Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, G
Compiled by Don Barrett
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G, Captain: KKBT, 1993-94. Born Greg Beasley in 1960 in Chicago, he was the youngest of 13 children. While working in St. Louis in the early 1990s, Greg produced a syndicated show called "Urban Mix" that ironically was carried on the station he would end up working for, KKBT. The midday jock died July 1, 1994, at the age of 33. He did his regular show on June 30 but on July 1 was rushed to Daniel Freeman.
G, Johnny: KFWB, 1965. Johnny Gilbert died while working as an airborne traffic reporter at KULF-Houston in a helicopter accident on March 15, 1974.
G, Julio: KDAY; KKBT, 1995-2001; KZAB, 2004-05; KDAY, 2005-07. Following the death of rapper Easy-E, Julio started co-hosting the weekend show, "The Mixmaster Show." Julio moved into the evening slot in early 1996. He left KKBT in 2001.
Born Julio Gonzalez, the influential west coast hip-hop dj was raised in Lynwood. He is credited for being responsible for the rise of gangsta rap as part of the KDAY radio station on-air talent in Los Angeles. Following KDAY, he was a dj at 92.3 The Beat (which later moved to 100.3 before going defunct). At KDAY he worked afternoons until the summer of 2007.
He's now concentrating on his musical career.
Gable, Bob: KHJ, 1973. Bob last worked at WMMO-Orlando.
GAFFNEY, Mary Kate: KFI, 2018-19. In January 2018, the Ohio born Mary Kate joined the overnight news shift at KFI. She studied Public Relations and Journalism at the University of Cincinnati.
Following graduation, Mary Kate was hired as an entertainment reporter in Los Angeles at SpinMedia. She later moved to more traditional reporting, working for FOX19 and later an ABC affiliate in Cincinnati.
Before moving back to Los Angeles, Mary Kate was in Phoenix launching and hosting FOX News' first digital show. Discovering a knack for public speaking and telling stories, Mary Kate was hired as a news anchor for iHeartRadio. She had previously hosted on her local iHeartRadio station in Cincinnati, 700WLW.
Gage, Bob: KFOX, 1958; KBIG, 1958-64; KEZY, 1964. Bob owns a wholesale business in Paso Robles.
GAIVAR, Carlos: KNX, 1994-2006. Carlos was one of the all-night news anchors at KNX until the spring of 2006. He was retired and living in Miami when word of his passing reached us. Carlos died on December 1, 2020 at the age of 74 from COVID-19, according to his friend and fellow US Marine Corps Vietnam veteran, Rudolph Brewington. ''I will miss him," wrote Brewington.
Carlos joined KNX in 1994 as an anchor/reporter. Prior to coming to the station, he was a freelance news writer and producer at WTTG/TV and anchor/business reporter for WTOP-AM (both in Washington, DC).
The Brooklyn, New York native also worked for other DC stations, including WRC, WJLA/TV and WOL-AM. His duties have included news anchor, news reporter, talk show host, jazz programmer and dj.
Carlos graduated from the University of Maryland in 1977 with a BS degree in radio/tv/film. He also minored in journalism.
A former Marine Corps Sergeant, he was project coordinator for the Latino Institute at American University. He wrote, produced and directed “VIVA LATINO,” a 30-part radio series funded by the U.S. Office of Education. The series won a 1979 Ohio State Award for "creative use of the radio medium." The veteran broadcast journalist belongs to the National Federation of Hispanics in Communication, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists, the Hispanic News Media Association of Washington, and the American Federation of TV-Radio Artists.
Galiffa, Dee: KLFM, 1966-69; KJLH, 1969-71; KREL, 1971-72. Dee was gm at KREL during the r&b doo-wop period. When he was a dj, he was known as Horace Winkk.
GALLACHER, Ken: KJOI, 1973-74; KFI, 1984-2006. Ken retired from KFI in the Fall of 2004 and worked a weekend shift from his home in Virginia. He left the weekend show in 2006.
Ken was part of the "TNT" morning news magazine format on KFI. For many years Ken did news features on Dr. James Dobson’s syndicated “Focus on the Family” radio program.
GALLAGHER, Fred: KFWB, 1971-80; KNX, 1980-99. Fred was a longtime sports guy who stepped down in 1999. In playful play on words, morning anchor Tom Haule introduced Fred for the last time as "not shy, certainly retiring." Tom had high praise for Fred near the end of his shift: "Sometimes we’re moody in here and Fred has always been a joy to work with. Constantly in control, just setting a standard for the rest of us. You approach the job with a very even tempo and a very clear control over everything you’ve done. We’re gonna miss you. We really are."
Co-anchor Linda Nunez joined in the farewell praise. "They’ve had lots of people sitting in this anchor chair. You’ve been the only one, the only sports guy. You’re the only morning guy left in the 10 years that I’ve been here. We’re really going to miss you," echoed Linda. Fred is well known for his long sportscasts. "We figured it out," Tom told Fred. "You were actually going to retire at the end of the year but taking all of your sports reports, realizing how each one has gone over time, it’s now over for you. We’re actually a dysfunctional family at times, but as we like to say, we’re losing one big member," Tom concluded.
GALLAGHER, Mike: KRLA, 2001-22. Mike's syndicated Salem show moved to morning drive on October 1, 2001. In August 2002 he moved out of morning drive and is now heard late nights at KRLA.
How Mike fell in love with radio: "In 1978, as a high school senior, I got a job at a local construction company in my hometown of Dayton, Ohio. I worked in the mailroom as an assistant to a great guy named Grady. He loved the local talk radio station, WAVI ("People Power - WAVI"), and always had it on in the mailroom. I, too, became enamored with the format and loved the local personalities: Bob Kwessel, Brad Clay, Chris Mitchell, and Art Barrett. I remember those guys like it was yesterday. One day, I mustered up the nerve to drive to the station and ask for a tour. As I walked by the bulletin board, there was a memo saying they were still looking for a young "talkmaster" ("talkmaster" was the fairly pretentious term they used for talk hosts then) and I figured, heck, I'm 17 and I want to talk on the radio, I can do that. So I knocked on program director Chris Mitchell's door, introduced myself, and told him I wanted a job. He let me go on that evening for one of the hosts who was out sick, and they hired me the next day. I've been talking on the radio ever since."
Gallardo, Fred: KLOS, 1977; KLSX, 1987-88. Fred was last seen working for a car dealership in Simi Valley.
Galvez, Francisco: KLAX, 2001; KMJR, 2001. Pacorro is part of a syndicated afternoon drive show. He is a seasoned voice actor and imitator, and he lends different voices to create characters for the show.
GAMACHE, Tom: KPPC, 1969; KMET, 1969-71. Tom was at the vortex of “underground radio.” He was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. Tom became good friends with Peter Wolf (later of the J. Geils Band) while attending Boston University’s School of Communication. Tom was quoted in an R&R special edition on “The AOR Story” about Peter’s influence. “Peter was responsible for getting me to sit down in front of the microphone for the first time. He and I used to sit around listening to our collections of Little Walter records.” Peter told Tom about the MIT 30-watt FM off-campus radio station that reached practically every student in the city.
Armed with a box of his own records, Tom set out “to make as much of a travesty of commercial radio as possible.” He spent 2 years at MIT radio and two more years across town at Boston University’s 50,0000 watter, WBUR. A few more months at WBCN-Boston and then he sold everything, bought his first new truck ever and headed West looking for any and all other “progressive” stations.
He got to L.A. and took a late evening shift at KPPC and soon thereafter was one of the first three “live” jocks on KMET. “I believe that what we were doing on the radio in the mid to late sixties was exactly the opposite of what financially successful ‘rock stations’ (like KMET) would later become. Today the written history of the format picks up in the early seventies and sings the praises of profit rather than the early history of the creation of a culture.”
After radio Tom became involved with record production, management and radio syndication. He also became a master of outdoor photography, working with many national parks, magazines and newspapers doing both landscape and wildlife work. From Arnold Passman’s book, D.J.’s: “Tom is generally recognized as the first of the underground rock jocks.” R&R concluded: “Tom was a radio revolutionary in the truest sense.”
Gandell, Al: KTYM. Unknown.
GARABO, John: KZLA, 1993-95. John died from complications of diabetes on March 16, 2012. He was 46.
In the summer of 1993, KZLA teamed John, who was known as "Johnny Jumpster" at KFRG-San Bernardino, with John Murphy for morning drive. The pairing as a radio team was a first for both.
John was born and raised in New York City and his first job was at NBC in Rockefeller Plaza. In the summer of 1995, John left KZLA and segued to WWYZ-Hartford for morning drive. He went on to mornings at WZPT-Pittsburgh and WDSY-Pittsburgh.
John settled in Fresno where he worked at KSKS ("KISS Country 93.7). Most recently he worked at Country “Rooster 101.9” ZFKY in the Cayman Islands until the end of 2010. He then moved to New York City for a while, but vowed to return to Fresno, where his two children live. "I just couldn't stand being away from my children," he told The Fresno Bee in January 2011. "I want to come home to Fresno. I miss the market and the best audience I've ever had."
GARBER, Mary Beth: Mary Beth was president of the SCBA and she was the Katz Radio Group Executive Vice President for Radio Analysis and Insights. She now has a successful VO career narrating audio books.
In 2008 Mary Beth was named Broadcaster of the Year at the annual national Radio Advertising Bureau convention in Atlanta. Mary Beth led the SCBA for over a decade. During that time the Los Angeles Radio market grew to be the largest in the world, and the only one with annual revenues – again in 2007 – exceeding one billion dollars. During her tenure she co-produced, in conjunction with Arbitron, three behavioral studies about media usage and created the concept of ‘The Virtual Neighborhoods of Radio.’ (
An early and vocal advocate of radio’s continued importance as a 21st century medium, she has written and spoken throughout the country on the value of using Radio together with the Internet to build stronger, more targeted marketing campaigns. After receiving her award in Atlanta, Mrs. Garber continued her advocacy urging the ballroom of 1,200 Radio execs to spread the word that “The Internet won’t kill Radio. It will make Radio.” Mary Beth has received numerous honors over her distinguished advertising and broadcast career including the Genii Award for Excellence in Radio, from the American Women in Radio and Television, the 2007 Golden Buccaneer Award from PIRATES (Print, Interactive Radio and TV Education Society) for her philanthropic endeavors, and she has been on Radio Ink magazine’s list of ’20 Most Influential Women In Radio’ since its inception in 1999.
GARCIA, Dominick: KRLA, 1986-97; KIKF, 1997-99. Dominick also worked at Metro Networks.
Dominick grew up and went to school in Denver where he got his early broadcasting experience working as an assistant tv director and part-time booth announcer as well as doing weekends on radio. "I was always playing with tape recorders and listening to the radio. Growing up, one of my favorite radio stations was the ‘Mighty 95,’ KIMN. When the boys in the neighborhood were saving up for a new football, I was saving up for another new album." In 1974 and through the disco era, he jocked on KDKO-Denver. The station was cited as station of the year by Billboard. Later in the 1970s, Dominick worked in radio and acted in community theater in Santa Fe. He spent half of the 1980s back in Denver radio working on KBRQ, KDKO, KLSC and Magic Johnson's station, KRZN.
He moved to Southern California with the sole purpose of getting a radio gig but ended up working as part of the crew for Hollywood Center Studios. Eventually Dominick joined KRLA in a behind-the-scenes capacity. From the all-night shift he spent three years doing middays. At KIKfm, he worked as Donnie Lee.
Garcia, Eleazar: KSCA, 2002-05. Eleazar took over as pd at the Spanish KSCA in the summer of 2002.
GARCIA, Jeff: KPWR, 1998-2015; KRRL, 2015-22. In the early Fall of 2005, Jeff was promoted to sports guy in Big Boy's Neighborhood. He's now executive producer of The Cruz Show at KRRL (Real 92.3).
Jeff is a bright example of hustling that pays off. Born in Orange County, he grew up in Hacienda Heights. "I was working in a restaurant when I heard ‘Power’s’ Frank Lozano invite people to be guest dj’s. I used to take him food from the restaurant. He really piqued my interest in radio. I’ve always been a music person, but he got me excited about radio."
Jeff joined the Academy of Radio & TV in Huntington Beach and got the basics. "Just knowing about cart machines and reel-to-reel gave me an advantage over other interns." In 1993, Jeff started working overnights at KGGI and eventually moved to evenings. Early in 1996 he joined KMXE-Las Vegas and shortly after he arrived, the station flipped formats. "During the summer of 1996 I was playing Hootie & the Blowfish six days a week in Las Vegas while I drove through 130 degree temperatures for the weekend shift at KPWR." Eventually he was offered two weekend shifts and decided to move back to the Southland. "Vegas pretty much sucked." When overnighter Josefa Salinas married Coolio, Jeff was offered the all-night shift on an interim basis and decided to quit a weekday job at a beer distributor and make a commitment to do anything he could at the station. From a part-time production guy, he is now doing it full-time.
Garcia, Vince: KTWV, 1998-2004. Vince worked swing at "the WAVE."
GARDNER, Bill: KPCC, 1984-2000; KKJZ, 2006-07; KPFK, 2000-20. Bill hosted the quintessential doo-wop music show on Friday nights at KPCC until a format change dropping all music programming in the spring of 2000. He is a supervisor of social workers who aid victims of child abuse in Los Angeles County. His weekly show, Rhapsody in Black, moved to KPFK in May 2000 and he hosted a weekend show on KKJZ playing jazz, blues and classic r&b until the spring of 2007 when there was a management change.
Born June 4, 1938, in Los Angeles, Bill is the quintessential host of Southern California's long-standing doo-wop music show, the “R&B Time Capsule.” He graduated from Jefferson High School and Cal State Los Angeles. When KPCC eliminated music, Bill took his show to KPFK. The tall historian is frequently seen supporting the Southern California Doo-Wop Society. "My mother used to play all those old r&b records [Louis Jordan and Dinah Washington] and that's how I got interested in music." His mother worked at Flash Record Store at Western and Jefferson.
Gardner, Jay: KHJ, 1984-85; KRTH, 1985-90; KCBS/fm, 2002-04; KRTH, 2006-15. Jay took over as production director at K-EARTH in early March 2006 and stayed until a downsizing at K-EARTH in late summer of 2015. He's also been the voice of CBS/TV.
GARDNER, Randy: KGBS, 1973-75; KFOX, 1975-76; KGGI, 1981-84; KMGG, 1984; KOST, 1984-85; KRTH, 1985-89. Randy is commercial production director for CBS Radio in Washington, DC.
Born in L.A. in 1958, Randy got hooked on radio when he won the Beatles White Album from Humble Harve on KHJ. "It was a school night and past my bedtime, so I used the phone under the covers with a flashlight. At age ten, hearing my name over the radio was a magical thing." While being a "go-fer" for the jocks at KGBS in 1973, he landed a weekend job carting up phoned-in dog race results. After working in the mail room, traffic and production departments, the late KGBS pd Ron Martin gave the precocious 16-year-old his dj debut on a Sunday night when the 50k daytimer would sign back on. As Randy Moss, he made stops at KFOX and KGOE. He moved to Las Vegas in 1978, where he was on KDWN, KORK and KENO as Steve O'Neil. Returning to Southern California in 1981, he was md, then pd at KGGI.
By 1988 he settled on the name Randy O'Neil and was doing middays at KRTH AM930. "It was a full circle thing for me, stepping into the very studio where Humble Harve announced my name 20 years earlier.” That same year Randy's voice was selected to be a permanent part of the STAR TOURS attraction at Disneyland. On New Years Eve 1990, Randy moved his family to Portland where he did middays on KXL/fm and performs character voices on nationally released CD-ROM projects. "It was fun being a small fish in the vast L.A. radio waters, but I discovered that a smaller pond is much more to my liking."
GARLAND, Les: KIQQ, 1974-75. Les began his career as a radio and television personality and became an influential radio programmer in the 70s, exerting even more influence on the 80s as co-founder/originator of both MTV: Music Television and VH-1.
As MTV Networks svp, Les was the executive producer of the first six MTV Video Music Award shows and the Live Aid concert in 1985. Instrumental in the development of the “I Want My MTV” campaign, Garland also developed the weekly Basement Tapes show featuring unsigned artists competing for a recording contract. He launched MTV Spring Break, which remains a staple of the channel and created the first “Making Of” and “MTV World Premiere” music videos. Garland received multiple achievement awards during the MTV years, including Cable Ace Awards and Billboard Magazine’s Innovator of the Year.
Following their years together at MTV, Garland and Robert W. Pittman co-founded Quantum Media, launching a music company and television properties such as The Morton Downey Jr. Show and Streets, television’s first reality cop show.
During the prime years of contemporary music radio, Les programmed KELI-Tulsa, WRKO-Boston, K-100 (KIQQ), and CKLW-Detroit, the Motor City’s Big 8. Discovered by pop radio producers Bill Drake and Paul Drew, Garland became a top radio programming executive.
Garland was later picked by Doug Morris and Ahmet Ertegun to head up West Coast operations for Atlantic Records. During the 1980s, record-setting revenues were achieved through releases from Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, Genesis, Abba, Aretha Franklin, Foreigner, The Spinners, Phil Collins and many other chart-topping recording artists. Additionally, Garland is a founding member of both the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and The Academy of Digital Music Arts and Sciences.
