Where Are They Now?
MAC, Don: KDAY, 1974-77; KGFJ/KKTT (The KAT), 1977-78. Don joined KGFJ as pd in the spring of 1977. Later that fall, KGFJ was rebranded with new call letters as KKTT. "The difference was that our emphasiswas on music," Don told Los Angeles Radio People. "Almost anyone can sit behind a microphone. We found people 18-35 didn't want to boogie all the time. They didn't want to be assaulted by radio. We took the best of AM radio and fm and mixed and blended them. In that way we could soothe our audience."
In the spring of 1978, Don went east to Washington, DC, where he became pd at WOL. The following year he returned to Southern California to take up duties as national promotion manager at Capitol Records.
Don was born in Omaha and worked for the legendary Don Burden at KOIL in 1973-74. He left KOIL in February of 1974 to join KDAY, which had changed formats to r&b in January of that year, to work with newly appointed pd, Jim Maddox. It was a return to the Southland for Mac, who, following graduation from Hollywood’s Don Martin School of Radio in 1972, had begun his broadcasting career at KACY-Port Hueneme/Oxnard.
Don left Capitol Records and L.A. at the start of 1982 for Huntsville, where as he studied for the ministry he became general manager of the Oakwood College (now Oakwood University) radio station WOCG/fm (later to become WJOU/fm). While at Oakwood, Don helped a budding six-man a cappella group called Alliance begin shaping their careers. Alliance went on to become multi-Grammy Award winning Take 6.
After pastorates in Kansas City, DC, Philly, and Brooklyn, in 2005 Don returned to Los Angeles, where he continues to pastor.
2009-22. Born February 1 in Houston, Tami got her first break at
Texas Southern University's KTSU and Magic 102 KMJQ in Houston.
She's a big fan of The Wizard of Oz
and the tv show,
Sex in the
Tami works afternoon drive at the Stevie Wonder station.
MacDONELL, Bruce: KFWB, 1968, nd. Award winning veteran broadcast newsman Bruce MacDonell, who was based in Tokyo for nearly 20 years, died after a brief illness in Burbank on March 19, 1999. He was 60.
Bruce began in radio as a go-fer” at WXYZ-Detroit, for The Lone Ranger. He began his real career as a news writer for CKLW radio and tv. In 1958 he joined WXYZ/TV, writing everything from occasional comedy patter for funnyman Soupy Sales to a number of award-winning documentaries. In 1959 he began a five-year odyssey as head-writer for NBC’s International Showtime, traveling to just about every corner of the earth. It was with this program that he developed his infatuation with Asia.
In 1964 he joined Westinghouse Broadcasting at all-News WINS-New York. He was transferred to L.A. at KFWB when it went all-News. Later he became news director at KDKA/TV-Pittsburgh and by the early 1970s was executive producer for NBC News based in L.A. In 1978 he was appointed gm for news at NBC, serving first in Hong Kong and then Tokyo. He was in charge of eight NBC bureaus. In 1986 Bruce formed Global Net Productions, the only full-service, foreign oriented news and documentary production house in Japan.
"Bruce was one hell of a journalist, one hell of a man," said colleague Herb Humphries. "I've known him since we worked together at WINS and I feel my long time friendship with Bruce was one of the highlights of my life."
Greg Tantum, former KFWB executive editor and program director remembered Bruce. "He loved talking about KFWB and his love for the team during those early years of the format burned brightly. While it made me feel proud to be part of such a legacy it also served as an incredible challenge to create [re-create] the tight family environment in which the early team worked and played."
MacLEOD, Doug: KLON, 1997 and 2001-02; KKJZ, 2002-05. The blues singer/songwriter hosted a weekend show, "Nothin' But the Blues," at the Long Beach jazz station, KKJZ, until the summer of 2005 when he devoted his time to touring.
"Like all great blues men, MacLeod lives his music, and the songs are not just on the tips of his fingers and tongue, they are one with his being," a reviewer wrote in Blues Music Magazine. MacLeod is known for his superb songwriting and storytelling, which he brought to his radio show on K-JAZZ. He is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, including the 2020 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the 2018 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Album Of The Year ‘Break The Chain’. He was recently nominated for the 2021 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year.
As a youth, Doug overcame abuse and a crippling stutter by turning to music. After picking up a guitar, and singing - he found his voice. MacLeod's playing landed him sideman gigs with George 'Harmonica' Smith, Big Joe Turner, Pee Wee Crayton, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Lowell Fulson, and Big Mama Thornton. Over 30 years, 21 studio albums, several live records, compilations, a blues guitar instructional DVD, and a live performance DVD, MacLeod has consistently earned raves.
(Mario Martinoli and Amy Strong, Blair Michaels, and Tim Miner)
MACHADO, Kevin: KCBS, 1993-96; KOLA, 1999-2011. Kevin grew up in Eureka and graduated from Santa Barbara High School. He played in the same backfield at Santa Barbara as Randall Cunningham. "I was a slow footed fullback, but a tough blocker." While working on an oil rig in Texas, Kevin saw a broadcasting ad in the Houston Post and thus was born his radio career. After graduation he paid his dues beginning in 1984 at KBLF-Red Bluff, KOSO-Modesto, KYOS-Merced and KREO-Santa Rosa. "I was in my Santa Rosa apartment reading a book written by Rick Sklar, the legendary pd of WABC-New York, and the phone rings. It's Rick offering me an opportunity at Braiker Satellite Radio Service in Seattle." Braiker didn't make it. "My opinion of Rick Sklar didn't change one bit. In fact, if anything my respect grew for the man."
After the Seattle experience, Kevin joined United Broadcasting in Washington, DC and Cleveland and then went on to KZXY (“Y-102”)-Victorville and KJFX-Fresno. His last move before arriving in the Southland was KGBY (“Y-92”)-Sacramento. Kevin got a call from KCBS pd Tommy Edwards and thought it was a cruel joke. "It turned out to be legit and believe it or not I took the job not knowing what the format would be." Kevin worked the evening shift on "Arrow 93" and in 1996 went to KPLA (“The Planet”)-San Diego. He has been with KOLA-Inland Empire since 1999 and is currently the evening jock.
MACHADO, Mario: KRLA, 1981-83 and 1985-87; KABC, 1994-96. Mario, the Emmy-winning Portuguese-Chinese broadcaster who hosted the very popular "KRLA Connection" during much of the 80s and heard at KABC from 1994-96, died May 4, 2013. He was 78. Reports are that in recent years he was suffering from Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease.
Mario was seen in Rocky III, St. Elmo's Fire, and all three Robo Cop films. One of his passions in life was soccer. He combined his experience as a former league soccer player in Asia with his broadcasting skills to become an internationally known soccer commentator. Mario did various tv assignments at KNXT/Channel 2 (now KCBS). A particular favorite in the Asian American community, he frequently served as emcee or host of different fund-raising and community functions.
Machado’s television career began in 1967, when he signed on at KHJ/Channel 9 (now KCAL/TV) as an on-air news reporter, a first for a Chinese-American. In 1969 he became the first Consumer Affairs reporter in the nation at KNXT. He became a regular reporter in 1970 on the CBS nightly broadcast, The Big News, which was Los Angeles' most popular newscast in the 1960s. He worked there with news icon, Jerry Dunphy.
MACK, David: KNAC, 1981
MACK, Gary: KRLA, 1964-65; KHJ, 1965-67; KLAC, 1970. Gary came to KRLA in 1964 from KYNO-Fresno, where he was pd under Bill Drake.
When "Boss Radio" was launched in April 1965, Drake hired Gary away from KRLA and made him the first of the original "Boss Jocks" on "Boss Radio" in "Boss Angeles." Gary worked noon to 3 p.m. until 1967, then briefly worked overnights prior to joining Drake/Chenault as a national program director. He helped set up the Drake Format at KFRC-San Francisco, CKLW-Detroit, WRKO-Boston and WOR/fm-New York.
Gary went on to program WIP-Philadelphia, was om at WNEW-New York and was group pd for the fm division of Susquehanna Broadcasting in 1977. His last assignment was director of network operations at WSB-Atlanta, where he built the largest radio network in Major League Baseball for the Braves (166 stations).
Born Gary McDowell in Cedar Falls, he grew up in Chicago and attended the Illinois Institute of Technology. Gary retired July 1, 1997 and lives in Atlanta.
MACK, Greg: KDAY, 1983-91; KJLH, 1991-92; KKBT, 1992-93; KTWV, 2016-20. Greg worked morning drive while in Los Angeles radio and currently co-owns stations in Oakland. Prior to arriving in the Southland he worked at KEYS-Corpus Christi. He owns a radio station in Fresno and hosts a syndicated show. Greg knows about success. When he went to KJLH he had numerous bonus clauses and hit every one of them in his first book.
“I’ve noticed that many owners and market managers bring in outside programmers to make things work, which was probably the downfall of what Radio One [KRBV, V-100] was doing there,” said Greg. “I look at that and wonder ‘what are y’all thinking?’ There are so many people who know Los Angeles radio, get it, and they know how to make it succeed, why are you not approaching them?”
“My first radio station was KOJJ in Porterville. The first lesson I learned was I should have kept my job until the purchased station was making money. My partner on the Porterville station was MC Hammer. He was the first rapper to do such but before we closed we went through his bankruptcy thing and so I had to bring in a private investor. We paid $250,000 and turned it around immediately and ended up selling it for a couple of million dollars. We went from losing $30,000 a month to making $30,000 within 30 days.”
His first station was Spanish-language, but Greg didn’t speak the language. “What I found out was a lot of the jocks had side deals with many of the clients. So I had someone who spoke Spanish very well listen to the station and they told me all those advertisers on the station that weren’t on the log. The minute I cut that off and these people became real clients, the station just turned around immediately.”
The next station Greg purchased was KTAA in Fresno. “It probably covered the western side of Fresno real well. We had immediate success again, this time with rhythmic, which was the first rhythmic format in Fresno. We kicked all kinds of ass. Within seven months we went from zero to $80,000 a month.”
Greg learned the hard lesson of publicity with KTAA, this time negative publicity. One of the original investors got into trouble with the law. The local press identified the investor as one of the owners of the station, which he wasn’t, but other stations went to our clients and got them to switch. We went from $80,000 a month down to $30,000. I was forced to sell and Art Laboe bought it.”
Greg looked back over his career and pointed to a number of successes. “I’ve always turned things around immediately. I learned very early on that just because you were a great programmer didn’t necessarily make you a great operations guy. I learned the programming, the sales, and even the engineering. I’ve installed antennas. I’ve climbed the tower and installed antennas. I think I’ve become a pretty good operator.”
Despite the fact Greg was at a handicap in raising monies because he’s African American, he bought another station in Eureka. “We were in Humboldt County, the pot capital of the world. We bought that little station for about $400,000 and it was the hardest station I tried to turn around. It took me a couple of years before we broke even. They don’t give a darn about ratings in those little markets. It’s all about relationships. We did very well in the ratings, but it just took time to develop the relationships.”
After selling the Eureka station, Greg took his resources and teamed up with former programming consultant Jerry Clifton. They bought two stations in Spokane and one in Fresno (KVPW) and they still have them. “Our Fresno station has a target audience of Women 18-34 and we went from 29th place to 4th place in the market. It was a huge turnaround.”Greg can be heard doing fill-in at "the WAVE."
MACK, Terry: KYMS, 1990; KWVE. Terry works at KWVE.
MacKAY, Ed: KWVE, 1982-83; KNOB, 1983-84; KWIZ, 1984-90; KEZY, 1992-93; KNX, 1988-2000; KOLA, 2001-02; KRLA, 2013-15. After 45 years in the radio business, in the summer of 2021, Ed retired.
Ed joined KNX in the mid-1980s, first as a fill-in for legendary traffic and weather guru Bill Keene, and alternating as a news anchor. He became overnight news anchor in early 1998.
Ed actually began his broadcasting career at age 10, when he was a public address announcer for little league baseball games. Later he built his own radio station on the campus of Simi Valley High School.
Over the years he has worked for a number of Southern California stations providing traffic reports.
A California native, Ed was born in Glendale and now lives in Orange County with his wife Pamela. They have 4 kids who have all left home. When Ed left KNX, he began working on a game show called Powerball, a lottery show hosted by Bob Eubanks. He worked swing at KOLA in the Inland Empire.
MacKINNON, Don: KABC, 1957-60; KLAC, 1963-64; KFWB, 1964-65. Don worked at KEWB-San Francisco between L.A. jock assignments. He was killed in an automobile crash in Malibu in June of 1965. His brother Doug was contacted by the management of KFWB and was offered Don's noon-to-3 shift in order to perpetuate a popular broadcasting name; Doug declined. Chuck Blore remembered Don: "The best one of all and there's no question about it. He had an incredible brain, you never ever heard him say anything that didn't matter. He was very, very funny about things which mattered."
Jim: KMPC; KFI, 1974. Jim was news
anchor at KTRK/TV-Houston.
Jim was born in 1937 in Little Rock, Arkansas, but grew up in Southern Louisiana. His career began in radio, like his father before him, and music publishing with the late Henry Mancini eventually brought him to Los Angeles. His career evolved to encompass every aspect of the show business industry, from local and network commercials to hosting charity specials and guest starring in popular television series and feature films. His first book, Down from the Mountain, celebrates his passion for the spiritual connection between animals and people, as well as his admiration for the American rural way of life. The story continues with his second novel in his (Bandit Series) Falen, Semper Fi. He worked at KXOL and KBOX-Dallas, KXYZ-Houston, WNOE-New Orleans, WFUN-Miami and WMEX-Boston but his radio highlights were working at KFI and especially at KMPC.
"Prior to KFI I worked part time for KMPC when Russ Barnett was pd. "I loved each and every minute of it. As my career took off in tv I did less and less on radio and much more in voiceovers. I was featured in several hit movies the least of which was Annie Hall, The Gremlins, Teen Wolf, among others. In tv, I was in over 56 shows as guest star."
MacLean, Spider: KWIZ, 1957-89. Spider died in 1990.
KHTZ/KBZT/KRLA/KODJ/KCBS, 1984-2002. Clark was the producer of
the Charlie Tuna Show for almost a decade. He was also
doing sports for the Evening Edition at KPCC where he won a
Golden Mike Award.
"On Thanksgiving night in 1988, Rhonda Kramer hired me to do traffic for L-A Network, which covered a couple of stations, including KFWB. After a year or so, I worked with her husband, Kenny Green, in establishing the Radio Sports Network," said Clark. His title was director of operations. "At the Radio Sports Network, our first event was getting the radio rights for the Mike Tyson-Frank Bruno fight. We only had two weeks to put EVERYTHING together. This included selling it, getting stations and securing talent. We hired boxing play-by-play genius Rich Marotta and commentator from Las Vegas, Seat Williams, to do the show. Kenny actually dealt with Don King to get the radio rights. He then met with Premiere Radio, who did the selling and cleared the stations. It worked [it was on KNX locally] but it was too much to get advertisers excited about a monthly boxing card, especially with a lot of money earmarked for the World Cup that year. So we decided to do the same thing, but in Spanish. That worked for a while, but after Tyson lost and the start of the recession cooled down the project, I left for steady work at KCBS/fm," said Clark.
When KCBS/fm switched to "Arrow 93" in the fall of 1993, Clark stayed on as morning show producer, first for Gary Moore and then Joe Benson. Clark was also music director at "Arrow 93."
|MADDEN, Chuck: KMPC/KABC/KTZN, 1993-98; KNX, 1998-2010. Chuck left KNXNewsradio in early 2004. He did fill-in at Fox Sports West until returning to KNX. He died July 16, 2010, at the age of 61. Chuck had been recovering from a series of strokes and shortly before his death he was diagnosed with leukemia. “Chuck’s warm and personable style of sports reporting was heard most recently here on KNX – in fact he’s worked at this station twice in his career as well other top Los Angeles stations, including KABC, KMPC and Fox Sports Radio,” said KNX/KFWB program director Andy Ludlum.|
Born in Rochester, Chuck grew up in Dallas. He graduated with a chemistry degree from Spring Hill college in Alabama. He later studied film and television production and editing at UCLA. Before joining Southland radio, Chuck worked in Louisiana, Joplin, WFAA-Dallas, Huron, South Dakota, KMBY and KIDD-Monterey and KXRX-San Jose. Prior to joining KNX in 1999, he was the morning drive sports reporter and feature reporter on the "Ken Minyard & Peter Tilden Show" on KABC, and the "Peter Tilden & Tracey Miller Show" on 710/KMPC. From 1990 to 1992 he was the weekly NBA correspondent for the BBC in London. In the summer of 1999, he subbed for the retiring Fred Gallagher and eventually landed a full-time sports slot. Chuck enjoyed working as an actor and voice artist. He most recently appeared in the CBS crime drama Criminal Minds.
Derek: KLOS, 2013-15. Derek was appointed pd at KLOS in the summer of 2013. He
was also on-air middays at KLOS.
"I joined KLOS from our sister station KSAN in San Francisco, where I was pd/afternoons. I'd been in that market for awhile - I programmed KSJO-San Jose, worked for many years on-air at Live105 and was the music director at KLLC as well. I grew up a lot of places, but mostly in the South, and 99X/Atlanta was absolutely my biggest influence. I loved their mix of irreverence and relatability, the talent up and down the lineup (Sean Demery was my fave) and the overarching musical vision. It was smart, it was funny, and I'd never seen anyone do radio like that before," said Derek in a LARadio interview.
Derek was in San Francisco radio for a decade working afternoons at The Bone before arriving in the Southland. In March 2015, he moved to "93X” KXXR-Minneapolis. Prior to The Bone, Madden programmed KSJO-San Jose, served as music director at KLLC-San Francisco, and spent nearly a decade on-air at KITS-San Francisco. He's also programmed rock stations WXZZ-Lexington, WRXR-Augusta, and WVBR-Ithaca.
"San Francisco's been my home for 12 years," said Madden. "It was always going to take something pretty special for me to leave, and now I've found it. As a college kid trying to figure out where radio could take me, my best-case scenario always ended at a station like KLOS."
Rachel: KTLK, 2006-09. Rachel worked at Progressive K-TALK and now hosts a
MSNBC talk show. . Rachel has a Doctorate in Politics from Oxford
University and a degree in Public Policy from Stanford. She was the
first openly gay American to win a Rhodes Scholarship.
Her background is in commercial radio (WRSI, WRNX) and political activism.
Prior to launching The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, Rachel co-hosted Air America's "Unfiltered" with Chuck D and Lizz Winstead. Perhaps more importantly, Rachel knows how to make a Pegu Club Cocktail, enjoys appearing on right-wing tv shows as the smiling-but-obstinate liberal, loves her parents, and thinks AMTRAK hot dogs are a national treasure.
She lives in Western Massachusetts and New York City, with her partner, artist Susan Mikula, and their dog.
MADDOX, Jim: KRLA, 1971; XPRS, 1972; KIQQ, 1973-74; KDAY, 1974-77, pd; KJLH, 1984-85, gm. Born in 1948, Jim was a business administration major at Fordham University. As James Maddox, he did the news on KRLA.
After an initial stint doing overnights at KIQQ, Jim did mornings with Mike Butts. Jim was the on-air pd with the new Urban format at KDAY that debuted in January 1974. "We went the `clean routine' and as far as I know, no station that has tried it has lost listeners or ratings. We use no reverb or echo or talk over the music. Previously, black radio stations were a laughing matter. I tried to find personalities and announcers who liked the music and respected it."
While still on the air at KDAY in
1975, Jim and Walt Love from WXLO-
philosophy regarding programming was outlined in a
Billboard interview in 1976: "In
response to tune-out, I think that people listen to a radio station for a
given thing and when you give the audience something it doesn't expect, they
turn the dial."
In 1977, Jim left KDAY to become
gm of KMJQ-Houston. He later became an executive with a number of stations,
including WBMX-Chicago and KJLH. In 1987 he was the executive vp/coo of
In 1994 Jim joined DMX as vp of
He is president of Jim
Maddox - Broadcast Consultants.
Maddox, Mel: KWIZ, 1991-93. Mel is a voiceover artist.
Tony: KHJ, 1979-80. Growing up in Memphis, Tony worked
at WHBQ. He arrived in Southern California from KBZS-San Diego. During
his tour in San Diego, Tony programmed XHTZ, KOGO and jocked at KCBQ.
When Tony joined KBZS (K-best) for afternoons, he called himself “Mr.
Rock ‘n Roll.” Tony got a letter from an attorney for a disc jockey in
Los Angeles who’s used the name “Mr. Rock ‘n Roll” for two decades.
Hinting heavily of a lawsuit.
In the spring of 1994, Tony joined KZST-Santa Rosa. After leaving "Boss Radio," Tony was the morning man at KOKE-Austin.
In 1993, Bob joined WTOP-Washington, DC and stayed until his retirement in 2014.
He hosted the enormously popular "Man About Town" feature.
He now lives in Blue Hill Peninsula, Maine.
When asked for memories when John Kennedy was assassinated, Bob responded: "That was the year before I started in radio and I was in my high school World History Class in Gloucester, Massachusetts when someone brought a note to the teacher. She thought it was a joke at first, even chuckling, 'Very Funny’ to the person delivering the note. Then she was pulled out the door by the teacher who brought the note. When she came back in, she was ashen and quietly broke the news that the President had been shot and said we should sit in silence thru the rest of the period. As soon as school was dismissed a short while later I ran to my sister's car and we turned on the radio to listen to what was happening. We typically drove to a coffee shop for burgers and butts [cigarettes] before heading home. When we drove down Main St. it was deserted, so we didn't stop. When we got home we turned on the tv with the radio on in the back ground just in time to hear the 'President is dead' bulletin while the black and white tv was still warming up. Most of the weekend I was glued to the radio, because I could carry that with me [it was my first transistor radio] doing chores or whatever. I may be one of the few who admit to having 'heard' Ruby shoot Oswald instead of having seen it on tv. I was so stunned I didn't even think to turn on the television. Of course, why would I?? In those days there was no instant replay on tv but it could be done on radio and was several times. That weekend I mostly listened to one of two Boston stations WBZ or WMEX. Both were Top 40 in those days with incredible news departments. Thanks for the chance to take a trip down that memory lane. I hadn't realized how much radio was a part of that event for me. TV was not the first choice for news then, nor is it today for me."
Madrid, Charles: KIQQ/KLIT, 1977-86.
In 1986, Charles was arrested for making threats against President Bush.
According to a story in the LA Times, Madrid suffered from multiple
sclerosis and "anger management issues." He was charged with "knowingly and
willfully" threatening to take the life of the President and underwent a mental
health evaluation. His mother says he’s harmless. But after a recent outburst in
which he allegedly threatened to kill President Bush, the U.S. Secret Service
wasn’t so sure.
Madrigal, Edgar: XPRS; KALI. Edgar, former pd at KALI (1430AM), passed away September 18, 2012. He died of pancreatic cancer, at the age of 68. In addition to KALI, Edgard worked at KSOL-San Francisco, pd at KWKW, XPRS, and WRCI-Chicago. He was working in Mexico City at XEAI Radio at the time of his death.
Chris: KNX, 2006-21. Chris broadcast sports at all-News KNX.
He left the all-News station in the summer of 2021.
Chris was the original tv play-by-play announcer of the Anaheim Ducks (NHL), author, motivational speaker, media/PR/consultant. With the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim, he called all 495 consecutive telecasts in the franchise’s first nine seasons on KCAL 9 and FOX Sports Net West2. He was featured for five post-seasons on ESPN and ESPN2’s coverage of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Chris was also the original voice of Pro Beach Hockey on ESPN /ESPN2 from 1998-2000
In February, 2007, Chris and fellow KNX sports anchors Steve Grad, Randy Kerdoon, Paul Olden and Joe Cala were voted Southern California Sports Broadcasters of the Year by their peers at the SCBA as the Top Radio Sports Anchor Team for 2006. Chris got started in Chicago and he spent nine years at SportsChannel-Chicago (SC-C)--presently known as COMCAST-Chicago. In addition to hosting UIC Flames Sports--a weekly television magazine show--Chris was play-by-play announcer for hockey, baseball, basketball, volleyball and tennis. He authored Joshua Shoots! He Scores! The Greatest Call I Ever Made. The OC Register reviewer: "It is a truly inspiring story and book, one that elicited many goose bumps and moved me to tears.”
A Dean’s List student, Chris attended Lewis University in Romeoville, Illinois, on a baseball/academic scholarship and received his Bachelor of Arts degree, with honors, in Speech Communications/Journalism.
Magic, Bobby: KUTE, 1972-80. Bobby went to work in San Francisco.
KGFJ, 1957-63; KMPC, 1963-73;
KAGB, 1973-75; KRLA, 1975-76;
KGIL, 1976; KBRT, 1980; KIQQ, 1981;
KPRZ, 1981-84; KMPC,
1984-94; KJQY, 1994-95; KLAC,
1999-2001; KKJZ, 2014-21. He joined KKJZ in
mid-February 2014 and left in the summer of 2021.
Born near Frankfurt, Johnny’s journey to the United States from his German birthplace is a story of heartache, disappointment, terror and eventual joy. His father owned a bakery about 30 miles from Frankfurt. When the Nazi party came to power, they demanded that Mr. Magnus hang a Nazi flag over his bakery and place a sign in the window saying Jews were not welcome. Johnny’s mother was half-Jewish and many of their friends and customers were Jewish and Mr. Magnus refused the Nazi request. As political pressure and the threat of losing his life accelerated, Mr. Magnus had to flee the country leaving his wife and children behind. Johnny’s mother was so distraught that she thought of suicide by drowning practically every day. After school, Johnny would run down to the river looking for his mother. After five terrifying years, the family was reunited in upstate New York. Johnny fell in love with radio and that’s how he learned English, listening to "The Shadow" and "The Green Hornet." He spent two decades working as a high-profile personality at MOR station KMPC. His signature bits include "Weather with a Beat." At 16, he filled in at WWRL-New York, then went to WOV, doing remotes from The Baby Grand nightclub. At WABC he did broadcasts from New York's Birdland. A year later, he produced and emceed United Cerebral Palsy Association telethons across the country before moving West.
Johnny started at KGFJ while it was still MOR, moving to KMPC in 1963 as, he said, a "professor of sorts, delivering lessons in popular music." He coined the traveling forecast bit, "weather with a beat" done to a background tune. “I used a rhythm track with Harry James, and it clicked right away. Then Neil Hefti and Count Basie created this form called 'Cute,' which left some holes in it for me to give the weather. I now have different versions."
In 1963, Quincy Jones wrote a song about Johnny, called Nasty Magnus, which showed up on Count Basie's album Little Ol Groove Maker-Basie.
The LA Times called Johnny the "Prince of Darkness," a title originally given to him by Gary Owens, and that eventually proved to be prescient. He wanted desperately to work days. Johnny said, "I got so tired of getting up from the dinner table and going to work. I wanted more out of life than that. I wanted to be able to go out with a girl at night. In all those years, I never saw a prime time tv show."
In Billboard's 1966, 1967 and 1968 Radio Response Ratings Johnny was voted #1 Pop LP disc jockey. He also scored in the Jazz category as 2nd most influential. In 1974, Johnny left KMPC for KAGB, playing an eclectic mix of jazz, r&b and MOR music. In 1975, he was a tv guest host on KTLA/Channel 5’s locally produced Calendar show. He went to KDWN-Las Vegas in 1978, staying for two years and returning for Bonneville's brief experiment with contemporary Christian music at KBRT. He was a West Coast announcer for ABC/TV. Johnny became part of Music of Your Life Radio Network.
Mahler, Curt: KLVE/XEGM, 1975-76; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-78; KROQ, 1979-80. Curt is senior examiner for Chubb Group of Insurance Companies. He and his family live in Valencia.
KFI, 1985-87; KBIG, 1987-92. Bill
started on KFI from “Y-94”-Fresno and KPLZ-Seattle. In late 1987, he
joined KBIG as part of a morning team with Sylvia Amerito.
He left the radio business in 1991 and returned to school to pursue a
graduate law degree.
Dr. Bill Maier is a veteran broadcaster with a background in both general market and Christian radio. He also holds a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Biola University in Southern California. During his time at Focus on the Family, Bill hosted the Weekend Magazine program, the Family Minute with Dr. Bill Maier, and the Family Insights TV news feature. More recently, Bill hosted the morning show at KSBJ Radio in Houston and The Faith Radio Network in Minneapolis. He currently hosts the overnight program on the Moody Radio Network and on Moody’s Praise and Worship Channel.
Bill and his wife, Lisa make their home in the Minneapolis area. In 1998, Bill popped the question to Lisa. He arranged for a plane to fly over the Huntington Beach pier at sunset with a banner saying, "Will You Marry me. Lisa Hatt?"
MAJHOR, John: KLAC, 1989-90; KZLA, 1991; KCBS, 1991. John died of a rare incurable cancer on January 23, 2007. He was 53. John (pronounced like Major) worked at KLAC in the late 1980s and KZLA and KCBS/fm in the early 1990s. "From the time I saw the early television shows starring Arthur Godfrey, Ed Sullivan, Jack Paar, Steve Allen, Ernie Kovacs and others, I knew I would end up in television. I'm grateful to have been able to achieve that goal through radio."
“I had such a blast turning L.A. Country radio on its ear with what I like to term ‘honky-talk’ [Country music and talk radio] on afternoons at the radio home of the LA Lakers, KLAC.” He went on to be a tv star in Canada. "I'm happy to have dual citizenship, as my Sioux ancestors were citizens of North America, as I wish to be," said Johnny. "And if my ancestors knew I was a MacHead, they'd be laughing mighty loud."
"Honestly, my whole career was built upon a series of lucky breaks and circumstance. When I started doing radio in South Dakota, we were broadcasting out of a double-wide trailer with a listenership of a few hundred, maybe less. There was never a plan, never a design, but somehow I got a few breaks and things progressed — and that's my career."
KPWR, 1998-2000; KZLA/KPWR/KMVN,
Val was general manager at "Power 106."
In the summer of 2000, she was promoted to sr vp/market manager at Emmis/Los Angeles taking on gm duties at KZLA, which was been changed to Movin' 93.9/fm and since taken over by Grupo Management out of Mexico City.
Born in Minnesota, she grew up in the Twin Cities and graduated from DePaul University. Prior to working in L.A., she was with Holiday Broadcasting in Salt Lake City. Val began her radio career in the early 1980s and joined Emmis in 1984. Before arriving in the Southland, she was gsm of “Q101”-Chicago. She’s been on the board of directors for the SCBA.
Meruelo Group purchased KPWR in 2017 and Val left in early 2018. She now is with Bonneville in San Francisco.
Malay, H.K.: KNNS, 1995-96. Hugh is
executive producer at Monarch Productions.
KRTH, 2001-13. Bob broadcast
the news during morning drive at K-EARTH for over a
decade. He left the station in late 2013 following a
series of budget cuts.
In the fall of 2021, Bob wrote in social media: "It's hard to believe, but this marks 50 years since I began doing what I love: Radio. 1 month after graduating from high school--I spent the summer of '71 in Huntington Beach studying for my 1st Class FCC license at Ogden's Radio Operational Engineering School. I returned to Modesto in mid-October 1971 and was hired by legendary KFIV pd, the late John Chappell. In the years that followed, I worked at several radio stations from K-DON, KROY and KYA to K-101, KFRC and KEARTH. If it had a 'K,' I was there (Except K-MART). I worked with the greatest, most talented professionals you could ever imagine--I can't list them all--I tried, but there are too many! Suffice it to say: I'm the luckiest guy in the world to have spent half a century--doing what I love. With the people I love. Especially with my son, Paul. He was a morning show producer at KEARTH. Those years were--without a doubt--the Best of times. To my colleagues, friends, Brothers, Sisters---and Listeners: Thank you so much! It's been an amazing---50 years.
1997-2005; KLAC, 2009-22. Ben hosts the overnight show on Fox Sports Net that
is heard on KLAC.
Ben is the ultimate sports broadcaster. He has worked as a Los Angeles based reporter for San Diego "XTRA Sports 690," and has also hosted post-game shows for the L.A. Dodgers and UCLA Bruins. During the 2000 baseball season, Ben co-hosted Dodger talk with Ross Porter who commented that, "He (Ben) is one of the most prepared guys I have ever met."
In January 2001, Ben joined the Fox Sports Radio Network to host a national weekend sports talk show in addition to his weekend anchor duties.
Ben was born in Fullerton, California on April 29. "I grew up in Irvine and the parking lot at the Big A. The first place I went when I got my driver's license was to watch a baseball game. I loved summer nights when I could listen to Vin Scully and Ross Porter call Dodger games and Bob Starr behind the mic with the Angels.
"I've enjoyed listening to the greatest broadcaster ever, Vin Scully, tell stories. I used to also listen to out of town broadcasts of Padres and Giants games. I would even catch some minor league action with the coast league's Albuquerque Dukes and Las Vegas Stars broadcasts.
During the winter, I would get Broncos night games on KOA in Denver and Warriors and Kings games from the Bay Area. I was mesmerized by how these great sportscasters could paint a audio picture and make the games come alive." Ben worked at Saddleback College in Mission Viejo, California as the radio station's sports director and also called the Saddleback Gaucho men's basketball and football games.
Chris: KJLH, 2022. Chris was appointed program director
of the Stevie Wonder station in March 2022.
Chris arrived in the Southland from programming chores at Adult r&b 97.7 WKAF-Boston, Classic Hip Hop “98.9 The Vibe” WKIM and Adult r&b 103.5 WRBO-Memphis, Adult r&b 96.9 WBZJ-Raleigh, and 88.5 WQOX-Memphis. He has also held apd roles at WQMG Greensboro and WSNA Memphis.
KXTA, 1998. Karl briefly
hosted a talk show at "XTRA Sports 1150" during the
NBA strike. Turned out to be bad idea putting him on the Clear Channel
sports station. Karl was very difficult to understand. "The Mailman" played for the
Utah Jazz and the LA Lakers.
Karl is arguably the greatest power forward of all time, according to NBA sources. Built more like a tight end than a basketball player, his size and strength made him difficult to defend in the low block, but he also filled the lane on the fast break and shot a deadly medium-range jumper. The two-time MVP finished his career with 36,928 points second only behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He also attempted more free throws and grabbed more defensive rebounds than any player in NBA history.
Karl will be forever linked to Utah Jazz teammate and point guard John Stockton.
Malone, Sunny: KWIZ, 1976. Unknown.
KFOX, 1984-92; KROQ,
1983-90. Farley has written Twilight's First Gleaming, which is based on the
history of his radio show, "The Astrology Hour," which he hosted on
KFOX In the mid-1980s. He left the station for the Cable Radio
Network. From an LA Times profile on Farley: "He claimed to be
a skeptic who worked pushing paper in his parents' business. During a
severe personal crisis in 1976 that included a death in the family and a
bleeding ulcer, he walked into a metaphysical bookstore and from just
his birth date, an astrologer zeroed in exactly on all his troubles."
Farley was born August 11, 1948 in St. Louis. He started college at the University of Missouri and graduated from Central Methodist College in Fayette, Missouri honors. From 1976-78, Farley attended the Academy of Atlantis in Los Angeles to study metaphysics, astrology, spirituality, God concepts and concepts of karma and world religion.
During his stay in Southland radio he also briefly appeared on Friday mornings on KROQ in the 1980s, dispensing astrological forecasts as "Love Doctor, Astrology Open Line Guy." At KFOX, even though the time was brokered, he was one of the few to have a daily show continually for years. He expounded on world politics and the impending Armageddon, along with such diverse topics such as reincarnation, vegetarians and mankind's destiny. In 1987, Farley toured with Boy George in Puerto Rico.
"I worked for KABC/Channel 7 from 1997-99 and did about 400 shows." He has produced and hosted over 3,000 radio and tv shows and has done over 10,000 commercials from 1983 to 1999.
KLAC, 2005-06. Mancow Muller started mornings at KLAC
(XTRA Sports 570) in May 2005 and left in October 2006. He left his
WLUP-Chicago show in early 2018 and was heard on WLS-Chicago until the
end of 2020 when his contract expired and was not renewed.
When Howard Stern announced his move to Sirius Satellite Radio in late 2004, Chicago-based and highly-rated Mancow started to generate heat as a possible replacement. CBS Radio (Infinity) allowed Howard to stay on the air during his remaining 14 months while the company looked for a replacement. Mancow was not chosen as a Stern replacement in any of the CBS markets. Instead, David Lee Roth took over in New York to disastrous ratings and press reports, and was let go only a few months later. At KLSX, Jack Silver chose Adam Carolla with Jimmy Kimmel as an executive producer with the hopes they would strike magic from their days at KROQ and the syndicated The Man Show on the Comedy Channel.
Mancow got a heavy push through his syndicator, TRN. In the late spring of2005, Mancow was brought into mornings at what was then called, XTRA Sports AM 570. "With the combination of Stern going away and Mancow entering the world of syndication, we saw an opportunity to take the station to a whole new level," said Don Martin, KLAC vp/gm, at the time. "Besides Mancow's dominance in America's third-largest radio market [Chicago], Mancow has also been No. 1 in every market he has entered. From San Francisco to Chicago, this show dominates."
Martin and Clear Channel made a major marketing blitz promoting Mancow. At one point last year there were over 400 outdoor billboards promoting him. When Mancow did his show from L.A., Martin would pull out all the stops to take advantage of his presence, including a huge event at Universal Studios that not only included Mancow but all the on-air talent. Feeling you. Alas, not enough morning show listeners were feeling Mancow. He was gone a year later.
Mancow was born in Kansas City, in 1967. He started his radio career in 1988. Mancow grabbed national headlines in 1994 when he was arrested in San Francisco after causing a huge traffic jam on the Bay Bridge during a radio stunt. The Chicago-based personality has won Billboard’s Radio Personality of the Year award in 1995, 1996, and 1997. "My show is revolutionary, not evolutionary," says Mancow. "I keep reinventing myself - not like the other dinosaurs in this business right now."
Mandelbaum, Dave: KGIL, 1968-79. The former chief engineer at KGIL, is now with DM Engineering, of Camarillo.
1987-91; KMNY, 1987-92; KFI, 1990-91 and 1997-2005. Dan was
Dr. Laura Schlessinger's
director at WWTN-Nashville “SuperTalk 99.7.”
Born in Los Angeles in 1967, Dan went to school at Mount San Antonio College, and began working at KSAK, the college radio station. “Before long I realized it was a lot more fun to play Van Halen records on the radio than study psychology, history, and political science.”
Dan worked as an intern in the early days of Mark & Brian at KLOS and then spent a number of years at “Money Radio.” He eventually joined KFI and worked with Dr. Laura. “She and I worked on the night shift for many years at KFI, myself as the board operator and occasional call screener. After Dr. Laura moved to middays I attempted to continue my education while working part-time as a traffic reporter and producer for AirWatch America in Orange County and appearing on many L.A. and OC radio stations including KFI, KEZY, and KIK/fm.” In 1997, he reunited with Dr. Laura as she was on her way to becoming the fastest rising syndicated talk show host in radio history.
“It was with her that I learned more about radio than I ever did in my previous 10 years of broadcast experience. From affiliate relations to digital editing systems, call screening and producing, I was able to have a hand in almost every aspect of the broadcast.” After spending a year in New York working with Premiere Traffic Networks, Dan returned to Southern California and resumed his duties with Dr. Laura and Premiere Radio Networks.
Mando: KPWR, 2007-19. Mando Fresko worked overnights at 'Power 106.'
KUTE, 1982-83; KIIS, 1983-87;
KEZY, 1988-89; KBIG, 1993-95. Ed left Premiere
Radio Networks after 11 years in late 1996 and formed a new
syndication company called MannGroup Radio Services
distributing music imaging and production library services to
stations across the country. In the summer of 2020, Ed published his first
novel, For the Love of Radio.
By late 2019, Ed celebrated 40 years as a professional broadcaster. "It was one week after my last final at UCLA in December of 1979. I had designs on a career as a studio musician, and did some work back then after gigging and writing with local bands in LA, but I wasn't cut out for road bands and wanted a regular paycheck. I found radio, that thing I used to press up against my ear to hear Dan Ingram, Vin Scully, and Bobby Ocean and Dr. Don Rose and MG Kelly and The Real Don Steele.
"My pal George Siegal, whose dad was a radio owner reminded me, during a study hall at UCLA, that I had to start somewhere out of town, and recommended KWRM in Corona, run by a local evangelist. A Jew recommending a Jew to work for a radio priest! I programmed my own music, which resembled what you'd now call Yacht Rock: Poco, Little River Band, Seals and Crofts, Elton John. One of the first 'soft AC + personality' formats anywhere. I developed a following, small as it was. Then Top 40, my dream format in the not too dreamy town of San Bernardino, at KFXM, call letters that still make me laugh. English teachers across the Inland Empire blanched at our main station liner, 'More Better Music.' I think Spike Lee borrowed a version of that later! Then off to KIK/fm in Anaheim, KUTE 102 in Glendale and KIIS/fm in Hollywood, the most listened to station in North America at the time. KBIG, and KEZY followed but a desk awaited at the start of Premiere Radio Networks, and now MannGroup Radio. It's been a wild rollarcoaster that continues, and I don't keep my horn too far from my face!"
KJLH, 1984-89; KACE, 1989-92; KKBT, 1992-97. Mike is the leader of America's premier Black
Cowboy band, "Mike Mann and the Night Riders." He did imaging
work for KJLH. “Since 1984 I’ve been involved with three Urban stations.
Each has been the leader while I was there. As the production direct at
92.3/‘the Beat,’ I teach each host how they can better communicate when
Born in Brownsville, Tennessee, Mike traveled to Clinton, Iowa, when his father went to work for U.S. Steel. Mike graduated from the University of Northern Iowa with a degree in speech. “I fell into radio getting free credits at the campus radio station. I was originally going to be a teacher.” His radio journey started at KWWL-Waterloo followed by KLWW-Cedar Rapids, WCLY-Tampa, WIBG-Philadelphia and three stations in Houston (KULF, KFMK and KMGQ) before joining KJLH. The musician did morning drive during the KACE "Quiet Storm" programming. Mike is leader of America’s premier Black Cowboy band, “Mike Mann and the Night Riders, the group performs original blend of country and soul, which Mike has dubbed “Cowboy Soul.”
Mann, Tony: KHJ, 1974-75. Tony was doing fill-in for "KJ97" (Country) and "KQ102" (Soft AC) in San Antonio.
KECA, 1949-54; KFWB, 1956;
KDAY, 1959-61; KNX, 1961-63; KFWB, 1963-64;
XEG, 1975. Zeke died October 14, 2000 of heart failure, at the
age of 89.
