HAPPY Sunday BIRTHDAYS
The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 50 years, is now available just by clicking on your favorite personality. The listings provide a colorful snapshot of where they came from, where and when they worked, and what they’re doing now. Enjoy!
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(March 9 - LARadio bulletin) John Darin, veteran of various LA radio stations including Top 40 KRLA, newsman at KFWB, and Money Radio, KBLA, died this morning.
He learned recently that he had Stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He was 74.
Shotgun Tom Kelly Undergoes Quadruple Bypass Surgery
(March 8, 2014 - LARadio bulletin) Shotgun Tom Kelly, afternooner at K-EARTH, underwent successful quadruple heart bypass surgery in San Diego this afternoon.
I received the following text from Tom last night at 10:40 pm:
“I just wanted you to know that I’m in San Diego and went to see my cardiologist. He said that I need a triple bypass. I’m going under the knife tomorrow morning at 7:20 a.m. Please, I need your prayers. God bless. I’m taking it one day at a time.”
They did wheel him into surgery around 7:30 this morning and the doctors completed the procedure around 2 p.m.
After the surgery, I received this email from Tom's wife, Linda:
“Just his lungs are an issue, so they cannot remove the breathing tube and bring him around until they know he can breathe properly on his own.” They may wait until tomorrow.”
I spoke with Tom’s wife a few minutes ago and she was very optimistic about her husband's surgery and his recovery. Tom lives in Los Angeles during the week while dj’ing at K-EARTH and every Friday he drives to San Diego to spend the weekend at his longtime home in El Cajon with his wife.
Earlier this week, Tom went in for a routine, semi-annual physical. He told his doctor that he was experiencing “pressure on his chest.” They planned to do an angioplasty on Friday but an x-ray showed some blockage in his arteries. “Tom’s heart is very strong,” emphasized Linda.
Tom is scheduled to be in the hospital for five days and should be back on the air in two weeks. “He is very anxious to get back on the air at K-EARTH,” said Linda.
LARadio Archives from October 2009
KNX Was Irvine's Amphitheater
(October 1, 2009) Earlier this year George Nicholaw, the original general manager when KNX became an all-News station, was presented with a ‘LARadio Lifetime Achievement Award.’ During the time leading up to the ceremony, many of his colleagues from the embryonic days of the new format surfaced, but not Bob Irvine, the program director. He was living out of the radio limelight in Carmel since 1984. He found his calling as a writer. In a quarter of a century he has written 21 books, nine of which were in the famous Moroni Traveler mystery series.
“In 1965 I was working at KTLA/Channel 5 in the news department and Bob Arthur had been the anchor for a while. The anchors were Arthur, Joseph Benti, Tom Snyder and Bill Stout and nobody watched," remembered Irvine. "The station hired George Putnam and that was kind of the end of it for me. There was no news and I just didn’t want to deal with it.”
Bob got a job producing a program called Newsday at KNX. It was a news block with Bob Arthur from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Fred Anderson did Kaleidoscope. “It was really my first introduction to radio and I quite enjoyed it. CBS had ten minutes of news and they had all these great 5-minute programs. It was really a good news block. After a year I got named assistant news director under Barney Miller.”
Barney retired and Irvine didn’t get named news director. “Nicholaw hired some guy to be program director and news director, which sort of frosted us all. Turned out this guy was never in his office, he was in the Brown Derby. George said he made a mistake. This is one of the things I really admired about George. He didn’t hesitate and let him go after just a month and a half.”
Shortly after Irvine was appointed news director, in late 1967 Nicholaw told Irvine that there was a chance the station could go all-News and asked him to prepare a detailed budget on needs for people, equipment, and changes to the newsroom. “We went to New York. There were five news directors and five general managers from the CBS O&Os. We went into this fancy conference room at ‘Black Rock’ [CBS headquarters in Manhattan]. Clark George was president of CBS Radio. Bill Paley was referred to as ‘The Chairman.’ Clark tells us that ‘The Chairman’ feels that the O&Os should go to all-News. It was just marvelous. It changed everything in my life and I got to set up the format and hire all these guys. It was really impressive.”
“FM was a throwaway in those days,” said Irvine. “We were practicing the format on fm [93.1] because no one was listening to fm. George and I would drive around the city and listen. It was during one of these drives that we determined something had to change with the teletype sound.”
One of the distinguishing features of the sound of KNX during the all-News decades was the teletype pounding away. The sound did not come easily. “We put three teletype machines – AP, UPI, and City News – right in the middle of the studio. But it didn’t sound like a wire service so we eventually went to a continuous loop cartridge with the teletype sound we thought was best. The real thing didn’t sound right. It sounded like static.”
