E-MAN: KPWR, 1999-2019; KPWR/KDAY, 2019-20. E-Man, Emmanuel Coquia,was music director and apd at "Power 106. In the summer of 2019, he was promoted to corporate Director of Programming and Content.
Under this newly expanded title, E-Man will head up the programming and music content for Rhythmic KPWR and and Classic Hip Hop 93.5 KDAY, while also overseeing the initial stages of development of the company's recently launched Latin Rhythmic KLLI (Cali 93.9). Since taking over as interim PD of Power 106 and 93.5 KDAY early in 2019, E-Man has been a driver of change and new ideas. He reimagined Power 106's annual Hip Hop music festival. He also personally recruited Nick Cannon as the new host of the Power 106 morning show, and he overhauled the 93.5 KDAY Morning Show with Romeo, adding Cece to the mix.
EAGLE, Noah: KLAC, 2019-20. Noah becme the new Clippers radio announcer, following the retirement of Ralph Lawler who had a 40-year run with the NBA team. Brian Sieman now moves from radio to tv.
Noah recently graduated from Syracuse University and is the son of CBS NFL and TNT NBA play-by-play announcer Ian Eagle. Tom Hoffarth devoted a half-page in the LA Times to the complicated challenges that confronted the Clippers organization, while satisfying the demands of Prime Ticket, ESPN, KLAC, and Fox Sports West.
Additionally, Noah had been working on NBATV’s summer league. Hoffarth called the Eagle hire, “a low-risk, high-reward opportunity for both parties that could cultivate another franchise voice in the coming decade.”
“I’m thrilled to be joining the L.A. Clippers, a first-class organization. There’s so much excitement building with this franchise and I can’t wait to provide the soundtrack for Clippers fans worldwide,” said Noah.
Eagleton, Joyce: KWIZ. Joyce is a writing teacher in Orange County.
Earl, Bill: KPCS, 1970-72; KFXM/fm, 2007-08. Published author of two radio-oriented trade paperbacks. Currently, Bill is advising the netsite ClassicDJradioscrapbook.blogspot.com. He wrote the definitive book on 11-10/KRLA called, The Dream-House.
Earl, Warren: The former gm is retired and living in Ventura.
EASLEY, Victoria: KFWB, 1986-94 and 1995-99. Victoria worked fill-in at all-News KFWB.
The Illinois native is most proud of a series she did for KFWB in 1990 called “When the Bough Breaks.” The story about drug babies prompted a campaign that continued for years, whereby women volunteer three hours a week to hold and rock neo-natal babies. The station has donated rocking chairs to the program.
Victoria was born in Kewanee, Illinois and studied journalism at Northern Illinois University. She dropped out of school and “became a gypsy” during part of the ‘70s. When she arrived in the Southland she joined the broadcasting program at L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge. Following intern programs at KHJ/Channel 9 and KNX, Victoria started at KFWB in the spring of 1986 as a desk assistant. Before long she moved up to writer and on-air by 1988. “Right after the 1994 earthquake I was wined and dined by WBBM-Chicago and decided to return to Illinois. My boss turned out to be the anti-Christ and fired me three weeks before my year-long probation period was to end. I returned to KFWB and have pretty much been a news orphan filling in as needed.”
EASY E: KKBT, 1994-95. The N.W.A. founder and Ruthless/Relativity Records owner/president/artist, Eric Wright, hosted a Saturday night hip-hop show on "the Beat" called "Ruthless Radio Show" co-hosted with Jesse Collins. Eric died of AIDS on March 26, 1995. He was 31. Following his death, his former lovers and business associates were haggling in Los Angeles Superior Court. Ruthless Records was the company that helped put Compton gangsta rap on the pop culture map.
Shortly after his death, in an April 1995 story in the LA Times, reference was made to Ruthless: "Once a thriving independent firm, (it) has floundered in recent years and is saddled with more than $1.5 million in debts. Even so, former Ruthless employees speculate that the company could be worth as much as $30 million, but competitors doubt whether the firm's assets could generate more than half that. Sources on both sides of the battle believe that the estate could be deluged by a slew of paternity suits as well as litigation seeking funds from disgruntled recording artists and producers."
EATMAN, Robert. Talent agent extraordinaire, Robert died on September 24, 2017, after a short illness. He was 65.
A native of Wilmette, Illinois, he distinguished himself in two different careers. A gifted French horn player, Bob earned music scholarships first to University of Denver, and then to Indiana University. Bob worked internationally for four years as a professional musician, performing with prestigious music festivals in Aspen, Spoleto, and Montreux, and later working in Israel as a member of the Jerusalem Symphony.
Returning to the United States, Bob worked his way through Chicago-Kent School of Law, and then joined the Chicago chapters of AFTRA, SAG, and AGMA as Assistant Executive Director, negotiating labor agreements for performers in television, radio, and the performing arts. Moving to Los Angeles, he worked as an executive in animation production, and then as a Business Affairs executive for Fox Broadcasting and Fox Kids Network.
Bob founded his own talent agency, Robert Eatman Enterprises, Inc., in 1991. He represented many of the top talent in local and syndicated radio, and was considered by most to be the preeminent talent agent for radio performers.
“Bob took me from $70,000 a year when nobody else saw anything in me and made me one of the top radio personalities in America,” Mancow told Chicago media reporter Robert Feder. “Eatman made the difference.”
I met Bob at an R&R event in the Marina. I was standing with Sam Rubin when Eatman hurriedly came up to Sam. “I want to give you an exclusive about a move with Peter Tilden.” Bob gave the details. Sam then turned to me, “Bob, have you met Don Barrett? He’s got this website, LARadio.com” Bob gulped and said, “Well, there goes your exclusive Sam.”
EBBOTT, Chris: KRTH/KAMP, 2014-21. Chris (photo with son Jackson) was appointed program director at K-EARTH in July 2014. Under his leadership, KRTH was #1 for many months in 2020.
K-EARTH won a 2018 Marconi Award for Best Classic Hits Station of the Year. He is no stranger to CBS/LA. Ebbott has a broad background. He was at JACK/fm for the launch of the format in 2004 and stayed on as operations manager until 2010. He is married to Angela Perelli, former pd at STAR 98.7 (now ALT 98-7). Since 2010, Ebbott has been programming 99.9 Virgin Radio (CKFM), the leading CHR station in Toronto.
Earlier in his career, Ebbott was a senior research associate at Pinnacle Media Worldwide, the program director of Mix 95.7 (WMWX) in Philadelphia and KZON/fm in Phoenix, and the marketing director at KFI.
Ebbott succeeded Rick Thomas who took a similar programming position with CBS/New York.
EBERT, Fred: KFI, 1999-2001. The former chemistry professor hosted a Sunday morning talk show at KFI. He went on to work at KIRO-Seattle.
"Many moons ago when I was young and beautiful, I was a child actor," wrote Fred. "The work paid for my education. I am a graduate of Princeton (I did both under grad and grad work there). After completing my education, I went on to be a research scientist for the military industrial complex. This led to consulting in the intelligence field. My expertise is in battle planning and war games theory.
"When I retired from that, I taught college (Organic chemistry and Mathematics) and performed research in kinetic chemistry (the speed with which reactions take place). I still keep my hand in teaching on an adjunct basis. I started in talk radio a few years ago because I enjoyed my experiences in live radio theater in the 70's. I try to analyze the issues from an academician's point of view (without being too didactic and with little regard for labels such as conservative or liberal). I hope a bit of humor leaks through as well. I am married to the most supportive and marvelous human being imaginable."
ECKSTEIN, Warren: KABC, 1989-2003; KRLA, 2003-21. Warren hosts the weekend pet show at KRLA.
Warren is an internationally known pet and animal expert. He developed his unique approach for understanding animal behavior by combining different techniques learned and observed while working in Southeast Asia and Europe. He has devoted over thirty five years to teaching both pets and their people to live happily together through his unique “Hugs and Kisses” approach to animal behavior, care and training. Warren has worked with more than 40,000 pets including those of many well-known celebrities.
Since 1997, Warren Eckstein has been a contributing Pet & Animal Editor for NBC’s TODAY Show. For more than fourteen years, Warren was the regular pet and animal expert for the national television show LIVE! WITH REGIS AND KATHIE LEE. He has also been seen weekly on “The Discovery Channel” and youngsters are familiar with Warren from his appearances as the “Creature Keeper” for the Disney Channel’s “New Mickey Mouse Club.”
Warren wrote Memoirs of a Pet Therapist: A Tail All Book. His book How To Get Your Cat To Do What You Want, appeared on The Book of the Month Club’s Best Seller List.
ED, EverReady: KNAC, 1989-95; KLSX, 1996-98. Ed Kelley started at KNAC in an off-air position and worked his way up to jock. Most of the personalities had "strange" names, answering phones and progressing to production assistant, promotions and eventually on air.
Born in Monterey Park, Ed went to a private Catholic school in San Gabriel. He was working as an engineer at Northrup when he heard a radio ad talking about a career in broadcasting. "I put everything aside. I told myself this is want I want to do."