Ezekiel Mannes was born in San Francisco in 1911 but moved to Los Angeles where Zeke attended Fairfax High. He started in radio in the 1920’s doing children's shows and performing with a jazz trio on KLAC. He gained fame from a 1930 KMPC publicity stunt: The station concocted the story of a group of hillbillies living in the hills around LA, then presented the ersatz bumpkins to large crowds at Grauman's Chinese Theater and elsewhere. Calling himself the Jewish hillbilly, in the 1940’s he wrote and recorded songs with Eddy Arnold, Homer and Jethro, Hank Snow and others. He wrote The Pennsylvania Polka, a hit for the Andrew Sisters.
On the air in the 1950’s Zeke first played cover versions of r&b hits, but eventually played the original songs, calling them "Rhythm and Happys," wanting nothing blue or down on his show. In the 1960’s, Zeke produced, arranged and conducted an album featuring the cast from the tv show, The Beverly Hillbillies, writing most of the songs. One of his last radio shows was on KNX prior to the station going all-News. The show was called "Zeke Manners' Bouncing Ballroom" a parody of the popular tv show Sing Along With Mitch.
Zeke was friends with comedian Henny Youngman and wrote Henny's theme song, Take My Wife, Please.
In 1969, he co-wrote a song about the first Americans to land on the moon, Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins, recorded by the Byrds. Zeke appeared in nephew Albert Brooks’ film Real Life, Winged Victory and was one of a couple living in a trailer park in Lost in America. Manners regretted the passing of the live performance era on radio. "The thing back then was that if you had a show, you were in charge of that block of time," Manners once told reporter years ago. "You were the showman; you were responsible. If you wanted to play Gershwin, Stravinsky or 'Rock Around the Clock,' it was your time, and as long as you kept the numbers, they left you alone. Radio wasn't the copycat business it is today." When Zeke died, at his request he was buried "as a hillbilly." He wore a baseball cap celebrating the Spice Girls, red suspenders and purple glasses from a 99-cent store. A cigar was in his pocket.
MANNING, Bruce: KFI, 1996-2000. Bruce owned The Manning Group in Mission Viejo. He died of a massive heart attack on August 19, 2009. He was 55.
An early heart attack, just like his father. Disbelief, then stunned support for his wife Roberta, and daughters Andrea, Mychal, Jamie, and Stephanie. The online tributes reverberated throughout the southland, particularly in Orange County, where viewers of the defunct Orange County News Channel, students and colleagues at Chapman University, and fellow broadcasters like me at AirWatch had come to know Bruce. We knew him on television and as a news anchor on KFI. More recently, he had helped raise money for military vets and others through charity poker events. We knew his smile and vivaciousness and his unfailing support for his synagogue. Bruce's Facebook page remains active, updated by family. The tragic announcement just before his birthday last summer included this understatement: He was loved by many and will be missed by all who knew him. (Written by Steve Julian)
Manning, Knox: KDAY, 1959-61. Knox was
living in Port Hueneme and died of a heart attack on August
26, 1980. He was 76.
Manning, Phil: KLYY, 1996-97. Phil left his post at 91X-San Diego in early fall of 2008 and joined KPKX ("The Peak") in Phoenix as pd.
|MANNY, Rob: KBIG, 2000-01. Rob worked the Friday Night Dance Party show at KBIG. Prior to KBIG, Rob worked weekends at Y-102, a Hot AC Clear Channel station in the Inland Empire. Robert Archer was his program director. After the Friday Night Dance Party, Rob was the side kick to Carolyn Gracie on the Nighttime All Request Show on KBIG from 2001-02. He was also the alternate morning show producer at KOST and became the staff producer for news and sports at KFI and KLAC under Frank Polak. In 2006, he left radio to care for his ailing father.|
KCRW, 1982-83; KSRF, 1984-91; KSRF/KOCM, 1991 and 1992;
KBIG, 1993. KLSX, 1994-95; KAJZ/KBJZ, 1992-95; KACD/KBCD, 1995-98. Manon is a voiceover
artist and owns Manomedia, and produces nationally syndicated
radio programs for Strand Media Group.
Manon (Ma-noh) Hennesy was born in Malibu and grew up listening to KHJ, KMET and KLOS. Her father was an actor and her French mother was a singer/actress, which explains Manon's love for music. She started her radio career as a news reporter at KCRW while graduating from Santa Monica College with a liberal arts degree in radio and television. Her longest affiliation has been with the 103.1FM frequency (“K-Surf,” “MARSfm,” “Jazzfm,” “CD 103.1”and “Groove Radio”). For almost a decade and a half Manon has held virtually every on and off-air position including operations manager and program director. In the spring of 1989 she was promoted to pd. "I value having programmed one of the country's first ever AAA formats on 'K-Surf'." Manon also does nationally syndicated radio news reporting and national television voiceovers.
Manor, Katie: KROQ, 1983-89; KQLZ, 1989-91. Katie is a mother of three and lives in the Southland.
MANTLE, Larry: KPCC, 1983-2022. Larry has hosted "AirTalk" on the Pasadena City College station, KPCC, for over 25 years. Since 2005, KPCC has steadily grown its influence in the world of news/talk. When the PPM measurement service was launched, the non-commercial stations were listed and KPCC has experienced very respectable ratings. The station has an annual budget of $13.5 million. Adding to the success at KPCC is the midday show, AirTalk, hosted by Mantle. The very up-to-the-moment two hour show has four producers who work on the current events magazine-type program every day. "Linda Othenin-Girard is the senior producer and has been with me for almost twenty years. Jackie Oclaray has been with me more than a decade."
The producers KPCC hires usually have a track record producing somewhere else, or they've done fill-in in the past. Some have been interns while attending Pasadena City College.
Putting together the two hour show is just one part of what Larry and his team have to do on a daily basis. "There is so much to do between all the content for the web that they have to handle - Twitter, Facebook, and our KPCC website. One person is heavily devoted to that, but all four produce segments for the show. We are constantly brainstorming ideas because we may do six topics in a two-hour show. We often book two or more guests per segment, that's often 12 we have to line up in an average day. The producers also put together all the folders with my study materials for the segments. It's like a daily conveyor belt - coming up with the topics, lining up the guests, debating how we want to come at the subject and how we can advance the story. It is tremendously challenging preparing for all these topics."
How is AirTalk put together every day? "It is a collaborative effort along with our news director, Paul Glickman. We get off the air at noon and then have an editorial meeting about the next day. We’re always in process."
On the day we had lunch at the Ocean View Restaurant in Montrose, Larry revealed they already had an author booked for the final 20-minute segment the next day. "At 11 a.m. we will cover the states that are starting to file against the healthcare mandate. At 10:30, we are looking to do a segment on the Los Angeles Unified School District's stopping the transfer of students to other districts. By later in the afternoon or early tomorrow morning one or all of those may be replaced by other things because when we get in at 8 a.m., we review everything that happened overnight and what we need to respond to. Typically our first half hour is breaking news from the morning and we're booking guests right up until air time."
Larry said the show is always in a fluid state. "It's a group process," said Larry. "The producers, our news director, and I all working together."
Mantle has a unique relationship with KPCC's news
director. Technically he answers to the program director, Craig
Curtis, but so much of how the station sounds - being news oriented
- falls to Glickman. "Paul has a light hand in the process. He will make
suggestions all the time. He comes in every morning with a list of possible
stories for us. His job is the totality of what KPCC is doing. He has to
make sure what we are doing on AirTalk is fitting into what Patt
Morrison is doing in the afternoon with her show and what NPR is
doing with its magazine programs. Paul has the big picture of what we're
doing and how it all fits together."
Larry praised Glickman for his ability to figure out a way to take national and international stories and to localize them. "One of the challenges for us is to do things that are very distinctive for our program and my skill set, while being mindful of what fits with the totality of KPCC. How we sound over the course of the entire day is what’s most important to the listener. People tune into a particular station because they know what they are going to get. They're looking for consistency and reliability. We don't want KPCC to sound like different stations throughout the day, but the station does want its hosts to be distinct."
KPCC is constantly trying to meet the expectations of the listener. Larry emphasized that they are mission-driven and that affects everything they do. "Of course, we want to have the highest ratings we can because that’s a strong measure of how well we’re serving the audience, and we need to raise money to operate this station. We have to be grounded in that reality and at the same time operate as a non-profit. Our reason for existing is to serve the community and to find ways to do that where other broadcasters are not. We want to fill the audience drive for serious, in-depth, news and issues coverage that they can’t find elsewhere. This gives us a lot of opportunities. At the same time it is very challenging because when we look at a story that has been beaten to death, we have to ask if there’s a better way to get at it. We also have the luxury of significant air time, if we think a topic is worth it, but we don't want to rehash what people have been seeing on cable news."
With healthcare on everyone's mind, I wondered how his listeners came down on the subject. "Our listeners, by definition, are really interested in public policy, so with healthcare, there's been tremendous interest. Opinions are all over the place. Some are very disappointed and they wanted a much more robust plan. Others feel that it's over-reaching. I see my job as bringing together all these different points of view so the listener can hear the strongest possible perspectives, then come away with an informed opinion."
Larry addressed the issue of an NPR station being left-leaning or politically liberal in editorials and subject matter. "I'm disappointed that would be the perception for KPCC. Public radio did begin as community and college broadcasting, with activist and educational roots. I think that established the early-on reputation of public radio as being the bastion of the left. As public radio has grown, and the size of the audience has grown, it's by no means ideologically based. It is much more diversified. The fact that I'm on opposite Rush Limbaugh does mean that many conservative listeners are going to be listening to him. There is no program on the left of comparable size to Limbaugh’s, so it really does affect the pool of listeners available. However, I think it would be a real disservice to say we are going to serve those listeners who don't like Rush Limbaugh. We don't want to limit ourselves in any way."
Larry said he is not an advocate for any political point of view. "I don't come out of activism. I come out of radio. I've loved radio since I was a kid going to Hollywood High School.”
Mantle originally wanted to be a minister. In all of his environments he has loved taking both sides of a subject. He was active in school debates. "I don't want to convince anyone of a particular point of view. Our program is a place for exploring ideas from all perspectives, so that our listeners get exposed to the strongest arguments from all points of view."
Larry's pd, Craig Curtis said: "As for Larry, I'd just say that his longevity and popularity is born of three things: his love for Los Angeles, his genuine and insatiable curiosity, and his great respect for our audience. That, and the fact that he occasionally bribes me for extra vacation time with Cuban cigars."
"Hosting AirTalk is the best job in the world. I get to talk with literally the most interesting people in the world."
Manzo, Jim: KLSX, 1995-97. Unknown.
Maranz, Randy: KNAC, 1991; KQLZ, 1991-92; KLOS, 1993-97. Randy is apd and night jock at KHKK 104.1 "The Hawk" in Modesto.
March, Jeff: KVFM, 1969; KIEV, 1970; KBBQ, 1970. Jeff is a partner in EditPros, a marketing and communications firm in Davis, California. He works with Crawford Broadcasting.
Marcos, Teena: KIBB, 1996-97. SEE Nicci Ross.
Marcus, Dave: KWNK, 1987. David has been practicing law for 18 years and since 1997 has served as a California workers' compensation judge. Dave is the radio play by play voice of UCLA women's basketball and calls the action for UCLA baseball on the Internet in the spring. He also hosts UCLA BruinTalk on local cable television.
Marena, Robert: KKBT, 1993. Unknown.
Marer, Carl: KIQQ, 1984-85. Unknown.
Margolis, Jack: KMPC, 1962-67; KLAC, 1967; KMET, 1970-71; KGBS, 1973. Unknown.
Mariano, Carolyn: KIQQ/KLIT, 1981-89; KQLZ, 1989-93. Carolyn is affiliate relations director at Westwood One.
Marie, Jan: KWIZ, 1977-78; KEZY, 1979-81; KUTE, 1982; KRTH, 1982; KOST, 1982-85; KYMS, 1993-94. Jan Marie is living in Huntington Beach.
Marie, Jan: KMGX, 1990-92; KMAX, 1995. Unknown.
KFWB. For decades, Radene Marie Cook had two
complimentary careers: she was a professional actress, dancer and singer
in southern California, and she enjoyed a 16-year run as an on-air radio
personality, including time spent as an “on the spot” news and traffic
airborne reporter for KFWB. In January of 2000, she won two broadcast
awards for her work. But on March 16, 2000, all that changed. While
working, her aircraft was hit by a “microburst,” a wind shear event
known for being especially violent and often deadly. “Through some
miracle in those violent four and a half seconds, we escaped hitting the
ground, but not the damage of a crash,” says Radene. “The midair
collision with the winds moving straight down at nearly 200 miles per
hour was like the force of an 18-wheeler slamming into a Soap Box Derby
car,” she explained. Her injuries were extensive.
"That aircraft accident resulted in three fried lumbar discs, one completely split in half and my cervical spine being relined to 'straight' instead of 'natural curve.' I've had two spinal surgeries, and now have 24/7 chronic pain (it's an actual pathology where your nerves scream so much pain, they then die out and birth 10 more whose only job it is to scream pain signals at you. Fun, huh?)"
She continued: "All of this has left me thanking God for Oxycontin, using a service dog as a cane and not being able to sit for more than 15 minutes at a time. But hey, I'm breathing (I'm alive) so that's a good thing! The permanent disability part is that the Docs in charge have decided that this is as good as it will get for me -- well, at least as far as they can manage. In the meantime, I've taught myself to do most things lying down. I was a traditional painter before and now it's a bit funkier and always has a touch of my Native heritage folded in. But I've survived and come out a better person, I think! Creator tends to be good at that 'crap into crabcakes' thing. My body's kinda trashed, but I'm happier with myself than ever before." She is a freelance writer and a pain advocate, working with her husband for IPPU-Intractable Pain Patients United.
Marin, Lina: KLVE, 1975. Unknown.
KABC, 2001-09. Rob left the morning show at KABC in February 2009.
When young people want a career in radio, they will generally ask a radio person how they did it. If you ask 10 LARP how they got to L.A., you will undoubtedly get 10 different responses. Rob, onetime utility Talker at KABC, took the strangest route of all – he was a corporate security representative in the aerospace field for 15 years before the end of the Cold War left Rob and his “job security” out in the cold," he said one afternoon on the beach at Marina del Rey in 2004where we talked about his radio journey.
Rob studied administration of justice at El Camino College in hopes of working in law enforcement. While in school, family members working in the defense industry, convinced Rob that there was job security and good pay in aerospace. He started out in the mailroom at Hughes Aircraft and from 1977 to 1991 he worked mostly at Hughes (except for a brief time at Lockheed). “I loved the work and intended to spend my entire career in the aerospace industry, eventually retiring as a corporate security executive.” Rob explored the KIIS School of Broadcasting, but was warned how tough the business was and that he probably wouldn’t be able to start in L.A. “I was 18 or 19 and I wanted to stay close to home,” Rob remembered. So he never pursued radio. While attempting to figure out his next move, Rob talked to some friends at the Academy of Radio & TV in Huntington Beach. A member of the staff there, Mark Weiss, encouraged Rob to explore a career in radio. He felt that Rob had a gift. “So I made an audition tape. I was going to give myself one year to see if I could make it,” said Rob. of the engineers at his Antelope Valley station was a part owner of a Classic Rock station in Barstow.“I was thrilled to be broadcasting on KABC because it was one of the first stations I ever listened to when I was a kid,” remembered Rob. “My dad listened to Vin Scully and the Dodgers all the time.”
Marino, Greg: KCMG, 1999-2000. Greg worked afternoon drive at "Mega 92.3" until the fall of 2000.
KPCC, 1996-98; KIEV,
1998-2000; KRLA, 2001-21. Larry is part of the Salem cluster in L.A.
Larry, a native of Pasadena, is the news director at KRLA (870AM). He joined KIEV, which later became KRLA, after developing and hosting KPCC’s well received "Talk of the City" show. He started in 1982 as a technical assistant while a student at Pasadena City College. In 1983 he graduated magna cum laude from the University of La Verne. He hosted talk shows in St. Petersburg and Clearwater. Larry worked as a tv news reporter in Texas and was pd for a station in Bakersfield. In 1995 he taught communications at La Verne. He has served as news anchor at Metro Networks. Larry has hosted two nationally syndicated radio programs carried on 80 stations and has worked in tv as a cover story reporter in Texas. As a journalist he has produced radio news stories for AP, UPI, CBS News and ABC radio news.
Marino, Mike: KCMG, 2000-01; KHHT, 2003-05; KHHT/KYSR, 2005-06; KHHT, 2006-07; KRLA, 2018-19. Mike left "Mega" about the time the station switched to "Hot 92.3fm" in late 2001. He returned in late 2003. Mike was the program director. Mike is still writing "The Rooster" morning prep service. He is also consulting a couple of stations in Denver and Palm Springs.
KMPC, 2001-02. Jay worked mornings for the Sporting
News Network until March 2002. For 17 years he wrote a sports column for the
Chicago Sun Times. He was a regular panelist on ESPN's Around the
In 2010, ESPN announced it was no longer employing Mariotti due to his arrest on charges of domestic abuse. In 2010 he was arrested in Los Angeles, and released on $50,000 bond. LA city prosecutors charged Mariotti with seven misdemeanors in connection with the domestic disturbance. On September 30, Mariotti pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor battery count and was sentenced to 3 years probation and 40 days of community service. The charge was later expunged. Jay is now a blogger, according to Wikipedia.
Mark the Whiffle Boy: KROQ, 1991. Unknown.
MARK & BRIAN:
& Brian worked morning drive at KLOS until August 2012. Both hosted
individual podcasts for a time. Mark hosted a morning show at KSWD, (100.3/The
Sound). The pair were inducted into the 2020 Radio Hall of Fame.
Some marriages don’t last as long as the morning marriage of Mark & Brian. Since 1987, the duo has been one of the most popular morning teams in the history of LA Radio.
They had very different backgrounds before meeting professionally at WAPI-Birmingham. Born on December 1, 1955 in Florence, Alabama, Mark attended the University of Northern Alabama and started as a janitor at a radio station near Florence. Brian was born on May 5, 1959 in Kewanee, Illinois and is a native of nearby Cambridge. He went to Illinois State University and then toured the Midwest with a comedy improv group before turning to radio.
In the fall of 1987 they started together in Los Angeles. Less than two years later they were #1. In a 1989 interview, Mark said, "People call us shock jocks. We're not into shock. We'll do some gentle locker room humor.” Brian said, "We're not there to get in their faces or to be jerks. We laugh at ourselves more than we laugh at anybody. We are average, everyday kind of guys. Human scum."
The team has gone beyond the studio to entertain their listeners. They
once presided over a “mega-marriage” of some 200 couples and tied the
knot themselves at a marriage ceremony at a Las Vegas chapel. "It was
our two-year anniversary, so we thought it was the thing to do," Phelps
said. "All right, we had to get married, ok? We just lost interest in
the sex thing – mainly because we’re both heterosexual."
Their NBC/TV series Adventures of Mark and Brian ran for 13 weeks on Sunday nights against 60 Minutes. Phelps joked, “My parents watched 60 Minutes and taped us.”
Mark and Brian have appeared in a number of movies, including Escape From L.A. and Rocky V. In a 1994 interview, Brian talked about the competition while in Southern California: “We never cheapened the show or lessened it and we never hit back at what others said about us.” Bachelor Brian dated American Idol judge Paula Abdul for a time. Mark splits his time between the Santa Clarita Valley and the Carolinas. He has a wife and three children. The duo received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1998.
Mark & Kim: KOST, 1985-2007. See Kim Amidon and Mark Wallengren.
Debra: KFI, 2003-06; KRLA, 2006; KABC, 2007-12;
KPCC, 2013-14; KKGO, 2014-15; KFI, 2015-22.
Debra co-hosted mornings at Country KKGO until 2015. She was partnered with
They started 10.13.14.
She anchored the news at KABC
until late 2012.
hosted reports for a show that aired on KCAL/Channel
9 called Best Deals TV Show. She became an adjunct professor at
California State University Northridge, teaching a voiceover, radio and tv announcing class.
In early 2017, she was promoted from fill-in news anchor at KFI to afternoons
with John & Ken.
Debra is a radio woman. She didn’t come in the backdoor of radio from some entertainment related job to make a mark in radio. She did it the old fashioned way. She learned by working in smaller markets, so when the opportunity to be a part of Los Angeles radio presented itself, she was ready. Debra was part of the Doug McIntyre morning show at KABC. “I was always the kid in school that had my hand up first to read out loud. In my high school yearbook everybody wrote that I was going to be the next Barbara Walters. I always knew I wanted to be on the radio.”
While at California State University Northridge (she graduated in 1990 with a broadcast journalism degree) she was a news writing intern at KNX. After graduation she began her radio journey at KCIN-Victorville. It was hardly an auspicious start. “I moved in on a Saturday, started my job on Monday and quit on Friday. I was working 12 hour days. Victorville wasn’t a good experience.” Debra then joined KBLA as a business writer and in-house reporter for the all-Business station until the station was sold and the format changed to Korean. It took a year off the air before Debra discovered that she really missed radio. She got a job as a fill-in at KKIQ in Pleasanton, located on the East Bay of San Francisco, which evolved into morning drive as newsperson and sidekick. “After six years I decided I wanted to return to Los Angeles where I grew up. I became a stay-at-home mom for five years and then I saw an ad at LARadio that KFI wanted to start using their own news people on the weekends instead of AirWatch people.” Throwing caution to the wind, Debra sent a cassette aircheck to Chris Little, the KFI news director. “He hired me."
MARKAS, Rory: KNX, 1987-2002; KLAC, 2002; KSPN, 2003-07; KLAA, 2007-09. Rory was the play-by-play broadcaster for the World Series Champion Anaheim Angels. He died January 4, 2010, at the age of 54.
The new year was hardly a few days old when we lost one of the most beloved sports broadcasters we have ever known. And so young. His USC basketball partner, Jim Hefner, said of Rory: “Rory had a sense of humor that was contagious and boy, did you want to be around him when he laughed and joked. He always had a story. He was the kind of guy you wanted to be around. He was never a downer. He was always big time up and that’s what made him so popular.”
“The first thing I remember about Rory was him blowing out my ear. He opened his mic and in a very loud and energetic voice, said, ‘Hi, everybody, this is Rory Markas along with Terry Smith at Tempe Diablo Stadium.’ He blew out my equipment on the very first day,” said Darren Chan, producer/engineer. “That was the energy Rory broadcast at and he never let down. Rory’s energy was there from day one.”
Tim Mead, vp of communications for the Angels, was on the committee to pick the Angels broadcast team prior to the 2002 season. “There were over 130 individuals that applied for those two positions. Reflecting back, I know that the committee made the correct decision in selecting Rory.”
Rory’s Angels radio broadcast partner Terry Smith talked about his colleague and friend. “Rory had an incredible wit. Not really a joke teller but a guy who always said funny things and put a smile on your face. He lived by a Golden Rule – treat people the way you would like to be treated – and that’s the way he lived his life, no ifs, ands or buts about it. He was a great partner. God bless you, Rory.”
1958-77. The vaudeville performer and Classical radio host has been
collecting and restoring vintage theatre drapes for the past 15 years. His
varied career spans over 65 years as performer, director, violinist,
symphony conductor, recording engineer/producer, and radio broadcaster.
Coming from a theatrical family (his father, at 17, had toured with
Buffalo Bill) Steve was raised as a violinist and did do a tour for a
brief season at 18. But, his heart wasn’t in it.
At Jefferson City High School, he’d become the band’s Drum Major, going on to win two national championships with his batons. This led to a vaudeville contract and he added comedy to his act for the traveling unit. However, the very successful tour suddenly ended with Pearl Habor.
Briefly working for CBS radio he started a new career as a radio drama director at ABC, later winning an award for a Best Show of the Month. The presenter was guest Ronald Reagan. However the career in radio drama was short-lived with the advent of television. Having been working part-time since 1948 as a program host for Classical music stations KFAC AM&FM he gave most of his time there for the next 25 years. His programs netted two awards along the way.
On KFAC during the 50s Steve would be a “voice in the night” for a newly widowed-lonely Russian émigré, Helena Volkoff. They finally met after 20 years at the station’s studios and became close friends. When she died in 1994 at the age of 98, Steve inherited half of the estate and was thus able to retire from recording and to devote full time for his final years to theatre presentation.
Merrill: KTZN/KABC, 1997-98. Merrill hosted a Talk show
at The Zone (KTZN) and KABC, where she spent every day trapped in a
small room arguing about the so-called “issues”ť with not just a right
wing co-host but also the rabid conspiracy theorists who call up radio
Merrill was born in New York City, eventually landing on the San Francisco peninsula. She graduated from UC Berkeley with a Masters Degree in Art. After college she began writing for television. People often ask how she made this transition with no previous training or intentions of being a writer. Her first job was as a member of a giant staff of writers on an attempted revival of Laugh In. After that Merrill got a job on Mary Tyler Moore’s short lived and ill-conceived attempt to star in her own variety show on CBS.
It was during this period that she began writing and creating shows with David Letterman, who she knew from the Comedy Store in the late seventies. Together Merrill Markoe and Mr. Letterman eventually designed the beloved NBC talk show, Late Night with David Letterman.
Merrill has authored three books of humorous essays and the novels It’s My F—ing Birthday and What the Dogs Have Taught Me. Ms. Markoe has never been married, per se. She has been, however, lived-togethered. Among these liaisons was one with Mr. Letterman which started in the spring of 1978 and ended in the turbulent winter of 1988. (Culled from Markoe's website bio)
Marc: KBLA, 200405; KTLK 2005-06. Marc
was with the liberal radio nework Air America from the beginning in
2004. He hosted a three-hour morning drive show with Mark Riley called
Born September 27, 1963, Marc is an American stand-up comedian, writer, actor and host of popular WTF podcast. In the 1990s and 2000s, Maron was a frequent guest on the Late Show with David Letterman and has appeared more than forty times on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, more than any other stand-up comedian.
From 2013 to 2016, he starred in his own IFC television comedy series, Maron, for which he also served as executive producer and occasional writer. From 2017 to 2019 he co-starred in the Netflix comedy series Glow. He also had a minor role in 2019's Joker.
KNX, 1981-82; KRLA/KBZT,
1983-90; KFOX; KFI, 1990-2014. Rich was part of the KFI morning show for many years and retired
in 2014. He was inducted in the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of
Fame on September 17, 2014. In 2017, Rich survived an "intense major heart
Rich provided sports and commentary for many years across the dial. He started out in LA Radio at KNX in 1981, then moved to KRLA/KBZT, and KFOX. Rich has also been active in announcing in the boxing world.
"After 34 years of morning drive, I've decided it's finally time to stop getting up in the middle of the night and I'm announcing my retirement from radio," Rich said when he retired. He said that he would continue tv boxing announcing assignments.
In 2011, Rich became the 26th broadcaster to be inducted into the SCSB Hall of Fame. He joined an incredible group of sports broadcasters that includes: Vin Scully, Chick Hearn, Gil Stratton, Keith Jackson, Dick Enberg, Jim Healy, Jaime Jarrin, Ross Porter, Bob Miller, Sam Balter, Bob Kelley, Tom Harmon, and Stu Nahan.
Rich joined the LA Kings tv broadcast team with Bob Miller in 1976. Bob recalled a practical joke that he played on Rich after the end of the first season. He told Rich that Kings’ owner Jack Kent Cooke wanted his broadcast team to sell advertising on the ‘schmoo’ during the off-season. Rich had no idea what a ‘schmoo’ was: A ‘schmoo’ were those concrete pylons when you drove into the Forum, they directed traffic. I told Rich that Mr. Cooke wanted us to go up and down Manchester Boulevard and sell advertising on the ‘schmoo.’ You get a whole ‘schmoo’ for $25 and a half a ‘schmoo’ for $15. Rich looked shocked. I told him that Cooke knew how many people drove past those ‘schmoos’ and he wanted advertising on every one of them. The thought of the task ruined Rich’s day. Later that same afternoon, Rich came by Bob’s office while Bob was on the phone pretending to be pitching Sizzler for advertising on the ‘schmoo.’ I motioned to Rich that the head of Sizzler needed the size of the ‘schmoo’ and asked him to go out and measure the ‘schmoo.’ I handed him a ruler. Now Rich is getting more upset all the time. He goes out and down the steps and takes the ruler and measures the ‘schmoo.’ He comes back and says 36 inches high.” Three days of teasing and taunting about selling the ‘schmoos,’ Rich decides to write a letter to Cooke about his dilemma. Before the letter was sent, Bob let him in on the joke and Rich cursed him out for days.
Marquez, Al: KSRF, 1991; KXEZ, 1995-96;
KIBB, 1996-97. Al studied at Long Beach City College majoring in nutrition
Marquez, Sue: KFWB, 1992-93 and 1995-97. Sue worked at the Whittier Daily News until early 2005.
Marquis, Young: KROQ. Doc Nemeth hosted a Sunday night show at KROQ with Stanley Sheff. After hiss radio days, Doc starred in Lobster Man from Mars and he appeared in Robo Cop 1 & 3. Doc now stars in the stage play, Queen of Outer Space.
Marr, Bruce: KABC, 1973-81. Bruce runs Lone Wolf TV Productions in Reno.
Kim: KNX, 2004-15. Kim was an anchor at all-News KNX until his retirement in
"My first visit to Columbia Square was as a teenager in the early 60's," recalled Kim. "I knew broadcasting was in my future, but I was overwhelmed by the history and the status of the broadcasters that walked the halls of the legendary studios. My goal to someday work at Columbia Square was realized in 1978. Hired as a street reporter at KNXT/Channel 2, I was extremely intimidated when I first entered the building. Before I could look around I was sent out on a breaking news story. I did a live report on the 5 o’clock broadcast - then returned to the station. I was shown my new desk - which was in the same room with broadcast giant Bill Stout. Stout, in his dry-serious manner, remarked ‘Good job Kim on the live shot.’ I was overwhelmed - he knew my name. I found out later what he actually said was ‘Good job KID.’ At least he said good Job. What an education in broadcasting working with the likes of Stout, Ralph Story, Bill Keene, Patty Ecker, Joseph Benti, Ruth Ashton Taylor, Pat O'Brien, Bob Dunn, Steve Edwards, Connie Chung - the list of talented people is endless."
KNX/fm / KKHR, 1983-87; KWIZ,
1990-97. Andy left Liberman Broadcasting in late May 2007 and opened up
Mars Media Family, “A Family of Services and Solutions.” Andy, with
almost 30 years experience in broadcast operation, sales, programming,
research, and promotions is offering “Out of this World training” and
sales acceleration services to broadcasters throughout the United
Andy spent 18 years with Liberman Broadcasting, participating in the growth of the company from two Orange County radio stations to 21 radio stations and 4 television stations during his tenure. Most recently, Mars was actively involved in designing and developing a unique cross platform promotional and marketing program between Liberman Broadcasting and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Prior to Liberman, Mars spent 8 years with CBS Inc in both Los Angeles and Boston. “I love helping companies, people and brands grow,” said Andy. “My views may be off center and different, thankfully broadcasters, agencies, and advertisers are looking for that. There are smarter people out there, but no one will out work my company at providing profitable value to our clients."
1985-92; KBRT, 2011-20. Roger produces "HomeWord with Jim Burns," a half-hour daily radio
program airing nationally in 50 markets daily and over 100 on weekends.
Roger and David Housholder host The Bottom Line in afternoon drive on Christian Talk, KBRT.
Roger is a pastor, author and veteran of more than 35 years of broadcasting. He is an ordained minister and graduated from the Niagara Lutheran Theological Institute after completing undergraduate studies in Business Administration at Cal State Fullerton and Business Management at Azusa Pacific University. He is co-author of the book, Internet Protect Your Kids and has traveled extensively throughout the U.S. speaking to parents about youth and family issues.
Roger has been blessed with two daughters, one son, two sons-in-law and one amazing grandson. In addition to his work in the broadcast industry, he also serves as an Assistant Pastor at Lutheran Church of the Cross in Southern California, where he makes his home with his wife, Lisa. In addition to hosting “The Bottom Line” for KBRT, he also serves as the studio co-host for Dr. James Dobson’s Family Talk and has worked as a staff announcer for the FOX television network for nearly 30 years. (from Roger's website)
Marsh, Tobie: KFWB, 1997. Unknown.
MARSHALL, Andi: KFWB, 1992-2009 and 2010-13. Andi was part of the all-News team at KFWB until a format flip in early fall of 2009. She returned to KFWB in November 2010. A veteran at KFWB for almost 20 years, she died October 5, 2013, after a lengthy battle with cancer. She was 55.
Born March 19, 1958, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, Andi moved to the Southland when she was three and grew up in Tujunga and Orange County. She was a radio/tv major at Saddleback College.
"I transferred to Cal State Fresno along with three friends who also wanted to get into radio," said Andi when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People, Volume 2. She originally wanted to go into tv production, "but I got caught up in radio and it never let me go."
She started her pro radio career as a part-time disc jockey at 'K-IO4' and 'K-FIG' in Fresno in 1978. A year later, Andi moved to KGGI in the Inland Empire. In the early 1980s, she worked middays and she was assistant pd at KLRZ-Salt Lake City. In 1985 she returned to KFIG and then a year later back to Salt Lake City to pd KEYY.
In 1987 Andi was back at KGGI for weekends and became news director. Her journey as a KFWB anchor began in 1992. "I consider Fresno-Inland Empire-Utah to be my Bermuda Triangle of Radio!" said Andi.
It was Andi
who signed off KFWB’s all-news format in 2009 with the following words:
Marshall, Chuck: KPPC, 1973; KWST, 1976-78. Chuck runs a film consulting business.
MARSHALL, Claudia: KFWB, 1984-86; KRTH, 1986-91, nd. Born in 1961 in Detroit, Claudia worked for five years at KRTH as news director.
While attending Western Michigan University, she changed her major to broadcast journalism after hearing someone on the radio “mutilate the news.” The day after graduation, Claudia drove to L.A. without a job or any money. She began her career in news broadcasting at KFWB, first as a news writer and then on-air. When Claudia joined KRTH there was a news staff of seven. By the time she left in 1991 she was the news director and lone reporter. When the station added phony teletype sounds to her newscasts, she left for KXL-Portland. She told the LA Times: "I'll miss L.A. It's a wonderful, horrible place and it was home for six years."
Claudia worked mornings at WFUV/fm, the NPR music stations located at Fordham University in the Bronx. She's now a contributor at NPR operation in Vermont.
KRLA, 1969-70; KEZY,
1970-75; KWIZ, 1975-83; KUTE, 1984-85;
KSRF, 1985-86; KRLA,
1985-92; KRTH, 1992-2006. Gary was the "morning Marshall"
at KFXM-San Bernardino and worked at KYNO-Fresno before joining KRLA to
do weekends, fill-in and production.
He started his Southern California career in the summer of 1969, hosting a Sunday evening show on KRLA called "Heaven Is In Your Mind." The show, a mix of music, hip, spiritual comments and poems reflected the "underground" times. "Doug Cox, the pd, asked me to come up with a show directed to young people, but open to comments and input from all faiths, rather than just Christian. I chose 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' as the title because Traffic and Three Dog Night had versions of that song on their latest albums. The program was done live Sunday mornings for an hour and a half, and played back on tape Sunday nights."
In November 1969 Gary commemorated the sixth anniversary of the JFK assassination by incorporating actualities from that day with Dion's song, Abraham, Martin and John. "Tom Clay's hit What The World Needs Now came out a year later and I like to think it was inspired by the 'Heaven Is In Your Mind' program. Brother John reworked the show when he joined KRLA."
Gary was born in Los Angeles and grew up with KFWB and listening to LA personalities Hunter Hancock, Bob Crane and Art Laboe. Gary began with Armed Forces Radio and Television in 1959 at age 18 while in the Marine Corps.
KFWB, 1968-69. John was a
news reporter at KNBC/Channel 4, KTLA/Channel 5 and
KTTV/Channel 11. He also hosted Encounters for Fox.
John is "smelling the roses," dabbling on the
Internet and flying his old biplane.
The well respected newsman was loved by his colleagues at KNBC. After working on a story in the field that turned out to be his last at the Burbank outlet, according to a story in the LA Times. The subject of his story was unemployment in Southern California, and Marshall had interviewed a single parent so despondent over her year of joblessness that she broke down and cried. Marshall was moved. He told a friend in the newsroom: “You don’t know how lucky we are to have jobs.” An hour later, Marshall learned he had lost his.
John was born on July 16, 1942 and was married to Joan Van Ark.
MARSHALL, Lee: KHJ, 1970-71; KDAY, 1976-78; KHJ, 1979-80; KABC, 1980-90; KDAY, 1990-91; KBLA, 1991. Lee was a booming news voice in Southern California for decades. But that was just one of his many talents – he hosted sports talk, was a featured voice in professional wrestling, ran news bureaus, and hosted morning drive. And maybe, the voice of Tony the Tiger from the Frosted Flakes commercials sounded familiar – indeed, that too was Lee Marshall. Lee died on April 26, 2014, of esophageal cancer. He was 67.
Before arriving in
the Southland, he worked at legendary Rock radio stations such as
KCBQ-San Diego and CKLW-Detroit’s anchor of their
“20/20 News.” Lee's work has been featured in New York's Museum of
Broadcasting and is also used as a teaching tool at the University of
Illinois. He has been honored with Golden Mikes and an Emmy. He started
at KHJ in 1970 followed by KDAY from 1976-78. He returned to KHJ in 1979
where Lee was news director, as well as Western regional bureau chief
for the RKO Radio Network. Lee
Lee joined KABC in 1980 as news director and stayed for more than a decade. He also co-hosted Sports Talk. Lee oversaw the Western regional bureau for the ABC Radio Networks.
In the early 1990s he was syndicating a Notre Dame football pre-game radio show and a syndicated sports-entertainment program called "SportsAmerica." On April 17, 1991, Lee launched KBLA's business morning show, "California Drive."
He went on to be executive vp of news and sports programming for Shadow Broadcast Services. Lee has always been active in broadcasting high-profile traditional sports. In 1969 he started providing play-by-play commentary for professional wrestling.
Lee became part of TNT Monday Night Intro before he moved to WCW (World Championship Wrestling). For over a year Lee was been splitting his week between L.A. and the CNN Center in Atlanta doing the commentary for World Championship Wrestling for Turner Broadcasting. He became a character himself, as Marshall was known as "Stagger Lee." Other shows included Lee as co-host of WCW Thunder and WCW Monday Nitro. A staple of WCW Monday Nitro was his regular cracking of "Weasel" jokes. He was also known for traveling across the country to host Nitro parties for WCW, while keeping in contact with the tv show through updates by telephone.
At KDAY in the early 1990s, his booming voice was heard as Lee presented his stories as “King News,” with his stories tailored for the station’s r&b/rap audience. The LA Times did a feature on his work for the station, noting his stories often gave advice to young people about the hazards of gang activity and drugs.
In recent years he was teaching voiceover classes at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks.
Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager Tommy Lasorda said of Lee: "If God ever wanted to make a speech, Lee Marshall would get the call!"
Leslie: KLAC, 2001-02; KGIL, 2008. At
KLAC, Leslie worked evenings on the station that boasted Gil
Gross and Michael Jackson, but she had to
dodge the LA Lakers basketball broadcasts many times during the NBA
season. To determine when she was on, you’d check the Lakers schedule.
Leslie is seen frequently as a Liberal talking head on cable tv shows, including Fox. In 1990, she worked at WGR-Buffalo, which owned the local market, much like KFI does today in L.A. or KABC did two decades ago. “The show was on a 50K-watt station, heard in eight states and Canada," said Leslie.
She is married to an orthopedic surgeon. They met in an elevator 19 years ago in Miami. “We lived in the same apartment building, and how we met is actually a funny story. They were filming Miami Vice in my building, and my friend said to me, ‘Don Johnson is at the pool.’ At the time we were both little hotties, so we put on our bathing suits, did up our hair and make-up with the hope that we’d be extras or something. As we were going down the elevator, it stopped on a floor and this good-looking guy got on and he turned out to be my husband.”
Leslie was born and raised in Boston. She went to college in Boston and wanted to be a tv anchorwoman. “And I know it’s a very shallow reason, but when you’re 18 years old, I just wanted to be on tv. I wanted to be a celebrity but I didn’t want to be a huge celebrity. I saw an anchorwoman at the supermarket once and nobody bothered her, plus you got free clothes.”
KUTE, 1966; KBIG, 1966-67;
KOST, 1967-70; KNX/fm, 1971-79. Steve is writing for tv and
film. He has written a joke book called, LOL: The Humor
of the Internet.
Steve achieved much recognition for creating the first Soft-Rock format in the country, known as "The Mellow Sound," on KNX/fm. He began in 1971, remaining with the CBS-owned station until 1979. During that period, Steve began consulting for other stations in the CBS/FM group, including KCBS-San Francisco, WEEI-Boston, KMOX-St. Louis and WBBM-Chicago.
In 1979, he left radio to write for the hit comedy WKRP in Cincinnati. He also executive produced Gloria with Sally Struthers and co-created two other ABC comedies, Off the Rack and Just the Ten of Us. He enjoyed a long run as executive producer and writer of Growing Pains. He also created and executive produced Live Shot, a one-hour comedy-drama that aired on UPN. Steve wrote and directed a short dramatic film, Insomnia, which was an entry in the 1997 Sundance Film Festival. It featured a vocal performance by his former colleague at KNX/fm, Christopher Ames.
He's written three novels that are available on Amazon: Ecstasy, In Larry's Name Amen, and The Johnson Blues. "I also produced the first two titles as audiobooks," said Steve. "I am presently involved with the hearty fellows who set up KNX/fm 93.com, the Internet radio station that pays tribute to my last job in radio. I write The Odyssey File for Chris to voice and also provide voicing of station IDs and promos. It's like going back to where it all started.
Marshall, Toby: KFWB, 1993-96. Unknown.
Marshall, Tom: KNAC, 1987-89. Tom left KLSK-Albuquerque in 1999 and is out of radio. He's living in Albuquerque.
|MARSI Fontaine J.: KABC, 1998-2000. Fontaine worked for Metro Traffic in Las Vegas. She's now a helicopter pilot.|
Martin, A.J.: KIQQ, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-1984; KNOB, 1980-86; "92.7 Lite FM," 2000. A.J. started at Transtar in 1984, which became Unistar and now Westwood One until 1998. His son is in the band Lit. A.J. has an active voiceover career.
Martin, Alex: KGFJ, 1965-68; XPRS, 1971. Unknown.
|MARTIN, Brian: KFI, 2008-09. Brian worked as part of the KFI news team until late 2009. He is co-owner of BeondTV.|
Martin, Chet: KROQ, 1972. Unknown.
Martin, Chuck: KHJ, 1977-80; KWST, 1981-82. Chuck lives in Diamond Bar and owns a full service advertising agency and production/recording studio.
