I tried to sue the airline for losing my luggage. I lost my case.

17 Years Ago Today 

Mexican Standoff Between
Muslim's CAIR and KFI's Bill Handel

(January 31, 2006) CAIR, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, fired a volley in the direction of KFI demanding an apology from morning man Bill Handel for making fun of a stampede that killed hundreds of Muslims during an annual pilgrimage. What they got in return was a demand from Bill.

Bill's demands have created a firestorm of publicity and KFI has never been shy in this arena - almost the sensation of the moth to a flame. Before his shift this morning, Bill was doing radio interviews around the country. "I'm set for San Francisco right after the show this morning. Hannity & Colmes on Wednesday, and ABC News last night," said Bill in his opening segment this morning. KFI took advantage of the press attention and Bill sat for a half hour yesterday with John & Ken to review what had happened. 

Rich Marotta said that he didn't know it would explode like this. "You never know," said Bill.

What started all the attention was Bill's response to CAIR. “If CAIR will publicly acknowledge the following three statements,” said Bill, “I will recognize it as an organization that truly represents law abiding, peace-loving American-Muslim citizens, not merely a front for people who advocate terrorism.” 

Handel’s three demands: 

  1. CAIR denounces all bombings, attacks – where the intended victims are innocent civilians such as all bus, market, restaurant bombings in Israel, 2004 train bombings in Madrid, and the 2005 subway bus bombings in London – denounce those as terrorism.

  2. Israel is a sovereign nation recognized by the world community has a right to exist with defensible borders. CAIR will never say that.

  3. CAIR and it associates have no ties nor have they ever had any ties with individuals or known terrorist organizations whatsoever – financially or otherwise including but not limited to Hamas, Islamic Jihad, the Muslim Brotherhood or Al-Qaeda.

Bill doubted that there would be a response. “If you look at the history of CAIR and how it started, you will see many of its founders are in jail, tied to terrorism and financial terrorism.”

This morning Bill said that CAIR did respond. "Yep, we agree with Bill. Now apologize. Well, it's not quite that simple. What do you mean you agree with me? They said we denounce terrorism, although I didn't ask for terrorism to be denounced. I said bombings of all kind. That they're a little more careful to denounce."

Bill said that representatives of CAIR will not go on the show with him. "They refuse. This will get very interesting. They said they will go after our advertisers." Michelle Kube, executive producer of the Bill Handel Show, added: "They say they won't come on the show because it wouldn't be a political debate. It would just be you having your way."

The station issued a statement that said in part: “KFI does not censor its hosts, nor does it tell them what to say or not to say. KFI is a strong and passionate believer in1st Amendment rights and that is at the very core of this radio station.” 

Did Clear Channel step up security in their Burbank building that houses all company owned stations?  “I normally don't comment on how we handle security at the Building,” emailed Jim Murphy “Clearly, we have been watching the situation and have adjusted our security focus as we deem necessary.” 

Buell’s Celebration. Well-liked LARP Account Executive Cathy Buell’s life will be celebrated on February 18 at 1:30 p.m. at the Hollywood Methodist Church, 6817 Franklin Ave., Hollywood, CA  90028. The church is near the Hollywood Bowl. Further information can be obtained from Bob Quick at: bquickme@yahoo.com   

Last Song at Fabulous 690. Beginning at 10 a.m. this morning, the Fabulous 690 will start the countdown of the 100 ‘last songs,’ those songs that say something conclusive about the radio station, according to pd Brad Chambers. “If we were doing the best songs we ever played, it would be a different list. We will play all listener suggestions for the 100 last songs.” 

In studio all day will be Chambers, Lou Simon, Jim Duncan, Kelly, and Daisy Torme. “Daisy’s playing of the last song at 7 p.m. tonight will ostensibly be the last song. It is the end of a pay period [at Clear Channel], so we’re all gone tomorrow,” said Brad. The new owners, Grupo Visa, take over next Monday so the station will track the Adult Standards with no djs until Sunday night at midnight. The station will repeat the 100 last songs on Sunday ending with the #1 last song at midnight. During this time there will be no commercials. (Photo: Jim Duncan, Lou Simon, Gary Owens, Daisy Torme, Brad Chambers)

“The deal closed last Friday,” continued Brad. “Technically it is no longer our radio station. The new guys will operate out of our building for 90 days with some kind of Spanish Talk.”

