T, Ice: KPWR, 1997-98. He is an actor and recording artist.
T, Simon: KQLZ, 1989-90. Simon is retired and living in San Diego.
Taber, Jim: KROQ, 1973-75. Jim started in radio at KOSI-Denver. From there he joined WSGN-Birmingham and WABB-Mobile. Jim returned to his hometown of Dallas and had a long stay at KLIF. Jim came to Southern California to program KROQ. In 1974 he purchased KINT AM&FM-El Paso which he retained until the early 80s. He then purchased a station in Roswell, New Mexico. Following that sale, Jim went to work for Century/TM Productions Dallas selling jingle packages. A tumor developed on his lungs which eventually resulted in a brain tumor. Jim died in March of 1993.
Taggart, Jill: KGBS, 1972-73; KABC, 1973-74. Jill lives in Portland, Oregon and her married name is D’Aubery. She works as an actress in a medical school portraying women with obscure symptoms to medical students who must then diagnose her “ailments.” Her husband Bennett does the same thing. Jill was born in Hollywood in 1940 and grew up in Laurel Canyon. She went to both L.A.C.C. and Pierce Colleges. Jill was the host of "Male Call," that was the male counterpart to Bill Ballance's "Feminine Forum" on KGBS. Her program on KABC mainly covered entertainment news. Even though her time in radio was brief, she said that it was the “happiest and best time in my life.” Her father was an actor in radio dramas. “I wanted to be a veterinarian and took pre-vet courses in school, but affirmative action ended that dream.” Since the mid-1970s she has mostly been writing, but she also did about 10 years of sound effects editing for film and tv. “I received 5 Emmy nominations and one win for The Day After.”
Talbot, Bud: KOCM, 1964-65; KHJ/fm, 1966. Bud is engaged in many entrepreneurial activities in Orange County.
(Richard Turnage, Eric Tracy, and Karen Tyndall)
TALLEY, Rick: KABC, 1980-82; KGIL, 1985-86. Rick was host of KABC's "SportsTalk," a program that went through many hosts. No matter who his partner was, Rick was always the calm host. In addition to his radio work, Rick was a columnist for the Daily News. He also wrote the Jay Johnstone book, Temporary Insanity and Over the Edge. Rick was a commanding figure at 6'2" tall. He later went to work for a Las Vegas sports radio network. He died in August 8, 1995 after suffering with dementia and complications from a brain tumor. He was 60.
Rick was named Illinois sportswriter of the year in 1971 and 1976 by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. He also received many Associated Press writing awards.
A native of Pinckneyville, Ill., he graduated in 1958 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale after having served 14 months in the Army in Korea. He worked for the Decatur Herald, the Menlo Park Recorder, United Press International and the Rockford Morning Star and Register-Republic. He was the author of several books, including a best seller, The Cubs of '69. He was aresident of Las Vegas at the time of death. "He was legendary, and a lot of glasses will be raised to his memory throughout the sports world," said Shari Wenk, his literary agent. "It was impossible not to have a good time around him. He had a giant, good heart."
Tanaka, T.N.: KFI, 1981. Tanaka works with the family business in Port Hueneme supervising two strawberry ranches.
Tanner, Bill: Bill is a broadcast consultant for Spanish and English stations.
(Daisy Torme, Tom Turner, and Keri Tombazian)
Tanner, Mike: KMGX, 1994. Mike worked at Dial Global's Hot AC format.
Tanter, Kirk: KGFJ, 1988-92; KJLH, 1994-95; KYPA, 1995-96; KACD, 1993-94. Kirk is on Smooth Jazz at WJZW-Washington, DC. He continues to do imaging for many stations across the country. He's director of operations at Radio-One.com.
Tanter, Lawrence: KJLH, 1972-84; KUTE, 1984-87; KSRF, 1987-88; KLIT, 1988-89; KACE, 1990-92; KAJZ, 1992-93; KJAZ, 2000-02; KTWV, 2003-10, KKJZ 2010-14. For 28 years he has been the PA announcer for the LA Lakers, and also for the past 7 years the booth announcer for KCAL channel 9 'LTV' Lakers pre-game show.
TANTUM, Greg: KFWB, 1992-98, pd. Greg programmed news and News/Talk stations for Gannett, CBS and KING Broadcasting in Cincinnati, Indianapolis, San Diego and Seattle for 20 years before arriving in the Southland to run all-News KFWB. He has been an award winning reporter, anchor and writer.Following KFWB Greg headed north and was news director of KGO for seven years. Greg was then recruited to help create and launch Washington Post Radio, a combined effort of Bonneville Broadcasting and the Washington Post. After programming WTNT and WWRC, Greg joined Westwood One to launch and executive produce The Fred Thompson Show. He also was with NBC Radio News.
Greg joined WYAY-Atlanta as program director in the fall of 2014.
Born in Plainfield, New Jersey, Greg did most of his growing up in Ohio. Like many in the industry, Greg was only 14 when he started reading newscasts on WDRK-Greenville, Ohio and was named nd at (because no one else was opening up the press releases). His mother was happy when he attended Miami University of Ohio and majored in hearing therapy/educational psychology but he soon broke her heart when he decided to “do radio” for a couple of years to get it out of his system. “More than 30 years later, my mom is still waiting.”
Tate, Leed: KRKD, 1965. Unknown.
Tavares, Kim: KPWR, 1998-99. Kim worked with morning driver Big Boy for about seven months. The sassy Latina left "Power" in early 1999.
Tavares, Suzy: KIIS, 2004-07. Suzy joined KIIS for weekends in early summer 2004 and by the fall she was working middays. She arrived from Q100-Atlanta and Y100-Miami. At one point, Suzy was a Miami Dolphins cheerleader. She now works at WJMN-Boston.
(Chuck Tyler, Ted Terry, and Scott Thrower)
Taylor, Al, KDAY, 1966. Unknown.
Taylor, Alvin: KLAC, 1965-69. Alvin is retired and living in Phoenix.
Taylor, Bill: KFWB, 1966-69; KLAC, 1969-70; KGBS, 1970-74; XPRS, 1973; KFOX, 1975-78. Bill, with his cast of hundreds of voices, is doing voiceover work from his home studio for radio and tv commercials. His character voice work ranges from David letterman to the former Presidents to Homer Simpson. Bill's website is: voplanet.com/billtaylor.
Taylor, Bob: KPPC, 1970-75; KROQ, 1975; KWST, 1976-80; KGIL AM/FM, 1980-89. For five years Bob was the general operations manager for five radio stations in Roswell, New Mexico until his retirement in early 2007.
Taylor, Chris: KNX/fm/KODJ/KCBS, 1988-2005. Chris worked evenings at "Arrow 93" until a format flip in March 2005. He has an active production facility.
TAYLOR, Darren "Bo": KRBV, 2007-08. Bo died August 11, 2008, of cancer at the age of 42.
He was a former gang member who became a peacekeeper respected by both the gangs and law enforcement. In early 2008 he was diagnosed with a rare cancer that attacks the tissues of the mouth, according to the Los Angeles Times obit. "It spread to his neck and head, but he insisted on fighting it in his own way, resisting traditional medicine to seek treatment in Tijuana. He died en route to a clinic there."
Taylor, Doug: KEZY, 1972. Doug is raising orchids in Perris.
Taylor, Frank: KCBS, 1993. Unknown.
Taylor, Henry: KMPC; KHJ. Unknown.
TAYLOR, Mark: KIQQ, 1976-77; KFI, 1977-88; KBIG, 1988-97; KABC, 1998-2002; KMLT, 2002-05. Mark left "Lite 92.7/fm" following a format flip to JILL/fm. He was a frequent fill-in on the Salem Radio Network. He now lives on a farm in West Virginia.
The native of Nacogdoches, Texas, attended Texas A&M and Stephen F. Austin State College. He worked in San Antonio and Houston. Mark arrived in Southern California from a pd'ship at KYA-San Francisco. He got involved with teaming while at KFI. Mark and traffic reporter Bruce Wayne filled in as a team when Lohman and Barkley were on vacation. When "Bruce Wayne's KF-Eye-in-the-sky" airplane crashed, Mark has vivid memories of his on-air hours following the death of the traffic pilot on June 4, 1986.
Mark co-starred on an Empty Nest episode and was featured on ABC's Hudson Street. He was featured in an NBC Movie of the Week called Secrets of a Married Man. Mark left KBIG in late 1997 when Chancellor Media took over from Bonneville Broadcasting. In 1999, Mark teamed with Guy Davis for the TaylorDavis show at KABC.
In late 2000, Mark joined Gloria Allred for a midday show at KABC. He has been seen frequently on talking head shows. “I’ve appeared on FOX News Channel’s O’Reilly Factor and Hannity and Colmes along with CNN’s Talkback Live and ABC’s Politically Incorrect.”
Taylor, Michael: KPFK, 1996. Michael, a news reporter for KPFK, was shot to death execution-style in South Los Angeles, according to the LA Police Department. The 45-year-old was found in a vacant lot in April 1996. His body was found near railroad tracks, with his hands bound. He had been shot several times. Detectives said Taylor was not killed for his sometimes controversial views. In 1992, Taylor enrolled in a radio apprenticeship program at KPFK. A former skid row resident who had turned from a life of drug use to a passion for activism, Taylor was at work raising money to support the station.
(Mark Thompson [The Sound], Reba Toney, and Bill Tanner)
Taylor, Mike: KKTR, 1998; KIKF, 1999-2000. Mike Baez used the name Sky Walker on Country KIKF. He had been doing traffic reports for AirWatch until November 30, 2007.
Taylor, Renee: KHHT, 2001-15. Renee started middays at "Hot 92.3" in the summer of 2001. She went on to work afternoons at HOT 92 Jamz. She left the station in early February 20 following a format flip.
Taylor, Rick: KSRF/KOCM, 1988-90. Unknown.
Taylor, Stacy: KABC, 1998-2000. Stacy worked morning drive at KLSD-San Diego. He now hosts a website under his name.
Taylor, Steve: KNX 1997-1998. Steve anchored and reported for ABC Radio News in New York and Washington for a decade beginning in 1998. He now reports from Washington for Fox News Radio.
Taylor, Tony: KLAC, 1970. Unknown.
Taylor, Zack: KIBB, 1996-97; KKGO, 2008-12. Zack worked at the Hot AC format at Dial-Global syndicators until a down sizing in April 2013. A graduate of the University of Mississippi, Zack has worked in Lancaster and Bakersfield before joining KIBB (B-100). He claims to be fluent in five languages, "although I'm not particularly fluent in any of them, including English."
Taz: KIKF, 1997-2000; KMXN, 2000-02. Taz, known as Mark Allen Graves, worked morning drive at the Orange County "Mix" station. KIKF changed call letters to KMXN in the fall of 2000 with a format change.
Tennis, Brie: KELT, 2001-02; KOST, 2002-09; KTWV, 2010-12. Brie worked weekends at KOST until a Clear Channel downsizing in the spring of 2009. She is now at the WAVE weekends and fill-in.
Terrell, Leo: KMPC, 1996; KABC, 1996-2017. Leo is a weekend talk host at KABC.
TERRY, Frank: KHJ, 1965-68; KFI, 1969; KGIL. Frank was a very early Boss Jock who helped launch 93/KHJ. He died June 20, 2007 of colon cancer, which he had been fighting for 10 years. He was 68.
"Frank Terry replaced the first swing man, Boss Jock Donn Tyler, a few weeks into the the Boss format by June of 1965," wrote KHJ pd Ron Jacobs.
