February Articles and Emails


KNX Wins Gracie Award for Outstanding Series
Alliance for Women in Media Honors Margaret Carrero

 

(February 28) – KNX has won a local Gracie Award in the Outstanding Series category for “Tales of the LA Riots,” written and produced by reporter Margaret Carrero.  

“Tales of the L.A. Riots” looked back at the events that fueled the civil unrest that erupted in 1992, marking the 20th anniversary of one of the darkest chapters in Los Angeles history.

The Gracies recognize exemplary programming created for women, by women and about women in all facets of electronic media, as well as individuals who have made contributions to the industry. Click here to view the full list of winners who will be publically recognized at an industry luncheon on June 26 in New York. 


Emails  

2.28 KHJ Towers Dated 

"The KHJ towers shown in the photo were not up in 1938.  The KHJ flattop wire antenna was still on top of the Don Lee Building at 7th and Bixel in 1938 and continued transmitting from there until 1940 or so.  I have an article from the LA Times from 1940 that says construction was to begin on the new 2-tower directional antenna site off Venice Blvd. for KHJ, so it's likely this tower site about to be demolished was not in operation until late-1940 or into 1941. 

The FCC website has the KHJ history cards, which show that the new 5,000 watt 2-tower antenna site for KHJ was licensed for use in January of 1942. So, the 930-AM tower site was in use for 71 years." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

2.28 Loss of KHJ Towers 

"NO!!!! NO NO NO!!!!! AAAAAGGGHHHH! I feel like my dick just fell off. One thing I do know - there's no fabric on the inside of Morgan nor Steele's coffins. They're spinning so fast right now it's all worn off." - Rich Brother Robbin

** 2.28 Tower Costs

"I was told that Jose Liberman paid the paltry sum of $10M for those 10 acres at Venice and Fairfax back in 1990. He moved the KHJ transmitter site to the KDAY site and now will be building a 10 acre apartment building. Think he’ll make his money back?" - Jerry Lewine


2.27 KHJ Towers To Come Down (KTLA 5 - Los Angeles News and Video for Southern California)

 

"End of an era today: They're taking down the KHJ (930] towers that have stood just off Venice Boulevard since about 1938. KHJ has been relocated to the 1580/1230 site up above Dodger Stadium. As a Boss Radio fan, nothing has been the same since The Real Don Steele and Robert W. Morgan!" - Brent Hall, Salt Lake City

 


2.27 The Fraze that Pays

"Frazer Smith and I have been radio partners in LA for the last 30 years, We were on KLOS and KMET together, as well as doing 25 years of comedy Rose Parade Broadcasts.
 
We have a new podcast on Jon Lovitz Go Cast Network which airs on ustream and is available for free subscription on iTunes.
 
Here is the basic info: Facebook page link (with lots of pics from the old days of KLOS and KMET)
 
Crabbeman's Rock N Roll Revival 
 
Many thanks for your work." - Peter Crabbeman  Crabbe
(Left) Rose Parade broadcast on January 1, 2007 at KLSX with Crabbeman and Frazer Smith; (Center) NHRA Winter Nationals at Pomona with Peter Crabbe, Shirley Cha Cha Muldowney, Frazer Smtih 1982;
(Right)The Roxy Remote on KLOS in 1983 with Vince Neil, Frazer Smith, Bob Zany, Tommy Lee, and Peter Crabbe
iTunes podcast free subscription link
 
ustream link to first show
 
ustream video link of 2nd show.
 

Norm Pattiz’s Launchpad Digital Media Announces Debut of PodcastOne.com.

from TALKERS Magazine 

 

Calling it “a single, online destination that makes it easier than ever to discover, download and enjoy the most popular podcasts,” Launchpad Digital Media debuts PodcastOne.com.  In a statement, the company says the site is “already home to more than 200 major podcasts including those from some of the biggest names in radio, news and entertainment, such as: Adam Carolla, CBS News, Dr. Drew, Tom Green, Dennis Miller, Ron Paul, Laura Ingraham, Penn Jillette, Maria Menonunos and more.”  Chairman of Launchpad Digital Media and Courtside Entertainment Group, Norm Pattiz, states, “What others have done with music, we are doing with the spoken word – helping listeners discover new programming based on their listening habits.  This is a powerful promotional vehicle for any program looking to grow audience in a big way.  In addition, by delivering talk, comedy, news, sports and entertainment radio as on-demand podcasts accessible via the internet, Podcast One expands the reach of national radio programs to every listener in the country – eliminating void and uncleared markets, while helping radio grow its audience and receive fair value for it.”  Users go to PodcastOne.com, pick their favorite podcasts and add them to their listen list.  Podcast One suggests new shows based on what they already enjoy and the list is continuously updated with the freshest episodes and users can listen online or download and take their favorite shows with them.  Launchpad Digital Media president Kit Gray says, “Podcast One helps people spend less time searching for great content and more time discovering and enjoying it.  The site’s discovery feature and easy-to-use social network interface allow Podcast One to provide programs with unprecedented exposure to a previously untapped audience.” 


Daily Variety has a fascinating story about new platforms for radio shows. NPR's irreverent quiz show Wait Wait Don't Tell Me will broadcast the live show on 600 movie theaters for the first time on May 2.

The Pat Saperstein penned story says pubic radio personalities are increasingly expanding their reach through live shows and filmed versions of the live shows, giving their extremely loyal listener fanbases a more personal - and more visual - connection.

WNYC's Radio Lab capitalized on its nearly 3 million listeners with a live show last year. There are also live tours that sell out auditoriums. (Photo is Ira Glass of This American Life)

Emails/Articles 

2.26 KRIZ Reunion

 

"Just off the plane, back home in LA, with my mind still going a mile a minute, filled with non-stop memories of a WONDERFUL time at the KRIZ reunion in Phoenix.

A very special tip of the hat to Lee Marshall, W. Steven Martin, and all who worked so hard to make this something I will never forget.

Congratulations to Shotgun Tom Kelly, Larry McKay, Lee Marshall and all who were recognized for special honors.

My head is full of memories, my heart is full of joy, (and my stomach is still filled with some of that Serrano's Mexican buffet [eh, Bill Earl?!?!]) So great getting together with old friends, and having my mind refreshed about the accomplishments of so many fine talents who came after my quick, whiz-bang stint at Channel 1-2-3. This old goat can simply say, 'Thanks to all! And thanks for the memories!!!'" - Mike Lundy

Ken Levine's Review of the Oscar Telecast 

"The Oscars broke new wind last night. For the first time ever they were hosted by a man who left visible slime trails. The only awards show that Seth MacFarlane is qualified to emcee is the Adult Video Awards. Even then, they should shoot higher. This was that smarmy, unfunny, egotistical cousin at a wedding who stands up and tells the room the bride has herpes.

But more on that later. The big story was that Steven Spielberg was not able to buy any Oscars this year. Despite his “important” film, an ad campaign that cost more than the Civil War, numerous industry screenings, free coffee table books, and Bill Clinton the Best Picture went to ARGO and the Best Director went to Ang Lee for LIFE OF PI. (Considering PI’s story about a tiger I assume Steven’s next film will be THE SIEGRIED & ROY STORY.)

The truth is LINCOLN was ponderous and ARGO was an entertaining film where Hollywood saves the day. Who do you think the Academy is going to pick?" Read Ken's complete blog at: kenlevine.blogspot.com 

2.26 Welcome to the Jungle 

"We recently started at my studio a new monthly show called 'Welcome to the Jungle' with Steven Adler. Steven is the former drummer from Guns  'N Roses. He'll be hosting a two hour show every month that will be done live and then podcasts to several different outlets.  As part of promotion for the show, I did an interview with him about the new show for MY 'LA Radio Sessions' show that will air next Wednesday night (7pm to 10pm on UStream - http://www.ustream.tv/channel/laradiostudio.
 
In light of your story about Dr. Drew, I thought I'd send you a short clip from the interview where Steven, who was twice on Celebrity Rehab, talks briefly about HIS experience with the show. http://laradiosessions.com/audio/CelebRehabAlder.mp3." - Mike Stark, http://laradiosessions.com
 
 2.26 Mark & Brian Replacements

"I made the switch to Kevin & Bean and haven't looked [or turned] back!" - Ken Munroe

2.26 Kevin James Running for Mayor

The LA Times has profiled former KABC/KRLA Talk Show host Kevin James as his race for the Mayor's office nears an end. 

Gehringer Wins Oscar Contest 3rd Time

 

(February 25) Argo was picked as the winner of the Academy Award Best Picture last night. The readers of LARadio predicted Argo would win, as they picked the winner last year, The Artist. (If you want a leg up next year, pick a movie with a one-word title.) Jeff Gehringer of the Art Astor group successfully picked the winners in five of the six categories, marking his third season picking more winners than any other. Jeff is not at work today. He's on the I-15 this morning headed for Vegas.


Sunday Potpourri

(February 24) Jimmy Kimmel will be hosting an After The Oscars special tonight. Announced guests include Django Unchained’s Jamie Foxx, Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum as well as Good Morning America co-host Robin Roberts. Jimmy promises another in-house movie satire starring Samuel L. Jackson, Best Actor nominee Bradley Cooper, Salma Hayek, John Krasinski, Jude Law and Best Actress nominee Jessica Chastain.

MAT Coming Home. Mark Austin Thomas is coming home after a year in New York, most recently at WINS. Mark was the former news director and morning anchor at KABC. He left the station 10.26.11 following the Cumulus take-over of Citadel/LA. He joined KPCC in early 2012. By late spring, Mark headed to Randy Michaels' start-up FM News station and within months, the format was dropped. How’s that for a whirlwind whiplash of emotions and adjustments in just few months?

He posted on Facebook: “Well my friends, my magical year in New York has come to an end. Next Monday (3/4) I’ll be moving back to Southern California. The decision came after the realization that I wanted and needed to be with my younger daughter and share in those irreplaceable moments of her life while I can. It is sad saying goodbye to Manhattan, 1010WINS, my neighborhood of Park Slope in Brooklyn, the Vajradhara Buddhist Center, The Kadampa Buddhist Meditation Center in Manhattan and the special friends I was privileged to make while living and working here. However, I’m sure that many of us will see each other again over time. And it will be good to see many old and dear friends again back in Los Angeles. What a year it’s been. I’ve applied for several jobs in LA and around the state. However if you hear of something, please let me know.” 

KLOS Mornings. A number of readers emailed to ask how Heidi & Frank are doing in morning drive at KLOS. In the recently released January ’13 Arbitron, the pair were tied for 23rd in Persons 12+. Last February, Mark & Brian were tied for 9th. In the money demo, 25-54, Heidi & Frank tied for 17th. A year ago, Mark & Brian were 5th. Heidi & Frank took over the morning show in early September ’12.


Emails 

2.23 Oscar Guess

"Interesting. Almost identical results to the Huffington Post poll. Only difference was they had Tommy Lee Jones as Best Supporting.
http://data.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/oscar-predictions?big-news." - Christian Wheel

2.23 Silver Linings

"Interesting on DeNiro - hope everyone is right!" - Ellen Brownstein

2.23 Sober Living

"Five percent stay clean and sober? That makes me appreciate all of my sober friends even more! Congratulations to you buddy." - Rita Wilde

2.23 Secret Meetings

"This Dr. Drew business is why I wish celebrities would observe the 12th tradition - anonymity at the level of press. For every Dick Van Dyke or Anthony Hopkins, there are a bunch of Mindy McCreadys. They have secret meetings - they should keep it that way. My two cents.

Didn’t get a chance to vote for your Oscar poll, but I’d be happy to see any of Argo, Lincoln, or Silver Linings Playbook win. All very good films and very good filmmaking in my very uninformed opinion." - Bruce Harris West Covina

2.23 A Sobering Dose of Loveline 

"That's for damn sure. Great piece, Don. I didn't realize there was only a 5% success rate for sobriety." - Cam Currier 

2.23 More Sobriety

"Amen and double amen from Georgia and I!!

BTW, Richard Marx = irrelevant.  And it shows how little he knows about not only alcoholism but others who went to Dr. K for an honorable end to their suffering. Who is Marx to dictate what those - and anyone else
in pain - do with their lives?" - Gary Moore

2.23 Lead a Horse to Water

"Ver
y well said. It's up to the individual. And though some had super success with Celebrity Rehab, others fell back. It's life. Dr. Drew is a very intelligent guy, trying to spread his message. You can lead a horse to water..." - Eva Kilgore
2.23 Percentages for Sobriety

"Sounds like a fun evening in SB. Never thought we'd be hearing Norm Pattiz's name again - it's been so many years.
 
I was shocked to see your mention of a 5% success / 95% recidivism rate for recovering alcoholics. Can this be true?! I know it's a subject in which you are well versed, so I just wanted to confirm those numbers with you.
 
So sad. And so impressive when I think of the accomplishment of the friends who have beaten the odds." - Randy West

2.23 Sobering Subject
"Spoken from the heart. I didn't know the success rate was only five percent. I see examples around me every day; and it is sobering [no pun intended] on how large this problem is. I've been to 12-step programs and see many folks trade one addiction for others. One day, I woke up and said, 'I'm done.' I can't give you the date, but it's summer 2010. I get no coin; but I have the satisfaction that today it's easier than yesterday but I must be on watch for cracks in my mortar." - Chris Carmichael

Argo Fuck Yourself

(February 22) Based on close to 100 voters in our annual Academy Awards poll, Argo will definitely be the winner of an Oscar for Best Picture. Winners in the top six categories pretty much spread out among a number of films. The number in parenthesis is the percentage of votes:

Best Picture

Argo (68)

Lincoln (13)

Zero Dark 30 (6)

Silver Linings Playbook (3)

Les Miserables (3)

Django Unchained (3)

Amour (0)

Beasts of the Southern Wild (0)

Life of Pi (0)

 Best Actor

Daniel Day-Lewis (78)

Bradley Cooper (7)

Hugh Jackman (4)

Joaquin Phoenix (3)

Denzel Washington (3)

Best Actress

Jennifer Lawrence (57)

Jessica Chastain (28)

Emmanuelle Riva (14)

Quvenzhane Wallas (0)

Naomi Watts (0)

Best Director

Steven Spielberg (55)

David O Russell (22)

Ang Lee (15)

Michael Haneke (3)

Benh Zeitlin (0)

Best Supporting Actor

Robert DeNiro (55)

Alan Arkin (17)

Tommy Lee Jones (14)

Christoph Waltz (6)

Phillip Seymour Hoffman (2)

Best Supporting Actress

Anne Hathaway (46)

Sally Fields (34)

Jacki Weaver (11)

Amy Adams (3)

Helen Hunt (3)


 

A Sobering Dose of Loveline

(February 21) Members of the LARP community visited Santa Barbara last weekend, when Dr. Drew Pinsky and Adam Carolla launched the Loveline 2013 Tour at the Lobero Theatre. The packed audience, promoted by Alternative station KJEE, was tuned in with the pair from the opening introduction, as they sauntered on the sparse stage with just two chairs and a table to hold their two bottles of Lite Beer.

Adam made his opening monologue very relatable to the Santa Barbara audience where he regaled them with stories of his frequent visits to Isle Vista, especially at Halloween. He humorously told the story of meeting his first girlfriend, which included a successful climb over a seven-foot fence while balancing a 12-pack of beer. The audience absolutely loved hearing Adam tell his tale.

The second half of the show was reminiscent of the time when Adam and Dr. Drew co-hosted Loveline on KROQ and syndicated across the country, as they took questions from the audience. 

The first question was about Poorman’s involvement with the show in the embryonic days, but Dr. Drew was reluctant to talk about it because of multiple lawsuits against himself, KROQ, and others connected with the syndicated show. But it didn’t stop Adam from jumping in on the subject. He said there are people who like to swirl around in a problem and never move on. Adam used himself as an example of someone who has experienced adversity, unwilling to get bogged down and ensnared when he left the morning show at KLSX. When it was clear he wasn’t going to be hired by any other station, he started doing his show via podcasting. Dr. Drew added that Adam’s podcast is listened to by more people than any other podcast.


In the Green Room at the Lobero Theatre after the performance, Norm Pattiz and his gorgeous wife Mary Turner were complimenting Adam and Dr. Drew on a great night. Norm is very excited about the imminent launch of Podcast One, a major effort for his Courtside Entertainment. Pattiz has bundled podcasters that will represent a million downloads a day, with only major growth as strong personalities leave terrestrial radio and turn to podcasting. Thanks to Howard Lapides for the invitation to spend a funny evening with the Loveline  guys. 

But there’s a footnote. Within hours of this successful night, Dr. Drew came under major fire following the suicide death of Country music star Mindy McCready, a recent patient on Dr. Drew’s Celebrity Rehab program seen on VH1. On Twitter, Richard Marx compared Dr. Pinsky to Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the so-called suicide doctor: “Same results.”

Hey people, “Snap out of it,” as Cher once uttered on screen. Having been around the disease of alcoholism – professionally and personally – for 31 years, I know that tens of thousands die of alcoholism every year. In fact, one-third of all suicides tested positive for alcohol and 20% for opiates, including heroin and prescription painkillers.

Alcoholism is a crappy disease –well, for that matter all diseases are crappy – but this one can be cured by abstinence.  Yet it’s important to note that the success rate for those who attempt a clean and sober life is only a sobering 5%. That’s it. 5%. That’s whether you go into a 12-step program, cold turkey stopping, an in-patient program or even Celebrity Rehab. You must have a loved one who has attempted to get clean and sober. It’s heartbreaking to see failure after failure. 

With the attacks on Dr. Drew for his Celebrity Rehab “success” stories, we have no idea about the number of viewers who got clean and sober by watching the “reality” show. That statistic, whatever it may be, doesn’t generate positive headlines.  Only the heartaches make the 24-hour news cycle. 

