Where Are They Now?
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Compiled by Don Barrett
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LaBeau, Steve: KFI, 1982-87; KLAC, 1987-89. Steve is a regional radio executive for the AP bureau based in Phoenix.
Laboe, Art: KGFJ, 1952; KFWB, 1954-55; KXLA, 1955; KPOP, 1955-59; KDAY, 1960-61; KPPC, 1970 and 1972-73; XPRS, 1970-71; KRTH, 1970-75; KRLA, 1975-79; KFI, 1983-84; KRLA, 1985-98; KCMG/KHHT, 1998-2015' KDAY, 2015-17. Art owns the very successful Oldies But Goodies album series and a number of radio stations in Tucson and Fresno. Art worked evenings at HOT 92.3 and received the 2010 LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award. In late 2012 he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. In addition to syndication, Art is heard in the Inland Empire on KDAY.
LaCrosse, Michael: KOST/KHHT, 2013-17. Michael was appointed pd at KOST and HOT 92.3 in late summer of 2013. He arrived from Clear Channel/Spokane. In early 2017, Michael was jettisoned from KOST to an unnamed iHeart position. In September 2017, it was announced Michael would become pd at KKCW and KLTH-Portland.
Lacy, Jack: KIQQ, 1981-85. Jack had a long and successful career at WBAL-Baltimore and in New York at WCBS/fm and WINS before joining "K-100." Jack moved to Spain to live with his daughter and died on June 9, 1996, in San Sebastian.
LADD, Jim: KNAC, 1967-69; KLOS, 1969-75; KMET, 1974-87; KLOS, 1985-86; KMPC/fm/KEDG, 1988-89; KLSX, 1991-95; KLOS, 1997-2011. Jim, who was there for the birth of "underground" AOR, chronicled it in a book, Radio Waves: Life and Revolution on the FM Dial.
Born in 1948 in a small farming community outside Sacramento, at age 21 he moved to Long Beach to work at KNAC. In 1980 Jim was cited as the Top Rock Jock for "the passion that he brings to both the songs he plays and the words that set the mood. Ladd cares and it shows." In 1974, he started hosting "The Every Other Sunday Stereo Special," an interview show described by Jim as "a cross between 60 Minutes and a kick-ass hour of rock 'n' roll." It later became the ABC syndicated show, "Inner View," put together by Damion and a KLOS salesman.
In 1984, he hosted "Live From the Record Plant" for RKO Radio Networks. Jim left KMET for a brief time in 1985, going to KLOS for a Saturday night show, which he left on September 26, 1986. He returned to "the Mighty Met" and was there when the plug was pulled on February 6, 1987. Listen for Jim's voice in the MGM movie Rush.
In 1994, producer Howard W. Koch, Jr., optioned his book to be made into a movie for Paramount Pictures. Jim was let go from KLSX when the station changed from "classic rock" to "Real Radio" Talk format in the summer of 1995. On his departure he told Gary Lycan of the OC Register: "The problem is not KLSX but radio in general. It's not run by people who know the music anymore. This decision was made 3,000 miles away, and all radio is like that. They try to pick a little narrow slot." Jim returned to KLOS September 22, 1997, while the station was attempting to regain its Rock glory years.
Jim worked late night at KLOS until leaving the station 10.26.11, following the Cumulus take-over of Citadel/LA. He started at Sirius/XM in February 2012.
(Rush Limbaugh, Ana Lee, Jere Laird, and Stu Levy)
Laetz, Hans: KBUU, owner/gm, 2015. From 1977 to 1984, Hans worked at KTAR-Phoenix and two Tucson stations, KTUC and KNST. He went on to television as assignment editor at KOLD/TV, CBS News, KCBS/TV, and news ops manager at KTLA and KABC/TV.He's currently running the LPFM, KBUU-Malibu.
LaFave, Norm: KFI, 1994; KLSX, 1998; KPLS, 2003. Norm hosted a weekend automotive show on KPLS until a format flip to Spanish at the end of 2003.
LaFawn, Jim: KWST, 1976; KPOL, 1977; KZLA, 1979-80. The KZLA pd died of a heart attack in the KZLA offices on January 31, 1980.
Lagreen, Alan: KKTR, 1998; KFI, 1997-2007. Alan reported traffic for several radio stations including KFI until November 30, 2007 when AirWatch went through restructuring.
Laing, Art: KFWB, 1968-78. Art died May 26, 1994.
Laird, Diana: KGGI, 1996-98. Diana left KHTS-San Diego in the fall of 2005 after a payola probe. She is now a life coach.
Laird, Jere: KRLA, 1962-63; KNX, 1968-98. Jere is retired and living in the Southland.
Laite, Reg: KFWB, 1971-73. The former KFWB news director is a media trainer at Dunlop Media in New York.
Lake, Martin, KNAC, 1969-70. Unknown.
LA LA: KKBT, 1999-2002. Alani "La La" Vasquez Anthony joined The Beat for middays on August 30, 1999, from Atlanta and left in the spring of 2002. She spent some time with "HOT 97" in New York. La La is married to NBA player Carmelo Anthony.
In Atlanta, Vazquez worked as a programming assistant at WHTA radio. While a student at Redan High School, she received her first big break with her debut in a radio show, alongside Ludacris, called Future Flavas. After working for some time at the station, she decided to relocate to Washington, DC, where she attended Howard University and studied Communications. While at Howard, she worked as a disc jockey at WHUR, the campus radio station.
In 1999, she moved to Los Angeles and went to work at KKBT radio. There, she was noticed by MTV and was invited to audition, although was not called back until a year after the audition. She was the co-host of MTV's Direct Effect and Total Request Live. She has also hosted the reunion specials for all seasons of VH1's Flavor of Love, both seasons of I Love New York, the first season of Real Chance of Love, the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School and For the Love of Ray J.
She made her film debut in 2001 in Two Can Play That Game. Her other film credits include Urban Massacre (2002), Monster Island (2004), You Got Served (2004) and Think Like a Man (2012).
In early 2012, she launched MOTIVES by La La, at the Market America World Conference at the American Airlines Arena in Miami. Inspired to create a cosmetic line for women of color ranging in color variation, her cosmetic line consists of multiple products for face, cheeks, eyes, lips and nails. Each products name was composed from a life experience.
Lama, Stephen: KUSC, 1994-2003. Stephen was deputy gm at KUSC. He's director of Audio Programming at Spafax in Orange County.
LAMAR, Adai: KJLH, 2011-17. Adai is part of the morning show at KJLH. She is the local voice for the Steve Harvey Morning Show on 102.3 KJLH. She has been the co-host for several morning shows including co-host for the 3-year run of Stevie Wonder's Morning Thunder Thousand Dollar Thursday Show.
Adai became the first African American woman to lead a morning show in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2007. Adai is also the host of "Free Talk" on Saturday mornings. The show gives her audience a voice to discuss issues and serves as a platform for businesses, organizations and people that are dedicated to helping the community.
Adai is a Tatum,Texas native with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She speaks to youth encouraging them to find their purpose as well as emcees various shows. She serves on the board of the Challenger's Boys and Girls Club and the Help Me Help You Foundation. In her spare time, Adai is developing television projects and her acting skills. She has appeared in several stage plays. Her latest appearance was in One Woman Two Lives.
Lamb, Ken: KJOI, 1974-77. Since 1987, Ken has been an ABC/TV network announcer, based in New York.
LAMB, Mike: KFOX, 1990; KORG, 1991; KFI, 1991; KMPC, 1992-93; XTRA, 1994-95; KMPC, 1995; KLSX, 1996-97.
A graduate of USC, Mike was an offensive tackle during John Robinson's first tenure as head coach of the Trojans in the early 1980s. He began his collegiate career as a member of USC's last unbeaten team - the 1979 squad that produced a #2 national ranking and a Rose Bowl victory.
His broadcasting career began in 1990 as he co-hosted the "Sportsbeat" radio magazine with Larry Kahn. Mike moved to KFI and the Los Angeles Raiders broadcasts, hosting the "Raiders 5th Quarter" post-game show. At KMPC he hosted the "Football Saturday" show as well as "RamsTalk" before and after each Rams game.
In 1994, he moved to XTRA and then returned to KMPC as USC Trojan color football announcer. In 1996 the commentator-packager moved USC football from KNX to KLSX. In 1997 he won best radio color commentator from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. In 1998, Mike was named Best Game Analyst Color Broadcaster in the annual L.A. Daily News Best and Worst of L.A. Media.
He currently works for Wells Fargo insurance Services and Comcast Sports Net Bay Area and Mike lives in Sacramento.
Lambert, Garrett: KWST, 1978-79. Garrett works as a SuccessTracs Coach for T. Harv Eker and Peak Potentials.
Lambert, Lynda: KODJ/KCBS, 1990-94. Lynda moved back to Louisville, her hometown.
Lamon, Emiliano: KFI, 1995-2008; KFWB, 2008-09. Emiliano was on the air briefly and became a producer at News/Talk KFWB.
Lamphear, Alpert: KDAY, 1966. Alpert moved to Big Sur and runs an old-time radio store on the wharf in Monterey.
Lampley, Jim: KMPC, 1992-93. Jim anchors major tv sporting events and has his own production company.
Lance, Christopher: KRTH, 1982-83; KKHR, 1983-86; KIIS, 1991. Christopher left KOOL Oldies in Phoenix in early 2006. In 2004, Christopher authored Gringos' Curve.
(G. Gordon Liddy, Evan Luck, Michael LaCrosse, and Isaac Lowenkron)
LANDA, Mike: KNX, 1969-2015. Mike was KNX Newsradio’s Orange County Bureau Chief until his retirement in July 2015. For more than 30 years he has kept listeners informed about happenings in the OC. He has covered storms, big fires, major crimes, the economy, politics and personal stories of the famous and not so famous.
Landa was born and educated in Alhambra. He graduated from California State L.A. He also did post graduate study at Cal State Fullerton where he taught broadcast journalism classes. Landa began his career with KNX in 1969, one year after the station adopted an all-News format. His collection of awards includes honors from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, California Associated Press Television and Radio Association, DuPont Columbia University Award, US Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Bill Farr Award for the KNX series “America’s Forgotten Heroes,” Seven Golden Mikes and two Merit Awards from the RTNDA for best Hard News Series and Best Documentary.
Landay, Tip: KOST, 1988-94; KRTH, 2007-13. Tip was apd at K-EARTH until late 2013.
Lander, David L.: KRLA, 1968; KPPC, 1970-71. David is an actor.
LANDERS, Chase: KJLH, 1978-80; KACE. 1990-91. Chase is a Los Angeles voice talent. He has been compared to Morgan Freeman, Dennis Haysbert, Denzel Washington and James Earl Jones.
Chase graduated from the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Broadcasting. He got his first big break in radio at WAMD, in Aberdeen, Maryland, where Chase worked from 1973-76. Chase then worked for KDKO from July 1976-78. From August 1978 to September 1980.
After his stint at KJLH, Chase moved to San Antonio where he worked for KAPE. He returned to LA, where Chase later received an AA degree in radio broadcasting at Los Angeles City College. He also worked at WXOK-Baton Rouge.
Landis, Lon: KCBS, 1993-2001. Lon was news director at "Arrow 93."
Landolphi, Suzi: KMPC, 1995. When she left radio, she was appeared KCOP/Channel 13 as an entertainment reporter.
Landry, Leah: KGMX, 1993-94; KNX, 1999-2006. Leah reported traffic at KNXNewsradio.
LANDRY, Ron: KGBS, 1969-74; KFI, 1974-75. Ron was partnered with “Emperor Bob” Hudson at KGBS, and he was part of one of the most successful comedy albums of all time, Ajax Liquor Store. He had been fighting lung cancer for the year prior to his death on September 16, 2002. He was 67. He passed away surrounded by his family and closest friends. "Just as he lived his life, he handled his death with dignity and grace. After a full day in a coma, he found the strength to become alert and to lovingly connect with Margo as he peacefully ended his stay on this earth. A true spiritual gift,” wrote his kids, Veronica, Evan and Erik.
Born in Louisiana, Ron was raised in Washington, DC. His early inspiration came from Bob and Ray and Jean Shepherd. He created voices and honed his storytelling skills at radio stations on the East Coast. Beginning in 1953, and during the next three years, Ron worked for three stations in Virginia. It was during his stop in Roanoke that he hosted an evening tv show that featured his sketch comedy.
Ron was drafted in 1958 and served his two years at Armed Forces Radio in New York. "What a powerhouse of a staff we had,” Ron told me when being interviewed in 1994 for Los Angeles Radio People. “Dave Neihaus, who worked at KMPC later and now the voice of the Seattle Mariners, was doing sports and Bruce Wayne, later to be known as KFI's Eye in the Sky did news and sports. All I had to do was cover all the premieres and Broadway openings for two years for the boys overseas." He did a very popular music comedy show on transcription, which was heard over almost every armed forces radio station in the world.
Ron started in afternoon drive at KGBS and within six months he and Hudson had recorded their first album. The success of the albums led to appearances on all the major tv variety shows and nightclubs. Ed Sullivan announced the team on the Grammys: "...And nowwww for the best comedy album of the year, Hudson and Sanders." In 1977 he sold a pilot to CBS called Szysznyk. Ron moved full-time into producing sit-coms that included Flo, Give Me A Break, Benson, and The Redd Foxx Show. With a very successful run in radio, comedy albums and tv, Ron and his wife decided to travel...and travel. They spent two and a half years discovering Europe, Asia and the United States.
LANE, Chris: KFI, 2010-13. Chris joined KFI News in July 2010 from KFBK-Sacramento
KFI is a great example of the merging of a small news department with outstanding personalities to create appointment listening. During the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, KFI was by far the most listened-to station that afternoon, followed by KSPN and KNX. One could argue that the combination of live talk show hosts and a local news department delivers the best, most comprehensive news during breaking stories.
Chris Lane was an excellent addition to the news department. Most news anchors are assigned to a talk show host, so Chris joined Bill Carroll from noon to 3 p.m. We followed her journey during her first summer at KFI, looking for a nanny for her child while waiting for school to begin. “Every nanny who applied for the job through an agency, I went directly looking for their Facebook page and I probably ruled out a good seven or eight applicants based on the party pictures,” said Chris back then.
She left KFI in late spring of 2013. She returned to Texas to be near family. “You know, I just don't have enough chigger and mosquito bites,” she wrote on her blog. “And this beautiful weather and these glorious beaches are nice, but frankly I'd really like to feel like I'm living on the face of the sun for a couple of months out of the year. And hey, if I can feel really sticky from some insufferable humidity, all the better!”
She hinted in her blog that part of her decision to return to Texas is the high cost of living in Southern California. “This girl has got a dream. It's called financial solvency. I'm not going to make this a blog about California taxes and the poorly funded public school system. That discussion has BEEN had, and the differences are indisputable. And yes, they are a factor for my family. Family drives every decision in my life- professionally or personally- and so it is. Time to saddle up and head back home. Chris is a first-rate news person and a first-rate person to know, according to her colleagues.
Bill Carroll was enthusiastic about Chris. “What a pro. Back in my news director days I would have snapped her up in an instant. She has all the right stuff in large measure. Great voice. Totally natural read. Journalistic depth. As part of the show, she's smart and funny and honest. We will really miss her ability to play along and keep the boys in line at the same time. You don't replace someone like Chris, you just move in a different direction and hope it still works.”
LANE, Chris: KFOX, 1970-72; XPRS, 1974; KGBS, 1975-79; KHTZ, 1979; KLAC, 1980-87; KNX, 1991-95. Chris, co-host of the "KNX Food Hour" with Melinda Lee, died February 14, 2000, of cancer. He was 71.
Chris began his career in McMinnville, Tennessee, after recording star Eddie Arnold lined up an audition for him. His career took him to Des Moines, KISN-Portland, KJR-Seattle, KYA-San Francisco, WOKY-Milwaukee, WJJD-Chicago, WIL-St. Louis and KEGL-San Jose.
Chris was diagnosed with cancer in December 1999," wrote his wife, Lorna Alexander. "Last Monday he had a stroke and a heart attack on the very day that we were supposed to meet an oncologist at UCLA. We never did see that oncologist, and Chris joined heaven on St. Valentine's Day, quite fitting for my darling man. Chris and I met in October of 1991. We married in June of 1997. He was the love of my life and the light in my heart," said Lorna.
Chris’ television credits include creating and hosting ABC's American Swing Around and appearing on such network shows as Cheers, General Hospital, and the tv movie, Favorite Son. Chris was born Chris Lane Alexander in Kansas City on March 23, 1928. He was a pre-med student at the University of Kansas and for eight years was a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman attached to the Marine Corps. During his career he was named Program Director of the Year five times nationally. He was voted Radio Man of the Year and presented with the Bill Gavin Award by his peers and members of the record industry.
(Ronnie Loaiza, Dan LeBatard, Reg Laite, and Mitch Lewis)
LANE, Daren: KFOX, 1968-77; KCAA, 1996-2008. Daren was the general manager of KCAA in San Bernardino. He died June 18, 2008, from complications of diabetes. He was 83.
“Daren is most remembered as news director at KFOX 1280 in the late 1960s and early 70s and prior to that at 1600 KWOW,” emailed colleague Jonny Bruce. “He was even there before the Korean conflict when KWOW was KPMO. Also of note was his stint as a news director at the legendary KEWB-Oakland in the early 60s. He was a wonderfully warm person and will be missed.”
Born Daren Lane Flickinger on June 23, 1924 in Pontiac, Michigan, he was the son of a World War I Army veteran. Daren served as a radioman and waist gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During World War II, Daren witnessed the return of Jews who had been imprisoned in concentration camps, said Dane’s wife Bonnie.
His experience as a radioman led to a long career as a broadcaster. Daren worked as a newscaster, as well as playing a clown named Jo-Jo on his television show in Medford, Oregon. “I met Daren 15 years ago, when KCAA was just my dream,” wrote Fred Lundgren, owner and ceo of KCAA. “He shared my vision for KCAA and he soon became my trusted friend and associate. For seven long years, from 1996 until 2003, he made daily trips to Big Bear and kept KCAA, then KBBV, on the air with only 20 watts of power. During those years, things seemed hopeless, with all the endless delays. Daren always knew KCAA could be a reality. When others gave up, Daren stood by me because he understood radio and he trusted me. After almost a decade of work, we signed KCAA on the air. The day was June 23rd, 2003. It was a day of great celebration.”
Lane, Kay: KYMS, 1988-92; KEZY, 1996-97; KWVE, 1997-2001. SEE Kay Poland.
Lane, Randy: KYSR, 1994-95. Randy works for the Pollack Media Group.
Lane, Spanky: KDAY, 1976-79. Spanky is Rick Torcasso, president of the New Research Group.
Langan, John: KIQQ, 1976; KMET, 1983. John is doing mornings at KKZX-Spokane. "I quit as GM/PD several years ago. I do my side of the morning show from my home in the mountains of Idaho - haven't been to the station in nearly a decade," said John. He did weekends at K-100 for a brief two weeks.
LANGE, Jim: KMPC, 1970-71 and 1984-89. Jim may have been known nationally for hosting Name that Tune and The Dating Game, but “Gentleman Jim” was a popular talent on both the Los Angeles and Bay Area radio dials. He died February 25, 2014, after suffering a heart attack.
He was a dj at then-MOR station KMPC twice, from 1970-71 and 1984-89. Lange was born on August 15, 1932, in St. Paul, Minnesota, where at 15 he discovered a passion for local radio after winning an audition at a local station. “They wanted a boy and a girl," he said in a 1992 interview with the Bay Area Radio Digest. “They wanted the boy to do sports and the girl to do the dances and stuff that was going on in the Twin Cities — very sexist — and play music once a week.” He hosted that show for two years.
Lange’s bio from the Bay Area Radio Museum states that he attended the University of Minnesota as well as doing a three-year stint in the Marines. His big break on network tv came in 1962 when Lange was made an announcer and sidekick on The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, his first of his several tv gigs. “As much as he’s known for his television work, his real love was radio," said Nancy Fleming, a former Miss America, who Lange married in 1978. “He loved doing local radio, especially before it was computerized.”
Lange himself once told the Bay Area Radio Digest that he loved the medium because “you don’t have to worry about lighting directors and cameramen or script writers and all that. Good radio is still the most fun,” said Lange. “It always will be. Plus, you don’t have to wear makeup and you don’t have to shave.”
Jim spent over two decades in San Francisco radio, much of it at KSFO and KGO, working with Don Sherwood and other Bay Area legends. He returned to the Southland when King Broadcasting bought KSFO from Gene Autry’s Golden West, when everyone was fired on December 12, 1983. “Picture a guy there in a hangman’s hood, throwing the switch at midnight,” he said. During his second trip to Southern California radio, Jim worked middays on KMPC between Robert W. Morgan and Wink Martindale. Jim returned to the Bay Area and was back on the air in the summer of 1994, hosting a weekend show on Big Band KKSJ-San Jose. Jim also spent time in Branson, Missouri hosting the $25,000 Game Show.
Jim was 81 years old.
Lange, Kelly: KABC, 1967-70 and 1973; KRLA, 1999-2000. The former KNBC/Channel 4 anchor worked weekends at all-Talk KRLA until the station changed hands and became KSPN. She is a successful novelist.
(Jim Lampley, Bobb Lynes, Scott Lockwood, and Anada Lewis)
Langford, Bruce: KUSC, 1993-97. Bruce hosts live concerts for the Long Beach Symphony and Pacific Chorale that are aired on KMZT. He teaches full-time at Citrus College in Glendora.
Langford, Don: KLAC, 1974-82. Don is in sales with "KOOL 101" in Sacramento.
LANGFORD, Mike: KMPC, 1990; KEZY/KORG, 1990. Mike was one of the voices of the Rams. In 1990 he worked "Sports Confidential" on the SportsChannel along with sports shows for the two Orange County stations.
LANGSTON, Mark: KLAA, 2013-16. Mark, former Major League Baseball left-handed pitcher, was appointed the radio analyst for the Los Angeles Angels for the 2013 season. He pitched for the Seattle Mariners (1984–1989), Montreal Expos (1989), California and Anaheim Angels (1990–1997), San Diego Padres (1998), and Cleveland Indians (1999). During a 16-year baseball career, Langston compiled 179 wins, 2,464 strikeouts, and a 3.97 earned run average. He grew up in San Diego.
LANTZ, Stu: KLAC, 1987-2011; KSPN, 2011. A nine-year NBA veteran who played for the Lakers in the mid-1970s, Stu joined the legendary Chick Hearn in 1987 on all L.A. Lakers broadcasts. It was Chick who recommended that the Lakers hire Lantz to replace Keith Erickson, who had been Hearn’s broadcast partner before moving on after the 1986-87 season. He adds his expert analysis and unique insight to each broadcast - garnered through his 19 plus years with the NBA as both a player and color commentator. In addition to his game-time duties, his call-in talk show, which follows every home game on KLAC, has become increasingly popular.
The San Diego native has played a prominent role in not only his customary color commentary over the last decade, but also several other related tasks, including the Lakers tv pre-game show (Laker Time) on KCAL four years ago, which won an Emmy for the best sports series in Los Angeles. A 1968 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Stu earned All Big-Eight Conference honors on two occasions. The Cornhuskers officially retired his uniform (number 22) on October 17, 1989, during half-time ceremonies of a Lakers pre-season game in Lincoln. Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Stu was originally a third round choice for the San Diego Rockets in the 1968 NBA Draft (23rd overall). He spent his first three seasons in San Diego, where he enjoyed his finest pro campaign in 1970-71, averaging career-high figures both in scoring (20.6) and rebounding (5.0). Lantz, who ranked sixth overall in the league in free throws percentage during the 1971-72 campaign, (.838) also played for the Detroit Pistons (1972-74) and New Orleans Jazz (1974) prior to being traded to the Lakers in December of 1974.
Stu played less than two seasons in Los Angeles before announcing his retirement following the 1976-77 campaign, due to a back injury, and still ranks third on the Lakers' all-time free throw percentage list (.849). Immediately following his playing career, he embarked on a broadcasting career, serving as a commentator for the San Diego Clippers, San Diego State University, UNLV and CBS. Stu, who joined the Lakers prior to the 1987-88 season, has also worked as color commentator for the NBA Radio Network.
Laporte, Leo: KFI, 2007-15. Originally on KFI as a local show, the tech informative program, mostly computer related, is now widely syndicated and continues to be heard on KFI weekends.
