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Vin Scully Tributes

(September 30, 2016) Do you have a picture of yourself with Vin Scully that you would like to share with LARadio.com. Or perhaps a memory or a story about the legendary broadcaster? Send to db@thevine.net

 "This is me and Vin Scully from 1992.  I started working at KABC in the Sports Marketing Department with Ken Miller and Sylvia O’Daniel back in 1991.  It was a dream come true for me.  I had been a Dodger fan since birth and now after graduating college was working at KABC. 

One of the highlights of my whole career in radio (1991-2015) was getting to meet Vin Scully in the Press Box at Dodgers Stadium.  I remember he was a really nice man, but we all know that.  The thing I love best about that photo is you can tell how happy I was getting to meet my all-time favorite radio person.  I could listen to Vin Scully talk about anything.  Every day when I leave work I turn on the radio in hope that a Dodger game is currently on and that Vin is announcing.  He will truly be missed." - Heather Thau, Assistant, Labor Relations, Disney/ABC Television Group

 

 

OKAY, You Love, Love, Love KOST

(September 29, 2016) KOST continues to dominate ratings with another 1st place finish in the Nielsen September '16 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a - 12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.8 - 5.6
2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.6 - 4.9
    KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.9 - 4.9
4. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.9 - 4.7
5. KTWV (the Wave) 4.1 - 4.3
6. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.0 - 4.2
7. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.5 - 3.6
8. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.1 - 3.5
9. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.3 - 3.2
    KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.3 - 3.2


Latino Vin Scully

 
(September 16, 2016) In 1959, a 23 year-old from Ecuador began calling Dodgers games in Spanish. Nearly 60 years later he is still working – and has helped transformed the team’s fan base. Read his amazing story by clicking Jaime Jarrin's photo ... Any chance the LA Rams will get over .500 this season. As Jim Healy might have said, "Bad coach, bad f#$%ing team" ... Joey Reynolds, veteran of KFI, returns to radio with a syndicated show on Cumulus Media’s WABC-New York on Sundays. Apparently KABC will also air Joey's show soon ... Thanks for all the birthday well wishing yesterday. My son asked if 75 was the new 60? Dunno about that because I've never much been into counting years, but what I do know is that EVERY day is celebrated with joy and thankfulness. I am truly blessed and look for ways to help others ... Steve Counts, last heard on Salem's KRLA, is now working at iHeartmedia in Charlotte ... Former K-EARTH pd Dave Mason exits BCA radio group in San Diego ... Congrats to Maggie McKay on her 15th wedding anniversary ... This weekend, Cherie and I are taking a trip to the Northwest and we are literally travelling by planes, boats, ferries, ships, Uber, and trains. Back next month ...


Paul Freeman Set Free Among Margaritas, Chips, and Salsa

by Jeffrey Leonard 

 
(September 15, 2016) It was an L.A. radio star-studded event for radio well-wishers to bid  Paul Freeman a fond farewell on Saturday, September 10th at Sol y Luna in Tarzana.

Former (and last) KHJ pd Chuck Martin was there sharing some fun stories. Martin talked bringing Rick Dees to Southern California from Memphis.

Also in the room were Paul's colleagues: Kris Erik Stevens, Dave Sebastian WilliamsMike Wagner, Bruce Chandler, Jim Carson, World Famous Tom Murphy, Joe Cipriano, Don Elliot, Tim Kelly, Danny Lemos and many more.

Long Beach's radio columnist supreme, Richard Wagoner, was on the scene to cover the event along with other L.A. radio veterans, Carson Schreiber, Mike Callaghan, Jerry Burnham, and Bob Moore.

Apologies go out to anyone in attendance whose name was omitted.

A toast was made to the late Charlie Tuna who was the Honorary Mayor of Tarzana for many years.

Freeman is relocating to his home state of Washington to enjoy the other half of his life and get some fresher air. (photo: Tom Patterson and Paul Freeman)


BEST On-Air LARP of 2004

         


#10
                                                                                                                 #9 #8 (tie) #8 #7 #6
Sean Hannity                                                                     Vin Scully Jed the Fish Rick Dees BigBoy Bill Handel
         
#5 #4 #3 #2 #1
Ryan Seacrest John & Ken Kevin & Bean Phil Hendrie Howard Stern

 

Best Off-Air LARP of 2004

#10 #9 #8 #7 #6 #5

            

Lynn Duke Jimmy Steal Val Maki Kevin Weatherly                                                           Jhani Kaye Rita Wilde
#4 #3 #2 #1

