The most comprehensive listing of 6,000 Los Angeles Radio People, spanning the last 58 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!   


(Dave Diamond, Dan Avey, Melinda Lee, mom and dad Barrett, Big Boy, Dan Patrick, and Tracey Simers)

Is There Oil Under KABC/KLOS?

(November 26, 2013) For as long as I’ve been around the southern California media hallways, there has always been the speculation that there is oil under the land that houses KABC, KLOS and the transmitter site. Well, now that questions have been posed because of the proposed $90 million sale of the property by Cumulus, the speculation has surfaced once again.

Is there oil at the radio station site? Bob Moore, former general manager, said, “I always heard there was oil under the site, but never saw anything in writing.  Interesting.”

George Green spent 35 years at the facility. “No oil reserve that I am aware of,” emailed George. “A large area of ground wires surrounds the towers.  Ask Norm Avery how much of the acreage is unavailable for building structures.”

Norm Avery has been the director of engineering for almost 25 years. “I'm not aware of any geological study that may have been conducted that would confirm or refute the presence of petroleum at the KABC-KLOS site,” said Norm.

Could a new owner pump oil there? “City of LA could better answer the zoning question,” concluded Norm.

Geraldo Status. Cumulus released a press release explaining that Geraldo is giving up his syndicated show (heard on KABC from 10 a.m. to noon) and concentrate on a local show for WABC-New York beginning January 1.

“The show will focus on the most-talked-about topics involving the nation’s largest city – everything from social issues to politics. Rivera will also continue his fight against unemployment by broadcasting live from upcoming ‘Put Americans Back to Work’ job expos and events hosted by Cumulus. “For the last four decades, in war and peace I’ve been chasing the news around the world,” said Geraldo.

“But there’s a universe of stories right here in my hometown.  Energized and excited by this opportunity, I’m taking our show to the four corners of the five boroughs.  I’ll be on the streets and in the face of lawbreakers and newsmakers, ready with a hot mike and a helping hand.” 

Cumulus coo John Dickey added, “We are excited that one of the most recognized and respected names in media will be sharing his perspectives on New York issues and supporting local causes that matter most to listeners in one of our top markets.”

November '13 Nielsen Audio Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun 6a-Midnight.

 1. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.4 - 5.4

2. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.3 - 5.3

3. KAMP (Top 40/M) 4.4 - 4.3    

3 (t). KPWR (Top 40/R) 4.2 - 4.3

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.2.- 4.2

6. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 3.9 - 3.6

7. KOST (AC) 4.2 - 3.6

8. KROQ (Alternative) 3.3 - 3.5

9. KFI (Talk) 3.4 - 3.4     

 9(t). KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.6 - 3.4  


TMZ Report. Eddie "Piolin" Sotelo – the biggest star on Spanish radio – forced his employees to watch him defecate, pee in bottles, and subjected them to endless sexual abuses ... so claim former workers, according to a story at

TMZ obtained a letter 6 ex-employees sent to Piolin’s lawyer, claiming the radio host:

Forced several employees to watch him defecate
Regularly peed  into bottles in the studio
Grabbed his erect penis through his pants and rubbed it on employees
Routinely exposed himself and called male employees “f**gots.”
Grabbed employees’ genitals and insisted they “liked” it
Bit people

“As we previously reported, Piolin sued the six employees for extortion, claiming they demanded roughly $5 million or they’d go public with their lurid allegations,” according to TMZ.

Hear Ache. If you are a Beatles fan, you will have much to be thankful for on Thursday. Chris Carter, host of KLOS’ Breakfast With the Beatles will present five hours of all Beatles music from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Yeah, yeah, yeah! … Tom Rounds launched and marketed American Top 40, the original countdown show with Casey Kasem. Tom now owns Radio Express, the world’s leading supplier of entertainment programming to radio outside the U.S. He debuts two new branded countdown programs on 35 radio stations in 17 sub-Saharan African countries.


Grand Theft Auto V was featured in a front-page Arts & Books section of the Sunday LA Times
The faux frequency was tuned to Rebel Radio and a familiar voice, Power 106's Big Boy 

Funnie. The local news station was interviewing an 80-year-old lady because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband's occupation.

"He's a funeral director," she answered. "Interesting," the newsman thought. He then asked her if she wouldn't mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living.

She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her early 20's, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40's, and a preacher when in her 60's, and now in her 80's, a funeral director. The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers. She smiled and explained, "I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go." (Thanks to Chris Bury, Pasadena for today’s funnie)


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** What the World Needs Now is Tom Clay

“It's hard to believe it has been eighteen years since my mentor and close friend Tom Clay, went to heaven – all the times in Detroit at W4, and KWIZ in Santa Ana, and his Lip Service on Sunset in Los Angeles. 

You are missed my friend.” – Gary Lane

** KABC Changes

“Hiring Bryan Suits sounds much better than having Geraldo for two hours, mostly NY-based, but liked John Phillips hour, all when I could catch it, of course.  Hope Bryan can come up with enough material to meet the time slot demands, but we shall see.

KABC weekend programming is spotty but Motorman is pretty steady for one show.” – Robert Guevara, Eagle Rock

** Suits Against Rush

Bryan Suits is a different breed of cat. He should wait until he beats Rush Limbaugh, then take praise. I will kiss his ass at Sunset and Vine at noon if he beats Rush.” – Roger Carroll  

Top 3 Stations in November '14 Owned by iHeartMedia

(November 25, 2014) KIIS/fm, KOST, and KBIG (MY/fm), all owned by iHeartMedia (formerly Clear Channel), finished the November '14 PPM rankings 1, 2, 3. "It's an early Thanksgiving celebration," emailed Greg Ashlock, market chief for iHeartMedia/LA. "We've always been blessed with great brands and talent."

Six months ago, KFI had made a precipitous drop in cume to well under a million listeners to around three-quarters of a million. Month by month the News/Talk station has made steady increases. "For KFI, I'll simply say, 'I told you so.' :) The staff works really hard at staying timely, relevant and stimulating. It was such a matter of time before the numbers corrected," concluded Ashlock.

The numbers look really impressive for Bonneville as KSWD (100.3/the Sound) continues to make steady increases. Six months ago, The Sound had a 2.9. This month the Classic Rock station was up to a 3.5. When asked for a comment on the numbers, program director Dave Beasing said succinctly: "Great team, great company."

The Nielsen November '14 PPM ratings for Persons 6+, Mon-Sun 6AM-Mid

1. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.3 - 5.3

2. KOST (AC) 4.1 - 5.2

3. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.3 - 4.7

4. KPWR (Top 40/R) 4.5 - 4.3

5. KRTH (Classic Hits) 4.2 - 4.2

6. KAMP (Top 40/M) 4.1 - 4.0

7. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 4.0 - 3.9

8. KFI (News/Talk) 3.5 - 3.6

9. KSWD (100.3/The Sound) 3.2 - 3.5

10. KCBS (JACK/fm) 3.2 - 3.1

11. KNX (News) 2.9 - 2.9

12. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 2.8

      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.6 - 2.8

14. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.5 - 2.6

      KHHT (Hot 92.3) 2.2 - 2.6

      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 2.3 - 2.6

      KROQ (Alternative) 2.8 - 2.6

18. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.4 - 2.5

19. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 2.4 - 2.3

20. KTWV (Urban AC) 2.2 - 2.1

      KYSR (Alternative) 1.9 - 2.1

22. KKGO (Country) 2.1 - 2.0

23. KPCC (News/Talk) 2.2 - 1.9

24. KUSC (Classical) 2.0 - 1.7

      KXOL (Spanish AC) 1.6 - 1.7

26. KCRW (Variety) 1.0 - 1.4

      KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 1.4 - 1.4

28. KHJ (Regional Mexican) 1.1 - 1.3

29. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.4 - 1.1

      KSPN (Sports) 1.0 - 1.1

31. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.9 - 0.9

32. KJLH (Urban AC) 0.9 - 0.8

33. KABC (Talk) 0.7 - 0.7

      KEIB (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7

      KKJZ (Jazz) 0.7 - 0.7

      KRLA (Talk) 0.6 - 0.7

37. KLAC (Sports) 1.0 - 0.6

      KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.8 - 0.6

39. KFWB (Sports) 0.2 - 0.3

      KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.3 - 0.3 

Haven’t seen this one before. K-EARTH is giving away a parking spot for Black Friday at the Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks



Record Promoter. The world of record promotion is a colorful one at best. When a record company wants an aggressive push on a particular artist or song to get coveted airplay, they turn to the record promotion person. If there isn’t one on staff, they hired freelancers to conduct stunts, trot the artists around to the different radio station and do what is necessary to secure airplay.

Don Graham (l) has been the best for over 50 years. Not only an affable guy you like to be around, but he is someone who has a heart as large as all outdoors. We learned of his special relationship with Jack Roberts, former producer at CRN Digital Radio.

Scott St. James told the story at Graham’s 80th Hawaiian-themed (Don's wife Robin used to sing with Don Ho) birthday party earlier this month at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City. For Scott, he hadn’t prepared to say anything at the luncheon but was so moved by the outpouring of love for Don Graham, he took the microphone. “I wasn't asked to stand up and speak,” recalled Scott. “I don't think anyone was. Walking to the middle of the room was an impulsive move on my part and what I said was off the top of my head.”

Scott St. James, Brad Martini Chambers, Mike Horn, Saul Levine, and Roger Carroll

Jack Roberts died earlier this year and being alone, he didn’t have anyone to turn down when his health challenges required hospitalization. Scott and Jack would talk for hours during his last few months as Roberts was getting closer and closer to ‘death's door.’

Bobby Hart (I Wonder What She's Doing Tonight + Monkees hits), Dandy Don Whittemore, James Darren (Goodbye Cruel World + Gidget movies), Mike Horn and Chick Watkins

“Jack told me about the many times that Don Graham carried him to Don's car because Jack had to go back to the hospital and the many times (among other things) that Don would chew out a doctor or doctors if (in Don's view) Jack wasn't being treated properly,” continued Scott.

Don Graham, Jerry Sharell, James Darren, Robin & Don Graham, and Scott St. James

“I heard lots of things like this from Jack and we talked at length about most of those things. I recalled Jack saying to me that he had lived as long as he did because of Don Graham.”

Supermouth Challenges. Larry Supermouth Huffman has had a tough couple of years. “After three weeks in a coma, almost two months in a hospital and two skin grafts, I’m now walking without a cane and with a brace,” emailed Larry.

His two most recent skin grafts on his ankle were made using bovine material. “The only problem is that from time to time I find myself saying ‘Moooo…’” His problems started two years when his trainer had him do an exercise that he shouldn’t have done.