One can only hope that Dr. Drew continues his quest to help those who are addicted.


Emails

 

2.21 Legendary Engineer Newcomb Weisenberger Died 

"Stan Kelton sent me the news that retired KFI transmitter and studio engineer Newcomb Weisenberger of Signal Hill died on Tuesday. I'll find out his exact age ASAP, but he was near 95, I believe. His wife of 70 years, Alma, passed away in 2009.  

 Newcomb was with KFI from 1947 until 1980. When Lohman & Barkley first arrived at KFI, Newcomb was often their studio engineer in the late-60s and early 1970s.  Al and Roger's inside joke was to refer to Newcomb on the air as 'our engineer today is Jane Wyman,' which always made Newcomb laugh. 

 I was lucky to get to know him and visit with him on several occasions since 1995, including a visit to the KFI transmitter site with Newcomb, Marvin Collins, Tony Dinkel and Stan Kelton. Newcomb took time to post several articles and photos on the Internet, regarding his memories of working at KFI, including one story about working with KFI owner Earle C. Anthony

If anybody is interested, here are two links to Newcomb's writings and some audio clips as well.   http://www.oldradio.com/archives/stations/LA/nw.htm and  http://earthsignals.com/Newcomb/  Newcomb owned some items that belonged to Earle C. Anthony, including his 1920s battery operated Western Electric radio with a Magnavox horn speaker, which he got from Anthony's old office at 141 S. Vermont, before KFI moved to Ardmore in the 1970s." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey  


January '13 Arbitron  

San Diego

1. KSON (Country) 6.0 - 7.2
2. KPBS (News/Talk) 4.2 - 5.4
3. KHTS (Top 40/M) 5.1 - 5.2
4. KYXY (AC) 5.7 - 4.5
5. KGB (Classic Rock) 4.5 - 4.4
    XHTZ (Top 40/R) 4.2 - 4.4
Riverside-San Bernardino

1. KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 7.5 - 8.5
2. KOLA (Classic Hits) 6.0 - 6.6
3. KGGI (Top 40/R) 4.8 - 4.7
4. KFRG (Country) 3.5 - 4.0
5. KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.5 - 3.9
San Francisco

1. KQED (News/Talk) 5.5 - 5.6
2. KCBS (News) 5.2 - 5.5
3. KOIT (AC) 7.8 - 4.7
4. KNBR (Sports) 3.8 - 4.3
5. KMEL (Top 40/R) 4.1 - 4.1

Potpourri On a Wednesday

(February 20) Condolences to KNX/KFWB pd Andy Ludlum on the loss of his mother earlier this month. “Fortunately she was in reasonably good health for 91, until about Christmas time,” emailed Andy. “But her passing was peaceful and she was surrounded by family … Next Monday afternoon there will be a memorial service for 100.3/The Sound’s chief engineer Kevin Scott. The services will be held at the Sound studios and the station will be dedicating a studio in his honor. “All staff members – and others who may be interested – are welcome to attend,” emailed pd Dave BeasingChad Fitzsimmons has been promoted to director of music initiatives for CBS Radio. His newly-created position will focus on creating partnership opportunities with record labels … JJ McKay, former KIIS jock in the 80s, checked in to say he’s currently doing mornings on 103.9 The Game in Jonesboro, Arkansas … Damion, former AOR high-profile personality at KLOS, KMET and KLSX, lives in LaQuinta since retiring in late 2008. "I love being retired but I still produce/voice a one-hour show called 'Rock and Roll Cowboy,' where I mix Modern Country and Classic Rock that airs Friday nights 11p-12a on KTHO-Lake Tahoe," said Damion earlier this week. "I remain in remission from 2011's non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and quite honestly I feel healthier than when I was in my 30's." The Insane Darrell Wayne, owner of KTHO, calls Damion's show, 'A Little Bit Donny, A Little Bit Marie.'


Los Angeles January '13 Arbitron Rankings in Morning Drive 6A-10A 

Persons 12+

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Bill Handel (KFI)

3. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

4. Mark & Kristin (KOST)

5. Valentine (MY/fm)

Persons 18-34

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Big Boy (Power 106)

    Carson Daly (AMP Radio)

5. Valentine (MY/fm)

Persons 25-54

1. Kevin & Bean (KROQ)

2. Ryan Seacrest (KIIS)

3. Valentine (MY/fm)

4. Mark & Kristin (KOST)

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

    Don Cheto (KBUE)


Academy Nominations 

Who do you think will win the top Academy Awards? Please send your choices to db@thevine.net before Thursday at 5 p.m.

Best Picture: Amour, Argo, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Django Unchained, Les Misérables, Life of Pi, Lincoln, Silver Linings Playbook, Zero Dark Thirty  

Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook), Daniel Day-Lewis (Lincoln), Hugh Jackman (Les Misérables), Joaquin Phoenix (The Master), Denzel Washington (Flight)   

Best Actress in a Leading Role: Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Emmanuelle Riva (Amour), Quvenzhané Wallis (Beasts of the Southern Wild), Naomi Watts (The Impossible

Best Director: Amour (Michael Haneke), Beasts of the Southern Wild (Benh Zeitlin), Life of Pi (Ang Lee), Lincoln (Steven Spielberg), Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) 

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Alan Arkin (Argo), Robert De Niro (Silver Linings Playbook), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master), Tommy Lee Jones (Lincoln), Christoph Waltz (Django Unchained

Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Amy Adams (The Master), Sally Field (Lincoln), Anne Hathaway (Les Misérables), Helen Hunt (The Sessions), Jacki Weaver (Silver Linings Playbook)


Former KIQQ PD Lee Bayley Dies 

BAYLEY, Lee: KIQQ, 1978-80, pd. If you grew up in Tulsa in the 1960s, you knew Lee Bayley. He was the morning host on Top 40-radio station KAKC. He also hosted Dance Party on Channel 6.  

“He was a small-town kid raised in Sam Walton's backyard,” wrote Bob Shannon in R&R. “Lee met his only wife in second grade and never lost her. In his 40 years in our business he's had only seven jobs, has never been fired and, in the last 18-years of his career, has quietly consulted. He was a morning man with a 60 share, one of the guiding forces of 24-hour syndicated programming, and someone who worked so closely with Bill Drake that when they parted company, Drake was brought to tears.” 

Lee Bayley died last Sunday, February 17.  

Before coming to L.A. Lee started radio at the age of 15 in Arkansas. He was the morning man for Armed Forces Radio and TV in Panama. Upon leaving the Army he became pd and worked morning drive for KAKC-Tulsa, where he first met Bill Drake. Beginning in 1971, Lee moved to L.A. as vp of programming for Bill Drake and Drake/Chenault.  

The company programmed over 300 stations across the country with five different formats. Lee joined KIQQ in 1978 as pd and left for Dallas to be gm of Disney’s TM Programming in 1980. He formed his own consultancy in 1981.  

Bayley retired in west Texas in early 2000s, but his daughter said he was still active, emceeing community events and serving as a volunteer firefighter.



Los Angeles January '13 Arbitron Monthly PPM 6+ Mon-Sun, 6a-Mid
1. KIIS (Top 40/M) 5.5 - 5.7
2. KBIG (MY/fm) 4.8 - 5.4
3. KOST (AC) 10.2 - 5.3
4. KFI (Talk) 3.7 - 4.0
    KRTH (Classic Hits) 3.5 - 4.0
6. KHHT (HOT 92.3) 3.4 - 3.8
7. KPWR (Top 40/R) 3.5 - 3.7
8. KAMP (AMP RADIO) 3.5 - 3.4
    KLVE (Spanish Contemporary) 3.0 - 3.4
    KROQ (Alternative) 3.3 - 3.4
11. KRCD (Spanish Adult Hits) 3.1 - 3.3
12. KSCA (Regional Mexican) 3.1 - 3.1
13. KBUE (Regional Mexican) 2.8 - 2.9
14. KKGO (Country) 2.5 - 2.8
      KNX (News) 3.0 - 2.8
      KTWV (Smooth Jazz) 4.0 - 2.8
17. KLAX (Regional Mexican) 2.3 - 2.5
      KYSR (Alternative) 2.4 - 2.5
19. KCBS (JACK/fm) 2.1 - 2.4
20. KPCC (News/Talk) 1.7 - 2.1
21. KLOS (Classic Rock) 1.7 - 1.9
      KLYY (Spanish Adult Hits) 1.5 - 1.9
      KSPN (Sports) 1.4 - 1.9
24. KSWD (100.3/The Sound) 1.7 - 1.7
25. KXOL (Latin Urban) 1.9 - 1.6
26. KFSH (Christian Contemporary) 1.4 - 1.5
27. KHJ (Regional Mexican) 1.2 - 1.3
28. KDLD (Regional Mexican) 1.0 - 1.1
       KJLH (Urban AC) 1.0 - 1.1
       KUSC (Classical) 1.3 - 1.1
31. KCRW (Variety) 0.9 - 1.0
       KDAY (Rhythmic AC) 1.1 - 1.0
33. KWIZ (Spanish Variety) 0.7 - 0.9
34. KSSE (Spanish Contemporary) 0.7 - 0.8
35. KABC (Talk) 0.8 - 0.7
36. KLAC (Sports) 0.4 - 0.6
37. KKJZ (Jazz) 0.5 - 0.5
      KTLK (Talk) 0.5 - 0.5
39. KFWB (News/Talk) 0.4 - 0.4
      KRLA (Talk) 0.4 - 0.4
      KXOS (Spanish AC) 0.4 - 0.4
2.19 Ratings Reaction

"KOST lost HALF of its audience? Hell, even with their transmitter off for a month, enough people would write them into a diary to result in higher numbers than this. Can this PeopleMeter methodology be accurate?!
 
