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A Work Of Art Wrapped Up
With A Nice Big Laboe
 

(February 7, 2010) They came out of the shadows of Art Laboe’s past and present to honor the consummate LA Radio personality, businessman and humanitarian at the 2010 LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award luncheon at Vitello’s in Studio City on Saturday afternoon. For over a half hour he was never able to get past the upstairs lobby to the Cabaret Room because his friends and colleagues wanted to greet him and pose for pictures. (Photo: Don Barrett, Art Laboe, and City Councilman Tom LaBonge)

There they were … K-EARTH pd Jhani Kaye, his middayer and afternooner Jim Carson and Shotgun Tom Kelly, KABC/KLOS gm Bob Moore, former 1110/KRLAers Manny Pacheco, Jeffrey Leonard, Detective Rudy Alvarez, and Dominic Garcia, president of the Southern California Broadcasters Association, Mary Beth Garber, HOT 92.3 (Art’s current station) operations director Ron Shapiro, music director Damon Knight, Rick Nuhn and Marie Flores, former R&R publisher Erica Farber, “Retro 1260” middayer Mike Sakellarides, former Boss Jock Dave Sebastian Williams, the Insane Darrell Wayne, TalkRadioOne.com and regular at Art’s dances at El Monte Legion Stadium Dan Avey, former KVEN owner Bob Fox, KTWV/KRTH AE Pam Baker, RockitRadio’s Lane Quigley and Steve Propes, PR greats Irwin Zucker and Ira David Sternberg (came in from Las Vegas for the event), former KNX news anchor Larry Van Nuys, former KIIS and Movin’ afternooner Clarence Barnes, CRN President Mike Horn, and LARPs Laura Gross, Tom Bernstein, John Felz, and Alfred Archuleta

The Art Laboe story will be broken up into three sections in order to fully capture the amazing afternoon Saturday. To begin the festivities, Los Angeles City Councilman Tom LaBonge presented Art with a proclamation from the City, but in his introductory comments he owned up to the fact that he was a Laboe fan when growing up at John Marshall High School in Silver Lake. He said Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa was a fan and probably made some dedications while going to East Los Angeles’ Roosevelt High School. 

“I’m proud of Art because he works in my district,” started Tom. “Art was able to make a deal with the City of Los Angeles to build a public library on a piece of property he owned on Sunset Boulevard. We are in the process of naming it the Art Laboe Music Library.”

LaBonge concluded with: “We listened as kids. The man lives forever and you made it happen. Keep playing Angel Baby.” (Laboe and Bob Moore)

Art was born and lived in Utah until he was 13. His father was a smelter worker, while his mom was a maid. “They divorced when I was nine or ten,” remembered Art. “My mother used to work in this motel/gas station for four hours every morning for twenty-five cents an hour so my brother and I could have lunch. I came from pretty simple beginnings.” 

Art was known in his neighborhood as the fix-it kid who could fix appliances or anything electrical. “Neighbors would bring me a broken toaster. Usually it was just an AC cord but I got a great reputation for fixing things. I still like to fix things. If something breaks I fix it.” 

With his next door neighbor, Art built a telephone with earphones and the kid next door had a pair of earphones. “If we connected the two earphones together we could talk with each other. I ran some wire between the two houses with a little switch and it was our own personal telephone. They didn’t realize until I listened to them one day that I could listen in on everything going on in their house. I thought that was pretty slick. They never messed with the switch and it was always on. I knew how to click it off.” (Mike Horn with red mic asking question)

Art is the youngest of the family. He has three sisters and one brother. His oldest sister is 97. “She still cooks for me when I go to San Diego.” Art was ready to leave home in his early teens. In 1935, his sister moved to Los Angeles and he would visit often. One day he showed up at the Greyhound station and told his sister he was there to stay. He went to George Washington High School in South Los Angeles and graduated at 16.  

Art continued to tinker and built a Ham radio set and a broadcast station that went a couple of miles. One day he got the scare of his life when officials from the FCC knocked on his door. “Before World War II, the government was really monitoring the airwaves,” said Art. “These two guys came to my house and busted me for this Ham Radio rig I had. I also had a second one, which was on the broadcast band. For all you engineers, it was an electron coupled oscillator that I built with some of my buddies at school who were radio people. I played music. They scared the bejesus out of me. They told me I could go to jail for five years and be faced with a $10,000 fine. I had a good looking sister and the guys kinda liked her. The FCC guys said to me that they would come by the next day and if the antenna was down they’d let it go but they told me to get a license. I went and got a Ham license and I was only 14 years old. I still have it – W6TTJ.” He also earned a First Class License and a 2nd

It was the summer of 1942 when Art graduated from George Washington. He joined a special program for the Army signal corps, studying radar. He was in that program for a year but then he heard that the signal corpsmen were being sent to the South Pacific, they were the first to go ashore and they would run along the beach with a big spool of wire and lay the telephone wire. This way when the soldiers hit the beach they would have communication, but the Japanese were sitting the hill watching these two guys with a big spool of wire. I heard the casualty rate was 85% and I thought that was a little high.” (Laboe with Dominic Garcia)

In the class with Art was Engineer Bill (Stula). He suggested to Art that since he wasn’t 18 and never signed with the Army and was just a student, he could get out of Army duty. “I checked on it and Bill was right. I joined the Navy. I weighed 111 pounds and looked much like I do today. They were thrilled with me because I had these FCC licenses. I became a radio officer on the Pan American Clipper fleet for three years and flew to Hawaii 147 times along with trips to the South Pacific carrying blood and important people.” 

Art was stationed at Treasure Island in San Francisco between assignments. He lived in the City and decided he wanted to get his first commercial radio job. There was a 250-watt AM station, KSAN, which was housed in the Merchandise Mart. With some trepidation he went to the station and was taken to see the general manager, a gruff man who declared that Art had a squeaky voice and was too young. “I kicked the ground and started to walk away,” Art recalled. “And then he says, ‘Besides, you have to have an FCC license. We need at least a 3rd Class license. We’re a combo station.’ I walked back and pulled out of my jacket pocket these certificates and said, you mean one of these? I laid out a First Phone, 2nd Telephone and a Ham license. He looked up at me and said, “You’re hired.’ He put his arm around me and said, come with me. He took me to a room with three huge transmitter boxes and asked me if I could tune one of these things. I told him I thought so.” 

There was a sign on butcher paper in the transmitter room on the wall: “If the damn things works leave it alone.” Art asked him why he was hiring him. The radio station owner had been operating illegally because all his engineers had been drafted into the war. “Now with your First Class license, I’m legal again,’ the owner said. “That First Class license got me my first job in radio.” 

In the next episode Art reveals how the idea for his Oldies but Goodies compilation series was born and also, the funniest line of the afternoon. 

Conway Returns … to Fox 11. To celebrate his return, albeit after only six months away, Steve Edwards welcomed Tim Conway, Jr. to Good Day LA. “To guarantee you will return to LA Radio, move to another state, move the family, put the kid in a brand new school and they’ll get you a job back here,” Tim told Steve has he joined Dorothy Lucey and Lisa Breckenridge.  

Steve asked why Tim had only a short few days at KABC after KLSX folded. He said it was because of a joke he told, which he repeated on GDLA. “A traveling salesman knocks on a door and a kid answers the door and he’s got on nothing but his mom’s underwear and he’s covered in shaving cream and smoking a cigar. The traveling salesman asks if his parents are home. The kid responds, ‘What do you think?’”

Tim explained that his family was settled in Oregon when he got a phone call from KFI pd Robin Bertolucci. “She said Bryan Suits was leaving the 7 – 10 p.m. slot and offered me the job. So his moving van passed mine on his way up north.” 

With the move from FM Talk KLSX to KFI, the nightly subject matter has changed. “When I was over at KLSX I was much younger in my early 30s and I talked about smoking weed and going to the racetrack. Now I’ve got a kid and you become more conservative.” 

Overheard

  • “They never give the colonoscopy the credit that it’s due. It is fabulous fun.” (Bill Handel, KFI)

  • “You have two movies to see – one stars Jean-Claude Van Damme and one stars Steven Segal?” (Mark & Brian, KLOS)

  • “What has happened to American life when that man is interrogated for 50 minutes and then told you have the perfect right not to say anything and to have a lawyer?” (Dennis Prager, KRLA, on terrorist attempting to blow up the plane over Detroit)

  • “Actor Nicolas Cage’s foreclosed Las Vegas home has been sold. It’s no longer considered a national treasure.” (Ira David Sternberg)

  • “Nobody likes old lady boobs. I saw my great grandmother’s boobs once. She’s been dead for years but it is still hard to get over that I saw them.” (Petros Papadakis, KLAC)

  • “I’m skeptical. I don’t know if people will really sit and wear those 3-D glasses in their living room.” (Leo Laporte, KFI)

  • “It was an okay speech. I don’t think it was one of his best speeches.” (Peter Tilden, KABC, on State of the Union)

Lost Files. Last week, hundreds of emails disappeared from our db@thevine.net account. Attempts to "find" them have not been successful.  

If you have sent any emails that needed a response - subscription renewal, email for publications, or promotional material - and you have not received an acknowledgement from me, please resend. 

Sorry for the hassle. Sometimes technology can be such a pain in the butt. And how is your day?

Hear Ache. Ralph Garman, entertainment reporter for the KROQ morning show with Kevin & Bean, is a big fan of Aerosmith’s front man Steven Tyler. “Over the weekend Steven Tyler is at the Home Depot in Rancho Mirage,” emailed Ralph. “He grabs the microphone that’s connected to the PA system and starts singing, Dude Looks Like a Lady. Then he goes to the helium tank and starts sucking helium and continued singing, even in the higher pitched voice than usual. People gathered around and he signed autographs.” … Go Country morning team of Shawn Parr and Ashley Paige have food bet on the outcome of the Super Bowl. “If the Colts win [Shawn's pick], then I have to eat steak, which I haven't eaten meat in almost 20 years,” emailed Ashley. “If the Saints win I get to shave Shawn's head. Listeners can go to our Web site: http://www.facebook.com/l/025f8;gocountry105.com and pick who they want to win and we'll have a pizza party for the winning team at the East Coast Pizza Company in Simi Valley, which my husband Neil and I own.”

LARPs: Love is in the air in February.
Do you have a romantic story you would like to share?
 

Mitch Waldow: I don't know how romantic this is, but I met my wife, Ellen, when we were both working at KPFK/fm in L.A. 35 years ago. I was a reporter for the news department, stationed at City Hall, and she produced programs for the public affairs dept. She told me that at the time she thought I was someone "important." Obviously the illusory quality of the medium didn't die with radio dramas.  Still I'm glad she thought I was special enough to marry, and I'm sure my son is happy about that, too. 

Emails 

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** SCBA Prexy at Laboe Tribute
“Thank you so much for doing the ‘Lifetime Achievement’ series, and Saturday was truly a feather in your cap, and a wonderful day for everyone who was there. Art Laboe is such a treasure for radio and for radio listeners. He deserves a parade.” – Mary Beth Garber, President of the Southern California Broadcasters Association  

** Moore Reaction to Laboe Event
“I was very impressed with the way you set up the Lifetime Achievement award for Art Laboe. You did a great job with the questions, and Lou Adler was an excellent choice as the presenter of the award. Thursday night, I was at an event at Dodger Stadium mc’d by Vin Scully, and Saturday a Lifetime Achievement award with Art. We are all lucky to have these types of Legends in our lives.” – Bob Moore, General Manager, KABC/KLOS 

** ET Producer
“That was one of the BEST tribute luncheons I have ever been to.  It was fun, nostalgic and very entertaining.  I wasn't bored for one second.  Great job.” – Kevin Gershan, Entertainment Tonight 

** Memories of Art Laboe
“What a wonderful event you put on Saturday. Your interview with Art Laboe was special and memory-filled. It transported me back to a time when we were all young and struggling in the radio business. I am so happy Art was selected for his Lifetime Achievement Award. He is truly deserving of this accolade [and so much more]. And the room was filled with folks I haven't seen in years, another memorable radio reunion. What a thrill to see everyone is doing so well. I almost felt that folks that have left us were there too - Sherman Cohen, Kathy Shields, Phil Little, Ruth Collander, Huggy Boy, and others.  

Anyway, I know I am not alone in feeling this way. The folks taking their Saturday out to share in the magic were not disappointed. Again, thanks for your complete effort...It was a total success.” – Manny Pacheco 

** Call for Johnny Morris
“Nice story on Johnny Morris. He was one of the first people to help me 25 years ago, when I was taking my first tentative steps toward looking for any information I could find on early Los Angeles radio history. I felt that the chief engineers at the heritage AM stations had some knowledge about the origins of the stations they worked for, and in many cases, I was right. When I wrote a letter to KGFJ, I received a nice letter back from Mr. Morris with what he knew about KGFJ’s early technical history. He also was nice enough to include some items he found in the engineering files. These included a detailed diagram drawing of KFGJ’s flattop wire transmitting antenna, a couple of pages from a transmitter log from the 1940s, and a copy of a KFGJ rate card from the 1940s. I didn’t know who Johnny Morris was at the time, but I know a lot more about him now. Thank you Mr. Morris, for taking time back in 1985 to answer my letter. I wish you and your family all the best. 

I also enjoyed reading about the Golden Mike Awards and discovering that Hollywood veteran June Lockhart was a presenter. In 2004, I wrote a detailed history of KFWB-980 and KFOX/KFRN-1280 in Long Beach. In that essay, I included a fact that I found in a KFWB promotional piece I have in my files. According to the KFWB history sheet, June Lockhart was on the air at KFWB on December 7, 1941, the day Pearl Harbor, Hawaii was attacked by Japan. At that time, Miss Lockhart was acting in a radio play with Freddie Bartholomew on a program called ‘Preview Theatre,’ which featured popular novels which were adapted for radio by KFWB writers. I don’t know if she did any other radio acting, but her work in movies and television is a matter of record.” - Jim Hilliker, Monterey 

** Long-Time LARadio Supporter
“I bought the first LARP book in 1994. I share the same sentiments as many of your readers about wanting the Web site to continue. There is no better way to keep in touch with Los Angeles radio's past, present and future.” - Scott Lowe
 


KleanRadio Launch in Pat O’Brien’s Wheelhouse

(February 6, 2015) Pat O’Brien has enjoyed a high profile career in news, sports, and entertainment journalism. He now takes his media success to another level by incorporating his own success battling a personal demon – alcoholism. His recovery journey will be the focus of a new radio show already booked locally on KABC, one of six markets so far.

“I've been blessed with an unbelievable career, but the best thing I’ve ever achieved is my sobriety and, having done everything else, including developing Access Hollywood and The Insider, hosting the World Series, four Super Bowls, Final Fours, multiple Olympics and of course the NBA, this is how I’m going to put that final stamp on my career,” said Pat. “I am passing it on.”

“There are 30-40 million untreated alcoholics,” continued Pat. “That's the audience. Our current list of stations has come along organically and we will soon expand to New York, Chicago, Miami, etc. Our web presence is unique, as we’ll do the show LIVE on Sunday nights, streaming on KleanRadio.com and people can get it 24/7 from then on. We get calls from all over the world. People are looking for help and we provide guests and experts to help them navigate through the nightmares.”

O’Brien acknowledges a very public “bottom” and recovery. He says he has been clean and sober for almost seven years but cautions that the sobriety world record is 24 hours.  “When I was on my book tour for I’ll be Back Right After This, many people approached me with questions about what to do about themselves, their kids, their parents, etc.  I would like to end the stigma of being an alcoholic, of making mistakes, of being the butt of jokes on radio shows. It’s not funny, and we are helping people get better lives. I’ll gather together the same guests I've always been able to get; celebs, athletes, business people, journalists, and authors, all who have followed the same path. Their knowledge is gold.”

This new venture is well funded by Andrew Spanswick, an experienced clinical therapist who specializes in dual diagnosis and addiction and owner of Klean Centers.

Pat and Andrew are building a state of the art studio in the famed 9000 building on Sunset Boulevard. Before the end of spring, KleanRadio will also be a real television show. “We’re taking our time. Right now, the show is on the Internet and some stations in the Northwest, KVI, KAST and KXL.”

Pat’s most recent gig was at KLAC, working middays. Will he still be available for the world of sports and entertainment broadcasting? “I’ve had multiple offers and yes, I’ll still be involved but I’m not interested in working for those who manage by fear and intimidation. We have a wonderful team who are all on the same page and we don't need 1980s quips and styles to make it work.  We’re the future.”

The radio home for the new show is at KABC. Pat has added four cameras and great lighting. As far as syndication, he is just letting it grow. “My track record speaks for itself and they know it,” said Pat. “Bottom line is to grow the brand, help people navigate addiction, get them to the right people and maybe even have fun doing it. We’re not a glum bunch. Andrew is a brilliant co-host who has tremendous credentials in the mental health and addiction fields. Since I arrived, I’ve done interviews with roughly 50 radio stations and will be all over the Grammys and other red carpet events, carrying the flag.  I just hope we can get people to find a place to seek help and flip an internal switch allowing them to have a more productive life.”

While KleanRadio.com is getting off the ground, Pat is also working on a sports show called Training Table with Chef and Food Magnate Tara Brennan. “We go to famous athletes’ homes and cook them their favorite foods.  Magic Johnson has shown interest in getting behind the show.  And I’m writing another book about being a tourist in my own life.” (Click Pat O'Brien's artwork above to learn more about KleanRadio)

92.3 No Longer HOT. This morning at 9:23 a.m., HOT 92.3 becomes Real 92.3, the new home of “Hip Hop and R&B” for Southern California. The iHeartMedia station became jockless yesterday. The station announced it will launch with “10,000 joints in a row” commercial-free, featuring hits from major Hip Hop and R&B artists like Drake, Nicki Minaj, Chris Brown, Usher, Jay-Z and Beyoncé. 

(Jimmy Reyes, Damon Knight, Renee Taylor, Josefa Salinas, Tony Sandoval, Lisa St. Regis)

As a result of this format flip, a number of HOT 92.3 jocks were let go including Jimmy Reyes, Damon Knight, Renee Taylor, and Josefa Salinas. The station will also drop the two tracked shifts from Tony Sandoval and Lisa St. Regis (from San Francisco). Tony and Lisa still have their jobs up north on KISQ (98.1 / KISS-fm).

It is rumored that once the legal action between Big Boy and Emmis (KPWR) is resolved and Big is able to join iHeart, that he will be the new morning man at Real 92.3.

Doc Wynter, iHeartMedia’s svp of Urban Programming, has expanded his responsibilities and will become program director of the new station. Doc has been with iHeartMedia (Clear Channel) since 1988. Now adding this new role as program director to his other responsibilities, Doc will manage all programming operations for Real 92.3 in Los Angeles.

“This is an exciting and robust addition to our portfolio of iHeartMedia brands that reach more than 9 million people in Los Angeles each week through broadcast radio, digital, social and events.  Hip Hop is thriving and I can’t think of anyone I’d rather have leading the charge than Doc Wynter,” said Greg Ashlock, president of Southern California iHeartMedia.

Big Boy Speaks on Facebook. There was no formal on-air goodbye, but Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander is apparently moving on from his 18 year morning gig KPWR (Power 106 ).  Though Big Boy has yet to explain what led to his decision to leave his long-time home at Emmis’ KPWR, he has written on his Facebook page: “God knows I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!  Real talk. I MEAN IT! When I can speak, I will speak to YOU. I’m crushed and I do care for you guys. Y’all have shown me so much love and respect throughout the years. We have grown together. Many of you were there when my Mom died, when my babies were born, my marriage, my FAT days, my health scare, just everything. We have laughed and cried together. My LOVE for you isn't just words or ratings. This is bigger than a radio logo. You’re my Family. I NEED y’all to survive and be happy. I’m hurt. I’ll be able to tell the real ... soon. God bless you all.”

Why all the fuss for Big Boy? With large groups controlling many of the advertising buys, it is very difficult to be a stand-alone station and generate significant revenue. Yet the local Emmis station has been a lucrative exception. Big Boy’s Neighborhood on KPWR / Power 106, helped the station create a money machine.  According to BIA/Kelsey, KPWR billed $30.4 million in 2011, $31.8 million in 2012 and $34.1 million in 2013.

Overheard.

LARadio Rewind: February 6, 1987. With no warning, KMET program director Frank Cody fires the entire airstaff. The station would run jockless until February 14 and then switch to New Age music as KTWV, The WAVE, with KMET listeners calling the format change “The Valentine’s Day Massacre.” KMET had aired an album rock format since 1967. Over the years the airstaff included Jim Ladd, Jeff Gonzer, Frazer Smith, Mary Turner, Dr. Demento, Ace Young, Paraquat Kelly, Tom Donahue and B. Mitchel Reed. In the fall 1986 Arbitron ratings, KMET was 20th with a 1.6% audience share. Cody acknowledged that “when the best that album-rock radio can do in this market is repackage its old hits in a classic rock format, then album rock is history.” KMET’s final song was a Beatles medley, Golden Slumbers/Carry That Weight/The End. KTWV debuted with Sting’s If You Love Somebody Set Them Free. Howard Bloom was general manager. The KMET call letters now belong to “Smart Talk 1490” in Banning.

Hear Ache. MY/fm’s Dave Styles will be live backstage at the Grammys today … Buoyed by his success with his first book, Last of the Seven Swingin’ Gentleman, Elliot Field is halfway through writing a new book called Purely Palm Springs. He plans to release it before the year is out.

Funnie.

Email Friday

We GET Email …

** New Blood Makes Us Better

“Your observations in your State of LARadio are right on. The Sound will do very well. Brilliant moves to promote Mark Thompson. Watch this show be the market leader.

The movement of the market marches on. It’s great to see the market moving in a new direction. New blood makes us better. The market was stale. Time to move forward. The big boys will learn the product is king. Know the market. Don’t guess as most stations are doing. Know your vine, listen, learn. Most won’t.

Don, you are right on!” – Bob Hamilton

** Big Boy Effect

“Don, will that Emmis lawsuit vs. Big Boy have any effect on his restaurants?  :)” – Jerry Downey

** LARadio Changes

“I wrote an angry post the other day about all the changes in LARadio this week, but yours is much more thoughtful. I’m listening to about 90% digital content on my phone now that T-Mobile has given me an unlimited plan for $100. I think once all cars have smart radios and blue tooth nobody will listen to terrestrial radio. It’s really awful these days to sit through all the crap. And these new changes [especially at KABC] are laughable. The management at all these stations seems to be clueless and clueless.” – JP Myers

** Struggling Industry

“Your State of LARadio address was great. There should have been standing ovations from both sides of the aisle! You have a tremendous grasp of our struggling industry and many would be wise to listen to what you have to say. Have a great day.” – Dave Armstrong

** HD an Alternative

“Regarding streaming and HD discussed in your February 1 State of LARadio sent to us subscribers – it seems that many existing LA stations actually do have that content on-air but are not doing enough to cultivate it as a product, or generate awareness.

I am referring to many of the innovative HD2 formats – ranging from the excellent KROQ2 with its flashbacks format that includes many of the underplayed oh-wow songs from the history of the alternative format, to KRTH’s 50/60s HD2 channel, which is where many of K-EARTH’s removed playlist has been relocated to.

KIIS has a brilliant Evolution dance format that iHeart has experimented with in several markets nationwide, and our public radio stations are active on this front as well.

KKJZ has a terrific standards and jazz vocals HD2 (Frank Sinatra has an fm home right here in LA!), KCRW brings us Eclectic24 on their HD-2 (which is also on air at 106.9 in Goleta/Santa Barbara), and several others in the market have recreated their heritage formats (classic Wave tracks on KTWV HD2, the wonderful K-Mozart on KMZT-HD2, etc.). Now, the challenge for LA’s broadcasters is to use their digital presence to more aggressively tout the existence of their HD channels, and use their promotional platforms on-air and at their event marketing venues to let the LA DMA know that our local broadcasters are providing the local audience with some great undiscovered programming just waiting to be heard.

Long live LARadio.com!” – David Alpern

** State of Chang’s LARadio

“Great article on the state of LARadio. One comment I did have was your mention of Mark Levin getting a ‘promotion’ from KABC to KRLA.  I don’t know if that really is a promotion or rather just a different seat on the Titanic. I at least was able to pick up KABC. I can’t even pickup KRLA on most of my radios.

Additionally the comment of him having a heart attack. Mark has been very upfront about his many heart attacks and I think he mentioned he had about nine stents in his heart. I always wondered for someone with such a pre-existing condition who likely was blacklisted by every insurance company why he wouldn’t embrace at least the concept of Obamacare since he is exactly the type of person that the bill is attempting to get health care for.” – Steve Chang, Venice

** Big Mess for Big Boy?

“The Big Boy situation is a mess. And 3 ½ million dollars seems to be a huge amount especially from a company [iHeart] that is laying off people and can’t seem to meet their debt requirements.

Emmis matched the offer but it seems the loyalty factor wasn’t in play for Big Boy. Very sad that something such as this has happened.

I wonder how this will affect other radio personalities and their thoughts with respect to making more money from their present employers. If so, it will probably result in more syndication.” – Bob Fox  


Northern California Top 40 Breeding Ground 

(February 5, 2004) LARadio.com has long been fascinated with where Los Angeles Radio People come from before they get to L.A. radio. When I was marketing my books, I contacted a friend at the Detroit Free Press looking for some publicity. We had been friends since my days as general manager at W4 and WDRQ. The columnist turned me down for lack of an angle. I counted how many LARP had spent time in Detroit radio and there were 52, including Casey Kasem and Tom ClayThe angle worked and he did a major piece on my book.

Sacramento’s KROY was a great breeding ground for future LARP. Check out these names: Brian Beirne (KRTH), Mark Ford (KDAY), Rick Carroll (KROQ and KKDJ), Dean Goss (KRTH), Anita Garner (KBIG), Jack Hayes (KFWB), Bill Kefurry (KRLA), T. Michael Jordan (KKDJ), Don MacKinnon (KFWB and KLAC), Byron Paul (KFI), Bryan Simmons (KOST and KBIG), Gary Owens (KMPC, KFWB and KLAC), Hal Murray (KFWB), Robert W. Morgan (KHJ and KRTH), Hal Pickens (KFWB), Andy Rush (KNX/fm), Dave Williams (KNX morning anchor), Dwight Case (KHJ), and Gene West (KIQQ). 

Three decades ago, KROY was the most popular radio station in Sacramento, and the station has been memorialized in a tribute Web site at www.1240kroy.com

Jeff March, a KROY veteran and LARP from KIEV and KBBQ in early 1970 writes: 

“With the ‘Music Power’ format it launched in the fall of 1968, KROY achieved undisputed market dominance and remained entrenched in the No. 1 ratings position well into the 1970s. Several former KROY disc jockeys and staff members are involved in the operation of the Web site.” 

“After switching to a youth-oriented Top 40 hits format, KROY (1240 AM) became a magnet for vibrant, talented air personalities, many of whom later moved on to larger markets where they would emerge as broadcast industry icons. The motivating, energetic ‘Music Power’ format was the platform upon which KROY endeared itself to a fiercely loyal audience. From the fall of 1968 through the fall of 1973, KROY was No. 1 in every Arbitron rating book. KROY, known as ‘the 1240 Rock,’ dominated over stations with 50 times its transmitter power. KROY's secret was chemistry - a potent combination of disc jockeys with winning personalities who were attuned to the pulse of the city and who played an infectious blend of Top 40 hits, many of which were ‘hitbound’ on KROY before they were heard on more timid radio stations in other cities. 

KROY first signed on the air in 1937, operating from studios on the mezzanine of the old Hotel Sacramento at 10th and K streets. The station's personnel included a young salesman named Elton Rule, who would later become president of the American Broadcasting Co. Chosen to honor original station owner Royal Miller, the KROY call letters were synonymous with Sacramento for more than 40 years. When America went to war, 1240 KROY was of enormous importance on the home front as one of only two radio stations in Sacramento; the other was KFBK. 

KROY became a part of broadcast history on May 13, 1946, when in a precedent-setting legal decision - the first in which the Federal Communications Commission had to select among bidders competing for a radio station - it granted the application of Harmco Inc. to acquire KROY from the Royal Miller estate for the purchase price of $150,000. 

From the late 1950s to the mid-1960s, KROY was located in downtown Sacramento. The station occupied the second floor, directly over the Country Maid Restaurant, and was just four blocks from the state Capitol building. Throughout its early years KROY had been host to a number of formats, dating back to the ‘swing era’ in which it broadcast big bands live from an earlier studio location, the Senator Hotel across from the Capitol. By 1960, the trend-setting station had switched to Top 40 music programming, playing the top youth-oriented hits of the day. 

During the early heyday of rock 'n roll, KROY's transmitter and tower were located in the southeast area of Sacramento, on a street appropriately named KROY Way. The transmitter was relocated in the mid-1960s to a site located literally at the Sacramento dump at 24th and A Streets, where it remains today. The organic material in the dump helped strengthen the potency of KROY's transmitter signal, which by then had been increased to 1,000 watts daytime and 250 watts at night. Because of its fast-paced format, KROY was chosen as the prototype station for tape cartridge machines, which subsequently became the industry standard for radio station jingles, commercials and other recorded matter.   

One reason KROY became so beloved by its listeners was its high visibility throughout town. The station acquired a vehicle that would become its trademark - an antique fire truck that was painted in the station's trademark shade of purple. Arriving on the fire truck, KROY disc jockeys made appearances throughout town - showing up, for example, at a high school to serve free soft drinks to thirsty teenagers, or playing a basketball game against high school faculty members to raise funds for a worthy cause.   

On one occasion, KROY thrilled listeners [and irritated law enforcement officials] by bringing snow in the middle of summer to the street in front of the station's studio at 977 Arden Way. Using a large dump truck, station personnel made a run into the Sierra Nevada, scooped up a load of snow, barreled down Highway 50, and dumped it onto Arden Way as 5,000 listeners showed up for a snowman-building contest in 100-degree August heat. Traffic became hopelessly ensnarled, and as California Highway Patrol officers arrived to restore order and reopen the street to traffic, they were pelted with snowballs. The runoff from the melting snow washed into the radio station and ruined the carpeting, but it was a wonderful day, demonstrating that KROY loved its listeners as much as they loved the station's star disc jockeys. KROY even made its listeners celebrities, honoring deserving citizens on the air with ‘Power People’ awards. 

