Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, H
Compiled by Don Barrett
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HAAS, Karl: KMZT; KUSC. Karl was a pianist, conductor and musicologist who brought Classical music to millions through his syndicated radio program, "Adventures in Good Music." Using a new theme each day, he delivered the Classics to listeners around the world for over 40 years.
Born in Germany, he earned a doctorate in music literature from the University of Heidelberg. He fled the Nazis in 1936 and settled in Detroit where he founded the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
He was a native of Speyer-on-the-Rhine, Germany, began his love affair with music at age six, when he received his first piano lesson from his mother. At age 12, he formed a piano trio with some friends
His broadcast career began at WWJ/Detroit in 1950, where he hosted a weekly preview of concerts performed by the Detroit Symphony. Soon the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation asked him to talk about the music on the air. In 1959, WJR-Detroit proposed a daily time slot for Haas to expand his commentary and, thus, Adventures in Good Music was born.
Since 1970, WCLV/Seaway Productions in Cleveland has syndicated Adventures in Good Music to a worldwide audience. The program has received two coveted George Foster Peabody Awards during its long run, and Karl has received the National Endowment for the Humanities George Frankel Medal.
When he gave lectures and concerts, Karl would walk out on stage, he would pause and then say, "Well, I've often wondered what you look like, too."
Karl died on February 6, 2005
.He was 91. Karl was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
HABECK, Ted: KWST, 1979-81; KMET, 1981. Ted worked at 106.5 the Arch in St Louis and he was the financial director for Chrysler West in St. Louis. Currently, Ted programs a commercial free, free-form Album Rock station www.theroots.fm and does 8 a.m. -2 p.m. daily. "I also host a morning show on 98.9 The River in Steamboat Springs, Colorado," according to Ted.
Born and raised in St, Louis, radio was something he became fascinated with listening to "Johnny Rabbit" on 630 KXOK-St. Louis.
"In September of 2012, I celebrate my 50th anniversary behind the mic," emailed Ted. "All of my time at KMET was a great story. I got to work with legends: Jim Ladd, Mary Turner, Ace Young, Jeff Gonzer, Paraquat Kelly and so many others."
HADDAD, Edmonde: KUSC, 1956-58; KNX, 1957-58; KPOL, 1961-73. In 1961, Edmonde began a 12-year run as a newsman at KPOL. He later became an executive of the World Affairs Council. Edmonde died May 7, 2015, at the age of 83.
He was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1931 and attended Hollywood High School. In a diverse career journey, Edmonde served in the Air Force, performed light opera, and graduated with a B.A. in Telecommunications from USC. He was awarded a CBS News Fellowship by a selection committee that included Edward R. Murrow. He worked at CBS Radio while earning an M.A. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.
During his time at KPOL, Edmonde was honored by the American Political Science Association for distinguished reporting of public affairs receiving two Golden Mike awards.
As President of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Emonde welcomed distinguished speakers from around the world – politicians, diplomats, writers, heads of state, and royalty – and moderated lively question-and-answer sessions. He led the Council’s diplomatic tours throughout Europe and Asia, and was one of the first Americans to visit China after diplomatic relations were restored, developing a lasting affection for the country. He loved attending conferences on international relations at Wilton Park, England.
From 1987-88, Edmonde functioned as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by then-governor Gray Davis to the Commission on Hate Crimes, a nine-member panel chaired by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former California governor George Deukmejian. Emonde was a member of PEN, the organization for writers, and the author of Look to the Rainbow, a book of poetry and political and social commentary.
HADEN, Mark: KIQQ, 1988; KLAC, 1993-98; KGIL, 1998-2000. A 30-year radio veteran, he has been at both the network and local level. Except for a stint as pd at KKNG-Oklahoma City between 1990 and 1992, Mark worked at Transtar/Unistar/Westwood One since 1984 when they were headquartered in Colorado Springs. His first pd job was with KJCK in Junction City, Kansas.
Mark was born February 19, 1953, in Junction City, Kansas, and grew up in Kansas, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University in 1976. “I first became interested in radio and television at an early age, going back to when I was in 3rd and 4th grades. My first interest was television news and programming. I would imagine myself as a reporter in the field and create my own news reports. I was, and am, a fan of Walter Cronkite, and envisioned myself being an anchorperson one day. I would, on a weekly basis, go to the grocery store to buy a TV Guide for 15 cents [can you believe it?], and go home to program my imaginary tv station. I did both radio and television in college, but opted for radio in the end, achieving one of my goals of working for a network. That was the Transtar Radio Network, which became the Unistar Radio Network, which became the Westwood One Radio Network, which was managed by CBS, which was the network of Walter Cronkite. What a deal!”
When Mark got to the network, there were already two ‘Marks’ on the format. “I opted to use a variation of my middle name on the air. I became Doug Haden and used that name for my three and a half years on the AC format.” Transtar moved from Colorado Springs to Hollywood and Mark moved from mornings to afternoons on the soft AC format, Format 41, which was carried on KIQQ in Los Angeles. “It was then that I went back to using Mark Haden, even though many of my friends still call me Doug.” He eventually returned to the network and for almost a decade worked at the Adult Standards format. He's now semi-retired.
HADGES, Tommy: KLOS, 1980-85. The former program director at Rock KLOS arrived in the Southand in the spring of 1980 from New England where he was in dental school and worked at WBCN and WCOZ-Boston. He left KLOS in 1985 to join Jeff Pollack Communications as executive vp. In 1989 he was elevated to Pollack Media group president. He continues as a key executive in the Pacific Palisades-based company that consults stations internationally.
He co-owns three stations in Aspen.
Haessler, Eric: KLSX, 1995-97. Eric worked as one of the Regular Guys at WNNX-Atlanta.
HAFEN, Steve: KBBQ, 1969-70; KGOE, 1972. Steve was born May 16, 1947, and grew up in the San Fernando Valley. He attended what was then San Fernando Valley State College, managing the FM station. “I was there with Jeff March, Dave Darrin, Carson Schrieber and others.”
At KBBQ, Steve went by the name Rusty Watters. When he left KGOE, Steve went on to Spokane doing morning drive for many stations. He managed a station in Billings, Montana.
Since 1995, Steve has been the gm at KVIP-Redding. “My first radio job was at KQIQ-Santa Paula. I worked for Bill and Ann Wallace there for a few years before moving to KBBQ.
Bill was the technical director for ABC’s Joey Bishop Show, so he technically didn’t own the station. "Ann did. Great folks. I was interested in radio from the time I could reach one on the kitchen counter in our San Fernando Valley home. I remember listening to Dick Whittinghill, Johnny Grant, Ira Cook and the other great jocks at KMPC back in the early 50s."
Steve continued: "From there, I grew to enjoy just about every format on L.A. radio, including Chuck Blore's Color Radio, KGFJ’s r&b, and KFAC’s classy Classical format. I did have a strange attraction to KFI at one point. I still can't figure out why a 50-thousand watt blowtorch would program polka music in afternoon drive.”
HAGEN, Don: KLSX, 1986. Don retired in 2018 to Solana.
Hagen started narrating audiobooks in 1997, as a volunteer at Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), now called Learning Ally. Over the years, he maintained a twice-weekly recording schedule at Learning Ally and logged more than seven hundred hours in the booth. Although Learning Ally’s mission revolves around textbooks, he recorded several novels and biographies during his time there.
Don joined the team of narrators at the National Library Service (NLS), Library of Congress, in 2004. He had the opportunity to narrate a wide variety of genres: biographies, memoirs, historical fiction, nonfiction, thrillers, suspense, adventure, essays, short stories, young adult books, and classics such as Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea. He has probably recorded more Civil War-era books than anything else; and because he grew up in Illinois, the Land of Lincoln, this part of history has interested him since boyhood.
Haggler, Mike: KPPC, 1971. Unknown.
Haim, Joey: KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996-97; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98. Joey left "XTRA Sports 1150" with a format change. He's now selling real estate in Los Angeles.
Hainey, Chandler: KYMS, 1993. Chandler is working at the Christian Research Institute.
HALBURN, Mark: KTSJ, 1984-86; KKLA, 1985-86; KYMS, 1986; KMNY, 1989. Mark publishes PutnamLive.com in Putnam County, West Virginia.
Mark was a weekender at KERI-Bakersfield, KDAR-Oxnard/Ventura. He left the Southland for weekend news anchor job at KNEWS-Palm Desert. During the 1990s, Mark was a news writer for a number of tv stations and newspapers in California.
HALE, Vanessa: KYSR, 2010. Vanessa started her radio career working weekends at KYSR. She then moved on to KHTH-Santa Rosa. Hale later joined Entercom in 2013 as a midday host for former sister station WODS/fm, a role she held from until 2016. She most recently served as the station’s afternoon drive host until June 2020.
In late 2020, Vanessa joined KLLC (Alice) in San Francisco.
HALEY, Bud: KPOP, 1959; KRKD, 1960-63; KLAC, 1968-79; KABC, 1979. Born Haven Earlie "Bud" Haley, he was the all-night talk show host for part of his run on KLAC. A colleague remembers that Bud was an excellent poker player and played in the big
tournaments. Las Vegas
He went on to become an actor and while in New York, worked at WNEW.
He played a lot of golf and hung out at the
Whitsett Driving Rangein North Hollywoodin the late 1980s.
Bud's son, Jackie Earle Haley, was an actor and he starred in Bad News Bears and Breaking Away.
Halison, Frank "Hot Dog": XPRS, 1971-72. Unknown.
HALL, David G.: KFI, 1989-2000; KFI/KXTA/KLAC, 2000-01; KNX/KFWB, 2003-08; KNX, 2007-08; KABC, 2009-10. When David G. Hall first went to work at KFI-AM (640) in 1989, the station had just adopted a Talk format and listeners had already committed to KABC as their choice for the Spoken Word. For most in the industry, KABC was the first Talk station in the nation. Outside of Lohman & Barkley in the mornings, the second half of the 20th century at KFI were a series of starts and stops. But had the KABC Talk station gotten complacent or stale? The 50,000-watt station never seemed to live up to expectations .... until David G. Hall arrived.
When he gave up the program director’s job in 2002, KFI was one of the most popular outlets in Southern California, and KABC wasn’t even a close runner-up. David worked his magic. And for the next decade he worked at KABC KNX, and KFWB.
His turnaround at KFI was recognized at his farewell. "David is the man who created the sound of the station," said morning man Bill Handel. KFI afternooners John & Ken aired a "Best of" segment so they could surprise and honor their boss. "It really touched me," remarked David. "They were on the air having a GREAT show but slipped on a tape so they could come honor me for ten minutes. I was really touched. If you know them, you know that was a BIG thing." Greg Ashlock, gm of the three AM properties, said that KFI was David's house. "David had no reason whatsoever to 'let me in,' but he graciously did anyway. He taught me some amazing things about how the format works, and he took me under his wing. I'll never forget both his grace and the invaluable information." Bill Handel made fun of the fact that David never showed up at things and was shocked to see that he actually showed up at his final event. Bill acknowledged that David molded him and built him into the morning man that he is. As he spoke in the most gracious terms, he started to cry and then many in the room started to cry. One observer said it was a "surreal moment."
David said that he had three options when he left KFBK-Sacramento to come to KFI as news director in 1989. "First, I had been offered a job I had sought as a newspaper photographer for El Universdal newspaper in Mexico City. Second, I had been offered a job as assignment editor at KCRA television in Sacramento, and I was offered this by George Oliva, who is the pd who put KFI on the air as a talk station. This was the highest risk, but I took it anyway."
He now consults radio stations domestically and internationally.
HALL, Derrick: KXTA, 1998-99. Derrick is the president of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Since 1999, Derrick has been senior vp of communications for the Dodger organization. At KXTA, “XTRA Sports 1150,” he worked morning drive and the home Dodger pre-game shows. Derrick joined the Dodgers in 1992 and worked in several capacities for the club’s Single-A Florida Tate League affiliate in Vero Beach, Florida.
He moved to L.A. in May 1994 to join the publicity department. Derrick was born in Los Angeles and received a bachelor’s degree in sports broadcasting from Arizona State University and a master’s degree from Ohio University in sports administration.
Hall, Don: KPPC, 1968-71; KMET, 1972-73. Don was last sighted in Santa Barbara as a projectionist for a drive-in theatre.
Hall, John: KMPC, 1977-78; KIKF, 1994. John was a sports writer for four decades at the LA Times and OC Register.
HALL, Mel: KLAC, 1957-59; KRLA, 1965-67. Mel retired in 2000. He passed away on October 10, 2011. Since 1968, Mel has been president/ceo of Cinira Corporation, a film/video production company and broadcast creative service in San Diego.
Mel worked in San Diego before joining the Pasadena outlet, KRLA. Mel returned to San Diego and built one of the most successful production facilities in the city. Mel was born October 6, 1931, in Long Beach. At age 14, the family moved to Arcadia, where he dropped out of school.
“In 1948, I recorded my voice for the first time, on a wire recorder in my father’s office. The experience started me dreaming [secretly], that maybe I could become a radio announcer.” Mel got his start at WVIK, near Camp Rucker. In 1951, Mel joined the Army and was sent to Korea. When he left the army, he joined WABB-Mobile, Alabama. “It was at WABB that I discovered my devotion to programming and production.” Following a job at KOCS/KEDO-FM-Ontario, California, he did freelance tv. In early 1958, he joined KLAC. The “FutureFonic Sound” format didn’t last long against Chuck Blore’s “Color Radio” on KFWB, so it was off to San Diego to dj at KDEO. Two years later he joined WJJD- Chicago, then KQV-Pittsburgh, but he missed California and returned to the Southland. “In late 1964, I became pd of KRLA. The station did well, however, I soon became disenchanted with the infighting, back biting, egos and lack of interest and cooperation from the disc jockey staff. Everyone was a ‘program director’ and generally refused to accept new techniques and production procedures. Some of the djs simply didn’t have the talent. I left in early 1966 thoroughly disgusted and disillusioned with KRLA and Top 40 radio. Shortly thereafter, KHJ was dominant in all time periods. In my view, KRLA deserved its demise.”
Hall, Mort: KLAC, 1958-63. Last heard, Mort was living in New York.
HALL, Phil: KLAC, 1982-83; KHJ/KRTH, 1985-90. Phil is president/ceo of AudienceBakery.com. He's based in Dallas.
Phil was raised in Oklahoma and spent much of his youth in Little Rock. He was greatly influenced by a teacher to pursue radio as a career. “I saw the inside of a radio station and got hooked.”
Before arriving in the Southland, he programmed a number of stations in Tulsa and was consulted for Surrey Broadcasting Research. He arrived in the Southland from WTIC-Hartford. In addition to his duties at RKO, Phil was the executive producer for NBA Clippers Basketball Network. He went on to own two stations in Little Rock. He created “The Oldies Countdown” for MJI Broadcasting and is now managing Sports Fan Radio in Las Vegas. Phil was appointed vp of programming at ABC radio Networks in the summer of 1999.
HALL, Robert David: KORG, 1977; KNX/fm, 1979-83; KKHR, 1983. Dave lost both legs when a drunken truck driver with two loads of cement crashed into his car, and the gas tank exploded trapping him in his car. Within six months he was walking on artificial legs. David plays the coroner on CSI.
Dave grew up in the Washington, DC/Baltimore area. He came to the Southland when he was 14. “I was a fan big-time of KFWB. The jocks were like little god-heads." After graduation from UCLA, his entrance into radio was almost a fluke. "Acting is an obsession, but I always knew I wanted to perform." He played music, loved music and was a musician. When he was 27, he was playing in an Orange County club when the owner of KORG asked if he had any radio experience. He fibbed and was soon doing overnights. A year later Dave was driving his Volkswagen when a drunken truck driver with two loads of cement crashed into his car, and the gas tank exploded, trapping him in his car. Hardly a year after the accident, KNX/fm pd Steve Marshall offered Dave the position of md, prompting him to say "Life Can Be A Dream...Sh-Boom," -- an example of how he punctuates his conversations. He talks warmly about the experience at KNX/fm. He called it an "odd radio station" that played music no one else was playing and sounded live even though it was automated. Dave appeared in Deal of the Century, with Chevy Chase, playing the part of a Vietnam vet. Christopher Ames, who worked with Dave on the CBS/fm station, went on to write Class Action, starring Gene Hackman, and David played the part of the double amputee. His tv credit list is long, including Love and War, Beverly Hills 90210, the recurring role of Judge Swaybill on L.A. Law and Mr. Mott on Life Goes On. David's voice is heard on cartoon shows like Batman, G.I. Joe, The Littles, and Ghostbusters. “You keep the dream alive, whatever it takes."
HALL, Tom: KABC, 1978-97. After receiving a B.A. degree in humanities, Tom started with KABC "TalkRadio" in early 1978 with a program featuring a wide potpourri of topics. He also worked for KNBC/Channel 4 as a public affairs reporter and appeared in the Marlon Brando movie, The Formula. Tom was part of a documentary team as an interviewer/writer/segment producer traveling to most continents and had credits in over 40 documentaries.
Tom was a weekend and utility talk host at KABC and he ran a consulting group. Tom died April 12, 1997, of lymphoma and leukemia at the age of 57. He left behind a wife and four children.
HALL, Wes: KHHT, 2009-14. Wes, part of the HOT 92.3/fm team now co-hosts DC Sports Live, weeknights on NBC Sports Washington, and can be found on-Air on WHUR 96.3 hosting ‘Wizards Pregame Live’ and a variety of NBCSW properties.
Wes is also the Imaging voice of multiple radio stations, and been heard on The Howard Stern Show, numerous commercials, films, and campaigns throughout the country. He starred as Malcolm Holland in 2018’s independent film, Water in a Broken Glass, based on the novel of the same name by Odessa Rose.
In 2013, he became the Los Angeles correspondent for Centric’s Culture List, and joined The Mo’ Kelly Show on KLTK-AM1150 as the entertainment and news correspondent. In 2014, Wes committed to voiceovers and event hosting, having represented several brands including, Nielsen, Kate Hudson’s Fabletics, and Hyundai.
HALLORAN, Michael: KROQ, 1988; KLYY, 1999; KMXN, 2002. In 1986, Mike moved to San Diego from Detroit to work at the new “cutting edge” TJ-based rock station 91X. Its djs had to drive to the Tijuana “bunker on the mountain” studio, which was next to the 100,000-watt transmitter. “I got shook down [by Mexican police] twice in my first week. They would take all the money you had on you. I learned that you had to ask to be taken to the police station to pay the fine to avoid losing all your money.” Halloran says Yankee rockers would come across the border to get interviewed on 91X before they played at Iguanas, the Tijuana venue that hosted Rage Against the Machine, Nirvana, the Ramones, and Jane’s Addiction. “They arrested the Butthole Surfers because the bass player assaulted someone who was harassing them onstage. They kept them in jail until they paid the fine.”
After ten years at 91X, Halloran moved to now-defunct alternative stations such as 92/5, KUPR, and 92/1. He says he and his new business partners have made a $6 million offer to buy a local motel and turn it into the “Rock and Roll Motel.… I also just finished a movie script with one of my buddies from Detroit. It’s a movie about Jesus. I was told by a local entrepreneur he wants to option the script.”
(Randy Hauck, Rick Hull, and Bevery Hyken)
HALLORAN, Tricia: KCRW, 1992-2007. Tricia created, produced and hosted hosted Brave New World at KCRW, a long-running radio show focusing on emerging artists. She was the first dj to present Pete Yorn, David Gray, The Eels, Death Cab For Cutie to Los Angeles.
Tricia is a new music junkie working as a film and television music supervisor — she handled Castle for ABC and The Big C for Showtime.
Born in Fullerton, she grew up in Concord. Tricia graduated from UCLA with a degree in computer science. For the next decade she worked at Xerox. "During that time I became an avid fan of Deirdre O'Donoghue's 'Snap' program on KCRW. I volunteered during a pledge drive and eventually became an evening host."
Why was her show called Brave New World? "Well, in Shakespeare's play The Tempest, a young girl who has lived her entire life on an isolated island suddenly encounters some fascinating strangers who will change her life forever. [Oh, Brave New World,] she exclaims loudly, [that has such people in't]! I discover the music that jumps, kicks, whispers and screams its way into your soul." In the fall of 1998, she became content editor at UBL, Ultimate Band List. She is now owner and music coordinator of Brave New World.
HALPERN, Frances: KCLU, 1996-2007. Frances hosted Beyond Words, a show or literary toilers, word lovers and political junkies that aired on weekends at KCLU.
Born in the Bronx, she married before she was 20, raised three kids, and at the age of 40 went to work as a newspaper columnist. She won many press awards and late wrote the Writer's Guide to West Coast Publishing and became widely known as a publishing expert. She wrote columns for the Los Angeles Times and Herald Examiner.
As a child, Frances wanted to be a performer. "I wanted to communicate ne way or the other." Before she had a career in writing, she volunteered with the Homeowner's Bulletin and the PTA Bulletin.
Frances had a stroke and lost her radio show. Now she lives in New Jersey, near her sister.
HAMBLEN, Stuart: KLAC, 1971. Stuart was the first singing cowboy in the history of broadcasting. He was born on October 26, 1908, to a Methodist minister in Kellyville, Texas. His singing career started at age 18, and for the next two and a half decades he was unparalleled as a singer and songwriter (he wrote Rosemary Clooney's million selling song, This Ole House).
His colorful past includes movies with John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers; being the first man to fly a horse by plane (El Lobo); arrests for speeding and drunk driving; bringing the first rodeo to Los Angeles; and running for President on the Prohibition Party platform against Dwight Eisenhower in 1952. His personal turning point came when attending the very first Billy Graham revival in 1949. He stopped drinking and began to travel the country speaking to youth organizations and prison inmates.
KLAC's general manager Bill Ward was the lightning rod behind getting him back in radio in 1971. The country jock got the 1,168th Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame on February 18, 1976. At the ceremony, as reported in the LA Times, Stuart said: "I've accepted Lord Jesus Christ, and what a difference Christianity can make in a man's life." Stuart died March 8, 1989, at the age of 80. He had lapsed into a coma after surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor at St Johns Hospital in Santa Monica.
Hamblin, Jim: KRLA. A native of Southern California, Jim began his radio career at KRLA, where he was a general assignment reporter. He later covered San Francisco City Hall for KCBS and the state Capitol beat for KCBS, KFBK-Sacramento and AP Radio. He worked briefly as a television newsman for KPIX-San Francisco. Jim died May 10, 1996, at his home in Roseville, where he had been confined to a wheelchair since 1995 suffering from diabetes. He was 59.
HAMILTON, Bob: KRTH, 1977-86; KHJ 1983-85. Born in 1947, Bob grew up in Philadelphiaand started his first radio assignment at , while still in high school in 1963. He owned Hamilton Communications, Inc. and was brought in from WIFI-Philadelphia, where he was pd, to change all-Oldies KRTH to Contemporary music. He was instrumental in bringing "K-Earth" to a "live" format after years of automation. In 1980 he added to his KRTH pd duties the responsibility of RKO national music director. WBCB-Levittown, Pennsylvania
In 1981, he went on the air when
& Engelman left abruptly for KWST. In 1986, Bob returned to consultancy and later he became vp/gm of KSFO/KYA-San Francisco. He brought Majic 61 (KFRC) to #2 in San Francisco. I the summer of 1995 was upped to om of Crescent Communications' KYLD (“Wild 107”)- London and KYLD/KSOL/KSAN/KNEW and K-101. San Francisco
Bob was also pd for Evergreen’s K101/KABL-San Francisco.
In a 1995 interview in Gavin, Bob reflected on his success: "Put research, ear and gut together along with a road map of where you want to go. Stop worrying about what's happening to the left or right of you and you'll reach your goal." In late 1998 he resigned from K101/KABC to start Hamilton Communications. One of his first clients was KLAC. He hired Charlie Tuna to revitalize the Pop Standards station. Bob is now a consultant working from Palm Springs.
HAMILTON, Gary: KMGG, 1984-85. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Gary attended Monroe High School, L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge.
In the early 1970s he worked behind the scenes at KHJ and KFWB. He then moved to Bakersfield in 1973 to work at KBIS, KERN, KAFY and KUZZ. After a series of stations in Tucson (KHOS, KMGX and KRQQ), Gary moved to San Diego in 1979 and worked at KBZT and KFMB. While in San Diego, he did weekends and vacation relief for KMGG, including vacation relief for Robert W. Morgan.
Beginning in 1985 Gary worked for five years at WFYR and WTMX-Chicago. He went on to work in Baltimore. From 1990-97, Gary did afternoons at WLIF-Baltimore; worked part-time at Oldies formatted WQSR-Baltimore.
He's now retired on living on the California Central Coast.
HAMILTON, Heidi: KYSR, 1998-99; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC, 2009-10; KLOS, 2012-22. Heidi was successfully teamed with Frosty Stilwell and Frank Kramer at KLSX and left 2.20.09 when the FM Talk Station flipped to AMP RADIO. They started at KABC on October 5, 2009 and left a year later. They hosted a daily podcast until joining her partner Frank Kramer for mornings at KLOS in early September 2012.
Heidi was born in Batesville, Indiana. “My little town (5,000 people) made caskets and hospital beds. That got a little depressing after awhile so I had to get out! I then ran off to college at the University of Cincinnati to study Broadcast Journalism. I thought I wanted to be Barbara Walters but I realized I would never ever perfect that accent and interview style of hers so I moved on. I was only in college to please my mom. If it were up to me I would have been running around New York City trying to get on Broadway. I wanted to be an actress; I still want to be an actress. I'm not giving up on that dream yet! I started doing radio in college when I needed to get some credits for a radio class. I called up the local country station and started washing the station van, getting lunch for the program director and begging everyone everyday to put me on the air. One day the midday guy got a case of ‘explosive flu’ and I filled in. Most of the afternoon I took calls on ‘your worst flu story ever.’ Not really a great topic for a lunchtime crowd but I was young and dumb. They all seemed to like what I did and I guess the rest is history.” Heidi started as the traffic person during the “Star 98.7” morning show with Frosty, Frank & Jamie. Heidi joined Frosty Stilwell and Frank Kramer at KLSX for a noonday show in 2000.
Hamilton, Jim: KORG/KIKF, 1980-82. Jim went on to host the morning show at WLTM-Green Bay, Wisconsin.
HAMILTON, Rhonda: KKJZ, 2021-22. Rhonda began hosting middays at KKJZ in the fall of 2021.
She earned a bachelor's degree in communication and media studies from Boston University in 1976 and began in radio as an announcer at jazz KBUR in 1975. She eventually became a producer and music director. In 1979, she moved to middays at "Jazz 88.3" WBGO in Newark and stayed until August 2019. She returned in 2020 as host of Sunday Spotlight, a two-hour program during which she shares the music of her favorite artists.
Since 1980, Hamilton has been the voice of several NPR programs including JazzSet and the annual New Year's Eve broadcasts. From 2001 to 2009 and from 2016 to the present, Hamilton has hosted a program on SiriusXM's Real Jazz channel. She also works as a voiceover artist. (Artwork courtesy of Bay State Banner)
HAMILTON, Sean "Hollywood": KIIS, 1986-92; KGGI, 1993-95; KRTH, 2005-06; KBIG, 2009. Sean joined mornings at K-EARTH on February 21, 2005 and left May 3, 2006. He's now working afternoons at WKTU-New York. In was inducted into the Class of 2019 Radio Hall of Fame.
