Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, J
Compiled by Don Barrett
Jack, Cadillac: KQLZ, 1990-91. Cadillac-Jack Seville works at WOGL-Philadelphia.
JACK, Wolfman: XERB, 1966-71; XPRS, 1971-72; KDAY, 1972-73; KRTH, 1976; KRLA, 1984-87; XTRA, 1987. Wolfman Jack was born Robert Weston Smith in a gritty section of Brooklyn on January 21, 1938. His parents died when he was young, and he shuffled among relatives between stints in reform schools.
Wolfman got his start below the border on radio stations with mega-million watts of power, which was an inspiration for Francis Ford Coppola's American Graffiti. In the film his role took on mythical proportions and catapulted his trademark guttural shriek to national prominence. "I'm not a gimmick," he told the LA Times in 1972. "I'm doing me. I wanted to perpetuate a mystique by not appearing in public but that's been over for some time." He once said of the movie, "It took the Wolfman from a cult figure to the rank of American flag and apple pie."
While working on Mexican radio stations, the Wolfman did an incredible mail order business selling Baby Jesuses that glowed in the dark and sugar pills that supposedly helped with arousal problems. Wolfman owned the business end of the Tijuana-based station. "I ran the campiest radio station around; we programmed what no one else wanted - preachers and rhythm and blues." Before XERB, Wolfman spent 1959 to 1962 at XERF-Del Rio.
Wolfman reflected on his style in a lengthy Times interview: "My regular voice sounded like a little kid's and I knew that if I was going to make it, I needed a far-out style." He traveled the small towns, selling the ads, fixing the transmitter and screaming into the mike in small towns. He was influenced by "The Hound" at WKBW-Buffalo, Alan Freed and Murray the K.
In 1973 he went to WNEW and WNBC-New York. He had his own radio show syndicated to more than 2,000 stations throughout the United States and 53 other countries at his height of popularity. He was the announcer on NBC/TV's Midnight Special for 8 years between 1973 and 1982. Wolfman started at KRLA January 14, 1984. His shaggy hair was sculpted to look like what the well-dressed wolf was wearing. Wolfman appeared in such films as Hanging on a Star in 1976, Motel Hell in 1980 and Mortuary Academy in 1987. He appeared as himself in a two-part episode of tv's Galactica 1980. In the fall of 1984, he debuted Wolfman Rock TV, an ABC Saturday morning children's program that featured rock gossip, information and videos. During the late '80s and early '90s, he hosted an oldies tv show out of Florida called Rock 'n Roll Palace.
He was immortalized in 18 songs including Clap for the Wolfman by the Guess Who, Living on the Highway by Freddie King and Wolfman Jack by Todd Rundgren. By the spring of 1995 his authorized biography Have Mercy: The True Story of Wolfman Jack, The Original Rock 'n' Roll Animal was published. Following a 20-city tour promoting the book, he collapsed after returning to his Belvidere, North Carolina home 120 miles east of Raleigh.
He died July 1, 1995. He was a heavy smoker and overweight but had lost 40 pounds shortly before his death. At the time of his death he was syndicating a live four-hour weekly show to 70 stations from Planet Hollywood in Washington, DC. At his funeral in Belvidere, mourners heard the Wolfman blaring from a jukebox. His black, broad-brimmed hat with a silver band rested atop his gray marble headstone with the kicker, "One more time." His longtime publicist said of the funeral, "Wolfman wanted a party. He wanted a celebration. He's not gone; he'll be around as long as people are playing the music he loved." He was one of five nominees to the Museum of Broadcast Communications' 1995 Radio Hall of Fame, in the pioneer category. From his book: "I'm Wolfman Jack, the guy who used to wash cars in Brooklyn and got lucky."
Jack the Ripper: SEE Michael Davis
JACKSON, Andrea: KYSR, 1999-2000. Andrea started her broadcasting career in
working for AirWatch Communications. “I went by Andrea Cochran covering airborne traffic and breaking news for KSDO, KSON and ‘KBEST 95.’ I went on to KGTV/TV doing more traffic and breaking news from the helicopter, while delivering radio reports for ‘92.5, the Flash.’” San Diego
She became a weekday morning tv weathercaster at
’s Channel 10. Andrea covered the Academy Awards for the San Diego outlet. She wrapped up her San Diego San Diegocareer at KGTV and “91X with an Emmy nomination and a SPJ award, moving to in early 1999 to pursue broadcasting and acting work. She started with Metro Networks on a part-time fill-in basis and was full time on KYSR and KNBC/Channel 4 by early 2000. Los Angeles
Andrea hosts "The Daily Buzz" and is also the creator of wakeupcall.tv, a video newscast app for the iPhone and iPad under the banner of her own production company Stable 8 Inc. One of Jackson's biggest highlights as host and managing editor of "The Daily Buzz" (2002-2009) was pulling 9.2G's with the USAF Thunderbirds in the Lockheed Martin F-16!
Jackson was most recently a morning reporter and weekend anchor for the NBC affiliate WESH in Orlando, covering the Casey Anthony trial. She joined the WESH team as a part-time breaking news reporter for WESH 2 News "Sunrise" in January of 2011.
Jackson, Bill: Bill is the announcer who steers motorists through the maze at Los Angeles International Airport.
(Jason Jeffries, Ken Jeffries, Bill A. Jones, and Kevin "Slow Jammin'" James)
JACKSON, Bob: KBBQ, 1967-70; KLAC, 1971-73. Bob passed away October 3, 2009, at the age of 79.
Bob was a popular Country music personality. Prior to Los Angeles radio, Bob was known in San Diego as Robin Scott at KDEO and KCBQ. “In 1965, Sonny Jim Price had me help out then-Robin Scott, assist with his remotes when he would broadcast at the custom car shows,” remembers Shotgun Tom Kelly. “He was always very kind to me when I was in high school. I will always remember how nice he was to the young kid who wanted to be in radio.”
Bob was previously pd at KRAM-Las Vegas. Born in Oklahoma, Bob spent a decade in San Francisco when he left the Southland in the mid-1970s. He worked with Metromedia and Malrite. In 1989 Bob joined the Satellite Music Network in Phoenix. Later he moved to Wichita Falls, where he spent his remaining years writing songs, singing and playing the sax.
Jackson, Bubba: KLON, 1984-92; KCSN, 2007; KKJZ, 2007-08 and 2015. Bubba works evenings at all-Jazz, KKJZ. In the past, he has also served as a producer and creative director of several blues festivals. His new KKJZ program focuses on 1940s-50s-60s bebop music.
Jackson, Dion: KNAC, 1972; KLOS, 1976-77; KLSX, 1988-95; KLOS, 1999-2007. Dion worked swing at KLOS.
JACKSON, J.J.: KLOS, 1971-80; KDAY, 1980; KWST, 1980; KROQ, 1987; KMPC/fm/KEDG, 1987-89, pd; KLOS, 2000-02; KTWV, 2002-03. J.J. worked afternoon drive when he arrived at KLOS from WBCN-Boston.
In the early 1980s, he left to pursue a tv career and became an MTV jock. In 1986, he left WQXI-Atlanta for KSON-San Diego before returning to the Southland on "the Roq." He was part of the change from KMPC/fm to KEDG, "the Edge." In 1988, he hosted a Sunday show called "A Cut Above" and eventually became pd of the Gene Autry station. In 1989 he joined Richard Blade as host of a Movietime cable tv show. In late 1994 J.J. began hosting "The Beatle Years," a syndicated series airing on 200 stations nationwide. He worked at WW1 and had come full circle back to KLOS for weekends.
JJ died of an apparent heart attack on March 17, 2004. He was 62.