When KNAC faded to black and changed ownership in early 1995, Ed became a club dj. In late 1996, Ed joined KLSX in the promotions department and worked weekends playing AAA music while the station talked during the week. Ed worked for KNAC.com until the Internet radio station was downsized in the summer of 2001.
Edelberg, Ken: KCSN, 1994-97, KLTX/KIEV, 1998-2000; KLAC, 1999-2001; KOST/KBIG, 2000-05. Ken left KOST/KBIG in early 2005.
EDELL, Dr. Dean: KFI, 2001-09. Dr. Dean gave up his syndicated show in late 2010. He now lives in his old counterculture stomping grounds deep in the woods of Humboldt County.
“My show started the daytime radio syndication business,” Edell explained. “When I began in radio, Larry King was on at night, and that was it. My business partner in Sacramento, Ed McLaughlin, wanted to add a second client, this new guy Limbaugh, and start a radio talk network. He asked if I wanted to partner with him, but I passed. “I’d have half the money from Rush’s syndication if I’d made that deal,” explains the independent-minded Edell, whose informed radio advice has always been remarkably levelheaded and is often years ahead of popular trends in controversial areas such as hormone-replacement therapy, dietary supplements, circumcision and fad diets, according to a story in the East Bay Times. His show was syndicated around 400 station at one point.
“Not a lot of radio people make that transition to tv,” Edell said, “Not Rush. Not Dr. Laura. But I managed to do it.”
EDWARDS, Brad: KGBS, 1969-71; XPRS, 1971-73; KUTE, 1973; KDAY, 1974; KGBS, 1975-77; KFI, 1983. Brad, born Claude Hooten, died July 24, 2019, following a bout with cancer. He had retired to Mesa, Arizona, after selling his radio station KUNK (SKUNK/fm) in Ft. Bragg.
"He was a big-hearted kind dude who'll be truly missed by those of us lucky enough who knew or worked with him," said Bill Gardner. Bill Powers remembered: "He was the first one I broke the ice with on getting into radio and he was so kind to answer my various questions."
“When I left KGBS in 1977 after the station became automated, I went to Tehran to work at the National Iranian Radio & TV Network. They reneged on everything they had promised. I had to make a daring escape from the country,” remembered Brad when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Brad was a graduate of Montebello High School, and he grew up in Grant’s Pass, Oregon. After his Tehran experience, he worked at KDIA-San Francisco and KLIV-San Jose at the same time. During the next decade he worked at KAGY-El Paso, “Magic 108”-St. Louis and two stations in Houston, “Magic 102” and KKBQ.
“During 1985 and 1986 my life could have made a great Movie of the Week. I joined mornings at ‘I-95’-Miami. The gm and pd had a combined 18 years at the station and thought I could achieve some stability. Within 60 days both had left the station and I was gone 60 days later. I was splitting with my second wife at the time and she ran off with my $30,000 severance check leaving me penniless.” He applied at WAIA-Miami and submitted to interviews with a consultant and a company shrink. Brad was told on a Friday that he got the morning job and on Monday the gm and pd were let go. Jobs in El Paso and Milwaukee followed.
In 1988, he started a hot five-year run at “Hot 105”-Miami as half of the morning team of Mindy and Malo. In 1993 he was a partner in the purchase of KBOM-Santa Fe. “The station was actually in Los Alamos and we called it ‘K-Bomb’ because that’s where the atomic bomb testing grounds were.” Brad has since sold his interest in the station.
In 2009, Brad wrote Drunk & Disorderly Again about his alcohol-fueled life. The Santa Maria Sun detailed an incident in reviewing the book. He first met his bride-to-be, Sande, when he hosted a KSMA-Santa Maria listener tour of Hearst Castle. Brad shared his personal life on-air. “He has lived his whole life in the public arena,” she said. “He even proposed to me on air.” The proposal wasn’t exactly a romantic dream: Hooten told Sande to listen to the radio at a specific time. When she tuned in, she noticed he was rambling and erratic. Then he proposed, and added, “You have 60 seconds to call in with the right answer.” Sande didn’t want to call. Instead, a guy called in and said, “Hell no, she’s not going to marry you.” So then Sande felt like she had to call. “He said, ‘What’s the answer?’” she remembered. “And I said, ‘I’m not a public person.’ He said, ‘Well, you are now!’”
Edwards, Chris: KAPP/KKOP, 1964-68. Chris was program director at KGEO-Bakersfield for many years.
EDWARDS, Craig: KRLA/KTIE, 2006-08. Craig left as head of Metro Networks news bureau to join the Salem talk stations in March 2006. He left KRLA/KTIE in late summer of 2008. When hired at Salem, Terry Fhy, gm for the Salem LA cluster said: “Craig brings a wealth of news, talk and traffic programming experience that will greatly enhance our competitive positions in both Los Angeles and Inland Empire talk radio.”
A veteran broadcaster, Craig’s experience includes positions at WTAM-Cleveland, as well as news director at WGR-Buffalo, and as traffic personality at KHOW-Denver. Craig is living in the Portland area.
EDWARDS, Dick: KHJ, 1979-80. Dick went on to work at KMJM-St. Louis, KYKY-St. Louis, KKDA-Dallas, WUSL-Philadelphia, three stations in Greensboro. He worked for a time at WSJS-Winston-Salem.
"I hired him for nights at K H J from WHBQ-Memphis," said then-KHJ pd Chuck Martin. "He had a genuine infectious laugh and an upbeat rap that was kool."
He started with New York City's "High School Of The Air," through major market radio stations in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Dallas and group owners including RKO Radio, Clear Channel Radio, Beasley Broadcasting and CBS Radio. He's done mornings, evenings, and production director.
EDWARDS, Eddie: KLAC, 1987-88. Eddie has been with WNOE-New Orleans since 1991. In 2013, he was inducted into the Country Radio Hall of Fame in Nashville. Over the years he has received the “DJ of the Year” award from the CMA, ACM and the Gavin Report and played harmonica on stage for acts including Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Sawyer Brown, Gary Allan and more.
Eddie's Country radio career began in 1971 and includes work as an on-air personality in eleven different cities, including Nashville, Los Angeles and New Orleans.
Eddie belongs to the only threepeat family in
radio history. The native Californian's dad was a dj, and his grandfather was a radio announcer. In 1987, Eddie was named dj of the year by the CMA. The former king of Mardi Gras left the Nashville Country powerhouse, WSIX, in the summer of 1987 to do mornings at KLAC and left a year later for family reasons to join KAJA-San Antonio, which he subsequently left. He is currently doing afternoons and is acting pd at WNOE-New Orleans. He plays harmonica with local and national artists. Los Angeles
EDWARDS, Geoff: KHJ, 1964-65; KFI, 1966-68; KMPC, 1968-79; KFI, 1987-89; KSUR, 2003. Geoff, veteran of network tv game shows Treasure Hunt and NBC’s Jackpot, the host of California Lottery’s Big Spin for over a decade, and veteran personality at KHJ, KFI, and 710/KMPC, died March 5, 2014, of complications from peneumonia. He was 83.
Born in 1931, Geoff grew up on the East Coast. He started in radio in the 1950s at WOKO-Albany, where the station manager suggested he consider another line of work since he did not have a deep "radio voice."
Geoff arrived at KHJ just prior to "Boss Radio," working as the station’s program director. Previously, he had been at San Diego's KFMB where he was pd and also flew the traffic airplane. He also had a jazz show in 1959 on both KFMB AM and FM called The Grotto.
When KHJ went "Boss," Geoff took over the morning slot at KFI. Two years later, Geoff went up the dial to KMPC, Gene Autry's legendary all-service MOR outlet. Geoff was part of a powerhouse lineup billed as “the Station of the Stars,” including Dick Whittinghill, Roger Carroll, and Gary Owens. While at KMPC, one of
hisGeoff’s popular running characters was the Answer Lady. The bit was particularly unique because he did not use a female voice. Yet as the Answer Lady, Geoff fielded questions from listeners, providing audacious answers, correct or not.
He left when the station went Talk in 1979. “I had to make a decision. I had become involved in some tv activities that had become as interesting as or more interesting than the radio work.” Geoff’s new tv projects included a deal with Warner Bros. to develop daytime programming.
By 1987, Geoff was back on the radio when he joined KFI. He was at the station when the format changed to a “news / talk” format. Geoff worked middays as a talk show host until he resigned in March 1989.He had been suspended by KFI for refusing to run a promotional spot for an event hosted by evening driver Tom Leykis. The event was about Yusef Islam (perhaps better known as Cat Stevens) calling for the death of controversial author Salman Rushdie. As a protest, Leykis was going to drive a steam roller and destroy Cat Stevens records. Geoff said the stunt was “fascist” as he explained why he refused to air the spot. Geoff never returned to the KFI airwaves, and was replaced by the syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show.
