HAPPY LARP BIRTHDAYS

Wednesday

Kat Corbett
Brian Douglas
Greg Fry
Tom Gardner
Bob Gowa
Michael Jackson
Julie Jacobson Gates
Phil Newmark, Sr.
Terry Saidel
Thursday

Bob Allen
Chuck Benedict (d)
George Flora
Bob Goodman
Doug Ingold
Michael Levine
Nicci Ross

Friday

Buck Buchanan (d)
Dave Denholm
Jessie Jessup
Nestor Rocha
Charlie Tuna



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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We are preparing for the most popular feature at LARadio.com - the voting for the Best On- and Off-Air LARP of 2014. Ballots will be distributed soon to subscribers who are currently employed by a Los Angeles radio station. Check out the results from previous years. 

Top 10 On- and Off-Air LARP of 2013-12


Best LARP of 2013 Countdown

The most anticipated feature at LARadio.com every year is the countdown of the Top 10 Best On- and Off-Air LARP. In voting this year, one LARP wrote, "People love this list, it tops the Golden Mike Award. That's actually true. I'll bet most guys would rather win this than be awarded a Golden Mike. Ask around and you'll get the same opinion."

Thanks to the 88 LARP who took the time to vote. You'll find some surprises this year.

What makes the list so special is that peer group votes for peer group. No one knows the on- and off-air workers better than the ones who work alongside them every day. Rather than an Arbitron list, this is an admiration list, compiled by fellow workers wishing to acknowledge two things - that their colleagues are doing a good job and that they're also well-liked.

Best Off-Air LARP of 2013

#10 #9 #8 #7 #6
Clear Channel's Greg Ashlock The Sound's Dave Beasing MY/fm's Andrew Jeffries CBS/LA SVP's Peter Bowen KNX/KFWB pd Andy Ludlum
#5 #4 #3 #2 #1
Clear Channel's Bill Denton Hot 92.3's Ron Shapiro CBS/LA's Steve Carver KFI's Robin Bertolucci AMP/KROQ/JACK/fm's Kevin Weatherly

Best On-Air LARP of 2013 

#10 tie #10 tie #9 #8 #7 #6
The Sound's Rita Wilde HOT 92.3's Art Laboe w/Don Barrett KFI's Tim Conway, Jr. KFI's Bill Handel K-EARTH's Charlie Tuna KABC's Doug McIntyre
#5 #4 #3 #2 #1
AMP Radio's Carson Daly KNX's Frank Mottek Vin Scully KFI's John & Ken KROQ's Kevin & Bean
     

Best Off-Air LARP of 2012

     
            
  

#10 - KFWB gm Valerie Blackburn; #9 - Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters' Alisa McCloskey; #8 - Lynn Duke, CBS engineer manager;
#7 - JACK/fm's Ralph Stewart; #6 CBS/LA Market Manager Steve Carver

   
#5 - Kevin Weatherly, pd at KROQ, AMP Radio, JACK/fm; #4 - KNX/KFWB pd Andy Ludlum; #3 - KKGO/KMZT/KKJZ's Saul Levine;
#2 - KRTH/KTWV pd Jhani Kaye; #1 - KFI/KTLK pd Robin Bertolucci


Best On-Air LARP of 2012
                                                                     

#10 - KABC's Doug McIntyre; #9 - KTWV's Pat Prescott; #8 - KFI's John & Ken; #7 - KRTH's Shotgun Tom Kelly; #6 - KFI's Tim Conway, Jr.

                                               #5 - KROQ's Ralph Garman; #4 - KFI's Bill Handel; # 3 - Dodgers' Vin Scully; #2 - Mark & Brian; #1 - Kevin & Bean 


Every Song Has a Story

(April 15, 2014) Two of my favorite Los Angles Radio People are Michael O’Shea, one-time national program director for Gene Autry’s Golden West Broadcasting (710/KMPC) and Kelli Gates, part of the KLOS morning team with Mark & Brian for almost 15 years.

The pair is working on a feature called Classic Rockbook. The plan is to offer it for syndication. “It’s a project that I've literally been working on since 2005,” emailed Michael. “I presented the idea to CBS president Dan Mason. He loved the idea and encouraged me to pursue it.”