Jackson, JoeAnn: KMPC, 1977-79, K-LITE 1979. JoeAnn covered stories from City Hall and the Police Department. Robert W. Morgan referred to her as "Action Jackson." She died March 19, 1999, of ovarian cancer at the age of 54.
JACKSON, Keith: KABC. With his homespun style, the son of a Georgia dirt farmer was a warm, comfortable addition to America's living rooms, coming to you each autumn fro such fabled college football outposts as Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Happy Valley in Pennsylvania.
One of his most famous phrases. 'Whoa, Nellie!' was taken from his grandfather, Jefferson Davis Robison, who used to blurt out that expression when he was angry.
He and his wife, Turi Ann, met in 1951 when both were students at Wshington State. A stranger once approached her and said, 'You must be Nellie.' (obit from The Hollywood Reporter) He died January 12, 2018, at the age of 89.
JACKSON, Michael: KHJ, 1963-65; KNX, 1965; KABC, 1966-1998; KRLA, 1999; KLAC, 2001-02; KNX, 2004-05; KGIL, 2007-08. The former rock and roll dj was a midday mainstay at News/Talk KABC for over three decades. Michael’s father owned several pubs in London and when he was 11, the family moved to South Africa, where Michael became fluent in Afrikaans. But he always imagined himself in radio, and by the time he was 16 (and finished high school) he was on the air in Johannesburg, having lied about his age. He trained with the BBC.
Michael started his American radio career in Springfield, Massachusetts and moved quickly to the Bay Area where he played rock music at KYA and KEWB. In San Francisco he was known as Michael Scotland, and his program was called "Scotland's Yard."
In 1963, Michael hosted a two-hour Hootenanny show on KHJ. In 1965, when the format switched to "Boss Radio," he moved to KNX. The same year he became a U.S. citizen and married into Hollywood royalty. His wife Alana is the daughter of the late actor Alan Ladd, the man who played Shane. He won a local Emmy while hosting KCOP/Channel 13's The Big Question series.
A 1974 LA Times profile said, "He is of small stature, as compact as a lightweight boxer. His facial expression is one of bemused, continental curiosity - a man secure in all things intellectual but having too good a time to be excessively tweedy."
Michael has won seven Emmys and four Golden Mike awards. He has also received many other honors, including Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (M.B.E.) presented by Queen Elizabeth, the French Legion of Merit Award, presented by president Mitterand in 1988, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1984.
In the spring of 1984, he suffered a minor heart attack at the age of 50 while riding horseback through Griffith Park. Journalist Norman Cousins advised Michael during his recuperation period and told him, "A heart attack is something to laugh at. It really is."
In 1992 he was off the air for almost two months following heart surgery. In the summer of 1997, Michael moved to weekends on KABC, eventually leaving the station in 1999. He was a regular substitute for Larry King on CNN.
Jackson, Paul "Action": KROQ, 1999-2000. Paul joined the morning team with Kevin & Bean in the summer of 1999.
Jackson, Pervis: KGFJ, 1973. Unknown.
JACKSON, Sammy: KBBQ, 1968; KLAC, 1969-72; KGIL, 1973-75; KLAC, 1976-79; KMPC, 1982-83. The one-time star of television's No Time for Sergeants was born and raised in Henderson, North Carolina. Sammy was on ABC/TV in the early 1960s. A string of unsold series pilots followed, and he was dropped by Warner Bros. Sammy had roles in several 1960s movies including Disney's Boatniks. He commented on his move to radio: "TV is a great avocation. I still do four or five guest shots a year. I'd be dishonest if I told you that if someone offered me a regular spot in a series, I wouldn't take it." He described his radio talent: "I don't do voices or one-liners. What I do is emphasize the music - the writers of a particular song or the story behind it. I'm a friendly on-air companion." While at KLAC he featured mid-morning interviews with some of the biggest stars in Hollywood. Sammy was voted Best Country Jock of the Year at the 6th Annual Billboard Radio Programming Forum in 1973. In 1980 he was voted the CMA Country personality of the year. An LA Times critic noted in 1981 that Sammy "has quietly and efficiently established a reputation as one of the finest radio personalities in the country." He went to Las Vegas in the late 1980s to work for KUDA.
Sammy died of heart failure April 24, 1995. He was 58.
Jackson, Tommy: KPWR, 1996; KBIG, 1997. Tommy worked at Shadow Broadcast Services and production at Westwood One.
Jackson, Walt: KFI, 2003-05. Walt broadcast traffic at KFI.
JACOBS, Jake: KNX, 1963-91. Everett (Jake) Jacobs, a veteran journalist and one of the first African-Americans in the local broadcast field, died of cancer on October 29, 1992. He was 68. Jake was a reporter for all-News KNX until his retirement in 1991. When he left KNX he worked briefly at a local PBS station. He suffered a stroke while in the studio and died shortly thereafter.
Born in Shreveport, Jake served in the Navy before joining KNX in 1963. In 1967, he won a CBS News fellowship to Columbia University in New York, where he spent a year studying urban problems before returning to report for the West Coast bureau of CBS News. He joined KNXT Channel 2's news department in 1969, then returned to KNX as a reporter in 1973. Jacobs was honored with the AKA Award for Distinguished Service to the Community, the Distinguished Media Men's Award from the National Assn. of Media Women, and a Citation of Honor from the Radio and Television News Assn. of Southern California.
(Jamie & Danny, Linda Jean, John & Jeff, and Revin John)
Jacobs, Josh: KKLA, 1994-99; KFSH, 2001-04; KKLA, 2012-19. In addition to hosting a show at Christian Pirate Radio, Josh did overnights at KFSH, "the Fish." He currently produces the Frank Sontag show on KKLA.
Jacobs, Larry: KLOS, 1977-82. Since 1984, Larry has been a news correspondent with ABC Network Radio.
JACOBS, Ron: KHJ, 1965-69. Ron's biggest success was when Bill Drake hired him, then 27, to program KHJ and the "Boss" format achieved an industry pinnacle. He died March 8, 2016, in his native Hawaii, at the age of 78.
Ron began his professional radio career as a correspondent for NBC's Monitor at KGU. Two years later, at age 20, he worked at KHVH, where he met Elvis Presley and began a lifelong friendship with his mentor, the late Col. Tom Parker.
In 1958, Ron became Hawaii's youngest pd, and worked with Mike Joseph and Bill Gavin. "They taught me the basics of Top 40 formatics," Ron said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
In 1959, Ron joined KPOI as pd and morning drive dj. He had much success in Honolulu. In 1962, his drive and eagerness to learn took him to the Mainland as the Colgreene Corporation vp of programming.
Ron fine-tuned his programming concepts at KMEN-San Bernardino and KMAK-Fresno. His success came to the attention of radio consultant Bill Drake - a Fresno competitor. While at KHJ, Ron produced radio's first "documentary," the 48-hour special, The History of Rock and Roll.
In 1970, Ron left KHJ for a new role, co-founder and vp of Watermark, Inc. Ron and Tom Rounds, a KPOI alumnus, launched Casey Kasem's American Top 40. During his time with Waterwmark, Ron also produced, The Elvis Presley Story and a long-dreamed-of-project called Cruisin': a History of Rock 'n Roll Radio. Each album recreated the radio show of a dj who held regional dominance during the developing years of rock music. Ron recalled a Crusin' highlight: "I've always felt that - in its heyday - 'Color radio/Channel 98 was the most exciting Top 40 station of its era. My personal on-air style was influenced by the late B. Mitchel Reed. I was also fortunate enough to have worked with BR on the Cruisin' album in1970."
(ed. note: One segment of Ron's Cruisin' series featured Robin Seymour, a giant personality in Detroit's early days of Rock radio. Ron used the W4 studios to record Robin when I was general manager of the Oldies station. At the time, Robin worked for us at W4.)
