LARP - D
Compiled by Don Barrett
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D, Gary: KDAY, 1986-90. Gary Lynn Dillard started as an intern at KDAY and worked his way up to dj. He passed away in 1994.
D, Johnnie: KBBT, 1995-99. During the daily cacophony that surrounds us as we drive throughout the Southland, no matter the radio station we listen to, we hear a constant hum of traffic reports, traffic jams and the occasional freeway closures. We hear about traffic accidents and Sigalerts and always think these wrecks involve strangers. On May 10, 1999, at 4 a.m. a drunk driver got on the 91 freeway going the wrong way and ran head-on into Johnnie (Nichols), KKBTs Street Team Supervisor, and killed him. Stacy Cunningham, "the Beats" promotion field manager said, "Johnnie was the very best person you could ever meet ever! He was the best worker all around. He had integrity. He was honest, optimistic and everyone loved being around him." Johnnies dream was to be an actor and he was juggling two jobs to pursue his dream. In addition to the KKBT job he worked at UPS during the all-night hours and still managed to pick up his daughter every afternoon after school. He grew up in Carson. "Johnnie and I started at the radio station on the same day in 1995. He was just the best," said Stacy. He was 31.
D, Kenny: KACE, 1979-80; KABC, 1995-96; KRLA, 1997-99. Kenny became the night jock for an Internet radio station, SoulRadioCoast2Coast.com that has since folded.
DAGGY, Kimberlea: KUSC, 2001-12. Kimberlea worked middays at Classical KUSC until late summer 2012. From the KUSC website: "Her love of Classical music shines throughout her eclectic weekday program weekday afternoons and Saturday afternoons following The Opera Show. She created the highly popular choral music program, Soul Music, which she hosts Sunday mornings from 6-9. Kimberlea also explores composers’ lives in-depth in quarterly specials, such as the celebrations of the 200th birthdays of Chopin and Schumann in 2010, and Liszt's bicentinnial in 2011. In addition to soothing souls throughout Southern California on the air, Kimberlea gives pre-performance talks and writes program notes for a variety of organizations in Classical KUSC’s listening area, including Los Angeles Opera, the Ojai Music Festival and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.
Along with her colleague Duff Murphy, Kimberlea hosted live broadcasts of Los Angeles Opera on Classical KUSC. She plays piano and frequently sings with the choir at the Parish of St. Matthew in Pacific Palisades, where her husband, Roger, is organist. Kimberlea and Roger have passed their love of music to their children, Max and Celia, who both sing, and Celia also plays violin.
DAHL, Steve: KPPC, 1972-73; KKDJ, 1973. Most Los Angeles disc jockeys achieve their greatest fame in L.A. Steve is almost an asterisk in the history of Southern California radio compared to his very successful run in Chicago radio. And it started at a baseball game. The catalyst for the death of Disco radio, Steve's "disco sucks" event attracted national attention when it was staged between a double header at the Chicago White Sox' Comiskey Park in July 1979. Dahl blew up an outfield filled with 20,000 disco LPs. The “disco inferno” turned into a fiasco when 7,000 fans rushed the field resulting in cancellation of the second game and White Sox owner Bill Veech's threat to ban Dahl from the park for life. His “disco demolition derby” started a very successful run in
radio, mostly on WLUP where he teamed with Garry Meier. Chicago
Steve was born in
Pasadenain 1954 and commented on his brief stay in : "With so much creative radio around like 'Firesign Theatre' and the 'Credibility Gap,' I realized that radio could be more than time, temp, and playing the music." During the 1970s, Dahl also worked in Los Angeles Bakersfield, San Diegoand . In 1973 Rick Carroll was in Sacramento remixing the KKDJ jingles at the Buck Owens Studios and heard Steve on KAFY. Bakersfield
One of the KKDJ djs (T. Michael Jordan) remembers, "Rick asked Steve to do weekends at KKDJ and did for a very short time. He froze and sounded like crap. Rick wanted to axe him, but we all got the ax first and Steve went off to do big and wonderful things." He went to
and made headlines when he faked a suicide attempt, which prompted the arrival in the studio of several fire rescue units. In early 1981, Rick Carroll brought him to KROQ from WLUP-Chicago, and the Detroit outlet was to be the flagship for a nationwide network. “I was fired from WLUP and never started on KROQ.” He also worked for WDAI (the call letters stand for Detroit Auto Industry) and in Pasadena . The roly-poly morning jock/performer also worked at WLS-Chicago and has been a major force in the Milwaukee radio wars. In the mid-1980s he commanded as much as $20,000 per appearance for his satirical live concerts. He played a dj in Grandview USA, starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Windy City
In 1989, he was given the Father of the Year Award following an on-air vasectomy. Sometimes Steve's routines flirted with bad taste. In his nightclub act, he would sing an Elvis parody, Heart Attack Hotel, ending the number by collapsing on stage. He has worked for a number of Chicago stations and today works afternoons at WLS (AM). He was elected to the Radio Hall of Fame in 2013.
Dallas, Paul: KPFK, 1966-68; KABC. The former manager of KPFK and host of "Thinking Allowed," died in 1984. He was also an assistant program director under Bruce Marr at KABC in the late 70's & early 80's. He wrote a book about his experience as general manager at KPFK called Dallas in Wonderland. "He was truly one of the good guys in radio," said colleage Michael Benner.
(Kenny D, DJ Syphe and DLux, Frankie DiVita, Doug Dunlap, and Mike Dowler)
DALE, Bobby: KFWB, 1961-63; KRLA, 1964-65; KGBS, 1970. Bobby died January 17, 2001, following a long bout with liver cancer. He was 69. Bobby was born Robert Dale Bastiansen on July 27, 1931, in Minneapolis. After a series of "weird jobs," he started in radio at age 25 in Glendive, Montana.
From the very beginning, Bobby knew he had an uncanny knack to pick hit records and he loved music. Bobby went on to KOIL-Omaha, where he replaced Gary Owens and then to KDWB-Minneapolis. In 1961, the disc jockeys at KFWB went out on strike in sympathy for the newsmen. Management and Crowell-Collier sister station jocks were called. Bobby worked his 6-to-9 p.m. shift in Minneapolis, got on an airplane to Los Angeles and was on the air in B. Mitch Reed's shift the next night. (Reed flew to Minneapolis to replace Dale.) For a brief time Bobby worked at KFWB's sister station, KEWB, in the Bay Area and then returned to the Southland to work at KRLA. "That was the biggest I ever was in L.A. I played the Rolling Stones like the others were playing the Beatles, and I was huge," he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
He also worked at the legendary MOR station, KSFO-San Francisco, in the late 1960s and for four years beginning in 1971. During his years in San Francisco, he hung out with Tom Donahue in North Beach. In the early 1980s he worked at KKCY ("The City")-San Francisco. He gave up radio as a full-time profession in 1985. From time to time he would appear on the University of San Francisco campus station, KUSF.
In 1992 he lost his voice and an operation on his nodules was required. In preparation for the operation, it was discovered that he had diabetes, a heart problem and cirrhosis of the liver. "The doctor told me that if I had one more drink or one more cigarette, I would die." For much of the last half of the 1990s, he went on to work with youngsters at a pre-school in San Rafael. "He was singular," said Ben Fong-Torres, author of The Hits Just Keep On Coming.
"Bobby had a jazz soul; a love of music ranging from pop to blues, folk & jazz. He loved breaking away from Top 40 and into the freedom he found at KSFO on the all-night shift and at the FM stations KSAN and KOFY. But even at Top 40, he was always his own guy, totally improv and off-the-wall, doing WC Fields/Lord Buckley-inspired riffs, goofing with live spots, and being so unpredictable that Chuck Blore once called him the worst dj he'd ever heard, and then, months later, hearing him again, declaring him one of the best." Ben talked with Bobby two weeks ago. "All in all, I've had a pretty good ride," Bobby told Ben. When Ben asked how he was feeling, facing death and all, Bobby said, "I'm feeling fine, cracking jokes, you know. I don't know what else to do."
(Mason Dixon, Captain Dale Dye, and Jeff Dean)
Dale, Sharon: KFOX, 1979-81; KMGG, 1981-83; KOST/KFI, 1983-2000; KABC, 2001-10. Since 2010, Sharon has been hosting the "Hill & Dale Show" on LA Talk Radio, Wednesdays at 4 p.m.
Dalton, Bill: 1970-71. Bill runs the Dalton Group, owners of WGRR-Cincinnati and WWMG/WEND-Charlotte. He passed away in early November 2012.
DALTON, Don: KFI/KOST, 1982-84. Don, the former general manager at KFI/KOST, suffered a brain aneurysm the same day that the stations airborne traffic reporter Bruce Wayne's plane went down on June 4, 1986.
Dalton, Rich: KWST, 1976-81. "Radio Rich" works middays at Emmis' KIHT-St. Louis.
DALY, Carson: KROQ, 1996-97; KAMP, 2010-17. Carson hosts a late-night network tv show and in early 2010 started doing mornings at AMP Radio until the summer of 2017. He also hosts the enormously popular The Voice and reports from the Orange Room every morning on The Today Show.
During his time with AMP, Carson appeard on the yearly listing of Best LARP of the year. In 2010, Carson reteamed with pd Kevin Weatherly, his boss at KROQ in the 1990s before Carson went on to a successful tv career. Carson has served as host of MTV’s Total Request Live, Last Call with Carson Daly, the annual New Year’s Eve Times Square broadcast on NBC, and the host of the surprise NBC blockbuster, The Voice.
Carson joined evenings at KROQ in the summer of 1996 from afternoons at KOME-San Jose. He left “K-Roq” in the fall of 1997 for MTV Live, the precursor to TRL. Growing up the youngest of two children in Santa Monica, Carson loved music, but he had thoughts about becoming a professional golfer. He also flirted with the idea of becoming a priest.
In 1992, he received a partial golf scholarship to Loyola Marymount University and studied theology for a semester. His mother hosted a tv talk show in Palm Springs, and Carson landed a local morning internship at KCMJ. When he got to MTV, he told Teen People, “When I got on the air they were like, ‘We can clean you up a little bit. You take off the baggy pants, take off that stupid T-shirt, take the nose ring out, dye your hair from blue back to black. We can find an all-American boy in you.’ They asked me what designers I liked, and I didn’t even know any. I don’t shop. I’ve never bought a pair of pants, ever.”
Carson has been parodied on Saturday Night Live. Jimmy Fallon, playing Carson, has introduced himself with the line, “I’m Carson Daly, and I’m average in every way.”
Daly, Larry: XERB, 1967. Unknown.
Damage DJ: KRRL, 2015-19. Abdul Mohammend, The REVOLT personality, joined Real 92.3 in the spring of 2015.
Dame, Dave: KIKF, 1989-90. Dave is the West Coast Regional Promotion Manager for BNA Records, a Country Music division of RCA. He lives in Orange County.
Dameshek, Dave: KSPN, 2007-08. Dave started in afternoon drive at KSPN in late 2007. In the summer of 2008, he left his on-air shift and began exclusive podcasts for ESPN. He is currently a football analyst and writer for NFL.com, appearing on NFL Fantasy Live and hosting the Dave Dameshek Football Podcast.
Damian, Patrick: KJLH, 1976-78; KIIS, 1979; KDAY, 1981-82. Patrick is a singer and produces shows in Las Vegas.
DAMION: KLOS, 1971-80, pd; KMET, 1981-82; KLSX, 1986-94. The
native has spent his entire career in AOR radio. Hartford
Before arriving in
, Damion Bragdon was at WDAI-Chicago as the station evolved from “free-form” AOR to the “Rock 'n Stereo” format. He moved to Los Angeles Southern Californiato join KLOS in 1971 at the "home of rock 'n' roll radio." Damion partnered with Jim Ladd to produce the early "InnerView" shows. In a 1994 interview, he recalled his Southland radio highlights: "Being part of the California Jam in April 1973, and conducting four Led Zeppelin interviews and concerts. In the mid-'70s, KLOS was #1 and won Billboard magazine's Station of the Year." He was pd at KLOS in the late '70s and gave up those duties in 1980 to join KMET.
Damion joined KLSX and was a part of the original "classic rock" team. When his contract came due in the summer of 1994, it was not renewed - a major surprise to Damion. He joined Unistar's Adult Rock & Roll network for the overnight shift. In 1995 he went to the
Hawaiian Islands, and on his first day he met a radio station owner who made Damion pd of his AM&FM operation. He returned from Hawaii in 2001 and Jeff Gonzer hired him for swing shifts at Westwood One, later to become Dial-Global.
He retired in late 2008 and lives in LaQuinta. "I love being retired but I still produce/voice a one-hour show called 'Rock and Roll Cowboy,' where I mix Modern Country and Classic Rock that airs Friday nights 11p-12a on KTHO-Lake Tahoe," said Damion in early 2013. "I remain in remission from 2011's non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and quite honestly I feel healthier than when I was in my 30's."
Danehe, Dick: KFI, 1970-72. Richard Michael "Dick" Danehe was the USC football color commentator for NBC/TV including the 1955 USC-Ohio State Bowl game. Dick called the Trojan broadcasts for two seasons with Mike Walden. He was best known for announcing golf matches. Dick died June 20, 2018, at the age of 97.
Daniel: KHTZ, 1979-82; KABC, 1982-2007. Daniel Oshe was the engineer for the morning show at KABC. He has retired.
Daniels, Bill: KFWB, 1957-58. Unknown.
Daniels, Dan: KRLA, 1993. Unknown.
Daniels, David B.: KWIZ, 1976. SEE Dave Roberts.
Daniels, Jack: KGFJ, 1965. What’s in a radio name? At one time or another we probably all had one. Floyd Thackrey worked at KGFJ in 1965. He died February 1, 2009, of cancer, at the age of 69. We knew him at KGFJ as Jack Daniels. From the WAKY-Louisville tribute site, where Jack wrote, “I was hired [at WAKY-Louisville] by Jim Brand, who was program director and morning jock at the time. In fact it was Jim who gave me the name ‘Jack Daniels.’ He was driving me around town on my first night, giving me a quick tour of the city. As we drove along the freeway, we'’ pass a Jack Daniels whiskey billboard about every quarter of a mile it seemed. I remember him asking if I was a teetotaler. After telling him ‘no,’ he asked what I thought about using Jack Daniels as an air name. He reminded me that since the Kentucky bourbon was owned by Early Times, which was headquartered in Louisville, the name would be easily and quickly recognizable for ratings purposes. Done deal..."
Daniels, Jason: KMXN, 2002. Jason worked swing at "COOL 94.3fm" until an ownership change in late 2002.
DANIELS, Jim: KLSX, 1996-97; KOLA, 2005; KLOS, 2017-20. Jim arrived at "Real Radio" to replace Susan Olsen and Ken Ober. He grew up in the Southland. "The only place I was going to be happy on the air was L.A.," he said shortly after his arrival at KLSX. "After 10 years of doing morning 'rim shot' radio in KHYT-Tucson, KYRK and KOMP-Las Vegas and KGGI-Riverside, I took off to cut my teeth in talk radio."
He quit the morning show at KGGI to take the overnight shift on new Talk outlet WOWF-Detroit where he moved to evening host and then to mornings in less than six months. He arrived at KLSX from "B97 The Buzz”-New Orleans. " He left KLSX in the spring of 1997 for Houston. Jim returned to do overnights at FOX, which turned into middays with Jason Smith in 2002.