Frank wasn’t the type of guy to complain, his daughter Kelly told me by phone. “He trudged through all his chemo and basically worried more about his family. He was very brave. The thing I remember most about dad was his sense of humor. He made everybody feel good. He was cracking jokes with the nurses. He never lost his sense of humor. Anybody who met him was immediately drawn to him and liked him – from neighbors to people in the grocery store to the vet. Everybody loved my dad. He lived in Sonora, near Yosemite. He wanted to live in the mountains. He wanted a place where his dogs could roam and he could have deer in his yard.”
Born Terrance Crilly in Rapid City, South Dakota on July 5, 1938, Frank left an indelible mark on Top 40 and Country radio. When he was about four his father, a 3M executive, was transferred from Rapid City to the Inland Empire where Frank grew up. Out of high school, Frank joined the Navy where he first started his work in radio, broadcasting on his ship.
Frank was in the movie Gimme Shelter, which chronicled the Rolling Stones’ ill-fated 1969 concert at Altamont. He worked his way up the Top 40 ladder beginning at K/men in San Bernardino to KMAK-Fresno. During his time in Fresno he met his wife-to-be and they had two daughters, Kelly and Allison. After four years at KHJ, he joined KFI in 1969.
When he left the Southland, Frank moved to the Bay Area where he worked for three decades for various stations. He was at KFRC and KNEW before moving to Country KSAN (he teamed in the morning with Charlie Wilde). He returned to middays at KNEW in 1995 and in 1998 joined KFGY (Froggy Radio) in Santa Rosa.
“Lately, my dad has been playing some of his old airchecks,” said Kelly. “Some are hilarious. He used to dedicate songs to me on the radio when I was little. He would call my mom and tell her to turn on the radio and then he played a song for me.” Frank loved music. His daughter said that he was in a little band with country guys and they played at local Sonora events. “Total drummer,” said Kelly. “If there were chopsticks on the table, he’d pick them up and drum them.”
Frank picked the woods for his final years. Kelly said: “He loved the country. He loved the stars. He had two grandchildren he adored. We spent a lot of holidays with him. I brought them up just last week. We’ve had a lot of good visiting time with him.”
His daughter said that Frank’s love for animals was huge, especially dogs. He was really into donating his time and money to the local animal shelter. He loved keeping in touch with his radio buddies by phone. He didn’t have a computer or email access – he just didn’t want to fuss with it. “My dad was also really into football, Notre Dame was one of his favorite teams.”
Kevin Gershan, long-time producer for Robert W. Morgan, said: “Frank Terry had the best attitude of any human being I’ve every met.”
"As any musician knows, the difference between a good song and a great song is the drummer. Usually in the background, often times pounding away in relative obscurity, it’s the drummer who provides the backbone to the song, as well as its vitality and spark. Frank Terry was the Ringo Starr, Hal Blaine, and Gene Krupa of Boss Radio 93/KHJ. Originally a drummer himself, Frank Terry, more than any other Bossjock [even Robert W. Morgan and The Real Don Steele] set the template for the Boss Radio format and was its most consistent performer. He was the guy who broke in the other Bossjocks. He was the guy who worked every shift, often going months at a time without a day off. The beat had to go on and he was the drummer," remembered Ken Levine.
Ken continued: "There was no more versatile performer in radio. The two biggest rock stations in America in the mid 60s could not have sounded more different. KHJ Los Angeles was ultra streamlined, WABC New York was all bells and whistles [chimes actually] – organized chaos. Only one disc jockey ever worked both formats. Frank Terry at KHJ and later at WABC’s sister station and clone in San Francisco, KSFX. You just gave him the charts and he could play.
Later Frank moved into country radio at KNEW and KSAN in the Bay Area. He could bang on washboards as well as snares.
Wherever he went, two things were certain. He made every station he ever worked for sound the very best they ever did, and he dented every console, cart machine, and music stand in the studio with his drum sticks. Radio has lost a giant. Terrance Franklin Crilly. Better known as Frank Terry. For those of us who knew and loved him, he will always remain in our heart… beating and beating and beating."
Terry, Joe: KDAY, 1968; KGFJ, 1971-75; KHJ, 1980-81; KNX; KWNK, 1985-86. Joe works the Country format at Westwood One.
Terry, Ted: KJLH, 1975-82 and 1995-96. Ted is part of the Internet revolution, owning over 40 functional Web sites. He is ceo of Theodore Myles Publishing and author and publisher of the American Black History Reference Manual.
Tesh, John: KFSH, 2005-07. John's syndicated show started on the "Fish" in late 2005.
Thacker, Tom: KEZY, 1966. Unknown.
Thaxton, Lloyd: KABC, 1973-74. Lloyd was host of a long-running zany syndicated tv dance party show on KCOP/Channel 13 in 1960s. He died of multiple myeloma on October 5, 2008, at the age of 81. His popularity was so huge that when Tiger Beat magazine debuted in the fall of 1965, there was a photo of Lloyd on the cover, which the publishers kept there throughout the first year of the magazine, thinking the relationship between the two was a good one. He spent many years as producer of the Emmy-winning Fight Back with David Horowitz.
(Ed Tyll, Garth Trinidad, Jack Thayer, and Doug Taylor)
Thayer, Gene: KRLA, 1971-72. Gene has retired to cattle ranching near Sonoita, Arizona.
Thayer, Jack: KLAC, 1965-68. Jack was general manager at KLAC. He went on to be president of NBC Radio from 1974 to 1979, gm of Metromedia's WNEW-New York from 1980 to 1984. Jack died over New Year's weekend 1995.
Theo: KKBT, 1994-99; KCMG/KHHT, 2001-03; KDAY, 2006-07. Theo worked afternoons at "Hot 92.3fm" until late 2003. He joined KDAY in early fall of 2006 and was made program director in the summer of 2007. He left KDAY in late 2008. Theo hosts a syndicated radio show.
Thomas, Audie: KFI, 2001. Audie was a news reporter at KFI.
THOMAS, Bill: KWIZ, 1983–88, KWIZ AM & FM; KQLZ, 1989-91. From 1992 – 2008, Bill worked at Shadow Traffic, which later morphed into Metro Networks. In 1995, and for the next 13 years he worked at Westwood One’s Mainstream Country Format. He's been the airborne traffic reporter for KTLA/Channel 5 and KABC/Channel 7. He's heard in morning drive at KABC with Doug McIntyre.
Born in Costa Mesa and raised in the O.C., Bill graduated from Cal. State Fullerton. After college, he went to flight school and became a licensed helicopter pilot, returned to flight school after a few years and became a licensed fixed wing pilot as well. "I’m not a star struck kind of guy, but always found it interesting to meet all the rock stars and movie stars that came into Pirate Radio way back when. Richie Sambora was a gem and Jon Bon Jovi was one of the most normal, unassuming guys you could ever meet. Working for Robert W. Morgan for a short spell at KMPC was a riot and he was one of the most generous guys I’ve ever met. In the early and mid 90’s, working at Shadow Traffic was a blast because you got to work on a variety of stations/formats, including Greg Tantum’s KFWB. Growing up listening to Charlie Tuna and M.G. Kelly and then doing airborne traffic on their programs was a dream.
Thomas, Daniel: KLYY, 1997; KLTX/KLTH/KIEV, 1997-2001; KROQ, 2001; KIIS/KACD, 2003-05. Daniel is a board operator at Premiere Radio Networks.
Thomas, Ellen: SEE Ellen K
THOMAS, Jay: KPWR, 1986-92. Jay, former morning man at KPWR, died of cancer on August 24, 2017, at the age of 69.
The co-star of the hit movie Mr. Holland's Opus was born in 1948. He attended the University of Tennessee. Jay spent three years at WAYS-Charlotte and eventually became pd. His wacky on-air sidekick characters started to emerge during this period: Mister Denise, the station hair dresser; Granny Glick, the oldest skin flick maker in the world; Dr. Henry the K; Rock, the inflation fighter; and Caleb Kluttz, the local redneck policeman.
His first visit to the Southland was a two-season stint as a deli owner on ABC/TV's Mork and Mindy, but the third season the producers introduced Jonathan Winters, and five character actors hit the street. Jay recalled: "Winters said, 'I'm 58. I need the work.' What, and we didn't?"
Before joining KPWR Jay did a number of tv shows, including Love Boat and Spencer for Hire as well as dinner theater. He arrived at KPWR in October 1986 from morning drive at WKTU-New York. KPWR captured NAB's first Marconi Award during the 1989 convention in New Orleans. Even though the award was new, it was being touted as the Oscar of radio. Jay commented on the station's award: "It's a great, fabulous honor. Marconi invented wireless transmissions. Unfortunately, if Marconi heard 'Power 106' he would probably die again. I don't think this is what he had in mind. But he's dead."
Jay's later tv carreer includes Cheers, Almost Grown, Murphy Brown, Family Ties, The Golden Girls, Love & War and others. He has won an Emmy. When Jay was terminated from "Power 106" in 1993, he filed a $1,000,000 breach of contract lawsuit. He was nominated for Billboard Top 40 Radio Air Personality of 1993.
At the start of the second season of Love & War, Jay lamented about his firing from KPWR: "I'm having withdrawal symptoms. I had the rug pulled out from under me. It's very hurtful." Jay told the LA Times in September 1993, that KPWR fired him "because they became jealous of my tv show. They could not parlay my television popularity into what they wanted." His breach-of-contract lawsuit with Emmis Broadcasting was settled in late 1994. In addition to his acting career, Jay was the promotion voice of Comedy Central.
Thomas, Jeff: KIQQ, 1976. Jeff, a comedic writer, briefly teamed in morning drive with Joe Light.
Thomas, John: KHJ, 1978-79. John works for an Oldies station in Jacksonville.
Thomas, John: KOCM, 1987. Unknown.
Thomas, Lon: KUTE, 1973-79; KIIS, 1979-81. In the 1990s he worked as WWMX-Baltimore as Mike McCarthy.
Thomas, Mark Austin: KNX, 1988-89; KFI, 1988-2001; KFI/KLAC, 2001-02; KPCC, 2003-07; KNX, 2007-09; KABC, 2009-11; KPCC 2012-15; KNX, 2014-17. Mark was the news director and morning anchor at KABC. He left the station 10.26.11 following the Cumulus take-over of Citadel/LA. He joined KPCC in early 2012. By late spring, Mark headed to Randy Michaels' start-up FM News station and by late July, the format was dropped. He spent a few months with WINS-New York and returned to LA.
Thomas, Marshall: KNAC, 1980-82; KNX/fm, 1982-84; KEZY, 1984-85; KIKF, 1997-2000; KTDD, 2002-05. Marshall worked afternoon drive at "The Toad." Since 2005, he has been at KFRG-Inland Empire.
(Jim Thornton, Mike Thompson, Donn Tyler)
Thomas, Randy: KMET, 1986-87; KMPC/fm/KEDG/KLIT, 1988-91; KTWV, 1991-93. Randy has a successful voiceover career.
THOMAS, Rick: KUTE, 1981; XTRA, 1984-85; KRTH/KTWV, 2013-14. In late spring of 2013, Rick was appointed pd at K-EARTH and the WAVE. He left on May 1, 2014 for the programming chores at WNOW/fm-New York, now AMP Radio. In early 2017, he became operations manager for the Cox cluster in Tampa/St. Petersburg.
Born in New York, he was recruited by Frankie Crocker at WBLS then to KUTE in LA in 1981. He later worked at XTRA, KUKQ-Phoenix during its Urban era, program director at WLUM-Milwaukee. In 1990, Rick signed on Z90 in San Diego. His radio journey took him to KSOL/WILD-San Francisco, KSFM-Sacramento, Univision in San Antonio and over a decade at Magic 925 in San Diego. Rick also consulted for Jerry Clifton's New World Communications and spent 4 years growing Ohana Broadcast's cluster in Honolulu before joining CBS/Los Angeles as pd of K-EARTH and the WAVE.
Thomas, Rolle: KFI, 1963. Unknown.
