I sat down at the bar and I asked the bartender, ‘What’s the wi-fi password?’ 

Bartender: 'You need to buy a drink first.' 

Guest:  'Okay, I’ll have a dark beer.' 

Bartender:  'We have Corona on tap.' 

Guest:  'Sure. How much is that?' 

Bartender:  '$8.' 

Guest:  'Here you are...  OK now, what’s the wifi password?'  

Bartender:  ' "youneedtobuyadrinkfirst";  No spaces and all lowercase.'

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Nostalgia Sunday - 19 Years Ago

Scott & Casey Snubbed at KFI

(July 22, 1999) "Did it bother you that Tim & Neil got the late night slot?" KFI’s Phil Hendrie put the question to Casey Bartholomew, half of the departing Scott & Casey, last night. "We were told we were going to get it," responded Casey. In a candid give and take, Phil was having a last conversation with Casey before the pair leaves next week for a Trenton, New Jersey talk station, 101.5FM. "The first time I got fired from KFI in 1989 or ’90, it was because someone got a full-time gig and I went on the air and talked about too many people sucking rear ends around here,’ Phil remembered. "I was fired two days later." The 46-year-year-old veteran gave some advice to Casey. "Get ready for the crap. When you are on five days a frickin’week, it’s gonna come fast and furious." Phil wondered if they had plans to return to KFI if it didn’t work out? (The pair left in the summer of 1997 to join afternoons at WDBO-Orlando and were back within a year.) "The reason why I say that, if you were pissed off the first time, coming back another time there will be bodies being thrown out the front door." Casey responded: "I don’t hate KFI. When we came back, we were told a lot of really positive things and they didn’t exactly happen the way we were told it was going to happen. They told us we would be full-time and there would be time slot changes. They just told us a lot of happy things to keep me from killing people." Phil wondered how "cut throat" the weekends are at KFI? "With all the weekend shows, everyone jostling for a full-time slot. You’ve got Debra Rich, you got you guys, Jeff Levy who held a knife to the program director’s throat a few times. They all want to get on full-time." Casey said the weekends are so "bizarre" that he didn’t feel any competition. Phil concluded: "This business is so frickin’ small, you burn any bridges it’s bad news. If you think of a general manager whose guts you hate, I’ve got about three on my mind right now and would never say who they are. They might have been the worst guys in the world to work for, but they have bigger friends than I do."

Rick Scarry, covering four decades (1968-91) in Los Angeles radio continues to cook as an actor. Summer reruns give us a chance to see his recurring guest star role as cooking school owner Chef Frederic on NBC’s Providence tonight and a week from tonight…TV troubleshooter Judd McIlvain starts a new talk show at KRLA tomorrow morning at 7. His Troubleshooter tv consumer show ran for 4 years and his news segments in L.A. for 13 years. Commercial sponsors have to be pre-screened by Judd before they can be on his radio show or Web site. "No crooks or scammers wanted," said Judd.

KABC production whiz, Howard Hoffman debuts tomorrow night on VH-1’s Random Play, a 1/2 hour comedy satire show. "I did a bazillion commercial spoof VOs for it which will run over the next 10 weeks," emailed Howard. "If the sessions were any indication, it ought to be pretty amusing."…Tonight at 8 at the "Star 98.7" Beachouse, the Pretenders and Fastball…Former LAPR’er Buck Owens made headlines in the LA Times this week. A Bakersfield resident since 1951, Buck owns three radio stations in Bakersfield, a newspaper shopper and half ownership of 165 stations in the Real Country Radio Network. He was instrumental in preserving the Bakersfield sign that has been seen in numerous tv shows and movies, including Every Which Way but Loose…KROQ's Kevin & Bean will broadcast live from Woodstock '99 today…KABC Pet Show host Warren Eckstein will be demonstrating "Mouth to Snout" resuscitation and the Heimlich Maneuver for dogs on his monthly Today Weekend appearance on Sunday.

The other morning KFI’s Bill Handel was talking about how excited he was when he started dating his wife. "I was so excited about seeing Marjorie, if there was a knot hole in a tree trunk on the way to meet her, I would stop the car," said Bill. "The only thing that stopped me from humping that tree hole, I knew I’d get splinters. There was that level of excitement," enthused Bill…"Hot! Hot! Hot!" is how Roger Aldi, pastor of the Church of Religious Science in Burbank/Toluca Lake and former news director at KHJ and KDAY, described the weather in Houston. Roger has been dispatched to the 1st Church of Religious Science in Houston to solve some internal problems. "It is a bit more complicated than originally thought, but I should be home in a couple of months," said Roger.

KACE’s Gillian had Dick Gregory as a guest the other day to talk about the benefits of organic sulphur. Didja know that Dick has 10 children? "Anybody can get 10 children out of college. I got them out of the house. You’ve got to be a genius to do that," said Dick…Kevin Weatherly, pd at KROQ, welcomes a new boy, Justin, to his family. His wife Margie is director of national Alternative promotion at Elektra Records…Bob Koontz, Director of sales at KABC/KLOS/KDIS, emailed after reading the story on Jim Healy. "On the day of the Walk of Fame ceremony, KMPC had a huge party at the Roosevelt Hotel for the press staff and friends. A short time into the party the press was notified of a press conference to be held by Magic Johnson. All of the press left early. It was the same day that it was revealed the Magic had AIDS." Apparently Jim was not upset about being upstaged by the Magic press conference. He told friends that everyone will remember that the day Magic Johnson announced that he had AIDS was on the day that Jim Healy got a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lee Bayley, former pd at KIQQ in the late 1970s, checked in from Dallas. "My golf handicap is going down, but not enough," emailed Lee. I have only been playing golf about 10 years, but I remember sitting in my Bill Drake office on Topanga Canyon Blvd answering the phone and it would be Herb Alpert, Neil Diamond, or someone like that wanting to go play golf at Pebble Beach-LA Country Club. I would laugh it off but now would like to try that again."

"Don't know what Dave Cooke is smoking," emailed KNX sales veteran Tom Bernstein, "but here are the facts using the whole book [TSA]: Adults 12+ KNX: 1,170,100 [ranks 10], KFWB: 991,500 [ranks 16]. Adults 25+: KNX: 1,130,700 [#2], KFWB 953,500 [#8]. Adults 25-54; KNX 606,900 [#14], KFWB 532,900 [#17]. As for College Grads, 25+, according to the Spring ARB [Metro], KFWB is a close SECOND to KNX, 430,900 to 414,400. They aren't even close in the latest Scarborough and Media Audit reports." Whew! Every time I report ratings, there is always another perspective and another story to tell. You can imagine the agency buyer hearing these interpretations all day long.

Last week Dan Quayle was "disconnected" from KABC’s John & Ken during an interview that must have been uncomfortable. Dan has rescheduled for another go at it this morning at 8…"The worlds of Talk Radio and Rock collide like two mighty meteors" was how the KFI press release described Wayne Resnick’s participation in The Second Annual International Pop Overthrow Festival. Wayne performs tomorrow afternoon at Spaceland in Silverlake…It was nice to hear Bill Press (KABC, 1990 and KFI, 1991-96) on KRLA with Michael Jackson yesterday. When Bill left Southland radio he joined CNN’s Crossfire.

Email Saturday, 7.21.18 

 **Handel’s Banner Years

“This banner gave me the biggest LARP laugh in years [and there’s been a lot of funny stuff in those years]. Hats off to the person who had balls big enough to create this. Love it. Love it.” – Rich Brother Robbin

** Handel’s 25th

"Man, oh man. Bill Handel celebrating 25 years on LARadio! I’ve been a fan for the whole time. Bill is the master of ‘More STIMULATING Talk Radio.’ The Morning Show’s right on, added to tremendously by the on and off-air talent and staff. Dy-nomite producer Michelle Kube, board op genius Jon Ramirez, sports guy Wayne ResnickJennifer Jones Lee tackling the news, and the traffic anchors/producers. What a team!

‘Handel On the Law’ makes my weekend a real giggle. Bill Handel RULES. It's what AM drive is all about. Rock on Bill!" - Alan F. Ross
** Visit Down Penny Lane

“That Paul McCartney segment WAS amazing and fantastic! He genuinely seemed to be enjoying himself. A great way to promote his new album.” - Christopher A. Bury, Pasadena

** Kelli at the Gates

“Thanks for doing the story on Kelli Gates. It was nice to hear what she has been up to, even though she has struggled post-Mark & Brian. As always, I appreciate the news you provide!” – Karen Lindell
** Sage Story

“I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed reading your funny and poignant story about Sage Stallone. Sage and I attended Landmark West School together in Culver City, along with the children of several other celebrities including Mike Kasem, Casey’s son, who also attended school with us as well.

When I read about Sage’s passing at such a young age I remembered what a funny guy he was to be around and was well liked by all of his classmates. We went to a small private school [there were only seventeen in my graduating class] It seems like even more of a shock when someone so young and vibrant passes away so early in life. May he rest in peace.” – Cameron Ward

** Movie Biz

“Such an engaging story you shared on July 16th about the Stallones. I hope you’ll continue to tell us more about your days in the movie business. A faithful reader.” – Anita Garner  
** Sweet Dick

“That cartoon was so punny! Seriously, I love the remembrance of ‘Sweet’ Dick Whittington. He really was one of a kind, not to mention ahead of his time! Howard Stern could learn a thing or two from his smart humor. And I agree with Diane Thompson about LARP's, it's survival of the fittest.  

The voices of LA Radio are the soundtrack of my life, everyone from Dick Whittinghill and "Helen Trump" to Lohman and Barkley and Hudson and Landry and Dave Hull and Boss Radio, just to start!

I just wish someone would write a book about the personality driven 60's - 2010's, warts and all! But in the meantime, we have you!” - Julie T. Byers  

** Man of Steele

“I think that The Real Don Steele was really one-of-a-kind! Have to say that he was also a close friend and my manager when I was singing back in the 60’s. I was on the Imperial label – Vicki Vote, 
Angel Baby 1969. So, I’m kind of prejudiced.

