LABEAU, Steve: KFI, 1982-87, pd; KLAC, 1987-89, pd. Steve grew up in the San Fernando Valley and married his high school sweetheart. As a kid, he "played" radio in his bedroom and had his own little mock studio. Steve ended up in Detroit radio, then returned to his roots to work as assistant pd of KFI under Jhani Kaye. He became pd at KFI in 1985 and added game shows to the evening programming.
He was at KFI during the "Super 64" and "Amazing AM" periods. If you listen carefully in the movie The Night of the Comet, you will hear Steve. He substituted for Lohman & Barkley when they broke up in 1986. From KFI, he crossed the street and programmed Country KLAC.
During the 1990s he programmed KAMJ/KMXX-Phoenix, WMXN-Norfolk, WQAL and WLTF-Cleveland. Steve is a regional executive for the AP bureau based in Phoenix.
Art: KGFJ, 1952; KFWB, 1954-55;
KXLA, 1955; KPOP, 1955-59;
KDAY, 1960-61; KPPC, 1970 and 1972-73;
XPRS, 1970-71; KRTH, 1970-75; KRLA,
1975-79; KFI, 1983-84; KRLA, 1985-98;
KCMG/KHHT, 1998-2015; KDAY, 2015-19.
Art is the longest on-air personality on the local airwaves. Recipient
of the LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award in 2010 (photo), Art has been
on the air in Los Angeles since 1947, programmed a number of stations,
started Original Sound, an enormously successful record label, among
many other achievements. Now in his 90s, he continues to do be heard on
a half-dozen stations around the country.
Art was born and lived in Utah until he was 13. His father was a smelter worker, while his mom was a maid. “They divorced when I was nine or ten,” remembered Art. “My mother used to work in this motel/gas station for four hours every morning for twenty-five cents an hour so my brother and I could have lunch. I came from pretty simple beginnings.”
Art was known in his neighborhood as the fix-it kid who could fix appliances or anything electrical. “Neighbors would bring me a broken toaster. Usually it was just an AC cord but I got a great reputation for fixing things. I still like to fix things. If something breaks, I fix it.” With his next door neighbor, Art built a telephone with earphones while the kid next door had a pair of earphones. “If we connected the two earphones together we could talk with each other. I ran some wire between the two houses with a little switch and it was our own personal telephone. They didn’t realize until I listened to them one day that I could listen in on everything going on in their house. I thought that was pretty slick. They never messed with the switch and it was always on. I knew how to click it off.”
Art continued to tinker and built a Ham radio set and a broadcast station that was heard a couple of miles away. One day he got the scare of his life when officials from the FCC knocked on his door. “Before World War II, the government was really monitoring the airwaves,” said Art. “These two guys came to my house and busted me for this Ham Radio rig I had. I also had a second one, which was on the broadcast band. For all you engineers, it was an electron coupled oscillator that I built with some of my buddies at school who were radio people. I played music. They scared the bejesus out of me. They told me I could go to jail for five years and be faced with a $10,000 fine. I had a good looking sister and the guys kinda liked her. The FCC guys said to me that they would come by the next day and if the antenna was down they’d let it go but they told me to get a license. I went and got a Ham license and I was only 14 years old. I still have it – W6TTJ.” Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon. LaCrosse, Michael: KOST/KHHT, 2013-17. Michael was appointed pd at KOST and HOT 92.3 in late summer of 2013. He arrived from Clear Channel/Spokane. In early 2017, Michael was jettisoned from KOST to an unnamed iHeart position. In September 2017, it was announced Michael would become pd at KKCW and KLTH-Portland.
|He also earned both a First Class License and
Second Class License.
It was the summer of 1942 when Art graduated from George Washington. He joined a special program for the Army signal corps, studying radar. He was in that program for a year before he learned that the signal corpsmen sent to the South Pacific, were the first to go ashore and they would run along the beach with a big spool of wire and lay the telephone wire. This way when the soldiers hit the beach they would have communication, but the Japanese were sitting the hill watching these two guys with a big spool of wire. I heard the casualty rate was 85% and I thought that was a little high.” In the class with Art was Engineer Bill (Stula). He suggested to Art that since he wasn’t 18 and never signed with the Army and was just a student, he could get out of Army duty.
“I checked on it and Bill was right. I joined the Navy. I weighed 111 pounds and looked much like I do today. They were thrilled with me because I had these FCC licenses. I became a radio officer on the Pan American Clipper fleet for three years and flew to Hawaii 147 times along with trips to the South Pacific carrying blood and important people.” Art was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco between assignments. He lived in the City and decided he wanted to get his first commercial radio job. There was a 250-watt AM station, KSAN, which was housed in the Merchandise Mart. With some trepidation he went to the station and was taken to see the general manager, a gruff man who declared that Art had a squeaky voice and was too young.
