The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the 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.

(JoJo Wright, Suzanne Ansilio, Bob Goodman, Jodi Becker, Ginny Harman, Darius Rucker, Paul Freeman,
[back] Dave Sanchez, Alex Warren, Ralph Garman, Miss Cleo; [front] - Bean, Kevin, Miss Double-D,
and Lisa May)

IHeartMedia, Cumulus Creditors Broadcasting Distress Signals

by Emma Orr, 

(October 20, 2016)  Video killed the radio star. Now, a massive pile of debt is threatening to bury it. Cumulus Media Inc. and iHeartMedia Inc., the two biggest U.S. radio station operators, are grappling with creditors while online music services poach away audiences, advertisers and revenue.

Losses and leverage are climbing, putting pressure on the broadcasters to cut a deal with lenders now, before the clock runs out. If they don’t, the two companies could slam headlong into a wall of debt coming due by 2019 that collectively tops $10 billion. “They’re going to need some help,” said Avi Steiner, a JPMorgan Chase & Co. high-yield media credit analyst. “A better balance sheet would help deal with the secular changes in radio.”

At Cumulus, creditors led by Franklin Resources Inc. have hired PJT Partners Inc. to advise them on talks with the company, said people familiar with the matter, who asked not to be identified discussing confidential information. Millstein & Co. and Kirkland & Ellis represent the company, Bloomberg previously reported.  iHeart, whose total debt tops $21 billion, has posted eight years of losses, and Cumulus, which owes $2.4 billion, lost half a billion dollars last year, more than seven times its market capitalization. Shares of both have plunged more than 80 percent in two years and their debt, already junk-rated, may be downgraded again by S&P Global Ratings.

One reason for the pressure is the 3 percent decline in advertising revenue for traditional radio stations in 2014 and 2015, while digital ad revenue grew 9 percent and 5 percent in those years, according to the Radio Advertising Bureau. Online rivals such as Pandora Media Inc., Spotify Ltd. and Apple Inc. are adding listeners rapidly, with Spotify climbing from 40 million active users in 2014 to more than 100 million as of June, the company said
. Cumulus and iHeart are responding with their own versions.  (Click the artwork to read the entire story)

Email Wednesday, 10.19

** Responsibility to Monitor Ads?
"Not defending it as the ad drives me crazy no matter which station I hear it on.  And being a Jew, I am embarrassed by the poor reflection upon the religion that the organization portrays. I am wondering though if it is the station's responsibility to check the veracity of the ads it broadcasts.  The free dinners for diabetes alternative treatments comes to mind as being a diabetic I understand what type 2 diabetes is and know that it can have some very serious affects upon ones body if not treated. There has been no evidence that I have been able to find that a miracle cure is out there that is being denied to suffers and that chiropractors are going to be able to reverse the cause of diabetes.  Should those ads be banned? How far does the responsibility go for a station to monitor its ads?" - Bill Mann

** KFWB in New Hands"
"I was very glad to see that Howard Kalmenson bought KFWB,  I also think that they will do great things with the station, and will maintain the heritage of KFWB as a local radio icon." - Barry Wildman, Fountain Valley

Kars4Kids Questionable Financial Dealings

(October 18, 2016) Kars4Kids commercial is one of the all-time annoying intrusions to LA radio listening. Trouble has followed the organization for years and a Google search provides plenty stories of investigations and charges. More allegations surfaced over the weekend in a New York Post story: "A group associated with Kars4Kids is trying to take over a Staten Island synagogue to hide some of the charity’s cash, court papers say.  Congregation Oorah told the IRS that it was operating a synagogue in a building where the Young Israel of Eltingville congregation is currently housed. But it’s a smoke screen, say members of Young Israel.  In court papers filed last week in Staten Island Supreme Court, Young Israel argues that the charity, which rakes in tens of millions a year in car and real-estate donations, is using the synagogue as a shield 'to put their more questionable financial dealings through an entity that would not be subject to the same public scrutiny.'”