Also, I want to get on your email list again if possible.” – Vicki Vogt Lindoerfer
** Eve of Destruction

“I’m currently writing a biography of John Phillips, co-founder of the Mamas & the Papas. Part of their story revolves around the unexpected rise of Barry McGuire’s #1 hit Eve of Destruction. Barry was a friend and helped get them signed to his label, Dunhill Records, which released all their hits.

I don’t know if you’re familiar with the Eve of Destruction story but, in a nutshell, it was recorded in haste on Thursday, July 15, 1965 at Western Recorders and mixed down to a reel for one of their executives, Jay Lasker, to listen to the following morning. He recognized its hit potential and had a dub made. He then gave it to his promotions chief to take it to KFWB, where it debuted on Wink Martindale’s Monday morning show as a ‘Pick Hit.’

This story has been told by countless witnesses, including Barry, the songwriter P.F. Sloan, one of the producers Steve Barri and others. I'm trying to find out if it’s legitimate. I'm wondering if there’s an aircheck that might exist somewhere?” – Scott Shea, Producer, Seize the Day w/Gus Lloyd, SiriusXM, 

** ...and Wink on Eve of Destruction

“Sadly, NO aircheck exists that I am aware of. That seem eons ago ;). I have NO airchecks of my KFWB shows. At the time, to record them for ‘posterity’ didn't occur to most of us. I don't remember the story being told and re-told re my introduction of the song. I certainly recall what a ‘sensation’ the record became, i.e. an instantaneous hit after being made the KFWB ‘Discovery’ and thus being played hourly. Wish I could be more helpful.” – Wink Martindale
** One-Of-A-Kind

First, I enjoyed your mention of the Bill Handel anniversary this week. I had a good chuckle at the ‘asshole’ banner on the studio wall. Of course, those of us who know Bill know that he really is anything but, we just don’t want to say that publicly.

In a ‘programming decision,’ I've made the rare move to keep my mouth shut, this time about Robert W. Morgan. If I’m not mistaken, you're looking for One-Of-A-Kind evaluations of LARPs based on their air personas. In all honesty, I never really had that much chance to listen to R.W. on the air, due to work and other commitments over the years. I do know he was a master at ‘flow-of-consciousness’ banter, especially within tight formats such as Drake.

Two of the funniest things I ever heard on the air involved him: 1) His shift with Wolfman Jack, sometime around ’73 or so, and 2) His infamous KMPC ‘interview’ with Ray Malavasi, the time the Rams coach fell asleep during the segment. My mother was only ever taken by two people on the air, during her L.A. years: 1) Russ Powell on KNX, and 2) R.W. on KMPC. I think she even won $100 from him once in the late ’80s. 

I jumped at your column question, thinking only about my close friendship with R.W. during his final years [which pleased my mom no end], but I don’t think my own perspective there is what you’re looking for, though I do appreciate the opportunity. And as far as ‘unforgettables’ on the L.A. airwaves, I realized there are way too many for me to name just one, with all due love and respect to Robert W. He's been gone now twenty years, as of last May 22.  I’ve missed him every day since and will continue to do so for all the rest of my days.” – Greg Hardison

One-Of-A-Kind LARP
by Alan Oda

(July 20, 2018) I think the L.A. radio veteran – make that outstanding L.A. radio veteran – Diane Thompson had it right when she stated “I think anyone who has been hired in the Los Angeles radio market and survived is a superstar” in an LARadio.com column a few weeks ago. That being said, when Don Barrett asked about who was a one-of-a-kind talent in Los Angeles radio, the name of “Sweet” Dick Whittington immediately came to mind.

His many feats have been well-documented over the years, from the marriage of the Queen Mary to the invasion of Catalina Island. I could easily write more than a page of the memories I have of Dick Whittington and his inspired folly.

When he wasn’t sharing what sort of day he was having (he was brutally honest if he was having “a day” or if he was feeling good), he’d give us something to laugh about. Which highlights the uniqueness of the Whittington humor. Much of comedy nowadays is about laughing at others, Dick had us laughing at him and with him. He made fun of himself, and could also lso had us laughing at ourselves.  Dick taught us you don’t have to be viciously insulting to be funny. (Sweet Dick with producer Doug McEwan preparing for the invasion of Catalina ... below is the pair at a recent function)
Laughter can be a weapon, but Dick used it as a way of easing the craziness of what life portends.

Seventeen years ago, in the aftermath of 9/11, so many on the L.A. radio dial did so much to offer comfort to a hurting community, yet I realized that day how much I missed having Dick Whittington on the air. He would have had the offered the reassurance to let us know we would get through this, and that we would once again find something (not someone) to laugh about as time started to heal the deep wounds of tragedy.

And am I the only one that think the current political climate would be a goldmine for Whittington’s “Clean Thoughts on a Dirty Wall?”

His Sweetness is missed, but I’m the richer to have been able to have been part of his loyal listenership.

iHeartMedia Promotions

(July 19, 2018) In a series of iHeart management promotions, Kevin LeGrett (l) has a new title. Kevin is now the new head of the iHeartMedia / LA cluster in the summer of 2015. He arrived from Rochester, New York where he was svp of operations for iHeart's Northeast and Midwest regions. This summer he was promoted to Executive Vice President of Operations for the Markets Group.

Hear Ache. John Regan checked in from San Diego. “I'm simply enjoying retirement,” he emailed. “Also, having the time to enjoy my vast recorded music collection.” John does have an incredible collection of Oldies and r&b. He provided many of his own collection when one of Saul Levine’s stations went Oldies a time or two ago … Didja know that Ed Mann is married to Mindy Rickles, the daughter of comedian Don Rickles? … Monique Marvez has exited her weekend show at KFI. Bryan Suits will now do two shows at 8 p.m., Dark Secret Place on Saturdays and Super Hyper Local Sunday. Monique will continue doing her podcast on the KFI website.

What’s Going On. Yesterday I was reading a sports story about the NFL in the late ‘60s. I had no idea that legendary Motown singer Marvin Gaye tried out with an NFL team. “We tried him out at tight end, wide receiver, even some fullback,” recalled Lem Barney, a Hall of Fame defensive back. “We thought he was doing good. But the Lions said, ‘We like your attitude, but since you haven’t played any ball, we don’t want to risk putting you out there.’ He was appreciative of that.’” A couple of years later, Marvin returned the favor, asking Barney and Mel Farr to sing backup on his 1971 mega-hit What’s Going On.

More Hear Ache. In 2002, Sylvester Stallone sold his $16 million, 15,000-square-foot Beverly Hills mansion to Viacom chief Sumner Redstone… And in the summer of 2002, Ron Kilgore, who had spent almost a decade with all-News KFWB, joined the Wall Street Journal to start up an hour-long national morning program, based in Trenton, New Jersey. Born in Prague, Oklahoma, on October 2, 1950, he grew up in Santa Cruz and went to high school in Upland in the Inland Empire. “I went to several colleges in Southern California. Since I was already working in tv and radio, I took lots of different courses, ranging from fire science to police science, with a real interest in sociology. I'm still waiting for one of them to confer a degree on me.” … If you haven’t seen the James Corden, host of The Late Show, Car Karaoke feature with Paul McCartney, here’s a link. Outstanding. Creative. Just the best! 

Marconi Nominations to LARP and LA Radio Stations

(July 18, 2018) KNX, the local all-News outlet for more than 50 years, was named a finalist for Major Market Station of the Year in the National Association of Broadcasters’ 2018 Marconi Radio Awards. Other LARP finalists were in the Network/Syndicated Personality of The Year, including: Dan PatrickDelilahRyan Seacrest, and Sean Hannity. K-EARTH was nominated as Classic Hits Station of the Year. Nominated In the Religious Station of the Year category is Salem’s KKLA. KLVE was one of the five nominations for Spanish Station of the Year. Winners will be announced September 27 at the NAB Radio Show in Orlando.

In other news: Ending a long-running emotional legal battle, Ports O’Call Restaurant in San Pedro was locked down by the L.A. County Sheriff’s Department early Tuesday morning, which also affected Mike Stark and his state-of-the-art LARadio Studio.

“It ended this morning,” emailed Mike yesterday. “PLEASE know that we are resolved to rebuild and be bigger and better than before. The people we need to think about are the employees of the restaurant (over 100) that just lost their jobs, in a move that was unnecessary and – honestly – cruel. These are hard-working loyal folks that understood the importance of the restaurant to history and to the community it served.

“The power has already been cut for the studio, so our stream is temporarily down, but I am hoping to have it back up – remotely – later today. It will be playing in a ‘loop’ our last day ‘on the air,’" continued Stark. “Not much else I can tell you but stay tuned. My wife and I sat at our computers weeping today as we watched the Facebook feed of the events taking place, but we ALL need to prepare for the next chapter. Thanks to all of you for your continued support. We will be back and karma is a bitch!” (Thanks to the Daily Breeze for photo)

Former GM at KIIS/fm Retires 

  (July 17, 2018) Marc Kaye, former president and gm of KIIS (1992-94), announced his retirement after 45 years in the radio business. He is a native of New York and graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor of Science degree.

Marc began his broadcast career in 1973 at WGBB-Long Island. In the early 1980s he was sales manager of WRBQ-Tampa and gm of KODA-Houston. In July of 1984, he began his journey with Gannett Broadcasting as sales manager of KKBQ-Houston and two years later was promoted to station manager. In August of 1987, he became gm of KNUA-Seattle and a year later took over WDAE/WUSA-Tampa.

Marc left KIIS in 1994 to return to WUSA/WDAE where he was the president and gm until leaving in late 1996 following an ownership change. In the spring of 1997, he was appointed vp of Sandusky Radio’s five Seattle properties.

“I promised myself that when I hit the 45-year mark in the great business of radio, I was going to get a bit selfish and consider that milestone was enough to prove I have given it my all. I am looking forward to spending a whole lot more time with my wife and see what new challenges and chapters I can write as I move forward. I have been fortunate to have worked with the very best and for this I am very grateful,” said Marc.