Jim worked mornings at KOLA-Inland Empire until late 2005. He wemt to San Diego as program director at FREE/fm in San Diego. He left in early summer 2007 "after CBS screwed it up," Jim said. "We had Adam Carolla as our network morning show and they pulled the plug after 18 months." Since 2011, he has been program director, music director and on-air at KATY-Riverside-Temecula. "I worked for the Green Bay Packers great Willie Davis as market/promo director at X-103.9 (San Diego) before joining the NBC Sports Radio network in 2013.
Jim joined KLOS as weekends/sports host in 2015. "I grew up listening to KLOS, so cool to say those call letters! Now I'm working with one of my radio role models Frazer Smith. What a ride!" JD was let go in June 2020, which is being blamed on COVID-19 and resultant economy collapse.
Daniels, Joe: KIIS, 1977-83; KHTZ, 1983-84; KRTH, 1984-91; KLAC, 1999-2001. Joe worked morning drive at KLAC, the Pop Standards station until a format change to Talk in 2001. He worked out of Dial-Global.
Daniels, Mike: KRLA, 1989-98; KODJ/KCBS, 1990-92; KRTH, 1992-2008; KLIT, 1999-2005. Since 1994, Mike has been working at the Oldies format at Westwood One and has been with "K-Earth" since 1992. He left KRTH in February 2008 following a downsizing by parent company, CBS Radio.
Daniels, Roy: KLON, 1985-90. When he left KLON, Roy joined KJAZ-Alameda. He is now manager of a data center for MCI WorldCom in San Francisco.
Daniels, Sky: KMET, 1985-87; KCSN, 2011-18. Sky is the general manager at KCSN and works afternoon drive. In 2016, he was named one of the top 25 “most influential” rock radio programmers in the United States by Billboard Magazine.
Daniels, Vince: KPLS 2001-03; KCAA, 2006-12. Vince hosted a talk show at Inland Empire's KCAA until the summer of 2012. He also worked on the air doing love song dedications on KQLH-Inland Empire from 1987-88 after his internship at KWIZ. Since summer of 2018, Vince's Many Moods can be heard at ABC Smart Talk KMET (1490 AM) on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. His website is: VinceDaniels.com.
Darcel: KGFJ, 1976-77; KKTT, 1977. Unknown.
Darden, Chris, KFI, 1998. Chris was one of the prosecutors in the OJ Simpson murder trial. He is currently of Counsel to THE FOXX FIRM, a private criminal defense and civil litigation firm in Culver City.
Darin, Dave: KWIZ, 1968-70; KKGO/KGIL, 1999; KCRW, 2000-12; KCSN, 2012-13. Dave is director of Development at KCSN.
(Nicole Devereux, DJ Damage, Robert Dornan, Guy Davis, and Jim Diamond)
DARIN, John: KIIS; KRLA, 1968-71; KDAY, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KNAC, 1975; KGOE, 1975; KNX, 1976; KGIL, 1976-83; KJOI, 1978; KBLA, 1989-92; KGIL, 1993; KFWB, 1998-2008. John Darin, an L.A. radio veteran both in front of the mic as well as pd duties across the dial, died March 9, 2014, at the age of 74. The veteran had just been diagnosed a month earlier with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
Born John Christian Miller in Rapid City, South Dakota, he grew up in Ventura. When he was a youth John watched a broadcast, which led him to tell the dj, “when I grow up, I want to be a disc jockey.” In response, the dj said, “you can't do both!”
John arrived at KRLA in December of 1968 from KGB-San Diego via earlier stops at KACY-Oxnard and KMEN-San Bernardino, serving as music director at the latter. At KRLA, he started as a production man. He would then become the character Filbert E. Yarborough (Bill Drake's name at KYA-San Francisco) on Dave Hull's morning drive show. Within a few months, Johnnie had his own show in late 1968 then a year later became program director.
“It all happened very quickly,” recalled John. In 1972 he started a decade of programs for Armed Forces Radio. He also served as the original pd at the ambitious, albeit ultimately unsuccessful KROQ/AM. After “the Roq,” John went to San Francisco to be gm of KSOL and orchestrated a Disco format.
In 1975, he returned to the Southland and spent a summer month at KNAC before becoming pd of KGOE in Thousand Oaks for six months. John’s father would give him prophetic advice about the “dj business,” telling him to prepare for a life after being a jock.
John began to make a transition into the world of business reporting on Channel 22 while doing business reports on KNX and playing music on KGIL. In the mid-1980s, John was an anchor on KCOP/Channel 13, field reporter on KHJ/Channel 9 and did reports for cable news. John and Chuck Ashman produced audio, video and websites for clients on nine major airlines under the banner “Flight Talk Network.” He reported business news on American Airlines’ audio channel for years. John helped launch KBLA as a full-time Business station in 1989 when realtor Fred Sands bought the station. After leaving the day-to-day radio grind, John would eventually operate a full-service ad agency specializing in infomercials (many of which he hosted) and industrial video work. “There is life after radio if you are creative, ambitious...and DESPERATE,” John said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Daris, Jim: KGIL, 1958-59; KBIG, 1963-70; KFWB, 1970-71. Jim is married to Kathy Lennon of the Lennon Sisters. They live in Branson, Missouri.
DARK, Danny: KLAC, 1963-66. Danny was a very successful voiceover announcer. He died June 13, 2004, of liver failure at the age of 65.
For decades, Danny was one of those big voices that was heard on some of the top blue-chip national spots including Chevrolet, Budweiser, Mazda, Camaro, NBC, AT&T, K-Mart, Texaco, Armorall, Whitman’s Chocolates and hundreds more. “Danny was the long-time king of the voiceover commercial announcer world,” said Chuck Blore. “He was my very best friend. Long live the King!”
Born Danny Croskery in Oklahoma City, Danny was brought up in Tulsa. He started at KICK-Springfield, Missouri while working his way through Drury College. Before arriving in Southern California, Danny jocked at KAKC-Tulsa, WERE-Cleveland, WFUN-Miami, WTIX-New Orleans and WIL and KXOK-St. Louis. He hosted evenings at KLAC from 1963-66. At the end of our interview in 1997, Danny said: “I have had a wonderful career.”
Darling, Bob: KJOI, 1986-88. Bob is a partner in a group that owns seven radio stations in California.
Darrell, John: KSRF; KMNY. The former pd at KSRF is now a writer.
Darren, Dangerous: KNAC, 1989-95. Dangerous Darren Silva is at Sirius Radio Network.
Dash, Hal: KHJ, 1972-77. Hal was a newsman at 93/KHJ along side Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele, Johnny Williams, Marv Howard and Lyle Kilgore. In 1977, Hal joined Cerrell Associates as a Public Relations rep. He's now the chairman and ceo of Cerrell, an agency that does government relations, PR, lobbying and media. Hal does tv and radio political commentary and radio spots for candidates.
Davis, Ann: KACE, 1985. Ann McCollum, the former Mrs. Willie Davis, died of cancer in late 1997.
Davis, Bill: KEZY, 1984. Bill is operations manager and on-air at KROC-Rochester, Minnesota.
Davis, Cindy: KNOB, 1987; KOCM, 1988-89; KLIT, 1991-94; KLSX, 1995. Cindy works at KOLA in the Inland Empire.
Davis, Eric: KSPN, 2017. Eric, a 13-year NFL player, joined KSPN in afternoon drive with Marcellus Wiley and Kelvin Washington in the fall of 2017. By the end of the year Eric was gone following inappropriate sexual behavior charges.
Davis, Gina: KGGI, KZLA; KPWR. Born Theresa, Gina was killed while base jumping when her parachute failed to open. She died in December 20, 1995.
Davis, Gordon: KFWB, 1968-72. Gordon left radio for a corporate job dealing with the Pacific Rim.
Davis, Guy: KHTZ, 1985; KBZT, 1986; KLSX, 1986; KBIG, 1986-95; KNJO/KLIT/KMLT, 1996-2003; KABC, 1998-2000. Guy was teamed with Mark Taylor for the TaylorDavis show at all-Talk KABC until 2000. He owns a hair salon in Thousand Oaks.
Davis, Jay: KEZY, 1961-71; KNX, 1965-67; KGER, 1971-92. Jay retired to Las Vegas.
Davis, Jeff: KNX/fm, 1988; KRTH, 1988-91; KYSR, 1992-95; KBIG, 1998. The long-time WLS-Chicago dj has an active voiceover career.
Davis, Jeff: KRTH, 1986-88; KPWR, 1988-89; KQLZ, 1991-93; KMPC, 1993-94; KCBS, 1993-94; KFWB, 1994; KNX, 1999-2003; KFRG, 2002-10. Jeff is news director at KFRG-San Bernardino.
Davis, Jim: KHJ, 1975-76; KMPC, 1979-81. Jim was vp/general manager of Vero Beach Broadcasters (WOSN/WGYL/WJKD/WTTB) until the end of 2016.
DAVIS, John: John, chief engineer for Saul Levine’s Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters, died on October 9, 2017, as a result of complications of pneumonia coupled with a virulent lung infection. A nicer guy you will never meet.
John was my first hire after I had been hired to run 100.3/fm in the early seventies. Investors had purchased KFOX/fm, which was housed in the “Tootsie Roll” building in Long Beach, even though the city of license was Los Angeles. Once the FCC approved the sale, we had to build studios from scratch and move the 100.3 antennae to achieve line-of-sight with a tower in Coldwater Canyon. John orchestrated that move and the building of our studios on the 11th floor at 6430 Sunset Blvd.
Within a few months, we launched KIQQ (K-100/fm).
Saul engaged the services of John in 1970 to handle the engineering of KKGO/fm, 105.1 and later to concentrate on the station’s transmitter site. John also acted as engineer for launching KRTR/fm-Honolulu and CH 26 UHF TV-Honolulu on the air for Levine’s Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters. “John and I pioneered FM and UHF TV in Hawaii,” said Saul. John continued his services for Saul Levine to the present time.
John and his wife, Deanne, made Sierra Madre their home for 50 years. John was born in Los Angeles on June 16, 1933. His parents knew he would be some sort of engineer. They supported him in whatever he needed to do, including drilling holes in the walls to rewire certain areas to work the way he wanted them to. He attended USC where he received his Bachelor of Engineering degree in 1955 and his Masters in Engineering in 1959.
Davis, Ken: KPPC, 1974-75. Ken is a writer/producer for television. He's written a book, In Bed With Broadcasting, published in 2018.
Davis, Ken: KUTE, 1986; KOST, 1994. Ken works in a Los Angeles law firm and he's out of radio.
Davis, Krickett: KYSR, 1992-93; KMGX, 1993; KCBS, 1993-2000. Krickett left "Arrow 93" in January 2000. She is an active VO artist.
Davis, Larry: KBIG, 2008-09; KRTH, 2015-19. Larry is a voiceover artist doing spots and promos for Six Flags, VISA, My Network TV, ABC, Fox Sports, McDonalds, NHL, Gillette, NFL Network and many more. His Web site is: LarryDavisVoice.com. He also works weekends at K-EARTH.
(Krickett Davis, Hal Dash, Joe Daniels, Mike Daniels, and Vince Daniels)
Davis, Laura: KNAC, 1976; KLOS, 1976-80. Laura produces electronic press kits for the motion picture business.
DAVIS, Mac: KZLA, 1999-2000. Mac is a country music singer, songwriter, and actor, originally from Lubbock, Texas. For a few years he hosted a syndicated show that was heard on Country KZLA.
At his commercial peak in the mid-'70s, Mac was one of America's most popular entertainers, a countrypolitan-styled singer and actor who found considerable success in both fields. Born Scott Davis on January 21, 1942, in Buddy Holly's hometown of Lubbock, Texas, he began performing in local rock groups while still in his teens.
After moving to Georgia, Davis first broke into the music business in 1962. After joining the Liberty label three years later, in 1967 he moved to Los Angeles to head the company's publishing arm, Metric Music Mac began composing his own songs, with Glen Campbell, Bobby Goldsboro Lou Rawls and Kenny Rogers among the artists recording his work. In 1968, Elvis recorded Davis' A Little Less Conversation, and soon after the King was requesting more of his work, which included In the Ghetto.
Davis also arranged the music for Presley's first television special before signing his own recording contract in 1970. In that year, he released his first chart single, Whoever Finds This, I Love You. In 1972, Davis scored a number one pop hit with Baby, Don't Get Hooked on Me, which also reached the Country Top 20. In 1979, he also starred in the film North Dallas Forty with Nick Nolte. Davis' success continued in the early '80s. In 1980, he also starred in a TV movie, Cheaper to Keep Her. However, a co-starring role opposite Jackie Gleason and Karl Malden in 1983's disastrous The Sting II effectively ended Davis' career in Hollywood, and by 1985, he had recorded his last Top Ten hit, I Never Made Love (Till I Made Love With You). (from Davis' website bio)
Davis, Mark: MetroTraffic, KNX, KLAC, KMGG/KPWR, KLON, KGIL/fm, 1983-86. In 2001, Mark (Friedman) went to Chicago to be a newswriter at WBBM.
DAVIS, Michael: KNAC, 1989-90. Michael is operations director/afternoons at KRKC-Monterey. In the summer of 2020, he celebrated 30 years with the station.Michael once got some challenging news, which he turned into a gig that lasted for a quarter of a century. In fact, longevity is his middle name, working four radio gigs that cover 37 years. “I've been very fortunate,” said Michael, who spent time at KNAC-Long Beach in the late 1980s as Jack the Ripper. “I owe it all to my parents, grandparents and my family.”
Michael grew up in Minnesota water skiing on the Mississippi River and playing basketball. “We lost the Minnesota State Championship game in double OT in my senior year at Winona Cotter High 1981.” Brown College in Minneapolis was where he went to school and Rocker KAWY-Casper, Wyoming was his first radio job. He was music director and morning drive. In 1984, he joined KFMG-Albuquerque. “It was a ratings monster, consistently in the Top 3 overall out of 40+ stations in the market,” remembered Davis. “I was working evenings and I was music director. It was big time fun with Rock stars coming to our studio, endless concerts and numerous record company junkets out of town.” In early 1989, KNAC was Hard Rock station. “KNAC had a talented staff. On the air and on the Sunset Strip we had a great time. A year later Michael was diagnosed with Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD). “My appreciation to Johns Hopkins and the University of Minnesota for their research into this difficult disease.” Michael left KNAC for a three-station group in South Monterey Country and North San Luis Obispo County. “On air fun is the key,” said Michael.
DAVIS, Nawana: KMET, 1975; KPFK, 1973-76. Born January 27, 1944 in Detroit, Nawana was always interested in the Arts, especially music and acting. She studied at the Vanguard Theatre of Performing Arts for 2 years. After completion, Nawana headed to New York City where she did some plays at The American Place Theatre.
"I started collecting music in those days. It was the great 78's along with working@ the Village Vanguard as coat checker being in company of all the greats," she said. Nawana also worked as a waitress at a place called MAX'S where she met Andy Warhol. He brought her to California in 1968 to do a film loved Cali and she stayed.
While still collecting music, Nawana started experimenting with old blues music and bluegrass playing Albert King back to back with Bill Monroe, and Memphis Minnie back to back with Lorretta Lynn. "It sounded great - poor people's music from different sides of the track. I decided to see if I could share this on the airwaves and contacted KPFK and pitched the show to Ruth Hershman. She give me a shot and the show took off. The response was overwhelming. The show ran from 1973 -76 along with KMET. It was some of the best times of my life."
Nawana is now retired and loves yoga. She is teaching her senior friends and still sharing the music with her friends.
