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, 1985-21. 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.
Terry graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara.
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 worked mornings at the OC station. He was from KELP-El Paso and WKIS-Toledo.
A year later he returned to KELP. 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. Ron, the former Dodger and play-by-play announcer for the California Angels, died October 30, 2019 of esophageal cancer. Friends say Ron had beaten the cancer but the radiation did him in. He was 81.
In addition to his broadcasting of the Angels games, Ron spent time at KNBC/Channel 4 as weekend sports anchor. Ron was partnered with Bob Starr in the California Angels / KMPC broadcast booth from 1982–86.
In 1987, he joined the San Francisco Giants announcing booth. The SF Chronicle harshly reported on his arrival, “Replacing Hank Greenwald with Ron Fairly is like replacing Pavarotti with Howdy Doody.”
In 1992, Ron started a 14-year run in the Seattle Mariners booth. Ron was a two-time All-Star. He played first base and in the outfield. He was the only MLB player to play for two Canadian franchises during their inaugural seasons, the Expos and Blue Jays, and the only player to make an All-Star team for both clubs.
Ron played baseball for 21 years starting with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1958 (he won three World Series) followed by Montreal, St. Louis, Oakland Toronto and California Angels. In 2,442 games, he compiled a life-time average of .266 with 215 homeruns and 1,044 RBI.
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; KRRL, 2016-21. The Compton native was part of the morning show at "Power 106." Born on November 10, Fuzzy was an only child who collected cans so he could buy his favorite albums. At Long Beach Jordan High School he studied stage and took lighting classes. He was the tour sound engineer for Pharcyde and eventually became co-director of national rap promotions for Warner Bros. Records. He was active as part of Big Boy's morning show at "Power 106."
Fuzzy left the morning show to join Dr. Dre at Beats and was subsequently let go. He returned to Big Boy's show, now at KRRL, Real 92.3. Big Boy addressed Fuzzy's change: "It couldn’t have been tough because they fired him. I think when they fire you, you don’t really have a decision. You can fake and be like, 'I’m leaving!!' But nah, Fuzzy was fired. So it wasn’t a hard decision like, I went to Fuzz and said, 'Hey man, this Dr. Dre, this Beats thing, there’s nothing there. I don’t think that’s gonna happen. It was more of he was unemployed, all non-void, walking around like he was Pretty Boy Floyd, soon-to-turn stick-up kid, look what you done did, probably would’ve been sent up for an eight year bid. Nah, he was between work. It was easy to make the deal for Fuzz. It was a no-brainer. He didn’t have a job. [Laughs] You don’t leave Dre. Dre fires you. And that’s what happened. Me and Fuzz been boys before radio. When I was bodyguard for the Pharcyde, Fuzzy was the light man for the Pharcyde. So when I got into radio, I told Fuzz, ‘Man, they want to hire me for radio. What am I going to do everyday?’ I’d never done radio in my life. I’d always been a personality and I always had fun. But I never did radio. Fuzz was just that familiar face that I would deliver my show to. If Fuzzy’s laughing then they laughing. Fuzz, he’s been my dog. It’ll be sad when I have to let him go … in two weeks. [Laughs]
Sim is the Chairman of the U.S. Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy. He is a managing member of JDF Investments Company, specializing in corporate development and financing merger transaction.
FARAR, Sim: KIEV, 1968; KOST, 1969, KDAY, 1970-73; KROQ, 1974. Sim owned KVPS/TV in Palm Springs. He is back on the radio in Palm Springs, KWXY 92.3 FM 1340 AM playing Oldies.
For over 30 years, Mr. Farar has been a key figure in Los Angeles, serving on the board of directors of several companies. In 2002, Los Angeles Mayor James Hahn appointed Farar to serve as a commissioner for the $12 billion Los Angeles Fire and Police Pension’s Trustee Fund. In 2001, he was appointed to the advisory board of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington, DC. In 1999, he was appointed by President Clinton and confirmed by the U.S. Senate to serve as the United States Representative to the 54th General Assembly at the United Nations in New York City. In 1994, Sim received a Presidential appointment to the Advisory Committee on the Arts of the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He has been a California resident since 1956 and is currently an associate at the University of Southern California Law School.
FARBER, Erica: Erica is credited with being the first woman to become general manager of a major-market radio station (RKO’s WROR/fm-Boston in 1976, a post that led to the vice presidency/general managership of WXLO/fm-New York). She entered the station representation market at McGavren Guild in 1980 and being named vp/gm of the radio marketing division of the parent company, Interep, just three years later. In 2021, Erica was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
In 1992 she left Interep to join Radio & Records as executive vp of sales and marketing. She was promoted to chief operating officer in 1994 and publisher and ceo in 1996. In 2009, after completing the due diligence process for, and subsequent acquisition of, the publishing company by the Nielsen Company, she founded The Farber Connection, dedicated to building an internet-based information company.
As president and ceo of the Radio Advertising Bureau, Erica leads Radio's advocacy efforts by helping to drive business, grow advertising revenue, and communicate Radio's digital transition. Farber joined the organization in January 2012, as evp, responsible for membership, services and professional development. Most recently, she was the CEO of the radio consulting and Internet service provider, The Farber Connection LLC, a firm she founded in 2010.
During her fifteen year tenure at Radio & Records, Farber held various positions including coo, president, publisher and ceo. She has held nearly every position in Radio Sales & Management including rising through the ranks at the INTEREP Companies and serving as Executive Vice President/Radio Development Director. During the early years of her career she held positions at KRTH, KABC/tv, and KIIS. Her radio management career grew quickly when she was appointed General Sales Manager and General Manager of WROR/fm in Boston in the same year.
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.
Farnham, Sean: KSPN, 2018. After joining the afternoon show at KSPN in early 2018, within seven weeks he quietly exited the station. Farnham was set to be paired with Marcellus Wiley and Eric Davis, but Davis was quickly let go following sexual harassment allegations while working at NFL Network.
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, 2005-21. 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.
"I started out in Market 198," she told LARadioSpecialist.com,, "which is the Chico-Oroville market." Shannon was a student at Chico State. She did the all-night shift at Hot Country KHSL. Following graduation, she joined KFBK in Sacramento, followed by KIRO-Seattle. KFI news director Chris Little made a cold call and offered Shannon a job.
Since 2015, she has been paired with Hoffmann on the very popular midday show at KFI. "We try to have fun and cover the stuff that you kinda need to know, and then we're out of here at 2:00. I'd like to think that Gary and I are pretty much a lot of the time, middle of the road, you know? We're not one way or another when it comes to politics. We like to hold both parties accountable. We're not in love with the Republicans. We’re not in love with the Democrats," she said.
Shannon is a huge San Francisco 49er fan and she frequently attended games pre-COVID.
Fast, Greg: KYMS, 1985. Greg owns GSF, a Christian radio agency in Nashville.
FAST, Nathan: KIIS, 2014-17. Nathan workd weekends at KIIS/fm. He is a multi-tasker who also worked nights at KHTS-San Diego, as well as on over 80 other stations available worldwide on iHeartRadio. In early fall of 2018, Nathan joined Cumulus Country KPLX (99.5 The Wolf)-Dallas for mornings. He left in November 2019. He's now Creative Media Strategist for Iliad Media Group's seven Boise stations, overseeing digital content. His other duties will include strategic on-air/online projects and talent coaching for the group.
