LARadio

Summer 2019

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett
Edited by Alan Oda


 

Alan Oda Returns from Japan 

(July 30, 2019) We’re back from Kumamoto, Japan, a rich ten days working in a post-disaster area. We again served in the aftermath of a 7.0 earthquake in Southern Japan in 2016. About 20,000 people are still living in temporary housing, our visit this year was about serving these communities.

I want to personally thank the many words of encouragement we received, with special shout-outs to Steve Hafen of KVIP-Redding who was kind enough to interview me about our work, and the generous support of sportscaster supreme Jeff Biggs.

I’ve been part of Japan volunteer teams seven times. For six of these visits, my younger son Andrew has come with us. Every visit we keep a blog about what we’re doing (
http://ayoda.tumblr.com). Last week, my 15-year-old son asked if he could post something. Thanks to Don Barrett, I have the privilege of sharing what he wrote about our time there, I think it captures the spirit of our trip. He titled this “A Paradox or So”:
It’s been a challenging trip. There’ve been years with more intense physical labor, years where the weather was worse, years where we didn’t have all the resources we needed. I was not well prepared for this year’s trip. My mindset just wasn’t up to the challenge, and I faltered. I had many anxious moments and all the nervous energy that followed intensified my introverted traits.

Missions, to me, at one point was just an annual thing that just happened. I’ve spent some time thinking why I even participate in our disaster relief missions trips to begin with. Here’s what I came up with.

People have a tendency to forget. Its just a human thing. I forget things, my family forgets things, my friends forget things. When I can check the news any time of day, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 12 months a year, we get information in real time, a constant stream of issues and incidents and things getting done or not done.

After a disaster, the whole world can see and hear and learn about the trials others go through. This can be great. In the first year following the earthquake, missionaries from all corners of the globe watched and came and helped. But as always, people lost the drive, they lost the passion, the determination. They forget. And they move on. Eventually, the severity of the disaster is thought of less and less until it becomes a few photos and a blurb in a history book or a retrospective news story. 

I feel called here because I don’t want to forget, and I don’t want my church to forget, and most importantly, I don’t want the people here to feel forgotten. I want the residents to know that we still care, that the church still supports them, and that we don’t have to remember them because we never forgot to begin with.  

There seems to be a need about leaving an impact in this world. I have this need (maybe a fixation or even an obsession), and I know when the obsession is in the wrong hands, it can become a dark yearning for infamy of attention. Nonetheless, I think this trip helps address my obsession, the feeling of being able to do something worthwhile in this world and help others. Empathy is what makes us human, and showing love and care to a stranger in need can mean as much to you as it does to them.

I hope that more brothers and sisters will direct their passion and use it to help someone else. I’d especially like it if more of my peers can come to Japan next year with us and bless more people in need.

This post is disorganized, a representation of my current state of mind, messy yet sometimes coherent. I’m not going to sugarcoat this: It’s not all perfect. The things we do are not all rainbows and sunshine and pure, unfiltered happiness. At the same time, it’s not miserable and terrible and depressing. I guess it is a paradox, straddling a line between unrealistic idealism and counterintuitive cynicism. But, between the extremes, I’m doing OK. I’d be happy to say that we still did what we came to do, and I hope that more can help us do it again. DFTBA, Andrew 


Editor Alan’s note: Andrew shared much of this at the Kiyama Christ Church this past Sunday, where we were asked to speak briefly about our work as a Japan Rebuild team. And the blessings continue.
Ron Brewington is a versatile performer. Throughout the 1980s and 90s, he was heard on KLON, KGFJ, and KJLH. Ron has been the bureau chief of American Urban Radio Networks since 1983. He is an entertainment guru whose reviews appear frequently in advertisements for major motion pictures.

In 2015, Ron made the transition to tv and has hosted The Actor’s Choice with over 150 episodes. The program was a television entertainment talk show, which centered on actors and actresses, as well as directors, producers, publicists, stage managers and other theatrical performers. His show continues on the Internet: 
https://www.facebook.com/ron.brewington.98 at 11 a.m. every Monday.

Now Ron imparts all his universal media in a new broadcasting class at Santa Monica College this coming Fall semester. Broadcasting Announcing and Production starts August 27. The class and this course offers training and practical experience in announcing for radio and television and for radio control room operation, combining voice, recordings, editing, and other elements in broadcasting performance and production.

Ron was born and raised in New York’s Harlem area. He retired from the U.S. Navy in 1984, where he served for almost two decades as a journalist covering worldwide assignments. He worked at a number of stations in Corpus Christi and Seattle before settling in Long Beach in the early 1980s. He was instrumental in leading a worldwide campaign on behalf of the late Marvin Gaye for a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Ron is a stringer for UPI radio and has written for Crisis magazine and Black Diaspora.

Ron’s course is offered every Tuesday afternoon (2:15PM-5:15PM) at the brand new Center for Media and Design Building (CMD), 1660 Stewart Street, in Santa Monica. Ron is such a talented and knowledgeable media executive it is perfect for anyone wanting to get into broadcasting. For more information, please see the catalog at 
www.smc.edu 

Gary Gibson saw Once Upon A Time In...Hollywood at the New Beverly Cinema which happens to be the theater Quentin Tarantino owns. “I loved the way the soundtrack of the movie was also the soundtrack of this 8-year-old's life at the time the story takes place.  

Hearing the boss jocks blasting from the screen was a serious memory flogger, and if you see the movie at the New Beverly you will not only be treated to candy at the snack bar that is limited to what was available in 1969 and vintage style soda cups, if you get there early (the theater opens an hour before each screening) you will be treated to a full hour air-check of Charlie Tuna on 93 KHJ from 1969. The cameo of Quentin playing Humble Harve (as seen in the photo I sent some months ago) does not appear in the film,” said Gary.

“If you sit through the entire credit roll the last KHJ bit is a promo for the Batman tv show, voiced by Adam West & Burt Ward,” emailed Tim Ahern. “A trip to the set is promised. The timeline is off a bit as they say your entries must be postmarked by [a month I can’t recall] 1966, three years prior to the events in the film.”

“Bummer,” emailed car guy Dave Kunz. “They cut out the Toluca Lake scene. Bonus: the character of an Italian actress is named Francesca Cappucci.”

When I reached Francesca last Friday after seeing her name in the credits, she’s said it wasn’t her in the film. “My guess is that Tarantino really likes the name and perhaps he used to watch my music news pieces. He's a musicologist!” texted Francesca. She saw the film last night and her review: "It’s such a cool tribute to L.A. and days gone by. Leo and Brad are truly amazing in it! And, I just love the script! The casting overall was fantastic! Thanks for reaching out!"

“We saw the new Tarantino movie last night and we loved it,” enthused Bob Koontz, former ESPN/KLOS sales exec. “Seeing a couple of my old haunts in old Hollywood and the current vintage cars was so cool the acting and story was awesome. The music, djs, everything was great including hearing the KHJ old promos from the 60s."


Helicopter Crash. KNX’s Randy Kerdoon sent a note about Thursday being the 42nd anniversary of tragic KNBC helicopter crash at then White Oak Park in the Valley. “We now know Francis Gary Powers ran out of fuel on the way back from covering a fire in Santa Barbara for Channel 4.

At the time I was a news/sports intern at KGIL where Powers was a traffic pilot, I believe in the early 70s [not exactly sure of the time frame].”

Randy continues: “I remember then-news director Dick Spangler coming up to me and giving me the keys to the stations light blue AMC Hornet Sportabout Mobile Unit, along with a cassette recorder and mic. [Remember this was 1977.] Dick told me to get to White Oak park as soon as I could and he'd explain my assignment over the 2 way [also no cell phones]. I beat all of the media to the scene but realized I wasn't given a press credential. So I pulled over at the park to contact KGIL base....only to be passed quickly by KMPC's big Chevy mobile unit [an early to mid-70s Chevy full size wagon emblazoned with 710 KMPC News on it. I followed Paul Pierce. They stopped me and I showed them the recorder and asked them....'what? You think I stole a mobile unit?’ They let me in and I posted 3-4 newscasts as they aired on KGIL on August 1st, 1977,  with some of my interviews in it, but this isn't about me.
It's all about remembering a sad moment in LA Radio and LA tv history. here's the link on soundcloud." https://soundcloud.com/randy-kerdoon/kgil-coverage-of-nbc-francis-gary-powers-chopper-crash-1977 .... Thanks to Randy Kerdoon for the story.
In other news: Mariano Amador has been appointed general sales manager for the newly reformatted Cali 93.9 (KLLI/fm) and will report to Irma Barrios, vp/general manager of Meruelo Media. Amador began his career at Univision Network New York offices and most recently served as gsm for Liberman Broadcasting in Los Angeles … Congratulations to KLOS’ Gary Moore on announcing his engagement yesterday. Linda Bartrom is a chemistry teacher at an OC high school and a former associate professor at California State University, Long Beach ... LARadio is going on vacation. We will be gone for most of August ... PAGING ALL PAGES! A reunion of CBS pages is set for August 24 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. As many a Page can recall hearing at The Price is Right … it’s time to “Come On Down” for this bash! It’s an opportunity for Pages to see old friends, meet new ones, swap stories and reminisce about jumping into the entertainment business on the ground floor … of Television City. For many, working as a Page was the first step towards a job in the film & television industry as a writer, actor, director, producer or executive. A bit of history: CBS has been hiring Pages to assist with television show tapings and guest relations since Television City opened at Beverly Boulevard and Fairfax Avenue in 1952. The CBS Television City iconic facility was sold earlier this year. Page reunions were held in August 1989 and again in June 2010. All former and current Pages are invited to attend this event. All CBS alumni “red coats” who would like to attend should contact Joan Powers Denney at cbspages@gmail.com. Prior registration is required.
   

Carlucci on the Move

 
(July 29, 2019) Mike Carlucci is headed to announce at the Pan-American Games in Lima, Peru. “I'm hoping there is a day free to visit Machu Picchu, but doubtful with the long days of competition,” emailed Mike. “Got my vaccination shots, so I’m good to go. I’m also heading out to Taiwan and Japan in November to verbalize at the Premier 12 Baseball tourney that precludes the Tokyo 2020 Games and just moments ago I got the word I will handle Baseball duties next July.”

Carlucci said his 22-year stint as the P.A. Voice on the MLB: The Show Series for Sony Computer Entertainment America has come to an end. “Sad to end my tenure, but it was time for a change and time to pass the baton. It was a great run and I'm very grateful. I will miss our long recording sessions. Most importantly, I cherish the friendships that developed and the superb production from the SONY team thru the years...Friends for life...Continued good journey with MLB: The Show,” Mike concluded.
Once Upon a Time. No one thought Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood would open at #1 or beat The Lion King, but the director won his best opening weekend on record. Reaction to Quentin Tarantino’s new release, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, has been mostly positive with its Boss Radio and Boss Men soundtrack.

“It’s another wild offering from the Pulp Fiction master,” said John Sebastian. “This Quentin depiction of the happening in LA in 1969 struck a particularly powerful chord. KHJ, a radio station I was honored to program practically a decade later, is the soundtrack of the movie from the very first to the last moment and everything in between.

I was further fortunate to have known all three of the disc jockeys featured ... Robert W. MorganThe Real Don Steele and Humble Harve.”

Neil Ross enjoyed the movie. “The first 2/3 almost didn’t even seem like a Tarantino movie. More straight-forward, less quirky. Nice job of re-creating the ambiance of 1969. As Rick and Cliff tooled around L.A. I got caught up in the moment and found myself thinking, ‘I’m 120 miles south right now. Working at KCBQ.’

Ross continued: "I found the Rick Dalton story line interesting too. Would have happily followed that without the Manson stuff. A washed up tv Western star, fading into irrelevance. We remember the ones who made it – the McQueens, Garners and Eastwoods – and forget the ones who didn’t.

KHJ is all over this movie. Just about any time someone starts up a car, the KHJ jingle blasts out of the radio setting up one of the great tunes from that era. In fact, the last thing on the soundtrack, just before the screen fades to black and the house lights come up is the instrumental version of the KHJ jingle. As for the ending. Well, I found it strangely satisfying. If only it had gone down that way back on that hot August night in ’69.”

“What a smart, classy move to use KHJ as the film's soundtrack,” enthused Rochelle Staab, who was once the pd at KIIS. “Tarantino couldn’t have used a better background – music and jocks – to create the feel of 1969 Los Angeles. Loved this movie.”

When KZLA was Country music, RJ Curtis was the programmer. He “absolutely” loved Tarantino’s new film. “It’s a fantastic, spot on period piece that captures Los Angeles – and within it, Hollywood – during 1969 to a tee. Leonardo DiCaprio and Brad Pitt (IMO) turned in powerful, gripping, and often hilarious Oscar-nomination-worthy performances,” said RJ.

“The vintage LA / Hollywood area scenes were like watching a home movie for me. I’ve eaten or drank (or both) at every restaurant and bar I saw in that film, and grew up in Chatsworth, which got a shout out by Pitt as he picked up a hitch-hiking Manson follower. But here’s what made me really love this film: Its true (but unbilled) supporting-role star, which, even more than Pitt and DiCaprio, maintained a constant presence throughout the film: the iconic 93 KHJ-AM. The voices of The Real Don Steele, and Robert W. Morgan were like comfort food; that famous, Boss Radio jingle package triggered flashbacks of listening to that station at all times during those years (my nightstand radio was never off!).

Much like Wolfman Jack and the giant, hit songs of the early 60s were omnipresent in American Graffiti, so too was KHJ and late-60s Top 40 music in Once Upon A Time ... but with a stronger sense of stationality, and its important cultural, symbiotic connection to Los Angeles in ‘69. Having experienced that as a KHJ P1 back then [even though I was still too young to drive!] I can say director Quentin Tarantino has given us an authentic snapshot of a colorful time, with an equally colorful and unpredictable plot as well,” RJ concluded.

Jerry Lewine saw a whole lot of free publicity for KHJ in Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood. “Kinda’ doubt it’ll give them a bump in the ratings, though,” he quipped.


In other news: Sports Talker Dan LeBatard is set to turn to ESPN Radio today. On July 19, LeBatard ripped ESPN for what he called its "cowardly" stance restricting its personalities from voicing opinions on political or social issues. Apparently the network and Dan have made up and are on the same wavelength … KFI news director Chris Little took a tumble at #marshallcanyon on his bike and “came down on the seat hard enough to bend it, got a little road rash (despite protective gear), and hit my helmet hard enough to crack it in two places [that’s what they do to save your brain]” … Tom Krug of Playa del Rey wrote the LA Times that a Sandy Koufax statute is a great idea as part of $100 million renovation to Dodgers stadium. “But where is the Vin Scully statue?” Krug wondered.

Thanks to Steve Nieto for the reminder of the Ron Jacobs book, Inside KHJ


Email Saturday, 7.27.2019

** Once Upon Movie in Jhani’s Neighborhood

“Quentin Tarantino wanted every detail exactly like it was in 1969 for his movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. Here are some of my shots from the end of my street on Riverside Drive in Toluca Lake. Even had The Money Tree, which was owned by a couple of The Three Stooges, and the Pioneer Chicken restaurant sign were recreated in the exact place where they existed back in the day.

They found an old RTD bus and put an actual KCOP channel 13 advertisement on the side. There were also bus benches promoting 93 / KHJ. Brad Pitt is seeing between takes in one of the photos. The cars, the stores, the entire boulevard; everything was perfect!” – Jhani Kaye
 


** More Tarantino Anticipation

“So glad to hear that the new Tarantino film, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, will feature actual KHJ airchecks of Robert W., Charlie TunaHumble Harve [and perhaps, some others]. I was afraid that they would go with some re-creates by VO folks. No matter how hard they tried, it would have come off as lame.

Kudos to Mr. Tarantino! I was already looking forward to this movie. This whets my appetite even more!” – Neil Ross


**RDS Epitome of KHJ

"The Real Don Steele was THE epitome of the dj during those days. Why was there not even a mention of him during your extensive coverage of the Tarantino film today? We can't forget The Real Don Steele!" - Shaune McNamara Steele


** Del Colliano Speculation

"In today’s column, you mention Jerry Del Colliano’s description of Entercom and you ask, 'wonder what he knows?'

My guess is that the answer is 'very little.' 

This is the same Jerry Del Colliano who predicted the demise of Iheart and Cumulus, and despite restructuring through chapter 11, both are still in business.  Jerry is the king of rumor and innuendo and occasionally, something he throws against the wall sticks......but not very often." - Bob Scott


** Lefsetz Letter

“Actually, I airchecked KUTE on December 31, 1982 and among their Top 102 of the year was that Thompson Twins song, In the Name of Love.” – Chime Hart

** Tami Heide Serving Up Goofballs

“Really love listening to Tami Heide’s bits. She’s an educated goofball for educated goofballs! Wish I could find her more often on the radio.” – Daniel O’Donnell

** Sweet Dick Story

“Sometime in the early-mid 1950s Dick Whittington was at KSFO doing an afternoon drive-time dj show. My younger brother shared my irreverence and penchant for the absurd so he called a traffic tip in to Whittington. 

We lived in Redwood City some 25 miles down the Peninsula from San Francisco. Two houses from ours was a one-block street called Opal Avenue. No other segments of it in Redwood City. It was a quiet little residential street that ran between two main streets.  

My brother, Len, called KSFO to report that ‘traffic is moving smoothly on Opal Avenue in Redwood City.’ A short while later, Whittington aired it intact and with a straight ‘face,’ if you will.” – Warren Cereghino
  ** San Diego Jock Dies

Ron ‘Ugly’ Thompson was a jock in the 60’s through the 80’s. He was at KOIL-Omaha, KISN-Portland, WRIT-Milwaukee, WIXY-Cleveland, KCBQ-San Diego, KFI, and many more and somehow ended up in the Quad Cities when I was there.

He befriended several people, including me. I would take him to lunch and listen to him tell stories of his time in radio. He spoke very highly of Buzz Bennett at KCBQ and was very proud of his work with ‘Buzzy.’

Last I heard from him was in February. I only found out last week, he died on April 9th. He had a lot of medical issues, including laryngeal cancer, which he beat, but his voice was shot, and talking for a living was no longer possible. (Why anyone under the age of 50 would start smoking, knowing what we know now, is beyond me.) The last time I saw Ron was when I went to visit the Quad Cities in Aug 2015. I told him I'd be there and he wanted to see me. Glad we could get this picture. Rest in Peace Ron.” – David Leonard
 

** Radio Versus Records

“Thanks for sharing the Celebrity Access article. For those who haven’t figured it out, ‘Celebrity Access’ provides unparalleled, detailed information on over 50,000 Entertainers, Speakers, Celebrities, and their representatives, as well as, hundreds of thousands of records for venues, agents and managers, including their direct phone numbers and email addresses. Members can also instantly access FREE Box Office Scores, dates of live bands on tour, artist avails and news archives.’ It's a music industry publication. 

The music business and radio have had a love / hate relationship for years. ‘Radio doesn't play enough new music.’ ‘Radio has gotten a great deal on airplay without compensating the performers.’ But without radio, a lot of these performers would never have been discovered. The same publication in an earlier article (about iHeart) said: ‘Things have even changed with college radio, which was once a major source of music discovery with the demographic most interested in music. For budgetary reasons, many colleges have sold off their terrestrial transmitter and moved their station online, and have lost much of their audience as a result.

Record labels still view radio as important though, not so much for breaking an artist, but for taking what already has traction to the next level. Radio may not deliver the prime music lovers, but it does deliver casual music consumers, which is a bigger market but tougher to crack."
https://celebrityaccess.com/2019/04/16/iheartmedias-ipo-may-reveal-the-future-of-music-radio/ 

No, you can't ignore the issue of the seven-minute commercial sets, but there’s something about ‘college’ radio losing audience when it lost its transmitters.   In this on demand world, will broadcasters be able to eke out a worthwhile business model for future consumers? That’s the big question, isn't it?” – Dave Mason

** Bob Ray to Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame

“I appreciate your sharing my news. It is a humbling, wonderful acknowledgement to be included in an elite group of my radio heroes and mentors. I’m still swimming in the emotions of hearing the news.” – Bob Ray

** Judgement Time

“Three men are standing in front of the entrance to Heaven.
St. Peter asks the first man about himself. He asks how much money he made the previous year.
The man said, just under 200 thousand dollars.’
St. Peter said, ‘Have you done anything to benefit humanity?’
The man replied that he was a doctor, and saved many lives and cured a lot of people who were ill.
St. Peter told him to enter Heaven.
He asked the second man about his income.
The man said, ‘About 240 thousand dollars.’
His reply to the second question was how as an attorney he helped many people who had legal problems, and how he aided those who needed him.
He was told to enter also.
St. Peter turned to the third man and asked how much money he made the year before. He said, ‘Thirty thousand dollars.’
St. Peter asked. ‘What were the call letters?’” – Tony Jones, Topeka

They’re Happy Together in Post-Scully Booth  

(July 26, 2019) The current tv Dodger broadcasters are having a lot of fun. Last week, the LA Times devoted a front-page story to Joe Davis and Orel Hershiser. “Laughter filled the booth, echoing through the empty ballpark. Joe Davis’ voice, rich and full when calling Dodgers games, was cracking. Next to him, Orel Hershiser’s giggle had turned to a guffaw,” wrote the Times’ Jack Harris.

The two started working together four years ago, according to the Times story. “Davis, a Michigan native who played Division III football, quickly moved through the baseball broadcasting ranks. With Vin Scully nearing retirement, the Dodgers hired Davis to call road games in 2016 before handing him the full play-by-play job the next year.”

When Davis met Cy Young winner Hershiser they became fast friends. Despite the fact they are from different generations – Davis a young 30 and Hershiser a young 60 – Hershiser chuckled, “An old soul and a young soul.”
In other news: Condolences to KLOS’ Frankie DiVita on the passing of her father. “He was ready to go but are we every really ready to let someone go?" Frankie asked rhetorically … Part of Peter Bart’s review of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood that appeared in Deadline.com: “So, did Tarantino capture the 1969 zeitgeist? He is meticulous about the details: The cars are vintage, so is the wardrobe, and the strains of KHJ, the fabled rock ‘n’ roll radio station, pervade the soundtrack. The legendary Hollywood hangout, Musso & Frank, serves as a background for two scenes, though Tarantino shows it to be brighter and cleaner than it was at the time.” …  Last week we did a story on Bob Ray and his induction into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame, Class of 2019. Earlier this summer, the former 710 / KMPC personality enrolled in EMT school, training to be a first responder, and he has now graduated. “Knowing I can help save lives in an emergency is a wonderful personal confidence,” said Bob … Vocal Recall: A Life in Radio and VoiceoversNeil Ross’ tasty book now has an audio version available on Audible, Amazon and iTunes. Also still available at www.neilbook.com … Big Boy’s Neighborhood has been renewed for its third season on #FuseTV … KLOS’ Frosty Stilwell is vacationing for a week in Ireland ... “Troubling trends,” is the way Jerry Del Coliano describes Entercom. Wonder what he knows? … Baseball fans are thrilled with the announced major renovations at Chavez Ravine. Randy Lewis loves the quote from when Koufax visited the White House in 2010 and President Obama said, "We are both lefties. He can’t pitch on Yom Kippur. I can’t pitch.”