Davis, Pat: KNX. Pat was a well-known broadcast journalist who covered nearly every major story in Northern California since the 1960s. At 6-foot-4, Mr. Davis was an imposing figure in the Sacramento press corps, partly because of his physical size but also because of his tenacity in going after stories. He was described as an aggressive, physically imposing reporter with a skeptical demeanor and a biting sense of humor, often covering stories hundreds of miles apart in a single day. In three decades of stringing for various stations, he covered earthquakes, floods, elections, scandals, and tales of triumph and tragedy. He was a familiar voice on KFBK-Sacramento, his home radio station, as well as KNX, KGO-San Francisco and CBS radio in New York City. Friends and relatives say he was a classic old-school reporter. Born in Milwaukee, Pat worked his way up in the industry. He started as a radio reporter in Fresno, then anchored at a television station in Bakersfield. He also worked as a free-lance reporter for the Los Angeles Times in the 1960s and early 1970s. Pat would regularly take 20-mile bike rides out into the country. On the day of his death, he was returning from one of those rides when he suffered a heart attack and died at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in Roseville. The aggressive newsman who filed news reports from Sacramento died October 1, 1999. Pat was 58.
(Mike Donnegan, Jeff Davis, John Duncan, and John Davison)
Davis, Philip: KOCM; KWIZ, 1965-88. Philip, the former owner of KOCM and KWIZ, died December 5, 1996, at the age of 60.
DAVIS, Willie: KACE. The former all-pro defensive end with the Green Bay Packers owned KACE. Willie died April 15, 2020. He was 85. He also owned three stations in Wisconsin and three in California.
Willie grew up in Texarkana and played college football for Eddie Robinson at Grambling. He earned a degree from the business school at the University of Chicago and bought a Schlitz Distributorship in South Central Los Angeles. On the football field he won six NFL championships, two Super Bowls and numerous awards and trophies. He bought KAGB in late 1976 and turned it into KACE and he wanted the radio station to support Inglewood and the community.
Mr. Davis played 10 years for the Packers, joining the team in 1960 and becoming a stalwart defensive performer at left end. He was one of the leading disciples of Lombardi, an intense taskmaster and perfectionist who is considered one of football’s greatest coaches. “Perfection is not attainable,” Lombardi said, in one of many maxims attributed to him. “But if we chase perfection, we can catch excellence.”
DAVISON, John: KABC/KDIS/KLOS/KSPN, 2001-07; KABC/KLOS, 2007-09. John was appointed gm at the four ABC/Disney stations on July 16, 2001. “We need to bring back the heartbeat of KABC,” said John shortly after his arrival. “It’s still there, but it needs some resuscitation. We need for the station to reach out and touch L.A. like it once did. Given the complexities of the market, it may be unrealistic that it would regain its former status, but on the other hand, it is such a legendary station with so many roots in the market and great call letters. I’m just proud to be there. Hopefully we can get it on track with good programming moves. We’re going to try and get the heartbeat back as best we can by becoming what we were once and what we should become again – the premier place where people come to talk. We’re not sensational. We’re not hate mongers. If somebody else wants to do that, then that’s their niche, but not ours. If a mistake was made, it was an attempt to take us in that direction,” claimed John.
John was working at KGO-San Francisco when the gm, Mickey Luckoff, asked if John would be interested in the vacant job at the ABC sister stations, as interim-gm Bill Sommers was retiring for a final time. Mickey put John together with Mitch Dolan, president of ABC O&O radio group. “I looked at it as a great opportunity for me, not only to live in L.A., which I’ve always enjoyed, but to get back to running stations, which I’ve done most of the way along the line,” said John. “The whole thing took about a month.”
He left in February 2009 following ownership change and he now lives in New York where he is a licensed real estate agent buying, selling and renting properties for Bellmarc Realty in New York City. "I now have three grandchildren, two boys in London and a girl in New York City. Life is good."
Dawson, Ted: KLOS, 1985. Ted joined KBZK and KXLF-Bozeman, Montana, as sports director in January 2011.
DAY, Deano: KLAC, 1969-71 and 1980-82 and 1984-85. Deano, morning man at KLAC three times during the Country years, died April 10, 2009, due to complications of heart surgery at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit. Deano had just turned 70 years old days before his death.
Born Ordean Moen, Deano was a station owner in Fargo while still in his 20s. He replaced the legendary Ken Dowe and Granny Emma in the morning drive slot at the legendary KLIF-Dallas in 1967. He left Big D for his first visit to Country KLAC in 1969. Deano’s major success came in the Midwest where he did mornings on a number of Country stations in Chicago and Detroit. In 1975, Deano won Billboard magazine’s Country Personality of the Year Award while working at WDEE-Detroit. He also worked at WCAR-Detroit. It seems Deano never met a radio station he wouldn’t work for in Detroit ... or Chicago. He returned to Detroit at WCXI in 1982, after 18 months at KLAC.
In October 1984, Deano won the 18th Annual CMA DJ of the Year Award, and the ceremony was broadcast live on CBS/TV. Deano was nominated for CMA 1983 DJ of the Year. His fan club, unheard of in the 1980s, numbered over 5,000. He had enormous turnouts to his personal appearances. Deano left Los Angeles for the last time with Metromedia’s sale of KLAC to Capital Cities Communications. He bought WACY-Flint. Deano went on to broker mornings on WHND-Detroit, programming a mix of Country and Oldies. Deano talked about his WHND show: “We do a remote every day. One day we broadcast from a restaurant called Heaven. The next day we were in a tavern called Oar House, so the next day we went to Hell...Michigan. It’s amazing, I’m still playing Country music and I look just like Kenny Rogers.” At the time he said he made more money brokering his show than he ever did working for a radio station.
Day, Gene: KGFJ, 1974. Unknown.
(Laura Davis, Jonathan Doll, Todd Donoho, and Lou Dobbs)
Day, Howard: KLFM/KNOB, 1960-61; KAPP, 1962-63; KKOP, 1965; KNAC, 1966; KFOX, 1966; KKOP, 1968-74 and 1976-78. Howard works as an engineering tech for Optical Coating Laboratory of Santa Rosa.
Day, Jerry: KIEV, 1972. Unknown.
DAY, Steve: KOCM/KSRF, 1985-89; KXEZ, 1989-91; KLIT, 1991-93; KMGX, 1994. Steve retired once but the pull of radio took him back to WHLC-Highlands, North Carolina where he now does mornings and is operations director for husband/wife owners who just celebrated 27 years of local ownership.
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Rockville, Maryland, Steve discovered his passion for radio while in his second year at Ashland College in Ohio. From a chance encounter with a programming executive from a station 30 miles from campus, Steve began his daily commute to WGLX-Galion, Ohio. He dropped out of college and during the 1970s worked at WSIR-Winterhaven, Florida, WDAE-Tampa, WDAT-Daytona and WKZL and WTOP-Winston-Salem. While in Winston-Salem he began broadcasting play-by-play sports and reporting sports for a local tv station.
"We were doing okay but my wife wanted us to be more secure so I got out of radio and joined her father’s insurance business in Rochester." The insurance job and the marriage ended, so Steve returned to radio in Rochester at WBBF and WWWG.
"In 1979 I got the West Coast urge and packed up for San Diego." Steve worked weekends on KFMB-San Diego and broadcast sports on KGTV/tv. In the early 1980s, Steve joined the sports department at KTTV/tv Channel 11. In 1983 he partnered with Betty White for the tv game show Just Men. In 1993 Steve was the announcer for ABC’s Caesars Challenge starring Ahmad Rashad. In 1994 he was part of Sony's Game Show Network and hosted several shows.
"In 1999, Mark Elliott hired me from LA/Westwood One to work in Ventura and Santa Barbara. Steve went to KMGQ (Smooth Jazz), followed by three years at News Radio 1250 Santa Barbara as pd and afternoon drive. “We built a tv studio and simulcast our Talk Show with local sister TV station KEYT-3.”
When the owner died, Steve's nomadic journey took him to Washington, DC, and in 2006 in the Western Carolina Mountains at WHLC. "I love North Carolina. This is a wondrous spot if you love the mountains, lakes, and fishing."
Dayglo: KNAC, 1983-84. David Daegling is in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Florida.
Dayton, Bob: KBLA,1966-67; KRLA, 1967-70; KDAY, 1971; KRLA, 1972-73. Bob died of cancer April 28, 1995, at the age of 62.
DEACON, Squeakin': KXLA, 1947-60; KGER, 1949-58; KFOX, 1960-. Squeaking Deacon, born Carl Lee Moore in Paragould, Arkansas, was a hard-core Country jock in the 50s and 60s at KXLA (pre-KRLA) and KFOX. He was on the staff of early Country stations with some of the biggest names in Country radio – Cliffie Stone, Biff Collie, and Hugh Cherry. His father was called "Skinny" Moore and was a baseball pitcher for New Orleans. Two months before Carl was born, his father was killed in a railroad train wreck. By the time Carl was six he had become fascinated with the drums. He was completely self-taught; he got his inspiration watching the theatre drummers who performed impressive gyrations with their sticks while never missing a beat of the music. It wasn't long before young Carl Moore was considered one of the flashiest young drummers around. He formed his own band while in high school in Jonesboro and impressed the audiences with his mastery of the drum sticks.
After graduating from high school, he enrolled in the University of Arkansas, but show business had gotten into his blood. He took his small band on the road, playing throughout the South. Often in tobacco warehouses, which made good, inexpensive dance halls in the smaller towns.
Acting as his own announcer and master of ceremonies, he invariably opened his broadcast with the greeting, "Howdy, folks, this is the Deacon speakin'." A testimony to the Deacon's lasting and memorable popularity as a performer was published in the February 16, 1977 issue of the Memphis Press-Scimitar. Columnist Clark Porteus recounted the glory clays of Memphis' venerable Orpheum Theatre, observing that the greatest money-maker who ever played there was Carl "Deacon" Moore. Porteus waxed sentimental over the Deacon's version of A Shanty In Old Shanty Town.
The Deacon had to break up the band in 1942 because of World War II. Travel restrictions put a dent in any kind of touring. He was also just over the age of military service, so he and his wife Marge decided to settle down in Cincinnati to try out other opportunities. He began a morning program on WLW. Margie recalled for Mr. Bennett, "...that the Deacon would appear for the daily show, deliver a brief monologue, act as master of ceremonies to introduce an act or two, and come home." One of the regulars on that show was a young singer by the name of Doris Day, who would go on to her own fame, too.
In 1947, he and Margie moved to Los Angeles. He heard that a radio station in Pasadena was auditioning for a disc jockey opening. He went and applied, that is he and 300 others. A set of radio logs showed that Carl was indeed a hit in Los Angeles. He was doing two shows a week over two different stations. He did a show at lunch time on KGER and then later at night, an hour's show over KXLA.
But Carl's talents won out over the field for the job at KXLA, now KRLA. He was a natural as a master-of-ceremonies after his many years as a band leader and radio work elsewhere. He also seemed to be a natural as a country and western disc jockey, with an easy style, Arkansas accent and 'homespun humor' helped entrench him in the role.
During his dj days, the name "Deacon" acquired a new twist as Mr. Bennett related in his article. "Some of the youngsters, including his own grandchildren, began calling him the "Squeakin' Deacon." The adjective became a permanent adjunct and Carl adopted the new sobriquet for his radio image. The greeting became 'This is the Squeakin' Deacon speakin,' used continuously in his climb to the top ranks of country-western disc jockeys He was one of the pioneer djs to achieve success on the west coast."
In the 1960's, the Squeakin' Deacon had taken his talents to radio station KFOX out of Long Beach. He would do a remote hookup on his daily program and would host many of the great country music stars on his show over the years, such as Cliffie Stone, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Merle Travis and Barbara Mandrell were among the many guests.
The old Deacon became a familiar figure at high-profile country-western events, often in the role of master of ceremonies. He was also one of the early performers on television, with a daily show on KNBC/Channel 4 in the early 1950s. A 1950 edition of a Billboard Magazine annual poll had him chosen as the "Favorite Folk Disc Jockey."
During that time, Deacon owed his success to the popularity of his KXLA "Home Hour for Western Folks," a prime-time hourly broadcast five days each week sponsored by Seaboard Finance Company. The Deacon ranked sixth in the national popularity poll, several positions higher than Tennessee Ernie Ford. In fact, only three djs from the west coast ranked in the top 20. Then, he had two programs, five days a week.
Squeakin' Deacon was a bit of a country philosopher with a bit of a humorous touch. An article we found in an old Cowboy Songs magazine had a few examples of that.
Speaking of success, he mentioned there is no end to success. He said the toughest part of a career is to just hold on to the success you attained. Success wasn't on merit alone - you need breaks too. He was quoted as saying "...many a rose has blossomed and never been smelt."
And what did the Squeakin' Deacon attribute his success? He said, "The good Lord had been good to me. Without faithful friends, fans and admirers, YOU might as well go back to Arkansas. You don't eat without'em, that's for sure. ... There's good in everybody if you only look far enough." Carl continued to maintain his popularity in the country-western field until his retirement in 1969. But he never changed his format, which was essentially the same as that which made him a successful big band leader. Carl "Deacon" Moore continued to be the quintessential image of an Arkansas preacher, and his fans loved him in the role. In his article, he notes that Margie recalls the mountain of gifts that would flood their home in observation of birthdays, anniversaries, and important events in their lives. She said that she and Carl remembered those country-western fans as the most generous and loyal they had ever known.
In 1983, the Deacon was diagnosed with prostate cancer and gradually lost ground to the disease. The Squeakin’ Deacon died February 12, 1985. The complete story of his life can be found at: http://www.hillbilly-music.com/dj/story/index.php?id=1640
DEACON, Tom: KUSC, 1989-92. Tom is retired and he is living in the "splendours of the Ontario countryside."
In 1992, the Classical music station was embroiled in a lawsuit that centered around the marriage of station president Wallace A. Smith and on-air morning personality Bonnie Grice. According to the LA Times, the former KUSC programming vpice president charged in his suit against USC and Grice that he was fired by Smith without warning, a day after they argued over the quality of Grice's on-air performance. Deacon alleges that he was fired without "good or sufficient cause" and that Grice "interfered with the business and contractual relationship" he had with Smith. USC, which owns the KUSC license, filed a legal response denying Deacon's charges and citing "economic factors requiring a reduction in force" as the reason for his dismissal.
Dean, Jeff: KEZY, 1977-79; KLSX, 1985-86; KGGI, 1987-93. Jeff is doing afternoons at 95.7 The Beat (KZBR) in San Francisco along with an Oldies Show syndicated by the Waitt Radio Network.
Dean, Joseph: KTWV, 1994-99. Joseph worked weekends at "the Wave."
DeAngelis, Barbara: KFOX; KABC; KFI, early 1990s. Barbara is a relationship expert, author, and motivational speaker.
Dearborn, Bob: KFI, 1984-85; KTWV, 1989. Unknown.
DeBaun, Jim: KLON, 1975-79. Jim is an industrial security specialist for the Boeing Company in Anaheim. He's also a rock bass guitar player.
(Jim Duncan, Lee Duncan, and Gary Douglas)
DeCastro, Jim: KFAC, 1989; KKBT, 1989-90. Jim owns a restaurant in Chicago. He stepped down as president/gm at WGN-Chicago in 2019.
DeCoy, Bob: KGFJ, 1950s; KTYM, 1960s. Bob was the writer, producer and narrator of KGFJ's award-winning, "This Is Progress." The program was the only daily radio documentary dedicated to the contributions of black culture and growth. Bob graduated from Yale University in 1951 receiving an M.F.A. degree. He died at age 54 in L.A. in 1975.