Growing up in Reno, he started his career as a teen with a makeshift studio in his bedroom. Sean combined Radio Shack equipment with his mom’s stereo. He moved on to “Y107”-Long Branch, New Jersey and Florida. He started in New York at age 21. "Hollywood Hamilton" arrived at KIIS from WPLJ and WHTZ (“Z-100”)-New York. He was a former regular on ABC/TV's soap, One Life to Live. He co-hosted The Gong Show. He got the "Hollywood" moniker not in Hollywood but while working in New York. He wore sunglasses and trendy clothes - thus the nickname.
The motion picture, Pump Up The Volume with Christian Slater was partially based on Sean’s story. In 1988 he hosted Flip, a CBS Saturday morning kids show, with sidekick Dr. George Brothers. "Hollywood" got the Saturday morning tv job when the production executive was riding around town and heard him on the air at KIIS. In 1989 he was voted one of radio's sexiest voices by readers of Radio Guide magazine. In 1991, he got an opportunity to co-host ABC/TV's Into the Night and was the voice of Saturday morning Fox/TV. He had a live national show in the early 1990s. In late 1993, he headed for mornings at KGGI-Riverside, where he stayed until late 1995.
Hollywood began to host Hollywood Hamilton's Weekend Top 30, a three-hour radio program showcasing the week’s hottest music and interviews. The top-rated show debuted on December 1, 2000.
HAMILTON, Lee "Hacksaw": KXTA, 1987-2005; KLAC, 2005-07. Lee did mornings at XX Sports in San Diego until early 2014.
Lee went to Ohio University, worked at 3WE in Cleveland, KTAR-Phoenix and then XTRA Sports for 20 years, based in San Diego. “Am I off probation? asked Hacksaw when he began his address to a local sports group. “I’ve been here 20 years and I finally get invited to your thing.”
Hacksaw grew up on Long Island and listened to a transistor radio and cut his teeth on New York and Boston talk radio. “I was the first sports talk show host at XTRA,” said Lee. “Nobody has stayed at the same station, in the same time slot in sports radio for 20 years.”
He grew up in a sports environment. His father was a pitcher in the old Philadelphia Athletics organization and his uncle was the first president of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
HAMMOND, Ric: KABC, 2000-02. Ric reported traffic from Metro Networks for KABC.
Ric graduated from the University of Santa Barbara in 1969 and started work in the Southland. At KNX he was the chief engineer. “One day I remember working 6 a.m. – 11 a.m. at KDB-Santa Barbara, driving 45 minutes to KACY-Oxnard to work noon to 6 p.m. and then back to Santa Barbara and working 7 p.m. to midnight at KCRW. No wonder I was skinny then. I didn’t have time to eat.” In the 1980s Ric left radio and became a mortgage broker.
Hancock, Bill: KBCA, 1967-68. Unknown.
HANCOCK, Hunter: KFVD, 1947-51; KFOX, 1951-54; KFVD/KPOP, 1954-57; KGFJ, 1957-66. Hunter, the pioneering r&b jock, died August 4, 2004, at the age of 88.
"Huntin' With Hunter" was the familiar cry every afternoon in the fifties and sixties.
In 2001, Hunter participated in LARadio.com Day at the Museum of Television & Radio where he shared many stories about those early days when r&b was emerging from the white halls of high school into the mainstream.
On September 25, 1954, comedian Stan Freberg had his record parody of the Chord’s song Sh-Boom played on the CBS show Jukebox Jury, a show that featured new music and a panel of judges who voted a Hit or a Miss. Stan was quoted in Billboard as saying about his parody, "I hope this puts an end to r&b." The article quoted r&b dj Hunter Hancock: "It’ll take more than Freberg to stop r&b!"
What Alan Freed was to r&b on the East Coast, Hunter Hancock was to r&b on the West Coast. He set a standard for a new generation of kids who were ready to embrace anything but the prevailing Pop Standards of Perry Como, Doris Day and Patti Page.
The voice was unmistakable to a youngster growing up on the beach in Santa Monica with his tube-infested Philco "portable" radio. "From bebop to ballad, swing to sweet, and blues to boogie…some of the very best in rhythm and blues records, featuring some of the greatest and most popular musicians, Negro singers, and entertainers in the world." That was how he opened his show. The man in control was Hunter Hancock, long before there was Chuck Blore, Boss Radio, 11-10 Men or Color Radio.
Tucked away in a small house with no air conditioning on Sunset Boulevard, at the current site of the Cinerama Dome Theatre, was KGFJ. In a house full of personalities, Hunter had the insight to play the most popular r&b records of the day. He didn’t play Rick Nelson’s I’m Walkin.’ He played the original by Fats Domino. Today you wouldn’t think twice about what Hunter did, but at the time it was a big deal.
When Hunter arrived in L.A. he started working at KFVD (1020AM). He had an hour show on Sundays sponsored by Todd’s Clothing Store. "My job was to appeal to the Negro customer so I played jazz music and the rest of the time I was the staff announcer," Hunter told me by phone from his retirement home in Claremont in a 1999 interview.
By the late 1940s a fortuitous meeting with a rep from Modern Records encouraged Hunter to play "race" records, which was rhythm ‘n blues music. "I started with one ‘race’ record a show and the reaction was so strong that the next show I played two and soon my entire show was r&b. My show very quickly went to one hour, then one and a half and a little over a year I was on 3 and a half hours a day," said Hunter. In 1950 the Sentinel newspaper said Hunter was the most popular dj in Los Angeles among the Negro population.
Hunter was born on Good Friday, April 21, 1916. He was born white in Uvalde, Texas. His father built stone buildings in Hico, Texas. "When that job ended my father led a big brass band. During World War One we lived in New Mexico where my dad worked in a mine for the war efforts. After the war we went back to Uvalde and my dad raised fighting gamecocks, which was legal then. He also repaired and tuned pianos. I was two weeks out of high school when he died." Hunter’s mother was a piano teacher and his brothers have gone on to careers in music. His older brother was a violinist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the other played in a dance orchestra.
Before Hunter got to Los Angeles he worked on the radio in San Antonio and Laredo. "Where I came from there was no respect for black people. In Los Angeles, my entire career I played black music and worked with black people. They are wonderful people. Thank God I changed," Hunter said. You can imagine the shock of the black people when he first appeared at concerts at Wrigley Field, sock hops, and the Lincoln Theatre and they saw for the first time that the man leading the r&b music radio charge was white. The white people were shocked to learn that he was white. "The black people accepted me because I was playing their music when no one else was," Hunter emphasized.
In the mid-1950s Hunter recorded his evening show from his office in Hollywood and his on-air partner, Margi, would play it back. Why did you record your show? "I was single and wanted to go out in the evenings. It was as simple as that."
In 1955, KNXT (now KCBS)\Channel 2 gave Hunter a half-hour on Friday nights to feature a show with local black artists. "We had everyone from Duke Ellington to Fats Domino to Little Richard," remembered Hunter. The show was called Rhythm ‘n Bluesville.
Hunter was a hunter. The walls of his office were filled with his prize trophies. "Your hunting wouldn’t go over so well today?" I asked. He was quick to retort, "If you don’t hunt, the herds get out of control and they die of malnutrition. Most people don’t know that."
In the late summer of 1982, Hunter was camping with his wife Dorothy in an isolated area. Two days later he was home when he experienced chest pains. He was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital. "Two days earlier and I would have been camping and I wouldn’t be here today," Hunter said matter-of-factly. He was going to have three-way by-pass heart surgery but the vein in his leg was so good, they did a six-way by-pass surgery.
He quit radio because of the "nervous strain" of putting together daily shows, mc’ing at records hops, and running a record label. "I was taking Valium four times a day and finally got off that and started taking Zantac," he said. "My stomach is not really in great shape and my heart has been acting up." His wife of 42 years passed away in February of 1999.
At his memorial service, Hunter Dunagan Hancock orchestrated one last show. In one of the more bizarre memorial services ever encountered, Hunter was host for his own funeral celebration. Showtime started precisely at 2 p.m. at the Claremont Methodist Church in Claremont. In a congregation filled with radio people, r&b stars (Jewel Akens, members of the Platters, and Robert & Johnny), and friends from Claremont Manor (his home for his last 8 years), we went Huntin’ With Hunter one last time.
Over the sound system, Hunter welcomed the guests. “Now, let’s sing four hymns. Relax, I only want you to sing one verse,” said Hunter. And off we were in a rousing round of hymns accompanied by a full choir. When we finished, Hunter’s voice suggested, “There is a place for us in His heavenly kingdom.” He then asked us to join him in the 23rd Psalm. And that’s the way it went for an hour and a half. There was a screen near the front of the church where award-winning photographs were shown that represented his passion for photography.
Hunter Hancock was one of a kind on the radio, in his life, and now in death. He did it his way.
HANDEL, Bill: KFI, 1993-2022. Bill works morning drive at all-Talk KFI and was voted the Marconi Award for the 2005 Personality of the Year. William Wolf "Bill" Handel was born August 25, 1951. He is the director and founder of the Center for Surrogate Parenting, licensed attorney, and a host of two successful shows, his morning drive program and a weekend legal show, Handel on the Law, which is heard on 150 stations. His center has over 1,000 baby born via surrogate parent, in-vitro fertilization and/or egg donation. "When I die, I'll probably get more press for doing this," gesturing around KFI. "But that is the important stuff I've done."
Born in 1952 in Brazil – his father came from Yugoslavia, his Polish-born mother grew up in Brazil. Arriving in the U.S. at age 5, he spoke only Portuguese. Bill graduated from Cal State Northridge with a degree in political science. In 1976, he went to law school at night and during the day started a construction company. He got his degree from the Whittier College School of Law in 1979.
According to a story in the LA Times, Bill turned to cocaine in 1979. “Then one night in 1983, alone at his brother’s house, while snorting a lot of cocaine, taking a lot of Valium and drinking a lot of liquor to cut the edge, he started to pray.” The next morning he checked into the chemical dependency center at St. John’s Hospital for four weeks and hasn’t had a problem since.
HANLEY, Jeff: KLOS, 1990. Jeff is a filmmaker, broadcaster, and digital media creative director in Silicon Valley. His broadcast career comprises stints at KLOS, KOME-San Jose, KZAM-Seattle, KTYD-Santa Barbara, and KJZZ-Seattle when those call letters debuted in the Northwest jazz scene. Jeff was KJZZ's creator and first Program Director.
His love for jazz goes back to the days of working for Jim Wilke, the retiring host and originator of Jazz After Hours. Jeff engineered Jim’s late night jazz show on KING/fm for somewhere around 500 nights, listening to Wilke’s brilliantly eclectic programming and learning from his commentary about the music. Jeff recalls fond memories from working with Wilke: “It was an 11 p.m. - midnight jazz show on a Classical music station. Jim would program 3 vinyl sides, usually from 3 very different styles of jazz. One night might be a side of very early Pat Metheny, a side of the LA Four, and a side of classic Zoot Sims. Between Jim’s discussion of the music and the album liner notes, one couldn’t ask for a better jazz education.”
In 1997, thinking that he was leaving radio behind, Jeff picked up the camera and began his second career in visual media. In 2000 he moved to Silicon Valley, where he has directed teams of filmmakers, writers, web developers, and other digital media specialists ever since.
HANING, Evan: KRLA, 1973-74. During a period of automation at KRLA, Evan and Johnny Hayes were the only personality voices.
Evan has been on Washington, DC radio for 30 years, part of the time reporting and anchoring at WTOP Radio. Prior to his tenure at WTOP, Haning spent over a decade working at WRC-AM working alongside some of Washington, DC’s most interesting personalities. He’s done everything from filling in for nationally syndicated talk show host Jim Bohannon to being the “Welcome to Dulles International Airport. You are parked in the “GREEN lot” guy for a time.
He's now a part-time Westwood One News anchor and First Light fill-in host.
HANNITY, Sean: KABC, 2001; KEIB, 2015-22. His syndicated show is heard in middays at KEIB, The Patriot.
Born December 30, 1961 in Franklin Square, Long Island, New York. Sean got his start in commercial radio after drawing attention and enthusiasm from his Santa Barbara college radio station. He placed a "Job Wanted" ad in R&R, billing himself as "The most talked about college radio host in America."
A station in Huntsville, Alabama took a chance and WGST-Atlanta quickly followed. In the fall of 1996, Sean moved to New York to co-host the new Hannity and Colmes Show for the fledgling cable news outlet. Fox was so confident of Hannity’s ability to attract viewers, it slotted the show at 9 p.m., opposite Geraldo on CNBC and Larry King on CNN. The Hannity and Colmes Show consistently beat Geraldo and rivals the veteran King. When Colmes left, Sean continued solo.
Sean joined WABC Radio in 1997. After working as a late night host for a year, Hannity moved to the afternoon slot where he quickly became the #1 show on New York radio’s fiercely competitive AM dial. In 2001, Sean was voted "Talk Personality of the Year" by the readers of R&R.
Hansen, Bruce: KMPC, late 1960s. Unknown.bof
Hansen, Keith: KMPC/KABC, 1993-97; KATY, 2001-02. Born on May 14, 1960, Keith started his radio career at San Diego State where he was gm at the college station, KCR. After college he worked for a number of San Diego stations: KGB, KBZT, and XHRM. In the mid 80s, he was with Radio & Records. In 1990 Keith entered sales at KRTH and later Premier Radio Network. At the turn of the century, Keith worked at KMPC/KABC from Metro Traffic. Keith is working for the Federal Government at USCIS in Minneapolis.
Hanson, Mark: KKHR, 1983-86; KEZY, 1988. Mark is working in San Diego as Mark Jagger.
HANSON, Patti: KBIG, 1995-96; KOST, 1996. Patti worked at Cumulus Santa Barbara KMGQ, Smooth Jazz and KKSB Oldies 106.3 doing the morning news. Patti started out as an air talent/production director at KHAY/KVEN-Ventura in the early 1990s.
“I grew up a Navy brat on the Seabee base in Port Hueneme. Unlike most military families, mine managed to stay in one place through most of my dad's career. I graduated from Hueneme High School and Moorpark College. I've always loved music, but never thought I had the voice or talent to be a dj, so I got my degree in radio, tv, film with an emphasis on video. My first job in broadcasting was as a newswriter and videotape editor for a tv station in Oxnard. From there I got a job producing a radio show for a psychic. After a short period of time the radio station was sold and changed formats to adult contemporary. I stayed on doing overnights. About a year later, Mike Tanner, who was then the pd of Unistar's ACII satellite delivered format, heard me on the air and offered me a part time job on the network. That was my first job in radio that paid more than $5 an hour!” At KBIG she hosted a Saturday morning show for two years and did fill-in. Patti also did weekends and fill-in at KOST and subbed as host of “Love Songs on the Coast.” For seven years Patti worked at WW1’s Hot Country format, for much of that time in middays. In the late 1990s she worked in Austin, voice tracking several Clear Channel properties. She’s currently working at Cumulus Santa Barbara KMGQ, Smooth Jazz and KKSB Oldies 106.3 doing the morning news.
HARCOURT, Nic: KCRW, 1998-2008; KCSN, 2012-22. Nic hosted "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and was music director at KCRW until late 2008. He did a three-hour weekend show on Sunday nights. He's now got a morning show at KCSN.
“Since I arrived here, I’ve fulfilled many of my dreams as a music lover, meeting and interviewing legends like Neil Young, Paul McCartney, Willie Nelson and Cat Stevens [Yusuf Islam]," Nic said when he left KCRW. "I’ve also been able to set the stage for future stars, introducing artists like Coldplay, Damien Rice, Dido and Norah Jones on KCRW’s airwaves. I’m equally proud to have played many unsigned and independent artists and to be a champion for Latin Alternative music.”
Harcourt continued: “As a parent of two young children, I believe it’s time for me to explore new career opportunities and expand upon my other activities in movie, television, voice over work, advertising and the Internet. His singular gifts as a radio deejay and his ability to spot new talent attracted major media attention from both national and international press,” said Ruth Seymour, gm at KCRW.
Harden, James: KNAC, 1972. Unknown.
HARDING, Mitchell: KPFK, 1957-81; KCRW, 1981-95. Since retiring in 1995, Mitch wrote two books with Gershon Lesser, MD, including Healing and Spirit. Mitch died November 9, 2007, of natural causes. He was 79.
Mitchell was co-creator (with Mike Hodel) and co-host of the weekly KPFK science-fiction show, Hour 25, a program focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and science. His voice was one of the defining sounds of KCRW as it was growing from a tiny little station into the powerhouse it has become.
"A big man with prematurely gray hair, he could be prickly or generous, depending on his mood," according to Sarah Spitz, publicity director and producer at KCRW. "He kept to himself quite a bit, and one always wondered what he might be thinking and whether he was taking notes on the people around him for some great roman a clef about KCRW and its inhabitants. He once interviewed the man who created LSD for a program that aired exclusively on KCRW. It's quite likely Mitchell had some first-hand experience, though we'll never really know now."
HARDISON, Greg: KSRF, 1984-85; KABC, 1983-1998; KCRW, 1999; KFI, 1999-2001. Greg had a long run at KABC, where he worked as a weekend news anchor, a relief ABC News stringer, relief newswriter and a program coordinator.
Beginning in 1979 Greg attended Cal State University, Northridge and the UCLA Extension-School of Business and Management where he maintained a 3.9 GPA through completion of varied courses leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in Radio-Broadcast Management. He started in radio in 1981 at KNTF-Ontario. From 1990 to 2003, he worked at Metro Networks. Greg joined Premiere Radio Networks in 2004, where he became Network Operations Supervisor for morning-drive. He is now retired.
HARDWICK, Chris: KROQ, 1994-98; KLYY, 1998. Chris left radio to star in UPN's Guys Like Us. In the spring of 2012, he published, The Nerdist Way. For those of an older generation, being called a nerd was not cool. Not today and Chris has embraced everything nerdy.
He grew up in Memphis and was a member of the chess club, the Dungeons & Dragons club and the computer club. Chris was obsessed with comic books, sci-fi and Monty Python.
Today, Chris is the founder and chief executive of the multimedia company, Nerdist Industries, which fulfills the dreams of all nerds. The king of all geeks employs 25 people. In 1984 he saw Revenge of the Nerds and felt like he'd discovered his tribe. He is the host of @midnight with Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central. Hardwick also hosts AMC’s Talking Dead, which helped popularize the aftershow mini-genre. But while that program focuses solely on the two Walking Dead series, the new one features a wide-ranging guest list and shine its spotlight on the pop culture landscape.
HARLAN, John. John, the past president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters, passed away February 27, 2017. He was 91. John was one of the founding members of PPB and one of the biggest supporters of the organization.
He worked on numerous television projects for over 40 years, particularly game and variety shows. Perhaps his best-known work was for the Bob Hope specials aired on NBC during the 1960s through the 1990s. Among game show fanciers, his most memorable outings were the versions of Name That Tune produced between 1974 and 1985.
HARLOW, Karen: KNX, 2007-16. Karen was a weekend anchor for KNX. She has more than 20 years of on-air experience in radio and considers working in Los Angeles as the highlight of a career that began when she was a dj on Z90 in San Diego.
She went on to become “Cha Cha,” the number one Top 40 afternoon host in San Diego, where she grew up.
She worked afternoons radio in San Diego at KFMB/fm until early 2020.
Covering stories like the Chilean earthquake, the death of Whitney Houston, the 2009 Station Fire and winning the Edward R. Murrow Award, Harlow is thankful for every day on the beat in Los Angeles.
Karen has a special interest in world news and human rights, which inspired her novel about the Cambodian killing fields. She supports the HALO Trust land mine fund, Cambodian Living Arts and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
HARMAN, Ginny: KKGO, 2008-15. Ginny worked a number of shifts at KKGO, "Go Country" until February 2015. Harman had previously worked for two years as an airborne reporter and anchor for Total Traffic & Weather Network, which provides those services to local broadcasters. Her career also included a stint at K-FROG, hosting afternoons from 2005 to 2008. She returned to K-FROG until late summer of 2020 when the station brought in syndicated fare through a massive restructuring of programming. She now works middays in the High Desert at KATJ (Kat Country 100.7)
Harman has also worked as a Southern California-based voiceover artist in addition to her radio gigs since 1998.
Fans and listeners who saw her social media post expressed their sadness at her departure. “Ginny you are definitely going to be missed!” wrote Marianne Crane on Facebook. “I loved the chemistry between the members of the morning show. I hope this is just one door closing to a better door opening. “You’ll always be a member of the Frog family,” she added.
Ginny is an actor, voiceover artist, animal lover, Harley rider, and iced tea drinker.
Harmon, Jim: KWIZ, 1965; KDAY, 1966. Unknown.
Harmon, Pete: KEZY, 1982-83; KNX/fm, 1983; KRTH, 1984-85; KNX/fm, 1986; KBIG, 1994. Last heard, Pete was a dealer in Las Vegas.
Harmon, Steve: Steve has been the voice of the UCLA football broadcasts.
HARMON, Tom: KABC, 1968-69. Tom had a brief pro football career playing for the Los Angeles Rams in 1946 and 1947, but his wartime leg injures had robbed him of his former speed and power. As a result, Tom ended his playing career, spending the rest of his life as a sports broadcaster -- first in radio and later in television. In March, 1990, Tom played a round of golf and then passed away, dead of an apparent heart attack.
Tom was born on September 28, 1919, in Gary, Indiana, where he excelled at high school sports. He majored in English and Speech at Michigan, where the six-foot-200 pound back averaged 5.4 yards per carry and completed more than 100 passes, 16 for touchdowns. In 1940 he won the Heisman Trophy. When Michigan played Ohio State in his senior year, Tom led Michigan to a 40-0 victory by running for three touchdowns, passing for two more, kicking four extra points and averaging 50 yards with three punts. The two-time All-American played with AFL NY Americans in 1941 but with the outbreak of World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps as a pilot.
Early in 1943, his plane went down in a tropical storm in South America. Harmon parachuted and lived through a great man-against-nature survival story. In a virtually unexplored rain forest, armed with a machete and a compass, he headed east to the Atlantic coast in the greatest "run" of his career. Later that year Tom bailed out again when, in a battle with Japanese Zeros over Chungking, China, his P-38 fighter took a fatal hit. "If you didn't have religion before the war, you did then," Harmon wrote in his book, "Pilots Also Pray." For his war efforts Tom received the Silver Star and Purple Heart. When he returned to the states, Tom married Hollywood starlet Elyse Knox in the chapel on the U-M campus where he had worshiped as a student. She wore a silk bridal gown fashioned from the parachute that had saved him when his plane went down over China. Tom was a ruggedly handsome man, but often remarked how happy he was that his children looked like their beautiful mother.
HARMS, Andy: KYSR, 2015-20. Andy started at afternoon drive/assistant pd/music director at ALT 98.7 in March 2015. When he left in the fall of 2020, he wrote on Instagram: “'Once in a lifetime'” has been an everyday occurrence for me and truthfully, I think it will take some time away to properly appreciate everything that’s happened here. Radio in Los Angeles is a hard thing. When people ask about it, I’ve said that when you work with the best in the world, it forces you to be your best every single day."
In November 2020, Harms was hired at Amazon Music as U.S. Rock & Alternative Programmer.
He grew up in Washington State and moved with his family to Southern California in the winter of 2013. "Before I got here, I went the University of Washington and studied business and drama, bought a lot of records, went to a lot of shows, dominated my fantasy football league and worked at my local ALT radio station. In January of 2013, I got a call from DIDDY about coming to LA to work on the Revolt TV - a music television network that he was getting ready to launch (actually the call came from Revolt's president - an awesome dude named Andy Schuon - but we met with Diddy, so for the sake of this story, we'll pretend).
Andy was hired as Director of Music Programming at Revolt and after a couple of months he got his own show called In Harms Way. "ALT 98.7 has that unique combination of respect for the music and the ability to have fun on the air that I loved so much at my gig in the Pacific Northwest. It's a perfect fit as my family and I live and love southern California. I'm lucky to be working here - this station rules," Andy wrote on the ALT 98.7 web page at the time of his hiring.
Harms, Jerry: KEZY, 1966. Jerry served briefly as pd at KEZY.
Harrigan, Daniel: KNJO, 1985-88. In the 1990s, "Happy" Harrigan also worked at "Kat Country" in Victorville.
Harris, Bob: KPOL, 1957-72. Bob has died.
Harris, Doug: KMET, 1976. Doug is still in radio in the US Virgin Islands as operations manager for JKC Communications, St. Croix US Virgin Islands.
HARRIS, "Frosty" Bruce: KRLA, 1959-63; KIEV, 1969-86. Frosty was one of the original 11-10 Men at the launch of Top 40 on KRLA in September 1959. For many years "Frosty" was an administrator at the El Monte Adult School and retired in 1992.
He died March 3, 2008, after a lengthy bout with Parkinson's Disease. He was 72.
HARRIS, Gene: KGFJ, 1988. Gene is president of GroovinU.com and a professor at the University of Phoenix. He's also production/IT manager for Riviera Broadcast Group.
Gene was born in Chicago on September 18, 1956. "My dad was in the navy, so we moved quite a bit. In 1968 we moved to San Diego and I attended Lincoln High School (Terrell Davis and Marcus Allen were alums), and got into radio while attending San Diego State." Gene was at XHRM-San Diego before coming to Los Angeles. He worked weekends at KGFJ.
Harris, George: KMET, 1985. George is a consultant based in Philadelphia.
HARRIS, Gillian: KJLH; KRLA, 1984-91, nd; KACE, 1994-99. When Gillian worked at KJLH she experienced prejudice. The deep ebony-skinned dj was told that she would be pulled off the air "...if you don't sound more black. You sound white." She wondered, "How do you sound black?"
She is ceo of Valet Of The Dolls, LLC as well as Bless & Clear Sacred Ceremonies where she is also an ordained minister. Gillian is also now a published author and speaker specializing in topics found in her book, The Secrets of Lost: The Validity of Multi-Dimensional Existence and the subject of Conscious Creation!
HARRIS, Heidi: KRLA, 2012-13. Heidi arrived in the Southland from Las Vegas radio to take over mornings at Salem's KRLA in April 2012. She left a year later. She went on to work at KXNT-Las Vegas until the fall of 2017. She can now be heard on KFTK-St. Louis.
The exit from KNXT came just days after she posted to Facebook a critique of a local ad promoting adoption that featured a gay couple. Her Facebook post took aim at an ad for the Clark County Department of Family Services promoting adoption that showed two gay men holding a child. She wrote, in part, “Another not-so-subtle attempt to normalize something that is NOT normal. Even if it is normal for YOU it is not the best thing for the baby. Babies who are eligible for adoption should go to MARRIED people of the opposite sex. That is the IDEAL situation for a baby, and political correctness, changing laws or attitudes cannot alter that REALITY.”