Jacobs, Vic "the Brick": KIIS, 1990-97; KXTA, 1997-2005; KLAC, 2005-19. Vic works at KLAC.
Jacobson, Julie: KZLA, 2000. SEE Gene & Julie
Jacques, Truman: KABC, 1995-97. Truman serves as director of communications for the City of Inglewood.
(Jeffrey James, Marques Johnson, and Truman Jacques)
Jager, Rick: KHJ, 1975-80; KWST, 1981-82; KNWZ, 1983-84. Rick is the senior media relations executive for the Los Angeles Metropolitan County Transportation Authority.
Jahad, Shirley: KPCC, 2003-14. Shirley worked for a time as afternoon host of All Things Considered. The Northwestern University graduate is currently an adjunct instructor at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. She also produces the Tavis Smily Show on PBS.
James, Chris: KYSR, 1999-2000. Chris worked swing at "Star 98.7" Unknown.
JAMES, Chuck: KGFJ, 1961-65; KDAY, 1965. Chuck began his radio career in the late 1950s in the basement of his Philadelphia home. He rigged a radio station setup and rehearsed his dj style. His first job was at WTEL-Philadelphia. “My first day on the job was a cold and snowy one and on the way into the station I dropped all my albums and notes in the snow. I trudged into the station and when the engineer threw the first cue, I was speechless. The engineer quickly hit a record and gave me a pep talk. When the next cue came, there was no stopping me.”
Following a stop at WHAT-Philadelphia, Chuck joined KGFJ. “I loved this gig, but a sad and tragic event was being part of the funeral entourage at the late great Sam Cooke’s burial.” He left KGFJ when he was asked to replace Larry McCormick at KDAY when Larry left radio to pursue his newscasting career. Chuck also worked at Armed Forces Radio. Chuck left radio in the late 1960s to pursue an acting career, where he enjoyed many stage successes and a few movie roles. Today Chuck goes by his birth name, Peter Christopher, and is a businessman living in Glendale. He has four grandchildren. “I never lost my love for radio. I have a nostalgia show in the works.”
James, Daphne: KJLH, 1994-96. Unknown.
James, Doug: KGIL, 1965-68. Before coming to KGIL, Doug worked at WKBW-Buffalo, WJR-Detroit, and WWTC-Minneapolis. After leaving the Southland Doug moved to Las Vegas to do television news and owns Dispensary, a cocktail lounge with gambling.
James, Jeffrey: KXMX, 1999, KPLS, 2000, KCAA, 2005, KLAA, 2007. Jeffrey lives in Biloxi and working afternoon drive at WRJW- Picayune, Mississippi.
James, Keith: KMAX, 1994-95. Unknown.
James, Kevin: KABC, 2003-07; KRLA, 2007-11. Attorney Kevin hosted the all-night KABC Red Eye Radio until leaving in March 2007. He joined KRLA for late nights two months later. Kevin left the Salem station in late 2011 to run for Mayor of Los Angeles. Following his loss in the mayoral race, Kevin was appointed to the Board of Public Works.
James, Kevin: KKBT, 1991-92 and 1994-98 and 1999-2003; KHHT, 2007-09. Kevin "Slow Jammin'" James hosted the Quiet Storm on XHRM/Magic 92.5 in San Diego until early 2012. He's now host of the Original Slow Jam on Snoop Dogg's Cadillacc Music on Dash Radio.
James, Michael: KRLA, 2008-09. Michael reported traffic and news for KRLA and owns and operates a wine shoppe in San Pedro called Off The Vine.
James, Peter: KNAC, 1978-80; KROQ, 1980-83; KWST, 1983-85. He was born Peter Spatz.
JAMES, Rollye: KPOL, 1979; KMPC, 1980; KHTZ, 1980; KGIL; KLAC; KMPC, 1990; KFI, 1990-91. There is no mistaking Rollye for a milquetoast female broadcaster. Within minutes of meeting this brash, smart and funny woman, you discover that she bleeds radio. Her passion for r&b music was the springboard for her interest in radio. "I was 10 years old and sick in bed, scanning the radio dial and heard r&b music and it was just transforming.”
She graduated magna cum laude from the University of Miami. Though she qualifies for MENSA membership she quips: "Before you leap to conclusions, Miami grades on a curve." Rollye started her full time radio journey at WQAM-Miami as production director. After a stint in Nashville managing Charlie Rich, and stops at radio stations across the country where she held every position from news director to assistant chief engineer, she returned to her native Los Angeles and Radio Poland.
Rollye teamed with Charlie Tuna in morning drive at KHTZ. In 1982 she joined Billboard as the writer of the Vox Jox column, becoming their radio editor a year later, and a year after she headed Billboard’s radio convention. Thoughout her nomadic professional life, she worked in 32 different markets. Rollye made the transition to talk radio and worked KOA-Denver broadcasting to 41 states and 5 provinces.
In the nineties she talked at KFMB-San Diego following Padre games, KLBJ-Austin doing afternoon drive and WWDB-Philadelphia where she was number one in the market at night with an 11 share. In 2000 she was Art Bell's designated fill-in, heard on 600 stations doing "Coast to Coast" on Monday and Friday nights. "I left before Art did…and, when I did leave, I couldn't believe the literally thousands of listeners who contacted me, so I knew it was time."
She pursued her longtime goal - hosting national nighttime talk radio. "Radio, local and national alike, ignores half of the broadcast day. There's a lot of untapped revenue here, and more listeners than you need to start the cash flowing. It just takes some out of the box thinking - my specialty, since no one's ever accused me of fitting in." Rollye's show was syndicated by her company, Mediatrix, originating in her home studios in Philadelphia where CBS' clear channel 1210 WPHT carried it along with a growing list of stations across North America.
Rollye is the editor of VoxJox.org. She wrote the book, What Am I Doing Here Anyway?, a motivational book peppered with delicious radio stories
James, Ryan: KFSH, 2004-11. Ryan works the all-night shift at Christian "FISH."
James, Scott: KZLA, 1999-2001. Scott died February 6, 2005. He was 39 years old.
JAMES, Summer: KCAL, 2006-07; KYSR, 2007-08. Summer also worked at KHAY-Ventura. In early 2019, she joined WTCB-Columbia, South Carolina. When she made the announcement, she said, "Now my mom and dad can ride by the studio and wave while I work. Dear SANTA, Thank you!”
Summer is a Myrtle Beach girl who ran away to Los Angeles. ‘Carolina-fornia girl’.
"SummerLovin’ is my nickname because I love anything to do with the water except mosquitoes I will never get used to being bit randomly. Forest Green is my favorite color, truthfully, any green will do. Chartreuse is my buzzword. I put it in my kidsbook. Oh yeah, I write kids-books (which is why I am an insomniac) It’s quiet late at night. I just found the Old Johnny Carson show on Antenna TV, he is my guilty pleasure because he is such a pro and now I stay up later!" she said on her 'B-106' radio Carolina website.
James, Victoria: KMET, 1967. Unknown.
Jamie & Danny: KYSR, 1999-2005. Jamie White and Danny Bonaduce hosted mornings at "Star 98.7" until Danny left in the summer of 2005. Jamie stayed with STAR 98.7 until early 2007.
(Billy Juggs, JJ Johnson, JoeAnn Jackson, Helen Jones, and Cadillac Jack)
JAMISON, Bob: KMPC, 1991-92. Bob was in the Angels broadcast booth in the early 90s. He’s now a CPA of advanced planning for the Federated Funeral Directors of America in Illinois. He checked in recently. “In 1992, there were two memorable moments: In May one of the team’s two buses crashed on the way to Baltimore from New York [I was on the other bus]. In October, George Brett got his 3,000th hit in a game at Anaheim Stadium. Before joining the Angels’ broadcasts, I worked 16 years in the minor leagues, 12 of those in Nashville. I have not broadcast since leaving the Angels. It was a great time being with the team and living in So Cal.”