His voice is still usable and is available for voiceover work. You can reach Larry at:

LARadio Rewind: November 25, 2011. Kojo Antwi and Flavour Nabania perform at the first-ever All African Thanksgiving Concert at the Forum in Inglewood. The audience included many KPFK listeners who had won tickets during Nnamdi Moweta's Radio Afrodicia program. Born in 1958 in Nigeria, Moweta studied filmmaking in San Francisco and has worked as a dj, news commentator, boxing promoter and event producer. In 1983, he hosted an eight-part KPFK series on the history of rap music. Since 1995, he has hosted Radio Afrodicia, featuring interviews and the music of African and Afro-Caribbean musicians as well as other musicians who are influenced by African sounds. Among the artists played are Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Bamboo, Osibisa, Baaba Maal, Bebe Manga, Richard Bona, Tony Allen, King Sunny Ade, Blitz the Ambassador and Ladysmith Black Mambazo. The program airs from 4 to 6 pm Saturdays. KPFK is at 90.7 fm and simulcasts on 99.5 in Ridgecrest, 98.7 in Santa Barbara and 93.7 in Rancho Bernardo.

Hear Ache. KFI's Steve Gregory has been in Ferguson, Missouri covering the grand jury proceedings in the police officer killing of Michael Brown. Steve almost became the story. "He's OK," emailed KFI news director Chris Little. "Steve got caught near some gunfire. Hit the ground a couple of times by his car to take cover. Somebody shoved him from behind and another guy snatched Steve's phone from his hand. He had a backup phone...he's always prepared." ... KNX is running a one-hour special on the Ferguson grand jury ruling at 10 a.m. this morning.

Ryker Voice. Malcolm Ryker worked at Pure Rock KNAC twenty years ago. He’s now the voice and production director for over 20 iHeartMedia stations, including his home base in San Diego, Star 94-1 and KGB.

Malcolm got a degree in radio and tv at Arkansas State. The first rock station he worked for was KWLN-Memphis. Growing up he listened to z-Rock in Dallas. “It was crazy, heavy, and freaky,” said Ryker. “Lee Abrams believed in true theater of the mind in a hard rock satellite format.”

Malcolm is a member of La Jolla Lutheran Church. "I find Christ gives me some balance to this whack Rock N Roll/Hip Hop close to the fire world we live in,” revealed Malcolm in an AllAccess interview.

Fascinating fact from Malcolm: “I sold some Bud back in college a long, long time ago. I am a radio lifer.”

Biggest Loser. Look like a princess and feel like a queen is the way one bride-to-be described what she was looking for in a wedding dress. She had lost 180 pounds on The Biggest Loser, and former KFI Talker Jillian Michaels came to support her on Say Yes To the Dress. While trying on dresses, Jillian surprised the upcoming bride with the news that she was picking up the tab for the dress as a way to congratulate her for losing all the weight. When the bride screamed after hearing the news, Jillian told her not to worry that she was rich.



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** Dr. Toni Grant Before Dr. Laura

“I noticed in reading the Jim Richards account regarding the firing of Bill Ballance, he neglected to mention that Dr. Toni Grant was a long-time contributor to the Ballance program, offering her psychological take on many of the issues that were presented on the program.  A few years later, when I partnered with Bill in syndicating his radio show, he shared bitterness regarding how he felt she ‘took’ his show.

Incidentally, one of our affiliates was KLBJ in Austin, Texas.  When the show was canceled, someone mentioned to me that Lady Bird Johnson was the one who didn't find Bill funny and demanded the show end on her station.” – Chuck Southcott

** Memory of Steve Bailey

Steve Bailey was a good friend. He came from Salt Lake City radio and worked ABC as a summer relief announcer staff. At the end of the summer the summer guys were laid off. Steve worked for a very short time at NBC/TV. When my orders for two years active military duty came, I suggested Steve as my replacement. When ABC laid off 11 announcers, including Steve, one of the best things that happened for Steve was being hired at KMPC.

Steve and I had lunch one day at the LA Country Club. We entered the dining room and sitting at a table was Gene Autry, Bob Reynolds Bob Forward and Stan Spero. Autry got up, walked over to me and said, 'we would like you to come to work with us at KMPC.' I did not know any one at the table except Bob Forward. I knew he was Vice President at ABC/TV because I dated his secretary. Bob left ABC/TV when Autry and Bob Reynolds bought KMPC. Forward created the music, news and sports format. When we met later to talk contract with my attorney, Beverly (my wife) could not believe how much money I was offered. I was making a very good salary at ABC and thought I would be at ABC the rest of my career

Looking back in time, ABC forced me to be a dj three hours every day on the ABC radio network then 3p to 6p on KABC. Luck being at the right place at the right time.” – Roger Carroll

** Saul Levine on The End of Radio

“This is a Post Script to my comments to ‘The End of Radio’ discussions. Traditional radio is confronting some very significant competition from various audio sources. I believe it is simplistic to assert that radio is now approaching its end. That alleged end date is open to some very complex issues and interpretation.

In the past, radio has reinvented itself when facing competition for listeners. Traditional radio is a very healthy medium at the present time. I am confident that traditional radio will be around in five years, and longer. The status of radio in ten, twenty or thirty years is something I would not venture an opinion.

Concerning web based audio services calling themselves ‘radio’ is absolutely ridiculous. Radio is a branding term that has been around for nearly 100 years. It is foolish for any of us in the radio industry who love the medium to glibly call the web based audio wanna-bes radio. It demeans the service that has been a major component in keeping the USA the wonderful nation that it is. And bringing so much happiness to so many people.

Abe Lincoln confronted this type of thinking when he said ‘Calling a cow's tail a leg does not give the cow a fifth leg’" - Saul Levine 

A Time to Be Grateful and Thankful 

(November 24, 2006) The Thanksgiving holiday kind of nudges us into a reflective state of thankfulness. Year after year the traditions of the family dinner may vary slightly, but old habits die hard. If families split – seemingly for good reasons at the time – traditions and memories get tested. We attempt to integrate new customs into a reconstituted family, trying to be in two or three places at the same time within the extended family. 

I have much to be thankful for in 2006. I died in 1980 and paramedics brought me back to life, and since then I treat every day as a bonus day – one not to be wasted.  

My oldest son, Don, Jr., spent a week out here in June as a surprise to my daughter Alexandra who graduated from Hart High School in Valencia. Don, Jr. just moved from Naples, Florida to Chicago. He’ll be spending his first Thanksgiving in his new Windy City environment. Brrrr! (Don Barrett, Alexandra, Don Barrett, Jr., and Tyler)

Alexandra arrived last night from the University of California Santa Barbara, having just completed another set of freshmen midterms. She’s completely healed from her earlier ordeal with her tooth, for which many of you shared with us your advice and encouragement. 

Tyler, my 19-year-old, comes up from San Diego tomorrow where he is in his second year of college. He is vacillating between continuing college and becoming a poker pro at Texas Hold’em. He envisions himself at the final table at the World Series of Poker on ESPN. It should be an interesting conversation over turkey legs and mashed potatoes. We can lead our children to water, but we certainly have no power on whether they drink from the fountain of experience or dig their own new hole. 

As a parent, we know that our kids find their own way, not our way. I find my role as one who leads by example to the best of my ability. I keep the door open for communication with my kids and attempt to avoid making judgments. Not always an easy task. 

I am blessed today. I am fortunate to have friends from growing up in Santa Monica in the 50s, to colleagues in my early days of radio in the 60s and 70s, and a new set of friends from my years as a marketing executive with the movie studios. And for the past 10 years, a new world opened back up with Many of you have been supporters from day one. I am truly thankful for all of that and you. 

Cramer’s Final Bell. Financial guru Jim Cramer, currently heard locally at noon at KNX, will be leaving radio December 1. Sandwiched inbetween Bob McCormick’s “Money 101” and the Business Hour with Frank Mottek will now be an hour of news anchored by Ron Kilgore and Diane Thompson. 

KFWB’s Christopher Ames Commentary 

I'll have a double Viagra with a Cialis chaser.

I'm Christopher Ames with today's comment.

Yeah, I'm feeling kind of impotent these days. You would too... if you were almost a hurricane. Happened last week, first time ever for me. Tropical storm Chris stirred up and what it stirred up in me was testosterone. I mean, I didn't want anybody to get hurt ... but when you give a guy a chance to be a hurricane? Something really ... I don't know ... masculine kicks in. So there I was, in the uncomfortable position of rooting for a big storm. I know, I know, Katrina, Rita, disaster ... I should be ashamed of myself. And I am. But I gotta tell you ... when Chris petered out, so to speak, I was pretty disappointed. And when it degraded to a ... "tropical depression" ... well, I learned just how appropriate that term was. So close... so far.

INSERT: Brando from On the Waterfront: "I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody. Instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it"

Pass the potency potions please.

Smooth Jazz Glides to #1 in Phoenix. The Fall ’06 Phase 1 Arbitrends for Phoenix have just been released: 

1. KYOT (Smooth Jazz) 3.9 – 4.6
2. KFYI (Talk) 4.8 – 4.5
    KNIX (Country) 4.5 – 4.5
    KOOL (Adult Hits) 5.0 – 4.5
5. KESZ (AC) 3.9 – 4.4  

Hear Ache. Austin Hill will be filling-in at KFI for John Ziegler over the Thanksgiving Holidays … The Michael Richards incident at the Laugh Factory provided a perfect opportunity for KNX’s Bob McCormick to play some of the best comedy bits of all time from Abbott & Costello’s “Who's on first?” to Mel Brooks’ “Two Thousand Year Old Man.” Bob also played bits from Steve Martin, Jerry Seinfeld, Jeff Foxworthy and Lucy.  “These bits reminded me how the great comedians do it,” said Bob ... KOST started its 24/7 holiday music last Friday morning at 9:30 a.m. with Barry Manilow's White Christmas ... Bill Handel is having 36 guests for Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow ... Joe Benson's "Off the Record" this Sunday night at KLOS will feature the music of Eric Clapton and J.J. Cale, as well as conversation with the two legends. 

Williams Sister LARP Connection. The name Gary Bookasta surfaced the other day. Gary launched KROQ in 1972. Along with his mother, Laura Williams Bookasta, he created the L.A. nightclub The Hullabaloo at Sunset and Vine. Gary’s mom died of Alzheimer’s disease earlier this month. She was 88. With her sister, Laura Williams co-founded the singing Williams Sisters and was discovered by Bing Crosby at the age of 15.


Adam's Complaints. The other morning at KLSX, Adam Carolla was talking about the dump button that is used to delete obscene words wasn't working and someone got fired when something was aired that shouldn't have aired. Adam then went on to say that program director Jack Silver is inconsistent on who he wants to protect and others who he would fire without much provocation. "Frosty, Heidi & Frank have some negative things about this show and Jack has done nothing to stem that tide," said Adam. "They've slowed down over the last few months. We've gotten to know them and all's fine now, but there's a history of ambivalence when it comes to stepping up for this show."

