E-MAN: KPWR, 1999-2019; KPWR/KDAY, 2019. E-Man, Emmanuel Coquia,was music director and apd at "Power 106. In the summer of 2019, he was promoted to corporate Director of Programming and Content.
Under this newly expanded title, E-Man will head up the programming and music content for Rhythmic KPWR and and Classic Hip Hop 93.5 KDAY, while also overseeing the initial stages of development of the company's recently launched Latin Rhythmic KLLI (Cali 93.9). Since taking over as interim PD of Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY early in 2019, E-Man has been a driver of change and new ideas. He reimagined Power 106's annual Hip Hop music festival. He also personally recruited Nick Cannon as the new host of the Power 106 morning show, and he overhauled the 93.5 KDAY Morning Show with Romeo, adding Cece to the mix.
EAGLE, Noah: KLAC, 2019. Noah becme the new Clippers radio announcer, following the retirement of Ralph Lawler who had a 40-year run with the NBA team. Brian Sieman now moves from radio to tv.
Noah recently graduated from Syracuse University and is the son of CBS NFL and TNT NBA play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle. Tom Hoffarth devoted a half-page in the LA Times to the complicated challenges that confronted the Clippers organization, while satisfying the demands of Prime Ticket, ESPN, KLAC, and Fox Sports West.
Additionally, Noah had been working on NBATV’s summer league. Hoffarth called the Eagle hire, “a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for both parties that could cultivate another franchise voice in the coming decade.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining the L.A. Clippers, a first-class organization. There’s so much excitement building with this franchise and I can’t wait to provide the soundtrack for Clippers fans worldwide,” said Noah.
Eagleton, Joyce: KWIZ. Joyce is a writing teacher in Orange County.
Earl, Bill: KPCS, 1970-72; KFXM/fm, 2007-08. Published author of two radio-oriented trade paperbacks. Currently, Bill is advising the netsite ClassicDJradioscrapbook.blogspot.com. He wrote the definitive book on 11-10/KRLA called, The Dream-House.
Earl, Warren: The former gm is retired and living in Ventura.
Easley, Victoria: KFWB, 1986-94 and 1995-99. Victoria worked fill-in at all-News KFWB.
(Ron Escarsega and Rene Engel)
EASY E: KKBT, 1994-95. The N.W.A. founder and Ruthless/Relativity Records owner/president/artist, Eric Wright, hosted a Saturday night hip-hop show on "the Beat" called "Ruthless Radio Show" co-hosted with Jesse Collins. Eric died of AIDS on March 26, 1995. He was 31. Following his death, his former lovers and business associates were haggling in Los Angeles Superior Court. Ruthless Records was the company that helped put Compton gangsta rap on the pop culture map.
Shortly after his death, in an April 1995 story in the LA Times, reference was made to Ruthless: "Once a thriving independent firm, (it) has floundered in recent years and is saddled with more than $1.5 million in debts. Even so, former Ruthless employees speculate that the company could be worth as much as $30 million, but competitors doubt whether the firm's assets could generate more than half that. Sources on both sides of the battle believe that the estate could be deluged by a slew of paternity suits as well as litigation seeking funds from disgruntled recording artists and producers."
EBBOTT, Chris: KRTH/KAMP, 2014-19. Chris (photo with son Jackson) was appointed program director at K-EARTH in July 2014. K-EARTH won a 2018 Marconi Award for Best Classic Hits Stationl of the Year. He is no stranger to CBS/LA. Ebbott has a broad background. He was at JACK/fm for the launch of the format in 2004 and stayed on as operations manager until 2010. He is married to Angela Perelli, former pd at STAR 98.7 (now ALT 98-7). Since 2010, Ebbott has been programming 99.9 Virgin Radio (CKFM), the leading CHR station in Toronto.
Earlier in his career, Ebbott was a senior research associate at Pinnacle Media Worldwide, the program director of Mix 95.7 (WMWX) in Philadelphia and KZON/fm in Phoenix, and the marketing director at KFI.
Ebbott succeeds Rick Thomas who recently took a similar programming position with CBS/New York.
Ebert, Fred: KFI, 1999-2001. The former chemistry professor hosted a Sunday morning talk show at KFI. He went on to work at KIRO-Seattle.
ECKSTEIN, Warren: KABC, 1989-2003; KRLA, 2003-19. Warren hosts the weekend pet show at KRLA.
Warren is an internationally known pet and animal expert. He developed his unique approach for understanding animal behavior by combining different techniques learned and observed while working in Southeast Asia and Europe. He has devoted over thirty five years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training. Warren has worked with more than 40,000 pets including those of many well-known celebrities.
Since 1997, Warren Eckstein has been a contributing Pet & Animal Editor for NBC’s TODAY Show. For more than fourteen years, Warren was the regular pet and animal expert for the national television show LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KATHIE LEE. He has also been seen weekly on “The Discovery Channel” and youngsters are familiar with Warren from his appearances as the “Creature Keeper” for the Disney Channel’s “New Mickey Mouse Club.”
Warren wrote Memoirs of a Pet Therapist: A Tail All Book. His book How To Get Your Cat To Do What You Want, appeared on The Book of the Month Club’s Best Seller List.
Ed, EverReady: KNAC, 1989-95; KLSX, 1996-98. Ed Kelley started at KNAC in an off-air position and worked his way up to jock. He's now with KNAC.com.
Edelberg, Ken: KCSN, 1994-97, KLTX/KIEV, 1998-2000; KLAC, 1999-2001; KOST/KBIG, 2000-05. Ken left KOST/KBIG in early 2005.
EDELL, Dr. Dean: KFI, 2001-09. Dr. Dean gave up his syndicated show in late 2010. He now lives in his old counterculture stomping grounds deep in the woods of Humboldt County.
“My show started the daytime radio syndication business,” Edell explained. “When I began in radio, Larry King was on at night, and that was it. My business partner in Sacramento, Ed McLaughlin, wanted to add a second client, this new guy Limbaugh, and start a radio talk network. He asked if I wanted to partner with him, but I passed. “I’d have half the money from Rush’s syndication if I’d made that deal,” explains the independent-minded Edell, whose informed radio advice has always been remarkably levelheaded and is often years ahead of popular trends in controversial areas such as hormone-replacement therapy, dietary supplements, circumcision and fad diets, according to a story in the East Bay Times. His show was syndicated around 400 station at one point.
“Not a lot of radio people make that transition to tv,” Edell said, “Not Rush. Not Dr. Laura. But I managed to do it.”
EDWARDS, Brad: KGBS, 1969-71; XPRS, 1971-73; KUTE, 1973; KDAY, 1974; KGBS, 1975-77; KFI, 1983. Brad is living in Grover Beach (between San Luis Obispo and Santa Maria). In 2011, he purchased Oldies KMFB 92.7 Mendecino for $275,000.
“When I left KGBS in 1977 after the station became automated, I went to Tehran to work at the National Iranian Radio & TV Network. They reneged on everything they had promised. I had to make a daring escape from the country.”
Born Claude Hooten, Brad was a graduate of Montebello High School, and he grew up in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. After his Tehran experience, he worked at KDIA-San Francisco and KLIV-San Jose at the same time. During the next decade he worked at KAGY-El Paso, “Magic 108”-St. Louis and two stations in Houston, “Magic 102” and KKBQ.
“During 1985 and 1986 my life could have made a great Movie of the Week. I joined mornings at ‘I-95’-Miami. The gm and pd had a combined 18 years at the station and thought I could achieve some stability. Within 60 days both had left the station and I was gone 60 days later. I was splitting with my second wife at the time and she ran off with my $30,000 severance check leaving me penniless.” He applied at WAIA-Miami and submitted to interviews with a consultant and a company shrink. Brad was told on a Friday that he got the morning job and on Monday the gm and pd were let go. Jobs in El Paso and Milwaukee followed.
In 1988, he started a hot five-year run at “Hot 105”-Miami as half of the morning team of Mindy and Malo. In 1993 he was a partner in the purchase of KBOM-Santa Fe. “The station was actually in Los Alamos and we called it ‘K-Bomb’ because that’s where the atomic bomb testing grounds were.” Brad has since sold his interest in the station.
Edwards, Chris: KAPP/KKOP, 1964-68. Chris was program director at KGEO-Bakersfield for many years.
Edwards, Craig: KRLA/KTIE, 2006-08. Craig left as head of Metro Networks news bureau to join the Salem talk stations in March 2006. He left KRLA/KTIE in late summer of 2008.
Edwards, Dick: KHJ, 1979-80. Dick went on to work at KMJM-St. Louis, KYKY-St. Louis, KKDA-Dallas, WUSL-Philadelphia, three stations in Greensboro. He was working at WSJS-Winston-Salem.
EDWARDS, Eddie: KLAC, 1987-88. Eddie has been with WNOE-New Orleans since 1991. In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville. Over the years he has received the “DJ of the Year” award from the CMA, ACM and the Gavin Report and played harmonica on stage for acts including Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Sawyer Brown, Gary Allan and more.
Eddie's Country radio career began in 1971 and includes work as an on-air personality in eleven different cities, including Nashville, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Eddie belongs to the only threepeat family in
radio history. The native Californian's dad was a dj, and his grandfather was a radio announcer. In 1987, Eddie was named dj of the year by the CMA. The former king of Mardi Gras left the Nashville Country powerhouse, WSIX, in the summer of 1987 to do mornings at KLAC and left a year later for family reasons to join KAJA-San Antonio, which he subsequently left. He is currently doing afternoons and is acting pd at WNOE-New Orleans. He plays harmonica with local and national artists. Los Angeles
EDWARDS, Geoff: KHJ, 1964-65; KFI, 1966-68; KMPC, 1968-79; KFI, 1987-89; KSUR, 2003. Geoff, veteran of network tv game shows Treasure Hunt and NBC’s Jackpot, the host of California Lottery’s Big Spin for over a decade, and veteran personality at KHJ, KFI, and 710/KMPC, died March 5, 2014, of complications from peneumonia. He was 83.
Born in 1931, Geoff grew up on the East Coast. He started in radio in the 1950s at WOKO-Albany, where the station manager suggested he consider another line of work since he did not have a deep "radio voice."
Geoff arrived at KHJ just prior to "Boss Radio," working as the station’s program director. Previously, he had been at San Diego's KFMB where he was pd and also flew the traffic airplane. He also had a jazz show in 1959 on both KFMB AM and FM called The Grotto.