Last year LARadio published a story on the organization (below) and reached out to KNX general manager Dan Kearney for a comment.
KNX still runs the spots in heavy rotation

Questions about Kars4Kids

(March 20, 2015) Kars4Kids is one of the most annoying commercial jingles on LA Radio, if for no other reason than its incessant frequency. In just one hour on the KNX stream, we logged four of the commercials within that time period. The commercial and company behind it has elicited numerous claims of fraud.

Recently in the LA Times, Steve Lopez devoted an entire column to these commercials promoting the car donations. “If you’ve got an old car you'd like to unload, and the deal sounds pretty good: Donate it to an agency that handles all the paperwork, get a tax deduction and support a good cause,” wrote Lopez.

A reader from Chatsworth complained to Lopez that he wanted to give his 1997 Oldsmobile to Cars4Causes, another organization that has taken in more than 200,000 vehicles nationally in 17 years, with $8.6 million worth of donations in the year ending in June of 2012. It calls itself “the charity that gives to charities,” the nation’s “most trusted” and “America's 1st vehicle donation charity.”

But there are issues with the well-known organization. One example in Lopez’s Times story cited a Chatsworth man donating his car for $700 and the charity ended up getting only $25.

Cars4Causes has been sued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. The attorney general’s office accused the organization of fraudulent and deceptive business practices. ‘

In the booming business of vehicle donations, Cars4Causes is not alone in drawing scrutiny.

“Kars4Kids, whose ‘1-877’ jingle has the kick of a recurring migraine, was sued by Oregon and Pennsylvania for, among other things, being vague about which kids and programs benefit from car donations,” wrote Lopez.

Kars4Kids is affiliated with Oorah, which promotes an Orthodox Jewish lifestyle. The majority of the proceeds from car donations fund their summer camp and other programs.

All you have to do is Google the organization and numerous stories come up dealing with questionable practices and legal action.

The jingle ends with: “We’re a recognized 501(c)(3) charity organization, so you’ll receive a maximum tax deduction." The ad doesn't say that Kars4Kids is recognized for other reasons, such as for failing to disclose the beneficiaries of its car donations, according to a story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Kars4Kids is well known to the Attorney General’s offices in Oregon and Pennsylvania who investigated the charity for leading donors to think the charity benefited a broad group of children, not a “narrow religious purpose.” There were $65,000 fines in each state back in 2009.

Kars4Kids insists it's not trying to mislead anyone. “There just isn't space in its advertisements to explain where the donations are headed,” spokesman Rabbi Eli Mintz said. “You have a 60-second spot. You don’t have time to inform people of your mission,” said Mintz, who also is the ceo of Oorah. “People can go to our website” to learn more, he said. Mintz is frustrated by the negative attention drawn to Kars4Kids, because no one has found financial improprieties or shown that it’s a front for a sham charity, which is far more serious.

Only by drilling down will donors learn “Your car donation to Kars4Kids will benefit Joy for Our Youth, an organization dedicated to addressing the educational, material, and emotional needs of disadvantaged Jewish children and their families.”

Joy for Our Youth, it turns out, is the legal entity behind Kars4Kids. It has its own website, which requires donors to do more digging to find the connection to Oorah, which is simply described as “a national nonprofit organization.”

Oorah and Joy for Our Youth have the same address.

The Star story concludes: “Another problem is donation dollars get diluted as they wind through charities. For example, tax statements show that Joy for Our Youth raised $24 million in 2009, spending $7 million on advertising and $12.7 million for a grant to Oorah.”

Oorah, however, spent $6.5 million on its programs that year, according to tax returns. Another $3.5 million went to fundraising and administration, and $5.4 million was not disbursed.

The Better Business Bureau reported in 2005 that Joy for Our Youth violated eight of its 20 standards, including those related to governance, finance and disclosures, said Bennett Weiner, who oversees the BBB’s Wise Giving Alliance.

We reached out to KNX's Dan Kearney to learn if CBS researches some of it advertisers or explores controversial legal issues in conjunction with Kars4Kids. Dan “politely declined” to respond.