Handel Celebrates 25 Years at KFI

(July 17, 2018) Longevity and radio are not two ideas that go together. So it’s tough to believe that Bill Handel is celebrating an amazing 25 years as morning man at KFI this week. In preparation for the Monday show, the staff decorated the studio will signs, streamers, and balloons. All of which he hates.

Michelle Kube spent 24 years working with The Official Bill Handel Show until a recent promotion. “It is with great pleasure that I got up early again this morning to get here before the show to wish him a very happy 25th Anniversary in morning drive on KFI, what an accomplishment,” she wrote on Facebook. “Congrats Bill! I know how much you hate studio decorations! Big THANK YOU to our promotions crew for decoding and implementing my request for 'over the top, obnoxious studio decorations.’”

Many sent congratulations through Facebook. Bob Scott, sales executive with Clear Channel/iHeartMedia wrote: “A 5-year-run is a long one in radio. 25 years is almost impossible! You’ve done it because you deliver the best damn morning show in the US every day.”

Handel started on KFI weekends in 1993 providing what he called “marginal legal advice.” Bill seemed to relish informing callers “you have absolutely no case.” Yet a case could be made for his obvious talent. A few years later, Attorney Handel became the morning host on the powerful news/talk outlet.    

In 2005, Bill won the Marconi Award for Personality of the Year. In 2006, he was voted #1 Best On-Air LARP. Bill was then voted #2 Best On-Air LARP for three years in a row. In 2009, he was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Some of his fans wrote: “Comfortable as an old shoe, a predictable rascal that relays that twinkle in his eye so that you know not to take anything too seriously. It sounds like he’s having fun.”
“Love him or hate him, even the pig valve in his heart didn’t sideline him for long. The most controversial talk show host in Los Angeles, he always pushes the envelope. A complete cast of characters helps him deliver a fresh packaged show every day.”
“His biggest asset is he is very f***ing funny. Smart, informative and funny. That’s morning radio how it’s supposed to be done whether you’re playing music or talking.”

Sage Tragedy

(July 16, 2018) Sage Stallone, 36-year-old son of Sylvester Stallone, died six years ago this week. Nothing a parent wants to experience. I had the pleasure of working with both men and I wanted to share with you my encounter under a fun environment.

I met Sage Stallone at the world famous Gleason’s boxing gym in Brooklyn. It was 1990. He was 14. Sage was the son of Sylvester Stallone and we were at Gleason’s to spend the day doing press interviews for Rocky V. We had 30 tv press people from around the country scheduled to interview the kid who had a significant role playing Rocky’s son in the fifth installment of Rocky.

Doing the press interviews, sitting in a hotel room is good news and bad news. The good news is the elements remain very constant and you can turn out a lot of interviews in a relatively short period of time. The bad news is they begin to all look and sound alike. In the last 20 years the studios have gotten far more creative in diversifying the interview backgrounds, sometimes using location or a place representing the theme of the film.

Gleason’s Gym has a history of some of the greatest boxers of all time having trained there at one time or another. And the smell? Oh, my God. The smell of sweat, booze, and history was something to embrace. I didn’t want the press to interview Sage in a hotel room because I envisioned five minutes of questions about his father, ‘How was it growing up as the real-life Rocky’s son’ over and over.  Stop it. I wanted the focus to be on the kid. He was up for anything. And when I told him that I wanted a walking interview with boxers sparring in the background, boxers pounding punching bags, and characters just hanging around, he was up for it.

 There was a row of Everlast punching bags hanging on very heavy chains. The big bags swung with every punch. They were staggered throughout the gym. I wanted Sage and the interviewer (think local Sam Rubin) to walk around the gym and at three locations the bag would swing into shot (the bag let go by an off-camera PA) and Sage and the interviewer would walk in such a way as to avoid the bag.

Well, the first interviewer was from a Minneapolis tv station and as they began the walking interview, I watched the interviewer surruptiously glancing sideways waiting for the swinging bag. Well, you guessed it, the bag hit the interviewer square on and decked him. After he saw that his interviewer was okay, Sage couldn’t stop laughing. He thought it was the funniest thing he ever saw. (Picture the tv show, Wipeout)

And so it went, all afternoon as we achieved amazing interviews with a great ambient background, especially dodging the bags. Sage was on cue during each walk. He was a real pro and never got hit by a bag but six more interviewers were hit, requiring a retake.

After a full day at Gleason’s we returned to our Manhattan hotel and went up to the press suite where Sly was finishing his day. Sage ran to his father and excitedly told him about his day and the press people who got knocked over by the punching bag. Sly was confused and didn’t seem happy, but as his son enthusiastically gave him details and said that he never got hit and made his ‘mark’ during each interview, a concerned look gave way to a smile. Sly looked like a proud papa – not only that Sage did a wonderful job in the movie but also survived his first day of interviews with the press with such glee.

A father losing his son is something that seems unfathomable – an impossible event to comprehend unless you have been there. I will also cherish the memory of that one day in 1990 that I got to spend in the lives of a very special father and son.

God bless the Stallone family.

Doug Dunlap's Keys to Happiness

(July 16, 2018) Doug Dunlap has been a familiar voice for decades in Southern California. His traffic reports have been heard on virtually all LA stations at one time or another. He started his radio career on KFOX-Redondo Beach in 1980. When the LA Dodgers created their Transportation Center in 2007, Doug was one of the anchors getting fans in and out of Chavez Ravine with as much ease as possible. During the NFL season, a highlight every fall was attending a football party he called the Doug-O-Rama. With large tv sets set in every room of his Valencia home, there was plenty of hot dogs, hamburgers, and drink while mingling with some of the elite of Los Angeles Radio.

Today, Doug is retired but still very busy. Everyone of us has a gift, the challenge is the discover that gift and share it with others. Doug is a pianist and a really good one. He is devoting his time to playing in assisted living homes. “As much as they get out of it, for me it’s life changing,” said Doug. “Their eyes light up and it makes my day!”

“After retiring from radio, I found myself with lots of time on my hands,” Doug remembers. “I was talking to a friend who is a guitar player and she told me that she volunteered at an assisted living apartment playing guitar during their lunch three days a week.  She suggested I look into something like that.” Doug knew a woman associated with the Santa Clarita Senior Center, so he contacted her. She was thrilled at his offer to play piano for them. “I have been going every week for several years playing standards from the Great American Songbook. I can’t tell you how much it has meant to me.  Some of these seniors have memory issues. And while they can’t remember everyday things, they can remember the lyrics to a song written by Cole Porter, Irving Berlin or Rodgers & Hart DECADES ago! I have been told that music reaches through to people in a way like no other.”

Doug now volunteers at numerous places for the elderly and for people who can’t get out. “It’s the most rewarding thing I’ve ever done. Beats playing in a piano bar any day. No amount of money could compete with the joy I get from volunteering my time. I highly recommend it!” (You can reach Doug at: doug.dunlap@aol.com)
 In other news: KPCC’s Rita Pardue, most recently crowned Ms. Senior California 2018, has been invited to speak at a women’s group that offers scholarships to college students. “What a coincidence, almost 30 years ago I was one of their recipients,” said Rita. “My scholarship covered my tuition and books for my master’s Degree at Cal State LA.  I wrote an essay about wanting to have a career in radio and help children.  How great it will be to report back to them, ‘Mission Accomplished.’"

Sunday Nostalgia - 16 Years Ago Today

Frazer Smith’s First Interview
 Since Short-Lived KRTH Morning Show

(July 15, 2002) “I tried to get fired faster than Bob Rivers, but he was too good,” quipped Frazer Smith in his first interview since leaving the morning show at KRTH. Fraze was in a very cool and upbeat mood on a hot, Sunday afternoon in the middle of a Southland heat wave. Fraze was referring to Rivers’ 11-days doing mornings at “Arrow 93” last year. Fraze joined “K-Earth” on April 1 and was gone the following month. KRTH has been attempting to fill the important morning drive slot since the 1998 death of legendary Robert W. Morgan.  

“I thought it was a world record for a firing, but Rivers beat me.” (Rivers returned to Seattle and in the last ratings book, his KZOK morning show was rated #1 25-54.) Fraze has not let the experience slow him down. He has written two scripts for the big screen. “I’m very close to a sale with a script for Kid Rock. The other, a futuristic football story called 'Time Ball,' is with a very big producer. Fraze is also up for a job as a tv host and another is an acting gig. In between this busy schedule, he continues to hone his comedy skills seven nights a week. “I’m ripping it up doing stand-up. My comedy is the highest it’s ever been. I know how fresh it is because of the reaction from 20-year-olds as well as those who are 55.” 

Fraze praised the jocks he met at “K-Earth” during his brief stay. “Brian Beirne is a class act and Christina Kelley is fantastic,” said Frazer. He really enjoyed being in the same building with KROQ. “I know the future of radio looks bright thanks to Kevin Weatherly [pd at KROQ]. Kevin is a boy genius. Tami Heide is terrific and I’ve known Jed the Fish for 20 years,” reflected Fraze. 

“Where is Andy Bloom today?” asked Fraze rhetorically. Fraze was reflecting on the tough job that programmers have in being patient with new comedy shows. Fraze was at KLSX when Howard Stern arrived. “Andy was a rare pd who had vision. He told the sales people to ignore the initial angry reaction to Howard. Andy encouraged them to be patient and that in six months they’ll be very happy buying new houses. And they did.” 

Frazer worked at KROQ, KLOS, KMET and KLSX. Will Fraze entertain an opportunity to do radio again? “I’m open to the right thing in radio. Some have painted me unfairly, but I am as fresh today as I have ever been!” 

Email Saturday, 7.14.2018

** KABC Essay from 2010

“Your points are well taken here, Don, even eight years later. It has been so long since KABC had a meaningful presence here that the call letters, if they mean anything at all, stand for an era that has passed.  

