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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!   



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Imus No Longer Chasing the Fox


(May 29, 2015) Today is the last day that the Don Imus radio show will be simulcast on the Fox Business News channel. He’s been with Fox since 2009. “On June 1st, I’ll be on the radio exclusively,” Imus told his syndicated radio audience, heard locally on KCAA-Inland Empire. 

“There are a bunch of people around the country whining about me not being on television anymore. Well, first of all, get over it. Two, what we’re doing is a radio program and the Fox Business Network simply televised it. So that’s all it has ever been.” 

Imus gave some instructions to viewers. “If you want to listen to listen to it, go to iHeart radio and get that app and download it and then click on WABC radio and you can hear this program anywhere.” 

His relationship with Roger Ailes, head of Fox News, apparently is strong, and Imus was very complimentary in reflecting on that relationship. “I would encourage you to continue to watch the Fox Business Network because keep in mind how loyal Fox has been to me,” said Imus. “They have been above and beyond any employer with any employee and the loyalty of Roger Ailes is absolutely extraordinary. This has been an extraordinary place to work. Almost every person in this building has been extraordinary to work with. It has been so nice it has been ridiculous.”

Imus encouraged his listener/viewer to stay with Fox Business News for business news. “Watch it as long as you can stand it. Maybe you’ll like it.”

The 47-year radio veteran was dropped by MSNBC, where he began his first simulcast in 1996, because of the Rutgers women's basketball controversy in early 2007. He was picked up by RFD, a rural tv channel, before leaving 20 months later for Fox Business.  

The New York Daily News reported that Imus went to Ailes in January to say he would be spending the summer at his recently purchased ranch in Texas which, unlike his previous ranch in New Mexico, has no remote television studio facilities. Imus and his wife Deirdre plan to spend more time in Texas, in part because of Imus’ respiratory problems and in part because their son Wyatt has a growing rodeo career based there. 

It was not possible to work out tv arrangements. The 74-year-old’s radio contract with Cumulus runs until the end of the year.


Four Southland Radio Stations - KJLH, KRRL, KTWV, 97.9 Raza - got a great ad buy and promotion this weekend

Bach and Lox. Saul Levine runs a Classical format called “K-Mozart” on his stations in Monterey, Big Sur and Los Angeles (1260 AM). In early June, K-Mozart will bring back the light hearted Classical Program called Bach and Lox. The show’s motto is “Serious music and light hearted conversation.” The show will air daily between 7 a.m. and 9 a.m. during the week.  


LARadio Rewind: May 29, 2009. KDAY drops Steve Harvey’s syndicated morning show. Born Broderick Steven Harvey in 1957 in West Virginia, Harvey worked as a stand-up comic and starred in a self-titled tv sitcom from 1996 to 2002. He hosted mornings at KKBT from 2000 until 2005. His program was also heard on KBFB in Dallas. After growing tired of splitting his time between his Los Angeles Dallas studios, Harvey left KKBT and launched a new syndicated four-hour morning show based at WBLS/fm in New York. KDAY began carrying the program in 2006 but Harvey played r&b which was not compatible with KDAY's hip-hop format, and his ratings remained low. After KDAY dropped the program, it was picked up by KJLH. Harvey’s show is syndicated by Premiere Networks and is now heard on more than 50 stations nationwide. Since 2010, Harvey has hosted the syndicated tv game show Family Feud and since 2012 he has also hosted a syndicated afternoon tv talk show called simply Steve Harvey.

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Hear Ache. Bill Handel is making a personal appearance at Cunning Dental tomorrow. You know the radio spots, “If you’ve got disgusting, rotted, discolored, broken missing teeth and bleeding gums?” If you read the Yelp reviews, the place is very controversial, including the ads aired by KFI. Almost as controversial as another heavy radio advertiser, Kars for Kids. 

Lover’s Island. The Blue Jays had a huge hit, Lover’s Island, in the early sixties. KPFK’s Bill Gardner, host of Rhapsody in Black, caught up with the lead singer, Leon Peels, in the late 80s. Leon was a short order cook in Venice. “The Doo-Wop Society helped revive his career by arranging his appearance at Oldies shows to perform all of his old songs. Unfortunately, he passed away soon after that,” said Gardner.


