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7 Years Ago Today


Charlie Van Dyke, Voice of K-EARTH, Ends Quarter of a Century with Classic Hits Station

(May 22, 2015) Putting together a successful radio station is made of a number of major ingredients, not the least is the imaging voice. He or she is part of the audio tapestry that weaves between content, commercials, promotions, music, and show talent.

Charlie Van Dyke’s enormously successful run as the voice at K-EARTH has come to an end. For decades, his was the voice you heard at the beginning of a show at the top of the hour … “From the entertainment capital of the world … Gary Bryan,” then a jingle and then the opening of the show. It varied over the years but Charlie was the guy who was the consistent deep – no, very deep – voice that you heard every day, every hour for a quarter of a century.

“To everything, there is a season,” said Charlie after learning the news that his contract was not being renewed. “Mike Phillips brought me on board 26 years ago. I’d call that a good run. I’m grateful to Keith Smith for producing such excellent product over the years and the talented program directors I’ve had the pleasure to know. I think of the air staff as long-term friends.”

Charlie concluded with: “K-Earth will always be a special station for me and I wish them success as they continue to evolve.”

When Charlie ended his very successful run as jock that started in the 1960s in Dallas and continued at classic Top 40 stations like KFRC-San Francisco, CKLW-Detroit, WLS-Chicago, KHJ and K-EARTH, and WRKO-Boston, he made a great segue into voiceover work, currently based from his home in Phoenix. He has been the imaging voice to hundreds of television and radio stations. Locally, he continues to be the voice of KABC/Channel 7. Great run, Charlie.

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**  "Many thanks for reprinting Ken Levine's story about Robert W. Morgan. I miss him too, just about every day.

Don't know if I ever told you this: sometime around 20 years ago Metro Traffic moved into the KRTH building on Venice Blvd., while I was wrapped up in the weekday-morning shift doing traffic and sidekick-stuff on God knows how many stations within 100 miles. Three or four weeks later, RWM was hired to do mornings on KRTH, down the hall. Everyone of course had heard about his infamous temper, and you could cut the tension in the building with any butter knife, once he finally signed on.

At the time I sported hair down a little past my shoulders. One morning when I was somewhat out of sorts for whatever reason, Robert and I each turned a corner down the hall from each other. This marked the fourth or fifth time he had seen me and muttered something about a 'long haired hippie freak.' This time I barked back, 'Yeah, I keep it long for gorgeous young women, not for old washed-up AM djs.'

So as soon as I got that out, and started thinking, 'O shit what have I done? Robert kinda' smirked his way around the corner back toward the KRTH studio.  About an hour later, I was in my Metro booth, and heard a knock at the door. I opened it, and there stood Robert W. Morgan in the flesh, handing me a stack of paper, saying: 'Here are some bits I know I'll never get to. Perhaps you can use some of 'em on your reports.' Needless to say I was fully dumbfounded and bumfuzzled by this Legend, who had no reason to give me the time of day!  I can't recall whether I even said "thanks", much less anything else.  I could only think about the mornings I'd catch snippets of his KHJ gig while cutting 1st Period PE back in High School. All I soon knew was, after that, we became very good friends, and I quickly grew to love the guy. We remained that way until he passed in 1998, and as I said, I still miss him on a daily basis. I certainly count my getting to know Robert W. the way I did, as one of my greatest accomplishments in life!" - Greg Hardison

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