GARMAN, Ralph: KROQ, 1998-2017. Ralph was the entertainment guy on the morning KROQ Kevin & Bean show and a great contribution to the success of the show before he was unceremoiously let go. Originally hired to be the entertainment guy, he ended up doing bits, sketches and voices. He’s always wanted to act and because of the morning show, he met one of the producers of NYPD Blue resulting in playing a recurring role as a policeman for four seasons.
Ralph realized the biggest jump in his acting career – a movie starring Al Pacino.
A career in radio was never on his radar screen while growing up in a Philadelphia suburb. His father worked the central part of the East Coast for the distribution arm of Paramount Pictures, which meant that he booked Paramount films. He graduated from LaSalle University and he was determined to get a Screen Actors Guild card before moving West to pursue his dream. He appeared in an ABC Afterschool Special that was filmed in Philadelphia, which resulted in SAG membership.
Since 2018, Ralph hosts a five-day-a-week “The Ralph Report,” along with comedian Eddie Pence.
GARNER, Anita: KBIG, 1984-88; KBLA, 1990-91. Anita's personal journey with preacher/singer parents is now a book called The Glory Road that was published in the spring of 2021.
Anita was KBIG’s first full-time on-air female, hosting afternoon drive. With AM driver, Byron Paul, she also co-hosted MCA/Universal’s nationally syndicated “Great Starship.” After leaving KBIG, she wrote, produced and hosted “Something Special” for Media America. It was a weekend radio magazine, featuring celebrity interviews and lifestyle topics along with AC hits.
Anita was “Lovely Nita” in the ‘70’s on KROY in Sacramento. “KROY was a rock powerhouse and I spent most of my time in production or going to contest-giveaway-public-appearances as ‘KROY’s Miss Money,’ but they’d occasionally throw me on the air in place of one of the guys, surprising the young girl groupies who pressed their faces [and more] against the control room window where their [male] deejay idols usually held forth."
Anita grew up on the air, singing with her parents, who were evangelists and recording artists in the Deep South. “We were gospel gypsies, criss-crossing several Southern states, which is good training for a career in broadcasting.” She later owned an advertising agency in Northern California, working with a mix of retail, corporate and broadcast accounts, winning creative awards for writing and producing. As a voiceover, Anita has also represented many national, regional and local accounts. For a decade she was the voice of KCET/tv. As a writer for hire, she’s edited, “sweetened” and “doctored” for others. And now she has her own book.
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GARNER, Blair: KIIS, 1992-93. Blair worked at WPLJ-New York before arriving in the Southland. He started part-time and briefly moved to afternoon drive. Blair left KIIS to concentrate on Country formatted-satellite services and the "After MidNite Show" (syndication canceled in 2020) under the name Blair Garner.
In the spring of 1997 he began hosting the syndicated “The Country Chart.”
Born in Canyon, Texas, a small town near Amarillo, Blair caught the broadcasting bug at an early age. The owner of Canyon’s only radio station who encouraged him to try his hand at broadcasting discovered him. During his college years, Blair worked at KAFM-Dallas, WASH-Washington, DC and Austin’s KHFI. After receiving his degree in advertising from the University of Texas, Blair joined KKBG-Houston. From there he went to WPLJ. His next stop was afternoons at KIIS. In addition to radio, Blair has a love affair with cars, owning and restoring over 50 of them. On Country music, Blair said: “This is the music I grew up with and have always been drawn to. It’s so exciting for me to be doing this show with all the music and artists I love!”
GARR, Bill: KRKD, KNX, KIEV. Bill broadcast race results for Southern California radio stations for close to 40 years. He died March 28, 2015, at the age of 98.
Born and reared in San Francisco, Bill was the manager of the UC Davis radio station. After graduation, he became a newscaster in San Francisco. During the 1950s, Bill was a dj in Los Angeles until he began covering the thoroughbred racing circuit in 1959.
“Bill had a gift for making a race come alive,” said a colleague, “so much so that your heart pounds as the field nears the finish line. Only the smell of the stables is missing when he’s on.”
Bill did an old fashioned, easy paced program about horse racing where he would call the races and give the results at the end of the day. Bill also hosted “Call About Racing,” which aired on weekend mornings. His morning show included scratches, interviews, plus calls and results.
Garr had been retired for years and had been in poor health, preventing him from coming to the track he loved most, Santa Anita, according to a story in the Daily Racing Form.
Garr’s first live show from Santa Anita was broadcast on December 26, 1959. For nearly four decades, he broadcast his show – a forerunner of today’s racing shows – from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar. He also worked on local racing telecasts in the 1960s.
In addition to his exhaustive broadcast schedule, Garr was known for some of the corniest jokes at the racetrack, ones in which he took great delight in telling if only to see the reaction of his audience.
He’d remind you to have a hot dog, because you were “guaranteed to have a weiner.” After watching a horse named Forty Winks win, he called the horse “a real sleeper.” When Jerry Bailey was riding, he’d ask, “If Barnum runs a horse does he have to put Bailey on him?”
Garrett, Keli: KORG, 1978-80; KUTE, 1980-87; KXEZ, 1990-93; KACE, 1990-93. Unknown.
Garrett, Nicole: KKTR, 1998. Nicole worked for one of the traffic services.
GARRETT, Pat: KIQQ, 1974-75; KHJ, 1979-80; KWST, 1980-81; KMGG, 1981-83; KEZY, 1984-85; KKHR, 1985; KODJ, 1991. Pat was the operations manager for the Cumulus 7-station cluster in Savannah, Georgia.
Born Mark Beauchamp on February 13, 1951, he was also known as Mark Thomas during a couple of stops on Los Angeles radio.
He got his start in Palmdale radio. At KHJ he was known as "The Unknown Disc Jockey." When he left KIQQ, he went to his first pd job at KAFY-Bakersfield. He left the Southland to program an Oldies station in Salinas.
In 1998 he was the image voice at KBIG.
GARROWAY, Dave: KFI, 1970-71. Dave was part of a historic day in tv. In early 1952 NBC opened a broadcast with a shot of Dave looking outside through the "Window on the World" in New York City. The Today show was the first that featured his signature sign-off with hand raised, uttering one word, "Peace." He hosted the show from 1952 to 1961. He was acclaimed for his calm, understated manner. His thick-rimmed glasses gave a whole generation of imitators that owlish look.
His broadcast career began shortly after he got his college degree from Washington University in St. Louis where he majored in abnormal psychology. He was visiting New York City in 1937, as he told it, when "some gal got me drunk and I woke up next morning as an NBC page." He spent many years at WMAQ-Chicago. After his wife died a tragic death by jumping from a building in 1961, he felt compelled to quit the Today show. He went on to do local radio and tv shows in Boston and then to KFI. Dave committed suicide on July 21, 1982, in Swarthmore, Pennsylvania. He was 69.
Garver, Gary: KLSX, 1993-2006. Gary worked production and hosted a weekend show, "The Single Life" at KLSX until the Spring of 2006. He now hosts a syndicated radio talk show that is televised live at RockMeTv.com. He's also business manager at KCAA-Inland Empire.
GARZA, Erika: KRTH, 2005; KLAX, 2006-08 and 2015-17. Erika joined Hollywood Hamilton as co-host of the morning K-EARTH show in February 2005 and left a month later. She worked twice at LaRaza 97.9/fm.
Erika is a Mexican-American, multi-facet, bilingual, bicultural journalist. She began her career in 1997 in news at Univision Fresno, later worked at ABC-Bakersfield and CBS Radio. In 2003, Erika moved to Los Angeles and transferred into entertainment on radio and television. In entertainment, Erika hosted national tv shows for Univision, Telemundo, TV Azteca, LATV and Mun2. She has hosted dozens of live events and award shows such as the red carpet of Latin Billboards, Fiesta Broadway, Fiestas Patrias, Premios de la Calle and Premios Los Angeles.
In 2017 she was active in an effort to bring SAG-AFTRA union to Spanish Broadcasting System (owner of KLAX). She was terminated by La Raza during an on-air commercial break from her show, according to the LA Weekly. “I was given no reason. They said they wanted to exercise their right to do it.” Garza said the union drive gathered steam in part because young on-air personalities with hit shows at the station allegedly were being paid less than minimum wage. “Some of my co-workers are 21 years old. [The station is] No. 1 in the market, and [the co-workers] aren’t making money and don’t have medical coverage or anything like that.” Nine months after SAG-AFTRA accused SBS of numerous violations of labor laws, the two sides hammered out a nearly half-million dollar settlement.
Garza thanked those that spoke out on their behalf. “We hope our experience inspires those living in the shadows to step up,” Garza said.
Garza, Joaquin: KLAX, 2000-10. "El Chulo" joined KLAX from the Z Spanish Network. Since 2010, Fiesta 97.1 is a radio station that focuses on the Hispanic Population in Austin, Texas and its Metropolitan Area. “El Chulo de la Manana” is the most important program of the radio.
Garza, Pepe: KBUE, 2004-06. Pepe was program director at KBUE.
Gaskins, Bob: KTWV, 1988. When KMET changed to New Age-y KTWV, Bob was one of the first new voices along with Danny Martinez, Talaya Trigueros, Don Burns, Keri Tombazian, and Amy Hiatt.
GASKINS, Yolanda: KABC, 1991-94; KMPC/KTZN, 1994-97; KABC, 1997-99. Yolanda hosted a talk show on “the Zone” (KTZN) until the late summer of 1997 when a format switch to “Disney Radio” occurred. She left the station when it was KMPC in late 1996 and rejoined the Talk facility in early 1997. Yolanda is an attorney and the first African American woman talk show host on KABC. She left the station to become the midday host on KLIF-Dallas on January 6, 1999.
In 2003, Yolanda moved to Washington, DC and began hosting a show (Love & Money) on XM satellite radio. She left XM in 2006 to start Gaskins Media Works, a strategic communications firm. Yolanda is an honors graduate of Lincoln University in Pennsylvania and Georgetown University Law School.
In a profile in the LA Times, Yolanda related how she became interested in broadcasting. It was when she was 7, on the back porch of her grandmother’s house in Washington, where she grew up, and was inspired seeing Leslie Uggams, one of the first African American woman on tv. Yolanda was also profiled in O Magazine (April 2005.) Yolanda began work in television as co-host of PM Magazine on the Fox station in Washington and then became talent/senior producer for Black Entertainment Television. She moved to Miami to become Entertainment Reporter for the NBC affiliate in Miami.
While at KABC, Yolanda began making appearances on CNN as a commentator and in 1993 became the first African American woman to become a show host/news anchor on a cable news network. She is an actress, known for Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman in 1993, The System in 2003 and The Wire in 2002.
Gassman, John and Larry: KPCC, 1980-2000; KCSN, 2000-01. The identical twin brothers hosted "Same Time, Same Station" for years. They have a company that acts as a clearing house for radio/tv audio clips and source material for old radio shows.
GATES, Daryl: KFI, 1992-94. The LA Police Chief died April 16, 2010. He was 83. “Controversial” snaked its way throughout the three-page profile of his life in the LA Times obit, much of it centered on the tumultuous years as Los Angeles Police Chief from 1978-92. But this story begins where his police career ends.
In early 1992, there was a sea of voices calling for Gates to step down. A 50,000-watt voice, KFI, loudly led the charge along with the LA Times. Talk show hosts were merciless in their frustration with Gates and demanded his resignation. The day after Gates announced that he was stepping down; KFI’s pd David G. Hall stepped up with an offer to host a daily show at KFI. “I knew in a million years there was no way he was going to take my phone call so I sent him a fax. I suggested to him that instead of constantly being a 10-second sound bite, he could have a full four hours to do with what he wanted.”
Hall was shocked with a return fax saying Gates was interested. “We met and made a deal.” Hall was a relatively new program director in 1992, just two years on the job. He had just let another controversial figure, Tom Leykis, go from afternoons and was planning to bring in John & Ken from a successful run in New Jersey. It was a timing issue for Hall. He knew that Leykis’ supporters would take out their rage about losing him on the new guys, John & Ken, so David needed a bridge, a program to separate the end of Leykis and beginning of John & Ken. Enter Daryl Gates.
“I knew we would have an unbelievable cume with Daryl Gates,” said Hall, “and there would be people waiting to hear him and what he was going to say. This gave me a honeymoon period to work on his talk show skills. When we made the deal it was for afternoon drive for 3-4 months and then he would move to 7 p.m. – 9 p.m. Gates told me that when it came to law enforcement he was the expert and I was the idiot but when it came to doing a talk show, he was the idiot and I was the expert. He told me to never hold back on giving advice. He said he wanted to be a sponge because he didn’t want to go on the air and embarrass himself. I could sit with him and he would take notes.”
“I’ll tell you one thing he didn’t like,” said his original producer, Marc Germain. “It was racist jokes. From time to time people thought that was a way to ingratiate themselves into the conversation and he wouldn’t crack a smile. You could tell he was kind of insulted by it. He was not the guy that some media portrayed, that sense of white versus them. He was not in any way, shape or form a Klan member, white supremacist or anything like that. He was completely the opposite. Another behavior that people might be surprised about is that the Chief used to drive through the worst parts of town and he was greeted like a returning king. They loved him. The idea that he was somehow hated and vilified just wasn’t true.”
Gates admitted that it was pretty sweet to be on KFI, a station that once called for his resignation. The honeymoon period and perhaps novelty of having the embattled police chief as a talk show host came to an unhappy end. Perhaps like when Kato Kaelin and Susan Olsen (Brady Bunch) talked out their celebrity status at KLSX, there was nothing more for the Chief to talk about and his contract was not renewed.
Gates, Gene: KZLA, 2000. SEE Gene & Julie
Gates, Kelli: KLYY, 1997-98; KLOS, 1998-2012. Kelli was part of the morning team at KLOS, until late summer of 2012 when Mark & Brian left after 25 years. She was doing mornings at 97.7 The River FM in Santa Rosa, CA until 2017.
Gato, El: KNAC, 1986; KWIZ, 1988-95. The Killer Kat has returned to school and lives in Bakersfield.
Gehringer, Jeff: KKGO, 1986-89; KACD; KIKF/KMXN/KSPA, 1998-2018. Jeff is business manager for the Art Astor radio stations.
Geiger, Steve: KKLA, 2002-09; KFSH, 2006-09. Steve worked weekends at "the FISH" and Christian KKLA. He currently works as a Video Technician for meetings and live corporate events.
GEIST, Mary Ellen: KFWB, 1989-92; KABC, 1996. Mary Ellen left her slot as morning anchor at KGO-San Francisco in the summer of 2004 and in the fall joined afternoons at WCBS-New York. She left broadcasting to help her mother and care for her father with Alzheimer's. Mary Ellen wrote about the experience, Measure of the Heart, in a best selling book. She is now a news anchor with KSL-Salt Lake City.
After a radio career in the biggest markets in the country, Mary Ellen has experienced some major adjustments in both her outlook on life and her day-to-day mindset. “I had to change my whole way of thinking when I got off the hamster wheel. I’ve started working on a second book. I sing in small jazz clubs, in fact, I communicate with my father through singing. And I have no money but I am happy. It is a different kind of life. I am on the cusp here that if I don’t get another book deal.
"Ken Beck trained me and he was such a wonderful mentor. Without Ken Beck I wouldn’t be here. I don’t think any of the wonderful things would have happened to me in radio if he didn’t take me under his wing. Coming from Michigan I had no idea what I was doing and he just saw potential in me. He was the best. I followed him to KGO and he just taught me so much and had incredible patience. I feel so incredibly fortunate to have begun my radio career with Ken Beck at the helm.”
Geller, Andy: KODJ, 1989; KLOS; KSWD, 2015. Andy has an active voiceover career and does promos for network tv. In the summer of 2015, he joined KSWD (100.3/The Sound) for fill-in.
GELLER, Valerie: KFI/KOST, 1988-90. Valerie is the author of Creating Powerful Radio and Beyond Powerful Radio, the books that have become the bible for all programming and station execs. She travels the world consulting stations that emphasize news, talk, information, and personality radio.
Valerie has a love affair with radio, not just any old Talk Radio, but compelling Radio. For decades she has been part of major broadcast seminars and conventions. The former program director at WABC-New York and executive producer at KFI/KOST explained one of strategies of compelling radio in an LARadio essay:
Use "YOU." If there was a magic word to guarantee you could get the attention of a listener would you use it? Of course. And there is such a word. Radio's Magic Word is: "YOU." Always talk to the individual. Of course, logically and intellectually you know that when you are talking on the radio you are in reality, talking to more than one person, but on the radio, the magic, the connection, the power of radio, is based on the feeling of intimacy between the presenter on air and each individual person listening. It never works as well on radio to talk to all those "folks" or "People out there listening" or "all of you..." USING YOU instead of "I." Whenever you can, always try to talk to one individual. If you use YOU instead of We-I-Me or Us, listeners feel the deeper, and true connection. Think of the difference, "I have tickets to give away" or "You can win tickets."
