Fabrice: KIIS, 1998-99. One half of the Milli Vanilli team, Fabrice hosted a noon request hour at KIIS until the summer of 1999.
FAHEY, Damien: KIIS, 2010-11; KBIG, 2012-13. Damien started middays at MY/fm in early 2012 and moved to afternoons in late spring 2012.
He is a writer for Family Guy on FOX. He also voiced two episodes of Family Guy called, “Peter’s Daughter” and “I Dream of Jesus.” Damien’s tv hosting resume starts with having been the longtime host of MTV’s flagship program TRL. He took over for Carson Daly on TRL in 2002 and in 2004 was hand-picked by David Letterman as one of the four tv personalities to take over The Late Late Show on CBS. Since then he has also sat in for Regis Philbin on LIVE! with Regis and Kelly numerous times, and co-hosted I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out of Here on NBC. Fahey’s voice can also be heard in the animated movie, Robots.
Damien also writes for Someecards.com, co-hosted The Morning After on Hulu.com and worked with FunnyOrDie. He does improv comedy regularly with his group Triggerfinger.
Fahy, Terry: KKLA, 1985-18. Terry was appointed gm for the Salem/LA cluster in late 2003. He had served for years as general sales manager. In late 2014 Terry was promoted to an operational vice president role overseeing most of the company’s stations west of Phoenix.
Fain, Mary: KFAC, 1987-89. Mary worked for Classical KING/fm-Seattle.
Fair, Don: KFWB, 1996-98. Don freelances for ABC Radio and Fox News Channel.
Fair, George: KCSN, 1990-2004. George is president of Classic Country and Western online radio station Heartland Public Radio at HPR.org. He, along with his wife, also runs a Website and graphic arts business that specializes in streaming media.
Fairchild, Johnny: KEZY, 1959. Johnny has passed away. Giant Crab was formed around three Orosco brothers, and on their debut album, Johnny voiced a title track narrative when he was at KIST-Santa Barbara.
Fairly, Ron: KMPC, 1982-86. The former California Angels broadcast announcer announced his retirement in September 2006 from the Seattle Mariners broadcast team. Ron spent a total of 28 years as a major league baseball broadcaster, the last 14 in Seattle. He and his wife reside in Southern California.
FALKENSTEIN, Glenn: KGBS, 1974. Glenn was a renowned mentalist who came to fame in the 1970s at the Hollywood Magic Castle. He had been struggling with Alzheimer’s disease for the last four years of his life. At the height of his career in the 70s, he had an evening call-in show at KGBS, broadcast from a theater at Universal studios. He died in July 4, 2010, at the age of 78.
In the LA Times obit, Dennis McLellan wrote: “A fast-paced, dynamic performer with crisp diction, Falkenstein was known for his signature blindfold mind-reading act, which he performed around the world, including Las Vegas, and on The Tonight Show and other tv shows. With half dollars secured over each eye with adhesive tape and wearing a curved steel mask, Falkenstein would pick up a card that had an audience member’s name and a question written on it, crumple it and hold it over his head. He’d then answer the question on the card and proceed to recite the audience member’s Social Security number or address, give the maiden name of the person’s mother and answer personal questions they were thinking such as naming a favorite food or movie.”
Fantabulous, Fuzzy: KPWR, 1998-2010. The Compton native was part of the morning show at "Power 106."
Farar, Sim: KIEV, KDAY, KROQ, 1997. Sim was nominated to a post at the United Nations.
FARMER, Bill: KUCR, KABC, KMPC. The former chief engineer died in Sierra Madre on July 27, 2006, after a long battle with cancer. He was 61.
He was born on June 16, 1945 in Los Angeles. Bill graduated from UC Riverside, majoring in mathematics. He was the founding chief engineer of the campus radio station KUCR and was once photographed at the control board by Ansel Adams.
Bill began his career as a radio engineer, employed with KABC and KMPC, among other stations. Bill worked the Dodger broadcasts with Vin Scully and was known as “Engineer Bill” on the Gary Owens radio show.
Bill had a life-long interest in railroading, making it both his hobby and career. He managed private railroad passenger cars and rode the rails all over North America. He particularly loved riding trains in Mexico, and was involved with numerous railroad clubs in Southern California. Bill spent his final years producing videos about railroading and planning for his retirement at Train Mountain Railroad Museum in Chiloquin, Oregon.
FARR, D'Marco: KSPN, 2005-07 and 2016-17. Beginning in 1995, DiMarco had a stellar football career with the LA/St. Louis Rams, but there is a nasty asterisk attached to his name in all the Google searches. Despite the fact he was the recipient of the Morris Trophy, which is awarded to the best college lineman each year, DiMarco went undrafted. “According to my peers I was better than everyone else but these guys were being drafted one after another,” said DiMarco. On NFL draft day, he sat by himself in Seattle, near the University of Washington where he had just spent four years. “I didn’t think I would fall completely out of the draft. The first round was out of the question because Big Daddy Wilkinson was coming out. I thought the second round was a definite possibility and the third round was a lock.”
DiMarco was not drafted in the 4th round and by the start of the 5th round he couldn’t watch any longer. Once ESPN signed off, DiMarco’s phone rang off the hook. “My agent called and there was a bidding war going on and a signing bonus kept getting higher and higher,” said DiMarco, happy to offset his disappointment over not being drafted. “I signed with the Rams for $40,000, which was more than the 4th round picks. The Rams would not draft me because I was small but they wanted me for that defense.” The following year, DiMarco said Warren Sapp, about the same size as he was, was drafted in the first round.
After being rejected by the NFL draft, DiMarco said it hurt like hell. But on day one of training camp, he was a man on a mission. “I had no friends. I went to training camp with one bag. I had a change of underwear, two pairs of socks and a couple of phone numbers. I am going to take it out on everyone else that’s around me. If you’re not going to draft me because of my size [he was 6’1” at 265 pounds], I’ll show you.” He made the team and had an incredible career with the Rams, but the FA (free agent) will plague him forever. DiMarco said it hurts his family. “There’s Marshall Faulk, D1 [drafted 1st round] and Kevin Carter D1, and there I am with an FA. I am in the Pro Bowl, but I can’t get rid of the FA mark!”
DiMarco uses his success to give hope to the undrafted players who show up in camp. “It’s gonna seem unfair but they are going to treat the drafted guys different and they’re always going to look to replace you first. You must accept it or not.”
Did he ever get over the FA stigma? “Yeah,” said a smiling DiMarco. “I called it even when I hit Joe Montana in the chest.”
For a time, he appeared on the Fox hit show, The Best Damn Sports Show Period. He's now part of the LA Rams broadcast team.
Farrell, Rod: KPOL; KBIG, 1967. Unknown.
Farren, Shannon: KFI, 2005-18. Shannon started as a news anchor at KFI. In early 2015, she began hosting a Sunday morning show. By October she joined Gary Hoffmann for the midday show at KFI.
Fast, Greg: KYMS, 1985. Greg owns GSF, a Christian radio agency in Nashville.
FAST, Nathan: KIIS, 2014-17. Nathan works weekends at KIIS/fm. He is a multi-tasker who also works nights at KHTS-San Diego, as well as on over 80 other stations available worldwide on iHeartRadio.
Nathan grew up on a farm in the cornfields of Ohio. He has always had a passion for communications and after graduating high school, attended Ball State University to study Telecommunications with an emphasis in TV News & Production. Following his freshman year, he transferred to Indiana University and began studying business. After receiving his finance degree from Indiana University, he packed everything he owned into his Mitsubishi Eclipse and drove cross-country to Las Vegas to begin a career as a financial analyst for MGM-MIRAGE. While still working his corporate job during the day, Nathan began simultaneously doing the overnight shift at a Las Vegas radio station and quickly realized that was his true calling. After more than a year of surviving on energy drinks and two-hour naps, he decided to retire from the finance industry and pursue a full-time radio job. Following three months of sending demos to radio stations all over the country, Nathan landed his first full-time radio gig in Boise, Idaho. After several years of hosting his own night show, he made the jump to Channel 933 in San Diego. Within six months, Nathan was given the opportunity to do weekends at KIIS/fm.
In addition to being heard in both LA and San Diego, he is also heard daily on Mstyleradio (which airs in all 850 US Macy’s stores) and weekly in more than 80 markets across the nation including New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Dallas by hosting special features on the weekly iHeartRadio Countdown and his own shift on Clear Channel’s mainstream CHR Premium Choice platform.
Faulk, Marshall: KOCM, 1987. Unknown.