Heritage call letters are only useful when they have had years of active relevance; KIIS, KFI, even KABC's sister station KLOS, have a positive ongoing recognition factor. KABC does not. [And the funny thing is that I still think of 870 as KIEV, even though Salem replaced those calls way back on January 1, 2001.]

If the program schedule in 2010 seemed like a ‘work in progress’ that got halted for some reason and then never resumed, then it looks now like the entire project was abandoned. Perhaps Cumulus was so focused on their bankruptcy that they didn’t notice Bob Moore was sitting on his hands over in the corner. I think that if Cumulus can’t make KABC work, they should either sell it, LMA it to an ethnic broadcaster, or – if they're intent on keeping this now-inferior AM signal – simulcast with KLOS until they come up with a workable game plan. Because the plan they’ve had for the past decade ain’t workin.’” – K.M. Richards

** KABC Ratings?

“I just can’t believe what has happened to KABC.” – Allen Mclean

** More Ratings

“I remember when KABC was #1 for all those years. So sad! Good for KPCC ... #10!! YEA!” - Alan F. Ross
** KPCC vs. KNX

“I suppose that listeners are saying that they’d rather sit through pledge drives than 22+ minutes an hour of spots. Not to mention real content.” – Douglas Brown

** Boss Radio Insight

“I recently received a sizeable collection of original memos that were written by Paul Drew while he was the program director at KHJ. As many of you who worked with him know, he was very detail oriented.” – Jeffrey Leonard

** Ciji Ware

“I worked with Ciji Ware for a few months in 1971-72 when I joined KNBC as the Dayside Assignment Editor and she was our consumer reporter who went by Ciji Ware Billet. What I wish I’d known back then was that her dad wrote for One Man’s Family. It was created and produced by Carlton E. Morse who, with his wife Pat, was a lifelong friend of my parents. My mom and Morse worked together on the San Francisco Evening Bulletin before he hit it big in network radio drama. My parents wedding was held in Pat and Carlton’s SF apartment.

So much for nostalgia. My entire LA experience was in tv, but I have known a lot of the radio people just because we’re all broadcasters.” – Warren Cereghino, Pacific Palisades

** Vidal Memories

“I attended broadcasting school at Career Academy in 1970. One of my classmates was Bruce Vidal. It was a small class, but he shined.

Most of us were there to learn how to become a deejay. But Bruce already had a natural sound, voice and personality that transcended the training. He was a ‘natural.’

We all enjoyed each other and we had a bond, but after we graduated we all went our separate ways. Later on, it was great when I heard Bruce got the gig on KIIS and I bragged to my friends that we went to school together. I did run into him in around 1992, when I co-owned a Pioneer Chicken in Canoga Park. He stopped in one day when I was there, and I recognized him immediately. We said our hi’s and caught up a bit. He lived in the area, and according to my workers he came in often.

It’s funny how things come back around and reconnect in life. I hadn’t thought of him for a while and looked him up last night, only to find his obituary. Just had to add my little story to his legacy.” – Alan Sims

** Radio Streams

“Entercom stations are announcing the only way to listen to stations on the go is to download the 
radio.com app. For those that do not want app overload on their mobile device – still as of today, one can enter web address player.radio.com and access all Entercom stations.

Did you happen to hear the interview with Chuck Martin, done by Richard Wagoner and Mike Stark –  posted by LA Radio Studios? It's over 2 hours long, but well worth the time.” – Greg Wood, West Hills


KRLA Mailer

The padded package on the left arrived in the mail this week in 2002. Inside, a bag of M&M's wrapped with a promotional message

Marcellus Wiley Jumps Teams

(July 13, 2018) After 11 years with ESPN, the last seven locally with KSPN, Marcellus Wiley has his final show today. “It has been amazing, years filled w/laughs, debates & even tears,” he wrote on Twitter. “My gratitude runs deep for every executive, co-host, co-worker & fan on this journey. Going to miss it all, but I am so excited to create many more media memories!” Word is Marcellus will join Fox Sports.

The former NFL star and ESPN analyst joined Max Kellerman to form the “Max & Marcellus” show in early 2011. Previously, he has been paired with various personalities, most recently Roger Lodge.

A native of Southern California, Wiley attended St. Monica High in Santa Monica, where he was an academically and athletically honored student. Wiley is a graduate of Columbia University. 

A 10-year NFL veteran, Wiley played for four teams during his career, including the Buffalo Bills (1997-2000), San Diego Chargers (2001-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-06).  He had his best years with the Bills and the Chargers. Wiley was also voted to the Pro Bowl in 2001 and was named one of Pro Football Weekly’s Top 50 Players in the NFL.

After the NFL, Wiley turned to broadcasting as an NFL commentator for ESPN.

In other news: Saul Levine is prepping for a “grand celebration” in February 2019. “KBCA went on the air the night of February 18, 1959 from temporary studios on top of Mount Wilson on a cold and stormy night with immediate listener calls from all over Southern California,” emailed Saul … KUSC’s Rich Capparela just returned from the Galapagos Islands. “It was a mind-blowing trip. Whoa,” declared Rich … Tom Joyner’s Foundation presents “Fantastic Voyage,” a cruise that supports Historically Black College and University scholars. This year’s offering sold out faster than any of the eight before it. The cruise departs next spring from Miami with port stops in San Juan, St. Thomas and Grand Turk … K-EARTH’s Larry Morgan posted on Facebook that he has been diagnosed with Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo. “The doc gave me the Epley Maneuver, a series of positional changes to realign these rascal crystals in my inner ear back to their normal place. The positions basically bring on the vertigo, which is not pleasant, but by design. Not fun. But necessary.” It all started with a fall that knocked him unconscious … Morning KOST star Ellen K got pulled over by the LAPD the other night. Window tinting was too dark. She got off … MY/fm’s Lisa Foxx has lost 40 pounds in six months thanks to the Orbera Weight Loss Balloon. “I turn 48 on the 28th and already feel ON TOP OF THE WORLD!” enthused Lisa. With the balloon out, she has vowed to lose another 20 pounds by the end of the year through healthy eating and exercising … Mark Elliot, former operations head at Gold Coast Broadcasting in Ventura, is now the Group Program Director for Cherry Creek Media in Denver. Cherry Creek Media owns and operates 46 stations in Washington, Utah, Montana, Arizona, Colorado and North Dakota … Manny the on-the-street reporter for KIIS’ Ryan Seacrest was laid off.

Call Letter Longevity

by K.M. Richards

Someone who read that old post I did on FM call letters history on the occasion of KRTH/KHJ-FM/K45LA's 70th anniversary of continuous operation back in 2011 asked me what the records are in L.A. for FMs keeping the same call letters.  So I put together a list and offer it to you for whatever use you may find for it.

I set a minimum of 20 years holding a call sign for inclusion.

Currently held call letters:
1)  KOST/103.5 - from KADS, 1967 (51 years)
2)  KRTH/101.1 - from KHJ-FM, 1972 (46 years)
3)  KROQ-FM/106.7 - from KPPC-FM, 1973 (45 years)
4)  KBIG/104.3 - from KXTZ, 1974 (44 years, also see below)
5)  KLVE/107.5 - from KEZM, 1974 (44 years)
6)  KIIS-FM/102.7  - from KKDJ, 1975 (43 years)
7)  KLOS/95.5 - from KABC-FM, 1971 (37 years)
8)  KKLA/99.5 - from KHOF-FM, 1985 (33 years)*
9)  KPWR/105.9 - from KMGG, 1986 (32 years)
10)  KTWV/94.7 - from KMET, 1987 (31 years, includes 280 days as KTMV-FM)**
11)  KCBS-FM/93.1 - from KODJ, 1991 (27 years)
12)  KLAX-FM/97.9 - from KSKQ-FM, 1992 (26 years)
13)  KYSR/98.7 - from KXEZ, 1992 (26 years)
14)  KSCA/101.9 - from KLIT, 1994 (23 years)
Ties were broken based on the month of the year that the new calls were granted.

* - I've counted KKLA because, as shown in the records, it was a relicensing of the KHOF-FM facilities after the FCC revoked its license.  Some may disagree with that, but it still shows the longevity of the KKLA calls.  

** - My understanding is that the KTMV calls were used only on an interim basis while the FCC recovered the KTWV calls from a marine vessel.
Call letters held before changing:
1)  KFAC-FM/92.3  - to KKBT (40 years, 1948-1989) 
2)  KFSG/96.3 - to KXOL (31 years, 1970-2001)
3)  KNOB/97.9 - to KSKQ-FM (30 years, 1958-1988)* 
4)  KHOF-FM/99.5 - license revoked (29 years, 1956-1985) 
5)  KZLA/93.9 - to KMVN (28 years, 1978-2006)
6)  KUTE/101.9 - to KMPC-FM (25 years, 1952-1987)
7)  KNX-FM/93.1 - to KKHR (25 years, 1948-1983)** 
8)  KLSX/97.1 - to KAMP (23 years, 1986-2009)
9)  KKGO/105.1 - to KMZT (22 years, 1978-2000)***
10)  KBIG/104.3 - to KXTZ  (22 years, 1959-1971)
11)  KPOL-FM/93.9 - to KZLA (21 years, 1957-1978)
Ties broken based on recentness of change.

* - If the years KNOB was on 103.1 (1949-1958) the total would be 39 years and ranked #2.
** - If one adds the return to KNX-FM pre-KODJ (1986-1989) the total would be 28 years and ranked #5.

KPPC's Rita Pardue is a Beauty

(July 12, 2018) KPCC’s production manager Rita Pardue was crowned as this year’s Ms. Senior California during the annual pageant at the University of San Diego’s Joan Croc Institute for Peace and Justice Theater. “In October, I go to Atlantic City to compete in the national Ms. Senior America pageant,” emailed Rita. “What an honor to represent our great state of California. This pageant is for women over 60 who have reached ‘The Age of Elegance.’”