Thomas, Scott: KWIZ, 1975. Since 1995, Scott has been working swing at KOIT-San Francisco.
Thomas, Steve: KIKF; KHJ, 1982. Last heard, Steve was working at WMC-Memphis. He was the first pd and afternoon dj at KIKfm.
Thomason, Mark: KABC, 1991-96; KSPN, 2003-05. Mark worked at ESPN Sports KSPN.
Thomlinson, Larry: KKGO/KKJZ, 1986-90; KJOI, 1988. Larry is in the mortuary business.
Thompsan, Tracy: KMGX, 1994; KRLA, 1998-99. Tracy works for one of the traffic services.
Thompson, Bill: KGBS, 1965-68; KLAC, 1970; KBBQ, 1972. Bill went on to join the Smothers Brothers Show Featuring Glen Campbell. Unknown.
Thompson, Bob: KIQQ, 1984. Unknown.
(Daniel Thomas, Nick Tyler, Alex Tostado, and Suzy Tavarez)
Thompson, Delores: KGFJ, 1994-95; KJLH, 1996-2009. Delores worked all-nights at KJLH until the summer of 2009. She is currently programming KOSA Internet radio and working weekends on-air at 102.9 KBLX-San Francisco.
Thompson, Diane: KHJ, 1980-85; KNX, 1985-2017. Diane is afternoon drive news anchor at KNXNewsradio.
Thompson, Eric: KYSR, 1993. Unknown.
Thompson, Erik: XTRA, 1983-88. Erik is the promo voice for the National Geographic network (and various other networks) and narrator of The Universe on the History Channel.
THOMPSON, Frank: XTRA, 1957-59; KDAY, 1967-69.Frank Thompson, veteran of Top 40 XTRA in the late fifties and KDAY in the mid-60s, died August 4, 2012, in British Columbia, Canada. He was 85.
Born June 4, 1926, at Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada, Frank attended the University of Alberta at Edmonton. He learned his voice work from fellow Canadian Lorne Greene, who operated a radio school in Toronto. He worked at CJVI-Victoria, British Columbia, before joining KFMB-San Diego in 1953. Frank was at KOGO and the "Mighty 690"-San Diego before arriving at KDAY.
When he left, he became news director at KJR-Seattle from 1969-75. He also spent a decade at CKLG-Vancouver.
Frank was an author, a history buff, and poet.
Shotgun Tom Kelly remembered Frank: “In 1961, he, Ernie Myers, Rick Martell, and Art Way were hired by KOGO AM 600 radio to start a new MOR station. Ernie was the morning man and Frank Thompson was put into the 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. midday show to do remotes in the KOGO mobile studio. Frank broadcast his show from a remote location almost every day from local shopping centers, banks, car dealers, food stores, even local attractions like The San Diego Zoo and The Hotel Del Coronado.”
Shotgun continued: “Frank would wave to people with a Big ‘Hello’ and ‘How are you’ to all who would be passing by his KOGO mobile studio, from kids at the 4H club who had a farm animal on display, to a man or woman who had just won a prize at the game booths, or someone who had just experienced one of the rides at the fair. It was at one of his mobile studio remotes that a 10-year-old kid from Lemon Grove looked in the window at Frank talking on the mic and playing records. Frank called the kid into his KOGO mobile studio, interviewed him on the air and gave the kid tickets to see the LA T-Birds at Westgate Park. That kid later became "Shotgun Tom" Kelly.”
Thompson, Gary: KLIT, 1992; KYSR, 1993-98; KLAC, 1999; KSWD, 2013-15. Gary left afternoons at KLAC in the summer of 1999. He's doing weekends at 100.3/The Sound.
Thompson, Mark: KFI, 2014-17. The former weatherman at Fox 11 joined Elizabeth Espinoza for middays at KFI in Feburary 2014. They left before the year was out. He contributes to the Tim Conway Show on Tuesday evenings.
Thompson, Mark: KLOS, 1987-2012; KSWD, 2015-16. Co-host of the popular Mark & Brian morning show at KLOS. On February 2, 2015, Mark began a morning show at KSWD (100.3/The Sound) and left a year and half later. SEE Mark & Brian
Thompson, Mike: KXTA, 1998-2000; KSPN, 2010-15. Mike was appointed pd at KSPN in the early fall of 2010. In October 20, he exited the station in an ESPN company-wide downsizing.
Thompson, Mycal: KXTA, 2003-05; KLAC, 2005-09; KSPN, 2009-16. The former Lakers star joined XTRA Sports 690/10 in June 2003. XTRA Sports moved to KLAC in 2005. He's now the color man for the LA Lakers.
Thompson, Ron: KHJ/KRTH, 1984-86; KBLA, 1991-2004; KKJZ, 1990-10; KUSC, 2010-17. Ron is the chief engineer at KUSC.
(Mark Thompson [KFI], Tammy Trujillo, and Lon Thomas)
THORNBURY, Will: KNOB, 1961-65; KCRW, 1978-82; KLON. Will has been described as the "djs' dj." One of his admirers said, "He was the most brilliant human being and one of the most gracious. Will should have been Orson Welles."
Will wrote liner notes for albums by jazz greats. Even though he toiled over each one for extended periods, often his work brought him $75 an assignment. Jazz lover Kirk Silsbee wrote: "For a time in New York, Will made his living in tv commercials as the Camel Cigarettes Man and the Kent Man. It was easy work with travel and good money (a habit he began at thirteen in the backyard of his best friend, David Nelson of Ozzie and Harriet fame, would eventually take the form of the cancer that killed him."
While in the army during the Korean war, Will worked with Armed Forces Radio Services. In the late 50s, Thornbury studied literature and acting at Los Angeles City College.
Over the years he worked at KCRW. Will was married to vocalist Ruth Price. Will wrote Aloha, Bobby and Rose, Dusty and Sweets McGee and The Christian Licorice Store. LA Free Reader Silsbee said, "He was a great interviewer whose easy manner and vast knowledge of his subjects assuaged many an uneasy musician - he made them comfortable and let them tell their stories."
Will died of cancer on April 8, 1992. He was 57.
Thornhill, Larry: KAWL, 1990-2000. Larry is gm at the Lancaster station.
Thornton, Jim: KMGX, 1988-91; KNX, 1993-2017. Jim is an anchor at all-News KNX. He's also the announcer on the Wheel of Fortune.
Thrasher: KLOS, 1987-89; KQLZ, 1989; KNAC, 1989-95. Ted worked at the Internet's KNAC.Com until the summer of 2000. He now co-hosts a podcast with Poorman.
Thrower, Scott: KBIG, 1998-99. Scott worked mornings at KURB-Little Rock for six years until late summer of 2006. He's now a registered nurse.
Thurrell, Lindy: KHTZ, 1982-83; KWIZ, 1984-86; KNOB, 1984-86. Lindy and her husband Tom King own the Academy of Radio Broadcasting in Huntington Beach.
(John Thomas, Marshall Thomas, Tonya Campos, Taz, and Theo)
Thurston, Carolos: KPWR, 1995. Unknown.
Thyne, Dick: KNAC, 1976. Dick hosted The Morning Krush on KRSH-Sonoma County (Santa Rosa) and voicetrack middays on KTOL ("The Tool")-Santa Rosa.
TIGER: KFWB, 1958-61. Bea Shaw, the wife of the late Bruce Hayes, was a long-time resident of Toluca Lake. Bea was born on January 17, 1925. She was an actress, known for Crossroads, and The Dick Powell Theatre, among other productions. She died on September 2, 2003 in Toluca Lake, from complications of emphysema. A heavy smoker for many years, Bea stopped smoking in 1976 and spent the next ten years conducting smoking cessation seminars. She was also politically active in passing legislation to help keep young people from becoming addicted to cigarettes.
A native of Dallas, where she starred in a popular tv show called Miss Bea, Bea Shaw came to the Southland with her husband dj Bruce Hayes. Bea was the voice of "Tiger," a sexy sounding personality, on Bruce's morning show on KFWB. "Tiger" stood for "Traffic Information Girl - Exclusive Report." Bea did the reports from home on a remote mike the station patched in at the house. "I would give a report on freeway traffic conditions in a seductive voice and add a quip, a flirtatious remark, or maybe heckle the dj. In between reports, I'd go back to sleep. The groggier I was, the huskier and sexier my voice sounded. Thank goodness it was radio and the audience couldn't see me with my hair in curlers, no make-up and wearing a bathrobe and wool socks."
Bea was also the voice of Connie the Computer, predicting football scores on a syndicated radio show, and a regular member of the Steve Allen and Donna Reed tv shows. In 1965 she started Bea Shaw Productions, writing and producing radio commercials and frequently used hers and Bruce's voices - as in the enormously successful "Backaruda" campaign. Bruce played the pompous Plymouth dealer who couldn't pronounce "Barracuda" and Bea as the lady who for five years tried to cajole, hypnotize, bully or seduce him into saying it right. Bea has been honored with numerous industry awards for her commercials. She was named Advertising Woman o the Year by the Los Angeles Advertising Women in 1976.
Tilden, Peter: KLSX, 1991-92; KABC, 1992-94; KMPC, 1994-95; KABC 1996-98; KZLA, 2001-06; KABC, 2007-17. Peter worked late evenings at KABC until a major downsizing in February 2008. He took over mornings at KABC on September 25, 2009. Peter moved to evenings at KABC at the beginning of 2012. He now holds down the 10 a.m. - noon shift.
TIRICO, Mike: KSPN, 2007-09. Mike syndicated ESPN midday sports show was carried locally on KSPN. Since 2006, Mike has been the play-by-play voice of ESPN's Monday Nigh Football, as well as anchoring the No. 2 team for NBA games among several other marquee announcing duties at the network. In late spring of 2016, Mike exited ESPN to join NBC. The versatile Tirico will most likely become the play-by-play broadcaster for NBC’s upcoming NFL Thursday Night Football package it is sharing with CBS and NFL Network. NBC does not have any NBA rights, but it does have the PGA Tour Championship and the British Open for golf as well as the Olympics, which could also be landing spots for him.
At ESPN since 1991, he has also covered college football and tennis and has become a go-to guy. Currently, Al Michaels is the lead play-by-play man for NBC’s Sunday Night Football, and Bob Costas toplines the network’s Olympics coverage. The upcoming 2016 Summer Olympics are in Brazil.
Tobin, Joe: KMGX, 1992. Unknown.
Todd, Jim: KFI, 1964-74. Unknown.
TOLKOFF, Max: KLYY, 1999; KLDE, 2007-09. Max left his pd post at Indie 103 in early 2009 following a format flip to Spanish language. In 2008, Rolling Stone magazine named Indie 103 as the Best Rock Station in America in its Best Of Rock 2008 issue. Max’s account of the demise of Indie was published in the Huffington Post.
For hundreds of years, Max has walked both sides of "entertainment boulevard." In addition to his radio programming, he has worked as a record label promotion executive, and also as a chronicler of events within the industry as an editor and writer for two different trade publications - Radio & Records and The Gavin Report.
Currently, Max is the head of his own independent consultancy. He also co-founded Mutant Promotions, a record promotion company serving the Alternative format. Prior to this, was 0m of Alternative powerhouse WFNX-Boston. For most of the 80’s Max was the pd of 91X in San Diego.
Tombazian, Keri: KORG, 1976-77; KGIL, 1977-81; KRTH, 1982-84; KTWV, 1988-94 and 1999-2013. Keri has a very successful voiceover career and is married to screenwriter-actor Thom Babbes. Keri was among the original radio personalities at KTWV. She returned to KTWV in late 1999 to host "The WAVE After Dark." Keri left in the fall of 2013. She is now the voice of channels 2/9 in L.A.