FAUST, Lou: KPOL, 1965-67; KIIS, 1970. The former president of Torbet Reps and Bartell Broadcasting died January 24, 2008. He was 82. Lou was a veteran of KPOL and he was general manager at KIIS in 1970. He died at his home in Boise, Idaho after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He had fifteen grandchildren, thirteen great grandchildren and one sister.
The LA Times' Don Page named Lou Executive of the Year "for supervising and helping develop one of the most stylish music concepts heard here in many years." He is credited with coming up with the “KIIS” moniker. Lou was a longtime executive with CapCities, managing WPAT-Patterson, New Jersey for a time. One colleague who worked for Lou at KPOL said: "We would have walked through fire for him." Lou also headed Selcom Radio Reps in New York, gm of WKBW-Buffalo and executive vp of Blair Radio. He went on to KCMJ-Palm Springs.
Lou was born September 4, 1925 in Orange, New Jersey. He was a 2nd Lt in the United States Marine Corp 1943 to 1946. Lou received his BA degree from Princeton University, Class of 1949.
FEATHER, Leonard: KBCA, 1972-74; KUSC, 1979; KKGO, 1982. Leonard was a noted jazz critic of the LA Times. He authored several books on the idiom. Leonard was best-known as easily the most famous jazz critic in the world, writing at least ten jazz books (including the famed Encyclopedia of Jazz series) and thousands of liner notes along with articles and reviews for all of the jazz magazines and most of the daily newspapers. Leonard, who was very modest about his piano playing, produced many important sessions from the late '30s on but his inclusion in this book is due to his skills as a lyricist/composer. He was responsible for such songs as Evil Gal Blues (a hit for Dinah
), Blowtop Blues, the memorable Mighty like the Blues, I Remember Bird, Signing Off, Twelve Tone Blues and How Blue Can You Get. He passed away September 22, 1994. Washington
Fedderman, Jerry: KFWB, 70s. Jerry owns a super book store in Maine.
FEDERMAN, Jeff: KCBS/fm / KROQ, 2003-08; Entercom/LA cluster manager, 2017-18. Jeff was appointed general manager at "Arrow 93" in late 2003. Station flipped to JACK/fm on St. Patrick's Day 2005. Jeff became market manager for CBS/LA in early 2006. He exited the company in late summer 2008. He went on to be the ceo at MojoPages and co-founder of MOGL. In late 2017, he was appointed svp/market manager for the newly merged Entercom and CBS Radio.
Federman joined CBS in January 2004 from Emmis Communications where he served as vp/DOS for the company's two radio stations in Los Angeles, KPWR and KZLA, for almost five years. During his tenure, he oversaw all sales operations and also was responsible for many of the stations day-to-day operations. Federman also worked as sales manager for KBIG and KLAC (1996-99). Prior to that, he was director/sales and marketing for KROQ (1995) where he served as the liaison between the sales, programming and promotion departments.
From 1992 to 1995, Federman was nsm for KFMB-AM/FM in San Diego. He began his career at KKLQ-AM/FM in San Diego where he served in various capacities, including account executive, nsm and marketing/promotion director from 1988 to 1992. Federman was born and raised in Los Angeles and currently resides in Calabasas. He graduated in 1988 with a degree in journalism and advertising from San Diego State University.
Federoff, Nick: KFI, 1989-2003; KPLS, 2003; KRLA, 2005. Nick left his long-running gardening show at KFI in early 2003 and is now heard at 870 AM KRLA. He is syndicated across the county. His tv show, Things Green, airs Saturday mornings on KLCS/TV 58.
Feinstein, Steve: KLOS, 1984. The AOR editor for R&R magazine between 1983 and 1987 had an oldies show on KLOS called "Rock and Roll Roots." He started his radio career doing overnights at WIOQ-Philadelphia. Steve arrived in the Southland in 1983 from a pd slot at WYSP-Philadelphia. In 1987 Steve went to program KKSF-San Francisco. On September 26, 1996, Steve jumped to his death from the 30th floor of the Westin St. Francis Hotel. He was 40.
Fel, Felli: KPWR, 2000-18. Felli worked evenings at "Power 106" until a promotion to music coordinator at KPWR in early 2006. He's now afternoon drive and a contributor to FOX's Dish Nation.
Felde, Kitty: KLON, 1984-92; KCRW, 1992-96; KPCC, 1997-2009. Kitty is the host and executive producer of the Book Club for Kids podcast.
Feldman, Charles: KNX, 2004-18. Charles is a reporter at all-News KNX.
Felix, Bob: KGFJ, 1981. Felix was news director at Urban KGFJ.
Felz, John: KMPC, 1971-94; KMAX, 1995-96; KIEV, 1999. John was a noted sports producer in Los Angeles radio. He eventually went to work at California State University, Northridge. He's now retired and living in Visalia.
Femino, Tony: KMPC, 1992-94. Tony broadcasts sports on the Phoenix CBS/TV station.
Fennell, George: KJOI, 1962. Unknown.
(Kevin Fleming, Ricci Filiar, Gary Franklin, and John Fricke)
Fennoy, Dave: KACE, 1992; KAJZ/KACD, 1992-94. Dave has an active voiceover career.
Ferguson, Gene: KPOL; KFWB; KPOL, 1973-86. Unknown.
Ferguson, Joe: KFOX, 1971-74. Joe left for Portland in 1974 and retired in 2003 after working at KPOK, KUPL, "K103," and KINK.
Ferguson, Ted: KWST, 1980-81. Ted is the general manager at KTAL-Shreveport.
Fernandez, Andre: Andre was named president of CBS Radio in April 2015. He came from Journal Communications where he was president/coo.
Fernandez, Krystal: KLSX, 2002-05. Krystal joined Fox Sports Radio in the spring of 2004, as the morning update anchor and also served as a sports/feature reporter for KTTV/Fox 11 TV. She was released from Fox Sports Radio in early 2009. She moved on to 790AM The Ticket in Miami. A year later she returned to Los Angeles and married her boyfriend and LA Dodger pitcher, Darren Dreifort.
Ferreri, Carmy: KKBT, 1989-90; KRLA, 1995-96; KIBB, 1996-97. Carmy was vp of programming for Royce International Broadcasting until the summer of 2012. He oversaw four stations in Las Vegas, San Francisco and Palm Springs.
Ferris, Bob: KMPC; KNX, 1957-67. Bob has passed away.
Ferro, Jennifer: KCRW, 1994-2018. Jennifer was promoted to general manager at KCRW in February 2010 from assistant gm.
Ferro, Pio: KTNQ/KLVE, 1995-97. Pio was the program director for KMVK-Dallas and CBS Radio's vice president of Spanish programming until late 2012 when Pio was appointed program director at WPOW-Miami.
FERTIG, Craig: KLSX, 2001. The former USC QB was part of the football Xtreme broadcast at KLSX. He died October 4, 2008 of kidney failure at the age of 66. He was born on May 7, 1942. Craig attended the University of Southern California where he was a star quarterback for the Trojans. In 1964, he set eight school passing records and threw the game-winning touchdown against Notre Dame.
He went on to coach at USC and for a decade served as an assistant coach. In December 1975, Fertig was named the head coach at Oregon State University, with a three-year contract at $26,000 per year. He remained in that role with the Beavers from 1976 to 1979, where he posted a 10–34–1 record. He was fired in October 1979, in the second year of a three-year contract at $33,696 per year.
Fertig served as an assistant athletic director for the Trojans.
Feser, Phil: KJOI/KXEZ, 1985-92; KUSC, 1993. Phil was the production director at KJOI and KXEZ. He went on to work at Premiere Radio Networks.
Fiegener, Craig: KNX, 2018. Craig is a reporter for the all-News station, KNX.
Field, Elliot: KFWB, 1958-64. Elliot runs a PR/Ad agency in Palm Springs. He's written two books on his life.
Fields, Lady Fay: KAGB, 1975. Unknown.
FIELDS, Rich: KNX/fm/KKHR/KODJ/KCBS, 1983-92; KNX, 2012-17. Rich was the announcer on The Price is Right for many years and left the production in the summer of 2010. He's seen as the weatherman at KCBS/Channel 2. He now works afternoons at WRBQ-Tampa.
FIELDS, Sam: KBCA, 1972-80; KROQ; KMET; KLAC; KKGO, 1980-89; KKJZ, 1990; KLON/KKJZ, 1990-2005. Sam died September 23, 2005, at the age of 55. Sam was one of L.A.’s jazz music personality veterans. Sam joined KLON (now KJZZ), based at Cal State Long Beach, in 1990. He started his radio career at KBCA in 1972 and worked at Saul Levine’s Jazz station for almost a decade. "It's a terrible shock and loss," said Saul. "He contributed so much to the field of jazz."