Stella Schwartz John Davison David G. Hall Roy Laughlin

Hear Ache

(September 13, 2016) The Eric Dickerson Show is a new weekly program on KLAC. Last weekend, Dickerson welcomed former Rams tight end/two-time Pro Bowler David Hill and former cornerback/two-time pro bowler LeRoy Irvin. Every Monday throughout the regular football season, Eric Dickerson will broadcast live from noon to 2 p.m. from a different BJ’s Restaurant and Brewery. (Photo: David Hill, Fred Roggin, Dickerson, and LeRoy Irvin) ... KSPN has altered its lineup. The early morning “Kelvin & Travis” show is gone and the new morning drive show is hosted by Keyshawn Johnson, Jorge Sedano and LZ Granderson. Kelvin Washington moves to afternoons with Marcellus Wiley. Middays are hosted by Mychal Thompson & Mike Trudell, while Steve Mason and John Ireland from noon to 3 p.m. ... MY/fm's Ellen K appeared on The Talk this week. Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz1f2EiAtzw ... Jim Rome is hosting a new podcast with highlights from his "Daily Jungle." ... Ever wonder what happened to former KABC talk show host Ira Fistell? Wonder no longer. Steven Spierer hosts a talk show on Marc Germain's (Mr. KABC) Talk Radio One and last weekend he chatted with Fistell. Spierer, a lawyer, always wanted to be a talk show host and shows how good he is in tackling the tough and delicate subject that has surrounded Fistell - why he left the scene of a fatal automobile accident Fistell was involved in (a 15-year old girl was killed) and claimed his wife was driving while he rushed off to his KABC gig where he never mentioned the accident. Check it out here: http://www.talkradioone.com/shows/steven-spierer-show/

Another Broadcast Sports Legend Winds Down Brilliant Career
(September 12, 2016) Dick Enberg, after six decades behind the microphone, is set to retire at the end of this baseball season. Bill Shaikin featured a wonderful tribute to Enberg, play-by-play announcer for the San Diego Padres, in yesterday's LA Times. Some highlights:

"He has little patience for a new wave of broadcasters prone to diverting the spotlight from the game to the person calling it."
"With Dick, his brilliance spread over a number of sports. It didn't make any difference whether he was doing the French Open or the Super Bowl. Whatever he did, I just thought he was outstanding," said Vin Scully.
"In the mid-1970s, you could hear Scully on the Dodgers, Enberg on the Angels and Rams, Chick Hearn on the Lakers and Bob Miller on the Kings, and you could read Jim Murray in The Times. Today, all five are Hall of Famers."
"Now he has invested seven years in the Padres. He will surrender his microphone, but he will not surrender his heart. 'I want to be in line when they hand out the World Series rings, even if I have to be in a wheelchair to get one.'"

Read the complete story at: www.LATimes.com.

Sports Sunday at KNX

(September 11, 2016) Beginning tonight, KNX will be the exclusive LA radio home for Sunday Night football, the NFL playoffs and Super Bowl 51. "It’s a great opportunity for us to try something different and see if it can help drive some new cume to KNX," emailed Ken Charles, KNX program director.

Paul Freeman's Retirement Party Today

(September 10, 2016) Friends and colleagues of Paul  Freeman will be celebrating today at Sol y Luna restaurant in Tarzana. Festivities are set to begin at 2:52 p.m.

Paul has been in Southern California radio since the early 70s, including 13 years at KIIS. Paul completed his LA run at KKGO last month and is set to retire to his hometown in Spokane. You are invited.


Sol Y Luna is at 19601 Ventura Blvd, Tarzana - No Host Event http://lasfuentes.com/restaurant/sol_y_luna_contact.html (North side of Ventura Blvd just West of Tampa - Valet Parking in back)



KJLH's Front Page Goes Digital 

(September 8, 2016)  After 27 years on-air in Los Angeles, 102.3 KJLH is dropping its daily broadcast of the popular news and public affairs show Front Page. To keep up with the digital age, the live ninety-minute program will end its traditional weekday broadcast September 16 and transition to on demand content and a Saturday morning broadcast between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

"Front Page is changing with the times,” said the show’s host Dominique DiPrima.  “It will now be available 24/7 on the KJLH mobile app and we will be producing video content for Radio Free TV along with news, commentary and election updates throughout the day. We are calling it Front Page Mobile because it is in the on-demand format of today’s media. And of course the all new Front Page will air Saturday mornings which will allow us to still broadcast live in the community."

Born out of the 1992 Los Angeles civil unrest during a need for Los Angeles’ African-American community to have an on-air gathering place for news and commentary on issues affecting the Black community. Front Page has been known as Southern California’s early morning communications in the Black community for almost three decades.  

Email Wednesday

** KABC Questions

"Sure miss the regular columns.

The one thing I would have like to know was why Tom Leykis went on air for one day at KABC; and where is KABC going to re-locate? That property is going to be site for huge development that should make the traffic there even more horrendous, but city wants development regardless of real impact on areas or restrictions current zoning codes dictate. But that's all another story.

