Top 20 AOR Stations of All-Time
|(September 14, 2017) Over the past few weeks, readers of trade publication Radio Ink voted for the top 20 AOR stations of all time. In addition to the people poll, two AOR experts voted. Both John Sebastian and Lee Abrams have ranked their lists.|
|How John Sebastian picked them: “My decisions
and analysis for this list was predicated on several considerations:
Legacy…how the station influenced other Rock radio stations around the
country and really the world. Longevity…Consistency in a rock format.
How the station was a factor in furthering social justice…this varied
market to market but it speaks to how serious the stations were about
truly being sensitive to the day to day needs of their listeners and
advertisers…the way they covered news, the public service they provided,
the concerts they influenced to play in their market. Ratings dominance
and consistency, over time and also stations that broke ratings records
that in some cases still stand today.” John Sebastian’s Top 20 Rock
Stations of All Time:
#1) KMET-Los Angeles
#5) KSHE-St. Louis
#10) WNEW-New York
#12) KLOS-Los Angeles
#16) KSAN-San Francisco
|How Lee Abrams ranked his Top 20:
#4) KMET-Los Angeles
#10) KSHE-St. Louis
#13) WNEW/fm-New York
#14) WSHE-South Florida
#16) KYYS-Kansas City
#18) KLOS-Los Angeles
#20) KGB-San Diego
|And here’s how
Radio Ink readers voted in online poll:
#2) KLOS-Los Angeles
#4) KSHE-St. Louis
#7) KMET-Los Angeles
#8) WNEW-New York
#10) WRAT-New Jersey
#13) WKLC-Charleston, WV
#15) KNAC-Los Angeles
#18) KQRC-Kansas City
#20) WGRF Buffalo
Former KIQQ and Westood One DJ Dies
(September 13, 2017) Don Bishop, former jock at KIQQ
(mid-70s), KMGX and Westwood One, died September 10, 2017, in American
Fork, Utah, according to his longtime friend, Gary Cheney. He was
69. Funeral services are set for this Friday in American Fork.
Before broadcasting at “K-100,” Don worked in Utah, Washington and Chicago. Don also worked at the Bright AC format at Westwood One for many years.
There were immediate memories of Don from his colleagues.
James Baker: So shocked! Don was super kind to me when I came to WW1 and Bright AC. I filled in for him from time to time before I moved into nights. I am so grateful to have known him. Rest in Peace Don!
Andy Waits: What a shock!
Bob Blackburn: Don was a nice soft spoken guy, I really liked working with him both in Hollywood & Valencia, this is sad news
Jim Duncan: Always loved talking with Don. He was a special person. It was a honor to know him.
Chuck Clifford: I worked with Don at Westwood One in Valencia for many years... A gentle man with a heart of gold.... I am saddened by the news of his passing.... Prayers to his family and friends.
Dr. Demento Loses His Wife of 34 Years
(September 13, 2017) "Sad times in the Land of Dementia – Sue Hansen, my wife, love and
helpmate for 34 years, died on Sunday, September 10, after a
month-long illness. She was just 65.
Sue saved my life and my sanity at a time when I was sorely tempted by the fast times of the L.A. radio and record business in the 1980s. We never had children [our mutual decision, for several reasons] but richly enjoyed each other's company, and I learned a whole lot about life and love from her.
Sue was born and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and moved to Los Angeles a year after high school. She and I were introduced by my L. A. neighbors in the 1970s, Fred and Delores Schaefer. Sue and Fred worked together in the Los Angeles yard office of the Union Pacific Railroad, and we first laid eyes on each other when Fred offered to give me a tour of the yard office. [As you may know I'm something of a rail fan, so I was eager for that]. After a couple of get-togethers at the Schaefers' house Sue and I began dating in 1979. We were married in Fern Grotto, Kauai, Hawaii in 1983, and our reception in early 1984 drew hundreds of people to the Variety Arts Club in L.A., where the great Johnny Otis and his band capped the celebration with their fabulous r&b sounds.
By that time Sue had been promoted to training officer for the railroad, but soon after our wedding the training operation was moved to the Midwest. Since I couldn't leave L.A. at that time due to the show, Sue opted to leave the railroad and stay with me in L.A. For several years she worked for a business that imported quartz crystals and carvings from Brazil, distributing them to local metaphysical bookstores and head shops. She then volunteered to take over the Demento Society, the show's fan club and merchandising operation. She ran that very successfully through the 1990s and into the new century. If you got one of our membership kits in those years, Sue probably packed and shipped it.
Sue began having health problems in 2009, when she had an attack of food poisoning that lingered for a very long time. One day in 2011, when I was out of town, she tried to lift a large box of papers, and suffered a hernia which led to serious consequences requiring emergency surgery. She had barely recovered from that when she began having the back and knee problems which plagued her from then on. She had to sleep in a recliner, making it difficult for us to travel together.
We continued to enjoy a happy life at home, though, until she became ill early last month. On August 15 she was admitted to the hospital. Despite their efforts including emergency surgery and dialysis, her condition continued to get worse. I was totally unprepared for how fast she was taken from me. The Dr. Demento Show will go on [and you will continue to hear Sue's voice saying "The Doctor is In!" at the start of each show] but this will be a very hard one to get over." -Dr. Demento (Barret Hansen) from his Facebook post
(September 12, 2017) Bill Gardner is one of my favorite LARP. Bill
hosted the quintessential doo-wop music show on Friday nights at KPCC
until a format change dropping all music programming in the spring of
2000. By day he is a supervisor of social workers who aid victims of
child abuse in Los Angeles County.
His weekly show, Rhapsody in Black, moved to KPFK in May 2000 and he hosted a weekend show on KKJZ playing jazz, blues and classic r&b until the spring of 2007 when there was a management change.
He shared a story when he was at LACC.
In 1958 I was a movie extra in Damn Yankees. I was playing ball for Los Angeles City College in 1958. The filming of Damn Yankees was about to begin. My coach knew movie people and told me to go and try out for the film at a local playground. I was chosen as an extra, really because the Washington Senators first baseman was black and left-handed and played first base ... like me..
We filmed the first day at Warner's Brothers. I got to see the filming of a Maverick episode featuring James Garner. For the next four days we were on location at Wrigley Field in Los Angeles. My main scene is when Tab Hunter is trying out for the Senators. The camera is directly behind me as a ball is hit to Tab Hunter at shortstop and an extra throws the ball to me at first base. I was also in several other walk by scenes. I got to meet Tab Hunter who was a very nice person. He invited me and others to his ranch to ride horses, but I and other ballplayer extras declined. lol. I made $800 for this, which was a lot of money back then. I could have joined the screen actors guild but I chose to buy a used Ford to drive to school.
|(September 11, 2017) Chris Madsen is celebrating his 24th Anniversary since he joined the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim franchise. Chris wrote on his Facebook page: “Looking back, it was something right out of a Hollywood script…considering I had no inside contact at the Walt Disney Company, no agent, and yet I got the call over hundreds of other applicants for the tv play-by-play post–WITH ONLY ONE NHL GAME on my resume! As my dad taught me: 'Happy are those who dream dreams, and are willing to pay the price to make them come true.'" … Bob Madigan did news on KNX/fm in the late seventies. In 1993, Bob joined WTOP-Washington, DC and stayed until his retirement in 2014. He now lives in Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine … Rhonda Kramer is celebrating 3 years of dispending traffic info at KABC … … LARadio reader Andrew Schermerhorn wonders if there is a rift between KABC’s Doug McIntyre and Peter Tilden. “Every morning Doug waits until the last 10 seconds of his show to do crosstalk with Peter. As Peter begins to respond to Doug’s, ‘Peter! What do you have coming on your show today?’ Doug cuts him off with his signature signoff, ‘Down the dinosaur I go!” Doug responded: “It's a bit, but if gets us a single listener, you can tell LARP we hate each other.” … During the La Tuna fire last week, Rick Dees tweeted: “Hollywood air is loaded with ashes and smoke and breathing is not good. I fact, I just inhaled and chipped a tooth.” … Roger Carroll emailed to say that during his 22 years with 710/KMPC, “We had the Angels, UCLA football and basketball and Rams.” … What the heck is happening with LARadio? During the 2017 NAB Marconi Radio Award presentation, not one LA station received an award.|
8 Years Ago Today
Our Missed Brooks
“Turned out it wasn’t much on air work because the men were doing the imaging. It was an automated station with the old Schafer Reel-to-Reel playback machines that were programmed by numbers. I was allowed to do the news once an hour. This was 1976 and I felt like the token female.”
Barbara originally moved to Texas in 1970 when her father accepted a job with an independent production company in Dallas. He was a film editor and director in Hollywood in the 50s and 60s where he did 60 travelogues for Jack Douglas and a tv series called I Search for Adventure. “Competition from film school graduates forced my dad to look elsewhere and he found work in Dallas and we moved there when I was 12. You could buy a house for next to nothing and there wasn’t the same kind of competition for jobs,” said Barbara.
When Barbara was working in Lubbock, her father had a massive hemorrhage on his spinal cord and he was paralyzed from the chest down. “I moved to Dallas to help take care of him. Shortly after moving to Dallas I needed a job and saw an ad in the newspaper: ‘Traffic Reporter Wanted.’”
While working for Metro she was offered a position with a tv production company in Baltimore as a coordinator. “The job was not what I expected. I didn’t meet anybody and saw the same four people every day. I think they had more expectation of what I knew about video. I was basically a radio/newspaper girl.”
She ended up at Metro in Washington DC and after some broken promises from management; Barbara left and returned to Dallas to work at all-News KRLD. After her father died, Barbara’s mother wanted to go back to Southern California. They did – her mother didn’t stay in the Southland, but Barbara decided to stay.
In 1985 Barbara joined LA Network, a traffic company owned and run by Rhonda Kramer (now KFWB drive time traffic) and her then-husband Kenny Green. She stayed at LA Network for a couple of years before returning to Metro Traffic for the third time, where she was also director of operations for a time. In 1993 she moved over to the competing traffic service, AirWatch, and dispensed traffic and news for 14 years, primarily for KFI and KBIG. For several years Barbara flew with Mike Nolan.
With a career as a traffic
reporter, Barbara reflected on her first introduction to traffic
reporting, ironically at a young age. "At a costume party my parents met
Capt. Max Schumacher and his wife," remembered Barbara about the
traffic reporting pilot from the 50s and 60s who worked for Gene
Autry's 710/KMPC. "At the end of the evening, Capt. Max invited my
dad to fly with him the next afternoon. He was finishing up a film, ran
into some problems and had to cancel so Capt. Max said to come to the
airport the following day and to bring his wife. My mother was very
excited and told several friends she would be going. The following
afternoon, my father had a premonition that he shouldn't go so he called
and said he was still busy with work and canceled. Capt. Max was glad
because he had a couple at the airport that was there on the wrong day
so he said he would take them up that day and my parents the following
day. That was the day he had a mid-air collision over Dodger stadium
with a police helicopter. Evening news reports said there was an
unidentified couple on-board, thankfully it wasn't my parents."
Barbara lives in a historic home in the Inland Empire (she was quick to point out that it was in the 951 and not the 909 area code) that was built in 1924. “I really like it. When I bought it five years ago I was able to get it for what I was paying in rent.”
Today, Barbara combines all of her skills as a reporter, video host and writer for a Web site called Fire Department Network News. She is up for taking on a new news and/or traffic reporting assignment. You can reach Barbara at: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Power to 88.5/fm
“With KCSN merger with KSBR, it now gives KCSN approximately the same coverage area they had when they were 3000 watts. Who says you can't ‘go home.’" – Kevin Stern
** Ex-GM at KCSN Remembers
“My thoughts on the "new" 88.5/fm.
I was the first full time staff general manager of KEDC/KCSN in 1971-73. That was also the very early days of NPR of which we were a member.
I find it really sad to see both KCSN and KSBR are no longer primarily student operated providing young people with a starting place in broadcasting
In fact, I don't get why the colleges are even holding these non-commercial licenses which are now run primarily by former commercial music radio people.
In the late '60s and early '70s, the staff of KEDC/KCSN was well more than 100 students performing virtually every function: writing, performing, production, engineering, continuity, music programming, news, public affairs, publicity, etc. It was a great place to start for many of us.
And BTW, the new KCSN call sign was my idea [in January '73] to coincide with the university name change from San Fernando Valley State College to CSUN.” – Doug Brown
** Can You Hear Me Now?
“Listening to the La Tuna Canyon fire press conferences, I am rather puzzled that, in 2017, journalists at press conferences STILL do not deploy a crowd mic to pick up the questions that the reporters are asking. The questions can barely be heard and often are not heard at all. We only hear the spokesperson answering the question and are left to deduce what the question was.
Steve Kindred, Chris Little, Steve Gregory, Andy Ludlum, et al … can you explain why this basic logistic to serve the listener is omitted and ignored?” – Andrew Schermerhorn
** Tribute to Josefa Salinas’ Father
“I am here for a brief moment to share the most heartbreaking news with you. My father has died.
He was the most incredible man I have ever met. Many of you had the joy of meeting Senor Salinas. I took my father everywhere with me and I can tell you he was at home in ALL situations. He made everyone feel welcome. He was the most well-read man I have ever met. He taught me about morals, ethics, philosophy, art, writing, negotiation, parenting and more.
He said something to me this week that echoed a previous conversation. He said: ‘I have so much respect for you Josefa. The woman you have become. The mother you are. Congratulations sweetheart.’ WOW, for my father to tell ME that he had respect for ME? The highest honor he could ever have presented me.
Believe me I understand that he is in a better place. This however took my breath away. He was my rock. My mentor. My confidant. My advisor. Mi Papá. He taught me that I should expect what I am prepared to give. He taught me that I was a princess deserving of a prince. He was a warrior. He was superhuman. To see the look on his face when they told him he was terminal was heart breaking. He looked at me and said NO. I am NOT going to die.
