The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning thre last 59 years, is now available just by clicking on your favorite personality. The listings provide a colorful snapshot of where they came from, where and when they worked, and what they’re doing now. Enjoy!    


(Richard Blackwell, Ryan Seacrest, Bob Pittman, Andrew Mollenbeck, Garth Kemp, and Gina Grad) 

Question of the Month from 10 Years Ago

Richard Turnage: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over?  Many things, including but not limited to (and in no particular order): a hilarious Phil Hendrie segment, a classic Sinatra tune on KKGO-AM, a Dave Ross commentary on KNX, listening to Uncle Joe Benson being humorous and informative about the music he plays during his show and Gary Moore's feature 'Whole Lotta Led' on ninety-five-point-five KLOS.    
What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Any talk radio broadcaster who feels the best way to make a particular point is to simply start shouting, rather than use thought, logic, and reason.  Or, any radio personality who feels the best way to be humorous is to simply start speaking juvenile potty-talk that rambles and has no point, rather than use...well, uh...thought, logic and reason. (And creativity--potty talk is OK, if it's funny and if it has a point!)  

Mark Larson: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over? A feeling of unpredictability. A host who is "real", warts-n-all. Sometimes even the most screwed up, not-by-the-rules moments (aka "train wrecks") are most fascinating. Remember, some of Johnny Carson's best Tonight Show monologues were the ones that didn't "work," at least in the way they were written. Those most memorable moments are when true talent, adlibbing and creativity shine above any overly planned, prepared material. 

What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Canned, unoriginal presentation. Personalities trying to be someone else or brazenly playing to other radio people instead of the listener. The worst: Talk show hosts who pretend to rant and rave about issues they don't REALLY care about, posturing for short term attention. It's not a way to build long term credibility with an audience. 

Ronni Richards: I rarely reply to you, because I know you have trazillion responses, but I remembered something the other day that made me turn change stations  immediately. I was listening to an Oldies station, searching for my Motown fix, when  suddenly, Morris Albert comes on singing Feelings. I got whiplash reaching for the radio dial! I had to play that song once an hour in high rotation when I was on the radio and  hearing it again was beyond painful. I know there are so many people who loved that song and it is probably a wonderful ballad,  but to me it was chalk on a blackboard.  Sorry Morris, for my money, there was only one ballad in '77, Elvin Bishop's Fooled Around and Fell in Love!   

Brie Tennis (KOST): What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over?  A great song or a tease that a great song is coming! The 5 o'clock funnies! A jock who is fun to listen to and who knows the music! 

What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Endless commercials. Bad voice on the radio. One that really gets me is poor grammar. It's amazing to me how many times I hear ‘anyways’ on the air - in L.A., the #2 market.     

Bobby Ocean: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over? Music, host or story with authenticity, emotion, entertainment.
What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? A song I don't like, sometimes. Always: announcers that aren't 'on,' and only fill space - the padder patter of little feat. 

Chuck Southcott: What keeps me tuned in?  A GOOD SONG

What tunes me out? Mancow - a definite disease which shouldn't be approached by any healthy person or beast. 

Dan Carlisle: Right wing talk show hosts get the immediate dial turn treatment. Interesting pieces of music, will keep me in the car. 

Susan Olsen: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over? People who dare to speak the politically INcorrect truth. (Things like illegal aliens, welfare and population growth...) 

What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Jamie White (and any other obnoxious female) 

Dr. Tommy Smith: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over? A favorite song on a music station or a compelling political or social topic on a talk oriented station.

What do you hear on the radio that makes you instantly turn the dial? Rap music and/or an announcer that shouldn't be near a microphone, much less talking over the air. 

Scott Thrower: What do you hear on the radio that makes you stay in the car until it's over? When Jim Ladd speaks, I stop what I'm doing. Luckily, I get to hear his voiceovers for Chevrolet here in Little Rock. 

What makes me turn the dial? Showbiz people pontificating about politics.   

Mike Botula, Veteran of KNOB, KFWB, KRLA, and KMPC Pens Book About His Father 

(August 26, 2016) "I just wanted to take moment of your time to let you know that my book about the LST 920 has been published. Titled LST 920: Charlie Botula’s Long, Slow Target! It’s being released through’s publishing division, CreateSpace. It is available in paperback or the Kindle e-book.