Martin, Don: XTRA/KXTA, 2003-05; KLAC, 2005-22. Don was promoted to evp of iHeart Sports in late 2021.
Martin, Elise: KNOB, 1986. Unknown.
KNX, 1968-86. George passed
away September 15, 1999. He was one of the early pioneers of
modern broadcast journalism, and died of complications
arising from a stroke and kidney failure. George was 82.
He was born on May 2, 1917, in Pasadena. One of his later colleagues, George Putnam, said of Martin that "he was one of the real legends of television news reporting. George laid the very foundation for tv reporting in this community (Los Angeles)." He developed the "traffic and weather together" concept. At KNX he received numerous Golden Mike and other awards for broadcast journalism.
KNX pd Robert Sims said that "George always dazzled people with his versatility. There's not a job or assignment he couldn't do. And we have hallways of trophies here at KNX with his name on them that show that he didn't do just a competent job, but an exceptional one." In 1991, he received a lifetime achievement award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Mr. Martin served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
KGBS; KGIL, 1964-75. Jim passed
away on October 18, 1975 of cancer at the age of 47. He had been affiliated
with KGIL for over a decade.
A native of Wichita, Jim started his radio career at KAKE-Wichita, and next went across town to KANS, followed by KXXX- Colby, Kansas, then WOW in Omaha. While stationed in Florida serving in the US Air Force, he was a dj and newscaster at WHOO in Orlando.
For a time, Jim served as news director for KGIL. His dream was to host and produce a talk show. Jim was given a weeknight slot for a talk show and he created Comment and Controversy. Unfortunately Jim fell ill and he died a year later.
Michael: KYSR, 2007-08, pd. Michael
joined the Clear Channel/LA cluster in the summer of 2007 as head of
programming. In November of 2007, he was appointed pd at KYSR.
Michael exited the CC/LA cluster in late 2008. In early 2009 he took over as VP of Programming for the CBS Radio cluster in San Francisco. In the summer of 2014, CBS made Michael the SVP/Programming and Music Initiatives. He's now program director at The New ALT 105.3- San Francisco. Through Entercom restructuring, in early 2021, Michael became svp of Programming and Music Initiatives and oversees Entercom’s relationships with artists, management and record labels and lead its efforts to collaborate with the artist community on event, digital and social opportunities.
Born on May 25, 1962, Michael grew up in Anaheim and studied at California State University, Fullerton.
He started his radio career as an intern/mixer at KIIS/fm in 1987. “I was a kid and it was all about the vibe, attitude and feeling of radio. I didn’t know anything about research. I just played what I knew would sound great. When I became music director at KIIS I would hear a great record and put it on. Then you get into this research thing. If you use research incorrectly you get too stiff and too sterile and then your radio station can turn stiff and sterile. The station becomes so strategic and so dry that they lose that ‘thing’ that makes you great.”
KMET, 1986-87. For over three decaes, Pat worked at
KSEG-Sacramento until his retirement in the fall of 2021.
Pat was born in Arizona and grew up in Anaheim and graduated with a B.S. degree in telecommunications and film from San Diego State University. His first professional job was briefly at KZIQ-Ridgecrest before starting at KGB-San Diego in late 1977. Shotgun Tom" Kelly said, "Pat was the BIG night voice at KGB."
Pat said he was "washed out" of KMET in late 1986 when the station changed format to "the Wave." He returned to KGB for a year, departing for KRXQ-Sacramento in 1988, where he started as midday host and held a number of programming assignments. He is the lead singer of the local band Animal House, and he’s on the Board of Directors for the Leukemia Society of America. Pat was the voice of the professional indoor soccer team, the Sacramento Knight. Pat listed his favorite radio experiences as raising $500,000 for The Leukemia Society the past several years, and reporting at Live Aid in London in 1985.
Martin, Ralph, KFOX, 1973. Unknown.
KGLA, 1962-63; KCBH, 1967-69; KOST, 1969;
KGOE, 1974. Roger hosted an international tv show,
Out & About with Roger Martin.
Rog was raised in the beautiful Catskill Mountains in the small town of Roscoe, New York, population 600, a popular fishing village and resort town. Many moons ago, at age fifteen, he asked for and received his own radio show on WVOS in Liberty, New York, and later ended up in Southern California and his first job on the west coast at KUTY-Palmdale, as program director and Top 40 jock. For 19 years he was an announcer in Southern California at various stations.
Announcing gigs also included announcing the American Cinema Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills and eventually ended up on television at BHTV Channel 3 Beverly Hills. He was approached by Jim Lichnerowicz to host a new tv series in 1991 where the crew would go "Out & About" taping and enjoying an interesting life style at the same time. They produced 318 episodes. The series airs on an Educational Station in Los Angeles as well as various tv outlets around the country. The series also has aired in New Zealand and on satelite television in Great Britian on a station that airs out of London.
MARTIN, Ron: KLAC, 1969-71, pd; KGBS/KTNQ, 1972-79, pd. Ron was a North Carolina native who came to Southern California to program KLAC. Later, under Ron, KGBS enjoyed healthy ratings with the “Bill Ballance Show.” He changed the FM format to "Gentle Country" and featured female announcers, which was unique at the time. Two years later, he dropped the "Gentle" part and the station became a mix of popular and “golden oldie country hits,” as well as some country album cuts.
In 1975, radio rebel
Jimmy Rabbit mixed Rock and
"progressive" country, a sound that became known as "Outlaw
Country." Ron let Jimmy go after he played Charlie Daniels's
By 1976, the AM became "the new Ten-Q"
and on the FM Ron continued to program a mix of eclectic popular country
and album cuts. Ron left the Storer facility when it was sold in 1979 and
started a syndicated radio show company called Weedeck. He hosted a daily
feature called "Country Report." He and
Nancy Plum, using the name Nancy Jordan, hosted a
weekly "Country Report Countdown" show. Ron served a few terms as president
Ron had a heart attack and died playing golf, a sport he cherished, in the late 1980s.
(Sonny Melendrez, Don Martin, Mando, and Enrique Medina)
1985-87; KBIG, 2000-02; KOST, 2002-12;
KKGO, 2013-22. Christine joined Country
KKGO for middays in early 2013 and left in early 2016. In the summer of
2016, she returned for afternoons.
In 1986 Christine covered the boxing matches at the Irvine Marriott. She worked part-time at WW1’s Soft AC format.
Christine has been on the radio waves since the 80’s. Working at local stations in Orange County and then syndication at Dial Global Radio Network, her voice caught the ear of program directors in Los Angeles in 2000. She’s worked for several legendary stations, KBIG 104, KOST 103.5 and now the last family-owned, Go Country 105.
“I can’t imagine doing anything else,” says Christine. When she’s not behind the microphone recording commercial endorsements, inflight programing or radio shows, Christine loves to travel, cook and work in her garden. She’s most proud of her family, husband Bryan for over 30 years, three children and 2 grandchildren.
KHJ, 1959-60; KRLA,
1960-61; KFWB, 1962-67; KGIL, 1968-79;
KMPC, 1983-86; KJQI/KOJY, 1993;
KGIL, 1998-99. When Johnny Carson wanted to
get a laugh at the expense of game shows in general -
game-show hosts in particular - more often than not Wink was
the target. The "Winker" hosted many tv games shows
including Gambit, High Rollers and Tic
Born Winston Conrad Martindale in Jackson, Tennessee, his first radio job was at WBLI in his hometown at age 17. Wink went to KFWB to replace Gary Owens in morning drive. In 1966, Billboard voted Wink the #1 midday personality. He voiced one of the most popular "talk" records, a million-seller called Deck of Cards, which he performed on the Ed Sullivan Show.
We all know him as Wink. The name was shortened from Winkie, which was what a childhood friend called him. At age 12, Wink had a newspaper route, delivering The Jackson Sun. The newspaper building housed Jackson's only radio station, WTJS, an ABC affiliate. Radio held more glamour than the paper route and Wink started hanging around the station and talking to the disc jockeys. Flash-forward five years and Jackson now had three radio stations. Wink got a $25-a-week job at WPLI and was so popular that WTJS hired him away. He played records - and some of us are old enough to remember what those were - and he also read the news and announced football games. His pay doubled - to $50 a week. Then the third station in town, Mutual's WDXI, hired him away.
At age 19, he was confident enough to audition for the morning show at WHBQ in Memphis. He not only got the job, he later became assistant program director and hosted a tv sci-fi show called Mars Patrol. For three years he also hosted the Saturday tv show, Top Ten Dance Party.
In 1959, he became morning man at MOR station KHJ. A year later, he moved over to KRLA in an unusual trade with Perry Allen, who was tired of playing rock 'n roll and wanted to work at KHJ. Then in 1962 Wink became morning man at KFWB. Wink later worked for many years at KMPC and KGIL/KJQI. His autobiography, Winking At Life, is available at Amazon.
1998-2004; KFWB, 2004-07; KSPN, 2007-12;
KPCC, 2012-22. Martinez co-hosted with
Madeleine Brand briefly as the Brand and Martinez Show at KPCC. She up and
left a month later. He's now the fourth host of Morning Edition, NPR's
morning drivetime news magazine carried by 835 public radio stations
He was teamed with Alex Cohen. The host of Take Two, A Martínez (born George) is an L.A. native who grew up in Koreatown, attended Daniel Murphy High School, and played baseball at L.A. City College before getting a journalism degree at Cal State Northridge.
Angel: KBZN, 1997-2000; KXRK, 1998-2000;
KMXN 2000-02; KFSH, 2002-05; KLAC,
2002-05; KOST 2000-07; KFI, 2010-22. Angel provides traffic reports for Tim
Conway at KFI. Angel is the owner of Nauti, a
collection of hand crafted sandals, purses and accessories made in the U.S.
Angel says the inspiration to start this business was totally serendipitous. A retired shoe manufacturer and Italian American shoe craftsman, was selling his hobby business of making children's shoes and sandals. Angel was interested in buying a small business. Although Angel had no intention of making children's shoes, she wanted to check out the machines. Angel realized these were the same children's sandals she wore as a kid. So, she bought the business.
Nauti Sandals are made without animal products. They are constructed from all orthotic material with lined straps that are soft against your skin. All Nauti products are cruelty-free and made in Southern California. A
KDAY and KIIS in the 1970s;
KUTE, 1980; KFI, 1981; KWST, 1981-82;
KHTZ, 1984-85; KIIS,
1985-86; KCBS, 1992; KRTH, 1993-94; KIBB/KCMG, 1997-2001;
Benny worked swing at K-EARTH. He now works in new and pre-owned automotive
sales at Ed Butts Ford.
In 1993, Benny moonlighted at KGGI-Riverside and left his weekend work at "K-Earth." He has appeared in Married…With Children and the Motown movie, The Last Radio Show. In 1994, he went to Westwood One and did afternoon drive on the 70’s format and weekends at “B-100.”
Bill: KWIZ, 1970-72; KDAY, 1972-74;
KIIS, 1975-80; KRLA, 1980-81; KIKF,
1996-98; KWIZ, 1998-2000; KIEV, 2000;
KRLA, 2001-04. Bill hosts a daily talk
show at: BillMartinezLive.com and syndicated to over 300 outlets.
From humble beginnings in Oxnard, Bill is the third of nine children. He’s built a life around radio and God. He has gone from Rock dj to owner of a marketing company to head of sales at Salem to hosting a 300-station syndicated network. His list of LA radio stations is impressive: KWIZ (“Top Banana – Best of the Bunch”) beginning in 1970 followed by KDAY (with Wolfman Jack), KIIS (hired by Charlie Tuna), KRLA (1110AM with Art Laboe), KIKF, and KRLA (870AM) / KKLA.
It is believed that Bill is the first Hispanic in L.A. radio to use his real last name. “I was told that you never heard a Hispanic last name on a contemporary LARadio station until I got here in 1972.” Learning the business was the key to his success. In the 1980s, he founded an ad agency. He graduated from Biola Bible college and returned to Orange County radio at KIKF as a sales executive and then to a similar position at Salem's KRLA.
“In 2008, I was drawn back to the microphone when LA Radio Christian Talk show host Rich Buhler was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer,” recalled Martinez. “He and his wife asked if I wouldn't mind sitting in and hosting his show while he was going through the necessary treatments. Rich sadly succumbed some eighteen months later. So from disc jockey to broadcast executive and now to syndicated talk show host. Only in radio, as they say.”
While sitting in for Rich, Bill was approached by some syndicators. “They said they had never heard of a conservative Hispanic before. We have built this syndication one market at a time and in about 10 years, Bill Martinez Live is now heard in over 300 markets across the country,”
Cherry: KPWR, 1997-98. She left "Power 106" in the spring of 1998. She
went on to be the nighttime jock at
105.1)-New York. She's now at FMHipHop.com.
Hailing from the streets of Boston, Cherry began utilizing her unique vocal talents as a youth by performing in neighborhood singing groups. She set her sights on bigger markets. The Honduran honey looked to the microphone behind the radio airwaves as an outlet for her creative expression. Cherry enrolled in Boston’s Emerson College to gain the educational background she would need to succeed in radio. Through college radio shows and an internship at Boston’s WILD, Cherry quickly made a name for herself in the Northern states during the early ’90’s. A copy of her radio show landed in the hands of multi-platinum producer and rapper Eric Sermon who quickly recruited the Latina lady to perform several skits on the Def Squad compilation album, Insomnia, due to her voice’s distinct quality to stand alone. Following graduation with a bachelor’s degree in Communications, Cherry joined Chicago’s WGCI, Detroit’s WJLB, Philadelphia’s WUSL, Power 106, New Yorks’ WQHT and WBLS, and a position at Sirius Satellite Radio.
MARTINEZ, Chuey: KIIS, 2009-16; KRRL, 2018-19. Chuey worked weekends at KIIS/fm. He grew up in the San Gabriel Valley and landed his first job in radio at the age of 16 in the promotions department at a Phoenix radio station. After a year, Chuey returned to Los Angeles and continued developing his craft as an event host at KIIS and in 2009 became a part-time on-air personality. In addition to his career in radio, he has served as a Los Angeles correspondent for MTV’s Tr3s since 2007. Martinez also has his own show on ESPN, Born and Raised, and most recently began hosting the new Travel Channel show, All You Can Meat.
Martinez, Danny: KHJ, 1973-75; KKDJ, 1975;
KIIS, 1975-76; KFI, 1977-78; KWIZ, 1979; KHJ, 1980-85; KBZT,
1986; KRLA, 1986; KTWV, 1988; KRTH, 1990-92; KCBS, 1992-93;
KYSR, 1993-95; KCBS, 1996-2005. Danny worked swing at "Arrow 93" until
a format flip to JACK/fm.
Martinez, Dennis: KCMG, 1998-99. Dennis was pd and morning man at KDON-Monterey. He went on to program stations in Atlanta, Phoenix, and San Francisco. In early 2018, Dennis left WOMX and WQMP in Orlando.
Martinez, Diana: KGIL, 1970s; KFWB, 1980-90s. Diana owns L.A. Media Group and is editor of the San Fernando Valley Sun/El Sol newspaper.
Martinez, Ellery: KOST, 2004-05. Ellery joined weekends at KOST in the summer of 2004 from Boston. She left the AC station in late 2005 and returned to the Northeast to be with family.
Martinez, JL: KMDY, 1986; KGFJ, 1993-94. JL has a mobile dj business in Valencia.
J.R.: KFI, 2013. Jose Rene Martinez was born on
June 14, 1983 in Shreveport. At a young age, he moved to Hope,
Arkansas, where he and his mother lived until he was 17. They moved
to Dalton, Georgia, just prior to his senior year, to the place he
now calls his hometown.
After his high school graduation, J.R. saw a commercial for the Army, which intrigued him. Seeking advice from his football coach about the prospect of joining, he decided to enlist in the United States Army after a visit with an Army recruiter. Martinez was proud to serve in the 2nd Battalion, 502nd Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division.
of 2003, J.R. was deployed to Iraq, and on April 5, less than a month into
his deployment, he was serving as a driver of a Humvee in Karbala, when his
left front tire hit a land-mine. Three other soldiers with J.R. were ejected
from the burning vehicle, but Martinez was trapped inside. J.R. suffered
smoke inhalation and severe burns to more than 34 percent of his body.
Martinez claims that while he was fighting for his life and awaiting medical
help in Iraq, his sister Anabel, who passed away when J.R. was a child,
appeared to him, giving him the strength to stay alive.
become a highly sought-after motivational speaker, traveling the country to
spread his message of resilience and optimism. He is called on by a
wide-range of groups, including large corporations, veterans groups,
non-profits and schools, and has shared the stage with the likes of global
self-help guru Tony Robbins and Evangelist Dave Roever. Martinez has been
featured in major newspapers and tv programs.
October 2008, J.R. stepped into another role, when he was cast as a combat
veteran in ABC's All My Children.
In 2011, J.R. was cast on Dancing With the Stars. Partnered with Karina Smirnoff, they became the early favorites en route to the Mirrorball Trophy, beating out Rob Kardashian.
J.R. is a New York Times bestselling author of Full of Heart, his memoir that was released in 2012. “I wouldn’ t change anything…absolutely anything!” J.R. says. “I do believe everything happens for a reason, and I’m extremely grateful for that day because it led me into this life!”
In early 2013, he joined weekends at KFI and left before the year was out. He starred in the tv drama, SAF3!
Letty: KPWR, 2021-22. In the fall of 2021, Letty joined
Teddy Mora for mornings at POWER 106. Her stage name is
A Southern California native, she has become a regular voice for stations like REAL 92.3 and Power 106 in Los Angeles, California. She has also evolved into a social media superstar, earning more than 200,000 followers just on Instagram. Before fame, she began her radio career in 2008 interning with Latino 96.3 in Los Angeles. By that fall, she'd become a host for KKUU - U92.7fm in Palm Springs.
In the fall of 2015, she launched her blog Letty Set Go and it's accompanying podcast. Her mother, Narcy, named her after a character in a novella. Her father's name is Jose. She has an older sister, Monica, and an older half-brother, Jerry. Her son, David, was born three days after her 18th birthday.
Martinez, Mike: KXTA, 1997. Unknown.
Martinez, Patty: KWIZ, 1973-88; KOCM, 1988. Patty owns her own advertising agency in Orange County.
Martinoli, Mario: KABC, 1998-2002; KFI, 2003-04; KLAA, 2008-10. Mario hosted a weekend food show at KLAA 830AM with Amy Strong. He's a regional Italian food expert.
Marty and Ashlee: KYSR, 2015. In the summer of 2015, Ashelee Junker and Marty Dodd joined weekends at ALT 98.7.
Marut, Rob: KLON, 1975-78. Rob works for AT&T as the Implementation Manager in IT and lives in Oceanside.
KIIS, 1998-99. One half of the Milli Vanilli team, Fabrice
hosted a noon request hour at KIIS until the summer of 1999.
Variety captured the moment: "The 32nd Grammy Awards took place February 21, 1990, at L.A.'s fabled Shrine Auditorium, where Milli Vanilli's Rob Pilatus and Fab Morvan sat in the front tow, nervously waiting for Kris Kristofferson and Young MC to announce the winner of that year's new artist award."
Milli Vanilli won. "Rob and I hugged each other and celebrated," recalls Marvan then 23 years old. "It may have looked like joy and happiness. But inside it was pure confusion. We knew this would come back to bite us in the butt."
Nine months after the Grammy win, Pilatus and Morvan officially turned over their Grammy award. German-born Pilatus and Paris native Morvan hadn't sung a note on the worldwide 14 million-selling Girl You Know It's True album, which generated five Top5 singles and three No. 1 Pop hits including Blame It on the Rain, Baby Don't Forget My Number and Girl I'm Gonna Miss You.
Marvelle, Ted: KBIG, 1969-70; KNJO, 1971. Ted has retired after 15 years at KFMS-Las Vegas.
Monique: KFI, 2014-18. Monique hosted a weekend show at KFI until the summer
of 2018. So
many stand-up comedians have tried radio and ultimately failed. Think Sinbad and George
Lopez. Somehow the rapid fire one-liners and quick stories don’t
translate into a successful radio show. One Saturday evening she was doing an evening show at KFI. No billing. No
promotion. Even the KFI website referred to the time period as “Guest
Host” from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
In the spring of
2013, Robin started using Monique on the now defunct KTLK. By the
summer, she was subbing for vacationing personalities on KFI. “I've been
on a LOT on both stations and have continued to get stronger in my
presentations with the benefit of her guidance,” said Monique.
Monique is a melting pot of Latin cultures — her mother is half-Cuban and
half-Puerto Rican, her father Venezuelan. She has a very likeable style of
story-telling with a combination of self-effacing revelations and a sassy edge.
“Early in my comedy career, 1992 to be exact, I realized the power of radio and
that a hilarious, sound bite filled interview put as they say in the biz, ‘butts
in the chairs.’ As I began to make a name for myself in Florida, I was invited
to sit in with popular local shows.” She was then being heard on other popular
morning shows around the country. “I’d always loved listening to radio, now I
was on it and HOOKED!”
MARVEZ, Monique: KFI, 2014-18. Monique hosted a weekend show at KFI until the summer of 2018. So many stand-up comedians have tried radio and ultimately failed. Think Sinbad and George Lopez. Somehow the rapid fire one-liners and quick stories don’t translate into a successful radio show.
One Saturday evening she was doing an evening show at KFI. No billing. No promotion. Even the KFI website referred to the time period as “Guest Host” from 8 p.m. – 10 p.m.
In the spring of 2013, Robin started using Monique on the now defunct KTLK. By the summer, she was subbing for vacationing personalities on KFI. “I've been on a LOT on both stations and have continued to get stronger in my presentations with the benefit of her guidance,” said Monique.
Monique is a melting pot of Latin cultures — her mother is half-Cuban and half-Puerto Rican, her father Venezuelan. She has a very likeable style of story-telling with a combination of self-effacing revelations and a sassy edge.
“Early in my comedy career, 1992 to be exact, I realized the power of radio and that a hilarious, sound bite filled interview put as they say in the biz, ‘butts in the chairs.’ As I began to make a name for myself in Florida, I was invited to sit in with popular local shows.” She was then being heard on other popular morning shows around the country. “I’d always loved listening to radio, now I was on it and HOOKED!”
Marvin, Ken: KFI, 1963. Unknown.
Maryon, Bob: KVFM, 1959; KMPC, 1964-80. After 14 years as Dick Whittinghill's engineer, Bob worked as a production engineer on game shows and soap operas. He's retired and living in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Dan, CBS. In 2007, Dan was named president and chief
executive qfficer of CBS Radio. Mason oversaw CBS Radio's 144 radio
stations, as well as the day-to-day operations of the division. He
reported directly to Moonves.
Mason returned to CBS Radio after serving as an adviser and consultant to CBS and other domestic and international companies in the radio broadcasting industry for the past five years. Prior to that, Mason was President of CBS Radio from 1995 to 2002. Mason joined Westinghouse as President of Group W Radio in 1993. He began his career in radio in 1975 at WZGC/fm in Atlanta. In 1977, he moved to WPGC-Washington DC, where he was that station's program director as well as national pd for First Media, the parent company. In 1979, at the age of 27, he was named vp/gm of KTSA/KTFM in San Antonio.
Mason later returned to First Media where he was named Executive Vice President. When First Media became Cook Inlet Radio Partners, he was named that organization's President in 1988. A native of Louisville, Mason graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a Bachelor of Science degree in broadcasting, and in 2006 was given an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from that institution.
Dave: KRTH, 2013-14. Dave was apd/md at K-EARTH.
In early summer 2019, he left his post as apd/middays at "Sunny" in San Diego because of a downsizing at Entercom. Mason has worked in radio since junior high school in Rochester, N.Y. His radio travels have taken him to stations in Buffalo, Pittsburgh, Nashville and Cincinnati. He’s also known as an on-camera pledge host for PBS stations in Southern California and a supporter of the Helen Woodward Animal Center.
Starting in 2008 in San Diego, he joined XPRS 105.7-FM, which was known as “The Walrus” at the time. In October 2014, he returned to 105.7, then called “MAX FM,” as midday host and assistant program director. In 2016, he left 105.7-FM and spent two years playing adult contemporary hits at KXSN-FM, Sunny 98.1. MAX-FM operated by Broadcast Company of the Americas, went off the air in December 2018. MAX-FM was one of three BCA stations that used Mexico-based transmitters.
MASON, Gordon: KNX, 1952-62; KBIG, 1968-74; KJOI, 1974-84. Gordon, former president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association died December 10, 2007. Cancer had taken over his body. He was 80. One of the best loved executives in LA Radio history, Gordon wrote his own obituary:
I was deposited on Planet Earth a little over eighty years ago. (March 26, 1927) and have enjoyed most of my years here thoroughly.
I was blessed with Dorothy, a remarkable mother who gave me her love and wisdom.
And the companionship, love and respect of Muriel, an older sister.
I volunteered for the U.S. Naval Reserve, served as a Storekeeper second class at the Fleet Training Base on San Clemente Island during WWII. America then reciprocated by paying part of my tuition at UCLA where I graduated with a B.A. in English/Theater Arts.
I married and produced a son, Craig, of whom I could not be prouder. I built a sturdy shelter for my family, paid taxes and always voted conscientiously in my country’s elections. But it took me three times to finally get the marriage right – believe me, it was well worth it!
I had the good fortune to select the kind of job that I loved and got paid well to do – the kind of job where you had to operate under a license that forced you to get involved in the people and community you served and really mean it. They called it, “Serving in the public interest, convenience and necessity.”
To begin with I trained in radio sales at CBS’ Columbia Square. I learned how to teach others how to benefit by using the fantastic qualities of radio. I started in the typing pool, wound up General Sales Manager of KNX a few years later. Where else could you find such fabulous opportunities.
I left CBS to sell radio sports sponsorships for four Golden West Broadcasters radio stations. When Gene Autry bought KTLA Channel 5, I spent two fascinating years as VP/General Sales Manager.
I had three more years in trade publishing and got a whole new outlook —as Associate Publisher, Western Advertising and later VP/Sales MAC/Western Advertising.
I spent five busy years learning to be a VP/General Manager at KBIG with some of the greatest men and women in radio, and applied that knowledge over the next ten years as VP/General Manager of “Beautiful Music KJOI, FM 99. I never felt so good about a job. KJOI was a quaint little family of 26 people housed in an old mansion at the top of a hill – but it was also one of the top five radio stations in Los Angeles, the nation’s number one market, for years.
Half-way through my term, the Coca Cola Bottling Co. of Los Angeles bought the station quite unexpectedly. Normally, it’s hard to make a little company an effective division of a much larger company but the two blended smoothly with great results. The Coke people were remarkable and I remember them fondly today.
I believe that you’re not really serving yourself unless you’re serving your community, too. I was fortunate enough to be given a number of opportunities by serving with community groups. I chose an opportunity to help rebuild the Advertising Club of Los Angeles as President in 1972 and found it greatly rewarding.
Again, as a Board Member and Advisor to the Los Angeles County Epilepsy Society the following year I had the pleasure of transforming a rambunctious bunch of Jr. Ad Club members into an effective campaign-producing ad agency for Epilepsy treatment.
I’m probably the only Past President of The Milline Club of Southern California who is proud of it. Yes, this 100 member group of L.A. males staged 20 raunchy, chauvinistic shows, always sold out at high prices at places like The Century Plaza, Coconut Grove and Palladium, and were roundly condemned by many feminists.
Dismissing the Milline as a ‘raunchy men’s club’ is like describing the Salvation Army as ‘a bunch of religious nuts’ or ‘Hamlet’ as ‘an old play.’ Milline detractors and even some of its own members failed to understand that the point was never a ‘put down’ of women, but a matter of who could get the biggest laugh in the process of lightening up and poking fun at ourselves. Good things happened in that organization. A lot of its members formed friendships for life. And I couldn’t have had more fun writing the book of seventeen of its twenty shows with lyricists Dallas Williams and George Goldman.. The ‘acting’ and ‘dancing’ were fun, too – even though I never could move to my left!
My greatest opportunity to serve my core community came with Presidency of the Advertising Industry Emergency Fund in the ‘70’s. This remarkable organization raised money from contributions and spent it to address the misfortunes of local ad people suffering catastrophic illness. If the hospitalized A.I.D.S. patient was too ill to travel to say a final goodbye to his family, A.I.E.F. brought the family here. In some cases they paid the rent of people who could no longer work, bought food coupons, fought with doctors, got toys for the kids, got adjustments on hospital bills, kept things going until the situation was straightened out. And, nobody made a dime. I was involved in a small way but make no claim on starting the A.I.E.F. -- but I’ll always be proud that I left my footprints there.
The Southern California Broadcasters of the ‘70’s, ‘80’s, and 90’s were a different breed and here again I was lucky to have served them as volunteer Chairman of the Board and later – for ten years – in the paid position of President. Their integrity, enthusiasm, humor, sincerity made my job a pleasure. Look around today – professionals say, ‘The business has changed. It’s not the same any more.’
And yet, at the first sign of a Southland fire, an earthquake rumbling in a distant volcano, or a tragic South American passenger plane crash, the very same people and their successors put together collection centers for disaster victims and use the airwaves to raise millions of dollars for the victims.
Lastly, there was something awesome in presiding over weddings for my friends. I loved it so much I did it forty-three times.
I felt the same way about teaching radio management all those extension semesters at UCLA. I met so many warm, bright, responsive people so eager to learn.
So, dear friends, that’s my story. No funeral services or celebrations, please. Thanks for your patience in reading this. And to so very many of you – thanks for such a wonderful time!
And, it wouldn’t have been half so wonderful without twenty-seven years with Bette.
Mason, Greg: KRLA, 1959. Greg was one of the
11-10 Men at KRLA and left a few months after the launch of
rock and roll. Unknown.
KKDJ, 1974-75; KIQQ, 1975-76;
KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KROQ, 1979-2015. Scott
was the operations
director at KROQ and responsible for 45
stations managing their capital requests and dealing with
engineering issues. This veteran broadcaster and executive, died
April 19, 2015, at the age of 55 from complications with his kidney. Among Mason’s proudest
technical accomplishments are the world class construction projects he
oversaw, including CBS Radio’s Wilshire Broadcast Center on the Miracle
Mile, which is home to four stations, the Venice studios that house
three others and the Red Bull Sound Space, a state-of-the art, intimate
concert venue that has hosted shows by some of the world’s most popular
contemporary bands such as Coldplay, Linkin Park and Iggy Azalea.
Friends and colleagues of Mason recall a passionate, detail-oriented
person. SVP of programming and
KROQ program director Kevin Weatherly noted that
Scott’s passion for KROQ and radio in general was obvious when they
first met in 1992. “He was such a valuable resource to me in so many
ways. He would tell me about the
Rick Carroll days and
was a wealth of knowledge,” said Weatherly. “As chief engineer of KROQ
for so many years, Scott always put the station first, sometimes before
his own needs. His contributions to KROQ and L.A. radio are numerous
and significant. We have lost a cherished friend and co-worker.”
Fellow CBS Raadio
engineers were struck by Mason’s logical approach. “He always knew how
to cut through the B.S. and get to the important matter at hand,” said
engineering manager Lynn Duke. “Scott was also a great
ally in getting us what we needed to do a good job.” Mason had engineering and
broadcasting in his blood from a young age. He broke into the business as a
phone op when he was just 14 and got his first FCC broadcast license a year
later. His first on-air job was on KKDJ in Los Angeles in 1974 when he was just
15 and later he was on KIQQ, KGBS and KTNQ. Through it all, Mason had the rare
technical expertise to be an engineer wherever he worked and he also spent two
years as a special equipment installer at GTE. Mason told us that his most
memorable on-air moment was when the Northridge earthquake shook Southern
California in January 1994. "I just grabbed the console, opened the mike, and
said ‘we're having an earthquake, stay calm,’" Mason recounted. He was the original host of
KROQ’s trendsetting Loveline and, as a testament to his versatility,
also was the longtime host and producer of
Openline, a public affairs
show. One colleague played a
particularly important role in Mason’s life. In late 2012, when Mason was way
down on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, KROQ morning personality
Gene “Bean” Baxter decided to donate one of his kidneys to help his
co-worker and friend. “You’ve really changed my life. Overnight,” Mason told
Bean at the time of the operation that helped improve Mason’s quality of life.
“Even with the additional time his new kidney might have given him, it wasn’t
nearly enough,” said Bean. “He is gone from our sight now but not from our
hearts. KROQ will owe Scott a great debt of gratitude for a long time to come
for how much of his life he shared with us. “Scott had health problems his
entire life but he tried his hardest to never let that get in the way of living
his life to the fullest,” continued Bean. Not only was his work ethic
unshakable – if it needed to be done, he got it done – but he maintained a
constant optimism and good humor throughout. Most people had no idea of the
struggles he was going through. And when he wasn’t working he was giving back to
others by volunteering for the American Red Cross and teaching classes to young
broadcast students.” Mason was born in New
York. He grew up in Southern California and attended L.A. Valley College and Cal
MASON & IRELAND:
KSPN, 2004-22. Steve Mason (r) joined John Ireland (l)on all-Sports KSPN on 3.22.04.
One is the current radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers. The
other is seen on KTTV’s Good Day L.A., Time-Warner’s SportsNet L.A.,
and other televised venues. You would think neither man would want to bother
with a daily radio gig, yet
they maintain a
two-decade-plus partnership on L.A. 710 (KSPN). In the early 90s, Mason
was finishing his contract doing nights at all-sports XTRA in San Diego, while
Ireland was doing weekend sports anchor duties at KUSI/tv. XTRA decided to team
up the duo, with the team landing the morning spot in 1994. “When Ireland and I
worked together for the first time, I knew it was going to work,” said Mason. “I
was really trying to blow up my deal and go somewhere else, Ireland was intent
on making it work. Somehow, he won me over and here we are now.” “I think what sustains
the show is that we’re friends – we like each other – but we naturally disagree
about everything,” said Ireland. “It’s two guys who want to be there, but who
come at things from different side. Most sports talk is angry…we’re not. We
don’t yell at the audience, and very rarely yell at each other. When we do, it’s
usually a bit to make fun of ourselves. It’s the ‘odd couple’ dynamic that makes
it work.” Mason said “it’s always fun. We don’t like argumentative radio, unless
it’s for fun. We complement each other in so many ways, and we have a policy. If
there’s ever an issue either of us is truly sensitive about, we always agree to
drop it.” At one time, Mason and
Ireland’s morning show were simulcast on an all-sports cable channel. The
X-Games were in town, and BMX bikers demonstrated their craft jumping over a
high bar. Mason decided he could high jump himself over the bar in his bare
feet. The result was him shattering his heel live on the air. “Mason breaking
his foot was actually a lot scarier than we’ve ever let on,” said Ireland. “I
actually said, ‘you just sprained your ankle.’ Ray Allen, the great basketball
player, was in studio that day promoting a movie, and he said, ‘I do that all of
the time, it's no big deal.’” But it was a big deal. Said Mason: “Let’s face it.
I can be very dumb. It was really scary. I had a coronary embolism on the
(operating) table,” leading to his parents being notified that he might not make
it. “I had Bell’s Palsy in 1998. Half my face stopped working. I did the show
anyway. I’m sure a smarter guy would have sat it out. But I like living my life
on the air.” The duo had been
separated twice, once when Mason was lured to WNEW/fm in New York before being
reunited in 2003. “Sadly and stupidly, the station (later) fired Ireland in
2006…they put me on a solo show for six months. I hated it and it was awful. We
still joke about that. But that transparency is what I love about the show. The
bosses get uncomfortable with us talking about things like this, but I like
getting real with stuff like this.” (Written by Alan Oda,
LARadio senior correspondent)
Mason, Jerry: KNAC, 1968-70; KIIS, 1970-76; KPRZ, 1980-85. Jerry retired in 1994 and is living on Camano Island in the state of Washington.
Mason, Pamela: KABC, 1960-67. The former wife of James Mason died June 29, 1996, at the age of 80.
Gretchen: KLSX, 2004-06. Gretchen co-hosts a weekend talk show on HotTalkLA. Gretchen
was the co-host of House Calls: The Big Brother Talk Show
on the Internet.
Born in 1969 in Newport News, Virgina, Gretchen was on KLSX during the Free FM period of experimentation. With a diversified talent base, Grethchen was also an actor and comedian. Massey had a love of the theatre and performing from an early age, and attended Dallas's Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She joined a number of improv groups. She is well known for being one of the various presenters on the Playboy TV show Sexcetera. She also performs with her husband, Mike Lukas.
MASON, Scott: KKDJ, 1974-75; KIQQ, 1975-76; KGBS/KTNQ, 1976-79; KROQ, 1979-2015. Scott was the operations director at KROQ and responsible for 45 stations managing their capital requests and dealing with engineering issues. This veteran broadcaster and executive, died April 19, 2015, at the age of 55 from complications with his kidney.
Among Mason’s proudest technical accomplishments are the world class construction projects he oversaw, including CBS Radio’s Wilshire Broadcast Center on the Miracle Mile, which is home to four stations, the Venice studios that house three others and the Red Bull Sound Space, a state-of-the art, intimate concert venue that has hosted shows by some of the world’s most popular contemporary bands such as Coldplay, Linkin Park and Iggy Azalea. Friends and colleagues of Mason recall a passionate, detail-oriented person.
SVP of programming and KROQ program director Kevin Weatherly noted that Scott’s passion for KROQ and radio in general was obvious when they first met in 1992. “He was such a valuable resource to me in so many ways. He would tell me about the Rick Carroll days and was a wealth of knowledge,” said Weatherly. “As chief engineer of KROQ for so many years, Scott always put the station first, sometimes before his own needs. His contributions to KROQ and L.A. radio are numerous and significant. We have lost a cherished friend and co-worker.”
Fellow CBS Raadio engineers were struck by Mason’s logical approach. “He always knew how to cut through the B.S. and get to the important matter at hand,” said engineering manager Lynn Duke. “Scott was also a great ally in getting us what we needed to do a good job.”
Mason had engineering and broadcasting in his blood from a young age. He broke into the business as a phone op when he was just 14 and got his first FCC broadcast license a year later. His first on-air job was on KKDJ in Los Angeles in 1974 when he was just 15 and later he was on KIQQ, KGBS and KTNQ. Through it all, Mason had the rare technical expertise to be an engineer wherever he worked and he also spent two years as a special equipment installer at GTE. Mason told us that his most memorable on-air moment was when the Northridge earthquake shook Southern California in January 1994. "I just grabbed the console, opened the mike, and said ‘we're having an earthquake, stay calm,’" Mason recounted.
He was the original host of KROQ’s trendsetting Loveline and, as a testament to his versatility, also was the longtime host and producer of Openline, a public affairs show.
One colleague played a particularly important role in Mason’s life. In late 2012, when Mason was way down on a waiting list for a kidney transplant, KROQ morning personality Gene “Bean” Baxter decided to donate one of his kidneys to help his co-worker and friend. “You’ve really changed my life. Overnight,” Mason told Bean at the time of the operation that helped improve Mason’s quality of life. “Even with the additional time his new kidney might have given him, it wasn’t nearly enough,” said Bean. “He is gone from our sight now but not from our hearts. KROQ will owe Scott a great debt of gratitude for a long time to come for how much of his life he shared with us.
“Scott had health problems his entire life but he tried his hardest to never let that get in the way of living his life to the fullest,” continued Bean. Not only was his work ethic unshakable – if it needed to be done, he got it done – but he maintained a constant optimism and good humor throughout. Most people had no idea of the struggles he was going through. And when he wasn’t working he was giving back to others by volunteering for the American Red Cross and teaching classes to young broadcast students.”
Mason was born in New York. He grew up in Southern California and attended L.A. Valley College and Cal State Northridge.
MASON & IRELAND: KSPN, 2004-22. Steve Mason (r) joined John Ireland (l)on all-Sports KSPN on 3.22.04. One is the current radio voice of the Los Angeles Lakers. The other is seen on KTTV’s Good Day L.A., Time-Warner’s SportsNet L.A., and other televised venues. You would think neither man would want to bother with a daily radio gig, yet they maintain a two-decade-plus partnership on L.A. 710 (KSPN).
In the early 90s, Mason
was finishing his contract doing nights at all-sports XTRA in San Diego, while
Ireland was doing weekend sports anchor duties at KUSI/tv. XTRA decided to team
up the duo, with the team landing the morning spot in 1994. “When Ireland and I
worked together for the first time, I knew it was going to work,” said Mason. “I
was really trying to blow up my deal and go somewhere else, Ireland was intent
on making it work. Somehow, he won me over and here we are now.”
“I think what sustains
the show is that we’re friends – we like each other – but we naturally disagree
about everything,” said Ireland. “It’s two guys who want to be there, but who
come at things from different side. Most sports talk is angry…we’re not. We
don’t yell at the audience, and very rarely yell at each other. When we do, it’s
usually a bit to make fun of ourselves. It’s the ‘odd couple’ dynamic that makes
it work.” Mason said “it’s always fun. We don’t like argumentative radio, unless
it’s for fun. We complement each other in so many ways, and we have a policy. If
there’s ever an issue either of us is truly sensitive about, we always agree to
At one time, Mason and
Ireland’s morning show were simulcast on an all-sports cable channel. The
X-Games were in town, and BMX bikers demonstrated their craft jumping over a
high bar. Mason decided he could high jump himself over the bar in his bare
feet. The result was him shattering his heel live on the air. “Mason breaking
his foot was actually a lot scarier than we’ve ever let on,” said Ireland. “I
actually said, ‘you just sprained your ankle.’ Ray Allen, the great basketball
player, was in studio that day promoting a movie, and he said, ‘I do that all of
the time, it's no big deal.’” But it was a big deal. Said Mason: “Let’s face it.
I can be very dumb. It was really scary. I had a coronary embolism on the
(operating) table,” leading to his parents being notified that he might not make
it. “I had Bell’s Palsy in 1998. Half my face stopped working. I did the show
anyway. I’m sure a smarter guy would have sat it out. But I like living my life
on the air.”
The duo had been
separated twice, once when Mason was lured to WNEW/fm in New York before being
reunited in 2003. “Sadly and stupidly, the station (later) fired Ireland in
2006…they put me on a solo show for six months. I hated it and it was awful. We
still joke about that. But that transparency is what I love about the show. The
bosses get uncomfortable with us talking about things like this, but I like
getting real with stuff like this.” (Written by Alan Oda,
LARadio senior correspondent)
(Written by Alan Oda, LARadio senior correspondent)
MASTERS, Roy: KGIL; KIEV; KRLA. For decades, Roy hosted Your Mind Can Make You Well. He died April 22, 2021, at the age of 93.
Born in London to a Jewish family of diamond cutters on April 2, 1928, Roy (Reuben Obermeister) started his radio show in 1961. He was a prolific author and creator of a mindfulness meditation exercise used in the U.S. military. Masters was founder of the Oregon-based non-profit organization, the Foundation of Human Understanding.
