B, Christian: KSRF, 1991-92; KACD, 1997-98; KIIS, 1999-2004; "Indie 103.1," 2006-09. Christian hosts a Sunday night show called Head Trip on Indie 103.1/fm.
B, Tony: KIIS, 1991-92; KPWR, 1992-96; KACD, 1996-97; KDLE, 2003. Tony worked at Dance format KDL, 103.1/fm until a format flip in late 2003.
B, Willie: KTNQ, 1976-78; KIIS, 1980. Willie B. Goode is doing afternoon drive for KQK-Memphis and voice tracking afternoons at WNTR-Indianapolis and WOLX-Madison, Wisconsin.
Babcock, George: KFWB, 1961; KABC, 1973. When George passed away he was 74. Besides radio, he was a building contractor, plumbing contractor and an ordained minister. At the age of 70, he decided to get his pilots license.
BABCOCK, John: KDAY, 1955-57; KFWB, 1957-59; KMPC, 1959-61; KLAC, 1961-63; KABC, 1963-73. In 1970 Don Page of the LA Times named John newscaster of the year saying: "John Babcock is one of radio's premier commentators and a leading documentarian." John was born the day of the 1933 earthquake and started life as an orphan. He was shuffled between foster homes until he was adopted by the Babcock family. While he was in his delinquent teen years, John was sentenced to two years in the Boys Republic of Chino. Many years later, he became the president of Chino's Board of Directors. "I am the first ex-student to be elected president of this risk school." After graduating from the University of Texas, John started out in the newspaper business and WOAI-San Antonio. He came to the Southland and started with KDAY.
For part of his stay with KABC news he hosted a morning talk show. John was the California press director for Vice President Hubert Humphrey in 1968 and 1972. In 1973 John joined KABC television as a writer/producer and eventually went into news management. "When I was at Channel 7's news assignment desk I could get the reporters to do four stories a day. Then it was 3, then 2 and now they think they're doing a favor by covering one story."
John retired in 1995 and was active writing and running the Boys school. His wife of 17 years was principal of the Dubonoff School for "kids at risk." Their daughter attended the Peabody Music Conservatory in Baltimore. John died February 1, 1997, at the age of 63. Former KFWB newsman Al Wiman said unequivocally that John "was the best news person EVER!"
Babcock, Sam: KDAY, 1962. Sam passed away December 11, 1971, of a heart attack. He was 42.
BACKUS, Jim: KLAC, 1959-60. The voice of the bumbling, nearsighted Mr. Magoo was part of KLAC's attempt to resurrect the "Big Five" personality era from the forties and fifties.
Jim died July 3, 1989, of pneumonia at the age of 76. He had suffered from Parkinson's disease for many years as the self-indulgent millionaire Thurston Howell III on Gilligan's Island for three seasons beginning in 1964. One of his movie roles was playing James Dean's weak-willed, vacillating father in Rebel Without A Cause. He is also remembered as the pitchman for a light bulb commercial imploring, "Don't be a bulb snatcher!"
Jim was born James Gilmore Backus on February 25, 1913, in
. His stage career began in summer stock, where, according to his then-roommate Keenan Wynn, he was as well known for his prowess with the ladies as he was for his on-stage versatility. Backus continued acting in Cleveland , vaudeville, and especially radio in the 1930s and 1940s. He was a regular on radio's “The Alan Young Show, portraying Eastern Seaboard snob Hubert Updike III, the prototype for his character on Gilligan’s Island. In 1949, he provided the voice of the nearsighted Mr. Magoo for the first time in the UPA cartoon Ragtime Bear; the actor later claimed that he based this character on his own businessman father. New York
Bad Girls Club: KLSX, 1995-96. A naughty Saturday evening talk show hosted by Kathlyn Kinmont and Kimberly Hooper. Kathleen is acting and seen in 1998 episode of Mortal Kombat. Kimberly is also an actress and appeared in an episode of UPN's Love Boat.
(Neal Boortz, Joel Bellman, Jim Brown, Sheryl Bernstein, and Jillian Barberie)
Bade, Dennis: KUSC, 1982-89 and 1991-95. Dennis works at the Los Angeles Philharmonic and hosts a weekly live concert on KMZT from the Bing Theatre at the L.A. Museum.
Badeaux, Jon: KFXM, 1965-66; KMEN, 1966, KWIZ, 1967; KHJ, 1968-77; KDAY, 1978-92. Jon is works for Entercom as the traffic systems manager in the Northwest.
Bailey, Carl: KBIG, 1952-79.
Bailey, Duane "Doc": KLIT, 1989-94; KEZY, 1996-98; KBIG, 1998-2012. Doc was the production director at MY/fm (KBIG) until Clear Channel downsizing in late 2012.
BAILEY, Steve: KMPC, 1951-95. Steve was director of the Golden West sports operations.
in 1925, he was a color commentator and producer of sports projects at KMPC for decades. He started at KMPC as a record librarian. Steve worked with such popular sportscasters as Bob Kelley and Dick Enberg, and produced game broadcasts of the Pacific Coast League L.A. Angels, California Angels, Rams and UCLA. He was briefly the announcer of the California Angels but his strength was behind the scenes. He began his career in 1946, moving right out of college to go to work in his hometown of Logan, Utah . When he joined KMPC in 1951, he immediately was taken under the wing of the late Bob Kelley - the sports voice of Logan Southern Californiaand play-by-play man for the Rams. In 1995 Steve produced an award-winning documentary on the broadcasting career of the late Jim Healy.
He died November 24, 1995, of complications following treatment for lymphoma. He was 70. Sports announcer Dick Enberg reflected for Larry Stewart in the LA Times: "Steve was a producer before there were producers. He worked behind the scenes, but he was a real giant in the business."
Bain, Jim: KWIZ, 1965-69 and 1974-79 and 1981-85; KIQQ, 1973; KEZY, 1988; KGIL, 1998-2000. Jim does fill-in at the Adults Standard format at Westwood One.
Baird, Jon: KNX, 2007-14. Jon is a reporter at KNX.
Baisden, Michael: KKBT/KRBV, 2006-07. Michael's syndicated show started at the BEAT in late Spring 2006 and continued to the format change and identity of V-100.
(Jeff Baugh; Jeff Biggs; Eric and Nick Vidal [Baka Boyz]; and Joseph Benti)
Baka Boyz: KPWR, 1993-99; KKBT, 1999-2000; KDAY, 2005-07. Eric and Nick Vidal moved to Miami in early 2003. They work morning drive at XMOR-San Diego.
Baker, Cory: KGBS, 1978-89. Cory worked for the High Desert 98/99 station until late summer 2009.
Baker, Dave: KGIL/KMGX, 1990-92; KTWV, 2010-11. Dave is production director at "91X" in San Diego.
Baker, James: KBIG, 1999-2001. James was pd at "Star 101.3" in San Francisco until November 2006. He is now the FM Supervisor for Saudi Aramco's radio stations in Dhahran.
Baker, Pam: KFWB, 1998-2000 and 2001-2004; KRTH, 2004-05; KKBT, 2005-06; KHHT, 2008-09. Pam is an AE at KTWV and KRTH.
Baker, Todd: KZLA, 1999; KBIG, 1999-2001; KKGO, 2007. Todd works mornings at WKQC-Charlotte.
Baldwin, Mel: KNX, 1951-66 and 1980-91; KNX/fm, 1971. Mel is living in Florida where he races small remote control boats.
BALLANCE, Bill: KNX, 1952-55; KFWB, 1955-65; KGIL, 1966; KGBS, 1969-73; KABC, 1974-77; KWIZ, 1977. Born Willis Bennett Ballance, "Billo" and a graduate of the University of Illinois, Bill worked at KOA-Denver and WBKB/TV-Chicago in the early 1950s.
One of the original "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen" when KFWB went "Color Radio" in 1958, Bill worked mostly evenings. Bill went to Denver and San Francisco following KFWB where he had impressive success. He then went to Honolulu’s KHVH, was later pd of KGMB and then returned to the mainland to KNBR-San Francisco.
Bill suddenly skyrocketed when he converted the routine rock-jock formula at KGBS into the "Feminine Forum." His most lasting claim in Southern California radio was that he was the first to openly address sexuality, issues of sexual intercourse and sexual preference. By 1972 his "Feminine Forum" was syndicated in a number of major cities, simulcast in San Diego and he won the Gavin award that year. Bill gave the phone lines over to the ladies and listened. He wouldn't even call them housewives. They were women in Bill's mind - educated and intelligent - and he treated them that way. Between calls, he played the hits.
Bill was profiled in every major publication in the country, as well as the London Times and a Cosmopolitan cover story. Time magazine said, "Bill has many imitators, but no rivals."
In March 1973, a front-page story in the Times reported that executive vp of Storer Broadcasting, Peter Storer, felt that the image of Bill's program had been "colored and damaged by less-restricted imitators." As a result, it was announced that the program would be dropped. The FCC eventually concluded his show was "not obscene," but it was too late. For all the attention his show attracted, Bill did it with taste. He knew the line not to cross, but his copycats didn't, and Bill got the blame, never getting true credit for his bold, sex-oriented broadcasting. His brilliant command of the language prevented his KGBS show from being dirty. His show was a lot like the old girlie magazines. It wasn't total nudity - it showed just enough to make it tantalizing. His tome, Bill Ballance Reveals How to Cope, had five printings. In 1978 he moved to KFMB-San Diego, where he worked until departing in the summer of 1993.
Bill died September 23, 2004, at the age of 85.
Ballance, Lance: KOST, 1989-98; KBIG, 1998-2002. Lance is pd at WMC-Memphis.
Ballou, Rick: KCTD/KMPC, 2000. Rick worked evenings at "One-on-One" sports.
(Billy Burke; Chris Brodie; and Sam Botta)
Balter, Sam: KLAC, 1940s-61 and 1967. Sam was one of the most popular sports broadcasters in Los Angeles radio history. He was the former captain of the UCLA basketball team and a member of the gold medal-winning U.S. basketball team in 1936 when the sport was introduced to the Olympics for the first time. Sam was the voice of UCLA football and basketball teams and worked at KLAC from 1946 to 1961. He also was a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Herald Express. Sam died August 8, 1998, at the age of 88.
Banana, Rico: KDLE, 2003; KDAY, 2005; KHHT, 2006-07. Rico works at Hot 97-New York.
Banda, Tom: KXEZ, 1993-95; KYSR, 1996; KIBB, 1996-97. Tom represents Latin artists.
Banet, Brenda: KKLA, 1999, 2001-02. Brenda works weekends at KKLA and on Christian Pirate Radio.
Banks, Bill: KNAC, 1976-95. Bill left his post as operations manager at Liberman Broadcasting in the summer of 2002.
Banks, Doug: KDAY; KHJ; KFI, 1978-82. Doug works afternoon drive for ABC Radio Networks.
Banks, Robin: KNX/fm/KODJ/KCBS, 1989-2005. Born in London, Robin worked weekends at "Arrow 93."
Banks, Robin: KKGO, 2006-08. Robin worked morning drive at Go Country 105.1/fm until February 2008. She returned to Metro and lost her job in early fall of 2008 due to downsizing and was rehired in late 2009. She provides traffic for KFMB-San Diego.
Banister, Raymond: KROQ, 1980-2004. Raymond works morning drive for a radio station in Prescott, Arizona.
Banoczi, Jeannette: KNOB, 1966-87. The former owner of KNOB built stations in Las Vegas, San Bernardino, Lake Arrowhead and Palm Desert.
(Pepe Barreto and Betty Breneman)
Barajas, Larry: KNX, 1998-2014. Before joining the KNX traffic team, Larry was an airborne reporter for Shadow Broadcast Services in San Diego.
Barber, Andy: KROQ, 1974; KTNQ, 1978; KWST, 1981-82. Andy works mornings at Classic Hits KBEZ-Tulsa.
Barber, Jerry: KLOS/KABC, 1972-83. Jerry now works for Disney ABC in Hollywood in the "on air promo department" for the ABC/TV network.
Barberie, Jillian: KABC, 2014. Jillian, former co-host of Good Day LA and NFL Pre-Game weather girl, joined KABC for middays with John Phillips.
Bard, Adrienne: KNX, 2007-10. Adrienne was a reporter for KNX and is based in Mexico City.
BARKLEY, Roger: KLAC, 1961-67; KFWB, 1967-68; KFI, 1968-86; KJOI, 1986-89; KABC, 1990-96. Roger grew up in Odebolt, Iowa, and dreamed of being either a radio announcer or preacher. "I guess the ham in me needed to have a stage." After high school he attended the American Institute of the Air in Minnesota and was a page boy at WCCO-Minneapolis. He started his radio career at KYSM-Mankato, Minnesota. Two years later he was pd at KSUM-Fairmont, Minnesota. He moved on to KALL-Salt Lake City. Roger served in the U.S. Army and returned to the microphone at KBOX-Dallas followed by KIMN-Denver.
As director of programs at KLAC, Roger hired Al Lohman for the morning show. When the station was sold to Metromedia, the new owners began a search for a two-man morning team. "We figured we were all going to be fired so Al and I thought perhaps we should do the morning show as a team. this way we could buy some time to look for another job." The partnership lasted a quarter of a century. During the 1990s, Roger teamed with Ken Minyard for mornings at KABC. Roger passed away December 21, 1997, after a short battle with cancer. He was 61.
Barker, Bruce: KCAQ, 1988-93; KPLS, 1993-2000; KKLA/KRLA/KFSH, 2000-02. Since 2002, Bruce has been a voiceover artist and owner of RightAfterThis.com, a tv and radio production studio.
Barnard, Bill: KBLA, 1966. Unknown as to the whereabouts of the KBLA newsman.
Barnes, Brenda: KUSC, 1997-2014. Brenda was the general manager at KUSC. She is the president of USC Radio.
Barnes, Clarence: KIIS, 1999-2006; KMVN, 2006-09. Clarence joined the Rick Dees morning show at Movin' 93.9/fm in the fall of 2006 and left in early 2009 with a format flip to Spanish. He was program director at KKUU-Palm Springs until late summer 2013.
(Chris Booker, Jodi Becker, Brian Barnhart, and Andy Barber)
Barnes, Jeff: KCXX, 1999-2002. Jeff worked all-night at the Inland Empire station.
Barnes, Hoss: KBBQ, 1968-71. Hoss has his own ministry called Encouragement in Christ.
Barnett, Russ: XTRA, 1960-62; KMPC, 1963-72; KABC, 1972-73. Russ worked at KLIF-Dallas and when Gordon McLendon (owner of KLIF) turned XTRA into the worlds first all-News station in 1960, he tapped Russ as manager for the launch. On New Years Day 1963 Russ joined KMPC as pd and was named Program Director of the Year by Gavin. "From the time I was a young guy, I felt that if I could go on the air and add a few smiles to the lives of my listeners through my rather corny sense of humor and make enough money to support my family, Id be well pleased with my contribution to life. Know what? I am." At his memorial, the Count Basie band played in honor of Russ. Russ died October 16, 1998, at the age of 69.