"If We're Successful, You're Not Going to Turn on the FM Dial"

(October 17, 2016) Podcasting has arrived. Well, it has been around for 10 years and all signs point to a successful alternative to traditional radio is on the horizon. This isn't HD Radio. This is another audio platform. When Mark Ramsey conducted his audio conference this summer, most of the dozen and a half audio experts dealt with podcasting. In the audience, virtually no radio people. Just audio people.

The San Diego Union-Tribune had a fanciful story over the weekend by Jennifer Van Grove that delved into the world of podcasting using two women, Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark as an example of the phenomenal success of their so-far 32 episodes called My Favorite Murder. The show achieves 450,000 downloads per episode.

It is estimated that 35 million in the U.S. tune into podcasts weekly, which represents 13% of the total population. An executive with Edison Research says podcast listening has doubled in the last five years.

Two challenges to the world of podcasting: how do you get revenue and how do you get listeners. "We think podcasting is a $100 million to $150 million industry right now and radio is a $17 billion market," said the ceo of podcast network Panoply.

Listening is not always easy. One company, 60dB, is creating an app that is a one-button, car-friendly interface, which is like traditional radio. That'll help a lot. Once you can get audio with one movement, like a light switch, podcasting will become a major factor.

Another exec racing into this space says, his direct competition is radio. "If we're successful, you're not going to turn on the fm dial."

You can radio the entire story by clicking the "Murderinos" photo.

Kimmel Hits a Home Run

(October 13, 2016) Turns out that Vin Scully hasn't called his last game. Last night on  Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Vin called a special home run, hit by Kimmel himself. Click the photo for a watch and listen.

Boo! Melissa Carbone is Set to Scare YOU 

(October 13, 2016) Melissa Carbone, former Clear Channel sales exec, was featured this week in a two-page story in the LA Times about the business of Halloween. Highlights from the story:

  • Melissa Carbone quit her high-paying marketing job eight years ago and invested her life savings into something extremely scary: She launched a haunted hayride attraction in the heart of Los Angeles.
  • The LA Haunted Hayride is on track to draw 80,000 visitors this year.
  • "For an industry that big, I thought Los Angeles was super underserved. Clearly there was room for another attraction."
  • The idea for her haunted hayride came from the traditional hayrides she remembers growing up in Connecticut. After seeing neighbors admire the Halloween decorations on her Westwood home, she quit her executive position at Clear Channel Media and Entertainment and along with her partner at the time Alyson Richards, they invested their savings to create the LA Haunted Hayride, which now operates in Griffith Park.
  • Her business got a boost in 2013 when she appeared on Shark Tank and persuaded NBA owner Mark Cuban to invest $2 million in her company.
  • She is already planning on expanding her business into producing horror films.

Hear Ache 

(October 12, 2016) KFI news director Chris Little (l) is celebrating 16 years with the top-rated Talk station. “Sixteen years ago, David G. Hall and Mark Austin Thomas decided it'd be OK to name me news director at KFI AM-640,” Chris wrote on his Facebook page. “I'm still doing it. Thank you both for your confidence in me.” … KIIS has outdone itself again. Top recording artists, Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber and Britney Spears lead an all-star lineup for their end of the year musical promotion, Wango Tango … Speaking of concerts, former KLAC personality Chuck Clifford attended “Oldchella.” He said: “I am still in awe of Neil Young's two-plus hour set. He was spot-on and note perfect. I've never heard him better.  Paul McCartney stopped his show a few times and just said, ‘Let me take this all in.’ He had an endless song list and ended his set with Hey Jude." ... Trey Morgan, former KYSR (Alt 98-7) jock has joined KPLX (99.5 THE WOLF)-Dallas, as morning man … Billy Bush was evening syndicated at MY/fm for a few years. He went on to the Today Show as host of the third hour, perhaps being groomed to replace Matt Lauer down the road. Billy’s been indefinitely suspended for his role in a released audio of a vile conversation with presidential candidate Donald Trump from 2005 ... Speaking of politics, former KABC Talker Gloria Allred is not allowed to deliver a letter calling for release of Apprentice outtakes ...  Nathan Baker has been promoted to KABC news director and executive producer.