“The concept is that on library-based stations (Classic Rock, Classic Hits, Oldies, etc.) we've literally been playing the same body of 350-400 titles for the past 35 years. Over and over ... and over another ten thousand times,” Michael continued. “The songs typically have legs like no other genre of music, but if there were a way to make them ‘fresh,’ even a little ‘fresher,’ then the power of this musical era could be extended even longer.”

Michael believes that virtually every one of these songs has a "story." Many songs were written by singer/song-writers and many of the "stories" of these songs have never been told. Some of the stories are rich, emotional and dramatic, others are less unique, but nonetheless interesting if you're a fan of the artist or the song.

“I told Mason the concept: Every Song Has a Story, whereby we do the laborious legwork of researching the archives, talking to artists and music professors, getting the lowdown on why the individual song ever was written or invented. The genesis of some of the greatest hits of all time. Then the further labor of writing, then producing the stories...and then editing them into tasty, entertaining snippets as an intro to the song. When the song is played and the story told it will offer an entirely new meaning. A new freshness, which is the original goal of the concept.”

Michael brought along Albert Perrotta, a former comedy writer who worked with Michael on All Comedy Radio. “Al and I started a partnership, named it the Radio Rockbook, secured trade-marks and URL ownerships. And started the terribly long ordeal of research and writing the literally hundreds of segments.

“When I came to Santa Rosa about a year ago I met up with a gifted radio production specialist, Jeff Davis, [not LA's Jeff Davis]. He was the missing link to take Al's scripts and make them come alive. I added another ‘donut’ aspect with a short ‘rest of the story’ that included a sponsor plug. We took the 300 plus Every Song Has A Story segments that we'd been developing over 8 years and developed the series of The River Rockbook, launching it on our Classic Rock KVRV in January. Further, we sold the feature [5x per day] to a local business for a near six-figure annual commitment, with NO spot inventory.”  

Earlier this year, Michael met Kelli Gates. She was looking for her next project after Mark & Brian retired the KLOS morning show. Kelli was planning a move to Sonoma County. “As I told her about The Rockbook she jumped out of her skin to be involved,” said O’Shea. “We offered Kelli a partner position on our Rockbook team and she became the primary story-teller talent of the Rockbook. So, the four of us are about to present The Rockbook to the national radio market.

If you would like more information about the Rockbook and samples, you can write Michael at: michael@oshearadio.com.

Gates Opening. Kelli Gates has a rock ‘n roll story about being in the right place at the right time, a little help from some friends, along with a bit of listening to your intuition.

Kelli was planning a visit to a friend in Northern California around last Thanksgiving. She learned about the Sonoma Media Group, and how they had just bought a cluster of stations in Santa Rosa, one being Classic Rock. “I did some research and found out the president and general manager's name was Michael O'Shea, and decided to ask Don Barrett [yes, THIS Don Barrett!] if he knew Michael and he responded immediately, touting Michael's colorful and successful radio background, how creative he was, as well as generous compliments about him as a human being in general. I was intrigued!”

Kelli continued: “Don put in a good word for me, and Michael and I arranged to meet during my visit, even though there really wasn't a concrete reason to do so. Not many people take the time out to do that these days, right? Well, we hit it off right from the start, talking radio and more radio. I would have been happy to have just had that refreshing experience that day, but on my way out he mentioned a project that he had been formulating for years and was finally getting off the ground, but was still considering different ‘voices’ for it.  I about stopped dead in my tracks when he described it to me! A dream gig for a girl that Mark & Brian and listeners referred to as ‘The Rock Snob.’ [Meant positively, and I took it as a high compliment.] Michael sent me some sample scripts which I recorded at a friend's studio, took a stab at writing some myself, and what do you know? I officially became the female voice of The Rockbook.”

Morning Drive Time Ratings. Mornings have broken in the March '14 ratings. KROQ’s Kevin & Bean dominate in all demographics. Persons 12+ and 25-54.