Radio Guide, February 1989


Days of Boss Radio Become Soundtrack of New Tarentino Movie 

(July 25, 2019) If you are a movie buff, you are already aware that Quentin Tarentino’s movie, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is opening tomorrow. If the hype has escaped you, after Friday your media sources will burst with Twitter, Facebook, emails, and news reports about this movie set in 1969.

Apparently the soundtrack is chock-a-block with Boss Radio, Charlie Tuna, Humble Harve, and Robert W. Morgan. Tuna’s son Bryan attended the premiere this week, and was absolutely blown away. “My dad’s voice is featured in the morning scenes from the start through the middle of Quentin Tarantino's amazing new film. My brother, Daniel, and I have been working with Tarantino's team this past year, along with other family members of Sam Riddle and Robert Morgan, to unearth original KHJ air checks from the late 60's.”

After you see it, let us know what you think. Did Tarentino transport you back to this slice of time with feeling, sensitive, and caring?
Lefsetz Letter. I am a regular reader of the Lefsetz Letter. It is primarily about music and the industry with a political bent. Bob Lefsetz recently wrote about we chronicle at LARadio.com. This is part of a recent Letter:
  KROQ was a free-format station. No radio market was like Los Angeles, where there were five rock stations on the FM dial.

And KROQ’s niche was playing those acts that never got airplay, the deep cuts from their albums, breaking acts that you immediately had to go see and did. This is where the ska revolution started, at least in the U.S.A. But at the turn of the decade, Rick Carroll flipped the format to the "ROQ of the 80’s," which was top forty for the new and different.

It was KROQ that broke not only Human League’s Don't You Want Me and Soft Cell’s Tainted Love, but so many other acts, which may have been forgotten but are embedded in my brain. Like the Polecats’ Make A Circuit With Me. Suddenly it was hip to write pop songs, albeit in the new style, and the Polecats song had such a hook, I had to buy it, I had to hear it over and over again.

And of course KROQ played a lot of Depeche Mode. But they also played this cut that slapped you in the face immediately with the popular synth sound, and was a joy to hear every time KROQ played it, and no one else played it. That song was the Thompson Twins’ In The Name Of Love, which in my mind was always an update of Ian Dury’s Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick, it had a similarly propulsive chorus, you felt like you were being banged on the head, and it felt so GOOD!

But the Thompson Twins were just another KROQ band, you didn’t buy the records. But I knew Lies and Love On Your Side by heart. And then came Hold Me Now. So simple, yet so right. But this was in an era where people didn't make records like this. Nothing was relatively quiet and simple, everything was dressed up in instrumentation. Hold Me Now was almost like a love song from the sixties, especially the chorus. And then suddenly Hold Me Now was everywhere, it crossed over to pop and other rock formats, suddenly the Thompson Twins were ubiquitous.
 

More on the Lefsetz Letter at: https://lefsetz.com/wordpress/


It Takes a Bunch to Tango These Days 

(July 24, 2019) Today it takes two or three jobs to make ends meet. Or a radio job will act as a launching pad for other opportunities.

Sisanie, co-host of KIIS’ morning show with Ryan Seacrest, has added a new gig. She will serve as a correspondent or NBC4 Southern California’s "California Live" program. The half-hour lifestyle and entertainment show, airing on KNBC, KNTV and KNSD, showcases CALIFORNIA entertainment, leisure travel, fashion trends, food and restaurant reviews.

Watch Sisanie’s visit to Crumbs & Whiskers, where customers can drink coffee while cuddling rescue cats who are up for adoption.
Fairness Doctrine. Cumulus put the kibosh on airing Blair Garner’s interview with Democratic candidate Pete Buttigieg. In running the story yesterday, I confessed to ignorance as to whether the fairness doctrine was still being upheld. Or was the equal time rule in effect. Cumulus has received many questions about their decision.

TALKERS magazine legal editor Steven J.J. Weisman says, “As it applies to advertising, the rule means that if a station sells advertising to one candidate, it must offer the same amount of time to other candidates. Where the rule gets confusing to some is that if the station offers free air time to a candidate, it must offer free air time to other candidates.  However, the [four] exceptions to the rule effectively eliminate this as a concern because free air time to other candidates is not required if the air time being used – as with the Buttigieg interview – is a bona fide news interview. Other candidates are not required to be given equal time.  Therefore, the position of Cumulus Media that they are not running the interview because the provisions of the equal time rule would require them to provide air time for interviews with all of the other candidates, is an inaccurate interpretation of the rule.”

TALKERS magazine speculates that it’s possible that Cumulus is choosing to avoid the political “can of worms” entirely by not engaging in political content on a Country music show.  Some critics, perhaps cynically, are suggesting the company’s true motive centers on the fact that Buttigieg is openly gay and the Country music audience is traditionally conservative.  Garner said it all started when he was approached by Buttigieg’s campaign ahead of his appearance in Nashville.  Garner agreed to the interview because Buttigieg requested it. 

In other news: Since leaving his longtime programming post at Cumulus, Mike McVay has been busy. Mike has been named a Senior Consultant for Benztown, which is run by former MY/fm program director Dave ‘Chachi’ Denes … Had enough memories of Jim Healy? Well, there’s never enough with Healy. Tom Hoffarth wrote a half-page story earlier this week in the LA Times  … KABC’s Dr. Drew Pinsky said Los Angeles faces an imminent outbreak of bubonic plague because of the growth of the homeless population … A KROQ fan was listening to the Alternative station when the announcement was made that concert tickets to see Smashing Pumpkins were available to the correct caller. Tom Burkhardt was stuck in traffic on his way to the hospital in L.A. when he decided to call in to KROQ to try to win Smashing Pumpkins tickets on the Stryker and Klein show. Burkhardt was in fact having a heart attack. Listen here.   

Bob Ray, Former 710/KMPCer, Inducted Into Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame 

(July 23, 2019) Bob Ray, a veteran of KSRF (1967-68) and KMPC (1968-70), has been inducted into the Bay Area Radio Hall of Fame Class of 2019. (By the way, this begs the question why southern California doesn’t have their own Radio Hall of Fame). Ray said that radio has been his lifetime mistress since he was eight years old.

“Thanks are due everyone who supported, believed and helped me along the path over my 25-year career. I wouldn’t have been able to climb this mountain in performance without the fabulous people who extended their open hand, gave me guidance and opportunities to succeed. Truthfully, the price of my pursuit was costly: Two failed marriages, lost time with family and friends while pursuing my career from coast-to-coast. I am blessed to have had powerful, influential women in my life who were instrumental in maintaining my focus,” he wrote on Facebook.

“I’m still doing 9-noon on BossBossRadio, which is simply a dream gig,” he emailed. “I love the music, know it well from living it well. Being on-the-air with the opportunity to talk about artists, events and life is a gift I appreciate every single day. Off-the-air, I am a featured speaker on rock ’n roll for Crystal, Silversea and Princess Cruise lines around the world. My multi-media presentations resonate well with cruisers as rock ’n roll is the soundtrack of their lives. And mine, too! Plus my love of photography has added two books to my bio and I’m still producing 8-day adventures to Italy for people who love taking pictures.

Franken is Frank
. A major story on Al Franken is in the current issue of The New Yorker. Al hosted a Talk show on KTLK (1150AM) for two years. He left the Air America network in February 2007 to run for the Senate and he won and then resigned.

The story is fascinating for a number of reasons. “A remarkable number of Franken’s Senate colleagues have regrets about their own roles in his fall. Seven current and former U.S. senators who demanded Franken’s resignation in 2017 told me that they’d been wrong to do so. Such admissions are unusual in an institution whose members rarely concede mistakes,” wrote Jane Mayer.

The story also covers his downfall during the #MeToo tumult. Franken’s accuser was eventually  attributed to KABC morning co-host in 2017, Leeann Tweeden. “The damning image, Tweeden said, was the culmination of a campaign of sexual harassment that Franken had subjected her to after she had spurned his advances at the start of the U.S.O. tour, which lasted two weeks. It was Tweeden’s ninth U.S.O. gig, but her first with Franken. Tweeden concluded her statement by declaring, ‘Senator Franken, you wrote the script. But there’s nothing funny about sexual assault.’” She continued, “You knew exactly what you were doing. You forcibly kissed me without my consent, grabbed my breasts while I was sleeping, and had someone take a photo of you doing it, knowing I would see it later, and be ashamed.”

How Leeann released the information and the role KABC management handled the situation will make you scratch your head. It is a fascinating read.

In other news: The headline blared in CelebrityAccess.com: “Radio Listening Decline Globally.” You can read the story here. The final paragraph is: “The writing seems to be on the wall here. Young people are voting against radio with their non-consumption and the situation will only grow worse as they grow older. And who can blame them? Being used to an on-demand world makes linear entertainment feel old and frustrating. Having to wade through 6 and 7-minute commercial blocks is enough to have anyone, regardless of the age group, turn to something more user-friendly” … Blair Garner, former KLAC Country jock, is syndicated on more than 150 radio stations. He recently conducted an interview with Presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg on his program, yet Cumulus wouldn’t let him air it. A Cumulus exec told AllAccess.com, “As broadcasters we are subject to the FCC’s equal time rule.” LARadio is not a political sounding board on Democratic Presidential candidates, but we thought the fairness doctrine was long gone. Wikipedia says: “The fairness doctrine is not the same as the equal-time rule. The fairness doctrine deals with discussion of controversial issues, while the equal-time rule deals only with political candidates.”
Thanks to David Schwartz


Kevin James' Internal Quiet Storm

(July 22, 2019) The last few years have seen mighty tumultuous times in LARadio and throughout the rest of the country. Much of it is because the parent companies – some view them as the broadcast conglomerates – have carried some exorbitant debt. iHeart Radio reduces their debt by $10 billion, makes a public offering, yet still has some major challenges. KIIS is the biggest biller in the market, yet there has to be some concern that the Ryan Seacrest-led station has ratings going the wrong direction.

In the last book, the Top 40 station (and previously the predominant leader) was in seventh place. CBS Radio and Entercom merged to become the second largest radio group in the US. Yet merging the corporate culture of the two companies – often at odds with each other – has been challenging at best. Local challenges include the also-ran ratings of Top 40 KAMP and all-News KNX failing to lead the market, despite the successes of Entercom all-News operations in other major markets. Cumulus has now a minimal presence in the L.A. market, given the incessantly poor ratings of talk KABC, a station that didn’t even make break the 40th position in the most recent Nielsen ratings and the sale of KLOS. The legendary rocker was sold to locally owned Meruelo Media, owners of Power 106 (KPWR) and the former KXOS (now Cali 93.9 / KLII). Plus given the sale of heritage New York stations, talker WABC and rocker WPLJ, who knows if and when (and for how much) KABC will be sold?

How are the personalities doing with all this upheaval?

Kevin “Slow Jammin’” James got his nickname because he was the first to play mellow r&b music, where his voice is a near-perfect match for the primarily soulful ballads he plays. Talk about a voice that could cut butter with one easy slice. He works best at night when the lights are low.

Kevin has been heard on Hot 92.3 plus a couple of runs at KKBT ("the BEAT") during the 1990s. Kevin even owns the ‘Slow Jams’ trademark. 

As budgets got tight, evening shifts and all-night personalities got squeezed out. Among the many unique personalities given the short shrift, Kevin is one of casualties. He’s struggled to make a living with a “Quiet Storm”-type show on weekends only. Now, Kevin is heard on Snoop Dogg’s Dash Radio.

Kevin wrote a piece for his Facebook page. As stations voicetrack more and more, greater numbers of personalities will get tossed out. Kevin’s piece is important:

   I’ve had many times in my career that made me want to walk away. These thoughts have happened again. All these random thoughts are about the Radio Business and what happens within.

Being poor is ok with me, but being disrespected is not ever ok. Those of you that have been loyal and supported me basically forever have been the saving grace. I am truly blessed.

With that in mind, I would never have changed a thing. I love the confines of Snoop’s Compound, and the total love and respect that I receive is amazing. That is a whole new welcome feeling.

Having to struggle to meet rent and bills is not easy. Most of us go through that. I’ve put in a lot of years in this radio game and the financial rewards have not been there. I’ve devoted my whole career serving the public with special music and immersing myself in the community.

I’ve been fired for being white. I’ve been fired to bring in a drug dealer for my slot. I’ve been fired via fax. It goes in and on. I’ve endured a lot.

With that being said, the involvement outside of the radio studio is incredibly rewarding. I hope I’ve made a difference. Without being specific, I endure disrespect and summarily being dismissed.

I’ve raised myself since I was 13. This rough start made me tough, yet also very sensitive. As I get deeper into life I realize that disrespect is the most hurtful. I predicate myself on giving respect. That will never change.

I thank you for being by my side for all these years. I hear so many unbelievable stories about the therapeutic nature of the music. I LOVE YOU. I know this is vague, but I don’t want to put out specifics about those that take me for granted and show ultimately lack of respect. They are in my rear-view mirror.

Bottom line. I ain’t going nowhere unless God has other plans. With love and respect?           -   Kevin “Slow Jammin “ James
 

KGIL Reunion 2019

(Chuck Southcott, Dave Mandelbaum, Randy Kerdoon, Mike Barnett, Larry Van Nuys, Brent Broyles, Cary Ginell,
Brad Buckley, Johnny Gunn,
and Tom Patterson)



(Group top: Scarlet Denise Russo, Stuart Levy, Chuck Southcott, Jane Platt, Lupe Mandelbaum, Jill Martin, Dave Mandelbaum,
Russ Bellenot, Brent Broyles, Teri Bellenot,

Sieg Heep, Cary Ginell, Larry Van Nuys, Joyce Weinper, Randy Kerdoon, Tom Patterson, Gloria Gunn, Brad Buckley.
Front group: - Johnny Gunn, Don Gately

Cary Ginell, Brent Broyles, Johnny Gunn)

Email Saturday, 7.20.2019

** Chanley Favorite

“Besides being a great music host and dj, I will always remember the time and effort that that Andy Chanley put into the daily videos he posted called ‘The Sound’s Rock History Notebook.’ In one take, with nay a blooper or a flub, Andy would give us so much information that was entertaining and fun to watch, with a great sense of humor doled out with humor and respect of everyone mention. He had a question on a white board with multiple choice answers that he’d erase the incorrect answer one-by-one as he went through that day’s music stories, leading up to the climactic unveiling of the correct answer. A really, really great watch. 

So, not only did I miss him when he was on vacation for not being on the radio, I missed not having my daily dose of Andy’s take on that day in Rock History. And he’s quite a talented guitar player and song writer too. Congrats to him on his new gig at 88.5/fm. He’s a pro.” – Steve Nieto


** Hall’s Illustrious Career

“You refer to David G. Hall's career as ‘illustrious.’ I call Hall’s tenure at KNX, during the two years I worked there, as more of a theater manager. In my opinion, Hall has not a single journalistic bone in his programmer’s body!” – Bob Sirkin

** Classic David G.

“What a guy, just the best. David G. Hall was the only news director that took the time to meet us at an airport at ohh dark Hundred and go flying with us for a few days while we did airborne traffic reports. He wanted to see and hear first-hand, how we did what we did! ‘Say something that makes them look at their radio.’ 

Classic David G. Hall. I’ll never forget that. Miss you David.  

PS: That picture that you have of me and Gary Linberry flying in the Lexus Jet Copter 98, was taken by David from another helicopter! He is an accomplished photog as well.” – Jeff Baugh

** Coinkydinky?

“I'd like to ask the good folks at Oldies 1260 a question. The song Good Thing by Paul Revere & the Raiders is featured in the trailer for Quentin Tarantino’s new film Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. If you wanted to see the movie at the theater Quentin owns, (New Beverly Cinema) tickets went on sale online last Saturday.

I was sitting in my car in Hollywood at noon logging onto my phone to purchase said tickets when at exactly 12 noon Oldies 1260 played Good Thing. Was this planned by some clever programmer or just an odd coincidence?” – Gary Gibson

** Summer Story

“That was an excellent piece on John Summers. I’ve known him for 20 years. John’s a gifted talent who deserves to be acknowledged.” – Larry Boxer

** Martindale Missing

“I was wondering if you knew what is going on with Christine Martindale at KKGO. She is listed as part of the air staff but I haven’t heard her in several months.” – Alex Bernstein

** What’s Going On?

“I saw the blurb in today’s column about RB Greaves being Sam Cooke’s nephew. I agree that Sam Cooke epitomized soul music and his song, A Change is Gonna Come as a landmark recording. His successor was Marvin Gaye and his song, What’s Going On was equally impactful.

Definitely two of the finest voices to ever grace our ears.” – Bob Scott
Charlie Tuna's 1982 commercial for K-HITS

Reggae is Movin' to 93.9

(July 19, 2019) Meruelo Media is fast becoming a major radio entity in Southern California. The company announced earlier this year that it had purchased KLOS and KXOS. The FCC approved the sale Wednesday and wasting no time making their move, KXOS is the all-new KLLI, “Cali 93.9, #1 for Reggaeton and More!”

A press release states: “Cali 93.9 is a music station created by Southern Californians for Southern Californians with a completely bilingual presentation.  In addition to the format change, Meruelo Media has started the process of changing the station’s call letters from KXOS to KLLI to match the new format.”

What to expect? Uptempo hit music by today’s Latin superstars like J Balvin, Maluma, Bad Bunny and Cardi B. The station claims these artists are mass appeal, from being featured at Coachella to performing at the Grammys, “Cali 93.9 is the sound of Southern Cali,” is their slogan. 

At one point, Emmis owned the frequency featuring Movin’ 93.9 and KZLA.

In other news: Finalists for the 2019 NAB Marconi Radio Awards have been released. Nominated for Legendary Station of the Year: Local stations KNX and KRTH, KCBS-San Francisco, WBAL-Baltimore, and WBAP-Ft. Worth. Two LARP have been nominated for Network/Syndicated Personality of the Year: Rush Limbaugh and Ryan Seacrest. Ellen K, mornings at KOST, has been nominated for Major Market Personality of The Year … Dean Martin’s daughter Deana appears with Mike Horn on The National Lounge this afternoon at 4 p.m. on 
www.crntalk.com … Ever wonder what goes on at a radio convention? This is a rare opportunity to read, watch and listen to what happened at the recent TALKERS convention. You will gain insights from the hierarchy of the Talk industry. To see the videos and convention video page, please click here ... Moulin Rouge is being turned into a Broadway musical with over 70 songs credited songs to 161 writers. Enough music for you, honey? …  In the fall of 2018, Rocio Rivera took over the weekend news shift at KFI. She’s got more news. “Santa isn’t the only one coming this Christmas,” she wrote on Facebook. “We’re having a baby! Noah and I are over the moon excited to welcome our little babe this December.” … KROQ’s Kevin & Bean will be broadcasting live this morning from the Comic-Con convention in San Diego ... Jason Pullman, former STAR 98.7 afternooner from 2003-05, is taking over mornings at US99-Chicago.

New Sound Master at 88.5/fm

(July 18, 2019) Member-supported Southern California 88.5/fm has given additional duties to his afternoon drive responsibility Andy Chanley. He has been promoted to music director at the public radio Triple A outlet. The move marks the latest enhancement to 88.5’s programming department, coming a week after the promotion of former music director Mark “Mookie” Kaczor to program director.

Andy spent nearly a decade with former Entercom (previously Bonneville) Classic Rock KSWD (100.3/The Sound). He was the first jock on the air when the station launched and the final personality on The Sound when it signed off on Thursday, November 17 2019 when it was sold to EMF. He joined 88.5 in the spring of 2018.

Earlier in his career Chanley worked at the former KACD (Channel 103.1) and KLYY (Y107). “Andy has done it all in this market — mornings, middays, afternoon drive — and has vast experience in all the rock format genres,” said 88.5/fm general manager Patrick Osburn. “We are fortunate to have ‘Mookie’ at the program director post, and Andy working closely with him on music. They are a real one-plus-one-equals-three kind of complement to each other. I’m happy to say we are operating at full strength with great, experienced broadcasters in every position.  

“There’s no station in the world like 88.5/fm,” said Chanley. “It’s a special blend of music and people — on both sides of the transmitter — that makes radio fun again.”

Lopez for AccessMario Lopez, syndicated evenings locally at KBIG (MY/fm) is jumping ship from Extra and headed to the competition. Mario is now the new host of NBCUniversal’s Access Hollywood. Starting in the Fall, Lopez will host of both Access Hollywood and its daytime counterpart, Access Daily (formerly Access Live). Additionally, Lopez has signed an overall development and producing deal for both scripted and alternative programming with Universal Television and Universal Television Alternative Studio.

There are conflicting reports as to whether current Access host Natalie Morales is pissed or not at Mario. She moved across the country, leaving the Today show, to take on the Hollywood assignment a couple of years ago. This should be an opportunity for Billy Bush (ex-KBIG) to take-over the Extra slot. This will be a new opportunity for Billy who got caught on a bus with you know who talking about you know what.

Gee Whiz, David G Celebrates 30 Years in the Biz 

(July 17, 2019) David G. Hall has had an illustrious career spearheading the fortunes of KFI, KNX, KFWB and KABC. Today marks his 30th anniversary in the radio business. “I can’t believe I’ve been here this long,” exclaimed David.

“The day I started at KFI was July 17. I waited outside of then-general manager Howard Neal’s office to meet him, and he was in his office behind a closed-door (firing Gary Owens, who had been doing the morning show with Al Lohman until that day. Gary left the office and introduced himself to me. I was star struck. I introduced myself as the new news director and he said ‘welcome to Los Angeles. I sincerely hope this market is as good to you and your career as it has been to me.’ And he meant it. If only he could know just how right he ended up being!” ]

Michael Hagerty sent the LA Times story about Hall's arrival to KFI from Sacramento with the following story here.

