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** Kingsley’s Drive
“Re Bob Kingsley – A thousand years ago I was the music director of WMTS-AM, the Nashville affiliate for American Country Countdown. Even though our studios were in Murfreesboro, about a 40-minute drive from Music City, Bob made the effort to drive down and meet with us, and graciously voiced several drops for us. A True Gentleman, and a consummate professional. Sending thoughts of swift and complete healing.” – Bill A. Jones
** Seratti a Hustler
“Bruce Seratti was one of those radio sales / marketing people you always remembered because he was a hustler without being a huckster. He was bright, engaging, always smiling and loved to leave you with a funny story or an outrageous joke. A gentle man.” – Ed Ziel
** Seratti Set Stand for Excellence
“Bruce Seratti worked with me for many years at KZLA / KLAC during the ’80s and early ’90s. He was an expert in his field of promotional marketing for the grocery and food industry. He wasn’t the first, but he set the standard of excellence in his field. He was well respected, ethical and a gentleman. His daughter, Jeri also worked at the stations as well and was very professional like her dad.” – Norm Epstein
** Stern Perspective
“My view of the contemporary Howard Stern is quite different than the fawning that the elite Hollywood glamour crowd showers upon him.
I used to listen to Howard back in the KLSX days and then followed him to Sirius when he promised a ‘revolution’ on the radio landscape. However, it wasn’t too long before we all realized we had been suckered. Once he received his $100 million paycheck, he seemed to stop relating to his audience. Frequently the conversations turned into stories about his endless luxury vacations. I could just hear Robin Leach featuring a segment on Howard Stern. How do you think a truck driver or a cop on the beat in NY could relate to this?
What made things worse is that his revolution quickly turned into a four day a week gig and now into a three day a week gig while Sirius continued to charge listeners seven days a week. I imagine it must be tough running a revolution from the beaches of a luxury resort. Then he started to create his new persona and bleach away any of his past and perhaps his funniest skits since they were no longer part of his born again, politically correct version. He even went to the extreme of renaming his whack packers to less offensive names.
He truly had transitioned into the elite snowflake that he had battled and despised for all his earlier years. I stopped listening and subscribing to him five years ago and frankly haven’t missed it at all. I don’t miss his tales of endless vacations with similar elites like woke millionaire Jimmy Kimmel or his daily disdain for being on the air. I look forward to him ending his show. It's better for him to vanish into irrelevance just like many of the hypocritical crowd have done once they’ve destroyed the legacy that made them the hit they were, then ignoring the crowd that put you them there.” - Steve Chang, Venice
** Evil Woman
“Getting in the car after my Monday morning physical therapy session [I’m on the tail end of a snapped Achilles tendon recovery], I fire up the 1958 Ford's AM radio and head off to work at the studio. After the usual 20-second wait for the vacuum tubes to warm up, out of the speaker comes ELO’s Evil Woman, courtesy of K-SURF. I always had a soft spot for Jeff Lynne and Co., but there’s also just something about hearing a 44-year-old favorite coming from a 61-year-old receiver. With a smile on my face, I turned up the radio and headed to The Shop.” – Bruce Barker
|.... thanks to Norm Garr|
When You Wish Upon a Star...
|(October 18, 2019) Disney
is reinventing itself. You wouldn’t think it had to. The
brand is solid. I bought the stock at $20. It’s now $131.
Public loves the theme parks. Public loves the animated
movies. But chairman Bob Iger sees the future.
Through the complexities of streaming, cable cutting, and changing tastes, he’s betting the farm, well at least the newer version of Tomorrowland, on streaming. Iger’s launching Disney+, an attempt to break free from the cable TV shackles that have kept his business earthbound. Disney has suffered from the loss of 7 million subscribers in two years with ESPN defections.
Iger is after streaming leader Netflix and its 152 million global subscribers. Disney has divorced itself from being a content provider to Netflix. Only time will tell if his crystal ball is crystal clear. Wouldn’t it be nice, as the Beach Boys once sang, if radio had such leaders, willing to take a chance with new programming and new technology? Entercom just announced that Radio.com will now have the ability to pause live programing. Hasn’t this technology been available for decades with tv hard drives going back to TiVo in the nineties? Wonder what’s next as our local clusters are in budget hell preparing for 2020?
| She Said. Gloria
Allred makes headlines again with the lead story in
the Calendar section of the LA Times. She has
represented dozens of women who have sued powerful men for
sexual harassment but the Times story contends that
her reputation as a feminist crusader has come under
scrutiny. In the just-released book from two New York
Times journalists, She Said, they raise
questions about whether the attorney truly had her clients’
best interests at heart. Fascinating read.