They need Jhani Kaye back.
 
Speaking of... congrats to Jhani on keeping K-EARTH a KILLER." - Randy West

2.19 Re Randy West's Comments on KOST's Ratings Drop

"Haven't we all gotten used to the fact that KOST always gets an annual spike in the December ratings due to going all-Christmas programming, then losing most of it come January?  This doesn't look unusual to me, given the history of past years.

In fact, I would bet that the Portable People Meter resulted in a higher spike than the previous diary methodology, as it's likely more stores had KOST playing during December and the PPM would register that listening whenever exposed to that." - K.M. Richards

Ryan Seacrest Basking in Publicity for New Season of American Idol


Emails/Articles 

2.18 Memories of El Monte 

"Thanks for LARadio, catapulting me back to my youth in Los Angeles in the 1960s, listening to KFWB, KHJ and KRLA. Similar in impact as scents or aromatherapy, radio-aural therapy is exhilarating. Thanks from Greensboro, home of Rick Dees.

As in a radio candy shop, all the rock stations KFWB, KHJ and KRLA were sweet to my ears. My favorite among equals was the early Channel 98 KFWB Seven Swingin’ Gentlemen.

In 1960, as a 12-year-old newspaper boy in Compton, I loved hearing Red Blanchard’s voice in hours before dawn, tossing the Times on front porches. 

For drama, I exulted in all the newscasters intoning authenticity. Oh, Andy Park of KMPC lived around the corner from me in Anaheim, relocating there from Compton. 

Also, I savored Dick Whittinghill, Johnny Magnus, Hunter Hancock and others including how KWIZ would report where Santa Ana police were station with radar units. 

In March 1968, I arose early to hear the signon of KFWB News98, with Hal Goodwin.

The Drake touch still resonates, and still produces a tingle yet today, with me, as you will recall: Dum-dum-dum, dum, dum, dum, da-a-a-a-a. . . Ladies and gentlemen, you’re listening to The Real Don Steele, KHJ Los Angeles. WOW!

A friend here in Greensboro, a dj in his youth, recalls the airchecks of Los Angeles radio. A few years ago, Jack Armstrong brightened the airwaves here. 

Take care. I will visit your website now and then." - Ivan Saul Cutler - MakingNewz  

2.18 Michael Savage Rules the Radio World

"Rich Lieberman, as usual, is so off base here - he's not even in the infield. Michael Savage couldn't talk his own group, ABC, back in the day, to take him on, and now they're simply clearing him on stations to recoup their investment, which they may never make back. Advertisers are few and they are spending at record low costs per points.

And, he's an idiot." - Ed Mann

2.18 My Funny Valentine 

"I'm sure your Johnny Mathis night will be a Valentine's Day memory you'll never forget. It must have been a night of romance with a capital 'R.'  One of our good friends graduated from high school in 1962. As a big fan of Top 40 and rock oldies of the '50s and into the mid-'60s, I once asked her who her favorite singers were during high school. Her answer was Pat Boone, Ricky Nelson and Johnny Mathis. I'm too young to remember his first wave of fame, since I graduated from high school in 1973.  But, I always enjoyed seeing Johnny Mathis on various tv shows performing or playing himself. I also recall seeing comedians such as John Byner on tv imitating his singing style, while talking about playing his records in a dimly lit room while making out with a girlfriend. 

I also remember the 1983 sitcom Oh Madeline starring Madeline Kahn, in which she tried to get Jimmy Gilmer [of Sugar Shack fame] to sing at her high school reunion. When she could not get Gilmer, Madeline gets Johnny Mathis. But, when he shows up, she first thinks that he is only a Mathis impersonator, and it takes a while for her to believe it is really Johnny. 

I saw that he will be honored by the PPB.  Well deserved. Anyway, thanks for telling us about going to see Johnny Mathis." - Jim Hilliker, Monterey 


My Funny Valentine

(February 16) I took the new Mrs. B to see Johnny Mathis in concert Thursday night. I figured there are not many romantic singers left to complement the romance of Valentine’s Day. He delivered. Chances are if you are under 50 you might not remember his string of hits, primarily in the 50s and 60s. Despite the fact he had only one #1 song during those two decades, Mathis was heard a LOT on Top 40 stations, balancing out the rock ‘n roll playlist.

As I sat in the Chumash Casino awaiting the balladeer to walk out on stage to sing in front of a 25-piece orchestra, I was hurtled back to the days of Tom Clay, one of the most versatile of radio personalities who achieved his legendary status during the same period as Mathis. In fact, Clay was obsessed with Johnny Mathis and his music. Clay worked for me twice, W4 in Detroit and KIQQ (K-100) in Los Angeles. Over lunches, it didn’t take long before Tom would regale me with stories of visiting Johnny at his Hollywood Hills mansion, once owned by Howard Hughes.  

Clay was fascinated with the tenderness of Mathis’ voice and marveled at how long he could hold a note. Frequently when playing one of Johnny’s songs, he would lift the needle off the record and repeat one of the loooooong notes. (Tom produced a Top 10 hit in the early 1970s that went Gold, What the World Needs Now is Love.)

I saw Mathis at the Greek Theatre in the 1960s. The show is basically unchanged. No flashing lights. No explosions on stage. No videos of his track and field days at San Francisco State or receiving his numerous Grammy awards.

Just Johnny and his music for two hours. It was Wonderful Wonderful. He has a 40-acre ranch in Santa Ynez, just behind the Chumash Casino that he purchased in the 50s. He had a short drive home last night. 

Oh, by the way, did you know that one of his songs appeared in a Steven Spielberg film? And a big movie!

Johnny Mathis/Tom Clay Emails

"Did you know that Tom Clay actually lost his gig at KDAY over Johnny Mathis? I heard this one on the air as a 16 year old high school student in San Diego around 1960-61 and later confirmed it with Tom when we worked together [Honolulu, San Diego and Los Angeles]. 

He came on the air one afternoon and talked about how much he loved Johnny Mathis and that as we listeners knew, he played a lot of Mathis records on his show. He said that he’d received a memo from management saying that Johnny Mathis didn’t fit the format and he [Tom] had been ordered to stop playing Mathis. There was then a dramatic pause after which Tom said: 'Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Johnny Mathis hour.' He then proceeded to play an hour of Mathis. 

I thought it was a radio bit but the next day Tom was gone and whoever was doing the show made no mention of him. I never heard his voice again until he showed up at KGMB in Honolulu in 1966. His first on-air shift was filling in for me!! Kind of amazing. 

As I said I asked him about the Mathis thing and he confirmed that it was no bit. KDAY fired him and he went through a long period of unemployment. Becoming so broke he had to sell his wife’s wedding ring to make the rent. The deal went down at Martoni’s. Tom was foolish enough to take a check. It bounced. He never saw the guy or the ring again.  

Thought you might find the story interesting, Don. Glad you’re back and sending intermittent stuff. I missed you." - Neil Ross

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"Johnny Mathis was a great high jumper when he attended S.F. State - 6' 5 1/2". He was asked to attend Olympic trials in 1956 but his music career was taking off and he decided not to try out for the Melbourne Olympics." - Bob Fox

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"Thanks for the Johnny Mathis nostalgia. I had him on my show at KPOP in San Diego a number of times. He'd always invite my wife Barbara and I backstage after his shows in San Diego. He's a great guy and marvelous talent. Too bad there's no station playing his recordings in L.A. anymore." - John Regan

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"What a wonderfully romantic thing to do for Valentine's Day!

When I worked with you at K-100, the station produced special coverage of Johnny Mathis coming home to Los Angeles from a concert tour. This was tied in with his 1973 single, I'm Coming Home. I remember seeing a black and white news photograph of me with the K-100 logo on a microphone interviewing Mathis at LAX that evening. The 'lost photo' has not been seen for 40 years now!" - Woody Goulart

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"May I say I feel young again when I hear Johnny Mathis sing. Period. At any rate, so wonderful for all of us to see you writing articles when you feel like it. I am a fan who enjoys reading them." - Jeanne Sims, Fullerton 

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"This is, well, wonderful x 2! So glad it was everything you'd hoped for. For anyone who doesn't know who Johnny Mathis is, it's up to them to supplement their music knowledge. It's all out there, even if KRTH doesn't play him anymore.  