Harris, Michael: KNOB, 1982-87. SEE Michael Moore.
Harris, Mia: KSPN, 2006-07. Mia works for WFAN and WCBS-New York. She covers the New York Jets.
Harris, Oliver: KJLH, 1968-85. Oliver is retired from Shell Oil Company. "When I left KJLH, my on air name was King Oliver. Currently I am enjoying retirement and living in East Rancho Dominguez. My health is good and I am still enjoying the music. Sometimes i go on the air with Bill Gardner at KPFK/fm," emailed Oliver.
Harris, Rahn, KGRB, 1975-77; KGER. Rahn is retired and living in San Dimas.
Harrison: KLYY, 1999; KPFK, 2012. Harrison worked evenings at "Y107" with Dave Wittenberg until late 1999 when the station went Spanish. He's now heard at KPFK.
Harrison and Tyler: KGBS, 1972. Unknown.
HARRISON, Cary: KTLK, 2005-07. Cary worked at the Progressive talk station until March 2007.
Cary has been nominated and placed into Who’s Who in 2020. He is host and founder of VIPwebinars.org, which features talent from Nobel Prize nominees to Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and speakers – offering their “insider” knowledge on a full range of life’s issues.
Former President Obama heard Harrison and challenged him to “do something to make a difference on today’s radio. Cary created a syndicated daily 60 second Harrison’s Reality Check & CoronaLert and it became a perfect fit for Sun Broadcasting's Smart Talk Network.
Harrison's segments are fact-based critical thought and humorous analysis in tackling science, health, and culture on a daily basis. As a former news director, he calls it “Reality Bites”— satirical sound vignettes as the antidote to double-speak pop culture or political stories. Cary received 1st place honors for “Best Commentary” from the Associated Press, and was honored by the UN, the Mayor and City Council of West Hollywood/Los Angeles for his Environmental and Peace work. Also awarded by the LA Press Club for News coverage and was nominated for an Edward R. Murrow Award in Public Radio.
Harrison, Jeff: KACD, 1994-95. Jeff is working for an Urban station in Houston.
Harrison, Jim: KLAC; XTRA; KWOW; KFI, 1971. Jim was last heard at KOGO-San Diego.
HARRISON, Mike: KMET, 1975-85. Since 1990 Mike has been the publisher of TALKERS Magazine, the leading publication for Talk radio.
In the early 1970s, Mike was morning man at WNEW/FM-New York. Prior to that he was the first pd and creator of the legendary Long Island underground rocker, WLIR. He has been credited with coining the phrase "AOR" while he programmed KPRI-San Diego. Mike was the first managing editor of R&R. While at KMET, he conducted a weekly talk show, "Harrison's Mike," which many consider to be one of the major forerunners of today's emerging "youth talk." He became president and director of Goodphone Communications, a production/publishing and consultancy company he formed in 1978, which is still the umbrella company at the center of his projects today. In the early 1980s he served as editorial consultant to Billboard, also helping the publication revamp its chart methodology and wrote a weekly radio column. In October 1983, he was made pd of KMET. In 1986, his Goodphone Communications began to develop a nationally syndicated Talk format called "Supertalk" to revive flagging AM stations. At this time he bought and operated WSPR-Springfield, Massachusetts.
HARRISON, Spider: KGFJ. Bernard (Spider) Harrison's first professional radio stop was at WTLC in Indianapolis, where he worked afternoons and was promoted to music and program diretor. Next Harrison answered the call to replace the legendary John R (John Richbourg) on his retirement from the 50,000 watt clear channel Class A station, WLAC (often referred to as Randy's Record Mart of Gallatin TN) in Nashville. This move enabled Spider Harrison's show to reach half of the US and parts of Canada and the Caribbean. During his eight years at WLAC the station was purchased by Billboard Magazine and Spider found himself hosting the first Billboard Soul Countdown syndicated radio show.
In the 1980s, when AM radio began moving more and more towards a news/talk format, Spider relocated to Los Angeles, greatly expanding his industry opportunities. Besides a stint at radio station KGFJ, he started the nationally syndicated radio show What Ever Happened To? that was based on his respected column in BRE (Black Radio Exclusive Magazine).
In addition to his radio career he became the West Coast promotions director for the first successful Rap record label in America, Sugar Hill Records. To this day, Harrison regards with satisfaction seeing Rap music achieve national and international significance and his experience as promotion director accompanying Grand Master Flash and the Furious Five on their national tours as high points in a long exciting career.
Hart, Ed: KHJ, 1959; KFI, 1983; KFWB, 1978-86; KNX, 1988-94. Ed died in October 1993. He was a veteran radio financial reporter and market news analyst. Hart had been associated with KNX, providing business and financial commentary on weekend newscasts. He began his broadcasting career in 1957 with the Kiplinger Washington Editors. His reports were broadcast over Financial News Network for seven years. Hart twice won the Janus Award for excellence in financial reporting and in January was awarded the Greater Los Angeles Press Club prize for business and financial commentary.
Hart, John: KPOL, 1959-61. John was a newsman at KPOL who went on to the NBC network. Unknown.
HART, John: KKOP, 1972-73; KEZY, 1973-75. John is a sound engineer for hit tv sitcoms and he teaches communication and business at area colleges.
He was born and raised in San Pedro. His love affair with radio began with an impromptu visit with his father to the KFWB studios in 1959 when he was 11 years old. Taking a tour of the station and seeing Elliot Field on the air fueled the excitement to enter radio. That same year, John received a Webcor tape recorder and started “playing radio.” Since those early days, he has assembled a full-service in-home production studio, using thousands of 45's and LP's.
After a successful career in retail, John took the plunge with radio, starting at KKOP after quiz master Jack Barry bought the station to reenter broadcasting. John's greater success came in sales at KEZY and station management at KUIC-Vacaville. After being sales manager at KMBY-Monterey, John left radio for a business franchise.
John has taught communication and business courses at Fullerton College. In the mid-1990s he joined the teaching staff at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo. "It gives me great pleasure in sharing experiences with students who have the passion to enter broadcasting."
In 1989, John segued from radio to tv production, working as an audio operator for Witt-Thomas Productions. He worked on The Golden Girls, Empty Nest, and Blossom. For the past three years he was the sound recordist for TriStar working on Mad About You and Ned & Stacey. John still has a love for radio and is presently working on a book about the history of Crowell-Collier Broadcasting Corporation with emphasis on the KFWB years, 1958-63. His mother formed the Joe Yocam fan club in 1962. He is always looking for friends or relatives who worked for Crowell-Collier to contact him.
HART, Tanya: KACE, 1996-2000. Tanya was the entertainment reporter for KACE.
She is a veteran television host and commentator. Tanya served as correspondent and substitute host of E! Entertainment's The Gossip Show. From 1990 to 1992 she served as host and senior producer of Black Entertainment Television's Live from L.A. with Tanya Hart. Prior to BET, Tanya spent 11 years with WBZ/tv-Boston as host and contributing producer of a news magazine series. She started her career at WKAR-Lansing while earning a B.A. in tv and radio broadcast from Michigan State University. Tanya went to the graduate school of education at Harvard University. She is married to Dr. Philip Hart, president of American City Coalition, an urban development corporation.
Hart, Tony: KGFJ, 1989-96. Tony left the Southland for an Atlanta jazz station.
Hartman, Steve: KFOX, 1990; XTRA, 1990-2007; KLAC, 2007-13. Steve hosted the afternoon show on Fox Sports Radio, which was carried on KLAC. He left at the end of the year.
Hartman, Tim: KDAY, 1973. Tim is now Judge Hartman, a justice of the peace in El Paso.
HARTMANN, Thom: KTLK, 2006-13; KPFK, 2018-22. Thom worked middays at the Progressive station, K-TALK (KTLK). He's now in syndication and heard at KPFK.
TALKERS Magazine ranks Thom as the #1 progressive talk show host in America, with a cumulative audience of 6.5 million (excluding the tv audience). For 9 years he also hosted an evening tv program that was first carried by Free Speech TV and later picked up by RT TV out of Washington, DC. He separated from RT in 2017. He is also a four-time Project Censored-award-winning, New York Times best-selling author of 24 books in print. He invented the “hunters in a farmer’s world” reframe for ADHD and wrote 5 books on the subject. In 2019 he published The Hidden History of the Supreme Court and the Betrayal of America.
HARTZ, Evan: KLYY, 1997-99; KXMX, 2000. Evan did all-nights at “Y-107” from overnights at WNRV-New York.
Evan grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts where he attended Lexington High School and then eventually Tufts University, which is located just outside of Boston. "I got into radio during my first weekend at Tufts when visiting the on campus radio station. After doing some overnight shifts there I began doing internships for credit. The two stations I worked at were Classic Hits WZLX and KISS 108." Following graduation, Evan put radio on hold while he pursued the professional golf tour in Florida. "After nearly 3 years of endless practice and tournaments I decided it was time to retire as a pro, move back to Boston, and return to radio." He joined WZOU, which became JAM'N 94.5 where Evan hosted a public affairs show for two years. He moonlighted at WERZ-Portsmouth, New Hampshire, which became a full-time gig. From there to WNVE ("The Nerve") in Rochester, New York and then to overnights at "Y107." After a year at KBBY-Ventura, Evan is pursuing sitcom writing, voiceover work and a new full time on-air gig.
HARVE, "Humble": KBLA, 1965-67; KHJ, 1967-71; KIQQ, 1973; KKDJ, 1974; KIIS, 1975-76; KUTE, 1980; KRLA, 1981-82 and 1985-86 and 1988-91; KRTH, 1991-92; KCBS, 1992-93; KZLA, 1996-97; KIEV, 1999. One of the most distinctive voices of the Boss Jock era, Humble Harve, died June 4, 2019 at his home in Camarillo. He was 84.
Born Harvey Miller, he started his radio journey when he was 17. Harve arrived in Southern California from a Top 40 powerhouse, WIBG, in his birth city of Philadelphia. He started in Los Angeles at KBLA, where he was an on-air pd, before he joined the Boss Radio lineup.
While at 93/KHJ from 1967-71, Harvey said, “I realized my greatest achievement of a 21.0 share doing 6 p.m. to 9 p.m." Harve underlined that it was a 21.0 and not a 2.1.
By 1971, Harve was working on AFRTS. He joined KKDJ in 1974, and was at the station In October 1975, when KKDJ became KIIS/fm.
In 1983, he hosted the syndicated “National Album Countdown” show. Harve had a brief stay in 1985 at Oldies WFIL-Philadelphia, before traveling to KVI-Seattle in 1986. Harve was the dj in the 1991 movie, There Goes My Baby. In the same year he hosted the syndicated “Rock ’n Gold” for 350 Westwood One affiliates.
In a 1993 LA Times interview, Harve commented: “Life at KHJ in the ’60s was like New Year’s Eve every night. We played happy, fun music. The music was inspired. It was the poetry of a generation. They used real instruments, instead of electronic crap. Milli Vanilli could never have happened then.” In addition to his work on air, he ran a very successful mobile dj business for many years.
In the spring of 1996, Harve was back in L.A. to join KZLA for weekends. In 1997, he joined Bill Drake in Dallas for an aborted attempt to create an Oldies syndicated service.
HARVEY, Alan: KNOB, 1959-61; KPOL, 1961-70; KIIS, 1970-72, pd; KPOL, 1973-76; KDAY, 1978-81; KPOL, 1981-84; KLON, 1982-89; KMNY, 1987-88; KPFK, 1991-95. A newsman and political commentator, Alan visited KPOL three times.
Born Albert Hoefeld II in
, October 8, 1927, he graduated from Northwestern with a speech major in 1948. He started out in Chicago Evanstonand was a staff announcer for a tv station until he was blacklisted for helping organize the talent union, TVA (Television Authority which was the forerunner to AFTRA). Alan left the cold for sunny Chicago Southern Californiaand stayed for the long haul. He hosted a jazz show on KNOB and moved into news on November 4, 1961, and anchored the news for over three decades. "I am not about to go gently into that good night,’ but I've probably come to an end in radio," Alan said during the summer of 1996.
His love for political commentary and jazz (his dog is named Swing) is outstripped by a passion for movies. In the mid-1980s Alan worked for Dr. Armand Hammer at Occidental Petroleum. At KLON he hosted "Saturday Evening Jazz" with records from his own massive jazz collection. This movie buff comes alive when talking films, especially those of close friend William A. Wellman, the late motion picture director. Alan remembered a line from John Chancellor when talking about his radio career, "I have outlived my culture."
Alan died on September 21, 1998 following a short illness. He was 70.
HARVEY, Bob: KFWB, 1984-96; KIKF, 1995-96; KZLA, 1996-2000; KFWB, 2000-14. Bob has spent over three decades in sports radio. He was host of Dodger Talk from 2003-07. His sports background includes play by play of division one football, basketball and baseball.
After high school the first station he applied at was KROP-Brawley. "I was waiting for an interview. And unknown to me, the general manager was in the process of firing his evening air talent. It was a classic case of being at the right place at the right time," Bob remembered in an AllAccesss interview.
In addition to his sport reporting, he worked drive times at Country KZLA. He was the producer and host of PBS TV television series Country Connection, a Country music video show that aired in 50 markets. Bob is a 20-year veteran Riverside/San Bernardino personality, mostly at KCKC. He has also done play-by-play sports on radio and television for Cal State Fullerton, San Bernardino Spirit of the California League and Little League Baseball Western Region radio network. Bob was twice voted disc jockey of the year by Inland Empire Magazine.
HARVEY, Boyd: KNX, 1966-96. Best known for his work at the station’s Orange County bureau, KNX newsman Boyd died on January 29, 2020. He was 93. After nearly three decades with KNX, the station didn’t even throw a farewell party when Boyd left in early 1996. Perhaps the oversight is related to the environment of mergers and how people are treated. Perhaps it was his curmudgeon personality that refused to participate in one. In this case Boyd left on his own.
Born on July 20, 1926 the native Nebraskan worked at WKNX-Saginaw, KWBE-Beatrice, Nebraska, and WIND-Chicago before arriving at KNX, which was all-Talk in 1966. An Orange County resident, Boyd began the KNX Orange County bureau in 1973 in the basement of the old county courthouse in Santa Ana.
Gary Lycan of the OC Register profiled Boyd: “Crusty. Cantankerous. To many, he’s old-fashioned. He writes his copy on an Olympia manual typewriter. KNX shipped him an Olivetti electronic typewriter. He never opened the box. He has never used a computer, either.”
“Boyd Harvey is one of the guys, part of the team that made me want to join this outfit nearly 30 years ago,” said then-KNX news director Bob Sims in another profile of the retiring Harvey. “In addition to having very good news judgment, he knows how to tell a story. He’s sometimes difficult to work with behind the scenes, but it makes it worthwhile when you hear him on the air.” His co-workers were in praise of the generous help he gave to new reporters. Why did he retire? “I just woke up one morning at 3:30 and said, ‘Why am I doing this?’ Now some people said I should have retired a long time ago. But really, it just got to me, going to work on weekends and at 4 o’clock in the morning two days a week. It was time."
Harvey, who was born in Nebraska on July 20, 1926, served in the U.S. Army during World War II as a clerk-typist, and after the war went to work for radio stations as a reporter, sports broadcaster, disc jockey, program director and news director in his home state, Michigan, and Chicago, before landing at KNX in 1966.
HARVEY, Paul. KABC, 1969-2009. When Paul died February 28, 2009, he was the oldest working radio personality in America. His daily commentaries on ABC Radio were heard by an estimated 22,000,000 listeners. A wonderful tribute to Paul here.
Born Paul Harvey Aurandt, he began his radio career in 1933, working at KVOO in Tulsa while still attending high school. He eventually became a full-time announcer and program director. He later spent three years as manager of KSAL in Salina, Kansas, then did news for KOMA-Oklahoma City and KXOK-St. Louis. After serving four months in the Army Air Force during World War II, Harvey began doing news for WENR, the ABC affiliate in Chicago. In 1951, “Paul Harvey News & Comment” joined the ABC network and was heard each weekday at noon. Following a bout with pneumonia and the death of his wife Lynne a year before his death, Harvey began letting his son, Paul Jr., take over some of the newscasts.
Ken Levine believes Paul Harvey was the greatest salesman that ever lived. “I used to listen to him every chance I got, not for the news, not for the profile of the guy who invented leotards, but for the commercials,” wrote Ken at his blogspot. “He was absolutely spellbinding. He made every product sound like something you just had to have. He was so convincing even I went out and bought Bose speakers and arthritis medicine … and I don’t even have arthritis. I did stop short of Amway products though.”
Levine continued: “What was his secret? He truly communicated. He talked right to YOU. In words you could understand. He looked straight into your eyes even on the radio. He spoke with conviction, enthusiasm, and all of his arguments made so much doggone sense. Someday I may get arthritis so I better have this stuff just in case.”
HARVEY, Phil: KMPC/fm, 1988; KSRF, 1991. Phil owns a production company. He's also an actor.
Phil was born in Auburn, New York October 30, 1952. “I grew up in New York and Nevada. My older brother Pete got me interested in music and radio. We lived on a ranch outside Carson City in the early 60's. My brother hooked up a crystal radio using extensive barbed wire fences as the antenna. We could pick up L.A. radio!”
He moved back to upstate New York in 1966. Phil’s first radio station was WNDR-Syracuse at age 15. In the 1990s Phil worked for Metro Networks as a news anchor at KABC, KFSG, and trimulcast 92.7. He also served as the national producer for Metro Networks Entertainment Division and was national entertainment correspondent. He wrote and produced Premiere Radio Networks’ weekly syndicated series “Live From the Sixties” with The Real Don Steele.
Harvey, Rudy: KDAY, 1965; KGFJ. Rudy had his own record labels, Dynamic and Titanic. He had one major hit, Moments To Remember by Jennell Hawkins. Rudy has passed away.
HARVEY, Steve: KKBT, 2000-05; KDAY, 2006-09; KJLH, 2009-22. Steve, star of The Steve Harvey Show, started mornings at "the BEAT" on September 11, 2000. He left May 20, 2005.
His syndicated show aired on KDAY until May 29, 2009. His show is now heard on KJLH.
Steve hosts the syndicated tv show, Family Feud. Steve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in late spring of 2013.
HARWELL, Ernie: KMPC, 1992. Ernie, a Detroit Tigers broadcasting legend (42 years as voice of the Tigers), died May 4, 2010, at the age of 92. His death came eight months to the day after he revealed to his fans, in an interview with the Detroit Free Press, that he had a cancerous tumor in the area of his bile duct and that in late July he had been given only a few months to live.
"I'm ready to face what comes," he said at the time. "Whether it's a long time or a short time is all right with me because it's up to my Lord and savior." Harwell's popularity never became more evident than when Tigers management and flagship radio station WJR-AM (760) fired him after the 1990 season. It immediately became the most unpopular move in club history. In one local poll, 97% disagreed with the firing. In 1992, he joined the Angels broadcast booth for one year and then returned to Detroit. In 2005, author and historian Curt Smith ranked Harwell as the third-greatest baseball announcer ever, only placing Harwell behind Vin Scully and Yankees icon Mel Allen.
Ernie Harwell's estate was drained by family infighting, according to the Detroit Free Press.
HASHEM, Abdul "DJ A-OH": KRRL, 2015-21. Abdul joined the new Real 92.3 as assistant program director and on-air personality in March 2015. He arrived in the Southland from 103.5 The Beat in Miami, where he has served as pd and jock since October 2013. In late 2021, he returned to Miami to be pd at The Beat. With his return to Miami, Hashem will retain his music director duties for REAL 92.3 in Los Angeles and remain pd at REAL 103.9 in Las Vegas.
In addition, he has also served as an iHeartMedia Urban Brand Coordinator.
His name is A-OH and he is no stranger to the music industry. He has made a name for himself in some of music’s greatest markets—Miami, Chicago and Los Angeles—and now, making waves as a producer in the Electronic music scene .
The Indianapolis born artist describes his sound as sound as "energetic and worldly,” which you can hear clearly on his newly released debut radio single, “Urself” ft. Consuella.
A-OH’s personal taste is versatile, ranging from Electro, Progressive and numerous other sub genres of House, Hip Hop, R&B, dance and classical. An energetic performer, skilled instrumentalist, producer and dj, he has worked to develop his sound for over thirteen years.
HASICK, Scott: KFI, 1994-99. Scott and Casey Bartholomew worked morning drive at KTRS-St. Louis until the Spring of 2006.
Scott made a pivot in his career choice nd moved into retail. In late sumer of 201, he started a new journey at The Home Depot as the Operations Assistant Store Manager! "It was scary to leap out of my comfort zone of 15 years, but I’m so thrilled I did! I have the best support system in the world!"
HASLAM, Pat: KNX, 1998-2016. Pat was an anchor at all-News KNX.
The 1974 Journalism graduate from California State University, Fullerton, was the traffic anchor for the Orange County News channel, where he was known as irreverent Dr. Drive. This enabled Pat to use his distinct style and outrageous personality to keep Orange County up to date on the latest traffic and weather.
In 1998, he joined KOCE as the head of transportation.
In retirement, Pat emcees numerous local OC events.
HASTINGS, Bob: Katz Radio/LA 1984-87, 1988-90; KWLT, San Diego 1987-88; CBS Radio Reps/LA 1990-97; KOST/KACE, 1997-98; KLAC, 1998-99; KIEV, 1999-2000; KABC/KDIS, 2000-01; Emmis, 2001-02; Salem/LA, 2002-22. Bob's career has been primarily in sales, including the director of sales for the Lakers at KLAC.
Bob is currently director of sales and integrated marketing for the Salem cluster in Los Angeles, where he has been since 2002.
HATTEN, Tom: KNX, 1986-2007. Whether you were a fan growing up in the Southland watching him on the KTLA/Channel 5 Popeye Show or as an entertainment reporter at KNX, you were sad to learn that Tom Hatten died March 16, 2019. He was 92.
Born in 1927 in North Dakota, Tom grew up in Idaho and joined the Navy just before the end of World War II. he attended the Pasadena Playhouse Theatre on the GI Bill and graduated cum laude in 1950. During an appearance in one of tv’s earliest shows, Space Patrol, Tom was discovered and joined KTLA as a “utility infielder” with Stan Chambers. Tom spent the next four decades on the local scene as a composer, announcer, commercial pitchman, writer and pop and jazz concert producer. From 1978 to 1991, Tom hosted the “Family Film Festival” every weekend on KTLA. He appeared in local stage productions over the decades. Tom was a member of five industry unions.
Shortly after starting this website, I was strolling Hollywood Blvd and decided to capture some early memories at Musso & Frank. Lo and behold, sitting by himself at the lunch counter was Tom Hatten. I introduced myself and asked if I could join him. He was so open, effervescent and excited about everything we talked about. R.I.P. Tom.
Hauck, Randy: KVFM, 1960-62 and 1969-75. Randy lives in Sylmar and since 1991 he's owned Video Production Company.
HAULE, Tom: KNX, 1982-2015. Tom came to KNX in the fall of 1982, the year he says “We just took our furniture out for a drive.” He had been working as news director at KCBS/fm in San Francisco and decided to move back to his hometown of Chicago. That was in February 1982. “Thomas Wolfe was right,” Tom says, “You can’t go home again.”
He graduated from Northern Illinois University and started his broadcasting career at WOLI-Ottawa, Illinois. Tom worked for a couple of CBS stations, including WBBM-Chicago and KCBS-San Francisco before joining KNX. Tom and co-anchor Linda Nunez have won the AP award for Best Radio News Anchor Team in California.
When his time at WBBM and WBBM/fm came to an abrupt end seven months later, Tom returned to California as a reporter and anchor at KNX. Among some of Tom’s memorable assignments were coverage of the Discovery Space Shuttle’s return to space flight following the Challenger disaster. “We set up a small city in the high desert and watched the Discovery return to earth. ”The Loma Prieta Earthquake. “I was on vacation at the epicenter at the time, but had all my gear stowed in the car. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff was surprised to see a KNX mic an hour after the first shock.” Former President Ronald Reagan’s meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in San Francisco. “I had the chance to speak with both world leaders. There was a moment when a group of young children did a traditional Russian dance for Gorbachev and when I read the look in his eyes, I had the strong feeling that the Cold War was over.”
In 2005, Tom took a break from his duties on the air to work as operations manager for KNX. The task was to help move the station from its long-time location on Sunset Boulevard to its new facility on Wilshire and in the process, help train the KNX staff on an all-digital computerized newsroom. Two and a half years off the air was enough and Tom reunited with Linda Nunez returned to the air in 2007.
He retired in the summer of 2015.
Haven, Patty: KEZY, 1975. Unknown.
HAWKINS, Jerry: KFWB; KYSR; KLSX, 1991-95. Jerry moved to Tulsa and started the Airborne Traffic Division for Clear Channel.
He is now president/ceo of his own Aircraft Sales & Brokerage firm, called Hawk’s Nest Aviation in Tulsa. He is also a part-time consultant to the news media and guest lecturer at Tulsa Community College on Media Broadcasting career opportunities for young men & women. Jerry also completed one year of study in the Broadcast Meteorology Department at Mississippi State University. He also celebrated his 25-year anniversary as a licensed commercially-rated pilot, performing aerial photography services for the Tulsa World newspaper in addition to years of airborne breaking news & traffic reporting duties.
HAWKINS, Tommy: KGFJ, 1965; KABC/KLOS, 1970-85; KKJZ, 2007-12. Tommy worked weekends at K-Jazz. He died August 16, 2017, at the age of 80.
A two-time University of Notre Dame men's basketball All-American, Notre Dame All-Century Team member, Notre Dame Ring of Honor inductee and 1959 Notre Dame graduate worked at KGFJ, KABC, and KKJZ. Hawkins was the first African-American to earn All-America honors as a student-athlete at Notre Dame. Drafted in the first round (third overall pick) by the Minneapolis Lakers, Hawkins played 10 years in the National Basketball Association with Minneapolis, the Cincinnati Royals and the Los Angeles Lakers.
After his playing career, he worked in radio and television and served as the vice president of communications for the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2012, Hawkins authored a book on poetry entitled Life's Reflections: Poetry for the People.
Hawthorne, Darr: KPFK, 1968-72. Darr, the son of Jim, is in the tv production business.
HAWTHORNE, Jim: KXLA, 1943-48; KECA, 1948-49; KDAY, 1959; KFWB, 1960-63; KHJ, 1962-63; KIEV, 1991. Jim died November 6, 2007. He was 89, born November 20, 1918.
Jim was one of the most creative talents L.A. radio and tv has ever seen. Jim started at KXLA-Pasadena (now KRLA). His humor established him as a unique broadcaster in the early days of personality radio, yet his major success came from television.
In 1950, he created, produced and starred in the Saturday night coast-to-coast radio program, "The Hawthorne Thing," which was the final network radio show to originate in NBC's Hollywood Radio City. At KLAC/Channel 13 in the early 1950s, he created the first late evening talk show on television, This Is Hawthorne. An article in the LA Times reflecting on early tv described the show as "predecessor of NBC's Saturday Night Live."