When KHJ went "Boss," Geoff took over the morning slot at KFI. Two years later, Geoff went up the dial to KMPC, Gene Autry's legendary all-service MOR outlet. Geoff was part of a powerhouse lineup billed as “the Station of the Stars,” including Dick Whittinghill, Roger Carroll, and Gary Owens. While at KMPC, one of
hisGeoff’s popular running characters was the Answer Lady. The bit was particularly unique because he did not use a female voice. Yet as the Answer Lady, Geoff fielded questions from listeners, providing audacious answers, correct or not.
He left when the station went Talk in 1979. “I had to make a decision. I had become involved in some tv activities that had become as interesting as or more interesting than the radio work.” Geoff’s new tv projects included a deal with Warner Bros. to develop daytime programming.
By 1987, Geoff was back on the radio when he joined KFI. He was at the station when the format changed to a “news / talk” format. Geoff worked middays as a talk show host until he resigned in March 1989.He had been suspended by KFI for refusing to run a promotional spot for an event hosted by evening driver Tom Leykis. The event was about Yusef Islam (perhaps better known as Cat Stevens) calling for the death of controversial author Salman Rushdie. As a protest, Leykis was going to drive a steam roller and destroy Cat Stevens records. Geoff said the stunt was “fascist” as he explained why he refused to air the spot. Geoff never returned to the KFI airwaves, and was replaced by the syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show.
Geoff’s most visible fame came in television. He was the host of numerous tv game shows including Treasure Hunt, NBC's Jackpot, and Hollywood's Talking on CBS. He was a featured performer on NBC's Bobby Darin Show, and co-host with Meredith MacRae of Mid-Morning L.A., which earned him an Emmy while on KHJ/Channel 9.
Geoff also did several acting gigs on tv, Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie and Diff'rent Strokes.
For many years Geoff traveled to Sacramento every weekend to host the California Lottery's Big Spin. “Geoff wears the look of a guy who always gets lost in an office building,” said the LA Times. “He knows where he’s going, but isn’t quite sure how to get there.”
In recent years he turned his attention to writing and began writing travel stories, as well as hosting an Internet related travel show.
(Victoria Easley, Norm Epstein, Steve Edwards, Tommy Edwards, and Bill Earl)
Edwards, George: KKBT, 1989-92; KYSR, 1995-97; KRTH, 2006-08. George is working at Dial-Global and was working swing at K-EARTH until a downsizing by parent CBS Radio in February 2008.
Edwards, Glen: KEZY, 1959-66. Glen is retired and living in Encino.
Edwards, Greg: KIKF, 1990-91. After 8 years as a college professor at Modesto Jr. College teaching radio/tv production to the next generation of broadcasters, Greg became operations manager for the Salem cluster in San Francisco. He exited the cluster in late 2019.
Edwards, Mike: KORJ, 1980-84; KIKF, 1984; KOCM, 1990. Mike is on-air at KRZY Country (KRAZ/fm) in Northern Santa Barbara County and he anchors a news program at KUHL-Santa Maria and is news director at AM 1230 KPRL.
Edwards, Pam: KMET, 1983-86; KNAC, 1990-91. Last heard, Pam was in record promotion.
EDWARDS, Rob: KOST, 1970-77; KBIG, 1978-93. Rob was born in Freeport, Texas and he started his radio career at KNUZ-Houston while in high school. He worked as pd in Waco, WFAA-Dallas and national pd at Strauss Broadcasting before moving to Los Angeles as pd for Gordon McLendon's KOST.
Rob started at KBIG in 1978 as om, becoming pd in 1980 and two years later was promoted to divisional vp/programming for Bonneville. In 1985 he changed KOIT-San Francisco to AC. In 1986 he moved KBIG to an AC format which was later known as "Big Mix 104."
Leaving KBIG at the end of 1993, he formed Apex Radio Consultants with KACD as a client and featured Hot AC blocks from the '70s, ‘80s and '90s. "I was watching a Time/Life 'Greatest Hits of the 80s’ tv commercial and realized that's how people think of and use music at home, work and in the car." Rob went on to Westwood One and left in 2007.
EDWARDS, Stephanie: KGIL, 1997-98; KKLA, 1998-99; KIEV, 1999-2000. Beginning in 1980 she was the spokesperson for Lucky Supermarkets. Stephanie left middays at KIEV in the spring of 2000. For decades she was seen every New Year's morning broadcasting the Rose Parade on KTLA/Channel 5 with Bob Eubanks.
Stephanie worked middays at the Broadway and Hollywood Show Tunes station, KGIL. She left in early 1998 with a format change to the Music of Your Life syndicated programming. A year later, Stephanie hosted a midday talk show on Salem owned KKLA. She has appeared on the Tonight Show 15 times, co-starred in three network series and two films as well as numerous guest appearances on episodic tv.
For four years she co-hosted Ralph Story’s A.M. and then was the original network co-host of A.M. America (later Good Morning America).
Born in Kenyon, Minnesota, Edwards began her career as an actress, but became widely known as an on-air personality in the 1970s. Edwards was nominated in 1979 for a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series, for her show Everyday. She is married to businessman Murray MacLeod.