In his early twenties, he travelled the world lecturing as an expert diamond cutter. After seeing a vaudeville stage hypnosis presentation where the hypnotist easily induced volunteer subjects to do strange and outlandish things, he wondered: "Why can't hypnotism be used to make people act sensibly, rather than foolishly?"
In the 1950s, excitement around Bridey Murphy's supposed past life regression drove friends to consult with Masters about hypnosis. Masters understood hypnosis to be a "duplication of life's errors" and concluded that no good can come from hypnotherapy. He founded the Institute of Hypnosis where, unbeknownst to his clients, he "unhypnotized" them instead of hypnotizing them, according to Wikipedia. In Houston, Masters saw as many as thirty people a day for consultation.
At 30-years-old in 1960, Masters was charged with practicing medicine without a license, a precedent case for the legality of non-medical practice of hypnosis. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail, which received notoriety from his counseling of fellow inmates.
MASTREY, Tawn: KNAC, 1986-89; KQLZ, 1989-92; KLSX, 1994. Legendary rock dj and original member of Rock KNAC, Tawn died October 2, 2007, in Minneapolis at the age of 53. She had been suffering from the effects of Hepatitis C which she contracted as a child.
After graduation from Ron Bailey’s School of Broadcasting in the late 1970s, Tawn worked at KSJO-San Jose and KMEL-San Francisco. She then took five years off from radio to pursue rock-related posts in various media, only to return to radio in Southern California. She joined KNAC in 1986 and was known as "The Leather Nun." One of her ventures was hosting a syndicated show, "High Voltage" as well as "The Tawn Mastrey Show" and "Rockzone."
In 1989, Tawn joined Scott Shannon and the highly visible KQLZ (Pirate Radio). She had a brief on-air gig at KLSX when the station played Classic Rock. In late 1996, she joined morning drive at KUFO-Portland and left in the spring of 1998. She went on to work at KXXR-Minneapolis and then on to Sirius Satellite Radio where she worked until becoming too ill to continue.
KEZY, 1980-81. The Beaver
from Leave It To Beaver had a Sunday night show with guest
celebrities, music, and talk.
"Sometimes when a grown-up is mad at you, you can get in trouble by saying 'hello.'" The words were said in 1957 by Jerry "The Beaver" Mathers, and for almost four decades the character has become an American institution. He started his television career at age two and started his film career in 1955 with the Alfred Hitchcock film The Trouble with Harry. Two Bob Hope and two Alan Ladd movies followed. It was in 1957 that Jerry entered the hearts and homes of America with the debut of Leave It to Beaver.
"This role has totally changed my life; it has led to world travel, meeting many intriguing people and best of all, to the continuance of the 'Cleaver' traditions." Leave It to Beaver ran for six seasons, and the top rated show produced 234 episodes. After the series ended, he pursued a recording career with Atlantic Records for his group, "Beaver and the Trappers." Following his high school graduation, Jerry spent six years in the Air Force National Guard and then graduated with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from University of California Berkeley.
He loved radio and got an FCC license, which led to his stint on KEZY.
Mathews, Hal: KRLA, 1973-76. Hal was general
manager at KRLA in the mid-1970s and one colleague said,
"Hal was jovial and had a good sense of humor." Hal
also worked in Cleveland and New York. He broke his hip
shortly before his death. Hal died May 1, 1999, from
complications of lung cancer. He was 79.
Mathews, Pat: KWIZ, 1988-89; KRLA, 2007. Pat was a weekend anchor/reporter at KRLA.
Matthews, George: KRTH, 1987-90; KEZY, 1993-95; KRLA, 1994-95; KYSR, 2003-04. George was with AirWatch Traffic.
Matthews, Paula: KIQQ, 1980-85. Paula is living in Albuquerque.
Matty: KXMX, 1999-2000. Matt Keating served as an elected 2008 Democratic National Convention Delegate from Oregon. He continues to be active in Oregon politics.
Maurer, Mark: KKBT, 1989; KLIT/KMPC, 1990-91. After a stint at Unistar Radio Networks, Mark built Maurer Media Studios in Phoenix.
KHJ, 1967; KDAY, 1969-71. Born October
29, 1939, Tom started working at KMAK-Fresno in 1962 and two years later
went to KGB-San Diego.
Between KHJ and KDAY, Tom worked at KFRC-San Francisco.
In the 1970s he moved to Fresno and worked at KARM, KFRE and eventually did tv weathercasts.
Tom passed away of pancreatitis in early 1993.
Danny: KFI, 2020-21.
Danny joined the celebrated KFI team as a
news anchor in 2020. Danny works
fill-in and Sunday nights at KFI.
Before hitting the Los Angeles airwaves, Danny worked in tv news as an anchor/reporter/producer at KEYT in Santa Barbara where he anchored breaking news coverage of the Thomas Fire that ripped through Ventura County in 2017 and the deadly mudslides in Montecito in 2018. Danny also reported live from Thousand Oaks following the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill.
Born in Chicago, Danny grew up in Phoenix. He got his start in news as a reporter and anchor in Waco, Texas. Danny thinks of southern California as home. He graduated with honors from California State University – Northridge.
Danny’s played a reporter on entertainment shows including American Horror Story, Lone Star, NCIS and Birdbox.
Maxey, Deedee: KGFJ, 1985. Deedee died September 20, 2004, of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
|MAXWELL, Cyndee: KLOS, 1991-92; KQLZ, 1992-93; KFWB, 2012-14. Born in the California desert, part Chemehuevi Indian, Hispanic and Caucasian, and raised in the shadow of the pink El Monte Legion Stadium building, Cyndee set out to be a screenwriter. After time at Long Beach State in the late 1970s, Cyndee became disillusioned with the movie business. She worked for a time selling books door to door in the Southeast when she heard "the call of the wild" and headed for Alaska. The call turned out to be her new calling. On a lark, Cyndee called a local radio request line to talk about music with the dj. After a short conversation she suddenly asked, "Do you have any openings?" To this day she doesn't know where the words came from, "but I got the job and on my first day of training, I just knew that radio was for me. I felt a destiny with radio in the form of a peace I had never known before. Radio was my calling." Five years and two radio stations later, having worked up from all-nights to pd, she got claustrophobic and left Alaska without a job. She ended up at KIOZ (“Rock 102”)-San Diego, and in the summer of 1991 came to the Southland for a part-time shift at KLOS. She went to KQLZ with her former San Diego boss Greg Stevens, when he took over after Carey Curelop's exit. Cyndee - along with most of the staff - left when Viacom bought the station and changed format. She applied to be editor of the Rock section in R&R and a month later was back at work. Cyndee is the Webmaster for "Radio Transmissions," a radio web site on Prodigy. Cyndee was vp of editorial and music operations at Radio & Records. From early 2012, she's was the web producer at KFWB. Cyndee left the CBS/LA station in late 2014 following a format change. She now works at Gracianna Winery in Healdsburg as the hospitality manager.|
KSRF, 1991; KLIT, 1991; KNAC,
1992-94; KLOS, 1994-97.
Remy was born Remy Doega and raised in New Orleans. He started his career as a professional musician at age 17, singing, playing guitars, bass and drums.
He began his radio career in 1988 in Morgan City, Louisiana. Within the year he moved to "Hot 107"-New Orleans. In 1989, Remy attended a recording arts school in Orlando and following graduation in 1990 moved to L.A. to start a recording career. He worked with Great White, Motorhead and Blind Melon.
Remy continued to do radio working part-time on "K-Lite" and "MARSfm." In the fall of 1992 he started all-nights on KNAC later moving to middays. Remy moved from Orange County's KNAC to evenings on KLOS in November of 1994. "I was most suited for nights on KLOS.” Remy left KLOS in early 1997 and joined KEGE-Minneapolis for afternoons. He left in 2006.
2012-18. After studying tv/radio broadcasting in college and several jobs in
radio markets with 90 or 91 listeners, Melissa moved to Boston and got her first
major market job at WBCN where she stayed for 10 years. Melissa is an East Coast
girl. She appeared on several episodes of HGTV's Tiny House Builders.
Because she is only 5'1 the houses were not really tiny, more just
She then moved to Los Angeles and was the executive producer, writer and VJ for the first made for mobile rock video channel. She moved from evenings to middays in early fall of 2014 at the Classic Rock station. Melissa returned to doing nights and left in early fall of 2018. She's now with WSFS (104.3 The Shark) in Miami.
Her hobbies include home decorating,talking baby talk to her cats and collecting shoes. She writes a weekly column for AllAccess.com.
KPFK; KXLU; KPCC.
Born in 1950, Brian was only 5 and growing up in Pacific Palisades, when
he was one of 79 children in the U.S. to receive a polio shot from a
batch of improperly manufactured vaccine that actually spread the
poliomyelitis virus. He was rendered almost completely paralyzed and
spent 16 months in an iron lung.
Brian required 24-hour care and could breathe only through a respirator. The quadriplegic overcame his disability and created "Malibu Folk" which was a two-hour program of songs and interviews that he mailed to 40 public radio stations each week.
In 1990, he won a national Victory Award for the disabled. In 1994, Acoustic Guitar magazine praised Brian, without mentioning his disability, as "one of acoustic music's true angels." On July 5, 1995, he died at his Malibu home of complications of polio and paralysis. He was 45.
KSRF, 1988-92. Don owned Signal
Core Studios. He died of cancer on April 30, 2016.
Holly Adams, a colleague who worked with May at 103.1, said upon learning of Mays' death: "Don was very intelligent, had the best sense of humour, and was lots of fun at parties! Good friends are such an important part of our lives." (Holly pictured with Swedish Egil and Don May) Don figured out why he hates to move, he said when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. It's because he was born on the road in 1966 while his parents were traveling through Moorhead, Minnesota. Don grew up shuttling between Lake Geneva, Wisconsin and Southern California.
He started at KSRF as an intern while attending classes at Santa Monica City College. Four years later he had worked practically every shift and was the production director. Don was part of the transition from KSRF to the techno-rock experiment, "MARS/fm." When the experiment ended after 15 months, Don joined his mother's business, the Sheila May Permanent Make-Up company. He later opened Signal Core Studios, for voiceovers, "On-Hold" enterprises and recording Books on Tape.
May, Fred: KPOL, 1965-68. Unknown.
Lisa: KLAC, 1993; KROQ, 1991-2015; KLOS, 2015-19. Lisa was part of the Kevin &
Bean morning show until February 2015 when KROQ dropped traffic reports. On May
11, 2015, she joined Heidi & Frank at KLOS. Lisa retired from broadcasting in
late 2019 and moved to Palm Springs and started a fitness operation.
The Southern California traffic reporter for many stations worked weekends at KLAC. She started at Metro Traffic in 1987 and moved to Shadow in 1992.
Born in Inglewood, Lisa grew up in Costa Mesa. Lisa was married to another popular L.A. personality, Chuck Clifford. Lisa was an integral part of the Kevin & Bean show on KROQ from 1991 until her controversial firing in 2015.
Mayberry, Carleton "Corky": KBBQ, 1969-71; KGBS, 1974-75; KLAC, 1974 and 1976; KFOX, 1975-77; KLAC, 1977-83. Corky is living in the San Fernando Valley.
KYMS, 1983-88. The daughter
of Corky Mayberry works at Bryan Broadcasting in Texas.
Jami was born and raised in Amarillo and got her start in radio as a freshman at Texas A&M University. After stints in Oklahoma City and Southern California she settled in Nashville. She dreamed of coming back to Texas and that dream is realized by now being at Peace 107. She is a recovering perfectionist and is eternally trying to lose 20 pounds! Her favorite quote is, “To know that one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that is success.” Thanks Ralph Waldo Emerson!
When Jami came to the Southland, she said in an OC Register interview: "It was the first time away from my family in Texas, and I had never been treated so warmly by listeners. I would get flowers, teddy bears and books. I felt like I was a part of their lives." She originally intended to become an elementary school teacher. Jami started on a station in Bryan, Texas and moved on to a contemporary Christian music radio station in Oklahoma City for two years. At KYMS she set history by becoming the first female on satellite radio in the format of Contemporary Christian Music. Her father is Corky Mayberry who won numerous awards for his work at KLAC. "As far as I know we are the only father and daughter to both work in L.A. radio." She moved to WSIX-Nashville in 1990 for overnights. Jami is the narrator of the Patsy Cline Exhibit at the Grand Ole Opry Museum.
Mayer, Larry: KUSC, 1975-2005. In late spring of 2013, Larry retired from his position as operations manager at WETS-Johnson City, Tennessee.
KGRB, 1990s. In the late 1950s, Bob worked as an
announcer in El Centro.
Bob’s son Brian fills in some of the pieces of his father’s life: “My dad after WW2 took his GI bill and went to a radio school in Alabama, where he did some small playhouse acting and then radio. He went to Yuma and El Paso where he was the night man at several small stations.”
In the mid- to late-1960s, Bob became general manager at KBCA, a former Classical station that went Jazz. “After that in the 70’s he was the announcer for KPPC until they went to a Rock Format. My father went into music programming with AltoFonics and CAVOX in the 70’s to early ‘80s and did the voice for K Mart for many years. After pretty much retiring he went part-time at KGRB in West Covina and did the Big Band format.”
Bob died in April 2007 in a rest home in Glendale, while in recovery from hip surgery. He was 84.
Mayhem, Peter: KEZY, 1975-77; KROQ, 1979-80. Unknown.
MAYNE, Bill: KZLA, 1983-85. Bill was executive director at Country Radio Broadcasters for many years. He announced his retirement from CRB, effective spring of 2018. He is a Country radio and music industry veteran with senior level experience in radio broadcasting, including programming and operations management at KSCS/WBAP-Dallas and KASE in Austin.
His resume also includes work in artist development, management and at record labels, where he was Sr. VP GM and VP Promotion at Warner Bros. Nashville, and VP of Promotion and Artist Development at 903 Music. His Mayne Street Consulting provides guidance in radio, marketing, management and artist development to clients such as CRB, Inc., GAC, IEBA, Nexshow, Dualtone Records, Muscle Shoals Music Group, Fame Records and RGK Entertainment.
Mayne also serves as current President of the Academy of Country Music.
Mayo, Butch: KACE, 1979-80;
KGFJ, 1981. Last heard,
Butch was program director at WKRS-New York.
McAdams, John: KBBQ, 1971; KLAC, 1975. Unknown.
McArtor, Gene: KIKF, 1990-92. Unknown.
McBride, Danny: Metro Traffic, 1984. Danny does voiceover work and lives in Sherman Oaks.
KYMS, 1973-79; KNAC, 1979-86; KWIZ, 1988;
KWVE, 2012-22. "Zany Norm" lived on a
horse ranch in Idaho and did morning drive in the Coeur d' Alene/Spokane
market on "Talk News 1080AM" until the late 2000s. He's now at
“After leaving KNAC in 1986, I went to work in the San Diego market at 95.9 KKOS a Triple A station owned by Richard Chandler, until the station was sold in the early 90s” emailed Norm. Then KWVE, Calvary Chapel's 107.9 in Santa Ana before moving to the ‘Frozen Tundra’ of Northern Idaho and Triple A 95.3 KPND in Sandpoint doing morning drive.”
“I’m doing morning drive in the Coeur d' Alene / Spokane market on Talk/News 1080 AM. It is more like sit-down comedy than news. Yes, I’m still a bit wacky after all these years. The station is part of the KXLY Broadcast Group of stations. I’m still working because I gotta pay for the hay for those damn horses, ya know.” Norm remembers fondly his 8-year stint at KNAC starting in the late seventies until 1986. “It was some of the best of times in radio for me. It was nice to be included with some fantastic radio personalities who had worked there,” concluded Norm. You can reach out to Norm at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Casey: KROQ, 2008-09; KLSX, 2009;
KAMP, 2009-20. Kevin worked nights at AMP Radio (KAMP).
Originally on sister CBS station KROQ/fm (106.7), McCabe became Amp’s
first on-air personality in March 2009. “It’s like calling your friend
and hanging out,” the Nevada native said of his job in an LA Times
interview. “That’s how I kind of like to approach each night. I’m
hanging out with my friends.” He now works afternoons at
McCabe understands social media. He posts video content to the Web, chats with listeners on the phone and interacts with them through social networking sites such as Twitter. “It’s sticking to the music and being there for them, and it has kind of been [working] great right now,” McCabe said.
McCall, Don: KPOL, 1961-63. Don was a teacher at Los
Angeles City College.
McCall, Mitzi: KFI, 1975-76. Mitzi worked with her husband Charlie Brill on Silk Stalkings.
McCartie, Gary: KBRT, 1973-79; KZLA; KBIG. Gary is now in San Diego.
KWIZ, 1966; KEZY,
1967-75; KYMS, 1975-83. Newer listeners
to Southern California radio may have a tough time understanding that at
one time there was radio exclusively for Orange County. As the
population of the Southland began to spread, low powered AM station
originating from L.A. had a hard time reaching the OC. Three of the
leading OC stations in the 1960s and ‘70s had Arnie McClatchey
as a common denominator. He was an innovator, programmer and talent. The
well-liked leader of OC Radio died June 20, 2018, after a long illness.
He was 76.
Arnie was living in El Paso and voiced "The Word for Today," a national
radio ministry heard on 200 radio stations daily and Horizon Radio.
Arnie was born June 14, 1942 in Vancouver, Washington and raised in Camus, Washington. He started his radio career at the age of 15 at KVAN-Portland. After serving in the Army, he relocated to Orange County where he worked in local radio for almost two decades. Arnie was pd at KEZY from 1967–74 until he was succeeded by Mark Denis. Arnie transformed the station from an easy-listening station to “The Mighty 1190.”
A number of djs who later became prominent in L.A. – Mike Wagner, Paul Freeman, Bruce Chandler, among others – worked with Arnie to create a Top 40 station which dominated the OC airwaves. KEZY even had a following into the Los Angeles market despite the fading signal at night when the station reduced power.
Recalled Arnie: "Mark helped me a lot with the programming, we would get in my office and brain storm to come up with our one liners and contests. We did not know it at the time but we were doing some of the best radio ever."
In March of 1975, Arnie started a new venture on the fm dial. “I became general manager of KYMS in Santa Ana and put on the first Contemporary Christian Music station in the nation," he said in a 1995 interview for Los Angeles Radio People from his home in El Paso. He eventually bought KYMS along with stations in Phoenix and Denver and kept them until 1983. "I took some time off and then I bought KELP/AM in El Paso in 1984, and I commuted from Southern California to El Paso for eight years until we moved here permanently in the early 1990s.”
KLAC, 1975-85; KFWB,
1975-79. Dave was the announcer for all NHRA racing events and
Dave died May 22, 2022, of natural causes, at the age of 85.
At the 39th annual American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters’ All-America banquet, Dave became the very first media person to get the Pioneer Award, presented to him for years of dedication to his art. Dave has stood out from the herd all these years in a world of blinding speed and spectacular automobiles, hot rods, cruisers and dragsters.
Honored by the International Drag Racing Hall of Fame, some highlights from his incredible career: Known as “The Voice of NHRA,” Dave is one of the most recognizable voices in all of motorsports. He was heard not only on the tracks, but also on radio and television coverage of the events, a role he filled for some 50 years. Dave retired from the announcing staff at NHRA Powerade Championship Drag Racing events after 44 years of service. Through the year 2000, Dave had served as the anchor play by play host of the NHRA Speedworld coverage on ESPN and ESPN2 for 27 consecutive years. Dave announced his first drag race in 1959. Spending the bulk of his full-time broadcasting career in Louisiana, McClelland honed his skills as a racetrack announcer throughout the South and Southwest. In 1969, Dave left his post as pd of a NBC TV affiliate to begin a full time career in racing, starting as a track manager at Southland Dragway in Houma, Louisiana. He then moved to Dallas International Motor Speedway in Texas as VP/GM.
He joined the NHRA promotions department in 1971, spending seven years as Publicity Director, Public Relations Director and Communications Director, plus his duties as a race announcer and tv host.
McCloud, Jim: KLAC, 1984. Jim went on to do mornings at KHOZ-Harrison, Arkansas.
McCLURE, Holly: KBRT, 1992-94; KKLA, 1995-2009. Holly was the Orange County Register's family films reviewer. The ubiquitous midday hostess on Christian KKLA wrote a family entertainment column that was syndicated in over 355 newspapers. She was born in Coffeyville, Kansas and grew up in Dallas listening to the giants on KLIF and KVIL. Following graduation from school in 1972, Holly flew with Braniff Airlines based in Minneapolis. In between flights she did voice work for many agencies and stations in the Twin Cities and Chicago. A marriage took her to Albuquerque where she continued her commercial voice work. In 1987 she wrote her first column featuring family film reviews. In 1989 she moved to Orange County and continued the family entertainment column for the Irvine World News, which led to syndication.
At KBRT she hosted an entertainment show called "Holly on Hollywood" and "For Women Only." At KKLA she hosted many midday shows and "Saturday Night with Holly McClure." Her busy schedule included a weekly entertainment show on OCN (Orange County Network). She hosted "The Women's Clinic" on KKLA. Currently her “Holly on Hollywood” movie reviews and entertainment content can be seen on numerous syndicated networks like Daystar, GOD TV, Family Net, and more. She recently served as Executive Creative Producer for Parables.TV. In 2002, Mel Gibson invited Holly to Rome, to film interviews with the cast and crew of The Passion Of The Christ. Gibson consulted Holly on his script and she was involved with early stages of media strategy and marketing. In January of 2003, Holly wrote the first article about Gibson’s film, featured on the front page of The New York Daily News. She went on to produce a one-hour special, The Making Of The Passion Of The Christ (PAX and TBN) and a documentary The Passion Behind “The Passion”. Holly is a charter member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and is involved with the faith-based and family-friendly entertainment community by serving on the advisory boards of The Dove Foundation and The Parents Television Council.
McConnell, Matt: Matt was the original radio voice of the Mighty Ducks hockey team for three years. He's now with the Pittsburgh Penguins.
McCORMICK, Bob: KNX, 1997-2010; KNX/KFWB, 2011-14; KNX 2014. Bob was a news anchor at KNXNewsradio and broadcast Money 101 at KCAL/Channel 9 until the fall of 2009. In early 2011, Bob continued his Money 101 features at KNX, while hosting a four-hour talk show at sister station KFWB. He stayed at KFWB until a format flip in September 2014. He's now living in Dallas.
When you grow up in the shadows of four classic and legendary radio stations, you can’t help but be influenced. No matter what area of radio becomes your journey, listening to CKLW and WKNR in Detroit and WLS and WCFL in Chicago in the 1960s has to affect what you do. By osmosis, the pace and execution of your show is influenced by that early exposure that seeps into your presentation. The roguishly handsome face of business reports approached the business news like he was on a Top 40 station. "I always keep it running along,” confessed Bob about his approach and it was clear in his mind. “I want to give the listener something they can actually use or be amazed by – the WOW factor.”
Bob’s father worked in the automotive industry in Detroit and the GM plant in Gary, Indiana, which is within the Chicago ADI. “I just loved CKLW, Tom Clay and Tom Shannon. Byron McGregor was doing the news at CK when he was only 19 or 20 years of age. I’ve always had a lot of respect for those who make it at such an early age.” While at Oakland University (Rochester, Michigan) majoring in business administration, he was caddy for John DeLorean, which probably explains his fascination for unique cars. “I just loved cruising Woodward Avenue. Everyone had the same station on. I didn’t know if I would ever be in a major market, but I sure wanted to be in radio,” insisted Bob.
|He was going to Oakland University when he
started at WPON-Pontiac, Michigan as board op. “For some reason, I got
the Sunday ‘Golden Oldies Show.’” He worked as Bob Lee. McCormick moved
on to radio in Adrian, Michigan, where he worked with George Blaha
(later the celebrated voice of the Detroit Pistons) and three months
later to Jackson, Michigan, where he stayed only a month before getting
a call for WILS, Lansing. Bob was a voracious reader and his daily
intake included such publications as the New York Times,
Ramparts, and New York Magazine. But it was Watergate that
provided the impetus to stay in the news arena. “There was more to talk
about instead of introducing the same song over and over. And the news
departments in those days were big.”
In 1974, Bob got the huge career jump to San Francisco and legendary KFRC where he worked morning drive with legendary Dr. Don Rose. “Don was the only guy who ever cracked me up. He always made it a mission to get me to make a mistake. I stayed at KFRC for ten years, which was longer than I should have. I loved San Francisco. I lived in Marin, crossed the bridge and went to KFRC. I thought how lucky I was. That can make you complacent. I should have tried for news in New York but I lost my zeal for that.”
In 1986, Bob moved from KFRC to KCBS radio, where he had a late night talk show called Night Beat, and to an independent tv station. From time to time he would visit L.A. and he knew eventually that there were far more opportunities in Southern California than in the Bay Area. But he had to go to Dallas first. Charlie Seraphin offered Bob morning drive at prestigious KRLD-Dallas. Before long Bob was #2 to Dallas legend Ron Chapman at KVIL. KNX pd Bob Sims brought McCormick to L.A.
McCORMICK, Larry: KGFJ, 1958-63; KDAY, 1963-64; KFWB, 1964-68; KGFJ, 1968, pd; KLAC, 1969-70; KMPC. Larry made the most successful transition from radio to television news of any disc jockey who passed through the radio landscape.
Larry grew up in
When KFWB went all-News in 1968, he returned to KGFJ as pd and to work afternoon drive. In the spring of 1967, Billboard announced that Larry was voted 4th most popular r&b disc jockey. He hosted a weekend talk show on KLAC for a year. "While still on KGFJ, I started co-anchoring the weekend KCOP/Channel 13 newscasts with an old radio friend, Chuck Cecil." Before long Larry was anchoring a midday newscast and hosting Dialing for Dollars. Soon after, Larry was anchoring the nightly news on KCOP followed by weekend weatherman on KABC/Channel 7.
"In April 1971 I joined Golden West Broadcasters
at KTLA/Channel 5 as the weekday weatherman and KMPC as a news reporter.
Larry's on-air presence at KTLA on health and consumer affairs segments as
well as the station's weekend newscasts has contributed to its success. In
the spring of 1994, Larry was the recipient of the Governor's Award from the
Larry died August 27, 2004, at the age of 71.
Larry died August 27, 2004, at the age of 71.
Don: KDAY, 2006-10. Don was part owner of KDAY in the Inland Empire. He's
living in Florida.
McCoy, G.W.: KIQQ, 1980-85. Unknown.
McCoy, Hugh: KNX. Hugh died in the mid-1960s. He won 2 Golden Mikes and several AP awards. In the late '50s he was the first newscaster to smuggle pictures out of Russia of their May Day parade.
McCoy, Ron: KLAC, 1958-60; KFI, 1961-79; KGIL, 1979-80; KPRZ/KIIS, 1981-84; KGIL, 1984; KIEV, 1986. Ron worked at KLAC, KFI (longtime host of "The Night Owl Show"), KGIL, KPRZ/KIIS, KGIL and KIEV and spent 40 years in broadcasting. In the 1970s he made a significant change in careers. "I had done everything I wanted to do and I wanted to get into another field of consciousness," Ron told me when I interviewed him for my book. He became interested in religious science in the late 1970s. By 1987, he was given the pastorship at a Sherman Oaks congregation and went on to be a pastor for the Santa Clarita Church of Religious Science. Ron was born January 29, 1928. He died of pancreatic cancer on December 10, 1999, at the age of 71.
McCoy, Ronny: KNAC, 1968-79. During the early days of KNAC some of L.A.'s diamonds in the rough were found, according to an on-line source, most notably, Ron McCoy (6 a.m. to noon) was not only the program director but also a seasoned musician with the hard rock recording group MSG who released Little Suzie Looker (Hooker) and other regional hits. Ronny is in the recording business in Los Angeles.
McCoy, Sid: KFI, 1968; KGIL, 1971-72. Sid was the announcer on Soul Train.
|McCULLOCH, Don: KMPC, 1982-93. Don lives in Portland where he programs and syndicates “Radio Deluxe,” a music format of pop and jazz standards. Don began his radio career while a student at Pasadena High School at the now-legendary KPPC, in the basement of the Pasadena Presbyterian Church. There he acquired a knowledge of the basic tools of the radio station: squeegees and Windex, as well as microphones and tape recorders. While earning his degree at San Diego State University, Don further pursued his broadcasting career by working evenings at KPRI. After being sent to Colorado to fight poverty as a Vista volunteer, Don stayed on in the Denver area, as a successful morning personality, first at KTLK, and then at KLZ/fm. After the usual station ownership and format changes, Don headed back to the familiar surroundings of San Diego, where he did the morning show at KIFM and then midday duties at KOGO and KSDO. Then the offer came from Los Angeles, from the station that was Don had long admired since his youth in Pasadena: MOR giant KMPC. At Gene Autry’s legendary flagship station, Don worked from 1982 to 1992 alongside such outstanding personalities as Robert W. Morgan, Jim Lange, Wink Martindale, Johnny Magnus, and Jim Healy. When the station changed to an all-sports format, Don, with the help of former KMPC program director John Felz, created what is now Radio DeLuxe, a company that has provided services to hundreds of radio stations across the USA and overseas.|
McCulloch, Tom: KFOX, 1992.
Tom was general manager during block programming days.
McCullom, Ann: KACE. Ann co-owned KACE (103.9/fm). She died February 16, 1998, at the age of 65. Born in Union, Mississippi, Ann earned degrees from the University of Cincinnati and Kent State University in Ohio. She taught school for several years in the Midwest and at one time owned and managed KYOK/fm in Houston. She bought the Inglewood station in 1976 with her then-husband, former professional football player Willie Davis. McCullom served as public service director of KACE and host of its Sunday night talk show on community issues, "Speak Out." She later became general manager of the station, which was sold to Cox Broadcasting in 1995. McCullom was active in the National Council of Negro Women and the Black Women's Forum and served on the advisory committee for the Small Business Administration in Washington.
McDANIEL, Earl: KFVD/KPOP, 1953-58; KLAC, 1958; KDAY, 1958-61; KFWB, 1961-63. Earl, a pioneer in the early days of Los Angeles rock 'n roll radio, died March 26, 2014, at the age of 85. His daughter sent the following written by her father:
I died today.
(I typed this earlier so that all Kathy, my daughter, had to do was type in the date and hit the "send" button. Isn't modern technology marvelous?)
I am an agnostic. I will be taken to the Neptune Society for cremation. I've told my heirs that I don't care where they let the ashes fly. When it is over, it is over.
To that end...there will be no funeral...no casket ...no flowers...only that we know I have celebrated life for 85 years, and that celebration has been a wonderful, wonderful ride and that we have touched each other’s lives in ways that produced huge smiles, a few tears, many, many good times and memories that are HUGE. So thanx to each of you for sharing a part of your life with me. It has been beautiful, and thank you, thank you, thank you for the times we shared.
All of you have contributed in various levels to my happiness, laughter, and sometimes some very stupid things. I have been contemplating all the good times, and the good times were fantabulous.
If I've borrowed something I haven't returned or money I haven't repaid, contact my daughter, Kathy.
Don't sing me any sad songs. I’ve been there, done that.
If I were to have an epitaph, it would be, "Earl McDaniel..from 1928 to 2014, he lived."
While in LARadio, Earl not only worked at KPOP, but he was on KLAC, pd at KDAY and for two years at KFWB before being sent to KEWB-San Francisco to program the Crowell-Collier station. Earl was the first to pair Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele long before they arrived in Southern California for "Boss Radio."
RCA sent Earl to Las Vegas to present the
first gold record for Heartbreak Hotel on stage. Earl was credited with
breaking the song nationally. Earl produced and presented live stage
shows with the major rock stars of the era. He also had the first record
hop/dance show on L.A. television. Earl broke the
Song and lost his job over it. On Thanksgiving weekend he played it
twice an hour and the station owner threatened to fire Earl if he played
it one more time. Earl did and was fired, however, by Monday it was the
hottest record at Wallichs Music City.
RCA sent Earl to Las Vegas to present the first gold record for Heartbreak Hotel on stage. Earl was credited with breaking the song nationally. Earl produced and presented live stage shows with the major rock stars of the era. He also had the first record hop/dance show on L.A. television. Earl broke the Chipmunks Christmas Song and lost his job over it. On Thanksgiving weekend he played it twice an hour and the station owner threatened to fire Earl if he played it one more time. Earl did and was fired, however, by Monday it was the hottest record at Wallichs Music City.
Earl spent two decades working for Senator Cecil Heftel in Hawaii, as pd, then gm. He took the morning man, Aku, to new heights, capturing over 50% of the listeners in morning drive. Earl was the first to give away $1,000,000 to one person. When he ran KGMB, the population of Hawaii was about 700,000, yet the million-dollar contest drew over 4 million entries. Earl became president of Heftel's broadcasting empire, and was involved with WLUP-Chicago, 13Q-Pittsburgh and Spanish KTNQ in Los Angeles.
Earl lived by the credo:
"Whatever you did yesterday doesn't count. It's the future that counts."
Earl lived by the credo: "Whatever you did yesterday doesn't count. It's the future that counts."
Jiggs was the original
broadcast voice for the NHL Kings.
Born John Kenneth McDonald, in 1967 he became the first play-by-play man for the NHL Kings. He was working the Orillia Terriers of the Ontario Hockey Association when fellow Canadian Jack Kent Cooke hired him. It was Cooke who convinced John to find a nickname. According to a profile by Tom Hoffarth in the Daily News, Cooke said his brother had a nickname, his sister had a nickname, he had a nickname and his announcer was going to have a nickname. Jiggs was selected because of the popular comic strip at the time.
Jiggs is considered one of the best hockey announcers. He has been doing the NHL on a continuous basis since the 1967 expansion, when he was the first voice of the L.A. Kings. He moved to Atlanta when the Flames were founded in 1972 until they moved to Calgary. He did many games for the Avalanche, Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs. He was the voice on CTV of the Canadian Olympic basketball team in 1994, and did New York Mets baseball for SportsChannel/NY in 1982. He is a member of the “builders” wing of the hockey Hall of Fame. Jiggs is living in Florida and doing free lance hockey for Fox and CBC.
(Rob Marinko, Jan Marie, Pat Martin, Lee Mirabal, and Dave Murphy)
McDONNELL, Joe: KGIL, 1975-82; KFI, 1988-91; KMPC, 1992-94; KMAX, 1994-96; KWNK, 1996-97; KABC, 1997; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98; KFWB, 1999-2000; KABC, 2000; KSPN, 2000-05; KLAC, 2005-08; KNX, 2011-13. Joe cast a big shadow over the sports broadcaster landscape in Southern California for almost four decades. He died on March 13, 2015, at the age of 58.
He blanketed virtually every outlet that aired sports reports or programming. Joe was born to be a talk show host. Just ask his mother Josie. “It’s true,” said Mrs. McDonnell. “He was born talking and he hasn’t shut up since.” Only death could silence the opinionated broadcaster.
At KGIL, he started as an intern at 19 in the news department, quickly moving up to the position of assistant sports director. In January of 1982, Joe then became Southern California correspondent for Mutual Radio Network Sports. In July of 1988, McDonnell became a reporter/producer with KFI Radio. A few months later, he began hosting sports talk shows.
McDonnell moved to 710/KMPC where he was paired with sports columnist Doug Krirkorian of the Long Beach Press Telegram in afternoon drive. Their show was called “McDonnell-Douglas,” referring to the former aircraft manufacturer.
Joe left KMPC in December of 1994 to take a job as host of the afternoon drive talk show on all-sports KMAX. He was named “Best Sports Talk Host” by the Los Angeles Daily News in February 1996 (the first of three times he would receive that title.) KMAX was sold in March of 1996, so it was on to KWNK in Thousand Oaks.
Seven months later (after KWNK was sold) he was hired by KABC radio where he co-hosted “Sportstalk” with former Dodger pitcher Jim Gott. Joe left KABC in May of 1997 to join the new, all-sports station KXTA (XTRA Sports 1150, later FOX Sports 1150) where he became afternoon drive host.
In January of 1999, the Daily News named The Big Nasty (McDonnell’s on-air nickname) “Sports Talk Host of the Decade.” LA Times' Larry Stewart offered a slightly different opinion of Joe: “He has been described as a Howard Cosell without brains – or worse.” In response, Joe said “Stewart’s comment was in jest, just his way of tweaking me! He sometimes thinks I’m too controversial, and that’s his way of telling me.”
In his January 1999
article about the best of the year,
columnist Tom Hoffarth again named Joe the number one sports-talk radio host.
, “McDonnell’s strong-headed beliefs, passionate approach
and pursuit of the truth have always been there.”
On February 22, 1999, Joe joined KFWB, as afternoon drive sports anchor, leaving in 2000 to partner once again with Doug Krikorian at the ESPN outlet, KSPN.
Joe suffered a huge weight problem since high school. At one stage, he topped out at 740 pounds. After being unable to get up from a fall at his home until paramedics arrived, Joe decided it was time to do something radical. He underwent gastric-bypass surgery, losing over 350 pounds.
Everyone admired Joe. LA Lakers present Jeanie Buss said: “For more than 35 years, Joe has been a regular at Lakers games and press events. Known for his quick wit and strong opinions, Joe’s love of and support of the Lakers has always been appreciated. Over all these years, our players, coaches and staff have enjoyed working with and knowing Joe. He will be sorely missed.”
Born August August 30, 1956, in Upper Darby, Pennsylvania, he attended Alemany High School in Mission Hills and Los Angeles Valley College.
With the outpouring of love for Joe on his death, it is a shame that his friends and colleagues couldn’t have supported him with a full-time job in recent years. He would go through periods of disappointment when he was unemployed. His “Big Nasty” moniker may have hurt him but inside he was the nicest teddy bear that people just naturally gravatated to whenever he entered a room, stadium or sports area.
McEldowney, Kate: KGIL, 1986-87. Unknown.
KMPC, 1973-82 and 1987-92. "Big
John" died March 14, 2003. He was 77.
John had numerous careers but cherished the time when he was part of the KMPC morning drive team with Robert W. Morgan and Marv Howard. Born in 1925 in Oakville, Iowa, John moved to the Southland when he was a youth. "Oakville had 500 souls." After serving in the military, he was discharged in 1946 and went to work in a gas station. "I was pumping gas and changing oil. Two L.A. cops came to the station every day and they encouraged me to take the police examination. I took the test at Hollywood High, was hired and spent 20 years as part of the helicopter unit of the Los Angeles Police Department."
After a midair collision that took the life of KMPC's Max Schumacher, it was a very "unsettling time" for John. He left the police department and became general manager of Bell Helicopter's Van Nuys Center before going airborne for full-service KMPC. He left KMPC in 1982 after undergoing open-heart surgery. "I ran away to Salem, Oregon. I knew my flying career was over and I was feeling sorry for myself. I needed an escape vehicle." John worked in radio and was a tv weatherman in Oregon. In 1987 he returned to KMPC and experienced his happiest times. "For a while Marv and I did a one-hour show together each morning before Robert started his shift"
McELROY, Leo: KNX, 1960-63; KFI, 1963-69; KRLA, 1969-71; KFWB, 1971-72; KABC, 1972; KROQ, 1972-74. Leo runs a PR and political consultancy firm in Sacramento.
The former news executive with many Southern California radio stations was born in Los Angeles in 1932. He grew up in Baldwin Hills and graduated from Loyola University. "I wanted to be an editorial cartoonist but I turned out to be a better writer. At Loyola I started as an English major with an emphasis on journalism, but was advised that a radio and television major might serve me well when the industry discovers it needs real journalists. Four years at the campus station sealed my fate." After a stint in the Air Force, he started his radio career in 1956 at KAVR-Apple Valley followed by KBVM-Lancaster and KMJ-Fresno. In 1960 he won a job at CBS Network as a staff announcer. "I voiced the last network cue for the 'Amos and Andy Show.'" At KFI Leo was the first news director. At KROQ, he was vp of news and public affairs.
"Joining KROQ was the worst decision of my life. There were management revolts and I was the only person not fired but I begged to get out of my contract." In 1974 Leo started a public relations firm in L.A. but a few months later was asked to temp at KABC/Channel 7. "I stayed until October 1981. Pretty long temp job." During his stint at Channel 7 he made frequent visits to cover Sacramento news and became engaged to a legislator. When he left KABC he moved to Sacramento, where he has resurrected his PR business specializing in political consulting.
Often rueful, often funny, ...But You Can't Report That! offers an insider's look at how the news business was, from hilarity to horror, from grim and gory to silly slapstick. And, along the way, McElroy offers some reflections on how journalism should be practiced to keep politicians more honest, the public more safe, and freedom more secure.
McEntire, Bill: KLAC, 1981-91.
Last heard, Bill
was the pd
and afternoon drive at KTDD ("The Toad")-Riverside, part of the
ClearChannel/ Riverside cluster.
McEntyre, Debbie: KNX, 1992-93. Unknown.
KEZY, 1968-69; KGIL,
1970-74. Douglas (photo right with Whittington) was Sweet Dick Whittington's resident critic,
Cincinnati Armory. Douglas wrote a book, a
tongue-in-cheek ersatz celebrity autobiography, as well as
writing humorous articles, and acting.
Douglas is a Los Angeles native who spent his childhood in Palos Verdes Estates, and his teen years in Orange County. Douglas produced "The Mr. Wonderful Comedy Hour" for Jerry Harms at KEZY in 1968. In addition to produced the Whittington program, Douglas wrote material for Lohman & Barkley's stage act at The Playboy Club, and he wrote 12 episodes of the Fright Night With Seymour show on KHJ/Channel 9 in 1974, and wrote and produced Seymour's Halloween Haunt stage show at Knott's Berry Farm, also 1974.
Douglas taught Improvisation at several theatres, including Second City in Santa Monica, and appeared in an AIDS benefit sketch comedy revue at Second City in Chicago. He's appeared in several ultra-low budget movies, the worst of which, Malibu Summer, the USA channel insists on re-broadcasting regularly instead of burning. In 1998 he underwent successful heart-valve transplant surgery, acquiring a pig valve, so he is no longer "Only human," or Kosher, for that matter.
McEwen, Bob: KDAY, 1966. Unknown.
1992-93. George lost his Albuquerque job in the spring of 2020 and by spring
of 2020 he landed at WIMZ-Knoxville. He's also worked in New York and
Chicago. McFly exclaimed, "I've finally found a permanent home in the
greatest city in the USA!"
George was a Minneapolis broadcasting school student in the early '80s. By 1987, he was working in DeKalb, Illinois. High energy was George's trademark during his brief stay in L.A. He arrived at "Power 106" from WBBM-Chicago and a year later left. George claims he received his inspiration from cartoons to keep his show fresh.