This project would not have become a reality but for all of the morale support, photos, interviews and the opportunities for me to get to know some of the people that my father talked about while he was regaling my brother and I with the stories of his adventures aboard the LST 920. His Navy service was the high point of his life, and, I’ve come to believe that the August day in 1944 and the encounter with U 667 was the highest point of his Navy service.

The US LST Association’s magazine, Scuttlebutt, will soon publish my latest article on the ship. (The editor tells me it may be in the November issue).

 Here’s part of the news release that will accompany the marketing for the new book: LSTs, the amphibious landing ships, or Long, Slow Targets - as the men who sailed on them referred to their ships – were a key ingredient in the Allies’ victory in World War 2. From the beaches of Normandy, North Africa, Italy and the island fortresses of the Pacific, these lumbering ships delivered the troops and their weapons and supplies where they were needed. In telling the story of LST 920, author Mike Botula pays a tribute to his father, Lieutenant Charles Botula, Jr who served as the 920’s second in command as well as the other sailors who helped win the ultimate victory. Included is the back story of the LST 920s mission, including the LST 920s captain, Harry Schultz who defied orders in order to save the lives of men from an LST torpedoed by an enemy U-boat. It’s also the story about the challenges facing an America family during the greatest war that the world has ever seen. It has become a reality, and I wanted to let you know about it.

Regards, Mike Botula, Cedar Park, Texas (916) 835-4485"

Pat Kelley Returns to Familiar Home

( —  The Rams are back in LA and, for now, calling the Coliseum home. Pat Kelley was back in the Coliseum for the first time since 1978. CBS2’s Greg Mills was there for the happy and poignant homecoming. He says the Rams made it special for Kelley. (click artwork)

He introduced the Rams’ starting lineup on the Rams radio broadcast. “To be on the field–  to look up into the booth where you guys are, where I spent the majority of my life as a young man with my dad and to being back his memory,” said Kelley. His dad was legendary Rams broadcast Bob Kelley. He broadcast Rams games from the day they first moved to LA to the day he died in 1964. “I got downloaded with the Bob Kelley gene. Lucky me,” said his son.

He was able to travel on road trips with his dad and he helped him appreciate football. Kelley says he was in the press box for every Rams home game, too. “My dad used to refer to them as ‘My Rams.  That’s how I think of them,” says Kelley. He and his childhood friend — actor Mark Harmon — even got to wear Rams uniforms. If you are a longtime LA rock radio fan, you most likely known Pat Kelley as Pat Paraquat Kelley and from his years on the Mighty Met.

His wife is actress and former 2 On the Town host Melody Rogers. He’s had multiple sclerosis for the past 13 years and he says it’s taken a toll on him physically. It’s hard to watch him decline for 13 years like this,” Melody says. She says his humor, and hers, help them cope. “Melody,” he says, “God bless her.” She is his primary caregiver and she speaks out often about this disease and insurance. Back to today’s radio gig, he got to pay tribute to his dad and his favorite player, Deacon Jones. The Rams told him they wanted to give him a day he’d remember the rest of his life. “Well, if I don’t remember this,” he said, “the rest of my life, there is something wrong.”

Everybody's working for the weekend / Everybody wants a little romance / Everybody's goin' off the deep end /

(August 19, 2016) Jeff Smulyan is trying for a third time to take his media company private. In addition to taking Emmis private, Smulyan wants to sell some assets to reduce the company's debt. Emmis will begin seeking buyers for the company's publishing division, excluding Indianapolis Monthly magazine, as well as a New York gospel radio station and its four radio stations in Terre Haute ... One reader thought the new LA Rams play-by-play guy was okay but his sidekick talked too much. Maybe nerves ... Country singer Easton Corbin has been tapped to “take over” the midday show on KKGO during September ... Mark Zander joins WXRX - 104.9 The X in Rockford as pd ... Rush Limbaugh signed a new deal with Premiere Networks. No details ... Perhaps as a sign that Heidi Hamilton and Frank Kramer were not performing as well as KLOS pd Keith Cunningham had hoped, Frosty Stilwell rejoins the duo to become The Triplets once again ... Ty Bentli, former afternooner at MY/fm (KBIG), joins mornings at Cumulus' syndicated NASH Country ... And former KZLA morning team, Gene & Julie, just got blown out of WRAL-Raleigh/Durham. Understand they had terrific ratings. Nice couple.