Irvine hired some classic newsmen in those embryonic days like Harry Birrell. He inherited some great guys like Russ Powell and Bob Arthur.
After graduating from the University of California at Berkeley, Irvine spent two years (1959-62) as a Counterintelligence Agent in the U. S. Army. “When I got out I wanted to be a writer. Ernest Hemingway started out as a newspaper reporter so I got a job as a reporter for the Huntington Park Daily Signal, and later at the Hollywood Citizen-News. I worked up really fast.”
After launching the all-News operation at KNX, Irvine returned to tv as news director at KABC/Channel 7. “Baxter Ward was just leaving. I brought in Bill Bonds from the ABC O&O in Detroit to replace Baxter. Bill was a real character. We went from schlock news to a pretty good news operation. And then I had to fire Bonds and that was pretty much the end of my news career because it pissed off a lot of people. But it had to happen. Bonds went on the air and passed out. I was young. I just fired him on the spot and then told the general manager. We brought in Joseph Benti. He and his wife were living in Norway and we convinced him to come back. He did and then I had to get out. My blood pressure had gone sky high working in the news department.”
One of his early experiences in the KNX newsroom was the night Bobby Kennedy was shot. Irvine had reporters all over town and was feeding all the West Coast CBS stations. “Emerson Stone who was director of CBS Radio News called me and he said he was taking the network back. I told him no. I told him we had people here. He said I am giving you an order to give the network back. Again, I told him no and hung up on him. We were live all night long. The next morning Stone called to apologize and he said, ‘You were right.’ That’s what happens when you are young.”
“As I look back, KNX was the best fun. George Nicholaw was the best. He never got wrinkles in his clothes and I was always looking rumpled. George looked perfect. At KNX there was never a consideration on doing it on the cheap. We really had to expand and remodel the newsroom. Everything was done with class.”
You can reach Bob Irvine at: firstname.lastname@example.org
John Darin Needs Our Prayers
(March 7, 2014) John Darin (Miller) has been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. Unfortunately, his prognosis is not good, according to his colleague and friend, Jon Badeaux. He is in Olympia, Washington to be near his sister and family. John has been moved from a hospital to Providence Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia. He is up for phone calls at: 360.493.4900 or you can write him at Providence Mother Joseph Care, 3333 Ensign Road NE , Olympia, WA 98506, Room A-6.
“A friend of ours saw him over New Year's Eve, celebrated his birthday [12.31] and had a wonderful week together. When he returned home he was experiencing some severe pain, so he had an MRI and the rest is history. He is declining very rapidly,” emailed Jon. “Darin is on morphine but can still carrying on very coherent conversations for short periods of time. I know he’d love to hear from anyone he worked with.”
The list of stations for John Darin is impressive: KIIS; KRLA, 1968-71; KDAY, 1971; KROQ, 1972-73; KNAC, 1975; KGOE, 1975; KNX, 1976; KGIL, 1976-83; KJOI, 1978; KBLA, 1989-92; KGIL, 1993; KMNY; KFWB, 1998-2008.
More Medical. “Is there a black woman guardian angel over me!?” wondered former KABC talk show host, Al Rantel, on his Facebook page. “Strange. Years ago at Cedars Hospital I was very sick. One night late a black nurse came in and said you will be fine, can I hold your hand and sing you a song? She sang amazingly. The next day I asked the head nurse who that was on duty and she said there was no such staff member. Yesterday I had been prepped for surgery and a black woman came in and said you’ll be fine and you know it’s Ash Wednesday? I’ll pray for you. I said I’m not religious so I don’t ask for things in prayer. She said that makes no difference. She left and another nurse came in. I said I thought the other woman was already here. She said no there is no other nurse that’s going to help me! True story. Remains a mystery.”
Lopez as Saint George. George Lopez, former morning man on KHHT (HOT 92.3), debuted his new sitcom this week. The critics weren’t so kind. Here is a sampling:
From Variety and Brian Lowry:
Alison Keene in The Hollywood Reporter:
Robert Lloyd, LA Times television critic, offers:
“The President is not going to send an aircraft carrier into the Black Sea. The man has retreated in every aspect of foreign policy. He wants to retreat and that’s exactly what he’s doing.” (Stuart Varney, guesting with Don Imus, KCAA)
“A man is never more vulnerable than the moment another coworker notices his haircut.” (Damien Fahey)
"I got a note on my windshield that the relationship was over." (Tim
Conway, Jr., KFI)
"I got a note on my windshield that the relationship was over." (Tim Conway, Jr., KFI)
“The irony of William Fulbright is that he couldn’t come within hailing distance of getting a Fulbright scholarship.” (Dennis Miller, KRLA)
“Non-stop stimulation.” (KFI liner)
Funnie (translated). Rats, the tire has lost its air.