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** Mentoring

“I saw Jerry Longden’s story on how Michael J. Bradley helped him start his career in broadcasting. If you have room, here’s my take on Michael J.

I was going to Orange Coast College in early l963 and working at Michael’s Supermarket in Orange when I first met Michael Bradley. He was making a personal appearance for a soft drink.

I approached him and told him I was interested in becoming a dj. He immediately invited me to join him on his all-night show on KEZY-1190. The KEZY transmitter was located in an orange grove in Placentia.  

That was the beginning of me getting an E-Ticket ride into the crazy world of radio and, eventually, tv.    

Mike was that rare on-air personality who gave generously in helping me and several other young kids get in to broadcasting. I’ve known many djs in my life and none, with the possible exception of Shotgun Tom Kelly, were so friendly, very down to earth and without an ego.  

Mike would allow us to pull records, rip news and, eventually, actually read a spot or two on the air.   Note that his airshift was from midnight to six a.m. but, when my ex-fellow Michael’s Market employees heard my voice on KEZY over their p.a. system at three a.m. while they were stocking shelves, would say, ‘Damn, that’s really Huffman on the radio!’

It didn’t make any difference to Mike that my voice was so terribly high back then that my only other listeners were Golden Retrievers – he encouraged me and was the reason I found myself enrolled at the William B. Ogden Radio Operational Engineering School in late l963 where I met a guy who would become a lifelong friend, Neil Ross.

I honestly don’t know where I would have ended up were it not for Michael Bradley. So thanks, Mike, for giving a kid a break. And you’ve still got that incredible golden voice.” – Larry “Supermouth” Huffman

** An Open Email to KNX News Director Julie Chin

“I have been fairly vocal when I heard things going wrong at my favorite radio station.  It is only fair that I be as vocal when I hear things going right.

Since my first post on KNX, I have not heard a commercial break where either a spot was run twice back to back or a break where competing ads were run in the same break. This is as it should be and has removed a real sore point for me.

With one glaring exception, I have not heard bad copy read on air. This has removed another real sore point for me. I want what I hear to be accurate. I think I deserve that.  

This should not be a reason for congratulations as this is the way it should be.   

I did want to mention that the humanity that KNX was known for seems to be back in vogue. The banter yesterday morning about the spelling bee really made my day and set the chipper mood that made my workload much easier. I would have been in a much happier mood if I had won the lottery the night before, but the spelling bee banter was my consolation prize.

One little thing still bothers me every now and then. Tommy Jaxson was the first traffic reporter to realize that the Pasadena Freeway lost its designation as a freeway and was downgraded to a parkway.  The Arroyo Seco 110 Parkway has been its designation for quite a few years now. All of your regular reporters know that and no one refers to it as the Pasadena Freeway any longer.  However, when there is a new reporter on the weekend overnight shifts, the Pasadena Freeway designation often shows up.  You should impress upon Total Traffic that when they are on 1070 they represent KNX, and their reporters should act accordingly. They should know the names of the different roadways they are reporting on.  That accuracy is what sets Traffic and Weather on the fives apart from the reports on other stations.   

Lastly, I would like to address the four level interchange downtown. KNX owns that interchange.  Howard Freshman should make it so that every time one drives through that interchange people should think KNX. That was the first four level interchange ever built. It is appropriate that it should be named after the first man to air traffic reports. That is the Bill Keene Memorial Interchange. Chuck Rowe and Tommy Jaxson are the only two reporters that I ever heard use that term.  Although I am sorry that the Keeneisms, Malfunction Junction, Orange Crush and cars catawampus to the freeway are rarely heard since Jim Thornton left the traffic booth, I think that you should keep the Bill Keene name alive and have problems near the four level referred to as the 101 at the Bill Keene four level rather than the 101 at the four level.   