“I kicked the ground and started to walk away,” Art recalled. “And then he says, ‘Besides, you have to have an FCC license. We need at least a 3rd Class license. We’re a combo station.’ I walked back and pulled out of my jacket pocket these certificates and said, 'You mean one of these?' I laid out a First Phone, 2nd Telephone and a Ham license. He looked up at me and said, “You’re hired.’ He put his arm around me and said, come with me. He took me to a room with three huge transmitter boxes and asked me if I could tune one of these things. I told him I thought so.”
There was a sign on butcher paper in the transmitter room on the wall: “If these damn things works leave it alone.” Art asked him why he was hiring him. The radio station owner had been operating illegally because all his engineers had been drafted into the war. “Now with your First Class license, I’m legal again,’ the owner said. “That First Class license got me my first job in radio.”
In late 2012 he was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. In addition to syndication, Art is heard in the Inland Empire on KDAY. In early 2019, he was honored at a Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon.
LACY, Jack: KIQQ, 1981-85. Jack had a long and successful career at WBAL-Baltimore and in New York at WCBS/fm and WINS before joining "K-100."
Jack moved to Spain to live with his daughter and died on June 9, 1996, in San Sebastian at San Juan de Dios Hospital. He was 79 and had lived in San Sebastian since 1989. He suffered a lengthy illness, his family said.
Jack was a contemporary of such veterans of the airwaves as Murray (the K) Kaufman and Bruce (Cousin Brucie) Morrow. His "Listen to Lacy" program on WINS treated his audience to "easy listening" music and live interviews. He left WINS when it changed to all-News, after which he worked for stations in Baltimore and Los Angeles.
Jack, who grew up in the Hartford area, was in the Army in World War II and worked as an English teacher before going into radio.
LADD, Jim: KNAC, 1967-69; KLOS, 1969-75; KMET, 1974-87; KLOS, 1985-86; KMPC/fm/KEDG, 1988-89; KLSX, 1991-95; KLOS, 1997-2011. Jim, who was there for the birth of "underground" AOR, chronicled it in a book, Radio Waves: Life and Revolution on the FM Dial.
Born in 1948 in a small farming community outside Sacramento, at age 21 he moved to Long Beach to work at KNAC. In 1980 Jim was cited as the Top Rock Jock for "the passion that he brings to both the songs he plays and the words that set the mood. Ladd cares and it shows."
In 1974, he started hosting "The Every Other Sunday Stereo Special," an interview show described by Jim as "a cross between 60 Minutes and a kick-ass hour of rock 'n' roll." It later became the ABC syndicated show, "Inner View," put together by Damion and a KLOS salesman.
In 1984, he hosted "Live From the Record Plant" for RKO Radio Networks. Jim left KMET for a brief time in 1985, going to KLOS for a Saturday night show, which he left on September 26, 1986. He returned to "the Mighty Met" and was there when the plug was pulled on February 6, 1987.
Listen for Jim's voice in the MGM movie Rush. In 1994, producer Howard W. Koch, Jr., optioned his book to be made into a movie for Paramount Pictures. Jim was let go from KLSX when the station changed from "Classic Rock" to "Real Radio" Talk format in the summer of 1995. On his departure he told Gary Lycan of the OC Register: "The problem is not KLSX but radio in general. It's not run by people who know the music anymore. This decision was made 3,000 miles away, and all radio is like that. They try to pick a little narrow slot." Jim returned to KLOS September 22, 1997, while the station was attempting to regain its Rock glory years. Jim worked late night at KLOS until leaving the station 10.26.11, following the Cumulus take-over of Citadel/LA. He started at Sirius/XM in February 2012.
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Hans: KBUU, owner/gm, 2015. From 1977 to 1984, Hans worked at
KTAR-Phoenix and two Tucson stations, KTUC and KNST. He went on to
television as assignment editor at KOLD/TV, CBS News, KCBS/TV, and
news ops manager at KTLA and KABC/TV. He's currently running the
KKBT, 1999-2002. Alani "La La" Vasquez Anthony joined
The Beat (KKBT) for middays on August 30, 1999, from Atlanta and left in
the spring of 2002. She spent some time with "HOT 97" in New York.
La La is married to NBA player Carmelo Anthony. In Atlanta, Vazquez worked as a programming assistant at WHTA radio.