No, just at the bottom !
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** Geoff Edwards Memory
“One the most memorable lunches in my life was when Geoff Edwards was at KMPC and I was the promo guy for Warner Brothers. We went to the Brown Derby in Hollywood and had Cobb Salad and ice cold Chablis.
But what I remember most was his ability to listen ... be funny … say smart things, and his gentle love of people. I’ll always think of him from that day. It made a difference to me. RIP” – Larry Van Nuys
** Can I Ask a Question?
“My favorite Geoff Edwards bit was ‘The Answer Lady.’ He had one rule for the listeners who called in: Only one question per person. Many times a caller would begin with ‘Can I ask a question?’
Geoff would say ‘Yes you can’ and then go to the next caller. I always knew how Geoff would respond to such a question and I still thought it was hilarious every time it happened.” – Steve Thompson
** Worked With Geoff Pre-KHJ
“Sorry to see Geoff Edwards passing. Got to work with him when he was pd at KHJ pre-Boss Radio. He always MC’d all the retirement parties and station social events. He was much funnier and more talented than all the air personalities on KHJ at that time.” – Tom Bernstein
** Geoff Edwards Laughed Like Crazy
“My most memorable Geoff Edwards experience was when after I had been hired to work with him on his morning tv show [Channel 9] while I was also doing sports anchor stuff in the evening. During this particular time, I had also been hired by the ABC ‘suits’ to participate in a television film that starred Robert Blake.
It was my first acting job, after I was finished I was on Channel 9’s morning show with Geoff and all he wanted to talk about was my ABC experience. While talking, I put on a little show for him, he laughed like crazy [this was all live tv].
Well, you just had to be there or were watching to appreciate what was going on. Translation? He really was … one of a kind.
R.I.P., Geoff. Love ya like a brother.” – Scott St. James
** Almaguer Stuck in Mud
“What's with NBC reporters? Remember when the KNBC news van burned up in the brush fire in the San Berdos in ‘05 or ’06 and Chuck Henry came close to being toast.
PS. KNX’s Pete Demetriou never met a mud slide, brush fire or earthquake he couldn’t whip.” – Diane Thompson
** College Radio Station
“Where are the students who should be on the air and doing other duties at K-JAZZ, learning about radio broadcasting as a career like the students at Cerritos College radio WPMD? 88.1 KJAZZ is licensed as a college radio station.” – Roger Carroll
** Imus Off Base
“Don Imus is so off base with his comment about JCPenny. He obviously hasn’t been there. They have great clothes, WAY above Wal-Mart and Kohl’s, lots of merchandise, fabulous prices and good service.” – Leslie Taylor, Orange County
Geoff Edwards Dies at 83
(March 6, 2014) Geoff Edwards, veteran of network tv game shows Treasure Hunt and NBC’s Jackpot, the host of California Lottery’s Big Spin for over a decade, and veteran personality at KHJ, KFI, and 710/KMPC, has died. He was 83. Geoff died of complications from pneumonia.
Born in 1931, Geoff grew up on the East Coast. He started in radio in the 1950s at WOKO-Albany, where the station manager suggested he consider another line of work since he did not have a deep "radio voice."
Geoff arrived at KHJ just prior to "Boss Radio," working as the station’s program director. Previously, he had been at San Diego's KFMB where he was pd and also flew the traffic airplane. He also had a jazz show in 1959 on both KFMB AM and FM called The Grotto.
went "Boss," Geoff took over the morning slot at KFI. Two years later,
Geoff went up the dial to KMPC, Gene Autry's legendary
all-service MOR outlet. Geoff was part of a powerhouse lineup billed as
“the Station of the Stars,” including
Dick Whittinghill, Roger
Carroll, and Gary Owens.
While at KMPC, one of
He left when the station went Talk in 1979. “I had to make a decision. I had become involved in some tv activities that had become as interesting as or more interesting than the radio work.” Geoff’s new tv projects included a deal with Warner Bros. to develop daytime programming.
By 1987, Geoff was back on the radio when he joined KFI. He was at the station when the format changed to a “news / talk” format. Geoff worked middays as a talk show host until he resigned in March 1989.He had been suspended by KFI for refusing to run a promotional spot for an event hosted by evening driver Tom Leykis. The event was about Yusef Islam (perhaps better known as Cat Stevens) calling for the death of controversial author Salman Rushdie. As a protest, Leykis was going to drive a steam roller and destroy Cat Stevens records. Geoff said the stunt was “fascist” as he explained why he refused to air the spot. Geoff never returned to the KFI airwaves, and was replaced by the syndicated Rush Limbaugh Show.