DEDES, Spero: KLAC, 2005-11. Spero was the play-by-play announcer for the LA Lakers. In the summer of 2011, he left for a broadcasting post with the New York Knicks. He left the Knicks after the 2013-14 season. He is currently employed by CBS Sports, calling the NFL, NBA, and college basketball.
The axiom about never replacing a legend may have been the burden placed on Laker play-by-play guy Paul Sunderland when he joined the Laker booth following the death of Chick Hearn. He joined former Lakers player Mychal Thompson who served as color analyst on radio broadcasts, which were carried on XTRA Sports 570. "This is one of the great jobs in all of sports and at a tremendous franchise," said Spero at the time of his hiring.
Spero was most recently the host of NBA TV's Hardwood Classics, and the NBA ‘Insiders’ - a nightly, live, 60-minute interview program dealing with everything NBA. For the past two seasons, Dedes has handled NBA TV's First Round Playoff play-by-play duties as well. He also served as the voice of the YES Network's collegiate sports coverage (football and basketball), and served as a fill in as YES' play-by-play announcer on Nets' telecasts behind Ian Eagle and as a studio host for the Yankees' and Nets' pre and postgame shows.
Dedes, 26, began his broadcasting career at WFAN-New York, where he handled 20/20 updates and served as the Jets' beat reporter. Also in 2001, Dedes was the radio voice of the Arena Football League's New Jersey Gladiators. (Alan Oda contributed to this story)
Dee, Cynthia: KSWD, 2008-15. Cynthia worked swing at 100.3/fm The Sound.
Dees, Rick: KHJ, 1979-80; KIIS, 1981-2004; KMVN, 2006-09; KHHT, 2011-12. Rick left morning drive at KIIS/fm in February 2004 and joined Emmis' KMVN in the summer of 2006 for mornings at Movin' 93.9. He left with a format flipped LMA on April 15, 2009. He started mornings at HOT 92.3 in the late spring of 2011. He left HOT mornings in July 2012.
DeFRANCESCO, Gerry: KIIS, 1982-86, pd and 1991-92, vp/gm. A native of
Philadelphia, Gerry received a communications degree with honors from in 1977. Beginning in April 1982, Gerry arrived from Gannett's KSD-St. Louis with Wally Clark. Gerry guided KIIS' initial good fortune until 1986. During his stay with Gannett Broadcasting, he was vp/programming in 1984 while retaining pd at KIIS. In 1986 he moved to Gannett's WDAE/WUSA-Tampa as vp/gm. He left Gannett briefly to return home to Temple University as vp of WYXR. Philadelphia
Gerry returned to KIIS in August 1991 to be president/station manager, a position he held through 1992. He made one of the rare moves from programming to general management. In 1992 he started serving as president of the Gannett Radio Division. Gerry is now a media management consultant based in
. He's married to Carolyn and has two children, Katie and Gerry. He’s president of DeFrancesco Media. NewtownSquare, Pennsylvania
DeLaCruz, Nautica: KPWR, 1998-2000; KKBT, 2000-06; KDAY, 2006-07; KJLH 2007-19. Nautica does middays at the Stevie Wonder station, KJLH.
Delaney, John: KJLH, 1984-85; KMET, 1985-87; KEZY, 1987-90. John has been doing voiceover work and he's working on a comedy act.
DeLaROSA, Abby: KRRL, 2018-19. The LA native has always had a passion for music. After high school she graduated from a broadcasting school where she began her journey in radio.
"I ‘m a Los Angeles native that had always had a passion for music. After high school, I went on to attend a broadcasting school where there, I was able to hone in on my skills as a future radio talent. Immediately upon graduating, my journey in radio began. I was blessed with a street team gig at a Latin station that happened to be on the same floor level as Power 106. I was able to snag an audition for one of the open street team positions they were looking to fill, and after a year of silence, I finally received that fate-filled phone call and secured a position on the street team of my dreams! Years past, and through the incredible mentorship of Dj Carisma, and hosting her mix shows and podcasts (before the hype of mix shows and podcasts began) I found myself learning and working with of some of radios elite and getting the opportunity to interview all of hip hops greatest artists and moguls all while building a reputation of being in the “know” by interviewing new and emerging talent before they hit the mainstream on my artist series “The Rose Delivery.”
Delilah: KBIG, 1998; KMLT, 2003; KBIG, 2007; KJLL, 2010; KFSH, 2012-19. Delilah's syndicated "Love Songs" show was heard on KFSH, "the FISH."
Del Valle, Carlos: KFWB, 2003-04; KXTA, 2004. The former KNBC/Channel 4 sports anchor joined all-News KFWB in late 2003. By the summer of 2004, Carlos teamed with Ray Crockett at XTRA Sports for an evening show called, "Crockett and Carlos' Neighborhood."
DeMARAIS, Adam J.: KHJ, 1964-65; KRLA, 1964-65; KBLA, 1966; KRLA, 1968-69; KEZY, 1970-81, nd; KRLA, 1988-91. Adam is one of the powerful, booming voices who reported the news in
Montrealhe studied to be an actor and toured with a company out of while still a teen. "I decided to pursue New York and the world would pave my way with palm branches and gold, not the myrrh and pyrite it turned out to be." Hollywood
Adam arrived in Southern California by bus in 1948 and stayed briefly in the old Bunker Hill section of
. "I took the Angels Flight daily to catch a street car to go out on cattle call auditions." To make ends meet he worked on the loading docks of Coca-Cola while pursuing theater arts and communications courses at Los Angeles . When the draft board caught up with him, he had a choice of returning to L.A. City College or going in the service. "Since I had married an American woman and we were with child, I figured that I'd spend the rest of my life in the States so I went to Canada ." He was promoted to combat platoon sergeant and received a Purple Heart for serious wounds suffered in action. Korea
Adam returned to the Southland, "but I had lost the directions to the yellow brick road and bought a beer/wine bar, graduated from the Don Martin radio school (The Real Don Steele was a classmate) and worked at the Bel-Air Hotel for four years. My first dj job was at KACY-Oxnard in 1960." During the 1960s he worked at KFXM-San Bernardino seven times, KDEO and KSON-San Diego, as well as KORK-Las Vegas, and KGU-Honolulu. In the Islands, he had a recurring role on
In the 1980s he worked as an announcer at KTTV/Channel 11. In 1991 he suffered a stroke that left him partially paralyzed. "Six months later, I was back to normal. It was amazing." Some highlights from decades in the Southland include being personally involved with police and a gunmen during a bank hostage situation, covering five
presidents, Academy Awards and flying in the Blue Angels plane. During the 1990s Adam worked as a bartender at Ghost Town at Knott's Berry Farm. U.S.
He died December 11, 1998 from complications of cancer. Adam was 69.
Meanwhile he was invited to share some of his vintage treasures with the audience of alternative-programmed KPPC in 1970. He was playing Transfusion by Nervous Norvus when the gm's secretary commented "You've got to be demented to play that on the radio!" Rechristened Dr. Demento, Hansen was hired for a weekly rare-oldies show which soon mutated into a bonanza of "mad music and crazy comedy." The Doctor moved to KMET in 1972, and has been nationally syndicated since 1974. In 1975 Warner Bros. released Dr. Demento's Delights, the first of nearly two dozen Dr Demento compilation albums. Most of them are on Rhino, including his 20th, 25th and 30th Anniversary Collections and The Very Best Of Dr. Demento (2001) which includes his all-time most requested songs: Fish Heads, Dead Puppies and They're Coming To Take Me Away, Ha-Haaa! He has also worked on many other Rhino compilations; his notes for "The Remains Of Tom Lehrer" received a Grammy nomination. Away from the microphone, Hansen has always been a serious student of many types of music. Recently, his non-demented side was revealed to the world with the publication of his first full-length book, Rhino's Cruise Through The Blues from Backbeat Books. After a fourteen-year stint with Westwood One, the Doctor's show is now distributed under his own Talonian Productions banner.
DEMENTO, Dr.: KPPC, 1970-71; KMET, 1972-87; KLSX, 1987-93; KSCA, 1994-97; KLSX, 1998. His show has been the most successful AOR syndicated show of weird, off-beat, often homemade music. Perhaps best known as the man who launched "Weird Al" Yankovic's career, the Doctor has also resurrected awareness of Spike Jones, Tom Lehrer, Stan Freberg and other classic comedy musicians.
Born Barret "Barry" Hansen in Minneapolis in 1941, the Doctor-to-be began haunting thrift shops for old records while in junior high, eventually accumulating nearly half a million platters of all speeds, sizes and shapes. He began his radio career at 10-watt KRRC/fm on the campus of
Reed Collegein . After graduating from Reed with a degree in classical music theory, he headed for UCLA where he wrote a master's thesis on the evolution of black music from blues to rock & roll. After a stint as road manager for the rock-blues band Canned Heat, he became a staff producer for Specialty Records, where he compiled numerous LP reissues of vintage blues, gospel and rock recordings. Portland
DEMETRIOU, Pete: KLAC, 1978-84; KFWB, 1985-2009; KNX/KFWB, 2009-20. Pete is a field reporter for all-News KNX.For most of his career, Pete has been where every newsperson wants to be - right in the middle of the action. In 1991 he was KFWB’s correspondent for Operation Desert Storm - from Washington to Riyadh, the Arabian Sea to Kuwait City.
On April 29, 1992, he was near Florence and Normandy, flash point of the LA Riots; in November 1993 the Malibu fires; January 17, 1994 in the Cahuenga Pass, on the air seconds after the Northridge Quake hit; and June 1994, live coverage of the end of the OJ Simpson Bronco Chase. 1999 saw him on the scene of the North Valley Jewish Community Center Shootings; in 2000 covered the Millennium Celebrations, the Lakers Riot at Staples Center, Street Protests at the Democratic National Convention and more than 900 live reports following the 37 day Presidential Election Deadlock kept him busy.
Born in Los Angeles, a UCLA graduate with a B.A. in political science, Pete actually got into journalism by being one of the interview subjects of a KNXT/Channel 2 documentary on life at Van Nuys Junior High, which won several awards. "I was lucky enough to attend a speech by then KNBC anchor Tom Brokaw in 1973, and in 1974, my uncle Frank Yokas, a master carpenter and stage designer at KNBC arranged a meeting for me with Jess Marlow. Jess gave me an hour of his time and wisdom on how to become a journalist. He stressed that a broad life experience is the best source of information you can develop. I progressively worked at KLA/83 [UCLA], KPFK, KPCC. A summer stint at KGIL brought skills learned from Dick Spangler, Howard Culver and Bob Scott, while KLAC's Dean Sander, Dave Godwin, Charles Arlington, John North, Art Blaske and Phil Jenrich helped me polish both my field and anchoring ability. Stringer work for AP Network News and ABC Direction Networks followed. Then the jump to KFWB. The Bottom Line: measure yourself against your colleagues in the field and never stop learning from them."
Demory, Sean: KEZY, 1988-89. Sean left the Southland for "Power 99," then "99X" in Atlanta for nearly 11 years. He left in early 2000 to pursue some Internet opportunities in San Francisco.
Denholm, Dave: KXTA, 1998-2000; KSPN, 2001-09. Dave did sports updates at KSPN until early 2009. He's now doing traffic reports for various LA radio stations and hosting a weekly soccer show at KSPN.
DENIS, Mark: KFI, 1969; KEZY, 1969-83; KHJ, 1983-86; KRLA, 1986; KFI/KOST/KACE, 1986-2000. The 40-year veteran of Southern California radio died April 28, 2000. Mark had heart surgery on January 18 and had returned to work at KFI mid-March. On April 27, Mark went to the hospital complaining of a "burning sensation." Doctors could not find anything wrong and his arteries were fine. Doctors sent him home thinking he may have had a touch of pneumonia. It is believed that he died in his sleep and when paramedics arrived at his Anaheim Hills home the following morning and transported him to a local hospital, it is believed that he had already passed away. The cause of death is unknown.
Mark was 59. He was born in Glendale on February 8, 1941, and grew up in Compton. During his time at Compton JC, he announced the half-time activities at the football games. The show-business bug, however, bit him much earlier. Mark built a performing stage in his garage and put on variety shows. His first on-air experience was KFIL (later KYMS), and he pronounced the call letters "KFI LFM".
Interviewed in 1995 between traffic reports, he commented, "Isn't it ironic that I end up at KFI?" He got started in Hemet in the early 1960s and went to KFXM-San Bernardino in 1962 before spending "some time in the Air Force." After the service, he went to KMEN-San Bernardino to do overnights and production, which in 1966 led to KGB-San Diego where he spent three years and ended up pd. He made his transition from dj work to traffic during his time on KHJ, when it was called "Car Radio" and traffic reports were dispensed every 10 minutes.
Mark was universally one of the most well-liked radio people in Southern California and made over 300 calls a year wishing his peers "Happy Birthday!" KFI pd David Hall utilized Mark as the "image voice" for the 50,000 watt giant and as the midday traffic reporter. He had been a regular guest lecturer and had taught a course in telecommunications at USC. Mark was the voice of the monorail at Disneyland for half a decade. His key to success? "Be versatile! After all, at KEZY I survived five program directors and I was one of them." On September 1, 1996, Mark celebrated 35 years in broadcasting, making it one of the longest current running careers in Southern California radio. During his decade-plus with KFI/KOST, he broadcast more than 70,000 traffic reports.
(Lin Durling and Benjamin Dover, )
DENKMANN, Libby: KFI, 2015-16; KPCC, 2020. Libby, from Seattle, worked as a news anchor at KFI. She left in late spring of 2016. She is now senior politics reporter for KPCC.
"In Southern California, the political system is changing in front of us, from how we vote to who is running for office. I cut through the jargon and provide a “road map” for navigating our democratic process. My coverage aims to help you understand important elections, untangle policies that impact your life, and find ways to get your voice heard."
Derdivanis, Kent: KMPC, 1983-86. Kent is now living in Phoenix and is the voice of Northern Arizona University Sports. He's doing play by play of both football and basketball for the Flagstaff, Arizona college.
DeROO, Doug: KIQQ, 1977. Except for a brief stay at KIQQ, Doug's career has been primarily in Bakersfield working at KGFM, KERN, and KAFY. In 2016, he was profiled by the Califorian in Bakersfield. He was working at Spanish Radio Group's 96.5 Max FM. "Playing the music we all grew up with," the veteran DJ almost croons.
He remembers spinning vinyl records long before computers were introduced into the studio. "Everyone decided they could plug a computer in and save a ton of money on payroll," DeRoo said. And the changes keep coming. More stations are going with syndicated programming, especially for that all-important morning show. Voice tracking," pre-recording a four-hour show in less than an hour, is becoming more common as well. "You have a guy in Florida recording there and sending it here," DeRoo said. "It sounds like it's local." Taking on the voice of a gruff radio boss, DeRoo grins, "It's silly to have people sitting around waiting for a song to end."
Does local content suffer as a result? "The radio needs to surprise people," DeRoo said. "We can tell listeners there's a wreck on the freeway up ahead. And we can make 'em laugh. "The human element is still important," he said. "If the industry is hurting, we did it to ourselves."
DeSaegher, Steve: KPZE/KORG/KEZY, 1987-99; KFWB, 1997-99; KMPC, 2001-03; KLAC, 2011. Steve was an anchor for 1540/The Ticket. He went on to be an update guy at all-Sports, KLAC.