Geoff’s most visible fame came in television. He was the host of numerous tv game shows including Treasure Hunt, NBC's Jackpot, and Hollywood's Talking on CBS. He was a featured performer on NBC's Bobby Darin Show, and co-host with Meredith MacRae of Mid-Morning L.A., which earned him an Emmy while on KHJ/Channel 9.
Geoff also did several acting gigs on tv, Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie and Diff'rent Strokes.
For many years Geoff traveled to Sacramento every weekend to host the California Lottery's Big Spin. “Geoff wears the look of a guy who always gets lost in an office building,” said the LA Times. “He knows where he’s going, but isn’t quite sure how to get there.”
In recent years he turned his attention to writing and began writing travel stories, as well as hosting an Internet related travel show.
Edwards, George: KKBT, 1989-92; KYSR, 1995-97; KRTH, 2006-08. George was at Dial-Global and was working swing at K-EARTH until a downsizing by parent CBS Radio in February 2008.
Edwards, Glen: KEZY, 1959-66. Glen worked at KELP-El Paso and WKIS-Orlando before joining Orange County KEZY. He is retired and living in Encino.
EDWARDS, Greg: KIKF, 1990-91. After 8 years as a college professor at Modesto Jr. College teaching radio/tv production to the next generation of broadcasters, Greg became operations manager for the Salem cluster in San Francisco. He exited the cluster in late 2019. Greg is now retired.
Greg's variegated career includes: site operations manager for Crawford Broadcasting; station manager at East Bay Broadcasting; program director or at KMIX/KCEY; adjunct professor at Yosemite Community College District; IT manager apd/md at Buckley Broadcasting; talent at iHeartMedia; news director at Papas Telecasting' operations director at EBE Communications; and, head of operations at Citadel.
Greg studied Communications & Marketing at International Business Management Institute and broadcast management at Caliornia State University, Fresno.
Greg's early radio stops were KOSO-Modesto and KNAX-Fresno.
Edwards, Mike: KORJ, 1980-84; KIKF, 1984; KOCM, 1990. Mike is on-air at KRZY Country (KRAZ/fm) in Northern Santa Barbara County and he anchors a news program at KUHL-Santa Maria and is news director at AM 1230 KPRL.
Edwards, Pam: KMET, 1983-86; KNAC, 1990-91. Last heard, Pam was in record promotion.
EDWARDS, Rob: KOST, 1970-77; KBIG, 1978-93. Rob was born in Freeport, Texas and he started his radio career at KNUZ-Houston while in high school. He worked as pd in Waco, WFAA-Dallas and national pd at Strauss Broadcasting before moving to Los Angeles as pd for Gordon McLendon's KOST.
Rob started at KBIG in 1978 as om, becoming pd in 1980 and two years later was promoted to divisional vp/programming for Bonneville. In 1985 he changed KOIT-San Francisco to AC. In 1986 he moved KBIG to an AC format which was later known as "Big Mix 104."
Leaving KBIG at the end of 1993, he formed Apex Radio Consultants with KACD as a client and featured Hot AC blocks from the '70s, ‘80s and '90s. "I was watching a Time/Life 'Greatest Hits of the 80s’ tv commercial and realized that's how people think of and use music at home, work and in the car." Rob went on to Westwood One and left in 2007.
EDWARDS, Stephanie: KGIL, 1997-98; KKLA, 1998-99; KIEV, 1999-2000. Beginning in 1980 she was the spokesperson for Lucky Supermarkets. Stephanie left middays at KIEV in the spring of 2000. For decades she was seen every New Year's morning broadcasting the Rose Parade on KTLA/Channel 5 with Bob Eubanks.
Stephanie worked middays at the Broadway and Hollywood Show Tunes station, KGIL. She left in early 1998 with a format change to the Music of Your Life syndicated programming. A year later, Stephanie hosted a midday talk show on Salem owned KKLA. She has appeared on the Tonight Show 15 times, co-starred in three network series and two films as well as numerous guest appearances on episodic tv.
For four years she co-hosted Ralph Story’s A.M. and then was the original network co-host of A.M. America (later Good Morning America).
Born in Kenyon, Minnesota, Edwards began her career as an actress, but became widely known as an on-air personality in the 1970s. Edwards was nominated in 1979 for a Daytime Emmy Award as Outstanding Host or Hostess in a Talk, Service or Variety Series, for her show Everyday. She is married to businessman Murray MacLeod.
EDWARDS, Steve: KABC, 1990-95. Steve hosted Good Day LA at KTTV/Channel 11 for over two decades. He now hosts "The Ramble" on Facebook and Instagram each day.
The face of Steve Edwards is instantly recognizable because of his decades in Los Angeles television. From his current hosting job at Good Day LA on Fox 11 (for 15 years) to his years as host of AM Los Angeles, Two on the Town, Live in L.A. and co-host of Entertainment Tonight, Steve has been a familiar and a congenial friend on the tube. But what you might not know is that Steve has radio in his blood, was on KABC for at least five years over three incarnations, and it is really where he got his start in the business.
The New York native was working on his PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Houston. “At some point I realized that I didn’t want to do that,” Steve said by phone. “I always loved radio and broadcasting. My first job was at KMSC, which stood for ‘Manned Spacecraft Center,’ and it was located above a little department store opposite the Manned Spacecraft Center in Clear Lake City, just outside of Houston. I kind of talked my way into KMSC. I played music, dj’ed, was sports director, news director and sales manager. I was in heaven. I was having so much fun.” Steve got his name at KMSC. “I was born Stephen Edwards Schwartz. Jeff Thompson, the pd/production manager of the station wanted to know what my professional name was and I said you don’t tend to have one in graduate school. If I was going to be a shrink, Dr. Schwartz is the one I would take. He asked me what my middle name was and I became Steve Edwards. I had no idea I was making a lifetime decision.”
While working at KMSC, Steve was a big fan of the CBS station in town, KTRH. It was the big Talk station in Houston. “One day I called over there and talked with the program director who was also one of the talents, Carl Brazell [who went on to become president of Metromedia]. I told him I loved his station and wanted to work there. He wanted to know what kind of experience I had and I owned up to the fact I had a few months or so. He asked about my educational background and I told him about the year and a half working on a PhD at the University of Houston. That seemed to impress him. When people asked what did your education get you? That’s what it got me.” In 1969, Steve met with Carl at KTRH, which was in the Rice Hotel, thus the call letters KTRH. They hit it off famously and they spent 12 hours together and Steve had a career. “They gave me a noon show, a sports show, sports reports in the morning show and a bunch of other things. It was thrilling!” enthused Steve.
Attitude means everything to Steve and it certainly comes across on the tv screen. “So much of what you do is determined by attitude and showing up. You knock on the front door and they open up the door, look you over, and they hate you. You go to the side window and they won’t open the window. You go to the backdoor and they won’t open the door. You go on the roof and they kick you off. And then you go back to the front door again and a new guy opens the door and he says, ‘Hey, you’re the one we want.’ A lot of people give up by the third window stop.”
“I was lucky in the beginning that my efforts were rewarded,” said Steve. The management at KTRH wanted to put Steve on the fast-track to management, never dreaming that he would opt for a career on the air-talent end. “With an attitude that suggested, ‘do you want to be just like one of those air talent jerks or do you want a substantial role in life?’ I said that I didn’t come down to manage a station, otherwise I’d be a shrink by now. I want to play air-talent.”
And did he ever. After a few successful years at KTRH radio doing a number of shifts, including program director, Steve was tapped for the CBS TV station in Houston, KHOU, anchoring the weekend news and being a reporter a couple of days a week. “At one point at KHOU, I was asked to go to a management meeting and a guy came in and made a pitch for the Phil Donahue Show. I was very flattered that they wanted my opinion. I told them it was pretty good. And they said, ‘Good, you’re going to do it in Houston. We’re going to do our own version of it with an audience and phones’ and that became the Steve Edwards Show for a few years, along with a noon show and a morning show called, Steve & Company.”
While Steve was doing all this tv in Houston, it was easy for him to sit in on radio shows, which he did frequently. “The folks in radio really appreciated that I had a real passion for radio and thought it was wonderful whenever I came by.” Steve was on the tv fast-track and the ABC network came calling to talk to him about hosting the morning tv show in New York, Chicago or Los Angeles. “I almost came here to replace Ralph Story at Ralph Story’s AM Los Angeles, but instead went to WLS-Chicago for three years and had a wonderful run doing AM Chicago, a Friday night show, and entertainment reviews on the news,” remembered Steve. (Steve demonstrating how someone had a screw loose) Ever since Steve was a kid, he wanted to live in Los Angeles. “I had a big-time agent and he asked me what I wanted and I said, ‘I want a house on a hill someplace where it is warm.’ But I could have stayed in Chicago. The joke is if I never left Chicago, maybe Oprah would still be in Baltimore, because ultimately that was her show. But even as a little kid in New York I always dreamed about living in Los Angeles.” Steve has always been attracted to live radio and tv. “The greatest pleasure is when the switch goes on and you’re on. There’s nothing else you can do about it. It’s live. It has a beginning, middle and an end. With the early shows I did in L.A. like Two on the Town with Connie Chung and later Melody Rogers, I really missed the dynamics of live broadcasting.” Eventually AM Los Angeles was offered to Steve and while there he started doing radio again at KABC. And then onto Channel 9 with Live in L.A. In 1990, then-KABC general manager George Green offered Steve a radio job. In the beginning he worked some weekends at the legendary Talk station. “When George offered me the afternoons I was doing AM Los Angeles. I thought it sounded like a lot of fun. It was a combo show – two hours of regular talk and two hours of sports talk. Sportstalk was eventually dropped. I was doing an afternoon show with Joel Roberts when the baseball strike occurred. They needed to fulfill its baseball commercial commitments so the station brought back SportsTalk and paired me with Eric Tracy.”