Goodbye to Fabulous 690. “Count me among those feeling a sense of loss with the end of the Fabulous 690,” wrote Barry Turnbull. “I live in a place where AM radio reception comes in the house. So on Monday evening, I cranked up the speakers of the home office PC, and my wife and I had an all-to-rare sit-down dinner and clinked glasses while listening to Daisy Torme and Lou Simon and the great music.” 

Turnbull continued: “Isn't there a Los Angeles fm outlet that couldn't house this great format, so expertly put together that it appeals to an obviously very loyal audience spanning many demographics? And wouldn't it be great if they could at least keep the stream going in the meantime? Kudos to Brad Chambers, Daisy Torme, and all involved. Here's another listener that feels that radio is taking another hit with the loss of this station.” 

Insane LARP. Darrell Wayne (ex-KROQ) has gone full circle at Gold Coast Broadcasting in Ventura. "I started out a few years ago doing a new music/unsigned bands show with Funk [KTWV] on Classic Rock, The Octopus [KOCP/fm]. Since then, I've done AM talk on KVTA, fill for Dave & Bob, with Maria Sanchez co-hosting on occasion.

About a year ago, I started a regular weekend shift on KKZZ, Adult Standards, working for Lisa Osborn [morning host/pd]. Last weekend, I've come back to The Octopus for a regular weekend shift [3 – 8 p.m., Saturday and Sunday], working for pd/morning host Perry Van Houten, and with some AOR greats like Perry, Joe Reiling, Damion, Melody Morgan, and Tom Spence. The music's great and I'm having a blast." 

Darrell continues to do weekends at KKZZ and fill-in at KVTA, as well as a Wednesday night Oldies "free form" show, called "The Knuckleheads" on KDSK/fm in Grants, New Mexico for good friend and owner Derek Lloyd, and edit this column on a daily basis. "I'm getting my radio sweet tooth satisfied. It's my passion." enthused Darrell. Old friends can reach Darrell at dww@kvtamail.com 

LARP Rewind: January 31 

1797 - Franz Shubert, composer of 600 songs and nine symphonies,  born in Vienna.
1892 - Eddie Cantor (Margie, Makin' Whoopee, If You Knew Susie) born in New York.
1931 - Frances Gumm (Judy Garland) and her two sisters sing on KFVD (now KTNQ).
1936 - WXYZ in Detroit debuts The Green Hornet starring Al Hodge.
1951 - Harry Casey, the "KC" of KC & the Sunshine Band, born in Miami.
1951 - Phil Collins born in London; lead singer of Genesis from 1975-96, then went solo.
1961 - NBC/tv airs Bobby Darin & Friends with guests Bob Hope and Joannie Sommers.
1972 - Aretha Franklin sings at the funeral artist of gospel artist Mahalia Jackson.
1981 - Justin Timberlake born in Memphis; member of *NSYNC, also recorded solo.
1999 - Cher sings the National Anthem at Super Bowl XXXIII. 

Chart Chat: Elton John's Crocodile Rock was #1 on the KHJ Thirty on this day in 1973. Roberta Flack's Killing Me Softly With His Song jumped from 20 to 4. Moving from 25 to 14 was Jambalaya by John Fogerty, recorded under the name of the Blue Ridge Rangers; the song was written by Hank Williams, who had a #1 country hit with it in 1952. High debut was Eric Weissberg & Steve Mandel's Dueling Banjos at #21. 

Capparela’s Love Story. This is the final installment in the Rich Capparela story: A Rich, Passionate, Classical Prankster. 

Rich’s father died when he was 25. “I had just gotten into radio three years before. My mother used to tell me he was proud. I wouldn’t know, it was that kind of a relationship. But he actually came to the studios once. I was surprised that he actually visited me at the radio station.”

Rich’s mom died at age 90. “I like to say she had 90 great years and 3 really shitty weeks. She had a massive stroke and just passed away and it was great. I mean the week before she had her stroke, I was taking her to Indian Bingo down in San Diego so she had a good time. She was still mobile and still had several marbles up to the end.”

Rich and Marcia live in what is referred to as “The Courtyard” in the Ocean Park neighborhood of Santa Monica. It is described as a ‘craftsman style courtyard from the teens and twenties.’ Marcia and her daughter were living in the Courtyard and how they met has a lot to do with serendipity.