In other news: Christine Martindale has been missing from her midday shift at Country KKGO. She’s still listed on the stations website, and listeners are concerned. “Christine has taken time off for personal reasons. We hope she will return soon,” responded Saul Levine … Was listening to Take a Letter Maria and was surprised to learn about the artist, R. B. Greaves. Pat St. John revealed that Greaves was a nephew of Sam Cooke. Who knew? Cooke had a voice like butter and could have been the next generation of Nat King Cole. One biographer called him the “inventor of soul music.” Sam was killed at 33 …: “Yesterday we noted the front-page stories about Univision and the desire of Haim Sabin to exit his ownership of Spanish-speaking media. In my mail was a front-page story from The Hollywood Reporter on Saban being named Philanthropist of the Year with his charitable giveaways totaling $420 million. Recipients of his riches took out an estimated $100,000 in congratulatory ads in THR. Barbra Streisand and Jim Brolin called them “bold philanthropists” in their full-page ad, which said in part: “We are proud to honor your generosity, compassion and pubic spirit. You have been wonderful friends and role models.”

Media Disruption

(July 16, 2019) At first, it seemed like a great investment. When Haim Saban (I always think Mighty Morphin Power Rangers) and his group bought Univision for $13.7 billion in 2007, we’re now finding they either paid too much, made lousy investments, had bad timing with the 2008 financial meltdown, or media is in worst shape than we think.

A front-page story in the LA Times details Saban’s immersion into Spanish-language media company. Saban is listed as the 232nd richest man in the United States. The Meg James story cites that Saban and his partners now are eager to sell the company – even at a discount. “Internal problems include years of boardroom bickering and missteps, including a disastrous foray into “English-language media, as well as rising competition from rival Telemundo and shifting demographics,” writes James.

One might guess they are truly desperate with this negative publicity on selling at any cost removing any potential negotiating advantage. Locally, in addition to KMEX/tv, Univision owns KSCA/fm (Radio Estacion), KLVE, KRCD / KRCV (Recuerdo 103.9), and KTNQ.
In other news: Karen Harlow, former reporter for KNX, left the all-News outlet for XHPRS-San Diego. Due to money disputes, XHPRS (MAX/fm) was taken off the air. She has just joined music KFMB/fm-San Diego to work weekends … George Johns thinks the Nielsen ratings service is very vulnerable. “If I were Eastlan, I’d take them on,” wrote Johns in his newsletter. “Not only are their rating estimates wrong, they underestimate morning listening, and overestimate the rest of the day but they’re probably cutting corners too, now that they’re for sale.” … Mason Dixon is to Tampa / St. Petersburg what Don Sherwood was to San Francisco and J.P. McCarthy was to Detroit. Dixon’s contract has again been extended with WRBQ, his Tampa / St. Pete home for decades. In the spring of 1995, Mason saved several men who were capsized in Tampa Bay while piloting his cruiser, The Radio Waves. Mason briefly worked at 93/KHJ in the 1970s …. Steve Mitchell, former jock at K-100 in the 70s is doing just fine three years after surgery for two stents. “Normally they put you on a treadmill for this test to get the heart rate up to 85% of maximum but because of my knees they injected a drug to speed up the heart. So, I got a workout while laying down” … Nancy Plum has sold out her first printing of her book, Do Not Air: Radio Stories and Other Stuff. You can order her book now at www.nancyplum.com … Mike Stark is almost finished building his new studio. His first podcast when everything is ready will be with OC radio writer, Richard Wagoner talking about radio ... Interesting item in LAObserved about the chronic homeless problem in LA. Read it here

Radio Hall of Fame Voting Begins 

(July 15, 2019) Here’s your chance! Fans of radio get an opportunity to vote for their favorite LARP to be inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame. The voting starts today through July 28. Listeners can vote for their favorite radio personalities in two categories to be inducted this November.

This year the inductees of two categories will be determined by the public and the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee. Fans can vote for one personality in each category online at 
radiovote.com or via text to 877-370-VOTE (8683).
In the category of Music Format On-Air Personality, the nominees are: Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton (text 10), Lon Helton (text 20), The Mark and Brian Show (text 30) and Ryan Seacrest (text 40). For Spoken Word Format On-Air Personality, the nominees are: Joe Madison (text 50), Scott Slade (text 60), Stephanie Miller (text 70) and Suzyn Waldman (text 80).

Kraig Kitchin
, Chairman of the Radio Hall of Fame, said: "Listener engagement is an important part of this process as they're given an opportunity to directly support their favorite on-air personality.

Kidding With His Kidney? Kevin Ross, veteran of KGFJ, KKBT, KACE, publishes a tasty radio and entertainment column called Radio Facts. He’s been following a story about Don Amiche, former KJLH personality. Don asserts he donated a kidney to Stevie Wonder. Najee Al, ceo of Project Islamic Hope, claims it is not true and fired off this rhetorical question: “What kind of sick mind lies and jokes about anyone going through this, much less one of our national treasures, Mr. Stevie Wonder? Who does this? The facts are Don Amiche lied on his Facebook page about being the kidney donor to Stevie. Amiche is nothing but a disgruntled washed-up jock who was fired by KJLH.”

Amiche posted on his Facebook page: “Just so you know, I’m donating a kidney to #StevieWonder. please pray for both of us that the surgery will be a success in September.”

Job OpeningJason Shiff has a cool job opening at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut. In fact, perhaps more than one. Jason has taken over the full-time radio professorship from Tammy Trujillo at  the community college. “Tammy has moved on to work on some of her own projects,” emailed Jason. “I’m looking for some great Los Angeles Radio people to possibly start teaching at one of the best college radio programs. If you know of anyone, I can be reached at jshiff@mtsac.edu.”

Jason knew by the time he was 12 that radio was his calling. He earned his degree in Radio-TV-Film with an emphasis in Media Management from Cal State Northridge, but says his real “schooling” came at KEARTH 101, where he started as an intern in the promotions department. Jason went on to become the director of music programming for one of the worldwide leaders in commercial music distribution, Mixhits Radio. While working for Mixhits, he became an expert on Selector programming software and worked with some of the biggest companies in the world including McDonalds, Disney, Foot Locker and Applebees, Jason also served as the music director and assistant PD at The Wave 94.7 (KTWV).

 

Oda Update. Alan Oda, along with his son Andrew and four other teammates, are settling in preparing to do their volunteer gig in Kumamoto, Japan. You can follow the team's journey at http://ayoda.tumblr.com.

"Three of our teammates have never been to Japan," emailed Alan. "They're rather impressed by the country and at the quality of the food from the local 7-Eleven stores, which actually carry quite decent Japanese grub."


Email Saturday, 7.13.2009

** Where Will USC Games Go?

“Curious when Cumulus does sell KABC, which I assume they will since they sold the sister WABC, does that mean the new owners have to honor the airing of all the USC games or will that contract be null and void?” – Patrick Breen

** KABC Sale Price?

“So how much do you think KABC would garner if it's sold anytime soon?” – Perry Osteen

** KABC a No-Show

“I realize that the formats of KSUR and KABC are completely different today. But I have to wonder if back in the talk days of KGIL when KABC was the king of L.A., could the folks at KGIL ever imagine a day when their 1260 AM signal from the north San Fernando Valley would beat 790 AM in the ratings - even if by a tenth of a point? It's a new day!” – George Fair

** 21 Years Ago Feature

“I must admit to a chuckle or two, in reaction to your ‘Nostalgia Sunday’ of 7.7 featuring newly arrived program director Drew Hayes. Ah, those heady days of 1998, barreling down the road toward the technological advances and social uncertainties of the 21st Century, it is hard to believe those memories are now actually old enough to go out and buy us a drink. 

Without recalling the exact years and time frames involved [it's all somewhat of a blur to me], Hayes eventually left KABC to return to Chicago, where he presided over the destruction of WCFS, for CBS. Eric Braverman hung on for a spell, before finally winding up with the Dodgers. 

Some years ago, Hayes bounced back into KABC, where he remains to this day ... and where the numbers certainly speak well to his talents, and to the applications of such in his efforts.” – Greg Hardison

** Serving Up Oldies

“I read some of the comments about the changing format at K-SURF, 1260 kHz on the AM dial. I am sure a lot of people were against the changes at the station, so it seems Saul Levine will leave everything alone for now.

For me, K-SURF and the old KGIL is a ghost to me. I lived in Downey and Long Beach when I was younger (1960s,1970s) and heard about KGIL and its middle of the road format. Whenever I would tune in 1260 kHz, I could not hear the station very clearly. The audio was low and the signal would fade in and out. I checked its specifications and found the station was only 5 kilowatts with a directional antenna that favored the San Fernando Valley. It got worse at night when other far-away stations would interfere. No matter what radio I used [home, car], I could not get good reception at any time.

I gave up after a while. I looked at the current specifications now for K-SURF and see the station runs 20 kilowatts watts during the day and 7.5 kilowatts at nights. I probably could pick up the station in Downey now that the signal is stronger. Of course, I don't live there anymore.  

For myself, whenever I want to listen to the old MOR format and its music, I listen to KWXY out of Palm Springs. They are on 92.3 mHz FM and 1340 kHz AM on-air and on the Internet. I listen to them at home over the Internet and when I am in Palm Springs visiting, I use the car radio and a portable radio if I am staying with friends. There is a website that has the technical specifications of any AM or FM station you might be interested in. The website is radio-locator.com and is free to use. I think there is a limit on how many stations you can check before you are asked to pay for a subscription. On the web site, you can find the transmit power, location of a transmitter and signal pattern of any broadcast station. Ownership information is also included. I find this easier to use than the FCC website.” - Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree  

** 710/KMPC Personality

“I just unearthed the attached pic of my dad and a KMPC personality. My father died when I was 9-years-old.

Do you have any idea who this personality might be?” – Jason Insalaco, jasoninsalaco@hotmail.com


** Healyisms

“After seeing the picture of Jim Healy on your site, I just had to go back to YouTube and relive some of those amazing shows. They were just so hilarious. I could listen to those forever compared with anything that counts as radio entertainment these days. He was truly a gift to us.” - Steve Chang, Venice

** Georgia on My Mind

“The Jim Healy bit was so good and glad to see so many responses. Then I look at it again and find another slight 'issue.' Sorry!

But when Jim played the ‘Georgia’ clip in reference to Georgia Frontiere, it was actually Willie Nelson’s version, not Ray Charles’s. I promise I will not go back and look for more issues! [Or if I do, I will keep them to myself.] But you do a terrific job and obviously you bring back so many memories of radio when it was king [for the record I am 60 years of age, so I got in on most of the ‘golden days’ and lament the current state of the medium].” – Tim James

** KNAC Reunion

“We had our first KNAC PD/MD reunion in 29 years earlier this month. Photo is Tom Marshall and Michael Davis PD/MD @KNAC 1989. We also worked together at rock station KFMG-Albuquerque from 1984 -87 as PD/MD.  

Tom is a fifth-grade teacher in the Albuquerque Public School system and I have been operations director/on-air at KRKC-Monterey/Salinas since leaving KNAC in 1990.” – Michael Davis  


** In Bed


“Thanks to the success of my best-selling*** book, In Bed with Broadcasting, this fall I'm going to be inducted into the Hall of Fame of Pasadena's John Muir High School.

This is the institution that gave us baseball legend Jackie Robinson, musician David Lee Roth, and radio's Jim Carson.  **if course, the term 'best-selling' is arbitrary :-)” – Ken Davis

3 LARP Updates 

(July 12, 2019) The lifeblood of LARadio is the listeners and LARPs (Los Angeles Radio People) themselves. Readers and non-LARPs hopefully get insights into what goes on behind the scenes of LARadio. The updates on the bios of LARPs is largely dependent on the people listed in the “Where Are They Now” section of the site.

This past week we heard from three LARPs.

Brad Pomerance
Brad served as the entertainment correspondent at KPCC (1998-2007) for almost a decade before moving on to co-host Day Break OC on KDOC/tv until the fall of 2008.

A graduate of USC with a Bachelor's degree in International Relations and a law degree from George Washington University Law School, Brad currently serves as the host of “Air Land & Sea,” broadcasting weekly on the national cable network JLTV. As host of this global travel series, Brad has traveled to Barbados, the Czech Republic, Germany, Israel, Jamaica, Poland, Spain, Switzerland and Taiwan. He also serves as the host of JLTV’s weekly news magazine, The J Report with Brad Pomerance

Brad is also hosting Uncovered in the Archives, a historically driven television show that Brad developed for PBS-affiliate KVCR in Southern California. This program premiered in November 2018. 

He recently concluded a long run as host of Charter Local Edition, which was broadcast daily on the California Channel. In this capacity, Brad interviewed elected officials at all levels of government. Previously, Brad hosted HLN’s Local Edition in Los Angeles, and also reported for LA City View Channel 35’s news magazine LA This Week. Brad has been nominated for three Los Angeles-area Emmys.  

Garrison West
Garrison came to the radio game in 2005 as a student taking classes at Saddleback College’s Communication Arts (KSBR), under the tutelage of Terry Wedel, John Coleman and Tina Anderson. Upon completion of the school’s curriculum, Garrison took on two days a week on the Morning Drive, holding down morning drive shifts on the Smooth Jazz station for over 13 years.

In 2010, Garrison was tied for 11th place with Andy Chanley on an LARadio Poll of the best of the LARP.  Ironically, they were side by side again at KCSN in 2018, with Andy on the afternoon drive.

When KCSN and KSBR became synchronized at 88.5/fm, Garrison was one of the KSBR deejays hired to work on the new mega-station. He enjoyed excellent ratings on the midday music mix show from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. weekdays. Garrison cites his interest in radio as life-long with vivid memories of Dallas area deejays Mike Selden and Jim Tabor. 

A big fan of Wolfman Jack, he recommends Wolfman’s autobiography as a great poolside read (if you haven’t already). Garrison is married to KSBR news director, Dawn Kamber and step father to her son, Neil Levin.

  
John Summers
 In the 1980s and 90s, John worked on the fringes of LARadio at KWOW, KWDJ, KDIG, and KFRG, many in the Inland Empire, before joining KLAC. He was morning host at KHTS-Santa Clarita until early 2009.

“I'm presently the news director of the 10-station cluster here in Ithaca, New York for the Cayuga Radio Group (Saga Communications) and program director for its NewsTalk WHCU AM/FM,” emailed John. “Have been since January 2018 after making the rounds at NewsTalk 780 KOH & the Cumulus cluster in Reno as news director.” He also served as regional program director and news director for the Cherry Creek Radio clusters in both Wenatchee and Tri-Cities, Washington.

“Been knocked around a lot, obviously, with buyouts and cutbacks. But I think I’ve finally found a place to settle for a while here in the beautiful Finger Lakes Region of Ithaca, New York, home to Cornell University & the Roy H. Park School of Communications at Ithaca College. I do miss the West immensely, this being my first East Coast job.”

John sent some broadcast history. “My WHCU at 870 AM, dates all the way back to 1912 when Cornell’s School of Electrical Engineering began transmission service w/the call letters, 8YC, later as 8XU. Then on May 27, 1922, the FRC issued a broadcast license. The call letters WHCU stand for Home of Cornell University and I air the Cornell Ivy League sports. It’s a whole different mindset here in the Northeast & New England.” (Photo: Summers speaking before the New York State Broadcasters Association in Syracuse this past April, having received a news award from the organization.)
MY/fm Winner Winner 

KFI Talks Its Way Into #5 in June '19 Ratings 

(July 10, 2019) Even though KOST dropped almost a full point, there was enough of a cushion for the “soft hits” station to remain #1 in the just-released PPM for June '19. Entercom and iHeart share the top seven positions, with KFI making a nice move to #5. Meanwhile, Top 40 KIIS, home of Ryan Seacrest, has dropped to #7. KLOS, recently acquired by Meruelo Media from Cumulus, made a very impressive move into the #8 position while Meruelo sister station KPWR had one of its best books ever. Other notables in the ratings include all-News KNX at #14, Top 40 AMP Radio (KAMP) remaining in place at #16. The two sports stations – KLAC and KSPN – are tied at #27. Saul Levine’s Oldies K-SURF hits #40, while legendary talker KABC fails to make the Top 40. The ratings are for June '19 PPM 6+ Mon-Sun 6a-12mid:   

1. KOST (AC) 6.6 - 5.8
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.8 - 5.4
3. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 5.2 - 5.0
4. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.5 - 4.6
5. KFI (Talk) 3.9 - 4.5
6. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.0 - 3.8
7. KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.0 - 3.7
8. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.9 - 3.3
9. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.1 - 3.2
10. KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.9 - 3.
11. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.0 - 3.0
12. KRRL (Urban) 2.8 - 2.9
     KXOL (Spanish AC) 3.2 - 2.9
14. KNX (News) 2.8 - 2.7
15. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.7 - 2.6
16. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.4 - 2.4
17. KKGO (Country) 2.2 - 2.3
18. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.2
      KYSR (Alternative) 2.2 - 2.2
20. KROQ (Alternative) 1.9 - 2.0
21. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.9
      KUSC (Classical) 1.9 - 1.9
23. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.3 - 1.8
24. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.6 - 1.7
      KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 1.4 - 1.7
26. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.6 - 1.6
27. KLAC (Sports) 1.2 - 1.4
      KSPN (Sports 1.3 - 1.4
29. KCRW (Variety) 1.1 - 1.3
30. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.2
      KXOS (Regional Mexican) 0.9 - 1.2
32. KEIB (Talk) 1.0 - 0.9
      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.8 - 0.9
34. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7
35. KFWB (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.6
      KRLA (Talk) 09 - 0.6
      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.7 - 0.6
38. KCSN (AAA) 0.4 - 0.5
       KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.5 - 0.5
       KSUR (Oldies) 0.3 - 0.5

In other news: one of my favorite character actors, Rip Torn, died earlier this week. The 88-year-old made The Larry Sanders Show must-watch tv. Week in and week out, Torn made that show stand out from all the other talk shows of its ilk … John Monds, formerly with KKBT, has exited Urban AC WMMJ (Majic 102.3/92.7)-Washington, DC … Congratulations to Sam Rubin on 28 years as part of the KTLA/Channel 5 morning crew. Methinks he wishes it was also 28 years in radio. He followed Howard Stern with a Talk show at KLSX in the late 90s and early 00s … Craig Powers wrote on Facebook that back in the day he paid $20 to see Prince in concert, but partied like it was $19.99.

New Programming Chief at Triple AAA 88.5/fm

(July 10, 2019) KCSN/KSBR has a new program director for the Triple AAA outlet at 88.5/fm. Marc “Mookie” Kaczor takes over the vacant spot since Sky Daniels retired in March. “Mookie” has been a dj and music director at the campus station for the last three years.

“Mookie has great relationships with the labels, promoters, venues and our on-air staff,” said newly installed general manager Patrick Osburn. “He is very well liked in the industry. His grasp of the Triple A and Alternative formats make him a natural choice to lead 88.5 into the future, growing our audience and ratings.”

Kaczor enthused: “All I have ever wanted to do was to program a relevant Rock station, and to do it in my hometown in Southern California makes it even sweeter. We will leave no creative stone unturned during the process of creating great radio.”

In other news: Is Univision Communication looking to sell? The Spanish-speaking media group, which locally owns KSCA, KLVE, KTNQ and KRCD, may put itself on the block after announcing that its board is "reviewing strategic options for the company" … The June '19 PPM ratings will be sent to your email box this afternoon ... The KGIL reunion pot-luck is set for this Saturday at noon at Michael and Joyce Weinper's house in the West Valley. Tom Patterson sent invitations to everyone from KGIL who are in his database. In case you moved away and want to attend, contact Tom at: 
TomPatterson69@yahoo.com

Who Goofed? I've Got to Know. Wow. Just the mention of sportscaster Jim Healy prompted a number of emails. It hardly seems possible that it has been a quarter of a century since Healy signed off for the last time. Great radio just hangs in there timelessly. Jim Duncan sent along a classic link to dozens of Healyisms that was provided by longtime Lakers radio producer/board op-engineer Frank Polak:   … Former anchor for the LARP Rewind, Steve Thompson, wrote to say the "unidentified voice" saying “Yeah I did” is Ray Stevens, from his 1974 hit The Streak. The Howard Cosell imitator is former KLAC disc jockey Gene Price … Tim James of Suss MicroTec AG in Corona emailed to say the voice saying “Riiiight!” was none other than Earl Scheib, the legendary auto painter (who could paint any car for only $29.99 back in the long-lost day) … Cam Currier was one of thousands who timed their commute home to be in the car at 5:30 (I’m raising my hand). “A million years ago when I was producing syndicated programs and in-flight programs for Billboard Publications in Hollywood, I would time my exit from the studio at 5:25 p.m. so I could enjoy Jim Healy on my drive home. Even though I’m not into sports he was one of the most entertaining broadcasters I ever heard. What a talent!” exclaimed Cam … The Bay Area’s Ira Lawson also loved the Healy trip down memory lane.  

Earthquake King Remembered

 
(July 9, 2019) Coverage of the earthquakes over the weekend always prompt warm memories of Jack Popejoy’s stellar coverage over the years. He worked at all-News KFWB until a format change, then to KNXNews Radio. 

Greg Tantum, program director of KFWB in the nineties, remembered Jack in this photo on the right. “I hope everyone is safe as the earthquake swarm rattles the Southland. It's nice to see the many comments about our good friend Jack Popejoy. I was looking at some pictures of our annual 4th Of July parties over the years. Aside from his seismic / scientific genius he was a master on the grill.”

Jack died February 5, 2011. He was 63. At the time he was part of a three-person anchor team at KNX along with Dick Helton and Vicky Moore since February 2009.

Born in Austin in 1947, Jack grew up in the Delaware Valley, living in New Jersey, Delaware and Pennsylvania. He graduated from Amherst College with a B.S. in astronomy. He worked as gm of the campus station as well as other area stations. After college and Army basic training to become a reservist at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri, he worked at WMEX-Boston. He next spent a year as a news guy at WPEN-Philadelphia. Jack moved to Southern California to be production manager for Joey Reynolds & Associates, a jingle company.

At KIIS, Jack was hired as weekend dj and weekday newscaster. He was the first national pd for the “KIIS Concept Syndication” (under Chuck Blore) before Popejoy was named KIIS pd at age 24.

 In 1976, he started as newscaster for KPOL AM&FM before being named pd of the fm station in 1977. He changed call letters to KZLA, a soft album rocker, before the station was sold to Malrite Communications and changed formats to Country.

Popejoy also did work on tv. In the early 1980s he was news director and anchor for a San Francisco tv station, then in 1983 Jack joined KCOP / Channel 13 as a reporter and fill-in anchor.

