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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!
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Shotgun Voted #5 Best On-Air LARP of 2014
(August 22, 2014) K-EARTH afternooner “Shotgun Tom” Kelly was voted the #5 Best On-Air LARP of 2014. The on-going summer rollout of the Top 10 On- and Off-Air continues this morning, with a dynamic entertainer in radio and tv for going on 40 years in both San Diego and Los Angeles.
His high-energy Top 40/Oldies career was etched in stone when he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last year.
His first major success came in San Diego at Boss Radio/KGB, then at the legendary KCBQ in San Diego. At B-100/fm (KFMB/fm), Shotgun was honored with the Billboard Magazine “Air Personality of the Year” Award for Major Markets in the mid-1970’s. He also received two local Emmy Awards for his performance as host of the syndicated tv word game show for kids, Words-a-Poppin.
Shotgun was the morning and afternoon host for the KUSI/TV Kid’s Club for 12 years in San Diego and was the host of a tv dance show in the 70’s on KGTV in San Diego called Disco 10.
Seventeen years ago, Shotgun arrived at legendary L.A. Oldies station KRTH to fill the afternoon slot following the death of The Real Don Steele. In 2000, Shotgun won the Radio & Records “Oldies Personality of the Year” award, competing for that honor with radio personalities from New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Detroit.
In 2007, Shotgun won the Radio & Records Industry Achievement Awards Classic Hits Personality/Show of the Year.
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Some of the comments from those who voted for Shotgun:
"Tom is one of the very last bastions of that Bill Drake/The Real Don Steele 'Boss Radio' presentation. He loves his job more than anyone I know. A real star."
"He's always sounding upbeat, fun, and friendly."
"Doing good radio the way it should be. No one has more energy and is a true fundamental pro than Shotgun."
"Have you heard that he's got a Star on the Walk of Fame?"
"Tom is an LA radio legend. He manages to balance the old school with the new well."
“His dream was to grow up and be ‘The Real Don Steele.’ Mission accomplished. He rocks the radio like nobody else. ‘You better believe it baby.’”
“Shotgun is a gem in today’s radio world. He sounds like every day is his first day on the air. It’s refreshing to hear someone sound like they’re actually enjoying themselves while behind the board.”
“I am voting for him because he is everything that radio should be – fun.”
“Every show sounds like his first day in L.A. He loves what he’s doing and the audience loves hearing him have a great time!”
All-Sports KFWB to Carry NFL and NCAA Action
(August 21, 2014) KFWB is giving us another hint as to how the all-Sports station will sound when it launches in early September. The station will carry a full schedule of NFL and NCAA play-by-play in 2014-15 and the USC sports spotlight, “Trojan’s Live,” will return for another season. The announcement was made by newly-named KFWB program director Owen Murphy. KFWB, entering its fifth season as the flagship radio station of the Los Angeles Clippers, becomes the exclusive L.A. radio home for Westwood One’s coverage of all NFL Sunday night, Monday night and Thursday night games beginning on September 4 when Green Bay takes on reigning champion Seattle. The weekly Sunday primetime game will be the culmination of KFWB’s triple-header coverage.
The broadcast schedule will include post-season playoff action, the NFC and AFC Championship games, the Pro Bowl and the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015.
KFWB will also offer a full slate of Westwood One’s coverage of NCAA football, commencing on September 6 when Michigan State visits Oregon.
College basketball is also on tap, including the exclusive national feeds of the men’s and women’s Final Four in 2015. “With rumors swirling about the NFL draft coming to Los Angeles in 2015, and maybe an NFL team, as well, we could not be more excited to deliver great Westwood One football programming to a football hungry town so deserving of its own team,” said Murphy. “Additionally, there is no better product than Westwood One's March Madness play-by-play and we are proud to have the opportunity to present it to the most passionate and knowledgeable hoops fans in America.”
“Trojans Live,” an hour-long program devoted to USC sports and featuring men’s head football coach Steve Sarkisian, will be back for its second season on KFWB. “Trojans Live” airs Tuesdays from 6 - 7 p.m. and is broadcast live from The Lab gastropub near the USC campus. The show is produced by USC Sports Properties, a division of Fox Sports. Other major events to be broadcast exclusively in Los Angeles on KFWB include major golf championships and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Brazil.
This busy schedule of airing so much weekend sports will undoubtedly be greeted with delight by those who are not pleased with the current slate of weekend infomercials.
Early LARP Veteran Dies in His Swimming Pool
(August 20, 2014) John Mellen, veteran jock at KNOB, KGLA, KLFM and KEZY in the fifties and sixties, passed away last month in Honolulu. He was 79.
“I was drafted the day before Elvis,” John remembered when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People in 1992. “He got to go to Europe. I got to go to Eniwetok and besides I’m still alive.” Johnny worked at Armed Forces Radio in the late 1950s and when he was discharged, he programmed KLFM (later became KNAC) in Long Beach. He sold time at KEZY until the station was sold for $950,000 in 1963.
John reflected: “Even after thirty five years I still miss those good old days of starving, being unemployed, ownership changes, and management changes. Oh, do I miss it.”
“I lost track of him in 1962 and had no contact with him until 1999,” emailed Paul Hill. “He hunted me down through LARadio. We've been visiting via phone and email regularly ever since. During the first part of that 37 year period, John was in a managerial/sales position with Pier One Imports, traveling the country with the responsibility of opening stores in new locations, which included much media contact. Later he was Catering Sales Manager for the Sundial Restaurant in Atlanta.
Paul does not know when Mellen moved to Hawaii, but probably in the late 70s. “John lent his voice and personality as a volunteer at the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. He was also a tour guide and announcer for various activities, including the shuttle boats carrying visitors to the Arizona exhibit,” Paul continued. “John also worked as a volunteer with the Pearl Harbor Survivors Organization and was granted an honorary membership. He also had a display stand at the U.S.S. Bowfin Museum selling patches, pins and other patriotic items.”
Hill said that John had suffered a stroke about a year-and-a-half ago and had recovered by about 80% to 90%. “In talking with a lady that is a longtime employee at the Bowfin Museum who gave me known details of his passing, she mentioned he was a bit unsteady on his feet, had balance problems at times and walked with a cane.”
John lived alone, apparently lost his balance and fell into his pool, where he was found by a neighbor. “The neighbor came to investigate John's dog who had been barking for several hours. It is believed this happened on July 30 and has been deemed accidental,” concluded Hill.
JJ Smith Services. JJ Smith, radio news reporter at KNX, KABC, KPOL, and KFI, and winner of 3 Golden Mike's, died on July 28 in Burbank. Graveside services are this Friday (August 22) at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Hollywood Hills, 6300 Forest Lawn Drive, Los Angeles. Your remembrances of JJ may also be sent to Dave Sebastian Williams for family at: email@example.com.
"JJ was one of the best news pros I ever worked with during my days at KFI. Great sound, great guy,” recalled Bob Shannon. More information on making donations in JJ's name benefiting the SAG Foundation's Don LaFontaine Voiceover Lab at: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/sagfoundation.
Beatles, Breakfast, and Bob
(August 19, 2014) Former 1110/KRLA personality and Beatles concert promoter Bob Eubanks appeared with Chris Carter on KLOS' Breakfast With the Beatles last week.
"My time with Bob Eubanks was a BLAST," emailed Chris. "Not only did Mr. Eubanks explain how he booked the Beatles twice at the Hollywood Bowl (`64 & `65) and Dodgers Stadium in `66, he told some great stories about owning The Cinnamon Cinder teen clubs in the sixties, booking Bob Dylan in `65, The Newlywed Game, picked some of his fave Beatles songs and even plugged his current webpage!"
Carter concluded: "Bob
will be back on stage this weekend at the Hollywood Bowl along with his
former KRLA mate Dave (The Hullabalooer) Hull to
introduce the Beatles 50th celebration starring ringmaster Dave Stewart. "
Bill Denton voted #7 Best Off-Air LARP of 2014; Diary of a PPM family; Spanish breakfast stars; eBook from Elliot Field now in hard cover; "56 years on the radio is enough, thank you very much" - Rich Brother Robbin; Kelli Gates to Sonoma County; John & Ken voted #6 Best On-Air LARP of 2014; Chuck Randall is on the road again and paying it forward; Bryan Simmons' wife in freak accident and dies at 54; MY/fm #1 in July '14 ratings; "Executive producers are the most important people on a radio station; "I got into radio to be somebody" - Raymond Bannister; Saul Levine thinks KFWB going all-Sports will be good for LA Radio; Legacy of former KNX general manager and iconic radio broadcaster George Nicholaw; Mike Butts - from mailroom to control room; Bob Rivers retires from radio and reflects on his 11 days in LARadio at "Arrow 93" in one of the most bizarre stories ever; Cut Frosty's photograph; Dave Armstrong retires from Salem Broadcasting; Jim Rome to join new KFWB all-Sports format in September; Van Dyke to build a new bridge; Disney wants to sell Radio Disney stations - 23 of 24 on the block; Dave Beasing #6 Best Off-Air LARP of 2014; Terry Wedel retires after 36 year broadcasting career
Owen Murphy to Program All-Sports KFWB
(August 18, 2014) Sports radio veteran Owen Murphy has been named program director for KFWB and its new, all-sports programming lineup which will launch in September. Murphy programmed the ESPN outlet in Seattle from 2009-10. He previously worked in Bristol, Connecticut as a producer for ESPN Radio, notably on the Mike and Mike in the Morning and as executive producer of The Dan Patrick Show. More recently, Murphy has been working as a talent coach and sports radio consultant for several hosts across the country.
KFWB has slowly been making hiring announcements beginning with current sports broadcasters Bill Seward, Bob Harvey, and Ted Sobel will be staying on with the new format. Last week, the station announced that Jim Rome will be on from 9 a.m. to noon. And then today’s announcement of a new pd.
“I cannot adequately express how excited I am to be part of a team that is going to serve the Los Angeles sports radio audience in a manner never before heard,” Murphy said. “Having Jim Rome as a centerpiece of the station’s new lineup is a thrilling base to build upon for the passionate sports fans of Southern California."
“Owen has built great relationships with some of America’s premiere sports talents,” said Diane Sutter, Trustee for KFWB Asset Trust. “He has a unique perspective and will provide a fresh approach for sports radio fans in L.A.”
Owen, who resides in Seattle with his wife and two daughters, is in the process of relocating to Southern California.
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