De SANTIS, Frank: KMET, 1977-79; KWST, 1979-83; KNX/fm, 1983; KLOS, 1983-88. Frank was an air personality at Sirius Satellite Radio's The Vault and Classic Vinyl formats from 2002-08. He went on to svp/business development for Dial Global Radio Networks. In 2011, he founded AdLarge Media.
Born in Los Angeles, Frank grew up in La Habra. “It was at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where I stumbled into radio. I noticed that the campus radio station programmed classical music with students who seemed classically clueless, so I volunteered figuring I could do as well or at least no worse." After college he worked at KZOZ-San Luis Obispo and in 1977 started at KMET where he did fill-in and weekends. In December of 1979 Frank moved to KWST where he did overnights and production. "After a short cup of coffee at KNX/fm in 1983," as he described it, Frank began his half-decade stint at KLOS where he did overnights, fill-ins, news and the weekend talk show. While at KLOS Frank also began a different phase of his radio experience working at Westwood One where he dove into the world of national radio, handling affiliate relations, production, voiceover and interviewing assignments. In December of 1988, the newly married De Santis moved to New York and began his association with national radio syndicator MediaAmerica. He also does voiceover work. “I have performed in four plays off and off-off Broadway, and still occasionally nurse old wounds accumulated from seven years of playing rugby." Frank, his wife Margo, and their two children live in New Rochelle, New York and "are one happy bunch."
DeSantis, Gia: KROQ, 1993. The former Capitol Records promotion person and Channel 56 vj is music director at Nevada Public Radio (NV89)-Reno.
DeSilva, Walt: KPPC, 1965-66; KFWB. Walt passed away of lung cancer in August of 1987.
DeSOTO, Dave: KMPC, 1965-82. Dave died June 27, 2001 of aortic valve disease. He was 71.
The veteran newsman served as Orange Country bureau chief for KMPC and was also part of the Robert W. Morgan morning drive team. He was active in community theatre.
During the mid-1970s he was in the Costa Mesa Civic Playhouse’s production of You Can’t Take It With You. In late 1980 Dave suffered a heart attack that affected his speech. From his hospital bed he began reading magazines aloud. In the beginning it was only a sentence at a time without stumbling or slurring. Within a month he was back to work at KMPC. Dave retired in 1987.
Detz, John: KWST, 1975. John owns radio stations in Northern California.
DeVANEY, Ken: KHJ, 1965-67. Ken was an integral part of the launch of 93/KHJ. He passed away on January 30, 2013, in Fresno. He was 80.
Ken was born in 1932 in Albany, California and grew up in the San Joaquin Valley. He graduated from Selma High School in 1949. Ken graduated from Fresno State College in 1954 and was a proud member of the ROTC.
In early 1954, he married Carolyn Lowe to whom he was dedicated for many years of his life. He enjoyed a career in radio broadcasting spanning many years. While working in broadcasting in San Francisco, Ken graduated from Hastings College of Law in 1961. Throughout his legal career, Ken's professionalism and passion for law made him an accomplished and well-regarded attorney in the Fresno community.
Ken loved being with his family and taking trips along the back roads of California and beyond. Although he was behind-the-scenes at KHJ as the general manager, he had a wonderful voice as well.
Ken narrated the 1965 KHJ Sales Presentation, an overview of the nascent Boss Radio format intended for prospective advertisers. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5yx_3bchUD4
Devereux, Nicole: KMET, 1984-85; KJOI, 1986-89; KTWV, 1987-2003; KSWD, 2008-13. Nicole worked weekends at 100.3/fm The Sound. She is now at Los Angeles Valley College.
(Dave Darin, Joseph Dean, and Barbara DeAngelis)
DeVille, Diana: KNAC, 1998-2003. The Monroe, Louisiana native worked morning drive at KNAC.com. In the summer of 2018, Diana joined Strategic International Ministries’ country KWSV, Simi Valley, “99.1 The Ranch” to host the midday program.
DeVOE, Mario: KCMG, 1998-99. Mario worked afternoons during his year at “Mega 100.”
Born April 10, 1969 in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He started his radio career at WAEB-Allentown while attending East Stroudsburg University in Pennsylvania. He graduated in 1991 with a B.S. in media communications and went on to work at KKFR-Phoenix, WJMH-Greensboro and KPTY-Phoenix. During college Mario was active in the Phi Beta Sigma fraternity, the biggest African American community service fraternity in America.
Last heard, he was working at KXJM-Portland.
DeVoid, Phil: KNAC, 1984-85. Phil Harvey's name on KNAC was given to him by record producer Robert Margouleff, which was inspired by Oingo Boingo song Fill the Void.
DeWeese, Eric: KUSC, 2005-14. Eric took over gm duties at the Classical station in the Fall of 2005. He has now retired from KUSC.
DeWitt, Paul: KLSX, 1995. Unknown
DeWITT, Rand: KMXN, 2001-02. Rand is vice president and creative director at Advoke Media.
Rand was born into broadcasting, both of his parents having radio and television careers in New England. Rand has held nearly every media job imaginable, including music director, production director, account executive, programming director, and even morning show host.
Rand enjoys golfing and following the New England Patriots.
DEXTER, Jerry: KMPC, 1959-63; KLAC, 1963-64. "I was lucky to work at one of the last, great American radio stations, KMPC," Jerry said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. On June 21, 2013, Jerry’s voice was silenced. He suffered a fall in his home which resulted in head injuries and he died a few days later. Jerry was 78.
, by age 15 Jerry was already appearing on local tv shows. At age 20, he opened his own publicity office. As famed San Francisco Chronicle jazz columnist, Ralph J. Gleason noted: "Dexter is the nation's youngest night club press agent, yet not old enough to be in a bar." In San Francisco , he was befriended by KSFO morning giant, Don Sherwood. In 1957, Jerry took a job with the CBS/TV affiliate in San Francisco . At KENO-Las Vegas an on-air stunt to save the doomed fictional character Tom Dooley (Jerry claimed Dooley was being held in a Las Vegas jail) attracted not only local coverage but a full-page story in Newsweek. Don Sherwood urged Golden West Broadcasting to hire Jerry for the morning drive slot at KVI-Seattle. Las Vegas
Within months, KMPC programming vp Robert Forward moved Jerry from
to KMPC becoming, at 24, the youngest on-air talent ever hired at the station. Movie Mirror Magazine named him one of " Seattle 's great radio performers" and the LA Times' Don Page named Jerry as host of "The Best Popular Music Show of 1963." Jerry appeared in Gomer Pyle, Dragnet, McHale's Navy and a host of other tv shows. His voiceover work on cartoons included Josie and the Pussycats, Aquaman and Gulliver. In 1968 he hosted his daily variety/interview show on KABC/Channel 7 called Good Day America with Jerry Dexter. L.A.
Jerry was featured in one of 1969's biggest films, Robert Redford's Downhill Racer. He wrote and produced a tv special, Words & Music by Bobby Troup. For a year he was encased in a black bag as KTTV/Channel 11's morning movie host. The gimmick attracted much national attention. Jerry was the announcer on Alex Trebec's first American show, NBC's Wizard of Odds. For the past 20 years he’s syndicated and distributed tv shows around the world including The Wolfman Jack Show, Johnny Cash Ridin' The Rails and the Willie Nelson Special. "If it hadn’t been for Don Sherwood, I have no idea where I would be. I was so lucky to have been at KMPC in the last days of that legendary radio station. I will always remember that time in my life as being the most fun!"
Di, Lady: KNAC, 1986-87. Unknown.
DIAMOND, Dave: KHJ, 1965; KBLA, 1965-67; KFWB, 1967-68; KRLA, 1971-72; KIIS/AM, 1972-75; KFI, 1976-82. Dave, one of the original KHJ “Boss Jocks,” died May 5, 2014, in Spearfish, South Dakota, following a bout with pneumonia. He was 77.
In 2011, Dave wrote on his website: “I had a stroke that hit me like a swinging baseball bat. But I am slowly fighting my way back. It’s been a long rough road. Don’t know what the future holds. Doctors tell me I have a fading heart, but they have told me that before.”
The Howard, South Dakota native was born Sid Davison. He attended Louisiana State University and graduated with BS degrees in journalism and history from the University of Southern Mississippi. He began his radio career working on the campus radio station, WMSU, at Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. He also received an MA in English from Northwest Missouri State University, and he earned a masters in fiction writing from the professional writing program at the University of Southern California, where he graduated magna cum laude.
Dave served in the U.S. Army with the 147th field Artillery, South Dakota National Guard during the Korean War. He was transferred to the U.S. Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1962.
He had early radio experience with Don Burden on Omaha's KOIL, where he began using the name Dave Diamond.. He was pd of WKGN-Knoxville and WIL-St. Louis and he had a radio and tv show in Denver before reaching Los Angeles.
Dave became one of KHJ's original "Boss Jocks" when the new format was launched in April 1965, but he lasted only a couple of months. "I thought I knew a lot about radio until I met Bill Drake. Boss Radio was a great experience for me," explained Dave, following his firing. "I didn't fit in. I wasn't focused. I had too many things going on.
Dave went to KBLA where he launched the “Diamond Mine” and started playing long LP cuts of progressive rock songs interspersed with psychedelic commentary. Besides KHJ and KBLA, Dave worked at Top 40 KFWB, KRLA, KIIS AM and KFI.
According to the book Can't Get Out of Here Alive, Dave is credited as the founder of The Doors.
In 1966, he was signed to emcee the Miss America Go-Go Contest. He also worked the Crescendo Night Club on the Sunset Strip and Hollywood's The Action. In 1967, Dave starred in an ABC/TV pilot called Helpmate. Dave published Incense & Peppermint by the Strawberry Alarm Clock which reached #1 in 1967.
In 1968, he appeared in an episode of ABC/TV's Outsiders. Then he went to San Francisco's KFRC, where he worked from 1968 into the '70s. In 1971, besides his work on KRLA, he hosted a daily tv show called Headshop on KBSC/Channel 52 .
He produced Acapulco Gold by the Rainy Daze.
In 1972, Dave was the pd of KCBS/fm-San Francisco and briefly did middays at KTLK-Denver. He returned to the Southland a year later and went to KIIS morning drive, moving to evenings in 1974 and staying at the station until 1975. In 1976 he signed on at KFI for music and talk shows.
Dave moved back to South Dakota and taught communications at Black Hills State University, while managing KBHU/fm in Spearfish. In recent years he retired from teaching to write. In early 2014, the local Spearfish newspaper reported: “Dave Diamond, professor emeritus in journalism, was awarded the annual South Dakota State Poetry Prize. Diamond's poems will be featured in an upcoming chapbook published by the South Dakota State Poetry Society. More than 20 of Mr. Diamond's poems will be featured in the chapbook.
" He had also been writing a series of western novels.
DIAMOND, Jim: KYMS, 1969. Jim spent much of career working in Bakersfield radio. He wrote a book about his experiences. From a promo blurb: "Long-time legendary disc-jockey Jim Diamond takes us through a half-century of his life and times; through his childhood in Southern California; discovering Top 40 A.M. legends like KFWB, KRLA, and KHJ in Los Angeles. We learn of his passionate love of the business and being on the air...through his earliest experiences as a bootleg radio dj at the age of 15! Jim also tells of his musical knowledge of Rock N' Rolls formative years, when he made radio broadcasting and being a dj his life-long career. We read about his eventual move to the Bakersfield area, where he has spent the last 33 years.paying his "dues" several times over! Jim tells the story as it really happened. And he paints a picture of the business that is both fascinating and horrifying! Through his experiences we learn about both sides of being a radio d.j. We manage to see the underbelly of the radio business as well as many fun and memorable times, too. There are the radio "groupies"; the meeting of many great celebrities from the world of radio, television, and movies. It's ALL here! "The Diamond Mine" is a wonderful book, well-told by it's author. It's a definite "must read" for anyone interested in the radio business in any way. Jim Diamond, a Canadian immigrant to The United States at the age of 8 months.whose real name is Gerald (Gerry) Whitehead, is a real survivor in the ever-changing, hurly-burly world of radio broadcasting. Once you pick up this book, you'll never want to put it down!
DiCola, Felix. Unknown
Diego, Rick: KHTZ, 1985; KBZT/KLSX/KRLA, 1986-93; KBIG, 1993-2000. Rick hosted the syndicated show, Night Flight.
Digby: KWST, 1978-80. Unknown.
Dillman, Jim: KATJ, 1992-2007 Jim is doing mornings on Country KATJ in Victorville. Jim spent 10 years on the air in Kansas City before moving to the Ventura/Oxnard market for 12 years and then over to the high desert. Jim has also been a tv weathercaster for most of those years in addition to the radio shows.
Dillon, Lisa: KEZY, 1982-84. Unknown.
DILLS, Elmer: KABC, 1977-96; KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97; KIEV, 1997-2000; KRLA, 2000-05. Elmer, a veteran restaurant critic for decades at KABC Channel/7 and KABC Radio died September 15, 2008, at the age of 82. He had been suffering from a variety of ailments.
Born in 1926, Elmer provided Southland listeners with tips on where to go for a romantic evening, a birthday celebration or a wedding anniversary.
He started broadcasting after more than 20 years with the State Department, where his primary function there was to wine and dine dignitaries in the Middle East, Africa and Europe, while helping move agents in and out of Eastern Europe and the Soviet Union. His notoriety forced him to make restaurant reservations under an assumed name to avoid preferential treatment. He took early retirement as a case office worker for the FBI.
After years at KABC, Elmer took a table at sister station KMPC, later KTZN in the fall of 1996. Elmer then left the station in the summer of 1997 for KIEV. His motto was “eat like a prince, yet pay like a pauper.”
Dills, Peter: KIEV, 1999-2000; KCBS, 2000; KABC, 2010-14; KLAA, 2014-19; KRLA, 2018-19; KKGO, 2019-20; KKLA, 2020. Peter hosts a weekend hospitality information show.
Dinero, Al: KPPC, 1968. Unknown.
(Dominique DiPrima, Rick Dees, Matt Drudge, and Raechel Donahue)
DiPrima, Dominique: KKBT, 1994-2003; KJLH, 2005-20. Dominique was public affairs director at "the Beat" and was one of Steve Harvey's Angels in morning drive until exiting the station on June 17, 2003. She is part of the morning show at KJLH.
DiVita, Frankie: KNAC, 1987-89; KCXX, 2003; KCAL, 2006-14; KLOS, 2015-19. Frankie worked fill-ins and weekend at KLOS until late 2019. She now co-hosts a podcast, The Spirit of Radio Podcast with Ken Anthony.
Ditty, Bill: KFWB, 1959-63; KRLA, 1963-65; KFWB, 1965-75. Bill is retired and living in Ukiah.
Dix, Mike: KFWB, 1964. Unknown.
DIXON, Dianne: KABC, 1994. Dianne is a very successful tv and film screenwriter.
As a television writer Dianne Dixon, she was the winner of the Humanitas Prize for Excellence in Screenwriting and double Emmy nominee. She is a former Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Pitzer College in Claremont, a nominee for the Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College, and has taught screenwriting at the Dodge College of Film & Media at Chapman University in Orange. The Language of Secrets is Dianne’s first novel—The Book of Someday is her second.
Dixon, Glen: KDAY, 1974. Unknown.
Dixon, Mason: KHJ, 1977. Mason has been a long-time top personality at WRBQ, Tampa “Q105.”
DIXON, Tom: KHJ, 1939-43; KFAC, 1946-87; KUSC, 1987-89; KKGO, 1989-98. Tom was part of the Classical music scene in Southern California for 50 years. His family moved to L.A. in 1922, and Tom never left. He died March 13, 2010, at the age of 94.
