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Archives, July 1998
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(July 30, 1998) C’mon baby, light my fire…Grab a cup of java and catch up with a busy week in Los Angeles radio…We’re gonna steer through traffic jams but we can’t steer clear of Horneygate…Much of the news, talk and news revolved around presidential sex and Monica’s semen soaked souvenir love dress…KABC’s Peter Tilden wondered if Monica also saved her semen stained prom dress, her semen stained bat mitzvah dress and her semen stained college graduation dress?….Another KABC talker, Stephanie Miller thinks the stain on Monica’s dress is secret sauce from Clinton’s Big Mac…One Kevin & Bean listener got tired of the political talk and faxed sports guy, Jimmy Kimmel: "Hello Jimmy. Can you tell Kevin & Bean to shut the f--- up about politics and stick with water skiing, monkeys and fat interns?"…Rick Dees’ alter ego at KIIS, Willard Wizeman wondered how you can tell if the President is drunk? "He has sex with Hillary"…At KRLA, Huggie Boy is giving away tickets to the Wild Waters water park. I thought only Rick Dees had nooooo budget…KEZY morning man John Fox wondered why God gives politicians one more brain cell than Clydesdales? "So he won’t crap in the street during parades"... KFI traffic guru Mark Denis is now on-line and is working with the cutting edge Beta Test location for F.I.R.S.T. (Freeway Incident Response Services Tracking). What? Mark described the process of F.I.R.S.T: "There are icons that will automatically appear on the screen showing a tow truck, CHP motorbike, ambulance etc. which will give us a ‘quick-glance’ scenario as to the seriousness of the problem"….Speaking of traffic Kenny Morse, aka Mr. Traffic has a demo audio show of "Traffic Jam" at "http://mrtraffic.com/jam.htm" Kenny has a popular traffic school with a Who's Who of Los Angeles Radio People having attended. Most recently going through the school, KRTH's Jay Coffey's wife and KFI's Phil Hendrie's brother…Mark and Brian at KLOS are giving away a 2-day driving instruction course and 80 laps in a 600-horsepower Winston Cup stock car at the California Speedway…Quote of the week goes to KYSR traffic lady Heidi Hamilton. She was telling the morning team of seeing Saving Private Ryan and not realizing how long the film was. She said: "I had to pee twice but didn’t go." Huh?…I received an email from someone who got an AM radio and wondered when she could play it at night…John London at KKBT had the author of the Ultimate Female Ecstasy as a guest. The author said that less than 40% of women self-please which leads to the question if she is unable to find her erogenous zones on her body, how in the heck does she think a man will. When the subject of the G-Spot came up, the voices at "the Beat’s" House Party volunteered: "The G-Spot is like trying to find Xanadu" and "I’m going to visit Atlantis before I find the G-Spot" and finally "It must be like flying into the Bermuda Triangle."…If you are nostalgic for KMPC, drive by the La Cienega studios and the sign over the parking lot still reads: KABC, KLOS, KMPC. Wonder how long the popular KDIS people will put up with that?…During Powerball Lottery fever this week, Peter Tilden admitted that he won $3,000 a while back but agreed to split it with his secretary if he won. She came screaming down the hallway yelling, "I won three thousand dollars." He gave her $1,500…What the heck is going on at KGIL? The technical glitches in airing the "Music of Your Life" satellite service are alarming. Songs being cut off. Promos starting and stopping. Songs starting a second or two after the beginning. I called a radio friend in Phoenix where the MOYL airs and he reported never hearing a song being cut off and a perfect presentation…Have you checked out KFWB’s new website? It is gorgeous and is up to the minute news with the same professionalism as the on-air sound, www.kfwb.comJim Ladd is keeping the memory of The Doors alive at KLOS with an interview with Ray Manzarek. Most asked question of the Doors co-founder. "Is Jim Morrison alive?" Guess it’s good that Ray keeps writing new books…How did Riki Rachtman get on KROQ’s Loveline the other night?…At KBIG, they play music that "picks you up and makes you feel good." Wonder if the recent ratings picked up the spirits of management and made them feel good?…Sam Rubin will be hosting for vacationing Conway and Steckler at KLSX next week…"For those of you in the cheap seats, turn down your radios," courtesy of Mark and Brian.

(July 30, 1998) One of the original members of KRLA’s "Credibility Gap" and host/creator of "The Pop Chronicles," John Gilliland, died in his sleep July 24 at his home in Quanah, Texas. John’s "The Pop Chronicles" was one of the bright spots in Southern California radio history. Co-founder of the "Credibility Gap," Richard Beebe remembered that, "Even though John was an integral part of the ‘Gap,’ working on the ‘Pop Chronicles’ was always number one for him. It seemed like he was always working on it. John was a very talented guy and a lot of fun." The "Credibility Gap" was a new, satirical approach to the news in a volatile time in the 1960s. As the mood of the country was changing, instead of the normal 5-minute newscasts, KRLA aired a 15-minute newscast every four hours complete with satirical skits and an original song. Cecil Tuck (brother of KCBS/Channel 2’s Michael Tuck) talked about John from his home in Phoenix. "If I could have cloned John Gilliland I would have had an entire station made up of John Gilliland’s. I hired him at KILT-Houston and brought him to KRLA. He was so talented, hard-working, bright and such a delight for everyone around him." When I was researching Los Angeles Radio People, I caught up with John at his home in Quanah. He regaled me with his journey in meeting the musical superstars that made up the 55-hour history of popular music that was aired in one-hour segments each week over KRLA. I begged John to share his memories on collecting over 100 interviews and he eagerly wrote a wonderful essay on "The Pop Chronicles" that appears in my book. John graduated from Texas Christian University with a B.A. in English. During his career he also worked at KLIF-Dallas, KOGO-San Diego, KSFO-San Francisco and KRBE-Houston. In 1987 following the death of his mother, he returned to Quanah intending to sell the family home and ended up settling in. During the 1990s he was doing video production, local and regional voiceover work and in 1994 published an audio book, Pop Chronicles: The Forties. A close friend of John’s said that he had a history of "slight heart problems" in the last 10 years and was taking medication. John was 63.

(July 29, 1998) Charlie Van Dyke is the new morning man at KRTH. Charlie called from Phoenix and enthused: "Thirty years ago this month, Don Barrett, national pd of the McLendon Stations, appointed me pd of KLIF in Dallas, which launched an incredible adventure in radio. To be chosen by 'K-Earth' is the culmination of a career goal to work for the best stations in America. I can't wait to get back to L.A. and work with a team headed by Mel Karmazin, Pat Duffy, Mike Phillips and the best on-air production staff I've ever met. August 31st can't come soon enough." Charlie worked at KHJ in the 1970s, first replacing Robert W. Morgan in morning drive and later was an on-air program director. And Charlie did work for the best Top 40stations in the country over the years including CKLW-Detroit, KFRC-San Francisco, KGB-San Diego, WRKO-Boston and WLS-Chicago. Charlie is no stranger to KRTH as he has been the station image voice for the past decade. Having known Charlie for over three decades, first as a colleague and then as a friend, it is an immense pleasure to welcome him back to Los Angeles radio!

(July 29, 1998) For 35 years, Roger Barkley was an integral part of Southern California radio history. He started at KLAC in 1961 and almost by accident teamed with Al Lohman and the partnership worked for a quarter of a century, mostly in morning drive at KFI. Roger died December 21, 1997, after a short battle with cancer. A new book has been published, The Story Man’s First Writes, and is a collection of stories Roger wrote for an area magazine along with favorite stories and essays. The book chronicles his journey from Odebolt, Iowa to being fired from KABC in the fall of 1996. Details about the book can be found at www.pelimoose.com.

(July 28, 1998) This past weekend there were two services for Los Angeles Radio People. Longtime KFWB newsman Bill Angel passed away July 18. On Sunday there was a "Celebration of Life" for Don Page, broadcaster at KLAC, KGIL and KFI. From 1956 to 1973, Don’s radio column in the Sunday LA Times was must-reading. Up until his death, he was writing a weekly column for the Tolucan Times and was active as executive director for the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association. Friends and colleagues from his newspaper and radio days gathered for three hours to share his life. In June, Don went to the doctor because of a pain in his back. He was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor in his upper back and 16 days later he died on July 10. He was 64.

(July 27, 1998) Summer in the city…Earl McDaniel (KDAY, KFWB) said succinctly, "If you don’t promote, a terrible thing happens - nothing!" Wonder what Los Angeles radio stations are promoting? Wonder no longer….At KLOS Mark and Brian opened their prize drawer this morning prompting Brian to say, "This junk drawer is sucking." Brian added, "Lizard killer Steve Smith was in charge for putting stuff in here and now we have nothing." Mark reflected on the promotion department, "They’re down to one person over there"…KRTH continues to run the "Big Kahuna Funny Farm" promotion, giving away $1,000 an hour for correctly guessing which farm animal sounds next…KYSR is giving away three chances a day (9:20, 1:20 and 4:20) to win the "Ultimate Adventure" and a trip to Las Vegas…KACD is giving away tickets to The Negotiator advance screening tonight…KCMG is promoting their "Mega Million Dollar Summer" with cash and prizes being given away when the station spots the "Mega" bumper sticker.

(July 26, 1998) Today is a very special day for a Los Angeles Radio People. A significant event will take place on the other side of the country, induction into the baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown, New York. The inductee, Jaime Jarrin, has broadcast Los Angeles Dodger baseball on KWKW (except 7 years when KTNQ carried the games) in Spanish since the Dodgers moved to Los Angeles in 1958. Born in Ecuador, he came to the United States in 1955 and joined KWKW. Jaime earned a master’s degree from UCLA in psychology. Over the weekend, Vin Scully has been saluting Jaime during the Dodger broadcasts over KXTA, calling Jaime one of the most "decent men" he has ever known. In the LA Times this morning, Larry Stewart writes a sensational story on Jaime and points out a little-known fact about Jaime that he had a consecutive-game streak that topped Chick Hearn’s. Jaime broadcast over 3,800 consecutive Dodger games compared to Chick who passed the 3,000 mark this Laker season. Jaime’s streak came to an end in 1984 when he took three weeks off to produce Spanish-language radio coverage of the Olympics. "Captain Jorge," heard as a traffic reporter, mainly at KABC, is Jaime’s son. When Fernando Valenzuela joined the Dodgers, Jaime became Valenzuela’s interpreter and traveled with him everywhere, including a visit to the White House. In an age when five years seems like a long career in Los Angeles radio, Jaime’s almost half-century in Southern California radio is mind-boggling. He was the first Latino to win a Golden Mike award. And now to be recognized as a broadcaster (one of only eight) in baseball’s Hall of Fame, muy bien hardly recognizes this giant. Maybe it’s like reaching the top of the Andes Mountains near his hometown in Ecuador.

(July 25, 1998) Friends, family and colleagues gathered at Forest Lawn yesterday morning for the memorial services for long-time KFWB personality, Bill Angel. Bill passed away July 18. The group from KFWB paying their respects included: Rich Buhler, Jim Burson, Dan Avey, Charlie Brailer, Don Herbert, Joe Cala, Joy Nuell, Sue Stiles, Brian Bastien, Bruce MacDonell and Phil Reed. Rich Buhler remembers Bill: "People never saw him do or say anything that he needed to be sorry for. He didn't take his anger out on anybody else in the newsroom and some people don't even have memories of him being angry. He treated anybody new with respect and caring and there are numerous stories of young employees whom Bill helped teach how to write news, but did it in a way that corrected and trained them without discouraging them. He was known for several things. One was he always brought a sack lunch that had been lovingly prepared by his wife and most often included a tender love note. He also loved smoking a pipe and most of us have that picture embedded in our minds: Bill calmly lighting his pipe and going about the business of assembling his news cast."

(July 24, 1998) Friday catch-up…."Arrow 93’s" Scott St. James has finished his work playing the President of the United States in the feature, G’s Trippin’. Scott emailed: "Surrounded by Secret Service agents…walking through the aisle of Senators and House members…Generals, Colonels and Majors standing off to my sides while I’m at the podium with the Presidential Seal behind me. What a rush! I can’t imagine what it must be like for real." Tomorrow Scott begins rehearsals for the play, Isle Be Home. Scott plays a ruthless billionaire industrialist…Heard from former KIQQ (1977) personality, Doug DeRoo. He’s doing mornings at KGFM-Bakersfield and afternoons at "KOOL, 104.3" in Bakersfield. Doug said he’s doing lots of production in his spare time…Funnie from KEZY morning man John Fox: "Stalkers are making their way further down the celebrity food chain. Stevie Nicks just got a restraining order against a stalker. He was arrested at her concert in Denver last night. He’s convinced she’s a witch and can heal him. Truth is, she is a witch and she could heal him, but his HMO won’t pay for it."…Charlie Huero (KPWR, 1993-96) moves to afternoons at KKFR ("Power 92")-Phoenix. Charlie emailed: "I don’t know my official title yet, but it will be similar to apd. It should be pretty exciting!"…Funeral services for long-time KFWB newsman/dj, Bill Angel, will be held this morning at the Old North Church, Forest Lawn at 11 a.m. Bill passed away July 18 after suffering a stroke a week earlier. Bill was 79. (Details on Bill’s life in July 21 column)…KZLA adds a new Los Angeles Radio People to the ranks of program director. Bill Fink, who joined the Country station as apd/md shortly after John Sebastian took over the programming chores, takes over immediately. In the 1980s Bill worked in a national satellite position in Seattle and in 1990 was programming Country KRPM-Seattle. In 1993 he moved to "Thunder 104.1" in Minneapolis. His press release said of his Minneapolis stay: "Despite highly restrictive budgets and nearly no marketing money, ‘Thunder 104.1,’ roared out of the box to a five-share audience in less than six months." It’ll be interesting to see what Bill does with a budget and marketing money. During the past couple of years, KZLA has spent millions marketing the station.

(July 23, 1998) This week I heard Los Angeles Radio People say…
Jamie White (KYSR): "Sometimes, whenever you haven’t been on top for a while you say, ‘damn my ass is tired’…like all your leg muscles are like…god, I don’t know how men can relax and have orgasm’s while they’re on top, ‘cuz you’re lifting yourself up. Whenever I’m on top, I’m like, just like really too tired to continue. It’s work."
Frank Sontag (KLOS): "If I was a pitcher, I would be throwing them down the middle. I’d be the pitcher that threw Mark McGwire the big home run that broke Roger Maris’ record. They’d know me."
KBIG Promo: "The music that picks you up and makes you feel good."
Doug Steckler (KLSX): "It’s gender specific. You never hear a guy who goes into prison and seeks out Susan Smith. ‘She killed her kids, let me get close to her.’ It’s all these women who go into prison and getting attached to these mass murderers. I don’t understand it."
Baka Boyz (KPWR): "We’re going to bootleg our own sitcom and we’re giving it to you, our listeners. It’s a sitcom we did that got turned down by Warner Bros. and ABC. Go ahead and get a hardboiled egg and suck one."
"Shotgun Tom" Kelly: "I’m inviting you to play at the Funny Farm with the Big Kahuna. Get the right animal for a thousand bucks."
Jim Ladd (KLOS): "By the way, the knob, the volume knob, really, seriously, crank that thing up. Will ya?"
KROQ Promo: "My nipples are like hard all the time!"
Royal Oaks (sitting in at KABC for Larry Elder): "You’re not trapped when you work for somebody and get health care. This is a perk. We didn’t used to get this. The origin of this goes back to World War Two. We had wage and price controls. Employers wanted to entice employees but they couldn’t give them wage increases. But they gave them health insurance. It’s a perk."
Ricci Filiar ("Mega 100" as quoted in the LA Times): "This radio station, everything about it, is reinventing radio."
Mark Thompson (KLOS): "Mark McGwire doesn’t have what you would call a pretty swing. It’s almost like a swat."
John Kobylt (KFI): "People have the sense that Russia’s become our pal. And it may be surprising they have all these small pox missiles aimed at us. And you never know when things may go foul in that country and they may become hateful enemies again."
Tom Leykis (KLSX): "So, if there are any two virgins out there who want to lose their virginity on the Internet, call Seth. You’ll be appearing in 18 different boxes on the screen."
Leah Brandon (KYSR): "Eat beef, chicken and pork. I swear you’ll never gain any weight."
Stephanie Miller (KABC): "Anyone who can get away with the line, ‘Ward, I think you’re being pretty hard on the Beaver.’ How can you not like that?"
Bob Coburn (KCBS): "Paul McCartney’s deal with CBS in 1979 contained no firm numbers from CBS or Paul, but talk in the trades suggested it was close to our number one artist that same year. Who was the number one artist then? Paul Simon on CBS. Fourteen million dollars for seven albums in 1979. Take a snapshot of that!"
Ryan Seacrest (KYSR): "Do you take your make-up off before you make love?"
Stephanie Miller (KABC): "I know someone who was hit by lightning twice. She’s had a bad hair day since 1973."
Heidi Hamilton (traffic): "I talk everyday for a living. After work I don’t want to talk, I want to have sex."

(July 22, 1998) Ben Fong-Torres of Gavin sent me their recently published book, Forty Years that Shaped the Sound of America. It is a "Gavin History of Radio Since the Birth of Rock & Roll." This tasty publication is a tribute to Bill Gavin and to those who have built on his legacy. Throughout Part Two titled "The Top 40," the section is loaded with primarily Los Angeles Radio People. Former KHJ pd Ron Jacobs has written two pieces, "From ‘Dance Time’ to Boss Radio: The Common Thread Was Gavin" and "Fighting the Good Fight." Casey Kasem writes on "Talking Music with Bill Gavin." KFWB creator Chuck Blore tells "How He Painted ‘Color Radio.’" Each page is chock a block with great old-time photos, memories and the people who made radio work. In an age where many complain about the state of radio today, this Gavin published book is a tribute to those who made radio great. Great job, Ben!…Champagne all around for the on-air staff at KLOS. Nice guy pd John Duncan handed out the bubbly as he congratulated his team on an excellent Arbitron …Sony’s Game Show Network is always on the look-out for Los Angeles Radio People who were contestants on tv game shows. On August 2, the cable outlet will run a 1960 What’s My Line with an appearance by KABC’s Michael Jackson.

(July 21, 1998) "We've lost another of the Hollywood Boulevard Gang." That’s how Rich Buhler opened his email to me about the death of long-time KFWB newsman, Bill Angel. Rich and long-time KFWB newsman Charlie Brailer provided the following email: "Bill suffered a stroke on July 11 at his home. He survived more than a week and was being treated at St Joseph's in Burbank where he passed away on Saturday, July 18. The funeral will be in the Old North Church, Forest Lawn, Hollywood Hills on Friday, 11 a.m. Bill was conscious and able to talk with his wife Ginny from time to time while he was hospitalized. Part of the time he was breathing with the help of a respirator. Bill was 79 - born January 2, 1919. In addition to Ginny, a daughter, Beverly, 3 grandchildren, and 2 great-grandchildren survive him. Bill came to KFWB in 1956 and retired in 1983. He was born in Conway, Pennsylvania. After World War II, Bill came to L.A., worked for KIEV and then moved to New Mexico and Wichita Falls only to return to Southern California. He worked briefly at KWKW before joining KFWB as music director, freeway reporter and part-time dj. He continued as a news anchorman when KFWB became an all-News station in 1968. Bill was the assistant to Chuck Blore when KFWB launched its historic ‘Color Radio/Channel 98.’ Ironically, that format was begun on Bill's birthday, January 2, 1958." When I interviewed Bill for my book he told me about covering Vietnam for Westinghouse in 1967. Bill said, "I went to Vietnam mainly because my son was wounded. He tragically died in the fall of 1996 from Agent Orange." Bill retired from KFWB on his 65th birthday. He said, "I was making the most money of my life and I walked in and quit. I just walked away and retired." Bill is one of the true giants in Los Angeles radio history! God Bless…Today is Steve Propes’ birthday. The radio archivist and record collector hosted a Sunday morning r&b show at KLON for over a decade. He has written three books that have set the standard for price guides to record collecting. Steve is getting close to announcing a new radio project…If you don’t get enough radio information from the Internet, Thursday’s LA Times, Sunday’s Orange County Register or the various trade publications, there is a weekly column in the San Gabriel Valley Newspaper Group, Cheers! The column is written by Sandy Wells who has been the primary writer for the periodic periodical, Los Angeles Radio Guide. His current column is on the ubiquitous "X-Man" from "Mega 100," Xavier Soriano. When Xavier finishes his four-hour nightly show at KCMG, he moves to an adjacent studio and does four-hours at KYLD-San Francisco…Dave Grudt is a big fan of Los Angeles Radio People. One of his favorites was Jim Healy. Dave emailed: "When all the firings at Dodger Blue Stadium happened, I kept thinking to myself [and aloud] how a Healy show that night might have sounded. It likely would have been wall to wall Lasorda tapes. It ain't my f-----‘ fault, Campanis is the f-----' guy’ or ‘What the f--- is my opinion of his performance..." etc. What a show that would have been."…Roger Carroll worked with Jim Healy for 20 years and tipped me off to a website filled with Jim Healy’s classic sportscasts, click http://users.vis.net/~mttwhite/healy/healy.html To hear Robert W. Morgan's conversation (?) with LA Rams Coach Ray Malavasi is worth a visit to the site. Classic stuff! At 5:30 each afternoon I still reach for the radio and expect to hear Jim Healy. His son Patrick is a news reporter at KNBC/Channel 4.

(July 20, 1998) The initial response from publishing the Top 100 movies of all-time by Los Angeles Radio People is generally up beat. One visitor to the Website thought that the group had "very good taste." The OC Register on Sunday carried the story and listed the Top 10…Speaking of the Register, Gary Lycan’s weekly radio column is headlined: "Mark and Brian ride a wave of success." Gary talked with KLOS pd John Duncan about the dramatic gains in morning drive in the most recent Arbitron ratings. John said: "It’s obviously very gratifying. We’ve been working very hard at returning KLOS to its heritage, and it’s starting to pay off. As corny as it sounds, I think Mark and Brian are having a lot of fun again. When we were a real hard-rock station, I don’t think they felt in synch with it. Now they’re more comfortable."…Mark and Brian returned from vacation this morning and "Paraquat" Kelley is doing news and views. He tells a great story of when he usta hang with David Lee Roth...Lycan also noted that Ray Briem (KLAC, 1960-67; KABC, 1967-94; and KIEV since 1995) is having surgery today to repair an aorta. It’s a 16-inch incision, but Ray’s telling listeners after it’s over he’ll be "shipshape, from stern to sternum."…The KRTH vrs. "Mega 100" debate continues. Maverick from KDON-Monterey, emailed about KCMG: "I was in L.A. last week for vacation, visiting home, and I must say I too was very impressed with the new oldies station, ‘Mega 100.’ The music was right on. I almost cried with joy while I was driving down Western Avenue in Harbor City. As I passed the ice skating rink, one of my hang outs as a kid in the mid-1970s (near Narbonne High School), Come And Get Your Love by Redbone hit the airwaves. It was just one of the songs I used to play on the jukebox in the ice skating rink. It was great to hear that song and many other great songs I listened to as a kid growing up in LA. By the way, during my week stay in L.A. (and San Diego), I saw 9 ‘Mega 100’ stickers on bumpers [including a new BMW], 4 KROQ, 2 KIIS, and in San Diego, 5 ‘Star 100.7.’ Oh, and, it was great to hear Sluggo [Doug Roberts] back on KROQ. A rare personality, and one of the best in L.A"…Larry from Sunland emails: "I have no idea what all the hub-bub is about ‘Mega 100.’ I have yet to recognize a single song they have played the few times I have tuned them in and most of what I have heard is, well let's just say, unappealing. I am not a terribly big fan of KRTH who's just letting off steam. I just fail to understand all the hype."…A long-time engineer from Classical KFAC wonders what the former personalities from the station are doing these days. Anyone know?…Herman’s Hermits fans can hear Peter Noone tomorrow on KEZY with John Fox.

