Los Angeles Radio People, K
Compiled by Don Barrett
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K, Bob: KFWB, 1967-68; KABC/KMPC, 1992-96. Bob is the gm of the Doug Stephan Company.
K, Ellen: KIIS, 1990-2015; KOST, 2016-19. Ellen co-hosted mornings with Ryan Seacrest at KIIS/fm until October 2015 when she took over mornings by herself at sister station, KOST. She was the announcer on the 2016 Academy Awards TV show. She has also been the announcer on the Grammy Awards, the People’s Choice Awards, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding on TLC and Hatched on The CW. Ellen, who was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2012, shared, “I’m honored and thrilled to be a part of the 2016 Oscars team. It’s a true privilege to lend my voice to this global event celebrating the best in cinema.”
K, Jeff: KACD, 1996-97. Jeff went on to do middays at "Merge 93.3" in Dallas.
KABC, Mr.: KFI, 1992-96; KABC, 1997-2007. Mr. KABC exited KABC in February 2007 following a contract dispute. He can be heard nightly on TalkRadioOne.com. SEE Marc Germain
KABRICH, Jeanine: KABC, 1998-99; KFWB, 2000-06. Jeanine worked as the Southern California Media representative for the U.S. Census Bureau. In 2006 she worked at GoTV, a mobile tv production company in Sherman Oaks. Jeannie pursued a Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee and lives in Los Angeles. She is a professor at California State University, Northridge.
Jeanine is a native Californian. Born in
Concord, raised in San Joseand Auburn, she finished high school in northwest . Her broadcast career began in junior high school at KISM/fm-Bellingham, Washington State as a news intern, then as a feature producer. Following graduation she joined the U.S. Army as a Broadcast Specialist. She was stationed in Washington Germanyin Bavaria, then served another tour of duty in West Berlin. She was one of the first female tv reporters for the American Forces Network Europe.
Married her third year in the services to a Green Beret, she moved with him and served in Central America (
) for two years. After returning to the Panama she and her husband divorced and she finished her college education. She graduated from United States Emerson Collegein with a Bachelor of Science degree in mass communication: broadcast journalism/political communication. She worked at various radio and tv stations in Boston Bostonbefore returning to in 1989. California
Kabrich, Randy: KQLZ, 1989-90. Randy has been a radio consultant for over two decades.
KADE, Justin: KYSR, 2007-17. Justin worked weekends at STAR 98.7 and in 2007 transitioned to nights when the station flipped to Alternative 98-7/fm. In early 2017, he joined SiriusXM Alt-National channel.
Justin arrived in the Southland from KMXB-Las Vegas. He was middays at ALT 987 (KYSR) for many years.
When he left the station in early March 2016, he wrote on Facebook: "After a solid 10 years on ALT 98.7 the time has come for me to say farewell at the end of this month. I am not being pushed out or fired, it is simply the end of my contract and all obligations have been complete. 10 years is a long time to spend in one place and in order to keep evolving as a spiritual & creative human being, it is simply time to close this door so that new ones can be opened. I want to thank my fantastic listeners, co-workers and supporters that I have been so lucky to have in my life over the past 10 years. I hope that you will continue sticking with me, sharing with me and having fun with me here on social media."
Kaelin, Brian Kato: KLSX, 1995-96. The pop icon who lived on OJ Simpson's property appears infrequently in the media. He hosted Eye-4-Eye.
Kaestner, Anne: KNX, 1976. Unknown.
KAGAN, Marilyn: KFI, 1991-96; KMPC/KTZN, 1996-97. Marilyn is a media consultant. Her latest book came out in November 2008 titled Defenders of the Heart and she continues to see people in therapy in Beverly Hills.
Beginning in August 1991, Marilyn hosted an evening therapy show on KFI. She went on to host a local tv program on KCAL/Channel 9. Marilyn left KFI in 1996 to devote more time to her tv show, which she hoped to take into national syndication. She joined KMPC in the late spring of 1996 and left a year later. She was bumped to make way for the syndicated psychologist Dr. Toni Grant. Marilyn told Gary Lycan of the OC Register:
“They were deceitful, noncreative and rude to talent. I was promised they would make my presence known, and it never happened.”
(Frank Kramer, Kelly Whelihan Kufman, and Kevin Kiley )
Kahlen, Brent: KYMS, 1969-73; KROQ, 1976-79; KNAC, 1979-81. Brent owns a company that does "business turnarounds" for small to medium sized businesses. He spends time at KOCI, a LPFM in Orange County.
Kahn, Chaka: KIBB, 1997. Chaka appeared on VH-1's Divas broadcast in April 1999 singing her hit, I Feel For You. She worked B-100 nights briefly in 1997.
Kahn, Ken: KLSX, 1998. Paired with Gerald Wolfe to host Jerry's Courtroom Deli, Ken's whereabouts are unknown.
KAHN, Larry: KNX, mid 1980s; KFOX, 1991; KORG, 1991; KFI, 1991-92; KMPC, 1992-95; KLSX, 1996-97; XTRA, 2003. Larry is the founder of Sports USA and he is the network’s primary NFL play-by-play broadcaster.
A sportscaster with more than four decades of experience, and recipient of the prestigious Los Angeles Press Club Award for best sports reporting, Kahn was previously the radio voice of the USC Trojans. He has called the Rose Bowl, College World Series, and also served as a play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Kalmenson, Howard: KWKW, 1962-97. Howard owned KWKW. He's now a partner in Lotus Communications. In 2012, he was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award from Radio Ink for his long record of dedication to Spanish-language radio.
Kalmenson, Jim: KWKW, 1991-97. Jim was general manager of KWKW, his father's station.
KALUSA, Ray: KSPN, 2003-06. Ray was appointed pd at KSPN in early fall 2003 from Citadel in Oklahoma City. He left the all-Sports station in early 2006. Ray died of an apparent heart attack on November 21, 2007. He was 49.
He was en route to Las Vegas to visit family for the Thanksgiving holiday when he was stricken. Ray, a 24-year veteran of radio, was pd at Citadel-owned stations, All Hits 98.9 KISS/fm, WWLS (The Sports Animal), and Supertalk 930 WKY (News Talk) in Oklahoma City, before arriving in Los Angeles.
Ray began his career in Ogden, Utah as a midday air talent and afternoon news anchor at KJQN. He later continued his on-air stint at KCPX-Salt Lake City, as evening and morning air talent, plus md/apd duties. From Utah, Ray headed to Reno's KWNZ where he was pd and afternoon air talent. His first gig in California was working as md/apd and the midday shift at San Diego's KKLQ (Q106), then becoming music director and apd at San Diego's KIOZ.
A graduate of the University of Notre Dame where he played baseball, Kalusa grew up in Chicago where he became a die-hard Cubs and Bears fan. “I dropped to my knees when I heard the news,” said David Singer, KSPN executive producer. “Ray was one of my best friends in radio. He was the nicest guy. He actually went to a Lakers game with my dad when I couldn’t go one night.”
When David prepared to play on a media team at Dodger Stadium, Ray told David “Let me hit you some ground balls so you’ll be ready.”
“I used to tease Ray he was the equivalent of a ‘gym rat’ at the radio station – a ‘radio rat’ – he would get there early and not leave until 11 p.m. at night. He loved talking to everybody and giving everybody in the building nicknames. He would chat up everybody he could in the four radio stations that occupied the building. He was always a guy who had a smile on his face,” said David.
John Ireland, who worked at KSPN with Kalusa, had just talked to Ray twice during the previous week. “He was a great guy who was always positive, always upbeat. That's the thing I'll miss most about him, he was one of those people who just never had a bad day. He was able to create enthusiasm, and it was contagious.” John revealed it was Ray Kalusa who talked him into returning to local radio with his longtime partner Steve Mason. “After a long courtship with the station, I called Ray to thank him for the offer, but that I had decided to turn him down. He insisted that I come to his office and meet with him and John Davison, just close the negotiation in person. I agreed, but my mind was made up. By the time the meeting ended, Ray was so convincing that I had changed my mind and we went on to make a lot of money together over the next few years.”
Steve said he had “just spoken to Ray last week by phone…we were talking about ‘old times.’ Ray was a ‘radio guy’ through and through. He loved our business, and he brought to it a decency and innate goodness that is increasingly hard to find.”
Steve added that Ray “was always smiling, and he was quick with his own special brand of dumb G-rated joke. Ray specialized in bad puns. We often described him as ‘punny.’ He was devoted to his family, and he loved working with, nurturing and supporting radio talent, not as employees, but as part of his family.”
Steve summed up by stating: “This is a terrible loss for our business. Ray was, and always will be, one of the ‘good guys.”
KAMBER, Dawn: KSBR, 1989-2020. The KSBR news director has been anchoring and reporting the news for the commercial free jazz station KSBR since 1989. She can be heard reporting on news impacting Orange County every half hour during morning drive, and noon weekdays. KSBR broadcasts on frequency 88.5/fm and on the Internet KSBR.org, as well as iTunes.
Dawn also hosts a half hour public affairs show Collage, which airs Monday evenings at 7 p.m. Her journalism experience dates back to when she was in ninth grade, when she was features editor, and news writer for her junior high school paper. She continued the newspaper experience in high school, and added tv news to her resume, as she reported on high school events for Public TV Station KLCS.
When she moved on to Cal State Northridge, where she got her B.A. degree in journalism, she wrote for the newspaper, and reported on the radio station KCSN. She also held a part-time job at KLAC. In the next five years, before being hired at KSBR, she worked at various commercial radio stations in Las Vegas and Reno as a news anchor and reporter.
Kamer, Steve: KHTZ, 1982-83. Steve works in New York and his voiceover career includes: Inside Edition, ESPN Classic, NBC Sports, CBS News, The Early Show, WCBS-AM Newsradio 880, and The New York Yankees!
Kane, Allan: KMET, 1980. Unknown.
KANNER, Bob: Bob was interested in radio from the time he could listen to one, according to long-time friend Shaune McNamara Steele. His contributions to the world of engineering were indeed revolutionary. He died August 20, 2005, at the age of 65.
Kanner was named chief engineer of WMCA-New York while he was in his 20s. This was during the days of manned transmitters. During Bob's tenure at WMCA he oversaw the transfer of the station from music to a talk format. Among his designs and innovations for the talk facilities were many 'firsts' - he worked on the development of the 7-second delay, which is common to this day. He became CE at KFRC-San Francisco in the early-mid '70s, and eventually, in 1977 moved to Los Angeles as chief engineer at KHJ/KRTH. During this time, he was named as Chief of Audio for the entire RKO chain. His work on AM audio processors during this time was always cutting edge. "His many technical innovations are now considered standard broadcasting procedure in radio stations all across the country,” wrote Shaune.
Bob was born in Brooklyn, New York on November 25, 1939. He was a ham operator for many years. He always built his own ham sets and corresponded with many of the famous hams for the day: Barry Goldwater, King Hussein of Jordan, and others.
“Bob was much more than an engineer;” commented Beau Weaver. “He was a visionary. At KFRC in 1973 he perfected his design of a multi-band audio processor that made KFRC sound like was an inch thick on the dial. This approach is now the basis of almost all of the commercial broadcast audio processing systems. At the time it took up an entire room of three racks of equipment. Bob also designed and built at KFRC, the finest new on air studio complex I had ever seen, and constructed it around and on top of the existing working radio station. Bob was a builder and designer, who could see where the technology could take us, before us creative types could imagine its possibilities. And he was a really great guy to boot. He was more like a jock than, um, you know: 'an engineering type.’ With the lone exception of his KFRC colleague [now Infinity engineering chief] Lynn Duke, Kanner had no peer in our industry. Bob belongs in the pantheon of RKO icons like Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele. He will be missed.”
Kaplan, Gabe: KLAC, 1990-92. Gabe was involved with the World Series of Poker.
KAPLAN, Jake: KROQ/JACK/fm, 2005-09; KAMP, 2008-2020. Jake is a Los Angeles based Voice Over talent and Radio Creative Director. Jake specializes in radio imaging and television promo.
Along with being the Creative Director at LA’s 97.1 AMP Radio, Jake’s voice can be heard on radio stations like WDZH-Detroit, WNTR-Indianapolis, WAPE Jacksonville and KDND-Sacramento.