And it's not just radio. A few weeks ago, I went looking at houses with a friend who has just had twins and they need more space. The realtor said: "Now, this would be your kitchen over here. Your bedrooms are upstairs, the guest room is in the back. Now, you could knock out this wall and make this an open plan. Your garden would be here, in the back..." This REALLY REALLY works. It may take a little time to get it, but it is worth the effort, as long as you have patience, and understand that as human beings, it is hard to change old habits. Perhaps you are familiar with the work of Australian based brain researcher Dr. Evian Gordon? (www.brainresource.com) If so, you may already know that according to the research, it takes a 1000 times of repeated behavior before you rewire your brain to change a habit, so KEEP TRYING. I have a stack of bright yellow "post-it" notes. They are everywhere and have the word YOU on them. It helps.
Gene & Julie: KZLA, 2000. Gene Gates & Julie Jacobson spent 8 years working at KVIL-Dallas until exiting in late 2012. They own an Italian restaurant in Dallas.
GENTRI, John, KHJ, 1965. John was at KHJ just before "Boss Radio" and left before the "Boss Jocks" arrived. After leaving radio, John went on to write, produce and direct documentaries for KNBC/Channel 4. He won the Emmy for best documentary for “Whatever Happened to Hollywood?” Nearly every one of his documentaries were nominated for the Emmy or won other achievement awards. John also starred in his own talk show in the late 60’s called “Boutique.” With all seven of his children in tow, he received a master’s of communications from Loyola University in Los Angeles.
A firm believer in education, he continued to work on his PhD until his health forced him to move his family to Connecticut. There he began writing a book and returned to host his radio show at WGCH in Greenwich. He began his company, Deltri Media and developed numerous programs for the American Heart Association. In July of 1976 at the age of 48, John passed away from a massive heart attack. A devout Catholic, he never liked the idea of ‘passing away’ but much preferred the term “temporarily interrupted.” John was a one-of-a-kind human being. He had a hilarious sense of humor, incredible intellect, and sparkling blue eyes and was completely devoted to his family. He loved his “Dear hearts and Gentri People,” and they loved him. He is greatly missed by his children, his 20 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.
GEORGE, Wally: KABC, 1987; KLAC, 1987-90; KIEV. In the summer of 1996, Wally underwent surgery to remove a potentially fatal blood clot that had been pressing against his brain. He died from complications of cancer on October 5, 2003, at the age of 71.
The right-wing, flag-waving conservative hosted a loud talk show, Hot Seat, on an Orange County tv station, KDOC, for many years. Wally was an aide to former Los Angeles mayor, Sam Yorty, and served as a sidekick during the mayor’s short-lived show at KGBS. Wally hosted a talk show on KABC and KLAC in the late 1980s. In the summer of 1996 he underwent surgery to remove a potentially fatal blood clot that had been pressing against his brain.
George was the father of actress Rebecca De Mornay, had been at an Orange County hospital for three months due to complications from cancer. KDOC had been airing reruns of the show since George underwent surgery to remove a bone near his spine that had disintegrated due to cancer. He said at the time the problem was discovered by doctors after a fall in his Garden Grove home.
George told the Los Angeles Times in 1984 that fans saw him as a "down-to-earth guy who's speaking not so much from a highly intelligent brain but who's speaking from his heart and gut. They say that I'm a lunatic, that I'm a maniac, but why do you have to smile at your guests and be nice and let them say what they want to say?"
Born George Walter Pearch in Oakland to a former vaudeville actress and the owner of a shipping company, George moved to Hollywood with his mother and at age 14 became a disc jockey with KIEV.
Georgi, Bill: SEE Bill McEntire
Georgia, Eva: KPFK, 2002-07. Eva stepped down as general manager at Pacifica Radio's KPFK in October 2007. She is is president/producer of Savannah Films.
GERMAIN, Ann: KFI, 1989-93; KEZY; KIEV; KFWB, 1999. Ann was a news anchor at KFI.
Born in Southampton, New York, on December 3, 1966, she was raised in Calverton, New York. Ann landed her first job in radio as a part-time dj and production engineer at age 17 after first interning at WRIV/AM in Riverhead, New York. While attending Syracuse University (1985-’88), she spent summer holidays working at WBAZ/fm in Southold, New York. Ann graduated from Syracuse with a B.S. degree in broadcast journalism at the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications in December of 1988. Following graduation, she moved to California and landed a job as a tv production assistant at KCOY/TV in Santa Maria. In 1989 she was hired by KFI/KOST to work for both the news and programming departments. In March of 1990 she was promoted to KFI operations coordinator, but continued to work as a fill-in news anchor/reporter. While at KFI, she met and married Marc Germain (a.k.a. Mr. KFI, then Mr. KABC). In 1993 she joined Air Traffic Communications in Santa Ana as a traffic reporter, news writer and anchor, broadcasting on a number of Southland stations including KEZY and KIK/FM. “In 1997, I bowed out of radio life to become a stay-at-home mom to two children.” She joined KFWB in 1999 as a part-time writer.
GERMAIN, Marc: KFI, 1992-96; KABC, 1997; KTLK, 2007. Marc worked afternoon drive at K-TALK until late 2007. He was formerly Mr. KFI and Mr. KABC. He now broadcasts at TalkRadioOne.com.
First introduced to local audiences as “Mr. KFI,” then renamed as “Mr. KABC,” Marc finally used his own name on the air, though sometimes referring to himself as “Mr. K” while on KTLK. When he left KTLK, he said, "I understand how business works. I appreciate that radio is focused on cutting costs right now. But, I worry about what's being cut along with costs: character, originality and individuality – the very heart of what makes radio great. Reducing all of radio to a handful of voices really is the opposite of what the audience is asking for. It shouldn't be a surprise to anyone who thinks clearly why audiences are shrinking. The growth of podcasting demonstrates that people are hungry for more points of view, not fewer. What encourages me is the belief that there are still people in this industry who want to restore radio, not decimate it. I want to believe that the pendulum will swing the other way, and companies will start working to make radio a more dimensional and exciting experience that will deliver big audiences for advertisers. And I want to believe that will happen soon, because technology is enabling us to make our own entertainment if as consumers we aren't getting what we want from traditional media outlets."
GERARD, Nick: KSUR, 2003-04; KKJZ, 2008. Nick worked morning drive at Adult Standards, "K-Surf" until a format change in the summer of 2004. He's now hosting Nothing But the Blues at K-Jazz.
"My decades-long obsession with radio began at age ten," wrote Nick. "When I’m on the air today, I still experience the same wonderful thrill I did in my first on-air job at age 17. In fact, it’s better, because I’m far more sure of myself behind the mic than I was back in the early years. I would have, however, managed my career differently. I’d have made career decisions based on my strengths: on-air performance and production. Instead, I took some detours into medium-market pd positions. I also hit the streets as a radio AE for five years. I learned much and had some success in these jobs, but personally speaking, for pure, exhilarating professional satisfaction nothing beats the euphoric rush of a good day on the air! LThirty-five years into it, I’m thrilled to be here. With all that’s happening, why would a radio pig like me do anything else?"
GERSHAN, Kevin: KIQQ, 1974; KMPC, 1975; KMGG, 1983-84; KQLZ, 1985; KRTH, 1992-98. Kevin is a producer at Entertainment Tonight.
As a Los Angeles native, Kevin's interest in radio began while growing up in the San Fernando Valley, as one of the charter listeners to Boss Radio 93/KHJ. As a teenager, he helped to start closed-circuit radio stations at both Mullholland Junior High and then Birmingham High School, and is credited with creating and launching the first curriculum in the LA City School District to teach a Radio Broadcasting Class which would familiarize students with the medium and earn them their FCC Third Class Commercial License with Broadcast Endorsement. It was at KHJ where his long-time association with Robert W. Morgan began.
First as a station groupie, attending broadcast remotes and the annual Teenage Fair's at the Hollywood Palladium, Kevin seemed to follow RWM from station to station. His first paid position was as an intern at the Drake-Chenault consulted K-100, where both Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele migrated from KHJ. Next he worked in various positions at 710/KMPC in the news, sports, music and programming departments and eventually wound up as the apd and producer of the Robert W. Morgan Show, and worked with him on the syndicated Record Report and Special Of The Week. He followed Morgan to Emmis Broadcasting's Magic 106 and acted as morning show consultant to Morgan's shows at KRTH. He also acted as a writer for Scott Shannon on KQLZ during the "Pirate Radio" years.
Kevin has also held television production positions at Solid Gold (where RWM was the announcer for seven seasons), Arsenio Hall Show, Hard Copy, Real-TV, EXTRA!, various network tv specials. He produced the Robert W. Morgan Boss-Ography, a tribute to RWM.
GERONIMO, Don: KIIS, 1981-82; KFI, 1982. Don works morning drive at at "The Big 100"/WBIG-Washington, DC.
Starting his radio career at age 14, Don arrived in Southern California in September 1981, from WNDE-Indianapolis. He worked the evening shift and was replaced by Laurie Allen a year later. In 1982, he went to WLS AM&FM-Chicago as weekend and swing shifter. Don suffered a mild heart attack in 1984. In 1990 he was teamed with WAVA-Washington, DC production director Mike O'Meara for a “morning zoo show.” One of their stunts resulted in a $50 million lawsuit. The suit was filed by the WWMX promotions manager who claimed invasion of privacy after the duo called her a lesbian during a live broadcast. The case was settled, and terms were sealed, according to trade reports. By 1993, Don was working for Unistar. A year later he and Mike O'Meara had a very successful syndicated morning show on WW1 based at WJFK-Washington, DC. Don co-hosted the pre-game show for the Washington Redskins.
Don started his career at WROK-Rockford, Illinois. In the 2010s, he hosted a podcast.
Gershuny, Howard: KUSC 1968-72. Howard was host of the long running late night rock show Underground Airbag, as well as program director at KUSC. Current whereabouts unknown.
GERVASI, Alex: KIIS, 2014-19. Alex joined weekends at KIIS in early 2014. She was from the KISS station in Austin. In early 2018, she was moved to middays at KIIS. After six years with the Top 40 station, she exited in late 2019. In the spring of 2020 she joined Universal Music Groups Music and Tactics. She serves as a Team Lead and Catalogue Curator.
Originally from South Jersey, Alex is one of the busiest and most adored on-air personalities at iHeartMedia. She voicetracks shows at Channel 93.3-San Diego and Z-100-Portland.
Her passion for radio broadcasting was formed at an early age when she accompanied her aunt to various iHeartMedia events in Philly. As an on-air personality, Alex loves to inspire listeners and her fans appreciate not only her clever wit and humor, but that she uses her platform in radio to empower women.
GEVINSON, Anita: KLOS, 1980-81; KMPC/KEDG, 1988-90; KSCA, 1993-96; KMPC, 1993-96; KLSX/KRLA, 1997-2009. Born March 25, Anita grew up in Levittown, Pennsylvania, and after graduating from Neshaminy High and Bucks County Community College, she went to Mexico for a couple of years.
She started her radio career in 1977 at WCAU-Philadelphia's Disco format. In 1978 she worked at WMMR-Philadelphia and in 1979 went to WCOZ-Boston. After KLOS Anita returned to WMMR and moved across town to WYSP in 1983.
In the mid-1980s, Anita was one of the most popular personalities at WCAU/AM with a talk show called "Ask Anita." She has used simply the name Anita for many of her jock stops.
In 1994 Anita went to work anchoring news and traffic reports at Shadow Broadcast Services. She worked middays at KSCA and hosted a Saturday night KMPC talk show on relationships. With the demise of the AAA format on KSCA in the spring of 1997, KSLX, “Real Radio,” adopted the Alternative format for weekends and Anita was one of the first hired.
In late 2012, she published her memoirs, titled, You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio: My Wild Rock 'n Roll Life. Her book chronicled wild times with Hall & Oates, Daryl Hall, The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir, E. Street Bandmember Nils Lofgren, Emerson Lake & Palmer's Carl Palmer, Jefferson Airplane's Marty Balin, Video darling Billy Squier, Deep Purple's Roger Glover and Warren Zevon.
GIBBONS, Leeza: KBIG, 2002-07. Leeza was the tv image for KBIG. She had a weekend show at the Hot AC station.
Using her experiences hosting, producing and reporting for shows such as Entertainment Tonight, The PBS show My Generation and her own talk show, LEEZA, Gibbons became an instrumental advocate for healthcare, wellness and caregiving, ultimately becoming a social entrepreneur creating the non-profit Leeza's Care Connection.
Family is at the core of many of Leeza's pursuits and it was her mother's struggle with Alzheimer's disease that inspired many of Leeza's actions. After winning Celebrity Apprentice, (in the final season in which Donald Trump was the host), Leeza took her earnings and invested them in her home town, Columbia, SC to support family caregivers at her flagship Leeza's Care Connection location. Her focus on helping other "call on their courage" and "summon their strength" during a health challenge is a common theme to her life.
Leeza is currently seen on-camera as co-host of The Rose Parade and host of The Three Week Yoga Retreat. (from her website)
Gibson, Steve: KGIL, 1969-74. Steve worked in the news department at KGIL.
GIFFORD, Larry: KSPN, 2006-10. Larry was program director at KSPN. He arrived in the Spring of 2006 and later went on to program the Bonneville sports station in Seattle. Larry left in early 2013.
Larry's current situation began with a question from his son: “Daddy, why’s your arm shaking?” That question came one January night in 2017. “My outstretched arm was trying to hand my eight-year-old son a glass of water. It was shaking uncontrollably. I wouldn’t have an answer for my son for seven months when I was diagnosed. “My symptoms were a disparate collection annoyances; a shuffling, foot-dragging walk, tremors in my arm, loss of coordination and balance, and difficulties speaking, sleeping and focusing sometimes. I never linked the symptoms as one thing. I assumed I was tired or my shoes were too heavy, or I was just out of shape. By the time I was diagnosed, I probably had been battling the disease for a decade. Symptoms began appearing three or four years ago, and through those undiagnosed years, doctors tell me I lost approximately eight per cent of my brain cells.”
Larry says he and his family create new memories each day that he hopes aren’t stolen by Parkinson’s.
Gilbert, Jack: KMPC, 1965; KGIL, 1966. Unknown.
GILL, Cliff: KEZY/KORG, 1959. Cliff owned KEZY and KATY-Hemet. He died September 8, 1999, in Vista, California. He was thought to be in his late 70s.
Cliff was owner of KATY in Hemet/Temecula, which was named after his wife. Cliff was a station broker and coordinated the sale of KFI to Cox Broadcasting in 1973 for a then unheard of price of $14 million.
Cliff owned KEZY in Anaheim from 1958 until 1964 and was the station general manager. "He built the station after tramping the hills of Orange County and finding a 5-tower site after ‘the world’ told him that another AM would never be built in greater L.A. [5 towers = magic pattern]," according to Johnny Gunn. He "built" another impossible station when he got a license for the village of Avalon on Catalina Island and used the Pacific Ocean as his "ground system" to cover Southern California with a clear shot from 26 miles across the sea in 1954 for owner John Poole. Cliff had many other ownership interests while in business with Willie Davis of KACE.
He was the chairman of the NAB Radio Code Board, a policy group that directed operation of the new self-regulation until set up by the NAB. Cliff had been chairman of NAB's Standards of Good Practice Committee. He also was part owner of the Palladium, near Sunset & Vine.
Gill, Jeff: KJLH, 1990-97. Jeff is a partner/VP Sales at dwell California Real Estate & Investments.
Gillian: KJLH; KRLA, 1984-91; KACE, 1994-2000. Gillian Harris worked afternoons at KACE until a format change to Spanish. In early 2000 she appeared in her debut film, Plausible Denial.
(Melrose Larry Green, Gene & Julie, and Kelli Gates)
GILLILAND, John: KRLA, 1965-70. John created one of the bright spots in Southern California radio history, "The Pop Chronicles." The show was narrated by Thom Beck, John and Sie Holliday.
John was born October 18, 1935 and graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in English. John worked at two Dallas stations, KCUL and KLIF. For two years beginning in 1959, John was a member of the multi-award-winning news department at KILT-Houston and then moved on to KOGO-San Diego until joining KRLA in 1965. Inspired by the Monterey Pop Festival of '67, John approached the station with the idea of an audio history of pop music. John tells the story from his home in Quanah, Texas: "The plan was to do interviews with, maybe, fifty of the most influential contributors to Pop music in the '50s and '60s and weave them into some 25 programs. Two years later, when "The Pop Chronicles" made its first appearance on KRLA, the interviews totaled more than 100, and the series clocked in at 55 hours."
John worked briefly on "The Credibility Gap" but concentrated on his "Chronicles" commitment. In 1971 he joined Gene Autry's KSFO-San Francisco and spent most of the decade producing a 24-hour blockbuster series on the 1940s and working as an evening jock.
"After KSFO I retired from the business in 1978 and came home to Quanah to be with my parents during a difficult time. At the same time, I began writing a long-planned comic novel about broadcasting." The book was never published and in 1985 John returned to radio at KRBE-Houston. "In '87 after my mother's death, I came back to Quanah intending to sell the family home, then ended up settling in." During the 1990s, John was producing documentaries that included "Christmas Quanah" and "The History of Quanah" for the Chamber of Commerce. In 1994 his Pop Chronicles: The Forties was published as an audio book by the Mind's Eye.
John died July 24, 1998 of an apparent heart attack. He was 62.
Gilmore, Doug: KJLH, 1984-86. Doug was program director at Stevie Wonder's KJLH.
Ginas, Alexis: KIIS/fm, et al, 2021. In the summer of 2021, Alexis was named president of the iHeartMedia/LA.