When Don McLean's American Pie soared to popularity in early 1972, Sacramentans remained riveted to their radios as KROY dispensed clues leading to a secretive prize location. As the final clues were revealed, the station's listeners converged upon a levee where the KROY disk jockeys were parked in a Chevy - a reference to a lyric line in the song - and they were handing out pies stuffed with currency. 

The station's ‘haunted mansion,’ presented in cooperation with a local youth organization each Halloween, became a perennial favorite, as did its Fourth of July spectaculars at Cal Expo. 

In 1977, KROY was joined by an fm affiliate. Four years later, in response to changing tastes of listeners and increased competition, KROY AM and FM abandoned the Top 40 singles format and switched to an adult album rock format. A cherished strand in Sacramento's history unraveled on Nov. 1, 1982, when after 45 years under the venerable KROY call letters, the AM station quietly became KENZ, then KSAC as it switched first to classical music, then to an all-sports format that failed to attract a listener base.   

Purchased by Dwight Case (photo) - who had been KROY's station manager during its heyday in the late 1960s and early '70s - the AM station signed off and went dark in early November 1994, returning to the air a few weeks later as Spanish-formatted KSQR, as it remains today. In November 1990, KROY/fm adopted a Classic Rock format. Dubbed ‘the Eagle,’ the station switched call letters to KSEG, and KROY finally disappeared from the Sacramento airwaves.   

But the camaraderie that developed among KROY personnel still endures. Although they're now dispersed throughout the nation - including New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Seattle and other cities - about four dozen KROY alumni remain in regular contact with each other via email."

Dees Sleaze. Tons of emailer’s reacted with disappointment at Rick Dees’ “life-changing” announcement yesterday morning. They felt ripped off. One called it a real “cheap trick.” How about the tv crews that arrived as early as 3:30 a.m. waiting to get a story on Rick’s anticipated “life-changing” announcement? It was a busy day behind the scenes on Riverside Drive in the KIIS headquarters with all parties attempting to work out the real “life-changing” announcement...This morning, KABC's Ken Minyard was talking about the buzz surrounding Ryan Seacrest replacing Rick Dees at KIIS/fm. Ken acknowledged what a talent and gentleman that Rick was to him. When Ken returned to KABC, Rick sent him a gift.

Leap Year LARPs. KNX's Diane Thompson is putting together a feature piece on Leap Day birthdays and she wondered if there were some LARP Leap Day "babies" she could interview. You can contact Diane at: taylorvoice@earthlink.net

Mornings in Ventura Goes Insane…Again. Darrell Wayne, ex-KROQ and LaRadio.com editor will fill-in on the Dave & Bob show at KVTA in Ventura for the next few weeks. KVTA is Ventura County’s only News/Talk station. “Dave and Bob have been a Ventura County institution for the past 19 years, and their shoes will be hard to fill. I fill in for Bob starting today through next week, and for Dave, driving the bus, the week of the 16th through the 20th." For those outside the area, the show is streamed at www.kvta.com. 

Hear This. KLOS middayer Cynthia Fox is giving away tickets to Angels Fest, which is taking place on Valentine’s weekend at Angels Stadium. Fans get to meet the Angel players…KFI’s Phil Hendrie taped a "screed" segment for the Dennis Miller Show. It's to air this week…The WAVE is promoting "Saturday Afternoon Live at Sea" on February 7th, offering a scenic cruise of the Rainbow Harbor in Long Beach with a catered buffet and special performances by David Benoit and other jazz ensembles. 

Karmazin’s Half-Time Response. This is the full text of a memo from Mel Karmazin that deals with the half time show at the Super Bowl that aired on his CBS and was produced by his MTV.  

As you know, the incident during the Super Bowl's Half Time Show on Sunday has received 
a significant amount of attention both in the media and in Washington, D.C.   Because of the 
speculation and misinformation about what transpired, I want to update you on the facts 
and also on what we are doing to prevent such incidents from occurring in the future. 

First let me say that everyone at Viacom, CBS and MTV was shocked and embarrassed 
about what transpired at the end of our half time performance.  Ms. Jackson's unrehearsed, 
unplanned and unapproved display went far beyond the bounds of what is acceptable under 
our broadcast standards.  We apologized immediately and publicly to our viewers for the 
incident. 

We also conducted an investigation and are satisfied that we handled the creation and 
staging of the half time show responsibly and that both CBS and MTV reviewed all planned 
aspects of the performances in detail and in advance.   We have established that no one in 
our company was aware in advance of any plan to rip Ms. Jackson's clothing. Executives 
from MTV, CBS and the NFL attended all rehearsals and nothing like this was included in 
the show, which was verified by our review of videotapes from the rehearsals. Moreover, I 
have been assured that we would never have allowed the incident to take place had we 
known in advance. Janet Jackson has now publicly admitted that she and her choreographer 
came up with the idea after the last rehearsal and that no one at MTV or at CBS had any 
knowledge about her plan. 

In order to prevent future incidents, we are immediately taking steps to minimize and 
hopefully eliminate the vulnerability inherent to live television. 

First, we are redoubling our already thorough oversight of all live performances -- to be sure 
that the standards of our networks are upheld and that what is presented is appropriate for 
the intended audience.  Second, in addition to our longstanding policy to employ audio 
delete technology on live entertainment broadcasts, we will begin a video delete capability 
with the February 8 broadcast of the Grammy Awards on CBS.  We believe that this new 
procedure will allow us to keep unplanned and unscripted-accidental or otherwise-incidents 
from occurring in the future. 

Other aspects and segments of the half time show are being debated and criticized and will 
no doubt continue to be discussed over the next several weeks.  We support the right of 
people to disagree with the choices we make just as we value and take seriously the public 
trust that is given to us.  And we will continue to do everything we can to assure that our live broadcasts adhere to the same high standards as the programming we air every day.
   

Radio Stuff. Lance Ballance, former middayer at KBIG, is the pd at KOSY-Salt Lake City…KSPN’s Joe McDonnell is reporting the drama series Playermakers has been cancelled, according to SportsByBrooks.com: "Piss on the NFL, it was a great show," said Joe…We proposed a new drinking game guaranteed to get you drunk in a hurry is to take a swig every time new KFI evening Talk show host John Ziegler utters the word “Frankly.” He did it 11 times in one hour recently. Another LARP readers thinks that would get drunk even quicker if you had a drink every time Bill Handel says, "uhhhh."… “K-Mozart” is presenting a live broadcast of Pacific Symphony Orchestra from Orange County Performing Arts Center on this evening’s Pacific Concert.

Elder Politician. Democratic U.S. Representative Dennis J. Kucinich (Ohio) was in studio with Larry Elder this week discussing his candidacy in the Democratic presidential race.

Overheard.

Color Him Father. Glenn Sacks is a men's and fathers' issues columnist and a nationally-syndicated radio talk show host. His radio show, “His Side with Glenn Sacks, can be heard on KMPC/1540 and in Seattle. Glenn is creating headlines with his campaign against inflammatory tee-shirts. You can read the complete story at: http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~24781~1933081,00.html 

LARP Archives. February 5  

On this day in history:  

1940 - Glenn Miller and his orchestra record Tuxedo Junction; it would spend nine weeks at number 1  
1953 - Walt Disney's Peter Pan premieres at the Roxy Theatre in New York City  
1957 - Bill Haley & the Comets began their first British tour  
1996 - Elizabeth Taylor files for divorce from Larry Fortensky, her seventh husband  
1998 - Falco (born Johann Holzel), who hit number one with Rock Me Amadeus in 1986, dies in a Dominican Republic car crash at 40, and Beach Boys guitarist Carl Wilson dies of cancer at 51; Stevie Wonder and Elton John perform at the White House   

Born on this day:  

Hot Hits countdown for this day in 1986: number 5, How Will I Know by Whitney Houston; number 4, When The Going Gets Tough by Billy Ocean; number 3, I'm Your Man by Wham!; number 2, Burning Heart by Survivor; number 1, That's What Friends Are For by Dionne & Friends (Dionne Warwick, Elton John, Gladys Knight, Stevie Wonder)  

Hawthorne’s Radio Rewind: On this day in 1940, the daily soap opera Amanda Of Honeymoon Hill, starring Joy Hathaway as "the beauty of flaming red hair", debuted on NBC Radio. Co-starring was Staats Cotsworth and John Archer, who was also the announcer for The Shadow ("Who knows what evil lurks in the hearts of men? The Shadow knows").  Frank Gallop was the announcer.  The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert, who also created several other series, including Front Page, Little Orphan Annie, Just Plain Bill, The Romance Of Helen Trent, and Mr. Keen, Tracer Of Lost Persons. From 1940-42, Amanda Of Honeymoon Hill was sponsored by Cal-Aspirin and Haley's M-O and then moved to CBS for four more years, sponsored by Phillips Toothpaste and Tooth Powder.  The storylines ranged from the mundane (Amanda looks for an apartment) to the dramatic (Amanda's father is falsely charged with murder).  

LARP Threesome. This New Year's photo represents three reasons why Brooks Melchior, former KMPC/1540 talk show host, has put together one of the fastest growing Web sites for sports buffs. Brooks hosts events around the Southland and took his marketing machine to Las Vegas to kick in the New Year. He's planning future trips to Seattle and Phoenix. www.SportsByBrooks.com 

Funnie. KNX's Randy Kerdoon wrote to say that he's not getting picky, but just noticed the line above the LARP birthdays at the bottom of this page: 'If you are a LA Radio People who would like your birthday…or death listed?' "Not only is there a Rock and Roll Heaven, but they apparently have email!!" quipped Randy.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Gene West (ex-KIQQ and KGFJ)   

LARP: What is your favorite song lyric?  Any songwriter.  Any artist.  
Any genre.  Any time.  Please limit your answer to two lines at most.
 

Martin Wagmaister (producer, Rick Dees In The Morning-102.7 KIIS/fm): Wasted Time by The Eagles: 

    You can get on with your search, baby  
    And I can get on with mine,  
    And maybe someday we will find…  
    That it wasn’t really wasted time
 

Richard Turnage: Jackson Browne, from The Pretender  

      I'm gonna find myself a girl,
     Who can show me what laughter means;
     And we'll fill-in the missing colors,
     In each others paint-by-number dreams
  

Archer (KBIG): Favorite song lyric? Yes from Starship Trooper:  

    "Loneliness is a power that we possess to give  
    or take away forever."  

Bill Banks (ex-KNAC, Liberman): Every single line of Mr. Tambourine Man and Idiot Wind. Actually, almost all of Dylan's Bringing It All Back Home and Blood On The Tracks.  

On another tangent, two lines from Kris Kristofferson: 

    "I may smoke too much, drink too much, every blessed thing too much,  
    But you can bet your butt I'm gonna live before I die."  

Doug McIntyre (KABC): It's not my favorite song, but given the shift I work, Frank Loesser's My Time of Day from Guys and Dolls:

    "My time of day is the dark time, a couple of deals before dawn.  
    When the street belongs to the cop, and the janitor with his mop,  
    and the grocery clerks are all gone."

John Mellen: You & I written by Meredith Wilson, Tommy Dorsey and the Band, with Frank Sinatra on vocal, recorded June 1941. Two In Love, also by Meredith Wilson, Tommy Dorsey and the Band with Frank Sinatra on vocal was recorded August 1941.  Both were on the Hit Parade at the same time.


Big KFWB Voice from the Launch of all-News KFWB Silenced 

(February 4, 2008) Don Herbert, the last of the original anchors from the launch of all-News KFWB, died Saturday evening. He was 72. “Don went into the hospital Wednesday evening with terrible abdominal pains,” said his wife, Linda. They would have been married 40 years this Friday. “Turned out Don had a ruptured colon and it totally filled him up with poison. They kept him totally sedated, thank God, and everyone was with him at the end.” 

Andy Park – who was with Don at the launch of KFWB – responded to Sunday’s bulletin about Don’s passing with a one-word exclamation: “Damn!” 

After celebrating his 30th anniversary with all-News KFWB, Don retired in 1998. Since the fall of 1997, he had been on medical leave due to an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which causes severe muscle weakness paralyzing half of his throat.

He joined KFWB one month before the station went all-News. A native of Brooklyn (born December 16, 1935), Don made his radio debut in 1955 on WABP-Tuscaloosa while attending the University of Alabama. His career took him to Birmingham, Mobile and Little Rock, as well as Palm Beach, Florida before arriving at WTOP-Washington, DC.  

In Washington, Don covered local and national news with frequent assignments to the Pentagon, State Department and Capitol Hill as well as being a fill-in reporter at the White House. After two years, Don moved to Los Angeles where he became a writer and producer for KRCA/Channel 4 news in Burbank. In 1968, when Westinghouse geared up for an all-News format, Don decided to return to the air.  

“He had a great career, he had animals he loved, 2 kids he adored... he really had everything,” said his wife. “He really, really had a good life.” (Linda and Don Herbert)

Richard Rudman, former director of engineering at KFWB, emailed: “I remember Don as KFWB's self-appointed Morale Officer. I was often the good-natured target of engineering comments he wrote in his classic ‘KFWB NOOSELINE.’ I was identified as ‘Tubes’ Krikey. What kept me at KFWB from 1975 until 2002 were stellar colleagues like Don and others who never forgot that broadcasting should be more than a business. I treasure my copy of his book, We'll Have More Music Right After The News, but I treasure more the memories of the years of working side-by-side with one of the nicest human beings I have ever known. Is it possible to feel sadness and laughter at the same time when one hears that someone has passed? If you do not know the answer to that, you probably did not know Don Herbert.” 

Roger Carroll wrote: “How sad. Don was a class act, the pro newsman and a gentleman. My condolences to his family.” 

David Alpern worked at KFWB from 1992-97. “I knew Don Herbert as a gentleman who also served as the station’s historian and publisher of our employee newsletter. More recently, Don self-published We'll Have More Music, Right After the News, a look at the three decades of all-News radio here in LA. Don referred to nearly everyone in our newsletter as the ‘lovely’ plus their name. He enjoyed re-printing the humorous slip-ups that inadvertently were voiced on the air. During my years there, Don was slowly moved out of primetime and into the graveyard overnight shift, and he eventually retired altogether from the station in 1998. Born Herbert Rosenblum, he employed the name Don Herbert on air, forever leading him to proclaim himself as “that other guy” due to the existence of the more famous Mr. Wizard, who’s name was also Don Herbert.” 

“What a bummer!,” wrote Mary Lyon. “I loved Don Herbert! He was such a great talent, but even better, he had a terrific sense of humor. He was known and respected for an unflappable and smooth-as-silk delivery on the air, and a friendly, reliable voice that just seemed to embody KFWB. When that voice was on the air, you knew exactly where you were.”
 
I worked there first as an editor's assistant way back when, and later as an anchor, and thoroughly enjoyed being in his orbit. He was friendly and congenial to everyone from the lowest to the highest,” said Mary.
 