Barnhart, Brian: KMPC/KRLA/KLAC, 1998-99. Brian was part of the Anaheim Angels broadcast team. He's now the play-by-play voice of the University of Illinois football and basketball teams.
Barone, Don: KIEV, 1972. Unknown.
Baronfeld, David: KLAA, 2011-14. David is the general manager at the Angels' flagship station, KLAA.
Barragan, Jaime: KYMS, 1993-95; KLOS, 1995-96. Last heard, Jaime was working in the Inland Empire.
Barreto, Pepe: KALI, 1977-85; KLVE, 1985-2001; KXOL, 2004-07. Pepe anchored the very successful Spanish morning drive slot on "K-Love." Born in 1947 to Peruvian parents, he and his wife moved to California in 1972 and started as a dj in San Francisco. He came to the Southland in 1985 to work at KLVE and KVEA/Channel 52. Pepe works mornings at KXOL. He received a Star on Hollywood in Spring of 2004.
(Bob Buchmann, Gary Bryan, Barbara Barri, and Guy Black)
Barrett, Dickie: KDLD/KDLE, 2005-06. Dickie, the announcer on the ABC Jimmy Kimmel Show, started doing mornings at "Indie 103.1fm" in late January 2005. He left in the spring of 2006.
Barrett, Don: KIQQ, 1971-73. Don is publisher of LARadio.com and he is the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.
Barrett, John: KRLA, 1961-69. John is partnered with Norm Epstein in a travel-related marketing firm.
Barrett, Rona: KFWB, 1985. Rona is living in the Santa Ynez Valley and heads the Rona Barrett Foundation.
Barri, Barbara: KZLA, 1979-93. Barbara is doing voiceover work.
Barry, Bill: KMPC, KZLA; KOST; KGIL, 1984-92. Bill hosted The Channel 5 Theatre on KTLA from 1971 to 1981 and the weekly Pinbusters show. Bill was a reporter with Shadow Traffic in Los Angeles at the time of his death in October 1993. He was 50.
Barry, Lee: KRLA/KTIE, 2007-09. Lee reports traffic and news from AirWatch for KRLA and KTIE.
Barry, Thom: KLAC, 1987-93. Thom is a successful on-camera commercial actor.
(Rich Boerner; Rona Barrett; Michelle Boros; and Erik Braverman)
Bartel, Dennis: KUSC, 1975-80; KUSC, 2007-12. Dennis, aka James Bartel, works mornings at KUSC, after fourteen years on-air at WGMS-Washington, DC. Previously he was the founding program director and an on-air personality at WJHU-Baltimore (1986-1990), and dj at WQED-Pittsburgh. His book of short stories Voyeurs was published in 2006. It contains two stories set at radio stations.
Barth, Paul: KWIZ, 1971-74. Last heard, Paul owned a station in Redding, California.
Bartholomew, Casey: KFI, 1994-99. Casey and Scott Hasick worked mornings at KTRS-St. Louis until the Spring of 2006. Casey now works at WPHT-Philadelphia.
Bartley, Dick. Dick hosts a number of syndicated Oldies programs.
Bass, Dick: KMPC, 1976-87. Last heard, the former Ram running back was the customer relations executive for a trucking firm, ICX.
Bastida, Don: Don was director of ops at TotalTraffic for Clear Channel until the spring of 2012. He's a screenwriter/producer.
Bastien, Brian: KPOL; KFWB, 1968-77; KBIG/KBRT, 1977-80; KFWB, 1980-83. Brian has an active voiceover career and he teaches karate.
(Jonathon Brandmeier, Foster Brooks, and True Don Bleu)
Batchelor John: KFI, 2008-09; KABC, 2009-10, John's syndicated show was carried on Sunday nights until late 2009. He was heard briefly on weekend nights at KABC.
Bauer, Jacque: KWIZ, 1980-82; KIQQ, 1981-82; KBRT, 1982. Jacque works for a promotion company in South Bend.
Baugh, Jeff: KFWB, 1986-2008; KNX, 2008-12. Jeff is an airborne traffic reporter at all-News KNX.
Baxter, Ed: KROQ: KMPC; KIIS. Ed works morning drive at KGO-San Francisco.
Baxter, Danny: KDAY; KRLA, 1964-65; KHJ, 1968; KGBS, 1969. Danny is retired and lives in Las Vegas.
Baxter, Dennis: KCAA, 2004-09. Dennis left morning drive at the Inland Empire station, KCAA, in 2009. He also worked as news anchor and in his final year was general manager.
Baxter, Frank: KRLA. Frank headed "Oak Knoll Broadcasting," the non-profit group that operated KRLA between licenses. During the 1950s, the professor of English at USC, produced Shakespeare on TV, which won seven Emmy Awards. He starred on a PBS series as "Dr. Science," explaining science to children. He died on January 18, 1982. He was 85.
Baxter, Gene: KROQ, 1990-2014. Gene, as Bean, is part of the Kevin & Bean morning team at KROQ.
BAYLEY, Lee: KIQQ, 1978-80, pd. If you grew up in Tulsa in the 1960s, you knew Lee Bayley. He was the morning host on Top 40-radio station KAKC. He also hosted Dance Party on Channel 6.
“He was a small-town kid raised in Sam Walton's backyard,” wrote Bob Shannon in R&R. “Lee met his only wife in second grade and never lost her. In his 40 years in our business he's had only seven jobs, has never been fired and, in the last 18-years of his career, has quietly consulted. He was a morning man with a 60 share, one of the guiding forces of 24-hour syndicated programming, and someone who worked so closely with Bill Drake that when they parted company, Drake was brought to tears.”
Lee Bayley died February 17, 2013.
Before coming to L.A. Lee started radio at the age of 15 in Arkansas. He was the morning man for Armed Forces Radio and TV in Panama. Upon leaving the Army he became pd and worked morning drive for KAKC-Tulsa, where he first met Bill Drake. Beginning in 1971, Lee moved to L.A. as vp of programming for Bill Drake and Drake/Chenault.
The company programmed over 300 stations across the country with five different formats. Lee joined KIQQ in 1978 as pd and left for Dallas to be gm of Disney’s TM Programming in 1980. He formed his own consultancy in 1981.
Bayley retired in west Texas in early 2000s, but his daughter said he was still active, emceeing community events and serving as a volunteer firefighter.
Barrazo, Miguel: KPWR, 2006-07. Miguel started evenings at Power 106 in the fall of 2006.
Beach, Sandy: KDAY, 1970-71. When Sandy left radio, he founded Rogers Sound Labs.
Beach, Sandy: KROQ, 1977. Sandy, nee Brad Sobel, died April 19, 2007. He was 54.
Beasing, Dave: KXEZ, 1993-95; KYSR, 1995 and 1996; KRBV/KSWD, 2008-12. Dave was appointed program director of the new Bonneville station (100.3/fm The Sound) in the spring of 2008.
(Dave Benoit; Les Beigel; and Levi Booker)
Beasley, Dave: KGFJ, 1973-74. Unknown.
Beaton, Fred and Bill: KIEV, 1961-98. The Beaton brothers owned KIEV until selling the station to Salem Communications in 1998.
Beck, Glenn: KIIS/AM, 2001-02; KMXE/KLAA, 2006-07; KGIL, 2009; KRLA, 2010-12; KEIB, 2014. The syndicated host joined Orange County's 830AM in late summer of 2006 and went on to KGIL briefly. He worked morning drive at Salem's KRLA until April 2012. He's now heard on 1150 AM The Patriot.
Beck, Ken: KIQQ, 1976-78; KMPC, 1978-82; KFI, 1982-83; KMPC, 1988-92. Ken is national director of news/talk/sports at Entercom.
Beck, Thom: KRLA, 1966-70; KIIS, 1970-72; KBBQ, 1972; KGFJ, 1972; KRLA, 1974-76; KFI, 1980. Thom was one of the founding members of the nationally acclaimed and highly innovative satirical news group, "The Credibility Gap" in 1968. He narrated the popular "Pop Chronicles" in 1969, a weekly series that chronicled popular music from the mid-1950s to 1969. In the early 1980s, Thom worked evenings at KIIS when it was MOR. He also hosted a midday jock show at KRLA. He returned to his roots in Texas and taught acting. Thom died a few years later of a heart attack.
Becker, Jodi: KFI, 2005-09. Jodi was part of the KFI news department until late spring 2009. She returned to Wisconsin to get married.
(Sam Babcock; Boyd R. Britton; Mike Bell; James Bartel; and Willie B)
Bee, Ron: KRLA, 1980-89; KLAC/KZLA; KBLA. Ron works for the Asian station in L.A., KBLA.
Bee, Tommy: KBLA, 1957-64; KBCA, 1966-84. Tommy has passed away.
BEEBE, Richard: KRKD, 1958-59; KRLA, 1959-70, nd; KPPC, 1971-72; KRLA, 1981-85 and 1991-94; KGIL; KMET; KABC; KMNY. Best remembered as a co-founder and member of the nationally acclaimed and highly innovative satirical news group, "The Credibility Gap," Richard had a relationship with KRLA that lasted over five decades.
Richard was born in
Pasadenaand raised in . He started his radio career in 1949 working as a dj/newsman in Alhambra Santa Feand then went to Globe, before joining the Air Force. He was assigned to the base radio station at Barksdale Air Force Base in Arizona . Following his discharge, Richard attended Shreveport and the Pasadena Playhouse and graduated with a B.A. in theater arts. One of his classmates was Dustin Hoffman. While waiting for his "big break" he worked in the freight yards of downtown Pasadena City College and did relief work at KRKD. He was in a repertory company with Dyan Cannon when he was hired by KRLA. Los Angeles
It was 1959 and Canadian millionaire Jack Kent Cooke had just purchased KRLA. Richard remembered his instructions from Cooke when he started doing morning drive news: "I want it as fast as you can go and make it exciting." Morning man Emperor Bob Hudson syndicated "The Emperor" idea and soon there were “Emperors” in cities across the country. Each station received custom promos featuring Richard as Colonel Splendid and Casey Kasem as Lt. Cavendish. As a news alternative, the award-winning “Credibility Gap” was an irreverent presentation reflecting the volatile political landscape of the late ‘60s and early ‘70s. In June 1971, the “Gap” group moved to KPPC. They went on to record four albums (An Album of Political Pornography on Blue Note; Woodschtick and More on Capitol, A Great Gift Idea on Reprise, and The Bronze Age of Radio on Warehouse) with Richard as co-writer/performer/producer and they toured college campuses. The group broke up in the mid-seventies and Richard returned to radio news.
Richard passed away August 29, 1998, at the age of 68.
Beigel, Les: KFWB, 1967; KBIG, 1968; KLAC, 1969; XPRS, 1973; KGBS, 1974-78. Les did voiceover work for a tv/radio production facility. He passed away April 28, 2012 of lung cancer, at the age of 69.
Beiler, Ed: KWIZ, 1973; KABC, 1973-76; KIEV, 1976; KGOE, 1978-79; KGIL, 1986; KABC, 1989-90; KIEV, 1994-96; KWNK, 1996. Ed was known as "Superfan" and was last heard in Kansas City.
Beirne, Brian: KRTH, 1976-2004. Brian left the legendary Oldies station on December 15, 2004. He is a concert promoter of groups from the early Rock era.
Bell, Art: KABC, 1995-2000; KFI, 2001-02 and 2003-07. Art's syndicated show aired from 10 p.m. to 4 a.m. nightly on KFI. He retired at the end of 2002 and in early Fall of 2003, Art returned to Premiere for weekend syndicated work.
Bell, Mike: KROQ, 1988-89. Mike live afternoons on '98.5 The Fox' in Bakersfield and voice tracking afternoons at Country KTPI in Lancaster/Palmdale.
Bell, Tom: KACD, 1997; KSSE, 1997-2005-06. Tom was gsm at KSSE and left in late 2006.
Bellamy, Sam: KMET, 1974-83; KMPC/KEDG, 1987-89. Sam lives in the San Fernando Valley.
Bellman, Joel: KBIG, 1987. Joel is press deputy to LA County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
Bemis, John: KFMU, 1964-65; KLFM, 1965; KFOX, 1965-66; XEGM, 1966-68; KGFJ, 1968-73; KWIZ, 1972-74; KUTE, 1973-74. John lives in Lake Havasu City, Arizona and has a career in real estate.
Bender, Aron: KFI, 2007-14. Aron is the evening news anchor at KFI.
Bender, Marty: KROQ. Marty is program director at WLFM-Cleveland.
(Casey Bartholomew, Mike Butts, Corbett Brattin, Cindi Burkey, and Bob Borquez)
BENEDICT, Chuck: KLAC, 1963-69. Chuck, a charter member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association and a two-time president of the organization, died at his home in Glendale on November 9, 2002. He was 83.
"I never got to be great, but I sure was fortunate to have worked with great people!" That's the way the folksy conversation started in 1997 with the man who was "Joe Pyne on KLAC Fridays." (Joe worked a four-day week for a reported $2,000 a week and Chuck worked the fifth day.)
Born April 17, 1919, in Woodside, Maryland, he grew up in South Carolina, where he played high school baseball. Chuck was the son of a talented family. His mother, Margaret, was active in the early days of network radio and his father was a poet and athlete. Being around some of the greats like Arthur Godfrey sparked his fascination with radio. Chuck started in radio in 1934 while in high school at WIS-Columbia, South Carolina. During and after World War II, he was active in Armed Forces Radio.
"I got fired from more jobs - which was beautiful. I got to travel and meet more interesting people as a result of moving around. I had a ball," Chuck told me while being interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. Through a varied career, Chuck had been a sports commentator associated with the L.A. Rams, for 40 consecutive years. He wrote 23 sports annuals for Petersen Publishing during the 1970s and free-lanced with the 700 Club and Christian radio. Chuck was in charge of the Heisman Trophy Award voting in the 12 Western states and he worked with Tom Harmon. He was a sports anchor at KTTV/Channel 11 from 1964-70 and was a charter member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association and served as its president for four terms. He was the first general chairman of the SCSBA's annual Hall of Fame awards luncheon. Over the years, Chuck has made more than 2,500 speeches on the personal appearance circuit. Since 1990 Chuck has written a twice-weekly column for the Glendale News-Press. He was always a master storyteller who always seems to be in the right place. Chuck was in the underground Summa headquarters the day Howard Hughes died. "Hughes died on an airplane between Acapulco and Houston. A recluse, he never had been in his own underground Summa office." Chuck broke the story.
Chuck Benedict's departure from this planet is everybody's loss,” wrote Jim Hawthorne.” He and I worked together during my early years in broadcasting, and his never failing willingness to contribute to the end result reflected his loyalty and drive to achieve success. In recent years we have had a continuous email correspondence and his attitude was just the way it was in those beginnings - always upbeat and positive. Damn, I will sincerely miss him!”
BENNER, Michael: KNAC, 1975-76; KWST, 1976-77; KLOS/KABC, 1977-87; KLSX, 1990-95; KPFK, 1995-2003; KCBS, 1997-2001; KPFK, 2001-07. Michael heads a stress management company based in Los Angeles. He belongs to the part-time faculty of Rancho Santiago Community College to teach Emotional Intelligence to the Orange County Sheriff's Department.