On KNBC/Channel 4, beginning in 1952, he did a daily five-minute weather show. In 1958, Jim traveled to KYA-San Francisco and created "Voice Your Choice," which he brought to KDAY. In the early 1960s, while doing Instant Weather on KTTV/Channel 11, Hawthorne joined KFWB as assistant pd and mornings, and eventually became vp, national program manager for Crowell-Collier Broadcasting. While still at KFWB he joined Sherman Grinberg Productions as a writer, producer, narrator. He produced Jim Hawthorne's Funny World. In 1965, "ol Weather Eyes" moved to Honolulu to "retire" and ended up creating the Checkers and Pogo kids show for tv which ran for 11 years. He was also involved with programming KGMB -Honolulu and was creative consultant to morning legend Aku. As one of his bits, since the tv weather was so short, he would hold up cards and do a pantomime. He was elected president of the newly formed Disc Jockey Association in 1960. In 1970, Jim moved back to his hometown, Denver, to help his ailing mother. He stayed for 11 years and established a very successful career at KOA, eventually becoming gm. In the late 1980s, Jim returned to Southern California.
Haydel, Janine: KJLH, 1995-2006. See Janine Zenon
Hayden, Zirn: KVFM; KMET, 1975. Zirn does voiceover work.
HAYES, Bruce: KFWB, 1958-61; KDAY, 1962; KHJ, 1963-64; KFWB, 1965-67; KFI, 1969. Bruce was the original morning drive personality on Chuck Blore's KFWB "Color Radio" debut on January 2, 1958. "Bright-eyed and bushy tailed Uncle Bruce" worked as one of the "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen" into 1961. His signature sign-off was "Excelsior."
After being discharged from the paratroopers, Bruce attended radio school in his hometown of Dallas, worked as an announcer in Corpus Christi and as a dj on WRR-Dallas where Gordon McLendon heard him and hired him to do the night shift at KLIF. When Bruce substituted for a couple of weeks as the morning-drive man, his irreverent humor touched the funnybone of early morning commuters. The station's ratings shot up and Bruce remained on the morning shift until he left Dallas to become the morning man at KFWB.
He and Bea Shaw, whom he had known since grade school in Dallas, married and moved to the Southland in 1958. Bea, who had her own tv show in Dallas, went to work at KFWB as "Tiger," the sexy-voiced traffic information girl, who would banter with Bruce during his morning drive show on KFWB. The two also worked together during the '60s and '70s on radio commercials Bea wrote and produced, including award-winning campaigns for the Plymouth Barracuda and Western Airlines. Bruce acted in episodes of Hunter and General Hospital.
His tv commercials for Clorox, in which Bruce surprised housewives in a laundromat by saying, "I'll give you $50 for that t-shirt" (and then tearing it in half, washing one half in you-know-what) were so successful that standup comics all over the country did take-offs on it. Bruce died November 20, 1994, of cancer. Excelsior, Uncle Bruce.
(Bob Harris, Tally Hobbs, and Steve Herbert)
Hayes, Casey: KWIZ, 1978-79; KUTE, 1979-80; KJOI, 1983-86; KWVE, 1989-90; KLIT, 1992. Casey began his radio career in 1977 at KERN-Bakersfield. His time at KUTE was during the Disco years. Between KUTE and KJOI, Casey worked at KTRB/KHOP-Modesto and KDES-Palm Springs. From 1987 to 2009 he worked at Satellite Radio for Transtar/Unistar/Westwood One/Dial-Global on the Music of Your Life and Standards formats. He's currently working on a graduate degree in mental health.
HAYES, Drew: KABC, 1998-2000 and 2013-22. Following a stint in Chicago radio at WBBM, WSCR, and WLS, Drew returned to KABC in early 2013 as program director. He has since been promoted to general manager.
The former pd at KABC was a talk host on WMAQ-Chicago from 1986-88 and was operations manager of WLS from 1989-96.
Drew's father, Richard, was the regular singer with Arthur Godrey on CBS Radio from 1960 until the show went off the air in the early 1970s and then was a talk host at WMCA-New York, WWDB and WCAU-Philadelphia.
Drew's first radio job was as fill-in traffic reporter at age 15 at WMCA. "I subbed for Tommy Traffic. I was Peter Parkway." Drew graduated from the University of Miami, Florida and went on to be pd at WKRC-Cincinnati and gm of the ESPN Radio Network.
HAYES, Jack: KFWB, 1964-65. We had Jack for a brief time in the mid-1960s during the Channel 98 days of Top 40. He died February 28, 2020, at the age of 80.
Born on Valentine’s Day in 1940, in Hinsdale, Illinois, his first radio experience was as a child actor at WOPA-Oak Park, Illinois. When Jack’s voice changed in his early teens, he became summer relief announcer at KGON-Portland. By the age of 15, he was a jock at 50,000 watt KEX-Portland.
In 1960 he joined KLIV-San Jose and stayed four years. “I quit because they wouldn’t give me more money.” When he left the Southland, he became King Jack Hayes at KCBQ-San Diego.
Along the way he married a Playboy bunny.
In 1968 Jack was part of KNEW-Oakland, followed by afternoons at KNBR-San Francisco. In early 1973 his wife died, and Jack dropped out of radio until 1989 when he was hired to anchor the morning news and program XTRA-San Diego.
At age 20, Hayes was hired to be the chief engineer and general manager of KBAY, 104.5 San Francisco (now KFOG). KBAY was the second Bay Area fm station to broadcast in stereo, just a few days after K101-KPEN. He was heard across the Northern California radio dial. In 1960 and 61, Hayes also worked part-time at KEWB and KYA, San Francisco.
Hayes, Johnny: KRLA, 1965-68 and 1969-71; KDAY, 1971; KRLA, 1971-92; KRTH, 1992-2002. Johnny left afternoons at "K-Earth" on May 3, 2002.
Hayes, Kate: KLSX, 1989-90. Last heard, Kate works for a station in Santa Rosa.
Hayes, Larry: KPPC, 1971. Unknown.
HAYES, Lauren: KLSX, 2003-06. The Playboy host had a weekend show at 97.1, FREE/fm.
She's now an actress and producer, known for Married With Children, Silk Stalkings, Renegade and The Great Bikini Off-Road Adventure (1994). She appeared in several Playboy TV videos, and worked as an extra on Baywatch, Rosanne and Wings.
She hosted shows for Fox Sports and was a stand-in on 90210 for several years. She starred in and produced Hotel Erotica on HBO/Cinemax and made her debut in Meatballs 4.
HAYES, Shirley: KRBV, 2006-08. Shirley joined the new KRBV (V100) in late 2006. She was appointed pd in late 2007. GM Steve Candullo said at the time: "Over the past month, I have worked closely with Shirley and it has become clear to me that she possesses all of the skills and passion necessary to be very successful in her new position. I am particularly pleased that the person leading our programming strategy is someone who is within the target audience of V100. Shirley is extremely bright, focused, disciplined, creative and has very strong communication skills. She has shown that she is completely engaged in the pursuit of excellence."
Shirley left the station when Radio-One sold the station to Bonneville. She's now an Internet marketer. Shirley is based in Atlanta and helps women in media attract the career they really want.
Shirley attended Columbia College of Chicago.
HAYMORE, David: KSSE/KSSC/KSSD, 1999-2003; KXOL/KLAX,2003-06. David is Chief Operating Officer of Una Vez Mas, the largest Azteca America affiliate television group in the nation. He left the stations in 2006, while KLAX was the #1 billing Spanish station in Los Angeles ($32+ million) and #2 in the country, behind WSKQ-New York. “I’ve had great success with SBS during my three years and accomplished much, including the launch of the groundbreaking bi-lingual Latino 96.3,” said David. “There’s been incredible growth within our Los Angeles properties. We did very well with stand-alone stations, La Raza as our Spanish language station and Latino as our general market station. We performed well against market leading stations and groups, competing with the likes of Univision, Emmis, Clear Channel, and CBS clusters. I have enjoyed it. We have transformed our operations. We have brought in really fine, tremendously talented professional people. We have enjoyed every minute of it and I feel it is the right time to now explore something else.” David is fluent in Spanish and English and has run Spanish-language stations, general market stations, and now bilingual stations, with Latino 96.3.
HAYNES, Dick: KLAC, 1945-58; KXLA, 1958; KLAC, 1959-66; KFOX, 1966-71; KLAC, 1971-80. Born in
Beaumont, Texas, "Haynes at the Reins" was part of Southern Californiaradio for 34 years, mostly at KLAC. A specialist in one-line jokes, he was considered the Henny Youngman of country radio. "You're too bowlegged to round up cattle...you can't get your calves together," he'd say. He had a qualitative range of Hee Haw's best and Milton Berle's worst: "Why, I use so much of that perfume that I once got arrested for fragrancy."
In 1945 he joined KLAC the first of three times as one of the "Big Five."
In 1958 KLAC reacted to "Color Radio" at KFWB with a change to "Formula Radio" and Dick went to Country KXLA, which was only a year away from a format and call letter change to KRLA.
His on-air philosophy was simple: "I never want to give the listener the impression that I'm a smart aleck. I want them to feel superior to me - I think they like you better that way." In 1969 Dick won the Top Country Air Personality Award from Billboard. Every morning the listener got dumb jokes: "I know a man so dumb he thinks Shirley Temple is a place to worship" or "Chill Will's mother said when her son was born, 'I just had a chill'" or "Have you ever been to Wedlock, Texas? Yeah, well, Gumdrop was born a little out of wedlock."
In 1976 he joined as a regular on tv's Hee-Haw. Newsman Art Blaske remembered: "Dick was a real pro and he had to rehearse his lines. He would come into the newsroom and go through his whole act." Dick played bit parts in several films, including Support Your Local Sheriff. He left KLAC in early 1980 and in April a testimonial dinner was held for Dick at the Hollywood Palladium where it was announced that Metromedia was establishing a Dick Haynes Scholarship Fund for Radio Broadcasting. In August, he received a Star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Dick was on the KLAC payroll until he died of cancer on November 24, 1980, at the age of 69. As Gumdrop would say every morning, "What time is it?" It was a good time, Dick.
Healy, Jerry: KMPC, 1987. Jerry worked at the Pop Standards format at Westwood One.
HEALY, Jim: KBIG, KMPC, 50s; KLAC, 1961-65; KFWB, 1969; KABC, 1969-84; KLAC, 1973-82; KMPC, 1984-94. A one-of-a-kind sportscaster in Los Angeles for 43 years, Jim died July 22, 1994, at age 70 from complications of liver cancer.
Jim began at KMPC in 1950, fresh out of UCLA, writing for broadcaster Bob Kelley. Jim wrote for Bob for 11 years. He hosted "Here's Healy" on KBIG and also worked at KFWB, KABC and KLAC. Jim was the nightly sports reporter on KABC/Channel 7 with a team that featured former County Supervisor Baxter Ward and Rona Barrett. He returned to KMPC in 1984. The veteran sports commentator left the air May 1, 1994, when KMPC switched from Sports to Talk. His illness was a well-kept secret. His son Patrick is a field reporter for KNBC/Channel 4. "Is it true?" became one of his trademark lines.
His headstone at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn reads: "Jim Healy, 1923-94, IT IS TRUE.” KMPC gm remembered the day that Jim came to work and was so happy to have found a plot next to a sidewalk. He wanted people to see it! In 1997 he was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
HEARN, Chick: KLAC. The Los Angeles Lakers announcer died August 5, 2002, from complications after a fall in his home three nights earlier. He never recovered after two brain surgeries. Chick had shown remarkable resiliency in the eight months prior to his death. On December 20 he underwent heart-valve replacement surgery. In mid-March he fell getting out of his car at a gas station breaking his hip. He returned to the Laker broadcast booth in time to call their games through the playoffs to their 3rd consecutive championship.
Since 1960, Chick has been the voice of the L.A. Lakers on radio and tv. The former host of Bowling for Dollars, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was the third broadcaster elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "Put a game in the refrigerator," signifying when the game outcome was locked, came from his 83-year-old grandfather who misplaced things around the house and later discovered them in the refrigerator. In the midst of the glory of announcing for an enormously successful sports franchise, there have been some tough times. Their son, Gary, died at 27 in 1972. Their daughter, Samantha, died at 41 in 1991.
Born Francis Hearn on November 27, 1916, Chick graduated from Bradley University. In the early 1950s he worked in Peoria alongside veteran tv anchor Jerry Dunphy. Chick called an unprecedented 3,338 NBA games before he underwent open-heart surgery in late 2001. During that broadcast streak, the Lakers scored 364,148 points winning 2, 092 games. Eight U.S. Presidents served during the streak. Chick was a college and high school referee for about eight years before becoming a broadcaster. Who will ever forget his one sentence: "Wraparounddribbledrivefallawayprayer!" In 1997 the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association named him top radio play-by-play announcer.
HEARRING, Chet: KLIT, 1997; KIIS, 1987-2006. On-air he was known as Chester the Arrester.
Chester had been with KIIS for 18 years, starting as an intern and working his way up through phone operator, the mail room and then van driver. He then had an opportunity to work on the Rick Dees Show in a support role and drove one of Dees’ characters around to different events. “In 1989 the pd, Gerry DeFrancesco, called me in his office one day and asked if I would like to do call-ins from the street. My first assignment was on the Bruce Vidal show [God rest his soul] and then after that I was with afternooner Magic Matt Alan.” It was Magic Matt who came up with the nickname for Chet. The station was doing a super sticker promotion and Chet was waving cars over to the side of the road and rewarding them for having the sticker affixed to the bumper or window. Each time he pulled someone over, the name Chester the Arrester became a natural introduction to the promotion. Chet started doing on-air weekend gigs at other Clear Channel stations, including KIST-Santa Barbara, ‘Y102’-Victorville, and KMEN-Riverside. “I had a lot of fun up there. People like to make fun of the Antelope Valley, but when you think about a half million people, the place is bigger than New Orleans. It was a great gig!” enthused Chet.
Heatherton, Dick: KFI, 1986; KMPC, 1987; KJOI, 1989; KOCM, 1989-90; KXEZ, 1991; KCBS, 1992; KACD. Dick is an author, trainer and motivational speaker. He has a success-oriented show on CRNTalk.com
HECKLER, Bob: KABC, 1995-96; KMPC, 1996. Bob worked evenings on the Talk facility, KMPC. He arrived in the Southland in 1995 from
where he was the host of the only secular talk show on Christian KNUS. He spent time in the Navy before getting into the business world. The conservative radio personality was a former chemical, magazine and cable company executive. In January 1996, Bob moved between sister Talk stations to join KMPC in the midday slot and left that summer. Denver
Bob builds industry specific webcastng radio stations. He lives in Las Vegas.
He is also a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot. Bob left KMPC in the summer of 1996.
Heckler, Bob: KABC, 1995-96; KMPC, 1996. Bob builds industry specific webcasting radio stations. He's based in Las Vegas.
HEDGECOCK, Roger: KFWB, 2009-10. Roger, former mayor of San Diego, was a Talk show on the short-lived format at KFWB. His syndicated show started in afternoon drive on September 9, 2009 and ended January 8, 2010.
Born in Compton, Hedgecock first became active in politics at an early age, having volunteered to work in U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater's failed 1964 bid for the presidency. In 1976, he was elected to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors and served until 1983, having become the youngest person to have served as a county supervisor in San Diego. In 1983 he was elected mayor of San Diego.
Roger began his radio career immediately after leaving political life. He graduated from St. Augustine High School in San Diego, from UC Santa Barbara, and from UC Hastings College of Law. In addition to a daily commentary on San Diego radio, Hedgecock sells apples.
Hefner, Jim: Jim provides radio analysis of USC basketball radio games.
HEFTEL, Cecil. Cecil owned major stations across the country, including KTNQ and KLVE in Los Angeles. WLUP (“The Loop”) and 13Q-Pittsburgh were part of his empire. He was also a congressman from Hawaii. He died February 4, 2010, at the age of 85.
Earl McDaniel, former personality at KPOP, KDAY and KFWB, became President of Heftel Broadcasting for many years, in addition to being the general manager of KGMB radio (later called KSSK) in Hawaii. Earl called Heftel "one of the most incredible men and broadcasters I've met. There will never be another one like him."
Heftel purchased the two LA Spanish-speaking stations in the mid-1980s. “I recall that the two stations were for sale for right around $40 million,” said McDaniel. “I thought it was kind of funny because KTNQ was at 1020, which is where I got my notoriety when it was KPOP. What goes around comes around.”
“On a trip to Los Angeles, I told Cec that I didn’t think the stations would ever be that cheap again,” Earl continued. “He was incredulous because it was a lot of money in those days. Heck, it’s a lot of money today. We talked about it for two or three days and then we made an offer. We got the financing and it went into escrow and we received an offer of a $4 million profit before it came out of escrow if we wanted to flip them. And we decided not to and just went from there.”
Earl brought in Ken Wolt, from the Heftel Cincinnati operation, to run the two newly acquired LA stations. Heftel kept them until he sold his entire Hispanic operation to Hispanic Radio, which eventually was sold to Univision.
Cecil Landau Heftel was born in Chicago on Sept. 30, 1924, and got his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University after serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He came to the Islands in 1964, after already establishing himself as an owner of broadcast stations on the Mainland, and quickly became a force to reckon with in Hawaiian television and radio.
Heftel, Richard: KTNQ/KLVE/KSCA, 1994-99. In late 1999, Richard stepped down from his post as general manager of the Spanish-language stations. He is now vp of music relations for Hispanic Broadcasting and owns the Highway Stations broadcasting between Barstow and Las Vegas.
Hehmann, Debbie: 1999-2005, KKLA. Debbie hosted a weekend show at KKLA.
HEIDE, Tami: KROQ, 1991-2004; KCBS/fm, 2005-16; KTWV, 2017-21. Tami worked middays during the glory years at KROQ. After leaving KROQ, she was a writer at JACK/fm and in charge of JACKtivities.
Tami got her start at WBCN-Boston, while attending Emerson College. She inerned at WBCN for five years.
Born July 23 in New Kensington, Pennsylvania, she graduated from Framingham North High School in Massachusetts. Tami has an extensive history in Boston College radio at Emerson's WERS and M.I.T.'s WMBR, where she was music director. She managed and was the record buyer for Newbury Comics, Boston's alternative record store. Tami did the evening shift at 'BCN and was assistant music director. For a time, Tami worked weekends and fill-in at the WAVE and daily at KROQ HD-2. She officially left KROQ in late 2021.
Heifetz, Louise: KFAC, 1986. Louise is a consultant in Southern California.
Heine, Jack: KYSR, 2005-06. Jack hosts a podcast with his 'STAR 98.7' partner, Stretch (Stench). He's also executive producer of Ron Insana, a nationally syndicated talk show.
HEITKEMPER, Sean: KLON/KKJZ, 1998-2007; KPFK, 2008-09. Sean was general manager of the Pacifica station, KPFK for just a year.
In 2005, Sean was promoted to general manager of KKJZ from station manager. He will be working closely with Mark Roberts, vp of finance, on running the station, according to an insider. Judy Jankowski stepped down from her gm post after 11 years.
Sean began his career with KKJZ in 1994 as a student assistant in the membership department. While earning his degree in political science, he was a dj at CSULB's student radio station, KBCH. In 1997, he created and hosted an early r&b program on KKJZ called ‘The Atomic Lounge.’
Helmer, Mark: KNNS, 1996; KFI, 2002-05. Mark was the Clippers P.A. announcer at L.A. Clipper games for several years as well as the Anaheim Piranhas. He went to work at AirWatch America doing both news and traffic for KFI and other Southland stations.
Heller, David: KLOS; KWST, 1980-81; KMPC, 1984. Unknown.
HELLER, Hugh: KMPC, 1961-65, pd. Born September 1, 1929, in Anamoose ("nobody knows what it means"), North Dakota, Hugh was the pd of two very successful Golden West Broadcasting stations, KSFO-San Francisco and KMPC. Hugh moved to the Bay Area when he was 17 years old and started at San Mateo JC. At San Jose State, he carried a dual major - music and drama, then did graduate work at Stanford. Hugh was working on the Don Sherwood tv show in the Southland when Don suggested Hugh join KSFO. "I was there when the station was #1 with 33 shares," said Hugh recently from his isolated home in the middle of the Ozarks.
Two years later he was pd at KMPC. He left KMPC to open his own production facility, which became a premiere company for commercials and imaging. "I did the commercials for such companies as General Motors and I continued working with radio stations. I created KMPC's 'Call of the Southland' thematic series." Hugh was very focused on establishing an image for a particular radio station. "I never did that jingle junk like the work that came out of Dallas. People had a lot of confidence in us. I asked them to send money and we told them we would design what they need and then spend some days to get it right on air."
He owned his own building on Highland. Hugh created the CBS Radio Network thematics that are still being used today. "The companies didn't want to own the rights so they wouldn't have to deal with clearance, unions and possible legal actions in the future." He said of the CBS work, "You do good theme work, it'll last." Decades later he still receives a yearly fee from CBS. In 1975, Hugh went to Spain to visit his daughter. "I got so enamored with Spain that I bought and restored a casita that had been built in 1150. I loved the foreign culture and when I got back to Hollywood it just wasn't the same. There was more smog, traffic and congestion." Hugh bought 80 acres with his own lake in VanZant, Missouri. "It's not a town, it's a post office. From the top of our mountain, we can't see any other homes." He continues to visit his property in Spain and he's content with his life in the Ozarks. "I'd just as soon people don't know where I live. People haven't found me yet and I like that."
HELLMAN, Bob: KLSX, 1995. Bob teamed with Kato Kaelin for the launch of KLSX's "Real Radio."
He publishes the DailyDeets.com website, a site designed for today's lifestyle.
Bob is an author, writer for tv, magazines and web - and, the first writer to cover Twitter in a daily worldwide column beginning in 2009.
TheDailyDeets.com pioneered a modern format for covering the news, sports, entertainment and everything in between, utilizing tweets. The Daily Deets NewsMag is the first Infotainment Interactive Print Magazine. "We blend; reading, a smartphone & headphones - driven by crisp informative sentences & pertinent tweets," said Bob.
HELTON, Dick: KNX, 1999-2022. Dick is the morning drive co-anchor and senior political reporter at all-News KNX.
He moved to Los Angeles in March 1998 after 29 years in Chicago that included 13 years anchoring the afternoon drive new for WBBM, the CBS all-News station. Helton began his broadcasting career at the University of Illinois at WKID as host of a Classical music program. He graduated with Honors in 1966 with a B.S. degree in journalism as well as majors in political science and economics. He worked for the Illinois Radio Network before joining WBBM in 1969. He was, at the time, the youngest news anchor ever hired by the station. He hosted the station's "Ask the Mayor" program, the first of its kind in the nation, later adding "Ask the Governor" and "Talk to the Schools."
Over the years, his assignments included covering the infamous Chicago 7 trial, a gripping interview with a survivor of the Titanic, political coverage of both Mayors Richard J. Daley and son Richard M. Daley. His overseas reporting included the outbreak of war between India and Pakistan, controversial French nuclear weapons testing in the Pacific and assistance to the Indian tribes in the Andes. He was WBBM’s anchor for all election coverage beginning in 1985, including the station's award-winning "live" coverage of the 1996 Democratic National Convention. Dick’s journalistic expertise earned him numerous awards. He has won awards from AP and UPI for broadcast excellence, including virtually every "Best Newscast" award from 1985-97. Dick is an avid sports car enthusiast and has been published with narrative and photos on world travel. Dick described his experiences at KNX as, “very rewarding, especially as part of a great staff.” He married his wife, former KABC morning drive news lady Carol Ramos on September 6, 1997.
HELTON, Lon: KHJ, 1980-83. Lon was the R&R Country editor based in Nashville for over a decade. He also hosts the syndicated Country Countdown USA and Country's Inside Trak.
In 2020, Lon was winner of The Country Music Association (CMA) National Broadcast Personality of the Year for Country Countdown USA. Program is distributed by Westwood One.
Lon was born on the south side of Chicago and grew up as a teenager in the 1960s listening to WLS and WCFL. He earned a B.S. in chemistry at South Monmouth College in Illinois. In between graduation and the start of graduate school, he joined a local Beautiful Music station, WVPC, for the 5 p.m. to midnight shift. This was the beginning of his radio career. He went to Galesburg, Illinois, where he worked four hours on the FM and then four hours on the AM. He very innocently entered Billboard's Personality of the Year competition. He didn't win but one of the judges ended up hiring him at KLAK-Denver. It was in Denver that he met Charlie Cook who was on in the evenings as Bob Clayton. In 1975 he was working with Bob Pittman at WMAQ-Chicago.
In 1980, Cook hired Lon to program KHJ from Rock to Country. The format was to kick off in November 1980, but a premature announcement two months earlier resulted in confusion in the marketplace and KZLA made a switch to Country within 30 days, blunting KHJ's Country format debut. Lon was going to work afternoon drive at the start of the Country format in November, however, when Rick Dees left in September, Lon worked the mornings as Scott Jeffreys (his brother's first and middle names)."I wasn't about to replace Rick Dees on the air. He had a strong loyal audience and I didn't want to be the recipient of the hate mail, so I created Scott Jeffreys.” Lon commented to Billboard after his first rating book, "We've changed the music. We're playing album cuts and music right out of the box, really early. We've brought the temp way up and we're a little bit more Country. We're taking chances on records."
HEMINGWAY, Carole: KABC, 1974-82; KGIL, 1986-93. Carole owned a media consulting firm in Beverly Hills. She died April 28, 2021. She was 73. A Stanford graduate and award-winning journalist, Carole hosted a daily radio talk show for more than twenty years on ABC stations in Los Angeles and New York City. She wrote a nationally syndicated column for the Los Angeles Times Syndicate on political and social issues. She has hosted numerous television talk shows for PBS and KCET and has been a guest commentator for CNN and FNN. The Hemingway Media Group, Inc. was founded in 1988.
Carole started at KABC on August 8, 1974, the night Nixon resigned from the Presidency and flew off in the official U.S. helicopter. She was an evening talk host covering current issues on KABC.
In 1974, the Times ran a profile of Carole and described her as "intelligent, unhaltingly self-assured and possessed of a combustible laugh. She has a kind of unimposing chic - alternately reserved and gregarious, soft and commanding." At KGIL, she hosted a talk show in afternoon drive.
Carole discussed the talk radio listener in a Times Op-Ed piece in 1991: "Forget the stereotype of lonely people with nothing to do. They are active people with a lot to do."
A native of San Francisco, Carole worked as an actress at the American Conservatory Theatre. She moved to Phoenix with her husband in the early 1970s and started her radio journey at KPHX. In 1974, with her marriage on the rocks and KPHX switching to a Spanish-language format, she applied to KABC and was hired.
HEMINGWAY, Frank: KABC. Frank passed away June 25, 1989, at the age of 86.
Frank was a folksy, whimsical radio and television newscaster who was prominent on Los Angeles airwaves in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Hemingway had a loyal and amused following in his years on the air, often reading news items in the dialect of the country involved.
Before arriving at KABC, Frank worked in Bend, Oregon and Portland. He retired in 1972.