She also recalls what made Don Herbert unique: “What was really distinctive about him was this habit he had of putting together a little in-house newsletter every week or so that he would issue to everyone in the building, with updates, gossip, cartoons, newsroom happenings, and humorous observations. He delighted in highlighting outtakes and misread lines of copy on the air, and one of his favorites was listing the many bloopers that mixed obituaries with the weather report. For example, ‘So-and-So died at the age of 72 degrees.’ More than once, he would delight in busting one hapless anchor named Don Herbert on this.”
 
“I suspect he would probably be the first to seize that opportunity again with great relish and that perennial twinkle in his eye [AND in his voice] once he sits down in front of the microphone in that Great On-Air Booth in the Sky: ‘...and veteran KFWB newsman Don Herbert has died at the age of 72 degrees.’”
 
“God Bless Don Herbert! He made a great newsroom even better and livelier, and more human, with his presence and his exquisite sense of whimsy. DANG! We've lost a real giant. A gentle giant, and a marvelous wit. And just when we need him the most. He was SO cool! He will be hugely missed – at the age of ANY degrees,” concluded Lyon. 

Nancy Plum said that Don Herbert will be remembered! I only worked with him briefly at KFWB in 1993 but it was a stressful time in my personal life in that period and he always made me laugh at work. His newsletters about KFWB were always fun to read too! Such a pro and such a nice man!”
 

When Don’s book was published in 2005, LARadio.com ran this piece in 2005:

Herbert’s 22-Minute World. On Friday, Steve Harvey devoted his entire Only in LA column tin the LA Times to Don Herbert’s new book, You Give Us 22 Minutes:

 

"You give us 22 minutes, we'll give you the world" is the slogan of all-news station KFWB-AM (980), and there's something about the mathematics of that statement that has always bothered me. I mean, if the news is delivered in three cycles per hour….

Well, it turns out that some station hands were also befuddled when the 22-minute line was adopted more than 30 years ago.

"Twenty-two minutes?" ex-KFWB newsman Don Herbert remembers recalling. "That would give us a 66-minute hour. How could that be, especially if we, as newscasters, were supposed to be accurate?"

The answer, he found out, was that the marketing research people believed the number 22 "would be remembered more easily than 20 minutes or 25 minutes or 30 minutes." And if they say three times 22 is 60, so be it.

Herbert, by the way, says that "two days after we started using that slogan, a postcard … came from a man who said, 'I gave you 22 minutes. You gave me the world. I didn't like it. I want my 22 minutes back.' "

Wacky weather woes: Herbert's above reminiscences are from his new book, "We'll Have More Music, Right After the News," which is a rich compendium of on-air bloopers committed by anchors and reporters. Some of the meteorological forecasts must have prompted tourists to wonder if Southern California has the strangest weather on Earth.

A few examples:

•  Herbert once told listeners "temperatures will be cooler and we should have a frog-free day tomorrow."

•  Vince Campagna said, "We are due for some low clouds and drivel."

•  On another occasion, Michael Schoen made no mention of frogs but warned of low "cows" and fog.

•  Beach Rogers made this observation: "KFWB news time: 55 degrees. And the temperature is cloudy."

•  Miriam Bjerre forecast "hazy overnight sunshine."

•  Stan Bohrman pronounced the winds "westerly and gusterly."

•  And, finally, Ken Jeffries implied that a rainstorm had damaged the sanitation system, announcing there had been a ‘flush’ flood warning.

miscelLAny: The title of Herbert's book refers to one of radio's urban legends. KFWB, formerly a top 40 music station, went all-news on March 11, 1968. The story goes that when the late disc jockey Gene Weed signed off at midnight just before the switch, he said, "We'll have more music right after the news." He never said it, though. The story's just some coastal drivel. 

Services are set for Tuesday afternoon at 2 p.m. at Eden Memorial Park in Mission Hills.

Super Bowl Reaction. You should expect to hear lots on sports radio about yesterday's upset of the previously undefeated New England Patriots by the New York Giants. Sports fans from all over the country will be calling into both local and syndicated talk shows with their reaction to the surprise crowning of the Giants as this year's champion of Super Bowl XLII.

"One word - shocking!" said Joe McDonnell. He watched part of the game with KLAC listeners at Dave and Buster's in Orange. "I just had a feeling after Eli Manning somehow got away and made that pass to David Tyree that something was going to happen." Tyree's catch was "one of the greatest catches ever."

"It was one of the worst Super Bowl's I'd watched during the first three quarters, then the last quarter was one of the best," said Big Joe, adding that "had [Tom] Brady had a full minute, the outcome may have been different, but not even Brady could do anything with the time remaining at the end."

KSPN's Steve Mason had been broadcasting all week from Glendale, Arizona, site of this year's Super Bowl. "I hated the Patriots, but as the week went on, I warmed up to the team as they pursued perfection," said Mason. "It was one of the best Super Bowls of all time. I don't think any of us thought that Eli Manning could get it all done."

Mason said that the Patriots made a quick exit after the game. "They appeared at the press conference afterward, then quickly boarded the bus and disappeared. It was hard to get any reaction from the team."

Radio CEO Breakfast. On Friday, LARadio.com recapped the opening statements from five radio ceo’s that are in charge of many Southern California radio stations. Those participating were: John Hogan, ceo/president of Clear Channel; Dan Mason, president/ceo of CBS Radio; Jeff Smulyan, chairman of the board, president/ceo of Emmis Communications; Gary Stone, president/coo of Univision Radio; and Farid Suleman, chairman of the board and ceo of Citadel Broadcasting Corporation. Today, more from the panel discussion entitled “Status & Future of Audio-Anchored Advertising.”

Farid wondered when did the perception of a problem in radio start. “It seems to coincide with the massive consolidation that occurred in radio,” offered Farid. “What changed? Radio revenue stopped growing with the owned multiple stations in a market. I think it coincided with the complete disregard for all the creativity that radio offered as a marketing solution. Instead, the focus moved on pricing. Groups were pricing for their groups offering discounts if they got 100% of the buy. We’ve all focused on how we take revenues away from each other instead of how we can come up with effective solutions to get radio to grow.” 

Farid said that radio was a perfect place for product placement and radio should use it as effectively as tv has. He said the editor of the LA Times is unable to insert Home Depot in the middle of an op-ed piece, but the morning man on radio can. “That’s a huge product placement. Challenge your guys to use all elements of radio.” 

Hogan, not surprisingly – since Clear Channel once owned over 1,200 radio stations disagreed that consolidation has created a problem. “Just the opposite. I think it has allowed us to create in different ways. We’ve created a content development team. It is a group of ten people that we have taken from around the country. They have various experiences in radio and other medium. All they do all day long is work on new creative applications. They look at formats. They look at personalities. They look at imaging. They look at branding. They are completely focused on it. We have another organization called ‘The Format Lab.’ This is another group of 10 that in addition to radio people we’ve taken people from a variety of creative industries and they are focused on developing new niche formats to populate not only our terrestrial radio stations but the several hundred HD-2 channels that we’ve rolled out and will continue to roll out. Consolidation has allowed us to amass those resources and to focus on creativity a little bit differently. What we’ve tried to do is to get the very best people and put them in positions where they can have the greatest impact.” 

On the question of where this creativity will come from, Dan Mason said that he will use his best air talent not only at a local station level but across the cluster level. He cited an example with the Super Bowl. “One of sports anchors, Mike Francesca, not only created a Super Bowl preview for WFAN but that was sold to Allstate across all the CBS stations. You’ll see less from our company of an individual silo approach but instead we will push content across the other stations using the best of who we have. Tying ideas and concepts into talent is the way to go too.” 

Gary Stone acknowledged that when the economy “took a tumble” in 2001, a lot of the businesses came back but radio didn’t come back. “As agencies were looking to how best to place the clients dollar, their budgets weren’t growing and they had to look for places to get the client excited and somehow some of this new technology like the Internet got part of the budget. I think the sales person for radio has gotten beaten down over the years and they start believing what the buyers are telling them what their product is worth and that’s a disease that really needs to stop. We have great product. In today’s environment you have to sell more than radio. You have to sell marketing solutions, text messaging, the Web site and all these other things. Like when NTR [non-traditional revenue] emerged, you have to sell everything. It has to be a bigger marketing solution. Think bigger. Change the paradigm and radio will come back and we’ll be in charge of it instead of being victimized by what the new technology might offer.” 

The head of Emmis, Jeff Smulyan, added: “This industry works. The most important thing about this industry is it works. We’ve got to make sure that point is driven home over and over again. We will sell your product.” 

When asked about what the future holds in store for radio in 2018. “I’m not sure that radio is that far off,” said Hogan. “It’s a lot closer than we think it is. Radio that can think beyond just radio is very bright. Those new technologies can and do work to our advantage. They are just different distribution platforms. The future isn’t very bright if we continue to think of ourselves as just being in the radio business. It is a whole lot brighter if we think what our core strengths are and that’s connecting with listeners. The key for us is to acknowledge the changes, embrace the technology and make it work for us. We need to focus on what has been radio’s core strength and that is to connect with an audience. I’d be kidding you if we weren’t challenged by a number of things, but I think the future of radio is really bright if we can make the technology work for us by embracing it and not fearing it.” 

Mason said there are a couple of elements – engagement – to reach out and touch people. “Radio has the most unique ability to do that. Also radio has the ability to target an audience. We can cut an audience within a 40-mile radius of a client or we can go as far as 30 million people, depending on what the client wants.”  

The new People Meter will have the ability to aggregate the numbers by putting them in a larger pool to be able to sell against cable and other mediums, according to Mason. “You can slice, dice, and target anyway you, but never lose fact that in radio’s ability to reach out and touch to keep a listener engaged and that’s what we will be selling,” said Mason. 

The last half of the morning was devoted to questions from the audience. Thom Ferro, formerly general manager of Westwood One for 20 years, and now with Broadway Entertainment, said he felt like he was in a technology convention. “Where did the entertainment go?” asked Ferro. “I listen to Adam Carolla in the morning because he is funny. I listen to Big Boy because he is entertaining. I listen to Latino 96.3 because it’s entertaining. I don’t even speak Spanish but it’s entertaining. I listen to KJLH because it is fun. It is not my culture, but I learn from it. We have forgotten that radio is an interactive medium that can relate to people like it is their best friend. When did that go away?”  

Ferro then addressed the panel: “No offense to all of you, but I’m bored. Let’s get back to the entertainment business. Let’s simplify this thing, I don’t give a shit about whether High Definition this or that. If it’s good, we’ll find it. Kids will put down their iPods if it is something they want to hear. Radio has forgotten what makes it great.” 

The industry owes a great deal of gratitude to Mary Beth Garber and her dedicated staff at the Southern California Broadcasters Association as well as the thinkLA group for providing this forum to share ideas. There are a number of reactions to Friday’s story in Email Monday. 

Jhani Kaye Signs Up. Jhani Kaye, pd at KRTH, has reportedly reached an agreement with CBS Radio for a multi-year contract. “I am thrilled to get Jhani renewed and keep him here at K-EARTH 101 to finish what he started two years ago,” said KRTH gm Dan Weiner. “Few program directors understand the nuances of the LA radio scene better than Jhani, which makes him such a powerful weapon in creating the sound and presentation that works for ratings and our listeners. I’m thrilled to know I can continue to work with someone I have considered a friend not just a colleague who I have known personally and professionally for over ten years.”

Jhani responded: "My goal when I arrived two years ago was to improve the rankings of K-EARTH. I'm very proud of the fact that, in 2007, the average 25-54 share among English language stations shows that K-EARTH ranked #4 in Los Angeles [tied with KFI]. CBS Radio president Dan Mason has been extremely supportive of me, both professionally and personally, as was our former general manager, Maureen Lesourd. I've had the pleasure of knowing our current general manager, Dan Weiner, for over ten years and our working relationship is one that programmers only dream of! Our staff is terrific, and it's a real pleasure to walk into CBS each day and work with talented people who are not only colleagues, but friends as well.  

Overheard.

Savage Book. Jack Savage, former KABC newsman, has written a book with a dozen short stories called Bumping and Other Stories, which is “an eclectic mix of stories about a past lost and found, a present rediscovered, a recurring dream and a living nightmare with justice to meat out, of a childlike wonderment, a life of learning lost, and two souls sharing one affliction.” Recently Jack said what helped him as a writer was the narrative of comic books. “I used to read Tarzan comic books and in the back there was the Brothers of the Spear. They were drawn wonderfully.”

Jack has been a scriptwriter. “When you picture going from scene to scene, I use the comic book as an analogy. They storyboard in films and it is almost the same thing going from scene to scene. You learn to write very succinctly and very quickly with a perspective that won’t make the director nervous.  

Jack quit high school and spent two and a half years in Vietnam as a paratrooper and helicopter doorgunner, all before his twenty-first birthday. A life long fan of short stories, Jack began writing his own fifteen years ago while pursuing his graduate degree. This compilation represents what he considers to be his twelve best. Jack is a graduate of Brown Institute and Mankato State University in Minnesota and is a career broadcaster. He is also a veteran stage actor and Associate Professor in Telecommunications and Film at California State University, Los Angeles. He and his wife Kathy live in Monrovia. 

Hear Ache. KFI's Bill Handel skipped the Super Bowl and went to the movies. He saw Charlie Wilson's War ... KLAC's Dan Patrick wondered what movie they would show on the New England Patriots' private jet from the Super Bowl back to Boston. Shindler's List to cheer them up? Maybe Towering Inferno followed by Titanic ... KROQ's Kevin & Bean think Ryan Seacrest got waaaay too much time on the Super Bowl pre-game Red Carpet show. "The first thing they did was show video of Ryan playing football in high school. You couldn't see his face. He could have been black for all we know," said Kevin Ryder.

Crystal Ball. Headline to LA Times columnist Bill Plaschke's Sunday column says it all. Here's a guy you want to take with you the next time you are in Las Vegas.

LARP Rewind: February 4 

Story Behind The Song: Check On It by Beyoncé, Bun B, & Slim Thug was number one on this day in 2006. Born in Houston, Beyoncé Knowles was in a group, Girl's Tyme, managed by her father. Renamed Destiny's Child, they had four number one hits before Beyoncé went solo in 2003. She wrote Check On It with her cousin Angela Beyincé, along with Kasseem Dean, Sean Garrett, and Stayve Thomas. It was featured in the Steve Martin movie, The Pink Panther, which Beyoncé appeared in. The song went quadruple platinum and also reached #3 on the r&b chart and #3 in Great Britain. 

Funnie. Bill Reitler thinks that maybe Don Imus, and actress Stephanie Cole of the British comedy series Waiting for God were separated at birth

Happy Birthday: Steve Arvin and Daniel Thomas Brady

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? 

Laura Gross: If I could change anything about myself, I would worry less!   

Darrell Winrich: This is not a direct response, but your question reminds me of the answer Woody is purported to have given when asked the question, "If you could live your life over again and were allowed to change just one thing, what would it be?"  His answer, "I would be a different person." 

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** Reaction to CEO Confab
Dan Mason is absolutely right about what happens when hurricanes hit the southeast. People don't listen to their iPods. Most often, they turn on their radios, where they hear wall-to-wall audio from the local television stations: the only electronic media in the markets still robust enough to actually cover a disaster. Radio – Clear Channel in particular – has long since fired the people who could do the job in-house.

