LARadio - 4th Quarter 2018

Archives for October, November, December 2018

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett
Edited by Alan Oda


Email Saturday, 11.10.2018

** Fight at KABC

“Yesterday was a life-changing event for Jillian Barberie, so I hope this will give her some cheer when she reads it. Cancer picked on the wrong person when it called on Jillian. Not only is she a fierce advocate for womens' issues, she knows how to focus on what is important. She got the surgery, she'll deal with the after-treatment, she'll educate her listeners about the smart choices she made -- and she'll do it with humor and passion!

Come back with great stories, Jillian, we love you! It shocks me that for the last few ratings books, KABC has been in the basement. As you have said, Don, promotion is essential for any station's lifeblood and, actually, KABC has some wonderful talent to promote. The Monday through Friday lineup of Doug McIntyre and Leeann Tweeden, Peter Tilden, Dr. Drew and Lauren Sivan, Jillian and John Phillips could not be better. Each show is a joy of info, laughs, and energetic hosts.

And the KNBC News at 6 is a public service for commuters. But then KABC falls off the cliff into paid programming from right-wing nut jobs, bores, and scam artists. A healthy station wouldn't choose to fill its slots with this garbage which, I'm convinced, drives away potential listeners. If KABC can't afford original programming, why not fill the off hours and weekends with replays of their superstars?

Thank you, Don, for keeping radio on our minds, in our ears, and part of our hearts.” - Dawna Kaufmann, Los Angeles

** Jillian Fan

“Good luck to Jillian Barberie. I'm a big fan of her work. We're safe and hoping the winds don't shift. Unlikely, but we're thinking of my pals in Westlake, Thousand Oaks. Very scary day.” – Ed Mann

** Worked With Parker

“I read with sadness of Mike Parker’s passing. Mike and I were fellow field reporters in the early 1970s. It is the mark of a good reporter to be able to take on any subject, ask bold questions of representatives of all sides of the story and then report it dispassionately. Mike was such a reporter. On top of that, he was a good guy and I am glad to have known and worked with him.” - Steve (Fredericks) Liddick, former K-Earth News Director

** Peek at Parker

“In 1965, my mother took me to the then-brand-new Occidental Tower in DTLA. Many floors were not even finished. But at the very top floor were the studios for KUTE/fm, then a Beautiful Music station with minimal ‘jocking.’ The air talent came out, gave my mother and I a VIP tour of the brand-new state of the art KUTE studios. The air talent? Mike Parker.” - Bill Earl,

** Followed Parker

"As a child I remember Mike Parker. He was one of the few newscasters to sport a beard when he was teamed up with Connie Chung on KNXT/Channel 2 for a while. I remember his booming voice with, 'the Channel 2 News at 4:30 is next.'

In early 1980, he was gone and I wondered what happened. In 1983, my family took a cross country vacation from Los Angeles to Chicago [where my parents are from]. This was the flip of National Lampoon’s Vacation, which released that year. When we turned on WBBM-TV Channel 2 [the CBS affiliate in the Windy City], there was Mike Parker. 

Four years later, we took the train to Chicago and Parker again was reporting from somewhere downtown, this time with a mustache only. He will be missed." - Josh “JJ” Jacobs, KKLA

** Mary Beth Garber on NY Times

“Bravo to Larry Elder and Bruce Barker for biting back at the sanctimoniously left leaning NY Times article. If their news reporting was any farther left, it would fall over on itself. Whatever happened to unbiased reporting? What about triple checked facts and never opinion except on the Opinion page? I am so tired of their one-side, lopsided, kaleidoscope view of reality that I don’t even open their email alerts and news roundups anymore. I have unsubscribed to most of them. They still do some interested human interest stories – but as this one proved, even those aren’t based on good researching, let alone good reporting.

It is a sad day for journalism on all platforms when the only news source that comes close to ‘the facts and nothing but the facts’ reporting is the Wall Street Journal.” - Mary Beth Garber  

** Ball Game With McCovey Was Treat

“I was very sorry to read that Jillian Barberie has breast cancer. We watched her with Steve Edwards on FOX11 before she got fired. 

I was also sorry to hear of the passing of Willie McCovey (SF Giants). One night when I had been over-served at a Union Street pub, I went home to find that I couldn't find my keys. Very late at night I broke the window so I could get in. Minutes later Willie came down the stairs from his place, baseball bat in hand, demanding to know who was breaking in to Jack's house. I had not previously met Willie so that was the start of a friendship that lasted for 40 years.

Going to a Giants ball game with Willie was a treat. Willie had his own box with room for three or four. A great guy who had a wonderful career but health problems towards the end.” – Jack Hayes

** Funnies

“I always look forward to the cartoon at the top of your column. Most of them bring a smile to my face. So, what did I see as I clicked on this morning? A Mancow on XTRA Sports 570 billboard! Was it really necessary to rub salt in an old wound? Please make me laugh again with tomorrow’s cartoon! Still feeling the pain.” – Bob Scott

** Dial Position

“I continue to enjoy your production. Is there any possibility that your Top 40 ratings could include their places on the dial? I continue looking at the ratings month after month, not knowing where I could possibly find them on the dial. I am very happy that you continue to be involved with us, the radio community.” - Margie Cherry

** Sirkin Keeping Up With KNX Buddies

"Greetings from Old Lyme, Ct. on Long Island Sound. Been living here for past nine years.

I continue reading LARadio each day, keeping up with some of my old friends and KNX colleagues like Chris Madsen, Ed Pyle, Frank Mottek, and Roger Carroll. Also, Larry Van Nuys who was one of the best talents and persons I've ever worked with.

Connecticut Radio, on which I cut my teeth at age 16, is a mere shadow of its old, great sound and substance. I listen only to NY Radio: WOR and WCBS News88. Even those once great station's have undergone massive changes. I grew up with WNEW, the greatest of them all!

Just wanted to say hello and thank you for maintaining your iconic website. I sure do miss the daily action, especially during these monumental times." - Bob Sirkin, Old Lyme, CT.

** In the Air, Everywhere

“Thank you for the KABL recollections last week. The KABL radio you describe is still legendary in Bay Area memories and Bill Moen’s voice is part of it.” – Anita Garner

** Voting Sticker

“Great idea showing all the LARP's that voted. My place didn’t have a sticker those cheap bastards!” – Mike Butts, Boston

** Ratings

“As always, thanks for getting the ratings out to us. Wow: KFI, KNX, KABC … so sad … and SO correctable with the right folks in command. Still though, L.A.'s a great market largely due to those in the trenches who've got the drive, desire, and talent to keep things afloat. Huge congratulations to Saul Levine. He and his staff keep on comin' on. Kudos to you all, great market!!” - Alan F. Ross

Flash! Bohemian Rhapsody Is a Smash 

(November 9, 2018) Bohemian Rhapsody, the biopic about Freddy Mercury, has been killing it at the box-office. The legendary six-minute single by Queen, is what many call the greatest song ever written, according to Business Insider. I have on my concert resume the Freddy Mercury concert at the Forum in the late 1970s at #1. I still get goose bumps as my son and I watched Mercury prance and strut all over that stage.

Bohemian Rhapsody was voted The Song of the Millennium in 2000, and recorded in the Guinness Book of Records as the No. 1 song of all time,” according to Business Insider.

Many people have forgotten that Freddy’s first soundtrack album was for the 1980s Flash Gordon. I had just joined the marketing department at Universal Pictures. The movie was already in release when I arrived and you can tell how a film opened by the faces of the men and women who work so hard. We are either savoring a great opening or dwelling on what we could have done differently.

He save with a mighty hand, every man, every woman, every child, with a mighty flash. The Hollywood Reporter was not kind to Flash Gordon: “Queen supplies a rock score that is, to put it kindly, anachronistic.”

The music and film had an afterlife as it became a mild cult favorite. When it was suggested that Freddie Mercury and Queen do the music, film producer Dino De Laurentiis said, “Ok, I’ll meet with the Queen.” He had no idea who they were.  

In other news: K-SURF is adding the Dick Clark Show – Rock and Roll and Remember - to its schedule of 50s/60s Oldies. The show is set for Sundays from 8 a.m. to noon, beginning November 18 … Bill Lewis, former marketing guru at Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) from 1986-2002, checked in. When he left radio, he joined the Aquarium of the Pacific, Olson Homes and since 2008, the director of Solar sales and marketing at Cal South. “Currently I am the marketing specialist for Sunrun in Orange County, Inland Empire and San Diego.  Any LARP interested in knowing more about solar and saving the planet, shoot me a note at" ... Doc Wynter (KHHT, 2015-17) is the Radio Facts Power Play List magazine winner of this year’s Broadcast Exec of the Year … Craig Powers, veteran of KUTE, KIIS, KFXM, KKHR, KEZY and KIKF, is nominated to the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame. “This is my second nomination hopefully I’m old enough to get it this time,” emailed Craig ... Jillian Barberie is headed into surgery this morning. On Twitter she wrote: "I’m up. It’s 3:30. Leaving at 5:30 a.m. Ready for today (as ready as I can be!) Thanks for the love and support!! My friend Kathleen is going to stay with me during surgery." ... Joel Denver has evacuated his AllAccess Malibu office due to the shifting winds in the fire that is headed for the ocean ... Whitney Allen writes a frightening account of the fire: "Were out. We’re ok. More later. Edited to add when they cut power and we don't know when. We could not get info. Did not know it had jumped the lake so in two cars with 4 furbabes we drove out — and I thought we were going to die. I couldn’t see Gerrit's car 5-10 feet in front of us. Flames both sides of the road. Embers all over the car- burning branches. falling. I thought we were goners. We’re fine. We’re alive. Pray for our neighbors. I think they all left before us. I hope."

What's In Your Berry Bag?

(November 8, 2018) When Jim Duncan was a 15-year-old teenager in San Diego, his naval officer father brought home a transistor radio from Tokyo. “The first voice I ever heard was Wolfman Jack,” remembered Jim. After being inspired by Wolfman Jack, Duncan became a disc jockey.

“Fast forward 15 years, he hired me to be his announcer for his syndicated show,” wrote Duncan. “What a dream come true. I still miss Mr. Wolfman. [He ALWAYS laughed when I called him that!] Aa-hooooooo! I was going through some boxes, I found this rare bumper sticker.”

Jim has been nominated for the Country Radio Hall of Fame. “This is my third nomination. Maybe third time is the charm,” Jim notes. 50th Annual Country Radio Seminar will be held February. 

Sweet Dick Whittington (top right) with cast of Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, which was
featured in Emmy Magazine celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the show. Sweet Dick was in many cameos.
(Thanks to Douglas McEwen)

More TV for Ryan. Variety reports that ABC is developing a comedy series inspired by the real-life friendship of Kelly Ripa and KIIS’ Ryan Seacrest. They co-host the syndicated ABC morning show Live with Kelly and Ryan. The show, Work Wife, is described as an ensemble comedy "that explores the dynamics surrounding people's 'work spouses,' who have very few boundaries with each other, and how that impacts their relationships with everyone else."

In other news: Fred Ebert, KFI Talker 1999-2001, is a former chemistry professor. He recently "rediscovered the fun and mental challenge (but also relaxation) of playing pocket billiards,” according to his Facebook post. If you live near Bridgeport, Connecticut, he would love to shoot pool with you at the Four Corners Billiards … Christmas music returns to KOST tomorrow and Gwen Stefani will be at the station to help flip the switch … Smashing Pumpkins and Florence + The Machine headline KROQ’s Acoustic Christmas … Jim Roope was the Cumulus LA correspondent for mid-term election night news.

Gary Moore Stands Up to Cancer 

  (November 7, 2018) Gary Moore works afternoon drive at KLOS in a building that houses sister station KABC. He wrote on Facebook: “Perhaps you’ve seen the Stand Up to Cancer moments at major league games when everyone stands in silence holding cards similar to the one below. I’d seen it but never been a participant – until a week ago Saturday, during World Series Game 4 at Dodger Stadium, and it was as moving as anything in sports as I’ve ever witnessed. Holding up that survivor card honored those I know who’ve fought cancer and won as well as those of us who are fighting and winning, as I had my own procedure today. It was the second one in three years – I’m all clear – and early detection IS the key. So, if something doesn’t look or feel right, get it checked ASAP.”

Gary also acknowledged and dedicated his post to colleague Jillian Barberie. “In addition to her work in afternoons at KABC, many of you know from her days on the NFL Today with Terry, Howie and the boys. She was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and is having surgery this Friday. I can’t say enough good things about her and I’m sure she’d appreciate every extra prayer. You can follow her journey on Twitter @askjillian.”  
From David Grudt's collection of LARadio ads appearing in the LA Times
October 23, 1978.
K-HITS Jock Dies
. There will be a celebration of life on November 14 at the San Fernando Moose Lodge for John Lyle Campbell. John worked at KHTZ (K-HITS) from 1983-86. He died on July 19, 2018 in Sherman Oaks of natural causes. He was 63.

John was born in 1955 in Cohoes, New York. “John loved radio!” according to his sister, Charlotte. He got his initial on-air experience on the campus station while attending Hudson Valley. In Albany, New York he worked at WHRL, WABY, and WSNY.

In 1975, the lure of Hollywood drew him to Southern California. His booming voice enabled him to find work in LA at KRLA, KHTZ and KSRF, KWNK-Simi Valley and in San Bernardino at KMEN. He was a proud member of SAG for many years and appeared in many movies, most notably Absolute PowerLogan’s Run and The Rock. And he worked on many tv shows.

For the last 14 years of his life, John was employed at the law office of Richard M. Lester. “John had a heart of gold. He was quirky, opinionated, interesting, passionate and lovable, always smiling or grinning. He was a ‘walking encyclopedia’ with regard to old movies and old tv shows especially. Give him a title, he knew the actors, the director and the year it came out,” his sister continued. “John leaves behind many desolate co-workers, good friends close and afar and a family that never got to say goodbye.”

“Bring your memories, sad, funny, ridiculous or poignant. Bring stories of the run-ins, burn-outs, close calls and Runyonesque characters he encountered in LA.” For more information on his Celebration, contact his sister Charlotte at   

Former KFI News Director Dies 

(November 6, 2018) Mike Parker, a veteran broadcast journalist who got his start in the Southland, died November 4, at 75, of congestive heart failure.

In 1967, Mike joined KBBQ as a newscaster and worked alongside Dick Spangler and Andy West. In 1969, he moved to KFI where he worked as a street reporter, anchor, then news director from 1973-77. “So much happened at KFI and I worked with so many great people, my head reels from the great memories. In the newsroom were such greats as Mark Coogan, Bob Kerr, Larry ChattertonBill JenkinsBill BrowningEleanor Green and Vern Williams. I’m sure I’ve left somebody out but it was a fantastic news operation until Cox Broadcasting bought the place and started cutting costs. I also got to work alongside some legendary radio personalities as a newscaster. There were Lohman & Barkley, Dave HullAl “Jazzbeaux” CollinsHilly Rose, even Dave Garroway and Robert Q. Lewis. Now that was a FULL SERVICE radio station.”

Mike was assigned to cover the potential collapse of the Van Norman Dam immediately after the 1971 San Fernando earthquake. Eighty thousand people were evacuated because of the potential for disaster. “I traveled up the road in a mobile unit for KFI,” recalled the tenacious reporter. “I had no idea where I would go had the dam collapsed.”

In the late 1970s, Mike moved to tv at CBS station KNXT/Channel 2 as both a reporter and anchor. He said “working in L.A. in the ’70s was like covering news for the Sodom and Gomorrah bureau.”

Mike covered numerous forest fires as well as the Hillside Strangler case.

He moved in 1980 to work at the CBS station in Chicago, WBBM/tv. He became one of the station’s best known reporters over his three-and-a-half decades.

Mike became internationally known for his reporting on in 1992 about David and Sharon Schoo, a couple who left their four- and nine-year-old children to fend for themselves back in their Illinois home while the parents took a nine-day Christmas vacation in Mexico. It was as if the movie Home Alone became realilty. “What had been my little story that we had done out there in the Fox River Valley suddenly became this international incident, with literally tens and dozens of reporters and camera crews and police and bystanders shouting and screaming at the couple as they walked by,” Mike recalled for the Chicago Sun Times.