Among Popejoy’s passions were astronomy and earthquake studies. During the California earthquakes, he was the go-to guy for KFWB and later KNX. Jack was a long-time consultant to the Southern California Earthquake Center. Additionally, he was an emergency management associate for the City of Los Angeles. A multiple-award winner for broadcast excellence, Popejoy was locally recognized in 1998 as Journalist of the Year by the Society of Professional Journalists. He won 27 Golden Mikes from the Radio Television News Association of Southern California, including a best newscast award just last month for Best News Broadcast. He won eight Press Club Awards.

 

Inspired by Steve Harvey of the LA Times  a heavenly broadcast from up above. The show begins with the strains of a song... 

Healy: How do you do? I'm Jim Healy on K-H-V-N,

K-Heaven. Dateline Pearly Gates

Ray Charles: Georgia, Georgia...

Healy: Carroll Rosenbloom's heavenly Los Angeles Rams. Excuse me, St. Louis Rams.

Howard Cosell: Who goofed? I've got to know.

Unidentified voice: Yeah, I did.

Healy: No, I did, you twit. The fans at the Heavenly Bowl were ecstatic about the win.

Benoit Benjamin: I don't give a (bleep) about the fans.

Healy: Yes, we know, Benoit. Anyway, when the team moved from Anaheim to St. Louis to Heaven...

Tim Conway: Get to the point will you, Jim?

Healy: All right, all right, I'm trying. When a team loses its popular owner, the fans become upset!

Charles Barkley: Bad team, man. Bad (bleeping) team.

Cosell imitator: Jim Healy, you've got a sick show.

Healy: Angels beat the Mariners by 10 points. Tagline. A press box comic quipped: They musta thought they were playing Bo Derek. Gave 'em a 10.

Cosell imitator: I don't think that's funny.

Healy: Me neither, but I promised my butcher I'd use it.

Vin Scully: I can't beee-lieve it.

Healy: Dateline Hollywood. Whatever happened to female sportscaster Jayne Kennedy?

Song: You've come a long way baby.

Healy: Stay tuned. Kennedy grew up near the river in San Antonio.

Superfan Ed Beiler: And of course, San Antonio has the river, the San, what is the name of the river that goes through...? The San Antonio River goes through the heart of downtown Los Angeles.

Cosell: Who goofed? I've got to know.

Johnny Carson: I thought it was (bleeping) brilliant.

Healy: Dateline Chavez Ravine. Was the circus in town or are the Dodgers that bad?

Jerome Brown: We didn't come here to act monkeys for everybody.

Lasorda: This job is not that (bleeping) easy.

Healy: Dateline Indianapolis. Bobby Knight has never had a monkey on his team.

Knight: I forgot more about this (bleeping) game than all you people combined are ever going to know.

Nixon imitator: That's just plain poppycock.

Voice: Riiiight!

Chick Hearn: We've got to get off the air.

Healy: You mean the dreaded 6 o'clock tone is coming up? Then let's pause to savor it.

(Sound of tone.)

Healy: Now we can relax again. Dateline Toluca Lake. At the monthly sportscasters luncheon the other day, Silver-Tipped Stu, the man who never met a meal he didn't like, was asked by Dodger coach Billy Russell "What do you think is under more strain, the cables on the Golden Gate bridge or the suspenders on Stu Nahan's pants?"

Cosell imitator: Jim Healy, that's your lowest shot ever.

Healy: You might be right about that. Jim Healy. Good night.


"Chris Hughes Out!"

 
(July 8, 2019) “Chris Hughes OUT! After 21 years in broadcasting (mostly radio) I've just finished my last day,” Hughes announced on his Facebook page. Chris is a much beloved traffic pro who worked at AirWatch, iHeart, Total Traffic and Salem.

You may remember him singing the traffic reports with Jamie White at “Star 98.7” (KYSR). Even during the holidays, he sang the traffic using Christmas tunes. It was so much fun. Said Jamie at the time: “We’re trying to change up a lot of crap here … Maybe that wasn’t the best idea, they all can’t be gems. We’re going to try them as we go along.”

Chris is headed to the IT team at the BMG music group in Los Angeles. “I won’t be straying too far from the biz,” said Chris.

Don Bastida
, head of AirWatch Traffic for many years, produced a 9-minute video for a national traffic meeting for Clear Channel Traffic/then called Premiere Traffic. It is now on YouTube.com. It was a goof of the Randy Newman's I Love LA video. It featured reporters Nancy BondStew BergerGeorgiann KellerMickey LaszloRosie WedelSabina MoraAlan LaGreen, Angel MartinezKaci Christian and Claire Beverly. Chris directed the whole package. You'll have so much fun seeing the traffic reporters come alive:  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICBhO0pkwqU

Chris also was known by the moniker Jason Kennedy on KTLK. “Everyone of Chris’ reports paints you a picture of the traffic situation. He never delivers a laundry list of stalls and accidents as so many traffic reporters think is acceptable,” said Bastida.

In 2008, Chris moved to Oahu to be director of operations for an 18-station Hawaiian group. He was there for a couple of years.

When Chris was asked about the move to BMG, he responded, “I think the post says it pretty much. I would just add that management at both iHeart/Total Traffic and Salem have been great to me, but this opportunity came up and it was too good to pass up. Looking forward to a new chapter and the chance to work on some new projects after a little down time.”

In other news: “Lucky enough to land the announcer gig on the new Press Your Luck game show, hosted by Elizabeth Banks,” posted Neil Ross on Facebook. “The show airs Wednesday evenings on ABC. The producers were kind enough to give me a solo credit, which is a nice surprise and much appreciated” … John Sterling has been the radio play-by-play for the NY Yankees since 1989, according to Houston Mitchell of the LA Times. Since the start of the 1990 season, he has missed a total of zero games. That is, until July 4th when the 80-year-old was under the weather. Mitchell wondered how you put up with a guy who misses a game every 30 years. “The Yankees need to get someone a little more reliable to do that job.” … Bob Gowa: “Oh boy, here we go again... My third right rotator cuff repair didn't hold, so on August 2, I’m having a ‘full reverse shoulder replacement’ procedure. I know this is a nothing deal compared to the serious issues I read about in posts here; I just had to tell someone … KABC’s Jillian Barberie was thrilled to get a birthday call on air from Howard Stern. “I was so stunned,” Jillian revealed on Twitter … Don Imus says before you bitch about anything “you need to find somebody who gives a fuck” … For those of you playing golf this summer: When play is slow, here’s a joke you can share with your caddie, or vice versa. Golfer: “I think I’ll drown myself in the lake.” Caddie: “Think you can keep you head down that long?” … The 61st annual Southern California Journalism Awards were held recently. KFI’s Dr. Wendy Walsh and ABC7’s entertainment reporter George Pennacchio were presenters. 

 

Jason Bentley Explains Why He’s Stepping Down at KCRW


Email Saturday, 7.6.2019

 
** Hollywood on the Up and Up

“After reading Bruce Chandler’s story on the 26-story high rise on the corner of Sunset & Cahuenga, I thought that I could add a bit of history to that corner. I spent many years in what was at one time the Crocker Bank building, working at KWST / MAGIC 106 and later Transtar, 6430 Sunset Blvd.

Before Amoeba Records, there was a restaurant [I believe it was called City Thai]. I ate there on a regular basis. One day a car drove thru it, and that was the end of that establishment. Somewhere in my snapshot collection, I have a photo of that event. But it’s buried in a box somewhere in storage. They tore down City Thai and constructed a new project, a couple of stories tall with underground parking. I walked past the construction daily. If my memory serves me correct, Amoeba was not the business that was going into that space originally. I was told it was Freestyle Photo, but for whatever reason Amoeba became the new tenant.

Bruce talked about the views. Some offices had outstanding views. I also remember watching parades looking out the window of 6430 Sunset, and even recorded videos of the LA Riots from the roof. It looked like was a war zone with all the helicopters, fires, looting, gunshots, and sirens. The view of the burning city was unbeatable. It was scary. I still have those home videos and recently watched a few of them – crazy memories. With all the new construction, I am sure I will be in for a surprise the next time that I pass thru town.

And I do remember well the Jolly Roger. Food, drinks, and radio people were always on tap. I’m sure there are plenty of folks who have a ton of moments to remember about the good ‘ol Jolly Roger. A story for another day, as well as Martoni’s. Thanks for the Sunset / Cahuenga update info, Bruce.” – 
Rich Hogan
** Hollywood & Cahuenga

“Responding to Bruce Chandler’s concerns about the new construction planned for the current site of Amoeba Music at Sunset & Cahuenga. I read an item earlier this year about intense development in central Hollywood: In the area bordered by Gower St., Hollywood Blvd., La Brea Blvd., and Santa Monica Blvd., there are more than 30 high-rise projects currently under construction or approved for immediate construction. Two of these projects are under active construction along Cahuenga, between Sunset & Hollywood [just north of Amoeba]. Not only is the Amoeba building being replaced by a high-rise, but the tiny little plot of land across the street, currently housing a Jack in the Box, will be replaced by a 90+ unit HOTEL.

Picture that: A fast food hutch with drive-thru and 10 parking spaces, on a small corner lot, replaced by a hotel. Construction of this hotel will take place at the same time that the Amoeba building is being razed and replaced. Traffic on this corridor is already horrible. It’s about to become impassible.” – Rick Sietsema

** Martoni’s

“I was reading the Bruce Chandler story about Hollywood and the 6430 Sunset Blvd. building. When I moved my family from San Diego to work for Bob Wilson and the Kardashian brothers, Robert and Tom, Radio & Records Newspaper (R&R) was in that building.

The famous industry hangout, Martoni’s was a half a block north on Cahuenga. There was a lot of drinking, smoking, snorting and not giving a shit was going on. (Photo: Me with, an unidentifiable hitchhiker, R&Rs Nancy Hoff, RCA’s Artists Dave & Sugar and Charley Pride. Music historian Hugh Cherry is sitting between Charley & Carson Schreiber.)

By the way, Judy and I are celebrating our 50th anniversary today. July 6th 1969 was the day that changed our lives forever. I was 20 and Judy was 19. Two sons, Jason and Casey, and two grandchildren, Jake and Kristy later, there still is nothing but love and friendship that is the glue that keeps us going.” – Jim Duncan

 ** KABC’s Future

“Just read that KABC’s sister up here, KGO Radio is also on the market.

By the way, just screened Corporate.FM and said ‘Kaddish’ for radio when it was over.” – Ira Lawson

** Radio Potpourri

“I’ve had a lot of fun reading your posts these past few weeks and thought it time to share some thoughts. You’re a pretty experienced radio guy so you’ve been through this. 

I applaud Saul Levine for trying to keep the music alive on K-Surf, and understand his troubles. We’ve been told that ‘baby boomers’ have a lot of money at their disposal and they would support advertisers to his format. Where are they? Time buyers are still trying to sift through the 25-54 numbers in placing their buys and finding it hard to justify a format that reaches those 65+. Al Ham did it with ‘Music of Your Life’ but that was when AM radio was populated with more mass appeal stations. 

Chime and Suzy Hart suggesting that K-Surf go digital only could create more problems for the beleaguered signal. Most people don’t know what a digital radio is and trying to find one is all but impossible. Fry’s has a few on the shelf, but there’s no way to sample them in the store since AM doesn’t go through the steel structures. I bought one a few months ago and the audio quality on AM is marginal at best. There are only two stations in our area that broadcast in HD and one of them speaks Spanish. AM has turned into a shopping mall that only has one or two viable outlets.

Have been discussing with friends the shocking price of WABC in New York, selling for $12 million. Cumulus bought a batch of stations from Citadel in 2011 for 2.4 billion dollars. WABC now goes for a fraction of the price. You’ll never get the ‘Swingin’ 7’ back on the air but we’re sure Dan Ingram is rolling over. 


Haven’t finished Corporate.FM yet but it brings up part of the problem. In 1996, the consolidation intent was explained to me by Randy Michaels, then ceo of Jacor (which was rolled into Clear Channel/iHeart). The major print media was getting 80-90% of the print revenue from a given market. Radio, when consolidated, could perhaps give one company 30-40% of a given market if it were done right. Randy also explained that radio automation should be used as a ‘tool’ so jocks didn’t have to juggle carts and CDs, and they could focus on their on-air work. He also wanted to see voicetracking as a way to get better more experienced talent into smaller markets, but they would do it for that specific station. At one point, I was tracking up to six Clear Channel stations a day in markets from Santa Barbara to Dallas.

The crash of 2008 wasn’t kind to radio and companies had to trim budgets to satisfy the shareholders. Therein lies the issue. In 1955, Walt Disney’s vision of a land where people could forget their troubles came to be. In 2019 Disneyland Resort continues to be ‘the’ destination for vacationers, and Disney continues to invest in its parks. Somehow, they found a way to spend money to make money and see their stock value increase. The adage that you have to spend money to make money still holds true in 2019 and Disney is the model to subscribe to. One could say that radio can’t afford it, but with increased competition, can it afford NOT to? 

Finally, that picture of Stan Freberg with Shotgun Tom and Freddie Snakeskin reminds us all of what’s missing from radio these days. Stan was the master, filling Lake Michigan with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?reload=9&v=USotnlORBZ0  Here’s a link to a batch of spots he made for radio, including the Lake Michigan fill. Imagine if radio [with more competition than it had in the 60’s when this campaign started] MARKETED radio. Living in Southern California lets us rub elbows with the masters of our medium. Hope we find her [or him] before it’s too late. Thanks for letting me ramble. Your articles are always stimulating and LARadio is a first read every day.” – Dave Mason

** Michael Jackson Story

“I loved the Michael Jackson story. A KRTH listener told me about the time he and his crew were working near the Neverland Ranch on some telephone cable project when all of a sudden, Michael showed up where they were taking a break and asked if he could get them some water or if there was anything they’d like to drink. The listener went on to say what a nice person and down to earth guy Michael was!” – Bruce Chandler

** Foxy Anniversary

“My wonderful wife, Valerie, and I celebrated our 66th anniversary yesterday. She is the best thing that ever happened to me. Years ago, I was interviewed by Radio and Records and was asked why I hadn’t expanded and purchased stations in other markets. I replied that when I awakened in the morning that my main priority was when I could get home and be with my wife. Wow, I was really lucky.” – Bob Fox

** MIA Country

“My father had a Country swing radio program in the early - mid 1960’s, in Los Angeles. His show was somewhat popular, as I was told growing up, he had led the Rose Bowl Parade one year, suspended upside down, playing the fiddle for the entire route. I do not know the radio station where he hosted his show. He went by the stage name of Johnny Lee, but his name was John (or Johnny) Rankin. He would play live swing music during the broadcast. His program was once a week. Would you know how or where to find out more?” – John Rankin, 559.626.7866, coveprinting@att.net

** Listening for Melinda Lee

“It was great to hear Melinda Lee back doing commercials for the Kitchen Store on KNX. Wishing her the best.” – Bill Mann, South Pasadena


Hollywood Landscape Is on the Up and Up 

(July 3, 2019) Bruce Chandler (l), veteran of K-100 and “The Oldies Channel” on Westwood One, sent a note about the action of the L.A. City Council, voting to give the go-ahead for a new 26-story high rise in Hollywood. “Unfortunately, the victim of this latest project will be Amoeba Records,” emailed Bruce. The location is at Sunset and Cahuenga, which is the same corner CNN has called home for years as well as the old K-100 (KIQQ), K-West (aka Magic 106) and the Transtar Radio Networks, just west across Cahuenga from Amoeba Records.

“I remember, and you probably remember too, having also worked at KIQQ, the great view from the 11th floor of KIQQ looking east down Sunset Blvd. You could see the Cinerama Dome half a block down Sunset and on a clear night the lights of Dodger Stadium way in the distance to the right.”

Bruce said: “This new project starts in a year or so, goodbye view and hello 26 stories of concrete staring everyone in our old building right in the face, right across the street. I don’t know if you’ve been in the area of 6430 Sunset recently, but just past the CNN building and down the street south of Sunset there are at least three new projects being built. You wouldn’t recognize the old neighborhood.”

When Cosmic Communications purchased 100.3, we had a tough time finding a location for the studio that had line of sight to Coldwater Canyon. The transmitter was on the old K-JOI stick. When negotiating for the 11th floor space, building management suddenly got cold feet for fear that the parabolic dish on the roof would dissuade doctors and lawyers from renting space. The irony is that when CNN moved in years later, the top of 6430 building now looks like an Erector Set. 

Another long-gone landmark was the Jolly Rogers restaurant that was on the ground floor, and home to many drinking sessions. “I’m hearing Amoeba Records may be looking for a new space somewhere, or, maybe if the rents are too high, it will also be a fondly remembered relic.” Bruce concluded: “Time marches on...”
In other news: Oldies 103.3 in Santa Barbara have reclaimed the KRUZ call letters. Concurrently, Classic Hip Hop station 103.3 The Vibe (KVYB/fm) signed off in the Santa Barbara market, debuting in the Oxnard market as CHR formatted “106.3 The Vibe, Oxnard’s Hit Music Station” … New Power 106 morning man Nick Cannon is now a member of the Motion Picture Academy … Front page LA Times Calendar section story featured the new studios for SiriusXM in Hollywood at 953 N. Sycamore Avenue. 26,000 square feet. Two LARP were mentioned, former KROQ personality Rodney Bingenheimer and his 3-hour Sunday night show, plus Pat Boone who provides special programming on the “50s on 5” channel. Rodney and Pat certainly play to the diversity of the Satellite service … If you are a fan of doo-wop music, you surely know There’s a Moon Out Tonight by the Capris. The song was originally released in 1958 and never charted. Three years later it was re-released and became a classic smash … Congratulations to Brad “Martini” Chambers on 31 years of marriage!

Is KABC Next to be Sold?

(July 2, 2019) “The sale of legendary New York radio station WABC last week sent shock waves through Cumulus Media Chicago where employees of news/talk WLS 890-AM wondered if their station could be next,” wrote Robert Feder in his Chicago media blog.

WABC, boasting a coverage reaching over 100 miles, was sold for an eye-widening $12.5 million. Mary Berner, Cumulus Media ceo, told her staff: “In New York’s case, we’ll be exiting a market that has been tough for us, and through these deals we will be able to realize significant value for the company – over and above what we could have generated from continued operations. And for anyone who is still listening to rumors out there, I will say again that there is absolutely no grand plan to exit our big markets.”

KLOS, one of two Cumulus stations in Los Angeles, sold last April for $42 million. KABC, once a pioneer in Southern California Talk Radio, is the only Cumulus station left in L.A., but for how long?

In other news: Tom Joyner, best known as the jock who did mornings in Dallas, then following his shift he jumped on an airplane to do afternoons in Chicago. Tom eventually went into syndication which he’s been doing for a quarter of a century. He brought his Urban syndicated show to KKBT, the BEAT, on June 19, 2006 before the show was dropped December 15, 2006. Some nationally syndicated shows work in L.A., like Howard Stern. And some don’t, like Don Imus. Tom is retiring and his replacement will be Rickey Smiley. “It’s an honor to continue the legacy of my boss and frat brother Tom Joyner. Not only has he been a friend to my family and me over the years, but we consider him family. Tom’s mentorship has instilled in me valuable wisdom that I will carry with me through this new morning show,” said Smiley ... KLAC's Fred Roggin thinks the move for free agent Kawhi Leonard is down to the Lakers or Raptors. Clippers now out of the picture for the NBA superstar.
 

Alan Oda Heading to Japan and Could Use Your Help

(July 1, 2019) Alan Oda is an intricate part of LARadio. His invaluable insights, writing and editing paves the way for staying on top of the daily news and views in the world of radio in southern California. Alan and his family, residents of Santa Monica are active in the Japanese American community and church.

Since the 2011 Great Tohoku (Northern Region) Earthquake and Tsunami, Alan gives up part of his summer vacation to participate in disaster relief. “It’s a life-altering experience, seeing total devastation yet also signs of hope. Each year I either have people interested in joining disaster relief work or we receive opportunities from Japan to continue assisting the rebuilding both lives and livelihoods,” said Alan

“First, I never, ever expected to be part of volunteer disaster relief work and disaster relief networks, yet this seems to be something I consider to be a Divine appointment. Second, I really don’t think there’s anything exceptional about me, not any specific gifts or talents for this sort of work. Maybe my most important role is to show anyone can be helpful when others are recovering, I just happen to have been given the opportunity these past few years. That being said, I've worked with some incredible people whose dedication amazes me.
 
Alan is headed back to Kumamoto, Japan still recovering from an earthquake three years ago, assisting the Kyushu Christ Disaster Relief Center. They are presently serving the 20,000 individuals still residing in temporary housing, people who were supposed to return to their communities more than a year ago. “My son Andrew (Drew) and I will be part of a six-man team heading to Japan from July 12 - July 23. Besides the usual logistical issues, we had a major challenge to find affordable flights to Kumamoto. It's apparently a busy time of the year. We're paying more than originally hoped.” You can help Alan in his efforts: https://www.shelbygiving.com/App/Giving/veni4871191. Under FUND choose Japan Short-Term Mission Trip.

“You can let us know you'll be praying for our team.”

Alan never knows that is in store until they arrive in Japan, and even then two years ago, mudslides left at least 11 dead and 600,000 people needing to evacuate in the neighboring prefecture of Fukuoka. “My team has shown great flexibility and grit extending themselves by doing manual labor in 90+ degree temperatures and 90+ percent humidity, digging mud, dirt, and rather large rocks. I'm honored to work with this team.”

Hopefully you can help Alan on behalf of Japan Rebuild 2019. His team and he offers his thanks for any support you can give, signed with his name in Japanese, 織田幸夫
   
 In other news: Fred Wallin hosts a local LA Podcast on Sports Business for BLEAV tonight at 7. Click 
https://bleav.com/podcast/celebrated-journalist-jeff-fellenzer … In the Michael Jackson story at 30,000 feet story last week, I mentioned I was part of the marketing team at Universal Pictures promoting Steven Spielberg’s An American Tail. “Small world,” wrote Neil Ross, author of Vocal Recall. “Did you know I was in it playing the voice of Honest John?” Small world, isn’t it?… KIIS/fm is freshening up its afternoons with the hiring of Raph Opida for a newly created slot of 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., starting in the early Fall. He's coming from sister Top 40 WIOQ (Q102)-Philadelphia, where he did nights. Current afternoon drive Jesse Lozano moves to 5 p.m. -7 p.m., while also continuing his live morning show at sister Hot AC “Star 94.1”-San Diego … Condolences to Jim Hilliker on the passing of his father ... Did you work at KGIL? Big reunion potluck coming up on Saturday, July 13, from noon to 5 p.m. Tom Patterson has more details at: Tom@kb6cop.me
LA Times ad from David Grudt's collection appeared on July 1, 1974,
which marks 60 years since Airwatch moved from KABC to KMPC

Email Saturday, 6.29.2019

** K-SURF Kerfuffle

“Love the kerfuffle about KSURF. I think Saul Levine got some attention for once! Hopefully he nixes the less 50’s-add 80’s idea and works on the signal! I'm sorry about Larry Van Nuys losing his KSURF show, but Levine was right to stick with his current 50's-70's mix. He could consider doing a 'Saturday Night' show just featuring 60's-80's music or a theme show-might set KSURF apart as a 'good-time' station. Worth a try.”

