Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, G
Compiled by Don Barrett
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G, Captain: KKBT, 1993-94. Born Greg Beasley in 1960 in Chicago, he was the youngest of 13 children. While working in St. Louis in the early 1990s, Greg produced a syndicated show called "Urban Mix" that ironically was carried on the station he would end up working for, KKBT. The midday jock died July 1, 1994, at the age of 33. He did his regular show on June 30 but on July 1 was rushed to Daniel Freeman.
G, Johnny: KFWB, 1965. Johnny Gilbert died while working as an airborne traffic reporter at KULF-Houston in a helicopter accident on March 15, 1974.
G, Julio: KDAY; KKBT, 1995-2001; KZAB, 2004-05; KDAY, 2005-07. Julio worked afternoons at the Hip-Hop station until the summer of 2007. He's now concentrating on his musical career.
Gable, Bob: KHJ, 1973. Bob last worked at WMMO-Orlando.
GAFFNEY, Mary Kate: KFI, 2018. In January 2018, the Ohio born Mary Kate joined the overnight news shift at KFI. She studied Public Relations and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati.
Following graduation, Mary Kate was hired as an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles at SpinMedia. She later moved to more traditional reporting, working for FOX19 and later an ABC affiliate in Cincinnati.
Before moving back to Los Angeles, Mary Kate was in Phoenix launching and hosting FOX News' first digital show. Discovering a knack for public speaking and telling stories, Mary Kate was hired as a news anchor for iHeartRadio. She had previously hosted on her local iHeartRadio station in Cincinnati, 700WLW.
Gage, Bob: KFOX, 1958; KBIG, 1958-64; KEZY, 1964. Bob owns a wholesale business in Paso Robles.
Gaivar, Carlos: KNX, 1994-2006. Carlos was one of the all-night news anchors at KNX until the spring of 2006. He is now retired on disability.
(Terry Gross, Tim Greenwood, Anita Garner)
Galiffa, Dee: KLFM, 1966-69; KJLH, 1969-71; KREL, 1971-72. Dee was gm at KREL during the r&b doo-wop period. When he was a dj, he was known as Horace Winkk.
Gallacher, Ken: KJOI, 1973-74; KFI, 1984-2006. Ken retired from KFI in the Fall of 2004 and worked a weekend shift from his home in Virginia. He left the weekend show in 2006.
Gallagher, Fred: KFWB, 1971-80; KNX, 1980-99. Ken retired from KNXNewsradio on May 31, 1999.
Gallagher, Mike: KRLA, 2001-18. Mike's syndicated Salem show moved to morning drive on October 1, 2001. In August 2002 he moved out of morning drive and is now heard overnights at KRLA.
Gallardo, Fred: KLOS, 1977; KLSX, 1987-88. Fred was last seen working for a car dealership in Simi Valley.
Galvez, Francisco: KLAX, 2001; KMJR, 2001. Pacorro is part of a syndicated afternoon drive show. He is a seasoned voice actor and imitator, and he lends different voices to create characters for the show.
Gamache, Tom: KPPC, 1969; KMET, 1969-71. Tom is an outdoor photographer.
Gandell, Al: KTYM. Unknown.
(Jim "Mudcat" Grant, John and Larry Gassman, Blair Garner, Gil Gross, and Penny Griego)
GARABO, John: KZLA, 1993-95. John died from complications of diabetes on March 16, 2012. He was 46.
In the summer of 1993, KZLA teamed John, who was known as "Johnny Jumpster" at KFRG-San Bernardino, with John Murphy for morning drive. The pairing as a radio team was a first for both.
John was born and raised in New York City and his first job was at NBC in Rockefeller Plaza. In the summer of 1995, John left KZLA and segued to WWYZ-Hartford for morning drive. He went on to mornings at WZPT-Pittsburgh and WDSY-Pittsburgh.
John settled in Fresno where he worked at KSKS ("KISS Country 93.7). Most recently he worked at Country “Rooster 101.9” ZFKY in the Cayman Islands until the end of 2010. He then moved to New York City for a while, but vowed to return to Fresno, where his two children live. "I just couldn't stand being away from my children," he told The Fresno Bee in January 2011. "I want to come home to Fresno. I miss the market and the best audience I've ever had."
Garber, Mary Beth: Mary Beth was president of the SCBA and she was the Katz Radio Group Executive Vice President for Radio Analysis and Insights. She now has a successful VO career narrating audio books.
Garcia, Dominick: KRLA, 1986-97; KIKF, 1997-99. Dominick worked at Metro Networks.
Garcia, Eleazar: KSCA, 2002-05. Eleazar took over as pd at the Spanish KSCA in the summer of 2002.
Garcia, Jeff: KPWR, 1998-2011. In the early Fall of 2005, Jeff was promoted to sports guy in Big Boy's Neighborhood.
Garcia, Vince: KTWV, 1998-2004. Vince worked swing at "the WAVE."
Gardner, Bill: KPCC, 1984-2000; KKJZ, 2006-07; KPFK, 2000-18. Bill hosted the quintessential doo-wop music show on Friday nights at KPCC until a format change dropping all music programming in the spring of 2000. He is a supervisor of social workers who aid victims of child abuse in Los Angeles County. His weekly show, Rhapsody in Black, moved to KPFK in May 2000 and he hosted a weekend show on KKJZ playing jazz, blues and classic r&b until the spring of 2007 when there was a management change.
Gardner, Jay: KHJ, 1984-85; KRTH, 1985-90; KCBS/fm, 2002-04; KRTH, 2006-15. Jay takes over as production director at K-EARTH in early March 2006 and stays until a downsizing at K-EARTH in late summer of 2015. He's also been the voice of CBS/TV.
Gardner, Randy: KGBS, 1973-75; KFOX, 1975-76; KGGI, 1981-84; KMGG, 1984; KOST, 1984-85; KRTH, 1985-89. Randy is commercial production director for CBS Radio in Washington, DC.
GARLAND, Les: KIQQ, 1974-75. Les began his career as a radio and television personality and became an influential radio programmer in the 70s, exerting even more influence on the 80s as co-founder/originator of both MTV: Music Television and VH-1.
As MTV Networks svp, Les was the executive producer of the first six MTV Video Music Award shows and the Live Aid concert in 1985. Instrumental in the development of the “I Want My MTV” campaign, Garland also developed the weekly Basement Tapes show featuring unsigned artists competing for a recording contract. He launched MTV Spring Break, which remains a staple of the channel and created the first “Making Of” and “MTV World Premiere” music videos. Garland received multiple achievement awards during the MTV years, including Cable Ace Awards and Billboard Magazine’s Innovator of the Year.
Following their years together at MTV, Garland and Robert W. Pittman co-founded Quantum Media, launching a music company and television properties such as The Morton Downey Jr. Show and Streets, television’s first reality cop show.
During the prime years of contemporary music radio, Les programmed KELI-Tulsa, WRKO-Boston, K-100 (KIQQ), and CKLW-Detroit, the Motor City’s Big 8. Discovered by pop radio producers Bill Drake and Paul Drew, Garland became a top radio programming executive.
Garland was later picked by Doug Morris and Ahmet Ertegun to head up West Coast operations for Atlantic Records. During the 1980s, record-setting revenues were achieved through releases from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Abba, Aretha Franklin, Foreigner, The Spinners, Phil Collins and many other chart-topping recording artists. Additionally, Garland is a founding member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Academy of Digital Music Arts and Sciences.
Garman, Ralph: KROQ, 1998-2017. Ralph was the entertainment guy on the morning KROQ Kevin & Bean show. He now hosts a podcast.
Garner, Anita: KBIG, 1984-88. Anita is working on a book and movie of her personal journey with preacher/singer parents called The Glory Road. Additionally, Anita was the female voice of KCET.
(Bill Gardner, Dominick Garcia, Bob Gowa, and Paul Gonzales)
GARR, Bill: KRKD, KNX, KIEV. Bill broadcast race results for Southern California radio stations for close to 40 years. He died March 28, 2015, at the age of 98.
Born and reared in San Francisco, Bill was the manager of the UC Davis radio station. After graduation, he became a newscaster in San Francisco. During the 1950s, Bill was a dj in Los Angeles until he began covering the thoroughbred racing circuit in 1959.
“Bill had a gift for making a race come alive,” said a colleague, “so much so that your heart pounds as the field nears the finish line. Only the smell of the stables is missing when he’s on.”
Bill did an old fashioned, easy paced program about horse racing where he would call the races and give the results at the end of the day. Bill also hosted “Call About Racing,” which aired on weekend mornings. His morning show included scratches, interviews, plus calls and results.