On the television side, Jake has voiced promos for Spike, FX, and Fox Sports 1.
Jake’s Radio career started in Seattle at KUBE FM and has work at station like WHFS in Washington DC and KROQ in Los Angeles.
Kaplan, Leon: KABC, 1979-2019. The Motorman dispenses automotive information at KABC.
KAPLAN, Mike: KYSR, 2013-18. Mike joined KYSR/fm,
' Rock Alternative station, in early May 2013. He left in January 2018. He's now pd at ALT WBMP-New York. Los Angeles
Kaplan started his radio career as an intern and since then his laser focus has been locked on what’s next in pop-culture, music, tech and marketing which has helped grow and develop his extensive programming career. He wmas ostly recently programming the Seattle Entercom cluster, 107.7 The End KNDD/fm and 103.7 The Mountain KMTT/fm. At Entercom Kaplan also previously served as a pd.
Kaplan, Scott: XERB, 2003-12. Scott co-anchored morning drive at all-Sports "The Mighty 1090" until the summer of 2012. He returned in early 2013.
Karnatz, Mia: KPCC, 1987-2003; KCLU, 2004-13. Mia is the membership manager at KCLU.
Karel & Andrew: KFI, 1998-2002. Karel (Charles Karel Bouley) & Andrew (Howard) worked swing at KFI. Andrew died suddenly on May 21, 2001. He was 34. Karel went on to KGO Radio until 2008 and is now syndicated in markets including weekends at KGO-San Francisco.
Karla with a K: KACE, 1994-2000. Karla Antoinette worked the midday slot at KACE until the station was sold in early 2000 and changed to Spanish.
KASEM, Casey: KRLA, 1963-69. Los Angeles claimed him as their own during the 60s, before Casey Kasem became one of the most recognized voices on the planet. The long time host of American Top 40 died June 15, 2014, after a long battle with Lewy body dementia and infected bed sores.
"Early this Father’s Day morning, our dad Casey Kasem passed away surrounded by family and friends," Kerri Kasem wrote on Facebook. "Even though we know he is in a better place and no longer suffering, we are heartbroken. Thank you for all your love, support and prayers. The world will miss Casey Kasem, an incredible talent and humanitarian; we will miss our Dad. With love, Kerri, Mike and Julie."
Born in Detroit in 1932 to Lebanese Druze parents, Kemal Amin Kasem interned in 1950 at Detroit's public radio station, WDTR. He then worked as a radio quiz-show usher at WXYZ-Detroit, before acting in youth roles on nationally-aired programs, The Lone Ranger and Sergeant Preston. Drafted in 1952, Casey served in Korea at the headquarters of Armed Forces Radio. In 1954 he returned to Wayne State to finish college, working as a newsman, board-op, and part-time dj at WJLB. Casey later switched to WJBK-Detroit as a full-time jock. He headed to New York in 1958 in an unsuccessful try for stage acting work. In 1959, he hosted radio and a tv show, Cleveland Bandstand at WJW.
Casey moved west in 1962, arriving at KEWB-San Francisco where he developed the “teaser-bio” format, putting drama and stories into introductions of the music. It became his much-copied trademark technique. In 1963 he moved to Southern California, joining the lineup of the legendary KRLA as one of the “Eleven-Ten Men” until 1969. Working in Southern California allowed Casey to continue pursuing acting gigs throughout the 1960s. He appeared in several movies, including The Girls from Thunder Strip, The Glory Stompers, Scream Free!, 2000 Years Later, The Cycle Savages, and The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant. Casey appeared on tv, hosting Dick Clark’s daily syndicated tv dance show, Shebang, as well as an appearance on The Dating Game.
Record exec Mike Curb suggested Casey try commercial voiceover work, which made his voice known nationally. It was Casey who provided the voice of Robin in the tv cartoon series Batman and Robin, though he was probably better known as the voice of Shaggy on Scooby Doo.
In 1969 Casey called Ron Jacobs at Watermark, a radio syndicator, to talk about a new idea called American Top 40. The show would count down the biggest hits of the week, an idea he conceived with Don Bustany, a Hollywood movie producer and childhood friend. “AT40" debuted on July 4, 1970, on WMEX-Boston. The show originally aired in only seven markets. The show eventually became nationally and internationally popular as “Casey’s Coast-to-Coast” countdown added more and more stations, at one time boasting over 1,000 affiliates. The playing of nearly every song was introduced with a short story about the song or the artist. Listeners from all over the world would ask Casey to play a long-distance dedication to reach out or to honor a friend or long-lost acquaintance.
From 1980 to 1992 he hosted a syndicated tv countdown show based on the radio show,America's Top Ten. Casey received a Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1981.
Casey parted ways with AT40 and Cap Cities/ABC who was then syndicated the show. But he wasn’t gone for long, as he was soon back with Casey’s Top 40, with Casey Kasem via Westwood One. Before the show debuted on January 1, 1989, over 400 affiliates had signed up.
(Casey Kasem at KRLA)
That same year, Casey was featured in Variety, explaining the appeal of AT40: “When we first went on the air, I thought we would be around for at least 20 years. I knew the formula worked. I knew people tuned in to find out what the No. 1 record was.”
He continued to look for acting opportunities on tv, appearing on Charlie's Angels, Quincy, and Fantasy Island. Still, his voice was his primary vehicle, as even on tv he was more often heard than seen on tv as he became the “voice of NBC” during the Fred Silverman era of the late 70s and early 80s. Casey continued to do advertising work, but he gradually eliminated doing ads for products he believed harmful to his fans. He declined to advertise cigarettes, alcoholic beverages, Las Vegas, and motorcycles. An advocate for vegetarianism, Casey also eschewed any ads featuring meat, fish, and poultry products.
Casey marched for peace, protested against nuclear arms, and supported aid for the homeless. He promoted workshops in conflict resolution between Arabs and Jews, not being afraid to offer controversial ideas and solutions. In a CNN interview with Larry King, Casey said that the U.S. should negotiate with Yasser Arafat or whoever represented the Arab World in order to advance peace in the ongoing Middle East conflict. He left the role of Shaggy in 1995, in a dispute over a Burger King commercial, but returned in 2002 when it was agreed that Shaggy would be a vegetarian. Casey appeared regularly as a co-host on the Jerry Lewis Telethon on behalf of Muscular Dystrophy from 1983 – 2005.
Casey turned off the radio microphone on July 4, 2009. He reflected on his personal history with counting down the hits, and ended with his trademark signature:
Well now, we’re up to the number one song in the land, and I look back on four amazing decades of counting ’em down. The countdown began on the Fourth of July, 1970. It was an idea that my partner, Don Bustany and I, came up with. Our first show took more than 18 hours to record, and at first, we only had seven stations. But Don and I believed, and so did a growing number of listeners. Back then, there were no long-distance dedications on the show. That didn’t come along until 1978, when Matt Wilson located one in the mail, and Matt’s been with us ever since. Today, we’ve read more than 3,000 of your dedications. Over the years, musical trends have come and gone, from disco to new wave, from punk to hip hop, from bubble gun to rock. We’ve been there, counting em’ down. It’s been a great 39 years, and it’s really been an honor for me…
I’d like to share with you something I’ve learned over the years. Success doesn’t happen in a vacuum. You’re only as good as the people you work with, and the people you work for. I’ve been lucky – I’ve worked for, and with, the very best…I’m Casey Kasem. Now one more time, the words I’ve ended show with since 1970 – keep your feet on the ground, and keep reaching for the stars.
Kasem, Kerri: KLSX, 2005-08. Kerri, daughter of Casey Kasem, was a frequent guest and fill-in host at KLSX. She left a morning job in Las Vegas in late summer of 2007.
Kat, Killer: SEE Kat Snow
(Jo Kwon, Max Kellerman, and Rhonda Kramer)
Katchen, Sharon: KFWB, 1986-2008. Sharon was the Long Beach bureau chief for all-News KFWB until the fall of 2008. She reports for the City News Service and Fox News Radio.
Katz, Burt: KMPC, 1996; KABC, 1996-99. Burt is a retired L.A. Superior Court judge.
Kaufman, Mike: KMPC, 1992; KFWB, 1995-99. Mike reported sports at all-News KFWB.
Kaufmann, Dawna: KMDY, KIEV, KMPC, KTZN. Dawna is a writer and frequent guest on tv.
Kay, Ella: KDAY, 1965. Unknown.
Kay, Karen: KIKF, 2000; KMXN, 2000-02; KDL, 2003; KSPN, 2004. Karen was working part-time for Fox Sports Net until early 2009. She's now working at NBC Sports Radio.
Kaye, Barry: KHJ, 1972-74. Nominated eight times as dj of the year, Barry is pd/afternoons at Country KVST, near Houston.
Kaye, Harry: KFWB, 1957. Unknown.
(Will Kohlschreiber, Jackson King, Chris Kelley, , Paul Kelly, and Dan Kearney)
Kaye, Jerry: KROQ, 1977; KLOS, 1978. Last heard, Jerry was working Earth News at CBS.
KAYE, Jhani: KUTE, 1972-74; KKDJ, 1974; KGBS, 1975; KROQ, 1973-74; KFI/KOST, 1982-99; KBIG, 1999-2000; KOST/KBIG, 2000-05; KRTH, 2006-09; KRTH/KTWV, 2009-13. Jhani took over as pd at K-EARTH on January 3, 2006 and added KTWV January 8, 2010. He exited CBS/LA in late June 2013.
Born John Kazaroff in Maywood, Jhani is proud of his American Indian heritage. He got into radio by accident: a friend asked him to fill in on a local high school station's radio show. He worked as talent on KFXM-San Bernardino before KUTE and KROQ and then his first programming assignment was KINT-El Paso for five years.
Jhani was offered the assistant pd position at KFI when it was a Top 40 station. It is important to Jhani to be successful in his hometown of Los Angeles. A year later, he was named pd of sister station KOST when the format changed to AC. He also worked afternoon drive for a while. At KOST, Jhani was a tough programmer, insisting that the jocks adhere to the format, which resulted in solid, long-term success. During Kaye’s tenure at KOST he had the distinction of being the longest running pd of a music station in Los Angeles. Under his leadership KOST was the AC station of choice for listeners 12 + for 83 quarters. In addition, KOST garnered two Marconi Awards, four Billboard Awards and three Gavin Awards for “Station of The Year.”
KAYE, Marc: KIIS, 1992-94, pres/gm. The former president and gm of KIIS is a native of
New Yorkand graduated cume laude from with a bachelor of Science degree. In the summer of 2018, Marc announced his retirement after 45 years in the radio business. Ohio University
Marc began his broadcast career in 1973 at
. In the early 1980s he was sales manager of WRBQ-Tampa and gm of KODA-Houston. In July of 1984, he began his 15-year journey with Gannett Broadcasting as sm of KKBQ-Houston and two years later was promoted to station manager. In August of 1987 he became gm of KNUA-Seattle and a year later took over WDAE/WUSA-Tampa. Marc left KIIS in 1994 to return to WUSA/WDAE where he was the president and gm until leaving in late 1996 following an ownership change. WGBB-Long Island, as an account executive
In the spring of 1997 he was appointed vp of Sandusky Radio’s fiveFor a time, Marc held on to his sports broadcaster dreams by working as the radio voice of the St. John’s University Redmen, and worked for the brand new (at the time) cable sports channel, ESPN.
properties, which is now Hubbard Radio. Seattle
Kaye, Tamara: KYMS, 1993-95; KOLA, 1995-98; KFI, 2000-01; KWVE, 1998-2003. Tamara was a parttime news anchor at KFI through AirWatch America.
Kazan, Dick: KABC/KMPC, 1993-95. Dick runs his own consulting business and hosts Kazantoday.com, a website that deals with entertaining and compelling real-life stories with valuable lessons on how to succeed in business and in life.
KAZE, Irv: KIEV/KRLA, 1991-2002. Irv died June 29, 2002 of a massive heart attack. He was 75.
Irv was born in Worcester, Massachusetts and grew up in New York. He joined KIEV in 1991 to host a sports talk show. He is the only Los Angeles area sports broadcaster to have the distinction of wearing both a World Series and a Super Bowl ring. During his eight years with the Los Angeles Raiders as senior administrator, the team won the 1984 Super Bowl. Prior to joining the Raiders, he was media relations director for the New York Yankees in 1981 when they won their last pennant prior to 1996.