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10-Q's Joe Nasty Dies

 (August 18, 2016) Joe Nasty, one of the original jocks on "the new ten-Q" when it debuted December 26, 1976, passed away last Monday, August 15, at the age of 68. 

Joe was born Dennis Alvord on November 19, 1947 in Kalispell, Montana. In addition to KTNQ, he worked at KPWR from 1987-88.  In 1988, Joe went to WQHT (“102-Jamz”)-Orlando, and in 1992 to XHTZ-San Diego. In 1994 he worked at KTFM-San Antonio and the following year went to WPOW-Miami.  

He loved his two dogs, Teenie and Brownie.  His favorite saying was “I want to sing, I want to dance, I want to ha cha cha cha.” One colleague said: "Dennis became a friend to everyone he met and he will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him."   

Great American Songbook Returns to 1260 AM


(August 17, 2016) The only major format, The Great American Songbook, not presently on the radio in Los Angeles, returns Friday afternoon, August 19th on AM 1260, according to a press release from Saul Levine. The programming can also be received over 105.1 HD 3 in digital FM stereo. 

The Unforgettable format will also be carried on Internet. The core artists to be heard on Unforgettable AM 1260 include – Frank Sinatra, Michael Buble, Tony Bennett, Barbra Streisand, Diana Krall, Steve Tyrell and dozen of others.

Classical KMOZART, currently on AM 1260, will continue on 105.1 HD 2, and AM 1260 is owned and operated by Mount Wilson FM Broadcasters.

Hyde the Analyst

(August 17, 2016) Veteran college football analyst, talk show host and former UNLV Head Football Coach Harvey Hyde joins AM 830 KLAA Radio as host of a new midweek college football talk show. The announcement was made by Dennis Kuhl, president of AM 830 KLAA.   

"Coach Harvey Hyde is one of the most knowledgeable college football analysts in all of media," said Dennis. "The Coach has a tremendous following of USC Trojan fans and is respected by UCLA football insiders and has a national reputation that has been earned by his development of legendary college football Hall of Famers, Super Bowl MVP’s and current college and NFL coordinators and assistant coaches. He will be a tremendous addition to the lineup of talent, shows and live college football and NFL games that we are building for AM 830 KLAA this fall.”  

“College Football Mid-Week Review” will premiere Wednesday, September 7 (7 p.m.) and runs through the College Football Bowl Season focusing on USC, UCLA, the Pac12 Conference and the College Football Playoff selection committee process.  

A native of Pasadena, Coach Hyde began his Division One, college football coaching career (after coaching in high school and junior college) as an assistant football coach at the University of Hawaii. He returned to Pasadena to coach at his alma-mater Pasadena City College as a Head Coach and Co-Head Coach for 14 years with six conference titles. As the Head Football Coach of the Pasadena City College Lancers, Hyde made his mark in a brilliant 25-7 run during the 1979-81 seasons.  

Mighty Met Reunion 
(August 16, 2016) Sacramento’s K-ZAP, the listener-supported radio station with big ears (“50 Years of Rock, Blues and More”) is reuniting one of the top morning teams in rock radio history.  The new show will birth on Labor Day , Monday, September 5.  It will air from 6 a.m. - 9 a.m. Monday-Friday, the station’s award-winning news director Ace Young will once again captain the airwaves with Jeff “The Gonz” Gonzer, his former longtime on-air partner at the Mighty Met with “Ace & Gonzer in the Morning .” And neither could be more pleased.  

"We are both so excited,” Ace said with just a slight tongue-in-cheek aside, “we are starting with a clean slate in a new town! Seriously, we can cover whatever we want—we discovered back at KMET that we have a great chemistry together—we have lots of stories, music we love-- and we want the same kind of audience participation---plus, we have better tools now---like the Internet.”   Gonzer agrees. “Sacramento’s K-ZAP is one of best radio stations in America, hell the world. It’s true to its roots by presenting the great artists we grew up loving, and the new artists keep the rock tradition going.” The duo plan to keep the show music-centric, and “have such great stories for our audience that will personalize the music. We want them to be part of our fun.”  