A graduate of
Michigan State University(1970) with a B.A. in television and radio management, Michael spent four years in radio before arriving in the Southland. Though he's worked as a dj and newsman, he is best known for his popular talk radio programs. Some excerpts from local press on Michael's show: "...a kind of Norman Vincent Peale of the Left." "...a no-cream-please burst of enlightenment and inspiration." "...I have never heard a more enlightening, informative program." Detroit
In 1987, Michael started a stress management and personal development company for individuals, couples and business. Also a federally licensed amateur radio operator, N6IJR, Michael volunteers with the American Red Cross, the City of
, and Glendale Chamber of Commerce in Disaster Preparedness. Glendale
Michael lived on Maui for five years and returned to the mainland in 2012.
(Irma Blanco, Art Blaske, Brian Bastien, and John Butler)
Bennett, Beau: KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98. Last heard Beau was pd for a station in Boise, Idaho.
Bennett, Chuck: KFI, 1963-69. Unknown.
BENNETT, Frank: KNAC, 1975-78; KWST, 1978-80, KROQ 1980-83. Frank went on to do afternoons and production at KOME-San Jose from 1985-94 and then KFOX-San Jose/San Francisco until 2001. Frank became Frances and is now a multimedia web developer for a Silicon Valley based high-tech multinational corporation, working from her home in the lake/hill country above Austin. Her website is auntfran.com.
Bennett, Matt: KFOX, 1982. Unknown.
Bennett, Mike: KFI, 1984; KIKF, 1985-88 and 1992-93; KYSR, 1993-96; KBIG, 1996-98. SEE Mike Carlucci
Bennett, Myron: KABC, 1960. Unknown.
Benoit, Dave: KMZT, 2011-12. The five-time Grammy nominated composer and pianist, David has had an expansive career as a contemporary jazz pianist that has included over 25 charting solo recordings. He is the on-going conductor of the Asia America Symphony Orchestra. David works afternoons at "K-Mozart."
BENOIT, Sharon: KMPC, 1969-74. Sharon was a publicity whiz during the glory years at 710/KMPC in the ‘60s and ’70. She later became a trade publication executive.
Sharon died July 20, 2010, at the age 63, from cancer. She was very active in her church and community and spearheaded numerous fundraisers. Friends in her La Canada church loved to hear her tell stories of working at KMPC, which was known as “The Station of the Stars.” They would marvel at what a great storyteller she was. Michael Nash shared memories of Sharon at her Celebration of Life. They both were hired as teens at 710/KMPC and remained lifelong friends. “We had the greatest playground in which to learn and grow,” said Michael. “The thing we remember best about Sharon was that effervescent smile, eyes that served as a welcoming beacon to one and all, and the laughter that echoed throughout the hallways of the radio station. She was genuine, which was a rare quality in Hollywood. It didn’t take long to realize that once embraced by Sharon you would be able to count on her loyalty forever.”
“She participated in a great deal of charity work in the past few years. What I will remember most is her love of life and a smile that wouldn't quit. There were no shades, either, behind her eyes - they would absolutely glow when in the company of those she loved, and the combination of the two was hard to resist. You had to feel good just being around her. She was close to all the KMPC heavyweights, Gary Owens, Wink Martindale and Roger Carroll.”
Benoit, Steve: KNNS, 1995-96; KNX. Steve is sales manager of Universal Mail & Courier in Van Nuys and is part of Shadow Traffic.
BENSON, Don: KIIS, 1981-82. Don's legacy in Los Angeles radio was hiring Rick Dees to do mornings on KIIS. Don left February 22, 1982, to rejoin WQXI-Atlanta and later became a consultant with the Burkhart/Douglas firm working with various CHR, Hot AC and AC stations. Don is president of the radio division at Jefferson-Pilot.
A graduate of Vanderbilt University, Don first joined WQXI AM/FM as a programming assistant in November of 1974 under the tutelage of Scott Shannon. He rose quickly to assistant program director and in 1977 was promoted to program director of WQXI/fm. He changed the format and identity; it became Top 40 94Q. In 1979, Benson left, however WQXI lured him back in 1992, this time as operations manager.
In 1994, Jefferson Pilot hired Don for the newly created position of corporate vp of programming & operations; later he became senior vice president. In 2006 Jefferson Pilot merged with Lincoln Financial to become Lincoln Financial Media. In 2008, Benson was promoted to his present position, president and chief executive officer, based in Atlanta. Benson currently serves as a member of the Broadcast Advisory Board for the Associated Press and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Radio Advertising Bureau. He also currently represents the top fifty continuously-rated radio markets on the Arbitron Advisory Council. Don was named to Radio Ink’s list of “The 40 Most Powerful People in Radio.”
Benson, Gordon: KGIL, 1965-66; KEZY, 1966. Unknown.
BENSON, Sam: KLAC, 1947-84. For almost four decades, Sam (Bensussen) was the only constant through management, ownership and format changes. He saw it all from the legendary "Big 5" djs to Joe Pyne to "Future Fonic Sound," Haynes at the Reins and the transition to a Country format. Sam passed away on November 12, 2012, at the age of 90.
Sam was director of publicity, public affairs, and promotion. The native Angeleno spent his entire life in California except for a stint in the Air Force (where he met his wife Dorothy). After Los Angeles City College, Sam worked for KIEV and KVEC-San Luis Obispo and after his military commitment, he returned, ironically, to both KVEC and KIEV before joining KLAC. In 1984 Sam was editorial director for KTTV/Channel 11 and retired in 1987.
For a couple of decades, Sam worked public relations every September for the Los Angeles County Fair. How did he survive for almost 40 years with KLAC? "I was the only guy willing to do the job. Before deregulation, there was plenty of public affairs material that had to be prepared at license renewal time. I bobbed and weaved. I always had a pencil behind my ear and I moved down the hallways on my way to a 'very important meeting.' It was difficult to hit a moving target."
Sam was born on February 1, 1922 in Los Angeles to Turkish immigrants. He grew up near the Coliseum and USC, graduating from Freemont High in 1940. He cherished his years at Freemont and helped spearhead his annual class reunions through the 60th and beyond.
Benson, "Uncle" Joe: KLOS, 1981-94; KLSX, 1995-96; KLOS, 1996-97; KCBS/fm, 1997-2005; KLOS, 2005-13; KSWD, 2013-14. Joe left the Classic Rocker "Arrow 93" in March 2005 following a format flip and started afternoons at KLOS in late spring. Joe was moved from afternoon drive at KLOS to weekends in late summer 2009 and in 2012 rejoined afternoons at KLOS. In February 2013, Joe took over mornings at 100/The Sound, KSWD.
Benti, Joseph: KJOI, 1987. The longtime television broadcaster and newsman, dispensed commentary on "K-Joy." He was seen on KCET. He describes his current vocational status as "retired and extinct."
Bentley, Jason: KCRW, 1991-97; KROQ, 1996-97.
Bentli, Ty: KBIG, 2010-12. Ty worked afternoons at MY/fm until late spring of 2012. In July 2012, he joined Top 40 WNOW (92.3 Now) in New York for mornings.
BENZING, "Big Wave Dave”: KFSH, 2002-12. Dave worked afternoons at "The Fish.
He joined 95.9 The Fish in 2002. Prior to Southern California, BWD spent most of his professional career in Nashville as production director of legendary stations WLAC AM &FM and WSIX, as well as 107.5 The River, The Beat, 101.1 The One, The Rock @ 105.9 and the Salem Music Network. He has also worked radio stations in Virginia Beach and Boston. Radio was in his blood at a very young age. His mom has tapes of him reading The Cat In The Hat and other books into an old Radio Shack tape recorder.
Born in Tucson, he was raised in Milford, NH. Dave graduated from Trevecca Nazarene University with a BA in communications and human relations and a BS in theater. Dave earned his MBA from Hope International University in 2006. He and his bride Claire have been married 21 years and have 4 khds: Matt (13), Kylie (11 going on 17), Tyler (9) and Megan (7).
(Chuck Blore, Big Boy, Rodney Bingenheimer, and Dr. Joy Browne)
Berends, Tim: KBRT, 1986-87 and 1992-94. Tim used to co-host "Mornings with Tim and Al" (with Al Gross) on KBRT in 1986-87 (winning the LA Herald Examiner's Top Jock Contest in 1986). In 1994 they spent a decade at KJSL (the old KXOK) in St Louis. Tim now hosts a weekly program on KKVV in Las Vegas.
Berg, Dale: KYMS, 1981-83; KBRT, 1983; KOCM, 1983-84 and 1987-91; KYMS, 1991-92. Dale is working nights at KDES-Palm Springs as Michael Wood.
BERGER, Ed: KEZY, 1979; KWIZ, 1980-85; KFI, 1995-2003. Ed Berger, beloved broadcaster, teacher and one of the nicest people in LARadio, died December 9, 2003 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 43.
The native Californian married fellow AirWatch colleague Peg Stewart just seven months before his death. In the early 1980s, Ed was part of the morning drive team at KWIZ with Ronni Richards and Ed Nix. In addition to his weekend news work at KFI, Ed was a full-time radio broadcasting instructor at Fullerton College. He worked at KEZY and KWIZ before turning his attention to weekend news work and full-time teaching.
Ed was born in Torrance and grew up in Lancaster. He listened to Antelope Valley radio and remembered, "Gosh, I can do that. But, of course, it was Lancaster radio." Ed went to Antelope Valley City College and Fullerton College. At KWIZ, Ed was part of the morning drive team with Ronni Richards and Ed Nix. "The fact was I did a bit of everything. I did the news, fill-in, remotes and even morning drive." In 1985, there was a major personnel change at KWIZ and Ed made a decision. "I didn't want to bounce around from radio station to radio station, so I got out."
For the next decade Ed worked at Creative Media in Cypress.
“So sorry to hear of the passing of Ed Berger, emailed Roger Marsh. “We worked together [briefly] one semester at Fullerton College and I remember him to be a class act and a true professional. He will truly be missed . . . but never forgotten.”
“OUCH!!! I am very saddened by the news,” wrote former KFI talk show host Rabbi Mentz. “He was such a pleasure to work with! His soul lives on in all that remember the class act that Ed brought to the radio. May G-d bless his wife Peg during these rough times, and bless the memory of Ed Berger.
Pat Mathews wrote: “I am shocked! I worked with Ed many times when he was an engineer for Tim Keenan. I am deeply saddened and feel very badly for Peg. I had no idea he was sick.”
“Sad news,” emailed KBIG’s Bryan Simmons. “I lost a parent to the same type of cancer and can attest that it's an aggressive and most painful form of the disease. My sincere condolences to Ed's wife Peg and all those who knew him. I had the pleasure of working with Ed those few times when he'd fill-in for Mike Nolan at KOST and he was not only a professional, but a good guy as well.”
KBIG’s Lori Ryan wrote: “You know how our hearts were broken over the death of Mark Denis? History repeats itself with Ed Berger. We've been blessed to know Ed, he was always kind and upbeat and never, ever said a bad thing about anyone. God bless Ed Berger. He made the world a better place.”
Berger, Hal: KMPC; KHJ. The baseball announced died February 6, 1980.
Berger, Stew: KQLH, 1986-88; KWIZ, 1988-91; KHTX, 1992-94; KFRG, 1995-96; KOLA, 1997. Since 1998, he's been with what is now Total Traffic Network/LA, doing news at stations including KFI, and now does the news on KRLA and KTIE.
Berk, Peter: KIKF, 1981-83; KFAC, 1983-86; KPWR, 1986-88; KZLA, 1988-91; KABC, 1991-97; XTRA/fm, 1997-98; KFSD / KCEO / KSPA, 1998-99. Peter is president of Berk Marketing.
Berman, Averill: KGFJ. Averill was murdered by sportscaster Stan Duke in 1969.
Berman, Dr. Jenn: KYSR, 2004-05. Dr. Jenn hosted an evening therapy show every night on "STAR 98.7." She has a practice in Beverly Hills and will host a new reality celebrity couples therapy tv show in 2012.
BERNADETTE: KRTH AM/FM, 1980-90; KKBT, 1990; KJLH, 1991-94; KKHJ/KBUE, 1994-97. Born Irma Molina in the
San Gabriel Valley, Bernadette went to Citrus College and graduated with a degree in communication from Cal State Fullerton. During her senior year she started a ten-year relationship with the RKO/Beasley outlet. She began at KHJ when it was a Country format. She was Bob Hamilton's assistant when he was national music director for RKO.
Bernadette worked under Phil Hall during the KRTH call letter and format change staying with the stations during the RKO-Beasley-Liberman days. Bernadette was programming coordinator for KRTH AM&FM from 1986 to 1990 and was the first and only female on Smokin' Oldies/"K-Earth," when she hosted the "All Request and Dedication Show." She moved on to "the Beat" in 1990 to work as promotion coordinator with Liz Kiley and later to KJLH. After three years as the marketing director for Spanish KKHJ/KBUE/KWIZ, in early 1997 she joined KUPR-San Diego. She is a massage therapist in Gresham, Oregon.
Bernal, Raul: KLAX, 2000-01. Raul works mornings at Spanish KLAX as "Dona Mela."
Bernard, Joe: KFWB, 1965-66. Joe was pd at KFWB. Unknown.
Bernardini, Tony: KROQ, 1987-90. Tony was gm at WBCN-Boston since 1978 and from 1987 to 1990 he was the gm of 'BCN and KROQ. The San Diego native would spend two weeks a month at each station. In late 2003, Tony became vp, Infinity/Boston, a consulting position.
Bernhart, Bruce: KNX, 1981-91. Bruce broadcast the evening news at KNX. He performs with the String Fever Bluegrass Band in Northfield, Minnesota and is an executive headhunter.
(Art Bell; Larry Barajas; Todd Baker; and Adrienne Bard)
Bernstein, Bob: KMEN/KGGI, 1995-96. Unknown.
Bernstein, Sheryl: KTWV, 1993-94. Sheryl has a very active voiceover career.
Berry, Chris: KNX 1982-86; KSPN, 2009-10. Chris left KNX and spent the next 10 years at CBS Radio at the Washington News Bureau and WBBM-Chicago. From 1996 to 2002 he was vp/Radio for ABC News New York. He went on to president/gm of ABC-owned WMAL-Washington, DC. He was appointed general manager at KSPN in early 2009 and left in September 2010. Chris is now svp of 24/7 news service.
Berry, Reed: KIEV; KRLA, 1998-99. "The Traffic Guy" hosted a traffic and general topics weekend talk show on KRLA until the summer of 1999. Reed currently serves as a contributing editor to the Web site LACar.com and he is the driving safety expert for VideoJug.com.
Bertolucci, Robin: KFI/KLAC/KXTA, 2002-14. Robin joined Clear Channel/LA AM stations as director of programming in February 2002. She was voted #1 Best Off-Air LARP of 2006.
Bie, Peter: KIQQ, 1985-88. Peter is a pastor in Summerland, near Santa Barbara.