Garr had been retired for years and had been in poor health, preventing him from coming to the track he loved most, Santa Anita, according to a story in the Daily Racing Form.
Garr’s first live show from Santa Anita was broadcast on December 26, 1959. For nearly four decades, he broadcast his show – a forerunner of today’s racing shows – from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar. He also worked on local racing telecasts in the 1960s.
In addition to his exhaustive broadcast schedule, Garr was known for some of the corniest jokes at the racetrack, ones in which he took great delight in telling if only to see the reaction of his audience.
He’d remind you to have a hot dog, because you were “guaranteed to have a weiner.” After watching a horse named Forty Winks win, he called the horse “a real sleeper.” When Jerry Bailey was riding, he’d ask, “If Barnum runs a horse does he have to put Bailey on him?”
Garrett, Keli: KORG, 1978-80; KUTE, 1980-87; KXEZ, 1990-93; KACE, 1990-93. Unknown.
Garrett, Nicole: KKTR, 1998. Nicole works for one of the traffic services.
Garrett, Pat: KIQQ, 1974-75; KHJ, 1979-80; KWST, 1980-81; KMGG, 1981-83; KEZY, 1984-85; KKHR, 1985; KODJ, 1991. Pat is the operations manager for the Cumulus 7-station cluster in Savannah, Georgia.
GARROWAY, Dave: , 1970-71. Dave was part of a historic day in tv. In early 1952 NBC opened a broadcast with a shot of Dave looking outside through the "Window on the World" in New York City. The Today show was the first that featured his signature sign-off with hand raised, uttering one word, "Peace." He hosted the show from 1952 to 1961. He was acclaimed for his calm, understated manner. His thick-rimmed glasses gave a whole generation of imitators that owlish look.
His broadcast career began shortly after he got his college degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in abnormal psychology. He was visiting New York City in 1937, as he told it, when "some gal got me drunk and I woke up next morning as an NBC page." He spent many years at WMAQ-Chicago. After his wife died a tragic death by jumping from a building in 1961, he felt compelled to quit the Today show. He went on to do local radio and tv shows in Boston and then to KFI. Dave committed suicide on July 21, 1982, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He was 69.
Garver, Gary: KLSX, 1993-2006. Gary worked production and hosted a weekend show, "The Single Life" at KLSX until the Spring of 2006. He now hosts a syndicated radio talk show that is televised live at RockMeTv.com. He's also business manager at KCAA-Inland Empire..
Garza, Erika: KRTH, 2005; KLAX, 2006-08 and 2015. Erika joined Hollywood Hamilton as co-host of the morning K-EARTH show in February 2005 and left a month later. She now works evenings at LaRaza 97.9/fm.
(Gillian and Melrose Larry Green)
Garza, Joaquin: KLAX, 2000-10. "El Chulo" joined KLAX from the Z Spanish Network. Since 2010, Fiesta 97.1 is a radio station that focuses on the Hispanic Population in Austin, Texas and its Metropolitan Area. “El Chulo de la Manana” is the most important program of the radio.
Garza, Pepe: KBUE, 2004-06. Pepe was program director at KBUE.
Gaskins, Bob: KTWV, 1988. When KMET changed to New Age-y KTWV, Bob was one of the first new voices along with Danny Martinez, Talaya Trigueros, Don Burns, Keri Tombazian, and Amy Hiatt.
GASKINS, Yolanda: KABC, 1991-94; KMPC/KTZN, 1994-97; KABC, 1997-99. Yolanda hosted a talk show on “the Zone” (KTZN) until the late summer of 1997 when a format switch to “Disney Radio” occurred. She left the station when it was KMPC in late 1996 and rejoined the Talk facility in early 1997.
Yolanda is a graduate of Georgetown Law School. In a profile in the LA Times, Yolanda related how she got interested in broadcasting. It was when she was 7, on the back porch of her grandmother’s house in Washington, where she grew up, and saw a woman on tv. “I said I would like to be on television, and my mother said, ‘You can’t do that. You are black. White people look at white people.’ That stayed in my mind.”
She graduated from Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and then went to law school. Yolanda hosted a magazine show for the Fox station in Washington and then to the NBC affiliate in Miami and Black Entertainment Television. When KTZN changed format to “Radio Disney,” Yolanda moved to sister station, KABC for weekends. Yolanda left KABC to join KLIF-Dallas on January 6, 2000. She is an actress, known for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993, The System in 2003 and The Wire in 2002.
Gassman, John and Larry: KPCC, 1980-2000; KCSN, 2000-01. The identical twin brothers hosted "Same Time, Same Station" for years. They have a company that acts as a clearing house for radio/tv audio clips and source material for old radio shows.
GATES, Daryl: KFI, 1992-94. The LA Police Chief died April 16, 2010. He was 83. “Controversial” snaked its way throughout the three-page profile of his life in the LA Times obit, much of it centered on the tumultuous years as Los Angeles Police Chief from 1978-92. But this story begins where his police career ends.
In early 1992, there was a sea of voices calling for Gates to step down. A 50,000-watt voice, KFI, loudly led the charge along with the LA Times. Talk show hosts were merciless in their frustration with Gates and demanded his resignation. The day after Gates announced that he was stepping down; KFI’s pd David G. Hall stepped up with an offer to host a daily show at KFI. “I knew in a million years there was no way he was going to take my phone call so I sent him a fax. I suggested to him that instead of constantly being a 10-second sound bite, he could have a full four hours to do with what he wanted.”
Hall was shocked with a return fax saying Gates was interested. “We met and made a deal.” Hall was a relatively new program director in 1992, just two years on the job. He had just let another controversial figure, Tom Leykis, go from afternoons and was planning to bring in John & Ken from a successful run in New Jersey. It was a timing issue for Hall. He knew that Leykis’ supporters would take out their rage about losing him on the new guys, John & Ken, so David needed a bridge, a program to separate the end of Leykis and beginning of John & Ken. Enter Daryl Gates.
“I knew we would have an unbelievable cume with Daryl Gates,” said Hall, “and there would be people waiting to hear him and what he was going to say. This gave me a honeymoon period to work on his talk show skills. When we made the deal it was for afternoon drive for 3-4 months and then he would move to 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Gates told me that when it came to law enforcement he was the expert and I was the idiot but when it came to doing a talk show, he was the idiot and I was the expert. He told me to never hold back on giving advice. He said he wanted to be a sponge because he didn’t want to go on the air and embarrass himself. I could sit with him and he would take notes.”
“I’ll tell you one thing he didn’t like,” said his original producer, Marc Germain. “It was racist jokes. From time to time people thought that was a way to ingratiate themselves into the conversation and he wouldn’t crack a smile. You could tell he was kind of insulted by it. He was not the guy that some media portrayed, that sense of white versus them. He was not in any way, shape or form a Klan member, white supremacist or anything like that. He was completely the opposite. Another behavior that people might be surprised about is that the Chief used to drive through the worst parts of town and he was greeted like a returning king. They loved him. The idea that he was somehow hated and vilified just wasn’t true.”
Gates admitted that it was pretty sweet to be on KFI, a station that once called for his resignation. The honeymoon period and perhaps novelty of having the embattled police chief as a talk show host came to an unhappy end. Perhaps like when Kato Kaelin and Susan Olsen (Brady Bunch) talked out their celebrity status at KLSX, there was nothing more for the Chief to talk about and his contract was not renewed.
Gates, Gene: KZLA, 2000. SEE Gene & Julie
Gates, Kelli: KLYY, 1997-98; KLOS, 1998-2012. Kelli was part of the morning team at KLOS, until late summer of 2012 when Mark & Brian left after 25 years. She was doing mornings at 97.7 The River FM in Santa Rosa, CA until 2017.
Gato, El: KNAC, 1986; KWIZ, 1988-95. The Killer Kat has returned to school and lives in Bakersfield.
Gehringer, Jeff: KKGO, 1986-89; KACD; KIKF/KMXN/KSPA, 1998-2018. Jeff is business manager for the Art Astor radio stations.
Geiger, Steve: KKLA, 2002-09; KFSH, 2006-09. Steve worked weekends at "the FISH" and Christian KKLA. He currently works as a Video Technician for meetings and live corporate events.
(Steve Gregory, Jacque Gonzales James, Goodfellas, and Nick Gerard)
GEIST, Mary Ellen: KFWB, 1989-92; KABC, 1996. Mary Ellen left her slot as morning anchor at KGO-San Francisco in the summer of 2004 and in the fall joined afternoons at WCBS-New York. She left broadcasting to help her mother and care for her father with Alzheimer's. Mary Ellen wrote about the experience, Measure of the Heart, in a best selling book. She is now a news anchor with KSL-Salt Lake City.