Rams Off and Running

(August 15, 2016) The LA Rams came from behind to win their opener pre-season game over the weekend. What did you think of the radio broadcast team on KSPN and 100.3/The Sound? Any thoughts? You can share them here at

From Melody Rogers on Facebook:  "Some exciting news for us. The Los Angeles Rams have asked my husband, Patrick Paraquat Kelley, to announce the Rams starting lineup live from the press box for the game next Saturday, August 20, at the Coliseum where the Rams will be hosting The Kansas City Chiefs. It will be broadcast on ESPNLA710 radio.

As many of you know, Bob Kelley, the original voice of the Los Angeles Rams was Pat’s father. This is a picture of the team in 1956. The man in the white shirt in the middle of the first row is Bob Kelley and the little guy next to him on his left is Pat. He was 6 years old. Pat grew up with the Rams, spending many hours at the Coliseum, training camp and watching them on the field. This opportunity to honor his father’s memory has touched him very deeply. He loved his Dad and he loves the Rams."

Sunday Morning Memory of Claude Hall's Vox Jox 

(August 14, 2016) In 2015, I played in the World Series of Poker, a Super Seniors (65+) event. No hoodies, just cowboy hats and good ‘ol boys accents. Out of the 1400+ entrants in the Super Seniors, I only saw a handful of women. They probably didn’t want to show ID that they were REALLY a Super Senior. Between tournaments, Cherie and I had the treat of visiting with Claude Hall and his bride of 52 years, Barbara.

Claude was the quintessential dispenser of information about radio and record people in Billboard magazine. His column was called Vox Jox and if you were in the industry during the heady days of early Top 40, when Billboard arrived, Claude’s column was your first destination.

I found Claude to be a very humble man. He’s always loved journalism and writing, spending the early part of his career at different publications. He said he LOVED working at the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He’s written over a dozen books, all published, mostly Westerns.  We talked about mutual friends we admire but we found much more in common as we talked about life and some of our early struggles. Our hour-plus visit passed much too quickly but it was time to get back to the Rio to ‘shuffle up and deal.’

Claude is the real deal and the man who started writing about radio people. It was an honor to take a sliver from his legacy to laser-focus on LARadio People for over two decades. Someone will come along with equal interest in preserving the rich history of LARadio. They won’t do it like Claude, or the folks at R&R or AllAccess, or myself. They will bring a fresh approach as the media seems to be creeping into the digital age with lightning speed.

Early Top 40 in LA

(August 13, 2016) "Bob McGehee of San Diego asks what L.A. stations did fulltime Top 40 before KFWB. I can offer only that there were two other stations in LA which debuted fulltime Top 40 [or almost Top 40] formats not before but simultaneously along with  KFWB in January, 1958 - they were KABC and KHJ [decades before the later Boss Radio KHJ/93 format]. 

KHJ's known star was Paul Compton. KABC's wild evening jock was Don MacKinnon (l), who enjoyed goofing with Short Shorts by The Royal Teens and other hits.

But KFWB ultimately dominated even though the other two stations also were simulcast on fm, which hardly mattered in 1958. Before L.A. first heard a fulltime Top 40 format on The Mighty 690 (XEAK) from San Diego in 1957, local KMPC 710 essentially owned evenings 9:30-midnight with Lucky Lager Dance Time hits hosted by Val Clenard." - Bill Kingman, Lake Tahoe

New/Old Afternooner at KKGO 
(August 12, 2016) Christine Martindale returns to Country KKGO to work afternoons in the soon-to-be-vacated slot. Current afternooner Paul Freeman is leaving the Southland after decades and retiring to his home in Spokane.

Christine will work 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. “I am thrilled to be back on the air and work again with the Go Country 105 family” said Christine. She worked middays at the Country station from 2013 until earlier this year. She also worked at KIKF, KBIG, KOST and Westwood One's Soft AC format.

"With the return of Ms. Martindale, the air schedule for Go Country 105 is complete," said new pd Michael Levine. "The middays will be filled with Nashville Country stars performing as guest djs."

** Oldies Days

"Seeing the old newspaper clippings of you as a young lad in 1957 brought to my mind a question that I have thought about for years and never found a good answer.  What stations did top 40 full time in L.A. before KFWB? 

I have seen surveys from KDAY dated from '57 and I know The Mighty 690 got rolling in April of that year but who did it before them? I have read about shows on KPOP and KLAC and, of course, KGFJ played r&b in the early '50's but was there a 24/7 outlet originating in Los Angeles prior to Channel 98? 

