April Articles and Emails

LARadio Preserved in eBooks 

(April 30, 2013) When LARadio closed down as a full-service website last fall, the challenge was what to do with the rich archive of information, stories, articles, and profiles. One of the options was to turn some of the more popular material into eBooks that would serve as a repository to preserve this history. Today, I am launching a 10 eBook series beginning with Volume 1 – “Secrets of Selling.” 

The first volume features three compelling stories. The thread that weaves through each narrative is the basic instinct to sell. Each account takes us on a very different journey, yet all conclude with lessons that have changed the history of LARadio.

·         Wally Clark, former general manager at KIIS, promised KIIS would be the first station to crack the $1 million mark in sales for a single month. He takes us back to his early selling days, convincing markets to carry braunsweiger meats. Clark later parlayed his experiences to accept the challenge of taking a dysfunctional KIIS (#22 when he started) to incredible heights. Wally also reflects on working with two radio icons – Howard Stern and Rick Dees – who continue as friends today.

·         Norm Epstein got his first radio sales job by proclaiming, “I’ll be your best salesman or fire me.” Not only did he become the best salesman the first month he went to work, Norm became the successful general manager and owner of several Los Angeles radio stations. His creativity and selling techniques propelled him to a spot of being admired and envied by those who worked with him. Norm finds himself fondly remembered by those in LARadio who got to watch his meteoric rise.

·         For decades, George Green was the storied general manager of iconic KABC. He took the radio station from its early struggles with the advertisers who didn’t understand Talk Radio to a place of appointment listening that revolutionized the talk business and took 790 to the pinnacle of success.

You will be inspired by these stories of success. The first volume is now ready to be downloaded from Amazon.com. Just click the artwork for more information.  

The New Martoni’s? Kevin Gershan is a producer at Entertainment Tonight. In radio he has been involved in numerous projects, including producer of the Robert W. Morgan show at a number of stations. He has an idea about keeping radio people plugged in:



If you were involved in Radio or Records in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s you probably have been or knew of Sal’s Martoni Restaurant on Cahuenga Boulevard in Hollywood. Anyone who was anyone in the business went there to drink, eat and be seen. People like Bill Drake, Ron Jacobs, Robert W. Morgan, The Real Don Steele, Chuck Blore, B. Mitchel Reed, Joe Smith, Wally Heider, Clive Davis, Lou Adler, Herb Alpert and so many more. Stars like Frank Sinatra, Dean Marin, Nat King Cole, Glen Campbell, Johnny Mathis and countless others. It was a place where people felt a sense of community, to share stories and talk about the business they love. Where they’ve been, how they got there and where they would like to be.  


Shortly after the 1994 earthquake, the restaurant was deemed unsafe and never reopened.  Since then, there has never really been anywhere to take its place. 


I decided, a few years back, that it would be nice if a new restaurant could fill that void. I started making it a ritual that on Thursday nights I would hang out at one of my favorite restaurants, Le Petit Chateau, in North Hollywood, just North of Universal Studios. Le Petit Chateau is one of those ‘secret spots’ that you may have driven by a million times, but have never gone inside. The menu is Classic French, with a delectable array of steaks, seafood and homemade desserts. It is far from the pretentious Beverly Hills eateries, in fact, you feel like you are dining in someone’s home, and every morsel of food I ever had there was delicious. I’ve been going there since I was five years old and even had my first ‘legal’ drink at their bar.


Christiane and Andrew Higgs have owned Le Petit Chateau for 27 of its 49 year history and take great pride in emphasizing not only quality prepared food, at a fair price, but also top-notch service. This combination of food and service is what contributed to Le Petit Chateau's winning the prestigious Dirona award in 1996…and every year since.  So if you are a foodie, this is your spot. If food is the secondary reason you went to Martoni’s, Le Petit Chateau is no different.  On any given night, you never know whom you might run into. During his time as the ‘King Of Late Night’ Johnny Carson, Ed McMahon and Doc Severinsen came there virtually every weeknight after the show. The restaurant is frequented by both old and new Hollywood. Regulars included everyone from Bob & Dolores Hope and Garry Marshall to Jerry Lewis, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, Jay Leno, Andy Garcia and so many more.


Now, on Thursday nights (5 – 8 p.m.+), it has become an eclectic group of industry professionals, who want to recapture a little of the Martoni magic. The group usually consists of some of my friends and associates from Entertainment Tonight at CBS Television Distribution, as well as names from the voiceover world like Peter Cullen, Frank Welker, Dave Sebastian Williams, Randy Thomas and Keri Tombazian. Some people stay for fifteen minutes, others for five hours.  There are never–ending stories, laughter and most of all, a lot of fun. Christiane and Andrew have really made it one of the most comfortable places to hang out.  The bar frequently gets full and we all spill over into the private room, which usually lends itself to keeping the conversation going until closing time. So, is it really the ‘new’ Martoni’s?  Not in the strictest sense, but it has the same spirit that made it “the place to be.” Hope to see any and all of you there. Drop my name. I’m sure they’ll tell you some great stories about me (and probably my mother!) 4615 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA, 91601  

Hear Ache. No word on what CBS/LA is going to do to replace Jhani Kaye as pd at KTWV and KRTH, but Jhani knows what he’s going to do when he leaves in June. He’s going to take a break, spend time with his dog, take a trip to Denver to visit friends, and then off to Hawaii and Disneyworld … Lynn Anderson, former general manager at KIIS, checked in this week to say she is ready for the KIIS Reunion in May. She lives in Northern California wine country and she and her husband own Moon Dance Ranch where they raise alpacas, llamas and a few grape vines. “Our life has spawned several ‘Green Acres’ comments,” emailed Lynn … Speaking of checking in, Chuck Clifford wrote that when he left Westwood One (Dial Global) in 2006, he moved to Crescent City where he was operations manager for the three Bicoastal Media stations, KCRE/fm, KPOD/fm, and AM1240. “I retired in July and we moved from the NorCal coast when our lessee vacated our property near La Quinta last fall. I converted a spare bedroom into a recording studio for both music and vocal production and I work just enough to not interfere with golf or family activities.  (LOL)” Chuck was part of the Dial Global reunion last weekend. 

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** New Star

“Today marks one of the best days of Shotgun Tom Kelly’s professional career. Outside of marriage, and the birth of his children, I cannot believe that anything will come close to this.  

Shotgun Tom will be presented the 2,496th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7080 Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue at 11:30 a.m. From his years at San Diego stations of KGB, KCBQ, KFMB, KOGO, Tom did the California circuit working in the small stations before coming to the best media market in the U.S. Taking over afternoon drive at K-EARTH, he continued the tradition of good time radio established by The Real Don Steele on air.  

Tom’s contributions on air at K-EARTH continue with his giving back to the community. From MDA Labor Day Telethon to the Bob Hope USO fundraising drive, and LA’s ‘Cops for Tots,’ Shotgun made a mark in the LA area.  

However, for me, it’s personal: 1170 KCBQ was San Diego’s claim to fame in radio. The legendary towers east of the metro were landmarks. After the land was sold and the towers fell down, there was much talk about remembering them with a small plaque in the parking lot of the shopping center. Tom did what he does best: conferred with civic leaders then reached out to KCBQ alumni and got the monument built, which is registered and placed on maps. When other cities said no, Shotgun found a way to honor the radio djs and newsmen of a legendary station in its Top 40 days. I was honored to help raise the money for the event. Today, it stands right next to another California icon – a ‘new’ In-and-Out restaurant and the monument complements a time when Top 40 radio was king, and burgers and shakes were the culinary choice.  

Thank you Tom for the friendship, and take it all in; as today is YOUR DAY! Ya better believe it baby!” - Christopher Carmichael  

** Coliseum Announcer

“I see that reader Bob Brown has set his ideal radio lineup and for the station announcer he would select John Ramsey. I suspect not many people these days would be familiar with the name, John Ramsey.  

I had the good fortune of working for him at North American Aviation in the 1960s - my first job out of college. That was his other job. He was personnel manager [today it would be called Human Resources manager] and I was a newbie. John taught me so much about being a successful HR professional and also a lot about the Los Angeles sports teams.  

One of the perks of my job was being able to go to many of the games that John announced. Great time of my life.” - Lyn Fisher  

** LARadio Over the Years

"Here's my dream radio lineup:

6  - 9 a.m.  Dick Whittinghill

9 a.m. - noon  Bob Crane
Noon - 3 p.m.  Wink Martindale
3 - 6 p.m.  Gary Owens
6 - 9 p.m.  B. Mitchel Reed
9 p.m. - midnight  Steven "The Obscene Steven Clean" Segal
Midnight - 3 a.m.  Mary Turner
3 - 6 a.m.  Bill Ballance

News:  The Credibility Gap, Ace Young, J. Paul Huddleston

Station announcer:  John Ramsey


Baseball with Vin Scully and Jerry Doggett
Football with Bob Kelley
Basketball with Chick Hearn

Weekend slots:

Carl Princi
Jim Svejda
Rich Caparella
Lohman & Barkley
The Real Don Steele
Harvey "Humble Harv" Miller
Sam Riddle
Bob Eubanks
Kimberly Daggy

Station Manager:  John Barrett

Program Director:  Chuck Blore

Human Resources:  Doug Cox

It was my privilege to have met a few of these folks, and I worked for John Barrett after taking a class from him at Southern California." - Bob Brown, Thousand Oaks

You Better Believe It, Baby
Shotgun Tom Kelly to Receive Star on Walk of Fame

(April 29, 2013) K-EARTH afternoon personality Shotgun Tom Kelly is set to join an elite list of radio stars who have been honored with stars on the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (April 30th). In recent years, only two other radio people, KIIS' Ellen K and KFI's Bill Handel, have joined the illustrious Walk on Hollywood Boulevard.

Tom found out about his star from a June 2012 press conference at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel that was streamed live. “I was blown away, and very happy,” said Tom.  

At the ceremony tomorrow, Tom has arranged to have his good friend Stevie Wonder on the podium, along with K-EARTH pd Jhani Kaye. Other personalities are expected to be at the event. 

Not since the celebration of life for iconic sports figure from KFWB, Cleve Hermann, when everyone was handed an eye patch to wear during the ceremony (Cleve was blind in one eye and wore a patch) will there be such a unique "sighting." For the past few weeks, Shotgun has been awarding his trademark Smokey the Bear hat to station contest winners to wear at the ceremony.

Shotgun was a big tv and Top 40 star in San Diego before he was tapped to replace the late The Real Don Steele in afternoon drive in 1997.  

Born and raised in San Diego, Tom started his radio career off-air in 1966 in the news department at KDEO-San Diego. His radio journey took him to Merced, Oxnard, Bakersfield, Phoenix and then San Diego. It was Charlie Van Dyke (voice of KABC/Channel 7 and K-EARTH) who was program director at ‘Boss Radio’ 136/KGB’-San Diego who brought Tom back to his hometown.    

How did Tom get the “Shotgun” moniker? “I never liked to ride in the back seat. I wanted to ride up front with my dad, so he’d always say, ‘Hey, Shotgun, you wanna get up here?’”  

As a San Diego tv personality, he hosted Words-A-Poppin, a show that collected 15 Emmy Awards, including two for Tom. He wears his trademark Smokey Bear hat at all personal appearances, including the yearly Jerry Lewis Labor Day telethon for Muscular Dystrophy, which he has co-hosted for over 35 years, 15 in Los Angeles. The industry has honored him with several accolades, including Oldies Air Personality of the Year. 

WHAT: 2,496th Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

WHERE: 7080 Hollywood Boulevard and La Brea Avenue, next to The Real Don Steele’s star

WHEN: Tuesday, April 30, at 11:30 a.m.

Event will be live-streamed on www.walkoffame.com  

Hear Ache. Michael O'Shea, executive at 710/KMPC in the late 1970s, has resigned his position as vp/gm at Saga’s Cascade Radio Group, Bellingham, Washington. He's joining newly formed Sonoma Media Partners as president/market manager. The group is acquiring the five stations of Maverick Media in Santa Rosa, California. ... Bob Koontz is disappointed that the Universal Ampitheatre is being torn down after 40 years of some pretty spectacular shows. "My first concert there was Loggins and Messina when it was still an outdoor venue," emailed Koontz. "At my first MTV video show, I sat next to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers when they won for best new group. Then there was the live pay per view boxing event with Leonard and Hearns. I took my dad to that one. Really enjoyed the charity concert of Tommy performed by the Who with just about every big rocker of the day, followed by one of the coolest after parties on the back lot of Universal. There was the KSCA Christmas concert with John Mellencamp and Brian Setzer." Venue is being torn down for a Harry Potter ride ... KROQ's Weenie Roast line-up was announced this morning with Kathy Griffin on hand. Black Keys and 30 Seconds to Mars headline 2013 event next month. "They love a weenie show," said Kathy ... Lance Ballance, former KOST personality for a decade, heard that to celebrate Tim Tebow's release by the Jets, Mark Sanchez threw a party earlier today, which was picked off and returned for a touchdown ... Rain: A Tribute to the Beatles band stopped by the Mark & Kristin are show at KOST this morning. They are giving away tickets for the L.A. performance next month

Robin Bertolucci #2 Program Director in the Nation 

(April 26, 2013) Radio Ink, a leading trade publication, listed The Best Program Directors in America and #2 in the country is KFI/KTLK’s Robin Bertolucci. Radio Ink Editor in Chief Ed Ryan acknowledges that the title of program director has changed drastically over the past half dozen years. “Today’s program director has, over time, morphed into more of a brand manager,” writes Ryan. “The job entails so many things: the product that gets on the air, the product that comes out of a device, the product that sits on the Web, the product delivered on Twitter and Facebook and Pinterest and Instagram. It’s the videos, the podcasts, the apps, and however else the product is delivered today, or might be delivered tomorrow. And let us not forget about the original pd tasks of managing and developing talent, listening to music, managing the general manager, working with sales, and stressing about ratings.”

Ryan found a thread through all the winners: “The love their jobs. They love how every day is different, and that they get to paint a new picture for the community every time that mic is flipped on.” 