Hear Ache. One industry veteran observed there are lots of new podcasts every day. At this rate there will not be enough people to listen … John Bunnell died last week. He was the son of long-time KFXM general manager Bob Bunnell. John was around KFXM all of his life, working in sales and other needed positions. The elder Bunnell passed away back earlier this year, on August 12 … Al Anthony checked in from Knoxville. “We moved here when my wife diagnosed with a terminal condition, Scleroderma,” emailed Al. “She wanted to be here for the birth of her first grandchild. Now there are five. Back in 1998, she was expected to live between two and seven years. She is now doing OK and still kicking. Thanks to a wonderful study I got her into at UCLA at that time, she started to plateau some and a little better as time went on. There is no cure or treatment, just a lot of pain, no remission.” Al concluded: “So sad what has happened to our radio industry. I attribute much of it to deregulation which allowed the proliferation of that monster, Clear Channel.” … Wendy Williams received a Star on Hollywood Boulevard. You can hear her speech by clicking on her photo up top … Howard Stern continued to cherry pick outlets to promote his book. On his visit to Ellen DeGeneres he proposed to kiss Ellen so everyone would forget the photo of her with George W. Bush at a baseball playoff game. Headlines screamed that Ellen liked Bush. Howard snuck a kiss … Speaking of Howard, Michael O’Shea, a station owner who formerly was with 710/KMPC, has answered the question of whether Howard can retire next year or will he keep on working. Click the photo of Howard and Ellen to read O’Shea’s assessment.
Tomorrow, Email Saturday is filled with tributes to Bruce Seratti and Bob Kingsley. In Nostalgia Sunday from 7 years ago, the importance of mentoring. On Monday Bob Kingsley's dear friend and agent provides some insight on the Country Radio King.
|Full page ad for KLAC
promoting the failed MOR format, LA Times, Wednesday,
October 15th, 1969
From David Grudt's personal collection
Radio HOF Member Bob Kingsley Dies
|(October 17, 2019) The
world of Country Music Radio is mourning this morning.
Bob Kingsley, a national Radio Hall of Fame
Member whose voice was synonymous with Country music, died
at his home in Weatherford, Texas while receiving treatment
for cancer. He was 80.
One of broadcasting’s most beloved and iconic figures, Kingsley was a mainstay on radio for 60 years. His dominance in the Country format began in 1978 when he took over as host of American Country Countdown after four years as the show’s producer for one of radio’s founding syndication companies Watermark, founded by Tom Rounds.
In 2006, he and his wife and business partner Nan Kingsley established Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, produced by their own KCCS Productions, still running on more than 320 stations.
Kingsley received many of broadcasting’s top honors and was named to the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. He is the namesake and was the first recipient of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, presented each year since 2014 at the Grand Ole Opry House and benefitting the Opry Trust Fund. They were among the many fruits of a career built on a simple premise. "I love the music and the people who make it," he once said, "and I want our listeners to have as much insight into both as I can give them, and to make the experience as enjoyable as possible."
Bob's love for radio and music dated to his childhood, when polio kept him in bed and in near isolation for a year. “I would listen to the radio,” he said, “and certain shows became really important to me. It was complete escapism and entertainment. I didn't realize the imprint it was making, but it obviously stayed with me."
At 18, Kingsley joined the Air Force and served in Keflavik, Iceland, where he jumped at a chance to become an announcer on Armed Forces Radio. That experience and his love of Country music would carry him to legendary stations like KFOX, KGBS, KFI, and KLAC in Los Angeles, and to his role as the voice of Drake-Chenault’s Great American Country format, used by hundreds of Country radio stations. His role as host of American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley made him a household name. He supplemented the weekly countdown with Christmas specials.
A celebration of life will be held in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, November 14, 2019 at 1pm at the Country Music Hall of Fame’s CMA Theater. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Kingsley’s name to the Country Music Hall of Fame’s All For The Hall campaign or the Grand Ole Opry Trust Fund.
|"LARRY MCKAY: Me in
1979 (and 1982) I was Dr. Buss’ 1st (SHOWTIME) p.a. man at
the Forum in Inglewood.
Lakers won two NBA Titles In 3 years." - Larry McKay
Molly Turns a Paige in Her Broadcasting Career
|(October 16, 2019) Molly
Paige has made one of the critical pivots in her
News/Talk career. She worked at KABC, KIBB, KRLA, KCBS/fm
(Arrow 93), and KPFK. Molly was part of NBC News Radio,
based in Washington, DC. Molly has joined AllAccess
as the West Coast Net News editor.
She's taking over the daily duties of Jeff Silberman, who passed away last week. “I am really pleased that Molly has joined us for this important role at AllAccess,” said Joel Denver, president/publisher at AllAccess. Joel cited her resume, which included Classic Rocker KTYD-Santa Barbara, Country KHAY-Ventura and America in the Morning. She was part of the on-air staff at Classic Rocker KGON-Portland and part of the News team at WOAI-San Antonio.
And while in Jakarta, Indonesia, she helped start the first local American Jazz station, Radio Trijaya.
Hear Ache. KFI’s Chris Little was feeling grateful the other day tweeting a greeting to David G. Hall who originally hired Little. Chris has gone on to hire many LARP who have landed on national news platforms … How do you get fired when working in radio? Here are some recent stories: ...KYSR’s Woody will host the third annual iHeartRadio ALTer EGO in January at the Forum. Performances include Billie Eilish, The Black Keys, blink-182, The Lumineers, Rex Orange County and SHAED … Congratulations to Kevin Carter and Steve Resnick on their 10-year anniversary publishing the RAMP.