While a student at Redan High School, she received her first big break with her debut in a radio show, alongside Ludacris, called Future Flavas. After working for some time at the station, she decided to relocate to Washington, DC, where she attended Howard University and studied Communications. While at Howard, she worked as a disc jockey at WHUR, the campus radio station.
In 1999, she moved to Los Angeles and went to work at KKBT radio. There, she was noticed by MTV and was invited to audition, although was not called back until a year after the audition. She was the co-host of MTV's Direct Effect and Total Request Live. She has also hosted the reunion specials for all seasons of VH1's Flavor of Love, both seasons of I Love New York, the first season of Real Chance of Love, the first season of Flavor of Love Girls: Charm School and For the Love of Ray J.
She made her film debut in 2001 in Two Can Play That Game. Her other film credits include Urban Massacre (2002), Monster Island (2004), You Got Served (2004) and Think Like a Man (2012). In early 2012, she launched MOTIVES by La La, at the Market America World Conference at the American Airlines Arena in Miami.
Inspired to create a cosmetic line for women of color ranging in color variation, her cosmetic line consists of multiple products for face, cheeks, eyes, lips and nails. Each products name was composed from a life experience.
LAMA, Stephen: KUSC, 1994-2003. Stephen was deputy gm at KUSC. He's director of Audio Programming at Spafax in Orange County.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, from 1985 to 1989 Stephen was broadcast manager of KCET/TV.
Until March 1994 he was an associate director for performance programming at PBS's headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia.
Adai: KJLH, 2011-19. Adai is part of the morning show
at KJLH. She is the local voice for the Steve Harvey
Morning Show on 102.3 KJLH. She has been the co-host for several morning
shows including co-host for the 3-year run of Stevie Wonder's Morning
Thunder Thousand Dollar Thursday Show.
Adai became the first African American woman to lead a morning show in Los Angeles from 2006 to 2007. Adai is also the host of "Free Talk" on Saturday mornings. The show gives her audience a voice to discuss issues and serves as a platform for businesses, organizations and people that are dedicated to helping the community.
Adai is a Tatum,Texas native with a B.A. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Oklahoma. She speaks to youth encouraging them to find their purpose as well as emcees various shows. She serves on the board of the Challenger's Boys and Girls Club and the Help Me Help You Foundation.
In her spare time, Adai is developing television projects and her acting skills. She has appeared in several stage plays. Her latest appearance was in One Woman Two Lives.
Ken: KJOI, 1974-77. Since 1987, Ken has been an ABC/TV
network announcer, based in New York. He is first commercial break on
General Hospital. Ken does similar liners on Jimmy Kimmel Live, and on
other ABC produced shows.
Ken was the popular afternoon host at WRFM in New York. "His easy-going, relaxed style pretty much set the 'tone for the air staff’s presentation," remarked one of his colleagues. "One thing that always amazed me about Ken is how he could do voice breaks sounding so great while having a pipe in the other side of his mouth. He has since wisely quit smoking and is now an outspoken anti-smoking person."
Over the years, Ken’s voice would be heard doing breaks on many of our Bonneville-formatted Beautiful Music stations across the nation which did not have their own announcing staff.
Ken now, in effect, does the work that the 27 ABC staff announcers did 45 years ago when Bob was reviewing program logs, handling some ticket requests and handling other clerical functions for ABC.
LAMB, Mike: KFOX, 1990; KORG, 1991; KFI, 1991; KMPC, 1992-93; XTRA, 1994-95; KMPC, 1995; KLSX, 1996-97. A graduate of USC, Mike was an offensive tackle during John Robinson's first tenure as head coach of the Trojans in the early 1980s. He began his collegiate career as a member of USC's last unbeaten team - the 1979 squad that produced a #2 national ranking and a Rose Bowl victory.
His broadcasting career began in 1990 as he co-hosted the "Sportsbeat" radio magazine with Larry Kahn. Mike moved to KFI and the Los Angeles Raiders broadcasts, hosting the "Raiders 5th Quarter" post-game show.
At KMPC he hosted the "Football Saturday" show as well as "RamsTalk" before and after each Rams game.
In 1994, he moved to XTRA and then returned to KMPC as USC Trojan color football announcer. In 1996 the commentator-packager moved USC football from KNX to KLSX. In 1997 he won best radio color commentator from the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association.
In 1998, Mike was named Best Game Analyst Color Broadcaster in the annual L.A. Daily News Best and Worst of L.A. Media. He currently works for Wells Fargo insurance Services and Comcast Sports Net Bay Area and Mike lives in Sacramento.
Garrett: KWST, 1978-79. Garrett works as a SuccessTracs Coach for T.
Harv Eker and Peak Potentials.
Lambert, Lynda: KODJ/KCBS, 1990-94. Lynda moved back to Louisville, her hometown.
