HAPPY Friday LARP BIRTHDAYS
Jeff Davis (Whittle)
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The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 57 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!
(Warren Eckstein, Charlie Cook, Lori Kelman, and Barry Turnbull)
LARPs Bubblin’ Under the Top 10 – Tied at 11th
(October 24, 2014) A number of Los Angeles Radio People just missed the listing of Top 10 Best On- and Off-Air LARP of 2014 and tied for 11th. The following represents some LARP who are bubbling under the Top 10. In voting for the following LARP, some readers included comments anonymously about their choices:
(Rita Wilde, Brian Sieman, and Ellen K)
Rita Wilde (evenings at 100.3/The Sound)
"You can hear her love of what she does on the air."
"A welcoming, warm delivery that connects listeners to decades of legendary LA rock radio history."
"A true legend in LARadio."
"Such a pleasure to hear her back on the air after her stint in management. A solid presence with a good knowledge of the music. Along with colleagues Julie Slater and Mimi Chen, The Sound is the classiest station on the local dial."
"So glad she's still on LA radio."
Brian Sieman (Clippers radio play-by-play, KFWB)
"One of the best in the NBA. He paints great radio pictures."
"I've been listening to his radio broadcasts of the Clippers' playoff games and I've been very pleasantly surprised. He is clearly objective in terms of his call of the game. He's exciting and he provides great analysis, which is a good attribute because he usually works without a broadcast partner. And he has some great metaphors 'He could throw a key into a lock.'"
"The most underrated play-by-play guy in LA. He pushes an already exciting team off the charts."
Ellen K (KIIS morning co-host with Ryan Seacrest)
"A consummate professional who has the art of co-hosting morning drive with two of the biggest talents in Top 40 radio - Rick Dees and Ryan Seacrest. Her talent is quite obvious every time she takes a vacation or sick day and someone else fills in for her."
(Lynn Duke, Kelly Salvi, and Michael Clarke)
Lynn Duke (chief engineer KRTH)
"He is so knowledgeable abut what makes things 'go.' I'm thinking he could probably tear down and rebuild any transmitter while watching tv and having dinner. :-)"
"America's best engineer."
"Keeps the CBS radio stations of L.A. running in precision despite greater complexity and fewer staff than ever."
"Always has been the master of his craft and the go-to guy when you need something done."
Kelly Salvi (promotions at KFWB)
"Upbeat, enthusiastic and fun to be around."
Michael Clarke (assistant news director, KFI)
"An unsung hero and the backbone of the KFI newsroom."
October 24, 1971. Doug Cox, general manager of KPPC/am-fm, fires the
entire airstaff. A new airstaff will be in place on the following day. At the
time, KPPC was the highest-rated rock station in the Los Angeles Arbitrons but
would steadily lose listeners before being sold in 1973. KPPC/am continued
to broadcast the Wednesday and Sunday services of Pasadena Presbyterian Church
until going off the air in 1996. KPPC/fm became KROQ/fm and new program director
Shadoe Stevens installed a format of "cutting edge new music," the
forerunner of modern rock. In 1979, Rick Carroll became program director
and gradually refined the format. He eliminated the songs by traditional rock
artists such as the Rolling Stones and added more music by alternative bands.
KROQ soared to new heights with its "Rock of the '80s" format. The station is
now known as "The World Famous KROQ" and simulcasts on HD. Kevin Ryder
and Gene "Bean" Baxter have hosted mornings since 1990.
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“You know Renee Zellweger is going as someone else this Halloween.” (Gary Bryan, K-EARTH)
“To me, Oklahoma City is never going to win a title. They are the Utah jazz of this decade." (Colin Cowherd, KSPN)
“Jim Rome is a small man. I’ve never seen anybody more detached from the people who work around him.” (Petros Papadakis, KLAC, while guesting with Bill Handel on KFI)
"I hit the mother lode. I dated the most beautiful, funny woman in the
world. She married me. I have two sons I adore. And I've got a nest egg
that's going to allow me to check out soon and see some things in the world
and give up on the weird country we've got now." (Dennis Miller,
"I hit the mother lode. I dated the most beautiful, funny woman in the world. She married me. I have two sons I adore. And I've got a nest egg that's going to allow me to check out soon and see some things in the world and give up on the weird country we've got now." (Dennis Miller, KRLA)
MIA in Ventura. An author is preparing a story on KVEN-Ventura. Does anyone remember Dick Shipley or anyone else who was at KVEN in the late 50s and early 60s?
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** KYMS History
“Re: Vince Daniels' purchase of the KYMS record library: The great thing about radio station LP copies was that, while consumer copies were made of inferior stuff so they would wear out in time, radio station copies were practically made of steel. I hope he kept the originals.” Steve (Fredericks) Liddick, former K-Earth news director
** Remembering KYMS
“With my friend
Vince Daniels releasing The Original
KYMS 106.3 on YouTube it brought back some memories. First around 1982 there was
a Knott’s Berry Farm Christian Night. I was selected to do the remote broadcast.
Back in those days it was just part of the job. No extra money. I was situated
on the deck above The Ghost Town Saloon. I got to interview many of the artists
who performed that night which included Leon Patillo, Steve Camp, and Servant.
When I worked at KYMS a second
time I got to go to a couple more Knott’s Berry Farm Christian Nights. One of
them I took my friend Georgia Abbott. I got to introduce Fernando Ortega!
Another time I went, I had two extra tickets from the station. Since I was alone I didn't need the other two tickets. I saw some ladies going through their purses to get cash to buy their tickets. I walked up to them and handed them my two extra tickets and told them they were complements of KYMS! In a state of shock they said 'Thank You.'
There was only one KYMS. It was live and local radio. Each jock reached out to the listeners in their own way and connected. Something that's missing in a lot of radio today where stations are run off computers in a closet.
I was blessed to work their twice even though both times had difficult times with owners and management. KYMS was a major step for me in my 30+ years in radio broadcasting. I want to thank Arnie McClatchy for hiring me the first time, Dave Spiker for putting me on full time, and Roger Marsh for giving me the chance to program the station in 1992.” - Dale Berg – www.969theoasis.org
** Music Changes at K-EARTH
“Like many others [including Greg West] I have given up on KRTH. I’m not interested at all in the music of the late 70s and 80s. Want I really want is a ‘pop’ station that plays music of the 50s, 60s and very early 70s. The addition of some basic adult standards would be an added plus.
Fortunately, between the Internet, including RichBroRadio, SiriusXM, and Saul Levine’s KJZZ HD-2 station, I have good alternative sources for music.” - Carl Spring, West LA
** KLAC Changes
“Bill Reiter is supposed to start on November 3 as he stated on Petros & Money earlier this week. Really, Jay Mohr on tape at midday? If not for UCLA basketball coming up, another iHeart Radio [nee Clear Channel] preset on my radio that is ready for a change. I have not pushed my KFI button but twice so far in 2014.” - Greg Badovinac, North Hollywood
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** College Radio
“College radio no longer exists in the sense presented by Roger Carroll. Initially the non-commercial band was called Educational Radio. The purpose was to have college students and educators present lectures, college courses, etc., and allow students to be on air. Then Congress changed all this by revising this to Public Radio. And it has become big business. NPR and local stations like KPPC and KCRW receive donations and grants annually that exceed millions and millions of dollars.
I do not listen to NPR or those stations but I believe they use professional talent, not college students. My role with KKJZ was to help save mainstream jazz which is a difficult format to survive since it has a small niche of listeners although very passionate ones. I programmed Jazz on KBCA for 29 years and have a substantial knowledge of the format. It is a labor of love.
Roger Carroll has a vast knowledge of radio broadcasting, and has offered valuable suggestions to me over the years. Whether the present status of Public Radio in contrast to Educational Radio is good or bad is a judgment for your readers to decide.
Young People Entering Radio-
From my own experience operating major market stations, radio does not seem to have the glamor today that the digital world appears to have. This is unfortunate, and represents the poor public relations conducted by radio. In fact, Bob Pittman of iHeartRadio made the same comments today.
Mike Callaghan, one of the nicest persons ever in radio, appears to agree with me as to the difficulty in finding engineers who understand RF.” – Saul Levine
Radio Time Machine
Productions: THE MUSIC OF KYMS: 1975-81
By Vince Daniels
By Vince Daniels
(October 23, 2014) I was in a Goodwill store in the fall of 1998 and as I always do first, I went back into the record section. I saw thousands of L.P.'s all over the place, all had little labels on the left-hand side of the record jackets indicating that the albums were the property of the KYMS Music Library along with KYMS' old Orange address and phone number. The store owner made me an offer. This included the cabinets they came in. I bought everything, which amounted to a 20-year music history of the station, which began in March '75. Inside many of the sleeves were computer printouts of playlists telling the jocks the rotational order of the songs to be played along with the date of airing. A majority of the printouts were from the first 10 years of KYMS.
I brought these records home from the thrift store and had them stored in several different closets and even under my bed. I spent six months trying to figure out what to do with all this history. My memories of being a hardcore listener were during the first six years when I worked at the family print shop, where my Dad kept the station on all day. After the end of '81 I went off to college and worked other places and was not as exposed to the station as much. Eventually I ended up using a friend of mine's studio in the back room of his house. He had a mobile dj system and a Marantz Dolby recorder. I decided to record the era I most remembered from the beginning of KYMS through 1981.
When it was finished, I had five 90 minute cassette tapes, and I never touched them again for 4 years. In 2003, I took them to the radio station at Cerritos College where I was working at the time. I had them all transferred digitally. The problem is that there was a lot of surface noise on a lot of the vinyl, but I lived with it. I transferred my new digital set over to CD's and listened to them in my car for about a year, and then threw them in my storage facility. Last year’s passing of Chuck Smith, Pastor of Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa, brought back my memories of that earlier era. I went and dug the discs out of storage. For the past year, much as I loved the music selection – realizing that I followed an authentic playlist – I know that I left out a lot of artists from that era, plus there was the question of audio quality. But there was something else I had at my disposal that I didn't have in 1999 or in 2003, and that's YouTube.
For the past year, with the help of my co-executive producer and video editor, Scott Higby over at Studio C in San Diego, I undertook the project of adding more hours from the playlist and updating the music with digital files if Scott could not remove the surface noise. We spent the entire month of May perfecting it, but we now have a very warm, fm sound that people are gonna like, not to mention a real historical perspective of radio from that time and place. Thanks to YouTube, we were also able to tell 10 different vignettes of KYMS' early years and also tell the story of a movement that gave rise to Southwestern Broadcasters, Inc. [then owners of KYMS when they were playing Acid Rock], who eventually switched the station to Christian Rock. I am grateful to radio historian, Jeff Davis at Universal Transmedia in Los Angeles for serving as host of The Music of KYMS. He's a real storyteller. In all, this project has grown to a more than an 11-hour presentation, spread out over ten high def videos.
|The Saturday Answer. Last weekend an AM 870 The Answer Town Hall event was held at the Alex Theatre in Glendale. On the stage are (from left to right): KRLA “The Morning Answer” hosts Elisha Krauss and Brian Whitman, Ben Shapiro, Dennis Prager, Michael Medved, and Hugh Hewitt, and author and media personality Katie Pavlich.|
Hear Ache. Raechel Donahue made the announcement on her Facebook page that she’s moving to Normandy, France the first of the year. “I will be about an hour outside of Deauville and near the shore. I have a spare room in my cottage and will welcome friends who bring Champagne. Must love cheese and horses,” wrote Raechel … Tomorrow KNX salutes northern San Fernando Valley in its “KNX on Your Corner,” series. The public is invited to a live broadcast as KNX brings its operations to Compańia de Café at 110 N. Maclay Avenue in San Fernando. Free refreshments will be offered ... With another crazy jumping the fence at the White House and the intruder kicking and beating the dogs, KCAA's Don Imus wonders if the guard dogs are poodles.
McDonnell Anniversary. Yesterday was the 10th anniversary of sports broadcaster Joe McDonnell’s gastric bypass surgery. “Talk about a life-changing - and life-saving moment. I was wheeled into the OR weighing 740 pounds. A decade later I weighed in at 230 pounds. For me it was a miracle straight from God. It led to me regaining my health. And it led me to meet the most beautiful, extraordinary and wonderful woman ever - my wife Elizabeth McDonnell. She's been with me through everything and has been as supportive as anyone can be. She's the strongest woman I've ever known and it's an honor and privilege to call her my wife. Just remember, if you have an addiction that is causing you to lose everything you cherish, seek help. It's there. I’m a living testament to that.”
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Imus Ranch Up for Sale. Every summer, Don Imus would invite about 100 young people afflicted by cancer to spend a week on his 2,400-acre ranch east of Santa Fe. The Don Imus ranch has an old western town that rivals any movie set in Hollywood. Their days are spent doing chores side by side with ranch hands and cowboys and learning to care for and ride their very own horse. They round up our Texas Longhorn cattle, herd and feed the sheep, the buffalo, the chickens, goats and donkeys, taking part in the dawn to dust rhythms of the ranch while developing an enriching bond with animals that will last a lifetime. “Our experience has shown that when children suffering from these frightening illnesses are exposed to programs such as those offered by The Imus Ranch it often actually contributes to their healing and recovery,” said Imus.
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We GET Email …
** Mighty Met
“It was fun to see my morning show ratings on KLOS from 1973. I did mornings at KLOS from 1972-76 before returning to KMET.
Thanks for the flashback!” - Jeff Gonzer
** Hooper Ratings
“Interesting to see the ratings breakouts at the beginning of '73 ... right on the cusp of the fm invasion. Ah, the good ol' [muddy-audio] AM days.” – Rich Brother Robbin
** K-EARTH Redundancy
“On Tuesday around 2 p.m. I was running errands and listening to K-EARTH. The station plays Summer of '69/Bryan Adams and Super Freak/Rick James.
Back out in my car at 6 p.m., what do they play, yup - Summer of '69 and Super Freak. If you check their website there's lapses in time in the playlist history. I'm taking into account for their extremely long commercial stops. I guess they don't really list all the songs they play.
The station is supposedly a 'Classic Hits' station. More like 'Classic 80's Repetition.' Gee, no more Supremes, Mamas and Papas, etc. Guess they're not worthy any longer - aren't those groups and others part of the 60's/70's/80's as 'Classic Hits' are derived from?
Whoever this new program director is and the music director's thinking - as they would be the first to go if I got my hands on this station from CBS. Also I would bring back Dave Randall and Bruce Chandler.
I'll be listening to 100.3 The Sound in my car and other stations on the web.
Long live the days of AM radio with KFI, KHJ, KTNQ, and KRLA when they played music.” - Greg Wood, West Hills
** NBC News Radio Ending at End of Year
“Wow, Don - there's the end of an era.
One of the highlights of my resume was working for NBC Radio News back in the late 70s and early 80s. I shared studio facilities with the likes of Jessica Savich, Cameron Swayze (son of the early tv icon John Cameron Swayze of the Camel News Caravan days - which was NBC's first televised news program) John Chancellor, Roy Neal, Linda Ellerbee, Boyd Matson, and more. The history in that building at 30 Rock - I remember rubbing the big silvery ‘N’ on the wall by one of the elevators in the lobby, just for luck, and the guy who would soon hire me as West Coast Correspondent for NBC's young-adult network ‘The Source’ thought that was hilariously funny. We'd see the Saturday Night Live people in the elevator, celebrities in the commissary, network brass in the hallways, and there was this bristling, popping, exciting, happening vibe that was everywhere - very young and very outlaw. It was a whole new day! New thinking! New anchoring styles and approaches to coverage for the rock music contingent! New programming strategies!
I remember Jo Moring, then Vice President for radio news, joking about how she'd just gotten her subscription to Rolling Stone magazine and now felt ready to tackle the young-adult demographic's programming needs, full-on. Granted, she was joking. She'd done a whole lot more than that! But she, too, had this sense of leading a whole new kind of charge on a whole new battle front of fm rock radio. The A-network people, who handled the "straight" news network, the more formal NBC Radio News, looked at us ‘Source’ people, this invasion of rock 'n' roll/potsmoker/anti-establishment renegades, with tremendous bemusement. Like somebody had let the kindergarten class into the principal's office and allowed them to stay. Well, we loved it, too, and we were awe-struck even to BE there! I was so intimidated I could barely think!
It's sad to see that sterling operation come to an end. Those people were giants! It was a true honor - the break of a lifetime - to work there, amidst all that, with all those people. Even those with no marquee names. That was a long time ago. Quite a few of them aren't around anymore. It was a blessing and an AMAZEMENT. I still can't believe, 35 years later, that I got to be part of all that. End of an era for sure. Very sorry to see this, but I'm not exactly surprised. My love and gratitude go out to all the NBC Radio News people everywhere. I still regard them as brothers and sisters.” – Mary Lyon
** Radio Engineer Students Missing
“I would certainly agree with Saul Levine about the shortage of qualified RF engineers. The time was when a young person with technical leanings would be mentored by a ham radio operator. They'd learn about transmitters and receivers and get their own ham license. Parts were readily available to build their own equipment, and by the time they got out of school they understood what was needed to keep a radio station on the air.
Today, technically-oriented youngsters lean toward computers and software as ways to fulfill their cravings. If they do want to explore radio, the parts to build equipment are difficult to find. Many hams are really what we call 'appliance operators'. That means they go to the ham radio store, buy their equipment rather than build it, take it home, hook it up and go on the air. If the equipment breaks down or has a problem, they have no idea where to start if they want to fix it. Instead, it gets sent out to be repaired.
It used to be a big deal for a new ham operator to reach someone on the other side of the country. Hams collected cards from other hams they reached in faraway places. Long distance calls were expensive and rarely made. Today, you just pick up your cell phone and dial the number. Communicating across the world is no big deal.
So you have to really want to learn about transmitters and antenna systems to get into RF engineering today. But it's worth it.
Engineering graduates that look past broadcasting as a career are selling themselves short. I'd much rather work for a radio station than be assigned a cubicle at G.E. and design clock radios for a living. How trivial and boring is that? In broadcast radio, you never know what the next challenge will be or how resourceful you'll have to be to meet it.
I wouldn't trade the experiences I had during my 39+ years at KIIS for anything else in the world. Carrying Dodgers baseball; doing programs from the beach in Puerto Vallarta and Mazatlán; building and turning on new transmitter plants; building and riding on floats in the Hollywood Christmas parade; all these were incredible experiences.
I remember one evening when my 8 year-old son and I were drifting above Dodger stadium while doing a remote in the Fuji blimp. Elton John and Eric Clapton were giving a concert down beneath us, and their music filled the air while the sun set behind the Pacific in a dazzling blaze of colors. The foremost thought in my mind was that I wouldn't trade jobs with anyone else in the world. I loved what I was doing, and enriching the lives of the thousands of people listening to my efforts gave me a high drugs couldn't touch.” - Mike Callaghan
** Future of College Radio
“With regard to KKJZ, Roger Carroll asks ‘Where are the students like other college licensed radio stations?’ Sadly, ‘college radio’ is and has been a misnomer for the stronger non-commercial signals – and that's not a good thing for the future of the craft.
Consider that of the 15 stations in the L.A. area licensed to a school district or college, only 7 actually use students in positions as talent and operations. KUCR (88.3) at UC Riverside, KSBR (88.5) at Saddleback College, KSPC (88.7) at Pomona/Claremont College, KUCI at UC Irvine/KXLU at Loyola Marymount (both 88.9), KBPK at Fullerton College/KSAK at Mt. San Antonio College (both 90.1) are the only regular fm signals that give aspiring broadcasters the experience.
There's also WPMD at Cerritos College (1700) and Leo FM at Univ. of La Verne (107.9) that broadcast to their respective campuses and immediate surrounds. Of those mentioned, only KXLU has an ERP of greater than 1 kW.
KKJZ at Cal State Long Beach (88.1), KCLU at Cal Lutheran (88.3), KCSN at Cal State Northridge (88.5), KPCC at Pasadena City College (89.1 - they control the Univ. of Redlands' station/89.3), KCRW at Santa Monica College (89.9), KUSC at USC (91.5 - and hasn't been on campus in years) and KVCR at San Bernardino Valley College (91.9) are all professionally staffed and programmed and students are, at best, board ops. In addition, some are NPR affiliates so there is duplication of content among stations. Why no student on-air or supervisory training opportunities on stations licensed to these educational institutions? Inquiring minds...
Long Beach has a student station, on KKJZ's HD3 (which based on the penetration of HD Radio is like broadcasting to the room next door) and of course, stations can be found via streaming, which isn't radio but does allow students to be heard somewhere.
With respect to Tammy Trujillo, the Fullerton College program may be ‘growing’ but it's also been around for about 40 years and regarding Saul Levine's Geology reference - c'mon. Geology is one of those ‘Gen Ed’ courses you find yourself in of necessity and obviously a minority of those attending are destined to be ‘rockers.’ Most people in radio courses are there because they seek a career in the field and most want to be talent, not engineers.
True college programs provide the training, it's up to the industry to make a commitment to provide the experience. Of course, visionary operators like Saul giving promising graduates an hour or two overnights or weekends would certainly be a step in the right direction. And a better effort of marketing this crazy business to the next generation wouldn't hurt either.” - Greg Olsen, Pasadena (and proud college radio grad - when it meant something.)
** More College Radio Thoughts
“Saul Levine is talking about radio engineering. I say 99.99% of the college students taking Broadcasting want be ‘ON THE AIR.’ It is not Saul's radio station. I hope the ‘Suits’ at Cal State Long Beach will give the students time to be on the air and work at 88.1. KKJZ is licensed by the FCC as a college non-commercial radio station. Another Southern California college could file to get 88.1 for the students like at Mt. SAC.” – Roger Carroll
** Art Astor’s Wife Passes
“Sorry to hear of the passing of Art Astor’s wife. My condolences to him. Art was a nice guy to work for at KSPA-Ontario.” – Dale Berg
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