Bienne, Simone: KROQ, 1011-12. Simone, the British sex therapist radio and tv personality, was part of "Loveline" at KROQ with Dr. Drew Pinsky and Pyscho Mike Catherwood. She left when her contract was up in late 2012.
Big Boy: KPWR, 1994-2014. Big Boy works morning drive at "Power 106."
Bigby, Tom: KFI, 1982. Tom was operations director at Sports WXYT-Detroit and in the spring of 2011 he departed CBS after 23 years. He is now a consultant.
Biggs, Jeff: KXTA/XTRA Sports, 1997-2006; KMPC, 2007; KLAA, 2008-09; KSPN, 2011-14. Jeff works at all-Sports 710/KSPN.
Big Watusi: SEE Mark Mendoza
Bill, Brother: KACE, 1963-69; KUTE, 1973; KGFJ, 1978; KEZY, 1978-79; KIIS, 1979-93; KMLT, (Lite 92.7FM), 2000-01. "Brother Bill" worked at the Riverside "Lite 92.7FM" outlet until early 2001.
Billy the Kid: KIKF, 1994-2002; KSPA, 2006-08. Billy worked at KSPA in the Inland Empire until 2008.
Bingenheimer, Rodney: KROQ, 1976-2014. Rodney has always seemed a step ahead of various trends from the English invasion to glitter to punk rock. He has been dubbed "Mayor of Sunset Strip" and owned the English Disco. He's worked at KROQ weekends for decades.
Bingham, Bob: XTRA, 1960. Bob was managing editor at XTRA News. Unknown.
Bingman, Frank: KLAC. KGIL. Frank was the announcer on the Straight Arrow radio show that ran on Mutual from 1949 to 1951 to sell Nabisco Shredded Wheat cereal. He was also the announcer on Swan Song. He left Los Angeles when he retired and went back to live in the West Virginia area to be near is son. He died there.
Bingo, Mike: KSRF, 1985. Unknown.
Binkowski, Brooke: KNX, 2006-07; KPCC, 2007-12. Brooke is a news reporter at KPCC.
Binn, Stacy: KABC, 1986. Stacy worked for Metro Traffic in Washington, DC. Her wit and unusual voice made listening to traffic reports a pleasure. She died November 1, 2013 after a long battle with the complications from cancer treatments. She was 61.
(Carl Brazell and B. Bailey Brown)
BIONDI, Dick: KRLA, 1963 and 1965-67. Born in
New York, Dick spent three months with KRLA in 1963, while waiting for a job with Mutual Broadcasting and rejoined the Pasadenastation in 1965, from (he was the original nite jock at WLS). He billed himself as the “ugliest and skinniest disc jockey in the world” and “The Wild Itralian.” Chicago
In 1961, Dick won the Gavin Top 40 Disc Jockey of the Year Award. Perry Allen wrote of Dick: “Some of us endured the music as we focused primarily on tripping over our own ego devices. Others held the music at arm’s length and attempted to make it into some kind of unemotional reference point. Dick Biondi merged with the music. And, by doing so, he solidly coalesced with the listener. No wall. They simply shared. He and his listeners were Siamese twins…joined at the never endings of integrity. This, when bullshit was radio’s most important product. He and a precious few rare others maintained a valid personal posture. “Through it, radio itself was protected.
During the KRLA 30-year reunion, host Casey Kasem introduced him: “Dick was one of the most beloved personalities to ever open a mike on KRLA.”
In 1966, Billboard listed Dick as the most popular late evening dj. In 1967, he returned to
and worked the midnight-to-dawn slot on WCFL. Dick is currently working at WLS/fm-Chicago; in fact, he’s rebounded to Chicago radio at least three times. Chicago
Birchum, Mr.: SEE Adam Carolla
BIRD, Bob: KRKD, 1962-70; KIIS; KHOF; KFSG. Bob spent nearly 20 years on-air and engineering stints at KRKD, KIIS-AM, KHOF, KFSG in Los Angeles, and at KSBW in Salinas. He died July 20, 2010, at the age of 77.
“His moniker at KIIS-AM was ‘Bob Bird, the Music Man,’” wrote his son Brian Bird. “My dad also did extensive voiceover and commercial work during that time. He left radio in 1974 to finish his Masters Degree in theology at Azusa Pacific University after which he became a hospital chaplain working for nearly 20 years in that field at Whittier Hospital, Kaiser Hospital in Los Angeles and St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange County.”
Bob’s son Brian has a media career in Hollywood and his grandson, Cameron, is a writer at Wired Magazine.
Bird, Eric: KMNY, 1994-97; KSCA, 1996-97; KKLA, 1997-98; KIEV/KRLA, 1998-2001. Eric is apd at KRLA (formerly KIEV).
BIRDFEATHER, Barbara: KMET, 1969-71; KPPC, 1971-73; KPFK, 1973-74. Barbara, best known as one of the early female voices of Los Angeles “underground” radio, died April 26, 2009 following a long bout with lung cancer. She was 69.
Born in Mt. Kisco, New York, Birdfeather worked as a professional astrologer, and wrote The Birdfeather Astrological Space Book, published in 1969. She wrote regular astrology columns for Cosmopolitan and Rags. "Barbara was an extremely kind and understanding human and humane being,” recalls former KMET program director Richard Kimball, “and one hell of a good dj. Birdfeather preceded me on the air every night at KMET, before B. Mitchel Reed took over that slot. We always had a pleasant, on-air chat about the happenings of the day. Even though we were both adamantly opposed to the Vietnam war going on at the time, I never once heard her say anything negative about those responsible for that conflict. She simply made her point known by the music she chose to play.”
Later, Barbara continued writing about music for various publications, and served as publicist for acts including Scottish blues rocker Alex Harvey. More recently, Birdfeather had worked as a floral designer. Following a stint as a music reviewer for the LA Times, since 1981 Barbara has been a floral designer.
BIRRELL, Harry: KFWB, 1968; KNX, 1968-99. Harry, longtime veteran newsman and anchor at KFWB and KNX, died May 26, 2013 of complications from lung disease. He was 85.
A native of Steubenville, Ohio, Harry was born March 5, 1928. He started his broadcasting career at WBVP in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania in 1949. From there he moved to WEIR in Weirton, West Virginia. Then on to WSTV in his home town, KLIF-Dallas, WNOE-New Orleans, KCBQ-San Diego, WINW-Canton, Ohio and WGBB-Merrick, Long Island, New York.
He joined KFWB, Group W Westinghouse, before being called by CBS and KNXNewsradio in 1968. He was hired as a news anchor and worked there for 25 years before retiring in 1993. But not completely. For the next 5 1/2 years, from his home studio, he continued to send in daily reports of Ventura County news that were heard throughout the day on KNX.
Then, in January 1999, he completely retired after nearly 50 years in radio broadcasting. Harry has been honored by the Radio and Television News Association of Southern California with nine Golden Mikes for his excellence in broadcasting. He has also been honored repeatedly by the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, the Valley Press Club, the Associated Press and United Press International. Harry has also received the National Headliners Club Award for his coverage of the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy and has been honored by the Broadcast Communications Department of California State University, San Francisco.
His highest honor was the Dupont-Columbia Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism given to him by the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University. Harry has also been called upon countless times to do narrations for Panorama International Productions, TR Productions and other video and audio production companies. He also had a role in the Blake Edwards motion picture, That's Life, starring Jack Lemmon and Julie Andrews. He and his wife Emily were married for over 60 years.
Bisheff, Steve: KSPN, 2007. The former newspaper sports columnist for the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner and Orange County Register acts as an "Insider" at KSPN.
Bishop, Bob: KCSN, KUSC. Bob is now working at KHFM-Albuquerque.
Bishop, Denny: KPOL, 1978. Denny is one of the voiceover talents at KNBC/Channel 4.
(Jon Bruno; Howard Bloom; Chris Berry; and Jerry Bishop)
Bishop, Don: KIQQ, 1975; KMGX, 1994. Don is working the Country format at Westwood One.
Bishop, Jerry: KLAC, 1965; KFI, 1969-74; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-79; KGIL, 1983-85. Since the mid-1980s, Jerry has been the voice of the Disney Channel.
Bishop, Pat: KFI, 1934-71. Pat Bishop passed away in the mid-1970s.
Bishop, Robert: KPPC, 1969. Last heard, Robert was living in San Diego.
BJ: KEZY/KXMX, 1994-2000; KIIS, 2000-07. Bjorn "BJ" Dahl is the Director of New Media at CBS/LA.
Bjerre, Miriam: KNX, 1973-77; KFWB, 1979-95. Miriam retired in 1998 and she is living in Connecticut.
(Buzz Brainard, Les Brown, Barbara Blake; PJ Butta; and Dr. Jenn Berman)
Blabon, Duffy: KBLA, 1966; KGBS, 1974. Duffy was general manager at KBLA. Unknown.
Black, Guy: KJLH, 2007-09. Guy worked mornings at KJLH until he was replaced by Steve Harvey in late summer of 2009.
BLACK, Tre: KKBT, 1995-96. The former KKBT personality died of a massive heart attack on March 7, 2010, at the age of 41. He was found dead in the shower by a friend. Tre was praised as an innovator. He was WaxMaster Torey and ruled the airwaves in underground hip-hop back in North Carolina. He went on to work at WJLB-Detroit. In the last year of his life he touched many people through SourceEnergyRadio.com with his team of passionate, loving teachers who supported him through his journey.
Blackburn, Dan: KNX, 1972-76. Dan is hosting two syndicated television news/interview programs in Los Angeles, a frequent contributor to the Los Angeles Times, a recognized and widely published outdoor and a wildlife photographer.
Blackburn, Michael: KBCA, 1976. Unknown.
BLACKBURN, Valerie: KFWB, 2007-14. Valerie was Controller of the CBS/LA cluster and general manager at KFWB, for seven years. She resigned from both positions in early 2014 to do some traveling and reconnect with friends and family.
When she was asked if there was more to the story, Valerie commented: “Nothing more complicated than I’m just ready to take some time off. I’ve seen you do it a few times over the years, now it’s my turn! Timing is good right now to do some travelling and reconnect with family and friends. I’ll wander back to radio at some point – I’ll always be a radio gal.”
Valerie has spent seven years at the CBS/LA cluster. Before joining CBS, Valerie spent seven years with Susquehanna Radio where she served as market controller before being elevated to director of business operations for the San Francisco market. Prior to that, Valerie held a similar position for 11 years with Jacor Broadcasting in Denver.
Blackwell, Mr.: KABC, 1972-74; KIEV, 1975-81. Mr. Blackwell dispenses his year list of Top 10 Worst Dressed celebrities.
Blackwell, Richard: KMPC, 1975-76; KJLH, 1976-79; KACE, 1979-82 and 1984-85; KGFJ, 1989-94; KJLH, 2004-06. After eight years with Continental Broadcasting, Richard became the host and co-creator of jazzonmymind.com. He's also promoting, hosting and booking jazz acts.
Blade, Richard: KNAC; KROQ, 1982-2000; KYSR, 2003-07. Richard is on Sirius Satellite Radio and worldwide on Worldspace's Retro Radio.
Blair, Jack: XPRS, 1972. Unknown.
Blair, Rob: KACD, 1998. Rob is a full-time student at Chapman University and doing weekend and fill-in weather on the NBC/TV affiliate in Palm Springs.
Blake, Barbara: KTWV, 1990 and 1997-2010. Barbara produces a smooth jazz brunch show on the Internet.
(Steve Bisheff; Glenn Beck; Brian Beirne; Buddy Baron; and Scotty Brink)
Blake, David: KFI, 1989. David broadcasts morning drive news at WWL-New Orleans.
BLANCHARD, Red: KABC, 1956; KXLA, 1956; KPOP, 1957-58; KFWB, 1959-60; KNX, 1960-65. Richard Bogardus “Red” Blanchard passed away on June 16, 2011, at his home in Escondido. He was 91. Death was attributed to complications in the recovery from recent cancer surgery.
Born in Gardner, Massachusetts, Red (nickname came from his shock of red hair) grew up in Southern California. As a little kid he was fascinated with building crystal sets and he became a ham operator. He loved music and played trombone during the era of “swing music.” Red started his radio career after a stint in the army and he joined KPRO-Riverside in December 1945. He started the “14-40 Club.” In 1950 he went to KCBQ-San Diego and a year later was working at KLS-Las Vegas.
While toiling in the backyard of his Sherman Oaks home and talking on a cellular phone in 1996, Red recalled his stop in Vegas: “I was there during the atomic bomb testing and I recorded the sound of the blast and fed it to the networks. I was called a heroic, brave reporter for taking on this assignment.” With a laugh, Red said, “The fact of the matter, all I did was hang a microphone out the window of the radio station. Hardly brave or heroic, but nonetheless.”
He recounted his early fame: “I had my greatest radio success in San Francisco. I worked at KCBS from 1951 to 1955 and was written up in Life Magazine, Time and other major publications. By 1955 it had run its course and I returned to Los Angeles.” He went to KPOP to do mornings and while he was there, Red recorded Cape Canaveral, Pts 1 & 2 on Pirate Records. A year later on the very day he was let go from KPOP, he was fired from the “graveyard shift on KFWB. In 1960 he became a staff announcer at KNX for five years. “I was fired due to illness. The boss got sick of me.”
Red had always been interested in the technical side of radio and was hired on as an engineer at KHJ/Channel 9, working there for 15 years until his retirement in 1980. Red missed “the contact with the public” from his radio days but enjoyed the way things were. Red’s wife died in 1986 at age 60 after a long illness.
Blanco, Irma: KCMG, 1998-2001; KHHT, 2001-02; KLAC, 2002-04; KBIG, 2004-12; KOLA, 2013-14. Irma worked morning drive with Valentine at MY/fm (KBIG) 104.3 until late summer 2012. In the spring of 2013, Irma joined the morning show at KOLA in the Inland Empire.
Blase, Neale: KKDJ, 1972-73; KGBS, 1975-76; KDAY, 1977-78; KWST, 1979-80; KNX/fm, 1983. Neale is marketing an original collection of products based on radio and music.
Blaske, Art: KFWB, 1968-71; KHJ/fm, 1971-72; KLAC/KZLA, 1972-93. Art is doing voiceover work.
Blatt, Steve: KUSC, 2004-05. Steve does weekend work at the Classical music station.
BLATTER, Steve: KLYY, 1997-98. Steve is vp of music programming at Sirius Satellite Network. Henamed one of the Top 15 major-market radio programmers in America by Radio Ink magazine.
Blatter held the position of Vice President, Programming for Big City Radio, where he was responsible for formatting and branding all of the company's radio properties (located in
New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago).
During his six-year tenure at Big City Radio, Blatter conceptualized and implemented the programming strategy for the Country formatted, Y-107 in
New Yorkand the Alternative Rock formatted, Y-107 (KLYY). Weekly audience at Y-107 (NY) rose from 150,000 to over 500,000 in only six months, making it the 5th most-listened-to Country music station in America. Weekly audience at Y-107 (LA) rose from 50,000 to over 700,000 in just six months.