Robin, an 18-year pd veteran, talked about her job: “I love the ‘pd’ part of being a pd – working with incredibly talented people, helping them be their best selves. I love being a coach and an advocate. That makes me my best, and it’s what I love the most. Everyone has unique abilities, and I love helping people learn what they love and what they’re great at, and how to do it consistently. I love working with the team to make things happy; I love being a part of the creative process, working in collaboration, where we all contribute and come up with something better than any of us could come up with alone. The best ideas are everyone’s, and no one can say where the idea started or exactly how it got there, because it’s got a little bit of everyone’s input and spin.” 

The only other Los Angeles pd in the Top 10 was KIIS pd John Ivey. He said: “I love every day is different. I love the music and I love working with the staffs.” 

Hear Ache. Former Clear Channel pd in Los Angeles, Michael Martin, has signed a new multi-year contract with CBS/San Francisco. He also is a key architect in the development and execution of CBS Radio's national music programming initiatives … KNX is broadcasting from Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village all day today … The Disc Jockey Cookbook is not just your ordinary pot of tea.  It features chatter and food talk from such as Lee Baby Simms, Rollye James, Burt Sherwood and Bobby Ocean.  More than two dozen radio greats.  Fun!  And certainly worth $6 an eBook at Amazon … KIIS and Re-Unite The Gannett Days Reunion will be held Saturday afternoon, May 18 at the Sportsmen’s Lodge. $50 for the event. More information at: tobincom@pacbell.net 

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** Update on Martinez

“Since leaving KRLA, I have stayed busy with my marketing company, MBC, Inc., handling media planning and buying for the nationally syndicated Healthline Radio Show with Dr. Bob Marshall.  Additionally, I was drawn back to the air waves after 30 years to initially fill-in for Rich Buehler at KBRT, while he was fighting in-operable pancreatic cancer.  Rich, as you know, passed after enduring an 18-month fight.

As a result of the exposure on KBRT, I was approached by several niche syndicators to take Bill Martinez Live nationally. After all, a conservative Hispanic talking about the two things you're not supposed to talk about, politics and religion.  Who’s kidding who here?  And isn't conservative-Hispanic an oxymoron in some circles today?

I believe this is what the market is calling for, almost like ‘dejavVu" all over again when in 1972 Art Astor and Bob Wilson at KDAY took a chance to put the first Hispanic on a contemporary L.A. radio station.

I only say this as a back drop of my many privileged conversations with Gary Lycan, even as early as a month ago at his home in Santa Ana.  You see I was aware of Gary's health back in 2010 when it was looking as though I was going to be dealing with prostate cancer myself.  At the time Gary made me aware that his PSA count was well over 3500, [0-4 being the safe range].  Mine was starting to climb, but was a fraction by comparison. 

When Jon Ramsay and myself met with Gary at his home, [with donuts of course] he was encouraged to report that it appeared that the cancer was under remission, then in a subsequent email he reported that in fact his PSA had risen again to some 3750. Yet, he remained optimistic and talked about his continuing work with The OC Register and with Manny Pacheco and their weekly show heard on AM1510 KSPA and AM1450 KFSD in Southern California, ‘Forgotten Hollywood.’  I could tell that the radio gig was fun for him and invigorating. 

As I said, it was a privilege to know Gary since coming to the market in 1972 out of the Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton where I was most fortunate to do their version of ‘Good Morning Camp Pendleton’ on radio and tv.  Gary was a definite friend and gift to our industry and an objective and fair minded reporter.  To say he is being missed is a big understatement in the hearts of many Southern California broadcasters.  He uniquely understood this peculiar fraternity of ours and its nuances.  He celebrated our successes and felt our disappointments, and it came across in his much anticipated weekly articles. 

Gary had attended several of our KWIZ- Santa Ana reunions over the years, sharing stories and reporting about them in his column.  He was planning to attend our most recent one last month but unfortunately his health went into crisis mode.  He did report on our March reunion in one of his last columns.  I know we will all definitely miss his columns about the lives of our profession and fraternity.” – Bill Martinez

 KNX On Your Corner in West Valley 

(April 25, 2013) KNX is broadcasting its award-winning series profiling Southern California communities from the area'sabsolutely best delicatessen, Brent’s Deli in Westlake Village. Tomorrow, “KNX On Your Corner” takes an in-depth look at the western region of the San Fernando Valley. 

The station’s focus on Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Agoura Hills and Westlake Village will explore the local history, economy and an array of unique stories, from the Kardashians to a playground made specifically for physically challenged children. Community leaders and other special guests will appear throughout the day. 

The public is welcome to be a part of the day’s activities when KNX brings its programming to Westlake Village for a live broadcast from Brent’s Deli at 2799 Townsgate Road.  Dick Helton and Vicky Moore will anchor the news from 5 – 9 a.m., Frank Mottek will host the KNX Business Hour from 1 – 2 p.m., and Jim Thornton and Diane Thompson will anchor the news from 2 – 7 p.m. 

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** Gary Lycan’s Celebration of Life

“Congrats to you amigo! I know you’ll do great at the Register. Though I’m primarily an LA Times reader, I’ve always gotten at least the Sunday Register, mostly for better Angels and local news coverage but mainly to read Gary Lycan’s column. His enthusiasm for radio permeated every column I read, and I seriously – with a few exceptions – have read ‘em all since February of 1998 when I made the bold decision (bold for me!) to send airchecks out and get back on the air, somehow! 

Little ol K-Traffic 1650 AM - all traffic all the time was my LA debut, along with a lot of other folks. There on the sideline was Gary, promoting and pumping up the station whenever possible. Great guy, great reporter, and he was professional as all get out. He wrote compassionately and fairly about my 2003 heart attack in his column, and whenever another LARP was down for the count health-wise he did the same for them.

I attended the tribute to him at the Register’s office. Nice affair headed up by two of the better people in this field, Manny Pacheco and Mickey Czegledy, another K-Traffic alum. A lot of old faces and voices there. Several were from-the heart-speeches and a nice slide show. Plenty of cookies too! Every conversation among the group was about radio. He shoulda been there! 

Like Manny said to the crowd, Gary was a real professional who treated everybody with respect, courtesy and help. He’s probably hanging out with Huell Howser about now. RIP Gary, Thanks for returning my

calls and emails and keeping me as you said, ‘In the Loop!’” – Jim Curran, former Airwatch/KFI 640 Traffic 

** Home for Recordings

“Recently I was contacted by Mike Wagner, son of Jack Wagner. He wanted me to help him find a home for his late father's collection of radio shows. The shows are all from a regular series Jack did from Capitol Records, and was syndicated throughout the Country at over 250 stations. It was titled "The Silver Platter Service."  

Jack was the host and he showcased only Capitol recording artists. This show was carried from the early to mid 1960's. The show also included original interviews with featured artists he did for each program. There are 266 individual shows. Each show was sent to the syndicated stations on pressed 33&1/3 vinyl 12" L.P.'s, complete with full-on unique album covers. There are two shows per album. All proudly carrying the Capitol label.  

Each one of these L.P.'s are in pristine condition, near mint! 

For anyone interested in this wonderful piece of Los Angeles radio history, please contact me. Asking price is a very reasonable $350.00 for this entire set of rare and entertaining vinyl! Also, there are some of these still preserved on the original reel-to-reel tapes, that we also need to find a good home for.” - Timmy Manocheo, TICDS@SBCGlobal.net

Join 'Team Bean' and Walk for Organ Donor Awareness 

(April 24, 2013) Every now and then something happens where you say, "Wow! I can’t believe this!” Last November, top-rated morning co-host Bean of KROQ donated his kidney to CBS West Coast Director of Engineering, Scott Mason. It was an amazing and selfless act.

Bean broadcasts from his home, which is located on an island off Seattle. He would see Mason once a year when the CBS engineer visited to tweak the broadcast equipment. 

It was during his visit last year that Mason revealed his plight – his kidney was failing. He had a kidney transplant ten years ago that started to go bad in 2010. Scott was using a dialysis machine in his home, until he was the recipient of Bean’s generosity. (Photo: Scott Mason and Bean)

The transplant operation was a success. Within two hours Mason was feeling better. As for Bean, he was back to his morning show just a couple of weeks later. Scott said this week that his health and strength are “back to 90%.” But he hadn’t seen Bean post-transplant.    

Until now. The two will be reunited this Saturday at the 11th annual Donate Life Run/Walk, at Cal State Fullerton Intramural Field. This event is to inspire people to become organ, eye and tissue donors. 

Bean and Scott will participate in this event as 'Team Bean' and walk with their fans to create greater awareness for the cause. Nick Cannon will join the walk with more than 12,000 people.

“There’s no way I can repay Bean or thank him,” said Scott. “There’s no way to pay him back.” 

Bean was philosophical. “I have been unbelievably lucky with my health. I’ve had a couple of broken bones as a kid, but I’ve been so healthy for so long. Maybe the reason I’m in such good shape now is so that I would be the right person at the right time to do this right thing to help out this guy. I thank my lucky stars.” 

"It makes me so happy to know that Scott could barely walk up a flight of stairs before the transplant and now we are walking a 5K together,” said Bean. “I have not seen him in person since the day after surgery in the hospital but he is doing so great. Can't wait to see him on the 27th and compare scars!" 

If you would like to be part of 'Team Bean,' check out www.kroq.com and click Kevin & Bean for all the details. 


“You know, I've spent a lifetime as a dj and record exec in LA. I'm ashamed to admit that I privately always looked down on Country music. Well, gotta tell you, I've done a 180 and have fallen in love with it. I love its truth in telling sad and happy stories. HOT DAMN!" (Larry Van Nuys)

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** Condolences to Lycan’s Family

“Congratulations on your new post! 

Please do pass along, if you can, my sympathies to Gary’s family – such a knowledgeable and truly nice man; it was always a pleasure for me to speak with him.” - Patt Morrison 

** Le Show Creator Checks In

“First congrats on the newspaper gig.  

Second, ironic, given all of KCRW's official blather about needing to make broadcast space for ‘new voices,’ that the show that replaces me is a collection of TED speeches that are already widely available on YouTube, that famous digital space to which I've now been consigned. Not for long, I hope.” – Harry Shearer 

** Newbie Anchor Utters Two of the 7 Deadly Words

“There has to be some high school kid in North Dakota who can read news better than that, without having to go to West Virginia to get what they put on the air. The kid needs to go but so does the person who hired him. Ouch. We all make rookie mistakes but that wasn't even funny.” - Bob Brill


“Do you know [or does anyone you know know] the name of the general manager of KIIS up to around 1972-73, the pre- Rick Dees era, just after they moved from the Lincoln Heights transmitter/studios site to Wilshire Blvd studios?  

His first name was Bob, but darned if I can think of his last name. A really nice man, great to work for. He was replaced by a heavy-handed gm who came in and fired all the sales people and most of the air people, myself included. I'd appreciate any information you could provide.” - Steve (Fredericks) Liddick

Traffic Reporters Got Congested

(April 23, 2013) “I haven't quit, nor was I fired,” is how long-time traffic reporter Arianna Ortiz (l) started her note when asked about leaving Total Traffic (TTN). The economics of covering the traffic conditions in Southern California have been going through back flips to find a revenue model that works without compromising the content. 

Operations have merged and moved, and airborne reporters have been grounded. Clear Channel had a traffic operation in Orange County, a group of reporters that served various stations and formats all over the Southland.  

Total Traffic was the name that Clear Channel renamed all of their traffic operations about 4 or 5 years ago, including AirWatch in Santa Ana. When CC then purchased Metro a few years ago,  they renamed all of those operations Total Traffic as well.  Due to the size of the merger and the lack of due diligence that went into the purchase, they kept many of the operations separate (the DOJ had something to do with this as well while they approved the deal). Once they figured out how to move forward they started combining operations and closing entire cities. On one layoff day TTN went from having traffic operations in 125 cities down to having operations in 29 cities. They were still covering traffic in those 125, just from the new hub cities with less people doing generic recorded reports.   

The old Metro building lease in Culver City was up last April and they couldn't get an extension so they built a temporary TTN studio in an old server room that Premiere Radio Networks had in Sherman Oaks, across the street from the big building. All of the former Metro people moved there while the Long Beach studio was being built. Meanwhile the old AirWatch people continued to work out of the Santa Ana studios they've been in since 1993. There were some exceptions that flew under the AFTRA radar as some non-union AirWatch people went to work in Sherman Oaks because it was closer to their homes, and at least one Metro person, the late David Courtney, worked out of the AirWatch studios because he lived in South Orange County.

The AirWatch lease was finally up this month and the Long Beach Studio was almost finished so the AirWatch people moved from Santa Ana into Long Beach at the end of March, a few people at a time while they brought the studio to 100% operation. A few radio stations had to go without traffic for a few days because the technical work wasn't done in time.    

Last week the Metro people who had been in Sherman Oaks for about a year started moving to Long Beach. The move should be complete today. 

Many traffic reporters were not able to handle the traffic commute from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach, including Arianna. “As an actress [as I have been for all these years], I do all my auditions and much of that work in Los Angeles,” emailed Arianna. “We were unable to negotiate a way for me to continue to do both. As any traffic professional knows, a round trip drive to/from Long Beach at its worst can take 2.5 hours. The relocation was a hardship for me in both my professions that I love. When negotiations failed, I asked for a constructive layoff but was denied and so am now on my own.” 

Arianna has been through four other moves, a merger of Shadow and Metro and the company being sold to Westwood One and Clear Channel. “I'm pleased for my colleagues who are benefiting from the move but am saddened at the sudden end to my years on the air with stations I love, such as KFWB and especially K-EARTH [Clear Chanel would not let me broadcast from either station]. It was pure joy working with the great Shotgun Tom Kelly and news anchors such as Maggie McKay and Phil Hulett, to name a few.” 

She concluded, “I move on, I hope, to greener pastures, remain as busy an actress as I can and meanwhile will have to nudge my husband to get a better job.” 

Arianna stars in a film called The Wound (artwork from the film on the right) that is currently on the film festival circuit and it should play in Los Angeles very soon. It was entered into the prestigious Dallas International Film Festival recently.

Hear Ache. Mario Lopez is coming back for Season 3 of Fox’s The X Factor. “I’m looking forward to returning to The X Factor team,” said Lopez. “We’re coming back stronger and better than ever and I'm excited to check out all the new talent.” 