Tomei, Mel: KLYY, 1997. Chuck Dowd went to work for Greater Media's Philadelphia cluster for production and on-air.
Tomlin, Todd: KIKF, 1996-97. Unknown.
Toney, Reba: KFSH, 2001; KRLA, 2002; KFSH, 2003-11; KKLA, 2005-11. Reba left Salem in February 2011 as co-host morning drive at "The Fish" and middays at KKLA.
Tonione, Val: KCSN, 1980-86. Val hosted Offbeat Notes on Music and was the Classical music director at KCSN.
Tonya: KNX/fm, 1988; KCBS/fm, 1991-94; KZLA, 1994-2005; KKGO, 2007-16. Tonya Campos is the music director/midday host at Country KKGO.
Torme, Daisy: KLAC, 2003-05; XETRA, 2005-06. Daisy, daughter of Mel Torme, worked afternoon drive at Adult Standards, Fabulous 690 until a format flip and ownership change in early 2006.
Torre, Joe: KMPC, 1989-91. Joe was the co-winner of the 1996 American League Manager of the Year award. He became the coach of the LA Dodgers until 2010. In early 2011 baseball commissioner Bud Selig appointed Joe the new executive vice president for baseball operations for Major League Baseball.
TORRERO, Jesse: KPRZ/KIIS, 1979-81; KDAY, 1984-91; KJLH, 1993-96; KMPC, 1995-96; KCMG, 2000-02. Jesse owns Wik'd Management, an artist management company that has done recordings at Motown, Mac Daddy Records, Sunshine Records and Arista Records. He had many recurring roles in daytime tv shows in the 80's such as Santa Barbara, Days Of Our Lives and General Hospital. He's also had roles in Trapper John MD and Knight Rider. He is the ceo/broker of WINWINWIN, Inc., a California Corporation with DBA's The Home Selling Pros, and The Home Loan Professionals.
"The summer of 1975 was my first job in radio. It happened for me at the impressionable age of in that year of ‘75. Harry 'Hiya-hiya-hiya doing' Newman was the long time afternoon guy at 570 KLAC in Metromedia Square. I went with him on his Saturday morning shift with the sneaky idea of hanging out with the crew at the 'Mighty Met' 94.7 KMET. Harry would never let me go across the hall, a little too smoggy over there he would say, with that huge voice! Well, needless to say I got a bite from the radio bug that first day at KLAC, and made a few bucks from Harry for helping him put his carts, actual records, and commercials away. I watched Harry do his show, popping carts, playing records, reading live commercials, running his own board, and thought how cool is this, and he makes that kinda money ...WOW! Not bad for 24 hours a week on the air in Los Angeles.
Harry was so good, one of the very best in my opinion. What a deep commanding friendly voice Harry governed. Heck, even better later on that first day, a few NASCAR guys came in for a live interview on the air, and that was it for me! I would go with him every Saturday morning I could and he would always pay me a little something for my help. Eventually I got a chance to read a few weather reports on the air, and sometimes run the board, not bad for an innocent -year-old kid.
As time went on I found myself at Cal Lutheran College/University on a football scholarship and hosting a punk/new wave music show at KCLC the school station in Thousand Oaks. That aircheck brought me to KCSN in Northridge, programming a daily all night Alternative Rock Show called 'The Valley Rock Shift,' which got me a gig at KPRZ for Tom Murphy, and then at KIIS/fm working for Mike Wagner. These early times led me to my first full time gig at 'Continuous Music' KGGI 99.1/fm in the Inland Empire doing all nights for a few years because of Jeff McNeil, and then to 59 KFXM doing the night shift full time working for Craig Powers in San Bernardino, whom I worked with at KPRZ/KIIS/fm earlier.
All of that got me to 'Car Radio' at 93 KHJ, and then eventually to 'AM Stereo 80 KDAY' from late 1983 to ’91, breaking the first 24/7 all rap and hip hop station in the world at a ripe old age of 23/24. My career has gone on from there, but I will tell you the first days with Harry Newman [my Godfather] at KLAC, remembering The Palomino Club, NASCAR, The Country Music Stars live shows and interviews, and the great 'California Country Music,’ and occasionally sneaking across the hall to visit 'The Mighty Met' 94.7 KMET and all its smoggy aromas was the best experience a year kid could ever have. What a great memory from the summer of 1975!
(Mark Austin Thomas, Leo Terrell, Thrasher, Bill Taylor, and Jill Tracey)
Torres, Alicia: KJLH, 1985-88. Alicia, the former midday/music director at KJLH, is now with KTAR News in Phoenix.
TORRES Bernie. Bernie was an integral part of Bill Drake's close circle of social and professional friends. Bernie died on January 12, 2011, at the age of 79, following a bout with pneumonia. "Torres served an important role for Drake," said Woody Goulart, who wrote the ultimate thesis on the Drake/Chenault Empire. "What we today would call a 'handler' for a celebrity, Torres was referred to by others as the administrative assistant and personal business manager to Drake. But, clearly, Torres was more than merely an employee. It seemed obvious to me that Torres was a trusted friend of Drake as well as someone who socialized with Drake after work as a confidant." (Photo: Annie Van Bebber and Bernie Torres at Bill Drake's 2008 memorial at the Little Brown Church in Studio City)
Bernie’s role with Drake began in Fresno at KYNO and continued through the Drake/Chenault syndication period.
A 1968 True magazine article described the role Torres played: “Drake has built a wall around himself and Bernie Torres is its biggest brick. This is to keep record-promotion men and assorted hustlers from driving Drake to distraction. Drake is a night person who only rarely rises before noon. Part of his staff, including administrative assistant Bernie Torres, a stocky, good-looking type, comes to the house daily. Torres takes the phone calls, usually telling you Drake isn’t home. When he recognizes the name as that of someone Drake will talk to, he reverses his position and calls his boss to the phone."
Torres, Luis: KNX, 1981-2006. The Golden Mike award winning newsman worked at all-News KNX. In 1999, he won a Golden Mike Award for Best News Special. Luis left KNX in the late summer of 2006.
Tostado, Alex: KSRF/KACD, 1989-96; KGGI, 1994; KOST, 1997. Alex is launching a movie producing career and is married to KOST's Karen Sharp.
Tow, Harvey: KPPC, 1970-71; KCSN, 1976-83. Harvey was "Cousin Zino" at KPPC. He occasionally sits in for at KPPC and KCSN during the Old-Time radio broadcasts.
Townsend, Ken: KEZY, 1976. Ken left radio and is doing computer work.
Toy, Terrence: KKBT, 1994-95. Unknown.
Toyota, Tritia: KNX, 1970-72. Tritia was a news anchor at KCBS/Channel 2 for many years.
Tracey, Jill: KKJZ, 2006. Jill worked weekends at the all-Jazz station.
Tracy, Don: KGFJ, 1969-74; Armed Forces Radio, 1973-93; KDAY, 1976-90; KGFJ, 1993-94; KMBY, 1995; KABC, 1996-97; KNX, 1997-2007. Following a stint in sales at KNX, in 1997 Don opened Malloy & Associates, a buying service and ad agency in Pasadena.
(Zack Taylor, Fran Tunno, and Delores Thompson)
Tracy, Eric: KMPC, 1981-82; KABC, 1982-96; KCTD, 1998; KFWB, 1997-2007. Eric is heard on a number of commercials, including the voice of the Southern California Chevy Dealers.
Trammel, Charles: KGFJ, 1954-60. Charles died in 1983.
Tran, Tom: KNX. Tom is a traffic reporter.
Treff, Adam: KSRF, 1991. Adam is operations manager for KPAN in Hereford, Texas.
TREMAINE, Larry: KBLA, KTYM, KALI, KRLA (all stations during the 60s). Born Larry Steinman, Larry was a second generation Angelino, growing up in Beverly Hills. His grandfather, a renowned artist who designed catalogs for major department stores in Los Angeles, arrived in L.A. from Europe in 1912.
Larry died May 31, 2014, at the age of 70.
Larry attended UCLA, then started his career in the entertainment field as “Larry Tremaine,” a name given to him by Elvis Presley. Starting as a rock singer with his group Larry Tremaine & the Renegades, they later changed the group’s name to the Sunrays, which had a successful hit single, I Live for the Sun.
Larry was also a concert promoter and a disc jockey at KRLA.
In the late 60’s, he starred on tv as the host of a nationally syndicated rock ‘n roll dance party show called Casino Royal Fun Circus, where he discovered and promoted artists. He played a key part in the careers of The Beach Boys, Sonny & Cher, Herb Albert and the Tijuana Brass, Bobby Fuller and others. He also hosted Disneyland’s Saturday night dance party.
In 1969, Larry moved to Europe for two years. While in Europe, Larry, with his vast knowledge of radio and television broadcasting, became a partner in “Pirate Radio,” known around the world to this day as “Radio Caroline” and “Radio Nordsea,” which broadcast from a ship off the coast of England and Holland.
Returning to America, Larry entered the family import/export business and worked with his dad, a designer who had the license for Raggedy Ann and Andy products, among thousands of other novelty items, which were made in their factories in the Orient. In the 80’s, Larry specialized in the “art” branch of the family business and owned the Carol Lawrence Fine Art Galleries in Beverly Hills. He was soon elected president of the Beverly Hills Art Gallery Association.
Trice, Leon: KSBR, 2017. Leon hosts the Thursday morning drive time Morning Cup of Jazz with Leon.
Trigueros, Talaya: KUTE, 1984-87; KNX/fm, 1988; KOCM/KSRF, 1988; KTWV, 1988-2017. Talaya is the midday dj at "the Wave."
Trinidad, Garth: KCRW, 1996-2017. Garth hosts the evening show at KCRW.
(John Tesh, Talaya, Diane Thompson, and Leon Trice)
Tripp, Bobby: KHJ, 1967-68. Bobby died July 19, 1968.
TRIPP, Peter: KGFJ, 1963-64. Peter was hired at KGFJ the day John F. Kennedy was shot. He came to the Southland from KUDL and
WHB-Kansas Cityand WMGM- where he was known as "The Curly Headed Kid in the Third Row." New York
When interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People, he was asked how he got the moniker? "I was born in
on June 11, 1926, and my father was a sales executive with Forbes magazine. He took a bunch of his friends to the hospital after I was born. As they looked through the window in the maternity ward, he pointed to the curly headed kid in the third row and it just stuck." Port Chester, New York
New owners arrived at KGFJ in 1964, a year after Peter arrived. "I got a letter from the owner saying they were letting me go because they have to have an all-black sound. I took the letter to my lawyer and we ended up winning a fair, but not great settlement. I invested the money into a series of topless beer bars in the Southland, one was called ‘Pussy Cat A Go-Go' and there was another in
. Peter left the beer bar business and has been involved in many endeavors. His most successful venture was a home exercise device called Slim Gym that he advertised on tv. He said the Slim Gym had " a lot of sparkle and charisma." Torrance
His career gained national attention with his 1959 record breaking 201 hour wakeathon(working on the radio non-stop without sleep to benefit the March of Dimes). For much of the stunt, he sat in a glass booth in Times Square. After a few days he began to hallucinate, and for the last 66 hours the observing scientists and doctors gave him drugs to help him stay awake.
When the payola scandal exploded in the early 1960s, Peter was swept up in the frenzy and was charged with accepting $36,000 in bribes. Despite his claim that he "never took a dime from anyone," he was found guilty on a charge of commercial bribery, receiving a $500 fine and a six-month suspended sentence.
Tripp died January 31, 2000, at the age of 73, following a stroke. He was married four times.
TROTTER, John: KABC, 1955-60. Honest John Trotter, born in Ft. Smith, Arkansas, was one of the prominent air personalities on Chicago's Country radio station WJJD.