(July 18-19)
NEWS RELEASE

"THE GODFATHER" SELECTED AS BEST MOVIE
BY LOS ANGELES RADIO PEOPLE
(July 18-19, 1998) Los Angeles Radio People, past and present, have selected the original The Godfather as their favorite film, in the polling by the popular radio website, <laradio.com>
Hundreds of Southern California personalities voted for over 425 different films that make up the final Top 100 list. The next nine films are: (2) Citizen Kane; (3) Star Wars; (4) Gone With the Wind; (5) Casablanca; (6) Schindler’s List; (7) Titanic; (8) The Graduate; (9) It’s A Wonderful Life; and, (10) Midnight Cowboy.
The list was complied by Don Barrett, author of Los Angeles Radio People, the definitive book that tracks every Los Angeles radio personality for the past 40 years. Barrett manages the Website, which has become a rich resource of current news, nostalgia and other information. Among radio industry insiders, it is often a "must see" read each day and an "appointment" site for broadcasters who want to post updates on hirings, firings, and relocations. The site received close to 100,000 hits in June.
The Top 100 list is the second of what is expected to be a series of surveys. The first one on "what I’m reading on my summer vacation" prompted hundreds of responses.
On the drawing board for early fall are a series of seminars on radio behind the scenes, as told by personalities and programmers, past and present. A Q&A session will follow. Dates, time and location will be announced in a few weeks.
The complete Top 100 listing of favorite movies by Los Angeles Radio People:
1. The Godfather – "I still check my bed every night." (Jeff Leonard)
2. Citizen Kane – "Orson Welles, what more can you say?" (Bobby Ocean)
3. Star Wars – "My #2 pick." (Charlie Huero Brown)
4. Gone With the Wind – "It thrilled a nation without polarizing the north-south debate." (Andy Park)
5. Casablanca – Best Picture in 1943. "My #1 pick." (Myles Cameron)
6. Schindler’s List – "One of my top 3 picks." (Steve Marshall)
7. Titanic – "Film is totally consuming in the ‘Big Theatre.’" (Steve Jay)
8. The Graduate – "My all-time favorite!" (David G. Hall)
9. It’s A Wonderful Life – "Sure is, ain’t it?" (Jim Governale)
10. Midnight Cowboy – "Stays with me after all these years." (Dr. Leslie Pam)
11. 2001: A Space Odyssey – "Stanley Kubrick at his best!" (Jim Chenevey)
12. Forrest Gump – "This is just a beautiful movie." (John Leader)
13. Rear Window – "One of my all-time favorites." ("Shotgun Tom" Kelly)
14. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial– "There’s a part of Steven Spielberg that never grew up." (Sonny Melendrez)
15. Raiders of the Lost Ark – "One of my Top 10 favorites." (Jeff Davis)
16. Wizard of Oz – "My #1 pick." (Pam Baker)
17. American Graffiti – "Scene between Wolfman and Dreyfuss was why I got into radio." (Gary Moore)
18. Godfather, Part Two – "Near perfection in storytelling." (Larry Boxer)
19. Pulp Fiction – "The Amsterdam conversation alone makes this movie!" (Rod Morrison)
20. National Lampoon’s Animal House – "Eat Me!" (John Belushi)
21. Back To the Future – "I saw it 10 times." (Sherman Cohen)
22. Rocky – "This tops my list!" (Kurt Kretzchmar)
23. As Good As It Gets – "My #1 pick." (Jeff Young)
24. Blade Runner – "Incredible imagery and purposely stylized." (Larry Boxer)
25. Close Encounters of the Third Kind – "An avid UFO buff!" (Joe Montione)
26. North by Northwest – "I saw this film fifty or sixty times" (Ray Hoffman)
27. The Bridge on the River Kwai – "Great war movie in color." (Ace Young)
28. Blazing Saddles – "Only the unedited, uncut, uncivilized version, please." (Steve Weed)
29. Platoon – "Nobody got the Vietnam War right until Oliver Stone." (Chuck Van Horne)
30. West Side Story – "It’s in my Top 10!" (Jack Blair)
31. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid – "On my Top 10 list." (Tim Conway, Jr.)
32. The Day the Earth Stood Still – "A 50s classic!" (Rob Edwards)
33. Shane – "My #3 pick." (Johnny Hayes)
34. Annie Hall – "I forgot my mantra." (Tommy Edwards)
35. Austin Powers –"Mike Myers is Pauly Shore with a brain." (Scott Thrower)
36. Jurassic Park – "Another special effects winner!" (Ace Young)
37. To Kill A Mockingbird – "Racism, rape and incest handled well." (Anita Garner)
38. When Harry Met Sally – "One of my all-time favorites." (Gary Lycan)
39. All About Eve – "One of my top 3 favorites." (Kiris Coburn)
40. Ben Hur – "You want ancient Rome, you got it. A true spectacle." (Rob Edwards)
41. Once Upon a Time in America – "Four hours of cinematic poetry." (Larry Boxer)
42. The Producers – "Don’t be stupid, be a smarty – come join the Nazi party."
43. Alien – "Still the creepiest movie ever for me." (Todd Parker McLaren)
44. Goldfinger – "Sean Connery was the man." (Mike Butts)
45. My Favorite Year – "I’m not an actor, I’m a movie star."
46. One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest – "Nicholson is still my hero!" (Don Elliot)
47. Vertigo – "Has San Francisco ever looked better on film?" (Gary Moore)
48. Stagecoach – "John Ford was such a master." (Chuck Van Horne)
49. A Clockwork Orange – "My #1 pick!" (Mark Wallengren)
50. 10 Commandments – "This made my Top 10." (Kenny Noble Cortes)
51. Chinatown – "One of my 10 favorite films of all-time." (Ted Alvy)
52. Dr. Strangelove – Starred General Jack D. Ripper and Colonel Bat Guano
53. Fargo – "I hate lists. However, this movie would make my list." (Kathy Gori)
54. Usual Suspects – "On my favorite ten list." (Phil Hall)
55. Fast Times at Ridgemont High – Jeff Spicoliisms, dude.
56. His Girl Friday – "This made my Top 10 list." (Larry Morgan)
57. Jerry Maguire – "One of the best sports movies ever!" (John Felz)
58. Sling Blade - "Any actor with three names gets my vote." (Gary Mack)
59. Tootsie – "This made my Top 10 list." (Tracey Miller)
60. Defending Your Life – "Albert Brooks is great in this movie." (Dave Dabbah)
61. Hannah and Her Sisters – Roger Ebert called it Woody Allen’s best movie ever.
62. Sunset Boulevard – "This is the reason I came to Hollywood." (Joe Montione)
63. Apocalypse Now – "My #1 pick!" (Gary Marshall)
64. Crimes and Misdemeanors – "Woody Allen’s magnum opus." (Charleye Wright)
65. Nashville – "Robert Altman at his best asking for our best!" (Art Kevin)
66. Raging Bull – "A Martin Scorsese/Robert DeNiro masterpiece." (Ken Minyard)
67. Planes, Trains & Automobiles – "This made my Top 10 list" (Mr. KABC)
68. Dances With Wolves – "Costner pre-egomania." (Scott Thrower)
69. Field of Dreams – "Baseball, family, hopes, dreams, inner voices and Costner." (Whitney Allen)
70. Goodbye, Columbus – "My list leans to comedies." (Ronn Owens)
71. Independence Day – "Movies are to escape." (Rich "Brother" Robbin)
72. Jaws – Nominated for Best Picture of 1975
73. Naked Gun – "Funniest films ever made." (Ronn Owens)
74. Scent of a Woman – "A reason to take tango lessons." (Steve Mitchell)
75. Wild One – "Brando and bikes." (Ann Christie)
76. African Queen – "Classic John Huston!" (Pat "Paraquat" Kelley)
77. Arthur – Searching for love while you are drunk.
78. The Birds – "Made #7 on my list." (Christina Kelley)
79. Bridges of Madison County – "One of my favorites." (Randy Thomas)
80. Caddyshack – "I think I’m playing at Bushwood Country Club." (Jack London)
81. Elmer Gentry – "My favorite movie of all time!" (Art Kevin)
82. Great Escape – "My runner-up favorite." ("World Famous" Tom Murphy)
83. Now, Voyager – "I love Betty Davis movies." (Sherman Cohen)
84. Sullivan’s Travels – "One of my Top 10 favorites." (Chuck Southcott)
85. Young Frankenstein – "This Mel Brooks classic is #3 on my list." (Jeff Gehringer)
86. The Apartment – "This made my Top 10." (Kim Amidon)
87. Big – "Kids want to be big and grown ups want to be kids." (Sonny Melendrez)
88. Birdman of Alcatraz – "On my favorite 10 list." (Roger Nadel)
89. East of Eden – James Dean, nominated posthumously for Best Acor.
90. High Noon – "One of my Top 10 favorites." (Steve Knight)
91. Invitation to the Dance – "Pure magic!" (Art Kevin)
92. It’s A Mad Mad Mad Mad World – Stanley Kramer’s most popular film.
93. Lawrence of Arabia – Best Picture, 1962. "My #1 movie." (Tip Landay)
94. Private Parts – "I was a fan of early 80s WNNNNNNBC." (Harley Davidson)
95. Sound of Music – "This favorite made my Top 10 list." (Bill Keene)
96. Unforgiven – "Best western ever!" (Art Roberts)
97. Being There – "Prophet and prognosticator in all of us." (Steve Ray)
98. Ocean’s Eleven – "This made my Top 10 list." (Scorchin' Scotty Wilson)
99. Shawshank Redemption – "Grim, but ending made it all worthwhile." (Gary Mack)
100. Braveheart – Best Picture, 1995
Contact: Don Barrett
Los Angeles Radio People
1-888-Radio-57

(July 17, 1998) KEZY is part of Southern California radio, however, for many who live on the fringes of the market, the Orange County station is difficult to monitor. KEZY morning man John Fox attended my book signing last fall and I teased him that I couldn’t hear the station in Valencia. I asked him to describe a typical morning and he finally took me up on it.
"Wednesday on KEZY we had our usual mid week joke off ... yes, I know what it sounds like. For two hours, we put callers on the air with their favorite joke or riddle. Regulars try to stump us with blonde jokes. I have over 30 pages of blonde jokes. The funniest joke of the day gets a trip to the KEZY prize buffet for two items. Thursday’s winner was from Orange. ‘How many psychiatrists does it take to change a light bulb? One, but the light bulb has to want to change.’ The winner received tickets to the Chicago/Hall & Oates concert at the Universal Amphitheater and Disneyland passports.
Yesterday morning I got out the 100-foot mic cable and went down the hall to inspect the station refrigerator which was surprisingly clean except for a bag of petrified bagels. That got us talking about refrigerator horror stories. One listener had a green and purple sweet potato with white hair in a Cool Whip container which she claimed moved to the beat of the music. Another told us about hosing down a crashed big rig reefer trailer full of spilled milk on a 98-degree day. A Placentia listener told about his new bride of 14 months who was denied the chance to keep the top layer of their wedding cake due to ravenous guests, so they ordered a Domino's pizza which they've been saving ever since. The listener won us over when he told us how it once had anchovies but they swam away. He touched the anchovies and they ‘felt warm!’
All this is in addition to our usual features like Name That Tune, similar to the old TV show. The tunes are categorized by day, e.g., Motown Monday, 8 Track Tuesday, etc. Every winner gets on our Birthday club mailing list for a mention and lunch at Carl's Jr. Other features include our Hollywierd report, Believe it or Nuts, a Cuddly Puddly Pet O' the Week, phone call from the Head Bubba in Washington DC, letters to Martha Spewart and the Basically Bogus Bureau. All of this plus news, six traffic reports an hour and we still manage to squeeze in about 8 songs an hour." ( johnf@kezy.com )