In announcing his death, the KKJZ website stated: “His voice, insight and excellent musical taste will be deeply missed by all who knew him both on and off the air.”
Joni Caryl was a colleague of at KKJZ and wrote the following about Sam: “Although I didn't know him well, the man I knew was a quiet, sweet, giant of a man who loved the music. Sam wasn't about ego or being on the radio - he was about the individual songs and the musicians who created them. Jazz was his life, he was a solitary man, and everything he did was in service to the music. He always stood quietly in the corner of the room at events and let his radio show be the way he expressed himself. I still don't quite believe that he is gone, or that we have lost two of the legendary voices of Jazz Radio in less than a year and a half. I've always believed that the best way to honor someone's memory is to treat the thing they loved most, with respect and reverence and a commitment to make sure that it continues to grow and thrive. I hope we will all honor the memory of Sam Fields by doing everything we can to support and nurture Jazz, as the American Treasure that it truly is, and Public Radio, as the voice of the community.”
"Sam went to LA High School and, hard to believe, he was a track star. Aside from working at Thrifty Drug Store he also worked at a liquor store on Pico and Hauser. ‘Man, I needed the bread so I took the job,” remembered KNX’s Raul Moreno when asked to salute his friend.
Dave Grudt of Direct Impact Media met Sam on September 24, 1990, two days before he and Chuck Niles took to the air at KLON. “Sam was on at 9:30 a.m. and Chuck was on at 1:30 p.m. I had planned to call Sam on the K-JAZZ hotline at about 1:15 Monday to wish him a happy 15th. I suspect that Sam in his characteristic way would have downplayed it as just another day on the radio playing his favorite music. It is sad that both Sam and Chuck did not make it to the 15 year anniversary milestone.”
Grudt continued: “Two things I'll remember most about Sam is his great laugh that he would try to stifle as he was about to bust out. He also new how to pick the best tracks from any jazz album and made it look effortless as he programmed his daily shows.”
Fields, Tony: KACE/KEAV, 1992-93. Tony was operations manager/pd at WEDR/WHQT-Miami until October 2006.
Fife, Jeff: SEE the Woody Show
(Sue Freund, Bob Fox, Cynthia Fox, John Fox, and Denise Fondo)
Filiar, Ricci: KIKF, 1991-92; KLSX, 1993-94; KMGX, 1994; KRLA, 1991-97; KIBB/KCMG, 1997-2001; KTWV, 2006-07; KMVN, 2007-08. Little Ricci joined Movin 93.9/fm as apd/md in late spring of 2007. Ricci is the apd/md at KISQ-San Francisco.
FINEMAN, Ron: KMPC, 1973-76; KNX, 1997-2002. Ron, a dedicated broadcaster and journalist, spent his entire career in California. Born and raised in the Southland, the 54 year-old news veteran died December 30, 2006, of colon cancer. He was 54.
Ron Fineman was a friend. I met him while researching my book, Los Angeles Radio People. We hit it off right away. We both started in radio in Lompoc, We both loved Oldies. He’s a neighbor. He always wanted to be a writer. Whotta’ treat to have a dream to be a journalist and that’s what you get to do in Bakersfield and Los Angeles. And then he marries Christy Knorr, a producer at KCAL/Channel 9. He told me frequently that she was the best thing to ever come into his life.
We both started Web sites about local media at about the same time. Ron saw his role with RonFineman.com as a conscience for the tv news business. He cared so much about the business of reporting – when he saw reporters do less than a professional job, he said so. It was never the glass is half-empty or half-full, it was always about the professional presentation and the standards of responsible reporting, done in a clear, concise and informative way. Many broadcasters were not up for the criticism he dished out. Eventually a tv executive put the pressure on a KNX executive to stop hiring Ron as a per diem reporter. When his work ended at KNX, the Web site became his sole income.
Ron fought a long battle with cancer. When he was diagnosed with colon cancer in the Spring of 2003, he was only months away from his 3-year colonoscopy ritual. His father died of colon cancer, so Ron went to the doctor for his colonoscopy every three years since he was 40. When the unexpected diagnosis was made, Christy insisted they get married and they did in December of 2003.
“Shortly after being removed from his respirator, Ron spoke to Scott Martelle of the Los Angeles Times via telephone on December 21. “As far as I'm concerned, I'm leaving this world having contributed something important, and I hope people remember me for that. Some people were angry with what I wrote, some people took it in stride, and professionally. The real pros looked at the content of what I wrote and realized there was merit to what I was saying,” said Ron.
Ron worked in radio and tv news in Bakersfield before joining KNX in 1997. He was born August 21, 1952, in Los Angeles and attended Fairfax High School. He then went to West L.A. College before earning a history degree from UCLA in 1974. His radio journey took him from Lompoc to Arroyo Grande, and then to KNTB, a Bakersfield talk radio station in 1981. He also worked at KERN-AM/KQXR/fm and KERO/TV in Bakersfield.
Fink, Bill: KZLA, 1996-99. Bill is operations manager for the six-station Regent Communications in St. Cloud, Minnesota.
FINLEY, Larry: KFWB, 1957; KGIL, 1966. Larry, who had a long on-air career in Southern California radio in the 1940s and 1950s, passed away April 3, 2000, in a Long Island hospice. He was 89.
Larry was a leader in the audiotape and videotape business. In 1968 he was president of ITCC and the company became a pioneer in the tape field. He founded the International Tape Association trade group, now the International Recording Media Association and was instrumental in standardizing the various types of audiotape. For many years he worked for Dot, Tops and MGM Records. A native of Syracuse, he began his career at 18 as manager of a Syracuse nightclub and moved to Los Angeles in the 1930s and opened Finleys Credit Jewelers in Burbank and other locations. Larry worked with Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey in the Casino Gardens Ballroom and owned KSDJ in San Diego. His tv production company created The Larry Finley Show, which broadcast nightly from the restaurant he bought on the Sunset Strip. Other shows included Strictly Informal, Dinner at Eight and Music Is My Beat. Larry was inducted into the Video Hall of Fame in 1984, and in 1998 received the lifetime achievement award of the Vision Fund of America. In 1955, He received the Los Angeles City of Hope Torchbearer Award.
Fischler, Alan: KBIG, 1966-72. The former vp/general manager of KBIG passed away October 5, 1985. Alan also owned KNJO/fm after leaving KBIG for several years in Thousand Oaks.
Fisher, Steve: KFWB, 1986-90. Steve was general manager at KFWB and now he is cfo at Entercom.
Fistell, Ira: KABC, 1977-95; KKGO/KNNS, 1996-98; KRLA, 1999-2000; KABC, 2000-06. Ira worked weekends at KABC until late Spring of 2006. He is a history teacher.
Fitzgerald, Don: KNX. Unknown.
FitzRandolph, Chris: KNX, 1981-91. Chris lives in Denver and owns Denver Film & Digital.
Flaherty, Bob: KGIL, 1980; KMGG; KMPC. Bob Flaherty started flying in 1962 and went to work at KGIL in 1980. Over the years he worked with Robert W. Morgan at "Magic 106," and KMPC. Bob was born in Oakridge, Tennessee, and his father was involved in the "Manhattan Project" where they built the A-bomb. He went to high school and college in L.A. "My last year of high school I broke my back skydiving, decided those planes were fun prior to jumping. Pamela McInnes asked if I would be interested in radio, being I had the face for it. Ten years was enough." He also worked at KNX to help Bill Keene. "I have two kids, Sean, 17 and Meghan, 15. I have flown most of my life, 15,000 hours, and I have flown a lot of great aircraft," wrote Bob.
Flanagan, John Mack: KHJ, 1975. John spent part of 1975 in Los Angeles at KHJ, but his hugest success happened in the Bay Area. The KFRC legend died March 31, 2018 of congestive heart failure. He was 71.
The San Francisco veteran called his brief stay at KHJ "the single biggest event in my career,” when I interviewed him for Los Angeles Radio People. “I had always dreamed of L.A., and Charlie Van Dyke asked me to assist and pull a couple of shifts."
In 1978, while working in the San Francisco market, John was Billboard Jock of the Year finalist. He was glad he didn't win, saying: "Never climb to the mountain top – the only way is down."
In the 1990s he was fired four times in two years, the consequence of duopoly sales. When he left KYA-San Francisco during the summer of 1994, a family friend who owned KJOY-Stockton soon offered him afternoon drive. John was delighted: "I love it! I'm out of the pressure cooker and having fun for the first time in many years. Please pray for radio, it needs it...never been harder to survive.”