Janisse, James: KLON, 1992-2002/KKJZ, 2002-06. James is producing and hosting an Internet program called "The Wonderful World of Jazz" at KCLAFM.com on Friday mornings. He's also on the Board of Directors of Mary-Lind Recovery Centers Inc., which is a series of residential substance abuse recovery facilities.
JANKOWSKI, Judy: KLON, 1994-2002 / KKJZ, 2002-05. Judy was the general manager at KLON/KKKZ from 1994-2005. She died December 17 and was 61. An obituary in the Long Beach Press Telegram described Judy as having “a big heart and she was known for her warm, friendly smile.” The obituary did not mention the cause of death. She started as the traffic manager at WOUB in Athens, Ohio, and held a series of top management positions that took her to Birmingham, Houston, Pittsburgh, and finally the Long Beach State radio station.
"She visited 49 of the U.S. states, only missing Wisconsin," her brother said. "She traveled to China, Japan, Cuba, Russia, Egypt, Italy, Morocco, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Mexico and Canada during her lifetime."
Jankowski was very proud of her Polish heritage.
Janssen, Dick: KLAC/KMET, 1968-70. The former president of Scripps-Howard Broadcasting ran KLAC and KMET in the late 1960s. Dick was gm for the launch of the legendary Cleveland AOR station, "the Buzzard," WMMS. In late 1970 he became vp of operations for Nationwide Broadcasting. Dick retired to Scottsdale in late 1992. "I get to improve my golf game living in Arizona."
Jaramillo, Fernando: KLAX/KMJR/KNJR, 2000. Fernando joined the three Spanish Broadcasting System stations as pd in late summer 2000.
JARRETT, Hugh: KBBQ, 1968-70. From 1954 until 1958, Hugh sang bass in the quartet the Jordanaires, and his distinctive vocals can be heard on many of Elvis Presley's key recordings, including Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel and All Shook Up.
Born in Nashville on October 11, 1929, Hugh died in Atlanta on May 31, 2008, of injuries sustained in an automobile accident. He was 78.
Jarrett grew up with a love of vocal harmony. Born in Nashville in 1929, he sang in gospel quartets and worked on local radio. He admired the Jordanaires, a group which provided vocal backings for the artists on the Grand Ole Opry radio show and toured with country music packages. When, in 1954, their bass singer, Culley Holt, left he was replaced by Jarrett.
At the time, the Jordanaires would go to Chicago each week to perform on a television show hosted by the country star Eddy Arnold. When Arnold played in Memphis, they spoke to the teenage Elvis Presley backstage, who said, "If I ever cut a record, I want you guys singing with me."
The Jordanaires were not involved in Presley's Sun Recordings but they joined him for a television appearance on The Steve Allen Show in New York in July 1956. The following day, they recorded Hound Dog, Don't Be Cruel and Any Way You Want Me together. As always, they worked out their vocal parts – the "bop bops" and "doody wahs" – within a few minutes. Elvis was so taken by the results that he asked RCA to put them on the label, even though the Jordanaires were signed to Capitol, and their name appeared on singles starting with Too Much in 1957. They also backed Ricky Nelson (Believe What You Say), Marty Robbins (A White Sport Coat) and Ferlin Husky (Gone).
In 1960, Jarrett joined a radio station, WLAC in Nashville, working as "Big Hugh Baby" and organised many record hops. Briefly, he had some success as part of the Statues, recording Blue Velvet, and in the late 1960s formed the Hugh Jarrett Singers.
In 1970, Jarrett moved to Atlanta and continued as a dj, also singing when time permitted. He was modest about his contributions, saying of Elvis, "We had fun, worked very hard and maybe did something that no one else had done."
JARRIN, Jaime: KTNQ/KLVE, 1979-86; KWKW, 1955-79 and 1986-2007; KHJ, 2007-20. Enshrined broadcaster Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, Jaime has been the Spanish broadcast voice of the LA Dodgers for close to a half century.
Jarrin, among the most recognizable voices in Hispanic broadcasting, will begin his 48th season in the radio booth as "the Spanish Voice of the Dodgers." He became the club's No. 1 Spanish-language broadcaster in 1973, 14 years after he first joined the club.
The native of Ecuador was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame on July 26, 1998 in Cooperstown, NY as the recipient of the Ford C. Frick Award. With that honor, he became only the second Spanish-language announcer to be inducted into the Hall of Fame, joining Buck Canal.
Jarrin was the first recipient of the Southern California Broadcaster Association's President's Award in February 1998 and in January 2005, he was honored by the Southern California Sports Broadcasters with the foreign-language broadcaster of the year award, one year after being inducted into the organization’s Hall of Fame.
During the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, Jarrin was in charge of all Spanish radio coverage and production. He has called more than 30 world championship boxing title bouts throughout the world for radio and television stations in Latin America and has broadcast the Major League Baseball All-Star Game, League Championship Series and World Series on numerous occasions.
The Dodgers, with Jarrin and longtime English-language broadcaster Vin Scully, are the only Major League club to feature a pair of Hall of Fame announcers.
JARRIN, Jorge: KABC, 1985-2011. KSKQ. The son of Jaime Jarrin, the noted Spanish language broadcaster of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Jorge graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu. He was the helicopter reporter in “Jet Copter 790” on KABC for almost two decades. He also broadcast traffic reports on Spanish KSKQ. In 2015, he joined his father in the broadcast booth.
In 1990, Jorge was named an honorary Captain of the California Highway Patrol resulting in the title "Captain Jorge." He was on the public relations staff of the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee, where he became the Hispanic community relations officer for the Coliseum and South Central Los Angeles. He is the co-creator and publisher of the monthly children's coloring/life lesson book entitled, The Adventures of Captain Jorge and the Jetcopter Kids. Jorge has run in the Los Angeles Marathon as a reporter for KABC “TalkRadio.”
(Jessie Jessup, Dion Jackson, Bob Jimenez, Dick Joy, and Michael James)
JARVIS, Al: KELW/KFWB, 1932-60; KLAC, 1960-62; KHJ, 1962; KFWB, 1962; KEZY, 1962-63; KNOB, 1967. "Wanted: Man to Talk on the Radio." A record store owner in Hollywood thought if he could get someone to play "records" on the radio, it would help sell them. Al became a jock after answering that ad in 1932 and he was a pioneer and long considered the originator of the "Make Believe Ballroom" on KFWB (station was owned by the Warner brothers, hence the WB).
Al was born in Winnipeg, Canada and went to Roosevelt High School in L.A. where he performed a speech from The Merchant of Venice to win a Shakespeare Contest and a stint at the Pasadena Playhouse. An article in the OC Register quoted Al on his beginning: "A few weeks after I got the job at KELW in 1932 I was hounding the owner-manager to let me air pop records instead of those electrical transcriptions. By using commercial records, I figured, I would not only have a more diversified program, but I could present some of the world's great stars. It was the first time on radio, it was the first time any records were played. That's how the 'Make Believe Ballroom' was born."
Al has been credited with the discovery of Nat "King" Cole, Jimmy Boyd, Frankie Laine and Gogi Grant. He was at KFWB for the launch of Chuck Blore's "Color Radio" on January 2, 1958, and worked nine to noon. He never totally accepted the music transition but acknowledged rock music: "Top 40 programming has apparently satisfied the needs of a majority of the music- and record-conscious audience." He once said of Elvis Presley: "If he were a Negro and performed as he does now, he would be put in jail. I know this is true, because it has happened to singers. But because Elvis has white skin, they let him get away with it."