Mason may like to think of radio as an engagement tool but, at least in the West Palm Beach market, in practice it’s nothing but a leech that during disasters duplicates local television, and the rest of the time brings us barter syndication so poorly implemented that we often get minutes of dead air.

I've been through hurricanes in South Florida. Its pretty obvious Mason hasn't, or he'd also know that we have firewood-gathering rednecks down here with a better fuel distribution system than FEMA. They can't even manage their ice!” –
Jerry Trowbridge 

** Advertising Can Change Perception
“I, too, was at the CEO confab on Thursday and was perplexed why no one gave an answer on how to ‘fix’ radio’s perception problem. No fewer than two of the esteemed five group heads spoke about this subject. I agree radio has a perception vs. reality problem. Wouldn’t a marketing campaign take care of this problem? If The Home Depot was perceived to have the highest prices in home improvement but in reality, their prices were the lowest, what would they do? SPEND MONEY! Advertise the truth.  

The companies represented at the summit have the means to promote the ‘reality’ of radio. After all, Los Angeles by itself is a $1 Billion dollar radio market. The profitability of most radio stations in Los Angeles is scary – 50, 60, 70%? How about lowering that figure just 10% and using those funds to REINVEST in our business. This way when Kyle Acquistapace talks to a client about radio – that client is already thinking radio is huge. After all, advertising can change people’s perception of any product – even radio.” – Marc Bonvouloir, 95.5 KLOS 

** Politics Aside
“I'm just wondering how Phil Hendrie's recent turn to the right will play on progressive KTLK.  Will he be returning to more of his character-driven humor for the local portion? I'd LOVE to hear that kind of brilliance again, though I know that Phil had gotten tired of coming up with such brilliance night after night. 

My career in radio [especially the L.A. portion] has enabled me to meet many celebrities, most of which I was a personal fan of, but I was never really star struck by any of them. This geeky Trekkie got to hang out with William Shatner and become friends with David Gerrold. I made Dom DeLouise laugh in a restaurant. Linda Perry sat on my hands [on purpose]. I spoke with President Clinton on the phone. But when I met Phil Hendrie face to face, I think I was only able to hold up my end of the conversation with, ‘Um, er, uh, I think I just peed my pants.’” – Rob Archer, Program Director Dial-Global's Hits Now!, sometimes KFI news anchor, sometimes MYfm fill-in 

** Loves KTLK’s New Talk
“!!Saludos!! to KTLK/1150. Their new schedule from afternoon drive all the way to 1 a.m. struck me like a 50,000 watt lightning bolt!  If this doesn't cause their numbers to skyrocket, there's something wrong with the market. One can only describe the improvements as ‘dramatic.’ Now I finally have a use for the 6th AM button on my Honda radio!” – Greg Hardison 

** College Sports Play
“Please renew me for another year of LARadio.com – I'll do the premium AAA membership. I'd like to keep the same password codes and my credit card info should be the same. Everyone should know that $59.95 is an excellent value – less than $5 a month for all you provide.   

I am staying busy with college sports play by play radio work in the Inland Empire. Many of our games air on Salem's KTIE 590 AM in San Bernardino [the old KFXM]. University of Redlands Football won it's conference and went to the NCAA Division 3 playoffs. Cal State San Bernardino Men's Basketball currently has a 13-1 record and is ranked 6th in the nation in NCAA Division 2 after reaching the final 4 last season. 

Thanks for continuing to be the best source of information on So Cal radio.” – Mitch McClellan 

** Dave Hull Is the Best

“As a part-time desert resident I often drive out to the Palm Springs area from San Diego on a Friday night.  I always look forward to picking up the KWXY signal in Hemet so I can listen to Dave Hull for the last hour of my drive. He is THE BEST! He just cracks me up, so I'm laughing all the way home. I've been a huge Dave Hull fan since KMPC days, and now he sounds better than ever. The only thing missing is the ‘Love Line.’ I always thought that would go over great with the KWXY audience. 

Dave, I hope you're back soon on another desert station! You'll be sorely missed.” – Diana (Kirchen) Kelly - formerly of KWIZ-Santa Ana (currently a college Dean in San Diego)

 


Memory Of Markas Marks SCSB Awards 

(February 3, 2010) Jim Hill, Vin Scully, Ken Levine, Jaime Jarrin, Bill Seward, Joe Cala and Rex Hudler were big winners at the 19th Annual Southern California Sports Broadcasters Awards ceremony yesterday afternoon at the Lakeside Golf Club.  

Jim Hill, a tv sports broadcaster for three decades, was honored as the 25th inductee into the SCSB Hall of Fame. He was humbled and remembered some early words of advice from Vin Scully: “When you speak, always have something to say.” (Vin Scully, Jim Hill, Rafer Johnson, Bob Miller - photo by Bonnie Burrow)

In his praise for Scully, Hill said: “You have been, are, and always will be in a class by yourself. The rest of us are just trying to go to the same school.” 

And there were many tributes throughout the evening for Rory Markas, the 8-year voice of the Angels, who died suddenly last month at the age of 54. He was referenced frequently throughout the luncheon.

 Ken Levine sharing his award with his father Cliff Levine; Dodger broadcaster Charley Steiner;
and Jaime Jarrin, winner of Foreign Language Sports Broadcaster with SCSB President Bob Miller

Bob Miller, the voice of the Kings, is president of the SCSB and does a magnificent job hosting the luncheons. Invariably he gets the event off to a funny start. “A professor asked his class, ‘What organ on a human body when stimulated grows to seven times its normal size?’ He called on Miss Jones. She stood up, head down and all red in the face and said, ‘I cannot answer that, I’m too embarrassed.’ The professor called on Mr. Smith who answered ‘the pupil of the human eye,’ which was correct. ‘Miss Jones, that tells me three things about you. One, you weren’t prepared for class. Two, you didn’t read the assignment. And, three, you’re going to be extremely disappointed the rest of your life.” 

Here are the nominees and winners from this year’s ceremony: 

Nominated for Foreign Language Announcer Award: Jaime Jarrin, AM930 Dodgers Play-by-Play; Jose Mota, AM830 Angels, and Fernando Valenzuela, AM 930 Dodgers. The winner was Jaime Jarrin who offered a short acceptance speech. “I just wanted to say thank you very much from the bottom of my heart to all of my colleagues.”

 Former KABC host and former SCSB president Lisa Bowman with SCSB exec Jerry Clark;
 KFWB's Ted Sobel and Bill Seward with Bob Miller; and former KSPN Talker Gary Miller

Randy Rosenbloom was cited for his dedication to broadcasting high school sports at LA36, where he was sports director. He was awarded a special SCSB Prep Sports recognition. 

A special citation was given to Angels skipper Mike Scioscia.  The Manager mentioned the challenges for the Angels ballclub in the last year. “As proud as we are of what the Angels have done on the field, these last couple of years have been very difficult off the field. I’ve never been prouder of a group of guys as I was to see how they went through the season losing Preston Gomez, who was a father figure for all of us, and the tragic death of Nick Adenhart in April. 

“We recently lost another member of our family – Rory Markas. When you lose someone who is a friend it hits hard and Rory was a friend. He was very caring, sensitive and he had a great sense of humor. Once he was a friend, he would do anything for you. In that spirit, we’ll move forward and start the 2010 season with the great things Rory brought to our organization, and hopefully handling it with the same grace as we did last season.” 

Lina Romay and Ray Briem; Vin Scully receiving one of his three awards from Bob Miller; Randy Rosenbloom

Tom Dreesen was awarded the Good Guy trophy for his participation and contributions in his past appearances for the SCSB. Some highlights from his presentation: 

Olympic champion Rafer Johnson was humble as he accepted the Gil Stratton Lifetime Achievement Award. “I was very fortunate to make the Olympic teams and attend UCLA.” He cited mentors who helped him at every stage of his career. 

Scully was up for three awards and won all three. In accepting the President’s Award, Vin remarked: “As I was driving over here, I realized that I was broadcasting baseball before they had hairdryers in the dressing rooms. That was a long time ago. I have a lot of emotions today. I’m happy. I’m a charter member of this association. I’m very grateful for the award and very humbled. I remember hearing as a kid, if you wanted to make God smile, tell him your plans. So I never had a plan. So His plan has allowed me to be here after all those years. I can tell you from the bottom of my heart that I can share the award and dedicate it to the memory of Rory Markas.” 

A few minutes later, Vin then won the Television Play-By-Play award over Ralph Lawler for the Clippers and Bob Miller for the Kings. Vin was short, sweet and funny in his brief acceptance speech. “I went through the kitchen on the way to the luncheon and I said to the chef, ‘How do you prepare the chicken?’ He said, ‘We just tell ‘em you’re gonna die.’” 

KSPN producer David Singer; Chris Madsen, Bill Seward, Joe Cala;
and Angels skipper Mike Scioscia with Miller)

During the nominee reading of those up for the Chick Hearn Radio Play-by-Play Award, Vin was mouthing Rory Markas’ name. At one point, Vin looked up and repeated, ‘please, Rory Markas.’ When Vinny’s name was announced, there was a visible disappointment. At the podium, Vin said: “I’ve been very fortunate over the years to receive quite a few awards as a charter member. I am sooo sorry and I say it now, I wanted Rory to win it so very badly.” 

The Irv Kaze Radio Talk Show award went to Ken Levine of KABC. “Wow,” exclaimed Ken when he went to the podium to accept the award. “I’m sort of surprised. I have a book coming out next month, which is basically acceptance speeches I’ve never given. You laugh. It’s 400 pages.” 

Levine went on to say, “This is a very special day because my two life-long idols are here. My father, Cliff, who told me that I could do anything in life … as long as you are Warren Beatty. My other idol is Vin Scully. What a stroke of luck that he is here because he’s not received an award since Friday night. As a kid, I heard Vin Scully and it changed my life. I love baseball and I love storytelling. Both of those passions are a direct result of Vin Scully.” 

In the Best Radio Anchor Sports Staff, the nominees were: Rich Marotta, KFI; KFWB with Bret Lewis, Bill Seward, Ted Sobel, Jeff Davis and Bob Harvey; KNX with Steve Grad, Randy Kerdoon, Chris Madsen, Chuck Madden, Joe Cala, and John Ramey. The winner was the team from KFWB. “It is a privilege to be in this broadcasting game in my hometown,” said Seward. Bill also referenced Rory Markas’ sense of humor.  

Ted Sobel said it was the first time he rooted against Vin Scully with the hope that Rory would have won. And I mean that very respectively, of course. Rory was a very good buddy of mine. It’s been a tough year as we also lost Rod Van Hook who I worked with for many years at KFWB.” 

In the Air Everywhere. LA airborne traffic reporters do a terrific job.  Sadly, we’ve had our tragedies with Captain Max Schumacher, Francis Gary Powers and Bruce Wayne losing their lives in crashes.  

There was a near tragedy back East.  Yesterday morning, a Philadelphia traffic reporter in a small plane put himself in the thick of a rush-hour tie-up when his aircraft had to make an emergency landing on the New Jersey Turnpike. 

A low oil pressure indicator light forced the emergency landing. The traffic reporter, Mike Lankford of Metro Networks, reports for a number of tv and radio stations. The landing was safe, no injuries and nothing but miles of rubbernecking traffic for another traffic reporter to report on this morning. 

Overheard

T’s to Haiti. KABC and KLOS are spearheading a “Radio Station T-shirts Across the Caribbean” Drive for Haiti. The plan for the Citadel stations is to encourage ten (10) T-shirts of any size from every single radio station in the country to be sent to Haiti. Individuals can also donate tee-shirts. 

Children’s Hunger Fund (CHF) will help Citadel facilitate the shipping and distribution of the T-shirts. Children’s Hunger Fund works in some of the most needy regions in the world.  CHF earnestly seeks to provide for the needs of children and make lasting impact in their lives. 

On February 20 the Children’s Hunger Fund will have eighteen (18) containers ship out from the station to Haiti and KABC and KLOS want thousands of radio station T-shirts in those containers. Send your T-shirts to: KABC/KLOS T-shirt Drive, 3321 South La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90016. More information from Roxane Requio at roxane.requio@citcomm.com.  

Salem Busy With Haiti Efforts. Meanwhile, the Salem/LA cluster, KKLA, KRLA, KTIE and ‘The Fish’ (KFSH) has also been busy raising money for the folks over in Haiti. “‘The Fish’ and KKLA have been involved in lots of work helping Haiti over the years,” emailed pd Chuck Tyler. “Fish morning show host Bob Shaw was scheduled to visit Haiti with Food for the Poor this month but he would have been staying at the collapsed Hotel Montana. Big Wave Dave visited there a few months ago. And some of the organizations we partner with lost workers in the earthquake. So it’s up close and personal for us. I’ve sponsored a little boy in Haiti for many years and my wife and I were very happy to hear that he is safe.” 

Tyler said that between the four Salem/LA stations over $265,000 has been raised since the day after the earthquake and they are still counting. “Haiti is an awful place on a good day, mind numbing poverty, the worst possible location for such an event,” continued Tyler. “Personally I would like to appeal to industry folks, if you have not given yet please do. Go to Charity Navigator and you can make sure that your money is going to good use. We have teamed with Food for the Poor, Cross International, and Compassion International.  All these groups have people on the ground helping in Haiti, they were there before the disaster and will be for years to come. So they have the resources to get the help exactly where it’s needed.” 

Chuck concluded: “I know other radio stations have also done some great fundraising for this earthquake, our brothers and sisters over there really need the help like never before.” 

Hear Ache. KLAC’s Jim Rome had Nick Capena, a writer with the San Diego Union Tribune as a guest the other morning. Capnea predicted that Ladaian Tomlinson won’t be back with the Chargers next season. “The #1 reason is he’s not as good as he used to be. That’s just a fact of life. He’s due a $2 million bonus in March and I just can’t see it happening,” said Nick … Michael Benner is scheduled to be Nita Vallens guest on Inner Vision this afternoon at 1 p.m. on KPFK, 90.7.fm and 98.7/fm in Santa Barbara. Michael shares the latest news in Personal & Spiritual Development. You can also catch a stream or podcast at KPFK.org.  

LARP Rewind: February 3 

1993 – IRS accepts $9 million from Willie Nelson to settle his $17 million tax debt.
1979 – Sid Vicious, former Sex Pistols bass player, dies of a heroin overdose at 21.
1973 – NBC/tv debuts The Midnight Special music program, hosted by Helen Reddy.
1963 – The Beatles begin their first British tour as opening act for Helen Shapiro.
1956 – The Coasters sign with Atco Records and would have four number one r&b hits.
1946 – Howard Bellamy, with brother David in the Bellamy Brothers, born in Darby, Florida.
1946 – Mutual Broadcasting System debuts Twenty Questions, hosted by Bill Slater.
1942 – Graham Nash, member of Hollies and Crosby Stills & Nash, born in Blackpool.
1937 – Tom Smothers, with brother Dick in the Smothers Brothers, born in New York City.
1927 – Stan Getz (Desafinado, Corcovado, Girl From Ipanema) born in Philadelphia.
1890 – Charles Correll, “Andy” of Amos 'N' Andy radio series, born in Peoria. 