Geoff’s most visible fame came in television. He was the host of numerous tv game shows including Treasure Hunt, NBC's Jackpot, and Hollywood's Talking on CBS. He was a featured performer on NBC's Bobby Darin Show, and co-host with Meredith MacRae of Mid-Morning L.A., which earned him an Emmy while on KHJ/Channel 9.
Geoff also did several acting gigs on tv, Petticoat Junction, I Dream of Jeannie and Diff'rent Strokes.
For many years Geoff traveled to Sacramento every weekend to host the California Lottery's Big Spin. “Geoff wears the look of a guy who always gets lost in an office building,” said the LA Times. “He knows where he’s going, but isn’t quite sure how to get there.”
In recent years he turned his attention to writing and began writing travel stories, as well as hosting an Internet related travel show.
Funeral plans for the Westfield, N.J., native are pending.
Geoff Edwards on the Day JFK Died
(November 22, 2013) Radio played an important early role in the events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22. Geoff Edwards (photo), former 710/KMPC personality, host of various tv game shows, and the face of the weekly California Lottery drawing for over a decade, had a unique perch from which to observe the story unfolding.
On the day of the assassination, Geoff was in San Diego packing his bags to move to LA for a new job at KHJ. As soon as news broke that JFK had been assassinated, Geoff grabbed a bag of clothes, headed for the airport, and within hours was in Dallas, reporting for KHJ and the Mutual Broadcasting System.
“My first impression of Dallas was a hefty Dallas policeman directing traffic with a cigar hanging from his mouth,” remembered Geoff. “Little did I know it was a metaphor.”
Geoff immediately headed for Dallas police headquarters, walked right past the desk sergeant and down the hall without showing any press credentials, or indeed any ID at all.
“There were reporters from all over the world in a room set aside for the press. Oswald was brought down a hall with the press lined on one side yelling out questions. His rifle was held high by an FBI agent. Oswald was asked if he had a lawyer,” said Edwards. “No”, he said in a soft voice. “I want Melvin Belli.” After Jack Ruby shot and killed Oswald, Belli represented Ruby for free.”
Edwards recalls the FBI bringing Oswald into a good sized room to be questioned by a group of reporters. “Oswald was seated behind a long table. He was asked if he was handcuffed. Oswald held his hands up in front of him and said, ‘Yes sir.’ Next day the front pages of almost every major newspaper showed that photo with the caption, ‘Oswald gestures defiantly at the press.’”
At one point during the day, Geoff opened the door to an interrogation room. “I was surprised to find Oswald and his mother. That was the one time during the weekend I backed away.”
Geoff was shocked at his freedom to walk the hallways. He locked himself in an office to file a report to the Mutual network. A police information Captain knocked loudly and rattled the door handle. Geoff told him he would be finished shortly. Again, no ID was ever requested.
“At the garage entrance door, press credentials were checked for the first time. I walked up to the back of the van that was waiting for Oswald. A police officer roughly yanked me back.”
Edwards wonders how Jack Ruby somehow made his way through the group. “There was one pay phone in the garage area. I was the first to get to it and KHJ and Mutual were the first in radio to get the word.”
“President Johnson said information relating to the Kennedy assassination would be kept secret until everyone alive at that time was no longer around,” concludes Edwards. “The question should be, what is in those records that we were not supposed to know?”
Email Reaction to Geoff Edwards’ Death
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“Geoff was one of the hands down nicest people I ever socialized with and worked with.
When I arrived at KMPC, he was the first to make me feel at home. Same deal when I worked with him on the morning television show he was one of the two major hosts of.
Great, great guy.” – Scott St. James
“I worked closely with Geoff at KMPC in the '70s, doing the news on his 9 to Noon show. When I've seen him in recent years he was hale and hearty and still working hard. Few people in this crazy business are as talented as Geoff Edwards. His friendship was a high point of my own radio career. I'm just stunned by the news of his passing.” - Mike Botula
“This is sad news. Geoff also worked at 1260 for me when we were Standards. He had a wonderful sense of humor. It was a great privilege to have a person of such talent working for me.