  • “Before the puck was dropped in the Bruins game, the TD Garden dropped the most amazing national anthem I’ve ever seen or heard. If a performance of the national anthem is making the news it is probably because some pop star forgot the words. Not in Boston. It was letting 17,000 people sing every single word.” (Jim Rome)

  • “CNN is going to have boffo ratings despite the fact they couldn’t stop but step on their own dicks while trying to report these stories in Boston.” (Marc German, TalkRadioOne.com)

  • “Originally we were told that consolidation was going to save local radio. Surely they weren’t lying were they?” (George Johns, radio consultant)

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** KNX History Lesson

“Thanks for the mention about the KNX history. When founder/owner Fred Christian was issued his first license in December 1921, he was assigned the call letters KGC. When he decided to move the station from his Hollywood home to the California Theater at South Main Street at 8th Street in Los Angeles, he was given the new call letters of KNX in May 1922. 

KNX moved back to Hollywood in October 1924 with the sale to Guy Earl, owner of the Los Angeles Evening Express, who in turn sold KNX to CBS in 1936. The station was a Hollywood fixture from 1924 to 2005, when KNX moved to the Wilshire district.” – Jim Hilliker

** New at Register

“Just heard about your taking over Gary Lycan's slot at The Register. I can't imagine a better candidate. Rarely, these days, does management make the right move on anything, but in this case, they made the perfect move on selecting you. Gary is undoubtedly smiling down on you from above. I wouldn't be surprised if you feel his presence often. 

Worlds of luck to you, Don. Do keep in touch.” – Rollye James

Don Imus Refuses to Attend Cumulus' Seminar on Arbitron 

(April 22, 2013) Don Imus was invited to a meeting with Cumulus, his parent company, to discuss Arbitron. He said the people at WABC-New York, “wanted to know if I wanted to attend a seminar where they would tell us things we could do to increase our chances. I told them I had zero interest.” 

Imus explained what Arbitron is to his listening audience. He said “it is an organization that by some confusing methodology determines the most popular radio stations.” He added radio stations and products do well when you promote them, and Imus and other broadcasters exist by selling advertising to people.

Imus praised WABC’s Reverend Mason calling him one of the best radio sales managers he ever worked with.  Quoting Mason, Imus said “If you advertise, you will sell more products.” Don then cited the MyPillow people. “The former crack addict at MyPillow has sold pillows to over one million people just as a result of this program.”

The WABC morning man added that radio stations don’t advertise their own product because “it costs a lot of money to advertise.”  

In signing his last contract, he said. “I was forced to sign it.” He then went on to praise the owners. “I actually do like the Dickey Brothers. Smart guys.” 

Don seemingly directed this to anyone in management, “Never email me about anything ever again. If you don’t like anything I’m doing, call your lawyers who will call my lawyers and they’ll work it out. Don’t bother me with this. I know what I’m doing. Don’t ask me anything about anything.” 

He concluded: “I’m just trying to make you money.” 


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Mark The End of an Era,

Remember the Good Times.

Hear AcheBob Scott has rejoined sales at Clear Channel/LA after a stint on the East coast working for ESPN Radio … Former KABC sports guy Al Michaels was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving over the weekend. Best known for his years calling Monday Night Football, and now NBC’s Sunday Night Football, Michaels was recently inducted into the Television Academy Hall of Fame. He has a court appearance scheduled for June 26 … Former Mega morning man George Lopez is getting ready to start a new sitcom, in which he will star and be co-creator. It’ll be on FX … Want a good reason why young broadcasters need to work in smaller markets before they get to Los Angeles. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gr405jKqFlY. Salty language ... Thanks to the hundreds of well wishers on news that I would be the new radio columnist at the OC Register. I am really excited about this new journey.

It’s in the BloodMike Lundy noticed Katy Tur doing lots of work for NBC/MSNBC from Boston last week. “She is an NBC News correspondent. Of note to those of us in Los Angeles media – she is the daughter of iconic LA helicopter reporter Bob Tur. Also is/was Keith Olbermann's live-in. No wonder he didn't want to leave the house and show up at Current!”

Pet ThisWarren Eckstein hosts a tasty Pet Show on 870/KRLA every Saturday. He had a terrific call this weekend from someone who decided to adopt a dog from a shelter. “That’s the good news,” said Warren. “When she brought the dog home, she became aware of many medical issues, she called the shelter and they suggested she return the dog and take a new one. Of course she told the shelter ‘never mind’ and took on all the expenses of getting the dog healthy again, which were quite high. The dog is now doing much better. I love my listeners.” 

Funnie. A blind man and his seeing-eye dog come to a busy intersection. Ignoring the high volume of traffic zooming by, the dog leads the man right into the thick of it. Horns blare as panicked drivers try desperately not to hit the pair. They reach the other side of the street, and the man pulls out a cookie and offers it to the dog. A passerby says, “Why are you rewarding your dog? He nearly got you killed.”


The blind man says, “To find out where his head is, so I can kick his ass.” (Funnie joke from a beautiful woman series in Esquire – Lara Haddock in in Da Vinci’s Demons on Starz.)

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** Slow Return

“I knew you couldn't stay retired, Don. First you kept the paid column going until the last pre-paid subscription lapsed.  Then you started sending occasional emails. Then the emails became more frequent, as you approached the level you had previously with the paid subscribers. Then the site started carrying a short article every few days. Then every other day. Then every day. 

Now you'll have the honor of filling the late Gary Lycan's shoes at the Register. And you know? They couldn't have made a better decision.” - K.M. Richards 

** Hartfelt Thanks

“What a wonderful surprise and a smart move for the Register to name you to succeed Gary Lycan. There is no one who is more capable and deserving to continue on with the legacy that Gary built for so many years. 

It is still hard to believe that Gary is gone. Last year, he participating in my family's Thanksgiving celebration but could not make it in December. I knew he has struggling and kept his movements outside of his apartment to a minimum. 

When I was teaching at Fullerton College back in the 80's, Gary came to visit in a radio class one evening and arranged to have both Engineer Bill and Gale Storm available on the phone for a conversation in class. As I think back on that night, it was more of a treat for Gary and myself than the class, although they enjoyed hearing the stories from the phone guests about earlier television moments. 

Another time at Cal State Fullerton, Gary was gracious enough to come and speak to my Mass Communications class one morning. He was such a radio enthusiast encouraging students to be more versatile in listening habits and exploring new stations and formats. 

Always the optimist and radio ambassador as many have already stated, Gary would be pleased to know that you have been selected to carry on his tradition of reporting and presenting factual, unbiased information on the radio community.” - John Hart 

** New to OC Register

“Excellent news, Don, that you are bringing your strengths, inclusively, into the Southern California-as-portal-to-Known World sphere of consciousness! 

Your ability to put not only faces but also their timeline on events is not only a fine bragging point for the OC Register and a certainly warmly appreciated facet of your relationship to your readers, Don, but a great way to pass the baton. Your knowledge base and experience of all things regarding online publishing continues to be respected, referred to and revered, [also a great place to keep on learning] and vastly helpful for up-and-coming writers, broadcasters, all those befuddled yet trying to keep up and who knows what professions lie waiting to bloom? 

This is one of those announcements that leaves me ‘folding the paper’ with a sense of contentment. Great news beats gloom and doom any day.” – Bobby Ocean

** Good Day LA

“I can't think of anything more appropriate. I know you will carry Gary Lycan's torch and do a great job!” – Steve Edwards 

** Gary’s Excellent Coverage of Radio

“CONGRATULATIONS DON!!  There is no better choice to replace a legend who had an amazing love of our business.  The same passion we all know you share. 

I never had a chance to respond to Gary's passing. He was a great man who, like you, kept us informed. I emailed him last June after you broke the news of his illness. I told him he'd be in my thoughts and prayers.  He emailed back a thanks and a request.  He told me he had been a fan of mine during the 30 years in LA radio on country radio [KFOX, KLAC, KHJ, KZLA & GO Country], but loved me the best on The Fabulous 

570/690/1150, when we were doing a modern take on the standards. His request was for a copy of the song Walkin' by Nat King Cole. I tracked down a copy and got it to him later that same day.  He was so happy to have it because it was his favorite. Here's a link to the song 

May he Rest in Peace and have a chance to do some Walkin' in heaven.” - Jim Duncan, Director of Production, Clear Channel Media + Entertainment 

** Reaction to Boston Media Mistakes

“The old saying ‘consider the source,’ is all too true for Reuters and the Washington Post if they simply hold to the official story. I am not a person who sees a conspiracy everywhere but I am seeing a very disturbing trend surrounding these tragic events. In too many cases, Homeland Security or other government ‘drills’ were happening just prior to the bombings or the shootings.   

These drills raise questions that give me a sick feeling in my gut. Drills preceded 9/11, Sandy Hook and Boston. A total of six bombs are now being reported at Boston. How did the others get placed?  What was the nonsense about a ‘controlled’ demolition?  A controlled demolition at national event where thousands were in attendance? This stinks! There is evidence that another person was arrested and released. It's possible that the media got it right. The reasons for his release are not publicly known, yet.   

There may have been a ‘drill’ in West, Texas too. I have seen a video of a Homeland security group with all types of support vehicles moving into an extended stay hotel prior to the fire.   

I have seen a slowed version of the video taken at the instant of the West explosion. The explosion that ignited the anhydrous tank appears to have originated far to the left [hundreds of feet] from the fire and not down wind.   

There may be logical explanations but our job is not to tow the ‘company’ line.   

I am going to West and talk to these people myself regarding that horrible event.   

There is always internal fighting going on in every administration and it can spill over into the military, the FBI, and the CIA. Now, we can add more power centers from within Homeland Security to the group.   

The word ‘police’ has become a self-identifying verb by law enforcement at all levels and that should be very unsettling to those of us who guard the rights of others through the use of the 1st amendment.” - Fred Lundgren, ceo/owner of KCAA

Don Barrett Named New Radio Columnist for OC Register  

(April 19, 2013)For the past 2,000 weeks, the radio news has been dispensed to Orange County Register readers by Gary Lycan. Week in and week out, the Register has been the only consistent publication to cover news of the radio world.

Earlier this month, radio’s biggest ambassador passed away. Today there is a new byline. The Register reached out to me to take over the radio column. I am humbled to be Gary’s successor. 

For years Gary and I shared stories and resources, so it feels natural to expand my own efforts to Gary’s home base, where it will be my honor to continue the work he began at the Register

"Through his tremendous work with his weekly radio column over the past 45 years, Gary established the Register as a credible and comprehensive source for radio news," said Jeffrey Miller, the Register's arts and entertainment editor. "Our hope is to continue to provide readers with the thorough coverage of radio that they have to come to expect from the Register as the result of Gary's efforts."

I am no stranger to Orange County. I graduated from Chapman College (now University) and lived for a time on Balboa Island and in Laguna Beach. The coverage will have an Orange County flavor.

My first OC Register column will be published this weekend.


Mike Callaghan wonders if Tony Novia and Mort Sahl were separated at birth 

45 Years of All-News. KNX and KFWB began their all-News operations in the spring of 1968. It was a new concept then. Only one station is still standing.  

On April 15, CBS-owned KNX celebrated 45 years of providing round the clock news. (Over the years, some block programming, e.g., Food News and the Drama Hour interrupted the 24/7 news concept.) Eleven days after the launch of the all-News format, Dr. Martin Luther King was assassinated and an insatiable thirst for continuous coverage of a story was born.  

Less than two months after the King shooting in Memphis, KNX would be covering another national tragedy, this one with indelible ties to Los Angeles, when Senator Robert F. Kennedy was killed at the Ambassador Hotel on Wilshire Boulevard.   

Before the 60s drew to a close, KNX would cover a moon landing and a Manson massacre, symbolic of the mix of prominent national and local events that were to become the fabric of KNX’s dedication to reporting major news stories. (Frank Mottek cuts the celebration cake for the staff)

“Since 1968 we’ve seen eight U.S. presidents, six California governors and five L.A. mayors,” said pd Andy Ludlum. “We’ve had riots, fires, earthquakes, mudslides, hosted the Olympics, lost a couple of football teams, rooted the Lakers to 11 titles, watched OJ run wild on the freeways and recently endured a nightmarish hunt for a fugitive cop-killer. And through it all, KNX has embodied trust, integrity and credibility.”  

“We all feel a sense of responsibility to follow in the footsteps of so many great KNX news people like Bill Keene, Alex Sullivan, Jon Goodman, Barry Rohde, Beach Rogers, Dave Zorn and Harry Birrell, to name just a few. You hear the pride in the great heritage of KNX in the work of today’s anchors like Dick Helton, Vicky Moore, Tom Haule, Linda Nunez, Diane Thompson, Jim Thornton and Chris Sedens.”   

According to broadcasting historian Jim Hilliker, the station began broadcasting in 1920 and was originally granted its license in 1921, making it the oldest radio station in Los Angeles. Historical documents trace the birth of KNX’s call letters to May 1922.  

Use YouTube to Build Your Career 

(April 18, 2013) A full-page story in the current issue of Variety provides a fool-proof scenario to use YouTube as a career–builder. The essay, written by Bob Lefsetz, says to forget radio if you are a singer. “You can’t get on it, not unless you’re signed to a major label and make Top 40 music. So forget radio.”

Lefsetz continued: “YouTube is your radio. As it is for the younger generation. Did you see the NPD report? I don’t trust research, it’s inherently flawed, but if you’re the kind of person who needs numbers to confirm what’s right in front of your fact, I hope you saw the NPD report that said Internet radio accounted for 23% of 13-to-35-year-olds’ listening time, up from 17% last year, and AM/FM dropped two points to 24%. The Internet already won. The only people who don’t know it are the old farts, who listen to the Internet 13% of the time and AM/FM 41%. It couldn’t be written any clearer. Until record labels are run by 20-year-olds, they will continue to tumble into darkness; they’ll get the message last.” 

In conclusion, Lefsetz wrote: “Phony is history, like the deejays on terrestrial radio. If you’re playing to everybody, afraid to offend anyone, you’re playing to nobody. You want viewers, you want fans, make it easy, and don’t put up barriers.”

 Markets of Interest in March '13 Arbitron PPm 6+

San Francisco


1. KCBS (News) 5.9 - 5.7

2. KOIT (AC) 4.8 - 4.9

3. KMEL (Top 40/R) 4.5 - 4.6

4. KIOI (Hot AC) 3.8 - 3.7

     KMVQ (Top 40/M) 3.9 - 3.7

     KOSF (Classic Hits) 3.7 - 3.7

     KYLD (Top 40/R) 4.0 - 3.7

San Diego


1. KSON (Country) 7.8 - 8.3

2. KHTS (Top 40/M) 5.2 - 5.4

3. KGB (Classic Rock) 4.8 - 4.9

4. KPBS (News/Talk) 5.2 - 4.8

     XHTZ (Top 40/R) 4.2 - 4.8

Riverside-San Bernardino


1. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 7.3 - 7.7

2. KOLA (Classic Hits) 6.6 - 6.2

3. KGGI (Top 40/R) 4.8 - 4.6

4. KRQB (Regional Mexican) 4.6 - 4.3

5. KSGN (Religious) 2.9 -4.2

Hear Ache. Tom Cruise appeared on KIIS yesterday with Ryan Seacrest. Cruise’s daughter turns 7-years-old today. Tom revealed he’s finished his shopping and prepping. “Done already. All done. I take care of the kids early. You’ll know, you have to plan ahead for these things. It’s all done and all celebrated.” Ryan asked if Tom indulges in a cupcake or two. “Oh yeah,” he admitted. “I’ll eat cake, cupcakes. I eat all that stuff.” … Adam Carolla is in development for a pilot titled, To Catch a Contractor. In the series, Adam and contractor Skip Bedell confront builders who left a project unfinished or poorly done and make them fix the problem or finish the job … Jim Bohannon, heard on two L.A. stations over the years, started filling in for Larry King 30 years ago and then hosted his own program. Starting with Mutual Radio Network, which was acquired by Westwood One, recently re-signed with Dial Global (which acquired Westwood One). Bohannon will be honored with the Lifetime achievement Award from TALKERS magazine at the TALKERS convention on June 6.

Morning Stars

(April 17, 2013) The 12+ demographic rankings of morning drive in the March ’13 Arbitron shows diversity across the board.

Persons 12+

1. Bill Handel (KFI)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

4. Valentine (MY/fm)

5. Mark & Kristin (KOST)

     Renán "El Cucuy" Almendárez Coello (KLAX)

Person 18-34

1. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

2. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

3. Carson Daly (AMP Radio)

     Big Boy (KPWR)

5. Valentine (MY /fm)

Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

     Valentine (MY/fm)

4. Renán "El Cucuy" Almendárez Coello (KLAX)

5. Don Cheto (KBUE)



Hear Ache. Ryan Fox, former morning man at KKGO, has some good news to announce shortly. He’s got a new gig … Happy 8th anniversary to KROQ's  Ralph Garman (photo) and his wife, Kari Watson! “She’s so much better than I deserve,” said Ralph on his Facebook page … Jeff Biggs, KSPN sports guy, took the train to work yesterday, but, “Some nut job said there was a bomb! I'm stuck in police quarantine in Burbank! Unbelievable!”

Lycan Memorial. There will be a Gary Lycan Memorial Celebration this Friday morning from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Hoiles Hall at the OC Register, 625 N. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, CA  92701 

Le Show Ending. KCRW is juggling its programming and the enormously talented Harry Shearer finds himself without a home. “It’s not of my volition,” wrote Harry on his website.  

Harry reached an early apex during the heady days of 1110/KRLA and the daily Credibility Gap, an irreverent look at the news in the late 1960s. His diversity of accomplishments is staggering. He started out as a child actor in Abbott and Costello Go to Mars. He played the bass player Derek Smalls in This Is Spinal Tap. Harry played the role of Eddie Haskell in the pilot episode of Leave It to Beaver. He quit the cast of Saturday Night Live twice and had a role in The Right Stuff. Since 1989, he has provided numerous voices for The Simpsons.

Harry’s message:

“On Monday, April 15, I had an Income Tax Day to remember. I was invited to hear a ‘proposal’ from the general manager of KCRW. The proposal was, in fact, a notice of a fait accompli. Le Show was being cancelled from the airwaves–something I had suspected might be the nature of the proposal, but the surprise was the timing: ‘effective immediately.’ Thus does public radio, in one more small way, come to resemble ever more closely commercial radio’s way of doing business.


In fairness, KCRW gave me a weekly hour for nearly 30 years, and our deal was simple: they got my program for free, and they left me completely alone. That deal is over.


Le Show will continue to air on the many wonderful affiliated radio stations around the country, and on our outlets overseas.  It will continue as a podcast, as well.  And I’m in the process of seeking an alternative broadcast outlet in Los Angeles.


I’m not saying I haven’t thought about ending the series. I think about it every week as I contemplate another Saturday with no idea yet of what I’ll do on Sunday. But, nearly halfway through the 30th year of the broadcast, I know there’s much more to say, and, sadly, much more information that isn’t being shared with the audience anywhere else on the dial.


Thanks for listening to Le Show." - Harry 


  • “I thought the President’s speech was terrific.” (Don Imus)

  • “I’ve been to the Boston Marathon. It is a regional holiday called Patriot’s Day, which is the anniversary of the shot heard around the world – the beginning of the American Revolution at Concord.” (Doug McIntyre, KABC)

  • "You don't want to see a woman who looks like she's slept on the funnies." (Tim Conway, Jr., KFI)

Signing Off. Clear Channel and CBS digital billboards went dark yesterday, according to a story in the Daily News. The move was done in compliance with the Los Angeles Superior Court order that was issued Friday after the permits for the signs were deemed invalid by the courts last year. 

“Clear Channel and CBS Outdoors originally put up 100 signs around Los Angeles as part of a 2006 backroom deal with the city,” revealed the Daily News. "A competitor, Summit Media, sued arguing the two companies were given special treatment. Summit won its case and the judgment was upheld in appeals, with the California Supreme Court declining to hear the case. The remaining signs of the original 100 will be discussed in an additional court hearing today.  

Clear Channel has threatened to sue the city for $100 million if a deal is not crafted that allows it to restore the signs.

Funnie. Actual courtroom questioning: 

ATTORNEY:   Do you recall the time that you examined the body?

WITNESS:     The autopsy started around 8:30 p.m.

ATTORNEY:   And Mr. Denton was dead at the time?

WITNESS:     If not, he was by the time I finished. 

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** Christian Note

“What a very sweet article this was [Broadcaster's Trove Is Calling All Ears, NY Times, 4.16]. Thanks for sharing it with us, Don.  

I was hoping to attend the memorial gathering for Gary Lycan, but I'm traveling that day to The Outer Banks, North Carolina [not too far from Kitty Hawk, I believe]. I'm attending a week-long wellness retreat and I am a guest speaker on the benefits of juicing in optimizing health and wellness. 

I wanted to see if you're accepting subscriptions or perhaps membership fees. There are now ‘membership sites’ rather than ‘subscription fees.’ People pay a monthly fee, e.g., $9.95 or whatever you choose. There can be different membership tiers for continued access, in this case, to the LA Radio community, and it's auto-billed.  

Sending you much love, my friend! I'm so glad you're sharing these stories with me and the others in the community. Love seeing the photos, too. That one of you and me and MG Kelly was fun. I've lost touch with MG over the years. Hope he's thriving.” – Kaci Christian


** Early Coverage from Gary Lycan

“I had the privilege of chatting with Gary Lycan the first time when I was at KOCEAN-Newport Beach.  The Register ran an old story from the 60's about yours truly when I was 6 and was a preacher. I would preach the Word to my friends and family. The article asked where he is now. 

I had to call Gary and tell him. He got a big kick out of it.  Gary's column was something I looked forward too.” - Dale Berg (former Boy Billy Sunday-Like Preacher) - www.969theoasis.com

** Insurance Issue

"It both angers and depresses me to have read that Gary Lycan's cancer went untreated for so long because he couldn't get health insurance. Isn't that what Medi-Cal in this state is supposed to be for? It's supposed to be for people exactly like Gary who really needed care, not the able body drug addicts, illegal aliens and other abusers that I see whip out their Medi-Cal card whenever I'm at the pharmacy or at the doctor's office.  

California and this country needs to get its act together and start realizing that people like Gary should not have to suffer and fall through the cracks when they most need the help. We pay the most for health coverage in this country than any other nation on the earth. It’s about time people like Gary should also get the help when they need it. 

God bless you, Gary.” - Steven Chang

Roundup: LA Coverage of Boston Marathon Explosions  

(April 16, 2013) Once again, breaking news is what distinguishes the immediacy of radio.  Live, on-the-scene reports as well as local perspectives were offered by stations across the dial as the Boston Marathon tragedy unfolded.   

L.A.'s news and information outlets quickly interrupted their normal programming for breaking news.  KFI's Bill Carroll wore the news anchor hat as details emerged from various sources, including their Fox News resources.  The station also carried live the press conferences held by Boston's Mayor and Police Chief.  The coverage continued with John Kobylt and Ken Chiampou, mixing breaking news with interviews as well as their opinion and commentary.  KFI’s coverage was commercial-free. 

KNX relied on their anchors Tom Haule and Linda Nunez, who coordinated their CBS network resources as well as their team of reporters to provide information about precautions being taken locally, including stepped-up security at Monday night's Dodgers versus Padres game at Dodger Stadium.  The coverage continued with Frank Mottek, who maneuvered between updates about the bombing and what would otherwise have been the big story of the day, a 157-point drop of the Dow Jones Industrial averages.

Strong local coverage was also offered on KSPN, as they used their ESPN links to provide updates of the story as well as provide takes about the marathon itself.  Steve Mason and John Ireland, followed by Max Kellerman and Marcellus Wiley, talked with sportswriters and reporters who provided an insiders view about the marathon.  Said one reporter, had the bombing occurred on the other side of the street, where the VIP viewing area was located, an even greater tragedy would have ensued.  KABC utilized the ongoing coverage from the ABC Radio network. John Phillips went live and local pre-empting syndicated Mark Levin.

Talk shows airing Monday afternoon all acknowledged the bombing, including KRLA's Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt, and KTLK's David Cruz.  NPR affiliates KPCC provided updates throughout AirTalk with Larry Mantle, while coverage continued throughout The World with Marco Werman and Warren Olney's To the Point program on KCRW. (Story written by Alan Oda, LARadio senior correspondent) 

KCRW Struggles With Line-Up. Harry Shearer’s Le Show will no longer be heard on KCRW, 89.9/fm. The station plans to continue to distribute the show for podcast and national syndication, and will continue to support the show on its digital platforms. KCRW will add the program to its 24-hour news stream on Sundays. A mix of political satire and music, Le Show first aired on KCRW in 1983 and is now carried on more than 80 public radio stations across the U.S., the Pacific Islands, and on Satellite radio, and has seen significant growth as a podcast in recent years. 

“Harry Shearer and Le Show have been a part of KCRW since its inception, providing a voice of satire and comic relief while challenging the political establishment. KCRW pledges to support Harry and his incredible national and digital audience,” said KCRW gm  Jennifer Ferro. 

Station added Travis Holcombe’s new show Saturdays and Sundays from 3-6 p.m. Additionally, Anne Litt moves to the new time of noon to 3 p.m. both days. Chris Douridas moves his two-hour show to 6 p.m. on

Saturday, followed by Liza Richardson and Metropolis, hosted by KCRW music director Jason Bentley.  

On Sundays, Gary Calamar stays at 6 p.m. Henry Rollins moves to Sundays at 8pm and Dan Wilcox moves to 10 p.m. Eric J Lawrence returns to Sunday nights from midnight to 3 a.m. and Jason Kramer moves to Tuesday nights from midnight to 3 a.m.  

"Travis started as a volunteer at the station, just like I did, and it became immediately obvious that he had something special to offer. His depth of music draws out gems from all decades, plus he’s been an early supporter of a few artists who have become station favorites. I’m excited Travis is bringing his diverse and progressive playlists to the weekend, and am confident the audience will love what he has to offer," said KCRW music director Jason Bentley.   

Imus Sells Connecticut Home For $14.4 Million. Originally on the market in 2005 for $30 million, Don Imus unloaded his Connecticut for half that amount - $14.4 million. It is a 10,000 square foot home located on 120 feet of private waterfront property. The price was dropped several times over the years until being sold for $14.4 million.  

Imus paid under $5 million for it in 1997. He still has an apartment in New York and the Imus Cattle Ranch for Kids with Cancer in Ribera, New Mexico.

Top 40 KIIS On Top of March '13 Ratings 

(April 15, 2013) The March '13 Monthly PPM Arbitron for 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-12m has been released: 

1. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.4 - 5.8

2. KBIG (MY/fm) 5.4 - 5.5

3. KOST (AC) 4.8 - 4.6

4. KAMP (Top 40/M) 4.1 - 4.3

5. KFI (Talk) 4.6 - 4.2

6. KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.6 - 4.0

7. KRTH (Classic Hits) 3.8 - 3.6

8. KHHT (HOT 92.3) 3.2 - 3.3

     KROQ (Alternative) 3.1 - 3.3

     KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.1 - 3.3 

11. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.9 - 3.0

      KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.2 - 3.0

      KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.1 - 3.0

      KTWV (Smooth Jazz) 2.9 - 3.0

15. KNX (News) 3.1 - 2.9

16. KLAX (Regional) 2.8 - 2.6

17. KSWD (The Sound) 2.2 - 2.5

18. KYSR (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.4

19. KCBS (JACK/fm) 2.5 - 2.3

      KKGO (Country) 2.5 - 2.3

21. KLOS (Classic Rock) 2.1 - 2.1

22. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.7 - 1.7

      KSPN (Sports) 1.8 - 1.7

      KXOL (Latin Urban) 1.8 - 1.7 

25. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 1.3 - 1.6

      KPCC (News/Talk) 2.1 - 1.6

27. KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.3

      KHJ (Regional Mexican) 1.1 - 1.3

29. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 1.0 - 1.2

30. KCRW (Variety) 1.0 - 1.1

      KUSC (Classical) 1.1 - 1.1

32. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 1.2 - 1.0

33. KABC (Talk) 0.8 - 0.9

      KJLH (Urban AC) 1.1 - 0.9

35. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.8 - 0.8

     KXOS (Spanish AC) 0.6 - 0.8

37. KFWB (News/Talk) 0.6 - 0.5

       KKJZ (Jazz) 0.6 - 0.5

      KLAC (Sports) 0.4 - 0.5

40. KRLA (Talk) 0.5 - 0.4

     KTNQ (Spanish Talk) 0.4 - 0.4 

Reaction to LA Daily News Essay, Is Radio Doomed?  

