2017 - 1st Quarter

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett

Former Mega Man Makes People

(March 31, 2017) George Lopez, former morning man at Mega 100 (KCMG) from 2000-01, launched his second season of Lopez on TV Land. George has already had a sitcom, George Lopez, that ran on ABC from 2002-2007, producing 120 episodes spanning six seasons, then 286 Lopez Tonight shows on TBS from 2009-2011 and 10 episodes of the failed sitcom Saint George in 2014 on FX.

This week People Magazine featured a short Q&A with Lopez:

What do you love most about working on Lopez? It's like being in therapy and filming it! Most people learned the lessons I'm now learning in their 20s. But because I always worked so much, I'm just starting to deal with them now.

What's the most challenging part? The show is so personal that there's no pullback. But really, the most challenging part is holding in my stomach while we film!

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime? I collect art and pens. I learned to write with my grandmothers' eyebrow pencil, but once I realized there were really great pens out there, I wanted them!

You have a daughter, Maya, 20.What's the best part of fatherhood? Maya is a great girl. She's sweet funny, and she's an individual - all of the things that I wasn't. She's not afraid of anything.

Traffic Snarl

(March 30, 2017) Russell Allen Lee in Long Beach, California: To all of my Facebook friends, tomorrow (Friday) is my last day reporting traffic during AM drive on KTWV, 94.7 The Wave. A corporate decision by CBS is moving their stations to another service.

After almost 23 years, I am feeling sad and grateful at the same time. 16 of those years were spent with the other woman in my life, the peerless 
Pat Prescott, who has hosted the morning show since 2000, and will continue to do so. I love her dearly, and will miss sharing the airwaves with her.

The Wave is, in my opinion, the greatest station in LA and I am honored and thankful to have been a part of their storied history ... they have been wonderful to me all these years. I will, however, remain employed with other duties at Total Traffic, which has been the best job of my life.

Hear Ache 

(March 30, 2017) It seems like yesterday, but it was back in the early 2000s when Leigh Ann Adam teamed up with Charlie Tuna for mornings at KBIG. (The birth of one of Leigh Ann's children was carried live on the Internet and received huge coverage for KBIG.) After leaving the Southland, Leigh Ann went to Dallas, and for over a decade she was at KVIL, a CBS station. Leigh Ann is now joining iHeartMedia’s Star 102.1, Dallas’ “More Music, More Variety radio station,” beginning Monday. Star Mornings with Leigh Ann will feature Adam discussing the latest news in entertainment and pop culture as well as hosting interviews featuring some of today’s biggest artists. "I love what I do and I’m so excited to wake up with Star 102.1 and the DFW community,” said Adam. “Having the opportunity to host mornings is amazing and I can’t wait to put on my new headphones and get started!" … On Monday, the Dodgers will play their first opening day since 1950 without Vin Scully calling their games. He won’t be in the stands. He won’t make a point of watching on tv, either. “It’s a day game. I’ll probably have things to do,” the famed 89-year-old announcer told The AP. “I might catch a piece of it.” … Speaking of Scully, his broadcast from 1957 of the Brooklyn Dodgers and the New York Giants is headed for the Library of Congress’ National Record Registry … Former Hot 92.3 morning man, Victor Zaragosa, has exited Sports KGMZ (95.7 The Game) in San Francisco … Jennifer Ferro, president of KCRW, penned an op-ed piece in the LA Times yesterday about public broadcasting … Behind-the-scenes radio friend Paul Mahler had a liver and kidney transplant at UCLA Medical Center. Paul’s family kindly requests that family, friends, co-workers and others to donate blood to the UCLA Blood & Platelet Center in the name of Paul Mahler. If not for Paul, for someone else in need. Paul’s buddy Ron Shapiro said Paul was “doing well.” … A new twist in iHeartMedia’s debt struggles was featured in a New York Times piece. … Wonder what Ryan Seacrest has been up to, beyond KIIS, these days? He’s been VERY quiet. Maybe something verrrry exciting?

LARadio Has Three of Top 10 Billers in 2016 

(March 29, 2017) KIIS/fm was the runner-up radio station in the 2016 revenue sweepstakes with $65.9 million, up slightly from the year before at $64.7M. Two other iHeart stations made the Top 10: KBIG (MY/fm) at 6th with $44M (up from $43.6M) and KFI at 10th with $38M, (up slightly from $37.8M). CBS Radio/LA failed to make the list of Top 10 billers.

News/Talk station WTOP in Washington DC was America’s top biller for the sixth time in seven years. The survey is compliled by BIA/Kelsey. WTOP is owned by Hubbard  Broadcasting. WTOP was #1 for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015 and now 2016. The year 2014 was the only time this entire decade when WTOP failed to hit #1 when it lost to KIIS.

As a general trend, news, news/talk or sports stations claim six of this year’s Top 10 billing spots. CBS stations are listed as Entercom stations, in anticipation of the impending merger in a few months.

Email Tuesday 

**Jocks Needed at K-SURF

"I listened to Saul Levine's 1260 KSUR yesterday and enjoyed hearing music I hadn't heard for a loooong time.

The station just needs some jocks who know how to do it the right way. Not many left." - Mike O'Neil


** New Oldies Station

"Saul Levine says he will never change the format away from Country on his KKGO 105 FM and HD1. But that means there are some interesting options Mr. Levine has likely been thinking about. He's aware that any music on AM sounds terrible and the 105.1HD-2 signal isn't very strong, BUT: with the impending ratings spike with the new Oldies on 1260 AM and KKGO-HD2, and the potential upcoming availability of the soon-to-be Entercom-owned fm frequencies at 93.1 and 100.3, which Entercom has said would be put in a trust to facilitate their sales, would Saul purchase 93.1 and put his Oldies format on 93.1 and bring back a format sounding something like Boss Radio 93/KHJ from the RKO days of Boss Radio? 

He'd have to make a deal with the current 930 AM owners to give up their KHJ call letters for his new KHJ Oldies station at 93(.1)/fm. Certainly the KCBS calls would change anyway after the CBS sale is final or does Sal buy KSWD from Entercom, then move the Oldies format to 100.3, and keep the current The Sound label but just switch the format to his current Oldies formula?

I'm looking forward to hearing LA radio when all this dust settles." - Steve Nieto, Yorba Linda
** Reader Question

"I've been thinking about Levand's question [3.25]and a thought occurred to me that I finally had time to research today. Maybe this is the answer to his question. He said he moved to the area in 1980. KGIL had dropped its Adult Contemporary format on Independence Day 1979 for the 'Ballads, Blues and Big Bands Too' format [I verified the date using archives of old Billboard magazine]. That imaging title is close enough to what Levand remembers to cause me to think perhaps he just noticed it on Sunday nights but that it was actually the full-time format.

As for who it might have been on the air:  The air personalities mentioned in Billboard were Sweet Dick Whittington in mornings and Chuck Cecil late nights, plus pd Mike Lundy, Thomas Brown IV ['The Thomas Brown Affair'] and Joe Medina on weekdays, plus Keri Tombazian and Jean Davis on weekends.  I wonder if it might have been the syndicated Cecil 'Swinging Years' and Levand mistook the station slogan for the program title? Anyway, there's one possible answer to his question." - K.M. Richards
** Labor Day K-EARTH Hits

"Is this website something that can be contributed to your LARadio site as a historical reference? I found it back in 2013 and it has valuable information regarding K-Earth 101 past programming and specials that aired over the Labor Day weekend. It is very interesting and unique, considering many living in Southern California would probably remember this huge special from the 1980's that KRTH once aired along with the "Runner's Up of Classic Rock & Roll Weekend" (the #2's), the weekend before Labor Day. This special ran on KRTH from 1978 through 1990 in some form.

Beginning in 1978 through 1985, KRTH played all local number one songs through the current year. From 1986 through 1989, KRTH ran the special through the 1979 #1 songs. And lastly in 1990 [the last year this aired], KRTH ran this special only through the 1973 #1 songs. This never aired again after 1990. This list shows all the Los Angeles area number one songs, based on local radio station surveys, such as the KFWB Fab 40, the KHJ Boss 30, and radio station surveys from K-Earth 101. Other unknown surveys may have been used as well." - Jose Harrison

Sports LARPs on Heavy TALKERS List

(March 27, 2017) For five years, the well respected TALKERS magazine has compiled the biggest names in Sports radio and a number of LARPs appear, with many near the top of the list. Executive editor Kevin Casey states, “This annual ranking of the most important sports talk radio hosts is one of the most difficult – but enjoyable – projects we undertake at TALKERS. The reason for that is the partially subjective nature of the criteria combined with the enormous number of talented and successful sports talk hosts working in America."

From the top 50: #3 Colin Cowherd, #4 Jim Rome, #5 Dan Patrick, #6 Dan LaBatard, #31 Dan Sileo, #34 Mason & Ireland, #35 Mike & Mike, and #37 Petros & Money

McIntyre MC's Political Roast

(March 26, 2017) Last Thursday, KABC morning man Doug McIntyre emceed the 20th LA Political Roast, a fundraiser for the American Diabetes Association. This is fourth time Doug has done it. The ADA has a special place in his heart. His brother Jeff died from diabetes four years ago.

The Roastee this year was LA County Sheriff Jim McDonnell, with City Councilman Joe Busciano and LA County DA Jackie Lacey as the Roasters. Click the artwork to a related link to the LA Daily News article. 

Email Weekend

** Playlist Rotation
"Steve Thompson remains in denial, it seems, of everything he learned when he asked questions of myself and David Gleason of Univision Radio a few years ago about how music is programmed on Classic Hits stations.

Yes, it is well known that KRTH plays some songs as often as five times a day, but as he should know, those are the songs which rate the highest in auditorium testing. I would estimate that close to one-third of their library plays at least three times a day, but these are the songs that [and you got this right, Steve ... no 'apparently'] their listeners never get tired of them. Take into account that the average listener only tunes in for about 20 minutes at a time, multiple times per day, and it is relatively easy, using today's music scheduling software, to have the repeats turn up in different hours over several days. The end result is that the average listener only hears a song once or twice out of two dozen plays over an entire week.

It's only the 'deep playlist' fans like Steve who refuse to accept the fact [and he did mention KRTH's high ratings] that a smaller playlist, consisting of well-researched songs that listeners rank as the ones they want to hear often, will always perform better than one consisting of more titles, but as a consequence play those high-ranked listener favorites less frequently. As for Saul Levine and KSUR, he is in an entirely different situation. He doesn't have to use a tight playlist because (1) he's getting listeners just from the format flip in the first place; (2) most of these songs haven't been on the air in L.A. for many years anyway; and (3) he doesn't have to worry about ratings, because he knows going in that the Oldies format will get an older audience and all the ad buys are going to be local, not agency.  I wouldn't be surprised if down the road he tightened it up a bit, once the novelty wears off ... but he certainly doesn't have to do that as KRTH must to remain competitive. My admiration for Saul for taking chances simply because he can afford to remains at a 'power rotation' level." - K.M. Richards
** Message from Saul Levine
"1260 AM [K-SURF] is now programming Oldies 24/7. My company, Mount Wilson FM, has owned an operated 1260 for 25 years. We have tried several different formats over this period of time. Standards have been featured on three different occasions, each time, up-dating the presentation to more modern renditions hoping to make the format successful.

Recently, when our research confirmed the need for an Oldies format in LA, we decided to move the Standards to 105.1 HD 3, and the Web, but to retain it. The move to Oldies on 1260, on 105.1 HD 2, as well as at, has achieved enough support to justify its presence now on 1260 as a 24/7 format.

Supporting this move is a better AM signal. Our engineers have installed new equipment which has increased the area in which 1260 can be received along with the 100 mile coverage on 105.1 HD2. Also 1260 now operates with 20,000 watts in contrast to the 5,000 watts when we acquired it from Buckley Radio. I am optimistic that in contrast to the Standards format that never seemed to break through with a saleable demo that K-SURF / LAOldies will be successful.

In response to some who think I enjoy changing formats, a reminder that I placed 105.1/fm on the air in 1959 (about 60 years ago) and there have only been two formats prior to Country which has now passed TEN years and will never be changed." - Saul Levine, President Mount Wilson FM

** Oldies Component in Southern California

"Without the mention in your column when it first began, I wouldn't have heard about the new music happening on the weekends at K-SURF. Now, along with others, I am fascinated with both the diversity of the playlist and the strength of the Oldies songs that are being selected. 

You made me laugh with your quote from owner Saul Levine: 'The program director is a proprietary secret at this time.' I can't blame Saul for keeping things silent, though. They're doing a really nice job! It seems like a million years ago [early 1980s] when I programmed The Mighty 690 and helped program 91X in San Diego. We ran a Sunday morning feature called Nostalgia Rock on 91X - Top 40 songs from the late 1950s and the decade of the 1960s. It was certainly different than our everyday Album Rock format back then. It drew legendary audience shares and we heard it almost everywhere that we traveled on any Sunday morning. Most industry insiders knew that it was unsustainable 24/7. But, what a blast it was hearing it on a Sunday morning." - Ted Ziegenbusch KOST 103.5

** Cool DJ

"I moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1980. There used to be a Jazz, Swing, and Blues radio show hosted by a man that came on Sunday as I recall. His title of the show was something like, 'Basie, Bennett and the Blues' or some variation of that.

Do you have any knowledge of whom the dj was and what the title of his show was? I have always thought that title was one of the 'coolest' titles I had ever heard for a radio show." - Mike Levand, Wichita, Kansas

Hear Ache

(March 24, 2017) The big merger of 2017 is in process. As Entercom moves forward with their merger with CBS Radio, the new entity will be run by David Field, currently the president and ceo of the Philadelphia-based company. When this merger happens, Entercom will have many stations to sell, swap or trade to get under the current FCC market caps. The company is moving quickly and is seeking permission to assign the licenses of 43 different stations into a trust, which gives them flexibility. One fm station in Los Angeles is required in the reduction process, but the company is planning to put two stations into divestiture trust. The filings list JACK/fm (KCBS/fm) and 100.3/The Sound (KSWD) … Fans of the new Oldies station 1260 AM (K-SURF) are fascinated with the diversity of the playlist. I asked owner Saul Levine who was the program director responsible for programming this eclectic mix. “The program director is a proprietary secret at this time but the depth of the K-SURF music is remarkable,” emailed Saul. “It is 100% in-house. I am finding it very enjoyable. Roll Over Beethoven.” … It has taken some time for new ceo of Cumulus, Mary Berner (photo), to get her own team and philosophy in place. This week at a meeting of the Cumulus Board, founder Lew Dickey, who was vice chairman of the Board, resigned “to pursue other professional interests.” Lew was replaced by his brother, John Dickey. Yesterday the stock dropped to 33 cents ... KIIS' Ryan Seacrest announced the line-up for Wango Tango: Katy Perry, Maroon 5, Niall Horan, Zedd, Machine Gun Kelly, Camilla Cabello, Hailee Steinfeld, Noah Cyrus, Halsey, Julia Michaels and a special guest performance from Alessia Cara.

Email Thursday

(March 23, 2017) "I hope you'll start giving the new 1260 K-Surf a lot of publicity on (As of March 20, the call letters are KSUR -- the same call letters the station had in 2002-05.) I would love to see K-Surf cut into KRTH's audience share. KRTH plays certain songs three to five times a day, every day, and listeners apparently aren't sick of hearing them - KRTH is #2 in the latest Nielsen Audio ratings.  

KSUR plays not only the big 1950s-60s hits, which KRTH no longer plays - KSUR plays dozens of low-charting songs, most of which KRTH never played. I hope Saul Levine sticks with this format for (at least) a few years." - Steve Thompson

Here are a few:
Abigail Beecher - Freddy Cannon (16/1964)
At Last - Etta James (47/1961)
Blue Moon Of Kentucky - Elvis Presley (--/1954)
Blue Suede Shoes - Elvis Presley (20/1956)
Blue's Theme - Davie Allan/Arrows (37/1967)
Call Me - Chris Montez (22/1966)
Can I Get A Witness - Marvin Gaye (22/1963)
Could This Be Magic - Dubs (23/1957)
Darlin' Be Home Soon - Lovin' Spoonful (15/1967)
Fever - Little Willie John (24/1956)
God Only Knows - Beach Boys (39/1966)
Good Lovin' - Young Rascals (1/1966)
Harlem Shuffle - Bob & Earl (44/1963)
Hippy Hippy Shake - Swinging Blue Jeans (24/1964)
Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye (30/1963)
Hully Gully - Olympics (72/1960)
I Do - Marvelows (37/1965)
I Got A Line On You - Spirit (25/1969)
I Hear You Knockin' - Fats Domino (67/1961)
I've Been Loving You Too Long - Otis Redding (21/1965)
In My Room - Beach Boys (23/1963)
It's My Life - Animals (23/1965)
It's So Easy - Buddy Holly/Crickets (--/1958)
Like To Get To Know You - Spanky/Our Gang (17/1968)
Little Latin Lupe Lu - Righteous Brothers (49/1963)
Love Potion  Number 9 - Clovers (23/1959)
Mountain Of Love - Harold Dorman (21/1960)
My Girl Sloopy - Vibrations (26/1964)
Nadine - Chuck Berry (23/1964)
Ooh Poo Pah Doo - Jessie Hill (28/1960)
Prisoner Of Love - James Brown (18/1963)
Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly (88/1959)
Rip It Up - Little Richard (17/1956)
Rumble - Link Wray/Ray Men (16/1958)
Shimmy Shimmy Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony/Imperials (24/1959)
So This Is Love - Castells (21/1962)
Soul Finger - Bar-Kays (17/1967)
Soul Limbo - Booker T/MG's (17/1968)
Tell Mama - Etta James (23/1967)
The Lonely Surfer - Jack Nitzsche (39/1963)
The River Is Wide - Grass Roots (31/1969)
Tobacco Road - Nashville Teens (14/1964)
What's A Matter Baby - Timi Yuro (12/1962)
Yesterday's Gone - Chad & Jeremy (21/1964)
You're A Wonderful One - Marvin Gaye (15/1964)

"I Got Into Radio to Impress a Guy"

(March 22, 2017) The first time I wrote about Jessie Jessup, she was a middayer at alt rock “Y107.” It was 18 years ago and we had a fun headline: “I got Into Radio to Impress a Guy.”

Part of that story from 1999:

She’s a pistol! I don’t know how else to describe my close encounter with Jessie Jessup. The walls of the Pasadena studios better be made of rubber to accommodate the bouncing. Jessie is part of a complete station retooling with music and personalities that is only months old. Where did you come from? "Well, this morning I came from Westwood," bounced Jessie. The quick one-liners punctuated the 20-minute phone conversation. Jessie (“I have a heart over the i, isn’t that what you do in L.A.?”) was born April 18 in Wyoming. What year? “It turns over to zero zero this year.” She was raised all over the world. “My mom was a Bohemian and my father threatened us so we took off for Paris, Japan, Haiti, Spain, Puerto Rico, Saipan and we spent 10 years in Guam.” She got into radio to impress a guy. “This guy I liked a lot liked a particular radio station, so I figured if I got a job there he would like me. I got the job, but didn’t get him.” Jessie ended up in Las Vegas and stayed with friends for 4 years.

Jessie ended up living in Westwood. “I thought it was West Hollywood, but so what. I have Astroturf and pink flamingoes on my balcony. Did you see Dharma & Greg when they got the Astroturf? I thought it was so cool and so California. My place is not an apartment, not a house, not a condo. I’m not really sure what it is, but it’s between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire.” Jessie is at the station at 6:30 in the morning preparing for her five-hour shift that begins at 10. “Some days I wish I could be on longer. I love the callers.” She hasn’t been cage dancing yet, but it hasn’t been for lack of desire. She gets up too early. “Have you been to doodie dot com?” she asked. I replied, no. “Wow, I get to tell Mr. LARADIO.COM about doodie dot com. Wait till you see Jonathan Livingston Doodie.”

When Y107 went Spanish in 1999, Jessie had a good long ride doing afternoons at KDGE-Dallas. “But as Prince sang so presciently in Sometimes It Snows In April, ‘all good things they say never last’ and here we are,” emailed Jessie. “The Edge flipped format in November and I find myself dogpaddling in rough waters trying to find work in an industry that is struggling and where so many much more brilliant jocks can no longer find steady work. Still I will try my best.”

