LARadio

September/October/November, December 2019

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett
Edited by Alan Oda


 

 

Email Saturday, October 5, 2019

** Kiernan Kudos

“Great read from Kathy Kiernan about how fortunate she was to get so many breaks while at KNX 1070. The station was among the all-time great news radio stations of its day. She got to participate in its best days, and sadly its more recent worst days.

Kudos to Kathy for lasting nearly 40 years due the professional she clearly is. Shame on KNX, not just for her interpretation of poor treatment, but also for becoming a shadow of its formerly great broadcasting stature.

What used to be my first tune in destination is now among my last. I hear the same from many industry people, most of whom have fond memories of KNX being the absolute best source of local news. Now we rely primarily on Twitter to direct us to a myriad of sources of breaking local news, too few of which point to KNX.” – Patrick Veling

** KNX Management

“Just read the story on Kathy Kiernan retiring after 38 years at KNX. First, I say congratulations to Kathy. Second, I was shocked at the statement Ken Charles made to her. What an ASS!” – Bob Koontz

** 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 ColemanJo KwonGeorge NooryJane 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
** Yo! Yolanda

“I was fortunate to be program director at KABC and KMPC for part of the time when Yolanda Gaskins was there. She was a great talent and always a pleasure to be around. We had a skeleton news staff, but whenever we had research done, we always scored very high on news perception with listeners. Part of the reason for that was due to Yolanda.” – Bob K 

** 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

** License to Thrill

“The photo you posted this morning reminded me of this photo I took about 18 months ago, several miles NE of Las Vegas. The Mighty Met still lives on!” – Bob Whitmore

** 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 CastilloCrystal ZahlerLara ScottGreg SimmsLarry MorganKeith Smith, Claudia RubioKevin SchatzLarry DavisRenee TaylorJoe RosatiMike SalasMike GasparreKevin SekiSam MicletteCass PereyraAnthony Lopez,  Cody Black,  Yasmin CortezJim PrattJoe CiprianoLynn DukeDiane BottsCory BassetDave SeverinoLarry 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 KNX Veteran
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 months.

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 Wes 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 weekends.
Writers and editors carry the load of finding other ways of covering stories and filling airtime. But they don’t have final say over what airs. Current management has given anchors free reign to ad lib the news. When I started at KNX, IBEW engineers were required to touch any equipment besides the wire machines… we had AP, UPI and Reuters, plus City News Service. Their ribbons had to be changed, and the paper. They printed hard, on three stacked pieces of paper, fed on a roll. Periodically someone would get up and go back into the wire room and rip off the latest several feet or yards of new information. The editor would assign stories, handing the writer the source copy from which to develop a piece, written on a manual typewriter with giant print, onto a six book… six pieces of paper joined at the perforated top, and separated by carbon paper. So, each story could run six times… three in a dual anchor situation… before someone had to go up to the fifth floor and xerox new copies to be used later in the day. The day we went to dot matrix daisy wheel printers for the wires was the day we could start wearing white to work for the first time without fear of winding up covered in ink! Now, of course, stories are all written digitally.

 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.

Anyway, IBEW was eventually bought off, decades ago, and editors, writers, and newbies hired for Radio News Exchange or RNX, were suddenly in charge of using all the equipment. I became an excellent razor-blade and grease-pencil editor. Eventually, late for the industry, KNX went digital. I was one of the original power users and was enlisted to teach others how to word-process, and about the Internet.

When we moved from our longtime home at 6121 Sunset to 5670 Wilshire, we finally abandoned analog entirely, dropping carts for wavs. The software rep, Tom Haule and I taught everyone how to edit audio on a computer. Someone said of me, in your column ten years back, Don, when you were doing anonymous surveys, ‘She turns out tons of content under unbelievable deadlines.’ And so I did. I may not have been the best writer KNX ever saw, but I worked hard. And I was rewarded for it by outside organizations. Over the years I helped bring home 18 Golden Mikes... a handful of AP Mark Twains, some Press Club and UPI awards and a Murrow in 2017, for KNX. Some were team efforts behind the scenes; others all mine. I collected the hardware for many years but stopped after KFWB died as a news station and our real competition wasn’t in the game any longer. I served as Shop Steward for the WGA west for more than 20 years — 12/24/94-2000ish. And then 2003ish to 2019. Also served on the Guild’s Board of Directors for eight years, and its National Council for a few of those.

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: vox4bux@yahoo.com
"This license plate caught my eye yesterday parked in front of Chipotle in Kingman, Arizona.
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 misconduct.

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 LimbaughDennis 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.



Email Saturday, 9.28.2019
** Rona Barrett Entertainment

“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 Delivered

“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 ColemanArt 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

Golden Mikes. The RTNA (Radio and Television News Association of Southern California) is planning a special event in January as the group celebrates its 70th Golden Mikes award show. They are looking for photos from past dinners, the older the better. The pics will be included in a special awards souvenir book. Send submissions to www.rtna.org and be sure to ID who’s in the picture and a date when the photo was taken.



Hear AcheKaren 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)
Lala (MTV 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 Chi. (Photo credit: LaLa with Jay Z, Michael Loccisano)

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 CannonNick 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.”


K-FROG Welcomes Bugenske 
(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 HomeAnita 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.”
Harcourt Milestone. Internationally known radio dj Nic Harcourt, heard on 88.5/fm Southern California, will celebrate his 2,000th show on the L.A.-based Triple-A rock station next Tuesday during his morning drive show. 88.5/fm general manager Patrick Osburn said, “Nic is truly a national treasure to the broadcast community, as well as Los Angeles, and CSUN is proud to have him starting off our day on the station.”

Many artists have credited Harcourt for putting them on the map and helping them achieve stardom, including Adele, Coldplay, Death Cab for Cutie, KT Tunstall, Interpol, Lana Del Rey, The Record Company, Florence + The Machine, and countless others.

“I’ve been so fortunate in my career,” Harcourt said. “From my early days as a part-time overnight DJ at WDST to a decade at KCRW and the last seven years at KCSN (88.5 FM), my career has been about discovery and the passion for sharing that with the audience. Hitting 2,000 shows at KCSN is a milestone, and I’m so happy that the station has chosen to celebrate it with the audience.”
Hear Ache. RJ Curtis, former pd at Country KZLA, loves the Ken Burns documentary on Country music. “This film is another masterpiece from Ken Burns as he points his camera on Country music and the leading role that radio played along the way,” said RJ, a Country Radio Broadcasters executive. 
 


Noah Eagle, 22, New Clippers Radio Guy 
(September 19, 2019) Noah Eagle is the new Clippers radio announcer, following the retirement of Ralph Lawler who had a 40-year run with the NBA team. Brian 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 Flores

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 Piper,
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 Furillo.

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 alleged rapes.

“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.

Ouch.

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: roger.nadel@gmail.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 Lucky Pierre 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 New Faces 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.
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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 FurilloSuperfan (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 Ali Landry.
"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 & RecordsTHE 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 PinskyJimmy KimmelAdam 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. Complete listing of the Top 40 LA stations will be posted tomorrow:

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?"


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