Temptation to Spike Schweppes Plugs with Gin. From The Hollywood Reporter, Tuesday, November 25, 1958: 

 “With two radio stations in the U.S. already airing hard-likker [sic] blurbs without any repercussions from the FCC, it became known that Schweppes has asked stations here to accept blurbs to the effect that ‘Schweppes is a wonderful mixer – for gin or vodka.’ 

Some stations have taken the business, but in broadcasting the blurbs they have chopped off the message at the word ‘mixer.’ Schweppes apparently isn’t objecting, and continues to pay the freight.

Cliff Gill, KBIG vp and member of NAB Radio Code committee, says NANB continues to oppose accepting hard likker blurbs, although there is much recent pressure within the industry to known down the traditional barriers. KLAC owner Mort Hall says, ‘It’s just something we don’t do. I think we’re crazy; we won’t even air words like gin or vodka. Hmm.’” 

Tullis & Hearne Broadcasting Rules. "First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win." - Mahatma Gandhi  

Al Anthony, former national pd and director of operations, Tullis & Hearne Broadcasting (KAFY, KEZY, KDEO, KFXM, KARM, KVEN, KDUO), adopted the Gandhi strategy in all of his California rating contests. “It seems all the top rated stations we took on, looked at us and said, ‘Man, they sound terrible!!  So as we 'Tom Sawyered' our way in with innovative enthusiasm, logical  programming and an ever changing playbook, as well as the will to win. We won every California market we challenged!” enthused Al.   

“When any of our station's staff relaxed, some also eventually fell by the wayside! My motto was 'Don't ever stop looking over your shoulder; outthink and out run them!' You see, it wasn't about voices or any individual jocks; it was about enthusiastic entertainment carried forward from show to show projected by some predictable and some unpredictable upcoming surprises that kept the listeners locked on the dial, virtually never disappointed! 

Anthony concluded: “Oh my God, how greed, big money and bad government [FCC, etc.] has taken our booming, volatile broadcast industry and flushed it!!! Notwithstanding our own complacency and self satisfaction in not recognizing the threats as they loomed upon us.”

KGO Big Announcement. "So I just heard an ad saying that KGO-AM (810), the Bay Area's most-listened to station has an announcement November 27 of a big change coming," wrote Brad Kava in the San Jose Mercury News. "Any speculation or informed sources? I'm clueless so far, but plan to ask around. Are the hosts going to start wrestling on tv? Are they actually going to have a fulltime woman host? Is Rush Limbaugh taking Bernie Ward's slot? Is Karel going mainstream? What's your theory??"

LARP Photo Gallery

From Bill Earl's Boss Blog: Pictured are three KRLA dj greats who were brought back to jock shows from the mobile studio in 1981: Dave Hull (wearing red shirt), Dick Biondi (w/dark curly hair), and Rebel Foster (w/beard). Click here: "BOSS" COOL STUFF! ... "B"CS!: Three KRLA DJ Greats REUNITE In December 1981 

Funnie. Nancy Plum sent along things that sound dirty at Thanksgiving, but aren't: 

LARPs: With the Presidential campaign not far away and no incumbent or VP running, it has been decades since this has happened.
Who would you like to see as the Republican candidate and the Democratic candidate in the 2008 election and why?

Helen Jones: The only candidate I could get excited about for the Presidency would be Wesley Clark.

Wesley Clark came from middle class beginnings to work his way up to the top of his class, not only in high school and college, but he has excelled in everything he has attempted to do. He
is a five-Star General. He knows all of the leaders around the world and maybe he could mend the fences George Bush tore down.

On top of that, he is a very nice man that doesn't act like a cowboy that just got off his horse and is swaggering towards the nearest watering hole.

Wesley Clark has dignity, has class, yet he is very humble. Something that has been lacking in the White House for many years. Wesley Clark has my vote, should he run.

Dawna Kaufmann: I can't wait to support and vote for Hillary Clinton for U.S. President, on the Democratic ticket! Patty Murray or Evan Bayh would make fine Veeps. For Republicans... eww, who cares?  

Mitch Krayton: Dem – Hilary Clinton. She would shake things up and be the first woman to rule the White House from the Oval Office. And Bill would make a great First Gentleman.

Rep – John McCain. War vet and POW with great sensibilities. Even after being slandered by his own party, he stuck with his Senatorial duties and spoke his own mind instead of the party sound byte. 

Leslie Marshall: Well, I would love to see Hillary, but as a Vice Presidential Candidate. I would love for Gore to run again and John Edwards, but as President not Vice. Although I am a fan of Joe Biden, I think he lacks charisma and that southern twang America seems to love. That's for the Democrats.  

On the Republican ticket, I don’t want John McCain to run because I feel he has a good shot at it! I would prefer Frist, Cheney, George Allen or Karl Rove because they would all be certain to lose because they have too many skeletons in their closets! 

Doc on the ROQ: Republican:  Dwight D. Eisenhower (we were happy!)
Democrat:  Samuel Tilden  (he was robbed!)


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** Where Do I Go For Adult Standards?
“Say it isn't so that KKGO's standards music is history! I thought its mix of earlier singers [i.e., Sinatra] and newer singers [i.e., Diana Krall] was wonderful. I am depressed by L.A. radio, which, it seems, won't continue to program any decent listening music. I love sports, but, current sportstalk hosts' screaming also had me turning off. What should I do now - go to Satellite radio?” - Patricia Savery, North Hollywood   

** Adult Standards Commitment to Return
“At one time, between 1260/540 and Fabulous, there were close to 400,000 Southern California listeners tuning in each week to The Great American Songbook, America's Greatest Contribution to the Arts. Now, while we've lost our radio home, we have a solution at home and work - - a 24/7 radio station that just happens to come through your computer instead of a traditional radio. We have a broader, more exciting playlist, and while the station is currently unhosted, as our audience grows and we raise the required investor capital, we'll build our studios in Sherman Oaks and start bringing back the airstaff.  

The Standard Media Corp, operators of, which grew out of Fabulous Radio, is committed to bringing our music back to the radio, not only here in Southern California, but across the country. We see and hear it everywhere, from Tony Bennett in Vons commercials, Michael Buble in Starbucks commercials, Rosemary Clooney in Martha Stewart/KMart commercials, and the list goes on. Our goal is to find a home on an FM or HD2 channel, complete with live, contemporary personalities who know and love this music...and who will host fun parties, concerts, festivals and events here at home, and in entertainment meccas around the country.  

We did it at Fabulous Radio and we'll do it again. Join us at Even on a computer, it’s radio, and it's free, as radio should be. 

Oh, by the way, it might not be so bad listening on your computer at work. If you want a more ‘normal’ listening experience at home, there are new WiFi radios on the market - table top radios, alarm clock radios, and even receivers you can plug into your home entertainment system. We listen to on speakers in our backyard and the computer isn't even turned on. We have info on the WiFi radios on our Web site.” - Brad "Martini" Chambers, 

** Old Fart With a Razor Blade
“I remember when radio news reporters had cassette recorders. When we got back the cassette was dubbed onto reel to reel, then edited using a grease pencil, slotted splicing block, with a single edge razor blade. After editing the spliced tape was dubbed to cart for the actual broadcast. This all had to be done in time for the next news cast.

Then again I worked once with an old transcription cutter where you had to watch the cut with a microscope. You also had a camel hair brush to guide the chip away from the needle. If the lathe was properly adjusted the chip was actually a continuous strand of acetate that you piled up at the center of the blank.

Yes, I am a certified old fart.” - Norman Moore, North Hollywood 

** Memories from KABC/KFWB
“Your site brings back many wonderful memories. Like Jack Hayes I was also young as an ABC network radio and tv announcer. When Don MacKinnon left KABC for KFWB, ABC West Coast pd Dresser Dalhstead told me I was going over to radio from tv to replace Don in KABC afternoon traffic and play records. I played records on the radio when I was 15 years old at WFMD, but now I was a network announcer.  I don't play records. His response, ‘get your ass over to radio and play those records or you ain't gonna be a network announcer. I became a dj and also did an ABC network radio show.  

Then the best thing in my broadcasting career was when Bob Forward offered me a job at KMPC, which was the most enjoyable 22 years in my life working for Gene Autry and the best group of radio people in the broadcasting business. Don going to KFWB started a whole new career for me.” – Roger Carroll 

** Bob Allen’s Life Saver
”Seems hard to believe but it's been one year since the doctors and surgeons at UCLA Medical Center saved my life. My operation was called a pericardiectomy. which is when the paracardium or sac around your heart is removed.  

Mine was extremely infected and inflamed and was causing complications affecting my liver as well. They almost thought they were going to have to do a heart transplant do to my heart stopping on one side after the initial operation, but by a miracle of God the heart started again. 

I was in ICU at UCLA from November 7, 2005 for about 2 weeks until they moved me to a regular room and was finally discharged on Thanksgiving day!!  Jeff Rollins, one of our Dial-Global [Westwood One] Adult Standards announcers picked me up in his BMW convertible on a beautiful warm Thanksgiving day and we headed up to Lake Elizabeth for a big feast with one of our engineers and his family. And, I'm heading up there again Thursday this time on my own for the festivities!

I had no appetite for almost 2 years due to my condition and lost quite a bit of weight as I continued to do so at my stay at UCLA. Now, I want to eat EVERYTHING in sight and my cardiologist is telling me to BACK OFF!!! I had to make room though for a belated birthday dinner which I celebrated with my cousin this past Sunday at Lawry's in Beverly Hills. It's my favorite restaurant in LA.

Many thanks as well to my co-workers as they raised funds to help me out at the beginning of the year while I was waiting for disability to kick in. I still have the get-well card signed from the likes of Jeff Gonzer, Bruce Chandler, Tony Scott, Gary Campbell, Rob Edwards and many others sitting on top of my entertainment center, that card still means a lot to me! We really have a great staff at Dial-Global! And, I'm really excited about being back on in LA through our Mainstream Country format on 540 & 1260!

Also, a big thanks to Bill Powers for updating everyone about my condition last year.

I've just finished going through some extensive physical therapy as well to correct a foot problem that was the result of the surgery and lying on my back for so long. I'm trying to get out now to walk and ride my bike since finishing the therapy. And I want to get out on the tennis court and start hitting some balls again.

All in all I won't soon forget what I went through and I can't recommend enough what a wonderful facility UCLA Medical Center and its doctors are. HEY, and they're on the AFTRA health plan!!!