Blatter's success in formatting and branding new products in highly competitive marketplaces, as well as his extensive knowledge of traditional and new media, played an instrumental role in the rapid growth of Big City Radio.
Blatter began his career in media in 1986 at WXRK/dm (Infinity-owned) in
New YorkCity. That same year he became an air personality and the mds at WVBR/fm-Ithaca, New York.
In 1988 Blatter moved on to become the Music Director at
New YorkCity's WYNY-FM (owned by NBC and Westwood One), the most-listened-to Country radio station in America.
After four years at WYNY, Blatter was tapped as director of programming for MJI Broadcasting. There he was responsible for the content and packaging of 12 nationally syndicated programs in a wide variety of radio formats. He also created, in conjunction with E! Entertainment Television, the radio industry's first daily entertainment and music news fax service. Additionally, Blatter produced live backstage coverage of the Grammy Awards, the Country Music Association Awards and the MTV Video Music Awards.
Blatter has a B.S. in Economics-Management from Ithaca College in Ithaca,
BLATTNER, Buddy: KMPC, 1962-68. Buddy was the radio voice of the NBA's St. Louis Hawks in the 1950s and a longtime baseball broadcaster including play-by-play for the Los Angeles/California Angels from 1962-68. He died September 4, 2009, following a long illness. He was 89.
Blattner also played parts of five seasons in the major leagues and was a world table tennis champion, according to an obit in a St. Louis publication where he had been living.. He founded the "Buddy Fund" in 1962, an organization that continues to supply athletic equipment to underprivileged children in the St. Louis area. Buddy was a table-tennis whiz in his youth and won the world men's doubles championship in 1936. He made his big-league debut as a Cardinals second baseman in 1942, although he had only 1 hit in 23 at-bats. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1943-45, and returned as the New York Giants regular second baseman in 1946, batting .255 with 11 homers. Blattner played parts of three more seasons for the Giants and the Philadelphia Phillies before retiring. For his career, he appeared in 272 games with a .247 batting average. Blattner turned to broadcasting, teaming with Dizzy Dean on St. Louis Browns' radio broadcasts and then announcing the Game of the Week on ABC television and later on CBS. He joined Harry Caray in the Cardinals' broadcast booth for the 1960 season. After six seasons with the Angels, he became the play-by-play announcer for the Kansas City Royals from 1969-75.
Bleu, "The True" Don: KHJ, 1978-80. Don works mornings at KOSF-San Francisco.
BLINOFF, Mark: KMPC, 1968-79. Mark died May 19, 2005. He was 70.
Mark started at KMPC in 1968 and was promoted to pd in 1972. After major changes to the format in early 1979 where he had to fire some high profile personalities, he said: “We’re not running a museum here. Radio is a living, breathing organism and we owe it to our listeners to try to reflect a contemporary lifestyle, to let them know what’s going on in the real world.”Mark joined Merv Griffin Radio as vp/gm and three years later bought KWIP-Salem, Oregon with Roger Carroll. “We sold the station in 1989 for a lot more than we paid for it.” Before joining KMPC, Mark was pd at KEX-Portland and assistant pd at KSFO-San Francisco.
”In recent years, Mark taught fifth grade in the Alhambra School District. He loved working with children. It was hard for him to be ill, but harder to be away from his students. Mark loved helping young people. I know that first hand,” wrote Sharon Benoit. Mark suffered from a life threatening lung disease.
Block, Alex Ben: KNX, 1999. The former editor of The Hollywood Reporter was the showbiz reporter at KNX. He's now connected with an entertainment website and continues to write for THR.
Block, Susan: KIEV, 1985-87; KFOX, 1987-93; KLSX, 1998. Susan hosted a "singles connection" show. In 2005, she hosted a DVD called 'Squirt Salon,' featuring images of the elusive G-spot.
Bloom, Andy: KLSX, 1991-93. Andy most recently worked at Jacobs Media.
(Robin Bertolucci, Rob Brookler, and Larry Burnett)
Bloom, Howard: KLAC/KMET/KTWV, 1977-87. Howard started out as a screener for Arbogast and Margolis at KLAC. He worked part-time after his work at a liquor store. He worked his way up through the sales ranks at Metromedia and was there for the end of the "Mighty Met." Howard died of a heart attack in November 1993. He had been working as gsm at Metro Traffic at the time of his death.
Bloom, Lisa: KABC, 2000-01. Lisa practices law with her mother Gloria Allred and she worked at Court TV.
Blore, Chuck: KFWB, 1958-63; KIIS. Chuck owns an award-winning advertising agency.
Blow, Kurtis: KPWR, 1995-98. Unknown.
Blue, Bobby: KNAC, 1972-76; KMET. Bobby national media director of New Life Ad Agency, which produces and places 30 minute block programming and placing time buys nationally.
Blumberg, Loren: KPWR, 1994-95; KACD, 1995-98; KSSE/KSSC/KSSD, 1998-2007. Loren is sales manager at Hero Broadcasting.
Bo, Jason: KDLD, 2003; KIIS, 2004-05. Jason worked swing at KIIS/fm.
Bodine, Buster: KPWR, 1987-89. Buster has an active voiceover career working from his home studio for such clients as Guitar Center and Warner Bros. Records.
Bodington, Dave: KFI, 1968-69; KIEV, 1977-78; XPRS, 1978-80. Dave works at Voice of America in Washington, DC.
Boerner, Rich: KLSX, 1997-2009. Rich is creative director and voiceover for CBS Interactive and gm/host of HotTalkLA.com.
(Jon Badeux, Lance Ballance, Jim Backus, and Rico Banana)
Bohrman, Stan: KLAC, 1967-68; KHJ; KNX; KGIL, 1985; KFWB, 1990-94. Born November 9, 1930, Stan grew up in Van Nuys. He started as a dj at KFRC-San Francisco and eventually abandoned music to pursue news broadcasting and was part of Voice of America. Stan became a local fixture on local tv news as an investigative reporter and anchor. During his career he hosted talk shows on radio and tv. Stan had a heart attack on October 13, 1994, and died at the Tarzana Medical Center at the age of 63.
BOIVIN, Paola: KMPC, 1992-93. The Daily News sportswriter co-hosted a sports talk show at KMPC.
Paola has been a sports columnist at The Arizona Republic since 1995. She was also a reporter at the Los Angeles Daily News and Camarillo Dally News. Paola graduated from the University of Illinois at urbana-Champaign.
She was one of the reporters at the 2012 Fiesta Bowl.
Boland, Katie: KTZN 1997. Unknown.
Bolles, The Real Don: KSRF, 1990-92. Don is a free-lance writer and appears frequently in the LA Weekly.
Bollinger, Russ: KIKF, 1987. Unknown.
Boman, Tommy: KXTA, 1997-99; KFWB 2004-06. Tommy was the producer of the Dodgers Radio Network for KFWB until the fall of 2006. He’s now the vp of Broadcast Operations for Learfield Sports based in Missouri overseeing the broadcast production of 49 college sports networks.
Bonaduce, Danny: KYSR, 1999-2005; KSLX, 2006-09. The former member of the Partridge Family tv series, Danny started mornings at "Star 98.7" with Jamie White on September 15, 1999 and left July 1, 2005. He joined morning drive at KLSX on January 2, 2007 and in early 2008 moved to a one-hour afternoon shift. Danny went on to work morning drive at WYSP in Philadelphia until late summer of 2011. In November 2011, he joined morning drive at KZOK-Seattle.
Bond, Lyle: KHJ, 50s. Lyle died on a San Diego golf course in the 1970s.
BOND, Nancy. Nancy has been directing commuters through the maze of Southern California freeways for over two decades. “When I first began it was AirTraffic Communications. The company was owned by Steve Springer from San Diego. He had a traffic service there and wanted to expand into Orange County and the Inland Empire. Steve hired me in January of 1989.”
Up to that point the only radio experience that Nancy had was doing news on the Saddleback College station, KSBR (88.5/fm). At the time that Air Traffic was launching, there was already LA Network, owned by Rhonda Kramer, and Metro Traffic, which was owned by a group based in Houston. Eventually AirTraffic became a subsidiary of Jacor Communications, then Jacor was taken over by Clear Channel Communications around 2000.
Eventually Nancy and her young staff took over the news and traffic for a myriad of radio stations and radio companies. Her reports have been heard on KFI, KOST, KGGI and KBIG. But in the beginning, it was just Nancy and John Quinlan doing the drive time reports.
Nancy didn’t get into the world of traffic reporting until she was 40. She and her husband were on the ground floor of the Microwave explosion in the 1970s, and for a decade owned ‘Bond’s Microwave Oven Centers’ all over the Southland They taught the senior citizens at Leisure World how to cook with the microwave oven.
Nancy has twins. Her son, Clint, is the art director for Nickelodeon's SpongeBob. Her daughter Amy taught in the Czech Republic and returned to the states in 2007. She's now in retail sales at Yankee Candle in the Irvine Spectrum.
Bonds, John: KMPC, 1988; KNX, 1989. John is the publisher of the Taste of Vegas Restaurant Guide and works at KSFN-Las Vegas.
Bones: KNAC, 1991-92. Last heard, Bones was working in Las Vegas.
BONFIETTI, Jayne: KFI, 1998. The Cooking Babe died February 20, 2009, at the age 49. Jayne had a nationally syndicated daily one-minute radio recipe show called “The Qwik Cook” that was heard on KFI in the late ’90s. She described her show as “brainfood on the half shell, a spicy tidbit to go.”
She grew up in suburban New England with a mom who could turn out dinner for a dozen defensive linemen from her brother’s college football team with an hour’s notice. Her mother is Czech and Russian and her father is Italian and Finnish. Raised Catholic and culinarily confused, Jayne headed West to date, join a sorority, and find her dining destiny. She attended restaurant school and became a restaurateur/caterer. The experience prompted her to organize a support group called Caterers In Recovery.
Jayne lived in San Diego with her husband and four sons, ten chickens, four dogs, and two sheep.
Bonilla, Tera: KMVN, 2007-09. Tera worked middays at Movin' 93.9/fm until a format flip to Spanish in early 2009.
Bonk, Thomas: KMPC, 1992. Thomas is the golf writer for the Los Angeles Times and is seen frequently on golf telecasts.
Boogerman: KROQ, 1994-95. Unknown.
Bookasta, Gary: KROQ, 1973-78. Last heard, Gary was a lobbyist in Washington, DC.
(Tony Bruno, Tammy Bruce, Terry Bradshaw, Buddy Budnik, and Charlie Brill)
Booker, Chris: KLSX/KAMP, 2009-14. Booker joined AMP Radio for middays from New York on June 1, 2009.
Booker, Levi: KJLH, 1979-84 and 1986 and 1992-2014. Levi hosts a weekend show at KJLH.
Boone, Pat: KPZE, 1988; KJQI, 1993-94. Pat appears at various entertainment events.
Boortz, Neal: KGIL, 2007. Neal's syndicated show begins on KGIL (1260AM) October 29, 2007.
Bordonaro, Bob: KKGO, 1982-86; KCTD, 1998-99; KMZT, 2000-01. Bob left his post as the gsm at Classical "K-Mozart" in the spring of 2001.
BORGERS, Helen: KLON/KKJZ, 1981-2014. Helen has spent 25 years at the all-Jazz station, KKJZ. She works afternoon drive. Helen's love of jazz may have been instilled at birth as she was born in one of the hotbeds of the music, Kansas City. But, more likely, it was engendered by her older brother, Ken, whose playing of John Coltrane, Gerald Wilson, Charlie Byrd, and Buddy Rich - Helen's earliest memories of jazz - came through the walls of his bedroom into hers.
Her father taught radio and television at USC, Ken graduated from USC with a degree in broadcasting, and her mother, too, had been in radio, back in the '40s in New York. She was a copy writer at WMCA and WOR, and worked with budding jazz journalists Leonard Feather and Barry Ulinov at the studios. So, jazz and radio were in Helen's blood. Helen's intention, however, was a life in the theatre. She majored in theatre at Cal State Long Beach, and her only radio work was doing weekly radio dramas on the student station, KSUL.
But Ken became program director of KLON a few years before CSULB became the licensee. Ken recruited Helen to help out at the station, even giving her a weekly show featuring vocal music. When the move was made to the university, and Ken streamlined the format to 24-hour jazz and blues, Helen was part of the deal. She became the weekend jazz host, Saturdays and Sundays from noon to five. A year of that and she became the weekday afternoon drive host, eventually moving to the morning drive when Chuck Niles came from KKGO to do afternoons. After her second year as a host, Helen was also made music director, interacting with the record label promoters, building and maintaining the station's jazz library.
In addition to her drive-time and library duties, Helen began a weekly three-hour interview program called The Artist's Corner. Each week, a different guest artist would come to the studio, choose their favorite recordings from the KLON library or bring them from home and, between their selected tracks, discuss these recordings and their lives with Helen. The guests included local greats as well as out-of-town legends, including Horace Silver, Gerald Wilson, Max Roach, Abbey Lincoln, Steve Allen, Ray Brown, Kenny Burrell, Eddie Harris, Tony Williams, all of the Marsalis family members, and many, many others. Lots of the young giants got early exposure on this program, including Joshua Redman, Nicholas Payton, Mark Whitfield, Brad Mehldau, Terence Blanchard, Harry Connick, Jr., to name only a few. For over ten years Helen hosted this show, building a reputation as the station's number one interviewer.
From 1991 to 1994, Helen was pd for a European jazz service called Eurojazz, which served the Netherlands via satellite from a special studio built in KLON's facilities. Along with designing and coordinating locally-produced jazz shows and European-produced shows, she would do her local drive-time show each day at KLON, and then go up the hall to broadcast to Europe. Eventually the service relocated to London, and Helen moved to England to set up the studios and reorganize the programming. After a year abroad, she returned to California and KLON, where she has been ever since.
In her capacity as a jazz broadcaster, Helen has been invited to give pre-concert lectures at various performing arts centers, has served on panels in jazz conventions all over the world, and has lectured about the history of jazz in middle schools, high schools, and colleges. She has also written articles for international jazz publications. She regularly emcees concerts, festivals, and club dates throughout southern California.
Borgers, Ken: KLON, 1978-2000; KCRW, 2005-09. Ken left as the afternoon voice on "All Things Considered" at KCRW in the summer of 2009.
Boros, Michelle: KAMP, 2010-14. Michelle started middays at AMP RADIO on March 1, 2010.
Borquez, Bob: KFSG, 1980-86. For the past nine years, Bob has been growing the syndication of The Dave Ramsey Show.
Botta, Sam: KFI, 2004-05. Sam left the KFI news department in early summer 2005.
Botula, Mike: KNOB, 1966-67; KFWB, 1968-71; KRLA, 1971-72; KMPC, 1972-77. In the spring of 2001, California Governor Gray Davis appointed Mike to the Department of Child Support Services as Assistant Director of Information and Public Affairs in Sacramento. Since then, Mike left state service to work as a media consultant in Sacramento. Now retired and living in Stockton, he has gone back to school, and tends his website mikebotula.com.
Bowden, George: KSGV, 1963-65; KGGK, KNOB 1965-67. After a career in tv, George taught in the Los Angeles City College Radio-TV-Film Department from 1975 until his retirement in 1995.