Lamon, Emiliano: KFI, 1995-2008; KFWB, 2008-09. Emiliano was on the air briefly and became a producer at News/Talk KFWB.
Lamphear, Alpert: KDAY, 1966. Alpert moved to Big Sur and runs an old-time radio store on the wharf in Monterey.
LAMPLEY, Jim: KMPC, 1992-93. Jim anchors major tv sporting events and has his own production company.One of America's most experienced Olympic broadcasters, the 2000 Olympic Games from Sydney marked Jim’s 10th Olympic television assignment.
When KMPC attempted an all-Sports format, Jim started working afternoon drive for the kickoff in February 1992.
The former anchor for KCBS/Channel 2 (1987-90) moved to mornings on KMPC when Robert W. Morgan left the station. Jim anchors major tv sporting events and has his own production company. Accomplished as a studio host and play-by-play broadcaster, he won critical praise for his work as the late-night co-host with Hannah Storm on NBC's coverage of the 1992 and 1996 Olympic Games.
In 1996, he and Storm were the first to report on the bombing at Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park. He first worked as a play-by-play announcer on the network's coverage of the NFL, and in 1993, he served as host of the network's pre-game show, NFL Live.
Jim began his professional broadcasting career in 1974 as a sideline reporter for ABC's coverage of college football. During his 12-year run at ABC Sports, he was a college football play-by-play announcer, studio host, Olympic anchor and contributor to Wide World of Sports. He joined HBO Sports in 1988 and has served as the cable network's blow-by-blow commentator for professional boxing (over 300 championship fights), its host of Wimbledon tennis coverage, and as a contributor to the Emmy Award-winning "Bryant Gumbel's Real Sports" series. He was the first on-air host for WFAN-Radio in New York in 1987, pioneering the all-sports-talk radio format.
A native of Hendersonville, North Carolina, Jim graduated from the University of North Carolina. He was married to former KCBS/Channel 2 news anchor Bree Walker, the first news anchor with Ectrodactyly.
LANCE, Christopher: KRTH, 1982-83; KKHR, 1983-86; KIIS, 1991. Christopher left KOOL Oldies in Phoenix in early 2006. In 2004, Christopher authored Gringos' Curve.
Born Lance Habermeyer, he grew up in his native San Diego. His decision to pursue radio was influenced by listening to Rich “Brother” Robbin and Bobby Ocean.
Christopher came to the Southland from KFRC-San Francisco and remembered arriving in Los Angeles: "KKHR was an exciting start-up situation in a major CHR radio war at the time. We forced 'K-100' to change format, but could not overtake KIIS." He did "Lunch L.A.! with Christopher Lance" at KKHR.
When he left L.A., he spent time in San Jose and Phoenix. Christopher recalled the highlight of his time in Los Angeles: "In 1985 I was the first radio personality to emcee the Miss L.A. beauty pageant." His success at KMXZ-Monterey resulted in his being named Billboard magazine's program director of the week. In 1994 he returned to college to complete his studies at the University of Texas, El Paso.
In the summer of 1995 he joined middays and is md at KPRR-El Paso. "I was thrilled to be part of the highest rated CHR in the country!" In early 1997 he moved to KTFM-San Antonio to do middays.
In recent years he has been writing historical books. His first book was Gringo's Curve, a look at the Mexican Revolution and its affect on El Paso and Juarez.
Mike: KNX, 1969-2015. Mike was KNX Newsradio’s Orange
County Bureau Chief until his retirement in July 2015. For more than 30
years he kept listeners informed about happenings in the OC. He covered
storms, big fires, major crimes, the economy, politics and personal
stories of the famous and not so famous.
Landa was born and educated in Alhambra. He graduated from California State L.A. He also did post graduate study at Cal State Fullerton where he taught broadcast journalism classes.
Landa began his career with KNX in 1969, one year after the station adopted an all-News format. His collection of awards includes honors from the Greater Los Angeles Press Club, California Associated Press Television and Radio Association, DuPont Columbia University Award, US Marine Corps Combat Correspondents Association Bill Farr Award for the KNX series “America’s Forgotten Heroes,” Seven Golden Mikes and two Merit Awards from the RTNDA for best Hard News Series and Best Documentary.
|LANDAY, Tip: KOST, 1988-94; KRTH, 2007-13. Tip was apd at K-EARTH until late 2013. Tip got to KOST while working with the then-Los Angeles Raiders. The native Angeleno was producing the Raiders weekly coach's show along with the radio broadcasts when the flagship station moved from KRLA to KFI (KOST's sister station). "I met pd Jhani Kaye and was hired to be the assistant pd and I did weekend work for a number of years.” He is in North Carolina working as a consultant.|
David L.: KRLA, 1968; KPPC, 1970-71.