Now, if someone out there can just turn me on to a good engineer that'll help get this ‘popper-stopper’ off my cane!!! (Photo)

It's great to be alive and I really DO have a lot to be thankful for!” - Bob Allen

Close Encounter of the LARP Kind 

(November 23, 2004) Jeff Gehringer (photo below) was pd at KKGO and KACD in the 1990s and he’s now an operations exec with the Art Astor Group. Last week Jeff was in New York and had a close encounter with the #1 LARP of 2004. His story: 

“This past summer, my wife and I decided to get away for a brief three-day stay in New York. In addition to visiting the Museum of Radio & Television and the new Times Square studios of most of the major networks, we requested tickets for Late Night with David Letterman. Tickets for the Letterman show are difficult to come by, so I was pleased when my ticket request was confirmed.

As the date of the taping drew closer, I was listening to Howard Stern one morning. To my surprise, he announced that he would be a guest on Letterman the night I was attending. I was ecstatic! I have always been able to see past the ‘Stripper antics’ of Stern, and appreciate the communicator he has become. From his divorce to the growing pains of raising three daughters, I have found him to be an insecure and surprisingly open broadcaster. My wife, on the other hand, was not happy. She only knows the Howard Stern that is broadcast on the E Channel! The tv show emphasizes only the sexual content of the show, and not the great interviewer and communicator Howard really is. Never the less, we took the red-eye to New York and attended one of the hottest tickets in New York. Stern on Letterman! 

The day in New York was crazy to begin with. Howard did a live stunt from Union Station at noon. He drew thousands of fans and passed out 500 Sirius radio systems.  Then, he passed out certificates to the remaining crowd for free receivers. The stunt seems odd, since it was still 14 months before Howard joins Sirius. But, Howard is known for announcing things too early.  

As we stood in line for the Letterman taping, many ‘suits’ were coming from the Union Station event.  I overheard one person talking about Mel Karmazin joining Sirius. I was stunned! This brought instant credibility to Sirius and one of the best minds in broadcasting to Satellite radio. Howard’s appreciation of Karmazin is no secret. Once he left Viacom, Stern said on the air that his days were numbered. 

Watching the Letterman show live is much like a pep rally. From the time we were in line until Dave comes out, CBS pages are trying to keep our energy up. Dave comes out a few minutes before the taping and speaks with the audience. I asked him when he was a disc jockey in Indiana if he ever did anything shocking. Dave said the only shocking thing he did was show up to the station sober. He said he was quite a drinker back then. He was playful and cynical with the crowd, and soon the show began. Howard had been hinting that a major bombshell might be announced on the Letterman show, but no such event.  Dave turned into a semi serious interviewer and asked many direct questions about the FCC and the process they use to fine broadcasters. 

Howard repeated many of the same claims he stated to FCC chairman Michael Powell on the Ronn Owens radio show a few weeks back. Howard said that his show is edited so much by executives using a dump button, his show sounds like Swiss cheese. He complained that shows he did two years ago are being fined by today’s ‘post-Super Bowl’ standards. Dave compared the infancy of Satellite radio to that of Cable television. Letterman said, ‘In the beginning, HBO had like two movies and they showed them over and over. Today, HBO rules the world!’ One encouraging comment Stern made was about the amount of jobs that will open up once Satellite radio becomes popular. Consolidation has hit many broadcasters hard. The addition of more jobs was an encouraging statement.  

Howard was a guest for three segments. Dave dropped the ‘Top Ten List’ segment for the show, plus deleted a comedy piece taped about the Clinton Library. During commercials, Dave and Howard joked together and seem very fond of each other. Dave was the first national show to feature Howard over 20 years ago, and Howard is very loyal. The tone of the interview was half information and half infomercial. I was surprised that Howard is putting such a ‘full court press” on getting Sirius radio14 months before he joins, and surprised Letterman allowed him to sell the satellite service so hard. In fact, before he broke for commercial, Letterman said, “We’ll be right back and sell some Satellite radios.” 

The Stern staff was in attendance, but they were backstage and not in the audience. Once Howard’s spot was done, Dave seemed troubled.  His producer brought a letter to his desk and he read it intently. I have no idea what it was, but the letter seemed to change his mood. The rest of the show was very straight. He just read the cue cards for musical guest Alanis Morissette and the show sign off. 

While this did not go down as one of Howard’s greatest moments on Letterman, it was informative. The buzz has started for his departure to Satellite radio and it remains to be seen if Viacom will allow the 2005 Stern show to be a year long Sirius commercial or not. I am not sure that very many broadcasters could have gone on tv and trashed their current employer as Stern did. Radio is notorious for not allowing air talent on the air after an employment change has been made. 

Seeing Howard Stern and David Letterman together was a joy. They are both survivors and unique communicators. It made a three-day stop to New York exciting and memorable. While Howard tried to convince people to listen to him on Sirius, he failed to convert one listener to Satellite. My wife still won't listen to Stern.” 

Rivers Dies. “Big Tom” Rivers died on Saturday after a short battle with cancer. He was 57. Tom was born Thomas Neil Loughridge, in Newberry, Michigan, on September 22, 1947. Tom, who stood 6 foot 8 inches, worked at KIQQ from 1974-76. He started his radio career in 1966 at WNBY-Newberry, Michigan. After a series of smaller markets, in 1969 he got to WKNR-Detroit and two years later was on CKLW-Detroit. He also worked for CHUM-Toronto, and KFRC and KYA-San Francisco. At KYA he was known as Mike Rivers/Rivers in the Morning. Since 1980 he has been in Canada working at CHUM, KFTR, CHOG and CJEZ. He had been working for a Talk station in Edmonton. He was 57. The following link offers some memoirs of him:

Sam Rubin Suspended. Sam Rubin, entertainment anchor for the KTLA/Channel 5 Morning News, was suspended yesterday over critical remarks he made about the new morning show production set, according to Fineman questioned the timing of the move since tv is in the critical sweeps rating period.

Let’s Go Truckin’. For the past six Novembers, KLSX has made a warm tradition of helping the community in a unique way by collecting canned goods for the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. The annual “Stuff-A-Truck” food drive provides an opportunity for listeners and others to contribute directly to reducing homelessness and hunger in our communities. 

The food drive was held simultaneously at two Los Angeles county locations, Pasadena and Encino and surpassed last year’s achievement by 200%, according to Nelson Salsa. “This year ‘Stuff-A-Truck’ raised 20,000 lbs. of non-perishable food for a retail value of $100,000. A notable contribution was made by the Krikorian Premiere Theater with a cash donation of $2,500 presented to KLSX on-air personality Leo Quinones of the Film Freak Show, heard Saturday nights. (Photo: Jeff & John, and Leo Quinones)

“We seem to be getting bigger and better at this food drive. I hope the families receiving these donations this holiday know that the community does care and that they are not alone,” said KLSX pd Jack Silver


Radio Stuff. Dr. Jenn Berman (left) joins Bradley for a relationship show at KYSR nightly at 10 p.m. for a couple of hours. Counter programming to the enormously successful “Loveline” at KROQ with Adam Carolla and Dr. Drew Pinsky?...Speaking of KROQ, the Kevin & Bean Christmas CD is out and available. 30 new cuts with Billy Idol, among others. Title of the CD? Xmas Time in the 909…KFI’s Phil Hendrie has another idea for a tv show…Robin Quivers, sidekick to KLSX’s Howard Stern, is shooting a pilot for a daily syndicated talk show featuring teens…The New York Post had a succinct thought about the new Dodger announcer: "Charley Steiner's a nice guy but a poor baseball play-by-player. That the Yanks, and now the Dodgers — storied franchises — would choose him to call their games is incredible."...Kim Serafin and Bruce Tennebaum met for the first time this morning as they started a week of fill-in on the KABC overnight "Red-Eye Radio" show. Weekender Serafin seemed surprised to learn that Bruce won the Talk Radio Idol competition earlier this year.

LARP Archives. November 23  

On this day in music and radio history: 

1889 - The first juke box, known as Nickel-In-The-Slot and using an Edison phonograph, is installed at the Palais Royal Saloon in San Francisco; it takes in $1000 in six months.
1964 - The BBC bans all Rolling Stones records after the group shows up late for an interview for the second time. 
1977 - KFOX drops its longtime country music format and becomes Christian KFRN, part of Family Radio Network; the station had begun as KFON in 1924.
1992 - Roy Acuff dies of heart failure at 89; joined the Grand Ole Opry in 1937 and formed Acuff-Rose music publishing company with Fred Rose in 1942. Among his hits were
Great Speckled Bird, Prodigal Son, Jole Blon, Tennessee Waltz, and Freight Train Blues. 

Born on this day: 

  • 1887 - Boris Karloff (born William Pratt)

  • 1888 - Arthur "Harpo" Marx

  • 1902 - Victor Jory

  • 1915 - Ellen Drew

  • 1928 - Jerry Bock (film composer)

  • 1931 - Gloria Lynne (born Gloria Alleyne)

  • 1934 - Michael Wayne (producer)

  • 1939 - Betty Everett

  • 1945 - Susan Anspach

  • 1945 - Steve Landesberg

  • 1951 - David Rappaport

  • 1954 - Bruce Hornsby

  • 1959 - Maxwell Caulfield

  • 1966 - Ken Block (Sister Hazel)

  • 1966 - Charlie Grover (Sponge)

  • 1967 - Salli Richardson

L.A. Radio Rewind: On this day in 1980, the top five songs on the KIIS/fm Hit List were (1) Lady by Kenny Rogers, (2) Together by Tierra, (3) He's So Shy by the Pointer Sisters, (4) Woman In Love by Barbra Streisand, (5) Master Blaster by Stevie Wonder 

KFI Outdoor Board on the 5 Freeway near Washington Blvd.

Fun Fun Fun. Ken Levine saw the Showtime documentary on Brian Wilson's making of Smile. “I know the guy who wrote and directed it, David Leaf,” emailed Ken Levine. “There was a Q&A afterwards that included Brian and Van Dyke Parks. The movie was fabulous, the Q&A enlightening, but the best part was afterwards when David introduced me to Brian. It was an incredible thrill. Truly one of my idols. I'm fortunate enough in my line of work to meet a lot of people and quite frankly I'm rarely really jazzed. But Brian Wilson - that was heavy. Real good vibrations.” 

New Dodger Announcer Announced. "The first voice I ever heard as a kid growing up was Vin Scully, as the voice of the Brooklyn Dodgers. Now when the Dodgers made the offer to join the organization, it was overwhelming. It is really humbling," said new Dodger announcer, Charley Steiner.

Funnie. What happened to the fly on the toilet seat? He got pissed off. (Mark & Brian, KLOS)

Happy Birthday: Steve Harvey, Don Reed, and Brian Sanders 


** Krystal Blue Persuasion
“So how does one get one of those Krystal Fernandez posters that you posted yesterday???” – Richard Wagoner 

** Calling All Letters
“I wanted to give you a little info on some call letters from the L.A. area that now appear in Sacramento.  Now THREE of them are currently in the Capital City.