Her responsibilities this year include appearances, speaking engagements, entertaining and encouraging everyone, regardless of age, to live life to the fullest every day. “My first official appearance was appearing in the Coronado Island Fourth of July parade. How fun.”

The annual pageant shows off singing and dancing talents, evening gown modeling and the wisdom of women ages 60 and older, according to a story in Pasadena Now. Five judges evaluate the contestants on talent, a statement on their philosophy of life and other criteria. Pardue, 66, was chosen out of eight talented women who competed during the pageant last month, where she sang I’ve Got the Music in Me.

In April, Rita was crowned Ms. Senior Ventura County before going on to the state competition. Pardue has over 20 years of experience in radio and has expertise in fundraising, writing, presentation, production and media campaign expertise.

Before coming to KPCC, she was KKLA’s Midday LA host from 1998 to 2004. Her assignments have taken her to China, Indonesia, Japan and North Korea, where she was a guest of the state.

Born in Indiana, she grew up in St. Louis. “I started singing at 16 years old and toured across the country performing at major hotels and supper clubs,” said Rita. “I opened for name acts including Harry Blackstone Jr., George Burns and Pia Zadora. Also did some acting in film and television work, too. I sang with the original cast of ‘Jubilee’ at the MGM Grand Hotel in Las Vegas in 1981.” 
Rita started her next career in radio, working at KORK-Las Vegas as a news reporter, while returning to college at the University of Las Vegas. Simultaneously, she was hosting a talk show, Paying Dues at KUNV- Las Vegas.  “At that time my faith walk became very important in my life,” continued Rita. “I rededicated my life and moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams in children’s radio.” She also does freelance work doing voiceovers, teaching audio production and vocal coaching.

As a community volunteer, she has been working with the Lake Avenue Community Foundation in Pasadena for six years, helping in a mentoring program where she’s paired with a young Latina girl who had just completed her first year of college. She has also committed to reading before school children, doing Saturday morning sessions in Pasadena and Altadena. Rita tells the children her story of growing up in the Midwest and moving to California later in life.

Pardue is also an actor, musician, and vocalist. Her credits include the CBS film When the Circus Came to Town, PBS Math Facts, and WB’s Unhappily Ever After, to mention a few. In the 1990s, she was the voice of Mrs. Aahs and a host of other characters on Children’s Broadcasting Corporation’s “Radio Aahs.”  

Pardue is the author of the children’s book The Nothing-To-Do Funshop, and a narrator for several of the popular Hello Kitty children’s books.  She has also performed with the Hollywood Bowl Easter Choir from 2008 to 2011.

The Cold Dose of Radio Reality

by Jason Barrett, BSM Media 

(July 11, 2011) It’s hard sometimes not to become jaded if you work in the radio business. The more time you spend time in it, the more you discover that it’s not just about watching and talking about sports. The newspapers and industry trades at times paint a gloomy picture of what’s happening, leaving you to wonder about the stability of your career.

Then as you improve at your craft and command more respect and warrant higher compensation, you learn why the word ‘business’ is included in your industry’s profile description. One of the most common mistakes people make in radio is believing that their contributions to a company entitles them to something greater. Managers believe the brands they run are ‘their radio stations’ and the hosts, producers and contributing members all feel their presence and value to a brand is vital and difficult to replace. Their contributions certainly do matter, especially to those they work with, but in the grand scheme of everything, we’re all still replaceable parts. Some may have greater value, but none of us are irreplaceable.

How many times have you heard someone who’s young and on the way up in their career complain about the money, long hours, and lack of attention they receive from their employer? There’s this belief that their hard work should be recognized, radio should reward its people better, and more TLC should be provided by bosses. (Read complete story by clicking the artwork)

Vic the Brick is Feeling You 

(July 11, 2018) Fans of KLAC’s Vic the Brick Jacobs can rejoice as Chachi’s Benztown Branding is syndicating Vic in a new 30-second daily feature, This Day in Sports History. A native of Queens, NY, Jacobs has been a sports broadcaster since 1979, working in Austin, Fresno, Phoenix, and most notably, Los Angeles, where he landed in the early '90s as a sports anchor on KCOP/Channel 13 and for Rick Dees on KIIS. In 1997, he helped launch the new Sports-Talk format on KXTA (now KEIB) as the midday host. He later went on to co-host with NBA superstar Karl Malone and NFL Hall of Famer Terry Bradshaw.

Tony Valdez wrote on Facebook: “What’s gone wrong at Los Angeles’ all-News radio station? A story running today about a primary source of water for Los Angeles calls the lake ‘mono’ as in the opposite of stereo. The name is correctly pronounced ‘MO-no’ with two long ‘o’s. Making matters worse, in a sound bite we hear an official pronouncing ‘Mono Lake’ correctly. Like ‘Cahuenga’ and ‘Lompoc,’ Mono Lake is a place Los Angeles newscasters are supposed to know how to pronounce. But today, a reporter, several anchors, a writer, a producer and maybe even the news director didn’t know any better. Tuning to KPPC-FM right now.”

In other news: Bill Seward is part of the NBC Sports team covering the 2018 Rugby World Cup Sevens from San Francisco later this month … Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy, KRRL’s Big Boy is headed to television via Fuse Media. A syndicated show will be based on “Big Boy’s Neighborhood” beginning July 30 … Longtime Emmis chairman/ceo and founder (1980) Jeff Smulyan has his contract extended into 2022. He will be paid $1,025,000 during the first year of his new contract, with $25,000 increases over the next three years, ending up at $1,100,000 for the fourth year. He received a signing bonus of $1M … Yvette Nicole Brown has been chosen by AMC to step in and moderate The Walking Dead and Fear the Walking Dead panels at Comic-Con later this month. The decision to select Yvette is in response to accusations of misconduct by longtime host Chris Hardwick … Alt 98-7 adds Tamo Sein to middays. She is on her way here from WEND-Charlotte. “In the words of my family and friends, ‘We totally thought you were pregnant, but OH MY GOD THIS MAY BE EVEN MORE EXCITING NEWS!’” She replaces Marty Whitney, who continues at KIOZ-San Diego.

Ratings Steady as They Go

(July 10, 2018) Very little major movement with the top stations in the just-released June '18 PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-mid. KBIG (MY/fm) remains on top followed by KOST, K-EARTH, and KTWV (the WAVE). KIIS, once market leader but still revenue leader, continues in a downward cycle. Pasadena City College's KPCC moves into the Top 10, while KABC falls out of the Top 40, tied at 41st with Oldies KSUR.

1. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.7 - 5.8
2. KOST (AC) 5.6 - 5.6
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.0 - 5.1
4. KTWV (the WAVE) 4.8 - 4.5
5. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.5 - 4.3
6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.2 - 4.1
    KFI (Talk) 4.4 - 4.1
8. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.7 - 3.5
9. KYSR (Alternative) 3.2 - 2.8
10. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.7 - 2.7
      KPCC (News/Talk) 2.7 - 2.7
12. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.7 - 2.6
      KNX (News) 2.7 - 2.6
      KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.4 - 2.6
      KRRL (Urban) 2.7 - 2.6
      KXOL (Spanish AC) 2.7 - 2.6
17. KROQ (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.5
18. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.7 - 2.4
      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.4
20. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.3
21. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.9 - 2.2
22. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.6 - 2.1
23. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.8 - 2.0
24. KUSC (Classical) 1.6 - 1.7
25. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.4 - 1.5
26. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.7 - 1.4
27. KCRW (Variety) 1.3 - 1.3
      KSSE (Spanish Oldies) 1.2 - 1.3
29. KRLA (Talk) 0.9 - 1.1
      KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.1
31. KLAC (Sports) 0.9 - 1.0
      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 0.7 - 1.0
33. KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 0.9
      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.9
35. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.8
36. KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.8 - 0.7
      KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.7
38. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.4 - 0.6
      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.6 - 0.6
40. KYLA (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.5

Michael Savage to the Supremes

(July 10, 2018) Back in 2013, Mary Ann Sause of Louisburg, Kansas, was listening to Westwood One’s syndicated The Michael Savage Show when the police came to her door over a complaint that her radio was playing too loud. The retired nurse eventually opened the door to the police, they said she would go to jail, and then Sause, a devout Catholic, asked to pray. They ordered her to stop.

After the incident, she tried to get an apology from the Louisburg Police department, to no avail. She went to court claiming violation of her constitutional rights and a legal saga ensued.

The case went all the way to the Supreme Court, who ruled on behalf of Ms. Sause on June 28th … a precedent that all started with Michael Savage. You can read more 
here in The Hutchinson News.

One-of-a-Kind LARPs

by Mike Hagerty 

(July 10, 2018) When we asked readers to suggest one-of-a-kind personalities in the history of LARadio, most zeroed on one character who would stand alone, never to be duplicated. Some couldn’t decide on one LARP, but mentioned many. Our contributor this morning, iHeartMedia's Mike Hagerty, has a strong list.

LARadio has had several one-of-a-kind personalities. There was no Art Laboe clone, before or since, anywhere in America.

The sophisticated wit and astonishing vocabulary of Bill Ballance was not going to be found anywhere other than with Bill himself. 

Bob Crane was to radio what Ernie Kovacs was to tv, but in his own, unique way. Find me a jock who was ‘just like Bob Crane.’

Johnny Magnus – ain’t nobody better than he (a line he once used about Wes Montgomery) when it comes to knowing the music and sharing that knowledge, which he still does every Saturday and Sunday morning on 88.1.

The Real Don Steele spawned a host of imitators, all doomed to fail, because as Robert W. Morgan (arguably another original) said "if you try to sound like him, you just end up sounding like an idiot."

B. Mitchel Reed pioneered the concept of an FM album rock jock and proved you didn’t have to sound or be stoned to do it. 

Jimmy Rabbitt often was or sounded stoned when he did it (sometimes on the same station as BMR), but he’s an original too.

There was only one Wolfman Jack. Or Frazer Smith, for that matter.