Henderson, Brother: KPOP, 1950s; XERB, 1968; XPRS, 1972; KGFJ, 1972. Brother Henderson died in 1972, leaving a formidable gospel legacy behind him.
HENDERSON, Florence: KGIL, 1997-98. Florence, best known for her role as Carol Brady on the popular sitcom The Brady Bunch, which ran from 1969 to 1974, worked at Pop Standards KGIL during the Broadway and Hollywood show tunes format from 1997-98. She left KGIL in early 1998 following a format change. She died November 24, at the age of 82.
Born On Valentines day in 1934 in Dale, Nebraska, she was the youngest of 10 siblings growing up in poverty. By the age of 2, Florence's mother had taught her fifty songs. Her acting career began at 17, when Florence entered New York's prestigious American Academy of Dramatic Arts. Following a number of touring company roles, Florence starred in Fanny on Broadway in the mid-1950s and ran for 888 performances. She appeared in numerous nightclub gigs and toured in all the high-profile musicals.
From her dancing she was diagnosed with a deformed vertebrae and later almost went deaf. She learned that she had a hereditary condition called otosclerosis, which was corrected through surgery. Her big break came when she was cast in the touring production of Oklahoma! in 1952. Henderson worked steadily as a Broadway star over the 50s and 60s and moved into television. Among her most notable accomplishments, she was the first woman to guest-host The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. She also was a regular during the 1960s on NBC’s Today. The Brady Bunch was groundbreaking for being among the earliest examples of a blended family on television in the United States. Though The Brady Bunch ended after a relatively short run, it became a staple of syndicated reruns for decades after becoming something of a hybrid between generation X cultural touchstone, camp classic, and example of the quintessential family sitcom. .
HENDERSON, Steve: KKGO, 1985-89; KKJZ, 1990; KACE, 1992; KJQI, 1993; KKGO, 1993-99. Steve worked in production and overnights when KKGO was a Classical station. Over the years he hosted the Playboy Jazz Festival Pre Concerts, Miles Davis JVC concert and concerts at the Shrine Auditorium.
"I was born May 26, 1946, by the river (near Philadelphia) in a little tent and just like that river I've been running ever since." Steve's father moved to New York to pursue a career in opera and Steve grew up in the Bronx, graduating from Bronx Community College and Evelyn Neinken Drama School.
He came to the Southland to attend Los Angeles Broadcasters School. Steve is a classically trained baritone and sang and played piano with contemporary bands in New York and California. He is worked the overnight shift at Classical KKGO and is now doing production. Steve has written several commercials, industrial shorts and documentaries, including "Gangs, An American Nightmare." He conducts emcee workshops and lectures young people at risk.
HENDRIE, Phil: KWST, 1978-80; KNX/fm, 1982-83; KLSX, 1987-88; KFI, 1989-90 and 1996-2005; KLAC, 2005-06; KTLK, 2008-13; KFI, 2010-11. A true one-of-a-kind talent that turned radio into must-listening when he was on the air.
Phil was born September 1, 1952, and was raised in Arcadia. As a teen he considered a career as a writer, but as his interest in radio grew, he began hanging around Pasadena's KRLA, watching Casey Kasem, Bob Eubanks and "Emperor" Bob Hudson. Phil attended Pasadena City College for two years but dropped out and moved with friends to Orlando, Florida to work as a construction laborer/cement finisher in the early seventies.
Phil describes his early career this way: "I landed a gig as a disc jockey at WBJW 1440 AM in Winter Park Florida, a suburb of Orlando. I never really did start writing anything. And for that matter never did anything of note as a disc jockey for some 16 years, drifting from Orlando to New Orleans to Miami and then home to Los Angeles, spinning records and hating it. Real waste of life..."
Phil began his career in talk radio at KVEN in Ventura in 1990. For the most part "fed up" with the business of radio, Phil accepted the position for “$1,500 a month at the age of 38." At KVEN nothing was too wild and nothing out of bounds. "My program director (Rich Guilano) told me to prepare my show each day as if we weren't going to get a single phone call. We were interested in finding the theatrical boundaries, and then going a little beyond that." He lasted 18 months at KVEN, and then began a series of short-lived talk show gigs at major stations in Atlanta, Miami and Minneapolis before finding a home at KFI.
“He’s worthy of my adulation simply for being the coolest white-guy talk-show host on AM radio. Phil has more 'guests' of color than any other AM show in town - and they’re all nuts,” said LA Weekly's Lalo Lopez. Hendrie is a performer with a voice and character for every occasion, caller or guest. He changes both as quickly as most people change their minds, sitting alone in a studio that is, at the same time, occupied by the most bizarre yet believable people. In the fall of 1999, Phil’s show was syndicated. As host, Hendrie sets up a topic and discusses it with one of his characters who seamlessly takes the discussion beyond obvious social parameters. Feeding the circle of social satire are the callers who are real and genuinely passionate about what Hendrie’s “guest” is saying. Loyal fans enjoy being in on the ruse as Hendrie orchestrates a parody of his own profession – talk radio.
HENRY, Alan: KLAC, 1964-65. Alan was the first gm when Metromedia purchased KLAC. He spent 34 years as president/ceo of Anchor Media. Alan is now retired and living in Tampa/St. Petersburg.
In the early fifties, he studied Liberal Arts at Columbia University in the City of New York.
HENRY, Gil: KNX, 1955-59; KLAC, 1965-69; KGBS, 1972-73. Gil hosted a nightly feature called "Private Line."
A native Angeleno, on his 17th birthday he joined the U.S. Navy Amphibious Corps, participating in numerous
actions. Gil started his broadcast career in 1945 at Pacific Island . In the late 1940s he joined Capitol Records. In 1950 he worked at KING-Seattle while majoring in psychology and philosophy at the KUTA-Salt Lake City . Between 1959 and 1965 he served as pd of stations in Universityof Washington Seattleand . KHOW-Denver
In 1965 he joined KLAC, originally to produce the “Lohman and Barkley Show,” but debuting “Private Line” a few months later.
HENRY, Lyle: KIQQ, 1977-89. The radio engineering group called Lyle The Radio Doctor. He died November 8, 2021, of prostate cancer. He was 79. Many senior engineers got their start in the business from Lyle or improved their RF knowledge with Lyle's teachings. Lyle wrote a letter to his engineering group shortly before his death.
"I turned up as Chief Engineer at Drake-Chenault K100 (KIQQ) 100.3 on July 5, 1977, a scared, but starry-eyed kid of 35 from WDOR-Sturgeon Bay, WI (11 years), and KAAA (4 years) in Kingman, AZ. At KIQQ I moved our 58kW signal from Briarcrest to Mt. Wilson with 5.3 kW, taking our coverage with us. After 12 wonderful years at D-C and Outlet Broadcasting, KIQQ was sold and became Pirate Radio on March 17, 1989. Took me 4.5 months to get out of that mess, with an offer of Director of Engineering at Classical KUSC 91.5. The most exciting thing about overseas travel, particularly China, was meeting brilliant young people who needed a good western university education. So I brought 53 students, starting in 1988, to Canada and America and helped them through. Most lived at my house for extended periods, and those who were here at the same time are still good friends, often still checking on me. I've had a wonderful life, and I made a difference in this world."
HENRY, Mike: KFWB, 1960-63. Mike was a newsman during the heyday at Top 40 /Channel 98, KFWB. He now lives in Texas.
Hensel, Dr. Bruce: KFWB, KABC. Bruce hosts a syndicated radio show and appears nightly on KNBC/Channel 4.
HERBERT, Don: KFWB, 1968-98. Don, one of the original anchors at all-News KFWB, died February 2, 2008. He was 72. “Don went into the hospital with terrible abdominal pains,” said his wife, Linda. They would have been married 40 years this Friday. “Turned out Don had a ruptured colon and it totally filled him up with poison. They kept him totally sedated, thank God, and everyone was with him at the end.”
Andy Park – who was with Don at the launch of KFWB – responded to the bulletin about Don’s passing with a one-word exclamation: “Damn!”
After celebrating his 30th anniversary with all-News KFWB, Don retired in 1998. Since the fall of 1997, he had been on medical leave due to an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which causes severe muscle weakness paralyzing half of his throat.
He joined KFWB one month before the station went all-News. A native of Brooklyn (born December 16, 1935), Don made his radio debut in 1955 on WABP-Tuscaloosa while attending the University of Alabama. His career took him to Birmingham, Mobile and Little Rock, as well as Palm Beach, Florida before arriving at WTOP-Washington, DC.
In Washington, Don covered local and national news with frequent assignments to the Pentagon, State Department and Capitol Hill as well as being a fill-in reporter at the White House. After two years, Don moved to Los Angeles where he became a writer and producer for KRCA/Channel 4 news in Burbank. In 1968, when Westinghouse geared up for an all-News format, Don decided to return to the air.
“He had a great career, he had animals he loved, 2 kids he adored... he really had everything,” said his wife. “He really, really had a good life.”
Herbert, Phil: KBIG, 1997-99. Phil broadcast news in morning drive at KBIG.
Herbert, Steve: KCRW, 1980-2017. Steve is the chief engineer at KCRW.
Hergonson, Bill: KYMS, 1971; KRLA, 1972. Bill is working at the Palomar College radio station in Carlsbad.
Herman, Laraine: KNX, 1992-2017. Laraine is a news anchor, news writer, and producer at all-News KNX.
HERMAN, Shelley: KMPC/KTZN, 1995-97; KLSX, 1999. Shelley is diversified working on freelance writing assignments, voiceovers and the occasional infomercial hosting job. She hosted infomercials for 15 years for such products as the Bonzai Blade and Super Chopper. Her tv credits include ABC Specials, Totally Hidden Videos, Young and the Restless, Sherman Oaks and TV’s Bloopers & Practical Jokes.
Shelley was born in Philadelphia, known for Breakaway, Cybill, and Van Dyke and Company. She was a page at NBC-TV studios in Burbank. Shelley was the the first ESPN female motorsports co-host of Battle of The Monster Trucks and Mud Bog Spectacular with Bret Kepner.
As a Page at NBC Burbank, Shelley handed an envelope to Johnny Carson when he played "Stump the Band" with audience members.
HERMANN, Cleve: KFWB, 1952-89; KGFJ, 1972. Cleve passed away December 31, 1998. He was 80. The legendary KFWB reporter and sportscaster was one of the most colorful characters ever to sit behind a Southern California microphone. Cleve was the continuity glue to the sound of KFWB for almost 40 years through many formats wearing a patch over his left eye the eye being blinded in an accident at birth. His colleagues called him the Damon Runyon of radio.
Born in Peoria, he came to the Southland with his parents when he was six. His mother was a teacher. Cleve grew up in South Central Los Angeles and was a stringer for the L.A. Examiner when he was 14, earning 25 cents a column inch. When I interviewed Cleve for my book, Los Angeles Radio People, he told me: "For a brief time I thought about being a preacher or lawyer. Perhaps this influenced my on-air style." In 1951 he became sports director at KRCA/Channel 4. He spent three years with Tom Duggan, hosted a KABC/Channel 7 sports discussion series called Press Box and produced Oscar Levantes last local program. He retired at age 72, having worked at KFWB for 37 years (with a brief nine-month stay at KGFJ). He was still vigorous and spry and mentally super-sharp, according to sources at KFWB, but apparently simply fell in the bathroom and hit his head. I first met Cleve sitting next to him at a poker table in Gardena a few decades ago. There was no mistaking his appearance and booming voice as he would call or make a bet. Our conversations over the years centered on his son, Steve. He was very proud of him.
, Xavier: KMPC, 1995-97. A life-long resident of HERMOSILLO and the community of San Pedro, Xavier has worked as a radio news reporter, tv commentator, newspaper sports writer, editor and photographer. He is the State Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of California. Xavier's news commentary aired weekly on KCOP/Channel 13, which served as the counter balance to Bill Press, who is a radio commentator and Chairman of the California Democratic Party. Los Angeles
Xavier owns his own public relations and government affairs firm. He left his evening KMPC talk shift in early 1997.
He was also a free-lance reporter for KFWB.
Hernandez, Joe: KMPC. Joe was the voice of Santa Anita thoroughbred racing heard on KMPC.
HERNANDEZ, Liz: KPWR, 2001-11; KBIG, 2013-15. Luscious Liz was a critical part of Big Boy's Neighborhood at "Power 106" broadcasting the news for a decade. She left the Neighborhood in late summer 2011. She became an E! News correspondent and in March 2013 joined the morning show at MY/fm.
In the fall of 2018, Liz joined TuneIn to host “Today's Hits,” the premier TuneIn exclusive music station. A wise one once said “opportunities don’t happen, you create them.” That’s exactly what Liz did. The Riverside native took her talent on screen when she landed a hosting gig on Access Hollywood. She was not only a standout within the Latino community, but in the world of journalism. "I have great memories growing up in the I.E. not only with my family, but with my friends as well. I was fortunate enough to go to school with the same people from elementary to high school, so I've known my best friend since the 4th grade," she said in an industry trade publication.
"Luckily, I was able to take baby steps into television. I was hired by MTV in 2006, and that allowed me to get my feet wet while still working in radio. By the time I left morning drive radio in 2011, I was ready to focus on tv. The challenging part about this transition was going from being the radio vet to the tv rookie. I was starting all over in a new arena. Looking back, I will always be grateful for my radio career. It really taught me to be quick on my feet, and it was my breeding ground for television. You’re a really big advocate for raising awareness about Alzheimer’s."
Hernandez, Phil: KKBT, 1992-98. Phil works production at Westwood One Radio Network and freelances for Creative Imaging.
HERRERA, Rich: KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2001. Rich works afternoons with ex-Tampa Bay Buc Booger McFarland at CBS’ sports talker in Tampa Bay, the Fan. Rich has been a fixture at Tropicana Field for seven seasons as the team’s pre and post-game show host (also filling in as play-by-play) announcer since 2005.
After he left the Southland, Rich worked at KNBR-San Francisco. His resume includes being a sideline reporter covering the NFL and NCAA football for Sports USA Radio for eight seasons. He has covered the NBA (hosting the Warriors post-game show), championship fights in Vegas, the PGA tour, and the NHL. Outside of his disdain for soccer, there are very few sports in America that he hasn’t been around – including NASCAR.
Helives in St. Petersburg with his wife Elizabeth and middle schooler Rigney. He is involved in many local charities including Northeast Little League, the Children’s Dream Fund and the Wounded Warrior Foundation, among many others.
HERRERA, Stew: KNAC, 1988-94; KLOS, 1994-2020. At KLOS, Stew is one of those unsung heroes who has done production work for over two decades. Along with writing, voicing, and producing for KLOS, he has nurtured and sustained a flourishing voiceover career and can be heard across a wide variety of projects, including movie trailers, network tv and cable promos, syndication, in-program narration, commercial, and industrials.
Stew is a local boy. He was born in Anaheim, and grew up in Buena Park, Cypress, and Fullerton, “as OC as it gets,” offered Stew. When he was growing up there were OC-oriented local stations, so he listened to 1190 KEZY and later KEZY/fm, as well as KMET, KLOS, KROQ, and KWST. “Between all that and my older brother’s Elton John, Beatles, and Beach Boys records and 8-tracks, I was hooked on both radio and music,” said Stew.
From the 2nd grade until puberty, Stew went to Catholic school because he thought he was going to join the priesthood, until he was kicked out of high school in his junior year. “So much for joining the clergy,” Stew said. “I attended Fullerton JC, where I learned my way around mixing consoles and tape recorders. I earned my Associate degree there under Jim Bain and Ed Ford. Fun fact: Mary Price was a teacher of mine, too.” His first radio job interview was at KOCM in Newport Beach with Lawrence Tanter. “I didn’t get the gig, and I suspect it was partially because my hair reached halfway to the floor.”
A better fit may have been KNAC, a heavy metal station based in Long Beach. In 1988, he got an entry level job answering phones for Tawn Mastrey. A year later he became paid morning show producer/ sidekick with “Gonzo” Greg Spillane. In 1994, Stew joined the production team at KLOS and worked with Mark & Brian for 18 years. Stew claims to be a decent enough guitarist and singer.
Herrin, Jim: KBCA, 1965-73. Unknown.
HERSCHENSOHN, Bruce: KABC, 1986. In early 1986, Bruce resigned from KABC radio and tv to unsuccessfully challenge Democratic Senator Alan Cranston. The political commentator and longtime fixture on Southern California television and radio, was a former aide to Presidents Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan, died December 1, 2020, at the age of 88.
“One word defines Bruce Herschensohn: patriot,” said KRLA's Hugh Hewitt, the Nixon Foundation’s president. “A resonant, mellifluous voice for freedom, he was always calm, always insistent on the truth that people needed to be free, wanted to be free and would be free. Though he’s no longer with us, his role as freedom’s champion will live on through his films, his writings and his students.”
Born in Milwaukee, Herschensohn served in the U.S. Air Force as a young man and worked for RKO Radio Pictures. He was later appointed director of motion pictures and television for the United States Information Agency, a Cold War-era public relations agency run by the U.S. government. He was appointed deputy special assistant to President Nixon in 1972 and served until Nixon’s resignation two years later. In 1980, Herschensohn worked for Reagan’s transition team.
HERSKOVITZ, Al: KPOL, 1970-79. Al was president and ceo of H&H Communications with TALKERS founder, Michael Harrison. From 1998 to 2000, Al served as media consultant to the Steve Forbes Presidential Campaign.
One of the radio industry’s most-liked and enduring figures died in Bradenton, Florida on November 11, 2021, at the age of 90 after suffering an episode of cardiac arrest.
Herskovitz was an alumnus of many top American radio stations and broadcast companies including: WPRO-Providence; WIP-Philadelphia; as well as CapCities Communications, where he served in program director and station manager capacities for a number of years. They acquired WSPR- Springfield, Massachusetts, which they transitioned from an adult contemporary music format to a seminal spoken word approach they dubbed “Supertalk” – a precursor to the modern style of talk radio that boomed onto the scene during the 1990s.
HESS, Leigh: KNNS, 1995-96. Leigh was a college/university instructor of communications at Cal State University Dominguez Hills and CSU Fullerton. He's now retired.
Leigh was asked for any memories of the John Kennedy assassination: "I'd already worked in radio, including 'radio news' for about 3 1/2 years by 1963, and had just re-entered undergraduate school at Washington State University, following in the footsteps of Edward R. Murrow. I was a freshman at 'WAZZU' in November when the word of JFK's assassination swept the campus. Naturally, it was the ONLY topic of conversation, both off the air and on the air at KWSU AM [the WSU 'campus' radio station]. And, I so well remember how ALL the nation's television networks voluntarily stopped airing anything of a commercial nature for the duration of the week or so following JFK's assassination, and the equally unbelievable LIVE broadcast of Jack Ruby's shooting and killing of Lee Harvey Oswald. And, to this day, I'm a firm believer that it was through the process of the nation virtually 'holding hands together' via broadcast that we got through what happened without any type of civil unrest. Broadcasting was THAT important at that time."
HESSLER, Fred: KMPC, 1953-83. Fred was the "Voice of the Bruins" for 23 years and it came to an end in 1983 when an Eastern sports packager bought the radio and tv rights to UCLA sports. He was also host of KMPC's "Sports at Six" where he won six Golden Mike awards.
A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Fred got his first job in radio in 1941 at WHBL-Sheboygan. The station was owned by the local newspaper where he originally applied, however, the only opening was at the station. He did University of Wisconsin football and basketball. While working, he got in three years of college. Fred is an ex-Air Force officer. He was a navigator for a while, then joined Armed Forces Radio Service. Discharged a captain after World War II, he moved to the L.A. market, catching sports assignments where he could.
He joined KMPC in 1953, doing major league baseball re-creations and Rams football. He became the voice of the Bruins in 1960. He recalled his football highlight for Larry Stewart in the LA Times - it was the 1965 football season, when the Bruins, led by Gary Beban, came from behind to beat USC and then upset Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
After been ceremoniously dropped, his sports buddies (also Gene Autry, John Wooden, Terry Donahue) threw a surprise luncheon to cheer him up. He was a little embarrassed, according to the LA Times, but he enjoyed it. "They all said what a decent, honest, clean-living man he was. Former KMPC disc jockey Gary Owens joked: 'Fred leads such a clean life that one time he was drowning and Pat Boone’s life flashed in front of him.'”
Fred retired from radio on December 31, 1983. He passed away in 1993.
HESTON, Guy: KSUL, KNAC, KWIZ AM & FM. After a brief but wonderful time in LARadio, including The Programme Shop and Filmways Radio, Guy spent 30 years at Long Beach Transit, most recently as the chief operating officer.
"I'm currently living the happy retired life in Las Vegas," he said.
HEWITT, Hugh: KFI, 1990-95; KIEV/KRLA, 2000-22. Hugh contributes to the KCET/Channel 28 nightly PBS show Life & Times. On July 10, 2000, Hugh took over mornings at KRLA and now works early morning. His show is syndicated on close to 100 stations. In addition to his daily morning drive show on Salem Radio Network, Hewitt is a regular panelist on Meet the Press and in 2017 joined The Washington Post as a regular opinion columnist. Washington Post editorial page editor Fred Hiatt comments, “Hugh is one of the most influential and intelligent conservatives in political media, simultaneously thoughtful and provocative. It’s essential to us that we offer readers a range of views, and we’re thrilled that Hugh has agreed to join our diverse team.”Professor Hugh Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995. He has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
In a 2006 profile of Hewitt for The New Yorker, the dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism told his readers that Hewitt was “the most influential conservative you have never heard of.” Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General. Since returning to California in 1989 to oversee the construction of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Hewitt has served as a member of the California Arts Council, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Orange County Children and Families Commission.
Hewlitt, Bill: KBIG, 1998. Unknown.
Hiam, Joey: KMAX, 1995; KWNK, 1996-97; KIIS/AM, 1997. Unknown.
HIATT, Amy: KEZY, 1982-84; KTWV, 1988-2000. Amy left Smooth Jazz, "the Wave" in December 2000.
Amy was born and raised in Los Angeles and grew up listening to the "Boss Jocks" on KHJ. "Because of my strong love of music, I always knew I wanted to be on the radio. My father said, 'If you still want to pursue this after getting your college degree, you have my blessings.'" So that's what she did.
Amy graduated from UCLA and started as an intern at KHJ. Her on-air career began at KDES-Palm Springs, and then she went on to Phoenix before arriving at KEZY to do mornings and be md. Her former Sunday evening show of new music on KTWV, the "Listening Room," won a medal at the New York Festival of Radio. Amy's been back to KDES a couple of times "because of my love for the desert where I hope to retire." A big animal lover with three rabbits and a cat, Amy has started pursuing a career in voiceover work.
HICKLIN, Jim: KMPC, 1966-73. Jim was the traffic helicopter pilot who replaced Capt. Max Schumacher, who was killed when two helicopters collided over Dodger Stadium on August 30, 1966.
On April 2, 1973, Jim was killed in his stateroom aboard the cruise ship Princess Italia moments before the ship was to sail on a vacation trip to Mexico. He was killed by a crazed listener who told Jim he would kill him. Jim made the mistake of telling on the air where he was going on vacation. Jim was 34 years old. KMPC aired his funeral services live. The murderer was later sentenced to life for the crime and died in prison.
At 18 years old, Jim was the youngest licensed commercial helicopter pilot in the county. He began flying at age 14, soloed at 16, and got his regular flight license at age 17. After moving to Hawaii, he owned and operated a large helicopter charter service and flight school on the island of Oahu, with his pilot wife Dolly at his side as vice president. In Hawaii he worked for KHVH-AM news radio, where he covered traffic and shark reports. At least twice during this period, he maneuvered his helicopter just feet over the water and used the air generated by the rotors to edge becalmed sailboats away from reefs and back towards shore. When he spotted sharks near surfing areas, he’d alert the surfers, contact police and the rescue squad, then “buzz” the sharks to frighten them away.
By 1966 he was flying for KMPC’s “Airwatch” reporting traffic. From his Hawaiian years onwards, Hicklin frequently flew for photographers and filmmakers. He worked on such tv shows as Mannix and Ripcord. He took flying assignments for geological explorations, fire fighting surveys for the US Forest Service, and general arial photography.
HICKS, Joe: KFI, 2006-09. Joe was a community activist who had a weekend show at KFI. He died August 28, 2016, at the age of 75.
"A man of his times, he had been a Black Panther in his youth, but shifted right as he grew older, suffering the brickbats you might expect from old comrades even though he served as Greater Los Angeles director of Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Council," wrote Roger Simon of PJ Media. "If someone embodied the best of the civil rights movement through the years, I can't think of anyone the equal of Joe. Through everything that has happened to us, black and white, Joe managed to preserve the true goal of racial equality and integration, devoid of cant and race-baiting. He was one of the guardians of the true dream of MLK. BlackLivesMatter was not for this ex-Panther. But he was so much more than an activist. He was what we used to call "a cool guy," someone you wanted to hang with."
HIDEO, DJ: KKBT. DJ Hideo died April 24, 2010, of colon cancer. He was 42. He discovered the cancer in the stage 4 phase in 2009. He left behind his 13 year old daughter. Pinoytutorial.com reports that on the day of his death he was still able to post a blog on his site saying that he was checked back into Mission Hospital in Orange County because of feeling weak but assured that he had stable vitals. Hideo worked for the Steve Harvey Morning Show and John Salley’s short-lived Block Party show.
Hider, Ed: KDAY, 1969-70; KFI, 1974-77. When radio ran out for Ed, he turned to comedy writing, most notably for The Dean Martin Show.
HIGGINS, Haagan: KMGG, 1985-86; KLAC, 1989-90; KZLA, 1990-97. Haagan was found dead in his apartment June 12, 2009. He was 59. "Haagan had been ill for quite some time," emailed Patt Gavin, executor of Higgins' estate. "His diabetes was getting worse, and it had caused major problems with his circulation. Apparently, his body simply stopped functioning. When Meals on Wheels knocked at his door last Friday, he didn't answer. They contacted the building manager who called the police. When the police went inside, they found him dead." Gavin asked the coroner if they had a cause of death, but they don't have anything specific. "Since there wasn't any reason to suspect foul play, I don't think they plan on conducting an autopsy. He died of natural causes."
Born in Patuxent, Maryland, Haagan left with his parents at the age of 2 weeks, and he never went back. Working in radio, he was living out his high school dream. Haagan went to Don Martin's broadcast school in Hollywood in 1968 and every morning listened to Robert W. Morgan, who became his inspiration. In school he would use lines he heard Robert use earlier in the morning. When Haagan arrived to work at "Magic 106," he discovered that his idol was there, and his dream came full circle.
Before he got to L.A., he worked at KFYE (“Y-94”) and KYNO-Fresno. He spent time at Unistar for a year after KMGG changed formats. In 1987, Haagan got burned out with radio and became a headwaiter for a private club in Beverly Hills. He returned to radio in 1989 and did weekends at Country-formatted KZLA.
HILBURN, Lincoln: KPOL, 1965-68; KLAC, 1968-69. Lin was the evening Talk show host at KLAC during the Joe Pyne days.
The 70s tv Police Woman starring Angie Dickinson was based on an original screenplay by Lincoln. The series revolves around Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson, an undercover police officer working for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department.