After a radio career in the biggest markets in the country, Mary Ellen has experienced some major adjustments in both her outlook on life and her day-to-day mindset. “I had to change my whole way of thinking when I got off the hamster wheel. I’ve started working on a second book. I sing in small jazz clubs, in fact, I communicate with my father through singing. And I have no money but I am happy. It is a different kind of life. I am on the cusp here that if I don’t get another book deal.
"Ken Beck trained me and he was such a wonderful mentor. Without Ken Beck I wouldn’t be here. I don’t think any of the wonderful things would have happened to me in radio if he didn’t take me under his wing. Coming from Michigan I had no idea what I was doing and he just saw potential in me. He was the best. I followed him to KGO and he just taught me so much and had incredible patience. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have begun my radio career with Ken Beck at the helm.”
Geller, Andy: KODJ, 1989; KLOS; KSWD, 2015. Andy has an active voiceover career and does promos for network tv. In the summer of 2015, he joined KSWD (100.3/The Sound) for fill-in.
Geller, Valerie: KFI/KOST, 1988-90. Valerie is the author of Creating Powerful Radio and Beyond Powerful Radio, the books that have become the bible for all programming and station execs. She travels the world consulting stations that emphasize news, talk, information, and personality radio.
Gene & Julie: KZLA, 2000. Gene Gates & Julie Jacobson spent 8 years working at KVIL-Dallas until exiting in late 2012. They own an Italian restaurant in Dallas.
Gentri, John, KHJ, 1965. John passed away in 1976.
GEORGE, Wally: KABC, 1987; KLAC, 1987-90; KIEV. In the summer of 1996, Wally underwent surgery to remove a potentially fatal blood clot that had been pressing against his brain. He died from complications of cancer on October 5, 2003, at the age of 71.
The right-wing, flag-waving conservative hosted a loud talk show, Hot Seat, on an Orange County tv station, KDOC, for many years. Wally was an aide to former Los Angeles mayor, Sam Yorty, and served as a sidekick during the mayor’s short-lived show at KGBS. Wally hosted a talk show on KABC and KLAC in the late 1980s. In the summer of 1996 he underwent surgery to remove a potentially fatal blood clot that had been pressing against his brain.
George was the father of actress Rebecca De Mornay, had been at an Orange County hospital for three months due to complications from cancer. KDOC had been airing reruns of the show since George underwent surgery to remove a bone near his spine that had disintegrated due to cancer. He said at the time the problem was discovered by doctors after a fall in his Garden Grove home.
George told the Los Angeles Times in 1984 that fans saw him as a "down-to-earth guy who's speaking not so much from a highly intelligent brain but who's speaking from his heart and gut. They say that I'm a lunatic, that I'm a maniac, but why do you have to smile at your guests and be nice and let them say what they want to say?"
Born George Walter Pearch in Oakland to a former vaudeville actress and the owner of a shipping company, George moved to Hollywood with his mother and at age 14 became a disc jockey with KIEV.
Georgi, Bill: SEE Bill McEntire
Georgia, Eva: KPFK, 2002-07. Eva stepped down as general manager at Pacifica Radio's KPFK in October 2007. Shis is president/producer of Savannah Films.
Germain, Ann: KFI, 1989-93; KEZY; KIEV; KFWB, 1999. Ann is a full-time mom to her two children and living in Las Vegas.
(Kathy Gori, Neil Grant, Jeff Gonzer, and Anita Gevinson)
Germain, Marc: KTLK, 2007. Marc worked afternoon drive at K-TALK until late 2007. He was formerly Mr. KFI and Mr. KABC. He now broadcasts at TalkRadioOne.com.
Gerard, Nick: KSUR, 2003-04; KKJZ, 2008. Nick worked morning drive at Adult Standards, "K-Surf" until a format change in the summer of 2004. He's now hosting Nothing But the Blues at K-Jazz. SEE Nick Summers
Gershan, Kevin: KIQQ, 1974; KMPC, 1975; KMGG, 1983-84; KQLZ, 1985; KRTH, 1992-98. Kevin is a producer at Entertainment Tonight.
Geronimo, Don: KIIS, 1981-82; KFI, 1982. Don left KHTK-Sacramento in the fall of 2013 and joined WJFK-Washington, DC. He left the DC station in early 2014 and joined digital RELM Network to produce his new show that will be available via subscription only.
Gershuny, Howard: KUSC 1968-72. Howard was host of the long running late night rock show Underground Airbag, as well as program director at KUSC. Current whereabouts unknown.
Gervasi, Alex: KIIS, 2014-18. Alex joins weekends at KIIS in early 2014. She is from the KISS station in Austin. In early 2018, she was moved to middays at KIIS.
Gevinson, Anita: KLOS, 1980-81; KMPC/KEDG, 1988-90; KSCA, 1993-96; KMPC, 1993-96; KLSX/KRLA, 1997-2009. Anita broadcasts traffic. In late 2012, she published her memoirs, titled, You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio: My Wild Rock 'n Roll Life.
Gibbons, Leeza: KBIG, 2002-07. Leeza was the tv image for KBIG. She had a weekend show at KBIG.
Gibson, Steve: KGIL, 1969-74. Steve worked in the news department at KGIL.
Gifford, Larry: KSPN, 2006-10. Larry was pd at KSPN. He arrived in the Spring of 2006 from ESPN pd. He went on to program the Bonneville sports station in Seattle. Larry left in early 2013. He now hosts a sports-oriented podcast and has an active consultancy for Spoken Word clients. He's current program director at CKNW-Vancouver.
Gilbert, Jack: KMPC, 1965; KGIL, 1966. Unknown.
GILL, Cliff: KEZY/KORG, 1959. Cliff owned KEZY and KATY-Hemet. He died September 8, 1999, in Vista, California. He was thought to be in his late 70s.
Cliff was owner of KATY in Hemet/Temecula, which was named after his wife. Cliff was a station broker and coordinated the sale of KFI to Cox Broadcasting in 1973 for a then unheard of price of $14 million.
Cliff owned KEZY in Anaheim from 1958 until 1964 and was the station general manager. "He built the station after tramping the hills of Orange County and finding a 5-tower site after ‘the world’ told him that another AM would never be built in greater L.A. [5 towers = magic pattern]," according to Johnny Gunn. He "built" another impossible station when he got a license for the village of Avalon on Catalina Island and used the Pacific Ocean as his "ground system" to cover Southern California with a clear shot from 26 miles across the sea in 1954 for owner John Poole. Cliff had many other ownership interests while in business with Willie Davis of KACE.
He was the chairman of the NAB Radio Code Board, a policy group that directed operation of the new self-regulation until set up by the NAB. Cliff had been chairman of NAB's Standards of Good Practice Committee.
Gill, Jeff: KJLH, 1990-97. Jeff is a partner/VP Sales at dwell California Real Estate & Investments.
Gillian: KJLH; KRLA, 1984-91; KACE, 1994-2000. Gillian Harris worked afternoons at KACE until a format change to Spanish. In early 2000 she appeared in her debut film, Plausible Denial.
(Ralph Garman, Gene & Julie, Kelli Gates, and Greg Gonzo)
GILLILAND, John: KRLA, 1965-70. John created one of the bright spots in Southern California radio history, "The Pop Chronicles." The show was narrated by Thom Beck, John and Sie Holliday.
John was born October 18, 1935 and graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in English. John worked at two Dallas stations, KCUL and KLIF. For two years beginning in 1959, John was a member of the multi-award-winning news department at KILT-Houston and then moved on to KOGO-San Diego until joining KRLA in 1965. Inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival of '67, John approached the station with the idea of an audio history of pop music. John tells the story from his home in Quanah, Texas: "The plan was to do interviews with, maybe, fifty of the most influential contributors to Pop music in the '50s and '60s and weave them into some 25 programs. Two years later, when "The Pop Chronicles" made its first appearance on KRLA, the interviews totaled more than 100, and the series clocked in at 55 hours."
John worked briefly on "The Credibility Gap" but concentrated on his "Chronicles" commitment. In 1971 he joined Gene Autry's KSFO-San Francisco and spent most of the decade producing a 24-hour blockbuster series on the 1940s and working as an evening jock.
"After KSFO I retired from the business in 1978 and came home to Quanah to be with my parents during a difficult time. At the same time, I began writing a long-planned comic novel about broadcasting." The book was never published and in 1985 John returned to radio at KRBE-Houston. "In '87 after my mother's death, I came back to Quanah intending to sell the family home, then ended up settling in." During the 1990s, John was producing documentaries that included "Christmas Quanah" and "The History of Quanah" for the Chamber of Commerce. In 1994 his Pop Chronicles: The Forties was published as an audio book by the Mind's Eye.
John died July 24, 1998 of an apparent heart attack. He was 62.
Gilmore, Doug: KJLH, 1984-86. Last heard, Doug was working in radio in Ojai.
Ginell, Cary: KCSN, 1976-87; KFAC, 1987; KCLU, 1994-2004. Cary is the publisher of VC On Stage, a webzine for Ventura County theater arts.
Girocco, Dawn: KLOS/KABC, 2015-18. Dawn was appointed market manager for the Cumulus cluster in LA (KLOS/KABC) in the summer of 2015.
Gjerdrum, Tom: KIIS, 1994. Tom is the operations manager for Backyard Broadcasting, based in Sioux Falls.
Gladstone, Terry: KLOS, 1978-81; KEZY, 1991-83; KNAC, 1984; KMET, 1985-86; KNX/fm, 1986-88; KLSX, 1993-94; KSCA, 1994-96; KLOS, 2004-09. Terry works at Dial-Global (formerly Westwood One) and she is a songwriter/composer and a music therapist working with Down Syndrome clients. She also works swing at KLOS and hosts Local Licks.
Glaser, Cheryl: KLON; KTWV; KCRW, 1996-2009. Cheryl was morning news anchor for KCRW's Morning Edition.
Glaser, Gregory: KMDY/KNJO, 1986-89; KGIL, 1990-91; KVEN/KHAY, 1991-99; KLYY/KSYY/KVYY, 1999-2000; KVTA, 2000.
(Hal Goodwin, Johnny Gunn, Ken Gallacher, and Paul Gomez)
Glazer, Ron: KWNK, 1985. The whereabouts of Ron, part of the L.A. Express football broadcasting team, unknown.
Glenn, Henry: KLON, 1971-81. Henry is a tv sports and entertainment reporter/producer.
Glick, Patti: KGBS, 1973; KLVE, 1974-75; KLOS, 1976-78; KPOL. Patti does voiceover work.
GLICKMAN, Paul: KPCC, 2000-17. Paul served as KPCC’s first news director, from 2000 to 2012. In 2012, he stepped into his new role as Managing Editor, Investigative & Projects. He now oversees the station’s investigative coverage and special projects, along with some beat reporters.
Paul worked for many years as a radio and print reporter in California, Central America, and Washington, DC. In the mid-1980s he was based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, an excellent vantage point for covering two neighboring wars: the conflict in El Salvador, where the U.S.-backed government fought Cuban-backed guerrillas, and the war in Nicaragua, where the Cuban-backed government fought U.S.-backed guerrillas.
In the 1990s Glickman was a foreign editor at National Public Radio, overseeing the network's coverage of such historic events as the Rwandan genocide and South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy.
An L.A. native, Glickman grew up in Gardena and Sherman Oaks. He lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife Janetta and their sons Jonah and Caleb.
Godfrey: KTYM, 1965-68; KALI, 1965-68. Godfrey works for City Hall Distributors, a wholesale record distributorship.
Godges, Mary Jo: KNAC, 1980-88. Mary Jo is a musician and went to Europe to be part of the Diamond Claw musical group.
Goerg, Frank: KNX, 1968; KFWB, 1968-70. Frank died October 12, 1988, in Sedona, Arizona.
Goich, Lisa: KLSX, 1997; KTLK, 2007. Lisa was the producer/sidekick on the afternoon drive KTLK Marc German show. She also produces the Mitch Albom Show and two weekend shows, Wayne Resnick and Joe Hicks.
Gold, David: KIEV, 1998-99. David worked at KIEV until the fall of 1999.
Golden, Brian: KMPC, 1992-93; KLSX, 1996-97. Brian is a sports writer for the Antelope Valley News.
Golden, Pat: KRKD, 1956-59. Unknown.
Goldfarb, Bob: KUSC, 1984-85; KFAC, 1986-89; KUSC, 2000-01. In 2007, Bob left radio to become president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, a nonprofit founded simultaneously in L.A. and Israel in 1990. In 2008, to expand the organization's activities, he moved to Jerusalem, where he still lives today.
(Larry Gifford, Carl Goldman, Jeri Seratti Goldman, and Steve Geiger)
Goldman, Carl: KIQQ, 1974-80; WW1, 1983-90; KBET, 1994-2000; KHTS, 2003-18. Carl is president/owner of Santa Clarita's KHTS.
Goldman, David: KMPC, 1996. The whereabouts of the former host of a weekend restaurant show are unknown.
Goldman, Jeri Seratti: KZLA, 1980-86; WW1, 1984-94; KBET, 1994-2000; KHTS, 2003-18. Jeri is owner of Santa Clarita's KHTS.
GOLDSMITH, Martin: KFAC; KKGO/KMZT. Martin joined the Classical channel at XM Satellite Radio in the summer of 2003.Martin is the son of Gunther Goldschmidt, a flutist from Oldenburg Germany, and Rosemarie Gumpert Goldschmidt, a violist. After emigrating to the United States, his mother was for 21 years a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Martin received a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins.
From 1971 to 1975 he was a radio host, musical producer, and writer at classical radio station WCLV in Cleveland. He joined WETA-Washington, DC, in 1975, serving as producer, announcer, music director and, eventually, program director. In 1987 he joined National Public Radio as a music producer for Performance Today. From 1989 to 1999 he was on-air host for that program, becoming senior commentator in 1999. Subsequently moving to XM Satellite Radio, he now serves as director of classical music programming.
GOLDSTEIN, Keith: KCSN, 1987-2016. Keith was the news director at KCSN news director for nearly 30 years. He died May 18, 2016, at the age of 61.
Goldstein’s industry and educational leadership dates to 1987, when he joined California State University, Northridge. He had been hospitalized in Intensive Care for more than two weeks, suffering from complications of influenza.
His daughter, Katy Goldstein, was especially glad that her dad had been honored in a March 2015 ceremony for his extensive contributions to journalism education. Goldstein was among five Southern California journalists recognized for lifetime achievement by the Greater Los Angeles professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Goldstein often referred to himself as an "old-school journalist." And, he devoted his life to teaching CSUN journalism students the all-important foundational skills needed in the workplace. Under his guidance, student journalists amassed more than 450 awards. His students picked up several more awards in April at SPJ’s Region 11 conference in Phoenix, including sweeping the Radio Sports Reporting category.
Colleagues were appreciative of Goldstein’s passion for preparing budding broadcasters. “That wall of Golden Mics is a testament to his work and his dedication to teaching students the fundamentals of sound reporting,” said Zoe Walrond, longtime broadcast journalist and journalism instructor in Los Angeles.
Goldstein spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN, he led his California State University, Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to hundreds of professional local, regional, state and national awards, including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Through his leadership, KCSN News was recognized four times for overall excellence.
Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, student reporters and writers have received a dozen first- place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first-place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and The Associated Press.
He earned three statewide AP awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in- depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein was a graduate of Temple University and did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.
GOLDSTEIN, Paul: KMET, 1986-87; KTWV, 1987-90 and 2003-10. Paul arrived at KTWV, the WAVE, from WNBC-New York.
When he left the WAVE, Paul went on to program Smooth Jazz for SW Networks (KOAI-Dallas and WNUA-Chicago).
Born in New York, Paul grew up in La Jolla and went to college at the University of California at San Diego. He started his radio career in 1979 at KPRI-San Diego. He went on to KOGO-San Diego, WPIX and WNBC-New York, Sony Entertainment and KKSF-San Francisco. He is the founder of the Jazz Groove, a commercial-free Internet radio station.
Paul consults new media companies and startups on audio media strategy.
Goldwyn, Greg: KVFM, 1975; KIQQ, 1975-76; XPRS, 1976-77; KCSN, 1977-80; KVTA, 2003-05. G.J is a computer professional running his own consulting company in Ventura County, administering the computer network for Gold Coast Broadcasting and doing a computer show late Sunday afternoon.
Golic, Bob: KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2000-01; KMPC, 2001-03. Bob joined Chris Myers for afternoon drive at all-Sports KMPC (1540AM) in late 2001 and left December 31, 2003. Since retiring as a football player, he has worked as a television actor, radio personality and sports commentator. He's co-host of Golic & Wingo on ESPN.
(Cheryl Glaser, Fred Gallagher, Jon Goodman, and Bob Golic)
Gomez, Batman: KQLZ, 1989-91. Unknown.
Gomez, Jim: KWIZ, 1993. Jim, who hosted "Sunday Night Live" at KWIZ, is now in sales with Rite Aid.
Gomez, Paul: KLON; KNX, 1994-2004; KFWB, 2004-09; KNX, 2011. Paul left his post as news director at KFWB following a format flip in early fall of 2009. He's now a news writer at KNX.