While attending New York University, he worked for the New York Post. Upon graduation, he began his baseball career with the Hollywood Stars of the Pacific Coast League, moving up to the parent Pittsburgh Pirates when the Dodgers moved from Brooklyn. Irv was the first public relations director of the Los Angeles (now Anaheim) Angels. When Al Davis became commissioner of the AFL, Irv joined his staff and later became business manager and assistant to the president of the San Diego Chargers for seven years. Irv has been recognized on six occasions as the Best Radio Talk Show host by SC Sports Broadcasters.
Kearn, Richard: KGIL, 1965. Unknown.
Kearney, Dan: CBS/LA, 2013-17. Dan was appointed svp/market manager for the CBS/LA cluster in late summer of 2013. In late 2017, he took over the Entercom/CBS cluster in Las Vegas.
Keena: KXMX, 1999-2000; KROQ. The former "Mix 95.9" weekender works in PR at Premiere Radio Networks. She was also a producer of weekend programming at KROQ.
(Krisha, Kato Kaelin, and John Kobik)
KEENE, Bill: KNX, 1957-93. Longtime KNX traffic and weather reporter Bill Keene died April 5, 2000. Bill was the longtime weather/traffic reporter for KNX from 1957 until his retirement in 1993. For many years he did similar duties on KNXT/Channel 2 and was part of the highly successful The Big News with Jerry Dunphy and sports announcer Gil Stratton. Born July 1, 1927, Bill worked in a meteorology firm before joining KNX in 1957. He hosted "The Bill Keene Show," a local variety show, and met his future wife, Louise Vienna, who was appearing as a singer. Bill gave flavor to the traffic reports using words like "cattywampus," "chrome cruncher" and "paint peeler" instead of "accident." He started his professional career in Scottsbluff, Nebraska, winning an audition at his high school. After flying in the United States Air Force during World War II, he became nd at KBOL-Boulder. He went into the weather field after an unruly winter interrupted his private flying lessons. Bill died at a hospital in Tucson, Arizona, following complications from a stroke. He was 73.
Keene, Scott: KBRT, 1983-84; KFI, 1986. Scott owns a mobile dj business and he is a professional sports umpire living in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Keffury, Bill: KRLA, 1961-63. Bill lives in Las Vegas and hosts NiceNoise.com.
Keith: KLOS, 1977. Unknown.
Keith, Bobby: KDAY, 1967; KLAC, 1967. Unknown.
KEITH, Randy: KFI, 2000-05; KNX, 1999-2012. In 1999, Randy became part of the airborne traffic team at all-News KNX. You may remember him from 1070AM or his earlier positions are KBET (1220AM), Shadow Traffic and KFWB. We haven’t heard him on the local airwaves for awhile. So what the heck happened to him? This is one of those terrific stories about going back to his true love – performing for others on his piano.
Randy was born in Los Angeles on May 1, 1980. He grew up in Pacoima until his parents moved the family to Santa Clarita in 1987. Randy’s first job was at Santa Clarita’s only radio station, KBET (1220 AM), where he co-hosted a show for teenagers at the age of 14.
After graduating Saugus High with honors, Randy started working at Shadow Traffic. After graduating with a BA in Communications Studies from UCLA, Randy worked nearly full-time as a studio and airborne traffic reporter for KNX and Metro networks. He also had stints serving on staff as board-op at KFI, morning show host at KHTS, and traffic producer at the KTLA Morning News. And then things changed.
In 2004, Randy began working as a piano entertainer at Universal City Walk’s Howl at the Moon, then in 2007, became a full-time freelance dueling piano player. So Randy officially left LARadio in 2008 to pursue his lifelong passion of music (he started playing at the age of 2), though is still working on publishing a guide helping SoCal drivers navigate around freeway traffic. He started his own entertainment company in 2013 while living in Phoenix.
He currently lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife Amy, who he married in 2015. She is also a dueling piano entertainer.
Kellerman, Max: KSPN, 2011-16. Max started middays on 1.3.11 at 710/ESPN. He left the show in July 2016 to join Stephan A. Smith on ESPN/TV's First Take.
(Diana Kirchen (Kelly), Khool-Aid, Don Kelly , and Bill Kingman)
KELLEY, Bob: KMPC, 1946-64; KRKD, 1964-66. Bob was regarded as one of the finest football announcers in the history of radio and television. Bud Furillo was even more effusive, "Ol' Kell was the best football announcer I ever heard."
Bob came West with the Rams in 1946, a position he had held since the inception of the pro football team in Cleveland in 1937. He won immediate fame for his vivid broadcasts. Bob announced the PCL's Angel games from 1948 to 1957. He was twice named the LA Times Sportscaster of the Year. He had a nightly controversial sports show on KMPC and was the sports director for the station.
Jim Murray wrote: "His dinner-hour sports show made as many people gnash their teeth as cheer. But they listened. His mail was sulfuric. But they wrote."
Bob was born in Kalamazoo and attended high school in Elkhart, Indiana and Western Reserve University where he graduated in 1942. After graduation from high school, Bob moved to South Bend and a job announcing the football games of the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. He became director of sports for WGAR-Cleveland and began calling Ram games. In 1942 he joined WJR-Detroit where he broadcast the games of the University of Michigan, while commuting back to Cleveland on Sundays to do the Rams. In the mid-1950s Bob became part of the Angels and Hollywood Stars at Wrigley Field and California Angels beginning announcing team in 1961. In 1964 Bob was carried out of the Coliseum during the Pro Bowl with a heart attack.
The Voice of the Rams died September 9, 1966, at the age of 49. His son Pat, who was known as Paraquat Kelley, pursued a broadcasting career and was heard in the Southland on KMET and KMPC/fm. (Bob, on left, is pictured with his son Tim)
(Karen Kaye and Payal Kumar)
Kelley, Chaz: KRTH, 1991-2002; KLTE, 2003; KRTH, 2008. Chaz worked weekends at "K-Earth" until the summer of 2008. She fills-in from time to time.
Kelley, Chris: KFI, 1983. Chris works at KPLN-San Diego as Chuck Jones and "The Joneses" Morning Show.
Kelley, Christina: KCMG, 1998-2001; KRTH, 2002-15; KABC, 2018. Christina left "Mega 92.3" in the summer of 2001 when the station flipped to "Hot 92.3" and in early 2002 joined KRTH. She worked evenings until leaving in August 2015. She works morning drive at the Talk station, KABC.
Kelley, Gary: KIQQ, 1978-79. Gary was the weekend weather at KGTV/Channel 10 in San Diego. He's now a wedding dj.
Kelley, Pat "Paraquat": KMET, 1977-87, KMPC/fm, 1988. Pat is in Southland real estate and he is a screenwriter. He has written a book, There Will Always Be Termites, which chronicles his journey with MS.
KELLEY, Sandy: KYSR, 1991-92; KXEZ, 1992-96; KLIT, 1997-98; KTWV, 1997-2007. Sandy was brought on originally as morning co-host with Paul Crosswhite. "When Paul left I continued on with Dave Koz & Pat Prescott as a co-host and news director. During that entire time I was also the fill-in jock for most shifts and I voicetracked the overnights," said Sandy. Sandy works with her husband, the Tax Rabbi, in Woodland Hills.
Kelly, Ben: KKBT, 1990-99; KCMG, 1999-2000. Ben is part-owner of a production company making spiritual films. He also works for one of the traffic services.
Kelly, Bill: KEZY, 1987. Unknown.
Kelly, Don: KLAC, 1980-83. Don is retired and living in Minnetonka, Minnesota.
(John Kentera, Chaz Kelley, Mr. KABC, Evelyn Kelly, and Keena)
Kelly, Evelyn: KFI, 1978-81; KIIS, 1986. Evelyn is in real estate in the West San Fernando Valley.
Kelly, Jeff: KLAC, 1985-88; KYSR, 1993. Since 1994, Jeff has been the weather anchor for KPNX/TV-Phoenix.
Kelly, Jim: KFWB, 1961; KBLA. Jim is a teacher at Fullerton College.
Kelly, Josh: KBIG, 2000. Josh worked swing at KBIG.
Kelly, Kidd: KWST, 1981; KFOX, 1982; KWNK, 1985. Brett Nordhoff works at KIMN-Denver.
Kelly, Kurt: KLOS, 1983-87; KNX/fm/KODJ, 1988-90. Kurt is active in the voiceover world.
Kelly, "Machine Gun": KHJ, 1973-78; KTNQ, 1978-79; KFI, 1983; KOST, 1985; KIIS, 1987-88; KODJ/KCBS, 1989-92; KBIG, 1999-2000. MG runs MGK Conmmunications based in Los Angeles. He's producing and hosting two shows: "Machine Gun Kelly's American Hit List" a 60's and 70's - 3 hour weekly show - and M.G. Kelly's "Amazing 80s." The two show are heard on over one hundred stations.
Kelly, Marc: KEZY, 1971-72; KIQQ, 1972-73. Marc lives in St. George, Utah.
Kelly, Margie: KWIZ, 1976-78; KYMS. Margie lives in Mission Viejo and writes books for single Christians.
Kelly, Merilee: KSCA 1994-96, KYSR 1996-98. Merilee is programming coordinator for Codcomm Inc.’s rock WPXC “Pixy 103” and adults hits WFRQ “Frank FM” on Cape Cod, Massachusetts. Kelly will do on-air work, production, and assist in digital efforts.
Kelly, Pat: KHJ; KFI, 1950-68. Unknown.
Kelly, Paul: KWIZ, 1978-82. Paul is a professor in Dublin, Ireland.
Kelly, Peter: KXLU, 1993-99. The former gm and pd at KXLU runs moviemusic.com.
KELLY Sam: KFSH, 2017-20. Sam hosts the midday show at the Christian Contemporary station, the FISH. She arrived in the Southland from the Praise 106.5 in the Northwest. She's also heard in afternoons on Spirit 105.9 in Austin
"Does it seem like the hardest things in life are also the best ones? Around 2013, my husband Carlos and I had a little girl. She was born with Down Syndrome and had seizures for most of her first year of life. We spent hours in the hospital, tired and scared, always wondering if the next treatment would work. She began to heal after a women's Christmas dinner event where 300 women prayed for her. Since then, we've seen what a gift God gave us in Zoe. She delights in life, prays often and is a painter with some pretty amazing talent. Our faith is so strong now. We know on this earth there will be hard times. We know the answer. His name is Jesus." (from KFSH website)
Sam is the voice of Princess Peach and Toad in Nintendo's Mario Kart games. My latest profound quote: "Don't put that in your mouth!!!" Wouldn't change a thing.
Kelly, Skip: KYSR, 2002-04. Skip was pd at WWJK (107.3 JACK/fm) in Jacksonville until early 2020 when there was a major iHeart downsizing.
Kelly, Steve: KIKF, 1993-97. Steve worked for one of the traffic services.
Kelly, Tim: KFI, 1998-2001. Tim, part of the Tim & Neil show, left the Talker in the fall of 2001. He was "Dick Cabeza," producing bits for Bill Handel. Tim's pursuing non-radio related opportunities.
(Christina Kelley, Steve Kelly, Tim Kelly, "Shotgun Tom" Kelly, and Gayle King)
Kelly, Tim: KFI, 1978-81; KIIS, 1983; KKBT, 1989-90. Tim is partner and senior advisor to All Comedy Radio.
Kelly, Todd: KIIS, 1999-2004; KDLD/KDLE, 2004-09. Todd worked afternoons at "Indie 103.1" as TK until a format flip in early 2009. He's now pd/radio operations/afternoons at freeform Indie station at moheak.com.
KELLY, Tom: KNX and KFI. Tom's signature assignment came when he began covering USC football and men's basketball in 1961. In his 35 years with the Trojans, he described the moves of four Heisman Trophy winners and recounted the exploits of five national championship football teams. For his dedication, he was presented the Tommy Trojan award in 1987, the highest award given by the USC Athletic Department.
Tom began his broadcasting career in northern Wisconsin at a small 250-watt station where he "did everything." He worked at KTTV/Channel 11 and KNXT/Channel 2 for five-year stints at each tv station as a sports reporter. From 1976 to 1982 he called play-by-play for the San Diego Chargers. He's called the action for the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers. He telecast 23 bowl games including 16 Rose Bowls.