EDWARDS, Tommy: KCBS, 1992-2002. Edwards built the “Arrow” format for KCBS/fm in 1993. “That was a format specifically targeted to Los Angeles because of everything that was – and wasn’t – going on in the market,” Tommy remembered. “Several other stations kind of followed it.”
Tommy attended Washburn University in Topeka. He served in the office of Asst. Chief of Naval Operations (Communications) while in the U.S. Navy. In 1960 he started his jock career at KTOP and KEWI-Topeka and moved to WEAM-Washington, DC. In 1969 he was at WOR/fm-New York and then on to WLS-Chicago in 1972 where he was air talent, production director and pd. He was "Lil' Tommy" in the popular radio program "Animal Stories" which was made into three best-selling comedy albums of actual radio broadcasts with partner, Larry Lujack. He also was pd at WKQX and morning talent at WJMK-Chicago. Tommy was public address announcer for the Chicago Bulls of the NBA for many years.
The Arrow 93 format has special memories for Tommy. "I can still remember when Dave Van Dyke [GM] and I first started talking about developing the 'Arrow' format. It was over chili dogs and root beer at Carney's."
EGIL, Swedish: KROQ, 1983-90; KOCM/KSRF, 1990-92; KACD, 1996-97. Egil Aalvik has been involved in many radio and tv projects.
The first thing that comes to mind when you hear the “Swedish Egil” is – is he really Swedish? The answer is unmistakably yes.
Egil’s career began as a club dj in Scandinavia and Europe.
In the 80s, Egil created an overnight buzz on L.A. radio on KROQ, breaking many alternative artists including Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and UB40. He continued his manic devotion to new music in the 90s as music director at MARS/fm, then as founder of Groove Radio, dedicated to club and dj culture.
Today, you can also catch Egil’s distinctive radio voice nationwide on Sirius XM Radio (First Wave, Channel 33). He's hosted Groove Radio for decades on the Internet.
EHRHARDT, Chip: Gold Coast Broadcasting, 1998-2021. Chip is the executive vice presient of the Gold Coast cluster of stations in Ventura/Oxnard for MRM.
Chip was asked if he would change anything about his professinal journey: "I wouldn’t change a thing; it’s been everything I thought it would be and more. During my freshman year of college I met someone who worked in the radio business as an Account Executive. Getting to know him a bit and finding more out about what he did, the fun he had doing it and the opportunity for growth made a career choice in radio very easy for me. Decades later, it’s never been so much fun or so exciting to want to go to work every day."
EICHENTHAL, Gail: KUSC, 1977-88; KNX, 1995-2005; KUSC, 2005-21. Gail was promoted to pd at KUSC in the spring of 2008. She is now Executive Producer of Local Arts Programming.
Gail hosted the L.A. Philharmonic radio concert broadcasts on KUSC for over 10 years.
Born in 1954, she fell in love with the Philharmonic while attending the orchestra's Saturday morning Symphonies for Youth concerts with her father. Gail began playing the piano at the age of 6. Her early voice training started at age 11 when she narrated How the Grinch Stole Christmas in a school play. Gail continued to study piano and just before graduating from UCLA, she accepted an internship at KUSC in 1977 and learned Classical-music radio production.
A year later, when she earned her B.A. in English and classical music, she was hired full-time. She covered the O.J. Simpson double murder trial for news KNX.
Eig, Natalie: KDIS, 2003-13. Natalie was the station manager for Radio Disney, KDIS.
Einstein, Bob: KLSX, 2001. KLAC: SEE Super Dave Osborne
ELDER, Bob: KEZY, 1986-90; KORG, 1991-92. Bob hosted a sports Talk show on KORG and was on KDOC/TV's Sports on the Go, which was nationally syndicated on Golf Journal TV. Bob passed away on January 19, 2017. He was in Las Vegas discussing some sports programming with a radio network and had a heart attack while sleeping. He was 68.
After management with the Anaheim Bullfrogs, Orange County Flyers, Yuma Scorpions and Maui Na Koa Ikaika Baseball Club, Bob retired on a ranch east of Eugene, Oregon in 2015.
ELDER, Larry: KABC, 1994-2008; KABC, 2010-14; KRLA, 2016-21. Larry worked afternoon drive at KABC until late 2008. He rejoined the station in the 9 a.m. - noon slot in late September 2010 and in early 2012 was moved to afternoon drive. He was let go from KABC in December 2014. He moved to CRN. In late February 2016, Larry joined afternoon drive at KRLA.
"The Sage from South Central,” is a man of grace, integrity and remarkable talent. He was humbled and honored to be the recipient of the 2,548th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame this week, according to author Tina Marie Ito. "Celebrities Jon Voight and Dean Cain were in attendance, and spoke of their admiration and respect for Larry. Jon Voight offered that 'Larry has the great virtues every man should possess.' Voight was preceded by Dean Cain (of Lois & Clark fame), who stated that Larry 'has character, tells the truth and through hard work, has earned this Star.' A telegram from Larry’s friend, Dennis Prager, emphasized Larry’s 'moral courage.' L.A. City Councilmember Tom LaBonge presented Larry with a special proclamation. Hollywood’s Chamber president/ceo Leron Gubler, on behalf of the late honorary Mayor, Johnny Grant, declared April 27, 2015 to be “Larry Elder Day” in Hollywood. Addressing family, friends and his many fans (“Elderados”) who filled seats and lined the sidewalk, Larry thanked and recognized all for their support, love and encouragement. He fondly remembered three special Crenshaw high school teachers who had given him confidence, and he graciously acknowledged former KABC station manager, George Green, who took a chance and hired Larry, with five days of talk-show experience, all those years ago. Placed in a prime location near the corner of Hollywood and Vine (“The Most Famous Intersection in the World”), across from the Pantages Theater, Larry’s Star, shining and bright in its newness, was a reminder to Larry, and all who know him, listen to him on the radio or Internet, or read his best-selling books, that whether you love him or hate him, Larry is relevant, impactful, influential and patriotic, and he has earned this honor through many years of hard work, perseverance and an unwavering belief in personal responsibility."
Eldred, Doug: KMLT, 2004-05; KABC, 2012-14. Doug worked weekend evenings at "Lite 92.7fm" until a format flip in the late spring of 2005.
ELDREDGE, Jason: KCRW, 2005-20. With individual taste and a passion for musical risks, Jason appeals to the avid music lover as well as the casual fan seeking a soundtrack to their life’s adventures, according to the KCRW website. Recently named by Billboard Magazine as one of the "Top 30 Under Thirty" in the music industry for his work as a music supervisor on various tv shows, movies and high profile dj gigs outside of KCRW, Jason has played live at various venues including the MTV Video Music Awards, Los Angeles' MOCA After Dark and The Beatles Revolution Lounge in Las Vegas.
Jason’s musical education started at an early age. “It was obvious to everyone around me that I had a real fondness for music, so babysitters and older kids were always feeding me the cornerstone albums of that time." He's proud to claim Michael Jackson as his first concert-going experience. “It was the ‘Bad’ tour and my parents had box seats because my uncle ran concessions for the arena. I was only eight years old, but I can remember being blown away by the stage show in addition to the music. Here was someone who was doing something totally different and innovative. I’ve always enjoyed spectacles.” That enjoyment soon started to generate a skill. “When I was in school, my friends would ask me to create mix tapes for their parties. I never really thought that much about it, but other people seemed to realize that I had a knack for it.”
Jason became a “public radio junkie” while living in Chicago listening to WBEZ. He was involved in the local theater scene and finally moved to the West Coast to pursue his acting career. He discovered KCRW and became a volunteer almost immediately. “I showed up to my volunteer interview in a tie and brought along a portfolio. I knew what I wanted and was determined to be involved with the station.” Eventually, he made his way on-air in 2005 and has now settled into his weekend time slot from 10 p.m. to midnight on Saturdays.
ELDRIDGE Sheila: KKTT, 1979; KGFJ; KACE, 1979-80. Sheila runs a very successful marketing company under the umbrella of Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting.
She is a graduate of Howard University’s School of Communications in Washington, D.C. where she began her professional career in communications at WHUR/fm. She later completed an advance program at UCLA specializing in Crisis Management and New Communications Technology. After spending several years in corporate America, Eldridge founded Orchid Communications, a full-service communications firm. With offices in Los Angeles, Atlanta and New Jersey Orchid’s roster of clients included such entertainers as Janet Jackson, Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis, the O’Jays, Ice T, En Vogue, and Yolanda Adams to name a few.
Miles Ahead Entertainment & Broadcasting is now a Maryland-based urban marketing and public relations firm that provides consumer lifestyle marketing, event management services and sponsor engagement as well as integrated broadcast media campaigns for a diverse client base that includes top companies. Miles Ahead first multimedia broadcast production was the highly successful nationally syndicated Café Mocha radio show, heard in over 30 markets and on SiriusXM Channel 141 weekly.
ELLIOT, Don: KBLA/KBBQ, 1965-71; KIIS, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972; KEZY, 1973; KIQQ, 1974; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-86; KFI/KOST, 1994-2002. Don left KFI in late 2002 to form his own production firm. "Your attention please. The next plane to London is now in the final boarding stage." That announcer bit, from the classic hit Next Plane To London by The Rose Garden, was voiced by Don using a Neumann mike hung into a stall in a men's room because the reverb unit at the studio wasn't working.
“Legendary” is one way Don’s peers talks about his production prowess. "Don would wear this piece of tape around his neck and just know which was the front and which was the end." Don bleeds radio. Just when one thinks he has figured out his career path, he offhandedly talks about going to law school to study copyrights and its use with intellectual products on the Internet. While going to the University of Missouri he was working at KCMO on AM, FM and TV. He spent the early sixties at KUDL-Kansas City and then Don Burden's Rock stations KISN-Portland and KOIL-Omaha. He has created a 21-CD package of 2,000 musical beds in a multi-media library called "The Legend." He worked on a jingle package that had what Don called "a Chinese whole-tone scale. It fits into any key. A jock could segue with it or record sweeps."
He was the last voice on KBBQ. "I used the name Red Herring when we played out last Country song and Charlie Tuna took over." He was the program director and later production director for a decade at KIIS. From time to time, he would be forced on air as a jock. He taught radio at Fullerton and Saddleback Colleges. When his marriage came apart in 1986 Don put all of his energy into his production facility and freelanced for all the major companies. He had the Mervyn's tv and radio account for over two years. The ham operator (W6IFR) was almost ready to take a teaching assignment at Mt. Hood College in the Northwest when KFI called. In 1997 Don won the Gold Medal award from PROMAX International. Not many jocks are successful in doing national voiceover work. "The announcer has to think of the microphone as an ear. How do you feel when someone yells into it? Quit listening to your own pipes and communicate."
He purchased the 1500 AM frequency and hopes to launch his very own, unique radio station in 2021.
Elliot, Steve: KDLE, 2003. Steve worked afternoons at Dance KDL until a format flip to Modern Rock at the end of 2003.
Elliott, Bob: KBLA, 1967. Bob was also known as K.O. Beachin at KEWB-San Francisco. He died in a car accident.
Elliott, Don: KIKF, 1995. Unknown.
Elliott, Jack: KIKF, 1985. Jeff went on to the Oasis in Dallas.
Elliott, Jeff: KEZY; KNX/fm. Jeff went to work mornings at KDMX (Mix 102.9) in Dallas.
Elliott, Lee: KLSX/KRLA, 1989-93; KXEZ/KYSR, 1993-96; KLIT/KMLT, 1997-98; KRTH, 2001; KSWD, 2008-10. Lee was working at 100.3/fm The Sound until early 2010 when the overnight live shift was eliminated.
ELLIOTT, Mark: KHJ, 1970-73; KWOW, 1974; KIIS, 1974-75; KHJ, 1975-77. If you ever heard a commercial for a Disney movie, Mark was the voice. He has been an enormously successful voiceover talent heard for years on CBS/TV and Fox, as well as Disney projects. Mark died April 3, 2021, of cancer. He was 81.
To be one of the KHJ Boss Jocks is a great legacy. To be the internationally known voice of Disney Productions for a quarter century is truly amazing. Mark claimed both distinctions. Born John Frick Jr. in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he was known by the monikers Sandy Shore, Buddy Harrison, Ed Mitchell, before he became Mark Elliott (he eventually changed his name legally). He arrived at KHJ via RKO's CKLW-Detroit and KFRC-San Francisco. Elliott actually made two stops at KHJ, from 1970-73 and 1975-77.
"Known for his smooth delivery, it seemed natural Elliott would eventually find himself in the world of voiceover, but it wasn't easy," wrote Alan Oda. After studying the craft, it took a year before Elliott got his first gig, voicing the trailer for a movie that would eventually become one of the biggest of all time. He voiced all the Disney theatrical product from 1977 until 2001.
Elliott, Mark: KMGX, 1991-94. The former operations head for Gold Coast Broadcasting in Ventura/Oxnard is now group program director for Cherry Creek Media in Denver. Group owns 46 stations.
Ellis, Dave: KEZY, 1984. Unknown.
Ellis, Steve: KLSX, 1989-91. Steve is a senior vp at Mercury Records.
Ellison, Melinda: KMGX, 1990-92. Last heard, Melinda was producing the Rick Dees' "Top 40 Countdown Show."
Ellison, Nancy: KBCA, 1978; KKGO, 1979-80. Unknown.
ELLSWORTH, Scott: KFI, 1967-73; KGBS/fm, 1973. Scott was born Harvey Charles Ellsworth in Plymouth, Pennsylvania in 1927. His family moved to New Jersey where he graduated from Pompton Lakes High School in 1944. His father, Harvey Warren Ellsworth, was as a "song plugger" who also played the trumpet and led Ellsworth to his first inspiration to go into the arts and entertainment. His father was also a vocalist first at KDKA in Pittsburgh in and then to New York City on NBC radio, movie theaters and stage productions. Ellsworth would play the trumpet and cornet during high school up until he entered the Armed Forces during WWII.
Directly following high school Ellsworth served in the United States Merchant Marine, he would serve in the Pacific Theater of the war. Following his military service, Ellsworth moved to Brooklyn, New York in 1948 and enrolled in New York University in Manhattan. He signed up for a speech class, and was told by the professor he had a "'professional sounding voice" and could make it "his profession." Ellsworth earned a Bachelors of Arts degree in both Psychology and Drama from NYU in 1952.
In 1965 after working in a number of smaller markets, Ellsworth traveled to Los Angeles looking for work and was doing taping for TV commercials, he visited the KFI studio (affiliate of NBC), where he was offered a job. He later worked for KCOP-TV as a newscaster, sportscaster, writer, announcer and talk show host for several years. At KCOP/TV Ellsworth produced, wrote and hosted Daybreak and Who Can I Turn To which were weekly talk shows dealing with financial and medical topics.
Ellsworth created and hosted on Scott's Place, an all-night jazz show. He moved the show to KWXY near Palm Springs during the 1990s, and broadcast from KWXY for ten years. He left KWXY when the format changed in 2011. He turned to acting and his credits included: The F.B.I., The Rockford Files, and The A-Team. He taught Communication and Media studies department at California State University, Long Beach, College of the Desert, Santa Monica College and the Don Martin School of Radio and Television Arts and Sciences.
ELMER, Terri-Rae: KFI, 1989-2011; KABC, 2012-16. Terri-Rae anchored news in afternoon drive at all-Talk KFI until leaving 12.7.11 to join Doug McIntyre in morning drive at KABC in January 2012. She left the KABC morning show in late 2016.
T-Rae grew up in Wisconsin and graduated from the University at Madison. Her father was a huge fan of the Green Bay Packers and president of the Madison Packers Fan Club. "When my father passed away, my mother took all of the money people sent in sympathy cards and bought a tile in his name, which was placed at the new stadium at Lambeau Field. My husband and our kids went to the stadium to see it and it’s pretty cool,” said T-Rae.
She started out at the public station in Madison as an intern and after college worked in Wausau, Wisconsin, then on to Topeka, Kansas, where she met her husband, Gerry Wallace, on to Greensboro, North Carolina and then to Stockton before joining KFBK. Terri-Rae came to L.A. with her husband and weatherman Gerry Wallace and news anchor Dave Grosby - all from KFBK-Sacramento. The three were brought to L.A. by then-new program director David G. Hall, also from KFBK. Terri-Rae and Tracey Miller teamed up for the KFI Morning News.
ELVIRA: KROQ, 1982-83. "Elvira" was a tv personality who gained prominence by becoming the gothic goddess, Elvira the Mistress of Dark on KHJ's weekly show, Movie Macabre.
Born Cassandra Peterson on September 17, 1951 in Manhattan, Kansas, she worked as a showgirl at the Dunes Hotel in Las Vegas, had small roles in several films, including Diamonds Are Forever and Pee-wee's Big Adventure, and was a member of the Groundlings improv group.
In an October 2016 interview with Chris Hardwick on The Nerdist Podcast, Peterson revealed that she was scalded on over 35% of her body in a kitchen accident when she was one and a half years old. She said that she was teased at school over her scars and jokingly added that her Elvira costume "showed only the good bits."