(April 15, 2013) A recent essay asking “Is Radio Doomed” has generated a number of responses. This morning we present this essay from Bobby Ocean:

"Two observations. These are monitored acts seen, heard and noticed, not judgments.  

1. Regarding the line, 'Radio today is a far cry from that model, talk radio being the exception...',  

I notice too many talk show hosts who, rather than talk about the stories and issues of the day, become the star of the show. It's sad to witness, but people who listen to this drivel do not have enough alternate choices. They are content to think the rehashed concepts of others. They have not developed enough real self-awareness to choose their own thoughts.

2. 'Today's music radio has gone from being a foreground experience to background entertainment. DJs are not generally allowed to talk...are usually so untrained that they have nothing to say worth hearing...'

The good news is that these audiences can easily be stolen back by genuinely experienced and learned professionals.  

True. It's become some parallel universe of badly written and executed propaganda. Sounds terrible. If they are just going to push stuff at us rather than interact, at least they might consider making their content better looking.  

The good news is they can do much better, exceeding the grandest performances of their ancestors. This is the same lesson computer graphics pioneers learned. To make their product less choppy, more valuable, they sought out old school animators. And they learned valuable insights and tricks from them.  

Similarly, today's broadcasters have a lot to learn about real tactics of sales, promotions, audience participation, and involvement. They'll sound  better by learning skills of communication - timing and pacing basics, the art of emotional engagement, use of referential phrases and buzz words, attention-getters - when and where, the power of alliance POV, and so on.

There aren't as many pre-cluster professional broadcasters as there were, but they are the ones with firsthand experience. Those remaining originals are the ones who will save today's corporate stations loads of money that would have otherwise been spent learning from mistakes. It looks like it's time to absorb viable information like mad, as there is not much time.  

From all appearances, new breed broadcasters must now find out how to leverage the mysterious but lucrative ways of those who made it work before. There are many methods that stem from the brilliantly imaginative days of tape recording and lead directly to today's vacant, unimaginative digital age. Seems like it's time to pull those ideas back, extract what works, and learn inclusive ways to operate.  

This is new so many will have to fake it at first - act as if you belong in the new age, not in the separatist elite power structure of old. Act as if we are all family and seek to make it better for your listeners, clients, no matter the difficulty. Learn the art of giving.  

There are proven methods to make these things happen, and fast. The secret is out of the bag; it's a change of perspective. If these scenarios were to be taken inward, quietly understood, and then turned from mere observations to hard reality, what a different world we would have created."

Dearest of Friends. One of radio's most beloved and legendary broadcasters joins Mike Horn on CRN's 'What's Cookin' live this morning to talk about his 50 year relationship with Jonathon Winters. Gary Owens remembers Winters and their many interviews, collaborations on CD's, tv and radio shows.

Hear Ache. Remember Cindy Young from KPCC? She’s now involved in a wonderful project. Cindy’s currently working to end homelessness among veterans. She’s the Vice President of Development and Marketing at New Directions – www.NDVets.org … KRLA’s Dennis Prager has another attention-getting book, Still the Best HopeBarry Turnbull heard a cute line from Dodger announcer Charley Steiner the other night. “On the velocity of Dodger starter Hyun-Jin Ryu, Charley said ‘he pitches like an oldies station...he can throw in the 70's, 80's and 90's.” … Since 1993 Tom Schnabel has hosted a two-hour Sunday program of jazz, Latin and world music on KCRW, but his final live broadcast was April 14. He announced that he is moving the program to his Rhythm Planet blog. In addition to music, the new program will also include interviews and live concerts. Schnabel serves as music advisor for the Hollywood Bowl and the Walt Disney Concert Hall and is the author of Rhythm Planet: The Great World Music Makers. … Jackie Hoberman, wife of Ben Hoberman - former president of ABC Radio and gm of KABC, passed away on April 10. They were married for 64 years.

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** KFWB Adds Sports to Evenings 

“Could this be the first of the changes to make KFWB the CBS Sports LA station?” – Herb Redholtz 

** Additional Sports at KFWB 

“I wonder if KFWB is a news station, a talk station or a sports/sports talk station. Can they brand themselves at all with this mix? I wish them good luck!” - Sterrett Harper, Burbank 

** Kickin’ Out the Jams 

“An old friend of mine, Sean Conrad, has written a book about his time in rock and roll radio from Detroit through L.A.’s KHJ and San Francisco’s KSFX and other classic markets along the way.   

A bargain on Amazon and from what I understand a good honest recollection of the magical times in radio as it grew into its prime. I bought it today, but my wife grabbed it and I will have to wait until she finishes it. She says it’s a good read for anyone who went through that time on the air, behind the scenes or just listening to Boss Radio.  

I thought I’d pass the word to you in case you might be interested. The book is called Kickin’ Out the Jams.”  - Tom Haule


** Dial Global Memories

"Just read about Dial Global closing up in Valencia and firing most of the remaining talent. I have many great memories of the place. Kind of like hearing my favorite old Vegas hotel closed. Will make a point of driving by when they implode the building.” – Larry Boxer 

** Industry Loss 

“I never had the honor of meeting Gary Lycan but loved his work. I also never knew what an amazing background he had. He was so passionate for that column and clearly for all of his work [you don’t stay somewhere for 40 years]. 

So sorry that our industry has suffered a loss. It’s even more sad that he didn’t have the health insurance which may have enabled him to seek the medical attention that may have caught his cancer earlier. 

My condolences to all of the people who knew him and the loyal readers of the OC who he entertained.” - Anthony Acampora, Radiocrunch Inc. 

** Back to the Beginning with Lycan 

“I wanted to also express my sadness over the recent death of Gary Lycan. I started reading his radio columns in the Santa Ana Register [now the OC Register] since about 1969. For a time, he also wrote a bit each week about the nostalgia craze during the 1970s, regarding old time radio, old movies and tv shows, etc.   

I, too, was one of those who waited each week to read his next column. I wrote to him once in 1983 about a column he wrote on picking up AM radio stations at night from out of the local area. I sent him details of my AM band DXing hobby and some of the easy 50,000-watt stations you could hear in Southern California at the time, from places like Chicago, Seattle, Denver, Minneapolis, etc. To my surprise, he wrote about me and my DX hobby in his next column. I saved it and still have it today.   

When I moved to Monterey in 1986, some friends and family members would occasionally mail me some of Gary's columns. Some of those I still have, including the one he wrote after 93/KHJ changed calls to KRTH [AM] in 1986, and others on Orange County radio, stories about the ratings and various personalities. When LARadio came along on the Internet in the late-1990s, I got to know Gary a little bit, as he told me he liked my radio history stories and we developed a friendship. We exchanged a lot of emails since 1998 or so. Most recently, Gary was the one who got me into Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters about two years ago.    

I was hoping he would win his battle against cancer. I miss him very much and I don't know if anybody can replace him. He was one of a kind, when it came to his passion for radio in the Southland and writing about it.  I'm very happy I was able to save a few of his columns to remember him in a good way.” - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

Fellow LARP Needs Some Loving and Texting

(April 12, 2013) You would know her voice. For over two decades Andi Marshall has been a news anchor at KFWB. She’s given us the scoop on the news and guided us through the day on what to wear and where to drive. Now she needs your help.

Andi has been seriously ill for months and could use some cheering up. She's at home and doesn't do email but DOES get texts. A quick text message to her at: 949.291.0448 with some well wishes would be appreciated. If texting is a problem, you can email her brother, Steve at:  spmcpa@cox.net and he will get it to her. 

Andi was born in Pennsylvania and she moved to the Southland when she was three and grew up in Tujunga and Orange County. She was a radio/tv major at Saddleback College. "I transferred to Cal State Fresno along with three friends who also wanted to get into radio," said Andi. She originally wanted to go into tv production, "but I got caught up in radio and it never let me go." She started her pro radio career as a part-time disc jockey at 'K-IO4' and 'K-FIG' in Fresno in 1978. A year later, Andi moved to KGGI in the Inland Empire. In the early 1980s, she worked middays and she was assistant pd at KLRZ-Salt Lake City. In 1985 she returned to KFIG and then a year later back to Salt Lake City to pd KEYY. In 1987 Andi was back at KGGI for weekends and became news director. "I consider Fresno-Inland Empire-Utah to be my Bermuda Triangle of Radio!" said Andi.

Time to reconnect with Andi or if you don’t know her personally, certainly a happy face would be welcomed.

Karmazin Flush. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Mel Karmazin received the majority of the $11 million ($9.5 million) in bonus money for increasing subscribers and for a 71 percent increase in free cash flow. Sirius/XM subscriptions were up two million in 2012 and free cash flow increased to $709 million. Karmazin earned $10.7 million in 2011. 


In 2012, KIIS' Ryan Seacrest purchased the 2.87acre Beverly Hills multiresidence estate from
Ellen DeGeneres and Portia de Rossi, who cobbled it together from four houses. 

Dimples Rescued. Have you seen the cable show, Bar Rescue? One of the establishments that was refurbished this season was Dimples, karaoke bar/restaurant across the street from Clear Channel's Pinnacle headquarters in Burbank. Dimples was also the home to the LARP Triangle when 150 readers watched Saul Levine, Commander Chuck Street and Michael Jackson talk about their careers.

Curious. Have you been to Dimples since the Bar Rescue re-do? How does the place look and does it seem to be doing better business? 

Lucky 13 for Carson. When Carson Daly heard that NBC is keeping his show, Last Call with Carson Daly, in its late-night lineup for a 13th season, he wrote on Facebook, “Over 10 years now in NBC Latenight. Not one single day goes by I'm not incredibly grateful. Excited for another season!”

NBC praised Carson for creating what the network called "a unique late-night format."  

He also hosts the NBC hit singing contest The Voice.

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** Sad For What No Longer Is 

“Sad to hear of Gary Lycan's passing. He truly was radio's biggest cheerleader, as well as a true class act; and he will be missed. I also know he was a personal friend of yours, and my thoughts are with you.

His passing, the closing of DG Valencia, and articles on 'is radio doomed,' all seem to point to the same conclusion.  To borrow a phrase, 'things ain't what they used to be.' 

And while there may be great opportunities in the changing landscape ahead of us, today at least, I am sad for what is no longer.” – Bill A Jones 

** Former SCBA Prexy Mourns 

Gary Lycan was always thorough, always fair, and always knowledgeable in his coverage of radio. His writing was passionate, his prose exceptional. I already miss him very much.” – Mary Beth Garber 

** In Common with Lycan 

“Thank you for your thoughts about Gary Lycan.  Gary is the second friend to die of prostate cancer since I was diagnosed.  I sometimes feel very guilty about how relatively easy I've had it.” – Jack Hayes 

** Top Gun Will Miss Lycan 

“I was deeply saddened when I heard about Gary Lycan passing. He was a true giant in the SoCal radio community. I couldn’t wait to read his weekly columns in the Orange County Register. Often times, I first learned things from his column about the comings and goings on local radio stations, many of which I advertised and still advertise on. He always seemed to have such deep knowledge about radio all the time. Gary will be truly missed.” - Myles L. Berman

** Lycan Big Supporter of Radio Aahs 

“On Gary Lycan's passing, I'm offering my feelings of loss along with the many others who've already written.  What a stand-up guy.  I remember Gary rooting for us over at Radio Aahs in the 1990's, even though the heartbreaking legal issues surrounding our network vs. the then-fledgling Radio Disney.  Certainly some of his enthusiasm stemmed from the fact that we were a home-team Orange County station during a period when local radio had already started to crumble, but his reporter's instincts were also able to bypass the PR hype and press releases, and get to the heart of the story. 

I also noted with sadness Doug Cramer's passing.  Doug and I often chatted outside our respective studio doors at Salem/Los Angeles in the early 2000's. He had a heart of gold and I'll never forget his ever-positive attitude.  Or the manual typewriter he kept nearby. It had to be the last one in regular use in the entire city of Glendale. An old-school, genuinely nice guy in a business that could use a few more fellas just like him.” - Bruce Barker 

** Radio’s Biggest Friend 

“A beautiful piece on Gary Lycan ... truly moving.  I visited him at his apartment in Santa Ana a couple of years ago and glad I did. Really glad. In 2011 he said that he was SO happy to be invited to our Radio Dream Lunch at the Smoke House in Burbank. I hoped he'd reprise that appearance this past December 2012 and I even offered to get him a ride. He said he just wasn't up to it. That's when I knew the cancer must have gotten much worse. 

When I heard that Gary had died, it made me cry really hard, as if a family member just died, probably because he did. His last name was Lycan and he was liked by just about everybody and will be missed by all of us. “ – Art Vuolo 

** Times of Lycan 

“I was saddened to hear about the passing of Gary Lycan. I was really interested to learn how long and varied his career had been. Though we both wrote about radio, I never considered us competitors - I couldn't keep up with the length and breadth of his coverage. I was a fan. 

Thank you for your coverage of this.” – Steve Carney, LA Times 

** Met Lycan at KLON 

“I first met Gary Lycan around 1974.  KKJZ, at that time, KLON, was among the first public radio stations.  Gary gave the station, and me, generous space in the Register.  He remains everything you said he was. For the lovely tribute to Gary, thank you.” – Mark Sudock

** Lycan’s Celebration 

"Gary Lycan requested no services or ‘Celebration of Life.’ His entire live was a celebration of the human spirit.” – Chris Carmichael  

Radio's Biggest Cheerleader Silenced

(April 11, 2013) When Gary Lycan left his full time job at the Orange County Register in 2002 as IT director, he lost more than his job. He lost his insurance. By the time Medicare kicked in and he had insurance to see a doctor, he was already riddled with prostate cancer and other complications.  