He was a star. One amusing incident, while Geoff was doing his show, just a little bit down the Hall, Rich Capparela was doing Classical programming in another studio. Rich would run over to Geoff's studio and complain Geoff and his producer [his wife, Michael) were running the audio too high. This went on for days, and I had to intervene. But Geoff stood his ground, and I feel Geoff won that one.” - Saul Levine, KKGO / KMZT
“First Jim Lange and now Geoff Edwards. This is hard to take for a guy like me who grew up listening to them, along with Dick Whitinghill, Gary Owens, and the ‘one and only’ Johnny Magnus on ‘The Station of the Stars.’
I crossed paths Geoff briefly at KMPC and found him both friendly, professional, educating, encouraging, and full of advice, like ‘stick to what you love!’
God rest and bless Jim and Geoff, two of L.A.'s greatest talents.” - Alan F. Ross
“So sorry to hear of Geoff Edwards' passing. I have such fond memories of him - including the brief time I got to work in his general vicinity, at what was then the full-service AM powerhouse KMPC.
He was the midday air personality and I was this green, terrified college kid interning down the hall in the news department. I was totally intimidated by everyone in that lineup, couldn't believe I was actually working in the same outfit that boasted that caliber of on-air talent. I remember him as friendly and kindly and very nice to me. But I think maybe I already had a stronger built-in bias in favor of Geoff Edwards.
A few years earlier, he and his then-wife Suzanne had judged a big annual Christmas songfest at my high school and awarded my senior class's performance the top prize. That irritated our closest rivals, the sophomore class, to no end, and they actually tried to launch a boycott of his show [unsuccessfully, I'm happy to say].
We sure are losing some grand ones.” – Mary Lyon
“Will never forget meeting Geoff Edwards. He was a wonderful and friendly man. RIP.” – Brother Bill McKinney
I always enjoyed listening to Geoff on KMPC and was thrilled to work with him at K-Surf 1260. He was a great man. All my deepest sympathies to Michael.
I remember his ‘answer lady’ bit from KMPC where people would call in with all sorts of goofy questions. He always gave an answer, maybe not to the question asked, but still...
I will miss him.“ - Mike Johnson, Operations Manager, KKJZ
“Wow. Another very close friend of mine very many years has died. He was a fellow worker at KMPC.
This is getting scary. Geoff and I talked on our CB radios each morning coming from the Valley to Hollywood and the station. Very sad. He was such a great guy. I'm very sad.” - Alan L. Gottfried
“ … and Jim Lange died last week. Who's next?” – Brian Perez, KWVE
“I used to listen to him on KFI when he did mornings. I'm sorry to hear about his death.” – Don Spuhler
LA Radio Revenues Begin New Year Up
(March 5, 2014) The Southern California Broadcasters Association (SCBA) announced that the Miller Kaplan Arase Market Summary report for January 2014 reflects a solid start to 2014. According to Miller Kaplan Arase, total market revenue for Los Angeles Radio grew by 1.7% in January. “This summary report reflects solid, steady revenue growth that sets the stage for a strong first quarter for Southern California Radio,” said SCBA president Thom Callahan.
“The 1.7% growth rate for January is, of course, good news for our industry here in Southern California, however, a closer look at what made up that growth reveals a market and region that is healthy and growing,” said Callahan.
Fun in the nighttime with JoJo Wright at KIIS/fm. From giving Justin Beiber a piggyback ride to a car ride with new artist Noelle Bean (click artwork), JoJo makes the evenings come alive
"I'm ready for my close up selfie.” (Kathleen Sullivan on Gloria Swanson)
“Watching the Academy Awards red carpet pre-show hosted by George Pennacchio. Whoops, I mean Sam Rubin! My apologies to Sam, but honestly, all those white entertainment reporters look the same to me.” (Doug McIntyre, KABC)
“When do we get to hear Adell Dazeem sing?” (Marc Germain)
“Kim Novak was in movies when the Dead Sea was only sick.” (Dean Goss)
“While the remainder of the world watched the Oscars, I watched the Suns beat the Hawks 129-120 – much more fast paced and a lot more exciting.” (Anthony Acampora)
“Kirkland is fabulous toilet paper.” (Bill Handel, KFI on shopping at Costco)
NPR Signature Voice Silenced. Carl Kasell, a signature voice of NPR News for decades, is stepping down from the comedy news quiz show Wait, Wait ... Don't Tell Me! where he was the official judge and scorekeeper.
He was a newscaster for 30 years on Morning Edition until 2009. His radio career spans half a century, starting as a morning deejay and newscaster at WGBR-AM in Goldsboro, N.C.
DuTEL Oscar Event. For over twenty years, DuTEL has been part of the Academy Awards. Craig Hines, former personality at K-100 and KGIL, is the president of DuTEL. Craig has been leading the charge by providing everything involving electronic technology at The Dolby Theatre, calling the Oscars show “the Mother of Awards Shows.”