Airchexx.com posted an aircheck from late 1977. Listen while you learn about him. Airchexx says about John: “This is about as good as AM Top 40 got. There’s always that tug of war between East Coast listeners who preferred the WABC approach to the format, with its reverb and Dan Ingram’s one-liners, and West Coast listener favorite KFRC, which along with KHJ in Los Angeles, was owned by then media-giant RKO General. Listen to this aircheck and most will agree, KFRC going into 1978 was hotter than almost every other Top 40 radio station, AM or FM!"
John did much VO work, with Voice 123 describing John as “One of the richest, warmest, friendliest -- and most memorable -- voices in the history of American radio. As both the imaging voice and top-rated afternoon drive star of the legendary Big 610 (KFRC- San Francisco), John Mack Flanagan is known throughout the industry for his skill at connecting 'one on one' with each and every listener. Listen to another aircheck here.
Raised in New Mexico, John started his radio career in the summer of 1964. He served in Vietnam before working in the Bay Area at KWSS-San Jose, K101, KSFO, KYA, and KBGG (“K-BIG 98.1),” as well as KFRC. He is a member of The Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame and National Radio DJ Hall of Fame. In late 2015, he published his memoirs, Tight & Bright: A Diskjockey - Vietnam Memoir. John Mack Flanagan was named for the Western movie legend John Mack Brown.
“I've never wanted to be a relic. I never want to hear, 'Oh god, he was great in the 'Seventies,' or 'He was great in '64 in Lubbock, Texas.' I've never wanted that. I've always wanted people right now to go, 'Wow! It's him!'"
Flavio, Silva: KTNQ, 1993-94. Silva died in April 2004.
Fleming, Jack: KGIL, 1964. Jack lives in Eugene, Oregon, working for KWAX.
Fleming, Kevin: KGFJ, 1984-89; KACE, 1994-2000; KKBT/KRBV, 2006-07. Kevin owns Urban Buzz, a weekly trade newsletter targeting Urban radio and the music business. He was program director at V-100, KRBV until November 2007.
Fleming, Mark: KMLT 2004-05. Mark worked at "Lite 92.7/fm" (KMLT) until a format flip in late spring 2005.
Fletcher, Gary: KJOI, 1987. Gary is living in Oklahoma City.
Fletcher, Kimberly: KDAY, 2004-07. Kimberly owns an ad agency.
Flo and Eddie: KROQ, 1973-74; KMET, 1974-75. Members of the Turtles were part of the Fireside Show.
(Laurie Free, Paul Freeman, and Ron Foster)
Flores, Julio: KWIZ, 1984-89; KLSX, 1989-90; KGIL/KMGX, 1989-92; KTWV, 1990-94; KRLA, 1994-95; KSCA, 1994-96; KLSX, 1997-98; KOST, 2000-01. Julio worked at Fox Sports Radio until the spring of 2010. In late 2017, Julio started a new job at Amazon Prime Video Japan.
FLOYD, Gary: KNOB, 1949; KGER, 1950-60; KGGK, 1960-65; KLFM, 1966-70; KBOB/KGRB, 1975-88. Gary loved radio all his life. He was born in Paterson, New Jersey and grew up in Utica. As a boy he put together crystal sets and as a young man in high school he was the one everyone counted on to set up the P.A. system to broadcast music for lunch time and special events.
He and his wife came to the Southland in 1947 where he pursued his radio career. He graduated from Frederick H. Speare's broadcast school. Gary fulfilled his dream of being a radio announcer working Jazz, Gospel and Big Band formats. At KGRB, where he worked until his retirement in 1988, his big band listeners as "The Beachcomber" knew him. Even after his retirement, Gary was active in big band events and wrote articles for music publications and was a member of several industry groups.
Gary passed away in May 1995 at the age of 72.
FLYNN, Howard: KGFJ; KMPC, 1946-77. Howard was the morning news voice at 710/KMPC from 1953-79. He died October 26, 2011, at the age of 96. Howard delivered a half-hour newscast in morning drive for Harris & Frank clothiers for a quarter century. He played Wheezing Upton Peter Dunkel on Dick Whittinghill's "Helen Trump" spoof for years.
Fondo, Denise: Denise is anchoring traffic reports on KNX.
Forbes, Ross: KORJ, mid-1970s. Ross was program director at KORJ. Unknown
Ford, Ed: KEZY, 1985-97. Ed is an instructor at Fullerton College's radio station, KBPK.
Ford, John Anson: KRHM, 1959. John became a Los Angeles City Councilman and the theatre in Hollywood was named after him. He died in 1983 at the age of 100.
Ford, Judy: KFWB, 1985-2007. Judy was a news anchor at all-News KFWB.
Ford, Mark: SEE Marv Howard
(Steve Futterman, Fuzzy Fantabulous, Kitty Felde, Mike Fright, and Tom Franklin)
Forgione, Pete: KJOI, 1989. Pete worked mornings at KWXY-Palm Springs until retiring in early 2006. He now lives in Pennsylvania.
Forman, Dave: KYMS, 1974; KWIZ, 1975; KEZY, 1976-82; KFWB, 1986-88. Dave, former executive producer and host of On Scene: Emergency Response, died June 7, 2004, of apparent heart failure. He was 52.
FORTE, Chet: XTRA, 1991-96. Chet spent 25 years at ABC/TV and helped launch Monday Night Football. After he was forced out of his job by a gambling addiction, he joined all-Sports XTRA. He and Steve Hartman billed themselves as "The Loose Cannons."
Chet was an All-American basketball star at Columbia University who beat out Wilt Chamberlain as NCAA player of the year in 1957. He won 11 Emmy Awards during his quarter century with ABC as a producer and director. His work also included the network's coverage of the Indianapolis 500 and the 1968 and 1984 Summer Olympics. When he left ABC in 1987 he had gambled away nearly $4 million and lost a million-dollar home in Saddle River, New Jersey, because he couldn't pay the mortgage. Chet told the LA Times shortly after taking the XTRA job, which paid $57,800 a year. "This is the most fun I've had in my entire life. I mean that. I had a lot of wonderful years at ABC, but this seems more fulfilling than anything I've ever done."
Born Fulvio Chester Forte Jr., Chet died May 18, 1996, of a heart attack. He was 60.
(Tony Fields, Sonny Fox, Lisa Foxx, and Stan Freberg)
FORWARD, Bob: KMPC 1956-61, pd; KLAC, 1961-64, gm; KRLA, 1978-82, gm. Born and raised in San Diego, Bob graduated from Stanford University with a political-science degree. He was in on the embryonic days of television and many firsts in Los Angeles radio. After graduation in 1937, he became the first jazz dj in San Francisco, at KYA. Two years later he joined KFRC-San Francisco and hosted Mark Goodson’s first game show, Pop A Question. He transferred to KHJ in 1941, then Bob joined the Army Air Corps as a pilot. e returned to KHJ as an announcer/producer/director. In 1949, KTTV/Channel 11hired Bob as pd. “I brought in mostly movie people - some famous, some soon would be - to help give KTTV a ‘movie look.’ We were doing 1/2 hour live dramatic shows for $125 each, including everything.”
In 1950, the CBS/TV network hired Bob as associate to Ralph Levy, who produced and directed the live broadcasts of The Jack Benny Show, Burns and Allen and The Alan Young Show. “We did the ‘Benny’ show twice, a live feed at 4 in the afternoon for the East Coast, then we went to Nickodell’s with the writer to polish any material that didn’t work, then did the West Coast feed at 7.”
Bob went on to be pd of KECA/Channel 7.First thing we did was change the call letters to KABC/TV.” In 1956 the gm of KMPC, Bob Reynolds, offered Bob an opportunity to rejuvenate the station. KMPC was the first radio station to broadcast the Dodgers’ games after they moved to Los Angeles from Brooklyn in 1958. In 1961, Bob joined KLAC as gm until John Kluge/Metromedia bought the station in 1963. He remained with Metromedia as a consultant for several years.
In 1968, Bob became one of the first writers on Adam-12, then he produced for NBC/TV. He played the hospital administrator on Marcus Welby, M.D. for two seasons, and many featured roles in other series and movies. Bob became vp of Goodson-Todman Broadcasting, responsible for reviving KOL-Seattle. Then in 1978, he was appointed executive vp/gm of KRLA.
“In 1987, I re-married and moved to San Diego I thought, for evermore. Unfortunately, my wife developed Alzheimer’s Disease and passed away in March 1997.” “I loved the business. I had great rapport with the troops. I loved the people I worked with.” Bob died January 30, 2001, of leukemia. He was 85.
Forzonn, Pam: KRLA, 1963-65. Pam was the husky voiced sidekick heard during Emperor Bob Hudson's morning drive show.
Foster, Bill: SEE Ron Shapiro
Foster, John: KACE, 1970. John was pd at KACE. Unknown.
Foster, Louise: KJLH, 1979-86; KGFJ, 1994-96; KPFK, 2004-05. Louise hosts a blues show at KPFK.
FOSTER, Reb: KRLA, 1962-65; KFWB, 1965-66; KRLA, 1967-69, pd and 1973 and 1982-83 and 1985-87.
Born James Bruton on March 18, 1936, he started in Texas radio in the mid-1950s working in Ft. Worth and Amarillo. Before Los Angeles he was heard at KYW-Cleveland, KCIN-Denver and at KISN-Portland, where he was known as Dennis James. He arrived in Los Angeles from KYA-San Francisco. Reb was pd for a time at KRLA. One of his famous characters was Maude Skidmore. He put on dances at the Retail Clerks Union Hall Auditorium in Buena Park with the cry "Let's Wail at the Retail." Reb had his own nightclub in Redondo Beach imploring the kids to "Be There or Be Square."
In 1967, Billboard listed Rebel as the best midday dj. Reb quit KFWB to affiliate with Ted Randal in consulting radio stations. He made a third return to KRLA in 1973, when the Pasadena station went to an MOR format from contemporary music and experimented with teams in every time period. Rebel worked the afternoon drive shift with Bob Dayton. In the '70s Reb managed Three Dog Night, the Turtles and Steppenwolf.
He’s now living in Amarillo.
Foster, Rod: KPCC, 1986-98. Rod was gm at KPCC and now teaches communications at Pasadena City College.
FOSTER, Ron: KIIS, 1977-80; KPRZ, 1980-85. Ron passed away October 2, 2002, after a battle with cancer.
Ron was born January 7, 1942, in Los Angeles and grew up in the Southland. "I found out I was fascinated by radio as early as four years old while living with my mom in Eagle Rock. I would look behind the big Philco radio on the floor hoping to see little people inside the brightly lit tubes." Ron later became a fan of radio theater and comedy shows. He entered the Navy in 1961 and ran a shipboard radio station on the USS Oklahoma City. Ron played records going up the Saigon River and played the saxophone in a rock band at every port during the Vietnam War.
Ron started his radio career in 1965 at KTLW-Texas City followed by KPLZ-Lake Charles, Louisiana, and KTLW-Santa Paula. In 1969 Ron switched careers from dj to news when he joined KAFY-Bakersfield followed by KFRC-San Francisco and KGEE-Bakersfield. In the mid-1980s, Ron joined KTSA-San Antonio as a morning news anchor. Since 1986 he had been working in Fresno. "Working in Los Angeles was the best part of my radio career. I loved the people I worked with during that time."
Foster, Sean: SEE Don Murray
Foster, Terry: SEE Pat Evans
Fox, Al: KNOB, KTYM. The Jazz format at KTYM was pioneered by Al.
Fox, Bob: The longtime owner of KVEN and KHAY-Oxnard/Ventura is a past chairman of the SCBA and radio chairman of the NAB.
Fox, Charlie: KWIZ, 1975-77; KFI, 1977-79; KHJ, 1979-80; KUTE, 1982-84; KMGG, 1985; KRLA, 1992-93. Unknown.
(Gerry Fry and Al Franken)
Fox, Cynthia: KMET, 1977-87; KMPC/fm/KEDG, 1987-89; KLSX, 1993-95; KLOS, 2003-13; KSWD, 2013-17. Cynthia worked middays at KLOS until the summer of 2013. Before the summer was over, 100.3/The Sound hired Cynthia for weekends and fill-in. In the fall of 2016, she took over afternoons at KSWD. She left in mid-November when Entercom sold the station to Educatonal Media Foundation and the station flipped to Christian K-LOVE.
Fox, Jim: For the 1990-91 season, Jim joined Bob Miller for the LA Kings broadcasts.
Fox, Jimi: KTNQ, 1976-77. When Jimi got out of his daily involvement with radio, he followed his hobby and second love - orchids. He grew world class highly awarded orchids and has been responsible in setting new trends in hybridizing.
Fox, John: KEZY, 1993-99; KFWB, 1999-2000. John is the Internet & Field Manager for Simpson Buick, Pontiac, GMC in Buena Park.
Fox, Melody: KODY, 1989. Unknown
Fox, Michael: KABC, 1981-91. The former pd at KABC is operations director for Shadow Traffic.
Fox, Mike: KNAC, 1972. Unknown.
FOX, Norm: KMPC, 1994; KABC/KMPC/KTZN, 1995-97; KLSX, 1998-99. Norm was removed from life support on July 15, 2010. Norm had travel shows at KABC and 710/KMPC during its Talk radio days. He was 71.
From the LA Times obituary: “Norm, a very private person who refused to be labeled and did not want to be pitied, told no one and quietly suffered greatly from many aspects of Parkinson's Disease for over fifteen years. Even when his increasingly compromised condition became more difficult to hide, he lived to the fullest of his ability. A week following an urgent operation to save his eyesight, he tripped and fell in his home, was rushed into neurosurgery, but never regained consciousness. Norm, a psychology major at Harvard went on to earn Masters Degrees at both Columbia University and The London School of Economics. He developed his passion for traveling during his term breaks in London with extended trips throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North Africa." Norm wrote travel columns for a number of publications, including Los Angeles Magazine and The Hollywood Reporter. He also was credited with writing tv shows, most notably the cop drama, Cagney & Lacy.
Fox, Rosalie: KZLA/KLAC, 1988-94; KFI, 1996. Rosalie was the AP Radio Entertainment editor until a company downsizing in early 2012.
(Amy Freeman, Von Freeman, lan Fuller, Dave Fennoy, and Krystal Fernandez)
FOX, Ryan: KKGO, 2011-12. Ryan took over morning drive at KKGO “GO COUNTRY 105,” in early 2011 and moved to middays in the early fall of 2012. Fox came back to the Southland (graduated from USC School of Cinema/Television) from a successful run working afternoons at the Dallas Country station, “The Wolf,” where he was voted DJ of the Year by fans at the Texas Music Awards in 2009.
“Ryan is a very likable personality with a love of Country music and a proven ability to connect with listeners,” says Saul Levine, president and owner of KKGO/Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters when Ryan was hired. “We’re pleased to bring him back to Southern California and confident that he will be very successful in this market.”
“When I was going to school at USC a few years back, I dreamed of one day being on the radio in Southern California,” said Ryan. “And now, with the dream finally being realized, it's nothing short of surreal. I am truly blessed and couldn't be more excited to be a part of the team.”
Ryan joined “The Wolf” in Dallas in 2005. From “The Wolf” website, we learn this about Ryan: “In his spare time, he enjoys hanging out with his lovely wife Amber, watching movies, and college football. He also enjoys attending church, spending time with family and friends, and wrestling with his fun-loving beagle-terrier, Max. He’s a big fan of everything pop culture.”
Ryan left the Country station in late 2012.
Fox, Sonny: KHJ, 1972-73. Sonny is the md of the FM Album Rock channel at XM Satellite Radio. He also works on-air in afternoon drive.
Foxx, Holly: KSCA, 1996. Holly worked swing at KSCA.
Foxx, Lisa: KYSR, 1997-2008; MY/fm, 2008-18. Lisa works at MY/fm and voice tracks Star 101.3-San Francisco and Star 94.1-San Diego. She is part owner of Cache Restaurant in Santa Monica. In 2010, Lisa was honored with a Genii Award from the AWRT.
Frail, Matthew (Doc): KRLA, 1974-76. Matthew had two runs on KRLA: one as Lee Simms and another as "Doc" Frail on mornings.
Francis, Rob: KOCM/KSRF, 1991-92. Rob was part of the launch of the "techno-Rock" format at "MARSfm" on May 24, 1991. He has returned to the Bay Area.
Francois, Dean: KCRW, 1992-2001. Dean is a Public Information Officer with the American Red Cross in Los Angeles. He is a Pacifica Radio Activist.
FRANK, Joe: KCRW, 1985-2017. Joe had a show on the Internet and his archival commentaries continued to be aired on many NPR across the country. He died January 15, 2018, at the age of 79. The LA Times called Joe "the most innovative radio dramatist in Los Angeles."
His radio plays, Work in Progress, In the Dark, Somewhere Out There, and The Other Side, all aired on KCRW. Joe became a storytelling legend of public radio. Jennifer Ferro, KCRW general manager, described Joe as an audio artist who called Santa Monica’s KCRW his home. “There was and is no one like him – a storyteller who used audio to create a world that you fell into and often had no idea where you were when you were in it. I'm grateful I had the chance to work for him and was able to see how a genius works.”
