Are They Now
LARP - A
Compiled by Don Barrett
A-1: KKBT, 2003-06. A-One taught junior high school for three years before joining afternoons at "the BEAT." He left the BEAT in late summer of 2006 following a format flip.
Aalvik, Egil: SEE Swedish Eagle
ABBOT, Phil: KBET, 1997-98. Phil died December 28, 2015 of natural causes. He was 55.
“Phil was an Old School radio professional,” said Patrick Leonard, Abbot’s colleague and Salem Media’s director of marketing and public relations. “And one of the most humble, professional radio colleagues I have ever worked with. Abbot worked in the radio industry for more than four decades as a morning host in Hawaii and on the mainland. During his 17-year career in the mainland, Abbot made a name for himself working with Los Angeles radio legend Rick Dees in their 'Weekly Top 40' radio program. He also took part in the legendary 98-Rock “Rabbett & Abbot” morning show before moving back to Hawaii with his family in 2009.
Phil had an active voiceover career. Up until the day he passed, he was always a quiet listener, counselor, and amazing father who sacrificed so much to see us happy, according to a colleague. "He found peace in his faith, and it was often his only comfort in the quiet of the storm."
ABCARIAN, Robin: KMPC/KTZN/KABC, 1996-98. Robin took a leave of absence from writing a twice-weekly column in the LA Times Life & Style section to join Tracey Miller in the fall of 1996 in morning drive on Talk-formatted 710/KMPC.
In the early 1980s she was a columnist for the Daily News. She moved briefly to
before joining the Times. Robin left KMPC/“the Zone” in late summer of 1997 when the station switched to all-Kids “Disney Radio.” Detroit
She has been with the LA Times off and on for almost 20 years. She concentrates on the 24/7 news cyle digital aspect of the Times.
Abel, Judy: KIKF, 1986-89; KNX, 1989-94; KJQI/KOJY, 1994-95; KNNS, 1995-96; KKTR, 1998-99; KFI, 2000-01. Judy worked midday traffic reporter at KFI until the spring of 2001. She lives in Malibu.
Abel, Mark: KTWV, 1990-2001. Mark worked as the interim morning show host with Paul Crosswhite for a year and then weekend mornings for ten years. He left the WAVE to concentrate on his full time job at Paramount Pictures in the feature post production department. Since forced out of Paramount with department outsourced, he's now wearing many hats including yacht broker, yacht captain, sailing instructor and using his union card to work background in television.
Acampora, Anthony: KDAY/KDAI, 2004-06. Anthony was chief programming officer for Styles Media and pd for KDAY/KDAI from 2004-06. He now operates his own multimedia consulting firm in Arizona.
Acosta, Dave: KMEN, 1996-97; KOLA, 1997. Dave is now working production director for Marker Broadcasting in Palm Desert. Marker includes KPLM Country, KJJZ Smooth Jazz, KAJR Adult Contemporary, and KMRJ Rhythmic AC. He also does mornings on KMRJ.
Acree, Dan: KJLH/fm, 1965; KFOX, 1965-67; KIIS, 1986-87. Dan began his run at KFOX-Long Beach as a gopher to Dick “Haynes at the Reins” Haynes, then weekends doing tracks, then overnights. As a PR guy for over three decades, Dan has handled Wolfman Jack, Magic Matt Alan, and Rick Dees. Dan managed publicity for a host of recording artists including Frankie Valli, Paul Revere, and Manhattan Transfer.
Actor, Allen: KSRF, 1977; KOST, 1978-82; KBIG, 1983-85. Allen is doing voiceover work and teaching at Santa Monica City College.
Adam, Leigh Ann: KIBB, 1996-97; KYSR, 1998-99; KBIG, 1999-2004. Leigh Ann left morning drive at KBIG in early summer 2004. She's working at KVIL-Dallas.
Adams, Bob: KUTE. Bob owned KUTE in the 1970s when it was on the 30th floor of the Occidental Building.
Adams, Chris: KEZY, 1970s; KIKF, 1980-88; KEZY/KORG, 1988-97; KIKF, 1999-2000; KMXN, 2000-02. Chris worked weekends at "Cool 94.3fm."
Adams, Doug: KNAC, 1983. Doug worked evenings at "Rock 'n Rhythm" KNAC in the mid-1980s.
ADAMS, Harry: KRLA, 1963-65. Harry had a talk show, "Let's Talk," where listeners would call in with questions about religion. He died March 1, 2017, at age 90. Dr. Adams received an undergraduate degree at Drew University, a theological degree at Yale Divinity School and a Doctorate degree at the School of Theology at Claremont. At the age of 7, he became a gospel singer.
Born December 12, 1926 in McKeesport, Pennsylvania, in 1965 he joined Martin Luther King Jr. in his march from Selma to Montgomery. His conservative congregation disapproved and he had to leave his church.
Adams, Holly: KOCM/KSRF, 1989-92; KACD, 1996-98; KCRW, 2007-16. Holly worked at KCRW as an announcer and board op. She hosts dance events at local clubs on the West side.
Adams, Joe: KOWL; KDAY; KNOB. Joe played jazz on the radio and hosted a tv program. Joe left radio in the late 1950s to be Ray Charles' road manager. He now runs Ray Charles Enterprises.
Adams, Ken: KYMS, 1993-94. Ken is at Christian radio KRDU-Fresno, and he also produces and hosts Christian ministry radio programs.
Adams, Mal: KNX. Mal did overnights at KNX in the late '70s. Last heard, Mal was working for CBS radio in Japan.
Adams, Sally: KHJ, 1977. Sally worked for Compaq as a marketing communications guru.
Adamson, Jack: KBIG/KBRT, 1979-86. Jack retired from Bonneville in 1994 and lives in Salt Lake City.
Adimu: KKBT, 2000-03. Adimu Colon worked afternoon drive at the BEAT and left the station June 17, 2003. He went on to WMMJ-Washington, DC and left in late 2015.
Adler, Gary: KFWB, 1977-78; KLOS/KABC, 1978-83. Gary is a production news engineer.
(Gary Adler, Jodi Adler, and Jack Angel)
Adler, Jodi: KFWB, 1993-98. Jodi is acting and doing voiceover work.
Agnew, Bob: KLAA, 2013-15. The former pd at Sports KNBR-San Francisco was appointed programming head of the Angels' flagship station, KLAA, in early 2013. He had been general manager of On The House Media in the Bay Area. He was also pd of KXNT-Las Vegas, KNEW/KKGN-San Francisco, and WCAU-Philadelphia. He left KLAA in the late summer of 2015.
Agovino, Michael: Michael was appointed head of the Spanish Broadcasting System L.A. cluster in the Fall of 2003, from president of Clear Channel Sales.
Aimerito, Sylvia: KNAC, 1978-83; KEZY, 1983-84; KHJ, 1984-86; KNOB, 1985-87; KNX/fm, 1986-87; KMET, 1986; KFI/KOST, 1986-87; KBIG, 1987-97; KZLA, 1999-2001; KRTH, 2003-14. Sylvia has an active voiceover career and worked weekends at KRTH until September 2014.
Alan, Bernie: KFAC, 1971-72 and 1987-88; KPPC/KROQ, 1972-73; KLVE, 1973; KVFM, 1973; KEZY, 1976; KOST, 1979-82; KZLA, 1982-84; KKGO, 1990-91; KCSN, 2004-08. Bernie was the voice of PBS' KCET for many years and now is part of KCSN, the Cal State Northridge radio station.
Alan, Cody: KKGO, 2014-16. Cody's syndicated Country show airs all-night at Go Country 105.1.
Alan, Magic Matt: KIIS, 1989-91; KMPC, 1996; KIEV, 1996-97; KIIS, 1996-97; KRLA, 2000. Matt is the morning man at Sirius' Totally 70s channel. He also hosts a syndicated cigar show, "Outlaw Radio."
Alan, "Radio Rick": KFOX, 1981; KWIZ, 1982-89; KWDJ, 1984; KQLH, 1989; KOLA, 1994-2012. Rick worked weekends at the Inland Empire's KOLA.
Albert, Lee: KROQ, 1985-90. Lee participated for three years in the "Loveline" show on KROQ, providing legal perspective.
Alberts, Mal: KHJ, 1970. Mal has passed away.
Albom, Mitch: KABC, 2001. Mitch's syndicated show started on KABC January 2, 2001 and was dropped in the fall of 2001.
(Bill Anson, Christopher Ames, Steve Angel, Cody Alan, and Bob Agnew)
Aldi, Roger: KMLA, 1964; KHJ, 1964-72; KRLA, 1972-74; KPOL, 1974-75; KDAY, 1975-89. Roger is senior minister of the First Church of Religious Science in Houston.
Alexander, Bill: KPWR, 1987-93; KYSR, 1994-99; KELT, 1999-2001; KMXN, 2002; KPSA, 2002-04; KSUR, 2004-05. Bill left Oldies 1260 & 540 AM in the summer of 2005. He's a bartender in Orange County.
Alexander, Clark: KGBS, 1969-74. Clark served a the newsman for Dave Hull. Clark died of a heart attack while on the air at KGBS in 1974.
Alexander, Dave: KOCM/KSRF, 1991. Unknown.
Alexander, Eddie. Unknown.
ALEXANDER, Kermit: KLAC, 1984. The former
49er and Ram and one-time president of the NFL Players Association was part of the broadcast team of the Los Angeles Express football games on KLAC. San Francisco
Affectionately known as, "Kermit the Ram," he was a two-sport All-American at UCLA before becoming an enormously successful NFL football player with the Rams, Eagles and 49ers. Active in the NFL Players Association and various charities, Kermit lives in the Inland Empire, close to his father (and hero), a former World War II Marine veteran. He is active on several boards, which directly benefit children and education.
Alexander, Mark: KRTH, 1974; KUTE, 1974-77. Unknown.
Alexander, Pat: KUSC, 2004-06. Last heard, Pat's syndicated show was carried on Classical KWTU-Tulsa.
(Dan Acree, Gloria Allred, Chuck Ashman, and Greg Ashlock)
Alexia: KWST, 1976-78; KROQ, 1978-79. Alexia owns Wine Country dj in Sonoma County.
Allen, Bob: KKGO, 1986; KSRF, 1986-87; KNX, KGIL, KJOI & KLAC [traffic] 1987-89; Transtar 1988-90; KIKF, 1989-90; Dial-Global 24/7 formats, 1994-2008; KKGO, 2007-08. Bob Manfredo passed away in December 2012.
Allen, Bob: KVCR, 1966-68; KCIN, 1971-72; KBBL, 1973-74; KMEN, 1975-76; KDES, 1976; KACE, 1977; KQLH, 1987-88. Bob lives in San Bernardino and he is retired.
Allen, Caron: KPOL, 1976-78. Last heard Caron was living in Glendale and working for Peat Marwick.
ALLEN, Dex: KBLA, 1961-62; KDAY, 1969-70. Dex, dj, radio executive (programming and sales), owner and most recently president/ceo of Pacific Start Communications, died in early May 2018. He was 74. Dex was best known for spearheading the “underground” movement at KPRI-San Diego.
In the late 1960s, he drove to Southern California every weekend to work as a jock at KDAY (1969-70). Eventually he became general manager of several stations in San Diego. Dex made one of those rare journeys from dj to station owner.
Born Claude Turner in Ventura, Dex graduated from John Burroughs High School in Burbank and the University of Denver. His career can almost be broken down into decades. During the '60s Dex was a dj at KBLA, KTLN-Denver, KQV-Pittsburgh, KOL-Seattle, and KCBQ-San Diego. In the '70s he moved into radio sales and gm positions in San Diego. By the 1980s he was ready for station ownership. He created Commonwealth Broadcasting and KGGI/KMEN was his first purchase. He went on to own KROY-Sacramento, KMZQ-Las Vegas, KRST/KRZY/KOLT-Albuquerque and KYJT/KTTI/KBLU-Yuma.
Allen, Don: KIKF, 1985-96. Don worked as Don Conlee at KEZY.
Allen, Don "Early": KKTT, 1983. Last heard, Don was working morning drive in Buffalo.
Allen, "Hurricane" Gary: KEZY, 1986-90; KCBS, 1991-98. Since 1998, Gary has been doing contract radio engineering. He is also a tv station engineer at KESQ/TV 3 in Palm Springs. He worked as Mark St. John at "Arrow 93." Gary still works for CBS Radio in Palm Springs at Sunny103.1. He has been there since 1997.
ALLEN, Jo Harvey: KPPC, early 60s. Jo Harvey hosted a music and talk show, Rawhide & Roses, on Underground KPPC. She is a performing artist living in the Southwest. Allen was born and raised in Lubbock, Texas. In 1961, she married artist and singer Terry Allen and moved to the Southland where she walked away from a BFA degree from the Woodbury College of Design over a disputed sixty dollar fee.
In the 1970s, she was one of the first performance artists appearing in alternative spaces, cafes, art galleries and museums. She is best known, however, for her work in film and for her one-woman plays which she has toured extensively including off-Broadway productions written and performed by Allen of A Moment's Hesitation, As It Is in Texas, and Counter Angel.
Jo Harvey and her husband Terry live in Santa Fe and a small town in Texas.
Allen, Keith: KTWV, 1991-97. Keith is retired and living in Lake Tahoe.
ALLEN, Laurie: KIIS, 1982; KNX/fm, 1983-84; KMGG, 1984-86; KPWR, 1986-94, KKGO, 2008-17. The Morris, Minnesota-born jock got her first job in broadcasting as an 18-year-old weather person in
. Her love affair with radio started early. "I loved to steal mom's radio up to my room at night and listen to the mysterious big city airwaves of WLS-Chicago and ' Fargo Beeker Street' in . It opened up a whole new world for me.” From Little Rock Fargo, she moved to a small radio station, KCLD in , in 1975 where she met her husband-to-be, Bruce Vidal. They married in 1976. That trek took them from Detroit Lakes, Minnesota , to KSO-Des Moines and in 1978 to KOIL-Omaha. In 1979 Laurie worked in St. Louis, first for KMOX/fm and then KSD/fm. Prior to joining KIIS in 1982, she was at K1O1-San Francisco. She was often the first on-air woman hired. Princeton, Minnesota
"Women have made such incredible strides in radio. There was a time when the only time slot for a woman was being tucked away late at night and sounding very breathy."
Laurie got to
before Bruce and started in the evenings at KIIS. Bruce joined as a part-timer. Laurie briefly went to KNX/fm, and after a format change, she returned to KIIS and read news for Rick Dees. Los Angeles
She looks back fondly on the national attention she and her former-husband received in People magazine and on Good Morning America. The media was fascinated with the fact that the husband/wife team were on competing radio stations - occasionally in the same time slot.
"We had our own careers plus each other’s to consider and with all our moving around it put a professional strain on us, but it had some fun advantages, too." Since 1987 Laurie has hosted a "classic rock" show on Armed Forces Radio. One of her career highlights was an AFRTS Tour of Europe in 1992. "I feel privileged to have been a part of the changes for women while working on some very high-profile stations."
For 11 years, Laurie worked at the Bright AC format at Dial-Global (Westwood One Radio Networks) until late 2008. She does weekends at KKGO, "Go Country."
(Adimu, Mark Allen, and Mitch Albom)
Allen, Mark: KWIZ, 1976-80. Mark is now an attorney living in Seattle. He serves as the President of the Washington State Broadcasters Association. He spent fifteen years on-the-air at radio and television stations in Washington, Oregon and California, including the Spokane, Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles markets. He is a 1970 graduate of the University of Washington with a B.A. in Communications; a 1980 cum laude graduate of Southwestern University School of Law in Los Angeles; and, is admitted to practice law in the State of Washington and Washington, D. C.
Allen, Mike: KABC, 1969-70; KMPC, 1970-72; KFWB, 1974-75 and 1977-78. Mike lives in Phoenix.
Allen, Norm: KSFV, 1964-66. Norm was gm/owner at 106.3/fm. The broadcast facility was at 212 S. Brand Blvd in San Fernando. Norm eventually sold the station or returned the license.
Allen, Perry: KRLA, 1959-60; KHJ, 1962-63; KFI, 1976-77 and 1980. Perry died January 31, 2007. He was 75.
ALLEN, Steve: KHJ, 1945-46 and 1961; KNX, 1947-48; KCBH, 1969. The versatile entertainer who excelled in radio and television, starred in movies, wrote thousands of songs and over 50 books, was born in New York to Vaudeville-team parents and raised in Chicago.
After attending college and a stint in the army, Steve’s first radio job was in Phoenix. He soon moved to Los Angeles, teaming up with Wendell Nobel and June Foray in 1945 to originate “Smile Time” from KHJ to feed the Mutual Network. He then went solo at KNX as a disc jockey but delighted fans more by talking and interviewing members of his studio audience than playing records. In 1950 CBS moved Steve to New York where he had a television program, but he moved to NBC in 1953 to be the original host of The Tonight Show. His television career continued with The Steve Allen Show, The Steve Allen Comedy Hour and others.
In 1954 he married actress Jayne Meadows. He was the master of ceremonies on many television shows including I’ve Got a Secret and What’s My Line? He acted in several movies, including The Benny Goodman Story, in which he played the title role. His best known songs are This Could Be the Start of Something Big, Picnic, Impossible and Gravy Waltz. But he was probably best known as a humorist, believing that everyone had a “silly center” which should not be repressed. A practical joker, he once released an album by a supposed posthumously-discovered talent. Critics loved it but discovered later Steve Allen had written and performed the entire album. During a hospital stay in 1986 his condition was reported as stable. Steve’s response: “You know what the condition of the average stable is.”
Many skits and gags he originated in his early television days have been copied and repeated by the current generation of late-night television talk-show hosts. His PBS program Meeting of the Minds offered imagined conversations between such figures as Darwin, Galileo and Attila the Hun with Mr. Allen as moderator. He was keenly interested in social justice, often writing on the subject, and in recent years became an activist against what he saw as a rising tide of smut on television, condemning shows he felt had, “taken television to the garbage dump.”
Steve Allen died October 30, 2000, following injuries he received in a traffic accident. He was 78.
Allen, Terry: KPPC. Terry is a professional storyteller/songwriter and author, living in the Southwest.
Allen, Whitney: KQLZ, 1989-91; KIIS, 1991-94; KMLT, 1998-2004; KZLA, 2003-06; KKGO, 2007. Whitney worked afternoons at Country KZLA until a format flip in late summer of 2006. She worked afternoons at Country 540 and 1260.
ALLISON, Hank: KFWB, 1968-74. Henry Roger Allison III, better known as Hank Allison, died September 6, 2008, of a blood clot at the age of 64 in Nashville. “After covering the SLA shoot-out, I figured that I didn’t survive Vietnam to be killed on the streets of Los Angeles.,” Hank said while being interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. After the SLA shoot-out he was given a “safe” assignment covering a court hearing, when he ended up in the middle of another shoot-out, this time a domestic quarrel. Hank and his wife bought a farm and moved to Montesano, Washington.
He went back to school to earn a clinical psychology degree.
Born in Patterson, New Jersey on October 8, 1943, Hank moved to the Southland with his parents when he was 6. After San Fernando High School and Woodbury College, Hank served two years in the Army with the 1st Cavalry Division. After the service he pursued journalism and became a writer for the South Bay Daily Breeze followed by the Los Angeles Herald Examiner. During the 1968 Examiner strike, Hank was driving his car when he heard that KFWB was going all-News. “I pulled my car over to the curb, called the station and applied for a job.” He started as an editor and moved to outside reporter.
“It was a fascinating time working for a news station. We covered the Manson trial, Bobby Kennedy’s assassination and the Ellsburg trial. KFWB was on top of all of it.” In 1974 Hank moved to Nashville and for the better part of a decade worked for the CBS and ABC stations while attending law school. He graduated from the Nashville School of Law in 1983 and began practicing law in Nashville. “The information gathering, organization and public speaking skills from that first career are brought to bear now as a trial lawyer,” he said.