Song Spotlight: Eric Clapton’s Tears In Heaven debuted at #81 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1992. It would peak at #2 in March and reach number one on the adult contemporary chart. Co-written by Clapton and Academy-Award-winning composer Will Jennings, the song was a tribute to Clapton's son, Conor, who in March of 1991, at age four, fell to his death from a 53rd-floor window at the New York apartment of his mother’s friend. Tears In Heaven was included in Rush, a movie starring Jason Patric and Jennifer Jason Leigh as undercover narcotics officers. It would win Grammy awards for song of the year, record of the year, and pop male vocal.   

Tears in the Desert. Palm Springs has always been a magnet for those who retire and want a quieter and simpler life. There was a radio station that complemented their lifestyle, KWXY/fm. It was the soundtrack of those who liked their music simple and they referred to their favorite artists with just a first name – Frank, Bing, Tony, and Ella. Thousands of World War II vets and their spouses were given a musical consistency for over four decades, that is, until last night. The plug was pulled on the long-time fm operation and the format will move to 1340AM in a complicated transaction with a number of moving pieces including the transfer of 104.7 from Palm Springs to Redlands in a deal orchestrated by Roy Laughlin. Dave Hull promised to turn out the lights at KWXY at midnight last night.

Funnie. Carl Nicita of Venice Beach wins a 2010 subscription to LARadio for a friend for the funniest caption. 

Care for some ‘finger’ foods?

LARPs: Love is in the air in February.
Do you have a romantic story you would like to share?
 

Michael Ambrosini: I might feel a bit constrained in telling this story, except for the existence of my best friend – London-born, cultured, and highly-educated.  The epitaph on the grave of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle reads, in part, “Steel-true, blade-straight – knight, patriot, man of letters” and the same description would apply to my friend. Although not knighted, he has now been nominated by many distinguished people for the Order of the British Empire.

My story is not about him, however. I mention him only because this classically-trained musician – a man hardly given to frivolity and guided internally by the strictest (to the point of being, often, inflexible) British moral and ethical compass needle – was in love with his cat. He once told me that the cat was the love of his life. When she was killed, he was an emotional wreck. It was only the second time in my life that I saw a strong man cry.

I cried too, shamelessly, when one of the greatest loves of my life – my cat – died.  Sweeney and I were fated to find one another. While on a visit with my parents in Indiana, I decided to take a walk down North 11th street, where they lived. On the way, many blocks from their house, I walked by a row of bushes, and out sprang a tiny kitten – dirty, starving, and filled with a confident spirit that hunger and cold could not dampen.

She bounced out in front of me, sat down and looked up without making a sound – not begging, not even complaining, and let it be known through her steady, trusting gaze, that she was my cat, and would be all her life.

I carried her all around the neighborhood, knocking on doors, asking if anyone owned her. No one did. She was a complete orphan. She waited patiently for me to finish, snuggled comfortably in the crook of my arm. I drove her back to Los Angeles in my car – a distance of 2200 miles, and she slept in the car seat, used the makeshift litter-box in the back, and never, ever uttered a meow of complaint. She stayed with me in motel rooms, minding her manners, keeping her silence, taking care of her own hygiene fastidiously. When I went to bed, she snuggled up next to me and went to sleep, soundly.

When I arrived back at home, she made herself comfortable and fell in step with the daily rhythms of the household, but always, always minded her own time. I lived on three acres of ground in an untamed part of Ventura County where other cats were, regularly, bitten by rattlesnakes or eaten by coyotes. Although she frequently disappeared at night, declining to come indoors where it was safe, and spent nearly all her time roaming outside, she was never even injured by a wild creature. She came and went as she pleased. Sweeney was all courage. I once saw her chase a coyote out of the yard. I ran after them, shouting and clapping my hands to frighten the thing away, and sure enough it drew her out into a large field next door, looped around and began its killing chase, but by that time I was running at it, full-tilt and screaming, and it fled.

We were together for 17 years, Sweeney and I, and only in the last several of those years did she abandon her wandering ways, becoming something of a “lap-kitty” who would nap on my legs while I watched tv.  She contracted cancer, and underwent several operations – uncomplainingly, unbowed, with her perfectly-even, brave spirit intact.  When it became obvious that the battle to save her was lost, my veterinarian came to the house to put her down, in the surroundings that she knew so well, and where she would be most comfortable. So much respect did he have for Sweeney that he left his practice that day, with patients in the waiting room, to do it. She died in my hands, in my bed where she had snuggled next to me for so many years. So much of what I know about courage I learned from Sweeney. 

Animal experts say that we love our pets so dearly because we interact with them on the most fundamental, profound level. We give one another love without strings, without further expectations or inflated promises – nothing else implied or expressed, nothing to go back on. We are – unlike in so many human unions – truly mated for life.

I still have the last vessel Sweeney drank from, just moments before she died. A small bowl, which I regard, in my own mind, as the Grail of Sweeney. I still eat from it myself, and each time I wash it and put it away, I kiss it. Laugh if you will, but she was, in some very real way, the love of my life.

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** Know Art Better
“The 2010 LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award Luncheon honoring Art Laboe was a great event for two reasons:  Although Art has been part of Los Angeles radio for decades, your interview of [and discussion with] him revealed a fuller picture of the man, showing us his humor, humility, business sense, and humanitarian efforts. The event also provided a chance for those of us who are not living in Los Angeles to see old friends and meet some of the people involved in the radio business today. Great job!” – Ira David Sternberg 

** Lifetime Achievement Pattern
“I find it very heartening that the first two LARadio Lifetime Achievement Awards went to my best bosses – George Nicholaw and Art Laboe. Those were the two best chapters in my 42 year career in broadcasting. Working for Art, I not only made very good money, but also had the most fun.  Of course, a Rock station is more conducive for good times than an all-News station, but KNX was also a lot of fun too – and very good money.  Don, you chose your honorees well.” – Tom Bernstein 

** Caught Up with Old Acquaintances
“Let me take the opportunity to congratulate you on a terrific event honoring Art Laboe on Saturday. You and your daughter did a great job planning, and your interview with Art was informative and entertaining.  Art is certainly a worthy recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award.  It was good to renew some old acquaintances as well.

Thanks for your hard work.” – Lane Quigley (ex-KUSC and current RockitRadio.net)
 

** Like Old Format
“Please renew my sub for 2010. Like others have written, I’m more comfortable reading LARP in the old format for some reason. I feel like I don’t miss anything versus the new format where I have to click various links, then go back to the main page.  Perhaps the clicks should open new windows, so that you always can find the main page?” – Rob Jordan, Charlotte, NC 

** KFI Newscasters
“When KFI went talk in 1988, some of the newscasters and most of the traffic reporters sounded like dropouts from Don Martin School of Broadcasting. 

In recent years they have hired very professional sounding newscasters. Hanna Scott was a great addition last July, and the quality continues with the addition of Sharon Reardon. She made Saturday listening a pleasure. Her reading was flawless.  Both of them project with great enunciation – an important thing at my age!” – Bob Pond, former KGBS, KPPC, KABC 


They’re Almost Naked!

(February 2, 1999) KLSX’s Howard Stern crowed to the NATPE convention in New Orleans last week, "I single-handedly revolutionized this industry whether you want to admit it or not. Every time Ricki Lake says ‘penis’ on the air, she has me to thank." Howard took a shot at Don Imus’ MSNBC show. "Imus looks like The Ghost and Mrs. Muir." Producer Gary Dell’Abate ran around the convention in undershorts

Hear Ache. Charlie Van Dyke, morning driver at KRTH, won a Super Bowl bet with KTLA Channel 5/Morning Show’s weather guy Mark Kriski. This morning Mark arranged for a catered breakfast of steak and lobster presented in grand fashion by the Palm. Charlie was decked out in a John Elway Broncos jersey. News sidekick Joni Caryl was wearing John Elway underwear. The tv coverage for Charlie and KRTH was spectacular. During one of the breaks to the Channel 5 helicopter reporter, Jennifer "I’ve got new headlights" York zeroed in on a KYSR billboard at Sunset and San Vicente where "Star" afternooner Ryan Seacrest was preparing to pay off a Super Bowl bet by appearing on the billboard to perform the "dirty bird" in his bikini underwear. He wasn’t there for the 7:10 helicopter report, but later in the morning KYSR eventually covered the uncovered dj…St. Louis Cardinals first baseman Mark McGwire will be the in-studio guest on the KLOS Mark & Brian radio program tomorrow morning at 8 a.m. Baseball fans can call in to the show at 800.955.5567. If you are not in a Mark & Brian market, you can hear the broadcast over the Internet at http://www.955klos.com/ …"At the new LA Talk 11-10, we only have three rules. One: Listen every day. Two: Listen all day long. Three: When you can’t listen, select a substitute listener and make them write down everything for your review later. Hey, we don’t make the rules, we just enforce them." KRLA promo

Doctor is In. Dr. Laura Schlessinger came out of A&E’s Biography smelling like, well, she came out of the one-hour profile last night not only intact but as a complex lady who appears to continually change her views as it fits her. The profile, unfortunately, failed to answer many of the troubling questions around her childhood that molded a very strong drive in Dr. Laura to excel. The production never explained her father’s incessant lack of respect for his daughter or why her mother would walk out of Dr. Laura’s life because she refused to take typing lessons. There must have been more to the story, but as her clip on Tom Snyder's show aired, she refused to discuss "personal" matters. By the end of the show, even detractor Dr. Toni Grant was complimentary, "The culture needed a Laura…and that’s why she’s so successful. She is saying some important things that people need." The references to the Bill Ballance "home-grown photos" were dealt with during Bill’s appearance with KLSX’s Tom Leykis (his name spelled correctly here). The glue that held together Dr. Laura’s radio career was Orange County Register’s Gary Lycan. During the holidays, Gary attended a book signing in Orange County for Laura’s Ten Commandments. Gary has known her husband, Lew Bishop, for over a decade and they have had a very cordial relationship. At the book signing when Lew spotted Gary, Lew turned his back and snubbed the journalist for failing to be a supporter, rather than a reporter during one of the biggest radio news stories of 1998. Nonetheless, Gary eloquently traced Dr. Laura’s early radio beginnings up to her current superstar status. He also presented Bill’s side of the controversy with the naked photos appearing on the Internet. Dr. Laura refused to cooperate in the production and aside from the interviews with the above mentioned participants, virtually all of the material was gathered from CBS News archives.

Potpourri. Try saying "Whittier Narrows Area" three times. Tough. This weekend on KFI, Craig "Sea" Carpenter had to say it all afternoon in connection with a major traffic problem…"Have a cup of Joe before you go to bed" is a KABC promo for Joe Crummey…Last Saturday we published a note from Chris Parker about KXTA, XTRA Sports. Allan Robertson of Los Angeles emailed this response: "While I agree with much of what Chris had to say about XTRA SPORTS 1150, I strongly disagree with his comments regarding the ‘Ben & Dave Show.’ As an avid listener to sports talk radio in Los Angeles for the past 10 years (KMAX, XTRA, KMPC, One-On-One) I feel the Ben Maller and Dave Smith show is the best combination of entertainment and sports information ever put on an L.A. sports talk station. I don't understand why anyone would say they sound drunk and are annoying? Big Ben is sarcastic and funny and Dave is witty and amusing. They really play well off each other. These guys to me sound like a couple of guys at a bar just relaxing having a discussion about L.A. SPORTS. The question I have for Mike Thompson is why they are on in middays instead of drive time? This new show the ‘Dawg Pound’ is horrible. It is the kind of show that can cause a station to change formats. Newy Scruggs is good on Channel 13 but please get him off the radio and Dave Denholm sounds like a child." …KFI’s Debra Rich hosted a fetish hour on Saturday. The host, a guest and callers talked about defecating on each other…Wide range of guests yesterday morning across the dial: Howie Mandell (claims he was in the KABC "green room" that seemed to be frozen in a 1992 time warp with 3 magazines, 4 telephone books, and awards on the wall saluting Ira Fistell and Dr. David Viscott) was on KABC with Brian Whitman; Art Linkletter spent time with Charlie Tuna at KLAC (Art revealed that in exchange for being the MC at the opening of Disneyland in the mid-1950s, Walt Disney gave him a 10-year license for all photo-taking and film); and, Channel 4’s Fred Roggin talked Super Bowl at KRTH with Charlie Van Dyke. 


Top Radio CEO's Address the LARP Community

(February 1, 2008) The ballroom at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel was jammed yesterday morning for the radio ceo-stacked panel discussing the “Status & Future of Audio-Anchored Advertising.” LARP from all walks of L.A. radio, representatives from the leading ad agencies, and radio clients enjoyed an early buffet breakfast followed by a two-hour program.

Acting as moderator was Kyle Acquistapace, executive vp and director of media planning for Deutsch LA. The program was co-sponsored by the Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) and thinkLA. (Photo: Dan Mason, Gary Stone, John Hogan, Acquistapace, Farid Suleman, Jeff Smuylan, Mary Beth Garber) 

Mary Beth Garber, president of the SCBA, offered her opening remarks to the advertising world: “You could be turning to existing media for guidance. Because just like you, we’ve been re-evaluating, restructuring, and re-imagining our businesses to meet your clients’ needs. 

Your agencies are staffed by smart, experienced and creative people. So turn them loose to work with us. As others have already done. 

Instead of laying out more of your corporate dollars…invest your time and learn how others are already learning to work with us to create exciting, new media solutions by merging existing media together to create new media ideas. Because that’s really what your clients are asking for. Not  new media. But new media ideas that target and involve their marketing needs in ways never before imagined.” You can read the full text of Mary Beth’s remarks. (R&R's Cyndee Maxwell and Mary Beth Garber)

Each of the five ceo’s, in alphabetical order, had ten minutes for opening remarks, followed by questions from Acquistapace and the audience. 

John Hogan, president/ceo of Clear Channel Radio went first. “Radio today for consumers is a terrific medium. It is a vibrant, robust, ubiquitous, easily accessible, reliable, high quality source of entertainment and information,” said Hogan. He said that radio today, like a lot of traditional media, is challenged. “There are more choices for consumers. Technology has put more control in the hands of consumers.” 

(CBS Radio's Jeff Federman, Dan Mason, Dan Weiner; Farid Suleman and John Hogan)

Hogan said that radio is up for the challenge. “Performance and capability are not a problem. Our problem is one of perception. Radio today is perceived very differently than it actually reports. There is a disconnect between what radio does and can do and what it is perceived of being able to deliver.” 

Radio is the envy of a lot of media, according Hogan. “It is more than the power of a terrestrial signal. Radio is very much into the digital age with the rollout of HD and HD2 providing more choices and more opportunities.” He said the challenge today is one of perception and the goal of everyone is to narrow that gap between perception and reality. “We have to stop thinking of ourselves being in the radio business or just radio, but really to think of ourselves as being in the content creation and distribution business. That’s what radio does really, really well and the fact we have had the benefit of AM and FM signals for a long time we have the future benefit of a wide variety of distribution platforms.” 