Thanks." - Robert Guevara, Eagle Rock

The New/Old Heidi & Frank Show with Frosty Stilwell at KLOS

(September 6, 2016) By 8 a.m. this morning, Frosty Stilwell had received over 500 Facebook Likes on his return to the Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer Show at KLOS. A smattering of comments: "I'm loving the show!" (Glena Olausen), "Welcome back Frosty. I didn't get up early to listen to the opening, but just caught the Malort bit. So great to hear your wit. You have been missed. A winos tears.... Bwahahahah." (Shaunna White); "I renewed my Vip just so I could listed from SD!" (Tracy Horn); and "Still listening in Denver this morning." (Tracy Gimer).

Hopefully they will up their game beyond a discussion of what foods are still good to eat the next morning.

Hear Ache. In other news: Beginning today, ALT 98.7 brings in Marty Whitney for middays from sister station in San Diego. "Marty’s been pinch-hitting on middays this summer while continuing to deliver our #1 rank among 18-34 Adults," said ALT pd Mike Kaplan. He'll continue to host nights on KIOZ-San Diego ... Good news for Dodger fans, KTLA Channel 5 will air the final six games in the Dodgers' regular season schedule that Vin Scully works — three games at home against the Rockies and three games in San Francisco. Vin has said he will travel to San Francisco to work the last series of the season. These will be his final six games in the booth and conclude 67 years as the Dodgers' broadcaster. The station will also air live the pre-game tributes at Vin Scully Appreciation Day on September 23, the first game of the Rockies series.

Labor Day Weekend - 1999

(September 3-5, 1999) Whotta’ week. A three-day weekend could not have come at a better time. If for nothing else, just to catch our breath. A major station swap with 14 AMFM, Inc. stations going to Cox Communications in exchange for KFI and KOST. Dr. Dre, Ed Lover, LaLa and the Baka Boyz debut at The Beat. KLOS hit with second lawsuit over "Black Hoe" promotion. John London and the House Party move from mornings at The Beat to "Mega 100." Whew.

Walt Disney Co. was hit yesterday with a second racial-discrimination lawsuit stemming from its role in a KLOS promotion called "The Black Hoe," according to a front-page LA Times Business section story. KLOS account executive Carla Woodson is the second black employee to allege that she was retaliated against for complaining about the promotion.

Art Laboe, Huggie Boy, George Jay and Chuck Cecil appeared last night at a special edition of "Nostalgia" night at the Pioneer Broadcasters monthly gathering. The program prepared by Lina Romay and Frank Bresee encompassed the early years of music radio and the foursome shared the journey on how they got into radio and their love affair with the medium. All four have taken their passion for radio and found a way to survive for decades in this business.

Charlie Van Dyke at KRTH came across the Hallmark card reject list. "My tire was thumping, I thought it was flat. When I looked at the time, I noticed your cat. Sorry."…Sluggo returns to KROQ tonight and tomorrow night and then he returns to San Diego for his 911 job…New KKBT middayer LaLa will make an appearance at the Southern California Basketball Showdown over the weekend at the Venice Beach Courts. "I’m definitely going to slide through there and show my face."

Daniel Johns of Torrance was listening to KGIL’s Jim Roope during his sports report. "He was talking about how bad the Angels are and said something like, ‘For those who saw the brawl between Cleveland and Anaheim the other night you witnessed just how bad the Angels are. There were faces of Cleveland players four inches in front of them and they were still swingin' and missin.'"  

Rick Dees interviewed actress Heather Graham and one of the stars of Bowfinger on KIIS yesterday morning. "If we had known you were listening at Agoura High School back when you were there, we would have done many more remotes." Rick commented about the relationship between Heather and Ed Byrnes. "It looks like he wants to eat you with a spoon." Heather returned with: "He does. Every night!"

Charlie Tuna put a KLAC listener on the air yesterday morning who had high compliments for Charlie, Fran Tunno and the entire station. And then: "The only thing I don’t like about your station is Sunday morning. It would be nice to have music again rather than some guy talking about my intestines and colon." Ah, those infomercials… "Shotgun Tom" Kelly continues a quarter century tradition as co-host of the local cut-aways during the Jerry Lewis Muscular Dystrophy telethon over the Labor Day weekend. For 25 years he was the co-host in San Diego and this year marks his second with Casey Kasem.


Email Thursday

(September 1, 2016) "I enjoyed that newspaper article about you when you were a student at Samohi (scroll down). Interesting that at any early age you recognized that you wanted to be in radio. I didn’t know in high school or college (Cal) what I wanted to do in my life. All I knew was that I had to get a job. It was at Hunt Foods where I worked on the inside for four years and accomplished some innovations that I asked to be given a sales territory in order to have direct experience with selling and meeting customers. My manager thought I was nuts but they carved up a terrible territory for me in East L.A. and all I had was a bunch of mom and pop grocery stores and two decent sized markets (one in Boyle Heights and the other in Bell Gardens) both of which were not customers for Hunt Products.