Edwards, Steve: KABC, 1990-95. Steve hosted Good Day LA at KTTV/Channel 11 for over two decades. He left the station in late 2017 after sexual harassment allegations.
Edwards, Tommy: KCBS, 1992-2002. Tommy works middays at "K-Hits" in Chicago and he is the United Center voice of the Chicago Bulls.
EGIL, Swedish: KROQ, 1983-90; KOCM/KSRF, 1990-92; KACD, 1996-97. Egil Aalvik has been involved in many radio and tv projects.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the “Swedish Egil” is – is he really Swedish? The answer is unmistakably yes.
Egil’s career began as a club dj in Scandinavia and Europe.
In the 80s, Egil created an overnight buzz on L.A. radio on KROQ, breaking many alternative artists including Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and UB40. He continued his manic devotion to new music in the 90s as music director at MARS/fm, then as founder of Groove Radio, dedicated to club and dj culture.
Today, you can also catch Egil’s distinctive radio voice nationwide on Sirius XM Radio (First Wave, Channel 33).
Ehrhardt, Chip: Gold Coast Broadcasting, 1998-2014. Chip is the general manager of the Gold Coast cluster in Ventura/Oxnard.
Eichenthal, Gail: KUSC, 1977-88; KNX, 1995-2005; KUSC, 2005-19. Gail was promoted to pd at KUSC in the spring of 2008. She is now Executive Producer of Local Arts Programming.
Eig, Natalie: KDIS, 2003-13. Natalie is the station manager for Radio Disney, KDIS.
(Stan Evans, Gail Eichenthal, Craig Edwards, and Tony Evans)
Einstein, Bob: KLSX, 2001. KLAC: SEE Super Dave Osborne
ELDER, Bob: KEZY, 1986-90; KORG, 1991-92. Bob hosted a sports Talk show on KORG and was on KDOC/TV's Sports on the Go, which was nationally syndicated on Golf Journal TV. Bob passed away on January 19, 2017. He was in Las Vegas discussing some sports programming with a radio network and had a heart attack while sleeping. He was 68.
After management with the Anaheim Bullfrogs, Orange County Flyers, Yuma Scorpions and Maui Na Koa Ikaika Baseball Club, Bob retired on a ranch east of Eugene, Oregon in 2015.
Elder, Larry: KABC, 1994-2008; KABC, 2010-14; KRLA, 2016-19. Larry worked afternoon drive at KABC until late 2008. He rejoined the station in the 9 a.m. - noon slot in late September 2010 and in early 2012 was moved to afternoon drive. He was let go from KABC in December 2014. He moved to CRN. In late February 2016, Larry joined afternoon drive at KRLA.
Eldred, Doug: KMLT, 2004-05; KABC, 2012-14. Doug worked weekend evenings at "Lite 92.7fm" until a format flip in the late spring of 2005.
ELDREDGE, Jason: KCRW, 2005-19. With individual taste and a passion for musical risks, Jason appeals to the avid music lover as well as the casual fan seeking a soundtrack to their life’s adventures, according to the KCRW website. Recently named by Billboard Magazine as one of the "Top 30 Under Thirty" in the music industry for his work as a music supervisor on various tv shows, movies and high profile dj gigs outside of KCRW, Jason has played live at various venues including the MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles' MOCA After Dark and The Beatles Revolution Lounge in Las Vegas.
Jason’s musical education started at an early age. “It was obvious to everyone around me that I had a real fondness for music, so babysitters and older kids were always feeding me the cornerstone albums of that time." He's proud to claim Michael Jackson as his first concert-going experience. “It was the ‘Bad’ tour and my parents had box seats because my uncle ran concessions for the arena. I was only eight years old, but I can remember being blown away by the stage show in addition to the music. Here was someone who was doing something totally different and innovative. I’ve always enjoyed spectacles.” That enjoyment soon started to generate a skill. “When I was in school, my friends would ask me to create mix tapes for their parties. I never really thought that much about it, but other people seemed to realize that I had a knack for it.”
Jason became a “public radio junkie” while living in Chicago listening to WBEZ. He was involved in the local theater scene and finally moved to the West Coast to pursue his acting career. He discovered KCRW and became a volunteer almost immediately. “I showed up to my volunteer interview in a tie and brought along a portfolio. I knew what I wanted and was determined to be involved with the station.” Eventually, he made his way on-air in 2005 and has now settled into his weekend time slot from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays.
ELDRIDGE Sheila: KKTT, 1979; KGFJ; KACE, 1979-80. Sheila runs a very successful marketing company under the umbrella of Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting.
She is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications in Washington, D.C. where she began her professional career in communications at WHUR/fm. She later completed an advance program at UCLA specializing in Crisis Management and New Communications Technology. After spending several years in corporate America, Eldridge founded Orchid Communications, a full-service communications firm. With offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Jersey Orchid’s roster of clients included such entertainers as Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the O’Jays, Ice T, En Vogue, and Yolanda Adams to name a few.
Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting is now a Maryland-based urban marketing and public relations firm that provides consumer lifestyle marketing, event management services and sponsor engagement as well as integrated broadcast media campaigns for a diverse client base that includes top companies. Miles Ahead first multimedia broadcast production was the highly successful nationally syndicated Café Mocha radio show, heard in over 30 markets and on SiriusXM Channel 141 weekly.
