Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, P
Compiled by Don Barrett
P-Funk: KKBT, 1993-99. P-Funk was part of the morning drive "House Party." He now works at PPi Technologies Global.
Pace, John: KABC, 1957-58. John was general manager at KABC. John has passed away.
Pacheco, Manny: KRLA, 1980-81; KDAY, 1981-84; KNAC, 1982-85; KRLA, 1985-89; KKBT, 1989; KOCM, 1990-91; KIKF, 1991-92; KMGX, 1991-94; KGIL, 1993; KRLA, 1993-98; KBIG, 1999; KIKF, 1999. Manny is active in the world of karaoke.
Padden, J. Ray: KLAC; KIIS/KPRZ, 1981-82. J. Ray is a Japanese-based exporter.
PAEN, Alex: KMPC, 1975-80. Alex gained national attention for his reports on the hostage crisis in Tehran.
Born October 4, 1953, in Greenwich, Connecticut, Alex was raised in Massachusetts and he graduated from UCLA in 1973 with a degree in communications. In 1979 with only a few years of newscasting experience, Alex flew to Tehran, Iran to report on the American hostage crisis where he gained unprecedented access to interviews with the militants and received the first recorded message from an American hostage. He also delivered more than four million Christmas cards and supportive letters to the captive Americans. Alex is the World Affairs Correspondent for KCBS/Channel 2. Additionally, he produces and hosts two nationally syndicated tv shows, Animal Rescue and State Police.
"Previously, I hosted and produced Emergency with Alex Paen for several years." Alex reported on international affairs for KTLA/Channel 5, KABC/Channel 7 and KCBS/Channel 2. Alex owned a radio station in Bullhead, Arizona.
PAGE, Don: KLAC, 1962-63 and 1968-76; KGIL, 1974-75; KFI, 1974-75. Don distinguished himself as the radio critic and tv sports columnist for more than two decades (1956-73) at the Los Angeles Times.
At KLAC he hosted a 15-minute commentary called "Saturday Sports Page" and was the creator and host of "Inside Radio," a 2-hour Sunday show featuring industry guests. At KGIL Don provided color commentary for the High School Game of the Week. He was born "a driver and nine-iron from Dodger Stadium" and grew up in the
San Fernando Valley. Don went to Van Nuys High, and the "University of the L.A. Times." L.A. Valley College
On KFI he aired "Don Page's Notebook," which included stories of the human condition. His variegated career includes writing for Jack Webb, book editor for Steve Allen, co-author of Did You Whittinghill This Morning? and presiding as past board member of the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. He considers the quarter-century from 1950 to 1975 the Golden Age of Southern California Radio. "Radio was long on talent and short on time. Today radio is long on time and short on talent." He believes the "star factor" is missing in today's radio. "There are too many chairs and not enough talent."
Don looks back at his experience in covering radio and sports for the Times as his greatest experience. "I'm lucky I got in very young and got out young. It had its marvelous moments." Don wrote a general interest column that is syndicated in the 11 Western states. Don was executive director for the Southern Caifornia Sports Broadcasters Association. He also wrote for the Tolucan Times. He died July 10, 1998. He was 64.
Page, Donna: KNX, 1998-2008; KFWB, 2009-12. Donna worked for a number of stations in San Diego before joining Shadow Traffic in Los Angeles, primarily working at KNX. She left KNX in early fall of 2008. Donna broadcasts traffic at KFWB and in the Antelope Valley.
(Bill Pearl; Tim Pohlman; Steve Parker; and Jason Pullman)
PAGE, Patti: KGIL, 1998. Born Clara Ann Fowler on November 8, 1927, Patti became known as “The Singing Rage,” becoming one of the most popular Pop singers with hits like the 1950’s Tennessee Waltz (13 weeks at #1 on the Billboard chart), How Much is That Doggie in the Window, Old Cape Cod and Allegheny Moon. By the 1970s, she had embraced Country music. She was one of the few vocalists to have made the Country charts in five separate decades.
During the 1950s, Page regularly appeared on a series of network television shows and programs, including The Dean Martin Show, The Ed Sullivan Show, and The Steve Allen Show. This eventually led to her acquiring some television specials of her own during the 1950s. Patti appeared with Burt Lancaster in the 1960 film Elmer Gantry.
Until shortly before her death, Page was a host of a weekly Sunday program on the Music of Your Life radio network, which aired on KGIL in the late 1990s.
In 1997, Patti was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame. She will be posthumously honored with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2013. She died on January 1, 2013, at the Seacrest Village Retirement Community in Encinitas, California. Patti was 85 years old.
Pagliochini, Nicholas: KTLK, 2007-13. Nicholas is a traffic voice with Total Traffic and is heard at KFI and KTLK. He was a Golden Pylon (recognition for traffic reporters) winner in 2010 and 2012.
Paige, Ashley: "Lite 92.7fm," 2000-02; KZLA, 2003-06; KKGO, 2009-12. Ashley was part of the morning team with Peter Tilden at KZLA until a format flip in late summer to 2006. She co-hosted the morning show at Go Country until late summer 2012. In 2010, Ashley and her husband opened East Coast Pizza Company in Simi Valley.
Paige, Molly: KWNK; KABC; KIBB; KRLA, 1999-2000; KCBS/fm, 2001-04; KPFK, 2005-07; KABC, 2010-11. Molly was part of the news department at KPFK. She works for a news network based in Washington, DC.
Paige, Natalie: Natalie works for one of the traffic services and is heard on a number of L.A. stations.
Painton, Scott: KMPC, 1984-87. The former Transtar "Format 41" announcer is a recording director for Bisk/Total Tape Publishing in Tampa.
Painton, Yvonne: KFI, 1983-84; KFWB, 1984-85; KHJ/KRTH, 1985-87. Yvonne is president/ceo of MaxCommunications in Tampa.
PAISLEY, Jamie: KUSC, 2011-13. Jamie is host on KUSC from midnight-2 a.m. on Saturdays and also serves as the station's music director. Jamie began his radio career while studying Classical Vocal Education at Ithaca College in Central New York. There, he hosted WICB's longest running program. As a performer, Jamie has sung on the mainstage of Chicago's House of Blues, across Ireland, on NBC and most recently, at the Harmony Sweepstakes national a cappella competition in San Francisco. In his spare time, Jamie can usually be found at the New Beverly or Aero Cinemas indulging his other love: film.
Palant, Gary: KDAY, 1960-62. Gary died of melanoma in October 2002.
Palermi, Luciano: KTYM, 1993-2001. Luciano hosted Buona Domenica on KTYM.
Paley, John: KNX/fm, 1970-71; KWKW, 1971-97. John is vp of Lotus Communications.
Palmer, John: KIIS, 1972-73. John is an investment consultant in New York.
Pam, Leslie, Dr. and Christie, Ann: KMPC, 1994-96; KLSX, 1996-97. Ann and Leslie are in practicing therapists in Los Angeles.
Panattoni, Greg: SEE Sonny West
Papadakis, Petros: KMPC, 2003-06; KLAC, 2007-13. Petros works afternoons at all-Sports KLAC.
PARDUE, Rita: KWNK, 1988-90; KCSN, 1993-98; KKLA, 1998-2004; KHTS, 2005; KRLA, 2006; KPCC, 2007-13. Rita is production manager/imaging voice at KPCC, and recently celebrated 30 years in broadcasting. Born in Indiana, she grew up in St. Louis. “I started singing at 16 years old and toured across the country performing at major hotels and supper clubs,” said Rita. “I opened for name acts including Harry Blackstone Jr., George Burns and Pia Zadora. Also did some acting in film and television work, too. I sang with the original cast of Jubilee at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in 1981.
Rita started her next career in radio and returned to college at the University of Las Vegas and worked at KORK-Las Vegas, where she was a news reporter. Simultaneously she was hosting a talk show, Paying Dues at KUNV- Las Vegas.
“At that time my faith walk became very important in my life,” continued Rita. “I rededicated my life and moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams in children's radio.”
She received a Master’s degree in radio & tv broadcasting from Cal State Los Angeles. “In 1998, I received the NBC 4 and YWCA's Incredible Women Making History Award signed by Mayor Richard Riordan for my contributions at the Los Angeles Children's Museum recording studio, The Nothing-To-Do-Funshop series, teaching numerous children's radio workshops at the museum and local schools, and my work at Radio Aahs, KPLS AM830.”
Since 2007, in addition to her production assignment at KPCC, she owns a freelance production company, Angel Wings Productions. “I also teach audio production thru Los Angeles Valley College Extension Program.”