Bruce Seratti Dies
|(October 15, 2019) Bruce
Seratti, a marketing and promotions manager for a
number of stations – KDAY, KMPC, KPOL, KHJ, KRTH, KIQQ,
KZLA, KGBS, KMET, KLOS, KGIL and KMGG - died August 25,
2019, of congestive heart failure. He was 83.
Basil Russell Seratti was born on January 28, 1936 in Baraga, in the upper peninsula of Michigan. As Basil turned into a young man, he became known as Bruce, the name that stuck with him throughout his life.
In 1943, when Bruce was seven, the family moved to Chula Vista, where Bruce completed his schooling. After high school, Bruce enrolled at San Diego State.
One of his daughters, Jeri Seratti, is also involved in radio. She is married Carl Goldman of KHTS in Santa Clarita.
Bruce began his career in the produce business, but soon found his niche in radio sales. His first job was at KOGO Radio in San Diego, handling sales and marketing at the radio station and eventually their television station. In 1966 the family moved to Northridge, after Bruce landed a job at the iconic radio station KABC. He created radio promotions for many of the local grocery chains and other major brands.
As the grocery and radio business consolidated, Bruce shifted to Spanish radio and television, working for Lieberman Broadcasting, taking his same marketing expertise into Spanish broadcasting, creating promotions with the Spanish grocery chains and brands from Mexico and South America trying to break into the lucrative Southern California market.
|For fun, Bruce took his expert skiing
skills and became a passionate volunteer at Mountain High
with their ski patrol. His kids and grandkids became avid
skiers at a very young age, although most preferred to avoid
the tough instruction of their dad and granddad.
His passion for skiing continued through retirement, expertly skiing down the challenging “Cornice” at the very top (11,053 feet) of Mammoth Mountain on his 80th birthday.
Bruce remained active in his final years, jogging, daily workouts at the gym and continuing to volunteer at the Senior Center. He took many trips to Mammoth, Tahoe and the annual Monterrey Jazz Festival which he attended for 40+ years.
KCLU for a Quarter of a Century
|(October 14, 2019)
Non-com KCLU radio from the campus of Cal Lutheran
University, celebrates broadcasting for a quarter of a
century with events in Santa Barbara and Thousand Oaks.
The celebration will kick off with a live edition of the NPR show Ask Me Another at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, October 19 at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara, according to the Thousand Oaks Acorn. The show will feature host Ophira Eisenberg, the music of Jonathan Coulton and trivia and puzzle games played in front of an audience.
The five-time Grammy Award winner Michael McDonald will be a special treat.
|A live taping of the NPR
Politics Podcast will take place at 7:30 p.m. Saturday,
October 19 in the Kavli Theatre, Thousand Oaks Civic Arts
Plaza. Four NPR political reporters will discuss the latest
on the 2020 presidential campaign. Audience members will get
a behind-the-scenes look at how the podcast is made and the
opportunity to ask questions.
The events commemorate KCLU’s debut October 20, 1994, when it began broadcasting from a tiny studio inside a residence hall on the Thousand Oaks campus of Cal Lutheran University. Mary Olson, who helped launch the station as its director of marketing and development, became general manager in 1996.
KCLU began as the only public radio station headquartered in Ventura County and now broadcasts additionally in Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties. The station’s local news coverage has garnered more than 300 journalism awards through the years. News director Lance Orozco has received five national journalism awards and been named the Associated Press small-market reporter of the year in the western United States 11 times.
Along the Watchtower. “I am a researcher from The Netherlands, who writes books about Jimi Hendrix. I am writing you as a last attempt to solve a mystery. I have some photos of Jimi Hendrix at a radio station where he is being interviewed. Supposedly, these photos were taken in Los Angeles, possibly in the Wilshire Blvd area, in September 1968. Some sources say they were taken at the KPPC offices. Other sources have KMET, or KHJ. I hope you can help me, and tell me where they were taken, and if any of the other people in the photos can be recognized where I put the red arrows.” - Ben Valkhoff, The Netherlands, firstname.lastname@example.org
Email Saturday, 10.12.2019
|** Kingsley a Good Guy
“I’m so sorry to read about Bob Kingsley’s cancer diagnosis. He is one of the best guys in the industry. I first met him in 1972 when I was pd of the Armed Forces network in the Panama Canal Zone. We aired his daily AFRTS radio show and he accepted our invitation to come to Panama to do public appearances for our audiences [both on the Pacific and Atlantic sides of the Isthmus].
He was a gigantic hit with all the GIs and their families, and a delight to escort. We continued our relationship when I became the AFRTS Director of Programming in Hollywood. I wish him well and pray that he beats the bladder cancer, as other friends of mine have.” – Gerry Fry
** Country Music Legend
“Thank you for letting us know about Bob Kingsley. He is a true gentleman and Country music legend for all he has done. When [twenty some years ago] I dedicated 80s Ladies by KT Oslin to my best friends after one of them passed away, he selected the dedication but I missed it when I had to work.