In 1939 he landed a job at KHJ when it was part of the Mutual Network. Tom worked as a transcription file clerk and as a member of the sound department and, after a year as an apprentice, he was promoted to the "announce" staff. He announced newscasts, dramas, dance band remotes, live broadcasts and game shows. He also emceed audience shows and filled in for Jack Bailey on Queen for a Day while Jack was on vacation. He left KHJ and for three years was a free-lance performer. He heard that KFAC wanted an announcer with a Classic Music background. He intended to stay six weeks, but, as Tom said over lunch during the holidays in 1994, "I was like the man who came to dinner and stayed 41 years."
After two years with KUSC, he joined KKGO when it was a Classical station. The highlight of his five years at KKGO was the opportunity to host the "Evening Concert" series, which was sponsored for decades by the Southern California Gas Company.
Tom retired in May 1998 at the age of 82. He told the LA Times, "I feel like I've been beached." After two years with KUSC, he joined KKGO when it was a Classical station. The highlight of his five years at KKGO was the opportunity to host the "Evening Concert" series, which was sponsored for decades by the Southern California Gas Company. For many years his car had a bumper sticker "WAMOZRT," which stood for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and advertised his addiction. "You have no idea how many people ask, 'What's a WAMOZRT?' And half the time, when I tell them it stands for Mozart...they ask, 'What's a Mozart?'"
DJ Syphe & DLux: KPWR, 2005-11. The Power pair work afternoon drive at the Hip-Hop station until the late spring of 2011. Eric Dux worked evenings at Power 106 until late Spring of 2016, when he moved to weekends.
Dobbs, Lou: KGIL, 2008. The CNN host's syndicated radio show debuted on KGIL in March 2008 and stayed until late 2008. Lou is on the Fox Business Network nightly.
Doc on the Roq: SEE Boyd R. Britton
Doeblin, Peter: KIQQ, 1987; KHTS, 2006-07. Peter worked for the Soft AC format at Dial-Global until late December 2007.
DOGGETT, Jerry: KMPC, 1958; KFI, 1959-72; KABC, 1972-87. Jerry was one of the original Dodger announcers along with Vin Scully who followed the team from Brooklyn to Los Angeles. He retired in 1987 after 32 broadcast seasons with the Dodgers.
In 1996 he was elected to the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. He died of natural causes on July 7, 1997, at the age of 80.
Born in Moberly, Missouri, Doggett began in radio in 1938 at KFRO in Longview, Texas. In 1941, he moved to WRR in Dallas. Doggett spent 15 years doing did play-by-play for Southwest Conference football games, SMU football and basketball, Liberty Broadcasting’s Game Of The Week and the Dallas Rebels minor-league baseball team before joining Vin Scully, Connie Desmond and Al Helfer in the Brooklyn Dodgers’ WMGM broadcast booth in 1956. Scully and Doggett followed the Dodgers to Los Angeles in 1958. Dodgers baseball was heard on KMPC in 1958-59 and KFI from 1960 to 1973, before moving to KABC. Doggett retired after the 1987 season. He was a charter member of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association and was elected to their Hall of Fame in 1996. Dodgers baseball has also been heard on KXTA and KFWB and is now heard on KLAC.
(Carrie Dunne, and Greg Dunkin)
DOLE, Cindy: KNX, 1997-98; KFWB, 1998-2014. The challenge in broadcasting today is to prepare for when the gig ends. There is so much uncertainty about radio as the two largest radio groups emerge from bankruptcy.
For almost two decades, Cindy was a familiar news anchor voice at KFWB and KNX. And then the gig ended. But she had a plan B.
Cindy has a green thumb and an eye for design. She has taken all her home improvement and design expertise to be a home stager and two years ago started a new company, www.StorybookStyling.com. Her website is gorgeous and, on the side, she teaches Strategic Multimedia content to USC Annenberg PR Students. She has figured out the next journey in her life.
Cindy is a fourth generation Angeleno (her ancestors were here before there was tar in the La Brea Tar Pits) and graduated from USC with honors in 1982, having majored in broadcast journalism and communication. While she was at KNX, she won two Golden Mikes.
For the six years preceding KNX, Cindy was anchor/reporter at WWMT/TV in Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, spending the last three years as the station’s prime 6 & 11 p.m. co-anchor. She has also been a reporter and anchor at KRDG/TV, Jefferson City/Columbia, Missouri and KYEL/TV Yuma. Cindy began her broadcasting career as an anchor and reporter at KDES-Palm Springs. She hosted the “Home Wizards Show” (Garden, Home, and Life Improvement Radio) on various stations and even hosted the Rose Parade for KFWB.
Dolan, Joe: KHJ, 1964-65. Unknown.
Doll, Jonathan: KRTH, 1986-91. Jonathan worked at Dial-Global in Valencia.
Domas, Pete: KRTH, 1979-88. Pete works as a paralegal at UCLA.
Domino: KIIS, 1993-96. Domino works afternoons at KHKS-Dallas.
Donahue, Raechel: KMET, 1975-76; KPOL, 1977; KWST, 1978-83; KROQ, 1984-86; KIIS, 1984-87; KLOS, 1986; KSRF, 1988; KMPC/fm / KEDG, 1988-91; KOCM/KSRF, 1991; KCSN, 1996-2002. Raechel owns Big Stagecoach Productions and she has produced three documentaries for PBS. She did weekends for Dial-Global (Classic Rock) on about 80 stations and writes travel tips for USAToday.com.
DONAHUE, Tom: KPPC, 1967-68; KMET, 1968. Tom's legacy is identified with Progressive or "free-form radio." Tom's contribution to radio comes from Jim Ladd's book, Radio Waves: "Tom Donahue was our generation's first town crier. He gathered the villagers together and introduced them to the music of a new breed of wandering minstrels. It was here, in the electronic town square, that we first heard the music and danced to its message. He was the first to strike the tribal drum, and his departure would mark a dangerous turning pint in tribal history."
He was born Thomas Coman in South Bend, Indiana. His radio career started in 1949 at WTIP-West Virginia, followed by WIBG-Philadelphia and WINX-Maryland. Les Crane was his pd at WIBG and they went to KYA-San Francisco in the early 60s and both made major impacts. Donahue formed Autumn Records with Bobby Mitchell (Bobby Tripp in LA) and they had hits with Bobby Freeman and Beau Brummels.
Tom and Bobby produced concerts at the Cow Palace and Candlestick Park. Together, they produced the last public appearance of The Beatles on August 29, 1966 at Candlestick. As the culture in San Francisco changed, so did Tom. He lambasted Top 40 music in a 1967 Rolling Stone article, AM Radio Is Dead and Its Rotting Corpse Is Stinking Up the Airwaves.
With his Raechel, Donahue brought the album-oriented "free-form" format to KPPC and KMET. Raechel was a major personality in the growth of FM radio.
In 1972, Tom became gm at KSAN-San Francisco. He died April 28, 1975, at the age of 46.
Donaldson, Lorri: KABC, 1967-70. Lorri and Kelly Lange became the first female helicopter traffic and weather reporters. Unknown.
Donegan, Mike: KLAC, 1986-87. Mike is working at WGFX-Nashville.
Donnelly, Bob: XTRA, 1959-61. Bob was pd at "The Mighty 690." After XTRA, Bob became pd at KXRX-San Jose in the 1960's. He concluded his career being the evening anchor at all-News KCBS-San Francisco in the 1970s. He died in the mid-1970s.
Donoho, Todd: KLOS, 1988-2001 and 2002-03; KSPN, 2002-03; KABC/KLOS, 2011-15; KSWD, 2015-16. Todd left KLOS/KSPN in late 2003. He lives in Columbia, Missouri and he hosts the post-game show for Missouri Tiger basketball on the statewide Tiger Radio Network. He provided sports reports for Cumulus' KABC and KLOS until early 2015 when he followed Mark Thompson to 100.3/The Sound. He's now retired.
DONOVAN, Bo: KDAY, 1970-71; KLAC, 1971-72; KBBQ, 1972-73. Bo passed away April 24, 2012, after a brief illness, at the age of 67. Most recently he had been the manager of Fallbrook Community Airpark. Donovan was also the manager of Ramona Airport.
"Bo was always quick to laugh, and he brought out the best in everyone around him. He totally enjoyed his job as airport manager, and he had a passion, an enthusiasm, that made everybody around him energized and feel good," said County Airports director Pete Drinkwater. "He was larger than life, and we're going to have many fond memories about him and all the wonderful things he did for County Airports."
Bo began a broadcast career in 1964 at KXO-El Centro (his hometown). He went on to KBLU-Yuma and KDES-Palm Springs as morning personality and pd. In 1968 Bo joined KROY-Sacramento when Billboard named it Contemporary Station of the Year. From Sacramento he moved to KMEN-San Bernardino.
When he left the Southland in 1973, he was appointed director of programming for all nine SRO stations. Three years later he joined Tuesday Productions and spent eight years there. “We became the largest producer of musical IDs and promotional campaigns for radio and tv,” he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
In 1984 he formed his own company, Silvertree Productions, where he won numerous awards. Active in the San Diego community, Bo served as live announcer for the PGA Buick Invitational golf tournament for over a decade. Bo married his high school sweetheart.
"His life was not just about being an airport manager," Drinkwater said. "He's done a whole lot of things. His world was a very broad world of interesting experiences."
Don Elliot remembered that Bo was a licensed embalmer. “His last job in that field was embalming Marilyn Monroe,” emailed Don.
Donovan, Dave: KKHR, 1983-85. SEE Joe Cipriano
Donovan, Michael: KCBS, 1996-99. Michael lives in Vancouver.
DONOVAN, Sheri: KROQ, 1995-96; KLYY, 1996-99; KCBS/fm, 2003-05; KSWD, 2009-13. Sheri worked swing at "Arrow 93" until the station flipped to JACK/fm. She co-hosted mornings at 100.3/The Sound.
Since 2016, she has been a realtor at Pinnacle Estate Properties, Inc. in Westlake Village.
Dooley, "Brother Tom": KHJ, 1974. Tom owned Master Media in Hurst, Texas. He died November 9, 2010.
Doolittle, Don: KABC, 60s. When Don left KABC, he moved to Hawaii.
Dorman, Jeff: KWVE, 2002-06. Jeff was general manager of KWVE.
Dornan, Robert: KLAC, 1966; KABC, 1971: KIEV, 2000; KPLS, 2001-02. Robert's syndicated talk show aired on Orange County's KPLS. The politician is currently an advocate for federal anti-abortion legislation.
Dorsey, Ed: KFWB, 1985-97. The former KFWB director of news and operations is retired and living in the San Fernando Valley.
DORTON, Joe: KBIG/KBRT, 1973-79. Dorton started in broadcasting as an account exec at Bonnevile's KSL-Salt Lake City in 1966, later serving as President/GM of WCLR-Chicago.
In 1975 he was named Chief Executive Officer of Bonnevile's California division, and became President of Torbet when Bonneville acquired the rep firm in 1978. In 1980, Joe was appointed president of the Gannett Radio Division.
The former general manager at KBIG passed away October 18, 2002. Joe was 61. He loved and was passionate about golf. He was extremely generous and touched so many lives by giving his time and talents to those surrounding him. He will be sorely missed by countless people, but is finally at peace after several years of illness.
DOUG the SLUG: SEE Sluggo
DOUGLAS, Brian: KYSR, 1997-2001; KZLA, 2001-06; KNX, 2016-20. Brian, KNX's reporter/anchor/airborne reporter, was born in Camden, New Jersey in 1967. "I grew ip in the burbs of Philadelphia and listened to 98 WCAU/fm and fell in love with the idea of radio so much so, I built my own low power FM transmitter and broadcast so most of my friends could hear it," said Brian. "I was also our high school's morning dj for my last two years."
Brian graduated from Temple University with a degree in Communications specializing in journalism and speech. He finished up his last two semesters in London, England and ended up working for CNN as a news writer and producer. On return to the States they wanted me to re-locate to Atlanta, which I turned down. "I traveled Europe and Africa for a while instead."
When he returned home to New Jersey, Brian decided he would give radio a try and moved to Florida to do it. "My first gig was at I-100 (WNFI) in Daytona Beach. After that my career took me to Orlando, St Louis, Milwaukee, Chicago (103.5 The Blaze), New York (Z-100), Trenton/Philly (97.5 WPST), Phoenix (Power 92 KKFR) and finally to LA. I also worked as an editor at the now long gone Network 40 magazine."
Brian arrived at “Star 98.7” (KYSR) from KKFR-Phoenix. In addition to his radio work, he has appeared in Beverly Hills 90210 and Star Trek IX. In the fall of 2001 he joined nights at Country KZLA until a format flip in late summer of 2006.
Brian went on to Westwood One and left the company in the summer of 2015 following a downsizing. After Westwood One he was hired as an airborne reporter (TTWN) for KNX 1070 and within a year was moved into full-time.
DOUGLAS, Chet: KBLA, 1965; KFWB, 1968-80. Chet's long battle with cancer ended December 4, 2000.
Chet anchored morning drive news at KFWB for over a decade in the 70s. Chet's daughter Janet said he died peacefully at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona. "Dad got the word several weeks ago that his bone marrow had stopped producing red blood cells and that his time would be short," emailed Janet. Chet was very active up 'til he went into the hospital a few days before his death. He spent Thanksgiving with his daughter and family in Southern California then flew to Colorado for a couple of days with his son, Erik. He returned from Colorado the week before his death, spent time driving around and doing Christmas shopping for his wife Yvonne and hid the gifts with neighbors. A few days later his condition worsened enough that he was hospitalized. The day before his death, the medications that had been helping sustain his life were discontinued, according to friend and former colleague Rich Buhler. All of Chet's family was able to arrive and be with him and they were surrounding his bed holding hands when his heart stopped beating. Chet was featured or co-starred in several major motion pictures for Columbia and Paramount Pictures. In January of 1981 Chet joined ABC in New York, where he anchored morning drive news for the Entertainment Network until late 1992. He then retired to Scottsdale.
Douglas, Gary: KACD, 1995-96. Gary Zabransky produced the Tom Leykis Internet show.
Douglas, Wade: KBBQ, 1968; KRLA, 1971-72. Until 2008, Wade was a reporter in San Diego with KOGO. He now runs an independent production facility.
Douglass, Dave: KLAC, 1981-84; KMNY, 1987; KFWB, 1985-98. Dave is a news writer at KCOP/Channel 13.
Douridas, Chris: KCRW, 1990-98 and 2000-20. Chris works A & R at DreamWorks Records. Chris returned to KCRW in the fall of 2000.
Dover, Benjamin: KFI, 2001-03. Benjamin hosted a weekend consumer advice show at KFI until the summer of 2003. He's currently an independent broadcast media professional, most recently working in Houston tv.
(Nautica De La Cruz, Sky Daniels, Delilah, and Jonathan Doll)
Dower, Dona: KNX, 1983-90 and 1993-98; KZLA, 1999-2001. Dona works for one of the traffic services.
Dowler, Mike: KHTS, 2006-19. Mike often fills in at the Santa Clarita station. He also produces and hosts 'Conversations with Mike,' a podcast heard at conversationspod.wixsite.com/conversations.
Dowling, John: KJOI, 1989; KXEZ, 1990. Unknown.
DOWNES, Steve: KWST, 1978-81; KEZY, 1981-82; KLOS, 1982-91; KLSX, 1994. Steve was doing mornings at Bonneville's WDRV-Chicago until February 2015. He plans to retire after 44 year radio career.