Emerson, Bryan: KIKF, 1987. Unknown.
Emm, Barbara: KGFJ, 1981. Barbara worked in news department at KGFJ.
EMORY, Patrick: KFWB, 1968-70. Patrick was one of the original newsmen at the launch of the all-News format at KFWB. He went on to a successful tv news career at KNXT (now KCBS)/Channel 2, Pittsburgh, St. Louis and 10 years with CNN. He died June 5, 2016, at the age of 73.
“I've been fortunate enough to be in on some of the big stories of the last half century. I was in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles in 1968 when Robert Kennedy was assassinated, literally a few feet from where he was shot. I was also was heavily involved in covering the Tate-LaBianca murders in 1969, the East Los Angeles riots of 1969, and Hurricane Agnes' devastation of Pennsylvania in 1972.
"When I left KFWB I was 26 and filled in for Jerry Dunphy at KNXT/Channel 2. Looking back, I just wonder whether I would have been a lot happier staying in one town all my life. I don’t think so. It’s been inconvenient at times, but I have seen this country and met people everywhere.”
ENBERG, Dick: KMPC, 1966-78. The signature, "My, Oh My" instantly identifies Dick. He has been the radio and tv voice of the California Angels (perhaps the best ever), the radio voice of the Rams, the tv voice of UCLA basketball, a play-by-play telecaster for tv's basketball games of the week and in the early 1970s hosted Sports Challenge. Since 2009, he's been the voice of the San Diego Padres and plans to retire following the 2016 season. The Baseball Hall of Fame named Dick as the 2016 Ford C. Frick Award, honoring baseball's legendary broadcasters. Dick died December 21, 2017 of a heart attack. He was 82.
Born in Armada, Michigan in 1935, he was a football quarterback, basketball center and baseball pitcher in high school in Michigan. Dick began broadcasting while a student at Central Michigan University in the mid-1950s.
He started at WCEN as a dj for $1 an hour and within a month he was sports director, covering Little League baseball, Golden Gloves boxing and basketball. He pursued post-graduate work at Indiana University, earning a master's and a doctorate in health sciences. Shortly after arriving in Bloomington, Dick applied at WFIU, and the receptionist eventually became Mrs. Enberg.
In the early 1960s he started teaching health education and was assistant to the president at San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University Northridge). He pursued radio to augment his teaching salary of $5,800, according to a profile in the LA Times. In the summer of 1962 KGIL offered him $9,200 to be a dj, which he declined.
For the next couple of years he worked part-time for KGIL, KNX and KLAC.
In 1965 he left teaching to join KTLA/Channel 5 in the sports department and started out covering boxing. After 12 years as Rams play-by-play announcer, he left for the NBC network.
The many accolades Enberg has received for his work include 14 Emmy awards, nine Sportscaster of the Year awards, the Ronald Reagan Media Award and the Victor Award, recognizing the top sportscaster of the past 40 years. Enberg holds the distinction of being the only person to win National Emmy awards as a sportscaster, a writer and a producer. In February 1998, he became just the fourth sportscaster to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Enberg has been honored in the Pro Football Hall of Fame (Rozelle Award), the National Basketball Hall of Fame (Gowdy Award) and Baseball Hall of Fame, the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame.
ENGEL, Rene: KCSN, 1978-80; KCRW, 1980-88; KPCC, 1988-96; KUSC, 1996; KCSN, 1997-2001; KLON/KKJZ, 2001-02. Rene left his post as program director at KKJZ in the fall of 2002.
The third oldest in-use L.A. call letters, KLON, were given up in August 2002 for KKJZ. They got Tony Bennett to endorse your product. The singer enthusiastically supported 88.1 FM's jazz and blues programming - and particularly Chuck Niles - during a press conference. Bennett appeared with KKJZ/fm general manager Judy Jankowski at the Hollywood Bowl's Rooftop Grill prior to his performance as part of the station's ‘Jazz at the Bowl’ concert series.
KLON, a public radio station at Cal State Long Beach, has long been a marquee name among jazz stations in the U.S., and its distribution via cable and satellite dish has made it well known globally, too.
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ENGELMAN, Ron: KRTH, 1979-81; KWST, 1981-83; KMGG, 1983. Ron spent his time in Los Angeles radio teamed with John London. The London & Engelman morning team was enormously popular. Ron died August 29, 2007, following a 3-year battle with lung cancer caused by Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam, according to his 19-year old daughter, Krista. He died peacefully in his sleep at home, in the Texas Hill Country. He was 68.
Ron was born in Denver. The radio bug bit him in 1961 at Northeastern College in Sterling, Colorado. He started at KGEK-Sterling and moved on to KBOI-Boise, then mornings at KLAK-Denver and KLIF-Dallas in 1973 where he met his eventual partner, John London. Ron became nd at KUPD-Phoenix in 1975 then to KHOW (“96KX”)-Denver. When Ron moved across town to KTLK-Denver, he began as a team with John and stopped doing news. Their journey took them to Portland, back to KLIF, to KULF-Houston, and then K-EARTH in 1979. Within days of their arrival in L.A., they stirred it up with a skit that had Eddie Haskell teaching the Beaver how to snort cocaine. The duo admitted that their Denver act was a bit sicker than what they did on KRTH. After KMGG ("Magic 106,") they did some tv writing before joining WFLA-Tampa and then KMEL-San Francisco in 1986. During their stay in the Bay Area, which would be their last as a team, Ron was in the hospital twice, once for open heart surgery and later for an aorta bypass. The break-up of the London & Engelman partnership was, as Ron related in a 1998 telephone interview from his home in New Mexico, "real ugly."
Ron went on to WZOU-Boston in 1990, followed by a return to the Bay Area at KSOL-San Francisco. In early 1993, Ron became a talk host at KGBS-Dallas. Shortly after his arrival, all hell broke loose. "Waco hit and all of a sudden I and the station became a link with David Koresh and the Branch Davidians,” said Ron. “Tapes of my show were being monitored and obtained by the FBI. I was on virtually every single press outlet. At one stage the Branch Davidians hung a banner from the fortress that said WE WANT RON ENGELMAN." The government would not let Ron approach the compound and controversy swirled. He made an emphatic point that he did not agree with David Koresh, but, as Ron said, "POWs during the war were treated more humanely."
After the Waco incident, he lost his job and had "a real, real tough two years." While waiting for his next radio assignment, he restored a 1934 Rolls Royce, which is now in a Houston museum. Ron purchased some land in New Mexico and moved there in 1994. Thanks to Waco, he was unable to keep steady job in radio until he was hired once more in 1999 for Talk Radio Network, doing live late-night national news broadcast from Wichita Falls. After his contract ran out in 2000, he and his family returned to New Mexico where Ron returned to fill-in work for KKOB.
Ron was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2004, and a tumor was removed from one lung. He was given three to five years to live. When his condition began to worsen post surgery, he needed to move to sea level to breathe easier. He and his family relocated to the Texas Hill Country (between San Antonio and Austin) in January of 2006.
Ensara, Roger: KDAY, 1984. Unknown.
Epps, Warren: KGFJ, 1978; KKTT, 1979. Warren works for Big State Music Distributing in the Carolinas.
Epstein, Bob: KLON, 1981-95. As a USC student, Bob was programming a film series. He later moved to UCLA, where he began to lecture on film history in the late 1960s. The pioneering film archivist and radio jazz personality co-founded the UCLA film archives. Bob was one of the original founders of Filmex, the influential though now-defunct Los Angeles Film Festival. Bob died of an apparent heart attack on April 8, 1995, just hours before he was scheduled to do his radio show. He was 57.
EPSTEIN, Norm: XTRA/KOST, 1968-73; KPSA/KLVE, 1973-75; KMPC, 1975-84; KLAC/KZLA, 1986-93. The former general manager at KLAC/KZLA became a principal in Travel Related Marketing, an advertising/marketing company specializing in the travel industry.
Norm developed Marketron, a computer radio reach/frequency system. He developed the first AM/FM sales combo with XTRA/KOST. In the mid-70s, he became owner of KPSA/KLVE. A more creative general manager you will never meet.
Born in Los Angeles in 1936, Norm spent the mid '50s at UCLA and USC, graduating USC in 1958 with a B.S. degree. In between his radio assignments, Norm has owned several companies, including TEETOTUM Enterprises, where he developed the BOMP, a highly successful promotional tool during the rock years of KFWB.
Norm and his wife Sandra were married in 1956. Norm is also a cartoonist who developed "Chickisms," a cartoon strip which featured quotations from the legendary Laker broadcaster, Chick Hearn. Norm is a past chairman of the SCBA and has been a board member of numerous companies including Variety Children's Charity.
Erdmann, Luz, KAJZ; KIIS, 1993-96; KKGO, 1998-2001; KLON/KKJZ, 2001-06. Luz is an independent marketing professional.