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 was 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.
Faulke, Bill: KBIG, 1958-62. Bill passed away in May 2015, at the age of 87. "My dad also worked in radio and advertising in Roswell, New Mexico and Fresno before retiring in Bakersfield," said his daughter, Cathy.
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/Audacy/LA cluster manager, 2017-20. 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. By the end of 2019, Jeff was given president stripes.
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. Sporting a foot long beard and an equally outrageous personality, Federoff’s national weekly radio show has been on the air since May 1986. His program is the nation’s only coast-to-coast gardening show.
Federoff travels the country addressing contemporary, environmental and biological issues while providing information and ideas for the beginning and seasoned gardener. He holds a degree in Ornamental Horticulture.
He was the garden writer for the Los Angeles Daily News. The success of the KFI show spurred off a newsletter which later became one of the country’s leading publications called the Things Green Gardening Magazine. His tv show, Things Green, airs Saturday mornings on KLCS/TV 58. "I evolved into radio by chance and made it a career. Originally a landscape contractor with 60 employees I wasn't looking for a radio job. Through a series of events I was contacted by KFI to fill in for a gardening show. Two weeks later they asked me to take over the show. I called the guy that was hosting the show to let him know they wanted to give me his job. He gave me his blessing then warned me to get a contract as he said he wasn't getting paid. I came in with a contract and stayed with them for some 15 years."
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, 2000-21. Felli worked evenings at "Power 106" until a promotion to music coordinator at KPWR in early 2006. He's now afternoon drive and he was a contributor to FOX's Dish Nation.
Born James Andrew Corrine in Rock Hill, South Carolina, Felli is a club and radio dj at Power 106, record producer, and a recording artist. He is also a member of The Heavy Hitters DJs.
He grew up in Atlanta, LA and Dallas. While a teenager in Dallas, he began spinning turntables for house parties. His radio career began on Dallas radio station K104 and Waco Spanish-language station KHCK.
He has quite literally been dubbed “The Record Maker and The Record Breaker.” His production discography reads like a music industry bible having produced hits for many of today’s major artists, including Kanye West, Chris Brown, and Ne-Yo.
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. Her first published book was Welcome to Washington, Fina Mendoza.
Kitty survived for many years the changes to KPCC at the hands of Minnesota Public Radio dropping music programming from the station. Kitty hosted the "Talk of the City." She also covered the Sara Jane Olson trial for KPCC, NPR, & Minnesota Public Radio, working on stories for The Savvy Traveler, writing interview pieces for the LA Times, writing a bio of the war crimes tribunal judge for a human rights magazine.
A respected journalist for 15 years for NPR, Monitor Radio, AP, KLON and KCRW, she was a regular contributor to KCET’s Life & Times Tonight. Her articles have appeared in USA Weekend, Buzz magazine and the Christian Science Monitor. It was the Rodney King beating that led her to courthouse reporting, covering both King beating trials, as well as the Reginald Denny beating trial and the Simpson/Goldman murder trial. She also has worked as a courthouse commentator for CNN, CBS and CNBC, and as legal affairs correspondent and fill-in host for KCRWs "Which Way, L.A." She is the recipient of numerous awards, including ten Golden Mikes (from the Radio and TV News Association of Southern California), six Golden Medallions (from the State Bar of California), two Silver Gavels (from the American Bar Association), and seven Associated Press TV and Radio Association awards.
Kitty was born August 13, 1954, in Long Beach and grew up in Compton, living there until 1974. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre at the University of California at Irvine.
FELDMAN, Charles: KNX, 2004-21. Earning a bachelors degree in poly sci and government at Brooklyn College, follwed by journalism masters degree from New York University, Charles is a reporter/anchor at all-News KNX.
He spent 18 years at CNN as an on-air investigative correspondent specialzing inn terrorism and organized crime; financial reporting.
Beginning in 2004, Charles was a adjuct professtor of Journalism at USC's Anneberg College teaching writing and reporting for television.
In 2009, the investigative reporter co-authored a book with Howard Rosenberg, the Pulitzer Prize-winning former television critic for the Los Angeles Times. It’s called No Time to Think. A review of the book from Bill Moyers: “The faster we feed the mass media beast, the faster it devours us. Step back, read Rosenberg & Feldman, then step even further back and start thinking how to save yourselves and democracy from the tsunami of blarney, blather, and bathos that passes as news today.”
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.
FENNOY, Dave: KACE, 1992; KAJZ/KACD, 1992-94. Dave worked morning drive during 103.1FM's brief experiment with a Jazz-format.
Born and raised in Cleveland, Dave majored in theatre at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. “At Howard University I majored in jazz studies with a minor in guitar,” he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
During the 1980s Dave worked in the Bay Area at KWUN (as Billy David Ocean), KBLX/KRE and mornings at KDIA and later KSOL.
“I got into radio because it was the next best thing to having a career as a musician.” He is now very active in a 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 grew up in Mooretown, Shreveport's largest and toughest ghetto. He spent four decades in broadcasting in Los Angeles, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Paris, and New Zealand before becoming an eclectic actor in film, tv and commercials. He still
Ted retired from radio and work at the age of 50 in 1999, but decided, in 2005, to go back to LSU at the age of 57, full-time, to fulfill a commitment. He flunked out in 1968 in the middle of the Vietnam war. The purpose was to get off scholastic probation (from 1968 to 2005, 40 years). Other alma maters include: The Sorbonne in Paris, UCLA, Victoria University Wellington, New Zealand and LSU.
Ted was a missionary in the Congo in the war zone while building a Christian radio station for the Church of Christ. He taught English at a seminary in Vera Cruz, Southern Mexico.
Ted's acting career started in 2005 with an extra role followed quickly by Blonde Ambition starring Jessica Simpson, Luke Wilson and Willy Nelson. He was one of 4 Norwegian priests. Ted called the Norwegian Embassy in New York and got them to translate the scene into Norwegian so that when he arrived on set he told the casting director that he could do the scene in Norwegian. A career was born. Ted is fluent in French and very proficient in German (lived in Berlin when the wall came down) and Spanish.
His variegated acting career has taken him from a mad scientist in DC Comics' Doom Patrol, a preacher, a crooked judge on NCIS New Orleans, and a grandpa in Logan. His impressive website can be found here.
FERNANDEZ, Andre: CBS. In 2015, Andre was named President of CBS Radio. He was most recently president/coo of Journal Communications, where he was responsible for the company’s broadcasting and publishing assets. Fernandez was responsible for operational oversight of Journal’s broadcast and publishing segments, as well as a number of corporate functions. He also served as the company’s chief financial officer from 2008 through 2014.
Prior to Journal, Fernandez held a variety of financial leadership roles at the General Electric Company. Following GE/NBC’s acquisition of the Telemundo Communications Group in 2001, Fernandez was named Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Telemundo, where he helped steer the company to its best financial performance in history. During his tenure, Fernandez also led the acquisitions of Telemundo-RTI Studios and Tepuy International and helped create the Yahoo!Telemundo digital joint venture. Prior to Telemundo, Fernandez held the positions of Chief Financial Officer and Controller of GE Latin America, based in Mexico City; Chief Financial Officer of GE’s Digital Energy business, based in Atlanta; Assistant Treasurer of GE Corporate Treasury and Chief Financial Officer of GE Capital Information Technology Solutions (ITS), both based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.