Citadel's John Davison and Clear Channel's Greg Ashlock; Marcie Mills [manager CCU], Bob Moore [CBS/LA director of sales], Michael Weiss [president CBS Radio sales],
Marcy Elenbogen [vp media Fox TV networks] and Kathy Begley [vp media Fox tv station group]

 

Dan Mason, president/ceo of CBS Radio, used a word – engagement – that permeated through a number of the presentations. “Radio is the only engagement tool. I’ve known since I was 12 years old that this was the medium I wanted to be in. I was always impressed by the effect that disc jockeys had on the listening audience. I was always impressed how radio stations called people to action for a community event. I was always impressed always served their purpose in times of emergency.” 

Mason spoke to the importance of the new technology or ratings gathering, “We’ve worked with an antiquated diary system that is 30 years old. It is time that radio is measured with electronics.” Using New York as an example of good news for radio, the cumes are considerably up compared to the traditional diary method. “The top 5 stations in New York with the paper world had a cume of 6 million people. Top 5 stations in the PPM world have 12 million. That is bigger than the top three major New York papers and ten times the amount of XM and Sirius subscribers in New York.” 

If I listen to one more analyst or if I listen to one more Satellite advocate saying that radio doesn’t work, I’m going to turn into a werewolf,” said a passionate and fired up Mason. He cited numerous non-CBS Radio examples of how radio works really well. (Photo: Smuylan, Stone, Suleman)

Mason talked about the KLOS blood drive, which has resulted in over 100,000 pints of blood for people of Los Angeles. He talked about his southeast stations where tornadoes and hurricanes threaten the area constantly. Clear Channel has a better fuel distribution system than FEMA, said Mason. He talked about WWL-New Orleans being the only voice during Katrina. “Do you think those people were listening to iPods?” asked Dan rhetorically. “If there was a catastrophe, every one of you would get up, go to your car and turn on a radio station.” 

“We’re going to use technology to engage our audiences and advertisers,” offered Jeff Smulyan, chairman of the Board, president/ceo of Emmis Communications. “We’re not hiding from technology. We’re driving technology. You might not know that one of the hottest selling features with the iPod is an fm tuner.” 

Marc Germain; KABC's Matt Mallon, KRTH's Karen Tobin; and Emmis' Rick Cummings

Smulyan outlined some of the goals for the future. “In the next five years, our goal to have your radio tuner in every portable phone sold in the United States. He said he wants  to reach 400 million new devices and make sure that everyone listens to radio.” 

“What we will do,” concluded Smuylan, “is we will drive home to the public the incredible relationship that this medium had had for almost 100 years. We will do it with radio, on-air, television, print, outdoor, social networks and blogs. We believe radio has the ability to engage people, to make their lives better, their communities better and, yes, to move goods and services.” 

Gary Stone (l) is the president and coo of Univision Radio. “Spanish Radio continues to be dynamic as the exploding consumer base. The Hispanics engage in media is to play to their culture, values based on family, hard work and trust. They are passionate about life and everything they do reflects that passion. This makes the Spanish more connected to media than their non-Spanish counterparts.” 

Ten years ago, Univision didn’t have a single station in the top ten. Five years ago they had one station in the top five. Stone said that today it is not unusual to have two of the top 5 stations across key demographics in the general market in major cities like Los Angeles and Chicago.

Stone talked about the role of Spanish radio in the communities where radio is the only means of communicating. “Radio responsiveness is a beacon in times of natural disasters. It is the only medium to spread valuable information about governmental agencies in times of crisis. This is something iPods just can’t do.”

“The Radio will make a dramatic comeback in future years as this paradigm of radio changes as broadcasters embrace the new technology,” predicted Stone. “Radio, much like the housing or credit industries – which look rather bleak – will resurface as a smart place for advertisers to get the results needed to move their products or services. Radio has huge reach and targetability. It is the last thing you hear before you get out of your car to go into a business to make a purchase. Creating desire is what radio is great at. It doesn’t matter what the product looks like, smells like or cost. Use the power of the listeners imagination. Invest in radio now so the advertiser can go from being a good company to a great company.” 

Bob Moore and Ellen Brownstein; KPWR pd Jimmy Steal and Maureen Lesourd

At the end of his opening remarks, Gary Stone declared that he was no longer in the radio business. “Instead, I consider myself to be in the audio delivery business marketing platforms to marketers. I hope all of you will join me.” 

Farid Suleman noted that he was the last speaker. “Perhaps next time we can go in alphabetical order by company name. I think we all know what the advantages of radio are. We all talk there is a problem with perception, not in reality. I tried that with my shareholder’s last week with my revenues not growing. I said it was a perceptual problem. They didn’t buy it.” 

Emmis' Jeff Smulyan, Val Maki, Jimmy Steal;
 and CBS Radio's Dan Weiner, Jhani Kaye, Shotgun Tom Kel
ly

Suleman asked when this problem with perception start? “It started about six years ago around 2001 and it coincided with the massive consolidation that occurred in radio. Why did radio revenue stop growing when we owned multiple stations in a market?” asked Farid. “I think it coincided with a complete disregard for all the creativity that radio had to offer as a marketing solution. Instead, the focus moved to pricing. Essentially you had groups coming and pricing as a group. Use me for 100% of the buy and I’ll give you a discount. I think it started a downward slide in pricing. What we needed were effective marketing solutions to get radio to grow.” 

Radio One ceo Alfred Liggins, had a scheduling conflict and wasn’t able to attend the program. 

Chapter two will appear in Monday’s LARadio.com, which includes an outburst from a guest in the audience. 

Hendrie Returns to LA Radio. Lots of changes ahead for the local progressive talk station. Rachael Maddow from MSNBC steps into the KTLK afternoon drive slot following the departure of Marc German. Rachael is no stranger to the station, previously an evening host for the station. Mike Malloy will return to the station from 6 – 9 p.m., then the popular veteran Phil Hendrie (l) will be on from 9 p.m. – 1  a.m. 

Two of the shows will offer time exclusively for their Los Angeles listeners. Phil will do a local hour from 9 p.m. – 10 p.m. Likewise, Rachael will do an L.A. only hour from 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

Ed Schultz will be exiting the station due to the show being tape delayed. “In this current explosive political environment KTLK cannot afford to be tape delayed,” emailed KTLK program director Don Martin. “There is too much breaking all the time.” 

KOME Spot in San Jose. A number of readers, including Ted Alvy, emailed to point out that Dusty Hill, Frank Beard and Bill Gibbons were members of the band ZZ Top in this KOME-San Jose photo from the '70. Top: Ed Romig (pd), Dusty Hill, Frank Beard, Billy Gibbons, Dana Jang (md), Kenny Reuther with London Records - Back: Geno Michellini, Jona Denz, Captain Reif. 

ZZ Top was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 15, 2004, according to Alvy.

Hear Ache. Every Friday Long Beach Press-Telegram master columnist Tim Grobaty presents his "Friday Playlist" consisting of ten songs that represent an event, a holiday, something going on in the community or in his neighborhood or household. Tomorrow  Tim brings his "Friday Playlist" to WPMD.org's "Rock 50" show from Cerritos College. The show is hosted by Mike StarkJennifer Burns reported on the first born in Orange County shortly after midnight on New Year's day. The newborn’s 3-year-old sister wasn’t happy, reported Jennifer. She told her mother and father that the baby stays in the hospital ... Wonder why KKGO (Go Country 105) isn't giving the vacant afternoon drive slot to veteran Paul Freeman? He's terrific. Paul plays a 5 @ 5 segment with the playback of the Top 5 Country songs of the day. Curious about #1? Garth Brooks and Huey Lewis doing Working for a Living. 

Overheard.

Dr. Laura Continues Relationship. Premiere Radio Networks announced it has renewed its long-term contract with Take On The Day LLC to continue providing ad sales and satellite distribution of The Dr. Laura Program, the #1 radio show in Los Angeles from noon – 3 p.m. “We’re excited to continue our relationship with Dr. Laura,” said Premiere president Charlie Rahilly in a prepared statement.  

LARP Rewind: February 1 

Story Behind The Song: Don't Stop The Music by Yarbrough & Peoples debuted at #86 on the Hot 100 on this day in 1981. Born in Dallas, Calvin Yarbrough and Alisa Peoples had sung together in a choir, studied music in college, and performed with a group called Grand Theft before forming a duo in 1977. While singing at a local club, they were discovered by Charlie Wilson of the Gap Band and signed to Mercury. Don't Stop The Music, the debut single from their first album, The Two Of Us, peaked at #19 but reached number one on the r&b chart. Yarbrough and Peoples would marry in 1985. (LARP Rewind meticulously prepared by Stee Thompson)

Jumping Frog Baby. Brandon Castillo and his wife Diana (l) are expecting their first child. Brandon is the producer of the K-FROG Morning Show in the Inland Empire and former morning show producer at K-EARTH. “He/she is due on 8-8-08! Diana and I are truly blessed and are inviting everyone to check out our journey.. we’re keeping a blog that we will be updating with all the craziness and happiness that this brings! You can view it here: http://babybullfrogblogger.blogspot.com/

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** PPM Only Mentioned Once at SCBA Confab
"While I admire all of the group heads for addressing new ways of generating revenue with all of our new technology, I felt the most important new technology was barely discussed at yesterday's SCBA breakfast. (Photo: Tony Novia, Anthony Acampora, Duane Davis at yesterday's SCBA confab)

PPM is going to dramatically change the way we do business in Los Angeles and Riverside starting this fall. Dan Mason mentioned it, but there was very little discussion of it. That is the technology that is - without a doubt - what will affect radio more. With so many buyers of radio in the room, that's something I wish the group had discussed more in depth." - Anthony Acampora, Radiocrunch

** Hired Pacheco
“Great story by Manny Pacheco on the SAG Awards. I hired Many when he was at KRLA for an appearance at the Cycle World Motorcycle Show in Long Beach. He was a complete pro and a pleasure to work with. Glad he's still among us.” – Larry Huffman 

** KRKD QSL Card
“I thought I'd send along this old KRKD QSL card from 1933. Interesting to me is that the name of the DXer who reported hearing KRKD in York, Pennsylvania is the same guy who heard KWIK-1490 in Burbank 17 years later in 1950. The card has a nice artsty-looking shot of one of the KRKD towers looking up into the clouds. 

This QSL card was scanned for me by the same nice folks who sent me the KPPC QSL two years ago. It's from the Library of American Broadcasting at the University of Maryland, where they have a huge archive of old radio verification cards and letters.” – Jim Hilliker, Monterey

 

** Hullabalooer Perfect Performer
“In a perfect world, a performer like Dave Hull would have an honored place on the air somewhere for as long as he wanted to stay in the business. Really, there are only a handful of talents of that caliber in the history of LA radio. I hope you're back on soon, Hullabalooer!” – Jack Boxer
 


Satellite Radio Is Where You Go After You Suck in Commercial Radio
 – Howard Stern 

(January 31, 2004) Satellite Radio seems like the has-been graveyard for radio personalities, according to Howard Stern. “I read everyone doing Satellite Radio and it is all the guys who couldn’t get jobs anymore in commercial radio,” said the KLSX morning man. WXRK, Howard’s flagship station in New York, recently lost half the staff and they all ended up working for the one of the Satellite services. “It’s just great that there’s somewhere to go after you’re out of commercial radio.” Howard likened it to being a football player and having the XFL exist so you have a place to go after the NFL. 

“At least there’s someplace to go after you suck,” said Howard. “Can you imagine that people are going to listen to more radio and pay ten dollars a month to that which is hosted by radio people they stopped listening to on commercial radio?” Howard said that he was going to start a lawn care business when his radio career was over. “Now I have a place to go, Satellite radio. It is the graveyard of has-been jocks.” 

Rush Up. The Rush Limbaugh syndicated Show increased nine percent in the Arbitron Fall 2003 survey for Persons 12+ when compared to similar data from the Arbitron Summer 2003 survey.  Within the Top 25 DMA market grouping, the show experienced a three percent increase when compared to similar Persons 12+ data in the Arbitron Summer 2003 survey.  In 18 of the Top 25 DMA markets during the Arbitron Fall 2003 survey, the Rush Limbaugh affiliate was ranked among the top three stations in the market for the show’s time slot. The show ranked first in Los Angeles, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Phoenix, Denver, Sacramento, Pittsburgh, St. Louis, and Portland. The highlights include:

Persons 12+

  • New York WABC: +8%

  • Los Angeles KFI: +14%

  • Chicago WLS: +15%

  • Boston WRKO: +15%

  • Dallas WBAP: +13%

  • Washington DC WMAL: +13%

  • Detroit WJR: +14%

  • Houston KPRC: +23%

  • Sacramento KFBK: +16%

 

Adults 25-54 

  • New York WABC: +17%

  • San Francisco  KSFO: +12%

  • Washington DC WMAL: +20%

  • Detroit WJR: +13%

  • Houston KPRC: +39%

  • Denver KOA: +13%

  • Sacramento KFBK: +27%

  • Orlando WFLF: +28%

  • Portland KEX: +34%

“The Rush Limbaugh Show” is carried every weekday on nearly 600 radio stations around the country and streamed live on www.rushlimbaugh.com. 

LARP Stands Up Wooden on Date. KABC’s Dan Avey confessed that he stood up Bruin basketball legend John Wooden. “I had a dinner date with John Wooden - just he and I going out to dinner. I stood him up. Can you imagine anything worse than that? I see him every couple of months and I just forgot,” said the morning man who works with Ken Minyard on Ken & Company. “I called him up and told him how embarrassed I was. And he said, ‘Dan, that’s in the past. I was worried about you. I thought maybe you weren’t okay.’ I told him I didn’t want to be remembered as the man who starved John Wooden.” Turns out that they have rescheduled the meal for today at lunch, that is if Dan remembers.

Overheard.

Radio Stuff. Dave Koz, proficient musician/saxophonist and morning man at “The WAVE,” said one of his all-time favorite songs is Just the Way You Are…KROQ’s sports guy Money bought a Volkswagen Jetta and received over 100 email about his purchase. “All of the people think I am so gay for buying a Jetta,” he confessed the other morning on the Kevin & Bean Show. Bean said that if you are a girl, the Jetta is a perfect car…Didja know that Nelly Furtado almost dropped out of the music business, feeling burned out, to study classical guitar? All of that courtesy of Bryan Simmons at KBIG…In the mid-70s Helen Jones called on an in-house agency in Orange County that handled the advertising for a major mall. “I was selling Easy Listening KNOB/fm and the buyer said: ‘Your listeners aren't what we are trying to reach. We want the l8-34.’ My comment was, ‘Well, I guess you don't want me to shop here either then, I am 35.’”…KZLA’s promoting "Unplugged in Paradise" giving away a trip to Cancun, Mexico with Shawn Parr and special unplugged performances by Jennifer Hanson and Big & Rich...Looking for a midday pick-me-upper? Joshua Escandon hosts the Noontime Disco Workout on KBIG.   

Ladies of the Morning. AllAccess.com provided a Q&A with the Michelle Visage and Diana Steele, mornings at HOT 92 Jamz, and some highlights from the interview conducted by their pd, Mike Marino: 

Morning Hour Challenge:
Michelle: First of all, no one actually enjoys waking up at 3:30 a.m., let's just get that out there. But honestly, there were no more poles available at Scores or the Spearmint Rhino, so I figured, what the hell? I can still lap dance for the celebs in studio if I need some extra cash!