When I let him know I appreciated the selection, he sent me the CDs of the show so I could hear it. A kindness that I’ve never forgotten. That is the beauty of radio people, the ones who live the stories behind the music and share it with the rest of us. Thank you for continuing to celebrate them and keeping us abreast of radio yesterday and today.” – Julie T. Byers
** Stern Animal Lover
“Saving animals is a side of Howard Stern that I truly am grateful for and his wife is awesome for all she does.
Nor-easters here for days. Wet winds yuck. I pray you are all safe and have your power.” – Mike Butts, Boston, www.MyFourLeggedKids.Com
** Stern Double Ask
“Gotta wonder if Howard Stern asked his first wife, Alison, to divorce him again, would she say YES?” – Timmy Manocheo
** Dodgers Feeling Blue
“I am a rabid, bleed Dodger Blue, Dodgers fan. Fred Roggin has it right. On the other hand, Steve Mason is dead wrong. Yes, Kershaw screwed up, but who put him in that position? Dave Roberts did! This is on Roberts and nobody else. He should have brought in Maeda. The Dodgers should put Greg Maddux on retainer and have him move into Kershaw’s house and teach him how to pitch with his reduced stuff. Rant over.” – Bob Whitmore
** Klap for the Doctor
“Just as an addendum to Mike Seeman’s praise of Dr. Robert Klapper. The good doctor helped me avoid surgery after completely shattering a kneecap some years ago. He’s also a very talented sculptor. A true renaissance man.” – Ira Lawson
“Just got done reading Janice Dean’s Mostly Sunny. What a fun read! Janice is known primarily as a Fox News meteorologist, but she got her start in Canadian radio. She was also part of the Don Imus Show [and hated it] for a few years. Since Imus’ show was on in LA, does she ‘qualify’ as a LARP?” – Brian Perez
** Art Gilmore’s Passing
“I saw you reported the death of Art Gilmore. I had missed that. I can only say when I’m on the treadmill at the gym 3-4 times a week normally, I go for a half hour and I always watch 1950’s/60’s tv shows on my phone during my workout.
Highway Patrol is one of my regulars and of course, the booming voice of the narrator, Art Gilmore. My podcast is doing well. We could always use more downloads. The ‘Kramer and Brill Fantasy Football Podcast’ is a weekly [new every Tuesday] hour long podcast co-hosted by me and former Chicago Bears Quarterback Erik Kramer. Erik is a friend and a great co-host. He still holds some Bear’s passing records. You can get it wherever you normally get podcasts, iTunes, Radio.com, Stitcher, Libsym but the easiest way is to go directly to our website http://www.kramerandbrill.com. Please check out my Award Winning Short Film Sundown, a western starring Eric Heisner and Al Burke. You can see it on Vimeo.” – Bob Brill
** Voice Sampling
“The voice on the automated system for Discover reminds me so much of Casey Kasem! I wonder if they’re using voice sampling nowadays?” – Andrew Schermerhorn
A National Proposal
|(October 11, 2019) Howard
Stern invaded Hollywood this week. His radio show
on SiriusXM emanated from their new studios, with Howard’s
show certainly putting a spotlight on the festivities.
His on-air guests included Jennifer Anniston (a first-time appearance), Arnold Schwarzenegger, Adam Levine, Jimmy Kimmel, Snoop Dogg, Seth Rogan, and Demi Moore.
Wednesday night Howard surprised his wife of 11 years, Beth Stern, with an impromptu proposal during his appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Howard, 65, recalled that while on a recent vacation with Kimmel, he decided he wanted to propose again to his wife. When he suggested it to Beth, however, she wasn’t on board with the idea. “She always says no. She thinks it’s jinxed,” Howard said. “It’s so great when I propose to my wife, she gets embarrassed.”
During his Kimmel appearance, Howard asked Beth to come on stage and got down on one knee. “Darling, you know you have given me the best years of my life. I love you so much. You do so much for animal rescue. You know how I feel about you,” he told Beth. “I’m going to say to you now in front of all my best friends. My sweet love will you marry me again?”
She said yes.
Los Angeles Radio People are great storytellers. The good
ones tell a good story in 17 seconds or 17 minutes. They
have wined and dined with major celebrities and been invited
to once-in-a-lifetime events. But sometimes the stories are
simple and touching.
Mike Lundy distinguished himself from the 1960s through his programming position at KGIL that ran for a decade and ended in 1992. He has also been with KFI, KDAY, KGBS, KFWB, and KOST.
During much of Mike’s time on LARadio, Dick Whittinghill was reigning supreme in morning drive for 29 years on 710/KMPC, the Station of the Stars. Mike lived in Dick’s neighborhood for many years.
“I had met him and seen him at church, but didn't know him,” wrote Lundy. “One day I was shopping at our long-gone old Ralphs. I spotted him down one aisle. I chose not to bother him in a moment of his private life. However, as I shopped down the next aisle a smaller, older woman came toward me as she pushed her cart. She stopped me and asked if I could help reach an item on a higher shelf. Of course, I gladly did. Not knowing me from Adam, she said ‘Could you please reach that honey for me. You know, ‘Whit’ likes his honey in those little bears.’ I put the honey in her cart and we went our separate ways. I love the fact that she presumed I, or anyone, would know of whom she spoke when she referred to ‘Whit.’ One of life's nice little moments.”