I never heard anybody do radio the way Lee Baby Simms did it. Or Bobby Ocean. And how about Phil Hendrie?

I’m sure I’m leaving out names. I hope other readers fill the blanks I’m unintentionally leaving. Bottom line – the ranks of LARPs includes a whole host of originals, which is probably how they made it to – and made it in – Los Angeles.

A New Role for Kelli Gates

  (July 9, 2018) I love stories of revival, resurrection, renaissance, and rejuvenation. And this is one of them. We all know that our radio job is going to end. But this should not be the end of the story. What we do with the rest of our lives is the real story.

Kelli Gates was one of the forgotten soldiers in the midst of the dissolution of the KLOS Mark & Brian Show in 2012. Since 1998, Kelli had been the third important voice on the morning show. Equal parts contributor by giving news that was relatable to the audience, plus laughing at all of their jokes – the funny ones and the ones that went flat. She dazzled them with very personal stories, which included playing in the World Series of Poker a few years ago.

We seemed to care as much about Kelli’s life as we did the two boys. Virtually overnight, Kelli went from playing a key role on a coveted morning show to unemployment. “I thought the company was going to continue with Brian Phelps after Mark retired,” said Kelli. She spoke the day after the massive firings of everyone connected with the morning show except for the Skylord (Scott Reiff) and sports guy, Todd Donoho. Kelli thought she would be part of the reconstructed morning show. But with the snap of a finger and without warning, Brian announced that he, too, was leaving.

Kelli grew up in Dearborn Heights, Michigan and moved to Kentucky in the 11th grade. Kelli graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1987. She worked at WKQQ-Lexington as half of "Kruser and Kelli's morning show." From there, KOMP-Las Vegas then back to the Midwest at “97X,” Oxford, Ohio. “Maybe you remember Dustin Hoffman chanting ‘97X, The Future of Rock and Roll’ in the movie Rainman?” she said in recounting her journey.

Her big break came at WWCD-Columbus, Ohio in 1990. “I'm really proud of the fact that I was pd and drive-time talent for two start-up stations that are still very successful. Some of the talent hired on the small budgets provided were green. You can always teach formatics, but you can't teach people personality."
Her radio path changed course in 1993. “I married a guy that I met only because he was in love with my voice and came to a live remote to meet me. He was a tall, dark medical student. Unfortunately, he lived in Toledo."

She began working in markets all over Southern California, her ultimate radio goal. Kelli worked in the Inland Empire at KCXX and KCAL and in San Diego at KGB.

During a stint as radio coordinator for the Museum of Television & Radio, she infused a much-needed shot of awareness into the radio activities of Southern California. “The Museum job was very exciting, especially since I was able to meet all of the key radio people in town, past and present.” Single again, she got a weekend job at “Y107” before landing a job at KLOS, which led to being a part of the morning show with Mark & Brian.

On one of her stops after KLOS she did mornings in Santa Rosa. And then silence. She called old bosses and friends. Nothing led to a job. Kelli then an idea. She decided to go home, despite Thomas Wolfe’s proclamation. “I really am excited to back in Lexington,” wrote Kelli recently. “It's brought a sense of calm and inner peace I haven’t felt in a long time. Little did I know that I was going to really need support from my family in a big way after a major health scare. I guess intuition said to get back to where I would be near in proximity to those closest to me.”

As we all age, it is incumbent that we pay attention to our bodies. A year ago, Kelli noticed her energy level and ‘lust for life’ had taken a real dive. She saw a doctor, who said her iron levels were low and suggested she take an over the counter prescription to help and eat more iron-rich foods. “I did, but it didn’t seem to get any better. I ended up chalking it up to a combination of depression in not finding job. I was out of work due to a combination of station budget cuts and the economy.”

At the same time, her sister in Kentucky was terminally ill. “The silver lining there was that I was able to spend some beautiful, quality time with her and was with her when she passed.” Kelli chalked up her lethargy and depression to getting older and that this was the “New normal” for her. 

She returned to familiar territory in Northern California to look for a job back on the air, and a place to live, both unsuccessfully. “The housing market was tight already, then came the devastating fires in Santa Rosa, which really diminished the possibilities of even finding a place even if I was employed. So, I decided to go to Reno for a while where there was a radio job that was looking like a real possibility.  The initial interview and feedback was all positive, so I thought I would wait it out and stay in cheap hotels and use my poker skills to make some cash.  

When I was too tired to even just sit and play poker, which is one of my favorite things to do, I knew something was really wrong. Kelli made a snap decision, jumped in her car and drove the 33 hours back to Kentucky where she could feel at least feel centered with family around. “I went to a health clinic and had some lab work done, and the next day, while interviewing for a local radio gig, I got a frantic phone call from the nurse at the clinic, who told me to get to the emergency room right away. My red blood cell count was at 3.9. The normal is in the 13-15 range! I wasn’t getting oxygen to my heart, muscles, or even hardly my brain.  No wonder I felt so crappy!

Kelli saw a battery of doctors and nurses who all said they had never seen levels so low in someone that was actually up and walking around. “I was admitted to the ICU immediately and had a blood transfusion. 4 units! My idol Keith Richards would be proud! They kept me for five days and did a series of exploratory procedures but couldn’t find anything abnormal or figure out where the bleeding was coming from. So, I’ve been taking a heavier dosage of iron pills and vitamin C and will swallow a nifty pill with a camera in it next week to further explore possibilities of where the problem might stem from.” The story is still in process, but Kelli is feeling very optimistic. “I can honestly say I am a brand-new person. I have energy again, I don’t look like a zombie, and feel positive about what's to come.”

And Kelli landed the radio job! 

With her medical and mental challenges behind her, she encourages other to seek help if things are quite right. “Thank goodness I sought medical help when I did, and I’m so grateful for the care I received. And for my family who gave me a safe place to come back to! So, if you find yourself not feeling right, listen to your body and take the steps to get things checked out. Don’t take as long as I did thinking it will just pass.” (You can reach out to Kelli at: kelligates66@gmail.com )

Nostalgia Sunday - 8 Years Ago Today 

Open Email to Bob Moore
President/General Manager at KABC

(July 8, 2010) Well, it took a while to begin assembling your trusted team from FM Talk Radio, KLSX. First it was Frosty/Heidi & Frank for middays. Recently you brought in long-time CBS sales exec Dave Severino, and your programming partner Jack Silver is now in place. 

Whoopee! Big deal. So now what? 

KABC needs a new coat of paint. This is 2010. Trying to capture the glory years of KABC from the 70s and 80s would be a terrible mistake. This is 2010, almost 2011 in radio days. Hopefully your goal or mission statement is to beat KFI. So often victory is defined in constrained terms of “We made budget,” or “We’re up a notch in the PPM.”

Instead I’m talking about an all-out assault to beat KFI. The 50,000 watt station was an also-ran for decades (save mornings with Lohman & Barkley). It wasn’t until the focus became winning the whole enchilada with aggressive programming that was consistently compelling, stimulating and on target did they achieve major market superstar status.

KABC is a currently a mish-mash of various formats –syndication, local, baseball, infomercials, and network news. And right-wing radio is dead. Do you have the power to blow up afternoons and drop Sean Hannity and Mark Levin? Face it, they’re never going to improve, only stay stagnant and continue declining. Their brand of Talk radio belongs in a previous decade. The constant drone of far right politics from Hannity is causing even the most loyal conservatives to get glassy-eyed and fall into a stupor. 

The KABC call letters are no longer 2010. Time to abandon them. Blow them up. They have a musty image. They’ve ended up like the passe Oldsmobile. They are associated with a station that has long since lost its charm or relevance. When the KMPC call letters were taken over by 1540AM, a sports station, the call letters meant nothing. Ditto for the Top 40 giant KRLA, the station that brought the Beatles to the Hollywood Bowl. Never understood why the call letters were obtained by Salem for its brand of right-wing radio at 870AM.  

You’re considered one of the best radio sales people ever to work in Los Angeles.  Your past stations have been among the Top 10 billers in the entire country, generating incredible revenue.  If your mission is to regain that revenue position with no regard for the programming, then this note is for naught. If victory means making budget, then this note is for naught. 

You’re at a crossroads. You have an opportunity to set a new course in LA. It will probably take all your salesmanship to dump your network programming, but the sad fact is that you can’t win with it. KFI has found a way to be a huge revenue producer for Clear Channel with provocative programming and NO infomercials so we know that it can be done.  

Perhaps you, Jack, and Dave can sit over a long meal at The Palm and carve out a mission statement that results in victory – not only a programming success at 790AM but a revenue leader. 

Good luck! 

Email Saturday, 7.7.2018

** Firecracker AT 40

“I worked briefly for Casey Kasem around the time of the Bicentennial.

I was part of the team [Paul Grein, Sandy Stert Benjamin, and Nikki Wine] that came up with the idea of ‘The 4th of July’s Greatest Hits.’ It went pretty much as you’d expect. Starting with 1976, we went back 40 years and did the AT40 treatment to as many of the hits that fell on that day as possible.

Amazingly, Casey and Don Bustany went along with the idea. I salute them for that. It worked out pretty well.

Casey never did fit 40 records into the program, generally eliminating a few selections on the way down. Of course, I can’t remember the entire list, but we had a good Beatles record, a good Stones record, and so on. And it may have been the strangest AT40 show ever.” – Todd Everett

** Casey’s Characters

“I loved your story about Casey Kasem and AT 40. I bet I know which show Casey was shooting at Warner Bros. It may have been the Hardy Boys-Nancy Drew series. He played a character actor who imitates Peter Falk as Columbo but ends up being the villain. He was really good at it. Casey was also good with his voiceover work on Scooby-Doo and Superman-Batman Hour and Super Friends.

I had the pleasure of playing a trivia contest hosted by Bill and Sylvia of KBIG during the 90’s at the LA County Fair where Casey gave the questions and he was so nice. A true gentleman.