“In the end of March 1984, I got a message on my home answering machine in Palms and it went something like this. ‘Hi, you don’t know me but my name is Tehya Kopp and I’m 15 and a half years old and my mother and I are big fans of yours on KUSC [at the time I’m doing mornings] and my mother is having a birthday on Monday and I wanna do something really special for her but I want it to be a surprise. Could you please call me at exactly 5 o’clock so I’ll answer the phone because I don’t want her to answer the phone, so here’s my number. Thank you very much.’ CLICK. And I thought, one, how did this kid get my number, two, how cute! And three, I gotta do something. How can you ignore a call like that?”

Rich called the kid the next morning. She got his home phone number because it was listed in the book. Rich figured that everyone is not listed, so he thought no one would think of looking for his number in the phone book. Rich told the young lady that the station didn’t allow personal messages and he would be unable to say Happy Birthday to her mother. Rich learned that her mother played the harp in college. “’I’ll tell you what. Monday morning, I’ll go on and I’ll say here’s a concerto for harp that premiered in 1764 by Marcia Kopp and no one will ever know the difference. And she said, ‘Naw, it’s not really good enough. I really need for you to say Happy Birthday to her.” Rich had a plan.

On the morning of Marcia’s birthday, she is drying her hair when Rich plays harp music on the radio. Marcia says to her daughter, “Oh Tehya, it’s almost as if they are playing it for me on the radio. Isn’t that something?” As the piece ends, Rich comes on and says, “You just heard the Dances Sacred and Profane by Claude Debussy played by Alice Chalifoux. But the best performance from what I understand was given by Marcia Kopp, but she never saw fit to record it, but I mention it because today is Marcia’s birthday. So let’s sing if for her, shall we Tehya? Mmmmm…Happy Birthday to you.”

At which point, Marcia drops her hairbrush, turns beet red and tries to figure out what happened and how it happened. Tehya fesses up that it was not radio but rather a cassette. “Over the weekend, the kid had given me the address. In a plain brown envelope, I drop off the cassette in their mailbox. I figure, what the hell, I’m gonna make some kid’s day. On Monday Tehya and I spoke so that she could give me a report. She immediately starts asking questions, like if I’m married and what I look like. ‘Well, no one ever confuses me with Robert Redford.’ So, she basically is setting me up to call her mother.’”

Later that day Rich and Marcia speak on the phone, Marcia thanks Rich and invites him to dinner. “No, I can’t do that.” She suggests a drink. “No, really, I can’t.” And then Marcia insists that he come over for dessert in order to meet Tehya. The following Sunday evening, Rich knocks on the door and Tehya answers. “Mom’s in the kitchen.” “And I’m doing the math during the week thinking, okay, let me get this right. The kid’s 15 and that means the mother’s got to be 45 and I’m 28 so, I mean, there’s not gonna be any romance but she could be a nice person to know. I mean, what the hell. So I walk in the kitchen, and here’s this drop-dead babe redhead in the kitchen and I’m going, ‘This can’t be right, somebody lied to me. ‘You’re Marcia?’ She must have had Tehya
like when she was 3 years old.”

“And they proceeded to sing duets for me, play piano, they made this fabulous dessert and were the most charming people I had ever met. And I asked them during the course of the evening, why was this birthday so important? The mother and daughter look at each other and they kinda shake their heads and Marcia proceeds to say, ‘Well, last year at this time, I had ovarian cancer and I was operated on and the reason this is important is because we think I’m cancer free. However, next week, because the cancer was widespread enough, they have to open me up again. So next week I’m going back for surgery.’ And I’m thinking, ‘Shit. I may have just met the woman of my dreams and she’s gonna die next Saturday on the operating table. Damn! So, figuring I’m making a mercy offer, ‘well, can I visit you in the hospital?’ thinking she’ll never wake up from the anesthetic.”

They open her up and she is cancer free. “I bring her a Siamese fighting fish, pick up her daughter to visit in the hospital and we play charades. A whirlwind romance ensues. One thing leads to the next and 11 and a half years later – BOOM, we’re married! This past October we celebrated our 10th wedding anniversary. We spent it in Tuscany, Italy. Just the two of us having a dinner and it was pretty remarkable.”

