Diane Thompson to be Honored by SPJ
KLOS Farewell to Lisa May
Ryan Seacrest in US Magazine
Fly Jock Grounds His Career
KFI Once Again Feeds Underprivileged Children
Roger Nadel Joins Mr. Master
Another Newspaper Bites the Dust
Holiday Prank Pulled on Kevin & Bean
Email Saturday, 12.7.2019
Joe Smith, Man of Many Seasons, Dies
On Sundays, Andrew Siciliano Turns Red
Bomp creation by Norm Epstein ... thanks to Kevin
Gershan for artwork
After Four + Decades, Bill Wright Hangs Up His Headphones
Steve Harvey Almost Didn't Make Radio Part of His Legacy
Email Saturday, 11.30.2019
On Kindness on Thanksgiving
K-EARTH on Top of the LARadio
John Tesh Returns Radio Hall of Fame Award
Journalism and Mental Health: Cooper Rummell Reports
Email Saturday -
Federman Appointed President
Host of Car Show Dies
Terry Grieger, Engineer to Much of LARadio, Dies
Lisa May Ends 30-Year Radio Career
Challenges at 88.5/fm
Email Saturday, 11.16.2019
Rita Wilde and CW West Get Downes for First Podcast
Tommy Edwards set to retire
Another Pivot for KTWV's Bill Dudley
Radio Hall of Fame - Class of 2019
Email Saturday, 11.9.2019
Who Was That Masked Man?
All-Nights Turn Into Morning Drive at KUSC
Email Saturday, 11.2.2019
Angels Broadcaster Ron Fairly Dies
Bean Town Will Miss Gene Baxter
K-EARTH #1 and Maybe a Reason Why
A Trip Down the Dial
Email Saturday, 10.25.2019
A Delightful Ted Baxter Story
Meet KLOS' Newest Personality ... Greg Beharrell
(December 19, 2019) The Greater Los Angeles Pro
chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will
honor Diane Thompson and
four others at its 44th annual Distinguished Journalists
Awards Banquet next spring. The honorees in addition to
Thompson are longtime regional journalists practicing in
print, television, radio and digital media. They are: Tom
Bray, Southern California News Group senior editor; Maria L.
La Ganga, Metro reporter for the Los Angeles Times;
KTLA assignment manager Vance Scott; and Lynell George,
journalist and essayist.
SPJ/LA presents the Distinguished Journalists awards to members of the profession who demonstrate good news judgment, a strong sense of ethics and a passion for getting the story right. Honorees have achieved a record of career accomplishments. For nearly four decades, the chapter has recognized reporters, editors and photographers in print and broadcast journalism. Since 1997, the chapter has honored journalists in four categories: television, radio, newspapers with a circulation of less than 90,000 and newspapers with a circulation of 90,000 or more.
Diane spent 40 years in the broadcast news business. She started, while still finishing college, at KVUE/TV in Austin as a weekend producer. She moved to Los Angeles in 1980 after working for 18 months in Phoenix as a news anchor/reporter at KJJJ and KBBC/KTAR. Thompson worked at three legendary stations in Los Angeles: KFWB, KHJ and KNX. She spent 34 years as a news reporter and anchor at KNX. She covered 26 Academy Award ceremonies, 14 Rose Parades, the 1984 Olympics, the opening of the Reagan Presidential Library, the official visits of both Pope John Paul II and South African President Nelson Mandela, the L.A. riots, San Francisco and Northridge earthquakes, the Simpson/Goldman murders and broke the story nationally of the murder of Phil Hartman. Starting in 2007, she produced the “KNX Hero of the Week” feature where, she said, the people and their stories changed her from a cynic into a believer and restored her soul.
“Her strong experience both on the talk side and with play-by-play will serve her very well as our new pd. Raised in Orange County, Amanda graduated from Cal State Fullerton and is a Lakers, Angels and (somehow) Steelers fan.”
Greg Bergman is being promoted to Assistant Program Director and Adam Braunstein is being promoted to producer of play-by-play. The station is looking for a producer for Mason & Ireland.
Moore Love Wanted. For over
two decades, George Moore has been
an active producer, program director, production
manager, voice talent and personality, working at
KKTT/KGFJ, KPWR, KSRF, KJLH, KMPC, KACE and KFI.
It was distressing to hear from colleague Susan Valot that George is not doing well. “He’s now back in Michigan (in a nursing home) and has been battling health issues for a while now,” Susan wrote.
He recently posted that a doctor told him he only has about two weeks to live. If anyone would like to write to him, he is at:
Four Seasons Rehab Center
8365 N. Newburg Road
Westland MI 48185
Hear Ache. Former KROQer Bean has landed in England and is looking for his first job in his home country. His resume is short but VERY impressive.
Aging of Aquarius. Anita Garner writes in her tasty blog, a touching story about former program director of KJOI/KXEZ and KYSR Allan Hotlen. “I met Allan Hotlen in San Francisco in the 80’s when he was program director at KSFO (studios in the beautiful Fairmont Hotel. Sigh.) We talked about doing something together. I was living on the slope-y part of Green Street between North Beach and Russian Hill, floating all over town, soaking up a life I loved, in talks with KOIT radio (studios on beautiful Maiden Lane. Sigh) about doing a show for them."
When their lives intersected again at Christmas time, an improbable and loving story here.
Why was Jonesys Jukebox Unplugged for the last three months?
Click the artwork.
(December 18, 2019) Holy
shit, is KFI the New England Patriots of LARadio? As the
popularity of AM wanes and longtime winning frequencies get
sold and turned into niche, mostly foreign language outlets,
iHeart’s Talk station KFI (640AM) defies all trends. It
In the summer of 2006, program director Robin Bertolucci provided one of the great headlines in LARadio.com history when KFI came in 1st place, the first time an AM station had achieved such status since 1986. She said, “Holy Shit! We Did It.”
Winners have a way of winning no matter what. Is she the Bill Belichick of radio? Bertolucci has been meticulous in guiding strong, local daily talk shows. In October 2011, Robin did it again with another #1 placement. Afternooners John & Ken were voted Best LARP of the Year, then repeatedly for a number of consecutive years by their peer group.
Robin is a positive, domineering force in everything that is KFI. It’s the way the Patriots have done it, too. In creating her own dynasty, Robin has concentrated on her talent. Bill Handel, arguably compared with quarterback Tom Brady, anchors a day filled with relevant talent without succumbing to the right-wing programming that was prevalent a few years ago.
Before Radio & Records ended a decades-long run as the bible of reporting on the radio industry, Robin was presented with the highest programming honor at the R&R Talk Radio Seminar.
She grew up in Southern California and
went to college at UC-Berkeley and graduated with a degree
in rhetoric. Prior to Denver, she started her radio career
at KGO-San Francisco doing a variety of assignments.
Robin has quickly reacted to changes in the marketplace. When Frosty/Heidi & Frank were not renewed at KABC, Robin gave Frosty Stilwell some weekend work, though for any number of reasons it didn’t work out, as Frosty was looking for full-time work. With the sudden firing of Jim Ladd from Classic Rock KLOS, once again Robin reacted swiftly giving him a three-hour forum to say “goodbye” to his fans.
Like the Patriots, KFI enjoys a great run of impressive finishes, month after month, game after game. They are also an ideal example of how organizations of any type should be approaching their operations in this 21st century of rapid and accelerating change. Her consistency in running one of the best Talk stations in the country is legendary, but it is how she has gone about achieving this unparalleled string of success that’s most noteworthy.
In the spring of 2012, there was a sea change at KFI. After suffering massive outcries from black and Hispanic groups following what were deemed inappropriate comments by Rush Limbaugh and John & Ken on KFI, the station reacted. “The talk show host used to be a moderator and very old school. And then a guy by the name of Rush Limbaugh came and totally reinvented Talk radio. I think Rush is totally whacked out of his mind – politically and in terms of self-aggrandizement – but a great broadcaster but Rush reinvented radio where the talk show host interacts with the audience,” said Handel at the time.
Handel said that this newfound freedom turned into “shock” radio. “The line kept on moving,” said Bill, “and you got to the point of a Howard Stern where you got to insane sexual innuendos and he was really out there sexually.” As this new freedom quickly evolved, Handel said everybody became a target – race, religion – and it was wide open. “We’ve now come back. The pendulum has come back because it went too far. The ratings kept on building. KFI, a predominately white conservative audience, loved hearing it. You could attack everything and the audience went nuts.”
Even with KFI’s success, there was no thought of pulling back on the rhetoric because “the ratings were too big, too great, too much money was being made, and it was too much fun to say things as a Talk show host that you couldn’t even say at a cocktail party amongst friends,” said Bill. “That was the state of radio and it made a lot of money. The line just kept going and going and then you had comments by John & Ken and Rush.”
‘‘I love being outrageous. It’s fun. The line keeps on moving. It wasn’t a question of not seeing it happen, I didn’t even care to look at it. But it was thrown in our face during the last two months. Talk Radio is going to pull back and just not be so outrageous,” declared Bill Handel in 2011. “We are going to have to incorporate many more voices. It has to go from a bunch of conservative white guys to include women, to include African Americans and to include Hispanics. When you have a HUGE Latino population, you can’t run a Talk station without being inclusive. It’s impossible, in this day and age. And it shouldn’t be. There are too many members that are not represented.”
Bill said there were some new rules. “I can’t make fun of blacks the way I used to. I can’t make fun of Protestants the way I used to. The group I get a pass with is Jews because I am Jewish and I get a pass on gays because I have been so pro-gay for so many years. With my surrogacy business I have helped so many gays have children through the help of surrogate mothers.”
Resilience is the competitive advantage. In a resilience paradigm, managers accept the reality that they will inevitably confront unpredicted threats. Robin created systems to roll with the punches, or even benefit from them. Like Belichick, Robin’s greatest gift as a programmer and leader is her adaptability. She seems to roll with the punches in an effective and productive way.
As rare opportunities to be on her team surface, there is always a unique player ready. Her hiring of Bill Carroll from Canadian Talk wars was an unpredictable hire.
Though pd Robin continues to do an amazing job with her news / talk outlet, she stumbled when Dr. Laura Schlessinger left her longtime perch from noon to 3 p.m. Robin, ever thinking with no box, gave Handel a second shift hoping a syndicated midday effort could be created. After six months, the midday effort was shelved and Bill Carroll arrived from Canada. “The numbers absolutely sucked,” said Handel.
Robin moved Gary Hoffmann, her heir apparent to replace Handel when that time comes, and paired him with Shannon Farren, who came from the KFI news department and brought a smile to kill for with a bright, sunny disposition. Nights at KFI have been a delight with versatile entertainer Tim Conway, Jr.
Even though the KFI news department is an integral part of the overall programming, news director Chris Little has had a steady hand in building a compelling content and presentation sound to the station. Much like Belichick’s offensive coordinator, Little built news anchors and reporters to seamlessly integrate their news into the hosts content. There just seems to be a flawless sound. Even though Chris doesn’t have the staff he used to have, he makes sure the KFI microphone flags are present at every major news event.
There is no glitz or glam about radio. It takes tough and fearless players who never, if you’ll pardon the pun, take their eye off the ball. When a recent newsman began podcasting, he was gone. Whether this was the reason for his sudden departure, the station never explained, but it would make sense. No one is bigger than KFI. There is no one player bigger than another on the Patriots. There is no room for nonsense or diva tantrums. They don’t seem to fly in Robin’s world, and there is no mercy for those who don’t abide by the system. There is no other way but the KFI way. Get with it or you’re gone. The discipline and mind control on this team is the unique quality that separates the station from everyone else.
Hear Ache. Who will replace Lisa May in the morning KLOS slot? Heidi Hamilton is doing “News” and Bill Thomas is covering “traffic,” according to pd Keith Cunningham ... Steven Wright says he’s committed to live forever. So far, so good … Congratulations to Michael Catherwood on celebrating seven years of marriage … ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith is highest paid in sports television news. Andrew Marchand of The New York Post reports that Smith’s five-year contract approaches $8 million per year ... Is my life strange? Woke up last night wondering whatever happened to New Colony Six.
of ads (May 8, 1962) ... Dodger broadcast on KFI, take a cab
to the ball park and a transistor radio on sale at K-Mart
(it appears that the first K-Mart in Southern California was
located at Rinaldi and Laurel Canyon and opened in early
1962….the last K-Mart in the Valley (Sherman Way in North
Hollywood) is now in the process of closing," emailed David
(December 17, 2019) Cooper
Rummell has a new job. His reasons for leaving his
reporter job with KNX were chronicled recently. Cooper has
good news to report. From his Facebook post yesterday:
“This past September I ran out of the studio at my previous job and into my car in tears. I was having a panic attack. I was just so done spreading fear and telling the world about death, doom and destruction for a living. I took a stress leave hoping that would help, but things got way worse before they got better. I found myself at the lowest point I could’ve ever imagined both mentally and emotionally.
I started praying that God would somehow make a way for me to share good news instead of bad news. Then I experienced a rock bottom, dropped to my knees, look to Him for help because He’s the only one who can rescue me type of moment and during that time, I surrendered everything to Christ. Shortly after that day it became very clear that God was calling me to tell THE Good News...not just good news. A lot has happened since then and over the past couple of months the Lord has been transitioning me out of the marketplace and into ministry.
Today will be my first day working as a journalist for the storytelling ministry at Saddleback Church. I’m incredibly humbled to have the opportunity to find and tell stories about how God is working and moving in so many different communities, how the Holy Spirit is transforming lives and how Jesus is saving people. While I completely trust that God has me exactly where He wants me to be, I’m asking you, my community of family and friends, to pray for me and the storytelling team at Saddleback during this transition and as we head into the New Year. I’m so excited for this season of life and can’t wait to see what God has in store!”
Hear Ache. Last week Larry Huffman was presented a lifetime Director Emeritus award by the Trailblazers Motorcycle Club, now celebrating their 76th year. Picture below. Larry is in the middle surrounded by the board of directors … Dawn Girocco, former general manager at KLOS/KABC is moving to Dallas as Director of Sales for KSCS, KPLX, and KLIF/fm … Mancow, ex-morning man at Sports KLAC, is being sued by the former pastor of the Harvest Bible Chapel, a Chicago-based megachurch. Mancow apparently recorded the pastor in which he allegedly spoke of planting child porn on the computers of his enemies. That got the pastor fired from his position with the church. Mancow formerly attended the church and once considered himself a friend of the deposed pastor, James MacDonald … Sad to hear that Jack Scott died earlier this month. We all probably had on occasion to play one of his iconic songs.
(December 16, 2019) As
expected, there were some tears, but it was mostly laughs –
a lot of cheap laughs – so very fitting as
said farewell to three decades of L.A. radio, the last five
with the KLOS morning trio of Frosty (Stilwell),
Heidi (Hamilton) and
Heading to the Coachella Valley to open a fitness studio, Lisa was feted by her colleagues with champagne and cake, the latter adorned with baseball caps and the words “Make Retirement Great Again!”
“Her voice is so comforting, it’s like comfort food with a voice, like mac-n-cheese or mashed potatoes,” said Heidi, followed by a sincere Frosty stating “so many people in social media are saying they grew up with you, you’re part of the soundtrack and the background of their lives.” That was followed by “but now these listeners are middle aged.”
Asked by Frank if she would miss radio (with a drop of someone yelling “SHUT UP!!!”), Lisa said “as I was walking the dogs, I realized next week I’ll be doing this in Palm Springs, and I won’t be going back to a job with all of my friends.”
Show producer Eric Scott Smith said he spent more time with Lisa than anyone on the show, “she’s the first person I see in the morning, other than the guy at 7-Eleven…you’ve done this job with grace, no one in this building can say a mean thing about you.” He picked two songs, I Made It, by Manifest and Come South to the Border with Me by Ed Sheeran in tribute to Lisa. Later, he featured a song Keep Me in Your Heart for Awhile, by Trampled by Turtles, which also ended the broadcast.
“I thought that was one of the biggest mistakes that KROQ made in letting you go,” said Frank, a sentiment echoed by callers who followed Lisa to KLOS and offered their tributes (“we were pissed when [KROQ] did you dirty”). “I heard that news and I said ‘we gotta get Lisa May,’” said Frank. “We’re glad we’re able to give you the proper send-off…it’s been an honor to have you on the program, you are a legend in radio, you’ve been an inspiration…to have you end your career on our program is an honor.”
One listener suggested Lisa do some voiceover work and record show intros so she’ll be heard in perpetuity on the station (“Robot Lisa,” remarked Heidi).
Another said he met Lisa at a pet adoption event (inciting Frank asking “what cage were you in, Lisa?”).
A caller named Jerry told the story that he met his wife, thanks to Lisa. “I was listening to your traffic report one morning, I decided to take a different route. I wound up getting rear-ended by (a woman), and I wound up talking to her. Seven years later, we’re still married, and we have a three-year-old daughter!”
KLOS middayer Marci Wiser stopped in, declaring “I’m losing one of my girls! There’s not too many of us around!” That prompted Frank to state someone else will be missing Lisa, specifically “the traffic reports sponsored by the Southern California Toyota Dealers.”
The trio promised Lisa would be picked up in a stretch Toyota Prius limousine for the farewell gathering in Marina del Rey, later that afternoon. The trio said the year 2019 will be remembered as a year of loss (“screw you 2019!”) for the KLOS morning show– Frosty lost his Dad, Frank lost his dog Diesel, Frosty lost his car in the parking lot at Target, “and every time you laugh, you lose a little urine,” said Frank.
And of course, Lisa isn’t dying, though she was presented a mock tombstone (“In Memoriam. Lisa May, 1988 – 2019). But with great affection, Frosty offered an original composition (“not in A-minor, I don’t want you anywhere near A-minor,” Heidi said), about losing their on-air partner since 2014:
There’s just so much to tell you
And so little time I never thought you’d be leaving this soon
There’s no more tears to cry I hope you find what you’re looking for
And I pray that you do
When you turn around and look over your shoulder
And the last one, standing here waving
Last one whoever thought they’d say goodbye to you
Goodbye to you, goodbye.
Speaking of retiring, Radio Facts, an on-line trade
publication asked Tom Joyner (former KKBT
syndicated star) for the real reason he ended his 25-year
career? “It was money. Every contract was cut in half, cut
in half, cut in half to the point that I said, ‘Okay, I
can’t go any lower, so I’ll just quit here and live my
life.’ The money kept getting lower and lower. There wasn’t
any interest after the last contract; there wasn’t any
interest that would make sense.”
Food Bank. Chachi’s Benztown kicks off their sixth annual holiday social campaign to benefit the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. Their press release states: Benztown is a leading international radio imaging, production library, programming, jingles and voiceover services company with over 2,300 affiliations on six different continents. With offices and studios in Los Angeles, New York, and Stuttgart, Benztown offers the highest quality imaging work parts for 23 libraries across 14 music and spoken-word formats. It all begins Thursday. More info here.
Trujillo Update. Tammy Trujillo checked in to update us about her 2019. “It’s been an interesting year...to say the least. Many exciting and positive changes have happened in my life. First is our podcast Talks with John. Tim Piper and I have won two international awards with it and we take our stage show based on it to New York in January.
Over the summer, Tammy and her husband moved to a beautiful and historic house in Northridge. “And I am now thrilled to announce that I am the new Broadcast Media Coordinator at KCSN and its HD3 station Latin Alt, where I oversee a great group of aspiring broadcasters.
Also, I'm still on air doing the weekend news on KPCC, teaching as an adjunct professor at the University of La Verne and hosting the Community Affairs Show at AM830 KLAA. It’s a lot, but when you enjoy what you’re doing, then it doesn’t really seem like work! So, all in all, I would say that 2019 has been a pretty good year!”
And how was your 2019?
Funnie. It is not unusual to find an ad for a temporary holiday gig, but KFI anchor Aron Bender saw a doozy. “A guy in San Francisco wants a holiday girlfriend. He wants someone to do all the holiday couple things. He claims to be a 28-year-old easy-on-the-eyes small business owner. He says in his ad that whomever he chooses stays his date until 11:59 p.m. January 2, 2012. He says they can still be friends afterwards, unless they hate each other. He’s had 200-300 responses so far.” (from LARadio.com in 2011)
Email Saturday, 12.14.2019
“With all this KABC etc. news, when are we gonna just sit back and accept the fact that in another generation [perhaps sooner] AM Radio is a thing of the past just like adding machines and dial telephones? It is a fact that eventually all good things pass into history and from where I sit, it’s easier to just say ‘thanks for all the good you did’ and let ’em pass calmly into history as we now enter the age of Peyronie commercials, which is the funniest tv commercials ever. I haven’t laughed so hard in years!” – Rich Brother Robbin
** Sad for KABC
“Thanks for printing my emails. You should also know that your following is great. I get deluged with emails every time I get printed in your blog. It is really sad about KABC. From first to worst.” – Pat Duffy
** The Motorman
“Thanks Don, for the nice stories today. All the best.” – Leon Kaplan
** Timing is Everything
“KABC is still using the supposed phone calls to the station with the ‘I Love, Love, Love John & Jillian’ stuff. That and the statement made by Drew Hayes regarding the proud tradition of the station, blah...blah...blah... leads me to believe that Howard Stern was right when he said that on the ladder of showbiz, radio is only one rung higher than circus clowns. The statement by Mr. Hayes is simply insulting to any and every reader. How was he not the first one shown the door?” – Gary Gibson
** Salute to Peter Tilden
"Blessings to Peter Tilden, who is such a remarkable survivor of crazy L.A. radio, virtually always took my calls and laughed at my silly humor. We often disagreed on issues but I felt that he was fair and reasonable to people." - Andrew Schermerhorn
** El Paso Dead
“Saw the Marty Robbins story Sunday on his passing. Marty and I were great friends. I introduced him on stage several times over the years, mostly when I was in San Diego doing morning drive at KSON. We always laughed about his song El Paso being our ‘Number 2’ song like Rock music’s Iron Butterfly’s In A Gadda Da Vida because of the length of the songs gave us time to use the toilet.
Marty did not do many interviews, but I was backstage at the CMA Awards in 1982 working on a Westwood One Network special. I just needed a quick sound bite. He was cool about it, even though he was about to go on stage to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. After the recording I congratulated him, and ask him if he was excited. He told me: ‘Jim, it’s a dream but to me, when they give this to you it on means you’ll be dead soon.’ We laughed and hugged as they pulled him away to get his honor. Sadly, less than three months later he passed away. Good guy...great talent!!” – Jim Duncan
** Pat Evans’ Semi-Retirement
“Some of my fondest radio memories include following Pat Evans on the air at KRTH. He taught young-me so much about the nuance of word and timing. I like to think I taught him a thing or two about women :)” – Keri Tombazian
** Teaching a Better Idea
“I don’t know if you’re interested in any more responses to Cooper Rummell’s story, however, it should be noted to anyone, like me, who worked many years in the radio industry. While I was doing traffic reporting on KNX/1070 many years ago, I came to the conclusion that the industry was no longer in my best interest. After some time of reflection and soul searching, I rebranded myself and became an elementary school librarian in Canoga Park. It turned out to be the greatest decision I had ever made. I received more satisfaction from helping young children learn to read, than I ever could have received in radio. After a decade of being treated like a rockstar by kids of many ages, I realized it was my true calling.
To Cooper Rummell, yes, there is a great world after radio!” – Jeffrey Leonard
“Thanks for remembering Joe Smith, especially his KFWB radio days. I was one of his listeners back in my youth. In fact, I was a member of the ‘Joe Smith What Are You Some Kind of a Nut on KFWB Club’ [or the J.S.W.A.Y.S.K.O.A.N.O.K.F.w.B.C. for short]. As far as I know, I’m still a member in good standing, since the attached Very Official Membership card has no expiration date.” – Don McCulloch, Radio Deluxe
** Holiday Music
“Just a note to you that KUSC is following in KOST’s footsteps and has a special channel for continuous Christmas music. It is called the Christmas Spirit Channel. The channel has Classical Christmas music of all kinds and is only available on the KUSC website and its mobile app. The main channel will have Christmas programming of its own till Christmas Day. Go to kusc.org for more details.” – Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree
**Top 40 Battles
“Just wanted to mention KCBQ and KGB do not hold the mold on Top 40 battles in our nation from 1962 to probably 1980 or later. There was always two Top 40 stations going at each other, with good signals and good air staffs. I know I was involved by listening at first to the KACY and KUDU Ventura battles, not to forget KIST-Santa Barbara thrown in.
I was in grade school, junior high and high school in Santa Barbara in those days and the radio was great. Later, after Vietnam for the whole year of 1970, I was working in Monterey at KMBY, 1971, mornings. Our battle was with KDON-Salinas.
The person mentioning KCBQ and KGB makes it sound like that was the only battle of Top 40 radio in the USA from the mid 60’s till it ended. Wrong. There were many other battles all across our nation and it was fun. AM had the stronghold till FM Stereo came along and slowly took it away from AM. Then we had two FM’s going at it, playing the same playlist in the same towns that before had two AM’s.
Bill Drake with Boss radio was good, but he wasn’t the only Top 40 radio on the air. Let’s give credit to our brothers and sisters that were busting their asses making $1100.00 a month that were doing great radio too, all over our nation.
To me and all the other radio people I knew, it was never a job. I loved it and could hardly wait to get back to the station to work. My ex-wife used to say, ‘Why don’t you get a cot down there, so you won’t have to come home.’ Some days it would have been better...LOL. I had 42 years in radio and loved every year of it. Too bad consolidation screwed it all up, it will never be the same. Who really has lost with five or so companies owning everything? The listener! And that’s sad. When I was on the air the listener came first, after all isn't that why we were there in the first place?” – Phillip Davies
** Monterey Connection
“The former KMBY in Monterey, where an inordinate number of radio people cut their teeth [including Robert W. Morgan and Bobby Ocean among many others], is now K-SURF, and the poor thing now being donated to a nonprofit is actually on 1240 kHz and not 1260. Its 1 kw has a great signal, due to grounding in the salt water of Monterey Bay, carrying as far as Point Arena to the north, in the daytime and it certainly had more potential than recent owners have been able to realize.
Running an Oldies format from Los Angeles, 250 miles away, on it was not the brightest idea, in my opinion, speaking as a former pd there. I grew up in Carmel listening to KMBY when it was still a CBS station, running Arthur Godfrey and Art Linkletter radio programs.
It’s the oldest radio station in the Monterey Bay Area, having begun in 1935 as KDON, and its outstanding, Gavin award-winning general manager during all its glory years, Galyn “Doc” Hammond, died not too long ago – as did Don Hofmann, its longtime pd before moving on to KJOY, KVI, KDAY, and KSFO, in no particular order. Five consecutive KMBY pds later worked for Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasters: Robert W. Morgan, Don Hofmann, myself, Frank Colbourn, and Phil Davies (Scotty Johnson). Morgan called himself Mark Carroll at KMBY because the station already had a Bob Morgan when he arrived [and he chose the pseudonym in tribute to Roger Carroll, he once told me], and Bobby Ocean was then known as Radio Ray Ferrell.” – Eric Norberg
** KSPN Clapper
“Holiday greetings from the North Bay outpost! Great to hear the Weekend Warrior is coming back. To put it another way: Clap off, Clap on! Doc Clapper!” – Ira Lawson
** 1971 Radio Highlights
“That reprint of the 1971 night numbers on this week’s Nostalgia column is interesting to me from several standpoints.
1. Dodgers baseball dominating on the radio [221% of what the #2 station had in ratings] in an era when television only carried away games [and sometimes not all of those].
2. How far KABC has fallen in the four decades since.
3. Only two FMs in the top ten, and those were the ‘historic’ FM formats of Beautiful Music (KJOI) and Classical (KFAC).
4. Not one, but two all-News stations, and both highly rated even at night.
5. Four contemporary music stations in the top ten [remembering that KMPC was more Top 40 at night with Roger Carroll, and KGFJ was Soul with a lot of crossover hits].
6. No sign yet of 102.7, which had only changed ownership and call letters from KRHM to KKDJ right before this book, in April. It would take less than two years for it to appear in the top ten as well, at least at night. How this business has changed.” – K.M. Richards
** Demise of OC Weekly
“Is the LA Weekly owned by the same corporation as the OC Weekly? Is the LA Weekly next to fall? How soon before the print version of the LA Times ends? I wouldn’t miss it too much though. It went from a thick enjoyable multi-faceted publication to a now barely 20-page agenda driven rag.” – Steve Chang, Venice
(December 13, 2019) Tom
Joyner, former morning
man at KKBT (the BEAT), is broadcasting his last show this
morning. We haven’t been able to listen to him in L.A. since
the middle aughts, but he has been active in syndication,
mostly on over 100 Urban stations around the country.
Tom is really a giant in the broadcast industry, and his syndication deal opened the door to others in the world of Urban and r&b radio. He is in the Radio Hall of Fame and has been awarded the NAB Marconi, the NAACP Image Award and received many honorary doctorate degrees.
While at KKBT in 2006, Tom was the keynote speaker at Tuskegee University. Tom is an alumnus of Tuskegee, and a four-time Billboard magazine award-winner. He is the founder of REACH Media Inc., the Tom Joyner Foundation, where he had raised over $65 million, and BlackAmericaWeb.com.
Oprah recently called the show to congratulate him on his upcoming retirement after 25 years in radio syndication. This week he was overpowered with calls from President Bill Clinton, Lionel Richie, and Magic Johnson, among many others.
If you never heard Joyner, you might remember his life flying between Dallas and Chicago every day, doing his morning drive program at KKDA-Dallas and an afternoon show at WGCI-Chicago. It was calculated during his time commuting he traveled eight million miles. In today’s radio world and voicetracking, his two-station commute would be silly, but it worked at the time.
He has led voter registration initiatives, brought awareness to health disparities and more. An advocate for education, the Tom Joyner Foundation, a charitable 501(c)3 non-profit organization, was started in 1998 for the sake of African-American students in need, at Historically Black Colleges and Universities across the nation. KKBT received headlines when the station participated in a huge radio promotion called Tom Joyner’s Cash Call, with one caller to his morning drive show winning $1 million.
KROQ’s Kat Corbett was featured in the
current issue of LA
Weekly … KEIB’s Rush
Limbaugh made an appearance on Fox & Friends
last week to announce that sales for his “Stand Up for
Betsy Ross!” merchandise have surpassed $5 million dollars.
All proceeds benefit The Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers
Foundation, which provides financial assistance to military
heroes and their families, as well as first responders …
Mark Thomason read the big NY Times story on former
Clippers announcer Ralph
Lawler ... Jeff Schimmel,
former morning show producer for a number of LARP, has
partnered with Vicki from Real Housewives of Orange
County, for a new podcast that launches in January.
“Our distributor is Westwood One, and we’re thrilled that
they shared our belief that this awesome podcast will be
super entertaining and informative, and will create an
avalanche of downloads,” emailed Jeff. “Thanks to Kelli
Hurley at WWO, and my buddy, Gary Bernstein, for the
introduction!” … Saul Levine’s Mount Wilson
FM Broadcasters is donating its Northern California radio
properties to a non-profit, according to Inside Radio.
Oldies “1260 K-Surf” KNRY and Classical “K-Mozart” KIDD,
both licensed to Monterey, are being donated as a charitable
gift to Foresthill, CA-based Balanced Radio Foundation. Also
included in the deal is a pair of Monterey-licensed
translators: K294CA at 106.7, which rebroadcasts KIDD, and
K240EV at 95.9, which simulcasts KNRY.
(December 12, 2019) Another
story about celebrating the holidays by giving to others.
KFI completed its 9th annual PastaThon raising over $435,000
and 109,000 pounds of pasta. The fundraising event helps
feed local children in need.
Money raised from the event will benefit Caterina’s Club, a charitable organization that feeds 25,000 underprivileged children, five days a week in over 30 cities throughout Southern California.
During the 17-hour live broadcast on December 6, all KFI AM 640 on-air personalities including Bill Handel, Jennifer Jones Lee, Gary Hoffmann, Shannon Farren, John Kobylt, Ken Chiampou and Tim Conway Jr. were on site at the Christ Cathedral in Garden Grove, encouraging listeners to donate money along with pasta and pasta sauce to help feed underprivileged children that live in motels without access to a kitchen. (left: 'Grinch' Handel and Chef Bruno, founder of Caterina's Club and owner of the Anaheim White House restaurant)
Over the past 9 years, the KFI PastaThon has raised close to $2.8 million dollars and over 500 thousand pounds of pasta and sauce. “Year after year we are honored to join our listeners in support of Chef Bruno Serato and his outstanding organization, Caterina’s Club, as they feed thousands of children in Southern California and help end the cycle of poverty,” said KFI pd Robin Bertolucci. “KFI is so honored to be a part of the Southern California community and their generosity and spirit of giving inspires all of us. And, special thanks to our partners Smart & Final and Barilla for their support.” (right: John & Ken flank execs from Smart & Final)
Evans Makes a Pivot. Pat
Evans, long-time radio professional, has decided to
call it a career. The former voice of Fox Sports Radio,
Yahoo Sports, The
Show and on-air personality on countless
great radio stations across the country said recently, “I am
humbled, surprised and excited at the opportunity to finally
ignore the ‘snooze’ button! I am truly thankful to have
crossed paths during my 49-year career with legendary
programmers, incredibly talented personalities and the usual
suspects that permeate our business.”
The Southern California native had a long career in L.A. Radio. Pat’s stops in the Southland include: KKDJ, 1974; KIQQ, 1975; KEZY, 1976; KHJ, 1979; KHTZ, 1979-80; KRTH, 1982-85. Before arriving in Los Angeles, Pat worked at KIST-Santa Barbara, KDON-Salinas and KXKX-Denver. At KEZY he was Beaver Stevens. At KHJ he worked as Terry Foster and later as Terry Moreno. He served as the imaging voice of “K-Earth” for many years.
In the 1980s he worked at KSFX, KSFO and KYA-San Francisco before returning to L.A. at K-Earth. In the early 1990s Pat moved to Boca Raton, where he worked mornings at WSHE-Ft Lauderdale.
“While I couldn’t possibly thank everyone, a special nod to the late Rick Carroll, Andrew Ashwood, Bobby Rich and Bob Hamilton, each of whom believed in my talent. Big thanks to IHeart San Antonio for giving me a place to hang my hat for 22 years! Not really retiring, just not going to the terrestrial location every day.” Still available, of course at email@example.com
In 1967, Dick Clark
called Vic Gee of KBLA (we know him best as Jim Carson from
a long career at K-EARTH). We asked Jim how he got the
American Bandstand call. "I have no idea other than the
fact that Charlie O' Donnell lived in Burbank in the late
60's & would have lunch with Humble Harve and Bruce Wendell
who was our PD back in the day. We would go around the
corner from KBLA on San Fernando Road and have breakfast or
lunch. He was a great guy and very supportive of me in my
(December 11, 2019) It
didn’t take long for Roger Nadel to land on
his feet. Mr. Master, the leading provider of workflow
optimization software for the radio industry, has hired
Roger as the Executive Director of Affiliate Sales. Nadel
will be responsible for enhancing the affiliation strategy
for Mr. Master’s Automation Import Manager (AIM) software
and servicing its 3500 affiliates. Roger will be based at
the company headquarters in Agoura Hills.
“We are very excited to add Roger’s expertise to the Mr. Master family. He is an advocate for radio, with a successful track record of helping stations monetize their inventory and maximize resources – which perfectly aligns with who we are and our business objectives,” said Stu Jacob, president of Mr. Master.
Nadel was most recently the svp/Affiliate Services for iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic Network. An industry veteran, Nadel’s experience includes spending more than 25 years at CBS Radio and more than a decade managing KFWB, KMPC and in Detroit (WWJ-AM and WYST-FM). He also served as executive editor of R&R.
Oh Boy. Jerry Naylor, former dj at KLAC, and a forty-five year veteran of the entertainment industry, died on December 5. He was 80 years old.
Jerry began his successful career as a singer with his own Country/Rockabilly group in 1954 at age 15. In 1956, Jerry became a member of the San Angelo, Texas based rock group The Cavaliers.
Jerry was born on a small farm in the rural community of Chalk Mountain, Texas on March 6, 1939. He began a dual career in broadcasting in 1954, working as a teenage dj on KPEP-San Angelo.
In his early years, Jerry became the lead singer of the Crickets after the tragic 1959 death of Holly.In 1965, the Crickets broke up and Jerry signed a multiple-performance contract with the popular ABC-Television network music variety show, Shindig. He had a single on the Easy Listening chart, But For Love that peaked at #5. This recording garnered Jerry four Grammy nominations. Cashbox Magazine acclaimed Naylor as one of the "Top Forty Male Vocalists of 1970.” In 2000 Jerry was inducted into the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Alice Child Star
Dies. Philip McKeon, a
familiar face behind the scenes at KFWB for ten years, has
died after battling a longtime illness. He was 55. The elder
brother of Facts of Life actress Nancy McKeon,
Philip is best known for his role as Tommy Hyatt on Alice,
in which he starred opposite Linda Lavin from 1976-1985. The
CBS sitcom was based on Martin Scorsese’s 1974 Alice
Doesn’t Live Here Anymore. Following his time at KFWB,
he moved to Wimberly, Texas, where he hosted his own radio
show and relocated to be closer to family.
LA Times ad December
11, 1965 from David Grudt's personal collection
(December 10, 2019) One
of the reasons LARadio launched in the mid-90s was because
of the paucity of radio news. The LA Times used to
have several writers who covered Southland radio. No longer.
Even the termination of the live and local staff at KABC
hasn’t mustered any notice from the Times.
The Herald Examiner claimed the largest afternoon-newspaper circulation in the country, but it went under in late 1989.
It has now gotten worse. OC Weekly, a free weekly paper serving communities in Orange County and Long Beach, has shuttered after 24 years in print. “Adios Motherf—-ers!” OC Weekly’s tweet said. “For the last quarter century, we’ve tried to bring good stories to Orange County. It’s been fun, but now we’re done.”
The Weekly was founded in 1995. It had a circulation of 45,000 and reached more than 503,000 active readers. Over the years, the publication has gone through multiple owners trying to figure out the revenue model that would work. They had their last round of cuts last October.
With the closing of the publication, there is no severance for the now unemployed staff.
Julie Wick of the LA Times wrote: “The loss of OC Weekly’s irreverent, aggressive, original coverage is a tragedy in its own right.”
Hear Ache. LA
Times headlined Joe Smith’s obituary,
“Record executive of rock ‘n roll era” … Former news anchor
at KNX, KABC and KFWB Dave Williams read our
Sunday column in which we reposted his account of being
fired from Merlin Media in Chicago, after 89 days with no
explanation. “Just thought I’d bring you up to date: This
was eight years ago and I still can’t get an explanation.”
Dave is killing it in mornings at KLIF-Dallas. I am
constantly amazed when radio execs shut down. Aren’t we in
the communications business? We seem to do it the worst …
The Weekend Warrior show with
Dr. Robert Clapper is back on
KSPN … Richard Turnage, traffic guru, had a letter posted in
the Saturday LA Times Sports section: “Congratulations to
the Los Angeles Angels, who made the big announcement
they’re moving to Anaheim.”
Much press has been written about the morning KROQ team of Kevin
& Bean. They did it so well for almost 30 years.
LARadio historian Jim Hilliker found a photo of another morning team that also did it so well. It is a snapshot taken of KFI’s Lohman & Barkley at the 50th anniversary of Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, not far from the KFI tower and transmitter building.
“I was there with my mother and my future wife Laura Pederson, to see Al and Roger do their morning radio show in person. We had a great time that day,” emailed Jim.
Paul Rodrigues, former
morning man at KKBT (The 'Beat') in 1989 was photographed
attending the funeral for Superman impersonator
9, 2019) One of my favorite holiday traditions is
the annual gift that KROQ’s Kevin & Bean would
present to longtime sidekick Lisa
May. Before the morning show shut down for the
holiday break, the pair’s gift to Lisa was a call to QVC and
whatever the next product offering was, that was their gift
to her. Lisa is retiring from her current KLOS morning show
this week and moving to the desert. She remembered her
favorite holiday surprise.
“My friend, Laura Marchand, pretended to be the QVC operator,” emailed Lisa. “We had set-up the joke with the morning show producer. I believe it was Jay Tilles at that time. Laura told them this tv monitor was worth something like $4,000. And Kevin immediately wanted to break the whole ‘we’ll buy whatever’s on the screen’ deal, while Bean argued that they had to honor the deal.
At the peak of the fight, Laura yelled out ‘asshats, asshats!’ That was the word that Jimmy Kimmel was trying to introduce into the lexicon. It was hilarious and they had absolutely no clue what was happening. Laura did this Southern accent and was the perfect mix of someone who’s reading the description of an item but isn’t really sure about what it is. Listeners remembered that for years!”
Hear Ache. The lead story in the Sunday LA Times featured a devastating portrait of the toxic culture that apparently still persists at CBS. In the detailed account of the struggle with discrimination and retaliation allegations, up popped the name of LARP Gary Miller. Gary was featured on the midday KSPN show with D’Marco Farr in 2005-06. Gary was quoted in the article, supporting a former colleague who is embroiled in the messy story … Former KTWV personality Jamie Worlds was in a four-car accident last week. “In the fast lane I was car #1 and three cars behind me bunched up. *Note to self, buy a dashcam! I see the doctor in the morning. I’m really hurting, like for real and my attorney is down the street and I’m driving a shittiest little rental that was the only one left!” Jamie wrote on her Facebook page … Didja know that Howard Stern Comes Again is being named the No. 1 bestselling nonfiction book of 2019 on Apple Books? … ESPN’s First and Last host Jason Fitz will be soon heard on KSPN … Robin Thicke was featured in an LA Times profile on his comeback after crossings ‘Lines.’ His appearance on The Masked Singer prompted the story. He was accused of ripping off Marvin Gaye’s Got to Give It Up and was ordered to pay $7 million. The verdict dealt with the issue of inability to distinguish between homage and plagiarism. Robin has a new song and is getting airplay on Urban AC, KJLH ... Congrats to ex-KIQQer Gary Butterworth's 27 years of marriage.
XTRA/KOST ad appeared
in the LA Times in late 1969 ... from David Grudt's personal
“Headline is the text. What else needs be said?” – John Hindsill
“I was heartbroken to read about KABC. It was one of the best places I was ever privileged to work. Ken Minyard, Michael Jackson, Ray Briem, Toni Grant, the personalities that dominated talk radio. Vin Scully and the Dodgers. It was live and local. In 1988 I was the general sales manager and we billed 40 million dollars on a 5,000 watt directional signal. People in New York assumed KABC was a 50KW clear. I’d just change the subject. Nothing on radio beats live, local talent.