I wish you well and want you to know that KUSC is again my secondary station rather than my primary station.  I love the new programs you have instituted and their emphasis on Southern California.” – Bill Mann, South Pasadena 

** Blue-Eyed Soul

“To answer Tom Bernstein, Hunter Hancock was on KPOP. My older brother used to listen to him and tape recorded him. He called himself  ‘Ol H. H.’” – John Newton St. John

** Hunter Hancock Huntin’

“What a talent was Hunter Hancock. And, the opening of the show? ‘Lett’s gooo Huntin’ with Hunter!

My fondest memories of r&b and Soul was The Johnnie Otis Show on KFOX in the 50s. KFOX was in Long Beach, and I was raised there. He did the show though from a record store on PCH on the fringes of Signal Hill. I used to bicycle over there once in a while and sneak a peek at him through the front window. He used to do little on air contests and give away records.

I called in once and won. I went to the record store and THE Johnny Otis handed me the record. Now, that was radio. And, ’course he went on to do local tv dance party type shows. What a talent, and a great piano player and band leader, as well.” -  Alan F. Ross

** Hi-Fi Club

Art Laboe used to do a show on Saturday mornings on KPOP in 1958, called the Hi-Fi Club. It was sponsored by Coca-Cola, and each week Art gave away a transistor radio to a club member.  I was 13, and wanted more than anything to win a radio, but I never did.

In 1971 I was working at KPPC/fm in Pasadena. We also had KPPC-AM, which was the lowest powered AM station in the country – 100 watts from downtown Pasadena.  The station was on from 7-11 Wednesday nights, and 6 a.m. to 12 midnight on Sundays. Art Laboe did an Oldies show on the AM Wednesday nights from the A&W Root Beer stand at the corner of Rosemead and Del Mar in Pasadena, and when it was on, KPPC-AM had higher ratings than KFI, even though they had 500 times the power. The show ran about six months, until the Mormon owner of the A&W found an empty wine bottle in the trash.  Instantly, we were history.” – Mike Callaghan

From Boss Radio to Top 40 Hit Clock
Essay by Commander Chuck Street

(May 28, 2015) Recently we were reminded that it was 50 years ago this month that the Boss Radio format was introduced on 93/KHJ in Los Angeles.  The format and its skillful execution was a "game changer" in the broadcast world. The streamlined clutter-free presentation of Top 40 hits was enhanced by disc jockeys who were able to captivate the attention of the listener with bright energy, attitude, and minimal talk. The format as it was presented on KHJ started a revolution in radio that reverberated across the U.S. and even around the world.  Legendary radio programmer Bill Drake was the architect of the format. 

Shortly after the phenomenal success at KHJ Drake was asked to work the same "magic" at the other RKO radio stations situated in San Francisco, Detroit, Boston, New York, and Memphis.  Drake knew he needed help with the transformation of the other RKO properties so he hired the capable Bill Watson as his national program director. Watson hit the road and implemented the format at KFRC, CKLW, WRKO, WOR-FM, and WHBQ.  Bill Watson guided newly hired simpatico program directors in perfecting the format.  These stations soon generated huge ratings in their respective markets. 

 In 1970 KHJ had dropped to number three in the Los Angeles radio ratings. Bill Drake asked Watson to take the helm at KHJ as program director. Within six months Watson turned the station around and grew the ratings from a 3.8 to a 6.2 share. KHJ was once again number one in Los Angeles in a time when fm radio was quickly edging out AM radio stations.

Eventually Bill Drake retired and Bill Watson went on to program other radio stations notably Los Angeles radio station KMPC 710 AM in the early 80's. Along with his staff of iconic music radio personalities Watson took KMPC and his version of a Big Band music presentation to a number three position in a market where fm was dominant and 86 radio signals could be heard on the dial.  

Several years later Drake and Watson came up with a new idea for a radio presentation. It's called Top 40 Hit Clock. Top 40 Hit Clock is a radio Special which features a riveting history of American pop and rock music without the stories and the talk about the artists and the songs.