Ginell, Cary: KCSN, 1976-87; KFAC, 1987; KCLU, 1994-2004. Cary is the publisher of VC On Stage, a webzine for Ventura County theater arts.
GIROCCO, Dawn: KLOS/KABC, 2015-19. Dawn was appointed market manager for the Cumulus cluster in LA (KLOS/KABC) in the summer of 2015. When Meruelo Media purchased KLOS, Dawn left the cluster. She is now VP of Sales for the six-station Cumuus group in Dallas.
Prior to her Cumulus/LA assignment, she was gsm for iHeartMedia’s KIIS/fm.
An accomplished L.A. radio professional for more than 20 years, Girocco was honored by Radio Ink Magazine as one of the Most Influential Women in Radio.
GJERDRUM, Tom: KIIS, 1994. Tom is the operations manager for Midwest Communications in Sioux Falls.
Tom grew up in Winona, Minnesota and graduated from Winona State University with a B.A. degree in mass communication.
He started his radio career at KAGE-Winona and in 1987 was md and evening jock at WLXR-LaCrosse.
Before joining KIIS Tom programmed KZOK-Rockford, KQKQ-Omaha and KKLQ-San Diego. When he left the Southland he programmed KFMB-San Diego and in the summer of 1995 he joined WZPL-Indianapolis. In the fall of 1999, he joined WLOL-Minneapolis. He later became pd at WMYX-Milwaukee.
GLADSTONE, Terry: KLOS, 1978-81; KEZY, 1991-83; KNAC, 1984; KMET, 1985-86; KNX/fm, 1986-88; KLSX, 1993-94; KSCA, 1994-96; KLOS, 2004-09. Terry worked at Dial-Global (formerly Westwood One) and she is a songwriter/composer and a music therapist working with Down Syndrome clients. She also worked swing at KLOS and hosted Local Licks.
Born and raised in Oak Park, Michigan, Terry began her love affair with radio while listening to the Beatles on WKNR and CKLW in Detroit. She was surrounded by eventual musical talents Don Was, Curt Sobel and Marty Lewis. She went to Michigan State and took a radio course from Fred Jacobs and later transferred to Wayne State. Terry tried acting until her acting professor commented on one of her scenes, "That was the most boring performance I have ever seen."
In 1976 she moved to San Diego and got a job working at a recreation center for underprivileged Spanish-speaking children while begging the management of KGB for a job that she eventually got. Terry followed her husband-to-be to the Southland. "I sat in my house - windows closed, no air-conditioning - making my simulated airchecks. I was determined to get a job at KLOS. I sent a tape to then-pd, Frank Cody every week and made sure that I was at every industry function so I could run into him." Eight months later Terry was hired. "I always tell that story to people who want to be in radio. I figure if I could get a job in L.A. radio with so little actual on-the-air experience, then anyone with talent can, too." "Besides my family, music is my other love."
GLASER, Cheryl: KLON; KTWV; KCRW, 1996-2009. Cheryl was morning news anchor for KCRW's Morning Edition.
Cheryl came to broadcasting via the direct route: by way of her interests in international relations, foreign languages, high-tech, and the nonprofit sector. Before joining Marketplace in 1996, she was the morning news anchor for KLON, KTWV, and various other radio stations in the greater L.A. area. She Cheryl served as host of the Marketplace Morning Report. Cheryl has a degree in international relations from Pomona College, where she barely managed to pass one of her economics classes. Perhaps as a result of that, two of her main goals for Marketplace were to demystify business and economics and show the human side of those disciplines. Cheryl has also taken courses at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva, Switzerland, in addition to pursuing language and cultural studies in Austria and Italy. She remains a compulsive traveler.
Glaser, Gregory: KMDY/KNJO, 1986-89; KGIL, 1990-91; KVEN/KHAY, 1991-99; KLYY/KSYY/KVYY, 1999-2000; KVTA, 2000.
Glazer, Ron: KWNK, 1985. The whereabouts of Ron, part of the L.A. Express football broadcasting team, unknown.
GLENN, Henry: KLON, 1971-81. Henry is a tv sports and entertainment reporter/producer.
His main emphasis in the documentary profile and historical type style interview. Consultant to various networks...specializing in in-field production and program set-ups.
Glick, Patti: KGBS, 1973; KLVE, 1974-75; KLOS, 1976-78; KPOL. Patti does voiceover work.
GLICKMAN, Paul: KPCC, 2000-20. Paul served as KPCC’s first news director, from 2000 to 2012. In 2012, he stepped into his new role as Managing Editor, Investigative & Projects. He now oversees the station’s investigative coverage and special projects, along with some beat reporters.
Paul worked for many years as a radio and print reporter in California, Central America, and Washington, DC. In the mid-1980s he was based in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, an excellent vantage point for covering two neighboring wars: the conflict in El Salvador, where the U.S.-backed government fought Cuban-backed guerrillas, and the war in Nicaragua, where the Cuban-backed government fought U.S.-backed guerrillas.
In the 1990s Glickman was a foreign editor at National Public Radio, overseeing the network's coverage of such historic events as the Rwandan genocide and South Africa's transition from apartheid to democracy.
An L.A. native, Glickman grew up in Gardena and Sherman Oaks. He lives in Sherman Oaks with his wife Janetta and their sons Jonah and Caleb.
Godfrey: KTYM, 1965-68; KALI, 1965-68. Godfrey works for City Hall Distributors, a wholesale record distributorship.
Godges, Mary Jo: KNAC, 1980-88. Mary Jo is a musician and went to Europe to be part of the Diamond Claw musical group.
Goerg, Frank: KNX, 1968; KFWB, 1968-70. Frank died October 12, 1988, in Sedona, Arizona.
GOICH, Lisa: KLSX, 1997; KTLK, 2007. Lisa was the producer/sidekick on the afternoon drive KTLK Marc German show. She is an award-winning copywriter, major market talk radio host, blogger, journalist and former stand-up comedian.
Graduating from Central Michigan University with a degree in journalism, she has spent her life dedicated to the written word, the spoken word and the arts. Lisa has worked for some of the biggest names and corporations in the literary and entertainment business, including Mitch Albom, Carole King, Robert Redford, ABC, The WB, CAA and Playboy.
As a talk radio host and producer, Lisa has worked for major market terrestrial radio stations KFI, WJR-Detroit, as well as KLSX and KTLK. Lisa currently serves as a senior project manager for the Jazz and Comedy genres of the GRAMMY Awards. Lisa’s first book, The Breakup Diary, was published in 2002. She also produces the Mitch Albom Show and two weekend shows, Wayne Resnick and Joe Hicks. She also produces and co-hosts a podcast with Mitch Albom.
Gold, David: KIEV, 1998-99. David worked at KIEV until the fall of 1999.
Golden, Brian: KMPC, 1992-93; KLSX, 1996-97. Brian is a sports writer for the Antelope Valley News.
Golden, Pat: KRKD, 1956-59. Unknown.
GOLDFARB, Bob: KUSC, 1984-85; KFAC, 1986-89; KUSC, 2000-01. In 2007, Bob left radio to become president of the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity, a nonprofit founded simultaneously in L.A. and Israel in 1990. In 2008, to expand the organization's activities, he moved to Jerusalem, where he still lives today.
He was a Classical music personality for a decade and a half at KFAC and KUSC. "I work at the intersection of the arts and media, as a consultant in the radio and recording industries. What continually fascinates me is the balance between the aesthetic imperatives of the arts and the demands of a mass audience, and the parallel tradeoffs between public service and making a profit.
At the age of 9 I submitted a question to the network radio show "Ask CBS News," and it was answered on the air, which meant that my name was broadcast all over America, a notion that thrilled my youthful self. By the time I was 13 I was on the radio regularly as a "teen panelist" on the CBS station in my hometown of Hartford. I got a job at that station at the age of 16, hosting talk shows a year later. I was drawn to Classical-music broadcasting under the influence of my college radio station, and became the host of the morning show on Boston's WCRB in 1972, when I was 21. Later I was the station's music director. After getting an MBA I went on to manage a few stations. I jumped to the recording industry as Diretor of U.S. Operations for the Teldec record label."
(Carl Goldman, Jeri Seratti Goldman, and Steve Geiger)
Goldman, Carl: KIQQ, 1974-80; WW1, 1983-90; KBET, 1994-2000; KHTS, 2003-20. Carl is president/owner of Santa Clarita's KHTS. He made headlines as one of the longest coronavirus-quarantined patients aboard the Diamond Princess cruise ship in early 2020.
Goldman, David: KMPC, 1996. The whereabouts of the former host of a weekend restaurant show are unknown.
Goldman, Jeri Seratti: KZLA, 1980-86; WW1, 1984-94; KBET, 1994-2000; KHTS, 2003-20. Jeri is owner of Santa Clarita's KHTS. She and her husband Carl made headlines in early 2020 when their cruise ship was quarantined with COVID-19 coronavirus.
GOLDSMITH, Martin: KFAC; KKGO/KMZT. Martin joined the Classical channel at XM Satellite Radio in the summer of 2003.Martin is the son of Gunther Goldschmidt, a flutist from Oldenburg Germany, and Rosemarie Gumpert Goldschmidt, a violist. After emigrating to the United States, his mother was for 21 years a member of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Martin received a bachelor's degree from Johns Hopkins.
From 1971 to 1975 he was a radio host, musical producer, and writer at classical radio station WCLV in Cleveland. He joined WETA-Washington, DC, in 1975, serving as producer, announcer, music director and, eventually, program director. In 1987 he joined National Public Radio as a music producer for Performance Today. From 1989 to 1999 he was on-air host for that program, becoming senior commentator in 1999. Subsequently moving to XM Satellite Radio, he now serves as director of classical music programming.
GOLDSTEIN, Keith: KCSN, 1987-2016. Keith was the news director at KCSN news director for nearly 30 years. He died May 18, 2016, at the age of 61.
Goldstein’s industry and educational leadership dates to 1987, when he joined California State University, Northridge. He had been hospitalized in Intensive Care for more than two weeks, suffering from complications of influenza.
His daughter, Katy Goldstein, was especially glad that her dad had been honored in a March 2015 ceremony for his extensive contributions to journalism education. Goldstein was among five Southern California journalists recognized for lifetime achievement by the Greater Los Angeles professional chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.
Goldstein often referred to himself as an "old-school journalist." And, he devoted his life to teaching CSUN journalism students the all-important foundational skills needed in the workplace. Under his guidance, student journalists amassed more than 450 awards. His students picked up several more awards in April at SPJ’s Region 11 conference in Phoenix, including sweeping the Radio Sports Reporting category.
Colleagues were appreciative of Goldstein’s passion for preparing budding broadcasters. “That wall of Golden Mics is a testament to his work and his dedication to teaching students the fundamentals of sound reporting,” said Zoe Walrond, longtime broadcast journalist and journalism instructor in Los Angeles.
Goldstein spent his entire 33-year professional career in radio news. As news director of KCSN, he led his California State University, Northridge student broadcast journalism staff to hundreds of professional local, regional, state and national awards, including 49 Golden Mikes in Division B from the Radio & Television News Association of Southern California and 34 regional Edward R. Murrow awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association. Through his leadership, KCSN News was recognized four times for overall excellence.
Also, under Goldstein’s leadership, student reporters and writers have received a dozen first- place Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists. Goldstein created a six-part series on domestic violence that received first-place awards from the Los Angeles Press Club and The Associated Press.
He earned three statewide AP awards in the category of investigative reporting, including in- depth stories on staged accidents and the mental health funding crisis in Los Angeles County. A native of Philadelphia, Goldstein was a graduate of Temple University and did graduate work at Pennsylvania State University.
GOLDSTEIN, Paul: KMET, 1986-87; KTWV, 1987-90 and 2003-10. Paul arrived at KTWV, the WAVE, from WNBC-New York.
When he left the WAVE, Paul went on to program Smooth Jazz for SW Networks (KOAI-Dallas and WNUA-Chicago).
Born in New York, Paul grew up in La Jolla and went to college at the University of California at San Diego. He started his radio career in 1979 at KPRI-San Diego. He went on to KOGO-San Diego, WPIX and WNBC-New York, Sony Entertainment and KKSF-San Francisco. He is the founder of the Jazz Groove, a commercial-free Internet radio station.
Paul consults new media companies and startups on audio media strategy.
Goldwyn, Greg: KVFM, 1975; KIQQ, 1975-76; XPRS, 1976-77; KCSN, 1977-80; KVTA, 2003-05. G.J is a computer professional running his own consulting company in Ventura County, administering the computer network for Gold Coast Broadcasting and doing a computer show late Sunday afternoon.
GOLIC, Bob: KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2000-01; KMPC, 2001-03. Bob joined Chris Myers for afternoon drive at all-Sports KMPC (1540AM) in late 2001 and left December 31, 2003.
Since retiring as a football player, he has worked as a television actor, radio personality and sports commentator.
Gomez, Batman: KQLZ, 1989-91. Unknown.
Gomez, Jim: KWIZ, 1993. Jim, who hosted "Sunday Night Live" at KWIZ, is now in sales with Rite Aid.
GOMEZ, Paul: KLON; KNX, 1994-2004; KFWB, 2004-09; KNX, 2011. Paul left his post as news director at KFWB following a format flip in early fall of 2009. He went to KNX as a news writer/editor.
Paul was in charge at KFWB when the all-News station added infomercials on the weekends. “While none of these changes make-up for the addition of weekend block programming, they will substantially supplement our weekday newscasts and help offset the loss of 15 KFWB staffers earlier this year,” said Gomez in 2008. “Please keep in mind the block shows bring substantial revenue to KFWB and that money pays our salaries during this difficult economic time. And six days of news per week is much better than none at all.”
Previously, Paul worked for Metro Networks, writing and delivering newscasts for a variety of Southland radio stations. He was a reporter and anchor at KLON-FM in Long Beach. He also worked as a writer and producer on "Sports Confidential," an interview program on the former SportsChannel America cable network.
Gonier, Kevin: KIQQ, 1984-85. Unknown.
GONZALES, Jacque: KOST, 1994-97; KPWR, 1998-99. After leaving radio, Jacque was an on-air host at the television shopping network QVC Network for many years.
Jacque was born and raised in Albuquerque. One of her first jobs was for Universal Music Group, based in New York, where she worked as a promotions manager, which involved record promotions, artist assistance, event coordination, and marketing. She then transitioned to working with other radio stations, expanding her experience with both on and off air roles. She mainly worked as a program and musical director while behind the scenes, but she also did on-air co-hosting duties. She was initially based in Los Angeles, working at KOST and Power 106. She also worked with Westwood One Satellite Radio.
Afterwards she moved to Honolulu, Hawaii, co-hosting a weekly entertainment television show entitled “World Café Party Patrol TV,” one of her first experiences on television. She returned to the mainland, residing in Kansas City and working for radio stations KXXR X106 and KBEW-Q104. Later she went back to her home town of Albuquerque, to work with KANW 89.1 and KKSS 97.3 KISS FM, and then moved to Oxnard to work with the radio station KCAQ.
In 2017, Jacque announced through social media that she was leaving QVC after 15 years of working with the company. She then started new social media accounts.
GONZALES, Paul: KFWB, 1980-83 and 1997-2000. Paul was a reporter/newsman for all-News KFWB. He went on to free-lance for ABC News. From 1984-86, Paul worked at NBC Radio Network. He's now senior media relations officer at Metro. Paul worked with newsman Don Herbert in the 1980s. “I worked as a desk editor and as a field reporter with Don from 1980 – 83 and from 1997 until he retired,” remembered Paul. “In the early 80s we shared the evening shift with Bill Shubert, Don Wells, Gary Franklin, Ken Grimwood and numerous freelance writers. "Don/Herb WAS truly loved by everybody, as far as I know. But then again, Chet Douglas, Charlie Brailer, John Swaney, Vince Campagna, Bill Angel, Bill Schubert, Hal Goodwin and Cleve Hermann are gone. I loved working with him. They were incredible days and years, despite some of the management flakes! And maybe there were some of those among the newsroom ranks as well."
GONZALES, Rubi: KIIS, 2019-20. Rubi G, fill-in at KIIS, always knew she wanted to work in the music industry. "I just didn’t know I would end up working in radio. My senior year of college at CSUF I took a radio class as an elective and ended up interning at 99.1 KGGI. That internship really propelled my interest in radio to the next level. Shortly after my internship, I was offered a position on the street team where I learned SO much. I loved working on the street team because the interaction with our listeners was constant. After doing street team for some time I was given the opportunity to learn how to run boards which were super exciting but also slightly daunting because the pressure was on."
Two years later, she was offered a board-op job at sister station, KIIS. This led to an opportunity to produce the afternoon show. "The biggest struggle for me was balancing my finances all while trying to chase this dream of being on the radio and learning how to dj. I don’t come from a silver spoon, so my parents were never really able to help me financially (even if they wanted to). I took on some debt when I first started interning because I left my job working at the Four Seasons so that I can fully dedicate my time to the radio. In retrospect, I think I should have been a little wiser, but you live, and you learn right?
Gonzalez, Amalia: KSKQ; KHJ; KTNQ; KRCD/KRCV. Amalia is program director at "Recuerdo" KRCD/KRCV. She left in the spring of 2011 following a massive downsizing at Univision.