Thank you for the great story about Michael Jackson. I never heard that one before and it boggles my mind that such an event could end far differently today.

I love hearing about your different careers-my Uncle Ruben started out working for the studios through Pacific Title and did hundreds of movie title sequences before becoming a courtroom sketch artist for KTTV.    – Julie T. Byers

** Corporate.FM

“Thanks for the heads up on Corporate.FM, which I watched last night with Beth. I’m glad they produced this movie. It was well done and really showcased the greed and the damage done to so many talented people, as well as the death of everyone's trusted companion – radio. I was glad that they exposed the greed of Hicks-Muse and the Dickeys, but was very disappointed that they left the Mays family (Lousy Lowry), Scandal Randall and Snark Mark unscathed. While they mentioned Bain Capital, Mitt Romney didn’t catch any grief either. Shameful but well done.” – Mike Butts

** More Documentary

“Amen. I’ve been showing Corporate.FM to students in my radio classes at Long Beach City College since 2012.” – Ken Borgers

** Lew Dickey’s Performance

“Thanks for the heads up on this documentary about the downfall of local radio. It was produced four or five years ago, but still relevant. I had to laugh at watching Lew Dickey testify before congress and spread his bullshit – without big corporations and consolidation local radio would be out of business! I recommend this video to everyone who was in radio in the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s.” – Bob Koontz

** Michael Jackson at 30,000 Feet

“Your Michael Jackson story is a good read. It confirms other nice things we have heard about him. And the photo is just great, too.” – Don Graham

** George Putnam in Tarentino Movie

“The new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood will have a quick glimpse of George Putnam on the side of a bus billboard, “News at 10 see you then.” When they first started getting the movie ready, they called me to track down film of him doing the news around the time of the Tate Murders. Guess what, nobody came up with any. I had sound, but no film. Too bad. George was one of a kind.” – Chuck Wilder, CRN Radio

** Greg Tantum Celebrates 41 Years of Love

“Doesn’t surprise me a bit. Great team those two. Live and LOCAL, was in play every day, under Greg Tantum’s watch at KFWB News 98. All the best.” – Jeff Baugh

** Early KBCA

“Re your ad display for KBCA, do people know those were the call letters of 105.1 from 1959 to 1978?

In the 1960s KBCA was active in presenting public affairs such as Tom Bradley’s Daily Talk to City Hall. And on Sunday Evenings, political discussions.

In 1960 Hal Fishman, then a teaching aid at Cal State LA, called me offering to work for experience for minimum wage. I took him up on it and in the early 60s, Hal and KBCA scooped the media with the breaking story of the U2 plane shot down over Russia. He also followed the sinking of the Andrea Doria. And he covered local elections all night long. Eventually Hal ended up at KTLA News.” – Saul Levine

**A Loyal K-SURF Listener Checks In

“My wife was born in 1964, loves 50s/60s, and says ‘good music never goes out of style.’ I’ve always enjoy up-tempo 50s – and especially Rockabilly – with over 3,200 45s in my personal collection. So we’ve turned on many drivers to LA Oldies.

Speaking of 1260, having the station go into digital immediately would be a real treat, bypassing the analog signal. If KSUR was digital only, they wouldn't be the first, as 820 WWFD in Fredrick, Maryland has been digital AM only for some time. And even without more talent, with an addition of jingles, reverb, and adding novelty records, K-SURF station would enjoy a more 50’s radio feel.

Lastly, since Monday I notice only KKGO HD1-and-4 are in stereo, while Oldies (HD2) and Jazz (HD3) are in mono. 

Thanks in advance for considering these suggested improvements. – Chime-and-Suzy Hart, Sherman Oaks   

** Static

“I’d like to ask the engineers out there a question about hum / static on my clock radio. It is the only radio in my place that experiences it, and it only occurs at night, and not every night. The other night it was unlistenable. Sometimes it ceases as if someone turned off a switch. Is there a filter I can put on?

Unfortunately, Radio Shack is gone but maybe Fry’s would have something.” – Andrew Schermerhorn, 
andrewschermerhorn@dslextreme.com

Podcasting Challenges 

(June 28, 2019) There are about 750,000 podcasts ready to be downloaded at any given time, according to the stats of those who track this arena. Dunno how many give up after a few podcasts, because it is tough to create compelling content for the length of the podcast. We asked Valerie Geller what were the challenges in monetizing podcasts.

“You sign up with a podcast agency,” emailed Valerie. “They group together several podcasts, all carry the ads, to reach the 500k specifically targeted group. So, for example, if you work with Omny Studio, Midroll or one of those companies, they sell the ads, and you get a percentage.”

The world of podcasting is the hot audio topic. The rate of new podcast titles being added was approximately 2,000 per week. Mercifully, the rate of podcast entries has slowed now to about 3,000 new podcast titles a month (not episodes) according to Blubrry. When does the novelty of doing a podcast fade? “Only 18% of podcasts added an episode in the last three months.

“More podcasts (60%) are out of production than in, according to Todd Cochran, ceo of Blubrry. Todd estimates that more than half of the new podcasts in the past 12 months have not produced a fresh episode. 

If you are still contemplating a podcast and want some professional help, there is a San Diego group led by Tracy Johnson Media Group that will air check your podcast and provide talent coaches to critique the podcast based on the user’s goals an objective. These results are discussed in a one-hour personal coaching session, followed by a detailed written strategy review, including recommendations and next step advice.

"The No. 1 thing air personalities tell me is they just don’t get feedback on a regular basis,” said Johnson. “Many aren’t getting it at all. And programmers tell me they don’t have time to spend with talent like they would like. Our new service fills those gaps. It’s for personalities who want direct, honest, positive feedback, programmers who want another set of ears on their talent, and forward-thinking managers who realize developing talent is the most important asset for their future."

The Air Check Coaching Sessions service is regularly priced at $499 per session, but they have a 50% discount for their new venture.
In other news: Larry Van Nuys will be leaving K-SURF after his morning drive show this morning. “I still have affection for Saul Levine and the staff at the station,” emailed Larry. “It was a fun ride. NEXT!” … "Larry Vany Nuys is the nicest guy I have ever worked with," emailed Saul. "Our plan is to keep KSUR going for long term success with the format. but cut the overhead and rely on existing staff to program. So far there has not been enough revenue to pay the power bill.  When we tried to expand the audience, and hopefully revenue by making KSUR more contemporary, you know that ran into a brick wall with our audience." ... Tough to believe that WABC (KABC’s sister station in New York) just sold for only $12.5 million. Ten years ago, the station was billing over $21 million … Jeopardy star James Hozhauer failed to cash in the events he entered in the World Series of Poker, going on now in Las Vegas … Howard Stern asked Joe Namath who he considered the best quarterback of all time. He answered “Tom Brady” … Allie Mac Kay thinks that in any debate, you can go over your time once. Next time, you are allowed to finish that sentence. “After that, the floor opens up and you’re dropped through a trap door. Bye,” wrote KROQ’s Allie on social media … DJ Amen has been upped to music director at Urban KRRL (Real 92.3). He has been with the station since 2015 and in 2016, contributed to the launch of Real 92.3’s “Young California Radio.” … Power 106’s Cece Valencia joins Romeo in morning drive at KDAY. 

Michael Jackson Breaks Up Fight at 30,000 Feet 

(June 27, 2019) The singer Michael Jackson died 10 years ago this week. On the day of his death Twitter went down and other social media outlets either crashed, sputtered or had severe technical difficulties. AOL declared: “Today was a seminal moment in Internet history. We’ve never seen anything like it in terms of scope or depth.”

Jackson’s passing also put Harvey Levin’s TMZ on the map for good. They called Michael’s death. Not the LA Times. Not AP. But TMZBuzzfeed declared “a seismic shift in the news business.” 

TMZ was legitimatized as a news gathering source and decimator of news about the entertainment cultural business.
We had our own story. I was curious how the story of my encounter with Michael Jackson being a peacemaker at 30,000 held up. When I Googled, my story came up as #2 on the first page. If you would like to relive it or read it for the first time:
Peacemaker at 30,000 feet  
Michael Jackson Story by Don Barrett  

When I was laid off (fired) from MGM/UA in 1994, I opened my own movie marketing consultancy. I decided to concentrate on animated films. Over the years, I was fortunate enough to work on wonderful animated projects like Steven Spielberg’s An American Tail, among many others.

Before long, my business was booming. I was making more money than I ever did with Columbia, Universal or most recently MGM/UA. And more importantly, I didn’t have that awful commute I did for years, plus no committee diluting some wonderful ideas that talented individuals conjured up.

I was exposed to the international marketplace (my movie career with the studios was confined to domestic) and found myself at the Cannes Film Festival numerous times exposing and selling some of the animated projects I was representing.

Yes, Cannes is beautiful, sexy, sensual, alluring, intoxicating, exciting and downright the bomb, to use an old expression.

One year on my way to Cannes, I had to travel from LAX to Berlin and then make a connecting flight to Cannes. In first class there were five rows with two seats on each side of the plane. I was sitting in the aisle seat in row three on the left. In front of me was a single gentleman. The front two seats were occupied, but they were already seated when I got comfortable for the 12-hour flight. The man in front of me asked for a cocktail prior to take-off.

Once airborne, he was the recipient of a steady stream of drinks. About a half-hour into our flight, the man on the aisle in the front seat stood and moved to the center of the cabin. His seatmate got up and stood behind him. Another man who was in the front seat on the aisle on the right side of the plane got up and joined the two standing in the cabin and got behind the second man. In almost lock step they walked to the toilet. The cabin lights were dim for those who wanted to sleep on the long flight. As they walked by me, it was clear that the center man in this abbreviated parade was Michael Jackson.

The flight progressed, but the man in front of me never stopped with requesting more booze. Eventually the steward cut him off. I could only guess the perfect storm that was brewing. Frequently raising his voice in the quiet cabin, it was easy to hear his entitlement demands after paying so much for a first-class ticket and that they had no right to stop serving him. The steward was firm.

The boozy man kept ringing the call-button and the steward reluctantly would come to his seat, only to be greeted by insults for refusing his right to service. After a third call-button ring, the boozy man apparently was waiting in wait for the steward. The steward repeated what he had told the man about no more service. The boozy man leapt like a gazelle onto the steward and they both crashed to the floor. They wrestled.

You could hear another steward frantically summoning the pilot, who quickly came down to see what the commotion was all about. With no fanfare, no lights, no audience, a concerned Michael Jackson got up and separated the two sparring men. As soon as they realized that the King of Pop was acting as peacemaker, they sheepishly stopped like school kids busted by the principal or even their own mom.

The captain (or co-captain) arrived on the scene to see that peace had been restored, with no bloodshed. Michael asked his bodyguard friend to sit in the boozy man’s seat and invited the inebriated man to sit with him. I couldn’t hear a word that was spoken by Michael nor his new seatmate, but they were talking away for 20 minutes.

Michael signaled to his bodyguard to help the boozy man back to his seat. Within minutes he had passed out and slept for the duration of the flight. Michael and his bodyguard were both back together to complete the remaining hours in relative silence.

It was a rare glimpse into Michael Jackson. Who knew he would be a peacemaker at 30,000 feet on what could have erupted into an ugly confrontation?

New Boss at 88.5/fm 

(June 26, 2019) KCSN looked for a new general manager and found him – already at KCSN. California State University, Northridge has named Patrick Osburn as its new boss, replacing the retired Sky Daniels. Osburn will be in charge of 88.5/fm at KCSN-Northridge and KSBR-Mission Viejo (Saddleback College).

Patrick joined KCSN in 2017 and had been serving as its director of business development. He has spent more than 30 years in the radio industry, with 20 years at Triple A stations.

After receiving a Business / Marketing degree from San Diego State University in 1985, his career transitioned into media sales and management. “I have sold for and managed sales departments for small, medium, and large publicly traded organizations as well as Public Media,” he wrote on his LinkedIn account.

“As the industry and technology has evolved, I now create, sell, and manage multi-platform solutions for sponsors. I have vast experience in sports sales and marketing, News-Talk-Sports formats, as well as several music formats. I have also had success creating content, which included building channels of distribution, and monetizing the projects.”
In other news: Larry Levy, administrative assistant in the International Studies & Languages Division at Pepperdine University, sent along a link to a classic aircheck from Michael Horn. Mike was hosting his CRN Digital Talk Radio show with the legendary Sweet Dick Whittington and the late Scott St. James as guests. Sweet Dick set some parameters for being a guest. He said he would not talk about Bruce Jenner, who traded in her Olympic Gold medal for a mother of pearl necklace. Take a listen to fun Talk radio here. They also talked about regular caller, “Suicide Bob” who called every week with a different problem … James Holzhauer, the recent 2 million-dollar winner on Jeopardy, is playing in his World Series of Poker debut currently in progress in Las Vegas, giving a partial part of any winnings to charity ... Former KOST personality from 1971-73, Ira David  Sternberg thought he might participate in two categories: “He will probably win” and “Ways to spend Jeopardy money.” … The family of the late Dick Enberg has his La Jolla estate on the market for $9.8 million. Records show Enberg paid $850,000 for the property in 1999. Enberg, who died in 2017 at 82, had a career that saw him win 13 sports Emmy awards in addition to being honored by the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Basketball Hall of Fame and National Baseball Hall of Fame. He had deep ties to Southern California and provided play-by-play and analysis for the UCLA Bruins, Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Angels … KFI’s John & Ken are soliciting daily homeless experiences for a new feature … Michelle Visage, mornings at HOT 92.3 from 2002-05 and pictured in the above gallery, subs for Larry King on his tv show, available on Hulu and RT America.

Corporate.FM is a Must-See Documentary

(June 25, 2019) If you love radio and care about its future, Corporate.FM is a must-see documentary. “The radio industry… is an example of an industry that was doing pretty well, and they gutted it.” This documentary deserves your look-see. The “they” is the private equity industry, which provided the financing to large companies to go on the epic buying sprees that resulted in today’s enormously consolidated commercial radio landscape.

The film debuted six years ago at the Kansas City Film Festival, it’s now available for streaming on Amazon Prime. Investigative reporter Josh Korman does a great job explaining how the radio business made a major shift from local ownership to corporate consolidation in the documentary Corporate.FM.

The opening scenes in the documentary explains the power and strength of local radio. “The power of radio is that our neighbors are listening to it at the same time, and together we create a critical mass of support at the local level.”

The Telecommunications Act of 1996 is the bugaboo in the story.

In simple terms, the filmmaker presents a simple picture of how ownership deregulation cost hundreds, if not thousands of jobs by shifting away from local emphasis in radio sales and programming to a more McDonaldization centralized point of decision making.

Live and local seems to have all but disappeared. Corporate.FM streams on Amazon Prime and it’s a must-see, even if you are experiencing the story firsthand and know the ending. Click the artwork to watch the trailer.

In other news: Congratulations to former KFWB programmer Greg Tantum on 41 years of wedded bliss … Did you happen to see that Elliot Field, the last original on-air jock at Top 40 Color Radio/KFWB just turned 92 this week? He wrote a great book, Last of the Seven Swingin' Gentlemen … Last week KABC’s Jillian Barberie and John Phillips were talking about the movie openings last week. Jillian went on and on about Toy Story 4. John was silent but sparked when chatting about Child’s Play and Jennifer Tilly. “I’d rather see Chucky getting lucky.”
KRLA Sunday LA Times Calendar ad from June 23, 1980 from David Grudt's personal collection ... Fun promotion!

Muhammad Takes Over Programing at KJLH

(June 24, 2019) Compton’s only local station, KJLH, has a new programmer. Jamillah Muhammad will now oversee radio programming and marketing. She will be reporting to Market Manager Elston Butler at the Urban AC owned by Stevie Wonder.

Muhammad has an impressive resume that includes stints in Charlotte at WPEG (Power 98) and Urban AC WBAV (V101.9). She also programmed Radio One Urban AC WMMJ (Majic 102.3) and Gospel WPRS (Praise 104.1) in Washington until 2012. Earlier in her career, Muhammad programmed WKKV (V-100)-Milwaukee and WMXD (Mix 92.3)-Detroit, plus duties as apd/md of WVAZ (V103)-Chicago. She also served as program director for the Premiere-syndicated “The Sweat Hotel with Keith Sweat.”

"I am extremely excited to join the KJLH family as the new operations manager," said Muhammad. "With my passion for radio, serving the community and improving brands, I know we can lead this heritage station to success!" Concurrent with Muhammad’s arrival, Aundrae Russell continues at KJLH as the station’s new Community Relations Director.

In other news. Larry Gifford, former pd at KSPN has been promoted to National Director of AM Radio for Corus Entertainment. “Super excited to work with great talk radio stations across Canada. And we get to stay in Vancouver,” said Larry … Sad to learn that Jim Pike, co-founder and lead singer of The Lettermen, one most popular vocal groups of the 1960s, has died from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was 82 … Christina Applegate, KPPC’s Bobby Applegate’s daughter scored big with the first season of Dead to Me and earns a second season. Dead to Me is one of the best ever offerings on Netflix and the writing is superb … Following a routine blood test, Kenny Noble was told he needed a sonogram of his liver. “The sonogram (which was kind of weird BTW, lol) revealed a gall bladder filled to the max with stones. Doctor urged removal asap,” said Kenny on Facebook. He’s having surgery today. Wish him well … Saul Levine emailed to say that KSUR will go back to original 50s to 70s Oldies. On another note, later this week KKJZ will expand its coverage when KKGO will carry jazz on its 105.1 HD 3 channel. “This will increase coverage of KKJZ to a whole new audience in the West Valley and the Inland Empire.” … Congratulations to Pam Baker on celebrating ten years with Entercom/CBS Radio.

Email Saturday - 6.22.2019

** Northern California Radio

“Thanks for re-visiting Detroit and WDRQ. Loved your story. That's one I had never heard.

I watched the Northern California Radio video when Dr. Don Rose choked up I did too. What a talent and KFRC what a station.” – Mike Butts

** 80s Music on K-SURF

“I’ll preface this by saying I’m an LARL [L.A. Radio Listener], not an LARP. K-Surf’s Facebook page is lighting up with negative feedback on their addition of 80s music. I’m only 32 and prefer the 50s and 60s tunes that they started out with. Not only that, plenty of stations in L.A. already play music from the 80s.

K-Surf was unique. Not anymore.

I hope that, at the risk of sounding like the late Bill Drake, ‘The backlash just keeps on coming.’ Here it is:
https://m.facebook.com/laoldies/posts_to_page/” – Joey Schwartzman

** Portrait of My Love

Greg Hardison's tribute to Steve & Eydie moved me! So sad to read about Steve's Alzheimer Disease. Several times a month I go to You Tube to replay some of Steve & Eydie's television and concert appearances.

In my opinion, they were, unequivocally, THE finest, most consummate live performers of my time. Eydie and Ella remain my two, all-time favorite female singers. Steve's phrasing and the quality of his voice are second only to Sinatra. Donn Trenner, the 91-year-old former musical director to Steve Allen, Ann Margaret, Nancy Wilson and others also worked with Steve & Eydie. Donn, now director of The Hartford Jazz Orchestra, speaks glowingly of Steve & Eydie; both as performers and persons. 

Thanks for publishing Greg Hardison's tribute.” - Bob Sirkin

** Craig “Sea” Carpenter

“I had to write when I saw Craig ‘Sea’ Carpenter’s pic in your column this week. When I first started part-time at KFXM in 1978, he was the afternoon jock. Great, high energy delivery. He sounded major market to me.

Sadly, he left shortly thereafter and I never heard anything more about him until today!” - Neil Young

** Newman’s Business

"I barely remember Jim Newman from the ‘NFB’ all-News experiment at KMEX/34, but then it came and went so quickly ... http://www.uhftelevision.com/articles/nfb.html

But I do remember, when the AP Radio Network started in 1974, him being the first anchor of their hourly ‘Business Barometer’ financial and stock market reports. [I was with KOVA - now KFYV - in Ventura County then; we were one of the charter affiliates of APRN.] Link is to Clarke Ingram's ‘History of UHF Television website, where I am content coordinator and have written a fair amount of the content personally.” - K.M. Richards

** Nathan’s News

"Great to see the piece on Nathan Roberts. I enjoyed working with him at KCOP in the '80s and was happy to hear his voice on KNX after missing him in this market for a number of years.

Nathan's always been one of the smoothest pros on the air.” – Mitch Waldow  

Nick Cannon Looking for Love 

(June 21, 2019) Have you heard the new Power 106 morning show, hosted Nick Cannon? He plays lotsa Hip-Hop music with E-Man in the mix but when the music stopped the other morning, Nick talked about love and finding love.

Now here’s a guy who was married to Mariah Carey for six years. Got to be tough to find a date? Nick was pretty clear on what he is looking for. “I don’t want love unless it’s that old school 90s love. There’s a lot of slippin’ and slidin’ for me but it is too wet. I’m getting out of the pool. I’m done.

Nick declared. “I don’t think this generation knows what love is.”

Nick took some calls with callers trying to convey what works for them. “Remember when the songs were about problems like my girl left me, my dog died? That was real love.”

Perhaps you have a love match for Nick?

Stab Myself
. In 1971, I was the general manager of a Bartell-acquired fm property in Detroit that we named WDRQ (formerly WDEE/fm). There was a void in the marketplace for a news/talk station. It was chancy because we were the first in the country to try this on fm.

One of my marketing efforts was with the morning Detroit Free Press. LARadio reader Tony Martin wrote me recently with a copy of an August 14, 1971 column by Charlie Hanna in the Free Press.

Tony loves to discover nuggets with on-line archives. I had forgotten about it.

Charlie wrote: “The thing I like about WDRQ/fm, I said to Don Barrett, general manager of Detroit’s newest radio station, ‘is that the listener is not bothered by a whole lot of commercials.’ Whereupon Barrett picked up the table knife by his plate and pantomimed placing the pointed end precisely in the area of his own heart. Barrett was attacking the prime rib on his plate with zest as he said, ‘We’re going to knock WWJ [stodgy all over the place format owned by the afternoon Detroit News] radio out of the third place within 18 months.’