Allison, Joe: KRKD, 1957; KXLA, KFOX. Joe, a former Country dj and pd at KRKD, KXLA and KFOX, died August 2, 2002, in Nashville. He was one of the most influential figures in the rise of modern country music. Born October 3, 1924, in McKinney, Texas, he began his career as a disc jockey in 1944 at KPLT-Paris, Texas and went on to become a songwriter, recording and music publishing executive, record producer and tv producer. He moved to Los Angeles in 1952, succeeding Tennessee Ernie Ford on his daily KXLA radio program. While at KRKD, Joe hosted Town Hall Party on KTTV/Channel 11 and ABC’s Country America. He and his wife, Audrey, wrote Teenage Crush for Tommy Sands. As the former pd of KFOX, he joined the country music department at Liberty Records in the early 1960s. He was a founder of both the Country Music Association and the Country Music Foundation. He wrote for Jim Reeves’ a huge crossover hit, He’ll Have To Go that topped the country charts for 14 weeks and inspired cover versions by Bing Crosby, Elvis Presley, Tom Jones, Eddy Arnold, and Mills Brothers. In 1976, Joe was elected to the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame. In 1976, Joe was elected to the Country Music Disc Jockey Hall of Fame Foundation. In a R&R salute to country, Joe reflected: "My best memory was having Tex Ritter as my mentor and father figure. He would take the time to show me things and teach me. He taught me to be fair and to give back to the business the things you take out of it. Tex was that way; he was probably the greatest man who was ever in our business. He was the wisest man I ever met. My worst memories are now. The business itself is beginning to forget the people who brought them here." He retired from the music business in 1970 and spent his later years buying and selling antiques and paintings, finally retiring in 1988 after a heart attack. He was 77.
Allison, Mike: The former announcer for the Los Angeles Kings hockey on radio is now living in Minnesota and teaching.
Allison, Randi: KRLA, 1983; KRTH, 1983-84; KFI, 1984-87. Randi writes for tv and films.
Allison, Steve: KABC, 1967-69. Steve died of brain cancer in 1969.
Allred, Gloria: KABC, 1993-2002. Gloria left KABC on October 29, 2002. Gloria continues with her high profile law career. In the fall of 2011, she started hosting a new courtroom tv show, We the People.
(Dwight Arnold, Blaton Alspaugh, and Kim Amidon)
Alpert, Dave: Dave is with ABC News.
Alspaugh, Blanton: KKGO, 1997-98. Blanton left his program director position at KKGO in the summer of 1998. He is a multiple Grammy-winning record producer who has received nominations for Grammy Award for Producer of the Year, Classical in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013, winning in 2013. Blanton has been a member of the Soundmirror team since 1999. He is a senior producer who oversees recording projects ranging in size from the largest operatic and symphonic productions to solo piano. He received a B.S. in Music Education from Tennessee Technological University and a M.M. in Orchestral Conducting from the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University.
Alvarez, Arturo: KWKW, 1988-90; KTNQ, 1990-92; KWKW, 1992-98. Arturo, long-time all-night dj/talk show Spanish host, is a bartender at Champions at the LAX Marriott.
Alvarez, Nicole: KROQ, 2004-18. Nicole joined all-nights at KROQ in the summer of 2004 and now works afternoons.
ALVY, Ted: KFWB, 1967; KVFM, 1967; KPPC, 1968 and 1970-71; KMET, 1968-70 and 1973-76. Ted passed away alone in his Van Nuys home March 10, 2012, of natural causes, according to his brother-in-law, Brian Teeter. Ted was 62.
Ted was part of a group of djs at the inception of underground FM rock radio in the late 1960s and early 1970s. He was known as Topper Cosmos for some of his time at KPPC, working with Les Carter. Ted was an L.A. native who worked behind the scenes with B. Mitch Reed. His series of web pages and books included a “true fiction” cybernovel and paperback titled: 60’s L.A. UNDERGROUND RADIO I was a Teenage Disc Jockey.
Ted Alvy remembers the “Hippie Strike” in 1968. “The hippie deejays and the entire KPPC staff walked a 24-hour picket line around the Pasadena Presbyterian Church, where the KPPC/fm 106.7 broadcast studios were located in the church basement,” wrote Ted. “The KMPX/KPPC Strike began at 3 a.m. on March 18, 1968 [with most KMPX-San Francisco deejays going on the air at KSAN/fm-San Francisco on Tom Donahue’s birthday, May 21, 1968], as we picketed KPPC until the weekend before the 1968 Summer Solstice [the day the then-still-automated [dashes added] KMET/fm 94.7 started playing some Rock And Roll with taped programs by B. Mitchel Reed and Tom Donahue). Jolly Joe Yocam, the always happy KFWB deejay, was friends with 1968 KPPC deejay B. Mitchel Reed, who was also a former KFWB deejay.
Alyn, Mark: KCSN, 1971-80; KFI 1973-76; KRLA, 1975-77; KVEN, 1986-88. Mark hosts a weekly show on Cable Radio Network and owns Mark Alyn Communications of Thousand Oaks.
Amador, Andrew: SEE John Clark
Amaya, Pam: KRLA, 1995-99. Pam left radio to go to law school.
AMBROSE, Mike: KFWB, 1965; KRLA, 1969. Mike was a Top 40 jock at KFWB in the mid-1960s and KRLA in the late 60s. For the three decades, Mike was a tv fixture in San Diego as a favorite weather reporter. He died August 29, 2008. He was 69.
In the late 1980s Mike substituted for Spencer Christian on ABC's Good Morning America. His annual KGTV Christmas Toy Drive was the largest drive of its kind in San Diego's history. "This event has become the most meaningful event in my television career," he once said.
The happy-go-lucky Ambrose was an extremely private person, almost a recluse. He never married nor had children. Ambrose suffered a mild heart attack in 1997, forcing him to cut his hours at the tv station. Close friends say Ambrose had recently been hospitalized for internal organ issues but never let on just how sick he was.
Mike's brother, Dave Ambrose, was a very popular midday personality during KLIF-Dallas' glory years.
Ambrosini, Michael: KNX, 1980-2006. Michael was a reporter for KNXNewsradio. In 1999 he won a Golden Mike Award for Best Individual Writing. KTLA's Stan Chambers made a brief mention of Ambrosini in the first chapter of Chamber's book, News at Ten in recalling the LA Riot. Ambrosini established himself as being one of KNX's premiere field reporters during his coverage of the first Rodney King beating trial in Simi Valley. Michael left KNX in the summer of 2006.
Ameche, Jim: KBLA, 1961-63. Jim was the younger brother of Don Ameche. Jim was the original voice of Jack Armstrong, the All-American Boy in the radio dramas. He also was the announcer on the radio version of Amos 'n Andy. Jim died of lung cancer on February 4, 1983, at the age of 68.
AMEZCUA, Carlos: KEIB, 2014-15. Carlos joined KEIB, "The Patriot" as part of the new Conservative line-up at 1150 AM and left a year later. Carlos is a Southern California native, born in San Diego.
Most recently, Carlos co-anchored the KTTV/FOX 11 newscast that he joined in September 2007. Before FOX 11, Carlos was very well known as anchor of the KTLA Morning Show where he worked from 1991 to 2007. He has also been a reporter in San Diego, Denver and Portland and a network correspondent for CBS News, NBC Nightly News, CNN and HBO’s America Undercover.
Carlos has been the recipient of numerous awards including 18 Emmys for his journalistic efforts covering stories such as the Northridge Earthquake, the Malibu Fires, and the McDonald's Massacre in San Diego, among others. In addition to his work in news, Carlos created and produced the critically acclaimed Comedy Compadres, the first all-Latino stand up comedy program in Los Angeles that aired on KTLA. In his spare time, Carlos loves spending time with his new bride, Sharon, and enjoys oil painting, golfing, surfing, skiing, watching hockey games. He is a big San Diego Chargers fan and is active on social media.
Ames, Christopher: KHJ, 1970-72; KRLA, 1972-73; KNX/fm, 1973-80; KFWB, 2003-09. Christopher wrote Class Action and appeared with Gene Hackman. He returned to radio in the fall of 2003 and left the all-News station in March 2009.
Amiche, Don: KJLH, 2010-19. Don is a jock at KJLH. As a native of Los Angeles he started his radio career in the 90′s at KJLH as an intern.
Amidon, Kim: KUTE, 1983-84; KHJ, 1984-85; KRTH, 1985; KOST, 1985-2007; KTWV, 2010-12. Kim worked with Mark Wallengren for 22 years in morning drive at KOST. She left November 29, 2007. She went from weekends at KTWV, "the WAVE" to morning drive in late spring 2010. She left the WAVE in late spring 2012.
Amos, Wally: KRLA, 1970s. Famous Amos, the cookie creator, is a motivational speaker.
Anders, Holly: SEE Whitney Allen
Anderson, Bob: KMPC, 1948-52; KNX, 1957; KPOL, 1958-59; KLAC, 1959-61; KABC, 1961-2007. Bob was part of the news operation at KABC. He died March 11, 2012, at the age of 86.
(Alfred Archuleta, Magic Matt Alan, Mike Ambrosini, Big Bob Anthony, and Nestor Aparicio)
ANDERSON, Fred: KFMU, 1960; KRHM, 1960; KGBS, 1961-62; KNX, 1963-69. In the late 1960s, Fred was one of the original members of a then-revolutionary page in local tv news, KABC/Channel 7s Eyewitness News. He also did stories with Elmer Dills and "The Food Life" for Channel 7. His roots are in radio and they laid the foundation for his move into tv.
"When Eyewitness News was launched, there were many seasoned tv news people who auditioned. Robert Irvine hired ONLY radio people for the first team of Eyewitness News reporters. He believed the tv reporters of that day had developed lazy habits," said Fred, when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. They usually had all day to think about their story. Radio reporters, however, were used to meeting several deadlines a day, dashing to a phone to report a tight, coherent report and then rushing on to another story."
Fred was born in Worcester, Massachusetts, and caught the radio bug at 15 after a visit to a local station. Two weeks after his 16th birthday he was working part-time at WAAB-Worcester, through high school. He really wanted to be a musician, playing the trumpet and later switching to string bass. He went to Leland Powers School of Theater in Boston and then the New England Conservatory of Music. As he worked in radio at Boston stations WEEI, WBOS and WCOP, he played bass after hours in nightclubs. In 1957 he was hired to be nd at WHYE-Roanoke and as a one-man news bureau for UPI. Before arriving in the Southland, Fred was nd of WJBW-New Orleans. His first job in L.A. in 1960 was, as Fred recalled, "A little FM classical music station in the Farmers Market on Fairfax, KFMU. We all lost our jobs when it became one of the first stations to be completely automated."