LAQUIDARA, Charles: KPPC, 1968-69. After graduating from the Pasadena Playhouse with a bachelor's degree in theater arts, Charles sought acting roles in Hollywood. One of those jobs was as a classical music announcer at KPPC, at the time located in the basement of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. When KPPC switched formats and became one of the pioneers of "underground-rock," Charles worked the overnight shift. He combined rock and roll with other types of music, including classical. One scribe said: "He's that wacky actor who doesn't know much about rock or classical music, but he mixes them pretty well!"
In 1969, Charles was hired at WBCN-Boston to replace Peter Wolf, who was leaving to devote more time to his new group, the J. Geils Band. Within a few years he established that FM "underground" could attract a strong morning drive audience with "The Big Mattress Show." In the spring of 1996, Laquidara left WBCN to join WZLX, where he changed the name of his show to "the Charles Laquidara Radio Hour, (a la National Lampoon,) and played Classic Rock very successfully until August 4, 2000 when he left Boston to live in Maui, Hawaii with his family. He was nominated for the 2018 National Radio Hall of Fame.
LARDNER, Lonnie: KABC, 1996; KFWB, 2008. As a former tv news reporter in Los Angeles, Lonnie has covered thousands of stories, from radical AIDS treatments south of the border to the benefits of feng shui. Lonnie produced a documentary about Tinker Bell, which played on the documentary circuit. The 49-minute documentary, Angel in the Hood, was about two girls struggling with drug addiction, truancy and abuse at home, who turn their lives around. The docu appeared in a number of film festivals in 2010.
Born and raised in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, Lardner moved to L.A. in 1985, after news reporting gigs in Little Rock, Nashville and Chicago, to work at KABC/Channel 7 as a general assignment reporter and anchor. “I guess you could say I made local news headlines that year by producing a 12-part series called ‘Lesbian Nuns,’” she said.
Her talent for storytelling was inspired at a young age while growing up in a family of writers, including her father, the head writer for The Ernie Kovacs Show in the 1950s and a staff writer for Sports Illustrated; her great uncle, legendary short story writer Ring Lardner; and her cousin, Ring Jr., whose screenwriting and Oscar credits include Woman of the Year and M*A*S*H.
Her fascination with people and their individual stories sparked in high school, when her mother, with no experience or education, managed to land a job with Pan Am Airlines. “Within five years, she worked her way up to manager of personnel at JFK Airport in New York.”
Lardner went on to graduate from the University of Denver with a double major in English and French; right after college, she became an NBC page in New York City. “Both of my brothers had done the same. My goal at the time was to become an illustrator for Scientific American. That meant creating a killer portfolio of work to present to the magazine. I thought I could make a living at NBC while I worked on my art. Well, the news business sucked me right in during a writers strike, and I never finished the portfolio.”
For months, she worked eight hours a day in network radio, then another eight hours at night at WNBC/TV News. “I had a crash course in newswriting and loved it,” she said.
Over the years, Lardner has earned a reputation for her award-winning news and feature reports on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations in L.A., Nashville and New York.
Lonnie hosted a feature on KFWB until the fall of 2008 following a company downsizing.
LARGENT, Lewis: KROQ, 1985-92. While at ROQ, Lewis was producer of the "Loveline" show. He left "the Roq" to be music director of MTV. In the spring of 1995 Lewis was made a vp at MTV. He married music executive Julie Greenwald and he's now a stay-at-home dad.
LARGO, Tony: KOCM/KSRF, 1990-92. Tony hosted the weekend Saturday night mix show during the "MARS/fm" period. Today, he is a club dj.
LARMAN, Howard: KPFK, 1970-2008. Howard Larman, who helped shape the local folk music landscape as the longtime co-host of the Sunday night public radio show "FolkScene," died April 22, 2008, following complications from an automobile accident. He was 73. The night after his death, co-host Roz Larman — his wife of 50 years — returned to the airwaves at KPFK/fm (90.7) and served as the show's interviewer, a job her husband had done with low-key aplomb since 1970.
"Their show has been a stopping-off point for just about every single name in folk music in the last 30 years," Steven Starr, then interim general manager of KPFK, told The Times in 2002. "They are the folk music radio equivalent of the Grand Ole Opry."
Howard Larman had an encyclopedic knowledge of folk music and an elastic definition of the genre. "FolkScene" could feature little-exposed Celtic or roots-rock musicians and such prominent artists as Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Randy Newman and Pete Seeger. More than 3,000 musicians, often performing live, have appeared on "FolkScene," according to the show's records.
The interview that started it all was conducted in 1970 at the Montecito, Calif., home of Guy Carawan, the folk musician who helped introduce the song We Shall Overcome to civil rights protesters. "And the next one we did was the Don McLean, the Tropicana Motel in 1970. We premiered American Pie on the West Coast," Larman told National Public Radio in 2000.
In the early days, the show was often taped in the Larmans' San Fernando Valley living room "on this little $99 Sony tape deck," Larman told NPR. Over the years, the Larmans also produced folk and bluegrass festivals and music fairs. By the 1990s, they had been downsized from their day jobs and retired early to focus even more on folk music, including releasing three CDs of "FolkScene" performances.
They also started broadcasting Internet versions of the show at folkscene.com after leaving KPFK in 2000 in a dispute over control of the program.
Howard was born in 1933 in Chicago. During the Korean War, he served in the Marines, then spent 20 years as an electrical technician in the aerospace industry. He also attended the Don Martin School of Broadcasting in Hollywood.
Larman was a part-time technician for KPFK in the 1960s, and a station manager suggested the show after learning that he loved folk music. As the "FolkScene" hosts, the Larmans were unpaid volunteers who bore the program's costs. "We buy our own tape, pay for our phone calls, use our own equipment," Larman told The Times in 1990. "I've spent time with people who go boating or play golf. They spend lots of money on that. This is our recreation."
Larsen, Bob: KPZE, 1987. Bob hosts a religious call-in show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
LARSEN, Lee: KAPP, 1961-64; KMPC, 1964-65; KHJ, 1965-70 and 1972; KROQ, 1972-73; KFI, 1973-75; KLOS, 1975-83. The personable general manager of KOA/KTLK/KHOW-Denver had much success in sales while in Los Angeles, however, Lee started out as a dj at Redondo Beach’s KAPP. In the early 1970s he was station manager at KFMS-San Francisco and national sales manager at KFRC and RKO Radio Reps. In 1966 Lee earned a B.A. and master’s degree from Pepperdine University.
Lee was the senior vp of the Clear Channel Rocky Mountain region. He retired at the end of 2010.
Larsen, Milt: KKZZ, 2005-06. The owner of the Magic Castle hosted a weekend show at CRN.
(Saul Levine and Jeffrey Leonard)
Larson, Lars: KGIL, 2007-09; KGIL, 2010-11. Lars joined Saul Levine's talk station, KGIL, in November 2007 and his syndicated show was pulled when there was a format flip in early fall of 2009. His show was carried late evenings at KGIL.
LARSON, Mark: KRLA, 2002-03. Mark worked mornings at XEPE (1700AM) in San Diego until late 2008. He now works morning drive at Talker KCBQ-San Diego. He is also heard on sister-station KPRZ 1210AM and serves as a political analyst on KUSI/Channel 9 in San Diego. He often guest-hosts the Dennis Prager and Hugh Hewitt SRN Radio Network talk shows and has been seen on NBC, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Mark also served as prime guest host for Michael Reagan's national radio programs.
Mark's covered the Iraq war on location in the Middle East, smuggled Bibles to the underground church in Southeast Asia and done ground-breaking broadcasts from war zones including the Persian Gulf region and Afghanistan. Mark's also visited Russia and made several trips to China, including Tibet. His continuing on-site broadcasts in the USA and around the globe give him a unique perspective on current events.
With the San Diego Radio Broadcasters Association, Mark served as President for a record eight consecutive terms. Radio & Records twice named him to its "All-Star Players" list, citing him as one of only twelve "local legends" in American talk radio.
Mark owns and operates Mark Larson Media Services, Inc.
Prior to moving to the Broadcast Company of the Americas in August 2007 (through 2008) Mark was heard on KOGO. Before joining KOGO in 2004, he was a well-known radio talk show personality on Salem Communications' KCBQ/KPRZ-San Diego and KRLA. Mark joined KPRZ as general manager in 1994, after eighteen years with KFMB-San Diego, where he was program and operations manager. He also served as national program director/radio for KFMB's parent company.
Lash, Shelley: KFWB, 1992-97. Shelley is married to KFWB reporter Bill Cooper.
LaShawn, Joy: KGFJ, 1994; KJLH, 1996-97. Joy works weekends at KCEP-Las Vegas.
Laszlo, Charles: KNX, 1991-2001. Charles reported the business news on KNXNewsradio until the summer of 2001. A native of
Detroit, he graduated from . Charles was a veteran stock broker and financial consultant broadcasting from the Pacific Stock Exchange. He left KNX in late summer 2001. Wayne State University
Laszlo, Mickey: Mickey broadcast traffic on many radio stations and on the morning KABC/Channel 7 News. She left AirWatch in the Fall of 2002.
LAUER, Peter: KNX/fm, 1974-80; KJOI, 1980-83; KFI/KOST, 1983-89; KPWR 1989-95; KLAX 1995-97; KGGI, 1997-2014. In 2014, Peter retired from 45 years in the radio business. Most recently he was the national/regional sales manager at iHeart/Clear Channel's KGGI in the Inland Empire.
In four-plus decades he had many joyful experiences. "I was the first national sales manager for a CBS O&O FM station, KNX/fm, back in the day when we owned only seven (7) FM’s. I was also with KJOI during Gordon Mason’s reign, KFI/KOST at the height of Lohman & Barkley’s success and spent the last 15 years of my career with KGGI."
"I am now enjoying my retirement with my wife of 45 years, Barbara, our four (4) grandchildren, traveling, reading and keeping active in our hometown of Thousand Oaks."
LAUFER, Peter: KABC, 1973-74. Peter is an award-winning journalist with deep experience covering Germany and Germans dating back to the early 1980s when he was fortunate to be the recipient of a John J. McCloy Fellowship and spent a month touring the country and beginning a long relationship with members of the post-War generation of Germany. He returned on several newsgathering trips during the years he worked as roving international correspondent for NBC News, finally moving to Berlin in 1988 when he was awarded a Robert Bosch Foundation fellowship. Peter learned the language that year and made several journalistic trips into the former East Germany. Just after the fellowship year ended, the Wall fell. He covered those events for CBS News and published a book about his experiences, Iron Curtain Rising. He's also written Inside Talk Radio.
LAUGHLIN, Roy: KIIS, 1991-2005; KDAY, 2006-08. Roy was the president/general manager at KIIS from 1995 through 2005, as well as being the market manager for the eight Clear Channel stations. Roy was appointed the senior vp/market manager for the seven CBS/LA radio in late summer of 2008 and left the cluster in January 2009.
Roy was born August 28, 1962 in New Orleans. He graduated from LSU in 3 1/2 years in mid 1984 but “stayed around campus for the remainder of the year pretending to go to class just to hang out and have fun. My claim to fame was not a high GPA but I was the social chairman and the first person to graduate with perfect attendance from 12 years of elementary and high school at Archbishop Rummel High School. My younger brother George who is now the gm of two radio stations for Radio One in Dallas was the second one to do so.”
Roy started selling advertising for the LSU football broadcast and program guide (Baton Rouge Magazine) in 1982 after he failed to make the LSU football team. “They told me ‘you will never play’ so I started selling the advertising since I knew everything about the team.” In 1986 Roy was recruited to sell KTRH-AM/Sports in Houston and was promoted to sales manager at KTRH in 1986. In 1988, he was recruited to “93Q” KKBQ/Gannett as the sales manager and was promoted to Gannetts' flagship station, KIIS/fm, as gsm in 1992. The station became the #1 biller in Los Angeles in 1993 and, according to Roy, has held it ever since. Roy was promoted to gm of KIIS in 1995 and Jacor acquired the station a year later. In the summer of 1995 he was promoted to president/general manager of KIIS and in late 1996 he married KIIS morning personality “my amazing wife Ellen K!” who is now top rated in morning drive at sister station, KOST.
Roy is involved in numerous entrepreneurial ventures, including Shaun White's annual Air + Style event at the Coliseum.