I'm particularly fond of Radio 57 - 'Your Hometown Station' on TuneIn, out of Grand Rapids. It's a traditional MOR in every sense of the word, from Percy Faith to Johnny Mathis to Doris Day to Herb Alpert. Plus they have Big Band sounds sprinkled in, especially on Saturday nights for their target audience. Though the jocks leave a little something to be desired, it's by far my favorite music station.

Hey, John Lennon loved Muzak, so...

BTW, Tom Clay's son Ron was part of THE morning team in Louisville for many years in the 80's. He and a guy named Terry Meiners [who's been at 84/WHAS, the big AM powerhouse there for years] were a funnier Mark & Brian. Huge numbers. Ron Clay died in '91 from cancer at 41.  More here." - Gary Moore 

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"Always nice when someone else’s reminiscences match your own. First RBR, and now Tom Clay. 

Good to have you back in my in-box, Don." - Gary Bridges

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"As you didn't mention it, I presume you are aware that Mr. Mathis will be the honoree at the March 1 Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters luncheon?" - K.M. Richards

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"Thanks for the fine memories of Johnny Mathis. I assume you are aware that Johnny Mathis will be the special guest luncheon honoree at the next Pacific Pioneer Luncheon on March 1? My brother John and I will both be there.  

Let me know if you will be attending and we'll make it a point to find you. Although now that I think of it, two blind people in a crowd of over 300 trying to find someone in particular will be no easy task." - Larry Gassman

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"The Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters are honoring Mr. Mathis on March 1st on the Sportsman Lodge.  A well deserved honoree.  He doesn't do things like this, so it should be Wonderful, Wonderful, and Chances Are you could join us, maybe?" - John St. Thomas Newton

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"Love it. Can't wait to see Johnny at the Pioneer luncheon. He is the coolest." - Eva Kilgore

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"Happy to hear about your Johnny Mathis Valentine Day concert. Sounds like you had a wonderful evening.  It has been many years since working with Johnny when he was on Mercury Records back in the mid 60’s.  He has always been a class act. 

I do remember giving his father [Clem] a ride home in San Francisco after the San Jose concert ." - Chris Crist

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"I enjoy reading your emails very much. I am glad that Rich Brother Robin has a new job in San Diego. I still listen to [and contribute] to his Internet radio station, featuring music of the 50s, 60s, and very early 70s.  I am also a big Johnny Mathis fan." - Carl Spring  

PS:   I do remember KIQQ from the early 1970s.

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"I met Johnny at W/4 - very nice - very soft spoken and a great show!" - Mike Butts

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"Just about a year ago I did the same thing with my now 'ole' [not old] wife, same place and had a similar experience.  Does Johnny still have the comedian from Seattle along to give him a break?  Must admit, I didn't think about Tom Clay though." - Tom Goodwin 

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"I hope you let us know what song of Johnny's was in a Spielberg movie!  Nice story about your Valentine's Day evening. 

In case you didn't know: Do you know who else adored Johnny Mathis? Keri Fretty. He was her favorite singer of all time!" - Shaune McNamara Steele 

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"The Johnny Mathis song, Chances Are, was in Spielberg's Close Encounters of a Third Kind. I might add it is one of my favorite movies!" - Bob Koontz 

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"Tom Clay was one of my favorite personalities. He was amazing!!" - Dave Armstrong

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"I'm very jealous. Johnny Mathis is a legend and well deserved!" - Ellen Brownstein 

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"Very nice piece on Tom Clay. I still remember seeing him in the 70's in a cherry red, convertible 450 sl on the 101 ... singing with the radio or 8-track. Busted me up." - Bill Seward 

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"I'm so happy to be reading what you write. I missed it.

My mom was a Johnny Mathis fan. I grew up listening to him. It sounds like a great way to spend a lovely night." - Elizabeth McDonnell 


Emails 

2.15  Jimmy Kimmel Doesn't Hide His Dislike for Jay Leno 

"After reading Jimmy Kimmel's statement that Jay Leno had no feelings, I just had to put in my 2 cents' worth to acknowledge an act of kindness and caring on the part of Jay Leno to counter what Kimmel said about the Tonight Show host. It may not seem like much, but it's often the little things that mean the most.  

A couple of weeks back, my wife and her twin sister, who are totally blind, and I, being partially sighted, went to a taping of the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. We let them know in advance of our hopes to sit as close as possible to the stage so that I could see what was happening, but when we were all getting seated we were all told there was no negotiating where we would sit. I was OK with that, even though we wound up in the front/center section but right next to a tripod-mounted camera, and I was practically right under its big lens. I figured from where we were sitting we didn't have a snowball's chance in hell of being able to get up and shake hands with Jay Leno when he started the show, but then once taping started, I saw the people in front of us go up, so I kicked a couple of chairs out of the way and guided the girls up as close as I could get them. Try as they might, and try as Jay Leno might, their hands never met. I was OK with that, I just figured we tried and sometimes you win, sometimes you don't. We got back to our seat, and we listened to Jay's monologue. When they broke for a commercial, we were just sitting there minding our own business and who should appear from my "blind" side (I only see on my right side), but Jay Leno! He came to shake hands with me and the girls! He said something like "sorry I missed you hands..." I was almost speechless. As I shook his hand I said "Thank you! You made our day!" Now come on, that's a little thing but it means a lot. It's not so much the handshake itself, it's the fact that despite needing to do other things during that commercial break, HE TOOK THE TIME to come to us and acknowledge us. He certainly went the extra mile. There could be any number of reasons why he did what he did, but I choose to think that he cared enough to connect with us. He certainly didn't have to show that kindness, and I'd never have thought anything of it. Like I said, you win some, you lose some. So I would take Jimmy Kimmel to task and ask, is this something that someone who doesn't care of have feelings would do? In my book, it is an act of caring and it speaks volumes about the person, a lot more than the handshake itself.

I've got to ask an indulgence here. If memory serves me, Kevin Gershan, who I think still reads this column, is associated in some way to the Tonight Show, or at least was. If so, I'd like to call on him to make sure Jay Leno sees a copy of this post so that he knows the small thing he did was very much appreciated. I doubt if I just sent mail to the studio that Leno would ever see it. And if someone wants to send this to Jimmy Kimmel, that's fine too. I'm so sorry Jimmy had such a bad experience with Jay Leno and feels the need to bash him on other shows, but I don't ever recall Jay Leno doing that to Kimmel. If that's true, then take from that what you want, maybe Leno doesn't have the need to bash others." - Bill Powers 


Terrestrial Radio Sucks
by Ken Levine

Terrestrial Radio is the guy in an iron lung who’s smoking. Except the guy is smart enough to know he’s dying.

For almost a hundred years Terrestrial Radio has ruled the airwaves. And as readers of this blog know, my first love (besides Natalie Wood) is radio. That’s why it really pains me to not only see it heading towards its own demise but sprinting. Now we have satellite radio (such as it is), internet radio, music services like Pandora, our own playlists, and my book-on-tape. At one time the only way you could hear the hits was to tune to a terrestrial station or maybe two. Now there are literally thousands of alternatives. On iTunes radio there are 543 stations streaming Top 40/pop music. Right this minute a Lady Gaga song is on 523 of them. There’s probably a 24/7 station that plays nothing but Spandau Ballet – and they only had one hit. So how does Terrestrial Radio deal with this? By ignoring it. By increasing their commercial load.

What’s the single biggest complaint listeners have about Terrestrial Radio? No. Rush Limbaugh is number two. Commercials! Of course! So to counter-program all these alternative delivery systems they just add more commercials. Do stations know they’re mortgaging their future? Of course again. But they don’t care. They just want to bring in a profit now. In their list of priorities, the listener falls right below watering the plants in the lobby.  

Listen to your local Top 40 station (if you can). There are probably close to 20 minutes of commercials an hour. When one of those stations goes into a spot break it can last up to seven minutes. Do the math. Most commercials these days are 30 seconds. That’s 14 commercials all at once. Even the Guantanamo detainees weren’t subjected to that. And not only is that horrific for the listener (assuming he hasn’t already tuned out or given the name of Bin Laden’s courier), how’d you like to be the sponsor with your commercial number 8 of 14? What impact does that have? None. You’re taking your advertising budget and lighting cigars with it. And what about news and sports formats? Those stations are either on AM or if they’re on FM they come with the full load of commercials. Here’s the problem with AM: You can’t buy AM radios anymore. Go to a Best Buy or any major store selling radios. Good luck finding an AM. And if you want an AM transistor radio – the one-time staple of every teenager -- your best bet is to buy one on ANTIQUE ROADSHOW. Transistor radios that receive AM are almost impossible to locate. You have to special order them as you would a Betamax player or Teri Hatcher’s self help book.  