I held his hand for three days as he lay not speaking. I watched his chest go up and down listening for each breath until it did no more. I held my hand over his heart as it took its last beat. I will never forget preparing his body, washing it with lavender soap, covering it with lavender oil, sage and rosemary and wrapping his body for delivery.
Papa, you are right. You will never die. I will tell your stories for as long as I have breath. My children will tell your stories. I will finish all of your writings and publish all of your books. I will make sure the world knows about the books you have written. You will be with us always.
For today, I am trying to figure out how to breathe. How to walk with no legs. How to see with eyes that cannot focus. To move one foot in front of the other.
Forgive me as I grieve. And if I have business with you, understand that I will not be taking phone calls for now. I must find my way in a dark place of which I have no map.
Thank you all for understanding.” –
** LA Persons in 1976
"Here's a look at quarter hour numbers - mid-1976. Compare New York to Los Angeles and more. The top station in LA was KABC - with about 100,000 per quarter - compared to music station WABC-NY at about 250,000 per quarter hour. WLS-Chicago - 170,000. KHJ about 64,000. Also in the Top 10 - KBIG, KFI, KMPC, KNX and Country KLAC.
An interesting time as fm was quickly catching up to AM in most places. Also - interestingly (FYI) - KHJ's top year was 1972 when it did $5.3 million gross. Same year - WABC did just over $8 million gross.
Here's a link. - Gary West/Man From Yesterday
Two Non-Comms Go Triple A
(September 8, 2017) Two student non-com stations, KCSN
from Cal State Northridge and KSBR from Mission Viejo's Saddleback
College, have joined programming forces to extend the reach of both
stations. “With both stations on 88.5/fm, the combined effort increases
the potential audience of the two stations from 3 million to 11.5
The station will be branded as "The New 88.5," with much of its programming originating from KCSN, currently a Triple A station. Previously, KSBR had been primarily programming Smooth Jazz. The broadcasts will originate from both stations' campus studios as well as from a remote studio at The Village at Westfield Topanga.
“We’ve been saying that one plus one equals eleven,” said KCSN’s general manager/program director, Sky Daniels. He’s been working for the past four years, leading the charge to combine the two non-commercial stations. “We were literally the lowest powered fm station in L.A.,” Daniels told Billboard Magazine.
In addition to Daniels, Jim Rondeau will be ops manager, plus djs Nic Harcourt, Jim Nelson and Daniels along with KSBR’s Garrison West who will now have a regular weekday slot. The station will continue to program NPR’s syndicated World Cafe as well as shows with Julie Slater, Harry Shearer, Les Perry (Saturday with the Beatles), Robert Hilburn, Jed The Fish and Kevin Bronson.
“There’s a reason why we’ve taken the tact we have as a Triple A station,” said Daniels, “it's because this is a format in Los Angeles that has not been served." "The New 88.5" will host a benefit concert with Sheryl Crow at L.A.'s Fonda Theatre on October 23. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Stomp Out, an anti-bullying organization.
Fake News at AMP Radio
(September 7, 2017) There is much interest in the
morning drive slot at AMP Radio. The opening was created when Carson
Daly decided to leave after seven years to devote more time to
his young family and his role at The Today Show. At my Twitter
account (@barrettLARadio) there have been a few Tweets asking if Opie
(Gregg Hughes) was in line to join AMP/LA. Opie was the former co-host
of the Opie and Anthony radio show that aired from 1995 to 2014 with
Anthony Cumia and comedian Jim Norton. When the team broke up, Hughes
stayed on at SiriusXM until July of this year. When AMP program
director Chris Ebbott was asked about the speculation,
he said, “This is fake news, first I’ve heard of it.” So there.
In other “real news,” Brad Chambers is celebrating 11 years hosting MartiniInTheMorning Internet radio playing songs of “The Great America Songbook.” … Speaking of anniversaries, Ashley Paige, former mornings at KZLA and KKGO, is celebrating her 21st wedding anniversary with hubby Neil … Also celebrating their anniversary, Lisa Bowman, ex-KABC, celebrates 38 years of marriage bliss with husband/director Chuck of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman … Bonnie Marquez is joining KCSN, the Northridge Triple A station, as director of marketing and special events. She had a similar role at KZLA and KOST … Former KIIS and KBIG dj Gary Spears is exiting Chicago Oldies station, WJMK. He’s headed for Florida, hopefully after Hurricane Irma … Mike Dowler, part of Santa Clarita radio for many years, is telling everyone he is now cancer-free for the past seven years.
Morning Has Broken (August '17 PPM)
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Bill Handel (KFI)
3. Pat Prescott (The WAVE)
4. News Team (KNX)
Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
6. Ryan Seacrest; 7. Gary Bryan; 8. Ellen K;
1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Valentine (MY/fm)
Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Mega Morning Show (KXOL)
6. Pat Prescott; 7. Frosty, Heidi, Frank; 12. Carson Daly
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
4. Jack (JACK/fm)
5. Pat Prescott (The WAVE)
The Woody Show (KYSR)
7. Kevin & Bean; 20. Big Boy
KBIG Top of the Charts in August '17 PPM
(September 5, 2017)
Something's got a hold on the top spot in the LARadio ratings and it is
BIG, in fact, MY/fm KBIG. The Hot AC station is a half point higher than
the runner-up KTWV (The WAVE). Not much jumping around in the August '17
PPM ratings, Mon-Sun, 6a-12M:
1. KBIG (Hot AC) 6.1- 6.4
2. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 5.3 - 5.9
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 4.8
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.7 - 4.7
5. KOST (AC) 4.7 - 4.5
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.4 - 4.2
7. KFI (Talk) 3.4 - 3.5
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.4 - 3.4
9. KNX (News) 2.9 - 3.0
10. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.0 -2.9
KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.1 - 2.9
12. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.7
KROQ (Alternative) 2.5 - 2.7
KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.9 - 2.7
15. KRRL (Urban) 2.8 - 2.6
KYSR (Alternative) 2.7 - 2.6
17. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.5 - 2.5
18. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.5- 2.4
KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.4
20. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.2 - 2.2
KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.2
22. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.4 - 1.9
23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.7
24. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.6
25. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.4 - 1.5
26. KCRW (Variety) 1.2 - 1.4
27. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.4 - 1.3
KUSC (Classical) 1.4 - 1.3
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC ) 1.2 - 1.2
30. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 1.1
31. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 1.0
KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0
KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.1 - 1.0
34. KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 0.8
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.7 - 0.8
36. KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.6
KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.6
KKJZ (Jazz) 05. - 0.6
39. KFWB ( Regional Mexican) 0.6 - 0.5
KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.5 - 0.5
You Can Book on Nancy Cole
(September 5, 2017) I met Nancy Cole for
the first time when she was the gm at The Sporting News’ KMPC. The
station was located on Ocean Park Blvd in a Santa Monica industrial
park.Not many women were running radio stations at the time, let alone a
Nancy was born in Seattle, later growing up in the orange groves of Scottsdale, Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University in 1973 before working in Phoenix radio and tv as a writer/producer. “I began my radio career as an intern and I was the first woman on the air in Phoenix. From then on I was bitten by the broadcast bug and the rest is history.”
Nancy continued in radio but on the path of sales, from starting as an account executive to her first leadership position as sales manager at KXTA. At KMPC she was responsible for repositioning the station to include a more local focus, adding USC football and men’s basketball, signing the LA Avengers arena football team, and changing the call letters from KCTD to KMPC. In early 2002, her contract was not renewed with the station.
Nancy is now an author. She sent an email to update her profile. “Since
retiring I’ve picked up my pen and started writing The Carol Childs
Mystery series about a young investigative reporter working for a talk
radio station here in Los Angeles,” Nancy wrote. “Something I know a
little bit about. It’s been a fun and successful series to write. Room
For Doubt, book four in the series has been on Amazon’s top 100 in
mysteries and the series over all appears to be a hit.”
Stations Nancy was involved with: KGIL, 1981; KJOI, 1982; KNX, 1983-88; KFWB/KTWV, 1988-95; KABC/KTZN, 1995-97; KXTA, 1997-98; KCTD/KMPC, 2000-02, gm
18 Years Ago Today
Labor Day Weekend Catch-Up
(Labor Day 1999) Whotta week. A three-day weekend could not have come at a better time. If for nothing else, just to catch our breath. A major station swap with 14 AMFM, Inc. stations going to Cox Communications in exchange for KFI and KOST. Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, LaLa and the Baka Boyz debut at The Beat. KLOS hit with second lawsuit over "Black Hoe" promotion. John London and the House Party move from mornings at The Beat to "Mega 100." Whew.
Walt Disney Co. was hit yesterday with a second racial-discrimination lawsuit stemming from its role in a KLOS promotion called "The Black Hoe," according to a front-page LA Times Business section story. KLOS account executive Carla Woodson is the second black employee to allege that she was retaliated against for complaining about the promotion.
John Duncan, former pd at KLOS and recently departed from "Y107," has entered the "Black Hoe" story. The Times reported this morning: "Sources this week said KLOS general manager William Sommers dismissed the stations program director, John Duncan, last year, holding him responsible for the promotion."
The Congress of Racial Equality has sent a letter to the FCC asking the government to revoke KLOS license. On Wednesday morning personalities Mark Thompson and Brian Phelps publicly apologized for the promotion during their morning talk show. "We never intended to hurt anyone," said Mark & Brian, who were on vacation last week when Disneys ABC division issued a written apology, referring to the promotion as inappropriate and unacceptable. "Its not what the show is about. We now know people were offended and hurt by this and we sincerely apologize."
The Times story referred to an incident in the djs career when "an Alabama radio station issued an apology after an African American sportscaster sued them over alleged disparaging racial remarks made on their show."
Art Laboe, Huggie Boy, George Jay and Chuck Cecil appeared last night at a special edition of "Nostalgia" night at the Pioneer Broadcasters monthly gathering. The program prepared by Lina Romay and Frank Bresee encompassed the early years of music radio and the foursome shared the journey on how they got into radio and their love affair with the medium. All four have taken their passion for radio and found a way to survive for decades in this business. Chuck Cecil is a youthful 76 and continues to syndicate his "Swingin Years" to 20 stations including KPCC every Saturday afternoon from noon to four. Huggie Boy is 72 and works evenings at "K-Earth." Art Laboe is 73 and manages Original Sound Records and the successful Oldies but Goodies series (as well as many others), owns four radio stations, broadcasts a daily noon to 3 show on his stations, which is also heard on the Internet. Every Sunday night Art hosts an Oldies show, which is carried on "Mega 100." George Jays radio career specialized in hosting interview shows with the stars of the 1940s and 50s. The 82-year-old took this love for personalities and runs a talent agency; one of his clients won an Emmy this year. Highlights from this special night will be shared over the coming days.
Charlie Van Dyke at KRTH came across the Hallmark card reject list. "My tire was thumping, I thought it was flat. When I looked at the time, I noticed your cat. Sorry." Sluggo returns to KROQ tonight and tomorrow night and then he returns to San Diego for his 911 job New KKBT middayer LaLa will make an appearance at the Southern California Basketball Showdown over the weekend at the Venice Beach Courts. "Im definitely going to slide through there and show my face."
Daniel Johns of Torrance was listening to KGILs Jim Roope during his sports report. "He was talking about how bad the Angels are and said something like, For those who saw the brawl between Cleveland and Anaheim the other night you witnessed just how bad the Angels are. There were faces of Cleveland players four inches in front of them and they were still swingin' and missin.'"
Larry Mayer of KUSC is looking for a necktie with a microphone or other related radio symbol "One of my former bosses has a unique tie with pictures of circuit boards and other engineering stuff on it. I'm at a loss as to where to find it. I've been checking the Internet and I have only found musical instrument ties and music notes, so far." Any thoughts for Larry? "Lord Have Mercy" tee shirts are being given away by Jim Ladd at KLOS.
Rick Dees interviewed actress Heather Graham and one of the stars of Bowfinger on KIIS yesterday morning. "If we had known you were listening at Agoura High School back when you were there, we would have done many more remotes." Rick commented about the relationship between Heather and Ed Byrnes. "It looks like he wants to eat you with a spoon." Heather returned with: "He does. Every night!"
Charlie Tuna put a KLAC listener on the air yesterday morning who had high compliments for Charlie, Fran Tunno and the entire station. And then: "The only thing I dont like about your station is Sunday morning. It would be nice to have music again rather than some guy talking about my intestines and colon." Ah, those infomercials "Shotgun Tom" Kelly continues a quarter century tradition as co-host of the local cut-aways during the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon over the Labor Day weekend. For 25 years he was the co-host in San Diego and this year marks his second with Casey Kasem.
Coming Attractions: Tomorrow, Email Saturday is chock-a-block with your thoughts on the KFI/KOST sale, the LA Times coverage of the radio industry, Groove Radio and others. Even though many of you will have to labor on Monday, I wont. On Wednesday, one of the most amazing promotion/publicity stunts in the history of L.A. radio will be retold. What happened 30 days after the stunt is an equally compelling story. LARadio.com celebrates its two-year anniversary on 9/9/99. I will have a very special State of the Site Message. And of course everything else that evolves and develops on the continuing radio stories and the stories that have yet to be broken. LARadio.com is the only daily dose of radio news for Southern California.
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** Follow the Money
** Its the
I was pleasantly surprised when I moved up to the Bay Area three years ago at the importance the local print media places on its radio reporting. Maybe I should send some examples to the LA Times." - Michael Smith, KCBS/KLLC, San Francisco
PS "I sent a letter to the Times editor around two years ago that actually got printed. A Times editorial writer wrote an article about the Beatles coming to Los Angeles, and credited KHJ with bringing them over! I pointed out to them that it was KRLA who brought the Beatles to Los Angeles." - MS
** Print Versus Radio
Ever since sound first came out of speakers, those claiming to have printer's ink flowing through their veins have viewed those of us in radio as the bastard children of the communication industry. Print journalists have traditionally regarded themselves as the elite, suggesting that anything truly worthwhile will be found only within the pages of a newspaper and certainly not within a radio program or radio newscast.