You you know what’s interesting is that my other long-time alma mater, K-EARTH is doing great. Why? Because they have kept the format intact but made smart changes. They still play the hits in a tight rotation, they have a newer sounding but 'live' airstaff. They have kept the contesting, which lets you put the listeners on the air telling you how much they love the station! And they have kept Gary Bryan who is like a great quarterback. I love listening to K-EARTH, who knew I would like Journey? ” – Pat Duffy, former general manager at K-EARTH
** Lackluster Content Coming to KABC
“In your epitaph on KABC, you wrote – ‘Every time a KABC listener died, there was no one to replace them.’ It seems the same problem with their talent.
Going to a programming lineup of mostly syndicated content will see them lose the one redeeming factor in their otherwise lackluster content: Local LA focus and culture. And another once great radio station dies along with its listeners.” – Pat Veling
** More KABC
“Crum-U-Lus strikes again.” – Mike Butts
** George Green’s Thoughts on KABC
“KABC is too cluttered. They should pick an older demographic...45-65. Program old. Sell the older demo. No News! No room for KABC to compete against News stations. There are some older motion picture and television personalities who would love to try radio. ‘Friends of …’ would be the title of the various shows being heard.” – George Green, long-time general manager at KABC
** Motorman Out at KABC
“I just heard the morning show at KABC announce the changes coming in the new year. I guess if nobody is listening you might as well let everybody go, but the fact that there will only be one local show in the lineup is a bit alarming. I guess if we have a local emergency, they will be unable to cover the story. Since 870 and 1150 have been beating 790 in the ratings consistently, I suppose stacking the station with an all right-of-center lineup makes some sense, but Armstrong & Getty has always seemed like a regional show [I heard them when I was visiting smaller markets] and seems odd as a replacement for a local morning show. Adding Michael Savage to the station gives me a real choice as to who I won’t be listening to on radio in 2020.
I see you updated the post to say that Leon Kaplan the Motorman is out as well. It’s strange because in recent weeks they have been really promoting his show hard using the Ghostbusters theme song ... if there’s something strange underneath your hood, who you gonna call...Leon Kaplan.
As far as promotion for their station has been going, I can’t understand why they would play [supposedly real] recorded phone calls of listeners telling how much they love the station’s on-air talent right before the top of the hour news. The only people hearing these atta-boy phone calls are the handful of listeners they already have.” – Gary Gibson
** Personnel Questions
"Drew Hayes at KABC is I-n-s-a-n-e to fire Leon Kaplan! That’s like firing Vin Scully.
Peter Tilden is also a [loyal] KABC institution who doesn’t deserve this.” – Andrew Schermerhorn
** ’Tis the Season Giving
“It’s the way of radio - Merry Christmas. You’re fired. Brutal.” – Keri Tombazian
** Keep Your Eye on the Ball
"Shocked and sad to see KABC's fate. It's easy to say 'KABC had to do something' - but this looks like they've totally given up. I heard the news and punched up 790 this morning. After everyone else was talking about the shooting in Pensacola, they were talking about 'what you're watching on tv.' I guess that company doesn't like the kid!" - Dave Mason
** Can KABC Stop the Free Fall?
“Regarding the KABC shakeup. I think it’s a little too late. They are so far buried in the ratings cellar that no amount of shuffling at this point matters. There is a point of no return. There is a lesson here for many media outlets. One that comes to mind is CNN, which has now dropped to its lowest ratings ever and doesn’t even get a million viewers in prime-time. No effort is made to attract a wider audience but instead they double down on their failed programming.
Getting back to KABC, many of us in the audience have been screaming about their programming for at least a decade or more. However, there was a sense of arrogance amongst the management who convinced themselves that they were the experts. However, no management over the years were able to stop the free fall. I think the listeners knew exactly what needed to be done, but this never figured into the equation. It is sad but it was predictable.
I guarantee that the latest changes will have no effect on the ratings and the eventual end will be a sale or a format change. Shuffling the chairs on the Titanic made no difference. It still sank.” – Steve Chang, Venice
** KABC Thinking
“The only real surprise about the station is that they kept John Phillips. I mean, why bother? Local spot sales, I guess, if they have any.
From time to time lately, when I see the call letters in the ratings rundowns it jars my memory of Michael Jackson. Any info on how he is doing? I suspect what he is doing is not much of anything. You know, kinda like me. I would like to drop him an email if I had contact info. We got along nicely during the brief time he contributed to KNX.” – Ed Pyle
** K-Earth Praise
“Finally got in the mood to sample KRTH ... a total musical masterpiece for the power demos in this day and age ... visors off, boys and girls! Also, that was a great article on Bill Drake. Hard to believe it’s been 11 years since he passed ... and the beat goes on! Winking smile.” – Rich Brother Robbin
** Programming Leaders
“Thanks for the extended coverage on Bill Drake’s passing. His thoughts and policies still make sense for 2020 radio, but in a lot of ways the bar has been raised by the competition. Bill Drake, Buzz Bennett, Chuck Blore – amazing names in our business who made things happen. I think you’ll be hard pressed to find someone in our business in this day and age who have a ‘plan’ and get the time to work it. But we can always hope.
I had the good fortune of working with some who walked the halls with Bill Drake and can fully understand their passion and drive for the industry. Please keep up the good work. Visionaries get inspiration from people like you.” – Dave Mason
** Baugh and PTSD
“A few days ago, one of your subscribers Jeff Baugh went on a long rant asserting that only combat veterans are allowed to claim PTSD. Curiously, some researchers at the RAND Corporation – a well-known think tank in Santa Monica – say the opposite: Combat veterans and survivors of violence, natural disasters, and terrorism have often experienced disturbing events that may lead to psychological trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
RAND research has evaluated the delivery of post-deployment mental health care to combat veterans, examined the treatment capacity of health care systems in response to PTSD, and estimated the costs of providing quality mental health care to all affected individuals. The research document is free for the public to download and read.
Mr. Baugh may want to temper his outburst against other survivors of PTSD.” – Daniel O’Donnell, Santa Monica
** Daily Deluge
“I must tell you…when going thru the almost endless list of emails including end-of-year statements, bills, 'see the attached information on your winnings from fill-in-the-blank,' how much I enjoy seeing your LARadio postings! Seriously. Each one provides a nice break from the usual deluge of crap we get daily. Please keep posting, we appreciate it! And, hopefully, KC and I can meet you again in Avila Beach for coffee.” – Larry “Supermouth”Huffman
** Siciliano Story
“I’ve been a DTV subscriber since 1994 and a Sunday Ticket viewer every year until this year. The reason I’m not viewing this season is the greed of ATT. However, Andrew Siciliano does a fantastic job every week. He must keep track of sometimes ten games at once and he keeps us hooked for the full seven hours.
I’ve also viewed the Red Zone from the NFL and that’s solid, but Sunday Ticket with Andrew is better. Hopefully ATT will come to the realization that greed is NOT a good thing.” –
Fred Wallin, Sports Overnight America
** Al Jarvis TV Work
“I liked the email from Larry Huffman recently about Al Jarvis. A few years back, I typed out a seven-page outline with as much information as I could find on Jarvis’ career in broadcasting. However, I did not have any information about his later television dance programs, so I’ll have to add that to my outline soon.
I only knew about his Channel 13 KLAC/tv daily program, which gave Betty White her big break on the air, in the late-1940s in Hollywood.
Several years ago, I downloaded this advertisement from 1960, which I found on eBay. It is for the Let’s Dance program on Wednesdays on channel 7 with Al and Marilyn Jarvis.
This may bring back some fond memories for some of your readers.” – Jim Hilliker, Monterey
** Early Calls
“K.M. Richards mentioned Bill and Ann Wallace’s station in Santa Paula on your Saturday November 30 post. That brought back memories. KQIQ was my first paying job in radio in the late 60s. I had heard the station from home in Woodland Hills and decided to drive out and visit one weekend. Ron Foster was the pd at the time. He handed me some old teletype copy and had me write my very short resume on the back.
The next week, Bill called and wanted to interview me. I drove back out, and he and Ann offered me a weekend job saying, ‘We wanted to get you first so we could teach you all the bad habits you'll ever need.’ With an offer like that, who could refuse? When the Santa Paula River flooded in 1968, I was on the air in a sand bagged building for 18 hours straight. Phones and power never did go out. Fire Department brought me a cheese and mustard sandwich. Fun times.
I eventually left there to work as a gofer for the engineering and programming departments at KBLA, then on the air after the station became KBBQ in Burbank. That is another story.” – Steve Hafen
** Van Dyke with Drake
“You wrote ‘Charlie Van Dyke worked for Bill Drake in Boston, San Francisco and at KHJ. The veteran Boss Jock tells the Drake story.’ Charlie also worked at CKLW-Detroit and KGB-San Diego for Drake, years before he went to WRKO in 1979.” – Norm Garr
Don LaFontaine - Saturday Smile
"The Randy Thomas video recently featured on LARadio.com reminded me of this commercial." - Brian Perez
(December 6, 2019) At
one time, KABC was the leader in Talk Radio. Copied by many
radio entities. Envied by most. As the years and decades
progressed, the fortunes of KABC seemed to age with many
ownership changes. Audio outlets expanded, AM radio began to
sound like your grandfather's radio. Younger demographics
disappeared. Every time a KABC listener died, there was no
one to replace them.
Well, it has gotten worse with virtually everyone gone.
As of January 1:
Jillian Barberie, gone.
Dr. Drew Pinsky, gone.
Leeann Tweeden, gone.
Peter Tilden, gone.
Leon Kaplan, the Motorman, gone.
Armstrong & Getty, an iHeart show syndicated from Sacramento’s KSTE, will now cover KABC morning drive, succeeding Jillian Barberie and John Phillips. Barberie has been with the station since 2014, recently sharing her battle with breast cancer on air over the past year. She tweeted: “Just when I thought this past year couldn’t get any worse... it did. I have to laugh at this point. (Although I did have a good cry too.) I need a movie distraction. Suggestions?”
Phillips moves to middays from noon until 3, replacing Dr. Drew Pinsky and Leeann Tweeden. Phillips will be preceded by Larry O’Connor, who continues from 10 a.m. – noon originating from Cumulus’ WMAL-Washington DC. Westwood One’s Ben Shapiro stays in afternoon drive, while Michael Savage, also from Westwood One, takes over for Peter Tilden in the evening slot.
“KABC has a proud history as one of the first ‘all-talk’ radio stations in the United States. With these great additions to our lineup, KABC will offer our audience even more of the content that they love, featuring outstanding local and nationally recognized talent,” said Drew Hayes, station gm.
KABC will continue as the flagship for University of Southern California football and basketball. The Nielsen ratings for December reported KABC was in 38th place, with a 0.6 share.
Not Wilde About Rita’s Firing
Essay by Alan Oda, LARadio senior correspondent
"I was very disappointed Rita Wilde and her colleagues (weekender Ken Anthony, v/o talent Frankie DiVita and board op Mike Vogel) were recently let go by KLOS, Rita is a legend and deserves better. There was a storm of responses about the departure of Rita and her now-former KLOS colleagues. Much of the comments came from former listeners of the late, lamented Classic Rocker The Sound / 100.3 (KSWD) which disappeared about two (2) years ago. Besides the many comments distressed over the dismissal of Rita, there were many complaints about KLOS, and how once again the big corporations don’t care about local radio. I'm going to risk being redundant and reiterate what I've said earlier on social media:
- Unlike many other L.A. radio stations, KLOS is not owned by a big media corporation. The station was purchased in April by the Meruelo Group, a local company that also owns KPWR (Power 106), KDAY, and most recently KLII (Cali 93.9). Additionally, KWHY-TV (channel 22) and KBEH-TV (channel 63) are part of Meruelo Media. Though they do have multiple outlets here in Southern California, they do not have hundreds of stations across the country. There's always been the opinion that local radio would benefit with more local ownership, Meruelo is an example of a locally-owned entity (another example is Saul Levine’s Mt. Wilson Broadcasters, owners of KKGO [Go Country 105) and KSUR [K-Surf]).
- It's argued for anyone to be successful with a commercial format (i.e. music / personalities supported by commercials, versus syndicated or bartered programming), any group needs four (4) stations in a major market like L.A. so the stations can be sold to advertisers as a cluster.
- I don’t know if Meruelo is in debt, but they did pay $82.75 million for Power 106, $35 million for KLLI, and $43 million for KLOS within the past two (2) years. Some budget trimming, I think, was inevitable.
- As for (Steve) Jonesy's Juke Box, I'd like to see that program succeed because it's original, L.A.-based programming. Unfortunately, I've learned the ratings are not what KLOS was hoping for, which is one major reason the Juke Box has been cut down to one (1) day a week. - KLOS is not The Sound, every time I turn on the radio I wish I could turn to 100.3 and hear their selection of music and the deejays who I’d enjoyed over the years. But KLOS is a locally owned station playing rock-and-roll with live personalities (at least during the weekday), so I feel I need to give it a chance. I’m assuming Keith Cunningham, the program director, will hear your opinion. He's not bound to someone back East calling the shots. I do plead that Rita Wilde and her colleagues return to the L.A. airwaves much sooner than later. I’m hoping we’re seeing a deconstruction / reconstruction of local radio, and not the beginning of the end.
Another Casey Kasem Countdown. Jean Kasen, the widow of deceased tv actor and radio personality, Casey Kasem, filed a joint request with his three children Kerry, Julie, and Mike to dismiss a wrongful death lawsuit on Monday, December 2 in Santa Monica Superior Court. The lawsuit claimed that Jean’s neglect and physical abuse led to the actors death in 2014. The terms of the dismissal agreement have not been revealed by the family’s attorney. Kerri Kasem released a statement through her spokesman earlier this week indicating that she was “distraught and heartbroken over her family and lawyers’ decision to force her into a settlement.” Jean and Casey Kasem had been married for 34 years. Kasem died back in 2012 at the age of 82.
Radio Wars. Todd Williams, senior marketing consultant with Uniradio read Rich Brother Robbin’s story (scroll down to Wednesday’s column) of one radio war between KCBQ and KGB with a great deal of interest. He was lucky enough at 11 and 12 years old to be listing to this battle as it all unfolded. “It set the standards for me that I expect all radio to this day to live by. I know it’s no longer the case, but it’s what I still strive to meet every day.”
Williams expressed much thanks to Buzz Bennett and Rich. “I can’t say enough for how much gratitude I have. So lucky to have become good friends with Rich, years later and also luck to have started at KCBQ while still in high school in 1975. That high standard that Buzz and Rich set years earlier at the Q was still the expectation through all my time at the Q till I left in 1980.”
(December 5, 2019) Joe
Smith, former president and chief executive of the
Capitol-EMI record label, produced World Cup USA 1994. He
was also a dj at KFWB in 1961. Joe died December 2, at the age of
As the former prexy of Warner Bros., Elektra and Capitol Records, he has donated recorded interviews with more than 200 top musicians to the Library of Congress. Smith’s archives, comprising 238 hours of interviews taped over the course of two years, served as the basis for the exec’s book Off the Record, published by Warner Books in 1988.
Joe was also an accomplished pianist. Earl McDaniel remembered introducing Joe in Japan in 1947. Joe started as a dj in Boston before becoming a weekender at "Channel 98." He left KFWB in August 1961, refusing to cross the picket line. Only Joe and Ted Quillin did not return to KFWB after the strike. He commented on leaving his on-air career: “I felt an insecurity in the talent end of the business. The emphasis had shifted from individual personalities to a station’s sound.”
Born in 1928, Joe rose through the ranks of Warner Bros. Music, beginning in 1961 when he was national promotion manager. He was responsible for signing and developing the careers of such artists as the Grateful Dead, James Taylor and Jimi Hendrix. By 1966, he was gm of the label. At Capitol, he helped revive the career of Bonnie Raitt.
He has served as president and ceo of Warner / AMEX Cable’s sports entertainment. In 1975, Joe was made Elektra / Asylum Records chairman of the board. In 1993, he became executive producer of entertainment activities for World Cup USA 1994 - the world's soccer championship.
Nicole Sandler has a wonderful story about
Smith that she shared on Facebook:
"When I moved to Los Angeles in 1987, my dad told me how he went to college (Boston University) with a guy named Joe Smith who was, at the time, president of Capitol Records. From 1990-94, I was producer of the Mark & Brian radio show at KLOS. We hit #1 about a year into my tenure.
One morning, the guys were ruminating over the fact that the Big Boy statue that sat out in front of the Bob’s Big Boy restaurant on La Cienega Blvd resembled Elvis, with whom they had an obsession. So one morning we got in the Mark & Brian-mobile, drove up to road to said restaurant, and ‘stole’ the statue. [Yes, I cleared it with the restaurant first who, for some reason, never demanded it back.]
It became the ‘Elvis-Bob’ who accomplished all sorts of amazing feats, like being catapulted across the Caesar’s Palace fountains during a live broadcast with Evel Knievel and Tom Jones looking on, and ‘jumping’ out of an airplane to become skydiving Bob, along with other adventures. Well, one day the guys decided that Elvis always wanted to be on Capitol Records, so we figured he should sit atop Hollywood’s famed Capitol Records building. As far as the listeners were concerned, we just loaded Elvis-Bob into the M&B mobile and drove over to Capitol Records to place him on his much-deserved perch.
What they didn’t know was that after the idea was hatched, I called Joe Smith’s office. I mentioned that I was Mark & Brian’s producer, and also Allan Sandler’s daughter. With that, he agreed to meet with me. I went up to his office. He asked tons of questions about my dad, and then listened to our crazy idea to put Elvis-Bob on the Capitol Building roof.
He laughingly told me to go for it!
So we loaded up the car, and with the cell-phone remote backpack, we broadcast live as we somehow cut Bob’s base to fit him in the elevators, then take him up the final couple of flights of stairs to the roof. (I’m guessing a tape from that broadcast exists somewhere, perhaps in the Mark & Brian 25 Years archive?) Anyway, Elvis Bob took his rightful place on top of the Capitol Records building and stayed there for a week or so back in the early ’90s because Joe Smith was a great guy with a sense of humor!
RIP Joe Smith. Say hi to my dad for me!"
"Does anyone out there
have a photograph of the lobby of 1313 North Vine Street?
It was the home to both KHJ-TV and KNXT at the time. Thanks in advance" - Jhani Kaye
(December 4, 2019) If you
are a fan of NFL Football, you’ll love the front page of
the LA Times Sports section along with another
inside half-page yesterday that featured Andrew
Siciliano. Andrew joined Mychal Thompson for
a midday show at KSPN in the summer of 2009 before leaving
the all-Sports station in late 2010. Since 2005, he has been
the host of DirecTV's
NFL Sunday Ticket Red Zone.
Andrew also serves as a host for NFL
on the NFL Network.
“We’ve raised a generation of young fans that has a hard time sitting still for one game at a time,” said Siciliano, 45. “We didn’t create America’s short attention span, but we came along at the right time.”
Every Sunday Andrew simultaneously monitors every football game during the day and he narrates the most exciting and interesting moments. Andrew talks about the timing of the Red Zone in the Times article: “We came along at the right time. We came along when everyone was getting a smartphone and a tablet, and can’t keep focused on just one thing.”
When Siciliano was laid off by Fox Sports Radio, Los Angeles Times sports columnist Diane Pucin said that Siciliano “[had] found the perfect blend of high-energy, red-bullish enthusiasm with some actual knowledge and reporting.”
Humbly acknowledging the complement, Siciliano challenged the generally held view that Southern California is not sports-friendly. “You have some of the best franchises in the country – the Lakers, the Dodgers, and the Angels. You have the top college programs in the country – USC football, UCLA basketball. Six million fans go to baseball games throughout the summer, almost nine million every year … half of the members of the (baseball) all-star team claim Southern California as their home,” said Siciliano. “This is ‘the’ sports town. Just because people don’t scream and throw things like they do in New York and other cities doesn’t mean there’s no passion among the fans – we have sports fans with class here.”
Andrew first decided to give radio a try
at the age of 18. “I was at Syracuse University, I was going
to be a writer – but I fell into campus radio. Then again,
it’s really not that much of a stretch from print to radio,
it requires some of the same ability.” He was able to cover
football, basketball, lacrosse, and other sports. “I was
very fortunate to be given the opportunity to have this
Radio Story. Rich Brother Robbin is one of great Top 40 personalities of the 60s and 70s. He remembered the competitive wars between two Top 40 stations. “Man, what a contest,” wrote Rich. “In San Diego, KCBQ was killing KGB when Buzz Bennett and I came into KGB in the summer ’69. We went to Double-Cash KGB and clobbered KCBQ within two months. Buzz had quit KGB due to a number of broken promises made by Bill Drake and yeah, we sure as hell got even.”
Rich always thinks of President Kennedy when he thinks of this episode: “JFK had once brilliantly said (when someone had asked if he was gonna hit back at some asshole who’d recently dumped on him): ‘No, man, don’t get mad, get even.’ We sure as hell got even with Drake and Co. with KCBQ. We forced ‘em out of top 40 into Ron Jacob’s AOR thing. And that was that.”
Do you have a competitive radio story?
Hear Ache. Former America’s Got Talent judge Howard Stern is blasting the show’s creator and judge Simon Cowell for NBC’s firing of Gabrielle Union and Julianne Hough from the competition series, bluntly stating that Cowell “orchestrated” the explosive situation … One of the most played holiday songs on KOST is A Holly Jolly Christmas by Burl Ives. Strange to think that the 270-pound Ives died 24 years ago … Rita Wilde was one of the part-timers who lost her job at KLOS. Social media is blowing up about her firing … If you love In the Still of the Night by the Five Satins, you’ll love the opening and closing of The Irishmen … Dr. Laura Schlessinger has a fun feature with listeners calling in with a corny joke. “Did you hear about the man who was bad with numbers, like three? Some people are good and some people are bad.”
(December 3, 2019) After
43+ years in the business of radio, Bill Wright (Reitler)
has retired from full time work. Bill was part of the
successful "Bill and Sylvia Show" mornings
Bill was born in Santa Monica and became involved with radio in high school and then in college at the University of California San Diego, where he received his B.A. degree in communications. He was a frequent guest lecturer at radio schools.
Prior to his time at KBIG, Bill started at KPFK in 1976, followed by KWIZ, KYMS, KBIG, and KWVE. “I’ll keep a presence in voice-over, but look forward to the next chapter in life, which will include our first grandchild in March,” Bill posted on Facebook.
“The last 20 years have been spent as Senior Producer for Ambassador Advertising Agency, and they were fantastic and challenging. I did a little of everything from writing to production to voicing to account management. BreakPoint, Life Issues, Precepts with Kay Arthur, and Grace to You were just a few of the clients it was my privilege to serve.
Bill taught at Fullerton College and the Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach. And there were some great voice-over years sprinkled in there, as well. “I had the opportunity to enjoy a great variety of different jobs along the way, having served as Production Director, Program Director, Morning Co-Host, News Engineer, and Ops Manager, and of course, DJ. All in Southern California, which is kind of miraculous in this business. God is good!”
Bill has been married to his wife, Debi,
for 37 years and they are parents to three grown children.
It was around Thanksgiving when Bill announced his
retirement. “I did fine financially, nothing too outrageous.
But if you define wealth as I do, as a wealth of friends,
colleagues, family, and fellow believers, I’m one of the
richest guys around. Not to paint a picture without
challenges and a few problems; we all have those. But we
seem to soldier on throughout it all. Let’s keep doing
Bill ended his retirement announcement with “And it’s off to go fishing!”
(December 2, 2019) Steve Harvey is
heard in morning drive, locally on KJLH. The show comes to
the Southland via syndication, but his radio career almost
“A lot of people ask how did I go from radio to tv. Well, radio almost didn’t happen,” Harvey posted on Twitter last week. The comic legend recalled the time he was doing a stand-up concert in Chicago in 1994 when he was asked to fill in for famed WGCI radio personality Doug Banks, Atlanta Black Star reports. “I was supposed to just be a guest. I got there early, he got sick, and they said, ‘Well, go on in and announce your show.’ Then, I told a couple jokes,” Harvey said.
“And then the phone rang … me and the caller had some banter [on-air]. Went to a commercial break, general manager of the station came in and said, ‘Hey, have you done radio before?’ I said, ‘Yeah, yeah. All the time.’ Never done s–t before.” Harvey was then asked to sit in for the rest of the morning. The following day when the general manager asked if he ever considered a career in radio, Harvey replied NO.
“I said, ‘How much does it pay?’ And then he told me and then I said, ‘Nah, I don’t want to do radio, man. I make a lot of money out here,’” Harvey recalled. He and the general manager then talked about how much it would take to make him join the team, but when Harvey quoted his price, the gm made clear that wasn’t in the budget. However, before Harvey could exit the building, he was called back to the office. “[The general manager] says, ‘My boss said they’ll pay you that much money.’ I said, ‘Cool, I’ll do radio tomorrow,’” Harvey said. “That was my first radio gig at WGCI Chicago.”
And the rest, as they say… is history.
Wink Martindale is one
** Time Travel with One of
the 11-10 Men
"I thoroughly enjoyed your recent column re the KRLA change from Music to Talk, back in the day. As one of the original ‘11-10 Men,’ I recalled with great fondness the year I was the 6-9AM morning guy, 1961. John Barrett was station manager and Jim Washburne was pd and did afternoon drive. Bob Eubanks, as the all-night jock, preceded me from midnight till 6 a.m. And far too many times I’d oversleep!
My arrival at 6:30…6:45…[once even 7 o’clock] to relieve him, didn’t go over too well! Had I not been enjoying growing popularity hosting The POP Dance Party on tv, I’d likely have been fired ASAP. Fortunately, Bob and I went on to enjoy some success as network game show producers/hosts, and laughingly we had long since put those days behind us. Others with whom I had the pleasure of sharing the KRLA mike were recognizable names like Sam Riddle, Jimmy O’Neill, Roy Elwell, Dick Moreland and Frosty Harris, to name a few.
KRLA, 1961 –the beginning of a great musical decade, along with the addition of LA’s SECOND rock ’n roll powerhouse to join KFWB, ‘Color Radio, Channel 98.’
I read and enjoy your LARadio column daily.” – Wink Martindale
** Not Wilde About Rita’s Dismissal
“KLOS has been dead to me since they fired Jim Ladd. Now with Rita Wilde being axed, I have even less reason to tune in, if that’s even possible. LA Rock radio is dead.” – Bob Whitmore
** Scoop on Coop
“While I’ve never met Cooper Rummell, I think he was one terrific radio reporter. He gathered facts, wrote coherently and tightly, and delivered in a really great natural style. He was good. We listeners are the less for his departure. He was one of the top three street reporters there.” – Warren Cereghino
** McCormick Addendum
“I should have added that Cooper Rummell sounds like a fine young man who made a tough decision and serves as an example to others who may now volunteer for worthy causes as well. But it should be pointed out that the SAG AFTRA Health Fund offers mental health counseling through Beacon Health Options. You have a few hoops to jump through, but the coverage is there. I know because the therapy helped me get off of pain pills along with the back surgery that was totally covered. The pension plan is so solid, I regret the several years in my career that I worked at non AFTRA stations.” – Bob McCormick
** Touched by Rummell’s Story
“I was touched by Cooper Rummell's story. It is not unfamiliar to me. When I began at KNX at the age of 31, I was overwhelmed and subjected to quite a bit of criticism. To be honest my grammar needed some improvement and I was told all about it in a very direct way. It was like boot camp in the newsroom and the outside reporting offered a variety of stomach-turning events.
I once slipped in a person’s brain tissue at the scene of a car wreck on the 210. I was at the epicenter of the Loma Prieta earthquake near Santa Cruz when it hit. I was chastised by the people who wanted more descriptive language when I described the flash of a dead burn victim as looking like an overdone artichoke.
Inside as an anchor was no easier. The World Trade Center bombing I and II, the Murrah Federal building bombing in Oklahoma City, the shooting at LAX and 33 years of floods and fires. It never leaves your memory but you find a way to live with it.
Here’s my way: I’ve come to define news as a notable departure from the norm; a plane crash instead of a safe landing or a car wreck instead of a clogged freeway. Because news is not a measure of the way things normally are, I have been able to sort through the cruelty and mayhem of a typical day’s content and use it to underscore my belief that people are basically good. It’s the stuff we report that is the anomaly and that’s why we report it. I know it’s the long way around the block to get to an optimistic conclusion but it’s worked for me.
As for Cooper’s plans to find a way to tell more uplifting and positive stories, I wish him all the best. I’ve never met Cooper and I have no firsthand knowledge of the exact circumstances that led to his departure. But I hope he is moving toward his dream instead of from it.” – Tom Haule
** Rummell Responses
“Thank you for highlighting the compassion with which many LARP’s have reacted to Cooper Rummell’s story. I’m going to ignore the self-righteous and utterly disgusting attitudes some so-called professionals have exhibited toward a truly human reaction to the news beat Cooper covered. I’m grateful that Diane Thompson spoke up too, I remember when Adrienne Alpert was nearly killed by being parked in a such a deadly spot. Did those Neanderthals witness her near immolation and painful recovery?” – Julie T. Byers
** Cooper Responds to Brian Perez
“Thank you for the kind words and the encouragement. I’ve been overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support from people like yourself. I’m hoping this is the start of a necessary ongoing conversation about mental health and journalism. Since the article was released, I’ve been contacted by a number of people in the industry who want to help in various capacities. It will be exciting to see what is accomplished in this field in the months to come. I’m so sorry you’ve had to deal with the mental toll of the world of breaking news and hope there is a way to effect positive change in the industry. I grew up at Saddleback Church and am a huge fan of Daily Hope. I know my dad views it as an honor to be part of Pastor Rick’s radio ministry.
I love your station and the work that you do to spread the good news! Keep on fighting the good fight and using the airwaves for His glory. Anyways, thanks again for reaching out and I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!” – Cooper Rummell
** K-EARTH Success
“Great to see K-Earth solidly on top in the ratings. It was a great place to work. Apparently, it still is.” - Steve (Fredericks) Liddick, former K-Earth News Director; Author of But First This Message: A Quirky Journey in Broadcasting
** Need for a Plan B
“After reading the current story about Cooper Rummell and recent stories on Ellen K and Kathy Kiernan, it appears anyone who is considering a career in radio broadcasting need to have a plan B in case it doesn’t work out. Mr. Rummell appears to have a good head on his shoulders, and was smart to leave the news industry behind. Kathy was lucky that she had three decades of work under her belt and was able to retire quickly from an industry who didn’t want her expertise.
Ellen K had worked with Rick Dees and Ryan Seacrest before her current morning assignment with KOST. She is doing well because she is a known quantity and was able to adapt to being a single host. Since Ellen K has veterinarian experience from her college years, I was wondering if she could go back to that profession should she need to leave radio. She would be a hit with customers who would know her from radio. I bet she would be very successful. She would be dealing with cats and dogs; no cows need apply. It will be interesting to see how long it would take to be re-qualified as a veterinarian with her existing credits. I wish all these people all the best in any future endeavors.” – Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree
** Grieger Counter
“I was an intern at Magic 106 [and for a few months, Power 106] during my days as a student at UCLA. I had the opportunity too took with some truly wonderful people who I will always remember, both in front of the microphone and behind the scenes. One of my favorite things to do was to hang out in the engineering office and talk with the station’s engineering staff, Tom Koza and Terry Grieger. Their knowledge of stations was like having a walking encyclopedia of radio, not only from the technical perspective but formats and personalities.
The two helped me repair and build things for KLA, the UCLA student station where I was a dj and student engineer, that help allowed me to repair the main broadcast board and add the ability to take and record telephone calls from the KLA studios for later airing.
Over the years I stayed in touch with Tom, but had lost touch with Terry. Until a fateful day visiting The Sound [now KKLQ, 100.3 FM] … turns out that Terry was the chief engineer for the station. Programmer Dave Beasing knew this but made it a surprise to me for the visit. A very pleasant surprise. Terry and I caught up over the next few years. He told me of his living in the transmitter area of one of his previous stations, other projects he was working on, the state of HD Radio, which was the reason I was able to truly keep in touch. When the analog and digital HD signals got out of sync, I was one of the first to notice, so I could give Terry a heads up and he would re-set the system.
After The Sound changed owners and formats, Terry moved on to become the senior Director of Engineering for Meruelo Media, meaning he was back in charge of Power 106 and proving that the radio world really is a small world at times.
In early November, Beasing wrote to tell me that Terry had suffered a bad stroke while en route to a transmitter on Mount Wilson. Last week came the news that Grieger passed away on November 18th. Another one of radio’s good guys, the unassuming Grieger had worked on the technical sound of many Los Angeles stations. Memories of him and his work can be found on LARadio.com, as Don Barrett did an extensive interview with him back in 2006 and printed highlights and reader tributes after his death.” – Richard Wagoner, Daily Breeze
** Call Letter History
“That ad reminded me of the history of the first station I programmed, in Santa Paula. As KSPA, it was purchased by Bill and Anne Wallace in 1965 from Frank James [who also owned 25% of KNOB here in L.A., which later became KSKQ and is today's KLAX]. They programmed Country music until 1969, when KUDU in Ventura switched to that format. [KUDU picked up the KBBQ call letters when 1500 Burbank became KROQ.] The Wallaces had changed calls to KQIQ by then.
When KUDU improved their signal and killed them in the ratings, they installed a soft contemporary/MOR format, playing three songs in a row in every set as ‘Triple Play Radio.’ KGIL was quite obviously the model for that format, which lasted until 1975 when the Wallaces affiliated with NBC’s News and Information Service as KAAP.
When I arrived in 1978 after NBC pulled the plug on NIS, we resurrected the ‘triple play’ formatics [but not the on-air identifier] as the first true Adult Contemporary station in the market. I still remember the first song we played on the new format, it was Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty, which was a big current hit that summer. Thanks for what the late Gary Owens would call a ‘memory flogger.’” – K.M. Richards
** Scully for All Ages
“I thought you might be interested in the following item. The other Bob O’Brien posted a note on Facebook that today [November 29] is Vin Scully's 92nd birthday, and one of his followers posted this link to an about Vin article written by David J. Halberstam One more reason to be thankful on this Thanksgiving weekend. Hope yours was wonderful.” – Bob O’Brien
** Early Bandstand
“I was on YouTube and found this video posted in June of this year. Apparently, if I’m reading all the comments correctly, this is one of ONLY three filmed kinescopes that exist of American Bandstand with Dick Clark, from the 1950s. The show was seen live Monday through Friday afternoons on the east coast on the ABC-TV network. The program in 1957 was seen coast-to-coast via 67 ABC affiliates, including KABC-TV 7 in Los Angeles.
This film is from the show's first year on ABC, from December 18, 1957. Anyway, since I was only 2 at the time in 1957, and Dick Clark was the same age as my father, 28, in 1957, I find all this very interesting to watch. This 45-minute film has all the songs the teens were dancing to, some commercials for the soft-drink 7-Up, and the look of 1950s television. Sorry, the sound is a bit muddy or low. And all the teenagers who give their age on the program, look so much older to me. I guess that’s the way people looked back then. Ha ha.
To me, as a music fan with an interest in television history, it is fun to hear songs when they were brand new like At the Hop by Danny and the Juniors, De De Dinah by Frankie Avalon, Jingle Bell Rock by Bobby Helms, and April Love by Pat Boone. So, I’ll put the link if you care to watch it. I had never seen as much continuous footage from American Bandstand during the 1950s days from Philadelphia, as I’ve seen in this 45-minute video. Enjoy.” – Jim Hilliker, Monterey
** Where in the World is Aron Bender?
“A couple of weeks ago, [and I see others have also been curious], I contacted you why Aron Bender isn't on KFI. You answered me with a couple ideas. The other night, Tim Conway Jr. brought up some info as how he [Tim] can’t say anything without station approval or sticking to station policy, I think he did say some of the rumors were just that but since they were good friends, he has the answer and maybe if one wrote to him, he may reveal the answer. I figure you might get a quicker response to quell the rumors, as to listeners, it may take a longer time to hear back. Can you or has anyone close to LARadio have the answer?” – Wil Jones
by Bob Hastings, Director of Integrated Marketing, Salem Media Group
(November 28, 2019)
In the past, I’ve written at Thanksgiving about Gratitude
and Joy. This year my subject is Kindness. The definition
of kindness is “the quality of being friendly, generous and
considerate.” One could write a lot about any of those
Kindness is about thinking of others first. Kindness is being the opposite of selfish. Kindness comes in many forms --- helping others, being polite, using gentle words when your brain wants to shout. Kindness is not random, as some would say. Kindness is intentional. It is an action, whether physical or spoken. The world seethes with dissention, hard edges, dog-eat-dog (my Sweetheart hates that expression!). It is up to each one of us to rise above the “world” and be that better person we should/want/need to be. Kindness is a way of living --- giving unconditionally, being gentle.
Steven Covey says we should seek first to understand. That’s not always easy, but it is a great mindset. Understanding is a great step towards peace. Finding commonality is key. I heard a speaker once say that people most likely agree on about 80% of issues, and once that is established, the other 20% is easier to achieve. I like that approach --- it leads us back to kindness. The old adage that if you’re down and out, go do a kindness for someone rings true. Don’t you always feel better about life when you lift another up?
When I was a Cub Scout, we had a badge we wore --- it was the face of a bear cub, and you had to wear it upside down until you did something kind for another. This holiday season, go out and do intentional acts of kindness --- make a pledge to do minimum one act of kindness each day, and even chronicle in a journal or just on a piece of paper. On New Year’s Eve, take out that list and share it with others of a like mind --- think of the joy you will share! If you start on Thanksgiving, you’ll have 33 days of kindness behind you, and, who knows, it could start a trend in your life for 2020 --- Lord knows we’ll need it! Have a Happier, Kinder, Joyful, Blessed Thanksgiving! - Bob Hastings, Director of Integrated Marketing, Salem Media Group
(November 27, 2019)
The November ’19 PPM Nielsen Audio ratings have been
released. K-EARTH remains on top with a steady 5.9, followed
by an also unchanged KOST 5.2. Look out for KOST to get
their annual holiday boost next month with their early
all-Christmas music. KIIS increased listeners to their
highest ratings in a half year. KNX was up enough to land in
the Top 10. Ratings are 6+ Mon-Sun from 6a-12mid:
1. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.9 - 5.9
2. KOST (AC) 5.2 - 5.2
3. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.9 - 4.6
4. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.0 - 4.1
KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.5 - 4.1
6. KIIS (Top 40/M) 3.6 - 3.9
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.8 - 3.6
8. KFI (Talk) 3.3 - 3.3
KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.2 - 3.3
10. KNX (News) 2.6 - 3.0
11. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.2 -
12. KLOS (Classic Rock) 3.2 - 2.8
13. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.5 - 2.7
KYSR (Alternative) 2.5 - 2.7
15. KROQ (Alternative) 2.2 - 2.6
KRRL (Urban) 2.5 - 2.6
17. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.4 - 2.5
18. KKGO (Country) 2.6 - 2.4
KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.1 - 2.4
KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.2 - 2.4
21. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.2 - 2.2
22. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.4 - 2.1
23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 1.9
24. KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.6
25. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.3 - 1.5
KLLI (Latin Urban) 1.4 - 1.5
KSPN (Sports) 1.1 - 1.5
28. KCRW (Variety) 1.2 - 1.4
KJLH (Urban AC) 1.5 - 1.4
KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 2.1 - 1.4
31. KLAC (Sports) 1.8 - 1.3
32. KRLA (Talk) 1.3 - 1.0
33. KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 0.8
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.7 - 0.8
35. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.5 - 0.7
KFWB (Regional Spanish) 0.6 - 0.7
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.7
38. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.6
39. KCSN (AAA) 0.4 - 0.4
KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.4 - 0.4
KKLA (Religious) 0.3 - 0.4
Rumbles. “When I read Cooper Rummell's
story, I immediately recognized my feelings,” emailed KNX
news anchor, Rob Archer. “The day I spent
reporting on the Sandy Hook shooting was the turning point
for me. But I had hope that finally, America would figure
out what every other industrialized democracy has done and
do something substantive about reducing the incidences of
and the number of fatalities from mass shootings. But no.
After that, each time I had to report on another mass shooting, I began to recognize we never would do anything about them, and another part of me died. I moved beyond anger, beyond grief, and now feel a dead resignation inside whenever the next one happens.
So, I understand Cooper’s feelings entirely when he’s gotten up close to things like this, and other scenes of human tragedy, cruelty, and carnage.
As the broadcaster representative on the Los Angeles Board of SAG-AFTRA, I’ve raised this issue before. It needs to be top of mind awareness, and there's going to be a renewed push on this issue. We need to ensure our broadcast journalists on the front lines of our brutal and cruel society that they've got the resources to handle the things they see and experience, and the union will be behind those efforts. All our thanks to Cooper for making everyone see it.”
Former KNX news director Ed Pyle emailed: “I am definitely with Bob McCormick.”
Michael Castner has been in the trenches and wrote: “I know I’m a day late but after reading the column today I felt the need to chime in as well. I have been absolutely blessed to work with KFI news director Chris Little and my mentor KNX pd Ken Charles [in four markets]. Without Chris and Ken I wouldn’t have accomplished what I have in radio.
We all know news is a taxing job. You are always on call. If you are good, you are always terrified that you missed something or got a fact wrong. And yes, if I screwed something up Chris and Ken would let me know. And they didn’t put a bow on it. I would expect nothing less.
I have seen things covering news that I wish I could forget. One of the worst was trailing a coroner for a feature on his career. I walked into a basement to see a young man who had taken his life with a shotgun. His parents were just coming home to hear that their lives were changed forever. The gruesome scene and the heartbreaking wailing will never leave me.
For the Steve Gregory‘s and Pete Demetriou’s of the world we thank you. If this isn’t a line of work for you and you are a great storyteller there are now so many avenues to spread your wings.”
“Hi, Cooper! I just read your story on LARadio.com,” emailed Brian Perez. “I’ve been here at KWAVE for almost 16 years, starting as the news director, and there were days when I came across the absolutely most gruesome stories one could imagine. Not being a news station, I picked and chose what I would cover in our 60-second newscasts. While I avoided reading the worst of the stories on-air, I still read them in the newsroom as I perused them [you, of course, were actually on the ground covering them, so I know it was worse for you; I’m not at all putting myself in your shoes].
It’s amazing what humankind is capable of doing to each other. Often, I’d end some of my newscasts with an encouragement to people to hug their kids a little tighter that night. Blessings to you in this new endeavor.
I’ve been a long-time fan of your dad’s work and find it ‘really cool’ that he’s the voice of Pastor Rick Warren's Daily Hope, which airs twice a day on KWAVE! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.”
KNXer Stephanie Roberts added: “I think stress is becoming a bigger factor for everyone on the news team, as the number of bodies dwindles.”
And former news anchor Diane Thompson checks in from her new home in Tucson: “The news business, especially in Los Angeles, is ugly and not for the faint of heart, but it’s part of the job. My 34-plus years at KNX certainly included its challenges. I’ve labeled my 18 years as morning drive reporter as ‘the dead body beat.’
