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8 Years Ago Today 

Zap, You’re Morganized

(June 2, 2015) Last month marked the 17th anniversary of the passing of the legendary Robert W. Morgan. “For over three decades, Robert W. Morgan entertained Los Angeles radio audiences,” emailed Kevin Gershan, longtime producer who worked with Morgan. “Robert’s unique sense of timing, wit and charm earned him a place of honor in the entertainment industry. He won almost every major award the industry has to offer, including Charter membership in the National Broadcasters Hall Of Fame, along with Larry King, Ted Turner, Art Linkletter and Gary Owens. He received Billboard Magazine’s Air Personality of The Year Award, and a Star on the World Famous Hollywood Walk Of Fame.”

On January 9th, 1998, Robert W. Morgan was honored with a star-studded retirement tribute at the Museum of Television & Radio in Beverly Hills hosted by K-EARTH 101. They aired a three-hour broadcast live from the museum’s theatre, ending with a special retrospective narrated by another broadcasting legend and personal friend, Dick Clark. Less than six months later, on May 22, 1998, Robert W. Morgan lost his battle with lung cancer. The Boss-Ography, available at www.reelradio.com, offers the story of his life.

Gershan sent along “The Robert W. Morgan Boss-Ography” (click Robert’s photo to view the documentary). “It was only seen by those who attended his 1998 retirement or who visited his tribute site at www.robertwmorgan.com (hosted by ReelRadio).  This version is a higher quality than the previous web-based version and should be suitable to show on your big screen TV.  Please note this was produced in standard definition 4:3 format, rather than the high-definition 16:9 format of today.” 

GOOD MORGAN!

The Sound's Mark Thompson appeared with Sam Rubin on the KTLA/Channel 5 morning show yesterday

Overheard.

  • “She [Bruce Jenner] will look like a Kardashian.” (Heidi Hamilton, KLOS)

  • "I think he is pretty hot. I think she would be very, very flattered by the compliments that he's getting. You don't want to become a woman and then he's wearing this old Detroit Lions tee shirt and sweat pants looking frumpy." (Tim Conway, Jr., KFI, on Bruce Jenner)

  • “If you don’t demand excellence, I guarantee it won’t show up.” (George Johns, radio consultant)

  • “Remember when Tom Cruise was flying over the Neverland Ranch in a helicopter checking it out to see if he wanted to make it a Scientology Ranch?” (Gary Bryan, K-EARTH)

Who Helped Make You Who You Are Today?

Magic Matt Alan

Outlaw Radio

Working with Kevin Weatherly in San Diego.

My daughter inspires me.

My late great friend Bert Randolph Sugar (we had wild times in NYC) The last time I saw Bert was a highly lubricated night at Musso and Franks in Hollywood, where he taught me the “Travelling Time Step!!”

And a book that I have kept close to me since the age of 15 that was written by W. Clement Stone, The Success System That Never Fails.

....Oh, and the Find the Fish sketch from Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life.

Top 40 Battles. In the mid-1960s, there was a Top 40 battle between 1110/KRLA, KFWB and 93/KHJ. KRLA distributed a newspaper called, The KRLA Beat. In October 1965, The Rolling Stones were in town for a recording session at RCA and staged a reunion with the KRLA djs.

From left: Bob Eubanks, Bill Slater, Charlie O’Donnell, Bill Wyman, Keith Richard, Dick Biondi, Brian Jones, Charlie Watts, Dave Hull,  and Mick Jagger

Please, Pass the Jack Daniels. What’s in a radio name? At one time or another we probably all had one. Floyd Thackrey worked at KGFJ in 1965. He died February 1, 2009, of cancer, at the age of 69.

We knew him at KGFJ as Jack Daniels. From the WAKY-Louisville tribute site, where Jack wrote, “I was hired [at WAKY-Louisville] by Jim Brand, who was program director and morning jock at the time. In fact it was Jim who gave me the name ‘Jack Daniels.’ He was driving me around town on my first night, giving me a quick tour of the city. As we drove along the freeway, we'’ pass a Jack Daniels whiskey billboard about every quarter of a mile it seemed. I remember him asking if I was a teetotaler. After telling him ‘no,’ he asked what I thought about using Jack Daniels as an air name. He reminded me that since the Kentucky bourbon was owned by Early Times, whih was headquartered in Louisville, the name would be easily and quickly recognizable for ratings purposes. Done deal..."

Last Thursday night, U2 performed a KROQ show at the Roxy prior to an evening at the Forum.
“Tickets were not sold, only given away on the air,” emailed Bean.
“U2 is the biggest band in the world and this was the smallest venue they had played in nearly 40 years.”