In the early 1960s Fred was part of the ABC Radio series, "Weekend West" which led directly to his being hired by KNX in November of 1963 to take over a half-hour program called "Kaleidoscope." To survive in the early 1960s, he also did engineer work for ABC and was one of the regular engineers for acerbic-tongued Joe Pyne. At KNX, Fred covered increasing amounts of science, space and medicine and eventually became the science editor. During his six years with KNX he was also a regular reporter for the CBS network program, "Weekend Dimension."
In the LA Times' listing of the best of 1968, Fred was named Announcer of the Year. The Times said: "Fred Anderson anchored numerous special reports for KNX over the years, handling every assignment with forcefulness and integrity." Three weeks before his death: "I have many fond memories of radio and its power to be the theater of the mind. I love being in tv...but I do miss radio a lot." Fred died June 23, 1996. A week before his death he suffered a heart attack and had triple bypass surgery. Fred had been in critical and unstable condition after the surgery and suffered a fatal heart attack. KNXs Beach Rogers called Fred one of broadcastings true "nice guys," with no one in the business ever making an unkind word about him.
Fred died June 23, 1996, at the age of 59.
Anderson, George: KMPC, 1968-80. George is in sales at KDWN-Las Vegas.
ANDERSON, Howard: KHWY. Howard was the founder of the Highway stations, connecting two destinations on the I-15 between Barstow and Las Vegas. Howard died on January 21, 2014, at the age of 85. Howard succumbed to Multiple Myeloma and complications from Parkinsons' Disease.
The youngest of three sons, Howard was born on May 24,1928 in Denver. Howard attended University of Utah, where he majored in Radio Speech. He met Midene McKay, and they were married in the Salt Lake Temple on January 31, 1951, and subsequently enjoyed each other's company for 63 years. Howard had grown up loving the radio, and knew from a young age he wanted to own a radio station. After beginning his career at KDYL/TV in Salt Lake City, Howard moved to WFAA/TV in Dallas, and then ABC Films in Chicago and later, New York.
Twentieth Century Fox Television came calling, first in New York and then in Los Angeles, followed by the Hughes Television Network, and ultimately the Summa Corporation. Howard made his childhood dream come true in 1980, when he created KHWY/fm, and became the Big Broadcast Baron of Barstow. Beyond his career, Howard cherished his years as a Mission President for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, servi!lg as the President of the California Mission -- including all of Southern California, the State of Arizona, and Clark County, Nevada -- from 1962 to 1965.
Howard loved his sayings: "It's better to be seen than viewed;" "Every day above ground is a good one;" and "It doesn't get any better than this."
Anderson, Lynn: KHJ, 1979; KIIS, 1980-89. The former general manager at KIIS is with the RAB in San Francisco.
ANDERSON, Paul Oscar: KRLA, 1970-71; KROQ, 1972. Paul had one of those booming news voices at popular music stations in the late 1960s and early 1970s – KHJ, 1110/KRLA and KROQ. His voice has been stilled. Paul died June 5, 2009, following a long battle with heart failure and cancer. He was 77.
Paul’s career took him to major radio jobs in Chicago and New York. In 1971 he received the LA Times Award for “Best Documentary of the Year” for his project “Fifth and Main, Los Angeles.” Paul was born in Knoxville, graduating from Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.
“I went into the military when I was 15 years old, finished high school when I got out of the Air Force at 18 and was married with a child,” he remembered during an interview with LARadio a few years ago. “I went to college when I had two kids and left Knoxville for the broadcasting wars in 1953. My first job was as ‘Dean’ of Midwestern Broadcasting School in Chicago.” His radio career started at KJFJ-Webster City, Iowa and then on to KWMT-Ft. Dodge, KOIL-Omaha, KISN-Portland, WIFE-Indianapolis, KIMN-Denver, WMAQ-Chicago, Monitor for NBC-New York, KCBQ-San Diego, and then Los Angeles. “I worked at 37 broadcasting facilities in a little over 35 years. I came home to Knoxville in 1974, just out of a drunk farm in Minnesota, married my childhood sweetheart on Valentine's Day 1975. To everyone’s surprise, including mine, I have been totally clean and sober since leaving Hazelden Center in Minnesota after six weeks of treatment. Over many years, I have owned a couple of ad agencies and a marketing consulting firm. I also have published a couple of textbooks on marketing [The Handbook of Successful Marketing for the Professions] and done hundreds of seminars on the topic. I taught Marketing at the University of Tennessee. I retired from air work in 1993. I had been among the pioneers in the South to do a talk show, which I did for about ten years at a number of stations in Knoxville. At the same time, I was doing a highly controversial news commentary at several stations.” When interviewed recently he said his sole occupation/avocation those days was writing – for publication – and songs for his daughter who sings country soul and lives in Santa Rosa, California. “Unfortunately, that's about all I can do – I suffer from heart failure, prostate cancer and diabetes. Except for the terminal illnesses, I feel pretty good. God, how I miss the mic.”
Anderson, Rick: KLOS or KMET. Last heard, Rick was working in Salinas radio.
Andre, Sean: KCMG/KHHT, 1999-2007. Sean worked middays at "Hot 92 Jamz" until December 2007. He's now with KRNB, Smooth r&b.
(Dave Anthony, Arturo Alvarez, and Holly Adams)
Andres, Juan: KFI, 1996-98. Unknown.
Andrews, Charles: KUSC, 1998-2009. Charles worked afternoons at Classical KUSC.
ANGEL, Bill: KWKW, 1955; KFWB, 1956-83. Bill started at KFWB in 1956 and stayed until his retirement in 1983. He bridged the gap from rock and roll to an all-News format.
Born Angelo Fiorrvanti, Bill was born and raised in Conway, just outside Pittsburgh. He started his radio career in 1938 at WJS-Pittsburgh and after serving four years in World War II, Bill came to the Southland with his Arkansas wife to work at KIEV. For two years Bill attended the Pasadena Institute for Radio and then worked in New Mexico and Wichita Falls.
In 1955 he returned to the Southland and worked briefly at KWKW before joining KFWB as music director, freeway reporter and fill-in jock. He was assistant to Chuck Blore for the launch of historic "Color Radio/Channel 98" on January 2, 1958, which ironically was Bill's birthday. Bill covered Vietnam for Westinghouse in 1967. "I went to Vietnam mainly because my son was wounded. He tragically died in the fall of 1996 from Agent Orange." In 1983 Bill turned 65. "I was making the most money of my life and I walked in and quit. I just walked away and retired." Bill underwent vascular bypass surgery a few years before his death. He died July 18, 1998. He was 79.
Angel, Jack: KMPC, 1968-70; KFI, 1970-76; KIIS, 1972. Jack hosted "Night Flight" at KMPC. Jack is a voiceover talent in Hollywood. He was the voice of "Teddy" in A.I. He left KFI when the station attempted a bold, albeit ultimately unsuccessful all-Comedy format.
Angel, Jill: KODJ, 1989; KNX, 1990-96. Jill is living in Lodi and working the health and safety section of the California Highway Patrol in Sacramento.
Angel, Steve: KFWB; KGIL; KNJO, 1994-95. Born in 1945, Steve graduated from Dorsey High School and served in the Army in Vietnam. Steve's broadcast career spanned 20 years, including stints in sales at KFWB and KGIL, before becoming vp/gm at KNJO. Steve died of leukemia on October 5, 1995, at the age of 50.
(Chris Adams and Mark Alyn)
Angotti, Roberto: KNAC, 1982-85; KROQ, 1989. Roberto is promoting reggae bands.
ANSILIO, Suzanne: KLSX, 1990-93; KQLZ, 1991-92; KLOS, 1993-2005. Suzanne left the Washington, DC Classic Rock station in September 2011 following a format flip. She's an AE at K-EARTH.
Following a management change in the mid-1980s, Suzanne found herself in Miami without a job. Instead of sending out tapes, she hopped on a plane and went skiing in Europe for a month and a half. The attractive, free-spirited single woman took off over the weekend on a Travels With Charley-type John Steinbeck trip around the United States. How long? Suzanne doesn’t know.
Suzanne grew up in Pennsylvania where her father was in the flower business. She went to East Stroudsburg State College (now university). She got her first radio job because her father used to advertise on radio in Wilkes-Barre. “My dad met one of the program directors, Rich Piombino , and asked him to interview his daughter. I went in to see him and he asked for an aircheck. ‘What’s that?’ I asked. Rich introduced me to the production guy, gave me some liner notes and I cut an aircheck. Later that day I took a job as the diving coach at my former high school. I was a diver all through school.”
Rich didn’t have a job for Suzanne. He didn’t think she was ready yet but encouraged her to hang out at the radio station. He told her she had a nice voice. “He told me to practice in the production room when it wasn’t being used and when I was ready, he would put me on the air. It wasn’t like I had to make a bunch of money all of a sudden. I was 22 years old and living at home.”
She worked in Tampa for two and a half years and then got a call from Rad Messick, a pd in Orlando. “He was one of my favorite program directors. I had a blast in Orlando and had many cool girlfriends,” enthused Suzanne as she ordered a French Dip sandwich from the Rancho Golf Course restaurant where we were meeting before she hit a bucket of balls. A competing pd in Orlando also was in charge of a station in Miami. “Gerry Cagle wanted me out of the Orlando market and offered me a job in south Florida. I took it and six months later they fired Gerry and the new pd wanted to bring in all his friends.”
Suzanne went to the owner of the Miami station and explained that she left a very secure job in Orlando and didn’t think it was fair to be booted after a half year. He agreed and immediately wrote out a check. On a visit to L.A. before she left Orlando, Suzanne applied to be a contestant on the Wheel of Fortune. “I’m a real game show junkie,” admitted Suzanne. The timing was right because the popular syndicated program had recently abandoned the studio filled with wonderful prizes and went to a cash-only payout for the winners. Suzanne won $13,950.
Suzanne went overseas to ski. She booked a room for a week in Chamonix, France and from there just “winged it.” She went on to St. Moritz where she met an American stationed in Germany. They spent some time together in Paris. “And then I went on to London because I had money to do my thing,” said Suzanne.