The music speaks for itself and the music is the STAR. There is no host dj talk to break the spell of the music flow. Bill Watson is convinced that listeners will be glued to their radios by the biggest pop and rock hits of five decades. The fifty years of songs were carefully researched and make up the background music of American life.

Top 40 Hit Clock starts ticking at the birth of rock and roll in the mid-fifties and the hits roll on through the sixties, seventies, eighties, and the nineties, all the way through the millennium without a repeated song.  

The great hits are presented in a special way, in the chronological order of the dates of their popularity and appearance on the record sales charts of the nation. The songs are heard in order, month by month, year by year as Top 40 Hit Clock becomes a musical calendar, recalling the hits from the times of the listener's lives. 

The show is a fabulous presentation of the best of the pop and rock hits from five decades. It can be aired in its entirety or can be presented as weekend specials featuring chosen decades. For more information visit www.topfortyhitclock.com (photo of Bill Watson and Bill Drake)

LARadio Rewind: May 28, 2012 (Memorial Day). Bob McCormick (pictured with his wife Ellen), host of Money 101 on KFWB, interviews Bob Kurkjian, executive director of the southern California chapter of Bob Hope USO. Kurkjian is also an officer in the US Navy Reserve and a former assistant to Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan. Formed in 1941 as United Service Organizations, the non-profit Bob Hope USO operates in 14 countries and provides meals, telephone calls, entertainment and recreational services to millions of military members and their families. It is named in honor of British-born comedian/actor Bob Hope, who made 57 USO tours, 1941-91, and was declared an "honorary veteran" by Congress in 1997.  (LARadio Rewind meticulously prepared by Steve Thompson)

Johnson Anniversary. ”It was on May 27, 1990 that I first reported for duty at KKGO/fm, then known as ‘The Concert Station,’” Mike Johnson wrote on his Facebook page. “KKGO had just flipped to all-Classical music programming on 12/31/89. My job that first day was to board op the Sunday morning public affairs programming. I have been very fortunate to have had such a long run working for one company, because that just doesn't happen in the radio biz. Later on today, I will be working in what is now known as studio 1 doing some work for KJAZZ...the exact studio where it all began for me 25 years ago today.”

Hear Ache. For an hour this morning at 10 a.m., KNX puts the spotlight on “GMOs: Food For Thought.” A KNX press release states: “Most corn and many other crops are genetically engineered to make them produce more, but some people wonder if they're safe to eat.  KNX will take a comprehensive look at the controversy over what some people describe as 'Frankenfood,' and whether these genetically engineered foods should be labeled as GMO.” … On Saturday night, HBO airs the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony narrated by Randy Thomas. ... Does anyone have a photo of Bruce Vidal that we could use in the Where Are They Now section?

Plum Assignment. This is a huge week for Nancy Plum. “I have been named program director of Passport Radio AM/FM simulcasting in Frankfort, Kentucky,” emailed Nancy, one of the long-time female Rock voices in Southern California. “Our fm will be launched in the next two weeks. The format is ‘Vintage & Eclectic’ music from the 1950s, 60s & 70s.”

In addition to her new assignment, Nancy will continue her afternoon drive show that streams at: www.mypassportradio.com

“There is also a phone app with our station for smart phones,” Nancy continued with more good news. “Today I am doing the closing on a house I just bought in Frankfort. I am a home owner.”

Last month Nancy was filmed in Huntsville, Alabama for a documentary that will air later this year on cable about man's walk on the moon.  It's called Leap of Faith. “I am one of twenty persons interviewed about growing up in the 1960s. When I know the date it will air I will let you know. Life in Kentucky is wonderful and I am excited about what the future holds for me.”


Thanks to Charlie Van Dyke for spotting this funnie.

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** SAG-AFTRA Merger

“Perhaps Michael Benner wasn't paying close attention when the Screen Actors' Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists merged in 2012, but the name has been SAG-AFTRA ever since.

It is the credit union which is now changing its name to match that of the union whose members are its members.