Bono (singer), Kevin Ryder, Larry Mullen, Jr.  (drummer), Adam Clayton (bass player), Bean, The Edge (guitarist)

Hear Ache. Douglas Brown snapped this shot off Turner Classic Movies. “It is Dick Powell in a 1937 Warner Bros movie called The Singing Marine. Check out the KFWB mic flag … Mike Callaghan, former longtime engineer for KIIS and other Clear Channel (iHeartMedia) stations, checked in recently to say he’s been doing a lot of reading and some consulting for San Diego Gas and Electric. “It relates to rooftop solar systems,” emailed Mike. “It gets kind of stressful now and then, but I’m happy for the most part.”  

LARadio Rewind: June 2, 2008. Andy Chanley becomes the first dj at KSWD “The Sound” and Steve Mason and John Ireland reunite at ESPN 710 (KSPN). Chanley had hosted middays at modern rock Y107(KLYY), 1997-99, and then spent a year as morning man at KACD / KBCD before focusing on a career as a voiceover artist. KSWD, the former KRBV, had switched to an adult album alternative format in April 2008 and had been running jockless until Chanley took over the 3-to-8 p.m. slot. As for the duo on the local ESPN outlet, Mason had hosted mornings at WRQN in Toledo before taking over the morning show at XTRA Sports 690 in 1992. From 1994 to 1996, he was teamed with John Ireland, a former sportscaster at KUSI-Channel 51 in San Diego. Mason and Ireland were teamed again at KSPN from 2003 to 2007 and from 2008 to the present. Their show airs weekdays from noon to 3 pm. Ireland also does radio play-by-play for the Los Angeles Lakers.

 
Radio Antique Show. KNX afternooners Diane Thompson and her husband Chris Taylor, former Arrow 93, KODJ and KNX/fm jock from 1988-2005, were at the Antiques Roadshow in Tucson last weekend. “We made lots of new friends while waiting in line, but not much $ haha,” wrote Diane on her Facebook page. “But it was fun to learn something about mom's ‘Franken-lamp’ as I like to call it. I’m not going to worry anymore if the cat knocks it over smile emoticon and yes, there was someone in line with huge velvet Elvis painting! Btw the day started with a fire on the set, causing a 3+ hour delay.”

Funnie. MAD WIFE DISEASE from Bill Kingman:

He was sitting quietly reading his paper when his wife walked up behind him and whacked him on the head with a rolled up magazine.

"Ouch!!  What was that for?" he asked.

"That was for the piece of paper in your pants pocket with the name Mary Lou written on it," she replied.

"Oh, that! Two weeks ago when I went to the races, Mary Lou was the name of one of the horses I bet on," he explained.

"Oh honey, I'm so sorry," she said. "I should have known there was a good explanation."

Three days later he was watching a ball game on tv when she walked up and hit him in the head again, this time with an iron skillet, which knocked him out cold.

When he came to, he asked, "Now what was that for?" She replied, "Your horse called."  

Email Tuesday

We GET Email …

** SAG-AFTRA Merger

“Recently, I read Michael Benner’s comment bemusedly, then I read K.M. Richards partial clarification and speculation.

Some facts:

In 2012 the merged union name SAG-AFTRA was adopted with the approval of more than 80% of voters in both unions for a number of good reasons including:

Heritage SAG had more members.

Heritage SAG was the older of the two unions.

Heritage SAG was known better around the world.

Heritage SAG held the signature ‘SAG Awards’ annually by agreement with Turner Broadcasting.

And, SAG-AFTRA trips off the tongue more easily than AFTRA-SAG!

Both partners merged as equals signified by the hyphen, just as the AFL-CIO and other merged labor organizations do.

The name change of the credit union simply falls in line with other recent developments.

Our national headquarters building at 5757 Wilshire Blvd., formerly Museum Square, has been renamed SAG-AFTRA Plaza with appropriate signage.

Support organizations including the Actors Fund and the SAG Foundation continue to reside there.

The AFTRA-SAG Federal Credit Union chose this time to change names for consistency as they remodel and relocate to the more convenient first floor for the 80% of members who hold a SAG-AFTRA card.

What’s been lost in this conversation is the value that the new SAG-AFTRA Credit Union holds for its members!

Perhaps, LARadio.com readers will check out their services at the current https://www.aftrasagfcu.org/ ” – Mike Sakellarides, Los Angeles Board Member, SAG-AFTRA 





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