“The great radio artist of our time has passed away,” wrote Harry Shearer. “You will never hear anybody smarter, darker, funnier than Joe Frank.”
Joe Langermann was born in 1939 in Strasbourg, France, to a Viennese mother and Polish father who were in flight from the Nazis. He was raised in New York, where he spent much of his childhood recovering from leg operations to correct clubfeet. He attended the prestigious Iowa Writers Workshop and was later by a private school in Manhattan. His radio career started in 1977, hosting a comedy show on Pacifica’s WBAI-New York. Joe started with NPR in 1978 as the weekend host of All Things Considered. During this period, Joe did a number of shows for NPR Playhouse before joining KCRW, in 1986. His show Joe Frank: A Work in Progress was broadcast on the NPR network. He is the author of The Queen of Puerto Rico and Other Stories, short stories based on his radio work. A Guggenheim Fellow, Joe was also the recipient of the prestigious Peabody Award, two major Armstrong Awards, two Gold Awards from the International Radio Festival in New York, and two Corporation for Public Broadcasting Radio Program Awards.
Frankel, George: KFWB, 1995. Unknown.
Franken, Al: KTLK, 2005-07. Al left the Air America network in February 2007 to run for the US Senate in Minneapolis. He was declared the winner in a very tight race in the summer of 2009. He resigned from the Senate in late 2017 amid sexual harassmet allegations.
Franklin, Brenda: KIKF, 1992-93; KACD, 1993; KEZY, 1993-99. Unknown.
FRANKLIN, Gary: KFWB, 1972-80; KABC, 1985-90. Gary, a passionate newsman, movie reviewer and photographer, died October 2, 2007. He was 79. The German-born news reporter first gained fame in Southern California radio as a reporter for all-News KFWB where his signature sign-off was "Gary Franklin, Car 98, Out."
For 40 years he was in the business of electronic journalism as a network news writer/producer, news director, reporter and critic. "I was never happier than when I worked in radio,” said Gary when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. “You are all on your own. It's between you and the product." One of Gary's passions in life was photography. He was a motion picture cameraman while in the Army in Korea. Over the years his black and white photo work has been frequently displayed at various one-man shows throughout the Southland and around the country. Gary was the entertainment reporter for KNXT/Channel 2 (now KCBS) and KABC/Channel 7 and popularized a film rating "on a scale of one to ten, ten being best." How did his ratings come about? "It started out as a joke when I was filling in for the entertainment report. I was kind of arrogant but the general manager liked it and it has since become part of the entertainment landscape."
Gary started out at WTAR-Norfolk and then went to Johns Hopkins University on a fellowship to study network news theory. A series of radio and tv assignments followed including WJZ-Baltimore, WGBH-Boston, KYW-Philadelphia, WIND-Chicago and KYW-Cleveland. In New York, Gary worked for ABC as a radio writer during the day and tv writer in the evening. He produced the Jules Bergman space reports and the evening news with Peter Jennings. "I got out of entertainment because the product got so bad. I blame tv and the film industry for the plight of young people."
Franklin, Peter: KYMS, 1969-71; KPPC, 1971-73. Unknown.
Franklin, Robert: KFOX, 1972. Bob died in the fall of 1996.
(Elliot Field, Ted Ferguson, Jimi Fox, Steve Fredericks, and Charles Feldman)
Franklin, Tom: KFAC, 1970-87. Tom died of a stroke in 2004.
Fraud, Art: KPFK, 1979-80; KCRW, 1984-88. Art and Vic Tripp hosted the "Cool and the Crazy" every weekend at KCRW. The LA Times described the show as "an eccentric rollercoaster ride down pop's memory lane."
Freberg, Stan: Stan's latest release, The United States of America Vol. 2, was released on Rhino Records.
Frederick, Miranda: KIQQ, 1980-81. Unknown.
Fredericks, Paul: KMPC, 1979-81. Paul (Fred Chenevey) is retired and living in Englewood, Florida.
Fredericks, Steve: KPOL; KIIS, 1970-71; KDAY, 1971-73; KPOL, 1973-74; KRTH, 1974-78. Steve (Liddick) is retired from radio and has written three novels and a memoir of his nearly half-century in radio.
Free: KKBT, 2006. Free worked at the BEAT for less than a year.
Free, Laurie: KNAC, 1989-94; KIIS, 1994-95. Laurie works afternoons at Mix 106-San Jose.
Free, Scott: KEZY, 1992-99. Scott worked at Westwood One Hot Country format and late nights at KFRG/KXFG/KVFG-Inland Empire. He died July 29, 2011, at the age of 55.
FREEBAIRN-SMITH, Ian: KFAC, 1987-89; KKGO, 1992-97; KGIL, 1997-98; KCSN, 2008-09. Ian was the midday personality at KCSN until the Classical station automated in late September 2009.
Ian’s life has been dedicated to music in its many forms, from Classical to Popular, Jazz, choral music, and new music. He has extensive experience as a composer and conductor in film and tv, and is a Grammy Award-winning arranger.
His formal training in music began with private studies in composition with Julius Toldi while in high school. He then attended the Los Angeles Conservatory of Music, the University of Pennsylvania, and UCLA. He later studied film scoring with Leith Stevens. He began studio work as a group singer, then went on to choral arranging, orchestra arranging, and finally motion picture and tv composing. He won a Grammy Award for best arrangement accompanying a vocalist, for Barbra Streisand’s Evergreen. He has arranged and conducted for The Hi-Lo’s, The Four Freshmen, Liza Minelli, Frederica von Stade, Andy Williams, Anthony Newly, Stephen Bishop, Harry Nilsson, Paul Williams, Jeff Beck, and many others.
Film composing and orchestrating credits include: The End, The Strawberry Statement, The Muppet Movie, A Star is Born, and M*A*S*H. TV composing for: Magnum, P.I., Fame, Cagney and Lacy, and Airwolf.
(Terry Fahy, Alan Freed, Dave Forman, and Nick Federoff)
Freed, Alan: KDAY, 1960-61; KNOB, 1964-65. Alan died January 20, 1965, of uremia at the age of 43. Alan was elected to the Emerson Radio Hall of Fame in 1988.
Freed, Bob: KHJ, 1965. Bob was a 20/20 newsman at the start of 93/KHJ Boss Radio.
Freedman, Howard: XTRA, 1990-96; KKLA/KRLA/KFSH, 1997-2003. The former vp of programming for XTRA Sports 690 and Salem's KKLA/KRLA/KFSH retired from radio at the end of 2003. He's selling real estate in Ventura County.
Freeman, Dave: KNNS, 1995-96. Since 1999, Dave has been an announcer at KQED-San Francisco.
Freeman, J.D.: KNOB, 1987; KZLA/KLAC, 1993-96. J.D. ran the Clear Channel cluster in San Francisco until late spring of 2014. He's retired.
Freeman, Jim: KHTZ/KLSX/KRLA, 1979-83. Jim went on to San Diego to work for a radio promotion company.
(Nathan Fast, Ira Fistell, Judy Ford, and Felli Fel)
Freeman, Paul: KEZY, 1970-76; KHJ, 1976; KIIS, 1976-89; KODJ/KCBS, 1989-92; KZLA/KLAC, 1992-93; KYSR, 1993-96; KBIG, 1996-97; KZLA, 1998-2006; KMLT, 1998-2005; KKGO, 2006-16. Paul worked afternoon drive at KKGO, "Go Country." He retired in the summer of 2016 and returned to his hometown of Spokane.
Freeman, Amy: KIIS, 1999-2006. Amy was Director of Sales for Clear Channel Los Angeles. Before arriving in the Southland she worked at Q104 in Kansas City, 91x in San Diego and Q102 Cincinnati. Since 2012, Amy has been regional sales manager at 101.5 LITE FM and Magic 102.7 in Miami. In early 2016, Amy was promoted to general sales manager of the two Entercom stations.
Freeman, Von: KIIS, 1996-2006. The vp of Marketing at KIIS worked his marketing magic in Kansas City, San Diego, Cincinnati before arriving in los Angeles. He was co-owner of the NBC TV Radio Music Awards from 1998 to 2005. Since 2012, Von has been head of marketing at 101.5 LITE FM, Magic 102.7 and The Ticket radio in Miami.
FREES, Sam: KROQ, 1979-85; KNAC, 1986-94; KACD, 1995. Sam, better known as the Freeze Disease, passed away of a heart attack on September 28, 2015. He was 54. Sam was also battling cancer.