“Versatility was Mike’s calling card,” said WBBM/tv news anchor Jim Williams, a longtime colleague. “He was a great anchor and reporter. His writing had a touch of poetry, which he delivered in that beautiful baritone. And he was such a cherished presence in our newsroom – wise and wickedly funny.”

Except for a year he spent in New York at ABC-owned WABC (where he worked with his second wife, Mary Nisssenson), Mike remained a prominent presence at WBBM/tv before stepping down in 2016 as the station’s senior on-air personality. “It’s been a fine, fun and exciting ride through the decades – but it’s time to get off the horse,” Parker told co-workers in announcing his retirement, according to a story at Robert Feder's Chicago blog.

When interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People in 1995, Mike was asked if he missed L.A.: “Do I miss L.A. and L.A. radio? Oh, yes! Oh, yes!”

Jillian Barberie Diagnosed with Breast Cancer

(November 5, 2018) KABC’s Jillian Barberie has announced she has breast cancer. The C-word has struck one of our own and she has been very open on social media over the weekend. Test results confirmed that she has cancer in her right breast. “Results back. It’s cancer in my right breast but also it has spread to my lymph node,” she wrote.

“Appointment at Bedford Breast to assess everything.” Jillian, who hosts afternoon drive at KABC with John Phillips shared that she will undergo a double mastectomy to combat the cancer. “I’m going to be super aggressive and do double mastectomy and they said I need chemo for the lymph,” she shared. “Thanks for coming on this journey with me!”

“To be honest, I just want the boobs gone and the cancer outta me. Then tackle the lymph node. But hey I’m no expert,’ said Jillian. “And all I can think is dammit. I should have done Playboy while I had those beauties. In a second tweet, Barberie said “the hardest part about a cancer diagnosis is telling your kids” and shared that she enlisted Dr. Drew Pinsky’s help. “I’m not going to sugar coat it but I also don’t want to scare them,” she wrote. “Cancer sucks and f— cancer and all that good stuff. Wish me much.”

“She called in to her KABC show Friday – Steve Edwards was filling in for her – and she still had her sense of humor,” emailed Tom Burfield. “She seems to be one tough lady.”
Ripston DiesRamona Ripston, the longtime executive director for the ACLU of Southern California worked at KABC as a Talk show host has passed. In the spring of 1990 Ramona joined Bill Pearl as co-host on the "Point / Counterpoint" show in afternoon drive. She died November 3, at the age of 91. Born and raised in New York she reached her $90,000-a-year job as head of the Department of Public Affairs for the New York Urban Coalition through her involvement as an activist.

Ramona is the daughter of an Orthodox Jewish mother and a physics professor who was Roman Catholic. She said she was raised to be aware of inequality and discrimination. She thought she was going to be an actress, a veterinarian or a teacher. Instead, she became a model after graduating from Hunter College in 1948, and soon married. She pursued volunteer work editing a newsletter for the New York Civil Liberties Union, raised funds and organized new chapters. Married five times, she ran one of the 53 affiliates and chapters that make up the ACLU's national organization.

In other news: MY/fm’s Lisa Foxx reports that her throat is making a strong recovery from hemorrhaging. “Doc says I’m at 50% IMPROVEMENT...STRICT VOCAL REST is working... its boring...but I'm following orders for the looong haul.” … Hip-Hop Power 106 (KPWR) is launching a new, two-hour show starring DJ Felli Fel and Justin Credible called “New at Night.”  It airs from 12 midnight to 2 a.m. and is being billed as “unfiltered new hip hop without limitations.” KPWR personality Mando Fresko hosts the second hour of the program ... Programmers at Soul Town (SiriusXM Channel 49) had a great time Saturday night playing only songs with Time in the title. Nice way to remind their listeners about the clock ahead change.

Email Saturday, 11.3.2018 

** AM Radio Piece in NY Times

"Fascinating—and a little depressing—to read Erin Aubrey Kaplan's opinion piece in the New York Times (LA Radio, Friday 11/2/18).  The notion that the 'hard right' started building any sort of infrastructure to take over AM Talk is ridiculous.

Commercial radio is, and always was, about building listenership. That's what gets the advertiser dollars flowing, pays the talent, and keeps the station on the air. If a significant portion of the population listens to your station, it's because you're airing things they want to hear.  

Rush Limbaugh didn't take over or commandeer anything; he simply found a listener base whose views coincided with his, at a time when major newspapers and the burgeoning 24-hour tv news market were increasingly slanting left.  

You want shouting? Sure, AM Talk has some. So does MSNBC. Even used-car dealerships still air ads that shout at you [I should know, I voice a lot of them]. Don't like it? Change the station.

As for a 'toxically white' landscape, can we please get past the insertion of color into every topic? Riddle me this, Ms. Kaplan: what's the predominant ethnicity at any of our local Spanish-language stations? Or Vietnamese-, Iranian-, Mandarin-language stations, et al? There's not a single spot on the dial that has the perfect percentage of every nationality or racial origin. Even the long-departed left-leaning Air America, which likely would've survived had it found listeners, was predominantly white. But was it 'toxically white,' or is that phrase reserved just for conservatives?

There are certain aspects of the old AM band that I miss too, but time marches on. Time was when you could hear Barry Manilow next to Kenny Rogers next to Earth Wind & Fire next to Kiss, all on the same AM station. But music—for the most part—moved to fm, and accordingly, AM's revised formats found new listeners. To claim that the remaining AM music stations are 'tainted by association' is just sad. My everyday car is a 1958 Ford with its original vacuum-tube AM radio, so that's what I listen to on the road.  At any given point I might be tuned to talk on KRLA [how's Larry Elder fit into a 'toxically white' station lineup?], news on KNX, a golden Oldie on 1260 K-Surf, a teeny-bopper hit on Radio Disney, any of the great choices on KABC, KFI, or a hundred other options. The only 'taint' I'm sensing is AM's time-honored signal fade when I drive under an overpass.

Thanks, as always, for the 50,000 watt blowtorch known as!" - Bruce Barker, North Hollywood

** NY Times Article

“I was unable to respond to the writer of the AM radio article in the New York Times who described KABC better than I probably could. She hit the nail on the head, so to speak. Yes, we did have a great product with some very talented hosts, most of whom I hired. That era is somewhat gone from radio, certainly from AM.

I really expect KABC to go SPANISH ANY DAY NOW! Their format is so diversified that my only hope is that they are making money with the format.

One of the very talented people who I hired is still there and he is not on the air. Vern Copp is the sales manager for KLOS and KABC. Quite a nice man and a super star sales guy. Hang in there Vern. Making a living is the key!” – George Green

** NY Times Article Perspective from Elder

“With all due respect, what’s ‘fascinating’ about a hard, left-wing black columnist upset about the post-Fairness Doctrine ascendency of conservative talk radio? That’s why God invented NPR.

Notice she slammed hosts she described as mostly ‘loud white guys,’ leaving out an L.A. based conservative/libertarian black talker named Larry Elder, who has only been at it for 25 years. In a 2006 column about a black member of the GWBush administration, Kaplan wrote, ‘I don’t support conservatism in its current iteration, and I support black conservatives even less.’

Nor was there one word about the crash and burn about the ambitious leftwing Air America. When AA was on, did she hear the ‘sophisticated discussions of things [she] had only vague ideas about’ she claims to miss? Was she as offended by the likes of leftwing ideologues Al Franken and Ed Schultz as she is by Rush Limbaugh?

I’m guessing not.” – Larry Elder

** Brother John's Journey

"Brother John was brought into the KRLA fold in 1972 by Shadoe Stevens who used him on air [I think as a newsman and dj] and in production. Brother John's voice was in the historic Phase II repositioning that aired in July 1972. When Shadoe went to KMET, he brought Brother John with him to do news and public affairs, as I recall." - Ken Leighton, San Diego

** More Brother John

"Loved the Brother John story. 

My mind is a little foggy on this, but I believe at one time ABC Radio was running on KLOS [or was it KABC/fm at that time?] an automated format of just the Beatles and the Stones. I seem to remember that it was Brother John that voice tracked that.  It was basically 'that was the Stones, now here are the Beatles. After a Beatles song, 'that was the Beatles and here are the Stones' followed by a Stones song. They were all said in various ways by Brother John." - Mike Stark

** Heaven on KMET

“Long time no interact with you. I read the piece on the above show with Brother John. It was most definitely on KMET as I never listened to KLOS back then, and I did tune in to his show from time to time.” - Bob Whitmore, Chino

** Heaven Is In Your Mind

“In regards, the story on Heaven is in Your Mind in Friday's LARP. In 1969 when I was hired by KRLA, pd Doug Cox asked me to develop a semi-religious program for Sunday Morning similar to Brother John's Silhouettes then running on KLOVE (KLOS) which both Doug and I were fans of. I took the title from the Traffic and Three Dog Night song, Heaven is in Your Mind. The program was one of my proudest achievements on KRLA. Brother John later revived the program on KRTH.” – Gary Marshall

** Reverend on Brother John

"Several weeks ago I wrote to you after being inspired by recollections of Johnny Hayes.

The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America has a short video on YouTube <> of a tv report from 1967 on 'Brother John' Rydgren’s radio program for the American Lutheran Church. His voice there should certainly be familiar to anyone who heard him on LARadio, and maybe Jason Fenimore will recognize it.   

I remember Sunday night radio on many stations was often different from other times of the week, and if Jason was anything like me he might have gone up-and-down the dial looking for something more interesting while his regular station was not playing its usual format. Perhaps he could have discovered Brother John’s Heaven Is in Your Mind on KRTH the same way I discovered  KFAC’s Global Village. Imagine Carl Princi playing some very modern rock [among a very wide variety of other sounds together with Classical music], but that’s what I went to sleep to Sunday nights for a few years in the ‘80s. 

Ahh, it’s not easy to find radio like that any more, especially on commercial stations. It was very cool, as a Lutheran pastor in Peoria, to look up the first directory [from late 1988] of the ELCA in the church library and find John Rydgren’s name on the roll of pastors, showing his address as 'KRTH Radio Station, 5901 Venice Blvd., Los Angeles.' Peace." - The Rev. Steven P. Tibbetts Born in Hollywood, Playing in Peoria

** K-EARTH #1

“Great to see K-Earth at the very top of the ratings again. It was the best radio job I had in my 47 years in the business. I always said that it wasn’t like going to work, it was like going to a party. Working with program director Bob Hamilton was a joy.” - Steve (Liddick) Fredericks, former K-Earth News Director (1974-78) author of But First This Message: A Quirky Journey in Broadcasting.

** Letter to Al Wisk

“It was a very nice surprise to see you written up on Don Barrett’s LARadio website and am happy to touch base and remember what was a great time to be an Angels fan and a listener to KMPC. Those days [I was between 18-20 during your tenure as Angels broadcaster] I made many more trips to the Big A than at any other time. Seeing Nolan Ryan pitch [for many years the only reason the Angels were worth watching or listening to], you never knew if you were about to witness history [though you were probably sure to have seen 10+ of his 5,724 or so strikeouts].

If memory serves me correctly, you arrived in 1977. I think Dave Neihaus had gone to Seattle to become the Mariners’ broadcaster. But I thought you were as good as anyone who ever covered Angel games on the radio, Dick Enberg included. You always seemed exceptionally prepared and professional, never the shrieker that seems to occupy so many booths nowadays. With the radio the only sure way to follow the Angels every game, you contributed to many, many enjoyable evenings, even though the Angels lost more than they one. But, of course, I do remember that evening in September 1979 vs. KC when you got to announce, ‘The 19-year wait is over!’

So, I am very glad to hear you have found success in your new career in law, but wish I had several more years listening to you cover the Angels and the Rams [you did get to be there as well for the win vs. TB that sent the Rams to their first Super Bowl]. Anyhow I could ramble on and on about the memories of those years as an Angel fan, but work awaits. Take care and thanks for the great memories of a great time. Continued success in all you do.” - Tim James, Senior Technical Writer/Technical Service, Coordinator, Suss MicroTec AG

** One Lawyer to Another

“Very interesting story about Al Wisk.” - Christopher A. Bury, Attorney at Law

** Wisk at KMPC

Al Wisk was on his way big time. He was young and very good sports broadcasting with the Angels, Rams, and UCLA. He gave it all up because his wife was unhappy that was never home. He quit sports broadcasting and went to law school.

Al has a very successful law career. He is a very smart, good guy. Al lost his wife about the same time Beverly died. He has a very lovely daughter who lives in LA.

I am very fortunate I have an outstanding family and having friends like Al Wisk.” – Roger Carroll

** Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters

Below are the streaming numbers for October, with the September numbers in parenthesis.  All stations saw an increase from last month.  And attached are the cities." - Saul Levine 


Total connections: 193,365 (162,934)
Total number of hours listened: 288,432 (251,743)


Total connections: 45,519 (44,735)
Total number of hours listened: 58,025 (56,646)


KKJZ-FM (Numbers reflect 10/1 - 10/28):
Total connections: 208,101 (167,413)
Total number of hours listened: 254,462 (218,237)


KKGO-FM HD4 (K-Mozart):
Total connections: 32,668 (24,219)
Total number of hours listened: 60,889 (46,469)


Total Connections: 3,409 (2,484) 
Total number of hours listened: 6,854 (4,869)
** Pirate Radio Beginnings

"I saw your mention of Scott Shannon and Pirate radio. The station was supposed to start a few weeks later than it did, but Norm Pattiz got word another station was going to try to jump the gun on the format. He called me at three in the afternoon the day before the 5 a.m. kickoff. My engineering partner, Jeff Park, lugged all sorts of musical instruments to the studio [guitars, keyboards, drums, etc.] to produce the opening. With the help of Westwood One Production stud, Ron Harris, finding several air check pieces, Jeff and I, with the help of a 12 pack of beer, a bottle of tequila, and few smokables, spent the night in studio A at WWO in Culver City and created the opening.

We drove the master to building 2, a few blocks away, and the location of the Pirate Radio Studios at 4:50 a.m. I can only imagine what we looked like. We handed the tape to Ron. Norm came out to my black Bronco and invited Jeff and I to come join the crowd having a pre-start champagne party. We turned down him down and drove back to building 1, sat in the parking lot, fired up and shared the last beer. We sat in the Bronco and listened with pride our creation.

The link is: " - Jim Duncan

** FU%^#ing Kidney Stones

“Tell Ed Mann to just be glad he [apparently] is able to pass his kidney stones. I have had them off and on since around 2001, and in my case, they led to something a lot more serious.

In April, my doctors discovered during a routine blood panel that something was amiss with my kidneys themselves. A few more blood and urine tests plus an ultrasound showed that something was blocking my left kidney's drainage to the bladder, and a subsequent CT-scan turned up a 1.5cm [a little longer than a half-inch] stone that had attached itself to the inner kidney wall at both ends and grown across the exit portal. This resulted in hydronephrosis, meaning urine built up in the kidney and it was close to the point where it would have begun swelling as a result. [I am told that I was down to less than one-third of available capacity in that kidney by the time it was diagnosed.]

I am fortunate that the medical group with most of my doctors has a very talented urologist in its number, and she trained on a roboscopic procedure under the doctor who created it. She went in on August 28 and, using a camera and laser was able to get the center 85% broken up and removed, but in the fifth (!) hour my blood pressure became erratic and the anesthesiologist made her stop. I have had a stent connecting the kidney and bladder since then, which has thankfully drained most - if not all - of the liquid from there. [Fun fact #97.5: The kidneys are part of the regulation of your blood pressure. I never knew that.]

Since then, we have been trying in vain to convince my insurance carrier - which shall go unnamed to prevent possible legal action against me - to authorize a second time 'on the table' to get the ends removed. Only then will my nephrologist be able to determine how much permanent damage there is and what can be done to maximize what capacity remains viable.

Ed can take my word for this: Two months of having a stent irritate your bladder and cause frequent 'false alarms' on urination, with trace amounts of blood and a burning pain similar to a still-to-be-passed stone every third or fourth time, is a LOT worse than a stone which, once passed, is no longer causing pain and discomfort.” – K.M. Richards

Source of Heaven Is In Your Mind? 

(November 2, 2018) Jason Fenimore of Springvale, Maine emailed asking if we recalled a radio show in Southern California called “Heaven Is in Your Mind.” He made a point to say it was NOT a religious show and it aired in the evenings on either KMET or KLOS. He said it had to be one of those two stations because when he was growing up in Palos Verdes, these were the only stations he listened to.

In response, I sent him some information on Brother John:

RYDGREN, John: KRLA, 1972; KRTH, 1977-82; KRLA, 1985; KRTH, 1986-88. "Brother John" had a unique place in Southern California radio. Born in North Dakota, he grew up in Seattle. In 1958, John graduated with a divinity degree from Pacific Lutheran University in Washington before his ordination as a Lutheran minister. John was one of the first people to utilize rock music in religious radio programs. He began his radio work in Minneapolis, where he taped a Christian rock show called "Silhouettes" from a church basement. The show became so popular that it was nationally syndicated. John was then appointed director of the American Lutheran Church's national tv, radio and film department.

He continued to work in commercial radio. John was the voice of ABC’s pro-album Love Format in 1968. In 1970, John left WABC/FM to produce religious and socially slanted radio/tv programs, before moving to L.A. in 1972, where he worked at KRTH and eventually created and hosted a program called "Heaven Is in Your Mind." In 1982, John suffered a debilitating stroke while on the air which left him with a form of dyslexia, forcing him to relearn reading and speaking from the third-grade level. Doctors predicted that he would never be able to talk again. However, with therapy he rejoined KRTH in 1986. 

Randy Gardner talked about the opportunity to have worked with John: “What a dear sweet soul! He had come full circle. He had to voice track his show between records during his relearning period.” John died in his favorite easy chair on the day after Christmas 1988, of a heart attack. He was 56. Beasley Broadcasting’s Allen Shaw said that John "was unusual during the cultural revolution of the late '60s." Jason thanked me for the “memory glow” but he still thinks it was on KMET. He said it was “just sort of a Jim Ladd-style free association w/appropriate music.” Perhaps this story will trigger a memory from someone.
In other news: Steve Dahl’s announcement that his final WLS 890-AM afternoon show will air December 21 and the other changes in store for the Cumulus Media news/talk station led the top 10 most-read stories at Robert Feder’s Chicago media blog in October … Dave Roberts, veteran of KEZY, KYNO-Fresno, and KMEN-San Bernardino, celebrated his birthday this week. When I was researching Los Angeles Radio People, I was always fascinated to learn something about them that most people didn’t know. Dave was no exception when it came to sharing an amazing fact. He’s also known as Dr. Roberts, holding a Ph.D. in Communications from the University of Oregon. He went on to be vp/director of programming for the RKO Radio Network … Scott Shannon, former pd at Pirate Radio (KQLZ), will host the National Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony later this month ... A fascinating story on Los Angeles AM radio appeared in the New York Times this week. Read it here.

Jason Insalaco came across more props from the new Quentin Tarantino movie shooting in North Hollywood

How Did LA Music Stations Talk About the World Series? Were They Relatable?

(November 1, 2018) When radio people get together they talk radio – stories about the past, people they have worked with and the current state of radio in their market. We all come with a bias but when an outsider is in town for an event – like the World Series – they listen to radio without prejudice.

Blogger George Johns, who has been a successful programmer in many markets was in the Basin for baseball. He made some observations about what he heard.

“Other than the news and sports stations, if you listened to LA radio you wouldn’t have known the World Series was being played at Chavez Ravine. Other than the low-key ticket giveaway for Friday’s game on the iHeart stations, the World god damned Series was non-existent on LA music stations. [iHeart’s KLAC carries the Dodgers.]”
“Who decided this was a good idea? The air talent? The god damn brand managers? The exalted market manager? Some highly placed corporate programming guru ruling from afar? It’s as if there was a huge parade, you were invited to ride in a convertible in the front with your name on the door. You turned it down because you’d rather play a Maroon 5 song for the 900th time and attempt to make a big deal out of it. Show me the research that says it’s a really good idea to NOT reflect events in your market!” Read the entire column here.

In other news, Country KKGO will be presenting all-Holiday music for the third year on 105.1 HD3, and on-line … Want to read a sad radio story? How the mighty have fallen in Tampa. Even if you are not in radio, you have probably read about Bubba the Love Sponge connected with a Hulk Hogan sex video. Here’s the link … In medical news, K-EARTH producer Brandon Castillo spent Halloween in the hospital following successful gall bladder removal … Richard Kimball, former KMET pd in the early 70s, finished his first round of chemo ... Former KIISer Ed Mann had a short message on Facebook: "F#$KING kidney stones.

In 1958, the first morning man at Chuck Blore’s Top 40 KFWB/Channel 98 was Bruce Hayes, the “Hayesy One,” as he called himself. He and his wife, Bea Shaw (“Tiger”) did commercials. Bruce’s tv commercials for Clorox featured a scene in which Bruce surprised housewives in a laundromat by saying, "I'll give you $50 for that t-shirt" (and then tearing it in half, washing one half in you-know-what). The commercials were so successful that stand-up comics all over the country did take-offs and parodies. Bruce died November 20, 1994, of cancer. Excelsior, Uncle Bruce.

Al Wisked Away to Dallas 

(October 31, 2018) Keeping track of over 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People is such a treat. Some are so unique and quirky, and each has a story to tell. In the ’90s when I started the task of finding these djs, executives, talk show hosts and sports personalities, it was before the Internet. It was mostly done by phone and old-fashioned mail. The first year I spent over $3,000 in postage. Today it is easier with a Google search.

For my books, I never found Al Wisk. In the late 70s, he was one of the announcers for the California Angels, Rams, and UCLA football and basketball. Earlier this month, I attended Roger Carroll’s 90th birthday party at the Long Beach Yacht Club. And guess who I end up sitting next to? Al Wisk. He had flown in from Dallas to join Roger in the celebration. Since 1983, Al has been a lawyer. I was interested to learn about his broadcast career.

“I had inexplicably good luck and exceptional mentors,” said Al. “One month after graduation from the University of Michigan in 1972, I answered an ad in Broadcasting Magazine, ‘Opportunity to Join Dallas Cowboys Broadcast Team.’ KRLD, the flagship station for the Cowboys 175 station network, received responses from 250 candidates and somehow I got the job.”

Ernie Harwell, the Baseball Hall of Fame announcer for the Detroit Tigers, was Al’s mentor. “KRLD hired me without an interview based on a University of Michigan basketball play-by-play tape and Ernie’s recommendation.

While at Michigan, I announced at WAAM, where my mentor was Larry Zimmer (retired Denver Broncos play-by-play), WUOM. Tom Hemingway of the Detroit Pistons was also a mentor. While in Michigan, Al did news for WQTE and WPAG, and was dj for WTRX and sports for WCBN. He also wrote for the Ann Arbor News.

“In 1972, the Dallas Cowboys had just won their first Super Bowl. For the next four seasons I shared the announcing duties with Verne Lundquist and mentor Frank Glieber, who worked for ABC/TV Sports and CBS-TV Sports respectively,” Al continued. “I originated a sports talk show on the station at 6 p.m. that was the highest rated program in the market in that time slot. My last football broadcast in Dallas was Super Bowl X.”
In 1976, KCMO hired Al to follow Ray Scott [formerly CBS-TV’s #1 sportscaster] as the Kansas City Chiefs play-by-play announcer. “I was recommended by an earlier Chiefs announcer Tom Hedrick. In winter 1976-77, Ken Wilson (Seattle Mariners) recommended me to Stan Spero, the general manager of KMPC, to take Dick Enberg’s place as the Rams and Angels announcer and work with Fred Hessler on the UCLA broadcasts. Stan was a terrific station manager who had a tremendous stable of talent, Dick Whittinghill, Roger Carroll, Gary Owens, Wink Martindale and Geoff Edwards on the air and executives like Norm Epstein [later general manager of KLAC].”

When Enberg left to become NBC’s #1 sportscaster in 1978, Al became the Rams play-by-play announcer and in 1979 moved from the #3 Angels announcer up to #2 teamed with #1
Don Drysdale. “The last Angels games I broadcast were the American League Championship Series (ALCS) with the Baltimore Orioles. The final Rams game I announced was the 1980 Super Bowl (XIV). The tapes of my Super Bowl broadcast were smuggled into the U.S. Embassy in Tehran during the Iran Hostage Crisis. In 2016, George Clooney’s production company made a documentary based on that story for NFL Films, directed by Tate Donovan and narrated by Clooney.”

In 1979, KMPC made wholesale on-air personnel changes as the station transitioned to talk. Al decided to go to law school in Dallas at SMU. “To pay the tuition, I announced the Kansas City Royals games on WDAF/TV for three seasons, thanks to mentor Joe Burke, the Royals’ President. In my first season (1980), the Royals went to the World Series and my play-by-play of Game #3 of the ALCS was used in The Sporting News’ book 25 Greatest Moments in Baseball History.”

Al is humble when he attributes much of his success to providence, but he says his final stroke of broadcasting luck came in 1980. “State Farm was looking for a new national radio voice for its commercials. They were considering a number of Hollywood actors. My former agent was pitching one of them. While State Farm’s head of advertising was searching on the agent’s reel-to-reel demo tape for Actor X in front of the Chairman of the Board Ed Rust, Sr. and the other executives, he accidentally stopped the tape at my voice and State Farm’s chairman said, “That’s it! That’s the voice I want.” That led to 15 years as the national radio voice for State Farm.”

Since 1983, Al has been a finance lawyer in Dallas at Clark Hill Strasburger. He would love to hear from colleagues and fans from his time in LARadio. He can be reached at: 

Classic Hits K-EARTH #1

(October 30, 2018) Classic Hits K-EARTH is #1 in the just-released October '18 Nielsen Audio PPM 6+Mon-Sun. The 5.0 share for K-EARTH is practically unchanged over the last six months but some of the recent leaders dropped a fraction, allowing KRTH to rise to the top of the chart. KOST, in the on-deck circle to begin its killer Christmas holiday music, is runner-up, while MY/fm (KBIG) dropped almost a point. At 4th is KIIS in a tie with the WAVE (KTWV). The potential of the LA Dodgers in the World Series helped both Sports stations. There was upward growth for Classic Rock KLOS and Real 92.3 (KRRL). KNX’s rating is going the wrong way, while Saul Levine sent an email declaring the K-SURF shares with a 1.1 in the 55 plus demographic. KABC fell another tenth of a share and ranks #43. Here are the Top 40 stations for October '18:

1. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.0 - 5.0
2. KOST (AC) 4.7 - 4.9
3. KBIG (Hot AC) 5.5 - 4.8
4. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.4 - 4.2 
    KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.6 - 4.2
6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.6 - 3.8
    KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.8
8. KFI (Talk) 3.7 - 3.7
9. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.9 - 3.0
    KRRL (Urban) 2.9 - 3.0
    KXOL (Spanish AC) 3.1 - 3.0
12. KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.2 - 2.8
      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.8
14. KNX (News) 3.0 - 2.7
15. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.5 - 2.6
16. KKGO (Country) 2.4 - 2.5
      KROQ (Alternative) 2.8 - 2.5
18. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.4
      KYSR (Alternative) 2.3 - 2.4
20. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.3
21. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.3 - 2.2
22. KUSC (Classical) 1.8 - 2.1
23. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 1.8
24. KLAC (Sports) 1.2 - 1.7
25. KCRW (Variety) 1.5 - 1.3
      KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.5 - 1.3
      KRLA (Talk) 1.2 - 1.3
      KSPN (Sports) 0.9 - 1.3
29. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.1 - 1.2
30. KEIB (Talk) 0.9 - 1.1
      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.1 - 1.1
      KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.2 - 1.1
33. KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 1.0
34. KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.8 - 0.8
      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.8
36. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.7
      KKLA (Religious) 0.7 - 0.7
38. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.6 - 0.6
39. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.4 - 0.4
      KSUR (Oldies) 0.3 - 0.4
      KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.4
      KYLA (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.4

Allie Mac Kay's Journey

(October 29, 2018) Allie Mac Kay joined the iconic Kevin & Bean Show on KROQ back in February 2015. Allie was instantly disliked by every fan of Lisa May, the third person at the K-ROQ morning show for almost 25 years. That was because Lisa was let go to make way for Allie. “It was bad. I got death threats. Death threats! Like a couple that were really insane,” Mac Kay said in a recent podcast.

“There’s a guy to this day that will write under any YouTube video of mine.” There were more “weird, awful, horrible things” from there — just in case the death threats weren’t enough.

Allie shares another battle. Thirteen years ago, she had her first surgery for melanoma. “I’m down some lymph nodes, have some amazing scars and have basal cell carcinomas and squamous cell carcinomas that pop up every 6 months. But I’m lucky. No melanoma in 13 years and I’m more aware of changes in and on my body than ever,” she posted recently on Facebook.

“The spot that turned out to be melanoma didn’t look like anything I Googled, the dermatologist said it was nothing, but I told him to biopsy it. Good thing I did. My oncologist said it was a matter of time before it spread farther.”

Allie had some words of advice. “If something feels off, demand that it’s looked at and you’re taken seriously. Protect your skin. And not just pasty gueras like me. Bob Marley had melanoma on his toe. It spread throughout his body and we lost a legend. Get your skin checked, wear sunscreen, stay out of tanning beds...and – if you’re like me – buy stock in @jergensus Their “Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer” is my godsend when it comes to sunless tanner!”
Foxxy VoiceLisa Foxx, former partner with Ryan Seacrest at ‘Star 98.7’ and now at #1 rated MY/fm (KBIG), made a startling announcement on social media. Her vocal cords aren’t working. “Anyone who has talked to me or heard me on the radio for over the past month, has heard how bad I sounded,” Lisa confessed. “But I didn’t stop.”

She hoped that the issue with just go away and get better on its own. She kept talking. That’s what she does. She attended events, participated in meetings and cheering on her Dodgers at games. A real cheerleader. She kept pushing her voice. The shows, interviews and commercials.

“I finally made the time to go see my doc because I couldn’t take it anymore and started to get scared,” Foxx continued. “He dropped a camera thru my nose to find that it’s a vocal cord hemorrhage, with severe acid reflux damage. You CAN’T just go, go, and go. You have to listen to your body and put your health first. I’m crushed! I’m upset and getting more mad at myself as I process what I could have done differently...EVERYTHING.”

She’s now on medication and limits her talking. She’s taking a break from her voicetracked show in San Francisco. No World Series games. Lisa said that Justin Timberlake had to cancel his tour for 2 weeks for the same thing. “I’m grateful I didn’t cause PERMANENT damage. Boo. Hiss.’ #timetoshutuplady.”
Hear Ache. Speaking of Ryan Seacrest, his foundation, a non-profit dedicated to inspiring youth through entertainment and education-focused initiatives, has relocated its headquarters from Los Angeles to Nashville. John Ivey, KIIS pd, is one of the foundation’s advisors … Miss Vin Scully’s voice during the World Series? Ira Lawson sent a note that Vin is the voice on Proposition 4. Listen and watch here  … Classic Hits Internet station will launch their ‘Jingle Boss’ holiday channel November 1 on the Live365 platform, as a complement to their regular station. ‘Jingle Boss’ will be hosted by the Boss Jocks from BBR and will feature traditional to contemporary pop Christmas favorites (from Bing to Buble and beyond). LARadio People include: “The Insane” Darrell WayneRaechel DonahueBob Ray, and Tammy Trujillo. They are part of the full staff of veteran jocks at Boss Boss Radio under the direction of pd and morning Boss Jock John Van Camp … Bill Dudley checked in to describe his vintage vinyl shop in Torrance. “It's a tiny version of Amoeba. Only about 1,000 feet. The funny thing is, I was doing this exact same thing way BEFORE Amoeba. A Portland customer said, ‘It looks just like your 1985 store in Portland.’ Which is the exact intention.” …KLOS’ Gary Moore was at the marathon World Series game Friday night. “I had to shave twice.” … Former KKLA morning man Jim Governale summed up the World Series: "Bummed out Dodgers fan this morning. Gotta own it. Congrats to the Red Sox, clearly deserving and a better team. All things considered, it's just a game, and there are far more important things going on in the world" ... When researching the KBIG-Avalon station, I tracked down the daughter of Bill Faulke, Cathy, who remembered as a kid living on Catalina Island while her father drove up and down the mountain (16 miles) to get to the broadcast facility at the transmitter site … Another 60s hit maker dies. Polk Salad Annie and Rainy Night in Georgia songwriter Tony Joe White died suddenly last week at his home in Tennessee. “He wasn’t ill at all,” said his son, Jody White. “He just had a heart attack. There was no pain or suffering.” Tony Joe White was 75.

Email Saturday, 10.27.2018

** Early Salt Water Coverage

"I remember well the commencement of KBIG AM on Catalina. It was a brilliant idea with the salt water coverage of the California coast line. I was not yet in broadcast ownership, and a grad student at USC. I listened everyday for the signal coming on. It was the early 1950s.

Then there it was. And it was terrific coverage. An interesting side note. In those days the FCC did not allow personal messages. KBIG had an engineer whose last name was Bailey. When there was equipment failure and he was needed, KBIG played the song Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home.

Dial forward to the 1960s, and I had 105.1 on the air. We formed our own association, The Southern California FM Broadcasters Association, and I was also the attorney for the group. John Poole made an application for permission to build an fm station on his radio towers on Catalina. Some of the FM Association members were pushed out of shape at the thought of this competition. In any event, Poole dropped the idea and built 104.3 on Mount Wilson." - Saul Levine

** Avalon Memory

“I know you’ll receive many fond memories of KBIG from many who grew up with the station. I lived back east but let me share one. As a young teenager living in New Jersey in the early to mid-50s, I was into DXing...listening to and logging distant radio stations. Back then, I belonged to the National Radio Club (NRC) which arranged for a middle of the night test broadcast by KBIG for its members.  As I recall, it ran from four to four-thirty a.m. Eastern time and began and ended with Benny Goodman’s Avalon.

I had picked up KFI and a few other west coast stations but KBIG was easily the strongest I had heard. I sent in a report and got an acknowledgement. I heard the station again when I visited LA in 1958, and they were still broadcasting from off-shore. There is a 1980 film called The Man with Bogart’s Face in which some of the story takes place on Catalina, and KBIG is referred as a source of the latest local news. It’s a cute film.” – Bernie Alan
** Melody Ranch and Lucky Lager Dance Time

“Your site is such a treasure trove. For instance, until I read your piece on KBIG, I had always thought that Lucky Lager Dance Time was a KCBS-AM [San Francisco] exclusive. It came on the air there after KNBR-San Francisco grabbed a big audience with its nightly Burgie Music Box. Each was on from 9:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., head to head on two of San Francisco’s major stations. Each formatted the same way, two tunes X 5 in the half hour.

I was a Burgie Music Box loyalist as a kid and teen [40s and 50s] and never switched to the competitor. In those days, KCBS-AM was KQW and KNBR was either KPO or KNBC. This is all apropos of nothing except an old dude’s memories. I knew nothing of broadcasting.

When I listened to Gene Autry after the war, I envisioned that his ‘Melody Ranch’ was somewhere near my home in Redwood City. Years later, I met The Cowboy while producing tv news remotes for KNBC/4 at Angel Stadium. I told him of my childish naivete and he got a chuckle out of that.

I’ll shut up now.” – Warren Cereghino

** Early 11/10 KRLA

Ron ‘Buddy’ Budnik concludes his fascinating reminiscences of the early days of KRLA last Sunday morning asking the ‘big’ question: Whatever happened to Arlen Sanders? All he needed to do was zip up to the top of the home page of your excellent site and click on the ‘S,’ and he’d have his answer in short order. He probably knows that. But his mention of Mr. Sanders triggered a memory for me.

I chronicle the story of attending the Bill Ogden school in Burbank in the fall of 1963 in my new book Vocal Recall, but I left this story out. One of my classmates was a young woman who said that she could get into KRLA pretty much any time she felt like it. I put her to the test one night. We cut class, hopped in my car and headed to Pasadena. She was true to her word. We got in the station. It was shortly after midnight. She introduced me to Dave Hull who had just gotten off the air. Years later I reminded him of this, but he had no memory of it. Why would he? We then went in the studio and spent the next hour chatting with Arlen Sanders [who was a very nice guy] watching him spin the hits. It was a magic hour!

I was in ground central of the radio big-time! So near and yet so far. When it ended, I was higher than a kite [just endorphins]. We left the station and hit the freeway, listening to KRLA of course. Arlen fired off the Marketts’ Out of Limits. I cranked it and we flew. Eventually the young woman put her hand on my arm and told me to slow down. I looked at the speedometer. We were doing 100mph. I’d had no idea.

I never made it to KRLA. But a few months later I did make it to KRL……C. What a difference one letter makes. Instead of sunny Pasadena, it was snowy Idaho. But that’s another story. And if you want to read about it, you gotta buy the book.” – Neil Ross

** 11-10 KRLA

“Thanks for the column on KRLA. I worked there during the Art Laboe years, when the FCC still owned the station [so the signal wouldn’t go dark and automatically revert to Mexico, I was told], up until a little after Bob Hope and the conglomeration of groups who had petitioned for years were finally approved to buy the station. The sales staff was housed in Art’s Original Sound headquarters on Sunset Blvd, in a somewhat seedy block of the Blvd, all owned by Art. Now there is a master of real estate as a financial investment. The traffic and talent part of the station was still in the Huntington Hartford offices in Pasadena. We communicated by a forerunner of the fax machine, some tacky paper that smelled to high heaven, but got the job done. It was all a pretty strange set up, but great fun.

I remember Tommy Bernstein had an original Picasso hidden in his office – a leftover from the Larry Webb ‘how can we spend all this money’ days. The FCC and the people who finally bought KRLA – after the fiasco over Jack Kent Cooke, a rigged on-air contest of sorts and how to retain control of the signal – owe a huge debt of gratitude to Art Laboe, who turned a turkey into a golden goose. The man is a brilliant programmer, strategist and on-air talent. I was so lucky to work with him those years.” – Mary Beth Garber

** Mack Attack

“I enjoyed reading Buddy Budnik’s recollections of KRLA.  It was great to remember the talented folks I met there: Charlie O, Casey, Reb Foster, Dick Moreland, Emperor Hudson, the Hullabalooer, Eubanks and all the rest.

I was on air at KRLA one weekend when a listener called, requesting some Peter Paul & Mary songs. He claimed to be Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, who said they were touring America for the first time.  Back then, a lot of the kids were putting on a phony British accent so I had my doubts. 

I shouldn’t have. 

He even came by to visit! Oh, I met the rest of the band too! 1965. 

Right time, right place.” – Gary Mack

** Batter Up

“Re Charley Steiner and the LA Times. Who cares if Charley takes a breath. Stop taking everything so seriously. Unless you are at the game or watching it on live tv, ‘checking up on him,’ who cares. It’s radio, fergawdsake.

Well, Chuck Blore always said, ‘talk to people in their own language.’ How does your life change with a fraction of a moment’s delay? Thank goodness some people think before they speak. It takes a newspaper nearly a whole day to report anything.” – Don Elliot

** UHF

“In case you're interested, I did an article on channel 22’s history a while back for Clarke Ingram’s ‘History of UHF Television’ website [which I designed for him and ended up both writing and editing articles for].

The KBIC-TV article is at Other articles of potential interest to LARPs are those about KHOF-TV/30, KLXA-TV/40, KCHU/18 (San Bernardino), KMEX/34’s short-lived and ill-fated attempt at an all-News format in the weekday daytime hours, the early educational experiment KTHE/28, and KAAR/39 in San Diego.

They are accessible from the article’s menu at if anyone’s interested. The site is a labor of love, no ads or subscriptions.” – K.M. Richards

** Fine Sign

“I saw this sign at Ventura Blvd and Fulton Ave in Sherman Oaks.” – Howard Fine

** Invisible LARP Essay

“AMEN and AMEN!” – Dave Armstrong

** More Invisible LARP Response

“Re reading your top story last Monday, it is striking how most, [if not all] of the stations have lost their unique identity due to corporate takeovers.

When I first opened my store a year ago, it seemed most of my customers mentioned The Sound, and how sad it was they were soon going away. Since then, NOBODY had ever referenced ANY station to me. Young people are NOT listening to radio for music.

I myself only listen to talk shows, and usually just Doug McIntyre in the morning on KABC. The corporate clowns have ruined radio. Sad, very sad!” – Bill Dudley

** Auto Correct

“With all due respect to Bob Scott and my good friend Don Elliot, we know the inventor of auto-correct had to be male because literally every woman I know hates when it ‘corrects’ something that was not meant to be. The men tend more to shrug it off and just retype [or let it go, because what the hell ...].” – K.M. Richards

** Delayed Sports

“In the last Email Saturday roundup, Dwaine Maggart says, ‘I hope Dodger games never go back to KSPN.’ The Dodgers were NEVER on KSPN, unless he picked up an ESPN network game, in which case the game would have also been on the Dodgers flagship station.” – Bob Scott

** LA, Oh, How Sweet It Is

“Dodgers in the World Series is sweet. Listening to KNX/fm is delicious!  We love L.A.” – Keri Tombazian

** Is It Poorman?

“I'm hoping you can help me track down the name of a short-lived dj who was heard on KIIS in the late 90s [somewhere between 95-98]. There are only a few things I remember about him:

- Rick Dees claimed he had been hanging outside the studio with a sign asking for a job.
- He performed a stunt where he was ‘frozen alive.’ This stunt was held in the parking lot of a supermarket in Burbank. Public were able to come and view the dj encased in ice [I remember because I was one of the people who went to see him].
- Wasn’t your traditional pop personality – he was edgier, meant to be kind of a ‘wild man.’ I know it’s a very random request, but I wasn’t sure who else to ask. Any help is appreciated. Thanks!” – Corey Irwin,

** Roq of the 80s Expands

“The ‘Roq of the 80s’ is now on KOOL 94.5-HD2 in Phoenix [in addition to KROQ 106.7-HD2 here in LA, and nationwide on Entercom’s, as has been the case since we relaunched around September 1]. So far, the response has been Incredible and I mean that in a good way!

Credit where credit’s due: Gene Sandbloom put the whole thing together and has been doing an excellent job as pd [meaning he actually listens to my suggestions], and it’s been a real pleasure for me to be back after three years of, shall we say, involuntary retirement thanks to CBS. [I only wish my many talented friends in similar situations could be so lucky].

As of now the dj lineup consists of Freddy Snakeskin (M-F 6 to noon + noon to 6 Saturdays), and Tami Heide [noon to 6 Sunday thru Friday], with a festive Party of Bounds remix show every Friday and Saturday from 6 to midnight [Billy Idol guest-hosted last weekend!] And in honor of Halloween we’re doing a special ‘Dead Man’s Party Out of Bounds’ this weekend. Tune in for a real Klassick KROQ musical fright fest. If you dare, and all that.” – Freddy Snakeskin

93/KHJ Gets Benched 

(October 26, 2018) After a movie screening in Beverly Hills Sunday night, Gary Gibson’s (Montrose) son had to stop in Hollywood because Quentin Tarantino was filming his new movie Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. The production closed down a few blocks of Hollywood Blvd. “The movie takes place in 1969 and he had lots of props covering current storefronts including this retro bus bench advertisement,” emailed Gary.

In other news: Diana Kirchen Kelly, part of the all-female jock line-up at KWIZ, checked in this week. She is enjoying retirement with her husband (another LARP), Paul Kelly. “We enjoy volunteering and travelling,” emailed Diana. “We still keep in touch with quite a few of our former Fullerton College Radio/TV students, many of whom are still working in radio and tv (and others who have had success in other careers).

They include: Bill ThomasRob Frazier, Rick Clapper, Henry Mulak, Liz Altamirano Carpenter, Terry Tate Driscoll, Teresa Fernandez Spector, Chris Dunn (NBC 15), Kimo Villarimo, Rod Barajas, Jim HillikerJim Governale, Shari Lipman, Dale BergPat Veling, Jay Eckstein, Randy Skretvedt, Eugene Louie, Steve Hassler, Stew Herrera, Tony Smith, Cami Black, Kay Poland, Craig Jackman, Pam Baumgardner (KPPQ-Lp Ventura), Marleen Kane-Weeks, Wayne Crews, Yume ArtWorld, Julio Flores, Victoria Botka Williams, and Lisa. We're proud of all of them!”
Hear Ache. Country singer Maren Morris will be the midday guest host at KKGO for the month of November … Chicago’s Steve Dahl will leave Cumulus talker WLS/890 just before Christmas. Steve got his start at KPPC and KKDJ before heading to the Windy City for an incredible career. Dahl and former partner Garry Meier were inducted into the Chicago-based National Radio Hall of Fame in 2013 … MY/fm’s Mario Lopez lands his own branded line of shoes for men and boys, priced in the $50 to $80 range … As the Dodgers struggle in the World Series, Earl Trout, former pd at KDAY, send along a funnie: “Vin Scully once told the story of an old man who bragged about his new hearing aid. The old-timer said something like this to Mr. Scully: “With this amazing new hearing aid, I can hear a bird in the outfield. I can hear the tinkle of a bell on a kid’s tricycle at the end of the block. I know a blind man is crossing the street by the tapping of his cane on the asphalt.” Vinny asked, “What kind is it?” The old man said, “A quarter to three.” … K-EARTH's Gary Bryan refuses to play any Classic Hits by the group Boston, at least until the end of the World Series ... Rob Marinko has lost his KABC job. “Without notice, explanation or ceremony, I was told my services were no longer needed at KABC. Perhaps I just did not meet their standards. My employment search will now focus on radio stations that are #42 or lower in the market, where my talents may be better suited,” wrote Rob on his Facebook page. Leah Brandon, one-time KFI news anchor gave some comfort to Rob: “Heeeeeyyyyy! Chin up buckaroo! Remember, I moved on purpose to a market smaller than yours. I LOVE IT! Wouldn’t go back for anything. More fun, more freedom. This is a gift” … Classical KUSC is using Christmas music collections in its current fall pledge drive … The Beatles released The White Album in 1968 but never played any of the songs live. On November 25,at the Harris Center in Folsom, California, a 40-piece orchestra featuring top area players, along with popular local singers/musicians/celebrities and top students from The Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy, will perform the entire album in its entirety.

KBIG Begins With Poole 

  (October 25, 2018) Growing up in Southern California presented me with numerous opportunities to hear the evolution of LA Radio. Long before I discovered r&b on KPOP and KGFJ and long before KFWB channeled rock ‘n roll, Carl Bailey broadcast on the “Big White Steamer” between San Pedro and Avalon. The blaring sound of the steamship horn provided the romance of being aboard and seeing this lanky (6 foot, 5-inch-tall) personality who made the voyage daily and conducted interviews from the under deck as they crossed the channel. He called them man-on-the-deck interviews.

The daily broadcasts in the fifties were on KBIG (then on 740AM, a daytimer). Every day was a fantasy while listening on my transistor radio as Carl made the 26-mile trek to Santa Catalina. Life magazine carried a photo of Carl’s broadcast. He was made a “Commodore of the Port of Los Angeles,” as well as being named an official greeter for Avalon. Carl has a commemorative plaque on the island. KBIG's studios were located 16 miles up in the hills of Catalina.