I grew up in San Diego and didn't get my own radio until 1957 when I was 10 years old so I wasn't able to listen as much as I would have liked. KCBQ debuted in late '55 and I listened whenever I could but my dad hated rock and roll and frowned on me tuning it in on the family hi fi.
Any memories you have about pre 1958 L.A. Top 40 radio that you can share would be greatly appreciated." - Bob McGehee, San Diego
** From Facebook

"So, I'm watching the documentary, O.J: Made In America [excellent by the way], and I'm in the 3rd part of the series where the trial has begun. Chris Darden is talking to reporters.

First I see a KFI Mike flag ... then shocked to see that the person holding it, is ME! Yikes, I'm sporting a beard, and wearing my U of I baseball cap. NOT a good look for me." - Mark Austin Thomas
** KLAC DJ of the Week

"How cool to see those clippings of you as DJ of the Week.  And Jack Smith.  I remember he became the host of You Asked for It after Art Baker.

I visited KLAC in a couple of locations when Joe Pyne was there and when Lohman & Barkley were there. Then in 1958, KFWB appeared!  I went there and met Joe Yocam and Elliot Field and newsman Mike Henry." - Gary Campbell

A Family Affair at KKGO 
 (August 9, 2016) Saul Levine, owner of 105.1 Go Country KKGO, has given his son, Michael Levine (l), additional duties of program director. He's already station manager and director of marketing. “I placed KKGO/fm on the air on February 18, 1959," said Saul. "I feel gratified that as a pioneer broadcaster, KKGO has been successful in bringing Country radio back to Southern California, and creating one of the most recognized and successful country radio stations in the USA. It is with a profound sense of confidence that I make the announcement that the new program director is Michael Levine."

Hear Ache. In other LARadio news, four-year veteran of HOT 92.3 (2007-11) Victor Zaragosa moves from his current slot at KBLX-San Francisco to sister sports station, KGMZ, the Game ... Perhaps as a sign of the times with radio revenue challenges, RAB President/ceo Erica Farber told that the organization will no longer report revenue numbers. "We've been discussing this for some time now and it follows the trend of other industries," said Erica. "Instead of reporting revenue numbers, the RAB will instead focus all of its strengths on its mission to advocate on behalf of the radio industry to advertisers and agencies on the strengths of radio."

New Voice of the Rams 

(August 8, 2016) The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their plans for their radio broadcast team. JB Long is the new play-by-play voice. He has served as a play-by-play announcer for the Pac-12 network, MLB Network, ESPN Regional Television, and the Big Ten Network. He was one of the founding members of Bleacher Report, and graduated from the University of Notre Dame Summa Cum Laude with a BA in Finance - Accounting Measurement & Disclosure Supplement.

The team will air their games on KSPN (710 AM) and KSWD (100.3fm/ The Sound). Joining Long in the broadcast booth will be former NFL running back Maurice Jones-Drew. Jones-Drew spent eight seasons in the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars and Oakland Raiders. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, and played his college ball at UCLA. He retired from the NFL following the 2014 season, and has worked as an analyst for the NFL Network, and SiriusXM.

In addition, former KSPN midday Talk host D'Marco Farr will work the sidelines. He had served as the color analyst for the team the past few years in St. Louis, and will remain involved albeit in a new role. Farr played seven seasons in the NFL, and started his NFL career as a member of the Los Angeles Rams in 1994. He  was a featured member of  the Best Damn Sports Show Period on FOX Sports. Prior to game play, KSPN midday host Steve Mason, former NFL Linebacker Kirk Morrison and former NFL cornerback Eric Davis will anchor the pre-game show. Davis has been a featured member of the NFL Network, and previously worked as an analyst for San Francisco 49ers radio broadcasts. Morrison has contributed as an analyst to FOX Sports, SiriusXM, and a number of other sports media outlets. Following each game, Rams post-game show will be hosted by Davis, Morrison, and KSPN host Travis Rodgers. KSPN reporter Jeff Biggs will report on the Rams during halftime.

Cleaning out the Garage on a Sunday

Mr. Freeman Goes to Washington

(August 5, 2016) The venerable, talented and iconic personality Paul Freeman is stepping away from LARadio after a run that began in 1970 at KEZY in Orange County. Born and raised in Spokane, Washington, Paul is returning home to be with family. "I bought a beautiful home on an acre in the country with horses nearby and deer on my lawn," he emailed. "Lots of green and trees and I will not miss the 405 Freeway or the LA grind every day. I'm looking forward to doing whatever I want whenever I want." Paul will continue on KKGO until the end of the month. Over the decades, Paul has been heard on 93/KHJ, KIIS, KODJ/KCBS, KZLA, KLAC, KYSR, KBIG, along with KEZY and Country KKGO.

In other news, the Raiders and KDAY announced an agreement that makes KDAY 93.5 FM the exclusive Silver and Black fm flagship radio station in Southern California. KDAY will broadcast the Raiders’ regular season and select postseason games, while enhancing game coverage with exciting Raiders-oriented additional programming. “No other brand in SOCAL speaks to the loyal Raiders Nation better than KDAY,” stated Otto Padron, President of KDAY and Meruelo Media. "Our sound, attitude and colors are a natural fit for this legendary pro-football franchise. We are very excited with this new NFL partnership and KDAY is the right destination to the more than two-million Raiders fans in our LA market!"

KDAY has been trending very well in the ratings. Total weekly listeners (Cume) reached 1,188,600 – highest in 2 years. KDAY’s uptrend began at the beginning of the year.  Since then the station has posted 6 consecutive PPM surveys with more than 1 million weekly cume!

Another Look at the City by the Bay

(August 4, 2016) "The radio landscape has been changing in the City of San Francisco. I'm working up there now co-hosting a paid financial talk show on KSFO.  

The Spanish language that KKSF picked up when they dropped Stephanie Miller and Gil Gross is ESPN Deportes. It had been on KTRB but they were LMA'd by Salem and flipped to The Answer, same format as KRLA.

Our show will be on that station as well in a couple of weeks. KNBR dominates because of the Giants, and the Warriors before them ... people actually listen to sports radio in the City.  Not that they don't here but in much smaller numbers. 

KCBS also does well as an all-News station simulcasting on AM and FM.

That's all for now, love that you've been stealthily posting again.  It helps educate my radio class at Saddleback College." - Don Bastida

Engineering Fete
(August 3, 2016) Longtime LARadio engineer Chris Hays retired on July 31. He worked at KCSN, KHJ, KRTH, KRLA, KLSX, KDIS, and KSPN. He has spent the last 16 years at KABC/KLOS under Disney, Citadel and Cumulus.
Pictured below at his farewell lunch are, from left: Mike Worrall, Dave Dart, Norm Avery, Mike Tosch, Tim Ahern and Chris. The two Mikes and Dave are still at La Cienega. Norm, Tim and now Chris are retired.

Mark in the Morning Sleeping In

(August 2, 2016) KSWD (100.3/The Sound) announced today that Mark Thompson, the host of the “Mark in the Morning” show, will hand over the reins of the show to his former co-hosts, Andy Chanley and Gina Grad.  His final “Mark in The Morning” program on KSWD will be tomorrow, from 6 to 10 a.m.  

Beginning on Thursday, The Sound’s morning drive time show will be called “Andy & Gina in the Morning.”  While keeping some of the most popular features of “Mark in The Morning,” the new program will devote more airtime to playing music. “Doing ‘Mark In The Morning’ was the best job I’ve ever had and the best staff I’ve ever worked with. We did it right, and I will always be proud of that.  The Sound has decided that they need to play more music in the morning, and that’s not really the type of show I do. I try my best to entertain those who are listening with humor and shenanigans. So it wouldn’t make sense for me to host a music-intensive show.  Both The Sound and I knew that,” said Mark.   In the near future, Mark plans to launch a syndicated weekend show on The Sound called “Cool Stories in Music,” in which he takes a famous group or artist and, along with their timeless hits, tells the story behind the music that few people know – as only a storyteller like Mark can.  “I love to tell stories. That’s what I do.  This new weekly show is a great platform to do just that,” said Mark.  

KOST #1 in July PPM
(August 1, 2016) KOST keeps up its torrid #1 pace since the Christmas holidays coming in on top in the just released July '16 ratings. Everything is working for the Adult Contemporary station ... personalities, promotions, and a secret sauce. KIIS, K-EARTH and KBIG (MY/fm), and KTWV jockey to round out the Top 5.