Persons 12+

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Bill Handel (KFI)

3. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

5. Valentine (MY/fm)

5. Gary Bryan (K-EARTH)

Persons 18-34

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Big Boy (KPWR)

3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

4. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)

5. Valentine (MY/fm)

5. Ricardo "El Mandril" Sanchez (KXOS)

Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Valentine (MY/fm)

3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

4. El Bueno, La Mala, y El Feo (KSCA)

5. Omar y Argelia (KLVE)

KTHO Uses Indiegogo to Fund Expansion. KTHO is an independently owned radio station in a resort community in Northern California (South Lake Tahoe). Darrell Wampler (“The Insane Darrell Wayne”) purchased the station 4 years ago and has since taken on a pair of minority partners to aid financially in expansion plans. To date, KTHO has added an FM translator and moved into Heavenly Village, a high end shopping area near the Heavenly Gondolas. “We have driven revenue to the mid six figures without a drastic increase in expenses. The time has come to expand our sales footprint and we have gone to crowdfunding to finance this expansion” said Wampler.

"In today’s world of conglomerate broadcast ownership, costs can be spread between profitable and marginally profitable operations. As a stand alone AM/FM combo, money from friends, family and the owners pockets only goes so far. Anyone that believes in supporting the dream of ownership for a Southern California broadcaster (LARP), please visit www.indiegogo.com and search for “TAHOE.” If you have an interest in joining the team as a contributor in whatever fashion, write to Darrell  dw@kthoradio.com."

Freedom Of Speech Is Just Another Interesting Concept!

Essay by George Johns, radio consultant

It amazes me even today why more people don’t get more upset with all the hype and non-truths contained in a lot of the commercials, promos, and one-liners they hear every day on most radio stations all over America. Maybe they’re finally just tired and jaded by it all now so they tend to ignore them. I remember years ago hearing a couple of car commercials that really got my attention while I was visiting the legendary Jim Harper who at the time was the pd and morning man of a station I was working with in Detroit called WNIC.

After listening to Jim’s show for most of the morning I headed into the station where I went directly to the sales manager’s office and asked if he could take me down to the local Ford dealer. Stunned by my request he asked me why I wanted to do that and I explained because I had heard couple of car spots that morning on Harper’s show that really got me excited. The commercial claimed that the local Ford Dealer was selling brand new Fords at the cheapest price ever. I went on to say that we were all aware and proud of the fact that Henry Ford had the very first Ford dealer right here in Detroit so if they like they claimed were really selling Fords cheaper than even old Henry did I may need to get me 6 or 7 of them. The sales manager just looked at me as if I was crazy then walked away muttering to himself about programming people.

Wolf of Portland. Janine Wolf has had quite the radio career over two decades. She started out at KHJ in 1980, followed by KHTZ (K-HITS), KNX/fm, KODJ, KBIG, KZLA, and KBIG.

In the early 1990s, she hosted a weekly show on KCAL/Channel 9 called Our Planet and was nominated for two Emmys for host and producer. Beginning in 1993 Janine was the live announcer for KCAL's Live in L.A. morning show.

She left KBIG in the summer of 2001 to open a landscape design business. Janine has been featured on HGTV’s Landscaper’s Challenge. She worked at Westwood One for many years before returning to the Northwest. 

Janine began her radio career in 1977 at KYTE-Portland. "I went on to work as the first female announcer ever on #1 KGW and KWJJ-Portland." She's now back in Portland radio and has been selected as the Grand Marshal for the 2014 St. Johns Parade.

Hear Ache. LARP Ed Crook turned 81 over the weekend. He stills announces daily on KTHO.com, according to his pal Bill Kingman KTYM (1460 AM) sold for $6 million. Wonder what KFWB is going to sell for if the KFWB Trust is successful in finding a buyer?

Overheard.

  • “Southern Nevada Water Authority is laying off 101 employees.  For those let go, it’s not water under the bridge.” (Ira David Sternberg)

  • “I think people assume that because I was on the NFL for 10 years that I was a big sports girl. I’m truly not. I covered three Super Bowls but didn’t stay for any of them. I went back to the hotel to watch the game in my comfy pajamas and then go to the after-party.” (Jillian Barberie, KABC)

  • “Thank you for listening to JACK/fm. We’ve made you a friendship bracelet in every color of the rainbow.” (JACK/fm)

  • "There was an argument to get rid of the union here and the letters, there were no emails then, begged us to bail out of the union. Management does to that." (Bill Handel, KFI)

KIIS at Top of March '14 Ratings. Clear Channel dominates the top three spots in the March '14 Nielsen ratings 6+ Mon-Sun  6a-Mid with KIIS, KOST, and KBIG in spots #1, #2, and #3.