Laurello, Johnny: KRLA, 1972-73. Unknown.
Lauren, Andi: KEZY, 1989; KFI; KBIG. Last heard, Andi was the afternoon traffic reporter at KEZ-Phoenix.
(Alan K. Lohr, John Leader, and Andy Lightbody)
LAUREN, Dana: KMGG, 1982-85; KLSX/KBZT, 1986. Dana arrived from WHN-New York to join "Magic 106." Born in 1960, Dana assembled a loosely knit organization calling itself Broads in Broadcasting, which was an instant Old Girl Network. The group wanted to help other female broadcasters break out of the stereotypical all-night shift. Dana complained that she had no role models. "The first job I had in San Diego, I went on the air with this squeaky voice because I'd heard a woman deejay with a squeaky voice." When she left the Southland, she returned to San Diego.
LAURITZEN, Brian: KUSC, 2006-18. Brian works the early afternoon shift at Classic KUSC. Before his on-air shift, he started at KUSC as a production assistant in 2006. He is also the producer and host of KUSC's nationwide concert broadcasts of the Los Angeles Philharmonic as well as KUSC's weekly arts magazine Arts Alive and the early music program Baroque & Beyond. Additionally, Brian writes and produces features for KUSC's more than 50 concert broadcasts each year including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Los Angeles Opera, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and Piano Spheres. His work as part of these series has been broadcast internationally by NPR, American Public Media, and the WFMT Radio Network.
He got his start in Classical radio at WSMC in Chattanooga, Tennessee, where he served as head announcer and music director. Brian is an avid sports participant, playing tennis, golf and skiing. He's also a passionate lifelong Minnesota Twins fan and quickly learned to love the Dodgers as his National League team.
Laurence, Bob: Bob was programming vp for Drake/Chenault from 1981-87. He joined Noble Broadcast Group in San Diego as head of programming.
Lavoy, Anne: KLAC, 1986-89; KZLA, 1989-95.
LAW, Al Brady: KLAC, 1983-84, gm; KABC/KMPC, 1994-96. Al died July 30, 2012. He was 65.
From 1976 until the early '80s Al worked at WHDH-Boston as pd. When he left the Southland the first time in 1984, he went to Tampa. He was the gm of WYNY-New York and KKBQ-Houston and also managed WHDH, KQAI-Dallas, WRQX-Washington, DC, WABC-New York and WQFM-Milwaukee. During his stay in DC, Al was given credit as the architect of the highly successful "Q107" format. He worked as om at KABC/KMPC from 1994 until the summer of 1996. Following a stint in Las Vegas with the Sports Fan Network, Al was a vp for programming for Command Audio Corporation, an audio on demand company in Redwood City.
Al had worked at KTRS-St. Louis, shortly before his death.
LAWLER, Ralph: KMPC. Ralph grew up in Pennsylvania, is a graduate of Bradley University in Peoria, Illinois and was inducted into his alma mater's Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. At 6 feet 3, Ralph was a basketball star at Peoria Central High. When his team went to the state tournament, the games were on the radio and the announcer was Chick Hearn. Ralph got a basketball scholarship to DePauw in Greencastle, Indiana, but did not make the team. After graduation, he worked for a Peoria television station.
Ralph spent the early part of his broadcasting career in Riverside (from 1961-70, he was a sports reporter at KPRO-1440 and play-by-play for Riverside City College basketball) and San Diego and then spent five years in the mid-1970’s covering 76’er basketball, Flyer hockey and Temple football. Ralph was sports director for WCAU, the Philadelphia CBS television station, but the NBA was always his game of choice and he returned to San Diego in 1978 to do play-by-play for the Clippers when the franchise moved to San Diego. The franchise moved to Los Angeles in 1984.
The long time veteran of sports broadcasting is not only one of seven current NBA play-by-play announcers to broadcast more than 1,000 games for their present team, but Ralph has far exceeded that, calling more that 1,600 games for the Clippers on radio and television. He is also one of only a select few to call games for the four major professional sports, having worked games for the San Diego Chargers, Philadelphia Flyers, Phillies and 76ers. Ralph is now in his fourth decade as "the voice of the Clippers," handling all play-by-play duties for games televised on KCAL9, Fox Sports West2 and KEZY Radio. Lawler has proven both his durability and his versatility over the years as a broadcaster and his work has not gone unnoticed. The Clippers telecasts won back-to-back Emmy awards in 1993 and 1994 and he has a collection of Golden Mike and Pennsylvania Sportscaster of the Year awards. He resides in Laguna Niguel and has a son, Ralph Jr. who lives in San Diego.
Lawrence, Blake: KLAC, 2011-18. Blake is host of California Classical all Night that originates from KDFC-San Francisco. He grew up in Canon City, Colorado.
Lawrence, Jay: KFI, 1968-70; KLAC, 1970-78. Jay works at KTAR-Phoenix and sells real estate.
LAWRENCE, Jay: KOCM, 1990; KFI, 1987-2004. Jay Lawrence was one of those big, booming voices who delivered the news at KFI for almost two decades. Sadly, he died September 22, 2016, of a massive heart attack. He died returning from a golf game, a game that he loved, in the desert. He was 69 years old.
Jay influenced the next generation of KFI news people. “I owe Jay a lot,” said former KFI newsman Steve Gregory. “He and I first met on the Arizona/Mexico Border where I was covering the Minuteman Project for KFYI in Phoenix, Jay was covering it for KFI. We became fast friends. Jay is the one who recommended me to news director, Chris Little. I was hired a year later. After Jay left KFI I began doing my aggressive lockout to pay homage to Jay, who did it first.”
For much of his time at KFI, Jay was the voice of Orange County and the Inland Empire. He survived firestorms, earthquakes and being shot at. Jay got his start as a college stringer, reporting golf games.
His buddies at the San Juan Hills Golf Club remembered Jay. “He was the consummate competitor in golf. Jay liked being in public, he liked being with the boys and he liked the challenge of trying to improve his game. He liked golf on every level. Everyone who knew Jay liked him. One of the longest-standing members of the men's club if not the longest, he enjoyed making the club better for all who joined and all who played.”
Born Joel Lawrence Vidovich in East Chicago, Indiana on May 18, 1947, he was the first of 3 children. The family moved to California and he grew up in Whittier.
Jay joined the U.S. Air Force where he served abroad in Pakistan and in Alaska. His skills in reading foreign communication intercept codes was exemplary. While in Alaska, he was given an opportunity to do radio work and loved it, according to his wife Reni.
While a student in radio communications at Saddleback College, he announced at many sports venues, including the Bob Hope Golf tournaments. He was given an opportunity to do stringer work for KFI radio. It was the right time and right place for him to accept the offer to be the KFI Bureau chief in Orange County.
As a bachelor until he was 50, Jay had a chance meeting with the lady who became his wife. “Our life was magical,” Reni said by phone recently. “We shared the love of golf, made some extraordinary friendships, and we were best of friends to each other and truly loved each other. I will miss him deeply.”
LAWRENCE, Jim: KHJ, 1966-69. Jim Mitchell used Jim Lawrence as his newscaster name at KHJ. "I would have used my real name but there was already a Johnny Mitchell at KHJ."
Jim, a former assistant professor of practice at the University of Arizona, came out of retirement to teach press and the law for the School of Journalism. He worked as an anchor and reporter at tv stations in Louisville and Los Angeles. He received an English and political science degree from the University of the State of New York and a law degree from the University of Louisville School of Law.
Jim also served as a prosecuting attorney in Mohave County, Arizona. He's written several mystery novels.
Born on July 21, 1942, in Philadelphia. His father was stationed in Philly and after the war, the family moved to La Habra. "While there, I spent weekends hanging around KFWB, where my radio heroes were very kind and helpful to me," Jim said.
In 1961, the family moved to Hawaii. His KFWB friends referred him to Hal Davis, who managed KORL-AM. "It was easy to get a job there because the checks always bounced." Following a move to KPOI, the owners purchased KMAK-Fresno and KMEN- San Bernardino and Jim worked there. After a year in San Diego at KCBQ, he joined his old KPOI-KMAK-KMEN boss, Ron Jacobs. "That was my last radio job," said Jim.
After radio Jim moved to news reporting at KABC/TV, WCBS/TV, and winding up in Louisville, where he anchored newscasts for 17 years and went to law school.
In 1993 he moved to Tucson. His law degree and broadcast experience led to his a job teaching at The University of Arizona, teaching news media law. "Teaching has been a great second career. I feel blessed."
Lawrence, OJ: KFI. Born Larry Wansley, he had been working afternoon drive for the past nine years at KyXy in San Diego following a stint at KFI. According to Randy Dotinga of the San Diego North County Times, OJ was also a Baptist minister. He died April 9, 1999 of cancer at the age of 49.
Layng, Rodger: KBIG, 1962-66; KOST, 1966-68; KFAC, 1969-70; KNX/fm 1971; KPOL, 1976-77; KKGO, 1985-89. Rodger lives in Maui.
Leader, John: KHJ, 1975-77. John has an active voiceover career and is the promotional voice of NBC's Access Hollywood. He also does work as one of the voices of CBS and the Fox Family Channel, the Learning Channel and movie trailers.
(Christopher Lance, Kelly Lange, and Jennifer Jones Lee)
LEARY, Chris: KIIS, 1992-94; KZLA, 1995-96; KIIS, 1997-2006; KLSX, 2006-08. Arriving in the Southland from WPXY-Rochester and WTIC-Hartford, Chris was originally the high-powered evening personality known as "LearJet" on KIIS. In 1994, he became the syndicated host of "Fox Kids Countdown" and began doing voiceover work, including many movie trailers. In late summer 1995, Chris went to Country KZLA for evenings as Max Ryder and left in the spring of 1996. He rejoined KIIS in early 1997 for weekends. Chris co-hosted during his time on The Single Life with Sam Phillips.
In the summer of 2017, he exited his co-hosted chores on Great Day Washington. Chris has hosted magazine and pop culture programs with the Discovery Channel and Animal Planet. He's also appeared on ABC's The View as a correspondent from Tech TV. Leary spent 18 years as host of FOX All Access, a syndicated Top 40 radio show where he interviewed hundreds of artists. In his free time, Chris is a pilot of single engine aircraft.
LEARY, Dr. Timothy: KEZY, 1980. The former Harvard psychologist, lecturer and drug guru had a brief experiment during the launch of AOR on the AM station. The ex-Jesuit, ex-West Point officer, ex-dj and ex-convict worked his brand of "love" during morning drive. For decades, Leary was known as "the high priest of LSD." While on KEZY he ended a truck commercial with, "Hey, you can get that dreamy, hallucinogenic, new Toyota truck." It was not the traffic bulletins warning of the disappearance of the San Diego Freeway or reports of big ice packs off Malibu that caused Leary's firing in less than a month. Complaints to the station held him responsible for all the kids who killed themselves on drugs in the '60s. After the firing Dr. Leary told the LA Times: "Orange County needed me more than I needed them. I was just trying to fill a void."
Born October 22, 1920, President Richard Nixon dubbed him "the most dangerous man in the world." He was jailed in 1970 on a drug-possession charge. He executed a dramatic escape, was recaptured in Afghanistan in 1973 and finally paroled in 1976. Timothy became an ardent proponent of communication in cyberspace, however, he scrapped plans to take his own life and broadcast his suicide over the Internet. He died May 31, 1996, of prostate cancer.
(Andi Lauren, David Lebow, Mark Larson, and Roger Lodge)
Leaver, Katy: KKGO, 1987. Katy did traffic for KGO-San Francisco.
LeBatard, Dan: KSPN, 2015-17. Dan joined KSPN in morning drive with an ESPN syndicated show in the fall of 2015. He is an American newspaper sportswriter, radio host, and television reporter based in Miami. He is best known for his work for his hometown paper, the Miami Herald, for whom he has worked since 1990, and his work with ESPN.
Lebow, David: KPWR, 1986-92. David is with AOL Interactive.
LEE, Allen: KTWV; 1994-2009; KFWB, 1992-2012. Russell Allen Lee is a traffic reporter in middays for NewsTalk KFWB and the Pat & Kim morning show at KTWV, "the WAVE." He came from WINS-New York. The Texas native is a self-professed “Air Force brat,” and spent his youth living in all parts of the country until finally settling in the Dallas/Ft. Work Metroplex.