Already mentioned in previous columns KFSG [formerly 1150 AM and 96.3 in L.A.] is now assigned to AM 1690 licensed to Roseville, a Northeast suburb to Sacramento. It is part of the Hi-Favor radio group which currently operates AM 1390 in the L.A. area and also AM 1240 in San Bernardino, which currently has the legendary KEZY calls. This is Spanish Christian programming.

KMAX [formerly 107.1/fm] is now the call letters for Channel 31 TV in Sacramento. This is owned by Paramount of Hollywood. KREL [formerly AM 1370 licensed to Corona, between Riverside and Anaheim] is now 92.1/fm licensed to Placerville [just East of Sacramento in the hills]. They call it KREL, ‘Real Country’ and it's a mix of current Country with the Country hits of the past decade or so. Their emphasis is Country Variety. It's a sister to another fm in a two station cluster owned by First Broadcasting, whose corporate offices are in Texas.

For the Thanksgiving message: Grateful to be healthy, to be of good mind, and still doing radio on the weekends. 

It's that time of the year again when the subscription renewals to LARadio are coming up. Last year you offered a package deal if we included a friend or two. I am willing to stand up at the plate and make my contribution[s]. You have THE BEST Radio Web site! The others are mostly music charts and the news, but yours has a much more personal touch. Yours is the one that keeps the archives and does Email Saturday. Yours is the one that gives a sense of community, a sense of family!! Yours is the ONE that allows dialogue to be done about what's good and what's not so good about the industry in today's world!!!

Thank you so much for the time you spend and the dedication that you personally put into Radio's Best Web Site!” -
Dave Paulson 

** Book Thaxton
“Note to Lloyd Thaxton: Finish your book, asap. Don, put me on the reserve list and ship my copy, UPS, the moment the ink is dry. The glory days are slipping from our grasp, so everyone must write, write, and write. If a book isn't on your agenda, make notes, record your thoughts and share, share, and share. Generations to be born yearn to know.” – Dr. George Pollard, Ottawa 

** Teens and Radio
“I asked my 25-year-old son [Ted drives a 2003 Ford Taurus] this morning: ‘Do you listen to AM radio in your car.’ His reply: ‘Never.’ 

I picked up on this because when I was in his car, the AM stations were not preset. 

My goodness how things have changed. When I was 25, my Chevy only had an

AM radio. What do we have? A lot of stations and talent and commercials that are never heard? I guess the question is: How do you get a new generation to tune into AM radio?” – Edward Ey, Claremont 

** Sports Road Block
“What is it that's so important that all three sports stations in L.A. [four counting AM 690] had the exact same show from 7 to 8 Saturday morning?  It must have been some very important announcement. Sports gambling. All three stations had the exact same Joe Wiz sports gambling show. Even Disney-owned AM 710. Give me a break.” - Steve Benoff 

** Mel’s First Day at Sirius
“I can guess what happened Friday during Mel Karmazin's first day at Sirius - the Human Resources people were let go, the janitorial service was discontinued, and employees found that pens and pencils would no longer be provided. Oh, and Mel probably wrote a memo delineating the new four day work week, which eliminates the full time benefits for people who used to work five day weeks." - Dan Avey 

** Local Home for Don Imus
Larry McBride should not call smaller stations ‘superfluous’ because they are the only stations that carry Don Imus. Mr. McBride and your other readers should know that listeners in the Riverside/San Bernardino area can hear Don Imus on KCAA 1050 AM.  According to Mr. McBride's definition, KCAA is a ‘superfluous’ little station but I feel I must defend it because I worked 10 years to put on the air.

Our superfluous little station also carries G. Gordon Liddy, Alex Jones, Chuck Harder, Al Franken, Barry Lynn, Randi Rhodes, and a locally produced weekday program  called ‘All Things Military.’ Curiously, none of these talk shows/programs are given voice by Los Angeles stations. Now, add local news and traffic, two hours of locally produced sports with remotes, a daily Jim Hightower commentary, Jack Perkins ‘Biography for Radio’ and an equally unique weekend line-up and in my opinion, KCAA is making the big talk stations in Los Angeles sound more and more ‘superfluous’ to listeners in the Inland Empire.

Oh, I almost forgot, you can hear KCAA on a 24 kb audio stream at and on free to air satellite AMC 4 transponder 6 audio 4 left. If all this makes us superfluous, we will gladly wear the title as a badge of honor.” - Fred Lundgren, KCAA ceo 

** Wonderful Waits
“What Guy Davis said is correct about Andy Waits. He's one of the most talented, prepared, and topical air personalities I've ever heard. And on top of that, he's a most wonderful person, a great family man, witty, and yet, very humble. He's one of the classiest people that ever spoke into a microphone. I compare him to the late great Brother John who I had the pleasure of working with at ‘K-Earth. P.S.: If KZLA is interested in a better book, Andy Waits is the man for you.” - Joe Daniels 

** Rabbi Embraces New Dodger Announcer
“Los Angeles is once again getting a great sportscaster. Charley Steiner is one of the best out there. Those who listened to Yankee games over the net knows exactly how good he is. If only the Dodgers can pick up players as good as their broadcasters, Los Angeles would compete again for the world series!” – Rabbi Mentz

LARPs: As we face daily challenges, what do you have most to be thankful for
as we approach this period of Thanksgiving?

Jack Hayes (ex-KFWB): This year, I'm thankful for another year of Patricia. She is ill and we don't know how much longer we have together.

I first met Patricia at CBS (6121 Sunset Blvd) in 1963 when I hung out there with Bruce Johnston and Terry Melcher in the Columbia Recording Studios. Patricia was a tall, statuesque and beautiful girl - but she was married and had a serious crush on Rick Nelson so nothing happened between us. But it didn't stop me from looking!!

In 1996 I moved back to L.A. from San Diego and ran into Patricia again. We will have been together eight years in January and I still love her like crazy. Every day Patricia makes me a better person. She is not only beautiful, but incredibly kind to everyone she encounters. We have a wonderful relationship filled with laughter every day.  

Last night is a good example as she wanted to go for a ride in our Corvette convertible. It was freezing cold outside and had rained the night before, but we bundled her up, took the top down and drove all over the valley laughing and smiling. Other drivers honked and Patricia said, "There goes another one who thinks we are nuts!"

During my radio career I've chased jobs, ratings, cars, boats, money, women and more women and I've been lucky enough to have had everything I've ever wanted. Right now the only thing I want is another day, week, month or year with the most beautiful human being in the world - my wife, Patricia.

And I'm extremely thankful for every minute we have.

David Wayne (KWVE) I am thankful for the God that loves me, provides for me, forgives me, and a job that I love doing. Now, pass the turkey, please! 

Bob "the bopper" O'Brien: During a period between successes, one really finds out who are the real friends. I find that I’m truly blessed with numerous true and real friends who are assisting me in the quest for my next adventure in radio. For that I am most thankful.

Jeff Garcia ("Power 106"): Most thankful for family, friends, my dogs, the ocean, and the fact I get paid to do what I love!

Pete Forgione: This month I turn 69 and I am still employed as morning man in Palm Springs and doing well in the ratings AND I seem to be in decent health. I am also Blessed with good friends. For these things and probably a lot more...I AM THANKFUL. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours also.

KFI Dedicates Tower to John Paoli 

(November 22, 2008)John Paoli was not only a friend, colleague, peer, engineer, husband, and son, but he was a good guy,” said Greg Ashlock, president of the Clear Channel/LA cluster and market manager. Earlier this week, Greg hosted a memorial luncheon at the Pickwick Garden Center in Burbank for almost 100 friends of the KFI engineer. John was responsible for spearheading the erection of the new KFI 50,000 watt tower that took four years to complete. The rebuilding project was needed after a plane struck the previous tower, causing it to collapse. (Photo: Starla Paoli and Greg Ashlock)

“John touched everybody in different ways but there was a common link. I think we would all agree that he had this positive nature about him,” Ashlock continued. “He always had a smile no matter what was going on. Even if there was a crisis from an engineering stand point or personnel, he always had a smile on his face. No matter what obstacles there were in front of him, he was calm and he was going to find a way to get it done. And that was the thing that stood out the most to me.” 

Ashlock knew John for the last nine years, but it wasn’t until four years ago that Greg  really got to know him personally during the tower erection period. “The KFI tower would not be up there today if it hadn’t been for John Paoli. We met with the people of the city of La Mirada who originally said they weren’t going to let us put that tower back up. We had to get by four months of that and then we dealt with the FAA for a couple of years. Next came the Department of Transportation. Every time you thought you had it taken care of things, there was another obstacle. Thank God that I had John there along with me.” 

1. KLAC gm/pd Don Martin, KFI pd Robin Bertolucci; 2. KFI afternooner John Kobylt;
3. Clear Channel engineer Tony Dinkel

“John left an indelible mark on people and he will be remembered for all of the contributions, both to our station and our cluster,” Greg said, “and because of the incredible work that he did at KFI and on that tower, I’d like to dedicate the tower to John Paoli.” Greg unveiled a bronze plaque that will be put up on the base of the tower. 

1. Marjorie and Bill Handel; 2. Orban's Greg Ogonowski; 3. KIIS chief engineer Mike Callaghan

KFI pd Robin Bertolucci was the next to address the group. From her conversations with Starla, John’s widow, the Paolis were involved in animal rescue efforts. John and Starla were dog lovers. With the blessing of Starla, Robin started a collection for the Amada Foundation. “The Foundation is here in Southern California and they really help the animals that have no other chance. These are animals that would otherwise be killed in shelters. They place a lot of animals into loving homes.” Robin presented a check to a rep from the Amanda Foundation on behalf of John Paoli for $1,200.

1. AirWatch's Don Bastida, Rosie Wedel, former KOST host Mike Sakellarides, KTLK gm John Quilan;
2. KFI news director Chris Little; 3. Clear Channel/LA head of engineering Terry Grieger

Bill Handel, morning host at KFI reiterated about how friendly Paoli was. “He was very proud of the fact that he was so good at what he did,” said Bill. “I’m going to miss the moments we had with John looking down over us and sort of being our engineering dad who always took care of us. We’re all going to miss him. I’m going to miss him.” 

1. Robin Bertolucci; 2. Crowd at Pickwick Center; 3. KFI's Jesus Christ aka Neil Saavedra

Afternoon co-host John Kobylt spoke to the fact that he had no idea how radio works. “All we know how to do is shout – real loud, in a room. If it wasn’t for someone like John, it would be two guys shouting at themselves and to this day I’ve read books and tried to have people like Paoli explain to me how me talking into a microphone ends up coming out of someone’s radio. I just don’t get it. It is a special language. You are just wired in a way that few others are wired. When something didn’t work, John was so comforting,” said Kobylt. 

Other friends shared a memory of working with John. Engineer Tony Dinkel remembered getting the call four years ago that KFI was off the air. “On my way to the tower I had no idea that I was going to have a disaster and two dead people laying on the ground,” said Tony.