If you were at The Dolby Theatre Sunday night, you witnessed the work of Craig
and his team. They provided wireless access, land lines for phones, ability to
tweet a selfie to the world, transfer video files, upload a picture, printed a
script, connect to the Internet. Essentially, all of your ability to
You can reach Craig at:
You can reach Craig at: email@example.com
Hear Ache. Condolences to Michelle Kube on the passing of her father. "No matter how much you prepare for someone’s death, no matter how inevitable you know it is, no matter how peaceful the death is, the pain you feel at that moment can’t be explained other then you feel your heart has been ripped out of your chest," wrote Michelle on her KFI blog … Scott Shannon kicked off his new Classic Hits show at WCBS-New York with Eye of the Tiger … Didja know that former morning personality at 870/KRLA, Heidi Harris, was on Family Feud in 1988? “We were on FIVE times, and won $22,000,” posted Heidi on her Facebook page.
Oscarcast. Gil Gross, former KABCer, posted some observations about the Oscar telecast:
Is there anything quite as lame the day after Oscars as talentless critics trying to get noticed by running down people's accomplishments? Matthew McConaughey is being attacked for making his speech about himself [actually it was about God, his wife and kids and mom, though I guess his failure to say something like “let’s stamp out Polio” now gets you negative marks], even though one of the most touching moment of the night was how protective he tried to be of Kim Novak. One critic on our NPR station attacked his Oscar performance as a “trick” done by losing weight [wonder if the same critic thought the same of DeNiro doing the opposite in Raging Bull or has even seen True Detective. Oh, damn you Harold Russell for thinking of that one hand trick that got you an Oscar].
She Liked Her. Crys Quimby, former pd at KFWB, remembered an incident at the all-News station with Sally Field. “Sally came to KFWB to record a PSA, probably in the late 90s,” Crys posted on her Facebook page. “As I walked her through the newsroom to the production studio, she softly took my hand and held it the entire way. It was just very sweet and didn't seem odd at all. She is so tiny.”
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** Passing Dave Stone’s Story On
“Thanks Don for sending the obit on Dave Stone. I headlined his sad headline [Passing parade starts early as Dave Stone dies] and linked it to a page for him with your piece. I hope you’re okay with that.
One quick Dave Stone story. I had a friend who had a remarkable voice talent. One afternoon in the 90’s during the Dave Stone show I asked my friend if he would try to fool Stone and call in as Ross Perot. I said just tell him you are flying in right now by helicopter over Atlanta and was listening to the broadcast on his headphones.
Well, the voice talent easily got through the screener and when Dave got him on air live he really seemed to believe it was Ross himself. But Stone got smart fast and threw in a couple of curve ball questions that my friend couldn’t fake his way through and Dave quickly dismissed him as a prankster. But it did appear he believed it in the beginning enough to make the WGST [Atlanta] news broadcast that day in where Jeff Hollinger reported ‘Our own Dave Stone was fooled earlier in the day in to believing he was speaking to Ross Perot.’
“It really was funny. God Bless him!” – Kenny Kaplan, Founder of TopTalkRadio.com
** Notes from the TV Guide
“Re: Steve Allen Show on Channel 5. The Westinghouse Broadcasting Corporation produced the Allen Show for the 11:30 hour (ET/PT). I remember the tv station I used to watch the show on ran it weeknights opposite Carson. I have read that it was the same way in other cities.
The other item from that TV Guide I was amazed to learn was that Mitch Miller played an oboe. I watched him on tv and saw the albums, but it was much later in life that I learned he was in charge of the Columbia records division. And, it was while I was reading the Kent Hartman book, The Wrecking Crew, that I learned Miller resisted having any kind of rock acts on Columbia records for as long as he could.
Thanks for all the great information you provide.” – Mike Femyer, Phoenix
** Cerritos College Radio Staff Appreciative
“Thank you for showcasing our station and giving us mentions on your site. My colleagues and I all appreciate your support and you've made us all readers of LARadio.com.” – Saveon Simon (DJ Ignite), WPMD
** A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
“Happy Paczki Day! The young lady clearing the snow in Tuesday’s LARadio.com can shovel my walk anytime!” – Jerry Downey, Detroit
** Dating Game Times
“Thanks for the heads up on the Game Show Network airing 4 hours of The Dating Game show with Jim Lange. I checked it out on their website GSNTV.com and it says that the times are from 8 a.m. to noon in the Eastern Time zone. That would make the marathon in L.A. starting at 5 a.m.” – Dave Paulson
** Ajax Liquor Store Recording
“Just to verify that Hudson & Landry’s Ajax Liquor Store was recorded live at Pomona Golf Course & Country Club, so stated at this site: MadMusic.com.” – Bill Taylor, KGBS jock
** Frank Evans Memories
“I can't begin to tell you the flood of memories that washed through me seeing the pic of Frank Evans. I know he was before most of your readers’ time, but he was a hero, along with the likes of Paul Compton and Johnny Magnus.