Sam started at KROQ as an intern. In 1986, Frees joined Madd Maxx Hammer and Wild Bill Scott to launch the Z-Rock Network, over WZRC/fm in Chicago. Madd Maxx shared this on Sam: "I remember before Z-Rock when I was working in Bakersfield at KKXX/fm, a guy in Burbank named Gary Larson would listen and tape on cassette hours of KNAC in Long Beach. On those tapes was Sam , Wild Bill, Kat Snow, and the pd Jimmy Christopher etc. Just hours of KNAC on cassette untelescoped, and I loved Wild Bill and Sam Frees because I remembered those two were big names in years prior to KROQ. A level of grief comes when reminiscing about those days and all those guys who worked to build a new and different in road for heavy metal radio."
In 1994, he went to KEDG-Las Vegas and in the spring of 1995 took over middays. By the summer of 1995, he had left KEDG and joined the sales staff at KACD for a few months.
Sam was a natural born talent, joining the leading station in the nation's #2 radio market direct from his previous position, as a waiter at Marie Callender's in Garden Grove, according to Hammer.
Sam was born September 19, 1960.
FREGOSO, Teddy: KALI, 1950-53; KWKW, 1953-75; XPRS, 1975-98, president. It would not be wrong to call Teddy the "godfather" of Spanish radio. So many owe their beginnings in Los Angeles to him. On January 11, 2015, Teddy Fregoso died at the age of 89.
The former bullfighter, who was born on Christmas day in the Mexican state of Jalisco, had been on the ground floor of three Spanish-speaking stations beginning at KALI where he was an announcer and account executive. Over the decades he helped launch the U.S. careers of major personalities such as Jaime Jarrin, Humberto Luna, Pepe Barreto, Amalia Gonzalez, Pepe Rolon, Antonio Gonzalez and most recently, Carlos Magana.
In 1975, Teddy bought the broadcast rights to XPRS and today the station plays mostly Mexican regional music and broadcasts the Anaheim Angels games. Teddy enjoyed songwriting and one of his songs is performed by Placido Domingo on one of his albums.
I was blessed to not only meet this LARadio pioneer but enjoy meals with this former matador, successful composer, advertising executive, and one of the nicest, most gracious people in this world. His LARadio career began in 1950 at KALI, followed by KWKW from 1953-75 and president of XPRS from 1975-98. In 1975, Teddy bought the broadcast rights to XPRS. Teddy enjoyed songwriting and one of his songs was performed by Placido Domingo on one of his hit albums. Following an all-day tag-a-long through Teddy's life in 2010, I wrote a piece that will give you a glimpse into a remarkable and gracious life.
French, Don: KFWB, 1961-65. Don was working at KTSA-San Antonio in the late 1950s. In 1961 he left programming chores at KDWB-Minneapolis for sister Crowell-Collier station KFWB, working the nine-to-noon shift during the infamous strike that affected newsmen and the personalities. Don became the pd in 1964. Bobby Dale described Don as "the nicest guy." When he left Southern California, Don went to KJOY-Stockton, KNEW-San Francisco and to program WGR-Buffalo. In 1971 he was the manager of the San Antonio Columbia School of Broadcasting. By 1975, Don was in Anchorage radio. He died on November 28, 1982, in Minneapolis, after a prolonged illness. During his career he worked for Gordon McLendon, Crowell-Collier, WNBC-New York, WDAF-Kansas City and WTAE-Pittsburgh.
Freshman, Howard: KMGG / KPWR, 1983-88; KSRF (MARS/fm), 1990; KKHJ, 1992; KRTH, 1993-2000; KNX/KFWB/KTWV/KRTH, 2006-16. Howard was marketing director for CBS Radio’s KNX, KFWB, KTWV and KRTH in Los Angeles until late February 2016.
(Kimberly Fletcher, Chris FitzRandolph, Charese Fruge, and Andre Fernandez)
Freund, Sue: KKBT, 1999-2006; KRTH, 2006-08. Sue was made general manager of "The BEAT" on April 15, 2003. She exited the station in October 2006 and within weeks joined KRTH as general sales manager. In February 2008, Sue left KRTH following a major downsizing at CBS Radio. She now works for Sirius Satellite Radio.
Fricke, John: XPRS, 2003-04. John was part of the new sports line-up of the "Mighty 1090" in the spring of 2003.
Fricke, Jonathan: KFOX, 1973. While at KFOX, Jonathan worked for Bob Wilson as R&R's first Country Editor, including doing the Country Charts. He was hired by Warner Bros. to open the country division in Nashville. Jonathan now owns a publishing company in Nashville, MusicWorks International.
Friedman, Andy: KFI, 1989-95. Andy is head of Content operations for Patch.
FRIEDMAN, Sonya: KABC, 1986-87. The following is excerpted from a People Magazine profile of Sonya in 1986:Sonya, posture-perfect behind her Cable News Network desk. In less than a year Sonya Live in L.A. has made its mark with such moments. Small wonder. This is, after all, the pop psychologist who sold America the notion in 1985 that Smart Cookies Don't Crumble (one of a trio of Sonya bestsellers). Watch her bristle if you even call her a talk show host. She considers herself more "a serious news person. If you compare me to Oprah, my producer will bite you."
Friedman is proud of her two-hour midday show, which features news, weather, business reports and live phone calls reaching out to 54 countries. But the daily TV program, plus the twice weekly show she's been doing since 1986 for the ABC Talkradio network, has drawn Sonya, 51, physically away from her own storybook marriage. Monday through Friday she retires to her mauve L.A. apartment; weekends she commutes to the lakeside home in suburban Detroit that she and her husband, osteopath Stephen Friedman, bought in 1959. "He brings a stability to the marriage," says Sonya, "I bring adventure. But the guilt bubbles up when someone asks me, 'Who is cooking for your husband?' "
Sonya Elaine Kiel met Stephen Friedman on a Coney Island beach when she was 14; six years later they wed. Black curly hair and chipmunk cheeks characterized the young bride, who after graduating from Brooklyn College in 1956 worked as a speech therapist to help her husband through school. "When we were first married," she recalls, "we were 1½ people—I was the half." Soon enough, however, Friedman was also hitting the books, earning a doctorate in psychology at Michigan's Wayne State University in 1967. Starting with a column in a community newspaper, Dr. Sonya Friedman gravitated toward television and A.M. Detroit.
By 1976 she had risen to a nighttime special correspondent position with ABC News. It was then, surprisingly, that Friedman put on the brakes. "I always say I was born when I was 38 years old," she muses. "That's when I walked into ABC and told my boss I was leaving. I was just not good enough." Starting over in radio, she became the shrink-behind-the-phone at Detroit's most popular afternoon call-in show. Norman Lear cast her as the host of his ill-fated 1980 series, The Baxters, while USA Network beckoned in 1982 with the coyly titled Telling Secrets With Sonya, which she did until 1985. By 1986 she also had served up her third book (A Hero Is More Than Just a Sandwich) and had seen her income rise to an estimated $750,000 a year, while still continuing private practice in Detroit and L.A. At least one client gives her high marks as a therapist: "Sonya is a good listener but not very sympathetic. She wants you to be tougher."
Sonya has a private psychological practice in Birmingham, Michigan.
(Art Fraud and Vic Tripp, Hugh Fuller, Reb Foster, Paul Fredericks, and Shannon Farren)
Fright, Mike: KOCM/KSRF, 1992; KWIZ, 1993; KACD, 1996-97. Born Mike Ivankay, he hosted "Renegade Radio KWIZ featuring rave, techno and alternative music and at "Groove Radio" under his real name.
Fritz, John: KGBS, KBIG, KRKD. Unknown.
FRITZINGER, George. KFAC. George owned and ran Classical KFAC. At one point he was part owner or president of 12 radio and tv stations around the country. He was chief executive officer of National Media Ventures Inc, which owned KAZN with and two stations in Fresno. He was chairman of U.S. Cellular Co. He was a diector of Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Pepperdine University and Pauist Productions.
George died March 30, 1991, at the age of 53.
FROMSON, Murray: KABC, 1986. Murray hosted a Talk show briefly on KABC in the midi-1980a, Before getting into teaching, he was a foreign correspondent, beginning in 1956 in Vietnam and he covered the Korean and Vietnam Wars, the Leonid Brezhnev years of the former Soviet Union, conflicts in Malaya, Indonesia, Burma, and developments in China.
In early 1968, while reporting the Vietnam War for CBS News, Fromson was injured by rocket fire, during the battle for Khe Sanh following the Tet Offensive. He then returned to the U.S. where he worked for CBS out of Chicago.