Bower, Jayne: KFWB, 1990-93. Jayne is working at WWJ-Detroit. She and husband Jeff live in Ann Arbor, have two pre-teen boys. Jayne produces a "Labor Pains" feature which is cool.
Bowers, Jason: KIIS, 2001; KYSR, 2004-07. Jason worked swing at STAR 98.7. He's now with the AC outlet at Dial-Global.
Bowker, Bill: KNAC, 1970; KYMS, 1972-74; KWST, 1975-77; KROQ, 1978-79. Bill works at KRSH-Santa Rosa.
Bowman, Don: KBBQ, 1970. Don is living in Branson, Missouri.
(Jim Bain, Bruce Barker, Paul Byron, John Bemis, and Brooke Binkowski)
BOWMAN, Lisa: KABC, 1983-87; KMPC, 1987; KLAC, 1990. In 1983, KABC conducted a much-publicized talent search for a host to work with Bud Furillo and Tommy Hawkins on “SportsTalk.” Lisa was runner-up; however, one month later the winner, Merrie Rich, was fired and Lisa was offered the job. As the second-place finisher, she won a trip to
Puerto Rico, winning both first and second place prizes.
Lisa, from LaCanada, was a tv actress. She also got the afternoon drive “SportsTalk” job on KABC and later hosted the “Sports Nut” show on KLAC with Gabe Kaplan. She covered the Rams on KMPC.
She did boxing commentary alongside Rich Marotta and Lisa co-hosted Stroh's Circle of Sports with actor Robert Conrad.
For a time she lived in
while her husband Chuck Bowman directed many episodes of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman and Stingray. Flagstaff
Lisa was a cabaret singer and appeared in a number of stage productions. She was in the first national company of A Chorus Line in los Angeles, Chicago, and Honolulu. Other productions include The Dybbuk at the Mark Taper Forum and in the Dorothy Chandler production of Sound of Music, Lisa played Sister Margaretta and was the understudy to Florence Henderson.
Bowman, Paul: KFOX, 1986. Unknown.
Boxer, Jack: SEE Joe Terry
Boyd, Donnell: KKTT, 1979; KGFJ, 1980; KLAC/KZLA; KABC. The well-like KFWB sales executive died in late 2001.
Boyd, Ed: KKDJ/KIIS, 1973-79. Ed is a consultant living in Miami Beach. He sells Medicare supplement and health insurance, as well as playing golf in semi-retirement.
Boyd, Glen: XTRA, 1959. Unknown.
Boyle, John: KLSX, 1998-2009. John was co-host of the syndicated John & Jeff Show that was heard on the third shift at KLSX until a format flip to AMP RADIO in early 2009.
Bozeman, Victor: KFAC, 1969-70. Victor Emmanuel Bozeman grew up in Kansas City. He arrived in Southern California from WNYC-New York to pursue an acting career. When he left KFAC he became an NBC/TV staff announcer with a lifetime contract. Victor appeared in several tv series including: Ironside and Get Smart. He died November 26, 1986 at the age of 57.
Bozzi, Dick: KRTH, 1974. Dick is a former program director at KRTH. Unknown.
Bracken, Dennis: KNX, 1963-77. Dennis collapsed shortly after returning from Santa Anita racetrack in the spring of 1977 where he had done the "color" for the KNX radio broadcast of the Santa Anita Derby.
(Brother Bill, Michael Baisden, Brent, and Jason Bowers)
BRADBURY, B.R.: KIQQ, 1974-75; KHJ, 1977; KPOL/KZLA, 1977-79. B.R. Bradbury, best known as the newsman with Robert W. Morgan, died of a massive heart attack January 17, 2001. He had the heart attack while driving home from a meeting. A motorist saw his car go off the road into a ditch and called 911. The car had automatic door and window locks, which wouldn't open from the outside so the paramedics had to break in. They tried to revive him for over an hour but to no avail, according to a family member.
B.R. was born in Aberdeen, Washington, on September 4, 1942, and he spent several years at Grays Harbor College. His first job was at KHOK-Hoquiam, Washington. In 1965 B.R. moved to KOL-Seattle, then in 1970 to KFRC-San Francisco. It was at KFRC that he changed his on-air name from Bill Munson to his real name Bill Bradbury. (According to Frank Thompson, B.R. grabbed onto his first two initials at the last second when he began his first on-air newscast at KFRC. Apparently there was another Bill on the news staff.)
In 1972 B.R. transferred to KHJ, where he was the newsman for Robert W. Morgan. He went with Robert to KIQQ ("K-100"). At the 1973 annual Billboard Radio Programming Forum, B.R. was voted best newsman. In 1980 B.R. returned to Seattle and worked at KJR. In 1985 he joined CKLG-Vancouver, B.C. as news director. He retired from radio in 1995 and opened his own insurance agency in Blaine, Washington. Lan Roberts, a longtime friend and colleague remembered B.R. "He was a true professional and one of the nicest people you would ever meet in radio or tv." B.R. was 58.
Bradley: KROQ, 1997-98; KYSR, 1998-2006. Bradley worked afternoons at "Star 98.7" until 2006. SEE Bradley Wright
Bradley, Bill: KLAC, 1956-57; KDAY, 1958-60; KLAC, 1960. Bill retired to Palm Springs and died July 4, 1997.
Bradley, Tim: KCRW, 1978; KMGG, KIEV. Tim is involved in the world of voiceover and hosted "All Strings Considered" at KCSN.
Bradley, Wayne: KMGX, 1992-94. Wayne is working for Smooth Jazz WGLX in Wilmington, North Carolina. He's also executive director at Triovisions.
(Dick Biondi; Neale Blase; Laura Brodian; and Peter Berk)
Bradshaw, Terry: KXTA, 1999-2000. The former Pittsburgh Steeler QB worked a noon talk show beginning August 23, 1999, at "XTRA Sports 1150." He left following the Super Bowl in 2000.
Brady, Jim: KLAC, 1987-88. Jim, one of Toronto's great morning drive jocks from 1973 until 1987, is working morning drive at WRVF/WCFA-Toledo.
Brager, Stan: KLON, 1997-2001. Stan hosted a Sunday morning jazz show at KLON.
BRAILER, Charlie: KFWB, 1969-93. Charlie, longtime anchor at all-News station KFWB, died November 7, 2007. He had been part of the station’s morning drive for many years until his retirement in 1993. He underwent successful heart transplant surgery in the early 2000s, but continued to battle other medical concerns.
Charlie was born and raised in Silver Spring, Maryland, and was a journalism major at the university of Maryland. After graduation he served as a Voice of America producer for the Far East. Charlie went into the army and was stationed at Fort Huachuca in Tombstone, Arizona and was editor of the post newspaper. After the service, he joined Mutual Broadcasting as an engineer and eventually joined Westinghouse in their Washington, DC bureau. That assignment brought him to Southern California. “Broadcast news changed in 1963. When I got into broadcast journalism it was not entertainment and it was not to titillate. I was standing in Arlington cemetery watching a man dig a hole where they would bury John Kennedy. President Kennedy personified a mood of optimism. With his assassination I knew things would never be quite the same again. Americans became disillusioned.” Charlie and his wife retired to the Antelope Valley where he ran very successful pet-sitting service. “I feel fortunate to have been a reporter on some historic events over a four-decade period.”
(Billy the Kid, Lee Barry, Bobby Blue, and Burt Brown)
Brainard, Buzz: KZLA, 2000-05. Buzz left Country KZLA mornings in late 2005.
Brainin, Janet: KZLA/KPWR, 2000-07. Janet was made DOS of the two Emmis/LA stations in early 2004.
Branch, Heather: KNX, 2009-11. Heather broadcasts weekend traffic at KNX.
Brand, Ed: KMPC, 1987; KLAC. Ed works the Adult Standards format at Westwood One.
Brandmeier, Jonathon: KLSX, 1998-2000; KCBS/fm, 2004-05. Jonathon worked middays at the FM talk station, KLSX, and left the station in the fall of 2000. He returned to the Southland for mornings at "Arrow 93" in the Spring of 2004 and in March 2005 the station flipped to jockless JACK/fm. Since early 2012, he works mornings at WGN-Chicago.
Brandon, Leah: KYSR, 1995-2001; KIIS, 2001-04; KFI, 2004-07. Leah is a free-lance voice imager and works in the South.
Brandt, Gary: KPOL, 1963-70; KIIS, 1970-72. Gary is the director of marketing at WOR-New York.
Brandt, Michael: KROQ, 1983. When Michael left KROQ, he became general sales manager for a number of stations in San Francisco, including Live105/KITS, K101, and Susquehanna Broadcasting Company.
(Mike Botula, Amanda Brinkley, Dave Beasing, and Frank Bresee)
Branson, Bob: KFI, 1969. Unknown.
Brattin, Corbett: KRTH, 1991-92; KFI; KNX; KXEZ. Corbett is is semi-retired and living in the Palm Springs area.
Braverman, Erik: KFI; KABC, 1996-2008. Erik left his post as the operations manager at KABC in late 2008. He is a consultant to the LA Dodgers and co-owns Braverman Brothers production company.
Brazell, Carl: Carl has served as the president, chief executive and director of the company of Metromedia since November 2001 and as the chairman of the board of directors since February 2002. Carl had extensive prior experience in the radio and communications industries in the United States.
Breckow, John: KPFK. In the early ‘70s, Breckow doggedly promoted shows in Santa Barbara, spun blues on KCSB, and ran a hip record store on Anapamu Street. After moving to L.A., Breckow had a show on KPFK for years. John went to work for Rhino Records.
Breeze, Connie: KRTH, 2002-03. Connie was born and raised in Detroit, her father worked at Ford Motor Company and her mother was a music teacher. "We had a huge theater organ in our living room and my mother always had a string of students coming and going through the house." She studied political science at Michigan and then went to Southern California and enrolled in broadcasting school. In 1985 I got my first job in radio on Tucson Arizona. Since then, I have been on many stations playing all types of music. She's now with The Oasis in Las Vegas.
Breneman, Betty: KLAC; KFWB, 1954-58; KHJ, 1958-73. Betty is president of Breneman Radio Services and produces The Breneman Review audio magazine.
Breneman, Tom: KBLA, 1958. Tom was ceo of Breneman Radio Services. He died September 9, 2003, at the age of 70, after a lengthy battle with cancer.
Brennen, Tom: KRKD, 1958. Unknown.
Brenner, Carol: KWST, 1976; KZLA, 1977-79; KMPC, 1979-80. Carol left radio to study for an M.B.A. at Pepperdine University in order to prepare for the business side of radio.
Brent: KBIG, 2006-08. Brent is with Virgin Radio, based in Dubai.
(Don Barrett, Sam Bellamy, and Bill Banks)
Bresee, Frank: The radio performer and broadcast archivist wrote Radio's Golden Years.
Breshears, Carol: KPFK; KFWB, 1978-81. The former program director at KFWB is president of the Radio and Television News Association. "I want to preserve journalism the way it used to be!" She is the assignment manager at FOX 11 News.
BRETT, Ken: KMPC, 1987-91. The former Dodger pitcher was one of the California Angels announcers in the late 1980s. He died November 18, 2003, at the age of 55, of brain cancer.
During his career he played for ten teams. For over a quarter of a century, Ken held the record for a pitcher hitting the most homers – 4 – in a single season. He did it with the Phillies in 1973.
Born in Brooklyn on September 18, 1948, Ken pitched in the 1974 All-Star game. Brett became the youngest pitcher to take the mound in a World Series game in 1967 when he threw 1-plus innings of relief for the Boston Red Sox against the St. Louis Cardinals. Brett was 19 years, 1 month old at the time.
A part owner of the Spokane Indians minor league baseball team and the Spokane Chiefs minor league hockey club, Brett pitched 14 years in the majors and tied the modern major league record by playing for 10 different teams, finishing with the Kansas City Royals and his brother in 1981. The left-hander compiled an 83-85 record with a 3.93 ERA in 349 career games.
Brewington, Ron: KLON, 1982-87; KGFJ, 1992-94; KJLH, 1992-97. Ron is a stringer for UPI radio and his movie reviews frequently appear in movie ads.
Brick, J.T.: KLAC, 2009-14. J.T. works evenings at Fox Sports Radio, which is carried on KLAC.
Bridges, Gene: KLAC, 1989-93. Gene went to work for St. Judes Children's Hospital.
BRIEM, Ray: KGIL, 1953-54; KLAC, 1960-67; KABC, 1967-94; KIEV/KRLA, 1995-2002; KPLS, 2002. Ray Briem died December 11, 2012, at the age of 82, of cancer. He was best known as the all-night host of talk radio’s millions of night owls for several decades.
Born in 1930, Ray began his radio career as a 15-year-old in his hometown of
. He and his buddies hosted a radio drama called “The Adventures of Vivacious Vicky.” During the Korean War, Ray was heard on Armed Forces Radio and in 1953 he became a dj at KGIL. A year later he hosted “The Breakfast Club” on Ogden for four years. KLUB-Salt Lake City
In 1958 he was part of radio and tv at KING-Seattle, where he hosted a
Bandstand-type show. “They called me the Dick Clark of Seattle .” Ray returned to the Southland in early 1960 to jock at KLAC. When KLAC started Talk radio with Joe Pyne, Ray resisted He told Claudia Puig of the LA Times: “I went into it kicking and screaming. I liked playing the music. I realized what a dumb head I was. I knew very little about politics or the workings of government, and the first year I was an embarrassment.” Seattle
He was hired at KABC on July 4, 1967. He initially got a percentage of the advertising during his all-night shift, but that perk was eliminated during a recession. For eight years he show was carried nationally on the ABC network.
In an OC Register interview with Gary Lycan, Ray said he was most proud of his 10-year association with commentator Vladimir Posner from the former
Soviet Union: “I started calling Radio Moscow in the fall of 1977. He would use our phone calls as basis for commentaries. Nobody else was doing it.” Ray is a ham-operator and received a Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal for information he helped supply after the seizure of the U.S.S. Pueblo in 1968. Over 1,000 listeners paid $50 to attend his KABC retirement party in late 1994. His favorite artists – Mills Brothers, Frankie Laine and Tony Martin – performed.
Asked if he would miss the all-night vigil, Ray said: “After 27 years on the graveyard shift, my body says staying up all night ain’t the right thing to do. Your biological clock, your circadian rhythms are always upset.” In late 1995 Ray started an afternoon drive talk show on
. The station eventually changed call letters to KRLA and on September 11, 1999, Ray moved to weekends. He left the KIEV station in early Fall of 2002 and joined weekends at KPLS briefly. Salem
(Dr. Susan Block, Joe Benson, and George Babcock)
Briggs, Eddie: KBBQ, 1968. Unknown.
Briggs, Lynn: KJLH, 1989-91; KACE, 1991-92. Lynn is at WRKS-New York.
BRILL, Bob: KNX, 1987 and 2006-14. Bob became a UPI correspondent and later West Coast bureau chief for UPI Radio Network based in LA. He owned KC Kings Sportscards in Ventura and works swing at KNX. “I started in radio in 1972. I left L.A. to take my first real job in Prescott, Arizona at KNOT. While there I also wrote a twice weekly column on sports for the local paper.”