Jessie really wants to stay in radio. “Everything has changed so drastically since the last time I went through this process. Does creativity and passion matter anymore? I genuinely love the art of radio. I have really honed my interview chops over the years. I got so good that Dave Navarro emailed me when he came to Dallas and said he heard I would ‘get it’ and asked to do an interview. I thought I was being punked so sent him a message on Twitter to see if it was legit. I mean it was DAVE NAVARRO. Sure enough it was real. I still marvel at that. He was coming to town to be suspended by meat hooks and as it turns out we have mutuals as one of the ladies who suspends at Jane’s Addiction shows is from Dallas and I have worked with her on the burlesque scene.”

She thinks she has a lot to offer to a pd “if he/she is looking for a genuine and passionate, creative music lover with a penchant for being well prepared and a talent for engaging not just artists but listeners. The best stuff I have is all with listeners. Surely there is still a place for such a soul in radio.” (Artwork done by Jessie Jessup)

You can reach Jessie at: 

Morning Has Broken
February '17 PPM 6a-10a

Persons 12+ 

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. News Team (KNX)
3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
4. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
    Pat Prescott (KTWV)
Persons 18-34 

1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Big Boy (KRRL)
4. Valentine (MY/fm)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
Persons 25-54

1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. The Woody Show (KYSR)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
    Kevin & Bean


February '17 Ratings

(March 20, 2017) MY/fm (KBIG) jumps back into the hot top spot for the first time in over a year in the just-released February '17 PPM ratings 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid:

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.1 - 5.2
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.3 - 4.9
3. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.8
4. KTWV (the WAVE) 5.0 - 4.8
5. KOST (AC) 5.2 - 4.6

6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.8 - 3.9
7. KNX (News) 3.7 - 3.8
8. KFI (Talk) 3.5 - 3.5
9. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.4 - 3.4
10. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.3
11. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 - 3.2
      KYSR (Alternative) 3.0 - 3.2

13. KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 2.9
14. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.9 - 2.7
15. KKGO (Country) 2.2 - 2.5
16. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.6 - 2.4
17. KSWD (Classic Rock 2.3 - 2.3
18. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.2

      KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.2
20. KJLH (Urban AC) 2.3 - 2.1
      KLAX (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.1
      KPCC (News/Talk) 2.0 - 2.1
      KROQ (Alternative) 2.0 - 2.1
24. KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.1 - 2.0
25. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.7
26. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hit) 1.8 - 1.6
27. KCRW (Variety) 1.4 - 1.3
28. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.3 - 1.1
       KRLA (Talk) 1.1 - 1.1
       KUSC (Classical) 1.2 - 1.1
31. KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.0 - 1.0
       KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.9 - 1.0
33. KEIB (Talk) 0.7 - 0.9
       KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 0.9
35. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7
36. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.6
       KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.6
      KLAC (Sports) 0.7 - 0.6
      KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.6 - 0.6
40. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.4 - 0.5

Chuck Berry: A Lifetime of Defining our Musical Rock Roots
(March 20, 2017) So many of our rock ’n roll heroes are passing on, certainly giving us pause to think about our own mortality ... Former K-100 jock Goodtime Steve Mitchell wrote on Facebook: “In honor of Chuck Berry I think I will pause to reflect on My Ding-A-Ling ... You Tube is so cool. There is an incredible link from the Mike Douglas Show where John Lennon played with Chuck ... Closest I ever got to Chuck Berry was being in the T.A.M.I. audience at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. If I remember correctly, he sang Johnny B. Goode and Maybellene, complete with Go-Go Dancers ... You can also watch Chuck’s appearance with Johnny Carson. Carson seemed genuinely fond of Chuck and recalled a time when he introduced Chuck on the Dick Clark's American Bandstand Show in the 1950s. Carson cancelled two guests to go the full hour with Berry.

And how well do you remember the music of Chuck Berry? He sang: ''Oh, ___________, why can't you be true?''
(a) Suzie Q
(b) Peggy Sue
(c) Maybellene

Our prayers go out to Vic the Brick Jacobs this morning. He is undergoing colon cancer surgery.

Last Wednesday, iHeart Media proposed another debt restructuring. This time, it was received positively by investors, pushing the price of “IHRT” stock to $1.43 by the end of the day, an increase of 24 percent. By Friday, the stock had gone up even further to an even $2.00 per share. Meanwhile, Cumulus Media dropped a dime at the end of the week, closing at $0.48 per share.

Almost 18 Years Ago

Let’s Dance Over the 4th of July Weekend

(July 2, 1999) Chaz Kelley, part of the weekend/swing team at KRTH for the past 8 years, is headed for Las Vegas for the July 4th weekend. Her husband, Chris Montez, who had the dance classic from 1962, Let’s Dance, is performing at the Riviera Hotel. Chaz and Chris met at a "K-Earth" Legends of Rock and Roll concert at the Greek Theatre. "It was my first year at KRTH and I had worked at Westwood One and KRTH that day and decided that the concert was just too much for one day," remembered Chaz. "I was dead tired. One of my girlfriends was having a birthday and she thought going to the Concert would be a great present." Chaz acquiesced and while backstage with some of the performers, she was introduced to Chris. "He wasn’t even supposed to be there, but he got home early from Brazil and decided to hang out. At the end of the night we exchanged phone numbers." Chris called two days later and they started dating. Love at first sight? "It sure was on my part. We have a four month old daughter and she’s a miracle baby." Chaz grew up in Marshalltown, Iowa, where her father was a vp at the home office at Lennox Air & Heating. Before coming to the Southland, Chaz worked in North Dakota, Eugene, Portland, Phoenix and Dallas.

The circus came to town yesterday morning in the disguise of John & Ken’s debut at KABC. The House of Blues was the big top and whotta’ opening act. There was a live band, contest winners hovering over Krispy Kreme donuts and sipping Starbucks coffee, high-powered agency folk (I went up in the elevator with Edith Whaley of Carat ICG, who I’m told is very important), fellow KABC talk show hosts, a parade of KABC support staff led by Shelley Wagner, and in the midst of the cacophony of noise were John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou conducting their first talk show at KABC. Erik Braverman and Ray Lopez, who made his debut as morning show producer, orchestrated the pace of the show. Howard Hoffman was the MC for all the activities at the House of Blues and connected the bridges that were between all the elements.

KABC pd Drew Hayes was ebullient. "Did you see our sign out front?" was how he greeted me. Drew has a moving billboard: "Some competition Bill can’t Handel – John & Ken, mornings at KABC." The billboard truck was parked in front of Bill Handel’s home yesterday morning when he left for work and then followed him to the KFI studios. The billboard truck stayed parked for the KFI employees to see as they arrived at work. Some friendly fun between competing radio stations. At KFI, John and Bill’s wives became good friends. "We’re having dinner together in the near future," Ken said. "It’s his mortgage or my mortgage."

After the debut show ended, John and I chatted about the Countdown Clock that appeared at the top of this page during the month of June that counted down the weeks, days, minutes and seconds until their arrival. "I was back East for three weeks and I got to the point where I would scroll very quickly past the clock while it was loading to read the day’s news. I didn’t want to see that I only had 3 million more seconds left before my vacation was over."

  At one point during the festivities, there was the feeling of a true variety show going on with Don McNeil or Arthur Godfrey (network morning men from an era long gone). Weekenders Leo Terrell and Gloria Allred appeared and wished the new team well and brought gifts. John tried to get the OJ Simpson controversy stirred up, but it didn't work. Dennis Prager brought his accordion and played Havah Nagilah. ("My parents wouldn’t let me watch tv on school nights but said I could learn a musical instrument," said Dennis. "I literally went to the Yellow Pages and started with A," to which Ken quipped, "Too bad you didn’t start at G for a cool instrument to get the girls.") Larry Elder sang a mean impression of Louis Armstrong’s Hello Dolly. For those at the HOB, Larry delighted the crowd, not with the moon walk, but his own sun walk.  

KABC sales chief Bob Koontz was excited about the station’s direction and the arrival of John & Ken. "The station has been making steady gains in our demographic target audience and with John & Ken, we’re gonna be a killer," opined Bob.

Well, KABC is now the vision that pd Drew Hayes envisioned one year ago. "Sometimes it takes two or three years to get it where you want it. We’re now in place," Drew said. "Not once in the past year was there any pressure from management or corporate to hurry up. They gave me complete freedom to get where we are today."

The summer Arbitron ratings book started yesterday. It’ll be interesting to track where KABC will be next July 1. Good luck!

Clear Channel’s KBET, tucked away in the Santa Clarita Valley, was simulcasting "XTRA Sports 1150" until last weekend, according to Larry Thornhill, gm at KAVL-Lancaster and in charge of the Antelope Valley cluster. KBET, at 1220AM, is now simulcasting Rick Dees from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and Jim Rome until noon. KIIS/FM runs until the Dodgers pre-game show and then KBET hooks up with the Dodger package. "We’re going to be running lots of sports on the weekends at 1220AM. We will be football intensified with local high school games, the UCLA package and an NFL triple header every Sunday," said Larry by phone earlier this week.

Jimi Hendrix is featured on Joe Benson's "Off The Record" on "Arrow 93" for July 4th at 10 p.m.…Mark & Brian are playing host to Sammy Hagar this morning at KLOS…This afternoon at 3 p.m., KROQ is counting down the top KROQ-Party songs, as chosen by listeners at . Even the djs are getting into the July 4th weekend festivities. All the KROQ djs will be too busy partying to work, so KROQ will be dj-free all weekend long…Kenny Morse and Reed Berry broadcast from the Museum of TV and Radio tomorrow afternoon. The voice of Homer Simpson, Dan Castelleneta, will guest…Bill Austin, formerly with KTTV/Channel 11 in the early 1980s and now #1 morning man in Phoenix, is spending this morning on-air at KRTH with Charlie Van Dyke. Hmmm…When KFWB went rock and roll in early 1958, Ted Quillin was one of the original djs. Ted moved to Las Vegas 20 years ago and became a motivational speaker and teacher. He is an expert on Las Vegas history and music. Check out his Web site at .

I received a number of emails wanting to know why when I reported that KRLA would be simulcasting the KCBS/Channel 2 6 o’clock news that I failed to mention that Minyard & Minyard would be cut by 25%. Frankly I didn’t see that as the story. The simulcast was the story. I asked Ken for his thoughts: "I actually think it's a pretty good idea," emailed Ken. "Besides we're still on the last hour in all the other [satellite-delivered] markets." When Phil Hendrie was cut back an hour at KFI last month, the story was Phil’s unique approach to radio and his desire to concentrate on three hours, not four hours. The KFI story was not Tim & Neil adding an hour.

Email Saturday

** Need Personalities on New Oldies Station

"Mr. Barrett, credit to Saul Levine for bringing Oldies back to LA on AM. Would be nice at some point if he decides to go 24/7 with the format on 1260 to hire quality on-air talent, along the lines of Dave Randall, Christina Kelley, Bruce Chandler - not wanted by the current K-Earth regime." - Greg Wood, West Hills
** More Oldies

"Now I understand why our local KNRY-1240 in Monterey was also playing the '50s and '60s Rock and Pop Oldies Saturday and Sunday. 

I liked it much better than the Standards mixed with Jazz format. Hope it changes back to Oldies full time, but for my taste, I like a lot better, but when I'm in the car, it's fine. 

I switched to Classical KDFC when a song played that I didn't like." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

** Scoop on Terri-Rae

"What went down with Terri-Rae Elmer at KABC? Quit, let go...? Thanks." - Dan Albanez

Hear Ache

(March 17, 2017) LARadio has long admired Mark Ramsey for his forward-thinking concepts about the power of audio. His yearly seminar is a must, which in recent years has been dedicated to podcasting. Not just someone talking about podcasts, Ramsey produced Inside Psycho that is now #1 on iTunes in the TV & Film category. It’s also featured by Apple as “New and Noteworthy.” He believes the iTunes rankings aren’t the whole story. “But even so, with the zillions of podcasts in distribution every day it says something to be atop these lists,” emailed Mark. “I hope you enjoy this effort. It’s intended to illustrate every point I have ever made about the power of audio over the years. You can judge for yourself whether I have proved those points or not. What would audio advertising be like if it sounded like this? It would sound a lot more compelling and be a lot more successful, for starters.” Listen to promo by clicking the artwork … Law agencies are investigating the case of Michael Savage, who claims he was assaulted by an unidentified man outside a restaurant in Tiburon … Dave Williams, former KABC and KNX newsman/talker, won a prestigious award from the Texas AP Broadcasters, winning the category for “Best News Anchor or Anchor Team,” with his co-anchor Amy Chordoff. Dave anchors mornings at KLIF-Dallas … Harry Adams died March 1, he was 90. He had a talk show, "Let's Talk," on KRLA in 1963-65, where listeners would call in with questions about religion. Dr. Adams received an undergraduate degree at Drew University, a theological degree at Yale Divinity School and a Doctorate degree at the School of Theology at Claremont. At the age of 7, he became a gospel singer. Born December 12, 1926 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in 1965 he joined Martin Luther King Jr. in his march from Selma to Montgomery. His conservative congregation disapproved and he had to leave his church … Chuck Hayes checked in this week. This past fall he did live Rams updates for CBS Sports Weekend from the Coliseum. Chuck guests with Coach Harvey Hyde on KLAA for a Mid-Week College Football Review, then a Saturday night USC Trojan football postgame report on KDWN-Las Vegas. Additionally, since 2008, he does sponsor relations for the company that builds Rose Parade floats. Whew! ... Sounds like K-SURF will be full-time Oldies at 1260 AM. Saul Levine said the station will be hiring personalities.

Larry Huffman is On Track 

(March 16, 2017) "It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Supermouth." That's the way the LA Times referred to Larry Huffman's announcing style. Larry boasted, "I can speak over 300 words per minute, clearly and distinctly."

A native Californian born in Corona, he has spent most of his life and career in Orange County. Starting his radio journey in Elko, Nevada, and Lewiston, Idaho, Larry spent time at KGMB-Honolulu. After his half decade in Orange County radio (KEZY and KWIZ), his career got up to speed when he began announcing speedway motorcycle races. He has since announced every type of motorcycle off-road race in North America, England, Belgium, France and Japan. Larry developed his mark as a premier Motocross announcer by showing up in a tuxedo, screaming and shouting, while most of the crowd was donning tee-shirts and jeans.

He spices his announcing with "Huffmanisms" like..."He went down faster than an Idaho thermometer in January." Larry has built a state-of-the-art studio in his San Clemente home for his active commercial and voiceover work. In 1996 he voiced over two dozen national Dodge commercials.

"Last week I received a call from Kathy Lee, producer for Denver’s The Fox Radio Morning Show asking if I’d go on the air to be interviewed by the morning host, Rick Lewis, formerly of KMET," emailed Larry. "Of course I did and had a blast with them the following morning. They decided to call me because of my supercross/commercial announcer history." 

"Rick asked me on the air if I was the announcer at the Superbowl of Motocross when he agreed to be wheelied around the track on the handlebars of Doug Domokos the 'Wheelie King’s' bike during intermission. I said I was and he said he’d never been more terrified as it felt like he was twelve feet in the air balanced on the bike’s back wheel. I replied, 'yes, but there was no damage except to your underwear!' It got a big laugh and I’m invited to guest on their show in person the next time I’m in Denver."

Vic The Brick Jacobs Reveals He Has Cancer 

(March 15, 2017) A lot of love is being directed towards Vic “the Brick” Jacobs, who disclosed on Tuesday he is now battling cancer. He appeared on the afternoon Petros (Papadakis) and (Matt) Money (Smith) show: 

"I’m feeling good, you guys. Just wanted to tell everyone – number one, I was diagnosed with stage 3 cancer, I mean, who knew? So I now join a legion of individuals who face this disease in the past, present, and will be, in the future. I want to enlighten people that (in) March, National Colon Cancer Awareness Month, take charge of your destiny. If you are over the age of 50, or really, under the age of 50 with a family history of colon or rectal cancer, do not hesitate, I urge you to consult your doctor. Find out if you are a colonoscopy candidate, and this prevention – if can be caught in time, and it’s one of the miracle procedures of our time and space…and until a cure is found, this vital test is our first line of defense. So I (am) on that journey right now, and I just want to say how grateful I am for the beautiful support of our family, our radio family here. Our benevolent boss, Don Martin, said ‘Vic, you’re not alone,” and I’m not alone. I have the family, here at the radio station, all my colleagues…the fans, I feel your love, always have for the last 30 years in the ciudad, and your love is what I feed off of, and I draw my strength from you…it’s been a wacky, wacky journey. It’s flipped my life upside down, but I draw strength from all my friends here at AM 570 L.A. Sports, the entire iHeart Media family that have given me incredible, incredible vibes, and I’m blissing out, it’s really body, mind and soul – you really fight, you gotta fight with body, mind and soul, you gotta congeal and diffuse that spirit into one, and that’s how you beat the bastard down." 

Papadakis then remarked “if there’s someone who can show us how to be positive through a difficult situation and how to be yourself, completely through adversity, it’s you Vic.” Money said Vic has “bestowed that warrior code on many an athlete, on many a person who is facing adversity, and we know you’re giving it to yourself – you are the most positive person I’ve ever met in my life, I’m not embellishing or exaggerating, you really have been a true light that walks these hallways, and makes everybody’s day brighter when we come across you and there is no doubt that you’ll receive that back ten-fold.” Smith also remarked that Jacobs has “a connection with this city that nobody else has…because you love this city, you love the fans of this city, and you care about them.” 

Via taped messages, two of the Dodgers sent their best wishes to Jacobs from the Spring Training headquarters in Glendale Arizona. Third baseman Justin Turner said he “just want to let you know there’s lots of love for you here, we’re with you along this fight. We’re going to be right by your side. Anything you need, you know you can come over to Dodger Stadium, we’ll take care of you. And stay positive, stay strong, and stand up to cancer. If anyone can do it, we know you can.” Outfielder Yasiel Puig said “I see you soon in Los Angeles. Keep going, fighting with the team that you have – and don’t worry about nothing, God bless you, and everybody from the Dodgers – thank you buddy for everything you do for me and for the Dodgers.”

Then there’s the Twitter messages sent to Jacobs, here is a sample: 

Tim Cates (KLAC): I’ve known @vicfeelingyou for 20 years. VTB is not just a co-worker I share with everyday, he’s a friend. He’s one of the most uplifting and compassionate people I’ve ever known. He needs YOUR lifting up now. He’s a fighter. He will win. #FeelinYouVic 

Gene “Bean” Baxter (KROQ): @vicfeelingyou If what I’m hearing is true, all of us at the @KevinAndBeanshow are sending you strength and love. Feeling YOU, my friend. 

David Vassegh (KLAC): We love you @vicfeelingyou #FeelinYou #BendDontBreak 

Mychal Thompson (KSPN): Vic the Brick Jacobs…Literally…THE NICEST human on the planet…We’re with you in your fight against cancer, buddy…Prayers for a GREAT man. 

JT The Brick: From this Brick to the “Original Brick,” I wish you all the best! 

Jacobs, the AM 570 L.A. Sports (KLAC) reporter has been both talk show host and update anchor since 1997 on XTRA Sports 1150 (KXTA) which later migrated to AM 570. Previously, the Queens, New York native appeared on KCOP/tv and with Rick Dees on KIIS/fm.  

Listeners are invited to post their words of encouragement at, where Jacobs said he will provide updates on his progress. He has completed the first of several rounds of treatment and will take time away from his sports reporter duties, though with the clear intention of returning back to work in the near future. Or, as Jacobs himself has stated on numerous occasions, “we be the bamboo – bend, do not break y’all!” (Story written by Alan Oda, LARadio senior correspondent)

Adam Carolla Builds Stuff Tonight

(March 14, 2017 - Spike TV Press Release) Tonight at 10 p.m., Spike will debut Adam Carolla And Friends Build Stuff Live which will feature the renowned television, radio and Internet personality taking on building projects with celebrity friends in need of his carpentry expertise. The interactive LIVE talk show will include Carolla’s comedic take on recent headlines and topical pop culture stories while showcasing his master carpentry skills as he lends advice to his guests as well as his viewers via social media. Late night host Jimmy Kimmel will be the special guest on the series premiere.

Below please find a promo explaining more about the LIVE show, as well as a signature field piece segment, “Mr. Hardware,” where Carolla ambushes people at hardware stores to poke fun at their home improvement projects. This is one of a variety of field pieces that will be featured throughout this LIVE series.”