Hope you stay cool during this awful heat!” – Julie Byers
** Record Lady

“My AT40 story. When the show began, the Live Earl Jive [Vaughn Filkins] was in charge of obtaining the music from the record companies. When he departed, about 18 months later, he set me up with his gig. It was very part-time, I had no office space, but the most important part was to have copies of all possible 45’s on hand, as there was no time to shag singles after the fact. When the Billboard Hot 100 was released to us every Tuesday, I had a big cardboard box in my car, containing pretty much the whole Hot 100. Sometimes records warped in the heat. I had the job from 1971 until AT40 [and ACC] was moved to Texas in 1995. Fabulous part-time work.  

Working for Casey Kasem and Tom Rounds was a real blessing. I miss TR to this day.” – Ann Beebe

** Radio in a Comic Strip

“Do you happen to remember the name of the comic strip that was set in a radio station that appeared in newspapers years ago? I've been looking online and can’t find it anywhere. I remember seeing it, I think, in the 1990s in either the Times or the OC Register. One strip in particular that I cut out one day showed the overnight guy with an intravenous bag of Java. I was working overnights at the time, and so it resonated...  ;)” – Brian Perez

Progressive Talker Ed Schultz Dies

(July 6, 2018) Back in the 2000s, Ed Schultz was thought to be the Progressive Talk show answer to King of the Talkers, Rush Limbaugh. The former syndicated host who was heard locally on KTLK (then-1150 AM) and KGIL, has died of natural causes. He was 64.

Ed played football at Minnesota State University/Moorhead, eventually becoming the play-by-play announcer for North Dakota State. “In college, I had an opportunity to do a little sports show in Moorhead, Minnesota on KQWB. That was my first shot,” said Ed in a 2011 interview. Schultz began his media career working as a radio and television host in the Fargo market.  

Schultz started his broadcast career working in sports on tv. He served as the sports director at WDAY/TV-Fargo during the 1980s. Schultz had an uncanny similar presentation as Limbaugh, despite their opposite political views. Ed opened his show with “From the heart of America, the nation’s #1 Progressive voice where truth and common-sense rule.”

From 2009 to 2015, he hosted a daytime news and opinion program on MSNBC called The Ed Show. He was a controversial presence. At MSNBC, Ed attacked Laura Ingraham once telling his listeners: "President Obama is going to be visiting Joplin, Missouri, on Sunday but you know what they're talking about, like this right-wing slut, what's her name? Laura Ingraham? Yeah, she's a talk slut. You see, she was, back in the day, praising President Reagan when he was drinking a beer overseas. But now that Obama's doing it, they're working him over."

Ed was heard for three years on LA Radio, first at Progressive Talk KTLK from 2005-08, then on KGIL when Saul Levine briefly went all-Talk with his AM station.

The trade newspapers had a field day covering Schultz’ colorful language on his syndicated radio show. One time he tore into a caller, telling him to “get the fuck out of here” before fretting over whether the radio producers had managed to hit the delay censor button. And somehow, audio of the incident flew under-the-radar for a whole week, according to a story at Radiate.

Ed exited KTLK in 2008 due to the show being tape delayed. “In this current explosive political environment KTLK cannot afford to be tape delayed,” explained then-KTLK program director Don Martin. “There is too much breaking all the time.” 

At one point when the media talked about Progressive radio, Ed was always in the same breath as Keith OlbermannStephanie Miller and Rachel Maddow.

At the peak of his radio and tv career he said. “I’ve wanted this for a long time. You’ve got to have some talent, but you’ve got to be lucky, too.”  

July 4th Anniversary of AT40

(July 5, 2018) Yesterday marked the anniversary of the launch of American Top 40. And I was there.

In the late spring of 1970, I was general manager of WWWW (W4) in Detroit. We were the nation’s first 24/7 live Oldies radio station on fm. Out of the blue one morning, I received a phone call from Tom Rounds of Watermark. He was launching a new syndicated countdown show called American Top 40, hosted by Casey Kasem.

I had heard of Tom from his success at KFRC-San Francisco. Despite the fact that there were a handful of Top 40 stations in the market, no one wanted this new syndicated offering. He turned to W4 out of desperation because he wanted the show to be heard in Casey’s hometown since Casey grew up in Detroit and went to Wayne State University.

I remember being reluctant. Didn’t want to interrupt the 24/7 Oldies format and told Tom so. He promised to never charge for the show and would help me with any customizing that I needed. The clincher was, “why don’t you give the Oldies a rest on the weekends and you have a ton of inventory you can sell at a premium.”

W4 became one of the seven stations that launched the show on July 4, 1970. Watermark took out a full-page in Billboard thanking us.

The following week a phone call came from Casey. My assistant put him right through. It was that unmistakable voice from years of listening to him in San Francisco and 1110/KRLA. He wanted to personally thank me for carrying the show. He said his parents never quite understood what he was doing in California. Now they could listen to their son every weekend.

Eventually I left radio and got into the motion picture marketing business. My first job was at Columbia Pictures in 1976. We shared the Burbank lot with Warner Bros, and the facility was called The Burbank Studio. Our marketing department was the first building on the right as you entered the Pass Avenue gate. Across the street was Malpaso, Clint Eastwood’s production offices.

One day as I was leaving our Technicolor Building, there was commotion on the roof of the Malpaso Building. The perpetrator was Casey Kasem, running around with a gun. He was a guest detective in some tv show shooting on the roof. I waited for a break in the shooting to join Casey. We reminisced about the enormous success of AT40 and the embryonic days of the countdown show. Casey always wanted to be an actor, but that was about the only career that didn’t work out for him.

Isn’t it ironic that Tom Rounds and Casey Kasem die within days of each other?

Decades later when LARadio was born, Casey joined a panel of other early personality giants for LARadio Day at the Museum of Radio & TV. He was very generous with his time.

We had another conversation when Casey was dropped as host of AT40 to make the way for Ryan Seacrest to take over. If he was bitter, he never let on. Casey was so praiseworthy of Tom Rounds and Premiere Radio Networks for carrying the show. He got a laugh when I reminded him of a Howard Stern observation that Casey became a multi-millionaire by counting backwards.

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National Radio Hall of Fame Set to Induct LARPs

(June 27, 2018) Stories galore with the announcement of the National Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2018.

Jonathon Brandmeier (c) who took Chicago by storm at WLUP (Loop) for decades, as well as trying to duplicate his success at KLSX, was elected on the first public vote ballot. Johnny B was among 11 broadcasters to be elected.

Other Los Angeles Radio People voted in by the public include Mark Levin (r), the talk radio conservative fire brand whose syndicated program was first heard locally on KABC and now afternoons at 870/KRLA. In addition, the sports duo of Mike Golic & Mike Greenberg and Dr. Laura Schlesinger were voted in by the industry panel.

“It’s our mission to recognize the most impactful personalities and individuals to our medium and honor them,” Hall of Fame chairman Kraig T. Kitchen said in a statement. “We’re proud to induct these individuals for their contributions into the Radio Hall of Fame in 2018, our 30th year.” Nominated LARPs who will have to wait until next year include: George NooryJim RomeJohn Tesh and Ellen K. Kitchin said over 500,000 votes were cast in the two listener-chosen categories.
Dave Armstrong is one of those who understands the synergy between programming and sales. He was in charge of the Salem / LA cluster for many years.

He’s now working with the Diocese of Orange to create The Southern California Catholic Network. The new venture includes KHJ-Los Angeles and KCEO-Vista. “The network covers nearly 7 million Catholics from Santa Barbara to the Mexican border and the stations were recently converted to commercial,” emailed Armstrong.

“I will be developing the sales function with the programming coming from Relevant Radio. This is an exciting new adventure and I look forward to helping them increase their revenue.”

In other news: Ira Lawson loved the great reminisce of Jim Healy. He sent a site link that contains a boatload of Healy sound bites: http://www.lerctr.org/~transit/healy ... Congrats to Ken Jeffries and his wife Stephanie Yellin-Mednick on 35 years of wedded bliss … Bon voyage to Steve Kindred who is taking his first cruise, which includes stops in Greece and Croatia, with his new galpal. "I’m also a blood ambassador for the Red Cross and volunteer at the Burbank Temporary Aid Center. I’m in good health and seeking some part-time work. I’d also consider a return to full-time work if the offer was right," emailed Steve … KRRL’s Big Boy served as one of the team coaches for the 2018 BET Experience Celebrity Basketball Game … Some called Dan Ingram the greatest Top 40 jock ever. Those who worked with the New York personality at WABC and WCBS/fm sent their praises on social media this week. Ingram died on Sunday at the age of 83. Howard Hoffman created an audio history of Ingram at: https://soundcloud.com/howard-hoffman/dan-ingram-hof-demo

Hiatus. LARadio will be on hiatus while Cherie and I travel to Naples to visit my oldest son. We go from one beautiful beach (Avila) across the country to another. Sand is never too far away from our lives.

Then on Monday we drive to Key West for Cherie’s birthday. I haven’t been there since the late ‘80s when we had a huge James Bond press event complete with a lush setting, a Bond look-a-like jumping out of the 007 helicopter into our lawn party with a satchel containing ten car keys. One of the keys started an Aston Martin. A key was given to 10 contest winners from tv promotions all over the country. The winner got to drive it home. For desert, we presented a 20-foot key lime pie that was lighted by 007 himself, Timothy Dalton.
Email Wednesday
** Ingram’s Passing

“Big Dan Ingram's boast that he was ‘number 13 in Pittsburgh’ is probably quite modest. Back in the mid-'60s, KQV was Pittsburgh’s only 24-hour per day full-time Rock AM station, and its nighttime signal was very weak. We lived just 8 miles from downtown Pittsburgh, and due to the ’Burgh’s hills and ravines it would fade while driving just a mile from our house once the sun went down.