* The Cerritos mid-air plane crash in 1986 kept me up all night. My boyfriend at the time (who later became my husband) was a good listener and helped to talk me through the gruesome event which included burning homes and small chunks of human body parts scattered in the street.
* After a week covering the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake in Northern California, I came home with a bad case of hives.
* I was scared to get on an airplane or drive through an underpass after witnessing Adrienne Alpert get zapped by a massive jolt of electricity in Hollywood in 2000. I needed counseling for PTSD after that one. Six months later, I had to deal with guilt feelings for winning awards at Adrienne’s expense.
* I remember covering my first family murder/suicide. I hid inside the news van and wept as the coroner carried the body of a small child (inside a body bag) and placed it inside the coroner’s van.
* And let’s not forget the L.A. riots, the Northridge earthquake, and all the various brush fires, floods, mudslides, shootings and gruesome car crashes. I remember a tv photog telling me at a deadly crash to move my foot because a stream of human blood was heading my way.
Yoga, choir singing, my cats, and a ‘news junkie’ pastor who would leave encouraging phone messages helped me to cope with the ‘daily dose of death news.’ But it was the thirteen years of producing the Hero of the Week that restored my soul.
I applaud Cooper Rummell for sharing his story and I hope he spends some time taking care of himself. As always, thanks for the platform!
PS: Chris and I sold our house in Santa Clarita and moved to Tucson in late June. We love it here!!
PSS: If Bob McCormick thinks Pete Demetriou is not affected by the gruesome news he covers, then Bob isn’t paying attention.
PSSS: Bob Sims once told me he didn’t like to hire anyone younger than 25. Having survived the all-news radio meat grinder, I can see why.
KFI's Jeff Baugh has the final response this morning. "Post Traumatic Stress Disorder my Ass!!! One covers a few fires, floods, shootings. A few mangled dead bodies, children abused so badly it's beyond belief, school children mowed down by an unstable person with a gun. I could go on and on. All of the above will question your own sanity and reveal if you can handle reporting these events. This is however, what you signed up for.
One should try and help those involved after the story. Help survivors, help those directly impacted by the events, donate your time and energy, do anything to help, move forward. If you feel bad or perhaps depressed, maybe trouble sleeping?? Take a pill!! Take a nap!!! What you are NOT entitled to do is to connect yourself to PTSD!
A few years ago I attended an event held by a couple of broadcast journalists, I can't remember their names which for me is a good thing. The two went on and on about sheer terror of 'Breaking News,' major events involving great human tragedy and how they had so much trouble and PTSD, with the experience. Really?
The term.....Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.... hit mainstream media during and right after the Viet Nam War. War sucks! It is unfathomable to all. A dark, deep, dank tunnel with no light at the end. It turns otherwise nice, young, women and men into monsters! 'Gee, what happened to little Alice and Bobby, they were so nice before they went away to War?' Some return somewhat normal from war and lead productive lives but they still have memories....usually not good ones.
Members of the military that have fought in wars to protect us, protect our Country, protect our freedom are allowed to and certainly have earned the right to, use the term PTSD. Members of the press that are covering and have covered the wars are allowed to use the term PTSD. Talk to Lara Logan, Christiane Amanpour. Read the writings of David Halberstam, Morley Safer, Kate Webb. Read about Larry Burrows. Read about Col. David H. Hackworth. Better yet, find Gary Sinise, he knows a couple of people that served our country in uniform that are dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
Get hold of me, I'll set up a meeting with my buddy and a fellow traffic reporter who was shot in the head...in country... and is helping OTHERS with PTSD!
Sorry, one can go through a lot of emotions covering news events and some might slow you down a step or make you puke but....you do not have Post Traumatic Stress Disorder!" - Jeff Baugh, Semper Fi
... from David Grudt's
personal LA Times ad collection that appeared on
Thanksgiving Day, 1965
(November 26, 2019) Strange
story from Robert Feder in his Chicago media website. He
reports syndicated radio host and former K-FISH personality John
Tesh has returned his recent Radio Hall of Fame
award. John was upset with the way his wife, actress Connie
Sellecca, was treated at the November 8 event.
Each inductee gets to pick someone to present the award, John picked his wife. When her remarks exceeded the three-minute limit for presenters, a producer cued music to play her off. When that didn’t work, they cut Sellecca’s microphone and turned out the lights in the ballroom, according to Feder’s story.
Museum director Susy Schultz commented: “I could not apologize more. Hers is a strong and important voice that should not be silenced. She is a woman with a successful multi-faceted career and a keen business sense who has navigated the worlds of acting, modeling, television, producing and digital broadcasting. She is also a role model on how to juggle and weave together work, faith and family.”
We’ll see if the apology was enough. (Photo courtesy of Robert Feder)
Shoe is Dropping. For the past couple of
months, radio people all over the country have been caught
in the termination tidal wave that we’ve come to expect as
budgets for the New Year are approved.
KLOS has dropped all weekend and fill-in personalities including former KLOS pd (from the early 90s) Ken Anthony, much beloved Rita Wilde, Frankie DiVita and Mike Vogel. Frankie responded on Facebook with: “My full-time voiceover business just became more full. Here's to a stellar 2020!”
AllAccess listed the email address of the KLOS who departed: Ken Anthony at firstname.lastname@example.org, Rita Wilde at email@example.com, Frankie DiVita at firstname.lastname@example.org, and Mike Vogel at email@example.com.
Another talent caught in the tide, KBIG (MY/fm) weekender Shelley Wade has ended her three-year run.
Rummell Reaction. Cooper Rummell’s story yesterday prompted some responses.
Former KNX newsman Bob Sirkin wrote: “Cooper Rummell’s story is very inspiring. Those of us who have long covered tragic events can relate to Cooper’s feelings. I thank him for his selfless, important work.”
Former KFWB/KNXer Bob McCormick had another perspective: “Sorry, but PTS from ambulance chasing doesn’t cut it as an excuse, unless he crossed the yellow tape to get a closer look at the carnage. A soldier with a leg blown off by an IED...THAT is trauma. Maybe KNX should start giving stress tests. And Pete Demetriou can run the training.”
Chris Bury thinks Cooper needs to “team up with Steve Gregory in some fashion…Amen!”
Former KIQQ morning man Mike Butts emailed: “What a story from Cooper. It must be stressful and he is right, as stressful as it for those reporting the news, seeing it on television could not compare to what our first responders see.”
(November 25, 2019) Cooper
Rummell recently exited
Newsradio KNX (1070 AM). One day he was there covering
breaking news – murders, fires, crimes, and other tragedies.
And then he was gone. We reached out to him for the behind
the scenes story of what happened. Our one-hour phone
conversation was something the likes of which we never
Three and a half years ago, Cooper joined the station at age 23. He had arrived from news / talk KTAR in Phoenix. Media, storytelling and voice work certainly was in Cooper’s genes or DNA. His grandfather was retired Battalion Chief for the LA Fire Department Chief, Gary Rummell. His grandfather was accustomed to facing the press and public.
Cooper’s father is a distinguished and active voice actor. Scott Rummell is well known for being the voice of Aquaman in Justice League and its follow-up Justice League Unlimited, but perhaps best known as the go-to voice these days for theatrical movie trailers.
Cooper was thrilled to be joining KNX but the leap was startling. He was jumping into a high-powered cauldron. Early on he received a profanity-laced communication for using improper grammar. Maybe in today’s more sensitive working environment the criticism wouldn’t have been allowed but as Cooper’s colleagues told him, “This is just the way it is here.”
Cooper quickly adjusted to the fast-paced world of covering breaking stories in the #2 market. Camp Pendleton Marine boot camp probably would have been equally stressing and challenging, yet the young recruits do survive. And he was prepared to do so too.
As unprepared as he was for the intensity of the newsroom, nothing prepared Cooper for dealing with the day in and day out “death, doom, and destruction, which can wear on you,” said the 27-year-old.
The shootings, mass killings and
fires began to take a toll on Cooper’s mental health. Cooper
said he was really struggling emotionally and mentally with
covering sickening scenes and sometimes there would be
multiple incidents in one day, sometimes going from one
gruesome killing involving the twisted underbelly of the
Southland to another.
“It really messed with my head. My mental health was diminishing. Day in and day out I was seeing the worst of humanity,” Cooper recalled.
Then came a personal epiphany. A calling. Something bigger. If you believe that God gives everyone a special gift, Cooper was given the gift of storytelling. Perhaps he was just using his gift in the wrong area. Following a massive panic attack after covering another headline-grabbing stabbing, he took a leave.
“I fell to my knees and asked how can I tell good news when I cover bad news day in and day out. I feel I have a storytelling gift but I feel like all I’m doing is spreading fear.”
Cooper began to experience his calling into the ministry, specifically storytelling, but not necessarily as Pastor Cooper. He took a leap of faith and instead of extending his medical leave, he resigned from KNX to pursue his calling. A lack of mental health facilities where journalists can go for PTSD-related issues is an area where Cooper may also have another calling.
“There are no peer-support groups,” he said. “First responders have critical incident debriefings after a tragic incident. We’re actually seeing about 75-80% of what they’re seeing, yet we have nothing to protect our mental health. I have an incredible amount of respect for the work of our first responders, fortunately for them not every incident they respond to is a critical incident and they have resources available when they see the darkest sides of humanity; but when you’re a crime and fire reporter, every incident you go to seems to be a major incident, there are no resources and your mental health is affected. I wasn’t sleeping at night. I had night terrors and panic attacks.”
There needs to be some sort of outlet for journalists to process these issues. Cooper feels passionately about this area, and hopes the union covering the broadcast industry will address this issue. He also made reference to the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma (https://dartcenter.org/) that is doing excellent work in this area. This next journey for Cooper has all his storytelling juices going at full speed.
While pursuing the mental health issues for journalists, he is interviewing with a number of mega churches who have needs for storytelling. “We’ll see what happens next. It’s a bright horizon,” offered an optimistic Cooper Rummell.
You can reach out to Cooper at: firstname.lastname@example.org
** Grieger Fixed It
“Terry Grieger wasn’t just one of the finest engineers I ever had the privilege of working with, he was one of the finest humans, period. In the short time he worked at KLOS, I lost track of how many times he bailed us out of one malfunction or another, usually related to the Cumulus OpX operating system, by far the world’s worst. But beyond the work, he was just a really good guy to talk shop with.
We had a number of stations and radio people in common. If Terry couldn’t fix it, it wasn’t fixable. And for anybody on air who said they didn’t like engineers, that’s like a quarterback saying ‘I don’t like offensive linemen.’ We were blessed to have his expertise and humanity for as long as we did.” – Gary Moore
** Followed Terry Grieger
“Thanks for the very interesting story on Terry Grieger’s career. I wish we could know these things about people BEFORE they beam up. I didn’t know him well but we met a few times.
I succeeded Terry at KOGO/KLZZ [previously KPRI] in San Diego and lived in that same transmitter building on Old Memory Lane, off Hwy 94 and Kelton Rd from 1984 to July 1987. They built the place when AM was still king, tv was in its naissance, and fm was a toy – they were still using the old 49Mc band then. The AM had been downtown atop the US Grant hotel, a horizontal wire antenna like many stations had used since the beginning of radio in the early 20th Century. In 1947, they built an attractive art-deco building on the site of the former Emerald Hills Golf Course and the two self-supporting Ideco Steel towers are still in use.
There was space for the 600kc AM, 94.1Mc FM, and Channel 10 TV but, at the last minute, comma) they installed Channel 10 on Mt Soledad where it remains today. It was nice to be able to run downstairs to the transmitter room if the station failed, vs. having to drive across town. The apartment has a deck with a grand view of the ocean out to the Los Coronados Islands.” – Phil Wells
** Grieger Counter
I worked with Terry Grieger at 100.3 /The Sound. He was such a special light!!! Sending my prayers to his family!” – Elizabeth McDonnell
** Grieger a Tower of Strength
“Yes, KIQQ [100.3] was on the KJOI tower until I moved KIQQ to Mt. Wilson in the 80s. However, the KJOI/KYSR transmitters were/are in the studios under the tower. KIQQ was up a flight of stairs behind the tower. KCRW is in that space now. There are several AUX installations at the site now, too, including 100.3 again.
I just finished reading your interesting story on Terry Grieger during breaks in the debate. I knew him well, and he was chief at 100.3 before EMF bought it. RIP, Terry.” – Lyle Henry
** Smartest Guy in the Room
“So sad to hear about Terry Grieger. I worked with him when I was with KBIG. He was dedicated, focused, always knew what he was doing, and always one of the smartest guys in the room. He was everything you’d want in an engineer.” – Rob Archer
** Lisa May
“Lisa May, please do explain where the past 30 years have gone? Amazing huh!! I wish you nothing but great joy, extraordinary new adventure and peace with the World.
We’ve worked shoulder to shoulder in our little niche of the radio world and sadly, hardly ever got to see each other. You’re terrific Lisa, never one to criticize and always first to empower. Rare credentials in this world.
Happy trails. Love ya always Lisa.” – Jeffrey Baugh
** Car Show Host Dies
“Saddened to hear of the passing of The Car Show host, Art Gould. I just learned about it this week when they announced it at the beginning of Hyundai’s private L.A. Auto Show press party at Novo in downtown L.A. Art was a very nice person and passionate about his work. I would see him from time to time at automotive press events around the country. Car companies usually schedule two or three groups of journalists for each event, and Art and I were frequently in the same group. It was always fun seeing and, needless to say, interesting to talk to him given his impressive knowledge of cars and the automotive industry. He will be missed.” – Reed Berry
** Goodbye Cruel World
“Wow, how wonderful to see a picture of James Darren on LARadio.com Thursday morning! I had a wonderful encounter with he and his lady friend years ago when I was in New York City. We went into Benihana, the Hibachi restaurant, and they seated us together. What a nice man he was. Good-Bye Cruel World :)” – Mike Butts
** Jarvis in the OC
“Interesting point re Al Jarvis in your 11/21 column.
In 1958, I danced with a cute blond from Corona High School on his live tv show on, I think, Channel 13. Somehow, we were picked to dance in the final eliminations that day.
We didn’t win but I found out forty years later that my dad actually left the Safeway store that he managed in Corona to go home in hopes of watching me on tv. He got back to the store saying ‘Damn, Larry can dance!’ And it took 40 years for me to find out that he saw me on tv! Fast forward just ten years to 1968. I was production director at KWIZ 1480 in Santa Ana.
One day Jarvis came in as the new salesman. He wrote a spot and it was several seconds too long. Station owner Bill Weaver was absolutely fanatical about the spots being exactly 30 or 60 seconds. I pointed this out to Jarvis and he replied something about ‘It’s okay. Bill will let me get away with it.’ Bill didn’t and Jarvis was gone in, as I recall, a few days. Oh, the radio memories we have!” – Larry Huffman
** Dudley’s Records
“I heard from people I haven’t spoken to in years thanks to your article last week. Is there any news on what happened to Aron Bender at KFI? I know he’s gone but what happened?” – Bill Dudley
** Less Time with KNX
“As a SiriusXM subscriber, I’ve noticed over the last six years [or two automobile leases] that the amount of time I spend in the car listening to SiriusXM’s channel 148 has for some reason usurped all the time I used to spend listening to KNX 1070.” – Gregory Glaser
** Breaking News
“Very disturbing regarding the lack of consistent coverage of breaking news events by LA radio stations, as noted by Gary Gibson's letter. Especially as the first report I heard about the Saugus High School shooting was on Valentine in the Morning on MY/fm, about 7:40 – 7:45 a.m. He reported having received a tweet/email about a shooting at Saugus High School and said he hoped it wasn'’ serious but wanted to let listeners know about it. When I switched to KNX to hear more, it was canned reporting, then commercials. No one else had anything. Sad. It made me miss KFWB and the excellent news reporting by David Wylie at KOLA.” – Julie T. Byers
“Your cartoon this week brings to mind [the late] Noel Confer, morning dj on the original ‘Mighty 690’ (XEAK) about 60 years ago: ‘They told me to cheer-up, because as time goes on, things could get worse. So, I cheered-up...and as time went on, they did!" – Bill Kingman
** Boss Radio Kerfuffle
“Regarding the Sunday story on Boss Radio on Sunday's LARP: Ron Jacobs must have been difficult to work with. One afternoon a friend took my wife and me into the KHJ air studio to meet The Real Don Steele. Following a break Don went into ‘RDS’ rap and tipped his chair over crying and shouting over the next record'’ intro. Immediately the studio door flew open and Jacobs started screaming at Don to get it together. We quietly left the studio in shock.” – Gary Marshall
(November 22, 2019) Jeff
Federman has been
promoted to Regional President for Entercom Los Angeles, San
Diego, and Riverside. An executive with Entercom wrote in an
internal memo: “Jeff has been handling Regional President
duties for over a year, and he deserves the title to go with
the position.” Jeff was appointed general manager at “Arrow
93” in late 2003, before the station flipped to the current
JACK/fm on St. Patrick's Day 2005. Jeff became market
manager for CBS/LA in early 2006. He exited the company in
late summer 2008.
From 1992 to 1995, Federman was nsm for KFMB-AM/FM in San Diego. He began his career at KKLQ-AM/FM in San Diego where he served in various capacities, including account executive, nsm and marketing/promotion director from 1988 to 1992.
Federman was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently resides in Calabasas. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in Journalism and Advertising from San Diego State University.
Hear Ache. Have
you noticed a marked slowing of NFL games because of the
excessive stop in action because of penalties? I’m turning
off the marginal games … Nick
Cannon adds another diversion to his new morning
show at KPWR (Power 106). He will host a daily tv talk show
beginning in September 2020. The show will be based in New
York. Somehow it doesn't seem to be working for Ryan
Seacrest. How do you react to fires, flooding and mayhem in
real time? … J Cruz, afternoons at KRRL
(Real 92.3) is holding the 4th Annual “Cruz Cares” charity
fundraiser and toy drive to benefit The Boys & Girls Club of
Hollywood and East LA Rising Youth Services. Celebrities
appear with Cruz this afternoon. He’s raised over $100,000
in the past three years … The press release on Jimmy
de Castro (ex-KKBT gm) leaving the Entercom cluster
in Chicago was an interesting read at Robert Feder’s tasty
column: “On (DeCastro’s) watch, Entercom slashed expenses,
reduced its sales force by nearly one-third, and
consolidated its studios and offices at Two Prudential Plaza
from three floors to two.” Something to be proud of? Glass
half-empty or glass half-full? … Netflix in hot water as
they face some very serious allegations of institutional
racial and sex discrimination from Mo’Nique (ex-KDAY)
over a comedy special that never happened and the fallout
that followed … Why
left KNX in an exclusive story on Monday at LARadio ... Edison Research and NPR presented the new
spoken word data which showed, since 2014, share of time
spent listening to spoken word audio has increased 20
percent, while time spent with music decreased 5 percent …
Peanut Butter Falcon is a very sweet movie …
Today’s 18-24 year-olds are spending more time with radio
than they did as teenagers, according to new data released
by Nielsen. In other words, as teens grow up and enter the
workforce, their time spent with the medium rises.
Bean Bounce. Bean would like to see the Entercom execs figure out a way to make the KROQ brand pop more digitally. “To me, it’s a big mistake to make us one of 50 stations on the Radio.com app when we’re big enough to carve out our own thing. I think that’s a missed opportunity,” Bean said in his LA Times interview. Any parting shots at station management? “No, not at all. We’ve worked at KROQ a long time, through [owners] Viacom, Infinity, CBS and, now, Entercom. In general, I’d give them a B-minus, which isn’t terrible.”
Zambia Calling. I grew up in Santa Monica, but when it came time to start a career in radio, I couldn’t afford to live there. I settled in Valencia, now part of Santa Clarita. My older son, Don Jr., went to Saugus High School. Tragedy inched a little closer to my inner circle.
My young son, Tyler, is in Zambia, serving in the Peace Corps. A few months after arriving last April he broke his collarbone from a fall on his bike. He was flown to Johannesburg where his surgery included a plate screwed into his bone, which covered his shoulder. We were hoping he would heal on his own. He called yesterday morning and he is returning for additional surgery on Tuesday. He’s looking forward to McDonald’s and running water while there, and seems to have a sense of humor through it all. When he heard concern in my voice, he later emailed: “Really want to reiterate how much I trust this surgeon. Every South African that is injured in rugby goes to him, he is as decorated as it gets. Bedside manner is way different here. When I had surgery last time as he gassed me and while I was losing conscience he said, ‘so we are all clear for testicle removal.’ Funny prick but he’s really good at collarbone work.”
(November 21, 2019) Art Gould
was the long-time host of The Car Show on KPFK/fm,
hot rodder, car fanatic, and all-around great guy. He has
passed away after a brief illness. In keeping with Art’s
well-known trait of not sharing many details of his personal
life, the cause of death is not being disclosed. He was 76.
Born in Los Angeles, Art grew up in the Washington DC area. At a young age, he developed a strong musical talent, teaching himself to play the piano at age 7. By the time he was a teenager, he was playing clarinet and saxophone professionally, working as part of a musical group that once backed up Roy Clark on a record album. The youngest member of the band at age 15, Art was already making great money and could have had a career as a professional musician. But the California car culture was calling, so Art headed west to San Jose State University and automobiles.
He had a long career at General Motors, then was recruited to become the general manager of Cormier Chevrolet, a Carson auto dealership, in the 1970s. By the late 1980s, Art had taken an early retirement. He started offering expert car buying advice on The Car Show as a favor to the show’s founder, the late John Retsek. Art eventually became the show’s third co-host. He was also a contributor to various automotive publications. For so many years, Art was truly the enduring face of the radio show, traveling to both local car events and national and international launch events for new cars.
Even though he had become familiar to so many people, both on the radio and in car circles, he shared so little of his life, with even his friends. He used a post office box and never disclosed where he actually lived, other than to say “Orange County.” He was reluctant to adopt technology, preferring a lined yellow tablet scrawled with notes which he used in front of him during every broadcast. If you called his cell phone, he rarely answered it. In fact, his voice mail still had the generic greeting rather than one offering greetings with his own voice.
Greg Edwards, former news director at
KIK/fm in 1990, wrote on his Facebook page that his job with
KCBC/AM&FM in the Modesto/Stockton/Sacramento/market has
come to an end after a year. “I was told when I took the job
I could retire in this position. Well guess what, the
reality of radio strikes again. I was reminded that
California is an at will employment state and that I didn’t
do anything wrong, but the man at the top was letting me go.
No reason, I get a nice severance package, recommendations
etc., but no job. Well I will keep the faith, and go where
God leads me next!”
Bean Bounce. Bean reflected on broadcast companies playing to Wall Street rather than to their own listeners in a recent LA Times story. “I think that it’s insane that they haven’t addressed the proliferation of commercials on radio at this point. [Broadcasters] are so short-sighted and they feel like they can’t afford to not sell 12 minutes of commercials an hour. They don’t understand how ridiculous that is for the consumer in 2019. These are the same people who go home and fast-forward through every commercial, if they’re even watching something on a platform that has commercials, and then expect listeners to sit through five minutes, and then a song, before they get back to “Kevin and Bean.”
Make Believe Ballroom.
Long before Kevin & Bean, Big Boy, Lohman
& Barkley, Rick Dees, and Ryan
Seacrest, Al Jarvis was the pioneer in
playing records on the radio in Los Angeles, starting in the
When Chuck Blore took over KFWB in 1958, creating a sensation with Color Radio/Channel 98, he insisted that Al continue with the station. “We became very close. God, how I admired that man. He was a Christian Scientist and suffered from excruciating painful ulcers. Sometimes I would walk into the booth to find him, doubled over in pain. But as the record ended he reached for the microphone and, I swear not one of the 450,000 people he had listening to him at any given time, had any idea that the amazingly communicative voice they were listening to and loved so much was covering up so much pain,” wrote Chuck in his memoir, Okay, Okay, I Wrote the Book.
3.5 years, 27-year-old Cooper Rummell recently walked out on
his KNX news reporting job.
What is the culture at KNX and the world of news reporting?
On Monday, a very special, exclusive conversation with Cooper
(November 20, 2019) As
you head up Coldwater Canyon, there is an unassuming street,
Cherokee, on the east side that winds itself up to a home
that sits on the top of the mountain. In the yard is an
antenna that tops off as the highest point in the city of
Los Angeles with a Beverly Hills zip code and area code. The
location of the home, almost hidden among the pine trees is
kinda eerie. Living inside you might think of some reclusive
beast that plays the organ at night, filling the canyon with
Over the years, the home has housed the studios of 98.7/fm: KMGM, KCBH, KJOI, and KYSR until the mid-1980s. Instead of a reclusive creature stirring around in the hilltop home, Terry Grieger, the then-head of Clear Channel engineering, turned the transmitter building underneath the tower into his home. Terry was in charge of the technical sound of 8 major Southern California radio stations (KIIS, KYSR, KBIG, KHHT, KOST, KFI, KTLK, and KLAC). Terry died November 18 following a stroke last week.
These are selected highlights from a four-part series we conducted with Terry in early summer of 2006. It is not only a story on his life, but it reflects a history of LARadio from the perspective of an engineer. Travel back 13 years:
“Now that I’m living up there, all these towers I’ve seen in movies over the years were actually these in Coldwater Canyon,” said Terry over lunch recently at the Daily Grill across from the Burbank Airport. “I remember seeing an episode of WKRP in Cincinnati where they go to the transmitter site because of a bomb scare and they show this tower. I hadn’t seen the show in years and watching it on Nick At Night one night they start panning down and I said ‘that’s not Cincinnati, that’s my backyard.’”
Terry has also seen his towers in the pilot episode of Outer Limits where the exteriors were all filmed up there. This isn’t the first time that Terry has lived at a transmitter site. While working in San Diego at KOGO in the 1980s, he lived under the tower. “It was an old transmitter building and they had an apartment upstairs. I seem to go from transmitter site to transmitter site.”
His Coldwater home had been
sitting empty and it was kind of by itself. “It is a little
hard to get to the transmitter in the middle of the night so
if there is a problem, I roll out of bed, throw on my bunny
slippers and tool across the parking lot. It must be
interesting to watch.” Terry lives in a drafty old building
that is not very well heated. “There are only a couple of
rooms heated and it’s very quiet up there,” said Terry. “I
With plenty of challenges to his job at Clear Channel, how did he get to the top of the engineering mountain? It all began in Northwest Indiana where Terry grew up about 50 miles from Chicago. He thought he was going to be a musician and because of his musical talents, he inadvertently got exposed to radio and it changed his life.
In 1965, Terry was in the 8th grade and worked part-time at the local piano/organ store in town. Terry had been playing keyboard since he was 5 years old. The owner of the piano/organ store used to play the theme music to a Saturday radio show. “One day the owner fell and broke his leg,” remembered Terry. “I was the only person who could play the theme song of the show.”
He remembered the first time he heard himself on the air. Basketball has always been huge in Indiana. The local high school had an organ and Terry played the National Anthem before the game. The games were broadcast on the local radio station and played back the following day. Hearing his playing of the National Anthem was a special memory. In addition to his interests in music, Terry also was fascinated by electronics and how things worked.
“I got to know one of the djs and he invited me to watch him. After school I would ride my bike to the radio station. On a Sunday afternoon the manager asked me if I wanted to work the board. That was a big deal. It was a Gates board. I played all the records on a 16” turntable. It was a big deal back then. And it’s all been downhill since.”
In 1966, Terry got a 3rd Class FCC license with endorsement in order to man the fm station at nights. “I couldn’t do AM, but I could do fm. In 1969, I graduated from high school and took the 1st Class FCC test in Chicago and passed. (Ed. Note: In the mid-1960s, only one out of every 1,600 passed the test)
Terry started out as a dj on his hometown station. He never really got into it. “The music was all over the road and I was all over the road. Other than sales, I did everything. During the summer, I filled in on the morning show, then went to school.”
“I like being in the background,” confessed Terry. “I don’t like the limelight, which is probably why I got out of the music dj business.” His interest in electronics and tinkering with the process of figuring things out came from his grandfather. “He did a little bit of everything,” remembered Terry. “My grandfather died when I was young. I remember vividly my aunt’s farm and going out to the woodshed and wiring up plugs and things. I think we were a lot alike. In fact, we look alike. Kinda scary. At home, I was always wiring things and blowing fuses, which I learned to do at a very young age.” His mother was described as “a little bit normal.” His father was a car salesman.
The WAKE call letters were given up by an Atlanta group in the mid-60s. Terry’s 15,000 population town adopted those calls and was his first station. By 1974, he was doing the all-day show, 9 a.m. to noon, having lunch, and then 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. While the music was playing, Terry was fixing cart machines and reading the news. He decided to abandon his dj work and look for an engineering job.
At 24 years of age, Terry was
hired for his first engineering job in Anderson,
Indiana near Indianapolis. His brother lived there
and he stayed for two years. “It was a great
learning experience at a high-powered Top 40
station. We went from 9th to 1st. It was probably
the most fun I’ve ever had. We ended up with a 30
His next stop was WOWO in Ft. Wayne, Indiana, where he was hired as a transmitter supervisor. He was brought in to build a remote transmitter. During this time, he became friends with consultant Jim Lupus from WCFL-Chicago fame. Lupus convinced Terry to move WDRQ-Detroit from “8-Mile Island” to Southfield, Michigan. Tom Mosher was the general manager. After completing his assignment in Detroit, Terry wanted to go to San Diego.
“I didn’t know why. Had never been there before,” recalled Terry. Jim Lupus was consulting KCBQ-San Diego, which was a Charter station at the time. Lupus promised Terry a job in San Diego if he would assist in building a Cincinnati station from the ground up. Terry did and Lupus reneged. About the same time Terry saw an ad in Broadcasting for an opportunity in San Diego. He flew out. They liked him and they hired him. “I remember getting on an airplane in Detroit in January where it was 20 degrees. I got off the airplane in San Diego and it was 72 degrees. I thought, this is going to be okay. I just got tired of the cold weather,” said Terry. He worked in San Diego from 1981-84.
When Emmis purchased 105.9/fm they started Magic 106. Legendary Boss Morning Jock Robert W. Morgan was hired for mornings. Any stories? “None that I probably care to tell,” Terry answered quickly. “He was probably the most unpleasant person I ever worked with. He treated people very badly. I know people think very highly of him for what he did on the air but behind the scenes he wasn’t a very pleasant person. I know he didn’t like engineers.
Not everyone thought the purchase of 105.9/fm was a good investment. “I remember people telling Jeff Smulyan he was crazy to pay $70 million for KPWR and KSHE-St. Louis. People said the signal in L.A. could never go anywhere and could never be #1. I reminded Jeff of this the day we turned #1 over there.” Despite a number of attempts to get Terry to move to Indianapolis, he never did, but he logged a lot of airline miles. There were many challenges to improve the KPWR signal. The station was located on Yucca Street in Hollywood and it was ironic that the signal in Hollywood was weak.
“We did change the antenna, and the signal did get better,” Terry admitted. “We had to update a lot of the gear we inherited from Century Broadcasting. We also replaced the transmitter. We got it as good as we could get it. The signal still does very well in the San Fernando Valley.”
Terry remembers his nine years with Emmis fondly and said that Smulyan was really a good guy to work for. “Jeff took care of everybody. I really enjoyed working for him. And Rick Cummings is a great guy. I occasionally run into him at Morton’s Restaurant in Burbank.”
Terry was also there was it was decided to go sports at WFAN-New York. “We were meeting out by Rick’s pool in Indianapolis before we put WFAN on the air. Nobody wanted to do it. Everybody thought Jeff was crazy. Jeff said, ‘I run the company, we’re going to do it.’”
As far as the switch from Magic to Power, Smulyan didn’t want to give up Magic, according to Grieger. “He thought the format wouldn’t work here. He was going up against KOST and KBIG was Beautiful Music then, but KOST was doing really well. Turned out it was a good decision. We kept it quiet until the last minute. We carted all the music in Indianapolis. I remember going back and aligning the entire cart machines with the machines in L.A.” The timing of the L.A. format switch came at a fortuitous time as far as secrecy. The chief engineer, Tom Koza, was on vacation a week before the switch so Terry was involved in a number of activities in the production room and no one bothered him. “I got the request lines ordered and nobody asked what was going on.”
Only the general sales manager knew about the format flip. He was an Emmis executive from the Indianapolis home office operation. “He and I would go into his office, close the door and laugh at the people, snickering ‘if they only knew what was going on. Robert W. Morgan got fired on my birthday, January 8. The manager, Don Nelson, got fired. The program director, Ron Rodrigues, got fired.”
Apparently, word of the flip got out the night before. “Robert knew and he talked on the air about how the station was going to play all Kurtis Blow and the Blowfish all the time and that was going to be the new format, which of course it wasn’t. Robert thought it was going to be a black station. It was a very Dance oriented station with a Hispanic feel.”
In 1986, Jay Thomas, well known as a recurring actor on Cheers, Murphy Brown and Mork & Mindy (two season stint as a deli owner), was hired to do mornings at Power from WKTU-New York. KPWR captured NAB's first Marconi Award during the 1989 convention in New Orleans. Even though the award was new, it was being touted as the Oscar of radio. Jay commented on the station's award: "It's a great, fabulous honor. Marconi invented wireless transmissions. Unfortunately, if Marconi heard 'Power 106' he would probably die again. I don't think this is what he had in mind. But he's dead."
When Jay was terminated from "Power 106" in 1993, he filed a $1,000,000 breach of contract lawsuit. At the start of the second season of Love & War, Jay lamented about his firing from KPWR: "I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I had the rug pulled out from under me. It's very hurtful." Jay told the LA Times in September 1993, that KPWR fired him "because they became jealous of my tv show. They could not parlay my television popularity into what they wanted." His breach-of-contract lawsuit with Emmis Broadcasting was settled in late 1994.
When Emmis switched frequencies in New York it was Terry who did the switching. “I pushed the ‘off’ button when we shut down WNBC. No matter what anybody says, I pushed the off button at WYVY when it went ‘Hot 97.’” Emmis eliminated Terry’s job in 1992. “Jeff bought the Seattle Mariners and the economy wasn’t great. The company was downsizing. They didn’t have a Director of Engineering for a number of years after I left,” said Terry.
For the first time since high school, Terry was without a job. Emmis had treated him well on his exit and Terry decided to take some time off. Within months he got a call from the people at 103.1/fm (now Indie 103). “I hadn’t done day-to-day hands-on engineering for a while. The station was changing from MARS/fm to a Jazz format. Lawrence Tanter was there. The station had the highest numbers the station ever had – a 2 share.”
The 103.1/fm is a Class A station, which severely restricts power. For the past 20 years, owners have attempted to simulcast a signal on 103.1/fm with a tower in Baldwin Hills. The other tower being in Newport Beach. “They actually interfered with each other,” Terry said. “It was the worst short spacing in the country. It was terrible.”
A year later in 1993, Grieger began a journey that eventually took him to his current position of Clear Channel Director of Engineering. He interviewed for a job at KKBT, “the BEAT.” The studios were on Yucca Street, just three blocks from where Terry lived in Hollywood. He worked at “the BEAT” for nine years. “That was interesting for a white neck from Indiana. They were really good people. I still have friends from over there. I was the angry old white man in the back, we all got along okay. The station was owned by Evergreen Media and the company was run by Scott Ginsberg. “He had 4 or 5 stations at the time. He kept them through the merger with AM/FM.
They then merged and bought Viacom/Shamrock. I became market engineer for Ginsberg and then they merged with Jacor and then Clear Channel.” “I was in Denver doing Y2K compliance for AM/FM when they announced the sale of ‘the BEAT.’ I was co-engineer market manager with Mike Callaghan. I was based in Glendale at KOST and KBIG.
Engineer Greg Ogonowski had just left. Greg is one of the most brilliant people I know. He had a homemade processor that I didn’t know if I wanted to put on the air. I’m glad I did. Greg is working for Orban designing things and doing what he needs to do.”
When Clear Channel took over, Terry was the co-marketing engineer manager. “I think I got the raw end of the deal,” remembered Terry. “He got the three AM stations, KFI, KLAC and XTRA. Mike Callaghan got KIIS, HOT, STAR. Then we started the consolidation process. I kept on taking on more responsibility for the building construction [when all 8 stations came together in the Pinnacle building in Burbank]. Then one day they said you ought to do this yourself. I’ve been in charge for the past two years.” “I’ve gotten to the point where I know how everything works, but I’m not an expert at everything,” declared Terry. “I can muddle my way through everything but I don’t deal with the day-to-day, although I’ve taken on a lot more responsibility with the Prophet automation system. Brad Chambers used to do that, but he left after the Fabulous 690 was sold. My goal is to get people to work better at what they do best.”
Every time there is a fire, earthquake or severe problem on Mt. Wilson, the site that houses a majority of the radio and tv stations in the Southland, a station can be off the air for hours until help arrives as engineering makes his way to the transmitter site. Will the owners of the stations at Mt. Wilson ever get to the point where the site is manned 24/7? “I don’t know what someone would do up there all day. They’d go crazy,” responded Terry. “We have a couple of people who live at the base of Mt. Wilson and can get up there fairly quickly. During the rains he had some trouble up there and no matter how much you test things, when you need it, it never works.” Terry remembered when the generator at KBIG didn’t come on and it had been serviced just three days earlier.
“The reason it didn’t come on was we found out we’re required by law to have sensors on the fuel tanks with the spill tank in case it overflows. If there is spillage, it has to cut off the generator so it won’t run. And I didn’t know it wasn’t diesel fuel. It locked itself out and we had to go up and physically reset it.” He said the one on KIIS and HOT had been serviced a couple of days earlier.
“There was a lot of rain up there. The one I thought wouldn’t come up – the old beat up one at KOST - just putts along and has no reason to run, but it does. We actually did spend some money on this and it’s happy now. Channel 4 has someone up there during the day but no one full-time.” The Prophet automatic system has changed how radio programming works. “Prophet wasn’t ready for the big markets when we started using it. We were told how great it was, but as with any piece of hardware, there’s going to be a problem.”
Terry drew somewhat of a parallel with cart machines of the past generation of on-air people. If one cart machine goes down, the dj had five others to keep you on the air. You have one computer that goes down, and there’s nothing there. All the music stations within Clear Channel have backup CD’s to play if the computer goes down. Terry’s so skittish of software updates that if there is not some new feature that he has to have, he doesn’t update anymore.
“I’ve decided to give up blazing trails. Let someone else do it.”
Terry has worked with some interesting LA Radio People over the years. Where Robert W. Morgan might have been his most unpleasant relationship, he enjoyed working with Jhani Kaye (then pd at KOST). “Jhani is what a program director should be. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get there. Some people are tyrants, but not Jhani. He knows what he wants. Some program directors are constantly complaining about the audio processing. I asked Jhani what he wanted it to sound like, I set it up, and we never touched it again.” Terry thinks that if anyone can “whip” the Oldies format at K-EARTH into shape, it would be Jhani.
“I’m really glad I started out the way I did – working in a small station doing everything, including mowing the lawn on Saturdays out by the transmitter site,” remembered Terry.
“Do I miss some of the things in the past? Maybe, but there’s a lot of good stuff out now. There are certain things you remember as a kid. The neatest thing was a Western Union clock on the wall. It was the most Rube Goldberg thing. It kept the worst time. I was just fascinated by it and bought one on eBay. I have it running at home and it resets every hour with my EBS clock. It’s a klutzy old thing. Nobody understands my fascination with it. I also have some old RCA microphones.”
At the time of his death he was Sr. Director of Engineering for Meruelo Media. He had a wonderful journey from working as a youngster in a piano/organ store in a small town in Indiana to "tinkering" in his grandfather's garage learning how things worked to a brief time as an on-air jock to the head of engineering for the biggest radio cluster in Los Angeles.
(November 19, 2019)
Long-time radio morning personality,
is retiring from radio. She made the announcement on “The
Frosty, Heidi & Frank
Show” on KLOS. After
30-years of waking up with Southern California listeners,
she is hanging up her headphones and moving to the Coachella
Valley to explore entrepreneurial interests. May’s last day
as the entertainment, news and traffic reporter at KLOS will
be Friday, December 13.
May said, “As someone who loves L.A. and is weirdly obsessed with traffic, I am immensely grateful for my 30 years in Los Angeles radio. To say it has been an amazing ride is an understatement, and I want to thank 95.5 KLOS and ‘The Frosty, Heidi and Frank Show’ for giving me the opportunity to spend my last 5 years on air with them. What an honor! I'm looking forward to the next chapter in my life - I'm headed to the Palm Springs area to open up a sister-studio to Strength Code in Toluca Lake. My hope is to be able to move through the next 20-plus years with strength and grace, and to help others do the same.”
“Lisa has touched millions of listeners in Southern California over the years and morning radio won’t be the same. Her familiar, calming voice and infectious laugh will truly be missed,” said KLOS pd Keith Cunningham.
In February 2015, Lisa May, left the KROQ Kevin & Bean morning show, where she had been since 1990. Born in Inglewood, Lisa grew up in Costa Mesa. She was actually employed by the traffic company, Total Traffic, that provided that service to KROQ in exchange for spot inventory. When she left KROQ, Bean said, “We’re very, very close friends with Lisa May. I consider her one of my best friends.”
Kevin added: "We love her and we’re gonna stop doing traffic and so that means she has to go away. It sucks."
"It is very difficult for us to discuss this and very difficult to present it in a way that is respectful of her and to let people know how sad we are about this. It is a huge loss for us. She’s been with us from almost the beginning of the show. It is weird for me that she’s not here. Real weird. Plus she was the only one who was every nice to me. There was a time when Ralph Garman wasn’t on the show. We’ve had other people come and go like Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla. It’s kind of the nature of the beast when a show has been on for a long time that people are going to come and go. We love you Lisa and we will absolutely miss you and I hope we can stay friends,” concluded Bean.
Hear Ache. Earl
Trout has a new bumper sticker, especially for
youth of the 60s who are now well grown-up and know what
that 1967 bumper sticker really should have said: “Don’t
Trust Anyone Over 30 Years in Government” … In the
Times interview with KROQ’s Kevin & Bean,
the duo acknowledged the competition they were joining upon
their arrival in 1989. They included
Mark & Brian
(KLOS), Rick Dees (KIIS/fm),
(KQLZ), and the Baka Boys
“There were always good shows,” said Kevin & Bean … Jimmy
DeCastro (ex-KFAC and KKBT general manager) exits
the Midwest cluster for Entercom … Is podcasting replacing
radio? New data from Nielsen suggests that it isn’t,
according to their medium and small market edition of their
Audio Today Report. 90 percent of podcast listeners also use
radio every week. These podcast listeners prefer news/talk
radio though, over the most popular format in medium and
small markets, Country music.
(November 18, 2019) California
State University Northridge is looking for someone to
operate AAA station KCSN and Saddleback College’s KSBR,
according to a story in Radio+Television Business Report.
A “Request for Qualification” has reportedly been issued by
the public institution of higher learning, according to
another source, Ken Mills’ Spark News blog, which is devoted
to noncommercial media.