She briefly went to work for the music trade publication, the Hand Report. “He loved how I sounded on the phone, but within a day there was no way I was going to sit at a desk all day and talk with music directors about what they think of the new INXS record.” She got job offers in Phoenix (too hot) and Cleveland where she joined WNCX, a competitor to the legendary Buzzard, WMMS. Turned out the pd at WMMS was her first boss, Rich Piombino. “He was so kind to send me tickets to concerts they were sponsoring. I got to play lots of golf, and go to Browns football games.”
One day Suzanne received a message from the 213 area code. She had been attempting to establish relationships with the record companies in California to get new music. She didn’t recognize the name Steve Ellis, but called anyway. “When the receptionist answered, she said ‘KLSX.’ Ellis said he was looking for a female rock jock for his Classic Rock station. He flew me out and I did an on-air interview. The guy who recommended me was Dave Hamilton, one of the top guys for ABC Radio. He had been a pd at the very successful WQRS-Minneapolis.” She didn’t know Hamilton but later learned how it all came together. When Suzanne went on the Wheel of Fortune, she put a package together with a resume, tape and a photo. “I had a big, white envelope made up with big red lettering across the front, “See me on Wheel of Fortune on such and such a day.” She sent the package to program directors all over the country and Hamilton was impressed. Ellis and Hamilton grew up together. When the opening at KLSX came, Hamilton recommended Ansilio to Ellis. “The package was a very successful marketing ploy.
Trip Reeb was programming a station in San Diego and he remembered the package.” At KLSX, Suzanne changed names one more time – Suzy Who – which was her favorite name. Before long, Ellis was leaving and Andy Bloom was coming into KLSX. “Andy was a consultant for stations I worked for in the past. He always had nice things to say to me and about me, so I wasn’t too concerned about him coming in.”
Before long Suzanne heard that he wanted to bring in Shana, a name that Bloom felt had more market recognition. Suzanne was out. But not for long. She called her buddy Cary Curelop who has now pd at KLOS. They went to lunch and Cary told Suzanne that he and Bob Moore were headed for Pirate Radio (KQLZ, 100.3/fm) and she was part of their plans. “Unbeknownst to me, before I got fired they had already decided to take me to Pirate,” said Suzanne. “The change happened really fast with Scott Shannon leaving and Curelop taking over.” Suzanne was at Pirate from 1989 to 1991. The relationship came to an end on a holiday weekend. Suzanne was frustrated when her replacement didn’t show up. “I played my favorite new song, You’re Invited but Your Friend Can’t Come, the first song from Vince Neil after he left Motley Crue, 25 times in a row. The building was empty except for Jay Resnick [who still works for Westwood One] and he kept saying, ‘Do it, man, do it.’ He gave me tons of encouragement. If I had taken a second to think about that decision to play one song for an hour and half, I probably would not have done something like that. I just did it!”
Later that night Bob Moore called and told her to come to his office on Tuesday. “I stopped in Cary’s office and he said that Bob wasn’t ready for me yet and to come back in an hour. When I returned Cary said that he couldn’t save my job. He also told me that he just resigned from Pirate.” Turned out the Curelop was headed back to KLOS and he hired Suzanne for her 13-year run at the Classic Rock station that came to an end when Joe Benson was hired. “I had a good long run at KLOS. The move didn’t surprise me. Nothing shocks me about this business. I have a lot of good memories.”
Anson, Bill: KFWB. Born in Chicago in 1908, he was discovered by Paul Whiteman. Bill was the first host of the old "Play Broadcast," a game show offered nationally by the Mutual radio network. He also was a composer and lyricist. Bill helped create the popular tune When I Write My Song recorded by Herb Jeffries and was also a lyricist for The Man Upstairs made popular by Kay Starr. He was one of the first members of AFTRA when it was formed in 1939. Bill worked Southern California radio in the 1940s and 1950s. The popular host of KTTV/Channel 11's Glancin' with Anson died in June 1983, of a heart attack. He was 75.
Anthony, Big Bob: KIQQ, 1974; KHJ, 1977-78. Bob is the founder of EMF Broadcasting, which includes the Christian Music Radio Networks Air 1 (CHR) and K-LOVE (AC), heard in 200 cities. Bob currently lives in Oregon, and is the president of a non-profit ministry called “Gospel Spots.”
Anthony, Dave: KODJ, 1990-91. Dave consults radio stations, provides voiceover services for regional, national and international clients from his own studio, and frequently appears on-camera in film and on television.
(A-One and Don Amiche)
Anthony, Ken: KLOS, 1991-92; KLSX, 1994; KLOS, 2015-17. In the summer of 2015, Ken started working weekends at KLOS.
Anthony, Michael: KFOX, 1973-75; KWOW, 1978; KNOB, 1978; KORG, 1991. Michael lives in Orange County is the director of the National Business Development Council.
Anthony, R.: KGFJ, 1984-85. Last heard, Marc Anthony was working in New Orleans.
Anthony, Roger: XTRA, 1980. Unknown.
Anthony, Ted: KLAC, 1975-76. Ted is the booth announcer at WDIV/TV and evening jock at WLTI-Detroit. When he left KLAC, he spent the next two years programming an English speaking radio station for the Irannian Government. "My last radio shows were done with a helicopter pilot ready to fly me out in case of a seige upon the Government's Main National Broadcast facility by Iranian rebels. In 1999,Ted attained a Florida real estate license and sold time-share vacation ownership for Marriott. He's also a licensed private pilot and world travelled scuba diver.
Anthony, Tom: KIKF, 1981-90. Born Winston Burnette, he is a professor at CSUF in Fullerton.
ANTI, Don: KDAY, 1958-62; KFWB, 1962-68; KFI, 1969; KLAC, 1970. Don was an active part of the music presentation at 1580/KDAY and Top 40 KFWB. He died on May 23, 2009.
Born in San Francisco in 1940, Don graduated from Lincoln High School in 1957, and then went on to City College of San Francisco. In the spring of 1958, he joined KYA-San Francisco.
Following stops at KLAC, KFI and KNBR-San Francisco, he went to work at Mercury Records, followed by MCA in the early 1970s. In 1975 Don started Anti/Muscolo Promotions. Five years later he joined Feedback Magazine and then became an independent record promoter.
“In 1985 I joined Jeff McClusky in a partnership.” Don had been recovering and making nice rehabilitative progress following a series of strokes that sidelined him for a time.
(Famous Amos, Joe Allison, and Roberto Angotti)
Antoinette, Karla: SEE Karla with a K
ANZUR, Terry: KABC, 1997; KFI, 2010-17. The former tv anchor at KCBS' Action News and KTLA's News at 10, has a talent coaching business and continues to be active in her acting and voiceover career. She did weekend news at KFI until March 2017. Back in the 1990s, Terry Anzur was part of the morning drive team at KABC radio. Most of her success came from television in virtually every major market including KCBS/Channel 2 and KTLA/Channel 5. She is a former assistant professor in the School of Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication at USC.
For a time, Terry anchored the news at West Palm Beach CBS affiliate, WPEC/TV but returned to L.A. and she has an active talent coaching business at www.TerryAnzur.com. Terry is also freelancing as tv, radio, film and voiceover talent. “I just did reporter roles on ABC's Pushing Daisies and HBO's John from Cincinnati,” said Terry.
Born in Wilmington, Delaware, and raised in Southern California, Terry began her career in journalism at the age of eight with a byline in the Pasadena Star-News. Terry was one of the youngest women to gain a solo anchor position when, at age 23, she headed a newscast at WCHS/TV in Charleston, West Virginia.
One of Terry’s greatest accomplishments was co-hosting In Depth Coast to Coast from 1994 to 1996 on America’s Talking, the NBC-owned national cable network. Terry traveled to Poland while it was under martial law to document the delivery of humanitarian aid. Sidestepping the threat of riots, bombs and tear gas, she interviewed Lech Walesa while he was still under house arrest. Her tenacity won her Chicago’s prestigious Lisagor Award for feature reporting and the Polish American Congress Award for her documentary Shoes for Poland.
Aparicio, Nestor: KMPC, 2000-01. Nestor left Sporting News 1540AM in late 2001 and he retired from daily radio in 2004 to concentrate on running WNST-Baltimore, which he owns and operates as Nasty 1570 Sports.
Applegate, Bobby: KPPC, 1971-72. Bobby is the father of Christina Applegate. He lives in Grover City.
ARBOGAST, Bob: KMPC, 1962-67; KLAC, 1967; KFI, 1968; KGBS, 1969. Bob died March 21, 2009 of cancer, at the age of 81. Bob Arbogast struck the funny bone for millions of fans who enjoyed his unique brand of comedy at 710/KMPC, KLAC, KFI and KGBS.
Bob was admitted to St. Agnes Hospital in Fresno, near his home in Mariposa, a month before his death. Bob was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and he died three weeks later, according to his son, Pete Arbogast, the voice of USC Trojan football. Bob’s family was with him at the time of his death.
Arbogast was born on April Fool’s Day, 1927 in Bellingham, Washington. Bob was the only child of Lewis, a champion tennis player and veteran of two World Wars and Christine, also a champion tennis player, both of whom preceded him in death.
Bob attended John Marshall High School, where he was an accomplished tennis player. He graduated in 1944. He enlisted in the navy and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for his work during a multi-ship raid on Tokyo Harbor. When the war ended he attended Los Angeles City College, then the University of Arizona.
While attending the University of Arizona on a tennis scholarship, he studied broadcast journalism. As part of a class assignment, he broadcast the noon news over the campus P.A. system. “I could see out the window that no one was paying attention to the news so I began broadcasting outlandish stories.” It was the beginning of a new career. His efforts led to an offer to do a comedy show on a local station.
A big break came when the owner of WHB-Kansas City, Charles R. Cook, had a summer home in Tucson. In 1950 while vacationing, Cook was listening and was so impressed with Bob’s comedy that Bob was soon headed for Kansas City. Bob later went on to Chicago’s WMAQ.