Do you have a story to tell? We would love for you to share one at LARadio.com, just send it along to AvilaBeachdb@gmail.com
Country Giant Steps Down Due to Cancer
|(October 10, 2019) Longtime
syndicated Country radio giant Bob Kingsley has
announced he is stepping away from his show for health
reasons. Kingsley disclosed that he has been diagnosed with
bladder cancer, according to MediaConfidential.com.
Bob launched his radio career in 1958 with the Armed Forces Radio Service in Keflavik, Iceland. Upon returning to his native California, he became a disc jockey at KUTY-Palmdale in 1961, subsequently working at stations in Las Vegas, Tijuana, and Oxnard. Following a series of Southwest radio jobs, he arrived in the Southland to start at KGBS.
In Billboard's Radio Response Ratings in 1967 and 1968, Bob was voted “Most Influential Country Personality.” In October 1968, KGBS changed from Country to Hot 100 and Bob was part of the lineup. Later at KFI Bob did the all-night shift, offering Country music while the rest of the day was MOR. He also spent time at then-Country leader KLAC.
He has been affiliated with ABC Radio Networks’ American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley since 1974 when Casey Kasem and Tom Rounds hired Bob to produce their new syndicated series, American Country Countdown. In 1978, Bob began a 28-year run as host; during that time, he received 16 consecutive “Network / Syndicated Program of the Year.”
In 2006, Kingsley left Countdown to launch Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 with his wife and partner Nan. He has received three Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB) / Country Aircheck awards, the CRB President's award and the “Grand Ole Opry Living Legend Award.”
|In a Billboard Magazine
profile, Bob talked about being enamored with the history
and roots of Country music. He tries to include that passion
and knowledge into the show, while still balancing those
elements to keep it focused on current country music. In
addition to the Countdown,
he also produced Bob Kingsley with
an ABC program.
“I try to leave people with a real picture of the stars who make the music. Whether it’s a chart newcomer or Garth Brooks, when the listeners hear their record, I want them to think, ‘That’s the singer Bob Kingsley told us about.’” In 1998, Bob was inducted into the Country Hall of Fame. In 2016, Kingsley was elected into the National Radio Hall of Fame in the “Music Format On-Air Personality” category.
|(October 9, 2019) The
newest LARP from Meruelo Media’s “Cali 93.9 #1 for Reggaeton
y mas” (KLLI) is Mexican Superstar, Angelica Vale.
Angelica (known as “La Vale”) brings a 40-year career in
theater, film, tv and radio that includes the starring role
in the wildly popular Spanish language version of Ugly
Betty, which became one of the highest-rated tv series
in the United States.
She has voiced many animated films, including the Oscar winning Spanish language version of Disney’s animated theatrical film Coco. Angelica is currently the leading star of Univision’s midday drama series, “Y Manana Sera Otro Dia Mejor” (Tomorrow is a New Day) and co-stars in the new Netflix anime series, Seis Manos. Angelica was born in Mexico City and is the daughter of legendary actress and “La Novia de Mexico” (Mexico’s Sweetheart) Angelica Maria.
“I’m thrilled to host middays on Cali 93.9. In addition to loving this music, I can’t wait to connect with listeners. I am a working mother, wife and daughter. I understand the challenges of juggling schedules, car pools and family obligations. This is a passion project for me; I love radio, I love LA and can’t wait to be on-air every day.”
Another Weedy One. Steve Weed, a veteran of KIIS, in the seventies and early eighties is retiring. Most recently, he was head of programming for iHeart in Central California. “It’s been an incredible journey, from weekend shifts while in college at UCLA, right up to today” said Weed. “I’ve spent my entire working life doing the one thing I love, never holding a job outside of radio.” He said that after 50 years in radio that he had a secret, “I would have done it all for free!”
|Hear Ache. A new “podfading” statistic: Apple Podcasts say they remove podcasts from their directory with technical problems that violate rules or manipulate charts. So, how many have they removed from Apple Podcasts over the last 90 days? 23,460 according to data from podcast analytics and attribution company Chartable - that’s 260 a day … Bob Gowa said it was great to hear these words “but I'm in no rush to hear them again. ‘Wake up Bob, you have a new shoulder. Starting to feel human again...almost!' … iHeartRadio’s Bob Pittman made a strong statement at the recent NAB RadioShow: “Podcasting is radio’s birthright.” … Wendy Williams (ex-KDAY) will receive the 2677th Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her award is in the television category, not radio.|
|...from Dave Grudt's personal LA Times ad collection dated October 6, 1969|
Kevin Ross Celebrates 10 Years on the TV Bench
|(October 8. 2019) Kevin Ross,
briefly worked Saturdays on AM 710/The Zone before being
promoted to weekends on then sister station 790 KABC. He is
currently celebrating his 10th Season on the daytime
syndicated program America's Court with Judge Ross.