Gonier, Kevin: KIQQ, 1984-85. Unknown.
Gonzales James, Jacque: KOST, 1994-97; KPWR, 1998-99. Jacque is an on-air host at the QVC Network.
Gonzales, Paul: KFWB, 1980-83 and 1997-2000. Paul was a reporter/newsman for all-News KFWB. He went on to free-lance for ABC News. From 1984-86, Paul worked at NBC Radio Network. He's now senior media relations officer at Metro.
Gonzalez, Amalia: KSKQ; KHJ; KTNQ; KRCD/KRCV. Amalia is program director at "Recuerdo" KRCD/KRCV. She left in the spring of 2011 following a massive downsizing at Univision.
Gonzalez, Phil: KMET, 1979-84; KJOI/KXEZ/KYSR, 1984-96. Phil is sales marketing manager for KCBS/Channel 2 and KCAL/Channel 9.
GONZALEZ, Steve: KWIZ, 1978-87; KABC, 1987-2007. Steve passed away September 18, at the age of 67. His wife, voiceover artist and former news and traffic reporter Tammy Schroeder wrote: “I've tried to find the right words to post on Steve's Facebook page for three days now. Steve's battle with brain cancer was tough to say the least, yet he never once complained or said ‘Why me?’ He lived every moment to the fullest and he cherished every day he was able to spend with his 4 children and 10 (soon to be 11) grandchildren.”
Tammy continued: “As the day drew near for him to meet his Savior, he told me he was ready. He was so excited he would be able to see again! Relapsing Polychondritis, blindness and brain cancer, none of these health challenges ruffled his feathers or got him down. When I asked him why he never complained, he laughed and said it wouldn't change anything so why make everyone else miserable.”
Steve was unable to speak since July 26th because of how the cancer affected the speech part of his brain. “One of the last things I heard him say was ‘Lord! Please take care of my children!’ And that says it all,” said Tammy.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena. He will be buried with military honors Monday, October 2nd at noon, at Riverside National Cemetery.
Diana Kirchen Kelly wrote “Many of us fondly remember Steve Gonzales, ‘Steven G’ from KWIZ/fm and then KWIZ-AM. He was funny and talented. Steven Gonzalez will be missed.
Steve Kindred wrote: “I've lost a great friend and terrific LARP. Steve and I were fierce competitors covering some of the biggest stories of the last two decades. He was always objective and a straight shooter when it came to getting a story quickly and correctly. He was also a terrific family man, and a strong Marine who fought his disease fiercely right up to the end.”
GONZALO, Melissa: KFI, 2013-18. Melissa grew up in Montebello, in the San Gabriel Valley. She went to UCLA and got her B.A. in English, then a Master's degree in broadcast journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She still considers herself a Bruin.
“I actually did tv hosting, reporting, and anchoring for different English and Spanish media outlets for ten years,” said Melissa. “I was always told I have a great voice for radio too, so upon returning from anchoring and reporting for the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, I decided to give radio a shot.”
Melissa was referred to the KFI job and started on-air in August 2013 doing a couple of shifts, then started her regular Sunday morning shift in September. She also fills-in on the John & Ken Show and others.
Gonzer, Jeff: KPPC, 1969-71; KMET, 1971-72; KLOS, 1972-76; KMET, 1976-86; KLSX, 1993-94; KSCA, 1995-97. Jeff was program director and worked mornings at the Adult Rock format at Dial-Global (formerly named Westwood One) until late 2008.
(Joe Grande, Erika Garza, Chef Jamie Gwen, and Alex Gervasi)
Gonzo, Greg: KNAC, 1986-89. Greg left BOB/fm in Las Vegas in the spring of 2013.
Good, Tommy: KFOX, 1957-60. Unknown.
Goodfellas: KPWR, 1999-2006; KDAY, 2006-09. Tha Goodfellas left afternoons at "Power 106" in July 2006 and started at KDAY in the early fall of 2006 and worked there for three years. They returned to KDAY for mornings at KDAY in September 2015.
Goodman, Bob: KSBR, 2001-18. Bob hosts a Saturday show, "Whole Nuther Thing," which features lost music.
Goodman, Jon: KNX, 1968-96. Jon retired after almost 30 years with KNXNewsradio.
Goodman, Mark: KMPC/KEDG, 1988-89; KROQ, 1992-93; KYSR, 1996-97. Mark was one of the original MTV vj personalities from 1981-87. He is a jock on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
GOODWIN, Hal: KLAC, 1951-53; KRLA, 1959; KFWB, 1961-73. When KRLA went rocking in late 1959, Hal was with the Pasadena station as a weekender and lasted a short time before going to KFWB as a newsman. Hal was one of the first news voices heard on KFWB when the station went all-News.
He was born Cecil Harold Goodwin in Texarkana, Texas on May 23, 1927. Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the army and served from 1945-46. He attended the University of Texas under the GI Bill. While there he worked for Lady Bird Johnson’s radio station in Austin. His brother Gary Goodwin was active in radio and tv in Los Angeles and encouraged Hal to come to California. In 1952 he met Marily Morrice, who was working with Peter Potter, one of the KLAC Big 5 personalities. They were married the following year. In the 1950s he was on tv as “Happy Hal the Clown.” The Texas native was the spokesperson on tv for many local advertisers. Hal suffered a fatal heart attack in 1973 while on the air.
Gorbitz, Karen: KFWB, 80s. Karen Gorbitz Levy, assignment editor and editor at KFWB, passed away in February 2000 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
Gorbitz, Scott: KFWB, 1979-96. Scott lives in Hawaii.
Gordon, Dan: KPOL/KZLA, 1978. Unknown.
Gordon, Eric: KEZY, 1987. Unknown.
Gordon, Glen: KCSN 1977-87, KMPC 1982-92. Glen now lives in Madison Wisconsin and is the Chief Technology officer of Freedom Scientific, the largest worldwide manufacturer of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments or learning disabilities.
(Mike Gallagher and Christine Griego)
Gori, Kathy: KMPC, 1972-75; KIIS, 1975-76; KTNQ, 1977-80; KPFK, 1996-2003. Kathy hosted the morning show, "Up for Air" on KPFK. She is a writer and voiceover artist.
Gorman, Scott: KDAY, 1965. Unknown.
GOSA, Jim: KBIG, 1964-67; KBCA, 1967-78; KKGO, 1982-89. A major jazz figure for more than three decades, Jim was a broadcasting major at L.A. City College. When he went to work for KBCA, he was known for his feature, "Jazz Chronicles." He also loved to act and performed at the Shakespeare Festival at Chapman College every summer. He served as a judge at jazz festivals and for more than a decade broadcast the Monterey Jazz Festival to Los Angeles. In 1987, L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley designated February 13 as "Jim Gosa Day" in the city. Jim stayed on the air until he died of melanoma cancer on December 18, 1989, at the age of 58, in his home in Venice. A colleague said of him: "Jim was a great man who was loved by his fellow staffers." He was married to KKGO afternoon personality Laura Lee.
Goss, Dean: KRTH, 1981-86; KMET, 1986; KODJ, 1989-91. Dean worked weekends at KFRC/fm-San Francisco until a format flip in late 2008. He's now teaching radio at Palomar Community College in North San Diego County. "I'm having a ball," said Dean. "I get to tell all my radio stories every semester...lol."
Gothe, Jurgen: KUSC, 1989. Jurgen hosts an afternoon drive Classical music show on CBC Radio 2, originating from Vancouver.
Gott, Jim: KABC, 1996-97. Gott co-hosted Dodger Talk at KABC, a pre- and post-game radio show for the Dodgers for three years. In 2010, the Los Angeles Anges of Anaheim hired Jim as their pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels of the Rookie-level Arizona League. On November 9, 2012, Gott was promoted to the Angels' minor league pitching coordinator. Gott served in the role through 2017. On November 17, 2017, the Philadelphia Phillies hired Gott as their bullpen coach.
Gottfried, Adam: KLAC, 2008-14; KRLA, 2014-15. Adam co-hosts Living It Up, a weekly golf show.
Gottfried, Alan: KLAC, 2008-14; KRLA, 2014-15. Alan co-hosts Living It Up, a weekly golf show.
(Gina Grad, Greaseman, Lisa Goich, Steve Grad, and Leeza Gibbons)
Gourley, Bob: KPPC, 1986; KMAX, 1986-96. Bob hosts and syndicates "Issues Today" to over 75 stations.