What if you don’t?

‘We’re going to knock WWJ out of third place within 18 months,’ he repeated. Later he said that thus far they have 20 accounts on the air.”

The Detroit Free Press story brought a smile to my face. I was only 28 at the time and fairly dramatic with the faux stabbing of the heart. I knew it would go into the story and make for some fun copy.

To launch WDRQ, I commissioned Art Vuolo to produce a 6-hour History of Detroit that we would run continusly the weekend before a Monday start. It was narrated by our morning news anchor, Richard Mock, a giant at KCBQ-San Diego. Click the DRQ artwork to listen.
Northern California Radio

Dave Beasing Has Another Sound In Him 

(June 20, 2019) Sound That BRANDS, the Los Angeles-based podcasting studio specializing in branded audio content for national advertisers, is teaming up with Emmis Communications for a round of funding that will allow rapid expansion. “At Sound That BRANDS, our motto is ‘Be the content, not the interruption,’” said Dave Beasing, ceo of Sound That BRANDS and a veteran media consultant. 

"With Emmis’ support, we'll grow quickly, producing audio that is not only entertaining and informative, but builds brand loyalty.” Previously, Beasing was the pd for The Sound / 100.3 for a decade.

“We’ve monitored the early stages of global brands telling audio stories through branded podcasts that dramatically enhances loyalty and preference,” said Emmis chairman/ceo Jeff Smulyan. “Sound that BRANDS has already become a leader in branded podcasting and is uniquely positioned to work with marquee brands to build episodes that make you laugh, feel and think in a way that reinforces the brand. Dave is a great audio storyteller, and we look forward to helping him accelerate Sound that BRANDS' growth.”

Major brands like Trader Joe's, Facebook, Smead, Tindr, General Electric and McAfee have recently produced branded podcasts.

Fast Company has called branded podcasts, “the ads that people actually want to listen to.” According to survey data released by Edison Research, podcast listenership is booming, as 32% of Americans aged 12 and older say they have listened to a podcast in the past month. Of those, 54% say they are more likely to consider the brands they hear advertised on podcasts. Sound That BRANDS is seeking motivated talent for several key roles, including VP/Revenue and Brand Partnerships. Former KPWR svp / gm Val Maki is heading the search. Interested parties should apply confidentially on the company's website, SoundThatBRANDS.com. 
In other news: Joey Reynolds, a distinguished veteran from numerous high-profile stations over the decades, including KMPC, KRTH and KMGG in L.A., acknowledges that the Year of the Women last season was black. “What about age?” asked Joey. “Isn’t it our turn?” I suggested to Joey that our time for acknowledgement seems to be when we die. Get in line …  Jeff Penfield, interim program director, is leaving KCSN (88.5/fm) after six years for KERA and KXT-Dallas. Expect a major announcement from KCSN soon …David McCullough’s book The Pioneers knocked Howard Stern Comes Again out of the top spot on the LA Times bestseller list.
The Day the Music Burned - - New York Times Magazine

New King of CBS 

(June 19, 2019) Gayle King, better known for being Oprah’s best friend, will certainly see her fortunes turn as she becomes the new lead anchor for CBS This Morning. Gayle was featured with a cover story in the current issue of The Hollywood Reporter.

Following graduation from college in 1976, Gayle was hired as a production assistant at WJZ/tv in Baltimore and it was there she met Oprah, who was an anchor. That was the beginning of a lifelong friendship.

A pragmatist at heart, when looking for a journalism job in the mid -70s, she targeted stations in the 20th through the 30th markets, not the top 10. “I asked to speak to the assistant of the news director and would introduce herself by saying, ‘I’m 22, I’m black. I don’t have a lot of money, so I don’t want to send resume reels if you don’t think I have a shot. I knew if they already have two black women, they’re not hiring me.’”

She spent decades in local news – in Baltimore, Washington, DC, Kansas City, and Hartford where she spent 18 years at CBS affiliate WFSB. Gayle hosted a radio Talk show on Sirius and Westwood One that was heard on KTLK (1150 AM) in 2010 and 2011. She received the American Women in Radio & Television Gracie Award for Outstanding Radio Talk Show.

King’s favorite song is Walkin’ on Sunshine. “Winfrey needles her that she needs to ‘take her yellow-colored glasses off.’ But there’s little chance of that. Definitely not now,” according to the THR article.

In other news: Lisa Worden, ALT 98.7 (KYSR) program director, will be presented as MUSEXPO "International Music Person of The Year" award during a special VIP Awards Gala Luncheon on in the spring of 2020. Other LARPs who have received the award include Kevin Weatherly, pd at KROQ and Jimmy Steal, longtime pd at Power 106, who is now at WTMX-Chicago … Congrats to KKJZ pd Mike Johnson on 12 years of wedded bliss … Johnny Wendell, veteran of KFI and KEIB, has a new gig. “So, as I was being interviewed at KPFK, I was sitting with the program director and general manager and about to launch into why they should hire me when this woman bursts in and says, ‘is this Johnny Wendell, the Johnny Wendell? I thought I recognized your voice, guys we gotta have him here, he's a legend!’ End of pitch. Hired. Serendipity like that has never ever happened in my life,” Johnny wrote on his Facebook page … Think being a reporter is a stressful life? Robert Feder posts a compelling experience with a Chicago journalist … Those connected with the Internet version of KNX/fm (
www.KNXfm93.com), a popular format in the 1970s, celebrated the legacy of the station over the weekend. Pictured In the gallery photo:  Kevin SpeaksRick ShawCraig "Sea" Carpenter, Andy MarsPat Veling. Also attending but not pictured: Chris AmesDouglas Brown, and Steve Marshall.

LARPs in the TALKERS Heavy Hundred

(June 18, 2019) Every year TALKERS Magazine publishes the list of the 100 Most Important Radio Talk Show Host in America. About one-third of the list consists of either previous or current talent heard in Los Angeles.)

Coming up with any list is tough and subjective. TALKERS publisher acknowledges the difficulty of culling through thousands of talk show hosts across the country. The editors “painstakingly compile this super-list that is drawn upon a combination of hard and soft factors.”

They evaluate the Talkers for: courage effort impact, longevity, potential, ratings, recognition, revenue, service, talent, and uniqueness. “We acknowledge that it is as much art as science and that the results are arguable.”

Here are the Los Angeles Radio People who appear on the 2019 TALKERS Heavy Hundred:

 

     
11. George Noory
12. Ben Shapiro
15. Lars Larson
18. Hugh Hewitt
19. Jim Bohannon
20. Michael Savage
21. Armstrong & Getty
22. Bill Handel
24. Doug Stephan
27. Sebastian Gorka
28. John & Ken
33. Dennis Prager
34. Michael Smerconish
35. Larry Elder
37. Stephanie Miller
40. Kim Komando
43. Michael Medved
44. Todd Schnitt
45. Tim Conway, Jr.
54. Clark Howard
58. Terry Gross
87. Heidi Harris
91. John Batchelor

Shot Out of Power Cannon 

(June 17, 2019) The ratings in LARadio show Adult Contemporary, Hot AC, Top 40/M, and Classic Hits lead the mornings. Spotify and other music services indicate Hip-Hop is number one with their subscribers, though currently the stations offering this music is not tops in AM drive. Yet there has been competition. A few years ago, iHeart swooped Kurt “Big Boy” Alexander from Power 106 (KPWR), his home for many years. He’s now the morning man at REAL 92.3 (KRRL).

Now the new owners of KPWR are making their move in the morning. “Nick Cannon Mornings – Power 106 #1 for Hip-Hop” will debut this morning and will be heard daily on the Meruelo station from 5 – 10 a.m. Cannon is a tv / radio host, comedian, actor, producer, rapper, writer, philanthropist, children’s book author, and social activist.  

“Nick is the quintessential entertainer and content creator who will take our media game to the next level,” said Otto Padron, president/coo of Meruelo Media, “His tremendous success across television, film and music is testimony of his unique talent, work ethic and impeccable reputation. Nick is the absolute right talent to start our mornings on Power 106 – this is an incredible match and we’re fortunate to have him on our family!”  

Cannon said, “Power 106 is one of the most substantial fixtures in our Hip Hop culture that has proven time and time again that they are #1 and not going anywhere! Los Angeles is used to star players joining star franchises! I’m just honored for the opportunity to make our community and Culture proud. All I can say is it’s Ncredible!”  

Power 106 pd, E-Man said, “Nick Cannon is that fresh sound we were looking for on Power 106. Nick is an incredible entertainer who embodies Hip Hop, pop culture, comedy, and community all in one! We are very excited to have him on our team.” Cannon is the host and executive producer of Fox’s #1 hit tv show, The Masked Singer, as well as the creator, host, and executive producer of MTV's Wild ‘N Out, which will begin production on its 15th season later this year. Wild ’N Out’s YouTube channel has amassed almost 5 million subscribers since its official launch approximately 6 months ago.

In other news: Dave Cooke reached out to welcome Bob McCormick to Texas. “Dave hired me in 1974 to come to KFRC-San Francisco from the midwest. Quite a game changer for me (photo in gallery above).” … I love Facebook on Mother’s and Father’s Day. To see photos and read the stories of the role parents played in your life is illuminating ... The Eric Weiss Agency has partnered with John Wiley & Sons on the production and distribution of “For Dummies: The Podcast,” hosted by NBC daytime star Eric Martsolf. 

The iconic WPLJ-New York ended a 48 year run recently. The video, on a standard DVD, is available at www.vuolovideo.com/videovault/reunions. It runs 95.5 minutes and is priced at just $20 plus $4 shipping and handling. 
Click the artwork to see a preview. Art Vuolo, Radio's Best Friend, produced the reunion.


Email Saturday, 6.15. 2019

** Worked with Newman Beginning in 80s

“Along with so many others, I was shocked and saddened by the passing of Jim Newman. I had talked to Jim a few weeks ago, that booming voice and huge laugh still very evident! He had told me about a fall he had taken and he had suffered a broken hip and was using a walker, but I sensed no loss of energy from Jim, nor his sense of humor. I told him I would swing by and pick up some sandwiches and come visit and schmooze. That was not to be, unfortunately.

I first met Jim and worked with him in the early 80’s and our friendship never waned over the years. Never a dull time with Jim. Early on, I was producing a financial special Jim was hosting and we were in New Orleans at a conference when in walks Warren Buffett, who was the wealthiest man in the world at that point. He and Jim embraced and carried on like old buds. Years later, Jim had me write and produce a project for Columbia Records Special Products on the Manhattans, an r&b group. Kind of a musical documentary on the group. Jim voiced it, and they released it as a Columbia Records album … and I was listed as ‘Producer.’ Some people actually thought I had produced an r&b album!

To echo the thoughts of others, Jim was a ‘mensch.’ A gentleman. A real pro who knew the financial world inside and out. I’ll miss his stories. I’ll miss his friendship. I’ll miss his kindness. He was an original.

Thanks for everything Jim!” – Arlen Peters

** Gentleman Jim

“So sad to hear about the passing of Jim Newman. I absolutely adored him! He was such a gentleman, smart and witty, and just a kind soul. He introduced me to dim sum in Chinatown, shared some inspiring stories about the business, encouraged me to listen to his favorite classical albums, and loved chatting about the Theatre.

A class act!” – Pam Baker

** LARP Passings

“I know I share your feelings about the deaths reported in your column. I can’t add anything to Alan Oda’s fine story about Jim Newman. He was a true gentleman.

Thank you too for mentioning Lew Klein. Lew was an instructor at Temple University when I went there in the mid-50s. He was also a pioneer in tv having started at WFIL/tv several years earlier. As pd by then, he was able to get us into the station once a week [Thursday afternoons] for a production class with real equipment at a real station. Next to us, in the big studio, they were feeding the network American Bandstand.

Lew also had a radio connection. When the Philadelphia Inquirer spun off the stations [ABC bought channel 6] Lew was part of a group that bought WFIL/fm and it became WIOQ. He was active at Temple til the end.  It’s a cliche but he will be missed.” – Bernie Alan Canter (Class of ‘59)

** Huntin’ with Gregg Hunter


“There were so many nice things written about Humble Harve after his passing and I just wanted to say a few words about another LARadio personality who passed recently, Gregg Hunter.

Gregg was on the old KIEV/870 where he held court in the late hours. The station under the Beatons was a very different one, so there was a lot of room for old fashioned local radio which is what Gregg did. I will admit that I was not a regular listener but enjoy jumping around the dial as much as possible to see what is going on. On the occasions that I heard his show, it seemed like the kind of radio that was very intimate with the listener. Gregg called his listeners ‘cousins’ and treated them all like his family.   On the several dozen times I heard his show, I recognized some of the same callers who spoke with Gregg with love and affection. He didn’t talk much politics, as that tends to separate people and Gregg was all about bringing people together.  

Gregg had guests that ranged from show-biz types to celebrity psychics. He had done celebrity interviews for years at the Brown Derby and often played some of those that lent themselves to more of Hollywood’s golden age. This endeared him even more to what seemed like an audience of the over-fifty and beyond crowd. He did a weekend show called The Weekend World of Entertainment, which made me chuckle as one never really thought of anything worldwide when they were listening to KIEV.

Gregg talked about the coffee shops around Glendale that he frequented. Being a resident in Glendale for years I knew them to be not the large chain places, but the small and somewhat run-down places that dealt in very personal service where you knew everybody’s name and all about their kids and grandkids, which was very much like Gregg’s show.  

I know that once or twice Gregg booked himself into Jax Bar in Glendale with a pianist or combo. He gave his listeners a live performance of standards from the great American songbook. I didn’t attend these shows but from what I remember his listeners saying when they called, they loved it and were very appreciative of the chance to meet the man behind the voice they listened to each night.  

After the station was sold to Salem, Gregg gave his last show. I made a point to listen and he greeted his audience with a huge ‘HELLO COUSINS.’ You could hear the professional ‘all smiles’ broadcaster through what must have been a sad evening.

I honestly don’t know if there ever was a place for a show like this in a city as big as Los Angeles but the Beatons kept him on the air for many years. I know that his audience must have loved them for doing so as much as they loved Gregg.” - Gary Gibson, Montrose

** Humbleness

“Had to laugh that John Sebastian tried to make himself a hero in hiring Humble Harve at KZLA. ‘Hurting’ for a gig? Kind of a cheap shot. Harve told me JS was a nut, he would schedule meetings with Harve only to emphasize that, in Sebastian’s opinion, Harve was giving the call letters out wrongly ‘it's K-ZLA not KZLA.’ Finally, Harvey had enough and quit. He was the greatest night jock ever in LA, bar none, and one of the top five Top 40 jocks in history.” – Wade Collins, Hermosa Beach  

Track 10:

  • Kenny Noble (KZLA)
  • Nicole Sandler (103.1fm)
  • Lenore Kingston (KFWB Purely Personal)
  • Terry Foster (KHJ)
  • Jerry Trowbridge (KZLA)
  • Don MacKinnon (KFWB)
  • George Putnam (KPLS, 2002)
  • Freddy Snakeskin/Elvira (KROQ)
  • Don Herbert (KFWB News)
  • Ken & Bob (KABC Jingle)
  • KLSX Classic Rock Marathon
  • Warren Duffy (KDAY)
  • Sie Holliday (KRLA)
  • "World Famous" Tom Murphy (KRLA)
  • Roger Collins (KFI)
  • KABC/fm ID
  • KROQ Jingle
  • Poorman/Richard Blade (KROQ)
** Putnam Ahead of Time?

“Click track 10 George Putnam (KPLS, 2002): His comments, wow ahead of his time.  

And the passing of Humble Harve, sorry to hear. Last time I saw him I was the MC and introduced him up to the stage. It was a music show at a location in Chino.” – Chuck Wilder (CRN Talk)

** Death of Bo Leibowitz and More

“I was looking for news of the death of Bo Leibowitz, the jazz dj at KCRW Saturday mornings, when I thought of your web site and wondered if you were still around. Yes, you are!

I started listening to Bo several years ago when I would get up early to go somewhere on a Saturday. It is a habit of mine to turn on the radio for music. I always had the set tuned to KCRW, especially on the weekends. I would be waiting for Morning Edition to start, so the radio would be set for that channel. Occasionally, I would just wake up, for no reason, early on a Saturday and listen to Leibowitz with his selection of jazz tunes. Very enjoyable and I learned a lot.

I normally would listen to KLON [now KKJZ] for my jazz stuff, but Bo was the exception for me. There are no other standalone jazz show on Los Angeles radio. It is becoming rare to listen to such an experienced jazz expert. He will be missed.

Elroy Downs
 has been doing the show for a couple of months without mentioning the status of Mr. Leibowitz. It looks like he will be the new de facto host of the Saturday morning show. He is a good choice, as I am familiar with him from KKJZ.

Looking around the site, I was saddened to learn of the death of Humble Harve. As if the loss of Mr. Leibowitz wasn’t enough, this happens. I remember Harve from KHJ. He sure was a character. Little by little, our AM radio past is slipping away.

I had a subscription for your website some years ago and I remember when you discontinue the subscriptions. I figure you were going to retire and turn off the LARadio site. Imagine my surprise when I typed in the URL and saw the web site pop up with the current news. I guess you couldn’t stay away from doing the site.

Wow, I see you moved to a wonderful beach area, Avila Beach. I hope it is quiet for you. As for me, I retired and decided to move away from Huntington Beach after 29 years of living there. The changes there were unwelcoming and I wanted a slower lifestyle. In 2013, I moved to Joshua Tree, and just love it here. It is somewhat rustic and the environment can be harsh at times, but I enjoy it.” – Dan Ramos, Joshua Tree

** Jazz Greats

“KBCA from 1960 to 1989 [call sign KKGO adopted in 1978] is considered by most Jazz authorities to be the finest jazz programmed station that ever existed. It had an air staff that can never be duplicated, including Chuck NilesJim GosaRick HolmesSam FieldsJai RichTolly StrodeRichard LeosGerald WilsonLarry Van Nuys, and more.

KKJZ 88.1 is currently America’s Number One Jazz Station.” – Saul Levine

** Steve Lawrence Illness

“I am very sad to learn about Steve Lawrence being cursed with Alzheimer’s. Luckily, I got to know Steve and his wife Eydie Gorme 30-odd years ago, while working with Ray Briem at KABC. They were certainly two of the nicest people I ever had the pleasure of knowing. They always made time to come visit me in the control booth, before each in-studio shot with Ray. 

On one such night circa '92, they mentioned an upcoming live show at the Sundome just outside Phoenix. I casually mentioned the fact that my mother had recently bought a home in Sun City West, less than a mile from the venue. Before I could take a breath, Eydie turned to their assistant and told her to arrange two front-row tickets for my mom at will-call the night of their show. Of course, mom went, taking a friend along. She and Eydie exchanged notes, and my mother was quite taken with Eydie’s obvious sweetness. Years later, she was still telling me how much she enjoyed Steve & Eydie’s performance. Steve lost his precious Eydie back in 2013. Two years ago my mother lost her own relatively brief struggle with Alzheimer’s.

This disease is truly a cruel, evil curse. I can only hope and pray that Steve's journey is as easy as it can possibly be, as he faces what he must. And it certainly bears repeating, that Steve and Eydie were two of the finest, classiest people I ever knew in my entire life. – Greg Hardison

** Word Usage Chart

“That word usage chart was amazing. That’s what happens when the pajama boy – snowflakes – everyone must get a trophy crowd infiltrates the media.

Good for Jhani Kaye!! I have spent some time with him and like him a lot! – Mike Butts

** Word Use

“Cool to see the New York Times word usage data. Love to see how these two over exposed adjectives would look: Awesome Epic As radio fades...” - Douglas Brown

** Ray Lucia Experience

“The years I was working on the Vegas strip I used to listen to Ray Lucia. He was so compelling that I called him off-air to discuss engaging him as an advisor. He asked me about my finances and my business, then dropped the name of a game show host he claimed to be advising. He didn’t know I knew the guy. I called the host, and he’d never heard of Ray. That was the only red flag I needed.

Slippery bastard.” – Randy West
 
** 80s Oldies


“Wondering why massive 80s hits by Cameo, Shalamar, Atlantic Starr, Junior, the S.O.S. Band, New Edition, etc. are missing from many of radio’s so-called 80s formats. WTF? No, it’s not ‘disco’ grandpa.

Someone who’s brilliant over at TuneIn’s ‘80s Hits’ is spiking them in along with the GoGos and Night Ranger, and it sounds damn good!” – Christina Kelley

The Phrase That Pays

(June 14, 2019) When media people get together, they tell stories. Martoni’s in the 60s and 70s used to be the media watering hole. Over the years, add Nickodell’s, Le Petit Chateau in North Hollywood and radio reunions. Warren Cereghino was a tv news assignment editor at KTTV for many years, news director at KTLA/Channel 5, and worked at KNBC/tv. He used to be in radio.

A recent cartoon at LARadio triggered a moment 60 years ago when he risked his job to spontaneously, and very irreverently, skewer an on-air promotion at KBUZ-AM in Phoenix. Warren’s story:

“KBUZ's owner turned the station upside down in the Fall of '58 when he brought in three former Mc Lendon guys, one of whom was Bob (Doc) Holliday, to give it a McLendon-type sound. Bob went on vacation over the Christmas-New Year's period in 1958-59 and the pd told me, the college-boy weekend man, to fill in for Bob. The station had a hokey on-air promotion called ‘The Phrase That Pays.’ The log called for it to air at :15 after the hour throughout the day. Holliday's shift was 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

This was the day after Fidel Castro's revolutionary army had driven Fulgencio Batista out of power and out of Cuba. These little ‘phrase that pays’ entries were things like ‘a stitch in time saves nine.’ The jock would read an intro announcing the name and hometown of the winner of that hour's $5.00 cash prize. [Five bucks then would be about $43 today.] After announcing the winner, the jock pushed the mike filter button to emphasize the phrase. At 10:15, I said that the winning phrase that hour was from 'Fulgencio Batista, somewhere in exile, whose winning phrase is ‘sometimes you win, sometimes you lose and sometimes you're rained out’ into the record that had been flying on the turntable.

An hour later, I read: ‘this hour's winning phrase comes from Fidel Castro in Havana, Cuba: ‘if at first you don't succeed, try, try again.’ Five minutes later the pd burst into the control room and yelled ‘you're mocking our promotion.’ I nodded agreement. He said I would be fired immediately and he'd take the board if I did it again.  I'd had my fun; I behaved myself after that. Holliday heard about it and told me he thought it was funny.”
In other news: Services for Jim Newman will be held tomorrow morning at 11 a.m. at St. Victor's Catholic Church, 8634 Holloway Drive, West Hollywood … Congratulations to Phil Hulett on 37 years of wedding bliss … Lew Klein, a broadcast pioneer who helped create American Bandstand, died at 91 … Condolences to Dave Gyurina on the loss of his youngest child, Marc. “He passed away in our new home in Cedar City and we couldn't save him. He was a very sweet, private, sensitive and loving young man. I am completely heart-broken, my soul is crushed and our world has caved in on us. Without the rest of my family coming together, I don't think I could deal with this. I will always love you dearly Marc” … How long is long when you talk about holding a job? Kevin Gershan is celebrating 40 years with CBS. He’s currently producer of Entertainment Tonight Jason Bentley is stepping down as KCRW music director and host of Morning Becomes Eclectic … Sad news about singer Steve Lawrence. He has Alzheimer’s … ESPN is shutting down its Spanish-language radio business. Thirty-five lose their jobs. ESPN Deportes’ tv and digital will continue to operate. … Condolences to Nancy Cole on the loss of her father. “I was with him last week, when I flew to Phoenix to get him into a nursing home and I was on the phone with him today when he passed. I asked the nurse to put the phone to his ear, told him I loved him and he was in God's hands. He passed seconds later. Go with God, dad. You were the best.”

Financial Guru Jim Newman Dies at 86 

(June 13, 2019) Jim Newman was more than just a voice heard twice an hour offering financial news, he was an admired journalist once described by a former U.S. Treasury Secretary as “an extremely capable and thoughtful member of the Fourth Estate.” Newman died this past Tuesday at the age of 86. He was an on-air presence for over three decades.

Newman arrived at KFWB from ABC / Group W’s Satellite News channel where he was Business Week Magazine’s tv correspondent. Prior to that, he was heard on both the NBC and CBS Radio Networks.

In the early 1970s, Newman started the first all-news television programming on a UHF station. “It laid the ground work for CNN, which prospered over cable a few years later.”

Born in Oklahoma, he received his B.A. from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri and attended the London School of Economics. Newman received numerous awards, including the prestigious Janus Award for Excellence in Financial Broadcasting and the Overseas Press Club Award for International Business Reporting. Locally, he was a two-time winner of the Los Angeles Press Club’s “Business News Reporter of the Year” and has three Emmys for TV reporting.

“Growing up in Los Angeles, my dad listened to KFWB ‘News 98’ in the car at all times,” said KTLA entertainment reporter Sam Rubin. “So I heard Jim Newman for years before I ever met him. The power and eloquence of his radio reports always left an impression on me, and then to discover that off-air in real life he had the same extraordinary qualities that I admired on the air was a real treat.”

Newman offered live financial updates from the Pacific Stock Exchange first on KFWB, then on local television. “You can’t overstate the value that Jim brought to all of us on the air and off the air on the KTLA Morning News,” said Rubin. “Here we were – this very ragtag group trying to find our way – and suddenly the very credible Jim Newman was added to the mix as our business reporter live from the Pacific Stock Exchange.”

After seven years at KTLA, Newman switched to KABC/tv in 1999. “He was (always) immaculately dressed with a tie and matching handkerchief,” said John Brooks, retired KFWB street reporter. He remembered when Newman would laugh “in that booming voice” and proclaim “Brooks, cut your hair and get a real job!” Brooks was one of many who recalled Newman was a “true gentleman, supportive and helpful with his colleagues…he was so generous with his time. When I needed explanation about something fast, his door was open at the Exchange.”

Lysa Barry, whose media company coordinated news about medicine for KFWB said Newman “was my Uncle Jim…a classy, sweet, humble and gentle man…a walking example of what broadcast history was, with class.”
KTLA reporter Eric Spillman admired Newman the journalist, but added Newman “enjoyed the finer things in life, such as classical music, thoroughbred racing, and good restaurants,” noting the business reporter was a great patron of the arts. “I recently saw him at a reunion. He was the same bon vivant I remember,” said Spillman.

Former KFWB anchor and part-time KABC anchor Ken Jeffries also recalled Newman was a true connoisseur of music. “He hosted Friday nights at the Hollywood Bowl…one night, he mentioned my name from the stage! It was a thrill.” Jeffries said Newman appeared last month at a retirement party for former KFWB Executive Editor Bill Yeager on May 7. “I saw him a few weeks ago. He was using a walker but he had the same booming voice he’s always had,” said Jeffries, who then reiterated what many said about their departed colleague:

“Jim Newman was a class act. RIP.” (Story written by LARadio senior correspondent Alan Oda)

 

#1 on LA Times Best Seller List - Howard Stern Comes Again

LARPs Nominated for 2019 Radio Hall of Fame

 
 
 
(June 12, 2019) The nominations are out for the 2019 Radio Hall of Fame, with many LARP among the nominees. There are six categories and 24 nominees. Four of these categories will be voted on by a panel of nearly 1,000 professionals.

Two of the categories – Music Format On-Air Personality and Spoken Word On-Air Personality – are nominated by the Radio Hall of Fame Nominating Committee, but voted on by listeners nationwide. The voting by the public commences July 15.

LARP nominees include: Longstanding Local/Regional (20 years or more): Bob Rivers, Seattle; Charles Laquidara, Boston.

Active Network/Syndication (10 years or more): Coast to Coast AM (Host, George Noory (bottom right); The Glenn Beck Program (Host, Glenn Beck); Intelligence for your Life (Host, John Tesh); The Kim Komando Show (Host, Kim Komando, bottom left).

Active Local/Regional (10 years or more): Kevin and Bean (Kevin Ryder, Gene "Bean" Baxter (top right)

Longstanding Network/Syndication (20 years or more) -- The Jim Rome Show (Host, Jim Rome) The nominees voted on by listeners and the HOF nominating committee include: Music Format On-Air Personality -- Sean "Hollywood" HamiltonLon Helton, The Mark & Brian Show (Mark Thompson, Brian Phelps (top left), Ryan Seacrest.

Spoken Word On-Air Personality: Stephanie Miller

The 2019 Radio Hall of Fame 2019 inductees will be announced on August 5.  
 
 
Buckets of Money. In 2012, Ray Lucia was a big advertiser at KFI. Bill Handel, the second biggest endorser of products among LA broadcasters, was a huge fan of Lucia and frequently co-hosted Buckets of Money weekend seminars. But then the SEC accused the talk radio host and investment counselor Lucia, of misleading investors to think that his strategy helped retirees "generate inflation-adjusted income for life."

When the charges were looked at objectively, Handel believed they were without merit, Bill said in a phone conversation at the time. Due to federal regulations, there are restrictions on what Bill can and cannot say, e.g. whether he invests with Lucia, but his unwavering support for Lucia was evident.

“I listen to Ray’s advice. I continue to listen to Ray’s advice. And I will listen to Ray’s advice.”

Bill was unwavering in his support of Lucia, with Clear Channel (now iHeart) / KFI continuing to air his seminar appearances. Yet SEC regulators felt otherwise. The Commission ordered Lucia and his firm to pay hefty fines for making what the SEC considered inaccurate claims. Lucia was fined $50,000 and his company was fined $250,000. Additionally, Lucia's advisor registration was revoked by the judge.

SEC banned him from associating with an investment adviser, broker or dealer, revoked his license and that of his former company, and slapped both with a fine.

All this becomes part of today’s news, as Ray Lucia announced he is retiring from broadcasting after his last program on June 28. “The Ray Lucia Show” debuted on KFMB-AM in San Diego in 1990. “I have spent decades telling others how to enjoy their retirement years, and it was time to listen to my own advice.” Strangely enough, Lucia’s woes with the SEC were not mentioned in many of the industry stories this week.

In other news: KABC’s Jillian Barberie announced her radiation schedule on her Twitter account. “I start next week. Every day for six weeks. I’ll be done end of July and looking forward to a new beginning! Can’t wait to put this journey behind me. #breastcancer” … Don Parker, former program director at KCMG (“Mega 100”) is iHeart’s regional vp of programming for San Francisco / Sacramento. His duties have been expanded to include general manager for iHeart’s Pride Radio. “Pride Radio has grown significantly over the years and has the ability to reach both a local and national targeted audience across multiple markets through its audio, digital, social and live event assets,” said Don … Dave Mason is the latest to get caught in the Entercom downsizing. He joined Sunny 98.1 (KXSN / San Diego) two years ago, “but economies and expenses vs. revenue are affecting the industry everywhere. I'm (obviously) no exception,” Dave explained on Facebook. He had a run at K-EARTH a few years back. “If anyone needs a squeaky old guy to do some voiceover work, please don't hesitate to let me know.” … Ira David Sternberg, formerly with KOST in the 1970s, is now a blogger in Las Vegas. He said a Pahrump brothel is hosting an adult prom for clients who want that high school feeling. “Wouldn’t it make more sense for the brothel to host a backseat experience?” asked Ira.   
 

Jhani Kaye Earns MVP Honors in Latest Ratings 

(June 11, 2019) The just released Nielsen Audio PPM for May '19 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid reflects not much variation from month to month for most stations. #1 KOST is up three-tenths of a point, as is #2 K-EARTH. The biggest jumper within the Top 10 is KBIG (MY/fm). Country KKGO fell to its lowest level in the last half year. The two sports stations - KLAC and KSPN are virtually deadlocked. KLAA, the Angels station is not listed.

1. KOST (AC) 6.3 - 6.6
2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.5 - 5.8
3. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 5.0 - 5.2
4. KBIG (Hot AC) 4.1 - 4.5
5. KCBS (JACK/fm) 4.2 - 4.0
    KIIS (Top 40/M) 4.0 - 4.0
7. KFI (Talk) 3.7 - 3.9
8. KXOL (Spanish A) 3.1 - 3.2
9. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.3 - 3.1
10. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.0 - 3.0
11. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.8 - 2.9
      KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.0 - 2.9
13. KNX (News) 2.8  - 2.8
      KRRL (Urban) 2.8 - 2.8
15. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.7
16. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.5 - 2.6
17. KAMP (Top 40/M) 2.3 - 2.4
18. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.3 - 2.3
19. KKGO (Country) 2.6 - 2.2
      KYSR (Alternatie) 2.3 - 2.2
21. KROQ (Alternative) 2.0 - 1.9
      KUSC (Classical) 2.3 - 1.9
23. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 1.8 - 1.7
24. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.7 - 1.6
      KJLH (Urban AC) 1.5 - 1.6
26. KKLQ (Christian Contemporary) 1.6 - 1.4
27. KSPN (Sports) 1.1 - 1.3
28. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.2
      KLAC (Sports) 1.3 - 1.2
30. KCRW (Variety) 1.1 - 1.1
31. KEIB (Talk) 0.8 - 1.0
32. KRLA (Talk) 0.8 - 0.9
      KXOS (Regional Mexican) 1.3 - 0.9
34. KFI Stream (Talk) 0.7 - 0.8
      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.9 -0.8
36. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.7
      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.7 - 0.7
38. KABC (Talk) 0.5 - 0.5
       KDLD (Regional Mexican) 0.5 -0.5
       KFWB (Regional Mexican 0.5- 0.5
       KKLA (Religious) 0.4 - 0.5

In related news: Randy West took a look at the ratings sent out to readers of LARadio yesterday and he enthused: “The Jhani Kaye legacy. I kid him most times I see him, but Jhani modestly laughs it off. Fact is, he was pretty much the architect for each of the top three LA stations.

1. KOST (AC) 6.3 - 6.6

2. KRTH (Classic Hits) 5.5 - 5.8

3. KTWV (Rhythmic AC) 5.0 - 5.2

I don't know any other market where any single programmer has left such a legacy," Randy concluded … Ira Lawson had another response: “Wow. News stations are nowhere to be found in the Top 10.” … Phil Harvey was equally impressed with the top numbers: “Impressive top four numbers. Especially KOST.”


Ashley Paige Syndicates The Ranch from Simi Valley 

(June 10, 2019) Ashley Paige is one of those perky morning personalities you may remember from "Lite 92.7fm," or co-hosting with Peter Tilden during KZLA’s foray with Country music. She split her co-hosting four years at the succeeding Country outlet, KKGO, sharing the mic equally between Shawn Parr and Ryan Fox.

Since 2015 Ashley has been doing mornings at KWSV, a non-commercial Country station at 99.1, based in Simi Valley. The station has the moniker The Ranch, where she is partnered with Brad Abrell. He is a Los Angeles based on-camera actor, voiceover actor and radio host, with past on-air duties at WMMO-Orlando, and WZTA-Miami.

Despite the fact The Ranch is a non-comm, the duo has been honing their skills and it is paying off. “About a year and a half ago we decided to nationally syndicate the show thru Envision Networks,” emailed Ashley. “We now have 10 affiliates across the country. They are various formats and the stations just pick up the content of our show. It’s great because we still have the ability to tap into the local Los Angeles talent. There are so many actors, comedians, and personalities that can come into the studio but still be part of our affiliate family.” Last week Ashley and Brad had Wink Martindale in studio. “What a blast!” enthused Ashley.

In 2010, Ashley and her husband opened East Coast Pizza Company in Simi Valley.

In other news: Frederick M. Dolan, professor of Rhetoric, Emeritus at the University of California, Berkeley is looking for any information about KHJ radio in the second half of the 1940s. “My father, Mike Dolan, was there and looking for pretty much anything there is to know about him, but especially in any recordings of broadcasts that may exist.” You can reach Fred at: 
fmdolan@berkeley.edu … Neil Ross continues to be aggressive in the marketing of his book, Vocal Recall. He just did Kiff Vandenheuvel’s “All over voiceover” podcast. Here’s the link … Wendy Williams, former personality at KDAY, seems to generate as much publicity off air as she does on her syndicated tv show. Her son Kevin Hunter was arrested recently following a physical altercation with his father. Wendy filed for divorce after more than 20 years of marriage. She received a lot of press when it was learned that she was living in a sober living residential facility … What TMC classic had this line: “I’d like to run barefoot through your hair?” … Scott Lowe, former Y107 personality is now with Post Modern ALT 92.3 (WNYL) in New York … Jason Insalaco came across an incredible New York Times word graph. Below check out radio (2nd to the bottom right) … An article in The Guardian about the disappearance of rural radio stations has been all over social media this weekend. Read it here.


Email Saturday, 6.8.2019 

** Humble Harve Made History

“Living in central Illinois at the time, I first became familiar with Humble Harve in 1969 when WLS in Chicago broadcast the 48-hour syndicated version of The History of Rock 'n' Roll, which Harve narrated. I remember racing to Radio Shack to buy enough quarter-inch tape to try to aircheck the whole marathon. I didn't get it all – as I fell asleep about 40 hours in – but hearing that special turned my life around. 

I became an avid rock musicologist, leading to my creating my own ten-part radio special [The Evolution of Rock] in college in 1971. It became the blueprint for my stem-to-stern rebuild of The History of Rock 'n' Roll [completely reformatted, rewritten and expanded to 52 hours] in 1978. I wanted Harve to narrate it but that idea was turned down flat by Bill Drake, who wound up narrating all 52 hours himself.

The love of music history Harve instilled in me lead to my interviewing thousands of hitmakers. I also pursued writing books, articles and countless liner notes, and teaching pop music history at UCLA. I also had a 20 year run as the Music & Entertainment Editor of Reader’s Digest, where I assembled and annotated hundreds of LP and CD releases, each one, in many respects, a miniature History of Rock ‘n’ Roll

I kept in touch with Harve, and he later sent me CDRs of his doo-wop series which proved that the master had never lost his touch over the years. Harve Miller was a wonderful guy, both professionally and personally, whose life included some unbelievable triumphs alongside a great deal of grief, but he never gave up on his goal to make the music that spoke for and to his heart do the same for people of all ages.” – Gary TherouxThe History of Rock ’n Roll (and ex of KIIS, KRLA, KSRF, KDAY, XERF, etc.)
** Another Boss Jock Gone

“I am so sorry to hear about the passing of one of THE boss jocks, Humble Harve. Another part of my childhood love affair with radio gone. I had the star-struck opportunity to meet him at one of my high school reunions, when he made an appearance to dj our event and have a trivia contest. Several of my classmates weren’t into music trivia. So I got up the nerve to answer one of his questions, and he gave me a certificate towards his hosting another event. So cool. I was never able to use it, but I have it in a scrapbook somewhere! 

God bless him and his family.” – Julie T. Byers 

** Fun Harve

“So sad to hear that Humble Harve died. I worked w him at KRLA. He was such a fun character. He’d call me ‘Bro’ and say I was the son he never had.  RIP, Harve.” – Maggie McKay

** Humble Harue

“A funny moment was when the LA Times radio listings set type as ‘Humble Harue’ on the KHJ listings. So, Robert W. Morgan comes on the next day and promos…‘Humble Harue from 6-to-9-tonight…’ Just one of the many great things about a great jock…and I’ll never forget his recorded ‘STONES,’  ‘STONEDEX,’ or ‘MOTOWN’ drop-ins over the talk-up.

A true legend has passed.” – Jeff Prescott, La Jolla

** Gavin Panel

“Sad news. Had Humble Harve on a panel in L.A. I moderated for a Gavin session about 20 years ago. He had some stories. Appreciate you letting me know.” – Dave Sholin

** Humble Harve Coverage

“It's refreshing and decent of you to post a real classy memorial to Humble Harve. When I used to listen to him in the late 60’s and even through his great doo-wop days at KRLA during the 80’s, it was as if being a member of an exclusive car club of some sort. He was THE COOLEST airman of his time.

Thank you. You're OK in my book, bro!” – Timmy Manocheo


** New Reader

“My name is John Baker. I’m 69 and have listened to rock ‘n roll radio since 1957. My favorite station was KRLA and actually, KXLA wasn’t too bad itself. I know you had a list of L.A. people which told us ‘Where are they Now,’ but I no longer have the link to it. Anyway, thank you for putting me on your list and yes, I remember Humble Harve from KBLA and KHJ vividly. The best to you.” – John Baker

** Easy on K-SURF Oldies

Saul Levine wants to add 1980s hits to the KSUR playlist. I would advise against adding AOR songs that are already being played on KLOS, KOLA, KRTH and JACK/fm. I would also suggest dropping most of the AOR songs that are already on the playlist, including All Right NowI Got a Line on YouReeling in the YearsBang a Gong and One of These Nights.

KSUR should add 1980s pop songs such as ManeaterSteppin’ OutNobody Told MeTired of Toein’ the LineUptown Girl, ElviraJoannaFreeway of LoveStray Cat StrutYou Make My Dreams and La Isla Bonita. Playing 1980s pop songs would set KSUR apart from other Classic Hits stations and would likely attract more listeners in the 18 – 34 and 35 – 54 age groups. And if Saul could purchase another station and move the Oldies to FM, that would be even better.” – Steve Thompson

** Save the Oldies

"I agree with the rest of fellow LARPs on Saul Levine playing 70's up to the mid 80's. Don't do it. I live in Long Beach, and it's difficult to clearly receive K-SURF here, but I do listen. Nobody but you Saul offers true oldies but goodies.

I never listen to KRTH, and haven't for a long time. Oh, how I miss my radio and music days with Tom Clay, Jimmy O'Neill, Lee Sims and Sie Holiday." - Gary Lane


** Saul a Character

“All of us at KSURF have listened to your reader’s concerns about an enlarged play list which will not be fully implemented until the end of June. What I have observed so far is ‘awesome.’ KSURF will rely mainly on 50s, 60s, and 70s, and a few 80s, only if compatible.

I believe a reader referred to me as a ‘character.’ I am delighted and consider it one of my best compliments.” – Saul Levine

** Country Question

“I gave up on the Country station in L.A. a while back and now listen to a wide variety of Country music on Satellite radio. I read with interest that KKGO will have a new announcer in the morning. Might be worth checking out but it didn’t sound like he’s funny or have ever been on the radio before. What can you tell me?” – Dwight Gentry

Revenue Challenges for LARadio Stations  

(June 7, 2019) Whew … whotta’ week for losses in the world of Los Angeles Radio People. A Boss Jock, a Talker, a jazz enthusiast, and a PR maven. No one died last night (that I know of) and so we  can get back to covering what’s going on today across the dial.

K-SURF /AM 1260 is a great reservoir of Oldies of an earlier era. Previously, K-EARTH was the longtime purveyor of 50s-70s music. Over the last few years, the station keeps moving the stick to incorporate more 80s and 90s music, allowing K-SURF to fill that musical void. The move for K-EARTH has been very successful, according to recent ratings.

The challenge for KSUR is a limited, directional signal and on the AM band. Besides the limited fidelity of AM for music, a friend recently bought a Tesla and was aghast to learn that AM radio does not exist. Apparently, the batteries in electric cars creates static on AM.

Then there are some Oldies fans who are distressed to learn that K-SURF was moving in the same direction as K-EARTH, adding newer Oldies while cutting out some of the 50s records. I was curious how K-SURF will integrate the newer Oldies and how the sound stacked up against the older selections.

But the word from K-SURF owner Saul Levine owner of K-SURF, is the more recent Oldies will not be heard for several weeks. “We are very aware of the hazards of going heavy into the 80s,” emailed Saul. “We’ll most likely be stopping at the mid-80s songs. The success will depend on the right mix.”

While I was monitoring K-SURF, after several hours I realized that I hadn’t heard one commercial. Now if we complain that the leading stations have numbingly too many commercials, one could surmise that without commercials, K-SURF won’t be around much long.

No so, according to Saul. “K-SURF is a labor of love. I hope to achieve higher ratings and make it easier to obtain advertiser support.” Saul’s Mt. Wilson FM Broadcasters is solely owned by his family, with no debt. An enviable position in this day when we see large companies in LA fail to make budget quarter after quarter, as well as debt to the point where stations are being sold off at bargain basement levels.