By 1988, George was voted one of America's sexiest deejay's as profiled in Playgirl.
Unhappy living in Los Angeles, in May 1993, the then 31-year-old put a find-a-job classified ad in the trades that said in part, "More than just a rhyme, get me outta the city of slime." He was nominated for 1993 Billboard magazine Top 40 Radio Air Personality of the Year. Advertising works. Since 1993, George has worked morning drive at WVIC-Lansing, rejoined WBBM, WWZZ-Washington, DC and in the fall of 1996 moved to KHHT-Denver.
KKGO, 1980-89; KLON,
1999-2000. Dick lives in the Southland doing voiceovers,
composing and appearing with his jazz group.
Dick's first L.A. radio experience actually occurred when, at the age of 6, he was one of kids who appeared on the Art Linkletter Show. "It was the first time I ever talked into a microphone and I immediately became anxious for my voice to change." It was a love for music that guided Dick to the world of radio, and later to acting. He was the first drummer for Paul Revere and the Raiders and an actor in Die Hard 2 and Fletch Lives.
Born in Los Angeles, his family moved to Caldwell, Idaho when he was 7. While in high school he worked at the local music store where the pd of the Caldwell radio station would frequent. "One day the pd came in and asked if I wanted to test my voice for radio." So, in his junior year Dick started on KCID-Caldwell doing weekends and eventually worked full-time. He got his FCC 1st Phone from Ogden's in 1957 and began working at KGEM and KIDO-Boise and KIMN-Denver, but always his eye was to work at KSFO-San Francisco. His interest in jazz led to going on the road with a band, but when they broke up he returned to radio. In 1965 he joined KVI-Seattle and a year later was one of the personalities on KSFO. He worked in the Bay Area from 1966 to 1974 during the days of the legendary Don Sherwood, Al Collins, and Jack Carney. In 1974 he was cast as the emcee in Smile, which prompted him to move to Los Angeles and pursue a freelance career of music, voiceovers and acting."The day I arrived in L.A., I found the jazz station on the dial [KBCA, later called KKGO] and they were playing a track from an album I'd recorded! What an omen, I thought." Dick called the "hot line" and developed a telephone friendship with the announcers. He got his own show on KKGO in 1980 and stayed until the end of 1989 when the station changed formats to Classical music. He got back into radio in 1999. “With radio and jazz both being passions of mine, I couldn’t resist joining KLON.”
McGEARY, Richard: KWKW, 1950-52; KHJ, 1952-57; KNX, 1961-67; KHJ, 1973-80; KGIL, 1983-93. Richard, longtime vp/general manager of KGIL, died May 24, 2014, at the age of 89. “Dick died peacefully at his home after a few days in hospice care,” wrote his friend John Hokom. Dick suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Richard had not lost his New England accent which was evident as he talked about his retirement from a long career in the radio business, back when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. He lived a handful of miles from the beach in Vista in a house overlooking the third fairway at the Shadow Ridge Country Club. (Photo: Tom Bernstein, Richard McGeary, and Ken Miller)
Born in Brockton, Massachusetts, Richard was a pre-med student at Western Reserve University in Cleveland and graduated from Kent State. Richard started his career as an account executive at KWKW in 1950 and two years later landed a coveted sales job with Mutual Radio’s KHJ from 1952 to 1957. “I had been out of school for only two years and the man I was interviewing with wanted someone with more experience. I said ‘how do I get experience if you won’t hire me?’ He did and I stayed there five years.”
In 1957 Richard went to NBC spot sales in Los Angeles and San Francisco and then to Katz tv Representatives. In between KNX and his return to KHJ, he was at KABC/Channel 7. After running KHJ he was Western division VP sales of Mutual Radio Network.
Richard retired in 1991. “While I have many pleasant memories of my broadcasting career, retirement has enabled me the time to travel more frequently, enjoy the fantastic weather here in Vista, and to get out on the course more often batting the ball around.”
KWST, 1980; KRLA, 1982-83.
Terry is active in Northern California tv and lives in Marin
County. Terry was also elected into the Bay Area Hall of Fame as a member of
its Class of 2008.
Terry was the nasty man who fires Robin Williams in the opening scene of Mrs. Doubtfire and the anesthesiologist in Nine Months. Born in Pittsburgh, Terry worked in his hometown at KDKA and had a successful run in San Francisco at KSFO and KSAN before arriving in the Southland where he worked mornings at "K-West" and KRLA.
For 12 years he made hundreds of tv appearances including guest star roles on Cagney and Lacey, Happy Days and St. Elsewhere. He was a season regular on the CBS series Charlie and Company, starring Flip Wilson and Gladys Knight. He created the voice of Launchad McQuack for Walt Disney's Ducktales. Launchpad has since spun off to become second banana in Darkwing Duck. Terry returned to San Francisco to enjoy much success at K101 and KYA. For many years he hosted Bay TV morning show on the local NBC station. He's an ardent supporter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
McGovern, Tim: KRLA, 1982. Tim is the
younger brother of Terry. Unknown.
McGowen, Jewel: KACD, 1994-95. Unknown.
Rod: KJLH, 1973-78.
Rod joined the Stevie Wonder station in early 1973. The station was
mixing jazz, mellow soul and contemporary MOR. In 1978 he hosted "Jazz
Album Countdown," produced by Orcas Productions. At the height of its
popularity, the three-hour weekend show was carried by 101 stations and
300 Armed Forces Radio Network stations around the world.
In 1974, Rod was pd, manager and air personality at KJLH. His philosophy with his on-air staff: "We don't want a playlist which has to be adhered to. Whatever they want to spin within the format of the station is fine with me. Their only guideline is to communicate kindness, joy, love and happiness." Rod became a consultant and for a time worked for Kareem Abdul Jabar’s record label.
He owns Love & Happiness Productions.
McGuinness, Patrick: KLAC, 1950-52; KNX, 1952; KFWB, 1953-58; KABC, 1965-68; KBIG, 1969-71; KLAC, 1972. Patrick spent his time in LARadio broadcasting news and was news director at KBIG. He also worked in the promotion department at KMET. Patrick went on to state politics and acted as press director for various issues and candidates. He ended his radio career in Sacramento.
McILVAIN, Judd: KLSX, 2000; KRLA, 1999-2002. Judd hosted a consumer show at all-Talk KRLA and KLSX. He died March 9, 2015, at the age of 73.
A winner of two L.A. Emmys, eight Golden Mikes and four L.A. Press Club Awards and with more than 35 years in radio and tv broadcasting, Judd is best known as a consumer advocate.
He started on tv at age 12, hosting a television show called Children’s Digest on WBLN/TV in Bloomington, Illinois. Judd did radio shows as a dj in Columbia, Missouri at KBIA and KFRU when he was 15 and 16 years old. At 17 he produced and hosted a live television show called Dance Party at the Jefferson City, Missouri tv station and in 1959 was the first tv producer to fight for African American teenagers to dance on a so-called white tv show and win. But for some members of the community that was too much integration and with influence from the Ku Klux Klan, Judd was forced to have one show with black dancers and one show with white dancers. When the show’s contract expired, the Dance Party was not renewed.
Judd studied at the University of Missouri School of Journalism at Columbia where he spent a summer semester in Monterrey, Mexico and learned Spanish. After earning his Bachelors in Journalism, he headed for Central America to be a freelance news reporter.
When there was a riot or a small war, Judd would cover it and then find customers in the U.S. to take his stories. He did live feeds for ABC News from the riots in Panama City in 1965 for $20 per radio story. While working for UPI, Judd was arrested in Venezuela for taking pictures of the secret police beating demonstrators at the trial of dictator Peres Jimenez. He was released on bond and UPI’s bureau chief suggested it would be a great idea for Judd to flee the country because the penalty he was facing was six years in jail. Judd was out of Venezuela the next morning and has not been back since.
In 1986, Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox/TV, brought Judd to L.A. from Houston, where his troubleshooter reports graced KTTV/Channel 11 for two years, followed by 10 years at KCBS/Channel 2 before creating his consumer action radio show. Judd has done stories on CBS’ 48 Hours with Dan Rather, often appeared on Geraldo Rivera’s syndicated show and helped produce stories for Geraldo at ABC’s 20/20.
The obituary that appeared in the LA Times stated: “He’ll always be remembered as ‘Trouble Shooter Judd.’”
|McILVAINE, Red: KLAC; KHJ, 1964-65; KFI, 1968. Red died of cancer on January 11, 1993, at the age of 64. Born in Trenton, Red began his career as a 16-year-old radio announcer in Wilkes-Barre. He returned to his hometown in Trenton, where he met radio man Ernie Kovacs. Kovacs, who went on to become a renowned comedian and tv star, encouraged Red to audition for band leader Horace Heidt's network program, and at age 17 he became the youngest announcer on network radio. He spent six years touring the world with Heidt. Las Vegas became his home after short radio stints in Southern California. In Vegas he quickly became a hit as host of a morning radio show that dominated the Southern Nevada airwaves for decades. Over the years he wrote a twice-a-week column for the Las Vegas Sun, hosted a television show, was a tv news anchor and a casino publicist. As he fought brain and lung cancer, his humor was evident when he joked in a 1992 column about undergoing so much chemotherapy and radiation that on very dark nights he glowed. He died of cancer on January 11, 1993, at the age of 64. The head of marketing at the Stardust Hotel said of Red, "He unquestionably was the most popular broadcast personality to ever work in Las Vegas. His golden voice, wit, humor and talent to produce a radio show so popular Las Vegas probably will never see its match."|
McInnes, Linda: KLOS 1981-85. Linda died February 27, 2003.
McInnes, Pamela: KGIL, 1976-79; KMPC, 1979-87; KIIS, 1987-97. Since 2004, Pamela has lived in the Kern River Valley, near Lake Isabella.
|McINTOSH, Richard: KPRZ, 1979-81, gm; KPZE, 1986, gm; KFRG, 1988-95, gm; KWIZ, 1996, gm; KPLS, 2001-02; KWVE, 2005-14. Richard was gm at KWVE-San Clemente until the spring of 2014. He passed away January 9, 2016. Born August 5, 1952, in Troy, Ohio, Richard grew up in Cedarville, Ohio. He graduated from Cedarville College in 1974 with a B.A. in broadcasting/speech. His radio journey started in Cedarville at WCDR in 1971 followed by WEEC-Springfield, Ohio and WFCJ-Dayton, Ohio, where he was also pd. Richard arrived in the Southland in 1979 to be the gm at KPRZ. He left for gm assignments in Columbus, Ohio and Milwaukee before returning briefly to KPZE, the old KEZY/AM. Following a stint as gm at WNLF-Lansing, he returned to the Southland in 1988 to manage KQLH in the Inland Empire, which later became KFRG. He’s been a sales consultant since 1996 and is selling for Salem at KRLA 590 in San Bernardino.|
(Edgar Madrigal, Tom Mitchell, Diana Martinez, and Dennis Michaels
KRLA, 1998-2000; KABC, 2000-18. Doug worked morning drive at KABC until
September 24, 2009. He hosted the syndicated "Red Eyed Radio" that was heard
at KABC until late 2011. He started mornings at KABC in
January 2012. Doug retired from KABC at the end of 2018.
He seemed to hit his stride with a sleepy, eclectic and tasty mixture of pop culture, current events and jazz leanings at “Red Eye Radio” but a need to bolster faltering mornings, brought Doug back to wake-up drive at KACE, this time paired with Terri-Rae Elmer, news anchor for many years with John & Ken at KFI.
Doug appeared frequently in the summer series, Best On-Air LARP of the Year. Yet Doug’s talents are not just limited to his radio work. He’s a tv writer by trade, having worked for all four major networks. Doug has written for Married With Children, Sherman Oaks, Mike Hammer, and WKRP in Cincinnati.
A student of American history, Doug is also a jazz aficionado and a self-described “irrational Mets fan.” Doug and his wife Penny Peyser wrote, produced and directed the feature length documentary film, Trying to Get Good: The Jazz Odyssey of Jack Sheldon, which won top prizes at a number of film festivals around the country. And Doug has also written a book titled Cheap Advice. He also writes a twice-a-week column for the Los Angeles Daily News.
Born and raised in New York, Doug has lived in L.A. since 1985. He started his career as an advertising writer and producer. Doug first started locally at 710/KMPC in 1996, then went on to KTZN (‘The ZONE’), before landing at KABC. When morning drive veteran Ken Minyard retired in the fall of 2004, Doug was promoted to morning drive.
McKahan, Dawn: KXMX, 1999-2000; KIK/fm,
2000-01. Dawn was general manager at Orange County's KIKfm,
"Cool 94.3" until late 2001.
McKay, JJ: KIIS, 1984. JJ is currently doing mornings on 103.9 The Game in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
KHJ, 1974-75; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-81;
KFI, 1981-82; KMPC, 1982-92; KRLA, 1992-96;
KFWB, 1996-97; KRTH, 1997-2008;
KFWB, 1998-2000. Larry did
swing at "K-Earth" for many years. He was at the Oldies Channel at
Born in Detroit as Larry McCabe and growing up with polio, Larry never let his handicap his three decades as part of the Los Angeles radio landscape. Larry came to Los Angeles from WERK- Muncie, Indiana where David Letterman worked part-time and weekends. As part of Larry's afternoon drive show on KIIS, he teamed with Gary McKenzie to send up the news with the "Lar-Gar Report."
Larry was the voice at the Fabulous Forum for three years during the L.A. Lakers' "Magic" years, which included two NBA championship seasons. Larry considers two highlights during his stay in Los Angeles radio as working at "Boss Radio" and for a decade at the "Old Cowboy" Gene Autry's 50,000-watt radio station, KMPC. He's done voiceovers on Married With Children, The Jeffersons, Family Ties, Cheers, Frazier, Ellen, Fresh Prince of Bel Air and the soap, The Young & The Restless.
Larry began his broadcasting career in Clearwater, Florida after getting his B.S. Degree in Radio & Television Indiana University. After stints in his hometown of Muncie, Indiana, WLBC as a morning drive personality, Larry then went on to WMRI - Marion, Indiana as program and sports director, before taking on the same duties at the "new" WERK in Muncie. Next came KRIZ-Phoenix followed by morning drive at Y-100 in Miami/Ft. Lauderdale.
KSRF, 1987-89; KMGX, 1992;
KXEZ, 1993-96; KIBB, 1996; KCBS, 1997-2005;
KFWB, 2005-14; KRTH/KTWV/KNX, 2014-22.
Born in the Southland, Maggie grew up in Brentwood and went to Marymount
High School. She graduated in 1984 from USC with a degree in
communications. “I have two passions in my life, photography and music.
I figured that it was so hard to make a living as a photographer, I had
no idea what I wanted to do when I got out of USC.”
Maggie started in the programming department at KBZT/KRLA/KLSX and found radio fascinating. Her first on-air job was at KSRF. Between 1989 and 1994 she worked the Country format at Unistar (later WW1). Short stints at Oxnard and KMGX led to a three-year run at KXEZ. Maggie now works evenings at “Arrow 93.” Maggie spent eight years as a dj on classic rock KCBS/fm until it went "jock-less" and changed format to JACK/fm. She decided it was time for a change and joined KFWB to do news which she has done throughout her 20 year career. Maggie worked at KTLA Ch. 5 News, KESQ Ch. 3 Palm Springs, and KBU Cable TV Malibu and was News Director at Q105 in Ventura. Maggie worked at KLSX/KRLA with legends like Wolfman Jack, The Real Don Steele and Charlie Tuna. Additionally, Maggie was on-air for several years at Westwood One Radio Network.
McKay, Mark: KEZY, 1986; KIKF, 1993-95;
KZLA, 1997-2000. Mark the Shark worked at Country KZLA.
McKay, Tom: KDAY, 1972-73; KNX/fm, 1973; KWST; KNX/fm, 1979-82. Tom is a writer and lives in Maine.
McKay, Verna: KCBS/fm, 1992-95. Verna was co-host of the Young and Verna morning show at Dial Global.
McKEAN, Michael: KPPC, 1970-71. Michael, who
played Lenny in
Laverne & Shirley, is an actor. He was in
Planes, Trains & Automobiles and
This is Spinal Tap.
Michael was part of the nationally acclaimed “Credibility Gap” that spoofed the news at a time when it needed spoofing. He has gone to much success in Hollywood where he acts, writes and directs. Michael has appeared in such films as Radioland Murders, Airheads, Coneheads, Man Trouble, The Big Picture (also screenwriter) and This is Spinal Tap (also screenwriter, music and lyrics writer). Playing the impossibly van lead singer, David St. Hubbins, in the 1984 mockumentary, Michael helped rock & roll remember its sense of humor.
He worked in the cast of Saturday Night Live. He received Best Actor in a Comedy Series Cable ACE nomination for Dream On and Sessions. He also directed several episodes of Dream On.
He first gained national recognition
playing Lenny Kosnowski, teamed with Squiggy (David Lander) in
the hit tv series Laverne and Shirley. David was born October 17, 1947,
and he grew up in Manhattan and attended Carnegie Mellon Institute and New York
McKEAN, Rod: KRKD, 1955-70; KIIS, 1970-75. Born in Riverside in 1932, Rod started at KRKD doing Jazz, and the station eventually became "the album station." When KRKD became KIIS, Rod stayed until 1975.
Over the years he was a dj, nd and pd. "Upon leaving KIIS, I headed for Northern California," said Rod. “I acquired a ranch near Yosemite National Park and continued to raise, ride and train Arabian Horses. During that time, I became affiliated with a county Sheriff's Department and went to work full time in law enforcement."
Rod retired from the Sheriff's department in the late 1980s and he went back to school to become a Clinical Hypnotherapist. "I rarely practice nowadays. Most of my time is spent doing consulting or working on my book - a fictional novel about a Hollywood dj who decides to become a Deputy Sheriff in a rural Northern California County. Sort of a novel plot line, huh?"
McKENZIE, Gary: KIIS, 1977-79. Gary’s radio career began as an 8th grader helping his father build the transmitter for the family radio station WJRM-Troy, North Carolina. By his sophomore year in high school he returned home to Lynwood where he broadcast the high school football games.
His idols were the "Boss" jocks and “20/20” newsmen at KHJ. From his home in Vienna, Virginia, Gary said, "When I grew up I wanted to be J. Paul Huddleston." Gary went into the Army and served briefly with Armed Forces Radio in Germany.
In 1969, he started his radio journey in Big Bear, moving on to Corona, Riverside and Bakersfield. In 1973, he became news director for WXLO-New York. In 1977, Gary realized his dream of working in his hometown, becoming the Golden Mike award-winning nd of KIIS.
Network radio called in late 1979 and Gary became a charter newscaster for the RKO Radio Network and he stayed for nearly 15 years, through the purchases by United Stations-Dick Clark and Unistar. In 1990 the network operation moved to the Washington, DC area. Two years later Gary expanded his horizons and, preparing for the inevitable closing of the network news operation started Ask The Expert Media. The company produces radio and Internet programming and operates an ad agency which specializes in radio and Internet banner advertising. Gary’s network anchor stints also included NBC, Mutual, and CBS Radio Networks.
“It’s been a great ride, especially since I’ve never worked for a living...just having a ball and getting paid for it.”
Gary lives in Pinehurst, North Carolina with his wife Sandy and children with fur coats (their four cats).
McKEON, Jim: KWST, 1974-76. On New Year's Eve 1974 at six p.m., L.A.'s newest AOR blasted off with Elton John's Funeral For A Friend. Helming the new operation was Jim, who had distinguished himself in Detroit at WCAR, WRIF (Jim was the first jock ever to be hired by an 18-year-old Lee Abrams) and “W4.” Jim and his seat mates (David Perry and John Detz) on American Airlines Flight #41 from Detroit to Los Angeles the day after Christmas 1974 had never been to California. Arriving at KWST with no cart machines nor the right music, in less than a week the station was launched with Jim as pd and morning man.
Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, he grew up in Detroit. Jim attended Holy Cross College in Massachusetts and graduated from the University of Detroit.
During the 1980s Jim held various promotional positions with Epic, Columbia and RCA Records. In the 1980s, he and John Detz formed Visionary Radio and owned a series of small market radio stations.
In 1992 Jim became part owner and president of KTYD-Santa Barbara and hired his buddy from Detroit, David Perry, to run the day-to-day operation. Jim was president of M3 (McKeon Music Marketing), owned three stations in Santa Barbara and lived for many years in Seattle before returning to the Southland in 1998. He married the ex-wife of Steve Dahl in the 1970s. As for living in the Northwest, Jim commented, "I have no intention of ever living anywhere else."
Jim sold A& R Worldwide & MUSEXPO in the fall of 2006. He then went to manage 4FMs and 1 AM on Maui for six years and left in the fall of 2012.
McKEOWN, Kevin: KROQ, 1976-78. While attending Yale University, Kevin worked at the campus station as md and dj. After college he worked for a series of Hartford/New Haven stations.
After he left KROQ, Kevin was a voiceover talent, creative director of JAM Advertising and owned L.A. RadioWorks studio in Santa Monica. He was executive producer of "Hollywood Niteshift" radio show with Phil Austin and Frazer Smith. Kevin produced the "History of San Francisco Rock" with Raechel Donahue for KFOG-San Francisco.
In 1998, Kevin was elected to the Santa Monica City Council In late 2014, he was elected mayor of Santa Monica. He was in his fifth term on the City Council before retiring in 2021.
KNX, 1992-94. Jeff worked
news at WCCO-Minneapolis until 2010. He's now with WOR-New York.
Jeff was the highlight of a 2013 Anthony Weiner press conference! Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin spoke about Weiner's latest sexting scandal, but all the internet could discuss was McKinney's head popping up behind a cubicle on tv. McKinney is now known as "Cubicle Guy" as various websites and news outlets around the world have picked up on the trending Twitter topic #CubicleGuy...
Brian: KTWV, 2007-10. R&B sensation and multi-award winning
singer-songwriter Brian joined mornings with Pat Prescott at Smooth Jazz, KTWV, in early
2007 following the departure of Dave Koz. McKnight left in late spring 2010.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Brian was 19 when he signed his first record deal with Mercury Records, releasing his self-titled album which featured his Top 20 single One Last Cry. Over the span of more than two decades, he has sold over 30 million records worldwide.
Bob was one of the power “Big
Five” jocks at KLAC during the 1950s. His signature was a garage full of
recorded interviews that he ran, simulating a broadcast from a night club,
the "5-70 Club" (KLAC's dial position). He had every major star on disc,
talking about his or her career. An alcohol-related incident on the roof of
a Hollywood Boulevard building led to his rapid decline. After Los Angeles
radio, headed for KBAB in San Diego and, in the mid-1960s, was working
afternoon drive in Lompoc. He died in 1977 at age 63.
McLaughlin, John: KOCM, 1991. Unknown.
McLean, Hal: KFOX, 1973. Unknown.
Gordon: KADS, KOST, XTRA. The radio pioneer owned the first all-Classified
station, K-ADS, Beautiful Music with a Cable Car clang as a signature ID, put the O in KOST and XTRA was the world's first all-News
station covering Southern California. He died September 14, 1986. Not so
Gordon and Todd Storz saw an opportunity to change the prevailing thinking about radio and block programming, instituting a format of rock ‘n roll music surrounded by exciting jocks, breathless news presentation and powerful promotions. Top 40 is still a dominant force all these years later.
Before Gordon launched his flagship Top 40 station in Dallas, KLIF, the old Scotsman turned the baseball world upside down with recreations of the play-by-play action. The Liberty Broadcasting System was a U.S. radio network of the late 1940s and early 1950s founded by Gordon, which mainly broadcast live recreations of Major League Baseball games. Broadcasters were not at the ballparks, but rather followed the action via Western Union ticker reports. The idea was born in the trenches of World War II when Gordon discovered that his army buddies loved baseball so much that they were interested in not only their home games but other games. Gordon’s sound effects were very realistic, and many listeners were not aware the broadcasters were not announcing the action live.
Major League Baseball eventually put Gordon out of business by raising rights fees to untenable levels In our new world of fan-less baseball stadiums, Bill Shaikin of the LA Times remembered a time when the Dodgers did it 52 years ago. The month I spent at Gordon Texas ranch during the Magnificent Seven mentoring program in 1967, was certainly a one-of-a- kind experience. Every morning at breakfast Gordon would regale us with stories and more stories. In regards to baseball recreation broadcasts, he told us of all the delaying tactics he used when the Western Union ticker tape broke. Gordon would announce that a pesky dog has entered center field and play was stopped until they caught it. Depending on how long the ticket tape delay was, the dog chase would go on and on with umpires diving for the dog and missing. One extended ticker tape delay resulted in a rain delay of the game, while fans at the actual game were in short sleeve shirts fanning themselves in the sun.
McLeod, Reid: KWIZ. Reid retired from KWIZ in 1990 and is living in Anaheim. For the past 10 years he has traveled over 11,000 miles in his motor home, and been to Europe and Hawaii. Reid is a part-time airport limo driver for executive firms in Orange County.
McMILLAN, Bill: KRLA, 1959-66, nd; KABC, 1966; KNX, 1967. Bill was news director during the glory years of Rock KRLA and he was cited by the LA Times as announcer of the year. The paper said although KRLA was a rock and roll station, "the station covers the news like no other."
“When John F. Kennedy was assassinated, we were the only station in Los Angeles to offer 24-hour news coverage until after the funeral. I had every stringer and available newsman working around the clock. We had built a bank of actualities that back-to-back ran 7 straight hours. KRLA was the last station to revert to regular programming.”
Bill was born in California and raised in Alhambra and worked for Armed Forces radio from 1945 to 1953. “When I got out of the service I had no idea where I wanted to work so I joined an Army buddy in Erie, Pennsylvania and started my commercial radio career.”
Bill went on to KVOO-Tulsa, WKY-Oklahoma City and WHB-Kansas City before joining KRLA. “I knew Jimmie O’Neill from Oklahoma City and he helped me get the job at KRLA.” During Bill’s time at KRLA, over a four-year period he produced 200 half-hour documentaries and won a Golden Mike for a story on drug addiction.
After KNX, Bill got out of radio. “I was 40 and wanted to do something different.” His “something different” was returning to Oklahoma City and opening up an advertising agency specializing in PR and production services. Bill returned to the Southland to run a similar agency in Orange County and is active in commercial voiceovers.
McMurray, Jeff: KLOS. Jeff's career has taken him to KYYS-Kansas City, KZTR-Ventura, Palm Springs and Jackson, Wyoming. Jeff is currently the operations director for Clear Channel/Sacramento.
(Jim Melendez, Bob Madian, Patty Martinez, Chuck Martin)
|McNAMARA, Shaune: KHJ, 1977-80; KHTZ, 1980-84; KHJ, 1984-86; KRLA, 1987-90; KLSX, 1990-92; KRTH, 1992-93; KCBS, 1993-94. Shaune was music director for all the major contemporary stations over a two-decade period. In the mid-1980s she was the assistant to the publisher of R&R. Shaune is working on various projects to preserve the memory of her late husband, The Real Don Steele.|
Tara: KMLT, 2004-05. Tara worked morning drive with Paul Freeman at "Lite
92.7fm" until a format flip in late spring 2005. She is
young entertainment journalists with the website KidsPickFlicks.com, a site
where the movie critics are kids.
Tara graduated with a Journalism degree from the University of Missouri.
KUTE, 1979; KHTZ, 1979; KIIS,
1979-82; KGGI, 1981-82; KRTH, 1991.
is busy doing freelance voiceovers in Los Angeles. For nine
years, he was the voice of KNBC/Channel 4 as their signature promo voice. He also voices
network tv promos, theatrical trailers and both tv and radio commercials
nationally. Jeff is fronting a Classic Rock band, Mrs. Jones' Revenge.
Jeff, from Pasadena, decided at age 13 that he wanted "to become a dj, to have fun, entertain and rekindle the interest in foreground personality that shaped the radio I grew up with." At 15, Jeff set a goal to be a dj in L.A. by the time he was 25. He realized his dream several years ahead of schedule, starting at KUTE at 19, shortly thereafter becoming the only full time teen-aged dj in L.A.. Jeff started an internship at KRLA as music research and promotion assistant, moving to an on-air job at KIDD-Monterey in 1978. Soon he was offered a job at KACY-Oxnard. After only nine months in radio he was hired by Bill Stevens to work part-time at KUTE. He then flip-flopped back and forth with KIIS, going back to a full-time job at KUTE working evenings and middays before leaving for a brief evening stint at KHTZ and then back to KIIS for two years.
During his last nine months at KIIS, he doubled as morning man for Chris Roberts at KGGI in San Bernardino. In 1982 Jeff moved to San Francisco, hired by NBC to work afternoon drive at KYUU where he remained until 1988. After leaving KYUU, Jeff started his own production company while working at KKIS-Concord. In 1990, Jeff moved his family to San Diego and built a larger customer base for his production company. After "less than memorable" stints with "Y95," KCBQ, KFMB and KEGL-San Diego, Jeff left radio to focus entirely on his business with successful results. Today, he serves hundreds of clients in 45 states, works from a studio in his San Diego home and enjoys an active freelance voiceover career.
McNeal, Pete: KHJ, 1970-72. Charlie Van Dyke replaced Pete, who was sent to KYNO-Fresno. When he left KYNO, he left radio.
KJLH, 1984-2022. Lon
works early afternoon at
Lon McQ caught the radio bug after returning from a tour of duty in Vietnam, serving in the United States Marine Corps. He did internships in 1976 at KGFJ and KUTE. Afterward, he was then hired full time in 1979 at KLOM-Lompoc, and later across town at KRQK. In 1980, he was hired at the NFL Hall of Fame's Willie Davis' broadcast facility, KACE. Lon did overnights, served as production and imaging director, and later moved up to morning drive where he and Russ Parr worked together.
In 1984, Lon moved on to Stevie Wonder's KJLH and for the next 30 years has been a main fixture, doing mornings, middays, afternoon and evening drive. In 1993, Lon was promoted to operations manager while still maintaining a 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. air shift to present. Most recently, Lon launched a Smooth Jazz Internet radio station, McQsJazz.com.
KDAY, 1958-60; XTRA,
1961-66; KFWB, 1967-72.
“In 1960 I established the Broadcast Journalism Company and put together
the first all-News station in Southern California for Gordon
McLendon. XTRA news debuted May 6, 1961.”
Earl grew up in Wisconsin and while attending the University of Wisconsin, World War II came along and Earl joined the Marine Corps. After the war he worked on his family farm until he realized that he could never make a living farming. Earl went to a broadcast school in Minneapolis and started his radio career in Ely, Minnesota. “I made 30 dollars a week. I worked seven days a week, which was no problem because there was nothing else to do in town. When the temperature hit 51 degrees below zero one day, I moved on.” By 1953 he was pd of KCBQ-San Diego. In 1958 Earl initiated “formulated radio” at KDAY. At KFWB Earl was the military affairs director for Westinghouse Stations. In 1973 he bought a station in Boise and turned it into the 15th all-News operation in the country. In the late 1970s Earl was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and he returned to San Diego. “I was in a state of denial about my MS, but once I accepted it, I lived life the best I could. It never stopped my spirit.”
John was a popular all-night dj at KMPC.
John was working as a young radio announcer and salesman at Yonkers Department Store when he met his wife in Iowa in the late 40s. They married moved to Tucson, where John attended the University of Arizona and then to Southern California where John worked for KMPC. They had four children.
John eventually went into politics serving on the city council of
John passed away in the 1970s.
McVay, Mike: KTNQ, 1978. Mike
was head of programming for Cumulus Media until the spring of 2019.
McWhirter, Robert: KBLA, 1967. Unknown.
Means, Michael: KIKF, 1985-95; KLOS, 1995-97; KABC/KTZN, 1997-2001. Michael was part of Angels baseball corporate sales. He retired in 2017.
Means, Pat: KACE. Since leaving the public affairs show, "The Turning Point," she has returned to publishing her magazine of the same name.
Medina, Enrique Gonzalez: KUSC, 1992-98; KCSN, 1998-2001. Enrique is a composer and is writing an opera. He lives in Sierra Madre.
Medina, Joe: KGIL, 1978-82; KABC, 1982-91. Joe died June 17, 2002. He was 50.
Medina, Oz: KQLZ, 1993; KROQ, 1993; KACD, 1999. Oz briefly worked evenings at KACD.
Michael: KRLA, 2007-17. Michael's syndicated show aired on 870AM/KRLA in afternoons
and is now on the Cable Digital Network.
Born in Philadelphia, Michael attended public schools in San Diego and Los Angeles before starting Yale at age 16 as a National Merit Scholar. He majored in American History and graduated with honors, before attending Yale Law School, where his classmates included Bill and Hillary Clinton.
After several years as a campaign speechwriter and political consultant, Michael wrote his first bestseller at age 26—What Really Happened to the Class of '65, which was a skeptical reconsideration of the “counterculture” of the 1960s that became a weekly tv series on NBC. He wrote another dozen books. Michael’s columns on politics and media appear frequently in USA Today, where he is a member of the Board of Contributors.
His work as a film critic, based on short-lived experience as a Hollywood screen writer, featured positions at CNN (1980-84), Great Britain’s Channel 4 Network (1984), and PBS (1985-96) where he served as co-host of the popular weekly show Sneak Previews. He was also Chief Film Critic of the New York Post for five years before launching his daily radio show in 1996.
Medriano, Joel: KEZY, 1985-95. Unknown.
KEZY, 1968-70; KRLA, 1970-71; KEZY, 1975-76. Jim, a veteran of
Orange County radio, died October 8, 2016, of prostate cancer. He was
Born in Beloit, Kansas, Jim grew up in the Midwest, attended Washburn University for pre-law, and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for engineering.
In Jim’s early broadcasting career he worked for Don Burden at KISN-Portland, Bill Drake at KGB-San Diego, Sam Holman at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, Bill Weaver at KWIZ, Arnie McClatchey at KEZY and Johnny Darin at KRLA.
Jim remembers his broadcasting career highlights: “I was the emcee for the Portland, Oregon, Beatles concert in 1965, the announcer introducing the Steve Miller Band Live on CD (LP) at the Pasadena Civic and the emcee for the Carpenters, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Donny Osmond concerts at the Anaheim Stadium.” Jim continued, describing his favorite on-air contest highlight: “Giving away a real live horse at KEZY on my afternoon drive show for the song A Horse With No Name from the group America. The name selected for the horse was Amerage, and the winning contestant won the horse!”
He was especially proud of his involvement in the KEZY March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. “Mark Denis produced some of the most outstanding promos for this event that I had ever heard on radio, built around the theme of ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love.’ It was very moving and very successful!” Jim was also owner of Studio West syndicated programming in Newport Beach (1977-80); manager of KONG AM/FM-Visalia (1980-81); manager of KSNN-Merced (1981-83); manager of KXA- Seattle (1983-84); chief engineer of KSAN-FM/KNEW- San Francisco (1985-86) and director of engineering for Crista Broadcasting (1987-88). Since 1988 until his passing, Jim was the owner of a residential appraisal company, Northwest Home Appraisals, in Kirkland, Washington. (Photo: Jim with Sonny & Cher)
Brooks: KMPC, 2002. Brooks hosted a popular sports Web site,
SportsByBrooks.com. Brooks reports sports on Twitter.
Melendez, "Slim" Jim: KYMS, 1989-95. Jim does fill-in at KOLA.
Kiki: KRLA, 1996-97; KACD, 1997-98.
Kiki hosted mornings at KRLA for seven days before returning to late
evening after a program director change.
Born Christian Melendez in New York she was nicknamed Kiki by her grandmother. Her first experience with radio was at age 3 when Kiki won first prize in a local station promotion. As a child the family relocated to North Miami Beach and Kiki graduated from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton with a major in psychology and a minor in communication. After college she studied to become an actress at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute and the Herbert Berghoff Studios. She appeared in many off-Broadway productions and her television credits include Miami Vice, Naked Truth and Jeff Foxworthy Show.
Prior to arriving in the Southland she worked the morning show on WNWK-New York. "KRLA was preparing me for the morning show. Management changed and I was back on late night." Kiki left KRLA in early 1997. She is philosophical about her next step. "I always told my friends I wanted to be on radio because I've got so much love to give, God will take care of the rest. Just like I told our audience every night, take a leap of faith." In the fall of 1997 Kiki joined Pete Lorimer for mornings at “Groove Radio.” She left KACD in early 1998 and went on to host Desde de Hollywood on Spanish tv.
Kiki is a 2015 Latina of Influence named by Hispanic Lifestyle. She was recognized for her entrepreneurial spirit and commitment to unite all humanity through laughter. She is an actress, writer, producer, host and creator of Kiki Melendez’ Hot Tamales Live!
Melendrez, Sonny: KIIS, 1972-73; KMPC, 1973-80; KFI, 1981; KRLA, 1983; KMGG, 1984-85. Sonny works at KAHL-San Antonio.
MELLEN, Johnny: KNOB, 1954-57; KGLA, 1957-60; KLFM, 1961-63; KEZY, 1963. Johnpassed away July 30, 2014, in a swimming pool incident at his home in Honolulu. He was 79.
“I was drafted the day before Elvis,” John remembered when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People in 1992. “He got to go to Europe. I got to go to Eniwetok.” Johnny worked at Armed Forces Radio in the late 1950s and when he was discharged, he programmed KLFM (later became KNAC) in Long Beach. He sold time at KEZY until the station was sold for $950,000 in 1963.
John reflected: “Even after thirty five years I still miss those good old days of starving, being unemployed, ownership changes, and management changes. Oh, do I miss it.”
“I lost track of him in 1962 and had no contact with him until 1999,” emailed Paul Hill. “He hunted me down through LARadio. We've been visiting via phone and email regularly ever since. During the first part of that 37 year period, John was in a managerial/sales position with Pier One Imports, traveling the country with the responsibility of opening stores in new locations, which included much media contact. Later he was Catering Sales Manager for the Sundial Restaurant in Atlanta.
Paul does not know when Mellen moved to Hawaii, but probably in the late 70s. “John lent his voice and personality as a volunteer at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. He was also a tour guide and announcer for various activities, including the shuttle boats carrying visitors to the Arizona exhibit,” Paul continued. “John also worked as a volunteer with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Organization and was granted an honorary membership. He also had a display stand at the U.S.S. Bowfin Museum selling patches, pins and other patriotic items.”
Hill said that John had suffered a stroke about a year-and-a-half ago and had recovered by about 80% to 90%. “In talking with a lady that is a longtime employee at the Bowfin Museum who gave me known details of his passing, she mentioned he was a bit unsteady on his feet, had balance problems at times and walked with a cane.”
John lived alone, apparently lost his balance and fell into his pool, where he was found by a neighbor. “The neighbor came to investigate John's dog who had been barking for several hours. It is believed this happened on July 30 and has been deemed accidental,” concluded Hill.
Melton, Brad: KFOX, 1965-71; KREL, 1971-74; KBBQ, 1972. Last heard, Brad returned to his home state, Texas.
Melton, Jeff: KEZY, 1987. Jeff has an active voiceover career. He's based in Lantana, Florida.
Alan worked at
KCAL/Channel 9 as the money reporter until the fall of 2006. He was the business reporter at
Born in New York City on April 7, 1952, Alan started in radio at age 14 on WRRC-Spring Valley, New York. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1973. Alan has been in the Southland since 1987. “I married for the second time. I have two from a previous marriage and she has two from a previous marriage. We know better than to have any more.”
Alan now lives in Las Vegas.
Mendelson, Barry: KFI, 1973. Barry co-hosted
"Sports Phone" with Jerry Bishop prior to Dodger
Mendoza, Mark: KKHR, 1984; KUTE; KMGG; KQLZ, 1989-92; KIIS, 1993-94; KLOS, 1996-97. Mark broadcasts on the Internet, KNAC "Live on the Net."
KFI, 1999-2002. Chaim Mentz worked weekends at all-Talk, KFI.
"Without using the Bible, I had to find a place within me to connect
with people on all levels, regardless of religion. That made me become a
better person because it gave me an opportunity to do my teaching in a
whole new venue to speak on family values, morals and world politics."
Rabbi Mentz is anxious to return to radio. "In the meantime, I enjoy the appearances and opportunity to commentate on Fox News Cable and MSNBC. Who knows, I wouldn't mind having my own show on one of those networks; I had the top radio weekend show (4.5 rating) in LA and I know people want to hear what I have to say."
MERCER, Gary: KSRF; KALI, 1985-2000; KMNY, 1999-2000. Gary, former gm at KALI back in ‘90s, discovered his love for radio in Iceland, of all places. He quit college to join the Air Force and he became part of Armed Forces Radio in Iceland. During an impressive career that took him through Tampa, Syracuse and Schedtady, he taught at the old Columbia School of Broadcasting for five years.
Even though Gary is out of the radio business at the moment he likes to stay current by reading LARadio.com: “I was telling a friend back east recently about the ‘Pirate Radio’ exercise here in 1989,” recalled Gary. “Scott Shannon and crew tried to make a success of it. Unfortunately, L.A. was not ready for the concept and it failed but I loved it. Never forgot the on-air logo they used at the time: ‘IF YOU'RE NOT CRANKIN' IT, YA MUST BE YANKIN' IT.’ Brilliant and I wondered why the FCC never got wise to that.”
one stage in Gary’s career he worked at KSRF-Santa Monica and was eventually
paired with Raechel Donahue, the widow of legendary Tom
Donahue. “She was a sweet lady and I always thought she had the
greatest female voice in all of radio and wondered whatever happened to her.”
Gary hosted a morning drive Adult Standards format at Multicultural's KMNY.
Mercer, Michelle: KPWR, 1993-98. Michelle left "Power 106" in the spring of 1998.
KLAC, 1959-71; KGIL,
1971-83. Jim, former gm at KGIL, died October 9, 2004, at the age of 75.
Jim was one of the true characters in LA radio. He had heart disease and
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease), according to his daughter
Mary. “When his wife of 40 years died, he was heartbroken. She was his
Jim joined KLAC as a salesman in 1959. When Jack Kent Cooke bought the LA Lakers in 1965, KLAC became the "flagship" station and Jim sold the entire 81-game broadcast package to one sponsor, Sears-Roebuck. He broke new ground since Sears had traditionally been only a print advertiser and the package brought a half-million dollars of additional revenue to KLAC. Jim became gsm in 1969 and worked for eight gms at KLAC over 12 years. The inside joke, according to Jim: "The boss wants to see you." Reply: "Oh ya, who is he?"
Jim went on to KGIL as general manager from 1971-83 and originated the "Ballads, Blues and Big Bands, Too" music format. Later in his career Jim and Ray Stanfield (former gm at KGBS) owned a radio brokerage firm.