Michelle Kube (l), morning show producer, recalled that no matter how many times she would ask Paoli a question or ask him to come fix something, “He never got mad at me. He always said, don’t worry, I’ll take care of it. I regret that I never went in there enough to tell him how much we appreciated him. He was the best and I’m going to miss him,” said Michelle. 

Starla Paoli ended the luncheon gathering with memories of being married to John. She talked of his sense of humor and all the good times they’ve had. They were together since the first day they met 16 years ago until the day he died. (Thanks to Paul Sakrison for providing some of the photos)

North by Northwest Numbers. The Seattle Fall '08 Arbitrends have been released:

1. KMPS (Country) 4.6 - 4.4
2. KISW (Active Rock) 3.8 - 4.2
3. KIRO (Talk) 3.7 - 4.1
    KOMO (News) 4.2 - 4.1
5. KRWM (AC) 4.0 - 3.9


Almost Acoustic Christmas. KROQ announces the lineup for its annual two-night "Almost Acoustic Christmas,” set for December 13-14 at the Gibson Amphitheatre. On Friday night, The Offspring and Stone Temple Pilots will headline the show, along with Rise Against, AFI, Staind, Three Days Grace, Slightly Stoopid and Hollywood Undead.

The second night lineup includes: The Killers, Death Cab for Cutie, Paramore, Franz Ferdinand, Scott Weiland, Snow Patrol, Vampire Weekend and the Cure.

LARP Rewind: November 22, 1995. Green Day lead singer Billie Joe Armstrong is cited for indecent exposure after dropping his pants at a concert at Mecca Auditorium in Milwaukee and mooning the crowd of 6000. He explained that he does that only if he feels the show is “mediocre.” Choosing to not disrupt the concert, Police Lieutenant Thomas Christopher waited until it was over and Armstrong was approaching his limo. Armstrong was fined $141.85. Green Day’s first six albums made the top ten. Number one songs on November 21, 1995 were Exhale by Whitney Houston (Hot 100, r&b), Check Yes Or No by George Strait (country), As I Lay Me Down by Sophie B. Hawkins (AC).

Melinda Lee’s Dome. Melinda Lee, host of the KNX Food News, will be appearing at the Farmer's Market tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. She was originally scheduled for last weekend but the fires postponed her appearance until tomorrow.

On her KNX show, Melinda gets very bizarre questions, but to the audience of bakers, very relevant. Daniel from Santa Monica is making a chocolate cake for the holidays and wondered if there was anything he could do to get the layers bake evenly.

“They dome up, right?” responded the food guru. “Reason the national order of things. The cake begins to cook on the outside and as it cooks on the outside and then you have a mountain. The trick is to get the batter to cook more evenly.”

Melinda said there is something called the Magic Cake Strip. “It is a strip of material just as tall as the cake pan and you wrap them around the cake pan after soaking them in cold water. It slows down the baking outside rim of the cake and rises flush. It’s a miracle.”

Tower of Power. KRLA is planning to build five new towers on a 73-acre plot owned by Salem Radio Properties in Covina. But the company has run into a buzz saw from community members, who are upset over a plan to install 285-foot radio towers in their hillside community.  

Each three-legged tower will have a medium intensity strobe light at the top to notify low-flying aircraft, according to a story in the Pasadena Star News. "I don't want to see red lights flashing at night," said Jean Mullens, who lives in the unincorporated Covina Highland area between Grand Avenue and Forest Lawn Covina Hills. "This is one of the last preserved open spaces we have here in the San Gabriel Valley." 

The land is bordered by Walnut, Covina and West Covina. Residents recently launched five weather balloons about 285 feet in the sky to give neighbors a first-hand look at the space the towers would take up.  

The county has received nearly 200 letters in opposition to the project, including letters from the West Covina and Walnut city councils, according to Anita Gutierrez, a regional planner with the county.

Thanksgiving Needs. On Wednesday, November 26th, Friends Church of Yorba Linda and the Summit House Restaurant will sponsor a Thanksgiving Eve Dinner for the families who lost their homes and the firefighters and police department personnel who  so courageously helped in the Triangle Complex Fire,” emailed Sharon Reardon. Dinner will be served from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Summit House Restaurant, 2000 E. Bastanchury Road, Fullerton.

Sharon continued: "We are asking for donations in the form of gift cards, clothes, and toys are for the fire victims. These may be dropped off at the Summit House Restaurant noon to 8 p.m. daily or at the Friends Church Office [18637 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda] Monday and Tuesday, November 24-25. For further information please call 714.455.4209."

Hear Ache. With Emmis selling off the last of its 16 tv stations, wonder if that is $$ they’re using for the radio division? … Dais for today’s Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon saluting Vin Scully includes: Tommy Lasorda, Ned Colletti, Jaime Jarrin, Tommy Hawkins, Charley Steiner, and AC Lyles. PPB president Chuck Southcott said that former Dodger owner Peter O’Malley will be attending the luncheon. Jonathan Winters is expected to surprise the group. 

LARP Photo Gallery

Rod Lurie, former entertainment talk show host at KABC, has written and directed several films,
 along with the tv series, Commander-In-Chief that starred Geena Davis.


Renewing Their Vows. CRN Digital Talk Radio (CRN) and Salem Radio Network (SRN) have extended their programming partnership, which allows CRN to continue syndicating SRN talent nationally via cable and satellite television. The newly signed agreement extends the relationship between the companies through 2011.  

“It is such a pleasure to continue our partnership with SRN,” said Michael Horn, president/ceo of CRN Digital Talk Radio. “Their talent is among the best in the business and our cable customers love listening!” 

CRN distributes the complete Salem feed on CRN 3 in HD audio. Bill Bennett, Mike Gallagher, Hugh Hewitt, Michael Medved, Dennis Prager, and others can now be accessed in the audio package on listener’s cable lineup, usually found right after the Music Choice channels. 

Funnie. Again, readers of responded with some very cute captions to our Funnie Feline caption contest. Which do you think is the best? Just email and put the number of your choice in the subject line.

1. “Huh? Yeah ... whatever, Delilah. Just shut up – I’m trying to listen to Jackson Browne!” “Don Burns hard at work.”
2. Puss in booth.
3. “WBAI, we're cat-atonic!”
“Ooh! Purr-fect segue”
“Cat on the hot tin roof.”
“In a move to cut costs, the owner fires a loyal, popular, hard-working, and dependable jock of 10 years and brings in his cat to do overnights.”
“Paws that refreshes.”
8. “KATT/fm (FM stands for Feline Music with a playlist of The Pussycat Dolls, Cat Stevens, Sailcat, Kitty Wells, ‘Tabby’ Gibson, Eek-A-Mouse, Ratt, and The Byrds – On KATT-FM, you'll NEVER hear Three Dog Night, The Spaniels, The Pointer Sisters, or Joe Cocker.)”
9. “I'm glad I looped Cat’s in the Cradle by Harry Chapin enough times for a short cat nap.”
10. “Just like this cat – in radio you too need 9 lives.”
“...all THE CATS wail and blow on the Bill Ballance show...”
“Is radio also on its 9th life?”
“UMMMMM … Charlie Tuna ....I will get to that spider on the wall later.”
“Every Overnight DJ's Dream.... Pussy On The Control Board”
15. “Jim Ladd is one cool cat. Is that purr-fect?”
16. Somebody has to dust the board if engineering won't.
17. Well it could be a ground loop, but I swear it sounds like someone left a mic open on a purring cat.
18. ELO uses cat gut in their string section? I gotta hear this.
19. The production director returns from another liquid lunch.
20. Sound engineer 'Matilda' goes for a 'fluffy-fuzzy' effect on the lead guitar tracks.
21. The RCA dog listens for his master's voice. The Sennheiser kitty listens for the lunch bell.
22. This ain't no party. This ain't no disco. This ain't no litter box. Get that @#%!!! off the mixing board.
23. Proof that we never look the way we sound: Danny Bonaduce on the air.
24. "CAT" napping to the smooth and relaxing sounds of WBAI-FM.
25. Broadcasting has come a long way from the early days of cat-whisker radios.


LARPs: This is a very difficult time in the country and in radio.
Perhaps to give hope to others, in the spirit of Thanksgiving what are you thankful for?

Pat Matthews: Simply, I’m thankful for my family…and Internet Radio! 


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** Appreciate of People Who Give in Difficult Times
“We are so grateful for your generous coverage of our efforts to help the community. It is always heartwarming to see people respond when others are in need, whether it’s the donation of penny jars-to people dropping off huge checks. It’s fantastic to be witness to the best in people. 

Our partners in this effort have been most gracious in working together as a team. Garth Kemp, a KLOS alum, is always supportive of our entire airstaff and everyone at ABC Channel 7 have been so wonderful to work with. Our sister station KABC is terrific. And hats off to the indomitable Nelkane Benton who has that rare gift of being able to mobilize the entire Southland on a moment's notice!

To you and yours we wish a joyous and healthy holiday season! We are grateful for our listeners, our friends, our families and our many supporters in the broadcast community! We are fortunate, indeed!” – Cynthia Fox, KLOS

** Reaction to John Tobin’s Recollections of KFRC-San Francisco
“Actually I was living in Sausalito during the period mentioned and my house was just up the hill from Les Garland on San Carlos St., who was then a friend and new neighbor. I think my business partner at the time Gary Davis or Johnny Barbis helped locate Garland’s house when he moved to the area, I believe from Boston [not sure], to pd KFRC, in fact I could see his roof from my deck.  

I had just flown into SFO from a Tom Petty gig somewhere and called Dave Sholin. He was in his car driving home from the airport [SFO] at the same time as myself in the evening and he was distraught at the news of Lennon, which he had just learned from listening to the radio! He told me that he in fact did do the last interview at the studio with Lennon, and in fact had dropped him off at the Dakota following the interview and continued on in the limo to JFK to return home.  Which would of course put the ‘Duke’ even closer to the awful event that transpired only moments later. At least that is exactly how I remember it. 

I was pretty good friends with Bob Hamilton when he was at K-EARTH and I was at ABC and Motown. Bobby played a lot of records for me and we paled around a bit. He had the most awesome train collection in his home in North Hollywood and they were all on this very elaborate set-up that ran all through his house. Constant choo-choo’s everywhere! Bobby returned to the Bay area in the mid/late 80’s. 

But those 70’s were really something special in the ‘biz’. There was a sense of happening, and, if you’ll pardon the cliché, ‘good-vibration.’ It seemed to me a kind of birthing time. I felt very alive and it sure as hell felt good. The music scene would never be the same! What a time! And KFRC was the center of the earth! 

Augie Blume and Gary Davis were pretty good friends and while I met Augie a few times, we were not.  I was the rookie in town, so to speak. Gary had just left Warner Brothers Records as vp and on the rebound heading to ABC, where of course my lush life in Sausalito ended and I pounced on New Orleans and eventually L.A. 

All those incredible people who lived and played in and around Marin County, and the Bay area in general was in some ways were like living at the circus for me. Every day was an event. Now that KFRC is gone it truly is a sign off of those times. 

I told you when I first heard Woodland Hills Radio that it reminded me of KFRC. Keep the flame burning!” – Bud Samuels, Woodland Hills 

** Love Popejoy
“I loved the Overheard from Jack Popejoy:

Along with Penny Griego, I’m Chopped Liver.’ [KFWB anchor Jack Popejoy, after his colleagues fussed over an item about People’s “Sexiest Man of the Year”] 

Jack moved from award-winning newsman to join the amazing ‘revolving door of pd’s’ at KPOL/KZLA in 1977 and 78 under Cap Cities.   

He’s one of L.A.'s very finest radio journalists, a ‘10’ on the Richter scale of earthquake experts, and one of the funniest 'dry' humorists on the air. And that line proves it. I learned a lot from Jack as my boss, and I’m not surprised he's survived all the shake-ups with his hard work and talent.” – Mike Sakellarides 

** Birthday Mentions
“Happy birthday [belated 11.14] to one of my mentors Manny Pacheco, and Happy birthday [11.21] to a guy and mentor, who helped get my start in the biz – Mucho Morales! Thanks guys for all you've taught me!” – Vic Slick, afternoons KOLA 99.9

Frosty, Heidi & Frank Voted Most Listened to Midday Show 

(November 21, 2007) For the past nine years at the end of the year readers of have participated in a poll reporting their listening habits. And for the fifth year in a row the KLSX noonday trifecta of Frosty Stilwell, Heidi Hamilton, and Frank Kramer have been voted the most listened to midday show. Close to 300 readers of LARadio responded. The free-form flow of consciousness, a lunch time relief from the mostly political offerings down the dial has been a solid favorite with readers of the site. The complete Top 10, as voted by you:

1. Frosty, Heidi & Frank (KLSX)
2. Dr. Laura Schlessinger (KFI)
3. Sean Hannity (KABC)
4. Rush Limbaugh (KFI)
5. Michael Medved (KRLA)
6. Loose Cannons (Steve Hartman, Mychal Thompson, Vic the Brick, KLAC)
7. Michael Jackson (KKGO)
8. KNX
10. Bill O’Reilly 

KGIL Expands. Lars Larson, 30-year radio veteran who is heard on over 100 stations, joins KGIL 1260AM from 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. “We couldn’t be more thrilled to welcome Lars to the new KGIL,” stated Saul Levine, owner and gm at KGIL. “The addition of his proven broadcasting talent epitomizes the balanced perspective we’re looking to present.”

“I'm excited to be on board with a great Los Angeles radio station,” says Lars.  “I'm going to take a lot of phone calls and talk about a lot of issues from the Southland.”  Larson, who attended Highland Park Elementary School, added: “It's great to be on the air in a town I used to call home."

When Lars begins next week, Saul Levine's 540AM will simulcast with 1260AM, which will appease some of those in Orange County who haven't been able to hear the station. The new KGIL schedule will be:

6 a.m. - Wall  Street Journal Morning Edition
7 a.m. -
Neal Boortz
9 a.m. - Michael Jackson
11 a.m. - Dr. Drew Pinsky
1 p.m. - Dr. Joy Browne
3 p.m. - Lars Larson
5 p.m. - Michael Jackson
7 p.m. - Larry King Live
8 p.m. - The Great American Songbook

Ziegler Returns to KFI. Tomorrow night, John Ziegler will be a guest on George Noory's 'Coast to Coast AM' discussing the John Kennedy assassination. Ziegler exited his KFI evening show earlier this month after four years with the station. Noory's show airs at 10 p.m. each weeknight at 10 p.m.

Ziegler made the announcement on his Web site. He went on to announce: "Obviously there is a LOT that happened at KFI that I have not yet been able to talk about [many of you have asked about John Kobylt's role in all of this and I plan to address that very interesting issue in great detail]. I anticipate that I may be able to be far more free about the full truth of all of this sometime soon. I will alert the mailing list when/if that finally happens," wrote Ziegler.

Hear Ache. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host this year’s Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve. Christina Aguilera and Rascal Flatts will perform live from Times Square. This is Clark’s 36th year hosting … Don Imus’ WABC-New York debut in early December (no station in L.A. has signed on) will be simulcast on RFD-TV, a cable channel best know for such fare as The Cattle Show and National Tractor Pulling ... The WGA's CBS negotiating committee will meet after Thanksgiving to determine the next course of action ... Sam Phillips and Arsenio Hall are subbing for Conway & Whitman at KLSX this week ... Enjoy your holiday and will return on Monday.

Parks Passes. Annette Parks, Jr., former San Francisco radio broadcaster and daughter of the late broadcasting pioneer Bert Parks, died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on October 27 of complications following spinal surgery. Annie was a news editor, reporter and anchor at KCBS (AM) in the early 1980s. In 1984, she helped launch "Hot Hits" KITS/fm, now known as "Live 105," serving as the station's first news director. She later worked as a news anchor at the short-lived free-form rock station, KKCY ‘The City.’ Before moving to San Francisco, she worked as a videographer and technician at KABC/Channel 7, where her work earned a "Golden Mike" award from the Radio/Television News Association of Southern California.  


Thanksgiving Specials. “Eat all the turkey and fixin's you want, but leave room for a rock and roll dessert!” emailed KLOS’ Gary Moore. “I'm hosting two tasty, tryptophan-free specials on KLOS Thanksgiving night. At 8 p.m. we'll get the Led out again with a 1-hour look inside the reissue of Led Zeppelin's The Song Remains The Same movie and soundtrack. Along with some outstanding live Led, we've got fresh new interviews with Jimmy Page and  John Paul Jones - and yes, we do ask if they'll be touring after the reunion show December 10th. At 10 p.m. we misty mountain hop up the coast – and back 40 years –  for "The Jimi Hendrix Experience Live at Monterey: American Landing."  It's an audio document of Jimi's U.S. debut during the summer of love at the Monterey International Pop Festival. Must-hear interviews, incredible music, peace, love, wacky tobaccy - it's all there! AND Cynthia Fox has two AMAZING specials of her own with The Police at 11 p. m. and Queen at midnight! Special holiday meals deserve special....uh...specials! It's the reason Al Gore invented Thanksgiving!”

Retro Memories. KTLA is still celebrating its 60th anniversary year this weekend with a  60-hour Retro Marathon beginning Friday night at 10 p.m. and continuing until Monday at 10 a.m.  

The marathon kicks off with the Prime News followed by "retro" news stories. Some of the programming as described by the KTLA/Channel 5 programming people: 

LARP Rewind (researched and presented by Steve Thompson): November 21, 1938. WBOE is licensed to the Cleveland Board Of Education as the nation's first non-commercial radio station, broadcasting with 500 watts at 41.5 mHz. Several frequency changes and power increases followed. By 1977 the station was 50,000 watts at 90.3 and was on from 6 am to midnight seven days a week. After financial problems forced WBOE off the air in 1978, Cleveland Public Radio acquired the license and in 1984 put the station back on the air as WCPN, a National Public Radio affiliate with a mix of news, talk, and jazz. The top three songs on November 21, 1938 were Begin The Beguine by Artie Shaw, Heart & Soul by Larry Clinton & Bea Wain, and Boogie Woogie by Tommy Dorsey.  

Birthdays, November 21, 2007: Marlo Thomas (69), Juliet Mills (66), Dr. John (65), Harold Ramis (63), Goldie Hawn (62), Lonnie Jordan (War, 59), Alphonse Mouson (59), Livingston Taylor (57), Lorna Luft (55), Brian Ritchie (Violent Femmes, 47), Nicollette Sheridan (44), Björk (42), Chauncey Hannibal (BLACKstreet, 39), Kelsi Osborn (SheDaisy, 34), Jena Malone (23). 

Phoenix Hot Spots. The Phase 1 of the Fall ’07 Arbitrend has been released and the top 5 stations are:

1. KFYI (Talk) 6.0 - 5.8
2. KOOL (Adult Hits) 5.2 – 5.2
3. KNIX (Country) 3.9 – 4.3
4. KESZ (AC) 4.4 – 4.2
5. KHOT/KHOV (Spanish) 5.1 – 4.0 

Live or Memorex? Ed Mann remembers watching the Greaseman when he came here to LA. It was one of Ed’s one of the highlights of watching something or someone working in the moment. “I also remember being in studio with John Landecker while doing his afternoon show at WLS and being in the audience for Johnny Carson's 14th Anniversary Tonight Show in the 70's, the one when ‘Carnac’ fell on the desk and it fell into splinters,” said Ed. “If it's live, I gotta say Don Rickles. There's a gun pointed to my head right now; I have to say that.” 

1st Annual "Flying Turkey Awards" - Nominees for the Worst Fowl-ups in Local Radio

CBS Radio, for rewarding KRTH gm Maureen Lesourd, who'd just witnessed her station K-EARTH break into the top five, by "consolidating" her position (along with KNX / KFWB gm Pat Duffy), leaving the luckless Lesourd unemployed. Imagine what would have happened if Lesourd's station was sinking!

Emmis Broadcasting, for simultaneously owning both one of the best and one of the most challenging  stations in town. While KPWR continues to draw huge (or should we say "big," in honor of their morning show) numbers, Power 106's sibling - KMVN - has been disappointing at best. Will moving the re-imaging as a 70s and 80s work?

John Ziegler, former KFI night talker, for helping the talk radio leader find ways to get Ziegler out of the station's domain. The parting may have been mutual and amicable, but only one side may be regretting this decision.

KLAC, for continuing to rock their own boat with unsuccessful morning efforts. Roggin and Simers Squared needed only to improve the numbers from the 0.2 left behind by Mancow. By the time the morning trio closed their morning battle in October, their latest book scored an equally unimpressive number. The station was smart to keep Fred Roggin on their payroll. One wonders however whether the local audience has heard the last of - not father T. J. - but daughter Tracy Simers, or does the latter return back to the exciting world of accounting?

In the "BIG mistake - or not" category, 104.3 makes the conversion from K-BIG to "MY/fm." Valentine moves in from sister station KYSR, longtime LARP Charlie Tuna gets canned.

Bob Harvey gets himself chewed out by the Los Angeles Dodgers for being too critical about the Dodgers on KFWB's post-game Dodger talk. By the end of the season, two things were gone - the Dodgers from KFWB and the team's post-season playoff chances.