He began his work in radio at a $13.50 weekly salary as announcer and janitor. In 1946, he took up radio again by voicing three lines on his sister's radio show. By 1950, John was doing three shows a day for three different stations in Ft. Smith: KFPW, KWHN & KFSA. He moved to Tulsa to join KRMG, and he later joined KAKC where Chris Lane was program director.
Trotter's next move was to KABC in Hollywood as program director in 1955. There he earned fame in 1958 when he initiated the first helicopter traffic reports Trotter was also the "voice" on Walt Disney Presents for two years. While working for station KILT in Houston, Trotter threw his hat in the ring as candidate for mayor. Although he didn't win, the race was so close that a recount was necessary. This was the source of the nickname "Honest John," which stuck with him for the rest of his career.. John's next stop was San Francisco station KEWB.
In 1965, friends George Dubinetz and Chris Lane urged him to sign with station WJJD, where Lane was now program director. Trotter won the Gavin Award that year, and again in 1967. In 1966 John received a letter from President Johnson commenting on a record Trotter made called I'm a Square. After several years in Chicago, Honest John moved to station KBOX in Dallas and retired to Abilene,in 1974. He passed away on May 19, 1976. John Trotter was inducted into the Country Music DJ Hall of Fame in 1996.
Troupe, Curtis: KDAY, 1965; XPRS, 1971-73; KGFJ; XERB; KDAY, 1981-82. Unknown.
Trout, Dick: KTNQ, 1977. Unknown.
Trout, Earl: KDAY, 1969-70; KWIZ, 1970; KBRT, 1970-1986; KIEV, 1999-2000; KRLA, 2001. In early 2005, Earl exited as the Pacific Northwest cluster manager for Crawford Broadcasting. He's now a media/marketing/management consultant for the Kansas City Automotive Museum.
Trout, Mike: KBRT. Mike left as vp of broadcasting at "Focus on the Family" in the fall of 2000.
Trowbridge, Jerry: KUSC, 1973; KLVE, 1975; KPOL/KZLA, 1976-79. Jerry and Ray Smithers own "Flying Pig Ranch," an independent video production company, based in Florida.
Truitt, Steve: KMPC, 1995-96. Steve hosts Cool Stuff on Discovery Science Channel, and The Bottom Line on healthylife.net radio.
(Brie Tennis, Lawrence Tanter, and Mycal Thompson)
Trujillo, Tammy: KFI, 1993; KEZY, 1991-94; KXEZ, 1994-95; KFWB, 1997-2009; KPCC, 2011-17. Tammy left all-News KFWB following a format flip in early fall of 2009. She joined KPCC in the summer of 2011 and left in early 2014, but continues to do fill-in. Tammy is news director for Cameron Broadcasting and news director for the nationally syndicated show Animal Radio. She is also the news narrator for online content provider Wochit. Tammy continues her work as professor of Broadcasting at Mt. San Antonio College in Walnut and gm of the campus radio stations, 90.1/fm Mt Rock (KSAK) and Audio8ball.com.
Tuck, Cecil: KRLA, 1963-68. Unknown.
TUCKER, Bud: KABC, 1975-76; KWIZ, 1977-81; KMPC, 1981-86. Bud was a longtime sports columnist for a number of L.A. newspapers and former talk show host at KABC, KWIZ and KMPC in the 1970s and 80s. Bud, a native of Saskatoon, Alberta, Canada, started his career in 1967 with “Press Box” on KTLA/Channel 5 with Dick Enberg, Bud Furillo and Tom Harmon. Bud died August 24, 2005, at the age of 80.
During the 1972 season, Bud was the color man for Los Angeles Sharks hockey team. In 1974, he hosted “SportsTalk” on KABC. During the mid-1970s, Bud hosted the pre-game and halftime activities at USC and Raiders games. In the spring of 1981, Bud started reporting sports commentary on KMPC's morning drive show with Robert W. Morgan. While at KMPC he hosted “Rams Report” and the pre-game show for the Angels. In 1985 he purchased KIOT-Barstow and four years later put KXXZ-Barstow on the air. “It was fun running a radio station, but just too much paper work with the FCC, lawyers and the tax man,” confessed Tucker when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. "Honestly, I was trying to accomplish the same thing on radio as I did in print," Tucker said.
"Most of the sports shows on in L.A. back in the 1970s were just really, really dull. I thought it would liven things up to give the fans a role in the show. Guess I was right, because what I was doing back then with the most primitive technology you can imagine is exactly what Jim Rome does now. Only thing is, he's getting paid a hell of a lot more than what I was bringing home."
LA Times media writer Larry Stewart described Tucker as a lovable Buddy Hackett look-a-like. Stewart said Tucker once told a young sportswriter, who was wearing a new plaid sports jacket he was quite proud of: "Nice jacket. Where did you get the material for it, from a Holiday Inn bedspread?"
Tucker, Skip: KNX, 1991-94. Skip is working as a negotiation consultant and teaching negotiation seminars for Karrass.
Tummillo, Jude: KRTH 2003-05. Jude reported traffic for Total Traffic for a number of stations.
TUNA, Charlie: KHJ, 1967-72; KROQ, 1972-73; KKDJ, 1973-75; KIIS, 1975-77; KHJ, 1977; KTNQ, 1978-80; KHTZ, 1980-85; KBZT, 1985-86; KRLA, 1986-90; KODJ/KCBS, 1990-93; KMPC/KABC, 1993-94; KIKF, 1994-98; KLAC, 1998-2000; KBIG, 2000-07; KRTH, 2008-15. Born Art Ferguson, Charlie grew up in Nebraska, where he started on the radio at age 16. He died February 19, 2016, at the age of 71.
When writing my Los Angeles Radio People books, readers were asked to vote for their favorite personalities in the last 50 years. Tuna made the Top 10.
Charlie started noon-to-three on KHJ and moved to mornings in 1970 when Robert W. Morgan left for Chicago. He was named rock dj of the year in 1970 by the LA Times. In 1972, Charlie went to KCBQ-San Diego, commuting from his home in Tarzana because of contract restrictions imposed after he quit KHJ. He was the first morning personality on KROQ/AM.
In 1973, Charlie was very active with numerous radio specials through his Alan/Tuna Production company. That same year, he joined KKDJ, becoming pd in 1975. When KIIS AM/FM debuted on October 1, 1975, Charlie was the first morning man and pd of both stations. He hosted "Record Report," a syndicated series. In 1977, Charlie replaced Charlie Van Dyke at KHJ. He was one of the hosts on KTLA/Chanel 5’s Calendar show. In 1990, Charlie was the first KHJ "Boss Jock" to receive a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. He teamed briefly with Dean Goss when KODJ debuted in 1990.
On September 10, 1993, KCBS became "Arrow 93" and Charlie was gone. Within a month Charlie started on all-Sports KMPC as the morning anchor. He was active in Voice of America and AFRTS for decades. He appeared in the Universal movie Rollercoaster and was the announcer on numerous tv shows including The Mike Douglas Show and Scrabble. In a 1993 Times interview, Charlie reminisced, "I'm much more regimented than I've ever been. It was a lot more unstructured then, and, to be honest, a lot more fun. Now there are a lot more bankers and accountants in it, but you adapt." Charlie worked as 1994 summer fill-in on KABC and KMPC. In 1994, he moved to mornings at Orange County Country KIKF, then to KLAC, where he remained until May 2000, when he moved to mornings at KBIG. He continued an active voiceover career and hosted the syndicated "Oldies Calendar" and was the morning personality on "The Music of Your Life."
Charlie was inducted into the Nebraska Radio Hall of Fame in 1999. Married in 1965, he and Shari have two daughters and two sons.
Tunno, Fran: KABC, 1994; KLAC, 1998-2000. Fran left Metro Networks in 2001 and is working in the world of voiceovers. She is active recording audio books.
Turkington, Bill: KJOI, 1983-89; KNX. Bill went on to KWXY AM & FM-Palm Springs and workded from 2003-12. He's now writing/delivering news for 5 stations on the east coast.
(Don Tracy, Byron & Tanaka, Peter Tilden with Tracey Miller, and Renee Taylor)
Turnage, Richard: KMPC, 1991; KRTH, 1992-97; KFWB, 2008-09. Richard left Metro/Shadow Traffic in February 2007 after 22 years, but returned later in the year.
TURNBULL, Barry: KFWB, 1999-2001; KNX, 2002-06. Barry worked weekend sports at KNX and for a number of Ventura County stations. The longtime sports broadcaster and Golden Mike recipient died September 19, 2017. He was 60 years old. Barry was known in Los Angeles as a part-timer with Shadow and MetroBroadcasting, heard on all-news KFWB and KNX. He had a long run with KVEN / KHAY-Ventura as the station’s sports director and hosting weekend call-in shows, along with a time at KVTA. Barry was awarded a Golden Mike in 1992 for his KVEN sports commentary.
Born in Whittier, Barry grew up in Garden Grove. He earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from Cal State Fullerton in 1981. Barry’s first job in radio was in the early 1980s, working the news beat at KDES-Palm Springs. "At KDES I learned so much under the man I call Mr. Golden Mike Palm Springs, Mike Meenan."
When he was interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People, Barry offered some thoughts about sports broadcasting. “There is no question that Vin Scully is the voice of Southern California baseball. As the sports director for a Dodger network affiliate, I feel cheated now because Vinny only does two innings a game on radio, at best. But as a broadcast team, there was none better than Dick Enberg and Don Drysdale in the 70s on KMPC. They made an Angel team that was especially bad on the field still fun to listen to regardless."
Barry experienced various health issues over the years. In 2006, his time at KVEN was interrupted due to illness, though he would eventually return to the station. As recently as year before his death, Barry spent time in a convalescent home, recovering from a knee ailment.
Barry also used the name Brad Wallace while dispensing traffic reports for various stations.
Barry was Brian Wilson's second cousin who is credited with naming the Beach Boys album Smiley Smile, which was released on September 18, 1967, according to Cory Sabblut-Baker.
Turnbull, Bob & Yvonne: KORG; KYMS. KKLA. Bob and Yvonne are authors and speakers throughout the USA and Canada on relationships, primarily marriage and family.
TURNER, Ken: KPPC, 1971; KYMS, 1973-74; KNAC, 1974-75. Ken died June 26, 2009. He was 61.
In 2009, Ken bylined a piece for LARadio.com on 'The Great KSLY Flood of 1969'. After his radio career, he moved into television as an audio mixer for many network sitcoms, including Three’s Company, One Day At A Time, and All In The Family, Dodgers telecasts, People’s Court, and hundreds of other shows. He was also an award-winning editor/producer for the “Mr. Rock ‘N Roll” segment on KTTV’s Channel 11 News, and co-produced the Fox documentary Marilyn Monroe: Something’s Got To Give.
Born and raised in Santa Barbara, Turner became a trusted resource for many in the music industry. Turner paved the way for many young audiophiles and put his knowledge of music and recording into a production career in radio and video journalism, creating such series as Backbeat and producing a weekly music news show for Fox Television in Los Angeles. He produced music videos for L.A. bands and was respected by many of the music industry decision makers. A consummate professional, Turner inspired all he worked with to be their best and brought a sense of wonder and joy to all he did. For his friends and colleagues who had the honor of working with him, there is no one who matched his wit, knowledge and commitment to his craft.
TURNER, Mary: KMET, 1972-82; KLSX, 1993. In the past 50 years, there are half dozen formats that continue to be idolized and end up in a special place in the history of LARadio. KMET, “the Mighty Met,” was one of those stations that caught lightning in a bottle and complemented the turbulent times of unrest, free speech and free love.