Born in Minneapolis, Tom graduated in 1951 from Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. He died June 27, 2016, at the age of 88, after a long battle with cancer. Kelly died two days before his 89th birthday.
Kelly came to Los Angeles to join Chick Hearn on USC football and basketball for the 1961-62 season at KNX radio. When Hearn left the next year to start broadcasting the newly relocated Lakers, Kelly began a Southern California broadcasting career that included calling five USC national championship football seasons from John McKay to Pete Carroll. Kelly’s booming voice that rose to the level of the action was also heard in Los Angeles on pro football, NBA, boxing and golf.
He won five Golden Mike Awards and the California Sportscaster of the Year by both the AP and UPI three times.
Kelly was the original voice of the Prime Ticket all-sports cable channel when it launched in 1985 prior to becoming Fox Sports West. Kelly was inducted into the USC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2001 and the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2005. After he was injured while playing football at Northland College in Ashland, Wisconsin, he helped with the school’s radio broadcasts. His broadcasting career continued in Duluth, Minnesota, Des Moines, Iowa, and then Peoria, Illinois. “The Lord blessed me with a voice that isn’t objectionable to listeners, is recognizable by many and has the ability to stand before people,” Kelly said in his 2007 biography.
“I hope I didn’t alienate anyone down the line, but I loved doing what I did and loved broadcasting for the team I covered. “It has been an unbelievable career … there’s no rhyme or reason how I managed to remain the Voice of the Trojans except luck and good fortune. … I don’t know how I qualified but I’m thankful. I enjoyed every moment and realize I was one of the fortunate ones.” (portions of this obit are from Tom Hoffarth of the Los Angeles Daily News)
Kelly, Tom: KNX, 1975-80. Tom was also known as Tom Hood when he broadcasts USC sports on Fox Sports West. He went on to work in Seattle. He's now a part-time physicians assistant in Tacoma. He went back to school and graduated in metallurgy. "It has served to whet my appetite and it tripled my income."
Kelly, "Shotgun" Tom: KRTH, 1997-2016. "Shotgun" worked afternoon drive at "K-Earth." In the spring of 2013, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In the spring of 2015, he was honored by Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. In August 2015, he left afternoon drive and became an "ambassador" for K-EARTH. Shotgun ended his ambassadorship in the winter of 2016. In the summer of 2018, he was starting as a personality on the '60s SiriusXM channels. He's also president of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.
Kelman, Lori: KFWB, 2002-08; KABC, 2016-17. Lori was a reporter for all-News KFWB until a company downsizing in the fall of 2008. She has been doing part-time news anchoring at KABC since the fall of 2016. She teaches News classes at The Academy of Radio & Television Broadcasting in Huntington Beach.
KELTON, Stan: KJLH, 1968-70. Stan was a great friend to radio (KJLH in the late 60s). He died April 12, 2015, after a three-month battle with stomach cancer.
He was 63.
Stan was born in Long Beach. He loved radio and he started his career at 16. “I would have started earlier if it had not been for child labor laws,” said Stan when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. When he began at KJLH, the station was owned by Los Angeles mortician John Lamar Hill (K-John Lamar Hill) and the studios were located in the Garden Room of Mottell’s Mortuary at 3rd and Alamitos in Long Beach.
“When I was working solo at night at the studio/mortuary it was eerie; however, I was never actually disturbed by the other inhabitants.” After receiving a B.A. in journalism from USC, Stan obtained his law degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles. Stan lived in Huntington Beach and represented commercial landlords throughout Southern California. In addition to his continued interest in radio, he maintained an interest in journalism and taught mass communication law each summer at the California Scholastic Press Association Journalism Workshop at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
Stan was a supporter of SPERDVAC, and cultivated friendships with radio historians and many of our best second-generation of broadcast engineers, for whom he had great respect. He helped keep Southern California's rich media history alive in many ways. He was active in the campaign to restore Fullerton's Fox Theater to its former glory.
“Stan was also my dearest, oldest friend,” said Jerry Trowbridge, who helped with this story. “One of the things I will miss the most is the oft-repeated email from him that starts out: ‘In case you missed this on Barrett's site...’”
(Lee Klein, Karla with a K, Mitch Krayton, and Damon Knight)
Kemp, Garth: KLOS, 1997-98; KNX, 2018-19. Garth reported weather for KABC/Channel 7 News for years. In late 2015, he joined CBS TV's KCAL and KCBS. In is in a similar capacity at all-News KNX.
Kemp, Guy: KWST, 1980-82; KNAC, 1982-84; KMPC/fm, 1987-88. Guy has a successful voiceover career.
Kendall, Charlie: KWST, 1978. Charlie is the operations manager at LM Communications in Lexington Kentucky. He's also the morning talent on their B92 Classic Hits station.
Kennedy, Alton, KPSA, 1972. Unknown.
Kennedy, George: KGBS, 1964. George died October 17, 1998, at the age of 68. A Navy veteran, he served for 20 years before retiring as a chief petty officer. While in the Navy, he began his radio career in Booneville, Indiana., in 1954. He also worked for radio station WDCL in Carbondale and later at KGBS in Los Angeles. While in Los Angeles, he was the chief radio news announcer at Armed Forces Headquarters and helped direct the first closed circuit radio broadcast transmitted on a ship. He won numerous broadcasting awards for radio series he produced for the Navy, including the Freedom Foundation Award for "Voices of the Fleet." While in Los Angeles, he won the Southern California Broadcasters Association "Gold Mike" Award. Before retiring, he worked for WYNS, Lehighton. He attended Los Angeles City College, where he was on the dean's list. George appeared in nine episodes of Hawaii Five-0 and in the movies Lost Flight and Tora Tora Tora.
Kennedy, Kevin: KLAC, 2015. Former manager of the Boston Redsox (1995-96), Kevin joined David Vassegh for Dodger Talk following all games at the start of the 2015 season.
KENNEDY, Virgin: KROQ, 1990-91; KFI, 2008-09; KYSR, 2009-14. The former MTV vj hosts Reality Remix and co-hosted the KFI evening show with Bryan Suits until September 30, 2009. She provided features on the KYSR (98-7) morning show until the spring of 2014. She also hosts a nightly current events talk show on Fox Business Network titled “The Independents.”
Born Kennedy Montgomery in 1972, she confessed to Howard Stern in an interview with the "King of All Media" that he influenced her decision to get into radio. When she left KROQ she became a veejay on MTV. In an US magazine interview, she described the KROQ people listening to her overnight show as "insomniacs, students, people from Kinko's and 24-hour supermarkets. And Satanic 14-year-old boys who would send me magic powder, lace and sexual faxes. I probably still have them. I saved everything from KROQ." In 1993 she was voted MTV's most unpopular veejay. In People's 1994 year-end review of Fresh Faces, Kennedy said, "One reason they hired me was because I say - and do - whatever's on my mind." The story said that she is probably the only Kennedy with a GOP elephant tattooed on her hip. In 1995, Spy magazine listed Kennedy 19th in their list of "100 Most Annoying, Alarming, And Appalling People, Places, And Things."
Kenney, June: KMET, 1967. Unknown.
Kenny, Tim: Tim was last heard working for Metro in Denver.
Kent, Tony: KPOL, 1961-69 and 1971-74. Last heard, Tony bought a station in Pismo Beach and has since sold it.
Kentera, John: XERB, 2003-15. John works afternoons at all-Sports "Mighty 1090."
Kerby, Ed: KIIS, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KIIS, 1973; KWST, 1973; KDAY, 1974-94; KMAX, 1995. Ed owned Love's Restaurant in North Hollywood.
Kerdoon, Randy: KWNK, 1990; KFWB, 1989-95; KNX, 2003-19. The former weekend sports anchor at KTTV/Fox 11 broadcasts morning drive sports at all-News KNX.
KERN, Harvey: KNJO/KMDY/Lite 92.7, 1978-98.
Harvey, long retired, concluded his voicing career (and has been retired from his health career for over two decades). However, he's not done using his voice. You will find him volunteering (as a tour guide/docent) at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, the Adamson House in Malibu, the California Science Center (Endeavour/space shuttle), and the UCLA Mildred E. Mathias Botanical Garden. Harvey lives with his partner Ann Hayman in West Los Angeles.
Harveywas born on September 1, 1942, raised in southwest , and attended UCLA, where he was a disc jockey on KCLA (now KLA). In June 1964, he began a long career with the L. A. County Department of Health Services. He began teaching evening graduate classes in health at CSUN in 1972. While commuting, he was a pioneering KNX traffic tipster (" Los Angeles the Road Warrior") for Bill Keene and Jim Thornton. Harvey
returned to radio, beginning a 20-year association with KNJO and KMDY (Comedy Radio), where he was an air personality, news and sports reporter, and public service director. He could also be heard doing live remotes from openings countless businesses, theaters, and public service remotes in Harvey . Ventura County
"I was the Director of Public Affairs for the
Los Angeles County+ USC Medical Center[and its principal media spokesperson] for the last nine years of my 32-year career with L.A. County," remarked . "I also had my evening teaching responsibilities, in addition to the radio gig. Radio was a great, relaxing avocation, and lots of fun." Harvey
Somehow, he managed to squeeze in announcing duties for football games at
, where he was the "voice of the Eagles" from 1981 to 1985. Oak Park High School retired from the County and teaching in 1996 and instantly became the morning drive - later midday - air personality for KNJO, where he remained until he "retired" from live radio in 1998. "I survived six ownerships, 13 program directors, and outlasted other staff of KNJO several times over," he joked. Upon his departure, he was honored with scrolls from the Harvey Countyof Venturaand City of Thousand Oaksas the "Voice of the " for 20 years. Conejo Valley
Kern, Jim: KFI, 2004-05. Jim reported traffic on KFI.
(Kurt Kretzschmar, Steve Knight, Ellen K, and Howard Kalmenson)
KERR, Bob: KFI, 1957-78. Bob retired in 1978 and died August 8, 1981 in Agoura Hills. He also did a bit of acting - appearing in several episodes of the NBC TV's Matinee Theater in 1955-58.
Bob was born and raised in Akron, Ohio – the son of the editor of the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper. By 1940 he had moved to St. Petersburg, Florida and was working as a news photographer for the St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. After a stint in the Army in World War II, he went to work as staff announcer in 1950 for KICK radio in Springfield, Missouri – a station that had just gone on the air that same year.
In March, 1951, he left for Kansas City’s flagship (owned by the Kansas City Star) television station, WDAF/TV, and stayed there for five years. He was primarily a news announcer at first, but later hosted several tv shows.
In 1954, he received TV Guide’s Gold Medal Award as a local tv personality “most worthy of network recognition.” He also began acting in community theater productions. In mid-1956, Bob left Kansas City and headed for Los Angeles.
In his first year on the West Coast, he freelanced as an announcer. In September of 1957 he joined KFI as an announcer. He went on the air as a newscaster (and also host of a music program) in December 1957, and stayed at KFI until he retired in 1978. Bob also continued his acting in LA.
Kessler, Steve: KGGI, 1979-87. In the '90s, Steve went on to work at Z90 in San Diego, B95-Fresno, KFRC-San Francisco and KBGO-Las Vegas. He's currently involved in furniture marketing and merchandising in Santa Clarita.
Kester, Howard: KEZY, 1966. Howard was gm of KYA-San Francisco during the station's success with a CHR format. He was gm at KEZY and went on to be the executive director of the Northern California Broadcasters Association. Howard died in 1989.
Kevin & Bean: KROQ, 1990-2019. The team worked morning drive at KROQ until Bean left in November 2019. They were inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in the class of 2019.
KEVIN, Art: KEZY, 1959-61; KFAC, 1961; KFI, 1961-63; KHJ, 1963-72; KMPC, 1972-78. Art served in three capacities while at KHJ (1963-72): news director, public affairs director and national news correspondent for RKO General Broadcasting. He, along with Ron Jacobs, was the architect for the signature 20/20 News during the KHJ Boss Radio Days. Art Kevin died August 15, 2002, of lung cancer at the age of 67.
Kevin was on RKO outlets to air the news the night RFK was assassinated at the Ambassador Hotel in L.A. At KMPC he was chief investigative reporter. He was born Art Ferraro in the Bronx. "In my starting days on radio ethnic names were not allowed, thus, Art Kevin was born." Art discovered his passion for radio while working at WAVZ-New Haven. (B. Mitchel Reed was a jock at the same time.) "I was doing the all night dj shift and the owner sent me to cover some ship disaster in New York Harbor. It was the sinking of the Andrea Doria and I forever was bitten by the news bug." Before he joined KHJ he was the first West Coast correspondent for the UPI audio radio network and was the first news director at KEZY in the late 1950s. (Art Kevin with his wife, Jodi)
“Art Kevin was so special to me because his work and demeanor convinced me that I'd really made it to big league radio in 1965,” said Jacobs. “KHJ had a real news room with all those clocks in different time zones and more than one teletype machine. KHJ had a real news director, and that was Art, with the unfiltered cigarette stuck to his lower lip and his sleeves rolled up while he frowned at the Royal typewriter into which he banged the hour's news. We spent much time together. In April, we set up the mechanics of ‘20/20 News.’ In August, Art rang me up and asked me to come to the newsroom - now. We ad libbed plans on how to deal with our first major local story: the Watts Riots. Frank Terry was on the scene first, on the two-way radio from an old KHJ mobile unit, a station wagon. I asked him what the funny sounds were. He told me that they were bullets flying around the vehicle, under which he'd crawled,” wrote Ron.
In 1982 Art started KRRI/fm-Boulder City/Las Vegas, because "I always thought I could do it better." He ran an Oldies format until selling the station in 1995. Art started at KEZY in 1959 and also worked at KFAC, KFI and KMPC.
Kevoian, Bob: KXTA, 2000-01. Bob and his partner Tom Griswold started their syndicated show at "XTRA Sports 1150" on January 4, 2000 and the show was dropped a year later. The Bob & Tom Show continues in syndication. They inducted in the Radio Hall of Fame in 2015.
Key, Jim: KGIL, 1962-65 and 1967-69; KNX, 1969-74; KFI, 1975-78; KFWB, 1975-78. Jim was the original Skywatch pilot for KGIL. He was the second in the nation to report from the sky, behind Captain Max Schumacher. He went to work at CBS News and his reports aired on KNX. Jim was also heard on KFI and KFWB at the same time. He is now retired on his small ranch in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Keyes, Austin: KLOS, 1996-2000 and 2004-05. Austin has an active voiceover career, including five years with the Mark Burnett Company.
KFI, Mr.: SEE Mr. KABC
KHAN, Chaka: KIBB, 1997. Chaka was a jock during the "B-100" days at KIBB (100.3/fm) but she is best known as a singer. She is one of the world’s most gifted and celebrated musicians, winning 10 GRAMMY Awards. She has the rare ability to sing in seven music genres, including R&B, pop, rock, gospel, country, world music and classical. The late, great Miles Davis often said, “She sings like my horn.” And the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin says, “Chaka is a one- of- a -kind, premier vocalist.”
Throughout her legendary career, Chaka has released 22 albums and racked up ten #1 Billboard magazine charted songs, seven RIAA certified gold singles and ten RIAA certified gold and platinum albums. Chaka’s recorded music has produced over 2,000 catalog song placements.
Early on, she caught the attention of music icon Stevie Wonder, who penned her first smash hit with Rufus, Tell Me Something Good, earning her first GRAMMY. Hit after hit with songs such as You Got the Love, Once You Get Started, Sweet Thing, Everlasting Love, Do You Love What You Feel? and Ain’t Nobody. In 1978, Chaka blazed onto the music scene as a solo artist with the release of the smash hit I’m Every Woman written by Ashford & Simpson. In recent years, Chaka also received the Soul Train Legend Award (2009), the BET Lifetime Achievement Award (2006), the GRAMMY® Honors Award from the NARAS Chicago Chapter (2006) and the World Music Award Lifetime Achievement Award (2003). In 2004, Chaka received an Honorary Doctorate of Music from Berklee College of Music. Chaka sang her hit I Feel For You at the Divas concert on VH-1. She received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010 in the Music category. She will be the grand marshal of the 2019 Rose Parade.
KHOLOS, Bob: KMPC, 1965; KABC, 1968. Bob was a longtime Democratic political activist and the first mayoral press secretary to Tom Bradley. He worked in the newsroom at KMPC in the mid-1960s and reported on the first Watts Riots. In 1968, he became a reporter for KABC. He died October 12, 2010, at the age of 67.
Kholos was named Bradley's press secretary after Bradley was elected Los Angeles mayor in 1973. Kholos served as media director during the campaign and assistant press secretary during Bradley's 1969 unsuccessful mayoral bid against Sam Yorty.
Born October 5, 1943, in Los Angeles, Kholos graduated from Santa Monica High School and attended Santa Monica College. Kholos served in the Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and started working for political campaigns upon his return.
Khool-Aid: KPWR, 2000-05. Khool-Aid worked middays at "Power 106." She is an active force in Latin Hip-Hop and for a time co-hosting MTV's Wake Up Show.
(Lori Kelman, Jeff K, and Randy Kerdoon)
Kidd, Jr., Paul: KNOB, 1968; KFWB, 1969-87; KGFJ, 1969-87; KDAY, 1984-87; KMAX, 1987-88; KACE, 1988-94. Paul's gospel show on Armed Forces Radio has played for over 20 years. He created Touch of Soul barbecue sauce, later renamed Touch of the South.
Kieley, Dan: KIIS, 1997-2001. Dan died of a heart attack on April 9, 2006. He was 51. Dan was a partner in Snafu Consultants, based in Dallas.
Kiernan, Kathy: KNX, 1981-2019. Kathy was an editor/writer at KNXNewsradio. She retired in the fall of 2019.
Kiley, Kevin: KSPN, 2007. Kevin joined middays at Sports KSPN in early 2007 and left later in the year. He was with the ESPN station in Dallas until early 2010. He's now doing mornings at WKRK (Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan) in Cleveland.
KILEY, Liz: KFI/KOST, 1982-89; KKBT, 1989-90. A veteran of the television and radio broadcasting industry, with wide experience in programming, operations and as on-air talent, Liz brings decades of experience in broadcast operations and affiliation management.
Prior to joining tr3s´, Liz was Vice President of Broadcast & Radio Affiliations for MTV2 where she was responsible for overseeing all radio and broadcast television affiliations. Previously she was with The Box Music Network, where she worked in conjunction with radio stations and broadcast affiliates across the country to promote and enhance the image of the network and the station until The Box merged with MTV2 in 2001.
Liz joined the The Box Music Network in 1994 after serving as Operations Manager at 92.3 The Beat (KKBT) before being promoted to Vice President/Operations & Programming for Evergreen Media Corporation. She was also Music Director and nighttime personality of KOST 103’s highly rated “Love Songs On the Coast” program where she took on the additional responsibilities of Assistant Program Director.
Earlier in her career, Kiley caught the broadcasting industry’s attention by becoming WABC-New York’s first female on-air personality in its Top 40 days. She also served as pd of WIFI in Philadelphia and as an on-air personality at WPGC in Washington, DC and is the recipient of many industry awards.
Kiley, an alumna of the Class of 2000 Leadership Music, Nashville, served on its Board of Directors for ten years, and sits on the Board of Directors for The Arc of Davidson County.
KILGORE, Lyle: KHJ, 1965-77, nd; KDAY, 1978; KLAC, 1982-90; KFWB, 1990-2005. For almost four decades, Lyle Kilgore delivered the news in his famous dramatic style. Lyle started at KHJ shortly after 93/KHJ "Boss Radio" was launched. For fans of early Top 40 radio, his booming voice made every story important. Verbs were so descriptive that they danced out of the radio. Lyle died on February 22, at the age of 89.
"Ron Jacobs [pd at KHJ] told me that radio is like a roller coaster ride ... first you're up then you're down. I've worked the overnight. I emerged from the darkness as new operations director with a staff of 20. We covered riots, Charles Manson and the Hillside Strangler stories on 20/20 News," Lyle said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
For a brief time Lyle went into the cookie business. Before arriving at KHJ he worked the legendary Rock stations in the Inland Empire, KFXM and KMEN. "It has been a long and fun ride since the pioneering Rock stations in the Inland Empire. It's been an E ticket ride and I'm still on it and loving it!"
Kilgore, Ron: KFWB, 1996-2002; KNX, 2005-19. Ron spent 14 months kicking off the Wall Street Journal radio network. He's currently the Orange County reporter for KNX.
(Garth Kemp, Todd Kelly, Ben Kelly, Jeff Kelly, and Gary Kelley)
KILMAN, Buzz: KLSX, 1999-2000. Buzz worked with Jonathon Brandmeier at the FM Talk station, KLSX. He started in radio as the public service director for WBUS, "The Magic Bus" in Miami. Kilman remained there until station management discovered many of his late night interviews were spoofs. In 1974, he was at WSHE-Ft. Lauderdale, where he did morning news and a weekend public service talk show that had many comedic spoofs. On April Fool's Day, 1980, he went to WLUP-Chicago and did news for Steve Dahl. After Dahl was fired in 1981, Kilman did news for a series of morning personalities until he teamed up with Brandmeier in 1983. As newsman and sidekick, Kilman broadcast with Brandmeier for 14 years on the Loop and AM-1000. Buzz became the morning man at the Loop for one year when Brandmeier left the station during a contract dispute in 1997.
As of September 2012, Buzz is back on the air with Jonathon Brandmeier on WGN.
Kim, Jimmy: KIIS, 1993-2002; KFOX/KREA, 1994-99. Jimmy is one of the most respected sources for dance and hit music.
Kim, Steve: KXTA, 1999. Steve hosted a weekend boxing show at "XTRA Sports 1150."
KIMBALL, Richard: KMET, 1970-74; KWST, 1975-76. Richard worked the early days of AOR radio as program director at the Mighty Met, KMET and KWST (K-West) in the mid-1970s. He March 7, 2019. He was 82. Richard was being treated for throat cancer and was undergoing chemo therapy last fall. Word of his passing was initially posted by fellow KMET colleague Mary Turner Pattiz.
Born in Oakland in 1936, Richard grew up in Sacramento. His mother played piano in various bands. “I was exposed to all kinds of music. Every weekend we listened to opera.” At 14 he wrangled a job at the NBC/tv station, KCRA. After some time in college, Richard joined the Army and spent much of his time in the Far East. “I loved the international travel.”
Before he arrived at “the Mighty Met,” he worked in the Bay Area at KDIA, KSAN, KSJO and KMPX. “When I left KMET I managed Emerson, Lake and Palmer. In 1975, a group from Detroit arrived to turn ‘K-West’ into AOR programming and I was the only local guy hired. Within 18 months I tired of a daily show. I envisioned myself splayed over some console mumbling something about Joni Mitchell. Plus, the suits and the corporate mentality had arrived and the music was no longer free-form.”
Richard became a manager and guided the careers of David Cassidy and other artists until joining Westwood One in 1980 in the rock concert division. He stayed until 1993 when he left to co-produce “Rockline” for Global Satellite. Richard owned AASK (Artist Acquisitions Service Kompany) which acquired musical artists for network programming. He also co-produced “The Road” which was syndicated in 250 markets and 29 countries. “I was sitting in Las Vegas waiting to record some artists for ‘The Road’ when a three-quarter slot machine paid a progressive jackpot of $41,000. That’s the way my life has been.”
Mary Turner wrote of Kimball. “A gentleman in every sense of the word and a gentle man.”
Kimmel, Jimmy: KROQ, 1994-99. Jimmy won an Emmy as co-host of Win Ben Stein's Money. He hosts Jimmy Kimmel Live on ABC/TV. He was co-host of The Man Show on Comedy Central with Adam Carolla. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010.
KINDRED, Steve: KMNY, 1987-89; KFWB, 1989-2009; KFI, 2009-10; KABC, 2011-12. Steve was the morning drive financial anchor at all-News KFWB until a format flip in the fall of 2009. At KFWB he was the reporter/anchor and covered both O.J. Simpson trials.
He has won 14 Golden Mikes and the Edward R. Murrow Award.
Steve's previous assignments include a stint in the Persian Gulf during Desert Shield, the Menendez trials, the Northridge earthquake and the trial of officer’s accused of beating Rodney King.