GOVERNALE, Jim: KGER, 1988; KYMS, 1988-93; KKLA/KIEV (KRLA)/KFSH, 1993-2016. Jim worked mornings at KKLA until the fall of 2008. He returned to his full-time status with Salem in the fall of 2009. He has been part-time at KOLA as 'Jim Evans' since December 2007. In 2009, he also worked in the production department for NPR's division of American Public Media on the daily "Marketplace" program. He left Salem stations in the fall of 2016 during a company-wide downsizing.
"My new position is an exciting one," Jim emailed. "I enjoy it thoroughly and there are many areas of potential growth. I now work in the ‘Tower of Hope’ on the old campus of the Crystal Cathedral [now Christ Cathedral] in Garden Grove. My title is Radio Program Manager for the Diocese of Orange. I produce multiple local programs that air on networks such as Immaculate Heart Radio, Relevant Radio, and EWTN Network Radio. Some of the titles include Call Me Catholic, Empowered By the Spirit, OC Catholic Radio, The Don Johnson Show, and Catholic Sports View."
You can catch the podcasts at occatholic.com/radio. Jim's office is less than a mile from the old KYMS studios at the Katella Commerce Center, just down the street from Honda Center. "I really ‘grew up’ at KYMS during my formative years in radio from 1988 to ’93, working alongside such pros as Dave Armstrong, Austin Hill, Roger Marsh, Bill Reitler, Mike Villani and so many more.
Gowa, Bob: KPPC, 1971; KYMS, 1971-72; XEPRS/XHIS/XHERS, 1974-75; KMET, 1976; KROQ, 1976-77; KWST, 1977-79. Bob worked for Metro Traffic and broadcast news on KGO-San Francisco. He's now a voice artist in the Bay Area.
GRACIE, Carolyn: KLIT, 1989-91; KBIG, 1993-2000; KOST, 2000-04. The oldest of six children, Carolyn graduated from Purdue University and began her career in Lafayette, Indiana, in radio sales. She soon discovered her real talents were behind the mike.
After moving to the Indianapolis radio market, she headed to Los Angeles in 1986. At KLIT, Carolyn partnered with Jim Carson in morning drive. She has an active voiceover career with her husband, Eric Edwards, former production director and current station voice at KPWR. They are co-owners of “Edwards/Gracie Voiceover, LA.”
Carolyn is an on-air host at QVC Network.
(Keli Garrett, Tom Gamache, Tim Greene, Gary Garver, and Steve Gregory)
Grad, Gina: KSWD, 2015-17. Gina joined Mark Thompson for the new Mark in the Morning show at 100.3/The Sound. A year and a half later, Thompson exited and Gina joined Andy Chanley for mornings. She left in mid-November when Entercom sold the station to Educational Media Foundation, founders of Christian K-LOVE format. Gina is now part of the Adam Carolla podcast.
Grad, Steve: KNX, 1993-2016. Steve was a sportscaster at KNXNewsradio. In 1999, he won a Golden Mike Award for Best Sports Segment. Steve also worked weekend sports at KTLA/Channel 5. He left KNX in late 2016.
Graham, Gordon: KGFJ, 1965. In the early 1990s, Gordon was a CNN Headline News anchor and the recognizable face of CNN International, where overnight broadcasts of Headline News in the US would be relayed to Europe/Middle East/Africa during breakfast hours. He left CNN in 1998 to work for Florida's News Channel which closed five years later. He’s retired and living in Coshocton, Ohio.
Graham, Tony: KFWB, 1968. Tony died in 1991 in New York, where he was owner of a Greenwich Village Art Gallery.
Graham, Vance: KTYM; KMPC. Vance was a radio announcer, on-the-scene news reporter and later disc jockey. He was born in Denver. In 1927 he received a scholarship from the United Daughters of the Confederacy to attend the University of Virginia where he studied journalism. After graduation he traveled to Los Angeles. For many years he had a Latin Music show on KMPC, but he was broadcasting news for them since the early 1930s. Vance was not Spanish but of Scottish heritage, but he spoke perfect Spanish and he really loved the Latin American community and heritage. He invented the character of "Victor" in the 1970s to appeal to the Mexican-American community, but before that used his actual name. He died in 1984.
Granato, Cammi: KRLA, 1998-99. Cammi was a color commentator for the LA Kings and runs a children's foundation.
Grande, Joe: KPWR, 2000-05; KLAC, 2005-08. The former street and sports reporter on Big Boy's Neighborhood at "Power 106" moved to KLAC, in the late summer of 2005. He worked weekends at the sports station. He's now a license insurance agent.
Grande, Rudy: KYMS, 1987-88; KLIT, 1989-91; KLSX/KRLA, 1993-97; KBIG, 1998-2000. Rudy was part of the morning ensemble at KBIG.
Grannis, Larry: KUSC, 1950-51 and 1953-54; KALI, 1954-55; KWOW, 1956-57 and 1960-61; KDWC, 1957-58; KWIZ, 1961-71; KYMS, 1971-73; KNOB, 1973-78. Larry is retired.
GRANT, Bob: KNX, 1960; KLAC, 1968-69. Though many obituaries refer only to his legendary work in New York, Bob Grant spent part of his early career in Los Angeles at KNX and KLAC in the 1960s. Bob died December 31, 2013, in Hillsborough, New Jersey, after a long illness. He was 84.
He began his radio career in the late 1940s at WBBM-Chicago. He later moved to Los Angeles where Bob partnered with Paul Condylis in the early 1960s on KNX. He worked afternoons when KLAC was a Talk station. Bob went on to be a long-standing voice in New York radio and was eventually syndicated nationally.
Grant started in New York at WMCA in 1970. He was best known for his work when he moved to the afternoon show on WABC in 1984.
He made national headlines in 1996 when WABC fired him for comments about the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. (First reports about the plane crash that killed the commerce secretary said everyone might not have died. Grant cracked, "My hunch is that Brown is the one survivor. Maybe it's because at heart I'm a pessimist.")
Within two weeks after being fired, Grant reemerged at rival WOR, where he worked until 2007, when he returned to WABC to finish out his career. Grant was admired by many of the younger hosts over the years. Sean Hannity, who replaced him on WABC in 1995, said at the time, "He's the reason I'm on the radio."
"He was certainly one of the most important talk show hosts of all time," said Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS. "There were others before him, but he was a founding father of modern talk radio." (Grant photo courtesy of New York Daily News)
Grant, Gene: KABC, 1970-72; KFI, 1972-73; KGOE, 1973; KWST, 1973-74; KJOI, 1975-78; KSRF, 1975-76; KOST, 1980-83; KKGO, 1994-95. Gene has a career in voiceover work.
GRANT, Hank: KNX, 1965-90. Hank was the entertainment reporter at KNX for almost a quarter of a century. Hank penned the “Rambling Reporter” column for the industry paper, The Hollywood Reporter.
Born Henry Galante in New York in 1913, he majored in journalism at L.A. City College and UCLA. While in college, he began moonlighting as a singer and emcee, first at KHJ and later at the Coconut Grove, on the Orpheum theater circuit, in Las Vegas lounges and at other night spots.
After West Coast successes, Hank began successful one-man shows on Chicago tv. He continued working for KNX right up until his illness prevented him from doing so. He passed away July 19, 1990 after a battle with cancer at the age of 77.
A press agent wrote at the time of Hank’s death: “Hank never wrote an unkind word about anyone, yet also managed to make you feel that you learned a lot about what was going on.”
Grant, Jim: KABC, 1986. Mudcat Grant is the ex-Major League pitcher.
(Julio G, Joy Grdnic & Ron Stevens, and Francisco Galves)
GRANT, Johnny, KGIL, 1949-50; KMPC, 1951-59. Johnny died January 9, 2008. He was 84. Johnny was the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and perhaps the town’s biggest booster. Johnny was the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and perhaps the town’s biggest booster. For almost a half-century, Johnny has been synonymous with Hollywood. Although he was probably most visible as the host of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies, Johnny was originally best known as one of the most popular disc jockeys in Los Angeles radio, starting at KGIL before his eight-year run at KMPC. “He was very generous with his time and his encouragement. He was a giant at KMPC when we were all coming up,” said Larry Van Nuys, news anchor at KNX.
Johnny started his radio career in Goldsboro, North Carolina at the age of 17. He received national recognition for his 1940 coverage of a notorious murder trial, after persuading the judge to allow him to broadcast the trial's progress from the doorway of the courtroom. Beginning in 1944, he worked at WINS-New York, hosting a program aimed at the GIs stationed around New York. In the late 1940s, Johnny arrived in Hollywood, did Lucky Strike cigarette commercials on the "Jack Benny Show" and hosted a talk show from Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip. Beginning in 1951, Johnny created the "Freeway Club" on 710/KMPC. "I was the first dj in the nation to intersperse traffic reports between records and guest stars," Johnny once said.