(July 16, 1998) "It was early in the morning, around six thirty, when out of nowhere, POW! Our windshield exploded and a homing pigeon crashed into our helicopter window and landed in the back seat." That’s how veteran airborne traffic reporter Jeff Baugh described his harrowing experience earlier this week. "The bird crash blew Plexiglas everywhere. The noise was deafening, like a shotgun, when it happened because you are not prepared. We never saw it coming." Jeff explained that the first move after impact is to lower your speed as the wind gushes throughout the helicopter. They landed at Hawthorne Airport, taped up the window and then limped back to Van Nuys Airport. Jeff recounted when a bird hit the wing of "Air 98," a Cessna 172. He said it made a dent in the wing the size of a softball…KPFK morning personality Kathy Gori read about the passing of former LA Times radio columnist and broadcaster Don Page and remembered: "So sorry to hear of Don’s death. He was a terrific guy. It brought back great memories of ‘Inside Radio.’ I’d almost forgotten about those nights at KLAC. I was always the only girl in the room. Don always made it so much fun. He’ll be missed."…Anybody else curious why the Times buried Page’s death with only a few lines and no photo? He was at the newspaper for almost 20 years…Steve Hochman in today’s Times reports that KPWR morning man Big Boy will not be replaced by KYLD-San Francisco’s Dog House (Elvis and J.V.). The Times quotes Emmis’ president Doyle Rose: "There was an investigation into a team, but we are no longer in that hunt. We are committed to the morning show we have."… When KFOX/FM was purchased by Cosmic Communications in the early 1970s and became"K-100" (100.3FM), the station became the first Hot AC station in the market and was programmed by Rich "Brother" Robbin. The morning man was Mike Butts. Mike’s radio journey after leaving Los Angeles has taken him to a number of markets until he landed at WPRO-Providence to do mornings. He’s become an institution in Rhode Island and recently signed up for another 3 years. Mike is thrilled that 15-year "92PRO" veteran Tony Bristol has returned to take over programming at the Citadel outlet. Mike enthused: "This is a company on the move!"…After nice guy sports guy Eric Tracy read on this Website about his hiccuping attack last Saturday morning on KFWB, Eric said, "Isn’t it ironic that you do your best work day in and day out and nobody says a word? Then you get the case of the hiccups during a sportscast, and everyone’s listening!"

(July 15, 1998) There are two subjects generating the most summer mail to this Website: (1) KABC, and (2) "Mega 100" vrs. KRTH. Earlier this summer we asked Los Angeles Radio People what they were reading this summer. Well, today, all those currently in the market will be eagerly reading the Arbitron book. Having been around the radio scene for a number of years, I’ve learned to keep the crystal ball up on the shelf. However, with that said, I am constantly overwhelmed with the positive street talk on "Mega 100." There has not been a "hotter" buzz on any music station in, at least, the last decade. I will be shocked if that great word-of-mouth doesn’t translate to impressive ratings gain. A very thoughtful email came from Josh of Los Angeles. He thinks "Mega 100" will eventually win over KRTH and has a theory: "One of the main reasons is that whenever you call ‘Mega 100's’ 1-888 line, the phone rings and a jock answers it and talks to you and asks you how you are doing. Whenever I try to call the KRTH jocks on their 1-800 line, all I ever get is a busy signal. Most people are fed up with ‘More (fill in the music format style), Less Talk.’ ‘Mega 100’ is more interactive with the listeners, both by letting more people talk on the air and going out into the community and promoting the station with remotes. This makes the listeners feel special. ‘Mega 100’ also does a request show in which they dig down deeper into their library. When you get to hear a song that you requested, you feel like you are on cloud nine and that makes your day. ‘K-Earth’ doesn't take requests. Are they afraid that someone might want to hear something other than the same 101 songs? Which gets me to the music variety. ‘Mega 100’ plays more different songs than ‘K-Earth.’ They play all the soul. Why does ‘K-Earth’ not play British Invasion groups like Freddie and The Dreamers, Status Quo, Chad and Jeremy, Peter and Gordon, or Gerry and The Pacemakers? They also don't play Spanky and Our Gang or other one-hit wonders. If ‘K-Earth’ wants its ratings back, they should listen to their listeners. These groups I mention were all hits on KHJ's Boss 30. Why can't we hear those songs on radio anymore? Let us hear ‘ALL the Great Oldies,’ NOT ‘All The SAME 100 Oldies,’ and open up those request lines."

(July 14, 1998) KIKF morning man, Charlie Tuna, is now doing his show from his home in the San Fernando Valley instead of making the long trek to Orange County. He calls it the ultimate 12-Step program. "There are 12 steps between my bed and the microphone." Charlie’s happy doing personality radio again, in fact, he calls it Virtual Viagra! "This keeps my skills and spirit UP for 4 hours a day. One side effect though, all the cars in Art Astor’s huge antique auto collection at the station look like they have a blue paint job."…Speaking of Orange County, on my way down to Gary Lycan’s event (OC Register) on Saturday (see 7/10 column), I caught the 9:15 sports report on KFWB. Nice guy sports guy Eric Tracy was suffering with what every broadcaster fears, the hiccups. It was a fairly severe case, but Eric gamely hiccuped his way through the scores…And speaking of KFWB (notice how we go from thought to another with such clarity? Sure.), the station is hosting its second in a series of business seminars for their advertisers on Thursday. Larry Miller of Sit ‘n Sleep is one of the featured speakers. Larry has used radio so effectively and his story should be fascinating. Pam Baker at 323.871.4605 has all the details…Speaking of Thursday (see how this works), M.G. Kelly (six L.A. stations between 1973 and 1992) and his wife start mornings at WYUU ("U-92")-Tampa on Thursday…August issue of Los Angeles magazine features "Senor Dodger," Jaime Jarrin. Jaime called his first Dodger game in 1958 and later this month joins Vin Scully, Mel Allen, Red Barber and Harry Caray in the national Baseball Hall of Fame. Read all about the man who has called 6,000-plus Dodger games in his native tongue: Spanish…What the heck is happening with the AFTRA negotiations at KNX. They’ve been going on since last year, but recently have intensified. Lotsa name calling on both sides is the word from a couple of reliable sources. Is management trying to bust the union or get to the point where they can hire more per diem news people, which ultimately reduces or eliminates key benefits?…Bill Ward was pd of KLAC during the 1970s. The news of the death of former LA Times columnist Don Page prompted this email from Bill: "We started the ‘Inside Radio’ program on KLAC in 1971. Page came up with the name, sometime I think, before Jerry started his newsletter. The shows were taped at the KLAC studios on Wilshire, across from the tar pits, in the early evenings, usually at 6:00 or 6:30. We recorded them in the second floor conference room with full bar, which opened perhaps an hour before taping began. The shows were ‘relaxed’ and lots of fun. The series continued until Don left the Times. Don was radio editor of the Times at that time and everyone he invited to the show...showed up!" …Chuck Southcott, pd of the syndicated series "Music of Your Life" (heard in the Southland on KGIL), has just made a deal with the Museum of Television and Radio in Beverly Hills to record the "celebrity weekend" shows there. You can watch Lou Rawls, Glen Campbell, Shirley Jones, Toni Tennille and Ed McMahon record their guest stints…KLOS’ Garth Kemp is set to do weekend weather on KABC/Channel 7. Makes for nice visibility between the Disney stations…Speaking of KABC (radio), Ken Minyard and Peter Tilden reported this morning on their Dumb White Person segment that Nancy Sinatra failed to see her father on the night he died because she was watching the final episode of Seinfeld. Does the morning pair have a Dumb Black Person story and Dumb Polish Person and, and? Just asking?

(July 13, 1998) The former Los Angeles Times television and radio writer, Don Page, died last Friday night of cancer. He distinguished himself as the radio critic and tv sports columnist at the Times from 1956 to 1973. In addition to his stint at the Times, Don worked at KLAC hosting a 15-minute commentary called "Saturday Sports Page" and was the creator and host of "Inside Radio," a two-hour Sunday show featuring industry guests. In the mid-1970s at KGIL, Don provided color commentary for the High School Game of the Week. He was born, as he recalled when I interviewed him for my book, "a driver and nine-iron from Dodger Stadium." Don grew up in The San Fernando Valley. His variegated career included working for Jack Webb, being a book editor for Steve Allen, co-authored Did You Whittinghill This Morning? and presided as past board member of Pacific Pioneer Broadcasters. Don considered the quarter-century from 1950 to 1975 as the Golden Age of Southern California Radio. Don philosophized: "Radio was long on talent and short on time. Today radio is long on time and short on talent. There are too many chairs and not enough talent." Don loved radio and his weekly column in the Calendar section was a must-read for everyone in and out of radio. He was 64.

(July 12, 1998) When I was a senior in college, my roommate and I manned the Young Republicans Goldwater for President headquarters on Balboa Island. Barry Goldwater's running mate in the 1964 election was William E. Miller. Little did I know that almost 35 years later I would be listening to Miller's daughter Stephanie on KABC. Strange, small world. Today in the Los Angeles Times Calendar section, Judith Michaelson writes a major piece (with great photo) on Stephanie Miller titled, "Queen of Some Media." Judith describes her weeknight show at KABC: "…On her irreverent, liberal, sexually-charged, topical, personal, funny, flirty, sometimes mean, sometimes silly and altogether entertaining show. She does not bore." A must-read in the Sunday Times.