There were 15 direct sales persons for Hunt Foods in Southern California. So, I did my research and started out. I immediately figured out how to develop a relationship with my clients and how to explain to them how they could save money by buying direct and how they could move our products. I opened 26 new accounts the first month and was the No. 1 salesperson in the Southland. And every month I was No. 1 through 3. The sales management went crazy and they couldn’t figure out what I was doing. Anyway, I learned that I was good at selling and realized that I had a future in selling and marketing. The president of the company called me in after 6 months and told me I was the best salesperson in the company and they wanted to send me to Chicago as assistant sales manager. There was no way I was going to Chicago and I expressed that to the president. Some months later, I walked into KFWB and asked to see the sales manager (Mort Sidley) and we became close friends until his death - he was a chain smoker) and told Mort that I would go to work for no salary. All I wanted was a desk and some unproductive accounts. And that is how I started and found myself in an industry that I truly enjoyed. I also understood early on that I did not enjoy the corporate culture. I tried for several years to put together financing and finally found KVEN AM and FM. The rest you know." - Bob Fox

Two LARPs Join Passing Parade 

HICKS, Joe: KFI, 2006-09. Joe was a community activist who had a weekend show at KFI. He died August 28, 2016, at the age of 75.

"A man of his times, he had been a Black Panther in his youth, but shifted right as he grew older, suffering the brickbats you might expect from old comrades even though he served as Greater Los Angeles director of Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Council," wrote Roger Simon of PJ Media. "If someone embodied the best of the civil rights movement through the years, I can't think of anyone the equal of Joe. Through everything that has happened to us, black and white, Joe managed to preserve the true goal of racial equality and integration, devoid of cant and race-baiting. He was one of the guardians of the true dream of MLK. BlackLivesMatter was not for this ex-Panther. But he was so much more than an activist. He was what we used to call "a cool guy," someone you wanted to hang with."

BROWNE, Dr. Joy: KGIL, 2007. The longtime syndicated psychologist started on KGIL on October 29, 2007, and she was heard briefly during the short-lived Talk format. She died August 27, 2016, at the age of 71.

Browne was born in New Orleans and graduated from Rice University. A graduate of Northeastern University in Boston with M.A. and Ph.D. in psychology. In the late 1970s she was heard on WITS-Boston with a program called Up Close and Personal. She was known for her "one-year rule", which stated that people who have lost a spouse or partner due to break-up, death, or divorce should wait at a minimum one-year before resuming romantic relationships.

Dr. Browne hosted a tv show on the Discovery Health cable channel in 2005 which was a live one-hour simulcast of her weekday show on WOR. She previously hosted a King World-Eyemark weekday syndicated tv advice talk show in 1999 for one year. She has written numerous books on life and dating.
 

Hear Ache
(August 30, 2016) Karen Harlow has left all-News KNX weekends and is now dj jocking in San Diego. A replacement is close, according to KNX pd Ken Charles ... KLOS production extraordinaire Rob Frazier lost his job when Frosty Stilwell was hired to rejoin Heidi & Frank. Apparently odd man out but a solid pro who should land good soon ... KLAC's Colin Cowherd is launching TheHerdNow.com, a new digital home for content created and curated by Colin ...  Condolences to the Sound's Bob Koontz on the passing of his brother ... KLAC's Bill Reiter is leaving his midday slot to join CBS Sports. Co-host Leeann Tweeden will be joined for noon - 3 by Channel 4's Fred Roggin ... Caught up with the scary 10 Cloverfield Lane and to my shock, KNX's Frank Mottek played a role. So versatile!

 

LARadio

2016 News

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett

About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett

As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 50 years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.

In 2013, he was the radio columnist for the Orange County Register.

Barrett's Southern California roots (Santa Monica) include a bachelor's degree from Chapman University. He also earned a master's in psychology. He spent 10 years in radio working as a disc jockey, program director and general manager (W4-Detroit and WDRQ-Detroit).

He launched KIQQ (K-100) Los Angeles in the early 1970s.

In the mid-1970s Don joined the motion picture business, working as a marketing executive at Columbia, Universal, and MGM/UA. Barrett was part of the marketing team that released E.T., Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Back to the Future, Thelma and Louise, Rocky and James Bond movies.

He also represented a number of films at the Cannes Film Festival.

He was the first recipient of TALKERS Magazine's Lifetime Achievement Award. Don has been honored with an honorary Golden Mike and Special Recognition from the Society of Professional Journalists. 


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