Gary suffered a lot in recent years but his indomitable spirit kept him going. During the last year I offered to write his OC Register column, or at least help him and he refused. He would have none of it. He wanted to meet deadline every week, just like he had for 2,000 weeks. I believe having the weekly deadline gave him an extra year of life. In recent months he typed his column and used his phone sparingly while in bed. He had double vision and his editors had challenges sorting through the copy.

But there he was in the Register, week after week. When we talked, it was rarely about his illness and challenges. He wanted the latest scoop about radio. He loved sharing his love for the medium with his readers. (Thanks to Sandi Taylor for providing the artwork)

The last couple of years have been tough on Gary. He kept me posted with frequent and quite detailed health updates.  

I met Gary in the early 1990s on the occasion of the publication of Los Angeles Radio People. He was kind enough to feature my just-published book in his Sunday Register column. For the second edition of the book he wrote the Foreword and back page. He was the biggest cheerleader for radio. He was clearly the dean of radio writers of our generation. 

We both searched for ways to establish a Southern California Radio Hall of Fame. If one is ever formed, Gary should be the first to be inducted.

He was the consummate radio columnist for almost 40 years. He had a unique perch to hear the changing landscape of radio and with each twist of the dial, the dean of radio columnists was there to chronicle the changes.  

He will be missed, I will miss him, and radio will miss this wonderful ambassador. 

Knowing he was in failing health and not knowing how long he would live with this cancer, he thought like a newspaperman and sent me his obituary last May 13, 2012 so no one would have to scramble when the day came.

Gary Lycan had been in the communications industry nearly 50 years. In 1969 he received his B.A. in communications / telecommunications from Cal State Fullerton. He worked at The Orange County Register 1962-2002, starting as copy boy and moving quickly into editing positions: Sunday Editor, Entertainment Editor, Asst. Managing Editor/Features, Systems Editor, Assistant Managing Editor / Operations within the newsroom. When Information Services was created in late 1987, he moved to that division as the primary newsroom specialist and continued his newsroom duties along with IT responsibilities, including project manager, and team leader, supervising work requests. He continued to write the weekly radio column, which began in 1968 until a week ago. He was profiled in Harry L. Graham’s book about the OC Register early days, Stop the Damned Presses! 

Writing about radio had been his passion since the late ‘60s. Growing up in Southern California, he quickly became a local historian on early tv and radio. He believed people had a huge appetite for broadcasting news, and he strived to produce as much news in each column as possible. He developed a reliable Rolodex of contacts – people who followed, respected and appreciated the accuracy of his coverage. 

He retired from the Register in 2002, but immediately signed on as a freelancer to continue writing stories for the Orange County Register. He also stepped up his role in media projects. He was senior producer on The Pet Place TV adoption show on KDOC, from 1991 to 2009.  He was a substitute host and stepped in as fulltime host in 2007 when the original host and creator of the show Fred Bergendorff passed away.  He also did weekly on-air appearances in 2008 on KDOC’s Daybreak OC with the Friday “Pet of the Week” segment for several months.

He was president of Elevad, Inc., the non-profit that oversaw both Pet Place TV and Pet Place Radio, a weekly show on 1260-AM with Marie Hulett. He continued to stay active in the pet adoption movement and represented Pet Place at animal events.    

Beginning in 2010, Gary taught broadcasting classes at The Academy of Television & Radio in Huntington Beach. His class subjects included News Development, Interviewing and Talk Radio, Introduction to TV, and News Journalism. 

Gary always believed in encouraging young people that broadcasting was a worthy profession to pursue. He had been an occasional lecturer at local colleges Saddleback and Cal State Fullerton.  His message to broadcasting students: they must have the three P’s – passion, persistence and patience – if they want to have a successful career. He also served on the Titan Advisory Board overseeing the content of the Titan Magazine at Cal State Fullerton. 

He was born in Santa Ana on November 18, 1944, and lived his entire life in Orange County. He was married briefly in the 1980s and they had no children.  

On his passing, arrangements will be handled by The Neptune Society with burial at sea.  Gary requested no services or “Celebration of Life.”  

Irma Blanco Lands in the Inland Empire 

(April 10, 2013) Irma Blanco has joined Jesse Duran for morning drive at KOLA 99.9/fm in the Inland Empire. She recently left MY/fm where she partnered with Valentine. I'm beyond thrilled to be back on the air in the IE," said Irma in a prepared statement. "I’ve really missed connecting with listeners every morning. The best part will be working side by side with the talented Jesse Duran on the legendary KOLA. Talk about a dream gig!”    

“Getting the chance to add an incredible talent like Irma Blanco to the KOLA morning show brand is just something we couldn’t pass up,” said KOLA pd Gary Springfield. “With Irma’s ties to the Inland Empire and her loyal fan base, we’re extremely excited!” She begins Monday.

KFWB Adding Sports Programming to Evenings  

(April 10, 2013) Amani Toomer, who spent 13 years as a wide receiver for the New York Giants, retiring as the team’s all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and winning a title in 2008, along with co-host Eytan Shander, join KFWB, from 7 p.m. - 10 p.m., replacing Michael Smerconish. Jason Page will air in the time slot on Saturdays. The station will add commentaries by Jim Rome and KFWB’s Sports Knight with Michael Knight. The announcement was made today by KFWB general manager Valerie K. Blackburn. 

Rome will air Sports Minutes on KFWB Monday through Friday afternoons at 12:03, 1:03 and 2:03.  Award-winning columnist and prolific sports author John Feinstein will contribute additional commentaries. 

“As the flagship station of the Los Angeles Clippers, we want to give our sports fans more of an opportunity to be part of the sports conversation,” said Blackburn.  “We continue to look for ways to give our listeners and clients the best possible programming options available.” 

Blackburn also announced the addition of two other programs.  During the Clippers playoff run, veteran sports and news host Michael Knight, already an anchor on KFWB, will host a new, locally produced call-in show called Sports Knight, airing weeknights 10 p.m. to midnight. The station is also adding high-energy sports personality Erik Kuselias to its lineup where he will hold court weekdays 3 a.m. - 5 a.m.  

Gary Lycan Dies

(April 10) Gary Lycan, the absolute dean of radio writers, died yesterday, following a long illness. He was 68. Gary was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the summer of 2010. He covered Southland radio for the Orange County Register like no other for almost 40 years.

** "Gary Lycan had the job I wish I had. I remember stopping by a newsstand several miles away just to read his weekly column. Godspeed to Gary, my best to his family and friends." - Alan Oda 

** "I know, like me, you've lost a great friend. I always enjoyed my time with Gary, in person or on the phone. He will be dearly missed." - Ted Ziegenbusch 

** "Gary Lycan was so good to me, especially when times were tough, but, then again, he was good to everyone. What a giving spirit. And great compassion for animals, too. I will miss him." - Mike Sakellarides 

** "We would like to offer our condolences. Last time we saw Gary Lycan was at a Pioneer Broadcast luncheon. As a writer for the Orange County Register, Gary and I had many a chat about the paper, and shared what we were doing there." - Eva and Lyle Kilgore  

** "It was always a highlight for me when Gary Lycan came to any of the remotes that Bill Handel did in Orange County. He was always such a caring pro at covering radio. I loved his passion for what he did, as a writer and a broadcaster. Wishing you God Speed Gary!" - Mike Nolan  

** "Sad day in radio with the deaths of Gary Lycan and George Wilson!" - Bob Koontz  

** So sad to hear about the passing of Gary Lycan. He was a true gentleman. I was so happy to have Gary on our stations the last two years as a contributor to Manny Pacheco’s 'Forgotten Hollywood.' Gary would always arrive early and we would talk radio. He was a diverse and educated man on a wealth of subjects. However, his love of radio shined above them all. He loved the medium and the people who made it thrive. He was not only a journalist on the business of radio,  he was also a fan. I will treasure the many discussions we had about long lost djs, classic tv game shows, and the personalities we’ve worked with over the years. Play a request for us in heaven Gary!  You were a man among men. P.S.- We will be running a special edition of Forgotten Hollywood this Saturday at 3 p.m.  It features an interview with Gary about his life and career. The program airs on KSPA 1510am, and KFSD am 1450. It’s also available on the web at www.financialnewsandtalk.com" -  Jeff Gehringer, KSPA / KFSD.

** "Just a thought on Gary. He was simply a good dude. Covered all the Mark & Brian events with a smile. Always positive, never had a negative word to say. He proudly promoted my new podcast with great interest. I stayed in touch with him concerning his health and was in great hopes that he could pull through. He did what he loved to the end, and to the end he was my friend." - Mark Thompson

** "I am so sorry to hear Gary Lycan lost his fight. Gary was passionate about radio and always interested in what we were doing at the stations. We considered him as more than a radio columnist – we saw him as friend and supporter of not only our stations but of us as individuals. We’re feeling sad at the Wilshire Broadcast Center and our hearts go out to his family and friends." - Andy Ludlum   

** "Oh my. We lost a true personal and radio friend." - Chris Carmichael

** "So sad." - Jennifer Horn  

** "He was covering radio even in the last days of his life. A nice guy for sure." - Geoff Edwards 

** "I have known Gary for many years and worked with him at The Register when OCN was on the air. If everyone in radio had the same passion for radio that Gary had our industry would be much better off. He will be missed!!!!" - Dave Armstrong 

"This makes me so sad. My only solace is knowing he isn't in pain anymore." - Rita Wilde 

** So sorry to hear this news. He was a terrific person and had a great passion for this 'magical' thing we call radio. He was a great voice and supporter of our local radio landscape. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family and all those he touched, even briefly." - Bob Goodman, KSBR/fm  

** "May God bless his soul. He sure was one of the good ones, supporting/reporting all things radio and such an advocate for our furry friends. His work and especially his heart will be sorely missed." - Gary Moore 

** "This is truly sad news. It was one of Gary's columns in The Orange County Register back in 1998 or '99 that informed me of the LARadio.com website. I only spoke with Gary on one occasion: the tribute to George Nicholaw at Vitello's. I sat across the table from him, and when he introduced himself, I immediately recognized his name. I told him that it was his column that led me to LARadio.com, and he was very appreciative of that. His coverage and dedication will definitely be missed." - Robert O'Brien, Huntington Beach 

** "I'm so sorry to hear of Gary's passing. He was a fantastic writer and truly a friend to radio. I know the two of you were close - my thoughts are with you." - Damien Lewis

** "God rest his soul. I hope he wasn't in pain at the end." - Anita Garner 

Broadcast Exec George Wilson Dies

(April 10, 2013) George Wilson, general manager at KIQQ from 1980 to 1985, died this morning of complications from a heart attack two weeks ago

Born George Wilson Crowell on July 18, 1929, in Katonah, New York, he made his marketing presence felt with the Bartell chain. George, starting out as a professional baseball player, became a sports announcer and then a disc jockey in the 1950’s. 

George was pd of WOKY-Milwaukee. In the early 1970s he was gm of WDRQ-Detroit. In a multi-part interview in Billboard in 1975, George, as the executive vp of Bartell Media's radio division commented: "Chuck Blore was always kind of like my hero. He used to have phenomenally great ideas and I would just find out what he was going to do next week, then I'd do it." 

George moved to Albuquerque in recent years.  As a broadcast executive with Bartell Broadcasting and the Starr group of stations he was twice honored as National Program Director and named by his peers as Radio Executive of the Year. George served as station manager, President and board member of major radio broadcast groups. He served on the Nominating Committee of the "Hit Parade" Hall of Fame and operated "George Wilson's Memory Tunes" website.

KFI Veteran for 23 Years Dies 

(April 10, 2013) Doug Cramer, veteran of KGIL, KFI (23 years, 1953-76), KHOF, and KKLA, died on February 14, of respiratory problems, according to his colleague, Greg Crawford. “Doug had Alzheimer's. He spent the last two years of his life in Hemet,” wrote Crawford. “Doug was one of my dearest and oldest friends, helping me get into the radio business back in the 60's. Most of his career, at least as long as I had known him, he worked two jobs having very view days off.”

Doug started his radio career in 1949, just three months out of high school, joining KGIL as a record librarian. He also hosted a show called “Teen Time,” which featured early 50s hits. Doug joined the Air Force during the Korean conflict only to return to KGIL two years later. In 1953, he moved to KFI. It was here that Doug discovered that he worked best when he was doing two jobs at the same time.  

“KCKC-San Bernardino had a Sunday evening show called ‘The Wax Museum.’ It was a horror show; rather it was a nostalgia epic that spotlighted records of the 20s through the 40s with artist interviews. This show lasted 5 years,’” said Doug when he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People

In 1961 he joined Faith Center at KHOF, which was eventually led by Dr. Gene Scott when he became pastor in 1975. For years, Doug was the announcer heard on Dr. Scott’s worldwide broadcasts. In 1976, Doug was part of Harry O’Connor Creative Programs to sell talk radio features. In 1994, he became a weekend announcer at KKLA. Doug was active in the Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters.

Hear Ache. Geno Michellini, former KLOSer, is still feisty about the state of radio. “I called KLOS and the Sound and requested the new song by the Artic Monkeys,” wrote Geno on his Facebook page. “Neither station had ever heard of these guys. They're only one of the biggest bands in Europe RIGHT NOW. Well done LA radio, well done.” … Gil Gross, KKSF-San Francisco afternooner and former morning man at KLAC, has a GREAT photo of Margaret Thatcher that he will make available soon. “Sadly the photo is in storage but I will get to it,” said Gil. “She did my show the same night as Wolfman Jack. I have a picture of the two of them on either side of me. Neither Bob nor Dame Thatcher had a clue who the other one was, but both smiled puzzled at the camera while I stood between them with a grin that would have made the Cheshire Cat seem dour.” … Don Martin, svp/sports programming at Premiere Networks is set to participate in Radio Ink’s inaugural Sports Radio Conference, coming up next month in Miami … Condolences to Dale Berg on the passing of his mom.