(July 11, 1998) Nine years ago yesterday, Rick Carroll died. He was 42. In the brief time he was here, he pioneered New Music and created the "Rock of the 80s" format at KROQ. In R&R’s 1993 special edition of "Twenty Years of Excellence," Rick was cited as a "pioneer." His contribution was noted with this reference: "His balance of carefully researched music and anarchic on-air attitude has built a heritage any station would envy…and it still may not have reached its mass-appeal peak." Some have likened working at a radio station to "summer camp." There seems to be a sense of camaraderie during the time working together, however, when one leaves, their paths may never cross again. For some, "summer camp" has led to lasting and deep friendships. One such rich relationship was when Rick Carroll came into T. Michael Jordan’s life. Join us for such a radio relationship. This is a portion of T. Michael Jordan’s tribute to his friend, Rick Carroll, from Los Angeles Radio People, Volume 2.
I have been looking for some way to memorialize Rick since his untimely death on July 10th, 1989. After his funeral a few of his friends got together to think of ways to commemorate him. The final decision was to get him a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame; Rick had the location of many of the stars memorized.
I called the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, they told me that either it had to be done prior to a death, or you had to wait 5 years after a person’s death. The cost was about $5,000. I put it on my calendar, and annually contacted the friends to remind them. As time passed, so did many of the friends. Some to death, some to relocation and/or career changes, others just "lost."
There is no Star, but when I walk down the Walk of Fame, many memories rush through my mind…
I first became aware of Rick Carroll in May of 1969. He was the evening jock/md at KXOA in Sacramento. I was evenings at KROY-Sacramento. We wouldn’t meet until a year later, but we were very aware of each other. I took the on-air position that "Paul was truly dead," playing Beatles records backwards. Rick’s position was it was all a hoax. Of course this competitive stance took place throughout the country. Even though the "death promotion" was not a factor I ended up with a 32 Arbitron share, and Rick had an 8. KROY was better promoted, the pd allowed a lot of flexibility and we were an "ensemble" staff. I was also fired 2 days before the ratings came out, not the first time and not the last.
There was a kid named Greg Partsch (eventually Greg Mundy) who wanted to be a jock, and Rick and I were his heroes. He used to hang out at each station and take messages back and forth between Rick and myself. He eventually brought Rick and I together. About 6 months and two stations later, I was in Orlando at WLOF (54 share by the way) and Rick was now pd at KLIV in San Jose.
Rick was born in Redding as Ricky Carroll and grew up in San Jose. He got his first job in radio at KLIV at about 15, answering phones and "go-ferring." His first air shift was back in Redding at KRDG.
Rick was really proud to now be pd at KLIV. After about a month, Greg got Rick and I together on the phone, and he offered me the all-night slot at KLIV. Even though I was having a good time in Orlando, I really missed California, and got to really know and like Rick from our phone calls. I took the job. Rick also hired a guy he had heard in Honolulu, Neale Blase. Greg was answering phones and "go-ferring," Dave Sholin was md and Scott St. James was doing middays. We were an AM’er doing an FM format, ratings were pretty good, but politics were not. Rick was off to KSJO-San Jose as pd and I returned to Sacramento at KCRA.
After the owners of KSJO bought KXOA in Sacramento, they changed the calls to KNDE ("Kandy"). Rick moved to KNDE, hired me for evenings, Neale Blase for mornings and John Peters for afternoons. Greg was still "go-ferring" and did some weekend all-night shifts. Christine Brodie (then Schriefer) was doing promotions and md chores. Larry Groves (later md at KROQ), was an "intern" doing a variety of things. At every station Rick was pd, he had an md, but it was Rick who made the final decision on the music. He always took the md’s suggestions in mind, and he had some great md’s, but ultimately he decided.
His uncanny ability to "pick the hits" was his greatest asset and contributed most to his success. He liked jocks with a "different sound," and was able to create exciting promotions for little money, but the music was the answer.
After more typical radio "bull shit," Rick landed the job at KKDJ in January 1973, after spending time working for Drake-Chenault Enterprises. U-Haul ran out of trucks in Sacramento as Rick hired all the above mentioned to come work in L.A. We had become a tight "family" in Sacramento, and couldn’t wait to be in L.A. together. Russ O’Hara joined the "family" at this time. KKDJ became renowned for its technical sound and coverage. Low power (8k) at the most perfect location on Mt. Wilson, and a processing chain that made it the cleanest and loudest thing on the dial, all thanks to Chief Engineer Paul Wieman. KHJ was still top dog in the market, but we gave them a run for their money, we were their "death-knell" (they were about the last AM king in the country). We never took top spot overall, but by the Jan/Feb 1974 ARB we were the #1 FM in town cuming about 1,000,000 people 12 plus, Monday-Sunday, 6 a.m. to midnight.
At KKDJ we experienced some tragic personal/emotion upheavals within the "family" and in one way or another we remained friends. There was some other great talent at the station contributing to its success: Billy Pearl, Kris Erik Stevens, Jay Stevens, Steve Dahl, Jhani Kaye, and more.
New owners came in and fired most of the staff and changed call letters to KIIS. It took KIIS a couple of years to regain the numbers, and eventually newer owners turned the station into the giant it became.
Rick and I went off to Hawaii for awhile. When we came back I bought a pet shop, and went broke. Rick did some consulting and then landed at gig at KEZY/AM. Several of the "family" had moved on to other things, Chris went to work at Radio & Records, Neale promoted a great idea called "Sheet Music" (bedding with music to the hit songs on it) and Greg went to the David Forrest Agency promoting concerts.
Greg Ogonowski became the newest member of the "family" as Chief Engineer and made that little sucker sound like FM on AM. So it was Rick as pd, Larry Groves md, on-air was Big John Carter, Mark Denis (there forever and great guy), John Peters, Russ O’Hara, Jim O’Neal (another new "family" member), myself and Peter Mayem running the board all-night and Patty Haven on the weekends.
We had great fun. The promotions (bicentennial year 1976) sounded great, we had decent ratings, but competing with L.A. signals was next to impossible in Orange County, at least then. We had the usual clashes with management, some personal problems and we were off again. I went back to Sacramento, Rick back to consulting.
In 1979 Rick landed the pd job at KROQ and asked me if I wanted to come back to L.A., being fearful of the reputation of KROQ at the time and declined. After about a year I decided to get out of radio for good and got myself into computers.
Rick went on to great success at KROQ as you all know. I have gone off to success and happiness in cyberland. We remained close friends, and in close contact during the years remaining in his too short of life. Most of the "family" remained in contact in one way or another, several of us still do.
Greg Ogonowski and I had dinner with Rick near his Malibu home about a month before his death. He was, as usual, in great shape and ready to party his ass off! We had a great evening, and planned on getting together again soon. We talked during the following month and everything was great with Rick. A little kitten named TC joined Rick’s home. Being a cat lover TC and I became fast friends.
Then came the day! Jhani Kaye called to tell me he had heard that Rick had just died of pneumonia. He went into the hospital on a Thursday and was dead the next Monday. Fortunately he didn’t have to suffer long. The "family" was devastated, as were his new friends and family from KROQ. Even though I’m happy with the choice I made in my life, a part of me wishes that I would have been with Rick for his last triumph, but he did share the experiences with me over the final few years.
We had a great "memorial bash" in Malibu, with friends, radio "family" and his blood family. Many kind words were said, some shocking and true, and all with love. After it was over, a couple of us tossed his ashes into the ocean.
TC now lives with me and often brings up many great memories. He loves to party and listen to rock and roll. I finish this with tears in my eyes, and love in my heart. ( tomn@ix.netcom.com )

(July 10, 1998) I’ll be joining Gary Lycan tomorrow morning at the Mel-Rich Pharmacy, Café & Soda Fountain, 1745 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, just down the street from Santa Ana College. We’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The owners of the cafe have revived the old soda shop atmosphere and we can chat about radio. Gary is the 30+-year radio columnist veteran of the Orange County Register. We are both enormous fans of radio and we hope to see you tomorrow…KKBT’s PJ Butta is working middays as a temporary replacement for Diana Steele, who moved to mornings at sister station KMEL-San Francisco. PJ joined KKBT in 1995 after graduating from the University of La Verne. He is involved in the community making regular visits to children in juvenile halls, child placement homes and Boys & Girls clubs. PJ said, "My whole thing is that I want to make a difference. That’s why I got into this, to make a difference." He has a voice that is smooth like butta…Mike Lynch is one of the traffic reporters on the new all-Traffic station, KKTR (1650AM). He worked at KEZY in production and promotion and was the chief engineer and show producer for the Mighty Ducks hockey games for two years before joining KKTR. Mike observes about the "K-Traffic" format: "I must say it is very different doing 3-minute traffic reports in the middle of the night."

(July 9, 1998) Thursday stuff…KEZY/KORG has been sold to Jacor for $30 million. Title won’t go through until January 1, 1999, but signal upgrades are expected soon, pending FCC approvals. KEZY will be carrying the San Diego Charges this fall in affiliation with their flagship station in San Diego, "Star 100.7"…Wayne Wankus, formerly part of the morning team at KIBB (100.3FM), is returning to music while waiting for his next radio assignment This weekend he’ll be playing keyboards at the Flamingo Hilton in Laughlin with The Platters. Wayne said, "Rumor is, if I kick ass, they’re going to want me to go on the road with them with shows this month in Florida, South Carolina, Mississippi and Hawaii."…Dr. Toni Grant has returned to the Southland airwaves with her syndicated show at KPLS (830AM)…M.G. Kelly, formerly with KHJ, KFI, KOST, KIIS, KODJ, KCBS and actor in The Enforcers with Clint Eastwood, fourth-billed on A Star is Born with Barbra and The Buddy Holly Story, is packing his bags. He’s leaving Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in a few days for a morning show in Tampa. Good Golly Miss Molly Potter, welcome back to the States…If you are a Los Angeles Radio People and your email address is not listed at this website, it would be helpful to have it for our frequent feature stories. We are now compiling a list of your Top 10 all-time movie list. Over the weekend of July 18-19 we will publish the Top 100. This list will undoubtedly get picked up by other publications, so it wold be a shame to not have your vote. Send your Top 10 all-time favorite movies to ( db@ecom.net )…Former "Arrow 93" personality, Dave White, has started mornings at WIQB-Ann Arbor. Dave emails: "I miss my oceanfront place in Manhattan Beach!" Dave, just wait until the winter if you miss it now...Former KNAC jock, Mikki (Michelle Parisi), leaves her post at Geffen Records today and later this month joins the staff of Casey Kasem's syndicated countdown show.

(July 8, 1998) A swim through Wednesday morning radio channels…KBIG’s team of Carolyn Gracie, Rick Diego and Shirley talks about the Ennis Cosby jury trial verdict. Shirley is shocked that the gun used in the murder was found a mere few blocks from her home…Peter Tilden and Ken Minyard are on KABC talking about the gun safety measure…Jamie White at KYSR is reading a Cosmopolitan story about spiritual sex when she realizes that she has NEVER had spiritual sex…Mark Wallengren and Kim Amidon are playing Daniel by Elton John…Joe Benson is featuring Steve Winwood at "Arrow 93" and giving away tickets to a Grand Funk concert…Will Smith promo’s KPWR as the "Power Party Station"…"Radio Disney," KDIS is playing Little Eva’s LocomotionJim Carson and Joni Caryl tell the Joke of the Day at KRTH. Following a wedding the groom tells the bride of the marriage guidelines. He’s coming home when he wants, if he wants and what time he wants, with no hassles. He expects a great dinner on the table. He’ll go hunting, fishing, boozing and card playing with his buddies whenever he wants. The bride thinks for a moment and responds, "That’s fine with me. Just understand there’ll be sex here with me every night at 7 whether you’re here or not"...Fred Gallagher reports on the All-Star baseball game last night on KNX...At "Mega 100," Jeff Wyatt and Monica Brooks are promoting an upcoming personal appearance at Hollywood Park for winners in their $1 million sticker campaign…Kevin & Bean are talking to KROQ 30+ MALE virgins…Max Baer Jr.’s new Nevada casino built as a replica of the mansion from Beverly Hillbillies is being discussed by KLOS’ Mark & BrianPaul Crosswhite at "Smooth Jazz" KTWV is playing Seventh Heaven by Avenue Blue…John London and his House Party on KKBT. They are talking about an unemployed Egyptian stealing a bus in order to win the heart of his girlfriend/cousin…Rich Capparela is playing a Haydn overture, Prelude to Act One of Masked Ball at Classical KKGO…Huggie Boy is playing Hurt by Timi Yuro on KRLA...and the beat goes on.

(July 7, 1998) Wanna talk radio this Saturday? I’ll be joining Gary Lycan at the Mel-Rich Pharmacy, Café & Soda Fountain, 1745 W. 17th St., Santa Ana, just down the street from Santa Ana College. We’ll be there from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The owners of the cafe have revived the old soda shop atmosphere and you can buy a sandwich, soda or ice cream cone and chat about radio. If you haven’t met Gary and care anything at all about radio, you need to meet him. He has been writing about Southern California radio in the Orange County Register for 30 years. He loves radio and his weekly Sunday column is a feast for radio fans…Jim Ladd was at it last night on KLOS. Only Jim could weave together enough AOR "cowboy" songs in memory of Roy Rogers’ passing. He gave his listeners credit for picking the selections, but Jim orchestrated the flow…New Los Angeles Radio People at KBIG, Scott Thrower. He grew up in the Northwest and got into radio in 1975. Scott said, " I was writing record reviews for my high school paper and was approached by the teacher who oversaw the publication. He said two of the radio stations in town were looking for a reporter from my school to phone in a report or two per week about what was happening at school." His reports resulted in hosting an all-night show on Sunday. Scott went on to do mornings in Philadelphia, Phoenix, San Diego, Portland, St. Louis and Memphis. In 1985, he appeared on an episode of Miami Vice." Scott is working weekends. Welcome!