David is an actor and part of the legendary "Credibility Gap" on KRLA.
He arrived in the Southland from New York, where he was an actor. He went on to play Squiggy in the ABC series Laverne and Shirley (over 200 episodes in seven years), a top-rated show in 1978 and 1979. David has appeared in Nash Bridges and Pacific Blue as well as numerous tv shows.
His book, Fall Down, Laughing: How Squiggy Caught Multiple Sclerosis and Didn't Tell Nobody, released in 2000, caught his fans by surprise.
David has appeared in feature films including: Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1941, Used Cars, The Man with One Red Shoe, and A League of Their Own. He is also very active doing voiceovers for radio, television, and animation including A Bug's Life. He was a recurring character on David Lynch's Twin Peaks. David has also been featured on the hit tv soap opera, The Bold and The Beautiful, and on the hit tv shows, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Mad About You, and Arli$$. He was also in Family Reunion, an ABC movie of the week in which he played all eleven members of a family.
Chase: KJLH, 1978-80; KACE. 1990-91. Chase is a Los
Angeles voice talent. He has been compared to Morgan Freeman, Dennis
Haysbert, Denzel Washington and James Earl Jones.
Chase graduated from the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Broadcasting. He got his first big break in radio at WAMD, in Aberdeen, Maryland, where Chase worked from 1973-76. Chase then worked for KDKO-Denver from July 1976-78.
After his stint at KJLH, Chase moved to San Antonio where he worked for KAPE. He returned to LA, where Chase later received an AA degree in radio broadcasting at Los Angeles City College. He also worked at WXOK-Baton Rouge.
Ron: KGBS, 1969-74; KFI, 1974-75. Ron
was partnered with “Emperor Bob” Hudson at KGBS, and he
was part of one of the most successful comedy albums of all time,
Ajax Liquor Store. He had been fighting lung cancer for the year
prior to his death on September 16, 2002. He was 67. He passed away
surrounded by his family and closest friends.
"Just as he lived his life, he handled his death with dignity and grace. After a full day in a coma, he found the strength to become alert and to lovingly connect with Margo as he peacefully ended his stay on this earth. A true spiritual gift,” wrote his kids, Veronica, Evan and Erik.
Born in Louisiana, Ron was raised in Washington, DC. His early inspiration came from Bob and Ray and Jean Shepherd. He created voices and honed his storytelling skills at radio stations on the East Coast. Beginning in 1953, and during the next three years, Ron worked for three stations in Virginia. It was during his stop in Roanoke that he hosted an evening tv show that featured his sketch comedy.
Ron was drafted in 1958 and served his two years at Armed Forces Radio in New York. "What a powerhouse of a staff we had,” Ron told me when being interviewed in 1994 for Los Angeles Radio People. “Dave Neihaus, who worked at KMPC later and now the voice of the Seattle Mariners, was doing sports and Bruce Wayne, later to be known as KFI's Eye in the Sky did news and sports. All I had to do was cover all the premieres and Broadway openings for two years for the boys overseas."
He did a very popular music comedy show on transcription, which was heard over almost every armed forces radio station in the world. Ron started in afternoon drive at KGBS and within six months he and Hudson had recorded their first album. The success of the albums led to appearances on all the major tv variety shows and nightclubs. Ed Sullivan announced the team on the Grammys: "...And nowwww for the best comedy album of the year, Hudson and Sanders."
In 1977 he sold a pilot to CBS called Szysznyk. Ron moved full-time into producing sit-coms that included Flo, Give Me A Break, Benson, and The Redd Foxx Show. With a very successful run in radio, comedy albums and tv, Ron and his wife decided to travel...and travel. They spent two and a half years discovering Europe, Asia and the United States.
Chris: KFI, 2010-13. Chris joined KFI News in July 2010
KFI is a great example of the merging of a small news department with outstanding personalities to create appointment listening. During the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, KFI was by far the most listened-to station that afternoon, followed by KSPN and KNX. One could argue that the combination of live talk show hosts and a local news department delivers the best, most comprehensive news during breaking stories.
Chris Lane was an excellent addition to the news department. Most news anchors are assigned to a talk show host, so Chris joined Bill Carroll from noon to 3 p.m. We followed her journey during her first summer at KFI, looking for a nanny for her child while waiting for school to begin. “Every nanny who applied for the job through an agency, I went directly looking for their Facebook page and I probably ruled out a good seven or eight applicants based on the party pictures,” said Chris back then.