As the honorary mayor of Hollywood, he emceed more than 3,500 civic and charity events. He raised millions of dollars for the USO, Boy Scouts, Arthritis Foundation and countless others. He has two Stars on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. In the late 1970s, he turned the Hollywood Christmas Parade into a nationally televised event. In late 1991, Johnny joined Robert W. Morgan on KMPC, handling the weather and traffic.
Grant, Neil: KABC, 1998-99. Neil was most recently with WXEL-West Palm Beach, Florida.
GRANT, Dr. Toni: KABC, 1972-86; KFI, 1986-90; KTZN, 1997; KRLA, 1998-2000; KABC, 2000-01. Dr. Toni Grant was a clinical psychologist and a pioneer in media psychology. She died March 27, 2016, at the age of 73. She studied English at Vassar College, then clinical psychology at Syracuse University, where she received her doctorate. She went into private practice in Pasadena.
Her radio career began in 1972 with weekly guest appearances on the Bill Ballance Show. She went on to revolutionize her field and the broadcasting industry with the nation’s first psychology call-in format. In 1981, her three-hour afternoon show was syndicated by the ABC network. In 1986, she was recruited by the Mutual Broadcasting System, and was syndicated in 180 markets until her departure in 1990.
In 1988, Dr. Grant wrote Being A Woman, a best seller which urged modern women to reclaim their femininity, lay down their “Amazon Armor” and return to traditional moral and family values. She took her own advice and that same year married industrialist John Bell.
In 1990, Toni decided to “live the book I wrote” and took a creative hiatus from daily broadcasting. She entered the world of corporate America, serving in an executive position at Bell Packaging Corporation.
Toni missed radio and in the spring of 1997 she returned to daily broadcasting. Famous for her phrase, “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” Toni spoke with over 50,000 people. Subject matter ranged from the bedroom to the boardroom." Born April 3, 1942, she had two daughters. Dr. Toni returned to KABC for late nights until her syndication deal fell apart in 2001.
Graves, David: KFWB, 1984-86. The former vp/gm at all-News KFWB, David is ceo of PermissionTV.com.
Graves, Robert: KIEV, 1992; KGER, 1994-97; KLTX, 1997-99; KPYA, 1998-99; KKLA, 1997-01; KTYM, 2003; KXMX/KTIE, 2003-08. Robert left Salem left Salem Communications in February 2008 after 10 years with the company. He's currently concentrating on maintaining and programming the Smooth Gospel Jazz Internet Radio Station he owns and launched in 2004 on live365.com.
Gray, Gary: KBIG/KBRT, 1970-80. Gary has retired and is living in upstate New York.
Gray, Marv: KABC, 1967-72; KFI, 1972-73. The ex-CIA agent from Connecticut started in the opinion business as Joe Pyne's producer. Marv was a World War II hero, author, lecturer and columnist who was the distinctive conservative voice of early L.A. Talk radio. He died November 8, 1973. He was 53.
GRAYDON, Joe: KDAY, 1959-60. The former FBI agent was a singer in the 1950s. After his radio career, Joe was very active through the years as a singer, performer and arranger of Big Band events. He died May 19, 2001.
Born February 6, 1919, in Washington DC, on the now-site of the U.S. Supreme Court, he began conducting and singing with bands when he was in high school and continued doing so throughout his college years, which provided him with enough money to pay for his tuition and earn a law degree from the Catholic University of America. His very first recording with the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra was a mega hit entitled Again, which was #1 on the charts for many weeks and went platinum. He had his own show in Hollywood for five years. It was, in fact, the first musical talk show and Joe had a group of five great studio musicians who worked the show with him for two hours each day, five days a week.
Joe held a law degree, which allowed him to join the FBI. After being a field agent during World War II, he eventually worked directly for J. Edgar Hoover. With less than a month to go of his five-year stint, Joe was hired to sing on the Hit Parade tv show. Hoover saw him and said he didn't want his agent to be on the show.
Las Vegas beckoned and he was soon doing radio and television there and singing in hotels on the famous Las Vegas strip. For decades, Joe's corporation, JOMAR Productions, Inc., became THE largest producer of Big Band events in the entire entertainment industry. Many of his concert attractions were coast to coast tours ranging up to three months duration. He not only produced these shows but also wrote and directed them.
Additionally, he often incorporated star attractions in his productions, such as Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, Frankie Laine, Kay Starr, etc. On occasion, especially on Big Band ocean cruises, he conducted and, of course, did a vocal chorus now and then. His tours were totally sold out during 1998 and 1999.
Grdnic, Joy and Stevens, Ron: KWST, 1979-80. They work for All Star Radio Networks out of St. Louis.
(Terry Gladstone, Valerie Geller, Cheryl Glaser, and Eva Georgia)
Greaseman: KLOS, 1993-94. Doug Tracht left his stint in Jacksonville, Florida recently. He can be heard evenings on the Internet at Web Radio Classics.
Green, Derek: Since 1997, Derek has been associate producer and writer for the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.
Green, George: KABC, 1960-96. The former general manager at KABC represents many Los Angeles Radio People as an agent.
Green, Herb: KMPC. Herb was gm of KMPC's AirWatch. The Texan flew for over 50 years. He was gene Autry's personal pilot for 27 years and daily aired "A Pilot's View of the Weather." Herb was advocate of the twin-engine aircraft as the only fixed-wing planes for traffic coverage. The aviator's axiom is: "If an airplane loses its power, it becomes a glider. If a helicopter loses its power, it becomes a rock. Herb died in the early 1980s and was buried in his hometown of Waco.
Green, John: KFAC, 1975. Unknown.
Green, Melrose Larry: KIEV, 2000. Larry hosted a midnight show on KIEV.
Green, Phil: KLAC, 1965-70. Phil is living in Phoenix.
Green, Sean: XPRS, 1980-85; KIEV, 1985-98; KFSG, 1998-2003. Sean worked with Huggy Boy at XPRS in the early ‘80s. He checked in. “After X-PRS, I continued that ‘Soul Oldies’ program at the Cable Radio Network [CRN] while working at KIEV from 1985-98. After KIEV sold I went to KFSG/fm and played contemporary Christian rock from 1998 till it also sold in 2003. I finished my master’s degree and teaching credential while at KFSG, so when those wonderful six years ended I changed careers and began teaching for a school district here in L.A. I miss radio and the people I worked with but LOVE teaching!”
Greenberg, Peter: KABC, 2002-04; KTLK, 2005-06. Peter has a syndicated weekend travel show.
Greene, Kameron: KJLH, 2013-18. Kameron works weekends at KJLH.
GREENE, Scott: KMNY, 1986-89; KDAY, 1988-90; KJLH, 1990-92; KXEZ/KYSR, 1989-93; KGFJ 1994-95; KFI, 1995-98; KRLA, 2001-02; KFWB, 2011-14. Over the years, Scott did news and traffic for a number of stations. He was just 55 when he passed away on November 4, 2014, of congestive heart failure and renal failure.
"I wasn't flying the plane." That was Scott's first line when interrogated for five hours after his traffic pilot violated restricted air space during the Pope's visit to the Southland. "Our plane was forced down via two military choppers with an aimed 16mm-military cannon. Very scary."
Born on Long Island on May 20, 1959, his postal inspector father was transferred to Illinois when Scott was eight. He started his radio career at WDGC-Downers Grove, Illinois when he was 14 years old. He earned a B.A. in radio/tv/film from Cal State University Northridge in 1981. After graduation Scott worked in the Antelope Valley and was the overnight news anchor at "Money Radio," KMNY, along with Metro Traffic. His show at KFI was described as "libberservatism - somewhere between hard-line conservatives and hard-end liberals." He left KFI in early 1998.
Scott had a deep, melodious, distinctive voice and an infectious laugh. He was well-liked by his colleagues who told stories at his funeral of enjoying lots of laughter with Scott before, after and during the breaks between reports. "I first met Scott when we worked together at Metro in the early 2000s, and we became instant friends. He had a heart of gold beneath his hefty, gruff exterior and loved to laugh. "I'd see him every morning when I came in to produce and write at Metro," Sandy Wells shared, "and Scott would be coming off the overnight shift. He seemed so full of energy and always greeted me with a smile, even after a long night. We visited a few minutes every day. He'll be missed."