How would you make changes to grow the industry?
In other news: Houston celebrated Dr. J Thomas Smith Day this week (photo above in gallery). Dr. Smith was part of the “Soul Express” on XERB (1090 AM) in the 70s. He’s currently on Majic 102 in Houston … What is all the buzz about KPCC taking over KCSN in an LMA? So where would that leave KSBR, Saddleback College’s station which LMA’d itself to CSUN? … Bill O’Reilly’s new syndicated 15-minute show is now heard on 125 stations after a month in syndication. Nothing in L.A. … Another Saul Levine item: His radio empire is moving around his HD channels. KKGO will now simulcast KKJZ on 105.1 HD 3, while Smooth Jazz 105.1 HD 3 will move to 88.1 HD 2 and be re-named ‘Cool Jazz” … Country K-FROG (KFRG) pd and afternooner Scott Ward has exited the Inland Empire Country station, after nearly 25 years in the building ... Ira Kosberg checked in with news that KFRG is now on KCBS HD2 and CBS sportsradio is on KCBS HD3 ... Joey Reynolds was recently honored with a joint resolution from the New Jersey Senate and the New Jersey Assembly. He was presented with a “Distinguished Achievement in Broadcasting" proclamation. Over a career that spans nearly 60 years, Reynolds has worked at nearly 40 radio stations. He is one of only two djs in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland ... Sad to learn about the passing of Dr. John, at the age of 77. 

Three Additional LARP Deaths 

(June 6, 2019) With the announcement of the death of Humble Harve on Tuesday, we are sad to acknowledge the passing of three more LARP over the last few weeks.
Gregg Hunter

Veteran entertainer, print and broadcast journalist Gregg Hunter, died on May 15 in Los Angeles. He was 87 years old. Gregg had a 30-year run with KIEV / 870 AM when the station was owned by the Beaton family.

Son of a prominent movie theater manager in the Midwest, Hunter’s show business career started at the age of 13, when he began by hosting his own nightly radio show on KTTS in his hometown of Springfield, Missouri. Hunter attended Columbia University while pursuing a theatrical career that included off-Broadway, repertory, and summer stock. He moved to the Southland in 1952 and appeared on KPOP / KFVD. At KIEV, he had a variety of shows including Meet Me at the Derby, recorded live at the world-famous Hollywood Brown Derby, where he interviewed top Hollywood personalities.

The easy-going host generally avoided the usual talk show agenda of “hot” issues and contrived hype. “There’s plenty of shouting and political controversy around the dial, but it seems to me that late evening should provide a time to wind down and relax,” he insisted. When Salem Communications purchased KIEV in 1998, Hunter signed on with Mike Horn’s CRN Digital Talk Radio Networks. Gregg also wrote for the Glendale News-Press and Copley Papers as the entertainment editor, followed by a dining and restaurant column in the Tolucan Times.   

Often asked about the diversity and longevity of his career, Hunter emphasized: “I love survivors in show business. In fact, I intend to be one of them as long as anybody will listen, read or watch what I have to say!”
Bo Leibowitz

Another LARP, Bo Leibowitz, passed away last Monday, June 3. He spent 40 years at KCRW playing jazz, the music he adored. Tom Schnabel wrote a warm and loving tribute that appeared on the KCRW website.

“KCRW just lost a hero and benefactor of the jazz genre,” wrote Schnabel. “I hired Bo Leibowitz to produce Strictly Jazz way back in 1979, the year I came to KCRW as music director. It was a time when jazz was changing. The local jazz station and other radio stations were featuring Smooth Jazz to try to increase listenership. KCRW needed to do something of better quality. Bo was the right man for the job.

Bo never compromised, preferring to showcase Classic music that has stood the test of time. He treated jazz with the respect that the artform has always gotten in Europe and Japan.”

After attending Penn State, Bo moved to Boston, where he ran a Harvard Square record store and hosted a jazz show on KBUR/fm, according to the obit in the LA Times.

“At KCRW, Bo played nothing but the top musicians in jazz music: his three-hour tributes to Thelonious Monk, Billie Holiday, Miles Davis, Dizzy Gillespie and Ella Fitzgerald offered the most complete radio portraits ever heard on radio. Bo was uncompromising in his taste, a true jazz purist,” Schnabel continued. “His knowledge of the genre was encyclopedic. Whenever I went to him with a question, he had the answer. I never ceased to be impressed by him.”

“Mostly, I prize the fact that he presented the immortals, not the ephemera. When labels like Blue Note got sold and changed or tried to boost sales through crossover albums, when newspapers stopped covering jazz, Bo was unwavering in his commitment to the artform and devoted 40 years to honoring it. KCRW and the rest of us out in the jazz universe are better for it,” Schnabel concluded.

On Bo’s love affair with Jazz: “People who say jazz is dead just aren’t listening. It will never die. It just needs exposure.”

Cheryl Whitaker
Cherie Whitaker, a producer with Mark & Brian at KLOS, died May 31. Her obit described her as “a ray of sunshine for the entire community. Always giving and donating her time to others, Cherie had a special love for the veterans. For many years she produced the Salute to Arms luncheons inviting and honoring all veterans in Simi Valley.”

Cherie’s career in public relations led to the promotion of numerous performers and personalities, including Frank Zappa and Sony Records. In addition to working with Mark & Brian at KLOS, she also worked for KMET and toured with Judas Priest. Other professions included working as an emergency nurse and a paralegal.
LA Times ad on August 13, 1966 from David Grudt's collection

Boss Jock Humble Harve Dies 

(June 5, 2019) One of the most distinctive voices of the Boss Jock era, Humble Harve, died yesterday morning at his home in Camarillo. He was 84.

Born Harvey Miller, he started his radio journey when he was 17. Harve arrived in Southern California from a Top 40 powerhouse, WIBG, in his birth city of Philadelphia. He started in Los Angeles at KBLA, where he was an on-air pd, before he joined the Boss Radio lineup.

While at 93/KHJ from 1967-71, Harvey said, “I realized my greatest achievement of a 21.0 share doing 6 p.m. to 9 p.m." Harve underlined that it was a 21.0 and not a 2.1.

By 1971, Harve was working on AFRTS.

He joined KKDJ in 1974, and was at the station In October 1975, when KKDJ became KIIS/fm.

In 1983, he hosted the syndicated “National Album Countdown” show. Harve had a brief stay in 1985 at Oldies WFIL-Philadelphia, before traveling to KVI-Seattle in 1986. Harve was the dj in the 1991 movie, There Goes My Baby. In the same year he hosted the syndicated “Rock ’n Gold” for 350 Westwood One affiliates.

In a 1993 LA Times interview, Harve commented: “Life at KHJ in the ’60s was like New Year’s Eve every night. We played happy, fun music. The music was inspired. It was the poetry of a generation. They used real instruments, instead of electronic crap. Milli Vanilli could never have happened then.” In addition to his work on air, he ran a very successful mobile dj business for many years.

In the spring of 1996, Harve was back in L.A. to join KZLA for weekends. In 1997, he joined Bill Drake in Dallas for an aborted attempt to create an Oldies syndicated service.
So many colleagues and fans reacted to Harve’s passing. “So sad to hear these about Humble Harve Miller,” wrote Randy West. “There was such an infectious personality and hip-ness in his voice. It was combined with the tymp/fanfare (this must be serious) stagings of Bill Drake and the production of Bill Mouzis for the WOR/fm 1969 airing of ‘The History of Rock and Roll.’ It so impressed me as a kid that I stayed awake rolling the few reels of precious 1/4 inch tape of highlights during the entire four-day, 48-hour Labor Day weekend airing of that masterpiece. While it’s all subjective, Harve’s narration was the most exciting and compelling. Best wishes to an L.A. radio giant. We love you, Harve."

Rick Thomas, former K-EARTH pd, wrote: “Hurts. Even though a few of us were in the loop and knew his hospice status. Harve defined a LA legend and was a good man who welcomed this 18-year-old kid at KUTE 102. He will be missed.”

Larry/Jack Boxer has another perspective: “I want to mention one aspect of his talent that was under appreciated. His live copy was stellar. In his boss jock days, live 60-sec spots were still common, and Harve was flawless. During the time we worked together at Westwood One, we went through a particularly nasty contract negotiation. On the few occasions I filled him in on what either management or the union had said, and a few times at actual negotiations, he would bellow out ‘BOOLSHIT!’ It was hilarious, and you never doubted what his opinions on something were.”

“Oh Dear,” wrote Keri Tombazian. “The passing of a generation of incredible innovators.”

Jeff March was a fan. “Oh gosh, I’m sorry to hear that Don. I hope Harvey wasn’t in pain. Another one of the all-time greats is gone. Among the airchecks I recorded over the years were two of Humble Harve; on KKDJ, Saturday, July 19, 1975 and on KRLA, Sunday, March 31, 1985. I listened to him on KBLA, but never airchecked him while he was there.”

“Sad news that one of the voices of my youth has been silenced. Although I sent this some months ago, here’s a reminder that Humble Harve will be immortalized by Quentin Tarantino in his new movie Once Upon a Time In Hollywood, which will be released next month,” emailed Gary Gibson.

At one stage, John Sebastian helped Harve. “So sorry to hear. I loved listening to Harve on KHJ, back in the day. I was honored to have hired him at KZLA when he was hurting for a gig.”

Howard Lapides emailed: “Another Boss Jock…to that great station in Heaven.” (Humble Harve far left at KRLA 2015 reunion with Lori Lerner, Paul Freeman, Brother Bill, Rochelle Staab, Mike Wagner, Jane Platt)

LARadio Bulletin - Humble Harve passed away this morning at 9:45. He was 84.


Go Country Adds Another Morning Personality

(June 4, 2019) KKGO continues to revamp their mornings, as singer/songwriter Tim Hurley joins AM drive. The station recently announced that Angie Fitzsimmons, former sidekick with Carson Daly at AMP Radio, was taking over mornings. Hurley begins at Go County 105 on July 1. In 2014 Tim was discovered singing Karaoke at a local bar in Playa del Rey. Just two months later, he was performing onstage for the first time, opening for John Michael Montgomery at Fort Bliss in El Paso. After a tremendous reception, he decided to pursue his own career in music.

Originally from Rhode Island, Tim was raised on a variety of musical genres, but in college, the songwriting and lyrics in Country music won him over.

In other news: Dave Koz, former morning man at KTWV (the WAVE), kicks off his Summer Horns tour next month in Jacksonville … KIIS’ Ryan Seacrest was in the lead paragraph of the LA Times review of Wango Tango. “Again and again Saturday night, Ryan Seacrest described Wango Tango as the kickoff to the next three months of summer. But the artists he was bring to the stage? As often as not, they were looking back, not ahead.” … KABC’s Jillian Barberie has lost her hair, yet continues to be upbeat and positive about her cancer journey. “It’s just hair. It grows back and I love the time my wig saves. It’s incredible. My radiation starts in two weeks and I go daily for six weeks” … Chris Carmichael has over a thousand shoes at home. Why? “I am saving all the lost soles.”
Pick a Track and listen to the sounds of early LARadio

Track 10:

  • Kenny Noble (KZLA)
  • Nicole Sandler (103.1fm)
  • Lenore Kingston (KFWB Purely Personal)
  • Terry Foster (KHJ)
  • Jerry Trowbridge (KZLA)
  • Don MacKinnon (KFWB)
  • George Putnam (KPLS, 2002)
  • Freddy Snakeskin/Elvira (KROQ)
  • Don Herbert (KFWB News)
  • Ken & Bob (KABC Jingle)
  • KLSX Classic Rock Marathon
  • Warren Duffy (KDAY)
  • Sie Holliday (KRLA)
  • "World Famous" Tom Murphy (KRLA)
  • Roger Collins (KFI)
  • KABC/fm ID
  • KROQ Jingle
  • Poorman/Richard Blade (KROQ)

Former KPOL Veteran Dies

(June 3, 2019) Murray Westgate, a veteran of KPOL (1540 AM) for most of the sixties, died July 26, 2014, from apparent complications of a stroke he suffered a few months earlier. He was 85. About two weeks after Westgate’s death, he was posthumously inducted into the Nevada Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame. We missed his passing five years ago, so we are now updating his entry for posterity.

Murray was an independent entrepreneur with business interests in the Far East. He was the Sacramento reporter for KPOL, providing a number of phone reports daily. He eventually joined the L.A. operation full-time.

In 1969, Murray moved to Las Vegas where he broadcast news for a number of radio and tv stations. Eventually he became the longtime director of public affairs for Nevada Power and Light.

Westgate was born September 5, 1928, in Saskatchewan, Canada, later graduating from Midwest Broadcasting College in Chicago. He began his career in Canadian radio. Prior to coming to Nevada, Westgate served as a correspondent for 23 radio and tv stations nationwide and all three major television networks.

In 1969, Westgate relocated to Reno and worked as a reporter for KTVN-TV, Channel 2. A year later, he settled in Las Vegas, where he received several awards for covering the education beat for radio station KLAV, of which he was news director.  

In 1972, Westgate was appointed news director for KLAS-TV, Channel 8 and worked for most of the tv stations over the year. In 1978, Westgate ran unsuccessfully for the Clark County Commission. In recent years, Westgate split residency between Thailand and Las Vegas, serving as president of the Thailand-America Educational Foundation, Inc., a Nevada-based, non-profit corporation, which promoted educational and cultural exchange between Thailand and the United States.
In other news: KNX Traffic maven Barbara Brooks had a big surprise last week. She was rushed to ER and had her gallbladder removed … Remember Preston Epps, the percussionist who had a huge hit in 1959 called Bongo Rock? The song helped introduce bongos and conga drums to mainstream pop. Epps died May 9 at the age of 88. It was Art Laboe who discovered Preston. Laboe told him: "You play pretty good, but you’re going to have to cut that 15-minute solo to a minute and a half." Epps whittled it down to about two minutes. It became the first hit for Laboe’s Original Sound label, spending 13 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, getting as high as No. 14 and going gold … Chuck Rowe, former KNX Traffic reporter, was returning home yesterday from a Phoenix hospital. “The cardioversion seems to have gone well and no clots have been found. Treatment at this hospital has been amazing. Staff has been very caring and professional. Still, I can’t wait to get home and sleep in my own bed,” Rowe wrote on Facebook … Was KDIS (1110 AM) just off the air temporarily or is something going on? Chime Hart has been trying to listen and reported the station is dark … Rob Barnett, former head of programming at CBS Radio and founder of My Damn Channel, has launched a company to help those who are unemployed or looking for another opportunity. If you are in the job seeking mode, check out: RobBarnettMedia.com ... Gina Grad from the Adam Carolla podcast had some scary stuff recently. “Airways clamped up. Unable to breathe twice in one hour. Very, very, very scary,” she relayed. “There’s talk of clots but mostly there’s lots of talk of this virus that’s been going around,” she wrote on Facebook. “My profound gratitude to Officer Kimball and the EMTs who rushed right over and didn’t leave me until I was placed in a room, and thank you to all the amazing people at the hospital.” 


Email Saturday, 6.1.2019

** Condolences to McCormick

“My sincerest condolences to Bob McCormick. Although I did not know your father, to have raised a son such as you, he had to be a great man. You are proof that he left the world a better place than he found it.” – Bill Mann, South Pasadena

** Roberts on KNX

“Thanks for the update on Nathan Roberts. He sounds great on KNX, better than many of the full-time anchors, but then with that resumé, why wouldn’t he? Hat tip to Ken Charles for adding Nathan to the KNX lineup.” – John Leader

** Early Nathan Roberts

“In the spring and summer of 1964, I worked with Nate Roberts (Nathan Rosumney) at KVEC in San Luis Obispo, when it was located in the World-Famous Motel Inn, the World’s first motor hotel. Great memories. He did the morning show, while I worked 6p-midnite, playing Jazz and Middle of the Road, plus running Dodgers baseball.” – Joe Collins
** Carton Story

"In reading your piece Friday morning on former WFAN personality Craig Carton, I have some observations. Living in south-eastern CT, on Long Island Sound, I listen to WFAN several times a day, usually in my car. The WFAN signal booms into CT. Believe me, there is no love lost among avid WFAN listeners about Craig Carton and his plunge from a top rated morning sports-talk host to a convicted felon. However, ratings for Carton's former partner, Boomer Esiason and Carton's replacement, Greg Giannotti, are the lowest in 20 years. The show is in 7th place among  25-54 and under men. A mere 5 share! 

Some N.Y. critics have called Giannotti 'a thin skinned clown whose repetitive impersonations, including one of Mike Francesa, are tired and annoying.' Speaking of Francesa, one of the most successful sports talk hosts in American history and the FAN's franchise player, Francesa's ratings have dropped as well since returning to the air last year after retiring in 2017. The once dominant Francesa has now been slightly edged out by ESPN N.Y. Radio's Michael Kay. Francesa, always tough to manage, is locked in battle with Esiason and Gionnottover over their daily spoofs of him. Francesa is also at odds with WFAN management over slumping ratings at the expense of Kay's success. The testy Francesa continues to be irreverent and short tempered with his loyal core of listeners. Clearly, not the great show it once was for so very long." - Bob Sirkin

** Compressed Music

Brian Perez wrote: ‘I think people are so used to listening to low-quality mp3s on their phones that they don’t know what music is supposed to sound like!’ Boy, he hit that nail on the head. And I've had one radio engineer tell me the same. People listening to high compression mp3s think they're getting a BMW when all they’re getting is a Yugo.” – Bill Schwarz, Ontario

** Canceling Sounds

“Our apologies to Gary Gibson of Montrose. Yep, our bad. We have problems with that stereo / mono thing once in a while. It is a result of us being bounced back to our backup exciter once in a while when we have a technical glitch like a lightning strike knocking something out. Our normal main exciter does a good job of delivering both channels into mono for most AM listeners. 

I’ll have to follow up and see why we have this problem with the backup. We DO want to keep delivering the stereo experience for people. We have more and more people streaming us worldwide and at their desk at work on their earbuds, and we want to encourage people to hear how good AM can sound when they spring for an HD radio. 

We listen on nice big studio monitors at work, and it sounds great in stereo there. We often forget to pop it into mono and see how it sounds that way. The big fix though, would be to get that backup exciter set up so that it is properly converting the stereo into mono.

BTW Gary, get a good set of headphones, like Grados, and listen to the live stream on Disco Saturday Night! You won't believe how good that sounds, and you won’t want us to sacrifice the stereo experience on that!” – Fred Missman

** Keep Oldies

“I complained about the sound of K-SURF, not the content. If I really wanted to hear 80s music on the radio, I would switch to the far superior sound quality of the fm dial and listen to KRTH. It was the deep-digging of stuff from the 50s and 60s mixed with songs thru the mid-70s that set you apart from the other Oldies stations.

I read someone’s comment on this site that he wanted to hear mostly familiar hit songs on 1260AM. That’s what KRTH was doing a few years ago [and maybe still today] by playing something like the top 300 requested songs ONLY.

I can remember working in my yard one Sunday afternoon/evening listening to KRTH and hearing Eddie Money’s Two Tickets to Paradise three times. 

It was hearing songs like Connie Francis’s V.A.C.A.T.I.O.N.In the Summertime, followed by James Taylor's Fire & Rain that made your station such a special mix. That’s my 2 cents.” – Gary Gibson

** Don’t Change K-SURF  

“A few days ago, I read in your column that Saul Levine has decided to alter its format a bit to include more songs from the 70s and to also include hits from the 80s in K-SURF’s (1260) format. KRTH regularly boasts that it plays all the top hits from the 70s, 80s and 90s. And it currently has excellent ratings. 

To compete for almost the same audience as KRTH would be a big mistake for K-SURF. I think that it should stick to the music of the 50s, 60s, and 70s, and play mainly the major hits of those decades, including rock ’n roll, MOR, Country-crossover songs, as well as instrumentals. The reason I do not listen anymore to KRTH is because I do not identify with the music of the late 70s, 80s, and 90s, with a few very rare exceptions, such as Frank Sinatra’s New York, New York, Bobby McFerrin’s Don’t Worry, Be Happy, and a few disco songs.” – Carl Spring, Jr., West LA

** River Deep Credits

“Gary Gibson mentioned hearing River Deep – Mountain High on KSUR. The label credits Ike & Tina Turner as the artists but Ike had no part of the recording. Producer Phil Spector paid Ike $20,000 in exchange for creative control of the recording session and a promise to include Ike’s name on the label.

In her biography My Name Is Love, background singer Darlene Love said Ike was not even in the studio.  ‘For all we knew, he was in Alaska,’ she wrote. In tiny print under the name ‘IKE & TINA TURNER’ on the label are the words ‘Featuring TINA.’" – Steve Thompson


** Out of Range

“Thanks for a very informative LARP.com. I just wish I could get a better signal for K-SURF in the Arcadia-Pasadena area. I love the mix they have but the reception is just too fuzzy to listen to for long.

I was saddened by the story of how you worked with Joe Brooks on You Light Up My Life but the kicker to the success of the song was that the original and what was heard on the soundtrack was by Kasey Cisyk. I remember the bruhaha and how long it took Cisyk to get paid. That song was played so often [thanks, Don!] that I couldn’t stand to listen to it for years! I’ve been into radio and the business since I was a kid.

I used to listen to KMPC, KHJ, KRLA and KFWB [before they went to news] regularly and followed all the djs. When I discovered that out-of-state radio stations would come in stronger after dusk [back when KGBS would go off and KSWS-Roswell, New Mexico would come on], I would write to their promotions departments and tell them I got their programming. I still have many of the buttons and brochures they sent me. That’s what made me fall in love with all the aspects of promotions. I even took radio and public relations classes so I could get into radio. The closest I ever got was working public relations for the student side of KPCC, but it still is something I enjoy hearing about.

Thanks for sharing all the facets of your work in radio and all the people you’ve worked with!” – Julie T. Byers

** KRLA Trade Winds

“Talk about weird coincidences...I was just reading your website a few minutes ago, and reading the Email Saturday comments while listening to the KFXM stream. I was just reading the email titled ‘Melinda on KRLA’ and New York’s A Lonely Town by the Trade Winds was playing, and I heard ‘missing KRLA’ in the lyrics. Huh?!? What are the odds of that?

Googling, I found that there was indeed such a version:  Stuff like this is why I love KFXM!” – Dwaine Maggart
** Potpourri

“OK, GREAT Tuesday column as always for many reasons. Seeing you dancing with Alex again was so sweet!

Saul Levine is quite a character, isn’t he?

And wow, the Joe Brooks story with you and You Light Up My Life was a surprise. I did not know that. And, oh, yeah, and the cartoon. Holy shit!” – Mike Butts

** Father/Daughter Dance

“You have a beautiful daughter. And you sure do love her as only a father can.” – Bob Fox

** Dancing Machine

“The best thing about today's post?  Dad and daughter dance! Beautiful. 

Also – that 1966 LA Times ad – remember when local coverage really meant something? Before the internet we were the web. I'll never forget driving the yellow KGIL ‘newsmobile’ into downtown LA with my cassette player and my gumption [having no prior experience] to cover the election that put Proposition 13 into law.” – Keri Tombazian

** Funnie


“Great daily cartoons ... LOL!” – Rich Brother Robbin


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