Bob then turned to writing, one featuring Tom Poston, the other Peter Marshall. It was on to San Francisco where Bob worked with Stan Bohrman on KSFO and KFRC, before finally landing – many stations later – in Los Angeles. While in the middle of a show with Stan, the pd asked Bob to come into the hallway. “He fired me and it was my birthday. I must have offended him,” remembered Bob when being interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
At KMPC, he wrote for Dick Whittinghill and Gary Owens. Bob moved up the dial to KLAC, where he partnered with Jack Margolis. Despite high ratings, their objection to the Vietnam War and their pro-choice stance resulted in both being fired. The pair also hosted a television show called To Be Announced on KTTV/Channel 11.
There were a number of popular characters created by Bob. One of his most popular characters was that of little old lady Emily Norton for KMPC. Earlier, Arbogast created the “Question Man” in Kansas City in 1951. It was used by Poston in New York and eventually by Steve Allen, who credited Bob with the idea in his book The Question Man. The concept – divulging the answer before the question was offered – lived on with Johnny Carson for ‘Carnac the Magnificent’ and is still used today on the tv show Jeopardy.
In 1958, Arbogast teamed with Stanley Ralph Ross to write and perform a hit 45-rpm single Chaos Pt. 1 & 2, which was banned from play on many radio stations for satirizing the Top 40 formats of the day. George Carlin later used some of the material in his parody of the same sort of radio stations. In addition, Arbogast and Ross co-wrote an album of parody songs titled My Son, the Copycat, a play on Allan Sherman’s My Son the Folksinger.
“By 1969 I decided to leave radio for an even more insecure career in commercials and cartoon voice work,” said Arbogast when he was reviewing his career in the 90s. He was one of the first writers for Sesame Street and received substantial residuals for his voice work. Bob voiced 100 episodes of Roger Ramjet and hundreds of cartoons. “In 1994 I received a residual check for 2 cents for my earlier work on Jetsons. From 40 cartoon shows I received a total of $25 in residuals.” He was the original voice for the ‘What would you do for a Klondike Bar?’ commercials. Still, among Bob’s hundreds of voices, he is probably best known for those on the Roger Ramjet cartoon series.
Bob won several awards, including an Emmy as writer for Stars of Jazz in 1958 and a Clio in the 1970s. He also wrote for the Pat Paulsen Show and has the distinction of being a writer for the tv show Turn On, which for many years held the dubious distinction of being the shortest-lived tv show – it was cancelled after one night. Bob also appeared in the movie The Falcon and the Snowman and drove the bus in Linda Lovelace for President.
In 1992 Bob and his wife packed up for Mariposa and they worked and lived on a 5-acre ranch. “I’m pretty good with a tractor. I’m a city boy who has adjusted to the country quite nicely. Our area is made up of either six-toed hillbillies or those who are sophisticated and funny. We haven’t had a murder in our county for two years.”
Bob was a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan and has left them a World Series championship in his will. He was also a fan of the UCLA Bruins.
Arbogast, Pete: KGIL; KFOX; KNX, 1983-95; KDAY, 1984-85; KFI, 1985-86; KHJ/KRTH, 1986-87; KNX, 1984-95; KFWB, 1997; KMPC (1540), 2001-06; KSPN, 2006-15. Pete is the play-by-play announcer for the USC Trojans. He left 1540/The Ticket when USC did not renew broadcast rights with the sports station.
Archer: KQLZ, 1989. Archer is now doing copywriting, voiceovers and production at Archer2000.net.
Archer, Robert: KBIG, 1999-2006; KFI, 2007-15; KNX, 2015-19. Archer left KFI News in April 2015 and later joined KNX News.
ARCHERD, Army: KABC, 1972. Army spent most of a half-century in show business, most of it at Daily Variety. The former talk show host at KABC in the early 1970s died September 8, 2009, at age 87. According to Variety’s Web site, Archer died of a rare form of mesothelioma, “a cancer thought to be the result of his exposure to asbestos in the Navy during WWII.” Army introduced the stars on their arrival at the Academy Awards for 30 years. Army’s Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame is in front of the Chinese theater, where he emceed dozens of movie premieres.
He broke one of Hollywood’s biggest stories on July 23, 1985, when he printed the Rock Hudson story on AIDS, despite denials from all quarters. Army was born on January 13, 1919 and raised in his birthplace, the Bronx. He graduated from UCLA at age 19 and started work in the mail room at Paramount Pictures. A few months later when World War II was declared, Army joined the Navy. After the war, Army and Bob Thomas opened the AP bureau at the Hollywood Citizen News. Army covered Hollywood. His first local tv show in the ’50s was Heart of Hollywood on KNXT/Channel 2. He talked about the tv show: “I’d call up Bob Hope and Bing Crosby and say, ‘Come on down and be on my tv show tonight’ – and they’d say, ‘Why not?’ and come on the show.”
Over the years Army appeared as himself in over 100 movies and tv shows. He has been honored by every major press group in the Southland. On April 15, 1996, Army was saluted by the Museum of Television and Radio with “An Evening With Army Archerd,” celebrating his showbiz coverage for 50 years. Generations of show business actors and studio heads respected Army because of his integrity, truthfulness and kindness.
(Sylvia Aimerito, Juan Andres/Johan Beckles, and Pat Alexander)
Archuleta, Jr, Alfred: KFWB, 1973; KJOI, 1973-75. Alfred is now retired and pursuing his hobbies of LA radio and music from the 1940's through the 1970's.
Ardolino, Dr. Danielle: KACD, 1996-97; KFI. Danielle is a primary care physician and health care giver for the AIDS Healthcare Foundation. She currently holds a private practice in internal medicine and is one of the group physicians at the Beer Medical Group, an organization of physicians who have particular expertise in the treatment of HIV and are also proficient in managing all general medical conditions. Ardolino received her medical degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Medicine, did her internal medicine residency at the University of California Irvine Medical Center and did a fellowship in digestive diseases at UCLA. She is a member of the American Medical Association, American College of Physicians, American Society of Addiction Medicine and the Los Angeles County Medical Association. Ardolino has served as the medical advisor, co-host and commentator on numerous Los Angeles-based and nationally broadcast radio programs, including medical advisor and reporter on KFI. Ardolino is the featured medical doctor on the Travel Channel's "Travel Daily" and a featured medical writer in Edge, Frontiers, and In L.A. magazines.
ARESTI, Klaudia: KKGO, 2014. Klaudia spent many years as a producer at KOST. In early 2014, she joined KKGO as the traffic and entertainment anchor in morning and afternoon drive. Before the year was out, Klaudia had exited the station.
"I kicked off my radio career at KOST 103.5 while finishing school at UCLA," said Klaudia. "Since then, I have produced and hosted various radio shows on iHeart radio. I love the world of entertainment."
When she's not reading up on celebrity gossip, Klaudia is reporting on the latest entertainment news for various tv outlets including NUVOtv and CNN. "As a social media enthusiast, I plan to follow what's trending in Country and entertainment and share the latest with Go Country listeners," concluded Klaudia.
ARLINGTON, Charlie: KBBQ; KLAC; KFWB; KMPC. The forty-year veteran of Los Angeles radio and tv died in 1989 at the age of 74, following surgery. He was born September 23, 1905. One of his quiet pass times was repairing grandmother and grandfather clocks in his San Fernando Valley garage. One of his peers said of Charlie: "He was always meticulously dressed. He wore a shirt, tie and jacket as he popped out of his mobile unit, bullets at his feet! Somewhere in the early 40s he made his name as the feds closed in on an illegal gambling ship off the Southern California coast. With bullets flying Charlie did a live broadcast of the incident and the arrests that followed."
Charlie graduated from Syracuse University. During World War II, he voiced hundreds of news broadcasts to the entire Pacific Theatre of Operations from the Office of War Information Headquarters in San Francisco. For many years he voiced The March of Time and Pathe Newsreel. In 1965 Don Page of the LA Times chose Charlie as announcer of the year. Charlie rode a motorcycle and in addition to his work as a newsman, he had a pool cleaning business. During his stay in the Southland, Charlie worked news on the Mutual Network. He had a way of phrasing that set him apart, e.g., "Among the halls and walls of Sacramento...."
Armstead, Tony: KACD, 1998-99; KRLA, 1999-2000. Tony hosted "Commonsense" at KRLA.
Armstrong and Getty: KEIB, 2015-17. The pair joined morning drive at KEIB, The Patriot in October 2015 and left in 2017.
ARMSTRONG, Dave: KWIZ, 1981-87; KYMS, 1987-91; KKLA, 1994-2000; KIEV, 1999-2000; KRLA/KFSH/KKLA, 2001-03. Dave left the general manager post at the Salem properties in Southern California for vp of operations at Salem/New York and Boston on May 23, 2003. In the fall of 2006, he was appointed head of the Salem cluster in San Diego.
Dave is one of those who understands the synergy between programming and sales. He was in charge of the Salem / LA cluster for many years. He’s now working with the Diocese of Orange to create The Southern California Catholic Network. The new venture includes KHJ-Los Angeles and KCEO-Vista. “The network covers nearly 7 million Catholics from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border and the stations were recently converted to commercial,” emailed Armstrong. “I will be developing the sales function with the programming coming from Relevant Radio. This is an exciting new adventure and I look forward to helping them increase their revenue.”
(Armstrong and Getty, Whitney Allen, Archer, and Bill Alexander)
ARMSTRONG, Jack: KTNQ, 1978-79; KFI, 1980-81; KKHR, 1984-86. Jack died March 23, 2008. He was 63.
Jack was a veteran of KTNQ, KFI and KKHR in the '70s and '80s. "If you knew him at all, you would know that he wouldn't want you to be sad for a moment," wrote Jack's daughter Devon Llarsh Fischer. "He would want you to remember all the good times, what he gave to radio and to the world. He would also want you to help fight to bring back the personality in radio if at all possible. He loved being a dj almost as much as he loved being a father and that says A LOT. He put his blood, sweat and tears into both and never gave up what he believed in. He was honest, brave and could tell a joke like no other!"
Jack arrived in the Southland from WNBC-New York, where he was known as "The Unknown DJ." In 1982, he traveled to San Francisco and worked at KFRC for two years. When he left L.A. for the last time, Jack went to Cleveland and Fresno. He was a.k.a. "John Larsh" or "Big Jack." A Prodigy contributor recalled, "While attending Kent State University in 1967, I remember Jack shouting 'Yoooooouuuuurrr LLLlleeeadaaa!' on WKYC." A co-worker at "the new Ten-Q" said, "Jack had a 'gorilla' character voice that he used as an alter ego to get outrageous."