ERICKSON, Keith: KLAC, 1979-87. The former Laker broadcaster was partnered with Chick Hearn for seven seasons. Keith got the job when Pat Riley vacated the chair in 1979.
Keith had worked for CBS Sports for two years following his retirement from basketball in 1977. He quit the Laker broadcasts in 1987 to become president of Sports Fantasies.
Born in 1947, Keith is a former UCLA basketball star and was a pro player for the Lakers and Phoenix Suns for 12 years. He was a member of the 1964 U.S. Olympic Volleyball team. He is much better remembered for having played basketball at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden. Erickson played on Woodenâ€™s teams that won NCAA basketball championships in 1964 and 1965.
Keith was then drafted by the NBA, and played for 12 years, through 1977 for the San Francisco Warriors, Chicago Bulls, Los Angeles Lakers, and the Phoenix Suns. He averaged 9.5 pts and 4.5 rebounds in his career, in which he played in 766 NBA games. John Wooden once remarked that Erickson was the best athlete he had coached, and he was known for playing the backstop position on the feared UCLA zone press.
After his playing days ended, Erickson became a broadcaster, serving as a color commentator for the Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, and for the NBA on CBS.
ERVIN, Dave: KBIG, 1993-97; KZLA, 1997-2000. The former general manager arrived in Southern California from WQAL-Cleveland. He previously programmed KGON-Portland, WNIC-Detroit, WCLR-Chicago and WMYG-Pittsburgh.
Dave was upped to gm of KZLA when Bonneville (KBIG) and Chancellor (KZLA) traded facilities.
In the summer of 2000, Dave moved to St. Louis as president of Bonneville's four-station cluster.
In late 2020, Dave was getting the official word on the birth of a brand new Rebuilding Together affiliate - “REBUILDING TOGETHER - CITY OF ANGELS” (Los Angeles). "I’m honored to serve as the founding Chairman of the Board," Dave posted on social media.
Ervine, Jeff: KWIZ, 1990-91. Unknown.
Erwin, Ron: KGBS, 1966-68; KROQ, 1969; KPPC, 1970; KGBS, 1970-76; KFWB, 1992; KFI. Ron owns an ad agency in Encino.
ESCALANTE, Joe: KLDE, 2006-08; KEIB, 2019-21. Joe joined mornings at Indie 103.1/fm in late spring 2006 and left in late 2008. He hosted a weekly show on Indie103.com called, "Barely Legal Radio."
He is most widely known as the bassist for the punk rock band The Vandals and co-owner owner of their record label Kung Fu Records. He is the host of Joe Escalante, Live from Hollywood, on KEIB every Sunday afternoon.
Born on January 30, 1963, Joe graduated from Loyola Marymount University in 1992. For a time he hosted a legal advice radio show, and he used his legal skills to stay involved. He crafted deals with bands like Blink 182, and he applied his negotiating prowess to form his own record label. Escalante says a background in law is essential for anyone interested in an entertainment career: “Many of the best managers are lawyers. Everyone in this business should have a JD because it equips you for anything.”
Loyola was a good match for Escalante—his father briefly attended and his sister is an alumnae. He remembers a property class, an antitrust course and a criminal law class as pivotal educational experiences. Although he planned a career as a prosecutor, an internship at CBS turned into a staff position.
Escalante teaches Catechism at St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Hawaiian Gardens where he is a daily communicant.
ESCARSEGA, Ron: KRLA, 1989-2000; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC/KLOS, 2010-13. A native of Los Angeles, Ron was head of operations at CBS Radio/LA cluster until a downsizing in the spring of 2009. He joined KABC/KLOS as apd.
In early 2013, Ron was transferred to Cumulus' KGO/KSFO as operations manager. He was briefly part of the marketing/sales department at CRN Digital Talk Radio.
ESCANDON III, Joshua: KIIS, 1991-94; KAGR, 1991-92; Q105, 1992-93; KGGI, 1993-94; KIBB, 1994-95; KCMG, 1994-95; KOST, 1998-2000; KBIG, 2000-05; KRTH, 2006-08. Joshua worked middays at Oldies K-EARTH until the spring of 2008. He hosted Friday nights at the Laugh Factory.
He started doing radio at the tender age of 16 working afternoons at KAGR in Ventura. That turned into working as an intern, production and programming assistant for Rick Dees at KIIS/fm for four years. Joshua got a gig on-air at Q105/Ventura while securing a five-year tenure at the original ABC Studios' The Hollywood Palace as dj, music director and marketing director and playing music on behalf of KIIS, POWER106 and 106.7 KROQ.
He earned Mix-Show Director and on-air stripes at LA Dance station B-100, then started doing mornings when they flipped to MEGA100 for the Jeff Wyatt morning show. Joshua worked for KOST and sister station KBIG104, for both stations for over seven years. He got picked up by Premiere Radio Networks and was syndicated on over 300 markets in the U.S. Then had the opportunity to move to CBS Radio and perform early afternoon-drive duties at K-EARTH 101.
ESENSTEN, Barbara: KFWB, 1979; KABC, 1985-86. Barbara produced short features for many years at KABC and did news commentary at KFWB.
She began writing for television. She was considered one of the top soap writers for decades. Barbara produced short features for many years at KABC and did news commentary at KFWB.
She married LA Times radio writer James Brown and the couple began writing for television, including the Dynasty series. Barbara died in November 2012. She was 72.
ESPINOZA, Elizabeth: KFI, 2014-15. The former newsperson at KTLA/Channel 5 and CNN Latino joined Mark Thompson for middays at KFI in February 2014. They left in October 2015.
“Elizabeth and I met in person a couple years back, after having watched her for years," said KFI programming chief Robin Bertolucci. "She's got a great personality, grew up right here in Southern California, and she's a well-known news goddess. We are thrilled to have them both on our team.” In early April, Elizabeth fessed up that her announced engagement to producer Todd was an April Fools’ prank. “They made us do it.” She didn’t identify who in management made them do it. Todd confessed that this was something he didn’t want to do. “They put us on the spot and it was like, you’re going to clean bathrooms here or you’re going to do this,” added Elizabeth.
Esquivel, Gilbert: KIBB, 1997-98. Unknown.
ESTRICH, Susan: KABC, 1991-97. Susan was the national campaign manager for the Michael Dukakis Presidential campaign. She was the first female president of the Harvard Law review. She teaches at USC.
In 2019, a movie about the Roger Ailes/Fox saga, Allison Janney will play Estrich, who represented Ailes even after a slew of sexual harassment allegations surfaced against him.
Susan hosted her own Sunday morning show on KABC "TalkRadio.”
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, Susan earned her B.A. with highest honors from Wellesley College. She earned her J.D. magna cum laude from Harvard Law School. She had been on the senior staff of the Mondale-Ferraro presidential campaign in 1984 and Ted Kennedy's in 1980. She was the first woman president of the Harvard Law Review. Susan sat in for Michael Jackson since 1991 and was one of the morning drive commentators. In the summer of 1997, KABC moved Michael Jackson into her weekend time slot and forgot to tell Susan.
EUBANKS, Bob: KRLA, 1960-67. The popular host of tv's The Newlywed Game got started in radio at KACY-Oxnard before arriving in Southern California for the all-night shift at KRLA. He worked morning drive as well as other shifts hosting "Teen Toppers," playing the most popular songs from all the schools in the Southland. Bob risked his personal finances to bring the Beatles to Los Angeles. The gamble paid off and he ended up producing all of the Beatles shows for the three years they toured Southern California. Bob was also the promoter behind such acts as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Stevie Wonder, Barry Manilow, The Who, The Beach Boys and the worldwide Merle Haggard Tour. Promoting led to management. He managed such performers as Dolly Parton, Barbara Mandrell, The Everly Brothers and Marty Robbins. He owned teen nightclubs: The Cinnamon Cinder at the traffic circle in Long Beach and Main Street in Alhambra.
For more than two decades, Bob asked the questions on The Newlywed Game that garnered some of the most memorable responses in television history. In 1995 he released a video tape of the classic moments from the show. He has also served as host for Rhyme & Reason, Trivia Trap, Card Sharks, Dream House and Family Secrets. Every year Bob hosted The Hollywood Christmas Parade and Tournament of Roses Parade for KTLA. The Bob Eubanks Southwest Gallery featuring Native American handmade jewelry, kachina dolls, rugs and such are regularly featured on the Home Shopping Network.
Bob ended his show on KRLA with: "Love thy neighbor, but don't get caught."
EVANS, Daryl: KRLA, 1998-2000; KSPN, 2001-06. Daryl is part of the broadcast team for the LA Kings.