Parisi, Brandi: KKGO/KMZT, 2006. Brandi worked for Mt. Wilson's KKGO/KMZT as a swinger.
Parisi, Michelle: KNAC, 1992-95. Mikki, as she was known at KNAC, is now known as Ally McSqueal at KNAC.Com.She produces and does on-air interviews for Hollywood Hamilton's syndicated Weekend Top 30 countdown show.
(Sam Phillips; Manny Pacheco; Craig Powers; Ted Payne; and Jeff Parke)
Park, Andy: KMPC, 1963-68; KFWB, 1968-69. Andy moved to Northern California and was a wedding photographer for a number of years. Andy died September 25, 2009, of prostate cancer. He was 77.
Parke, Jeffrey: KCAL/KOLA, 1987-2009. Jeffrey is the general manager of the two Inland Empire stations.
Parker, Don: KCMG, 1998-2000. Don is pd at KMEL-San Francisco.
Parker, Gary: KGIL, 1966-69. Gary is an insurance broker in Omaha.
Parker, Mike: KBBQ, 1967-69; KFI, 1969-77. The former KFI news director is a reporter anchor at WBBM/TV in Chicago.
Parker, Norm: KJOI, 1972-74. Norm was last heard in Round Rock, Texas.
Parker, Ryan: KDAY, 1984. Unknown.
Parker, Star: KMPC, 1996. Star is founder and president of the Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, an educational center and research foundation in Los Angeles. She is a syndicated columnist.
Parker, Steve: KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-2000. Steve is the "Car Nut" and he does a regular talk show on TalkRadioOne.com.
Parker, Tim: KMPC, 2001-05. Tim left his pd post at all-Sports KMPC 1540/The Ticket at the end of 2005. He's now the operations manager at NBC Sports Radio.
Parker, Todd: KKHR, 1983-86; KNX/fm, 1986; KPWR, 1986-93. Todd has moved to Las Vegas and is working in the mortgage industry. He's still doing voiceovers, primarily in the field of audio books.
Parker, Tom: KOST, 2001. Tom is director of communications for Oregon Partnership, based in Portland.
Parker, Wes: KABC, 1987. Wes is on the board of directors at the Braille Institute in L.A., and he runs a sports class at the Braille Institute.
PARKS, Dave. KWVE, 1993-2007. Dave, a longtime host of the Saturday Morning Kids Show on KWVE (K-Wave 107.9/fm) where he was known as ‘K-Dave,” died in his sleep on April 18, 2009. He was 54. Parks had a stroke in 2007, as well as some later medical complications.
“K-WAVE lost a longtime staff member last weekend who was one of those creative individuals who can never really be replaced,” said KWVE gm Richard McIntosh. “The Saturday Morning Kid's Show will never be the same. Dave, thank you for your dedication, whit and your ability to make people smile.”
Dave began at K-Wave in 1993, when he worked the overnight shift. In 1995, Dave took on the hosting and production duties of the Saturday Morning Kids Show while at the same time continuing the overnight on-air shift. During Dave’s tenure, the Kids Show popularity soared. Dave’s passion for kids combined with his love for his work and ministry was clear.
Dave created and was the official co-host of Woody the Bear. Dave additionally worked to take the Kids Show ‘on the road’ and created the Saturday Morning Kids Show - LIVE, a 2 hour live version of the on air show. SMKS LIVE featured a cast of 30+, including all of the show's character favorites and was hosted a few times to thousands of kids and their parents at Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa. The SMKS LIVE show also had a few 'stops' at local theme parks like Adventure City in Orange County.
Parlocha, Bob: KKJZ, 2007-12. Bob works at all-Jazz, KKJZ.
Parr, Russ: KLOS/KABC, 1978-85; KDAY, 1985-89. Russ hosts a national show on SupeRadio.
Parr, Shawn: KIKF, 1988-92; KZLA, 1992-98 and 1999-2006; XSUR/KKGO, 2007-13. Shawn worked morning drive at Go Country KKGO until November 2013. He's planning to join Cumulus' syndicated NASH/fm as the nighttime host after the first of the year. He has been the voice of Dick Clark Productions for many years. He has been the announcer for The American Music Awards, Golden Globes, and Academy of Country Music Awards.
PARRISH, Cathi: KOST, 1992; KTWV, 1994-99; KOST, 2000-07; KWVE, 2012-13. Cathi worked weekends at KOST. "I first got my feet wet in a variety of areas in the radio broadcasting field in Chicago. I started off hosting public affairs talk shows and got to meet my first celebrities while interviewing authors of newly released books. After that I was on my way up... that is, I got a job as a traffic reporter broadcasting high atop the John Hancock Center on the 94th floor. The years ahead included radio stints at Chicago stations like WLAK (Beautiful Music), WMAQ (Country), WAGO (Top 40), WCKG (Classic Rock), and WIND (Talkradio). After relocating to Southern California, I got a taste of real Country when I began middays at 95.1 KFRG. Then in the years to follow, I worked at KOST, KTWV, and Contemporary Christian. It's a combination of all these jobs that helped to center me professionally. I love learning, and I love how our technology continues to advance. It leaves me wondering 'What's next?'"
She works mornings at KWVE-Las Vegas.
(Gene Price; Jack Patterson, Pete Parsons; and Bob Parlocha)
PARRISH, Gene: KUSC, 1984-2009. Gene was a longtime Classical music announcer at KUSC. He also wrote and produced syhnidcated programs on worldwide jazz and Amercian Choral music. Gene died January 2, 2009. He was 82.
“His radio career began in 1973 at KQED-San Francisco. He was a natural,” wrote KUSC pd Gail Eichenthal. “Within a few years, he was the nationally syndicated host of the San Francisco Opera broadcasts. He moved to LA and KUSC 25 years ago, and as recently as a week before his death, he was in production on a feature for ‘Arts Alive,’ KUSC’s Saturday morning arts and music magazine.”
Gene was a native Californian. He was born in November 1926, and grew up in Glassell Park, Temple City and Monrovia. Gene entered the Navy V-12 program at Occidental College in 1944, transferred to Navy V-6 at UCLA, and then overseas before his discharge in 1946. The radio bug struck him while studying speech and radio broadcasting under Dr. Charles Frederick Lindsley at Occidental. “On December 31, 1995, I left my day-job at KUSC to pursue a kind of laid back, free-lance career,” he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Gail continued her tribute: “He had a most positive attitude through his difficult illness: In reference to his lousy prognosis, he told me philosophically, ‘I’ve had a good run.’ Gene was a great supporter of jazz musicians worldwide, through his longtime series, Worldwide Jazz. He also produced broadcast concerts from Finland’s Kuhmo Festival, from the Netherlands, and also hosted a nationally heard choral program, The First Art, for many years. Gene was a great broadcaster, and a kind and humble man. He was possibly the most easy-going on-air host I’ve ever encountered. His longtime friend, Grammy-winning record producer and conductor Peter Rutenberg, said when he learned of Gene’s death, ‘in all the hundreds of programs Gene and I worked on together on The First Art, there was not a moment’s tension. Not a pebble in the stream. Everything just flowed.’”
Parsons, Fred: KLAC, 1965-70. Last heard, Fred was living in West Virginia.
Parsons, Pete: KFWB, 1984-98. Pete writes Riverside and San Bernardino County news each weekday morning via email for MetroNetworks.
PASCHALL, Benton: KWIZ. Ben was 49% co-owner of KWIZ until 1965. Prior to that time he had been executive vp and manager. Ben was born Lisle Benton Paschall in Olney, Texas on September 28, 1913, and he grew up in Fresno. He studied music and business administration at Fresno State where he originally wanted to be a teacher. After sales jobs with Union Oil Co., and Bekins Van & Storage, Ben joined the sales staff of KARM-Fresno. After managing a number of stations, Ben bought Western Radio Sales rep firm.
In the early 1950s Ben was the vp of the Western division of Gordon McLendon's Liberty Network. In the mid-1950s Ben, along with Howard Tullis and John Hearne bought KAFY-Bakersfield and KFXM-San Bernardino. A station swap in 1959 gave Ben 49% ownership of KWIZ in exchange for his piece of KAFY and KFXM.
Ben died of complications from anemia and pneumonia on April 24, 2001. He was 87.
PASTORE, Frank: KKLA, 2004-12. Frank, KKLA afternooner since 2004 on the Christian Talk station and a former Major League Baseball pitcher, died December 17, 2012, from complications he suffered as the result of a motorcycle accident a month before. He was 55.
In a bizarre kind of prediction, just three hours prior to his November 19 accident, Pastore spoke of the dangers associated with his love for motorcycles. On that day, Pastore was discussing an episode of Through the Wormhole, a tv show on the Science Channel hosted by Morgan Freeman. The episode explored the possibility of life after death.
“Look, you guys know I ride a motorcycle, right?” Pastore asked his audience three hours before he collided with a car as he rode down the 210 freeway near Los Angeles.
“So, at any moment, especially with the idiot people who cross the diamond lane into my lane, all right, without any blinkers – not that I’m angry about it – at any minute I could be spread all over the 210. But that’s (just) my body part, and that key distinction undergirds the entire Christian worldview.”
His Talk show was named 2011 Radio Program of the Year by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). “The Frank Pastore Show was specifically selected for impacting listeners in a compelling, relevant, informative, personable, and entertaining way, while demonstrating an authentic Christian faith,” according to the NRB.
For 2006 and 2007, NRB named Pastore as ‘Radio Talk Show of the Year.’ In announcing the award, Salem Broadcasting, owners of KKLA said that “since January 2004, this former professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds with graduate degrees in both theology and political science has been engaging Los Angeles listeners ‘at the intersection of faith and reason’ with candid talk that grapples with news and burning issues of the day.”
Pastore was born in Alhambra, on August 21, 1957, and made his major league debut as a pitcher with the Cincinnati Reds on April 4, 1979. In a losing effort against the San Francisco Giants, Pastore pitched three scoreless innings that day. He stayed with the Reds until 1985 and played one season for the Minnesota Twins in 1986.
After baseball, Pastore studied business, philosophy, religion and politics at various universities and became a born-again Christian.
(Dr. Leslie Pam and Ann Christie, Lucky Pierre, Brad Pye, and Abel Perez y Perez)
Pat, Waco: KTYM; KFOX, KABC, 1957-95. Waco died November 15, 2004, of pneumonia. He was 74.
Patrik, Sean: KNTF, 1990-91; KOCM, 1991. KFI, 1998-99. For time in the 90s, Sean was host of The Psychic Friends Radio Network. He currently works at WYRY-Winchester, New Hampshire.
Patrick, Dan: KSPN, 1999-07; KLAC, 2007-13. Dan left ESPN Radio on August 17, 2007. He launched a new syndicated show and it airs in morning drive at KLAC.
Patrick, Paul: KPSA, 1971-72. Unknown.
Patterson, Bill: KFOX, 1961-72; KLAC, 1972; KFOX, 1973. Bill lives on a farm in Ruston, Louisiana.
Patterson, Jack: KHJ, 1974; KDAY, 1974-76 and 1981-91; KJLH, 1991-98. Jack works for D.M.X.
Patterson, Langley: KAGB; KJLH, KKGO; KLON. Langley played be-bop. Swing. A little blues. He scoured old record stores for vintage records. He was stabbed to death and found in an alley behind a doctor's office about three miles from his home. Langley was going to dental school part-time to try to supplement his earnings and was a lieutenant in the California National Guard on weekends. Langley was murdered February 20, 1985. He was 35.
Patterson, Tim: KEZY, 1988-89, KQLZ, 1989. Tim is working in vascular surgery in Laguna Hills.
Patterson, Tom: KGIL/KGIL-fm/KMGX, 1978-90; KNX/KCBS-fm/KODJ, 1990-99. Tom is currently the Broadcast Supervisor for CBS Television Network in Los Angeles.
PATTIZ, Norm: CEO of Courtside Entertainment and founder of Westwood One, Norm is considered a founding father of modern radio syndication. Under his leadership Westwood One became America's largest provider of news, sports, entertainment, talk, and traffic to the broadcast industry. In the spring of 2013, Norm launched PodcastOne.com, a one-stop site that offers shows from hundreds of online broadcasters for listeners to browse and download.
He was appointed by President Clinton and re-appointed by President Bush to serve on the Broadcasting Board of Governors, overseeing all U.S. non-military broadcast services, including the Voice of America and Radio Free Europe. He was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2009 and that same year received the Giants of Broadcasting Award from the Library of American Broadcasting.
Patton, Jim: KLOS, 1971-73. Jim died of a heroin overdose in 1973.
Paul, Byron: SEE Byron
PAUL, Long: KNAC, 1986-94; KLOS, 1994-97. Born Paul Long in
, Paul grew up listening to L.A. Rock radio. "When I was ten, I would sit on the floor with my little turntable and a stack of 45s doing weekly top 10 countdowns." Los Angeles
He attended the
and studied radio broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College. In 1985 Paul started at KCAL-Riverside. A year later he went to KNAC and stayed for eight years. He hosts a syndicated show called "The Instrumentals of Rock" for Utopia Network. In November 1994, Long Paul joined KLOS when three longtime personalities were fired in an attempt to alter the demographics. He moved from afternoon drive at KNAC to the same shift at KLOS. He likened the opportunity to getting the call up to the majors. Paul is a self-professed "baseball freak." Paul left KLOS in the summer of 1997 and returned to KCAL. Universityof La Verne
He now lives in Chandler, Arizona.
Paul, Nick: KLAC, 1958-59. Following almost two years as part of the revised Big 5 at KLAC, Nick went into the oil business. He passed away in 2004.
Paulie: KHTZ, 1979. Unknown.
Paulos, Cindy: KROQ, 1978. Cindy is owner/operator of Bright Light Productions in Maui. She hosts Talk Story, the longest running talk show on Maui, and has done numerous voiceovers for commercials.
Paulson, Dave: KREL, 1970-74; KEZY, 1972-74; KWIZ, 1972-73; KQLH, 1974. Since 1981, Dave has been involved in radio projects in Northern California.
Payerle, Teresa: KKGO, 1989-93; KUSC, 1993-94; KGIL, 1998-99. Teresa is a staff announcer for Deutsche Welle Television in Berlin, Germany.
(Brian Perez, David Perry, and Nino Perez)
Payne, Bruce: KGIL, 1969. Bruce is semi-retired and living near Sacramento in Folsom.
Payne, Charles: KFI, 2009. The financial analyst had a weekend show on KFI.
Payne, Max: KROQ, 2001-02. Max is now working at a "Star" station in Texas.
Payne, Mike: KDAY; XPRS, 1972; Mike died October 23, 2004. He was 59.
Payne, Ted: KABC, 1989-97. Ted retired in the spring of 1997. Ted lives in Jamul, California (just outside San Diego) with his wife Dorothy.
Peabody, Dick: KFI, 1971-72. The former KFI afternoon talk show personality from 1971 and 1972 was the 6-foot-6 actor who portrayed the gentle giant farm boy, Littlejohn, on the 1960s tv series Combat. Dick, whose more than 120 television show credits included Gunsmoke, also appeared in six motion pictures, including Support Your Local Sheriff, starring James Garner. He died of prostate cancer on December 27, 1999. He was 74.
Pearl, Bernie: KLON, 1980-90; KCRW, 1990-92. Bernie has been a leading figure in the annual Long Beach Blues Festival. He hosted a weekly show on WPMD.org.
Pearl, Bill: KYMS, 1969; KWIZ/fm, 1969; KLAC/KMET, 1971-73; KKDJ, 1971-72; KIIS, 1972; KKDJ, 1973; KIQQ, 1973-74; KHJ, 1974-75; KRLA, 1976-77; KIQQ, 1977; KMPC, 1981-82; KABC, 1982-84 and 1986-91. Bill has a law practice in Long Beach.
(Jeremy Price [Pritchard], Tom Parker, and Phil Proctor)
Pendergrass, Bernard: KABC, 1983-2007. Bernard was appointed apd at KABC in the summer of 2003. He left in the summer of 2008 following a Citadel downsizing.
Pedroza, Cecilia: KFWB, 1972-84. Cecilia works in the family Pedroza Travel in the Fairfax district of Los Angeles.
Pennacchio, George, KABC, 1999-2001. George is the entertainment editor at KABC/Channel 7.
Pennell, Brenda: SEE Brenda Barnes
Pennington, Liz: KIKF, 1993-94; KEZY/KXMX, 1994-99; KOLA, 1999-2000; KFRG, 2000-06. Liz is working weekends/fill-in/production at "K-FROG" as Julia Ribbitts.
Pepper, Choral: KABC, 1972. The former travel editor at KABC. Unknown.
