"I was hired last year to move to Dubai and start up the world's first FM Farsi Hit Music station. We're doing great so far.
All the best and happy holidays." - Shaun Valentine (ex-KBIG), Head of Programming, 93.4 FM Radio Shoma, ARN, P.O. Box 502012, Dubai, UAE, http://radioshoma934.ae, firstname.lastname@example.org
Don. Just wanted to fill you in on my recent move from Honolulu in June.
My wife and I are now living in
Sacramento, where I've transplanted my
communications consultancy and where we intend to stay. For anybody who asks why I would leave 'paradise' after 39 years, my standard answer is, 'Hawaii is a great place to visit, but Sacramento is a better place to live' for a lot of reasons!
I had breakfast with a transportation executive this morning who perked up when I mentioned I had worked at KFWB decades ago. He asked if I knew Art Schreiber, WB's general manager back then, and of course, I did. My breakfast partner took over Art's position of ceo in the company Art had joined after leaving the station.
Have a great holiday season." - Doug Carlson, 'at the editor's desk' at KFWB 1970-71 (including during AFTRA's '71 strike!) http://DougCarlsonCommunications.com 916.335.2299
Jim Fox of the LA Kings retired during the 1989-90 season. I worked at the Forum that season.
He joined Bob Miller in the broadcast booth for the 1990-1991 season, not in 1989 as listed.
Thanks." - Christian Collins, Carson, email@example.com
"Unfortunately, I’m afraid that Sam Benson's paid obituary is not entirely correct.
and I had the pleasure of sitting with Sam at last year’s annual SPERVAC
convention dinner. Sam told me he had worked early on at KVEC,
me he worked for Christina M. Jacobson, the woman who put the station on
the air in 1937. Ms. Jacobson was the long-time owner of an
appliance business in San Luis Obispo, Valley Electric Company, hence
the call letters, K Valley Electric Company.
In May, 1953, she put on the air SLO’s first tv station, KVEC/TV (now
KSBY), Channel 6.
well have worked at KFI. Newcomb may remember Sam talking about
working at KFI, but I don’t. I was real interested in his days at
was a Don Lee Mutual affiliate, but, unlike KHJ, KFRC, KGB, and some
others, Don Lee did not own KVEC. Ms. Jacobson, and later Ms.
Jacobson and Les Hacker, owned KVEC and KVEC-TV (they also owned
KVEC-FM, which I believe they put on the air in about 1948, and mailed
the license back to the FCC prior to May, 1953, when they put KVEC-TV on
the air). I do not think Earle C. Anthony had anything to do with
KVEC, other than, because KFI was such a powerhouse, some program
originated by KFI may have aired over KVEC at some time. I believe
someone writing the obituary mixed up their car dealers, ECA and Don
Lee, and didn’t understand that KVEC was only a Mutual affiliate, not an
O & O station. In other words, in fact, Sam worked at KVEC, owned
by Ms. Jacobson, but which was an affiliate of a radio network owned by
car dealer Don Lee, not Earle C. Anthony. That’s my best guess.
recollection is that in the early days, Sam was on the air full time. As his career developed, he did less air work, and assumed more
I am so
pleased Newcomb and I got the opportunity to visit with Sam last year.
We missed the chance to visit with Norman Corwin when he died about ten
days before his scheduled appearance at last year’s convention.
you have a better memory than I. Until you forwarded it, I had
completely forgotten about Lou’s Garage! " - Kelton
am looking for an number of djs that were BIG in the 60's and 70's in
LA. for a documentary I am working on. I was hoping you might be of some
Just to name a few.
Thank you for your time and consideration."
W.C. (Bill) Chamberlain
Dragon Castle Entertainment
"I was web surfing just now and in looking up
B. Mitchell Reed I ran across your LARadio site. Reading the
bit on BMR I saw the next entry was for Donn Reed.
If you read that entry you'll see the bit about Airwatch helicopters and how they "attracted a business partner." Well, that partner was my father, Riley Jackson. (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0413979/) He had been a radio announcer for WIND in Chicago when he was young and then for Armed Forces Radio during the war. Then he went into advertising. If you grew up in L.A. then you'll remember the ads "All us cows do our best for Jerseymaid." That was dad. Ditto the "You like it, it likes you" slogan for 7-up. (I remember cases and cases of 7-up in our garage.)
To this day I've never forgiven Gene Autry for "stealing my helicopters." (I was 12 at the time.) Weekend rides over L.A. in the KABC Bell 47 (remember the tv show Whirlybirds?) were something very cool for a geeky 12 year old.
At some point along in there a second chopper was needed so they bought the wreck of Arthur Godfrey's helicopter. It was at Bell's headquarters in Forth Worth, Texas so we drove down there in the family station wagon, stuffed the wreck into a large u-haul trailer (the tail was broken off), and towed it back to the Glendale airport which was Airwatch's HQ. It was rebuilt from the ground up to make a backup chopper (which I believe morphed into the primary chopper since it was a better, smoother model and had an enclosed fuselage which looked more professional when painted with the station's call letters.
As for Donn Reed, as the bio says, after the wreck that took him out of the air, he started doing "Nightwatch" from a big KMPC station wagon. Occasionally my dad and I would ride along with him. It was very
interesting - we saw some weird stuff.
About that Airwatch wreck that took Reed out of flying - I knew about it before my father did as I had just come home from school, turned on the tv to KTLA, and there it was. So I called dad to let him know.
Nice site, by the way.
Dave Diamond is teaching in Spearfish, South Dakota? Hmm. Heck, I'm surprised that there's a UNIVERSITY in Spearfish, South Dakota! I've been there..."
- Brian Jackson, firstname.lastname@example.org (11/16)
Some links about both Donn Reed and Airwatch: