Happy Sunday LARP Birthdays

Kiris Coburn
Michelle Davis Avey
Bob Dunsworth
Amy Lewis
Pete Smith

The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 57 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!   


(Mike Carlucci, Tony Kornheiser, Dick Enberg, Bill LaTour, The Real Don Steele, Ken Levine, and Rick Wallace)

Morning Dew

(April 17, 2015) Ryan Seacrest continues to be a dominant force in the wake-up slot of morning drive radio. The KIIS star was #1 for Persons 18-34 and 25-54 in the March Nielsen ratings. Mark Thompson, with his second ratings book since joining 100.3/The Sound, made the Top 5 once again. And Big Boy has helped KRRL (Real 92.3) be a real factor in a brief few months.

Persons 12+

1. Gary Bryan (K-EARTH)

2. Bill Handel (KFI)

3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

5. Valentine (MY/fm)

Persons 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

3. Carson Daly (KAMP)

     Big Boy (KRRL)

5. Valentine (MY/fm)

Persons 25-54

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

2. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

3. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

4. Valentine (MY/fm)

5. Mark Thompson (KSWD)

They’re Off and Running. Bill Garr broadcast race results for Southern California radio stations (mainly KNX and KIEV) for close to 40 years. He died March 28, at the age of 98.

Born and reared in San Francisco, Bill was the manager of the UC Davis radio station. After graduation,  he became a newscaster in San Francisco. During the 1950s, Bill was a dj in Los Angeles until he began covering the thoroughbred racing circuit in 1959.

“Bill had a gift for making a race come alive,” said a colleague, “so much so that your heart pounds as the field nears the finish line. Only the smell of the stables is missing when he’s on.”

Bill did an old fashioned, easy paced program about horse racing where he would call the races and give the results at the end of the day. Bill also hosted “Call About Racing,” which aired on weekend mornings. His morning show included scratches, interviews, plus calls and results.

Garr had been retired for years and had been in poor health, preventing him from coming to the track he loved most, Santa Anita, according to a story in the Daily Racing Form.

Garr’s first live show from Santa Anita was broadcast on December 26, 1959. For nearly four decades, he broadcast his show – a forerunner of today’s racing shows – from Santa Anita, Hollywood Park, and Del Mar. He also worked on local racing telecasts in the 1960s.

In addition to his exhaustive broadcast schedule, Garr was known for some of the corniest jokes at the racetrack, ones in which he took great delight in telling if only to see the reaction of his audience.

He’d remind you to have a hot dog, because you were “guaranteed to have a weiner.” After watching a horse named Forty Winks win, he called the horse “a real sleeper.” When Jerry Bailey was riding, he’d ask, “If Barnum runs a horse does he have to put Bailey on him?”

Hear Ache. The golden parachute John Hogan received when he left Clear Channel (now iHeartMedia) amounted to nearly $5.4 million, according to filings with the SEC … Jeff Pope was a morning giant in the Inland Empire at KGGI until one day, poof, he was gone. After only a few months, he was hired at KEZR-San Jose. “After living alone for a year in Silicon Valley, my wife finally found work up here and joined me in January. I’m proud to announce the sacrifice has paid off!” Jeff and Marla are #1 in mornings, and the highest numbers for 25-54 women in 3 years! “And that good news came after I sang BOTH the Canadian and American national anthems in front of 19,000+ (San Jose Earthquakes soccer) fans Saturday night! (Check out the video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jo-MYOF1N6k … Mike Huckabee is dropping his nationally syndicated radio commentary, as of May 1. He’s been weighing his options on running for President once again.

Jhani Kaye sent along this photo after Barry Manilow's sold-out concert at Staples Center
 Jhani Kaye, Barry Manilow, Shotgun Tom Kelly, publicist Ken Phillips, and account manager Mitch Grajeda

More Joe McDonnell Memories: Robert Allen is an usher with the Dodgers for the past 35 years, 28 years working in the press box. He shared his story of the late sportscaster. 

Allen said he met Joe McDonnell’s mother and aunt who would bring cookies as gifts. Once, when the women came to the stadium, he said he didn’t remember them. “I need to see your IDs, you’re two of the sweetest women so I can’t see how you’re related to Joe.” McDonnell was always weary of taking advantage of his credentials, so he was bemused when he saw his mom and aunt meeting Vin Scully, who also received a gift of cookies. Said Allen to McDonnell, “they’re decent folks, not like you.”  

There were always visitors who came to the press box asking to meet McDonnell. A young boy once asked to meet the sportscaster, who came out of the press box and chatted with the boy for a few minutes. “Where’s your Dad?” asked McDonnell. “He’s dead, I’m here with my Mom,” said the boy. McDonnell then spent the next 30 minutes talking to the young boy, sharing stories about their Dads and offering encouragement. “It’s like the ‘Mean Joe’ Greene commercial for Coke a few years ago – Joe McDonnell gave the kid something special,” said Allen.  

LARadio Rewind: April 17, 2007. Hot 92.3 KHHT is one of ten stations to receive a 2007 Crystal Radio Award from the National Association of Broadcasters. The others are KTAR in Phoenix, KOA in Denver, KBHP in Bemidji, KSTP in St. Paul, KLGR in Redwood Falls, WFYR in Peoria, WTAM in Cleveland, WJJY in Brainerd and WUSL in Philadelphia. The Crystal Radio Award was established in 1987 to recognize stations for their year-round commitment to community service. A presentation ceremony takes place each April during the annual NAB trade show at the Las Vegas Convention Center. KHHT, which would win a second award in 2014, aired hundreds of hours of public service announcements, contributed thousands of hours of volunteer work for charities and hosted dozens of discussions and events on topics ranging from business and finance to education and scholarship opportunities. Other Los Angeles stations to receive a Crystal Radio Award are KABC (1989, 2002), KBIG (1995), KKBT (1997), KZLA (1999), KNX (2001), KLOS (1991, 1999, 2005) and KSWD (2010). KHHT became Real 92.3 KRRL in February 2015.   


Email Friday

We GET Email …

** Memories of Bill Garr

“I’ve been a horse racing fan since the 1970s. So, it was a sad day recently, when I heard the news about the passing of another local broadcast legend Bill Garr. He died on March 28th at 98 years old.

Bill Garr was truly a radio pioneer. For nearly four decades, his daily shows included the morning scratches, afternoon interviews, a ‘live’ race call and then early evening results. These were the days long before the Internet or gambling channels on the tv, at a time when horse racing fans would often wait until the next morning’s newspaper to find out if they actually picked a winner.

Around 1980, I met Bill Garr in the press box at Hollywood Park. He was a classy, well dressed gentleman and certainly knew the racing game well. I was in awe of the man, as I sat right next to him and watched him call a race ‘live’ over the KIEV airwaves with nothing but a small microphone and binoculars. I've been a broadcast talent myself for football, basketball and baseball games. But, horse racing is the fastest minute or two in sports, often with up to twenty players moving around like checkers on a game board.

Bill Garr was a masterful race caller with both accuracy and genuine excitement in his voice. He was one-of-a-kind. For me, it was great knowing that the warm and friendly voice that I often heard on the radio was equally friendly in person.

My condolences to his family, friends and his many longtime fans.” - Ted Ziegenbusch, KOST 103.5 

Kevin & Bean Humbly Inducted Into Radio Hall of Fame

(April 16, 2015) Kevin & Bean were recognized for their decades of excellence hosting mornings at KROQ with their induction into the National Radio Hall of Fame. The team was honored this week at a ceremony during the National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas. “Of course it was a humbling experience, as expected,” said Bean (Gene Baxter) when asked about his reaction to the induction. “No one imagines being inducted into the Broadcasting Hall of Fame. You just feel like a guy doing a tiny radio show day after day but eventually I guess, if you're really, really lucky, all those days add up and people notice.”

The pair has been doing mornings at KROQ since 1990. A number of key players – Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla, and Ralph Garman – who are now successful solo performers got their start as being part of the Kevin (Ryder) & Bean Show.

“The NAB treated us so well and it was a lovely day,” concluded Bean. “We were happy to have many family members with us and happy to be able to share the recognition with our great team who work just as hard as we do to make the show successful.” (photo: Kevin Ryder, NAB president Gordon Smith, and Bean ... photo credit: Robb Cohen photography)

Agency Shenanigans. On Monday morning, Pivotal Research senior analyst Brian Wieser issued a note downgrading the ratings he had for WPP, Omnicom and Publicis, urging investors to sell their shares in those advertising and publicity agencies and to exit the sector for the foreseeable future, according to a story in Media Post Agency Daily.

Wieser’s advice was based on what he termed the “emerging concerns among marketers around different forms of agency rebates in the United States.” 

Laughlin Spotted at NAB. Roy Laughlin is one of the most colorful leaders in Los Angeles Radio history. After running 8 stations in LA for many years, as well as buying and selling stations, syndicating talent from Perez Hilton to Steve Jones at Rogue Radio / Relativity films and assisting friends like Shaun White with his Air + Style event at the Rose Bowl, Roy was introduced at the NAB as being part of a new venture with MelRok, called the IoT Broadcast Network. The company enables broadcasters to maximize new NTR (non-traditional revenue) thru opening a new channel of controls through the fm signal.

In Paul Donahues' intro at the NAB this week, he said:

“At MelRok we think of IoT [Internet of Things] as the next generation of Social Media ‘the Twitter of Things’ where people interact with information, content, and control of their ‘Things’ while receiving information back with contextual advertising and their ‘things tweet with each other,’ so to speak.

Roy Laughlin, who built a team that took the LA Clear Channel Radio cluster to revenue levels of $300+million in annual revenue as the Market Manager for a decade, was an early pioneer in NTR. Roy is currently working with MelRok, utilities, Grid operators and broadcasters to bring IoT Green energy applications to fruition thru a patented process. Info at www.iotbroadcastnetwork.com

With Roy’s help we have confirmed that participating IoT fm stations also benefit from enhanced coverage and quality of their analog broadcast signals as they open this new distribution channel. In addition, to a new revenue stream, broadcasters will enjoy a multiple on valuations when participating in the next mega trend early - not unlike the mid 90s dot-COM boom."

LARadio Rewind: April 16, 2008. Brian Clewer dies of pneumonia at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at 79. Born in London, Clewer worked with Radio Luxembourg while serving in the British Army in World War II. After the war, he handled movie publicity for the Rank Organisation. In the 1950s, he worked in radio in Toronto and in advertising in Los Angeles. In 1962, he launched Cynic’s Choice on KRHM. The program featured British comedy and music, interviews and news of local British-sponsored events. The show moved to KFAC in 1969, then to KSRF in 1989 and continued until 2005. Clewer also hosted From London with Love, which presented songs from West End musicals. One of Clewer’s early advertisers was the Continental Shop, which catered to British immigrants by offering canned goods, biscuits, tea, teacups, candy, newspapers, movies and recordings from the UK. In 1967, Clewer bought the store. It moved to various Los Angeles locations before finally relocating in Santa Monica. Clewer also operated a travel agency inside the store. A Best Of Cynic’s Choice album was released by Brian Clewer Records: http://www.amazon.com/Presents-Excerpts-British-Programmes-KFAC-AM/dp/B001ERRDW6/ref=sr_1_4?s=music&ie=UTF8&qid=1429140211&sr=1-4 

Hear Ache. Stan Kelton passed away April 12. His viewing will be held from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday April 19 at Heritage Chapel 17712 Beach Blvd. Huntington Beach, CA 92647 Services will be held at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, April 21, Sts. Simon and Jude Catholic Church, Huntington Beach. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Hoag Family Cancer Institute.

KFWB Reunion. “Gwen Cheltenham is one of those people who get referred to as ‘the heart’ of any operation,” emailed Victoria Easley Randall. “And that’s exactly what she was to those of us still left around who worked at KFWB all-News Radio during some of the station’s BEST DAYS between the late 1980s and late 90s. But she actually put in more than 30 years as a Westinghouse/CBS employee. Talk to anyone who worked with her and they’ll describe her as one of the smartest, most kind hearted, generous and helpful people on the planet.”

(Photo back row: Diane Dray, Alan Randall, Ken Jeffries, Steve Kindred, Bob Howard, John Brooks and Paul Lowe.
Front row: Regina Pacheco, Stephanie Jeffries, Birthday Girl Gwen Cheltenham, Vicki Cox, Cherylyn Howard, Diana Martinez and Victoria Easley-Randall.

Gwen turned 85 recently and Victoria thought it would be a great idea to get some of the old gang together. It turned out to be a big surprise.

1. Vicki Cox, Stephanie Jeffries, Victoria Easley-Randall, Diana Martinez and former KFWB Production Assistant Regina Pacheco; 2. Former anchor Bob Howard;
3. Cheltenham, Paul Lowe w/wife Teresa; 4. John Brooks and Cheltenham

“There wasn’t a person I called who didn’t want to attend,” continued Victoria. “And even if they couldn’t, they all sent messages filled with love. The look on her face when everyone yelled surprise as we walked into the restaurant was priceless, it actually brought her to tears. Needless to say, we spent the next few hours reminiscing and laughing like crazy.

1. Seconds after yelling surprise at Mrs. Bea's Chicken & Waffles in La Harbra, specializing in "AWESOME" Louisiana Creole food. Diane Dray, Gwen Cheltenham, Bob Howard, John Brooks & Ken Jeffries;
2. Victoria Easley-Randall, Diane Dray; 3. Bob Howard, Paul Lowe, Steve Kindred, John Brooks, Ken Jeffries; 4. Vicki Cox, John Brooks, Victoria Easey-Randall

Victoria concluded: “I don’t need to tell you that we’ve lost a lot of our beloved co-workers in the past few years and it’s an extremely painful thing. Gotta say it was a blessing to get together to honor Gwen because she so richly deserves it and Lord knows it was a heck of a lot more fun than another funeral.”

Funnie. This morning our funnie is from record promoter extraordinaire, Don Graham:

Email Thursday

We GET Email ...

** Mark Levin's Move from KABC to KRLA

"Good riddance to the most horrible of talk show hosts ever. Why would they sign him up for 5 more years? I know it's not likely to be, but I would vote for Mr. KABC's return," - David Grudt  

Support LARadio.com

Help cover the expenses of keeping the daily columns current and updating 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People. $15 for one year.

Enter your Email Address:

Bringing LARadio.com to you (ad-free) takes lots of time, thought, resources, and love every morning. If you find the information helpful, useful or entertaining,
you can support the site for $15 by Paypal above or you can mail a check made payable to: db Marketing Company, PO Box 50425, Santa Barbara, CA 93150

                   Publisher of LARadio.com
                              Don Barrett

LARadio Archives

April 2015 Archives

Doug Krikorian remembers Joe McDonnell; Rush Limbaugh king of TALKERS Talkers; Look back at Lloyd Thaxton; B-100 Reunion a success; Jimmy Kimmel featured in 8-page Entertainment Weekly cover story; Larry Mantle celebrates 30 years of Airtalk with KPCC; "It Only Took 21 Years to Get My Shift Back at KLOS" - Bob Coburn; Fond memories of Stan Freberg. Rock and Roll Hall of Fame needs to go dark; NAB Update; Dan Mason steps down as head of CBS Radio; Andre Fernandez steps up as head of CBS Radio

Follow LARadio.com on Twitter

       Click Artwork for Winners of 2012-2014                                                                                                   Click Book

Send mail to db@thevine.net with questions or comments about this website
Copyright 1997-2015
Last modified: April 19, 2015