Mills reports that CSUN issued the RFQ to solicit proposals from noncom public media organizations to manage and program KCSN and, by default, KSBR. KCSN’s “Smart Rock” programming, as it was initially billed in 2013, is the product of Sky Daniels, the now-retired veteran Rock programmer who served as Alternative Editor of Radio & Records before taking an upper-level management position at the now-defunct trade publication.
There is a fast time table for completion of this project. CSUN hopes the process will be concluded by March 15, 2020, Mills reports.
From the Radio+Television Business Report: “KCSN/fm appears in the Nielsen Audio ratings for Los Angeles with a 0.4 rating, overall. This is achieved with a signal primarily serving the Santa Clarita Valley and San Fernando Valley, aided by booster from a transmitter atop a former R&R home — 10100 Santa Monica Blvd. in Century City. This puts KCSN’s signal “over the hill” and into the Westside of L.A., including Beverly Hills and Santa Monica.” Author Ken Mills says, “Early speculation has PBS SoCal — the partnership between KCET-28 and KOCE-50 — a leading contender for managing KCSN and KSBR. Then, there is American Public Media, which could bring its Adult Alternative ‘Current’ brand of Triple A music from its home market of Minneapolis.”
Help a Hero.
It's another successful Help-a-Hero radiothon for AM 570 LA
Sports (KLAC). Last Tuesday's effort raised $250,000, with
all proceeds benefiting the Dream Center LA. The local
charity finds and fills the needs of struggling veterans and
others in Los Angeles. Dodger third baseman Justin Turner
joined military veterans -- some formerly homeless -- and
Dream Center LA staffers throughout the seven-hour
The radiothon was hosted by Fred Roggin, Rodney Peete, Petros Papadakis and Matt "Money" Smith. Don Martin, iHeart Media Senior VP for sports in L.A. sent a memo to his staff at the conclusion of the radiothon:
"Today marks the 12th
Anniversary of our 'Help a Hero' Radiothon. As Matt
and Petros so eloquently announced to our audience
as they started their leg of the seven hour race:
'This is our Favorite Day of the Year, today we get
to help people that need our help.”
Beautifully said Boys! This is definitely our Signature event as a station and a Family each year. It does my heart proud to feel and see the love that permeates throughout this building each year.
To make this magic happen, it truly takes a village and for that we want to thank all of you for your support, All eight stations (KFI and Tim Conway and Sheron Bellio helped bring us home), from Programming, to the Marketing and Promotions department, IT (Rickey and team you guys crushed it again), The Engineering department, our Web Content team rocked it, Continuity cleared the deck again, and of course the entire Sales team. God bless you all and thank you!
And once again, our favorite Vet and legend Vin Scully kicked it all off, and the guest list was Star-studded for sevem hours, including our incredibly generous clients! Vic the Brick let Justin Turner and (Attorney) Sweet James (Bergener) cut his beard for $15,000 (He looks 20 years younger)! (Editor’s note: Here’s a link to the video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jBo-uYPR_yk) Vons / Albertsons gave $35,000 to start the day. What an incredible time!
When the day ended we eclipsed last year’s total of $236K by finishing the night at $250K (and counting) and drove our grand total of 12 years over the $2 Million dollar mark! To house the homeless Veterans in LA and OC. All the money stays right here in So Cal! Congratulations! It feels so good.
Hear Ache. Tom Lasser reports the Radio Television News Association of Southern California Golden Mikes will be held Saturday, February 15 in Universal City … 63% of the world’s smartphones run on Android, according to ScientiaMobile … Alan Sims went to Career Academy broadcasting school in Hollywood with KIIS/fm superstar Bruce Vidal. “I knew him when...he was a natural (scroll up in photo gallery). He was a buddy,” emailed Alan … Sports guy Tony Bruno is experiencing some medical challenges. “All we can do is place our trust in doctors and the healing process,” wrote Tony on Facebook. “My latest checkup was not encouraging. Heading to the ER overnight and undergo my third surgery early Saturday morning.” … KFI and anchor Aron Bender have permanently parted ways, according to KFI news director Chris Little. Michael Crozier will take over the shift … Last month we introduced you to KLOS evening personality Greg Beharrell. Afternooner Gary Moore was asked for a comment about Greg, Gary responded, “Who?”
...thanks to David
Schwartz for this KABC billboard from the 60s
“Don’t know why KPCC would dump Hettie Lynne Hurtes, the best talent on the staff [matched only by Susanne Whatley], but on top of all her other talents it’s all dressed up with the best voice on the staff as well. They’ve effectively just taken the sound of the station and removed the tuxedo and told everybody to go to work in shorts.
I’m looking forward to someone casting a soprano in the Mr. Grinch role this Christmas. You know, there are some cases where there is just no replacement.
Sorry, I have to get back to listening to my new boxed set of Minnie Mouse singing Diana Krall hits. And all this from a station that bought $4000 Neumann microphones from our donations and filtered them to sound like $90 mics? It figures.” – Don Elliot
** World Class Public
“I'm sorry about KPCC laying off Hettie Lynne Hurtes. I remember when KPCC was a true teaching tool for PCC first and then a world class public radio outlet. I worked there as the PR assistant in the late 70’s – early 80’s.
It’s also too bad about Fuddruckers. I guess the one in Buena Park is probably the only one left.” – Julie T. Byers
** Worked with Hettie
“I first worked with Hettie Lynne Hurtes back in the late ’70’s [we were kids at the time!] and can honestly say, she is the hardest working and most professional news anchor I know. No matter what the format, any station would be fortunate to have her on their staff.” – Ken Davis
**KPCC Midday News
“I agree with the many who offer accolades to Hettie Lynne Hurtes, she is indeed one of the best LARadio journalists. I also hope it is not true KPCC is going to cut back on their midday local newscasts. The station has many fine reporters, including the talented anchors.
Any reduced opportunity for these reporters to have their stories heard is not a positive for an otherwise quality source for local information on the local radio dial.” – Alan Oda
** Dudley’s Records
“What a joy to see Bill Dudley in his element and doing so well. Hard work and deep passion. That’s Bill.” – Keri Tombazian
** Dudley Do Right
“I’m so glad that Bill Dudley’s store is doing so well. He’s a great guy. If I were still living in SoCal, I would be spending many hours there.” – Bob Scott
** Where is the Bender?
“I am not sure if this is the right place to send an email for a radio question, but what happened to Aron Bender at KFI and the Tim Conway Show? Love the website.” – Julie Lule
** Funny Funnies
“Your cartoons just keep gettin’ better and better.
I still wish we could find the one that hung in the KUSN control room for a few days: A fat ol’ news guy with reading glasses in front of a mike holding his copy saying ‘wanna know what today’s weather is like? Look out the goddamn window.’ Pretty sure I mentioned it before. It was in Field & Stream or one of those. It’s still the best ‘on-air guy’ cartoon I’ve ever seen.” – Rich Brother Robbin
** Eagle Eye
“Loved the riff on the Eagles’ presence on a corner in Winslow, Arizona. Like they say in Daily Variety: Boffo!!” – Warren Cereghino
** School Shooting Coverage
“I generally listen to 790 KABC while getting ready for work and they broke in with the news of the school shooting at about 7:55 a.m. They discussed it until 8 a.m. when the hourly news came on and then stayed with it after the news report was finished.
I got into my car at about 8:12 and started to hit my presets to see what coverage was going on. I hit 640 KFI to see what they were saying about it but, Bill Handel was interviewing someone about the high cost of building permits.
I punched 570 KLAC and they were talking sports. I hit 1260 K-SURF and they were playing Oldies.
I hit KNX 1070 and they were in a commercial.
I hit 870 KRLA and they were covering the shooting.
Back to KABC and they were still covering the shooting. I hit KFI again and they were in commercial. Back to KNX and they were in another commercial. Back to KRLA and they were now in commercial. Back to KABC and they were still covering. Back to KFI and they were now covering. Back to KNX and now they were covering the shooting. When do you throw out the commercials and just stay with a breaking story? Just wondering.” – Gary Gibson
** Mort Sahl at KOST
“We've corresponded before, but it’s been a while. I worked in the 1960s at KLON-Long Beach when it was still the station of the public schools and then when it was first turned over to CSULB for Jazz. I then left radio.
I have a KOST program from 1970, part of their Public Service obligation, called Confrontation hosted by ‘Ben Thumb’ and ‘Dick Trubo’ [phonetically spelled here]. It is an interview with Mort Sahl. I am about to post it to YouTube, but I wanted to know if you have any knowledge of those two hosts and whether I have their names spelled correctly. If either of those gentlemen is known to you, could you let me know? I'd appreciate it.
Thanks for all your work on behalf of LA Radio. I still have my hard copy of Los Angeles Radio People and love leafing through it to re-live ‘old times.’” – Bruce Tennant, 562.666.5811, email@example.com
(November 15, 2019) If
you are into radio and records – and why else would you be
here this morning – there is a new podcast debuting this
week that you should put on your must-listen list. Rita
Wilde, veteran of KEZY, KLOS, and KSWD (The
Sound), is a Southern California broadcast legend. She
has teamed with CW West (they worked
together at KLOS) to host “Rock and Roll Confessional.”
Why a podcast now? “First off, we have been very good friends since day one working at KLOS, way back in the early 80s. We clicked. Not only for the love of music, but we both have a very warped sense of humor. A year ago, I approached Rita to host a podcast. Rita’s answer was ‘only if you co-host with me,’” said CW.
“Secondly, a podcast doesn't take a corporate world to run (right now it’s just the two of us). We have all seen how corporations take over and make it about the shareholders. This is our world now; we get to choose every aspect of what the presentation will be. Right now, it is raw, but we are learning the process as we go,” said the pair.
The first show is up and available. Their guest is Steve Downes (between Rita and CW) Rock veteran at KWST beginning in 1978 and later on KEZY, KLOS, and KLSX. “We are going through our roster of friends and those who we worked with over the past 30 years. But we are also reaching out to people that we haven’t worked with – people we’re dying to talk with and find out more about,” continued Rita and CW.
They have two goals for this podcast. “Number one is to inform the listeners about the music industry. This podcast is for music fans. Whether you are a fan that wants to know more about the industry, or a fan from the industry, we welcome anyone who loves rock music. We want our guests to share what they went through while they were in the music business. Our guests will be from all walks of this life. Everyone from promoters, managers, roadies, photographers, music publishing and yes, bands.”
Rita and CW feel that everybody has a
story. “But there hasn’t always been an outlet for those
stories. Because of our podcast format, those stories can be
told – and there are a lot of incredible people waiting to
share their anecdotes.”
From a technical point, Wilde and West go to the guests. “Wherever they are. The nice thing about this day and age, is that we can travel with an entire studio on our back. We use a Zoom H6 six track portable recorder and a few microphones. Since we are portable, it’s much easier for a guest to say ‘yes.’ We can meet at a conference room, management office, house, or as Rita has mentioned plenty of times, Starbucks!”
When will the pair see revenue for these podcasts? “I’d like to see revenue right now. But I know like anything else, we have to build up to it. Right now, we are asking for listeners to join as members on Patreon. As little as a buck a month, but as much as they like. This isn’t required to listen to the podcast, but it is a way for listeners who have the same passion for music that we do, to give a little something back. Those who appreciate the effort to put this together can contribute. Believe me, there is a huge effort involved in bringing this show forward to our listeners.”
CW said that one of the challenges that they’ve had to overcome has been technical. “Learning to use the recording equipment, editing the show, and building a website have all been huge challenges. It is ALL new. Marketing a podcast isn’t done the same way promotions were done in radio 30 years ago. But every day is a new day that we learn more. I’m sure in a year; the early shows will sound a little less professional. But it will still be great content.”
Steve was a perfect guest for the launch podcast. He grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Dayton. He began his radio career in Ohio in 1969 at one of the Midwest’s first progressive rock stations.
“The first couple of radio stations I worked for were free-form,” he told Rita and C.W. “You walked in with a bunch of albums under one arm and a joint in your hand. Boom. Let it go. We had a blast.”
Steve was at the college station that actually sold commercials “Everyone was a student. You really got a good education. I made a buck twenty-five an hour.” He revealed to the podcasters the slogan for his Athens, Ohio, station: “’We’re the only station town’” because we were the only station in town. You were listening go us or white noise. Our ratings were tremendous.”
In 1974, he became pd of WYDD-Pittsburgh. Later, he was operations director of KWST in 1979. Steve remembered that rock ’n roll was king in the 80s with four Album Rock stations: KLOS, KMET, KWST and KROQ. He spent the better part of a decade at KLOS.
He shares some behind the scene stories from his days at KLOS. “Carey Curelop [KLOS pd] didn’t have the balls to fire me,” said Steve. The podcast reveals all and who-done-it.
In the mid-1980s for a half-decade, Steve was the voice for many of the top syndicated rock shows produced by the Westwood Radio Network including “The Superstar Concert Series,” “The Rock Chronicles” and “Rock and Roll Never Forgets.” In 1986, he was flown to Japan to do a series of radio shows for “FM Yokohama,” which was a new radio station."
“In 1991 I was seeking a change in lifestyle and a desire to return to radio management and accepted a position of pd and afternoon drive at WRXK-Fort Myers (“96K”). No sooner had I unpacked my bags on tranquil Sanibel Island that I was asked to transfer to WYNF-Tampa as pd.”
He was lured back to the Southland in late 1993 to host “Rockline.” He then joined afternoon (drive at KLSX (“Classic Rock”) in the spring of 1994 but left before the year was out. Steve started morning drive at KTYD-Santa Barbara in early 1995 before moving in the fall of 1997 for WLUP-Chicago. In 2001, Steve segued to WDRV (“The Drive”)-Chicago for the next 15 years.
Steve is the now voice of Master Chief in the enormously popular Halo video games.
He worked with some of the great AOR personalities like Bob Coburn, Joe Benson, Geno Michellini, China Smith, Raechel Donahue, JJ Jackson and Phil Hendrie. In this podcast Steve reveals how he got involved with the iconic Rockline program.
Rita and CW have been marketing the podcast through social media. “Facebook and Instagram right now. This is one of the areas that has been a challenge for us. Like most people, we skim around Facebook with our own built-in audience. But now we are looking for an expanded audience, so it is a new learning curve for both of us. Honestly, don’t put it past us to be passing out stickers at an upcoming concert.
A fascinating listen to Steve Downes. Rita, a program director herself at KLOS, asked Downes what is the job of program director. He responded with a laugh, “Putting up with ass-hole disc jockeys, day in day out.”
The podcast is scheduled to be released every two weeks on Apple Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/rock-and-roll-confessional/id1485623466, Spotify, and many other platforms.
(November 14, 2019) He’s
still a classic rock pd, just with Sirius XM. Classic Rock
program director Bob Buchmann has a new
gig. He’s joining SiriusXM as Director of Music Programming
for the Classic Vinyl channel. He will be based locally, in
Hollywood. Bob was pd at KLOS for almost three years and for
the past seven years he was operations director and
afternooner at Classic Rock KGB-San Diego … In the category
of “what the hell is going on?” Ben & Jerry's has been sued
over claim that their milk for their products come from
'happy cows' … As KPCC makes personnel cuts, the new station
president/ceo Herb Scannell is apparently
moving toward more on-line and podcasting … Bob Lefsetz, in
his tasty newsletter copied the ten items that Lee
Abrams wrote about in his essay on the future of
radio. Lefsetz commented at the end: “Radio is in an
undeniable position of strength in terms of accessibility,
but as a fan of the medium, it has the potential for long
term extinction in its current form” … Ken Davis,
author of In Bed with Broadcasting, was inducted
into the John Muir High School (Pasadena) distinguished
alumni Hall of Fame. “I recently toured their brand new
3-million-dollar broadcasting facility and wait for
it...some of the kids want to get into radio!” … The folks
at 870/KRLA may have “The Answer.” They continue to serve
their audience well, taking advantage of their hosts
interacting with their listeners. “We had 1700 folks at the
Pasadena Convention Center for our 2019 TownHall to hear Dennis
Prager, Mark Levin, Dr.
Sebastian Gorka and Larry Elder.
Great success,” said Bob Hastings, director
of integrated marketing. “We also had two events for author
Michelle Malkin, one in Fullerton (300 in attendance) and
one in Riverside (360) … Isabel “Isa” Gonzalez has
joined Meruelo as Content and Brand Director for Spanish CHR
station “CALI 93.9” KLLI. She was most recently at Univision
Radio where she was Senior Content Director and Music
Specialist for KLVE, KRCD and a group of other Spanish
language stations for the past 9 years … NPR’s flagship
‘Morning Edition’ celebrates its 40th anniversary. The
program made its debut with Bob Edwards,
pulled from All These Considered in the afternoons
for the earlier hours …
Archer is excited about
the response to his first collection of short stories, Nothing
Tells You the Truth Like the Past: a thumb-drive of stories …
For the 10th year in a row, The Steve
Harvey Morning Show and
Premiere Networks will give away thousands of turkeys as
part of the Steve’s Annual Turkey Give. Affiliates of the
award-winning morning radio show, including KJLH, will
provide 8,000 turkeys to help those less fortunate celebrate
the Thanksgiving holiday. Since the Turkey Give was launched
in 2009, nearly 80,000 turkeys have been given to those in
need … Bryan Simmons read
the story about Bill
Dudley’s record store
and just bought a rare Elton John poster from Bill. “I
shipped it to the radio station he is programming in
Albuquerque, New Mexico,” emailed Bill.
(November 13, 2019) Bill Dudley of KTWV is truly an
entrepreneur. Bill has worked virtually all shifts at the
WAVE, including the signature Sunday Brunch. Before arriving
in the Southland, he owned several record stores in Portland
from 1980 until 1999, when he sold them to become part of
“When my hours got cut at CBS Radio 3 years ago, I decided to re-open the store.” Dudley's Records Vintage Vinyl, located at 4633 Torrance Blvd. in Torrance, just celebrated its second anniversary. The store sells thousands of records, CDs, cassettes, posters, T-shirts, and other music related merchandise.
“My neighbor Jesse, who I had known since he was a little kid, was the perfect choice to join the new store. Jesse is an encyclopedia of musical knowledge from the 1960s on up, and he wasn’t even born until 1997.”
Bill grew up in Palo Alto. He was sent to a military boarding school, known as the Palo Alto Military Academy. “The kids attending, (ages 6-14), were required to wear a complete military uniform every day. This included starched shirts with tie and dress jacket. We had to spit-shine our leather shoes and stand in military formation prior to every meal.
My father passed away when I was nine, and my mother thought that I needed a good education and proper discipline. I was completely lost at this school during the first of my five years there. My only friend became the radio. Top 40 Radio. KEWB and KYA in the Bay Area, to be specific. The songs and deejays of that era. including Bobby Dale, Tom Donahue, Tommy Saunders, Emperor Gene Nelson, and Russ "The Moose" Syracuse navigated me through some very lonely times. The radio was my only contact with the outside world.”
“As time went on, another kid showed up at the school that also seemed sorta out of place, his name was Steve Tolen," Bill continued. “He also listened to the radio and soon we were making our own early reel to reel demo tapes. Steve was the newsman and I was the dj. Several years later, after we graduated, one of our teachers liked us so much he hired us to work at his summer camp in Northern California. On our first day off, we hitch-hiked into the first small town we could find – Quincy. That day, we met the fire chief, mortician, ambulance driver, and owner of the local radio station, and all one person, Andy Anderson.”
(Photo: Dudley's Records Vintage Vinyl owner Bill Dudley and clerks Jesse Chavez-Gallella and Alex Sanford. Credit: Michael Hixon of the Beach Reporter )
The next summer, Steve was driving the ambulance, while Bill was working at the radio station. Steve became a very successful health care professional, and still lived in that same small town, until one week before we opened the new store in 2017, when he passed away. Steve’s son, Steve Jr., his wife, and grandson just visited the store earlier this week. Bill is still doing the Sunday Brunch at Spaghettini in Seal Beach on a regular basis. Bill says, "What originally looked like a scary situation back in fifth grade, actually turned out to be a very good thing. My life was greatly influenced by going to that private school. The two best teachers I ever had in my life were employed there, one of which indirectly got me into radio. I still reflect on the importance of hearing the radio and having it help me thru my early years of uncertainty."
Bill continued: "My record store has always been, and still is a similar hangout for younger people, who appreciate Classic Rock, Soul and Jazz. It's amazing how one person can change your life. You also may never have met the second or third most influential person in your life, if you never met the first. Each exit off the highway may lead you to an entirely different place. This photo was taken on the second anniversary of the new Dudley’s. “The clock behind us was the original clock we had in the first store circa 1980. We even still have the same phone number that is on the clock, (with a different area code).”
At the second Anniversary weekend, many of Bill’s regular customers showed up to celebrate. “I’m proud to announce that Dudley’s always has been, and still is a great place to hang out for music fans of all ages, that just may feel at home with us. The store is important to people, and makes me feel like I have done something right, helping make some folks lives just a little bit better. I also recently heard from a guy who was a customer at the Portland store way back in 1985 – 1991. It was a big part of his childhood. His name is Reid Van Ness, now in his late 40s. Reid remembers the original pink bags we had, with the Dudley cartoon on them that were such a big part of his childhood. I just sent him several business cards from that era. The store is kind of like ‘Floyd’s Barber Shop’ on the Andy Griffith Show. Lots of younger people are also supporting the new store, and unlike many record stores in this area, we also have a large array of FEMALE customers. It must be our good looks!”
“My store has been visited by many LARP, including Talaya Trigueros, Barbara Blake, Lawrence Tanter, Maggie Mc Kay and Dave Caprita. Check out the fun we have at www.facebook.com/dudleysrecords Instagram: @dudleysrecords
(November 12, 2019)
On Friday night, it was time for the 31st annual Radio Hall
of Fame ceremonies held at Gotham Hall in New York City. The
evening featured some of the best radio talent from across
the United States. Among the award winners were six members
of the Los Angeles Radio People Community.
The first to be recognized was sportscaster Jim Rome. Born and raised in Los Angeles, “Romey” has appeared on XTRA / KXTA, KLAC, and KFWB. He now hosts a daily show on the CBS Sports Radio network, along with tv duties on ESPN, CBS, and Showtime.
Rome said he has “deep, deep gratitude…I’ve always had people around me who are better than me…who told me what I needed to hear, not what I wanted to hear.” He said his best work is ahead of him.
Via video, actor Christian Slater introduced Sean “Hollywood” Hamilton, formerly mornings at K-EARTH. Slater commented: “This man was a huge influence on me…thank you for being a part of my life.” Hamilton first thanked all the other inductees and ultimately said, “I want to dedicate this to my love of my life, my incredible wife Marina.” Hamilton now hosts afternoons on WKTU-New York, plus countdown shows syndicated nationally on Premier Networks.
Just last Thursday, Kevin Ryder and Gene “Bean” Baxter ended their 30-year run at KROQ. Before Bean moves to London, the radio team was honored by the Radio Hall of Fame. They shared sentimental remarks on the heels of Bean’s last day. Ryder said, “I’m here because Bean chose me as his partner…he would’ve been here [RHOF] with whoever his partner was and I’m happy it was me.” Bean then said, “I could’ve been on the radio with anyone but there wouldn’t be magic. The universe brought us together. We were so darn lucky that happened.” (Photo: Jim Rome, Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton, Ryan Seacrest, Dr. Ruth Westheimer, Joe Madison, Kevin Ryder, Gene "Bean" Baxter, Harry Harrison and John Tesh. [Group shot by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Radio Hall of Fame]
Connie Selleca then introduced her
husband John Tesh, currently heard locally
on The Fish 95.9 (KFSH). She generously thanked all of their
radio partners and talked about being in a family business.
Tesh shared that he was diagnosed with cancer in 2015 but
stated he’s cancer free because of his “faith in divine
healing.” He went on to express his gratitude for his
family and for the honor of being in the Radio Hall of
Dr. Ruth Westheimer, formerly heard on KFI, is the diminutive sex therapist who shared explicit advice about relationships with callers to her show. She talked about radio being the best medium, “…even better than tv.” And while “…it’s nice to have become a celebrity…I see it as passing on correct information about human sexuality,” she said. The Holocaust survivor was recently profiled in a documentary, Ask Dr. Ruth, released in U.S. theaters last May and currently available on Hulu. Westheimer believes that current events, particularly immigrant children being separated from their parents, make it necessary for her to "stand up and be counted."
Jimmy Fallon entertained attendees with his comedic and heartfelt introduction of his friend Ryan Seacrest, current KIIS/fm morning host. After much laughter, Seacrest said “we truly do it [radio] because it’s in our blood. We do it because it’s something we can’t live without…I never imagined this room, these legends, this career…” In addition to his local radio duties, Seacrest is seen daily on the nationally syndicated Live with Kelly and Ryan, hosts American Idol, and is heard weekly around the world on American Top 40 via Premier Networks.
Jim Bohanon served as announcer for the evening’s program.
Veteran Newscaster Has
Good News and Bad News:
Hurtes, a 34-year veteran has been heard on KRTH,
KRLA, and KFWB. For the past 13 years, she has served as the
midday anchor at KPCC. She shares good news and bad news.
The bad news is she was caught in an on-air and off-air
downsizing by the parent company, American Public Media
Group. The good news is the talented anchor, reporter and
writer is available after November 27.
“What are you going to do,” said Hettie by phone yesterday, “this is just the business today.” They claim to be eliminating midday newscasts at KPCC.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Hettie attended UCLA before graduating from Northwestern. She was the first woman in San Diego to anchor the news at KSDO. Hettie has also reported at KTLA/Channel 5 and KCOP/Channel 13. “While I was working at KSDO as anchor / reporter, it was a learning experience and I got to do everything from interviews, engineering, anchoring, writing and reporting," said Hettie. "It was very exciting and kept me busy 24 / 7. I knew from then on it would be my career.”
During her earlier years in broadcasting, Hettie was a freelance reporter for CNN in Los Angeles and the national film critic at the former RKO Radio Network. Hettie has written for a number of newspapers and magazines including Orange County Magazine, Downtown L.A. News, Beverly Hills Business and BackStage West. She's authored two books, The Backstage Guide to Casting Directors and Agents on Actors. Her acting experience has extended to both film and television, Terminator and Throw Mama from the Train, to name just two.
You can reach Hettie, a very well-liked and talented broadcaster, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeffrey Leonard's radio reunion scheduled for next month has
been cancelled due to the closing of Fuddruckers.
After 15 years at Fuddruckers, a new location for the reunion will be announced next year.
** Great Lee Abrams
“Thanks for the great article by Lee Abrams. Excellent advice and opinions well stated. This comes from the very same guy that inspired us out at KCAL/fm in San Bernardino [in the late 1970s] to flip our radio station overnight from soft AC to full-time Album Rock. Burkhart-Abrams weren’t our consultants. We had never even met the guys. But we certainly knew what they were doing and it was getting a lot of buzz on the street and huge ratings in the books. As one of my former general managers once told me, ‘I read a lot and I surround myself with smart and creative people that have the vision for something better. They're the ones that make me look good every day.’” – Ted Ziegenbusch
** Sky’s the Limit
“I was blessed to be mentored by this man. I am grateful for what we achieved together. Radio could benefit from Lee Abram’s perspective.” – Sky Daniels
** Generic Radio
“Lee Abrams is ready to kick butt, or at least have the radio industry do so. He is right that radio has become generic. It sounds the same anywhere one can go and tune in. Broadcasters are afraid to being different, or sounding different.
Because of my dissatisfaction of commercial radio, I turn more and more to public or noncommercial radio providers who don’t yell at me or try to get me to think a certain way. I listen not only to NPR, but to the local hosts on KCRW and KPCC. I enjoy the nightly music programs offered, as the djs have a more open hand to selecting their artists and don’t have to follow the edicts of a faceless person thousands of miles away.
Lee Abrams is right to say radio needs to be shaken up. I just hope radio picks the right formula and gets the gonads to engage its audience and do it promptly.” – Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree
** Back to the Basics
“The Lee Abrams ‘back to the basics’ reference reminded me of an early KGB jock meeting when Buzz Bennett made it clear he didn’t want backsells longer than ten seconds period. Chuck Browning asked if there were any exceptions. Buzz replied, ‘sure, but if your rap goes over ten seconds it better fuckin’ kill me.’ That’s still seared into my memory.” – Rich Brother Robbin
** Blake’s Take
“I love this Lee Abrams essay. Thanks for printing it in an easy to read email…good for saving.” – Barbara Blake, CitizenPlanet.com
** Content is the Product
“Wow ... Lee Abrams understands. Having spent a little time in radio, I remember the talent that made me want to be on radio. It always seemed like magic to me. I was never captured by jingles or hyped formats, I was captured by humans on the air who said things that resonated with me at the start of my day or in the dark of my bedroom as the comfort of a distant friend filled my room.
Content is the product. It’s what flows out of the speaker from the person on the air. It’s the product that can be sold by talented businessmen. It’s a dance... a partnership. The most successful radio is when management allows talent to grow without fear or rules that a consultant insists worked in Scranton. Howard Stern... Rush... you want to make big money... mentor that.” – Larry Van Nuys
** Agree with Abrams
“Yes! Yes! Yes! Just a few days ago, I said to a few ex-radio friends, ‘radio has not changed since the 70s.’ Same style, same liners, same tired rules, but duller. Thank you for this.” - Stan Campbell, ex-KLAC Guy, Brockville, Ontario
** Abrams with a Dose of Reality
“Very nice article. Every time I deviated from the ‘format’ in the slightest way, the phone would ring. Or the station owner’s wife calling and telling you to break that last record and put it on her desk. How can anybody run a business like that? You don't. I always tried to be creative, nobody wanted it.” – Bob Hughes
** Back to Reality with Abrams
“In stating the obvious, Lee Abrams brought us back to reality. Yes, radio hasn’t changed in 40 years. Imagine 40 years ago if stations were programmed like it was 1939. Instead of playing Top 40 hits at KFXM, I’d be running the board for network shows like Jack Benny and Fibber McGee & Molly. YIKES!” – Neil Young
** Early Boss Jock
“Is it possible Will Rogers was the original Boss Jock?” – Gary Mack
** Kevin & Bean End
“I never heard these gentlemen but it’s obvious they were great. I found a real respect and appreciation for Bean when I read that he had donated a kidney to a person in need. That's class.” - Mike Butts
** Demetriou Riveting
“Great, riveting stuff from Pete Demetriou!” – Bob Sirkin
** Demetriou Live
“I happened to be listening to KNX when Pete Demetriou gave his live report. To say that this was the best radio I had ever heard would be a vast understatement. It was scary, and, like watching an accident on the freeway, I could not turn off the radio. I was shaken for the rest of the day.
Thank goodness, Mr. Demetriou and the many others are fine!” – Sterrett Harper, President, Harper Claims Service, Inc., Burbank
** College Buddy
“Pete Demetriou was actually my companion at UCLA radio. I was the morning man, he was the news guy. Who knew? I’m very proud of the work he does, and how consistently good he continues to be. Most don't know how truly funny Pete is, and one day, one Strange Day, I will reveal all!” – Ed Mann
** KNX Drama Hour End
“Wow, my email lit up this week. You should be happy to know you have such reach. Let me clear something up, the press release about the Drama Hour was a Sales piece. We were selling to the LA Times, OC Register and any local tv coverage, not to radio insiders. Radio insiders should know that after consolidation, ‘It’s not the money, it’s the money.’
60 Minutes fit, 1930’s radio programs did not.” – Pat Duffy
** Ron Treated
“Was reading the website and noticed your item on Ron Fairly, who just passed away. You forgot to mention that he worked at KTLA Channel 5 as weekend sportscaster when his playing days were over. I know this, as I worked with Ron when I started as an intern in the Sports Department in November, 1981. He did the weekends during the baseball off season.
One-time former Kansas City shortstop Freddie Patek, paid a visit to see what went into sportscasting, as Freddie was thinking about getting into the tv business.
Ron was just a classic act. He was also teaching me about putting together a sports highlight package and writing copy. Just a great all-around person.” – Charles Glazer, Toluca Lake, Former KTLA Channel 5 Sports Associate (1982-85; interned 1981-82)
** Roll Tape
“What is this ‘tape’ thing you wrote about on Tuesday? Duct, scotch, or cellophane?” – Chris Carmichael
** Aircheck Collection
“I used to aircheck format changes. They are all on audio cassette in storage. Not sure what I am going to do with them. I know I have the birth of KLSX when it was Classic Rock. I think I have the end of KRLA, the last Huggy Boy show.” – David Schwartz
** Golden Age of Radio
“I enjoyed reading the 2003 article about KNX dropping its Drama Hour, which also presented some comedy shows [‘The Jack Benny Program’], along with dramas such as Box 13 with Alan Ladd, The Six Shooter with James Stewart, and The Lone Ranger." Close to 30 years ago, I interviewed Charlie Michelson, who syndicated those shows to KNX and was responsible in large part for ‘kids’ like me, born in the late '50s, becoming fans of ‘Golden Age Radio’ in the '60s. More about him is at Charles Michelson Memorial – Lobitos Creek Ranch.
There’s still at least one ‘drama hour’ on Southern California radio. Since October 1982, I have hosted and produced Forward into the Past for KSPC/fm 88.7, the Pomona College station. It airs from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday afternoons. During the first and third hour, I present great records from the 1920s, ’30s and ’40s - jazz and hot dance bands, big-band swing, comedy records, show tunes and soundtracks, and even the occasional vintage blues or country disc. [I have a barn in my back yard which houses 30,000 78s, LPs and CDs of music from this era.]
The middle hour is taken up with great old-time radio shows, usually one half-hour comedy program, and another 30-minute drama. Listeners who miss the KNX hour can ‘return to those thrilling days of yesteryear’ for at least one hour every Sunday on KSPC.
In addition, my radio partner Roger Allen and I present an hour of new radio comedy with The Sunset Review, in which we bravely attempt to make sense of the goings-on in Merkis Palms, the town that time remembers but people forget. That show starts at 1 p.m. on Sundays, and has been on KSPC since 1988. I play about 60 characters on the show, including culture maven Walter Withersgap, astrologer Lola Nebula, rambunctious six-year-old Billy Furtively, consumer advocate Lolo Price, town ‘historian’ and chief gossip-monger Percival Heavens, and commodities market reporter Buellton Bullbear.
KSPC’s programming can be reached on the internet at http://www.kspc.org Thank you again for keeping us well informed about L.A. radio’s past and present!” – Randy Skretvedt / “Randy Brian.” – KSPC nom de radio
** Army Surplus Stores
“Since my early teens, I’ve enjoyed going to surplus stores. Back in the olden days, these types of stores were referred to as Army/Navy, Army Surplus or War Surplus Stores. My initiation to surplus stores was C&H Sales in Pasadena. C&H almost had it all. [optics, electronics, electromechanical, test equipment]. The other stores I frequented were Joe Factor Sales in Burbank, now Luky’s Hardware, [electronics, hydraulic hoses, hardware], Apex Electronics in Sun Valley, [electronics, hardware, test equipment, cable] and Surplus City in Sun Valley [vehicles, tents, clothing]. Apex and Luky’s are still in business.
In the 90s when Joe Factor began telling his customers he is going to give it up soon, I took that to heart. I began visiting his store at least once, and at times twice a month up until he finally closed his doors for the last time. I checked all the nooks and crannies making sure I’d overlooked nothing. On one of these last adventures to Joe’s, I came across a box of coil cables [kinda like a coil cable on a David Clark aviation headset] and bought them straight away. Years later, 25 actually, I finally got around to checking closely that box of coil cables I’d purchased decades before. As it turned out, I’d purchased surplus NASA equipment. The markings on one cable in particular came as quite a surprise. This image should tell the rest of the story. Cheers.” – Kirk Phillips
** Voice King at 28
“Some months back you ran a story on LA sports voices and I wrote to keep an ear on Alex Faust, the new LA Kings pxp tv guy. So far, he hasn’t disappointed. This article analyzes a few of the new hockey voices, including Faust. I hope you'll pass it on.” – Larry Boxer
** Evil Woman
“Getting in the car after my Monday morning physical therapy session [I’m on the tail end of a snapped Achilles tendon recovery], I fire up the 1958 Ford's AM radio and head off to work at the studio.
After the usual 20-second wait for the vacuum tubes to warm up, out of the speaker comes ELO’s Evil Woman, courtesy of K-SURF. I always had a soft spot for Jeff Lynne and Co., but there’s also just something about hearing a 44-year-old favorite coming from a 61-year-old receiver. With a smile on my face, I turned up the radio and headed to The Shop.” – Bruce Barker
(November 8, 2019) “I
am leaving the show at the end of the year to move back home
to England, the ninth largest island in the world,”
of the KROQ Kevin & Bean Show
announced on social media earlier this year. And for almost
a year it has been the long goodbye for Bean, which
officially ended yesterday with a show filled the
conciliation, humor, and the realization that one of the
BEST morning shows ever would be no longer.
#ripbean hashtag created much confusion on Twitter from
those who thought Mr. Bean, the British comedian, had died.)
Many people got their start with Kevin & Bean – Jimmy Kimmel and Adam Carolla among them. Our lives have been enriched by their familiar comedy with regular players and guests over 30 years. Other morning teams were popular over the years but no one lasted longer than Gene “Bean” Baxter and Kevin Ryder.
Lohman & Barkley stayed together as a morning team for 25 years, but Roger Barkley said the last three years together was “painful.” Like marriages, sometimes they end badly, Roger just walked out one day and that was it.
Mark Wallengren and Kim Amidon lasted 22 years in the morning slot at KOST.
Mark & Brian were together at KLOS for almost 25 years. By comparison, Kevin & Bean survived together in wake-up mornings a few days shy of 30 years.
Tonight, the pair get inducted into National Radio Hall of Fame.
On the final show yesterday morning, Bean said he hopes the show continues forever. He told long-time friend to the show and KROQ Loveline co-host Dr. Drew Pinsky, asked why he sounded so happy. “I am actually happy,” said Bean. “People expect me to be sad because I’m leaving the greatest job. Although I will miss it, I’m really focused on the future and I’m really excited about the next chapter. In six months I may call and say I made the biggest mistake of my career.” Kevin quipped, “Don’t call. We’ll be good.” Bean added, “I know I can’t come back. I know the door is shut behind me, but I am excited about my next chapter.”
Crosstown rival classic Rock KLOS
wished Bean well and congratulations on 30 years.
Ralph Garman, long-time part of the Kevin & Bean supporting team, was afraid he was persona non gratis, but he did appear on the show. “It felt so good to catch up with you,” Ralph wrote. “An end to an era. Congrats to Bean Baxter on a spectacular 30-year run. I’m so glad I was a little part of that. Mostly, because I learned so much about broadcasting by working with Bean. A true pro. Best of luck in your next adventure.”
KTLA did a nice farewell piece when Green Day performed recently. You can see it here. The LA Times published an in-depth piece on the pair here.
Bean received many other tributes from both fellow LARPs and listeners.
KROQ’s Nicole Alvarez said, “Bean forever!”
Listener Juan Frausto posted on Twitter how much the KROQ show meant to him: “I started listening in 1994, I had moved to a new school in a new town. I left all my friends behind but these two felt like friends since the beginning.”
Eddie Mann, formerly with KIIS and KBIG: “Hard to believe that Kevin and Bean are no more. Some of the most inventive radio I’ve ever heard. Met them both separately at their previous radio gigs, total pros, and saw Adam and Jimmy at Premiere many times, thinking that they had the best gigs on earth working the World Famous KROQ with this free-wheeling morning show. For those not in radio, the freedom they had was unique. Just about anything went on the air, and they were so honest. The show will go on with Kevin, but it won't be the same. Bon voyage! #kroq #ripbean #kevinandbean."
Comedian Brad Williams acknowledged the end of an era. “Thank you for your kindness, humor, and remarkable ability to be rich but still eat like crap.”
KROQ afternooner Ted Stryker wrote: “Damn, really feeling the sadness that @clydetombaugh is about to sign off. What a run! That being said, @thekevinryder, @alliemackay, and @JensenKarp, so excited to hear you guys build this thing!”
Long-time KROQ middayer Tami Heide: “Wishing Gene ‘Bean’ Baxter the best in his new adventures in England! Bean, you have always been an outstanding, funny, intelligent radio host. And the fact that you could be used for parts and donated a kidney to dear departed Scott Mason just puts you in the stratosphere of amazing humans! Thank you for your kindness over the years. Bean, thank you for your service to KROQ and Los Angeles and listeners everywhere. You are truly remarkable. Thank you, and carry on!”
Todd Wilson (former iHeart technical director): “A lot of words have come into my head and my heart thinking about this day, but none really capture what the last day of The Kevin and Bean Show means to me. Literally, they are the reason my life is where it is today. They inspired me to pursue broadcasting, which sent me to ASU, which is where I met Stacy, the love of my life, who gave me my two amazing children.”
KROQer Kat Corbett: “When I joined the on-air staff @kroq it was intimidating as fuck and I was overwhelmed with insecurities. I didn’t know Bean. Had never met him. One weekend, he came into the studio and told me he was so happy I was there. It changed everything. Generous both on and off the mic, there’s a long list I could write about his contributions and support of others – he donated a kidney. He’s an incredible interviewer, makes me laugh like hell and a good sport. A sweet husband and friend to animals. When he signs off at KROQ, I’ll just tell myself he’s on another one of his wacky vacations, visiting post offices or weird museums until he resurfaces somewhere in the UK. Any show would be lucky to have him. After years of waking up at an ungodly hour, sleep Bean, sleep. Relax. Recharge. And tackle your next challenge with all the wit and weird skills you possess. I love you. I’m wishing you and Donna Mendivil Baxter all the best on your new adventure.”
The on-air guests started with long-time newsman, Doc on the ROQ (Boyd R. Britton). All the guests were perfect. Even Jim “Poorman” Trenton, who had been fired 26 years ago over an incident involving Bean called in. In his introduction of Poorman, Bean referred to him as being “on the Mount Rushmore of KROQ personalities” and “one of the greats who helped build this radio station into the icon it is today. He did not leave under great circumstances, though.”
There were tense moments during Poorman’s phone call, as Bean rehashed the reasons for the friction. Said Poorman: “You should have enjoyed the birthday party. I had my birthday party on your front lawn. That’s how I got fired. I brought 500 KROQ listeners, a couple of birthday cakes, Rodney on the ROQ. We just wanted to have a party with you, and you should have enjoyed the birthday party in the middle of the night in Hancock Park. I just wondered why you didn’t have fun?”