Hear Ache 

(March 14, 2017) Saul Levine had a busy weekend. His 1260 AM (KBOQ) turned into a 50s & 60s Oldies station. “It is not often we can hit a home run like this,” enthused Saul. “The response has been so overwhelming , there is serious consideration of going 24/7 with Oldies on 1260.” If he does,  the previous Standards “The Great American Songbook-Unforgettable” would remain on 105.1 HD3 and the Web. Classical has moved to KJAZZ 88.1 HD2. It becomes part of an Arts Package of Public Radio offered by Cal State University Long Beach. Saul added the student-run outlet is still on the air: “KJAZZ 88.1 HD 3 is operated and presented by Cal State Students.” But for now, K-SURF Oldies is weekends only at 1260 AM. Listen by clicking the artwork … New York Post profiled Cumulus ceo Mary Berner over the weekend and called her “desperate.” From the Post: “Berner, with her company’s shares and revenue sagging, is asking all staff members in a recent company video to tap friends and family to generate leads for the firm’s ad sales unit, according to sources, who described the wacky video to The Post. Berner tells staff that if each of the firm’s 6,000 employees brings in one sales lead per quarter, it could result in $240 million in new revenue, sources said. That’s 20 percent of 2015 revenues. The cash could certainly come in handy, as revenue was down 2 percent in the first nine months of 2016.” You can read the entire Post story here.

Terry Anzur Exits KFI News 

(March 13, 2017) For the past seven years, Terry Anzur has been up early on Saturdays anchoring the news on KFI during Handel on the Law. That assignment in Terry’s life has come to an end. “I resigned last week and I'm grateful to Robin Bertolucci, Chris Little and of course Bill Handel for the awesome opportunity to reach KFI's listeners,” Terry emailed over the weekend. “I'm definitely open to new gigs in talk, news and voiceover.”

During Terry’s time, KFI’s union contract has not been renegotiated and her part-time work no longer qualified for the merged SAG-AFTRA health insurance working one or two days a week. She’ll be spending more time on her tv/online video talent coaching business she started 10 years ago. Checkout her site at: Terry is also freelancing as tv, radio, film and voiceover talent.

Back in the 1990s, Terry was part of the morning drive team at KABC radio. Most of her success came from television in virtually every major market including KCBS/Channel 2 and KTLA/Channel 5. She was a former assistant professor in the School of Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication at USC. She anchored the news at West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, WPEC/TV.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Southern California, Terry began her career in journalism at the age of eight with a byline in the Pasadena Star-News. Terry was one of the youngest women to gain a solo anchor position when, at age 23, she headed a newscast at WCHS/TV in Charleston, West Virginia. 

One of Terry’s greatest accomplishments was being part of America’s Talking, the NBC-owned national cable network, run by Roger Ailes prior to his long-term success at Fox News.

Terry traveled to Poland while it was under martial law to document the delivery of humanitarian aid. Sidestepping the threat of riots, bombs and tear gas, she interviewed Lech Walesa while he was still under house arrest. Her tenacity won her Chicago’s prestigious Lisagor Award for feature reporting and the Polish American Congress Award for her documentary Shoes for Poland.

When the Music Was Playing at KRLA

7 Years Ago Today

Dave Ramsey Is Cautious and Optimistic About Economy 

(March 11, 2010) Dave Ramsey moves into the 9 a.m. – noon slot at KFWB beginning Monday. His financial advice show brings practical solutions to complicated problems. He knows because he’s been there. He’s not pontificating from one of the mountaintops in Franklin, Tennessee, but he knows first-hand how to deal with the economic roller coast because he went broke twenty years ago and came back to create a media empire with 280 employees. “I was just doing my thing as a hard-driving A-type entrepreneur and I drove the car into a ditch,” he told me during a phone conversation yesterday. 

Since his financial collapse two decades ago, Dave and his wife Sharon work closely together today on personal and professional matters. “After that crash we vowed to never be there again. She participates in all the major decisions. She’s not part of the day-to-day operations but before we make a decision to sign a book deal with a publisher or sign a contract with Fox Business network, Sharon meets the players. I trust her. She’s from the South like I am and so if she gets one of those feelings, then we don’t go there.” 

“Dave started the radio show, his books, and everything else we do from his personal problems with his finances when basically he lost everything,” explained Bill Hampton, vp of Dave Ramsey Radio, based in Nashville. “He decided he was going to figure out how this money stuff really works. He wanted to know what people with no hair and gray hair had to say about money. He didn’t want to know what the young and the rich had to say about money because he had been one of those and it didn’t work out so well. He wanted to talk with people who had money and kept it for awhile. As he did, he realized the principles that we teach today – get out of debt and live on less than you make. Basically everything we do delivers that message of giving people hope in the area of personal finances.” 

Dave is very excited to be getting a prime daytime slot on KFWB. “This is a huge deal for us,” enthused Dave. “We’ve never been in that market on a good, quality station in a major daypart. This is a huge honor for us and to be the lead-in for an icon like Dr. Laura is very flattering. We’re just excited. We’ve had so much success around the country but have never had a chance to help people in Los Angeles.” 

Ramsey’s empire goes far beyond his syndicated radio show that is heard on over 450 stations around the country. He has had a tv show on the Fox Business Network for almost three years, has authored three New York Times best-selling books and he has an active lecture schedule.  

Where does he find the time for research and to keep up with the ever-evolving economy and financial challenges? “Part of having a wonderful team here, they stay on top of everything. By having so many different divisions and departments working on different things, I’ve got people in the high school department sending me statistics, research and articles. I’ve got people on the military side sending me related information. We have a church division sending me stuff from the Christian perspective. My producer, Blake Thompson, has been with me for 13 years. I’ve always got a whole lot more to read than I can possibly get through and so many of the people who work here have been with me a long time and we kind of know where the other is going with just a look. That creates such a wonderful level of efficiency and synergy.” 

Has Dave been able to avoid advertiser conflicts? He laughed. “I’m in radio. Of course I’ve had conflicts. We’ve always had to be very, very careful because money is such a sensitive issue. You can get labeled a shyster in that world faster than any other subject matter. With politics you can get away with all sorts of things with advertisers but when you start talking about money then all of a sudden people’s shields go up. For my brand to be trustworthy, we have to spend three or four times more energy on our advertiser relationships and selection process than other genres do.” 

Dave confessed that he’s been burned both on the national and local level. “I’ve endorsed people that we had to pull the plug on because they weren’t taking care of business on the other end. Or they’ve gone broke and left customers standing out in the cold, which leaves egg on our faces. It is definitely painful when you spend a lot of effort, time, and energy and really, really want to do the right thing for the listener with an endorsement, and some screwball messes that up, it messes with you.”

Hampton tells a wonderful story about how he joined Ramsey 11 years ago and how he became the 15th team member. It provides some insight into how Dave has built his empire. Hampton was a concert promoter and moved to Nashville in 1995. “I had a U-Haul truck, $900 in car payments, moving into a $500 a month apartment trying to figure out why I’m broke. I’m flipping stations on the radio and I hear this guy and everything he said about money made sense to me. It was like a light bulb went off for the first time in my life. The first person I called when I got to Nashville was Dave Ramsey on the radio and asked him a question. He was local at the time. He taught a class in Nashville at Financial Peace University. He invited me out to the class and I got to know him over the years.” 

Bill started living the principles he taught, became debt-free as a result and turned his financial life around. In early 1999, Ramsey called Hampton about leading his radio team. “I told him I don’t know how the signal gets from the studio to the car. I have no idea how radio works. I’ll never forget what he said. ‘Bill, I don’t want you to be a career radio guy. If you were, you wouldn’t believe we could accomplish what I’m about ready to accomplish.’ He was right. I called people then, like Randy Michaels that I would be nervous to call today, but I didn’t know who he was back then. Dave was absolutely right. I was a guy who believed in Dave because it worked for me.” 

Andy Ludlum, pd at KFWB, is moving Ramsey to 9 a.m. on Monday. “When we had a recent event with him I was astounded by the huge amounts of debt some really young couples were trying to get out from under, some of it was college loans but a lot of it was from credit cards,” emailed Andy. “He's kind of the ‘Dr. Laura’ of the personal finance world, which is why I think this is a good fit for KFWB." 

How does Dave see the financial future? Where have we been, where are we now, and what can we expect from his perspective? “Our listeners represent America and they have gone through the same emotions Americans have gone through in the last 18-24 months. There was this fear that came out of Wall Street and by the time it got to Washington, DC it was panic and when it hit the major media it was hysteria. And people got some of that on them. And others have had personal, real things happen to them like losing a job or they’re really upside down on their house and even people who are walking around just fine, they know someone who is upside down.”  

Dave believes the fear has subsided. “Now it feels more like a healthy level of caution. I think there’s some wisdom that comes from pain and from doing stupid things that get you into a mess. I think people are cautious and in general, very optimistic, in fact, a whole lot more so than we hear in the major media. They know there are still some tough things to get through but I’ve seen a real sense of action and a sense of hope. I think the mass level of fear has subsided and now people are just being cautious and they’re being careful.”

Dave appears on KEIB in 2017.

Hear Ache 

(March 10, 2017) Word is Wayne Resnick is joining the Bill Handel morning show in a hybrid position. "He'll do on-air, sports, be an additional on-air voice and to assist in producing the show," emailed Michelle Kube, executive producer ... Condolences to former KFI newsman Steve Gregory on the passing of his mother, Carole ... Ty Bentli, former MY/fm afternooner, is now doing mornings at NASH/fm. He was involved in car accident roll-over. Ty is okay ... Remember when stations updated their websites and made them relevant? Tom Reopelle has been gone from KNX for months but still listed as reporter. Cooper Rummell joined the all-Newser last spring and he's still not listed ... A radio blogger from the Midwest suggests that a radio program director should take over the Oscar telecast to avoid snafus like the recent Best Picture envelope mix-up. Really? ... Harvey Kern read the exciting news about my daughter getting engaged and said that I will cry three times in the future: (1) at the wedding when you give away your daughter; (2) when you hold your first grandchild in your arms; and (3) when you get the bill for the wedding ... Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon both picked UCLA to win March Madness ... My first real job in radio was on this date in 1965. My mentor, Earl McDaniel, suggested that I pack up my car and start driving. Every time I saw a radio tower, go knock on the door and ask for a job. From Santa Monica I headed north. Ventura/Oxnard. Santa Barbara. They all wanted experienced jocks. I was just out of school. Off the 101 I took Highway 1 to Lompoc. About 25,000 people. It was 1:15 p.m. I knocked on the door at KNEZ and Cal Cannon, the owner/general manager answered. He had just fired the program director and had no one to go on the air at 3 p.m. but he needed someone with an FCC 1st Class license. I had one, thanks to the Bill Ogden School in Burbank. At 3 p.m., I was off and running with the Supremes, Stop in the Name of Love. And I've never stopped loving radio! (Photo: getting in station station wagon in 1965, probably to go deliver some prize giveaways like Dippity-Do Hair Styling Gel)

Rona Barrett and Her Adult Orphans

(March 9, 2017) Rona Barrett was more than a gossip columnist who appeared regularly on Good Morning America and later The Today Show as an entertainment reporter, she was one of the most feared woman in the industry. Anne Helen Petersen recently wrote an in-depth profile of Barrett at BuzzFeed. "At the peak of her powers — back in the mid-’70s, when she was essentially practicing therapy on stars while millions watched — Rona Barrett drove around Hollywood in a Rolls-Royce with a license plate that read MS RONA, the nickname she’d picked up when she first started delivering Hollywood tidbits at the end of the ABC Evening News." She also dispensed entertainment reports on KFWB and KABC during the 70s and 80s.

What is she doing today? Rona moved to the Santa Ynez Valley (think Chumash Casino/Solvang) in the 1980s and started The Rona Barrett Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the aid and support of senior citizens. Last year was the Grand Opening of the Golden Inn & Village, which was inspired by her father, Harry. The next phase is dedicated to the construction of "Harry's House - A Home for Memory Care and Assisted Living." In her fundraising literature: "Sixty rooms in all, with meals, activities and an extensive menu of enriching programs. This care residency will have its architecture, exterior spaces and landscape aligned with our senior Independent Living campus."

Purely Personal
A Father/Daughter Journey

(March 8, 2017) When you are closer to 80 than 70, there aren’t a lot of personal milestones to look forward to except another day of good health with a circle of close, personal friends and a loving wife. In the middle of this weekend, I received a phone call that inserted a new landmark in my life. A pivot in my personal journey.

I have three children – Don, Jr. (50), Tyler (29) and Alexandra (28). None is married. I had given up the hope that I would be around to witness a wedding, let alone the possibility of being a grandfather. Ring. Ring. It was Alexandra calling from Las Vegas. Her long-time boyfriend, Simon Poulton of Wpromote, took her to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys in concert.

If you have been around this website for a while, you will remember a personal crisis involving Alexandra. While having a wisdom tooth pulled, the dentist’s hand cramped and let loose of the pliers to get some circulation in his hand and as soon as he let go, like a slingshot, the tooth acted like a projectile and shot into her cheek, dangerously close to facial nerves that in a worst case scenario could cause facial paralysis. I asked for help because it didn’t seem that any dentist or oral surgeon that I contacted wanted in on a potential lawsuit if things didn’t go well. Through a well-documented series of tiny miracles starting with then-KABC general manager John Davison, KNBC’s Dr. Bruce Hensel, and ending with Dr. James Jensvold, a few weeks later the tooth was successfully removed. As the drama unfolded, I dubbed it The Tooth Fairy incident.

If you went into Alexandra’s Valencia bedroom around this time in high school, the walls would be covered with Backstreet Boys posters and stuff. It was no surprise that Simon would want to have something special for her Christmas present - tickets and trip to Vegas. He even arranged a meet and greet with the Boys. (Alexandra and Simon pictured with the Backstreet Boys in a meet and greet)
In January, Cherie and I took the three kids and Simon on a cruise to Cuba (Alexandra, Simon and the old man in Havana). It was one of those rare times when schedules and plans seemed to free up so we could get everyone together for the 8-day once-in-a-lifetime adventure. One morning before leaving the ship for an excursion to Santiago, Simon and I ended up having breakfast just the two of us. I sensed some nervousness on his part and then he told me how much he loved my daughter and wanted to ask my permission to ask Alex to marry him. I was so pleased that he asked. I wasn’t sure if that protocol still existed as part of the millennial generation. He was going to ask her when they went to Vegas to see the Backstreet Boys. I wasn’t sure which weekend that might be. I assured him that his secret was safe with me. And it was.

And then on Saturday. Ring. Ring. “Dad, Simon just asked me to marry him,” said an excited Alexandra. I started to cry. I blurted out something stupid like, “What did you say?” And so there it is. Just when you think your life is headed in one direction, a phone call presents a milestone to look forward to. A walk down the aisle? Elopement? When? I have no idea and it really doesn’t matter. Our children have the potential to surprise us all the time. And I get to be surprised again when I hear that phone. Ring. Ring.

Jaime Jarrin Dodger Call Is Now Longest

(March 7, 2017) Jaime Jarrin is now the announcer who has worked the longest with one sports team and it is the Dodgers. He has been the Spanish voice since the team arrived in 1959. Bill Shaikin of the LA Times wrote a wonderful story on the 81-year old. Some highlights from the article:

"It has been a great ride," Jarrin said. "To be on the same page with Vin Scully and Jack Buck and Ernie Harwell and Joe Garagiola, for me, has been fantastic. And now, I am the senior of all. I never thought I would last this long. But I fell in love with the game."

Bill Davis, president of Southern California Public Radio, will be honoring Jaime later this month. "His life's work has transformed our region. He was the voice that was saying, 'Welcome,'" said Davis.

To the previous generations of Latinos who tended to speak Spanish exclusively, Jarrin was the connection to a team that is one of the city's cherished institutions."

"Even back then," Scully said, "I knew Jaime's influence on the Latino community would be immense. He's a dear friend of mine. He brings everything possible into the broadcasting booth: He's well prepared, he's informative, he's entertaining, he's interesting. He just does everything correct."

Jarrin is under contract through 2018, which would be his 60th year as a Dodgers broadcaster.


Hear Ache

(March 7, 2017) iHeart Media is in deep doo-doo because of a stifling debt of over $20 Billion. The trade press and some pundits have covered the situation frequently. Last week, Variety wrote a scathing story on the status of the company that was picked up in the mainstream press. The sub headline read: iHeartMedia CEO Bob Pittman’s Efforts May Not Be Enough to Avoid Looming Bankruptcy. The story was sent to LARadio subscribers last week and is now available for your perusal by clicking on the artwork … The sale of KFWB from Universal Media Access KFWB-AM, LLC to Lotus Communications Corporation for $11.2 million is complete. Howard Kalmenson takes control of its fourth AM station in the Los Angeles metro in a deal to buy Spanish “980 La Mera Mera” KFWB from Charlie Banta’s Universal Media Access. The transaction, announced last October, marks 2016’s largest single-station deal, according to SNL Kagan. Lotus also owns radio stations in Las Vegas, Tucson, Fresno, Bakersfield, Reno, and Sacramento, along with two tv stations in Houston and Phoenix … Outlaw Radio starring former KIIS star Magic Matt Alan is outrageous and live on the Internet every Saturday. You can also hear Matt on SiriusXM 70s on 7. He has so much fun doing the show …Do you have a previously well-loved instrument that no longer gets the attention it deserves? ‘Play it forward’ with the KUSC Instrument Drive. You can put your unused instruments in the hands of deserving local kids who will truly enjoy bringing the music back to life. Call 213.225.7400 for drop-off locations … Eva Kilgore will be the grand marshal of the Huntington Harbour Boat Parade … John Harlan’s Celebration will be Saturday, March 25 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge ... Congrats to KNX's Frank Mottek on the birth of his first child, Katherine Marie, born at Cedars Sinai on 3.3.17.

Bob Miller Has Heart
(March 6, 2017) It would be easy to recite all of the incredible stats about Bob Miller. The longtime play-by-play broadcaster announced his retirement from the LA Kings broadcast booth on Thursday. But just recalling the numbers  - would be missing the real story. Tom Hoffarth of the Orange County Register succinctly put it this way: “… 44 years and more than 3,300 games with the Kings, 50-plus years doing sports radio and TV, a Hockey Hall of Fame induction in 2000, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2006 or having his name on the Staples center press box – Miller has already given Southern California hockey fans a lifetime achievement.”

He’s had a tough year with his health. Earlier last year, Bob had four-way bypass surgery, which required a major adjustment with diet changes, daily workouts and lotsa doctor appointments. A minor stroke in January during the NHL All-Star weekend necessitated a stent to help with a blocked carotid artery. In a KLAC interview with Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete, Miller said: “Doctors have told me to slow down, but you know, there’s really no slowing down in this job. When they drop the puck, you’re going. You’re either doing it right with some energy, or if you’re not, it’s very noticeable to the fans. What’s wrong? Why isn’t he into this game?”

I never felt that Bob Miller’s heart was hockey-proof. I also have never met anyone who had a negative word about Miller. Consistently and effusively they say he is the nicest guy in the world. My dear friend Dan Avey used to tell stories about Bob and the experiences they had while calling the Kings action. The stories were always fun, while never making fun of anyone, especially at their expense. Even though Bob and I have not spent much time together, when I announced that I was retiring from full-time attention to, he inquired if I would be interested in being the executive director of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was to receive his call. We had some great conversations.

May Bob Miller’s heart last long in retirement. Helene Elliott of the LA Times said it well: “This is the end of an incomparable era for Los Angeles sports fans, the last pillar removed from the broadcast trinity of Vin Scully, Chick Hearn and Miller. (And) it was Hearn who recommended Miller for the Kings’ broadcast job.”

Sunday Games

1. When did ''Little Suzie'' finally wake up? 

(a) The movie's over, it's 2 o'clock

(b) The movie's over, it's 3 o'clock 

(c) The movie's over, it's 4 o'clock 

2. Rock Around The Clock was used in what movie? 

(a) Rebel Without A Cause 

(b) Blackboard Jungle 

(c) The Wild Ones

3. What's missing from a Rock & Roll standpoint? Earth _____ 

(a) Angel 

(b) Mother 

(c) Worm


4. ''I found my thrill... Where? 

(a) Kansas City 

(b) Heartbreak Hotel 

(c) Blueberry Hill 

5. ''Please turn on your magic beam __ _ bring me a dream,'' 

(a) Mr. Sandman 

(b) Earth Angel 

(c) Dream Lover

6. For which label did Elvis Presley first record? 

(a) Atlantic 

(b) RCA 

(c) Sun


7. He asked, ''Why's everybody always pickin' on me?''

Who was he? 