The Burner, Mary Turner, arrived at KMET in June of 1972 and left on the eve of her 10th year with the “Mighty Met.” Mary reflected on her early radio days: "It was an exciting time back then, because you didn't operate under any rules. You could play anything you wanted, say anything you wanted and who cared? FM at that time was a joke, especially to Top 40 people. We were the hippies, and they were the stars." On being a successful female: "I think being a woman helped more than anything else. The time was right for it, and I happened to be in the right place at the right time."
In the early 1980s, Mary married Norm Pattiz, founder and chairman of Westwood One. In the early 1990s, she eventually came to terms with a substance abuse problem, and took steps to get clean and sober. Mary became a UCLA-certified drug and alcohol counselor and earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.
Mary Pattiz has become the new chairwoman of the Betty Ford Center at Eisenhower Hospital in Rancho Mirage. This will be a departure for the 28-year-old facility that has been led by a member of the Ford family up until this point of Mary taking over. Since 2005, Betty Ford’s daughter, Susan Ford Bales has been chairwoman.
Sam Bellamy was Mary’s boss at KMET. The program director remembered: “When I arrived at KMET in 1974, Mary Turner was already there paving the way for women in radio. We became fast friends and partners in crime, based a lot on our shared sense of humor and intense desire to succeed.”
Sam continued: “I learned very quickly that Mary would set the bar high for aspiring air personalities and radio executives alike, especially in the highly competitive L.A. market. Before Oprah and others started preaching it, Mary was living the purpose-driven life. Back in the early 70's, Mary had set goals for herself and she kept building on, and and reaching for, those goals - always mindful of inspiring and teaching others along the way. Today, I truly believe that Mary is exactly where she is supposed to be.”
Born in Baltimore in 1947, Mary was a tv/radio major at Indiana University in Bloomington. She wanted to be a television director and left for San Francisco after graduation. She got a local phone book and started dialing tv stations. Her first industry job was in traffic at Metromedia's KNEW/TV. She listened to KSAN and was influenced by the music and lifestyle of the “underground station,” resulting in stints at ABC's KSFX and KSAN.
Mary worked as an engineer for the legendary Tom Donahue before graduating to a weekend shift. Mary was a strong female voice for five years in the San Francisco area before coming to Los Angeles. Her real increased exposure began with the taping of "Off The Record" for Westwood One, which was heard by an estimated 25 million listeners. Her second venture was the syndicated "Rock 'n' Roll Never Forgets."
When she left KMET, Mary did a daily program on Armed Forces Radio/TV, worked for Canada's CHUM group and "Music in the Air," a pre-recorded airline program on TWA. Her photo appeared in a 1981 edition of Oui Magazine as part of an article on "Ladies of the Airwaves."
Turner, Michael: KMET, 1971-72. Michael passed away in the early 2000's of prostate cancer.
Turner, Thomas: KFOX, 1983-84; KGFJ, 1984-85; KJLH, 1986-87; KDAY, 1987-89; KACE, 1985-86 and 1989-91. Thomas is teaching broadcasting and has a voiceover career.
TURPEL, Pete: KAAP; KNJO/KMDY, 1986-87. Pete, former program director and general manager at KNJO-Thousand Oaks (now ‘Playlist 92.7/fm’), is a member of the Thousand Oaks Planning Commission. He’s been active in local politics for a number of years, serving as president of the Rotary Club Foundation and chairman emeritus of the Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce.
Pete was born in Long Beach and as a military kid he grew up in New Mexico, Hawaii, Mississippi and California. Pete started his broadcasting career at WSSO-Starkville, Mississippi. “I fell in love with radio when I was a kid listening to the Boss Jocks of 93/ KHJ and, of course, the alternative side with the Mighty Met [KMET]. Jim Ladd encouraged me to stick with radio while I was working for the college station at Mississippi State University.” Pete also worked at: KGAB, KSRF, KAAP, and KPLS.
Pete runs a production company that specializes in creating marketing solutions with professional audio for telecommunication and web applications called “Phone On Hold Marketing Systems.”
Turr, Bob: KNX, 1987-97. Bob flew over the Southland freeways reporting traffic and breaking stories for a variety of tv and radio stations.
Tusher, William: KABC, 1960. Unknown.
TWEEDEN, Leeann: KLAC, 2014-17; KABC, 2017. Leeann joined Bill Reiter at KLAC for a midday sports talk show in late 2014. She later co-hosted a new show with Fred Roggin. Leeann left the all-Sports station in early 2017. In February 2017, Leeann joined Doug McIntyre at KABC, as news anchor.She is a frequent social and political commentator on tv shows including: Hannity, Dr. Drew, Red Eye, and Good Day L.A.
"I’m thrilled Leeann Tweeden is joining us on McIntyre in the Morning," said KABC's Doug McIntyre. "Leann will bring a different vibe to the show, smart, funny, patriotic and all that good girlie stuff I am sadly lacking.”
Tweeden was formerly co-host of UFC Tonight on FOX SPORTS, was co-anchor of Good Day L.A. and developed a national profile as a cast member of FSN’s The Best Damn Sports Show Period. She was also host of NBC’s National Heads-Up Poker Championship and the popular late night show, Poker After Dark.
“I am so happy to be joining KABC and McIntyre in the Morning," said Leeann. "Sitting with Doug McIntyre and getting to be a part of his crew for five hours every day is going to be an adventure. I’ve been a sportscaster for much of my career, but I love politics and have deep attachments to our military-- and I'm a mom of two small kids. I'm ready for anything!”
Tyler, Chuck: KFI, 1985-89; KFSH, 2000-17. Chuck is program director for the Salem/LA cluster.
Tyler, Dean: KHJ, 1965. Dean is gm at WPEN-Philadelphia.
(Bobby Tripp, Tritia Toyota, Barry Turnbull, and Steve Truitt)
Tyler, Donn: KHJ, 1965. Donn was the original Boss Radio weekender who worked with Ron Jacobs at KMEN. After a few weeks at "Boss Radio," Donn returned to Hawaii and ran Commercial Recording for 35 years.
Tyler, Joy: KEZY, 1995-97. Joy did weekends at KEZY and reported traffic for KFI from Airwatch Communications. In 1997 she left radio and went to law school.
Tyler, Larry: KBLA, 1965. Unknown.
(Ice T, Lloyd Thaxton, Joe Torre, and Chris Taylor)
Tyler, Nick: KKGO, 1983-98; KJAZ, 2000-02; KSRF, 2002-06; KMZT, 2002-07; KKJZ, 2007-09; KGIL, 2009; KMZT, 2011-17. Nick worked weekends and relief at all-Jazz, KKJZ 88.1, as well as fill-in at "K-Mozart." He worked afternoons at KMZT (1260AM).
Tyler, Pat: KWIZ. Pat lives in the Midwest.
TYLER, Randi: KFSH, 2016-17. Randy works middays at the Contemporary Christian station.
An upstate NY radio personality for close to 30 years, Randi has shared many offbeat characters and experiences about her pathetically funny childhood growing up in Schenectady, New York. She has genuinely loved the instant connect made with listeners and friends who share the same common threads, seeing firsthand how sharing & laughing together is the best therapy in the world. “We are all so much more alike than we are different!,” she said in her bio at the "Fish."
In addition to being a big Chef Ramsey wanna be - food is fellowship, right? - Randi also suffers from blocks of writing which sounds way better than writers block but only half as productive. She is currently doing what LA people do, screen-writing her first collection of humor essays about growing up in upper, lower class, middle America. There's no better place to live than fabulous, sunny SoCal and no better place to chase your dreams. “God would never put a dream on your heart too big to accomplish when it's His strength and grace that will guide you to it and through it. You may not think you can do it - but God can!”:) “To encourage, uplift, laugh and cheer lead is just part of my DNA – Basically if you can find something wrong with it, I can find something right with it...or at least something to laugh at!:)”
Tyll, Ed: KABC, 1997-98; KLSX, 1998-99. Tyll works as a stand-up comedian and voiceover artist in New York. He is also doing talk radio for a couple of dozen radio stations.
Tyndall, Karen: KPZE, 1989; KORG, 1993. Karen DiPiazza is a journalist for a national "aviation/business" newspaper. She lives in Northern California.
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Unruh, Jess: KGIL. The former Speaker of the State Assembly in California has passed away.
Unruh, Stan: KWIZ; KYMS, 1987-93; KNX, 1993-94. Stan is working in broadcast management and public relations in Hays, Kansas.
Urias, Natalie: KPCC, 1996-97; KFI/KOST, 1996-2001; KLTX/KKLA, 1997-2000. KOST’s Ted Ziegenbusch provided updates on Natalie and her husband Turk Stevens.
Both Natalie and Turk worked at Premiere Radio. She has two young children and is now living near Las Vegas. After seven productive years with Premiere Radio, Natalie still keeps her hands in marketing/promotions and PR. But being a full-time mom is Natalie’s first call. Turk was the sports update, anchor and color commentator for Premiere. He spent 25 years on various networks, including Fox Sports, Sporting News Radio, and NBC Sports. Besides his national work, Turk was even the voice of the Macon Whoopie Hockey team. As Natalie puts it, Turk was the Whoopie’s Chick Hearn, “but not nearly as famous!” Turk was also a staple on the Big Ben Maller Show on Fox for many years. To reiterate, Natalie’s biggest thrill nowadays is her family. That, and the fact that she often works out at the same gym with Britney Spears.
As I recall, Natalie was Delilah’s right-hand assistant back in the 1990s. She would often accompany Delilah on publicity and business tours. Natalie was also the only Love Songs producer at KOST that would stay late (often well past midnight) and help me produce the second-half of the KOST Love Songs Show. Before the days of email, Natalie would help edit the hundreds of listener letters that we received weekly, in addition to so many other tasks that helped me tremendously. Natalie accompanied me on our many remotes, the best of which were Disneyland Main Street as well as our weekends at The Rio in Las Vegas. Doing a call-in show while the Disneyland Parade or the Mardi Gras Parade marched past the KOST microphone was a real challenge, with or without a producer. However, Natalie made the effort and the journey much more fun. I still miss her delightfully cheerful attitude and willingness to take on any assignment.
Utley, Reginald: KKTT, 1979; KGFJ, 1980; KMAX, 1995; KACE, 1996-2000. Reginald hosted a gospel music show at KACE.
Uvaas, Art: KGRB, 1995. Art worked afternoon drive at the Big Band station. He is an out-of-work school teacher.
V, Erin: KFI 2015-16. Erin Vermeulen worked morning drive sports at KFI with Bill Handel. She left in the spring of 2016 and she moved to Detroit because her mom was ailing.
In July 2017, she mornings at WCSX in the Motor City. Vermeulen began her career at the former 1310 WYUR in Detroit and before that was heard in South Africa, Dubai, Cairo, Denver and Phoenix.
Vacar, Tom: KNX, 1992-93. Tom is a reporter for KTVU/Channel 2 in Oakland.
VALDEZ, Tony: KAGB, 1975; KJLH, 1975-83; KGFJ, 1983-85; KNJO/KMDY, 1985. Tony suffered a series of strokes prior to his death on December 16, 1920.
Tony began his broadcast career in Columbus, Ohio at WBNS, WOSU and WTVN. Prior to returning home to the Columbus area, Tony was an on-air personality in California with Stevie Wonder's radio station, KJLH and also at KGFJ and KAGB, all in Los Angeles.
Valentine, Mike: KHJ, 1973. Unknown.
Valentine, Sean: KIIS, 1996-2006; KYSR, 2007; KBIG, 2007-17. Sean moved from STAR 98.7 to "104.3MYfm" in September 2007. He works morning drive.
Valentine, Shaun: KOST, 1997-2005; KBIG, 2005. Shaun left KBIG's 'Angels in Waiting' show in late spring 2005. In 2011 he moved to Dubai and started the world's first FM Farsi Hit Music station. In 2014, Shaun was held captive in Dubai. He has since returned after a harrowing escape.