PEREL, Larry: KFI, 2013-14. Larry grew up in the San Fernando Valley in the heyday of FM Rock Radio in the 70’s. “Jim Ladd, Mary Turner and the crew at KMET were my constant companions and the soundtrack that played when I ditched class for the beach, came home from school or saw friends on the weekends,” said Perel. He loved the ‘Mighty Met’ format and the ‘romanticism’ of radio in general.
Larry graduated from Taft High School in Woodland Hills and went on to earn a degree in Communications and Film at the University of Oregon. Larry started in promotions at ‘Magic 61’ KFRC in San Francisco, eventually producing remote broadcasts for morning Bay Area giant, Dr. Don Rose. Perel moved into film production for a few years but never lost the love for radio.
“I landed a job as a producer and news anchor for the John & Jeff show and a short time later, connected with the head of HR at Clear Channel. That led to a job working as an assistant news editor at KFI,” said Larry.
“It was a huge wake-up call and incredible education on the inner workings of a top notch news operation and gave me a solid foundation in the format,” continued Larry. “Several demos and the kind ear of KFI’s news director, Chris Little got me a gig working as an Airborne Traffic Reporter at Total Traffic Network.” Perel flew for a number of Southland stations broadcasting traffic conditions before landing the morning drive traffic anchor for KTIE in the Inland Empire. When Total Traffic merged with Metro Networks, Larry was grounded. Through the merged company, he picked the news anchor position at KRLA.
“During this time, I continued to send demos and airchecks to KFI. I think Chris just got sick of seeing stuff from me in his in box and decided to hire me as a fill-in news anchor. I started working overnights at KFI in the fall of 2012 and began filling as a news anchor during Bill Handel and Tim Conway Jr.’s shows.” Larry is now a weekend anchor Sunday afternoons and fill-in.
Perelli, Angela: KYSR, 1995-2001 and 2004-05. Angela left her program director position at "Star 98.7" in late 2001 only to return in early 2004. She is with the Randy Lane Company doing morning show consulting.
Perez y Perez, Abel: KLAX, 2000. Abel works at "LaLey 97.9fm."
Perez, Brian: KYMS, 1992-1995; KKLA/KLTX/KIEV/KRLA, 1995-05; Premiere Radio Networks, 2001-2003; KWVE, 2004-present. Brian is the program director, operations director and morning host at KWVE-San Clemente.
(Les Perry, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Bob Pond, Russ Powell, and Mike Powers)
Perez, Gil: KEZY, 1985-89; KFI/KOST, 1989-2001; KEZY, 1994-99. Gil is part of the production team at KFI/KOST. He teaches part-time in the Fullerton College radio program.
Perez, Maclovio: KNX, 1979-96. Mac was a longtime Channel 2 weatherman. He is now the weather forecaster for a Corpus Christi tv station.
Perez, Nino: KCMG, 1999-2001; KMVN, 2008. Nino did weekends, Old Skool Friday Nights and fill-in shifts at Movin' 93.9/fm.
Perkins, Elaine: KFWB, 2008-13. Elaine is a news anchor at all-News KFWB.
Perlich, Martin: KMET, 1972; KFAC, 1987-89; KKGO/KKJZ, 1989-91; KUSC, 1996-97; KCSN, 2003-08. Martin was program/music director at KCSN, the California State University, Northridge radio station, until the spring of 2008.
Perlich, Miles: KKJZ, 2006-13. Miles hosts a weekend show at all-Jazz, KKJZ.
Perrin, Lloyd: KNX, 1972-76. Lloyd was one of L.A.'s "top mobile field reporters," according to LA Times radio columnist Don Page. He died suddenly in the 1980s.
Perry, Brandon: KXLU. Brandon is general manager at KXLU.
Perry, David: KWST, 1975-76; KMET, 1976-82; KLOS, 1984; KHTZ, 1985; KMET, 1986-87; KLSX, 1989-92. David became owner of several stations in Santa Barbara, which have recently been sold.
Perry, Ed: KRLA, 1961; KDAY; KIEV, 1969-76; KIKF, 1990. Ed is working part-time at WW1's Soft AC format.
(Nicholas Pagliochini, Liz Pennington and Brandi Parisi)
Perry, Jim: KNX, 1983. Unknown.
Perry, Les: KCRW, 1967-69; KPPC, 1969; KDAY, 1970; KVFM, 1971-74; KIEV, 1972-81; XPRS, 1973; KDAY, 1973; KROQ, 1973-74; KRLA, 1975; KLVE, 1975; XPRS, 1978-81; KRLA, 1983-84; KEZY, 1987-88; KWIZ, 1992-94; KMAX, 1994-95; KLAC, 1999-2000; KCSN, 2001-11. Les hosts a weekend show at KCSN, the California State University, Northridge radio station.
PERRY, Rachel: KLSX, 2006. Rachel was Adam Carolla's sidekick for the first three months of the KLSX Howard Stern replacement show. She left in April 2006. The Canadian host is seen on various reality tv shows and appeared on an episode of CSI: New York. She grew up in Brockville, a small town in Ontario, Canada and attended Toronto's York University. She began her television career as a VJ for the popular Canadian music channel, MUCHMUSIC, hosting various programs.
Following her three-year stint with MUCHMUSIC, Perry provided interview segments with various hockey players for ESPN's Cool Shots, and later was hired by the Metro Channel in New York to work on its live music show, The Daily Beat. She next served as host of VH1's morning music show Jumpstart and VH1 News. Perry has also been a host for VH1's reality show Stripsearch, Top 20 Video Countdown, Maxim Hot 100, and contributed to various red carpet specials. Additionally, Perry hosts the syndicated radio show, Weekly Rewind, for VH1 and WESTWOOD ONE.
Perry also has served as a New York correspondent for the daily entertainment news show EXTRA, and sideline host for NBC's Gravity Games and Pro Beach Volleyball Tour. Additionally, she can be seen in the independent movie Searching for Bobby D.
Person-Lynn, Isidra: KACE, 1986-95; KJLH, 2000-08. Isidra served as news/public affairs director at KACE (103.9/fm) and host of Sunday Morning Live. She is the Communications Specialist at Charles R. Drew University.
Perun, Steve: KIIS, 1994-96. The former program director at KIIS runs a consulting business. KIIS is one of his clients.
Peschuitta, Claudia: KFWB, 2002-07; KNX, 2008-14. Claudia is a reporter for the all-News station.
Peters, Arlen: KNX, 1968-75. Arlen wrote and directed for the CBS Radio Network and CBS Dimension shows.
Peters, John: KKDJ, 1973-75; KEZY, 1976; KUTE, 1979-82; KEZY, 1982-83. Last heard, John was working in real estate.
Peters, Keith: KWVE, 1990-97; KKGO, 1994-99. Keith did the Saturday shift at KKGO. His hobby is Lionel trains.
(Gil Perez, Todd Parker, and Miles Perlich)
Peterson, Dale: KGBS, 1968. Dale is a former general manager at KGBS. He has passed away.
Peterson, Gerry: KHJ, 1974-75. In late 2002, Gerry (Cagle) left Network Magazine Group after 10 years and is with Musicbiz.com.
Peterson, Gregg: KABC, 1966-68; KNX, 1978-82; KELT, 1999-2002. Gregg was the gm at "Lite 92.7" in Riverside.
Peterson, Jay: KWVE, 1999-2001. Jay is a school bus driver in San Diego.
Petti, Ralph: KFI, 1972. The former general manager at KFI is living in Oregon. He was general manager at KUGN. In the mid-1970s, Ralph was the football voice for the Univeristy of Oregon.
PEWTER, Jim: KMET, 1970-73; KRTH, 1973-75, pd; KRLA, 1983-85, pd. A native of
St. Paul, Jim attended the . He developed an interest in rock 'n' roll when he interviewed Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry, Alan Freed and Fabian for the local newspaper. He graduated from Brown Institute of Radio Electronics in Universityof Minnesota Minneapolisand later studied drama with Jeff Corey in . Hollywood
In the Armed Forces in the 1960s, Jim became pd and all-night dj of the Munsan-Ni station of the Armed Forces Korea Network.
Jim arrived in the Southland in 1959. "KFWB was the best sounding and most fun station that I had ever heard. The 'Seven Swingin' Gentlemen' will always be a memory in the soundtrack of my life," said Jim. He started as a singer and had a regional hit, then wrote songs for Gene Vincent, Jan and Dean, Dick Dale and Bobby Fuller.