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, 1994-2021. Jennifer was promoted to general manager at KCRW in February 2010 from assistant gm. Ferro succeeded Ruth Seymour, who retired after running KCRW for 32 years and building it into a powerhouse National Public Radio affiliate with a global audience.
Ferro has worked in all areas of the station’s operations, including programming, marketing, new media, technology development and fundraising, since joining the KCRW staff in 1994. She first came to the station as a volunteer arts reporter in 1991. “I’m thrilled to be able to get the opportunity to lead the best public radio station in the country and I’m excited to work with the station’s incredible staff on the challenges and opportunities in front of us. It’s a dream job,” Ferro said. (Photo credit: Marc Goldstein)
"Jennifer is an ideal choice to lead the station forward,” said outgoing manager Seymour. “She brings her own unique approach and vision to KCRW. She's innovative, courageous and independent. She's an experienced programmer, producer and fundraiser. She will make a terrific manager and I look forward to a KCRW under her leadership."
Ferro oversaw the construction of a new $61.2-million media-technology complex on the college's campus. For many years the station operated from the basement at Santa Monica College and its new home was a sparkling, 34,000-square-foot, three-story $21.7 million glass structure on the campus of Santa Monica College. KCRW boasts a crew of 105 employees. In addition to creating a plan to improve on-air fundraising tactics, Ferro spearheaded a change in KCRW’s online strategy that includes its three live Internet radio channels, successful iPhone apps, active blogs, original content features, and social media strategies.
FERRO, Pio: KTNQ/KLVE, 1995-97. In 2009, Pio was named program director Mega 107.5 KMVK-Dallas and CBS RADIO’s Vice President of Spanish Programming. At the time, Pio commented: "I can barely contain my excitement. The Dallas/Fort Worth market is vibrant, CBS Radio is a great company, and we’ll do incredible things at Mega 107.5. CBS Radio’s commitment to Spanish language formats is clear and I take this opportunity knowing we will achieve great success.”
In late 2012, Pio was appointed program director at WPOW-Miami.
In early 2020, he was promoted from pd at HOT 97 (WQHT)-New York to Senior Vice President of Content and Operations.
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: KFI, 1993-96; KNX, 2018-21. Craig is a reporter for the all-News station, KNX.
Craig arrived in LA from a four year stint as a reporter with KSNV/tv-Las Vegas.
In 2011, he was the Inland Empire Bureau chief for KNBC/Channel. He relaunched the bureau and moved significant online coverage for region via NBC's local website. Within 5 months became most-followed station reporter on Twitter/ Awarded an Emmy for Live Coverage of an Unscheduled News Event, according to LinkedIn.
In 2007, Craig founded InstantRiverside.com. As the publisher he established a news organization to compete successfully with established regional newspaper. Organized vendor relationship with the same newspaper for coverage of auto reviews. Prior to this he was Inland Empire Bureau Chief for KCBS2/KCAL9. Other assignments include KFSN/tv-Fresno. He was awarded an Emmy for Best Investigative Reporting, earned six Emmy nominations for consumer and investigative news and was Best Consumer Reporter 2001 by APTRA.
FIELD, Elliot: KFWB, 1958-64. On January 2, 1958, Elliot began afternoon drive on the launch of Chuck Blore's legendary KFWB "Color Radio/Channel 98." When he left the station in the summer of 1964, he was working nine to noon.
Elliot was born in Malden, Massachusetts in 1927. By the time he reached KFWB, he had perfected a cast of thousands with such characters as his sidekicks "Tex," Alfred Hitchcock, Arthur Asti of Shields, California, Lonesome George Gobelfield and Milton J. Double-Cross. His private New York correspondent was Father Winshield. As a teenager, Elliot worked as an actor on the CBS Radio Network.
While at KFWB, he created the legendary-but-imaginary rooftop swimming pool. Prior to arriving in Southern California, he worked at a number of Gordon McLendon stations, including KTSA-San Antonio, KLIF-Dallas and KILT-Houston. When he left the Southland, Elliot did free-lance voice work for Hanna Barbera on Quick Draw McGraw and The Flintstones. He joined WJR-Detroit for five years, then went to Palm Springs where he was gm at KPSI for 11 years. He's authored two books, one on his radio experiences, Last Man Standing.
Elliot currently heads up EF/MC, a full service marketing operation. During his 15 years in Palm Springs, he was elected twice to the Palm Springs City Council, and he was elected mayor pro-tem in 1981. He commented on the burdens of being a city councilman: "My pet peeve as a public official is public indifference." He considers his years at KFWB as the "highlight of my radio career."
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.
Rick kicked off KODJ Oldies format on March 2, 1989. On Sundays he hosted a call-in show with a different major oldies singer as guest.
In early 2000 Rich was apd and afternoon drive at WFJO-Tampa Bay and middays at WSUN-Tampa Bay. Prior to WFJO, he had a three-year stint as the announcer for Mark Goodson Productions’ Flamingo Fortune tv game show, produced at the Universal Studios in Orlando.
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 and wrote 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
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 now the apd/md at KISQ-San Francisco.
Born August 29, 1968, in Riverside, he was raised by his mother until he went off to the University of California Riverside and Cal State Fullerton. While he was growing up in the Inland Empire, he constantly listened to Rocker KFXM. "I was fascinated by the jingles, the production elements, the djs, and the overall presentation. I used to make my mom take me to the station (located at the Holiday Inn in San Bernardino) so that I could watch the djs through the window. I knew very early on that I wanted to be in programming." In the spring of 1997 he was promoted to pd at KRLA and shortly thereafter moved over to what would become “Mega.”
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 was 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 websites 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, Chris: KSPN, 2011-18. Chris was the USC basketball voice for eight years as well as host for Trojan football. In the fall of 2018, he joined the The Oklahoma City Thunder as the team's new tv play-by-play announcer for the Thunder's 70 game broadcasts on FOX Sports Oklahoma during the 2018-19 season.
A graduate of the University of Southern California, Fisher’s television work includes basketball play-by-play for FOX Sports, the PAC 12 Network and Time Warner Cable. During his career, Fisher also worked in broadcasting for minor league baseball teams in Oregon and Virginia. He joins Matt Pinto on WWLS-The Sports Animal and the full statewide Thunder Radio Network.
FISHER, Steve: KFWB, 1986-90. Steve was general manager at KFWB and went on to be cfo at Entercom until early 2017.
Steve received the Distinguished CFO Award from MFM, the Media Financial Management Association. The award, which pays tribute to a cfo who has made outstanding contributions to the media industry. Previously, Fisher held numerous broadcasting operational and financial management positions over a period of 15 years with Westinghouse Broadcasting, now CBS, including VP and general manager of its radio properties and cable TV systems in Los Angeles and as executive vice president of development for the Media Group, based in New York. In addition to his duties at Entercom, he has served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB).