The sports stations (KSPN, KLAC and KLAA) finished 32nd, 38th, and 42nd, respectively. 

KFI was in the Top 10. Other Talk stations didn't do so well as KABC came in 35th, KEIB (Rush Limbaugh's station at 1150 AM) at 37th (dropped a tenth of a point from last month), KRLA coming in 39th and KFWB 41st. Rush Limbaugh's 9 a.m. to noon slot dropped month to month. Here is the list of the Top 40 stations: 

1. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.5 - 5.1

2. KOST (AC) 5.2 - 5.0

3. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.2 - 4.9

4. KPWR (Top 40/R) 4.6 - 4.6

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.2 - 4.2

6. KAMP (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.1

7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.1 - 3.7

8. KROQ (Alternative) 3.5 - 3.3

9. KFI (Talk) 3.0- 3.2

10. KNX (News) 2.9 - 3.1

11. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.8 - 3.0

      KYSR (Alternative) 3.0 - 3.0

13. KHHT (HOT 92.3) 3.3 - 2.9

14. KCBS (JACK/fm) 2.8 - 2.8

      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.7 - 2.8

16. KKGO (Country) 2.4 - 2.5

      KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.5 - 2.5

18. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.2

      KLOS (Classic Rock) 1.9 - 2.2

      KSWD (The Sound) 2.0 - 2.2

      KTWV (Smooth R&B) 2.7 - 2.2

22. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.2 - 2.0

23. KUSC (Classical) 2.2 - 1.8

      KXOS (Spanish AC) 1.6 - 1.8

25. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.5 - 1.6

26. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 1.1 - 1.5

      KXOL (Latin Urban) 1.5 - 1.5

28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.3

29. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 1.1 - 1.1

      KHJ (Regional Mexican) 1.2 - 1.1

31. KCRW (Variety) 0.8 - 1.0

      KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.0

      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.0 - 1.0

34. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.9

35. KABC (Talk) 0.5 - 0.6

      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.6

37. KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.5

      KLAC (Sports) 0.4 - 0.5

39. KRLA (Talk) 0.5 - 0.4

40. KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.4 - 0.3

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** March Ratings

“The ratings explain why LA radio is such a mess. Why listen to the BS the politicians are pulling on us when you can listen to the same songs over and over again?” - Pablo Pappano, Costa Mesa

** Disagree with Phillips’ Essay

“I've just read John Phillips' essay.  While I like John's work, I have to disagree with him. 

I, too, love the work of Jean Shepherd, although having always been a Southern California boy, I only discovered him through recordings of his old WOR shows many years after they had been broadcast.  Jean usually kept his politics out of his comments and stories, although after the JFK assassination he did assert that he had been ‘a Kennedy man’ in the 1960 election. I think he would be appalled at most of talk radio today.

Certainly there is no forum today for someone as idiosyncratic as he, except perhaps on a college station. I mourn for the old KABC of the '70s and early '80s, when you actually felt smarter after having listened to it.  The chances of an intelligent generalist like Michael Jackson or Ira Fistell getting on the airwaves today would be nil. The personalities on the morning shows today are just as confrontational as they are during the other "dayparts" (to use radio jargon); there's nothing as warm, friendly and reassuring as the old Ken and Bob Company show.  (EGBOK, Mr. Minyard, and thanks.) 

Mr. Phillips - taking fairness out of broadcasting was a blessing? That type of thinking is what ruined the talk radio format, to me. Virtually the only talk radio I can listen to anymore is Overnight America with Jon Grayson on KFWB. Aside from that, most talk radio hosts are still kicking the dead horse of 'The Democrats are Evil Incarnate,' every hour of every day. For those of us who welcome varying viewpoints, this is not only irritating radio, it's extremely dull radio.

And by the way-why are there now so few callers on talk radio shows? Talk radio used to be a dialogue, not a monologue. Could it be that many of the fair-minded people no longer listen?

Thanks for all you do, Don.” - Randy Skretvedt

** Shepherd Broadcasts

"For any readers curious about the Jean Shepherd reference, I made a two-hour npr doc on the occasion of Shep's death with generous excerpts of many broadcasts.    http://hearingvoices.com/news/2010/07/hv067-jean-shepherd-1/
http://hearingvoices.com/news/2010/07/hv068-jean-shepherd-2/ ." - Harry Shearer

** Les Moonves $66.9 Million Salary

“As I am not an LARP and do not understand the media business, can someone please explain to me how the business is structured?