ALT 98-7 is proving to be a solid winner as KYSR continues in the Top 10, while decades-long Alternative KROQ takes a significant hit, down a half a point.

And with all the news going on in the political and terrorist world, it seems strange that all-News KNX falls two tenths of a point. Wonder if all the promotion that stories are coming up in 2 minutes, 5 minutes or 10 minutes doesn't turn off the audience that might like the news NOW.

In the world of Classic Rock, KSWD (100.3/The Sound) is up while KLOS remains steady.

Speaking of sports, KLAC doesn't budge with the Dodgers in full swing.
LARadio Nielsen ratings for July '16 Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12mid:

1. KOST (AC) 5.3 - 5.4
2. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.1 - 4.9
3. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.5 - 4.8
4. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.0 - 4.7
5. KTWV (the WAVE) 3.6 - 3.9
    KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.9
7. KAMP (Top 40/M) 3.5 - 3.8
8. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.9 - 3.6
9. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.6 - 3.2
    KYSR (Alternative) 3.0 - 3.2
11. KRRL (Urban) 3.1 - 3.1
12. KNX (News) 3.1 - 2.9
      KPWR (Top 40/R) 2.8 - 2.9
      KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.9
15. KFI (Talk) 2.9 - 2.7
16. KSWD (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.6
17. KKGO (Country 2.3 - 2.4
      KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.1 - 2.4
      KROQ (Alternative) 2.9 - 2.4
20. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.3 - 2.3
21. KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.9 - 2.1
22. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.0
23. KXOS (Regional Mexican) 2.0 - 1.9
24. KCRW (Variety) 1.6 - 1.8
      KPCC (News/Talk) 1.7 - 1.8
26. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 1.5- 1.5
27. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.2 - 1.4
28. KJLH (Urban AC) 1.2 - 1.3
      KLAC (Sports) 1.3 - 1.3
      KUSC (Classical) 1.5 - 1.3
      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.3
32. KSPN (Sports) 1.1 - 1.0
33. KRLA (Talk) 0.7 - 0.9
34. KABC (Talk) 0.8 - 0.7
       KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.7
36. KEIB (Talk) 0.4 - 0.6
37. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 0.6 - 0.5
38. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.4
39. KLAA (Sports) 0.4 - 0.3
      KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3
41. KKLA (Religious) 0.2 - 0.2
Morning Drive, Mon-Fri 6a-10a July '16

Persons 12+

1. Omar y Amelia (KLVE)
2. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
3. Bill Handel (KFI)
     Ellen K (KOST)
     El Show del Mandril (KXOS)

Persons 18-34

1. The Woody Show (KYSR)
2. El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
3. Omar y Amelia (KLVE)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Pat Prescott (KTWV)

Persons 25-54

1. Omar y Amelia (KLVE)
    El Show del Mandril (KXOS)
3. Gary Bryan (KRTH)
4. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)
5. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

City By the Bay

(August 1, 2016) I've been trying to figure out what is going on in Bay Area Radio. A media observer sent me a note:

"KGO [sister station of KABC] wanted to sound younger, but they had a contract to fulfill with Ronn Owens [was also on KABC for one year] so they notified him he’d be moving down the hall to KSFO. Ronn even said goodbye, that he wasn’t leaving, but was just going down the hall. Then his lawyer or agent located a clause saying KGO didn’t have the right to put him on another station and that Ronn got to stay for the duration of his contract. Rumor says that Ronn [or the station] spun the story by saying his staying at KGO after all was brought about by the overwhelming responses from his listeners that persuaded management to keep him in place.   

Re 910 Spanish conversation: they had Stephanie Miller in the AM, then Gil Gross. Before the KGO swaps, Sacramento-based Armstrong & Getty were simulcasting mornings on 910. Then KGO hired them and now they’re morning drive there and still in Sacramento. According to Gil Gross’ FB page, nobody had any warning. It was 'we’ll be right back' and then boom - Spanish. Gil posted not to worry about him because he had a contract and they’d have to pay up. Someone also posted that just prior to the format change, they’d been offering only $30,000 for a midday show. Nobody can live anywhere near the Bay Area on that money. One wonders why 910 didn’t just simulcast all day, since they were already taking Stephanie. Evidently Spanish language is where it’s at?"



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

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

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

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