Gonzalez, Phil: KMET, 1979-84; KJOI/KXEZ/KYSR, 1984-96. Phil is sales marketing manager for KCBS/Channel 2 and KCAL/Channel 9.
GONZALEZ, Steve: KWIZ, 1978-87; KABC, 1987-2007. Steve passed away September 18, at the age of 67. His wife, voiceover artist and former news and traffic reporter Tammy Schroeder wrote: “I've tried to find the right words to post on Steve's Facebook page for three days now. Steve's battle with brain cancer was tough to say the least, yet he never once complained or said ‘Why me?’ He lived every moment to the fullest and he cherished every day he was able to spend with his 4 children and 10 (soon to be 11) grandchildren.”
Tammy continued: “As the day drew near for him to meet his Savior, he told me he was ready. He was so excited he would be able to see again! Relapsing Polychondritis, blindness and brain cancer, none of these health challenges ruffled his feathers or got him down. When I asked him why he never complained, he laughed and said it wouldn't change anything so why make everyone else miserable.”
Steve was unable to speak since July 26th because of how the cancer affected the speech part of his brain. “One of the last things I heard him say was ‘Lord! Please take care of my children!’ And that says it all,” said Tammy.
A celebration of life will be held Sunday, October 1, at 5:30 p.m. at Lake Avenue Church, Pasadena. He will be buried with military honors Monday, October 2nd at noon, at Riverside National Cemetery.
Diana Kirchen Kelly wrote “Many of us fondly remember Steve Gonzales, ‘Steven G’ from KWIZ/fm and then KWIZ-AM. He was funny and talented. Steven Gonzalez will be missed.
Steve Kindred wrote: “I've lost a great friend and terrific LARP. Steve and I were fierce competitors covering some of the biggest stories of the last two decades. He was always objective and a straight shooter when it came to getting a story quickly and correctly. He was also a terrific family man, and a strong Marine who fought his disease fiercely right up to the end.”
GONZALO, Melissa: KFI, 2012-15. Melissa grew up in Montebello, in the San Gabriel Valley. She went to UCLA and got her B.A. in English, then a Master's degree in broadcast journalism from the USC Annenberg School for Communication & Journalism. She still considers herself a Bruin.
“I actually did tv hosting, reporting, and anchoring for different English and Spanish media outlets for ten years,” said Melissa. “I was always told I have a great voice for radio too, so upon returning from anchoring and reporting for the NBC affiliate in Phoenix, I decided to give radio a shot.”
Melissa was referred to the KFI job and started on-air in August 2013 doing a couple of shifts, then started her regular Sunday morning shift in September. She also did fills-in on the John & Ken Show and others.
Since early 2015, Melissa has been public relations director at San Antonio Winery.
GONZER, Jeff: KPPC, 1969-71; KMET, 1971-72; KLOS, 1972-76; KMET, 1976-86; KLSX, 1993-94; KSCA, 1995-97. Jeff was program director and worked mornings at the Adult Rock format at Dial-Global (formerly named Westwood One) until late 2008.
Jeff was born in 1949 and grew up in Southern California, attending Hamilton High School. He got started in radio at the campus station at Cal State Los Angeles. In 1978, an LA Times profile of morning men prompted this comment from Gonzer: "I consider myself an entertainer, someone who is destined to do stand-up comedy - if I ever have the guts."
In January 1985, Jeff returned to KMET after a brief hiatus as vidiot on Ted Turner's short-lived Cable Music Channel. When the KMET job ended, Jeff worked at stations in Miami and Boston, where he branched out into Talk radio. In the summer of 1993, Jeff returned to the Southland doing part-time on KLSX. Upon his return, he told the Times, "Sometimes, in order to make progress, you have to take a side road. I really don't know what's going to happen. I'm up for everything and anything." Jeff worked weekends at KSCA until an ownership change and the station went Spanish.
Jeff worked morning drive with Ace Young at Sacramento's K-ZAP until 2020.
Good, Tommy: KFOX, 1957-60. Unknown.
Goodfellas: KPWR, 1999-2006; KDAY, 2006-09. Tha Goodfellas left afternoons at "Power 106" in July 2006 and started at KDAY in the early fall of 2006 and worked there for three years. They returned to KDAY for mornings at KDAY in September 2015.
GOODMAN, Bob: KSRF, 1975; KSBR, 2001-20; KCSN, 2018-20. Bob hosted a Saturday show, "Whole Nuther Thing," which features lost music. It was added to KCSN’s Sunday schedule back in the fall of October 2018. "I’m on 3 p.m. – 5 p.m., slotted between 2 terrific shows and hosts, Mimi Chen’s 'Peace Love & Sundays' and Gary Calamar’s 'Open Road,'" emailed Bob.
In 2020, "Whole ‘Nuther Thing" was moved from KSBR to Laguna’s very own KX FM on 104.7, 3 – 5 p.m.
Bob's archive site is http://bobksbr.podomatic.com with over 3 years of past shows for downloading or on demand playback.
GOODMAN, Jon: KNX, 1968-96. As one of the original KNX anchors whe the station went all-News, Jon retired after almost 30 years.
Jon graduated from high school in Tacoma in 1952 and attended the University of Washington. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant. He reported from City Hall and the criminal courts, but was perhaps best known for his exceptional coverage of the Sirhan Sirhan, Pentagon Papers and Charles Manson trials as well as the 1993 Malibu wildfire. His work has earned him numerous industry awards. In December, 1960, Jon graduated from the two-year course, with a first class FCC license, of the Don Martin School of Radio & TV Arts & Sciences on Cherokee at Hollywood Blvd. He had been working nights as an ABC Messenger for about a year and was looking for a tv studio camera job.
Things changed in February 1961. As Jon tells the story, “The resumes were going out, the replies were not coming in. Late on a Wednesday night, a call came into work for me from Russ White, the program director at 5000 watt, KIMA-Yakima, Washington. On the recommendation of The Real Don Steele, White offered me an-on-air job as a Top-40 DJ for $100 a week. White said that no resume, no audition, no air-check from school were necessary. Steele's word was enough for him. Steele and I had been at Martin's together, where he was a student and taught electronic theory. The only catch was, I had to be in Yakima Monday morning if I wanted the position. I said yes, quit my messenger job, my wife Donna and I sold and gave away what we couldn't jam into a small U-Haul trailer and we were off for Yakima, arriving Sunday afternoon. I spent nearly two years at KIMA where I found out I was not destined to be a fj.”
Jon then spent the next three-and-a-half years at middle-of-the-road 5000 Watt KERG in Eugene, Oregon where he became a stringer for KNX. After the station automated he switched to the news department. From 1966 to 1968 he worked as a reporter at middle-of-the-road 50,000 Watt KFBK in Sacramento where he continued as a stringer for KNX. About a month prior to KNX going all news in April 1968, Jon was offered and accepted a reporter anchor-writer job where he stayed for the next 28 years.
Goodman, Mark: KMPC/KEDG, 1988-89; KROQ, 1992-93; KYSR, 1996-97. Mark was one of the original MTV vj personalities from 1981-87. He is a jock on SiriusXM Satellite Radio.
GOODWIN, Hal: KLAC, 1951-53; KRLA, 1959; KFWB, 1961-73. When KRLA went rocking in late 1959, Hal was with the Pasadena station as a weekender and lasted a short time before going to KFWB as a newsman. Hal was one of the first news voices heard on KFWB when the station went all-News.
He was born Cecil Harold Goodwin in Texarkana, Texas on May 23, 1927. Upon graduating from high school he enlisted in the army and served from 1945-46. He attended the University of Texas under the GI Bill. While there he worked for Lady Bird Johnson’s radio station in Austin. His brother Gary Goodwin was active in radio and tv in Los Angeles and encouraged Hal to come to California. In 1952 he met Marily Morrice, who was working with Peter Potter, one of the KLAC Big 5 personalities. They were married the following year. In the 1950s he was on tv as “Happy Hal the Clown.” The Texas native was the spokesperson on tv for many local advertisers. Hal suffered a fatal heart attack in 1973 while on the air.
Gorbitz, Karen: KFWB, 80s. Karen Gorbitz Levy, assignment editor and editor at KFWB, passed away in February 2000 after a long battle with ovarian cancer.
GORBITZ, Scott: KFWB, 1979-96. Scott programmed all-News KFWB, which was always in a ratings war with KNX. In 1995, KFWB out-Miked KNX at the 45th annual Radio-Television News Association's ceremony. "I have the best news crew in the city," Scott boasted to the Los Angeles Radio Guide. He attributed his success to "empowerment of the news crew."
Scott became attracted to news when he was about 10. "I wondered about why so many people were killing one another, and was curious about the history of conflict." He never worked anywhere else in the industry. Scott started at KFWB in April 1979 as a part-time desk assistant. He got a sports writing break during the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. His news writing break occurred shortly thereafter when the Pope was shot. He became a full-time writer in 1983 and an editor in 1988. Scott resigned from the KFWB news director post in late spring of 1996 and moved to Honolulu. "I'm ready to cool my brain and drive a bread-truck."
Gordon, Dan: KPOL/KZLA, 1978. Unknown.
Gordon, Eric: KEZY, 1987. Unknown.
Gordon, Glen: KCSN 1977-87, KMPC 1982-92. Glen now lives in Madison, Wisconsin and is the Chief Technology officer of Freedom Scientific, the largest worldwide manufacturer of assistive technology products for those with vision impairments or learning disabilities.
GORI, Kathy: KMPC, 1972-75; KIIS, 1975-76; KTNQ, 1977-80; KPFK, 1996-2003. Kathy hosted the morning show, "Up for Air" on KPFK. She is a writer and voiceover artist.
Don Page of the LA Times described Kathy as "a fifth generation San Franciscan of Italian stock and she's as effervescent as California champagne and as likable as pasta." Just out of high school, Kathy started on KSFO-San Francisco at the age of 18. “I was the first female on the air in the Bay Area.” She started on the all-night show called "Night Flight" on KMPC in June 1972, when she was only 22 years old. Kathy recalled the time like it was yesterday: "KMPC's gm flew my parents to Los Angeles to assure them that their daughter would be okay. Up until this point I had lived at home." She continued her voiceover work when she arrived in the Southland and received a Clio in 1972 for best commercial. In 1973, she was nominated for DJ of the Year. Her voice work included Gidget in an animated ABC/TV movie and NBC/TV's Inch High Private Eye. Her radio act included a little company of wackos all performed by Kathy. There was Lavern Rondell, a waitress, who wanted to make it big in Hollywood; Miss Sherry, ("an alcoholic chef who drinks a lot of Ripple"), a takeoff on Julia Child; and Jewel and Dave, America's Sweethearts, a takeoff on Julie and David Eisenhower.
Kathy has a rich heritage. Her great-great uncle published one of the first newspapers in San Francisco in 1854. Her great grandfather was John L. Sullivan’s sparring partner. And she had a great-grandmother who was a surveyor by day and streetwalker by night. Kathy has been a role model for many women who followed in her footsteps. "I'm having so much fun."
GORKA, Dr. Sebstian: KRLA, 2019-22. Dr. Gorka launched his noon to 3 p.m. show on January 1, 2019. He is the author of two books Why We Fight and also Defeating Jihad was on the Trump White House team in 2017. His parents escaped the communist take-over of Hungary in 1956.
Gorman, Scott: KDAY, 1965. Unknown.
GOSA, Jim: KBIG, 1964-67; KBCA, 1967-78; KKGO, 1982-89. A major jazz figure for more than three decades, Jim was a broadcasting major at L.A. City College. When he went to work for KBCA, he was known for his feature, "Jazz Chronicles." He also loved to act and performed at the Shakespeare Festival at Chapman College every summer. He served as a judge at jazz festivals and for more than a decade broadcast the Monterey Jazz Festival to Los Angeles.
In 1987, L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley designated February 13 as "Jim Gosa Day" in the city. Jim stayed on the air until he died of melanoma cancer on December 18, 1989, at the age of 58, in his home in Venice. A colleague said of him: "Jim was a great man who was loved by his fellow staffers." He was married to KKGO afternoon personality Laura Lee.
GOSS, Dean: KRTH, 1981-86; KMET, 1986; KODJ, 1989-91. Dean, born in Palo Alto in 1950, was a graduate of San Diego State where he majored in telecommunications and film. His trademark has been his celebrity voices, which he worked on in his first radio job in Lake Tahoe at KTHO. In 1976, Dean was doing all-nights at KCBQ-San Diego.
In 1981, the KRTH morning team of London & Engelman left for KWST. The station embarked on a national talent search and the winner from 450 entries was Dean, who was working at KGB-San Diego. Pd Bob Hamilton said, "The thing that impressed me about Dean was his enthusiasm. A lot of the other applicants seemed to want us to pursue them." In fact, Dean's boss at KGB, who was preparing a format switch to cable news, showed the trade ad to Dean.
Some of his antics included broadcasting from a billboard while a crew dumped a cupful of white goo on his head, claiming a mammoth pigeon had just flown overhead. Dean did morning drive when KODJ became "Oldies 93" in March 1989. He teamed with Police Academy's Michael Winslow in a morning drive experiment that didn't last a month for Winslow. Dean later teamed with Charlie Tuna.
Dean's highlight in Southern California, he recalled, was "broadcasting from a tank on Sunset Boulevard that was pulled over by Hollywood police." Out of radio in the late 1980s, Dean worked as a tv game show announcer on Let's Make A Deal, High Rollers, $100,000 Pyramid and others. When his run in Southern California ended, Dean went to San Diego to do mornings at KRMX and was teamed for the first time with Erin Garrett. They took their act to KFRC-San Francisco. The team moved to KYA-San Francisco with a change in format to “Young Country” and call letters to KYCY. In the late spring of 1995 the Goss + Garrett "Big Show" was not renewed by Alliance. Dean remained at KFRC until 1999.
He's now teaching radio at Palomar Community College in North San Diego County. "I'm having a ball," said Dean. "I get to tell all my radio stories every semester...lol."
Gothe, Jurgen: KUSC, 1989. Jurgen hosts an afternoon drive Classical music show on CBC Radio 2, originating from Vancouver.
GOTT, Jim: KABC, 1996-97. Gott co-hosted Dodger Talk at KABC, a pre- and post-game radio show for the Dodgers for three years.
In 2010, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hired Jim as their pitching coach for the Arizona League Angels of the Rookie-level Arizona League. On November 9, 2012, Gott was promoted to the Angels' minor league pitching coordinator. Gott served in the role through 2017.
On November 17, 2017, the Philadelphia Phillies hired Gott as their bullpen coach.
Gottfried, Adam and Alan: KLAC, 2008-14; KRLA, 2014-15. Aland and his son Adam co-host Living the Good Life, a weekly golf and life style show. LTGL airs Sunday mornings from 6 a.m. - 8 a.m. at AM 1590 KVTA. The family produces a charity golf event every year.
GOULART, Woody: KIQQ. 1973-74. "I'm convinced many people have spent far more hours stuck in gridlock on the 101 compared to my entire time working in LA radio," Woody admits. "So call me merely LA radio adjacent."
Now an older American living in Las Vegas, Woody lucked into convincing LA radio legends Bill Drake, Gene Chenault, Ron Jacobs and several others to talk on audiotape one-on-one with him during the 1970s to explain their experiences at Boss Radio KHJ and KIQQ. Woody's edgy book KHJ, Los Angeles: Boss Radio Forever: 1960s Rock and Roll Radio History lacks the expected kissing-up and hero-worship typically showered upon revered LA radio legends.
Gourley, Bob: KPPC, 1986; KMAX, 1986-96. Bob hosts and syndicates "Issues Today" to over 75 stations.
GOVERNALE, Jim: KGER, 1988; KYMS, 1988-93; KKLA/KIEV (KRLA)/KFSH, 1993-2016. Jim worked mornings at KKLA until the fall of 2008. He returned to his full-time status with Salem in the fall of 2009. He has been part-time at KOLA as 'Jim Evans' since December 2007. In 2009, he also worked in the production department for NPR's division of American Public Media on the daily "Marketplace" program. He left Salem stations in the fall of 2016 during a company-wide downsizing.
"My new position is an exciting one," Jim emailed. "I enjoy it thoroughly and there are many areas of potential growth. I now work in the ‘Tower of Hope’ on the old campus of the Crystal Cathedral [now Christ Cathedral] in Garden Grove. My title is Radio Program Manager for the Diocese of Orange. I produce multiple local programs that air on networks such as Immaculate Heart Radio, Relevant Radio, and EWTN Network Radio. Some of the titles include Call Me Catholic, Empowered By the Spirit, OC Catholic Radio, The Don Johnson Show, and Catholic Sports View."
You can catch the podcasts at occatholic.com/radio. Jim's office is less than a mile from the old KYMS studios at the Katella Commerce Center, just down the street from Honda Center. "I really ‘grew up’ at KYMS during my formative years in radio from 1988 to ’93, working alongside such pros as Dave Armstrong, Austin Hill, Roger Marsh, Bill Reitler, Mike Villani and so many more.
GOWA, Bob: KPPC, 1971; KYMS, 1971-72; XEPRS/XHIS/XHERS, 1974-75; KMET, 1976; KROQ, 1976-77; KWST, 1977-79. Bob worked for Metro Traffic and broadcast news on KGO-San Francisco. He's now a voice artist in the Bay Area.
Bob was born in Brooklyn on April 16, 1952. “At age 7, I became determined to grow up and hang out in radio stations." He moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1967 and did indeed hang around radio stations, pestering the engineers until he was hired as an engineer/producer for "The Credibility Gap" at KPPC. He worked evenings at "free-form" KYMS and was pd for the Tijuana outlets, "HIS" and "HERS."
In 1975 he joined Shadoe Stevens at his production house, Big Bucks Creations. Bob helped put KROQ back on the air after it had been dark for two years. "I became midday dj and, briefly, pd. I fielded calls from collection agencies and the police, all of whom were looking for the owners." In late 1977 he joined "K-West" as md and afternoon drive. He left the Southland in 1979 and joined KMEL-San Francisco for mornings and two years later moved on to KSAN and KNEW. He also did jock work at K101, KFOG and KOFY in the Bay Area. In 1987 he became om/pd at KTID-Sam Rafael. Two years later he was hired as news and traffic anchor/airborne reporter by Metro Networks in San Francisco. In 1995, Bob joined AMI News as director of operations.
GRACIE, Carolyn: KLIT, 1989-91; KBIG, 1993-2000; KOST, 2000-04. The oldest of six children, Carolyn graduated from Purdue University and began her career in Lafayette, Indiana, in radio sales. She soon discovered her real talents were behind the mike.
After moving to the Indianapolis radio market, she headed to Los Angeles in 1986. At KLIT, Carolyn partnered with Jim Carson in morning drive. She has an active voiceover career with her husband, Eric Edwards, former production director and station voice at KPWR. They are co-owners of “Edwards/Gracie Voiceover, LA.”
Carolyn is an on-air host at QVC Network.
(Keli Garrett, Christine Griego, Francisco Galves, and Gary Garver)
GRAD, Gina: KSWD, 2015-17.; KFI, 2020. Gina joined Mark Thompson (ex-Mark of Mark & Brian) for the new Mark in the Morning show at 100.3/The Sound.
A year and a half later, Thompson exited and Gina joined Andy Chanley for mornings. She left in mid-November when Entercom sold the station to Educational Media Foundation, founders of Christian K-LOVE format. Gina is now part of the Adam Carolla podcast.
She joined KFI News in early 2020 and due to budget cuts, she left before the year was out.
GRAD, Steve: KNX, 1993-2016. Steve was a sportscaster at KNXNewsradio. He died March 16, 2021. He was 70.
In 1999, he won a Golden Mike Award for Best Sports Segment. Steve also worked weekend sports at KTLA/Channel 5. He left KNX in late 2016.
While pursing a B.S. in communications at Southern Illinois University, Steve was reporting play-by-play sports for the SIU Network. Following graduation in 1972, he anchored sports at tv stations in San Antonio and Portland. In 1981 Steve joined KBEQ-Kansas City for morning drive sports and four years later moved to KBEA-Kansas City. For the rest of the '80s he worked at K101-San Francisco and KCMO-Kansas City. Steve has called baseball, football, basketball, hockey and boxing for numerous networks.
Steve earned an impressive list of awards, including two Golden Mikes. He was the father to fellow LARP, Gina Grad.
GRAHAM, Gordon: KGFJ, 1965. Gordon was news director at KGFJ.
Before joining Headline News, Gordon was a reporter for WXYZ/TV in Detroit, where he earned a local Emmy for a series of reports on guns in schools. Prior to that, he worked for NBC Radio in New York. He also has worked for KNBC/Channel 4 and was a correspondent out of Washington, DC, for NBC News. Gordon is originally from Coshocton, Ohio. He holds a bachelor of fine arts degree in broadcasting from Ohio University in Athens.
In the early 1990s, Gordon was a CNN Headline News anchor and the recognizable face of CNN International, where overnight broadcasts of Headline News in the US would be relayed to Europe/Middle East/Africa during breakfast hours. He left CNN in 1998 to work for Florida's News Channel which closed five years later. He’s retired and living in Coshocton, Ohio.
Graham, Tony: KFWB, 1968. Tony died in 1991 in New York, where he was owner of a Greenwich Village Art Gallery.
GRAHAM, Vance: KTYM; KMPC. Vance was a radio announcer, on-the-scene news reporter and later disc jockey.
He was born in Denver. In 1927 he received a scholarship from the United Daughters of the Confederacy to attend the University of Virginia where he studied journalism. After graduation he traveled to Los Angeles. For many years he had a Latin Music show on KMPC, but he was broadcasting news for them since the early 1930s. Vance was not Spanish but of Scottish heritage, but he spoke perfect Spanish and he really loved the Latin American community and heritage.
He invented the character of "Victor" in the 1970s to appeal to the Mexican-American community, but before that used his actual name. He died in 1984.
GRANATO, Cammi: KRLA, 1998-99. Cammi was a color commentator for the LA Kings and runs the Golden Dreams children's foundation.
Cammi is one of three players who have been with the US women’s national hockey team program since its inception and is the leading scorer in the history of National team. A scholarship player for Providence, she was the Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Year in 1991, 92 and 93. She was named the USA Women’s Player of the Year in 1996, and named the first-ever US Women’s Captain. In 1998 she not only carried the flag for the US team in the 1998 Olympic Closing ceremonies in Nagano, Japan, but she also successfully led her team to the first ever gold medal in women’s hockey.
After the Olympics, Cammi was hired by the LA Kings as a radio color commentator, making her the only woman broadcaster in the NHL and only the second in league history.
GRANDE, Joe: KPWR, 2000-05; KLAC, 2005-08. The former street and sports reporter on Big Boy's Neighborhood at "Power 106" moved to KLAC, in the late summer of 2005. He worked weekends at the sports station. He's now a licensed insurance agent. Joe also hosts a podcast for Cannabis Talk 101.
GRANDE, Rudy: KYMS, 1987-88; KLIT, 1989-91; KLSX/KRLA, 1993-97; KBIG, 1998-2000. For decades, Rudy directed traffic from the air for many radio stations, including KFSG, KRTH, KFWB, KNX and KABC. In 1988 he joined Metro Traffic. “A few months after joining Metro I started flying a Cessna 172 and a year later I was airborne in a Bell JetRanger.” He was the breaking news and traffic helicopter reporter.
Rudy was born and raised in Albuquerque and was hooked on radio from the moment he won a local on-air contest. “I was 14 and my girlfriend and I rode our bikes 10 miles to the radio station to pick up my prize. The jock on-air asked if I wanted to see the studio. From that moment, I fell in love with radio.” A year later he got his FCC license and has been working ever since. Rudy came to the Southland to work morning drive and promotions at KYMS. He was a part-time dj at KLSX, hosted a morning talk show on Sunday mornings at KRLA and did fill-in at KLIT. “I made a big mistake giving up the talk show at KRLA. I thought I was too busy.” Rudy was part of the morning ensemble at KBIG.
In the early aughts, Rudy was producer and show host for Dream Center Radio. Since 2010, he has been with the advertising agency RG Mountaintop Consulting.
GRANNIS, Larry: KUSC, 1950-51 and 1953-54; KALI, 1954-55; KWOW, 1956-57 and 1960-61; KDWC, 1957-58; KWIZ, 1961-71; KYMS, 1971-73; KNOB, 1973-78. Born October 10, 1935, Larry (Lauren) died October 10, 2015.
Larry's friends knew him as an Energizer Bunny of many talents and interests, according to his obiturary. His resonant voice regaled radio listeners in LA and Orange County since the 1950s.
A proud graduate of USC, he was on station KWIZ in 1961 and lived from the mid-1990s in Orange until his death. He was active in the radio and animated cartoon bizzes (Warner Brothers Looney Tunes, UPA and Hanna Barbara). Larry remained an active volunteer all his life. He was a familiar Wednesday sight at the front entrance desk of Western Med hospital in Santa Ana.
He was accepted into MENSA, the high-IQ society, in 1966, became a Life Member, and served as OC Mensa Scholarship Chairman for over a decade. Although he had no children or close relatives, he devoted many hours to helping young people achieve their academic dreams, and bequeathed his possessions to the Mensa Education and Research Foundation (MERF). He was meticulous about paying credit where credit was due, and giving value for any value he received, tangible or intangible.
GRANT, Bob: KNX, 1960; KLAC, 1968-69. Though many obituaries refer only to his legendary work in New York, Bob Grant spent part of his early career in Los Angeles at KNX and KLAC in the 1960s. Bob died December 31, 2013, in Hillsborough, New Jersey, after a long illness. He was 84.
He began his radio career in the late 1940s at WBBM-Chicago. He later moved to Los Angeles where Bob partnered with Paul Condylis in the early 1960s on KNX. He worked afternoons when KLAC was a Talk station. Bob went on to be a long-standing voice in New York radio and was eventually syndicated nationally.
Grant started in New York at WMCA in 1970. He was best known for his work when he moved to the afternoon show on WABC in 1984.
He made national headlines in 1996 when WABC fired him for comments about the late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown. (First reports about the plane crash that killed the commerce secretary said everyone might not have died. Grant cracked, "My hunch is that Brown is the one survivor. Maybe it's because at heart I'm a pessimist.")
Within two weeks after being fired, Grant reemerged at rival WOR, where he worked until 2007, when he returned to WABC to finish out his career. Grant was admired by many of the younger hosts over the years. Sean Hannity, who replaced him on WABC in 1995, said at the time, "He's the reason I'm on the radio."
"He was certainly one of the most important talk show hosts of all time," said Michael Harrison, publisher of TALKERS. "There were others before him, but he was a founding father of modern talk radio." (Grant photo courtesy of New York Daily News)
GRANT, Gene: KABC, 1970-72; KFI, 1972-73; KGOE, 1973; KWST, 1973-74; KJOI, 1975-78; KSRF, 1975-76; KOST, 1980-83; KKGO, 1994-95. Gene has a career in voiceover work.
GRANT, Hank: KNX, 1965-90. Hank was the entertainment reporter at KNX for almost a quarter of a century. Hank penned the “Rambling Reporter” column for the industry paper, The Hollywood Reporter.
Born Henry Galante in New York in 1913, he majored in journalism at L.A. City College and UCLA. While in college, he began moonlighting as a singer and emcee, first at KHJ and later at the Coconut Grove, on the Orpheum theater circuit, in Las Vegas lounges and at other night spots.
After West Coast successes, Hank began successful one-man shows on Chicago tv. He continued working for KNX right up until his illness prevented him from doing so. He passed away July 19, 1990 after a battle with cancer at the age of 77.
A press agent wrote at the time of Hank’s death: “Hank never wrote an unkind word about anyone, yet also managed to make you feel that you learned a lot about what was going on.”
GRANT, Jim: KABC, 1986. Former major league pitcher Jim (Mudcat) Grant joined KABC to work "SportsTalk" and "DodgerTalk" shows. Born August 13, 1935, he died June 11, 2021. Jim was 85.
Jim played baseball for 14 years, the first seven with Cleveland, beginning in 1958. He also played for Minnesota, the Dodgers in '68, Montreal, Oakland and Pittsburgh, where he finished his career in 1971 when the Pirates won the World Series. After baseball he became a tv commentator for the Cleveland Indians and he hosted a radio show in Cleveland.
He was a two-time All-Star. In 1965, Grant became the first black pitcher to win 20 games in a season in the American League and the first black pitcher to win a World Series game for the American League. He pitched two complete-game World Series victories in 1965, hit a three-run home run in game 6, and was named The Sporting News American League Pitcher of the Year.
GRANT, Johnny, KGIL, 1949-50; KMPC, 1951-59. Johnny died January 9, 2008. He was 84. Johnny was the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and perhaps the town’s biggest booster. Johnny was the Honorary Mayor of Hollywood and perhaps the town’s biggest booster.
For almost a half-century, Johnny has been synonymous with Hollywood. Although he was probably most visible as the host of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies, Johnny was originally best known as one of the most popular disc jockeys in Los Angeles radio, starting at KGIL before his eight-year run at KMPC. “He was very generous with his time and his encouragement.
He was a giant at KMPC when we were all coming up,” said Larry Van Nuys, news anchor at KNX.
Johnny started his radio career in Goldsboro, North Carolina at the age of 17. He received national recognition for his 1940 coverage of a notorious murder trial, after persuading the judge to allow him to broadcast the trial's progress from the doorway of the courtroom. Beginning in 1944, he worked at WINS-New York, hosting a program aimed at the GIs stationed around New York. In the late 1940s, Johnny arrived in Hollywood, did Lucky Strike cigarette commercials on the "Jack Benny Show" and hosted a talk show from Ciro's nightclub on the Sunset Strip. Beginning in 1951, Johnny created the "Freeway Club" on 710/KMPC. "I was the first dj in the nation to intersperse traffic reports between records and guest stars," Johnny once said.
As the honorary mayor of Hollywood, he emceed more than 3,500 civic and charity events. He raised millions of dollars for the USO, Boy Scouts, Arthritis Foundation and countless others. He has two Stars on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. In the late 1970s, he turned the Hollywood Christmas Parade into a nationally televised event. In late 1991, Johnny joined Robert W. Morgan on KMPC, handling the weather and traffic.
GRANT, Neil: KABC, 1998-99. Neil was most recently with WXEL-West Palm Beach, Florida. He lives in Stuart, Florida.
Neil's compelling style of anchoring the news for KABC through Metro Networks propelled him into what colleague Joe Crummey calls "personality status.” Neil started in Philadelphia as a station announcer at WHYY/TV and WIP. For eight years he worked in New England at WMEX and WHDH with the name Neil Cannon. He spent over seven years in San Diego working at KSON, KFMB and KOGO and then on to KLOK-San Jose, which led to 13 years in the Bay Area at KYA, KOIT and KSFO.
Neil was born and raised in Philadelphia and graduated from Temple University with a degree in communications. Neil is the founder of Conjured Up Sequences, based in Delray Beach, Florida.
GRANT, Dr. Toni: KABC, 1972-86; KFI, 1986-90; KTZN, 1997; KRLA, 1998-2000; KABC, 2000-01. Dr. Toni Grant was a clinical psychologist and a pioneer in media psychology. She died March 27, 2016, at the age of 73. She studied English at Vassar College, then clinical psychology at Syracuse University, where she received her doctorate. She went into private practice in Pasadena. In 2021, Ms. Grant was posthumously inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame.
Her radio career began in 1972 with weekly guest appearances on the Bill Ballance Show. She went on to revolutionize her field and the broadcasting industry with the nation’s first psychology call-in format. In 1981, her three-hour afternoon show was syndicated by the ABC network. In 1986, she was recruited by the Mutual Broadcasting System, and was syndicated in 180 markets until her departure in 1990.
In 1988, Dr. Grant wrote Being A Woman, a best seller which urged modern women to reclaim their femininity, lay down their “Amazon Armor” and return to traditional moral and family values. She took her own advice and that same year married industrialist John Bell.
In 1990, Toni decided to “live the book I wrote” and took a creative hiatus from daily broadcasting. She entered the world of corporate America, serving in an executive position at Bell Packaging Corporation.
Toni missed radio and in the spring of 1997 she returned to daily broadcasting. Famous for her phrase, “Life is not a dress rehearsal,” Toni spoke with over 50,000 people. Subject matter ranged from the bedroom to the boardroom." Born April 3, 1942, she had two daughters. Dr. Toni returned to KABC for late nights until her syndication deal fell apart in 2001.
Graves, David: KFWB, 1984-86. The former vp/gm at all-News KFWB, David is ceo of PermissionTV.com.
Graves, Robert: KIEV, 1992; KGER, 1994-97; KLTX, 1997-99; KPYA, 1998-99; KKLA, 1997-01; KTYM, 2003; KXMX/KTIE, 2003-08. Robert left Salem left Salem Communications in February 2008 after 10 years with the company. He's currently concentrating on maintaining and programming the Smooth Gospel Jazz Internet Radio Station he owns and launched in 2004 on live365.com.
GRAY, Gary: KBIG/KBRT, 1970-80. Gary retired in 2002 and he is living in upstate New York.
Gary worked for the Bonneville stations for almost a decade. In the mid-1970s, Gary teamed with Ray Willes in morning drive.
Gray, Marv: KABC, 1967-72; KFI, 1972-73. The ex-CIA agent from Connecticut started in the opinion business as Joe Pyne's producer. Marv was a World War II hero, author, lecturer and columnist who was the distinctive conservative voice of early L.A. Talk radio. He died November 8, 1973. He was 53.
GRAYDON, Joe: KDAY, 1959-60. The former FBI agent was a singer in the 1950s. After his radio career, Joe was very active through the years as a singer, performer and arranger of Big Band events. He died May 19, 2001.
Born February 6, 1919, in Washington DC, on the now-site of the U.S. Supreme Court, he began conducting and singing with bands when he was in high school and continued doing so throughout his college years, which provided him with enough money to pay for his tuition and earn a law degree from the Catholic University of America. His very first recording with the Gordon Jenkins Orchestra was a mega hit entitled Again, which was #1 on the charts for many weeks and went platinum. He had his own show in Hollywood for five years. It was, in fact, the first musical talk show and Joe had a group of five great studio musicians who worked the show with him for two hours each day, five days a week.