Valentine, Val: KIIS, 1977-82; KRLA/KBZT, 1984-93. Val is no longer in radio.
VALOT, Susan: KLON/KKJZ, 1997-2005; KPCC, 2006-11. Susan was the Orange County reporter for KPCC. Susan left KPCC to do a reporting fellowship in Europe. During Valot’s time in L.A. radio, she has won numerous awards, including being named in June 2011 as the Los Angeles Press Club’s Radio Journalist of the Year. The judges called Valot’s work “some of the best we’ve heard.” They described her reporting as “well-rounded reports with authoritative, informed tone. Great use of sound.”
Valot also has experience covering international issues. She’s participated in several international exchange programs, including the RIAS Berlin Kommission Fellowship (Germany) in 2005, the U.S.-Austria Journalism Exchange in 2010 and the Arthur F. Burns Fellowship (Germany) in 2011. Those programs resulted in several international stories for Southern California’s airwaves.
In 2012, Valot was honored with the 2nd place international radio prize in the RIAS Berlin Kommission’s annual awards ceremony, honoring broadcast work that fosters understanding between the U.S. and Germany. Her story aired on KPCC and was about Los Angeles artists who traded the Southern California art scene for Berlin. Valot and a fellow public radio colleague are currently working on launching “Detour: The Radio Show with a Travel Problem,” a public radio show/podcast about the people, cultures and stories that make places special.
Van, Carolyn: KOCM, 1990-91. Carolyn is an actress and voiceover actress.
VANCE, Tommy: KHJ, 1965-66. Tommy, long-time VH-1 personality in London, died March 6, 2005. He was 63. Tommy was a British dj who rode on the coattails of the Beatles British invasion, working at Boss Radio/KHJ from 1965-66. With the British music invasion explosion in the mid-1960s, it seemed that every Contemporary station had to have an English jock. Tommy was just that at KHJ.
His gravelly delivery made him a household name in London. Born in Oxford, Vance started working in Seattle before joining KHJ and then moving to Radio Caroline and Radio One, where he worked for years, using the catch phrase "TV on the radio" and interviewing more than 10,000 guests including Prince Charles. He also presented BBC1's Top of the Pops.
Vance suffered a fatal stroke.
Vanderhurst, Fred: KPOL, 1965-72; KFAC, 1969. Unknown.
Van deWalker, Dave: Dave produced the LA Dodger radio broadcasts from 1968 until 1994. He died November 30, 1995, at age of 73, after undergoing surgery for a brain tumor.
(Dave Van Dyke, Billy Vera, and Yvonne Velazquez)
VAN DYKE, Charlie: KHJ, 1972-77, pd; KRTH, 1998-20. Arguably one of the purest examples of a strong morning man during the 1960s, '70s and '80s, Charlie, born Charles Steinle, started his on-air career at the legendary McLendon flagship station, KLIF-Dallas, at the age of 14. On his 21st birthday, he was appointed program director.
Before arriving in Los Angeles, Charlie was on-air at CKLW-Detroit, KFRC-San Francisco and KGB-San Diego. He was appointed pd of KHJ in 1975. Charlie's first stop in Southern California was at KHJ in 1972 to work nine to noon, sandwiched between Robert W. Morgan in the morning and Mark Elliott at noon. He moved to morning drive in 1973 and was made pd in 1975.
In 1976, Charlie created the ultimate maintenance promotion called "The Great American Money Machine." He was gone before summer of that year and went to WLS-Chicago. He returned a summer later to work morning drive and be pd and stayed until the spring of 1977.
When he left the RKO outlet, Charlie said, "Charlie Tuna was right. It's difficult to be a pd and on-air at the same time.” Tuna eventually replaced Van Dyke. I
In 1977 he returned to KLIF-Dallas. In 1979, Charlie went to the Northeast to work at WRKO-Boston and in 1980 guided WRKO from Top 40 to Talk as pd.
In 1982, Charlie landed in Phoenix as pd of KOY; by 1984 he was working at KTAR-Phoenix. About this time, Charlie built his own recording studio in Scottsdale and became the voice of over 60 tv stations and 100 radio stations. He personifies the voice that lends identity to a radio station. In addition to his voiceover career, Charlie became an ordained deacon. In the fall of 1997, Charlie joined mornings at KHTC-Phoenix. In 1998 Charlie took over mornings at KRTH and left in early 2000 but continued as the voice of the station for 26 years until June 20. Charlie is the voice of KABC/Channel 7.
Van Dyke, Dave: KHTZ/KCBS, 1991-2001. After success at 'ARROW 93,' Dave established Bridge Ratings media consumption research company for much of the 2000s. In 2007, he joined ABC Radio Network in Dallas as VP/Affiliate Relations until 2009. Dave went on to be vp/broadcast affiliations for Radiate Media in Los Angeles, the company provides commuter traffic, news, weather & digital content services for audio & video clients (broadcast & Internet). He oversaw over 2000 radio & tv clients.
VAN HOOK, Rod: KMPC, 1972-78; KFWB, 1979-2000; KSPN, 2000-06. The veteran sports broadcaster for over three decades, died November 7, 2009, from complications associated with his three-year battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 61.
Locally, Rod worked at KFWB, KSPN, Sports USA Radio, and 710/KMPC. In 1995 he won a Golden Mike for best sportscast and an AP award. Rod was the recipient of three L.A. Press Club awards. At his most recent job, Sports USA Radio, Rod was a studio host for NFL and NCAA broadcasts.
The veteran Los Angeles broadcaster covered all major sporting events including four Super Bowls, the BCS title game, the World Series, UCLA and USC football, and the Los Angeles Lakers.
Rod was a graduate of UCLA with a Bachelor of Science in English and US History.
Van Horne, Chuck: KUTE, 1979-80. Chuck is working on a Master's degree at Cal State Long Beach.
Van Nuys, Larry: KBCA, 1959; KBLA, 1960; KNOB, 1961-62; KGFJ, 1963-65; KGIL, 1964-66; KFI, 1969-70; KGIL, 1970-75; KFI, 1976-77; KABC, 1977-81; KMPC, 1981-84; KNX, 2005-09; KABC, 2011. Larry was a news anchor at KNX Newsradio until downsizing in the summer of 2009. For a time in 2011, he delivered the news on the KABC Peter Tilden Show. He's doing mornings at KSFO-San Francisco from L.A., where he continues an active voiceover career. He left KSFO in late 2016.
(Dominic Vlasic, Nicole Vilencia, Shaun Valentine, and Peter Van De Graaff)
Van Zandt, Steve: KLSX, 2002-05; KLOS, 2005-08. Bruce Springsteen's guitarist hosts the syndicated "Little Steven's Underground Garage," which is heard Sunday nights on KLOS.
Van De Graaff, Peter: KMZT, 2001-02. Peter worked overnights at "K-Mozart." His show is syndicated by Wisconsin Public Radio.
Vargas, Gustavo: XETRA, 2006. Gustavo was with XETRA.
Vasgerian, Matt: XPRS, 2003-04. Matt worked San Diego Padres television play-by-play. Vasgersian is currently a play-by-play announcer for Fox Sports' coverage of Major League Baseball, as well as a studio host for the MLB Network.
Vassegh, David: KLAC, 20. David hosts the Dodger post-game show. He started in the 20 season.
Vee, El: KJLH, 2009-. El Vee works weekends at the Stevie Wonder station.
Velaquez, Yvonne: KYSR, 2007-08. Yvonne worked middays at STAR 98.7 until the summer of 2008 when she returned to Florida to be with family.
Veling, Pat: KORG/KWIZ, 1982-86. Pat is a real estate analyst and a regular contributor to KNX in real estate-related news and features.
Venable, Josh: KYSR, 2007-12. Josh joined STAR 98.7/fm in late 2007 from 'The Edge' in Dallas. He was promoted to 98-7fm in early fall of 2009. Josh left during a Clear Channel downsizing in late 2012. He's now program director at KMYZ-Tulsa.
Vent, Peter: KPZE, 1987; KFOX, 1988; KIEV, 1989. Peter hosted a sports show in Ventura.
Vera, Billy: KCRW, 1986-92. Billy has a very successful voiceover career.
Vercelli, Gary: KBCA, 1978. Gary is with public radio KXJZ-Sacramento.
Vischer, Monika: KUSC, 1999-2005. Monika works middays at Classical KUSC.
Vidal, Bruce: KIIS, 1982-96; KNJO, 1997; KELT, 2000-02. Bruce worked morning drive at KELT ("92.7 Lite FM")-Riverside until the spring of 2002. He died December 13, 2002. Bruce was 54. Bruce had been suffering in recent years with diabetes-related problems. Bruce arrived at KIIS in the fall of 1982 from K101-San Francisco, replacing Laurie Allen who eventually became his wife. In 1984 he was going head-to-head against his wife who was on KMGG. Their rivalry was chronicled in People magazine and an appearance on Good Morning America. The media was fascinated with the fact that the husband/wife team was on competing radio stations, at times in the same slot. In the mid-1980s, parked in the duo's San Fernando Valley driveway was two cars: a sleek, brand-new red Corvette and a not-so-sleek dented Dodge Aries. His then-wife explained, "Whoever got the highest ratings got to drive the Corvette." Bruce moved to swing at KIIS in late 1996 following an ownership change from Gannett to Jacor. In the spring of 1997 he joined KNJO.
Vilencia, Nicole: KATY, 2001-05; KCXX, 2004-05; KCAL, 2008-10. After a year in Oregon, Nicole returned to the Southland in 2011. She has narrated 20 audiobooks. In the summer of 2013, Nicole became apd/md and middays at Morris Desert Media's KDGL "The Eagle" 106.9 in Palm Springs. Her website is ThatVoiceWorks.com.
Vilani, Mike: KWIZ; KNOB, 1986-87. Mike has an active voiceover career (voice of DiTec Finance) and is an actor. He is the on-camera game show host on digital tv "Sports Trivia." He lives in Costa Mesa.
Vinyl, Joe: KBIG, 2000-12. Joe was a mixer at KBIG and is worked behind the scenes at MY/fm 104.3 until a Clear Channel downsizing in December 2012.
(Richard "Humpty" Vission, David Vassegh, Monika Vischer, Stuart Von, and Michelle Visage)
Violette, Todd: KKBT, 1989-90; KIIS, 1994-96. Todd left his pd slot at KBBY-Oxnard in the fall of 2008. Todd left WSGX-St Louis in late March 2012.
Virgin, Tim: KROQ, 1995. Tim is the apd/md at KEDJ-Phoenix.
Visage, Michelle: KHHT, 2002-05. Michelle joined Sinbad for the "Hot 92.3fm" morning show beginning February 11 and then became part of morning show with Diana Steele and Mario Lopez. She left MIX 102.7/fm in New York in late 2006. She went on to work mornings at WMIA-Miami and left in late 2011. She lives in Southern California.
Vischer, Monika: KUSC, 2001-07. Monica conducts a report on the Arts for Classical KUSC.
Viscott, David: KABC, 1980-93; KIEV, 1994-95; KMPC, 1995-96. David started as a substitute for radio psychologist Toni Grant and eventually got his own full-time shift. Born in Boston in 1939, the psychiatrist became a mini-empire unto himself. He wrote over 13 books, ran the David Viscott Center for Natural Therapy and created a line of greeting cards. He went to medical school at Tufts University after graduating from Dartmouth in 1959. David taught at University Hospital in Boston, set up private practice in 1968 and moved to Los Angeles in 1979 where he was a professor psychiatry at UCLA. Later in the 1980s he had his own tv show. David died October 12, 1996, at the age of 58. A friend of David's said: "He died of a broken heart."