From Prescott, Bob made the nomadic journey to eventually get back home. He worked in Palm Springs, Oklahoma twice, KELP-El Paso, New Mexico for 9 days, and KVFM in LA was his first L.A. gig. He went on to work at KJLH and KGFJ. He did some news and sports for KNX and news on sister stations KHTZ and KNX/fm. “I worked for the LA Times in a project that eventually failed. Finally ended up as a National correspondent joining Mutual/CBS. I became West Coast bureau chief for the UPI Radio Network,” said Bob.
Brill continued: “I was beaten up in the LA riots at Florence & Normadie while filing a report and ended up in the hospital. I was one of the many who received an LA Press Club Award for riot coverage, although I only covered for the one day due to the injury.”
A fan of collectibles, Bob wrote the first ever sports collectibles column for the UPI wire. “I had been dealing trading cards part time for years and I am very heavily involved today.” He left UPI to free lance and started his own publication TBR: The Brill Report, which was the first hard news publication in the memorabilia industry. I broke several stories, including one picked up by the New York Times on exposing the dark side of NFL Properties which remains a big story today.”
“I sold TBR and took a position with a trading card manufacturer in 1995 and ‘due to my integrity’ I was let go after less than a year,” Brill continued. “Honestly, that was the reason as told to me by one of the other manufacturers after I left. He had inquired as to why I was fired. I love that. anyway, I became a consultant with smaller trading card companies and eventually moved to Ventura where I opened a sports card and memorabilia store: KC Kings Sportscards [the K stands for Koufax and the C for Clemente].”
“I patterned the Web site after the wire service, as we take no industry advertising and promote a free and independent press. I've broken several stories already although I don't have an archive system yet. My son and I are working on a book on China. I’m also writing a screenplay.
Bill was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated: Sylmar High School.
Brill, Charlie: KFI, 1975-76. Charlie was the Captain on USA Network's Silk Stockings.
Brink, Scotty: KHJ, 1965-66 and 1968-70. Scotty lives in Oklahoma City and was voicetracking for an Oldies station in Chicago.
Brinker, Bob: KABC, 2010-13. Bob's syndicated financial show is heard on KABC's weekends.
Brinkley, Amanda: KNX; KYSR, 1997. She was working as Renee Brinkley at KNBR-San Francisco until the late 2000s.
Britton, Boyd R.: KKDJ, KIIS, KTNQ; KWST; KHTZ; KNWZ; KROQ, 1987-2014. Boyd, as Doc on the Roq, is the news director at KROQ and works morning drive.
Brodeur, Gene: KMPC, 1971-80; KUTE/KGFJ, 1982-84. Gene produces a bi-monthly series on political and social issues for Montana Public Television.
(Dr. Frank Baxter; Ken Borgers; Stan Brager; and Billy Bush)
Brodian, Laura: KUSC, 1987-88; KFAC, 1989; KKGO/KKJZ, 1990-97; KGIL, 1997-98; KMZT, 2002-07; KCSN, 2008-09; KUSC, 2010. Laura worked at Classical K-Mozart until early fall of 2007. She worked afternoons at KCSN until station automated in late September 2009. Laura is an arts reporter covering the Inland Empire.
Brodie, Christine: KMET, 1984-87; KTWV, 1987-2002. In 1988 she was appointed program director. She resigned from the "Smooth Jazz" station in the Fall of 2002. In early 2007, Chris joined the Smooth Jazz Network at Broadcast Architecture as Vice President of Affiliate Relatons.
Broeske, John: KABC, 1988. John is pd at KMJ-Fresno.
Brookler, Rob: KIQQ, 1982-85. Rob is president of Planetwide Publishing. He also hosts the website, meditations2go.com.
Brooks, Barbara: Barbara has been a longtime traffic reporter for various stations. She currently works the late evening shift at KNX.
Brooks, Foster: KHJ, 1962. Foster died December 21, 2001, of apparent heart trouble.
BROOKS, John: KFWB, 1979-2009; KNX, 2009-13. After receiving six Golden Mike awards and reporting one breaking news story after another, John hung up his microphone in the spring of 2013.
Brooks first started in radio while a student at Allegheny College in Pennsylvania, before moving to Southern California in 1970. “I was actually in school learning television production when radio chose me. One of my instructors was KVEN-Ventura’s Ned Rogers. He told me of a job opening and since it paid about as little as the job I had with the Ojai School district, I took it,” recalled Brooks. He credits KVEN news director Rick Wallace for giving him needed training and instruction before Wallace left Ventura for KABC and KPOL. Brooks then moved up to Wallace’s position at KVEN. “After I won a bunch of Golden Mikes, Don Schrack, the news director at KFWB asked me to join his team of wild and crazy men and women.”
It’s evident to his listeners that Brooks has a style all his own. “I always hoped to be a bit irreverent and crazy like Hunter Thompson, yet true to the facts and accurate as Walter Cronkite and CBS News. There should always be an element of entertainment in news when it is appropriate because people are choosing to listen to your station, but you can’t cross the line into fantasy.”
“There’s a hidden joke somewhere in Brooks’ stories that you figure out about five seconds after his reports,” claimed Pete Demetriou, who shared his high praise for his longtime colleague at both KFWB and KNX. “The man is solid and is one of the most prepared journalists ever. He’ll take everything thrown at him, yet sound so smooth on the air as if he’d spent 15 minutes rehearsing his report.”
Though it was hard to name one particular story that stands out, Brooks appreciates the opportunity to have covered NASA and the Space Program. “I was fortunate to cover many Space Shuttle flights and most of the science missions at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. I will never forget the third Space Shuttle mission, the 1982 landing of Columbia at White Sands in New Mexico, when rain at Edwards Air Force Base forced a change in plans. Had to rush there and it’s a very different place.” And like many veterans, Brooks remembers a few close calls as part of his job. “At KVEN I had to use the flat bottom of my Volkswagen rabbit mobile unit as a boat across the raging Santa Rosa creek. I have had to jump under a fire blanket as a fire storm crested the ridge during the Old Fire in 2003 and once a mobile unit was singed in another brush fire.”
The business has evolved quite dramatically since Brooks started at KFWB in 1979. “Technically we have a whole new array of devices always with us, such as computers and smart phones to both research and send in reports, the ability to cover breaking news has never been better.” Yet Brooks still prefers some of the way things were once done. “The irony is that we have so little time to do the kind of quality stories we used to do with a pair of alligator clips and a pay phone. In days gone by I would spend days researching and interviewing for investigative reports, now we must do it faster.”
Brooks offered his advice to current and future broadcasters: “I have worked with so many great people and the fellowship of the news wheel lasts a long time. Be honest and try to tell stories filled with humanity, wonder, and excitement.”(Written by Alan Oda)
Brooks, Monica: KPWR, 1987-89; KCMG, 1998-99. Monica works mornings at WMZQ-Washington, DC.
Brooks, Oscar: KPPC, 1981-82; KMPC, 1983-88; KMNY, 1988-89. Oscar works with the Department of Justice as an adjudications officer.
Brown, B. Bailey: KDAY, 1970-72. B. Bailey died suddenly at his San Antonio home October 24, 2003. He was 57.
Brown, Bill: KMPC, 1961-65; KHJ, 1965-74; KRTH, 1974. Bill has designed a custom weather service on the Internet that he is marketing.
(Reed Berry and Robin Banks)
Brown, Bobby: KGFJ, 1985. Bobby is working for the ABC network.
Brown, Burt: KZLA, 1987-97. Unknown.
Brown, Charlie: KFWB, 1961. Charlie is Chuck Blore.
Brown, Charlie: KGFJ, 1972; KIQQ, 1975. Unknown.
Brown, Don: KHJ. Don has passed away.
Brown, Doug: KROQ; KHJ; KRTH; KMGG; KRLA; KNX/fm. From 1972 to 1991, Doug was a production director/engineer for a number of Southland stations.
(Miguel Barrazo; Sandy Beach; and Tera Bonilla)
Brown, James: KMPC, 2002-06. The quarterback for the NFL Sunday Sports show started in morning drive at all-Sports KMPC/1540 The Ticket for the Sporting News Network in the spring of 2002, which ended in 2006.
Brown, Jim: KPOL, 1962-64. Jim is an entertainment feature reporter for the Today Show on NBC.
Brown, Laura: KFI, 1989-92; KROQ, 1990; KABC, 1993. Laura is living in Newport Beach.
Brown, Les: KFWB, 2011-12. Les began his motivational talk show at KFWB on 1.3.11. He replaced part of Dr. Laura's old slot. He left the News/Talk station in April 2012.
Brown, Stan: KBBQ, 1967; KGIL, 1967-76; KBCA, 1976. Stan "the Animal" Brown has passed away.
Brown, Steve: KRLA, 1972-74. Steve founded American Video Service in Irvine.
(Monica Brooks, Don Burns, and Steve Bisheff)
Brown, Thomas: KGIL, 1970-85; KJOI, 1989; KNX, 1973-98. Born Thomas Brown IV in 1938 in Evanston, Illinois. He attended the University of Washington and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1960 with a degree in journalism. After the Army, Tom worked at KCMO and WDAF-Kansas City, WHN and WNEW-New York and KNBR-San Francisco. The LA Times radio columnist Don Page said of Tom: "He's the biggest new star in the big town. He's witty and has his own style." Tom died January 31, 1999. He was 61.
Browne, Dr. Joy: KGIL, 2007. The syndicated psychologist starts on KGIL on October 29, 2007.
BROWNING, Bill: KRLA, 1971-72; KFI, 1974-75; KIIS, 1975-77; KOST, 1981-82. Bill was born in Northwest Kansas. “Two years before graduating from high school I started working at , as an announcer. ” KXLK-Great Falls, Montana
In 1950 Bill joined KGB-San Diego followed by KCBQ when it was a CBS affiliate. He stayed in
for 13 years working as pd at KFSD (now KOGO) as morning man and pd. When KGB/fm was launched in 1959, Bill was its first pd. “We pretty much had the market to ourselves in those years and were operating in the black from day one.” San Diego
KGB was sold and Bill was off to
Las Vegaswhere he met his wife, Jean, and then to and 7 years at KIOI beginning on the night shift then moving to morning drive. “Ron Robertson was the director of our fledgling news room.” Ron moved on to KFRC, then to KRLA as nd where he hired Bill to produce the community service program "In Session" and to do documentaries. San Francisco
“Two months after arriving in 1971 my first documentary was aired, ‘Souvenir, Soldier.’ It won the Golden Mike award in the Best Documentary category for 1971 also picking up an AP award and the Broadcast Media Award from
. Armed Forces Radio also carried it. San Francisco State University
In 1973 when KRLA went to an automated format I joined KFI where I won another documentary Golden Mike.” Before Bill left the Southland radio he worked at KIIS, both AM and FM and KOST as their first morning news anchor. In between he anchored the tv news in
. “In 1982 I was offered the ‘security’ of a lifetime job at CBS/TV Television City as a staff announcer. The security ended when Bill Paley stepped down leading to the mass firings of 1986. Several thousand were fired, something CBS had never done before and I got caught in the second round. I ended my years in broadcasting playing around at a couple stations in the Honolulu . I have to call it playing around, for what they paid it couldn't be considered work. In 1994 at age 64 I decided I'd had enough of the changing fortunes of radio and retired.” Antelope Valley
Bill passed away April 10, 2003, while retired in Kansas City. He was 72.
Browning, Chuck: KHJ, 1970; KGBS, 1972; KFI, 1980. Chuck died March 3, 1988.
Browning, Reed: KABC, 1960-61. Unknown.
Bruce, Jonny: KLFM, 1965; KFXM, 1967-70; KYMS, 1968; KWOW, 1970; KREL, 1971; KKAR, 1974-75; KROQ, 1976-77. Jonny spent 20 years at KDES-Palm Springs. He's now program director at KZPO-Visalia.
(Tony B, and James Brown)
Bruce, Larry: KMET, 1974-75 and 1986. Larry is gm of Nova 969-Sydney, Radio Australia.
Bruce, Tammy: KFI, 1995-98; KABC, 2003-09. Tammy worked swing and fill-in at KABC until the summer of 2009. She now hosts an Internet show on TalkStreamLive.com.
BRUNDAGE, Hugh: KDAY, 1957-58; KMPC, 1965-72. Hugh is probably one of the least remembered personalities on Old Time Radio. He was a California native, born in 1909, who spent his entire broadcasting career in Los Angeles. He died in 1972, at the age of 63.
After graduating from the University of Southern California in 1931, he tried to embark on a career in business, first dealing with the Signal Petroleum Company of Long Beach. At the time that oil company was toying around with the idea for a radio program based upon the Tarzan series of books by Edgar Rice Burroughs. Burroughs happened to be in the corporate office when Hugh was applying for the job. The personnel manager said that positions that he was qualified for were already filled, in fact, they were actually laying off some of the junior executives and asking the senior ones to retire early.
But Burroughs heard Hugh speak. "You know, son, you have a good speaking voice. How would you like a job in radio? We'll be working in L.A. starting in a couple of days. You don't even need to audition. I'll use the paperwork here to get you onto the station." So Burroughs gave Hugh the information of where to go.
The radio station was KHJ. It was located next door to a Cadillac dealership owned by Don Lee, who was the Cadillac dealer for the entire West Coast. Hugh wore his best suit. It was the man he was going to interview at the Signal office in Long Beach who let him into the studio.
"Now, just so you know, Hugh," said Burroughts, "let me explain how radio works. I am the sponsor. I am actually in charge of the program. My company, Signal Petroleum, owns the Tarzan program. It's only 15 minutes and it will be playing only in states where they have Signal service stations. As far as oil companies go, we're pretty small. They own the radio program so they can get more customers. KNX and Don Lee, along with CBS, only give us a place to put the show on. And, if someone goofs, they punish us. So we have to do a good show."
Hugh was scared when he read the script. They let him go over it alone for about 45 minutes. Then they went on. There would be many more programs for Hugh, although he would rarely use his name while announcing. He did so well for Tarzan at KHJ; they hired him for work at KNX, and KFI/KECA (the two NBC stations were both owned by Earle C. Anthony). Occasionally, he would give his name, but that was so rare.
His voice became the voice of Oscar as he was the announcer for the Academy Awards, no matter where they were held, and no matter if they were a banquet or a formal awards ceremony.
After Academy Award show, Hugh continued as a staff announcer at KNX and for many CBS shows produced at Columbia Square.
In 1957, he became the sole newsperson at radio station KDAY in Santa Monica. In 1965, Gene Autry had purchased radio station KMPC and TV station KTLA. He chose Hugh to be both stations' news director. He was heard on KMPC during weekday afternoons and seen on KTLA at night.