(a) Bad, Bad Leroy Brown 

(b) Charlie Brown 

(c) Buster Brown 

8. In Bobby Darin's Mack The Knife, the one with the knife, was named: 

(a) Mac Heath 

(b) Mac Cloud 

(c) McNamara

9. Name the song with 

''A-wop bop a-loo bop a-lop bam boom.'' 

(a) Good Golly, Miss Molly

(b) Be-Bop-A-Lula

(c) Tutti Fruitti

Email Saturday
** Missing

"I am wondering if you can help me find out whatever happened to radio/news personality Steve Palma aka Steve Christopher. Knew him back from the 1970's when he worked with my father Frank Fazio, at KMLO in Vista.

Years later, I know at least for a time, he was a reporter for KNX radio. Thanks." - Joe Fazio

** Missing

"All the guys I worked with and knew in LA radio are gone. Not to many of us left.

It's been tough since the loss of my wife Beverly and son Steven. I am living in our beach house that we have owned for 55 years. Lots of widow friends but no dates for me. Those widows call my daughter and ask, 'what's wrong with your dad? He is anti social.'

I was very fortunate to have had an outstanding career. I am a Jimmy Kimmel fan and I watch him every night. He did an outstanding job on Oscar night.

Thanks for LARadio. In the first row the KMPC heavyweights, yours truly, Dick Whittinghill and Robert W. Morgan. " - Roger Carroll    

KDAY and KDEY Simulcast to End

  (March 3, 2017) Meruelo Media has broken apart the simulcast of Classic Hip-Hop 93.5 KDAY-Redondo Beach and 93.5 KDEY-Ontario. After a day of stunting with a loop of Guns ‘N Roses Welcome To The Jungle, KDEY flipped to Urban Wild 93.5 at 9:30 a.m., according to Lance Venta at Radio Insight. "Positioned as 'The IE’s #1 For Hip-Hop and R&B,' the new format goes up against iHeartMedia Rhythmic CHR 99.1 KGGI. The 'Wild' branding and Hip-Hop format was previously utilized in the Riverside/San Bernardino market by what its now 96.1 KRQB-San Jacinto from 2004-07."

Meruelo Media has been doing intensive testing to determine the amount of interference that would be created by breaking the simulcast between KDAY and KDEY. Meruelo Media president/coo Otto Padron commented: "This much-awaited Riverside metro launch comes after a long process of engineering, design and market studies and it adds a key revenue radio station to our growing portfolio of highly-recognized media brands in one of the fastest growing markets." 

Former owner Don McCoy observed: "That didn't work for us, I wish them better luck."
Consultant K.M. Richards breaks it down:

"Don McCoy looked at that back in the Magic Broadcasting days and he had me take a fresh look at it when he was making an attempt to get the license back from his former partner's son. The problem is similar to Entravision's dilemma with 103.1 which limits the wattage on both stations due to their relative proximity. If you look at the primary (60dBu) signal contours of both KDAY and KDEY they exclude the San Gabriel Valley. Of course, the difficulty is that the signals don't just end there ... they are just weaker, but in many cases still receivable. That 'lesser signal' area is overlapped by both the Redondo Beach (KDAY) and Ontario (KDEY) transmitters and they therefore interfere with each other. Under Magic Broadcasting the two transmitters were synchronized to the highest degree possible, which meant if you were in an area where they overlap there was far less interference and the signal was pretty much listenable. Meruelo obviously knows about the overlap, if you read the application for their experiment a year ago in which they operated the Ontario transmitter at half-power for about a week and then went mostly silent for a few more weeks to take measurements, etc. For whatever reason, they are apparently choosing to write off that overlapping area just to take on iHeart in the IE. 

This was tried before during the Magic years, with no less than Steve Smith consulting the programming ['Flo 93.5] and it failed. I personally doubt they'll make much of a dent in KGGI's numbers this time either, and I expect KDAY will take a hit in the L.A. book as well. [How much below a 1.2 can you go before no one wants to buy time?] The real problem has always been that the Redondo Beach signal can't go to a full Class A signal because of second-adjacent stations KCBS/fm at 93.1 and KXOS at 93.9; the transmitter can't physically move much farther north than it already does [else it might have moved in with KYSR years ago] and they can only operate 4,200 watts from Baldwin Hills rather than a full 6,000 that a Class A would normally have with an essentially 'at ground' tower site. [Note that Stevie Wonder's KJLH, at approximately the same location, is licensed for 5,600 watts, while Entravision's KDLD, also in that neighborhood, has 4,100 watts because of proximity to co-owned KDLE in Newport Beach and to second-adjacent KOST at 103.5.] At least Wonder and Entravision understand that when you have a signal limitation, you program as mass-appeal as possible to get as many listeners as possible. Meruelo thinks he's 'saving' KDAY when he's actually continuing its downward spiral by doing the opposite.

How to Launch a Podcast 

(March 2, 2017) A common thread that is weaved through Mike Carruther’s career is his association with network and syndicated programming. In the 1970s, he worked on national programming with Robert W. Morgan (Record Report) and Steve Lundy (Hitbound from Billboard) among others. In 1982 he was the voice of The Best of the Midnight Special. For decades, Mike has been producing a daily 90-second feature called "Something You Should Know." Last summer, he adapted this radio feature into a half-hour podcast - and it now ranks in the Top 50 every day on the iTunes charts (that is out of about 60,000 podcasts on iTunes).

Next week Mike is hosting a free, live, online Master Class for radio people only called “How to Launch & Grow a Successful Podcast.”  "Now I help others who want to start a podcast (  – and I believe everyone in radio should look into podcasting – as it is the one growing industry that can really utilize the skills and talents radio people already have – and can protect from the employment “uncertainties” faced by the radio industry. Podcasting is now a real industry and there is real money to be made." You can sign up for free by clicking the artwork.   

From the late 70s to early 90s, Mike worked at KIQQ, KHTZ, and KBIG. Born in Columbus, Ohio, he grew up in Connecticut where he started his radio career at WJZZ-Bridgeport. Mike is a graduate of the USC Journalism School. While in college Mike began his L.A. radio career at KPSA. When the station became KLVE and changed format to Spanish, Mike was the last English announcer on the station. “That night we all left the station, out of work and headed to a Mexican restaurant where we hoisted a few margaritas!” 

Bob Miller Expected to Announce His Retirement from Kings' Play-By-Play Activities 

(March 1, 2017)  Broadcaster Bob Miller, whose vivid descriptions of the Kings' struggles and triumphs have made him the soundtrack of local hockey fans’ lives for 44 seasons, is expected to announce Thursday that he will retire from his play-by-play duties, according to a story by Helene Elliott in this morning's LA Times. (Photo of Miller courtesy of LA Times)

 Miller, 78, suffered a mild stroke during All-Star weekend festivities in Los Angeles in January, a year after he had undergone quadruple bypass surgery. His heart operation led him to work a reduced schedule this season and to limit his travel, but even a lighter workload appeared to tax him. He was hospitalized for several days following his stroke and has since been recuperating at his West Hills home.

The Kings issued a news advisory Tuesday saying Miller would host a news conference Thursday to make “a major announcement regarding his future plans,” but a club spokesman declined to specify the nature of the announcement. In that news advisory Miller said, “I have received a lot of inquiries about my health situation and I appreciate the concern. I think it’s time to bring everyone up to date on my progress and what’s ahead in my future.”

Miller, who was honored with a plaque in the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000, is likely to maintain a connection to the Kings’ organization in some capacity, and to the extent he feels comfortable for as long as he wants to be involved. He was given a lifetime contract in 1998 in celebration of his 25th anniversary with the club.

Two Veteran LARP Die

(March 1, 2017) John Harlan (l), the past president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, passed away Monday. He was 91. John was one of the founding members of PPB and one of the biggest supporters of the organization. He worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows. Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced between 1974 and 1985.

In 2013, Hank Simms (r) died, at the age of 90. His significance is remembered this week because Hank was the Oscar telecast announcer during the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Hank was also the announcer on many hit tv shows, including: Marcus Welby, M.D., Dan August, Cannon, McCloud, McMillian & Wife, Streets of San Francisco, and Barnaby Jones. (Thanks to David Schwartz for photos)

Hear Ache 

(February 28, 2017) Sign Jimmy Kimmel up for the next 20 Academy Award broadcasts He was spectacular! He was great as this year’s host. After two decades he would have more years as host than Bob Hope and deservedly so … Well, the political/mainstream wasn’t the only press to get it wrong. The entertainment press had been falling all over itself predicting La La Land as Best Picture. As a voting member of the Motion Picture Academy, quite frankly I bought the hype about La La Land thinking it would probably win despite the fact I voted for Moonlight, a nearly perfect film … Kimmel's plan was to end the show from the audience, next to Matt Damon. "Who, make no mistake, whatever confusion there was about who won, Matt Damon lost. He was a loser.  He is a loser,” Kimmel explains. “But we’re sitting there, and we notice some commotion going on.” “And Matt says, ‘I think I heard the stage manager say they got the winner wrong.’ Which is unusual. But you figure the host will go onstage and clear this up. And then I remember, ‘Oh I’m the host’,” Kimmel jokes. And what of Beatty's co-presenter, Faye Dunaway, who had actually read the name of the wrong movie? “She made quite a getaway,” Kimmel joked. “She read the wrong name and split. She got the hell out of there.” But this was not the only problem to plague this year’s Academy Awards, Kimmel revealed to During rehearsal on Sunday, a huge part of the set collapsed. “I was on stage – I stepped off stage – and about a minute later, they both came crashing down.  It scared the crap out of everybody. A lot of people thought a bomb went off. My wife shoved our daughter under a table to protect her. Somehow – even though we had like five cameras going – no one got this on video. Someone could easily have been crushed. Not me – I have reflexes like Spider Man,” Kimmel continued. “But, if there was a regular human on that stage, he would have been dead. So the envelope thing was a distant second in the disaster category.” ... Adding to the stellar Oscar broadcast was the announcing voice of Randy Thomas. She did a GREAT job! ... Randi Lavik posted on her Facebook page about Bill Paxton being a friend of KROQ. “A true talent and big loss at 61 years,” she wrote. “Boo.” … So much fun listening to Casey Kasem counting down the hits Saturday afternoon on SiriusXM. Gads, he was one of a kind … Debra Mark (left with Dolly Parton) made news over the weekend announcing she was the new news anchor for John & Ken during KFI afternoons. News director Chris Little confirmed and added: “Heather Jordan is out. Mark Thompson has decided he doesn't want to anchor any longer and will sit in with Tim Conway, Jr. one day a week on Tuesdays. He will fill-in occasionally. Aron Bender will be anchoring for Conway” … iHeartMedia promotes Rob Scorpio to regional svp of programming for the San Diego and Riverside markets. He’s been serving as svp of programming for the Riverside cluster and program director for hip-hop KSSX, San Diego “Jam’n 95.7.” He takes over for John Peake, who recently became pd at KOST and KBIG … Ryan Seacrest has been on top of the all-important morning ratings at KIIS for a number of years. Is there any concern that the numbers aren’t as stellar as they  once were? ... Congratulations to Rich Brother Robbin on his ten-year anniversary of playing the hits  and jingles from the 50s and 60s (exclusively) on

Mornings Have Broken 

(February 27, 2017) The biggest surprise in morning drive in the January '17 PPM ratings was the leap of the KNX all-News team tying for first place with MY/fm's Valentine. The election of Donald Trump has propelled all-News stations all over the country to numbers they haven't seen in awhile. The curiosity factor of President Trump's election and transition has kept listeners tuned in for the latest development.
Persons 12+

1. KNX Drive Team
    Valentine (KBIG)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
4. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
      El Show del Mandril (KXOS)   
Persons 18-34

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

1. Valentine (KBIG)
     El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
3.  Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. The Woody Show (KYSR)
5. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)

Kimmel's Big Night 

(February 26, 2017) Over the decades, Los Angeles Radio People have gone on to huge projects and notoriety. But tonight marks a first. Not too long ago, Jimmy Kimmel was a goofball on the KROQ Kevin & Bean morning show. Tonight he will be hosting the Oscar telecast. “It’s like a Super Bowl for a comedian,” Jimmy said in a Variety cover story.

We've had LARP go on to successful tv talk shows (Wendy Williams, Steve Harvey, Rick Dees, Jimmy Kimmel, Regis Philbin, Les Crane), authors (Dave Diamond, Kelly Lange), game show hosts (Wink Martindale, Bob Eubanks, Geoff Edwards), QVC/HSN (Jacque Gonzales, Caroline Gracie), tv announcers (Gary Owens, Ryan Seacrest, Roger Carroll, Charlie Tuna), sports stadium announcers (Lawrence Tanter, Tommy Edwards), song writer (Roger Christian), tv newsman (Larry McCormick, Charlie O'Donnell) but Jimmy Kimmel is the first to be the host of the prestigious Academy Awards broadcast. We should all be very proud.

Email Saturday, 2.25

  ** San Diego Pioneers

"This picture was taken at the recent Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon saluting Laugh-In producer George Schlatter. Among the many celebrities was Regis Philbin.  

I was having lunch with Shotgun Tom Kelly, Jhani Kaye, Chris Roberts, Don Elliot and several others.  I saw Regis and told Tommy that he was the reason we became friends about 50 years ago. We both were the first audience members for a taping of his first talk show, The Regis Philbin Show on KOGO/TV (now KGTV) in San Diego.

Tommy was 16 and I was 17….we’re still best friends because of Regis. Stay great!" - Jim Duncan | Director of Production iHeartMedia Los Angeles  
** Bob Crane's Replacement

"When Rege Cordic did replace Bob Crane on KNX, he bombed horribly. The interim team of Mel Balwdin and George Walsh were acutely more popular than Rege. And Rege bombed again on radio, when Bert West put him on KRLA briefly in the morning. But don’t feel sorry for Rege. He had a hugely successful carer doing voiceovers and character acting on tv and movies.” - Tom Bernstein  

Kimmel's Role on Oscar Night is Gold 

  (February 24, 2017) The LA Times devoted almost the entire front-page of the Calendar section Thursday to Oscar host Jimmy Kimmel. The story was very upbeat about Kimmel and there was significant space to Kimmel's beginnings on Kevin & Bean's KROQ morning show in the 90s.  Some highlights:

David Letterman was the inspiration for Jimmy to pursue a career in entertainment.

What's funny is that Kimmel didn't watch Letterman's Oscars live, as he spent the day trying to crash the party afterward. At the time, Kimmel was working at KROQ's Kevin & Bean morning show, and he and cohost Kevin Ryder decided to sneak into the famous post-Oscars bash. Donning black tie, they showed up at the Governors Ball dining room at noon, staying there for the next nine hours. "I was wearing a tuxedo I had probably borrowed from my father-in-law, who outweighed me by 50 pounds," Kimmel says. "I'm sure it was immediately obvious that we had no business being there."

Not having passes, they were ordered by security to leave just as the Oscars ended. Kimmel ran to a pay phone, called the radio station and asked a producer to read him a name as the credits rolled on screen. Kimmel hurried back inside and told the guards they were with Gil Cates, the producer of the awards show. They were again told to leave. Just then, a river of celebrants clad in tuxedos headed toward the entrance and Kimmel and Ryder jumped in the flow and made it inside.

"We were pretty nervous," Kimmel remembers. "John Travolta went and got us dinner, which is kind of crazy, but I think he could sense our fear of being thrown out."

So, yes, Kimmel has come far in 22 years, even if he's being paid, as he revealed on the Kevin & Bean Show, a (relatively) paltry $15,000 to host the Oscars.

Liberal Radio Pioneer Alan Colmes Dies

(February 23, 2017) Alan Colmes, the cable news and radio commentator (KTLK [2007-08] and KGIL [2008] who, as half of Fox News’ early and long-running Hannity & Colmes was the network’s go-to voice for a more liberal viewpoint, is dead following a brief illness at the age of 66.  (Artwork from

A statement on Colmes’ website says he is survived by wife Jocelyn Elise Crowley. The statement in full reads: Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.

Alan was hired by Fox ceo Roger Ailes to co-host Hannity & Colmes, the two hosts offering their right-left (respectively) perspectives to the issues of the day. The program lasted through 2008, with Hannity soon going it alone on his now solo-titled show. Colmes was the author of 2003’s Red, White & Liberal: How Left is Right and Right is Wrong.
Colmes, who began his radio career as a teenager on such Long Island stations as WGBB-Freeport and WGSM-Huntington went on to star on the legendary outlets WABC, WNBC, WHN, WMCA, WEVD in New York, according to Michael Harrison of TALKERS magazine.  His career also included stints at WNHC-New Haven as well as WZLX and WEZE in Boston.  Colmes was a pioneer in the modern talk radio syndication industry launching the seminal Daynet with Barry Farber in the early 1990s.  He also played a role in the developing NYC comedy scene as a successful stand-up comic during the 1980s. 

Colmes was a graduate of Hofstra University and a charter inductee into its radio station, WRHU’s Hall of Fame. 

Jim Governale Finds the Power

(February 23, 2017) Part of the reason for keeping alive is to update Los Angeles Radio People and keep the living history alive as long as we can. Jim Governale checked in this week.

After 23 plus years of doing mornings at 99.5 KKLA, he left the station in October 2016. "My new position is an exciting one," Jim emailed. "I enjoy it thoroughly and there are many areas of potential growth. I now work in the ‘Tower of Hope’ on the old campus of the Crystal Cathedral [now Christ Cathedral] in Garden Grove. My title is Radio Program Manager for the Diocese of Orange. I produce multiple local programs that air on networks such as Immaculate Heart Radio, Relevant Radio, and EWTN Network Radio. Some of the titles include Call Me Catholic, Empowered By the Spirit, OC Catholic Radio, The Don Johnson Show, and Catholic Sports View."

You can catch the podcasts at Jim's office is less than a mile from the old KYMS studios at the Katella Commerce Center, just down the street from Honda Center. "I really ‘grew up’ at KYMS during my formative years in radio from 1988 to ’93, working alongside such pros as Dave Armstrong, Austin Hill, Roger Marsh, Bill Reitler, Mike Villani and so many more.

Hear Ache 

(February 22, 2017) Bruce Chandler calls it “the great radio mystery.” Jennifer Jones Lee (l) joined the KFI morning show as the news lady last year but she has been off the air more than on. “She got back Monday and not a word was said about how long she was gone (a few months) or why- just ‘welcome back.’ So weird," emailed Bruce. "She sounds great. I like her on air. Maybe she had to take care of an ailing parent? Who knows?” … Dave Williams and Anita Garner have relaunched their site, and made an adjustment to the format to fit mobile devices. Both are such fun reads … Seen any good movies in 2016? Academy Award time comes up this weekend. Which of the nine nominated films do you think will win? Send your choice to me at and put your pick in the subject line. No prizes. I struggled with my Oscar vote this year. Lotsa B and B+ movies. But one movie was almost perfect and it got my vote … Dan Prince of El Centro saw the photo of Johnny Otis and remembered that  he had a show on XERB, the "Mighty 1090" in the mid/late sixties. “Same guy that recorded Willie and the Hand Jive,” wrote Prince. “Wolfman Jack was on XERB as well during this period.” … Ryan Seacrest's Beverly Hills home suffered from a fire over the weekend. TMZ reports there was, "some heavy damage," done to the $50 million structure … The dementia challenges facing David Cassidy  brought up a familiar name, Danny Bonaduce. The fellow Patridge Family player offered his support. Over the years, Cassidy has also been a supporter of Bonaduce's, especially when Danny was going through a very dark period. Danny has been doing mornings at KZOK-Seattle since 2011. I checked the KZOK website this morning and you can watch the morning show. He's still a great communicator. Remember his running battles with co-stars Jamie White at Star 98.7 and Adam Carolla at KLSX?

KNX Makes Huge Jump in January '17 Ratings 

(February 21, 2017) KOST narrowly held on to the #1 spot in the just-released January '17 PPM ratings. The AC station came down five points from its lofty position when it was playing Christmas music. The big ratings story, however, was a full-point jump for all-News KNX, moving from 2.7 to 3.7 in the 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid ratings.

Go Country KKGO experimented with early playing of Christmas music for the first time. "Our holiday programming was a huge success," emailed Saul Levine, owner of KKGO. "Country formats are hurt most of all formats by all-holiday programming. Each year we took a huge hit with audience dropping during that period. Our cume during December 2016, at just under 2 million, was the highest cume ever achieved by a Country station in the USA since PPM was adopted in 2008. We are evaluating our plans for 2017." Saul added: "KKGO just celebrated its tenth year as a Country station. We proved KZLA wrong that LA would not support a Country station. Almost every month, KKGO has the highest cume of any Country in the USA."