Lin is deceased.
Hildreth, Howard: KGIL, 1967-75; KNJO, 1968-69. Howard's retired, playing lots of tennis, and living in Arroyo Grande.
HILL, Austin: KYMS, 1987-93; KZLA, 1993-2001. Austin filled in on talk stations all over the country. He died November 13, 2015, of cardiac issues. He was 51.
Born in Santa Ana in 1964, Austin began his radio career while in high school at KVPR-Fresno. After high school Austin moved on to KYNO/fm-Fresno, and KSLY/fm in San Luis Obispo, where he also earned his bachelor's degree in English at Cal Poly State University. In 1987 he joined KHTY-Santa Barbara and later that year returned to his native Orange County to do mornings on Christian music formatted KYMS. In 1990 he began co-hosting a syndicated talk show, which aired locally on KKLA, and continued through 1996. While at KZLA, Austin attended graduate school part time and earned a Master's Degree in Philosophy of Ethics at Biola Unviversity in La Mirada. In 1999, Steve Allen's "Excellence In Media" Foundation of Hollywood granted Austin the "International Silver Angel Award," for his producing and hosting of the KZLA public affairs talk show "Pathways." In April of 1999 Austin moved to Phoenix, to do talk radio full-time.
HILL, James: KZLA, 1986-91; KYSR, 1992-94; KFWB, 1995-96. The former morning sports anchor on all-News KFWB worked as Jim Bridges at KZLA and KYSR. James became the lead anchor for ABC's WOLO-Columbia, South Carolina.
Hailing from Idaho, James was the morning sports anchor on all-News KFWB until late 1996. He was educated at Gonzaga State, Boise State, Florida State and San Francisco State Universities. “I come from a family steeped in broadcast history. My father built a radio station in my grandmother’s backyard when I was 13, then became a self-taught consulting engineer who built stations all over the Northwest before dying along with my mother when their private plane crashed in 1979. I am proud to carry on their legacy, working full-time for some of the finest organizations in a variety of roles since my early teens, and part-time since long before.”
James has been a dj in San Francisco at KFRC, K101, KPEN and KCBS. He was Jim Bridges at KZLA and KYSR. James also hosted the nationally syndicated radio feature “Country Calendar.” On tv, James hosted Truckin’ USA and Dancin’ at the Hot Spots on TNN; Homebodies on The Learning Channel; and Ski International in syndication. James was one of the initial anchors at E! Entertainment Television, and most recently anchored at WFOR/TV, the CBS affiliate in Miami, before returning to L.A. to anchor National Enquirer TV. Film credits include Birdcage, Bullworth, Corky and Up Close and Personal.
Hill, Paul: KNOB, 1955-57; KLFM, 1961-62. Paul is plant manager for Knurr USA in South Carolina.
Hill, Richard: KABC, 1997. Rick was the anchor for The Sunday Morning News on WBAP News Talk 820, Fort Worth/Dallas. He later became public information director of the city of Dallas and had since has retired. "The best Christmas present I ever got as a kid was a three-speed, Western Flyer, English Racer bicycle when I was 9. Christmas morning came, and I got presents, but no English Racer. After a minute, I was convinced I wasn’t getting it; then I looked up to see my older brother wheeling it in. I still remember the clicking sound the tires made across our hardwood floors. The worst? A fruitcake I got as an adult from a well-meaning relative. I used it as a doorstop for several years."
Hillery, Jeff: KDAY, 1973; KFWB, 1973-75; KIIS, 1981; KABC, 1981; KRLA, 1982; KHJ, 1982-85. Jeff was pd at KLIF-Dallas. He's now communications director at Senate Republican Caucus and communications director at Texas Senate.
HILLIKER, Jim: KNOB, 1979-80; KYMS, 1979-85. Jim is a Los Angeles radio historian. He lives in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz area.
Born in Madison, Wisconsin, in 1955, Jim moved to Santa Maria in 1957 where he would imitate local radio and tv announcers. "I listened to all the stations, whether they played MOR or rock and roll." Jim's family moved to Anaheim in 1965 and when asked what he wanted to do, Jim invariably said, "be on the radio." Jim majored in radio/tv broadcasting at Fullerton College, and worked on the campus station, 10-watt KBPK. "It was good training, but it was nothing like the 'real world.'" After graduation from Cal State Fullerton in 1979, Jim worked weekends at KNOB, then full time at KYMS in 1980. "I started as a board-op running taped shows and live talk shows and was an overnight dj on weekends. A couple of years later, after some management changes, I became a newscaster."
Jim moved to Monterey. "I got a weekend overnight air shift at KWAV and then a news job at KTOM FM/AM. In 1987 I was the first radio reporter on the scene to cover the Pebble Beach fire, which destroyed more than 35 homes. I left KTOM in March 1989 and worked morning news at KOCN-Pacific Grove. Clear Channel purchased the station in 1997. Jim became deeply interested in the early history of Los Angeles radio in 1982. "I was listening to a talk show on KMPC, hosted by Bill Pearl. He was discussing the meanings of some of the call letters of L.A. stations. That led me look up the history of the 87 or so AM station licenses.
HINES, Craig: KIQQ, 1973; KGIL, 1976-77; KBIG, 1988-90. Craig died April 8, 2022, at the age of 70. He has been living with MS for a number of years. After his radio career, Craig became a computer consultant and voiceover actor in the Los Angeles area. He owned DuTel Communications and retired to Lompoc.
Known as "Hurricane Hines" during some of his radio stops, Craig grew up along the Central California coast in Lompoc and Morro Bay. He started in radio at KNEZ-Lompoc at age 15. Between semesters at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, Craig helped launch WDRQ-Detroit.
In the mid-1970s, when he left Southern California the first time, he went to program KMBY-Monterey. He spent a few years programming WMBR/WSNY-Jacksonville, beginning in 1977. Craig came back to Southern California in 1984 to work for the Transtar Radio Network as director of programming/operations for the five satellite-delivered radio formats until 1987. Craig hosted several nationally syndicated radio shows for Westwood One and Transtar/Unistar.
He started doing middays at KBIG and moved to afternoon drive, until he left radio in late 1990.
Hinkle, John J.: KTYM, 1969-99. John passed away June 4, 1999. The Pastor of Christ Church in Los Angeles gained national attention when he predicted that the rapture would occur on June 9, 1994.
HINSON, Don: KDAY, 1969-70; KFOX, 1972; KLAC, 1979-84; KBBQ, 1991; KLAC, 1991-93. Don died November 2, 2011, at his home in Branson, Missouri, where he lived for the last 13 years of his life. He was 76.
Don was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on June 21, 1935. As time passed he began to acquire more than his share of frustrations and soon became a neurotic. Don said he learned to have fun with his frustrations and saw the funny side of things. He spent two years of college in Miami, Oklahoma. “I wasn’t much of a scholar, so I started working clubs as a comic.”
In 1960, Don could be heard on KTLN-Denver. He was named “King of the Truckers.” At KLAC during his all-night shift, Don’s "Phantom 5-70 Club" had more than 8,000 truckers who were members. He commented at the time, "My audience enables me to play more traditional country music, and this is the time period when we focus on it."
He developed a cast of characters: The Reverend Ginkfingdingler Sophie and Breadsacker Leroy Lipmusic, just to mention two. While at KLAC, the Country station was strong. Don was cited by the City of Los Angeles for his work with the Walk of Western Stars and for his contributions, he was presented the Bronze Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council.
Don left KLAC in late 1993 with the format change from Country to satellite-fed Unistar's AM Only format. Don was a "country flavored" comedian who opened for various country artists while living in Branson. He had a syndicated show called “The Branson Minute.
HIRSCH, Carl: KJOI, 1985-89. Carl suffered a heart attack on February 18, 2011. He was 64. In 1985, Carl purchased KJOI (98.7fm) for a then-record $44 million and sold it for $79 million four years later.
Hirsch’s legacy was begun in Cleveland. John Gorman, a Cleveland friend, programmer and consultant, calls Hirsch "the driving force in the success of WMMS-Cleveland (the legendary ‘Buzzard’), Z100-New York, WMJI-Cleveland, and other Malrite, Legacy and OmniAmerica radio properties over three decades."
He received an honorary doctorate from Kent State and served on boards for the National Association of Broadcasters and Radio Advertising Bureau. He was inducted into the Cleveland Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
Hirsch, David: KEZY, 1980-83; KMET, 1984-87; KTWV, 1987-91; KBLA, 1991-92. Since 1992 David has been the owner and editor of The Lifestyle Information Service - a radio prep service with over 100 subscribers and over 1,600 continuous daily issues.
HIRSCH, Patricia: KGIL/fm, 1976-81. Pat was a graduate of the KIIS School of Broadcasting and started out as the first female dj at KGOE. She went on to be news director at KGIL/fm. Later, she joined KMCD-Fairfield, Iowa as public affairs director for Maharishi University of Management.
Currently she lives in Portland and has written a book, Send Lite to Every Fear; The Everyday Hero's Litany.
HOBERMAN, Ben: KABC, 1960-79, gm. The former gm at KABC and the founder of the Talk radio format in Los Angeles, passed away May 3, 2014. He was 91. Ben put his indelible mark on the history of LA Radio when, in 1960, he turned KABC into an all-Talk format.
In 1960, KABC was a little bit of this and a little bit of that until Hoberman made the bold move to launch an all-Talk concept. George Green started at KABC when the programming was, at best, described as a hodgepodge. The station was playing music and presenting network programming, such as The Breakfast Club hosted by Don McNeil. With few competing AMs, and fm virtually nonexistent in the ratings, KABC was still in the middle of the pack. Green was part of a five man sales staff when Ben Hoberman, from New York’s WABC would soon be arriving in Los Angeles to manage the station.
Hoberman’s arrival heralded a major shakeup at KABC. He announced to his staff that the station was going to try something very different – KABC would be an all-Talk station. No music, all talk 24 / 7. “I remembered my first reaction was pure astonishment,” recalled Green. “All talk....no music...how can you sell that?”(Thanks to John Rook for the photo of Ronald Reagan and Ben Hoberman)
“WOR (New York) and KMOX (St. Louis) had some talk programming, but KABC would be the first all-Talk station in the U.S. The entire sales staff, if not everyone else at the station, wondered how we were going to sell this new format.” It didn’t take long before the uniqueness of this new thing called “talkradio” became apparent.
Ben left KABC in 1979 to become president of ABC Radio. He resigned in 1985 and talked to KABC morning team of Ken Minyard and Bob Arthur about his resignation. ABC and Capital Cities Communications were merging and it looked like Cap Cities would be running the day to day operation.
Hoberman was one of the highest-ranking ABC veterans to exit after the merger. While being lauded by Wall Street as the single biggest media merger in U.S. history, the consolidation cost several hundred employees of both companies their jobs. It has also forced the sell-off of a number of radio and tv stations.
During his last six years with ABC Ben lived in New York and ran the network's radio division, which controlled ABC's six specialized satellite radio networks, six AM stations and six FM stations, as well as such syndicated programs as Casey Kasem's American Top 40.
Born Bernard G. “Ben” Hoberman on July 21,in 1922, the native of Minnesota began his radio career after graduating from high school. He started at a small radio station in Hibbing as an announcer and salesman.
When World War II broke out, Ben joined Armed Forces Radio in London, and was eventually commissioned. He was put in charge of the First Army’s mobile radio station during the Normandy invasion. At the end of his military career, Ben was in charge of all Armed Forces Network outlets in Britain and France.
When Ben retired as ABC Radio president, he had been with ABC for 36 years, first at WXYZ/TV in Detroit and then as general manager at WABC-New York.
HODEL, Terry: KPFK, 1969-99. Terry was a 30-year veteran with Pacifica station KPFK. She lost her courageous battle with cancer on March 17, 1999. She was best known for being the "voice" of the KPFK calendar of events for many years, as well as being the producer of the science fiction radio show she started with her husband, Mike Hodel. The radio, "Mike Hodels Hour 25," continues in honor of Mike who passed away in 1986. Terry was passionate about many things, said her longtime friend Suzanne Gibson of South Pasadena, but two of the things that meant the most to her were the continuation of her KPFK show "Hour 25," and the subject of literacy. Terry was born July 15, 1937, in Milwaukee. She was 61 years old at the time of her death.
HODGES, Scott: KHJ, 1970. Scott lives in Louisiana and nominee for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame, found LARadio.com and has updated his interesting journey and his challenge of re-inventing himself.
In 1964 he enlisted in the Navy and after training in San Diego, and Great Lakes Naval Station outside Chicago, he was assigned to AFRS, Rota, Spain. “AFRS was a thousand watt fm station that boomed all the way to Italy and North Africa,” emailed Scott. “We played good old American rock ‘n roll.”
In 1968, Scott returned to his home in Shreveport and began his 34-year commercial radio career at KEEL as a disc jockey. He went on to WTIX-New Orleans, KTSA- San Antonio, and WBAP-Fort Worth.
"In 1970, I was hired by Art Kevin to work as a weekday reporter and weekend anchor at 93/KHJ,” Scott continued. “By the time I got there, things had changed and I ended up working for Lyle Kilgore, right alongside J. Paul Huddleston and Bob Lee, and across from the likes of Robert W. Morgan, and The Real Don Steele, not to mention Humble Harve. On weekends I was across the window from Shadoe Stevens.”
A year later, family issues prevailed and he went to work at KLIF-Dallas followed by news director position at KUUU-Seattle and then nd at ‘99x’ (the old WOR/fm) in New York for Paul Drew.
“New York City sidewalks didn’t fit my feet so after a year I moved back to Seattle and shortly thereafter moved south to Tacoma where I worked for Don Chapman at KMO, a Country music station. I used the ‘on-air’ name of Tucker Simpson. Again, family issues brought me back south where I became nd at KNUS-Dallas. During my one year stint at KNUS I actually commuted back and forth to Shreveport, where I was home on the weekends and in Dallas during the week.”
Scott had a heart attack, which knocked him out of radio for a while. “After 34 years I got out of radio and into industrial commodity sales in my home town of Shreveport. When the economy went south, my situation changed and I found a need for reinvention, so I hooked up with The Radio Group and now broker radio time so I can provide morning drive news for two (2) of the five (5) TRG stations.
Scott covered some incredible events during his career as a reporter. He was there for the 1969 The Clay Shaw/Kennedy Assassination Conspiracy trial in New Orleans; covered the Charles Manson/Tate La Bianca murder trial in 1970; and President Jimmy Carter’s last European Economic Summit in 1980.
HODSON, Jim: KYMS, 1982-85. Jim has an active voiceover career doing movie trailers and he's the announcer on many tv shows, including Divorce Court. He is is a voiceover actor and television host, as well as a director/editor. Jim co-created and co-hosted the seminal music video show Real Videos in 1984 which went on to run for over 25 years. He also created the music video series Videosyncrasy on the Family Channel, which he also hosted.
Jim grew up in Orange and developed his love for radio, acting and broadcasting in high school. He attended Orange Coast College and while in school was a TBN cameraman and "hung out" at KYMS until he was hired to do overnights. He eventually moved to morning drive at age 22.
"I had a lot of fun doing morning drive. I was probably the first to do drop-in bits and voices on Christian radio." Jim went on to host Real Videos on TBN and then became a music video jock on the Family Channel. He's very successful acting and doing voice work. Back to radio? "I'm not pursuing radio now. I'm very busy with my commercial work and acting."
HOEHN, Arthur: XERB, 1966-67. Arthur worked with Wolfman Jack at the "X" as "Fat Daddy" Washington. He died March 12, 2011, at the age of 72.
Arthur began his radio career at the student station for St. John's University. A year after working with Wolfman, Arthur returned to his alma mater to join what became MPR's flagship station. Hoehn worked at MPR for 40 years. He retired in 2002.
In 2010, he was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He was best known for his 12-year stint as host of the nationally syndicated overnight classical show "Music through the Night." With his velvety tones, exhaustive musical knowledge, and quirky sense of humor, Hoehn was perfect for the job.
HOFFMANN, Gary: KFI, 2004-22. Gary was a reporter/anchor at KFI and he hosted a Sunday morning show. In early 2014, he took over the 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. weekday slot prior to Bill Handel at KFI. In October 2015 he joined Shannon Farren for middays.
Gary was born and raised in Petaluma, the Chicken Farming and Wristwrestling Capitol of the World. He started working in radio while in college at Chico State, learning how to balance the benefits of college life (beer) with the responsibility of employment (early morning radio job). It was while in college he discovered his true family roots, finding an autographed copy of "Mein Kampf" in his grandfather's book collection. After working in Chico for four years, he moved to Sacramento to work for a couple of years at KFBK. He won some award there. Sacramento was too hot, so Seattle came calling. He was a reporter and anchor at KOMO radio for six years.
HOFFMAN, Steve: KLOS, 1985-88; KQLZ, 1989-90; KSWD, 2013. After 14 years programming KCAL-Riverside, Steve stepped down in late summer of 2012 to practice law. He did weekends at 100.3/The Sound. He's now program director at Hot AC KVGS (Star 107.9) and apd of Urban AC KOAS (Jammin' 105.7) in Las Vegas.
Steve grew up in Los Angeles and got started as gm at UCLA's campus station, KLA. When he left "Pirate Radio" in 1990 he went to KKBB-Bakersfield in afternoon drive and pd and later became pd of XHRM-San Diego. Steve has been vp at Hitmakers magazine and associate editor at R&R. Following a brief stop at KLLC-San Francisco in 1996, he went to KEDG-Las Vegas in late summer as "Supreme Godhead of the Space-Time Continuum." Steve concluded, "As you can tell, we're not well here."
Hoffman, Walt: KNX, 1966-85. Walt is doing commercials and voiceover industrial work.
HOFMANN, Don: KDAY, 1968. Don was writing, working part-time and teaching in Monterey until he died on June 7, 2019, at the age of 89.
Don was born in Chicago on February 15, 1930. He grew up in Wichita, Kansas where he attended Kansas State and earned a degree in Communications. After completing a tour in the Armed Radio Forces Radio Broadcasting in Okinawa, Japan, Don and his family relocated to the Monterey Peninsula. He became the Program Director at KMBY 1240 AM located in the Historic Bear Flag building on Cannery Row in 1962.
Don's broadcasting career led him to larger radio markets such as Los Angeles, Seattle and San Francisco. He returned to the Monterey Peninsula as general manager of KMBY/fm in 1980 for a slower pace in life. He returned and was a substitute teacher for the Salinas Unified, the Carmel Unified and the Pacfic Grove Unified School Districts during the 90's and early 2000 years. Don rarely missed a Monterey Jazz Festival performance weekend.
HOGAN, Rich: KIIS, 1980-81; KWST/KMGG, 1981-85; KBZT/KLSX, 1986. Rich owns a photography studio in Hollywood. "I got a part-time job at KIIS the day I got into town.” Rich spent the 1970s working mostly in his hometown of Albany at a series of stations and in Washington, DC. He arrived in the Southland from WMYQ-Miami. During his stay at “K-West,” the call letters were changed to KMGG. “I saw tons of people come and go ... jocks, news, sales, management, production ... the works.” Rich was the first jock when Classic Rock went on the air at KLSX.
After a successful radio career in the 1980s, Rich successfully pivoted to a bright career when he opened a photography studio in the building at Hollywood and Vine. "I do many dj photos. He shot all the personalities at KRLA, KSLX [Rich was the first jock when the station went Classic Rock] and KPWR," Rich enthused. Some of the "Power 106" billboards were done by Rich and is there a more eye-catching board than the KPWR 400-pound morning man Big Boy sprawled naked except for a towel, or is it a beach towel?
"I did 50 jocks at Westwood One. As a kid growing up in Upstate New York, he loved photography. He walked around with a camera around his neck and all the girls wanted their picture taken by Rich. "I was also fascinated with tv and electronics. I would buy old tv's and fix them up. I have no idea why I wasn’t electrocuted sticking my screwdriver in those tv sets. At 14 I was a director at the local educational tv station and figure that I would have been a director if I grew up in Southern California."
Hogenraad, Carolyn: KOST, 1994-96; KSBR, 1994-96; KEZY/KXMX, 1996-99. Carolyn is affiliated with Passion Life Church.
Hokum, John: KABC. John retired from the KABC sales department in the early 1990s.
Holiday, Dolly: KMET, 1967. Dolly was part of the all-female format at KMET. Unknown.
HOLIDAY, Megan: KROQ 2016-22. After interning at 91X for a year, Megan moved back to the Bay Area and started at KITS/LIVE 105-San Francisco in 2010 as a sidekick.
In 2011, she worked weekends and then full-time nights, middays and then Megan And Menace In The Morning.
In 2013, she took off two years from radio. She calls them "the lost years."
In 2016, she joined KROQ as a fill-in jock, then weekends, then full-time nights. She also voicetracks the midday show at KITS/Alt 1053-San Francisco. "Life is a trip man." She is now syndicated and heard in other Entercom markets with the Alternative format.
HOLLAND, Brad: KFOX, 1982. Brad was the head basketball coach at the University of San Diego.
John was born December 5, 1956. He played basketball for four seasons at UCLA (from 1975 to 1979) and was the 14th player taken in the first round of the 1979 NBA draft by the LA Lakers. He served as a member of the 1980 NBA L.A. Lakers championship team. After his playing career was over, he was the University of San Diego head basketball coach until March 2007.
He graduated in 1979 from UCLA with a B.A. degree in sociology.
Holland served as an assistant coach at UC Santa Barbara during the 2008–2009 and 2009–2010 seasons. On April 28, 2010, Holland left UCSB to accept a position as Chief Professional Officer of the Carlsbad Boys and Girls Club.
HOLLANDER, Joel. Many feel Joel was a perfect #2 to Mel Karmazin at CBS.
Hollander began his radio career in sales in the early-1980s under Karmazin’s tutelage and it was Karmazin who tapped Hollander to succeed him as Westwood One’s ceo but on his own he was not the visionary to lead the company into a new age of terrestrial radio that has its share of competitors with Satellite Radio, iPods, cell phones, Internet, et al. Hollander was late to the party with streaming, an obstacle to the new ratings gathering procedure with the People Meter, letting Howard Stern stay on the air for 14 months while Howard was bashing his own company and promoting his new home at Sirius, and a failed branding attempt with Free FM. Another charge against Hollander includes the unnecessary dismantling of legendary Oldies stations in New York and Chicago. And with 14 months to find a replacement for Stern, he cobbled-together three replacements for the two-dozen CBS stations carrying Stern (David Lee Roth, Rover and Adam Carolla), who failed to keep any meaningful percentage of the Stern ratings.
HOLLIDAY, Sie: KRLA, 1962-76; KMPC, 1976-78. Sie was one of the first women to spin records in the early days of Top 40. She died June 23, 2006, at the age of 75, from small cell lung cancer (she quit smoking over 30 years ago).
Born Shirley Schneider in Giddings, Texas, her first radio work was doing book reviews as a teenager in 1948. She received a degree in broadcasting from the University of Texas and worked in radio and tv on the Texas Gulf Coast and Rio Grande Valley before moving to California. Her first full-time Top 40 dj shift was at KDEO-San Diego in 1959. (Photo of Sie from 1962)
Sie worked at KRLA from 1962-76 and then two years with 710/KMPC. During Sie's stint at KRLA, she had a Sunday night show and was the traffic supervisor. She played Daphney on all the Emperor Hudson skits as part of Hudson's commandos. Sie was an active participant on the award-winning "Credibility Gap News" and John Gilliland's "Pop Chronicles." At KRLA she worked morning drive with the distinction of not only being the first female jock in L.A., but also the first to work morning drive. When KRLA abandoned live personalities and went automated in early 1976, Sie and most of the other jocks were let go. James Brown of the LA Times wrote: "She was one of the first women to take any kind of broadcasting foothold on L.A. rock radio."
Sie was born November 10, 1930. When her L.A. radio stint came to an end, she returned to the Lone Star State in 1978 and lived as Shirley Schneider in Wichita Falls, where she cared for her mother. She worked for several years in real estate before she retired. She was active in local theatre, both acting and directing
Hollier, Vincent: KMPC, 1995-96. Vincent did a weekend computer show at KMPC. Unknown.
HOLLIS, Gary: KJQI/KOJY, 1993-94; KKGO, 1990-2000; KMZT, 2000-06; KGIL, 2010-11; KMZT, 2011-14. The versatile actor who has appeared in Kindergarten Cop, Columbo and Hill Street Blues, worked middays at Classical KMZT until a format change. He joined Retro 1260/KGIL for middays in November 2010. and stayed at 1260AM when the format flipped back to Classical in April 2011.
Gary died in June 29, 2014 from Pancreatic cancer. He was 73.
Garygrew up in . “We lived near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin , and we visited there quite often," said Gary when interviewed for LARadio People. "I played violin. My mother would awaken me to the Taliesin School classical music station, where I began my love for the music. Chicago Garylived in for 18 years and studied to be an actor. “I finally made it to Broadway in the musical Raisin, which starred Debbie Allen, among others. I was one of the singing Hitlers in the movie version of The Producers.” New York City
Early in his career,
achieved a dream by becoming an usher and valet to some of the world’s great musicians and conductors at Carnegie Hall. From there, Gary Garymoved on to become the assistant manager of ’s Philharmonic when it first opened. “I had the honor of escorting Jacqueline Kennedy backstage to meet Leonard Bernstein at the opening of Philharmonic Hall [now Avery Fischer Hall].” Lincoln Center
sailed around the world twice, working and entertaining on cruise ships. He lives in the Gary San Fernando Valley.“My interests range from astrology to bike riding and swimming. I swim a mile a day. I love to read when I have time, primarily non-fiction biographies. I love baseball, especially the Milwaukee Brewers, and I love the movies.”
Hollister, Jim: KABC. Unknown.
HOLLOWAY, Lee: KGIL, 1987-88; KABC, 1992-97. Lee is an internationally published author and currently at work on books to be published by Harper Collins.
Lee has been the trusted counselor of a celebrated diverse group of clients from all over the world, using a blend of her business experience and knowledge of astrology as unique tools to help others.
Born in Illinois, Lee grew up in Utah. She came to the Southland in the 1970s after many years as senior vp of a large conglomerate that ranged from manufacturing private label products and textile machines to custom snap-out printing forms. In her motivational seminars, classes and speaking engagements her business experience and people skills help her encourage people to risk and claim their hearts desire. "When my daughter hit puberty and the teens, I went running to a shrink." Her therapist referred Lee to an astrologer and she was hooked by the insight it provided in the personality and the cycles in individuals lives. "Like nature, our lives are made up of cycles, and when people tap those cycles and take personal responsibility for their life, personal power and effectiveness increase.”
HOLMES, Rick: KBCA, 1967-76; KJLH. Richard Arthur Holmes, Jr. (aka Rick), born in Knoxville, Tennessee on April 21, 1936. He went to school in Knoxvill before serving in the U.S. Navy.
Following the completion of his service, he moved to the Southland and graduated from the Don Martin Broadcasting School. Rick started his career at KBCA, a Jazz station owned by Saul Levine. His show became very popular and was coined "Rick's Affair," with his theme song Poinciana, an arrangement by Ahmad Jamal.