Allen served as pd for Shadow Broadcast services in 1993 and 1994 before stepping down to devote his full-time to KFWB and sister station KTWV as AM traffic reporter. He works as a cantor at St. Hedwig's Catholic Church in Los Alamitos, singing at the noon mass.
Lee, Ana: KNAC, 1986-94; KLSX, 1997. Ana was host of "Progressive Rock" on United Airlines in-flight entertainment.
Lee, Beverly Ann: KNX, 1976. Unknown.
LEE, Bob: KHJ, 1965-72. Bob was primarily the all-night newsman during the early years of "Boss Radio." Bob retired to a farm/ranch in the desert.
Lee, J.J.: KLOS, 1989-94; KCBS, 1998-99. JJ is working on an Internet radio project.
Lee, Jennifer Jones: KFI, 2016-17. Jennifer joined KFI as a news anchor in late spring of 2016 from morning drive news at KGO-San Francisco.
Lee, Jerry: KGIL, 1965-66. Jerry was editor of several outdoor and gun-related magazines at Petersen Publishing. He has retired to a small town in West Virginia.
(Tom Lee, Ann Lavoy, and Todd Leitz)
Lee, Laura: KKGO, 1986-90. Laura is living in Agoura Hills.
Lee, Lauren: KROQ, 1978. Unknown.
Lee, Melinda: KNX, 1985-94; KABC, 1995-97; KTZN, 1997; KRLA, 1998-99; KFI, 1999-2003; KNX, 2004-09; KFWB/KNX, 2009-11; KNX, 2012-15. Melinda returned to KNX in early 2004 to host her food news show. Beginning January 2, 2010, her Saturday show aired on KFWB and KNX until KFWB went into a Trust. She left KNX in late 2015.
Lee, Mike: KROQ, 1973. Mike is head of Brown Bag Productions in Denver.
Lee, Paulette: KPOL, 1978. Paulette and her husband Gary Froseth live in Gettysburg, PA where they operate a bed and breakfast called Passages Inn Gettysburg.
Lee, Robert E.: KIIS, 1973-74. Unknown.
Lee, Tom: KFWB, 2015-16. Tom joined the all-sports KFWB as program director in the spring of 2015. He left in mid-February of 2016 when there was a sale of KFWB.
Leeds, Mel: KDAY, 1960; KMET, 1968-69. Mel has retired in Carlsbad.
Legg, Harry: KIIS, 2002-03. Harry left swing duties at KIIS/fm in the spring of 2003 for WKTU-New York Creative Services Director. He left KTU in November 2006. Harry is concentrating on his imaging business.
Leggett, Milan. KWST and KMGC. Milan was the chief engineer at KWST and KMGC. He died March 31, 2015. Born in Dallas on October 19, 1925, he served in the Navy in the Philippines during World War II and was honorably discharged. He worked as a radio engineer his entire life. After he left at KLIF-Dallas, he was one of those engineers who set up Pirate radio stations off the Atlantic coast, according to his colleague Bob Hughes.
Legrand, Chris: KNX, 1997. Unknown.
LeGRETT, Kevin: Kevin took over as head of the iHeartMedia/LA cluster in the summer of 2015. He arrived from svp of operations for iHeart's Northeast and Midwest regions. In the summer of 2018 he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations for the Markets Group for all radio station brands in the Los Angeles, San Diego/Riverside, Arizona, Red River, Houston, Dallas, and Austin/San Antonio Regions. LeGrett is also a 2018 Radio Wayne finalist.
A close associate of LeGrett told trade pubication Radio Ink: “Kevin is a dynamic, versatile, and innovative communicator and negotiator with particular success in revitalizing underperforming media operations, developing and motivating winning teams, and providing the leadership to consistently outperform the market. He is highly effective at interfacing with all constituent groups in support of business objectives.”
LeGrett has been in radio for 24 years and says it’s felt like four years as time moves so fast. He started with iHeartMedia in 2010 as Senior Vice President of Operations for the iHeartMedia Rochester Region, where he oversaw operations for over 220 radio stations across 46 markets in the Northeast and Midwest, as well as the company’s political advertising initiatives.
Lehman, Steve: KIIS, 1984-87. Steve is partner at BroadStream Capital Partners, an investment banking firm specializing in media, entertainment, and technology.
LEICHTER, Nancy: KMET, 1974-87; KTWV, 1987-89; KQLZ, 1989-93; KZLA/KLAC, 1993-94; KKBT, 1994-2003; KRBV, 2007. Nancy joined KRBV, V-100 (100.3/fm) as general sales manager in March 2007 and a few months later returned to the Central California Coast. In the early fall of 2010, Nancy became an AE for the Clear Channel/LA cluster. She has retired from radio and is based in Philadelphia. "I travel a lot and am doing volunteer work for a non-profit organization that helps low income youngsters have mentors do they can do better in school," Nancy emailed in the spring of 2016.
Leighton, Jerry: KCBH, 1968. Unknown.
Leisher, John: KFWB, 1984-93. John is an anchor at WCBS-New York.
Leitz, Todd: KFWB, 1989-90 and 1993; KNX, 1999-2009; KABC, 2010. Todd became the Dodger Stadium announcer at the beginning of the 2015 season. He was part of the news team at KNXNewsradio until the summer of 2009. He is now working with the Los Angeles Fire Department Community Liaison Office and with the LAFD's public education arm - MySafe:LA - in Public and Media Relations.
(Steve Lentz, Kevin LeGrett, Marv Lewis, Melinda Lee, and Garrett Lambert)
Lemmo, Rick: KLIT, 1988. Rick is working at Caruso Affiliated Holdings, based in Santa Monica.
Lennox, Don: KLOS, 1971. Don worked mornings as newsman/partner with Tom Yates. He went on to work morning drive news at KZZO ("the Zone")-Sacramento.
Lentz, Steve: KFWB, 2001-09; KNX, 2009. Steve was a reporter at KFWB until a format flip in early fall of 2009. He moved over to KNX briefly and is now doing free-lance news assignments.
Leonard, Eric: KFI, 1996-2017. Eric is now a reporter with NBC4.
Leonard, Jeff: KHTZ/KBZT/KRLA, 1985-87. Jeff worked at the Dodger Stadium museum and was a librarian.
Leonard, Michael: KNX, 1998. Unknown.
Leos, Richard: KBCA, 1967-76. Richard worked as LA County Probation officers in the 80's until his retirement, due to a stroke. He's living in retirement in Monterey Park.
Lerner, Bob: KGIL, 1961; KPOL. Following a number of years as editor and broadcast specialist at ADWEEK, Bob moved to San Diego in 1983.
Lerner, Lori: KPOL, 1973; KKDJ, 1973-76; KLVE, 1975; KIIS, 1976-81; KHJ, 1981-82; KRTH, 1983-85; KMET, 1985-86. Lori owns Radio Links, providing movie star interviews to radio.
Leslie, John: KLOS, 1980. John died January 11, 2000. He was 47.
(Lori Lerner, Rick Lewis, and Michael Levine)
Lesourd, Maureen: KABC/KMPC/KLOS, 1996-97; KRTH, 2003-07. Maureen was named vp/gm at "K-Earth" in the late summer of 2003 and left in November 2007 following a consolidation of management jobs. She was vp/programming and distribution for Citadel, based in Dallas, until Cumulus took over in late 2011. She went on to be the svp/gm of the Lincoln Financial cluster in Miami. She left the cluster in the summer of 2015.
Lussenheide, Bill: KPLS, 2003; KKLA, 2004; KRLA, 2005. Bill currently hosts a financial show at KRLA.
Lester, Shirley: KYSR, 1996-98; KBIG, 1998-2000. Shirley and her husband own and operate Black Dog Yoga Studios in Sherman Oaks.
Levi, Titus: KUSC, 1993-99. Titus hosts "Gone Global!" show at KUSC. Titus is a former Long Beach elementary school teacher is now a teaching assistant at University of California Irvine.
LEVIN, Harvey: KMPC, 1981. In 1997 Harvey was co-producer and on-air legal anchor of a new tv version of The People's Court. He owns TMZ.Is there a morning show that doesn’t quote from TMZ.com, or have its founder on the air during a celebrity crisis? The power and speed of the Internet has fueled a virtual overnight success for this Website, an on-line offering combining aggressive reporting plus an endless stream of exclusives about what the public seems starved to consume – celebrity gossip.
KNX computer guru Jeff Levy and KNX reporter Kim Marriner interviewed Levin about the origins of arguably the most successful independent site since The Drudge Report, what TMZ means, and the future of gossip reporting. Harvey created Celebrity Justice, a syndicated tv show that aired in the early 2000s, but it had less than primetime time slots. The show aired in L.A. at 12:30 a.m. He complained that he would have a breaking story in the afternoon and have to wait until after midnight to break it. “It was frustrating,” Levin told Levy.
“Telepictures started looking into doing a Website, initially an all-entertainment Website and they asked me if I would to it. I said absolutely not. I was so not interested. I was going to go elsewhere after Celebrity Justice was canceled,” said Levin. Harvey was in Mexico on a holiday and got to thinking about the immediacy of the Internet. “What if you created a news organization that could break a story at 8:36 at night or 7:14 in the morning – whenever you got the story. You didn’t have to wait for a time period. And you could break it. I started thinking about it that way and it really became interesting.” He went back to Telepictures and eventually the site was launched by Time Warner-AOL.
What is the TMZ? “It is the thirty-mile zone,” responded Levin to Levy’s question. “In the ‘20s on the back of the AFTRA contract, there is this little map. The epicenter is where the Beverly Center is. In the 20s, what the 30-mile zone meant was if you shot a movie within a 30-mile radius of the Beverly Center you didn’t have to pay to overnight extras in hotel rooms. But if you shot outside the 30-mile zone you had to pay for hotels. The phrase kind of went away, but it just sounded really cool and TMZ just has a ring to it.” Levin earned an undergraduate degree from University of California, Santa Barbara and his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He was the legal reporter for KCBS/Channel 2 for many years.
TMZ has a staff of 25 working as editors, reporters and fact checkers.
Levin, Mark: KABC, 2006-15; KRLA, 2015-18. Mark's syndicated show was heard early evening at KABC until moving to afternoons at 870/KRLA in the spring of 2015. He continues in syndication. Mark will be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018.
Levine, Ken: KIQQ, 1974; KEZY, 1976; KGIL, 1976; KTNQ, 1976-77; KABC, 1979; KMPC, 1980-81; KFI, 1981-84; KABC, 2008-10. Ken is a writer/director for many of the top tv sitcoms. He hosted a Dodger post-game show and a Sunday evening sports talk show.
Levine, Michael: KRLA, 1998-2002. Michael runs a celebrity PR firm that he sold in the spring of 2013. He is the author of Guerilla PR and 17 other PR-related books.
Levine, Michael: KKGO, 2007-18. Michael, the son of KKGO owner Saul Levine, joined the Country outlet as head of marketing in 2007 and later was promoted to station manager. In 2016, he added programming chores.
Levine, Saul: KMZT/KJAZ. Saul owns KKGO, "Go Country 105" and KSUR 1260, an Oldies station.
LEVINE, Stephanie: KKJZ, 2007-18. In 2007, Saul Levine, owner of Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, Inc. (KMZT 1260 AM and KKGO), was granted the management, sales and programming of KKJZ (88.1/fm, K-JAZZ), the radio station of California State University, Long Beach. As general manager, Levine assumed programming and underwriting responsibilities. He selected his daughter, Stephanie Levine Fried as station manager.
“I knew that I always wanted to be involved in music and the radio business. That was always in the front of my mind. I couldn’t escape it. I could tell you stories about being a young kid of nine or ten and my father would tuck me in and I would go to sleep with the radio on. It’s just what I did and I’ve always loved music.”
Levinson, Eric: KIQQ, 1975-77. Eric retired from radio in 1993 at the age of 39 due to kidney complications.
Levinson, Marcy: KLAC, 1989-90. Last heard, Marcy was living in Atlanta.
Levy, Arny: KMEN/KGGI, 1995. Unknown.
LEVY, Jeff: KFI, 1995-2003; KNX, 2004-07; KRLA, 2008-09; KABC, 2009-10; KFWB, 2011-12. Jeff hosted a KFI weekend talk show "On Computers," for almost a decade. He died July 15, 2015.