1. KOST (AC) 10.7 - 5.2

2. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.7 - 5.1

3. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.7 - 5.0

4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.5

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.1 - 4.3

6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.8

7. KNX (News) 2.7 - 3.7

8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.2 - 3.5

      KFI (Talk) 3.1 - 3.5

10. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 - 3.2

11. KRRL (Urban) 2.9 - 3.1

12. KYSR (Alternative) 2.8 - 3.0

13. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.7 - 2.9

14. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.9 - 2.6

15. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.0 - 2.4

       KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.4

17. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.9 - 2.3

      KSWD (Classic Rock) 1.9 - 2.3

19. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.2

20. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.8 - 2.1

21. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.5 - 2.0

       KROQ (Alternative) 1.8 - 2.0

23. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 1.9

24. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.5 - 1.8

25. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.5 - 1.7

26. KCRW (Variety) 1.3 - 1.4

27. KUSC (Classical) 1.2 - 1.2

28. KRLA (Talk) 0.8 - 1.1

29. KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0

       KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.0 - 1.0

31. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.0  - 0.9

32. KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7

       KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7

       KLAC (Sports) 0.7 - 0.7

35. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.6

       KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.6

       KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.4 - 0.6 

Found Natalie Urias and Turk Stevens Living in Vegas 

(February 21, 2017) Over our 20 years with LARadio, we have tracked those you have listened to on Southern California radio. From time to time, we update and introduce you to someone behind the scenes. Today two stories and who better to tell you about Natalie Urias and her husband Turk Stevens than their friend, KOST’s  Ted Ziegenbusch.

Both Natalie and Turk worked at Premiere Radio. She has two young children and is now living near Las Vegas. After seven productive years with Premiere Radio, Natalie still keeps her hands in marketing/promotions and PR. But  being a full-time mom is Natalie’s first call. Turk was the sports update, anchor and color commentator for Premiere. He spent 25 years on various networks, including Fox Sports, Sporting News Radio, and NBC Sports. Besides his national work, Turk was even the voice of the Macon Whoopie Hockey team. As Natalie puts it, Turk was the Whoopie’s Chick Hearn, “but not nearly as famous!” Turk was also a staple on the Big Ben Maller Show on Fox for many years. To reiterate, Natalie’s biggest thrill nowadays is her family. That, and the fact that she often works out at the same gym with Britney Spears.

As I recall, Natalie was Delilah’s right-hand assistant back in the 1990s. She would often accompany Delilah on publicity and business tours. Natalie was also the only Love Songs producer at KOST that would stay late (often well past midnight) and help me produce the second-half of the KOST Love Songs Show. Before the days of email, Natalie would help edit the hundreds of listener letters that we received weekly, in addition to so many other tasks that helped me tremendously. Natalie accompanied me on our many remotes, the best of which were Disneyland Main Street as well as our weekends at The Rio in Las Vegas. Doing a call-in show while the Disneyland Parade or the Mardi Gras Parade marched past the KOST microphone was a real challenge, with or without a producer. However, Natalie made the effort and the journey much more fun. I still miss her delightfully cheerful attitude and willingness to take on any assignment.

Mr. Pop Culture

(February 20, 2017) In June 1965, Bob Crane, the popular morning personality on KNX- 1070 in Los Angeles, tells his audience he’s leaving the show to star in a new television series Hogan’s Heroes. Crane says he hopes to leave by mid- summer. “I’m not going to make a big deal out of it. I’m just going to say it’s been nice, we’ve all made money and good-bye. Crane says he’s been considering offers for years. Most recently, he co-starred on The Donna Reed Show while still doing mornings on KNX. In September, KNX staffers Mel Baldwin and George Walsh are the station’s interim morning personalities until Rege Cordic arrives from Pittsburgh to replace Bob Crane. Rege has contractual obligations with KDKA until the end of the year.

This story is part of Gary West's 50,000-page tribute to modern pop culture. His site is a great resource plus Gary makes a great guest. He gave the Internet its first "week in history" destination back in 1999 with Here's a look at the site via the waybackmachine and 1999 (Click Here). Gary has contributed to the media with his own syndicated newspaper articles during the 1990's. His "this week in pop culture history" was a contributor to the History Channel and their version of the genre. Mr. Pop also echoed into such shows such as, Behind The Hits, gameshow Jeopardy and other MTV/VH1 shows and countless radio shows.  Gary West can be contacted at 

Size Matters

(February 19, 2017) Sometimes one can determine the importance of a person during their lifetime by the amount of space devoted to the obituary in the LA Times. With such a wealth of distinguished people who die in the Southland each day, the Times devoted a half-page to sports broadcaster, Mike Walden.

From the Times' obit:

"Walden's time intersected with another legendary USC broadcaster, Tom Kelly, when Kelly began calling the university's games on television.

USC's current play-by-play broadcaster, Pete Arbogast, said Walden's style of calling a game represented a 'younger and hipper' era. Walen bestowed nicknames on players and veered away from the more staid style of previous generations.'

'He's talking to college kids, basically, and younger with the parlance that he was using,' Arbogast said. 'I really enjoyed listening to him.'"

Steve Thompson sent along this: Bizarre was a sketch comedy series hosted by John Byner which aired on CTV and Showtime from 1980 to 1986. In several sketches, Bob Einstein portrayed Super Dave Osborne, an incompetent stunt man, and Walden was his interviewer. Several of the sketches can be seen at  

9 Years Ago

The Birth of the Mellow Sound at KNX/fm
by Steve Marshall

(February 2008) One of the great pleasures in radio is something that has not been accorded very many people...the opportunity to create a format that has never been done before. It was my honor to have been in that very fortunate position throughout much of the ‘70s when KNX/fm in Los Angeles became the birthplace of something that is now generically referred to as “soft rock.” Back then, we just called it “The Mellow Sound.” We didn’t like the phrase “soft rock.”

For one thing, the word “soft” is often used to denote some kind of deficiency. We also never used the word “rock,” even though we played plenty of it. We thought of ourselves as rock for people who thought they didn’t like rock. 

I wanted to write this to set the record straight about the birth of “The Mellow Sound.”  

A frequently used flyer for ads, sales brochure covers, and promotional items featured two Victorian homes on Carroll Street with the 30-year-old skyline of downtown Los Angeles in the background. Copy on poster:

"The Feeling of LA.

There's a feeling, an attitude at KNX/fm that's mirrored in our music. A special blend we call Mellow Rock. With thought provoking special features and news.

The sound is Southern California's own. And there's not another like it - anywhere. KNX/fm. Rocking L.A. the Mellow Way

During that growth period in the ‘70s, I got most of the credit for the creation of the format. The real truth is it was an amalgam of the hard work and boundless imaginations of a number of extremely talented people. 

My employment with KNX/fm began because of a long-standing association with its first program director, Rodger Layng, a friendship that dated all the way back to college. When I got out of the navy in 1966 and decided I wanted to break into radio, Rodger was the person responsible for making it happen, greasing the wheels for me to work weekends playing jazz at KBIG/fm. 

Not long after that, Gordon McLendon was throwing out his unsuccessful all-classified ads station K-ADS and launching KOST on 103.5 and Rodger brought me into that operation as part of the original announcing staff. [As a side note, McLendon had a national program director we answered to ... some wet-behind-the-ears kid by the name of Don Barrett). 

By September of 1970 after spending a few years apart, Rodger decided it was time for us to work together again. I was babysitting automation equipment and a transmitter for KJOI on a mountaintop in Coldwater Canyon. Rodger called and told me that CBS had finally allocated some money to develop its fm properties. KNX/fm had, for a number of years, been on the air with something called “The Young Sound.” The entire station had consisted of two reel-to-reel tape decks and a rotating cart machine in the engineer’s coat closet of KNX 1070. It played a bland assortment of rock covers...that is, when the engineers remembered to change the tapes. Often, the air went stone cold dead for minutes or longer until an alarm would summon an engineer who resented being pulled away from what he was doing in order to service a station that no one listened to. 

Rodger had been hired by KNX/fm’s new general manager, Neil Rockoff, to put yet another elevator music format into place in Los Angeles. [You can tell from my use of that term that so-called “beautiful music” was not my personal favorite ... then or now]. However, the station’s studio wasn’t ready and the automation equipment hadn’t been delivered as yet. So Rockoff entrusted Rodger with creating an interim format ... something to bridge “The Young Sound” with the musical wallpaper that was yet to come. This was purely a holding action until the real station would be in place several months hence. 

Rodger hired me as music director and on-air talent and KNX veteran Mel Baldwin to do some voice tracking to augment what Rodger and I were doing. Mark Bragg was brought in as public affairs director. 

We all went out for beers one evening and talked about what to do for this temporary place-holder of a format. Rodger said, “We’ve all done Beautiful music. We know how it works ... how it depends on flow and tempo sequencing. I’d like to do the same with contemporary music.” For lack of a better term, he called it “pretty rock.” Rodger and I started listening to music and assembling a hodge-podge playlist of folk [Joan Baez, Gordon Lightfoot], MOR [Barry Manilow, Barbra Streisand] a smattering of elevator music instrumentals [Percy Faith, Mantovani] and some people who was just coming onto the scene with a newer and, yes, “softer” approach to rock; people like James Taylor, Cat Stevens and Carole King. (Photo: Steve Marshall in the 1970s)

I mentioned to Rodger that one of the biggest drawbacks to elevator music was that it tended to recede into the background. I was afraid if our playlist was too melodic, we risked doing the same thing. I never understood why advertisers would spend their money on a station that people weren’t really listening to. I suggested that we salt the music liberally with foreground features that would command people’s attention. We began to write little vignettes, some comic, others informational, to drop into the middle of commercial clusters. 

Rodger came up with a radically different clock, throwing out the standard beautiful music four-breaks-per-hour on the quarter hour approach and structuring breaks at the top of the hour as well as the :20 and the :40, thus being in music for much of the hour when other stations were breaking for commercials. At that point, the bare bones of what would become The Mellow Sound were in place, even if we were still broadcasting from that engineer’s coat closet. 

Neil Rockoff liked what he heard and took the unusual step of buying some billboards to promote a format that was only supposed to be temporary. What happened after that was that people started to listen; not in great numbers and not for very long at a time, but we were being sampled and people were liking what they heard. (Outdoor campaign for KNX/fm)

Shortly thereafter, Rockoff was hired to manage a station in Chicago and left Los Angeles. Robert Nelson, veteran promotions director for what was then KNXT/Channel 2, got the general manager’s chair and brought in former USC football great Hal Bedsole as sales manager. By this time the studios were ready and the automation equipment in place and on the air, running fitfully and somewhat unreliably.  


(Copy on flyer:

In LA, it's 93 every morning

Morning, noon, and night.
LA listens to KNX/fm.
The music is mellow rock.
The news is no joke.
And the features are thought provoking.
KNX/fm. The sound is Southern California's own.
And there's not another sound
like it - anywhere.


Rodger Layng and I were functioning as a team by then and practically finishing each others sentences. We went together to Bob Nelson and pitched the idea of staying with what we were doing. We really felt we were onto something and the Arbitron numbers backed us up. Bob turned out to be one of the most supportive general managers in the history of the medium. He not only gave us the green light to continue with what we were doing, but got Hal Bedsole to agree to limit the station’s commercial load to nine minutes an hour. That meant three minutes in each of our three clusters and never being out of music for more than a few minutes at a time. The idea was to keep the commercial inventory steady but raise the rates as the numbers went up. It worked.  

At this point, CBS corporate took notice of the ratings increase at KNX/fm and rewarded Rodger with the general managemanship of KCBS/fm in San Francisco. I was then promoted to program director and started looking for my own staff of people to populate this strange new format.  

I had one rule of thumb... no one could sound like an announcer. They had to appeal to the listeners as conversational human beings. The audio environment was everything. I was relieved when Hal Bedsole agreed with my insistence that we would not air any spot that screamed at the listeners or otherwise violated our very identifiable sound.  Also, I was grateful that Bob Nelson believed, as I did, that we shouldn’t try to buy our audience with contest money. We both knew that kind of an audience is just as easily purchased by someone else waving a bigger check. 

My first staff find was Tom McKay, who replaced me as music director. Tom had worked in rock ‘n’ roll formats and had shoulder length hair and a very mellow disposition. He was, in fact, the person who suggested during his employment interview that we call our format “The Mellow Sound.” 

For news director, I found the inimitable Christopher Ames, a veteran of the news departments of KHJ and KRLA. Before he cut his audition tape, I gave him only one direction: don’t read the news, just tell it to me. He got it instantly. His strong writing skills and smooth voice fit perfectly with what we were doing. Mark Bragg left around that time to go into business for himself, syndicating a radio show for former California governor Ronald Reagan (whatever happened to him?).  Chris Ames absorbed Mark’s public affairs duties as well. 

In keeping with the idea of high profile features, I tried to hire Lew Irwin, who was then best known for his Earth News reports. I was a big fan of those and found myself stopping whatever I was doing when Earth News came on the air. That’s just what I wanted for KNX/fm. But Lew was in business for himself and not enamored of the idea of working for anyone else. So I turned to someone with whom I had worked at KJOI, Paul Crosswhite. Paul was an extremely talented and likeable guy who had started at KJOI when he was a mere 17 years old and was only 19 when I brought him into KNX/fm. In addition to doing news, Paul was charged with creating something with the high-interest quotient of Earth News, but I told him he had to do it in only 60 second hunks. He took to the task immediately, but it was Tom McKay (whom you remember had christened “The Mellow Sound”) who came up with the name for Paul’s feature. He said it should reflect an audio odyssey through contemporary America. There was a film out around the time called The Odessa File. Tom merely flipped it in his mind into “The Odyssey File.”  

To augment that very popular feature, Chris Ames brought public affairs out of the Sunday night ghetto, cutting up the compelling interviews he did into engaging sound bites, then packaging them into a one-minute top-of-the-hour feature called “60 Seconds.” We also wanted a feature that focused on entertainment, since Los Angeles was and is a company town. For that, I found a smooth voiced young woman named Dara Shulkin and rechristened her Dara Welles (I was a big Orson Welles fan). Dara did hard news, but also produced an entertainment news feature and pioneered a new approach to film reviewing that consisted of interviewing audience members as they left the theater, including their sound bites and reporting on what percentage of them liked it and disliked it.  

For a decade, KNX/fm was the darling favorite of the radio landscape. Though never a huge ratings finisher.

(Copy at bottom of poster from 1987:

There's a feeling, an attitude at KNX/fm that's mirrored in our music. A special blend we call Quality Rock. The best album rock from the 70's to the present. The sound is Southern California's own. KNX/fm Continuous Quality Rock.

 I began working with Tom McKay to refine the playlist, throw out the last of the elevator music, get rid of the MOR and really turn KNX/fm into an AOR station, but one that still steered clear of hard rock and heavy metal. In addition to adhering to the enduring radio principal of playing familiar music, we also dared to venture out and break new songs and showcase new artists, people you couldn’t hear on any other station because no one knew who they were. That was “The Mellow Sound” at its purest.  

There was one other behind-the-scenes character who played a huge, albeit silent role in the success of KNX/fm. His name is Bob Cole, a former jazz musician who served on the corporate level in New York as Vice President of the CBS FM Group. Bob reported to the head of CBS Radio, an austere, impeccably dressed man named Sam Cook Digges. Digges, you see, hated rock music in any form. It had been his idea originally to turn KNX/fm into an elevator music station. Bob Cole achieved his heroic status in this story by simply letting Sam Cook Digges think KNX/fm was indeed a “beautiful music” station. He literally spent years hiding our true format from Digges, accompanying him whenever he was in Los Angeles and making certain that he didn’t turn his radio dial to 93.1. 

In the late ‘70s, KNX/fm went through a number of personnel changes with Bob Madigan replacing Paul Crosswhite on ‘The Odyssey File’ and bringing his own distinctive approach to it, Joanne Ehrhart stepping into Dara Welles’ shoes as entertainment reporter, and Tom McKay giving over his music director spot to Michael Sheehy. Michael further revolutionized the playlist by determining in what key each song began and ended so that the tunes could be woven together even more seamlessly. Michael ultimately succeeded me as program director and put his own stamp on KNX/fm. (Pictured: KNX/fm Bob Nelson)

When Michael became pd, he hired the gifted Robert David Hall to succeed him as music director and replace my voice on the air. Dave proved to be multi-talented as an air voice at KNX/fm, then later as a gainfully employed commercial voice over artist. Today, he can be seen as coroner Dr. Al Robbins on the immensely popular CBS series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

That decade in the ‘70s remains among the best memories of my professional life. I have often reflected that KNX/fm couldn’t happen today. In fact, it’s a miracle that it even happened then. It was born in an era when decisions in radio depended heavily on research, yet we never conducted one focus group while I was at CBS. We did it by the seat of our pants, certain that, if we loved it, others would too. 

I left in March of 1979, having achieved everything I had ever dreamed of and more in radio. It was time to reinvent myself and I did so by joining the writing staff of WKRP In Cincinnati. But I still kept a car radio button on 93.1. 

Thanks to Steve Marshall (l) for taking us into the enormous success of “The Mellow Sound.”

Doug Brown sent along a collection of iconic jingles ...

Hear Ache 

  (February 17, 2017) While the future of 100.3/The Sound has yet to be determined (owner Entercom is merging with CBS Radio, the new company will have to sell one of the fm stations because it will be one over the FCC limit of ownership, “Uncle Joe” Benson (photo) has signed a new multi-year agreement. He works weekdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. “Joe is the best known and most loved classic rock dj in Los Angeles,” said Dave Beasing, pd of 100.3/The Sound. “The reason is simple. He’s literally written the book on Classic Rock, and he’s one of the nicest people you’ll ever meet.” ... In 2015, Erin V worked morning drive sports at KFI with Bill Handel. She left in the spring of 2016 and Erin moved to Detroit because her mom was ailing. Yesterday she was on-air auditioning in morning drive at KRLA/The Morning Answer for an open slot. She's on again this morning ... Speaking of KRLA, Brian Whitman revealed that his friend's father is buried right next to Carl Karcher, founder of Carl's Jr. ... Matt Damon was asked if he had any advice for Jimmy Kimmel on hosting the Academy Awards: "Evidently, he said that he doesn't care at all who wins as long as I lose. I tried to get on his Oscar show last year. I mean, I was nominated; he still didn't let me on. Somebody asked me, 'Do you want him to do bad?' I just want him to live up to my extremely low expectations." ... Reader John Nielsen heard that Perry Como was in the hospital with burned hands. He tried to catch a falling star ... Versatile news anchor Debra Mark has a VO newscast gig on Criminal Minds. Great hustle ... Howard Stern doesn't get much publicity these days but TMZ is reporting that Stern is being sued by a woman who claims that her personal and tax information were broadcast on Stern's radio show two years ago. The complaint alleges "outrageous violation" of her privacy has resulted in difficulty finding employment, anxiety, loss of sleep and irregular eating patterns ... Checking with hockey legend Bob Miller following his recent mild stroke: "I'm feeling better and resting at home." ... Lost another singer, this time on the morning of the Grammy Awards. Al Jarreau, with such a sweet voice, was a seven-time Grammy Award winner. He was 76.

Sports Voice Mike Walden Dies

(February 16, 2017) Mike Walden, a prominent voice in sports broadcasting in Southern California for over 30 years, died Sunday, February 12, from complications of a stroke. He was 89.  There will be a celebration of his life on March 18 at 11 a.m. at Braemar Country Club (4001 Reseda Blvd., Tarzana 91356).

He’s the only announcer in radio and tv to serve as both the voice of the USC Trojans in football and basketball, and he later became the voice of the UCLA Bruins for both sports. He’s also well known for his play-by-play work on NCAA football and basketball, including tennis telecasts for the Prime Ticket Network (now Fox Sports West). Mike has done seven Rose Bowl games and called major league baseball for the Dodgers, Cardinals and Braves.

In addition to his work in sports, Mike served as sidekick (“on-scene” reporter) for the Super Dave Osborne tv comedy specials originally broadcast on Showtime. He was always introduced by studio audience members with the words: "Take it away, Mike Walden." Walden would often say "Get that thing out of here!" after a failed stunt using dangerous machinery.

He was born in 1931 and grew up in Springfield, graduating from the University of Illinois with a degree in journalism. While in school, Mike worked on the Illinois Sports Network. After serving in the Air Force, he spent 10 years in Milwaukee broadcasting Wisconsin football and basketball, the Green Bay Packers and Braves. From Milwaukee he went to CBS radio in Chicago. In 1966, Mike started as the play-by-play voice for  USC on KNX.