In the spring of 1960 he left KFWB and joined KLAC in the midday slot; he also hosted a local tv show with Betty White. In 1962 he became a vp at DRA Records (he owned a record store on Hollywood Blvd in the late 1940s). Later that year he teamed with his wife, Marilyn, to do a music and interview show with Hollywood stars on KHJ for an hour at midnight. In 1967 he worked his "Make Believe Ballroom" magic during morning drive on KNOB. Al died May 6 1970 of a heart attack and at the time was a sales executive with KLAC.
He was 61.
Jaxson, Tommy: KFI, 1984-85; KOST, 1985-91; KYSR, 1992-93; KXEZ, 1993-96; KBIG, 1997; KMLT, 1999-2002; KNX, 2005-13. Tommy hosted drive time traffic at KNX until his exit at the end of 2013.
Jay, George: KHJ; KFWB. George died December 7, 2003, at the age of 85.
Jay, Lyman: KGRB, 1983; KORG, 1993. Born Lyman Jaroch, he died in late 2003.
Jay, Steve: SEE Jay Stevens
Jaye, Don: KCBH, 1966-69; KDAY, 1969-71. Don was gm at KCBH (later KJOI) and operations director at KDAY. Before leaving the Southland, Don hosted a variety show at KCOP/Channel 13. Don attended the University of Notre Dame before starting his radio career at WHOT-South Bend and then on to WSAI-Cincinnati and WJJD-Chicago. For more than a quarter century, Don raised thousands of dollars for Southern Nevada charities, but he lived his last decade, and died, near poverty and battling ill health. "Don had the biggest heart and would work hard to help anyone, even to the detriment of his own health and well-being," said longtime friend Ira David Sternberg, a journalist and fellow broadcaster. "He was always out in the community doing good work for good causes." Donald Jaye Illes, a leading lay member of the Catholic Church and a member of the Nevada Broadcasters Hall of Fame, died July 21, 2001, of respiratory problems. He was 63. A survivor of several heart attacks and two open-heart surgeries, Don was forbidden by his doctors from working at a regular job, so he threw himself into charity work full time, friends said. Since 1993 he lived on $670 a month from Social Security, $50 a month from the Department of Veterans Affairs and $10 a month in food stamps, all the while serving on the boards of three nonprofit organizations. He rarely complained nor sought praise, friends said. Born November 25, 1937, in South Bend, Indiana, Don was an altar boy at a church at the nearby University of Notre Dame. He studied for the priesthood before serving in the Air Force and going into broadcasting.
Jean, Linda: KIKF, 1995-98; KXMX, 2000; KMXN, 2000-01. Linda worked middays at KMXN in the Inland Empire. She's now teaching.
Jed the Fish: KORG; KROQ, 1978-84 and 1985-2012; KCSN, 2012. Jed joined KCSN for weekends in early 2012. He officially left KROQ in late 2012.
JEFFREY, Don: KIKF, 1985-90; KFRG, 1990-2008. Don, aka, Hopalong Cassidy, was the md at "K-FROG" and he worked afternoon drive.
Born January 31, 1949, in Trona, California, he spent most of his youth in Muskogee, Oklahoma. He entered the USMC in 1968, spending 12 years on active duty including 2 tours of Vietnam.
After leaving the Marines, Don re-trained as a stockbroker while doing part-time dj work in night clubs. He started his radio career at KECO and KKCC-Weatherford, Oklahoma. In the mid-1980s he joined KBBQ-Ventura and then went to afternoons at KIKF. He's been on the board for the Academy of Country Music and was named Radio Personality of the Year. Don loves country music and has discovered a local singer, Gary Allan, whose career he is now managing. Don lives in Corona with Karen, his wife of 12 years.
He started his own production company in 2008. His motto: "I create. Plain and simple. I am not a cookie cutter producer. I have been very successful making one-of-a-kindadvertising packages. Thinking outside the box is the norm with me."
Jeffrey, Scott: KHJ, 1980. See Lon Helton.
JEFFREYS, Dave: KHJ/fm, 1970-72; KRTH, 1972. Dave was appointed program director at KHJ/fm in 1970 after voicetracking 'Hit Parade 70.' He was there for the transition with the RKO stations, calling "K-Earth" the "Classic Rock n' Roll Radio." He was program director at K-EARTH. "He had one of the greatest voices I’ve ever heard," said Jeffrey Leonard, host of Facebook's Memories of L.A. Radio. Dave died of lung cancer.
(Frank Jolle, Robin Johnson, Scott James, Steve Jay, and Dave Joseph)
JEFFRIES, Andrew: KBIG, 2009-20. Andrew was appointed program director at MY/fm (KBIG) in February 2009. He now oversees both MY/fm and KOST. In February of 2016, Andrew was appointed EVP/Programming for the iHEARTMEDIA National Programming Group.
KBIG has had an identity problem for years. It has been very difficult to describe the format. It seemed to be a little bit of this and a little bit of that. And then it would change once again. Enter a foreigner with a keen ear and a strategic plan. Andrew grew up in a small town in New Zealand. It was so small that it had 12 houses, two on one side of the road, and 10 on the other. The next biggest “town” was 40 minutes away and there were 2,500 people in that one!
At age 12 ,Andrew moved to “the big city of Wanganui,” which now has about 40,000 people. As a kid, Jeffries had access to the one national tv channel in New Zealand and he could pick up 5 or 6 radio stations. “The love of music drove me toward radio,” said Andrew. “Music and entertainment are the reasons I was initially attracted to this industry.” Andrew admitted that when the radio bug bites, it bites hard. “I wanted to hear that great song from Billy Joel, or the new one from Spandau Ballet or whoever at the time. It’s the magic we create, the fun we have doing it, yes it is fast paced, has some better days than others – like every job… but I love it. We get to work with amazing people, create a fun place to work, talk about music and play songs on the radio.”
How did he get that first job in radio? “It was just one of those things that happened, I’ve always had a technical background, mixing school bands, lighting for theater groups. One day I walked past the radio station in town on the way to high school, dropped in, asked for the manager and spent about 10 minutes talking him into giving me a shot in the studio. The deal was – if I could run two hours of Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, placing in commercials, linking to live news etc., then I would have a weekend board op job. I must have killed that task it appears, because I got the gig.” That beginning quickly transpired into a weekend dj, then weeknights part time, then a full time commercial copywriting role. “I’m not good at that, as everyone discovered, so they threw me in a studio and I produced everyone’s commercials.” After stops in a number of New Zealand markets doing afternoons, reading the news and tracking a rock station, he moved to Timaru and worked morning drive for a couple of years. Then Andrew traveled to Dunedin where he launched a new format in a very competitive New Zealand market. “I took that station to #1 in the first book.”
In 1999, Andrew and his wife, Vicky, left New Zealand on vacation in 1999 and never returned. For the next 11 years he worked in England and Europe before moving to the United States. After years in on-air jobs, Andrew ended up working behind the scenes in London, Brighton, Glasgow, Leeds, and Birmingham, fixing stations that were under-performing. At one point, an Adult Contemporary station, “Star 101.3,” (K101) in San Francisco invited Andrew to program them. “San Francisco was a surprise because they wanted to bring my family into the USA to work on such a legendary station and also I was back on the air after being behind the scenes for 11 years in Europe.” Within nine months, Greg Ashlock, market manager for the eight SoCal Clear Channel stations (including MY/fm) offered him the programming job at MY/fm.