Arnold, Dwight: KLYY, 1999; KMZT/KJAZ, 2000. Dwight was the program director for KRUZ 97.5 and "The Surf" 106.3 in Santa Barbara.
ARNOLD, Ed: KNBB, 1962; KNOB, 1963; KOCM, 1964-68; KDAY, 1968-69; KOCM, 1970-74, pd; KHTZ/KRLA, 1984-85; KMPC, 1986-88.
Ed is one of the most familiar faces on local television, but his heart has always been in radio. He started his radio career at age 14 at KOSY-Texarkana in 1954. "They had these new things called 45 rpm records that were replacing 78s and I was hired to create a filing system." Less than six months later he had his own show called "Rockin' with Eddy." His first live remote was from the local theater showing Rock Around the Clock. He helped host a weekly Country jamboree with huge stars like Johnny Cash, Hank Thompson, and "this new kid from Memphis named Elvis Presley."
In 1958 he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and came to California, where he stayed. In the Marines he was offered a football scholarship at Santa Ana College, which he took. While in school he secured a job at KNBB. A few months later he moved to "The Jazz Knob." Ed received his B. A. degree in speech/radio/tv/film in 1968 from Long Beach State. After graduation he was hired by Tom Clay at KDAY. It was soon after that he began doing the on- and off-camera announcing for Dr. Robert H. Schuller's Hour of Power telecast which became known as the Crystal Cathedral. Their service was internationally syndicated and Ed continued to be the volunteer announcer for over a quarter century.
In the late '60s and early '70s Ed was a KTLA/Channel 5 booth announcer and in 1974 he replaced the legendary Tom Harmon on KTLA's News at 10. A year later he moved to KABC/Channel 7 and spent a decade with the station while jointly serving as the voice of KCET. Ed has been given every prestigious award imaginable for his community work. He has served on various civic boards and continues to be active in the KCET pledge drives. At KMPC Ed worked with Jim Lange and Robert W. Morgan in morning drive. When asked if he missed radio, Ed replied, "You bet!"
Arnold, Lee: KLAC/KZLA, 1987. Unknown.
ARTHUR, Bob: KNX; KABC, 1969-90. Born Joseph Arthur Prince in Kansas, June 2, 1921, Bob was one-half of the popular "Ken and Bob Company" morning news block on KABC.
He studied journalism in college and began his career on tv in Wichita. He came to the Southland in the mid-1960s and worked for KTLA/Channel 5. After two years at KNX, Bob started at KABC in 1969 as a newsman.
Beginning in 1973 and for the next 17 years "EGBOK" was Ken Minyard and Bob's catch phrase for "everything's gonna be OK." There was a spontaneous chemistry between the two. Ken was the more talkative of the two, would comment about news events or quirky happenings, while Bob, the more authoritative newsman, would provide wry one-liners and snappy observations. Bob retired in 1990. He explained the success of the team to the LA Times: "I've heard it said that it was like eavesdropping on a poker game where the stakes weren't very high."
Bob died March 25, 1997, at his home in Albuquerque at the age of 75. According to former KABC partner Ken Minyard, his body was cremated and the ashes were spread off the Southern California coast. Half a bottle of Chivas Regal was poured over the ashes. "He didn’t want to waste a full bottle," according to Ken. His wife said: "His nickname was ‘Mr. News.’ The thing he was most proud of was he interviewed John F. Kennedy twice."
Artis, Dick: KWOW/KPMO, 1955-59. Dick lives in Washington, DC and works as a systems consultant.
ARVIN, Steve: KGBS, 1964-65; KMPC, 1965-85. Steve was the entertainment editor for the Gene Autry station. Steve got to KMPC in 1965 and for decades was the entertainment reporter.
Steve was born and raised in Chicago and earned a B.A. from the University of Illinois. "I worked a variety of professions before going into radio, including Cook county sheriff's juvenile bureau after serving in Korea and Japan," said Steve. "Several reporters suggested that I had the training, background and intelligence to become a journalist, and the demeanor and voice to succeed in radio or tv. I heard it often enough, particularly in high profile cases, to make me curious about my potential. I went to a small radio station in downstate Illinois."
He came to California from Davenport, Iowa's WOC radio/tv station and after doing news in Bakersfield for Danny Thomas' station.
Steve started as nd at KGBS then KMPC in 1965. "From 1980 to 1985, I did a review show for the old Z channel called Cinemascore." Steve was a writer for Entertainment Tonight. "I reviewed film for UPI radio until my wife Ann's serious illness in 1996. Annie is just fine now, but it put us both in touch with our mortality, as they say, and from my status on leave of absence, I retired permanently."
Steve has appeared in hundreds of tv and film roles, almost always as a newsman/interviewer. "My wife and I travel as much as possible, and we can be spotted almost every day at one of the three Southland race
Asher, John: KMPC. The genius behind Dick Whittinghill's 450 "Romance of Helen Trump" soap opera series and the marketing campaign, "Did You Whittinghill This Morning?" died in the mid-1990s.
Ashley, Lorelei: KOCM; KOST, 1991-92. Lorelei runs a video production company in Orange County.
ASHLIN, Tony: KLON, 1977; KGER, 1989-95; KMAX, 1995. Tony produced Christian radio programs for Branches Communication and was heard on Hal Lindsey's "Week in Review" (over 100 stations) over the USA Network.
Today, he is the webmaster and chief investigator at iRumorMill.com and reports on conspiracy theories, Internet rumors and warnings circulating the Internet.
Ashlock, Greg: KFI/KLAC/KXTA/KIIS/KBIG/KOST/KTLK/KYSR/KEIB, 2001-19. Greg was president/market manager for the Clear Channel/LA cluster. In the spring of 2014, he was promoted to president/Clear Channel Southern California and then evp of operations for iHeart/Southern California. In January 2016 he was promoted to President iHeartMedia Markets Group.
(Perry Allen, Archer [KQLZ], and Leigh Ann Adam)
Ashman, Chuck: KABC, 1976-77; KMET, 1980; KMPC, 1981; KFI, 1990; KBLA, 1991-92; KNNS, 1996. Chuck anchored the news (both straight ahead and satirically) at Channel 11 in its Metromedia pre-Fox/TV days. But he has always been a radio man who took some time off to do tv. He hosted talk radio on KABC and KFI. He also did a brief stint as a newscater on KMET. He moved on to a marketing role in the film industry and consulted to high tech companies while producing in-flight radio programming for United Airlines. He is the ceo of Vet Matchmaking and a Vice Commander of Jewish War Veterans.
Askew, Ted: KUSC, 2003-05. Ted worked weekends at the Classical, KUSC. He's now with Classical KVOD-Denver.
ASTOR, Art: KHJ, 1965-70; KDAY, 1970-72; KHJ; KIKF, 1980-2000; KMXN, 2000-03. Art Astor, veteran Southern California broadcaster and owner, died December 7, 2016, following a short illness due to cancer. He was 91.
Born in Fresno to Armenian-immigrant parents who came to this country to escape the genocide, Art lived in Southern California since he was five. Following a tour of duty with the Air Force, he graduated from USC with a degree in communications.
Over a long and distinguished career, he has held management positions with two national rep companies, RKO (gsm of KHJ and KRTH), Rollins Radio (gm at KDAY), and evp and gm of Drake-Chenault Enterprises.
Art became an owner in 1983 when he purchased KIK/fm (later COOL 94.3) and an AM/FM combo in San Francisco. In 1987, he added two more stations to the group by purchasing an AM and fm in San Diego. Later, he purchased KSPA in Ontario.
Art's automobiles are his second passion in life. He owned over 200 classic cars.
"In broadcasting, two years employment at the same station is a miracle," emailed Jeff Gehringer. "I was lucky to work with Art for 18 years. He was a class act. He is one of the last independent owners in Southern California."
Asuna, Bernardo: KPWR, 1997. Unknown.
ATTEBERY, Larry: KNX, 1970-72. Larry was best known for his four decades of tv work as anchor and reporter at KCOP/Channel 13 and KTTV/FOX 11. At KNX, Larry worked morning drive as co-anchor at KNX. He retired in 2001 and moved with his wife to Henderson, Nevada, where he died of complications from pancreatic cancer on May 5, 2006.
The Chicago-born Attebery began his broadcast career in 1960 at WBBM-Chicago, where he worked as a reporter and he anchored a popular call-in program. From 1965-67, he anchored Today in Chicago and Larry Attebery's Private Line. He also produced and anchored a series of half-hour specials for NBC that earned him a local Emmy Award.
Arriving in Los Angeles in 1968 to work at KNX, Attebery joined KTTV's "On Target" investigative team in 1973 and was later promoted to principal news anchor. In 1983, he became the news director at KTTV. "He not only was a damn good street reporter, but he was a good writer, a good producer and, on top of that, a damn good director of news," tv news veteran George Putnam, who worked with Attebery at KTTV, told the LA Times. "He was incisive in his approach to news, and he was a tough master," Putnam said. "If he differed with you, and he was on firm ground, he let you know it. He was preeminently fair, however. And you listened to Larry, because he had done it himself."
While reporting for KCOP from 1988 to 2001, Attebery covered the criminal and civil trials of O.J. Simpson, delivered a series of "insider" political reports on the California primary and general elections, and covered the Los Angeles Police Department corruption scandal, according to the Times obit.
"He was a gentleman," said tv news reporter Hal Eisner, who worked with Attebery at KTTV and KCOP. "The guy was polite but aggressive. He knew how to go out and get a story, but he was nice about it. "He was a very familiar person to all in Los Angeles for a very long time."
Attebery won more than 50 local and national awards, including three local Emmys, seven Golden Mikes and eight from the Los Angeles Press Club. In 1999, he received the Edward R. Murrow Award for his series of reports on construction of the troubled Belmont Learning Center. Attebery, a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism who served as a journalist during a stint in the Navy, was a past president of the Los Angeles Press Club and of the Radio and Television News Assn. of Southern California. Attebery also wrote, with Marvin J. Wolf, the 1993 book Family Blood: The True Story of the Yom Kippur Murders.