Frank was so elegant on the air. I was only a promo guy for Warner Brothers then, but if there would ever be a chance to live the dream for me, I dreamed of working hard enough to be on that level of broadcast sophistication someday.
Still working at it. Thanks for the memories.” – Larry Van Nuys
1. I was rather surprised that you didn'’ include the scan I sent you a while back of that American Top 40 trade ad with the quote from you as W4’s general manager. Perhaps you lost it? If so, I’ll look through my archives and see if I kept a copy of that file.
2. It’s probably worth mentioning that even before American Country Countdown, Bob Kingsley had an anonymous national presence as the original programmer and voice of Drake-Chenault’s Great American Country format, which was heard in Southern California starting in the summer of 1973 on KHAY in Ventura. He had been pd at KLAC right before joining D-C.
3. XETV Tijuana/San Diego lost the ABC affiliation to KCST not by choice, but
because channel 39’s licensee filed a petition in 1968 to deny renewal of ABC’s
authorization to transmit network programming across the border to XETV’s
transmitter. According to the articles in Broadcasting at the time, the
petition grew out of remarks made at an oral hearing earlier that year on
possible restrictions on importation of Los Angeles stations by San Diego cable
systems. That wasn’t settled until 1973, by which time KCST was in the process
of being sold to Storer Broadcasting; XETV then reinstated a lawsuit they had
dropped only one week before the sale was announced, trying to hold onto the ABC
affiliation by forcing the FCC to continue the ABC cross-border authorization,
but the suit failed and the affiliation moved in July 1974. XETV then went
independent but carried some CBS and NBC programs which KFMB and KGTV didn't
clear.” – K.M. Richards
Counting Down the Hits Still Relevant?
(March 4, 2014) When Watermark launched the first national countdown show in the early 1970s, I was general manager of one of the seven stations in the country to be onboard. Casey Kasem’s American Top 40 became the standard of all shows to follow – a mix of the biggest Pop songs in the country with artist info, tidbits, and wonderful anecdotes.
Here we are, over four decades later, and the countdown concept is still relevant. Even though Casey has retired from counting backwards, there is no shortage of heirs apparent.
Westwood One announced that its weekend show, The Daly Download with Carson Daly – This Week’s Top 30, has reached a milestone of 100 stations. The program, which has clearly resonated with listeners, has turned weekends nationwide into a non-stop music party.
“This is really exciting and could not have happened without the listeners who tune in and the many stations that air our show around the country,” said Daly.
versions of the program are created by Daly and offered to stations for
broadcast on Saturday or Sunday. The four-hour and three-hour shows
complement programming on Contemporary Hit Radio or Hot Adult
Contemporary formatted stations, respectively.
Additionally, www.dalydownload.com provides fans the opportunity to listen to the shows online. Listeners can also review current and archived song lists to track how their favorite tunes are faring week after week.
Over at Clear Channel, Ryan Seacrest is celebrating 10 years of being on-air on 102.7 KIIS/fm, as well as a decade of hosting American Top 40 with Ryan Seacrest.
The KIIS team commemorated the last decade in this fun video that features celebrities, listeners, professional dancers and KIIS staff. Filmed in New York City and Los Angeles, check it out here: http://youtu.be/YImup67BRac.
“Ten years have felt like ten minutes – it has truly flown by. I’m so grateful to everyone at Clear Channel and for my dedicated KIIS and AT40 teams, as all of our success has so much to do with their passion and hard work,” said Seacrest. “Radio has been my dream since I was a kid, and I’m still pinching myself every day I’m on the air. I love laughing with our listeners, hearing their stories, and being part of their daily lives.”
Country Radio Hall of Famer Bob Kingsley was honored last month for his 40 years in national radio syndication as part of American Country Countdown (1974-2006) and as host and owner of Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 (2006-present). The surprise event, benefiting the Opry Trust Fund, included performances, appearances and taped messages by a mix of industry legends, today’s hit-makers and Nashville’s most influential singer-songwriters. A 50-year veteran of the radio and music industries, Kingsley walked into the Grand Ole Opry House believing he was there to pay tribute to the Grand Ole Opry’s 89th birthday, when in reality, the evening was all conceived to honor him.