“I heard Andrew speak at a conference in Atlanta and immediately pinpointed him as someone that I’d like to get to know better,” said Ashlock. “It wasn’t the topic or information that impressed me, but rather the unique lens that he uses when viewing opportunities or challenges. We were looking for someone that could be complementary to our strong cluster of programming talent,” Ashlock continued. “His radio background in the UK and New Zealand, early success, along with his fresh perspective in key product areas made him an attractive option.”
Ashlock was clear about the fact that Jeffries was a calculated risk-taker and activator with a strong dose of initiative, all of them critical qualities. “He also has a mean competitive streak. The results have been phenomenal.”
On his arrival at MY/fm, Andrew found the station “confused about its identity.” He had a clear vision for the station. “There were great people, all strong, just needing to focus on a single goal. The biggest challenge was probably getting over the years of mixed messaging on the 104.3 frequency for the listener. Were we disco, 80’s, Hot AC, new, gold-based? Achieving clarity on the image was critical from day one.” With all his success, Clear Channel (owners of MY/fm and KOST) has given Jeffries additional programming control over not only the softer Adult Contemporary station, KOST, which came in #3 last month, but he is senior vp of programming for all eight Clear Channel/LA stations. How does he keep similar formats separate? “A fine balance. We have some wonderful brands and keeping them complementary to each other’s goals is a consistent balancing act. That’s why we have, in my opinion, the world’s best programming team! Great people, great brands and a great opportunity in this amazing city. Long may that continue."
Jeffries, Jan: KFRG/KHTX, 1995. Jan was program director at KRAK-Sacramento.
Jeffries, Jason: KLSX, 1992-94; KKLA, 1994-97; KLTX, 1997-98; KIEV, 1998-2001; KRLA, 2000-11. Jason is assistant professor of Broadcasting at Los Angeles Valley College.
Jeffries, Ken: KFWB, 1989-2009; KFWB, 2011-14; KABC, 2016. Ken was a news anchor at all-News KFWB until a format flip in September 2009. He was a producer for Money 101 at KFWB until the fall of 2014. In the spring of 2016, Ken joined KABC as a fill-in reporter.
JENKINS, Bill: KGBS, 1967-68; KFWB, 1968-73; KFI, 1974; KGBS, 1974-76; KFI, 1976-77; KABC, 1978-91; KTLK, 2005. Bill hosted "Open Mind" for many years at KABC, a breakthrough program dealing with the paranormal. Larry discovered a posting by Bill’s daughter, where we learned Bill died August 6, 2014.
Bill started as a 15-year-old dj at KHIT-Lampasas, Texas during his senior of high school. He worked his way through Texas A&M at the campus station and KORA-Bryan, Texas. On summer breaks, Bill dj’ed at KVET-Austin and KSTA-Coleman, Texas. After graduating from college in 1955, he started at KRBC-Abilene, when within the year Bill joined the McLendon organization in Dallas. Before joining KGBS, he worked at KBOX-Dallas, WIL, KMOX and KWK-St. Louis, and WYSL-Buffalo. Bill started his own production firm in 1966. He was a member of the KGBS news department.
In the 1980s, he was doing news on KABC and a New Age weekend talk show called "Open Mind." The subject matter frequently centered on psychics and UFOs. When Bill left KABC, he joined the Tritel Corporation, makers of tv infomercials and production. He retired in 1996, spending time in Palm Desert and his vineyard home near Healdsburg.
“When my wife of 40 years passed, my friend of 30 years married me,” said Bill when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
JENKINS, Edris "EJ": KIIS, 2018. In February 2018, EJ moved into the late night slot at KIIS from KDMX-Dallas. He continues in Dallas by voicetracking his nightly show at Hot AC "102.9 Now.
His fast-paced career includes stops at KHFI (967)-Austin and WFIZ (Z955)-Itacha. EJ started at WBLS-New York as an intern, then moved up to board op and production assistant. He went on to work at Premiere Radio Networks as associate producer of the The Keith Sweat Hotel.
JENNRICH, Phil: KBBQ; KNX/fm; KHJ/fm; KLAC/KZLA. On August 11, 2019, distinguished newsman Phil Jennrich died. He was 72. Phil worked at a number of LA radio stations.
Bernie Alan and Phil were best friends for 55 years. Bernie provided the following:
Phil was born in the Chicago area in 1946 and moved to the San Fernando Valley in 1947. His broadcasting career technically started in 1964, with his enrollment in the LA City College broadcasting department. That’s where we met.
Phil just had an incredible voice. Not sure where it came from. He was a tall, skinny 18-year-old kid. But when the sound came out of his mouth, it was amazing.
After two years at LA City, Phil transferred up to San Francisco State College, (add comma) again in the broadcasting/radio/television department. While in San Francisco he worked at K-PEN (later K-101).
Phil came back down to LA around 1968 to finish school, this time in the Radio/TV department at what was then called San Fernando Valley State College (what is now Cal State Northridge). Out of school, Phil mostly stayed in the LA area as a morning drive newsman at the stations, in the process winning multiple Golden Mike Awards for ‘Outstanding Newscast.’
Phil loved radio, but he hated getting up early in the morning (4 a.m.) which was his lot in life for his many years on the air. Such is the curse of a consummate radio news professional. After leaving the business, Phil moved to Angola, Indiana to be near good friends. After a short illness, Phil died on August 11 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He is survived by his sister, Susan.
Jensen, Jeff: KQLZ, 1991-92. Jeff returned to Tampa.
Jeremiah, David: KMPC, 1994. David is a voiceover actor.
JESSUP, Jessie: KLYY, 1999. Jessie worked middays at "Y107" until late 1999 when the station changed to Spanish-speaking. She was at KDGE-Dallas until a format change in late 2016. She got into radio to impress a guy.
She’s a pistol! I don’t know how else to describe my close encounter with Jessie. She was part of a complete station retooling with music and personalities Where did you come from? "Well, this morning I came from Westwood," bounced Jessie. The quick one-liners punctuated the 20-minute phone conversation. Jessie (“I have a heart over the i, isn’t that what you do in L.A.?”) was born April 18 in Wyoming. What year? “It turns over to zero zero this year.” She was raised all over the world. “My mom was a Bohemian and my father threatened us so we took off for Paris, Japan, Haiti, Spain, Puerto Rico, Saipan and we spent 10 years in Guam.” She got into radio to impress a guy. “This guy I liked a lot liked a particular radio station, so I figured if I got a job there he would like me. I got the job, but didn’t get him.” Jessie ended up in Las Vegas and stayed with friends for 4 years.
Jessie ended up living in Westwood. “I thought it was West Hollywood, but so what. I have Astroturf and pink flamingoes on my balcony. Did you see Dharma & Greg when they got the Astroturf? I thought it was so cool and so California. My place is not an apartment, not a house, not a condo. I’m not really sure what it is, but it’s between Santa Monica Boulevard and Wilshire.” Jessie is at the station at 6:30 in the morning preparing for her five-hour shift that begins at 10. “Some days I wish I could be on longer. I love the callers.” She hasn’t been cage dancing yet, but it hasn’t been for lack of desire. She gets up too early. “Have you been to doodie dot com?” she asked. I replied, no. “Wow, I get to tell Mr. LARADIO.COM about doodie dot com. Wait till you see Jonathan Livingston Doodie.”
Jessup, Sioux-z: Sioux-z is doing traffic at Time Warner Cable stations SoCal 101 and HD 354.
Jeter, Cindie: KMPC, 1982-83. Cindie works at KZIM-Cape Girardeau, Missouri, doing news and talk.
JILLSON, Joyce: KABC, 1979-89. Joyce was a world famous astrologer. She died October 1, 2004 of kidney failure and had been suffering with diabetes. Joyce was 57.