In 1968 he formed Playground Records. In the early '70s, KMET hired Jim on Sunday evenings to play music of the '50s and '60s along with interviews with singers from that era. Jim was a consultant for the live Rock 'n Roll Revival shows in
New Yorkand was also heard weekends over WPIX- . He also did a weekend Oldies show at KRTH before he became pd in 1973. He was voted 1974 Oldies Program Director of the Year. New York
During the 1970s he produced specials with Roger Christian and Dick Clark. They launched a syndicated special called The Beach Years, and other specials included The Legend of Buddy Holly and The Frankie Valli Story. Jim co-produced and co-hosted Dick Clark's 20 years of Rock 'n Roll which was syndicated on over 250 stations. He joined KRLA in August 1983 as pd. Jim stepped down as pd of KRLA in 1985 but continued with a weekend show. He produced his own roots albums which included Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker and Little Walter. Jim continued on Armed Forces Radio with an oldies show he'd been doing since 1966. He acted as research consultant for Columbia Pictures’ La Bamba.
For three years beginning in 1988, Jim hosted a morning radio show for FM Yokohama in
. He lives in Ojai with his wife Judy and their two daughters, where Jim compiles and produces CDs. In the fall of 1995 his label, Playground Records released Pulp Rock Instrumentals. Japan
Peyton, Ray: KRLA, 1980-83; KKLA, 1994-95; KCAA, 2003-07. In the early fall of 2007, Ray was convicted of five counts of sexual assault with a minor. He was sentenced to 66 years to life. His case is in the appeal process.
Pflug: Joanne: KMET, 1967. Joanne is the former star of M*A*S*H.
Phelps, Brian: SEE Mark & Brian
Philbin, Regis: KABC, 1972. Regis starred in the tv show Live! With Regis and Kelly. He left the show in 2011. Regis hosts various projects.
Phil the Thrill: KKBT, 1994-97. Phil Hernandez was part of the scene at "the Beat."
Phillips, Doc: KMET, 1985. In the late 1980s, Doc moved to Austin. He's the morning man for Smooth Jazz 92.1/106.3, KQJZ/fm.
Phillips, Irving: KDAY, 1960-62. Unknown.
Phillips, John: KBCA, 1978; KKJZ, 2006. John worked all-nights at the all-Jazz station and he left in the fall of 2006.
Phillips, John: KABC, 2007-14. John joined the KABC morning show in late July 2012. He now does fill-in.
Phillips, Marshall: KLOS, 1972; KWST, 1978-80; KLSX, 1987. Marshall is at KZZO-Sacramento.
(P-Funk, Matt Pinto, and Regis Philbin)
PHILLIPS, Mike: KRTH, 1990-2001. Mike retired from his pd slot at "K-Earth" in the fall of 2001. He passed away October 16, 2006, of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 64.
Mike was a legendary personality and programming executive. He had much success as a program director for a number of stations in San Francisco plus K-EARTH in the Southland. Mike was one of the original 610 men at KFRC-San Francisco in 1966. “Mike had a great and wonderful career,” said “Big” Tom Parker. “He invented the format that eventually became Soft AC with KOIT. A very successful guy with many different formats. What he did with K-EARTH was nothing short of incredible. They were 14th when he took over and kept them in the Top 5 the whole time he was there.”
"I thought Mike Phillips’ KRTH was one of the best radio stations I’d ever heard,” emailed consultant Bill Tanner.
Mike started his broadcast career at KISN-Portland in 1960, then went to KJR-Seattle for three years beginning in 1962. His first pd'ship was KNBR-San Francisco in the mid-1960s. Mike did mornings at KFRC-San Francisco from 1966 to 1972 and then went to RKO sister station WXLO-New York. After a half decade as pd and air talent at KGW-Portland, Mike was in San Francisco during most of the 1980s.
He worked at KYUU and was vp of programming for the NBC/FM division before moving on to K101, KFRC and KOIT.After a two-year stint at the Research Group in Seattle in 1987, Mike became vp of programming for WTMX-Chicago. His successful strategy at KRTH was to drop hundreds of songs from the play list, tighten up the format with consultant Bill Drake's help, and hire former "Boss" jocks Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele.
Phillips, Sam: KLSX, 1999-2001 and 2004-09. Sam co-hosted the The Single Life Show on KLSX, The FM Talk Station until a format flip to AMP RADIO on 2.20.09. She is now a centerpiece on FMTalkLA.com.
Phyllipz, Tazy: KCXX/KUCI, 1999-2001. Tazy works in the Inland Empire station.
Pichardo, Diego: KACD, 1996-97. Diego is an account services rep for Cox Communications in San Diego.
Pickens, Hal: KFWB, 1965; KBLA, 1966-67; KDAY, 1968-69. Hal is living in Tulsa.
Piech, Patti: KCBS, 1998-2005; KFI, 2006-07. Patti was a newswoman at KFI.
Pierce, Brad: Since 1987, Brad has worked at Westwood One's Oldies Channel.
Pierce, David: KPPC, 1963-71. For the past 17 years David has been sales manager at Fox 15/TV in Lafayette.
Pierce, Paul "Panther": KMPC, 1960-80; KRLA, 1980. Paul was the aerospace editor for KMPC and a colorful traffic reporter for 20 years. He was famous for his "odes" to the sunrise each morning as he was driving from the "beach" and it was usually his first traffic report. He won four individual Golden Mike awards. Paul grew up in Detroit and was one of the original scriptwriters for "The Lone Ranger" series. Paul died March 11, 1998, at the age of 87.
Pierre, "Lucky": KHJ, 1961-63; KGFJ, 1968-74; KUTE, 1974-84; KACD, 1996-98. Lucky is active with the Hispanic community and appears at local dance nightclubs and hosts special party nights.
Piersal, Jim: KABC, 1965. KABC was in the second season of experimenting with "SportsTalk" and the author of Fear Strikes Out and a major league baseball player co-hosted the program during the off-season in 1965.
(Donna Page, Ashley Paige, Ross Porter, and Tony Potts)
Pigg, Tony: KPPC, 1972. Tony is the announcer on Live With Regis & Kelly.
Pilat, Julie: KYSR, 2010-13. Julie was program director at KYSR (98-7) and apd/md at KIIS for many years. In the summer of 2013, she joined Jimmy Iovine's music subscription service, the BEATS.
Pina, Jaime: XETRA, 2006. Jaime was with XETRA.
Pinckney, John: KLON, 1981-85. John is a loan officer in Victorville and works morning drive at a local station.
Pinedo, Ruth: KLOS, 1973-85. The former md is now living in Washington, DC.
PING, Brian: KNX, 2011-13. Brian joined the KNX staff as a news anchor in April 2011 after three years at KDWN-Las Vegas. Before that, he was the morning anchor for WROK-Rockford, Illinois and news director for KRMS-Osage Beach, Missouri. He has also worked for KTRS in his original hometown of St. Louis and has written for the St. Louis Business Journal.
Brian became a fan of news radio at an early age, listening to his beloved Cardinals as a child on summer evenings, and the news broadcasts that would follow. His love of current affairs and history would carry him to a degree in Political Science from the University of Missouri. He has also received professional training at St. Louis’s renowned Broadcast Center.
Brian has family roots in Southern California. His grandfather worked as a recruiter for the Howard Hughes Corporation and raised his family in Torrance. Brian’s grandmother still lives in a house near La Jolla’s Windansea Beach that’s been in the family since the early 20th century. The Midwestern kid fell in love with the ocean and the California lifestyle during his visits growing up, and dreamed of some day living there.
Brian spent a year working as a deckhand on board the Yorktown Clipper, a small cruise ship that sailed Alaska, Baja California, Costa Rica, the Panama Canal and the Caribbean. He maintains a boundless love of travel and exploring new places.
An avid runner who has competed in several half-marathons, Brian can usually be found running along the streets near his home in Culver City. He also enjoys hiking, swimming, boating, softball, biking to the beach, and enjoying all of the culture, cuisine and other attractions that Los Angeles has to offer.
Pinsky, Dr. Drew: KROQ, 1984-2013; KGIL, 2007-08. Dr. Drew hosts "Loveline" with Psycho Mike Catherwood.
Pinto, Matt: KFOX, 1983-84; KTLK, 2005-07. Matt was the play-by-play voice of the NBA LA Clippers. He is now the radio voice for the Oklahoma City Thunder, the flagship station for the Thunder Radio Network.
Piolin, KSCA, 2003-13. SEE Eddie ‘Piolin’ Sotelo
Piombino, Rich: KMET, 1983-86; Westwood One, 1986-87. Rich is cio of RBPInc., which is a concert promotion and event production company. He's based in Atlanta.