(July 6, 1998) New KABC pd Drew Hayes is wasting no time doing his research on how to stop the ratings bleeding at the legendary Talk station. He took matters into his own hands Friday night at midnight. He and assistant pd Erik Braverman took to the phones to ask listeners what they thought of the station and for suggestions on how to change the programming. There was no pre-awareness that this impromptu program was going to take place so the pair got whoever was still around after Mr. KABC’s program and those who were there for Art Bell. In fact, many of the 40+ calls during this one hour and 40 minute special show asked where Art Bell was and also why not put him on live at 10 p.m. One caller was looking for a "female Art Bell." Overall, Larry Elder fared best. No negative calls. Also receiving positive feedback were Joe Crummey, Mr. KABC (9 p.m. – midnight), even though one caller thought him "arrogant" and Warren Eckstine (weekend pet show). The weekend specialty shows were generally liked, even though one caller felt the computer show was more of an electronics discussion rather than computers. Many of the callers felt that the morning pairing of Ken Minyard and Peter Tilden was not a comfortable pairing. The comments about Ronn Owens (9 a.m. – noon) and Michael Jackson seemed to be split along demographic lines. The younger callers favored Ronn, while the older listeners favored Michael (there was no tv screen and listener ages were not revealed, however, that’s the way they "sounded"). Stephanie Miller (7-9 p.m.) comments seemed to be split between those who really love her and those who aren't fans. Dennis Prager seemed to take the biggest hit. The complaints seemed to revolve around the continuing "good vrs. evil" debate without any variety to his program. A Prager caller wanted the classical music returned to his "bumpers." One caller wanted more local talk and street reporting like KFI. Drew and Erik were very open, candid and seemingly had no agenda. They took the caller’s comments seriously. Drew asked the listeners for patience as he builds the station from the ground up. He wanted the KABC listeners to give him a chance to implement his plan to restore the station to its glory years. Hats off to Drew for being so vulnerable to hear directly from the listeners.