Most people listen to the radio in their cars. For any of these new delivery systems to really make a dent they have to be easily available on the dashboard. Satellite radio already is. For a number of years now auxiliary outlets have been available so you could play your iPods over your auto’s audio. And in newer models iHeart Radio – a collection of stations although most commercial – is an option. Manufacturers are hard at work making receivers that will play streaming internet radio. You’ll be able to set push buttons for your favorite internet station the way you’ve set one for KISS-FM (every city has a KISS-FM).  

On the new Prius you can mix and match the push buttons. 1 – a satellite station, 2 – your favorite FM station, 3- satellite, 4—an AM station, etc. And once internet stations are as easy to play in the car as terrestrial stations then the terrestrial stations are toast. Internet stations contain little or no commercials. Their overhead is minimal. And it’s only a matter of time before a few break out and become viral hits. That means that some dude’s station that he runs out of his mother’s walk-in closet could be worth more than the terrestrial stations Clear Channel and Cumulus and CBS overpaid millions for. This does not just apply to music-based stations.  

Long-time talk show host Tom Leykis now does his show exclusively on the internet. And in less than a year he has millions of listeners. I am firmly convinced that the next great radio star, the next Howard Stern, will come from an internet station. Actually, that’s almost a given since Terrestrial Radio, in another effort to cut costs, rarely employs live talent. They just run syndicated programming or voice tracks. So there’s no training ground for young talent anymore. Asking Terrestrial Radio to clean up its act is like asking Lindsay Lohan to clean up hers. You know it’ll never happen (even after that jaw-dropping Liz Taylor movie).  

Terrestrial Radio needs to cut way back on the commercials for starters. Then they have to figure out what they can provide that all of the alternatives can’t. Local programming is one answer. I’ve heard so many stories of tornadoes and freak storms hitting cities and the citizens turn to the radio to get disaster coverage and are treated to Carrie Underwood’s greatest hits. It used to be that radio had an obligation to provide public service to the community. That’s now a joke. Who cares where the emergency shelters are located? Taylor Swift has a new single! The other thing Terrestrial Radio can offer is personalities. If everyone plays the same songs it’s what’s in between them that make the difference. But personalities cost money. And reducing commercials loses money. So it will never happen. Lindsay Lohan will be arrested for urinating on Kim Kardashian and Terrestrial Radio will go on believing surveys that say that most people still listen to them. I think those surveys are from the same pollsters that predicted Romney was going to win.  

As Bob Dylan said, “the times they are a ‘changin’.” You can find that song on one of 267 iTunes stations streaming Classic Rock and 212 Oldies streams. With little or no commercials. 

Note to Terrestrial Radio: Cigarettes will kill you. (Essay written by Ken Levine: bossjock@roadrunner.com ) 

2.15 Ken Levine's Terrestrial Radio Sucks Blog 

"Oh, I don’t know. Every study I read says that cume is up but TSL is down. If there’s more cume, there are MORE listeners. Cut back on commercials and viola, more TSL. And Satellite? Puleeze. Once the introductory free subscription runs out, these radios go silent until the next Sirius 'free this month' promotion, like, um, NOW.  

I recently bought a new car that offered Internet service, for hundreds of dollars. Pass. Radio, for what it is and what it does, and how quickly you can tune it in and hear it with a sound quality that outperforms everything but CD’s, is terrific." - Ed Mann

2.15 More Levine Rant Reaction 

"I don't smoke!" - Fred Lundgren, KCAA  


Brother Walrus
By Ken Leighton, San Diego Reader
 

(February 14) Rich “Brother” Robbin returned to the airwaves last week, spanning six decades of spinning the hits in San Diego.He returned to afternoons on oldies station Walrus 105.7.

Robbin started in 1969 as a nighttime jock on Boss Radio 136 KGB, when everyone listened to music on AM radio.

Robbin moved to KCBQ in 1971 and became program director there in 1973. He is lauded as San Diego’s most successful rock-radio figure — San Diego’s current top–rated station, KSON, has a 6.0 rating; Robbin’s 1973 KCBQ once ruled local airwaves with a 13.4, dominated by his rapid-fire delivery and upbeat tunes. 

Robbin’s first radio gig was as a 14-year-old intern in 1958 at WCCO, Minneapolis. “They still had live-music shows and they would play an occasional 78 RPM record.” He launched a backyard pirate-radio station in 1960 in high school.. His first commercial radio gig was 1963, where he spun Top 40 hits from seven-inch 45 RPM records at a station in Redwing, Minnesota. After an Armed Forces Radio Vietnam war stint in Saigon, where he played the hits (think Good Morning, Vietnam), Robbin returned to the U.S. and climbed the radio food chain to rock station KGB in the summer of ’69. 

As a programmer, Robbin broke his share of hits: “There was ‘Wedding Bell Blues’ and ‘Proud Mary,’ by Ike and Tina Turner. Then there is the one I never talk about: Marie Osmond’s ‘Paper Roses,’ which went on to reach number five on Billboard’s Top 100.” 

And at KCBQ, Robbin witnessed music history: “My boss accidentally played the flip side of Rod Stewart’s ‘Reason to Believe.’ It was ‘Maggie May.’ We played it every hour for two days straight.... Because of KCBQ, ‘Maggie May’ went on to become the second biggest single of 1971.” 

After stints in other cities, Robbin came back to the local airwaves in 1992, to the now-defunct oldies station KBEST-95. He left the airwaves in 2001 and started voice-tracking his DJ shifts via digital download to other markets. 

When he realized that oldies radio was ignoring certain hits from the ’50s and ’60s, Robbin launched his own internet oldies station, richbroradio.com, from his Ocean Beach home in 2007. “We’ll play 60 to 70 Beatles hits and 30 to 40 Beach Boys hits you just won’t hear on the radio.... So, there I was, living the good life in Ocean Beach,” Robbin tells the Reader, “with the website and my old cars, and along came the Walrus with an offer I couldn’t refuse.” 

Whether Robbin gets to play more Seeds and Standells and less Eagles and Michael Jackson remains to be seen. But he and everyone else in terrestrial radio still must compete with Pandora and SiriusXM. 

“Radio adds personality and a level of in-your-face excitement that you just can’t get from Pandora. It sure is a hell of a lot more interesting than listening to one song after another on your iPod.”  


Emails 

2.14 

"Hi Don and Alan,
 
Thanks for sending this message from Alan and I am so happy he is well and doing much better.
 
I also have SVT, which I discovered during the past 5 years or so, after going to the emergency room at least 4 times, when my heart raced to over 200 beats a minute and made me weak. But, the crazy thing is, it happened to me a few times previously, and I foolishly tried to ignore it and let my heart get back to normal. I don't know how I lived through those scary episodes, since I could have died!
 
I was put on 100 MG of Metoprol for my heart to control the SVT.  I was seeing a heart doctor and also was put on medication for high blood pressure, which is also under control now. I was told that my SVT was like having an extra wire in my heart chamber that sometimes has a problem and causes the heart to beat twice as fast as normal.
 
The doctor had scheduled me to go up to Stanford and have the same surgery you had (cardiac ablation) to stop the SVT from taking place.  But, my wife lost her job and lost her health insurance, so I could not get the surgery. That was about 3 years ago.
 
Since then, I also have been diagnosed with diabetes, which runs in my family. Still, with no insurance and working two low-paying jobs that make it nearly impossible to pay for health insurance, I was lucky to find a low-cost clinic paid for by the local Rotary Club.  They run a diabetes clinic, in which I get my diabetes supplies for free.  Luckily, I only have to take Metformin to control my blood sugar and I don't need insulin. I still take meds for my blood pressure and SVT. A couple of times, I had an SVT episode, but by taking my Metoprol made it go away within an hour.
 
Also, the doctors I've seen told my SVT was likely triggered by such things as too much sugar, salt or caffeine. Now that I've eliminated sugar and cut way back on the latter two, I believe I've controlled my SVT well enough to live with it until I can maybe someday afford to get the surgery you had.
 
I will say a prayer for you and your family and am glad you're back home and will be 100% better as soon as possible.
 
Best regards and good listening!" - Jim Hilliker, Monterey

2.13 

"Alan Oda: Wow! For someone who is on meds stronger than green tea, you still have both the gift of storytelling, and writing.

I had the pleasure of meeting you at the LARadio.com event for George Nicholaw.

Heal quick, rest when you are supposed to, and rejoin the world when you are ready.  Susan and I will keep you in our thoughts and hearts." - Mitchell Crawford, San Dimas 

2.13 

"I am just a former subscriber to Mr. Barrett's radio column, but I remember your important inputs on his blog. May I, an unknown, send you my sincerest wishes for your recovery, Mr. Oda, while also sending prayers you will be 100% back on your feet before too much longer. Sending happy thoughts to your wife, Donna, and your sons Peter and Andrew as well.
 