Kevin’s tv career catapulted into national exposure by Byron Allen of Entertainment Studios. Just Google Allen’s name to be duly impressed. Kevin, the former Los Angeles Superior Court judge, has been presiding over cases since 2010 while also serving as one of the show’s executive producers. Nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Legal / Courtroom Program,” America’s Court is now the fifth longest running court show behind Judge Judy, People’s Court, Judge Mathis, and Divorce Court.
There are two Kevin Ross’s who worked in Los Angeles Radio. Another Kevin Ross publishes RadioFacts.com and is a former radio personality who jocked at KGFJ, KKBT, and KACE.
Ross the judge left terrestrial radio in 1999 after being elected to the municipal bench in Inglewood. Prior to America's Court, he had reignited his radio career on the Internet platform Blogtalkradio.com
Hear Ache. Condolences to AllAccess and former R&R colleagues on the loss of Jeff Silberman. He died last week following complications of congestive heart failure. He was 66 … Vicki Cox saw an interesting headline, “Man faces assault charges after police say he spayed officers with insecticide” … Dianna Jason of Meruelo noted that long-time Los Angeles Radio Account Executive, Linda Sanchez, has died. “She was loved by the entire market. Linda worked at KBIG, KZLA, Go Country and most recently at SBS. She called on Susan Richey (McDonalds), Alicia Nelson and many more,” emailed Dianna … Former KLAC Sports talk personality JT The Brick, a.k.a. John Tournour, is joining SiriusXM’s Mad Dog Sports channel to host the late-night show.
|(October 7, 2019) Nick Cannon is a busy guy. He will
have a daytime tv talk show after subbing for Wendy
Williams and getting the attention of the industry. Most
recently Nick was added to the Power 106 (KPWR) morning show
for new owners, Meruelo Media. But for how long?
A recent kerfuffle between Cannon and controversial radio host, Charlamagne tha God brings the question into play. Charlamagne believes Nick will bail from his Power morning show as pressure to make his daytime tv talk show a hit, according to the JasmineBrand.com. Nick responded to the charge by calling him a “friendly hater.”
Cannon responded, “Charlamagne been hatin’ on me since day one. But I’m here to prove everybody wrong. I love radio. I love this morning show, and I’m not going anywhere regardless of what jobs that I get, ‘cause you guys are my family.” Charlamagne posted on Instagram: “I’m willing to take small wagers that I’m right…matter fact I’m not placing that bet because Nick will stick around just to prove me wrong.” If both were looking for publicity, they got it. But Charlamagne may have a point, not for being spread too thin.
LARadio is littered with celebrities who have attempted early morning radio, only to find out that the medium is tough. Think George Lopez, Sinbad, and Danny Bonaduce.
|Radio Ladder. Now here’s a morning talent who lasted
almost 30 years in drive time. In a 1978 LA Times profile
of Dick Whittinghill, 29-year veteran at 710/KMPC said at
the time of his retirement that he enjoyed the money and did
the morning show because “it’s more money and I can get away
early for golf every day.” He hung out daily at the Lakeside
Golf Club in Toluca Lake.
“The disc jockey,” he once said, “is the lowest rung on the show business ladder. There’s no talent required for this whatsoever. Believe me. I should know, I've been doing it long enough.”
Dick continued, “I don’t believe in ratings and surveys. The way you know you’re doing well is to look at your log; if you have a bunch of commercials in there, you know you’ll be back the next day.” He valued the friendships with his sponsors and advertisers: "I play golf with some of the fellows. Cadillac has been with me about the longest.”
Dick made a commitment to never tease the sponsors. His show had something for everyone.
Quarter 2019: Passing Parade: Sylvia
Chase; Eva Ross Kilgore; David Horowitz; Richard
Kimball; Super Dave Osborne, Harvey Mednick; Bruce Williams;
Let's Go Trippin' with Dick Dale; Larry Van Nuys jumps into the (K)Surf; KABC
shuffles line-up; LARP who died in 2018; Art Laboe
set for PPB honor luncheon; Jaime Jarrin honored;
Marketing lesson from Fiji Water Girl; Cindy Dole
out styling; Saul Levine essay on his 105.1/fm
beginnings; How will a recession hurt the radio biz?; Update on KFI
reporter Hanna Scott; Series to preserve radio
archives; Golden Night; 1,000 homes on site of KLOS/KABC; Video in
cars; Jimmy Steal to Chicago; New head of Southern
California Public Radio; Celebrating Scott St. James;
Laughs are on Phil Hendrie; Afternooner like no
other; Art Laboe honored by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters;
Wendy Williams show postponed indefinitely; KNX vet
Diane Thompson set to retire; Delilah
tells all; Motown at 60; Martoni's; Steve Harvey and
kerfuffle; It's news to Steve Gregory; Auspicious
start for 88.5/fm; Triplets 10-year anniversary; How Pete
Weber made the hockey team; We Will Rock You; Randy
Keith is the piano man; Triplets partner in hope; History
of Gary Theroux; New news from Diane
Thompson; John Batchelor
reveals he has cancer; Bean announces in leaving
KROQ morning show; Actor Sal Mineo was a LARP;
Sky Daniels retires from 88.5/fm; Ask Dr.