Piotrowski, Casey: KORG, 1979; KWRM, 1980-81; KFOX, 1981; KWIZ, 1981-88. Casey is a Beatles expert and hosts The Beatles Show at WPMD.org.
Platt, Jane: KMET, 1977-78; KABC, 1978-79; KLOS, 1979-80; KRLA, 1981-85. Jane is Deputy News Chief for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena.
Plum, Nancy: KYMS, 1973-74; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KHTZ, 1979; KMPC, 1979-80; KFAC, 1984; KFI, 1984-88; KLAC, 1988-91; KRTH, 1991-92; KYSR, 1992-93; KFWB, 1993; KRLA, 1994; KLSX, 1997; KFWB, 2000-04. Nancy is semi-retired and lives in Lexington, Kentucky. She does fill-in news and traffic for the Cumulus stations in Lexington. "I promote the 90-day Body by Vi challenge. Kentuck is GOOD! My book is nearly finished and ready to be published later this year," wrote Nancy.
Plunkett, Jim: KFI, 1991-94. Jim lives in Atherton in the Bay Area and owns a beer distributorship in Stockton. The former Raider QB is involved in some broadcasting in the Bay area.
(Casey Piotrowski, Cecilia Pedroza, Andy Park, and John Phillips)
Poetess: KKBT, 1994-2006. Felicia Morris, AKA the Poetess worked at "the Beat." She is now a producer and co-host on 'The Foxxhole,' Jamie Foxx's network on Sirius/AM.
Pohlman, Tim: KTWV, 1992-2003. Tim is running the CBS cluster of radio stations in Phoenix.
Polak, Frank: KMPC, 1978-80; KLAC, 1980-2009. Frank is in his 21st season as producer of Lakers Basketball. In the summer of 1999 he was appointed Executive Sports Producer, overseeing the Lakers and Anaheim Angels baseball.
Poland, David: KABC, 1999-2001. David left KABC in early 2001. He hosts roughcut.com.
Poland, Kay: KYMS, 1988-92; KEZY, 1996-97; KWVE, 1999-2004. Kay is program/music director at KWVE. She used the name Kay Lane prior to KWVE.
Polish, Bill: KPFK; KNX, 2001-04; KFWB, 2004-09; KNX, 2009-13. Bill was a news anchor at all-News KFWB. He moved to KNX following a format flip at sister station, KFWB and now anchors the evening news.
(Charles Payne, Maclovio Perez, Poorman, Shawn Parr, and Dan Patrick)
Polk, David: KRKD, 1965; XPRS, 1973. Unknown.
Pollack, Frank: KDAY, 1958; KRLA, 1959-60. Frank worked at KDAY and KRLA in the late 1950s and early 1960s. He died from complications of Alzheimer's disease on October 24, 1999. Frank worked in Phoenix in the early '50s, having started his radio career in Ohio, and he worked for KXIV until leaving for KDAY. He went on to be one of the original "11-10 Men" at KRLA when the station went rock and roll. Frank returned to Phoenix in 1960 to work for KUPD and stayed there for three years. He then returned to KXIV where he stayed until 1984 when owner Ira Lavin sold the station. A one-time member of Woody Herman's band, Frank was an avid golfer and a collector of big band records. He owned "hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands" of 78s, according to longtime friend and former boss Lavin. "He had a marvelous voice. He loved big band music. Frank was a good golfer. Used to lie about his handicap - a lovable old scoundrel." He was 80.
Pomerance, Brad: KPPC, 1998-2007. Brad went on to co-host Day Break OC until the fall of 2008.
Pond, Bob: KGBS, 1968; KPPC, 1972-73; KPOL, 1972-75. Bob sells real estate in the San Fernando Valley from Team One.
Poole, Gary: KQLZ, 1992-93; KLOS, 1995. Gary works at IDJMG and manages a band called "Among Thieves."
(Dave Paulson, Angela Perelli, and George Pennacchio)
Poorman: KROQ, 1982-93; KIIS, 1995; KPWR, 1995; KACD, 1996-97; KIIS, 2001-04; KMPC (1540/The Ticket), 2005; KCAA, 2010-12. Jim Trenton, aka the Poorman, hosts Poorman's Bikini Beach TV and hosted a syndicated show that airs at the Inland Empire's KCAA.
Pope, Jeff: KGGI, 2000-13. Jeff worked morning drive at KGGI-Riverside until the summer of 2013. In late 2013, he joined mornings at KEZR-San Jose "Mix 106.5."
POPEJOY, Jack: KGOE, 1972; KIIS, 1972-75; KPOL/KZLA, 1976-79; KLOS, 1979-80; KFWB, 1986-2009; KNX/KFWB, 2009-11. Longtime KNX/KFWB news anchor, reporter and journalist died February 5, 2011. He was 63. Jack was part of a three-person anchor team at KNX along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009. He continued to work on-air until late January. Previously, from 1986 – 2009 he worked at sister station KFWB, where he served as the morning news anchor since 2000. Born in Austin in 1947, Jack grew up in the Delaware Valley, living in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.S. in astronomy. He worked as gm of the campus station as well as other area stations. After college and Army basic training to become a reservist at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he worked at WMEX-Boston. He next spent a year as a news guy at WPEN-Philadelphia. Jack moved to Southern California to be production manager for Joey Reynolds & Associates, a jingle company.
At KIIS, Jack was hired as weekend dj and weekday newscaster. He was the first national pd for the “KIIS Concept Syndication” (under Chuck Blore) before Popejoy was named KIIS pd at age 24. In 1976 he started as newscaster for KPOL AM&FM before being named pd of the fm station in 1977. He changed call letters to KZLA, a soft album rocker, before the station was sold to Malrite Communications and changed formats to Country. Popejoy also did work on tv. In the early 1980s he was nd and anchor for a San Francisco tv station. In 1983 Jack joined KCOP / Channel 13 as a reporter and fill-in anchor. Among Popejoy’s passions were astronomy and earthquake studies. During the California earthquakes, he was the go-to guy for KFWB and later KNX. Jack was a long-time consultant to the Southern California Earthquake Center. Additionally, he was an emergency management associate for the City of Los Angeles.
Since 1989, Popejoy had the distinction of being an Honorary Chief of the Los Angeles Fire Department. He covered the space program and a variety of science topics on radio and tv throughout his career. Jack also was knowledgeable about the financial world. He’d periodically fill in for Jim Newman on both KFWB and KTLA/Channel 5 providing updates from the Pacific Stock Exchange in Downtown Los Angeles. A multiple-award winner for broadcast excellence, locally Popejoy was recognized in 1998 as Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He won 27 Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California, including a best newscast award just last month for Best News Broadcast. He won eight Press Club Awards.
Porras, Tony: KLAX, 2000-01. Tony works evenings at Spanish KLAX.
Porter, Ross: KABC, 1976-97; KXTA, 1998-02; KFWB, 2003-04. Ross left the Dodger broadcast booth after 28 seasons in the fall of 2004.
Porter, Scott: KSRF, 1991. Scott's now program director back at the first station that ever let him grace their microphones, WPBZ-Lock Haven, Pennsylvania.
(Mary Price, Isidra Person-Lynn, Cindy Paulos, and Patti Piech)
Porter, Vivian: KRTH, 1974-77; KHJ, 1978-85; KRTH, 1985-2008. Vivian left the CBS Radio/LA cluster in the fall of 2008.
Porterfield, Russ: KFOX, 1940s-76. Unknown.
Poska, Al: KFI, 1958. Unknown.
Poston, Ken: KLON, 1987-99. Ken heads up the L.A. Jazz Institute and produces and promotes jazz events throughout the year.
POTTER, Peter: KLAC, 1945-50; KFWB, 1951; KLAC, 1951; KMPC; KVFM, 1972. Creator of the Platter Parade and Juke Box Jury radio and tv shows, Peter was born William Moore in
Henrietta, Oklahoma, on April 14, 1905. He worked radio for a quarter of a century. He was one of the legendary "Big 5" disc jockeys on KLAC along with Dick Haynes, Alex Cooper, Gene Norman and Bob McLaughlin. Los Angeles
Peter broke into radio accidentally. He had come to
Los Angelesduring the Depression in 1934, after graduating from the . Universityof New Mexico
He studied drama at the Pasadena Playhouse, appeared in several films including some Gene Autry westerns then went into radio.While working in a furniture store, he wrote a radio script, and it was picked up by KNX. Peter appeared on all three major radio and tv networks.
On May 15, 1950, he did his first tv show, the local Peter Potter Platter Party.