Murrayreported presidential politics, civil rights, the anti-war movement, and the conspiracy trial in Chicago (the trial of the so-called "Chicago Seven").
He and his CBS colleagues were awarded two Overseas Press Club awards for their reporting on the fall of Saigon in 1975.
In 1982, Fromson joined USC’s journalism faculty directed the Center for International Journalism. The program recruited and trained more than 100 journalists specializing in reporting on Cuba, Mexico and other Latin American nations.
He was director of USC's School of Journalism in the USC Annenberg School for Communication for five years from 1994-99 when he stepped down to work on a memoir about the Cold War.
FROSETH, Gary: KFI, 1970-74; KFWB, 1974-79. Gary was a newsman at KFI and KFWB. When he left the Southland, he joined WTOP-Washington, DC as a news anchor and editor where he spent 16 years. In late 2010, he battled health problems that affected his voice, causing him to work off the air.
He died January 9, 2011, at the age of 66, of a cerebral hemorrhage caused by a fall in Managua, Nicaragua, during a heart attack. At the time of his death he was operating a bed and breakfast called Passages Inn in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.
Frost, John: KROQ, 1987-2000. John was responsible for the multi-award-winning jingles, promos and i.d.'s that image KROQ. He left in late 2000 and does freelance production.
Fruge, Charese: KYSR, 2006-07. Charese was appointed pd at STAR 98.7 in late Spring of 2006 and left the station in late 2007. She went on to be pd at "Energy"-San Diego and Hot AC KLLC-San Francisco. In the winter of 2016, she exited the Houston CBS music cluster.
Fry, Donald: KRLA, 1979. Donald is a CPA who was an interim gm during the Bob Hope licensing dispute at KRLA.
Fry, Gerry: Gerry was Armed Forces Radio & Television director of programming from 1982-96. He serves on the board of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and working as background in films and tv.
Fry, Greg: KYSR, 1999-2005. Greg worked weekends at "Star 98.7." After 'Star,' Greg started a Website and Graphic Design company in L.A. He also volunteers as a medic for LAPD's Search & Rescue team..
Fuentes, Mario: KMVN, 2007-08. Mario worked afternoon drive at Movin' 93.9/fm. He left the station in February 2008.
Fuentes, Ricky: KPWR, 1998. Unknown.
(Jennifer Ferro, Jeff Federman, Howard Freshman, and Julio Flores)
Fuhr, Paul: KNAC, 1978-81. Paul is director of Exodus Communications in New York.
Fuller, Alan: KPLS, 2001-03; KMXE/KLAA, 2006-07. Alan was the gm of 830AM until late 2007.
Fuller, Bob: KMPC, 1971-73. Bob lives in Palm Springs and Portland, Maine, depending on the seasons. He owns five stations in Portland. Bob's son, William is a sales rep for the ABC/TV station in Palm Springs.
Fuller, Hugh: KTWV, 2003-07; KJLH, 2010-18. Hugh works weekends and fill-in at Stevie Wonder's KJLH. Born in Belize City, Belize, Hugh graduated with a B.A., in political science from the University of San Francisco.
Fuller, Randy: Randy is a traffic reporter at KABC.
Fuller, Shelly: KCBS, 1997. Unknown.
Fuller, Sid: KFI, 1964. Unknown.
FULTON, Liz: KIIS, 1979-84 and 1987-90; KOST/KFI, 1990. Liz, best known for being Rick Dees’ sidekick at KIIS/fm during the 80s, died on May 7, 2014, at her home in Mckinleyville, on the North Coast of California. Liz died of natural causes. She was 61.
A note from Liz’s sister, Marianne, was forwarded by her husband, Rick Reed.
"Elizabeth Fulton was born in Mobile, Alabama on December 19, 1952, to Samuel Sylvester and Elisabeth Fulton. A fraternal twin, her older sister Marianne was born eight minutes before Elizabeth. They were a US Air Force family and their daughters were raised overseas during service at bases in England, Spain and Germany. The family returned to the US and settled in Chandler, Arizona where both daughters graduated from high school in 1971.
After her father retired from the service at Beale AF base outside Yuba City, Elizabeth attended Yuba College as a Drama and Theater arts major. It was while performing in plays as a student she became interested in broadcasting. After breaking in at KOBO in Yuba City, her talent took her to Sacramento where she reported news for KROY AM. After leaving the capital city for Los Angeles, Liz Fulton became newscaster for the number one radio program in America working at KIIS/fm until leaving Los Angeles to retire on the North Coast, where she produced personal podcast streaming radio shows online.
Rick Dees was shocked at the news. “I had a wonderful re-connection with Liz at our studios in L.A. in early 2014, and she recorded some promos and voiceovers,” wrote Rick.
“Liz was fabulous. Her voice and infectious laugh take me to a place of joy in radio. So many of us will miss her energetic spirit. I remember the quote I shared with Liz as I gave her a hug at our last meeting: ‘Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it’s called THE PRESENT.’ And the memory of Liz Fulton is a gift,” concluded Rick.
Liz started doing news at KIIS in 1979. She became a part of the morning team when Dees arrived, with Liz being named news director in 1981. She left in 1984 to work for a small station in Northern California, where Samantha, her first daughter, was born. She returned to KIIS/fm and the highly rated morning drive show in 1987.
In 1990, represented by attorney Gloria Allred, she filed a sex discrimination suit, seeking judgment on specified damages and charged Rick Dees and Gannett with breach of contract and invasion of privacy. She contended that she was often the object of Dees’ on-air sexual jokes while employed at the station. Liz went on to say that she and Rick hardly spoke to each other unless they were on the air. She said she didn’t complain to Dees or station management about the sexual jokes because she feared she would be fired. Rick referred to her as Liz “Rugburns” Fulton. In the mid-1990s Liz worked at KTMS-Santa Barbara and later moved to Lake Tahoe to work news at KRLT/KOWL.
Funkhouser, Barry: KOCP, 1999-2001; KROQ, 2000; KTWV, 2002-06; KROQ, 2004-06; KLSX, 2005-06; KBBY, 2003-05; KCXX, 2005-07; KMVN, 2006-07. Barry is a producer at MSNBC.
FURILLO, Bud: KABC, 1973-75; KIIS, 1975-79; KABC, 1979-87; KFOX, 1988-90. Bud died July 17, 2006. He was 80.
Sports dictated Bud Furillo’s life. He was a well respected newspaper reporter and columnist before his foray into radio at KIIS and KABC/KMPC as well as tv. His son Mike described his father’s life as a little bit Vito Corleone, Stan Laurel and Santa Claus. “He would bankrupt himself to take care of others.”
Furillo was plagued with many health problems in the 90s. He had a heart attack in 1960 and recovered. He also suffered a series of abdominal problems in the 90s. “But he was just like a boxer,” said Bud’s son. “He always got up off the mat.” Two weeks before his death, he was taken into the press box at Dodger Stadium. The media shuffled their seats so Bud could sit in the same seat he sat for decades while covering Dodger games. Bud bled Dodger Blue.
Fusco, John: KRLA, 1999-2001. The former co-host of Daniels and Fusco is now at WDBO-Orlando and produces and performs in "Radio Sci Fi." He's also the broadcast engineer for the Orlando Magic.
Fusion, Ken: KPCR, 1983-84; KROQ, 1984-1990; KRVM, 1994-97. Ken hosted the KROQ Kalendar from 1985-90 and he was md for three years. He now lives in Oregon and is a Systems Engineer at a large software company.
Fuson, Gene: KFWB, 1970-77. Gene was editorial director at KFWB where he won the National Headliner Award for Editorials two years in a row, two Golden Mikes and several other awards. He went on to Channel 2 for 16 years where he was editorial director. Gene was often credited with introducing the authors of Proposition 13 to each other. Among his efforts to create change in California was his pairing of the late Howard Jarvis and Paul Gann, who created Proposition 13, the 1978 initiative that limited property taxes. Fuson also led editorial campaigns for laws that now provide that the state ballot be written in language the average person can understand, that freeway off-ramp signs note destinations such as Disneyland or Universal Studios as well as streets and that school social studies curricula include law. In San Diego, he led the campaign to build Jack Murphy Stadium in Mission Valley. A ninth-generation Californian descended from one of the first visitors to the San Gabriel Mission in 1775, Fuson wrote two books on state history, The Silver Dons and The Glory Years, and was co-author of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce's book on the 100th anniversary of Hollywood. He died in July 1993, of kidney cancer, at the age of 71.
Futterman, Steve: KNX; KMPC, 1996; KABC, 2001; KNX, 2005-18. Steve is covering west coast news for CBS Radio.
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