She left KFI in late spring of 2013. She returned to Texas to be near family. “You know, I just don't have enough chigger and mosquito bites,” she wrote on her blog. “And this beautiful weather and these glorious beaches are nice, but frankly I'd really like to feel like I'm living on the face of the sun for a couple of months out of the year. And hey, if I can feel really sticky from some insufferable humidity, all the better!”
She hinted in her blog that part of her decision to return to Texas is the high cost of living in Southern California. “This girl has got a dream. It's called financial solvency. I'm not going to make this a blog about California taxes and the poorly funded public school system. That discussion has BEEN had, and the differences are indisputable. And yes, they are a factor for my family. Family drives every decision in my life- professionally or personally- and so it is. Time to saddle up and head back home."
Chris is a first-rate news person and a first-rate person to know, according to her colleagues. Bill Carroll was enthusiastic about Chris. “What a pro. Back in my news director days I would have snapped her up in an instant. She has all the right stuff in large measure. Great voice. Totally natural read. Journalistic depth. As part of the show, she's smart and funny and honest. We will really miss her ability to play along and keep the boys in line at the same time. You don't replace someone like Chris, you just move in a different direction and hope it still works.”
Chris: KFOX, 1970-72; XPRS, 1974;
KGBS, 1975-79; KHTZ, 1979;
KLAC, 1980-87; KNX, 1991-95. Chris, co-host of
the "KNX Food Hour" with Melinda Lee, died February 14, 2000, of cancer.
He was 71.
Chris began his career in McMinnville, Tennessee, after recording star Eddie Arnold lined up an audition for him. His career took him to Des Moines, KISN-Portland, KJR-Seattle, KYA-San Francisco, WOKY-Milwaukee, WJJD-Chicago, WIL-St. Louis and KEGL-San Jose.
|Chris was diagnosed with cancer in December
1999," wrote his wife, Lorna Alexander. "Last Monday he had a stroke and
a heart attack on the very day that we were supposed to meet an
oncologist at UCLA. We never did see that oncologist, and Chris joined
heaven on St. Valentine's Day, quite fitting for my darling man. Chris
and I met in October of 1991. We married in June of 1997. He was the
love of my life and the light in my heart," said Lorna.
Chris’ television credits include creating and hosting ABC's American Swing Around and appearing on such network shows as Cheers, General Hospital, and the tv movie, Favorite Son.
Chris was born Chris Lane Alexander in Kansas City on March 23, 1928. He was a pre-med student at the University of Kansas and for eight years was a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman attached to the Marine Corps. During his career he was named Program Director of the Year five times nationally. He was voted Radio Man of the Year and presented with the Bill Gavin Award by his peers and members of the record industry.
Daren: KFOX, 1968-77; KCAA,
1996-2008. Daren was the general manager of KCAA in San Bernardino. He
died June 18, 2008, from complications of diabetes. He was 83. “Daren
is most remembered as news director at KFOX 1280 in the late 1960s and
early 70s and prior to that at 1600 KWOW,” emailed colleague
Jonny Bruce. “He was even there before the Korean conflict when
KWOW was KPMO. Also of note was his stint as a news director at the
legendary KEWB-Oakland in the early 60s. He was a wonderfully warm
person and will be missed.”
Born Daren Lane Flickinger on June 23, 1924 in Pontiac, Michigan, he was the son of a World War I Army veteran. Daren served as a radioman and waist gunner in the U.S. Army Air Corps. During World War II, Daren witnessed the return of Jews who had been imprisoned in concentration camps, said Dane’s wife Bonnie.
His experience as a radioman led to a long career as a broadcaster. Daren worked as a newscaster, as well as playing a clown named Jo-Jo on his television show in Medford, Oregon. “I met Daren 15 years ago, when KCAA was just my dream,” wrote Fred Lundgren, owner and ceo of KCAA. “He shared my vision for KCAA and he soon became my trusted friend and associate. For seven long years, from 1996 until 2003, he made daily trips to Big Bear and kept KCAA, then KBBV, on the air with only 20 watts of power. During those years, things seemed hopeless, with all the endless delays. Daren always knew KCAA could be a reality. When others gave up, Daren stood by me because he understood radio and he trusted me. After almost a decade of work, we signed KCAA on the air. The day was June 23rd, 2003. It was a day of great celebration.”
Kay: KYMS, 1988-92; KEZY, 1996-97;
KWVE, 1997-2001. SEE Kay Poland.
LANGAN John: KIQQ, 1976; KMET, 1983. John (C. Foster Kane) was doing mornings at KKZX-Spokane. "I quit as GM/PD several years ago. I do my side of the morning show from my home in the mountains of Idaho - haven't been to the station in nearly a decade," said John. He did weekends at K-100 for a brief two weeks. At KMET John partnered with Mike West in morning drive for one month.