Each dj was given his own 4-wheel jeep by the company to make the daily drive up and down from the station. The Big Band format could be heard from San Diego to Portland. In 1958, Carl hosted Bailey’s Biscuit Barrel, which featured the one and a half tons of his personal record collection Carl gave KBIG to establish a working music library for the then-new station on Catalina Island. His show was on the local airwaves during the same time as Al JarvisMake Believe BallroomGene Norman's Lucky Lager Dance Time and Peter Potter's Platter Parade. Carl was also program director of KBIG.

In the mid-1960s he switched to news. Carl had to  from broadcasting just shy of his 50th anniversary following a stroke that damaged his motor reflexes.

Also helping establish the station 26 miles across the sea was John Poole. He was a broadcasting innovator, former merchant marine radio operator (he helped pioneer early military radar use during WWII), and reportedly worked as an American radio operator on Japanese fishing boats plying American water (the boats apparently were required by law to have an American radio operator on board). John was the engineer who launched KBIG on Catalina in 1952. At the time, Los Angeles County had more than 20 radio stations and seven tv stations. Few believed the region needed yet another radio station. He went on to establish not only KBIG on Santa Catalina Island but also one of the nation’s first UHF commercial television station, KBIC Channel 22 (now KWHY).

During his more than two decades as a broadcasting company owner, Poole played a major role in founding nine radio stations and four television stations. In 1969, Poole left behind his career as a pioneer communicator, leaving behind his interest in 13 radio and tv stations, and sold KBIG. He then purchased and planted an 80-acre parcel of land in Temecula, harvesting premium varietal grapes. By 1975, he constructed Mount Palomar Winery. It took six years for those vines to mature and for Poole to produce his first vintage under the Mount Palomar Winery label. The family has grown the ranch to 92 acres and garnered hundreds of top awards in domestic and international competitions. John wanted to establish a new agricultural business natural for his family. His son Peter took over operation of the Winery in 1985.
John’s wife was both Italian and British, having lived in England. Poole’s family reportedly was from the East Coast and had other business ventures, including holdings in iron and copper mining companies, among other things. John died on Christmas Day 2004, at the age of 86.

KBIG memorabilia is now on display in the landmark Avalon Casino Ballroom, built by the Wrigley family in 1929. In fact, the opening of the theatre was within weeks of the stock market crash.  

LA Times Beats Up Charley Steiner

(October 24, 2018) With the LA Dodgers preparing on Tuesday for Game One of the World Series, the LA Times oddly took the opportunity that morning to write a scathing story on Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner. The headline in the Tom Hoffarth penned story declared: Steiner of the Dodgers Can Be Call of the Wild. Hoffarth cites missed calls, wrong calls and an interminable pause in his delivery.

“We entrust Steiner to give us a chance to visualize when a ball is hit in the air,” writes Hoffarth. “His long pauses don’t seem to be for dramatic effect. Sooner or later, Rick Monday confirms a catch, a home run or the ball bouncing off the way.”

Steiner, 69, who grew up in Brooklyn listening to Vin Scully, received a recent contract extension. Hoffarth suggests some relief assistance from a local talent who can handle the middle three innings as Jerry Doggett used to do for Scully. “Selfishly, we’d endorse more of a Monday-Kevin Kennedy tandem, which never fails to educate listeners about how the game plays out, move to move.”

Somewhere Out There: The Los Angeles Premiere for Joe Frank – Somewhere Out There is set for December 1 at South Park Center. The feature length film explores the life of award-winning audio artist Joe Frank, whose career on radio and on-line has spanned four decades before he passed earlier this year. He created his work for decades at KCRW in Santa Monica and his programs aired nationwide on public radio. The host for the screening, NewFilmmakers Los Angeles, is a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization designed to showcase innovative works by emerging filmmakers from around the world.

Podcast Problems: The challenge of making a living by hosting a podcast was further put in flux, as described in a story from Chicago. Earlier this year, the Chicago Sun-Times hired Jennifer Schulze, the former Chicago tv news director and wife of Sun-Times ceo, with “really big plans” in mind, according to a story by Windy City blogger Robert Feder. She was put in charge of “new content development,” including production of an ambitious series of weekly podcasts to be hosted by Sun-Times columnists and reporters. “We’re putting the full weight of the Sun-Times behind the podcasts,” said the senior vice president of digital news products. “We’ve got really big plans.” Nine months later, Schulze is still on the job, but the podcasts are silent. “Overall, they didn’t generate the audience we hoped, so we put them on hold over the summer,” she said.

In an unrelated announcement, iHeartMedia, described as “the No. 1 commercial podcast publisher globally with over 20,000 podcasts available on its platform,” announced the first annual iHeartRadio Podcast Awards to be held at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles early next year. The first-ever major live awards event, voted by the listeners to honor the very best in podcasting,will span 22 categories and honor the most entertaining and innovative podcasts of 2018, while giving listeners the opportunity to decide the winners in 17 of the 22 categories. Mark Ramsey’s “Inside Jaws” was nominated. “What a pleasure and an honor to be on such a short list of great series,” wrote Mark. “The way the winner is chosen is via social media prowess, so I would be grateful if you enjoyed the series enough to vote for it here. We are trying hard to do great work, and to be acknowledged for that is a real treat.”

RJ Hits Jackpot 

(October 23, 2018) RJ Curtis, former pd at Country KZLA and most recently AllAccess Nashville editor, had a pretty heady week. He was at Lambeau Field in Green Bay for the first time to see the Packers play. As if that wasn’t itself a noteworthy event, RJ was appointed executive director of Country Radio Seminar. “Scuse me, while I pinch myself, and go buy a Mega-Millions ticket,” wrote RJ. “I'm honored to join CRB and hope to provide steady leadership and direction for an organization, and an event I'm in love with.” 

Former Power 106 morning team player, Luscious Liz Hernandez, has joined TuneIn to host “Today's Hits,” the premier TuneIn exclusive music station. In addition to being part of Big Boy’s Neighborhood, Liz previously co-hosted Valentine in the Morning at MY/fm (KBIG) until the end of 2013. She's also worked for Access HollywoodE! News and MTV News.

Total Traffic & Weather Network (TTWN) is looking to hire. The company has posted openings for two part-time traffic anchors at the Long Beach studios and one in San Diego. Anyone interested should go to for information and to apply.  All applications must be submitted through that site – applicants should NOT contact management directly regarding this opportunity.

Phil Hulett has joined the team at NBC News Radio as a national news anchor. “Listen for my voice [soon] at the top and bottom of the hour on your favorite station across the country. I will also be heard The Blaze,” Phil wrote on his Facebook page.

Everything traffic queen Rhonda Kramer owns is all about the Dodgers. “From pillows, T Shirts, blankets, coffee cups and even my debit card, it’s all about this team for me,” wrote Rhonda. “My team is now in the WORLD SERIES! Go DODGERS! This is our year. Now, I need to find one of those winning championship T-Shirts ASAP!”

Tom Taylor reports in his tasty newsletter that we have our first all-Christmas station, and it’s in downstate Illinois. “Atlantic City owner Gary Fisher likes to be first in the nation, on his easy oldies ‘Easy 93.1’ WEZW, but this year that distinction goes to a new setup in Du Quoin, Illinois. ‘Christmas 97.1’ is a bit of a stunt. Radio Insight says last Friday’s holiday announcement was part of the launch of a new translator. The owner will use the diet of Christmas music to get attention.”

KOST will have many challenges for ears when it comes to holiday music this year. 10 channels on SiriusXM will launch, many of them next week. The channels include:  

HOLLY (channel 4), contemporary holiday hits, airing November 1 - December 28.
HOLIDAY TRADITIONS (channel 3), traditional holiday music, November 2 - December 26.
RADIO HANUKKAH (channel 77), December 1 - 11.
COUNTRY CHRISTMAS (channel 58), December 3 - 26.
HOLIDAY SOUL (channel 49), December 3 - 26.
ACOUSTIC CHRISTMAS (channel 14), singer-songwriter acoustic holiday songs, December 14 - 26.
CHRISTMAS SPIRIT (channel 63), holiday songs from Contemporary Christian artists, December 21 - 26.
MANNHEIM STEAMROLLER CHANNEL (channel 30), December 17 - 25.
HOLIDAY POPS (channel 76), Classical, December 24 - 26.
NEW YEAR'S NATION (channel 2), party hits, December 28 - January 2.
70S/80S CHRISTMAS (streaming), November 1 - December 2.
ROCKIN' XMAS (streaming), November 1 - December 26.
HOLIDAY CHILL-OUT (streaming), Chill holiday music, November 1 - December 26.
JAZZ HOLIDAYS (streaming), November 1 - December 26.
NAVIDAD (streaming), Spanish-language holiday music, November 1 - January 7.

Invisible LARP

(October 22, 2018) When I first started writing about Los Angeles Radio People in the early 1990s, its market managers, programmers and even talent relished being public figures. Not so much today. With the beginning of social media, the opportunity to promote seemed like a natural, and some embraced it. Yet others felt that their radio station alone was bigger than all social media. After all, they could promote on multiple frequencies, appearing on sister stations up and down their corporate hallways.

As consolidation took hold, executives seemed to hunker down, and as a result they became isolated. In today’s corporate radio, how many of us would recognize – or have ever heard any periodic statements – from the market managers and programming execs? Each summer, we used to vote for the Top 10 Off-Air LARP. I believe we would be hard-pressed today to nominate 10 of these invisible leaders. Is there any correlation to the paucity of radio leaders promoting radio?

Nowadays, the singleness of purpose seems to be sales. There are a number of LA Radio stations that don’t even have a program director. Those are the call letters programmed from some far away corporate headquarters or by someone who also has to program another station down the hallway.

The audio environment is being created and distributed for total disruption. No longer is radio the fair-haired child coveted by the public. As I sit writing this essay on Sunday afternoon, I have asked Alexa to play a half dozen audio sources, only a couple of choices were LARadio. The weekend programming seems to be an after-thought for most programmers.
Who are our leaders who can shout from the tallest tower about the virtues of radio? Who locally is giving us reason to listen to compelling radio instead of watching NFL football? Who out there is interested in informing the public about the impact of radio?

Many levels of iHeart, Entercom, and Cumulus empire are still in flux, with two bankruptcies in various phases, while one merger / purchase is still trying to figure out who they are. While change is going on, wouldn’t this be the best time to launch new thinking? How many more years will we have to endure “Pay Your Bills” and “Say It and Win It” promotions? Have you ever won a family four-pack to Disneyland? Just look at the station websites and all you get are photos, news stories and ads.

My continuing mantra – if you don’t promote, a funny thing happens: NOTHING!

1963 LA Times Ads from David Grudt's collection

Email Saturday, 10.20.2018

** Steele Memories

“Needless to say, I loved today’s Nostalgia Sunday piece. Having followed The Real Don Steele on Ten-Q back in the day, anytime his name is mentioned or comes crashing into my mind, it’s an instant flashback to not only his incredible genius and zeal for his profession but his total decency and the love he shared [in his very own very non-quiet way] with everyone around him as well. 

It seems almost hard to believe but even now hardly a day goes by when I don’t think of him. Yeah baby, you left a deep mark on hundreds of us!” - Rich Brother Robbin
** KNX/fm Returns

“KNX/fm is back … sorta … me don’t think so … but almost! After 35 years of being begged to bring back KNX/fm, I started working six years ago on re-building two Mellow Sound stations … one the ‘Classic KNX/fm’ from ’73-’83 and the ‘Mellow Sound Now: ’73-present. They are now in their Beta testing stage and will be soon ready to fly. The original KNX/fm music library contained 1200 tunes … the two I have just compiled and completely re-mastered contain over 5200 cuts and that is just the beginning. I programmed the original station for 7 out of its 10 years on the air … and produced a good many of KNX/fm’s well-known jingles.

I feel bad that an eager beaver would put all that work into his current project, however, I think Dale Berg might be better off hooking his wagon to our train.” – Michael Sheehy, Program Director, Music Director, KNX/fm
** Banner Year

“790 KABC can’t seem to catch a break. The afternoon drive team of Jillian Barberie and John Phillips were doing a remote Wednesday at Robin’s Woodfire BBQ in Pasadena in support of Proposition 6.When they arrived, the place had banners announcing Welcome KFI’s John & Ken. It could just be divine payback because a dozen years ago John & Ken were in the Glendale Christmas Parade, when the tv announcer introduced them as Ken & Bob.” – Gary Gibson

** Minyard’s Start

Ken Minyard started on KABC in 1969, just not morning drive. Craig Horowitz's excellent book chronicles Minyard's impressive run in L.A.” – Bill Earl

** Delayed

“I do see a lot of Dodger games and I can’t imagine not listening to the AM 570 broadcast of the games at Dodger Stadium. I’m very appreciative that AM 570 is willing to take the HUGE RISK of broadcasting the games with no delay. I sure hope the Dodger games never go back to KSPN!” – Dwaine Maggart

** Gunn’s Book

“Thank you for Johnny Gunn's story. I've never heard of him except when LARP's mention him, but he sounds like a fascinating person. And a great storyteller. I have to get his and Wink's books.” – Julie T. Byers **
** Happy Trails

“It was absolutely wonderful to see so many great comments about Roy Rogers & Dale Evans. Over the years, I have had the honor to do a great deal of work [including a couple of CDs for Dusty [Roy Jr.], Cheryl and the Rogers family. Shamelessly, I never got tired of going to the museum, walking up to the Trigger exhibit and hearing my own production of Roy talking about his beloved four-legged friend. The Rogers were beyond heroes, they were American Icons that showed the way for billions of kids. I laugh as I remember sitting in their dining room and getting Dale to record those immortal words ‘Never ask a cowgirl about the size of her spread,’ She laughed for quite some time and thought it one of the funniest things she had ever been asked to record. Despite their sparkling image, they were very ‘down to earth’ and absolutely ‘real.’ I never asked a dime for any of my work. I always considered it repaying a childhood debt.

When Dale passed, I did the music for her service. One of the most amazing moments we have ever experienced happened upon leaving her memorial and heading West towards L.A. It had rained that afternoon, however the clouds cleared and now the skyline was like a vivid Maxfield Parrish painting … the huge amazing clouds had separated with a golden shaft of light beaming through all the way to the ground. It was a breathtaking and magnificent Western way for Dale to depart but I think she may have had a little help. These days I celebrate my 50th year in broadcasting, and we live up North in Grass Valley three miles out of town in the middle of the cedar forest. We along with some very special friends are in our 12th year of Planet Pootwaddle, which is my ‘labor of lunacy and study in self-indulgence.’ Pooty continues to live by the mantra we learned from Dale Evans many years ago, ‘If you want to be happy, make other people happy!’ Hey saddle pals, it works! Happy Trails!” – Michael
** Auto Correct

"Who said it was a man?" - Don Elliot

** Auto Correctness

"Your 'humor box' in today’s column refers to the 'man' who invented autocorrect. In 2018, shouldn’t that have said 'person?' How do we know it wasn’t a woman who invented it?" - Bob Scott

Bill's Biz is Hardly a Dud

(October 19, 2018) Dudley's Records Vintage Vinyl is located in Torrance and owned by KTWV personality Bill Dudley. His specialty store just celebrated its first anniversary. Bill sells hundreds of records, CDs, cassettes, posters, T-shirts, and other music related merchandise. “Hard to believe, but we just celebrated our one-year anniversary of the new Dudley’s Records, my seventh and final location,” emailed Bill. “We had a HUGE sale with a big turnout of our new and regular customers. The Beach Reporter newspaper gave us a nice shout out.” More info at: … Doug Stephan celebrates 30th Anniversary as an independent syndicated host. His program, continually running for the past three decades, was heard on LARadio on various stations over the decades, most recently on KFWB. It began as a morning show titled “Good Day” in a basement studio at WCKY-Cincinnati. “I think for the first few months, I was talking to myself, and now after all these years, I have spoken to millions of listeners…how many…who really knows?  Plus being on over 1,400 stations in the collective over the years, I am humbled by the support of so many station managers and program directors.” … Ever wonder what happened to the Satellite Sisters who had a show on KABC in 2005? ... As part of their ongoing support of National Breast Cancer Awareness month, Shirley Strawberry and Carla Ferrell of the KJLH Steve Harvey Morning Show joined more than 4,000 participants in the 2018 Sista Strut Breast Cancer Walk in Chicago this past weekend … Brad Pomerance yearns to be a game show host. “I am hosting TRIVIA for King Trivia at Billingsley’s Restaurant in L.A.,” Brad posted … Gary Spears, retired from radio broadcasting one year ago, moved to Florida, and takes occasional requests for voiceover work … Vin Scully could have wished us all a very pleasant good afternoon, on national television. The invitation came from Joe Buck, the lead announcer for Fox Sports. “It would be an honor to get up, take the headset off, sterilize it and hand it to Vin,” Buck told The Times. Vin respectfully declined: “I don’t want to just take a bow…Those fellows have been broadcasting all year. I don’t want to get into their spotlight in any way, shape, or form. I think they’re doing a wonderful job” … Chaka Khan, the one-time jock at B-100 (KIBB 100.3/fm), will be the grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade. As a singer, her hits include I’m Every WomanI Feel for You, and Tell Me Something Good.