I am still waiting for a newspaper person to write something about creativity and deadlines. Just like our friends from the newspapers, we must also work and survive within the pressure packed world of deadlines. As a radio journalist, I've worked in formats where I had to meet a deadline two, three or four times each hour. Disc jockeys also have deadlines to meet, as they are required to say something new, entertaining and interesting each time they open their microphones. Quite honestly, this is what makes radio so exciting, challenging and fun. I think I speak for many of my radio peers and colleagues when I suggest that there's a world of difference between those that broadcast on the radio and those that write for a newspaper, and for that reason, validation of radio is slow in coming.
I suggest to you that as radio broadcasters, our deadlines for producing creative, exciting, entertaining and original material comes four-to-six times each and every hour...as opposed to the newspaper world where the deadline for most feature pieces comes once each week. If you told Phil Hendrie, Rick Dees or Charlie Tuna that they had a week to come up with a four minute bit, I'm pretty sure they'd be looking for something to do with the remaining 6-days, 23-hours, and 45-minutes." - Lee Marshall, Malibu
** Calls of the Wild
** Shermans March
He signed an autograph for me years ago, when George Carlin received his star on the Walk of Fame. Gary wrote, To Andrew, Best Krelbs, Gary Owens. Who knows what krelbs are. Milton Berle was also at Carlin's ceremony and Gary, bless him, was kind and gracious enough to introduce me to him. Milton asked me a few questions, making jokes at my expense [which I gladly accepted], cracking everyone up.
Best of luck to Neil Grant. I truly enjoyed his conversational, witty, Hey, how ya doin'? style of doing the news at KABC Talkradio.
To all radio talk show hosts: Please do not say the caller's name while simultaneously pressing the line they are on. When you push the button, the caller hears a second of hiss/static as they're put on the air. If you greet them as you're hitting the line, they won't hear you say their name, they'll hear the hiss. Many times, I've heard dead air as callers waited to be addressed and hosts became impatient because, after all, they'd just greeted the caller and the caller didn't respond. Hosts, now you know why. My suggestion: Hit the line, THEN greet the caller." - Andrew Sherman, Glendale
** In the Groove
The recent overhaul of the station has proven ineffective. Their ratings have not made a significant jump in the last book. There is no way of knowing whether or not putting a dance format on that frequency will bring up the station's ratings since the dance format is an unproven format and will continue to be as long as it is ignored. I think we'd see some surprised radio experts if the format was given the chance to survive. It obviously wasn't given a true chance on 103.1 because of a weak signal [by the way, does Clear Channel ever plan to upgrade the signal?].
I really hate to say it, but I don't think we are going to see a true dance format back on the airwaves anytime soon. Today's corporate radio is just too competitive and playlists are based almost entirely on research. Dance music is a new concept and there just arent enough researched songs out there yet. Another thing is that the radio industry simply doesn't understand true dance music. They think that N-Sync or Backstreet Boys are considered to be dance music artists, but they aren't." - Cody Corbett, Laguna Niguel
** How Great is KFI/KOST?
KOST has better ratings than its competitor KBIG because of the great personalities and music on KOST. On the August 25th broadcast of the "Mark and Kim Most Music Morning Show" on KOST, Mark and Kim were talking about the great staff at KOST 103 and that they haven't had a major personnel change in about ten years.
I hope that KFI/KOST remain with Cox Communications. I wish everyone at KFI/KOST the best of luck during this time of possible change." Roger Rodriquez, KOST/KFI listener in La Puente
** No Tengo Miedo
** From Art Bells World to Hendries World
As a HUGE fan of Phil, I thought this compliment was priceless. Phil's parody of Art just cracks me up, and I think it's great that Art doesn't have a problem with Phil doing that. Real testament to the genius of Phil." - Bruce Bergman, San Diego
** Fan For the
** Radio Singled Out By the
** A New Rocker for LA Radio
** Lack of Times Radio Coverage is $$
We intuitively understand why the
cover the inner workings of the other papers it competes
with. Why are we so quick to fault the
ignoring another medium that it competes so heavily with? I
happen to think it's shortsighted to shun radio because
competitors [e.g., the Sunday Orange County Register]
will exploit this as a weakness, but there is a kind of logic
to it. If I've said it once, I've said it a thousand times:
Money is the only reason." -
Scott Allen Miller,
** Jay Thomas Had Power
"I thought that you had retired from the website. It looks like it's still going on. I assume that you are still running it, but maybe at this time you have someone else in charge.
I went thru my files and found a Hitmakers cover featuring Jay Thomas and the Power 106 staff at the time. I am actually the guy who took this photo. The staff showed up at one of my Hollywood & Vine studios, and it was one of those 'crazy & fun' radio get togethers.
Jay Thomas was the morning man at the time.
Just thought that I would pass this along to you." - Rich Hogan ( Yep still alive and kicking )
** Riding the Surf
Saul Levine who has come up with a format that all my
friends love, Oldies 1260AM [K-SURF). My car has HD Radio so the
Oldies really sound great in stereo. I actually can listen in HD from
North Hollywood to just past Hidden Hills when I drive to Thousand Oaks.
My one problem is their
liners. They are laid over part, usually the beginning, of a song then
the liner and music stop and they go into a song. Why can’t they just
program the computer so when they play a liner, suck as 'the oldies are
new again' etc? They do it over the intro of the song that’s going to
play. Most songs have a music intro. Or just the liner with no music
works too. But to think you’re going to hear a song then it’s over in 10
seconds, kind of gets to you. I know I’m not the only one who thinks
Thanks for the chance to bitch." - Kevin Stern
** Internet Oasis
"I wanted to give you an update on my Internet Radio Station.
Since I launched it in 2009 the station has grown. After settling on a Smooth Jazz format and the name 96.9 The Oasis it’s been doing very well. I have a library of 5,000 Smooth Jazz Songs. I also play 1,200 indie songs from 144 independent artists from all over the world. They all personally contacted me to play their music.
I’m also a reporting station. I report my adds to Groove Jazz Music. My station has it’s own app available on Google Play, BlackBerry World, and The App Store for iTunes. I also have added some season professional voices to the station - Bryan Simmons, Cathi Parrish, and Mike Villani. I host the morning show weekdays from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Pacific. Starting September 22nd I will be having a co-host on Fridays. Canadian Artist Catherine Kiki Love will join me via Skype. She’s an award winning artist who has earned over 40 independent music awards, and is a Grammy Member. It will be a lot of fun! Looking forward to many more fun years!” – Dale Berg, www.969theoasis.com
Houston, We Have Help
(September 1, 2017) The images coming out of the
coverage of the devastating flooding in Houston is mind-boggling. Each
of us has chosen our own way of helping, contributing, praying and
donating to the effort.
One LARP wants to help a radio colleague who has been wiped out, displaced or left homeless as a result of hurricane Harvey. Instead of writing a check to the Red Cross, this individual would rather help another radio person directly. His efforts are commendable but he wants to remain anonymous.
I’ve agreed to act as a middle man if you know of a Texas or Louisiana radio person that needs help because of the disaster, contact me and I will act as a middle man. Write me at: email@example.com
Labor Day Hear Ache
|(September 1, 2017) Eight classic cars from Art Astor’s collection were sold in Pebble Beach at The Russo and Steele auction for $394,000. “The highest paid in his collection was a 1932 Packard for $80,000,” emailed Bob Koontz. "Art would have loved it.” … Dodgers manager Walter Alston a LARP? Steve Thompson remembers when the skipper hosted a short-lived morning show on KHJ in 1960, plus an evening program on then-sister station Channel 9 … Love the Carolina Shag channel on SiriusXM. I’ll be sorry to hear it go after this weekend … Headed to Vina Robles Amphitheatre this weekend for a Saturday in the Park to see Chicago in concert. Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is? … With Meruelo Media (KDAY) purchasing KPWR (Power 106), Jimmy Steal adds programming chores for both stations. Adrian Scott is out … Pete Weber, former Kings announcer, continues as the play-by-play guy for the Nashville Predators NHL hockey broadcast team … Veteran Spanish radio exec Gary Stone has resigned from the board at SBS … Nearly three years after hitting the local airwaves, Simi Valley’s country radio station has expanded its reach into the western end of the San Fernando Valley. Ranch 99.1/fm has been heard not only in Simi, but also in Chatsworth, Northridge, West Hills, Woodland Hills, Tarzana, Van Nuys, Hidden Hills and Canoga Park, reports John “JD” Tayloe, the station’s founder and president … In the next couple of months, AMP Radio is moving studios into the CBS/Radio facilities on the Miracle Mile from the Culver City location.|
Labor Day Countdown
(August 31, 2017) For decades, a Labor Day weekend
custom was hearing K-EARTH count down the number one songs of the past.
With the station going a different musical direction in recent years,
K-EARTH no longer provides the annual countdowns. But no fears.
Vince Daniels has been holding onto his cassettes of the
countdown shows. “The tapes were superior quality for the time in the
late eighties / early nineties,” emailed Vince, former host of his own
show at KCAA. He’s spent the past two years having the cassettes
professionally remastered and cleaned up.
Vince has put together recordings from 1989 and 1990 of “Southern California Number One’s of Rock and Roll,” procured from past Labor Days on K-EARTH. The recordings are largely unscoped in the almost 25-hour presentation. The program begins on August 31, 1990 at the start of countdown with Brian Beirne, who kicked off the show with music from 1955, seven months before the official initiation of the rock-and-roll era. The program continues with the hits presented in chronological order. Other air personalities featured include Jeff Davis (sitting in for Steve Scott), Joe “Baby” Daniels, Lisa Moree, “Bernadette” (Irma Molina, sitting in for Scott Jenkins), George Matthews, and Jay Coffey. The contest that weekend was tickets awarded hourly to see the Beach Boys at the Pacific Amphitheatre.
“The 1970s #1 songs continue with my recording from Saturday, September 2, 1989. The personalities working that day were Steve Scott, Jay Coffey, and Jeff Davis,” Daniels continued. During the 1989 countdown K-EARTH played all of the #1’s through 1979, I was only able to record through the end of 1976. The 1989 Labor Day weekend presentation was the final year of the classic K-EARTH 101 jingle. All the music, air personality patter, jingles and bumpers are still intact, except I cut many of the commercials while doing the original recording. The recording sounds like HD quality, the quality audio of K-EARTH heard later on.” “It’s true a lot of valid arguments can be made for how K-EARTH barely cracked a 4 share in those days, and how much of an industry giant the station became when they tightened up,” said Daniels.
“For now, and particularly fitting for this particular weekend, I thought it might be good to remember a time in radio when air personalities worked hard to get a station to a place where it would eventually be. It’s also a reminder of a time when they kept us company as our friends,” said Daniels. He also is offering to share these recordings. “If anyone is interested in this, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I won’t (and can’t) charge you for this, but if you would mail me a 32 GB USB flash drive, I’ll transfer the files over for you. Hopefully, I’ll hear from some of the aforementioned K-EARTH jocks, or maybe some of you know where they are. I’m sure they’d appreciate this!”
Tough enough to get your Letter to the Editor published once in the LA Times,
but Pat Paraquat Kelley managed to have TWO letters published on the same day
Ellen K Makes List of Inspirer Women in Radio
(August 29, 2017) In
the past decade or so, radio has been perceived as a dying art. Much
like cable TV, no one really wants to sit through unnecessary
advertisements when they have ad free music at their fingertips. Radio
is left to daily commuters, who often flip through channels mindlessly.
Inspirer Magazine recently featured some of the women of radio
and some women of LARP made the list, including Ellen K
(l) , morning lady at KOST.
In other news: Didja hear the Disco music Saturday night on 1260AM (K-SURF)? ... Former KLSX morning man Adam Carolla testified before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee last month, on free speech on college campuses. The Washington Post followed up with a feature story. Click the Post … Condolences to Ken Levine (Beaver Cleaver at KIQQ and KTNQ, et al.) on the passing of his father, Cliff Levine. Cliff was a sales executive for major LA and Chicago radio stations. “’Cliffy’ was one of the really good guys in the business and will be truly missed,” emailed colleague Tom Bernstein … Want to hear fun radio stations from Jay Thomas? Listen here: … ESPN’s Ryen Russillo will return to the sports network following an incident where he was “highly intoxicated” when he entered a Wyoming condo and refused to leave. Russillo was found naked, with just his pants around his ankles and “bloodshot eyes and slurred speech,” Jackson police said after arresting him for criminal entry. ESPN is suspending Russillo for a couple of weeks … In an obit in the LA Times over the weekend; a doctor’s cause of death was “Too Many Birthdays.”
1,000 Apply for Mornings at AMP Radio
(August 28, 2017) In an era of vanishing radio jobs,
the idea that morning drive at a major LA radio station had an opening
was like a vacancy surfacing in beach front rent-controlled property.
Carson Daly would be leaving CBS’ AMP Radio.
Newly-installed pd Chris Ebbott – already part of the
Miracle Mile executives leading K-EARTH to interstellar heights – put
out the call about the available AM drive slot.
Ebbot told AllAccess last week that he had 1,000 applications for the opening, and was still looking. It sounded like a logistical nightmare. Are there still 1,000 radio people left in the business? And how in the world do you process 1,000 applicants? “Yeah, it's crazy,” emailed Ebbott. “We've gotten some really amazing people along with some dreamers who are shooting for the moon.”
Chris and two others are going through it all to see what they’ve got. “Nothing is missing – just want to make sure we hear from everyone who is interested,” wrote Ebbott. He apparently hasn’t found the perfect gem – a communicator who can break through the clutter. It is a tough assignment. It takes a few years for a morning person (team) to gain traction … if they ever do. Think George Lopez, Sinbad, Adam Carolla, and Danny Bonaduce.
If you have the dream of morning radio in LA, Ebbott is keeping it alive for you. Better contact him NOW before you snap your fingers and say, “Gads, I wish I had gone out for that job.”
Jerry Lewis Was a LARP
(August 27, 2017) Jerry Lewis
died last Sunday. He was a lot of things to a lot of different people.