KFWB's Bill Seward on the set of ABC's Revenge as a business anchor.
"Yes, the guy who can't make change for a dollar will be happy to give you money advice. Acting!" boasted Bill.

New Day for KDAY. Magic Broadcasting has agreed to sell Classic Hip-Hop “93.5 KDAY” KDAY Redondo Beach/Los Angeles and KDEY Ontario/Riverside to RBC Communications for $19.5 million. Former owner Don McCoy commented: "I don't understand someone that would buy a station with a stockholder lawsuit filed against it. It will be interesting to see what happens." 

Look for a flip to a Chinese format to accompany the sale, according to Radio Insight. Phoenix Satellite Television, a British Virgin Islands based company which operates 6 cable networks in China owns a 20% stake in RBC. Anthony Yuen holds the other 80% through his RBC Investments LLC.

This is the second attempt made to sell the KDAY/KDEY combo. A 2010 sale of the stations to SoCal935, Inc for $35 million never closed.

An Answer to the Question, Is Radio Doomed?

By Jeff Schechtman, Host/Producer "Conversations" jeffschechtman.com

(April 9, 2013) Richard Wagoner wrote another interesting column about radio. I want to share with you an irony in all of this that you might be able to pass along. Much of the change we are seeing today is a result of technology and the creative destruction we are witnessing in all media. It’s impacting print, tv AND radio. Just ask tv networks about Aereo. The fact is that very same technology is the solution to the woes of radio.

As the story points out, the current economic model of radio is simply unsustainable. The major advertisers have left or are fleeing and pure play radio is no longer "sexy." The big guys are getting bigger; Clear Channel will merge with someone, and Cumulus and CBS are already planning the engagement party. We shouldn't care! 

The answer to good local radio, as I'm in the process of establishing here in Napa, CA, is the Internet, apps and technology. The barriers to entry are reasonable, it blankets the community, there is no regulatory red tape and apps, smart phone penetration and the digital dashboard all add to, not take away from the future success.  

The local legacy AM station that I had the pleasure of running for 10 years, and that for over 40 years was a part of the fabric of the community, is now network sports, 24/7. The fm music station is now a poster child for consultant driven radio. The jocks can't talk for more than a few minutes, and personality is sucked out. The idea used to be that the personality would come from the music. In this age of Pandora, Spotify, iHeart Radio, iPhones, etc., that's a ridiculous notion.   

We're about to launch an Internet station here in the next few months, devoted solely to local programming, local music, local personalities, local people and events. We don’t have a transmitter to worry about, don't have to buy overpriced radio software, and we don't need a broadcast engineer. Technology and the digitization of just about everything have dramatically brought down the cost of software and equipment. Why would anyone buy a radio station today when you can start one to reach your community and the world, if you'd like, for tens of thousands of dollars vs. millions. I will be able to put on quality programming and have the ability to reach more people than Clear Channel! But more importantly, I will also be able to reach and interact with all of my local people. 

Technology may feel like the threat, but it's also the answer. 

 Jeff Schechtman, Host/Producer "Conversations" with Jeff Schechtman, Jeff@jeffschechtman.com

Mouseketeer Passing. Tommy Edwards, former pd at “Arrow 93,” shares some thoughts about Annette Funicello.

"She was a television star on the Mickey Mouse Club and a movie star along with Frankie Avalon in beach/bikini movies of the 60s. She was a beautiful girl that guys like me fell in love with and fantasized about what it would be like to actually meet and talk to her.


I lived that fantasy. I not only met her but spent time with her in her home in Encino in 2002. I was working for a radio station in Los Angeles and we filmed a tv commercial in her living room with Frankie Avalon.


During breaks, Annette and I would talk about her days with the Disney organization and how much she loved and respected Walt Disney. She showed me some of the treasures she collected from different television shows and movies. I asked her if there was anything she wished she would have saved and she said she regretted never keeping the Annette paper dolls.


She was most gracious and her friendship with Frankie was very deep. Frankie was very protective of her.


Annette walked with a cane and the reason we filmed the commercial in her home was so she didn’t have to leave. feel so fortunate that I met her and got to know her." - Tommy Edwards

One of Annette's biggest hits was Tall Paul. Dick Clark featured her on his old Beech-Nut tv show: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uq6fMLzIfKU


A Cottage for Sale 

(April 8, 2013) How do you countdown $42 million? Casey Kasem and his wife Jean put their 2.4 acre Holmby Hills home up for sale this week. It is 12,000 square feet, 7 bedrooms, 10 full and 4 half bathrooms. The asking price is $42,000,000.


The 1954 multi-winged chateau was described by one real estate blogger as: “a gated, shrubbery and tree-lined driveway snakes across a perfectly clipped lawn to a motor court with a big ol' fountain in the middle that looks like it could have been removed from some pedigreed palace outside of Paris. The driveway continues around the side of the house to a rear motor court and access to the two garages that hold a total of four cars.”


The cost of maintaining the grounds for a month is probably more than most LARP make in a year.

Some highlights from the LA Times story about Casey’s mansion:

  • The syndicated radio host bought the property for Jean Kasem in 1989 as a gift.

  • "We lived in the Beverly Wilshire Hotel," she said, "and I didn't want to leave." But she was expecting, and his logic won out. "You can't raise a child in a hotel."

  • The couple liked the 2.4-acre site near a main artery, which made it convenient for them to commute to their radio and television work. Trees line the streets, and mansions sit on green lawns behind gates and hedges. "It seemed," she said, "like a place where we could put down roots."

  • "We tried to make it a home, not a mansion," she said, "because mansions are tough to live in."

  • The interiors are filled with antiques the Kasems have collected, and reflect Jean's love of color and textures. "Our favorite room is probably the library, where we collected books from all over the world, brokered deals and did our interviews on camera and radio," Jean said. The comfortable room, near the oval entry, is also where the couple edited "Top 40" scripts.

  • Many spaces are devoted to specific purposes. There is a hair salon, a design studio and a butler's pantry. Fireplaces can be found in the family room, the library, the two master suites and even one bathroom.

  • The landscaping includes mature trees, hedges, formal gardens and an expanse of lawn. Par-three golf can be played on a Bobby Trent Jones-designed course. Citrus trees, grapes and strawberries occupy a corner of the yard.

  • Soon after the Kasems bought the estate, they hosted a 5,000-guest benefit.

  • "This property was meant to be used," Jean said. "The grounds are park-like and taunt you to have fundraisers."

  • Perhaps most memorable for the Kasems were the theme parties for family, friends and neighbors.

  • For an early Sea World party, the former swimming pool took center stage as seals and a whale performed in the water.

  • Sand was trucked in, Jean recalled. "We brought the beach to the backyard."

  • Currier & Ives was the theme for a Christmas party with guests arriving by horse-drawn surrey, carol singers and a faux ice-skating rink gracing the lawn.

Morgan’s Stroke. Bob Morgan, who spent a decade at KGBS, suffered a stroke a few months ago. “I didn’t realize it until my doctor suspected something during my physical,” emailed Bob. “He had me do a CT Scan and told me I’d had a stroke. I haven’t been able to work since. First time in my adult life I have not been able to care for my daughter and grandson. Very depressing. I was on Prozac but it wasn’t doing anything for me so now I’m only on Plavix. I’m getting better but still can’t work. Really depressing. I never thought I’d end up in the desert disabled.”

Hear Ache. Condolences to Cumulus’ Elizabeth McDonnell on the passing of her dad, Bill Turner. “He was a fantastic man who left this world fighting,” wrote Elizabeth … Mancow, former KLAC morning man, is appearing in a summer tv reality show, according to the Chicago Daily Herald.  Mancow tells the paper that, due to his contract, he’s not allowed to say much about it but it will air on a major network … Are you too young to have heard The Real Don Steele? Click here for some fun radio from one of the most enduring and iconic figures in the history of LARadio.  

Thumbs Up for Ebert’s Journey. Roger Ebert was a VERY decent man. Since Roger died last Thursday, his talent as a writer has been documented in recent days with tens of thousands of words from his admirers. 

I’m one year older than Roger. Roger got clean and sober one year before I did. Something happened to us when we were kids. Doctors can no longer do to today’s kids what was done to us. It’s now illegal. 

I met Roger when I was working as a marketing person at my first studio, Columbia Pictures. In the 1970s, one of my earliest assignments was to be the liaison between Roger (and his partner Gene Siskel) and Columbia. In those days the studios would meticulously provide film three or four clips to reviewers. The decision on which clips were to be provided went through an agonizing approval process (producers, directors, sometimes actors, and studio execs). Nothing could be sent out that hadn’t been approved. 

When Roger and Gene’s tv show, Sneak Preview, was beginning, they provided thoughtful reviews and they were looking for film clips that would speak to or complement a point they were making. Invariably, none of the clips provided by the studio ever seemed to apply to their needs. I would get the call, usually at home from Gene demanding certain clips. Whenever Roger called he was a gentleman and very gracious in his requests. The approval process would sometimes take all day with a deadline to get shipped for next day delivery. It was always a challenge to satisfy their needs. Roger always called with a thank you. 

In the early 2000s I represented producers at the Cannes Film Festival. Every time I saw Roger, he was ALWAYS friendly, even when he was rushing to another screening. 

Oh, there was another thing in common with Roger. As kids we both had a procedure on our face that can no longer be done. When his salivary gland cancer resulted in multiple surgeries that affected his face, I frequently wondered if that was part of my future. Roger and I talked about that awful procedure we went through as kids. He didn’t believe that caused his cancer. I’m not so sure. 

Roger had a healthy perspective on death. Writing in 2010, he said he did not fear death because he didn't believe there was anything "on the other side of death to fear. I was perfectly content before I was born, and I think of death as the same state," he wrote. "I am grateful for the gifts of intelligence, love, wonder and laughter. You can't say it wasn't interesting." 

NAB. If you are in Las Vegas for the NAB this week, don’t miss Valerie Geller panels. This afternoon at 4 p.m. at Pavilion 9 is “Getting Your Gig So You Can Play With Social Media In Your Career “

This panel will bring together the combined experience of two international consultants sharing ideas to help you land your first gig and build a career on top of that first gig. 

Tomorrow at 1 p.m. at Pavilion 2 LVH is "Building A Digital Newsroom" It's not enough to just be a great broadcast journalist, being a powerful storyteller is key. If you're entering today's newsrooms, you need to work across all platforms and be conversant on air and online and working with social media, video, online, print and photography - all in addition to being powerful broadcasters!  


“If the air talent would consider adding punctuation to their presentation they would sound a hundred times better.” (George Johns, radio consultant)

“You and I are only seven weeks apart. How many folks said to you, ‘At your age, you can hide your own Easter eggs!’” (Bill Kingman, at Lake Tahoe)

“Lindsay Lohan is going to Coachella this weekend. She won’t go into rehab until she gets her Coachella fix.” (Ralph Garman, KROQ) 

Email Monday 

We GET Email … 

** Jolly Joe  

“My name is Josh Yocam and I am a grandson of Joe Yocam. I am trying to reconnect with men and women who knew my grandfather. He passed before I was born and our family does not have much information about his legacy. 

Can you help put me in contact with anyone that comes to mind? I have been putting calls and emails out with scattered results [bad numbers, emails]. I would very much appreciate any help you can give me!” - Josh Yocam, Newport Beach Joshua.Yocam@opco.com  

** Is Radio As We Know It Doomed? (Richard Wagoner column) 

“It seems that many of the radio stations I have on my truck's pre-sets [HOT 92.3, JACK/fm, The Wave, KLOS, AMP, KOLA, The Sound, K-Earth, KOST and KBIG] go to one of their five-to-six minute commercial blocks [except during the non-AM drive hours on weekdays] at around :12 past and :42 past each hour.  Sometimes, I'll find one that WILL be playing music, but, like Richard said in his article, I have another means to hear my music in my vehicle [CD's], which makes the radio station lose me as a listener AND it seems like a waste of money for an advertiser to try to reach me with their message when I've tuned out from those stations.   

Back in the day of a very, very successful radio station that some may remember, 93/KHJ, they'd play one or two songs back to back with, at most, 90 seconds of commercial[s].  Why doesn't anybody in L.A. do this and promote this feature, thereby making the listener aware that their station WILL return to the music within only 90 seconds MAXIMUM? 

Seems like a no-brainer to me that just might keep me from tuning out.” - Steve Nieto, Yorba Linda

** More on Wagoner’s Column 

“Our success is related less to the type of truck we haul our products in and more to the cargo we deliver!” – Fred Lundgren, ceo/owner of KCAA-Inland Empire 

** Early Science Fiction

“Years ago, Chuck Cecil told me a about a radio host who, back in the 1950s or 1960s, had a program in which he discussed all kinds of ‘strange’ and science-fiction like topics. Among them were flying saucers, strange science experiments, and the supernatural. I believe it was a call-in show. 

From the way it was described to me, it sounds like a predecessor of Art Bell, who became a popular, syndicated late night host on AM radio during the 1990s. 

Do you by any chance know who that 1950s/1906s host might have been, and what the program was called? Were there any other science fiction programs at the time? 

The reason why this is significant is because Los Angeles really was, in the 1930s and 1940s, the birthplace of science fiction. I want to research to what extent writers like Ray Bradbury and the others who founded the Los Angeles Science Fiction League in 1934 were influenced by what they may have heard on the radio.” - Reinhard Kargl, Journalist / Multimedia Producer, reinhardka@aol.com

Dial Global Update

April 5 - 3 p.m.) Some additional LARPs who lost their jobs in the Dial Global downsizing: Verna McKay, Adrienne Brooks, Jeff Rollins, Gary Campbell and Zack Taylor. Zack wrote on his Facebook page: "As many of you may know, my radio network [like so many in the industry] has been struggling to stay afloat for some time now. Today, they announced they will be closing down our Valencia studios. I will greatly miss my co-workers and friends, but the bright side of my emancipation is that I will finally be able to devote all of my energies toward voiceovers and commercial spokesman work! And the pool."

Gary Campbell said it was a great 17 years for him. He continues working weekends at KKGO.