But it was Potter's Jukebox Jury on all three major radio and television networks during parts of the 1950s that won Emmy awards for the best entertainment program in 1953 and 1955. Potter hosted the show, which featured panels of four celebrities giving ad lib ratings of new records as hits or missesrs. Folsom said. (Photo: Potter with Anthony Perkins and Tab Hunter)
In the early 1960s, during the explosion of rock music, Peter commented on the state of music in a Billboard interview: "I've been a disc jockey since 1937, and I've taken pride in being able to play the best in music. Top 40 programming is an inadequate service to the public. Top 40 limits the audience to kids and they don't buy the sponsor's product." He won Best Entertainment Emmys in 1953 and 1955. In the early 1970s, he was heard on KVFM. He was married to singer Beryl Davis. Peter died of a heart attack on April 17, 1983, at the age of 78. In poor health, he had been living in
. Palm Springs
Potts, Tony: KFI, 2004. The entertainment reporter from Access Hollywood joined KFI weekends in early 2004 and left at the end of the year. He continues weekends at Access Hollywood.
Powell, Dave: KJOI, 1976-79 and 1985-87. Dale is living in Seattle.
Powell, Mike: KBCA, 1968. Unknown.
Powell, Russ: KNX, 1961-80. Russ is retired and living in Grass Valley.
Power, Will: KSRF, 1992. Unknown.
(Nick Paul, Julie Pilat, Nancy Plum, and Molly Paige)
Powers, Craig: KUTE, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-82; KFXM, 1982-85; KKHR, 1983-85; KEZY, 1985-91; KIKF, 1991-95 and 1999-2000; KMXN, 2000-02. Craig is the director of operations of Cameron Broadcasting, a six-station group in Nevada.
POWERS, Francis Gary: KGIL, 1973. The Southern California Big Red Skywatch pilot was shot down over
Russiaon a reconnaissance mission during the Summit Conference in in 1960. In an unprecedented move, the United States traded spies with the Paris Soviet Union, and Frank came home in exchange for master spy Rudolf Abel in 1962.
When he grew weary of test piloting, around 1970, Frank moved with his wife and two children to
and tried out as the backup pilot for Col. Bruce Payne on KGIL. He commented at the time of his promotion: "The higher you get, the greater the sense of detachment. It's indescribable, but it's the detachment." Studio City
He died in a helicopter crash in the
San Fernando Valleywhile doing traffic reports for KNBC/Channel 4.
Powers, Mike: KSWD, 2008-11. Mike joined Bonneville's 100.3/fm The Sound in late spring of 2008 and left in the late spring of 2011.
Prado, Stella: KOST, 1991-2012. Stella was promoted to program director at KOST in the early fall of 2003. She left Clear Channel following a downsizing in December 2012.
PRAGER, Dennis: KABC, 1983-2000; KIEV/KRLA, 2000-2013. Dennis's show is billed as “talk about social issues from an ethical perspective.” For 10 years he hosted "Religion on the Line," a popular Sunday evening show on KABC that featured a Jewish rabbi, Protestant minister and Catholic priest.
He did undergraduate work in political-science at
Brooklyn Collegeand the Universityof Leedsin Englandand graduate work as a fellow at Columbia University's and Russian Institute. In 1969, at the age of 21, he was the national spokesman for the Student Struggle for Soviet Jewry and a delegate to the first Brussels World Conference on Soviet Jewry. President Ronald Reagan appointed him a Schoolof International Affairs U.S.delegate to the Vienna Review Conference on the Helsinki Accords to negotiate human rights with the Soviet Union. His on-air personality deals with moral issues. He is for moral revenge and for capital punishment as an instrument of revenge.
In late 1984 an early evening slot opened up on KABC when Hilly Rose retired. Since 1985 Dennis has been the sole writer and publisher of Ultimate Issues, a journal with more than 20,000 readers worldwide which focuses on life's greatest political, social, philosophical and religious questions and events. The conservative talk show host on KABC started a half-hour talk show in September of 1994 on KTTV/Channel 11. He co-authored The Nine Questions People Ask About Judaism which is the most widely used introduction to Judaism in the world. Dennis authored Why The Jews? The Reason For Anti-Semitism. Since 1994 he had been working middays on KABC's "TalkRadio."
Dennis moved over to
Salem’s , which became KRLA, in 2000 where he does mid-mornings. KIEV
Pratt, Jim: KROQ, 1997; KYSR, 1997-2004. Jim is imaging director at "Star 98.7."
Prell, Jon: KIKF, 1988-90. Jon is the pd and morning talent at WKDQ-Evansville, Indiana.
Prescott, Bill: KMET, 1981. Bill works at KNRK-Portland.
Prescott, Pat: KTWV, 2001-13. Pat hosts the morning show at KTWV, "The WAVE. She started at the WAVE as Dave Koz's co-host April 15, 2001. Over the years she has been teamed with Brian McKnight and Kim Amidon.
Presher, Dave: KMEN/KGGI, 1994-95; KPWR, 1996-97; KTWV, 1997. Dave left his post as gm at KRBV-Dallas in the fall of 2001 and now runs the Riviera Broadcast Group in Las Vegas.
Press, Bill: KABC, 1990; KFI, 1991-96; KRLA, 2009-11; KTLK, 2011-13. Bill is a syndicated radio host and regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
(Brad Pomerance; Star Parker; and Steve Propes)
Price, Gary: KHJ/fm, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972-73; KDAY, 1973-83; KNAC, 1984-95. Gary is working as a sales consultant for Fred Sands.
Price, Gene: KDAY, 1966-67; KLAC, 1970-71; KFOX, 1972; KIQQ, 1973-74; KIIS, 1974; KLAC, 1975-84; KIKF, 1985-90; KLAC, 1990-93. Gene works at Western International Media.
Price, Jeremy: KXMN, 2001-02. He now works under his given name, Jeremy Pritchard.
Price, John: KRLA, 1968-73; KIEV, 1980-85. John is a freelance engineer with Citadel Broadcasting, Sirius Satellite Radio and the Museum of TV & Radio.
Price, Mary: KWIZ, 1978-81; KGGI, 1982-84; KZLA, 1984-89; KRTH, 1992; KCBS, 1992-2005; KMZT, 2005-06; KFSH, 2011-12. Mary is part of the Fish Family Friendly morning show.
Price, Ron: KXMX, 1999. The former program director at KXMX has similar chores for the "Mix" station in Phoenix.
Price, Tony: KGFJ, 1972. Unknown.
Princi, Carl: KWKW, 1952-53; KFAC, 1953-87; KKGO, 1990-92. Carl passed away in the early 1990s.
Pringle, Oogie: KWIZ, 1985-87. Oogie committed suicide in 1987.
Pritchard, Jeremy: KMXN, 2001-02. Jeremy worked weekends at the Orange County COOL station. Since 2003, he's been with Lincoln Financial Media in San Diego in various capacities, most recently assistant engineer/IT for fm properties: KBZT, KIFM, and KSON.
Proctor, Mel: KXTA/KTLK, 2003-05. The former sports broadcaster with the Texas Rangers, Baltimore Orioles, San Diego Padres and LA Clippers, is now the tv play-by-play voice of the Washington Nationals.
(Ray Peyton, Vivian Porter, Waco Pat, and Bill Polish)
Proctor, Phil: KROQ. Phil was first heard on the Firesign Theatre at KROQ. He is active in a voiceover career and can be heard in Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.
Propes, Steve: KLON, 1981-92. Steve does consulting work in the history of rock & roll, record evaluation for the biggest company in the rare record business, Good Rockin' Tonight and he is heard on RockitRadio.net.
Pugsley, Robert: KPFK, 1979-86 and 1990-93. Since 1978, Robert has been a professor of law at Southwestern University School of Law.
PULSIPHER, Mike: KNX. Longtime KCBS-San Francisco and CBS news anchor enjoyed a 40 year career in radio news. He worked at KFBK in Sacramento before joining CBS as an anchor and reporter at KNX. Mike worked at KCBS twice, starting as the afternoon news anchor in the 80s, with a tour of duty in New York as an anchor for the CBS Radio network news in between. Mike died January 8, 2011, at the age of 61.
Mike loved radio news, truly enjoyed sharing information with listeners, and was extremely proud of his career with CBS and KCBS.
Pullman, Jason: KYSR, 2003-05. Jason worked afternoons at "Star 98.7" until early fall of 2005. He now works mornings at the Country Bull at 94.9/fm in Atlanta.