As far as Marcia’s apartment, she kids Rich that he moved in only for the ocean view. “Well, that’s half true. Neither one of us could figure out when I fully moved in with her. It was one night at a time kinda thing. It was like one night a week we’d be together, two nights, then it was the weekends. I kept my apartment in Palms after we were married
for two years because I was using it as my studio. And eventually when space became available here, I shut the apartment down, but, I mean, truly, I have no idea when I hung up my toothbrush here. And the really strange part of it is, her daughter, who got us together in the first place, I wound up hiring as my marketing person for Cardiff Studios when it was doing a lot of national work. And so, what was her bedroom, became my office, and what was my bedroom in Palms, became her office when I moved out. So basically, we swapped offices and bedrooms and the joke is she got us together just so she could get a job from me.” He laughs at the twists and turns in his life.

Marcia has been good for some of Rich’s bad habits. “She had to cure me of a few character flaws like Marlboro cigarettes, and I had a secret lover named Jack Daniels. We’re still working on the red meat thing. Either she’ll get to me first or my colon will, but eventually, I’ll get this, too. But basically, she just put up with me. There’s that line that I cannot think about without getting teary, from, I believe it’s from As Good As It Gets when Helen Hunt begs Jack Nicholson to say something nice. And he says after struggling, you could see it welling up from his depths he says, ‘You make me want to be a better man.’ I think of that line, and that’s Marcia. She basically made me want to be better to deserve her. And so, we’re together. I’m way luckier than I deserve to be.” If you want to contact Rich, his email address is:

 LARP Photo Gallery

LARadio.com's Don Barrett, former Southern California
Sports Broadcasters President Lisa Bowman, KNX newsman
 Bob Sirkin and SCSB Executive Director Jerry Clark at the
SCSB Holiday Luncheon on Dec. 14, 2005 at Lakeside.

Happy Birthday:  Don Jeffrey, Helen Kimler Jones, and Michael Knight

LARPs: What was your favorite movie of 2005? 

Steve Parker (The Car Nut): Good Night and Good Luck. Too many reasons to mention make this film a favorite. As a kid living on Long Island, our frequent family trips into ‘The City’ convinced me that NYC was the only place to be, and the only time to be there was late at night. The entire atmosphere of the film, smoke and all enthralled me and took me back to some early, very good memories of NYC.  

My best friend’s older brother was city editor of The Daily News for a period, and going into ‘The City’ when we were a bit older [taking the Long Island Rail Road on our own], meeting him after work at a bar frequented by his friends and co-workers, offered a visceral excitement still hard to describe. 

As a 13 year old volunteer at WBAI, the NYC Pacifica station, I was thrilled to be part of the ‘news’ - memories of going to the NYC Reuters office to pick up copy, because the teletype machine at ‘BAI was broken, stay with me to this day. The excitement, the rush, the anticipatory air in that office - that’s where I wanted to be, what I wanted to be part of! This was clearly where the world was ‘happening’! 

And director George Clooney portrayed those feelings near-perfectly in this film. Clooney’s family is in the news business [and entertainment, too…] so he knows a bit about where he is of speaking. Murrow’s son is credited as a ‘consultant’ - I would have liked to have known a bit more about him. 

Performances were good across the board, but David Strathairn’s turn as Murrow is Oscar-winning material. Robert Downey Jr, was wasted in his small part - he just seemed ‘wrong’ for the part, though the story told through his character [and his wife’s] were important - that The Man has it in for you, no matter who you may be, one way or another. 

Ray Wise as Don Hollenbeck was fantastic. Another Oscar-contender. Hollenbeck was a real character, and the story of the attacks on him in the right-wing press and his suicide was, sadly, true. I thought at first his character might have been a compilation of all those many people destroyed by McCarthy and his gang, but Hollenbeck’s tale was shown in its complete form as it related to Murrow. 

And Frank Langella as Bill Paley - a larger-than-life actor to play a pivotal role. Paley backed Murrow every step of the way - until his pocketbook was troubled. He outright lied to Murrow, telling him in one scene, ‘I’ll back you today - and tomorrow.’ 

The film showed that important movies can be shot indoors on inexpensive sets. Story is king, and the movie, which seems to have cost about $15 to make, proves again that a tale well told is all that’s important. We need our Star Wars, too, but more than ever we desperately need this type of film. 

Finally, what an important film at this time in our nation’s history. We need to be reminded that scoundrels have always had a certain amount of power in this nation, and when they raise their heads, as many believe this President is doing with his obsessive concentration on ‘security at any cost’, they need to be knocked down, and publicly so. 

Good Night and Good Luck tells an important story in a way which we can only hope captures the attention of young people. There really was a Murrow, a Hoover, a Winchell, a McCarthy, a Cohn and all those other sleazy little fellows. But there is no reason for them to succeed in their efforts. 