Elliot, Don: KBLA/KBBQ, 1965-71; KIIS, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972; KEZY, 1973; KIQQ, 1974; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-86; KFI/KOST, 1994-2002. Don left KFI in late 2002 to form his own production firm. "Your attention please. The next plane to London is now in the final boarding stage." That announcer bit, from the classic hit Next Plane To London by The Rose Garden, was voiced by Don using a Neumann mike hung into a stall in a men's room because the reverb unit at the studio wasn't working.
Elliot, Steve: KDLE, 2003. Steve worked afternoons at Dance KDL until a format flip to Modern Rock at the end of 2003.
Elliott, Bob: KBLA, 1967. Bob was also known as K.O. Beachin at KEWB-San Francisco. He died in a car accident.
Elliott, Don: KIKF, 1995. Unknown.
Elliott, Jack: KIKF, 1985. Jeff went on to the Oasis in Dallas.
Elliott, Jeff: KEZY; KNX/fm. Jeff went to work mornings at KDMX (Mix 102.9) in Dallas.
Elliott, Lee: KLSX/KRLA, 1989-93; KXEZ/KYSR, 1993-96; KLIT/KMLT, 1997-98; KRTH, 2001; KSWD, 2008-10. Lee was working at 100.3/fm The Sound until early 2010 when the overnight live shift was eliminated.
Elliott, Mark: KHJ, 1970-73; KWOW, 1974; KIIS, 1974-75; KHJ, 1975-77. Mark is the voice on all Disney trailers.
Elliott, Mark: KMGX, 1991-94. The former operations head for Gold Coast Broadcasting in Ventura/Oxnard is now group program director for Cherry Creek Media in Denver. Group owns 46 stations.
Ellis, Dave: KEZY, 1984. Unknown.
Ellis, Steve: KLSX, 1989-91. Steve is a senior vp at Mercury Records.
Ellison, Melinda: KMGX, 1990-92. Last heard, Melinda was producing the Rick Dees' "Top 40 Countdown Show."
Ellison, Nancy: KBCA, 1978; KKGO, 1979-80. Unknown.
Ellsworth, Scott: KFI, 1969-72; KGBS/fm, 1973. Scott is big personality in Palm Springs and broadcasts jazz on ScottsPlace.org.
ELMER, Terri-Rae: KFI, 1989-2011; KABC, 2012-16. Terri-Rae anchored news in afternoon drive at all-Talk KFI until leaving 12.7.11 to join Doug McIntyre in morning drive at KABC in January 2012. She left the KABC morning show in late 2016.
Terri-Rae came to L.A. with her husband and weatherman Gerry Wallace and news anchor Dave Grosby - all from KFBK-Sacramento. The three were brought to L.A. by then-new program director David G. Hall, also from KFBK. Grosby left fairly quickly. Wallace stayed around for awhile. Terri-Rae and Tracey Miller teamed up for the KFI Morning News.
Elwell, Roy: KRLA, 1959-63; KLAC, 1967-68; KRLA, 1968 and 1973-76; KGIL, 1976-77. Roy worked in San Francisco at KFRC before joining KRLA. Roy is retired and living in Santa Monica.
Emerson, Bryan: KIKF, 1987. Unknown.
Emm, Barbara: KGFJ, 1981. Barbara worked in news department at KGFJ.
EMORY, Patrick: KFWB, 1968-70. Patrick was one of the original newsmen at the launch of the all-News format at KFWB. He went on to a successful tv news career at KNXT (now KCBS)/Channel 2, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and 10 years with CNN. He died June 5, 2016, at the age of 73.
“I've been fortunate enough to be in on some of the big stories of the last half century. I was in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968 when Robert Kennedy was assassinated, literally a few feet from where he was shot. I was also was heavily involved in covering the Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, the East Los Angeles riots of 1969, and Hurricane Agnes' devastation of Pennsylvania in 1972.
"When I left KFWB I was 26 and filled in for Jerry Dunphy at KNXT/Channel 2. Looking back, I just wonder whether I would have been a lot happier staying in one town all my life. I don’t think so. It’s been inconvenient at times, but I have seen this country and met people everywhere.”
ENBERG, Dick: KMPC, 1966-78. The signature, "My, Oh My" instantly identifies Dick. He has been the radio and tv voice of the California Angels (perhaps the best ever), the radio voice of the Rams, the tv voice of UCLA basketball, a play-by-play telecaster for tv's basketball games of the week and in the early 1970s hosted Sports Challenge. Since 2009, he's been the voice of the San Diego Padres and plans to retire following the 2016 season. The Baseball Hall of Fame named Dick as the 2016 Ford C. Frick Award, honoring baseball's legendary broadcasters. Dick died December 21, 2017 of a heart attack. He was 82.
Born in Armada, Michigan in 1935, he was a football quarterback, basketball center and baseball pitcher in high school in Michigan. Dick began broadcasting while a student at Central Michigan University in the mid-1950s.
He started at WCEN as a dj for $1 an hour and within a month he was sports director, covering Little League baseball, Golden Gloves boxing and basketball. He pursued post-graduate work at Indiana University, earning a master's and a doctorate in health sciences. Shortly after arriving in Bloomington, Dick applied at WFIU, and the receptionist eventually became Mrs. Enberg.