As for his questions about who is superior, I think those were already answered three years ago when the decision was made as to what to call the merged entity.” - K.M. Richards

** Early Black/White Music

“To answer Jeffrey Freedman's Question: Wasn't Hunter Hancock the first white dj/air personality to play African American music on LA's radio waves? He went by the handle ‘Ole H.H."’ – Dave Paulson

** Early Black/White Music, Part 2

“I would have said Hunter Hancock, but only heard him on KGFJ. Don’t know if he was ever on KPOP, but that reminded me, Art Laboe was and I’m sure he played lots of r&b.” – Tom Bernstein 

Pat Prescott Answers the Proust Questionnaire 

(May 27, 2015) Pat Prescott hosts the morning show at KTWV, “The WAVE.’ She started at the station as Dave Koz’s co-host on April 15, 2001. Over the years she has been teamed with Brian McKnight and Kim Amidon.

This morning we gain some insight into the LARP veteran as Pat Prescott answers the Proust Questionnaire:

What is your idea of perfect happiness? Sleeping every night without an alarm clock and not waking up until my eyes just won’t stay closed any longer

What is your greatest fear? After seeing the trailer for San Andreas, earthquakes!

Which living person do you most admire? My Mom.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Procrastination.

What is the trait you most deplore in others? Selfishness.

What is your greatest extravagance? Le Labo Candles; they’re $65 each!

What is your greatest regret? That I didn’t save more money.

What or who is the greatest love of your life? Reggie Jackson (not the baseball player).

On what occasion do you lie? To keep from hurting someone’s feelings.

When and where were you happiest? Right here, right now.

What is your current state of mind? Gratitude.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? I would be taller and drop dead gorgeous.

Which book had the most influence on you? Skill With People by Les Giblin.

How would you like to die? Peacefully in my sleep.

Where would you like to live? Southern California.

What is your most treasured possession? My Grandfather’s gold pocket watch.

What do you consider your greatest accomplishment? Working for nearly 40 continuous years in radio, most of that time in the top 2 US markets.

What do you like most about yourself? That I honestly care about other people.

If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? Myself; wouldn’t change a thing.

What is your motto? More hugging, less mugging.

60 Minutes Lunch. Les Moonves, president/ceo of CBS, told The Hollywood Reporter a fun story about having lunch at Michael’s in New York City with 60 Minutes correspondent Mike Wallace.

He was 89 or 90 at the time. I wanted to thank him for all he had done for CBS. We’re having a nice talk, and I’m about to pay the bill, and he said, ‘Don’t you have something you want to tell me.’

And I said, ‘No.’

He said, ‘I thought you were calling me here to fire me.’

I said, ‘Mike! You were at CBS for your entire life. You’re here for as long as you want to be.’


What’s Your Name? AFTRA-SAG is changing its name to SAG-AFTRA effective June 1st. “Do you think there’s a story in that?” wondered Michael Benner.

“Are screen actors superior to TV & Radio people now? If not, why bother with the name change affecting credit union accounts, credit and debit cards, health insurance policies, retirement and pension accounts, webpages, email addresses, business cards, stationary, etc. 

Really? Seems odd to me.”

LARadio Rewind: May 27, 1948. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios puts KMGM on the air at 98.7 fm. The station went off the air in 1953. Arthur and Jean Crawford, owners of Crawford’s of Beverly Hills Record & Hi-Fi Store, purchased the transmitter and studio, then in 1954 launched KCBH, which initially operated for eight hours a day with announcer/engineer Marvin Collins playing records obtained from the Crawfords’ store. He would later work at KPOL, KRLA and KFI/KOST. Crawford eventually erected a new transmitter and studio and converted the original KMGM studio into a home. After a brief time as KJOK, the station became beautiful music KJOI in 1972. By 1990, the instrumentals had been dropped in favor of adult contemporary vocalists and the call letters were changed to KXEZ. Two years later, the station became modern adult contemporary Star 98.7 KYSR. In 2008, the format changed to alternative rock and KYSR is now known as ALT 98.7. The morning show is hosted by Jeff “Woody” Fife, Renae Ravey, Greg Gory and Jason “Menace” McMurray, who had worked together at Live 105 KITS in San Francisco from 2006 to 2009.