(Much of Hugh’s bio was provided by Know Old Time Radio website)
BRUNDIGE, Bill: KEZY. Chattanooga-born Bill Brundige, a member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame and a fixture on Southland radio and television stations for over three decades died in April 2004. He was 89. Born William Wenrich "Bill" Brundige on February 2, 1915, he was in broadcasting for 40 years before retiring in 1975. Bill was the solid, no-frills sports broadcaster. He was the “color man” for Chick Hearn in the very first simulcast after the Lakers moved from Minneapolis. He started his broadcasting career in 1937 at WAVE-Louisville. During World War II, Bill was the West Coast sports director for Armed Forces Radio Services broadcasting to the Pacific Theater. He was discharged in 1946 and moved to Washington, DC, to broadcast for Mutual Broadcasting System. While in DC, he worked with Ted Husing on the “College Game of the Week” for Mutual. In the late 1940s, Bill broadcast sports for Yale, Princeton, Philadelphia Phillies, Detroit Lions, and the Chicago Cubs. In 1952 the Cubs sent him to Southern California to work at KHJ/Channel 9 to cover their Pacific Coast League affiliate, the Los Angeles Angels. In the same year he joined Bob Kelley on the LA Rams broadcast team until 1960. He covered sports for all the local tv stations.
When Walter O'Malley expressed an interest in bringing the Dodgers to Los Angeles, Bill hosted TV's "Dodger Talk" in an effort to convince the community that the Dodgers should be invited to locate in L.A. and be headquartered in Chavez Ravine. In 1964 he founded “Bill Brundige Auto Glass,” which grew to a three-store chain. Bill claimed that with his company, people could see right through him. He retired from broadcasting in 1975 upon removal of his left lung. He spent decades hosting a sports report on KEZY, mostly from his home bedroom studio.
Bruno, Jon: KBIG, 1998-2000; KPLS, 2001-03; KRTH, 2008-13. Jon broadcast news on several stations in the Southland, including K-EARTH.
Bruno, Tony: KXTA, 2000-04; KMPC, 2005-07; KLAC, 2008-12. Tony joined evenings at KLAC in the fall of 2008 and left in early 2009 when KLAC and Fox Sports Radio merged. He returned for evenings during the summer of 2009.
Bryan, Gary: KRTH, 2002-14. Gary started mornings at K-Earth on June 10, 2002. He is also the syndicated host with Dick Clark on Rewind.
(BJ, Brother Bill, Leah Brandon, Janet Brainin, and Stan Bohrman)
BRYANT, Willie: KDAY; KALI. Known as the "Mayor of Harlem" when he was a
dj, he started out as part of a dance team playing the "original" Apollo, strip joints and nite clubs. He loved to help up-and-coming talent. Composer, conductor and singer who led his own dance band from 1933 to 1939, and again from 1946 to 1948. He also worked as a disc jockey and as a master of ceremonies. Joining ASCAP in 1960, he composed the popular song It's Over Because We're Through. New York
Born in New Orleans on August 30, 1908, Bryant grew up in Chicago and took trumpet lessons to little success. His first job in entertainment was dancing in the Whitman Sisters Show in 1926. He worked in various vaudeville productions for the next several years, and in 1934 he appeared in the show Chocolate Revue with Bessie Smith. In 1933, he put together his first big band, which at times included Teddy Wilson, Cozy Cole, Johnny Russell, Benny Carter, Ben Webster, Eddie Durham, Ram Ramirez, and Taft Jordan. They recorded six times between 1935 and 1938; Bryant sings on 18 of the 26 sides recorded. Once his ensemble disbanded, Bryant worked in acting and disc jockeying.
He recorded r&b in 1945 and led another big band between 1946 and 1948. During September and October 1949, he hosted Uptown Jubilee, a short-lived all-black variety show on CBS/TV. He moved to California later in the 1950s and died of a heart attack in Los Angeles on February 9, 1964, at the age of 56.
Bubba, the Love Monkey: KQLZ, 1989. Various personalities were Bubba during the early days of "Pirate Radio."
BUCHANAN, Buck: KRLA, 1985-86; KRTH, 1989-93. Buck died August 6, 2005. He was the son of actor Edgar Buchanan, who gained fame on the Petticoat Junction tv series. Buck worked with "Emperor Bob" Hudson as a team in early 1980 in Hawaii. They teamed briefly in 1985 on KRLA in morning drive. He went on to work at K-EARTH for almost five years.
Buck started his radio career in 1965 working in Hawaii, Pennsylvania and East Virginia. He died of advanced colon cancer that had metastasized and spread to every vital organ. “At the end, he was at peace with himself and he was at peace with God. May our friend now rest in peace,” wrote Michael Moore Anglado.
Buchmann, Bob: KLOS, 2009-11. Bob was appointed pd at KLOS in early 2009. He arrived from WAXQ (Q104.3) in New York. He left KLOS on 10.26.11 when Cumulus took over Citadel/LA. Bob became morning man at KGB-San Diego in early summer of 2012.
Buck Head: KYSR, 2001-02. Buck Wise arrived at KYSR from Las Vegas in the spring of 2001 and left in early 2002. He left WVMW (98.7 AMP) in Detroit in early 2013.
Buckley, Richard: KGIL. Richard is president of Buckley Broadcasting and the company owns WOR-New York and other stations. He is based in Hartford.
Budnik, Buddy: KDAY, 1969; KRLA, 1972-73. Buddy sells real estate in Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley.
Buell, Bruce: KFAC; KUSC; KPOL. Bruce passed away April 23, 1996, of emphysema. He was 77. The veteran announcer specialized in Classical music for more than four decades. He originated the program Crossroads of Music. He was married for 30 years to another radio personality, Ruth Buell, better known as "Uncle Ruthie" of the KPFK children's show.
BUHLER, Rich: KBBI, 1964-69; KFWB, 1968-72; KNX, 1972-74; KFWB, 1974-76; KBRT, 1980-90; KBRT, 2008-12. Rich, part of the embryonic days of the all-News format at KFWB in 1968 and most recently known as "The Dean of Christian Talk Radio," died May 7, 2012, following a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 65.
Rich got started on the air at the age of 17 for a local fm station and after graduating from college was “salivating,” as he described it when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People, with the opportunity to get into broadcast news. He was there when KFWB launched all-news, in various capacities.
“I had a powerful spiritual renewal in the mid-1970s that changed my direction to a career in ministry,” he said. And although Rich continued working in media as a free-lancer and consultant, he became an ordained minister and served on the staffs of several churches, including being the senior pastor of a church in Long Beach for seven years.
In 1980 he was asked to help put together a competitive news department for Christian formatted KBRT (740AM) when they had people like Johnny Magnus and Clark Race spinning Christian records. When the station changed format a year later, Rich proposed doing a commercially aggressive, drive-time talk show and brought “Talk from the Heart” on the air. It is credited with having introduced a new era in Christian Talk radio. Later, the program was “Table Talk” and was heard on KGER and KKLA.
In 1995 Rich stepped down from hosting 15 years of live, daily talk radio and concentrated on his own production company in Orange, Branches Communications. He became a nationally known speaker and author with several best-selling books (No strings Attached and Pain and Pretending, both dealt with emotional injury) and he won numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from
He was a member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters in Hollywood.
He was also a recognized researcher and writer about myths and urban legends. His articles appeared in newspapers and magazines internationally and he was the creator of TruthOrFiction.com, a popular web site that researches Internet stories, hoaxes, and rumors. Rich appeared on all of the major networks including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CBC, MSNBC, Fox News, BBC, MTV, and had been interviewed by numerous newspapers and magazines.
His personal interests included aviation (he was a licensed commercial pilot of more than 30 years), computers, photography, travel, fly-fishing, electronics, and cooking.
Rich leaves behind a combined family of ten children and 12 grandchildren.
(Joe Buttita and John Brooks)
Bull, Frank: The former LA Rams public address announcer retired to Palm Springs and has passed away.
Bunch, Don: KNAC, 1967-70. Unknown.
Bunker, Ed: KFI, 1967-73. The former KFI general manager died November 28, 1999, following a long illness. Ed was sales manager at KNXT/Channel 2 and went on to serve as vp of station relations, sales and vp of CBS, Inc. in Washington, DC. Ed had been living in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. He was 84.
Burdette, Bob: KBOB/KGRB. As owner and manager of these two stations, he worked for years in the 1970s and 1980s to convince the listeners that KMPC was not the only Big Band format in town.
Burdette, Gloria: KBOB/KGRB. Gloria was pd at the Big Band stations.
Burke, Billy: KIIS, 1996-99; KBIG, 1999-2000; KZLA, 2000-03; KFSH, 2004-06. Billy worked morning drive at KFSH, "the FISH," until the summer of 2006. He's teaching and coaching MMA and kick boxing.
Burkey, Cindi: KCRW, 1994-2005; KGIL, 2008. Cindi was the afternoon news voice on KCRW's "All Things Considered" until late spring 2005. She's now with Metro Traffic.
Burnett, Larry: KFWB, 1998; KLAC, 1999-2008. Larry hosted the "Laker Zone" pre-game show at KLAC. He now does the WNBA Sparks games for Time Warner Cable.
Burnham, Bonnie: SEE Jennifer Burns
Burns, Dave: KMLT, 2004-06. Dave was operations manager at KMLT ("JILL/fm").
Burns, Don: KVFM, 1963; KNJO, 1964; KRLA, 1970-72; KROQ, 1973; KRLA, 1974-75; KIIS, 1975; KIQQ, 1976-77; KOST, 1978-80; KUTE, 1986-88; KTWV, 1988-2002 and 2003-10. Don left afternoon drive at "the Wave" on April 18, 2002 and returned May 12, 2003. He left the last time in late spring 2010.
Burns, Jennifer: Jennifer works for Total Traffic using the name Bonnie Burnham.
(Russ Barnett; Jeannette Banoczi; and Peter Burton)
Burrell, Larry: KBIG, 1959. Larry went on to tv announcing. He passed away in the early 1990s.
Burson, Jim: KFWB, 1972-2000. Jim retired from the all-News station in early 2000.
Burton, Alan: KLOS, 1972; KFI. Alan worked with Marshall Phillips doing news and talk at KLOS. Unknown.
Burton, Michael: KROQ, 1990-95. Michael "the maintenance man" left the Kevin & Bean morning show in the fall of 1995 and filed a wrongful-termination suit charging the station with racial and religious discrimination. The suit was settled in late 1996 with both parties prohibited from revealing financial details.
Burton, Peter: KRBV/KSWD, 2008-12. Peter was appointed vp/gm of the new Bonneville station (100.3/fm The Sound) in the spring of 2008.
Bush, Billie: KBIG, 2008-12; KLST, 2012. The co-host of Access Hollywood started a syndicated radio show on April 14, 2008. MY/fm carried the evening show until early 2012. He's now afternoons at Playlist 92.7/fm.
(Dennis Baxter, Jon Baird, Clarence Barnes, and Richard Blackwell)
Bush, Birdie: KRLA, 1978; KIIS, 1979-86. Birdie is working on a number of production projects and involved with real estate in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Buskett, Larry: KLAC, 1961-62. Last heard Larry was working in Hawaii.
Butler, Jerry: KHJ, 1970-73; KIQQ, 1973-75; KGIL, 1975-76. Born in Cleveland, Jerry arrived at KHJ on October 15, 1970, from WRKO-Boston. Jerry was one of the original jocks at Drake/Chenault KIQQ. He left KGIL in 1976 and committed suicide a few months later.
Butler, John: KHJ, 1978-80. John is national program director, News/Talk, Salem Communications, based in Dallas.
Butta, PJ: KKBT, 1993-2006; KHHT, 2008-09; KDAY, 2012-14. PJ is teaching at Mt. Sac College and hosting his worldwide syndication show for Radio Express. He also djs in the hot spots in LA. PJ started working at KDAY in the summer of 2012 and started doing mornings at the beginning of 2013.
Butterworth, Gary: KIQQ, 1987; KLIT, 1990. Gary works at KION/TV-Monterey.
BUTTITTA, Joe: KGIL, 1975-80 and 1984-87; XTRA, 1995. Joe is the teaching golf pro at Westlake Golf Course and he free-lances on UPN/Channel 13.
He has been active in Southern California sports and media for more than 25 years, and is a man who wears a variety of hats in his many community-based activities. After nearly a decade as sports director at KGIL, he entered television as the director of sports at KTLA/Channel 5, where he was the nightly sports anchor and called the play-by-play for the California Angels major league baseball team, as well as UCLA football and basketball. While at KTLA he won an Emmy and a Golden Mike for his work, along with awards from the AP and UPI. He has also reported sports on Channels 9, 11 and 13.
While at Channel 11 he covered the Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Buttitta is a graduate of a Notre Dame High School/Cal State Northridge graduate. He has been a Class-A member of the PGA for many years and has written golf for Executive Golfer Magazine, Golf World Magazine, and Natural Golfer Magazine. For 23 years his by-line appeared in the L.A. Daily News as its golf columnist. During the summer of 1995 he served as the host of “Talkin’ Golf”, a live call-in show on XTRA-Sports 690, which was produced by the Southern California PGA.
“Teaching Natural Golf has revitalized my teaching career,” says Buttitta, who has been teaching the Moe Norman-inspired swing. He estimates that 90-95 percent of his students are Natural Golfers. “The Natural Golf method is easier to explain and understand, therefore easier to teach to everyday players who just love to play this game. It’s the most logical way I know to hit a golf ball off the ground with a stick. Teaching is fun again!!”
(Tim Berends with President Obama, Robin Banks, Christian B, and Brenda Barnes)
BUTTRAM, Pat: KNX, 1961-65; KGBS, 1966; KMPC, 1989-93. Pat was sidekick to Gene Autry for almost five decades. Born Maxwell E. Buttram in Alabama on June 19, 1915, he was the son of a circuit-riding minister and studied theology at Birmingham Southern College. He rode at Melody Ranch with Autry, portrayed a shrewd landowner on tv's Green Acres (on CBS 1965-71) and was an omnipresent master of ceremonies for many Los Angeles organizations. Pat died January 8, 1994, of kidney failure. He was 79.
Buttram went to Hollywood in the 1940s and became a "sidekick" to Roy Rogers. However, since Rogers already had two regulars, Buttram was soon dropped. He was then picked by Gene Autry, recently returned from his World War II service in the Army Air Force, to work with him. Buttram would co-star with Gene Autry in more than 40 films, and in over 100 episodes of Autry's television show.
Buttram was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and also by a star on the "Alabama Stars of Fame" in Birmingham.
Butts, Mike: KIQQ, 1972-73. Mike worked morning radio in Delaware until early fall of 2010.
BYNUM, Roland: KGFJ, 1967-74, pd and 1984-85. KJLH 1998-2014. Born in
Detroitin 1940, after working at the Motor City's WCHB and WABX, Roland arrived in to replace the Magnificent Montague. Los Angeles
By 1970, "the Soulfinger," as he was known, was the assistant pd and pd a year later. He was at KGFJ until Gene West arrived in 1974. In 1985, Roland did a show on Armed Forces Radio Network. For a time Roland worked under the name Lee Cross.
Roland is working swing at KJLH.
Byron: KFI, 1980-85; KBIG, 1985-87. Byron Paul is active in voiceover work and lives in Santa Monica.
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