The initial list of those moving from the Valencia studios to Culver City include: 

Jason  Bowers (Bright A/C)

Brian Douglas (Hot Country)

Mackenzie Ray (Adult Rock)

Tony Scott (Album Rock)

Jeff Young (Country)

LARPs Part of Dial Global Bloodbath 

(April 5, 2013) It used to be that the headlines were about local talent losing their jobs when a station subscribed to a syndicated radio network.  Now it’s the talent at the syndicated outlets experiencing major downsizing.  As reported yesterday at LARadio.com, Dial Global, which describes itself as “an independent, full-service radio network company,” announced that they were shutting down their broadcasting facilities in Valencia and Brentwood, and consolidating local operations to their building in Culver City. 

The move will result in 28 of the 35 on-air staff being let go by Dial Global, six full-timers and 22 part-timers. Among those losing their jobs include Jay Coffey, Bryan Simmons, and Christian Wheel. Only ten percent of the part-time staff is being retained. A significant amount of the programming which emanated from Valencia will now emanate from the company’s studios located in Denver and Dallas. 

Simmons (l) told LARadio.com “I liked working at Dial Global, the people were nice, and the facilities were good. I wish I still was going to be there. I’ll be working the next two weekends, with my last shift a week from this coming Sunday.” Simmons will continue to do weekends at KTWV (94.7 / The WAVE). 

This is the second round of layoffs for the network in recent months. Back in June, Dial Global consolidated some of the formats that they offered, which resulted in about half of the company’s program directors losing their positions. Additionally, several on-air talents lost their shifts, including Bruce Chandler, who spent over two decades helming mornings on the network’s Oldies Channel.

Wyatt to Charlotte. Jeff Wyatt, former program director at KPWR and KIIS, as well as general manager at KACD, just landed a job at the Clear Channel cluster in Charlotte as operations manager. He will oversee all operations for the five-station cluster. Jeff takes on a dual role with the company as regional programming manager for the Charlotte and Raleigh markets.   

Hear Ache. Bob Morgan, veteran of KGBS, KHTZ and KRLA, confirmed on his Facebook page that he had a mini stroke a couple of months ago. “Now it's just take it easy and eat right,” wrote Morgan. “Looks like I won't be doing any live stuff for a few weeks, but the stream keeps on keepin' on at thebobmorganshow.com … Rick Dees will be inducted into the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame next month. He worked at WPMS and WHBQ in Memphis before joining KHJ … New morning co-host at KRLA, Elisha Krauss, was a producer for Sean Hannity for seven years before joining The Morning Answer. Sean called in to congratulate Elisha. “Elisha is like the sweetest person,” said Sean. “She is a person of true conviction and just a wonderful girl.” Elisha returned the compliment, “Sean is like my second dad.” ... Roger Ebert's funeral is today at 1:10, 3:40, 7:35 and 10 p.m.  

Dial Global Closing Valencia Facility


(April 4 - LARadio breaking news) The Dial Global Valencia facility is closing and moving the studios to the Culver City building, according to an informed source. Apparently they are only taking five of eleven full-time air personalities, and 10% of the part-timers. A lot of the work will go to the Dial Global operations in Denver and Dallas.

KSPN Host Writes Sensitive Book 

(April 4, 2013) From 3 a.m. to 7 a.m. every morning on KSPN, Mike Greenberg wrestles with his partner Mike Golic about the sports stories of the day. Pretty manly stuff.

There is a soft side to Greenberg who just published his second book, All You Could Ask For. In 2009, a close friend, Heidi Armitage, was diagnosed with stage IV breast cancer. A group of women, including Greenberg's wife, formed a group called Heidi's Angels, which supported Armitage until her death later that year.

In a full-page story in Entertainment Weekly, the publication gives high praise to Greenberg's efforts in writing the book. "Greenberg's foray into women's fiction isn't a stunt. His earnings will go to the V Foundation, which funds cancer research. 'I'm trying to rationalize this incredibly unjust thing that happened to my friend,' he says. 'Maybe just to make myself feel better, we're going to do something really good.'"

(April 3, 2013) SiriusXM is back from the brink of bankruptcy. Variety has devoted three pages to the resurrection of the Satellite radio company and the hunt for $2 billion of its own shares and a new ceo.

Cable giant John Malone finally wrested control of the company away from Mel Karmazin in what became a public fight for power of Sirius' license fees.

Mel's Millions:

$1.2m in 2011 base salary
$9.2m for 2011 bonus
$31m as profit from October 2012 exercise of 13.1 million stock options


4.2 The Real Don Steele Anniversary in Archives 

"Being associated with The Real Don Steele in any fashion is truly an honor." - Robert O'Brien, Huntington Beach

4.2 TRDS's Wife 

"This was such a great tribute you put together, Don. Hard to believe that was six years ago already! Thanks for posting it." - Shaune McNamara Steele

4.2 Duncan Was There 

"Whotta great tribute to The Real Don Steele." - Jim Duncan 

4.2 Rich Brother Worked with Steele 

"Beautiful piece end-to-end! Reminds me of how much I miss your work!" - Rich Brother Robbin

4.2 World Famous Reaction 

"The Real Don Steele tribute was great reading again." - World Famous Tom Murphy

4.2 Dave Sebastian Williams Part of Tribute 

"I lived a lot of it, NOT all of it and I'm still possessed to read all the remembrances ... EACH time, it still chokes me up" - Dave Sebastian Williams  

Duncan Payton Kicks Off New Classic Hits in Ventura 

(April 2, 2013) At 6:33 last night, Cumulus Media launched Classic Hits 106.3 in Ventura County. The cluster invited clients and press to an event at the Tower Club in Oxnard and watched Eddie Money push the button to launch the station. The first song was his iconic Two Tickets to Paradise

Duncan Payton (l) has joined Classic Hits 106.3 as pd and air talent. He will also serve as pd for CBS Sports Radio – AM 1450 KVEN-Ventura.  Duncan has worked at KOST and KPWR, as well as positions in San Diego, Las Vegas, and Santa Barbara. 

“It’s an absolute pleasure to help bring Classic Hits 106.3 to Ventura County and to join the impressive company the Dickeys have built with Cumulus,” said Duncan. “Reuniting with Mike McVay and getting to work with Dick Stadlen, Sommer Frisk, Chris Cox and the great team at Cumulus Ventura is a true pleasure, especially in such a beautiful place to live!” 

SVP/programming Mike McVay said “We’re excited to have a programmer the caliber of Payton join Cumulus. He and I have history having worked together before. He is a star.” 

Operations manager Chris Cox said, “Duncan's winning track record speaks for itself.  It's a pleasure to welcome him to the family of talented programmers and on-air talent here at Cumulus Ventura.” 

The station is currently playing 10,006 “great, feel good” songs in a row from the 60’s, 70’s & 80’s, featuring artists like: The Beatles, Chicago, Billy Joel, The Eagles, Earth, Wind & Fire, Fleetwood Mac, Elton John, Michael Jackson, Rod Stewart, Santana and Stevie Wonder.

Cumulus Cluster Party April 1 at Tower Club to Launch Classic Hits 106.3 

Bonnie Weigel (president/ceo of Ventura County Food Bank), Bob Visotcky, (head of sales at KLOS/KABC), Chris Cox (operations director for Ventura Cumulus cluster),
Chachi (head of BenzTown), Kevin Carter (senior editor, Ramp) and Dave Bradley (mornings at KHAY) 

Eddie Money and the Cumulus Ventura/Oxnard staff

New Mornings at KRLA 

(April 1)  KRLA has hired Elisha Krauss (l) to the morning team replacing Heidi Harris. Krauss will join Brian Whitman and Ben Shapiro in the new morning show they are calling "The Morning Answer."   

Krauss is best known for her years as executive producer on the Sean Hannity show. Whitman and Shapiro joined the morning team at KRLA last summer and will continue to perform wake-up duties with this new team.  Whitman is an LA radio veteran,  while Shapiro is Editor-At-Large at Breitbart.com and a New York Times best selling author.   

"After being behind the scenes in radio for years I know this is a huge opportunity to share my conservative beliefs with the KRLA audience everyday." said Krauss,  who first came to the attention of the talk radio world as an 18 year old freshman intern at WABC-New York while attending the King's College in Manhattan. It didn't take her long to impress WABC pd Phil Boyce,  who assigned her to the Sean Hannity show where she eventually rose to the ranks of executive producer. Boyce is vp/director of Spoken Word format for Salem Communications.   

"Elisha impressed me from the day we first met when she applied to be an intern," said Boyce. "She had been home schooled in Oklahoma, but here she was in Manhattan making a name for herself as a freshman and I was immediately impressed with her character, integrity and maturity." On the Hannity show, Krauss put the program together daily,  booking guests and managing the behind the scenes efforts of this highly rated radio program. In this new job,  she will take those skills to the other side of the microphone and show LA morning audience what she thinks about the days breaking news.   

“Elisha is a great addition to the team. This is a truly unique show for Los Angeles morning drive and I know Brian and Ben are very anxious to get her into the mix," said KRLA pd Chuck Tyler. Elisha begins tomorrow morning. "We have an opportunity to re-write the way a morning show sounds in a highly competitive market like LA." said Boyce. "This show is fast-paced, unique,  and always full of surprises. The imaging Chuck has created for the show makes it stand-out, and the hosts themselves are all top notch and ready for the real world." 

New Format Due in Ventura County at 6:33 Tonight 

(April 1, 2013) Tonight at 6:33 p.m., KRRF (106.3 The Surf) moves from Santa Barbara to the Ventura/Oxnard (city of license is Oak View, which is in the western portion of the Ojai Valley in Ventura County) Cumulus cluster and flips from Classic Rock to a new format. The station is hosting a client appreciation party tonight to announce and celebrate the move. The station now operates with 960 watts at 252 meters from a tower in Ventura proper but no longer puts a city-grade signal over Santa Barbara. 

KRRF was stunting all weekend and it was so much fun to hear the diversity of music from ALL formats, some played in full, some partial and punctuated by classic radio commercials from a half-century ago. They played old airchecks, one in particular was a terrific, a J. Paul Huddleston newscast from 93/KHJ. The eclectic presentation almost became appointment listening because of the anticipation of what would come up next.

Chris and his team did a great production job of making a fun weekend of listening and good luck with your format flip tonight. 

One wonders if a stunting weekend could actually become a viable format. Sure beats some of the cookie-cutter presentations on the dial. 

Hear Ache. Eva and Lyle Kilgore can’t wait for Jeff Bridges to perform at the El Rey Theatre at the end of the month. “My best friend Debbie is the sister of Chris Pelonis, who played at the Santa Barbara concert,” emailed Eva. “He and Jeff are Amazing! So glad you got to see it. Chris is one of the Abiders. Cool, eh?” … When it was mentioned that the Lobero Theatre is the oldest theatre in California (Santa Barbara venue for recent events with Jeff Bridges, Adam Carolla, and Dr. Drew), Bob Fox wrote to say there is a theatre in Monterey that is the oldest in the state, but has not operated for years. “The theatre in Santa Barbara is the oldest theatre in the state that has been in continual operation,” Bob clarified … Bill Earl, author of KRLA’s Dream-House, is home after a 6-day stay in the hospital following a “medium” stroke. He is experiencing difficulty using his right hand. “Yes, I am scared, but hopefully the blood pressure medication will keep me well,” emailed Bill. “I guess it could have been worse but it was bad enough. You can send well wishes to Bill at: EARLWMF@aol.com … Dr. George Pollard of GrubStreet.ca in Ottawa, Canada has published a second installment interview with Howard Lapides, which focuses on “Outlaw Radio.” Check it out here ... Mark Wank of Germantown, Tennessee is renting a room to a guy who was a member of the University of Miami football team and was there when Jerome Brown did the "did the Japanese sit down with Pearl Harbor" speech. Where is the clever and inventive Jim Healy now instead of all the loud screaming on Sports Talk Radio? … KFI’s Rush Limbaugh tells Radio Ink that he does not have an exit plan. "I cannot imagine not doing this, not having this to come to each day."

Tina Delgado Is Alive. Today would have been The Real Don Steele’s 77th birthday. Ken Levine pays tribute to the iconic Top 40 personality who worked in LA Radio from 1965 until his passing in 1997. Check out Ken’s blog at: http://bit.ly/117JGho 

Over the decades, Steele jocked at 93/KHJ, KIQQ, KTNQ, KRLA, KODJ, KCBS/fm and KRTH. He appeared in movies, on commercials, had his own tv show, and delighted millions every afternoon with his frenetic energy.

When the first Los Angeles Radio People book was published in 1994, a ballot was distributed asking readers to vote for their ten favorite disc jockeys. Over 232 djs received votes. In the second edition of Los Angeles Radio People, published in 1997, it was revealed that The Real Don Steele was voted #2, behind Gary Owens. Each of the Top 10 winners was asked to comment on Steele:

  • “Don found a few absolute winners (trademark sayings such as ‘Tina Delgado is alive!’) and used them successfully for nearly a half century. His lungs are made of kryptonite, and his energy level is from DNA material yet undiscovered by the rest of us.” (Emperor Bob Hudson)

  • “LOUD – BUT GOOD!” (Dave Hull, the Hullabalooer)

  • “One of radio’s ‘originals.’ A lot of guys have tried to pull off what Don does on the radio, but they always fall way short. He’s one of the few guys in radio who still has a ‘mystique’ about him, even after all these years.” (Charlie Tuna)

  • “Don is a wonderful talent with an amazing kinetic energy. He always makes rock and roll memories come alive with zest and zing. Don’s had super ratings wherever he’s worked. Our friendship dates back to Don Burden and Omaha.” (Gary Owens)

  • “A radio ANIMAL! He’s the absolute best at what he does. Sounds better now, than he did 30 years ago, if that’s possible.” (Robert W. Morgan)

  • “Pure, raw energy and focus. And he still has it every day. That’s amazing!” (Rick Dees)

  • “A master of surrealist imagery, Steele is a cunning swaggerer of astonishing talent, exploiting every opening and mastering every crisis. He used humor to kneed conventional society in the groin. He is a durable long-distance runner imploded with uncontrollable laughter at implacable fate.” (Bill Ballance)

  • “I’ve always enjoyed his uniqueness. An original. Thank God Tina Delgado is still alive.” (Sweet Dick Whittington)

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