How Much is That Doggie in the Window? Five years ago we launched an enormously successful series, You and Your Dog.

Mike Butts, former morning man at KIQQ (K-100) in the 1970s, lives near Boston now and shares his two dogs, Nikki and Bella. Mike is a big animal lover and you can check out his website by clicking his photo.

You are welcome to send a photo of You and Your Dog.

Hear Ache. After 41 great years in California and one of the earliest Top 40 women jocks, Shana has decided to move back to Detroit. You can still reach her at: BareFootEnt@hotmail.com ... About 6 months ago, doctors found a tumor on Brian Roberts' right kidney. "It's grown since then and I'm having it removed tomorrow morning. I should be down for a few days," Brian said on his Facebook page.



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** Sports Radio

“In Tuesday’s column, David Alpern points out that KFWB’s digital display comes up as ‘KWFB.’ He then goes on to speculate that this mistake might impact awareness and recall and may contribute to their poor ratings. While this would have been true under the diary system, PPM's have eliminated the need for listeners to be aware of call letters. As long as they know to tune in 980 AM, the meter will record their listening. 

KFWB’s rating challenge comes from the fact that the L.A. market cannot support three sports stations. Since they were last to the market and have talent mostly unknown to L.A. listeners (except for Fred Roggin and Jim Rome), it’s hard for them to win listeners from KLAC and ESPN. 

In addition, their two competitors have the rights to LA’s marque franchises, with the Dodgers on KLAC and the Lakers on ESPN. While the Clippers are certainly on the rise, 29 years of mediocrity cannot be overcome in a couple of years. The fan base for Clippers basketball is still just a fraction of the base that the Lakers and Dodgers attract. This was clearly exhibited when the Clippers were advertising special ticket offers for playoff games!  Since both the Dodgers and Lakers both have long term deals with their radio stations, I don’t anticipate any change in the fortunes of KFWB in the foreseeable future.” – Bob Scott

** Spell Check

“The transposition of the ‘F’ in the HD radio screen display story of KFWB this morning reminds me of Paul Drew at KHJ ordering his personalized plate. It arrived fresh from the prison stamper as ‘KHF.’

One of the jocks put a note on his windshield suggesting that he keep it as a monument to his mediocrity.

Anybody know ‘the rest of the story?’

Maybe it just died right there.” – Don Elliot

** KCSN Memories

“How wonderful of you to honor Wolfgang Schneider on the anniversary of his passing. I was Wolfgang’s program director for about five years [1993-97], and I would like to say first-hand what an honor he was to work with. He had a natural sense of programming, timing, and loyalty to his listeners. He was ever-humble about his success, and ever-gracious to everyone around him. This was returned many times over by his listeners, who consistently lit up the phones during The American Continental Hour’s pledge drives.

His program was by far the most successful show on the station from a financial point of view. But that’s not the point – the real story is in the enthusiastic comments of the listeners who called in and wrote to the station, year after year after year. A true tale of listener loyalty. I won’t deny that among Wolfie’s playlist was some of the corniest music I’ve heard on the radio, certainly by today’s standards. I mean, how many polkas does it TAKE? But the overall package that was Wolfgang Schneider and his KCSN radio show exuded class.” – Jared Charles Kliger

** First White L.A. dj to Play Black Music On a White Station?

“It was before my time and place, but was it not Hunter Hancock on the old KPOP?” – Greg Hardison

** Captain Buffoon

“It might be interesting to find out the whereabouts of Captain Buffoon. He was one of the best jocks I’ve ever heard and was stiff competition for us when Randy Kerdoon and I worked at KPGA in Pismo Beach in 1978.

I think his real name is Harry May and he may be in Bakersfield.” – Ken Jeffries 

Former KPOL Newsman Dies

(May 26, 2015) In 1961, Edmonde Haddad began a 12-year run as a newsman at KPOL. He also worked at KUSC and KNX. Edmonde later became an executive of the World Affairs Council. He died May 7, 2015, at the age of 83.