(July 4-5, 1998) When I embarked on this project to log what Los Angeles Radio People are reading this summer, many scoffed. "Radio people don’t read" was the concern. Well, let me tell you, once you peruse these pages, you will be impressed by the diversity of the books being read and recommended. (Many were concerned with Arbitron as an important book.) If you are looking for a good summer read, read no farther than the following pages. There is a smorgasbord of choices!
Joe Ferguson: "Just finished Fred Goodman's Mansion on the Hill [it’s great!] and The Doomsday Report by Rock Brynner. Currently reading Time to Hunt by Steven Hunter, to be followed by Dead Even by Brad Meltzer."
Dave Dabbah: "I recently picked up the John Grisham novel, The Runaway Jury. He could write a story about NASCAR and THE LAW and I would buy it. I'll be joining a 12 step anti-Grisham program this fall."
Don Elliot: "Here's some stuff I'm into, and believe me, it's radio biz oriented: The Einstein Factor, Win Wenger; Unlocking the Secrets of Your Childhood Memories, Kevin Leman & Randy Carlson; The Kinetic Corporation; Selling the Invisible, Harry Beckwith; Green Eggs and Ham, Dr. Seuss [Best sales manual in the world!]; High Output Management, Andrew Grove; Big 5-0, Bill Geist; Don't Get Taken Every Time, Remar Sutton; A Confederacy of Dunces, John Kennedy Toole; Get Rich on the Obvious, Tom Taylor; Speak and Grow Rich, Walters & Walters. It's harder to read now that I'm not taking the train to work anymore. I can't find anybody else in radio who reads! How the hell do they grow? My wife is a constant inspiration to me about reading and managing time and money. She's a motivational speaker for Dale Carnegie, and a bit hard to keep up with. I like that!"
Kiris Coburn: "I've actually been wanting to re-read the sci-fi book, Dune by Frank Herbert. I happened to be in Borders bookstore last weekend and all of a sudden I got the overwhelming urge to be cheap, uh, I mean ‘frugal’ when I saw the almost $7 price for the paperback."
Larry Boxer: "I've got a publisher's copy of Dreaming Out Loud by Bruce Feiler that I've been waiting to read on my vacation in July. It's a highly acclaimed look at how the Nashville scene has changed in recent years, recounting the careers of Garth Brooks, Wynonna Judd and Wade Hayes, with numerous references to other prominent country artists. The book recently became quite the little controversy, as Brooks and Judd blasted the author for deceiving them about the fact that his interviews were for a book."
Dr. Demento: "Just finishing Muddy Waters: The Mojo Man by Sandra B. Tooze. Nice bio of the blues legend."
Gary Allen: "I'm reading Lucifiers Hammer. It's about Electro magnetic pulses that take out computers and solid state electronics. Pretty eye opening stuff."
Kevin Gershan: "The Proud Highway: The Fear And Loathing Letters- Volume 1 - Saga Of A Desperate Southern Gentleman by Hunter S. Thompson."
Bill Rice: "I’m reading a couple of books. Dead Stick a mystery by Megan Mallory Rust and The Chosen Instrument by Marylin Bender, which is the story about the rise and fall of Pan American World Airlines."
Bob Morgan: "I'm deeply engrossed in the History of the Big Four: Charles Crocker, Leland Stanford, C.P. Huntington and Mark Hopkins. They were the founders of the Central Pacific Railroad, which later became the Southern Pacific. They were largely responsible for the development of California and were essentially the 'pirates' of the Sierra Nevada. While they were very instrumental in creating a great deal of industry in the West, they were also extremely notorious for the complete financial, and sometimes indirectly, the physical devastation of anyone who opposed them."
Earl McDaniel: "Mars & Venus in the Bedroom by John Gray, Ph.D."
Ken Levine: "Just finished Always Six O’clock by Phoef Sutton. Almost time to re-read my all-time favorite book, Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole."
Ronn Owens: "I'm ashamed to admit it, but I'm in the middle of catching up on a book I've been wanting to read for a while, Miss America by the acclaimed author, Howard Stern. Gotta be honest...that's where I am this moment."
Ken Kohl: "Funny you should ask...I just brought home Jack Trout and Al Ries's The 22 Immutable Laws of Marketing: Violate Them at Your Own Risk!"
Bob Morrison: "I'm reading a fabulous book called Desiring God by John Piper. It's subtitled Meditations of a Christian Hedonist, which may seem a contradiction in terms to many people. But Piper uses scripture to argue that the best way to please yourself is to please God...and the only way to please God is with vibrant, lively faith that seeks, praises and loves Him JUST BECAUSE HE IS....not because of what he does."
Rex Moore: "I've just started a book called Deep As the Marrow, by F. Paul Wilson. It's a political thriller set at the White House."
Wayne Wankus: "I am in the middle of Rising Sun by Michael Crichton. I saw the movie with Wesley Snipes but as usual the book is ten times better! Started reading it on my cruise last week to Mexico but of course due to the intense eating sessions, I was unable to hold my arms over my belly while I was trying to read! Ha!"
Hilly Rose: "Funny you should ask a talk show host if he has read any good books lately. Unlike Larry King who prides himself on never reading anything about the guests he interviews, I have always felt a responsibility to read the book before the interview [even if I have to speed read]. For my I-Files show [deals with the paranormal], I finished Talking to Heaven by James van Praagh. I just started Ghosts by Hans Holzer. For fun [if I can stay up all night] I am reading Dean Koontz new novel called Fear Nothing. It is very scary, beautifully written, and great escapist material. It 's about a fellow with Xeroderma pigmentosum [XP for short] who would broil to death in the sun, so can only go out at night. What he sees one night would scare the hell out of anyone."
Ric Lippincott: "I read quite a bit. Just finishing a GREAT book called, The Education of Little Tree, by Forrest Carter."
Carole Hemingway: "As for summer reading...especially for women: anything by Sara Paretsky, Karen Kijewski, Judith Von Gieson, and Catherine Dain. They are all mystery novels with P.I.s that have guts, brains, independence, flaws, and distinct personalities...all of them strong. It's inspiring and fun. What Phillip Marlowe is to men, the heroines in these novels are to women. Tough, hard-boiled detectives with hearts for the underdog."
Brad Messer: "Summer books? You bet. Since becoming a philosophical differences orphan exactly six weeks ago [ending six years as a drivetime talk host in San Antonio] I have been in full escape mode and have read, oh, 12 books and viewed maybe three dozen Blockbuster movies, and have eaten about 25 or 30 pints of Ben and Jerry's ‘Totally Nuts’ ice cream to maintain my enviable hunk body. Oh yeah. Books. The latest Tom Clancy churn-out Ops Center is light to the point of air. Caleb Carr's The Angel of Darkness is overwritten and underplotted beyond ridiculousness, and so on down the list of NY Times bestsellers. We Americans apparently demand so little of our most popular authors. But then, that Plato guy is hard to understand, so what's a person to do?"
Ken Noble Cortes: "Right now I'm reading the Bible. Working my way through Proverbs for some extra wisdom. Who knows, maybe I can learn how to live beyond the average life expectancy of a broadcaster: 55-60 years."
Gary Mack: "Recently finished John Grisham's Street Lawyer. Currently reading Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil, and received Christopher Reeve's Still Me for Father's Day. It'll be next."
Mr. Traffic: "Just finished The Making of Titanic & James Cameron by Paula Parisi. It is facinating reading on how the most successful film in history came to be. I’m now reading Condemned to Repeat It: The Philosopher Who Flunked Life and Other Great Lessons from History by Wick Allison, Jeremy Adams and Gavin Hambly. It is strategies for successful living based on famous strategies throughout history."
Nicole Sandler: "Just finished Nick Hornby's About A Boy, which is as wonderful as his first one, High Fidelity [a must for any music nut]. I am currently reading Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood: A Novel by Rebecca Wells."
Steve Weed: "Re-reading Garrison Keilor's WLT a Radio Romance from a few years ago. Picked it up from the bookshelf, and started leafing through it -- recalled how laugh-out-loud funny it was -- and couldn't put it down."
Gary McKenzie: "Ripped through another medical conspiracy from Robin Cook. Toxin is one of his best!"
Mark and Kim: "I'm reading Goosebumps books with my son Ryan who's just finished the 1st grade. Kim's on vacation this week. I'm sure she's reading Nashville road maps right now."
Pam Baker: "A friend of mine recently gave me the new book by Jimmy Buffett called A Pirates Look at Fifty that I'm looking forward to reading. I strongly recommend Dr. Andrew Weil's 8 Weeks to Optimum Health for anyone with stress in their life -- Dr. Weil is a very positive and dynamic personality! The only problem that I have with his 8-week program is that he suggests that you don't listen or watch news for an entire day...for me, working at KFWB NEWS 98, it's a bit of a problem!"
Neil Saavedra: "I am in the process of reading Abracadabra! Secret Methods Magicians & Others Use to Deceive Their Audience by Nathaniel Schiffman. The book is about the various techniques used by advertisers, politicians, spies, con artists, movie directors, faith healers, psychics, and others to deceive and influence the public."
Todd Parker McLaren: "Nimitz Class, by Patrick Robinson, Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett [nothing at all like the books he's best known for but one of my favorite stories], and Comanche Moon by Larry McMurtry [Part 2 of the 4-part Lonesome Dove saga]."
Mark Driscoll: "Re-read of Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas, by Hunter S. Thompson, Conversations With God: An Uncommon Dialogue Vol. 1 by Neale David Walsch and my usual Fast Times ingestion [best magazine there is!]."
Steve Knight: "The most engaging and enjoyable book I've come across in a long time is Bruculinu, America by Vincent Schiavelli. Mr. Schiavelli is the very popular character actor who played the ghost on the subway train in Ghost--he also was featured in Amadeus, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest and Fast Times At Ridgemont High. This book chronicles his remembrances of growing up as a Sicilian-American in Brooklyn in the 1950s. Also included are 70 Sicilian family recipes. He is one of the best storytellers on this planet. The two other books I'm engrossed in at the moment are Reading People by jury consultants Jo-Ellan Dimitrius and Mark Mazzarella, and Thomas Cahill's The Gifts of the Jews. And, like most everyone who checks this Website, I often find myself looking up another radio person in Los Angeles Radio People."
Dave Van Dyke: "I'm an avid reader and will likely get through a bunch of books, but the book I'm taking to Santa Barbara this weekend is Ronald Kessler's Inside The White House - his excellent expose of the hidden lives of the Modern Presidents and the secrets of the world's most powerful institution. I've also read his The FBI which resulted in the dismissal of FBI Director William Sessions, so I figure he's plugged in! For example, he writes about Lyndon Johnson: ‘Johnson would come on Air Force One and the minute he got out of site of the crowds, he would stand in the doorway and grin from ear to ear and say, "You dumb sons of bitches. I piss on all of you." Then he would step out of site and begin taking off his clothes. By the time he was in the stateroom, he was down to his shorts and socks. He didn't care if women were in the area. He was also quite well endowed in his testicles. So everyone started calling him 'Bull Nuts' behind his back. He found out about it and was really upset."
Rich Buhler: "One is The Millennium Bug: How To Survive the Coming Chaos by Michael Hyatt. Another is Howard Kurtz’ Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine, which is about the Clinton White House relationship with the media."
Johnny Chiang: "I’m currently in the middle of The Art of War by Sun Tzu."
Andy Barber: "The BEST of GENT, 1980-98...(Home of the D-cups)"
Kathy Gori: "Two outstanding books I’m reading now are Seeing Like a State by James C. Scott and Edith Wharton: A biography by RWB Lewis."
Tommy Edwards: "I liked it so much, I’m reading it again: Truman by David McCullough."
Phil Hall: "It’s a summer of GREAT reruns for me. It’s second time around for L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy and On the Road by Jack Kerouac. Both of these books remind me that the search for something better never ends."
Thomas Irey: "I mainly read biographies, history [since I teach the subject] and genealogies. I also have a bad habit of starting a book, get into the first chapter, and start another. So, I’m in the middle of the following: The Wit of Leno; Loose Lips; and, The Life of George Fox [Quaker Founder]."
Sean Lynch: "The one I’m most looking forward to for the 4th of July weekend is the new book that features every Rolling Stone Magazine cover...talk about bringing back some memories!"
Steve Marshall: "I am reading Mr. Mike: The Life and Work of Michael O’Donoghue The Man Who Made Comedy Dangerous by Dennis Perrin. It is a biography of the slash-and-burn comedy writer/performer O’Donoghue, who was responsible for much of the brilliance found in the early incarnations of The National Lampoon and Saturday Night Live."
Mikki: "I am reading 9 Stories by J.D. Salinger and When You Eat at the Refrigerator Pull Up a Chair by Geneen Roth."
Andy Park: "I’m reading HTML Publishing for Netscape; Your Guide to Online Design and Production by Kidder Harris because I am doing technical writing and web publishing. Ain’t as good as John Grisham, but pays more."
Gary Lycan: "Besides Los Angeles Radio People? Last book read: Chicken Soup for the Pet Lover’s Soul."
Levi Booker: "I just put down The Millionaire Next Door: The Surprising Secrets of America’s Wealthy by Thomas Stanley and William Danko. On my list this summer: The Motley Fool Investment Guide; Unleashing the Killer App: Digital Strategies for Market Dominance by Larry Downe; The Gorilla Game: An Investor’s Guide to Picking Winners in High Technologies by Geoffrey Moore; The Eleventh Commandment: A Novel by Jeffrey Archer; and, The Electronic Day Trader by Marc Friedfertig."
Johnny Majhor: "I’m working on Marshall McLuhan: The Medium and the Messenger by Philip Marchand. It was originally released in ‘89, but has just been re-released with a new foreword by Neil Postman. I’ve always admired McLuhan’s take on the media and as a member of the McLuhan List http://www.mediaguru.org I felt it was about time to learn about the guy in more depth."
Mr. KABC: "I always feel odd admitting this, but I don’t read fiction. I spend 3-6 hours a day reading [newspapers, magazines, e-mail, the internet] but I don’t really read books anymore."
Tracey Miller: "Firstly, who has time to read? What I do is steal a bit of time here and there between the kids, job and my husband. We’re planning a trip to the Oregon coast this summer. At that time, I hope to complete a book I’ve been sneaking off to read in small doses, Reviving Ophelia: Saving the Selves of Adolescent Girls. It’s a story about understanding adolescent girls. Even though I was one once, I still think my 13-year-old daughter may be an alien lifeform. I’m hoping the book can shed some light. And, I’m hoping I’ll someday have time to finish reading it."
Tom Leykis: "I am reading The Millionaire Next Door by Drs.Thomas Stanley and William Danko. It’s a book about the characteristics of millionaires and it debunks many myths about them. Most interesting of all is the fact that most millionaires live near you rather than in mansions. They never overspend and they rarely make it obvious that they are doing well."
Steve Ray: "I’m reading a great book that is a life guide to overcoming adversity and having the courage to be true to personal convictions. Chin-Ning Chu’s Thick Face, Black Heart explains the internal strength that I saw in the Chinese and Taiwanese I worked with overseas for two years. I’d recommend it for anyone in radio who doesn’t have the courage to fail in order to succeed. It’s a personal performance booster."
Lou Richards: "I’m working on John Grisham’s latest."
Harley Davidson: "Because of the fact that Don Imus has been on the air in L.A. for over two years, plus the fact that I just don’t get it, I’m reading his brother’s book, The Fred Book. It’s written by Fred Imus with Mike Lupica, has an introduction by Don Imus himself and contains the wit and wisdom of Fred Imus. I thought by reading Don’s brother’s book, I’d have a little more understanding of the radio show, and where Imus is coming from. So far I don’t."
Charleye Wright: "I’ve just finished the best seller Angela’s Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt. It’s an easy read, not great but interesting. The ‘great’ book, which I’m now in the middle of, is The Denial of Death by Ernest Becker. It deals with how we use every possible distraction in life to keep us from considering the serious questions of the universe, our own mortality, who we are and how in the hell we got here! This book won the Pulitzer Prize in 1973 and ironically, author Becker died almost immediately thereafter. The book was used as a minor plot device in Woody Allen’s Annie Hall."
Bobby Ocean and Elizabeth Salazar: "The summer book Elizabeth and I are into right now is Presence by John Saul—an author whom my wife has always regaled as the best in his genre. We started reading it to each other during the drive down interstate 5 to attend the R&R convention. If not sooner, we’ll be finishing it during the drive down again for the Dan O'Day/Dick Orkin Voiceover Summit the first part of August. In the meantime I can’t put down another: the Korg D8 Owner’s Manual; instructions for the portable digital 8-track recorder with built in 1.4 gig hard drive—fascinating!"
Art Kevin: "Just finished The Last Patrician: Bobby Kennedy and the End of American Aristocracy by Michael Beran. Couldn’t put it down! Wonderfully written. He takes a closer look at the late Robert F. Kennedy and the politics that drove him. Recommended reading!"
Jerry Longden: "I’m reading two things this summer. One is Via magazine that Triple A insurance sends me, and an English translation of the book Giant Meteorites by Russian astronomer/author E.L. Krinov. Actually, I purchased this book over twenty years ago because of its detailed account of the ‘Tunguska event,’ the huge meteor impact that flattened half of upper Siberia in 1906. I was interested in revisiting my understanding of this phenomena."
Gary Moore: "Funny you should ask about summer books. I’m reading [and editing] the final draft of my first novel! It’s about a guy having a near-death experience and the wild chain of events that occur ‘on the other side.’ There’s lots of pop culture cookies in it and, mercifully, no lawyers or courtroom dramas. I finally just finished Bobbie Ann Mason’s Feather Crowns: A Novel; she’s also a western Kentuckian and one of this country’s greatest writers. I’d like to get to Laura Zigman’s Animal Husbandry—this is one pissed-off woman! -- as well as Cold Mountain by Charles Frazier. And I’ll thumb through the greatest [and funniest] baseball book ever, Jim Bouton’s Ball Four, the second some sports guy gets all mushy and reverent about the game."
Melinda Lee: "Two of the best ‘summer reads’ I’ve read recently are The Perfect Storm by Sebastian Junger and Into Thin Air by John Krakauer. I also loved One True Thing by Anna Quindlen - liked it even more than her newest, [also beautifully written] Black and Blue; another really amazing experience was Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson. Right now, I’m starting and stopping Spin Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine by Howard Kurtz, along with a couple other books too quirky to mention - and looking for more good ones."
John Lodge: "The Potato: How the Humble Spud Rescued the Western World by Larry Zuckerman."
Drs. Leslie Pam and Ann Christie: "Braces and bloody mouth aside, I was going to suggest a fun book, The Rich Are Different, by Jon Winokur. However for a serious read, The Reader by Bernhard Schlink, followed by a discussion with a group of your articulate and introspective friends is a must. It is a mind twisting exorcism of sexual fantasy and dark consequences."
Andy Ludlum: "It’s Titan: The Life of John D. Rockefeller, Sr. by Ron Chernow. Great reading for those who want to own it all or pretend they own it all."
Scott Thrower: "I’m currently reading L.A. Noir, by James Ellroy. He wrote L.A. Confidential."
Chuck Southcott: "Since I’m a Follett and Forsyth fan, I’ll be reading Icon by Frederick Forsyth. When I’m between exciting releases I go back to H.L. Mencken and Oscar Levant, who are always good for a few sardonic laughs."
Beau Weaver: "What percentage of radio folk actually carry library cards? Survey Question? Asking radio people what they are reading is only slightly less humorous than asking models what they think of Hiedeger, but hey; you asked. Three on the nightstand at the moment: (1) God’s Dog: A Celebration of the North American Coyote, by Hope Ryden which is a study of the behavior of one of my dearest relatives; (2) The Antelope Wife, by Louise Erdich, which is a fictional story of an Ojibwa [branch of Sioux] family, and the patterns that interweave through the generations; and, (3) a very old tome entitled The Story of the Christian Year, by George Gibson. A study of the evolution and meaning of liturgy, ceremony, and time in Orthodox Christianity, and it’s mother faith. I am one eclectic son-of-a-bitch, I know. Most of my reading comes from gleanings in used bookstores."
Rod Morrison: "I’m reading two of Arthur C. Clarke’s newest books. Richter 10 is about the science of earthquake prediction. The other book is The Hammer of God. It’s about the interception of a planet killing asteroid by a merchant spaceship!"
Ken Minyard: "I just finished a great book by Jeff Shaara called Last Full Measure. It is the last in a trilogy of novels about the Civil War. The first one was called Killer Angels, the story of the Battle of Gettysburg and written by Michael Shaara, Jeff’s father. It is a masterpiece and has sold over two million copies. When Michael Shaara died, his son wrote Of Gods and Generals, the story of the war leading up to Gettysburg, highlighting some of the main players on the stage at that time. Last Full Measure picks up from Gettysburg till the end of the war. For anyone who is any kind of Civil War buff or would just like a great primer on the Civil War as well as a fine novel, I highly recommend all three of these books."
Gary Marshall: "I’m finally reading Carl Sagan’s Contact, which I somehow missed when it originally came out. I’m also reading: J.P.Moreland’s Love You God With All Your Mind; Graham Chapman’s Graham Crackers; Stephen Coonts’ Fortunes of War; and, I’m waiting for the reissue of Richard Matheson’s What Dreams May Come in August which will coincide with the release of Robin William’s film of Matheson’s book."
Don McCulloch: "This summer I’ll be reading Jimmy Buffet’s A Pirate Looks at Fifty. I think I’ll be able to relate to his spending a lot of time on Caribbean beaches...and his age."
Tom Murphy: "I am reading three books over the summer. The first is a book The Simpsons: The Complete Guide to Our Favorite Family that includes lots of pictures [I like lots of pictures] and information on the various episodes with many great quotes from Homer and others. The second book is called The Unsinkable Titanic. Speaking of history, I am kind of a student of World War II and my daughter bought me a new book for Father’s Day called, Explaining Hitler."
Valentine: "Underboss by Peter Maas a fave!!!!!! along with Into Thin Air, Toy Wars and Serpico."
Craig Carpenter: "I’ve been a die hard fan of Clive Cussler since his very first book. We both share of love of scuba diving and most people don’t know that I’m also a professional underwater videographer. I’ve just started reading [for the second time] Clive’s book Flood Tide. I also love Robin Cook’s books and plan on reading his new one, Toxin."
Frank Murphy: "I just started reading Philistines at the Hedgerow by Steven Gaines. If time permits, I hope to work on some of the other books piled on my nightstand including Triumph of Justice by Daniel Petrocelli and Slouching Towards Gomorrah by Robert H. Bork."
Whitney Allen: "Oh, boy, you wanna get me started on books? Angela's Ashes: A Memoir by Frank McCourt is a tremendous book. The narrator relates his horror of growing up in poverty without once wallowing in self pity...an amazing, amazing book. Into Thin Air asks the question what it is that makes people risk everything for such life threatening, if lofty aim of climbing Mt. Everest. The question is not fully answered, because I think the climbers themselves don't know. I just picked up Wally Lamb's new book, I Know This Much is True. I loved his last book, She's Come Undone, and can't wait to read his new one."
Evan Hanning: "I've just finished Doing Battle by Paul Fussell, and will start Stephen B. Oates's second book in his historical trilogy about the Civil War. Bill Ballance used to encourage interest in the Civil War on his Feminine Forum show, and a great way to form an interest is by reading Oates's The Approaching Fury. It's a dramatized account of the years leading up to the war in the [real or probable] words of those who were actually involved in the debate. Each chapter is a re-creation of the words of John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Julia Ward Howe, William Lloyd Garrison, John C. Calhoun, Mary Chesnut and so on. The second book has just become available and deals with the war years. The third will focus on Reconstruction. Novels this summer include more of Robert Musil's The Man Without Qualities and the other history on my list is Zoe Oldenbourg's Massacre at Montsegur.
Stephanie Miller: "Guide to Love by Merrill Markoe."
Bill Ward: "The Maverick of Radio, Gordon McLendon, The Hero's Journey by Joseph Campbell, Jung, His Life and Work by Barbara Hannah and Louie Armstrong by James Lincoln Collier."