Funnie. Jim Hawthorne: HIStory. (Originally published November 24, 2004.) On this week of Thanksgiving, I would be remiss if I didn't mention the most famous radio Thanksgiving promotion in history, and it wasn't even at a real radio station. It took place at the fictional rock station of the 1978-82 CBS television series, WKRP In Cincinnati. Gordon Jump played the general manager, Arthur Carlson.  Other stars included Gary Sandy, Tim Reid, Frank Bonner, Howard Hesseman, Jan Smithers, and Loni Anderson. The 1978 Thanksgiving episode is consistently voted the favorite by fans. In it, news director Les Nessman, played by Richard Sanders, is on the air describing WKRP's publicity stunt – a helicopter is flying above Cincinnati, towing a banner that says "Happy Thanksgiving From WKRP." A flock of turkeys is dropped from the 'copter. Of course turkeys can't fly, and a panicky Nessman wails, "Oh, the humanity!  The turkeys are hitting the ground like sacks of wet cement!  Not since the Hindenburg tragedy has there been anything like this!”  Station manager Mr. Carlson brushes the incident off by explaining, "As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly." 

LARPs: What or who is the greatest love of your life? And why? 

Ken Sparkes: Greatest love? My work! 

It has opened up horizons that I never thought possible. Yes there are tough times but that goes with the nature of the beast.  

Work is where I get my greatest sense of personal fulfillment and it's is always there for me. A place I can go to and enjoy by myself, a safe haven away from family, friends and foes. Nowadays relationships and families break up so easy but my work is always there. 

That's why the word retirement does not exist in my vocabulary, besides now that I'm past the age of solid motor sport competition, I think golf is boring and will only stop when they zip me up in a body bag! 

The world is a magnificent stage and I love being one of the performers. 

Work...I love it! 

Glynnis Walker: Well it may not be romantic but the greatest love of my life is my children. 

Bill Earl: The greatest love of my life is my wife Rosemary (l). It is because of her strength and emotional foundation that I have achieved the kind of life I enjoy today.

My life would be no where near the way it is today if I had never met her. I look back to those years before I met her as very empty. It will be 22 years next April of us being together. I let her know these words and thoughts every day in our pillow talk.


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** Local Union Affiliates
“Your emailed headlines implied that KFWB was a part of the Writer's Guild vote for a strike authorization. In reality, KFWB newswriters are not represented by the Writer's Guild, but rather by AFTRA. In fact, part of what CBS is seeking to do is to weaken the presence of the WGA by allowing AFTRA writers from KFWB to cross over to KNX and write there...for considerably less money then KNX writers currently make. This demand, from which CBS refuses to retreat, is part of the reason why an overwhelming majority of the WGA writers rejected the CBS package. Their plan is merely step one toward the ultimate goal of running the Writers' Guild out of CBS News.

I asked one AFTRA writer at KFWB if their union had advised them not to cross over to KNX in the event of a strike. I was told that the only guidance they have received from AFTRA is the request to notify them if CBS asks them to engage in any strike-breaking. It sounds like a very soft admonition.

It does not surprise me that over 80 percent of those voting supported a strike authorization. I attended some of the negotiations between the WGA and CBS management back when both sides were still talking. The company's attitude was downright mean-spirited and insulting, implying that KNX writers were less than professional and were little more than children who needed to be supervised by someone not of their own ranks, this in support of their effort to pull the producers out of the WGA entirely. Given the fact that morale at KNX is the lowest in its history under its current management, it would not surprise me if 100% of the writers there had voted to authorize a strike.” –
Steve Marshall 

** Earlier Email
“1.  Regarding Chuck Southcott's comments on Chick Watkins and Adult Standards.  In my opinion Chuck Southcott should be programming an Adult Standard Station in Los Angeles. His track record at both KGIL and KMPC speak for themselves. Image Adult Standards on fm. Come on you stations that are on the fm band with a 1.0 and lower, give Chuck a call and let him help you. It wasn't that long ago that both KJOI AND KBIG were in the top 10 and playing Adult Standards.
2.  Brian Roberts in his comments said it's the music. There is a missing link on the fm band. That's the music of the 50's, where is it? Elvis, Little Richard, and the list goes on. When he mentioned the list of jocks that played this music, they are missing too! Johnny Hayes, Mucho Morales and Humble Harve, all belong back in Los Angeles playing the music we grew up with! They all did it with KRLA in the 80's and the ratings were good too!  I'm sure Brian Roberts would enjoy being a part of it too!” –  
Johnny St. Thomas 

** Hawthorne’s Radio Nonsense
“With all due respect to Chuck Southcott, perhaps he was a tad young to understand the tremendous impact of Jim Hawthorne's KXLA program to the youth of Los Angeles. All the things Chuck mentions about the tv program were part of Hawthorne's radio nonsense. The difference is, we had to visualize what he was doing.  

One of my brothers had the extreme honor of winning a Hawthorne contest to name his proposed Five Lane Canal to Omaha. The high point of our lives was having Hawthorne come to our house to pick up my brother to participate in his program that night.  

Radio Rules.” – Laura Vance, Saugus

Doug McIntyre Most Listened To In Morning Drive

(November 20, 2014) The results of the 16th annual Listener Poll are in. The voting this year reflects tumultuous and turbulent patterns. Not only are readers of LARadio finding other platforms in which to listen to their favorite shows, but they are sharing their listening habits with multiple hosts on multiple stations, mostly due to excessive commercial loads heard on terrestrial radio.

In morning drive, more readers of listen to Doug McIntyre in the Mornings with Terri-Rae Elmer on KABC than any other personality or station. A VERY close second was KFI’s Bill Handel. One reader offered, “Sometimes I’m up at 5, so then it would be Gary Hoffmann. When I start at 6, it is a revolving dial of Handel, Kevin & Bean and Heidi & Frank.”

Another reader listed Travis Rogers on KLAA when the Angels season is in gear.

The survey also demonstrated that when flipping goes on, it is not just within the same format. A Long Beach reader switches between KROQ’s Kevin & Bean and KRLA’s The Answer. Another reader makes the flip between KFI’s Handel and Morning Edition on KCRW or KPCC depending on what the news is that day. And a Huntington Beach listener goes between KSPN’s Colin Cowherd and The Answer.

A Valley reader is impressed with Uncle Joe Benson on 100.3/The Sound. “He has been a consistent air talent for decades now and he is so relatively low-key that you don’t really recognize the polish in his on-air performance.”

Even though voters were not encouraged to make any comments, many were not shy in voicing their opinions. “I used to listen to Handel, but it got repetitive and boring,” wrote one voter. In choosing McIntyre, another reader wrote: “I most enjoy his humor and intellect.” And another former fan of KABC from Culver City emailed: “I used to listen to KABC mornings but can’t stand the commercial load, so have switched to music or tv.”

Top 10 Morning Drive Personalities favored by readers of

1. Doug McIntyre (KABC)

2. Bill Handel (KFI)

3. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

4. Vicky Moore & Dick Helton (KNX)

5. Gary Bryan (KRTH)

6. Joe Benson (100.3/The Sound)

7. Colin Cowherd (KSPN)

8. Big Boy (KPWR)

9. The Answer (KRLA)

10. Howard Stern (Sirius/XM)

Runner-ups in alphabetical order: Dennis Bartel (KUSC); Glenn Beck (KEIB); Jason Bentley (KCRW); Jesse Duran & Irma Blanco (KOLA); Carson Daly (AMP Radio); Nic Harcourt (KCSN); Heidi & Frank (KLOS); Rick Marino (KHAY); Marques Johnson & Jeanne Zelasko (KFWB); Morning Edition (KCLU, KPCC); Murphy & Kim (XHPRS); Mitch Lewis (KAJR); Dan Patrick (KLAC); David Perry (KTYD); Pat Prescott (KTWV); Travis Rogers (KLAA); SiriusXM Country; Valentine (MY/fm); and Mark Wallengren (KOST)

LARadio Rewind: November 20, 1994. Bruce Hayes, one of KFWB’s original “Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen,” dies of cancer at 67. Born in Dallas, Hayes attended a broadcasting school and began in radio at KRIS in Corpus Christi. He jocked at Dallas Top 40 stations WRR in 1955 and KLIF, 1956-57.

On January 2, 1958, program director Chuck Blore transformed KFWB into Top 40 “Color Radio, Channel 98” and Hayes became the morning show host. Hayes’ wife, Bea Shaw, provided traffic reports and was known as the Tiger Lady for always greeting Bruce with a sexy-sounding “Hello, Tiger.” Hayes and Shaw also wrote and produced radio and tv commercials. Hayes left KFWB in February 1961 and was replaced by former 9-to-midnight jock Bill Ballance. Hayes worked at KDAY in 1962 and KHJ in 1963-64 before spending two more years at KFWB. He briefly worked at KFI in 1969.

Hayes’ familiar sign-off was “Excelsior!”




We GET Email …

** Herrera Teacher

“I really enjoyed your showcase of former Fullerton College radio personality Stew Herrera. He is the real deal. Very proud to have been a part of his learning process at FC’s KBPK. It was easy to see that he had the skills and the attitude to be successful.

It is great to know that Stew and our other former KBPK students such as Bill Thomas at KABC, Christina Kelley at K-EARTH, Rob Frasier, Lisa Osborne and Jim Governale and other former KBPK students have become top-tier LA Radio people. And their success has confirmed that our on-air training program was worth the journey.” – Jim Bain

** College Mate of Stew’s

“Great career Stew Herrera has had!

We went to the same college, Fullerton College. I also worked on KBPK. It was a strange time at K-OCEAN when Lawrence Tanter was there. Wasn’t sure what format we were then. We played songs from the 60s through the 80s. When Lawrence came along we started sounding like The Quiet Storm, the music of KUTE mixed in. I was still doing overnights at that time.” – Dale Berg -

** Love Working with Stew

“Working with Stew Herrera is one of the highlights of my day, which pretty much tells you what my days are like. Seriously, he’s THE BEST at what he does. And what he does goes way beyond imaging and production. People with Stew’s talents are one in a gazillion and we're lucky to have him.” – Gary Moore

** Worked with Charles Arlington

“Thanks for the article on Charles Arlington. I met many celebrities during those three years in Hollywood. I consider Charles to have been one. He was like a father, brother, son, to almost everyone he met. I never met anyone who wasn’t impressed by his unassuming attitude, and his quiet, kind of off-beat sense of humor. I admit, without apology, that I emulated much of his personality in my later year’s mic-side.” – Hal Swift

** Arlington & Olden

“I loved working with Charles Arlington while we were at KLAC.

He was the fastest two-fingered typist I ever saw!

If things got dicey towards the deadline for air – perhaps a late breaking story coming in – Charlie would bellow for all to hear, ‘Things have come to a pretty pass ... The deep river boys are wallowing in shallow water!’

We knew then, upon hearing that, that Charles was feeling pretty confident about making the newscast on time.

What a guy!” – Paul Olden, NY Yankees PA Announcer 

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