In the early 1960s he started teaching health education and was assistant to the president at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University Northridge). He pursued radio to augment his teaching salary of $5,800, according to a profile in the LA Times. In the summer of 1962 KGIL offered him $9,200 to be a dj, which he declined.
For the next couple of years he worked part-time for KGIL, KNX and KLAC.
In 1965 he left teaching to join KTLA/Channel 5 in the sports department and started out covering boxing. After 12 years as Rams play-by-play announcer, he left for the NBC network.
The many accolades Enberg has received for his work include 14 Emmy awards, nine Sportscaster of the Year awards, the Ronald Reagan Media Award and the Victor Award, recognizing the top sportscaster of the past 40 years. Enberg holds the distinction of being the only person to win National Emmy awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer. In February 1998, he became just the fourth sportscaster to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Enberg has been honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Rozelle Award), the National Basketball Hall of Fame (Gowdy Award) and Baseball Hall of Fame, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
Engel, Rene: KCSN, 1978-80; KCRW, 1980-88; KPCC, 1988-96; KUSC, 1996; KCSN, 1997-2001; KLON/KKJZ, 2001-02. Rene left his post as program director at KKJZ in the fall of 2002.
(Steve Elliot, EverReady Ed, Daryl Evans, Roy Elwell, and Elizabeth Espinoza)
ENGELMAN, Ron: KRTH, 1979-81; KWST, 1981-83; KMGG, 1983. Ron spent his time in Los Angeles radio teamed with John London. The London & Engelman morning team was enormously popular. Ron died August 29, 2007, following a 3-year battle with lung cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, according to his 19-year old daughter, Krista. He died peacefully in his sleep at home, in the Texas Hill Country. He was 68.
Ron was born in Denver. The radio bug bit him in 1961 at Northeastern College in Sterling, Colorado. He started at KGEK-Sterling and moved on to KBOI-Boise, then mornings at KLAK-Denver and KLIF-Dallas in 1973 where he met his eventual partner, John London. Ron became nd at KUPD-Phoenix in 1975 then to KHOW (“96KX”)-Denver. When Ron moved across town to KTLK-Denver, he began as a team with John and stopped doing news. Their journey took them to Portland, back to KLIF, to KULF-Houston, and then K-EARTH in 1979. Within days of their arrival in L.A., they stirred it up with a skit that had Eddie Haskell teaching the Beaver how to snort cocaine. The duo admitted that their Denver act was a bit sicker than what they did on KRTH. After KMGG ("Magic 106,") they did some tv writing before joining WFLA-Tampa and then KMEL-San Francisco in 1986. During their stay in the Bay Area, which would be their last as a team, Ron was in the hospital twice, once for open heart surgery and later for an aorta bypass. The break-up of the London & Engelman partnership was, as Ron related in a 1998 telephone interview from his home in New Mexico, "real ugly."
Ron went on to WZOU-Boston in 1990, followed by a return to the Bay Area at KSOL-San Francisco. In early 1993, Ron became a talk host at KGBS-Dallas. Shortly after his arrival, all hell broke loose. "Waco hit and all of a sudden I and the station became a link with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians,” said Ron. “Tapes of my show were being monitored and obtained by the FBI. I was on virtually every single press outlet. At one stage the Branch Davidians hung a banner from the fortress that said WE WANT RON ENGELMAN." The government would not let Ron approach the compound and controversy swirled. He made an emphatic point that he did not agree with David Koresh, but, as Ron said, "POWs during the war were treated more humanely."
After the Waco incident, he lost his job and had "a real, real tough two years." While waiting for his next radio assignment, he restored a 1934 Rolls Royce, which is now in a Houston museum. Ron purchased some land in New Mexico and moved there in 1994. Thanks to Waco, he was unable to keep steady job in radio until he was hired once more in 1999 for Talk Radio Network, doing live late-night national news broadcast from Wichita Falls. After his contract ran out in 2000, he and his family returned to New Mexico where Ron returned to fill-in work for KKOB.
Ron was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, and a tumor was removed from one lung. He was given three to five years to live. When his condition began to worsen post surgery, he needed to move to sea level to breathe easier. He and his family relocated to the Texas Hill Country (between San Antonio and Austin) in January of 2006.
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Ensara, Roger: KDAY, 1984. Unknown.
Epps, Warren: KGFJ, 1978; KKTT, 1979. Warren works for Big State Music Distributing in the Carolinas.
Epstein, Bob: KLON, 1981-95. As a USC student, Bob was programming a film series. He later moved to UCLA, where he began to lecture on film history in the late 1960s. The pioneering film archivist and radio jazz personality co-founded the UCLA film archives. Bob was one of the original founders of Filmex, the influential though now-defunct Los Angeles Film Festival. Bob died of an apparent heart attack on April 8, 1995, just hours before he was scheduled to do his radio show. He was 57.
Epstein, Norm: XTRA/KOST, 1968-73; KPSA/KLVE, 1973-75; KMPC, 1975-84; KLAC/KZLA, 1986-93. The former general manager at KLAC/KZLA is a principal in Travel Related Marketing, an advertising/marketing company specializing in the travel industry.