LANTZ, Stu: KLAC, 1987-2011; KSPN, 2011. A nine-year NBA veteran who played for the Lakers in the mid-1970s, Stu joined the legendary Chick Hearn in 1987 on all L.A. Lakers broadcasts. It was Chick who recommended that the Lakers hire Lantz to replace Keith Erickson, who had been Hearn’s broadcast partner before moving on after the 1986-87 season. He added his expert analysis and unique insight to each broadcast - garnered through his 19 plus years with the NBA as both a player and color commentator. In addition to his game-time duties, his call-in talk show, which follows every home game on KLAC, has become increasingly popular. The San Diego native has played a prominent role in not only his customary color commentary over the last decade, but also several other related tasks, including the Lakers tv pre-game show (Laker Time) on KCAL, which won an Emmy for the best sports series in Los Angeles.
A 1968 graduate of the University of Nebraska, Stu earned All Big-Eight Conference honors on two occasions. The Cornhuskers officially retired his uniform (number 22) on October 17, 1989, during half-time ceremonies of a Lakers pre-season game in Lincoln.
Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Stu was originally a third round choice for the San Diego Rockets in the 1968 NBA Draft (23rd overall). He spent his first three seasons in San Diego, where he enjoyed his finest pro campaign in 1970-71, averaging career-high figures both in scoring (20.6) and rebounding (5.0). Lantz also played for the Detroit Pistons (1972-74) and New Orleans Jazz (1974) prior to being traded to the Lakers in December of 1974. Stu played less than two seasons in Los Angeles before announcing his retirement following the 1976-77 campaign, due to a back injury, and still ranks third on the Lakers' all-time free throw percentage list (.849). Immediately following his playing career, he embarked on a broadcasting career, serving as a commentator for the San Diego Clippers, San Diego State University, UNLV and CBS. Stu, who joined the Lakers prior to the 1987-88 season, has also worked as color commentator for the NBA Radio Network.
Leo: KFI, 2007-20. Originally on KFI as a local show,
the tech informative program, mostly computer related, is now widely
syndicated and continues to be heard on KFI weekends.
Leo was born on November 29, 1956 in New York City. He is a producer and actor. From computers, the internet, iPods, and cell phones to camcorders, digital cameras, gaming systems, and home theaters, Leo provides entertaining tech talk that appeals to the inner geek in us all.
Charles: KPPC, 1968-69. After graduating from the
Pasadena Playhouse with a bachelor's degree in theater arts, Charles
sought acting roles in Hollywood. One of those jobs was as a Classical
music announcer at KPPC, at the time located in the basement of the
Pasadena Presbyterian Church. When KPPC switched formats and became one
of the pioneers of "underground-rock," Charles worked the overnight
shift. He combined rock and roll with other types of music, including
classical. One scribe said: "He's that wacky actor who doesn't know much
about rock or classical music, but he mixes them pretty well!"
In 1969, Charles was hired at WBCN-Boston to replace Peter Wolf, who was leaving to devote more time to his new group, the J. Geils Band. Within a few years he established that FM "underground" could attract a strong morning drive audience with "The Big Mattress Show." In the spring of 1996, Laquidara left WBCN to join WZLX, where he changed the name of his show to "the Charles Laquidara Radio Hour, (a la National Lampoon,) and played Classic Rock very successfully until August 4, 2000 when he left Boston to live in Maui, Hawaii with his family. He was nominated for the 2018 National Radio Hall of Fame.
Lonnie: KABC, 1996; KFWB, 2008. As a
former tv news reporter in Los Angeles, Lonnie has covered thousands of
stories, from radical AIDS treatments south of the border to the
benefits of feng shui. Lonnie produced a documentary about Tinker Bell,
which played on the documentary circuit. The 49-minute documentary,
Angel in the Hood, was about two girls struggling with drug
addiction, truancy and abuse at home, who turn their lives around. The
docu appeared in a number of film festivals in 2010.