Frenchmen found his movies to be masterpieces. Some found his comedy
slapsticky and funny. For a decade he was unequally paired with singer
Dean Martin. He became a mainstay on Labor Day tv as he served as
national chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association telethons for 44
His spectacular success is fully rounded out in a note from master LARadio historian, Jim Hilliker. He reminds us that Jerry Lewis owned an LA station. "In the early days of LARadio, we discussed Jerry Lewis being a part owner of KVFM 94.3," wrote Hilliker. I found this blog from 2011, that shows a December 15, 1960 newspaper column, in which Jerry Lewis talks about the radio station and his interest in it, doing a show on KVFM, etc. In the story, the writer gives call letters as KJPL for Jerry and Patty Lewis, but either that was a joke, or they decided not to file for those call letters. In the story, the writer also listed the wrong frequency. I figure the radio show on his own station was likely a short-lived hobby, but his movie career took up more time, so he had to give up radio. Just a guess."
You decide for yourself with this story at: Jerry Lewis is On the Air (94.3 is now Que Buena LA Radio)
Email Saturday, 8.26.17
** Ebay Memory
"You might enjoy this from March of 2003, a few years before Darrell Wayne (Wampler) became the next buyer of KTHO-Lake Tahoe." - Bill Kingman (click artwork for story)
** Updating Where Are They Now
"I happened to come across your website. My dad, Flavio Silva Zenteno passed away April 2004. I noticed the info was not updated.
He was a radio personality in L.A. from 1985- 2003. He worked for Radio KALI, KTNQ, KWKW, Telemundo, Channel 22, and some others I can't recall." - G. Roxana Cobbs MA SpEd
Reaction to Jay Thomas' Passing
(August 25, 2017) Fastest way to get LARadio news is to sign up as a subscriber. Next to get the news is on my Twitter account. And then a few minutes later, the content gets posted at LARadio.com. After posting news about Jay Thomas yesterday, there were many responses on Twitter.
Greg Tanner wrote that he loved Jay’s Christmastime appearances on Letterman. The almost yearly appearance certainly gave us ample notice on what kind of a storyteller Jay was. We’ve posted the link a number of times over the years because it is a real keeper. Click artwork.
Danny Lemos who played the character Chuy from La Puente on the Rick Dees program wrote: “Jay was a class act all the way. He sought me out at a KIIS/fm event to say he was a fan. So sad on hearing this.”
Harry Shearer wrote to note that he also had a show on SiriusXM for quite a while. “It was always fun to do that show w/him,” wrote Harry.
Carson Daly was a fan:
“I heard #JayThomas every am on @Power106LA growing up in LA. Huge
inspiration as a DJ. Very nice guy. Praying for his family. Terrible
(Photo: Jay with Richard Dreyfuss from Mr. Holland's Opus)
(Photo: Jay with Richard Dreyfuss from Mr. Holland's Opus)
(August 24, 2017) Jay Thomas, former morning man at
KPWR from 1986 to 92, has died of cancer, at the age of 69.
The co-star of the hit movie Mr. Holland's Opus was born in 1948. He attended the University of Tennessee. Jay spent three years at WAYS-Charlotte and eventually became pd. His wacky on-air sidekick characters started to emerge during this period: Mister Denise, the station hair dresser; Granny Glick, the oldest skin flick maker in the world; Dr. Henry the K; Rock, the inflation fighter; and Caleb Kluttz, the local redneck policeman.
His first visit to the Southland was a two-season stint as a deli owner on ABC/TV's Mork and Mindy, but the third season the producers introduced Jonathan Winters, and five character actors hit the street. Jay recalled: "Winters said, 'I'm 58. I need the work.' What, and we didn't?"
Before joining KPWR Jay did a number of tv shows, including Love Boat and Spencer for Hire as well as dinner theater. He arrived at KPWR in October 1986 from morning drive at WKTU-New York. KPWR captured NAB's first Marconi Award during the 1989 convention in New Orleans. Even though the award was new, it was being touted as the Oscar of radio. Jay commented on the station's award: "It's a great, fabulous honor. Marconi invented wireless transmissions. Unfortunately, if Marconi heard 'Power 106' he would probably die again. I don't think this is what he had in mind. But he's dead."
Jay's later tv carreer includes Cheers, Almost Grown, Murphy Brown, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Love & War and others. He has won an Emmy. When Jay was terminated from "Power 106" in 1993, he filed a $1,000,000 breach of contract lawsuit. He was nominated for Billboard Top 40 Radio Air Personality of 1993.
At the start of the second season of Love & War, Jay lamented about his firing from KPWR: "I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I had the rug pulled out from under me. It's very hurtful." Jay told the LA Times in September 1993, that KPWR fired him "because they became jealous of my tv show. They could not parlay my television popularity into what they wanted." His breach-of-contract lawsuit with Emmis Broadcasting was settled in late 1994. In addition to his acting career, Jay was the promotion voice of Comedy Central.
Gene Sandbloom to Exit CBS/LA
(August 24, 2017)
Sounds like more downsizing at CBS/LA Radio. One of the unsung
heroes behind the scenes for decades, Gene Sandbloom
(l), is leaving. In a Facebook post, he wrote: “Ciao. Yeah,
it isn't French, but au revoir sounded a little too permanent. After 25
years at KROQ, I'll be leaving next week. It's been an amazing run, and
throw in music director at KIIS/fm, A&R director at MCA Records and
managing editor of Network 40 Magazine, that's 35 years in the
music biz in LA. It's time to move on.” Gene said he will be off to the
Sierras to solo backpack the John Muir Trail from Yosemite to Mount
Whitney in September. Then a quick stop in Cuba before heading to
France. “I can't take up French residency until 2019, so next year I'll
be travelling the world looking for my next job. Africa, Asia, Europe,
or back here in the States – anything and everything is on the table.”
In other news: Ross Porter has been broadcasting CSUN Matador baseball games. You can hear a recap of the 2017 season at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ai7uUd7Jgro&feature=youtu.be ... Don Elliot went to Kansas City for the eclipse. On his way to the airport, he tripped on a welcome mat and fell on his face on the cement. Don has seven stitches … How time flies! Pat “Paraquat” Kelley reported on the eclipse on KMET. Not the one this week, but the one in 1979. Take a listen by clicking his name ... A few months ago, Felicia 'The Poetess' Morris entered an essay writing contest sponsored by Wells Fargo Bank. The winners received $10k-$25k in business upgrades and renovations! The former KKBT personality was one of the winners! "My studio is gonna receive a $10,000 make over," enthused Felicia. "I met with the designers and architects today to lay out my wish list and I also had a really good time meeting the other contestants! I'm so blessed and excited to see the studio moving forward."
|(August 23, 2017) Glenn Cooper (l) who recently retired from a career in sales/marketing sports in LA (XTRA Sports 1150, Sporting News Radio 1540 / The Ticket, and ESPN LA 710) emailed to he’s retired from ESPN LA 710 Radio and “enjoying the ‘retirement’ chapter with my wife of 45 years. We go up to the Central Coast every couple of months and stay in Cambria and always get into a few PickleBall games.” … Phil Hulett, formerly with KFWB and now on episode 329 of his always interesting podcast, is recovering from hernia surgery. “I know, it’s not like I had an organ removed or anything, but still, I’ve got to be ready for the end of September when my first-born gets married,” emailed Phil. “Yup, two weddings in one year. Olivia in March.” ... Mark Sudock sent a funnie: Did you hear about the Buddhist who refused Novocain during a root canal? His goal: transcend dental medication … American Idol reboot seems to be in crisis. The show’s honchos still haven't locked down a second, third and possibly forth judge, with only five weeks until cameras roll. TMZ broke the story. Producers first set their sights on Katy Perry, who will be pocketing $25 million. Lionel Richie, a front runner for one of the judge’s chairs, wants $10 million, double the amount the honchos want to pay … While in front of the TV with food poisoning symptoms, I watched Sully again on HBO. Saw it on the big screen when it was first released, but it really moved me again. Why can’t there be more heroes like Sully? To him, it was just another day, saving the lives of 154 passengers and crew … In a press conference at the conclusion season five and the end of the run for his show in Chicago, Steve Harvey was asked if he would write a memo to his new staff along the lines of the infamous one he wrote to the staff of his previous, Chicago-based daytime talker, The Steve Harvey Show. “ I learned two things from that email: No. 1 I can’t write, and No. 2 I should never write,” Harvey joked. He said he wrote that memo a year before it was leaked bya staffer who “got pissed” when the individual was not offered a job on the new show. “I was OK until I saw it on CNN and then I knew I was in a lot of trouble,” Harvey said. “It’s not a big deal to me,” he insisted, saying, “I’m not a mean-spirited guy. I’m a congenial guy.” He likened the memo to coming home to a house full of kids and telling them, “You just need a moment.”|
Former KFWB Program Director Exits NO cluster
CLAUS, Chris: KFWB, 1988-92; KFWB/KTWV, 1992-96. Chris spent a decade in New Orleans as market manager for Entercom. He retired from the cluster (WWWL, WKBU, WEZB, WWL, WLMG) in the summer of 2017.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, in 1949, Chris graduated from Indiana University in 1971 with a Bachelor of Science degree in public administration. He started his radio career at WOWO-Fort Wayne in 1975 as a comptroller. Three years later he was a financial analyst and in 1982 moved to Group W Radio in New York. Prior to joining KFWB, he was vp/gm of KJQY-San Diego for three years. In 1996 Chris was elevated to vp of station operations for CBS Television & Radio. In late summer of 1996 he moved to WOGL-Philadelphia as vp/gm and in early 1998 took on additional duties at WHPT. He left the stations in the summer of 2001. Chris is married to Judy and has two sons, Max and Nathan.“I am grateful for these 10 years in the New Orleans cluster working with exceptional colleagues and being a part of this great community,” said Claus. “I had a wonderful experience and now I look forward to spending time with my family.”
Brooke Binkowski, former KNX reporter/anchor,
penned an op-ed piece for the LA Times on Friday
Alan Oda Digs Japan
by Alan Oda
|(August 19, 2017) Don Barrett was clearly having a slow news day when he posted some very kind words about me. Nonetheless, I humbly accept his comments on behalf of our team here in Kumamoto, Japan. A bit of background: Six years ago I was offered to go to Japan myself after training students here in the U.S. for disaster relief work after the 2011 Great Tohoku (Northern Region) Earthquake and Tsunami. It was a life-altering experience, seeing total devastation yet also signs of hope. Since then, each year I either have people interested in joining disaster relief work or we receive offers from Japan to continue assisting the rebuilding both lives and livelihoods. I want to emphasize two details.|
|First, I never, ever expected to be part of volunteer disaster relief work and disaster relief networks, yet this seems to be something I consider to be a Divine appointment. Second, I really don't think there's anything exceptional about me, not any specific gifts or talents for this sort of work. Maybe my most important role is to show anyone can be helpful when others are recovering, I just happen to have been given the opportunity these past few years. That being said, I've worked with some incredible people whose dedication amazes me. I'm currently part of a team of seven, all from Southern California, ranging in age from 13 (my youngest son) to yours truly (AARP eligible, but not just yet). We've done everything from helping with a kids Science Fair (children are greatly neglected since adults spend their time rebuilding their homes, businesses, and families) to cutting down overgrowth around property (including a local cemetery) and helping move belongings from damaged homes.|
|This year, just prior to our arrival, mudslides left at least 11 dead and 600,000 people needing to evacuate in the neighboring prefecture of Fukuoka. My team has shown great flexibility and grit extending themselves by doing manual labor in 90+ degree temperatures and 90+ percent humidity, digging mud, dirt, and rather large rocks. I'm honored to work with this team. Our stories are posted at http://ayoda.tumblr.com Your good thoughts and prayers are requested for these communities recovering from trauma, it's a privilege to be able to help out in some small way. We'll be back later with more stories and with great curiosity about Rick Dees back doing mornings on KOST. Sincerely, Alan Oda http://ayoda.tumblr.com email@example.com|
Outlaw Radio - Animal House for Grown-Ups Who Haven't Yet Grown Up
(August 18, 2017) For two decades, Outlaw Radio has
been one of those secrets on Internet Radio, where every guy who wanted
to disappear for a few hours of smoking, drinking, and telling
outrageous stories could vicariously participate. The brainchild of
Magic Matt Alan, host on the 70s Channel on SiriusXM
and a former jock on KIIS/fm, rides herd on a dedicated group of
decadents from a mystery location in the Southland. Think of it as Animal House with
grown-ups who haven’t quite yet grown up.
The recurring cast includes radio legend Shadoe Stevens, entertainment manager to the star Howard Lapides (Dr. Drew Pinsky), Matt's musician brother Sherer, Hollywood producer Frank Hagan, the enigmatic Mark CG Boyer; and Outlaw Radio Show Producer - widow of legendary tv star Morton Downey Jr - Lori Downey Jr.
Outlaw Radio is making a move into traditional radio circles as WNFL-Green Bay is the first to broadcast the mayhem every Saturday. They have been carrying the craziness for two months. Midwest Communications has eight more stations that are set to air the crazy cigar smokin' and martini swiggin’ romp soon. Lapides is spearheading the syndication and can be reached for more information on being one of the first to carry the weekend show at: Lapidesh@aol.com.
One never knows who might drop in at Outlaw Radio. Guests have included: ZZ Top, Meatloaf, Spencer Davis, Chicago, Village People, The Cowsills , Bob Saget, Sean Young, Robert Hayes, Ann Coulter, Engelbert Humperdinck, Scorpions, Burt Reynolds, Michael Madsen, Pat Boone, and hundreds more.
Listen this Saturday on iTunes or on the Internet (www.outlawradiousa.com).
Reaction to Tommy Hawkins' Passing
** Dual Stations
"Very sad news about 'The Hawk.' I had the pleasure of working with Tommy Hawkins at KABC/KLOS where he would do sports on both sides of the hall, with Ken and Bob on the KABC side and 'The Fraze,' Frazer Smith at KLOS and not miss a beat.
