Earlier today, CBS made an important announcement that will ultimately shape the long-term future of our radio business and, I believe, ultimately strengthen our position in the marketplace.  The company has announced its intention to pursue strategic alternatives for its radio division, and will look to realize the full potential of our operations. This action could take many forms, none of which have been determined quite yet. We are very early in the process and there are few details to share at this time, but I can tell you that to me this means we are entering an exciting period in our history. 

As you know, CBS Corporation is a company now focused primarily on premium video content. It makes sense that it would take this opportunity to explore other operating strategies for the radio division, ones that will allow us to successfully compete in the industry and transform our broadcast and digital businesses.  I’m confident any move we make will be of benefit to our stations and our people. 

For now, it’s business as usual. Our focus during this period must remain on delivering great programming and providing our clients with the same level of professionalism and customer service they have come to expect over the years. 

I know you have a lot of questions and we will attempt to answer all of them as soon as we can.  We will be in touch with further information when it becomes available.  I can assure you communications will play a key role in this process moving forward. 

CBS RADIO is a terrific organization with an impeccable reputation and rich history in broadcasting. I am proud to be part of its future and look forward to all we will accomplish together.

(March 14-15, 2016) February '16 Nielsen survey, 6+, Mon-Sun, 6-12mid ratings:

1. KOST (AC) 5.9 - 5.7

2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.7 - 5.5

3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.7 - 4.7

4. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.8 - 4.5

5. KTWV (Urban AC) 4.3 - 4.2

6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.5 - 3.9

7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.4 - 3.6

8. KNX (News) 3.2 - 3.3

     KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.5 - 3.3

10. KFI (Talk) 3.2 - 3.2

11. KROQ (Alternative) 3.0 - 3.1

12. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.7 - 3.0

      KRRL (Urban) 2.9 - 3.0

14. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.0 - 2.9

      KYSR (Alternative) 2.6 - 2.9

16. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.6 - 2.8

17. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.6

      KSWD (Classick Rock) 3.0 - 2.6

19. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 2.4

20. KCRW (Variety) 2.1 - 2.2

21. KKGO (Country) 2.0 - 2.1

22. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.1 - 2.0

23. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.9 - 1.9

24. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.6 - 1.7

25. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.6

26. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.5

27. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.3

28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.2

29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.0

30. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 0.9

31. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.9 - 0.8

      KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 0.8

33. KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7

      KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7

35. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.5 - 0.6

      KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) o.7 - o.6

37. KLAC (Sports) 0.8 - 0.5

38. KFWB (Sports) 0.2 - 0.2

      KKLA (Religious) o.2 - 0.2

      KLAA (Sports) 0.3 - 0.2

41. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.1 - 0.1

Morning Drive Ratings, Nielsen, February '16

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
    Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Ellen K (KOST)
4. Bill Handel (KFI)
5. Gary Bryan (K-EARTH)

Persons 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Big Boy (KRRL)
    Woody Show (ALT 987)
5. El Mandril (KXOS)

Persons 25-54

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
2. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. Valentine (MY/fm)
5. El Mandril (KXOS)

Ron Jacobs, Pioneer of Boss Radio, Dies

(March 8, 2016) Ron Jacobs' biggest success was when Bill Drake hired him, then 27, to program KHJ and the "Boss" format achieved an industry pinnacle. He died this morning in his native Hawaii, at the age of 78.

Ron began his professional radio career as a correspondent for NBC's Monitor at KGU. Two years later, at age 20, he worked at KHVH, where he met Elvis Presley and began a lifelong friendship with his mentor, the late Col. Tom Parker.

In 1958, Ron became Hawaii's youngest pd, and worked with Mike Joseph and Bill Gavin. "They taught me the basics of Top 40 formatics," Ron said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.

In 1959, Ron joined KPOI as pd and morning drive dj. He had much success in Honolulu. In 1962, his drive and eagerness to learn took him to the Mainland as the Colgreene Corporation vp of programming.

Ron fine-tuned his programming concepts at KMEN-San Bernardino and KMAK-Fresno. His success came to the attention of radio consultant Bill Drake - a Fresno competitor. While at KHJ, Ron produced radio's first "documentary," the 48-hour special, The History of Rock and Roll.

In 1970, Ron left KHJ for a new role, co-founder and vp of Watermark, Inc. Ron and Tom Rounds, a KPOI  alumnus, launched Casey Kasem's American Top 40. During his time with Waterwmark, Ron also produced, The Elvis Presley Story and a long-dreamed-of-project called Cruisin': a History of Rock 'n Roll Radio. Each album recreated the radio show of a dj who held regional dominance during the developing years of rock music. Ron recalled a Crusin' highlight: "I've always felt that - in its heyday - 'Color radio/Channel 98 was the most exciting Top 40 station of its era. My personal on-air style was influenced by the late B. Mitchel Reed. I was also fortunate enough to have worked with BR on the Cruisin' album in1970."

(ed. note: One segment of Ron's Cruisin' series featured Robin Seymour, a giant personality in Detroit's early days of Rock radio. Ron used the W4 studios to record Robin when I was general manager of the Oldies station. At the time, Robin worked for us at W4.)


John Rook, Former KFI and KABC Program Director, Dies

(March 4, 2016) John Rook, programming chief at KFI from 1977-82 and KABC from 1988-89, died March 1. He was 78.