I believe that a few months ago I read that CBS had to cut costs so they laid off Tommy Jaxson and some others at their local outlets.

This morning over my cup of tea I read in the LA Times that Les Moonves was so successful at running CBS and made so much money for them that they paid him a paltry $67 million dollars last year.

OK. I will assume that like me he worked hard and did not take any vacation so he worked 260 days as I did. Like me he put in an average 16 hours a day running his business. 4160 hours of hard labor. 

I believe that equates to about $16,105 an hour. Please, can some LARP that knows the media business tell me what I am doing wrong and how I should structure my business? Can anyone explain to me how any one person is justified to be paid $16,105 an hour? Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.” - Bill Mann, South Pasadena

** KEZY Reunion

“Just a note to thank you for the information on the KEZY Reunion. I made contact with Julie Frey (dingomommy@gmail.com) , and am now in the process of making plane reservations for the last weekend in June.

This should be fun.” - Jim Shannon 


John Phillips: "Talk radio needs to keep trying to make it fresh"

(April 14, 2014) Listeners to talk radio are accustomed to hearing loud conservative voices railing against liberal orthodoxy. Compared with the mainstream media, academia or Washington and Sacramento, talk radio is known as the dissident voice of the unrepresented middle class. But this wasn’t always the case.

Originally, talk radio was dominated by the likes of Jean Shepherd, an American radio personality best known for telling comedic semiautobiographical stories of his childhood and the minor incidents in life during his late-night show on WOR in New York City in the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Outside of radio, audiences would know “Shep” from the cult classic film A Christmas Story, which he narrated and co-scripted. He was also a huge influence on everyone from comedian Jerry Seinfeld to talk radio star Tom Leykis to my colleague at Talk Radio 790 KABC, morning man Doug McIntyre. Seinfeld once quipped, “He [Shep] really formed my entire comedic sensibility – I learned how to do comedy from Jean Shepherd.” After Shepherd, talk radio was gripped by nonpartisan lifestyle talk. Locally, Southern California airwaves were dominated by my predecessors at KABC, including Ken Minyard, Michael Jackson and Dr. David Viscott. They would take the top headlines of the day and turn them into polite chit-chat with guests and callers.

The entire world changed in the late 1980s when the Federal Communications Commission decided to eliminate the Fairness Doctrine, which required the holders of broadcast licenses to provide “balanced coverage” of controversial issues. Because deciding what coverage was “balanced” was so subjective, most broadcast companies decided to shy away from controversial topics, with the hopes of staying off the FCC’s radar.

In 1987, blessedly, the handcuffs came off. Back then, the media was dominated by the big three television networks, a handful of metropolitan newspapers and a few weekly news magazines – all featuring the same left-wing political bias. If you were a Republican you could see your views expressed in a Bill Safire column in the New York Times or when Pat Buchanan made an appearance on the McLaughlin Group, but that was about it. But with the Fairness Doctrine gone, the door was open for conservative voices in exile to find a platform on radio.

This void was promptly filled by Rush Limbaugh. If it’s possible for one man to completely reinvent the AM band on the radio, Rush did it. Not only did Rush have the conservative politics that were now in demand, he had years of radio experience and showmanship qualities, akin to Shepherd, that made his humorous and fascinating stories addictive to listen to. It didn’t matter if you loved him or hated him, he was doing something different in a funny, compelling way.

If you were a program director at the time, you wanted to capitalize on Rush’s success by filling the remaining 21 hours of available airtime with similar content to your marquee syndicated show. To put it bluntly, Rush created enough success for copycats to make handsome livings imitating his program. After this success came the top-rated Fox News Channel on cable TV and conservative websites, like the supersuccessful Drudge Report. Which means talk radio isn’t as different, anymore, it’s just part of the conservative noise machine.

Radio executives across the country are currently trying to figure out how to make radio stand out again. The simple truth is that conservative media is flourishing outside the radio venue, and if talk radio delivers the same product year after year it will grow only increasingly stale. The good news is that providing opposition to the powers that be remains a vitally important – and fun – vehicle for serving the public. I can’t say I know what the future holds, but I’d bet my money that funny, compelling story-telling will never go out of style.