FISTELL, Ira: KABC, 1977-95; KKGO/KNNS, 1996-98; KRLA, 1999-2000; KABC, 2000-06. Ira is a newspaper editor, adult education ducator, newswriter, radio and tv personality, lecturer and writer.
Fistell grew up fascinated by the radio industry and as a child enjoyed pretending to be on the radio. Coupled with his affinity for reading, he found that in college he could combine his interests and hone them in the field of broadcasting. After earning an AB from the University of Chicago with honors in 1962, he earned a JD from the institution in 1964.
Ira continued his journey with learning by earning a Master of Arts in the United States and American history from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1967. Though he earned a law degree, his true passion aligned with broadcast, and in 1968, he joined WKOW-Madison, Wisconsin as a radio personality. He went on to be an on-air radio personality at WEMP-AM in Madison from 1971 to 1977 and then KABC.
In addition to these roles, Ira was a national radio personality with the TalkAmerica Radio Network from 1998 to 2001 and an editor for the LA Jewish News from 1995 to 1996. He's been a faculty member at the University of Pheonix and as an English instructor for Concord Prep High School.
Fitzgerald, Buzz: KACD, 1999. Unkown.
Fitzgerald, Don: KNX. Unknown.
FitzRandolph, Chris: KNX, 1981-91. Chris lives in Denver and owns Denver Film & Digital.
Chris worked middays on the all-News station. "I reported most of that time at KNX -- no specific beat, although I remember spending a lot of time doing city and county stories, and was often the reporter for morning drive. I also filled in for Bill Keene on traffic (I'd worked briefly at Metro Traffic before I was hired), anchored on weekends, and was the first woman on KNX to be a weekday anchor. I did middays with Harry Birrell for a couple of years. Won a few awards -- Golden Mic, AP, part of a Dupont for documentaries. I think I may also have been the first woman staffer to be pregnant on the job. I waddled around during the '84 Olympics and again in '88.
"I was born in Boulder, Colorado in the early 50s, went to school at Colorado State University, BA political science, MA broadcasting. Had no idea what I'd do with that degree, but as I graduated, a news job came open at a tiny radio station in Cheyenne, Wyoming, where my husband had landed a tv job, and voila - I was a news department! Worked both radio and tv in Cheyenne, then KIMN in Denver, then went in with a bunch of friends to buy a teeny station in the equally teeny town of Casa Grande, Arizona, for two years. Tiring of 118 degree summers, I went to LA (then single again) to play for a while and after 3 months at Metro, wound up on KNX. I'll never forget coming home from the Metro job one day, and on the answering machine -- there's KNX news director Bob Sims saying, "I'd like to reach Chris FitzRandolph for a job interview. Please have HIM call me." I left in 1991 to come back home to Denver and co-anchor the morning news show on KOA radio. Was there 5 years before I left to start my own retail business."
FITZSIMMONS, Angie: KKGO, 2019-20. Angie joined mornings at Country KKGO in late May 2019. She left a year later.
Angie was born and raised in Chicago where she began her radio career as an intern and worked her way up to becoming the executive producer for a top rated, nationally syndicated morning show. From there, she got her first taste of Country when she moved to “The South,” where she simultaneously moved from behind the scenes to behind the mic as the female voice of yet another nationally syndicated, award winning morning show in Charlotte, NC.
After marriage, she loaded up the truck and moved to Los Angeles where she joined the Adam Carolla Show before landing a role with the Carson Daly show on AMP Radio. She left radio to pursue a certification as a pilates instructor and raise her family of three boys (including twins). Now that the boys are all in school, Angie is back to radio and couldn’t be more excited to host morning at Go Country 105.
FLAHERTY, Bob: KGIL, 1980; KMGG; KMPC. Bob 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.
Bob passed away on February 16, 2016, at the age of 71. He was good friends with Bruce Jenner, now Caitlyn Jenner running for Governor.
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. Last heard he was working for KWAX.
FLEMING, Kevin: KGFJ, 1984-89; KACE, 1994-2000; KKBT/KRBV, 2006-07, KPFK, 2020-21. 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. He was program director at the Pacifica station, KPFK, until early 2021.
Kevin graduated from Clark College. In 1981 he spent time in Georgia radio and tv and WWDM-South Carolina before arriving at KGFJ as an on-air pd.
Kevin has had vp positions at a number of record companies, including Perspective, Third Stone, Atlantic and Island.
Born and raised in Minneapolis, he went to grade school with Prince. “I got interested in radio while in high school,” said Kevin. I played records and did school announcements during lunch periods. My first commercial radio opportunity came at KUXL-AM in Golden Valley, Minnesota. The dj, Pararaoh Black [Thornton Jones] let me read community news. I was 16 and forever hooked on radio.”
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.
"Advertising planning is undergoing some of the largest changes in history. Advertisers are using more media platforms than ever, and we are committed to helping them stay on the leading edge.” At the time of her ad agency launch, Kimberly added: “Launching something from the ground up is very exciting. After building KWIE-Riverside and KDAY from the beginning, I decided to build something that we could have ownership in." She partnered with Steve Wexler.
"Both Steve and I have the entrepreneurial spirit. We firmly believe that our knowledge and experience will benefit each and every one of our clients and give them the maximum return on their advertising investment.” Prior to launching WF Media Services, Fletcher was most recently Regional Vice President/General Manager of radio station KDAY. Fletcher continued: “I want to thank Magic Broadcasting Partner Roy Laughlin for his support. He was aware that I wanted to start my own company – and was 110% behind us.” Fletcher was acknowledged by Radio Ink Magazine in 2007 as one of the “Women 2 Watch.”
Flo and Eddie: KROQ, 1973-74; KMET, 1974-75. Members of the Turtles were part of the Fireside Show.
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. For most of his radio career Julio has held two simultaneous radio jobs, on-air and engineering. "If I ever get blown out of one radio station," he laughed, "I still have a radio job."
Julio was born in Anaheim on Halloween 1964. His radio passion began at age 11 while listening to a transistor radio under his pillow. "Jim Ladd was my hero. I thought, 'can he really say that on the radio?'" While attending Anaheim High School Julio fiddled with transmitters. In 1985 while going to Fullerton Junior College and working research at KWIZ, he got his first on-air job at KSMA and KSNI-Santa Maria. "Every Saturday I would leave on a Greyhound bus at 10:30 in the morning and get to Santa Maria around 9:30 at night in time for the first of three weekend shifts that started at 10. I would leave Sunday night, just after midnight and get back to Orange County as the sun was coming up. With what they were paying me and the cost of the Greyhound and motel room, I lost $50 a weekend." He spent four years doing weekend work at KGMG-San Diego while on the air at KWIZ. Julio was the imaging voice for KLSX until leaving the station in early 2000. 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.
FLUXMAN, Colin: KNX, 2007. KNX news anchor Colin Fluxman had a once-in-a-lifetime experience last week. He joined over 3,000 others at the Pomona fairgrounds and was sworn in as a citizen of the United States.
A native of South Africa, Colin was the country's premiere television news anchor, based in Johannesburg, and hosted a variety of television and radio programs before he immigrated to the US.