In 1970, he became sports director at KFI. He has won four Golden Mike awards, an L.A. Press Club award and has served five terms as president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasting Association. 

Hot Hits Back in the Day

(February 16, 2017) "Reading this memo made my brain go into hyper drive and rethink if I could have ever hung with a format like this," emailed LARP veteran Bruce Chandler. "I may have gone into another line of work. Thought you'd be interested in reading this memo from Mike Joseph, programming consultant for WHYT in Detroit, and later for many of the fm stations in the CBS Radio chain, including KKHR (formerly KNX/fm) in Los Angeles back in the 1980s. He introduced many of the Top 40 formatics back in the sixties, including WABC when they first went Top 40 in 1960, and later created the 'Hot Hits' format that was introduced at the aforementioned CBS stations across the country in the 1980s, and duplicated by many others. If you think Bill Drake was strict at KHJ and other RKO stations, read this memo."

New Incarnation of KRLA's Morning Answer

(February 15, 2017) Jennifer Horn (pictured with Rick Perry and Brian Whitman) is now officially part of the KRLA Morning Answer, according to Chuck Tyler, director of programming for the Salem/LA stations. She is paired with Brian Whitman. The morning show has had some recent upheaval with former co-hosts Ben Shapiro and Elisha Krauss "moving on to do other things." Tyler said he is recruiting (and trying out people this and next week) for the Ben Shapiro spot. 

"The Morning Answer with Brian and Jen is sounding great" emailed Phil Boyce, svp/Spoken Word format for the Salem Media Group. "It's fun and informative, and has great chemistry between the hosts.  

Former KNX Newslady Uncovers New Career

(February 14, 2017) Brooke Binkowski, a KNX reporter from 2006-07 and KPPC from 2007-12, is managing editor with the myth-busting website, Over the years, so many LARP have had to change careers from radio because of the ever-changing climate of jobs shrinking, and has chronicled the career trajectory for many of those who found themselves unemployed due to budget cutbacks and format changes.

This time, the LA Times has profiled the journey of Binkowski. Brooke was a freelance journalist who had worked with CNN, KPBS, Southern California Public radio, CBS Radio, as well as KNX. In the Times' bylined story by Gary Warth, he writes: "Binkowski said the last couple of years have seen a shift on the Internet from viral videos about busty women, puppies and aliens to fake news, propaganda and racist stories created by sites seeking a quick buck from the gullible public."

Brooke sifts through 1,500 daily emails responding to a myriad of questions. She assigns a team of four staff reporters and two contract writers to look into the ones that are the subject of most inquiries. Some are easily solved and traced to hoax or humor sites. Others can take days or even weeks to track down.

AMP's Carson Daly Wins Pebble Beach Pro-Am 

(February 13, 2017) Carson Daly, with his pro golfing partner Ken Duke, won the Pebble Beach Pro-Am golf tournament. After it was over, Carson jumped on plane and got back to New York to celebrate with his Today Show colleagues. "I played golf in the 80s before golf was very cool," Carson told Matt Lauer and Sheinelle Jones. "It was how I built my relationship with my stepfather on the golf course where he taught me all the great life lessons through the game of golf."

Carson said he played the Pro-Am before and the goal was always just to make the cut. "Winning it has been so surreal."

How Do You Listen to Music? 

(February 13, 2017) The CBS Sunday Morning spent a number of segments devoted to last night's Grammy Awards show. In one of their bumpers they had an interesting poll from CBS News. Radio was still the #1 way people listen to music.

KOST morning host Ellen K was the announcer for the show and did a great job, as well KIIS' Ryan Secrest who intro'ed a couple of segments.

Email Saturday, 2.11
** Sonny Geraci Dies
"Thank you for this. I love Precious & Few and didn't know it was the same singer on Time Won't Let Me. We play both tunes on the east coast radio stations that I'm on! Good show prep." - Lisa Osborn

** Dutton's a Destination
"I remember Dutton's all too well. The NoHo store was near the same intersection as my dentist, which took a little of the pain off of those visits. Dutton's NoHo was where I bought my copies of both editions of Los Angeles Radio People, and it is also where I attended a book signing and panel discussion when Gary Owens released his book on how to go about pursuing a voiceover career, How to Make a Million Dollars with Your Voice (Or Lose Your Tonsils Trying). I believe you organized that event as well, Don, if my memory is correct.  

At that event, I also met the late Steve Landesburg and Rovert Donner, both of whom were pleased to hear that I knew them from their stand-up comedy gigs and not just for their television work.  

As for my copy of Gary's book, he dutifully inscribed it 'To K.M., Happy Krelbs, Gary Owens.' A perfect." - K.M. Richards

** Voiceover Help
"I clicked a link from your posting and discovered a MOST educational article by Don Elliot (photo with Vanessa Gilbert). Wish I had seen this when it was first published in 2003 - it would have saved me a bunch of headaches. Thanks for all you do." - Laura Brodian Freas Beraha

**Elliot Comment on VO
"It's been kind of a reality check and I hope none of you become deterred [pun intended]. Let's see, maybe we could say that we hope this brings the pie in the sky a little closer to the ground so you can partake! Or, far-fetched as it sounds, if you want to walk on water, just know where the rocks are. Get some coaching, make a new demo, and be persistent." - Don Elliot

  ** KFAC Clarifications
"While you were away, your site featured a list of several facts about Los Angeles radio. I would like to post a correction about one item from that list, regarding KFAC-AM (1931-1989; has been KWKW (AM) since January 18, 1989). It said that for many years, the transmitter for KFAC-AM (1300 kHz. in 1931, moved to 1330-AM on March 29, 1941) was on top of the Auburn-Cord automobile dealership on Wilshire Blvd. at Mariposa Avenue. 

While the towers on top of the car dealership that housed KFAC (in the Penthouse) had the letters KFAC on them, they were 'dummy' antenna towers, only for looks and to advertise the station to drivers and pedestrians in the area. The KFAC antenna and 1,000 watt transmitter was located at 18th and La Cienega Streets from 1932 to 1947, on part of the property that was the Adohr Dairy Farm. In 1947, a new two-tower directional antenna and transmitter was in use at 3725 Chesapeake Avenue. [Early FCC files showed the cite as Rodeo Road and Santa Barbara Ave., now Martin Luther King Blvd.] 

The new transmitter power was 5,000 watts day and 1,000 watts night, and was later incresed again to 5 kw day and night. Two years earlier, Errett Lobban Cord purchased his first radio station, KFVD-Culver City from the MacWhinnie Electric Company of San Pedro.  The daytime-Limited Time station was located on the Hal Roach movie studio lot from March of 1929 to 1932. The first license said the owner was the Auburn-Fuller Company, which Cord invested in during 1928. But, the station's license was soon changed tro show the owner was the Los Angeles Broadcasting Company, a new wholly owned subsidiary of the Auburn-Fuller Company.  
  When E.L.Cord purchased Christian radio station KTBI from the Bible Institute of Los Angeles in 1931, the transmitter and antenna was on top of their building at 536 South Hope Street in Los Angeles.   Cord changed the calls to KFAC to reflect the new owners, Fuller-Auburn-Cord. Fuller was O.R. "Ollie" Fuller, who held the Auburn auto distributorship in L.A., from 1923 to 1932, when it was taken over by E.L. Cord. KFAC remained inside the Bible Institute on South Hope Street, while the new Auburn-Cord dealership and studios for KFAC and KFVD (now KTNQ-1020) were constructed at 3443 Wilshire Blvd. The new radio studios were inside a specially constructed penthouse on the top of the car dealership. 

Meanwhile, due to the Depression, the Auburn-Fuller Company went bankrupt in 1932 and its assets were acquired by E.L. Cord. In 1953, KFAC moved to new studios and offices at 5773 Wilshire Blvd. in Prudential Square. Owner E.L. Cord sold KFAC AM and FM in 1962, 31 years after putting the station on the air. I've sent along some photos of the towers on top of the Cord auto dealership building and former KFAC studio site, and one can see why people thought the towers were the actual transmitter site. After all that writing, I forgot to include the fact that E.L. Cord sold daytime-only KFVD in 1936, and by 1938, KFVD moved from the KFAC Wilshire Blvd. site  to studios at 338 South Western Avenue. The station remained there for some 40 years, through the years as KFVD, KPOP, KGBS and KTNQ." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

** Privileged to Work in LARadio
"I have been privileged to work in radio in Los Angeles for many years. I have had the pleasure to work with some of the most talented people in the history of our wonderful business. And I believe strongly that all of us owe you a debt of gratitude for doing the great job you have done and continue to do with

Obviously our business has changed over the years, and you have been there every step of the way. For all the fans of L.A. radio and for those of us who have been lucky enough to work in the industry, I thank you for all your hard work and dedication to keeping radio alive here in the City of Angels.

And I don't want to forget Alan Oda who does a terrific job as well.  Keep up the great work!" - Geoff Witcher

Wendy Williams Conquered the Daytime TV Talk Wars

(February 10, 2017) Wendy Williams was on KDAY in 2007 and 2008. She left radio when she was given a 6-week tryout for a syndicated tv show. It worked and audiences love the audacious host who is willing to say almost anything. As of the last week in December, 1.7 million people tune in to The Wendy Williams Show. Her show was renewed through 2020. She was profiled in a full-page this month in Fortune. Some highlights:

"Born and raised in New Jersey. Her parents are academics with three master's degrees between them. Wendy has written seven book. They aren't typical celebrity pabulum. Instead, she writes fiction. Her latest is a romance novel.

Wendy has a Home Shopping Network clothing line that has grown 75% year over year in gross sales.

Her charity, the Hunter Foundation, helps families affected by drug addiction, which she once struggled with."

Hear Ache

(February 9, 2017) In the early 1960s, NBC and CBS owned the tv ratings. One columnist said if you were trying to hide SLA fugitive Patty Hearst, just put her on ABC. Nobody would find her. ABC changed its approach and started presenting alternative programming that went after the young demographics. Dick Clark's American Bandstand was part of the strategy. How did it happen? A fascinating read. Click Clark artwork ... Aretha Franklin told a Detroit tv station that she plans to quit making music after the release of her new album, produced by Steve Wonder, later this year. Guess we have to give her some R-E-S-P-E-C-T. She also said she would drastically cut back on performing ... Remember Scott and Casey at KFI a decade ago? They have since split. Casey Bartholomew is the new pd at WFSX-Ft. Myers, Florida ... Jim Rome was on with KROQ Kevin & Bean this morning. They chat weekly. They said the parade in Boston for the Patriots looked like Ferris Bueller's day off. Jim's been doing a national show since 1996.  He will remain with CBS Sports Radio for the foreseeable future. He's signed a new contract. Unfortunately his syndicated show does not appear on a terrestrial LA station. You have to have HD or listen on the Internet. “This is a huge day for the show,” said Rome. “CBS RADIO is an unbelievable place, everything I had hoped it would be and more. There have been so many exciting changes in the industry and I’m as motivated as ever to capitalize on them with CBS Sports Radio, our affiliates and sponsors, and our business partners at Westwood One." ... Steve Harvey is moving his base of operations from Atlanta to Los Angeles. His tv show is moving from Chicago to L.A. Many more opportunities for guests. Wonder how or if it will affect his show on KJLH? ... Batman super fan, KROQ's Ralph Garman, has a role in the new Lego Batman movie ... New Entercom/CBS ceo/chair David Field wrote on his Twitter page: "Another terrific day visiting the excellent teams in Los Angeles and San Diego. Five down, 21 to go!" ... Singer Sonny Geraci of The Outsiders (Time Won't Let Me) and Climax (Precious and Few) has died at age 69. He'd been ill for quite a few years.

Dutton's Heart and Soul Dies 

(February 8, 2017) In the early 1990s I wrote my first book, Los Angeles Radio People, kind of the precursor to the Internet version. I sent the book to 17 publishers. All turned it down. I resisted self-publishing because I thought it was vanity press and that's where you went if you couldn't get a "legitimate" publisher.

Someone turned me on to the works of Dan Poynter, self-publishing guru, who wrote over 130 books. His manual gave me the insight to self-publishing and my first book sold all 5,000 printed books (2nd edition sold 10,000). When you self-publish, the Crown Books and Barnes &  Nobles won't carry your books.

At the time of my self-publishing journey, I placed my book in 22 independent bookstores around the Southland. My second store I approached was Dutton's in North Hollywood on Laurel Canyon. Dave and his brother Doug (ran Brentwood store on San Vicente) sold over 100 of my books. We had events, book signings, and readings. Dave encouraged my efforts and offered advice and made phone calls on my behalf.

I was sad to read that Dave died last month. His store had closed years earlier but the special relationship with Dutton's will always be part of the success of LARadio.

Leeann Tweeden Joins Doug McIntyre at KABC

(February 7, 2017) Leeann Tweeden is joining McIntyre in the Morning, as news anchor. She most recently co-hosted LA Today with Fred Roggin on KLAC. She is a frequent social and political commentator on tv shows including: Hannity, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, and Good Day L.A.

"I’m thrilled Leeann Tweeden is joining us on McIntyre in the Morning," said KABC's Doug McIntyre. "Leann will bring a different vibe to the show, smart, funny, patriotic and all that good girlie stuff I am sadly lacking.” 

Tweeden was formerly co-host of UFC Tonight on FOX SPORTS, was co-anchor of Good Day L.A. and developed a national profile as a cast member of FSN’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period. She was also host of NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship and the popular late night show, Poker After Dark.  

Drew Hayes, operations director, KABC, said: “We are delighted to have Leeann sign on as the newest addition to the KABC on-air team. She is not only a bright, high energy, and plugged-in broadcaster, she brings a broad reservoir of life experiences. Leeann is a perfect fit for McIntyre in the Morning.”  

“I am so happy to be joining KABC and McIntyre in the Morning," said Leeann. "Sitting with Doug McIntyre and getting to be a part of his crew for five hours every day is going to be an adventure. I’ve been a sportscaster for much of my career, but I love politics and have deep attachments to our military-- and I'm a mom of two small kids. I'm ready for anything!”        

Using CBS Call Letters

(February 6, 2017) Entercom can use the “WCBS” and “KCBS” calls for the next 20 years, according to a story at NOW newletter. Tom Taylor writes at his tasty website: "So it keeps those important brands in New York (news WCBS/880, classic hits WCBS-FM/101.1), Los Angeles (variety hits 93.1 “Jack FM” KCBS-FM) and San Francisco (news KCBS/740). The agreement also covers “certain station call letters and brands.” Presumably that includes places with co-owned radio/TV properties like Boston (news/talk WBZ at 1130 and “Sports Hub 98.5” WBZ-FM), Chicago (news WBBM at 780 and rhythmic “B96” WBBM-FM) and Philadelphia (news KYW at 1060). Entercom’s allowed to continue using “CBS Radio,” but only for 12 months after the closing. It gains the use of “CBS Sports Radio” and associated trademarks. (We’ll see how David Field and his team feel about the CBS Sports Radio partnership created by CBS and previous Cumulus CEO Lew Dickey – and we might eventually learn how new Cumulus boss Mary Berner likes the deal.)"

Hear Ache, 2.6
(February 6, 2017) Even though the deal to merger CBS Radio with Entercom is months off, the CBS/LA staff will get a chance to meet with their new ceo/chairman David Field (l) and his lieutenants, along with CBS brass, tomorrow. Joining Field Tuesday morning at the Wilshire Blvd and Venice locations will be Weezie Kramer, Scott Herman, and Pat Paxton. All employees are invited to an 8 a.m. Town Hall meeting, followed by a meeting with department heads and tours of both locations ... KOST morning super star Ellen K will be the announcer on the 59th Annual Grammy Awards broadcast next Sunday ... Former Pittsburgh Steeler QB Terry Bradshaw left his radio gig at XTRA Sports 1150 (KXTA) 17 years ago, right  after the Super Bowl. Watching him yesterday, he's really ballooned into a big boy. LARP Chris Myers did a FANTASTIC job of getting through the crush of people on the field to get the first interview with Tom Brady after the Super Bowl win ... In the current issue of Los Angeles Magazine, a reader wonders if Wally George and Dr. Gene Scott were brothers? "The conservative talk show host  and the preacher both yelled at tv viewers in the 1980s and '90s and had sunshine-bright hair, but they were not related. George died in 2003; Scott, in 2005. UHF hasn't been the same since." ... Can't wait for the new book by KNX airborne reporter Jeff Baugh, titled Stick With Us and We'll Get You There. Just when you thought you knew what was going on in our freeway system, Jeff and his co-writer Mary Walker Baron rip back the curtain and take us behind-the-scenes with a completely new perspective on our daily commute ... Rick Thomas, former pd at K-EARTH, is the new om at the Cox cluster in Tampa/St. Petersburg … Want a reminder of how tough the voiceover world is? Check out this link ... Bobby Freeman died at age 76. Remember The Swim and Do You Want to Dance?

San Diego Veteran Dies at 99

(February 5, 2017) Jack Vincent, a San Diego veteran dj during the  Top 40 era (notably at KCBQ), died January 29, at 99. Karen Pearlman wrote Vincent's obit for the San Diego Union Tribune.

Jack told friends that when he was in his mid-30s, he was ready for a career change. He’d had a four-year stint as a U.S. Marine, helped lay concrete for the building of Hoover Dam and labored many years working heavy construction. So, looking for a job that didn’t involve hours of physical labor, he began a foray into work in AM radio. And while he sat in chairs for the rest of his career, he actively made a lifetime of memories for himself and the listening public as a disc jockey.

“He was known as one of the ‘KCBQ Good Guys’ along with Happy Hare and Don Howard,” said his lifelong friend and fellow dj Shotgun Tom Kelly. “They were like local celebrities, they made a lot of public appearances. They were there when Elvis came to town.”

Born on November 7, 1917 in Youngstown, Ohio, as John Vincent Oatsdean, he dropped out of high school in 10th grade and joined the U.S. Marines in 1942. Discharged from the military in July 1946, he settled in Southern California. During his tenure in construction, Mr. Vincent was also part of the building of Boulder Dam, also known as Hoover Dam, in Nevada.

Upon deciding on that fateful career change, he attended a radio broadcasting school in Hollywood and found a job in the early 1950s working at KXO-AM in El Centro. He then moved on to KFXM-AM San Bernardino. In 1955, he was hired by Lee Bartell at KCBQ AM Radio as an announcer broadcasting from what is now known as the Lafayette Hotel on El Cajon Boulevard. When KCBQ upped its transmission to 50,000 watts in 1958, Mr. Vincent began broadcasting an all-night show from what was once the station’s transmitter site, located on Mission Gorge Road in Santee.

Email Saturday, 2.4 

** CBS Merger
"The pending demise of CBS Radio led to some reminiscing about my years in radio over lunch.

A Chicago song came on and that led to some discussion of elevator music. I recalled how one time I actually played a song for the elevators in the city of Chicago. I worked at WFYR/fm. The station was using a sub carrier to stream elevator music to local hotels and office buildings. After a 90-day turn off notice, the chief engineer had me go into a studio, flip some switches to make it hot on the sub carrier and read an announcement that all programming is coming to an end.

I did as instructed and then punctuated it all by playing a song by Screamin' Jay Hawkins called Constipation Blues. We got a lot of calls from irate hotel managers in the morning. But the engineer though it was hysterical and nothing ever came of it." - Tom Haule
** What New Entercom May Look Like
"We should also probably take into account that in two other California markets -- San Francisco (#4) and San Diego (#17) -- there will need to be some divestitures to stay under the market ownership cap. And there are a lot of markets in the Midwest where Entercom is under the caps but will acquire no new stations from CBS. I expect some horse trading. And then there is the ripple effect of Entercom surrendering the KDND license in Sacramento to make that legal mess go away. Could that end up being a 'sale without profit' rather than an outright going silent? And does that have any effect on whatever dealings happen on the other side of the Diablo Mountains in S.F.? I agree with you that this is going to get interesting." - K.M. Richards
** Birdcage Yarn
"What a great yarn by Jim Hilliker.

Thanks for rekindling my remembrance of the old Birdcage at Knotts and making my Saturday morning so bright after being so glum when I finished reading the Times at breakfast." - Bill Mann, South Pasadena
** Passing Parade
"I was sorry to hear of the passing of Messrs. Bob Coburn and Bob Elder. I worked very briefly with B.C. at KZLA when John Sebastian was pd [thanks for the big break] and worked with Elder at KEZY and KDOC TV.