He was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1931 and attended Hollywood High School. In a diverse career journey, Edmonde served in the Air Force, performed light opera, and graduated with a B.A. in Telecommunications from USC. He was awarded a CBS News Fellowship by a selection committee that included Edward R. Murrow. He worked at CBS Radio while earning an M.A. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.

During his time at KPOL, Edmonde was honored by the American Political Science Association for distinguished reporting of public affairs receiving two Golden Mike awards.

As President of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Emonde welcomed distinguished speakers from around the world – politicians, diplomats, writers, heads of state, and royalty – and moderated lively question-and-answer sessions. He led the Council’s diplomatic tours throughout Europe and Asia, and was one of the first Americans to visit China after diplomatic relations were restored, developing a lasting affection for the country. He loved attending conferences on international relations at Wilton Park, England.

From 1987-88, Edmonde functioned as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by then-governor Gray Davis to the Commission on Hate Crimes, a nine-member panel chaired by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former California governor George Deukmejian. Emonde was a member of PEN, the organization for writers, and the author of Look to the Rainbow, a book of poetry and political and social commentary.

A memorial service will be held at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church, 3590 Grand View Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90066, on Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m.

LARadio Rewind: May 26, 1997. KIEV (now KRLA) begins carrying Doug Stephan’s syndicated weekday morning show. Born in 1946 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Stephan studied broadcasting at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio, and worked at campus fm station WHEI. He later hosted programs at WJAR in Providence and at WBZ, WJIB and WXOK in Boston. In the 1980s, Stephan managed Boston’s all-News station WEEI. In 1988, he began hosting Good Day USA for American Radio Network. He eventually took over ownership of the program and renamed it Doug Stephan’s Good Day. In the 1990s, Stephan promoted the program by working airshifts at several stations, including KABC, KMOX in St. Louis and WCKY in Cincinnati. He produces Good Day USA at his home studio on his dairy farm in Massachusetts. It is now heard on more than 300 stations nationwide. One of Stephan’s frequent co-hosts is Molly Paige, formerly heard on KCBS/fm, KPFK and KABC. Stephan also hosts the Saturday-Sunday Good Morning Weekend program and the weekly Talk Radio Countdown show which features the week’s ten most-discussed topics. Locally, Stephan is now heard on Newstalk 920 KSPI in Palm Springs.

Transposing Call Letters. David Alpern turned on his car radio and was offered the opportunity to listen to the Beast at KWFB. “Radio station marketing, as in any form of branding, requires attention to detail,” wrote Alpern. “Here is how someone at KFWB (The Beast 980) has input their digital display identity. It’s a small typo (flipping the F and the W), but does potentially impact ever so slightly awareness and recall. With enough additional mis-steps like this, it is not a far leap in understanding how the station has not yet managed to climb out of the cellar of LARadio’s ratings.”


Kasem Case. While Casey Kasem was the question on Friday’s Jeopardy, a Los Angeles judge ruled there was insufficient evidence to charge Casey’s wife with elder abuse or neglect in connection with the death of the radio personality.

Casey died last year after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease and dementia as his children and wife of 30 years, Jean, battled for control of his medical treatment and life, according to a story at KABC/TV.  

Kasem’s children from his first marriage had accused his wife of neglecting and abusing their father. But the Deputy District Attorney concluded that Jean Kasem had made “continuous efforts to ensure that Mr. Kasem was medically supervised.”

The prosecutor noted that Casey had longstanding health issues that made it impossible to prove neglect or abuse played a role in his death. To be criminally negligent, the prosecutor noted, there needed to be evidence of more than ordinary carelessness or inattention.

Casey’s daughter Kerri Kasem said in a statement, "My family is very sad to learn the Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey has decided not to file charges against Jean Kasem. We did everything we could to save my dad at the end of his life, including getting an emergency court order for conservatorship. But we were too late. My father’s second wife Jean had done everything she could to keep our father from us while not providing the quality care that he – and every other senior in our society – deserves."