Born and raised in Great Neck, Long Island, New York, Lardner moved to L.A. in 1985, after news reporting gigs in Little Rock, Nashville and Chicago, to work at KABC/Channel 7 as a general assignment reporter and anchor. “I guess you could say I made local news headlines that year by producing a 12-part series called ‘Lesbian Nuns,’” she said. Her talent for storytelling was inspired at a young age while growing up in a family of writers, including her father, the head writer for The Ernie Kovacs Show in the 1950s and a staff writer for Sports Illustrated; her great uncle, legendary short story writer Ring Lardner; and her cousin, Ring Jr., whose screenwriting and Oscar credits include Woman of the Year and M*A*S*H. Her fascination with people and their individual stories sparked in high school, when her mother, with no experience or education, managed to land a job with Pan Am Airlines. “Within five years, she worked her way up to manager of personnel at JFK Airport in New York.” Lardner went on to graduate from the University of Denver with a double major in English and French; right after college, she became an NBC page in New York City. “Both of my brothers had done the same. My goal at the time was to become an illustrator for Scientific American. That meant creating a killer portfolio of work to present to the magazine. I thought I could make a living at NBC while I worked on my art. Well, the news business sucked me right in during a writers strike, and I never finished the portfolio.”
For months, she worked eight hours a day in network radio, then another eight hours at night at WNBC/TV News. “I had a crash course in newswriting and loved it,” she said. Over the years, Lardner has earned a reputation for her award-winning news and feature reports on ABC, CBS, NBC and FOX stations in L.A., Nashville and New York. Lonnie hosted a feature on KFWB until the fall of 2008 following a company downsizing.
Lewis: KROQ, 1985-92. While at ROQ, Lewis was producer
of the "Loveline" show. "Lewis was the KROQ music director. He was a
very funny guy and a treasure to work next door to. I need people like
him around me to perform," offered KROQ colleague Jed the Fish.
Lewis left "the Roq" to be music director of MTV. In the spring of 1995 Lewis was made a vp at MTV.
He married music executive Julie Greenwald and he's now a stay-at-home dad.
|LARGO, Tony: KOCM/KSRF, 1990-92. Tony hosted the weekend Saturday night mix show during the "MARS/fm" period. Today, he is a club dj.|
Howard: KPFK, 1970-2008. Howard helped shape the local
folk music landscape as the longtime co-host of the Sunday night public
radio show "FolkScene," died April 22, 2008, following complications
from an automobile accident. He was 73.
The night after his death, co-host Roz Larman — his wife of 50 years — returned to the airwaves at KPFK/fm (90.7) and served as the show's interviewer, a job her husband had done with low-key aplomb since 1970. "Their show has been a stopping-off point for just about every single name in folk music in the last 30 years," Steven Starr, then interim general manager of KPFK, told The Times in 2002. "They are the folk music radio equivalent of the Grand Ole Opry." Howard Larman had an encyclopedic knowledge of folk music and an elastic definition of the genre. "FolkScene" could feature little-exposed Celtic or roots-rock musicians and such prominent artists as Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Randy Newman and Pete Seeger. "We buy our own tape, pay for our phone calls, use our own equipment," Larman told The Times in 1990. "I've spent time with people who go boating or play golf. They spend lots of money on that. This is our recreation."
Bob: KPZE, 1987. Reverend Bob hosted a religious
call-in show on the Trinity Broadcasting Network.
He is the world’s foremost expert on cults, the occult, and supernatural phenomena. He has ministered in more than 100 countries and has appeared on network tv shows such as Oprah, The O’Reilly Factor, Inside Edition, Entertainment Tonight, The Insider, Anderson Cooper’s 360, ABC-TV’s and Good Morning America. Bob is the author of 37 books translated into more than a dozen languages, including: Larson’s Book of Spiritual Warfare, Larson’s Book of World Religions, and Demon Proofing Prayers, among others.
Bob attended the University of Nebraska as a pre-med major with intentions of becoming a doctor. His primary studies were in languages, comparative anatomy, and chemistry. Instead of pursuing a medical degree, he left higher education for a short career in motivational speaking, while studying for the ministry. His initial theological education was through the Global University Berean School of the Bible, which led to his ordination by a major evangelical denomination. He was also later ordained by the Calvary Cathedral International association of churches. Dr. Larson has served in active ministry nearly 50 years, since his initial ordination. (from Larsen's website)
Lee: KAPP, 1961-64; KMPC, 1964-65;
KHJ, 1965-70 and 1972; KROQ, 1972-73;
KFI, 1973-75; KLOS, 1975-83. The
personable general manager of KOA/KTLK/KHOW-Denver had much success in
sales while in Los Angeles, however, Lee started out as a dj at Redondo
In the early 1970s he was station manager at KFMS-San Francisco and national sales manager at KFRC and RKO Radio Reps. In 1966 Lee earned a B.A. and master’s degree from Pepperdine University. Lee was the senior vp of the Clear Channel Rocky Mountain region. He retired at the end of 2010.
(Bobb Lynes, Scott Lockwood, and Anada Lewis)
(G. Gordon Liddy, Evan Luck, and Isaac Lowenkron)