Moreover, Tommy always had a smile and a kind word for anyone and everyone he met. He’ll be missed." - Ira Lawson
** Worked with Tommy at KABC
"I just read about the passing of Tommy Hawkins on LARadio.com and the news hit me hard. Tommy was a very special person. He was one of those rare people that everyone loved and respected. He was a gifted athlete. He had an unbelievable vertical jump during his basketball career.
I had the pleasure of working with Tommy at KABC radio during the 70's and 80's. He was always smiling, and positive while doing a quality job on every project he was assigned to work. He was also a wonderful public speaker and inspired people here in Los Angeles for many years. I feel very fortunate to have had him as a colleague and friend. He will be missed.” - Geoff Witcher
Tommy Hawkins Dies
(August 17, 2017) Tommy Hawkins - a two-time University
of Notre Dame men's basketball All-American, Notre Dame All-Century Team
member, Notre Dame Ring of Honor inductee and 1959 Notre Dame graduate
and veteran from KGFJ, KABC, and KKJZ - passed away yesterday at his
home in Malibu, according to a Notre Dame press release. He was 80.
Hawkins was the first African-American to earn All-America honors as a student-athlete at Notre Dame. Drafted in the first round (third overall pick) by the Minneapolis Lakers, Hawkins played 10 years in the National Basketball Association with Minneapolis, the Cincinnati Royals and the Los Angeles Lakers. He scored 6,672 points and grabbed 4,607 rebounds in the NBA. Hawkins' life off the basketball court was as equally distinguished as his playing career. As a player representative, he played a key role in the first collective bargaining agreement with the players' union and the NBA.
After his playing career, he worked in radio and television and served as the vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2012, Hawkins authored a book on poetry entitled Life's Reflections: Poetry for the People.
Art Astor Classic Car Collection Auction
(August 16, 2017) When
Art Astor was alive we knew him as an eclectic owner of
radio stations. What many did not know was he was an avid collector of
classic cars and old radios. “Thought this might interest you and your
readers,” emailed Dave Kunz, automotive reporter for
KABC/TV and co-host of The Car Show on KPFK. “As you probably
know, Art Astor auctioned off the majority of his huge classic car
collection some years ago, but kept some of his favorites. Now, those
favorites are up for auction in Monterey this week in the wake of his
passing.” More information and a look at some of Art’s classic cars by
clicking the artwork.
In other news: Radio news websites have dwindled in recent months. San Diego is now without a full-time outlet. On Monday, Rollye James announced that she was ending VoxJox.org, a site paying tribute to the men and women of early Top 40 radio. The site was started by former Billboard editor, Claude Hall. When Claude got too sick, Rollye came to the rescue but now that Claude has passed on, Rollye is calling it quits.
“I’m stopping it with much frustration over having no other choice,” wrote Rollye. “If I were retired, it would be the perfect pastime, and I’d embrace it wholeheartedly. But I own a couple radio stations and run a few corporations. Fortunately nothing I do is physically intensive, but all of it is tremendously time consuming. My ongoing fantasy is that I will find a Time Shop where I can buy a few hours, or a weekend, or an extra Sunday. But as technologically advanced as society is now, we’re not there yet.”
(August 15, 2017) KOST
morning host Ellen K took some time off earlier this
month for wrist surgery (she injured it in a snowboarding accident while
showing off for her husband and teenaged son) and Rick Dees
sat in the chair. Rick and Ellen ruled mornings for many, many years at
KIIS. “When I called Rick and asked him to help, he didn’t hesitate- I
am happy that the show will be in the hands of someone I know and
trust,” said Ellen. “It was such fun and the audience response was
phenomenal,” emailed Dees.
“Ellen K., as always, was so thoughtful to call on me to help during her wrist surgery. Darlene of Ellen's show has the complete audio link. She's a pro, and so is Ryan Manno, along with Alaysia working the phones and Rockin' Rosie, the traffic superstar. President Kevin LeGrett created a high mark when he came by and offered a ‘high 5 !’ Then he said I had to host a minimum of two shows in order to get my parking validated.”
In other news, Terry Hardy sent along a very warm story from the Thousand Oaks Acorn about Jaime Jarrin ... April Whitney, former KROQ dj for over a decade, had a stress related heart attack four years ago. She returned to the hospital earlier this month. “It's called Takotsubo or ‘Broken Heart Syndrome’,” April posted on her Facebook page. “It's a heart attack caused by stress. They're not kidding when they say stress can kill. It's rare, you'll usually hear about it when someone dies right after their partner of a long time dies. That is often ‘Broken Heart Syndrome.’”
Alan Oda Leaves Classroom to Help Earthquake Relief in Japan
(August 14, 2017) Almost from the inception, Alan Oda has made enormous contributions to LARadio. He’s got radio in his blood and enjoys writing about it. But his day job is at Azusa Pacific University where Alan is professor. He is one of the most decent human beings I have ever known.
Six years ago a major tsunami hit Japan. Every year since then, Alan has given up his vacation to participate in post-earthquake relief. Alan and his two boys join members of his church from Santa Monica as they help with the cleanup. The man is so humble. One year I remarked what a remarkable heart he has to make this yearly sacrifice and he remarked that God has presented him with an opportunity and all he did was take it. You can read about his efforts at his blog: http://ayoda.tumblr.com.
In other news, Jack Hayes, former dj from Top 40 KFWB in the 60s, was released last night from the Tahoe Pacific Hospital after spending three days following a stroke. “Scared the hell out of me,” said Jack … K-EARTH morning Gary Bryan is in London helping Tom Cruise do some stunts for Mission Impossible … Brian Roberts is recuperating from knee replacement surgery … Cameron Ward asks: Do you know why you should never break wind in an Apple Store? “Because they have no Windows” … Tonya Campos, former pd at Country KKGO, has joined Skid Trax, a company that offers tune-ups for small and medium market radio stations. Skid Trax writes imagining and slogans, designs or calibrates music clocks for better flow, airchecks talent and helps stations utilize the tools they have to produce a winning sound at a very affordable rate … Runaway Bronchitis put Charlie Van Dyke in a Santa Barbara hospital for a couple of days. He’s back at his home away from home this morning tending to his station imaging chores.
Tonight - Sunday, 8.13.17
|"I can strongly
recommend the teriffic new 2 hour Elvis documentary to air Sunday night
on the REELZ TV Network.
Produced by Peacock Productions (NBC) for this Elvis Week, they did extensive interviews with Sandy and me for the show.
I feel sure it will be excellent." - Wink Martindale
Email Saturday, 8.12.17
** Russian Trip
"Thanks Don, happy to contribute, Bill Smith seemed like a genuinely nice guy. Too often nice guys don't get the attention they deserve. Sad that often the recognition comes after they pass away.
I read of your and your wife's adventures in Russia. Thanks for sharing. Glad to hear that you found no animosity directed at Americans, maybe there is hope that we all can live together in peace. Welcome home, your column was missed." - Mike Wick
** V A C A T I O N
"A week without LARadio.com is a dreary week indeed.
I am so happy that you and Cherie had such a wonderful time! I loved the commentary and photos about your trip to Russia.
Here's wishing you and yours a long and happy time." - Sterrett Harper, Burbank
** Thanks for Remembering What Couldn't Be Remembered
"Jim Healy! Loved the guy. Listened every day. You score a double: the name B. Mitchel Reed came to me in the middle of the lunch hamburger. Looked him up on your site. Sorry to learn of his passing.
And I remembered and looked up my Top Fave: Johnny Magnus. Wow. He grew up in Germany. Never heard a trace of an accent.
And Gary Owens.
And that rogue late-night jock who broadcasted from some cave in Mexico - Wolfman Jack.
In a moment of excess alcohol, I once suggested to Ron Chapman, the king of Dallas radio, that a site be assembled where folks could pull up and listen to these radio greats. But six thousand in LA alone. Yikes! William B. Williams in New York. I think the word is mellifluous. George Lorenz in Buffalo ['The Hound's Around!']
You belong to a proud fraternity, Mr. Barrett. Arthur Murray used to say on his show, 'Put a little fun in your life; try dancing.' You and your fraternity put a LOT of fun in our lives. Thank you! And your site is reprising all that fun for this old geezer in Green Valley, Arizona. Gotta go to PayPal and drops some coins in your tambourine." - Dick Wilke
** Winker with Elvis
"I just wanted to share a great hour I spent listening to Wink Martindale on the Gilbert Godfrey podcast.
If you love vintage L.A. radio, you'll love this podcast. Wink has such amazing stories about local personalities like Chuck Barris, the glory days of KMPC, and of course his friendship with Elvis. Sometimes, big stars get interviewed so often, they have standard answers to many questions. But not Wink. He went outside the box with great stories.
Wink reminisced about the early days of radio, his numerous game shows, and his experience as a guest on the Ed Sullivan show. It is hard to imagine Gilbert Godfrey as a great interviewer, but he is. He has no filter and asks the uncomfortable questions.
Thanks Wink for opening up to fans of local radio. You are a class act. If you'd like hear the podcast, go to http://www.gilbertpodcast.com/ " - Jeff Gehringer, Astor Broadcast Group & Astor Classics KSPA 1510 KFSD 1450
(August 11, 2017) KFI
midday Talker Shannon Farren will be the Chargers
radio sideline reporter this season. Home and away games. "I'm
thrilled!," emailed Shannon ... Dean Cantor, a
CBS/LA LSM, has exited the cluster ... Stella Prado
Kuipers is home from emergency gallbladder surgery ... After almost 11
years of hosting mornings on KWVE, pd Brian Perez
moves to the afternoon slot, where he'll also be hosting the
nationally syndicated Bible Q&A show, Pastors' Perspective. Bob
Shaw, who recently joined KWVE after nine years as morning
host on KFSH, takes the AM shift at KWVE ... An email earlier this
week stated HD programming on Saul Levine’s stations
incorrectly. KKGO HD2 is broadcasting K-SURF. The in-house
Classical format, K-Mozart, is now on 88.1 HD2 … Want to stir up some
controversy? Check out a new survey appearing in
listing the greatest Top 40
stations of all time … Charles Osgood, host of
long-running The Osgood File,
heard for decades on KNX, will be honored by the National Academy of
Television Arts & Sciences with the 2017 “News & Documentary Emmy
Award for Lifetime Achievement.” The honor is given to a journalist or
filmmaker who has “made a lasting and distinguished contribution to
broadcast journalism or documentary film.” … Congratulations to former
Star 98.7 pd Angela Perelli and her husband,
Chris Ebbott, pd at K-EARTH and AMP Radio, on their 14th
wedding anniversary … Condolences to Jay Coffey on
the passing of his brother … Angel Martinez is running for mayor in
Santa Barbara. Not the Angel on KFI. Santa Barbara’s Angel is a he …
People Magazine snapped a photo of KIIS’ Ryan
Seacrest and his galpal Shayna Taylor (l) strolling through
New York City’s SoHo neighborhood … Bill O’Reilly
launched a 30-minute-long news show, shot inside a studio and made
available online to premium subscribers to his website. The goal of
the studio show, he said at the end of the program, is to "bring
everybody into the annual premium membership fold and spread the
word." … Amber Perry, ex-CBS, most recently sales at
Pandora went over to The Chargers as a sales manger ...
Productions is expanding his relationship with ABC in a big way. He
has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact,
RSP’s scripted division will develop scripted projects exclusively for
ABC Studios at all tv networks and platforms, including broadcast,
basic and premium cable and on-demand services ... Nelson
Salsa Fernandez, formerly with KLSX, just picked up the book
by Neil De Grasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry.
"What a wonderful book to read on what the cosmos and planet earth
have in common," emailed Nelson."But more importantly it asks the
question, 'is there alien life out there."
Ryan Seacrest Productions is expanding his relationship with ABC in a big way. He has signed a multi-year overall deal with ABC Studios. Under the pact, RSP’s scripted division will develop scripted projects exclusively for ABC Studios at all tv networks and platforms, including broadcast, basic and premium cable and on-demand services ... Nelson Salsa Fernandez, formerly with KLSX, just picked up the book by Neil De Grasse Tyson, Astrophysics for People in a Hurry. "What a wonderful book to read on what the cosmos and planet earth have in common," emailed Nelson."But more importantly it asks the question, 'is there alien life out there."
Idol Producer on Why Seacrest Was Hired for Reboot
(August 10, 2017) Cecile Frot-Coutaz, American Idol’s
producer of the revival, was interviewed in The Hollywood Reporter
and was asked why the negotiations to bring back Ryan
Seacrest lasted nearly two months. “It was always going to
happen,” said Frot-Coutaz. “It’s hard for Ryan. He’s on the East Coast
now and had to figure out how to make it work, but he’s the
hardest-working man in show business, so there will be some flying back
and forth. But, as I said, it was always going to happen. He’s the face
THR: Idol creator Simon Fuller has said that Seacrest is the show’s ‘single most important element.’ Is there one essential piece?
Frot-Coutaz: It would be very strange to make American Idol without Ryan, but the danger is to forget that it’s the contestants that make the show. The key factor to a successful season is finding the right contestants.
Even though the producers are very generous in their praise of Seacrest and claim the contestants are the key to success, they are spending $25 million on Katy Perry as a judge.
Not So Gentle on the Times
(August 10, 2017) The death of Glen Campbell
generated many memories from radio people. Trades, mainstream press and
tv stations paid their respects with feature stories, but a story in the
LA Times created a flurry of emails.
The story in the Times: "His big breakthrough came in 1967 when his recording of the John Hartford tune Gentle On My Mind hit the #1 spot on the Country charts and the Billboard Top 40 and earned Campbell a Grammy."
"The way this is written, one could think it hit #1 on both the Country charts AND the Billboard Top 40 but no, it did place in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 but peaked at #39 in 1968 upon its SECOND release," wrote Bruce Chandler. "In 1967, the year the article is referring to, the tune's first release, it only peaked at #62. There's a HUGE DIFFERENCE between #1 and #62!! Although very recognizable, it was only a mid-to-low charter on the Billboard Hot 100 TWICE!
Steve Thompson, a frequent contributor to LARadio, wrote to say that Gentle on My Mind didn't reach #1 on either the Top 40 or Country charts. "On the Country chart, the song reached #30 in 1967 and #44 when it was re-released in 1968," wrote Thompson. "
Bruce concluded: "That's how FAKE NEWS is made..."
Reader Has Idea for Oldies K-SURF
(August 9, 2017) It's true, if the Oldies format on
1260AM is to go to the next level and take on a personality of it's own,
it should be time after several months to hire live/local on-air talent
and have station ID's/bumpers professionally produced [Johnny Mann
singers?]. Enough of 'oldies are new again...'
To this point anyway, it's nothing more than a juke box - JACK/fm has more personality.
Also the TOH ID is outdated, it indicates the station is available on KKGO HD-2, which I believe is actually a stream of public Classical station KDFC from San Francisco - which is run by KUSC. I wonder how much attention in-house is really being paid to this format. Thank you." - Greg Wood, West Hills
|(August 9, 2017) KLAC's David Vassegh made the front page of the LA Times earlier this month, but what is wrong with this picture? David's reference in the story about new player, Yu Darvish. " ... a smiling David Vassegh, the host of the postgame talk show on the team's flagship radio station." No reference to KLAC. What a shame for this opportunity lost. With the massive black-out of Dodger games on tv, KLAC is the only place to listen. Perhaps this helps explain the station languishing in 31st place in the most recent ratings ... Chris Leary, former high-powered jock on KIIS, exited his co-hosting chores at Great Day, Washington after two years ... Former KFWB Top 40 jock Earl McDaniel managed the Champs (Tequila). It was Earl who brought Glen Campbell from Arizona to work with the Champs. RIP, Glen, at the age of 81 ... "Radio ain't what it used to be," emailed Roger Carroll. "Nothing yet on 99.1 Disney Country?" Nope ... Congratulations to sports guy Joe Grande on his 7th wedding anniversary ... Andy Barber, personality at BOB 92.9 in Tulsa, put out on his Facebook page that he was leaving. "Too much pressure all about this 50 years live radio thing," he wrote. The day wasn't over yet when Andy revealed that the Bob format was leaving but that he would be staying for the new Classic Hits format. His fans were delighted to find out it was a flipping spoof ... Oakland Raiders football broadcasts will be carried on KDAY. PD Adrian Scott declares that, “KDAY is the perfect [radio] home for the Raiders in Los Angeles. Hip-hop fans are the most passionate Raiders’ fans in Southern California and we are thrilled to continue to be the exclusive fm radio station delivering the Oakland Raiders.” The Raiders’ radio team consists of Greg Papa and former Raiders quarterback (1960 - 1966) and head coach (1979 - 1987) Tom Flores.|
Morning Has Broken
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Bill Handel (KFI)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. News Team (KNX)
5. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. The Woody Show (KYSR)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Mega Morning Show (KXOL)
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
4. Mega Morning Show (KXOL)
5. The Woody Show (KYSR)
5. (t) Jack (KCBS)
KBIG Scores BIG in July '17 Ratings
(August 7, 2017) KBIG just keeps getting the stack of
#1 monthly finishes taller, as they did in the just-released July '17
PPM, Persons 6+, Mon-Sun, 6a-12m. All-News KNX fell out of the Top 10,
perhaps the "Trump effect" that had helped so many news stations earlier
this year is beginning to lose its effect. KYSR (Alt 98-7) and KROQ
virtually tied in the Alternative category, while Sports KLAC and KSPN
dead even. The two Classic Rock stations, KSWD (100.3/The Sound)
and KLOS are within two-tenths of a point of each other. Oldies K-SURF
(KSUR) boogie boarded to impressive launch numbers, but this month the
station failed to crack the Top 40 station listings. Perhaps it is time
to insert some personality and promotion between the hits.
1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.8 - 6.1
2. KTWV (the WAVE) 5.4 - 5.3
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.1 - 4.8
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.0 - 4.7
KOST (AC) 4.8 - 4.7
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.5 - 4.4
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.4
KFI (Talk) 3.3 - 3.4
9. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.9 - 3.1
10. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.0 - 3.0
11. KNX (News) 3.3 -2.9
KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.5 - 2.9
13. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.8
KKRL (Urban) 2.9 - 2.8
15. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.7
KYSR (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.7
17. KROQ (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.5
KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.8 - 2.5
19. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.7 - 2.4
20. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.3
21. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.2
22. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.6
KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.6
24. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.5 - 1.4
KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.6 - 1.4
KPCC (News/Talk) 1.5 - 1.4
KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.4
28. KCRW (Variety) 1.5 - 1.2
KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.3 - 1.2
30. KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.3 - 1.1
31. KLAC (Sports) 0.9 - 1.0
KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0
33. KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 0.9
34. KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 0.8
35. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.9 - 0.7
36. KABC (Talk) 0.6 - 0.6
KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.6
KFWB (Regional Mexican ) 0.6 - 0.6
39. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.5 - 0.5
KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.4 - 0.5
(August 7, 2017)
"Currently I’m working with some friends on a documentary film about
that legendary period at KPPC from 1968-71, and am hoping that you, or
someone in your vast network of LARadio contacts would have some
knowledge about the existence of airchecks or other original broadcast
audio from the station?
We have interviewed most of the dj’s from that period including, Susan Carter, Steven Segal, Barry Hanson, The Credibility Gap, Dave Pierce, Elliot Mintz, Don Hall, Raechel Donahue, Jeff Gonzer, and others, but have very little actual broadcast audio from this era, and the dj’s we’ve been in touch with haven't been able to supply much more than memories.
I’m afraid that without more of that original material it will be very difficult to convey the unique character of the station and its contribution to LARadio culture to an audience today. I’m hoping you might be able to point me in the right direction to unearth some of the audio treasure that I know must be buried out there somewhere. Your website is an extraordinary resource that I only heard about today when I was discussing this project with Carole Hemingway, who immediately mentioned your name and said you would be the best place to go to further my quest.
As an LA native, I’m excited to look further into this site and thank you so much for putting it together; hope to hear back from you soon." - David Gaines firstname.lastname@example.org 818/522-9040
Carson Daly Out ... Who is In at AMP Radio?
(August 7, 2017)
prepares for their merger with Entercom (note that Entercom will be
calling the shots once the merger is approved), there has been some
local reorganization. Chris Ebbott, currently pd at
K-EARTH, will also oversee Top 40 station 97.1 AMP (KAMP). The first
major decision Chris will have is to fill the morning slot, recently
vacated by Carson Daly (l), who resigned on July 27.
Daly said he did not come to this decision easily, saying, “for me to be on every morning in my hometown, to be able to talk to you guys, it’s literally been the greatest. I just want to have breakfast with my kids.” Jerry Del Colliano, publisher of Inside Music Media doesn’t think that Carson quit his radio show to spend more time with his family. “Dan Mason hired Daly to go head to head with Ryan Seacrest on KIIS. Daly is a big salary, and any CBS employee who has a big salary knows Entercom is coming to take them away.”
It has been no secret that Carson’s morning drive numbers have been disappointing to the CBS brass across all demographics. In tv, he is the fair-haired boy at the Today Show and is being groomed to eventually replace Matt Lauer. Last month during Matt's vacation, Carson sat in the anchor chair.
Back to Ebbott, what kind of a morning show is he looking for? “I’m looking all across the country for either an established show or individuals that we can put together,” emailed Chris. “I'm actually in Atlanta at Morning Show Boot Camp talking to everyone who will talk to me. :)”
Ebbott is well-liked at CBS/LA. His boss, svp
of programming Kevin Weatherly, had been AMP’s pd.
“Chris and Kevin are masterful program directors at the top of their
field,” said Dan Kearney, head of the LA cluster. “This
move will further strengthen 97.1 AMP, making it a standout Top 40
competitor in Los Angeles, while boosting the overall performance of our
“Chris is an established programmer and has done an amazing job with KRTH the past few years,” added Weatherly. “His experience and leadership make him the perfect choice to take on the day-to-day programming responsibilities at AMP Radio”
LaLa & Carmelo Anthony
** Bill Smith's Passing
"Thank you, again, for being the conduit to the past, present and in many ways the future of radio. But for LARadio.com I would never have heard the sad news of the passing of Bill Smith.
I only knew Bill from seeing him on television, but remember him well as being fun as well as informative and so likeable. Without you I, and I’m sure many others, wouldn’t have had an opportunity to say goodbye to someone who brought many hours of joy into our lives and for a few minutes at a time gave us a welcome break from the pressures of everyday life.
Thanks Don, thanks Bill." - Mike Wick
** Big Nasty Missed
"I was just perusing thru your website LARadio, and I wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your entry on Joe McDonnell, the 'Big Nasty.'
I moved to LA from Charlotte in '99 when I got married. I enjoy sports talk radio, and immediately grew attached to Joe and the McDonnell-Douglas show. Those two were so cool, and so well-connected and knowledgeable. If it was LA sports, Joe & Doug were in the know. I really enjoyed that radio show, and really was disappointed when Joe had his medical issues and was unemployed. What a great talent. He will be missed.
Thanks for your very inspiring and very poignant entry on Big Joe." - Ed Price, Valencia
Morning Has Broken
(July 13, 2017) If you are The Woody Show or Valentine you are sitting atop of the morning drive ratings in the June '17 PPM. Some of you have asked about other wake-up people beyond the Top 5. In Persons 12+: Gary Bryan at K-EARTH is 7th; Ellen K at KOST is 8th; Andy Chanley at The Sound came in 14th; at 15th there is a tie with KKGO's Graham Bunn and KLOS' Heidi, Frosty & Frank; Big Boy is 18th at KRRL; Steve Harvey ranks 21st at KJLH; at 23rd is Carson Daly at AMP Radio; J Cruz is 26th at KPWR; Dan Patrick at KLAC and Doug McIntyre at KABC are tied at 34th
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. News Team (KNX)
3. Pat Prescott (KTWV)
Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Bill Handel (KFI)
1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
3. Valentine (MY/fm)
4. Mega Morning Show (KXOL)
5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
1. Valentine (MY/fm)
2. Ryan Seacrest (KBIG)
3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)
4. The Woody Show (KYSR)
5. Jack (JACK/fm)
Kevin & Bean (KROQ)
Former KABC Sports Talker Lisa Bowman Publishes Shattered Peacock
(July 13, 2017) I just ordered Shattered Peacock by Lisa Bowman (DiVita). Can’t wait for its arrival. Lisa is one of my very favorite LARP personalities who is so multi-talented. Shattered Peacock: A Story of Life and Revolution is a fictional novel based on real political events that happened in Iran and Persian society in the 1970s. Although the characters and their stories are fictional, the novel is set against the non-fictional.
From the Amazon website: Feel the Iranian Revolution choking the life out of Iran's long succession of Persian kings. Learn about the brutal, subsequent rule of Ayatollah Khomeini and how Sharia law changed the character of Iran, even as it walled off Western influence. Today, Iran's theocratic Islamic government stands on the brink of nuclear capability, and is a major sponsor of worldwide terrorism. Shattered Peacock recounts how it came to be.
I hope you will support Lisa’s efforts. Check it out at Amazon under the name Lisa DiVita.
Bingenheimer to Satellite. Longtime KROQ personality Rodney Bingenheimer, who left the alternative rock station last May, will resurface as host of a new weekly music show on Sirius/XM’s “Little Steven’s Underground Garage” channel (21) beginning this Sunday night at 6 p.m. "Rodney was one of my first calls when I started the channel," Van Zandt said. "We are honored to have him. This is where he belongs!"
Listen to Alt and You’ll Get a Woody. If you look at the morning drive numbers published here, there is a new name that has been on top of 18-34 demographics and strong 25-54 for the last few months, and that is the Woody Show on ALT-98.7 (KYSR). When Jeff “Woody” Fife arrived in the Southland from successful runs in St. Louis and San Francisco, apparently there were too many people telling the Woody cast how to do their show. “The first nine months were really rough,” admitted Fife. ‘We inherited 22nd place and we were up against legends like Kevin & Bean, Ryan Seacrest, and Big Boy. There were 1,000 chefs and no one was talking to each other.”
In a recent rant on the KYSR website, Fyfe said the Woody Show looked like career suicide, and on paper it shouldn’t have worked. “I was professionally horny but I knew we had something.” But he can’t explain the success.
At the iHeartMedia Christmas party a year and a half ago, the rumor was that 98.7fm was going Country. “Woody” shared the information with his audience and asked for support and help so the station wouldn’t dump their current format. “People said I shouldn’t go public because they would fire me. I figured if they went Country, they would fire me anyway.”
Well, everything started turning around, so much so that iHeart has given the Woody Show a 5 year contract, which will take them to the end of 2022.
“I can’t explain the success. The show has evolved. We knew we had something.”
New News. KNX program director Ken Charles send a note that nominations for 2017 Marconi Awards are in. “LA is well represented with KNX up for two, one against KIIS for Legendary Station of the year and KRTH is up for one after winning last year for ‘Classic Hits station of the Year.’”
Transistor Listening. Tom Patterson shared a note on his Facebook page after attending a game at Dodger Stadium. “After 46 years of coming to Dodger games with a transistor radio listening to Vin Scully do the play by play, KLAC AM 570 has finally found a way to ruin the experience at the ballpark. Just recently they changed or added some digital equipment into their signal path and now there is a 3-4 second delay in the audio. This totally screws up watching the game live and hearing the play by play. Digital technology is NOT always better. KLAC, please put back the old reliable analog equipment. Can I get a ‘Whoo-ya’ or an ‘Amen’ from my fellow broadcasting peers? Howard Fine, Barry Victor, Richard Rudman, help me out buddies!”
KBIG #1 AGAIN in June 2017
(July 12, 2017) KBIG is B-I-G for another month, as the
Hot AC station comes in #1 in the June PPM 6+ 6a-mid, Mon-Sun. Here is
how your favorite station fared:
1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.8 - 5.8
2. KTWV (The WAVE) 5.3 - 5.4
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.8 - 5.1
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.8 - 5.0
5. KOST (AC) 4.7 - 4.8
6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.1 - 3.5
KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.5
8. KFI (Talk) 3.4 - 3.3
KNX (News) 3.4 - 3.3
10. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.7 - 3.0
11. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.9 - 2.9
KRRL (Urban) 2.7 - 2.9
KYSR (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.9
14. KKGO (Country) 2.8 - 2.8
KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.7 - 2.8
16. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.9 - 2.7
17. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.1 - 2.6
18. KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.4 - 2.5
19. KROQ (Alternative) 2.2 - 2.4
20. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.1 - 2.3
21. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 1.8 - 1.9
22. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.8 - 1.7
KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 1.7
24. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.8 - 1.6
25. KCRW (Variety) 1.4 - 1.5
KJLH (Urban AC) 1.6 - 1.5
KPCC (News/Talk) 1.7 - 1.5
KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.5
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.3 - 1.3
KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.1 - 1.3
31. KRLA (Talk) 1.0 - 1.0
KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 1.0
33. KLAC (Sports) 0.9 - 0.9
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.1 - 0.9
35. KEIB (Talk) 0.9 - 0.8
36. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.6
KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.6 - 0.6
38. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.5
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.5 - 0.5
KSUR (Oldies) 0.5 - 0.5
More on Bill Smith
(July 12, 2017) Sam Rubin
did a marvelous tribute to Bill Smith when KTLA
remembered their late colleague, Deadspin linked the
video. And here's a transcript of what Sam said:
A few other things about Bill Smith. We’ve gone through a variety of different owners and managers (at KTLA) and right now, at this moment, we’re really lucky with great management. We did not, in 2007, when a dopey billionaire purchased the company and hired a group of pirates and bandits to run it, including a news consultant who was the devil himself. This consultant would fly from TV station to TV station with crazy directives, including hit lists, people at each station he didn’t know, who he decided just to get rid of, for basically no reason. To our great shame and detriment, Bill Smith was on that hit list. He left KTLA in 2008, a huge loss to all of us. Of course, that news consultant no longer works in television, having been justifiably fired from our company during a different period of turmoil. So even at the end of his time here, Bill Smith got the rawest possible deal, (yet) anytime I saw him, always nice, always upbeat, deeply in love with his terrific wife, and very proud of his son who like Bill, shared a real passion for aviation. There’s a quality, this trait, that’s increasingly rare these days. Bill Smith was a true broadcaster. He could really do anything, and he could communicate to a big, and appreciative audience, virtually any kind of story. From the birth of (KTTV’s) MetroNews MetroNews to his always great work here, Boy, I will miss Bill Smith. Very sorry to hear this yesterday.
One additional note: Smith died of Alzheimer's, KTLA's Eric Spillman said his family welcomes donations to the Alzheimer's Association in Bill's name to help research efforts in treating this disease.
** Interned for Bill Smith
"I was lucky enough to know Bill Smith at age 13 while working as an intern at KNJO in Thousand Oaks. What a kind person he was. Always positive and always funny. I was a bit star struck when I saw him reporting on the KTLA Morning News. Bill had no ego, he was just great at what he did, and was always kind when he did it. RIP." - Justin Michael, Technical Director, Sixx Sense with Nikki Sixx Premiere Networks I iHeartMedia
Bill Smith, Veteran of Local Radio and Television, Has Died
(July 11, 2017) Bill Smith, a veteran of KGIL (1970-76), KABC
(1980-90), and KNJO (1996), died yesterday at the age of 74.
An Army “brat” whose youth was spent globe-trotting with his U.S. Army parents, beginning school in Japan and finishing in Germany, Bill’s entire broadcasting career was in Los Angeles. Bill began as a news reporter at KGIL, became nd and eventually took over morning drive when Sweet Dick Whittington left the station after a long and successful run. During the “Whittington” years, Bill was the “mystery voice” of the character Harrison Hollywood, a popular parody of Hollywood reporters.
As a licensed pilot, Bill often flew the KGIL Skywatch plane reporting on freeway traffic. This led to his first stint on KABC. Following KGIL, Bill spent ten years as reporter and anchor on KTTV/Channel 11, anchoring the station’s “Today-like show” noontime newscast. During his decade at KABC, he worked as regular fill-in (with Eric Tracy) for the popular morning team, Ken Minyard and Bob Arthur. He also teamed with Wink Martindale for an afternoon drive program.
After KTTV, Bill spent three years at KCBS/Channel 2 and then went to KTLA/Channel 5. “Even though I have won various awards for ‘best TV reporter,’ my heart remains with radio.” At KNJO, Bill was teamed with co-host Kirby Hanson, billing themselves as a “low budget Regis and Kathie Lee” in an experiment to see if talk radio would work on a “very local” level. “All was proceeding well until gm Steve Angel (longtime friend from the KGIL days) died of leukemia and the station was sold.” For a time Bill free-lanced for “KNXNewsradio.”
KNX Wins Edward R. Murrow Award
(July 11, 2017) KNX has won the prestigious 2017 RTNDA
National Edward R. Murrow Award. Anchored by Chris Sedens
and Linda Nunez, KNX was honored for their coverage of
the June 1, 2016 shooting and lockdown of the UCLA campus. This is the
station's first national award in almost half a century. Sedens and
Nunez were joined by reporters Ed Mertz, Cooper
Rummell, Jon Baird, Claudia Peschiutta,
Charles Feldman, plus traffic anchor Thom Tran.
In other news, Greg Hardison sent some unrelated small-bites of information: "1) Ironic that you should display a WMEX survey. Just last Friday (7/7), WMEX-Boston went dark in anticipation of a 'new owner' - but nothing's been announced anywhere about that, as of yet. Their last format was right-wing talk, but they'd been playing Oldies during night hours. With their directional pattern, WMEX was regularly received in Ireland and the U.K. 2) Exchanged some nice notes with K.M.Richards, regarding KABC's vaunted 'power increase.' K.M.'s assessment of the situation was right on the mark. 3) Your upper-right-hand corner photos and cartoons are absolutely priceless! They just get better & better."
Hear Ache. After 67 seasons as the play-by-play voice of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the legendary Vin Scully will be presented with the Icon Award at The 25th ESPYS. The honor is given to individuals whose careers have left a lasting impression on the sports world; actor Bryan Cranston will make the presentation to Scully ... Scott Herman was a big name at CBS Radio, COO, and he will not be part of the new merged Entercom/CBS. Gone.
|(July 10, 2017) While listening to KNX yesterday morning, a commercial for Sit ‘n Sleep aired promoting a July 4th/Independence Day sale. Wasn’t that last Tuesday? You might think that more attention would be paid to such a prolific advertiser … Speaking of KNX and the merger of parent company CBS and Entercom, the earliest date for approval is apparently September 2017. From a number of reports, the new Entercom and CBS will have to sell one fm station in LA. Consequently, we hear that KSWD (100.3/The Sound) has already been sold / traded /swapped, but the announcement has been delayed until Entercom can extract the LA Rams radio rights and move the games to a CBS fm station, maybe KCBS (JACK/fm) … Claude Hall, an editor at Billboard Magazine during the early days of Top 40 Radio, has died. Radio fans followed his weekly gossip column for years. The column was recently resurrected at VoxJox.org, hosted by Rollye James. She devotes this morning’s entire column to memories of Claude. I admired Hall from afar. A few years ago I had the opportunity to spend an afternoon with him at his Las Vegas home. We consumed his favorite beverage, Diet Pepsi, while sharing stories about LA radio personalities, but mostly we shared about our sobriety journey. RIP, my friend … “Claude was a wonderful man who helped me a lot when I started my custom belt buckle business, JSL Enterprises,” said Jeffrey Leonard. “In the July 4, 1976 issue of Billboard, Claude wrote a piece about me in Vox Jox. It provided me a lot of new customers. I never forgot about him and stayed in touch. Claude will always be part of our family” … There’s a new on-air lineup at Top 40/R-San Diego outlet KSSX (Jam’n 95.7) that includes Nina Chantele as middayer. She also hosts afternoons on Urban KRRL (Real 92.3) … Didja know that Charlie Tuna spelled his name “Tunah” at the beginning of his career. The WMEX survey is from Jeffrey Leonard’s collection. “Early on, Charlie was afraid he would get sued for using the name,” emailed Leonard, who puts together the wonderful bi-annual radio reunions at Fuddruckers … Anniversaries galore: KPCC's Susanne Whatley and her new hubby David celebrate their first year anniversary; KABC’s Doug McIntyre and Penny Peyser celebrate 15 years together; Brad Samuel, former gm at KYSR, married Tanya Kuhn 10 years ago; Jim Duncan and his wife Judy racked up 48 years married. Yay to all ... Peter Oda, son of LARadio.com senior correspondent Alan Oda, turns 16 today. When asked about his son's birthday, Alan's immediate response: "Clear the roads!"|
Payne in the Butt
(July 9, 2017) Longtime Fox Business Network host
and former KFI Talk show host, Charles Payne, has been
suspended from Fox after a frequent guest on the network reportedly accused him
of sexual harassment.
Fox has been exposed to a variety of sexual misconduct claims over the past year. Payne, who hosts the nightly personal finance show Making Money, will remain off the air pending an investigation. Last week the National Enquirer published an article in which Payne admitted to carrying on a three-year “romantic relationship” with a married female political analyst who was a regular guest on Fox Business, and apologized to his wife, children and friends.
Payne “categorically denies” claims that he sexually harassed the woman. Payne, a former Wall Street analyst, joined Fox Business as a contributor during its launch in 2007 and regularly appears as a guest on Fox News Channel shows. Last month, he re-signed a multiyear contract to continue hosting Making Money, which launched in 2014 and went on to become a top-rated show in the 6 p.m. time slot.
|** Passing of Claude Hall
"This hurts. As a newcomer to Los Angeles Radio in the 70’s and early ‘80s this widely circulated and hugely respected radio writer wrote complimentary things about me and/or the stations for which I worked. Publicly, I was humbled. Personally, I was exhilarated. And his observations helped to keep me focused wherever I’ve worked in whatever format ever since those halcyon years.
In this sense I owe whatever success I’ve enjoyed in a large way to Claude Hall. My appreciation goes to my former KZLA colleague, Rollye James, for the partnership and support you have given to Claude and this radio community as well. Thank you, Claude. God bless you, Claude. May your family find some comfort and peace in your giving spirit, too." - Mike Sakellarides
** KABC Power
"The power increase for KABC probably wasn't worth mentioning, Don, because it was only an adjustment made to replicate the old coverage patterns from the old La Cienega site at the new KWKW diplex site. From an engineering standpoint, it was a big 'ho-hum' and it isn't gaining them any listeners they didn't already have. Hope David Alpert will be less 'surprised' now." - K.M. Richards
"If radio advertising is effective, why are there so many unsold spots on radio stations in which I'm told radio advertising is effective? Very best regards." - David Bernhart, Simi Valley
LARP Summer Reading
I have enjoyed reading the semi autobiography from Michael Nesmith
InfiniteTuesday. Nesmith has a very creative way of writing. He
is very intelligent, unlike his character on the old Monkees tv show.
The book talks about the juggernaut of the Monkees in 1966 and how radio and television worked in tandem to launch America's answer to the Beatles. The Monkees revolt from Don Kirshner and the powers that be in 1967 are told in a funny and witty manor.
Michael was on the ground floor of Country Rock. And Nesmith also was one of the founders on MTV.
This is not a 'tell all' autobiography, but a unique insight into 60's media. As with any teen idol, it goes up and falls just as quickly. Michael Nesmith has survived the journey with humor and insight." - Jeff Gehringer, Astor Broadcast Group & Astor Classics
For the past two and a half years, I’ve been writing a book on kids show and quiz show host and producer Jack Barry, who also owned 93.5 KKOP (later KFOX) from 1968 to 1979. Covering his forty year career from Juvenile Jury to The Joker’s Wild, I’ve had the privilege to interview LARPs Wink Martindale, John Hart and Howard Day along with about ten others who knew Jack both personally and professionally including tv personalities Monty Hall and Jim Peck. They were all very friendly and had wonderful stories to share.
I was wondering if anyone in the LARP community worked with or for Jack Barry during his days at KTLA Channel 5 in the early 1960s and/or during his ownership of WGMA in Hollywood, Florida. If anyone would like to share their memories of Jack during that or any other period for the book, I can be reached at email@example.com." - Josh Jacobs, Technical Producer of Middays with Sam, Lunchtime with Kevin & Taylor, KeepTheFaith 95.9 the fish – KFSH
I am tackling several books this summer (in addition to my usual reading of magazines and newspapers)
1/ James Bond: The Secret History by Sean Egan
2/ My Happy Days in Hollywood by Garry Marshall
3/ The Magic Window: American Television 1939-53 by James Von Schilling
4/ Line of Sight: Klaus Landsberg-His Life and Vision by Evelyn De Wolfe and George Lewis
5/ Complete Dick Tracy volume 22 by Chester Gould
Thanks for opportunity to share books." - David Schwartz
|(July 6, 2017) Not too often do we get to see radio people featured on tv. Last weekend, KABC’s Doug McIntyre was interviewed on KNBC 4’s News Conference ... Jeff and the Showgram are gone from KYXY, according to Ken Leighton of the San Diego Reader. “A longtime radio powerhouse was unceremoniously escorted out the door after nearly 30 years as a top-rated local morning show,” wrote Leighton. “According to insiders, the Jeff and the Showgram ensemble were told they needed to attend a KYXY sales meeting immediately after their Tuesday, June 27 morning show.” It turned out the meeting was to escort the crew of four out the door with no opportunity to tell their listeners goodbye on the air. The Entercom/CBS merger is just months away and firings are going on all over the country, from talent to sales to management. “This one hurt,” Jeff Detrow told his fans on Friday on social media. “We didn’t see this coming…I’m afraid.” Originally, Detrow was teamed with Jerry Cesak and led the “Jeff and Jer” six person team on the now defunct KKYY (Y-95) in 1988. The top-rated show was heard across the San Diego dial before leaving KMYI (Star 94.1) in 2009. After podcasting for two years, four members of the original team re-emerged on KYXY in 2011 … Salem Media Group was certified as a “great workplace” on June 28, 2017 by the independent analysts at Great Place to Work. “According to our study, 84 percent of Salem Media Group employees say it is a great workplace,” says Sarah Lewis-Kulin, vp of Great Place to Work Certification & List Production … Game Show Network will have a week of $25,000 Pyramid’s from 1983 coming up for broadcast the week of July 17th with Jerry Bishop as the show announcer, who was filling in for regular announcer Jack Clark ... Coverage of the MLB All-Star Game begins Monday, July 10, with a special edition of The Herd hosted by Colin Cowherd live from Marlins Park ... KLAC's Vic the Brick is back on the air following his fight against cancer. He wrote on Facebook: "Mad love to everyone for welcoming me back to the airwaves. Good vibes run amok in our ciudad. Honored and humbled. Feelin' all of you!"|
Saul Levine, owner of KKGO (Go Country 105/fm), is
thrilled with Week 3 of the PPM, 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12m
In light of new competition from Radio Disney Country (99.1/fm and 1110
AM), Saul calls KKGO "LA's only Country Radio station."