For the past few years, Jeff had a show at LATalkRadio.com. Jeff described his show: “The show is a safe place for non-techies to jump in and participate. I get calls from ‘computer creampuffs,’ ‘Windows wienies’ and ‘keyboard curmudgeons’ who all hear the message that it’s okay to be a beginner.”
Jeff became known as The Digital Doctor. Jeff taught technology at colleges, wrote tech articles for major newspapers, and spoke at numerous conferences. He left his law practice to pursue technology and have fun.
Levy, Stu: KLAC, 1959-83; KNJO, 1983-88; KGIL/KMGX, 1988-94; KIK/fm 1994-96. In 1995, Stu joined Century Cable TV Sales, which eventually was purchased by Adelphia Media Services in 2000. Then in 2006 Time Warner purchased Adelphia and he remained with Time Warner Media until June 2010. Stu is currently retired.
Lewin, Josh: KLAC, 2016. In 2016, Josh Lewin is a man of bi-coastal talent. He is the Mets radio booth since replacing Wayne Hagin in 2012. Josh also does the play-by-play chores for UCLA Bruins football and basketball. He was a sideline reporter and broadcaster in the past and became the radio voice of the San Diego Chargers in 2005. He's now hosting “Daily Mets Podcast.”
Lewine, Jerry: Jerry is a free-lance engineering consultant.
(Chris Lane, Josh Lewin, Art Laboe, John Leisher)
Lewis, Amy: KABC, 2000-01. Amy joined Dave Williams for morning drive at KABC on November 13, 2000. She left the morning show November 9, 2001. Amy worked morning drive at KFBK-Sacramento until late summer 2018.
Lewis, Ananda: KKBT, 2005-06. Ananda hosted the morning show at "The BEAT" with John Salley. When Salley left the station, Ananda moved to middays. She left the station in November 2006. Ananda is a spokesperson for Reading Is Fundamental, a nonprofit literacy group.
Lewis, Bill: KFI/KOST/KLAC/KACE/KXTA, 1986-2002. Bill is vp/marketing and communications at the Aquarium of the Pacific.
Lewis, Bob: KGGI, 1996. Bob Lewis is program director at KISV in Bakersfield.
Lewis, Bret: KLAC; KFWB, 1997-2013. Bret broadcast morning drive sports at News/Talk KFWB. He left in the summer of 2013.
Lewis, Chris: KJLH, 1992-2015. Chris is part of the production team at KJLH.
Lewis, Johnny: KWIZ, 1965-70. John Reeder has been teaching film and tv at UCLA for 35 years. He still does voiceovers and narrating student films.
Lewis, Marv: KUTE, 1970-74; KSRF, 70s; KNJO, 70s, KEWE, 70s. Marv is semi-retired and living in Lake Forest, CA. He produces history documentaries and teaches radio broadcast speech at the Academy of Radio and TV Broadcasting.
Lewis, Mitch: KLIT/KMPC, 1989-93; KJQI/KOJY, 1991-94; KKGO, 1993-97; KCRW; KRTH, 1993-2000; KCRW, 2000-01. Mitch works mornings in the Palm Springs market on 95.9 The Oasis – KAJR. He also fills in on Country station, The Big 106 KPLM.
Lewis, Rick: KLON, 1985-91. Unknown.
Lewis, Rick: KWVE, 1981; KEZY, 1982; KMET, 1983-86; KPWR, 1986; KMET, 1986-87; KEZY, 1987-90. Rick is working for "The Fox" in Denver.
LEWIS, Robert Q.: KHJ, 1961-62; KFI, 1972-75; KRLA, 1975. Robert Q. was a comedian actor who was a regular panelist on such popular quiz shows as What's My Line, To Tell the Truth and Call My Bluff in the 1950s and '60s. He was born April 25, 1920, in New York City.
Bob Lewis got his entertainment start at the age of 7 as a boy soprano who appeared on the "Horn and Hardart Children's Hour" in New York. While in college, he worked for WTRY-Troy for $100 a month. The job came because his uncle owned the building that housed the station. To keep from being bored, he cleverly dropped in sound effects of horses, cows, cars crashing, etc. When he was hired at WNEW-New York, he was suddenly on a station with legends William B. Williams and Martin Block. It was during this time that he discovered many Bob Lewises on the air, so he added the Q to set himself apart from the others.
Ted Ashley gave Robert Q. his first major break at the NBC network with a five-day-a-week program, Listen to Lewis. He also replaced Arthur Godfrey during vacations and sick time. He arrived in Southern California on KHJ in 1961 and, during his morning drive tenure, he teased his primary competition Dick Whittinghill on KMPC. He would frequently announce that the booby prize in one of his contests would be lunch with Dick Whittinghill. Lewis admitted that his first go-round in Los Angeles was "a big, beautiful bomb."
He left KHJ in 1962 to do network tv and host NBC's Play Your Hunch. In the mid-1970s, he was the entertainment editor for KRLA. He formed Ouagga Productions, which was devoted to packaging tv shows. Robert Q. died December 11, 1991, of emphysema in a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 71.
(Maureen Lesourd, Carole Lieberman, Tom Leykis, and Ed Lover)
Lewis, Ron: KKDJ, 1973-74. Ron teamed briefly with Jay Stevens doing automated programming services. He and Jay were working together on some syndication projects at the time of his death in March 1994.
Lewis, Sharon: KODJ, 1989-90. Sharon is working at the CBS station in West Palm Beach, Sunny 104.3/fm.
Lewis, Tom: KBIG, 1965; KPPC, 1965. Unknown.
LEWIS, Will: KCRW, 1978-2010. The Public Radio pioneer was honored by his KCRW colleagues at a three-hour retirement part in 2010. After 32 years with Santa Monica College and the station that started in two classrooms at John Adams Junior High in Santa Monica, Will mingled among his co-workers and those he has mentored over the years. He was alternatively described as a strategist, pioneer, referee, and visionary.
TV and KCRW veteran Warren Olney saluted Will for his commitment to public radio. “I knew about Will before I ever met Will,” said Olney. “He was the guy who went to jail rather than giving up the audio tapes of the Symbionese Liberation Army that were sent to KPFK, when Will was the general manager with the Pacifica station. He refused to turn the tapes over to the FBI. This was one of the biggest stories in the world at the time because the SLA had kidnapped Patty Hearst and everybody had their focus on her. A moment like that seldom comes in anybody’s journalistic career to make that kind of choice. Will had the courage to decide the right way. Will did the right thing at the right time. When people deal with this nice, charming, gentle man who is cheerful all the time, there is a lion inside.”
Will addressed his friends and remembered a time when he was sitting in the White House. “I was watching President Johnson sign the Public Broadcasting Act of 1967, which the radio people had formed to get radio included; I couldn’t imagine that someday as many as 30 million people would be listening to Public Radio. If you asked me if that was possible I would have told you it was crazy.”
“Radio is the most fleeting, ephemeral medium of them all,” Will reflected on his love affair with radio. “Newspapers you can still pick up a couple of days later and read. TV is constantly into reruns. Radio is the moment and when the moment’s gone, it’s gone. There’s only a memory.”
Leykis, Tom: KFI, 1988-92; KMPC, 1994-96; KLSX, 1997-2009; KGIL, 2010. Tom worked afternoon drive at KLSX until the FM Talk Station flipped format to AMP RADIO. In early April 2012, Tom started an Internet show at BlowMeUp.com.
Liberman, Jaime: Jaime and his brother Julio own a number of Southern California Spanish-language stations.
Liddy, G. Gordon: KRLA, 1998-2000. The syndicated talk show host was heard on KRLA until November 30, 2000, when the station was sold and the format changed to ESPN Radio.
Lieberman, Carole: KWNK, 1994-95; KYPA, 1996-97. Carole is a Beverly Hills-based psychiatrist and her newest book is Why Men Love Them & How Good Girls Can Learn Their Secrets. Since 2004, Carole has been hosting "Dr. Carole's Couch" on voiceamerica.com.
LIFSON, Hal: KIEV, 1999-2000; KRLA, 2000; KCSN, 2005. Hal hosted an all-60s Oldies show on KCSN. He's worked for many years as a publicist and pop culture historian in the entertainment industry and beyond. Clients have included Eric Burdon, Nancy Sinatra, and Jackie DeShannon.
As a writer he has made contributions to The Enquirer, Star, Globe, and In Touch Weekly. Hal still owns three original 1960's Schwinn Sting Ray bikes. He wrote a book on his favorite year, 1966! The Coolest Year in Pop Culture History. His favorite tv shows include: Batman, The Green Hornet and Honey West.
Light, Joe: KIQQ, 1979 and 1984. Joe was last heard living in Omaha.
(Chris Lewis, Frank Lozano, Stephen Lama, and Leo Laporte)
Lightbody, Andy: KNX, 1990-91. Andy is an expert on the high tech war against terrorism.
Lightfoot, James: KLAC, 1964-67. KFWB. Jim died while still in his thirties.
Lightning: KROQ, 1995-2012. Lightning is part of the KROQ operations.
Limbaugh, Rush: KFI, 1991-2013; KEIB, 2014-18. Rush is syndicated on hundreds of radio stations and heard at KFI until the end of 2013 when he moved to 1150 AM The Patriot.
Linberg, Dave: KLYY, 1999. Dave was part of the Harrison group on the short-lived "Y107."
Linder, Michael: KNX, 2004-08; KABC, 2009-10 and KABC, 2013-14; KUSC, 2013. In addition to being the midday anchor at KABC, he was also a BBC Radio contributor. Between KVB.FM (his streaming Venice Beach station, put to death by the rise of Pandora and its ilk) and KABC, he's been reporting and producing segments for KUSC’s “Arts Alive.” In 2015 he was supervising producer of Dream Quest.
Lindsay, Steve: KNOB, 1981. Unknown.
Lindstrom, John: KAVL, 1985-86; KSRF, 1986-91; KXEZ, 1990-92; KYSR, 1992; KOLA, 2002-05. John workeds at KOLA in the Inland Empire and was involved with the American Radio Network. Since 2006, John has been 105.7 the Walrus in San Diego. Since 2006, John has been hosting a pop music show and doing celebrity interviews on the American Radio Network.
Lines, Mike: KOCM, 1988-89; KFI/KOST, 1986-95; KMEN, 1987-88. Mike works at Warner Bros. TV as a technician.
Links, Bob: KNAC, 1983. Bob worked the all-night shift at "Rock 'n Rhythm" KNAC.
LINSKY, Peter: KRLA, 1973. Peter was born June 23, 1942, and was raised in the Southland. He graduated from Van Nuys High School in 1960. Peter was a weekend newsman at KRLA and then went on to KIST-Santa Barbara as John Cooper. He went to the Northwest and worked at KXL, KEX, KYXI and was a business editor at KXL-Portland.
After ten years as afternoon news anchor, Peter launched his popular Money News segments on NewsTalk 750 KXL in early 1994. His most memorable interview was with President Jimmy Carter, who Peter says, "was not our best president, but honest and hard working. He did not try to enrich himself at public expense."
Peter retired after a 38-year career in radio. He lives in Portland.
Lionel: KFI, 2000-01; KPLS, 2001; KLAC, 2001-02; KTLK, 2007. Lionel worked for Air America. In the spring of 2010, he began a nightly commentary on New York's WPIX/Channel 11. and he now hosts an early morning show. He's now working at WWIQ, Philadelphia “IQ 106.9."
LIPPINCOTT, Ric: KHTZ, 1983-84, pd. Ric started his radio career at KGMB-Honolulu in 1971. He used the name Dave Denver until reverting to his birth name in 1983.
He worked radio in the Midwest and was pd and gm of WLS-Chicago (1986-89) and WISN-Milwaukee before joining "K-Hits" in June 1983. In the summer of 1984, he departed for KYUU-San Francisco. "When I started out, pd's were guys who wandered into the station in a tee-shirt at 11:30. Then they became businessmen in three-piece suits. The pd of the future will be someone with business sense who can see the big picture, but still be creative. He'll have to give the station something more than 300 researched records." In the 1990s, Ric worked promotion for Morgan Creek Records, Zoo Entertainment and Curb Records. Hewas vp of affiliate relations for All Comedy Radio and pd at WLIV-Chicago in early 2007.
Ric died of pancreatic cancer on February 22, 2016. He was 68.
Liscomb, Ken: KDAY, 1966. Unknown.
Liska, James A.: KFAC. Jim hosted a long-running weekend jazz program at KFAC. He's living in Livingston, Montana and recently completed his 22nd year as editor of the Playboy Jazz Festival magazine.
LISSER, Alan: KFI; KBIG, 1952-54; KGBS, 1962-64. Alan did sports broadcasting at KGBS. Born on November 11, 1919 in San Francisco, he died on June 7, 2004. He attended Galileo High School and Cal Berkeley and Stanford. He moved to Hawaii in January 1941 beginning a long career in radio. He witnessed the Pearl Harbor attack while working at KGMB. He returned San Francisco and while with KFRC produced San Francisco Sketchbook, a Big Band show starring Lyle Bardo and his band. While there he hired as a singer a young unknown piano player who was unable to get a spot playing piano, Merv Griffin. He also met his future wife there. They married in 1947. At KBIG he was honored with Golden Mic for news reporting and years at KGBS for commentary. He returned to San Francisco and KFRC, and later moved to Carmel, where he became part owner of KRML, the station where portions of Clint Eastwood's movie, Play Misty for Me was filmed.
LITT, Anne: KCRW, 1996-99; KLYY, 1999; KCRW, 2000-18. A native of Richmond, Virginia, Anne started her radio career at the University of North Carolina and then to work for Mammoth Records. She came to the Southland in 1992 as music supervisor for a movie sound transfer company. Ann left “Y107” with a format change in late 1999.
Anne first came to KCRW when her then-husband Scott, a record producer, did a guest dj stint with then-music director, Chris Douridas. She mentioned how much she missed radio, and he invited her to audition. “The first show Pop Secret was similar to what I do now, but less sophisticated and eclectic,” said Anne.
She gained a life-changing career move supervising the music for the movie hit, Little Miss Sunshine.
Anne is coordinating producer of the KCRWmusic.com stream. “It’s a monumental task, creating an original music service that can work on the Internet, HD radio, perhaps on other stations – and, if rights can be secured – for podcasts. But KCRW has always had been a step ahead when it comes to new technologies. And this project just proves how far ahead the station is.”
She continues as weekend host of Weekend Becomes Eclectic at KCRW.
LITTLE, Chris: KEZY, 1989-91; KFI, 1991-2018. Chris is the news director at KFI.
Chris is a native Californian, born in Pasadena and raised in Hacienda Heights, before moving to Indianapolis.
A graduate of Indiana University – Purdue University of Indianapolis, Chris worked at the legendary WFBQ and WNAP–Indianapolis. He began his radio career as a dj in Atlanta in 1979. Throughout his professional journey, records and CDs disappeared. Somewhere along the line, Chris gave up music for news because it was more secure at the time. Eventually, Chris wound up multi-tasking as a news anchor, floor director, camera operator, booth announcer and director at KDOC-TV in Anaheim.
He later created and hosted The Middle of the Damn Night Show, which was a one-man morning show from midnight to 6 a.m. on 95.9 KEZY-Anaheim. “I think MDNS was a lot better than it really was,” said Chris. He spent several years as a tv news anchor before transitioning to radio news. Chris first began filling in at KFI as an anchor and reporter in 1991, then became a full-time reporter in 1996 and news director in 2000.
“I’m a failed game show host, but an accomplished radio news anchor and industrial voiceover professional. I'm also an accomplished master of ceremonies. I know how to hire well, manage and train talent.” He prides himself as a strong mentor to young journalists in teaching young people how to write short, sharp, and strong.
On October 10, 2000, Chris was named news director at KFI, heading one of the most respected radio news departments in America.
Little, Milt: KJLH, 1994-2018. Million $$ Milt works Stevie Wonder's station, KJLH.
Little, Phil: KRLA, 1959-1985; KIEV, 1985-1990; KRLA. Phil was the KRLA engineer when the station launched a Top 40 format in September 1959 and he stayed until the mid-1980s when he joined KIEV. He eventually returned to KRLA. Phil died September 12, 1998, at the age of 58.
Littlefield, Dylan: KABC, 1994-95; KNX, 2000; KRLA, 2000. Dylan worked for Shadow Broadcasting. He served time in Delano Prison for bank robbery and is now out.
Llewelyn, Doug: KNNS, 1996. Best known for his role on tv's The People's Court, Doug has been doing infomercials.
LOAIZA, Ronnie: KFI, 2009-17. Ronnie is a weekend newswoman on KFI.
"My broadcasting career began with the fall of the Berlin Wall. Fresh out of college, I was living in Paris studying French, and writing for a British magazine. As the news of crowds gathering at the Berlin Wall spread, I presumed correctly that American news organizations would be dispatching new crews from Paris to cover the unfolding Berlin story."
Ronnie wanted to be part of covering an unfolding piece of living history. She went to the CBS News bureau to find only one man answering the flood of phone calls. She offered to help and ended up working there for four years!
While with CBS, she covered Presidential visits, the Olympics, economic summits and Paris fashion shows. "My pivotal assignment was in Daharan Saudi Arabia. I then came home to become a reporter."
Ronnie was born in New York City and moved to Venezuela, South America when she was one week old –thus– Spanish was her first language. Her family moved to the United States when she was five and started school reading and writing in kindergarten in English.
Loc, Fred: KJLH, 2011-15. Fred works at Stevie Wonder's KJLH.
Lockwood, Scott: KIKF; KUTE; 1982; KFI/KOST, 1986-89. Scott is living in Eagle, Idaho and consulting The Radio Group in Kaiserslautern, Germany.
Lodge, John: KHJ, 1973-74. Last heard, Captain John was working at WXTU-Philadelphia.
Lodge, Roger: KMPC, 2003-05; KLAA, 2008-17. Roger, host of tv's Blind Date, left morning drive at 1540 The Ticket in early 2005. Roger is afternoon host at the Angels station, KLAA.
Logan, John "Juke": KPCC, 1994-2000. Juke co-hosted the "Friday Night Blues Revue" at KPCC until a format change, which eliminated all music shows. He now hosts a blues show at rhythmradio.com.
Logan, Lee: KLAC, 1987. Last heard, Lee was the pd at KAGM-Albuquerque.
Logan-Thomas, Monica: KTWV; KACD, 1994-95. Monica is with ABC Radio Networks. In early 1996 she was named program director for its Urban AC format, "the Touch."
(Steve LaBeau, Shirley Lester, and Al Lohman)
Logic, John: KROQ, 1983-85; KMPC/FM/KEDG, 1988-89. John owns a surf and snowboard shop in Seattle.
Loggins, Roy: KJLH, 1969-70; KTYM, 1971-73; KCRW, 1973-76. The long-time jazz dj and Palm Springs talk show host died in June 1994.
Lohman, Al: KLAC, 1963-67; KFWB, 1967-68; KFI, 1968-86; KRLA, 1986; KWNK, 1987; KFI, 1987-89. Al died October 13, 2002, of bladder cancer. He was 69.
Lohr, Alan K.: KCRW, 1976; KROQ, 1979-81; KPFK, 1983-84; KFOX, 1986; KGIL, 1986-88; KIEV, 1988-91. Alan is an actor and continues to do voiceovers.
LOMAX, Louie: KLAC, 1966-68; KDAY. Louie was one of the first black broadcasters to work an all-Talk format. Known as one of the major interpreters of the integration movement, he did not hesitate to criticize both sides. "You must have the guts to stand up and tell a black student ‘no’ when he is wrong." But he was tough on those who delayed integration efforts.
Louie was a newspaperman from 1941 to 1958 and wrote a number of books including The Reluctant African, his first book and The Negro Revolt, an analysis and history of the drive for integration, in 1962. Other books were When the Word Is Given, a report on Malcolm X and To Kill a Black Man.
He was born in Valdosta, Georgia, on August 16, 1922, and graduated from Paine College in 1942. He received a master's degree at the American University in Washington. He obtained a master's in philosophy from Yale in 1947. In the 1960s he hosted a local tv talk show. Louie was killed July 31, 1970, when he lost control of his car while traveling near Santa Rosa, New Mexico. His car skidded across the highway, overturned three times and stopped on the right shoulder of the highway. He was thrown from the vehicle. At the time of his death he was working on a three-volume history of the Negro and was a professor of humanities at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. He was 47.
(Jerry Lewine, Amy Lewis, and Michael Levine)
London, Bob: KFWB. Unknown.
London, Dave: KROQ, 1974-76. Unknown.
London, Jack: KABC; KFOX; KLAC (late 1970s-Early 1980s): Jack died August 11, 1998.
London, Jack: KWOW, 1969-70; KFOX, 1972-75; KLAC, 1974-75. Jack hosts "On Camera With Jack London" on the Las Vegas FOX TV outlet. He is also a motivational speaker
London, John: KRTH, 1979-81; KWST, 1981-83; KKBT, 1991-99; KCMG, 1999-2000. John was working in San Francisco radio.
LONG, JB: KSPN/KSWD, 2016-17. JB is the new play-by-play voice of the LA Rams. He has served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pac-12 network (ground-level contributor to a national college sports network). He also has done play-by-play for football, basketball, baseball, soccer, golf, beach volleyball, and tennis. He was also a free-lancer with the MLB Network where he has worked sports baseball and was a correspondent for the Tampa Bay Rays.
At ESPN, JB did play-by-play college basketball, NCAA fencing and the Arena Football League. In June 2005, he was one of the founding members of one one of the world's largest sports websites, Bleacher Report.
JB graduated from the University of Notre Dame Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Finance - Accounting Measurement & Disclosure Supplement.
LONGDEN, Jerry: KEZY, 1964 and 1966; KNAC, 1969-72; KLOS, 1972-77; KWST, 1977-80; KEZY, 1978-79; KROQ, 1980; KGIL/fm, 1986-88. A Southern California native, Jerry graduated from Norwalk High School and went to work at Bethlehem Steel. While still a teen, Jerry recalled his schedule: "It was crazy. I ran an indoor bay crane during the day and interned at KEZY all night long." Before he was out of his teens, Jerry went to the Bill Ogden Broadcasting School to secure a 1st Class FCC License. After graduation he became a combo operator in Clovis, New Mexico, and before long the 20-year-old was playing rock 'n' roll as the only English language program on Spanish KPER-Gilroy.
The station took advantage of his 1st Phone, and Jerry had to “dodge bulls” to get to the transmitter site for meter readings. A series of California stations in Riverside, Santa Ana, Ontario and Garden Grove followed. Jerry and Jim Ladd created The National Association of Progressive Radio Announcers (NAPRA). They produced a series of albums featuring anti-drug messages from all the top rock artists of the day. In the early 1970s, Jerry won Billboard's Progressive Rock DJ of the Year; Billboard also named KLOS station of the year while Jerry was there. He was the voiceover announcer on Don Kirschner's Rock Concert. After KROQ, Jerry got "fed up with the noise," as he described his life in Southern California, he sold his Hollywood home and bought a lot on a lake near Fresno. He built his dream house and left Southern California, he thought, for good. Following a series of radio jobs in Fresno and Modesto, Jerry returned to Los Angeles in 1986 to produce several national public service projects while working at KGIL. He currently lives in Santa Rosa, does freelance voice work and teaches voiceover and narration for Voice Media in San Francisco. He recently released Speaking Mechanics, a speaking improvement course distributed via his company Dialogue Publishing. Would he return to Los Angeles radio? "If I could do my own show, you bet, but I'd want a bulletproof house."
(Titus Levi, Bret Lewis, and Michael Linder)
LONGMIRE, Ted: KPPC, 1971. Ted was one of the first blacks working L.A.'s "underground" radio format. His father was a minister.
LOONEY, Tomm: KLSX, 1998-2000; KFWB, 1999; KXTA, 1999-2001; KFI, 2001-02; KLAC, 2009-15. Tomm hosted the late evening sports show at KLAC with JT the Brick.
Born and raised in Elmira, New York, on July 18, 1966, Tomm grew up listening to radio greats from Chicago, New York, Boston and Philadelphia. "When I was a baby dj, Greaseman, John & Ken and Steve Cochran worked in Elmira and they were an inspiration."