Born on June 10, 1929, in Bloomington, Wisconsin, he grew up in nearby Fennimore. Jim was the class president at the University of Iowa. "Where else but in Los Angeles could a small town guy from Fennimore, Wisconsin [pop. 2,222 wonderful people and 4,444 friendly dairy cows] have had breakfast with Duke Ellington, lunch with Arthur Godfrey, brunch with Jack Benny and dinner with Woody Herman and Count Basie?” Jim asked rhetorically when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
Jim was called “Papa Jim” at home to his six
children and eleven grandchildren. He worked with some of the giants in L.A.
radio. He remembered: “For controversy and knowledge, Joe Pyne;
for pure creative talent, Al Lohman and Roger Barkley; for
pain-in-the ass genius, “Sweet Dick” Whittington, my friend for
over 40 years.”
Meris, Alan: KLSX, 1994. Unknown.
Merkelson, Lew: KJOI, 1973-74. Unknown.
Merrifield, Bob: KGRB. Bob is living in a nursing home in Glendale.
Merrill, Adrienne: KHTZ, 1985-86; KGIL/KMGX, 1989-90. Adrienne did a series of ads for the Republican party and 2002 senate race in Missouri.
MERTZ, Ed: KFWB, 2000-09; KNX, 2009-16. Ed was a news anchor at KFWB. When KFWB flipped format in the early fall of 2009, Ed moved over to sister station, KNX. He left KNX in late 2016.
Ed arrived in the Southland to work at the all-News station from news jobs in Oklahoma City, Florida, Arkansas and Arizona. Ed was born in Port Huron, Michigan and grew up in Los Angeles. He graduated from USC.
"I enjoy radio because of the immediacy and it's fun to talk and describe events, especially as they unfold."
Carl: KRLA 1962-67; KABC, 1967. The newsman passed away July 27, 1988 in San
Diego, from cancer, at the age of 68.
"My father actually started in California as a radio script writer for a top local ad agency after the war," wrote his son Mike. "He did 'Bill Mesmer' presents in Mexico for Channel 6 before going to KFMB to be one of the first tv newsmen. In the 1950's I grew up around Raquel Welch, who was a weather girl when I was a little kid. He left KFMB and went to KRLA, then to KABC as the National News Director. I remember him driving a 1964 1/2 6 cyl Mustang as a KABC newscar and going to the Tate-La Bianca murders in 1969. My dad led a wild career. I remember going to the old Brown Derby, hanging out with the stars in the 1960's, like Elizabeth Taylor. I fell asleep in her lap for the opening of Cleopatra."
After 16 years, Brad retired from
all-Talk KTSA-San Antonio in the summer of 2007
after 47 years on the air.
stage kids go through where they keep asking ‘why this and
why that?’ Well, I never grew out of that stage – and it got
me the best job in the world,” Brad said when interviewed
for Los Angeles Radio People.
Meyer, Dave: KBCA, 1978-80; KOST, 1980;
KJOI, 1980; KBIG, 1980-83; KZLA, 1983-89; KKGO/KKJZ, 1980-90;
KLIT/KMPC, 1992-94. Dave is a free-lance voiceover talent
living in Santa Barbara. Dave has brought a local voice to All Things
Considered and Marketplace for more than a decade. He grew up in
Santa Barbara, and has spent more than four decades as a radio announcer,
newscaster, and sportscaster at iconic local stations like KTMS.
Meyer, Karl: KDLD/KDLE, 2005. In early 2004, Karl was made gm/president of the Entravision cluster in Los Angeles.
Meyers, Jack: KABC, 1960-80. For a time, Jack was program director of the Talk station. In the early 1980s Jack was involved in a serious automobile accident. Some time after the accident he died suddenly.
Myers, Joel: KMPC,
1983-87; KLAC, 2003-05.
Joel became the LA Lakers tv announcer after two seasons doing the radio
broadcasts. He left the Lakers broadcast team following the 2011 season.
Mica, Tina: KSWD, 2013-17. Tina hosted a public affairs show at 100.3/The Sound and did fill-in until the station was sold and there was a format flip to Christian music.
John: KROQ, 2003-11; KAMP, 2011-18. John was the apd at AMP Radio. He left
the Entercom (now Audacy) cluster after 16 years in early summer of 2018. In
early summer of 2021, John joined Custom Channels, a leading streaming
music provider to thousands of businesses in the U.S. and Canada.
Michael began his radio career at WUMS while attending Ole Miss. Other stops were at WZRH-New Orleans, WRXQ-Memphis and KFMA-Tucson. In 2003, John was programming now defunct CBS Radio Alternative WAQZ-Cincinnati when he got the call to join KROQ as an on-air talent and music coordinator. John now owns Podcave, a podcast hostng and production tool company.
“All good things must come to an end, right?” This is John's story of leaving radio for podcasting:
"Newspapers, recorded music, television, and film were all disrupted at roughly the same time, but radio was able to hang in there a little bit longer. This made denying the inevitable all too easy. We told ourselves we were a special medium that people just couldn’t live without. We’re (seemingly) live. We’re local. It’s free. Satellite radio didn’t kill us. Internet radio didn’t kill us. Believe me, I wish people used radio the way they did 20 years ago. I had a blast. Radio folks still try to defend radio’s relevance, just as I did. Some will spew facts such as “92% of Americans consume radio each day!!” But that, of course, depends on your definition of consumption. Podcasting has exploded in the past five years and it’s a revelation. Storytelling, conversation, humor, and opinion are all subjective. Great for podcasts, bad for radio.
KMLT, 1994-97; KHAY/KKSB/KBBY/KFYV, 1997-2007. Justin worked afternoon drive
at KRAZ-Santa Barbara. He's now executive producer, of The Big Time with
Whitney Allen and The Big Time Saturday Night.
Born in Simi Valley, he graduated from Newbury Park High School in 1999. “I have worked in radio since 1994 starting out by interning for “Sweet Dick” Whittington at KNJO,” emailed Justin. “From there, I began board oping remote broadcasts, high school football games and Los Angeles Clippers games for KNJO. At KNJO, I also answered phones for ‘Tradio Radio’ with Harvey Kern, a radio garage sale.
When KNJO changed call letters and became a trimulcast, I produced ‘Lifestyles with Mark Taylor & Guy Davis,’ which was a weekly 1-hour talk show about cigars. We had guests like Ed McMahon and Jim Belushi on the show (trimulcast: KMLT-Thousand Oaks, KLIT-Avalon, KELT-Riverside 92.7). At KHAY-Ventura, he hosted his own request show for about two years. In the summer of 2000, he was on the air as "Dante" on Santa Barbara's KKSB (“HITS 106.3”), and as “Jeff Ryder” at KBBY/B-95.
KLAC, 1967. Since 1976, Al has
been part of ABC's Monday Night Football. In 2013, he was inducted
into the television Hall of Fame. He hosted the live daytime coverage of the
2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics on NBC. In 1988, Al famously asked from
Lake Placid, New York when he asked a worldwide audience, ‘Do you
believe in miracles?’ as the U.S. hockey team upset the widely-favored
Al was Chick Hearn's first broadcast partner for the LA Lakers. According to Larry Stewart, formerly with the LA Times, he was originally hired to be the Kings’ commentator with Jiggs McDonald but Al was switched over to the Lakers. He didn’t last long. “Chick really didn't want a commentator.” A baseball and football player at Hamilton High School, he majored in radio and tv and minored in journalism at Arizona State University. In 1968 Al began broadcasting games of the Hawaii Islanders in the Pacific Coast League. He also called football and basketball play-by-play for the University of Hawaii Rainbows. He is regarded as one of the best baseball announcers of all time and was ABC’s lead play-by-play announcer during the network’s coverage of Major League Baseball. He was inducted into the National Sports Association Hall of Fame in 1998.
Al was born in Brooklyn, where he grew up as a Dodger fan. When the Dodgers left New York, coincidentally Al’s family did too, and settled in Los Angeles. A baseball and football player at L.A.’s Hamilton High School, Michaels decided before college that he would like to remain in sports as a broadcaster. His minor league baseball career did not last long. He went to Cincinnati in 1971, when at 26 years old he became the number one broadcaster for the Reds, then covered the 1972 World Series for NBC Radio and Television. By 1974, Al Michaels was the number 1 sportscaster for the San Francisco Giants on KSFO Radio and KTVU/TV, a position he held until signing on with ABC Sports in January of 1977.
KFI, 1985; KBIG, 1999. Since 2014,
Bill has been the program director and afternoon drive personality at
95.1 KBBY-Ventura. He attended school at Grossmont College in El Cajon
and San Diego State University, majoring in telecommunications.
Bill worked in his native San Diego radio before arriving in the Southland. Beginning in 1977, he worked at San Diego stations KDEO, KOZN, KSON, KOGO and KPRI. In 1984, Dex Allen hired Bill as program director and afternoon drive personality at KMEN-AM in San Bernardino. After a couple of years, Bill moved to the Transtar Radio Networks in Hollywood, which later become the Westwood One Radio Networks. There he became the national program director and midday personality for “The Oldies Channel” format, later adding pd duties at “Bright AC” and “The 70’s” formats. He left WW1 in early 1998, where he had worked for a dozen years and became the afternoon driver at KBIG. His next step was the iconic K-101 in San Francisco, working afternoons.
In 2000, Bill was the production director of Comedy World. From there he went on to program KRUZ/fm in Santa Barbara for Cumulus, and JILL/fm (KJLL/KHJL/KAJL) in Thousand Oaks and Orange County. During his radio journey, Bill has always had a voiceover and commercial production company, Bill Michaels Productions.
Michaels, Billy: KIKF, 1997-98; KPLS, 1998-2002. Billy worked in
production at KPLS.
Michaels, Blair: KIIS, 1992-93. Blair hosted "After MidNite Show" (10 years) under the name Blair Garner.
Michaels, Dana: KIIS, 1975; KIQQ, 1975-76; KGOE, 1975-76. Since 1995, Dana has been working in media relations at the California Department of Fish and Game.
MICHAELS, Dave: KEZY, 1974; KDAY, 1974 and 1977-82; KUTE, 1983-84; KLAC, 1983-84; KRTH, 1986-88; KIQQ, 1988-89; KIIS, 1989. Dave Michaels, veteran in the 70s and 80s, died April 20, 2011, after a lengthy battle with cancer. Most recently he was program director for Citadel Media’s Classic Hits format. He was 60.
“He was a career radio man who didn’t know how to stop being one,” said Louis Adams, director of communications for Citadel Media in Dallas. “Even after he left the building he was still working on playlists.”
Michaels joined ABC Radio Networks in 2000 as the pd and midday personality for then Oldies Radio. Under his meticulous guidance and leadership, the format evolved into Classic Hits and continued to grow in popularity. Classic Hits remains one of the most successful of Citadel Media’s eight 24-hour formats, according to Adams.
“Dave Michaels was a consummate broadcaster and wonderful friend to everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him,” said John Rosso, president of Citadel Media. “For more than four decades, his vibrant personality shined through as he graced the microphones of local stations across the country and entertained millions of music listeners. His charming wit and presence will be tremendously missed both in our hallways and on the air.”
“The playlist in heaven just went up a few notches,”
Michaels, David: KACE/KEAV, 1992-93. David is with Cox radio in Louisville.
Michaels, Dennis: KLOS; KBET. Dennis owns and operates KZRO/Z100 in Mt. Shasta, CA
Ford: KWVE, 1983-84; KIKF, 1985-86;
KXEZ, 1989. Ford worked overnights at the Orange County
He was born Clifford Michael Mullins, on June 5, 1952, in Boston. His first on-air gig was reading morning Bible quotes on Plough's WCOP-Boston in 1965. “After my voice changed, I worked on Boston College’s 1,000 watter from 1974-78.” Ford earned a B.A. in psychology in 1976 and moved to the Southland two years later. “In 1978 I walked into KROQ, looked around, talked with Darrell Wayne a while and thought ‘this place’ll never last.’
Embarrassed and humbled by 1980, I moved back to Greenfield, Massachusetts, as production director at WPOE, followed by middays on WKZE-Cape Cod. In 1982, I moved back to the Southland to stay.” Beginning in 1982, Ford worked at KWRM/KQLH-Inland Empire. “This station was a bleak hovel nestled in the intersection of the 91 & 15. I moved to Tustin when Rhonda Kramer invited me to commute to her LA Network traffic studio for a few afternoon drive months mid-1983.” Ford joined KWVE-San Clemente as the morning man and ops manager. When he left the Southland he joined KPLM-Palm Springs as morning man/pd.
“When I met Elliott Field in Palm Springs, I asked him what he was at ‘WB [you know, as in what shift]? Without missing a beat he said, in all honesty and modesty: ‘I was a Star.’ Fifteen years later I’m honored he still calls me ‘FM.’ In late 1989, my wife and I started saving for a house. I’d get off the air in the desert Saturday morning, drive to 98.7, KXEZ-Burbank for noon - 6 p.m., then to old town San Diego for Sunday 6 a.m - noon on KJQY, then back to the desert for 5 a.m. Monday. After 13 weeks of that, our savings account had actually lost money and my wife was wondering if I’d please consider going back to just overnights. In 1990, I made Al Lohman my morning partner. No question, we made it Al’s station.” From 1992 to late 2000, Ford was a Volunteer Firefighter/EMT with Riverside County Fire. “I started doing it as a way to stay out of trouble when I got off the air every day, but soon found that I loved doing it. He lives in Coachella Valley.
Michaels, Jay: KABC, 2002. Jay broadcasted news on KABC.
Michaels, Lee: KDAY; KJLH, 1994-95. Lee is the network pd of Syndication One.
MICHAELS, Pat: KWIZ, 1952-56; KFOX, 1956-57; KLAC, 1957-58; KFWB, 1958-59; KABC, 1960-61; KWIZ, 1971-81; KQLH/KWRM, 1981-88. Pat was a veteran of a half dozen Southland stations.
Pat was wounded in combat before his 17th birthday. While hospitalized in Australia he studied journalism and when discharged, Pat became a newswriter at KNX. At age 18 he was assigned as the youngest civilian war correspondent of WW2. He covered action until he was wounded again at Iwo Jima. Pat covered Israel's war for independence and then the Korean War until shot down in a helicopter and sent back to the States.
He then became the first tv news anchorman for WDSU/AM/FM/TV in New Orleans where he achieved the highest ratings ever recorded for tv news with a whopping 52.1. He returned home to California as news director of KWIZ AM/FM, and began what became the City News Service. He worked in news at several Los Angeles radio stations before moving to KTLA, where he gained fame as an investigative reporter.
Pat moved to KABC radio and then to ABC in San Francisco, as an investigative reporter for KGO/TV and talk show host on KGO radio. His talk show became number one in the Bay Area for three years, but Pat finally returned to the Southland to KWIZ in 1971 as nd, pd and then gm of the troubled stations.
Within a year the stations were showing a profit and were #1 in the market. In 1981, he left KWIZ and purchased an interest in KWRM-Riverside/Corona and KQLH (now KFRG) San Bernardino. The stations were at the very bottom in income and ratings but within 18 months he had helped KQLH become the number one Arbitron-rated station in the Inland Empire. It stayed in top position until a disagreement among partners caused Michaels to leave in 1988. Michaels formed a video production company in 1989, which produced national radio and tv commercials.
On news assignments, his company had been employed by Good Morning America (ABC). Oprah Winfrey/Harpo Productions, Wall Street Journal Television Report and others. Pat had won numerous awards and served on the Board of Directors of both the NAB and the California Broadcasters Association. He published over 300 articles in national magazines, such as Life, Reader's Digest and others, had authored three books and wrote hundreds of columns for newspapers across the country. Pat wrote a weekend column for the Orange County Register and another for The Desert Sun in Palm Springs.
He died August 23, 2010, at the age of 84.
Michelle: KAMP, 2010-18. Michelle Boros is now working in Dallas.
KLOS, 1984-94; KFI,
1995-96; KLSX, 1977; KLOS, 1999-2003. Gene worked early evenings at KLOS until the Fall
of 2003. He has an Internet program.
Geno joined the "home of rock 'n' roll" in the fall of 1984 from KMEL-San Francisco where he was md. He hosted "Power Cuts" on the Global Satellite Network.
In the February 1986 issue of Playgirl magazine, Geno was voted one of America's Favorite DJs. A popular feature on his afternoon drive show was "5 O'Clock Funnies." Geno parted company with KLOS in October of 1994 after a decade with the station. In the summer of 1995, he started a Sunday morning talk show on KFI. He told the OC Register, "I'm trying to develop some hard news skills. So far, it's gone extremely well." Geno left in the late spring of 1996. KFI's pd described the reason for Geno's leaving: "He doesn't fit KFI. We're like KOST and he's Led Zeppelin."
In the summer of 1996 Geno joined KCAL-Riverside for mornings. In early 1999, he returned to afternoon drive at KLOS.
Mickie & Teddy: KGBS, 1973. Majorie "Mickie" Silverstein, a Peabody Award winner for investigative reporting, died March 15, 2003. She was 72.
KPPC, 1970-71; KMET, 1972. Ron
worked on-air as Ron Inor.
Ron was part of the “underground” movement in Southern California.
Born in Minnesota, he grew up in San Diego and studied broadcasting at San Diego State. Ron was pd at KPRI-San Diego before joining KPPC. In 1970 he transferred to Metromedia’s KSAN-San Francisco and worked there three times. “I was at KSAN under Thom O’Hair, Bonnie Simmons and Tom Donahue.” He joined music promotion at Stax and Elektra Records until the early 1980s. He spent many years as an audio engineer at KRON/TV-San Francisco.
Ron is now the chief engineer for the KONG radio group, a cluster of 5 radio stations on Kauai.
KPOL, 1974-78. Burr has an
active voiceover career and owns a production company.
He was born on February 14, 1941 in Los Angeles, as Burmon Middleton Hoyle. Burr is an actor and assistant director, known for Hunter's Blood, The Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam and Latitude Zero.
Mikki: KNAC, 1992-95. SEE Michelle Parisi.
Miles, Bob: KBBQ, 1972; KKDJ, 1972-73. Unknown.
KAGB/KACE, 1975-86. Alonzo co-wrote Rick James' Super Freak.
Alonzo spent eight-and-a-half years at KACE, working morning drive, pd and md . He briefly went to MCA Records as a consultant and in 1985 he returned to radio as pd of KACE. A year later, Alonzo was back at MCA as the director of black music.
In recent years he has been a writer for Dancing with the Stars, Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and The Simpsons. (Photo: Alonzo pictured with Teena Marie)
Miller, Arlin: KIEV, 1972; KBBQ; KEZY, XPRS;
KWOW; KGIL. Arlin is a voiceover coach in Hollywood. He is
also heard voicing commercials for movies.
Miller, Bob: KPCC, 1984. Bob was the former general manager at the Pasadena City College station. Unknown.
Bob: Bob is to the LA Kings hockey what Chick Hearn was to the LA Lakers and
Vin Scully is to the Dodgers. Bob has voiced over 2,500 Kings games. In
early 2015 he was presented with a Lifetime Achivement Award from the Radio
& Television News Association of Southern California. He's now retired.
be easy to recite all of the incredible stats about Bob Miller.
The longtime play-by-play broadcaster announced his retirement from the
LA Kings broadcast booth on Thursday. But just recalling the numbers -
would be missing the real story. Tom Hoffarth of the Orange County
Register succinctly put it this way: “… 44 years and more than
3,300 games with the Kings, 50-plus years doing sports radio and tv, a
Hockey Hall of Fame induction in 2000, a star on the Hollywood Walk of
Fame in 2006 or having his name on the Staples center press box – Miller
has already given Southern California hockey fans a lifetime
In 2016, Bob had four-way bypass surgery, which required a major adjustment with diet changes, daily workouts and lotsa doctor appointments. A minor stroke in January during the NHL All-Star weekend necessitated a stent to help with a blocked carotid artery. In a KLAC interview with Fred Roggin and Rodney Peete, Miller said: “Doctors have told me to slow down, but you know, there’s really no slowing down in this job. When they drop the puck, you’re going. You’re either doing it right with some energy, or if you’re not, it’s very noticeable to the fans. What’s wrong? Why isn’t he into this game?”
I never felt that Bob Miller’s heart was hockey-proof. I also have never met anyone who had a negative word about Miller. Consistently and effusively they say he is the nicest guy in the world. My dear friend Dan Avey used to tell stories about Bob and the experiences they had while calling the Kings action. The stories were always fun, while never making fun of anyone, especially at their expense. Even though Bob and I have not spent much time together, when I announced that I was retiring from full-time attention to LARadio.com, he inquired if I would be interested in being the executive director of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. I can’t begin to tell you how thrilled I was to receive his call. We had some great conversations.
May Bob Miller’s heart last long in retirement. Helene Elliott of the LA Times said it well: “This is the end of an incomparable era for Los Angeles sports fans, the last pillar removed from the broadcast trinity of Vin Scully, Chick Hearn and Miller. (And) it was Hearn who recommended Miller for the Kings’ broadcast job.”
Miller, Bruce Phillip: KWIZ, 1973-75; KKDJ, 1975; KIIS, 1975-80. Bruce co-founded the now-defunct Los Angeles Broadcasters School with Earl Trout III.
KABC, 2015. Dennis began a syndicated show in March 2007
that was carried on Salem's KRLA. He was briefly on KABC until his
syndication deal was canceled in 2015.
When he started at KRLA, Dennis Miller thought radio was easy. “It’s the same stuff I would sit and talk about over breakfast with friends at Jerry’s Famous Deli,” said Dennis, during an interview with KLAC’s Dan Patrick. “It’s almost about the same length once you start cutting those hours down. You have around an hour and five minutes to talk [in a three hour show] after the commercials and news.” Patrick asked Miller if he was funnier as a Republican or a Democrat. “I’ve always been a pragmatist,” responded Miller. “I only changed on one thing – that’s the war. I want the guy who is most prone to kill the bad guys. If somebody wants to blow the wedding up to make a political statement, I want our guys to go kill their group first.”
In early 2018, Dennis started a one-minute feature, syndicated through Westwood One.
MILLER, Gary: KSPN, 2005-06. Gary worked middays with D'Marco Farr at the L.A. ESPN station until November 2006. He was a sports anchor at CBS jointly owned KCBS/Channel 2 and KCAL/Channel 9 until early 2017. In the summer of 2017, he joined Cincinnati's local CBS station WKRC as weeknight sports anchor.
He joined KSPN after 15 years with ESPN: 8 years in studio with Sports Center and Baseball Tonight, three years with Up Close and four years calling Major League baseball.
For 10 of his fifteen years with ESPN, Gary was based at the home operation in Bristol, Connecticut. In 2000 he moved to California where the company put him up in an apartment in Santa Monica, near the pier. He met a manager of clubs and proposed in the Rose Garden on the pier. “It will always be a beautiful spot overlooking the ocean.”
A faith-based belief influenced the content of their sports talk show. “A spiritual belief is everything,” said Gary. “It has made me want to be an alternative voice to what’s going on a lot in the media, whether it’s the commercials, program content, the things you talk about, sexual talk or the people we celebrate. That’s the way it comes into my job of saying we don’t have to go in the gutter. It’s also the way we treat people. Sometimes other sports talk hosts tear people down or going into the negative.’”
Jay: KGRB/KBOB, 1968-69; KREL, 1969-71; KEZY, 1971-73. Jay passed away in the
mid-1980s in El Paso.
Miller, Jeff: KSBR, 1992. Jeff was the 'weather kid' who also aired news features and teenage celebrity interviews. He went on to Dallas and became an entertainment critic.
Jennifer: KUSC, 2018-22. Jennifer was
appointed the new KUSC Morning Show Host in
November 2019. “If you’re up early, you’re already familiar with
Jennifer as host of California Classical All-Night,” according to KUSC’s
Senior Content Director, John
KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98. Ken, a member of the advisory
committee for National Baseball Radio Network, died July 14, 2014, at the
age of 83.
Born in Chicago on October 12, 1931, Ken moved to L.A in 1934. He served in the US Air Force before embarking on a five decades long career in radio broadcasting.
Ken became gm of KMPC and in 1983 segued to director of sports marketing. In managing the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anaheim Angels radio package, he was responsible for all Dodgers and Angeles sales activities, and merchandising.
Ken was the former senior vp of the Western Region of Blair Radio.
During his 37-year career, Ken had sales responsibilities for the Angels, L.A. Rams, UCLA football and basketball, as well as the Dodgers. He was a member of the advisory committee for National Baseball Radio Network. In the summer of 1997 he moved to “XTRA 1150 Sports.”
Miller, Larry: KLOS, 1971-72. In 1999 he retired from on-air work and is now teaching at Massachusetts Communications College in Boston.
KQLZ, 1991-93; KLOS, 1997-2002. Mark
was a utility air personality during the last couple of years of "Pirate
Radio" and worked at KLOS/KABC. Mark passed away in June 2015, according
to his friend, Chris Ruetenik. "He had a long illness from diabetes, and
then several terrible strokes which left him bedridden, paralyzed, and
unable to speak or understand words. He was staying at the California
convalescent center in downtown Los Angeles."
Mark was born in Detroit, worked as a musician, and was originally trained in journalism. While seeking a "news gig," a chance encounter led him to WSMA-Marine City, Michigan, where he started his unexpected radio career. Following stints at WHLS-Port Huron, WWWW-Detroit, and WWCK-Flint (where he was twice honored by Billboard magazine), Mark landed in Los Angeles to pursue artist management and voiceover. Another chance encounter led him back to radio with KQLZ in 1991 and KLOS in 1997.
Following his radio work, Mark worked doing voiceovers and "dabbled" as an actor.
Miller, Marv: KSFV, 1965-66. Marv is in the aerospace field. "Not nearly as much fun as radio was," said Marv.
Rodney: KKLA, KFSH, KTIE,
KRLA, 2011-2022. Rodney has held numerous positions in
operations, programming and was an all-night personality for the
In the late 80s and early 90s, Rodney studied broadcasting and communication at Ohlone College. He spent five years as production director at KZQZ-San Francisco before Educational Media Foundation and K-LOVE. He scheduled all music for K-LOVE and Air1's national Christian stations. In 2007, Rodney became the program manager for the spiritual Rock Channel at Slacker.
KFI, 1994-95; KTZN, 1997; KABC, 1997-2000;
KTLK, 2005-13. Stephanie's father, William E. Miller
(subject of the first American Express did-you-know-me ad in 1975), was
Barry Goldwater's running mate in the 1964 presidential election.
Born in 1961, she was the youngest of four children in a politically-minded family. Stephanie grew up near Buffalo and was only 3 when her father lost the election. Stephanie discovered her comic bent in Catholic high school. She studied theater at USC in 1983, then fell into radio at WCMF-Rochester, WCKG-Chicago and WQHT-New York in 1989.
When Stephanie arrived in the Southland she was fresh from doing a New York morning drive radio show, stand-up comedy and performing in her own one-woman off-Broadway show. Stephanie left KFI to do a syndicated late-night tv show which aired locally on KCOP/Channel 13. She told Claudia Puig in a 1995 LA Times interview: "I never thought about doing talk radio. To me talk radio was like old gray-haired guys talking about the budget." She described late-night tv as the last door that women haven't gone through. "I keep going from one boys club to another: stand-up, talk radio, late night. I keep wanting to get into that boys' locker room. Women deserve the same chance to fail miserably on late-night and embarrass themselves on national television as men do." The tv show was canceled in late 1995. She was the co-host of Equal Time on CNBC with Bay Buchanan. Off local radio for 16 months, she returned to radio in the summer of 1997 with a show on “710Talk,” KTZN and moved to KABC with a format change. Judith Michaelson of the LA Times referred to Stephanie as “performer – pundit – commentator – comic – newsmaker.” She left KABC in the spring of 2000. Stephanie hosted I've Got a Secret at the Oxygen Network and started in morning drive at the "Progressive" talk station, KTLK, on May 2, 2005. The Progressive format was dropped in late 2013 at KTLK. In late 2015, her program aired on CRN. In 2018, her program was picked up at KKSF-San Francisco.
KFI, 1982-93; KABC, 1994-95;
KMPC/KTZN, 1995-97; KLSX, 1997-2000; KABC, 2001-03. Tracey died October 7,
2005, of complications from brain cancer. She was 51.
Tracey was an L.A. radio trailblazer pioneer for women talkers.
She spent over a decade at KFI, first as a news anchor and then as co-host of the morning "TNT" show with Terri-Rae Elmer. She won four Golden Mike Awards and was honored with numerous others of equal prestige. In January 1994 she joined Peter Tilden for afternoons on KABC. In May 1995 they moved to KMPC, where they co-hosted the morning drive program through August 1995. When Tilden moved to KABC, Tracey joined Robin Abcarian (now with the LA Times) for "Two Chicks on the Radio Show" at KTZN (“The Zone”). Tracey wrote humorous articles for the LA Times Life & Style section.
"She taught me everything I knew about the radio," Abcarian told Variety. "She was a natural. She had that fabulous smoky voice that was so pretty and unique. And she was so funny. I've never laughed as hard as when I worked with her."
“Tracey was truly a radio treasure,” wrote Bill Michaels, Tracey’s second husband.
The American Women in Radio and Television established a Genii merit award in her honor.
Born in Santa Maria, Tracey grew up in Granada Hills. Her radio career began in 1976 at KOB-Albuquerque, where she was a news reporter. From there, she moved to KOMO in Seattle. “At KOMO she helped cover the Mount St. Helens eruption,” according to her obit in Variety. “Even then, she spoke of the double standard for women covering news. ‘I wasn't allowed to hop in the helicopter like my male counterpart,’ she noted. ‘I had to broadcast my information from a local university in front of a Richter scale.’" Tracey’s first love was radio. While waiting for a new opportunity to surface in the medium she had so much passion for, she became editor of the Crescenta Valley Sun in 2002. She also wrote a weekly column for the Glendale News-Press."
Tracey had a three-year battle with brain cancer.
(Mark Maurer, Bob Maryon, Michael Means, and Matt Mitchell)
Mills, Jim: KLAC, late 1960s. Unknown.
MILNER, Cal: KHJ, 1962-63; KGFJ, 1965-76; KKTT, 1977; KACE, 1973-84; KKGO/KKJZ, 1984-92. Cal died February 25, 2012, at the age of 83. He died of complications from a heart attack and quadruple bypass surgery in January 2011, according to his son, Steve Milner.
“My dad was suffering from pneumonia when he passed away,” emailed Steve. “He was living in Ventura after the death of his second wife Jeannine, in August of 2009. Dad was really missing my mom Jean Milner and Jeannine who passed soon after my brother Patrick. Dad never did any more voiceover work after Jeannine’s passing and his zest for life began to dissipate. He did offer to share his radio business stories, recordings and pictures with the folks of Leisure Village community in Camarillo and the Cypress Point nursing home in Ventura. He always maintained his great speaking voice for all to hear, especially when he picked up the phone to talk to you, you'd think you were on the air with him.”
Cal started out at WPEN-Philadelphia and was co-host with Larry Brown of the “950 Club” that preceded Bandstand. In 1959, he was an on-air pd at WGBS-Miami and he met the pd of KHJ, Tony La Frano at the annual dj convention in Miami. Cal was hired to be the announcer/producer of the daily Walter O’Keefe Show, which was a remote from the Hollywood Brown Derby.
When the NBA Lakers came to L.A. and KHJ, Cal was Chick Hearn’s first radio color reporter and producer. For a time he worked with Foster Brooks at KHJ.
When “Boss Radio" arrived in 1965, the KHJ pd Arnold Schorr left and was named gm of KGFJ, Cal followed as operations manager and stayed for over 15 years.
In 1966, Cal co-produced a 3-hour special titled “The Motown Story. “The following Monday morning after the broadcast, Norm Pattiz, then a sales executive with a local tv station, called KGFJ to express compliments. Norm asked for re-broadcast rights and this was the genesis for Pattiz to begin Westwood One, becoming a major radio program syndicator,” Cal said when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People.
In 1981, Cal joined the Jazz station, KKGO as om. “In 1984, I was fired for no given reason and one week later I was hired as om at r&b KACE.”
In 1988, Cal was rehired at KKGO and stayed on into 1990 when the station switched to all-Classical format. He voiced the overnight tracks and was the backstage announcer at the Hollywood Bowl Summer Concerts. “Cal was one of the very remarkable persons we were fortunate enough to have in LA radio at a time when radio was local, and companies could only own one fm and one AM station,” emailed Saul Levine, owner of KKGO.
retired in 1993 and cared full-time for my wife, Jean, who was stricken with
Alzheimer’s and died in 1996, after 46 years of marriage.” Cal was remarried
in 1997 to his widowed Long Beach High School and College sweetheart and
moved to Jeannine’s home in Fresno. “We had re-met during the planning for
our St. Anthony’s High School 50 year class reunion of 1946.”
Milner, Tom: KLFM; KNAC, 1963-64; KEZY, 1970-75. Tom is living in Ojai.
MINCKLER, Bill: KNX/fm, 1986-87. Bill, former program director at KNX/fm, died February 6, 2015, at the age of 66. “He will be so missed by everyone who worked with or ever hoisted a scotch with him,” emailed Don McCulloch of Radio Deluxe. “Everybody who ever worked with him, for him, or knew him is very saddened. He had not discussed his health issues, which is consistent his style, so were all taken by surprise. I heard from another close friend, Portland Radio Person John Williams, that he was fighting pancreatic cancer.”
Bill’s friend (and radio researcher) Terry Danner posted this on PDXRadio.com: “Bill passed away in Phoenix, from complications after surgery. Bill had been battling a recurrence of cancer after decades of remission. He was a very successful radio programmer who relied on his ear and his instincts rather than formulae. He was also a generous, sincere, and likable friend to many, many people. I will miss him immensely.”
RT Simpson wrote on a Portland, Oregon blog: “A great radio person and a downright great human being. Bill and I first met while attending the University of Denver in the late sixties. He was Charlie Weekly on KLZ/fm … a play on his weekend status. I so enjoyed his voice and presentation, I suggested to the pd of KTLK to hire Bill. From there he went on to bigger and better things, stopping in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Portland and eventually landing in Phoenix at Star 97.5. We rekindled our friendship of 40+ years and made it a point to have lunch together once a month. Throughout his healthcare ups and downs, Bill never once complained and kept an upbeat attitude toward life. At our last lunch together in December, Bill confided that he gave up alcohol altogether – so I guess all the stories I’ve heard will remain in the past.”Bill arrived in the Southland from programming KYA and KSFO-San Francisco. He went on to program “The River, 105.9/fm” in Portland.
Mincucci, John: KPPC; KCSN. John hosts a weekly program at KCSN every Friday night/Saturday morning at midnight. The program, called "John's Attic," features early r&b and Rock ‘n Roll.
KRLA, 2001. Shari is
a relationship coach, columnist and talk show host specializing in
Born in Detroit in 1950, she grew up in Oak Park, Michigan. Shari did undergraduate work at Michigan State and received her master’s degree from Wayne State University. Her first radio show was on KSDO-San Diego. “Dating, Relating and Mating developed as a result of someone seeing and hearing me speak to a large group of singles. I’m told that you could hear a pin drop when I spoke. And when I opened the floor up to Q&A, the energy just flowed. Nearly everyone – both guys and gals wanted to know how to date successfully and have better relationships,” said Shari.
Sal: KABC, 1973. The actor in such classic movies as
Rebel Without a Cause (Plato) briefly hosted a talk show on
KABC. He received two supporting actor Oscar nominations - for 1955's
Rebel Without a Cause and 1960's Exodus. His last
screen role was on a 1976 episode of the NBC crime drama Joe
Born January 10, 1939, Sal grew up in the Bronx. He appeared in close to 50 tv shows and movies including Giant, The Longest Day, Exodus and playing Gene Krupa in the Gene Krupa Story. Sal was slain in the parking garage of his apartment complex on Holloway Drive in Hollywood on February 12, 1976. The LAPD never solved the case of who killed Mineo. Sal populated the world of gays and it has been long thought that he will killed in a robbery gone wrong or someone in his gay world may have done it.
Miner, Tim: KUSC, 1999-2001. Tim worked all-nights at Classical KUSC.
|MINIACI, Frank: KKBT, 1989-90, pd. Frank heads up Fastlane Entertainment, based in Santa Monica.|
Mink, Sue: KNAC, 1981-85. Last heard,
"Marie the Minx" was working in Las Vegas.
Minnick, Jim: Jim was one of the sidekicks in the broadcast booth early in the L.A. Kings history.
KPFK, 1966-68; KLAC, 1968-69;
KMET, 1969; KPPC, 1970; KLOS, 1970-71;
KABC, 1973-74. Elliot
is a media consultant representing the Lennon Estate, Bob
Dylan and Diana Ross, among others.
Elliot was born and raised in Manhattan and arrived in the Southland in 1963. When Elliot was on KMET, an article in the LA Times referred to his sound as "psychedelic rock or thinking man's rock." A popular feature of Elliot's at KMET was "The After Dinner Mintz."
During the time he was on KABC hosting a talk show aimed at attracting a youthful audience, he was also on Channel 7's Eyewitness News reviewing rock groups and doing contemporary features. He served as host of one of Channel 52’s only live programs, Headshop.
In the late 1970s, Elliot became a "media consultant." Interviewed by phone in 1995, he said, "I advise individuals and ceo's about their relationships with the media." He was guarded on whom he represents. "Publicly I have had a long-term relationship with Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson, and I have represented the John Lennon Estate since 1980." He has been friends with the Lennons since 1971. His series, "The Lost Lennon Tapes" aired on over 200 stations weekly during the early 1990s. He told the Times: "Lennon wasn't an act. He wasn't show business. He was real big. He was real!"
KABC, 1969-98; KRLA, 1999-2000;
KABC, 2001-04. EGBOK!
The morning drive cry for decades that Everthing's Gonna Be Okay! An
integral part of that success, Ken was born and raised in McAlester,
Oklahoma. He started his radio career in his hometown at the age of 13.
Before arriving in Southern California, Ken worked as a dj at KSRO-Santa Rosa, KJOY-Stockton and KSAY-San Francisco. He made the transition to Talk in 1967 at WLOL-Minneapolis. At the same time he did commentary for KMSP/TV and wrote a column for the editorial page of the St. Paul Dispatch.
He joined KABC "TalkRadio" in November 1969. The director of news and programming transferred Ken to morning drive in 1973 to co-anchor with network veteran Bob Arthur. He was made managing editor.
In the mid-1970s Ken was one of the anchors on KTTV/Channel 11's irreverent look at the day's happenings with Metro News, Metro News. He appeared as a regular guest host with Dinah Shore on Dinah & Friends. Along with his former co-host Bob Arthur, Ken was named "Radio Personality of the Year" by the LA Times. The pair's quest for immortality included being honored with a "Starfish" on the Redondo Beach Walk of Fame.
On October 1, 1990, Ken was joined by Roger Barkley to co-host the "Ken and Barkley Company."
In a 1994 interview in the Times, Ken described the success of his long-running top-rated morning show: "We never get bogged down. We find it very easy to switch gears between silly and serious. On any given day, in any half-hour, in the conversation, we can go from screwing around to getting into serious topics."
In the summer of 1996 Roger Barkley left the morning show and Peter Tilden joined Ken from sister station KMPC. In late 1998, Ken’s contract was not picked up and after 29 years left the station. In early 1999 he joined his son Rick for “Minyard & Minyard” at KRLA. They left in the summer of 2000. Ken was brought back to KABC in the Fall of 2001 to team with Dan Avey and work morning drive. Ken retired to Ventura on October 15, 2004.
Minyard, Rick: KRLA, 1999-2000. Rick is an executive with a
telecommunications firm and lives in the Thousand Oaks area.
Mirabal, Lee: KMPC, 1996-97. Lee vp/ Network Programming of wsRadio and president/ceo of Brainfood Radio Syndication and broadcasts at eBay Radio.
Miranda, Reuben: KALI, 1986-87. Unknown.
1988-97; KZLA, 1997-2004; KMVN, 2004-08; KPCC, 2010-14; KKGO/KSUR, 2014-20. Fred
was production director and
operations manager at KKGO and KSUR, both owned by Saul Levine.
He retired ater a 50-year career.
Fred attended San Diego State University and graduated Los Angeles Harbor College and CSU Fresno. "In on-air positions evenings and then middays, I helped take a station there in Fresno from #9 to #1," said Fred. 93.5/fm got him to Southern California, then located in Redondo Beach. "That experience got me to San Diego, where I was part of a team that took a station there (103.7 FM) from #16 to #1, kept it there for 7 years. I was on-air middays and served as production director at this Westinghouse station."
That success got him to L.A., where he took a position as pd and middays at KJOI 98.7 FM, where my final ratings were #1. "From there I went to KBIG, a station with the largest commercial signal in Los Angeles, where I established a creative services department, hosted an overnight request show, managed a million dollars worth of annual public service air time for this Bonneville station and won numerous awards for creative," Fred continued. He served in a similar capacity at KZLA as Bonneville took over operation of the L.A. Country outlet. While there the station earned two NAB Crystal Award, one for each station, KBIG and KZLA.
When KZLA was sold to Emmis Communications and the station flipped to Rhythmic/Dance “Movin’ 93-9,” Fred worked with Rick Dees. Over the years he worked with Peter Tilden, Mac Davis, John Sebastian, Rob Edwards, and Shawn Parr.
In 1995, he became majority owner of a four-station Northern California radio group. He then served three years as manager for radio creative services for Southern California Public Radio. In addition to his work at KKGO, he is the midday host at K-SURF, along with Disco Saturday Night.
Mitchell, Bernie: KPPC, 1970-71. Bernie is living in Knoxville where he is the president of the DVD Association www.dvda.org and has his own production company, Silver Platter Productions.
KEZY, 1964-85. The former longtime gm
at KEZY went on to own KMJR in Palm Springs from 1998-2009. It was a Modern
Alternative rock station serving the Coachella Valley during his time in
In 1961, Dan graduated fro the University of Notre Dame with a BA in communication arts. In 1989 he went back to school to secure a Master of Business Adminstartion (MBA) in marketing.
Today Dan is a luxury home specialist in San Juan Capistrano, Laguna Niguel and Dana Point. For the past two decades he has been involved with Variety the Children's Charity.
Mitchell, Ed: KPPC, 1967-68. Ed has passed
Mitchell, Jim: KFWB, 1972-78. Jim is an attorney and journalism professor of First Amendment law at the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Mitchell, Jim: KHJ, 1966-69. Jim Lawrence Mitchell worked at Boss Radio. SEE Jim Lawrence
KHJ, 1965-67. Born Ed
Phillips, one of his goofy stunts early in his career was
setting a world record of 195 "stay-awake" hours
while on WYDE-Birmingham.