Diana: The challenge of being able to stake a claim for women in morning radio (we are capable of more than giggling and “chiming in”) and making a positive difference to a vast audience that morning radio provides. Not to mention the cash is better, and I do like the cute ballers that stop in! 

How You Got Interested in Radio?
Diana: I got bit by the broadcasting bug after an 8th grade career class introduced me to the world of sports reporting. I made my own radio broadcast in art class and played Mae East! At 17, I interned atop the Hancock Building at a radio traffic center. At the same time I worked for the college radio station at the University of Illinois. At 18, I moved into commercial radio at Top 40 WK104 - “Mike in the Morning I love you!

Radio paid the drinking bill through college. I graduated - double major in political science and speech communications. I hit major market radio when I was 21 and handled the evening gig at K-101(A/C) in San Francisco. My trail continued to KMEL (CHR-Urban) and to L.A. at KKBT for a 10-year stint. Morning drive came in ’98 with a co-host spot back on KMEL with the late Rick Chase, one extremely talented jock!

I was then asked to anchor the show and work with a great cast of talent including Trace, TraRenee, and Carmen. We hit #3 in months and our boss Joey Arbagey let us have more fun than we should have been allowed! Afternoons followed at Z95.7. Then I received a call from my old boss, Michelle Santosuosso to co-host mornings at HOT with Michelle Visage. I did my research and found out I was going to be working with a Jersey Diva from the 90s girl group sensation Seduction.

As with any morning team – chemistry has to exist for its success. It took us a few months to nail down cohesive respect and timing – putting egos aside for the bigger prize. We are both mommy’s and have both definitely lived life; the commonality and life experience level are what make this show work on so many levels.

Michelle: Let's see, in 1990 I was part of the girl group Seduction on A&M records with hits like 2 To Make It Right, Heartbeat and You're My One And Only True Love. And after the production company of C & C stole all of our money, we disbanded, broke and destitute. I then hosted the hot oil wrestling show at a strip club called Goldfingers in NYC for a year and a half. I then recorded another song that ended up on Whitney Houston's The Bodyguard soundtrack and luckily enough, I wrote it and it was the only non-Whitney song to make it into the film!

After living off of the money Whitney made me for a few years, I realized I was going nowhere and couldn't keep spending this money, although I was able to at least buy my mom and dad a house when they really needed it. So I needed to get a "real job" and naturally, I turned to the nightlife scene for an answer. Before I needed to do that, my friend called me one morning to tell me about a new station in NYC that played "our music," meaning dance and pop. It was called 103.5 the New KTU, and being from the east coast, I knew about the original 92 KTU from back in the day.

As soon as I tuned in, they were playing Seduction and there were no jocks. I called everyone I could to find out how to get a job, and landed a meeting with Hollywood Hamilton and Goumba Johnny. They decided to bring me in the first week they were stunting as their "chick on the streets.' Unbeknownst to me, all of the upper echelon were in town as we were launching this juggernaut in NYC. I ended up co-hosting mornings with RuPaul (and was his co-host on VH1's The Rupaul Show). I stayed in that slot with different people filling the co-host seats for 6 years, and through it all, the one person who really believed that I had a talent for this was Frankie Blue; a mentor and a fan. He gave me the knowledge, confidence and know-how to continue a career in morning radio.

I love nothing more (besides my kids) than coming in every morning to HOT 92 Jamz with my partner Diana Steele and having a f--king BLAST on the air! Moving to LA was a culture shock in the beginning, but I LOVE Los Angeles now, and feel right at home at HOT!  

Personality Profile
Michelle: Well, I am the married one, mother of 2 girls, who, of course, are the loves of my life! I'm the former "ho" who is now completely monogamous, in love with my hubby of seven years and couldn't be happier, but I have been known to flirt! As far as Diana goes, God HELP us if a man with any kind of sports uniform walks near the studio! She will sleep with anything as long as he has a job; but don't hold that against her, she's single!

The thing we hear over and over from our listeners is "you 2 are so REAL and you tell it like it is for men AND women." I think that's why Diana and I gel so well, we are different enough but so much the same and I guess the premise would be reality, no bulls--t in the morning.

Diana: I would like to think Meesh and I balance well – Meesh is a brash, showy, selfish performer. I thought she was a drag queen when I first met her, but only her breasts are not real! Anyway, I am the nice one; very professional. I speak only when I feel it is appropriate. She is married and plays around. I am single and will not have sex again until I am married. We relate to our listeners on many levels and are very open about our real lives – never a dull moment!  

How much preparation for the morning show?  
Michelle: The only thing prepared is the clock! It's all day-to-day, as so much topical sh-t changes on a daily basis. Nothing drives the phones more than topical spontaneity!

Diana: Constant preparation. You really have to know what’s happening in the world. Specific prep happens at 5 a.m. when I check out the news headlines. Then it’s tracking down the essential odd stories (thebitxchange.com!), and determining how to translate what is going on in the world for daily topics. Ad-libbing is essential to get the feedback from the listeners. If we aren’t clear, they aren’t clear!
 

Who makes up the creative brain trust?
Michelle
: The content comes from our brains (me, Diana and our producer Jimmy Reyes)... and, of course, the papers, prep services, tv and gossiping friends!

Diana: Content is a compilation of idea’s gathered from the room – specifically, our producer Jimmy Reyes, Lawrence Law, our phone-op, and Meesh and I. Where would be without the Internet? The immediacy is priceless.

Describe Your PD and GM
Michelle
: PD Mike Marino: Cool, determined, cocky! GM Roy Laughlin: Swarthy, entertaining, driven.

Diana: PD Mike Marino: “Vibin’ in tha halls!” Roy Laughlin: “Doesn’t know me.”

If there was one facet of radio you’d like to see change in 2003, what would it be… and what kind of change?
Michelle
: C'mon, I am a woman in morning radio; you are asking for ONE thing? I think that we need to focus back more on the listeners and the music and less on the spot loads and sh-t. I mean, we all grew up with radio personalities that touched our lives; now they don’t allow that interaction as much, therefore personalities are all so easy to be replaced. People really get into knowing their radio jocks. That needs to come back.

Diana: I would like to see creativity and freedom brought back to radio; back to the days when programmers were allowed to program without company consultants and management determining blanket formats. Lose voice tracking! It not only eliminates jobs, but the jocks that track know their work is mindless and is devoid of any spontaneity.
 
Thanks to Joel Denver and www.AllAccess.com for the revealing interview. This was only a portion of the Q&A and you should go to the Web site for the rest of the story.

Hear Ache. KCRW will have its annual Winter Subscription Drive from January 30 through February 9…At noon today, KMZT’s Gary Hollis is playing Telemann: Concerto in F for Trumpet, 3 trombones, Recorder, Viola da Boughton, William/English String Orchestra…LARPs are the top two most watched cable news shows. KABC’s Bill O’Reilly ranks first with a 2.1 share of the audience, while in second place is KABC’s Sean Hannity. Fox News’ Hannity/Colmes has a 1.6 share…Highly acclaimed British band, Travis, perform their catchy melodies for Morning Becomes Eclectic with Nic Harcourt at 11:15a.m...Dale Sommers, better known as the Truckin' Bozo, hosts the all-night show at KLAC. Dale's stepson just returned from duty in Iraq and brought some Iraq currency with Saddam Hussein's photo on the bills. Dale attempted to use the $$ in a local cafe in Florida. Didn't work. Perhaps they'll be on eBay soon...KOST's Mark Wallengren wants to be a consultant to American Idol. "People go in and do the same old songs. One thing I've learned is don't go in and do a Frank Sinatra tune or an Eartha Kitt song. Those contestants should do their homework and know what the judges want."

LARP Archives. January 31 

Hot Hits countdown for this day in 1967: number 5, Kind Of A Drag by the Buckinghams; number 4, Tell It Like It Is by Aaron Neville; number 3, Snoopy Vs. The Red Baron by the Royal Guardsmen; number 2, Georgy Girl by the Seekers; number 1, I'm A Believer by the Monkees 

Hawthorne’s Radio Rewind: On this day in 1945, Lionel Barrymore became the new host of Lux Radio Theatre, replacing Cecil B. DeMille. Sponsored by Lux Soap, the weekly series was heard on NBC out of New York from October 14, 1934 until June 30, 1935. The program originally presented dramatizations of Broadway plays. After a month-long hiatus, the program moved to CBS in Hollywood and, for $100,000 a year, hired film director Cecil B. DeMille to host. The series began presenting dramatizations of popular movies such as The African Queen, The Thin Man, Pinocchio, Snow White, Stage Door, and My Man Godfrey.  Hollywood stars were paid as much as $5000 to appear.  In November 1944, the California ballot included Proposition 12, which would abolish the "closed shop" and open up all jobs to everyone, union members or not.  The American Federation Of Radio Artists assessed each member one dollar to fight the proposition.  DeMille refused to pay and would not allow Lever Brothers, parent company of Lux, to pay it for him, so Lux canceled his contract.  DeMille's last broadcast was Tender Comrade, starring Olivia deHavilland.  Fifty-nine years ago today, DeMille was replaced by the Philadelphia-born Lionel Barrymore, who was the elder brother of Ethel and John Barrymore. He appeared in many films and radio plays in the 1930s and 1940s. In 1934, he played Ebenezer Scrooge in Orson Welles' Mercury Theater Group production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol and reprised the role almost every year until his death in 1954.  Barrymore's first Lux Radio Theatre program was Lady In The Dark with Ray Milland, Ginger Rogers, and Howard McNear (who later played Floyd the barber on The Andy Griffith Show).  Barrymore hosted only one more program. There was then a series of guest hosts, including Preston Sturges and Edward G. Robinson. Movie director William Keighley eventually became the permanent host until the Lux Radio Theatre ended its run with its 927th episode on June 7, 1955.   

Si´ at KLOS

Yes appeared in Jim Ladd's Living Room Tuesday night. 
Photo on right includes afternooner Gary Moore and pd Rita Wilde

Funnie. The Washington Post reports Cadillac, the official car of the Super Bowl, is for some reason bringing Paris Hilton to Houston to appear at company-related events. Perhaps Cadillac has future plans to have the video vixen help them launch a new model: The Esca-laid. (Brooks Melchior)

LARP: What is the most memorable line or scene
from one of your favorite movies of all-time?
 

Neil Ross: "Most people live their entire lives without having to face the fact that, given the right set of circumstances, they're capable of just about anything."  Noah Cross/John Huston to J.J. Gittes/ Jack Nicholson in Chinatown - 1974. Writer: Robert Towne 

Dan Avey (KABC): from Buckaroo Banzai: "Remember, wherever you go...that's where you are." 

Kelly Lange: Okay, it's a cliché, but I'm a hopeless romantic, Casablanca has always been my favorite movie, the scene at the (Burbank) airport is killer, and Bogie's line, "We'll always have Paris," is so loaded. Today you'd have to have the happy ending, boy gets girl, and they go off into the sunset, live happily ever after.  But that's not life.  That line is fraught with the realization that now is fleeting, and the fabric of our lives is made up of our past.  So, "We'll always have ..." (whatever it is in our own personal lives) is such a relevant concept, so important to appreciate and savor. 

Bill Earl (author; Dream-House, When Radio Was BOSS): The very last line, at the very end of the movie, from the Rod Steiger character in the underrated masterpiece from 1971, Duck You Sucker: "What about me?" 

Andy Rush: Way too easy (for me) but hard to keep it to ONE MOVIE or ONE LINE, to be sure. One of the BEST lines from Dirty Harry (you HAD to know that movie was up there in the "hero worship" category for a 17 year old) and it still holds true today in our current society, state of the union, troubles, you name it. "There's nothing wrong with shooting people, as long as the right people get shot!" Clint Eastwood vis a vis Harry and Julian Fink. 

Bean (KROQ): In the movie State and Main, Alec Baldwin's character has a spectacular accident where he flips over a van on its roof while going through an intersection. He climbs out the upside down window, brushes himself off and says, "So that happened,” It is so understated it kills me.

Jerry Lee: "Are you going to do something or just stand there and bleed?"
Kurt Russell to Billy Bob Thornton in Tombstone.

"Here's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson as he comes
through the hotel room door with an axe in The Shining.

"What we have here is 'failure to communicate.” Strother Martin to Paul Newman in Cool Hand Luke.

"I'll have what she's having." Estelle Reiner (Rob's mother) to the waiter in When Harry Met Sally as Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm.

"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? Just put your lips together and blow."
Lauren Bacall to Humphrey Bogart in To Have And to Have Not.

"We're on a mission from God." Dan Ackroyd in The Blues Brothers.

"Gimme a sarsaparilla. And put it in a dirty glass." Bob Hope to a bartender, as he tries to be a tough guy in Pale Face.

"Would you like a leg or a breast?" Grace Kelly to Cary Grant on their picnic in
To Catch a Thief.
 

Ray Peyton: (KCAA-San Bernardino) My favorite line is in Casablanca when the Nazi Major asks Rick how he would feel about Germany troops marching through his precious New York. "There are parts of New York I would advise you not to march through." 

Barry Turnbull (KNX/KSPN): While I find many sports movies to be sadly lacking, my favorite all-time movie remains Field Of Dreams. My favorite scenes: 

Where Moonlight Graham rescues the little girl...and the "Old Doc" (Burt Lancaster) realizes he's crossed the line and can't go back. It always makes me cry. 

Of course, James Earl Jones was classic. My remaining favorite scenes - counting down... 

The "People Will Come, Ray" speech..."for its money they have and peace of mind they lack" 

When Kevin  Costner and Jones first meet at his Boston estate..."You're from the 60s, aren't you...go back while you still can...there's no room for you here in the future"... 

And finally, my favorite...Ray Kinsella to Terence Mann walking the concourse at Fenway toward the concession stand: 

Ray – “What do you want?”
Terence - "I want to be left alone. I want people to stop coming to me for answers." Momentary pause then a look to the concession  crew – “No, what do you want?  Dog and a beer?” 

I have four baseball pilgrimages I want to make, Don. Yankee Stadium, Fenway, Cooperstown - and yes, the Field Of Dreams movie set - still operating as a tourist attraction  in Iowa. As always, Don, thanks for "building it for us to come visit" every day, and for always "going the distance." 

Jerry Longden:  Dirty Harry (Clint Eastwood)
"...I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots, or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, in all this confusion, I kinda lost track myself.  But, seein's this is a 44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and could blow your head clean off, you have to ask yourself a question:  Do I feel lucky?  Well, do ya punk?  Go ahead, make my day..."

Silence of the Lambs, Dr. Hannibal Lector (Anthony Hopkins)
"..A census taker once tried to interview me.  I had his liver with some Fava beans and a good Chianti...fa..fa..fa..."  Hopkins later said in an interview that the fa..fa..fa was not in the original script, and though it was way over the top, director Ridley Scott liked it so much, they left it in.

Apocalypse Now, 1979, Lt. Col. William "Bill" Kilgore (Robert Duvall)
"...I love the smell of napalm in the morning..."

Young Frankenstein  (Madelyn Kahn)
"..well, seven has always been my lucky number....come over here, you hot monster...."  



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