The very successful radio programming consultant during the 1970s and '80s was born October 9, 1937, in Chillicothe, Ohio, and raised in Chadron, Nebraska. After high school he came to the Southland in the mid-1950s and studied acting at the Pasadena Playhouse with Sal Mineo and Natalie Wood. Following bit parts in several motion pictures, his best friend, Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame legend Eddie Cochran, suggested John consider a career in radio.

His first dj job in 1957 was at KASL-New Castle, Wyoming, followed by KOBH-Hot Springs, South Dakota, KALL-Salt Lake City and KTLN-Denver. By 1964, he was pd of KQV-Pittsburgh and from 1967 to 1971 he was pd of WLS-Chicago.

In 1969, his peers named WLS "Station of the Year" and John Rook "Radio's Man of the Year." In the early 1970s, John teamed up with Chuck Blore and Ken Draper in a consultancy company. He started John Rook & Associates in 1974 with WCFL-Chicago as one of his first clients. Within weeks, the legendary Larry Lujack left WLS for WCFL saying, "I think John Rook is the greatest pd of our time or any other time. He's a real pro, super fair and up front and honest."

As a consultant, John's impressive client list soon included WABC-New York, WIFI-Philadelphia, WHYI-Miami, WZGC-Atlanta, WBAP-Dallas/Ft. Worth, KIMN-Denver, KRBE-Houston and WGCL-Cleveland. In 1977 John was named "Consultant of the Year" and at the suggestion of Chuck Blore was named pd of KFI. Cox VP James Wesley and operations head Elliott "Biggie" Nevins backed John as he rocked KFI's 50,000 watts and took on RKO's KHJ. Within a year, KHJ went to a Country format, the end of an era.

In 1983, John purchased KCDA-Spokane and started dividing his time between his Northridge residence and his horse ranch south of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho. In 1987, the Reagan White House named him a commissioner candidate at the FCC. Again in 1988 Chuck Blore persuaded KABC gm George Green to hire John to return to Los Angeles as pd of KABC for a year. In 1994, R&R readers voted John, "One of the most influential programmers of the past twenty years." John lived on his Idaho ranch complete with satellite TV & the internet where he stayed in touch with LA radio & TV daily. He sold his radio stations in 1998.



Iconic LARadio Personality Charlie Tuna Dies


(February 29, 2016) Born Art Ferguson, Charlie grew up in Nebraska, where he started on the radio at age 16. He died February 19, 2016, at the age of 71.

When writing my Los Angeles Radio People books, readers were asked to vote for their favorite personalities in the last 50 years. Tuna made the Top 10 and you can read what the other finalists had to say about him. (Emperor Bob Hudson, Rick Dees, Gary Owens, Bill Ballance, Dave Hull, Sweet Dick Whittington, and Robert W. Morgan)

Charlie started noon-to-three on KHJ and moved to mornings in 1970 when Robert W. Morgan left for Chicago. He was named rock dj of the year in 1970 by the LA Times. In 1972, Charlie went to KCBQ-San Diego, commuting from his home in Tarzana because of contract restrictions imposed after he quit KHJ. He was the first morning personality on KROQ/AM.

In 1973, Charlie was very active with numerous radio specials through his Alan/Tuna Production company.  That same year, he joined KKDJ, becoming pd in 1975. When KIIS AM/FM debuted on October 1, 1975, Charlie was the first morning man and pd of both stations.  He hosted "Record Report," a
syndicated series. 

In 1977, Charlie replaced Charlie Van Dyke at KHJ. He was one of the hosts on KTLA/Chanel 5’s Calendar show.

In 1990, Charlie was the first KHJ "Boss Jock" to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He teamed briefly with Dean Goss when KODJ debuted in 1990. On September 10, 1993, KCBS became "Arrow 93" and Charlie was gone. Within a month Charlie started on all-Sports KMPC as the morning anchor. 

He was active in Voice of America and AFRTS for decades. He appeared in the Universal movie Rollercoaster and was the announcer on numerous tv shows including The Mike Douglas Show and Scrabble. In a 1993 Times interview, Charlie reminisced, "I'm much more regimented than I've ever been. It was a lot more unstructured then, and, to be honest, a lot more fun. Now there are a lot more bankers and accountants in it, but you adapt." Charlie worked as 1994 summer fill-in on KABC and KMPC. In 1994, he moved to mornings at Orange County Country KIKF, then to KLAC, where he remained until May 2000, when he moved to mornings at KBIG. He continued an active voiceover career and hosted the syndicated "Oldies Calendar" and was the morning personality on "The Music of Your Life." Charlie was inducted into the Nebraska Radio Hall of Fame in 1999. Married in 1965, he and Shari have two daughters and two sons.

Tuna, Charlie: KHJ, 1967-72; KROQ, 1972-73; KKDJ, 1973-75; KIIS, 1975-77; KHJ, 1977; KTNQ, 1978-80; KHTZ, 1980-85; KBZT, 1985-86; KRLA, 1986-90; KODJ/KCBS, 1990-93; KMPC/KABC, 1993-94; KIKF, 1994-98; KLAC, 1998-2000; KBIG, 2000-07; KRTH, 2008-15.


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