Ruth; USC broadcast rights; Buzzards return to Hinckley,
Ohio; Nancy Plum's new book; Elaine Perkins
perks up the news; Podcast with Passion
Hettie Lynne Hurtes
Archives Summer 2019: Passing Parade: Humble Harve; Reb Foster; Gregg Hunter; Roger Carroll; Bo Leibowitz; Cheryl Whitaker; Dwight Case; Murray Westgate; Jim Newman; Revenue changes for LA stations; Jhani Kaye get MVP for May ratings leaders; Radio Hall of Fame nominees; Phrase that Pays; NY Times word usage, Buckets of Money; Ashley Paige syndicates The Ranch; Nick Cannon joins mornings at Power 106; Alan Oda to Japan; LARPs in Heavy Hundred; Gayle King new Queen of CBS; Dave Beasing Has Another Sound in Him; Corporate.FM is a Must-See documentary; Muhammad takes over programming at KJLH; Osburn new boss at 88.5/fm; Michael Jackson breaks up fight at 30,000 feet; Podcasting challenges; Is KABC next to be sold; Franken is frank; Bob Ray inducted into Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame; Takes a bunch to tango these days; Hollywood landscape on up and up; Chris Hughes Out; Earthquake king Popejoy is remembered; Mookie Kaczor new pd at 88.5/fm; Radio Hall of Fame voting begins; David G. Hall celebrates 30-years in business. Andy Chanley new md at 88.5/fm; Reggae and Mas moving to 93.9; KGIL reunion; Kevin James' internal Quiet Storm; Carlucci on the move; Dennis Prager lead story in LA Times; Sluggo now at bat for KLOS; Purely personal
Archives April/May 2019: Passing Parade: Chuck Cecil; Brad Messer; LARPs win AllAccess Awards; Series on Podcasting; Bob McCormick exits California; Bob Eubanks dazzles telling Beatles stories; Ken Levine on podcasting; Mark & Brian reunite; Past and present music intersect; Mighty 1090 not so mighty; Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Radio Station - Nothing; J Cruz cruises to iHeart; KLOS sold to Meruelo; Ralph Lawler signing off; Talaya's Last Ride on The WAVE; Looney thoughts on LARadio; Steve Swenson to Tennessee NPR; New days for KCRW; Charlie Van Dyke reflections; Dave Hull returns to radio; Mark & Brian reunite; Money winners for 2018; Kat Corbett exits KROQ; Jim Rondeau to Northwest; Uncle Russ; Perry Michael Simon's essay on weekend news coverage; Dan Patrick health scare; Kevin Klein joins KROQ; Fight on for 'ol SC; Emily Valdez new KNX anchor; Erica Farber Woman of the Year; Rick Dees' cookbook; Tim Conway, Jr. loses his father; Thom Tran to MC Army event; Dave Zorn's book will make your heart go pitter-patt; KXOS Movin' to Meruelo; George Green looks in rearview mirror; Howard Stern doing what he does best; Melinda Lee out of the kitchen and busier than ever; Nathan Roberts comes out of retirement to join KNX; K-SURF flashes back to the 80s; Radio Santa Ana on the Air; Gamble for New York Radio Personalities
Archives 4th Quarter 2018: Classic win for K-EARTH; Ellen K doubles down; Rachel Maddow profile; Imus lawsuit thrown out; Jeff Baugh's book; Gary Thompson was at right place, at the right time; Don Elliot reports from NAB/RAB Radio Show; Rocio Rivera gets more time at KFI; Johnny Gunn's new book gets dressed down; New life for KNX/fm; Passing Parade: Scott St. James; Hal Pickens, Ed Crook, John Lyle Campbell, Mike Parker, Dave Roberts; Bill Dudley plays a record; Invisible LARP; RJ Curtis hits jackpot; LA Times beats up Charley Steiner; KBIG begins with Poole; 93/KHJ gets benched; Allie MacKay's Journey; Al Wisked Away by Dallas;What did music stations talk about during World Series; Heaven is in Your Mind; Brother John source material; Gary Moore stands up for cancer; Jillian Barberie diagnosed with breast cancer; What's in your berry bag, Wolfman?; Flash! Bohemian Rhapsody is a Smash!; Mornings growing at 870/KRLA; Another Southern California Inferno; Ingraham transitions to podcasting; Nobody knows anything; Casey Kasem counts backwards to 48 Hours; Jim Hawthorne would have been 100; Best Broadcaster ever!; Wink a heavenly treasure; 2018 rearview review; Scott St. James remembered; Bob Cole to hell and back; VO artists sing for kids; KLAC raises 1/4 $; Highest paid radio people; Doug McIntyre is set to leave KABC after 22 years; Wally Clark falls; Vic the Brick feelin' you; KABC, By George Green; Art Vuolo's farewell party