As a result, I had WABC, WLS, and WCFL marked on the dial of my bedroom radio. Once I had my own car, I set 3 pushbuttons for those stations on the auto’s AM dial. From December through February, when darkness would set in around 5 p.m., I’d move the needle over to WABC to catch the last 30-60 minutes of Big Dan Ingram.  (KDKA was middle-of-the-road music from morning until Clark Race’s rock show from 4 to 8 p.m. WAMO was r&b most of the time, but was daylight only on AM. WEEP was a rare 50 kW daylight only station, and had Dick Biondi’s live syndicated show from 6 p.m. until sign-off in the spring and summer of 1965.) Dan Ingram did have one marvelous set of pipes.”  – Robert O’Brien

** One-Of-a-Kind Jim Healy

“Only one Jim Healy and there will always be just one Jim Healy. Can you imagine if Jim was doing his thing now, with all the social media? Healy by himself would double the ratings on whatever station he was doing his thing.” – Fred Wallin, Sports Byline

** Arnie Memories

“My folks moved to Anaheim in 1970 and that’s when I discovered KEZY, who OWNED Orange County’s AM Airwaves. It was everything that OC was in those days – fresh and new, wholesome and fun. I remember going out to meet the KEZY Beach Van on its weekend coastal cruises and listening to this high momentum format [they used to jingle before EVERY record!]. I was hired by Mark Denis in late 1974 and never worked for Arnie McClatchey, but he was a class act, both on and off the air. A true professional and a great leader.” – Mike Wagner, KEZY 1974-76, KIIS/fm 1976-82, KRLA 1982-95 (photo: Julie Frey, Mike Wagner, Bruce Chandler, Paul Freeman, Arnie McClatchey, Dave Sebastian Williams)

** Arnie’s Wife

“Thank you so much Don. Arnie would have been humbled by your article.” – Pam McClatchey

** Freeman on Arnie

“I was working in Salt Lake City with Dave Sebastian at The Big 1280 KNAK in 1970 when I was hired by Arnie McClatchey who was the program director to do 7p to midnight on The Mighty 1190 KEZY, Orange County's Monster Station. The almost 6 years I spent at KEZY working with Arnie and Mark Denis and the rest of the great staff was a wonderful learning experience not to mention all the FUN we had Rocking Orange County. Arnie was always so easy to work with and truly one of the nicest people I’ve ever known.

Arnie was a real gentleman. My condolences to his wife Pam and his family and friends. He will be missed by all who knew him.” – Paul Freeman

** Appreciates LARadio

“Thanks for the recent LA Radio blurb featuring my face along with a few others. I always appreciate your thoughts/mentions/and exposure. You are a legend in the radio industry. Such an amazing ability to track all the radio talent of today and yesterday. We all owe you a debt of gratitude. Thank you for all you do!” – Kris Erik Stevens

Who Goofed? I've Got to Know ... Jim Healy is One-of-a-Kind

by David Alpern, Long Beach

(June 26, 2018) (This is the second installment in the summer series of you saluting those LARP who were absolutely unduplicatable and truly stand out as one-of-a-kind)

Who Goofed? I've Got To Know.

Not LARadio.com by being sure to honor one of the most original broadcasters ever to grace the LA airwaves, Jim Healy. I knew him just from his KMPC days, while others benefitted from enjoying his craft dating back to his time at KLAC.

Jim Healy was a gifted radio talent who combined being a sportscaster/comedian/technician/commentator/community connector/consumer of all media/lover of celebrity/mocker/punster.

Dateline: Los Angeles – Jim Healy was appointment radio, to the extent that such listening doesn’t much exist anymore outside of perhaps some NPR programming and morning drive. If it was 5:30 p.m. on any LA freeway, far and away more buttons were being punched (yes back then we pressed a physical haptic button) to AM 710 to hear the wonderful soundbite fest that was Jim Healy’s short but marvelous sportscast. So compelling was his show and his time slot, that KMPC programmed around him, with the afternoon host vacating the air at 5:30 p.m. and returning only some minutes after “the dreaded six-o’clock tone.”

So sit down and have dinner with Pearl Harbor, and think of Howard Cosell, while you admire Kurt Bevacqua, and contemplate what Tom Lasorda thinks today of Dave Kingman’s performance.

IS IT TRUE that any of the references in that last sentence brought a smile to your face? If yes, then you (like me) have not gone “the Leonard Tose route” and as such are lucky to have caught a chance to admire one of the finest talents ever to grace the airwaves here in the city of the angels.

Some memorable quotes played ad nausea on Jim Healey’s show:
Benoit Benjamin saying "I don't give a #%$@ about the fans"
"The World Champion" – how Jim labeled the LA Times Sports section, which hopefully can reclaim that title under new owner, Patrick Soon-Shiong
Ed Bieler’s geographical claim that "the San Antonio River goes right through the heart of downtown Los Angeles."
Lawrence Welk impersonation that simply sums up what Jim’s show was: "A Wun'erful, A Wun'erful."

The Face/Voice of OC Radio, Arnie McClatchey, Dies 

(June 25, 2018) Newer listeners to Southern California radio may have a tough time understanding that at one time there was radio exclusively for Orange County. As the population of the Southland began to spread, low powered AM station originating from L.A. had a hard time reaching the OC. Three of the leading OC stations in the 1960s and ‘70s had Arnie McClatchey as a common denominator. He was an innovator, programmer and talent. The well-liked leader of OC Radio died June 20, 2018, after a long illness. He was 76.

Arnie was born June 14, 1942 in Vancouver, Washington and raised in Camus, Washington. He started his radio career at the age of 15 at KVAN-Portland. After serving in the Army, he relocated to Orange County where he worked in local radio for almost two decades. Arnie was pd at KEZY from 1967–74 until he was succeeded by Mark Denis. Arnie transformed the station from an easy-listening station to “The Mighty 1190.”

A number of djs who later became prominent in L.A. – Mike Wagner, Paul Freeman, Bruce Chandler, among others – worked with Arnie to create a Top 40 station which dominated the OC airwaves. KEZY even had a following into the Los Angeles market despite the fading signal at night when the station reduced power.

Recalled Arnie: "Mark helped me a lot with the programming, we would get in my office and brain storm to come up with our one liners and contests. We did not know it at the time but we were doing some of the best radio ever."

In March of 1975, Arnie started a new venture on the fm dial. “I became general manager of KYMS in Santa Ana and put on the first Contemporary Christian Music station in the nation," he said in a 1995 interview for Los Angeles Radio People from his home in El Paso. He eventually bought KYMS along with stations in Phoenix and Denver and kept them until 1983. "I took some time off and then I bought KELP/AM in El Paso in 1984, and I commuted from Southern California to El Paso for eight years until we moved here permanently in the early 1990s.”
Arnie continued to do commercials and voice work for The Word for Today, a national radio ministry heard on 200 radio stations daily and Horizon Radio, another nationally syndicated program.

His wife of 49 years, Pam, said the Lord called her husband home last week. “He was a kind, loving, gentle man who loved and served the Lord for many years and will be missed by those who had the pleasure of knowing him,” said Pam.

Bruce Chandler wrote that Arnie was “always so mild mannered and genuinely nice. He hired me in the fall of 1973 for weekends at KEZY while I was working full time at KFXM-San Bernardino. A few months of that and then when Mark Denis took over as pd, Mark hired me full time in February 1974. I did every day shift.”

There will be a memorial service for Arnie at Fairhaven Memorial Chapel in Santa Ana, on Friday July 6 at 2:30 p.m.

In other news: After two seasons, Nick Hardwick will not be heard as color analyst on KFI for the LA Chargers ... Greg Tantum (pd at all-News KFWB in the '90s) celebrates his 40th wedding anniversary ... Nick Tyler and KJazz 88.1 FM will once again broadcast from the 39th Montreal International Jazz Festival, midday, this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. This is our 8th year covering one of the largest music festivals in world," said the all-Jazz outlet ... Dave Skyler celebrates 10 years with K-EARTH ... Congratulations to Leslie Marshall on her 22nd wedding anniversary ... Another anniversary - Tom Watson (ex-KKDJ) is celebrating 11 years of wedded bliss ... Happy 91st birthday to KFWB/Color Radio's last man standing, Elliot Field ... After an assault claim by ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra, Chris Hardwick (ex-KROQ and founder of Nerdist) sees his talk show pulled by AMC as NBC mulls what to with his game show The Wall. He’s now married to Lydia (nee Hearst), the daughter of Patty Hearst.

Archives 2nd Quarter 2018: Michael Benner's new book; Brian Beirne in concert; KNX celebrates 50 years; Uncle Joe to Townsquare; Amp says Yes to Yesi; Click and Clack to automotive Hall of Fame; When is an Oldie Not an Oldie? Passing Parade - Mark Morris, Bill Watson, Dex Allen, Dick Orkin, Don Bustany, Mark Morris, Roger Collins, Art Bell, Mike Walker, Frank Bresee, Warren Duffy, John Mack Flanagan; 3 LA stations in revenue Top 10; NAB nominations and voting; Kimmel in People; Ted Leitner diagnosed with cancer; PPM re-issue issue; Lady LARPs of Grace; Dick Biondi out of WLS after six decades; 6-minute commercial load too much; Purely Personal with son's graduation and daughter's marriage; Len Chandler songs for Credibility Gap; Alfonzo Ortiz @KNX; THR award to Harvey; Stern cut and he's not happy; 2 LARPs on Time list of 2018 Most Influential; Ladd is back and Tribe thrilled; Larry Gifford diagnosed with Parkinson's; Is Savage being set-up; Walker needed for pd; Good Time Steve Mitchell to Georgia HOF;  LARPs nominated for HOF; Marriage of Alexandra Barrett; Lyon Queen; David Viscott king of psych Talker; Debunking myths of a dj; New day for Sue Fruend; Adam Carolla is driven to buy; Is the Bloom off the rose?; Paul Newman's cars; One of a Kind LARPs Series with Jim Ladd; K-EARTH's Locks of Love excellent promotion; Good Day LA crew reunites at KABC; Baseball ratings; Jersey Boys interruption; Rita Wilde interview;

About the Publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett

As publisher of LARadio.com, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 60+ years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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