(El Vee, Joe Vinyl, Matt Vasgerian, Josh Venable)
Vission, Richard "Humpty": KDAY, 1989; KPWR, 1990-2004. Richard hosted a weekend show at "Power 106."
Visotcky, Bob: KIBB/KCMG, 1997-98; KXOL/KLAX, 2001-02; KBLA, 2004; KJLL, 2009; KABC/KLOS, 2012-13. Bob was appointed general manger at Amaturo's JILL stations in Thousand Oaks and Orange Country in late spring 2009 and left in early fall of the same year. In November 2010, he became the market manager for the Cumulus group in Ventura/Santa Barbara. He then became the DOS for KABC/KLOS and left in the summer of 2013. In October 20, Bob was appointed market manager for West Virginia Radio's Charleston cluster.
Vlasic, Dominic: KNOB, 1982-87. Dominic runs a video production company, VIDEOComm Productions, in Laguna Niguel. Dominic, a native of Yugoslavia, married the KNOB owner's daughter, Madelaine and they became the morning drive team at KNOB in the mid-1980s.
Vlasic, Madelaine: KNOB, 1981-85. Madelaine lives in Maui and is doing voiceover work in the Islands.
Vogel, Dick: KJOI, 1972-76. Dick died on January 7, 2001 in Des Moines from heart failure. He was 72.
Volpe, Paul: KIEV, 1996-99; KALI, 1999-2001. Paul hosts "Subterranean Music Show" at KALI.
Von, Arterberry: KRHM, 1965. Unknown.
Von, Stuart: KBMS, 1961-63; KLAC, 1965-68; KABC, 1968-70. Stuart lives in Pomona and is the voice image for a number of stations in the Midwest.
Vostaw, Jim: KIKF, 1985. Jim is vp/gm for Citadel cluster in Spokane.
Voxx: KLSX, 1995-96. The Rock 'n Roll Psychic has a Web site.
X, Doctor: KLSX, 1997. Unknown.
X, Eddie: KROQ, 1985. Eddie "X" Williams initially worked at KROQ as the late night jock. He eventually hosted The Local Music Show. "I was in clubs every night looking for unsigned bands and playing hem on my weekly show," Eddie emailed. "I broke some cool acts, though they wouldn't remember." Williams went on to own a recording studio business in Seattle.
(Xavier the X-Man and Xzibit)
X-Man, Xavier: KIBB/KCMG, 1998-99. The "X-Man" works afternoons and is apd at "Magic 92.5" in San Diego.
Xzibit: KDAY, 2014. the rapper-actor and former host of MTV’s Pimp My Ride, hosts and produces a weekly show called “Open Bar Radio.” The weekly show offers commentary from Xzibit and artist interviews.
Yamanaka, Kellen: KKJZ, 2006-07. Kellen worked evenings at the all-Jazz station until the spring of 2007 when there was a management change.
Yarnell, Bruce: KCBH. Bruce worked afternoons at KCBH and then moved to San Diego. He had a starring role in the 1963 film, Irma La Douce. Bruce was Deputy Marshal Chalk Breeson in the tv series The Outlaws in the early 1960s. Bruce died in a plane crash in 1973.
Yates, Tom: KLOS, 1971-77; KLSX, 1986-89. Tom owns KOZT-Santa Rosa/Mendocino County.
Yeager, Bill: KFWB, 1987-92. Bill is vp of news/sports/weather for MetroNetworks, based in Philadelphia.
Yeager, Steve: KMPC, 1992. The former L.A. Dodger catcher hosted a baseball show during the launch of KMPC's all-Sports format. He now helms the Long Beach Breakers professional baseball club.
(Cindy Young, Tom Yates, Jennifer York, and Jeff Young)
YOCAM, Joe: KVOE, 1942; KFWB, 1942-68; KLAC, 1969. Joe was one of the original "Seven Swingin' Gentlemen," working noon to three on Chuck Blore's "Color Radio" KFWB during its debut on January 2, 1958. He was given credit for dubbing the music list "Fabulous Forty."
Born and raised in South Bend, Joe started out in radio at WASP-Borger, Texas. He came to the Southland to attend Santa Ana City College and worked at KVOE (later KWIZ) in Santa Ana. Joe spent a quarter of a century with KFWB.
In early 1965, KFWB let Joe go and he filed a grievance with AFTRA. At one period he was president of the union. In December 1965, KFWB was forced to hire Joe back, and he stayed until March 1968, when the station went all-News. Joe was a staff announcer with PBS's KCET. He devoted much of his time as a volunteer with Rancho Los Amigoes Home for disadvantaged children. Joe retired to Balboa Island and died of cancer March 3, 1974. He was 55.
York, Jennifer: KFWB, 1988-91; KFSH, 2005-07: KNX, 2012-17. Jennifer is the morning drive traffic reporter at KNX. She worked at KTLA/Channel 5 from 1991-2004 as a morning host and traffic reporter.
Yorty, Sam: KGBS, 1974. The former mayor for 12 tumultuous years hosted a morning drive show during KGBS's brief move into an all-Talk format. Sam died June 5, 1998, at the age of 88. Mike Downey of the LA Times said the teaming of Yorty with Wally George made Rush Limbaugh seem like a "meek little mouse."
Young, Ace: KMET, 1971-83 and 1985-87. Ace works mornings with Jeff Gonzer at KZAP-Sacramento.
Young, Billy: KACE. Billy is living and working in Milwaukee.
Young, Cindy: KLON, 1988-93; KPCC, 1998-2002. Cindy is working to end homelessness among veterans – as the Vice President of Development and Marketing at New Directions, NDVets.org.
(Steve Yeager, Clara Young, Sam Yorty, and Steve Young)
Young, Clara: KFI, 1996-97. Clara is a practicing therapist.
Young, David L.: KHOF, 1963-65; KUTE, 1965; KGLA, 1965; KPPC, 1965-66; KFMU, 1966; KGLA, 1966; KDAY, 1967; KPPC, 1967, KHOF, 1968-71; KPSA, 1971-72; KWST, 1972-75; KBCA, 1975-78; KHOF, 1978-80; KKGO, 1980-86, KJOI, 1981-84. David is a voiceover talent.
Young, Jonathan: KBLA, 1963-64; KHOF, 1967-69; KUSC, 1969-72. Jonathan is a psychologist in Santa Barbara and a commentator for the History Channel.
Young, Dexter. Dexter was a sound engineer for Humble Harve, Sam Riddle and Johnny Williams.
Young, Jeff: KFI, 1978-79. Jeff works at Westwood One.
Young, Neil: KSRF, 1980. The former morning man at K-Surf, now writes for Mohave Valley Daily News.
Young, Steve: KTLK, 2005. Steve joined the Progressive talker for weekends in the spring of 2005.
Youngblood, Jack: KMPC, 1987-91. Jack, the former LA Ram, is the radio announcer for the St. Louis Rams.
Youngblood, Rob: KIQQ. Unknown.
Yurdin, Larry: KMET, 1971-73. Larry did satirical news at KMET under the name "Kapusta Kid." Larry lives in Seattle and designs computer networks.
Zaillian, Jim: KNX, 1955-66 and 1967-78, nd. KABC, 1966-67. Jim died December 2, 1978 of a heart attack at the age of 51.
Zander, Mark: KLKX, 2006-08; KKZQ, 2007-08. Mark was the pd at Classic Rock KLKX and Active Rock KKZQ in Palmdale/Lancaster. In 2008, he worked exclusively at 4C Studios, programming and hosting his national radio shows - The Rockin' 80s and The Rockin' 70s. In early 2011, Mark was named pd at WERV-Chicago and within a few months he added programming duties at Nextmedia's WRXQ.
Zapoleon, Guy: KRTH, 1973-75 and 1976-77; KRLA, 1977-78; KRTH, 1978-81. Guy is a radio consultant.
(Larry Ziff, Dave Zorn, Ted Ziegenbusch, and Janine Zenon)
Zaragoza, Victor: KHHT, 2007-11. Victor joined HOT 92.3/fm mornings in mid-August of 2007 and left in the spring of 2011. He now does traffic at KCBS and KFRC in San Francisco.
Zarian, Larry: KIEV, 1985-99. Larry died October 13, 2011. He was 73.
Zarsadiaz, Karen: KNX, 2008-09. Karen was a reporter at all-News KNX until early fall of 2009.
ZB: KQLZ, 1991. Ben Ziegler worked weekends at the end of "Pirate Radio." Ben now lives in Fargo ND and owns an FM Country station in the region and does mornings with morning show partner Jim Babbitt on KZTK/fm The Truck.
Zeke: KROQ, 1996-97. Zeke hosts "The Daily Mix," a live New York tv program.
ZELASKO, Jeanne: KFWB, 2014-16. Jeanne joined the launch of the new sports format at KFWB, The Beast 980 on September 22, 2014. She worked morning drive with LA Times' Bill Plaschke until mid-February 2016 when KFWB was sold.
She started her broadcasting career during her college days doing metro traffic reports and then hosting a talk show on KCEO-AM in San Diego. Jeanne spent the early part of her career in San Diego. She co-hosted the San Diego Padre's pre-game show for Prime Sports West. She joined Fox Sports in 1996 as part of the original broadcast team anchoring the newly formed Fox Sports Net’s NATIONAL SPORTS REPORT.
Born in Cincinnati and raised in New Jersey, Zelasko graduated from San Diego State University with a degree in journalism and a minor in political science. Jeanne is married to LA tv broadcaster Curt Sandoval.
(Ed Ziel, John Ziegler, and Larry Ziff)
Zenon, Janine: KJLH, 1995-2007. Janine co-hosts afternoon drive at KJLH.
Zenor, Zachary: KPPC, 1968-71; KMET, 1972; KROQ, 1976-77. Zachary lives in New Mexico.
Zhelutka, Mara: KCRW, 1995-2000. Mara broadcasts a Sunday morning show called "Music for the Spheres."
Ziegenbusch, Ted: KMGG, 1982; KOST, 1982-2000; KFSH, 2001-04; KFSH/KKLA, 2004-06; KOST, 2006-17. Ted left KFSH in late Spring 2006 and rejoined KOST for weekends and fill-in in the spring of 2006 and stayed until the spring of 2009 when there was a Clear Channel downsizing. He does fill-in at KOST.
Ziegler, John: KFI, 2004-07; KGIL, 2009. John started middays at KGIL on 6.8.09. John left his early evening Talk show at KFI on November 13, 2007. He is now a documentarian and hosts a podcast with Leah Brandon.
(Victor Zaragosa, Guy Zapoleon, and Larry Zarian)
Ziel, Ed: KLAC, 1965-71; KRLA, 1971-72; KROQ, 1973; KFI, 1973-76; KGIL, 1976-92; KMGX. Ed is now retired, living in Yerington,Nevada, just southeast of Reno. “I'm spliting time between homes in Nevada and South Carolina. Lots of hiking, hunting, fishing and kicking over rocks searching for gold.”
Ziff, Larry: KHTZ; KACE; KABC/KMPC, 1993-98. Larry has an active voiceover career. Most recently, he was the Director of IT/MIS for the composer Hans Zimmer for almost 8 years.
ZIFF, Sid: KFWB; KRKD. The veteran sports columnist and one of the most controversial and opionated sports writers in Los Angeles history, died, October 30, 1991 at 86 of acute blood infection. He was the youngest sport editor ever in Los Angeles, taking over the position at the Los Angeles Express when he was 19. He had started at the paper as a copy boy at 16.
Zino, Cousin: SEE Harvey Tow.
Zorn, Dave: KNX, 1981-2006. Except for a brief stint in Detroit, Dave has been a news anchor/reporter at KNXNewsradio since 1981. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Marine Corps between 1964 and 1967 and was in Vietnam for two years. Dave has won 7 Gold Mikes including three consecutive best newscast awards. He has retired to Michigan.
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