Although he has spent a good portion of his life in broadcasting, Tomm is a 35-year-old sports reporter who has not lived his life in a broadcast booth. He moved to Venice Beach in 1986 and drove a taxicab. "I've been a bouncer, a bartender, a waiter, a restaurant owner, a substitute teacher, a bodybuilder, an apartment manager and a vigilante," said Tomm. Tomm was the voice of The Best Damn Sports Show Period. When he was born in 1966, Tomm only had one M. "I added an extra M for the new millooneyum."
LOOS, Chris: KHHT; KDAY. Chris works afternoon drive at the Inland Empire's Old School 1047. He began his radio career at Pasadena City College, after learning that his college radio station had been unused for year, he reached out to his professor Doug Johnson and they both launched the station. His show intros and artist drops are still part of the curriculum in the broadcasting department at the college. During college, Chris got an internship with Rick Dees & Ellen K at KIIS/fm by calling the front desk and taking his resume in while attending PCC.
Chris was hired at 92.3 KKBT to be the show producer for Julio G. for the “Original Mixmaster”. When he was ready for his own show, Chris took over the late night shift at Hot 94.1 in Bakersfield and then to Hot 92 Jamz with the SoundLab Mix Show on Friday nights. Chris then took his career to the next level by becoming the pd for a start-up station called WILD 96.1 in San Bernardino, working the midday slot. Then Chris was approached about helping launch a new station in Los Angeles that eventually would become 93.5/fm KDAY, where he was the apd/md and early afternoon jock.
LOOS, Mary: KACD, 1995. Born in Long Beach, Mary was raised behind the "Orange Curtain" in Huntington Beach, about a mile off the beach. She attended Mater Dei High School, and then went on to Marymount Palos Verdes. "While attending P.V. I got the idea to try and go for an internship at my favorite radio station, the one I'd grown up with, KROQ. Well, soon I transferred to Loyola Marymount University in beautiful Westchester. Got on the school station, KXLU 88.9/fm, where I was one of the only deejays to have an official "fan club" and stayed on the air for over a year after my graduation. I interned at KROQ from '89-'91, mainly in the middle of the night with "The Swedish Eagle" Following that, I was in promotions at KIIS for a couple months. Later I moved on to the Mojave Desert and FM 98 or 99 The Highway Stations. '92-'94." Next, she moved to KCXX ("X103.9") in San Bernardino until 1995 in afternoon drive and also worked as promotions director. In the fall of '95, she joined Groove Radio 103.1.
Mary spent the rest of her radio life in San Diego. "I still have great memories of the 'early days' before automation and when we still were able to play actual requests and had a jock choice a couple times an hour. I learned a lot in those early years and appreciate everyone who gave me a chance to shine!" "Aunt Mary" worked at WBIR/TV in Knoxville for a time.
LOPEZ, Dan: KNX/fm, 1983; KKHR, 1984-86. Dan arrived in the Southland from WKZL-Winston-Salem. In 1986, he went to Salt Lake City and Dallas. He worked many years for ABC Radio Networks in Dallas.
LOPEZ, George: KCMG, 2000-01. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, George became a regular on the comedy circuit. In late 2000, George joined John London's morning House Party and eventually took over the show.
George is a multi-talented entertainer whose career encompasses television, film, standup comedy and late-night television. His ABC sitcom ran for six seasons. George Lopez remains a hit with viewers in syndication on both broadcast stations and cable’s Nick at Nite, ranking as one of the top-rated shows on the network and among the top five comedies and top 20 weekly programs in syndication.
Lopez voiced the character Rafael in the animated blockbuster, Rio, and he was the voice of “Grouchy Smurf” in The Smurfs. His other most recent film credits include the box-office hit Valentine’s Day, Beverly Hills Chihuahua and Balls of Fury.
His comedy specials - on cable and in concert - are huge hits. In May 2004, his autobiography, Why You Crying?, entered The New York Times Bestseller list. In 2006, Lopez received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In addition, Time magazine named him one of the 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America, and the Harris Poll named him one of the Top Ten Favorite Television Personalities. Lopez has made more than 200 television comedy, talk show and hosting appearances, including co-hosting the Emmy Awards and twice hosting the Latin Grammys.
The Lopez Foundation, founded by George, was established to create positive, permanent change for underprivileged children and adults confronting challenges in education and health, as well as increasing community awareness about kidney disease, organ donation, and the military.
LOPEZ, Manuel: KUSC, 1974. Manuel was known as "El Sabroso Oso."
LOPEZ, Mario: KSKQ, 1992, pd; KHHT, 2004-05; KBIG, 2012-17. Mario joined mornings at Hot 92 Jamz in the late spring of 2004 and left a year later. He's been with EXTRA since 2006, and host since 2008. He joined evenings at MY/fm in early 2012.
Mario was born in 1973 in San Diego. In high school he was wrestler. Beginning in 1984, Mario appeared in a.k.a. Pablo, Kids Incorporated, and Saved by the Bell. He's also appeared in Breaking the Surface: The Greg Louganis Story, The Bold and the Beautiful, and Nip/Tuck.
In the fall of 2006, Lopez signed on as a contestant on the third season of Dancing with the Stars. He finished in 2nd place.
On January 12, 2006, Lopez was announced as a celebrity guest host for the syndicated entertainment news magazine show EXTRA. His first assignment was covering the Golden Globes. In 2008, he became the permanent weekday host on Extra.
In the 2013 season of The X Factor, Mario was host.
Mario made his Broadway debut in 2008, in the revival of A Chorus Line.
LOPEZ, Patti: KMNV, 2006-09. Patti "Long Legs" Lopez joined Rick Dees for mornings at Movin 93.9/fm at 2006. She left with a format flip on April 15, 2009. She is a Los Angeles native, best known for her tv show, Mex to the Max. Patti's experience covering shows and events for major networks in the U.S., Mexico, and Latin America both in English and Spanish has made her a household name both at home and abroad. In 2010, the 6’1″ former model moved to Nashville with the goal of becoming the first Latina personality in the Country music scene. She works at the Great American Country (GAC).
LOPEZ, Santiago: KLAX, 2000. Santiago worked middays at "LaLey 97.9fm."
LORIMER, Pete: KACD, 1997. Pete briefly teamed with Kiki Melendez for mornings at “Groove” in the fall of 1997. Pete is in the music business.
LORIN, Bill: KAPP; KNX, 1987-2005. Bill is the news director for the tv station in Temecula.
LOTELLO, Jim: KNX, 1998. Jim broadcast sports at KNX.
LOTZ, Patty: KPWR, 1986-87; KKBT, 1989-90; KIBB, 1996-97; KFWB, 1998; KMLT, 2005-06. As "Powermouth Patty," she worked morning drive with Jay Thomas at "Power 106." Born in Montclair, New Jersey, she was the oldest of nine children. “In high school I was a proud member of the Yoga team and the Transcendental Meditation Club.” Patty went to the University of Texas and after college took on various jobs such as baker, roofer/framer, bartender, weightlifting instructor and Gap junior assistant manager. After one of those “has my life come to this?” moments she became the staff photographer at KABC/Channel 7. Before long her acting aspirations were realized as the character Ava Rescott on the soap Loving. She became a VH-1 veejay for a while, appeared on Night Court and Moonlighting and then to tv news anchoring in San Diego. Her website: pattylotz.webs.com.
Buddy was a legendary dj across the nation in cities like New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Chicago, Dallas, and Los Angeles, where he worked with Wolfman Jack. He was well known from the hills of Seaside to the valleys of Carmel and nationwide, for his unique baritone voice and his articulate way with words.
He was a trailblazer and a barrier breaker in the field of radio and television. His association with celebrities and his influence assisted many in obtaining employment. He was a renowned dj at KAZU radio in Seaside, where the dynamic duo, Nikki & Buddy Lowe, brought gospel and Christian music into the homes of believers on the Monterey Peninsula and to the world. He is also remembered throughout the community as the television spokesman for Scott’s Furniture, with his unforgettable commercial “GO BUY.”
As an MC at the annual Monterey County Blues Festival for many years, his personal friends and frequent house guests included Shirley Caesar, James Brown, Ray Charles, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Blind Boys of Alabama, James Cleveland, Otis Redding, Big John Turner, the Staple Singers, and Redd Foxx and Buddy was on the first album cover with Richard Pryor. He worked at KRML in Carmel-By-The-Sea, in the Clint Eastwood Building for over two decades, where he broadcast the best of gospel, jazz and blues. Buddy Lowe was very generous. He helped everybody.
LOWE, Keith: KLVE, 1974-75; KLOS, 1977; KLSX, 1988-94. Keith worked morning drive at KLVE and part-time at KLSX, the Classic Rock station.
LUSSENHEIDE, Bill: KPLS, 2003; KKLA, 2004; KRLA, 2005. Bill hosted a weekend financial show at KRLA.
LYMAN, Jay: KGRB, 1983; KORG, 1993. Born in 1945, Jay started as a dj in 1964. He got interested in big bands while volunteering at KCRW. Jay has a collection of 9,000 LPs, covering 1920-40s music.
LYNCH, Mike: KKTR, 1998-99; KMXN, 1999-2000; KRTH, 2001. Mike started at KPCC in the late 1970s. Born July 11, Mike has been with AirWatch as an airborne traffic-reporter since 1990. He went on to work afternoons at KATY-Temecula.
LYNCH, Sean: KIIS, 1996-97. Sean, aka Dan Cuervo, joined KIIS in the summer of 1996 to host the Saturday night retro show. He was EMI director of national promotion. Sean was the station manager/pd at KKLZ and KFRH-Las Vegas until November 2011.
LYNES, Bobb: KCSN, 1975-98; KCRW, 1982-92; KPCC, 1995-2001; KPFK, 2001-02. Born in Oklahoma in 1935, Bobb took a hobby of collecting old-time radio shows and built a career. For more than two decades, the South Pasadena resident has been involved with old radio drama and served as president of SPERDVAC for five years. Bobb has been a consultant to Entertainment Tonight and Jeopardy. His old-time radio show, Don’t Touch That Dial that he co-hosted with Barbara Sunday, ran for over a quarter of a century on KPCC.
(Bill Laurence and Charles Lazlo)
LYNESS, Richard: KCRW, 1976-77. Richard was the gm at KCRW and founder/president of the Association of California Public Radio Stations. Currently he is the founder/principal of Vocational Insights in Los Gatos, California.
LYON, Mary: KFWB, 1975; KNAC, 1975-76; KLOS, 1976-77; KHJ, 1977-79; KRTH, 1982-87, nd; KLSX, 1987. Mary grew up in West Los Angeles and attended Marymount High School and graduated from UC Irvine in 1975. She soon got a job as an editor's assistant at all-News KFWB, and an impressive career in Southern California news unfolded. The mood at the time - combined perhaps with pressure from the FCC - was to hire women.
Mary considers herself "lucky" that the time was right. "I was available, the right age, the right sex and I happened to fit." Mary was the first female news director at KNAC and was the first woman to conduct a talk show on KLOS. Mary's enthusiasm for the news business is evident within minutes of talking with her. "I was always the new kid at these stations. All these veterans were most gracious, more than they had to be, and I was so appreciative." At KHJ, she was the first woman news director and she survived three format changes. In 1979, Mary was one of the first to be hired for the NBC Source Network and spent three years with them. She was teamed with Phil Hendrie to do morning drive on KLSX. From 1987 to 1995, she was the West Coast entertainment reporter for Associated Press Broadcast Services in Los Angeles.
“I've really had a career climb and had better luck than most. I've worked steadily for almost 20 years in L.A. radio." Mary has retired from radio and is designing exquisite bead jewelry and has won several awards for her creations. She appears frequently on the Home & Garden network, KHTV.
Dick: KBLA, 1962; KUTE, 1965; KGBS, 1969-72; KLOS, 1972; KROQ, 1972; XPRS, 1973; KOCM, 1987-89; KACD, 1994-95, gm; KZLA/KLAC, 1995-96; KBIG, 1996; KRLA, 2000-01. Born Richard Poppers in Burbank, if Dick was not a jock on the radio, he would be selling radio. His father built an amateur radio station in their backyard guest house with a 55-foot tower and talked to people all over the world. Dick's first radio experience was buying a half-hour of KBLA time for $25 on Sunday nights and then soliciting sponsors along Ventura Boulevard. As a result of KFWB airing talk on Sunday nights, his program became very popular with young people and before long he purchased multiple hours and resold them.
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