As was his style, he closed his show with quotes and poetry by Orson Welles. Richard was employed at KBCA from 1967 until 1976. While at KBCA Rick got married, had a daughter and he changed the name of his show to "Rick's Family Affair."
Richard moved to Stevie Wonder's KJLH for an evening show called "Holmes in your Home." Rick was a radio personality, Master of Ceremonies, an actor, and a spoken word recording artist. He worked with Ruth Dolphin at Dolphins of Hollywood, and Dooto's Records in South Central Los Angeles.
After leaving KJLH, Richard returned to Knoxville. He died August 21, 2015. Rick was 79.
Holston, Jim: KPSA, 1972-75; KPOL, 1986. Unknown.
Holt, Jim: KFI, 1969; KLAC, 1969-70; KGIL, 1971-73. Jim worked all-nights at KLAC. Unknown.
Holt, Lynn: KUSC, 1982-84; KFAC, 1985-88. Lynn hosted "Luncheon at the Met." She is now with Minnesota Public Radio.
Holt, Tony: KFAC, 1985-89. Tony hosted the "Evening Concert" at KFAC.
HOLZMAN, Matt: The producer behind several of KCRW’s popular programs, died April 1, 2020, of stage 4 metastatic cancer. He was 56.
Holzman was born in Long Beach on October 31, 1963, according to a story written by Sonaiya Kelley. He majored in computer science at UC Santa Barbara and upon graduation found work as a consultant in Chicago. Holzman got his start at KCRW as a board operator before making a shift to audio storytelling. One of his first stories was an autobiographical retelling of his struggles with kidney disease, which left him on dialysis for three days a week in a five-year long wait for a donor kidney.
He was the first producer of The Business, a weekly program and now podcast about the entertainment industry hosted by Kim Masters. “No one had a bigger heart. He had a great love for movies and even after he had moved on as producer he would tell us when to pay attention to a documentary. We always did and he was always right.”
HOOD, Dave: KRTH, 1993-94. Dave is a writer, director, producer, and actor. He is best known for his award winning entertaining and educational children's productions. He has been host of many travel oriented programs including PM Magazine and Tourific Destinations on the Discovery Channel.
Hood is most recognized as the co-creator, writer and star of Warner Bros. Real Wheels - There Goes a ... video series, a set of 25 children's videos which aimed to be both informative and entertaining. The series won a number of awards including the Parents' Choice Award
HORN, Jennifer: KRLA, 2018-22. Jennifer co-hosts the morning show at Salem's 870 The Answer.
She grew up in the radio business. In high school, Jennifer started working for her dad, Mike Horn, and CRN Digital Talk Radio. After getting a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Public Relations from California State University Northridge, Jennifer had the opportunity to take on fill-in host duties on CRN’s PM Show. Soon after, she caught the ear of nationally syndicated morning host, Doug Stephan. After two on-air try outs, Jennifer joined the Good Day show and served as co-host for eleven years.
In December 2013, Jennifer began fill-in duties on The Morning Answer, heard in Southern California on AM870 and AM590 The Answer. Finding a passion for politics, both locally and nationally, Jennifer launched her own program with local political activist Don Dix. The Jen and Don Show began airing on AM590 The Answer in January 2015.
Jennifer shared co-hosting duties with LA radio talent Brian Whitman until late 2020. She is a voiceover artist and has worked on several movies and commercials. She enjoys volunteering for important charitable foundations and political campaigns.
HORN, Mike: KBBQ, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972; KFOX, 1973; KFI, 1973-76; KRLA, 1976-80; KIEV, 1985-93; KFI, 1994-95; KIKF, 1996. Mike owns CRN Digital Talk Radio, servicing over 25 million listeners in 29 states.
Mike was a jock at KBBQ and at the original KROQ. He was news director at KRLA and worked Talk at KIEV and was the producer for “Sweet Dick” Whittington at KFI.
Mike always dreamed of owning his own radio station. In 1980 his active radio career expanded. Mike started his own company providing dance music for clubs all over the Southland. In 1983 an opportunity surfaced. "A cable company in Phoenix was looking for audio to place on their local ad channel." And that was the beginning of a revolutionary way to deliver radio – on the tv.
Born in Pasadena and raised in the San Fernando Valley, Mike had discussions with an executive of King Cable in the San Fernando Valley, which led Horn to program a Country music channel. This led to two other cable systems – Valley Cable and Falcon Cable. Originally hookups were done via phone lines, but that was expensive, so Horn infused more money and CRN would wind up growing following a switch to satellite. “Everyone thought this would not work and it would certainly not last. It was crazy,” Mike told Mike Kinosian at TALKERS magazine.
Horn loved faraway signals and he would listen to shortwave radio, and to terrestrial AM radio. He went to CSUN to become a Radio, TV, & Film major. His love of Country music served him well. When KBBQ became KROQ, I ended up with the Country music library. They were going to dump it and I grabbed it.” With the daunting task running CRN, the personality in Horn still resonates. He does a daily one-hour syndicated food, wine, travel program – What’s Cooking? In the afternoon he ends his days with The PM Show.
HOROWITZ, David: KGIL. The longtime consumer journalist, died February 14, 2019, at age 81. He had a radio show for a time on then news / talk KGIL. David was best known for his Emmy-winning tv program Fight Back! With David Horowitz that investigated defective products, advertising claims, plus confronted companies with customer complaints. Lloyd Thaxton produced Fight Back for many years.
“I don’t consider myself a consumer advocate,” Horowitz told the LA Times in 1988. “If you're on television you have to really be broadcasting in the public interest... but you also have to be objective. Yes, you can do a commentary and advocate certain issues if you feel that way, but I do a lot of stories where the consumer’s wrong, where they’re trying to rip off companies, too. I have to really walk that fine line in terms of being fair about something."
David was born June 30, 1937 in the Bronx and earned a bachelor’s degree from Bradley University in 1959. He went on to obtain a Master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University. Horowitz started out at newspapers and television stations in the Midwest. He became a writer for NBC's Huntley-Brinkley Report and held several other positions with the network before joining KNBC in 1973 as its consumer reporter.
Horowitz was a regular guest (and was parodied) on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson. He also appeared as himself on episodes of Silver Spoons, ALF, The Golden Girls and Saved by the Bell.
Horowitz, Sandy: KLYY, 1997-98. Sandy is getting a CPA at Cal State Long Beach.
HOTLEN, Allan: KJOI/KXEZ, pd; KYSR, pd. Allan arrived in the Southland from KSFO-San Francisco. He started at KJOI in 1984 and programmed the switch from Beautiful Music to Adult KXEZ. When he left the Southland he went to KOIT-San Francisco. In the spring of 1997 he was named gm of KOYT-San Francisco (formerly KPIX) and added KZQZ to his duties in 1998. Allan had previously run WPEN-Philadelphia, KKSA-Sacramento and WAYK and WSWF-Ft. Myers, WWZZ-Washington, DC.
Since 2003, Allan has been a principal at Creativity on Demand and he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
HOTT, Hudson: KYSR, 2018-22. Born and raised in New York City, Hudson began her wild and crazy broadcast career in Hawaii 15 years ago.
Prior to working in radio, she worked for Gucci and became one of the top sales associates in the country. She has also received various industry honors including: Hawaii’s Hale Aina Award for the “Best Morning Show,” and Honolulu Magazine’s “Best Morning Show.”
Along with her show on ALT 98.7, Hudson continues to host her morning show on Star 101.9 in Honolulu, Hawaii.
HOUSE, Gerry: KLAC/KZLA, 1986-87. Gerry was a Country radio icon in Nashville for decades. He retired from radio on December 15, 2010.
In early 2014, he published, Country Music Broke My Brain. Gerry is the recipient of ten Air Personality of the Year Awards from CMA, ACM, Billboard and the Gavin Report. He also won the 1992 Marconi Air Talent of the Year-All Formats. He worked on Premiere Radio Network. In the summer of 1987, Gerry moved to mornings at KZLA. That same year he was named Country Radio Air Personality of the Year and was lured back to “Twang Town” after the awards. He won again the following year while working for WSIX-Nashville. Gerry was the emcee for the 1993 Billboard Radio Awards. "I've published 20 songs through my new company, House Notes Music. A George Strait song went to #1." Gerry is a native of Independence, Kentucky and he holds the record for Air Personality of the Year awards from the CMA.
Howard, Andrew: SEE Karel & Andrew
HOWARD, Bob: KGFJ, 1970; KFWB, 1981-2009. Bob worked all night at all-News KFWB. He was laid off in March 2009 and died in the spring of 2020. By the looks of the testimonials on John Brooks’ Facebook group, “I Worked at KFWB,” Bob was loved by all.
Beginning in 1962, Bob studied Broadcasting and Communication at Los Angeles City College. In addition to two decades at all-News KFWB, Bob spent time at KGFJ. “His journalism skills, smiling face and kindness to all will be long remembered,” wrote Brooks.
Greg Tantum was Bob’s boss for part of his KFWB journey. “We were all blessed to have had Bob in our lives one or the other. As noted by others his professional skills rank with the best. His character, humanity and spirit even greater. Love you Bob.” His general manager Roger Nadel remembered: “Sincere condolences to Bob's family. Bob was a good broadcaster and a good man.”
“Such a sweet man,” wrote Penny Griego. “So sorry to hear he is gone, but I will always appreciate the help he gave me when I first started at KFWB.”
Victoria Easley-Randall got that phone call that we all hate when a colleague passes. “Needless to say he was absolutely one of the most incredibly awesome, zany, brilliant and wonderful folks to work with. He had a great sense of humor in addition to being an outstanding anchor.”
“So sad to hear. Bob was such a sweetheart with such a wonderful smile and laugh,” wrote former KFWB anchor Vicki Cox. “Loved working with him. I don’t think I ever saw him lose his temper or his cool. My prayers are with you Cheryln.”
HOWARD, Robert M.: KFWB, 1983-92. Howard was born May 30, 1924 and passed away on October 29, 2016. Born in Toledo, a small timber industry town on the Yaquina River in western Oregon, Bob spent his early years with his parents and brother Barney moving around the Willamette Valley in Oregon. When Barney and his mother, Louise, moved to Portland for Barney to attend High School, Bob remained near Elk City for two years to finish grade school, living and working with his maternal grandfather and grandmother, on their 140-acre farm. After moving to Portland after his grandfather’s death, Bob completed three years of high school before going to work as an acetylene burner at a shipyard in Portland, building Liberty Class ships in support of the WWII war effort. He married Esther in May of 1943, just before he went into the military. Bob joined the U. S. Army in June of 1943 and served with distinction in the European Theater until the spring of 1945, when he was severely wounded in combat at the Battle of Remagen, Germany. Pfc. Howard was awarded the Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badge (CIB), the Purple Heart, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with three (3) bronze Battle Stars and a number of associated awards and decorations. He served valiantly in the Battle of the Bulge, the Cologne Plain Campaign and the Bridgehead at Remagen before being wounded. Bob spent over eight months in Army hospitals in the United Kingdom and the United States before being discharged for disability in September 1945. Bob and Esther moved to Madison, Wisconsin where he attended the University of Wisconsin obtaining a BA in speech and communication. He, Esther and their son, Craig, moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where Bob began his career in Radio and Television. Bob had a morning tv show with Dick Van Dyke. Bob was the voice and straight man for Dick, who was in the very early stages of developing his comic genius. Bob worked as a disc jockey at WNEW, host of the ‘Milkman’s Matinee,’ in the late 50s and mid 60s. In late 1959, Bob and Esther divorced and Bob remarried. In the late 60s Bob did freelance work in radio and television advertising, doing both voice over and on camera work. In 1968 he became a newscaster for WINS Radio in New York, one of the first all news stations. He was at WINS from 1968 to 1983. Bob worked as a radio newscaster for KFWB in Los Angeles from 1983 to 1992. Retiring in 1992, Bob volunteered as a reader recording books for the blind with his deep and distinctive radio broadcasters voice. Bob moved with Amanda to Lee’s Summit, MO while she attended ministerial school. Bob moved to Orlando and lived with his daughter and her husband for the last four and a half years of his life. Bob struggled with increasing dementia for the last eight years of his life, but always maintained his gentle and kind personality, great sense of humor, and wit. He remained a wordsmith until near the end and always had his ‘announcers’ rich and impressive voice. Bob loved golf and played most of his life until the death of his wife. (from his obit)
HOWARD, Clark: KFI, 1998-2001; KLAC, 2001; KTLK, 2010-13; KEIB, 2014-20. Clark's syndicated consumer affairs show from Atlanta was heard early evenings at KTLK, the Progressive station until a format flip on January 1, 2014. Since then he was part of "The Patriot" on 1150 AM until ending his syndicated show at the end of 2020.
In 2015, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Howard, David: KLYY, 1997-2000; KTWV, 2000-04; KHHT, 2005-11. Dave was the general sales manager at "HOT 92.3." He's vp of sales for iHeartMedia.
HOWARD, Elston: KBLA, 2021-22. In early summer of 2021, Elston was tapped as the new president/general manager of KBLA, as well as president and ceo of Smiley Tavis Audio Me. KBLA Talk 1580 is set to be a progressive station.
A three decade seasoned radio executive, Butler has long been one of the market’s top leadership executives, most recently as market manager at KJLH, overseeing a staff of 53 employees.
Over the course of his broadcast media career, Butler has also been with ABC/Disney and iHeart Media. “I’m having a great run, but I’m not tired yet,” said Butler. “The eyes of the future are looking back at us, hoping and praying that we get it right this time. I have been in and around LA my entire life, and now more than ever in this moment of racial reckoning for America, I feel a deep responsibility to help put our city on the right track.”
Butler is a recipient of the National Salute to Black Achievers in Industry Award, co-founder of the Black College Expo and sits on the board of the Black Media Collective.
Howard, Greg: KGFJ/KUTE, 1980. The graduate of Princeton was gm at KGFJ/KUTE. Unknown.
HOWARD, Marv: KDAY, 1956-62; KBBQ, 1963; KHJ, 1963-77; KFI, 1977-82; KMPC, 1982-94. Marv was one of the premier news voices covering four decades in
Born Marvin Howard Fink and raised in
Los Angeles("I was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital which is now the Scientology building"), Marv went to the old . During his schooling he took many years of Spanish, which served him well in the Air Force. "I was sent to language school during the Korean War and studied cryptanalysis. I listened to Russian broadcasts to break the codes for U.S. Intelligence," said Marv when interview for Los Angeles Radio People. L.A. City College
Marv had a friend in the service who had gone to the
and when Marv was discharged he joined the school on a G.I. bill. "It sounded like lots of fun and they seemed to have a strong job placement opportunity. I knew I didn't want to work for the government." In 1956, after graduating from Martin's and obtaining his FCC 1st Class License, Marv became dj Mark Ford at KBIS-Bakersfield. Six months later he joined KDAY. "We went Top 40, actually 35, and I was the first to make out the record list. I traveled to the different one-stop record distributors and compiled the list." Don Martin Broadcast School
Marv stayed with KDAY until Rollins Broadcasting bought the station in 1962. He joined KMEN-San Bernardino and KBBQ briefly and started part-time at KHJ in 1963. When "Boss Radio" was launched everyone was fired. "I was called back to KHJ a few months later to cover the Watts Riots and stayed until 1977."
At KHJ Rambler sponsored his newscasts. "I figured it was as good a time as any to go into news." He dropped the name Mark Ford and became Marv Howard. "I left KHJ when a new pd came in and wanted to make the station more 'FMmy' and demanded that the news stories deal with concerts and activities of young people. I guess he felt I didn't fit in so he fired me." After five years as nd of KFI, Marv joined KMPC and worked with Robert W. Morgan and John McElhinney in morning drive. "This period at KMPC was the most joyful time. Mornings would just fly by."
Before his death was doing voiceover work and selling cars as "something to do."
He died of a massive brain hemorrhage on June 26, 2004. He was 72.
HOWELL, Deborah: KTWV, 2010-22. Deborah initially joined KTWV’s WAVE for weekends and fill-in. She now hosts afternoon drive.
Born in Minneapolis, she worked at several big-time stations: WNUR-Chicago, KTWN and WLOL-Minneapolis, and in New York at ‘HOT 97,’ KISS/fm and CD101.9. A golfer, Deborah has vacationed at the Phinda Private Game Reserve, South Africa. When asked her favorite thing about working at the WAVE: “It’s like driving a Lamborghini…a lush and sensual ride, with excellent people riding with you and the best audience in the world!”
Deborah loves being out of the snow. “When the full moon rises over the mountains in the canyon it is breathtaking. Seeing dolphins dancing in the surf on the way to the grocery store is also a pretty uplifting experience!”
HOWELL, Laurie: KNX, 1991-95; KLOS, 1995-97. Laurie is a writer/reporter for the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. Laurie was one of the weekend anchors on all-News KNX. In August 1995 she became the nd on KLOS’ "Mark & Brian Show."
Laurie grew up as a "military brat" living everywhere from Hawaii to Washington, DC where she attended high school. She went to Oklahoma State University "on a lark" and majored in communications. "I majored in communications with no real direction until a radio news director told me I would never make it in broadcasting. I've been working ever since." Laurie studied political science in graduate school at the University of Colorado. She drove to Los Angeles in 1991 from the nation's capitol with no money, no job prospects and everything she owned jammed in the back of a pickup truck. "KNX took a chance and hired me - within a month of my arrival. That's probably been my biggest break ever in the business." Laurie enjoys skiing, biking and roller blading.
HUANG, Josie: KPCC, 2012-22. Josie covers immigration and immigrant communities for KPCC. She came to KPCC from the Maine Public Broadcasting Network, where she was a reporter and co-host of the evening drive-time news show. She covered health care for the Portland (Me.) Press Herald/MaineSunday Telegram and before that worked at The Republican in Springfield, Mass. She’s reported from Honduras, Guatemala and coastal Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina.
While covering protests about the murder of two Sheriff’s officers in 2020, Josie was wrestled to the ground, then held down by five officers and arrested for obstruction of justice. Videos showed Huang wearing a press credential as well as repeatedly identifying herself as a reporter. The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and 64 media organizations sent their condemnation of the arrest. Although the charges were eventually dropped, L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva insisted Huang lacked proper press credentials, not identifying herself as a journalist, plus – this was quite interesting – the Sheriff’s stated that “the problem is [deputies] were not aware that [Huang] was a working reporter, and she’s yelling ‘KPCC, KPCC,’ but unfortunately, it’s not a household name.”
HUBBS, Kraig: KOST, 1983. Kraig worked for the Loma Linda Hospital in the Inland Empire.
HUDDLESTON, J. Paul: KFWB, 1961-65; KHJ, 1965-72; KROQ, 1972. John Paul was a newsman during the "Boss Radio" glory years. Paul worked in
for part of his news career. Canada
J. Paul was born in
and started out as a Fuller Brush salesman. His Southern roots played havoc with his accent broadcasting news. Art Kevin remembers: "In the early days of the civil rights movement he had trouble properly pronouncing the word negro. It came out 'nig-rah' and we had some calls from upset local black activists. I taped him and his Searcy, Arkansas ear couldn't hear it. I got him to agree that every time he'd see the word NEGRO on wire copy or did a re-write he could write KNEE-GROW. It worked!" Arkansas
In 1993, he was working in the financial business in
, where he died at age 62, due to complications of liver disease. San Antonio
HUDLER, Rex: KLAA. The Angels broadcaster hosted a weekend show on KLAA and was the play-by-play broadcaster from 1999-2009.
Rex Allen Hudler, born September 2, 1960 is a tv color commentator for the Kansas City Royals and a former Major League Baseball utility player who started for the New York Yankees. During his career, he was known primarily by the nickname "Wonderdog," after the character from the old Super Friends animated television series.
He was also known by the moniker "Bug Eater."
HUDSON, Bob: KHJ, 1979-80; KRLA, 1980-81; KABC, 1980-81. We all remember “Emperor Bob” Hudson who was voted one of the Top 10 djs for the period between 1957 and 1997. Did you know there was another Bob Hudson in L.A. radio? “It's my real name and I used it when I did news at KHJ in 1979 and 1980 and while doing fill-in at KRLA and KABC in '80 and '81,” said Bob.
“At KRLA, then-news director Jane Platt did ask me to go by Robert Hudson after I'd been on the air for a few days: seems folks were calling in asking why Emperor Bob was doing the news.” What is Bob up to now?
“Most of my 30 years in radio havesbeen spent in San Diego – most recently as part of the morning team at KPLN. “I got my first radio gig on Friday the 13th of March, 1970 at KKGF-Great Falls, Montana, so I've celebrated 30 years in what Larry Lujack once called the ‘lowest echelon of show biz.’”
“I was also a newspaper reporter and editor and worked on-and-off in politics and public affairs from '83 to '93. In '93 I retired my pin stripe suits, red ties and matching suspenders and have since done morning radio and my own multi-media production/consulting business - mostly video and Web site design. Lots of changes in this business over 30 years: the number of radio news jobs has dropped to a fraction of what they were and here in San Diego, at least, even AFTRA union gigs pay less than they did 20 years ago. Luckily, though, it is still possible to have fun being on the radio. Thank goodness for that,” said Bob.
Bob is now a militaria dealer and collector. He cofounded the worlds largest US Militaria Forum online. He sells through the Internet and at a local flea market in Oceanside.
HUDSON, "Emperor" Bob: KRLA, 1963-66; KBLA, 1966-67; KFWB, 1967-68; KEZY, 1968; KGBS, 1969-74; KRLA, 1974; KFI, 1974-76; KIEV; XPRS, 1981-82; KRLA, 1985-86 and 1988. "The Emperor" was voted one of the Top 10 djs in Southern California between 1957 and 1997.
Born Robert Howard Holmes, he led his commandos to mornings on KRLA in 1963. He designed missions for, by his account, 40,000 commandos. One mission was to take over San Francisco, cover it with water and make it the world's largest ice skating rink. Another project was to straighten Sunset Boulevard and create the world's largest bowling alley. Bob regularly signed off his programs by warning the "peasants" to clear the freeway because "His highness is coming."
Bob began his radio career while stationed with the Army in
with both an all-night show and a business on the side, the Tidy Didy Diaper Service - “The tops for your baby’s bottom.” After a stint on Anchorage tv as “Cowboy Bob” hosting western movies, he was back on radio at KEWB-Oakland before moving to KRLA in 1963. Anchorage
In 1966 Billboard ranked Emperor Hudson #1 in morning drive. He was doing afternoon drive at KFWB when the music died in March 1968, to make room for
Southern California's second all-news station. His biggest success occurred in 1971 when he teamed in the mornings with midday jock Ron Landry when their album Ajax Liquor Store won a Grammy award. In citing the best of 1971, Don Page wrote in the LA Times that the Hudson/Landry team was "…fresh, bold and far-out funny. They have bridged the generation gap in radio, appealing to youth as well as the over-30s." The team went to afternoon drive at KFI.
Bob teamed with fellow jock Dave Hull to do a single on Cream Records in 1978 that was an adaptation of Who's on First, the classic Abbott & Costello routine. In 1981 The Emperor traveled below the border to work at XPRS by tape and recorded Hanging in There, which became 1981’s #1 comedy album. After a year in
at KKMI, Bob returned to KRLA in 1985 and teamed with Al Lohman in the mornings in a very short-lived experiment. He left KRLA in 1986, after making a remark the station felt “thoughtless”: Bob suggested that the U.S. Space Shuttle blew up because the crew was freebasing Tang. When he left KRLA, Bob was replaced by Charlie Tuna. In 1988, he returned to KRLA for weekends, hosting "Emperor's Gold" on Sunday nights. Seattle
Bob passed away September 20, 1997, at the age of 66.
HUDSON, Lord Tim: KFWB, 1965-66; KFOX, 1979-80; KGOE; KWIZ, 1976. Tim is a world renowned artist.
Lord Tim Hudson was English, knew the Beatles personally, wore his hair fashionably long and had a wardrobe that was the image of Carnaby Street mod. He was 23 years old in the mid-1960s, and for a brief couple of years, he owned the town at Top 40 KFWB.
During the Beatles revolution, Tim Hudson took on the title "Lord" to take advantage of the publicity and attention surrounding the British rock invasion. He arrived in the Southland from KCBQ-San Diego.
In 1966, Billboard magazine voted Lord Tim tied with Johnny Mitchell (Eric Chase) as top early evening dj in the Top 40 category.
After his Southern California radio run, he stopped at KFRC-San Francisco in 1967, then left radio to manage the Seeds. By 1970 the Beatles fever was over, the “Flower Power” era had gotten nasty, and the ride for Lord Tim was over.
For a decade he renovated houses and assessed his next move. In 1982 he was airing a once weekly show called "Hudson's Theater of the Mind" on the Loyola Marymount campus radio station KXLU. In 1993, while based in Carlsbad, he created a traveling radio show called "The British Invasion," capitalizing on his association with the Beatles and collection of British memorabilia.
HUDSON, Richard: KCBS, 1998-2022. Richard worked swing at "Arrow 93" from KXGL-San Diego. Most recently Hudson was producing spots for more than 70 Audacy stations out of the L.A. hub. He left in the spring of 2021.
Born in Alliance, Nebraska in November 27, (but raised in Denver, Colorado, where the oxygen is scarce), Rich has been doing radio since his walk-in closet studio back home in the early '80s. Originally inspired by a high school performance as Vince Fontaine in Grease, he has done radio throughout his entire adult life. He joined “Arrow 93's” production department in 1998, and has discovered life in Los Angeles. He enjoys sailing out of Marina Del Rey.
HUERO, Charlie: KPWR, 1993-96. Charlie is at KOOL-Phoenix.
Charlie is from Milwaukee and grew up in a small town called Sussex, went to Arrowhead High School in Hartland, and studied communications at the University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse. "That’s where it all started," said Charlie on his website. "Wisconsin to San Diego. San Diego to Los Angeles. LA to San Antonio. San Antonio back to San Diego. And finally San Diego to Phoenix in 1998.
"While my journey has many stories both good and not so good, what I am most proud of was marrying my best friend, Sandra in 1995. She is my rock and has put up with all of the moving! We have two beautiful girls. Mia is a Freshman at ASU, and Sofia is a Freshman at Sunnyslope High School. They get their smarts from their mother. (and their looks too) My family means the world to me. When I’m not with them, I am all about my career. Music and entertainment. I started in this crazy business back in 1985 and I have never looked back. I knew this was what I wanted to do. I’m actually living my dream job! I’m very lucky."
HUFFMAN, Larry: KWIZ, 1966-69; KEZY, 1969-70. "It's a bird...It's a plane...It's Supermouth." That's the way the LA Times referred to Larry's announcing style. Larry boasts, "I can speak over 300 words per minute, clearly and distinctly."
A native Californian born in Corona, he has spent most of his life and career in Orange County. Starting his radio journey in Elko, Nevada, and Lewiston, Idaho, Larry spent time at KGMB-Honolulu. After his half decade in Orange County radio, his career got up to speed when he began announcing speedway motorcycle races. He has since announced every type of motorcycle off-road race in North America, England, Belgium, France and Japan.
Larry developed his mark as a premier Motocross announcer by showing up in a tuxedo, screaming and shouting, while most of the crowd was donning tee-shirts and jeans. He spices his announcing with "Huffmanisms" like..."He went down faster than an Idaho thermometer in January." Larry has built a state-of-the-art studio in his Big Bear home for his active commercial and voiceover work. He's voiced over two dozen national Dodge spots.
Huffsteder, Paul: KROQ, 1976-78. Unknown.
HUGGIE BOY: KRKD, 1951-55; KWKW, 1954; KALI; KGFJ, 1955; KBLA, 1965; KRKD, 1965-66; KRTH, 1975; XPRS, 1981-82; KRLA, 1983-99; KRTH, 1999-2002. Born in Canton, Ohio, in 1928, Dick Hugg was associated with r&b music in the Southland for four decades.
Dick was 15 when he and his divorced mother moved to
at the end of World War II. Kirk Silsbee profiled Dick in a 1994 issue of Los Angeles Reader Magazine and described him: "Tall and delicately thin, Hugg comes across as a nonjudgmental grandfather when giving a child an autograph for his mother or talking to teenagers who want to dedicate a song to that 'special someone' with whom they've just broken up." Los Angeles
He was influenced by listening to Bill Sampson, and Art Laboe. He initially brokered a show on KRKD. He went on to broadcast from Dolphin's of Hollywood record store at
and Vernon Central Avenue. At midnight on KRKD in 1951 Joe Houston's record All Night Long would wail and Huggie Boy opened his show: "Keep alive and listen in. All night long. Hi! Huggie Boy Show! All night long, from Dolphin's of . In the studio front window at Hollywood Vernonand Central, Central and Vernon, Vernonand Central, Central and ..." Vernon
His theme song during this period was Rock and Roll by Chuck Higgins. Dick told reporter Silsbee how he got his nickname: "Charlie Clifton was a big newscaster and sportscaster in town and he had a show on KRKD. He was about to retire at 65. When I met
, he took one look at me and said, 'Oh, my God! I thought you were black and you're white. And you're just a boy.' From then on, Clifton would say over the air, 'Girl, get down to Dolphin's and see this boy...he'll give each woman a kiss...this boy is really huggy...come down and see Huggie Boy.'" Clifton
Times got tough for Huggie Boy in the mid-1960s. He opened a couple of record stores and managed a nudie theater in
. But the times and the music changed. "Disc jockeying is a dead art; that era is over. I've become the George Burns of oldies." A familiar signature from Huggie Boy: "Remember...Others imitate. But none can duplicate the sound found here...The Huggie Boy Show must be the best. It's outlasted all the rest." Huggie Boy left KRTH in early 2002. Hollywood
Huggie Boy died August 30, 2006. He was 78.
HUGHES, Bob: KWST, 1972-75; KSRF, 1975; KNJO, 1977-80; KZLA, 1982-85. Bob is a corporate real estate broker for a company in Oceanside. "I live in Thousand Oaks. I am not required to be on the premises, so it's the greatest job I ever had, as opposed to many of the people who were not treated well that, i.e. laid off after so many years of dedicated service."
"I saw a dj in a store window in San Diego when I was 13 and that's when I knew what I wanted to do." Born in Chicago, Bob grew up in Southern California and pursued his dream while going to school (graduating from CSUN in 1977), securing his FCC 1st phone from Don Martin school and teaching at Columbia School of Broadcasting (13 years). While in the Navy Bob was a communications technician working as a Chinese cryptoanaylist stationed in the Phillipines. His radio career started at KDUO-San Bernardino in 1965 followed by KENO-Las Vegas, two years in Barstow radio, and KTMS-Santa Barbara. In 1968 he went to KVEN-Ventura and spent four years before joining KWST.
Bob was the last voice of the Beautiful Music KWST before the AOR format was kicked off at 6 p.m. New Years Eve 1974. During his time on KZLA he remembered: "It was a very stressful time. I was doing the all-night shift and I had just gotten custody of my kids. They literally slept on the floor of the control room while I was on the air." For many years Bob was a stand-in for actors on major tv and movie productions. "I've stood in for Tim Robbins, Charles Grodin, Bill Paxton and Sean Connery. It's been a good life."
HUGHES, Cathy: KBBT. Catherine has been listed as the second-richest black woman in the United States. She founded the media company Radio One (now known as Urban One and locally owned KBBT, the Beat), and when the company went public in 1999, she became the first African-American woman to head a publicly traded corporation.
After being rejected for a business loan 32 times, Cathy’s persistence paid off, and she purchased her first station in 1980, WOL, which was the beginning of Radio One. Today, Radio One is a multi-media conglomerate with more than 56 radio stations across the country comprised of News/Talk, Gospel, r&b, and hip-hop formats.
Hughes began her radio career in her hometown of Omaha, at KOWH (AM), a station owned by a group of African-American professionals. In 1971, she moved to Washington, D.C., and became a lecturer in the newly established School of Communications at Howard University. During her tenure, she served as gsm at WHUR, Howard University Radio, increasing the station’s revenue from $250,000 to $3 million in her first year. She also became the first woman vp/gm of a station in the nation’s capital and created the format known as the “Quiet Storm,” which revolutionized urban radio and was aired on over 480 stations nationwide.
As a result of her success, Hughes has earned hundreds of prestigious awards and recognitions. They include: the naming of Cathy Hughes Boulevard in her hometown of Omaha; the 2018 Lowry Mays Excellence in Broadcasting Award; the naming of the Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University in 2016; the ADColor Lifetime Achievement Award; and, the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Chair’s Phoenix Award.
HUGHES, Chris: KYSR, 2001-07. Chris joined AirWatch America in 1998 and left in late 2007. He was director of operations for Visionary Related Entertainment, based in Honolulu and became part of Total Traffic in L.A. He's now with the IT division of BMG music group. After 21 years in broadcasting (mostly radio), in the summer of 2019 he joined the IT division of BMG music group.
You may remember him singing the traffic reports with Jamie White at “Star 98.7” (KYSR). Even during the holidays, he sang the traffic using Christmas tunes. It was so much fun. Said Jamie at the time: “We’re trying to change up a lot of crap here … Maybe that wasn’t the best idea, they all can’t be gems. We’re going to try them as we go along.”
Chris also was known by the moniker Jason Kennedy on KTLK. “Everyone of Chris’ reports paints you a picture of the traffic situation. He never delivers a laundry list of stalls and accidents as so many traffic reporters think is acceptable,” said Don Bastida, one-time head of Clear Channel traffic.
In 2008, Chris moved to Oahu to be director of operations for an 18-station Hawaiian group. He was there for a couple of years.
HUGHES, Luther: KLON 1990. Luther is a premier double bassist.
Luther was a dj at the Long Beach Jazz station. He was the bass player for television shows like The Tonight Show, Pat Sajak, The Midnight Special, various Dick Clark specials and even 6 shows for Star Trek ‘Deep Space Nine.’
Luther began his career in the mid-`60’s. An uncle who played semi-professionally as a singer/guitar player originally influenced him. Over the years Luther has played with and for some of the very biggest names in Jazz.
HUGHLEY, D.L.: KBLA, 2021-22. In the summer of 2021, D. L. joined the new Progressive-formatted station for middays.
Born March 6, 1963, Hughley is the second of four children. His father was an airline maintenance worker and his mother was a homemaker. He grew up in L.A.'s South Central where he was a member of the Bloods gang after getting kicked out of high school. However, he turned his life around after a cousin was shot. He quit the gang and got a job as a telemarketer for the LA Times, where he moved into management and met his wife-to-be. She was the one who convinced him to try his humor onstage. After years of club dates, he was selected by BET as the first host of "Comic View" and subsequently got additional recognition with two very adult-oriented HBO specials.
Hughley was on the sitcom The Hughleys, and as one of the "Big Four" comedians in The Original Kings of Comedy. Additionally, he has been the host of CNN's D.L. Hughley Breaks the News, a correspondent for The Jay Leon Show on NBC.
In early 2013, D.L. Hughley landed in 9th place on Dancing with the Stars.
HULETT, Phil: KSUL, 1981; KLOS, 1981; KABC, 1981-85; KHTZ, 1984; KEZY, 1984; KNAC, 1985-94; KJAZ, 1994-96; KBIG, 1997; KFWB, 1997-99 and 2002-14. Phil was the morning drive co-anchor at newstalk KFWB until a format flip in September 2014.
He's also the Anaheim Ducks PA announcer, co-founder of KNAC.com, and radio broadcasting instructor at Mt. San Antonio College. He hosts a daily podcast, Hulett and Friends.
HULL, Dave: KRLA, 1963-69; KFI, 1969-71; KGBS, 1971-73; KIQQ, 1973; KRLA, 1974; KFI, 1974-76; KMPC, 1978-81; KRLA, 1981-85; KHJ, 1985-86; KRLA, 1992-93; KRTH, 1994; KIKF, 1996. Dave was voted one the Top 10 djs in Southern California between 1957 and 1997. He died October 17, 2020, at the age of 86.In late 2012, Dave published a 600-page hard cover of his life titled, Hullabaloo!: The Life and (Mis)Adventures of LA Radio Legend Dave Hull.
The "Hullabalooer" was born January 20, 1934, and raised in Alhambra. "There were three cut-ups at Alhambra High School that covered a 14-year span. First, Stan Freberg, then the Credibility Gap's Richard Beebe. When Beebe left, the school administrator was relieved until I arrived."
Dave started in radio in 1955 at KGFL-Roswell, New Mexico. From 1957 to 1960 he worked at WONE-Dayton, where his nickname originated. "A woman wrote me from a hotel outside Dayton to say she couldn't stand all that hullabaloo. Well, Webster's defined it as a tumultuous uproar, so I used it." He worked at WQTE-Detroit, then to WTVN-Columbus from 1961 to 1963. Before becoming one of the "KRLA 11-10 Men," Dave did mornings at WFLA-Tampa/St. Petersburg, holding a corniest joke contest each morning on his show.
In 1966, Billboard magazine, Dave scored #1 in the Top 40 category. Dave was fired from KRLA for jumping the release date on a Beatles record, and the public outcry was such that he was almost immediately hustled back on the air. His heady reign at KRLA came to an end in 1969.
“My best times were in the '60s, when I was really a giant in this town. There will never be a time as great or as innocent or as fun as those days. We've lost our innocence." At KFI, Dave did vacation relief for Lohman and Barkley and fill-in, until being hired full-time following Dodger baseball. At KMPC from 1978 to 1980, Dave did the nightly “Lovelines” show. Between radio gigs, Dave developed tv shows and for two years in the mid-1980s had an office at Columbia Pictures, writing and developing a movie based on his "Lovelines" program. He spent many years living in Palm Springs.
HULL, Rick: KNAC, 1969-70. Rick went on to become an anchorman at CNN and now runs a consulting company.
"It might help if you knew a little about me. I wasn’t stolen by gypsies at the age of five and sold to the circus but my life hasn’t been dull either. In my years on this planet I have had the privilege of riding in fighter jets with the Blue Angels. Exploring the Sahara desert on the back of a camel. Riding a motorcycle across Europe and receiving colorful speeding tickets in seven different languages, none of which I truly deserved. Spending time at The White House interviewing and talking with several U.S. Presidents and a few others who thought they were. Being chased by Hezbollah terrorists through the streets of Beirut. Getting shot at in Beirut. Anchoring the news at CNN in Atlanta and New York and reporting from a number of less glamorous places. Writing, co-producing and functioning as senior correspondent on more than 21 documentaries and television news related specials. Winning an Emmy. Winning some other good stuff too. Writing four novels at once with at least 20 more still in the oven. Exploring the ancient ruins and Casbah’s of Morocco. Tearing my jeans jumping over fences as police raided an under age drinking party. Almost becoming an Eagle Scout. Just two merit badges away when I discovered girls and completely lost interest in square knots. Holding to a firm belief that life is not a spectator sport and should actually be lived. It’s not my whole life by a long shot, but I wanted to keep this to one page. I do sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had jumped on that gypsy wagon at the age of five." (from Rick's website)
Hulston, Rich: SEE Rich Cartter.
HUME, Dave: KTNQ/KGBS, 1976-78. Dave Hume, who was also known as Clete Dumpster when he worked at KTNQ/KGBS in 1976-78, died July 11, 2015. He was 55. Dave was found in his North Hollywood apartment and the coroner lists his death by stroke.
Boyd Britton, retired from KROQ, who gave him the sportscasting job and nickname in 1977, called him a "fountain of energy, sports knowledge, and story-telling - and my best friend for almost 40 years." He had not been on the air in recent years, but was a popular bartender in the San Fernando Valley.
Born in Oxnard, Dave got his radio start at KOZN and KSON-San Diego. In the mid-1970s, he was on air and programmed KFAT-Gilroy. He was hired at KTNQ to be Clete Dumpster the sports anchor, hosting "short snort on the business of sports," as well as being the character, “the Ten Q duck.” He used his real name, Hume, doing weekends and fill-in at KTNQ’s sister station, Country KGBS.
When he left the Southland, he did jock work and sports at WIFE-Indianapolis. In the 1980s, Dave became part of John Lander's "Q-Zoo" on KKBQ-Houston and also did tv sports reporting. For eight years he was the tv announcer for the World Wrestling Federation. In 1993, Dave did morning drive during the short-lived Sports format on WOWF-Detroit. He returned to Southern California in late 1994 to pursue sports announcing.
HUMMER, Rick: KIBB, 1996-97. Rick was partnered with singer Chaka Khan at B-100 (KIBB).
Rick was born and raised in North Liberty, Indiana. He grew up minutes from Potato Creek State Park and has loved his experiences throughout his life time in Michiana.
After attending John Glenn High School, he attended Butler University in Indianapolis. While at Butler, Hummer began his radio career as an intern at WZPL. Launching his career from there, he has hosted radio shows in South Bend, Fort Wayne, Riverside, Los Angeles, San Diego, Myrtle Beach, and Charlotte before moving back to the Michiana area in 2002 to do a morning show and to be near his ailing father.
Rick began his career in radio, television and film career in 1992. Hummer says, "I have lived in a lot of places, but Michiana (North Liberty) is always going to be called home."
He was very active in the MDA/"Jerry's Kids" Telethons for many years with the staff at WSJV.
Hummer is very community driven, has an uncanny ability to never meet a stranger and is strong in his faith of Jesus Christ. "It's amazing how Experience Michiana has become part of my life."
HUMPHRIES, Herb: KFWB, 1967-71 and 1972-74; KABC, 19971-72. Herb, the architect for the launch of all-News KFWB on March 11, 1968, died August 24, 2003 of congestive heart failure and diabetes. "It's indisputable the launching of the all-News format on KFWB was among the most historic events in Los Angeles radio," commented Don Schrack who later became news director of the station. "The ratings and the industry nationwide could not have been accomplished without the vision, direction and motivation of Herb Humphries," said Schrack. Born February 13, 1932, Herb was in the ninth grade when he got his first peek at journalism through the Gladewater, Texas High School newspaper. From that point in 1944 and for the next 50 years, Herb was working for a newspaper or broadcasting news.
His first radio job was at KGVL-Greenville, Texas, and he worked in Texas radio for the next ten years picking up several AP awards. He was one of the original newsmen at Westinghouse's all-News WINS-New York. When Westinghouse bought KFWB, Herb was named news director and was heavily involved in the conversion. Herb left radio in 1974 and spent his next 20 years at KMOX/TV-St. Louis. In 1995, a year after retiring to a fishing hole in East Texas, a newspaper poll still found him to be the sixth most popular reporter among those St. Louisans polled. In early 2003, Herb was nominated for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He was 71.
HUMPHRIES, Steven: KLAX/KXMG, 1996-97. After leaving the Western Region VP position at SBS (KLAX/fm) in LA, Steve joined Caballero Television to launch MasMusica TeVe in Dallas.
In 2002, he left Caballero and formed Humphries Marketing Group, a Dallas automotive agency. "In 2013, I sold the agency and moved to the Emerald Beach of Destin, Florida where I own and operate Automotiveonly.com," emailed Steve.
HUNDLEY, Hot Rod: KLAC. The former NBA basketball player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans for 35 years, died March 27, 2015. He was 80. He died at his home in Phoenix.
Hot Rod worked with Chick Hearn on Lakers broadcasts for two seasons. Basketball has always been his salvation. It elevated him out of an appalling childhood and bestowed celebrity upon him at a young age. Hot Rod went into basketball with a devil-may-care attitude. But he also went at it with extraordinary talent.
The Jazz honored their beloved broadcaster during a 2010 game, hanging a banner in the rafters next to the team's retired numbers and dedicating the press room to him. Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974 to 2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80.
A timeline of his career, including blown-up quotes from some of his more famous calls, and photos from Hundley's decades calling games line the walls of the Hot Rod Hundley Media Center. The mural features a big and bold "You Gotta Love it, Baby!" -- Hundley's signature line. "Hot Rod was the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years and his voice was synonymous with Jazz radio," Jazz owner Gail Miller said in a statement. "The expressions he used throughout the game broadcasts are legendary. He had the unique ability to make the game come to life so that you felt as though you could see what was happening on the floor when listening to him call the games.
As a player, Hundley starred at West Virginia, averaging 24.5 points in three varsity seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1957 and was immediately traded to the Minneapolis Lakers. He averaged 8.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in six seasons with the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, playing in the 1960 and 1961 All-Star games. "Rod was not only a great basketball player, but one of the best play-by-play announcers in the game. He will be missed by all those he touched through his legendary career as will his colorful story-telling," said Jerry West.
HUNTER, Ben: KFVD; KFI, 1946-60. Ben hosted the "Night Owl" program on KFI. It would not be unusual to tune into Ben's talk show and hear him talking with major celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. Ben was acknowledged as the pioneer of the Talk radio graveyard shift. Ben would talk and talk and then call people. The quality of the incoming phone lines was so inconsistent, he always called out to major celebrities. He also was the host of the Ben Hunter Movie Matinee on KTTV/Channel 11.
Born June 6, 1920, he was a native of Oregon and worked at KEX-Portland before arriving in the Southland.
Waiting for his break in L.A. he sold china door-to-door. Hunter is a Stanford graduate with degrees in psychology and criminology, who first worked as a broadcaster when he was in the Air Force. Ben died on December 30, 1980 at Inyo at the age of 60.
HUNTER, Gregg: KPOP; KIEV, 1968-98. Veteran entertainer, print and broadcast journalist Gregg Hunter, died on May 15, 2019 in Los Angeles. He was 87 years old. Gregg had a 30-year run with KIEV / 870 AM when the station was owned by the Beaton family.
Son of a prominent movie theater manager in the Midwest, Hunter’s show business career started at the age of 13, when he began by hosting his own nightly radio show on KTTS in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Hunter attended Columbia University while pursuing a theatrical career that included off-Broadway, repertory, and summer stock. He moved to the Southland in 1952 and appeared on KPOP / KFVD. At KIEV, he had a variety of shows including Meet Me at the Derby, recorded live at the world-famous Hollywood Brown Derby, where he interviewed top Hollywood personalities.
The easy-going host generally avoided the usual talk show agenda of “hot” issues and contrived hype. “There’s plenty of shouting and political controversy around the dial, but it seems to me that late evening should provide a time to wind down and relax,” he insisted. When Salem Communications purchased KIEV in 1998, Hunter signed on with Mike Horn’s CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks. Gregg also wrote for the Glendale News-Press and Copley Papers as the entertainment editor, followed by a dining and restaurant column in the Tolucan Times.
Often asked about the diversity and longevity of his career, Hunter emphasized: “I love survivors in show business. In fact, I intend to be one of them as long as anybody will listen, read or watch what I have to say!”
Hunter, Max: KMET, 1985. Max is pd at KFMF / KQPT in Chico and he goes by the name Rick Anderson.
HUNTER, Mikel: KFI, 1969; KLAC, 1970; KRLA, 1971-72; KMET, 1972-74; KGBS, 1975-76. The North Carolina native was born Mikel Herrington in 1938. He arrived in Southern California from KLIV-San Jose. He was at KLAC during the "chicken rock" format. When he got to KRLA for the "underground" format, he worked late evenings and called himself "Hot Rocks Hunter" and "Motorcycle Mikel." During his stint as pd of "the Mighty Met," the environment was as irreverent as the music. The jocks had a wall full of "nude" pictures of listeners, and the ceiling of the studio was a mural with the moon and stars on it. The 1978 film FM was loosely based on his times at KMET. Mikel hosted several talk shows in Northern California before retiring to become a full-time win connoisseur. Mikel left KOME-San Jose in 1982. His voiceover career includes being the national voice for Sears.
Mikel died November 16, 1997, of complication due to leukemia. He was 57.
Scott St. James remembered: "I worked for Mikel at KLIV-San Jose. I was hired off a fake aircheck. I saw a memo Mikel received from the gm telling him what a terrible mistake he had made and I should be gotten rid of. Mikel said that he was not going to fire me but he told me to get as good as that tape. And in a hurry."
HUNTER, Rick: KLAC, 1989-93. "When I got to LA I worked at Dick Clark-owned Unistar 'Oldies Channel' until I left LA to work at WOMC-Detroit. Unistar became Westwood One whiie I was still there. During my time at the network, I also did weekend airshifts and weekday fill at KLAC unitl they dropped the Country format and fired the entire air staff. I did the second last Country shift on KLAC before the switch."
Rick began in radio full-time as a studio producer (a.k.a. board operator) at legendary Canadian Top 40 AM station 1050 CHUM-Toronto. I like to call it ‘University of CHUM’ because I was observing some of the very best disc jockeys on the planet executing their business in such a professional way on a daily basis. It gave me valuable insight into the high skill set required of major market air personalities, and that osmosis-like self transformation is what ultimately led to my big switch to the other side of the glass. When in left LA, he joined WOMC-Detroit and later WRBQ-Tampa Bay.
In 2014, Rick launched the Facebook All-Music page TopTwentyCountdown, which subsequently morphed into the HouseoftheHits All-Music Blog.
HURLEY, Tim: KKGO, 2019-20. Tim joined the morning show at Go Country KKGO on July 1, 2019. The following May, Adam Bookbinder joined him as co-host.
Tim is a singer/ songwriter based in Nashville. In 2014, Tim was discovered singing Karaoke at a local bar in Playa del Rey, where he was living at the time. He quickly joined forces with a band based in Texas and in just two short months, went from singing karaoke to taking the Main Stage for the first time where he opened for John Michael Montgomery at Fort Bliss in El Paso.
After a tremendous reception, he decided to pursue a career in music. Originally from the East Coast, Tim was raised on a variety of musical genres, but in college, the songwriting and lyrics in country music won him over.
Tim gets inspiration from artists like George Strait, Zac Brown and, Kenny Chesney. He combines ‘feel good’ melodies with thoughtful lyrics in what he likes to describe as ‘Coastal Country’. Tim and his band moved to Nashville in 2018 where he has been collaborating with songwriters while still maintaining a busy touring schedule across the country.
(Johnny Hayes, Dr. Bruce Hensel, Bob Howard, Harrison and Dave Wittenberg, and Laraine Herman)
HURTES, Hettie Lynne: KRTH, 1979-81; KRLA, 1985-86; KFWB, 1999-2005; KPCC, 2005-19. Hettie was morning news anchor with London & Engelman at “K-Earth” and served as news director during her time with the Oldies station. In 2005 she became part of the news operation at KPCC. Hettie left in late 2019, following a downsizing by American Public Media Group.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Hettie attended UCLA and graduated from Northwestern. She was the first woman anchor in San Diego at KSDO. Hettie has also anchored at KTLA/Channel 5 and KCOP/Channel 13.
“While I was working at KSDO as anchor/reporter, it was a learning experience and I got to do everything from interviews, engineering, anchoring, writing and reporting," said Hettie when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. "It was very exciting and kept me busy 24/7. I knew from then on it would be my career.”
Hettie is KPCC's midday news anchor. Hettie has been a broadcast journalist for more than 25 years in Los Angeles. Most of her previous on air experience has been in commercial radio, primarily at KFWB.
During her earlier years in broadcasting, Hettie was a freelance reporter for CNN in Los Angeles and national film critic at the former RKO Radio Network.
Hettie has written for a number of newspapers and magazines including Orange County Magazine, Downtown L.A. News, Beverly Hills Business and BackStage West. She's authored two books: The Backstage Guide to Casting Directors and Agents on Actors. Her acting experience has extended to film and television (Terminator and Throw Mama from the Train, to name just two).
Hurst, Wilson: KRLA, 1959. Unknown.
HUSER, Joe: KKGO, 1980-89; KKJZ, 1990; KLIT, 1991-92; KAJZ/KACD, 1992-95. “Jazz is still my passion,” said Joe, who remembers Jazz KKGO as the greatest gig of his career. Joe worked both drive slots at Jazz, KKGO. “Hell, I worked with Chuck Niles, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Over 42 years ‘playin’ the hits,’ Joe has been heard coast to coast and around the world. “Not qualified for any other form of legal endeavor, I stuck with what I knew and keep at it to this day,” said Joe.
Born in 1952 and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Joe joined the army after high school and was stationed in Vietnam where he was assigned to Armed Forces Radio. His radio stops along the way include KIKX-Tucson, KUPD-Phoenix and KPOI-Honolulu. When he left the Southland, he moved to Sedona, Arizona, and opened a pharmacy specializing in both traditional medicine and natural therapies.
Joe retired in the spring of 2022, after 50 years programing and on air. 'Radio has been good to me. I am now living on Maui and worked as the operations director for H. Hawaii Media prior to retirement."
Huto, Harald: KQLZ. Harald worked afternoon drive at RTL (Radio-Television-Luxembourg), Europe's largest broadcaster.
Hutton, Rose: KOST. The long-time associate of Gordon McLendon's and general manager at KOST, Rose died January 24, 1997.
Hyde, Alan: KIEV, 1971; KLVE. Unknown.
HYDE, Harvey: KLAA, 2016. Veteran college football analyst, talk show host and former UNLV Head Football Coach, Harvey broadcast on AM 830 KLAA Radio as host of a midweek college football talk show.
"Coach Harvey Hyde is one of the most knowledgeable college football analysts in all of media," said Dennis Kuhl, president of KLAA. "The Coach has a tremendous following of USC Trojan fans and is respected by UCLA football insiders and has a national reputation that has been earned by his development of legendary college football Hall of Famers, Super Bowl MVP’s and current college and NFL coordinators and assistant coaches. He is a tremendous addition to the lineup of talent, shows and live college football and NFL games that we are building for AM 830 KLAA this fall.”
A native of Pasadena, Coach Hyde began his Division One, college football coaching career (after coaching in high school and junior college) as an assistant football coach at the University of Hawaii. He returned to Pasadena to coach at his alma-mater Pasadena City College as a Head Coach and Co-Head Coach for 14 years with six conference titles. As the Head Football Coach of the Pasadena City College Lancers, Hyde made his mark in a brilliant 25-7 run during the 1979-81 seasons.
Hyken, Beverly: KXMX, 1999; KFWB, 2001. Beverly was working at CNN Radio in Atlanta.
Hyman, Herb: KRLA, 1959-61. Unknown.
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