Erdmann, Luz, KAJZ; KIIS, 1993-96; KKGO, 1998-2001; KLON/KKJZ, 2001-06. Luz is an independent marketing professional.
ERICKSON, Keith: KLAC, 1979-87. The former Laker broadcaster was partnered with Chick Hearn for seven seasons. Keith got the job when Pat Riley vacated the chair in 1979.
Keith had worked for CBS Sports for two years following his retirement from basketball in 1977. He quit the Laker broadcasts in 1987 to become president of Sports Fantasies.
Born in 1947, Keith is a former UCLA basketball star and was a pro player for the Lakers and Phoenix Suns for 12 years. He was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Volleyball team. He is much better remembered for having played basketball at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden. Erickson played on Woodenâ€™s teams that won NCAA basketball championships in 1964 and 1965.
Keith was then drafted by the NBA, and played for 12 years, through 1977 for the San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 9.5 pts and 4.5 rebounds in his career, in which he played in 766 NBA games. John Wooden once remarked that Erickson was the best athlete he had coached, and he was known for playing the backstop position on the feared UCLA zone press.
After his playing days ended, Erickson became a broadcaster, serving as a color commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and for the NBA on CBS.
Ervin, Dave: KBIG, 1993-97; KZLA, 1997-2000. Dave is head of the CBS Radio cluster in St. Louis.
Ervine, Jeff: KWIZ, 1990-91. Unknown.
Erwin, Ron: KGBS, 1966-68; KROQ, 1969; KPPC, 1970; KGBS, 1970-76; KFWB, 1992; KFI. Ron owns an ad agency in Encino.
Escalante, Joe: KLDE, 2006-08. Joe joined mornings at Indie 103.1/fm in late spring 2006 and left in late 2008. He hosted a weekly show on Indie103.com called, "Barely Legal Radio."
Escarsega, Ron: KRLA, 1989-2000; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC/KLOS, 2010-13. A native of Los Angeles, Ron was head of operations at CBS Radio/LA cluster until a downsizing in the spring of 2009. He joined KABC/KLOS as apd. In early 2013, Ron was transferred to Cumulus' KGO/KSFO as operations manager. He was part of the marketing/sales department at CRN Digital Talk Radio.
ESCANDON III, Joshua: KIIS, 1991-94; KAGR, 1991-92; Q105, 1992-93; KGGI, 1993-94; KIBB, 1994-95; KCMG, 1994-95; KOST, 1998-2000; KBIG, 2000-05; KRTH, 2006-08. Joshua worked middays at Oldies K-EARTH until the spring of 2008. He hosted Friday nights at the Laugh Factory.
He started doing radio at the tender age of 16 working afternoons at KAGR in Ventura. That turned into working as an intern, production and programming assistant for Rick Dees at KIIS/fm for four years. Joshua got a gig on-air at Q105/Ventura while securing a five-year tenure at the original ABC Studios' The Hollywood Palace as dj, music director and marketing director and playing music on behalf of KIIS, POWER106 and 106.7 KROQ.
He earned Mix-Show Director and on-air stripes at LA Dance station B-100, then started doing mornings when they flipped to MEGA100 for the Jeff Wyatt morning show. Joshua worked for KOST and sister station KBIG104, for both stations for over seven years. He got picked up by Premiere Radio Networks and was syndicated on over 300 markets in the U.S. Then had the opportunity to move to CBS Radio and perform early afternoon-drive duties at K-EARTH 101.
ESENSTEN, Barbara: KFWB, 1979; KABC, 1985-86. Barbara produced short features for many years at KABC and did news commentary at KFWB.
She began writing for television. She was considered one of the top soap writers for decades. Barbara produced short features for many years at KABC and did news commentary at KFWB.
She married LA Times radio writer James Brown and the couple began writing for television, including the Dynasty series. Barbara died in November 2012. She was 72.
Espinoza, Elizabeth: KFI, 2014-15. The former newsperson at KTLA/Channel 5 and CNN Latino joined Mark Thompson for middays at KFI in February 2014. They left in October 2015.
Esquivel, Gilbert: KIBB, 1997-98. Unknown.
ESTRICH, Susan: KABC, 1991-97. Susan was the national campaign manager for the Michael Dukakis Presidential campaign. She was the first female president of the Harvard Law review. She teaches at USC.
In 2019, a movie about the Roger Ailes/Fox saga, will be released. Allison Janney will play Estrich, who represented Ailes even after a slew of sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him.
Susan hosted her own Sunday morning show on KABC "TalkRadio.”
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Susan earned her B.A. with highest honors from Wellesley College. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She had been on the senior staff of the Mondale-Ferraro presidential campaign in 1984 and Ted Kennedy's in 1980. She was the first woman president of the Harvard Law Review. Susan sat in for Michael Jackson since 1991 and was one of the morning drive commentators. In the summer of 1997, KABC moved Michael Jackson into her weekend time slot and forgot to tell Susan.