Thank you kindly for your important update. I enjoyed your self-deprecating humor, too." - Jeanne Sims, JASims36@sbcglobal.net, Fullerton

2.13 

"I, for one, am very appreciative that you completely suck at retiring. Thanks for keeping the LARadio Lite on!" - Ralph Stewart


Alan Oda Thanks the LARadio Community 

I appreciate Don Barrett indulging me by publishing this note. I’m humbled, overwhelmed, and flattered by all of the prayers and kind words sent my way during my recent stay at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.  It’s a first-class facility and everyone I encountered could not have been more professional or nicer, but no matter how much those hospital beds cost, it’s still hard to get a good night’s sleep! 

Like many, I wish I’d been able to work on the Los Angeles airwaves, yet I knew I had neither the talent nor the ego strength needed to succeed.  Nonetheless, thanks to LARadio.com and Mr. Barrett, I was able to meet and interview the many incredible people that I enjoy listening to on my long commutes (it’s 47 miles each way from my home to my work at Azusa Pacific University), as well as throughout the day and night at home and at work. And having done college radio (and a $3 per story stringer gig at KFBK Sacramento), I also appreciate all of the people not on-the- air that are crucial to a station’s success. 

The abridged story is that a couple of weeks ago, I collapsed while walking my dog.  Apparently, my collapse was predicated by my heart racing at 200 beats per minute (my boss may argue that’s the first time I’ve done anything fast, but I digress).   A neighbor who I didn’t know beforehand responded to my dog’s incessant barking – the canine’s loyalty amazes me, given he flunked an obedience school course!  Somehow as I became more conscious, I was able to give both my own name and my wife’s name – they were able to find her number in my cell phone and contact her. She came to get the dog while I was transported to a local hospital, where I waited for several days until a bed was available at the cardiac care unit at UCLA. I had many visitors, including Mr. Barrett and his lovely bride, Cherie, who brought along his copy of Chuck Blore’s Okay, Okay, I Wrote the Book to keep me entertained (well worth the read – so is Dave Hull’s Hullaballoo! that also took my mind off the numerous blood tests and IVs).

Eventually, I was able to find a room at the Westwood facility – unfortunately, I arrived during a holiday weekend (MLK’s birthday), so I had to wait a few more days before having (OK, here comes the fancy medical terminology) a cardiac ablation to address a supraventricular tachycardia.  The procedure was deemed a success right afterward…yet  early the next morning, the cardiologist gave me the bad news that I’d another “episode” overnight, which may require more intervention.  Hmph.  But I was reassured with the thought that God someday answers the question “why,” but I’d always get a quick answer to the question “what next?”  An hour later, my nurse noticed I was a bit out-of-sorts.  When I explained my dilemma, she said, “Wait a minute … I think I heard something about someone making a mistake with the EKG reading.  Wait for your doctor.”  The cardiology team came in soon afterward, apologizing that someone had read the wrong EKG – the one before the procedure. They didn’t say anyone made a “mistake,” but there was a “miscommunication.”  Didn’t matter. I was relieved!  

Aside from a follow-up ER visit (seems I overdid it a bit when I took an extended stroll), I’m making progress, but I’m currently required to take time off from work.  Because I had one noteworthy seizure and one minor seizure (which may or may not be related to my cardiac condition), the docs have me on fairly strong meds, which still require some monitoring, especially in trying to figure out the right dosage.  Let’s just say as someone who doesn’t consume anything stronger than green tea, I’m not responding well to the meds, (or in other words, I’d make a lousy junkie). It also means that I can’t drive for a while, which is really inconvenient.  By the way, they did do the brain scans and an MRI. The doctor said that “we checked your head and found nothing.” Feel free to interpret. One colleague now refers to me as “The Scarecrow.” 

To reiterate, I’m not a LARP.  Consequently, I’m surprised – actually, shocked – at the number of you from the radio community who have sent me e-mails, text messages, and other encouragement – there were so many, I’m sure I’d forget someone if I were to list all of you.  Still, I do want acknowledge Joe McDonnell, Donna Page, Mimi Chen,  Michael Horn, and Bob Morgan, who took the time to call me to see how I was doing (I can cheat because their names and numbers show up in my cell phone!). Please know that I continue in my admiration of those of you on (and off) the Southern California airwaves (and beyond!). Now, I have plenty of time to scan the dial. 

I’d be especially grateful if you could send your prayers and good thoughts to my wife Donna as well as my boys, Peter and Andrew – they’re bearing the brunt of my convalescence. Please stay in touch as I continue to progress back to (some semblance of) normal … it’s taking longer than expected, but it will lead to recovery. Thanks, once again, for everything! 

Gratefully,

Alan Oda, Correspondent, LARadio.com, ayoda@dslextreme.com  


Gifford, Former KSPN PD, Leaves His Programming Post in Seattle

(February 11) Larry Gifford was a well-liked program director while at 710/KSPN from 2006-10. Following a restructuring at KSPN, Larry moved to the Bonneville sports station in Seattle.

Larry posted the following note on his Facebook page: “Hey friends. I'm taking a leap, following my heart - I resigned my position at Bonneville Seattle [my last day will be March 1]. The position has evolved to a point where it didn't match my passions or strengths. So, it's onto the next chapter."

“Next up? I’ll be taking some time off for a family vacation/walk-about - RV style. We'll be looking for new opportunities in the coming months and are excited about what the universe has in store for us. Also a quick shout out to Rebecca Gifford the most trusting, calming, supportive, loving wife a guy could ask for,” concluded Larry.

KEVIN WEATHERLY, SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PROGRAMMING, REUPS WITH CBS RADIO 

Revered Industry Leader Continues His Role At The Helm Of The Company’s Programming Efforts

(February 7 - CBS press release) Kevin Weatherly, Senior Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO has signed a multi-year contract renewal with the Company to remain in his leading programing role.  He will continue to serve as Vice President of Programming, CBS RADIO Los Angeles and Program Director of KROQ, KAMP (97.1 Amp Radio) and KCBS/fm (93.1 JACK/fm), in radio’s No. 2 market, while also playing an instrumental role in the launch of new station formats and the evolution of established brands within CBS RADIO. 

Weatherly, who has been with CBS RADIO and KROQ for 20 years, has been recognized numerous times for his noteworthy achievements in the radio industry with awards, distinctions and honors from virtually every trade and music publication, including Rolling Stone, Los Angeles Times, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Business Journal, Billboard, the NAB, FMQB and Radio and Records, to name a few. 

“I’m thrilled to renew our commitment to Kevin who has been an integral part of CBS RADIO for the last two decades,” said Dan Mason, President and CEO, CBS RADIO.  “It goes without saying that he is one of the most influential and respected programmers in the industry today.  Kevin has guided virtually every station he has worked with to winning levels because of his instinct and willingness to take risks.” 

“During his time with CBS RADIO, Kevin has transformed the landscape of radio in the Los Angeles market,” said Steve Carver, Senior Vice President/Market Manager, CBS RADIO Los Angeles.  “He has the uncanny ability to cultivate and grow a station into a market leader, as evidenced by his work with KROQ, KAMP and KCBS.  I continue to be impressed with Kevin’s attention to detail, his undying passion for music and loyalty to our audiences.” 

Weatherly’s career in radio began at the age of 12, at KPIN in Casa Grande, solidifying his love of radio.  From 1983-87 he worked as a disc jockey and music director at KZZP in Phoenix, later moving on to the Music Director role at KMEL, San Francisco in 1987.  From there, Weatherly became Music Director at KIIS, Los Angeles in 1988, before heading to San Diego in 1989 to serve as assistant program director, and later program director of Q106.  In 1992, he arrived at KROQ and has been there ever since, increasing his responsibility within the Los Angeles market and CBS RADIO. 

While he is most recognized for his overwhelming achievements at No. 1 alternative rock station KROQ featuring Kevin and Bean in the morning, Weatherly is also behind the ratings achievements and programming of adult hits JACK/fm and Top 40 Amp Radio in Los Angeles.  He has enlisted recognized radio personalities including Carson Daly and Booker to the market, and created a number of high profile concert events for listeners. 



LEGENDARY SAN DIEGO AIR PERSONALITY RICH “BROTHER” ROBBIN
JOINS SAN DIEGO's 105.7 THE WALRUS FOR AFTERNOON DRIVE

(San Diego, February 6) 105.7 The Walrus – San Diego’s station for Good Times, Greatest Hits is pleased to announce the addition of Rich “Brother” Robbin to itsline-up. Rich will join the station for a daily 2-7 p.m. air shift beginning Monday, February 11.

Rich's career spans many decades and many markets including Los Angeles (KIQQ and Ten-Q), Phoenix, Detroit, Portland, Nashville, Memphis and Tucson, but he is best-known and remembered for his work in San Diego at KGB and KCBQ ("back in the good ol' days") and more recently at KBZT/fm and KCBQ/fm.

BCA’s Programming-Operations Manager, Mike Shepard says, “Robbin will be a perfect fit for the Walrus’ fun, upbeat presentation. Rich was one of the legendary discjockeys who inspired me to get into radio, and we had the great fortune of working together to make K-BEST 95 a dominant station in San Diego in the 90’s. I’m thrilled tohave him back; his energy, enthusiasm and ‘fun-factor’ will make a great addition to The Walrus drive home.” 