Joe held a law degree, which allowed him to join the FBI. After being a field agent during World War II, he eventually worked directly for J. Edgar Hoover. With less than a month to go of his five-year stint, Joe was hired to sing on the Hit Parade tv show. Hoover saw him and said he didn't want his agent to be on the show.
Las Vegas beckoned and he was soon doing radio and television there and singing in hotels on the famous Las Vegas strip. For decades, Joe's corporation, JOMAR Productions, Inc., became THE largest producer of Big Band events in the entire entertainment industry. Many of his concert attractions were coast to coast tours ranging up to three months duration. He not only produced these shows but also wrote and directed them.
Additionally, he often incorporated star attractions in his productions, such as Tony Bennett, Mel Tormé, Frankie Laine, Kay Starr, etc. On occasion, especially on Big Band ocean cruises, he conducted and, of course, did a vocal chorus now and then. His tours were totally sold out during 1998 and 1999.
Grdnic, Joy and Stevens, Ron: KWST, 1979-80. They worked for All Star Radio Networks out of St. Louis.
GREASEMAN: KLOS, 1993-94. Penthouse Magazine described Greaseman's show: "It is a cartoon for the ears, a fast-paced barrage of ad-libbed songs, stories and jokes."
Born Doug Tracht in the Bronx on August 1, 1950, the Greaseman grew up in the Bronx and graduated from Ithaca College with a B.S. in broadcasting. His jock travels took him to WENE-Binghamton, WAXC-Rochester, WWDC-Washington, DC, WPOP-Hartford, WXRK-New York, WYSP-Philadelphia and KOME-San Jose. In 1975, he went to Jacksonville. He went through the police academy in Florida and as a civilian carried a gun and a badge. He felt that being a cop was a great way to learn a town. He began to tell sordid tales of his law enforcement character. Other wacky flights of fancy included telling stories about being a surgeon in medical school, where he specialized in chain-saw surgery.
By 1977 the Greaseman was working at WLUP-Chicago. He gained national attention at WWDC when he took to the air in 1986 on Martin Luther King's birthday and joked that if killing one black leader was cause for a day off, then killing "four more" would create a holiday "all week long." Beginning in 1993 his show was syndicated from Los Angeles, where he did the early evening show on KLOS until late 1994. How did his name come to be? While working at WENE-Endicott, New York, the jocks were using the expression, "I'm cookin' tonight." One night he said he was so hot he was "cookin' with grease." He knew he had arrived when he picked up one of the trade publications and an advertisement solicited a "Grease-man type." He was syndicated by WW1.
Green, Derek: Since 1997, Derek has been associate producer and writer for the Rick Dees Weekly Top 40.
Green, George: KABC, 1960-96. The former general manager at KABC represents many Los Angeles Radio People as an agent. He splits his time between Arrowhead and Palm Desert.
GREEN, Herb: KMPC. Herb was gm of KMPC's AirWatch. The Texan flew for over 50 years. He was gene Autry's personal pilot for 27 years and daily aired "A Pilot's View of the Weather."
During World War II, Herb operated a flight school. In a 1974 LA Times profile, Herb said: "I'm not a meteorologist. But in 47 years of flying, I should know a little bit about weather."
Herb was an advocate of the twin-engine aircraft as the only fixed-wing planes for traffic coverage. The aviator's axiom is: "If an airplane loses its power, it becomes a glider. If a helicopter loses its power, it becomes a rock." Herb died in the early 1980s and was buried in his hometown, Waco.
Green, John: KFAC, 1975. Unknown.
Green, Melrose Larry: KIEV, 2000. Larry hosted a midnight show on KIEV. He now entertains with song and commentary on Facebook.
Green, Phil: KLAC, 1965-70. Phil is living in Phoenix.
Green, Sean: XPRS, 1980-85; KIEV, 1985-98; KFSG, 1998-2003. Sean worked with Huggy Boy at XPRS in the early ‘80s. He checked in. “After X-PRS, I continued that ‘Soul Oldies’ program at the Cable Radio Network [CRN] while working at KIEV from 1985-98. After KIEV sold I went to KFSG/fm and played contemporary Christian rock from 1998 till it also sold in 2003. I finished my master’s degree and teaching credential while at KFSG, so when those wonderful six years ended I changed careers and began teaching for a school district here in L.A. I miss radio and the people I worked with but LOVE teaching!”
GREENBERG, Peter: KABC, 2002-04; KTLK, 2005-06. Peter has a syndicated weekend travel show. He was the travel editor for NBC's Today Show and has worked for all networks. He was also the chief correspondent for Discovery Networks/The Travel Channel and editor at large for the National Geographic Traveler magazine.
For six years, he was the West Coast Correspondent for Newsweek, based both in Los Angeles and San Francisco. During that time, he was the principal reporter of many major cover stories for the magazine, including Howard Hughes, Patty Hearst, Gary Gilmore, aviation safety, and organized crime. He covered stories ranging from Bette Midler to Watergate, from uncovering Mexico drug deals to the return of Vietnam prisoners of war.
After writing an award-winning investigative piece for Playboy on the life and death of comedian Freddie Prinze, Greenberg left Newsweek to become West Coast editor of New Times magazine. Two years later, he produced a special two-hour dramatic film on Prinze for CBS. Greenberg also served as vp of television development for Paramount, where he helped develop such shows as MacGyver. At MGM, he ran the creative team that developed Thirtysomething for ABC television. On the literary end, Greenberg co-authored The Piano Teacher, a non-fiction murder mystery telling the true story of how a serial killer successfully manipulated the failings of the criminal justice system.
Greene, Kameron: KJLH, 2013-22. Kameron works weekends at KJLH.
GREENE, Scott: KMNY, 1986-89; KDAY, 1988-90; KJLH, 1990-92; KXEZ/KYSR, 1989-93; KGFJ 1994-95; KFI, 1995-98; KRLA, 2001-02; KFWB, 2011-14. Over the years, Scott did news and traffic for a number of stations. He was just 55 when he passed away on November 4, 2014, of congestive heart failure and renal failure.
"I wasn't flying the plane." That was Scott's first line when interrogated for five hours after his traffic pilot violated restricted air space during the Pope's visit to the Southland. "Our plane was forced down via two military choppers with an aimed 16mm-military cannon. Very scary."
Born on Long Island on May 20, 1959, his postal inspector father was transferred to Illinois when Scott was eight. He started his radio career at WDGC-Downers Grove, Illinois when he was 14 years old. He earned a B.A. in radio/tv/film from Cal State University Northridge in 1981. After graduation Scott worked in the Antelope Valley and was the overnight news anchor at "Money Radio," KMNY, along with Metro Traffic. His show at KFI was described as "libberservatism - somewhere between hard-line conservatives and hard-end liberals." He left KFI in early 1998.
Scott had a deep, melodious, distinctive voice and an infectious laugh. He was well-liked by his colleagues who told stories at his funeral of enjoying lots of laughter with Scott before, after and during the breaks between reports. "I first met Scott when we worked together at Metro in the early 2000s, and we became instant friends. He had a heart of gold beneath his hefty, gruff exterior and loved to laugh. "I'd see him every morning when I came in to produce and write at Metro," Sandy Wells shared, "and Scott would be coming off the overnight shift. He seemed so full of energy and always greeted me with a smile, even after a long night. We visited a few minutes every day. He'll be missed."
His sister, Jacqueline "Jen" Greene, spoke eloquently and poignantly at the funeral, detailing finding Scott's body. "When I arrived, I happened to notice that he hadn't made up his bed. That was Scott. He'd say, 'Why make it up? I'm just gonna get back in it later!' If he'd known I was going to be there, he would've made it up. I was always after him about that," she laughed. She told of how Scott's poor eating habits and lack of exercise, especially in the last few years, resulted in Scott's gaining a lot of weight and contributing to his declining health. "He loved eating out, getting take out and delivery, and he frequented fast food restaurants," she added. "And believe me, it was quite the maneuver managing to get his body out of his apartment. It required lots of help and we finally got him downstairs."
(David Gold and Joe Guimond)
GREENE, Tim: KKBT, 1990-92; KJLH, 1992-94; KMPC, 1995. Tim works at WGIV 103.3FM-Charlotte. In the fall of 2021, Tim received the Presidential Award & Distinguished Humanitarian Award for community service in Charlotte.
Tim has been super busy during the coronavirus pandemic, purchasing laptop computers for students during the “Stay At Home Order.” During these unprecedented times, the filmmaker and assistant program director/music director and afternoon drive radio personality recently purchased over 400 laptop computers for students in the NC Works NEXGEN program.
Greene realized many students did not own computers that would enable them to complete their schoolwork assignments from home since all classes were moved online due to the COVID -19 Outbreak. Two nursing students also received laptop computers from Tim during a Student Success Expo. NC Works NEXTGEN assists youth 16-24 with barriers to self-sufficiency such as high school dropouts, homelessness, parenting youth and criminal backgrounds to gain either employment or higher-level educational pursuits.
“It was a pleasure presenting these great students with the tools they needed that will help them continue to be as successful as possible in life,” says Greene.
Greenleigh, Tom: KRLA, 1976-77; KIQQ, 1977. Tom is a partner in the Quizland Web sites. He's living near Salt Lake City with wife and two kids.
Greenly, Ed: KPSA, 1972. Unknown.
GREENWOOD, Timothy: KNX, 2003-22. Tim broadcast traffic on KNX. Since 2000, the graduate of the University of Northern Colorado in Business Administration has been an event tv producer for Magnolia Street Productions, which includes being the live tv host for LA regional 4th of July activities covering the five county area.
Tim is also the network voice of Entertainment Buzz on TNT.
For four years he was an adjunct professor of writing for visual media and tourism marketing at California State University, Fullerton.
GREG, Gonzo: KNAC, 1986-89. Greg left BOB/fm in Las Vegas in the spring of 2013. He's now with the Highway Stations in Barstow.
KNAC was Greg's first job out of college. When he left the Southland, he went to Philadelphia, KRXX-Minneapolis and WTFX-Louisville. In the fall of 1995 he joined mornings at KCAL-Riverside and left in early 1997.
"Born to hippy parents and forced to spend most of my childhood in the back of a VW microbus, breathing second-hand pot-fumes while travelling to folk festivals and protest rallies ... my upbringing by stoner parents made me realize at an early age the importance of finding a job that would not require any actual work," said Greg. "The name Gonzo is a nod to Hunter S. Thompson, the father of Gonzo journalism, author of Fear And Loathing In Las Vegas, and all around nutcase who enjoys blowing stuff up ... and how could you not appreciate a true American like that?"
Gregory, Laura: KCSN; KPCC; KFWB, 2000-09. Laura provided financial news at the all-News station until a format flip in the early fall of 2009.
GREGORY, Steve: KFI, 2005-22. Steve joined the news department at KFI in the summer of 2005. He left in the spring of 2016 to deal with medical issues concerning his mom. He continues to appear on KFI as special reporter.
Steve has such a passion for news it’s as if he’s a first responder arriving first on the scene of a breaking story. He’s done this at KFI for much of his time since 2005. After Hurricane Katrina struck in New Orleans, Steve was there and slept roadside. Likewise, he’s dodged gunfire during riots in Ferguson, Missouri. Steve slept in the back of a news truck during the nation’s longest prison standoff, later spending many days in the same truck covering the nation’s largest wildfire.
Steve’s exceptional work has earned him the Edward T. Murrow Award six times. The Associated Press has given him first place accolades for Best Newscast, Best Special Program, and Best Series. Steve has also won international media awards for features on the Phoenix Fire Department, the U.S. Border Patrol, and Arab-American comedians. He is a first-place winner of more than 25 Golden Mike Awards for his coverage of breaking news, features, and investigative series. He has also won awards for his live coverage of dramatic, and sometimes violent car chases.
Steve took time off to care for an ailing mother. He took advantage of this time by taking classes that made him the first working journalist in California to become a POST-certified (Peace Officers Standards and Training) instructor. “This allowed me more opportunity to teach media relations and crisis communications courses to first responders throughout the state. I am dedicated to fostering a better relationship between LAPD [law enforcement] and the media.”
If you wonder where this passion for the news comes from, the seed was planted in 1982. He first went on the air as an overnighter in Pueblo, doing weather updates between syndicated programming. Steve went to college to be a band director, but got hooked on radio because of a buddy of his. Steve worked morning drive at an AC station in Pueblo, Colorado. From there, Steve had various on-air jobs, eventually becoming program director for the Colorado PBS station. He also helped out as the marketing director at the Colorado State Fair. For the next five years, Steve was a reporter / anchor at KFYI-Phoenix, where he also hosted a weekly talk show.
Gresham, Bob: KBCA, 1964-69. Bob was part-time at KBCA while working for a car dealership. He died July 1, 2004.
GRICE, Bonnie: KUSC, 1989-96; KKGO, 1996-97; KCSN, 1997. In the Spring of 2019, Bonnie exited 88.3 WPPB/gm, a Southampton-based NPR station. She covered East End news and arts for over 15 years.
Bonnie joined the Classical music outlet, KUSC, from WKSU-Kent, Ohio to do mornings. She wrote a new opera, Mrs. Dalloway, that was performed in the mid-1990s by the Lyric Opera of Cleveland. At KUSC Bonnie worked both drive slots.
She married the president of KUSC, Dr. Wallace Smith, within a year of arriving at the station.
In the fall of 1994, Bonnie's book, Z to A -- The Classical Lovers Alternative was published. Her awards include the prestigious Susan B. Anthony Award for Communications from the Business and Professional Women's Association Hollywood Chapter.
In the fall of 1996 Bonnie resigned from KUSC concurrently with KUSC president/gm-husband Wallace Smith. She joined KKGO in November 1996. She’s now with Southampton College’s WPBX-New York. In early 1998 she co-hosted NPR’s “Anthem.”
Griego, Christina: KRLA, 1995-98; KNX, 1998-2007. Christina reported news and traffic for one of the traffic services.
GRIEGO, Penny: KFWB, 2000-14. Penny was co-anchor for morning drive with News/Talk KFWB until a format flip in September 2014. She spent a decade anchoring the news at KCBS/Channel 2 before joining KFWB. Penny was a journalism major at the University of New Mexico.
In November 2017, she became Media Relations Specialist at L.A. Care Health Plan, the largest publicly operated health plan in the country, serving 2-million members in L.A. County.
GRIFFIN, Booker: KGFJ. Booker Griffin, Jr. was a graduate of Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio, and in 1962 moved to Los Angeles, where he started with Motown Records and was a volunteer in the presidential campaign of Robert F. Kennedy.
Booker was an African American activist who, after the 1965 Watts riots, wrote and helped design programs for the Westminster Neighborhood Association in Watts. He used his popular weekly radio talk show to air his biting criticism of former Mayor Tom Bradley and other black elected officials.
Griffin was best known as a talk show host on KGFJ radio, where his guests included Bradley, former Police Chief Daryl F. Gates and other politicians and officials. "His long suit and his weak suit was his ability to tell it like it was," said Bill Shearer, vice president and general manager of KGFJ. "Sometimes it served him well and sometimes it didn't."
Booker died July 4, 1993, after suffering a diabetes-induced stroke at the age of 55.
GRIFFIN, Jason: KPWR, 1992-93; KMNY, 1994-95; KCXX, 1997-98; KYSR, 1998-2005; KATY, 2001; KCXX, 2001. Jason was born in San Dimas and raised in Orange County. “I grew up listening to KROQ and KIIS. I have been hooked on radio ever since I was a freshman in high school.”
Jason started as an intern at “Power 106” in the production department with Geoff St John. “After that I went to Fullerton College and went through their radio program while doing marketing as well, to get some on-air experience.”
Jason was on the air at KMNY (“Money Radio”) in the mid-1990s, KHWY-High Desert and for five years he worked in Bakersfield radio. He worked swing at KYSR as well as stations in the Inland Empire. He produces the syndicated Melissa Etheridge show.
GRIFFIN, Joey: KWIZ, 1980-82. Joey worked mornings at the Orange County station, KWIZ. After 11 years in the radio business she became a corporate paralegal.
Born and raised in Woodland Hills, Joey started her radio career in 1977 in San Luis Obispo. Her journey took her to Topeka, Racine, Mobile and Milwaukee. Joey originally wanted to be an actress and radio seemed to make sense after she got out of school. "Every once in a while when I talk with an old radio friend, I think about radio."
GRIFFIN, Ken: KGOE, 1972; KGIL, 1970-75; KIIS. Ken died September 28, 2010, at his home in Punta Gorda, Florida. He was 73.
Born Joseph t. Mulhall on June 29, 1937, Ken's biggest success came for his work in Hartford radio at WPOP and WDRC during the 1960s and 1970s when rivalry between the two then Top 40 stations was at its peak. Unbeknownst to many, Griffin, whose illustrious career took him to Hollywood and back again, was the voice-over of the original Parkay commerical.
One of Connecticut's most popular radio personalities, Ken spent time in Hollywood as the press agent for movie star Sal Mineo and personal manager of singer Johnny Restivo. He cut his radio teeth at all three AM stations in his hometown of Waterbury (WBRY, WATR and WWCO). He was heavily involved at WBUR/fm while attending Boston University's School of Public Relations and Communications (class of 1959). He also worked at WBOS in Boston as an announcer and board operator. In September 1959 he went back to work in Waterbury at WBRY.