He worked for four years in the early 1960s as Johnny Holiday at KCBQ-San Diego before becoming a "Boss Jock." He was also known as Sebastian Stone. In Billboard's 1966 polling of djs, Johnny was one of the leading early evening Top 40 personalities. He left KHJ for KFRC-San Francisco to be pd in February 1967. Mitchell worked with the Dave Clark Five during his Northern California stay. He went on to work in New York.
He died in his sleep on November 11, 1987.
Mitchell, Lenny: KWIZ, 1968; KEZY, 1969.
Lenny works for the bus company in San Diego.
Mitchell, Matt: KFSH, 2000-02. Matt worked afternoon's at Salem's "The Fish." Today, Matt is owner of Joyful Noise Entertainment Company in Santa Clarita, as well as in sales at Defenders, a lead security technician.
KIQQ, 1973-74 and 1979; KHTZ, 1980;
KFI, 1981-82. Born Steve Ingold in Greensboro, North
Carolina, he arrived at "K-100-FM" from WMYQ- Miami. In the
summer of 2021, he joined Country WEKS-Atlanta.
When he left Los Angeles the first time in 1975, Steve worked for two years at KYA-San Francisco and then did ABC record promotion in North Carolina until he returned to LARadio.
When he left the second time, Steve went to Southern powerhouse WKLS-Atlanta for five years as part of the morning team of "Mark & Steve." They were recruited for KSHE-St. Louis. In 1990, the team broke up and Steve went to WYAY-Atlanta. In 1992, he became the morning producer of WKHX's morning show and coordinates the feed to the ABC Satellite Music Network. In the summer of 1997 he became pd of WYAY.
Steve is living in Atlanta with a strong voiceover career. In 2018, he was nominated for a Georgia Radio Hall Of Fame Career Achievement Award.
Mitchell, Tom: KYSR, 2006-07. Tom started in afternoon drive at STAR 98.7/fm in late summer 2006 and left the station in late 2007. He's worked in Boston, Las Vegas and New Orleans.
KFI, 2001. Kevin hosted the Dark Side of the Internet
until December 2001. As the self-proclaimed world’s most famous hacker,
Kevin has been the subject of countless news, movies and magazine articles
published throughout the world. He has made guest appearances on numerous
television and radio programs.
Mitnick first gained unauthorized access to a computer network in 1979, at 16, when a friend gave him the phone number for the Ark, the computer system that broke into a computer network and copied the company's software, a crime for which he was charged and convicted in 1988, according to Wikipedia. He was sentenced to 12 months in prison followed by three years of supervised release. Near the end of his supervised release, Mitnick hacked into Pacific Bell voicemail computers. After a warrant was issued for his arrest, Mitnick fled, becoming a fugitive for two-and-a-half years. a well-publicized pursuit, the FBI arrested Mitnick on February 15, 1995, on federal offenses related to a two-and-a-half-year period of computer hacking which included computer and wire fraud. In 1999, Mitnick pleaded guilty to four counts of wire fraud, two counts of computer fraud, and one count of illegally intercepting a wire communication, as part of a plea agreement. He was sentenced to 46 months in prison plus 22 months for violating the terms of his 1989 supervised release sentence for computer fraud. Mitnick now runs Mitnick Security Consulting LLC, a computer security consultancy and is part owner of KnowBe4, provider of an integrated platform for security awareness training and simulated phishing testing.
Candida: KJLH, 1986. Candida is the founder and
president of Voices Inc. Media Group, a full-service ad agency. She had
been acting and producing stage, radio and television programs, and was
inspired to create a vehicle that would both educate the community and
promote corporate client’s products and services.
Starting with only one employee, the company has now grown to become a full-service tv, print, outdoor, radio, and Internet advertising agency with seven full-time staff members, a host of writers and researchers, and freelance producers.
She received the "Partnership Award" from the US Census 2000 and has received special congressional recognition for her efforts on behalf of the community and government. She is a Commissioner for the City of Los Angeles, member of the Los Angeles Rotary Club, National Association of Women Business Owners, Minority Business Opportunity Committee and a lifetime member of the NAACP, Urban League and the Rainbow Coalition. Candida holds a BA from USC and produced her first play at USC while pursuing her masters of fine arts degree.
Jay: KLAC, 2013-15. Jay joined the Fox Sports Radio
network, replacing Jim Rome, on January 2, 2013.
been a frequent guest host for
Rome over the years. He was dropped by KLAC in September 2015. He
did a syndicated until early 2017.
He was dropped by KLAC in September 2015. He did a syndicated until early 2017.
Jay is an actor, successful podcaster, and stand-up comedian. He played Professor Rick Payne in the tv series Ghost Whisperer, the title role in the CBS sitcom Gary Unmarried, which ran from 2008 to 2010, as a featured player for two seasons on Saturday Night Live, and the back-stabbing sports agent Bob Sugar in Jerry Maguire.
Jay was born on August 23, 1970 in Verona, New Jersey.
He was the voiceover artist for Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory. Mohr has also appeared in movies such as Suicide Kings, Are We There Yet?, Small Soldiers, Go, Pay It Forward, and The Groomsmen. Mohr was offered a late night talk show job by Michael Eisner but he declined.
In 2003 and 2004, Mohr created, hosted, and was executive producer of NBC's Last Comic Standing reality television program. The show aired for three seasons, but was cancelled near the end of the third season due to poor ratings, only to be renewed later.
Mohr hosts his own podcast entitled Mohr Stories. The podcast was often taped in his garage, which he dubbed the Fake Mustache Studios.
MOLL, Allan: KLAC, 1957-60; KHJ, 1960-68. had two very successful careers - one as a lawyer and another as a broadcaster. He died December 22, 2004 at the age of 82.
Born in Minneapolis on June 13, 1922, he moved with his family to Salt Lake City when he was 12. During World War II, Allan joined the Air Force as aviation cadet and was grounded because of a severe allergy. "I couldn't pass the pressure tests," said Allan from his home in Salt Lake City. During the last year of the war, Allan was stationed in Kentucky and he broadcast news for a number of Cincinnati stations. He went to the University of Utah Law School in 1948 and graduated in 1951. For most of his life he practiced law and worked in radio concurrently.
He worked morning drive at KHJ with Robert Q. Lewis and was there when Drake-Chenault started "Boss Radio" in 1965. "Bill Drake told me that I was the best radio newscaster he ever heard," said Allan. He worked morning drive with Robert W. Morgan and afternoons with The Real Don Steele. In addition to being news director at KHJ radio, he also served in the same capacity at Channel 9.
In 1968 Allan returned to Salt Lake City to resume his law career and for eight years was the news anchor for the two evening newscasts at the NBC station. In 1976 he joined the county attorney's office and specialized in government and civil law. He retired in 1997.
When reached by phone a few years ago, he said: "I didn't have the sense to know what I was doing. I loved L.A. I had a hellava good run and emotionally it was very satisfying. I do miss what news used to be. I've never seen such a cockamamie approach to today's news."
MOLLENBECK, Andrew: KNX, 2008-09; KNX/KFWB, 2009-10; KFI, 2015-20. Andrew graduated with a degree in journalism from Biola University. He was a reporter with all-News KNX and KFWB. In 2015 he became a reporter for KFI. Andrew left KFI in early 2020 following a major iHeart downsizing.
Andrew is a native Iowan who in 2020 has returned home after almost two decades playing on the East and West Coasts. He grew up in North Central Iowa, where the news bug bit him for the first time. He started working at the local radio station (KLMJ) doing weekend nights, so fewer people would hear his mistakes. He traveled across the country and abroad covering politics, natural disasters and day-to-day events that make up the rhythm of life. His favorite place to be is in on an airplane, and he loves traveling to explore other cultures, foods and history.
He was clearly not cut out to be a physician. Around age 5, he got a toy doctor’s kit, complete with a stethoscope. But instead of using it as any normal child might, he used the stethoscope as a microphone and headphones to announce things around the house. So it began.
After three and a half years reporting for KNX in Los Angeles, Mollenbeck returned to WTOP- Washington, DC in May of 2010. He exited WTOP in November 2015.
Mollicone, Cheryl: KUSC, 1977-84. Cheryl is director of special projects for the Grammy Foundation in Santa Monica.
KABC, 1993-98; KXTA, 1998-2002;
2003-07; KABC, 2007-11, KLAC, 2012-22. The former baseball player is part of the LA
Dodgers broadcast team. Rick Monday will forever have a special place in
baseball history. He became the first player picked in the Major League
Baseball draft era when the Kansas City Athletics selected him with the
first overall pick in 1965 out of Arizona State University. The College
Baseball Hall of Fame and two-time All-Star outfielder then went on to
hit 241 home runs and 775 RBIs in 19 Major League seasons with the
Oakland Athletes, Chicago Cubs and LA Dodgers, winning the 1981 World
Series with the Dodgers.
What happens when a guy who spent six years in the Marine Corps Reserves watches an anti-American protest literally unfold right in front of him? True patriotism. Rick Monday Saves American Flag The Los Angeles Dodgers were taking on the Chicago Cubs at Dodger Stadium on April 25, 1976, when two protestors — a father and his 11-year-old son — hopped the wall in center field in the fourth inning and headed to shallow left-field with an American flag in hand. They began dousing the flag with lighter fluid and took out matches. Suddenly, Cubs outfielder Rick Monday ran by and swiped the flag from them before they could set it ablaze in left-center. The center fielder returned it to the dugout.
Fans at Dodger Stadium began singing God Bless America immediately after. The entire stadium belted the words. An inning later when Monday came to bat, the crowd doused him with a standing ovation. The Dodger Stadium scoreboard put up a message for Monday, “Rick Monday…You made a great play.”
MONDS, John: KKBT, 1990-93; KRBV, 2006-08. John worked afternoon drive at KRBV (V100) until the station was sold in the spring of 2008. In the summer of 2019, John exited Urban AC WMMJ (Majic 102.3/92.7)-Washington DC. He's now doing "Quiet Storm" nights at Urban AC WHUR-Washington, DC.
John began his career in broadcasting before he graduated from Clinton High School in North Carolina. After attending East Carolina University, he jumped in the radio business full time.Besides hosting shows in Los Angeles he's also worked in New York and Chicago over the last 25 plus years. He's currently working afternoon drive at Majic 102.3 in Washington, DC.
He has also hosted several nationally syndicated radio programs, including The U.S.A. Music Magazine and Reflections. John was seen as a segment host on the nationally syndicated television show, Live in Hollywood. He is a two time Music Director of the year for Gavin Magazine and once for Billboard Magazine. He has been nominated numerous times for Major Market Personality of the Year during his long career.
KDAY, 2007-08. Born Monique Angela Hicks on December 11, 1967, Mo'nique received a Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role
in the 2009 movie, Precious. She's in production on a Netflix film,
Mo'Nique was born on December 11, 1967, in Baltimore and attended Morgan State University. She is a 1987 graduate of the Broadcasting Institute of Maryland. Before she was an actress, Monique worked as a customer service representative at the phone company. She got her start in comedy at the downtown Baltimore Comedy Factory Outlet when her brother Steve dared her to perform at an open mic night. During a 2008 Essence magazine interview, Mo'Nique revealed that she was sexually abused by her brother.
Mo'Nique received a standing ovation when she stepped on stage for the first time in her hometown of Baltimore, giving her confidence to pursue a career as a stand-up comedian. After numerous stand-up performances, she took a leap forward with one of the starring roles in The Parkers. Her major awards include the Golden Globe, the Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Chicago Film Critics Association Award, the Independent Spirit Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the National Society of Film Critics Award, the BAFTA Film Award and Sundance Film Festival's Special Jury Prize.
Monk, Keisha: KKBT, 2001-03. In 2004, Keisha went to work middays at 98.7 KISS/fm in New York. She's now in Boston radio.
MONREAL, Jane: KTWV, 1988-94; KFWB, 1994-2004. Jane, a native of the Philippines, is the eldest of three children born to an engineer father and nutritionist mother. After pitstops in Canada, New York and New Jersey, the Monreals finally settled in south Florida, where Jane accepted an academic scholarship to the University of Miami and earned a bachelor’s degree with honors in international finance and marketing. She was also captain of the university’s nationally recognized dance team and was crowned Miss Asian American Florida.
Her first job in the
entertainment business was as an intern in corporate media relations
Her break came in 1994 delivering
traffic reports on all news station, KFWB, which ultimately earned
her a Golden Mike award.
She was also featured on smooth
jazz station, 94.7 the Wave.
Jane is most recently known for being a morning on-air fixture on KABC/Channel 7, where she worked from 2004 to 2009. In addition to reporting traffic, Jane was the features reporter, as well as serving as the station’s “Resident Dance Expert” during each season of ABC’s hit show, Dancing with the Stars. In 2007, she helmed the station’s inaugural live webcast of the Academy Awards Arrivals Show, subsequently anchoring the annual webcast On The Red Carpet through the 2009 Oscar Ceremony. She now lives in Texas.
Monroe, Rick: KUTE, 1979-86. Rick is writing, acting, working in nightclubs and writing jokes.
(Rick Minard, Ken Minyard, John Murphy, Motley Fool's Tom Gardner and David Gardner)
Magnificent: KGFJ, 1965-67;
Born January 11, 1928, Monty became the Great Montague while working in
"The dates and places are all screwed up because I was always getting
fired for moving my mouth...trying to bring in unions, things like
that." Mention the inflammatory words, "Burn, Baby, Burn" and anyone who
Claude Hall, in a 1974 Billboard
magazine article, described him as "one of the world's most-heralded and
most-copied air personalities, more than the world realizes." Montague
has a large collection of rare books and memorabilia ranging from movie
stills, letters by George Washington Carver and Booker T. Washington and
a children's book called Ten
Little Niggers. He helped put together the original National
Association of Radio Announcers, later known as the National Association
of Television and Radio Announcers.
In 1976 he opened Montague's Gallarie on
KSSE/KACD/KBCD/KLDE, 1998-2006; KPWR,
KLOS, KDAY/KDEY, KLLI,
2021-22. Haz was the vp of content for Univision Communications in Los Angeles
for a decade beginning in 2012. In the spring of 2021, he joined Meruelo
Media as vp, Audio Brands to lead the content of the company's Los
Angeles cluster - KPWR, KLOS, KDAY/KDEY and KLLI (CALI 93.9).
During his Univision tenure, he also developed operational and programming strategies for the company's Reggaetón/Hip Hop brand, and launched the national Latino Mix Spanish CHR brand. Montana originally programmed and was an on-air talent in general market Top 40 and Rock, which segued into a consulting gig with Critical Mass Media. That led to an introduction to Spanish radio in Miami, and eventually to the launch and growth of pioneering Spanish CHR "Super Estrella" in Los Angeles for Entravision, and the development of a 10-year concert event franchise.
Montemayor, Tim: KMPC/1540AM, 2001-02. Tim hosted a syndicated sports show.
Joe: KHJ, 1979-80; KUTE, 1980-81; KIIS, 1992-93. Banana Joe worked at All
Comedy Radio. Recently he was the vice president of programming at
Synchronicity.com. He died on Labor Day, 2021, at the age of 67.
"I was 13 years old and had a 'studio' in my basement growing up in Wilkes-Barre. I would spend hours playing disc jockey." At age 16, Joe took a reel-to-reel tape to WFIL-Philadelphia and waited in the lobby for three hours to talk with pd Jay Cook. He encouraged me to get on a daytimer or any kind of a station in Wilkes-Barre." A dream was encouraged. On the way out of the station, he met his night time idol, George Michael. Innocently, Joe told George that he would replace him when he left. Joe did as Cook suggested and worked on WILK while a theater arts major at King's College in Wilkes-Barre.
During the 1970s, Joe worked at KTLK-Denver, WHYI-Miami, WFIL-Philadelphia (replacing George Michael), WMJX-Miami, CHUM-Toronto and WLOF-Orlando. He has been known as "Banana Joe." Where did the moniker come from? "I was 18-years-old and working for John Rook and Big Ron O'Brien at KTLK. John said there were no Italians in Denver and changed my name to Joe Bradley. In the hallways, he called me 'Joe Bananas' like the underworld figure. Eventually Rook wanted me to be 'Banana Joe' on the air. I thought it was stupid. But it stuck." When "Banana Joe" got to “Y-100” in Miami, owner Cecil Heftel got him a monkey (with diapers) and a white safari suit for his appearances. It worked and his show was the “first FM show in the market to become #1,” according to Joe.
He arrived in Southern California to work afternoon drive and be assistant pd at KHJ. He won the 1979 Air Personality of the Year Award at the Bobby Poe Convention. During the 1980s he went on to successfully program stations in Wilkes-Barre, Harrisburg and Albany including the purchase of two stations.
Montoya, Dave: SEE Sky Walker
|MONTOYA, Mario: KMVN, 2007. Mario joined Movin' 93.9/fm as afternoon drive host from nights at KZHT in Salt Lake City. Mario said, “I am excited about joining Movin 93.9 and Emmis Communications. It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to get started! I’m also looking forward to getting back to Southern California and closer to family.” Mario is originally from Bakersfield and did radio in the Central Valley previous to Salt Lake City.|
Moor, Doug: KTYM. Unknown.
Moore, B. Harold: SEE Billy Moore.
KKDJ, 1972; KRTH, 1972-73; KGIL,
1974-75; KIQQ, 1974; KUTE, 1975-76.
Billy died of pneumonia on August 4, 2005. He was 62. Billy was the
morning man at Rocker KKDJ in 1972 and a veteran of KRTH, KGIL, KIQQ and
KUTE during the 1970s. “He was my mentor and one of my closest friends,”
said Jeff McNeal.
“His production skills were remarkable, but no more remarkable than his own talent, and his willingness to share that talent and pass on all he knew to his crew of new air personalities in the making."
Billy was the voice of Drake/Chenault, doing VO work all over the world, including Japan, where he recorded announcements phonetically. A lot of talent has been described as having 'the voice of God,' but Billy truly embodied that quality. He had an amazing voice, and right up to the end, was the image voice for many radio stations across the country."
Born in 1942 in Chattanooga, Billy came to the Southland to work morning drive at KKDJ from Don Burden's KOIL-Omaha where he was Bobby Noonan. After his time on L.A. radio, in 1981 he headed to Chicago as the ad campaign manager and copywriter for a local agency and then moved to Zionsville, Indiana. He built an in-home studio where he performed his voiceover work, station imaging liners and promos for radio and tv stations, as well as Moore On Hold, an on-hold message service for business telephone systems. Three years ago he moved to Florida where he died of pneumonia after fighting a lengthy illness.
Bob: KEZY, 1972; KKDJ, 1973; KFWB, 1974;
KHTZ, 1980-86; KLSX/KRLA, 1986-93
and 1994-2001; KLSX/KCBS, 2001-05; KLSX, 2005-09; KABC/KLOS, 2009-11. Bob
was the general manager of KABC/KLOS until October 2011, after Cumulus
In January 2012, Bob became President of Courtside Entertainment, joining Norm Pattiz, which he exited in late 2012. In early 2013, Bob became president of Sports USA Media.
Moore frequently appeared on the LARadio Best LARP list. Bob may be one of the best sales executives in the history of L.A. radio. He has taken his stations into the country’s Top 10 best billers three times during his career.
Born in Appleton, Wisconsin in 1946, the vp/gm of KLSX graduated from Wisconsin State University with a major in marketing and business administration. Bob started his radio career in sales in 1968 for WISM, then WLVE-Madison. Bob started in Southland radio sales in the 1970s at KEZY in Orange Country, followed by sales jobs at KKDJ and KFWB. He had three careers at KLSX. First, it was pre-Howard Stern with Real Radio, then the incredibly successful years with Howard holding down morning drive as well as being the hood ornament for FM Talk Radio, and post-Howard Stern with Adam Carolla. In 1991 Bob was executive vp of Westwood One. Then in 1994, he was made vp/gm of KIKK/KILT-Houston. In the summer of 1995 Bob returned to Southern California and turned KLSX into a powerhouse.
MOORE, Del: KLAC, 1956. Born August 30, 1917, Del appeared in 20 movies during the 1950s and 60s. He was a comedian, a television and movie actor, and a radio announcer. He died of heart attack in Encino on August 30, 1970, at the age of 54.
Born Marion Delbridge Moore in Pensacola, Florida, he began his career in radio before moving to television. In 1952, he appeared in the first of several So You Want To, a series of comedy shorts. He co-starred in the early television comedy Life with Elizabeth (1953–1955) with Betty White. A good friend of Jack Webb, with whom he had served in the United States Army Air Forces during World War II, Moore appeared in many episodes of Dragnet and Adam-12. He was a regular on the series Bachelor Father playing the annoying next door neighbor Cal Mitchell. For several years in the late 1950s he hosted a daily children's program opposite Willy the Wolf (a muppet-like adult size character) on KTTV/Channel 11.
Moore played supporting roles in several Jerry Lewis films, including The Big Mouth and The Patsy. He made his feature film debut in Lewis' Cinderfella in 1960 and was the university president in 1963's The Nutty Professor.
For his pioneering work on television, Del Moore received a “Star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
MOORE, Gary: KFI,
1986-88; KNX/fm/KODJ/KCBS, 1988-97; KLOS,
1997-2006; KLOS, 2007-2020. For over three decades Gary
was a fun, credible rock radio voice in Southern California in virtually
all time slots, including morning drive at Arrow 93. He was there for
three call letter/format changes. "Can you believe I survived all those
incarnations? Must have had angels looking out for me."
Born July 23, 1958, in Evansville, Indiana, Gary grew up in Murray, Kentucky, “The Birthplace of Radio—Google Nathan B. Stubblefield!” In 1980 he graduated from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green with a B.A. in theater arts and speech. Prior to college, in 1972 he got started on the Murray State public radio station (WKMS/fm) while still in high school. "I ran five-hour operas and odd Scandinavian hootenannies." During the next decade Gary worked in Kentucky radio at WDXR and WKYX-Paducah, and WBGN-Bowling Green. In 1980 he worked at WVLK-Lexington where, in addition to his dj show, he wrote and produced award-winning commercials for the University of Kentucky sports flagship station. He then spent four years at WRKA-Louisville before joining KFI in 1986.
"Nice guy Steve LaBeau hired me for weekends/swing and then to afternoons." In the early fall of 1993, KCBS/fm underwent another change and Gary moved to mornings replacing Charlie Tuna. "It was difficult because Charlie and I were partners in the syndicated show The Goodtime Oldies Magazine and he was one of my radio heroes. Always will be.”
Gary's signature programs, 5 o'clock Funnies and Whole Lotta Led (Zeppelin) are remembered fondly. He's also passionate about sports and during his first California radio gig at KFI/640 he assisted Chris Roberts (former voice of the UCLA Bruins) covering the Lakers championships, the LA Raiders and the World Champion Dodgers, including every game of their historic ‘88 World Series. Gary’s covered 10 World Series in all—including the 2002 Angels World Championship—along with the NFL, NBA, NHL, NCAA basketball & football, NASCAR, the Oscars, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction ceremonies, the Grammys, countless Disneyland events, the Great Britain Beer Festival and, appropriately, the 2007 Led Zeppelin reunion concert at London’s O2 Arena. He was nominated for the prestigious New York Festival's Gold Award for Radio Broadcasting and hosted numerous worldwide radio specials, including The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live At Monterey: American Landing, Genesis: Turn It On Again, Eric Clapton Crossroads and Led Zeppelin: The Song Remains The Same.
MOORE, George: KKTT/KGFJ, 1978-85; KPWR, 1986-88; KSRF, 1988-89; KJLH, 1989-93; KMPC, 1992-94; KACE, 1994-2000; KFI, 2001-02. For over two decades, George was an active producer, program director, production manager, voice talent and personality. He died Christmas morning, 2019.
He was born in Detroit on March 1, 1957, and grew up in the Motor City listening to legendary personalities like Martha Jean the Queen, Butterball, J.P. McCarthy and the CKLW “Big Eight” giants. George was influenced by Walt "Baby" Love, the first African American at the then-powerful RKO General chain, broadcasting on ‘CK. "From that point, I wanted nothing more than to be an air personality and I took every communications class in school."
While going to Wayne State University in Detroit, he interned at WDRQ which eventually became his first gig. He later moved to WMJC-Detroit. In 1977 George went to KMJQ-Houston until he was hired by his childhood inspiration Walt Love at KKTT. The station eventually returned to its longtime call letters, KGFJ. At KMPC George was there for the Sports/Talk format and worked as talk host, field reporter and sportscaster. In 1992 George had two commercials that he produced, voiced and co-wrote that were nominated for the Southern California Broadcasters Association SUNNY Awards. One of his entries was judged Best in the Radio Station Produced category.
KHJ, 1982; KNOB, 1982-87;
KHTZ, 1982-85; KHJ, 1985-86; KRTH, 1986-90;
KFI, 1995-97. At KNOB he voice tracked his show as Michael
Harris. Michael has an active voiceover career. Michael moved to Orange
County when he was age 3. “I was born in Charlotte, North Carolina
on April 5, 1955. My folks moved to Southern California in 1958,
settling in La Habra," said Michael.
"I grew up listening to KFI, KFWB, KRLA and KHJ. My mom, during my high school years, suggested that since I got in so much trouble for talking perhaps I should make a career of it."
He joined the Don Martin School in the mid-1970s and got his first job in Aztec, New Mexico. "I hated it. I stayed three months then joined KDES-Palm Springs. I bailed out of radio in 76' to pursue stand up, but found that to be successful you have to be on the road for about three hundred days a year."
In 1978 it was back to radio for Michael working at "K-Warm"-Corona and then "K-Honey"- Riverside as pd. In 1980, he started doing mornings and md duties at KFXM. During his years at KNOB, he voicetracked as Michael Harris. Michael now worksproviding Media and Live Event solutions for businesses of all sizes. "We have produced successful events and media support for: EarthLink, Microsoft, LA Dodgers, Walt Disney Company, MGM, NASCAR and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund in DC. They are building an education center next to the Wall and I direct and produce their informational videos."
Moore, Michael "Mixin'":
1990-91; KCRW, 1991-94; KKBT, 1993-94. Michael held down the L.A. scene for
more than two decades as an activist and pioneering dj, hosting mixshows on
the original 1580 KDAY. A cardiac arrest took his life on April 29, 2006, at
the age of 46. One blog said that Michael basically "applied the Public
Enemy method to a long form mixshow in a smart blend of current hip hop and
fragments of audio culled from news and film."
Moore, Pat: KRLA, 1966-69. Pat heads the State department of Fish and Game's Southern California public information office.
Moore, Rex: KGRB/KBOB, 1973-83. Rex is retired and living in Bell, California. Born February 9, 1953 at White Memorial Hospital in Los Angeles, Rex graduated from Covina High School in 1971. He studied broadcast communications at Mt. San Antonio Junior College and was the very first dj at the college station, KSAK. "My interest in radio started when I was a little kid. Mom always had her radio tuned to KNX and KMPC, and with all of the great personalities on the air in those happy, naďve days, I can't remember NOT wanting to be a dj," said Rex. While working mornings at KGRB, he had the opportunity to interview many of the Big Band stars. Rex is living in Arizona.
Moore, Rick: KUTE, 1980. Unknown.
Moore, Robert: KPOL, 1967-73. Robert died in 1995.
MOORE, Vicki: KFI, 1993-2003; KNX, 2004-22. Vicki is morning news co-anchor at KNX.
Vicky is a Sacramento native, born November 17 to a father who owned a construction company and a mom who was a nurse. “When I was at Sacramento State in the mid-1980s, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. I was leaning toward public relations. It was in a Writing for Broadcasting class where my professor greatly influenced the direction in my life. He told me I was outstanding and that I should intern at a non-union tv station in town and get very hands-on experience.” She did and there has been no looking back.
While still a senior, Vicky secured her first paying job in a 3-person news department at “K108” in Sacramento. She joined KUIC-Vacaville for a couple of years and then to KFBK-Sacramento in the early 1990s. In early 1993, Vicky joined KFI as a part-timer. “It seemed strange to take a cut in pay from Sacramento, but the nd, Mark Austin Thomas, said that if I hustled he would increase my hours.”
What is it that Vicky loves about news? “I love the pace. I have a natural curiosity and thrive on deadlines. Even in school I would wait until the night before an assignment was due to do it. Plus you get to meet so many interesting people.”
MOORHEAD, L. David:
KFI, 1968; KLAC, 1969;
KFI, 1969; KMET, 1969-79; KIIS, 1981. L. David
Moorhead was affiliated long-time with Metromedia
Before he arrived in the Southland, David's on-air name was Guy Williams. In Phoenix he was known as Johnny Wallace. One of his early assignments was working at WMMS-Cleveland. At one time David produced the Arthur Godfrey Show. In fact, he started his career in 1952 on WSRS-Cleveland. He also was pd of WOKY-Milwaukee and was national pd of Bartell Broadcasting. David was gm of KMET in the mid-1970s and hosted the Sunday night forum "Mangle the Manager." He was also senior vp of Metromedia radio and vp of CBS radio. In the 1990s David moved to Las Vegas and consulted radio stations.
He died July 7, 1996, at the age of 62.
Brian: KAMP, 2018-19. In February 2018, Brian is set to
co-host the morning show with Edgar Sotelo at AMP
previously part of the syndicated Bert Show that was based at WWWQ
(Q100)-Atlanta. He left AMP in the summer of 2019.
In the spring of 2020, he joined the Country morning show at 99.5/the Wolf in Dallas.
Sabina: KCRW, 1999-2009; KFI,
2001-03. Born Sabina Miller on August 6, 1970 in East L.A., the KFI
traffic reporter from AirWatch America started her broadcast career at
KSES-Yucca Valley in 1990. “After high school and a year of ‘finding
myself’ in community college, I moved out and paid my bills
with receptionist work. I'd always wanted to break into ‘showbiz’ so
after seeing a late night commercial, I joined The Academy of Radio
Broadcasting. I found out it takes more than a pretty voice to find
work. I've worked some nutty shifts [12 a.m. – 5 a.m., sleep on the
couch, then 10 a.m. –2 p.m. at ABC/SMN].
There have been some scary locations like in the middle of an empty field off a dirt road in Denton, Texas. I actually turned off the transmitter before I went home. You have to love radio to do it.”
In 1993 she moved to Texas and worked for KDNT-Denton, KPYK-Terrell, KOAI-Dallas and The Touch format for ABC/SMN Radio Networks in Dallas. In 1996, Sabina joined WNUA-Chicago and then on to KHOT and KGLQ-Phoenix. She joined Metro Networks in L.A. in 1998 and a year later was the AM drive host for Morning Edition at KCRW. She also worked at one of the KABC/Channel 7 traffic reporters. She's now a relationship life coach.
(Gary McCartie, Greg Marino, and Matty)
Teddy: KPWR. Teddy is a Power 106 morning drive
co--host and comedian. He is mostly known for hosting the radio show
"Power 106" along with host, Nick Cannon until Cannon
moved to middays.
Teddy knew from a young age that he wanted to be the source of such happiness for others and therefore began his quest to become an on-air personality. Teddy started his career as a Power 106 intern and an event host for the Power 106 Flava Unit. Teddy was so committed to landing a full-time position on Power 106 that he rode on a Greyhound bus for a year hosting weekends on Power 98.3 in Phoenix to increase his exposure and on-air experience, which led him to host Saturday nights on Power 106. Teddy has quickly established himself as a staple at Power106 and throughout the city of LA. Making the transition to the morning show was always in his plans but it does not mean that Teddy is ready to slow down though. Whether it is in the morning during the weeks or at night during the weekends, Teddy explains that “entertaining people and having a positive impact in their lives, no matter the platform, has and always will be the goal.” As of Season 15, he is currently one of the recurring cast members of the improv comedy show Wild 'N Out on VH1.
MORAGA, Pete: KNX, 1969-72 and 1988-92. Pete retired in late 1992. He died September 27, 2003, at the age of 77. Pete was an active part of the Hispanic/Anglo broadcasting community for a quarter of a century, and one of the first Hispanics in mainstream broadcasting in Los Angeles.
Born and raised in Tempe, he graduated with an advertising degree from the University of Arizona in 1949, the same year he started with Arizona’s first Spanish-language radio station in Phoenix. In 1957 he joined the Voice of America in Washington, DC, broadcasting in Spanish and English to Latin America.
Five years later he was assigned as assistant press attaché at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City and in 1967, reassigned as press attaché at the Embassy in Lima, Peru.
“It was such a difficult period in Lima that my family had to be evacuated from the country. I remained there for an additional 5 months.” Resigning from the Foreign Service, he joined KNX in late 1969. Two years later he became news director of KMEX/TV, a position he held for 18 months before returning to KNX. “With my wife and son, we started our own PR business in 1978. When my 15-year-old daughter died in 1980, it was such a difficult time for us that I returned to KMEX as nd, occupying that post until 1988 when I returned again to KNX.”
For much of the late 1980s Pete did a weekly commentary on the Sunday evening news at KNXT/Channel 2. Pete retired in late 1992 and returned to Arizona. When interviewing Pete for my book, Los Angeles Radio People, I asked what does he do all day? “I’m doing whatever I damn well please!” His KNX colleague Bill Lorin remembered Pete as a “wonderful guy, well-liked and well-respected.” He died in Mesa, Arizona.
Dave: KPWR, 1993-97. A native of Houston, Dave did morning
drive for a couple of months at POWER 106, following Jay Thomas's
departure from the station in the summer of 1993, before moving to
evenings, afternoon drive and eventually middays.
In late 1997 he joined afternoons at KKPN-Houston and worked for a number of Dallas and Houston stations. He now is involved with an entertainment company, specializing in a weekend program.
Morales spent the early part of his childhood in El Paso. As a child he moved to Houston, where he graduated from Cypress Creek High School, and went on to Texas Tech University to study broadcasting.
Morales, Diane: KKHR, 1984; KLOS, 1984-87;
KROQ, 1988. Diane is doing promotion work.
Morales, Freddy: KACD, 1998. Freddy was part of Poorman's morning Groove Show. He is in a band affiliated with Sony Latin.
Mucho: KHJ, 1977-80; KRLA, 1980; KGFJ, 1981-82;
KRLA, 1983-85; KMGG, 1985; KPWR,
1986-90; KKBT, 1990; KRTH, 1991-92; KGFJ, 1993;
KRLA, 1993-96; KIBB, 1997; KTLT,
1998-2000; KHHT, 2002-03 and 2008. Mucho worked at Westwood One's Oldies Channel
and left swing at "HOT 92.3/fm" in the Fall of 2003. He returned to fill-in at
HOT in the summer of 2008 for a short time.
Born in 1953, Mucho was working in Tucson when he was 20 years old. He came to the Southland from KFRC-San Francisco, which won the Billboard magazine Major Market Station of the Year all three years he worked there. At KHJ he was known as Nick Morales. "I worked all day-parts except mornings." Mucho recounted his success with each station: "When I was at KRLA, I had the highest ARB numbers in the history of the station. At KGFJ working afternoon drive and assistant pd, this dead AM station skyrocketed from a .8 to 2.4. While at 'Magic 106' one book went from .6 to 2.2. At 'Power 106' I was consistently #1 for nearly five years in the 12+ and 18-34 demos. In the 1988 spring Arbitron, I pulled the highest afternoon drive-time number since 1971. In 1989 and 1990, afternoon drive was the only day part that was #1 in the market on KPWR." He was one of the original jocks at KPWR when "Power 106" signed on in January 1986. In late summer of 1993, Mucho replaced Dave Hull in morning drive at KRLA and left in the summer of 1996 when the station switched from Oldies to "Mix 11" format.
Moran, Bill: KABC, 1975-78; KIIS, 1979;
KABC, 1980; KIIS, 1981-82; KGIL, 1986-88. KFI, 1988-90; KSUR, 2003. Bill
hosts a entertainment show as a podcast.
Moran, Gussie: KFAC, 1972. Unknown.
|MORAN, Kari: KFI, 1986; KNX, 1980-83 and 2002-05; KPCC, 2005-09; KFWB, 2010. Kari was a weekend anchor/reporter at KPCC and hosts "Kari Moran's BookRadio Show" online. For five years Kari was the national anchor on the Mutual Broadcasting System from 1986 to 1991. She is currently president of BookRadio.com. She hosts “BookRadio Minute,” which is syndicated on more than 200 stations.|
"Nena", Nancy: Nancy is the traffic manager for
KBLA Radio Unica and the host of the Sunday Night Old Skool show at
Jammin'Z-90 in San Diego.
Moreau, Catherine: KGMX/KHJJ, 1983-97; KMLT, 1997-2006. Catherine left her general manager position at 92.7/fm in the spring of 2006 and retired.
Moree, Lisa: KRTH, 1986-91. Lisa is out of radio and travels the country representing a pharmaceutical company.
(Mike McVay, Mark Mendoza, Young Marquis, and Brian Martin)
MORELAND, Dick: KRLA, 1961-69. Dick and his wife Pat started the very successful Music + record chain. In 1966, Billboard named Dick the most cooperative music director, program director or music librarian in exposing new music.
In a 1966 interview, the gm of KRLA credited Dick's musical tastes as the key to his success. Every day Dick ended his show: "This has been a Desert Rose Production. Bye Bye, Buy Bottled in Bond. Bye Bye."
Dick died of
cancer in the summer of 1988.
(Thanks to Bill Earl for
(Thanks to Bill Earl for artwork)
Raul: KHJ, 1980; KIIS/KPRZ, 1981-86;
KFAC, 1987-89; KKBT, 1989;
KQLZ, 1989-90; KKGO/KKJZ, 1989-91;
KMPC, 1990-93; KUSC, 1991-93; KEZY,
1994-95; KNX, 1995-2007. Raul worked at all-News KNX
until the fall of 2007. He's now on furlough from Disneyland, where he
works as a tour guide for the The Official Disney Fan Club. He also
doing extra/background work for a few tv shows.
Raul is one of those ubiquitous young radio broadcasters who started at the age of 16 answering the request lines at KHJ. He followed Rick Dees to KIIS and became his assistant producer. In 1983, Raul became Bruce Vidal's producer and on-air sidekick. He did a weekend air shift on sister station KPRZ. In 1987 he went to KFAC as announcer and production director. When the station became "the Beat," Raul produced the morning show with Paul Rodriguez.
When Paul left a few months later, Raul went to KQLZ "Pirate Radio" and produced Scott Shannon's "Pirate" morning show and was one of the many people who was "Russell the Love Monkey." Many of Raul's assignments and radio stations overlap. At KMPC he was studio producer for the California Angels broadcasts. In the late summer of 1994, Raul started at KEZY and coordinated the Mighty Ducks Hockey radio broadcasts along with production and promotion assignments. Raul is an avid collector of Dragnet memorabilia, which he has donated to the LAPD historical society.
“I have been involved with the LAPD Reserve program for a number of years. I have worked in the archives on old cases and I research for movies and tv shows. I was an adviser on LA Confidential. They also used badges from my collection of LAPD badges to make copies for the movie. I worked on and was interviewed for A&E’s City Confidential series episode on the 1922 murder of director William Desmond Taylor. I have written many bios on Jack Webb over the years and most recently did the research for the Rhino Records CD release of Jack’s LPs from the 50s. Raul has also collected over 200 baseball jerseys.
Moreno, Terry: SEE Pat Evans
KACD, 1996-98; KHHT, 2002-03. This
Dominican-Haitian- Italian from Brooklyn, New York has used his
multi-cultural background to become one of the world's most innovative
Fluent in five languages, millions followed the sound of his voice for a decade on Miami's Power 96 and afternoons on L.A.'s Groove 103.1 and Hot 92 Jamz. He has worked on projects by an array of artists including Diana Ross, Rupaul, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Paige, Marta Sanchez, Carlos Vives, Dolly Parton and Kool & The Gang.
His body of work has sold over 50 million records worldwide. His colleagues call him Mohamed Moretta The Turntable Terrorist.
His organization One World Media Group has recently entered into an agreement with Chinese Media Giant PPTV, to bring Internet radio into Asia including China. They currently have over 400 million unique subscribers. Mohamed can be heard around the world on his weekly International Top 20 Countdown.
MORETTI, Anthony: KFI, 1989-91. Anthony graduated from USC in 1989 and spent the first half of his professional career as a radio and tv freelancer in Southern California. He also worked at KFI from 1989-91. He eventually moved into higher education; he’s now an associate professor of communication at Robert Morris University in Pennsylvania.
KHOF, 1960-63; KGBS, 1968-79; KHTZ, 1979;
Bob left radio and went to work for Amtrak. He became a passenger train
locomotive engineer and is now retired living in Las Vegas.
While working for Amtrak and doing a weekend shift at Oldies KDES in Palm Springs, Morgan started a Live365.com webcast where he recreated his show from his days at KGBS. A few years later, he partnered with KKDJ / KRLA veteran Russ O'Hara to present a live, nightly Internet broadcast, featuring the "greatest hits of all time." While Morgan offers the show from Las Vegas, O'Hara will continue to make his contribution from his home in Palm Springs, where he's become the afternoon drive staple in the Coachella Valley on oldies KDES 104.7. Morgan and O'Hara pledged to present three hours of entertainment not heard anywhere on the radio dial, featuring a 3,800 song playlist and no apologies for doing "personality radio, which means a lot more than reading liner cards."
Morgan, Charles: KFWB, 1968; KABC, KPFK. Charles was the first news voice during the cross over from Top 40 to all-News. He died August 7, 1991, at the age of 78.
and 2007-08. Dirck was a
news reporter at KFWB until the fall of 2008. He died in February 2020.
His colleagues offered tributes to the veteran news reporter. Former KFWB program director Greg Tantum remembered Morgan “as an intrepid reporter and great human being. Particularly remember his work during the riots and Northridge earthquake.”
Ted Sobel said that Dirck “always had a smile and something funny to say.”
Saaqib Rangoonwala wrote that Dirck “was a terrific reporter and an even better person. He taught me a lot about the biz when I first started. He talked a lot about his family.” And Diana Martinez wrote on Facebook: “He was a great cook and enjoyed showing that skill for his friends and family and had dreams of taking that as a second career with his own recipes. He also had pride in his multicultural family, his mother’s Native roots and his Asian American married family.
Morgan, Dusty: KGGK, KFIL, KNBB, 1961-63; KTBT, 1968; KYMS, 1969; KWIZ, 1970-71. KMEN, 1971-74. Dusty spent two decades with Brown Broadcasting (K/108) in Sacramento. Dusty is retired and "smelling a few neighborhood roses in Northern California."
Larry: KIIS, 1984-86; KSCA, 1994-96;
KYSR, 1996-2001; KSWD, 2008-13;
KKGO, 2014-15; KRTH, 2015-22. Larry joined Bonneville's
100.3/fm The Sound as
morning man in the summer of 2008. He left in early 2013. Larry joined
Country KKGO in early 2014. In February 2014, he joined K-EARTH as
assistant program director and swing. In August 2015, Larry took over
Working as the senior vp of programming for Premiere Radio Networks, Larry oversaw a number of network programs, including Casey Kasem’s American Top 40, After Midnite, Bob & Tom, The Foxworthy Countdown, Live from the Lounge with Ryan Seacrest, Rockline, as well as the Premiere Comedy and Prep Services. He shot his own independent feature film in 2001 called, The Comedy Team of Pete & James.