Steve grew up in Columbus, Ohio and graduated with a B.A. from the University of Dayton. He began his radio career in Ohio in 1969 at one of the Midwest's first progressive rock stations. In 1974, he became pd of WYDD-Pittsburgh. He was operations director of KWST in 1979. He spent the better part of a decade at KLOS.
In the mid-1980s for a half-decade, Steve was the voice for many of the top syndicated rock shows produced by the Westwood Radio Network including "The Superstar Concert Series," "The Rock Chronicles" and "Rock and Roll Never Forgets."
In 1986, he was flown to Japan to do a series of radio shows for “FM Yokohama,” which was a new radio station. "In 1991 I was seeking a change in lifestyle and a desire to return to radio management and accepted a position of pd and afternoon drive at WRXK (“96K”)-Ft. Meyers. No sooner had I unpacked my bags on tranquil Sanibel Island that I was asked to transfer to WYNF-Tampa as pd." He was lured back to the Southland in late 1993 to host "Rockline."
He joined afternoon drive at KLSX (Classic Rock) in the spring of 1994 and left before the year was out. Steve started morning drive at KTYD-Santa Barbara in early 1995 and left in the fall of 1997 for WLUP-Chicago. In 2001, Steve segued to WDRV (“The Drive”)-Chicago.
Downing, Al: KABC, 1983-87. Al is in industrial real estate.
DOWNS, LeRoy: KLON/KKJZ, 1998-2004; KKJZ, 2008-18; KCRW, 2019-20. LeRoy hosted a Saturday night show at K-JAZZ and then switched to a nightly jazz program. He returned to KKJZ to do a two-hour afternoon show of progressive music. He had a weekly show at KRML-Carmel. He has been an icon in the jazz industry for the past ten years. "Programming creative jazz music was like a dream! The spirit, the mood, and all of the great sounds in jazz are the only universal elements needed for great jazz programming. It cannot be pre-planned. The spontaneity of selecting the music kept the ideas fresh, hip and sounding absolutely wonderful!"
LeRoy, a native of Los Angeles, loves jazz but, was not raised on the music. “It was a constant search for something new and different. When I heard the young players doing the standards I thought, this is it! Little did I know that it would be a great journey back in time to discover the masters and find a home in my heart for great classic jazz music." LeRoy attended Fairfax High School in West Hollywood. Directly across the street from his high school was a used record shop called Aaron's Records. This is where he discovered that he could take about $20 and buy about 20 albums, for those of you who know about vinyl!
LeRoy has also been busy hosting many jazz festivals and performances including more that 20 years with the Monterey Jazz Festival, the Central Avenue Jazz Festival, the Angel City Jazz Festival, The Playboy Jazz Cruise, The Jazz Cruise, Winter Jazz Fest in New York, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz performances and you can find him weekly at his own Just Jazz Series. LeRoy developed an entertaining jazz pilot television program called “Hangin' with the Jazzcats.”
Doyle, Enos: KMET, 1973-75. Unknown.
DRAKE, Bill: KHJ, 1965-70; KIQQ, 1973-74. The architect of the legendary "Boss Radio" format in the spring of 1965, Drake consulted stations included KFRC-San Francisco, CKLW-Detroit, WHBQ-Memphis, WRKO-Boston and WOR/fm-New York. He died November 29, 2008, of lung cancer at the age of 71.
Philip Taylor Yarbrough grew up in Donalsonville, Georgia, and began working at a local radio station as a teenager. While attending South Georgia Teachers College in Statesboro, he worked the 9 p.m.-to-midnight shift at WWNS, where his sign-off theme was Hugo Winterhalter’s version of “Canadian Sunset.”
“If you were a freshman girl and were off campus somewhere and heard that, you knew you were in deep trouble unless you could get back to the college before the song was over,” said Ramona Palmer, whom he married in 1959 after taking a job at WAKE radio in Atlanta and changing his name to rhyme with the station’s call letters. The couple divorced in 1966. Two later marriages also ended in divorce.
In 1962 he was hired by Gene Chenault, the owner of KYNO in Fresno, who also had innovative ideas about packaging radio. Together they created Drake-Chenault Enterprises, rescued KGB in San Diego, their first client, then struck gold with KHJ. “We cleaned up AM radio,” Mr. Drake told The Los Angeles Times in 1990.
"Bill Drake had been working as pd of KYA-San Francisco and ran into the now-often-experienced 'philosophical differences,' wrote Charlie Van Dyke. "He decided that he should quit KYA and find a station to program that would give him more room. Gene Chenault offered him the opportunity to program a station in Stockton and KYNO-Fresno. Drake said, 'Chenault gave me complete creative freedom, two salaries and a brand new Cadillac. Not bad!'
"Drake pulled off a quick 'worst to first' featuring a classic radio battle with KMAK, which was being programmed by Ron Jacobs. It is reported that the battle featured all the dirty tactics possible...going through the other station's trash, secretly recording conversations and more. When the battle ended, Drake and KYNO were strong winners. KYNO had more audience than the other 17 stations combined. Excited by the success, Chenault talked with a friend of his, Willet Brown, who owned another ratings disaster, KGB-San Diego. Chenault wanted to buy the station. Brown decided that he wanted to keep it and made a deal for Drake to come to KGB and work his Fresno magic at the San Diego property. Again, it was a quick win. KGB went from last to first in 63 days. Meanwhile, Brown was talking to a friend of his, Tom O'Neil, who was head of RKO. The conversation was about this whiz kid from Fresno who turned Gene's station around, then rolled into San Diego and did it again. O'Neil was well aware of the poor position of most of the RKO stations at that time. So, the decision was made to see if Drake could pull it off again. KHJ was given over to the team of Bill Drake and Gene Chenault. Chenault dealt with the ownership and Drake made the programming plans. Drake began running practice shows in a KHJ production room, getting ready for the debut of 'Boss Radio.'
During this period, a newsman at KHJ was fired and, in reaction, took much of the material and tapes in his possession to then market champ KFWB. KFWB attempted to beat KHJ to the debut of the new format. Drake and KHJ responded by popping the format immediately and ran promos on KHJ inviting listeners to sample KFWB and KRLA and then come back to '93/KHJ' to hear the real 'Boss Radio.'
Another factor was that all the stations, while performing poorly when Drake came on board, had good signals. The necessity for a strong signal was a position also held by Top 40-pioneer Gordon McLendon who said, 'it doesn't matter how good you are if the people can't hear you.'
Anyone who worked a Drake station knows that it wasn't just the spot load and jingles that made the Drake sound unique. Drake has been described by Bill Watson, a long-time programming associate, as having the kind of 'listener ear' that programmers often don't have. Watson said that he once went into a gas station, and the attendant made a comment about his station that went right to the point. 'Why didn't I think of what that gas station guy said,' Watson commented. 'That's the kind of feedback Drake would give all the time.'
Drake also set up the station in a way that put air people directly under the pd, who was essentially the only one who could deal with the air staff. The pd's, in turn, were coached on style and morale techniques, and a real attitude developed that grew into pride. It was kind of the Marine Corps of Radio. Programmers were in constant contact with the air staff via the famous 'Batphone.' Drake pd's all had car phones long before they became so popular. And Drake and his team were available to the pd's 24-hours-a-day to talk through any sudden change in the market. So it was in Los Angeles that the nation really first noticed a new air product that received life primarily through the friendship of three radio executives who shared their frustrations with each other and decided to give it a try."
In December 1973, he took over KIQQ and brought along Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele to wage battle against their alma mater. In his definitive book on the history of radio and pop music, Music in the Air, Philip Eberly described the "Drake formula" this way: "He declared dead air a felony. He decreed more rapid-fire talk by disc jockeys. He dropped the traditional 40-song play list down 10 to 30 (that is, 'Boss 30'). He reduced the allowable 18 commercials per hour (the FCC quota) to an ironclad 12." During the first half of the early 1990s, Drake played a pivotal role in the success of "K-Earth 101."
Drake, Bill: KDAY, 1974. Unknown.
Draper, Ken: KFWB, 1975-78. Ken owned Ken Draper Creative Communications in Southern California.
DRE, Doctor: KKBT, 1999-2000. Doctor Dre started in morning drive at "The Beat" on August 30, 1999 and left July 14, 2000. He and Ed Lover went on to work morning drive at "Power 105"-New York.
Andre Brown has always been a tastemaker. Better known as Doctor Dré — the Long Island original, not the West Coast producer and gangster rapper — he has been sharing his musical tastes since the 1980s as a dj for the Beastie Boys, a member of the hip-hop group Original Concept and a co-host of Yo! MTV Raps. He and his co-host, Ed Lover, even beat Ice Cube to the barbershop movie genre when they starred in Who’s the Man? in 1993. Being at the forefront of hip-hop then often meant working in the studio all day and prowling the clubs for talent at night. Never a small man, he ate what he could — and often — on the run.
“I had that lifestyle of being out all the time,” Mr. Brown, 52, said. “You had to be, doing what we were doing. You had to be on the pulse. There was no TMZ or Kim Kardashian. This was the raw beginning. We had to be everywhere.”
Ten years ago, that lifestyle caught up with him. He developed Type 2 diabetes and has faced a series of health challenges: losing a toe, injuring his ankles and, three years ago, going blind. Now he is planning to have weight-loss surgery — a move recently endorsed by many in the medical community for helping to reduce the symptoms of Type 2 diabetes.
“My stubbornness put me where I’m at. Now my energy is going to change that,” Mr. Brown said. “We got young people, grown people, old, all having this. We can prevent this. We can cure this. I have an idea how to do it.” (Excerpted from NY Times article in June 2016)
DRESCHER, Howard: XTRA/KCAA, 2004-07; KLAA, 2007-18. After KCAA, Howard moved to Orange County's KLAA as production director. He is the creator of Distracted Drivers Busted.com (www.Distracteddb.com) a weekly podcast show talking about the dangers of texting and driving.
A retired US Marine retiring in 1999, Howard landed a job in radio in the LA market, where he went from part-time to assistant program director. In 2002 that radio station was sold. Howard went to San Bernardino as a talk show host for 3 years. XTRA Sports 690/1150 in LA was next on the list. In October of 2010, Howard was involved in a major motorcycle accident that nearly took his life. It left him wondering why he is alive. While recovering and healing, after some time of praying, Howard created the tv show Distracted Drivers Busted. team with producer/manager Orgena Rose. Working on the project together they both feel very strongly about this subject.
Drew, Bill: KWIZ. Bill has an active voiceover career in the Southland.
DREW, Paul: KHJ, 1973. Paul, a consultant to the RKO chain for many years and program director at 93/KHJ in 1973, died on May 16, 2013, at the age of 78.
He achieved much success with CKLW-Detroit and KFRC-San Francisco. In the 1950s, Paul worked at WDET-Detroit, WHLS-Port Huron and WGST-Atlanta. During the '60s Paul worked in Atlanta at WAKE and WQXI, and WIBG-Philadelphia.
Paul grew up in Detroit. His first radio gig was at WCAR–Detroit while attending Wayne State University in 1953. He moved to Atlanta in 1957 to work at WGST. In the early 1960s, Bill Drake and his wife moved into Paul’s apartment complex in Atlanta.
In a 1977 interview with Radio and Records, Drew described how he left his job at WGST to work at WAKE: "So Bill and I, one morning, just the two of us in my apartment over probably the best cup of coffee I think either one of us have ever had, something in the water and something in the coffee that day, and we talked about it, and then I went to work at WAKE. The list was 40 records plus each jock had a pick hit. We didn't get to pick our own pick hit, which was picked for us."
Soon after, owner Bartell sold WAKE. Bill Drake moved to sister station KYA in San Francisco. Drew remained at WAKE, but in 1963, he moved to WQXI-Atlanta where he eventually became program director. Drake's deal with RKO encouraged Drew to return to his hometown of Detroit as pd at CKLW in July 1967.
Drew was later the Vice-President of Programming for RKO Radio. “Drew was very proud of the fact that RKO only had 2 VPs of programming - Paul Drew and Bill Drake,” remembered Charlie Van Dyke.
Gerry Cagle summed up Paul: “Perhaps Paul's greatest legacy lies in the success of those he hired - Jerry Clifton, Les Garland, Dave Sholin, Guy Zapolean, Bob Hamilton, Rick Bisceglia, Don Kelly, Harry Nelson, Rick Dees, Dave Martin, Gary Berkowitz, Walt "Baby" Love, Jerry Del Colliano, Bobby Ocean, and Charlie Van Dyke - a virtual Who's Who in the industry.”
DRISCOLL, John: KIQQ, 1975; KTNQ/KGBS, 1976-78; KFI, 1978; KZLA, 1987-89. John has an active voiceover career and owns "The New Voiceover America" company. He recently voiced a character role for Marvel vs Capcom. He's also the v/o of a new national radio show from Heritage Foundation, Ishtook Live.
Born John Moore in San Francisco, John grew up in Santa Monica and started as a dj at Santa Monica City College station KCRW. Prior to starting in the Southland, John was pd of WMYQ-Miami (using the name Bob Shannon), WCFL-Chicago, and Ram Research in San Diego. He has also used the on-air name John Moore.
He programmed and jocked at "the new Ten-Q" when the station debuted on December 26, 1976. He arrived from doing evenings at WCFL. He did morning drive and programming as John M. Driscoll, perhaps because of Robert W. Morgan. When he took over the new assignment at "Ten-Q," he said, "The major problem with Rock radio is that the stations don't create any magic on the air." His comments about programming in Los Angeles: "Peer group pressure affects people in Los Angeles faster than any other market. Fads, the Hollywood film scene, and the record industry here are catalysts."
During his stint at KZLA, John said he achieved "the highest ratings for the morning show in the station's history, moving it from 18th to 9th."When John left Los Angeles, he went to Denver to program KYGO and KPPL. Through the 1980s, until he returned to Southern California in 1987, John programmed KMJC (“Magic 91”)-San Diego, WZUU and WLZZ-Milwaukee, KSAN-San Francisco, Malrite Communications group (where he was national pd), KRXY (“Y108”)-Denver and KDKB-Phoenix.
In 1989 he started John Driscoll , " Voiceover America."Inc. His voiceover work has been heard on all networks. He has been the exclusive promo voice of tv and radio stations all over North America, Mexico, Japan and the United Kingdom. In 1992 and 1993, John worked afternoon drive on KSON-San Diego then back to L.A. for NBC 2000 & FOX Area 21 promo-work.
Driscoll, Mark: KLOS; KIIS; KIQQ. Mark operates a successful voiceover and packaging, creative content and imaging/programming company in Southern California.
Driscoll, Terry: KIKF, 1984-88; KOOJ, 1993-94; KWRP/KTMK, 2000-02; KSPA, 2005. The former gm at Riverside's KWRP/KTMK is senior AE with the Orange Country JILL/fm office.
Drudge, Matt: KABC, 1999-2001; KFI, 2001-07. The Internet journalist joined KFI for a Sunday evening show in February 2001 and left in the fall of 2007. He continues publishing the Drudge Report.
DRUMMOND, Mark: KGFJ, 1988-89; KACE, 1989-2000; KFI/KOST, 2000-01. Mark was production manager and assistant pd at KACE until the station was sold and changed to Spanish in early 2000. He joined the production staff at KFI/KOST until 2006 whenhe left the Clear Channel cluster to join KRBV (V100) as production director. "We had a nice run and made good headway for about 16 months before Radio One pulled the plug in 2008," said Mark. The station was sold to Bonneville. "
The next three years I spent producing and releasing original music projects (they're on iTunes & Amazon), playing guitar on lots of casual gigs, doing the occasional freelance voiceover and production project, and taking IT classes. I'm certified as an A+ computer tech, and continue to study for additional certifications," Mark continued. "The Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach contracted me to give a regular lecture on digital multitrack production last April. I've also been doing contract studio technician and IT work on call for the school. Great people to work with there, and being around the aspiring broadcasters who are training there rekindled my own enthusiasm for the radio biz.