Steve is a second generation Angeleno, born in what is now called KoreaTown. Steve received an A.A. in radio/tv from L.A. City College and a B.A. from Cal State Long Beach. “I was the oldest of six children. I decided at the age of 8 that I wanted to be a broadcaster. I used to do my own version of Art Linkletter’s House Party, interviewing people in my garage using the garden hose as a microphone.”
He was nd at KRNK-Cheyenne, news director at KNUU-Las Vegas (named Station of the Year by AP) and "Money Radio" in Los Angeles. He worked at KABC until late 2012 and later joined Total Traffic. Steve became a consultant for Michael Antonovich, LA County Supervisor.
Kincaid, Jojo: KRTH, 2002-04. JoJo joined KRTH in July 2002 and left in late 2004. He worked at 'The Wolf' in San Francisco until late 2008.
King, Alan: KBBQ, 1960s. Unknown.
KING, Amy: KFI, 201o-19. Amy got into the radio business, thanks to Mork and Mindy, according to Amy, one of the anchors at KFI.
During her internship at McCoy Advertising in Medford, Oregon, she met Ralph James, the voice of Orson from the Mork and Mindy tv show, who became a mentor and helped her prepare a demo reel after college (Oregon State University at Corvallis, with a BS in Speech Communication).
“Armed with my first demo reel, I went around to radio stations in my hometown in Southern Oregon, and told them I wanted to work for them, but didn’t want to be a dj,” remembered Amy. “Amazingly, I got job offers from a number of stations, and accepted a co-host/news anchor position with the #1 station in the market: Top 40 KTMT.”
After a year at KTMT, Amy moved to Colorado and spent 4 years working at radio stations. For a change of pace she spent a year as a marketing vp for a limited stakes casino in the Rockies and she was a card dealer at night!
A radio station in Eugene, Oregon, KKNU “New Country 93,” offered Amy a position co-hosting the morning show for a start-up station. “Since the radio bug had never quite left me, I accepted and packed up once again to head back to the west coast.”
Her next stop was nine years at KUPL-Portland. “I was very fortunate to join a very strong team of professionals who were a blast to work with.” Amy was news director and a member of the KUPL Waking Crew.
Amy had a hankering to pursue voiceover work and decided to move to Southern California. “I truly thought I was done with radio, but had always said if the right opportunity came along, I’d be crazy not to take a look at it,” reflected Amy. “In the fall of 2010, I happened to see an ad for a part-time news anchor on the legendary KFI in Los Angeles and decided to investigate. The long and short of it is, I got the job and am now happily back in radio and loving what I am doing! I am the Saturday afternoon anchor on KFI and have been very fortunate to fill in on the Tim Conway Jr. Show, the John & Ken Show, and the Bill Carroll Show.
In addition to KFI, Amy provides weekday afternoon news anchoring at KOGO-San Diego.
KING, Bill: KNX, 1982-83. Considered by many to be the best pro football radio announcer in the country, Bill broadcast over 500 Raider games. In the 1980s, preparing for retirement, his financial counselor swindled all his money. He died on October 17, 2005. He was 78.
Holy Toledo was a familiar trademark cry from the longtime Bay Area sportscaster icon who was the radio voice of the Oakland A's since 1981. King was behind the mike for some of the most memorable moments in Bay Area sports history. He was the voice of the Warriors from the time they moved to San Francisco in 1962 until 1983. In 1966 he began broadcasting Raiders games and stayed with that franchise to become a LARP when the team moved to Los Angeles in 1982. “His call of the famous ‘Sea of Hands’ pass from Ken Stabler to Clarence Davis in a 1974 playoff, is considered one of the greatest play-by-play accounts ever,” according to the San Francisco Chronicle. “He also was at the mike for the ‘Heidi Game,’ against the Jets, the ‘Immaculate Reception’ by Franco Harris in Pittsburgh and the ‘Holy Roller" against the Chargers, three memorable moments in Raiders history."
“I’m truly saddened by Bill King’s death,” wrote KGO’s Ronn Owens. “He brought true class to sports broadcasting. A Renaissance man more than anyone I’ve ever met, he could discuss opera, for example, with the same wisdom and clarity he used to explain the intricacies of the change-up. He was a joy to listen to and a joy to interview. Class. Above all else, class.”
King, Dave: XPRS, 1972. Unknown.
King Gayle: KTLK, 2010-11. Gayle joined afternoon drive at the Progressive Talk station in July 2010 and announced that she was giving up her syndicated show on April 8, 2011. She's now morning anchor of the CBS Morning News.
King, Glen: KUTE, 1965-66; KFOX, 1966. Glen is a retired professor of Radio and TV broadcasting and a successful songwriter.
(Larry King, Sharon Katchen, Kevin Kennedy, and Nikki Knight)
King, Howard: KHJ, 1972. Unknown.
King, Jackson: KFWB, 1962; KHJ, 1968. Born Jack Colon, the booming Top 40 newsman died April 27, 1969, from complications of cirrhosis of the liver. Jackson was 45.
King, Josh: KLAC, 1965. Unknown.
King, Larry: KFI; KGIL, 2007-08. Larry's hosted CNN Larry King Live for many years. His syndicated radio show aired at KGIL. His broadcasting jobs date to the 1950s. He hosted CNN's Larry King Live from 1985-2010. Larry now has a show on Hulu and Ora TV network. King's father died of cardiac arrest at 46, when King was just 9. Larry had his own heart attack in 1987.
King, Pamela: KORG, 1975-79; KIKF, 1979-81. Pamela works with children with learning disabilities as an advocate/paralegal.
King, Roy: KGFJ, 1978; KKTT, 1979; KIEV, 1981-97. Unknown.
King, Tom: KUTE, 1981-87; KNOB, 1984-86. Tom and his wife bought KTHO-Lake Tahoe and the success of their own broadcast school, Academy of Radio Broadcasting, has branched out to Phoenix, Walnut Creek and Fremont.
King EMZ: KKBT, 1995-97. Unknown.
(Guy Kemp, Jojo "Cookin'" Kincaid, Ken Kohl, and Pat Paraquat Kelley)
Kingman, Bill: KPPC, 1959-60. Since 1961, Bill is living in Lake Tahoe.
KINGSLEY, Bob: KGBS, 1961-69; KLAC, 1970-71; KBBQ, 1971-72; KFI, 1973. B0b, a national Radio Hall of Fame Member whose voice was synonymous with Country music, died October 17, 2019, at his home in Weatherford, Texas while receiving treatment for cancer. He was 80.
One of broadcasting’s most beloved and iconic figures, Kingsley was a mainstay on radio for 60 years. His dominance in the Country format began in 1978 when he took over as host of American Country Countdown after four years as the show’s producer for one of radio’s founding syndication companies Watermark, founded by Tom Rounds.
In 2006, he and his wife and business partner Nan Kingsley established Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40, produced by their own KCCS Productions, still running on more than 320 stations.
Kingsley received many of broadcasting’s top honors and was named to the Country Radio Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 1998 and the National Radio Hall of Fame in 2016. He is the namesake and was the first recipient of the Bob Kingsley Living Legend Award, presented each year since 2014 at the Grand Ole Opry House and benefitting the Opry Trust Fund. They were among the many fruits of a career built on a simple premise.
"I love the music and the people who make it," he once said, "and I want our listeners to have as much insight into both as I can give them, and to make the experience as enjoyable as possible."
Bob's love for radio and music dated to his childhood, when polio kept him in bed and in near isolation for a year. “I would listen to the radio,” he said, “and certain shows became really important to me. It was complete escapism and entertainment. I didn't realize the imprint it was making, but it obviously stayed with me."
At 18, Kingsley joined the Air Force and served in Keflavik, Iceland, where he jumped at a chance to become an announcer on Armed Forces Radio. That experience and his love of Country music would carry him to legendary stations like KFOX, KGBS, KFI, and KLAC, and to his role as the voice of Drake-Chenault’s Great American Country format, used by hundreds of Country radio stations. His role as host of American Country Countdown with Bob Kingsley made him a household name. He supplemented the weekly countdown with Christmas specials.
KINGSTON, Lenore: KFWB, 1959-62. Lenore was the home affairs editor during the colorful days of "Color Radio." Her show "Purely Personal" aired for three years. Lenore was featured on This Is Your Life for her important contributions during World War II. She was the uncredited "Friend" laughing with Jim Backus on his novelty laughing record Delicious, released on Jubilee Records in 1958.
Born Eleanor Bourgeotte in L.A. on October 14, 1913, during the thirties she acted in the radio drama "Ma Perkins" and later starred with McDonald Carey in the Lock Up tv series. But her real interest was being a ham radio operator. After Pearl Harbor she founded radio training courses for the American Womens Voluntary Service. She specialized in phone patches between servicemen overseas and their families. During her time with KFWB she aired over 6,000 programs that dealt with finding missing persons, or trading or selling something.
Lenore retired when she left KFWB and died May 5, 1993, of cancer. She was 79.
Kirby, Paul: KFI, 1978. Paul has been doing voiceovers in Dallas and Los Angeles for the past 20 years.
Kirchen, Diana Kelly: KWIZ, 1978-82. Diana splits her time between Desert Hot Springs and San Diego where she is dean of a college.
Kirkland, B.K.: KGFJ/KUTE, 1983. Last heard, B.K. was the regional vp of WIKS-Greenville/New Bern and WXNR-Charlotte.
Kitchell, Darrell: KLON, 1969-76, pd. Darrell was educated at Long Beach City College, Southwestern Oklahoma State, California Sate University Long Beach, and UCLA. In 1967 he was with AFRTS and the United States Information Services. After KLON, Darrell taught radio production at Fullerton College from 1976-2008.
KITCHENS, Lauren: KFSH, 2001-05. Lauren joined mornings at Salem's "The Fish" in April 2001 and left in the summer of 2005. She splits her time with speaking engagements in Southern California and back East.
Lauren holds undergraduate degrees in Music & Communications from Oral Roberts University in Tulsa and her Master's degree in Radio, TV, & Film from Regent University in Virginia Beach. Her 22 year background in Media includes hosting a morning show on the Family Channel, TV News Reporting and On-Air Radio shows for Salem Radio Network, Clear Channel Communications, Sony Worldwide and American Family Radio.
Lauren is also a college professor having held positions at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville and Azusa Pacific University in Los Angeles. She was runner-up and talent winner in Miss Mississippi America, first runner up to Miss Mississippi USA and Top 10 Miss Virginia.
She appeared as a repeated guest on Bill Maher's Politically Incorrect, and hosted an entertainment show on TBN with John Tesh.
Lauren began her life in the same town as Elvis and the best catfish you can put in your mouth, Tupelo, Mississippi. She said her first word at 6 months of age and hasn't stopped since. Lauren is an only child who loves to laugh hard, eat sweets, give big bear hugs and remind people of their extreme value and worth.
Kitchin, Kraig: The former head of Premiere Radio Networks is now chairman of the National Radio Hall of Fame.
KLAVAN, Andrew: KABC, 2020. Andrew joined KABC from 9 p. m. - 10 p.m. in early 2020.
Andrew is the author of such internationally bestselling crime novels as True Crime, filmed by Clint Eastwood, Don’t Say A Word, filmed starring Michael Douglas and Empire of Lies. Stephen King called him “the most original novelist of crime and suspense since Cornell Woolrich.” He has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award five times and has won twice. He has also won the Thumping Good Read Award from WH Smith and been nominated twice for the Bouchercon’s Anthonys.
His essays and op-eds on politics, religion, movies and literature have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, The Washington Post, the LA Times, and elsewhere. He also created the popular satire video features, “Klavan on the Culture,” for PJTV, “A Very Serious Commentary” for Glenn Beck’s Blaze TV, and “The Revolting Truth,” for Truth Revolt. He is also the host of The Daily Wire’s The Andrew Klavan Show on Westwood One Podcast Network. As a screenwriter, Andrew wrote the screenplays to A Shock to The System, which starred Michael Caine, and One Missed Call, which starred Edward Burns.
Klein, Frank: KPPC, 1971. Unknown.
KLEIN, Kevin: KROQ, 2018-20. Kevin joined Stryker for afternoons at KROQ in the summer of 2018.