Time is moving way too fast.” – Bob Harvey

** Power to Elder
"Bob Elder just started doing a sports show on our stations and was excited to be back on the radio. I first met him at KEZY AM/FM-Anaheim  when I was pd there back in the 80's. When I moved over to KIK/fm in the 90's, I hired him there too! Bob wanted to pay me back, so he got me a job as the stadium announcer at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim when he was working for the Ducks and the Bullfrogs! [Many thanks, Bob]. I always loved Bob as a person, his on air work and his work ethics! Bob was handsome, with movie star good looks and he was truly an all American guy! Many will miss you Bob! RIP Job well done!" – Craig Powers
** Three Amigos
"Here's a photo I snapped at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters luncheon. I was at the next table and sitting just a few feet away from the three most influential L.A. Dodgers in the city's history. It was literally a once-in-a-lifetime photo opportunity of Vin Scully, Peter O'Malley and Tommy Lasorda. WOW." -  Bruce Chandler
** Chris Little, Harvey Levin, Steve Gregory
"As I glanced at the headlines when popped-up, my eyes picked up 'Chris Little, Harvey Levin, Steve Gregory' as 'Little Harvey Levin.'

I did one of those 'wait a minute…that can’t be right…' and went back to double-check, then chuckled over the eye-faux pas.  Hope it made you chuckle a little [no pun intended….] too.  

Thanks for keeping up your immeasurably invaluable site, Don." - Andrew Schermerhorn

What Will the New Entercom Sound Like in Los Angeles?

(February 3, 2017) With yesterday’s announcement that Entercom would take over the CBS stations as early as this summer, speculation has already started on what the Los Angeles landscape will sound like. First of all, not to have CBS radio is a true passage of time after more than a century of tiffany programming and management.

The following thoughts are based on nothing more than the facts as we understand them - today.

Taking on the existing CBS/LA stations and adding its LA station (KSWD, The Sound/100.3fm), Entercom is one over the FCC limit of stations they can own. They will have to sell one of the fm stations. Which one will go?

KROQ was the biggest biller of the CBS/LA cluster in 2016. KTWV was the lowest. The Sound was below any of the CBS stations. You might think, based strictly on revenue, that The Sound will be sold off.

But are there other considerations?

What if you need operating revenue? Maybe selling one of the better performing stations will result in a big return for operating capital.

CBS Sports is missing in LA. It is currently heard on the KCBS (JACK/fm) HD-2 channel, but HD is not generally considered a viable outlet, with limited listenership. Changing JACK/fm to a Sports/Music station makes sense from the standpoint of the correct attitude the station already has. Could be a double winner.

Is it time for an FM Sports station in LA? The Sound aired the LA Rams broadcasts this past season, and Entercom seems to be very interested in sports based on their California commitment in other markets. Specifically, in San Francisco, there’s KGMZ / The Game 95.7 (Oakland Raiders, the Oakland Athletics and the Golden State Warriors) and in San Diego, KBZT (Padres home).

An FM Sports station would also give Jim Rome a permanent home in LA, a great anchor for an all-Sports station.

Assuming CBS programming genius Kevin Weatherly stays when Entercom takes over, it seems improbable that he would keep two stations that fit into the Classic Rock fold – JACK/fm and The Sound. This format conflict might be the impetus to drop one of them or change a format. If The Sound changes format or is sold, score big win for KLOS.

And what about signal strength? As the marketplace keeps expanding into the suburbs, could the new Entercom contemplate moving KROQ to a stronger signal and maybe sell the weakest signal? Despite the competitive Alternative format from iHeart’s ALT 98-7 (KYSR), KROQ performs exceptionally well in the revenue department because of its heritage status. Maybe it is time to upgrade the signal.

Lotsa options. Will Entercom want to bring in its own management team or will they retain the existing CBS/LA structure? Corporately there is undoubtedly much duplication, so there will initial cost savings as jobs are consolidated or eliminated.

This will be fun to watch.

Entercom Will Become 2nd Biggest Radio Group 

(February 2, 2017) CBS Corporation and Entercom are set to merge CBS Radio with Entercom in a tax-free merger. The transaction will create a preeminent radio platform, with a nationwide footprint of 244 stations, including 23 of the top 25 U.S. markets, as well as digital capabilities and a growing events platform. In Los Angeles, Entercom owns  KSWD (100.3/The Sound).

“This agreement is great for shareholders and achieves our previously stated objectives by separating our radio business in the best possible way,” said Leslie Moonves, chairman/ceo, CBS Corporation. “Entercom is a superbly run company, and together with CBS Radio’s powerful brands and remarkable people, we are creating an organization that will be even better positioned to succeed in this rapidly evolving media landscape.” David J. Field, president and ceo of Entercom, who will lead the combined company, said, “These two great companies, with their impressive histories, complementary assets, and premier content and brands, are a perfect strategic and cultural fit, enabling us to deliver local connection on a national scale and drive accelerated growth. We look forward to welcoming our talented new colleagues at CBS Radio, and we have the utmost respect for their significant contributions to the industry.”

Andre Fernandez, who will continue as president and ceo of CBS Radio through the closing of the transaction, said, “I couldn’t be more proud of the CBS Radio team and all of the exciting breaking news, live events, and business initiatives happening every day across the country. Today marks the beginning of a new chapter for us as we join with an organization with an equally deep tradition in radio broadcasting. The opportunities for the new company are enormous – thanks to our combined collection of industry-leading stations and brands.”

The merger will create a leading local media and entertainment company with strong, complementary assets on a national scale, including: A leading sports platform with the rights to broadcast 45 pro sports teams, including the New York Yankees, the Boston Red Sox, the Chicago Cubs, the New England Patriots, the Atlanta Falcons, and the Golden State Warriors, and 100+ popular local sports talk shows, including the most-listened-to sports talk station in the country, as well as the CBS Sports Radio Network, which is made up of 300 affiliated radio stations across the country Leadership in news and news/talk format, with some of the most-listened-to news and talk radio stations nationwide, including 1010 WINS in NY, KNX in LA, and WBBM in Chicago, a diverse array of music and entertainment formats (in LA: K-EARTH, AMP Radio, KTWV [the WAVE], KCBS [JACK/fm], and KROQ), a leading creator of more than 4,500 live original events per year, from music festivals and large shows to intimate performances with big-name artists, a growing portfolio of digital content that expands reach and engagement by local on-air talent through original programming and social media.

The combined companies’ pro forma revenue on a trailing 12 months basis was approximately $1.7 billion – which would make it the second-largest radio station owner in the U.S.  The combination of CBS Corporation’s radio business with Entercom will be effected through a “Reverse Morris Trust” transaction, which is expected to be tax-free to CBS and its shareholders. As part of the transaction, CBS shareholders will have the opportunity to exchange all, some, or none of their CBS shares for CBS Radio shares.

How Will Jimmy Kimmel Do Hosting the Oscars?

(February 2, 2017) Jimmy Kimmel, formerly with KROQ, is set to emcee the Oscars.'s Peter Bart and Mike Fleming, Jr., argue how well he will do:

BART: Kimmel admits to a case of nerves, but he should take comfort in these realities: His show won’t be a ratings hit no matter how smart and funny he is. The slate of nominations has put a lid on his TV audience. It’s also eliminated the need to recycle any diversity jokes. F In his usual display of Kimmel candor, he acknowledges that “I don’t think a lot of people will have seen the nominated movies,” hence the proverbial Oscar ratings issue.
FLEMING: I think Kimmel is the right guy at the right time and that under his skillful steering this could be the most memorable Oscars in a long time. This might be the most politically charged Oscarcast since the Vietnam War raged and Brando sent Native American civil rights activist Sasheem Littlefeather to accept his Best Actor trophy for The Godfather. Kimmel isn’t Carson, but he might be better this year as a referee to balance pictures with polemics. Even though La La Land has all those Oscar noms, the overriding presence will be President Trump, who has a full month to further inflame the Hollywood elite.
BART: From Kimmel’s standpoint, jokes about Manchester By the Sea are not only difficult to shape but may go over the heads of most of the audience. Rogue One humor may be tempting but irrelevant. The Wall St Journal last week computed that the nine nominated features had grossed an average of $52 million domestic – good numbers for the indie world, but not for the mainstream Hollywood that tv viewers think they’re buying into. Over the past ten years only a few big hits (in studio terms) have appeared on the nomination list – Toy Story 3, Gravity and The Martian.
FLEMING: The purpose of the Oscars is to reward quality and excellence, and there’s a fine crop of pictures here, and many more good ones that didn’t make the cut. Maybe more people will be moved to discover Moonlight or Manchester By The Sea, or Viggo’s performance in Captain Fantastic. To pander and try to nominate to anticipate a viewing audience, you might as well turn the Oscars into the People’s Choice Awards or MTV Movie Awards.

Alex Cohen New Morning Edition Host

(February 1, 2017) Later this month, KPCC's Take Two co-host Alex Cohen is moving to mornings as the station's local Morning Edition host. With Cohen's move, Take Two will continue as a one-hour show with A Martinez continuing as host. Larry Mantle's Air Talk will move up an hour to 10 a.m. - noon; and Fresh Air will add an airing at noon. "With so much happening locally, nationally and globally, we wanted Alex to be the first voice our audience hears in the morning," said Melanie Sill, vp of content. 

Alex was born in New York City but her parents moved her out to L.A. when she was just a toddler. She had big dreams of becoming an actress - dreams that compelled her to leave L.A. and attend a performing arts high school in northern Michigan. She went on to study theater and religious studies at Brown University. Upon graduating, Alex realized a thesis in 13th century Zen Buddhism may not have been the best way to get a job.

She spent years traveling the country and working various jobs, including as a parade float designer. Eventually she spent a few years teaching English in Japan before deciding she wanted to go into journalism. Alex attended UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism where she learned the craft of radio. She went on to work at NPR in Washington, DC as a producer and director. Then she came back to California where she worked at NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco.

Alex then decided to have a turn in front of the mic - so she moved back to Southern California to be KQED's LA Bureau Chief. She was stationed in the downtown offices of the public radio show Marketplace where she was approached to guest host on a new show called Weekend America. She fell in love with the host seat and went on to co-host NPR's Day to Day, All Things Considered on LA's leading public radio station KPCC and KPCC's most highly-rated local program Take Two. In two weeks, she takes the helm as KPCC's Morning Edition host.

Miller in "Excellent Spirits" 
(January 31, 2017) Bob Miller is to the LA Kings hockey what Chick Hearn was to the LA Lakers and Vin Scully was to the Dodgers. So when Ted Sobel posted yesterday  that he had spoken with Bob and reported that he was in "excellent spirits," we all let out a collective sigh of relief.

The LA Times story will get you up to date with Bob suffering a mild stroke over the weekend. Sobel said that Bob was still undergoing tests. "So far so good with everything and he's the same ol Bob that we all know as we had some great laughs," said Ted. "Bob says thanks to everyone for their well wishes."

Two Amigos!
(January 30, 21017) KABC morning man Doug McIntyre hosted comedy icon Steve Martin for four nights earlier this month, as part of the Distinguished Speakers Series. Doug and Steve performed  to sold out audiences at the Saban Theater in Beverly Hills, the Redondo Beach Center for the Performing Art in Redondo Beach, the Thousand Oaks Civic Art Plaza in Thousand Oaks, and the Ambassador Auditorium in Pasadena.

McIntyre has previously hosted Monty Python/Faulty Towers star, John Cleese, Betty White, Ron Howard and Robert Redford among others.

Email Saturday, 1.28
** Elder in Great Form
"Damn! Bob Koontz just told me. I only did ONE show with Bob Elder on KEZY. They hired me for morning drive, changed the format that day, and I was gone. Shortest stint on a station possible.

I liked the guy and was around when he hit bottom. I saw him next to a dumpster and my friend and I gave him money. I am sure he just drank it up. It was tough to see but I ran into him years later and he seemed to be back in great form.

Thanks for posting the info, take care." - Mike (Raphone) Ritto


** Go Gargle With Razor Blades
"Your photo today of Joe Pyne hosting a weekday game show on NBC-TV in 1966 called Showdown got me thinking. My late-wife's oldest cousin Judy is probably one of the few people in Southern California who actually remember this short-lived game show, because she was picked to be a contestant on that program. I learned all of this from some phone conversations I had with her last summer. At the time, Judy Glidewell [now Mrs. Judy Neilson of Huntington Beach] was 19 and worked at The Birdcage Theater inside Knott's Berry Farm in Buena Park. She usually played the calliope before the daily melodrama shows. Judy was a talented piano player and was part of a dance band, the Montebello Silvertones. Their band won the Battle of the Bands at the Hollywood Bowl in 1963 in the 'Dance Band' category. Later, she played piano for a University of Redlands classmate of hers who sang beautifully. Her name was Karen Philipp. Judy accompanied Karen on piano in 1966 again at the Battle of the Bands, and Karen won in her division. Karen Philipp later sang with Sergio Mendes and Brasil '66.

While working at The Birdcage Theater in 1966 and '67, a co-worker of Judy's was Steve Martin from Garden Grove, who was two years older than she was. Judy said some of the people she worked with, including Steve, were chosen to get on The Dating Game on ABC, hosted by Jim Lange. But, Judy said for some reason, she did not get chosen for that program, even though she came in 3rd place that year in the Miss La Mirada beauty contest.

Among the judges of the contest that evening were singer Chris Montez and KFI radio personality Geoff Edwards. Judy told me that another group of tv talent scouts talked to her one day at Knott's, and chose her to compete on a new game show hosted by Joe Pyne, Showdown. She and her other two team members did not win that day on Showdown but Judy recalls that Joe Pyne was friendly and asked her and the other two young women questions about themselves, where they work, etc., and she won a couple of consolation prizes, but I forgot what she told me she won.  

During the  past 15 or 20 years, my mother-in-law, Judy's Aunt June, would often ask my wife Laura, 'What was the name of that game show Judy was on in 1966?' Now we know it was called Showdown, but it lasted only  a few months. It was replaced on NBC by Hollywood Squares, which became a huge hit. Judy went on to play piano professionally around Orange County night spots, including the Marriott Hotel in Anaheim for a decade or so.   She even dated movie composer Jerry Goldsmith for a while in the late-'60s, but that's another story.  So, that's how this long ago game show hosted by Joe Pyne 51 years ago became known in my wife's family for many years." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey


** RockitRadio
"I just discovered that the LARadio site has been reactivated. I guess I shoulda known that you wouldn't totally retire the site. 

I'm still doing 'The Memory Lane Show' on - now in its 18th year on that site. You might also be interested in knowing that is rebroadcasting Billy Vera's old KCRW programs from the late 80's/early 90's. Stay well my friend." - Lane Quigley
** LaLa Memory
"What a kick to see the Rialto Theatre of my 1950s South Pasadena childhood depicted on the screen in today's highly-touted La La Land. I once learned how to be a projectionist there! 

Although closed since 2007, the Rialto lately is garnering much new attention." -  Bill Kingman, Lake Tahoe


** Into the Diamond Mine
"Yes, alive and glad to see you are too. I was looking around and in a strange way, is there any other, our friend Dave Diamond (l) came to mind. I worked with him at KiiS1150AM back in the days when Chuck Blore and Ted Atkins created what we all thought was a really cool radio station. Dave and I were good friends for many years in LA even after I moved to Washington DC and he went to Cincinnati. So sorry to see he passed away in 2014 but what a great guy he was and in a way he reminded me so much of you with your creativity, vision and loyalty. But I’m glad you’re publishing LA radio news.

I was sharing a story of interesting job interviews/crazy job interviews we’ve all been through in radio and I remember working the overnight weekend shift on W4 in Detroit when YOU called and asked that I come by for breakfast to talk about doing the morning show there. That’s all I remember except that I’m sure we lost the connection on the phone as my hand was perspiring so, that sweat was dripping onto the console!

Anyway, you opened a lot of doors for me with that action and life is great. I am still doing radio. I was apd and music director for years in Pittsburgh at WDSY-FM(Y108 CBS) and still employed by CBS, now doing a talk show on KDKA AM. That kinda brings me to Dave. I don’t want to continue the belief that talk radio is owned by conservatives and while yes, we sure do talk politics I also like to share some culture and cool memories from a guy that’s been in major market radio  for 40 some years. And people are liking it. So, checking on Dave and hearing some of the radio greats that you provide and also, obviously the web has provided I find it all inspiring. As far as talk radio goes my gosh, Michael Jackson, Larry King, Dr. David Viscott [remember] and so many others were talkers but they were cool, cultured and entertaining.  

Anyway, I’ve gone off the track here but it’s so good to see your smiling face I the picture on your site and maybe one time we can have breakfast when my hands aren’t sweating so I can say thank you again! I get out to LA a lot since I’m on the board of SAG AFTRA’s broadcast steering committee and I’ve also been working a lot as an actor in films, tv and theatre. [Doing a play now]. You’re a good man Don Barrett, stay in touch, (I use the air name I’ve had since 1971 in Cleveland—Stoney Richards) as will I and I hope to see you down the road or least on the steps of the Diamond Mine!" - Stoney….(Chuck) Richards
** BCing You
"I was at the wonderful service for Bob Coburn in Malibu and learned from Rita Wilde that you were back at it again! Can't tell you how great it is to 'read all about it' once again!  I had just spent the last hour looking over the last 2016 year with LARP to get caught up and then check my email and there you are with this! 

Life feels better once again...except of course the passing of my radio pal Bob...we spent many years at KLOS working weekends where our shifts were 'back to back' and feel so lucky to have had all those studio 'off mic' conversations with him." - Denise Westwood

Hear Ache, 1.27 

(January 27, 2017) Wonder where the “new” Chargers will end up for a radio broadcast home? We hear it might be an iHeart fm station. And is it a coincidence that Big Boy (KRRL/ iHeart) was seen wearing a Chargers jersey at a recent station event? … With the release of the holiday PPM ratings showing KOST #1 and morning lady Ellen K #1 in all demographics, the program director Michael LaCrosse is jettisoned to some unknown position within iHeart while John Peake heads north on I-5 from San Diego to Los Angeles to take over KOST and KBIG (MY/fm). Peake served as regional svp of programming for iHeartMedia's San Diego/Riverside region … NBC Sportscaster Al Michaels, KNBC Weathercaster Fritz Coleman, and KCBS/KCAL investigative reporter David Goldstein will be special honorees at the 67th Annual Golden Mike Awards, presented by the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California … Michael Baisden, urban radio personality, is back in the radio and syndication business. He was on KDAY and V-100 when he did LARadio. No word if Michael will have a Southern California  station in his latest incarnation ...  Howard University’s School of Communications is now named for Cathy Hughes, former owner of KKBT. At a special presentation, Radio One ceo Alfred Liggins, her son and business partner, noted that working with his mother is a “true partnership.” … Has Rich Lieberman given up his 415 Media blog? News about San Francisco entertainment seems to have gone dark and Rich didn’t respond when we reached out … Earlier this month radio pro Al Peterson ended his spoken-word publishing efforts at his NTS MediaOnline Today and NTS MediaOnline Monthly. In a press release, Peterson said, “After serving as the News/Talk/Sports editor for 10 years at the top industry newspaper Radio & Records, to then creating NTS MediaOnline and building it into a reliable hub for news, information and conversation about talk radio for the last decade, it just feels right to start a new chapter in my life – one where I’m not waking before sunrise to a blank page and a daily deadline.”  … As has been customary for the last several years, the network carrying the Super Bowl gets a Super Bowl Sunday interview with the President. This year, with the game being played on FOX, Bill O’Reilly, former KABC Talker, will interview President Trump … A nice note from Don Jennett about Willie B (photo) of Ten-Q fame. “Willie is the morning host and pd of KUBA (AM 1600, FM 98.1), right up here in my back yard [I live in Penn Valley, work in Yuba City],” emailed Don. “Willie sounds great!” … Comedian Jay Mohr, formerly midday host at KLAC, has ended his sports syndication deal with Fox Sports … John Ziegler, ex-KFI Talker, has given up his attempt at doing a syndicated weekend show.

Orange County Personality Bob Elder Dies

ELDER, Bob: KEZY, 1986-90; KORG, 1991-92. Bob hosted a sports Talk show on KORG and was on KDOC/TV's Sports on the Go, which was nationally syndicated on Golf Journal TV. Bob passed away on January 19, 2017. He was in Las Vegas discussing some sports programming with a radio network and had a heart attack while sleeping. He was 68.

After management with the Anaheim Bullfrogs, Orange County Flyers, Yuma Scorpions and Maui Na Koa Ikaika Baseball Club, Bob retired on a ranch east of Eugene, Oregon in 2015.