She was a regular contributor to Ken & Bob morning show and she had a weekend talk show on KABC in the late '80s where she dispensed astrological forecasts to callers.
During her time at KABC she subbed for Michael Jackson. Joyce's syndicated daily horoscope column was published in over 100 papers nationally and 50 internationally. Her astrological studies began in early childhood when she was chosen to be the only protégé of well-known Boston astrologer Maude Williams. By the age of ten she was charting predictions on events ranging from the stock market to politics. Joyce was a best-selling author, having ranked on the New York Times best-seller list for 28 straight weeks. She has been featured in every major publication and many major network tv shows. Joyce starred in comedy routines with Avery Schreiber on tv. She also starred in Supergirl and tv's Peyton Place. Joyce was an astrologer with an astronomic appetite for publicity.
Her prediction for fellow Capricorns on the day she died was: "You're bound to have a good time and meet interesting people."
Jimenez, Bob: KFWB, 1998-2002. Former KFWB senior correspondent, Bob Jimenez, is an adjunct professor in the Annenberg School of Communications at USC. In addition, he is president of Icon Imaging, a public relations firm founded with his wife, former tv political reporter, Sharon Jimenez. Bob consulted on the Hollywood and Valley Independence campaigns.
Jobson, Wayne: KROQ, 1992-2003; KDLE, 2004. Wayne hosted a reggae program at Indie 103.1. Born December 4, 1954, also known as Native Wayne, is a Jamaican record producer of European ancestry. At KROQ, he hosted "Reggae Revolution." He splits his time between Los Angeles and Ocho Rios, Jamaica.
John, Captain: SEE John Lodge
John & Jeff, KLSX, 1998-2009. The syndicated pair worked late night at KLSX until a format flip to AMP RADIO. Pair can be heard on JohnJeff.com and CRN Digital Radio.
JOHN & KEN: KFI, 1992-99; KABC, 1999-2000; KFI, 2001-20. John Kobylt and Ken Champiou returned to afternoon drive at KFI on April 30, 2001 and have dominated the commute home for over a decade. Their show was added to the WOR-New York line-up in early 2013.
No one catches the local lightning-in-a-bottle better than John & Ken. The afternoon duo has been at KFI since 1992, save for a year doing morning drive at KABC in 1999.
Their ability to loudly create headlines from their afternoon show was acknowledged and admired frequently in our annual poll, drawing from dozens of active and working Los Angeles Radio People (managers, talent, engineering, traffic, and marketing/promotion people) who voted each year.
John & Ken capture the flavor of the day with almost meticulous precision, skewering politicians and their policies and practices.
John & Ken first teamed up in 1988 at WOND-Atlantic City. Ken, born in 1956, graduated from State University of New York at Buffalo. After graduation he worked as a C.P.A. for a health company.
John spent a year of college at Seton Hall and then worked as a sportswriter. His first radio job was at WKAD in Canton, Pennsylvania in 1983. He met Ken at WKAD, and eventually the two moved on to Elmira, New York. John did mornings at WENY, while Ken was part of a competing morning team at WELM. The pair teamed up at WKXW-Trenton before arriving at KFI. In 1995, their relentless coverage made the pair synonymous with the O.J. Simpson trial.
John, Revin: KBIG, 2007. Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, Revin now works middays at KBFF-Portland. After leaving Southern California, he worked for a year in Dubai in the UAE.
Johns, George: KMLT, 2005-10. George was a consultant to the Amaturo group, which included the JILL/fm stations in Thousand Oaks and Orange County.
Johnson, Ben Patrick: KABC, 1992-94. Ben was the image voice at KABC, Entertainment Tonight and Judge Joe Brown.
Johnson, Bruce: KFAC, 1969-71; KLAC, 1971-72; KHJ, 1972-75. Bruce owns stations in Palm Springs and Idaho.
(Shirley Jahad, Alex Jones, Michael Josephson, Wayne Jobson, and Josh Jacobs)
Johnson, Charlie: KMPC, 1967-69. Charlie has passed away.
JOHNSON, Chuck: KTYM, 1962; KJLH, 70s. The former general manager at KTYM died July, 27, 2004, at the age of 65.
Chuck owned Soul Beat television network based in Oakland. Soul Beat television was the very first music video network in the country, and broke all of the major artists to include Digital Underground, MC Hammer, and Too Short before they went mainstream. Chuck's Soul Beat television remained totally black owned and operated and he was always proud to say that the network remained "100 percent black-owned" from its very inception in 1978.
In the early 70's, Chuck was the first gm. During the mid-1970s, when Hollywood was producing more black movies, Johnson worked for Paramount Studios in distribution and marketing.
Johnson, Fred: KCSN, 2000-09. Fred was the gm at the Cal State Northridge station until the spring of 2009.
Johnson, Harry: KOST, 1977-82; KBIG, 1983-88. Harry went on to teaching broadcasting at Santa Monica City College, along with a voiceover career. He's now retired and living in Palm Springs.
Johnson, JJ: KDAY, 1974-91; KMPC; KJLH, 1992; KKBT, 1993-94; KACE, 1994-2000; KMLT, 2002-05; KKBT, 2006; KRBV, 2007. JJ worked weekends and fill-in at KRBV, "V-100." He does free-lance production work.
Johnson, Marques: KFWB, 2014-15. Marques joined morning drive at the launch of all-Sports format at KFWB, The Beast 980. Prior to that he was a basketball analyst for Fox Sports Net. He was a forward in the National Basketball Association (NBA) from 1977–89, where was a five-time All-Star. He played with the Milwaukee Bucks, LA Clippers and Golden State Warriors. Marques played for UCLA and won a national championship in 1975. He left KFWB in the fall of 2015 to join the broadcast team for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Johnson, Mike: KLON, 1986-88; KMNY, 1988-91; KMPC, 1991-93; KKGO/KMZT/KGIL/KSUR/KKJZ, 1990-2017. Mike is operations director for the Saul Levine stations and program director at KKJZ.
JOHNSON, Paul: Longtime Los Angeles traffic reporter Paul Johnson, who worked at NBC4 television for 22 years and was known for his signature phrase "Buckle up, be careful out there," died June 29, 2010. He was 75.
The Burbank television station said Johnson had been battling a brain tumor and had not worked since surgery in January. Johnson's soothing baritone-voice delivered reports on traffic snarls and the popular reporter.
He worked for Burbank's NBC4 since August 1988 as both a weather and traffic reporter. Johnson's broadcast career included positions at Los Angeles radio stations KZLA, KFAC, KXEZ, KSRF, KNX, KACE, KUTE and KIIS.
Johnson joined Metro Traffic in August 1982 and before that spent more than eight years with Capital Cities, leaving a position as program director for WJR/fm in Detroit. He appeared in the 1969 film Paint Your Wagon, on stage in several opera productions and in numerous commercials.
Johnson, Richard: KKLA, 2001-02. Richard reported the news at KKLA.
Johnson, Robin: Robin worked at Shadow Traffic.
Johnson, Ron: KPPC, 1971-73; KROQ, 1973. Ron runs Dr. Sounds Audio Prescriptions, a service provided to those who need to locate songs for film tv and commercials.
Johnson, Van: KROQ, 1986-91. Van is the manager of the Mosquito Abatement Department of the LA County Department of Works.
Johnson, Wayne: KEZY, 1964-65; KBIG, 1965-66. Wayne is retired and living in in Port Angeles, Washington.
(James Janisse, Ron Johnson, Ryan James, and Bubba Jackson)
Joliffe, John: KTZN, 1997. Unknown.