Larry was born in Brownwood, Texas on July 27, 1962. On the “Star 98.7” Website, he said his parents were “either coyotes or very hairy.” He described his evening slot at KIIS as "loud, screaming, flame-throwin', shotgun, teen-idol jock." After working at KIIS in the mid-1980s, he went to KSFM-Sacramento, KWSS and KHQT-San Jose and KHMX-Houston.
In early 1997 he started morning drive at “Star 98.7.” Larry earned a B.A. in cinema production from USC.
(Mary Ellen Murphy, Pat Moore, Dave Meyer, and Mark & Kim)
Morgan, Melody: KMGX,
1994; KKGO, 2006-07. Melody's Dial-Global syndicated show was heard on
Country 540 and 1260. She also had a shift at the "Octopus" in Ventura.
Morgan, Ray: KDAY. Unknown.
MORGAN, Robert W.: KHJ, 1965-71 and 1972-73; KIQQ, 1973-75; KMPC, 1975-84; KMGG, 1984-86; KMPC, 1986-92; KRTH, 1992-98. Robert W. has burrowed his way into a magical place as the quintessential morning man over the decades in Los Angeles radio, beginning in the mid-1960s. It wasn't always that way. "I decided that being a disc jockey was a lot more fun than spending the rest of my life in a courtroom." The world may have lost a lawyer, but it gained arguably one of the top three morning jocks during the second half of this century.
Robert, born in Mansfield, Ohio on July 23, 1942, was the original morning "Boss Jock" at the Drake/Chenault-consulted "93/KHJ." "I knew I was destined to be in radio when I realized my parents initials were AM and FM (Arthur and Florence Morgan)." He arrived in Southern California from KEWB-San Francisco. In 1967, Billboard published that Robert was voted 5th most popular disc jockey and the best in morning drive. During this time, he and his fellow jocks were surprised by a poll taken at one of the Teenage Fairs. "They asked the kids who they were most influenced by. Disc jockeys came in third behind parents and teachers. It stunned all of us. My job had always been a question of just having fun. After that, I became more responsible. I think it placed subconscious pressure on us." Robert hosted ABC's In Concert series, the Helen Reddy Show and KHJ/Channel 9's Groovy program.
His morning signature at KHJ was "Zap, You're Morganized," which meant that one belonged to a very exclusive club. Even adults found it exhilarating to be "Morganized" as some kind of rite of passage. He made a personality out of his engineer "Fail Safe," manipulating him to the cover of a weekly "Boss 30" survey. In 1970, Robert left KHJ for an opportunity at WIND-Chicago. Wolfman Jack, who was hotter than a pistol at the time, was a guest on his last show. Robert called Wolfman Dick Whittinghill in obvious tribute to the long-running KMPC morning man. The irony of his reference to Whittinghill wouldn't be felt immediately. When he signed off he thanked Bill Drake, the Big Kahuna, and played Frank Sinatra's recording of the Rod McKuen song A Few More Cities. After the Windy City experience, Morgan returned to KHJ in 1972. In October of 1975, a once-in-a-generation job opened at KMPC, and Robert took it. His first assignment was a split shift on Sundays, as well as back-stopping KMPC sports events and filling in for the weekday staff.
His move to KMPC seemed strange on the surface. There must have been a hidden agenda or a promise of a shift in order for the superstar morning man to settle for a Sunday split shift. Robert told James Brown of the LA Times that there were no promises when he joined KMPC. A few people did wonder how he'd handle the situation, but he said that he adjusted before he got there. To signal the new era, after 30 years of "Whittinghill in the Morning," Robert became the new morning drive personality on August 6, 1979. He started his first morning with Gene Autry blasting out Back in the Saddle Again. "I've worked every shift known to radio at KMPC but I like this the best. I've always thought of myself as a morning man." Robert has also hosted a number of syndicated radio shows, including ""Record Report" syndicated by Forecast Radio, a company he formed with Gary Kleinman, and "Robert W. Morgan's Special Of The Week," which was syndicated by Watermark. While at "Magic 106" his morning partners were Joni Caryl and St. Louis sports guy Scott St. James, who moved to "Magic" from KMPC.
By 1992, all the "Boss Radio" fans were listening to "K-Earth 101" and Robert's morning move to the Oldies station seemed like a seamless decision and a very comfortable fit. In early 1994, Robert was inducted into the National Broadcasters Hall of Fame. In 1993 he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "Unfortunately the Star is in storage until MetroLink finishes construction on Hollywood Blvd."
In late May 1997, Robert announced that he had lung cancer, perhaps due to being a two-pack-a-day smoker for 35 years before quitting in 1996. In an emotional on-air statement he said he was taking some time off work to fight the disease full time. He retired from KRTH on January 9, 1998, with a three-hour on-air tribute from the Museum of TV & Radio broadcast live. Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan, who announced that a city street will be named after Morgan, was part of the festivities. Robert was presented with a replica of the Hollywood Boulevard Star that bears his name. On hand: Dick Clark, Chuck Blore, Coach John Robinson, Ernest Borgnine, movie critic David Sheehan, and Lets Make a Deals Monty Hall. Industry peers including Gene Chenault, Ed Arnold, Frank Terry, Bill Ward, Ken Levine, Shotgun Tom Kelly, Jay Coffey, Bill Pearl, Sharon Katchen, Bobby Ocean and Charlie Tuna. The event was MCed by Joni Caryl and Gary Owens. Robert passed away May 22, 1998. He was 60.
(A.J. Martin, Catherine Moreau, Rex Moore, and Brian McKnight)
Morgan, Scott: KEZY, 1969-76. Scott was a principal in the Morgan/Frey Ad Agency in Fountain Valley, responsible for all the advertising for Cerritos Auto Square. He died in September 2012 from complications of a stroke he suffered earlier in the year, according to Bruce Chandler. Scott was believed to be in his late 60s. Born Neal Christopher, Scott arrived in the Southland from KENO-Las Vegas. He was at KEZY from 1969-76, starting out as the production director/weekend jock and then was chosen to replace Mark Denis as program director. On his departure from KEZY, Scott said, "We can't compete with Los Angeles stations. We have to relate to the community more." Scott became a principal in the Morgan/Frey Advertising Agency.
|Morgan, Trey: KYSR, 2014-15. Trey arrived from Z100-New York to do middays at Alt 98.7. He returned to New York in March 2015. In the fall of 2016, Trey joined KPLX (99.5 THE WOLF)-Dallas, as morning man. He left in the fall of 2018.|
Mark: KDAY, 1983-87; KBET, 1989-90. Mark
started his radio career in Hawaii in the mid-1970s. When he left for
the Mainland, he joined KONE-Reno, KMJQ-Houston and WBMX-Chicago.
In the spring of 1983 he arrived at 1580 KDAY to work for pd Jack Patterson. Mark stayed for four years. “Somewhere along the way, seismic shifts in technology led me away and astray from Radio and into Film and Television Post, then its twisted cousin, DVD,” emailed Mark from his Woodland Hills studio.
Mark continued: “HD platforms, naturally, spawned from the loins of even more digital wizardry that have kept us all employed for sure, but lost is that analog soul I experienced night after night in that crumbling control room in that beat brick building with the shaky front door, at the top of an Echo Park hill in the heart of White Fence gang turf, the KDAY-AM directional transmitter towers standing sentry outside like steel pillars in the heart of a Southland urban forest. And I, a transplanted Angelino turned Hawaiian Haole back in LA spinning Hip-Hop in an urban hotspot! Pure 1980’s radio legend!"
Mark has a voiceover career.
Morisette, Johnny: KAPP, 1965. Johnny is an r&b singer.
Morley, Russ: KEZY, 1991. Russ is pd at WRMF-West Palm Beach.
Morrell, Gary: KNX; KFWB, 60s & 70s. Gary died in 1991.
KABC. Barney, a news anchor and reporter at KTLA/Channel 5
and KABC/Channel 7 for most of three decades, died
March 14, 2003, at the age of 66. Morris died of heart failure at the
University of Virginia Medical Center in Charlottesville.
Born in New York City, Morris spent most of his youth in Chicago. He attended the University of Notre Dame before deciding on a career in broadcasting. He started in Monroe, Michigan. From there he went on to a number of other radio jobs in the Midwest before getting his first television job at WXYZ in Detroit. While there, Morris anchored and reported on the city’s riots in 1968. Morris first came to Los Angeles in 1970 for a news anchor job at Channel 5. The following year, he anchored KTLA’s coverage of the Sylmar earthquake. He also worked at KABC radio.
In 1975, he went to Philadelphia tv and moved to San Diego a year later. He retired in 1995.
Curt: KYMS, 1986. Curt was a newsman in afternoon drive at KYMS.
Morris, Felicia: SEE Poetess
Morris, Gary: KLAC, 1985. Unknown.
Morris, Hal: KRHM, 1959-61. Hal went on to a major newspaper career holding various editorial positions. He taught news reporting and writing at a California university and free-lanced at a number of major national publications. He was an independent corporate communications specialist for several major New York Stock Exchange-listed companies. He now publishes a regular column at GrumpyEditor.com.
Johnny: KGFJ, 1983-94; KACE, 1994-1999;
KYPA, 1996-2000; KJLH, 2004-06.
Johnny Morris, godfather of
soul radio in California (KGFJ / KACE / KJLH Los Angeles; KSOL / KDIA in
the Bay Area) died September 1, 2018. He was 70.
Born in Fresno, grew up in the Bay Area. At ten years of age, a young Andrew Morris already knew what he wanted to be when he grew up – a radio broadcaster. The curious youngster didn’t want to become an adult before pursuing his dream. He swiftly put his plan in motion so that by the age of 12, he had built his first transmitter in his grandmother’s garage and constructed a small radio studio. Johnny grew up in the Bay Area with soul stations KDIA and KSOL, along with KFWB’s sister station KEWB. “I loved the early rock and roll music of Fats Domino and Chuck Berry. There’s nothing like it.”
While in high school, he started his radio career as the all-night personality at KSOL Oakland / San Francisco, using the moniker Ronnie Dark. He was there at the same time Sly Stone was at the station. Johnny then did something astonishing. Many LARP attended either the Ogden, Don Martin, or other broadcast schools to prepare for the First Class FCC engineering exam. Back in the 1960’s only one out of 1,600 broadcasting students passed the examination. Having not attended a preparatory school, Johnny passed the test at age 17.
His first assignment as a chief engineer was at KSOL. Johnny modestly recalled it was a very good experience. “I went into that test room with a slide rule, which most people today don’t even know what it is. I was ready,” said Johnny. “I have been able to be employed in this business because I could do more than just being a jock. That’s why I have 45 years. I have been able to build studios, do transmitter maintenance, computer maintenance, and installing telephones.”
He left KSOL in 1969, leaving behind his previous broadcast signature and joining KDIA, with Johnny Morris now his new on-air identity. He took on multiple positions as on-air jock, program director, and assistant chief engineer. Interviewed by the Los Angeles Sentinel, Johnny said “all aspects of (the multiple responsibilities) have been good. Taking on more than one position keeps you working when there are no-on-air shifts available.” He became one of the Bay Area’s most popular djs throughout the 1970’s. Johnny introduced his listeners such r&b greats as The Whispers, Bobby Womack, Parliament-Funkadelic, the Ohio Players, among many others. Johnny also somehow found the time to finish his studies at San Francisco State.
After nearly two decades in the San Francisco and Oakland communities, Johnny packed up to head down south to join Los Angeles r&b stations KGFJ-AM and KUTE/fm, when the stations were located on 1989 Riverside Drive. The lineup on the legendary station included Big Jim Woods, Magnificent Montague, Tyrone “Boogie” Nelson, Levi Booker, and Alvin John Waples. When the stations parted ways in 1985, Johnny remained with KGFJ, again taking on multiple duties as an on-air personality, program director, and chief engineer.
In the 1990’s, Johnny’s voice continued to grace the airwaves. He later entertained his late night listeners on KACE with his extensive musical knowledge and playlist of classic soul and gospel music. Johnny was also heard on KJLH.
KMDY, 1983; KNAC, 1983-84;
KKLA, 1984-88; KACE, 1990-92; KMPC, 1991-92;
KLSX, 1992-97; KJAZ/KSUR,
a beloved local broadcaster, died May 2, 2018, of a ruptured fistula. He
had been on kidney dialysis for a few years. Most recently Mark had a
show at Hot923thebeat.com. He was thought to be in his 50s, according
to Johnny St. John Newton,
who gave Mark his first job in 1988 at KKLA. “Mark was a gentleman,”
said Johnny. “He was first class all the way. He was very, very
professional in his job.”
The native Los Angeleno grew up near Baldwin Park. He got the radio bug while working on Loyola Marymount University's college station, KXLU, where he was general manager for two years. During his tenure as manager, the staff won back-to-back awards as Radio Station of the Year. With a sparkle in his voice, he proclaimed his school the “Marines of God.” Mark did morning drive news and production at KKLA, then moving to SI Communications between 1988 and 1990.
Mark was also part of the morning drive team at KACE during its “Quiet Storm” period. While at KLSX in the mid 90’s, he was the host and producer of a syndicated NAC show “Night Songs” that was heard on over 20 stations.
His radio resume was deep. In addition to the above named stations he was a producer at Alan Beck’s Underground Oldies Show; production director at 1110/KRLA working with Huggy Boy, Art Laboe, and Mucho Morales; production director at AM 1100 KFAX; production director at Salem/San Francisco; air talent at Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters; production director at Oldies 1260; morning show host at K-JAZZ; production director at Mega 100 (which became Hot 92.3/fm); production director at Comedy World; and director of production at KLSX 97.1 FM.
“I last spoke to Mark on April 10th,” emailed Mike Johnson, operations director at K-JAZZ. “He seemed in good spirits, and we had talked about meeting one day soon for lunch and going to a Dodger game. He was a great man and a true professional. I will miss him.”
Morris, Mike: KFWB, 2008. Mike works for Metro Traffic, primarily broadcasting for San Diego stations.
KRTH, 1986-90; KKGO/KGIL,
1996-97. Steve is doing commercial voice work and some
on-camera hosting for HBO.
Born in Lynn, Massachusetts, in 1957, Steve got into radio as a result of the attention he received as a comedian while attending Cornell University. He was a comedian first and then a radio performer. "My role models were not other djs, but, rather, Johnny Carson, Jack Benny and Steve Allen. I treated my stand-up comedy work like a variety show."
Steve started his radio career in Ithaca and from there worked in Rochester, Long Island and Hartford before landing in the Southland. Some of his features while doing mornings on "K-Earth" included "The Art of Dating" and "Moonlighting in the Morning" among others.
"I put together my show based on whatever was happening in town. When Mike Tyson knocked his opponent out in 90 seconds, I played all short records that morning, music that could be played during the length of the fight. I felt like we were in touch with Southern California. I had Jonathan Doll, who is also a stand-up comic, doing traffic and Claudia Marshall doing news."
On one April Fools' Day, Steve announced upcoming major roadwork on selected freeways that would close portions of the 10, 5, 101 and so on. He claims CalTrans was not happy with the April Fools Day prank but his audience loved it. "We announced we were going all-news one year. The pranks are a lot of fun." He appeared on Moonlighting, Murphy Brown, Matlock and Frank's Place. Steve was seen regularly at the Ice House, Evening at the Improv, the Brea Improv and other area comedy clubs. He went to KQQL-Minneapolis after he left L.A., and then to Florida. "I liked the Southern California audience and I liked making friends with them." Steve returned to the Southland in the summer of 1995 to star in a two-person original play called "The Forbidden Dance of Love." He worked morning drive at all-Beatles format, KGIL.
MORRISON, Bob: KHJ, 1974-76 and 1977; KIIS, 1978-79. Bob was one of the newsmen at a time when KHJ was de-emphasizing news.
In the late 1960s he worked his way up at KLIF-Dallas from request line operator to news anchor in only two short years. He went on to work for ABC/FM Radio and RKO Radio Network.
After KHJ and KIIS, Bob left the Southland and returned to
Since 2000, Bob was the news and sports director at the USA radio
network, based in Dallas. He was involved with Bible Study Media in
Since 2000, Bob was the news and sports director at the USA radio network, based in Dallas. He was involved with Bible Study Media in Dallas.
passed away on June 21, 2015. "He helped, encouraged, believed in,
supported, shared his love of Jesus and touched so many lives," said his
sister at Bob's Celebration of Life. "He was a man well respected and
loved by many. Makes you realize again every life you touch is
important. What a man."
passed away on June 21, 2015. "He helped, encouraged, believed in, supported, shared his love of Jesus and touched so many lives," said his sister at Bob's Celebration of Life. "He was a man well respected and loved by many. Makes you realize again every life you touch is important. What a man."
Danny: KBLA, 2021-22. In the summer of 2021, Danny took
over middays at Tavis Smiley's new Progressive station at 1580 AM. Danny
wais doing double duty as the morning drive host at “Forge 95.3”
KBHH-Fresno. He also does a weekend show at sister station, bilingual
"I grew up in a family that didn’t have much. Single mother. Six children. Rough neighborhood. You’ll find that in most poverty-stricken households, before technological advancement accelerated, children sought solace in the wonderment of television as a respite from the stresses of life," Danny rembered. "When I was a young boy, there was no XBox or iPad. All we had was a tube television that sat on top of an older broken console television. Hey. We needed a TV table. Shush. You did it too. No cable. UHF access only. Exclusively local channels. The channel knob had broken off, so we changed channels with a set of needle-nosed pliers. Our makeshift antenna was always a wire hanger we would take from our closet."
Donald: KFI, 2010-16. Donald was an anchor at KFI. He left to go work with
his family’s business, which is installing industrial shelving.
Prior to KFI he interned with Michael Levine's PR firm, LCO. Donald was an intern back in 2001 on Levine’s radio show. "The internship allowed Donald to “gain the knowledge of how a radio show is put together as well as how to go about booking guests and promoting a show," noted Levine.
“I originally wanted to be a play-by-play sports announcer and felt working in tv or radio would help me accomplish that. I ended up working in the news and enjoyed it and stuck with it.
Morrison said the most significant story that he covered was the election of President Obama. "It was a historic election that will be in the annals of American history,'" offered Donald. He also said that the best experience he had while interning was getting to meet Mickey Dolenz from the Monkees and Charles Manson prosecutor, Vincent Bugliosi.
Morrison, Mike: KSCA, 1994-97; KCRW, 1997-98. Mike left HITS Magazine in the Fall of 2003. He's now an accountant.
Patt: KPCC, 2006-22. Patt has a daily news talk program
on Pasadena's news/talk station. The program is known for its innovative
discussions of local politics and culture, and for its presentation of
national and world news as it affects the Southern California region.
"Patt's show has become an important part of 89.3 KPCC's daily service," said program director Craig Curtis.
In addition to her daily program on KPCC, Morrison writes a regular column for The Los Angeles Times, which is distributed in over 200 newspapers around the country. She also hosts various television programs and lectures on political and social issues. "Patt's long time coverage and insights make her one of the area's leading minds and voices on the most important issues in Southern California. Her back-story on the area provides a deep, thoughtful and entertaining commentary and provocative on-going conversation," commented Jarl Mohn, a member of the Southern California Public Radio Board of Trustees.
KEZY, 1998-99; KXMX, 1999;
KATY, 2000-01. Rod (Barajas) was born October 10,
1974, in West Los Angeles and attended Mater Dei High School and
Fullerton College. “I got interested in radio at Fullerton College’s
campus station, KBPK. Jim Bain was the head of that
Rod worked as an intern at KIKF and on the Anaheim Bullfrogs broadcasts at KORG. Following another internship at KFI, “I got my first full-time gig at ‘The Highway Stations FM 98&99,’ the four fm stations that cover the drive on I-15 from Cajon Pass to Las Vegas and Laughlin.” After a two-year stop at KLLY-Bakersfield, Rod joined KEZY in the spring of 1998 and worked there until an ownership change in the Spring of 1999.
Rod worked as the Internet sales manager for Power Ford, Huntington Beach. In 2015 he started the By All Means Radio podcast. It initially started on KaoticRadio.com, ByAllMeansRadio.com and on iTunes. In 2018 By All Means Radio moved to 99.1 KLB LP-FM, Long Beach Public Radio at 9 a.m. on Wednesday & Saturday’s and online at KLBP.org. "Also in 2018 we expanded our digital footprint by being available on demand on Spotify, Google Play, iHeart Radio, MixCloud, Stitcher, TuneIn & of course iTunes!
Personally, I got remarried and started the Barajas Insurance Agency, Farmers Insurance in Laguna Hills. In 2013 I had my first and only child, his name is Gabriel & he’s in 1st grade. Rod worked weekends at the Orange County CHR station.
Morrow, Bruce: KGBS, 1965. Unknown.
KRLA, 1998-2000. Kenny
is active with projects on the Internet and he provides content to
Premiere Networks quarterly as Mr. Traffic for their XM Channels.
Born Kenny Morse Schaffel in New York City, the name Morse came from his late Uncle Morris Silverman, father of famed opera singer Beverly Sill He grew up in show business as the son of noted New York production executive Hal Schaffel (who brought us such television classics as Howdy Doody, Naked City and The Defenders and movies such as Midnight Cowboy and The Main Event. Aa a child actor, Kenny had many parts on episodic television shows, commercials and was one of the original Sonny's in the Broadway show Grease and Pilate in the Los Angeles company of Jesus Christ Superstar.
Kenny was offered an opportunity in 1987 to take his show business and management experience to help make better drivers at LETTUCE AMUSE U/WEST COAST TRAFFIC SCHOOL, then, the largest in California, overseeing a stable of 40 teachers. He started teaching these classes himself which garnered him worldwide publicity. In 1990, Kenny created "Ask Mr. Traffic" as a Los Angeles television and talk radio show.
KIQQ, 1984-89; KGIL/KMGX,
1991-92. Tom founded Barzman & Mosher Advertising in
Tom began his new position in Los Angeles at KIQQ with a new station format "K-Lite 100." He described the format at the time as "designed to appeal to an older audience."
Tom was born in 1941 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania and was educated at Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He began his radio career in sales in Detroit at WCAR, then became gm of WDRQ. After being gm at KVOR/KSPZ-Colorado Springs, consultant at KLBJ-Austin and gm at WSNE-Providence, Tom arrived in the Southland. Between KIQQ and KGIL/KMGX, Tom originated and implemented a new station in Orlando, WXXL. When KGIL was sold, Tom teamed up with Allan Barzman ("Barz").
KLOS, 1982-95; KSCA, 1995-97;
KLOS, 1998-2000. The former nd for KLOS became an
integral part of the morning "Mark & Brian
for eight years. Chuck left KLOS in early 1995 and told Gary Lycan
in the OC Register, "It was all very bittersweet. They said
the company had decided not to renew my contract. I cleaned out my
desk and left. I felt foolishly insulated from other changes
because: A. I was doing news, and B. I was part of something that by
any standards I might muse was a successful package. Subsequently,
it clearly turned out Mark and Brian knew nothing about it, and they
Chuck worked at the campus station at the University of Santa Barbara, KCSB, and at KBMI and KLON/TV-Las Vegas, KZEW-Dallas, WCOZ-Boston and KZAM-Seattle before arriving in the Southland. Chuck joined former Mark & Brian producer Nicole Sandler for mornings at KSCA and left when the station changed formats from AAA to Spanish in early 1997. He left KLOS in the fall of 2000 and became a therapist. He's now with Spectrum News.
Moskowitz, Peter: KUSC. Last heard, Peter
was working at WJHU-Baltimore.
Moss, Pete: KEZY, 1966; KACE, 1971; KGBS, 1972-73; KFOX, 1975. Pete works for a video production company in Las Vegas.
Moss, Ray: XERB, 1967-68. Unknown.
KFOX, 1975-76; KHJ, 1982-83.
Born William Moss in Rochester, New York, Terry played the
very last Top 40 record on KHJ before they went Country.
During the 1980s Terry owned and edited Galaxy, a
music and news tidbit sheet for disc jockeys. He also
generated Cheap Radio Thrills, a personality production
package. He spent time in Las Vegas on KDWN partnered in the
morning with Pete Moss (no relation) as "the Dawn
Busters." He also worked Country KSON-San Diego. In the
mid-1980s, Terry was part of Transtar's Country format for a
few years before moving on to Unistar and Westwood One.
When he left the Southland he moved to a ranch in Durango, Colorado, then back to Las Vegas. Terry spent his final year in Dallas and passed away on October 15, 1994, at age 47. He asked for donations to AIDS research programs in lieu of flowers. Radio friend Dan O'Day said: "Terry was one of the best, most natural radio personalities ever. Wonderfully creative in the production room. Terrific guy."
Jose: KSPN, 2002-07; KLAA, 2007-10;
KWKW, 2011-17. José is the English tv
play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket and KCOP/Channel 13
for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He is also the Spanish radio color
commentator for the Angels on KWKW. Fully bilingual, he conducts interviews
with baseball players speaking either language. He is the son of former
baseball player and long-time Dodgers coach, Manny Mota.
In 2021, Jose was announced as the Angels' tv color commentator. The native of the Dominican Republic, he spent two seasons playing in Major League Baseball. As a player, Mota was an All-American and a College World Series champion at Cal State Fullerton before becoming a second round draft pick to the Chicago White Sox in 1985. He reached the majors in 1991 with the Padres and again in 1995 with the Kansas City Royals.
Motley Fool: KFI, 1998-2000; KABC, 2001. David and Tom Gardner host a syndicated financial show.
1992-2021; KABC, 2021-22. Frank was a
financial news anchor at KNXNewsradio. He left KNX in the spring of 2021. In
the summer of 2021, Frank started an evening business show at KABC.
Frank grew up in South Florida and remembers his start: "I got into radio when I was 16 at one of the top FM stations in Miami in 1978. While in high school I began doing the afternoon news on “96X”-Miami and by the time I graduated high school I was doing the morning news and was news director."
At the age of 19 Frank was hired as news anchor/reporter at the CBS radio affiliate WINZ-Miami covering space shuttle launches for six years. In the midst of his 11-year association with WINZ he earned a B.A. in liberal studies at Barry University. From Florida Frank filed stories for the Nightly Business Report on PBS.
Frank has covered many stories for the CBS radio network including space shuttle landings, the 1997 mass suicides in San Diego and anchored hourly CBS Radio Network newscasts. He was the reporter on the scene when the Challenger exploded in 1986, broadcasting the sad news via the CBS Network. Since 1992 Frank has also appeared on KCBS/Channel 2 News.
Frank shares his passion teaching Journalism at USC. In his opening remarks to his class, he says he is dedicating the entire semester in memory of CBS News Correspondent Christopher Glenn. "He was a great mentor to me for many years,” said Frank.
Johnny: KABC, 1979. Johnny, one of the most recognizable
faces and names in local tv news, was part of the "Ken and
Bob Company" morning drive show on KABC dispensing
weather. He went on to be a fixture at KABC/Channel 7’s Eyewitness News.
and later at KCBS/Channel 2. Mountain retired in March 2010 as part of a
"restructuring" of KCBS news operations.
Prior to his move to the Southland, Johnny spent one year at WLS/tv in Chicago.
This meteorologist sold his home in Pasadena for its asking price of $3.749 million. Set on a half-acre along a portion of Orange Grove Boulevard called Millionaire’s Row, the Mediterranean Mission-style house was built in 1927 and designed by Wallace Neff for his parents.
He joined Channel 7 in 1978 to become an weeknight meteorologist. When George Fischbeck retired, Mountain was shifted to weekday mornings from 5-7 a.m. and afternoon at 5 p.m. when his partner Dallas Raines took Mountain's 11 p.m. spot.
Mountain, Red: KDAY, 1972; KROQ, 1973. Last
heard Red was running a chain of radio stations in East
Mouzis, Bill: ABC, 1950; KHJ, 1951-77; KABC, 1978-79; KMPC, 1980-90. Bill was a studio engineer/mixer and technical director. He died January 7, 2013, at the age of 90.
Mr. X: KHJ, 1975. Unknown
Jamillah: KJLH, 2019-20. Jamillah died September 11,
2021, after a very private four-year battle with colon cancer. She was
Jamillah arrived at KJLH in June 2019 as the operations manager of the station. At the time, market manager Elston Butler felt Jamillah’s vision would deliver the rating victories for the Urban AC station. She left in February 2020.
Jamillah has previously held the position of vp for The Lewis-Kortez Group. She had recently held positions with Beasley Media Group’s WPEG & WBAV-Charlotte, Radio One’s WMMJ-Washington, DC, Premiere Networks’ The Sweat Hotel Syndicated Show and WGCI & WVAZ-Chicago, WMXD-Detroit and WKKV-Milwaukee.
Laila: KFI, 2019-22. Laila joined the KFI team as a
news anchor in October 2019. She has 15 years of experience as a tv
anchor/host/reporter and can be seen on KNBC as a correspondent for the
lifestyle show, California Live.
Laila also does voiceover and commercial work. Laila received her Master of Science in Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and History from Salem College.
Prior to moving to Los Angeles, Laila hosted a syndicated morning show in Dallas. She spent more than a decade as a local news anchor and reporter at television stations in Virginia and North Carolina. Laila loves teaching and mentoring. She was an adjunct professor at Hampton University and East Carolina University.
Laila is a proud Army brat and a basketball lover.
Mulholland, Russ: KMPC,
Mulhurn, Shawn: KJOI, 1976. Unknown.
Mundy, Greg: KTWV, 1993-94. Born Greg Partsch, he grew up in Rancho Cordova near Sacramento. Before the "WAVE," Greg worked at KSJO-San Jose, KNDE and KFBK-Sacramento and programmed KPOI-Honolulu. In the mid-1970s he joined the David Forrest Agency promoting concerts. The production assistant and on-air talent died at age 39 on June 29, 1994, in a boating accident.
Beata: KIIS, 2013-22. In late 2021, Beata was made
program director for KIIS. She reports to John Peake,
svp of programming for iHeartMedia Los Angeles.
Beata began her career in radio in 1999 at WLLD-Tampa, while still in college. From there she became national director at Jive Records in 2006, continuing her career helping develop radio marketing plans for artists such as Justin Timberlake, Britney Spears and Usher. In 2013, Beata was appointed md/apd for KIIS.
She earned a bachelor's degree in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida.
KJOI, 1973-74. Bill was a news anchor at WTVT/FOX
13-Tampa until 2007.
Born and raised in New York City in 1945. "I was close friends with Henry Winkler in the 7th and 8th grade," said Bill when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. He got interested in radio when he was in the navy and stationed in the Philippines. He left the service in 1972 and used the G.I. Bill to attend the Don Martin School in Hollywood. After spending a year with K-JOI, he went to an all-News station in Palm Springs where he worked with Tracey Miller. He then transitioned to tv working in Medford, Oregon, Salinas/Monterey (7 years) and then to Tampa for decades. A feature called "One Tank Trips" was based on short day trips families could enjoy. He turned them into three books, which sold over 300,000 copies. Bill was married to Dick Whittinghill's youngest daughter. His best man was KFI's Mike Nolan.
Murphy, Dave: KIIS; KPWR, 1986; KNX/fm/KKHR/KODJ/KCBS, 1986-97. Dave is living in Orange County and working for a software developer company called Syspro Software in Costa Mesa.
1995-2019. Duff is an
attorney by day, and opera buff on Saturdays at KUSC.
"There is nothing stuffy about Duff Murphy," wrote Judith Michaelson in
the LA Times. During the week, Duff is a real estate lawyer.
"No long academic discourses or turgid analyses, weighted with dates.
Just a high-energy, intelligent flow of wraparound talk, with telling
detail or anecdotes about the performer or composer," wrote Michaelson.
He helmed KUSC’s Opera Show for 25 years, but he’s decided to step away from the program.
Duff spends his free time watching German crime shows (Krimi) on the Internet. He has a passtion for open water swimming. Duff was a Tiger Mom parent.
KPWR, 1992-93; KROQ, 1993-96; KLOS, 1996-99;
KLYY, 1999. Frank worked morning drive for an Oldies station in Knoxville.
He's now hosting a podcast.
Frank moved to Southern California from Virginia where he worked at WAVA/fm-Washington, DC. He started at WAVA as a college intern, advanced to assistant promotion director and then morning show producer. When the station was put up for sale, Murphy hosted the morning show for six months and won an Achievement in Radio Award for “Best New Talent in the Market.” He was general manager of his college radio station at George Mason University, where he earned a Bachelor's degree. During college he worked on the air at stations in Annapolis, Maryland, and Herndon, Virginia and also worked as a mobile deejay. Before college, Murphy lived in the suburbs of New York City. Frank is the producer of "H2O: Havey to Olsen" on ComedyWorld.com. Prior to joining Comedy World, Frank was co-host and producer of the morning show at KLYY ("Y-107"). For three years, Frank was executive producer of the syndicated Mark & Brian radio program. He was known on the air as “Mr. Owl” and wrote the trivia questions used in the addictive “You Can’t Win” game. As part of the annual Mark & Brian football bet, he cleaned a nasty Santa Monica Pier public bathroom, collected semen from a bull and picked a stranger's nose. He cast, produced and directed live broadcasts of A Christmas Carol, The War of the Worlds, The Witch’s Tale and The Wizard of Oz at the Museum of Television & Radio starring many well known actors and actresses. In 1992/3 Frank worked at Power 106 as morning show producer and produced a Stop the Violence radio special and radiothon. From 1993 to 1996, he produced KROQ’s Kevin & Bean Show and directed live broadcasts of the 1995 Almost Acoustic Christmas and the 1996 Weenie Roast concerts.
KROQ, 1977-80; KWST, 1980-81; KLOS, 1981-95. Gayl is a comedian appearing in clubs around
At KROQ Gayl was a regular on The Young Marquis Show as German dominatrix sweetie, Greta La Gumbo. At "K-West" she worked morning drive as The Traffic Tootsie, first with Phil Hendrie and then Raechel Donahue. When she left KWST abruptly, Donahue's on-air staff participated in a covertspoof reporting that Gayl had suddenly been abducted by aliens while covering a tie-up on the 605, and was leaving the station because of a higher calling. During her long reign at KLOS, Gayl was the entertainment and backstage concert reporter, frequently reporting "live" from backstage. She also covered major entertainment events for ABC Radio News, as their national correspondent.
While at KLOS and ABC, she toured the world with the likes of Bob Dylan, Van Halen, Guns 'n' Roses, Jan and Dean (China), The Rolling Stones and other major rock acts. For four years she hosted the talk show "Open Conversation." In the mid-nineties, Gayl briefly relocated to New York City as the director of entertainment news for SW Networks. She's taken her entertainment reporting skills worldwide to a variety of media outlets around the world including BBC Television, BBC Radio and mrshowbiz on the web.
Gayl was born and raised in New York City and came to the Southland as a teenager. Her goal was to be an actress (she appeared in Revenge of the Lobster Man) and comedian. She has performed improv and stand-up comedy clubs in Los Angeles and San Francisco.
Murphy, John: KIIS, 1992-93; KZLA, 1993-95; KCMG, 2000-01; KLAC, 2002. John is involved with projects for the Sci-Fi Network.
Kimber: KGIL, 2010. Kimber worked middays at KGIL,
She has hosted and programmed radio for nearly 20 years. She's versed in multiple formats including Smooth Jazz, beginning at KOAI-Dallas. As operations manager and morning host for Smooth FM at SW Networks, Kimber was heard in 16 markets nationwide. Later, Kimber hosted Alternative Rock and Soft Rock at WDBZ and WNSR-New York.
In 1998, she joined the #1 station in New York, WLTW, where she was named Billboard's Adult Contemporary Music Director of the Year in 2000. Kimber also spent six years managing several channels for the AC Division at Sirius Radio.
Murphy, Mary Ellen: KYSR, 1994. Marty Ellen worked middays at WLAV/fm in Grand Rapids. She went on to work morning drive at WHTC in Michigan.
Owen: KFWB, 2014-15. Owen launched the new all-sports format at KFWB in
September 2014. He left the station in February 2015. A graduate of the
University of Minnesota, Owen is a sports radio coach and consultant.
He's currently working with the morning show at KEXP-Seattle.
In 2001, Owen began his career as the lead producer of the Dan Patrick Show. He was also a producer on Mike and Mike in the Morning and Gamenight. In 2009, he joined the Seattle ESPN station, followed by KIRO-Seattle before arriving in the Southland. Early in his career he was on-air and apd of the Madison ESPN station.
Murphy, Tom: KBLA, 1967; KFWB, 1967. Last heard, Tom was working in San Diego.
MURPHY, "World Famous" Tom: KRLA, 1971; KGIL, 1976-77; KIIS, 1977-81; KPRZ, 1981-85; KIIS, 1985-86; KFI, 1987-88; KJQI, 1993; KGRB, 1994-95. Tom was one of the biggest names to come out of Portland radio.
Tom was born March 14, 1940 in Sioux City, Iowa and grew up in Portland. He started his radio career on Don Burden's KISN in 1959 and stayed six years. In 1965, he moved to the legendary KJR-Seattle before arriving in the Southland in February 1971 for mornings at KRLA.
Where did the "World Famous" come from? "It happened while I was at KJR. As a bit I called myself the Famous Tom Murphy. Then, I thought, what the heck, that wasn't big enough, so I called myself World Famous.”
KRLA, Tom returned to Seattle for a year and then joined WCFL-Chicago
for almost three years. In late summer of 1975, he went to
WIXY-Cleveland. In 1993, Tom worked for the Salem Radio Network until
the operation moved to Dallas in the summer of 1994. In late 1994, he
joined KGRB in the East Valley until an ownership change changed the
station to Spanish. Tom joined DMX Music in 1997 as a music programmer
(Oldies, Big Bands, Standards) and he also wrote and hosted a weekly
Oldies show, “The Good Time Oldies.”
KFWB, 1961. Hal, who came in from KDWB-Minneapolis, was
part of the strike team at KFWB.
Hal was born Herman Aronson in Dublin, Ohio, on October 20, 1920, according to the website Pieces of the Past. Hal went into the radio business in 1939. He wrote musical shows and acted in off Broadway productions.
When he retired some after almost forty years on the air, he witnessed the drastic change from the swing music era to pop to rock and roll and beyond. The list of radio stations he worked on the Murray Go Round would almost complete an entire alphabet and cover the country from coast to coast. His list of stations include WQAM-Miami, where he once dove into a pool with a pair of porpoises which threw him around like a water polo ball, just to please a sponsor of his show. Other stations included WOKY-Milwaukee, where he also did two five-minute video shows on WXIX-TV. More stations on the Murray Go-Round: WNOE-New Orleans, KTSA-San Antonio, KLIF-Dallas and KILT-Houston. At WVKO, in Columbus. Ohio, he did a show on a miniature merry-go-round on the roof of the Neil House Hotel. He briefly returned to Texas when he worked at KILT in Houston.
It was at KQV-Pittsburgh, where Hal would enjoy his greatest success. First appearing on the morning show, the former “Mr. Twin Cities,” drew the endearing affection of his large audiences with his vaudeville one-liner jokes. Murray moved to middays in 1965. One of the station’s biggest shows came during the Christmas holiday, which featured Roy Orbison, The Four Seasons and Bobby Rydell. Known as “Emperor Murray,” Hal donned a cape and carried a scepter while he was introducing the biggest acts of the day including the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Monkees. His corps of listeners dubbed themselves “Murray’s Militia.”
To promote his show, Hal used voices from his fellow disc jockeys at KRLA, including a young Casey Kasem, who appeared as “Lt. Cavendish.” "I don't pretend that it's not corn. That's how I get away with it. Otherwise, I'd be in trouble. I need a lot of corn to go with my 28 hours air time a week,” Murray told the Pittsburgh Press. Hal left KQV-Pittsburgh in 1967 to take a break from rock and roll to do a talk show on WINQ in Tampa, only to return to dj at KROY-Sacramento. Murray passed away September 17, 1988 at the age of 67.
KMAX, 1995. Tom has been a
long-time prime-time tv sports anchor and appears on the Fox
Sports Network. He's a writer/producer/director/filmmaker
who began his career in print, made a completely unplanned segue into
broadcast tv as a sports anchor/reporter/producer, then reinvented
himself as a writer/producer/director of documentary-style programming.
He's president of Two Sons Productions, an independent production company with a variety of projects, some of which have been produced with KCBS/tv, Fox Sports Net and Tru TV. Most current project is the acclaimed documentary, Dad’s In Heaven With Nixon, about his autistic brother Chris, a thriving artist. He's won three Emmy Awards for sports reporting
MYERS, Bob: KJQI/KOJY, 1993-94;
KGIL, 1997; KKGO/KMZT/KSUR,
1997-2005. Bob received his bachelor's degree at
the University of Dayton and works swing at Classical
"K-Mozart" and at Adult Standards, The SURF.
He retired in mid-2005.
2001-03; KLAC, 2009-10; KFWB, 2015-16. Chris co-hosted afternoons with Steve Hartman at FOX Sports Radio
until the spring of 2010. He is a broadcaster for the FOX NFL telecast
and the face of NASCAR tv coverage. He is now the FOX TV NFL anchor.
He hosted a midday show with Wes Clements on KFWB, the Sports Beast, until mid-February 2016 when new owners took over KFWB and converted to an foreign language station.
While growing up in Miami, Chris hosted a sports talk show at the age of 16 at WKAT-Miami. He worked in local tv in Miami and New Orleans before heading to ESPN for 10 years, where he hosted “Sports Center.” In early 1995 he took over ESPN's "Up Close" from Roy Firestone. Chris told Larry Stewart in the LA Times: "Roy's a tough act to follow. Roy shaped the show around his personality, and now I think it should be shaped around mine. He did the show for 14 years. It takes a while." In 1998 he joined FOX/TV for NASCAR coverage and “NFL This Morning.” In late 2001, Chris joined Bob Golic for afternoons at KMPC (1540AM).
MYROW, Rachael: KPCC, 2000-07. Rachael joined KQED-San Francisco in late spring of 2007.
From KQED's Bureau in San Jose, Rachael's mandate is to cover politics, economics, technology and culture in a region that stretches from Burlingame to Edenvale to Fremont. She also covers food and its relationship to health, happiness and public policy.
Her posting in Silicon Valley follows more than seven years serving as the daily host of KQED's California Report, broadcast on NPR affiliates throughout the state. She has also guest hosted The California Report Magazine and Forum and hopes to continue to do so in the years to come.
Before KQED, she worked for Marketplace and KPCC. In addition to KQED, she files for NPR and PRI's The World.
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