“I could not have
been more surprised,” said a visibly moved Kingsley, “and I could not
feel more honored. I have made a career of country music radio because I
love it, and to have my friends in the business, from artists and
songwriters to industry executives, tell me my work has made a
difference –well it means the world to me. And to have the people I
work with day in and day out here to celebrate with me makes it all the
more special.” (Kingsley flanked by Trisha Yearwood and Garth
(Kingsley flanked by Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks)
2014 marks 40 years since Bob Kingsley first became involved in counting down America’s biggest Country hits every weekend. Bob was named American Country Countdown’s producer in 1974, and took over as host four years later. Bob Kingsley’s Country Top 40 can be heard currently on more than 350 radio stations around the world.
Mud Starring Almaguer. “Firefighters came to the rescue of an NBC News correspondent, Miguel Almaguer who got into trouble and was rescued after he became stuck in mud during a report on the heavy rains in Los Angeles,” according to the New York Post. Almaguer had waded into a stream flowing from a mudslide, where he delivered his report while thigh-high in mud, the story notes. He lost his boots in the rescue.
Chris Bury of Pasadena ventured that KFI’s Steve Gregory would never get stuck in the mud.
“Has anybody heard anything on the radio worth recording lately?” (George Johns, radio consultant)
“I shut off the Oscars to watch the last few episodes of House of Cards. House of Cards is amazing.” (Jillian Barberie, KABC)
“A Las Vegas team is in Washington D.C. for a bid to host the 2016 GOP convention. It would help if we had an elephant-themed casino.” (Ira David Sternberg)
“If you go to bed at night and there’s no snow on the ground, and you wake up and there’s snow on the ground, you can pretty much assume it snowed last night. You really can’t prove that because you didn’t see it snow, but there’s a pretty good chance.” (Bill Carroll, KFI)
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** 1964 TV Guide
“The two TV Guide pages you reprinted from March of 1964 are filled with a proverbial ‘treasure trove’ of information that may be of interest to LA Radio People. Such as:
KNBC (4) was the only LA station at the time to originate their local news in color. However, while KNXT (2) and KABC (7) had half-hour black-and-white newscasts at 11 p.m., KNBC only had a 15-minute colorcast. It was most likely a shortened 'cast so they could air the first 15 minutes of The Tonight Show. In the early days of Tonight, Johnny Carson did a 1 3/4 hour show Monday through Friday. The first 15 minutes were commercial-free and optional for the affiliates to pick-up. However, once 11:30 rolled around all NBC affils were plugged into Tonight, which was still originating from Studio 6H at Rockefeller Center in New York, the very same studio where Jimmy Fallon began his iteration of the program last week. According to the listings, the then 38-year-old Carson would be interviewing the soon-to-be 66-year-old ‘Toastmaster General,’ George Jessel.
The KHJ (9) ad for Michael Jackson shows a midnight starting time for his show, but the TV Guide listings have Clete (Trenchcoat) Roberts doing a news broadcast at that time and Jackson’s show beginning at 12:15. Maybe the delay was to give Michael a chance to walk from the radio portion of the Melrose Ave. building to the tv portion. Or to get a thirst-quenching beverage next door at Nickodell.
Interesting that KTLA (5) would put Steve Allen (the first host of Tonight) directly opposite Johnny Carson (the third host of Tonight).
In 1964 XETV (6) in San Diego was the only Mexico-based (Tijuana) television station which was an affiliate of one of the three U.S. TV networks. San Diego only had two VHF stations – KFMB-CBS (8) and KOGO-NBC (10) – and since UHF reception was hard to come by at that time, ABC went with XETV. In the early 70s ABC moved their affiliation to KCST (39). When Fox Broadcasting went on the air in 1986, they affiliated with XETV, as well.
Speaking of San Diego, at that time CBS and ABC ended their daily programming at 11 p.m., turning the rest of the night over to their local affiliates. KFMB had a locally-based variety show that aired at 11:30 after their local news. The program was called Sundown. The station also had a local program in the morning which was opposite The Today Show. It was called Sunup and was hosted by the then little-known Regis Philbin.
The factoid that really stuck out was the movie tripleheader on KTTV (11). From 12:45 to 8:25 the station was showing a MGM movie tripleheader. According to IMDB, the total running time of the three features is 277 minutes. However, KTTV allocated 460 minutes for the three films. This means there was 183 minutes of commercials. By percentages, it was 60% movies and 40% commercials. There must have been a lot of Cal Worthington spots to fill the void.” – Brad Cramer
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