Jolley, Frank: KNAC, 1970-71 and 1972-74; KHJ; KKDJ, 1971-72; KROQ; KYMS, 1972. Frank owns and operates an independent film company that produces movies for tv and theatrically released films. He owns and operate kkdj.net and rockhouse.mobi online radio stations 24/7 and is "the life of Riley" in Citrus Heights, California.Over the years, Frank was Mentor Chairman of the Producers Guild of America.
Jonathan, Peter: KHJ, 1963-65. Peter was last heard to be living in Buffalo.
Jones, Alex: KEIB, 2015-17. Alexander Emerick "Alex" Jones hosts a syndicated talk show primarily about conspiracy theories. His show runs during the all-night hours at KEIB, The Patriot.
Jones, Bill: KLIT, 1990-93. Bill works at Westwood One and has an active voiceover career.
Jones, Bob: KHJ/fm: 1966. Unknown.
Jones, Brooke: KUTE, 1986; KACE, 1990-92; KAJZ/KBJZ, 1992-94. Brooke worked morning drive at KUTE. Unknown.
Jones, Buster: KGFJ, 1971-76; KMPC, 1976; KUTE, 1977-85. Buster is working on a book.
Jones, Chuck: KDAY, 1965. Unknown.
Jones, Dana: KPPC/KROQ, 1973. Dana is a professional photographer, based in Palos Verdes Pennisula. He opened his photography business in 1978.
Jones, David K: KOST, 1982-85. David has an active voiceover career.
JONES, Fred: KNAC, 1971-73. Fred, the former program director at KNAC, died on December 4, 2009, after suffering a stroke.
Beginning in 1974, Fred went on to quite the career as a studio owner, engineer, producer and noted audio industry figure. At KNAC he was known as “General Bird Dog.”
During his career he received two Grammy Award nominations and won countless prestigious advertising awards, including 11 CLIOs, IBAs, Beldings, Addys, BPMEs and numerous others. Among the artists Fred worked with were Loggins & Messina, Manhattan Transfer, Rita Coolidge, The Chambers Bros., James Earl Jones, Roy Rogers, Don Dorsey, Robin Williams, Joan Rivers, Stan Freberg, Steve Allen, Ray Bradbury and Gary Owens. But besides the many industry friends he leaves behind, Fred’s lasting legacy is the many classic albums he engineered/produced with The Firesign Theatre.
Jones, Geno: KJLH, 1990-92. Geno is working in Florida radio.
(Julie Jacobson, Ben Patrick Johnson, Jed the Fish, Kevin James, and Steve Jones)
Jones, Helen: KWRP. The long-time gm at KWRP has passed away.
Jones, Johnny: KDAY, 1974. Unknown.
JONES, Kelly: KHTI, 2018-20. Kelly J works evenings at KHTI (Hot 103.9) in the Inland Empire. She had been heard on Total Traffic and as an on-air personality at KOLA and worked at KSBR. Kelly grew up in St. Louis and studied radio broadcasting at Saddleback College. She co-hosted a show at Playlist 92.7 with Slade Smiley from Housewives of Orange County. "Playlist was my first radio family and gave me a LOT of amazing experiences and opportunities."
She now works as morning drive side-kick to Jeff Pope.
Jones, Ken: KGFJ; KIIS, 1976; KIEV. Ken died in the early 1990s.
Jones, Phil: KLAX, 1999-2000. Phil left his pd slot at Spanish KLAX in the summer of 2000.
Jones, Sam: KPSA, 1971-72; KLAC; KJLH. Unknown.
Jones, Steve: KDLD, 2004-09; KLOS, 2015-17. Steve, guitarist with the Sex Pistol, hosted Jonesy's Jukebox on Indie 103.1 until a format flip to Spanish in early 2009. Jonesy's Jukebox is now heard on IamRogue.com. He spent one season as a judge on The X Factor in 2011. Steve began a Friday only midday show at KLOS in October 2015 before going daily.
Jones, Tony: KTYM, 1974; KAGB, 1975; KACE, 1976, KJLH, 1972-84. Tony is retired from Northwest Airlines and government service.
JORDAN, Heather: KFI, 2016-17; KNX, 2017-20. Born and raised in Iowa, Heather joined the KFI news department in late 2016. She left KFI in February 2017.
Heather was a farm girl in the morning, volleyball player by the afternoon, and dance team performer at night, according to her KFI profile. She did PA announcing as a sophomore at Northwest Missouri State University.
Beginning in 2001, her radio career stops included Urban 99 Jamz and Urban AC Hot 105 in Miami, Urban Hot 103 Jamz in Kansas City, Top 40 Z-1067 and Country Y100 in San Antonio, and Urban AC Jammin 92.5 Denver. On the television side, Heather has worked as a field producer and floor director for CBS News in Dallas (KTVT), Miami (WFOR), and Chicago (WBBM). Heather switched from music format radio to become a news anchor at News 1040 WHO in Des Moines, in 2013. Before joining KFI, Heather worked news at 96.5 WBDO in Orlando.
Jordan, JJ: KHJ, 1975. In the mid-1990s JJ was hosting the syndicated show, "Lone Star Fishing."
Jordan, Steve: KTNQ, 1978. Steve is working in San Francisco radio.
Jordan, T. Michael: KMEN, 1967-68; KKDJ, 1973-74; KEZY, 1976-77. Tom is active in MIS work and lives in Illinois.
Joseph, Dave: KFWB, 2008; KSPN, 2011-17. Dave broadcasts hockey reports at KSPN. In early 2013, he was appointed PA voice for the LA Kings. As a sports undate anchor, Dave left KSPN in February 2015.
Josephson, Michael: KNX, 1997-2011. The former law professor aired a daily commentary on all-News KNX dealing with passionate and inspirational essays on ethics in everyday life until the fall of 2011.
Joy, Bob: KWIZ, 1969-72; KDAY, 1972. Bob passed the bar examination and is practicing in Susanville.
Joy, Dick: KNX, late 40s-early 50s; KFAC, 1950s-70s. Dick died in 1996. He was living in Talent, Oregon.
Joyner, Tom: KMAX, 1999; KKBT, 2006. Tom brought his syndicated show to KKBT, the BEAT, on June 19, 2006 and the show was dropped December 15, 2006. His show continues in syndication. He retired in early 2020.
Juggs, Billy: KLOS, 1977; KMET, 1977-85; KLSX, 1989-91. Billy works for NBC Asia.
JULIAN, Steve: KPCC, 2000-16. In the fall of 2000, Steve started hosting the "Morning Edition" at KPCC from five years at AirWatch America. He died April 24, 2016, at the age of 57 from complications from brain cancer.
Born on the Fourth of July, 1958, in Pomona, Steve worked for a half-decade at AirWatch America, broadcasting on a number of stations, including KFI, KOST, KLOS and KIIS. He is a second-generation Angeleno and graduated from Damien High School in LaVerne in 1976 and attended several local colleges and universities.
"From 1986-91, I was a police officer in Baldwin Park. I retired after testifying against two other officers charged with excessively beating a man caught hiding after a burglary." During the 1980s, Steve was a staff announcer and news anchor for several Inland Empire stations. In the fall of 2000, Steve joined KPCC as their local Morning Edition host. He had a massage practice on the side and raised dogs in Pasadena. Before two knee surgeries, Steve enjoyed hiking and racquetball. He was actively involved in local theater productions, both as an actor and a playwright.
Julius, Myke: KKBT, 2006; KRVB, 2006-08. Mike joined evenings at KKBT, the BEAT, in the fall of 2006. KKBT changed calls to KRBV (V100) in late 2006. He left when Radio-One sold the station to Bonneville in the spring of 2008. Myke hosts Quiet Storm in San Diego at Urban AC XHRM (MAGIC 92.5).
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