GRIFFITH, Bob: KLOS, 1977-78; KMET, 1979-82; KFI, 1982-84; KJOI, 1984-89; KYSR/KXEZ, 1990-95; KCTD, 1998. When Bob was running KJOI, he told the LA Times, "We know people aren't out there saying, 'Gosh, I can't wait to listen to KJOI so I can hear the instrumental version of Billie Jean. We're not in the entertainment business. We' re in the mood-adjustment business."
For a time Bob was partnered with his son in a firm, called FUEL360 A Media Sales and Integrated Marketing Company. It's a company that represents a variety of Media assets, Print, Digital, Video, some Radio, Onsite, Digital Publishing and Research.
Today, Bob lives in Durango. "I’m somewhat retired, buuuut in a nutshell. I’m a Spin Instructor at Ton Health Club I am also a certified as an instructor on New Weight Machines there. I’m the MC for the Durango Voice competition and other numerous charity events. I give Talks at College on Rock Music, what happened to Rock Music, Aretha Franklin and just finished one on George Carlin.
In addition to skiing 50 days a year, Bob is also a speaker at Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs in the Colorado area.
Griffith, Herman: KGFJ, 1963-66. Herman's on-air moniker was "God's gift to woman." He worked afternoon driveat KGFJ. "Y100's” Scott Lowe from Philadelphia remembers hearing Herman in 1967 on AFN while in Germany.
Griffith, Norman: KGBS, 1965. Unknown.
Griswold, Tom: KXTA, 2000. Tom and his partner Bob Kevoian hosted a morning syndicated show on "XTRA Sports 1150" until late 2000. The Bob & Tom Show continues in syndication.
GROSS, Al: KWIZ; KEZY; KWVE; KBRT; KPZE, 1987-88. Al is working for a Crawford station in St. Louis.
Al was born in Milwaukee and grew up in Ventura. He studied Pastoral Theology at Liberty University.
As a broadcaster he worked mostly in Southern California He was the first radio station manager at for Calvary Chapel's KWVE in San Clemente. In 1987 Gross went to Focus on the Family where he was one of the original writers and contributors for Family News in Focus. At KBRT (740AM) he was co-host of Mornings with Tim and Al with Tim Berends. Gross and Berends were voted LA's "Top Jocks" by readers of the Herald-Examiner in 1986. Later that year, Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley proclaimed "Tim and Al day in Los Angeles" with an official proclamation.
In 1994, Gross moved to St. Louis where he co-hosted the morning show on KJSL for 14 years. In 2007 he formed Signature Media Group, Inc. and created National Oldies Collection Countdown Show. It is the only Top 40 Oldies Countdown Show covering the golden age of Top 40 Radio (1955 to 1970). Each show uses the original songs, jingles, newscasts and even vintage commercials. He owns what could arguably be the largest private pop music record collection in the United States. He is still active in commercial voiceovers, radio drama and broadcast consulting.
GROSS, Gil: KLAC, 2001-02. Gil joined KGO-San Francisco for afternoons in the fall of 2007. He left shortly after Cumulus took over KGO in late 2011. Gil went on to host afternoons at KKSF NewsTalk 910 in Oakland/San Francisco. He now lives in Santa Fe.
Gil has been a journalist for more than 30 years. He took over the morning drive shift at KLAC in the summer of 2001.
Gil became the youngest anchorman in ABC News history, when at the age of 23 he anchored network newscasts from the ABC Chicago Bureau, while he was also the morning news anchor at WLS. While at ABC he began gathering a string of awards for investigative reporting, especially on the plight of children. At WNBC-New York, an investigative series led to changes in the way foster children were treated in several states.
Gil has been an anchor and reporter for all 3 major networks. He has had his own shows in New York on WABC, WOR, and WNBC. Gil has been the chief substitute for Paul Harvey at ABC and Charles Osgood at CBS.
Gross, Laura: KRLA, 1978-82. Laura owns radio and tv production company creating nationally syndicated shows and EPKs. She produces two weekly radio shows, "On the Radio" and "The Countdown Companion." Laura shares a love story: Many years ago I had a friend who wanted our relationship to blossom into something more. He was a fantastic man, but it just didn't feel right to go to the next level. Then, I sprained my ankle, was wrapped in an ace bandage, and limping with a cane. I was working behind-the-scenes on a video shoot, and had to call in to the office. The only telephone was up a very steep flight of stairs, and my friend, who was also working on the shoot, saw me stare fearfully at that staircase. He told me to "Put down that cane," lifted me up bridal style, and carried me up those stairs, placing me so gently at the top of the staircase so I could make my call (yes, he even went downstairs to retrieve my cane so I could hobble to the phone). That friendship transformed into romance as I was swept up that staircase, and to this day, it is one of the most romantic things that has ever happened to me. In today's era of cell phones, that chivalrous act would not be necessary, I'm so glad it happened before they were invented!!
GROSS, Terry: KPCC. Terry hosts the syndicated Fresh Air program for NPR.
She had an interesting conclusion to her interview with Gene Simmons of KISS? "I'd like to think the personality you presented on our show today is a persona that you've affected as a member of KISS, but that you're not nearly as obnoxious when you're at home or with friends." Simmons responded with "Fair enough, and I'd like to think that the boring lady who's talking to me now is a lot sexier and more interesting than the one's who's doing NPR, studious and reserved."
An incredible interviewer, guests always have an interview with her on their wish-list when doing publicity. "A remarkable blend of empathy and warmth, genuine curiosity and sharp intelligence," says The San Francisco Chronicle. Gross isn't afraid to ask tough questions and anyone who agrees to be interviewed must decide where to draw the line between what is public and what is private."
Gross began her radio career in 1973 at public radio station WBFO-Buffalo. There she hosted and produced several arts, women's and public affairs programs, including This Is Radio, a live, three-hour magazine program that aired daily. Two years later, she joined the staff of WHYY-Philadelphia as producer and host of Fresh Air, then a local, daily interview and music program. In 1985, WHYY-FM launched a weekly half-hour edition of Fresh Air with Terry Gross, which was distributed nationally by NPR. Since 1987, a daily, one-hour national edition of Fresh Airhas been produced by WHYY and airs on more than 450 stations.She received a bachelor's degree in English and an M. ED. in Communications from the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her alma mater awarded her an honorary degree in 2007 and a 1993 Distinguished Alumni Award. Gross was born and raised in Brooklyn.
GROVES, Larry: KKDJ, 1974-76; KEZY, 1976-78; KROQ, 1979-89, apd/md. Armed with a journalism degree from Cal State University Sacramento where he graduated with honors, Larry started with Rhino/Cypress Records in the early 1970s. After stints at KKDJ and KEZY, Larry, having known Rick Carroll from his days at KNDE-Sacramento while attending college, went to KROQ, where Rick was music director. As apd/md from 1979 to 1989, the gravelly-throated Groves and Rick put the "Roq" in KROQ during its pioneering "Roq of the ‘80’s" period. The pair was the first to apply Top 40 formatics to "New Wave" music, giving birth to the Modern Rock format as we know it today. In 1982, they co-founded the Carroll, Schwartz & Groves consultancy and spread "Roq of the ‘80s" to client stations in Philadelphia, Chicago, San Diego, Sidney and other markets. In recent years, Larry lived in Longview, Texas, where he worked in record retail at CDs and More. Plagued by health problems, Larry became increasingly despondent about his health and he committed suicide on November 4, 2001, in Longview, the victim of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Guebert, Tim: KSUL, 1979-80; KNOB, 1981-88. Tim lives in Orange and is involved with mostly non-related radio endeavors.
GUERRA, Bob: KLAC/KZLA, 1986-93, pd; KCBS, 1993-94. Bob is from Omaha and attended the University of Nebraska before graduating from the Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. He arrived in the Southland from KNEW-San Francisco, where he was md/pd and afternoon drive, to become om and pd at KZLA/KLAC.
Bob helped create the "Discover Country Music" television campaign that became the marketing thrust for many successful Country stations. He spearheaded "Country Fest" and "Country Scene," the first major outdoor festivals, attended by three quarters of a million country music fans over two years. Bob received 5 nominations from Billboard or the Gavin Report as the Operations/Program Director of the Year and won the highly coveted Gavin Award in 1987. He has been active in projects with the Entertainment Radio Network and the Premiere Radio Networks. In 1993, he helped launch the "Arrow 93" format and worked afternoon drive. Bob was head of programming at Cherry Creek Broadcasting until his retirement in late summer 2015.
Guide, Thomas: KROQ, 1993-94. Thomas left radio and works in the field of jet engines.
Guimond, Joe: KFWB/KNX, 1989-2015. Joe worked behind the scenes at all-News KFWB and later KNX. He left the newser in October 2015.
GUNN, Johnny: KEZY; KBIG, 1966; KGIL, 1983-85; KNJO. Johnny had a great radio career. Proving that LARPs come in shapes, sizes, and colors, Johnny provides a first for us as he reveals all in a new book. He boasts to be very blessed. He lives in a “dream world of 37 shades of green jungle of giant trees and flowers at the Motion Picture Country House, at the edge of LA.” His present story in a moment. Johnny started his broadcast career in 1947 in the then-territory of Alaska. After programming KENO-Las Vegas in 1967. Johnny won the world championship Sheriff’s Rodeo Mule races for three years. In the mid-1970s he was producing commercial spots. At the San Fernando Big Band station, KGIL, Johnny worked evenings and was the pd.
Born in Buffalo, Johnn spent all his school years in Akron, Ohio. “It was at Akron University where I got shot in the ass with show business. I moved to Seattle, auditioned at every station in the Northwest and got my first job in 1947 at KFQD-Anchorage. I worked my way down the coast with stops in Juneau, Ketchikan, Tacoma, Seattle, Las Vegas, San Diego and then the Southland.” Johnny’s still married to his first wife Jo-Ann. He retired to Morro Bay in 1992 and was writing Our First 103 Moves. Now for Johnny’s story today: “Somebody up there likes me.” Paul Newman, as Rocky Graziano, said it in the movie which also served as the title.
“I’m hereby adopting the line because I’ve been blessed with so much. At the Motion Picture Home, I have an independent cottage and Jo-Ann resides 172 steps away at the Alzheimer’s facility. We spend the last half of every day together. Yes, she still knows me, is still my favorite conversationalist, has a great sense of humor, we chat, have dinner together, wheelchair around the acreage, I tuck her in for the night, read to her and sneak back to my digs when she goes to sleep. It doesn’t hurt, and one forgets all details of what happened from ten minutes to ten or fifteen years back. Jo-Ann was diagnosed more than 10 years ago, by comparison Peter Falk died in six months.
Right after the war we moved “out west.” It took two months of looking before we ended up in Seattle. Seattle is not “rainy.” It’s misty. And sunshiney. And beautiful. I got married there and we had Gloria there. Gloria recently retired from Mary Tyler Moore as Post Production Supervisor. We all lost our beloved middle one, Emily, to cancer in 2013. We left Seattle twice for Alaska, once for Anchorage before I knew Jo-Ann, and once for Ketchikan and Juneau when Gloria was 2 years old. Both times for Radio station employment.
Back to Seattle for a couple years and then Las Vegas in the 50’s. That was Las Vegas at its best. Every big-city mob owned a casino, New York – Desert Inn and Riviera, Bugsy Siegal, The Flamingo, Meyer Lansky, The Sahara. Brunches and celebrity shows were unbelievably cheap, before the city with its burgeoning population and big-city behavior gradually took the town over. The prices went up and the bad guys disappeared. We moved to San Diego and L.A. and more radio. We’ve had a fun-life, including being divorced for four years because of a misunderstanding. We misunderstood each other. We finally wised up and talked and got remarried. So, why did I write a book called, I’m Dressed, You’re Not? I’ve had a good reason: Since I was five years old, secretly ‘dressed up’ in my mother’s clothes. The word, cross-dresser is in the book a lot, the word transvestite, not a whole bunch. I also admit to “daddy.” Good husband for 67 years and 3-time grampa, a lovable, old curmudgeon. Cross-dressers don’t want to be organized or identified. You couldn’t get one to march in a parade. They don’t want to be recognized or divorced, fired or even glanced askance at. Don’t want their wives or kids to find out. It isn’t fun. But it is. But it isn’t. That’s where I was when I told my wife about it. She had a tough time for a while and finally told her “best friend,” our daughter. Nobody got mad or disappointed at anybody. Isn’t it amazing how intelligent people can be. I’ve lectured on the subject to hundreds of college classes, for every Cal State. and U. of Cal’s. this century and last. Crimany! I wish I could have made this shorter. It happens."
GUNN, Mark: KACE, 1994-95. Born in Salina, Kansas, on June 30, 1961, Mark was an Air Force brat living all over the country. “My interest in radio began while in high school. I was part of a mass communications class that had its own campus radio station. My first gig came after a bunch of us went to a local station in Columbus, Georgia to cut spots for vocational education. The gm heard mine and offered me a part-time job. I was 16. I was hooked."
At KACE, Mark worked evenings and was the music director. Before getting to the Southland, Mark worked in Columbus at WVOC, WCGQ and WNKS. In 1986 he went to WZKX-Biloxi followed by WJYL-Louisville, WBLZ-Cincinnati and KSOL-San Francisco. When Mark left the Southland he joined WAMO-Pittsburgh, followed by WIZF-Cincinnati. Since 2001 Mark went on to work afternoons and is pd at WGZB/WBLO-Louisville. Mark has done voiceovers for Proctor & Gamble, Bell South, Cisco Systems and The American Urban Radio Networks.
Mark is owner/president of Mark Gunn Media in Louisville.
Gurnett, Dick: KKLA, 1954-55; KFI, 1955-56; KABC, 1957-90. Dick taught at the Don Martin School of Broadcasting. He was in the engineering department at KABC until his retirement in 1990.
Guzman, Rich: KACE, 1982-94; KSCA, 1994-97. Unknown.
Guzman, Suzanna: KKGO, 1999; KMZT, 2020-22. The native Californian born in East Los Angeles is a celebrated mezzo-soprano who hosted a Sunday night opera show at KKGO.
GUZMAN-LOPEZ, Adolfo, KPCC, 2000-22. Adolfo reports on K-12 education and higher education for Southern California Public Radio. He’s been a reporter at SCPR since 2000 and in that time has covered many different types of stories including elections, transportation, fires, and the arts. His most memorable stories are the on-site reports at the 2007 May Day Melee protests at MacArthur Park, a fatal apartment collapse that shed light on L.A.'s dearth of housing inspectors, University of California students coping with hunger, South Gate overcoming political corruption, and the 25th anniversary of L.A.’s seminal 1977 punk rock scene.
Adolfo's awards include the 2006 L.A. Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year and a regional Edward R. Murrow honor. 2016 is Adolfo’s 20th year in public radio news. He was hired in 1996 by KPBS/fm in San Diego as a producer for the daily news talk show These Days. He lives in Long Beach with his wife and kids.
GWEN, Jamie: KRLA, 2000-03; KABC, 2003-07; KRLA, 2008; KFWB, 2009-14; KABC 2014-21. Chef Jamie has been a spokesperson and culinary consultant for Smart & Final since 2000. She is the food correspondent for Fox 11 Television and can be seen weekly on Fox 11's Good Day L.A. morning show. She’s also seen on Home & Garden Television (HGTV).
Jamie was born in Los Angeles and she graduated from the Westlake School for Girls. Her first book was called Chef Jamie’s Modern Comforts. Infused with the joy of cooking from a very young age, Jamie graduated at the top of her class from the prestigious Culinary Institute of America in New York, and then continued to pursue her career under the tutelage of many world-renowned chefs.
“My mom, Lana, inspired my love of cooking. I used to sit on the kitchen counter, watching her lovingly whip up amazing eight-course meals almost every night.” In addition to Jamie’s tv and radio appearances, she is accredited to teach the Culinary Arts and volunteers her culinary talents to the "Careers Through Culinary Arts Program" in the Los Angeles School District. In her spare time, Jamie enjoys running, reading, inventing new recipes and lunch!
GWYNNE, Michael C.: KROQ, 1977. Michael is a character actor. Son of 1940s and 1950s band leader Frankie Kaye and former nationally known radio personality during the 1960s during Top 40 radio era under the names "Lee Vaunce" at KGFJ and "Mike Sheppard" at both San Francisco's KDIA and New York's WWRL. While a dj at KPOI in Honolulu, Gwynne broke the Guinness Book of Records for nonstop drumming (92 hours) at the 1965 "Drum-A-Thon." He went on to sit in at the drums with many r&b bands of that era.
Arriving in Hollywood in 1969 to visit a friend, he met a man at a party who said he was the Universal Studios producer. Gwynne was offered a part on a show called The Bold Ones: The Senator in 1970 directed by Daryl Duke, with whom he was to work in several other movies including Payday with Rip Torn.
Michael worked with Steven Spielberg on a tv show called Par for the Course. He played a psychiatrist with Roy Thinnes and Clu Gulager. The beginning of a lifelong career in acting for radio, tv and the big screen had begun.
Gwynne is currently writing scripts and living happily in the woody Westchester region of New York, just above Manhattan where he still plays the drums from time to time sitting in at Showman's Club in Harlem.
Gyurina, Dave: KKTR, 1998-99. Dave worked evenings and weekends at the all-Traffic station. Dave now runs his own advertising, PR, copywriting and VO business: GYROGLYPHICS.
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