"In June of 2011, I was hired as a production contractor at Playlist 92.7, doing commercial production, helping out on imaging when needed, and various special production projects. working with Rick Shaw, Matthew Rodriguez, and the rest of the staff there has been the most enjoyable experience of my career ... a professional environment with a sense of camaraderie that makes it a pleasure to go into work every single day."
Drury, Dick: KLOS, 1971. Dick Drury arrived in Southern California from WIL-St. Louis in 1962. His career began at age 15 in 1950 at WSRS-Cleveland, and moved into the dual role of dj/pdr at KISN-Portland then at KQV-Pittsburg in January 1960. He also did the morning drive shift as served as pd of KGB beginning in 1962. He continued to have successes at KLOS, KRQK-Lompoc, and promo work at KHJ during the 1970s. By 1979 he was director of programming for the Susquehanna Broadcasting network, then moved into station ownership. He died after 1979.
(Bill Dudley, Cindy Davis, Rick Diego, Peter Dills, and Dave Dameshek)
Drury, Treesa: KABC, 1970s. Treesa is in charge of consumer affairs for AARP and is based in Orlando.
DRYSDALE, Don: KMPC, 1973-81; KABC, 1987-93. The Hall of Fame former Dodger became a broadcaster for the Angels and Rams in 1973. By 1980 Don wanted to do the Angels AND work for ABC. KMPC didn't want to share him.
In 1981 he left for
to broadcast the White Sox games and was able to freelance with the ABC network. In 1987 he replaced Jerry Doggett on the Dodger broadcasts. Chicago
Don was with the Dodgers from 1956 to 1969. His pitching record was 209-166 and he had a 2.95 earned run average. Don appeared in five World Series, won the Cy Young Award in 1962 and played on the All-Star team 10 times. On June 17, 1968, Don pitched an unprecedented six consecutive shutouts and a total of 58.
On July 3, 1993, Don was on a road trip in
. He failed to show up for the baseball broadcast. After a check at the hotel, it was discovered that Don had died of a heart attack. His surviving wife is broadcaster Ann Meyers who was the first four-time All-American basketball player - male or female - while at UCLA. In 1987, she was the first woman inducted into the UCLA Sports Hall of Fame. In 1979, she was the first - and still only - woman to sign a free-agent contract with an NBA team. Montreal
Dub!, R: KHHT, 2007-09. R Dub! left his post as pd at HOT 92.3/fm in early 2009 following a company downsizing. He is now program director of rhythmic AC XHRM (Magic 92.5) and Top 40/R XHTZ (Z90) in San Diego.
Dudley, Bill: KTWV, 2001-19. Bill works weekends at "the WAVE."
Duff, Willis: KLAC, 1963-68. After KLAC, Willis went to manage WHDH-Boston, followed by gm at KSAN-San Francisco from 1969-71. In 1972, Willis joined KSDO-San Diego and then spent the rest of the 70s as a radio consultant. In the mid-1970s he teamed with Sebastian Stone and operated a research firm called Entertainment Response Analysts in
. Willis was one of the first to use galvanized skin tests to gauge reaction to new records. For the next two decades, Willis became a tv consultant and then retired to write science fiction novels. San Francisco
DUFFY, Pat: KABC, 1973-91; KRTH, 1991-2003; KFWB/KNX, 2003-07; KJLL, 2010-12. Pat spent 18 years as general sales manager of KABC before arriving at “K-Earth.” He started his career in the mailroom at KNX and KNXT/Channel 2 and steadily moved up to sales.
Pat left his post as vp/market manager of Infinity news stations/LA following a consolidation of management positions. He joined JILL/fm-Thousand Oaks in the late summer of 2010 as station manager. Station became 'Playlist 92.7." Pat left in late 2012, following the sale of the Amaturo stations to a Christian-based group.
DUFFY, Warren: KMET, 1970-71; KDAY, 1973-74; KKLA, 1994-2004. Warren was prominent on the Los Angeles airwaves as both an original voice of progressive rock and as a longtime host on Christian talk radio. He died June 13, 2018, of brain cancer, at the age of 80.
He began his career as a singer on the radio before he started in a weekly television show at age 10. After graduating from high school at the age of 15, Warren started his long and varied career in broadcasting, including Washington D.C. where “I literally ruled the roost.” Warren helped launch the legendary progressive rocker KMET. “The station was a melting pot for some pretty talented people. To give us some validity with ad agencies when we were but a fledgling operation unable to afford 24-hour-a-day jocks, we were one of the first 'automated' music stations in the country,” recalled Warren. “We hired B. Mitchel Reed to host our afternoon drive-time show, so the agencies would recognize us.”
After time at KDAY, Warren left radio to become the national album promotion director for 20th Century Fox records. Within a year, he was promotion director for the Beach Boys, putting together the group’s worldwide tour celebrating their 15th anniversary. Warren soon found himself with a serious drug problem. He started his recovery in the late 1970s, leading to his religious conversion and renewing his faith through Robert Schuller Ministries. In the early 1980s, Warren joined the staff of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, where he served as executive administrative assistant to Dr. Schuller. Warren later moved to Kauai, Hawaii to serve as a church pastor. “I feel that everything I have gone through, from being a child prodigy to overcoming drug addiction to pastoring a church, has contributed to my ability to relate to people on a ‘heart’ level,” said Warren. After stepping down from the pastorate, Warren created his own marketing and consultancy agency. One of his clients was Salem Communications, which at that time owned 30 Christian radio stations nationally. It led to his afternoon drive program “Duffy and Company – Live from L.A.” on Salem-owned KKLA. Warren declared his program was a home for the “Not-so-Silent Majority.” He left KKLA on January 4, 2004, the tenth anniversary of his talk show.
DUGGAN, Tom: KBLA, 1965; KLAC, 1965-69. The colorful talk show host was involved in an automobile accident on Sunday, May 25, 1969 and was treated at Santa Monica Emergency Hospital and then released. He entered Cedars of Lebanon hospital on Wednesday, May 28, because of injuries from the automobile accident and died on Thursday, May 29, 1969.
Tom was a very original talk show host who worked afternoon drive during the Joe Pyne talk radio days on KLAC. He also hosted tv shows on KTTV/Channel 11 and KCOP/Channel 13. “He had one blue eye and one green eye,” remembered Janice Jacobson, a fan of Tom’s. “He co-hosted with his then-wife, a drop dead gorgeous Indian woman. He took call-in questions from the viewers, which his wife would write down and read to him and he would then toss off some one-liner answer. The set was bare except for a table and their chairs. Mark C. Bloome was a sponsor and there was a girl named Sandra who was called the Boom-Boom Girl. She would pose in front of her pin fur 1956 Thunderbird and passionately whisper the commercials.” He appeared in Born Reckless from Warner Brothers in 1958.
DUKE, Lynn: KHJ/KRTH, 1977-2019. Lynn is the chief engineer for the CBS/LA cluster. He is one of the most popular and best liked radio engineers in Los Angeles. He frequently has been voted one of the Top 10 Best Off-Air LARP in the annual polling.
Born in Pendleton, Oregon, he grew up in Oregon and Northern California. While going to college in Klamath Falls, Oregon, in the late 1960s, Lynn got involved with radio.
By 1972, he joined KFRC-San Francisco as a staff engineer.
Five years later he was sent to K-EARTH and 93/KHJ as engineering supervisor.
On June 2, he was named Chief Engineer for CBS Radio/LA, overseeing the technical operations of KROQ, AMP Radio, JACK/fm, The WAVE, KNX and K-EARTH 101. “I’m one of the luckiest people I know,” emailed Lynn. “I love my job and have been doing it quite a while. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best talent in the business both on and off the air. I manage engineering for one of the finest groups of radio stations anywhere and have a very strong and talented staff of engineers to help get it done.”
Dunlap, Doug: Doug is a longtime traffic reporter and is now retired, living in Santa Clarita.
DUNAWAY, Mike: KHJ, 1976-77; KIIS. Since 1993, Mike has worked as Ray Dunaway at WTIC-Hartford.
Mike was in Dallas and Kansas City before arriving in Southern California. He returned to KCMO-Kansas City and in the mid-1990s he joined WTIC-Hartford for mornings.
A native of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, Ray was active at WRTC while a student at Trinity College in Hartford. He was hired as WPOP's weekend man, then assumed the evening shift for five months. He resumed college at Baker University near Kansas City, doing afternoon drive at one of the local stations until graduating in June 1972. He did post-graduate work at Oklahoma State University while keeping a hand in radio.
His radio career took him to several major markets including Detroit's WWWW; WFAA-Dallas; KHJ; KUDL and KMBZ in Kansas City; and KVRO Stillwater, Oklahoma.
Duncan, Jim: KFOX, 1974-76; KLAC, 1976-78; KHJ, 1978-79; KLAC, 1979-2001; KZLA, 1988-2001; KLAC, 2003-05; XETRA, 2005-06. Jim worked in production at iHeartMedia/Los Angeles for many years.
Duncan, John: KLOS, 1997-98; KLYY, 1998-99. John owns eSolutions in Santa Clarita. He sold his business and moved to Florida.
(Wade Douglas, Eric DeWeese, Ann Duran, and Diane Deville)
Duncan, Lee: KDAY, 1968-69; KRLA, 1969-70. Lee lives in Seattle and he is retired.
DUNGEE, Ron: KGFJ, 1971; KACE, 1979-87; KGFJ, 1995-97. After more than 30 years in the broadcast and print media, Ron retired to enjoy his life living in Los Angeles. He died November 4, 2013, after suffering for almost a year from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was 75.
In 1970, Dungee started his broadcast career in Las Vegas as a disc jockey and news director at r&b station KVOV, before moving to Top 40 station KLUC as a dj. He also worked as a broadcast instructor at UNLV, a sportscaster at KLAS/TV (CBS) and a news anchor at KORK/TV (NBC) in Las Vegas.
A veteran of K-EARTH, KDAY, KKTT, KJLH, KFWB, KUTE and KACE, much of his 30-year broadcast/journalism career yo-yoed between radio news, traffic and his 13 years as managing editor and sports editor of the Los Angeles Sentinel.
Born in Chicago, Ron grew up in Washington, DC and graduated from Howard University. A former member of the Air Force, his first job in LA was at KGFJ in 1971, where he was news and sports director. This assignment was followed by a number of Urban and News stations. Dungee joined the Sentinel in 1990 as a proof reader and was promoted to managing editor and sports editor until he left in 2002 to work as press secretary for Congresswoman Maxine Waters. He worked for Rep. Waters until his retirement.
Dunkin, Greg: KYSR, 1993-94, pd. Greg left his pd post at Fresh/fm in Washington, DC in the fall of 2010. He's now a radio consultant.
Dunne, Carrie: KIKF, 1989-2000; KMXN, 2000-01. Carrie is a full-time mom to her twins.
Duran, Ann: KBIG, 1999. Ann worked afternoons at KBIG for five weeks. From 2009-11, she hosted the weekly syndicated radio show, The Weekly Pop 20 with Ann Duran.
Duran, Gina: KIBB, 1996-97. Gina D worked middays at KGGI-Riverside and moved to Laguna where she was in the mortgage business. She is a stay-at-home mom and out of radio.
Duran, Jesse: KLSX, 2000-01; KCXX, 2001-03 and 2004-08; KKZQ, 2005-11; KOLA, 2013-18. Jesse works morning drive at KOLA-Inland Empire.
Duran, Sergio: KMJR, 2000-01. Sergio worked afternoons at Spanish KMJR.
DURDEN, Earl: KDAY. Earl was the lead investor in the purchase of KDAY (93.5/fm), died April 23, 2011. He lived in Panama City, Florida and died following a battle with cancer. He was 73.
“I was saddened to learn of Earl's death Saturday night,” emailed Don McCoy of KDAY and chairman of the board at Magic Broadcasting. “Earl had a kind heart and did so much in his life to help others. He came to my rescue several times. I shall never forget when my wife had surgery at M.D Anderson in Houston several years ago, Earl sent his plane to bring her home. When a friend of ours was looking for a cure, Earl again sent his plane every week filled with folks who might be a match to be tested at the hospital. If you ever found yourself in need, Earl was there to help. Nobody gave more to our community than Earl Durden. We will miss Earl dearly.”
Durden was a former chairman of the Florida Transportation Commission. He owned Magic Broadcasting Company, in addition to KDAY he had radio stations in Panama City and Dothan. He was former owner of several local banks, along with owning 11 short line railroads.
Durkin, Jason: KNOB, 1966-69; KOCM, 1969-80; KWVE, 1980. Jason lives in Orange County and he works with his interior designing wife.
Durling, Lin: KODJ, 1990; KABC, 1990. Lin is the managing member at Artisan Wine Tours. The San Diego State University graduate has been a reporter at KGO-San Francisco, public relations consultant at Pet Food Express and a marketing consultant at Aris Helicopters.
DUROCHER, Leo: KABC, 1964. Leo hosted the "SportsTalk" show on KABC for nine months before being asked to become manager of the Chicago Cubs.
Born July 27, 1905, in
West Springfield, Massachusetts, the volatile infielder played for the famed early '30s "Gashouse Gang" baseball Cardinals. Leo was temporarily banned from baseball in 1947 by Commissioner A.B. "Happy" Chandler for allegedly consorting with gamblers. St. Louis
On the brighter side, the "Lip," who once said he'd walk over his grandmother to win a game, was married to actress Laraine Day. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and New York Giants, and had a lifetime batting average of .241. When his baseball playing days were over Leo managed the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros and was a coach for the L.A. Dodgers. While managing the New York Giants in 1951, Leo led the team to both National League and world championships.
He died October 7, 1991, of natural causes. Leo was 86.
Dvorak, George: KFI, 1960s; KPPC, 1965-66; KFWB, 1970-77; KGRB, 1977. George was part of the start of Armed Forces Radio Services. He has passed away.
(Sharon Dale, Rich Dalton, and Larry Davis)
DWYER, Danny: KZLA, 1992-96. Danny is doing middays at 98.7 The Bull-Portland. He is KUPL's longest term employee after hitting his 20+ years with the station. During his tenure, he's worked in every daypart and held many posts from promotions director and traffic reporter to midday host and music director.
Senior VP/Market Manager Lisa Decker commented, "The energy and dedication Danny brings on and off the air to our Bull Nation listeners, musicians, artists, labels, advertisers and community partners are an incredible asset to our station. His leadership with station events and promotions including our St. Jude Radiothon and Countryfest concert are irreplaceable."
In the summer of 2020, Danny sustained 11 broken ribs, a broken collarbone, a punctured lung, a busted-up nasal cavity, and a serious eye injury that required 11 stitches. He took a fall while working on his porch/patio. Danny fell about nine feet to the ground.
Dye, Captain Dale: KFI, 2003-13. Dale works periodically at KFI. He's a military consultant on war projects. His most recent was HBO's The Pacific.
Dzima, "J.D." John: KNOB, 1977-81; KORJ, 1978-80; KIKF, 1980-85. John was the first md and second pd at KIK/fm. Since 1986 he has owned a printing firm in Orange County.
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