Bob fought and overcame some personal demons. The LA Times presented a poignant story about his journey. Click Bob's photo for more.

Morning Drive Ratings

(January 26, 2017) The stunning success of KOST playing Christmas music for better than a month has propelled morning star Ellen K to #1 across all demographics. Alt 98-7's (KYSR) Woody Show demonstrates it is no fluke as the ensemble ranks #2 in the 18-34 demographics.

In 12+, Carson Daly at AMP Radio came in at 20th, while Kevin & Bean (KROQ) are 10th. Frosty, Heidi & Frank (KLOS) are 14th, Big Boy (KRRL) is 15th, and Steve Harvey (KJLH) is 21st.
Persons 12+

1. Ellen K (KOST)
2. Valentine (KBIG)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
4. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
Persons 18-34

1. Ellen K (KOST)
2. The Woody Show (KYSR)
3. El Raton (KCEL)
 El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
5.  Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

Persons 25-54

1. Ellen K (KOST)
2. Valentine (KBIG)
3. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)
     Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

27-Year KNX Veteran Exits 

(January 25, 2017) After 27 years reporting from San Diego for KNX, Tom Reopelle is no longer with the CBS all-news outlet. "It's been a great run at a great station," said Reopelle. For more than a quarter century, Tom covered every major regional story, including devastating wildfires, the Trump University lawsuit, plus news from the Marines at Camp Pendelton and the Navy bases throughout the city. He also covered events from the border. For his on-air work, Tom has received awards from the Los Angeles and San Diego Press Clubs, and recognition from the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California.

Born in 1947 in Phoenix, Tom's family moved to the San Diego suburb of National City when he was three-years-old. "During my teen years, I listened to the radio all the time and thought this might be a good way to make a living," Tom recounted. After attending San Diego State University, he went looking for a job at a station.

"My first job was in El Centro as a dj. Over the years, I developed a keener interest in news." Tom relocated to Georgia, working as a tv reporter and anchor, where he "became convinced that covering the news would be a big part of my life." Once Tom returned to San Diego, he worked locally at KOGO, XTRA, KSDO, and KFMB before joining KNX.

Big Present for KOST Kristmas Ratings  

(January 24, 2017) The early playing of Christmas music continues to be a winning formula for KOST. In the Holiday '16 survey released today, KOST doubled the ratings of the next two stations combined. Even though KOST was strong with a 10.7, it was down from last year when the AC station had a 12.3 share. One explanation of the year-to-year drop might have been the fact that the survey covered five weeks instead of four the year before.

Country KKGO took a gamble with early all-Christmas (and not only Country Christmas), which seems to have paid off with a jump from 2.1 to 2.8.

In the top 10, KBIG (MY/fm) and K-EARTH took significant drops. Talk station KFI fell, as did all-News KNX, which came in 15th.
Holiday '16 PPM Persons 6+ Mon-Sun, 6A-12Mid

1. KOST (AC) 6.4 - 10.7
2. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.6 - 4.7
    KTWV (Wave) 4.9 - 4.7
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.4 - 4.6
5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 4.1
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.0 - 3.6
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.7 - 3.2
    KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.2
    KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.1 - 3.2
10. KFI (Talk)  3.8 - 3.1
11. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.0 - 2.9
      KRRL (Urban) 2.6 - 2.9
13. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.8
      KYSR (Alternative) 3.4 - 2.8
15. KNX (News) 3.1 - 2.7
      KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.5 - 2.7
17. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 2.1
      KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 2.1
19. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.2 - 2.0
20. KJLH (Urban AC) 2.0 - 1.9
      KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.2 - 1.9
22. KROQ (Alternative) 1.9 - 1.8
      KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.1 - 1.8
24. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.5
      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.5 - 1.5
      KPCC (News/Talk) 1.6 - 1.5
27. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.4
28. KCRW (Variety) 1.4 - 1.3
29. KUSC (Classical 1.3 - 1.2
30. KSPN (Sports) 1.3 - 1.0
      KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 0.5 - 1.0
      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.3 - 1.0
33. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 0.8
34. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.7
      KLAC (Sports) 0.9 - 0.7
36. KABC (Talk) 0.8 - 0.6
      KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 0.6
      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.6

La La Land in the Land of LARP

(January 24, 2017) This morning, La La Land officially became the love story of movie magic by receiving more Oscar nominations than any other film in 2016. Everyone loves a love story and LARadio is no exception. Earlier this month, two LARPs, Ronnie Loaiza (you heard her on KFI news reports) and Rob Archer (you hear him on KNX news reports), got married.

They met in 2008 in the KFI newsroom. “I knew who he was by the sound of his voice because I used to listen to him when I lived in San Diego and worked at KOGO,” remembered Ronnie. “I asked him a question and I don't remember if he answered it but ... he did talk, and talk, and talk. I asked him a few more questions about what he was talking about. I followed him to an edit bay and back out to the newsroom listening to him and thought well he doesn't even know me – he sure does talk a lot.”

Careers shifted over the years. And their personal lives were right to become friends in 2012. “He asked me if I have a wanted to go see a movie or matinee. I thought ‘I love matinees!’"

Friends became lovers and the two got married with the romantic backdrop of the Griffith Park Observatory. Like the stars of La La Land, may Ronnie and Rob dance their way into eternity.

Final Tribute to Iconic LARP - Bob Coburn 

(January 23, 21017) Last Saturday, friends, family and colleagues paid their last respects to veteran Rock personality -Bob Coburn. Former KLOS pd and current 100.3/The Sound personality Rita Wilde shared some thoughts:

"He was a rock star to me. He was so eloquent on the radio, perfectly blending music with succinct quotes or quips. He was a fantastic interviewer; he knew perfectly how to ask a question and follow it up. A perfect storyteller, never going too long and always ending with a poignant fact or a laugh. He was a musical historian who taught me about the genealogy of rock and roll and how much of it was borrowed from the blues. He knew politics and sports and was completely comfortable interviewing anyone from Paul McCartney to Bill Clinton to a listener; making sure each was challenged yet comfortable. He was a mentor to me. He believed in me more than I believed in myself. I observed and listened and knew there wasn't a better role model for what I wanted to do. I love you BC. Always have and always will."

Floral arrangements were sent from George Thorogood, Metallica, KISS (Gene Simmons and Paul Stanley), Def Leppard, Sammy Hagar, STYX, Pat Benatar and Neil Geraldo.

Thanks to Rita for the photos and coverage of the event.

Various representatives from record labels (national rock promotion people including Electra Records, Columbia Records, Virgin Records) attend. "It was a wonderful service attended by friends from all walks of life. Many former KLOS switchboarders were there, a true testament to the impact that Bob had on everyone," said Rita. 

Friends of Bob Coburn

(Gary Moore, John Menchaca, Tony Scott, Laurie Nickoloff, CW West, Frazer Smith, John Menchaca, Mark Sobel, Rita Wilde, and Tom Morell) 


(Gregg Journigan, Gary Moore, Keith Cunningham, Pam Edwards, Paul Rappaport, Steve Downes, Stew Herrera, Rita Wilde, Denise Westwood and Frazer Smith
Coburn family: Dallas, Lynette, Jesika and Juliette; Steve Downes and Michael Benner)

LARP Connection to the Next Train to London

(January 22, 2017) Last weekend, Lou Simon featured early Rock songs with announcers on his Sunday night SiriusXM show. Don Elliot wasn't mentioned for his airport voice on the 1967 one-hit wonder, Next Plane to London. When it was recorded Don was pd at KBLA (Don went on to an illustrious career at KIIS, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972; KEZY, 1973; KIQQ, 1974; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-86; KFI/KOST, 1994-2002). How did Don get that gig with the group, The Rose Garden?

"I was with Diana DeRose [band named after, obviously] The Rose Garden, with Charlie Underwood, engineer/owner of Nashville West next-door to KHJ when I was visiting Sam Riddle one day," emailed Elliot. "I was working with Charlie Green and Brian Stone due to a relationship with Sonny and Cher, which is a totally awesome other story as well. They had written these lines for Sam and for some reason Sam did not want to do it. When it came time to drop in the airport announcer bit, Charlie Green was producing, he wanted me to do it. For some reason, they thought they were going to be out of luck because the studio reverb chamber had gone up in smoke. I suggested rolling the boom with the Telefunken microphone on it into the very echoey sounding men's room down the hall and I would stand enough of a distance from it to generate the reverb you hear on the record. Simplest is best, and this was real true acoustic 'reverb.' It was a blast to do and now you have… 'The rest of the story.'" (Click the artwork)

Why Digital Hasn’t Killed The Radio Star

by Alison Weissbrot


Print is dying. TV is changing. But in the face of digital competition, advertising spend on good old AM/FM radio remains strong.

As the no. 1 reach medium in the US, radio reaches 93% of the population, according to Nielsen. Adults average 16 minutes with Pandora and 7 minutes with Spotify daily, compared with 2 hours on broadcast radio, according to Edison Research’s Share of Ear, a quarterly study of consumer audio habits.

For advertisers, radio is a $17 billion market that reaches consumers en masse, on the go, with local and timely offers. Given that 86% of Americans drive to work and broadcast radio accounts for 70% of in-car listenership, radio still holds the deepest penetration of the audio market, Edison reported. Digital audio streaming, by contrast, is a $1 billion market, with more than half of listening done at home.

“Of all of the listening that’s done in the car, radio really owns that space,” said Diana Anderson, SVP of network audio activation at Carat. “We spend about 85% on terrestrial AM/FM radio and 15% at the high end on digital audio.”

Advertisers also continue to see a high return on investment with radio, Anderson said, at an average of 6 to 1.

Despite radio’s success story, digital is still transforming the broadcast experience, as radio dabbles in programmatic buying and 360-degree digital marketing strategies to stay relevant.

Programmatic Push

Radio buying is becoming more targeted and efficient.

Last year, programmatic radio platform Jelli hooked up with broadcast giant iHeartMedia to create a programmatic private marketplace (PMP) for its 858 network stations. Advertisers can buy iHeartMedia’s broadcast inventory – and its quarter of a billion listeners – through Jelli’s demand-side platform.

iHeartMedia targets users with “Smart Audio Audiences,” which are segments fueled by data from its digital assets, including a streaming app, an artist-focused radio station and an on-demand streaming service.

“We’ve built out a platform to deal with the fact that people are buying audiences,” said Brian Kaminsky, president of programmatic and data operations at iHeartMedia. “We took digital assets and said, ‘This is a great proxy for our broadcast listeners, a great panel we can use to understand radio in a more sophisticated way.’”

Better targeting could shift more money to broadcast radio, which has remained relatively flat over the past few years, said Mike Doherty, CEO of Jelli. More than half of spend through Jelli last year came from budgets that shifted from other mediums, including digital.

Carat’s Anderson isn’t so sure. While programmatic radio is exciting, it doesn’t yet have enough scale to significantly increase spend, she said; iHeartMedia and Jelli are the only platforms with programmatic capabilities. Mainstream DSPs, such as The Trade Desk and AppNexus, have programmatic audio buying capabilities for digital, but not broadcast.

Programmatic also lacks the ability to buy on local stations, often most popular with listeners.

“As far as data, there’s not enough scale right now to do very data-driven buys,” Anderson said. “We’re hoping there will be a lot more scale on a local level by the end of Q2.”

Programmatic can’t scale until more broadcast networks open their inventory to exchanges. But networks like mid-size broadcast company Entercom fear programmatic will compromise the local listening experience.

“The hard part is aggregating very specific station data and making assumptions nationally,” said Ruth Gaviria, CMO at Entercom. “We don’t want to be in a situation where a consumer is served the same ad five times.”

Digital Support

Programmatic is still taking off, but most broadcasters have by now begun using digital platforms as extensions of the radio experience.

Entercom, for example, created websites for each of its 120 broadcast stations, where users can engage with DJs and talk show hosts through video and social feeds to drive deeper connections with programming. Entercom also launched digital streams of content broadcasted on each of its radio stations. For Kansas City’s The Buzz 95.6 FM, the added streaming component doubled station listenership.

“The listener desires to continue to listen in a traditional manner, have a personal connection with that on-air personality, listen to curated and local experiences in real time and get a mobile, digital experience that complements it,” Gaviria said.

Westwood One, owned by broadcast radio giant Cumulus Media, sees radio budgets diversifying to support these digital executions, said its chief insights officer, Pierre Bouvard.

“The digital piece is growing pretty dramatically,” he said. “Growth isn’t as much as it used to be on AM/FM [radio], as advertisers spend more on the digital stuff that AM/FM has to sell.”

For iHeartMedia, digital data informs more targeted broadcast media plans, Kaminsky said.

“We’ve used data to create a set of insights into how our broadcast users behave, which you can only get from a digital platform,” he said. “We take our digital information on registered users and device IDs, match that up to their social profiles, layer third-party data sets and model that back onto the stations that drove people to the digital platforms in the first place.”

The Auto Wrench

Broadcast radio has remained strong, largely thanks to in-car listenership. Although cars are becoming smarter and more connected, Jelli’s Doherty doesn’t see that as a threat – at least not yet.

“We just haven’t made it easy enough yet for your average consumer to use streaming in a way that they need to use radio,” he said, referring to issues like Wi-Fi spottiness in the car. “But that will happen.”

Streaming audio owns 12% of overall time spent listening to audio, according to Edison. And in-car streaming will inevitably grow, but it currently lacks radio’s local component that keeps listeners tuning in for their favorite shows, Bouvard said.

“A local radio station gives you traffic, sports, weather, great music, funny DJs and talks about your town,” he said. “Spotify has these robotic music playlists, which are awesome, but there’s no one telling you what happened at the Giants game last night."

Email Friday, 1.20

  ** KABC Observations

"It's good to see that continues in whatever frequency of posting that can be managed. Happy New Year to you and family. Just this note to let you know Christina Kelley is on as news person recently on Doug McIntyre in the Morning.  So good to hear her voice, sounding as fresh and bright as ever. I guess Rob Marinko either had a day off or KABC still not sure of who is going to replace Terri-Rae Elmer. Her release was a surprise to me as I liked hearing her voice, delivery and views, although I see Facebook postings from those who did not like here there.

I like KABC since they take callers input very freely, while KFI makes call-in a rarity and the hosts, especially John & Ken go off on misinterpreted positions, a good thing I guess for them.

Keeping this short, just want to say with all the development in L.A., sad to see the KABC/KLOS station property sold off, to be replaced by another of the big construction projects. Peter Tilden said that sometimes is seemed like it took up to 20 minutes to get out of the driveway onto La Cienega. Can't imagine what development will do to improve anything. I suppose Cumulus is in definite need to tighten purse strings as KABC joins with other stations taking roost in regular office buildings. That old site was truly impressive and the station i.d. unmistakable, just too bad ratings spiraled down. Always miss that touch that the Michael Jackson Show delivered; lots of class and respectability there. That's enough." - Robert Guevara, Eagle Rock  

** Loved Oda's Look Back at 2016 Radio

"Thanks so much to Alan Oda for his GREAT 2016 recap of LARadio! Soooo much happened on soooo many levels last year it was a pleasure  to have him cover it.

Great to still have publishing with Alan and the one-and-only Don Barrett  providing updates and backgrounders." - Alan F. Ross
** Cuba Trip

"Congratulations Don, once again you have saved for us fans, thank you.

Hope you will share with us your experiences in Cuba, that certainly is the trip of a lifetime especially when you think how few Americans have visited there over the last 50 years." - Michael Wick

Hear Ache

(January 19, 2017) KPCC's Rita Pardue celebrates a decade with the news/talk station. "Wow! 10 years flew by! LOVE being a voice actor! With much gratitude and joy!" said Rita. "Jeremiah 29:11 - It was a good plan and still is. Thank you, Lord, for the blessings and guidance in my life. More adventures on the way." ... Diehard Dallas Cowboys fan, JoJo Wright, didn't slit his wrists last weekend with the tough loss. The KIIS nighttimer is optimistic about the new quarterback to usher in a new dynasty ... For those of you complaining about the lack of local radio news and gossip, Richard Wagoner and Mike Stark have teamed up weekly to dispense the latest news and gossip. New podcast appears this morning. They'll be talking about, Rams ratings, Ken Levine's new podcast premiere and new HD radio hardware. Listen at: ... Ron Stone, president/ceo of the  Adams Radio Group says what many have told me: “We ended the year of 2016 flat, which seems like the new norm" ... Wonder how the complaint filed by Art Bell and his wife Airyn Ruiz Bell against Michael Savage for defamation, defamation per se, false light invasion of privacy, intentional infliction of emotional distress, and negligent infliction of emotional distress is coming along? ... Mike Halloran, former KROQer in the 80s has exited 91X-San Diego. He returned to 91X five years ago and was upped to pd two years ago ... Speaking of exiting, Rick Thomas (KRTH/KTWV, 2013-14), departs AMP Radio-New York ... KLAC has dropped Leeann Tweeden. She was hired to work middays with Bill Reiter in 2014 ... Hudson Hott has joined KYSR (Alt 98-7) for part-time/swing. She is voicetracking Sunday afternoons from her home base at KUCD (Star 101.9)-Honolulu ... San Diego Chargers move to Los Angeles has already caused much consternation. Jim Rome reports that 25 local moving companies have refused to move the belongings of the team. At Magic 92.5, Jagger & Kristi are putting local tattoo parlor owners with former Charger fans to modify or cover up their Chargers tattoos ... What did you do New Year's Eve? Bunch of LARP joined Joey Reynolds at KABC for a fun broadcast that you can watch at:

Cos He Could 

(January 18, 2017) Attorney Gloria Allred and former KABC talk show host from 1993 to 2002, was part of a recent Vanity Fair story on Bill Cosby's legal woes over charges of drugging and sexually assaulting women in the past.

Over the years we've gotten to know Gloria. The nationally known attorney and active feminist was born in Philadelphia, earning her B.A. with honors in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her M.A. from New York University and her JD cum laude from Loyola University School of Law in Los Angeles. Gloria has won countless honors from numerous organizations for her civil rights work on behalf of women and minorities and is well-known for her pioneering legal work in the area of women's rights. She was a regular commentator on KABC/Channel 7 Eyewitness News. She received three Emmy nominations for her television broadcasts. Gloria has a daughter, Lisa Bloom, who is also an attorney and a permanent legal analyst with NBC and appears frequently on the Today Show. Lisa has also hosted a weekend talk show at KABC. But there was something about Gloria that was new news to me.

In the story by Mark Seal, he revealed that one by one women had been relating encounters with Cosby:

"In the midst of this outpouring came Gloria Allred, who, in her mid-20s, had been raped by a Mexican doctor at gunpoint in Mexico. The Cosby case was the one she had been working for her entire career: a famous serial sexual offender with what she calls an 'unprecedented' number of victims."

Hear Ache

(January 17, 2017) Ben Shapiro is leaving the morning show at KRLA. This makes an opening at the conservative talker ... Speaking of conservative talkers, Laura Ingraham (KPLS, 2002-03; KRLA, 2003-08; KGIL, 2008-09; KFWB, 2009-12) is eyeing a Senate run in Virginia and a challenge to Hillary Clinton's running mate, Senator Tim Kaine, according to a number of sources. Her backers have begun buying website domains for Ingraham to use should she decide to move forward. It includes:,, and ... Apparently ESPN is moving ahead with plans to move Mike Greenberg from the ESPN Radio morning show he’s co-hosted with Mike Golic (KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2000-01; KMPC, 2001-03) since 1998 and place him at the helm of the new morning show on cable TV’s ESPN ... Ken Levine has started a weekly podcast, which he says will be an irreverent look at show business and life.  "I’m calling it HOLLYWOOD & LEVINE and here’s the link they can go to:" If it is as much fun as his blog, it will be a hoot ... iHeart coming up with huge retention bonuses for top execs.

Frosty, Heidi & Frank Add Nights 

(January 16, 2017) KLOS has struggled to find the right combination for the morning show starting with Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer a few years ago, while Frosty Stilwell dipped his toe into Talk radio in San Francisco. Last year, the Classic Rock station reunited the successful threesome by adding Frosty in order to capture some magic from the Triplets very successful run following Howard Stern at KLSX (now AMP/Radio) for over a decade.

KLOS has now developed "The Frosty, Heidi & Frank Night Shift," according to a story at The "new" show will air Monday through Thursday from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m., which might give some momentum to the next morning's live show. The new show will feature a mix of “best of” material from earlier in the morning as well as new content never before heard from the show.




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