Born January 1, 1980. "I was Baby New Year 1980." Kevin grew up in Washington DC interning for Jack Diamond and WHFS. He studied communication and psychology at Syracuse University.
"I was in trouble a lot as a kid," Kevin said. "I was sent to my room with no tv, so radio was my best friend. I worked at K-ROCK in Syracuse/Utica, KROCK in NYC, and now am at KROQ in LA.
Klein worked in San Francisco (Live 105) before joining KEGY (97.3 The Machine)-San Diego in 2018 for a morning show. A self-inflicted debacle occured before he even started when he posted a promo on social media that made light of suicide with the word “JUMP* … * to a new morning show” paired with a picture of the Coronado bridge. Fans were outraged and Klein was gone.
Klein, Michael: KRLA, 1970. Unknown.
Klein, Milt. Milt died July 26, 2001. He served as an officer in the Merchant Marines during World War II, and had a varied career in broadcasting, advertising and finance.
Kline, Lee: KXTA/KLAC, 1997-2007; KFI, 2001-03; KLAA, 2009-10. Lee worked late night at KLAA. He's living in Santa Monica and he teaches in the Inland Empire.
KLUGE, John: KLAC and KMET. John was a German-born American entrepreneur who was at one time the richest person in America. The radio and tv mogul owned Metromedia, including KLAC and KMET. He came to the United States in 1922 and earned a BA degree in economics from Columbia University in 1937. He was best known as a television industry mogul in the United States.
Kluge's major move into media was by purchasing stock in the Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation in the mid-1950s. The Metropolitan Broadcasting Corporation was the successor of the DuMont Television Network, which was spun off from DuMont Laboratories after the television network ceased operations in 1956. After gaining control in 1959, Kluge began the company's expansion further into broadcasting, with holdings in television and radio. In the early 1960s, Kluge bought an outdoor advertising firm, and in 1961 the company's name was changed to Metromedia to reflect the diversity of its interests.
In 1986, Kluge sold the Metromedia television stations to the 20th Century Fox film studio, for a reported $4 billion. Those stations would later form the core of what would become the Fox television network. The following year, Forbes Magazine placed Kluge at the top of its list as the richest man in America.
He died on September 7, 2010
, at the age of 95.
Knight, Chris: KWST, 1982; KMGG, 1982-83. Chris worked morning drive at KKMG-Colorado Springs.
Knight, Damon: KHHT, 2003-15. Damon had a weekend show at HOT 92.3 and was the music director until summer of 2015 when the station flipped to "Real Radio." Born in Santa Monica, Damon's radio career took him to Seattle's KUBE before arriving at 92.3/fm.
KNIGHT, Gene: KHTZ, 1979-80. Born Jerome Peterson in Los Angeles, Gene got interested in radio while living in New York. “I heard the WMCA Good Guys when I was 12 and was hooked.”
The family moved to San Diego when he was in the middle of Escondido High School. After graduating from Palomar College in San Marcos, Gene worked for Bobby Rich at KFMB (“B-100”)-San Diego. When Bobby went to KHTZ, Gene followed. He later returned to San Diego as md of "B-100" and eventually became pd. Gene was at KFMB for 18 years until leaving in early 1994.
He's worked for a number of San Diego stations, in fact 99% of his career was in San Diego. "Something most people don't know about me: I am shy, and I am a twin!!! I feel very fortunate to be part of the new Sunny 98.1 team in afternoon drive," he said.
Knight, Michael: KFWB, 1998-99 and 2012-16. Michael left KFWB in late 1999 to be the head writer for ReporterTV.com, the first online industry news webcast. He returned to KFWB in late 2012 and left when the station was sold.
Knight, Michelle: SEE Marina Wilson
(Tamara Kaye, Erin Kotecki, and Kathy Kiernan)
Knight, Nikki: KYSR, 2004-07. Nikki worked weekends at "Star 98.7."
Knight, Steve: KKAR, 1964-72; KIEV, 1972-98. His long-running restaurant program was nominated by the James Beard Foundation for 'Best Radio Show on Food' in 1997. After retiring from radio he moved to Albany, Oregon in 2007.
Knight, Ted: KGIL; KPRZ. The unforgettable Ted Baxter on the Mary Tyler Moore Show has passed away.
KNOBLER, Cecily: KZLA, 2000-01. Cecily was part of the morning show at Country KZLA. She went on to write and host Live from Hollywood, a daily morning show in which she provided entertainment reports and film reviews for 20 FM radio stations.
Cecily is a current contributor to US Weekly magazine. She has had a column in "The NoHo L.A. News," where she discussed men and relationships. She has made many appearances as an entertainment reporter for MSNBC's television show, "Scarborough Country."
She was also a longtime cast member on VH1's popular TV show Best Week Ever, as a commentator on pop culture, politics, radio host, writer and stand-up comic.
Cecily has been acting professionally since the age of seven, when she appeared in a regional Dr. Pepper commercial. As a youngster she appeared in numerous theatrical productions ranging from Shakespeare to Neil Simon. Born in Austin, she grew up in Waco and Dallas. She earned a bachelor degree in neuropsychology at The American University in Washington, DC. Her father was in radio, working as a dj and becoming a general manager.
Knorr, Peter: KJOI, 1989. Unknown.
KNOTT, Leo. After a decade-and-a-half in mostly Urban radio since 1979, Leo Knott became a young disciple of Christianity and joined KTYM. He died December 16, 2010, at the age of 59 from numerous cancer complications.
Born and raised in Chicago listening to WVON, WCFL and WLS, he was in his second year at Loyola University when he heard his calling to follow radio as a career. Leo was listening to Bill "Butterball" Crane. "Hey, he sounds like me. I thought I could do radio and saw my counselor." The counselor guided Leo to Southern Illinois University. He was active on the campus station.
After graduation in 1972 Leo joined KOWH-Omaha and started his radio journey that took him to WNOV-Milwaukee, mornings at KDKO-Denver and KVOV-Las Vegas. "Steve Woods offered me overnights at KDAY in 1979 and that got me to L.A," Leo said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Leo had been with KTYM since 1995 as an announcer/engineer/board-op. "I believe that He led me here. All my other jobs were filled with negatives and I wondered when is radio supposed to be fun? I'm enjoying KTYM and have a long way to go," said Leo in the mid-90s.
After four years at KDAY, he also worked at KFWB, KABC/KLOS, KJLH, KACE, KGFJ and then KTYM since 1995.
Knutson, Ken: KFOX, 1971. Unknown.
Kobik, John: KOCM, 1987; KWIZ, 1990-91. Since 1994, John has been a news anchor in San Diego. He currently is with KFMB.
Koby: KIIS, 2003-04. In the spring of 2003, Koby joined swing at KIIS from WJMN-Boston and left in early 2004 and joined WBZZ-Pittsburgh.
Kohl, Ken: KFI, 1987-89. Ken left his post as gm at KIFR/KCBS-San Francisco in the summer of 2006, following a massive company-wide "restructuring." The veteran news talk programmer is an executive at DIRECTV's Original Content and Production team based in LA.
Kohlschreiber, Will: KBIG 1998-99. Will is with KTTV/FOX 11 as an entertainment news writer and fill-in SkyFox helicopter reporter.
Kolodny, Warren: KCRW. Warren hosted "Stay Awake" on KCRW. Rhino Records also employed him where he worked in media relations. Warren was a graduate of Amherst College and held a masters degree in Spanish from Stanford University. He took his own life August 23, 1996 with a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Mr. Kolodny suffered from chronic depression, according to various sources.
Konyski, Hank: KNX, 1938-48; KABC, 1967-83. Hank retired in 1983 and lives in the San Fernando Valley.
Koon, W.L.: KRKD. W.L. is the former general manager at KRKD. Unknown.
(Bob K, Jimmy Kim, and MG Kelly)
KOONTZ, Bob: KEZY, 1978-82; KRLA, 1982-84; KJOI, 1984-85; KSCA/KMPC/KLITE/KUTE, 1985-97; KCTD, 1997; KABC/KDIS/KLOS, 1997-2000; KABC/KDIS/KLOS/KSPN, 2000-06; KSPN, 2006-08; KFWB, 2014-16; KSWD, 2016-17. Bob started his radio career as an AE at KEZY. Bob left his post as KSPN station manager in the fall of 2008 and owned OC Classic Cars.
In the early Fall of 2014, Bob became sports sales manager for KFWB, The Beast 980. Following the format flip at KFWB, Bob joined KSWD (100.3/The Sound) in sales. He left in late spring 2017 to join TMC-The McClemmy Companies. He's now in Orange County commercial real estate.
KORDUS, Marie: KMGX, 1985; KPWR, 1985-97, gm; KLAX/KFOX/KREA, 1999-2001 gm. Marie came up through the sales ranks at "Power 106" to be appointed gm in March 1996. She was in sales at KMGX.
She arrived in the Southland from WISN/TV-Milwaukee where she worked in sales. Prior to that she was a sales rep for two years at WMIL and WOKY-Milwaukee.
Born and raised in
Milwaukee, Marie graduated from Cardinal Stritch Collegein where she majored in fine arts. She moved to Milwaukee and first worked as an art director on feature films and then spent a decade with Emmis-owned "Power 106," eventually becoming gm. In the spring of 1998, she was offered a position as vp of sales for Emmis Television. In March of 1999, she joined Spanish Broadcasting System as gsm of KLAX and became the gm at Spanish KLAX/KMJR/KNJR. In the spring of 2001, Marie joined Newmark Communications as senior vp. L.A.
She is now media director at Muse Communications.
Kornheiser, Tony: KMPC. Tony's ESPN syndicated show appeared on 1540/KMPC Sports station. He's co-hosted Pardon the Interruption with Michael Wilbon since 2001. Tony was in the Monday Night Football booth from 2006-08.
KOSKE, Kevin "KOZMAN": KQLZ, 1989-90; KIIS, 1993. Born on February 20, 1970, in Torrance, Kevin grew up in suburban Chicago’s Elk Grove Village. “I used to run home from school to listen to Steve and Gary on WLS/fm back in 1983. Then it hit me one day that I wanted to be on the radio.” Kevin moved back to L.A. in 1985 to finish high school.
“In March of 1989 I called Scott Shannon on ‘Pirate Radio’ [KQLZ] on the request line and when he answered I blurted out, ‘Scott, you are pumping the wattage into my cottage!’ We started talking, he asked me what I did and I told him I worked at Vons stocking shelves and then he asked me what I wanted to do with my life. I told him I wanted to work in radio. He hired me right then and there. I was at ‘Pirate’ for two years. I still cannot believe it happened.”
Kevin’s radio journey has taken him to KCMJ-Palm Springs, KKXX-Bakersfield, KOY, Phoenix, KDJK-Modesto, KMXB-Las Vegas and KALC (“Alice 106”)-Denver.
Koz is doing afternoons at WTMX/"The Mix" in Chicago.
(Leon Kaplan and Skip Kelly)
KOTT, Leo: KDAY, 1979-83; KFWB; KABC/KLOS; KJLH; KACE; KGFJ; KTYM. After a decade-and-a-half in mostly Urban radio since 1979, Leo became a young disciple of Christianity and joined KTYM. He died December 16, 2010, at the age of 59.
Born and raised in Chicago listening to WVON, WCFL and WLS, he was in his second year at Loyola University when he heard his calling to follow radio as a career. Leo was listening to Bill "Butterball" Crane. "Hey, he sounds like me. I thought I could do radio and saw my counselor." The counselor guided Leo to Southern Illinois University. He was active on the campus station.
After graduation in 1972 Leo joined KOWH-Omaha and started his radio journey that took him to WNOV-Milwaukee, mornings at KDKO-Denver and KVOV-Las Vegas. "Steve Woods offered me overnights at KDAY in 1979 and that got me to L.A," Leo said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Leo had been with KTYM since 1995 as an announcer/engineer/board-op. "I believe that He led me here. All my other jobs were filled with negatives and I wondered when is radio supposed to be fun? I'm enjoying KTYM and have a long way to go," said Leo in the mid-90s.
KOTECKI, Erin: KFWB, 1999-2004. Erin was a reporter at all-News KFWB. She is BlogHer, Inc.’s social media strategist but is currently disabled due to Lupus.