His sister, Jacqueline "Jen" Greene, spoke eloquently and poignantly at the funeral, detailing finding Scott's body. "When I arrived, I happened to notice that he hadn't made up his bed. That was Scott. He'd say, 'Why make it up? I'm just gonna get back in it later!' If he'd known I was going to be there, he would've made it up. I was always after him about that," she laughed. She told of how Scott's poor eating habits and lack of exercise, especially in the last few years, resulted in Scott's gaining a lot of weight and contributing to his declining health. "He loved eating out, getting take out and delivery, and he frequented fast food restaurants," she added. "And believe me, it was quite the maneuver managing to get his body out of his apartment. It required lots of help and we finally got him downstairs."
(David Gold, Jim Gott, Kevin Gershan, Joey Griffin, and Marc Germain)
Greene, Tim: KKBT, 1990-92; KJLH, 1992-94; KMPC, 1995. Tim works at WGIV 103.3FM Charlotte.
Greenleigh, Tom: KRLA, 1976-77; KIQQ, 1977. Tom is a partner in the Quizland Web sites. He's living near Salt Lake City with wife and two kids.
Greenly, Ed: KPSA, 1972. Unknown.
Greenwood, Timothy: KNX, 2003-08. Tim broadcast traffic on KNX.
Gregory, Laura: KCSN; KPCC; KFWB, 2000-09. Laura provided financial news at the all-News station until a format flip in the early fall of 2009.
Gregory, Steve: KFI, 2005-16. Steve joined the news department at KFI in the summer of 2005. He left in the spring of 2016 to deal with medical issues concerning his mom.
Gresham, Bob: KBCA, 1964-69. Bob died in the summer of 2004.
Grice, Bonnie: KUSC, 1989-96; KKGO, 1996-97; KCSN, 1997. Bonnie is with WLIU-New York.
(Vance Graham, John Gentri, Gordon Graham, and Cammi Granato)
Griego, Christina: KRLA, 1995-98; KNX, 1998-2007. Christina reported news and traffic for one of the traffic services.
Griego, Penny: KFWB, 2000-14. Penny was co-anchor for morning drive with News/Talk KFWB until a format flip in September 2014. She spent many years anchoring the news at KCBS/Channel 2. In November 2017, she became Media Relations Specialist at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, serving 2-million members in L.A. County.
GRIFFIN, Booker: KGFJ. Booker Griffin, Jr. was a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and in 1962 moved to Los Angeles, where he started with Motown Records and was a volunteer in the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy.
Booker was an African American activist who, after the 1965 Watts riots, wrote and helped design programs for the Westminster Neighborhood Association in Watts. He used his popular weekly radio talk show to air his biting criticism of former Mayor Tom Bradley and other black elected officials.
Griffin was best known as a talk show host on KGFJ radio, where his guests included Bradley, former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and other politicians and officials. "His long suit and his weak suit was his ability to tell it like it was," said Bill Shearer, vice president and general manager of KGFJ. "Sometimes it served him well and sometimes it didn't."
Booker died July 4, 1993, after suffering a diabetes-induced stroke at the age of 55.
Griffin, Jason: KYSR, 1998-2005. Jason worked weekends/swing at "Star 98.7" and KELT/92.7 weekends in the Inland Empire. He produces the syndicated Melissa Etheridge show.
Griffin, Joey: KWIZ, 1980-82. Joey is a corporate paralegal.
Griffin, Ken: KGOE, 1972; KGIL, 1970-75. Ken died September 28, 2010, at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida. He was 73.
Griffith, Bob: KLOS, 1977-78; KMET, 1979-82; KFI, 1982-84; KJOI, 1984-89; KYSR/KXEZ, 1990-95; KCTD, 1998. Bob is partnered with his son in a firm, called FUEL360 A Media Sales and Integrated Marketing Company. It's a company that represents a variety of Media assets, Print, Digital, Video, some Radio, Onsite, Digital Publishing and Research.
Griffith, Herman: KGFJ, 1963-66. Herman's on-air moniker was "God's gift to woman." He worked afternoon driveat KGFJ. "Y100's” Scott Lowe from Philadelphia remembers hearing Herman in 1967 on AFN while in Germany.
(Joe Guimond, Tom Gjerdrum, Randy Gardner, and Gene Grant)
Griffith, Norman: KGBS, 1965. Unknown.
Griswold, Tom: KXTA, 2000. Tom and his partner Bob Kevoian hosted a morning syndicated show on "XTRA Sports 1150" until late 2000. The Bob & Tom Show continues in syndication.
Gross, Al: KPZE, 1987-88. Al is working for a Crawford station in St. Louis.
Gross, Gil: KLAC, 2001-02. Gil joined KGO-San Francisco for afternoons in the fall of 2007. He left shortly after Cumulus took over KGO in late 2011. Gil now hosts afternoons at KKSF NewsTalk 910 in Oakland/San Francisco.
Gross, Laura: KRLA, 1978-82. Laura owns radio and tv production company creating nationally syndicated shows and EPKs. She produces two weekly radio shows, "On the Radio" and "The Countdown Companion."
Gross, Terry: KPCC. Terry hosts the syndicated Fresh Air program for NPR.
GROVES, Larry: KKDJ, 1974-76; KEZY, 1976-78; KROQ, 1979-89, apd/md. Armed with a journalism degree from Cal State University Sacramento where he graduated with honors, Larry started with Rhino/Cypress Records in the early 1970s. After stints at KKDJ and KEZY, Larry, having known Rick Carroll from his days at KNDE-Sacramento while attending college, went to KROQ, where Rick was music director. As apd/md from 1979 to 1989, the gravelly-throated Groves and Rick put the "Roq" in KROQ during its pioneering "Roq of the ‘80’s" period. The pair was the first to apply Top 40 formatics to "New Wave" music, giving birth to the Modern Rock format as we know it today. In 1982, they co-founded the Carroll, Schwartz & Groves consultancy and spread "Roq of the ‘80s" to client stations in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Sidney and other markets. In recent years, Larry lived in Longview, Texas, where he worked in record retail at CDs and More. Plagued by health problems, Larry became increasingly despondent about his health and he committed suicide on November 4, 2001, in Longview, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Guebert, Tim: KSUL, 1979-80; KNOB, 1981-88. Tim lives in Orange and is involved with mostly non-related radio endeavors.
GUERRA, Bob: KLAC/KZLA, 1986-93, pd; KCBS, 1993-94. Bob is from Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska before graduating from the Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. He arrived in the Southland from KNEW-San Francisco, where he was md/pd and afternoon drive, to become om and pd at KZLA/KLAC.
Bob helped create the "Discover Country Music" television campaign that became the marketing thrust for many successful Country stations. He spearheaded "Country Fest" and "Country Scene," the first major outdoor festivals, attended by three quarters of a million country music fans over two years. Bob received 5 nominations from Billboard or the Gavin Report as the Operations/Program Director of the Year and won the highly coveted Gavin Award in 1987. He has been active in projects with the Entertainment Radio Network and the Premiere Radio Networks. In 1993, he helped launch the "Arrow 93" format and worked afternoon drive. Bob was head of programming at Cherry Creek Broadcasting until his retirement in late summer 2015.
(Mary Beth Garber, Carlos Gaivar, and Jeff Garcia)
Guide, Thomas: KROQ, 1993-94. Thomas left radio and works in the field of jet engines.
Guimond, Joe: KFWB/KNX, 1989-2015. Joe worked behind the scenes at all-News KFWB and later KNX. He left the newser in October 2015.
Gunn, Johnny: KBIG, 1966; KGIL, 1983-85. Johnny is retired and lives in the Motion Picture Home.
Gunn, Mark: KACE, 1994-95. Mark is pd at WGZB/WBLO-Louisville.
Gurnett, Dick: KKLA, 1954-55; KFI, 1955-56; KABC, 1957-90. Dick taught at the Don Martin School of Broadcasting. He was in the engineering department at KABC until his retirement in 1990.
Guzman, Rich: KACE, 1982-94; KSCA, 1994-97. Unknown.
Guzman, Suzanna: KKGO, 1999. The native Californian born in East Los Angeles is a celebrated mezzo-soprano who hosted a Sunday night opera show at KKGO.
GUZMAN-LOPEZ, Adolfo, KPCC, 2000-17. Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio. He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, and the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene.
Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor. 2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS/fm in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.
(Peter Greenberg, Bob Goldfarb, Mark Gunn, and Michael C. Gwynne)
Gwen, Jamie: KRLA, 2000-03; KABC, 2003-07; KRLA, 2008; KFWB, 2009-14; KABC 2014-18. Chef Jamie is heard Sundays at KABC.
Gwynne, Michael C.: KROQ, 1977. Michael is a character actor. He appeared in a number of Police Academy films.
Gyurina, Dave: KKTR, 1998-99. Dave worked evenings and weekends at the all-Traffic station. Dave now runs his own advertising, PR, copywriting and VO business: GYROGLYPHICS.
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