(July 3, 1998) Pre-holiday catch-up…When a personality joins a station, or as in Charlie Tuna’s case this week, rejoins KIKF, someone has to move. Former morning man, Taz, sent me a fax saying, "Fished out of the Mornings." Taz is very generous about moving aside so the 30-year Southern California legend can return. Taz said: "I have to admit it is great to hear the Tuna show back in full swing. He’s always been a hero of mine. Charlie put me on the air with a phone call when he was working at KHTZ in the late 70s. I had the radio bug before that, but hearing my voice on the air that day put me over the edge." Charlie said he was glad to be back on the air, "They are letting me be a full-blown personality like before. I received a call from a listener this morning who said they moved back from the station from the left." Taz returned to nights…Lotsa vacation radio people on the air this week. At KFI new weekend team of Neil Saavedra and Tim Kelly jumped into morning drive. They did well enough and got the handle on the morning shift so pd David G. Hall will let them do a week of mornings later this month…Did you read Gary Mack’s piece on the launch of KHJ that appears on the WHERE ARE THEY NOW page? Gary was one of the original "Boss Jocks" working noon to 3 p.m. and he brings a fresh perspective on that historic occasion in Los Angeles radio history…Another new voice to Southern California is Vince Garcia. He joined swing at KTWV last weekend from a programming position at KMGQ-Santa Barbara. Vince talked about the decision to move to L.A.: "I moved here to be closer to my 5-year-old son. I have 50/50 custody with his mom. I’m already a full-time single dad with my 12-year old boy. I came here to be part of the research team at Premier Radio’s Mediabase 24/7 and feel lucky to be part of ‘the Wave.’" Vince started in radio in 1979 at KOSO-Modesto. During the 1980s he worked at K101, KFRC, KOIT-San Francisco as well as KMGX-Fresno and KYOS-Merced. For the first half of the 90s, Vince was on-air and md at KGBY-Sacramento. He concluded, "I’m only few minutes from the station and can get there quickly if pd Chris Brodie gets in a jam."…My mention of Jim Healy earlier this week prompted numerous emails. Can you imagine the fun Jim would have with the turmoil at Chavez Ravine? His drop-ins would include: "Bad team…bad f...ing team," "aw, blow it out" and all of the wonderful Tommy Lasorda wall to wall actualities. "It ain't my f....in' fault, Campanis is the f...ing guy" or "What the f....is my opinion of his performance..."...…Over this weekend we will be running the summer books that Los Angeles Radio People are reading. Very insightful…KYSR is running a "Totally 80s" 4th of July weekend with lots of Bangles and Bowie…"Mega 100" is giving away tickets to a concert with Earth, Wind & Fire, Isley Bros. and the O’Jays…KBIG is broadcasting live from the Queen Mary in a "Red, White and BOOM" weekend…KRTH is running a "Big Kahuna Funny Farm" contest with trips to Hawaii.

(July 2, 1998) One of the most popular features in Los Angeles Radio People was to see the results of the voting for your favorite personalities over the past 40 years. In the next edition of the book, which will be a unique approach and hopefully fascinating extensive of past volumes, there will be the inclusion of another poll. The standings have been updated through June 1998 and 164 different Los Angeles Radio People have received votes. The Top 40 can be viewed on the Top 10 page at this Website. If you haven’t voted for your ten favorites, why don’t you review the page and vote? KNX’s Charleye Wright voted last month and made comments (certainly optional) after each pick. Charleye was gracious enough to share his picks with all of us:
Hello and thanks for the chance to sort through the greats of L.A. Radio. I realize my opinions are no better than anyone else’s but, hey, what else do we know but those with whom we’ve worked or those we listened to over and over and over again? My top ten counts down this way:
10 - Jim Hawthorne - a horn-rimmed fixture of creativity and humor at KNX when I was still at Lynwood High school. This guy once sold several seconds of silence, brought to you by the Sealy Mattress Company. Doesn’t anyone else recall Hawthorne’s wonderful radio and television career here in L.A.?
#9 - Gail Eichenthal – whom I heard at length for the first time when she anchored the never-ending coverage of the O.J. Simpson trial for KNX, for which she won a Golden Mike. Gail is a long-time anchor/reporter and feature interviewer for KNX. She also works, often donating her voice time, at KUSC/FM. She is an expert in classical music and has anchored many local and national concert and symphony broadcasts. She is a professional broadcaster whose work shines in formats apart from the rest of the names on this list. Who says L.A. Radio has starred men only?
#8 - Jerry Bishop – a gentleman professional who was a feature disc jockey at KFI and morning man at other AM stations when AM was something! More recently the voice of the Disney Channel, also doing tv bumpers and commercials. I was Jerry’s morning sidekick when KIIS was AM only.
#7 - Joel A. Spivak - in my mind, the most listenable talk show host ever. Amazing droll humor. To hear Joel A. the very first time at KLAC was to think very little of his talent. But to hear him for a full week of shows was to become hooked on his wit, insight and style and you were an awed fan.
#6 - Charlie Van Dyke - with two of the best balls in radio and a gentle creativity that made him a winner in L.A., where I first heard him, and in Dallas where I was his sports guru. Between on-air personality, programmer, commercial work, and promotion voice at stations around the country, what can’t Charlie do?
#5 - Gary Owens – whose voice and talent and simple wit have given him amazing longevity in this market. His starring role on Laugh-In didn’t hurt his fame, either. I was his newsman for a short time at KIIS/AM in the early eighties. In spite of his relaxed professionalism, Gary bugged me at first because he was always talking about all the famous people who were his close friends. Then, damned if I didn’t discover that all those people TRULY WERE his close friends! Is there anyone Gary doesn’t know and hasn’t helped somehow along the way?
#4 - Lohman and Barkley – unmatched at engrossing morning drive humor. They were the Bob and Ray of the west coast, only funnier. Al Lohman did most of the character voices but Roger Barkley was the straight-man glue that held them together. The strength of his talent and personal character was proven when he made a second morning show career for himself with Ken Minyard at KABC.
#3 - Rick Dees - whose KIIS/FM show provided me with my biggest break and notoriety as he bounced his great timing and quick wit off "The Coach." Rick was driven to succeed! Why else would a morning man earn ten million dollars overnight and not quit after his contract expired to travel around the world while he was still young enough to enjoy it? Dees could be a horse’s butt off the air but from six until ten each morning, he and his microphone created a wonderful chemistry; and I am proud to have been part of that mix for nine years.
#2 - Bob Crane – was the historic innovator in L.A. radio who followed the big shoes of Ralph Story in morning drive at KNX. Crane was "shipped" to L.A. from the East Coast because his Connecticut morning show was killing CBS in New York. He and his fresh voice introduced a whole new style into local radio. He pioneered wild tracks and laughter and mocked the commercials with them. He stole the market from fat cat Dick Whittinghill by an ingenious "stereo" episode which encouraged listeners to put KNX (Crane) on one radio and KMPC (Whittinghill) on the other one morning. Bob flooded the five minutes before and after the episode with his best stuff and Dick was forever second after that. How can a true list of great L.A. Radio talent put Whittinghill ahead of Crane? Unbelievable. Most morning men since Crane owe him a great deal, the way most popular musicians since the 60’s owe The Beatles. He was a *great* morning personality.
#1 - Vin Scully – the paradigm play-by-play announcer who is equal parts newsman, historian, book reviewer, entertainment reporter, and storyteller. Thanks to transistors, his voice still floats eerily around Dodger stadium during ballgames like an electronic version of the wave. He is the friendly traffic-jam comrade on your car radio, the patio home-companion at your barbecues. He is Will Rogers, Mark Twain, and Jim Murray in one vibrant-voiced package, a man whose love of baseball and the Dodgers is as evident today as when he was weaving the nine-inning scenarios of Sandy Koufax’s four no hitters. His admirers are not limited to baseball fans. Radio has not seen the equal of this man as a sportscaster. Strike that: radio has not seen the equal of this man, period! - ( charleye_t@hotmail.com )

(July 1, 1998) A living Southern California legend returns to morning drive this morning. Charlie Tuna makes his way back to KIKF, a station he left earlier this year. Charlie will make the daily drive from his San Fernando Valley home to the city of Anaheim (nearby home of my alma mater, Chapman University) where KIKF’s new Country home is located. Once a broadcast line is installed in Charlie’s house (sometime next week), he won't have to get out of bed to go to work. Charlie knows everyone and hosts the syndicated "Weekly Top 30 Country Countdown" show. When the Judd family comes by to visit, Charlie will have to get dressed and his wife, Shari, will have to prepare breakfast and a big pot of coffee…Newest addition to Los Angeles Radio People fraternity officially begins this morning, Drew Hayes, pd at KABC. Wonder how long before his presence will be felt on and off the air? I’ll bet sooner, rather than later, maybe even "swifter"…Perhaps coinciding with KLOS’ involvement with promoting today’s movie opening of Armageddon, Aerosmith music has suddenly reappeared on the station. Hey, it’s a local band plus Steven Tyler’s daughter Liv is the flick…Speaking of KLOS, do you think Mark and Brian know where Eddie Van Halen lives?…The Queen Mary will be the site of a BIG KBIG 4th of July Disco Saturday Night party. Morning hosts Carolyn Gracie and Rick Diego will be hosting the firecracker special called "The BIG Red, White, and BOOM!"…Now that the Los Angeles Kings have moved their broadcast from XTRA/AM to KRLA, where will the Mighty Ducks go? Can KRLA air the Kings, Ducks, Angels and keep Huggie Boy happy?…Speaking of sports (do you miss Jim Healy’s half-hour as much as I do? At 5:30 I still reach for the radio to tune in his sports commentary show. ISSSS IT TRUE?), KCTD (One-On-One Sports at 1540AM) has been attempting to localize the Chicago feed. Before gm Bob Koontz left for KLOS, he hired nice guy sports guy Eric Tracy to do local commentary. The station has now added traffic and weather reports during morning and afternoon drive...Former Los Angeles Radio People, Mother Love (KFI, KLSX, KACE, and KBIG), made an appearance this morning with Sam Rubin on KTLA's Morning Show to promote her syndicated tv show, Forgive or Forget.

 

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