KROQ General Manager to Mayor of Santa Monica
by Kevin McKeown
|(July 5, 2017) While attending Yale University, Kevin McKeown worked at the campus station as music director and disc jockey. After college he worked for a series of Hartford/New Haven stations. In the Southland, Kevin became general manager at KROQ from 1976-78. After he left KROQ Kevin was a voiceover talent, creative director of JAM Advertising and owned L.A. RadioWorks studio in Santa Monica. He was executive producer of "Hollywood Niteshift" radio show with Phil Austin and Frazer Smith. His journey into politics is amazing. I asked Kevin to tell his story in his own words:|
|Coming out of public high school as a physics major with a scholarship, I was curious about the electronics at Yale’s campus radio station. I ended up on the air as a rock jock, majoring in radio. Unfortunately for me, Yale didn’t offer a broadcasting degree. We turned Yale’s WYBC/fm, with a signal that covered most of southern Connecticut, from an “educational” station into one of the very first progressive rockers. Meanwhile, because most AM radio pros in the 60s believed no one listened to fm, I was able to paycheck as a boss jock at New Haven’s then-powerhouse WNHC. (Photo on the right is Kevin astride an elephant [and evidently enjoying it] during a WNHC promotion welcoming the Ringling Bros. Circus to town)|
As FM Rock took over, I pulled a majority share (52%) of men 18-34 on
WPLR, to this day the Classic Rock station in New Haven, then moved to
San Diego to work with Ron Jacobs at Billboard’s
1974 station of the year, KGB/fm. I’ve lived in Santa Monica over 40
years now, coming here to run KROQ, where I ended up as general manager
back when KROQ was quirkily and unpredictably free-form. KROQ ownership
shifted, paychecks bounced, and I moved into the realm where radio
creativity still paid the rent, advertising.
In the 80s I was the voice on many of the rock lifestyle radio spots in L.A., including staples like Guitar Center, University Stereo, and Laserium. I owned a radio production studio on Santa Monica’s Main Street, where I produced “The History of San Francisco Rock” with Raechel Donahue for KFOG. There came a moment in the 90s when I realized my personal and political values were demanding expression. I took a job (still in tech) as Apple computer consultant for our local public school district, and a few years later ran for Santa Monica City Council, where I’m now in my fifth term, including time as Mayor. My Santa Monica Council meetings have been live on KCRW every other Tuesday night for almost two decades, the longest radio gig of my career.
LARP Summer Reading
Seeing his name, his books, and movies made from his books for years, I
thought it was time to explore the author Dennis Lehane. So I started
with his first one, A Drink Before the War. Truly its own noir,
the author is truly gifted in taking us into another world of crime and
I have a feeling this may be a Dennis Lehane summer at the beach for me. - Fran Summers
What books are you reading this summer? Would you like to share your favorite book with other readers of LARadio?
Send info to firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Years Ago Today
sat here for 25 years at one set
of call letters and never had to
cross town. We competed in the
second largest radio market in
America, lasted for 25 years and
leave on our own terms.
(July 2, 2012)
The final chapter in this series
revolving around the resignation
of Mark Thompson (l) after 25
years together at KLOS could be
called the ending but knowing
Mark, his future endeavors
hold the promise of wonderment
and new beginnings.
How management will treat the
time between now and August 17th
is anyone’s guess. Since making
the announcement last week, the
program director at KLOS –
Jack Silver – has already
been let go with no hint from
current management what will
happen to the remaining partner,
Brian Phelps. There have
been hints of progress in the
Mark had a dream about being
successful in radio and he has
exceeded all of his
expectations. “I realized my
Mark told me during our recent
lunch at L’Ermitage.
“When I was 16 I first got into
radio Friday and Saturday nights
from midnight to 6 a.m. while
going to high school. I listened
to bootleg tapes of WLS-Chicago,
WABC-New York and 10Q in Los
Angeles. Radio is what I was
dreaming about. I heard the
tapes of these jocks and they
sounded so good and I made
myself a promise that I would
make it all the way and sound as
good as they did. I take the
fulfillment of that dream not
with a grain of salt, but with
pride and joy.”
He had lots of people to thank
for his success. “I thank all
those people who gave of
themselves for all those years
and worked hard to make the
morning show as great as it is.
We still work every day making
it as great as we can. I just
can’t ask for any more
that. I just can’t.”
Mark is moving into the next
phase of his life, which is
still undefined, but he is clear
that it will not be connected
with the word,
‘retirement.’ Whenever Mark
would take the family on
vacation, for example, to
Hawaii, he was never the guy
lying on the beach reading a
book. “I just can’t do it,” he
confessed. He said he was more
like the Rodney Dangerfield
joke, ‘I would take a vacation,
but I’m there.’ I need to be
busy. I’m a worker bee. I need a
chore. I’ve got to be creative
and then I’m happy.”
The long journey of “always”
having a job started for Mark
when he had an
18-mile paper route for the
Birmingham News at 4 in the
morning. There has been one
common denominator from
delivering the Birmingham
News to being a bellhop at
Holiday Inn to radio, he has
always worked for someone else
until he wrote, produced and
starred in his first movie,
Mother Ghost. “I never made
money at it but I had such a
good time. When I did my second
movie, 2:13, I lived at
the Sofitel Hotel. Got up, did
the radio show and was on the
set by 11. My daughter was the
TA. I worked until 11 at night,
got a few hours’ sleep and would
do it all over again. I was
totally exhausted but was having
such a wonderful time I never
played a key role in the early
success of the Mark & Brian
Show. “When we came to town –
day one September 8, 1987 - it
was literally just me and Brian
in the room. I was running the
board then and Brian is sitting
across from me. We look over
through the glass and there’s
this guy sitting there with
headphones on and he’s smiling.
We wave at him. From the first
moment of broadcast on day one,
Chuck embraced us when there
were people in the hallways
wondering why management has
brought in these idiots from
Alabama. Chuck laughed, helped;
he encouraged and he became a
dear friend for ten years. He
allowed us to get silly with
him. I’ve never gotten over his
leaving. When Chuck came back
for our 20th
anniversary, he used to do
News & Views and just winged
it from the newspaper and I
almost cried. Losing someone as
important as Chuck, you never
get over that, but he had the
balls to make a bold decision to
leave everything he knew as a
broadcaster and step out there
as a therapist. Chuck is Chuck.
Period. And one of the beautiful
people in the world.”
For now, Mark’s hinting that his
next project will be something
he will once again immerse
himself into and be fully in
charge. “I don’t need the money
to be successful. I will have a
good time trying.”
“I will always remember that we
sat here for 25 years at one set
of call letters and never had to
cross town. We competed in the
second largest radio market in
America, lasted for 25 years and
leave on our own terms. I will
never, ever, not be proud of
that.” As Mark
prepares to end his time in
L.A., you might want to share
some memories with him or maybe
just a thank you for the good
times. Mark's email address is:
sat here for 25 years at one set
of call letters and never had to
cross town. We competed in the
second largest radio market in
America, lasted for 25 years and
leave on our own terms.
(July 2, 2012) The final chapter in this series revolving around the resignation of Mark Thompson (l) after 25 years together at KLOS could be called the ending but knowing Mark, his future endeavors hold the promise of wonderment and new beginnings.
How management will treat the time between now and August 17th is anyone’s guess. Since making the announcement last week, the program director at KLOS – Jack Silver – has already been let go with no hint from current management what will happen to the remaining partner, Brian Phelps. There have been hints of progress in the negotiations.
Mark had a dream about being successful in radio and he has exceeded all of his expectations. “I realized my dream,” Mark told me during our recent lunch at L’Ermitage. “When I was 16 I first got into radio Friday and Saturday nights from midnight to 6 a.m. while going to high school. I listened to bootleg tapes of WLS-Chicago, WABC-New York and 10Q in Los Angeles. Radio is what I was dreaming about. I heard the tapes of these jocks and they sounded so good and I made myself a promise that I would make it all the way and sound as good as they did. I take the fulfillment of that dream not with a grain of salt, but with pride and joy.”
He had lots of people to thank for his success. “I thank all those people who gave of themselves for all those years and worked hard to make the morning show as great as it is. We still work every day making it as great as we can. I just can’t ask for any more than that. I just can’t.”
Mark is moving into the next phase of his life, which is still undefined, but he is clear that it will not be connected with the word, ‘retirement.’ Whenever Mark would take the family on vacation, for example, to Hawaii, he was never the guy lying on the beach reading a book. “I just can’t do it,” he confessed. He said he was more like the Rodney Dangerfield joke, ‘I would take a vacation, but I’m there.’ I need to be busy. I’m a worker bee. I need a chore. I’ve got to be creative and then I’m happy.”
The long journey of “always” having a job started for Mark when he had an 18-mile paper route for the Birmingham News at 4 in the morning. There has been one common denominator from delivering the Birmingham News to being a bellhop at Holiday Inn to radio, he has always worked for someone else until he wrote, produced and starred in his first movie, Mother Ghost. “I never made money at it but I had such a good time. When I did my second movie, 2:13, I lived at the Sofitel Hotel. Got up, did the radio show and was on the set by 11. My daughter was the TA. I worked until 11 at night, got a few hours’ sleep and would do it all over again. I was totally exhausted but was having such a wonderful time I never noticed.”
Chuck Moshontz played a key role in the early success of the Mark & Brian Show. “When we came to town – day one September 8, 1987 - it was literally just me and Brian in the room. I was running the board then and Brian is sitting across from me. We look over through the glass and there’s this guy sitting there with headphones on and he’s smiling. We wave at him. From the first moment of broadcast on day one, Chuck embraced us when there were people in the hallways wondering why management has brought in these idiots from Alabama. Chuck laughed, helped; he encouraged and he became a dear friend for ten years. He allowed us to get silly with him. I’ve never gotten over his leaving. When Chuck came back for our 20th anniversary, he used to do News & Views and just winged it from the newspaper and I almost cried. Losing someone as important as Chuck, you never get over that, but he had the balls to make a bold decision to leave everything he knew as a broadcaster and step out there as a therapist. Chuck is Chuck. Period. And one of the beautiful people in the world.”
For now, Mark’s hinting that his next project will be something he will once again immerse himself into and be fully in charge. “I don’t need the money to be successful. I will have a good time trying.”
“I will always remember that we sat here for 25 years at one set of call letters and never had to cross town. We competed in the second largest radio market in America, lasted for 25 years and leave on our own terms. I will never, ever, not be proud of that.”
As Mark prepares to end his time in L.A., you might want to share some memories with him or maybe just a thank you for the good times. Mark's email address is: email@example.com
19 Years Ago Today
|(July 1, 1998) A living Southern California legend returns to morning drive this morning. Charlie Tuna (l) makes his way back to KIKF, a station he left earlier this year. Charlie will make the daily drive from his San Fernando Valley home to the city of Anaheim (nearby home of my alma mater, Chapman University) where KIKF’s new Country home is located. Once a broadcast line is installed in Charlie’s house (sometime next week), he won't have to get out of bed to go to work. Charlie knows everyone and hosts the syndicated "Weekly Top 30 Country Countdown" show. When the Judd family comes by to visit, Charlie will have to get dressed and his wife, Shari, will have to prepare breakfast and a big pot of coffee…Newest addition to Los Angeles Radio People fraternity officially begins this morning, Drew Hayes, pd at KABC. Wonder how long before his presence will be felt on and off the air? I’ll bet sooner, rather than later, maybe even "swifter" … Perhaps coinciding with KLOS’ involvement with promoting today’s movie opening of Armageddon, Aerosmith music has suddenly reappeared on the station. Hey, it’s a local band plus Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv is the flick…Speaking of KLOS, do you think Mark and Brian know where Eddie Van Halen lives? … The Queen Mary will be the site of a BIG KBIG 4th of July Disco Saturday Night party. Morning hosts Carolyn Gracie and Rick Diego will be hosting the firecracker special called "The BIG Red, White, and BOOM!" … Now that the Los Angeles Kings have moved their broadcast from XTRA/AM to KRLA, where will the Mighty Ducks go? Can KRLA air the Kings, Ducks, Angels and keep Huggie Boy happy? … Speaking of sports (do you miss Jim Healy’s half-hour as much as I do? At 5:30 I still reach for the radio to tune in his sports commentary show. ISSSS IT TRUE?), KCTD (One-On-One Sports at 1540AM) has been attempting to localize the Chicago feed. Before gm Bob Koontz left for KLOS, he hired nice guy sports guy Eric Tracy to do local commentary. The station has now added traffic and weather reports during morning and afternoon drive ... Former Los Angeles Radio People, Mother Love (KFI, KLSX, KACE, and KBIG), made an appearance this morning with Sam Rubin on KTLA's Morning Show to promote her syndicated tv show, Forgive or Forget.|