One especially interesting shot in the film, taken from newsreel footage, is of the McCarthy panel in action --- where one can spy a future Attorney General, Robert F. Kennedy, in his place at the end of the long podium in the Senate hearing room. 

The Strathairn/Murrow speech which opens and closes the film, at the RTNDA meeting in NYC in 1958, could just as easily be given tomorrow at the same convention. Murrow’s well-founded and proven warnings have been only partially heeded. 

Bob O’Brien (KDES): Your question puts me on the horns of a dilemma. I have two favorite flicks from 2005 and I simply cannot break the tie. I simply cannot choose a favorite between Cinderella Man and March of the Penguins. Both portrayed heroism and sacrifice in the name of family and love to the nth degree. Both made me leave the theater truly inspired. I was pleased to see the Penguin movie ‘ice the competition’ at the box office, but I was very disillusioned to see Cinderella Man ‘given a TKO.’ I'm hoping the latter does well on the DVD rental market to make up for the lackluster box office draw. One other honorable mention – Good Night and Good Luck

Casey Bartholomew (Scott & Casey Show, ex-KFI, now KTRS-St. Louis): I only saw a couple of movies in '05. Star Wars, and King Kong. If they would have cut an hour and a half OUT of King Kong, it would win. But, since they won't, the award goes to Star Wars

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** Outstanding Mozart Man
“I want to commend you for your outstanding series of articles about Rich Capparela, the ‘morning man’ at KMZT. It is obvious that Rich is well versed in many different types of music, not only classical. I remember the time, several years ago, when he was doing a Sunday afternoon all-Beatles program on KMZT's sister station, 1260.   

I was particularly amused in today's article about his personal feelings regarding the playing of John Philip Sousa marches at 7:15 a.m. on KMZT. Obviously, Rich is not particularly into marshal music. His personal feelings are very close to those of our godson, whom we became the legal charges for, shortly after his 13th birthday. Back in the 1980s [while a high school student] our godson had a strong tendency to sleep in on weekday mornings. I found that the best way to get him up in time for school was to blast march music on the home stereo. He threatened time and time again to break the record, but he never did. Hopefully, the playing of Sousa music does not exacerbate Rich's neck and back problems. 

On a totally unrelated topic, I want to state that I am saddened to see 690 leave the airways as an English-speaking station. Back in the late 1950s and early 1960s I regularly listened to the Mighty 690 when it was a top 40s station. And I continued to listen to it when it became XETRA News. For the past three years I have enjoyed listening to the up-tempo and swinging adult standards that were featured first on 570 [KLAC] and [during the past 12 months] on 690. My only hope now is that 1260/540 will make some changes in its playlist to include many of the up-tempo songs that 690 has featured, along with some of the original MOR and soft rock hits of the 50s, 60s and early 70s that were included in the playlists (for several years) on San Diego's old KPOP and pre 9/11 KLAC.  There are currently too-many soft ballads on 1260/540. I would like to hear music that is a bit livelier - including maybe even an occasional Sousa march.” - Carl Spring, West Los Angeles 

** Interviewed Mozart
“To the fellow who asked whether I ever interviewed Mozart: Yes, indeed I did. Dr. Harry Mozart who lives and practices on New York's small Nachtmusik Street.

Great interview. Harry is a psychologist who specializes in analyzing the writers of stupid email notes. Have referred him to that fellow in Granada Hills, for possible study.                    

On another matter:  The awful events in Iraq, involving ABC's Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt: I want to suggest that both men are victims of outdated journalistic concepts that journalists' self-exposure to danger - be it from Iraqis or from LA/Chi/NY street thugs - is neither necessary any longer, nor does it do much to increase public understanding of the idiocies of war or street crime. 

I further suggest that the entire concept - both on radio, as well as tv - of news anchor people, is unnecessary and outdated All you really need is on-scene reporting, radio, as well as tv. Wondering what outfit will be the first to have the guts to enter the new anchorless era.

American electronic journalism has changed so much since my day, with so many net outlets [originally only three: ABC, CBS, NBC] and with many of the male veterans of that business now reluctant to expose their bodies to gunfire and flames, many of the male journal vets rather reluctant to accept assignments to places like Iraq, the result being that many of those holding microphones, as well as their producers and directors, are now of the female persuasion, many of them young and inexperienced, but finding these the only assignments open to them. 

As a father of two bright, intelligent and highly successful adult daughters, I can only hope that no one misinterprets the above as a form of sexism. As for the Bob Woodruff and cameraman Vogt situation: yes, it takes guts to do what they did ... but one has to ask: was their exposure to severe and known dangers really necessary ? What did ABC gain from their travel down that road near Taji ? What would  ABC News have gained from another Iraq road report, other than giving the ABC publicity and promotion department more publicity copy to hand out ? Just asking.” - Gary S Franklin 

** War Zone Coverage
“A few observations about the tragic injuries to ABC News Anchor Bob Woodruff and his cameraman, Doug Vogt in Iraq.

No question that these guys are courageous, dedicated battle tested pros  whose only agenda was to get the story. They deserve our prayers and wishes for a full, speedy recovery. But, let’s not forget; Woodruff and Vogt are hardly the first, certainly not the last, journalists representing an American broadcast network, or print entity, to put their lives on the line in a war zone.  I believe that it goes back to Ernie Pyle.

My former ABC News colleague, Bill Stewart, was executed in Nicaragua in 1979 by an 18-year old, punk, national guardsman at a roadside check point.  Bill, also courageous, had just relieved me the day before he died. ABC News Producer David Kaplan, on assignment with Sam Donaldson in Bosnia, was killed by a rocket attack.  Don Harris, the fearless former NBC News Burbank Correspondent, died on a tarmac in Jonestown after being shot. And, of course, NBC's David Bloom. He may have died from the stress of combat in Iraq. Let’s also not forget The Wall St. Journal's Danny Perle and Jill Carroll of the Christian Science Monitor, still being held hostage. And the list goes on.

In those days, the 70's and 80's, I knew of no network correspondents or crews ever refusing a combat assignment.  At ABC, at least, it was expected of you to go without hesitation. It was your job.  The suits in New York weren't interested in hearing about your close calls or your sleepless days and nights.  But they were plenty interested in; show us the bang-bang.  That's what it was all about then. That's what the game remains all about today.” - Bob Sirkin, KNX/CBS Radio 

** DJ Warning
“Your daughter Alexandra is a beautiful young lady. It's great to see her very pretty smile after that dental ordeal. If no one has said it as yet, please allow me to the opportunity to give you advice culled from 25+ years in broadcasting. Keep your 17 year old daughter away from disc jockeys!   ;-)” – Randy West 

** Barrett Death Notice from Daughter
“Alexandra is beautiful.  And, it has been nice knowing you.” - Mitchell Crawford

** More Death
"Very sorry to hear about your death, but teenagers usually mean what they say.

My daughter is now 27 and continues to speak her mind. Must have got that trait from her mother. Keep a short leash on that kid, Don. I'm sure she's already breaking hearts." - Bob Johnson 

** Where Does the Time Go?
“You have a lovely daughter. Pretty as a picture, lol. She looks very similar to the way I remember 17-year-old girls looked like when I was in high school. I have a 17-year-old son, so these days, while being proud and loving, I think a lot about ‘where the heck did the years go?’ since they were little? 

Anyway, hope your daughter doesn't mind too much that you shared her photo with us, since we felt like we went through so much last year along with her, while reading about her tooth problems. Glad she's doing fine now.’ – Jim Hilliker, Monterey  

** Cat Named Al
"I assume you survived your daughter's death threat, after posting her photo on the site?...lol...

Funny...I'm writing to you about your Alexandra, while my Alexandra [a beautiful, elegant, sweet, and classy Turkish Angora feline] is cuddled at my elbow.

** KFAC Archive?
“I had the good fortune of befriending one of radios greatest voices. I moved into a Hollywood apt. and became neighbors and friends with Ed Stoddard until his death Oct. 30 2004. I learned more about classical music than I ever wanted to know during these three years. Ed had no relatives so he left me with his few toys and  trinkets. Among them are some recordings on reel tape from his years at KFAC. There are various forms of memorabilia from the station as well. I am interested to know if there is a KFAC archive that I could donate these things to. I believe Ed is an unrecognized legend in the world of Radio and I would like to take some time to honor my good friend. I would deeply appreciate any information you may have to accomplish this goal.” - Johnny Haney, duodenum@sbcglobal.net


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"I keep looking for people I know on LA Radio People, but realized that most of those working in radio in LA today had not even been born yet when I left the city in November of 1978. Most of the people I knew and/or worked with are retired or dead. Kind of makes a fella feel old. Which I am, of course (85)." - Steve (Fredericks) Liddick.  

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