Atkins, Steve: KHOF, 1964-68; KYMS, 1986-90; KORG, 1991; KMXN 2002. Steve was working morning drive at KMXN (1510 AM).
ATKINS, Ted: KHJ, 1970-72; KIIS, 1973. Most of Ted Atkins’ success came to him in Pittsburgh as general manager at WTAE. But he made his mark in LARadio as program director at 93/KHJ from 1970-72, followed by a year at KIIS. Ted died July 19, 2012, of pancreatic cancer. He was 72.
Charlie Van Dyke, one of the premiere Top 40 jocks at legendary stations, worked for Ted three times and expressed his sadness: “I am surprised at the depth of sadness I feel with Ted's passing. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Ted was the pd who hired me into the Drake organization. He coached me and encouraged me to find my wings at CKLW. He believed enough to move me to San Francisco when he took over a very sick KFRC. And later, he brought me on board when he was running KHJ. I will never forget Saturdays in that era. I followed Robert W. Morgan and filled the time until The Real Don Steele. Just magical. What Ted was able to do was make every person feel like they were the most important person he could possibly speak with. He had an amazingly positive attitude at all times and a rare sense of humor. He made you laugh. He made you try harder. He was your coach and your friend. For the rest of my radio career, I tried to use his style when I was a program director. I don't think any pd had any greater influence on me or made a more lasting mark than Ted Atkins. He was called Captain Showbiz. I am so sad that he has now done his final encore. And my life will forever be richer for having known him for many years. Thank you, Ted. Well, I called him ‘Theo’ and he called me ‘Chaz.’ He used code talk for many folks. It's just wonderful to think of all the great times with him. In faith, I know that I will one time see him again and thank him one more time. I only wish that everyone in radio could have a Ted Atkins in their life. It makes all the difference.
Ted started in radio while attending the University of Denver. His first job was doing weekends at KLAK, a Country station. Within months he was working at three stations on-air simultaneously under three different names: all night, weekends and news. Leaving Denver, Ted returned to his hometown, Kansas City, and took over afternoons at KCKN and later KUDL and WHB.
After time-out for the Air Force, he was named pd at KDAB-Denver and then KBTR. Hired away by KIMN it was the beginning of Denver's greatest Top 40 battle. In 1967 Ted became om at WOL-Washington, DC, which led to teaming up with Bill Drake and RKO as pd of CKLW-Detroit and KFRC-San Francisco. At KFRC he was involved in the production of the 48-hour "History of Rock and Roll." Ted joined Chuck Blore as pd at KIIS in 1973. When he left the Southland Ted joined WTAE-Pittsburgh as gm and WXKX, where he remained for 12 years.
In 1985 he became a partner in a group that bought KROY-Sacramento and KSJQ-Modesto. Selling to Great American, he returned to Pittsburgh and tried, unsuccessfully, to buy a local station. In 1989 he became gm at WWSW and in 1991 a consultant to WMXP.
Classic radio promotions in his career include giving away a Denver record store with just one listener phone call, giving away an entire used car lot over a weekend and the infamous turkey drop from a helicopter, later recreated on WKRP. When interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People, Ted said: "A great thrill was visiting the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland and hearing Morgan, Steele and Humble Harve in the radio museum."
Attack, Jack: KIKF, 1992-94. Unknown.
Austin, Harold: KKBT, 1993-97; KIBB/KCMG, 1997-98; KKBT, 1999-2000; KTNQ/KLVE/KSCA/KRCD/KRCV, 2001-02. Harold works for Broadcast Architecture as vp of its new Hispanic division.
(Charles Andrews, Ted Askew, and Laurie Allen )
AUSTIN, Phil: KROQ, 1977. Phil Austin, a founding member of the Firesign Theatre satirical comedy troupe, died June 19, 2015, of cardiac arrest following a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 75. His most popular character was Nick Danger, a zany detective with the mysterious power of a third eye.
Born in Denver, Austin grew up in Fresno and studied drama at Fresno State and UCLA. He began performing in plays and in 1966 appeared with fellow actor Philip Proctor and documentary filmmaker David Ossman on Radio Free Oz, Peter Bergman’s late-night talk program on KPFK. The four began doing improvisational comedy. After several more radio appearances, they became the Firesign Theatre and started performing at local clubs such as the Ash Grove and the Magic Mushroom. They landed a recording contract with Columbia and eventually released more than 20 albums for various labels. Eight of those albums appeared on Billboard’s Top 200 chart. The biggest was I Think We’re All Bozos On This Bus, which reached #50 in 1971.
In 1967, Radio Free Oz moved to KRLA, where it aired on Sunday nights in 1967 and to KMET in 1968. The troupe starred in The Firesign Theatre Radio Hour on KPPC in 1969. They returned to KPFK in 1970 with a short-lived weekly comedy program titled Dear Friends. The best segments were released on an album. During the 1980 Presidential race, the troupe’s satirical political commentaries were heard on NPR. The Firesign Theatre also released four books and starred in 16 films. (Written by Steve Thompson, LARadio Rewind)
Austin, Tracy: KIIS, 1995-98. Tracy left Hot AC KHMX (Mix 96.5) in Houston in early 2012. She is now svp/general sales manager at Media Audit.
AUTRY, Gene: KMPC/KSCA. Gene Autry's career spanned more than sixty years in the entertainment industry. He is the only entertainer to have five Stars on Hollywood's Walk of Fame, one each for radio, records, movies, television and live theatrical including rodeo performances. Orvon Gene Autry was born September 29, 1907 in
, population fewer than 500. He began singing in the church choir at age 5 and was taught to play guitar by his mother when he was 12. Tioga, Texas
Beginning his radio career in 1928, by 1937 he was
's Favorite Cowboy. His CBS radio show "Melody Ranch" ran for 16 years. He produced and starred in close to 100 television shows. His film career began in 1934 when he first went to America to sing one song in a Ken Maynard Western, In Old Santa Fe. Gene appeared in 94 feature films. To moviegoers in the 1930s and ‘40s, Gene was a red-blooded American hero whose films featured a dashing horse, Champion, a flood of happy endings and simple Western songs. From 1937 through 1942, Gene was voted the top Western star in Hollywood . No cowboy had ever done as well. He recorded 635 records including Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, which has sold over 30 million copies. Rudolph was cut in one take during the last few minutes of a recording session in 1949. Hollywood
In 1952 he purchased KMPC for $800,000 and sold it in 1984 for $18 million. His fm property sold to a Spanish conglomerate for $112 million.
In 1961 he acquired the California Angels and in 1995 he agreed to sell his beloved Angels. Disney purchased 25% and assumed control, with an agreement to acquire the remaining rights to the team at Autry’s death. In 1964 he bought KTLA/Channel 5 for $12 million and sold it in 1982 for $245 million. His
opened in November 1988 and has attracted millions of tourists. He ranked on Forbes’ list of the 400 richest Americans for several years and in 1990 was the elite group’s only entertainer. By 1995 he had slipped into the “near miss” category with an estimated net worth of $320 million. Western Heritage Museum
Gene died October 2, 1998. His death came three days after his 91st birthday and three months after that of his celluloid rival and friend Roy Rogers.
Avenatti, Jeff: KNAC, 1984; KOCM. 1990. Unknown.
Avery, Mark: KLOS, 1993-94. Mark has an active voiceover career.
(Judy Abel, Bob Manfredo Allen, Sean Andre, and Lisa Axe)
AVEY, Dan: KWIZ, 1978; KFWB, 1976-86; KFI, 1986-89; KFWB, 1989-2001; KABC, 2001-07. Dan was a remarkable radio man. No, strike that, Dan Avey was a remarkable man. Dan Avey died August 15, 2010, following complications of prostate cancer. He was 69. Dan was a proud man. He loved his family (four girls) and he loved his radio family. He won 15 Golden Mikes and more than a dozen other major awards for sports, news anchoring, reporting and writing at KFWB. He served in Vietnam as a green beret captain. Born in Spokane, Washington, he was raised in Whittier. "I spent my high school years hanging out at KFWB [ironically, since I ended up there later], going in at night to pull records and referee fights between Bill Ballance and B. Mitchel Reed,” Dan remembered when looking over his career. He went back to Spokane for college and law school at Gonzaga University, where he also "warmed the bench" on the basketball team.
His first job in radio was at KXLY-Spokane as a college freshman. For the next 7 years he was the morning dj, sometimes pd, and afternoon tv kid show host of Mr. Wallaby and Dan. He spent a year in the mid-70s running the Fabulous Forum and its teams for Jack Kent Cooke. He was one of the early color men for the Los Angeles Kings. In the late 1980s he teamed with Gary Owens and Geoff Edwards on morning shows at KFI, where he also did a nighttime sports show. In 1990, he ran Metro Traffic's LA office. Dan has taught sports PR and broadcasting at USC and Cal State Northridge. He was a news anchor at all-News KFWB a number of times. He also teamed with Ken Minyard when Ken returned to KABC following a brief retirement.
In 2006, Dan received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Just before the Star unveiling, Dan addressed the crowd. “As I told Doug McIntyre the other morning, it feels like you’re going to your own funeral. Everybody’s all dressed up and they say nice things.” Johnny Grant presided over Dan's ceremony: “Whether the story is social, political, or of an entertainment nature, Avey’s 30 years as a journalist make him a credible and professional broadcaster. His well-known straightforward approach to the news has made him one of the most trusted broadcasters in Los Angeles. Talk formats, play-by-play sports and his unparalleled news and features, he has received over 30 journalism awards for writing and reporting news, as well as his expertise in sports, show business, the law, economics, political and the military.” Dan thanked his broadcast colleagues. “My career has been illuminated by the brilliance of the people I’ve worked with. I got to hang out with everybody from the Beatles to John Wooden. From the President of the United States to OJ Simpson and everybody in between. Today is like the frosting on the cake. I am so indebted to all of you I’ve worked with. Some of my bosses really took a chance – Jhani Kaye, Greg Tantum, and Erik Braverman who worked for five months to get me to KABC. To all my colleagues, friends and family, it is great to have you all here. You have enriched my life by being here.”
Axe, Lisa: KACD, 1996. In the late summer of 2001, Lisa left mornings at "The Peak"-Denver. She's now married and last heard was living in a mountain community.
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