(John Phillips' essay appeared in the Orange County Register. Register staff opinion columnist John Phillips can be heard weekdays at noon on “Mid Day LA” on KABC/AM 790 in Los Angeles.)  

KNX Series Close to Home. KNX won’t have to go far this month with their series, KNX on Your Corner. Every month they take an in-depth look at communities all over the Southland and invite listeners to come and watch the broadcast. On April 25, the daytime anchors will be broadcasting from Canter’s Deli on Fairfax as the all-News station salutes LA’s historic Fairfax District and its surrounding neighborhoods, including the Farmer’s Market, the Grove and CBS Television City. The actual KNX studios are in the Miracle Mile, just down the street from Canter’s.

The 10-hour live broadcast Dick Helton and Vicky Moore kicking off the day anchoring the news from 5 – 9 a.m., Frank Mottek will host the KNX Business Hour from 1 – 2 p.m. and Diane Thompson and Chris Sedens will be on hand from 2 – 7 p.m. This is a great time to meet your favorite news anchors.

Overheard.

Chuey to TV. KIIS’ Chuey Martinez is set to host a new late-night experience called M@shup With Chuey Martinez. The plan is for Chuey to invite an eclectic mix of social media stars, established celebs and other faces from popular culture who are making, spinning and spreading news to join him. The show is described as "one part talk, two parts performance and a spicy splash of sketch comedy." Details on distribution to come soon.

Hear Ache. Like to know how much money your favorite dj makes? Dan O’Day has a salary calculator at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zD1GLV1axqk&feature=youtu.be.

Bill Stewart – the man I inherited the national program director position from at the McLendon Corporation – gave me some advice on his way out the door. When I go to hire someone and ask what they are making, he said to cut it in half and add $10 and I would be pretty close. 

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** Brian Beirne with a Person of Color

Korla Pandit passed away in 1998. In the late 40’s he most often performed at Tom Breneman’s Restaurant in Hollywood. For a while he appeared at The Swanee Inn on N. La Brea [now Amalfi] I would often eat there with my grandparents as my grandfather was a friend of Bob Lewis the owner. Bob had started Nat King Cole there at the Inn in 1937.

As a child of 5 or 6 I was fascinated with Korla and he would often let me sit with him at the organ and play. Korla was actually an African-American. His wife recreated him as a man born in New Deli, India. Had anyone known that then, I’m sure I would never have been allowed to sit with him. I did sit with Nat King Cole one night at the Swanee Inn. Nat made a special appearance there for a private group and my grandfather and my parents were invited. I however was removed from the piano bench when some of the guests objected to a child sitting with a person of color.

At the age of 10 I was found playing piano on stage with Fats Domino in an all adult club. The police were called and my mother and I were thrown out and nearly arrested.

I’m sure glad times have changed.” – Brian Beirne, Mr. Rock n' Roll

** Korla’s Piano and Organ

“There's a name I haven’t heard it awhile! As a preteen, I was fascinated by the piano and organ. My parents provided weekly lessons for many years.

Once, as extra motivation, my mother had me join her at the largest local music store in San Bernardino. The nighttime concert featured none other than Korla Pandit. I had no idea who this guy was, but I left the sold out concert determined to play just like Korla.

Hopefully, your readers will find updated information on his whereabouts.” – Ted Ziegenbusch, KOST

** Steve Allen Connection to Korla Pandit

“The item about Korla Pandit was interesting. I recall when Steve Allen was one of the hosts for KTLA’s 40th anniversary show in 1987, he introduced some old clips of Pandit’s show on KTLA. Then, Steve talked about an old joke he told around 1949 or so, and it went like this ... ‘There was a tv program that was so bad, that even Korla panned it’" – Jim Hilliker

** News Kudos

“Kudos to KNX news director Julie Chin and her staff for their day long in depth coverage of the tragic accident in Northern California.  

It seemed like the whole staff was there pitching in with special reports.  As so often happens in events like this, the spectacular and speculation that the public craves and the media is so willing to provide was missing from the coverage.  Information, compassion and reassurance was what I heard.  

It was surprising to hear Bob Brill put in such a long day knowing full well that he would have to be back a little before 5 a.m. on Saturday to wake me up.

KNX at its best.” – Bill Mann, South Pasadena


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