Jay Lawrence, Former KFI Newsman, Dies

(October 11, 2016) Jay Lawrence was one of those big, booming voices who delivered the news at KFI for almost two decades. Sadly, he died September 22, of a massive heart attack. He died returning from a golf game, a game that he loved, in the desert. He was 69 years old.

Jay influenced the next generation of KFI news people. “I owe Jay a lot,” said former KFI newsman Steve Gregory. “He and I first met on the Arizona/Mexico Border where I was covering the Minuteman Project for KFYI in Phoenix, Jay was covering it for KFI. We became fast friends. Jay is the one who recommended me to news director, Chris Little. I was hired a year later. After Jay left KFI I began doing my aggressive lockout to pay homage to Jay, who did it first.”  

For much of his time at KFI, Jay was the voice of Orange County and the Inland Empire.  He survived firestorms, earthquakes and being shot at. Jay got his start as a college stringer, reporting golf games.

His buddies at the San Juan Hills Golf Club remembered Jay. “He was the consummate competitor in golf.  Jay liked being in public, he liked being with the boys and he liked the challenge of trying to improve his game. He liked golf on every level. Everyone who knew Jay liked him. One of the longest-standing members of the men's club if not the longest, he enjoyed making the club better for all who joined and all who played.”

Born Joel Lawrence Vidovich in East Chicago, Indiana on May 18, 1947, he was the first of 3 children. The family moved to California and he grew up in Whittier. 

Jay joined the U.S. Air Force where he served abroad in Pakistan and in Alaska.  His skills in reading foreign communication intercept codes was exemplary.  While in Alaska, he was given an opportunity to do radio work and loved it, according to his wife Reni.

While a student in radio communications at Saddleback College, he announced at many sports venues, including the Bob Hope Golf tournaments.  He was given an opportunity to do stringer work for KFI radio. It was the right time and right place for him to accept the offer to be the KFI Bureau chief in Orange County. 

As a bachelor until he was 50, Jay had a chance meeting with the lady who became his wife. “Our life was magical,” Reni said by phone recently. “We shared the love of golf, made some extraordinary friendships, and we were best of friends to each other and truly loved each other. I will miss him deeply.”

To honor Jay’s commitment to always giving back and his dedication to golf, there is a memorial button on the website of The First Tee.

There will be a memorial service Thursday, October 13th at St. Edwards the Confessor Catholic Church @ 11AM. 33926 Calle La Primavera, Dana Point, CA 92629. With a "Celebration of an Extraordinary Life" immediately following at San Juan Hills Golf Club.

Jim Meeker, Veteran of Orange County Radio, Dies

(October 10, 2016) Jim Meeker, a veteran of KWIZ, KEZY and KRLA, died over the weekend, of prostate cancer. He was 78.

Born in Beloit, Kansas, Jim grew up in the Midwest, attended Washburn University for pre-law, and Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, for engineering. 

In Jim’s early broadcasting career he worked for Don Burden at KISN-Portland, Bill Drake at KGB-San Diego, Sam Holman at WPOP in Hartford, Connecticut, Bill Weaver at KWIZ, Arnie McClatchey at KEZY and Johnny Darin at KRLA.

Jim remembered his broadcasting career highlights when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People: “I was the emcee for the Portland, Oregon, Beatles concert in 1965, the announcer introducing the Steve Miller Band Live on CD (LP) at the Pasadena Civic and the emcee for the Carpenters, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones and Donny Osmond concerts at the Anaheim Stadium.” Jim continued, describing his favorite on-air contest highlight: “Giving away a real live horse at KEZY on my afternoon drive show for the song A Horse With No Name from the group America. The name selected for the horse was Amerage, and the winning contestant won the horse!”

He was especially proud of his involvement in the KEZY March of Dimes Walk-a-thon. “Mark Denis produced some of the most outstanding promos for this event that I had ever heard on radio, built around the theme of ‘What The World Needs Now Is Love.’ It was very moving and very successful!” Jim was also owner of Studio West syndicated programming in Newport Beach (1977-80); manager of KONG AM/FM-Visalia (1980-81);  manager of KSNN-Merced (1981-83); manager of KXA- Seattle (1983-84); chief engineer of KSAN-FM/KNEW- San Francisco (1985-86) and director of engineering for Crista Broadcasting (1987-88).

Since 1988, Jim was the owner of a residential appraisal company, Northwest Home Appraisals, in Kirkland, Washington. (Photo of KEZY reunion: 1. Bruce Chandler 2. Arnie McClathey 3. Paul Freeman 4. JIM MEEKER 5. Dave Sebastian 6. Larry Huffman 7. Jeff Defao 8. Oliver Wilson 9. Dan Mitchell)

Hal Lifson Salutes Beverly Hills’ Own AMRadio Station

(October 9, 2016) Did you know Beverly Hills has its own radio station?

It’s a really cool throwback mix which features Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett, Nat King Cole and legendary crooners. I am referring of course, to the newly launched, “Unforgettable 1260AM” which just switched formats from Classical music to The Great American Songbook.

This is old timey radio at its best and love the B.H. reference on station ID’s. Station owner Saul Levine, who has been an advertiser in the Courier, is going back to the “standards” format for the first time since 2011. Years ago, 1260AM was known as KGIL a San Fernando Valley-based radio station playing big bands and talk shows.

It lasted until 1993, when Levine bought the station and began a news format. During the last 23 years, the station has been everything from ’60s oldies, all Beatles, Country, and Broadway show tunes. It’s so great to hear songs of my parents’ vinyl album era (and my youth) on AM radio reminding me of summer nights driving in my dad’s 1968 powder blue Chevy Caprice, with black vinyl roof and radio speaker on front dash and above back seat.

KGIL was where I first heard Come Fly With Me, a Sinatra anthem, the harpsichord melody of Love Is Blue by Paul Mauriat and Fool On The Hill done by Sergio Mendes and Brasil ’66. These are all present on the 1260 playlist which has an added bonus–no commercials!

I tune in 1260AM at bedtime as a soothing lullabye and antidote to the Trump/Clinton furor. For some reason, hearing the music on the AM dial makes it that much more authentic. I remember hearing those legendary deejays like Gary Owens, Wink Martindale, and Bill Ballance on stations like KMPC, KFI and KGIL when I wasn’t listening to my own ’60s AM radio fave KHJ93 which all ’60s kids tuned in on their pocket transistors.

Now where’s my Groom N’ Clean? (Article by Hal Lifson appeared in the Beverly Hills Courier)

Scully knew how to make it sing

by Elizabeth Kirby, Thousand Oaks Acorn

(October 8, 2016) My first big purchase in life was a spiffy transistor radio in 1962. With a bucket of loose change saved from polishing silver and sweeping the garage, I picked out the turquoise one with a pretty tan leatherette case. Just right for listening to Chubby Checker on KFWB and, on the other end of the dial, checking in with Dodger baseball. Because there was this guy on the radio who could make you see the game. Honestly, it didn’t matter where you lived—in Ventura or Cucamonga or Sheboygan. I could practically taste the dirt. Without any effort from me or my buck teeth, I got to know each player, how he wore his uni, if he was in a slump or chewed gum instead of tobacco.

Vin Scully,” Mom said, “he makes it sing.” Let me translate. Mom was a classical pianist who believed there was more to a melody than playing it. You had to “make it sing.” So if she said this guy Scully does that, he must be pretty darn great. Sing, Vinny, sing, I thought. So I got my own transistor. “Don’t forget your radio, Knucklehead!” Dad hollered just days later as we piled into Mom’s red Chevy. Our destination was the new Dodger Stadium and my anticipation was a juicy Dodger dog followed by that frozen chocolate malt. It was a smokin’ hot August day but we cruised in style in Mom’s “fire engine,” as she called it, to Chavez Ravine.
“See the USA in a Chevrolet,” as Dinah Shore would croon. Air conditioning? Provided courtesy of Mother Nature as Dad drove “hell bent for election” around the twists and turns of the old Pasadena Freeway. Think pretzel and you can picture what those freeway designers must have imagined. Barf bucket at the ready. It’s time for Dodger baseball!” Yee haw, my new radio was doing its job. We settled in, passed the peanuts and bought a new hat with my leftover allowance money. Funny, it had an L.A. patch glued over . . . look at that . . . a “B.”

“Dad, what’s the ‘B’ stand for?” I asked. “Brooklyn,” he answered and explained the history. Frankly, I just thought it was weird. ‘B’ for baseball, I decided.

“Leading off for the Dodgers is No. 30, Maury Wills,” Vin Scully alerted, “who once he gets on base, steals successfully about 90 percent of the time.” OK, I get it. Even with buck teeth. In minutes, Wills was on first and Mom bellowed, “Come on, Maury, steal!!” Then Vin followed, “Based on his performance so far this year, Wills is stealing his way to a new record and is a candidate for National League MVP . . . the Giants tried to stop him with desperate measures in San Francisco by watering down the base paths, turning the lanes into giant mud pies.”

Wow, I thought, no kidding. Those rats. No wonder Mom hates the Giants. And there I was. Live at Dodger Stadium among a chorus of radios playing Vin. Suddenly, he was in polyphonic sound. I guess everyone knows it ain’t baseball without Vin Scully.

That was 54 years ago. For many years, after braces with my buck teeth once gone now returning, long after the turquoise transistor found its way to the landfill, Vin Scully threw and I caught. I learned how to listen. To understand the scope of a game. To love a wordsmith who could tell a story, with grace and respect, with dignity and class, with facts and presence, with color and charm. Who delivered a broadcast about the team, not about himself. Such humility. Now a rarity. Now that’s an art. I’ll miss you, Vin Scully. The great writer, Jim Murray, tagged you “Most Valuable Dodger.” I second that and wish you were running for president. Because I learned more from you than you’ll ever know. And now I get it: You knew how to “make it sing.” Reach Elizabeth Kirby at

 A Wedding and a Funeral  

(October 7, 2016) Nicole Alvarez and Beermug (l) got married this past Saturday afternoon in Malibu.  She does nights on KROQ and Beermug is a Kevin & Bean team member. "He answers phones/does interviews for us/etc.," emailed Bean ... AJ McWhorter of Hawaii is looking for former KNBC anchor Peter Burns (1969-70). He also did news for KHJ radio in 1976 with Anne Kaestner. If you know the whereabouts of Burns, contact AJ McWhorter at: ... Kimberly Holland, wife of Jeffery James (KXMX, 1999, KPLS, 2000, KCAA, 2005, KLAA, 2007) recently sent a note to inform the radio community that Jeffrey died earlier this year. "Totally unexpected," wrote Kimberly. "He was driving home from work and had a massive heart attack while driving and hit the railing on the interstate. He was not injured in the crash. He had went too long without oxygen and never recovered. We married three years ago and he was the love of my life. He loved radio and talked of his days in L.A. all the time. It was the highlight of his career. Jeffrey had been living in Biloxi and working afternoon drive at WRJW-Picayune, Mississippi ... J.T. The Brick does an evening show on FOX Sports Radio (KLAC) with Tomm Looney. In addtion to the syndicated show, J.T. is hosting a midday local show on Entercom’s KGMZ-San Francisco “95.7 The GAME” today ... ESPN continues to eliminate longtime veteran sportscasters. Mike Tirico, a 25-year ESPN voice, is out and picked up by NBC Sports Radio. Mike's syndicated radio show ran on KSPN from 2007-09. He was one of four play-by-play announcers to work primetime NFL games for at least 10 seasons (Al Michaels, Frank Gifford, Mike Patrick) ... SBS has announced that Mexican American Chris Carrillo is the new vp/gm of 97.9 LA RAZA & MEGA 96.3 ... Shotgun Tom Kelly appeared recently on Tonight in San Diego. His appearance at:  ... At AMP Radio, Michelle Boros is now Michelle B. Nichols. Didja know that she used to be music director and on-air host for XM's 90s on 9 Channel? ... Congratulations to Cynthia Fox on moving from weekends to afternoon drive at 100.3/The Sound.

Schuon Co-Founder Every Day

(October 6, 2016) MTV veteran and former pd at KROQ Andy Schuon has teamed with a number of longtime television, radio and digital-media executives to form Every Day Networks, according to an exclusive story in Variety. Backed co-founder and board chairman Gary Veloric, Every Day Networks is a vertically integrated media company focused on over-the-top digital brands. The company, headquartered in Los Angeles and with offices in Europe, launches with an initial portfolio of channel brands that includes Fuel TV, which was recently acquired from Fox, as well as PlanesTrains+Automobiles and Business Rockstars.

“We believe Every Day Networks is what a successful media company looks like in the 21st century,” said Schuon, co-founder and ceo. “We’re set up with great brands and a great team to follow the audience as they migrate to new viewing platforms that enable an entirely new commercial model for our industry.”

Schuon previously served as president of CBS Radio and as head of programming at MTV and VH1. He most recently collaborated with Sean Combs on the launch of cable channel Revolt. Among Schuon’s initial executive team are former Tribune Company chief digital officer Don Meek, who will serve as chief operating officer; Fuel TV founder CJ Olivares as chief content officer; and former Fox Networks Group executive Austin Wignall as head of audience development. “The breadth of experience of Andy Schuon and his team is a perfect match to create a transformational business model in this new era of television,” said Veloric, co-founder of specialty finance company JG Wentworth. Every Day Networks plans to expand distribution of its initial brands globally through OTT expansion, while seeking out additional brands for acquisition.

Hear Ache

(October 6, 2016) Bob Shaw (l) of KFSH announced on his Facebook page: "It's with a heavy heart that I let you know I am no longer working at 95.9 The Fish. I've enjoyed 17 wonderful years there, a long stretch in this crazy radio business. I'm very proud of the work I've done there, and very grateful that God saw fit to use me in morning radio. Truly a dream come true. I wanna thank Chuck Tyler for believing in me in the early years when I was so green, and mentoring me through it all. I only wish we could've continued. And Mary Price, what can I say? You've been a true gem in the midst of it all. Finally, to my wife Sherry, who never ceased supporting my dream. This chapter is done. God's already writing the next one. :)" ... Jimmy deCastro is exiting WGN-Chicago at the end of the month, according to Robert  In 1988, Jimmy co-founded Evergreen Media, which became AMFM, Inc., the nation’s largest radio owner at the time, encompassing 465 stations. In 2000 deCastro cashed out of AMFM (a forerunner of iHeartMedia) and later became a consultant to America Online and president of AOL Interactive Services ... Kevin Weatherly has signed a multi-year contract with CBS Radio where he will continue to serve in his roles as senior vp of programming, program director of KROQ, KAMP, and JACK/fm. Kevin has been part of the programming leadership team at CBS and KROQ for almost 25 years.   

KFWB Makes News
(October 5, 2016) You give us 22 minutes and $11 million and you get KFWB ... again. After a decade plus with CBS holding the 980 AM frequency in Trust, the station was sold earlier this year for $8 million and a South Asian format took over the all-News/Talk/Sports franchise.

Now, a half year later, a familiar name in LA Radio history, Howard Kalmenson has purchased the 5,000 Watt station for $11.2 million.  The immediate speculation from Tom Taylor's tasty NOW newsletter is that it would move one of its two existing formats to 980. Those are the Spanish sports simulcast of KWKW at 1330 (5,000 watts fulltime) and KTMZ-Pomona (a 250-watter at 1220). KWKW (then on 1300) was Howard Kalmenson’s very first station, acquired in 1962. Lotus also owns and operates the highly-profitable Iranian/Farsi-language KIRN/670. It’s licensed to Simi Valley, up in Ventura County, and it runs 5,000 watts daytime/3,000 watts full-time. Lotus holds the Spanish language rights to the NFL Rams for KWKW/KTMZ, and KFWB would supply full-market coverage for “Deportes” – so maybe Spanish sports is the bet. (Then 1330 and 1220 would need a new format.) Kalmenson and his family have carefully pieced together their empire of 35 stations in L.A., Fresno, Bakersfield, Sacramento, Vegas, Reno and Tucson. Half are English-language and half are Spanish, with KIRN the outlier. At a guess – Lotus won’t keep us waiting for long, and will put its own stamp on KFWB via LMA. Bill Saurer at seller Universal Media Access doesn’t know what Lotus plans, but he says “I know they are excited to own the great KFWB.” Its roots trace back to the 1920s, and was once touted by Warner Bros. as “the only [movie] studio-owned radio broadcasting station in the world.”

Neil Rockoff, Former General Manager at KHJ, Dies

(October 4, 2016) Neil Rockoff, former program director at KNX/fm, pd and general manager of KGBS/KTNQ from 1976-79 and gm at KHJ from 1979-82, died on September 7, 2016.

For two years, Neil struggled to convince Los Angeles listeners that they should "all grow up to be cowboys" and listen to KHJ when the station launched a Country format. 

Later, Neil was part-owner of KBZT-San Diego and worked at WHN-New York before moving on to be Storer Broadcasting vp of the radio division.

In the summer of 1995, Neil joined Jones Satellite Network as manager of special projects.

Neil was born March 19, 1938 in Bayonne, New Jersey and he received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Vermont. His great sense of adventure and love of travel brought him all around the world. His passion and vast knowledge of music, drew him into a long and successful career in radio broadcasting. Neil was the Chairman of the NY Board of Radio Broadcasting. He was written up in many magazines and major newspapers, even a full half page of the New York Times Business section and is listed in the "Who's Who of America." He was a mentor and instructor to many people in business and sports. As an author and a passionate political "junkie" Neil was able to express himself in a fictional novel. He was a sportsman who loved sailing, skiing, flying, horseback riding and golfing. In his later years Neil followed his love of art and began painting.

Regis Philbin Gets PPB Roast

(October 3, 2016) "We're proud to announce that on Friday, November 18th, Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters will honor television icon and former KABC talk show host, Regis Philbin," wrote John Newton on his Facebook page. "As the pre-eminent talk and game show host, Regis holds the Guinness World Record for the most hours on US television. As of 2011, he's spent 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera - that's an average of almost one hour a day throughout his 50-plus year career! We hope you can join Regis and his friends for this event." 


2016 News

Compiled and Written by Don Barrett

January: Charlie Tuna dies; March: CBS announces pursuit of alternatives for its radio division; KLAC new home for Clippers; Passing parade includes John Rook (former KFI pd), Ron Jacobs (pioneer of Boss Radio); April: Xmas music gone but KOST still #1; Doug Banks, Steve Julian, and Dr. Toni Grant die; May: Mars/fm dj Don May dies; June: KSPN official home of the Rams; July: Gerry Cagle Peterson reminsces about radio; Scott Shannon hosting Marconi Awards; Nicole Sandler has cancer; Pat O'Brien is a Business Rockstar; Kris Ankarlo joins KFI as reporter/anchor; Karen Tobin loses battle with cancer; KSPN's Max Kellerman joins First Take; Tonya Campos exits KKGO; John Phillips joins CNN; longtime voice of USC sports, Tom Kelly, dies; Tim Conway, Jr. and The Woody Show nominated for Marconi; Larry Scott, KLAC dj and Hall of Famer, dies

About the Publisher of, Don Barrett

As publisher of, Don Barrett chronicles radio news and lists 6,000 people in Los Angeles who work or have worked in radio in the past 50 years. Barrett is a historian of contemporary Los Angeles radio history and author of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1994. He published a second volume of the book a year later, along with the launch of a daily website column.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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