Bean responded: “There were fires. People set fire to the front lawn. Somebody drove by the next day and threw a brick through the front window of my house. These were your people. I’m not saying that that was your intention. They kind of looked at you being mad at me and thought they were going to get even with me. And I mean, I literally had to move. We had to pack up and move out of that house as a result of what you did on the radio that night. It still ended up with 500 listeners on my lawn. Oh, by the way, they also got into the fuse box and turned off the power to my house while you guys were out there as well. So, we’re inside, and people are banging on the doors and banging on the windows trying to get me to come out. We’re sitting there in pitch-black darkness having no idea what was going to happen. It was honestly one of the most terrifying things that we’ve ever lived through.”
“But here’s the thing, okay — and I agree, I should have not taken 500 listeners there," Poorman responded. "And I lost 180 grand a year in salary and my gig at KROQ, which in the end, you’ve gotta think that was pretty stupid of me, right?”
“But Poorman, just for context here, weren’t you fired at KIIS/fm, weren’t you fired at Star 98.7, weren’t you fired at Power 106?” Kevin added rhetorically. “You’ve been fired at almost every radio station you’ve ever worked at, you’ve been fired for doing something dumb. I mean, you kind of have a history of making poor choices.”
Yet at the end, “I thought that it was nice that Poorman made the effort,” Bean being very gracious.
Stacie Seifrit Griffin was part of the KROQ marketing team for the morning show: “Bean and I have been friends since the mid-80s when we both worked in DC radio. I was lucky to work with Kevin & Bean at KROQ for about 10 years. It was a very special place to be. Much love and best of luck to everyone.”
Listener Dr. Washington was expecting some Foo Fighters song or Good Riddance by Green Day as the final song. “I lost it when they played Goodbye Goodbye by Oingo Boingo.”
This was last song the duo played on New Years Eve 1989, leading up to the new year and the new decade. They thought it would be appropriate on the farewell show yesterday.
At the end of the show, Carolla and Kimmel joined the duo. “There is no Kevin & Bean without the supporting cast. “You guys were a major, major part. This show doesn’t fly without great people working with us. It was never just about us,” Bean said.
Originally, Bean wanted to do a last show without telling anyone it was his last show. “Can I just say that I was wrong — this is really fun? Having everybody calling in and the boys in the studio, I’m having a good time today.”
Bean was so inspirational at the end of the broadcast. If there were issues between his partner of three decades and him, you would never have known it. “Kevin and I love and respect each other. We always have and we both know how lucky we are to have hooked up.”
(November 7, 2019) Dr.
Drew Pinsky may be the most diversified and
eclectic LARP ever! E.V.E.R. From Lovelines in
1984, Dr. Drew has captured the spotlight leading to his own
tv shows, guest appearances on variety programs,
commercials, and being an expert on addiction medicine. His
proficiency has led to many high profile interviews. Just
Google his name and be amazed at his diversity. He hosts a
daily noon to 3 p.m. Talk show on KABC (790 AM).
But this is a story about a masked man, probably least expected by his many fans. When Dr. Drew took off his Eagle mask recently on the Fox tv show, The Masked Singer, my first reaction was. “You’re kidding me.” It was Dr. Drew!
How in the world did he get this gig? “I was giving my UTA agent some grief about something,” Dr. said by phone this week. “For instance, you should get me on a show like The Masked Singer. Next day I was on the show.”
Few people know that he once considered a career in opera. His mother was a professional singer. “When I was a kid, I used to have a very strong voice. I thought if I’m ever going to sing in public, as I’m losing my abilities slowly, I better get on it now,” he said.
Dr. Drew explained the complex and intricate behind the scenes to The Masked Singer. “Great production. It is one of the most complicated I’ve ever seen. They are so many different layers and so many different teams, so many different things, you can’t keep track of everything. Think of each performance with the lighting, the fireworks, the dancer, the choreography, the rehearsal, the costumes, music direction, the vocal coaching and everyone of those performers has a crazy amount of input.”
The component is secrecy of the celebrity performer. Great lengths are taken to keep everyone’s identity blinded from everyone. “You leave your house in the morning. Every piece of you is covered up. They don’t want anyone to see your skin tone, body type and your face is covered with a big shield. You are not allowed to speak until someone comes to your trailer and brings you to the stage and you sing.”
Dr. Drew knew judges Ken Jeong and Jenny
McCarthy, so he was concerned they would guess him right
away. “I knew Ken Jeong when he was still practicing
medicine. I used to have him sit in for me on the radio. He
filled in on Loveline. My engineer liked his
comedy, we reached out and had him as a guest. I could see
how talented he was so I had him fill-in for me on Loveline before Hangover and
before anyone knew who he was.”
During the show, there was a 10-minute segment that was distilled down to one-minute and was not part of the final show. “The judges were up there guessing and all of a sudden, Jeong suddenly says, ‘I know who you are. You have a Talk show and you used to ask me to fill in for the talk show.’ I literally froze and said to myself, ‘oh, my God, he’s gonna get this.’ Jeong blurts out ‘You’re (pause) Craig Ferguson.’”
Apparently, Jenny got really close. “She a radio person at heart,” Dr. Drew said, “guessing Adam Carolla.” Dr. Drew was a little exasperated when he took off his Eagle mask. “She came all the way to Adam Carolla. That’s why I look so frustrated when I take the head off. ‘Come on Jenny, you get to Adam and then can’t extrapolate to me?’”
The first collection of
short stories by KNX's
Robert G. Archer, including
The Heretic Dies,
Nothing Tells You the Truth
Like the Past, and
The deeply personal stories sometimes veer into science fiction, and concern memory, regret, life, and death.
Oh, and there are cute dogs, too.
"Yes, one of the stories is a radio tale. (Most of them feature a narrative thread running through that connects them.) If you don't have a Kindle, that's okay. You can read it online, or use the Kindle app on your PC or mobile device. It's a small collection. I'm just testing the waters. If there's a good response, I'll be making a paperback version available. And yes, there are more stories on the way," emailed Rob.
(November 6, 2019) Nearly
1,900 acres burned in Simi Valley because of last week’s
Easy Fire, almost fully contained. LARadio reader
Jared Charles Kliger commended the work of KNX
reporter Pete Demetriou. “On the one hand,
it was live radio at its best. On the other, I’m sure I’m
not the only one who was afraid for (Demetriou’s) life as he
spoke,” said Kliger.
Demetriou himself recalled details exclusively for LARadio.com while he was in Pittsburgh over the weekend. Simply put, “it was number 11 pucker factor.”
“I was on the leading edge of the fire, west-southwest of the 23 freeway – a concern the fire would cross the freeway and affect homes,” said Demetriou. The flames crested a hill within five minutes before covering the entire hill “within 30 to 40 seconds.” There were five or six engine companies on the site, prepared to battle the fire.
“No one could have guessed what was going to happen next. The flames hit some nearby pepper trees, leading to a wall of flames 90 to 100 feet high. That tends to elevate the temperature,” said Demetriou. “I was outside the truck, holding onto the roof rack through sustained winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour. When the firestorm came in, the winds increased to 40 to 50 miles per hour…the truck was rocking back-and-forth two or three inches.” He also noted how the fire created its own wind, intensifying the heat.
It became obvious Demetriou would need to get into his truck for safety. “And the (Fire Department) PIO jumped in 12 seconds after I did,” he said. Twelve thousand gallons of Foscheck (a fire retardant) was dumped off of DC10 aircraft, but Demetriou said he only met with a moderate amount.
“By comparison, all three CNN vehicles got
hit directly – the vans were covered about one-quarter inch
deep in (pink) Foscheck.” After that, the fire did jump the
road. The blaze was met with Ericsson Skycranes dumping
2,000 gallons of water, while the Blackhawks were dousing
the fire with 1,000 gallons of water.
“Aircraft was flying low, maybe as low as 150 feet. The blast from the helicopter blew away any smoke – that’s how low the aircraft were attacking the flames.”
“Even when you have experience, you think you have enough space or are in the protected zone, Mother Nature can throw you a curve ball.”
Demetriou commended the courageousness of the firefighters, “who are entering a battle” as first responders. “In the past couple of weeks, there have been seven fires breaking,” with firefighters offering complete and unrestrained effort at each incident “as if they were face to face with the Devil.”
Asked about whether he learned anything from a hazardous calamity, which could have potentially turned tragic, Demetriou said, “I follow the Joe Hyams rules for reporters. The first is if you can’t file your story with the media outlet you work for, you’re useless. Rule number two is if you’re dead, you’re perfectly useless. So do not get dead.”
You'll never guess
what Bob Eubanks is up to these days. Bob was a KRLA jock in
the Top 40 days,
he brought the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl, hosted The Newlywed Game and NOW ....
Radio Hall of Fame Set to Induct Seven Into the Class of 2019
(November 5, 2019) This
Friday, a number of LARP will be inducted into The Radio
Hall of Fame. The Class of 2019 includes
"Hollywood" Hamilton, Harry Harrison,
Gene "Bean" Baxter (Kevin
& Bean), Joe Madison,
and Dr. Ruth Westheimer …
Fast, formerly with KIIS/fm, exits Cumulus Country
KPLX (99.5 The Wolf) in Dallas … KFI’s
is heard on the Amazon show
Jack Ryan. “My voice
can be heard on episode one and episode 8 of the new
season,” enthused Debra. She also did a news report on
The Rookie …
Pat Duffy, former general
manager at KNX, had a quick response to the Sunday Nostalgia
story about the removal of
16 years ago.
“The reason we killed it was the audience was too old. The
most interesting comments I got about it were from Rest
Homes. A guy from Santa Barbara actually complained because
they put it on to put their residents to sleep. Besides the
we pulled off the racing calls, again
the audience was too old. And I agree with everyone that KNX
was and is running way too many spots. I said that many
times to all my bosses, the only way to cut the spot load
would be to get a younger audience and charge more for the
spots. Selling 65+ demos is not easy.” …
Hulett is celebrating 40 years with his
college sweetheart. Congratulations … Brazil is the #2
country for podcasting in the world, according to PodNews.
Spotify hosted a podcasters summit in São Paolo last
weekend, announcing that monthly podcast consumption in the
country, on Spotify, has been growing by 21% every month
since January last year ... Does anyone "roll tape" anymore
to record the beginning of a new show or to preserve the
last days or hours? In this case, it would be time to "roll
tape" over at KROQ this Thursday to get the final day of a
30-year run as Kevin & Bean come to an end.
Does anyone record these landmark shows?
Quite an AMAZING story
about Simon T, former general manager of KQLZ, Pirate Radio
(November 4, 2019) Jennifer Miller has
been appointed the new KUSC Morning Show Host starting
today. “If you’re up early, you’re already familiar with
Jennifer as host of California Classical All-Night,”
according to KUSC’s Senior Content Director, John
“Now she’s moving out of the darkness to join you in welcoming the sun. During the 7 a.m. hour she will host Off to School Request at 7:15 a.m. plus she’ll help perk up your brain with the Classical Commuter Quiz at 7:45.”
Jennifer is most proud of becoming part of the KUSC family. “I’ve been able to blend my love for music and radio. I consider it a huge honor to be part of this community. I still pinch myself every time I head into the studio,” said Miller in a prepared release. She calls Virginia Beach her home but her father was in the Navy and lived many places.
To get an idea of what she will bring to mornings, her favorite Classical piece is Tuba mirum from the Berlioz Requiem. “I sang this work my first year in graduate school at Westminster Choir College with the New York Philharmonic in Avery Fisher Hall, complete with double brass choir. The feeling in my chest when the brass kicks in for the first time is indescribable,” said Miller.
Oda's Surprise 60th Birthday Celebration Yesterday with 85
of Closest Friends and Family
(center photo with son Andrew)
Alan is a treasured senior LARadio correspondent and editor
** Fire Coverage
“Nice comments about Pete Demetriou. During my K-Earth days I’d run into Pete just about every morning in the Wilshire Blvd parking structure. He always had a story, whether it related to what he was covering or just a yarn that he had uncovered over the years. He didn’t know me from Adam, but after the first week I felt like we were old friends.
Still feel that way hearing his reports on the air. He’s one of the best story tellers the world has ever known.” – Dave Mason
** Pete the Best
“Pete Demetriou continues to be THE BEST radio news reporter in SOCAL, and one of the very best on air across the nation!” – Bob Sirkin
** Lucky to Have Demetriou
“Just want to say that Pete Demetriou is one of the best, most professional broadcast journalists I’ve ever met. I still remember, more than 25 years later, his field reporting during the Northridge earthquake. He made a big contribution to the public’s awareness of what had happened and the aftermath of same, and he did it without any hint of apprehension or fear in his voice.
We are incredibly lucky to have him here in L.A.” – K.M. Richards
“Are you getting residuals for these?” – Norm Garr
** Trip Down Radio Dial
“Someone really needs to get you an fm radio. Lol.” – Rob Frazier
** KRTH’s Success
“I think the greatest innovation Chris Ebbott has made was building on Jhani Kaye’s bringing the core music library into the 1980s. I did a quick check of their airplay and the most titles with plays of at least twice a day are from between 1982 and 1985 now.
Chris is also playing a lot of songs from the 1990s [mostly at night] but for the most part he only plays any given title once before resting it for several weeks. I think that’s smart of him because his audience is likely to be younger at night and he's giving those listeners the incentive with the newer songs but isn't overplaying any of them. Maybe ten years from now the core will be in the early 1990s and the nighttime accents will be from the early 2000s ... oh, wait, I heard No Doubt’s remake of Talk Talk'’s Just My Life recently. That one is from 2003, so I guess it won’t take ten years after all!” – K.M. Richards
“Just read today’s LARP post. In my opinion, the latest ratings reflect the sorry state of ‘music’ today. The number one station in town plays Oldies!” – Neil Ross
** Amazing Boss
“Thank you for the incredibly kind words about K-EARTH!!!! We have such an incredible team and an amazing boss in Chris Ebbott, and I’m so fortunate to be able to be a part of it. And our listeners rock, too! :)” – Lara Scott
** Turnage’s Turn
“I’ve been in Las Vegas this week for a long overdue vacation. This morning while at a restaurant eating breakfast l decided to get caught up on things by reading LARadio from my cell phone. What a pleasant surprise to see my name mentioned in your Monday column. My gosh, thank you so much for the kind words! I am, indeed, reporting on KABC in the evenings and very much enjoy being on with Peter Tilden. Again, many thanks.
And, as always, thanks for your continued great work on the LARadio website. Best to you and your family.” – Richard Turnage
** Turnage Fun
"I just wanted to add that Richard Turnage also did traffic for Robert W. Morgan on K-Earth. At 4:30 a.m. on January 17, 1994, Richard entered the KRTH studio just after the 6.7 Northridge Earthquake struck and when I asked him if he saw the collapsed Santa Monica Freeway just blocks away from the studio, Richard said, ‘Oh, I just drove under it and thought it was a little lower than usual.’" – Gary Marshall
** Fairly on 4
“I’m glad you got it right on Ron Fairly. Mike Di Giovanna at the Times didn’t mention Fairly being our weekend sports anchor at Ch 4 when he embarked on his broadcasting career. He was easy to work with and a very nice guy.” – Warren Cereghino
** Funny Halloween
"Bat Gogh was the best Halloween meme I saw this year. Thanks for making me laugh on the day after!” – Karen Lindell
** Equipment Question
“I’m still reading all of LARadio every chance I get, love it and sad to see many of the greats move on to higher plain. I wanted you to know that I never forgot your advice, which I should have taken it more seriously.
Here’s my question. During my days at KLSX, KRLA as the station was moving from Korea Town to Mid-City, they were disposing pretty much everything analog, equipment and cassette tapes, etc. I’ve been cleaning out my storage after 20 years and found 18 recordings of the 3rd hour of Michael Jackson on KRLA. It consisted of various topics of the day, especially one I came across a segment which he spoke about the Al Gore vs. George W. Bush race for the president.
Do you think the Museum of TV & Radio would be interested them?” – Nelson Salsa Fernandez, formerly with KRLX, KRLA, Director of Public Affairs, NFernandez@rrcc.lacounty.gov
** Signal Coverage
“It is impossible to receive many LA stations outside of their coverage areas. FM signals are only line-of-sight. If you were driving US 101 to go home, you would probably lose a lot of signals when you get through the Santa Monica Mountains and descend into Camarillo. From there, you will be hearing stations from Ventura and Santa Barbara.
The only two AM stations I can count on to be heard anywhere in Southern California are KFI and KNX. Too bad management at the LA stations are messing up with the excessive commercials. This will chase away a lot of listeners on-line.
Congratulations on becoming a grandfather very soon. I hope everything will go smoothly with your daughter’s pregnancy. Thanks again for a fine column today.” – Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree
(November 1, 2019) Ron
Fairly, the former Dodger and play-by-play
announcer for the California Angels, died October 30, of
esophageal cancer. Friends say Ron had beaten the cancer but
the radiation did him in. He was 81.
In addition to his broadcasting of the Angels games, Ron spent time at KNBC/Channel 4 as weekend sports anchor. Ron was partnered with Bob Starr in the California Angels / KMPC broadcast booth from 1982–86.
In 1987, he joined the San Francisco Giants announcing booth. The SF Chronicle harshly reported on his arrival, “Replacing Hank Greenwald with Ron Fairly is like replacing Pavarotti with Howdy Doody.”
In 1992, Ron started a 14-year run in the Seattle Mariners booth. Ron was a two-time All-Star. He played first base and in the outfield. He was the only MLB player to play for two Canadian franchises during their inaugural seasons, the Expos and Blue Jays, and the only player to make an All-Star team for both clubs.
Ron played baseball for 21 years starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 (he won three World Series) followed by Montreal, St. Louis, Oakland Toronto and California Angels. In 2,442 games, he compiled a life-time average of .266 with 215 homeruns and 1,044 RBI.
Former personality at KACE and KNAC,
Don Savage is
now based in Palm Desert. He will be starring in the Sun
City Shadow Hills Performing Arts Club’s production of Other
Desert Cities, which is being directed by Darryl
Jacobs, father of KFSH’s Josh Jacobs.
“Earlier this year, Don and Darryl appeared in the
Performing Arts Club’s production of the comedy Once
Upon A Mattress. The story of a family with differing
political views and a long-held family secret,” emailed
Josh. Performances in November. For more information, visit
Hear Ache. Carl Goldman said they experienced severe damage to his KHTS AM transmitter, “but we are still able to rebroadcast with a 250-watt non-directional signal via a computer pulling our studio signal via our internet streaming,” emailed Carl during the recent fire in Santa Clarita. “We’re scrambling to keep us operational as we further access the tower damage.... our FM Translator worked fine throughout the fires allowing us to do full emergency coverage over the airwaves and through our news team on the web. Here's a link to our story."
KRRL's (Real 92.3) Big Boy interviews Kanye West
(October 31, 2019) Another
legendary radio team prepares to hang up the headphones. As
of November 7, the Kevin & Bean show will
be no longer. Kevin Ryder will continue in
some form but no word on the name or who will be with him.
Leading up to Bean’s last day, the show has been on fire with stories, memories, and specials. For example, earlier this week the KROQ duo hosted a Breakfast with Green Day. Bean acknowledged their 30 years together, but noted Green Day has been together even longer.
When Kevin & Bean leave the air next Thursday, they fly to New York for their Radio Hall of Fame induction ceremony on the November 8. “Sunday the 10th I’ll fly to New Orleans to oversee the packing and moving of our things there,” Bean emailed.
“We did the same here in Seattle this week, where we are now sleeping on the floor, haha!”
Bean acknowledged the outpouring of great good wishes and is thrilled. “The emails, texts and tweets from friends, colleagues and listeners have been astonishingly lovely. It feels good to know our little show has made some folks happy over the years. I’m so grateful to have had the opportunity to serve KROQ but am really mostly looking forward to the next adventure.”
The native Yorkshire, England lad is anxious to return “home” to Britain. “We fly out of Dulles International with our dog, Linus, on December 15th!”
Cheerio, young man.
Former KBIG program director Dave Chachi Denes has
released his first set of podcasts “Chachi Loves Everybody!”
He begins his new venture with three superstars of Los
Angeles radio: Jhani Kaye,
Bob Moore talk about
their experiences from beginning to end. Here’s a
Hear Ache. Saul Levine, owner of KKGO and K-SURF woke to sound of helicopters overhead. “He went to his son Michael’s house,” emailed Mary Beth Garber. “No idea if that house is still standing (it is pretty close to the Getty). But he is alive and well.” … Steve Hoffman worked for five years at 100.3/The Sound. He has been named program director at HOT AC KVGS (Star 107.9) and apd of Urban AC KOAS (Jammin' 105.7), both in Las Vegas. He had been a consultant since The Sound folded … Sad to hear that San Diego radio executive Paul Palmer has died in an automobile accident. Enjoyed a trip to Switzerland with Paul in the early eighties .... KIIS’ Ryan Seacresst said that one of his favorite Halloween costumes as a kid was Spiden-Man. “Anything that had Underoos was a good character for me … Rich Brother Robbin will be playing scary music today at his tasty Oldies website radio, www.RichBroRadio.com. 14th year of such shenanigans. “Geesus, that’s more scary than Halloween itself,” said Rich.
The weather forecasts declared
“extreme red flag warning.” Fires are still burning
throughout Southern California, threatening homes and other
structures. Radio Ink
posted the headline “When
Fires Rage, Radio Rules,” providing details how the local
news / talk outlets cover the disasters.
Yesterday, KNX reporter Pete Demetriou was very up-close to the Easy Fire burning in Simi Valley – almost too close. Here’s a link to his report:
Jared Charles Kliger offers his praise of Demitriou’s work: "I just heard a captivating fire update from Pete Demetriou on KNX. On the one hand, it was live radio at its best. On the other, I’m sure I’m not the only one who was afraid for his life as he spoke. As he stood at the edge of the 23 Freeway, he said that the temperature had risen from about 70 to about 100 degrees 'in the last 30 seconds.'
Then a few seconds later, he said that the temperature had now risen to 'about 150.' Pete said he was being showered with ash and burning embers as he spoke. Seconds later, he described a helicopter flying overhead, and then said that he was covered in pink fire retardant. He said that the entire hill of trees that had been in front of him had just been destroyed in a matter of seconds by the raging fire."
We are correct in commending and empathizing with the firefighting teams who are risking their lives and living without real sleep through fire after fire. Still, we should also note our local reporters are also going above and beyond in their risk-taking during this crazy fire season.
Pete, you did yourself and your industry proud today.
(October 30, 2019)
Coinciding with being awarded the Marconi Legendary Station
of the Year, K-Earth is back to the top spot in October '19
survey PPM 6+ Mon-Sun 6a-12Mid.
1. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.6 - 5.9
2. KOST (AC) 5.9 - 5.2
3. KBIG (Hot AC) 5.3 - 4.9
4. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.2 - 4.5
5. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.5 - 4.0
6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.0 - 3.8
7. KIIS (Top 40/M) 3.8 - 3.6
8. KFI (Talk) 3.5 - 3.3
9. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.1 - 3.2
KLOS (Classic Rock) 3.3 - 3.2
KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.1 - 3.2
12. KKGO (Country) 2.7 - 2.6
KNX (News) 2.7 - 2.6
14. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.7 - 2.5
KRRL (Urban) 2.3 - 2.5
KYSR (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.5
17. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.3 - 2.4
KPCC (News/Talk) 2.0 - 2.4
19. KROQ (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.2
KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.2
KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.1 - 2.2
22. KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 1.8 - 2.1
KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.1 - 2.1
24. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 1.9
25. KLAC (Sports) 1.4 - 1.8
26. KUSC (Classical) 1.8 - 1.7
27. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.6 - 1.5
28. KLLI (Latin Urban) 1.8 - 1.4
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.3 - 1.3
KRLA (Talk) 1.1 - 1.3
31. KCRW (Variety) 1.1 - 1.2
32. KSPN (Sports) 0.8 - 1.1
33. KEIB (Talk) 0.7 - 0.8
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.9 - 0.8
35. KABC (Talk) 0.5 - 0.7
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.8 - 0.7
37. KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.6 - 0.6
38. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.5
39. KCSN (AAA) 0.4 - 0.4
KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.4
We spend a lot of time at LARadio
observing how stations continue to market themselves (or
don’t) and how the programming continues to adapt (or not).
Everyone, no matter what we are selling, needs a new coat of
paint from time to time. That’s what the winners do. Oprah
did it. Star Wars (and Trek) did it.
Of course, there are the classic marketing faux pas that are part of every marketing class. For example, Hershey’s stumbled when they owned the chocolate market and decided they didn’t have to advertise anymore. They went from 95% product domination to 25%. Quite a fall from grace from which they never regained their dominance.
I was watching one of the NFL games this weekend, sponsored by Pizza Hut. I got to thinking. Was Pizza Hut still in the game (they are)? Once the undisputed leader of pizza chains. When my kids were playing soccer or basketball in the 90s, we ALWAYS took the team to Pizza Hut to celebrate. But has the Hut stopped innovating its pizza?
They’ve fallen behind Domino’s and are now competing with Little Caesar’s and Papa John’s. Wonder what happened?
I came across a piece in The Hustle where Mark Dent makes the case that twenty years ago, Pizza Hut was an innovation powerhouse. Then they stopped innovating.
“It employed food scientists who patented crusts that didn’t break down when mixed with garlic and trotted out blockbuster products like BigFoot, the Edge, and the Triple Decker,” wrote Dent.
“When the chain launched Stuffed Crust in 1995, the stock for Pepsi, its then-parent, increased about 50% over the next year; the Big New Yorker, released 4 years later, led to a 9% rise in same-store sales. Wild, innovative pizzas made markets move.”
Dent claims that today,
Pizza Hut rarely offers new items. In recent years, the best
the company has managed to do is change the cheese in its
Stuffed Crust from mozzarella to cheddar, or trot out an
occasional, ill-fated appetizer like the Stuffed Cheez-It.
How does this relate to the just-released LA ratings? I maintain that K-EARTH keeps successfully reinventing itself. Once stuck with playing music from the 1950s and ’60 while the world moved forward, every time a P1 listener died there was no one to replace that listener. The station already had everyone who was interested in Chuck Berry and Fats Domino.
A few years ago, K-EARTH began to reinvent itself with a series of programmers who moved the needle into playing 70s music. And don’t be surprised today when you hear something from the eighties, nineties and early 2000s. When K-EARTH was awarded the Marconi Legendary Station of the Year, I couldn’t help but marvel how program director Chris Ebbott has put together a World Series team of personalities, eliminated the booga-da-booga, and presents a very young adult sounding radio station that deserves the #1 standing in October.
David Grudt's collection - ad from the Sunday Calendar
section of the LA Times 50 years ago, 10/26/69
(October 29, 2019) I
lived in Santa Clarita for 30 years and on two occasions,
found myself on the roof with a hose putting out flying
embers. I was lucky. Yesterday, KFI’s John Kobylt and his wife
Deborah woke up to the smell of smoke. They quickly learned
the Getty Fire was about two miles north of their home.
“Grabbed pets (dog, cat, three lizards, two birds), passports, photos, and waited to evacuate. We have friends’ homes directly in the path, still not sure about others. Thank you, #firstresponders. Wow, the work they do! And thanks to our friends and family who have checked on us. We’re okay, but it’s close,” Deborah wrote on Facebook.
KFI’s Mark Thompson was in San Francisco when the Getty fire broke out. He was informed that firefighters broke down his door but saved his home. Some of his neighbors weren’t so lucky.
Shelly Wagner evacuated with her pooch Ernie at 3 a.m. yesterday morning “I have been sitting vigil watching news coverage at mom’s condo in Pacific Palisades. I’m WiFi challenged at her home so running to Starbucks as much as possible to pick up messages. All is well and hoping I can return home soon,” Shelly posted on FB.
“The number one point, in capital letters, is stuff doesn’t matter. There was no tangible item that even occurred to me, that mattered,” said KTLA’s Sam Rubin who was also forced to evacuate. He did add he later thought about a bicycle he liked, “which was still in the garage – I wondered if I could go back later in the day and get it.”
AMP’s New Charge. AMP Radio
(97.1/fm) morning man Edgar “Shoboy” Sotelo runs out of
steam after just a year-and-a-half. Entercom put Edgar in
the wake-up slot following the departure of Carson Daly in
2018. Sotelo made his announcement on Instagram: "Yesterday was
my last day @971ampradio. Management decided to go a
different direction. I want to thank them for the time that
I was there. Most importantly, I’m BEYOND GRATEFUL for YOU
that listened every morning. I will always consider you my
familia. Please keep supporting my friends at Amp Radio. I
wish them the best."
Chris Booker, who has been with AMP since the launch in 2009, moves to morning drive from afternoons and joins co-hosts Chelsea Briggs and Krystal Bee. Yesi Ortiz moves to afternoon drive from her midday slot. McCabe will remain in evenings.
In 2007, KLSX was billing $31 million a year. They are billing faaaaarrrrr less today. AMP has seen better days. The launch in 2009 was exciting, vibrant and imaging was spot on. By September 2009, AMP Radio beat KIIS/fm in 18-34-year-olds. Program director Kevin Weatherly said at the time: "It was a great day at the Venice building. JACK/fm jumped to the top spot with 25-54 adults, Kevin & Bean are #1 25-54 adults in morning drive. Regarding AMP, we are thrilled that we have had such an immediate impact in a very short time. We know this is a marathon and not a sprint. With the monthly PPM ratings, we know this is a long-term battle.” Perhaps these changes will give new life to AMP Radio.
Hear Ache. Lisa Worden, pd of KYSR (ALT-98-7) will be awarded the "MUSEXPO International Music Person of The Year" award during a special event in March. She was apd/md at KROQ for 22 years before moving across town … Former KFWBer Bob Jimenez celebrates 39 years of marriage … San Diego’s Chris Carmichael had a total shoulder replacement last week. He’s doing good. He was up walking within 3 hours post-surgery.
(October 28, 2019) Despite the fact I’m
headed toward the 80s neighborhood, I’ve yet to experience
grandparenthood. That should all change on January 20, as my
daughter Alexandra just entered her third trimester. Whotta’
pleasure it was to visit with her last Thursday!
I visited Alexandra while I was in the L.A. area to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the release of Swan Princess. It was the last movie I was involved with before I left the industry to concentrate on my Los Angeles Radio People books, and eventually this website.
As for the movie, the animated film has produced ten direct-to-videos, more sequels than any other film – ever! Quite an accomplishment.
There were dozens of Princess Odettes, strolling through a faux forest and castle grounds recreated at the W Hotel in Hollywood. Guests arrived on a pink carpet. Many of the animators hadn’t seen each other since the original movie production.
We then walked to the Arclight to view a restored version of the original movie, accompanied by a stage show. Fans of the Swan Princess series mingled with the filmmakers. One couple – obviously huge fans – traveled from Russia to be part of the festivities.
Being in Southern California gave me the opportunity to scan the radio dial, something I rarely get to do since I moved to Avila Beach. I do listen to LARadio on the Internet, but it’s not the same. It’s actually very difficult to sit through massive commercial loads, especially the spots that are replaced by repetitive, silly industry inserts because of royalty and union conflicts. I’ve always believed if our industry leaders listened to their stations via the Internet instead of over the airwaves, they would solve this. Currently, radio streaming is almost unlistenable.
Back to my L.A. journey. Somewhere on the 101 as I past Ventura, stations do their best to become a commuter’s companion, despite static and roaming signals. KABC’s Peter Tilden offered political discussion. LARadio is a no-political zone, even though political talk dominates most of the Talk fare, especially the syndicated programs). It was great fun to also hear on 790 AM traffic reporter Richard Turnage. There was a time Richard was an integral part of the Robert W. Morgan morning show on 710 / KMPC. Richard played the perfect foil for Morgan with his very infectious laugh.
Over at iHeart talker KFI,
Conway, Jr. chatted with KNBC / 4’s
Coleman to get a bead on the winds causing havoc
with fires all over the state. After Fritz’s detailed
explanation about the windy patterns, Conway quipped, “I
don’t want to get into politics but you’ve always blamed the
weather on Joe Biden and his son and I don’t think they have
much to do with it.” All Fritz could do was chuckle. One
note: Aron Bender
has been a big part of
the nightly Conway show. He was notably absent. According to
his boss Chris
news director, Bender is gone “TFN.” No other explanation. I
wonder if Bender’s other endeavors, including his aggressive
podcast activities, became a distraction to his on-air
duties. I have no idea, but just a guess. Bender has many
While listening to all-news KNX, I recalled forty-year newswriting vet Kathy Kiernan retiring last month. A more recent exit is reporter / anchor Cooper Rummell. He joined KNX in the spring of 2016, after three years at KTAR-Phoenix. Cooper graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. We have no idea what prompted his leaving.
Then there was Fred Missman on “L.A. Oldies” K-SURF, playing Everlasting Love. Wonder what happened to Carl Carlton, who sang the 1974 hit? It turns out Carlton is still living in Detroit, but suffered a stroke last summer. As for Fred, he was promoting an all-70s show on Sunday nights amidst the daily fare of 50s and 60s Oldies. And then I wondered about station owner Saul Levine. Haven’t heard from him for awhile.
Over at all-Sports KLAC, Ben Maller reported on a New England Patriots fan going into the Patriots Hall of Fame and stealing the jersey Tom Brady wore. The guy decides to put on the jersey and paraded around in the parking lot. “I stole it, I might as well wear it,” said the bad guy while being apprehended. Maller made it a great story.
It was time to head home. Back on the 101 headed north, my reception was lost fairly quickly. Wish I could have listened to more LARP. But while I was in town, as brief as it was, I got to renew my love affair with LARadio.
** Into the Trout Bowl
“Earl Trout – I’d only heard the name in two contexts. With Jimi Fox, I believe Earl was a founding father of the KIIS Workshop, which became Los Angeles Broadcasters’ LAB. Some of the big boss basin’s best jocks taught there, and a number of graduates built some successful careers.
In addition, there was some radio-connected guy named Trout, I believe it was Earl. whose name need merely be mentioned to walk into the Hollywood Bowl and grab any unsold vacant seat. It was a secret handed down among instructors at the LAB. As much as I doubted it, it worked when I walked up the hill to the backstage area. I dropped the name with a random tech and was walked into the audience section at a Moody Blues concert, among others.
Then, one day, the jig was up. The last time I tried it was around 1985, and somebody new at the Bowl said angrily, ‘that gravy train is over!’” – Randy West
** Real News from the News Bender
“Do you have any idea what has happened to, or with KFI newsman Aron Bender? He hasn’t been on the Tim Conway, Jr. show for several nights, and I see that his accounts on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram have all been deleted. That doesn’t sound good. I hope he’s all right. I miss hearing him, as he’s an integral part of Tim’s show. I hope there will be some news about this soon. In any event, he is a talented newsman and personality [and evidently a very good and popular teacher at CSUN]. I greatly miss his nightly contributions to the Tim Conway, Jr. show and I wish him the best.
Also, thank you for the Ted Baxter / Ted Knight story, Don. The late George Putnam was a devoted listener to my program of 1920s-40s music on KSPC-88.7FM, ‘Forward into the Past.’ He would call me every Sunday afternoon at the station just after the show had finished, usually to regale me with stories about personalities whose records I’d played that day. Once he mentioned being at a function with Ted Knight, very possibly the one mentioned in your story. He said that as Ted Knight passed his table, he yelled out, ‘Hey, Ted! Get your own act!’
While George on the air could be a little bombastic, privately he was unpretentious, down-to-earth and very funny. Being a political middle of the roader, I didn’t always agree with his viewpoints, but I treasured his friendship.
Thank you so much for your continued splendid work chronicling our embattled medium.” – Randy Skretvedt
** LARP Sandwiches
“Thanks for the mention for Wax Paper sandwiches. The two locations are owned by my nephew and his wife, Peter and Lauren Lemos. Maybe one day they’ll name a sandwich after their uncle, who’s been on public radio since 2007!” – Danny Lemos, a.k.a. “Chuy From La Puente,” KKJZ-FM HD 3 – 22 West Radio!
** Motor Man
“Even though I never was an LA Radio person [my exploits were further east], I enjoy the daily updates on people, some of whom I had worked with over 50 years in the business, mostly behind the scenes. So when I read your words about Leon Kaplan, I wanted to add my two cents. Twenty years ago [maybe a few more than that], I wrote, produced and directed a two-year series of one-minute television car care segments. Leon was the talent for the 50+ segments. He was great. He would review my scripts for accuracy, offer some tips, and the results were a great 1:30 of television. We shot these segments all over the country, seven at a time.
Everywhere we went Leon was a celebrity, with dealers, mechanics and drivers who all had heard of him, heard about him, or just wanted to see a tv star. Leon was open, friendly, never a cross word and never any attitude. I loved working with him because he was a good person and made my work better.” – David Cohen
** Who is Leaving LARadio?
“Hello my friend. Thank you for your website. It’s always part of my daily routine to read your site.
I have a question for you. Bryan Suits, who was filling in for John & Ken on KFI, mentioned that a well-known long-time radio personality would be leaving this week. He teased us, but never revealed who this personality was. Do you happen to know?” – Harrison McKenna
** More Memories of Bob Kingsley
“Bob Kingsley was a true gentleman and a pro. I was fresh out of college at KBBQ in Burbank when Bill Ward left for KLAC and Bob Kingsley left KLAC for KBBQ. Billboard DJ of the Year Corky Mayberry had given me my first job in LA at KBBQ. Cowboy Cork was the best and we all became better with Bob Kingsley.
Later KBBQ 1500AM switched to KROQ. I worked with the original staff at KROQ until Kingsley called me to work at KFI. It seems Bob had convinced 50,000-watt KFI to do an all-night Country show. What a ride. Bob and Mac Curtis [he did weekends] worked the air shift and I became the KFI Country music director. We were at the 141 North Vermont location at the old RKO annex building next door. In our annex Bob, Mac and I with our music library, and an elderly couple from RKO, guarding every classic film in the RKO archives.
The ratings went up at night [Dodger Baseball was still on KFI] on the overnight Country show and Bob Kingsley was responsible for flooding 11 western states with KFI Country music. Bob was always on top of the game. A true legend. He will be missed.” – Michael J. Horn, President\CEO, CRN Digital Talk Radio
** Kingsley Worked at Record Store
“I was so sorry to hear the news about Bob Kingsley, and will think only the best thoughts for him.
You asked for stories, and I have a great one about Bob. My senior year at Palo Alto High School, we always used to go across the street at lunch, and listen to records at the record store, Town and Country Music. It also didn't hurt that there was a cute ‘college guy’ working in the store.
Maybe 10 years later, at a Xmas party at Watermark [home of American Top 40 and American Country Countdown] the drinks were flowing, and I was speaking with Bob, and it somehow ~ clicked/came out~, that Bob WAS that record store employee. Wow! I'd been working with him for a few years, and we just did double takes at each other. It was quite an event, and I remember that party to this day.”- Ann Beebe
** Dr. Klapper Return
“Excited to catch the reprise of the ESPN Weekend Warrior Show staring Dr. Robert Klapper. Guests included music author Harvey Kupernik on the best guitarists in Rock and Jazz and Jeff Garland on comedy.
Dr Klapper makes sure patients have a laugh before their hip replacement at Cedars-Sinai to over fifteen thousand patients and athletes in thirty years. His show is packed with humor, insight education and music and musical, art references that all are interrelated to heal and maintain good health reminding weekend warriors were not twenty-nine anymore. He is the son of a carpenter who taught him to measure twice cut once. He answers call in questions with Klapper Vision. He sculpts marble statues, and finds time to surf up and down California and around the world. He also finds the best food places in So Cal. hopefully the show will return again on a permanent basis.” – Mike Seeman
** Landry Memories
“That picture of the late, great Ron Landry is special to me. I grew up in central Connecticut, listening to Ron every morning on WDRC-Hartford.
Landry was a master of character voices, many of which he recorded while the record played!
He was, at the time, the most innovative gifted broadcaster on Connecticut radio.” – Bob Sirkin
** Ziel Search
“On Friday night 10/18 I was searching the ether for information as to Ed Ziel’s current doings. I well remember him as Mr. Sports on John Swaney’s KGIL morning show. I even wrote an intro song for his sports segment to the tune of Mr. Touchdown USA. I don't think they ever used it, but I did get a prize for the effort. One day later, a letter from Mr. Sports appears on these pages.
Thank you for the serendipity. As I recall, concurrent with the radio gig, Mr. Ziel was the golf coach at CSUN.” – John Hindsill
(October 25, 2019)
This morning a delightful story from
“The recent call for historic photos from past Golden Mikes ceremonies made me think, again, about a moment that's not preserved in any photos that I have, but which is preserved in my brain forever.
In the early 1970s I was with KNBC/4 and the company invited me to join my colleagues at a Golden Mikes company table that year. The guest speaker was actor Ted Knight who was a riot.
My guess is that the writers of ‘The Mary Tyler Moore show wrote the script for him which was to me ‘Twenty minutes of pure Golden Bullshit Ted Baxterisms’ in which the actor lampooned his newscaster character six ways from Sunday. He started out by saying, ‘on the way in here tonight, I saw Jerry Dunphy and George Putnam in the lobby, arguing over which one was NOT the model for Ted Baxter.’ That set the stage for a takedown of the buffoonery and pomposity that has infected a lot of local tv news anchors.
The radio and tv news professionals in the audience just loved him. It was Knight's night, as it were.”
KLOS Farewell to Lisa May
Ryan Seacrest in US Magazine
Fly Jock Grounds His Career
KFI Once Again Feeds Underprivileged Children
Roger Nadel Joins Mr. Master
Another Newspaper Bites the Dust
Holiday Prank Pulled on Kevin & Bean
Email Saturday, 12.7.2019
Joe Smith, Man of Many Seasons, Dies
On Sundays, Andrew Siciliano Turns Red
Bomp creation by Norm Epstein ... thanks to Kevin Gershan for artwork
After Four + Decades, Bill Wright Hangs Up His Headphones
Steve Harvey Almost Didn't Make Radio Part of His Legacy
Email Saturday, 11.30.2019
On Kindness on Thanksgiving
K-EARTH on Top of the LARadio World
John Tesh Returns Radio Hall of Fame Award
Journalism and Mental Health: Cooper Rummell Reports
Email Saturday - 11.23.2019
Federman Appointed President
Host of Car Show Dies
Terry Grieger, Engineer to Much of LARadio, Dies
Lisa May Ends 30-Year Radio Career
Challenges at 88.5/fm
Email Saturday, 11.16.2019
Rita Wilde and CW West Get Downes for First Podcast Confessional
Tommy Edwards set to retire
Another Pivot for KTWV's Bill Dudley
Radio Hall of Fame - Class of 2019
Email Saturday, 11.9.2019
Who Was That Masked Man?
All-Nights Turn Into Morning Drive at KUSC
Email Saturday, 11.2.2019
Angels Broadcaster Ron Fairly Dies
Bean Town Will Miss Gene Baxter
K-EARTH #1 and Maybe a Reason Why
A Trip Down the Dial
Email Saturday, 10.25.2019
A Delightful Ted Baxter Story
Meet KLOS' Newest Personality ... Greg Beharrell
|(October 24, 2019) Greg
Beharrell was hired as a weekender at KLOS, the
Classic Rock station. His success has taken him to the
In a very strange press release announcing the move, KLOS pd Keith Cunningham said: "What do you want me to say? Even great teams fumble sometimes. Apology cards will be mailed to listeners within the next two to four weeks.”