PURCELL, Bob: KFI/KECA, 1942-45; KFWB, 1956-62. While waiting for the curtain to rise on the Civic Light Opera presentation of Man of La Mancha starring Bob Purcell as Cervantes/Quixote, you would be aghast reading in the program about the career of the star. He was known in Southern California as the general manager during the launch of historic "Color Radio" on January 2, 1958. A month after the launch Bob wrote pd Chuck Blore, the djs and newsmen: "Our total broadcast week is composed of 585,000 seconds. Each one of those seconds must be full, alive, bright, and alert. None should pass by un-noticed, each single second shall carry a full complement of colorful programming. In every five minute period you are each responsible for as many as 300 seconds, each one of them is a definite part of the KFWB sound, never let them go by emptily or dully. P.S. Have you tightened up lately."
Another phase of Bob's success in Southern California predated KFWB, when the 6 foot, 5 inch broadcaster was named the program director of KTTV/Channel 11 in 1949. Bob started his radio career as a singer at age 14 at WHAM-Rochester where he was born May 11, 1912. In the '30s he spent 8 years with WCFL-Chicago as staff announcer as well as hosting "Make Believe Danceland." While in Chicago he suffered a street accident that canceled his Army 1-A status.
When he arrived in the Southland in 1942 he acted in several films, notably Forever Amber and The Bride Wore Boots. In the mid-1960s Bob and his wife Jane moved to Yucca Valley where he made use of his real estate brokers license. For the next 14 years he participated in theater companies all over Southern California.
In 1982 he retired to Laguna Hills. Bob was terminally ill for the last two years before his death on August 5, 1987. He was 75. A columnist who knew Bob well wrote: "Purcell was the inherently lazy type of hard worker, ambitious but not ridiculously so. He had humor and a sense of proportion, he was free from swank, inspired confidence and loyalty." His wife remembered, "Bob had an unquenchable curiosity; everything he pursued was a challenge. His hobbies or avocations included Japanese Sumi painting, lectures on Chinese calligraphy, classical guitar, flute, recorder, amateur radio [he ran 5,000 phone patches during the Vietnam crisis for our servicemen] and even piano tuning."
(Pat Prescott, Natalie Page, Stella Prado, and Bernie Pearl)
PUTNAM, George: KFI; KIEV, 1975-2000; KRLA, 2001; KPLS, 2001-03; KSPA, 2004-05; KCAA, 2005-08. George, a familiar face and voice on tv and radio news and talk radio for over a half century, died September 12, 2008. He was 94 and despite his failing health, he managed to participate in his noon time show heard on CRN Digital Radio, sometimes from his hospital bed right up until his death.
George was born in Breckenridge, Minnesota on July 14, 1914. In college he was freshman class president, champion orator, ran on the track squad and played basketball and football. In 1934 George started his broadcasting career at WDGY-Minneapolis and then KSTP-Minneapolis/St. Paul. From there he went to NBC in New York where he did 14 programs a week, concentrating on news and special events. He shared the role of commentator for Fox Movietone News with Lowell Thomas.
During World War II as a Marine first lieutenant he won two citations. After the war he was seen and heard on the Mutual Broadcasting System, BBC and the Du Mont Television Network. Walter Winchell once said: "George Putnam's voice is the greatest in radio and television." George moved to Los Angeles in 1951 and soon ruled the Los Angeles airwaves as the city's top newscaster and perhaps its most omnipresent tv personality. His program George Putnam and the News appeared on every local independent broadcast tv station. In those days of early, low-tech tv news there were often flubs and once, Putnam breathlessly introduced "unedited" footage of a brush fire, which proved a mistake, since the footage included a firefighter relieving himself at the edge of the blaze.
George eventually became the country's highest-paid newscaster. He starred with Mort Sahl in a nationally syndicated tv show entitled Both Sides Now. Virtually inventing the image of the local tv anchorman, he was a bombastic figure, flamboyant in his stylishly tailored suits who looked straight into the camera as if speaking directly to viewers. He dated starlets, drove a sports car, owned a yacht and rubbed elbows with actors, Mayor Sam Yorty, Gov. Ronald Reagan and President Nixon. He once cajoled Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir into giving him her recipe for chicken soup and got 200,000 requests for it through on-air promotion. He has been the recipient of over 300 awards and citations including a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. His "Talk Back" show was a two-decade institution on KIEV. George lived on his ranch in Chino, where over the years he raised more than 400 thoroughbreds.
During the summer of 1996 George appeared in the blockbuster film, Independence Day. His signature line was: "And that's the up-to-the-minute news - Up to the minute, that's all the news! - See you then!"
Putney, Sam: KJLH, 1984-88; KACE, 1988-92. Sam is working morning drive at KKDA-Dallas.
Pye, Jr., Brad: KGFJ, 1955-73; KJLH, 1973-75; KACE, 1975-77; KGFJ, 1977-79; KDAY, 1979-90. Brad is the ADA Coordinator for the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services. He's also sports editor for Inglewood Today Magazine.
PYLE, Ed: XTRA; KFWB, 1969-71 and 1974-84; KNX, 1985-2006. After 47 years as a broadcast journalist, Ed retired from his KNX news director position in early 2006 and noe lives in Flagstaff, Arizona.
Under Ed’s leadership, the KNX news staff amassed scores of awards for broadcast and journalism excellence. Pyle, who has spent the past 20 years at KNX and 13 more at sister station KFWB, received numerous awards from the Radio-Television News Association of Southern California, the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Press Club. In 2004, the Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists named Pyle Radio Journalist of the Year.
“Ed Pyle has quietly been one of the best journalists in Los Angeles history,” said KABC’s Dan Avey at the time of Ed's retirement. “In 1984, when a guy hit the accelerator and intentionally mowed down a bunch of people on the sidewalks in Westwood Village the night before the Olympics, Ed was the first newsman on the scene. KFWB [Ed was assistant nd] had a near exclusive on the ‘is it terrorism?’ story because most of the city's news people were drinking free booze with the Olympic organizers at a downtown hotel.”
Avey continued: “Then, when KNX news director Bob Sims decided he didn't want to deal with the 9/11 story, and walked out the door on 9/12, never to return, Ed was the one who was suddenly on the spot. Sims' leaving meant Ed was at the station 24 hours a day for months before he could ease up. It wasn't until Ed was named news director months later that he got an assistant nd to help him. And talk about on-the-air careers, who among us, other than Ed, has worked in the Plant City and Tijuana markets!”
“Ed Pyle is the last of a breed of high principled, journalistically caring and hard charging news directors,” wrote KNX reporter/anchor Bob Sirkin. “He's also a damn good guy with a unique, quick wit. Without question, Ed is one of the finest news editors I've ever had the privilege of working for. His news sense and judgment is second to none! Even when Ed sent you out on a grade-B must-cover story; you knew his heart was still in the right place. In today's world of broadcast journalism, you don't replace an Ed Pyle. You only hope for the best.”
Born in 1939, in Paramus, New Jersey, Ed was raised in Plant City, Florida. He was raised in central Florida, where he attended the University of South Florida in Tampa. His broadcasting career began when he was with the US Army, during which we received the Army Commendation Medal for his work as a tv news anchor. Before getting to the Southland, Ed worked for a variety of radio stations in Tampa/St. Petersburg as a dj and newsman. He came to California to work for XTRA News 690, the world’s first all-News station.
Ed plans to spend time traveling and with his hobby of photography.
(Sam Putney, Mel Proctor, Bill Press, David Poland, and Luciano Palermi)
PYNE, Joe: KABC, 1960-64; KLAC, 1964-69. "No one conducts the straight, hard-hitting interview as well as Joe Pyne, the master showman of the talk realm," according to the LA Times in 1967. Born in Chester, Pennsylvania, he joined the U.S. Marine Corps upon graduation from high school. In World War II he won three battle stars and lost his left leg.
Joe started his radio career at WCAM-Camden while studying at a Philadelphia dramatic school. He worked in Canada, Delaware and Arizona. By the time he arrived in the Southland it was estimated that he commanded $2,000 a week for four broadcast days. He could be heard telling a caller he disagreed with to "go gargle with razor blades."
At the peak of his career, in 1966, he had a syndicated tv talk show on Metromedia stations and a syndicated radio show on 254 stations. A heavy smoker, he once said that although he realized cigarettes might cause cancer, he would "rather take a chance than be a fat neurotic." When he learned he had cancer, he stopped smoking. For a few months he began broadcasting from his home until he quit radio and tv in 1969 due to illness.
Joe died of cancer on March 23, 1970, at the age of 44.
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