Prior to KNX, his radio jobs here have included K-Mozart, KCSN, and program director at KNJO. He also is a news writer and has written for KTLA and other stations. His voice is still heard in South Africa on a variety of commercials, which he records here. Colin says that he is proud and happy to be a citizen, as he can now vote, run for most offices, and serve on a jury! Colin's always interested in radio work.
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.
Originally from Pennsylvania, Denise has led a double life for most of her years. “I’m a writer of fiction and non-fiction and took a job in 1982 with L.A. Network Traffic to pay the bills while I wrote.” She attended Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pennsylvania studying political science and philosophy. Denise came to the Southland to work for the Hollywood Entertainment Radio Network and wrote radio dramas for a number of years. Over the years she has written tv specials for the Discovery Channel and feature films.
“Usually when I sell something big, I travel until I run out of money, and then I come back home.” Denise joined Metro Traffic in 1989 where she continues. She is thrilled with her experience at KNX. Oh, did we mention another one of Denise’s passions? The great American game of baseball: “I don’t love baseball. I ‘live’ baseball.” And her team? "I have to admit that I'm back to loving my childhood team - the New York Mets," confessed Denise.
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. After spending years as a rock ‘n roll dj, Judy joined KFWB in 1985 as a part-time anchor. She was part of the morning drive team. During her radio career, Judy won numerous awards including Golden Mikes for coverage of the major fires, the O.J. Simpson case, floods, the Angeles riots and other major disasters.
Born and raised in Honolulu, Judy was one of the first women on the air in the 1970s. Prior to KFWB, Judy worked at Watermark Productions writing and producing syndicated radio shows.
Ford, Mark: SEE Marv Howard
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.Forman was a pioneer in the reality television genre, specializing in emergency agencies. In 1982 he Forman created 4MN Prods., where he acted as both executive producer and host of Sparks, Fire Rescue and Special Access.
Forman grew up in New York, where his love of media began as a young man watching his uncle produce radio commercials for a major ad agency. His career began as a disc jockey and program director in New York. Soon after marrying he and his wife left for California. Forman moved quickly into management, starting as the program manager of KEZY, then to radio and TV management at Group W/Westinghouse Broadcasting. Posts included executive editor at all-news radio station KFWB Los Angeles.
In addition to his broadcasting career, Forman wrote numerous articles for both print and Web-based magazines, penned nonfiction book Scenes of Help: Real Life Captured for Television, Television Captured for Real Life and made a 2002 run for a seat in the U.S. Congress.
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, Laurie Free, John Fox, and Mike Fright)
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. He died August 25, 2019. Reb was 83.
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 was living in Amarillo at the time of his death.
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. He was 60.
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. He died on or about January 1, 2021 of COVID-19 complications.
In 2011, Bob was honored at the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon with a Diamond Circle Award for his decades of service to the broadcast community. During his career he spearheaded critical issues from the First Amendment to digital audio broadcasting, founder/co-chairman of the Museum of Radio & Television advisory board, voted 1993 Broadcaster of the Year by the CBA, and a year later was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the SCBA. As President of the Leukemia National Broadcast Council, he helped raise $30 million to fight leukemia.
Bob was humble once he reached the podium to accept his Diamond Circle Award. “I didn’t really do much except get to be 75 years old and that’s what the award is all about. My wife wants to thank you for not making it posthumously.”
A graduate of University of California at Berkeley, Bob’s first job out of school was on July 9, 1950, at KCOP/Channel 13. His job was to sweep the stage. “About three weeks into the job, we were doing the Leo Carrillo’s Cisco Kid show in the patio, which was at 1000 N. Cahuenga. Leo came in on his big white charger during rehearsal and the horse didn’t have very good table manners and relieved himself in the middle of the stage. My boss said since I was the new guy, he handed me a shovel and a broom. When I got home my dad asked how my day was. I told him I had a diploma in one hand and was shoveling you-know-what with the other.”
FOX, Charlie: KWIZ, 1975-77; KFI, 1977-79; KHJ, 1979-80; KUTE, 1982-84; KMGG, 1985; KRLA, 1992-93. "I live in Las Vegas along with two million other people who can't believe the difference in cost of living from California. I have a 975 sq. ft. penthouse apartment overlooking the city that a leasing agent in Westwood has seen and guessed the rent for the same unit on the Westside there would be close to $2,500 a month. I pay less than half of that here on a long term lease.” Charlie has been busy the last two years writing about his three decades in the business in the company of folks like Madonna. The Stones, Tom Jones, etc. “The proposal was picked up by an agent in New York City and took off from there and it is now in rewrites,” emailed Charlie. “I’m hopeful it could be in bookstores by the holiday season.”
Charlie was born James Martin in Santa Monica. “I was thrilled to work at legendary stations like KHJ and KRLA. I wound up working with legendary jocks who, early on, were heroes of mine. Talent like Robert W., Dave Diamond, Humble Harve, Wolfman Jack and Dave Hull. I never felt that I belonged in that company but maybe someday, in retrospect, I will." He did morning drive at "Kute." Charlie also worked at WRKO-Boston, CKLW-Detroit, and KDWB-Minneapolis/St. Paul. He worked many years for Transtar (later Westwood One). In 1993, Charlie moved to San Diego and worked at KBZT and KKBH. “I don't talk to many radio people these days,” Charlie continued. “I have not needed a paycheck in over a decade and most of my old friends are still worrying about career stability and money. I've found the old rapport is not what it used to be. Hell, nothing is like it use to be – honesty, directness, decency, courtesy, compassion, and, of course, radio, which is in an almost laughable state. I got out with no real back up and after two heart attacks I found my way home on a spiritual path that has never once cut my pay, fired me or made me feel less than I am. I had a marvelous career but am more grateful for how my life has evolved since leaving radio behind in 1998.”
In 2015, he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma and a year later had stem cell replacement. In the summer of 2021, Charlie got a clean bill of health, according to a posting by his daughter on social media.
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: Hockey Voice. For the 1990-91 season, Jim joined Bob Miller for the LA Kings broadcasts.
In 2011, Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News, placed Jim as the best game analyst. This was Hoffarth’s 19th annual poll:
1. JIM FOX Kings TV, Fox Sports Net “I still don’t think of myself as a broadcaster,” the former Kings left-winger said when accepting his second consecutive best tv color analyst award at the Southern California Sports Broadcasters awards lunch.
“Twenty one years ago (when he first teamed with Bob Miller) I didn’t know what was going on. My first five years I had no clue. I think I’m starting to feel comfortable.” That’s comforting to everyone who has come to rely on his expert observations and exceptional work on the Telestrator. Last year: No. 1
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. "I've registered countless plants using rock 'n' roll identities, such as 'Itchycoo Park,' 'Amos Nitrate,' and 'Electric Ladyland,' the last of which now graces the label of an international orchid fertilizer."
Born Norbert Gomes, Jimi started his radio work on KDES-Palm Springs. In early 1970 he was pd and midday air personality at KENO-Las Vegas. A year later, Jimi went to KIKX-Tucson to be pd and evening jock. In 1973, he joined Buzz Bennett at KRIZ-Phoenix as md and evening personality and before the year was out had moved to KUPD-Phoenix. Late in 1974 Jimi helped Bobby Rich put KFMB (“B-100”)-San Diego on the air. He did weekends and acted as pd for the debut of "the new Ten-Q" on December 26, 1976. After leaving KTNQ, Jimi went to KCBQ-San Diego as pd. He then joined Mercury Records as vp of national promotions and was the radio editor for Cash Box Magazine.