Greg’s nightly show is from 7 p.m. to midnight. He has a quirky personality and Greg just makes the evenings fun.
When AllAccess asked Greg to describe the type of show he does, he responded, “Fun butt flirty (not a typo).”
Here are some creative promos from the KLOS website: https://www.955klos.com/greg-beharrell/
Greg was born in Canada. He worked afternoons at CFOX in Vancouver, mornings at 102.1 The Edge in Toronto, and evenings at X92.9 in Calgary.
“Never went to radio school,” Greg proclaimed. “I did afternoons at Live 105 in San Francisco, and my show has been syndicated to 101 WKQX in Chicago.”
Taste of Soul - 300,000 Fans of KTWV (the WAVE)
Greg Mack, Ralph Stewart, Jennifer York, Frankie Ross; Pat Prescott, York; York, Stewart, LA Mayor Eric Garcetti)
Earl Trout's Radio Story
|(October 23, 2019) We
love radio stories. Earl Trout was program
director at KDAY in the late 60s and early 70s. He was also
a jock on the station, as well as KWIZ, KBRT, KIEV, and
KRLA. “My job included not just playing records on the air,
but also attempting to amuse listeners.
For those of you too young to know what a ‘record’ is, allow me to clarify. First of all, I’m not referring to my juvenile record, which is expunged. The records I played on the radio were plastic disks with grooves cut in them. You spun them around and put a needle into the grooves and that made music. OMG. That seems prehistoric. I’m sounding like a caveman. Never mind.”
Trout continued: “So, back to the story. At that time, The Southern California Toyota Dealers had a huge multi-media advertising campaign using the slogan ‘Get your hands on a Toyota. You’ll never let go.’ That phrase appeared twenty-four hours a day in newspapers, magazines, billboards, radio, and television.” “One afternoon I played Mel Carter’s million-selling oldie, Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me and back-announced with, ‘That’s Mel Carter singing hold me, thrill me, kiss me, get your hands on my Toyota.’
Almost got fired.”
|Hear Ache. After reading the LARP-inspired sandwich stories, Don Elliot referred to one sandwich, as “The Hettie Lynn ‘It Couldn’t Hurties.’” … ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith just signed a contract extension that eliminates his radio duties. A NY Post report cites that Stephen may get between $40 million and $50 million for the five years … Ken Leighton writes in the San Diego Reader that KFMB 760 AM and 100.7 KFMB-fm may be sold by November 15. “Virginia-based Tegna moved into San Diego in late 2017 when it purchased the four-station KFMB group (two TV, two radio) for $325-million from local, independent operator Midwest TV,” writes Leighton. “While no changes are afoot at tv stations Channel 8 or "CW San Diego" (Channel 8.2), local Tegna radio employees discovered last week that Tegna is in the process of spinning off its two radio stations. “KFMB has been known over its 78-year history for such popular fare as Padres baseball, ribald night-time talker Bill Ballance, and corny-but-popular morning team Hudson & Bauer. Tegna did not set minimum bidding guidelines, but insiders say the value of the two KFMB radio stations may be in the $8-to-$10-million range.” You can read Ken’s story here.|
Hungry? Have a LARP for Lunch!
(October 22, 2019) During my motion picture and movie careers, I lived by the mantra, never promote a promotion, always promote your film or in our case, radio station.
Good promotions rarely cost much money, sometimes nothing. The key is to get the other guy to pay for it.
The Wax Paper restaurant in downtown Chinatown, has teamed with News/Talk KPCC and other stations in creating sandwiches with the name of their personalities. KPCC gets free promotion while the restaurant is associated with a popular radio station and free mentions.
Win-win for everyone.
Lynne Hurtes: Served on a baguette.
Mantle: Sesame roll.
American pole caught tuna, celery, green onion vinaigrette,
lettuce, and kalamata olive aioli.
Served with house pickle veggie.
|Ira Glass: Seeded
Avocado, cheddar, sprouts, pickled and
raw red onions, cucumber, and garlic aioli.
Served with house pickle veggie.
Trinidad: Served on a focaccia.
Roasted turkey, cabbage-citrus-serrano-chili-slaw
(all one thing), pickled carrots, miso and
sesame aioli, cilantro, furikake, and sliced almonds.
Story Time. Reader Jeff Maxwell shares a story about our storied morning man:
"A million years ago, I was a performer on 26 weekend cruises to Mexico on the Princess Cruise line. I performed as the Maxwell half of a comedy team, Garrett and Maxwell, in the big review Sunday night marking the end of the cruise.
A number of celebrities showed up on various weekends. As a local L.A. radio listener, I was an avid fan of Dick Whittinghill. Part of the the cast’s job was to mingle with the audience after the show. Opting out of that responsibility would have resulted in a walk down the plank by Princess Cruise security.
My partner and I were people people and enjoyed the energy of meeting our audience one to one. Among many folks, a young lady came over and told us how much she enjoyed our humor, and that she thought we were the best part of the show. We were very humbled and appreciated of her comments. We visited with her for a few minutes and moved on to other guests.
Lo and behold, Mr. Dick Whittinghill made his way through the group to speak to us. I immediately recognized him and blubbered my way through telling him how much I enjoyed his work. He stared at me through squinted eyes and said, 'I know what you’re doing; you’re after my daughter. Be very careful, I’ve got my eyes on you guys and will report you to Princess Cruises if I hear of any funny stuff.'
And he walked away. His daughter was young enough that any interest in her would have been a crime. What he said was insulting to us and to his daughter who couldn’t have been sweeter and more age appropriate. I don’t know what was going on with him, but it was hard to lose an idol."
Eric Weiss Remembers Bob Kingsley
| (October 21, 2019)
Eric Weiss (on the right) was
Kingsley's (on the left) manager and friend. He has
agreed to share his memories of the Country Radio Legend.
"I received a call early this morning from my dear friend and client Nan Kingsley that her husband, Bob Kingsley, passed away from his recently announced battle with bladder cancer.
Bob is the most awarded and iconic broadcaster in the history of country radio. And deservedly so. How many other broadcasters can claim they have produced and hosted a dominant national program for over forty years?
I began representing Bob and Nan in 2005. They were a dynamic duo and perfect complement to each other, both in business and in marriage. Bob left ABC as host of American Country Countdown to launch the Bob Kingsley Country Top 40. It was an immediate success as the stations and fans proved that it wasn’t the name of the show that mattered, or which company distributed it, but rather the talents and credibility of the producers and host.
They assembled the best team in the business at KCCS, and in an industry where cost cutting is the norm, spared neither expense, nor time, nor passion to produce best-in-class programming. A lesson for us all. Bob was tirelessly dedicated to the country music community, it’s artists, and its philanthropic efforts.
There will never be another Bob Kingsley. And in my heart, as well as so many others, he will always be #1.
is a writer at all-News KNX.
She wrote on Facebook: “I’m not usually all that pleased
with my writing at work. But I did have a good line
recently, if I do say so myself. The story was Lady GaGa
falling off the stage during a concert in Las Vegas last
night. The line was ‘A Star is Airborne.’”
Early KHJ. Banana Joe Montione was reminiscing on Facebook about his arrival in Los Angeles on March 25, 1979. “After hearing about the latest sale of KHJ, I thought about the night I arrived in Los Angeles after driving all day and all evening from my overnight stop in Albuquerque, on my journey from Orlando. I was so excited after seeing the lights of the L. A. basin in front of me, I drove straight through to KHJ at 5515 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, where I did a two-hour break-in show that night, right off the road! Passion and excitement brought me to radio, and kept me there my whole life! I'll never forget my special time at 93/KHJ or any of the incredibly talented people I had the privilege of working with at that ‘three-letter-legend’ such as Rick Dees, Bobby Ocean, Mucho Morales, Pat Garrett and the legendary program director who put our resurgent team together Chuck Martin!”
|"Can you use this B.
Mitchel Reed Halloween face mask? It might add a bit of "Color
Radio" for Halloween 2019!
Its circa 1966, or thereabouts! Its a classic!" - Alvin Zuckert, New Mexico
I just found out that our Talks with John (Lennon) podcast
has won a Platinum Marcom Award! It was for our episode with
Dave Hull, the Hullabalooer! Thanks to Dave for being part
of an award-winning episode. Want to hear it...it's Episode
You can find it wherever you get your podcasts including iHeart, Google Play, Radio.com and Stitcher.
Email Saturday, 10.19.2019
** Kingsley’s Drive
“Re Bob Kingsley – A thousand years ago I was the music director of WMTS-AM, the Nashville affiliate for American Country Countdown. Even though our studios were in Murfreesboro, about a 40-minute drive from Music City, Bob made the effort to drive down and meet with us, and graciously voiced several drops for us. A True Gentleman, and a consummate professional. Sending thoughts of swift and complete healing.” – Bill A. Jones
** Seratti a Hustler
“Bruce Seratti was one of those radio sales / marketing people you always remembered because he was a hustler without being a huckster. He was bright, engaging, always smiling and loved to leave you with a funny story or an outrageous joke. A gentle man.” – Ed Ziel
** Seratti Set Stand for Excellence
“Bruce Seratti worked with me for many years at KZLA / KLAC during the ’80s and early ’90s. He was an expert in his field of promotional marketing for the grocery and food industry. He wasn’t the first, but he set the standard of excellence in his field. He was well respected, ethical and a gentleman. His daughter, Jeri also worked at the stations as well and was very professional like her dad.” – Norm Epstein
** Stern Perspective
“My view of the contemporary Howard Stern is quite different than the fawning that the elite Hollywood glamour crowd showers upon him.
I used to listen to Howard back in the KLSX days and then followed him to Sirius when he promised a ‘revolution’ on the radio landscape. However, it wasn’t too long before we all realized we had been suckered. Once he received his $100 million paycheck, he seemed to stop relating to his audience. Frequently the conversations turned into stories about his endless luxury vacations. I could just hear Robin Leach featuring a segment on Howard Stern. How do you think a truck driver or a cop on the beat in NY could relate to this?
What made things worse is that his revolution quickly turned into a four day a week gig and now into a three day a week gig while Sirius continued to charge listeners seven days a week. I imagine it must be tough running a revolution from the beaches of a luxury resort. Then he started to create his new persona and bleach away any of his past and perhaps his funniest skits since they were no longer part of his born again, politically correct version. He even went to the extreme of renaming his whack packers to less offensive names.
He truly had transitioned into the elite snowflake that he had battled and despised for all his earlier years. I stopped listening and subscribing to him five years ago and frankly haven’t missed it at all. I don’t miss his tales of endless vacations with similar elites like woke millionaire Jimmy Kimmel or his daily disdain for being on the air. I look forward to him ending his show. It's better for him to vanish into irrelevance just like many of the hypocritical crowd have done once they’ve destroyed the legacy that made them the hit they were, then ignoring the crowd that put you them there.” - Steve Chang, Venice
** Evil Woman
“Getting in the car after my Monday morning physical therapy session [I’m on the tail end of a snapped Achilles tendon recovery], I fire up the 1958 Ford's AM radio and head off to work at the studio. After the usual 20-second wait for the vacuum tubes to warm up, out of the speaker comes ELO’s Evil Woman, courtesy of K-SURF. I always had a soft spot for Jeff Lynne and Co., but there’s also just something about hearing a 44-year-old favorite coming from a 61-year-old receiver. With a smile on my face, I turned up the radio and headed to The Shop.” – Bruce Barker
|.... thanks to Norm Garr|
When You Wish Upon a Star...
(October 18, 2019) Disney
is reinventing itself. You wouldn’t think it had to. The
brand is solid. I bought the stock at $20. It’s now $131.
Public loves the theme parks. Public loves the animated
movies. But chairman Bob Iger sees the future.
Through the complexities of streaming, cable cutting, and changing tastes, he’s betting the farm, well at least the newer version of Tomorrowland, on streaming. Iger’s launching Disney+, an attempt to break free from the cable TV shackles that have kept his business earthbound. Disney has suffered from the loss of 7 million subscribers in two years with ESPN defections.
Iger is after streaming leader Netflix and its 152 million global subscribers. Disney has divorced itself from being a content provider to Netflix. Only time will tell if his crystal ball is crystal clear. Wouldn’t it be nice, as the Beach Boys once sang, if radio had such leaders, willing to take a chance with new programming and new technology? Entercom just announced that Radio.com will now have the ability to pause live programing. Hasn’t this technology been available for decades with tv hard drives going back to TiVo in the nineties? Wonder what’s next as our local clusters are in budget hell preparing for 2020?
| She Said. Gloria
Allred makes headlines again with the lead story in
the Calendar section of the
LA Times. She has
represented dozens of women who have sued powerful men for
sexual harassment but the Times story contends that
her reputation as a feminist crusader has come under
scrutiny. In the just-released book from two New York
Times journalists, She Said, they raise
questions about whether the attorney truly had her clients’
best interests at heart. Fascinating read.
Hear Ache. One industry veteran observed there are lots of new podcasts every day. At this rate there will not be enough people to listen … John Bunnell died last week. He was the son of long-time KFXM general manager Bob Bunnell. John was around KFXM all of his life, working in sales and other needed positions. The elder Bunnell passed away back earlier this year, on August 12 … Al Anthony checked in from Knoxville. “We moved here when my wife diagnosed with a terminal condition, Scleroderma,” emailed Al. “She wanted to be here for the birth of her first grandchild. Now there are five. Back in 1998, she was expected to live between two and seven years. She is now doing OK and still kicking. Thanks to a wonderful study I got her into at UCLA at that time, she started to plateau some and a little better as time went on. There is no cure or treatment, just a lot of pain, no remission.” Al concluded: “So sad what has happened to our radio industry. I attribute much of it to deregulation which allowed the proliferation of that monster, Clear Channel.” … Wendy Williams received a Star on Hollywood Boulevard. You can hear her speech by clicking on her photo up top … Howard Stern continued to cherry pick outlets to promote his book. On his visit to Ellen DeGeneres he proposed to kiss Ellen so everyone would forget the photo of her with George W. Bush at a baseball playoff game. Headlines screamed that Ellen liked Bush. Howard snuck a kiss … Speaking of Howard, Michael O’Shea, a station owner who formerly was with 710/KMPC, has answered the question of whether Howard can retire next year or will he keep on working. Click the photo of Howard and Ellen to read O’Shea’s assessment.
Tomorrow, Email Saturday is filled with tributes to Bruce Seratti and Bob Kingsley. In Nostalgia Sunday from 7 years ago, the importance of mentoring. On Monday Bob Kingsley's dear friend and agent provides some insight on the Country Radio King.
Full page ad for KLAC
promoting the failed MOR format, LA Times, Wednesday,
October 15th, 1969
From David Grudt's personal collection
Radio HOF Member Bob Kingsley Dies
(October 17, 2019)
world of Country Music Radio is mourning this morning.
Bob Kingsley, a national Radio Hall of Fame
Member whose voice was synonymous with Country music, died
at his home in Weatherford, Texas while receiving treatment
for cancer. He was 80.
One of broadcasting’s most beloved and iconic figures, Kingsley was a mainstay on radio for 60 years. His dominance in the Country format began in 1978 when he took over as host of American Country Countdown after four years as the show’s producer for one of radio’s founding syndication companies Watermark, founded by Tom Rounds.
In 2006, he and his wife and business partner Nan Kingsley established Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, produced by their own KCCS Productions, still running on more than 320 stations.
Kingsley received many of broadcasting’s top honors and was named to the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. He is the namesake and was the first recipient of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, presented each year since 2014 at the Grand Ole Opry House and benefitting the Opry Trust Fund. They were among the many fruits of a career built on a simple premise. "I love the music and the people who make it," he once said, "and I want our listeners to have as much insight into both as I can give them, and to make the experience as enjoyable as possible."
Bob's love for radio and music dated to his childhood, when polio kept him in bed and in near isolation for a year. “I would listen to the radio,” he said, “and certain shows became really important to me. It was complete escapism and entertainment. I didn't realize the imprint it was making, but it obviously stayed with me."
At 18, Kingsley joined the Air Force and served in Keflavik, Iceland, where he jumped at a chance to become an announcer on Armed Forces Radio. That experience and his love of Country music would carry him to legendary stations like KFOX, KGBS, KFI, and KLAC in Los Angeles, and to his role as the voice of Drake-Chenault’s Great American Country format, used by hundreds of Country radio stations. His role as host of American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley made him a household name. He supplemented the weekly countdown with Christmas specials.
A celebration of life will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1pm at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kingsley’s name to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s All For The Hall campaign or the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.
"LARRY MCKAY: Me in
1979 (and 1982) I was Dr. Buss’ 1st (SHOWTIME) p.a. man at
the Forum in Inglewood.
Lakers won two NBA Titles In 3 years." - Larry McKay
Molly Turns a Paige in Her Broadcasting Career
(October 16, 2019) Molly
Paige has made one of the critical pivots in her
News/Talk career. She worked at KABC, KIBB, KRLA, KCBS/fm
(Arrow 93), and KPFK. Molly was part of NBC News Radio,
based in Washington, DC. Molly has joined
as the West Coast Net News editor.
She's taking over the daily duties of Jeff Silberman, who passed away last week. “I am really pleased that Molly has joined us for this important role at AllAccess,” said Joel Denver, president/publisher at AllAccess. Joel cited her resume, which included Classic Rocker KTYD-Santa Barbara, Country KHAY-Ventura and America in the Morning. She was part of the on-air staff at Classic Rocker KGON-Portland and part of the News team at WOAI-San Antonio.
And while in Jakarta, Indonesia, she helped start the first local American Jazz station, Radio Trijaya.
Hear Ache. KFI’s Chris Little was feeling grateful the other day tweeting a greeting to David G. Hall who originally hired Little. Chris has gone on to hire many LARP who have landed on national news platforms … How do you get fired when working in radio? Here are some recent stories: ...KYSR’s Woody will host the third annual iHeartRadio ALTer EGO in January at the Forum. Performances include Billie Eilish, The Black Keys, blink-182, The Lumineers, Rex Orange County and SHAED … Congratulations to Kevin Carter and Steve Resnick on their 10-year anniversary publishing the RAMP.
Bruce Seratti Dies
|(October 15, 2019) Bruce
Seratti, a marketing and promotions manager for a
number of stations – KDAY, KMPC, KPOL, KHJ, KRTH, KIQQ,
KZLA, KGBS, KMET, KLOS, KGIL and KMGG - died August 25,
2019, of congestive heart failure. He was 83.
Basil Russell Seratti was born on January 28, 1936 in Baraga, in the upper peninsula of Michigan. As Basil turned into a young man, he became known as Bruce, the name that stuck with him throughout his life.
In 1943, when Bruce was seven, the family moved to Chula Vista, where Bruce completed his schooling. After high school, Bruce enrolled at San Diego State.
One of his daughters, Jeri Seratti, is also involved in radio. She is married Carl Goldman of KHTS in Santa Clarita.
Bruce began his career in the produce business, but soon found his niche in radio sales. His first job was at KOGO Radio in San Diego, handling sales and marketing at the radio station and eventually their television station. In 1966 the family moved to Northridge, after Bruce landed a job at the iconic radio station KABC. He created radio promotions for many of the local grocery chains and other major brands.
As the grocery and radio business consolidated, Bruce shifted to Spanish radio and television, working for Lieberman Broadcasting, taking his same marketing expertise into Spanish broadcasting, creating promotions with the Spanish grocery chains and brands from Mexico and South America trying to break into the lucrative Southern California market.
|For fun, Bruce took his expert skiing
skills and became a passionate volunteer at Mountain High
with their ski patrol. His kids and grandkids became avid
skiers at a very young age, although most preferred to avoid
the tough instruction of their dad and granddad.
His passion for skiing continued through retirement, expertly skiing down the challenging “Cornice” at the very top (11,053 feet) of Mammoth Mountain on his 80th birthday.
Bruce remained active in his final years, jogging, daily workouts at the gym and continuing to volunteer at the Senior Center. He took many trips to Mammoth, Tahoe and the annual Monterrey Jazz Festival which he attended for 40+ years.
KCLU for a Quarter of a Century
|(October 14, 2019)
Non-com KCLU radio from the campus of Cal Lutheran
University, celebrates broadcasting for a quarter of a
century with events in Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks.
The celebration will kick off with a live edition of the NPR show Ask Me Another at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The show will feature host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of Jonathan Coulton and trivia and puzzle games played in front of an audience.
The five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald will be a special treat.
A live taping of the NPR
Politics Podcast will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
October 19 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Plaza. Four NPR political reporters will discuss the latest
on the 2020 presidential campaign. Audience members will get
a behind-the-scenes look at how the podcast is made and the
opportunity to ask questions.
The events commemorate KCLU’s debut October 20, 1994, when it began broadcasting from a tiny studio inside a residence hall on the Thousand Oaks campus of Cal Lutheran University. Mary Olson, who helped launch the station as its director of marketing and development, became general manager in 1996.
KCLU began as the only public radio station headquartered in Ventura County and now broadcasts additionally in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The station’s local news coverage has garnered more than 300 journalism awards through the years. News director Lance Orozco has received five national journalism awards and been named the Associated Press small-market reporter of the year in the western United States 11 times.
Along the Watchtower. “I am a researcher from The Netherlands, who writes books about Jimi Hendrix. I am writing you as a last attempt to solve a mystery. I have some photos of Jimi Hendrix at a radio station where he is being interviewed. Supposedly, these photos were taken in Los Angeles, possibly in the Wilshire Blvd area, in September 1968. Some sources say they were taken at the KPPC offices. Other sources have KMET, or KHJ. I hope you can help me, and tell me where they were taken, and if any of the other people in the photos can be recognized where I put the red arrows.” - Ben Valkhoff, The Netherlands, email@example.com
Email Saturday, 10.12.2019
|** Kingsley a Good Guy
“I’m so sorry to read about Bob Kingsley’s cancer diagnosis. He is one of the best guys in the industry. I first met him in 1972 when I was pd of the Armed Forces network in the Panama Canal Zone. We aired his daily AFRTS radio show and he accepted our invitation to come to Panama to do public appearances for our audiences [both on the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the Isthmus].
He was a gigantic hit with all the GIs and their families, and a delight to escort. We continued our relationship when I became the AFRTS Director of Programming in Hollywood. I wish him well and pray that he beats the bladder cancer, as other friends of mine have.” – Gerry Fry
** Country Music Legend
“Thank you for letting us know about Bob Kingsley. He is a true gentleman and Country music legend for all he has done. When [twenty some years ago] I dedicated 80s Ladies by KT Oslin to my best friends after one of them passed away, he selected the dedication but I missed it when I had to work.
When I let him know I appreciated the selection, he sent me the CDs of the show so I could hear it. A kindness that I’ve never forgotten. That is the beauty of radio people, the ones who live the stories behind the music and share it with the rest of us. Thank you for continuing to celebrate them and keeping us abreast of radio yesterday and today.” – Julie T. Byers
** Stern Animal Lover
“Saving animals is a side of Howard Stern that I truly am grateful for and his wife is awesome for all she does.
Nor-easters here for days. Wet winds yuck. I pray you are all safe and have your power.” – Mike Butts, Boston, www.MyFourLeggedKids.Com
** Stern Double Ask
“Gotta wonder if Howard Stern asked his first wife, Alison, to divorce him again, would she say YES?” – Timmy Manocheo
** Dodgers Feeling Blue
“I am a rabid, bleed Dodger Blue, Dodgers fan. Fred Roggin has it right. On the other hand, Steve Mason is dead wrong. Yes, Kershaw screwed up, but who put him in that position? Dave Roberts did! This is on Roberts and nobody else. He should have brought in Maeda. The Dodgers should put Greg Maddux on retainer and have him move into Kershaw’s house and teach him how to pitch with his reduced stuff. Rant over.” – Bob Whitmore
** Klap for the Doctor
“Just as an addendum to Mike Seeman’s praise of Dr. Robert Klapper. The good doctor helped me avoid surgery after completely shattering a kneecap some years ago. He’s also a very talented sculptor. A true renaissance man.” – Ira Lawson
“Just got done reading Janice Dean’s Mostly Sunny. What a fun read! Janice is known primarily as a Fox News meteorologist, but she got her start in Canadian radio. She was also part of the Don Imus Show [and hated it] for a few years. Since Imus’ show was on in LA, does she ‘qualify’ as a LARP?” – Brian Perez
** Art Gilmore’s Passing
“I saw you reported the death of Art Gilmore. I had missed that. I can only say when I’m on the treadmill at the gym 3-4 times a week normally, I go for a half hour and I always watch 1950’s/60’s tv shows on my phone during my workout.
Highway Patrol is one of my regulars and of course, the booming voice of the narrator, Art Gilmore. My podcast is doing well. We could always use more downloads. The ‘Kramer and Brill Fantasy Football Podcast’ is a weekly [new every Tuesday] hour long podcast co-hosted by me and former Chicago Bears Quarterback Erik Kramer. Erik is a friend and a great co-host. He still holds some Bear’s passing records. You can get it wherever you normally get podcasts, iTunes, Radio.com, Stitcher, Libsym but the easiest way is to go directly to our website http://www.kramerandbrill.com. Please check out my Award Winning Short Film Sundown, a western starring Eric Heisner and Al Burke. You can see it on Vimeo.” – Bob Brill
** Voice Sampling
“The voice on the automated system for Discover reminds me so much of Casey Kasem! I wonder if they’re using voice sampling nowadays?” – Andrew Schermerhorn
A National Proposal
(October 11, 2019) Howard
Stern invaded Hollywood this week. His radio show
on SiriusXM emanated from their new studios, with Howard’s
show certainly putting a spotlight on the festivities.
His on-air guests included Jennifer Anniston (a first-time appearance), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adam Levine, Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogan, and Demi Moore.
Wednesday night Howard surprised his wife of 11 years, Beth Stern, with an impromptu proposal during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Howard, 65, recalled that while on a recent vacation with Kimmel, he decided he wanted to propose again to his wife. When he suggested it to Beth, however, she wasn’t on board with the idea. “She always says no. She thinks it’s jinxed,” Howard said. “It’s so great when I propose to my wife, she gets embarrassed.”
During his Kimmel appearance, Howard asked Beth to come on stage and got down on one knee. “Darling, you know you have given me the best years of my life. I love you so much. You do so much for animal rescue. You know how I feel about you,” he told Beth. “I’m going to say to you now in front of all my best friends. My sweet love will you marry me again?”
She said yes.
Los Angeles Radio People are great storytellers. The good
ones tell a good story in 17 seconds or 17 minutes. They
have wined and dined with major celebrities and been invited
to once-in-a-lifetime events. But sometimes the stories are
simple and touching.
Mike Lundy distinguished himself from the 1960s through his programming position at KGIL that ran for a decade and ended in 1992. He has also been with KFI, KDAY, KGBS, KFWB, and KOST.
During much of Mike’s time on LARadio, Dick Whittinghill was reigning supreme in morning drive for 29 years on 710/KMPC, the Station of the Stars. Mike lived in Dick’s neighborhood for many years.
“I had met him and seen him at church, but didn't know him,” wrote Lundy. “One day I was shopping at our long-gone old Ralphs. I spotted him down one aisle. I chose not to bother him in a moment of his private life. However, as I shopped down the next aisle a smaller, older woman came toward me as she pushed her cart. She stopped me and asked if I could help reach an item on a higher shelf. Of course, I gladly did. Not knowing me from Adam, she said ‘Could you please reach that honey for me. You know, ‘Whit’ likes his honey in those little bears.’ I put the honey in her cart and we went our separate ways. I love the fact that she presumed I, or anyone, would know of whom she spoke when she referred to ‘Whit.’ One of life's nice little moments.”
Do you have a story to tell? We would love for you to share one at LARadio.com, just send it along to AvilaBeachdb@gmail.com
Country Giant Steps Down Due to Cancer
(October 10, 2019) Longtime
syndicated Country radio giant Bob Kingsley has
announced he is stepping away from his show for health
reasons. Kingsley disclosed that he has been diagnosed with
bladder cancer, according to MediaConfidential.com.
Bob launched his radio career in 1958 with the Armed Forces Radio Service in Keflavik, Iceland. Upon returning to his native California, he became a disc jockey at KUTY-Palmdale in 1961, subsequently working at stations in Las Vegas, Tijuana, and Oxnard. Following a series of Southwest radio jobs, he arrived in the Southland to start at KGBS.
In Billboard's Radio Response Ratings in 1967 and 1968, Bob was voted “Most Influential Country Personality.” In October 1968, KGBS changed from Country to Hot 100 and Bob was part of the lineup. Later at KFI Bob did the all-night shift, offering Country music while the rest of the day was MOR. He also spent time at then-Country leader KLAC.
He has been affiliated with ABC Radio Networks’ American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley since 1974 when Casey Kasem and Tom Rounds hired Bob to produce their new syndicated series, American Country Countdown. In 1978, Bob began a 28-year run as host; during that time, he received 16 consecutive “Network / Syndicated Program of the Year.”
In 2006, Kingsley left Countdown to launch Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with his wife and partner Nan. He has received three Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) / Country Aircheck awards, the CRB President's award and the “Grand Ole Opry Living Legend Award.”
|In a Billboard Magazine
profile, Bob talked about being enamored with the history
and roots of Country music. He tries to include that passion
and knowledge into the show, while still balancing those
elements to keep it focused on current country music. In
addition to the Countdown,
he also produced Bob Kingsley with
an ABC program.
“I try to leave people with a real picture of the stars who make the music. Whether it’s a chart newcomer or Garth Brooks, when the listeners hear their record, I want them to think, ‘That’s the singer Bob Kingsley told us about.’” In 1998, Bob was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame. In 2016, Kingsley was elected into the National Radio Hall of Fame in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” category.
|(October 9, 2019) The
newest LARP from Meruelo Media’s “Cali 93.9 #1 for Reggaeton
y mas” (KLLI) is Mexican Superstar, Angelica Vale.
Angelica (known as “La Vale”) brings a 40-year career in
theater, film, tv and radio that includes the starring role
in the wildly popular Spanish language version of Ugly
Betty, which became one of the highest-rated tv series
in the United States.
She has voiced many animated films, including the Oscar winning Spanish language version of Disney’s animated theatrical film Coco. Angelica is currently the leading star of Univision’s midday drama series, “Y Manana Sera Otro Dia Mejor” (Tomorrow is a New Day) and co-stars in the new Netflix anime series, Seis Manos. Angelica was born in Mexico City and is the daughter of legendary actress and “La Novia de Mexico” (Mexico’s Sweetheart) Angelica Maria.
“I’m thrilled to host middays on Cali 93.9. In addition to loving this music, I can’t wait to connect with listeners. I am a working mother, wife and daughter. I understand the challenges of juggling schedules, car pools and family obligations. This is a passion project for me; I love radio, I love LA and can’t wait to be on-air every day.”
Another Weedy One. Steve Weed, a veteran of KIIS, in the seventies and early eighties is retiring. Most recently, he was head of programming for iHeart in Central California. “It’s been an incredible journey, from weekend shifts while in college at UCLA, right up to today” said Weed. “I’ve spent my entire working life doing the one thing I love, never holding a job outside of radio.” He said that after 50 years in radio that he had a secret, “I would have done it all for free!”
|Hear Ache. A new “podfading” statistic: Apple Podcasts say they remove podcasts from their directory with technical problems that violate rules or manipulate charts. So, how many have they removed from Apple Podcasts over the last 90 days? 23,460 according to data from podcast analytics and attribution company Chartable - that’s 260 a day … Bob Gowa said it was great to hear these words “but I'm in no rush to hear them again. ‘Wake up Bob, you have a new shoulder. Starting to feel human again...almost!' … iHeartRadio’s Bob Pittman made a strong statement at the recent NAB RadioShow: “Podcasting is radio’s birthright.” … Wendy Williams (ex-KDAY) will receive the 2677th Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her award is in the television category, not radio.|
|...from Dave Grudt's personal LA Times ad collection dated October 6, 1969|
Kevin Ross Celebrates 10 Years on the TV Bench
(October 8. 2019) Kevin Ross,
briefly worked Saturdays on AM 710/The Zone before being
promoted to weekends on then sister station 790 KABC. He is
currently celebrating his 10th Season on the daytime
syndicated program America's Court with Judge Ross.
Kevin’s tv career catapulted into national exposure by Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios. Just Google Allen’s name to be duly impressed. Kevin, the former Los Angeles Superior Court judge, has been presiding over cases since 2010 while also serving as one of the show’s executive producers. Nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Legal / Courtroom Program,” America’s Court is now the fifth longest running court show behind Judge Judy, People’s Court, Judge Mathis, and Divorce Court.
There are two Kevin Ross’s who worked in Los Angeles Radio. Another Kevin Ross publishes RadioFacts.com and is a former radio personality who jocked at KGFJ, KKBT, and KACE.
Ross the judge left terrestrial radio in 1999 after being elected to the municipal bench in Inglewood. Prior to America's Court, he had reignited his radio career on the Internet platform Blogtalkradio.com
Hear Ache. Condolences to AllAccess and former R&R colleagues on the loss of Jeff Silberman. He died last week following complications of congestive heart failure. He was 66 … Vicki Cox saw an interesting headline, “Man faces assault charges after police say he spayed officers with insecticide” … Dianna Jason of Meruelo noted that long-time Los Angeles Radio Account Executive, Linda Sanchez, has died. “She was loved by the entire market. Linda worked at KBIG, KZLA, Go Country and most recently at SBS. She called on Susan Richey (McDonalds), Alicia Nelson and many more,” emailed Dianna … Former KLAC Sports talk personality JT The Brick, a.k.a. John Tournour, is joining SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports channel to host the late-night show.
(October 7, 2019) Nick Cannon is a busy guy. He will
have a daytime tv talk show after subbing for Wendy
Williams and getting the attention of the industry. Most
recently Nick was added to the Power 106 (KPWR) morning show
for new owners, Meruelo Media. But for how long?
A recent kerfuffle between Cannon and controversial radio host, Charlamagne tha God brings the question into play. Charlamagne believes Nick will bail from his Power morning show as pressure to make his daytime tv talk show a hit, according to the JasmineBrand.com. Nick responded to the charge by calling him a “friendly hater.”
Cannon responded, “Charlamagne been hatin’ on me since day one. But I’m here to prove everybody wrong. I love radio. I love this morning show, and I’m not going anywhere regardless of what jobs that I get, ‘cause you guys are my family.” Charlamagne posted on Instagram: “I’m willing to take small wagers that I’m right…matter fact I’m not placing that bet because Nick will stick around just to prove me wrong.” If both were looking for publicity, they got it. But Charlamagne may have a point, not for being spread too thin.
LARadio is littered with celebrities who have attempted early morning radio, only to find out that the medium is tough. Think George Lopez, Sinbad, and Danny Bonaduce.
Radio Ladder. Now here’s a morning talent who lasted
almost 30 years in drive time. In a 1978 LA Times profile
of Dick Whittinghill, 29-year veteran at 710/KMPC said at
the time of his retirement that he enjoyed the money and did
the morning show because “it’s more money and I can get away
early for golf every day.” He hung out daily at the Lakeside
Golf Club in Toluca Lake.
“The disc jockey,” he once said, “is the lowest rung on the show business ladder. There’s no talent required for this whatsoever. Believe me. I should know, I've been doing it long enough.”
Dick continued, “I don’t believe in ratings and surveys. The way you know you’re doing well is to look at your log; if you have a bunch of commercials in there, you know you’ll be back the next day.” He valued the friendships with his sponsors and advertisers: "I play golf with some of the fellows. Cadillac has been with me about the longest.”
Dick made a commitment to never tease the sponsors. His show had something for everyone.
Email Saturday, October 5, 2019
** Kiernan a Consummate Pro
“Congratulations to Kathy Kiernan on her KNX retirement.
Kathy is a consummate pro. She produced my 2005 KNX radio documentary on the 42nd anniversary of the assassination of JFK. Kathy was a pleasure to work with.” – Bob Sirkin
** Best for Kiernan
“Great write up by Kathy Kiernan. Very disappointed that someone with such great talent and dedication was treated so unprofessionally after all she has given. I wish her the best!” – Molly Paige
** Legendary Station
“Congratulations to K-Earth. I have always loved this station. I think of all the talented people who have made it great -wow what a long list.
Good for Kathy Kiernan. What a great run!
Yolanda Gaskins is a hot senior :) And Al Franken. Never funny on SNL. Hilarious as a politician:)” – Mike Butts, www.MyFourLeggedKids.com
** K-EARTH Legendary
"Glad to hear of the KRTH 'Legendary Station Of The Year.' They’ve gotten it so right for so long it’s truly amazing.
Caps off, ladies and gentlemen!" - Rich Brother Robbin
** Caring Management
"I really enjoyed Kathy Kiernan’s essay. She sounds like everyone's dream employee. It is just another example of the complete lack of regard many in radio management show for terrific and caring employees.
I feel bad for all of the new people getting in to this business who will never realize what working at a great radio station is like. This goes for the music stations too, who think being cheap with voice tracking is a really terrific idea.
It sickens me to see what has happened to this business I have spent my life in, not only in radio but television too. Don’t you love the long shots on tv news sets with anchors sitting in an otherwise empty studio except for robotic cameras? Directors take these shots as bumpers into commercials like they are proud of it. I’m not complaining for myself. I’m still very fortunate to make a good living doing VO for tv. However, I do feel really bad for so many really talented people who have been tossed out, with very little chance of a path back into an industry that they loved. Broadcasting is not a job, it's a way of life.
Good luck Kathy on all of your new adventures.” – Craig Roberts
** New Podcast
“Have you tasted KFI’s Aron Bender's podcast yet? ‘The News Bender’ where he interviews and removes the fourth-wall. Fritz Coleman, Jo Kwon, George Noory, Jane Wells, et al. It’s a potpourri smorgasbord and a fun interview. Available anywhere you get podcasts. [I use Stitcher, and Apple.]
Thanks. Fall has arrived in SoCal, cooler nights and yet, warm days. Love this time of year.” – Chris Carmichael
** Desert News
“Bill Schwarz says Newsradio 1270 KGUY, the station where he worked in 1977, no longer exists. It does – but the ‘GUY’ is now ‘GAY.’ Jerry Jolstead was the owner at that time. He had worked in the sales department at KHJ, then moved to KFXM and in 1962 became general manager of 1290 KITO, which switched to Top 40 as KMEN. Jerry also assisted in the 1978 launch of KGGI (the former KBBL).
In 1988, KGUY was purchased by William Hart and returned to a news format as KNWZ.
In 2001, KNWZ relocated to 970 in Coachella and now simulcasts, or perhaps I should say sextuplecasts, on 1140, 1250 and translators at 94.3, 103.7 and 104.7. Since December 2018, the 1270 frequency has been home to ‘K-Gay,’ which simulcasts on 106.5 and airs a mix of talk and dance music targeting the LGBTQ community. The website is https://www.kgay1065.com” – Steve Thompson
** New Edition of Los Angeles Radio People
“Hope all is well, have you considered publishing an updated version of Los Angeles Radio People? It could help support your efforts online, just a thought. Appreciate all that you do.” – Bob Goodman
|** Klapper Dropped
“Just heard the KSPN Weekend Warrior for probably the very last time on KSPN, according to the host, Dr. Robert Klapper, orthopedic surgeon. At Cedars Sinai hospital for thirty years, he combined sports and medicine and so much more. I’m hoping his podcasts will remain. I think they will.
Saturday morning has been a special time in the week to learn to laugh and occasionally tear up. Great advice, interviews, ideas, and humor. Hope he can do this program or variation of it in the future. I discovered the program accidentally after my five last surgeries in between caring for myself and my sister for sixteen years. She passed after her not having a day without awful pain from age twenty-nine until a senior. Maybe cable tv is in the future for this format or a variation of it.
Would the show possible be eligible for any awards this year?” – Mike Seeman
K-EARTH - Legendary Station of the Year
(October 4, 2019) The
station is often near or at the very top of the ratings.
Now, K-Earth 101 receives the Marconi Award for Legendary
Station of the Year at the recent NAB conference in Dallas.
“What a great honor to join Jeff Federman and Larry
Morgan to accept the Marconi for Legendary Station
of the Year, our third Marconi in the last four years,”
enthused KRTH program director Chris Ebbott.
“Legendary is such a great word for K-Earth – 47 years of entertaining Southern California. So many legendary (there’s that word again) programmers, personalities, sales people, managers, engineers, and others have contributed to its success. Chris is immensely proud of the current crew at K-Earth. “This team has brought K-Earth to the highest ratings and revenue success in its five-decade history,” Chris continued.
“We’ve done it by recognizing the core timeless and unchanging values innate to the K-Earth brand (things like fun times, a So-Cal vibe, and personal connection with the audience) while updating them to today’s target. We’ve been bold in forging forward with both the music and presentation to make the station relevant to today’s Southern California listener. We’ve had to be strong in our convictions – many industry experts over the last five years have proclaimed we were ruining K-Earth with our evolution. But you don’t become ‘Legendary’ without a willingness to change with the times. Sometimes that means tough decisions that aren’t always popular.”
In the ratings that were released this week, K-Earth showed as the #1 cuming station in the market – over 3 million listeners per week. “We were #1 in the key A25-54 demo, #2 A18-49, and even made the Top 5 A18-34,” said Ebbott. “There have been months this year where we were #1 in all three demos.”
|Ebbott (r) was generous in his praise for those working at KRTH. “I would nominate them all for 2019 Best LARP if I could. A standing ovation to Gary Bryan and Lisa Stanley (#1 morning show in LA), Brandon Castillo, Crystal Zahler, Lara Scott, Greg Simms, Larry Morgan, Keith Smith, Claudia Rubio, Kevin Schatz, Larry Davis, Renee Taylor, Joe Rosati, Mike Salas, Mike Gasparre, Kevin Seki, Sam Miclette, Cass Pereyra, Anthony Lopez, Cody Black, Yasmin Cortez, Jim Pratt, Joe Cipriano, Lynn Duke, Diane Botts, Cory Basset, Dave Severino, Larry Blumhagen – and the guy who has all our backs – our Market Manager Jeff Federman. Thank you all. I have a blast working with you every day!”|
|Hear Ache. Last weekend, Bill Gardner on his Rhapsody in Black program at KPFK made a point that Ike Turner may have been the true inventor of rock ‘n roll … Stella Kuipers is one of our favorite LARP programmers, working as Stella Prado regularly appearing in our yearly “Best Of Off-Air lists.” She recently has been struggling with her health. But Stella posted on Facebook this week: “Three words: I CAN WALK!!!!!! I had my follow up Doc appt today and my x-rays looked good and the bone is healing excellent. Brian and I can’t stop smiling today!” … Los Angeles Angels broadcaster Mark Langston was back at the stadium Sunday, nine days after he was revived following a medical emergency in the radio booth. The 59-year-old former major league pitcher collapsed right after announcing the lineup September 20. He was brought back to life by two Houston police commanders. Langston told reporters he was “dead for over 3 minutes.” Langston has since had a defibrillator inserted into his heart … NFL broadcasters get lots of secrets about the impending games, according to a story in the LA Times. Al Michaels is most interested in human interest stories. He said New England coach Bill Belichick is “a real historian. I’ve had 100 meetings with Bill and if you get him on the history of the game and things he likes to talk about, he’s great.”|
|Robert W. Morgan, KMGG (Magic 106), 1985|
KOSTing At the Top in September
(October 3, 2019)
KOST continues its ride on top of the monthly Nielsen Audio
PPM for September '19, 6+, Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid. Classic Hits
K-EARTH is the runner-up station with KBIG at 3rd. KTWV had
a bumpy wave dropping 6 tenths of a point. KIIS got right
sided after a down summer. KFI has seen its Talk numbers
decline since early summer. KLOS has been very steady for
four straight books. The Top 40 stations:
1. KOST (AC) 5.8 - 5.9
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.0 - 5.6
3. KBIG (Hot AC) 5.3 - 5.3
4. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.8 - 4.2
5. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.1 - 4.0
6. KIIS (Top 40/M) 3.6 - 3.8
7. KFI (Talk) 3.9 - 3.5
KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.2 - 3.5
9. KLOS (Classic Rock) 3.3 - 3.3
10. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.1 - 3.1
|11. KYSR (Alternative) 2.7 - 2.9
12. KKGO (Country) 2.5 - 2.7
KNX (News) 2.6 - 2.7
KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.8 - 2.7
15. KROQ (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.4
16. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.3 - 2.3
KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.7 - 2.3
KRRL (Urban) 2.6 - 2.3
KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.3
20. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.1
KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.7 - 2.1
KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.5 - 2.1
23. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.0 - 2.0
24. KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 2.0 - 1.8
KKLI (Latin Urban) 1.5 - 1.8
KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.8
27. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.5 - 1.6
28. KLAC (Sports) 1.3 - 1.4
29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.3
30. KCRW (Variety) 1.1 - 1.1
KRLA (Talk) 1.1 - 1.1
32. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.9 - 0.9
33. KSPN (Sports) 0.8 - 0.8
KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.0 - 0.8
35. KEIB (Talk) 1.0 - 0.7
KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.9 - 0.7
37. KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.6
38. KABC (Talk) 0.4 - 0.5
KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.5
KSUR (Oldies) 0.5 - 0.5
Hettie Lynne Hurtes
(l) stars in one of the three radio plays being staged at
the Autry Museum.
"I’ll be portraying Blanche Bickerson in the Bickerson’s old radio comedy," emailed Hettie. Click the photo to learn about more radio productions. (Players with Hettie: Preston Spickler, David Westberg and Matthew Henerson)
Tenured Times for
An Essay by Kathy Kiernan
(October 2, 2019)
I just retired early from KNX. Official, October first. I
was the most tenured person there, at the end; a
Producer/Writer/Editor. Total running time: 38 years, eight
I started as an intern in 1981. Weekends. I got lucky. It was a paid internship. I had earned it in school at CSUN and my material started airing on KNX my second weekend there. Later I added duties as producer, Face to Face: a live, in-studio, four times a day, eight-minute interview program, hosted by Jere Laird. Syndicated to the other CBS owned and operated stations back when they were allowed only seven each: AM, FM and TV.
I worked 20 hours, weekdays, around my class schedule. And I continued my internship on weekends, too, until graduation. Then I got lucky again. They needed a junior newswriter. I got the job. I worked every writing, producing and editing shift they had. I also subbed for the assignment editor for a few months when that was a management position and the AE was out for surgery.
When I was in school, I had actually envisioned a career on the air, but I never got traction on that at KNX. I’d been voted Best Anchor at KCSN, back when students were actually able to broadcast over the airwaves. In a visit to CSUN a year ago, I learned, that’s no longer the case. Such a pity.
|When I started at KNX, there were
two (wide spaced) pages of reporters listed on the weekly
schedules. We had Boyd Harvey and
Mike Landa at the Orange County Bureau.
Alex Sullivan and
Jon Goodman in
downtown L-A. Gary Clark in Ventura County.
I know I’m missing others with regular beats. There were all
kinds of general assignment reporters. Sports, live, from 5
a.m. through the end of the last local game of the night.
Stringers Jim Ness in the Inland Empire and
Pat Davis in Sacramento. In Washington, at Stations
News Service, Les Woodruff and
Vernon reported exclusively for the CBS O and O’s,
taking a station-personalized approach on their coverage.
Now, KNX has fewer than 10 reporters. One, usually, on
Once upon a time, we got stacks of newspapers delivered daily, read by several, and stored for weeks. When I left KNX, print was a thing of the past, and the station had subscriptions online to a handful of publications. When I asked news director Julie Chin for a newsroom subscription to the New York Times she told me to buy my own. I told her I would, if I got a raise. She said I was hilarious and should be a stand-up comedian.
Just before leaving KNX I helped negotiate my last contract for the WGA folks at KNX. Thank god, several contracts back, we negotiated our way out of the CBS plan and into the Producer-Writers Guild of America Pension Plan. It’s my ticket out. I made my decision to leave for good after informing program director Ken Charles that I needed to take a medical absence. His stunning response was that I should take my (knee high, hidden) refrigerator with me because ‘There is no need for it to sit here empty while you are out.’ So I did. What a shame it ends this way.
It will surprise no one who knows me that I intend to keep traveling. I’m looking forward to artistic pursuits, including writing that doesn’t include the words ‘is on the scene’ or ‘allegedly.’ (You can send a congratulatory to Kathy at: firstname.lastname@example.org )
"This license plate
caught my eye yesterday parked in front of Chipotle in
I was giving my order when I turned and saw 2 gals get into it and drive off before I could talk to them.
Do any of your readers know who belongs to these plates? Inquiring minds have to know!" - Mike Wagner
Yo! Yolanda's Versatile and Eclectic Life
(October 1, 2019) One of
the fun parts of LARadio is updating the stories about those
personalities we used to listen to, find out what they’ve
been up to or perhaps you are relatively new to the website
but had heard them on your radio. To be part of the Talk
scene during the nineties, you undoubtedly listened to Yolanda
Gaskins. She was on KABC and KMPC/KTZN.
Yolanda is an attorney and the first African American woman talk show host on KABC. She left the station to become the midday host on KLIF-Dallas on January 6, 1999. In 2003, Yolanda moved to Washington, DC and began hosting a show (Love & Money) on XM satellite radio. She left XM in 2006 to start Gaskins Media Works, a strategic communications firm.
Yolanda is an honors graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law School. In a profile in the LA Times, Yolanda related how she became interested in broadcasting. It was when she was 7, on the back porch of her grandmother’s house in Washington, where she grew up. She was inspired seeing Leslie Uggams, one of the first African American woman on tv. Yolanda was also profiled in O Magazine (April 2005).
Yolanda began work in television as co-host of PM Magazine on the Fox station in Washington, then became talent/senior producer for Black Entertainment Television. She later moved to Miami to become Entertainment Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Miami. While at KABC, Yolanda began making appearances on CNN as a commentator and in 1993 became the first African American woman to become a show host/news anchor on a cable news network. She is also an actress, known for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993, The System in 2003 and The Wire in 2002.
|Hear Ache. Congratulation to Lynda Clayton, celebrating 29 years of marriage over the weekend … Steve Kamer (ex-KHTZ) is the new imaging voice for WGN-Chicago …John Sebastian, former pd at KTWV, has signed his first station KOAI (95.1/94.9)-Phoenix to launch a format designed for the Baby Boomers and 45+ Gen Xers. Good luck … iHeart sent a press release announcing the addition of Tessa Barrera to mornings at KTBZ (94.5 The Buzz) in Houston. She spent the last year as a news anchor at KFI … Power 106 tops 1 million YouTube subscribers in 2019. “Power 106 is now the most followed radio station west of the Mississippi,” commented Meruelo Media vp/digital Jeffrey Thacker.|
KRLA's Jennifer Horn and Brian Whitman were featured in a segment at Spectrum News 1
Al Franken Chooses Radio (SiriusXM) for His Comeback
(September 30, 2019) Al Franken
is trying to make a comeback. The former
Saturday Night Live
writer and performer was forced to give
up his U.S. Senate seat in 2017 after allegations of sexual
Now the former Minnesota Senator is reemerging on Sirius XM every Saturday morning.
Franken’s political career collapsed by the #MeToo movement, after KABC’s Leeann Tweeden (r) was one of seven women who came forward to accuse Franken of inappropriate touching. He has apologized for some of the behavior he was accused of, yet has not ruled out another run for office. He has said he regrets his decision to resign from the Senate and wishes he had appeared before a Senate Ethics Committee hearing.
The former Senator will feature conversations with figures in the political, entertainment, media and technology industries. His first guest Saturday was comedian Chris Rock, who was on SNL with Franken when both were cast members in the early 1990s.
Regardless of what this means for
Franken’s image, the move is likely to pay off for
SiriusXM, Michael Harrison,
publisher of TALKERS told CNN Business. Franken “will
probably be very successful within the structure of SiriusXM
because they’re free of a lot of restraints and obstacles
facing terrestrial radio.” SiriusXM carried Franken’s Air
America Radio show before he entered politics, from 2004
until he announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate on the
show in 2007. His show arguably gave Franken the platform he
needed to run successfully for the Senate, Harrison added.
Many considered Franken the face of the short-lived Air America Progressive radio network, which never escaped the reality of a lack of money. Within 30 days of their debut, the new network was expressing financial woes. Bankruptcy was filed shortly after launching the network.
From 2004-06, Air America captured headlines, mostly negative. In 2006 when they started laying employees off, they were told there would be no severance without capital infusion or bankruptcy. When Franken left, it was speculated that he was owned $300,000. Al told Radar at the time, “We do know that there have been cash-flow problems. I haven’t been paid in a while. Like, there’s no cash flowing to me.”
Air America first aired in 2004 on KBLA (1580 AM). Hoping to get sued for the resultant publicity, Al originally called his show, “The O’Franken Factor,” as a tongue-in-cheek homage to Bill O’Reilly. Franken was the first hire. “I’m so happy that Air America Radio will be on in three battleground states, New York, Illinois and California… no wait…those aren’t the battleground states. What the hell are we doing?” said Franken.
KBLA had a less-than-desirable signal (translate, it couldn’t be heard in much of the Southland). Clear Channel (now iHeart Media) took on some of the network in January 2005 on KTLK (1150 AM). Others heard on KTLK included: Ed Shultz, Randi Rhodes, and Janeane Garofalo.
Back in 2005, the annual LARP survey of the top midday showed Al’s show came in 5th, beaten by The Triplets on KLSX, KFI’s Rush Limbaugh, Dennis Prager on KRLA and Sean Hannity at KABC). Al did beat Dan Patrick (KSPN), Dr. Laura Schlessinger (KFI), Steve Jones (Indie 103.1/fm), Bob McCormick (KNX), and Jim Rome (XTRA Sports).
Rush Limbaugh scored a 4.4 share 12+ on KFI in the Spring ’05 Arbitron, while Al had a share of 1.2 at KTLK.
Franken was born in New York City but grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973, then in 1975 he and writing partner Tom Davis joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live during its first season. They soon started appearing in sketches, and Franken remained a fixture on the show well into the 1990s.
At LARadio, the trajectory of the new network was frequently mentioned in various ways: In the summer of 2005, Bobby Ocean (ex-KHJ) participated in what summer books LARPs were reading. “Just finished Lies...and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them by Al Franken. Thought it wouldn't have much shelf life after the elections, but it's fabulous!”
Tom Leykis offered his criticism of Air America. “The incredible Randi Rhodes is most definitely a broadcaster – her show is compelling, informative and entertaining. Of course, she was doing radio long before Air America came about. Air America's biggest mistake was in not making Randi the centerpiece of their programming, and not pairing Al Franken with a compelling broadcaster to shape and direct his show. [Franken as a guest or a sidekick on a show is great, but Franken in the driver's seat just doesn't work.]”
In February 2005, LARadio interviewed Franken at the Magic Castle, where he was doing a meet and greet with the advertising community.
Some highlights from the LARadio interview:
∙ So much of Al’s career was scripted or written out for him (he was one of the original writers on SNL in the mid-70s). All of a sudden, he would be faced with a blank canvas of three hours on the radio to fill on a daily basis. Did he ever have any doubts that he could do it? “We did two weeks of shows as rehearsal,” remembered Al, “and the show has not changed all that much from the early rehearsals. I thought I would do regular features as they come up. I wanted to have interviews with people I respect and who I can learn from and the audience can learn from. And I want to do some of my own ranting every once in a while, and I want some comedy that’s wittier. We just had the same kind of mix the whole time. I felt like I couldn’t bloviate for three hours.”
∙ Air America was forced to purchase the air time in order to get on radio stations in Los Angeles and Chicago. Air America worked out a deal with the owner of 1580 AM. Bob Vistocky was hired to spearhead the sales operation. Within three weeks bills weren’t being paid by Air America and the plug had been pulled at KBLA 1580 AM.
∙ “What happened was the original chairman led people to believe there was more money than there was,” remembered Al. When the house of Air America began to collapse, Al knew it was unacceptable to leave. “It was within my rights to leave. My contract was immediately being violated. I became an involuntary investor, but I thought the thing was too important and there were people coming to save it. I felt the best thing I could do was just keep my head down and work on the show to make it the best I could and try to get ratings. I knew that would ultimately determine if we were going to sink or swim.”
∙ Al didn’t get involved with the financial side of things during the tenuous times. He knew that pulling out was not an option. “It would have sunk the thing,” said Al. “It would have proven once and for all that it doesn’t work and there is no liberal audience, but I knew that liberal radio would work. All that I knew at that time was liberal radio didn’t have the capital.” He said that FOX News Channel lost $130 million in its first two years. “It’s all about having enough money to keep going until you start making a profit.” When L.A. and Chicago dropped Air America, Al didn’t feel the loss within his show because he takes very few phone calls, but he was thrilled to be back on in L.A. Actors Meg Ryan and Rob Reiner made in-person appearances Monday morning at the Magic Castle. “He also had LA Times editorial page director Michael Kinsley and West Wing writer Lawrence O’Donnell on the show,” added KTLK station manager, John Quinlan. The room was filled to capacity Monday. “We actually had to turn away at least a hundred or so more listeners who wanted in,” said John.
Al Franken’s weekly show airs at 7 a.m. Saturday mornings on the SiriusXM Progress Channel.
** Rona Barrett
“That picture of Rona Barrett flashed my memory.
Back in about 1979, doing ABC News ‘bureau duty’ in Hollywood, I was sent to fill in from my Atlanta bureau. I was visiting with Rona in her office. She was exceptionally kind to me. Before leaving, Rona said; ‘I have a gift for you.’ She handed me a license plate frame reading ‘ABC TV HOLLYWOOD.’ Since then, that frame has appeared on every vehicle I've owned. Even cops have admired it!” – Bob Sirkin
|** Chronology Special Found and
“I wanted to provide you an update on my quest to find a copy of ‘A Chronology of American Music.’
I’m happy to say that because of the exposure in your column a few weeks back, I was not only able to locate but obtain a copy of this extremely well done and apparently rare radio special. I want to thank you for your assistance, this would not have taken place without your help.
As it turns out, a gentleman by the name of William Earl responded most graciously to my search and sent me the original recordings from his private collection. The records he had – since this special took place long before CDs – were in pristine condition and sound incredible. I’m so grateful for his generosity and that he was willing to part with these. Definitely a story that ended well.
I appreciate the efforts of both you and William in seeing a bucket list item fulfilled.” – Bob Balestieri
|** Humble’s Intern
“Thank you very much for updating my bio featured on Los Angeles Radio People, the intern’s story!
My Internship at K-Earth 101 began with Humble Harve. I was excited yet all nervous that first day. One of the first things he asked me was ‘can you make a good cup of coffee?’
Harve always, kindly took the time to share insights and tips, it was the best of times! Someday, Oldies Radio needs to come back to Los Angeles airwaves! Here's my tribute to Humble Harve.” – Jaime Barragan
|** Desert News
“Read with deep, gushing sobs about Gene Nichols’ revelations on desert radio news coverage, or lack thereof.
I remember working as a writer and newscaster at 1270 KGUY Newsradio in 1977. The sad part is that the station no longer exists, nor does anyone remember it.
As for Scott Lowe on working for a phone company: ‘I think it would be cool to have a company van filled with parts and other gadgets.’ I actually did that. I worked as a prem tech for AT&T. It was the worst experience of my life. Dealing with dogs, screaming kids, houses and apartments packed full by hoarders, chewing gum in the carpet, clients unplugging your test equipment...the list is endless.
Cool?! The grass is always greener on the other side.” – Bill Schwarz, Ontario
|** Tessa’s Hug
“Thanks for the word on where KFI’s Tessa Barrera is headed to in Houston.
Bill Handel took her to Brent’s for lunch with his wife Marjorie. Tessa finally got to hug Bill.” – Mike Seeman
New Look for Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters
(September 27, 2019) The
Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters has been in existence since
1966. Their activities revolve around paying tribute to
celebrities at a luncheon eight or nine times a year. Now,
the PPB is no longer and is being renamed Hollywood Media
Professionals. Recent honorees include: Engelburt
Humperdinck, Mike Love, Fritz Coleman, Art
Laboe, Patrick Duffy, Loni Anderson, Rich Little,
and Joan Collins. “We’re an organization with a rich history
of honoring professionals at our luncheons in Broadcasting
which includes Television, Radio, Recording, and Film,”
said Shotgun Tom Kelly, president of HMP.
“We’re very proud of what we have done in the past 50 years when the organization elected its first founding president Art Gilmore. We’re not abandoning our rich history. We just want to make it better.” Kelly concluded: “We’re just updating our name to Hollywood Media Professionals to include and honor at our luncheons more people who have done great things in entertainment, communication and in the digital media.” You can join the new HMP at: http://www.ppbwebsite.org/join.html
Hear Ache. Karen Harlow, ex-KNX, is now doing afternoon drive at KFMB (100.7) in San Diego … Congratulations to Larry Gifford on celebrating 20 years of marriage … Ian Whitcomb, formerly with KIEV, KROQ, KCRW, and KPCC, had his big toe plus the one next to it (right foot) amputated on Tuesday. “They were gangrenous from the lack of circulation caused by the blood clot. Yesterday his foot checked out healthy. That’s good,” wrote his wife, Lillie Langtry. “Today, Ian sounds determined to do the work to get securely back on his feet. He loves to receive cards and letters. He re-reads his cards several times. It warms his heart. Address to P.O. Box 451, Altadena, CA. 91003. I’ll deliver them wherever he is.” … KRLA’s Larry Elder suddenly lost his big brother. Larry wrote a tender memory of Kirk here.
|Written by Hettie Lynne Hurtes, KPCC midday news anchor|
Where Have All the VJs Gone?
|(September 26, 2019) When MTV replaced American
Bandstand, teens and young
adults made the 24/7 channel a must-see to watch the latest
video or hear breaking news about their favorite artists.
The 24 hours of nonstop music videos eventually gave way to
reality shows, video music countdowns and talk shows.
The music was the driving force behind MTV, but the heart of the channel was the station’s television personalities. Brenda Alexander has written an update in Showbiz CheatSheet to the personalities who made the shows a success.
Carson Daly (MTV 1998-2003) was the first-ever host of MTV’s Total Request Live (TRL). The show was filmed in front of a live studio audience, with Times Square serving as the backdrop. TRL played the top 10 music videos across all genres that viewers voted for and featured celebrity interviews. Daly hosted the show until 2003.
He went on to host The Voice and Last Call With Carson Daly. Carson was the morning drive host at Top 40 KAMP (AMP Radio) until last year. He can currently be seen on The Today Show on NBC. (Photo credit of Carson with Britney Spears, Frank Micelotta)
2001-03) worked in radio (KKBT, 1999-2002) before landing a
gig at MTV in 2001. She had no tv experience prior, but
quickly became a fan favorite. Lala was co-host of both Direct
Effect and TRL where she landed exclusive
in-depth interviews with the biggest names in r&b and
hip-hop music. She later transitioned into a career in
acting. She now stars as Keisha on the hit Starz drama Power,
was recently cast as a recurring character on Showtime’s The
(Photo credit: LaLa with Jay Z, Michael
Ananda Lewis (MTV 1993-2001) hosted a variety of MTV shows, including MTV Jams, True Life, and Total Request Live (TRL). Ananda hosted the morning show at "The BEAT" (KKBT, 2005-06) with John Salley. MTV called upon Lewis to cover more serious topics, such as the Columbine High School massacre. She won an NAACP Image Award in 1997 for an interview with future presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton, that she did during her time as host of Teen Summit on BET. Her impact was so huge that she went on to host her own talk show, The Ananda Lewis Show, from 2001-02, which would be compared to the Oprah Winfrey talk show. She then disappeared from television. Shondaland.com caught up with the former VJ in 2018 and found that she was a boss babe in the male-dominated world of construction. She told the digital publication that she left the industry after years of having an unsuccessful work-life balance, which led to her unhappiness. These days, you’ll find Lewis with her son, Langston, while she also tends to her construction business. (Photo credit Ananda Lewis interviewings Macy Gray, Laura Walters)
[Thanks to Hollywood CheatSheet.com for the LARP updates.]
Shot Out of a Cannon. Nick Cannon, mornings at KPWR (Power 106) is shifting from primetime to daytime as host of a new, nationally syndicated daytime talk show in 2020. He subbed for Wendy Williams earlier this year. Nick said: “After leaving America’s Got Talent, I wanted to focus on developing my own talk show. I’ve always dreamed of a platform where I can speak to America and discuss pop culture, as well as the topics on everyone’s minds,” said Cannon. “When I had the opportunity to guest host at my good friend Wendy Williams’ show this year, I experienced the energy and excitement of a daytime talk show and instantly knew I found my audience.”
(September 25, 2019) David
Bugenske joins Country KFRG (K-FROG) in the Inland
Empire for mornings. He most recently was with Country KKGO.
David joins Kelli “Green” Barajas and
another KKGO veteran, Ginny Harman.
“We are so excited to welcome a champion for country music and country radio to the K-FROG family,” said Michael Valenzuela, svp/market manager for Entercom Riverside. “David’s remarkable personality, presence on social media and love for serving the Southern California community is a natural fit for a heritage station such as K-FROG. We look forward to creating great content with David.”
“K-FROG is not only giving me the opportunity to work with some of the most talented and funniest people I've ever met, but they're also keeping me in the SoCal country family that I've fallen in love with,” said Bugenske. “K-FROG is the definition of California's country family. They work hard and they are there for each other and the community. We're going to have a lot of fun together.”
With 18 years of experience in the radio industry, Bugenske worked for Premiere Networks, Florida Gators Radio Network, WFLA-Tampa and WXXL-Tavares, Florida, as well as Go Country.
Glory Road Finds Home. Anita
Garner, former afternooner at KBIG, has just sold
publishing rights for The Glory Road to the
University of Alabama Press. “It feels exactly right to have
our family’s deeply Southern stories published by an
outstanding University in the Deep South.”
Here’s a quote about the Press from Authors Guild and BuzzFeed last week: “University presses have long been key in the literary ecosystem when it comes to issuing original, risky work, and ’Bama’s is one of the most innovative.”
Anita will update publish details, as date of release, once it is determined. “My editor Pete, has, as Daddy would say ‘a heart for the piece.’ He’s part of a team who respect the material and are excited about introducing The Glory Road to readers all over the world.”
“Gratitude for saints and angels who steer a writer’s projects in the right direction,” said an enthused Garner. Follow the progress of book publication at her tasty website by clicking the artwork. :
|Hear Ache. Gene Sandbloom, a 25-year veteran with KROQ, has joined Alpha Media as operations director of the company's flagship cluster in Portland and pd of heritage Triple A KINK/fm. The other stations include: News/Talk KXL (FM 101), Top 40 KBFF (LIVE 95.5), Country KUPL (98.7 The Bull), Rhythmic KWEE (WE 102.9), Sports-Talk KXTG (750 The Game) and Talk KUFO (Freedom 970). “Talk about a match made in heaven. I get to work for the world-class KINK/fm and one of the smartest radio groups in the most progressive city in the U.S.,” said Sandbloom in a station press release ... Ryan Seacrest will return to American Idol as host for the upcoming third season of the singing competition series on ABC, his 18th season overall. “American Idol has been my home for 17 seasons, and I can’t wait to return to the stage,” said Seacrest. “It’s the greatest gift to be able to play a part in discovering new talent with a franchise that has been such a relevant part of American culture for so many years.”|
State of News Radio in the Desert
|(September 24, 2019) What
radio people do when the radio gig ends? For over twenty
years, LARadio.com has been tracking the jet stream of great
personalities. It has been fun tracking their next move when
the plane lands. It has also been heartbreaking tracking
their next move.
How healthy is a career in radio? My father never understood how I could make a living doing something I loved so much. He would dismissively say, “Radio is not a career.” When I was making $95 a week at my first job at KNEZ-Lompoc, it was always the hope that a bigger market would be around the corner. And then what?
Once someone made it to the Los Angeles radio market, eventually the gig ended. Where to now? Some returned to an earlier market, but opportunities soon shrank with the economy and stations consolidating.
A decade ago, I spent a few days in Palm Springs interviewing personalities for a series, ‘LARPs in the Desert.’ Dave Hull, voted one of the Top 10 personalities between 1957 and 1999, was now living and working in the desert. Elliot Field, the last dj alive from the iconic days of the ‘Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen’ of Top 40 KFWB, was working in radio, owned an advertising agency and was the Mayor of the desert community for a time.
There were others.
Gene Nichols worked in the news department at KFI and he moved to the desert in 1998 to start a new radio life. A few years back he spoke to the local Kiwanis group about radio, the role it played in the past and the current role in the Palm Springs market.
“None of the people I started with are working with me anymore. About five of us were let go in 2016.” Gene signaled the beginning of the end of local news radio to 2008. “There was a change in the way content and news is delivered and received and our owners got very old. When you get north of 90 years of age, you’re way too old to be in radio. They thought they didn’t need a news department or public affairs department anymore. Two weeks after the firings, the R & R radio stations were sold to Alpha Media, which owned 252 radio stations at the time. They are a big player. They are corporate out of Portland. Anything you want to do, including inhaling and exhaling has to be approved through corporate. They didn’t want the AM stations,” Gene said.
“I mention the fact that nobody really wants AM stations. It is indictment of what’s happening to news and public affairs in smaller markets. Only the bigger markets can afford news/talk like KFI and KNX in Los Angeles.”
When the tragic shooting happened in San Bernardino where 14 were killed, the Palm Springs outlet would normally send news people to cover the event. They had no department. There was no one to send. Since KPSI was a CBS affiliate, for seven hours they simulcast KNX. The world of radio has changed because of the way America gets its news.
“Older people may still want to read a newspaper,” said Nichols. “Younger people not so much. They get everything they need from the device in their hand. Radio has seen its advertising drop off. The stations no longer have too many things like they had years ago to pay a staff to cover events.”
Gene discussed what has been done to his AM stations when R & R sold them. “KPSI News Talk 920, has been a heritage station in the desert for a long time,” said Gene. “It is now being operated as a non-profit.” (The station has since been sold for $375,000 with new call letters KKGX.) “KPTR 1450 has been donated to the College of the Desert to be used as a training station.”
Nichols asked rhetorically, “What are we going to train people to do? Train people in college? To do what? We’re not recommending people to go into the business as a career because it will probably be a dead-end for anyone under 60.” Gene concluded his talk, “Shy away from news or the information business.”
Angels Announcer Rushed to Hospital
(September 23, 2019) Mark Langston,
veteran of the Los Angeles Angels radio group since 2012 and
former four-time All-Star pitcher, was taken to a hospital
Friday night in Houston because of a medical emergency.
Angels tv broadcaster
Victor Rojas shared
an update on Langston from the hospital around midnight
Friday and Astros broadcaster Robert Ford described the
scene in the Angels' radio booth. "Scary sight tonight
watching things unfold in the booth two doors down from us.
Currently sitting with Langer in ER and he’s doing well,
sharing some laughs about his pizza intake in NYC this
week," Rojas tweeted. "Keep Mark in your prayers as they
continue to run through protocols."
Langston had just finished his pregame segment and turned the broadcast over to his partner, Terry Smith, for the first pitch. He collapsed moments later, and medics were summoned into the booth where he received CPR before being moved. He will remain in Houston for several more days while he recovers, according to the LA Times. He was resting comfortably but still being evaluated, the Angels announced Saturday.
A four-time American League All-Star, Langston won 179 games in 16 seasons. He pitched for seven teams, spending eight seasons with the Angels and six with the Mariners. Langston and Mike Witt combined to pitch the eighth no-hitter in Angels history on April 11, 1990. Mark led the American League in strikeouts as a rookie in 1984 and again in 1985 and ’86. He became head baseball coach at Orange Lutheran High School (Calif.) after his retirement in 1999 and guided the Lancers to a playoff berth in 2002. He was inducted into the San Jose Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
|KBIG ad from LA Times on September 21, 1969, from Dave Grudt's personal collection|
Casey's Saga Is Up to Number 13 On Our Countdown
(September 20, 2019) Casey Kasem’s American
Top 40 is alive and well on SiriusXM. Whotta’ treat to
hear his countdown show and the delicious tidbits about the
songs and/or the artists. I think about how blessed we were
to have had him our lives. A true pioneer.
As one of the initial stations to air AT40 on July 4, 1970, I’ve always felt a special connection to the show and more importantly to Casey when I was general manager at W4-Detroit. We met on the phone just before the debut of AT40. He was so thrilled that his parents living in Detroit would get to hear what he was doing in Los Angeles. He just wanted to say thank you.
His tragic death with Lewy Body Dementia in June 2014, at the age of 82, was bad enough, but the aftermath has all the overtones of unbelievability. Now, the most recent chapter of this bizarre tale is another head scratcher.
The widow of Casey, Jean Kasem, 65, was allegedly attacked by her business manager, John Gressy. He apparently became enraged because she was giving money to her daughter, according to DailyMail.com.
Gressy allegedly became furious because Jean was giving money to Liberty, 29, her daughter she shared with Casey, law enforcement sources told TMZ. The outlet reported that Gressy threw dishes and a vase at Jean. She was allegedly hit at least once and was taken to hospital for treatment to minor injuries. It was reported that he threatened to kill Jean, her attorney and Liberty, who was present at the time of the incident and called 911. Police later arrived and arrested Gressy. He now faces charges for felony criminal threats. He had reportedly locked himself in a room before police arrived.
Jean Kasem’s representative Edward Lozzi, told TMZ there was no truth to speculation that Gressy and Jean were in an ‘intimate or personal relationship.’ But Casey’s daughter Kerri Kasem told DailyMail.com that the pair are romantically involved, and he lives with her and drives her father’s old car. “We have multiple amounts of evidence that this is her boyfriend. There is no business manager,” said Kerri. “This is the reason why it happened, it had nothing to do with giving her daughter Liberty money.”
(September 19, 2019) Noah
Eagle is the new Clippers radio announcer,
following the retirement of
who had a 40-year run with the NBA team.
Sieman now moves from radio to tv.
Noah recently graduated from Syracuse University and is the son of CBS NFL and TNT NBA play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle.
Tom Hoffarth devoted a half-page in the LA Times to the complicated challenges that confronted the Clippers organization, while satisfying the demands of Prime Ticket, ESPN, KLAC, and Fox Sports West.
Additionally, Noah had been working on NBATV’s summer league. Hoffarth called the Eagle hire, “a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for both parties that could cultivate another franchise voice in the coming decade.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining the L.A. Clippers, a first-class organization. There’s so much excitement building with this franchise and I can’t wait to provide the soundtrack for Clippers fans worldwide,” said Noah.
|Hear Ache. Salem Media Group, owners of “The Answer” [KRLA], “The Fish” [KFSH] and KKLA, shrinks their Board to reduce costs. Four members are gone … Former HOT 92.3 morning man Victor Zaragoza is now a sports anchor and traffic reporter for all-news KCBS/KFRC-San Francisco … Ian Whitcomb receives surgical thrombectomy today. A GoFundMe page has been created on his behalf. “There have been many complications since Ian had the stroke in 2012. He hasn’t worked and I’ve been his full-time care-giver,” wrote Lillie Langtry. “No income for 7 years. Now we must ask for your help. Any amount. Ian’s recovery and rehabilitation will be long and expensive. Left to what Medicare covers he will not improve. Once home, we’ll need skilled help here. We humbly ask for your help at: https://www.gofundme.com/f/getting-ian-well. Ian sang the mid-60s hit, You Turn Me On, and has worked at KIEV, KROQ, KCRW, and KPCC.|
|Job Opening. KFI news anchor Tessa Barrera is leaving her part-time gig to go to Houston as a morning show sidekick at 94.5 The Buzz, which creates a need for a new part-timer at KFI. Send a recent 2-minute MP3 news demo to Chrislittle@iheartmedia.com or, you can go here to fill out an application: https://bit.ly/2kPezeg. (Photo: Chris Little, Tessa Barrera)|
710/KMPC's Gene Brodeur Dies
(September 18, 2019) Gene Brodeur spent
the decade of the seventies as alternate White House
correspondent for Golden West Broadcasters (710/KMPC) during
the Nixon years. Gene passed away on January 13, 2019, from
the effects of Lewy Body Dementia. He was 80 years old. Gene
spent his final days on his farm surrounded by the family he
loved and the animals he enjoyed.
Gene grew up in New Jersey and studied English at St. Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He started his broadcast career as a journalist in San Francisco in 1967, tracking the student protest movement from Berkeley to Santa Barbara. “The late Hugh Brundage hired me in February of ’71, where I was doing news and programming in Santa Barbara,” Gene said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
“I was hired as a field reporter and anchor. At the end of corporate downsizing accelerated in the late seventies, I was caught up in a newsroom cutback in 1979.” Gene landed at KCET as field reporter/producer for 28 Tonight, anchored by Clete Roberts. After the funding ran out, Gene joined “KUTE 102” as news director. During this same period, he started doing field reporting and anchor work for the NBC Network based in Burbank.
|From 1984 to 1986 Gene was the radio
bureau chief in Paris for NBC News. In 1986 Westwood One
bought NBC radio and Gene said, “That was enough for me.”
His wife Jerolyn and Gene visited his old radio friend KMPC buddy Scott Shurian who was living near Bozeman, Montana. A local station offered Gene a job and the family has been there ever since.
“Jerolyn paints water colors of the domestic animals on our small farm, which lies about 18 miles north of Bozeman [Belgrade],” said Gene. He produced a bi-monthly series on political and social issues for Montana Public Television.” He also produced educational videos and rites for a Bozeman-based newspaper.
“We are proof that there is life after the city.”
Eugene Thomas Brodeur began his adventure with life on September 14, 1938, in Ridgefield Park, New Jersey. Guided by an early physical challenge, he learned the rewards of persistence and commitment, which helped when he discovered horses. As a stable boy, he attended events at Madison Square Garden where he was able to meet great riders and horses of that era. Growing up at a local stable, Gene became a skilled horseman, he loved horses and that never changed.
After college and being influenced by the Beat Poets, Gene headed for California and was hired as a radio dj. This led to a career spanning 50 years in broadcast journalism. Some of the highlights of those years include interviews with James Brown, Muhammed Ali, Desmond Tutu, Katharine Hepburn, and Fred Astaire to drop a few names. The 1965 Watts riots spurred him to the inner city to teach journalism to high school students in Watts. (Bozeman Daily Chronicle obit contributed to this tribute)
Hear Ache. Not only have we lost several LARP in recent months, Eddie Money and New Wave voice Ric Ocasek are gone. Sad. A few years ago, Bob Visotcky invited me to a Cumulus event in Oxnard for the advertising community. Eddie mingled with the guests and performed. A real treat. When Bob worked in Denver, he was part of a headline in the Best Of issue of the Denver weekly, Westword: “BEST RADIO RISE AND FALL – Bob Visotcky. Once the overseer of six powerful Denver radio outlets owned by Texas-based AMFM, Bob Visotcky was the most controversial figure in Denver radio during 1999 for a slew of reasons, including his defense of Howard Stern in the wake of some controversial post-Columbine comments and his decision to move classical station KVOD from FM to AM, which he figured no one would notice. (He was wrong.) But Clear Channel’s purchase of AMFM meant Visotcky’s days were numbered in Denver; he was shipped out to Los Angeles, where he was sacked in a matter of months. Radio can be a nasty business, even for the people who make it that way.”
Entercom Puts Spotlight on Mental Health
|(September 17, 2019) A
number of LARadio readers wanted to know why all-news KNX
devoted multiple hours of a recent Sunday mornings ago to a
talk show devoted to mental health. Since KNX already added
a two-hour bartered show about buying cars to their Saturday
morning programming, was this the beginning of additional
talk programming to the all-News station?
It turns out Entercom (owners of KNX) took on the mission of raising awareness of mental health, by marking the start of National Suicide Prevention Week by airing of a live two-hour commercial-free public service program.
The show participants included hip-hop artist Lizzo, alternative duo Tegan & Sara, Country singer Michael Ray, San Francisco 49ers Defensive End Solomon Thomas and Contemporary Christian Music act Skillet, airing on more than 235 Entercom stations. The Entercom “I’m Listening” initiative includes suicide prevention PSAs, on-air promos and a dedicated website with information and resources to end the stigma around mental health discussions.
“Mental health and suicide prevention are year-round initiatives at Entercom and we are doing our part to end the stigma by encouraging people to talk,” said Pat Paxton, Entercom’s Chief Programming Officer. “Like millions of others, my family has been impacted by mental health issues and the effect it has on friends and families is devastating. ‘I’m Listening’ is when our vast network of radio stations and digital platforms unite on the same day, at the same time, to ultimately save lives. If we help just one person, our time will have been well spent.”
“I lost my sister Ella to suicide last year,” said the 49ers’ Thomas. “As a survivor, I’ve not only suffered grief and guilt but my own depression. Becoming a mental health advocate has allowed some of my healing, and I am honored to be part of Entercom’s ‘I’m Listening’ broadcast to help amplify why talking about mental health is important.”
|According to the National Institute
of Mental Health (NIMH), one in five – 46.6 million adults –
in America experience mental illness in a given year.
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the
U.S., claiming the lives of over 47,000 people. More than 50
percent of people in the U.S. will be diagnosed with a
mental illness or disorder at some point in their life.
Mental health affects everyone regardless of culture, race,
ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
Hear Ache. Thank you for all the birthday messages. Much appreciated. One LARP who remains anonymous wrote: “You’ve experienced 33 and 45. Now you go full cycle at 78.” Yikes. My years keep spinning like a turntable … Podcast revenue will be bigger than radio next year for NPR revenue, according to a story in PodNews. They are expecting to earn $55m from podcasting next year … Nice to see Jackie Wilson honored with a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame … Former KFRG (K-FROG) personality James Davidson (aka Jimmy Hoppa), passed away Sunday from an aggressive format of cancer. He was diagnosed with the disease just two months ago, according AllAccess.com. For the past couple of years, he worked for Hot 103.9-Riverside. Jimmy was 50 years old … Wendy Williams’ (ex-KDAY) tv show was renewed for two more seasons through 2021-22 … DJ Eddie One is the new afternoon driver at Cali 93.9. He’s also been named assistant program director. DJ Eddie One spent 14 years with Mega 96.3.
New Morning Show Debuts
(September 16, 2019) “Cali
93.9 #1 for Reggaeton y mas” is the latest morning show to
debut in Southern California. The new Cali Mornings (5a-10a)
line-up is led by Carolina “Caro” Marquez
(l) , Mando Fresko and sidekick Jessica
Speaking about her new role, Caro was enthusiastic about her passion and future of Cali 93.9, “You inspire and awaken the hearts of others by doing what you love. I’m incredibly happy to be doing just that with Cali 93.9.” Caro previously served as midday host on Radio Centro’s 93.9 Exitos and Mega 96.3, both Los Angeles stations, as a producer at LATV, and a reporter for MTV3. She is a Los Angeles native from Lincoln Heights and has a 7-year-old daughter.
Fresko moves to Cali from a successful run as an on-air personality with Cali’s sister station Power 106, also a Meruelo Media station. He said of the move that he is “beyond excited to join the Cali 93.9 family, and I’m honored to continue being a part of Meruelo Media's elite team. I can't wait to talk with our listeners every morning!" Mando was recently featured on Forbes’ “Get Paid to Be Yourself,” where he discussed his professional journey and founding his company, Hubwav Media. Mando is also actively involved in the local community with the newly launched Fresko Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on mentorship, personal development, and creating opportunities for inner city youths.
Jessica Flores(r) rounds out the Cali Mornings as the show’s sidekick, and will also serve as a Cali 93.9 digital personality. Speaking about her role, Jessica said. “I have been dreaming about an opportunity like this for years. Cali 93.9 will make a positive cultural impact for the Los Angeles community for years to come!” Jessica started her radio career with Cali sister station Power 106’s “Liftoff” show featuring Justin Credible, and also served as talent for Radio Disney. DJ E-Man, Director of Programming, is “extremely proud of the new Cali Mornings team. This is a station made by LA, for LA.”
"It was only five months ago that
we kicked off our podcast
Talks with John. (It’s a
weekly conversation between me and John Lennon played by Tim
star of the biopic stage show Just Imagine).
We recently won a Gold dotComm Award and now we have been signed by Harmony Artists to create a stage show based on the podcast.
They plan to book the show at Performing Arts Centers around the country starting next year.
All of this from a crazy idea I had late one night about doing a little podcast!" - Tammy Trujillo
Email Saturday, 9.14.2019
|** Do You Hear an Echo?
“Speaking of ‘must see’ stuff. Echo in the Canyon was just released on DVD. This is a masterpiece of 60’s music history. So well done, extraordinary, you’ll learn a bit too.” – Jeff Baugh
** Jonesy’s Jukebox Missing
“Just wanna know if you know anything. A few weeks ago, Jonesy's Jukebox wasn’t on a Wednesday and I called KLOS. They said it was his decision to cut back to Fridays only, that he wanted to do other things.
Do you think that’s true or is it the new owners that took over at KLOS and it was their decision?” – Patrick Breen
** Koz Error
“First, a big thank you for continuing the site. As someone who works in the fringes of radio, and grew up in Southern California, I read every word of every column. Sad that so many of the broadcasters that made LA radio what it is / was are leaving us.
As a side note along those lines, Roger Carroll worked as a booth announcer at KABC/TV in the early 1980s. As a young news assistant, I used to deliver copy to the booth. The intro to Eyewitness News was read live, since there would sometimes be changes to who was anchoring the news that night. Roger pretty much always wore one of those khaki safari jackets and always had a cigarette going, since this was in the days when indoor smoking was okay. Oh, and the late Ernie Anderson occasionally filled in there too. I can still hear his basso voice as I handed him the copy: ‘Thanks, kid.’ This was also typically uttered in a cloud of smoke!
Okay, so the Dave Koz story that I love to tell. About 15 years ago, I was covering media days for the LA Auto Show, which is two days of reveals and news conferences before the show opens to the public. It’s a bit of a madhouse, as there are tons of ‘media’ that really don’t seem to belong there. But the show loves to boast about how many people they credential each year, which apparently looks good to the manufacturers who are spending big money to stage a news conference. I often joke that if you have a pulse and can fog a mirror, you qualify for a credential.
I usually only recognize about one-fifth of the people wearing media badges – the rest just seem to be people who figured out how to get a credential to go to the show early and free. Anyway, after some new car is revealed, there is the usual mad scrum up on the stage to get a quick word from an executive. The print reporters are able to rush the stage first, since they’ve been sitting in chairs right there. Camera platforms are toward the back, so by the time we haul ourselves around, we have to bide our time to get to the exec once the print guys are done with their questions.
So on one such occasion, I’m standing there in this crowd with a camera crew in tow, just waiting for our turn. A guy comes up and says, ‘Hey, I love your radio show.’ This was several years before I’d joined Art Gould on The Car Show, so I just figured he meant he’d seen me on KABC/TV, and that he’d confused tv for radio. He then went on, ‘I listen every morning.’ Well, okay. During those press days I’m on the ABC7 morning show doing live remotes, but it still seemed weird that he’d say that. I thanked him again, and just then it was then our chance to move forward and get the interview. Right as we’re moving up the steps and rolling the camera, the guy pays one more parting compliment. ‘And you’re an awesome saxophone player!’
I barely had time to digest this, as we were literally about to start interviewing the auto exec. I just shrugged it off and continued the task at hand. Later, I was trying to figure out what the heck that guy was talking about, and who he was confusing me for. Then I happened to look at my name badge issued by the auto show. Oops. That guy saw it and thought it said ‘Dave Koz.’ As is typical at these things, they put your first name in a much larger font than your last name, so people can greet you by first name more easily. Now it made sense, but didn’t he wonder why the KTWV morning host and musician was at the LA Auto Show with a camera crew? And I suppose he told people he’d met Dave Koz, but hopefully he eventually figured it out.
Funny addendum. I’m relaying the story to my colleague George Pennacchhio, who’d interviewed Koz over the years. George chuckled when he explained that not only do I look nothing like Koz, but that at 6’6” tall, I’m about a foot taller than him!” – Dave Kunz, Automotive Reporter, KABC-TV; Co-Host, The Car Show, KPFK/fm
** Lucky Pierre Had Hand in Larry Boxer’s LA Career
“I am also very saddened by the death of Lucky Pierre, the guy who was responsible for bringing me to KGFJ in 1971. Pete would listen to me on ‘skip’ when I was doing evenings at KDON-Salinas. I had met him briefly when I visited KGFJ on my way to program KNOK in Ft. Worth. He remembered me, and so when a temporary opening came up he recommended me.
I came down to L.A. for what was supposed to be a two-week gig that ended up running for four years. So Pete, thank you buddy. You were a good friend, and a great handball playing partner.
As an aside, we would play handball with a young record label rep whose name I can’t remember right now. He was a very good-looking guy, and Pete would refer to him as ‘that f---ing Adonis.’ Won’t mention how he referred to our general manager.
In 1979 we co-produced and hosted the pilot for a show called PQ80, short for Prep Quiz 1980, which was designed as a quiz show pitting SoCal high school teams. Our marketing skills were not the greatest, which is why you’re hearing of it for the first time. RIP Pete.” – Larry Boxer (Joe Terry)
** Santa Monica Eatery
“Years ago, my wife and I used to eat at Chez Jay. It was great. Got to know the owner, Jay. Friendly and nice person with a sense of humor.” – Bob Fox
Lisa Bowman is a Real Sport
|(September 13, 2019) This
is a story that will touch your heart. It is about LARP Lisa
Bowman, who was involved in an exciting radio
promotion that had a major twist. The year was 1983.
SportsTalk at KABC had gone through various format variants
and hosts. One thing the show never had was a woman co-host.
The station then embarked on a national campaign to find a
woman who could work with Tommy Hawkins and Bud
The pay was $25,000 and all the perks of attending sporting events. "We were doing very well in the ratings," remembered Tommy. "We were getting fives and sixes in drive time and thought we could attract even higher ratings if we could attract women."
During the early 1980s, tucked away at Occidental College, UCLA and Glendale Junior College was Lisa Bowman. Though she didn’t win the promotion / contest, Lisa had been preparing for the contest for much of her life. Lisa wrote sports stories for the campus station and she was a sports columnist for the Foothill Leader.
"I wanted to get into radio and sports," Lisa said. Meanwhile, men were incensed that the KABC contest was open only to women. Bowing to pressure, and probably the advice of lawyers, the contest was thrown open to all. The ten finalists were separated by gender, according to Lisa, even though Tommy remembers all the finalists as women.
“There were six women and four men,” she recalled.
Lisa was born in Antioch, California where her father was a manager at US Steel. They later moved to Lafayette in the East Bay. By the time Lisa was three, she was performing on a stage built in the family woodshed. At nine she appeared in the Bolshoi Ballet. “It was during the Cold War and the traveling troupe of performers needed 20 local girls. I remember auditioning in San Francisco, being selected and performing at the old Fox Theatre,” said Lisa.
The first phase of the KABC contest was to make a tape of original sports commentary. From the two thousand who applied, it was narrowed to 30. “I was the chief interviewer,” said Tommy. “I asked each to deliver a three-minute commentary and then they were asked to interview a sports star.” “I was one of the semi-finalists,” said Lisa, “and each hour during SportsTalk the station aired our commentary. I was in the last group and so nervous.”
When the station narrowed the finalists to ten (contestants), Lisa was there. The top ten were brought to the station to perform an off-air audition before a number of sports reporters that included OC Register columnist John Hall, Los Angeles Herald Examiner columnists Allan Malamud and Bob Keisser and Stu Nahan.
“The judges couldn’t see us,” remarked Lisa. “We first had to read commercial copy cold. Then we drew a sports topic out of a hat and extemporaneously talked about that topic. The final phase was to interview a mystery guest. I was really nervous when Tommy brought in Elgin Baylor. At first, I didn’t recognize him. I was so embarrassed,” said Lisa. “But I pulled it off.”
On the day a winner was to be announced, pd Wally Sherwin called Lisa and one of the other finalists, Merrie Rich. “The three of us were on the line together. Wally said the judges were unclear who should win, but that it was between the two of us.” Merrie got the job.
“As runner-up I won a trip to Puerto Rico, which I gave to my parents.”
Merrie, a New Yorker, was best known as a singer of the National Anthem before New York Knicks and Rangers games. She worked for her father’s public relations firm in New York. Her move from New York was not paid for and she felt isolated once the publicity blitz died down.
The story takes a bizarre twist at this point. A month after going on the air, Merrie was fired. “Merrie was a real strong type of a lady,” said George Green who was KABC gm at the time. “She wasn’t real cooperative and not friendly. She eventually said the wrong thing to the wrong person once too any times and I fired her.”
Tommy remembered Merrie as “tough…she would never have been enlisted in the diplomatic corps. I don’t think she ever bit her tongue to anyone.”
“George called and asked me to come in to the station to talk about the new vacancy,” said Lisa. I brought in my six-month old son, Steven. I told George that my son came first and he would determine how many hours I could devote to the talk show. George must have liked my candidness and I was off to Dodger stadium as the new co-host for SportsTalk.
No one ever trained me. I just went on the air. They put a log in front of me and I didn’t even know how to read it.”
“Lisa had a wonderful personality, enthused George. “In the beginning she faked it as far as knowing sports, but I just liked her. She was terrific on the air. A real spark. She was a great asset when appearing at client functions. She even sang at Dodger Stadium.” Tommy knew that Lisa had been around sports because her husband worked sports at KTLA/Channel 5 while Tommy was on KNBC/Channel 4.
Lisa stayed with KABC for three years. The time between then and now in her life has been filled with plenty of ups, downs, and challenges. Lisa went on to be president of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters group. She’s been the only female head of the SCSB. Her husband went on to be a very successful director, helming Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, among other shows. Lisa has been active as a cabaret and stage singer (you can purchase any number of CDs of her songs). She wrote a book, Shattered Peacock, about life in Persia in 1979. She’s a volunteer with numerous agencies and groups.
And then she was diagnosed with MS (Multiple Sclerosis). You know the old bromide, if you question the existence of God, just make a plan.
I met Lisa in the nineties when I was researching my book, Los Angeles Radio People. I fell in love with her instantly. Little did I know there was a long line of Lisa admirers. We would have lunch. It was always upbeat and positive. At the sports luncheons, despite the presence of sports super stars and broadcasters, there was always a circle of admirers around Lisa. Even after her diagnosis, our luncheons and phone conversations were positive.
No stopping this young lady. A recent exchange of emails revealed a major change in her life. She wanted to share it with her LARadio broadcast friends:
“Well, we’ve moved to Springdale, Arkansas. Really. And it’s fabulous. We love it here. It’s absolutely beautiful, and believe it or not, it has everything one could want, except for a Trader Joe’s. But there are many really fine and / or fun restaurants, gorgeous trails, the university, tons of lakes and streams and the prettiest clouds I’ve ever seen. It’s good for me right now, as I just finished another bout with breast cancer. This time around it was triple negative, which is scary. It’s sneaky and likes to travel. If it shows up anywhere else, I’ll be put in palliative care. They can put out the brush fires for a while, but they can no longer stop it at that point.
On the bright side, I’m about to publish the first of a trilogy about Queen Margaret of Scotland, and I’m already writing the second book. I researched at the Library of Scotland and at Huntington Library, the latter for nine months. Margaret lived through the 1066 Norman Conquest – in fact, her father and her brother were both heirs to the English throne, but for various reasons, weren’t awarded the Crown. The first book is about her childhood while in exile in Hungary, the second about the Conquest, and the third, about becoming Queen in Scotland. It’s fascinating work, rather like an Easter egg hunt for information. A friend I made at the Huntington, who’s an Episcopal priest and a Ph.D., wants us to co-author a prequel to the trilogy. We uncovered this wacky young nun, who attended the same school as Margaret did years later, and who is connected to several of the characters in my trilogy. I couldn’t believe it when we found her. It’ll be a rather humorous book, until she dies at twenty-three, but until then, she was an eccentric and a rebel. We’re going to have fun with her. Chuck is doing very well. He’s making short films as presentations of potential full-length films. It’s looking good. He needs to finish this next one before he has enough material to start knocking on doors, but he’s almost there.
And there you have it. Life is good. God is good. Love, Lisa."
|Geezers lunch: Curtis Carroll, Ace Young, Joe Collins, Willie Bee, and Don Jennett reunite for breakfast in Yuba City|
Bloom Off the Rose
|(September 12, 2019) She
Said, a new book by two New
York Times investigative reporters, uncovers the role Lisa
Bloom – also known as the daughter of attorney Gloria
Allred – played in the Harvey Weinstein sex
harassment and assault scandal in the fall of 2017. The
book, according to a story written by Robin Abcarian in
the LA Times, covers details about hotel room
meetings, the bathrobes, pleas for naked massages and
“What came as a shock is the way that attorney Lisa Bloom, a champion of women’s rights, took up Weinstein’s cause in brutal, compromising ways.” Abcarian asks if it was only coincidence that Bloom’s book on the Trayvon Martin case was going to be made into a miniseries by the Weinstein Company.
“But how can Bloom, who, like her mother, Gloria Allred, has carved a place in the legal world exacting justice for women who have been abused harassed and discriminated again, have thrown herself off such a precipitous moral cliff?”
Abcarian reached out to Bloom for a comment on the book. “A contrite Bloom, who declined my interview request, has tweeted her regret and described her involvement with Weinstein as ‘a colossal mistake.’ Oh, Ms. Bloom, it wasn’t just a mistake. It was a total, humiliating sellout,” wrote Abcarian.
Hear Ache. Artie Lange has announced that he’s home and 7 months 14 days sober and added, “but one day at a time.” He posted on Twitter there are lots of new stories to tell. Artie was one of the comedians sitting on the Howard Stern Show, with many ups and downs in his sobriety journey …The masterpiece Suspicious Minds — the 18th and final U.S. No. 1 single of Elvis Presley’s career — turns 50 years this month. Click song title for the story behind the iconic song … … Elvis Presley’s pal Wink Martindale reveals why he ‘broke down’ after seeing The King for the last time. Read it here … Former KFI Talker, Turi Ryder, has written a book that she described as "a fictionalized radio memoir." Phil Hendrie calls She Said What? A Life on The Air “a brilliant and hilarious book about the late great world of radio, written by a woman who knows it as well, if not better, than anyone who's ever worked in it." … Ron Elz, best known as Johnny Rabbitt at KMOX-St. Louis, sent a note this week. “I was Pete Bunny on KEWB doing mornings when Robert W. Morgan & The Real Don Steele were there. L. A. & NYC offers were of interest, but I opted for a waiting job back in my hometown of St. Louis.” … Very nice profile piece on KOST morning host Ellen K that appeared in the OC Register. It was announced today that Ellen will be the announcer on Emmy Awards.
KLOS Double Talk
|A long-time promotion on
KLOS is on Tuesday when the Classic Rock station plays
two songs by the same artist and calls it 'Two for Tuesday.'
Greg took advantage of Twitter posting a highly effective promotion with side by side Greg's calling each other out.
Roger Nadel Has News for You
(September 11, 2019) Roger Nadel makes news wherever he
goes. In 1996, he arrived at all-News KFWB to be VP/General
Manager from the same post at WWJ / WYST-Detroit. He has
management in his blood.
After leaving CBS in 2003, he spent a year as executive editor of Radio & Records, the much-revered trade publication. He oversaw the Management / Marketing / Sales section of the paper before returning to radio to manage Sporting News Radio’s KMPC / 1540AM. After the station was sold, Roger moved to Metro Traffic, now known as iHeartMedia’s Total Traffic & Weather Network, as SVP of Affiliate Sales and did that for 11 years, before leaving last month when he was part of a larger company-wide restructuring.
His plane landed and Roger is planning his next flight. Never content with the status quo, Roger is spending his time at his home in the Channel Islands Harbor “getting smarter about where the media business is going and what role I might play.”
The time between jobs has always been my favorite time for personal growth. Sure, there’s plenty of anxiety but it is also a time when reflection on one’s strengths and interests get magnified.
Roger seems to be doing just that. I asked him how he views his future. “I think I can provide value for companies…at minimum on a contract / project basis. The folks I’ve been talking to are leaders in our industry, are great resources, provide valuable insight and feedback, and are helping me to figure it out.”
Roger is looking for the niche he can fill as a consultant. “It is something akin to figuring out where the format hole is in a market, and then programming to it,” he wrote. His experience is expansive.
For the last three years at TTWN, he also served as SVP / Affiliate Services overseeing a 10-person team that monitors station Compliance and Inventory Management for the division. “So my experience and skill set is pretty broad, and my relationships are strong both locally and at the group level. At CBS Radio, I managed the most profitable 5,000-watt station in the country.”
His resume can translate to any number of tasks, from audio, to business efficiency, to network/syndication, to work outside the industry. “I’m excited to see where it leads,” he enthused.
Born on Halloween, in Washington, DC, Roger graduated from the University of the Pacific in 1971 with a psychology major. In 1974 Roger was a news gatherer for Associated Press Audio News Service in Santa Barbara and in 1976 joined "KNX Newsradio" as a news writer/editor and in 1982 was promoted to executive news producer, a position he held for seven years before CBS Radio transferred him to Detroit.
Roger can be reached at: email@example.com.
|In other news: Forty percent of all new podcasts are hosted by women … Cynthia Fox is encouraging everyone to see the documentary The Sound of My Voice, the story of Linda Ronstadt … Santa Monica is my old growing up town. The city was in the headlines recently with Bernie Sanders speaking at my high school (Samohi), then eating at a decades-long favorite restaurant near the top of the entrance to the Santa Monica Pier, Chez Jay. Back in the day, it was fun sitting at the bar next to David Jannsen (Fugitive) and Mike Connors (Mannix). That’s what made growing up in the Southland so much fun. Never knew who you might see at the stop light. Matt Damon and Ben Affleck once wrote scripts in its red booths. Julie Andrews and Blake Edwards had their first date at Chez Jay … KLOS has moved Jonesy’s Jukebox with Sex Piston Steve Jones back to once a week. It now airs noon to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Marci Wiser is now 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., followed by Gary Moore and Greg Beharrell.|
Lucky Pierre Dies
|(September 10, 2019) When Rick
Thomas heard that
died, he said it was like someone punched him in the gut.
Lucky had a wide-ranging LARadio career at KHJ (1961-63),
KGFJ (1968-74), KUTE (1974-84, pd) and KACD, (1996-98). He
died August 12.
Born Pierre Gonneau, Lucky was born in Chatellerault, France. He came to the United States to attend Ithaca College of Theatre Arts when he was 17 years old. His first love was acting. “Even though I got started in radio, I always had it in the back of my mind that I would end up acting,” he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Lucky spent seven years in Buffalo radio beginning in 1954 on WWOL, WHLD, WEBR and WBNY. Beginning in 1955, he hosted a weekly show for two years on the Mutual Radio Network from WOR-New York.
During his first visit to Los Angeles and two years at KHJ, Lucky hosted an afternoon children’s program on KHJ/Channel 9. He drew cartoons and even gave the youngsters French lessons. “We didn’t do very well because we were up against Soupy Sales on KABC/Channel 7, Tom Hatten and Popeye on KTLA/Channel 5 and Sheriff John on KTTV/Channel 11. But while hosting movies on the weekends, I had the thrill of a lifetime when I interviewed Maurice Chevalier who was appearing at the Greek Theatre. He was 80 years old and I was the only one who got to interview him. I must have run that interview 20 times,” he laughed.
|Lucky got his nickname from some college kids at Ithaca
after seeing him in a production of the play
of 1952. Robert Clary sang about Lucky Pierre – the man
of the hour, the man of the year – and Ithaca College’s
Pierre became “Lucky” and it stuck.
In 1963, he went to WFEC-Harrisburg for five years, returning to the Southland as music director of KGFJ in 1968. At KUTE he started as md, then by the time he left was pd during “the Quiet Storm” format. The station exploded in the late 1970s when KUTE was the only Disco station in the market.
Lucky left radio in 1984 and concentrated on acting full-time and appeared on Cheers, The Golden Girls and the 200th episode of Married…With Children. He said of his Married appearance: “More people saw me than anything I’ve done in the past decade. Amazing!”
Lucky was big with the Hispanic community from his Disco days at KUTE. Many weekends he appeared at local dance nightclubs and hosted special party nights. He also hosted a Sunday evening show on “Groove Radio” (KACD).
Lucky was 85 years old.
In other news: Former KNXer Tom Haule is celebrating 40 years of wedded bliss … Rhonda Kramer just celebrated five years with KABC … Watching the NFL Football season get underway, I can’t help but think Howard Lapides has a huge smile on his face watching the Buffalo Bill opener. You can’t be season perfect if you don’t win the first game … And great to hear Chris Myers calling the NFL for another season on Fox ... KNX celebrates 99 years today.
If you work in Radio broadcasting or
podcasting in southern California, the 2nd Annual Western Regional
Media IBS conference is coming up soon. The workshop is at Cal
State Long Beach and includes many LARP as speakers and workshop
leaders: Danny Lemos, Dennis Clark, Kathy Gronau, Sharon Katchen,
Valerie Geller, Susanne Whatley, Charles Feldman, Manny
Pacheco, Dave Beasing, and Julie Chin.
Click the artwork for more info
LA Times Remembers Joe McDonnell
(September 9, 2019) Sports
Radio in Los Angeles has never been a significant ratings
factor. Though some sports outlets across the country are
regularly in the top ten – WFAN-New York and KNBR-San
Francisco, for example – our sports stations have relied on
securing the rights to one of our major franchises –
Dodgers, Lakers, Angeles – and selling the ad community on
the fact they are reaching a very active, targeted male
demographic. There are enough beer companies and automotive
products to generate substantial revenues.
In between the live sports event, the sports stations have often relied on local personalities, which is fine. Yet for the most part, more and more of the local talent have been scrapped in favor of national sports programming. When we want to hear about our local teams and players, the networks give us sports news and commentary generally skewing towards covering East coast teams.
One of L.A.’s sports characters, Joe McDonnell, was as big as any NFL quarterback, literally and figurately. He died in 2015 at 58 and was so colorful, his opinions and antics received much attention. When Joe married Elizabeth, a “who’s who” of local sportscasters were in attendance.
Arash Markazi, LA Times sports columnist recently devoted a half-page story to his memories of Joe – the “Big Nasty.” Some highlights:
∙ I’ll never forget the first time I heard Joe McDonnell’s voice on the radio. My father was driving us around Van Nuys in the spring of 1993 while McDonnell and co-host Doug Krikorian were on KMPC 710 campaigning for Magic Johnson to replace Randy Pfund as the next coach of the Lakers.
∙ I had just turned 13 and my dad finally allowed me to control the radio on our long drives from the San Fernando Valley to just about anything worth seeing and doing in L.A. It was my introduction to sports-talk radio, which was still in its infancy. KMPC had launched one year earlier, joining XTRA 690 in San Diego and WFAN 660 in New York as one of about half a dozen all-sports radio stations in the country.
∙ With information about the city’s teams confined at that time to the morning newspaper’s sports section and nightly local television news, I was instantly hooked. I listened to McDonnell every day after school and followed him to KMAX 107.1, KWNK 670, XTRA 1150 and KSPN 1110, which would later become ESPNLA 710.
∙ I often think of “Big Joe” — he weighed more than 700 pounds before undergoing gastric bypass surgery in 2004 — whenever a big moment in Los Angeles sports happens. One of our last conversations was on the possibility of the Rams moving back to L.A. He was the host of the postgame show for the last Rams game in L.A. and was hoping they would return to L.A. They would come back 10 months after his death.
∙ “You need the
credibility that comes with living and working in this city
for a long time,” he told me. “This is a great sports town
with great sports fans and they want to hear someone from
their city talk about their teams with the same passion they
have. It’s not that complicated.”
∙ I couldn’t help but think of my friend and that conversation when ESPNLA announced Friday that they would be changing their on-air lineup beginning Tuesday (September 3). Three years after debuting an all-local lineup from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and proclaiming itself as “the destination station for Los Angeles-area sports fans,” ESPN announced the station would be airing the nationally syndicated “Stephen A. Smith Show” from 10 a.m. to noon and the “Will Cain Show” from noon to 3 p.m. Smith and Cain do their shows from New York and cater to a national audience. So after a big night in L.A. sports this fall, there’s a good chance they’ll be talking about the New York Yankees, Dallas Cowboys and New York Knicks instead of the Dodgers, Rams and Lakers.
∙ The move might make sense to ESPN executives living in Connecticut but it makes no sense to anyone living in L.A. The problem is that the same people making the decisions for ESPN’s owned and operated station in New York are the same ones calling the shots for their station in L.A. They were the same ones who begrudgingly tried to make the “Dan Le Batard Show” from Miami work in L.A. before finally being forced to listen to a frustrated L.A. sales staff unable to sell the South Beach show to a Southland audience. The same week ESPN gave up operational control over its radio affiliate in Chicago, the network essentially gave up on its listeners in L.A.
∙ McDonnell helped launch ESPNLA in 2000 and I can just picture his reaction to all this. As upset as he would be, he wouldn’t be surprised. After a profanity-laced tirade, he would shrug his shoulders and say, “What do you expect?” He never had much confidence in the countless executives for whom he worked and who would eventually fire him — he was once let go outside of a sandwich shop after a remote broadcast. No matter how many lineup changes he was a part of or watched take place from afar, he never lost faith in sports-talk radio working in this city, even if that day wasn’t today.
A couple of subsequent Letters to the Editor of the LA Times responded to the Markazi column. Jack Wolf of Westwood wrote: “Markazi refers to 1992 as the infancy of talk radio. Hmmmm! I guess that in the mid-1970s, Bud Furillo, Superfan (Ed Bieler), and Bud Tucker (all on KABC) and the like were talking about housekeeping or something else. Brian Lipson of Beverly Hills wrote: “I must thank ESPN for the decision to move Mason & Ireland’s time slot. Now when I’m driving to and from lunch, I don’t need to slip between 570 and 710. I’ll listen to Roggin & Rodney and know I’m not missing anything interesting on the other station.”
US Magazine feature on marriages when courtships
outlasted their marriages included KBIG's (MY/fm) Mario Lopez and
"The duo tied the knot in 2004 after six years together.
Two weeks later, their marriage was annulled after Landry learned Lopez had cheated on her at his bachelor party."
Email Saturday, 9.7.2019
|** Chronological Countdown
“It’s been a long time since we last spoke, although by virtue of reading your column regularly I feel it hasn’t been so long after all. Years ago, before streaming became commonplace, you graciously made recordings of KRTH 101 during what I considered their golden hour. Hopefully I expressed my thanks and appreciation for all the hours of joy and great radio listening you made possible.
Now years later, still an audiophile and one who truly enjoys Classic Radio, I have a question and thought you would be just the right person to ask. In the early to mid-70s there was a syndicated radio special that played in chronological order all of the number 1 songs from 1955-73, much like the History of Rock and Roll time sweep, except this program played the hits all the way through. It was hosted by a pair of then KRLA jocks Jay Stevens and Johnny Darin.
I’ve come to discover this program was updated on multiple occasions, with the final program covering the number ones all the way through 1980. The program was called ‘A Chronology of American Music.’ My question – have you ever heard of this program and if so, do you have any idea where I might find a copy? This has been a sort of bucket list item for years and I was hoping with your many sources that you might be able to provide a lead. I was hoping to reach out to Jay Stevens directly and wondered if you might have any information as to his whereabouts. I think this was his project and he, if anyone, could lead me in the right direction.
Any help you might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Thx so much.” – Bob Balestieri
** Howard Lapides Tribute
“You and the readers may be interested in the great tribute to Howard Lapides produced by Shadoe Stevens. It was played at the memorial, where a packed house at The Comedy Store showered loved and laughs. https://vimeo.com/352399252.” – Randy West tvrandywest.com
** Case and Point
“I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Dwight Case. He was a kind human being, and most definitely a larger-than-life leader.
When he was president of RKO and visited KHJ radio, where I worked, he always projected a confidence that everything was moving in the right direction for the radio chain [which it was in those days.] Dwight made employees feel we were a part of what made RKO Radio a success, even if we just typed up the jock schedule. His laugh was infectious, and I loved hearing it.
After Dwight left RKO Radio, he became the president and publisher of Radio & Records, THE weekly newspaper of record for the Industry and ‘must reading’ for simply EVERYONE! During Dwight's tenure at that legendary publication, I was privileged to work as his executive assistant. Although Dwight was an effective leader at R&R, I always felt that his heart belonged to radio broadcasting and developing successful stations.
In all the time I worked for and around Dwight, he never failed to inspire confidence in those who worked for him. I don’t think he had a petty bone in his body. He set goals that he expected his executives to meet, and I think he enjoyed teaching his managers how to win in the ‘air wars’ as well as how to sell radio and always stay a few steps ahead of the competition. In that vein, when Dwight was president of RKO, there were some wonderful parties. He rewarded his people. One such function was held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with fine dining and free-flowing alcohol. The entertainment included Melissa Manchester, the Fifth Dimension, Manhattan Transfer, and can’t remember who else. It was like a cabaret setting, very intimate, and first class all the way. And it WASN’T a client party. It was Dwight’s way of thanking his general managers, sales managers, and account execs, for their hard work. Imagine.
As I mentioned earlier, Dwight was one-of-a-kind. He mentored many and loved seeing his people succeed. He was a class act, always. Sure am lucky I knew him. My sincere condolences to Dwight’s family.” – Shaune McNamara Steele
** Tribute to Phil Jennrich
“Nice write-up on Phil Jennrich. Thanks. Lots of great people came out of KEDC and the Radio TV department at SFVSC. It was quite a little crucible of talent.” – Robert Turner
** Worked with Jennrich
“Very sad to read about the passing of Phil Jennrich. I worked with Phil during my second stint at KZLA/KLAC. Phil was a consummate pro, solid news anchor, terrific writer, and versatile broadcaster. He was the epitome of your classic, credible radio ‘newsman,’ yet also had a wonderful sense of humor and a very easy-going personality. I loved working with Phil, and had tremendous respect for his work. My thoughts are with his friends and family.” – RJ Curtis
** Jennrich trustworthy
“Phil Jennrich was a newsman’s newsman. That wonderful voice. Sad but glad we got to work with him. So many lives touched by his trustworthy voice.” – Stoney Richards
** Roger Carroll’s Passing
“I used to listen to Roger Carroll’s show on KMPC when I was in school. When the show ended, that was the signal to go to bed. He was my introduction to the MOR side of music in the late 1960s-early 1970s. He featured the popular singers of that era including Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, Herb Albert and the TJ brass, and of course, the infamous Frank Sinatra. Younger singers making their mark such as Gilbert O’Sullivan and Carly Simon were also played.
I often would do my homework while his show was on the radio. He just had an easy way about him and just would try to entertain the listeners he had. This was a style I wasn’t used to as the djs at KRLA and KHJ were hyping their commercials and records on their shows. I never listened to any of the other djs on that station. Johnny Magnus and Dick Whittinghill never appealed to me at all. Roger was the only personality I would listen to.
Carroll did play a strange song called Tip Toe Through the Tulips by Tiny Tim. This was the strangest song I have ever heard, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out why Roger would play this song on his show, but he did.
I still think it is too bad Tarantino couldn’t have looked harder and included airchecks from KMPC or KGIL in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, showing viewers LA wasn’t all under the spell of rock music and the newer generation.” – Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree
** KABC Ratings
“WTF … I don’t get it. Bill Sommers said in 1998 if KABC didn’t get more than a 2.5, they would blow up the station. Well it’s been more than 20 years and they are down to a .03 but this month .04 and they still haven’t been blown up. Why??? It is past time.
Glad to see KROQ doing better.” – Patrick Breen
Big Man Behind Some of Our Favorite LARP Dies
|(September 6, 2019) During
my first meeting with Howard Lapides ten
years ago, we discovered that we had a connection which
turned out to be the city of Buffalo. Howard grew up there
and spent many years in the state of New York while I was
national program director for Gordon McLendon.
As a teen, Howard interned at Gordon’s station in Buffalo,
WYSL. While back East in August, I learned that Howard died
August 1 of colon cancer. He was 68.
Howard worked behind the scenes with a who’s who of personalities and comics. He was a producer and talent manager who repped and worked with such clients as Dr. Drew Pinsky, Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Carson Daly. Lapides served as the executive producer of VH1’s Celebrity Rehab franchise, which included Celebrity Rehab and Sober House With Dr. Drew, and was managing partner of Dr. Drew Productions, which was launched in 2009.
“If there was no Howard Lapides,” said Pinsky, “there'd be no Dr. Drew, period; end of story. He told me what to do. Often, he told me how to do it. I listened, learned and benefited. Howard was more than a manager. He was family, and I will miss him immensely. He was the architect of everything I’ve ever done. He was my confidant, champion and protector for the past 25-plus years, and I am devastated by this loss."
Howard served as an executive producer for The Man Show and a consultant on Crank Yankers, two Comedy Central programs created by Kimmel and Carolla. He also was the executive producer for Loveline, hosted by Carolla and Pinsky (locally on KROQ), and worked with Daly developing another MTV show, Total Request Live. Lapides produced Tom Green's feature directorial debut, Freddy Got Fingered in 2001.
Lapides began his career at age 16 at WYSL and attended Emerson College in Boston. Following graduation, he was involved in Canadian radio and repped a number of young comedians.
His wife Marie said by phone that Howard always said when he died, he wanted a fun event to be held on a football field (he was a huge Buffalo Bills fan), a radio station or a comedy club. She ended up holding an event at the Comedy Store with Shadoe Stevens as MC. Shadoe had a long friendship with Howard and would frequently appear with Howard on Matt Alan’s Outlaw Radio every Saturday afternoon on the Internet.
While living in Santa Barbara, Howard and I had lunch every two or three months usually in Ventura, half way between our residences, at Cafe Fiore. We dissected radio and personalities. I will miss his storytelling. He had a contagious love for radio, entertainers and his stories were always interesting and compelling.
New Nighttime Show at Real 92.3
|(September 5, 2019) Urban
Real 92.3 (KRRL) has added a new late nighttime show, hosted
by Tino Cochino.
Who says you can’t get started and perfect your craft in a
smaller market? Tino spent three years in Bakersfield
building his brand.
His show is syndicated (already on 49 stations) and is co-hosted by Raquel Marquez and DJ Nicasio.
Born and raised in Lubbock, Tino got into radio at the age of 13 as an intern. At age 16, he was given his first full time shift and worked his way to the #1-night show in his hometown. At age 21, he moved to San Antonio until that station flipped formats.
Tino Cochino Radio and the crew bring more topical fun to LA night radio, according to a press release. “Whether its interviews with the biggest names in Hip Hop or taking about real LA life, it’s always fun when Tino Cochino does it."
"The fact I’m even saying this is surreal. TCR can now be heard in LOS ANGELES! I’ve dreamt of this moment my entire career. We’re at the point where I’m so confident with our show, delivery and execution that I know the timing couldn’t be any better.”
|In other news: Peter Bowen, former DOS at CBS/LA, is the new Director of Sales for the Townsquare’s Cedar Rapids/Iowa City, IA local media cluster … Sad to see the start of demolition of the Sportsmen’s Lodge over Labor Day weekend. Bulldozers have virtually turned the site into a mound of rubble at Ventura Boulevard and Coldwater Canyon in Studio City. So many radio events were held there, including the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheons ... Las Vegas’ Ira David Sternberg writes that Amazon is opening a distribution center in Henderson, right near the Raiders’ new practice facility. “Short delivery time for Gatorade to the players!” said Ira … Jim Duncan is finally home from the knee replacement re-do. “A few weeks of physical therapy and it will be time to get our travel on,” emailed Jim … Willie Bee celebrates 50 years in radio …. KNX’s Randy Kerdoon has been doing some excellent pieces with the car once driven by the Manson family. Nice tie-in with the buzz surrounding Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. You can hear his entire Talking About Cars podcast on radio.com … I had a bizarre dream last night. I was in a room with Vin Scully surrounded by a room full of Little League players. They had no idea who Vinny was. Then there was a line of people filing past us going into Dodger Stadium led by Gil Stratton. Gil was to be the MC for a Beach Boys concert. Wonder what the heck that dream meant ... Victor Zaragoza exited r&b Oldies (Q102.1)-San Francisco … Jim Ladd sent a note that he “still kicking the can” and playing music on SiriusXM Deep Tracks CH 27 from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.|
Simers Sues. In
a slice of irony, T.J., Simers, page 2 columnist
with the LA Times for 23 years, was recently
sprawled across page 2 of the Times. A LA jury
awarded Simers (formerly with Sports KLAC) $15.4 million in
damages against the newspaper, for discrimination against
him because of his age and disability. This was a second
time a jury found in his favor.
In 2015 he was awarded $7.1 million, but the judge overseeing that trial threw out much of the judgment. Simers launched a new morning show with his daughter Tracy and Fred Roggin on October 30, 2006. The show ended September 27, 2007.
In 2013, T.J. started writing for the Orange County Register until a voluntary buyout.
He attended Northern Illinois University. Simers worked in different cities, including the San Diego Union, the Rocky Mountain News (Denver), and the Commercial Appeal (Memphis). He was named 2000 California Sportswriter of the Year by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Simers originally sued the LA Times for age and health discrimination, claiming he was pushed out from his $234,000-a-year job after he suffered a minor stroke. In November 2015, a jury awarded him $7.1 million; however, a judge cut $2.1 million for lost earnings, then also struck the remaining $5 million in damages for emotional distress, ruling Simers had quit his job of his own accord.
|Inland Empire GM Dies.
Well-loved and respected general manager Bob Bunnell of KFXM
(1959-75) in the Inland Empire passed away August 12, at the
age of 93.
Born in Louisville, Illinois, Bob graduated from Milliken University (Decatur, Illinois) with a degree in Journalism.
He will be remembered as a legend when he was with KFXM-San Bernardino. Many of his former employees have commented “Bob was the best boss they ever had in radio.”
Following serving in the United States Air Force during the Korea conflict (retiring as a 2nd Lieutenant), Bob graduated from the Don Martin Radio School Hollywood.
His radio stints were at KFXM/KDUO- San Bernardino, KACE-Riverside and KXTA-Henderson, Nevada. Bob was buried with full military honors at the Riverside National Cemetery.
KOST Continues Winning Streak
(September 4, 2019)
KOST continues its winning ways
in the just-released Nielsen Audio PPM for August '19, 6+
Mon-Sun 6a-12Mid. Both Alternate stations (KYSR and KROQ)
made significant increases month-to-month. All-News KNX lost
a tenth of a point, ending up 14th. Both Sports station
declined, KSPN significantly.
1. KOST (AC) 5.9 - 5.8
2. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.6 - 5.3
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.2 - 5.0
4. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 4.8 - 4.8
5. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.0 - 4.1
6. KFI (Talk) 4.3 - 3.9
7. KIIS (Top 40M) 3.6 - 3.6
8. KLOS (Classic Rock) 3.3 - 3.3
9. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.0 - 3.2
10. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 3.1
|11. KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.1 - 2.8
12. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.8 - 2.7
KYSR (Alternative) 2.2 - 2.7
14. KNX (News) 2.8 - 2.6
KRRL (Urban) 2.8 - 2.6
16. KKGO (Country) 2.3 - 2.5
KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.9 - 2.5
18. KROQ (Alternative) 2.0 - 2.4
19. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.3 - 2.3
KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.6 - 2.3
21. KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 2.0 - 2.0
KPCC (News/Talk) 1.9 - 2.0
23. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.9
24. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.1 - 1.7
KUSC (Classical) 1.7 - 1.7
26. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.7 - 1.5
KLLI (Latin Urban) 1.2 - 1.5
28. KLAC (Sports) 1.4 - 1.3
29. KCRW (Variety) 1.1 - 1.1
KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.1
KRLA (Talk) 0.8 - 1.1
32. KEIB (Talk) 1.0 - 1.0
33. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.9
KKJZ (Jazz) 0.9 - 0.9
35. KSPN (Sports) 1.4 - 0.8
36. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.5
KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.6 - 0.5
KSUR (Oldies) 0.5 - 0.5
39. KABC (Talk) 0.3 - 0.4
KCSN (AAA) 0.5 - 0.4
KWKW (Spanish Sports) 0.4 - 0.4
|In other news: Dave Mason (K-EARTH 2013-14) is working weekends and swing at KFMB/fm-San Diego … Happy 13th wedding anniversary to James Baker (KBIG 1999-2001) … Ashley Paige (mornings at The Ranch) is celebrating 23 years of marriage … Wendy Williams (ex-KDAY) has partnered with 50 Central producer Back Roads Entertainment on a stand-up comedy special, according to Deadline.com. The 90-minute special will feature Wendy’s take on a raft of topics, including her own life and the tabloid headlines that it’s drawn … KYSR middayer Tamo Sein exits the Alternative station.|
Phil Jennrich, Veteran Newsman, Dies
|(September 3, 2019) August
was a particularly cruel month, losing eight LARP while we
were on holiday break. On August 11, distinguished newsman Phil
Jennrich died. He was 72. Phil worked at a number
of LA radio stations.
Byron Paul and Phil were best friends for 55 years. Bernie provided the following:
Phil was born in the Chicago area in 1946 and moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1947. His broadcasting career technically started in 1964, with his enrollment in the LA City College broadcasting department. That’s where we met.
Phil just had an incredible voice. Not sure where it came from. He was a tall, skinny 18-year-old kid. But when the sound came out of his mouth, it was amazing.
After two years at LA City, Phil transferred up to San Francisco State College, (add comma) again in the broadcasting/radio/television department. While in San Francisco he worked at K-PEN (later K-101).
Phil came back down to LA around 1968 to finish school, this time in the Radio/TV department at what was then called San Fernando Valley State College (what is now Cal State Northridge). Out of school, Phil mostly stayed in the LA area as a morning drive newsman at the stations, in the process winning multiple Golden Mike Awards for ‘Outstanding Newscast.’
Phil loved radio, but he hated getting up early in the morning (4 a.m.) which was his lot in life for his many years on the air. Such is the curse of a consummate radio news professional. After leaving the business, Phil moved to Angola, Indiana to be near good friends. After a short illness, Phil died on August 11 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is survived by his sister, Susan.
Thanks to Byron for his story.
Jim Duncan wrote to say, “Oh no, another
friend I have been meaning to get in contact with." Phil and
Jim first worked together at KLAC from around 1974 through
the KLAC/KZLA days. “I always made friends with the news
staff, knowing how tough their job was. One minute they were
doing the basics and then all hell would break loose. Phil
was a true professional. He had that amazing ability to be
the calm in the storm. Phil was a high-quality reporter and
an all-around nice guy. Sadly, we were ships passing through
the hallways on the way to the next story or, in my case,
the next talkover or break.”
Dawn Kamber, KSBR news director, worked with Phil in the early 80's as his News Assistant at KLAC. “He was great to work with and appreciated working in Los Angeles.”
Jeff March wrote: “Phil was a newscaster with a rich voice who worked at KBBQ Burbank (in 1967 –68) while he was still attending Valley State, and then went on to work at KLAC and KRTH.”
Chris Hayes worked across the glass from Phil at KRTH when he was doing vacation relief. “Nice guy, and what a set of pipes! I also recall he was the ‘time lady’ on the KRTH automation audio clock,” wrote Hayes.
Steve Hafen, gm at KVIP in Redding, added to Phil’s story. “He the voice when Hit Parade 68 came along from Drake Chennault.”
Renee Thomas, Director of Commercial Services, Salem Los Angeles KKLA/KFSH/KRLA/KTIE, worked with Phil for a number of years at KLAC/KZLA, (late 1980’s, early 1990’s). “He was a news director, working in a high pressure fast-paced news room, writing and producing his own newscasts, as well as hosting ‘The Sunday Show’ a well-loved Public Affairs show I produced. He brought his calm understanding, and cool under fire approach to everything he did. Phil was a true joy to work with, and consummate radio professional…truly one of the GOOD ONES! He will be missed.”
|Timmy Manocheo found this
photo that provokes more questions than answers
"... Mommy, where's the crowd?"