EUBANKS, Bob: KRLA, 1960-67. The popular host of tv's The Newlywed Game got started in radio at KACY-Oxnard before arriving in Southern California for the all-night shift at KRLA. He worked morning drive as well as other shifts hosting "Teen Toppers," playing the most popular songs from all the schools in the Southland. Bob risked his personal finances to bring the Beatles to Los Angeles. The gamble paid off and he ended up producing all of the Beatles shows for the three years they toured Southern California. Bob was also the promoter behind such acts as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, The Who, The Beach Boys and the worldwide Merle Haggard Tour. Promoting led to management. He managed such performers as Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, The Everly Brothers and Marty Robbins. He owned teen nightclubs: The Cinnamon Cinder at the traffic circle in Long Beach and Main Street in Alhambra.
For more than two decades, Bob asked the questions on The Newlywed Game that garnered some of the most memorable responses in television history. In 1995 he released a video tape of the classic moments from the show. He has also served as host for Rhyme & Reason, Trivia Trap, Card Sharks, Dream House and Family Secrets. Every year Bob hosted The Hollywood Christmas Parade and Tournament of Roses Parade for KTLA. The Bob Eubanks Southwest Gallery featuring Native American handmade jewelry, kachina dolls, rugs and such are regularly featured on the Home Shopping Network.
Bob ended his show on KRLA with: "Love thy neighbor, but don't get caught."
Evans, Daryl: KRLA, 1998-2000; KSPN, 2001-06. Daryl is part of the broadcast team for the LA Kings.
Evans, Darryl: KBLA, 1961-64; KXFV, 1966-67; KGFJ, 1968-69; KUTE, 1973 and 1975; KROQ, 1977 and 1980; XPRS, 1982-84; KIEV, 1992-96; KRLA, 2005-06; KCSN, 2010. Darryl specializes in Oldies music and he is an advocate for disabled rights. He had a weekend Oldies show at KCSN for many years. He can now be heard on the Internet with a a doo-wop show at tuneinradio.com/Classic Soul.
Evans, Don: SEE Darryl Evans
EVANS, Frank: KRHM, 1957-64; KHJ, 1965; KDAY; KFI, 1973. "Frankly Jazz" was the title of his radio and tv show and ultimately his signature. He was also known for his radio programs that were a play on his name, his music program being called, "For Evans Sake" and his commentary named "Frankly Speaking."
Born and raised in New Jersey, Frank studied dramatic arts at New York University. He was an actor on Broadway and played drums in a combo before taking his passion for music to a career in radio.
As a Quaker, Frank was exempt from serving in World War II and during the 1940s he worked at WFTM-Ft. Meyers, WDNC-Durham, KYW-Philadelphia and KSBR and KSFO-San Francisco. While in San Francisco he worked with Jack Webb. When Jack started Dragnet, he offered Frank a continuing role on the successful series.
He brought his family to L.A. in 1951 to pursue radio and an acting career.
Frank was a heavy smoker and he died December 27, 1973, at the age of 56.
EVANS, John: KNX/fm, 1979. John did the morning news at KNX/fm for Robert David Hall. He is now a news anchor at KCBS-San Francisco.
He’s been on the air in San Francisco since 1979 having worked as both a newsman and a Rock, Jazz and Classical music dj. John and his partner live in the Oakland Hills with their three dogs. He has three grown sons, two of whom live in the East Bay and one in Seattle. They’re all lifelong San Francisco Giants fans.
His weekend passions including gardening and landscaping their half acre which features a year ‘round vegetable garden and 15 fruit trees. John enjoys vegetarian cooking, artsy films, live theater and all-things Italian. He has studied the Italian language for more than 20 years. John’s an avid reader and book collector and enjoys great novels on the human condition and Bay Area history books. He’s also a music buff and spends hours listening to and managing his collection of thousands of CDs and mp3s. John also is a CrossFit athlete. He’s either working out at his favorite CrossFit gym or getting friends together at Lake Merritt in Oakland or Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (from KCBS website)
Evans, Mike: KFWB, 1964-65; KABC, early 70s; KBIG, 1972; KNAC, 1975-79; KABC, 1976-78; KROQ, 1979-89. Mike hosts "Mike Evans On the Go" that is heard on 55 stations daily.
Evans, Monica: KFI. Monica was part of the news organization at KFI.
Evans, Pat: KKDJ, 1974; KEZY, 1976; KHJ, 1979; KHTZ, 1979-80; KRTH, 1982-85. Following a five-year stint as pd at KSMG-San Antonio, Pat is now the in-house voiceover and production guy for WOAI/KTKR San Antonio.
Evans, Scott: XTRA, 1959-61; KDAY, 1966. On his retirement, Scott worked for Albert and James photographers in Santa Ana.
Evans, Scott: KLAC, 1989-90. Scott worked afternoon drive at KLAC when it was a Country station and he's now a voiceover artist.
Evans, Stan: XTRA, 1959-61; KDAY, 1966; KFOX, 1969-76. Stan was a dj on XTRA in 1959 and one of its first anchormen when the station converted to all-News. He later went to KDAY where he won an award for a Pearl Harbor documentary in 1966. On retirement, he worked for Albert and James photographers in Santa Ana. Stan passed away in 1997.
Evans, Tony: KTNQ, 1976-77. Tony works middays at KYOT-Phoenix. After KTNQ, he worked at KCBQ-San Diego, then back to Phoenix where he's been since, on KUPD, KOPA and KSLX, the Edge, KEZ and The Coyote, and now on EVA. Tony's been on the air for 45 years. Born in St Louis, he went to Arcadia High in Scottsdale, and Phoenix College.
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