Robbin explains, "There I was, sitting at the beach with my website (www.richbroradio.com) and three old classic cars, safely retired (or so I thought) minding my own business and here came this wonderful opportunity to return to the air on 105.7 The Walrus which I just couldn't refuse...and it's even more fun today!”

With the arrival of Rich, 105.7 The Walrus weekday line-up is as follows:

5am - 9am Nolan & Kim (John Nolan & Kim Morrison)

9am - 2pm Dave Mason

2pm - 7pm Rich “Brother” Robbin

7pm - Midnight Tom Kent


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2.6 

"Kevin Scott’s memorial service will be here at the radio station also.  Exact date is pending.  During the service, we’ll dedicate the newest studio that Kevin built as 'The Kevin Scott Studio' and install a nameplate in his memory." - Dave Beasing, pd 100.3/The Sound


Kevin Scott, CE at 100.3/The Sound, Has Passed Away 

(February 5) Kevin Scott has died at the age of 49 Kevin, chief engineer at 100.3/The Sound, "fought cancer bravely for a very long time" said his wife, Melinda. "He continued to come to work long after beginning treatment because he loved 100.3 and the people." 

"It is a sad morning here at The Sound," emailed Dave Beasing, program director. "Kevin and Melinda Scott have been a true radio love story.  They met while working at their high school station in Indiana.  Decades later, they became a couple and were married here at The Sound studios.  Melinda was with Kevin 24/7 during his last months." 

Kevin was born in Heppner, Oregon where his dad was stationed in the Air Force. "We moved back to Indiana where my mother and father were both born and raised," said Kevin when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. "I moved to Palm Springs out of school and have never really looked back."

 He ran a consulting service in the Palm Springs area from 1983 until around 1987. Kevin was the director of engineering for General Broadcasting from 1987 to 1989, then to Pirate Radio. He was retained through the Viacom days and then to Heftel, KLVE KTNQ and CRC radio network around 1995. Around 1997, he spent a year in San Diego at XHRM.  

In 1998 it was back to Los Angeles at KLSX/KRLA with CBS. In 2001, he took the job at the K-FROG stations, KFRG, KXFG, KVFG, KRAK, and KEZN. In July of 2004 he joined KKBT. Bonneville bought the station in 2008, which became 100.3/The Sound.

2.5 

"We've Lost The Sound - Kevin Scott -Definitive Sound Master, at 49... the genius of what makes radio stations - even the commercials - sound amazing, you know, so you're not having to adjust the EQ or volume in your car ... and the sonic master that understood how to tweak it to affect you in positive ways that brought out emotional connection that no M.D. psychiatrist can. Anyone that finds that odd to hear, imagine that feature film you loved so much ... you'd miss the experience without the kind of sound tweaks that Kevin Scott understood." - Sam Botta  

The attached article is from three years ago... a beautiful story of love: Love in radio break room! http://www.insideradio.com/article.asp?id=2342351&spid=32061#.URFkraVFB_0  

2.5 

"Such sad news!  Kevin worked for me while at Infinity/CBS from 2000 until he left the K-Frog stations. He was a very passionate and dedicated engineer, and all around nice guy. He faced and conquered many tough situations.  Here is a photo of Kevin after seeing the totally destroyed K-Frog site after a massive brush fire." - Scott Mason


                                                                                                     The Hollywood Reporter Heat Index



Jimmy Kimmel

Matt Damon's January 24 'hijacking' of his ABC show delivers the best reviews of Kimmel's career and a ratings bounce, besting Jay Leno and David Letterman in his new 11:35 p.m. time slot.

Who Do You Know?  

                                                              #1                                                                                                                                                 #2                                                                                                            #3

        Mike Botula IDs Larry McCormick on the right                                                                        Mike Botula says this is Lin Hilburn                                                       Dave Grudt thought this was Lohman & Barkley
        Gil Henry is on the phone, according to Bruce Wojcik

Brian Beirne received a whole packet of publicity photos from the early days of KLAC, but there were no captions.
Can you help identify the personalities in the photos above? Please send IDs to db@thevine.net
  


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2.4  

"It was great to check in to LARadio.com again. Reminiscing about the Mighty Met and the KMET Day made me smile.  
Life in La Jolla is good. We are settling in and getting the lay of the land.  Hope all is well with you in Santa Barbara." - Jeff Gonzer, jgonzer@gmail.com

2.3 

"Interesting letter below I found from Broadcasting magazine in 1959, from Gerald King, who was GM of KFWB in 1934.  He writes that Al Jarvis was the original host of Make Believe Ballroom and came up with the idea while at another station, NOT Martin Block, who copied the idea and ran with it.  I still feel Jarvis should be in the Radio Hall of Fame and have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.    

The radio logs of the Times show that Al Jarvis did shows for KMTR, KFAC and KMPC in 1933 and '34, before moving to KFWB in late-1934. He moved to KLAC in 1946 and in 1947, KFWB brought Martin Block out from New York to go head to head with Jarvis on KLAC from noon to 1 Monday to Friday.  Block for some reason did not last long in LA and went back to NYC.  Jarvis continued with Make Believe Ballroom on KLAC until he went back to KFWB about 1956.  Jarvis started in radio at KELW-780 in Burbank in 1932, which shared time on 780 with KTM and later KEHE, which became KECA-780 in 1939,  KELW went dark in 1937. 

A book on radio announcers I own says that Martin Block had been on a radio station in Tijuana and then at KMPC, and was a frequent listener of Jarvis', so he likely copied the idea after hearing Jarvis' show so many times.  Also, Jarvis was on KMPC for a short time in 1934 before going to KFWB, so he likely knew Block at that time.  Also, Make Believe Ballroom, the DJ record show that Jarvis did for KFWB from 1934 to 1945 or so was only one hour a day, from noon to 1, as the radio station did a variety of various programs and news at the time." - Jim Hilliker, jimhilliker@sbcglobal.net  

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From Broadcasting Magazine, June 8, 1959, letter from Gerald King, who was GM at KFWB since 1927 or so into the 1930s.

'Make Believe Ballroom'  

"EDITOR:  

. . . Martin Block was not the first disc jockey nor did he originate the title Make Believe Ballroom (EDITORIAL, May 25, page 116). Both belong to Al Jarvis. I was manager of KFWB Hollywood in 1934 when Al Jarvis came to me with an idea for a show. It was called Make Believe Ballroom. It was then running on another Los Angeles station and Jarvis thought it would do better on KFWB. . . After several months on the air we found our salesmen could not sell time on the show, believe it or not, and Jarvis asked me to find someone to put the show on and he would go out and sell it. My production manager, Jack Joy, hired Martin Block for the replacement.  

Later the two had a misunderstanding and Block left and took the idea and the title to New York. Jarvis tried many times unsuccessfully to make Block relinquish the title but legally could not do so." - Gerald King,  Gross-Krasne Inc. Hollywood  


Progressive KTLK Takes on Sports Programming

(February 2) If you’ve taken a recent look at the program schedule for Progressive talker KTLK (1150AM), you’ll find that the website now lists a nightly four-hour block of sports from the NBC Sports Radio Network. 

Since launching their all-sports programming, NBC has been unable to find a station in L.A. to simulcast any of the network’s line-up on the radio.  

It’s not as if the local dial is lacking sports programming. There’s already all-sports offerings on KLAC (570 AM), KSPN (710 AM), and KLAA (830 AM). Plus, many in the L.A. area can hear the recently rebranded “Mighty 1090,” a San Diego sports station transmitting from Baja, California.

How did NBC secure the four-hours – from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. – to carry the network on AM 1150?  Sister station KLAC, part of the Clear Channel group, is perhaps better known as “AM 570 / Fox Sports L.A.” featuring Dan Patrick, Jay Mohr, Pat O’Brien, Vic the Brick, Steve Hartman, JT the Brick, Tomm Looney, Petros Papadakis, and Matt “Money” Smith.” On Sundays, KLAC wanted to distinguish itself from other Los Angeles sports outlets by running a full-day of NFL programming. The station wanted to include radio coverage of NBC/TV’s enormously successful Sunday Night Football game to end the weekend.

Yet the NBC Sports Radio Network set some conditions. In order for KLAC to carry Sunday Night Football, Clear Channel would be required to carry four hours of NBC’s new Sports Radio Network every day locally. Since the KLAC schedule is already filled with Fox Sports Radio programming, Clear Channel cleared time on KTLK, explained Neil Saavedra, marketing director for the Clear Channel stations. 

Reached in New Orleans, where his radio network is covering the Super Bowl, Jack Silver, program director for NBC Sports Radio, commented on KTLK now serving as his Southern California affiliate. “Hope we get more [time]. Thanks to Don Martin for giving us a shot on a great station.” 

To make room for the four-hour sports block, Phil Hendrie has been rescheduled to a one-hour slot from 2 a.m. – 3 a.m. 



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