Slim Pickens 

(October 18, 2018) One of treats of chronicling the 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People (LARP) is to learn something special about them and share it with you. Since this project started in the early 1990s, we think we are up to date with everyone but clearly know that is not the case. It only takes an email to update yourself or someone you know.

While picking around some research material, we learned about the passing of Hal Pickens. Hal had quite a time in LARadio, working during the 60s at Channel 98/KFWB, KBLA, and KDAY. He died July 19, 2010 after a lengthy illness. He was 73.

Although his made-for-radio voice had never uttered the thought outright, Hal always knew in his heart that he was born to be an entertainer, according to his obit in the Tulsa World. The nuns at his school corroborated his belief. His career aptitude test results had confirmed as much. It wasn't until Pickens, as an Oklahoma State University engineering student, filled in one night for an absent disc jockey at the campus radio station that his future course was set. Pickens felt right at home in front of a mike. And with his natural charm and quick wit, he was soon on his way to radio stardom.

By the mid-1960s, the rising radio personality would find himself spinning the latest pop hits for millions of listeners, including work in the San Francisco Bay area, Los Angeles and New York City, winning wide acclaim in the process. For his work at KFWB in 1965, Pickens was named Billboard magazine’s Air Personality of the Year. He would spend nearly 30 years in the industry.

Pickens eventually moved back to Oklahoma and made his home in Tulsa, where he worked in local radio until retiring in the 1980s. Harold L. "Hal" Pickens Jr., worked for both Tulsa’s KAKC and KWEN as he ended his career. “He loved connecting with people,” Barbara Pickens said of her husband. “And the spontaneity of radio really appealed to him.” She first heard his voice over the airwaves when he was working in New York. “It wasn’t real deep but it was perfect. He had a sexy voice and he knew how to use it,” Barbara said with a laugh.

Pickens, who also wrote music and built his own recording studio, would go on to produce and write songs for Jimmy Holiday, the r&b singer and songwriter. In 1964, he booked and emceed The Beatles’ San Diego show during their famous first trip to the U.S. “He said The Beatles were just perfect gentlemen,” said Barbara. “He did the Rolling Stones not long after that. He said they were thugs.” While emceeing a New Year’s Eve show in Santa Clara in 1971, Pickens was running up some stairs when the steps collapsed. He broke an ankle and shattered both knees. But he finished the show before seeking medical attention, his wife said. From face-to-face interviews with famous stars to skydiving and driving race cars for radio promotional stunts, Pickens loved every aspect of the business. Said Barbara Pickens: “Even in Hal’s last days, he was talking about how much he missed doing radio.”

KNX/fm is Back ... Sorta 
(October 17, 2018) KNX/fm is making a return engagement, thanks to the Internet. “I've been working closely with James Cole whose father Bob Cole was vp of CBS from 1969 to 1983. Bob helped create ‘The Mellow Sound’ that launched in January 1973. James provided me with over 100 jingles from KNX/fm. They are all playing now,” emailed Dale Berg. Nice if they could get back their tasty features like “The Odyssey File.” Berg is hoping that this station will generate listeners as much, or more than what he’s experiencing with his Smooth Jazz Station, The Oasis. Click the artwork to listen.

Hear Ache. KFSH’s Delilah was a guest on ABC’s Good Morning America this week to promote the release of her latest book, One Heart at A Time. She will stop by Megyn Kelly TODAY, plus she’s currently featured on the cover of Women’s World Magazine and Guideposts magazine … Former Top 40 jock Jack Hayes looked like he was not going to make it there for a while. “But I fooled them,” emailed Hayes. “I got pneumonia in June and the antibiotics turned it into c-diff (clostridium difficile colitis) which I wouldn’t wish on anybody. Have been in the hospital five times since but mostly OK since August 23. Got my fingers crossed” … Love “Temptations Tuesday” on Sirius Soultown, Channel 49 … Neil Ross is out promoting his book, Vocal Recall. “Just made an appearance plugging my book on Ken Levine’s podcast, Hollywood and Levine. I was so long-winded he ended up turning it into two podcasts. Part one is available now at It’s #93 titled ‘The Man who Killed Jim Morrison.’ You’ll have to listen to find out why” … Lon Helton, former pd at KHJ, just won CMA Broadcast Personality of the Year for his “Country Countdown USA” … KJLH’s Steve Harvey was among the honorees at the Merge Gala Awards at the 10th annual Merge Summit in Los Angeles. 

I'm Dressed, You're Not

(October 16, 2018) Johnny Gunn had a great radio career, with stops at KEZY, KBIG, KNJO, and KGIL. Proving that LARPs come in shapes, sizes, and colors, Johnny provides a first for us as he reveals all in a new book. He boasts to be very blessed. He lives in a “dream world of 37 shades of green jungle of giant trees and flowers at the Motion Picture Country House, at the edge of LA.” His present story in a moment.

Johnny started his broadcast career in 1947 in the then-territory of Alaska. After programming KENO-Las Vegas in 1967. Johnny won the world championship Sheriff’s Rodeo Mule races for three years. In the mid-1970s he was producing commercial spots. At the San Fernando Big Band station, KGIL, Johnny worked evenings and was the pd.

Born in Buffalo, Johnn spent all his school years in Akron, Ohio. “It was at Akron University where I got shot in the ass with show business. I moved to Seattle, auditioned at every station in the Northwest and got my first job in 1947 at KFQD-Anchorage. I worked my way down the coast with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Tacoma, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego and then the Southland.” Johnny’s still married to his first wife Jo-Ann. He retired to Morro Bay in 1992 and was writing Our First 103 Moves. Now for Johnny’s story today:
 “Somebody up there likes me.” Paul Newman, as Rocky Graziano, said it in the movie which also served as the title. “I’m hereby adopting the line because I’ve been blessed with so much. I had a 92nd birthday, a 67th wedding anniversary, continued good health and I finished my book, which was published a few months ago.

At the Motion Picture Home, I have an independent cottage and Jo-Ann resides 172 steps away at the Alzheimer’s facility. We spend the last half of every day together. Yes, she still knows me, is still my favorite conversationalist, has a great sense of humor, we chat, have dinner together, wheelchair around the acreage, I tuck her in for the night, read to her and sneak back to my digs when she goes to sleep. It doesn’t hurt, and one forgets all details of what happened from ten minutes to ten or fifteen years back. Jo-Ann was diagnosed more than 10 years ago, by comparison Peter Falk died in six months.

Right after the war we moved “out west.” It took two months of looking before we ended up in Seattle. Seattle is not “rainy.” It’s misty. And sunshiney. And beautiful. I got married there and we had Gloria there. Gloria recently retired from Mary Tyler Moore as Post Production Supervisor. We all lost our beloved middle one, Emily, to cancer in 2013. We left Seattle twice for Alaska, once for Anchorage before I knew Jo-Ann, and once for Ketchikan and Juneau when Gloria was 2 years old. Both times for Radio station employment. Back to Seattle for a couple years and then Las Vegas in the 50’s. That was Las Vegas at its best. Every big-city mob owned a casino, New York – Desert Inn and Riviera, Bugsy Siegal, The Flamingo, Meyer Lansky, The Sahara.  Brunches and celebrity shows were unbelievably cheap, before the city with its burgeoning population and big-city behavior gradually took the town over. The prices went up and the bad guys disappeared.

We moved to San Diego and L.A. and more radio. We’ve had a fun-life, including being divorced for four years because of a misunderstanding (noun). We misunderstood (verb) each other. We finally wised up and talked and got remarried. (It’s in the book). So, why did I write a book called, I’m Dressed, You’re Not? 

I’ve had a good reason: Since I was five years old, secretly ‘dressed up’ in my mother’s clothes. The word, cross-dresser is in the book a lot, the word transvestite, not a whole bunch.  I also admit to “daddy.” Good husband for 67 years and 3-time grampa, a lovable, old curmudgeon. Cross-dressers don’t want to be organized or identified. You couldn’t get one to march in a parade. They don’t want to be recognized or divorced, fired or even glanced askance at. Don’t want their wives or kids to find out. It isn’t fun. But it is. But it isn’t. That’s where I was when I told my wife about it. She had a tough time for a while and finally told her “best friend,” our daughter. Nobody got mad or disappointed at anybody. Isn’t it amazing how intelligent people can be. I’ve lectured on the subject to hundreds of college classes, for every Cal State. and U. of Cal’s. this century and last. Crimany! I wish I could have made this shorter. It happens. (Photo: Gunn with Tom Patterson)

You can reach out to John at: You can buy his book I’m Dressed, You’re Not at:

Winner, Wimmer, Winner 

(October 15, 2018) Rocio Rivera is getting more and more exposure doing the news at KFI. Next weekend, she’ll be taking over the weekend shift of Julie Slater (Julie’s leaving the station to pursue voiceover).

Rocio was born and raised in Los Angeles, graduating from Cal State Northridge with a degree in journalism. She started her broadcast career in a small town in Southeastern Colorado in 2011. “I found her [she found me] while she was working in Lamar, Colorado,” emailed KFI news director Chris Little. “I told her to stay there and work on her delivery, with my help, but she decided to move back to LA. I kept working with her and put her on overnight.” Rocio has been with KFI since 2015. 

She’s also now a fill-in host for KCRW in the LA and Santa Barbara market during middays, Morning Edition and All Things Considered.
Roger Wimmer Passes. “Far too many people play a major role behind the scenes of local LARadio and are rarely recognized for their efforts,” emailed Jhani Kaye. “Although most may not know his name, Roger Wimmer was one of those pivotable broadcasters who helped shape the radio landscape in Los Angeles. He was one of the two researchers of Cox Radio when the decision was made to launch KOST 103 in 1982. Every KOST auditorium music test was conducted under his watchful eye.

His insights were amazing. He helped sculpt the talk radio format for KFI, which took on powerhouse KABC and won the talk radio war. And he helped revive K-Earth 101 and make it #1 again in Los Angeles beginning with my tenure in 2006.”

Jhani continued: “Roger had been courageously fighting cancer for the past 4 years. He passed Saturday, October 13. He held a PhD. in mass media research and worked for many groups throughout his lengthy career. He was president and co-founder of Paragon Research and The Eagle Group, and also became president of Surrey Research. Few in radio probably realize that he co-authored the text book used at most colleges to introduce students to Mass Media Research, a book that has been printed in more than a dozen different languages around the world. Besides radio, Roger helped guide the programming for network television and cable TV. He turned 69 this past July.”

LARP Availability. “I’M WILLING TO WORK FOR FREE!” That offer from Jeff Schimmel, comedy writer/producer, leaped off the email page in 2000. “Right now, I’m collecting paychecks because Radio One, Inc. bought out the remaining year of my contract with KKBT. Aside from my tv and film credits, I created all the characters and comedy bits for Big Boy’s morning show on ‘Power 106.’ I also wrote the BEAT’s morning show with Ed Lover and Dr. Dre, then sat in for them on the air until Steve Harvey arrived.”

Although Jeff is currently writing and producing a tv show and teaching screenwriting classes around the country, he recently told me the most fun he ever had in the workplace was during his time in L.A. radio – and he’s ready to do it again. Jeff isn’t making his ‘work for free’ offer this time, because he doesn’t have to. Within the last few weeks, Jeff put the word out, and as a result he’s already evaluating a number of offers. His heart is in radio and he would be perfect for another programming opportunity. He’s funny, talented, and ready for his next mission. Jeff achieved tremendous success at multiple L.A. stations by bringing his writing / producing skills from tv and film to radio, and simultaneously provided next level content to stations in New York, Miami, Phoenix, San Francisco, Denver and San Diego. Perhaps an L.A. radio decision-maker is at a crossroads and can provide an opportunity to let Jeff take a morning show to new heights or perhaps give an existing radio station a new coat of paint. You can reach Jeff through his website:

Email Saturday, 10.13.2018
** B**wjobs

 “Trust me Don, if you’re a prude then so am I.” – Larry Huffman

** Thompson Bio

“Very nice story on Gary Thompson. And Kerri Kasem is so pretty. Also loved the cartoon :)” – Mike Butts

** Happy Trails

“Thanks for the feature on Roy Rogers this morning. Those auction prices were really astounding!

I had the fortune to meet Roy Rogers once when I was a teenager. My brother and I were delivering furniture from our family business to a home out in Apple Valley. Having never seen the Roy Rogers Museum, my brother suggested that we drop by for a quick look. We obviously arrived at just the right moment. Standing outside in the parking lot that afternoon was Roy Rogers himself. We said hello and a twenty-minute conversation ensued, discussing everything from Trigger to the entertainment business. Not another soul was even around at the time. It was just the three of us talking, uninterrupted by any other Roy Rogers fans. Having grown-up watching Roy Rogers and Dale Evans as youngsters, my brother and I walked away with broad smiles. I can’t help but wonder what ever happened to my original Roy Rogers lunch box from elementary school. What would that gem be worth today?” – Ted Ziegenbusch

** Rogers Link

“My mom once worked as Roy Rogers' secretary. This was in the early 1950’s. She always told me that Roy and Dale were really nice, unassuming people. I remember her telling me that one of her jobs was to sign 8x10s of Roy on Trigger, ‘Happy trails, Roy Rogers.’ Roy also used to sign the pictures, but mom probably signed most of them :) My mom is still around. She’s 99 now and living in a board and care home.” – Larry Levy

** Another Roy Rogers Museum

“You mentioned Roy Rogers had a museum in Branson, but the first Roy Rogers museum was actually in Apple Valley it was there until maybe the 80’s. When I was a kid, my parents owned property near there and we would stop there. At least one time I remember when Roy was there.” – Bob Koontz

** Potpourri

“You made me cry again! That listing of Roy Rogers’ memorabilia brought back so many memories. I knew his stuff would sell but wow! I grew up with Roy and Gene and Sky King and you’re right, they all made our lives better. From Sheriff John to Engineer Bill and Chucko and Bozo and Zolar, So Cal kids had it good growing up here.

I loved the analysis of Valentine on MY/fm. He can be funny without being mean. It’s a relief knowing people can leave the show on with or without kids present. I’m not a prude either but Heidi, Frosty and Frank have not gotten better with age. I’d rather even listen to ‘Ryan’s Roses’ on KIIS [now THAT would be a column].” – Julie T. Byers

** Carroll’s 90th BD

“Happy belateds, and many happy returns to Roger Carroll! We had some great phone chats during my days at KABC, decades ago. I was proud to be his ‘inside man,’ keeping him up to date on the goings-on at 790. [Guess that made me a ‘leaker.’] Also, was Dale Evans’ horse Buttermilk still alive? Or did they auction off the taxidermic version?” – Greg Hardison 

** 1971 Ratings

"You showed the morning ratings for the summer of 1971 today. Ken Minyard was not at KABC in 1971. I believe he arrived in 1973 from Minneapolis and started in the evenings before being moved to mornings. 