When former NHLer Daryl Evans looks back on his hockey career, he doesn't reminisce about the obvious game-winning goal during Miracle on Manchester, or any other game-winning goal for that matter. What stands out for him are the moments where he was able to appreciate the journey of going from a small, slow Toronto kid to skating in the "greatest league in the world," as he calls it. He specifically recalls the first time he returned to Toronto to play at Maple Leaf Gardens, the very place he watched the Leafs play as a young boy and dreamed of competing in the NHL. For Evans, Toronto will always be home home, but after being drafted to Los Angeles, he was able to create a secondary family in California. "Coming to Los Angeles was incredible," Evans said. "It's just a whole different part of the world. Especially at a young age, it was a great experience." What Los Angeles lacked in Evans' mind, however, was the advancement of hockey training in youth players compared to Canadian markets. "I promised myself that if I did stay out here that I would get involved in those programs," Evans said. And he would stay true to his word.
It all started when the Cadillac dealership became a sponsor of the Kings, and the dealership received inventory to run a 30 second radio commercial. There was only one problem: they didn't have someone to read the spot. Evans' boss shrugged the issue off and offered that Evans could take a shot at it. So, he obliged and headed to meet Nick Nickson, who was the play-by-play radio analyst at the time, alongside Mike Allison. Upon arriving, Evans learned Allison wasn't in attendance and would have to miss the next game due to family matters. "Well, who's doing the game with you?" Evans asked Nickson, who hadn't considered a replacement yet. "I'll do it with you," he offered. The successful car salesman, who had been listening to Nickson for years, was going to have his voice echoing through car speakers for the first time, instead of being on the receiving end. And as they say… the rest is history. That first radio gig snowballed into several other opportunities with the Kings. First, Evans joined the organization as the Director of Premiere Seat and Suite Sales. Then, he filled in part-time on the radio, and later was eventually offered the full-time radio gig. All this, while he was still managing the car dealership. (from NHL.com)
Evans, Darryl: KBLA, 1961-64; KXFV, 1966-67; KGFJ, 1968-69; KUTE, 1973 and 1975; KROQ, 1977 and 1980; XPRS, 1982-84; KIEV, 1992-96; KRLA, 2005-06; KCSN, 2010. Darryl specializes in Oldies music and he is an advocate for disabled rights. He had a weekend Oldies show at KCSN for many years. He can now be heard on the Internet with a a doo-wop show at tuneinradio.com/Classic Soul.
Evans, Don: SEE Darryl Evans
EVANS, Frank: KRHM, 1957-64; KHJ, 1965; KDAY; KFI, 1973. "Frankly Jazz" was the title of his radio and tv show and ultimately his signature. He was also known for his radio programs that were a play on his name, his music program being called, "For Evans Sake" and his commentary named "Frankly Speaking."
Born and raised in New Jersey, Frank studied dramatic arts at New York University. He was an actor on Broadway and played drums in a combo before taking his passion for music to a career in radio.
As a Quaker, Frank was exempt from serving in World War II and during the 1940s he worked at WFTM-Ft. Meyers, WDNC-Durham, KYW-Philadelphia and KSBR and KSFO-San Francisco. While in San Francisco he worked with Jack Webb. When Jack started Dragnet, he offered Frank a continuing role on the successful series.
He brought his family to L.A. in 1951 to pursue radio and an acting career.
Frank was a heavy smoker and he died December 27, 1973, at the age of 56.
EVANS, John: KNX/fm, 1979. John did the morning news at KNX/fm for Robert David Hall. He is now a news anchor at KCBS-San Francisco.
He’s been on the air in San Francisco since 1979 having worked as both a newsman and a Rock, Jazz and Classical music dj. John and his partner live in the Oakland Hills with their three dogs. He has three grown sons, two of whom live in the East Bay and one in Seattle. They’re all lifelong San Francisco Giants fans.
His weekend passions including gardening and landscaping their half acre which features a year ‘round vegetable garden and 15 fruit trees. John enjoys vegetarian cooking, artsy films, live theater and all-things Italian. He has studied the Italian language for more than 20 years. John’s an avid reader and book collector and enjoys great novels on the human condition and Bay Area history books. He’s also a music buff and spends hours listening to and managing his collection of thousands of CDs and mp3s. John also is a CrossFit athlete. He’s either working out at his favorite CrossFit gym or getting friends together at Lake Merritt in Oakland or Kezar Stadium in San Francisco. (from KCBS website)
EVANS, Mike: KFWB, 1964-65; KABC, early 70s; KBIG, 1972; KNAC, 1975-79; KABC, 1976-78; KROQ, 1979-89. Mike hosted "Mike Evans On the Go" that was heard on 55 stations daily. He was part of KROQ morning show pre-Kevin & Bean.
"My wife and I divorced when our daughters were 7 and 8 and she took them back to Missouri where she herself was raised. Wanting to be a part of my girls’ lives, every Friday after getting off the morning show at KROQ, I would fly to Missouri, be there in time to pick them up from school and fly back to Los Angeles Sunday night. I did it for 9 years when one day my youngest daughter, a sophomore at the time informed me she was very serious about a boy in school – even talking about getting married. Wanting to put the kibosh on it, I asked to meet his parents and family. Turned out he only had a widowed mom and a younger sister. His mom and I talked them into waiting, and getting married halfway through college. I continued to fly to Missouri every weekend and following high school, and the kids went to different colleges. I also started dating his mom and when it was all said and done, the kids broke-up and I married his mother, so instead of being husband and wife, they became brother and sister. A footnote - I also adopted my new wife's daughter, and so she wouldn't have to leave her friends, I continued to commute to Missouri for 3 more years."
Evans, Monika: KFI, 2001. Monika was part of the news organization at KFI.
EVANS, Pat: KKDJ, 1974; KEZY, 1976; KHJ, 1979; KHTZ, 1979-80; KRTH, 1982-85. Following a five-year stint as pd at KSMG-San Antonio, Pat is now the in-house voiceover and production guy for WOAI/KTKR San Antonio.
Quite a career: 70-72 KIST Santa Barbara (Pat Evans; 72-74 KDON Salinas (Pat Evans 74-75); KKDJ (Pat Evans); 1975 KIQQ as (Pat Garrett); 75-76 KUPD Phoenix as (Pat Garrett); 76 KRIZ (as Beaver Stephens); 76 KEZY then KRIZ then KUPD (busy year); 77-78 KXKX Denver (as Beaver Stephens); 78-81 KHJ (Terry Foster; Terry Moreno); 81-86 KEarth (Pat Evans); 86-89 KSFO-KYA San Francisco; 89-90 WSHE Ft Lauderdale; 90-95 as PD WINC Winchester, VA; 95-97 as PD KSMG San Antonio; 97-2020 WOAI-IHeart Media San Antonio as Creative Services Director
Evans, Scott: XTRA, 1959-61; KDAY, 1966. On his retirement, Scott worked for Albert and James photographers in Santa Ana.
Evans, Scott: KLAC, 1989-90. Scott worked afternoon drive at KLAC when it was a Country station and he's now a voiceover artist.
EVANS, Stan: XTRA, 1959-61; KDAY, 1966; KFOX, 1969-76. Stan was a dj on XTRA in 1959 and one of its first anchormen when the station converted to all-News. He later went to KDAY where he won an award for a Pearl Harbor documentary in 1966.
“When Gordon McLendon took over the operation of 690 in May 1961 he kept Stan as a senior news reporter for the world's first and only all-news station XETRA known as ‘XTRA News,’ according to Pat Maestro. Later in 1966, Stan joined KDAY when the format became Oldies Request radio. He was not only one of the best djs at that time but also news director. Originally, Stan had planned a career in politics but he discovered he had a real handicap. Stan was gay and back in the 1950s a person labeled as gay had no place in politics. "When I met Stan in 1966 in Tijuana where the studios and transmitter of XTRA news were located, I truly admired him as the announcer," Maestro continued. "He never let the fact that he was gay interfere with our friendship. When Stan passed away in 1970 from throat cancer, there was not a word anywhere of the great lost of one of LA’s greatest djs and news announcers. Stan had a very authoritative delivery when he did the news and his distinctive voice has never been matched then and now."Just like the brochure reads: Stan was a major reason for 690s Living Sound."
On retirement, he worked for Albert and James photographers in Santa Ana. Stan passed away in 1997.
EVANS, Tony: KTNQ, 1976-77. Tony is production director for iHeart Radio in Phoenix.
After KTNQ, he worked at KCBQ-San Diego, then back to Phoenix where he's been since, on KUPD, KOPA and KSLX, the Edge, KEZ and The Coyote, and KYOT.
Tony's been on the air for 45 years.
Born in St Louis, he went to Arcadia High in Scottsdale, and Phoenix College.
EWELL, Roy: KRLA, 1959-63; KLAC, 1967-68; KRLA, 1968 and 1973-76; KGIL, 1976-77. Roy worked Pittsburgh (KQV) and in San Francisco at KFRC before joining KRLA.
Roy was one of the original "11-10 Men," arriving in Pasadena for the nine-to-noon slot. When he left KRLA the first time, he went to KEWB-San Francisco as Scott Bridges.
At KLAC, Roy worked the talk format in afternoon drive. He left radio to experiment with tv and hosted the Tempo Show on KHJ/Channel 9 with Bob Dornan.
Last heard, Roy is retired and living in Santa Monica.
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