Fox, John: KEZY, 1993-99; KFWB, 1999-2000. John is the general manager of Rez Radio 91.3 / KPRI in San Diego.
FOX, Melody: KODJ, 1989. Melody did all-nights on the Top 40 outlet. She is a versatile artist and blogger.
"I had my own show, choosing the music I wanted, talking about the artist, the song, my thoughts, and some of my interviews as a journalist. They were done in English, with touches, here and there, of Italian. I miss having my own show. I miss communicating. I also had my online show on www.looplive.net, based in Sicily, every day from 2 to 3:00 p.m.. I left them after 4 years, due to the fact that I never got paid! Promises promises," she wrote at her website.
Fox, Michael: KABC, 1981-91. The former pd at KABC joined 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 and Von Freeman)
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 died on August 14, 2020, at the age of 73. His biggest success came as ‘Sonny in the Morning’ for decades in Miami.
Sonny came to Southern California from KCBQ-San Diego. While at KHJ, the Grand Rapids native wrote a weekly column for the Bob Hamilton Report. When he left "Boss Radio," he and Lee Abrams started the Superstar Radio Network. He programmed WRNO-New Orleans and WYSP-Philadelphia during the remainder of the 1970s. Sonny was on the fast track.
In 1973 he was part of the creation of "The Last Concert in Fantasy Park" that, according to Sonny, “was later borrowed by the Gordon McLendon family.”
By the end of the 1970s, Sonny burned out, and in 1980 he went to Miami. He said in a 1995 interview from his home in Miami, “I had done it all. The drugs, the mentions in the trades, the limelight, and I needed a rest.” Sonny started doing mornings at WSHE-Miami and then mornings at WHYI (“Y-100”)-Miami for three years during which time he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey show as one of the top six djs in the country.
Foxx, Holly: KSCA, 1996. Holly worked swing at KSCA.
FOXX, Lisa: KYSR, 1997-2008; KBIG, 2008-21. Lisa works at MY/fm and voice tracks Star 101.3-San Francisco and Star 94.1-San Diego. She was part owner of Cache Restaurant in Santa Monica. In 2010, Lisa was honored with a Genii Award from the AWRT.
When she became a restauanteur in 2007, she named new restaurant is Hidden. If you weren’t familiar with Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Schatzi's on Main, you might think the restaurant was indeed, hidden. Her very trendy restaurant eventually closed. Her investment partners included the owners of Via Veneto in Santa Monica, World Series of Poker champion Jamie Gold, a member of Duran Duran, among others).
Lisa worked in afternoons at KYSR with Ryan Seacrest for seven years. They are still very close friends. “I’m just doing what Ryan taught me to do,” said Lisa. “He said to get involved in as many different projects as possible. And so that’s why I invested in this new venture. Ryan got really lucky with his investment group and they own Katana, Sushi Roku and Boa restaurants."
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.
Franken's Senate race announcement came on the final day of his radio show on Air America. "Minnesotans have a right to be skeptical about whether I'm ready for this challenge, and to wonder how seriously I would take the responsibility that I'm asking you to give me," Franken said in a video clip posted on his website. "I want you to know: nothing means more to me than making government work better for the working families of this state, and over the next 20 months I look forward to proving to you that I take these issues seriously," Franken said. Franken was instrumental in bringing name value to the launch of Air America, but the Progressive Liberal network has been plagued by money woes from the beginning. Several sources indicate that Franken is owed over $300,000. He was born in New York City but grew up in the Minneapolis suburb of St. Louis Park. He graduated from Harvard University in 1973, then in 1975 he and writing partner Tom Davis joined the writing staff of Saturday Night Live during its first season. They soon started appearing in sketches, and Franken remained a fixture on the show well into the 1990s.
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.
FRANKLIN, Tom: KFAC, 1970-87. Tom was a Classical music veteran announcer. He also was the news and financial reporter for KFAC. Tom died of a stroke in 2004.
Tom was a regular as the “Dean of Southern California Business Reporters.” His wife Dottie introduced herself to Tom at an auto press event and told him that she depended on him for her Southern California business news. Hearing this commendation, he modestly scurried away like the White Rabbit in Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. End of wife Dottie’s interview.
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."
FRAZIER, Rob: Comedy World, 2000-01; KLSX, 2001-09; CBS interactive, 2009-2012; KLOS 2012-16. Rob lives, works, thrives in the world of commercial production. The award-winning production whiz was partly responsible for the edgy, creative sound of FM Talk at KLSX.
In 2005 and 2009, Rob won the coveted “Best Commercial – Large Markets” award in the international RAP Awards competition. The award is particularly special because production people from all over the world vote for the winner. The Annual Radio and Production Awards is sponsored by Radio and Production Magazine.
Rob is also a 2-time Radio Mercury Awards Finalist. In 2018, Rob left Southern California and headed to State College, Pennsylvania to be the Creative Director for Seven Mountains Media, a growing, locally owned group of radio stations. “State College is a non-rated market so creative, results, relationships and community involvement are what matter. I was looking for a change, and change found me,” said Rob.
In the fall of 2021, Rob announced on social media that he was battling Merkel Cell Carcinoma. Rob wrote: "It is, a rare and aggressive form of skin cancer. 2 surgeries and 7 weeks of radiation treatment to remove a tumor from my lower back, had me looking forward to a complete recovery. Unfortunately, my follow up appt in October showed that my cancer had spread to my pancreas. Bummer. I was fortunate enough though to qualify for a clinical trial of a new immunotherapy drug. I started in January and saw my tumor shrink by a third after two treatments! Unfortunately liver complications caused me to be dropped from the trial and I was transferred to hospice care where I am basically just being treated for pain and comfort. But I’m doing OK."
FREBERG, Stan: In the '50s and '60s Stan helped define American humor with a radio series, clever ad campaigns and records such as St. George and the Dragonettes, John and Marsha and Green Christmas. He wrote 90-second commentaries for stations across the country and was heard on Armed Forces Radio.
Some have called the Beverly Hills resident the Andy Rooney of radio. Stan was the first to use satire to question the way we do things in our everyday life.
Thirty years after his first volume, in 1996 Stan released The United States of America Vol. 2 on Rhino Records.
Stan was born in 1927 and grew up in South Pasadena.
Frederick, Miranda: KIQQ, 1980-81. Unknown.
FREDERICKS, Paul: KMPC, 1979-81. Paul is retired and living in Englewood, Florida.
Born Frederick Chenevey, Paul worked at KFRC-San Francisco and WOW-Omaha before joining 710/KMPC. When he left L.A. he joined the RKO Radio Network (later Unistar Radio Network) in New York for a decade. In 1990 he became a news anchor at WCBS-New York.
“After 11 years of commuting into mid-town Manhattan, we sold our house and returned to where I grew up in Ohio, working at WZKL-Canton. “I’m trying to invent a better morning show, after playing second banana to some of the best. Pretty soon I’ll want to try this out in a ‘Big Town.’” His brother is Jim Chenevey.
FREDERICKS, Steve: KPOL; KIIS, 1970-71; KDAY, 1971-73; KPOL, 1973-74; KRTH, 1974-78. Steve is retired from radio and has written three novels and a memoir of his nearly half-century in radio. He has retired to Sebring, Florida.
Born Steve Liddick on January 20, 1938, in Enola, Pennsylvania, he was raised in the Harrisburg area.
Steve worked the news beat and was news director at a couple of stations while in Southern California radio. After serving in the Korean War (Armed Forces Korea Network – Camp Henry, Taegu; Camp Kaiser, Un Chon Ni), he worked as a dj at WDAE-Tampa from 1963-68 followed by a pd’ship at WVOL-Nashville. He didn't pursue radio initially; he was a photographer for ten years.
He came to the Southland in late 1968 with no job, and it took him two years to land a news job at KIIS. When he left the Southland he worked tv news in Harrisburg. Steve moved to Sacramento in 1990 where he worked as a freelance writer and wrote novels including Sky Warriors, which was published in 2000. He is a credentialed software applications and business occupations teacher.
Free: KKBT, 2006. Free worked at the BEAT for less than a year.
Free, Laurie: KNAC, 1989-94; KIIS, 1994-95. Laurie worked 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.
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.
Alan was born in Ohio on January 20, 1922. He is credited with coining the term "rock 'n' roll." Alan grew up in Salem, Ohio, where his father was a clothing store clerk and a composer and band leader specializing in swing music. During the two years he spent at Ohio State University, Alan played the trombone and led the Sultans of Swing, a band named after the one in Harlem. After two years in the Army he started his radio career in New Castle, Pennsylvania at a station that featured classical music. Alan was a musician and started working at WINS-New York in the summer of 1954. On WINS he called himself "King of the Moon Doggers" and stayed there until 1958. He also worked at WABC and WNEW/TV in New York. His abuses and notoriety were ultimately his downfall in the wake of a national payola scandal. Alan took the brunt of punishment for hundreds of gift - and money-accepting djs. He was charged with having taken bribes totaling $30,650 from six record companies for playing and plugging their releases on his radio program. In 1959 Alan pleaded guilty to part of the charge and received a six-month sentence, which was suspended, and a $300 fine. At the height of his career he made as much as $200,000 a year, according to Time Magazine. His popularity over the air was matched on stage during school holidays, when he took over large New York’s Paramount Theater and presented rock 'n roll performers to mobs of youngsters. A critic once said that attending an Alan Freed stage show was "like having an aisle seat for the San Francisco earthquake. When he entered the stage in his checkered sport jacket, he was accorded the same shrieking welcome as the performers." In the wake of the payola probe, Alan arrived at KDAY on May 16, 1960, from WABC-New York. His contract, which became public, was for exclusive radio services and guaranteed him $25,000 per year. A clause in his contract was about the selection of disks. On his hiring, KDAY gm Irving Phillips said, "We feel he's a dynamic radio personality and any problems he may have had are a thing of the past. We did not do this to flaunt the Commission. Freed has full knowledge of the way we operate and will abide by our restrictions." Eventually he was let go from KDAY for plugging local concerts, which was in conflict with station policy. He had roles in several motion pictures with such titles as Don't Knock the Rock and composed two extremely successful songs, Sincerely and Maybeline.
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. In 2018, he was inducted into the Arizona Radio Hall of Fame. He's retired.
In 2011, J.D. was appointed president/market manager of the Clear Channel 7 station cluster in San Francisco. He spent 18 years in Phoenix radio before coming to the Southland in 1987. In 1995 J.D. was elected chairman of the board of the Southern California Broadcasters Association. In 1993 when KLAC switched from Country to syndicated adult format, JD said: "We thought we could be very successful with a middle-of-the-road music format featuring such artists as Streisand, Sinatra and Bennett."
Freeman, Jim: KHTZ/KLSX/KRLA, 1979-83. Jim went on to San Diego to work for a radio promotion company.
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.
Born and raised in Spokane, the longtime survivor in Los Angeles radio started early. By the time he was 15 years old, Paul had built a small radio station in the basement of his parents' home. He arrived in the Southland from KNAK-Salt Lake City. Paul started at KIIS during the disco period and moved to middays for most of the 1980s before leaving in 1989.
At KIIS, he was one of the few people permitted to do the morning show when Rick Dees went on vacation. At the CBS Oldies stations, KODJ/KCBS, Paul hosted the "all-request lunch hour."
In 1992, Paul took over the morning show at KZLA. He reminisced for this Booktory, "The highlight of my two-and-a-half decades in Southern California radio? It was being part of a team that achieved a 10 share (12+) in the mid-'80s at KIIS/fm. I think that was the last time any station has had double digits in L.A." He left KYSR in the spring of 1996. He reported the news on morning drive at KBIG with Sylvia Aimerito. The pair left the station in late 1997 when Chancellor took over the facility from Bonneville.
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.
FRETTY, Keri. Charlie Tuna, a friend of Keri’s for over 25 years, attended her memorial services. Keri died recently at the age of 54. Charlie filed this report:
"Nearly 300 family and friends of Keri attended the funeral Mass at St. Charles Church in North Hollywood. It was a step back in time for me as I saw one of our former sales account executives at KHTZ radio, Pam Roundtree, as I entered the church, and we wound up sitting with three other former KHTZ sales staffers in one of the pews together. Marc Bonvouloir, Derek Beesemyer, Richard Armstrong, and Pam and I had all worked at KHTZ back in the 80’s with Keri as our marketing genius.
What’s so eerie is Keri had invited those same former sales people to a lunch at her home just the weekend before she died. Marc told me, ‘She looked great and was as full of energy and life as ever. You would have never known all the health problems Keri had battled over the years, among them a pair of strokes and she had even beaten lung cancer.’ Larry Stickney, Keri’s husband, greeted every guest personally, and dabbed at his eyes with a handkerchief during the Mass, and spoke briefly at the end. He held a reception for well over a hundred of the guests at their home after the funeral Mass.
I told Larry one of my favorite stories about Keri that he admitted he had never heard from Keri herself. Shortly after the first Ghostbusters movie debuted in 1984, Keri arranged through Columbia Pictures for KHTZ to get use of the long white ambulance ‘The Ghostbuster Mobile’ that they used to answer calls in the movie. It was for a Halloween party our station was hosting, and on top of that, she got me Bill Murray's Ghostbuster jumpsuit he wore in the movie for me to wear that night. It fit perfectly! The party eventually ended up at the PickFair Mansion where the Jerry Buss family was living then, because John Buss who was at our party was a huge Ghostbusters fan! Quite a tribute to Keri and the magic she used to make happen! She will be missed more than words can say."
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 is managing partner for Crossover Media Group Sales.
FRICKE, John: XPRS, 2003-04. John was part of the new sports line-up of the "Mighty 1090" in the spring of 2003.
John is a 30+ year veteran television and radio show host and anchor. He began anchoring at CNN at age 21 and in 1982 he created the sports department at CNN Headline News (now HLN).