First he was paired with a news writer, John Babcock, and then Bob Arthur. Although I was not the regular morning engineer, I believe I was the engineer for one of the first broadcasts Ken and John did together." - Jerry Barber

** More '71 Ratings

"Relative to the 1971 12+ ratings posted Thursday, I’m thinking that the three month summer of ’71 AFTRA strike at KFWB might have had at least some impact. Substitute anchors and reporters, including a number of buffoons, could have sent some people to other stations. And back then an organized labor action might actually have stirred some sympathy resulting in a little listener attrition. Back then I think—don’t know, think—WB was generally ahead of KNX’s standing in the ratings." - Ed Pyle, Prescott, Arizona

Don Elliot Reports from 2018 NAB/RAB Radio Show

(October 12, 2018) Production whiz Don Elliot has done it all. He’s been on-air, program director, production, and station ownership. He attended the recent 2018 NAB/RAB Radio Show in Orlando. He shares some thoughts about the convention.

Don said there were only 2100 attendees. “Columnist Tom Taylor was even quoted as saying he couldn’t figure out why everybody was so happy,” he offered. “I suppose it depends on why you attended. Let me shed some light. It’s true that this certainly was not the largest attendance on record, however, it was in fact composed of a lot of doers.”

Don puts people in two different categories, those who see the glass half full, and those who see the glass half-empty. An engineer tells you that the container is larger than it needs to be.

He said there was a lot of emphasis on teaching the audience how to use the new devices like Alexa to find your station. “A panel on this sought input from the crowd to help facilitate the problems and confusion from a dictated command and to minimize errors in accomplishing this task,” said Don.

Another topic Don observed was the “connected car,” and on-the-floor demos brought it to life. “But it’s pretty easy to be all dressed up and no place to go,” Don emphasized. “You may have a good signal, you may be streaming, you may be doing podcasts, but remember, technology is great yet if the content isn’t there, today there are waaay too many choices and you won’t hold the audience.”

Don’s eye was on production resources. He said if you dug around at the show, you could find it. Don also had other conversations while at the NAB / RAB meeting. Elliot wrote a technical piece for a trade publication, but the highlight of his time in Orlando was interviewing Dave “Chachi” Denes, former pd of KBIG and founder of production house, Benztown. "We pride ourselves on figuring out custom solutions for our clients and that’s why we work with programs such as Sunday Night Slow Jams, Hot Mix and Todd N’ Tyler,” Chachi told Don.

“These shows give stations the opportunity to air the highest quality programming without giving up locality because the hosts work hard to be involved with every affiliate’s listeners and sales teams. I’m probably most proud of rebounding after being laid off by Clear Channel in 2009. At the time I was crushed and lost. It’s much of a blur now but I remember the sadness. I look back and now realize it was professionally the best thing that could have happened to me because it afforded me the opportunity to team up with amazing partners and we got to build Benztown.”
Hardly FM. In the summer of 1971, the 12+ morning drive numbers in Southern California.

1. KABC 8.2 (Ken Minyard)
2. KNX 8.0
3. KFWB 7.2
4. KFI 6.9 (Lohman & Barkley)
5. KMPC 6.6 (Dick Whittinghill)
6. KHJ 5.4 (Charlie Tuna)
7. KPOL-AM 4.3
8. KLAC 3.7 (Dick Haynes)
9. KRLA 3.2 (“World Famous” Tom Murphy)
10. KOST 2.8

KOST was the only FM station to make the Top 10. KHJ had a 23.0 in teens in AM drive, followed by KRLA with a 14.0.

Hear Ache 

(October 11, 2018) KFI’s Kris Ankarlo is starting a new podcast. His first episode is catching up on the complex history of propositions in the state of California. Not only is Kris a wonderful storyteller, he spent four years as a tour manager for Contiki Tours, organizing and executing excursions for groups of 50 guests at a time. Click the artwork to get propositioned … Ever wonder how talent gets evaluated? George Johns and Bob Christy analyze MY/fm morning man Valentine. When you read the blog, you will think you are sitting in at a jock review meeting. Bob Christy begins: “I listened like a listener this morning at 6:20. I poured my third cup of coffee, turned on the radio and the first thing I heard was Valentine having a long conversation with a woman trapped in an unhappy marriage. Valentine let her talk, she got into what a nice and good man her husband is, but she just isn’t in love with him. Valentine got too close to being an amateur psychologist, but he didn’t push it. He didn’t make fun of her predicament. Valentine ended it nicely, and I came away thinking “Wow, he isn’t an asshole!” Good start.” Read the blog and the exchange here … Kenny D worked for Cal Shields when he was at KACE in the late ’70s and early ’80s. Kenny checked in to update his activities. After working behind the scenes at KABC and KRLA, he’s now the night jock for an Internet station, ... Over the weekend, Roger Carroll celebrated his 90th birthday with family and friends at the Long Beach Yacht Club ... Since 2016, Sheri Donovan, veteran of Arrow 93, KROQ, and KSWD (100.3/The Sound), has been a realtor at Pinnacle Estate Properties in Woodland Hills.
If you are under 50, the following will mean nothing to you. It is all about growing up in a different time, when we all watched cowboy Roy Rogers on tv. He had a museum in Branson, Missouri. Roy said if the museum ever operates at a loss, close it and sell the contents. Well the doors have closed forever and the contents of the museum were sold at a public auction. Some items sold:

Roy's 1964 Bonneville (Pontiac) sold for $254,500. (It was expected to sell between $100 – 150,000).
His script book from the January 14,1953 episode of This Is Your Life sold for $10,000 (above expected $800 – $1,000).  
Trigger's saddle and bridle sold for $386,500 (above expected $100 – $150,000).  
The Bible they used at the dinner table every night sold for $8,750.  
Nellybelle (the Jeep) sold for $116,500 (above expected $20 – 30,000).
A Republic Productions Poster bearing many autographs of the people that played in Roy’s movies sold for $11,875.
Dale’s horse, Buttermilk sold below the pre-sale estimate for $25,000. (below expected $30 – 40,000).
Dale's parade saddle sold for $104,500 (above expected $20 – 30,000).
Trigger (stuffed) sold for $266,500 (expected $100 – 200,000).

So, it's good-bye to Roy and Dale, Gene and Hoppy (Hop-a-long Cassidy), the Lone Ranger and Tonto. Farewell to Sky King (and Penny) and Superman and (Dragnet) Sgt Friday. Thanks to Capt. Kangaroo, Mr. Rogers, and Capt. Noah and all those people whose lives touched ours, and made them better.

Gary Thompson Was at the Right Place at the Right Time

(October 10, 2018) Gary Thompson was heard on KLIT, KYSR, KLAC and KSWD (100.3/The Sound) throughout much of the 1990s. The Sound was his most recent stop. We recently had a chance to catch up with Gary, who took us through his eclectic career.

“It's been WAY more luck and ‘right place, right time,’ than talent. In early 1990, I was an electrical engineer in the aerospace industry, working at Hughes Aircraft in El Segundo, studying for my Masters. Within a year and a half, somehow, I was doing afternoon radio in Los Angeles (K-Lite), throwing out the first pitch at an Angels game, and working just studios away from two of my radio idols, Robert W. Morgan and Jim Healy (KMPC).

“In that year and a half after leaving the defense industry, there were four stations, three of which had less than perfect outcomes. The fourth location, Transtar, was a REALLY great place that would be my home several more times over the years. It’s where I met Dan McKay, who left Transtar to program K-Lite and ask me to come along for afternoons. Right place, right time.

Gary detailed how he was part of a tv show talking about radio. “While at K-Lite, I was on an episode of 48 Hours about ‘contest pigs.’ It was pretty widely watched, and that opened a door at Star 98.7 with Bob Kaake, vp/programming at Viacom. Literally the day after K-Lite let me know they were moving in a different direction, [read: letting me go].”

Gary’s next gig was at KYSR. “I went to 98.7. In the next six years I did imaging, mornings, middays and afternoons. “LUCKY! Although I did develop a LITTLE talent, thanks to Kaake, and pd’s Greg DunkinDave BeasingRandy Lane and Angela Perelli.

He described how he arrived in Southland. “Born in Milwaukee, raised in the suburb of Menomonee Falls, undergraduate engineering degree in Dallas, then high-tailed it to California, Manhattan Beach, thanks to Hughes Aircraft. From 1984-91, I was designing and maintaining equipment and procedures that tested lasers and thermal imaging systems used in tanks and aircraft.”

Gary ended up being on-air and director of programming for Westwood One from 1999 – 2007. He went to Dallas later in 2007 to program The Bone (KDBN 93.3/fm). He returned a year later to Westwood One. In 2015, he was the founder of ImagingThing, an imaging company for radio stations and podcasts. You can check out his website at

Hear Ache

(October 9, 2018) One of the biggest tv and radio personalities in the Southland, Wink Martindale, will be up close and personal this Saturday morning and you’re invited to attend. Wink will tell stories of his amazing career as a tv game show host of hits including Tic Tac Dough, High RollersGambitDebt, and Trivial Pursuit. His radio years include KFWB, 1110/KRLA, KGIL and KMPC. You can ask him about his friendship with Elvis, or the inspiration behind his hit record, Deck of Cards. If you’re looking for an autograph, Wink will sign his book Winking at Life. The event is this Saturday morning at the Airtel Plaza Hotel in Van Nuys. Send a check for $20 to PPB, PO Box 8673, Calabasas, CA 91372. Deadline is today. To pay by credit card, leave a message at 323.466.2121 and you’ll get a call back ... AMP Radio is ramping up its on-air sound with two new additions. DJ Vice will be hosting “DJ Vice in the Mix,” heard weekdays from 5 p.m. - 6 p.m. In addition, Krystal Bee joins the station’s weekend lineup. “As someone who was born and raised in Los Angeles, it is an honor to be a part of the ‘97.1 Amp Radio’ family,” said Vice. “This mix is so fulfilling to do for my city, and hopefully, I can ease the pain of our listeners as they sit in L.A. traffic.” Krystal spent the past six years at Power 106 … In looking through the LARadio archives in 1998 for our Sunday feature, I found a piece where I was scolded by JJ Michaels (traffic lady for The Real Don Steele from 1992 – 1995) for a comment I made: "I was amused by your attitude toward ‘Star's’ morning crew's [Jamie, Frosty & Frank] reference to ‘blow job’ being (something) unacceptable to mention on the radio. For what it's worth, in my opinion too many Americans are prudes. Our founding fathers stepped off the Mayflower many moons ago and I think it’s time for people like you to loosen up. Come on Don…step off the Mayflower and lighten up." Twenty years later, I’m still a prude. Sorry … Remember Brian Beirne, for almost 30 years the dj known as Mr. Rock ‘n Roll at K-EARTH? Brian will appear with Vince Daniels at KMET, 1490 AM (Banning / Inland Empire) this Friday morning from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. to share about the role music has played in his life. You can ask him anything live on Friday morning or send questions in advance by email. Vince has a website with all the contact info, Should be a lot of fun Friday morning. If you can't pick up the signal, you can listen at:

"There's a Train on Someone's Front Lawn"

(October 8, 2018) Imagine you are a traffic reporter in Southern California and you hear this cackle from the LAPD dispatcher: “Someone is reporting that there is a ‘train on their front lawn.’ Well, that’s what happened to Jeff Baugh, one of the premiere airborne reporters. “You can bet the farm that got my attention,” declares Jeff, in a new book he has co-authored with Mary Baron Walker titled Stick With Us & We’ll Get You There.

Jeff takes us into his world of covering the massive local freeway system for the past 30 years. The Chatsworth train derailing is just one of the major events Jeff details in this fascinating book that couples his birds-eye view with a licensed clinical social worker observing from sea level. The two authors provide survival techniques and ways to cope with getting caught in the terrible traffic jams.

Since 1986 when he started at all-News KFWB, he has also reported at KNX before his current gig providing traffic coverage from the KFI-Eye-In-The Sky. Once upon time, the dance-disco-deejay at Carlos & Charlie’s on the Sunset Strip has become the go-to-guy for airborne reporting. Jeff doesn’t just tell you that a freeway is clogged, he offers solutions for alternate routes.

When he arrived in L.A. in the late 1970s, Jeff found it strange there was such a lack of public transportation. Growing up back east, he was offered above ground light rail, the trolley, subways and buses to get to school. “I’m told that turn-of-the-century Los Angeles did have lots of light rail but falling in love with freeways, cars, cheap gasoline, suburban housing and the freedom of instant gratification when it came to travel put public transportation on the back burner for a long time,” wrote Jeff.

Jeff provides a history of SigAlerts. You’ll also recognize many LARP in the book – Ken Jeffries, Jack Popejoy, Rhonda Kramer, Judy Ford, "Uncle Joe" Benson, and Pete Demetriou.

His Top 10 traffic incidents will take you right into belly of the storm. Even if you were not living here when these events took place, his storytelling will make you will feel like you are a first-hand witness experiencing them for the first time. You will visualize the start of 1992 Los Angeles riot when Jeff was overhead at Florence and Vermont when hell erupted and as he details the following 70 hours. “Violence grew and before it was over fifty-eight people were dead and approximately two thousand injured,” wrote co-author Baron in this fascinating interactive book. Jeff added: “I remember using this phrase as I described what I was seeing, ‘From the air this looks like a cigarette hole in a napkin that very quickly is burning out in all directions.’ The words just tumbled out of my mouth.”

Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of the book. The combination of an event being reported in the air as situations unfold as well as learning how to cope with traffic fatigue, anxiety and frustration on the ground is a first. Jeff’s stories also includes the crane collapse in the Cahuenga Pass, suicide on a major transition, the Northridge Earthquake, and Carmageddon. He was also in the air covering the OJ Simpson Bronco “chase.” Jeff’s coverage of the Chatsworth train tragedy earned him a Golden Mike by the Radio and Television News Association.

Assuming you travel the complex freeway system in Southern California, we highly recommend you order a copy of Stick With Us & We’ll Get You There at Amazon. You will undoubtedly listen to airborne reporting with a whole, new appreciation. Click the artwork for a link to the order form.

Email Saturday, 10.6.18

** KABC Woes

“Re: KABC failing to make it into the top 40, two books in a row. Some years ago my old pal, the late Brent Seltzer, took a meeting with whoever was [mis] managing KABC at the time. According to him, Brent said something like: ‘If you don’t make radical, substantive and intelligent changes to this station immediately, you will soon fall below a 1 share and there will be no hope for you after that.’ They smiled, thanked him for coming in and showed him the door. Everything he predicted has come to pass.

For me, the long slow slide to oblivion began when, panicked by the rise of Rush Limbaugh, they jettisoned Michael Jackson with no viable plan to replace him. From that point on, bad decision piled on bad decision, exacerbated by the ownership changes. Could anything happen now to bring the station back? I have some ideas. I’m sure you do too. Would current KABC management / ownership listen? I doubt it. So why bother. Thanks.” – Neil Ross

** K-EARTH Success

“Really cool how KRTH has figured out how to play non-current music and win with it again ... visors off!

Congratulations to the program director, Chris Ebbott. It reminds me of the KCBQ ‘Modern Oldies’ experiment I created in the late 90s. Good idea, bad timing. KRTH: Good idea, perfect timing! Chris really nailed it.” – Rich Brother Robbin
** Potpourri

“Thank you and Rita Wilde for the nice words about Mike Scioscia today. As an Angel fan since 1968 [11 years old with the transistor radio under my pillow], I have never been prouder of a manager as I have been of him. Although he didn’t know when to pull a pitcher half the time, he otherwise managed and dealt with players and management and fans with integrity and kindness. I cried when he got choked up about his players. I’m hoping he'll be able to manage another team soon. And one whose management won’t skimp on pitching.

I loved what Denise Madden had to say about the unforgettable KGBS. I grew up with Hudson & Landry [‘clear the freeways, his Highness is coming’] and ‘the Feminine Forum’ and good old ‘Travelin’ Sam.’ Everyone should grow up with the radio I did; everything from Dick Whittinghill and Johnny Magnus to Charlie Tuna and Dave Hull to Lohman & Barkley and Tom Clay [l] – magic.” – Julie T. Byers
 ** Johnny Morris an Icon

“Thank you so much for posting the link to the Johnny Morris video! I had plenty of admiration for his work, and his self-appointed gig as curator of L.A.’s Classic Soul collection.

When I knew him, I really never had any idea just what kind of icon Johnny was. If I’d known about his associations with Sly, Stevie and KDIA, I probably would have never left him alone. It’s a shame Johnny never wrote that 700-page book outlining his experiences, but he never was one to brag, or even to give himself enough credit as the king of great soul radio in California. (Photo of Morris with James Brown)

Health issues kept me from attending his memorial last weekend. For that I am truly regretful.” – Greg Hardison
** Bow Wow

“This deejay reminds me of [the late] Noel Confer of mornings on XEAK ‘Mighty 690’ who said his small hands were... ‘...wee paws.... for this announcement.’

Confer impressed on my teenage mind [and wanna-be-in-radio] some of the most memorable radio quotes I love to recall, such as: ‘That’s Carl Dobkins, Junior, singing My Heart Is An Open Book ... and sure enough, right there, on the very last page, is the appendix.’

I never met Noel, but years after his passing I learned that he was a friend of my sister and brother-in-law in Brawley, Calif!” – Bill Kingman
** First by Satellite

“I think Saul Levine is mistaken about KKGO being the first national-by-satellite commercial radio station. I was able to receive Chicago’s WFMT on a small tv cable service [‘Falcon Cable’] in my Portland canyon when I first arrived in the Rose City [where I still live] in 1975 from KMPC.

I just checked to see if WFMT might be noncommercial, but it is on a commercial frequency, and according to Wikipedia, it does run commercials.” – Eric Norberg, former pd at 710/KMPC 

** Where Is the Kid?

“Around 1962, KPPC belonged to the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. The studios were in the basement. The church needed the money and allowed a bunch of ‘hippies’ to use their facilities to broadcast flower-power music. Their jocks were really funny. One called himself ‘The Kid’ and he did an irreverent impersonation of Dave Hull, including a satire of Hull’s silly laugh. Who was ‘The Kid?’ Where is he now?” – Chuck McReynolds
 ** Rachel’s Profile

“Something that got overlooked in the Rachel Maddow piece is that LARP Keith Olbermann was the one at MSNBC who originally brought in Rachel to be his regular guest anchor when he needed to be away. 

It was that exposure which led to her getting the slot following his, which she kept when he was forced out a few years later. I still remember the handoff the first night of her new show, which was a combination of his congratulating her and some tongue-in-cheek griping that now he was going to have to find a new regular guest anchor.” – K.M. Richards

** Love for Rachel

“Loved the Rachel Maddow article. I never miss her!” – Rich Brother Robbin
 ** Double Double Audio on KSPN

“Thanks for continuing your column, I always look forward to it.

Sunday mornings, KSPN runs a public affairs program in the 5 a.m. hour. Last week I was in the car and heard this show airing at the same time the station continued to air the ESPN Radio network feed. Double audio! I’m not sure how long it continued because I arrived at my destination and got out of the car. But guess what? This week it happened again! Double audio with the public affairs show and ESPN Radio network feed airing at the same time. Unbelievable. I could hear a woman talking with a guest about digestive health while two other guys broke down the Stanford-Notre Dame game – at the same time!” – Mark Thomason

** KSPN Boss Responds

“We found a misplaced command in the automation system ahead of the public affairs show. We believe it’s been fixed...will be monitoring this Sunday.

Regarding the delay, all of our live programming is on an appx 20-second delay for obvious reasons. This includes all play-by-play – Rams, USC, Lakers, etc. While it would be nice to not have a delay for folks listening to a radio inside the Coliseum, it is simply not worth the risk to do so.” – Scott Mc Carthy
** Many Thanks

"Sorry to hear Don Graham had a health challenge and we all hope he is already bouncing back.

As to the diagnosis of possibly early pneumonia, Don is always early with the breakouts. I guess early pneumonia will be New and Active, garnering huge phones and topping the charts soon. Get well, Don!" - Randy West,

End of the Week Hear Ache

(October 5, 2018) Legendary sportscaster Warner Wolf has lost his age discrimination lawsuit against the retired Don Imus. The New York Daily News reports: “Due to the fact that Wolf is a Florida resident that worked in Florida, he lacks any viable claims…since the impact of any alleged discriminatory conduct would have been in Florida.” The 80-year old Wolf claimed Imus mocked his age and senior status before firing him in 2016. The judge also wrote that the examples Wolf filed with the court did not rise to the level of age discrimination by Imus — since he too is old (thanks to The New York Daily News for artwork) … Didja know that blind artist Clarence Carter (Patches) was married to gospel and soul singer Candi Staton? … KNX’s Chris Madsen is celebrating 34 years of marriage. How he met his wife is as good as any request-line romance. “She was a contest winner to see the Cubs v. the Padres in San Diego and I was an announcer with SportsPhone ‘tasked’ with being an escort. I have proudly been escorting Lori ever since,” wrote Chris on his Facebook page … Gary Calamar, 25-year veteran at KCRW, resurfaces at KCSN (88.5/fm). His Sunday show debuts this weekend from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. … Get well thoughts for record promoter extraordinaire, Don Graham. After three days in Cedars-Sinai, docs say it is possibly early pneumonia … Isaac Lowenkron is the new radio play-by-play voice of Cal State University Bakersfield Roadrunners men’s basketball … Don Elliot “survived” the Orlando Radio Show, “Only 2,100 attendance. Scary,” wrote Don … KNX anchor Rob Archer announced in his blog that as a youngster he was the victim of sexual assault. Read his story here … Have you been reading the very public dust-up on social media between morning icon Ken Minyard and the author of his memoirs? OMG! … KWVE’s Brian Perez sent a fascinating story about retailers being deaf to radio advertising. Read here … Would you like to have coffee with Wink Martindale and be able to ask him anything about his career? Stand by for details next week … Former Mega programmer Mike Marino has a thought-provoking line: “I want an investigation into boring radio!”
Fun Top 40 Story. It was the case of the missing dj. When 1110/KXLA rechristened itself KRLA and began to rock and roll in 1959, one of its jocks, Perry Allen, was absent. KRLA started a "Find Perry Allen" campaign and promised $10,000 to any listener who could track him down in those pre-Google days. What mischievous KRLA didn’t say was that it knew where Allen was: working at his old station in Buffalo, waiting for his contract to expire. But KRLA’s rival, KFWB, knew all about it. And KFWB sent two representatives to Buffalo to confront Allen and claim the $10,000, wrote ex-jock Bob Eubanks in It’s in the Book, Bob, co-written by Matthew Hansen. KRLA grudgingly paid, then tried to capitalize on its own misfortune with the slogan, "Even KFWB listens to KRLA."

Les MoonvesThe Hollywood Reporter had a Paul Bond article titled “Les’ Long Goodbye.” He wrote: “CBS laid out the plan in an SEC filing that doesn’t mention how much it will spend on Les Moonves, but in 2017 it shelled out $640,552 for his security alone. It shouldn’t cost that much going forward, though, since Moonves won’t be traveling as often as a mere adviser – and won’t be using the company plane. Plus, the filing stipulates only ‘security services at executive’s home.’”

Rachel Maddow's Journey from Radio to TV 

(October 4, 2018) A 10-page profile of Rachel Maddow in a recent edition of the New Yorker tells a revealing story on how she constructs a narrative. Though currently better known for her work on  cable tv, Maddow was one of the anchor talents at the now defunct Air America radio network. Some highlights from the Janet Malcolm penned piece:

In Rachel Maddow’s office at the MSNBC studios, there is a rack on which hang about thirty elegant women’s jackets in various shades of black and gray. On almost every weeknight of the year, at around one minute to nine, Maddow yanks one of these jackets off its hanger, puts it on without looking in the mirror, and races to the studio from which she broadcasts her hour-long tv show sitting at a sleek desk with a glass top. She is the current sweetheart of liberal cable TV. Like a carnival barker, she leads us on with tantalizing hints about what is inside the tent.

The Rachel Maddow Show is a piece of sleight of hand presented as a cable news show. It is true entertainment at its finest. Maddow’s artistry is most conspicuously displayed in the long monologue – sometimes as long as twenty-four minutes, uninterrupted by commercials – with which her show usually begins. Maddow was born 45 years ago in the small city of Hayward, in the San Francisco Bay Area, and grew up in neighboring Castro Valley. Her brother, David, now on the staff of a bioscience company, was born four years earlier. Her father, Robert, a lawyer, worked as the counsel for the local water company, and her mom, Elaine, had an administrative job in the school district and wrote for a community newspaper.

“I graduated from high school at seventeen and went to Stanford. I came out soon after I got to college, and that caused a rift – a temporary rift – with my family. It was very hard for them. My mom is very catholic, and my dad saw how much it hurt my mom. But now my parents and I are close again. They couldn’t be more supportive. They’re very close to my partner,” said Rachel.

Her partner is a fifty-six-year-old artist, with whom she has lived for the past eighteen years. They met in a small town in Massachusetts a few years after Maddow graduated from Stanford. Her partner was looking for someone to do yard work. When she opened the door, a coup de foudre followed. Maddow’s entrance into broadcasting began as a lark. While she was writing her thesis and doing her odd jobs in western Massachusetts, she heard about an audition held by a local radio station for someone to announce the morning news. She got the job – understandably. She has a beautiful voice, low in register but with a clarion brightness to it, and beautiful diction. This job led to others, to higher and higher runs on the ladder of radio broadcasting (the liberal network Air America was her final radio destination, in 2004), and then to work in television news at MSNBC and, ultimately, to her own show, which began airing in 2008. (Thanks to the New Yorker for the artwork)

Ellen K Doubles Down

(October 3, 2018) Hosting a podcast is the newest audio fad. Will it last as long as the Tamagotchi, Furby, or Pokemon? Marketing will be a factor. So will ease of access. I was struck by iHeart’s announcement that KOST morning personality Ellen K will host a podcast where she will “share behind-the-scenes stories from her career and dive deeper into the stories of the day.” If we’re fans of Ellen’s morning show, why isn’t she sharing behind-the-scenes stories and diving deeper into the stories of the day during her show, while we’re invested in her program as we get ready for school or work and on the morning commute? Isn’t this what makes Valentine’s show soar at sister station MY/fm? He takes us behind-the-scenes with his life. When he was sharing his challenges with his son, it was appointment listening. Why make it tougher for the listener, requiring access to two different platforms to listen to Ellen? Makes no sense.

Batter Up. Was there a classier swan song message than Angel manager Mike Scioscia signing off last Sunday? Sciosica stepped down after a 19-year career that included a World Series Championship, a feat impossible to achieve in franchise history when Gene Autry owned the team. Sounds like he will be available if another team comes calling.

“I was an Angels fan before Mike Scioscia became their manager,” wrote Rita Wilde. “Thank you for being at the helm in 2002 when Angel fans got to experience what it felt like to be World Series Champions. Thank you for some amazing experiences and for being who you are. My best to you and the family.”

Hear AcheJimmy Steal, longtime programmer at Power 106, will be honored as International Music Person of the Year by MUSEXPO … Craig Powers is celebrating his 20th wedding anniversary in Spain and Portugal … A celebration of life for an early voice in Urban radio in the Bay Area and L.A., Johnny Morris, was held last weekend. Would you like to know more about him? A YouTube video was prepared for his memorial here …Marcellus Wiley told LA Times’ Tom Hoffarth why he jumped from KSPN to Fox Sports. “No evil backstory. Just pretty standard operations with an expired contract.” He said he dealt with the same situation over a 10-year NFL career as an All-Pro defensive end.

September PPM Released

  (October 2, 2018) KBIG is the big winner in the September '18 Nielsen Audio for 6+ PPM Mon-Sun 6a-12mid. K-EARTH, the Classic Hits station that just won the Marconi Award for Best Classic Hits Station of the Year, was runner-up. Biggest move in a generally static Top 10 from last month was Power 106, moving into the 9th spot. KLAC, flagship station of the playoff-bound Dodgers leads KSPN. Top 40 AMP Radio and Alternative 98-7 seem to be going in the wrong direction, both tied at 20th. For fans of KABC, apparently it was no fluke last month when the station failed to make the list of Top 40. Happened again.

1. KBIG (Hot AC) 5.6 - 5.5
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.1 - 5.0
3. KOST (AC) 4.6 - 4.7
4. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.2 - 4.6
5. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.4
6. KFI (Talk) 3.8 - 3.7
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.7 - 3.6
    KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.7 - 3.6
9. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.6 - 3.2
10. KXOL (Spanish AC) 3.0 - 3.1
11. KNX (News) 3.1 - 3.0
12. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.7 - 2.9
      KRRL (Urban) 2.8 - 2.9
14. KROQ (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.8
15. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.5 - 2.6
16. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.5 - 2.5
17. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.5 - 2.4
      KKGO (Country) 2.4 - 2.4
      KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.4
20. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.8 - 2.3
      KYSR (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.3
22. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.0
23. KUSC (Classical) 1.6 - 1.8
24. KCRW (Variety) 1.5 - 1.5
      KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.5 - 1.5
26. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.5 - 1.3
27. KLAC (Sports) 1.2 - 1.2
      KRLA (Talk) 1.2 - 1.2
      KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.3 - 1.2
30. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.1
      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 0.8 - 1.1
32. KEIB (Talk) 1.1 - 0.9
      KSPN (Sports) 0.8 - 0.9
34. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.8
      KFWB (Regional Mexican) 1.2 - 0.8
      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.8
      KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.8
38. KKLA (Religious) 0.4 - 0.7
39. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.6 - 0.6
      KYLA (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.6

Classic Win for K-EARTH 

(October 1, 2018) K-EARTH is no longer your father’s - or grandfather’s - Oldies station. The days of Pretty Woman by Roy Orbison airing five times a day are long gone. Chuck Berry and Fats Domino have been replaced by The Cure, Kansas, and Uncle Kracker. The newer playlist devised by pd Chris Ebbott has worked very well. So well that the station not only finds itself among the top-rated stations, but over the weekend, the industry recognized KRTH as the Classic Hits Station of the Year. The Marconi Award was presented by the National Association of Broadcasters' (NAB).

Established in 1989, the NAB Marconi Radio Awards recognize stations and individuals for their excellence and performance in radio. Winners are selected by the NAB Marconi Radio Awards Selection Academy. The academy consists of general managers, program directors, regional executives, owners, programming consultants and former radio executives from across the country. Speaking of awards, listen to the winner of the 2003 Radio & Records Lifetime Achievement Award with one of the most amazing speeches ever, thought to be his last. 

Little Franny Freeway. Denise Madden has sold time on L.A. Radio. She wrote: “Your website always comes up with really fun memories. I re-connected with a dear friend I worked with at KGBS and I laughed recalling Little Fanny Freeway [Peggy Bowen], who later married our program director Ron Martin. I miss him a lot. Someday, I will write and share some memories of those crazy years of Bill Ballance, Micki & Teddi and Mayor Sam Yorty with sidekick Wally George, plus the radio war over sponsorship of the Palomino Club. The battle raged for over years between KLAC & KGBS when the latter became ‘Gentle Country.’ It all seemed so life and death back then."

In other news: After more than 32 years of hosting MoneyTalk, Bob Brinker has decided to step away from radio… Retired KFI in the Sky pilot Mike Nolan had a pacemaker installed last week. “Heart rate was down to lower 30's. No major symptoms for me, but everybody seem surprised that I haven't face planted already,” he wrote on Facebook. “Feeling fine and very thankful. I guess me and the tv bunny now have something in common” … Former longtime KROQ programmer Gene Sandbloom wrote on Facebook that he’s getting pretty close to calling Paris his new home town. “I’ve stopped making a list of stuff to do, and just walk out the door and wander. Today, I found music everywhere … New monthly ratings are due this afternoon. If you are on our mailing list, they will be sent to your email box.



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