Elliot Field's Writing Again. Elliot Field’s first book, published last year, was Last Of The Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen.  He’s just released a second book, called Purely Palm Springs

After his heady days as one of KFWB’s original Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen, Elliot then had a successful stint at WJR-Detroit, where the flame-thrower signal reached listeners up and down the East Coast. Elliot says he was still anxious to return to California. He accepted an offer to launch a new station in Palm Springs. Not only did he complete the task, but he also moved into public service and politics, enjoying full immersion in Palm Springs’ colorful social life.  

In his new book, he shares gossip about colorful people and fascinating times.  Anita Garner edited, with design by Steve Bradford (www.developyourbook.com) Print and eBook versions available at Amazon by clicking the artwork.


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** Morgan Star

Robert W. Morgan, simply the best.

The segment with Rams coach Ray Malavasi will never be forgotten.” – Fred Wallin, Sports Byline

** Casey Kasem Court Ruling

“HEADLINE: [tmz 5/22/15] ‘Casey Kasem’s Widow Won’t Face Elder Abuse Charges’

It was expected really, but what a blow for Kerri and Casey's other children. It makes my heart ache and my eyes tear up. There’s no way in HELL Casey’s life should have ended this way. It adds a whole new meaning to the phrase ‘Gold Bricker!’

How in the whole world could anyone who loved their husband put his dead body through months in a funeral home in Norway, let alone not having it embalmed? I know I’m rehashing old news, but this is probably the latest class offering in GBU [Gold Bricker University].

Casey was such a nice guy. We crossed paths with him a couple of times and he was always friendly, grateful, helpful ... a real gentleman.

God bless Casey, God bless!” – Alan F. Ross

** Branding/Imaging Voice of K-EARTH Exits After 26 Years

“I was really bummed out to hear that Charlie Van Dyke was NOT renewed by KRTH-101. But then again, I don’t consider that station an Oldies station to me anymore. I guess now, they can go ahead and become a 90s, 2000s, and today station! To those in their 40s, the 90s WERE oldies! HAHA!” – Randy Tivens

** Motown History

“A question for you LARP historians …

We saw the Motown the Musical at the L.A. Pantages yesterday. It was great fun and brought back quite a few memories. Here’s the question: who was the first white L.A. dj to play African-American music on a white radio station? I was guessing B. Mitchell Reed on KFWB when it became Color Radio in the ’50s, but then I seem to recall hearing Sam Cooke tunes on the old daytimer KDAY 1580. I think the dj was Tom Clay.” – Jeffrey Freedman

** Long Live (Central) Coasters

“Your recent note regarding Santa Barbara inspired me to share a few thoughts about Central Coast radio in California between 1976 to 1984.Perhaps I sound dated, but to me it’s the power contained in history. And with gratitude I’ve a narrative to share. 

I know you worked at KNEZ radio in Lompoc. I did too. My first on air job was at a Country music station, KKOK-Lompoc. Allow me to digress momentarily. I was 20-years old when I was hired. Months later when I turned 21 at midnight I drove to the mini-mart to buy my first beer six pack. And of course I was carded by the clerk. What a cheap thrill, huh?

Back to KKOK. We didn’t say the call letters on the radio, instead we would say, ‘Good Country.’ There I worked with Todd Thayer, Jack’s son. Jack was the head of one of the NBC radio network divisions. 

I also worked at KATY-San Luis Obispo, and KUHL-Santa Maria. And these were all AM stations. What a magnificent time to be a young dj, a news and/or sportscaster, just to name a few station jobs. It gave many of us the opportunity to be live, on the air, learning our craft. Most station’s there were on the air for 18 or 24 hours. KKOK was a daytimer. The dominant on air talent was KSLY-San Luis Obispo’s Captain Buffoon  A talented morning dj who was not only was fabulously entertaining, but he was an extraordinarily creative, analog, multitrack production man and voiceover talent.

Living and working on the Central Coast was a major part of my life. I’m grateful for that experience.” – Bob Smith, Vaughn, New Mexico 

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