Fricke is an Emmy & AP award winner who has been a part of ACE award winning programs as well. His career has spanned from anchoring at CNN to hosting at Fox Sports Radio. Fricke has also been a news talk show host at both WSJS-Winston-Salem and WGST-Atlanta.
He has been the play-by-play radio voice of both Wake Forest and San Diego State. Fricke hosted television play-by-play for Tennessee-Chattanooga, Nebraska gymnastics and women’s basketball.
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, Howard Freshman)
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, 1964; KBIG, KRKD. Unknown.
FRITZINGER, George. KFAC. George owned and ran Classical KFAC. George died March 30, 1991, of a heart attack while driving in Los Angeles, at the age of 53.
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 and ceo of U.S. Cellular Co. He was a diector of Queen of Angels-Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Pepperdine University and Pauist Productions.
FROMSON, Murray: KABC, 1986. Murray hosted a Talk show briefly on KABC in the mid-1980s, 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. "I've devoted my career to challenging the conventions of how Radio does stuff or, at least, how radio sounds while doing stuff," John said at a Dan O'Day convention.
"I have become adept at positioning and repositioning and re- repositioning stations, morning shows and promotions. I think weird. I love the creative radio work I hear from others 'out there'...I love everyone who endeavors to help keep radio fun. Radio should be fun. Fun to work in, fun to create, and fun to listen to. Radio is both an art and a science...and I believe needs both to continue thriving.
John just may be the biggest influence on the sound of radio station imaging, worldwide, over the past 20 years. Following his 14 years creating groundbreaking imaging for KROQ, Frost has spent the past decade pushing forward the evolution of station imagining with Frostbites Online, having produced over 15,000 bits, campaigns, sweepers, promo starters, beds and effects.
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.
In the spring of 2019, she left Urban One as a dual-market PD – for Houston’s “Radio Now 92.1” KROI and Indy’s “Radio Now 100.9” WNOW-FM. She was responsible for both CHRs and also function as CHR Format Captain for the Urban One group, based in Indianapolis.
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 born March 20, 1933 and raised in Spokane, Washington. “I was fascinated by radio from age four when I remember asking how Major Bowes and his amateurs could be in our big, console radio; and I loved the NBC chimes!" remembered Gerry. "I was cast in a minor role in a radio play, to be aired on KGA-Spokane. For some reason yet unknown, I practiced the male lead at home and as fate would have it, the fellow to play that role became sick on the airdate. I volunteered to take his place, played the role live on the air and knew from that moment that radio was to be my profession (coincidentally, the homely, bald-headed man who announced that show turned out, many years later, to be my high school principal!)” Gerry started his professional career in radio from 1952 to 1954 at KUJ, Walla Walla, Washington, while attending Whitman College in Walla Walla, from which he obtained a B.A. in speech and drama in the spring of 1954.
“At Whitman [a small, liberal arts college where Bill ‘Adam West’ Anderson took some drama classes with me], I founded the Whitman Radio Guild and recorded radio dramas and music programs for play on local stations. I produced and announced a weekly classical pipe organ program featuring a music professor, and syndicated the tapes to stations in Spokane, Bellingham, Seattle, Portland, Yakima and Richland.” That fall Gerry graduated from the NBC Radio-TV Institute at Stanford University but he left Stanford for KFBB radio and television in Great Falls, Montana and KIDO/TV in Boise.
Drafted into the US Army in 1955, he served with AFN, Germany until his discharge in 1958, when he went to KHSL/TV in Chico. Gerry left KHSL/TV for KCRA/TV in Sacramento where he stayed until 1964, when he left to become the Program Director of the Southern Command Network in the Panama Canal Zone. He served there until 1976 when he moved to the Pentagon, promoted to be the program director for the Navy Broadcasting Service. He stayed there until 1982, the year he was promoted again to Director of Programming of the Armed Forces Radio & Television Service, a post he held until 1996.
Gerry serves on the board of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters and currently is doing background work for films and television. Gerry was Armed Forces Radio & Television director of programming from 1982-96.
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.
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. He is now president of Long Tail Media.
He has created original television and radio programming for both local stations and national syndication in both English and Spanish and has produced over 7000 hours of broadcast programming. After 15 years of senior management with CBS and UniStar/Westwood One with record achievements, Fuller ventured into independent programming.
His successful start-ups include the creation, launch and distribution of the nationally syndicated Dr. Laura Schlessinger Show, where he served as president and executive producer.
Alan graduated from Principia College earned his postgraduate degree in International Business Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
FULLER, Bob: KMPC, 1971-73. Bob, a part-time dj for Gene Autry's KMPC splits his time between Palm Springs and Portland, Maine, depending on the seasons.
He owns five stations in Portland. "Probably when I was about 10 years old growing up on a farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. Bob Clayton on 850 WHDH, Boston and his show was called ‘The Boston Ballroom.’ His theme song was Let’s Dance by Benny Goodman. He would sign off at 5:59 p.m. with ‘Until the next platter is spun, so long and have fun.’
Bob grew up on a small farm and early on decided that he would rather work seven days a week in radio than toiling in the fields and feeding the chickens. In 1957 at age 16, he signed on his hometown Newburyport, Massachusetts, WNBP, on its first day of operation. Sixteen months later, he was the youngest dj in Boston at WMEX. After two years in the Army, Bob became pd of WJAB-Portland, Maine. California called in 1967. Bob left Maine without a job and landed for the summer at KGO AM and TV. Guild had just bought KMAK in Fresno and soon Bob was selling time all day and hosting the 4-7PM show. After a stint selling for Dwight Case at KROY-Sacramento, Bob became National Sales Manager for Chuck Blore and Ken Draper.
At age 12 he did operating statements for a group of imaginary stations, at age 33, Bob decided it was now or never if he was going to get into his lifelong dream of ownership. He bought a struggling new station in Maine and it has since become legendary. Then, in the 1980’s, he added additional markets. It all started with sixteen thousand dollars of seed money and a lot of enthusiasm. Bob has served on the NRBA board and has been named “Broadcaster of the Year” in New Hampshire and was inducted into the “Hall of Fame” for the Maine Association of Broadcasters.
FULLER, Hugh: KTWV, 2003-07; KJLH, 2010-21. 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; KBCH, 1999-2003. 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, 2005-21. Steve is covering west coast news for CBS Radio.
While at KNX in 1999, Steve won two Golden Mike Awards: one for Best Sports News Reporting and another for Best Feature News Series. Steve hosted a general issue talk show on KMPC. Steve was the newsman for the morning show at KABC and also fed stories to the ABC radio network.
A California native and radio news broadcast veteran, Steve has worked at Westwood One and has reported for the BBC, CBC, CNN and CNBC. From sports to wars, he has covered events from all over the world, reporting from Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Kuwait during the Gulf War, China during the Chinese Uprising in Tiananmen Square and England at the time of Princess Diana's death. He has covered the Rodney King, O.J. Simpson and Timothy McVeigh trials, presidential elections, McGuire's 62nd homerun, various Super Bowls, and the last four summer Olympics. His work has earned him many prestigious awards including: the Overseas Press Club Award for his coverage of the uprising in China, the Gabriel Award for his reporting on the Gulf War, and the Ohio State Award for his documentary on skin cancer. He left KABC in the fall of 2001 and returned to free-lance reporting.
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