"I am a mother of two elementary school aged kids who keep me busy, even when I have treatment...apparently basketball and karate and horseback riding stop for no disease! I have a wonderful husband who tries to keep the house in order while I have an IV in my arm, and always over-do it trying to to be SuperMom. Before I got sick and long before I became a blogger, I spent ten years as a broadcast journalist in Los Angeles, Orlando and Detroit winning six Golden Mic Awards with LA news institution KFWB. I continue to blog on my personal site Queen of Spain Blog.
KOZ, Dave: KTWV, 2001-15. The smooth jazz artist is a guest host at "the WAVE" on a syndicated show. He spent many years in morning drive with Pat Prescott.
In a recording career that spans nearly three decades, he has racked up an astoundingly impressive array of honors and achievements: nine Grammy nominations, 11 No. 1 albums on Billboard’s Current Contemporary Jazz Albums chart, numerous world tours, 13 sold-out Dave Koz & Friends At Sea cruises, performances for multiple U.S. presidents, a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and appearances on a multitude of television shows, including Good Morning America, The View, The Tonight Show, Entertainment Tonight and more. A Platinum-selling artist, Koz is also known as a humanitarian, entrepreneur, radio host and instrumental music advocate.
Dave was a middle-class boy from the Valley, with a dermatologist father and a cookie-baking mother. He picked up the saxophone to be in his brother’s band and didn’t decide to turn professional until after graduating from UCLA. Dave’s weathered the changes. The soft jazz WAVE format was burgeoning when he began and eventually faded. Dave toured relentlessly and then started his own cruises long before that became de rigueur. In other words, Dave Koz pivoted and has found his way in the twenty first century by being in the Dave Koz business. And he lives to collaborate, hell, he’s even played with the Foo Fighters! (some material from Bob Lefsetz Letter)
Kozienski, Jack: KKLA, 1993. Jack hosted "Live From LA" on Christian KKLA. He now hosts a local tv show in Ventura.
Kramer, Frank: KYSR, 1998-99; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC, 2009-10; KLOS, 2012-19. In the fall of 2000 Frank joined Frosty Stilwell and Heidi Hamilton at KLSX and left 2.20.09 with a format flip to AMP RADIO. The Triplets broadcast on KABC and left October 1, 2010. He and Heidi hosted a daily podcast until being hired to do mornings at KLOS in early September 2012.
KRAMER, Jason: KCRW, 1997-18. For over 20 years Jason has been in the field of music and radio. After changing his career as a medic in the hard streets of LA for ten years, he decided to work in radio starting in 1992 on KLOS, screening calls for the widely popular "Seventh Day." From that point on, Jason realized that music and radio was his calling. During his transition, he started off with a stint working for SoCal favorites Sublime and their label Skunk Records. In 1996, he moved on to Fox Sports TV as their full-time music supervisor for 6 years, which also led him as a show producer on Fox Sports Radio. He has also worked in various other aspects of music including management, radio dj, publishing, creative consulting, music photography and continues to work presently as a commercial concept music supervisor for the prestigious music company, Elias Arts.
Jason, whose music collection started when he was given copies of Magical Mystery Tour and Exodus at age eight, is also sharing his music knowledge with local high school students. He has been a mentor for the Hamilton High Music Academy in a program through Fox Music and the Grammy Foundation.
Hestarted off as a KCRW volunteer in the mid 90's and has been on air since 1997 during a show called The Lab. Today Jason takes the reins of his new program every Saturday night from 10pm to 12 midnight.
Kramer, Rhonda: KFOX, 1979-80; KHJ, 1980-81; KFWB; KABC, 2015-20. The veteran traffic reporter worked at Shadow Broadcasting and was heard at KFWB for years. She works at KABC.
KRAMPF, Ed: KIBB, 1997; KBIG/KLAC, 1997-2000; KBIG/KLAC/KOST, 2000-01. Ed owns Equitable Consulting And Representation and is representing Piolin as his business manager.
Ed took over the CBS cluster in the spring of 2009 following a tumultuous ride with three cluster leaders being hired and leaving within months of each other. Beginning in 1997, Ed was with Clear Channel/LA for four years running KIBB (B-100), KBIG, KLAC and KOST.
In early 2001, Ed became the San Francisco market manager for Clear Channel until a company restructuring in early summer of 2008. He then went to CBS to head up the Tampa/St. Petersburg and Orlando clusters. In an interview with LARadio upon his return in 2009 he talked about returning to the west coast: “I love this business so much. It is an honor to return to Los Angeles radio. I am anxious to make a contribution. Once you get initiated into LA Radio it never leaves your blood. I don’t plan on being a footnote someday in the history of LA Radio. I’d like it be as a major contributor helping the company to success as we evolve out of this tough economic climate. At the end of the day it has always been the best radio market in the world for many reasons. One of the reasons is the people, the 400 miles of gridlock, quality of the stations, the brilliant personalities and the magic of Hollywood.”
Krayton, Mitch: KMET, 1969-70; KHTS, 2006-11. Mitch does fill-in with KHTS-Santa Clarita.
(Ron Kilgore, Barry Kaye, Michelle Kube, Scott Keene, and Christine Schwab Kunzelman)
KRAZY KIDS: KPWR, 1996-97. In the late spring of 2013, Joey Boy has been working afternoons at KZON-Phoenix.
Joey Boy started his radio career at Power 106 as part of the street team with Big Boy and the Baka Boyz. “A fellow street team member (Johnny) and me snuck into production one evening and crafted a mock air check,” said Joey. “It circulated through the halls of Power 106 and got into the hands of music director Bruce St James. He loved our humor, chemistry and vibe, so he gave us a shot and put us on overnights and weekend shifts. Within two months, they were sold on these two young L.A.-bred Latinos and “The Krazy Kidz” was chosen to be the night show for Power 106.
In 1997, they moved to KHYS/ Kiss 98.5 morning show in Houston, which lasted about a year. “After about 10 months of enjoying Rocket games, chicken fried steak and getting to witness the birth of the new ‘Down South’ Hip-Hop movement; we got called into the office manager’s office. We experienced a second taste of the life of a radio personality—the ‘format change’—and were let go.
Joey returned to the Southland for afternoons at KCAQ/ Q104.7. “Eventually I was given apd stripes along with the green light to hire new talent for the station. I brought on a couple of mixers and a couple of new personalities, including my old partner Johnny for nights.
In 2000, Joey did his weekday show in Ventura and then flew every weekend to San Francisco for KYLD-Wild 94.9. In 2001 and for the rest of the decade, Joey and Johnny did afternoons and then mornings at KKFR/Power 98.3-Phoenix. “I won industry awards for Best Music Director as well as local awards for Best Morning Drive. It was a great time and a great run. After nine years of surviving signal changes, morning show changes and management changes, my time was up.”
Kretzschmar, Kurt: KMPC, 2001; KSPN, 2002-03. Kurt is Senior Director of Affiliate Relations for iHeartMedia | Premiere Radio Networks.
Krikorian, Doug: KMPC, 1992-93; KMAX, 1995; KABC, 2000; KSPN, 2000-05. Doug started an afternoon drive show with Joe McDonnell in late 2000 on the new ESPN Radio and exited the station in early summer 2005. He left his long-time post at the Long Beach Press-Telegram in 2011. He and McDonnell reunited briefly for an Internet show in 2012.
Krishna: KEZY, 1981-84; KXMX, 2000. Krishna did overnights at "Mix 95.9" until an ownership change in the summer of 2000.
Kriski, Mark: KBIG, 2006-07. Mark hosted KBIG's Disco Saturday Nights. He is the weather anchor at KTLA/Channel 5 Morning News.
KRUSCHEN, Steve: KABC, 1972-96; KRLA, 1997-2002. Steve started at KABC as an intern and went on to become a frequent guest. He then hosted his own show on KABC called 'Electronic Goodies 'n Gadgets,' one of the first tech-oriented shows in L.A. radio.
Born in Los Angeles on October 31, 1951, Steve is known to millions of television viewers as Mr. Gadget thanks to his regular appearances on The Early Show (CBS/TV), Early Today (NBC/TV), Power Lunch (CNBC) and dozens of major market affiliates nationwide. Steve has established his reputation as an authority on consumer electronics, gadgets and technology. “In 1972, I was invited to visit with Michael Jackson on his show to talk about automotive complaints and to take listener calls. It was great fun and I was hooked. Soon, I was also a guest on Pamela Mason’s show and others at KABC.”
After graduating from USC School of Journalism in 1973, Steve went to work for the Auto Club of Southern California. Then it was off to General Motors where he later became a zone service manager for the Pontiac Motor Division. However, Steve was still hooked on radio and continued his on-air visits with KABC personalities to discuss the auto industry. (To avoid potential conflicts with his GM position, Steve declined compensation and was introduced as Steve Carr.) In 1978, he became the auto expert and regular guest of Elmer Dills. In 1990, KABC offered Steve his own Sunday evening show. “Steve Kruschen’s Electronic Goodies ‘n’ Gadgets” featured consumer electronic news and reviews, listener call-ins and interviews with industry representatives. Slightly ahead of the hi-tech revolution curve, advertising dollars were elusive and the show lasted for about a year. Steve continued his radio guest appearances not only with Elmer Dills, but also with Ken & Bob (and then with Ken’s other KABC partners), and Minyard & Minyard on KRLA. His continuing LA radio presence prompted KTTV/Channel 11, to offer Steve regular appearances on their morning news/talker Good Day LA — launching Mr. Gadget’s television career.
Kube, Michelle: KFI, 1992-2019. Michelle was executive producer of the Bill Handel Show for many years. She now supervises all producers at the Talk station.
Kucera, Bill: KJOI, 1974-75. Bill is the marketing director at Channel 9 in Salt Lake City - the Utah Education Network.
KUHL, Dennis: KLAA, 2003-19 Dennis joined Angels organization and assumed the role of general manager of KLAA AM830 on November 10, 2003. He was initially appointed as the Angels' seventh president before being promoted to Club Chairman on Nov. 14, 2009.
Kuhl's central focus is on a renewed effort in the area of civic affairs and community outreach. Under his leadership, the Angels have shown tremendous growth and advancement in key business initiatives, including sponsorship and marketing revenues, the nationwide expansion and marketing of the Angels brand. Kuhl also played a key role in working with Major League Baseball in the Angels hosting the 2010 All-Star Game.
Kuhl is also actively involved in several Southern California charities. He serves as president of the "Light the Night" event which supports the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and is a founding board member of The Pacific Club IMPACT Foundation/Lott Trophy. Kuhl works with Susan G. Komen for the Cure serving as a member of the Orange County Affiliate's Board of Directors and is also one of their "Pink Tie Guys," a select group of advocates speaking out to find a cure for breast cancer.
Additionally, he serves on the advisory boards for South County Outreach, Anaheim Performing Arts Center, Anaheim YMCA, Rivals for the Cure, the Irvine Public School Foundation and the Angels Baseball Foundation Board of Directors. A champion of community involvement, Kuhl's efforts spans across Orange County and beyond. He is a member of the Board of Governors at Chapman University and on the executive committee for Cycle & Walk for the Cures. He is on board of directors for several nonprofits: The Children's Education Foundation of Orange County, the Los Angeles Sports Council, Boys and Girls Club of Anaheim, The Tiger Wood Foundation, the Noble Vikings Charity of Orange County, the Literacy Project Foundation, Visit Anaheim and the Alzheimer's Association of Newport Beach & Co.
A Boonton, New Jersey native, Kuhl graduated from the University of Arizona in 1970 with a degree in business administration. In 2009, he was named the 'Business Man of the Year' by the Anaheim Chamber of Commerce.
Kumar, Payal: KLON, 2000-02; KKJZ, 2002-07. Payal hosted a weekend show at the all-Jazz station and she was operations manager. She left with a change of management. Payal is now director of Communications & Marketing at The Wooden Floor at Emerson College.
Kunzelman, Christine: KABC, 1986. Christine Schwab is an image consultant and author who has written three books. In the 1990s, she appeared frequently on Live Regis & Kelly.
Kwon, Jo: KABC, 2010-11; KFI, 2011-17. Jo was a reporter at KFI. In the summer of 2017, she left for the CBS tv stations 2 & 9 and left a year later.
Kyker, Bob: KFWB, 1967-84. Bob is in semi-retirement and living in Porterville.
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