Archives 1st Quarter 2019: Passing Parade: Sylvia Chase; Eva Ross Kilgore; David Horowitz; Richard Kimball; Super Dave Osborne, Harvey Mednick; Bruce Williams; Let's Go Trippin' with Dick Dale; Larry Van Nuys jumps into the (K)Surf; KABC shuffles line-up; LARP who died in 2018; Art Laboe set for PPB honor luncheon; Jaime Jarrin honored; Marketing lesson from Fiji Water Girl; Cindy Dole out styling; Saul Levine essay on his 105.1/fm beginnings; How will a recession hurt the radio biz?; Update on KFI reporter Hanna Scott; Series to preserve radio archives; Golden Night; 1,000 homes on site of KLOS/KABC; Video in cars; Jimmy Steal to Chicago; New head of Southern California Public Radio; Celebrating Scott St. James; Laughs are on Phil Hendrie; Afternooner like no other; Art Laboe honored by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters; Wendy Williams show postponed indefinitely; KNX vet Diane Thompson set to retire; Delilah tells all; Motown at 60; Martoni's; Steve Harvey and Mo'nique in kerfuffle; It's news to Steve Gregory; Auspicious start for 88.5/fm; Triplets 10-year anniversary; How Pete Weber made the hockey team; We Will Rock You; Randy Keith is the piano man; Triplets partner in hope; History of Gary Theroux; New news from Diane Thompson; John Batchelor reveals he has cancer; Bean announces in leaving KROQ morning show; Actor Sal Mineo was a LARP; Sky Daniels retires from 88.5/fm; Ask Dr. Ruth; USC broadcast rights; Buzzards return to Hinckley, Ohio; Nancy Plum's new book; Elaine Perkins perks up the news; Podcast with Passion
Archives 3rd Quarter 2018: Anniversary of AT 40; Passing Parade: Ed Schultz, Johnny Morris, Fred Beaton, Dave Zorn; New Role for Kelli Gates; Art Laboe is One-of-a-Kind; Savage as Supreme; Vic the Brick is Feelin' You; Rita Pardue a thing of Senior beauty; Marcellus Wiley jumps team; Doug Dunlap has the keys to happiness; Highest paid LARP; Martoni LARP Noms; Former KIIS GM retires; Sad Sage Sylvester story; Carlucci, voice of Russia World Cup Games; Is there a Smart Radio? Springsteen on KMET; Is podcasting for you?; Rick Dees slated for Yucapia station; Time for a Southern California Radio Hall of Fame; National Radio Day; Big Boy makes unwanted news; Judging Amy Lewis; Jim Rome looking for LARadio home' K-SURF adds morning personality; What keeps Kevin LeGrett up at night? Alex Cohen moving to new Specrum; Silver celebration at NBC Sports Radio; Jo Jo Wright takes his KIIS show to Beijing; Paxton Quigley, armed and strong with a new radio show; Mt. Rushmore of sports; Neil Ross pens new book; Highest paid radio people; Looney looks to add game show host to eclectic career; Burt Reynolds apologizes with a twinkle; Traffic reports won't be so Rosie (Wedel); Voice of Trojan basketball headed for Thunder; the night Elvira spent with Elvis
Archives 2nd Quarter 2018: Michael Benner's new book; Brian Beirne in concert; KNX celebrates 50 years; Uncle Joe to Townsquare; Amp says Yes to Yesi; Click and Clack to automotive Hall of Fame; When is an Oldie Not an Oldie? Passing Parade - Mark Morris, Bill Watson, Dex Allen, Dick Orkin, Bill Jenkins, Don Bustany, Arnie McClatchey, Mark Morris, Roger Collins, Art Bell, Mike Walker, Frank Bresee, Warren Duffy, John Mack Flanagan; 3 LA stations in revenue Top 10; NAB nominations and voting; Kimmel in People; Ted Leitner diagnosed with cancer; PPM re-issue issue; Lady LARPs of Grace; Dick Biondi out of WLS after six decades; 6-minute commercial load too much; Purely Personal with son's graduation and daughter's marriage; Len Chandler songs for Credibility Gap; Alfonzo Ortiz @KNX; THR award to Harvey; Stern cut and he's not happy; 2 LARPs on Time list of 2018 Most Influential; Ladd is back and Tribe thrilled; Larry Gifford diagnosed with Parkinson's; Is Savage being set-up; Walker needed for pd; Good Time Steve Mitchell to Georgia HOF; LARPs nominated for HOF; Marriage of Alexandra Barrett; Lyon Queen; David Viscott king of psych Talker; Debunking myths of a dj; New day for Sue Fruend; Adam Carolla is driven to buy; Is the Bloom off the rose?; Paul Newman's cars; One of a Kind LARPs Series with Jim Ladd, Jim Healy; K-EARTH's Locks of Love excellent promotion; Good Day LA crew reunites at KABC; Baseball ratings; Jersey Boys interruption; Rita Wilde interview; LARPs inducted into Radio Hall of Fame
About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett
As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 60+ years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.
In 2013, he started as the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.
Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University (Man of the Year, 1964). He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director, national program director (Gordon McLendon Corp) and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).
He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.
In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies.
He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.
He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists.