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Compiled by Don Barrett
HAAS, Karl: KMZT; KUSC. Karl was a pianist, conductor and musicologist who brought Classical music to millions through his syndicated radio program, "Adventures in Good Music." Using a new theme each day, he delivered the Classics to listeners around the world for over 40 years.
Born in Germany, he earned a doctorate in music literature from the University of Heidelberg. He fled the Nazis in 1936 and settled in Detroit where he founded the Chamber Music Society of Detroit.
He was a native of Speyer-on-the-Rhine, Germany, began his love affair with music at age six, when he received his first piano lesson from his mother. At age 12, he formed a piano trio with some friends
His broadcast career began at WWJ/Detroit in 1950, where he hosted a weekly preview of concerts performed by the Detroit Symphony. Soon the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation asked him to talk about the music on the air. In 1959, WJR/Detroit proposed a daily time slot for Haas to expand his commentary and, thus, Adventures in Good Music was born.
Since 1970, WCLV/Seaway Productions in Cleveland has syndicated Adventures in Good Music to a worldwide audience. The program has received two coveted George Foster Peabody Awards during its long run, and Karl has .lreceived the National Endowment for the Humanities George Frankel Medal.
Karl Haas died on February 6, 2005
.Karl Haas was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
Habeck, Ted: KWST, 1979-81; KMET, 1981. Ted works at 106.5 the Arch in St Louis and he is the financial director for Chrysler West in St. Louis.
Haddad, Edmonde: KUSC, 1956-58; KNX, 1957-58; KPOL, 1961-73. Ed went on to become an executive of the World Affairs Council. He's chair of the editorial board of the Episcopal News, the Diocesan newspaper of the Episcopal Church in Southern California.
Haden, Mark: KIQQ, 1988; KLAC, 1993-98; KGIL, 1998-2000. Mark is in semi-retirement.
Hadges, Tommy: KLOS, 1980-85. Tommy is a radio consultant.
(Patti Hanson; Gary Hoffman; Mark Haden; and Sean "Hollywood" Hamilton)
Haessler, Eric: KLSX, 1995-97. Eric works as one of the Regular Guys at WNNX-Atlanta.
Hafen, Steve: KKBQ, 1969-70; KGOE, 1972. Since 1996, Steve has managed KVIP AM/FM in Redding.
Hagen, Don: KLSX, 1986. Don is doing freelance voiceover work and audio book narration in Washington, DC.
Haggler, Mike: KPPC, 1971. Unknown.
Haim, Joey: KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996-97; KIIS/AM/KXTA, 1997-98. Joey left "XTRA Sports 1150" with a format change.
Hainey, Chandler: KYMS, 1993. Chandler is working at the Christian Research Institute.
Halburn, Mark: KTSJ, 1984-86; KKLA, 1985-86; KYMS, 1986; KMNY, 1989. Mark publishes PutnamLive.com in Charleston, West Virginia.
Haley, Bud: KPOP, 1959; KRKD, 1960-63; KLAC, 1968-79; KABC, 1979. Unknown.
Halison, Frank "Hot Dog": XPRS, 1971-72. Unknown.
Hall, David: KORG, 1977; KNX/fm, 1979-83; KKHR, 1983. Dave lost both legs when a drunken truck driver with two loads of cement crashed into his car, and the gas tank exploded trapping him in his car. Within six months he was walking on artificial legs. David plays the coroner on CSI.
Hall, David G.: KFI, 1989-2000; KFI/KXTA/KLAC, 2000-01; KNX/KFWB, 2003-08; KNX, 2007-08; KABC, 2009-10. David left KNX/KFWB pd post in late 2008. David joined KABC on January 1, 2009 and left July 12, 2010. He now consults radio stations domestically and internationally.
Hall, Derrick: KXTA, 1998-99. Derrick is the president of the Arizona Diamondbacks.
Hall, Don: KPPC, 1968-71; KMET, 1972-73. Don was last sighted in Santa Barbara as a projectionist for a drive-in theatre.
Hall, John: KMPC, 1977-78; KIKF, 1994. John was a sports writer for four decades at the LA Times and OC Register.
Hall, Mel: KLAC, 1957-59; KRLA, 1965-67. Since 1968, Mel has been president/ceo of Cinira Corporation, a film/video production company and broadcast creative service in San Diego.
Hall, Mort: KLAC, 1958-63. Last heard, Mort was living in New York.
(Phil Hulett; Michael Harrison; Charlie Huero; and Roger Hedgecock)
Hall, Phil: KLAC, 1982-83; KHJ/KRTH, 1985-90. Phil is vp of programming for ABC Radio Networks based in Dallas.
Hall, Tom: KABC, 1978-97. After receiving a B.A. degree in humanities, Tom started with KABC "TalkRadio" in early 1978 with a program featuring a wide potpourri of topics. He also worked for KNBC/Channel 4 as a public affairs reporter and appeared in the Marlon Brando movie, The Formula. Tom was part of a documentary team as an interviewer/writer/segment producer traveling to most continents and had credits in over 40 documentaries. Tom was a weekend and utility talk host at KABC and he ran a consulting group. Tom died April 12, 1997, of lymphoma and leukemia at the age of 57. He left behind a wife and four children.
Hall, Wes: KHHT, 2009-12. Wes works all-nights at HOT 92.3/fm.
Halloran, Michael: KROQ, 1988; KLYY, 1999; KMXN, 2002. Halloran left his pd slot at KBZT-San Diego in early 2010. He returned to 91X-San Diego in the fall of 2011.
(Jim Hicklin; Jim Hilliker; Phil Hall; and Ric Hammond)
Halloran, Tricia: KCRW, 1994-2011. Tricia hosts "Brave New World" at KCRW.
HAMBLEN, Stuart: KLAC, 1976. Stu was one of the first singing cowboys. He was born on October 26, 1908, to a Methodist minister in Kellyville, Texas. His singing career started at age 18, and for the next two decades he was unparalleled as a singer and writer (he wrote Rosemary Clooney's million selling song, This Old House).
His colorful past includes movies with John Wayne, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers; arrests for speeding and drunk driving; and running for President on the Prohibition Party platform against Dwight Eisenhower. His personal revival came when attending a Billy Graham revival in 1949. He stopped drinking and began to travel the country speaking to youth organizations and prison inmates.
KLAC gm, Bill Ward, was the lightning rod behind getting him in radio during the 1970s. The country jock got the 1,168th Star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame in 1976. At the ceremony, as reported in the LA Times, Stuart said: "I've accepted Lord Jesus Christ, and what a difference Christianity can make in a man's life." Stuart died March 8, 1989, at the age of 80. He had lapsed into a coma after surgery to remove a malignant brain tumor.
Hamblin, Jim: KRLA. A native of Southern California, Jim began his radio career at KRLA, where he was a general assignment reporter. He later covered San Francisco City Hall for KCBS and the state Capitol beat for KCBS, KFBK-Sacramento and AP Radio. He worked briefly as a television newsman for KPIX-San Francisco. Jim died May 10, 1996, at his home in Roseville, where he had been confined to a wheelchair since 1995 suffering from diabetes. He was 59.
Hamilton, Bob: KRTH, 1977-86; national music director of RKO, KHJ 83-85. Bob is now a consultant working from Palm Springs.
Hamilton, Gary: KMGG, 1984-85. Gary is working for WASH/WBIG-Washington, DC and WLIF-Baltimore.
(Bob Hudson w/child; Hugh Hewitt; Steve Harvey; and Rick Hull)
Hamilton, Heidi: KYSR, 1998-1999; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC, 2009-10; KLOS, 2012. Heidi was teamed with Frosty Stilwell and Frank Kramer at KLSX and left 2.20.09 when the FM Talk Station flipped to AMP RADIO. They started at KABC on October 5, 2009 and left a year later. They hosted a daily podcast until joining her partner Frank Kramer for mornings at KLOS, scheduled to start in early September 2012.
Hamilton, Jim: KORG/KIKF, 1980-82. Jim hosts the morning show at WLTM-Green Bay, Wisconsin.
Hamilton, Sean "Hollywood": KIIS, 1986-92; KGGI, 1993-95; KRTH, 2005-06; KBIG, 2009. Sean joined mornings at K-EARTH on February 21, 2005 and left May 3, 2006. He's now working afternoons at WKTU-New York.
Hamilton, Lee: KXTA, 1987-2005; KLAC, 2005-07. Lee broadcasts Sunday NFL games for Compass Media and works afternoon drive at XX Sports in San Diego.
Hammond, Ric: KABC, 2000-02. Ric reported traffic from Metro Networks for KABC.
Hancock, Bill: KBCA, 1967-68. Unknown.
Hancock, Hunter: KFVD, 1947-51; KFOX, 1951-54; KFVD/KPOP, 1954-57; KGFJ, 1957-66. Hunter, the pioneering r&b jock, died August 4, 2004, at the age of 88.
(Arthur Hoehn; Ginny Harman; and Bob Howard)
Handel, Bill: KFI, 1993-2012. Bill works morning drive at all-Talk KFI and was voted the Marconi Award for the 2005 Personality of the Year.
Hanley, Jeff: KLOS, 1990. In the mid-1990s, Jeff was working at KTYD-Santa Barbara.
Haning, Evan: KRLA, 1973-74. Evan works for WTOP-Washington, DC as a news anchor.
Hansen, Bruce: KMPC, late 1960s. Unknown.
Hansen, Keith: KMPC/KABC, 1993-97; KATY, 2001-02. Keith is a Realtor at Century 21 Action! in Long Beach.
Hanson, Mark: KKHR, 1983-86; KEZY, 1988. Mark is working in San Diego as Mark Jagger.
Hanson, Patti: KBIG, 1995-96; KOST, 1996. Patti is working at Cumulus Santa Barbara KMGQ, Smooth Jazz and KKSB Oldies 106.3 doing the morning news.
(Mike Horn; Nic Harcourt; Tom Hatten; and Scott Hasick)
Harcourt, Nic: KCRW, 1998-2008; KCSN, 2012-13. Nic hosted "Morning Becomes Eclectic" and was music director at KCRW until late 2008. He fif a three-hour weekend show on Sunday nights. He's now got a show at KCSN.
Harden, James: KNAC, 1972. Unknown.
Harding, Mitchell: KPFK, 1957-81; KCRW, 1981-95. "Since retiring in 1995, Mitch has written 2 books with Gershon Lesser, MD, including Healing and Spirit. Mitch died November 9, 2007, of natural causes. He was 79.
Hardison, Greg: KSRF, 1984-85; KABC, 1983-1998; KCRW, 1999; KFI, 1999-2001. Greg is out of radio.
Hardwick, Chris: KROQ, 1994-98; KLYY, 1998. Chris left radio to star in UPN's Guys Like Us. In the spring of 2012, he published,The Nerdist Way.
HARLOW, Karen: KNX, 2007-13. Karen is a weekend anchor for KNX. She has more than 20 years of on-air experience in radio and considers working in Los Angeles as the highlight of a career that began when she was a dj on Z90 in San Diego.
She went on to become “Cha Cha,” the number one Top 40 afternoon host in San Diego, where she grew up.
Covering stories like the Chilean earthquake, the death of Whitney Houston, the 2009 Station Fire and winning the Edward R. Murrow Award, Harlow is thankful for every day on the beat in Los Angeles.
Karen has a special interest in world news and human rights, which inspired her novel about the Cambodian killing fields. She supports the HALO Trust land mine fund, Cambodian Living Arts and the Khmer Rouge Tribunal.
Harman, Ginny: KKGO, 2008-13. Ginny works middays at KKGO, "Go Country."
Harmon, Jim: KWIZ, 1965; KDAY, 1966. Unknown.
Harmon, Pete: KEZY, 1982-83; KNX/FM, 1983; KRTH, 1984-85; KNX/FM, 1986; KBIG, 1994. Last heard, Pete was a dealer in Las Vegas.
Harmon, Steve: Steve has been the voice of the UCLA football broadcasts.
Harmon, Tom: KABC, 1968-69. Tom died in 1990.
Harms, Jerry: KEZY, 1966. Jerry served briefly as pd at KEZY.
Harris, Bob: KPOL, 1957-72. Bob has died.
Harris, Doug: KMET, 1976. Unknown.
Harris, "Frosty" Bruce: KRLA, 1959-63; KIEV, 1969-86. Frosty was one of the original 11-10 Men at the launch of Top 40 on KRLA in September 1959. For many years "Frosty" was an administrator at the El Monte Adult School and retired in 1992. He died March 3, 2008, after a lengthy bout with Parkinson's Disease. He was 72.
Harris, Gene: KGFJ, 1988. Gene is president of GroovinU.com and a professor at the University of Phoenix. He's also production/IT manager for Riviera Broadcast Group.
(Paul Hill; Amy Hiatt; and Gene Harris)
Harris, George: KMET, 1985. George is a consultant based in Philadelphia.
Harris, Heidi: KRLA, 2012-13. Heidi arrived in the Southland from Las Vegas radio to take over mornings at Salem's KRLA in April 2012. She left a year later. She is now doing daily commentaries at KBET-Las Vegas.
Harris, Michael: KNOB, 1982-87. SEE Michael Moore.
Harris, Mia: KSPN, 2006-07. Mia works for WFAN and WCBS-New York. She covers the New York Jets.
Harris, Oliver: KJLH, 1971-85. Oliver is retired from Shell Oil Company.
Harris, Rahn, KGRB, 1975-77; KGER. Rahn is retired and living in San Dimas.
Harrison: KLYY, 1999; KPFK, 2012. Harrison worked evenings at "Y107" with Dave Wittenberg until late 1999 when the station went Spanish. He's now heard at KPFK.
Harrison and Tyler: KGBS, 1972. Unknown.
Harrison, Cary: KTLK, 2005-07. Cary worked at the Progressive talk station until March 2007.
Harrison, Jeff: KACD, 1994-95. Jeff is working for an Urban station in Houston.
Harrison, Jim: KLAC; XTRA; KWOW; KFI, 1971. Jim was last heard at KOGO-San Diego.
Harrison, Mike: KMET, 1975-85. Mike is the editor and publisher of TALKERS Magazine.
Hart, Ed: KHJ, 1959; KFWB, 1978-86; KNX, 1988-94. Ed died in the mid-1990s.
(John Hart; Hunter Hancock; Al Herskovitz; and Bruce Hayes)
Hart, John: KPOL, 1959-61. John was a newsman at KPOL who went on to the NBC network. Unknown.
Hart, John: KKOP, 1972-73; KEZY, 1973-75. John is a sound engineer for hit tv sitcoms and he teaches communication and business at area colleges.
Hart, Tanya: KACE, 1996-2000. Tanya was the entertainment reporter for KACE. She is seen reporting for E! Entertainment.
Hart, Tony: KGFJ, 1989-96. Tony left the Southland for an Atlanta jazz station.
Hartman, Steve: KFOX, 1990; XTRA, 1990-2007; KLAC, 2007-12. Steve hosts the afternoon show on Fox Sports Radio, which is carried on KLAC.
Hartman, Tim: KDAY, 1973. Tim is now Judge Hartman, a justice of the peace in El Paso.
Hartmann, Thom: KTLK, 2006-11. Thom works middays at the Progressive station, K-TALK.
Hartz, Evan: KLYY, 1997-99; KXMX, 2000. Evan worked at 95.1-Ventura until early 2001.
Harve, "Humble": KBLA, 1965-67; KHJ, 1967-71; KIQQ, 1973; KKDJ, 1974; KIIS, 1975-76; KUTE, 1980; KRLA, 1981-82 and 1985-86 and 1988-91; KRTH, 1991-92; KCBS, 1992-93; KZLA, 1996-97; KIEV, 1999. Harve works the Oldies format at Dial-Global Formats.
(Tom Haule; Beverly Hyken; Mel Hall; and Randy Hauck)
HARVEY, Alan: KNOB, 1959-61; KPOL, 1961-70; KIIS, 1970-72, pd; KPOL, 1973-76; KDAY, 1978-81; KPOL, 1981-84; KLON, 1982-89; KMNY, 1987-88; KPFK, 1991-95. A newsman and political commentator, Alan visited KPOL three times.
Born Albert Hoefeld II in
, October 8, 1927, he graduated from Northwestern with a speech major in 1948. He started out in Chicago Evanstonand was a staff announcer for a tv station until he was blacklisted for helping organize the talent union, TVA (Television Authority which was the forerunner to AFTRA). Alan left the cold for sunny Chicago Southern Californiaand stayed for the long haul. He hosted a jazz show on KNOB and moved into news on November 4, 1961, and anchored the news for over three decades. "I am not about to go gently into that good night,’ but I've probably come to an end in radio," Alan said during the summer of 1996.
His love for political commentary and jazz (his dog is named Swing) is outstripped by a passion for movies. In the mid-1980s Alan worked for Dr. Armand Hammer at Occidental Petroleum. At KLON he hosted "Saturday Evening Jazz" with records from his own massive jazz collection. This movie buff comes alive when talking films, especially those of close friend William A. Wellman, the late motion picture director. Alan remembered a line from John Chancellor when talking about his radio career, "I have outlived my culture."
Alan died on September 21, 1998 following a short illness. He was 61.
Harvey, Bob: KFWB, 1984-96; KIKF, 1995-96; KZLA, 1996-2000; KFWB, 2000-13. Bob is a casual anchor and sports reporter at KFWB. Bob is concentrating on his Web site: BobHarveySports.com.
Harvey, Boyd: KNX, 1966-96. Boyd retired from KNX after almost 30 years.
HARVEY, Paul. KABC, 1969-2009. When Paul died February 28, 2009, he was the oldest working radio personality in America. His daily commentaries on ABC Radio were heard by an estimated 22,000,000 listeners.
Born Paul Harvey Aurandt, he began his radio career in 1933, working at KVOO in Tulsa while still attending high school. He eventually became a full-time announcer and program director. He later spent three years as manager of KSAL in Salina, Kansas, then did news for KOMA-Oklahoma City and KXOK-St. Louis. After serving four months in the Army Air Force during World War II, Harvey began doing news for WENR, the ABC affiliate in Chicago. In 1951, “Paul Harvey News & Comment” joined the ABC network and was heard each weekday at noon. Following a bout with pneumonia and the death of his wife Lynne a year before his death, Harvey began letting his son, Paul Jr., take over some of the newscasts.
Ken Levine believes Paul Harvey was the greatest salesman that ever lived. “I used to listen to him every chance I got, not for the news, not for the profile of the guy who invented leotards, but for the commercials,” wrote Ken at his blogspot. “He was absolutely spellbinding. He made every product sound like something you just had to have. He was so convincing even I went out and bought Bose speakers and arthritis medicine … and I don’t even have arthritis. I did stop short of Amway products though.”
Levine continued: “What was his secret? He truly communicated. He talked right to YOU. In words you could understand. He looked straight into your eyes even on the radio. He spoke with conviction, enthusiasm, and all of his arguments made so much doggone sense. Someday I may get arthritis so I better have this stuff just in case.”
Harvey, Phil: KMPC/fm, 1988; KSRF, 1991. Phil reports traffic and news for one of the traffic services. He's also an actor.
Harvey, Rudy: KDAY, 1965; KGFJ. Rudy had his own record labels, Dynamic and Titanic. He had one major hit, Moments To Remember by Jennell Hawkins. Rudy has passed away.
Harvey, Steve: KKBT, 2000-05; KDAY, 2006-09; KJLH, 2009-13. Steve, star of The Steve Harvey Show on the WB Network, started mornings at "the BEAT" on September 11, 2000. He left May 20, 2005. His syndicated show aired on KDAY until May 29, 2009. His show is now heard on KJLH. He hosts the syndicated tv show, Family Feud. Steve received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in late spring of 2013.
(Pat Haslam and Wes Hall)
Harwell, Ernie: KMPC, 1992. Ernie was the voice of the Detroit Tigers.
Hasick, Scott: KFI, 1994-99. Scott and Casey Bartholomew worked morning drive at KTRS-St. Louis until the Spring of 2006.
Haslam, Pat: KNX, 1999-2013. Pat is an anchor at all-News KNX.
Hass, Karl: KUSC; KMZT. Karl hosts a syndicated show out of Cleveland that runs early mornings on "K-Mozart."
Hatten, Tom: KNX, 1986-2007. Tom broadcast entertainment reports at KNXNewsradio until late spring 2007.
Hauck, Randy: KVFM, 1960-62 and 1969-75. Randy lives in Sylmar and since 1991 he's owned Video Production Company.
Haule, Tom: KNX, 1982-2013. Tom is operations manager and news anchor at KNX.
Haven, Patty: KEZY, 1975. Unknown.
Hawkins, Jerry: KFWB; KYSR; KLSX, 1991-95. Jerry moved to Tulsa and started the Airborne Traffic Division for Clear Channel. He now sells business jets and turboprops for Griffith Aviation in Tulsa.
Hawkins, Tommy: KGFJ, 1965; KABC/KLOS, 1970-85; KKJZ, 2007-12. Tommy works weekends at K-Jazz.
Hawthorne, Darr: KPFK, 1968-72. Darr, the son of Jim, is in the tv production business.
HAWTHORNE, Jim: KXLA, 1943-48; KECA, 1948-49; KDAY, 1959; KFWB, 1960-63; KHJ, 1962-63; KIEV, 1991. Jim died November 6, 2007. He was 89, born November 20, 1918.
Jim was one of the most creative talents L.A. radio and tv has ever seen. Jim started at KXLA-Pasadena (now KRLA). His humor established him as a unique broadcaster in the early days of personality radio, yet his major success came from television.
In 1950, he created, produced and starred in the Saturday night coast-to-coast radio program, "The Hawthorne Thing," which was the final network radio show to originate in NBC's Hollywood Radio City. At KLAC/Channel 13 in the early 1950s, he created the first late evening talk show on television, This Is Hawthorne. An article in the LA Times reflecting on early tv described the show as "predecessor of NBC's Saturday Night Live."
On KNBC/Channel 4, beginning in 1952, he did a daily five-minute weather show. In 1958, Jim traveled to KYA-San Francisco and created "Voice Your Choice," which he brought to KDAY. In the early 1960s, while doing Instant Weather on KTTV/Channel 11, Hawthorne joined KFWB as assistant pd and mornings, and eventually became vp, national program manager for Crowell-Collier Broadcasting. While still at KFWB he joined Sherman Grinberg Productions as a writer, producer, narrator. He produced Jim Hawthorne's Funny World. In 1965, "ol Weather Eyes" moved to Honolulu to "retire" and ended up creating the Checkers and Pogo kids show for tv which ran for 11 years. He was also involved with programming KGMB -Honolulu and was creative consultant to morning legend Aku. As one of his bits, since the tv weather was so short, he would hold up cards and do a pantomime. He was elected president of the newly formed Disc Jockey Association in 1960. In 1970, Jim moved back to his hometown, Denver, to help his ailing mother. He stayed for 11 years and established a very successful career at KOA, eventually becoming gm. In the late 1980s, Jim returned to Southern California.
Haydel, Janine: KJLH, 1995-2006. See Janine Zenon
Hayden, Zirn: KVFM; KMET, 1975. Zirn does voiceover work.
Hayes, Bruce: KFWB, 1958-61; KDAY, 1962; KHJ, 1963-64; KFWB, 1965-67; KFI, 1969. Bruce died November 20, 1994, of cancer.
(Laurie Howell; Lon Helton; Bob Harris; and Tally Hobbs)
Hayes, Casey: KWIZ, 1978-79; KUTE, 1979-80; KJOI, 1983-86; KWVE, 1989-90; KLIT, 1992. Casey began his radio career in 1977 at KERN-Bakersfiled. His time at KUTE was during the Disco years. Between KUTE and KJOI, Casey worked at KTRB/KHOP-Modesto and KDES-Palm Springs. From 1987 to 2009 he worked at Satellite Radio for Transtar/Unistar/Westwood One/Dial-Global on the Music of Your Life and Standards formats. He's currently working on a graduate degree in mental health.
Hayes, Drew: KABC, 1998-2000 and 2013. Following a stint in Chicago radio at WBBM, WSCR, and WLS, Drew returned to KABC in early 2013 as program director.
Hayes, Jack: KFWB, 1964-65. Jack lives in Nevada and he does voiceover work.
Hayes, Johnny: KRLA, 1965-68 and 1969-71; KDAY, 1971; KRLA, 1971-92; KRTH, 1992-2002. Johnny left afternoons at "K-Earth" on May 3, 2002.
Hayes, Kate: KLSX, 1989-90. Kate works for a station in Santa Rosa.
Hayes, Larry: KPPC, 1971. Unknown.
Hayes, Lauren: KLSX, 2003-06. The Playboy host had a weekend show at 97.1, FREE/fm.
Hayes, Shirley: KRBV, 2006-08. Shirley joined the new KRBV (V100) in late 2006. She was appointed pd in late 2007. Shirley left the station when Radio-One sold the station to Bonneville. She's now an Internet marketer.
Haymore, David: KSSE/KSSC/KSSD, 1999-2003; KXOL/KLAX-2003-06. David is Chief Operating Officer of Una Vez Mas, the largest Azteca America affiliate television group in the nation.
HAYNES, Dick: KLAC, 1945-58; KXLA, 1958; KLAC, 1959-66; KFOX, 1966-71; KLAC, 1971-80. Born in
Beaumont, Texas, "Haynes at the Reins" was part of Southern Californiaradio for 34 years, mostly at KLAC. A specialist in one-line jokes, he was considered the Henny Youngman of country radio. "You're too bowlegged to round up cattle...you can't get your calves together," he'd say. He had a qualitative range of Hee Haw's best and Milton Berle's worst: "Why, I use so much of that perfume that I once got arrested for fragrancy."
In 1945 he joined KLAC the first of three times as one of the "Big Five."
In 1958 KLAC reacted to "Color Radio" at KFWB with a change to "Formula Radio" and Dick went to Country KXLA, which was only a year away from a format and call letter change to KRLA.
His on-air philosophy was simple: "I never want to give the listener the impression that I'm a smart aleck. I want them to feel superior to me - I think they like you better that way." In 1969 Dick won the Top Country Air Personality Award from Billboard. Every morning the listener got dumb jokes: "I know a man so dumb he thinks Shirley Temple is a place to worship" or "Chill Will's mother said when her son was born, 'I just had a chill'" or "Have you ever been to Wedlock, Texas? Yeah, well, Gumdrop was born a little out of wedlock."
In 1976 he joined as a regular on tv's Hee-Haw. Newsman Art Blaske remembered: "Dick was a real pro and he had to rehearse his lines. He would come into the newsroom and go through his whole act." Dick played bit parts in several films, including Support Your Local Sheriff. He left KLAC in early 1980 and in April a testimonial dinner was held for Dick at the Hollywood Palladium where it was announced that Metromedia was establishing a Dick Haynes Scholarship Fund for Radio Broadcasting. In August, he received a Star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk of Fame. Dick was on the KLAC payroll until he died of cancer on November 24, 1980, at the age of 69. As Gumdrop would say every morning, "What time is it?" It was a good time, Dick.
Healy, Jerry: KMPC, 1987. Jerry works at the Pop Standards format at Westwood One.
HEALY, Jim: KBIG, KMPC, 50s; KLAC, 1961-65; KFWB, 1969; KABC, 1969-84; KLAC, 1973-82; KMPC, 1984-94. A one-of-a-kind sportscaster in Los Angeles for 43 years, Jim died July 22, 1994, at age 70 from complications of liver cancer.
Jim began at KMPC in 1950, fresh out of UCLA, writing for broadcaster Bob Kelley. Jim wrote for Bob for 11 years. He hosted "Here's Healy" on KBIG and also worked at KFWB, KABC and KLAC. Jim was the nightly sports reporter on KABC/Channel 7 with a team that featured former County Supervisor Baxter Ward and Rona Barrett. He returned to KMPC in 1984. The veteran sports commentator left the air May 1, 1994, when KMPC switched from Sports to Talk. His illness was a well-kept secret. His son Patrick is a field reporter for KNBC/Channel 4. "Is it true?" became one of his trademark lines.
His headstone at Hollywood Hills Forest Lawn reads: "Jim Healy, 1923-94, IT IS TRUE.” KMPC gm remembered the day that Jim came to work and was so happy to have found a plot next to a sidewalk. He wanted people to see it! In 1997 he was inducted into the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Hall of Fame.
HEARN, Chick: KLAC. The Los Angeles Lakers announcer died August 5, 2002, from complications after a fall in his home three nights earlier. He never recovered after two brain surgeries. Chick had shown remarkable resiliency in the eight months prior to his death. On December 20 he underwent heart-valve replacement surgery. In mid-March he fell getting out of his car at a gas station breaking his hip. He returned to the Laker broadcast booth in time to call their games through the playoffs to their 3rd consecutive championship.
Since 1960, Chick has been the voice of the L.A. Lakers on radio and tv. The former host of Bowling for Dollars, he was inducted into the American Sportscasters Hall of Fame, was the third broadcaster elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame, and he received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. "Put a game in the refrigerator," signifying when the game outcome was locked, came from his 83-year-old grandfather who misplaced things around the house and later discovered them in the refrigerator. In the midst of the glory of announcing for an enormously successful sports franchise, there have been some tough times. Their son, Gary, died at 27 in 1972. Their daughter, Samantha, died at 41 in 1991.
Born Francis Hearn on November 27, 1916, Chick graduated from Bradley University. In the early 1950s he worked in Peoria alongside veteran tv anchor Jerry Dunphy. Chick called an unprecedented 3,338 NBA games before he underwent open-heart surgery in late 2001. During that broadcast streak, the Lakers scored 364,148 points winning 2, 092 games. Eight U.S. Presidents served during the streak. Chick was a college and high school referee for about eight years before becoming a broadcaster. Who will ever forget his one sentence: "Wraparounddribbledrivefallawayprayer!" In 1997 the Southern California Sports Broadcasters Association named him top radio play-by-play announcer.
Hearring, Chet: KLIT, 1997; KIIS, 1987-2006. SEE Chester the Arrester
(Tommy Hawkins; Gary Hollis; and Luther Hughes)
Heatherton, Dick: KFI, 1986; KMPC, 1987; KJOI, 1989; KOCM, 1989-90; KXEZ, 1991; KCBS, 1992; KACD. Dick is an author, trainer and motivational speaker. He has a success-oriented show on CRNTalk.com
HECKLER, Bob: KABC, 1995-96; KMPC, 1996. Bob worked evenings on the Talk facility, KMPC. He arrived in the Southland in 1995 from
where he was the host of the only secular talk show on Christian KNUS. He spent time in the Navy before getting into the business world. The conservative radio personality was a former chemical, magazine and cable company executive. In January 1996, Bob moved between sister Talk stations to join KMPC in the midday slot and left that summer. Denver
Bob builds industry specific webcastng radio stations. He lives in Las Vegas.
He is also a licensed airplane and helicopter pilot. Bob left KMPC in the summer of 1996.
Heckler, Bob: KABC, 1995-96; KMPC, 1996. Bob builds industry specific webcasting radio stations. He's based in Las Vegas.
Hedgecock, Roger: KFWB, 2009-10. Roger's syndicated show started in afternoon drive on the new News Talk KFWB on September 9, 2009 and ended January 8, 2010.
Hefner, Jim: Jim provides radio analysis of USC basketball radio games.
Heftel, Cecil. Cecil owned major stations across the country, including KTNQ and KLVE in Los Angeles. WLUP (“The Loop”) and 13Q-Pittsburgh were part of his empire. He was also a congressman from Hawaii. He died February 4, 2010, at the age of 85.
Earl McDaniel, former personality at KPOP, KDAY and KFWB, became President of Heftel Broadcasting for many years, in addition to being the general manager of KGMB radio (later called KSSK) in Hawaii. Earl called Heftel "one of the most incredible men and broadcasters I've met. There will never be another one like him."
Heftel purchased the two LA Spanish-speaking stations in the mid-1980s. “I recall that the two stations were for sale for right around $40 million,” said McDaniel. “I thought it was kind of funny because KTNQ was at 1020, which is where I got my notoriety when it was KPOP. What goes around comes around.”
“On a trip to Los Angeles, I told Cec that I didn’t think the stations would ever be that cheap again,” Earl continued. “He was incredulous because it was a lot of money in those days. Heck, it’s a lot of money today. We talked about it for two or three days and then we made an offer. We got the financing and it went into escrow and we received an offer of a $4 million profit before it came out of escrow if we wanted to flip them. And we decided not to and just went from there.”
Earl brought in Ken Wolt, from the Heftel Cincinnati operation, to run the two newly acquired LA stations. Heftel kept them until he sold his entire Hispanic operation to Hispanic Radio, which eventually was sold to Univision.
Cecil Landau Heftel was born in Chicago on Sept. 30, 1924, and got his bachelor's degree at Arizona State University after serving in the U.S. Army from 1943 to 1946. He came to the Islands in 1964, after already establishing himself as an owner of broadcast stations on the Mainland, and quickly became a force to reckon with in Hawaiian television and radio.
Heftel, Richard: KTNQ/KLVE/KSCA, 1994-99. In late 1999, Richard stepped down from his post as general manager of the Spanish-language stations. He is now vp of music relations for Hispanic Broadcasting.
Hehmann, Debbie: 1999-2005, KKLA. Debbie hosts a weekend show at KKLA.
Heide, Tami: KROQ, 1991-2004; KCBS/fm, 2005-13. Tami is a writer at JACK/fm and in charge of JACKtivities. She got her start at WCBN-Boston, while attending Emerson College.
Heifetz, Louise: KFAC, 1986. Louise is a consultant in Southern California.
Heine, Jack: KYSR, 2005-06. Jack hosts a podcast with his 'STAR 98.7' partner, Stretch (Stench). He's also executive producer of Ron Insana, a nationally syndicated talk show.
Heitkemper, Sean: KLON/KKJZ, 1998-2007; KPFK, 2008-12. Sean is general manager of the Pacific station, KPFK.
Helmer, Mark: KNNS, 1996; KFI, 2002-05. Mark was the Clippers P.A. announcer at L.A. Clipper games for several years as well as the Anaheim Piranhas. He now works at AirWatch America doing both news and traffic for KFI and other Southland stations.
Heller, David: KLOS; KWST, 1980-81; KMPC, 1984. Unknown.
Heller, Hugh, KMPC, 1961-65. Hugh was program director at KMPC. He's now living in Missouri.
Hellman, Bob: KLSX, 1995. Bob teamed with Kato Kaelin for the launch of KLSX's "Real Radio." He publishes theDailyDeets.com website.
Helton, Dick: KNX, 1999-2013. Dick is an anchor and senior political reporter at all-News KNX.
Helton, Lon: KHJ, 1980-83. Lon has been the R&R Country editor based in Nashville for over a decade. He also hosts the syndicated Country Countdown USA and Country's Inside Trak.
Hemingway, Carole: KABC, 1974-82; KGIL, 1986-93. Carole owns a media consulting firm in Beverly Hills.
HEMINGWAY, Frank: KABC. Frank passed away June 25, 1989, at the age of 86.
Frank was a folksy, whimsical radio and television newscaster who was prominent on Los Angeles airwaves in the 1940s, '50s and '60s. Hemingway had a loyal and amused following in his years on the air, often reading news items in the dialect of the country involved.
Before arriving at KABC, Frank worked in Bend, Oregon and Portland. He retired in 1972.
Henderson, Brother: KPOP, 1950s; XERB, 1968; XPRS, 1972; KGFJ, 1972. Brother Henderson died in 1972, leaving a formidable gospel legacy behind him.
Henderson, Florence: KGIL, 1997-98. The mother on The Brady Bunch began as co-host of Later Today in the fall of 1999. She is a ubiquitous performer.
(Heide Hamilton; Hot Rod Hundley; Michael Halloran; Evan Hartz; and Shirley Hayes)
Henderson, Steve: KKGO, 1989; KKJZ, 1990; KACE, 1992; KJQI, 1993; KKGO, 1993-99. Steve works in production and overnights on the Classical station, KKGO.
Hendrie, Phil: KWST, 1978-80; KNX/fm, 1982-83; KLSX, 1987-88; KFI, 1989-90 and 1996-2005; KLAC, 2005-06; KTLK, 2008-13; KFI, 2010-11. Phil worked early evenings at all-Talk KFI until moving to KLAC (XTRA Sports) on February 21, 2005. He retired from radio on June 23, 2006. In the spring of 2007 Phil began a syndicated radio show, which started on KTLK in February 2008. He does a Saturday night show on KFI.
Henry, Alan: KLAC, 1964-65. Alan was the first gm when MetroMedia purchased the station. Unknown.
Henry, Gil: KNX, 1955-59; KLAC, 1965-69; KGBS, 1972-73. Unknown.
Henry, Mike: KFWB, 1960-63. Mike now lives in Texas.
Hensel, Dr. Bruce: KFWB, KABC. Bruce hosts a syndicated radio show and appears nightly on KNBC/Channel 4.
HERBERT, Don: KFWB, 1968-98. Don, one of the original anchors at all-News KFWB, died February 2, 2008. He was 72. “Don went into the hospital with terrible abdominal pains,” said his wife, Linda. They would have been married 40 years this Friday. “Turned out Don had a ruptured colon and it totally filled him up with poison. They kept him totally sedated, thank God, and everyone was with him at the end.”
Andy Park – who was with Don at the launch of KFWB – responded to Sunday’s bulletin about Don’s passing with a one-word exclamation: “Damn!”
After celebrating his 30th anniversary with all-News KFWB, Don retired in 1998. Since the fall of 1997, he had been on medical leave due to an autoimmune disease called Myasthenia Gravis, which causes severe muscle weakness paralyzing half of his throat.
He joined KFWB one month before the station went all-News. A native of Brooklyn (born December 16, 1935), Don made his radio debut in 1955 on WABP-Tuscaloosa while attending the University of Alabama. His career took him to Birmingham, Mobile and Little Rock, as well as Palm Beach, Florida before arriving at WTOP-Washington, DC.
In Washington, Don covered local and national news with frequent assignments to the Pentagon, State Department and Capitol Hill as well as being a fill-in reporter at the White House. After two years, Don moved to Los Angeles where he became a writer and producer for KRCA/Channel 4 news in Burbank. In 1968, when Westinghouse geared up for an all-News format, Don decided to return to the air.
“He had a great career, he had animals he loved, 2 kids he adored... he really had everything,” said his wife. “He really, really had a good life.”
Herbert, Phil: KBIG, 1997-99. Phil broadcast news in morning drive at KBIG.
Herbert, Steve: KCRW, 1980-2011. Steve is the chief engineer at KCRW.
Hergonson, Bill: KYMS, 1971; KRLA, 1972. Bill is working at the Palomar College radio station in Carlsbad.
Herman, Laraine: KNX, 1992-2011. Laraine is a news anchor at all-News KNX.
Herman, Shelley: KMPC/KTZN, 1995-97; KLSX, 1999. Shelley is diversified working on freelance writing assignments, voiceovers and the occasional infomercial hosting job.
HERMANN, Cleve: KFWB, 1952-89; KGFJ, 1972. Cleve passed away December 31, 1998. He was 80. The legendary KFWB reporter and sportscaster was one of the most colorful characters ever to sit behind a Southern California microphone. Cleve was the continuity glue to the sound of KFWB for almost 40 years through many formats wearing a patch over his left eye the eye being blinded in an accident at birth. His colleagues called him the Damon Runyon of radio.
Born in Peoria, he came to the Southland with his parents when he was six. His mother was a teacher. Cleve grew up in South Central Los Angeles and was a stringer for the L.A. Examiner when he was 14, earning 25 cents a column inch. When I interviewed Cleve for my book, Los Angeles Radio People, he told me: "For a brief time I thought about being a preacher or lawyer. Perhaps this influenced my on-air style." In 1951 he became sports director at KRCA/Channel 4. He spent three years with Tom Duggan, hosted a KABC/Channel 7 sports discussion series called Press Box and produced Oscar Levantes last local program. He retired at age 72, having worked at KFWB for 37 years (with a brief nine-month stay at KGFJ). He was still vigorous and spry and mentally super-sharp, according to sources at KFWB, but apparently simply fell in the bathroom and hit his head. I first met Cleve sitting next to him at a poker table in Gardena a few decades ago. There was no mistaking his appearance and booming voice as he would call or make a bet. Our conversations over the years centered on his son, Steve. He was very proud of him.
, Xavier: KMPC, 1995-97. A life-long resident of HERMOSILLO and the community of San Pedro, Xavier has worked as a radio news reporter, tv commentator, newspaper sports writer, editor and photographer. He is the State Chairman of the Republican National Hispanic Assembly of California. Xavier's news commentary aired weekly on KCOP/Channel 13, which served as the counter balance to Bill Press, who is a radio commentator and Chairman of the California Democratic Party. Los Angeles
Xavier owns his own public relations and government affairs firm. He left his evening KMPC talk shift in early 1997.
He was also a free-lance reporter for KFWB.
Hernandez, Joe: KMPC. Joe was the voice of Santa Anita thoroughbred racing heard on KMPC.
Hernandez, Liz: KPWR, 2001-11; KBIG, 2013. Liz was a critical part of Big Boy's Neighborhood at "Power 106" broadcasting the news for a decade. She left the Neighborhood in late summer 2011. She is now an E! News correspondent and in March 2013 joined the morning show at MY/fm.
Hernandez, Phil: KKBT, 1992-98. Phil works production at Westwood One Radio Network and freelances for Creative Imaging.
HERRERA, Rich: KMAX, 1995-96; KWNK, 1996; KXTA, 2001. Rich works afternoons with ex-Tampa Bay Buc Booger McFarland at CBS’ sports talker in Tampa Bay, the Fan. Rich has been a fixture at Tropicana Field for seven seasons as the team’s pre and post-game show host (also filling in as play-by-play) announcer since 2005.
After he left the Southland, Rich worked at KNBR-San Francisco. His resume includes being a sideline reporter covering the NFL and NCAA football for Sports USA Radio for eight seasons. He has covered the NBA (hosting the Warriors post-game show), championship fights in Vegas, the PGA tour, and the NHL. Outside of his disdain for soccer, there are very few sports in America that he hasn’t been around – including NASCAR.
Helives in St. Petersburg with his wife Elizabeth and middle schooler Rigney. He is involved in many local charities including Northeast Little League, the Children’s Dream Fund and the Wounded Warrior Foundation, among many others.
Herrin, Jim: KBCA, 1965-73. Unknown.
Herschensohn, Bruce: KABC, 1986. In early 1986, Bruce resigned from KABC radio and tv to unsuccessfully challenge Democratic Senator Alan Cranston.
(Sean Heitkempter; Brad Holland; Gerry House; and Thom Hartmann)
Herskovitz, Al: KPOL, 1970-79. Al is president and ceo of H&H Communications. From 1998 to 2000, Al served as media consultant to the Steve Forbes Presidential Campaign.
Hess, Leigh: KNNS, 1995-96. Leigh is a college/university instructor of communications at Cal State University Dominguez Hills and CSU Fullerton.
HESSLER, Fred: KMPC, 1953-83. Fred was the "Voice of the Bruins" for 23 years and it came to an end in 1983 when an Eastern sports packager bought the radio and tv rights to UCLA sports. He was also host of KMPC's "Sports at Six" where he won six Golden Mike awards.
A native of Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Fred got his first job in radio in 1941 at WHBL-Sheboygan. The station was owned by the local newspaper where he originally applied, however, the only opening was at the station. He did University of Wisconsin football and basketball. While working, he got in three years of college. Fred is an ex-Air Force officer. He was a navigator for a while, then joined Armed Forces Radio Service. Discharged a captain after World War II, he moved to the L.A. market, catching sports assignments where he could.
He joined KMPC in 1953, doing major league baseball re-creations and Rams football. He became the voice of the Bruins in 1960. He recalled his football highlight for Larry Stewart in the LA Times - it was the 1965 football season, when the Bruins, led by Gary Beban, came from behind to beat USC and then upset Michigan State in the Rose Bowl.
Fred retired from radio on December 31, 1983. He passed away in 1993.
Hewitt, Hugh: KFI, 1990-95; KIEV/KRLA, 2000-13. Hugh contributes to the KCET/Channel 28 nightly PBS show Life & Times. On July 10, 2000, Hugh took over mornings at KRLA and now works afternoons. His show is syndicated on close to 100 stations.
Hewlitt, Bill: KBIG, 1998. Unknown.
Hiam, Joey: KMAX, 1995; KWNK, 1996-97; KIIS/AM, 1997. Unknown.
Hiatt, Amy: KEZY, 1982-84; KTWV, 1988-2000. Amy left Smooth Jazz, "the Wave" in December 2000.
Hicklin, Jim: KMPC, 1966-73. Jim was the traffic helicopter pilot who replaced Capt. Max Schumacher, who was killed when two helicopters collided over Dodger Stadium on August 30, 1966. On April 2, 1973, Jim was killed in his stateroom aboard the cruise ship Princess Italia moments before the ship was to sail on a vacation trip to Mexico. He was killed by a crazed listener who told Jim he would kill him. Jim made the mistake of telling on the air where he was going on vacation. KMPC aired his funeral services live.
HIDEO, DJ: KKBT. DJ Hideo died April 23, 2011, of colon cancer. He was 42. He discovered the cancer in the stage 4 phase in 2009. He left behind his 13 year old daughter. Pinoytutorial.com reports that on the day of his death he was still able to post a blog on his site saying that he was checked back into Mission Hospital in Orange County because of feeling weak but assured that he had stable vitals. Hideo worked for the Steve Harvey Morning Show and John Salley’s short-lived Block Party show.
Hider, Ed: KDAY, 1969-70; KFI, 1974-77. When radio ran out for Ed, he turned to comedy writing, most notably for The Dean Martin Show.
(Lin Hilburn; Hettie Lynn Hurtes; Jack Hayes; and James Hill)
HIGGINS, Haagan: KMGG, 1985-86; KLAC, 1989-90; KZLA, 1990-97. Haagan was found dead in his apartment June 12, 2009. He was 59. "Haagan had been ill for quite some time," emailed Patt Gavin, executor of Higgins' estate. "His diabetes was getting worse, and it had caused major problems with his circulation. Apparently, his body simply stopped functioning. When Meals on Wheels knocked at his door last Friday, he didn't answer. They contacted the building manager who called the police. When the police went inside, they found him dead." Gavin asked the coroner if they had a cause of death, but they don't have anything specific. "Since there wasn't any reason to suspect foul play, I don't think they plan on conducting an autopsy. He died of natural causes."
Born in Patuxent River, Maryland, Haagan left with his parents at the age of 2 weeks, and he never went back. Working in radio, he was living out his high school dream. Haagan went to Don Martin's broadcast school in Hollywood in 1968 and every morning listened to Robert W. Morgan, who became his inspiration. In school he would use lines he heard Robert use earlier in the morning. When Haagan arrived to work at "Magic 106," he discovered that his idol was there, and his dream came full circle.
Before he got to L.A., he worked at KFYE (“Y-94”) and KYNO-Fresno. He spent time at Unistar for a year after KMGG changed formats. In 1987, Haagan got burned out with radio and became a headwaiter for a private club in Beverly Hills. He returned to radio in 1989 and did weekends at Country-formatted KZLA.
Hilburn, Lincoln: KPOL, 1965-68; KLAC, 1968-69. Lin was the evening Talk show host at KLAC during the Joe Pyne days. Lin is deceased.
Hildreth, Howard: KGIL, 1967-75; KNJO, 1968-69. Howard's retired, playing lots of tennis, and living in Arroyo Grande.
Hill, Austin: KYMS, 1987-93; KZLA, 1993-2001. Austin fills in on talk stations all over the country, and based in Boise, Idaho.
Hill, James: KZLA, 1986-91; KYSR, 1992-94; KFWB, 1995-96. The former morning sports anchor on all-News KFWB worked as Jim Bridges at KZLA and KYSR. James is the lead anchor for ABC's WOLO-Columbia, South Carolina.
Hill, Paul: KNOB, 1955-57; KLFM, 1961-62. Paul is plant manager for Knurr USA in South Carolina.
Hill, Richard: KABC, 1997. Richard is the anchor for The Sunday Morning News on WBAP News Talk 820, Fort Worth/Dallas.
Hillery, Jeff: KDAY, 1973; KFWB, 1973-75; KIIS, 1981; KABC, 1981; KRLA, 1982; KHJ, 1982-85. Jeff was pd at KLIF-Dallas. He's now communications director at Senate Republican Caucus and communications director at Texas Senate.
Hilliker, Jim: KNOB, 1979-80; KYMS, 1979-85. Jim is a Los Angeles radio historian. He lives in Monterey/Salinas/Santa Cruz area.
Hines, Craig: KIQQ, 1973; KGIL, 1976-77; KBIG, 1988-90. Craig is a computer consultant and voiceover actor in the Los Angeles area. He owns DuTel Communications.
Hinkle, John J.: KTYM, 1969-99. John passed away June 4, 1999. The Pastor of Christ Church in Los Angeles gained national attention when he predicted that the rapture would occur on June 9, 1994.
HINSON, Don: KDAY, 1969-70; KFOX, 1972; KLAC, 1979-84; KBBQ, 1991; KLAC, 1991-93. Don died November 2, 2011, at his home in Branson, Missouri, where he lived for the last 13 years of his life. He was 76.
Don was born in Bartlesville, Oklahoma on June 21, 1935. As time passed he began to acquire more than his share of frustrations and soon became a neurotic. Don said he learned to have fun with his frustrations and saw the funny side of things. He spent two years of college in Miami, Oklahoma. “I wasn’t much of a scholar, so I started working clubs as a comic.”
In 1960, Don could be heard on KTLN-Denver. He was named “King of the Truckers.” At KLAC during his all-night shift, Don’s "Phantom 5-70 Club" had more than 8,000 truckers who were members. He commented at the time, "My audience enables me to play more traditional country music, and this is the time period when we focus on it."
He developed a cast of characters: The Reverend Ginkfingdingler Sophie and Breadsacker Leroy Lipmusic, just to mention two. While at KLAC, the Country station was strong. Don was cited by the City of Los Angeles for his work with the Walk of Western Stars and for his contributions, he was presented the Bronze Halo Award from the Southern California Motion Picture Council.
Don left KLAC in late 1993 with the format change from Country to satellite-fed Unistar's AM Only format. Don was a "country flavored" comedian who opened for various country artists while living in Branson. He had a syndicated show called “The Branson Minute.”
(Lord Tim Hudson; Bob Hughes; Bill Handel; Phil Hendrie; and Austin Hill)
Hirsch, David: KEZY, 1980-83; KMET, 1984-87; KTWV, 1987-91; KBLA, 1991-92. Since 1992 David has been the owner and editor of The Lifestyle Information Service - a radio prep service with over 100 subscribers and over 1,600 continuous daily issues.
HIRSCH, Patricia: KGIL/fm, 1976-81. Pat was a graduate of the KIIS School of Broadcasting and started out as the first female dj at KGOE. She went on to be news director at KGIL/fm. Later, she joined KMCD-Fairfield, Iowa as public affairs director for Maharishi University of Management. Currently she lives in Portland and has written a book, Send Lite to Every Fear; The Everyday Hero's Litany.
Hoberman, Ben: KABC. The former gm at KABC and ABC Radio president is retired.
Hodson, Jim: KYMS, 1982-85. Jim has an active voiceover career doing movie trailers and he's the announcer on many tv shows, including Divorce Court.
HODEL, Terry: KPFK, 1969-99. Terry was a 30-year veteran with Pacifica station KPFK. She lost her courageous battle with cancer on March 17, 1999. She was best known for being the "voice" of the KPFK calendar of events for many years, as well as being the producer of the science fiction radio show she started with her husband, Mike Hodel. The radio, "Mike Hodels Hour 25," continues in honor of Mike who passed away in 1986. Terry was passionate about many things, said her longtime friend Suzanne Gibson of South Pasadena, but two of the things that meant the most to her were the continuation of her KPFK show "Hour 25," and the subject of literacy. Terry was born July 15, 1937, in Milwaukee. She was 61 years old at the time of her death.
Hoehn, Arthur: XERB, 1966-67. Arthur worked with Wolfman Jack at the "X" as "Fat Daddy" Washington. He died March 12, 2011, at the age of 72. He began his radio career at the student station for St. John's University. A year after working with Wolfman, Arthur returned to his alma mater to join what became MPR's flagship station. Hoehn worked at MPR for 40 years. He retired in 2002. In 2010, he was inducted into the Minnesota Broadcasting Hall of Fame. He was best known for his 12-year stint as host of the nationally syndicated overnight classical show "Music through the Night." With his velvety tones, exhaustive musical knowledge, and quirky sense of humor, Hoehn was perfect for the job.
Hoffman, Gary: KFI, 2004-13. Gary is a reporter/anchor at KFI and hosts a Sunday morning show.
Hoffman, Steve: KLOS, 1985-88; KQLZ, 1989-90; KSWD, 2013. After 14 years programming KCAL-Riverside, stepped down in late summer of 2012 to practice law. He does weekends at 100.3/The Sound.
Hoffman, Walt: KNX, 1966-85. Walt is doing commercials and voiceover industrial work.
Hofmann, Don: KDAY, 1968. Don has writing, working part-time and teaching in Monterey.
(Steve Herbert; Tricia Halloran; Sie Holliday; Carole Hemingway; and Lee Holloway)
Hogan, Rich: KIIS, 1980-81; KWST/KMGG, 1981-85; KBZT/KLSX, 1986. Rich owns a photography studio in Hollywood.
Hogenraad, Carolyn: KOST, 1994-96; KSBR, 1994-96; KEZY/KXMX, 1996-99. Carolyn works middays at KTMK ("T94.5fm")-Temecula.
Hokum, John: KABC. John retired from the KABC sales department in the early 1990s.
Holiday, Dolly: KMET, 1967. Dolly was part of the all-female format at KMET. Unknown.
Holland, Brad: KFOX, 1982. Brad is the head basketball coach at the University of San Diego.
Holliday, Sie: KRLA, 1962-76; KMPC, 1976-78. Considered by many the first female voice in contemporary radio in Southern California, in 1978 she returned to the Lone Star State and lived as Shirley Schneider in Wichita Falls, where she was active acting and directing on the local live theater scene. She died June 23, 2006, from small cell lung cancer.
Hollier, Vincent: KMPC, 1995-96. Vincent did a weekend computer show at KMPC. Unknown.
Hollis, Gary: KJQI/KOJY, 1993-94; KKGO, 1990-2000; KMZT, 2000-06; KGIL, 2010-11; KMZT, 2011. The versatile actor who has appeared in Kindergarten Cop, Columbo and Hill Street Blues, worked middays at Classical KMZT until a format change. He joined Retro 1260/KGIL for middays in November 2010. and stayed at 1260AM when the format flipped back to Classical in April 2011.
Hollister, Jim: KABC. Unknown.
(Mike Henry; Tom Hall; Tanya Hart; Clark Howard; and Bob Harvey)
Holloway, Lee: KGIL, 1987-88; KABC, 1992-97. Lee is an internationally published author and currently at work on books to be published by Harper Collins.
Holmes, Rick: KBCA, 1967-76. Rick lives in Nashville.
Holston, Jim: KPSA, 1972-75; KPOL, 1986. Unknown.
Holt, Jim: KFI, 1969; KLAC, 1969-70; KGIL, 1971-73. Jim worked all-nights at KLAC. Unknown.
Holt, Lynn: KUSC, 1982-84; KFAC, 1985-88. Lynn hosted "Luncheon at the Met." She is now with Minnesota Public Radio.
Holt, Tony: KFAC, 1985-89. Tony hosted the "Evening Concert" at KFAC.
Hood, Dave: KRTH, 1993-94. Unknown.
Horn, Mike: KBBQ, 1971-72; KROQ, 1972; KFOX, 1973; KFI, 1973-76; KRLA, 1976-80; KIEV, 1985-93; KFI, 1994-95; KIKF, 1996. Mike owns Cable Radio Network, servicing over 25 million listeners in 29 states.
Horowitz, Sandy: KLYY, 1997-98. Sandy is getting a CPA at Cal State Long Beach.
Hotlen, Allan: KJOI/KXEZ; KYSR. Allan is retired and living in Florida.
House, Gerry: KLAC/KZLA, 1986-87. Gerry has been a Country icon in Nashville. He retired from radio on December 15, 2010.
Howard, Andrew: SEE Karel & Andrew
(Dr. Bruce Hensel; Liz Hernandez; Chris Hardwick)
Howard, Bob: KGFJ; KFWB, 1981-2009. Bob worked all night at all-News KFWB. He was laid off in March 2009.
Howard, Robert M.: KFWB. Unknown
Howard, Clark: KFI, 1998-2001; KLAC, 2001; KTLK, 2010-13. Clark's syndicated consumer affairs show from Atlanta is heard early evening at KTLK, the Progressive station.
Howard, David: KLYY, 1997-2000; KTWV, 2000-04; KHHT, 2005-11. Dave is the general sales manager at "HOT 92.3."
Howard, Greg: KGFJ/KUTE, 1980. The graduate of Princeton was gm at KGFJ/KUTE. Unknown.
HOWARD, Marv: KDAY, 1956-62; KBBQ, 1963; KHJ, 1963-77; KFI, 1977-82; KMPC, 1982-94. Marv was one of the premier news voices covering four decades in
Born Marvin Howard Fink and raised in
Los Angeles("I was born at Cedars of Lebanon Hospital which is now the Scientology building"), Marv went to the old . During his schooling he took many years of Spanish, which served him well in the Air Force. "I was sent to language school during the Korean War and studied cryptanalysis. I listened to Russian broadcasts to break the codes for U.S. Intelligence," said Marv when interview for Los Angeles Radio People. L.A. City College
Marv had a friend in the service who had gone to the
and when Marv was discharged he joined the school on a G.I. bill. "It sounded like lots of fun and they seemed to have a strong job placement opportunity. I knew I didn't want to work for the government." In 1956, after graduating from Martin's and obtaining his FCC 1st Class License, Marv became dj Mark Ford at KBIS-Bakersfield. Six months later he joined KDAY. "We went Top 40, actually 35, and I was the first to make out the record list. I traveled to the different one-stop record distributors and compiled the list." Don Martin Broadcast School
Marv stayed with KDAY until Rollins Broadcasting bought the station in 1962. He joined KMEN-San Bernardino and KBBQ briefly and started part-time at KHJ in 1963. When "Boss Radio" was launched everyone was fired. "I was called back to KHJ a few months later to cover the Watts Riots and stayed until 1977."
At KHJ Rambler sponsored his newscasts. "I figured it was as good a time as any to go into news." He dropped the name Mark Ford and became Marv Howard. "I left KHJ when a new pd came in and wanted to make the station more 'FMmy' and demanded that the news stories deal with concerts and activities of young people. I guess he felt I didn't fit in so he fired me." After five years as nd of KFI, Marv joined KMPC and worked with Robert W. Morgan and John McElhinney in morning drive. "This period at KMPC was the most joyful time. Mornings would just fly by."
Before his death was doing voiceover work and selling cars as "something to do."
He died of a massive brain hemorrhage on June 26, 2004. He was 72.
Howell, Deborah: KTWV, 2010-13. Deborah works afternoons at "The WAVE."
Howell, Laurie: KNX, 1991-95; KLOS, 1995-97. Laurie hosts a syndicated show called "The Green Scene."
(Harrison and Dave Wittenberg; Tami Heide; Shelley Herman; and Rich Hudson)
HUBBS, Kraig: KOST, 1983. Kraig works for the Loma Linda Hospital in the Inland Empire.
HUDDLESTON, J. Paul: KFWB, 1961-65; KHJ, 1965-72; KROQ, 1972. John Paul was a newsman during the "Boss Radio" glory years. Paul worked in
for part of his news career. Canada
J. Paul was born in
and started out as a Fuller Brush salesman. His Southern roots played havoc with his accent broadcasting news. Art Kevin remembers: "In the early days of the civil rights movement he had trouble properly pronouncing the word negro. It came out 'nig-rah' and we had some calls from upset local black activists. I taped him and his Searcy, Arkansas ear couldn't hear it. I got him to agree that every time he'd see the word NEGRO on wire copy or did a re-write he could write KNEE-GROW. It worked!" Arkansas
In 1993, he was working in the financial business in
, where he died at age 62, due to complications of liver disease. San Antonio
HUDLER, Rex: KLAA. The Angels broadcaster hosts a weekend show on KLAA.
HUDSON, Bob: KHJ, 1979-80; KRLA, 1980-81; KABC, 1980-81. We all remember “Emperor Bob” Hudson who was voted one of the Top 10 djs for the period between 1957 and 1997. Did you know there was another Bob Hudson in L.A. radio? “It's my real name and I used it when I did news at KHJ in 1979 and 1980 and while doing fill-in at KRLA and KABC in '80 and '81,” said Bob.
“At KRLA, then-news director Jane Platt did ask me to go by Robert Hudson after I'd been on the air for a few days: seems folks were calling in asking why Emperor Bob was doing the news.” What is Bob up to now?
“Most of my 30 years in radio havesbeen spent in San Diego – most recently as part of the morning team at KPLN. “I got my first radio gig on Friday the 13th of March, 1970 at KKGF-Great Falls, Montana, so I've celebrated 30 years in what Larry Lujack once called the ‘lowest echelon of show biz.’”
“I was also a newspaper reporter and editor and worked on-and-off in politics and public affairs from '83 to '93. In '93 I retired my pin stripe suits, red ties and matching suspenders and have since done morning radio and my own multi-media production/consulting business - mostly video and Web site design. Lots of changes in this business over 30 years: the number of radio news jobs has dropped to a fraction of what they were and here in San Diego, at least, even AFTRA union gigs pay less than they did 20 years ago. Luckily, though, it is still possible to have fun being on the radio. Thank goodness for that,” said Bob.
Bob is now a militaria dealer and collector. He cofounded the worlds largest US Militaria Forum online. He sells through the Internet and at a local flea market in Oceanside.
HUDSON, "Emperor" Bob: KRLA, 1963-66; KBLA, 1966-67; KFWB, 1967-68; KEZY, 1968; KGBS, 1969-74; KRLA, 1974; KFI, 1974-76; KIEV; XPRS, 1981-82; KRLA, 1985-86 and 1988. "The Emperor" was voted one of the Top 10 djs in Southern California between 1957 and 1997.
Born Robert Howard Holmes, he led his commandos to mornings on KRLA in 1963. He designed missions for, by his account, 40,000 commandos. One mission was to take over San Francisco, cover it with water and make it the world's largest ice skating rink. Another project was to straighten Sunset Boulevard and create the world's largest bowling alley. Bob regularly signed off his programs by warning the "peasants" to clear the freeway because "His highness is coming."
Bob began his radio career while stationed with the Army in
with both an all-night show and a business on the side, the Tidy Didy Diaper Service - “The tops for your baby’s bottom.” After a stint on Anchorage tv as “Cowboy Bob” hosting western movies, he was back on radio at KEWB-Oakland before moving to KRLA in 1963. Anchorage
In 1966 Billboard ranked Emperor Hudson #1 in morning drive. He was doing afternoon drive at KFWB when the music died in March 1968, to make room for
Southern California's second all-news station. His biggest success occurred in 1971 when he teamed in the mornings with midday jock Ron Landry when their album Ajax Liquor Store won a Grammy award. In citing the best of 1971, Don Page wrote in the LA Times that the Hudson/Landry team was "…fresh, bold and far-out funny. They have bridged the generation gap in radio, appealing to youth as well as the over-30s." The team went to afternoon drive at KFI.
Bob teamed with fellow jock Dave Hull to do a single on Cream Records in 1978 that was an adaptation of Who's on First, the classic Abbott & Costello routine. In 1981 The Emperor traveled below the border to work at XPRS by tape and recorded Hanging in There, which became 1981’s #1 comedy album. After a year in
at KKMI, Bob returned to KRLA in 1985 and teamed with Al Lohman in the mornings in a very short-lived experiment. He left KRLA in 1986, after making a remark the station felt “thoughtless”: Bob suggested that the U.S. Space Shuttle blew up because the crew was freebasing Tang. When he left KRLA, Bob was replaced by Charlie Tuna. In 1988, he returned to KRLA for weekends, hosting "Emperor's Gold" on Sunday nights. Seattle
Bob passed away September 20, 1997, at the age of 66.
HUDSON, Lord Tim: KFWB, 1965-66; KFOX, 1979-80; KGOE; KWIZ, 1976. Tim is a world renowned artist.
(Phil Harvey and Tommy Hadges)
Hudson, Richard: KCBS, 1998-99; KAMP, 2009-13. Richard worked swing at "Arrow 93" from KXGL-San Diego. He's now the commercial production director at AMP RADIO and JACK/fm.
Huero, Charlie: KPWR, 1993-96. Charlie is at KOOL-Phoenix.
Huffman, Larry: KWIZ, 1966-69; KEZY, 1969-70. Larry has an active voiceover career and an iconic speedway PA announcer. He lives in Big Bear.
Huffsteder, Paul: KROQ, 1976-78. Unknown.
HUGGIE BOY: KRKD, 1951-55; KWKW, 1954; KALI; KGFJ, 1955; KBLA, 1965; KRKD, 1965-66; KRTH, 1975; XPRS, 1981-82; KRLA, 1983-99; KRTH, 1999-2002. Born in Canton, Ohio, in 1928, Dick Hugg was associated with r&b music in the Southland for four decades.
Dick was 15 when he and his divorced mother moved to
at the end of World War II. Kirk Silsbee profiled Dick in a 1994 issue of Los Angeles Reader Magazine and described him: "Tall and delicately thin, Hugg comes across as a nonjudgmental grandfather when giving a child an autograph for his mother or talking to teenagers who want to dedicate a song to that 'special someone' with whom they've just broken up." Los Angeles
He was influenced by listening to Bill Sampson, and Art Laboe. He initially brokered a show on KRKD. He went on to broadcast from Dolphin's of Hollywood record store at
and Vernon Central Avenue. At midnight on KRKD in 1951 Joe Houston's record All Night Long would wail and Huggie Boy opened his show: "Keep alive and listen in. All night long. Hi! Huggie Boy Show! All night long, from Dolphin's of . In the studio front window at Hollywood Vernonand Central, Central and Vernon, Vernonand Central, Central and ..." Vernon
His theme song during this period was Rock and Roll by Chuck Higgins. Dick told reporter Silsbee how he got his nickname: "Charlie Clifton was a big newscaster and sportscaster in town and he had a show on KRKD. He was about to retire at 65. When I met
, he took one look at me and said, 'Oh, my God! I thought you were black and you're white. And you're just a boy.' From then on, Clifton would say over the air, 'Girl, get down to Dolphin's and see this boy...he'll give each woman a kiss...this boy is really huggy...come down and see Huggie Boy.'" Clifton
Times got tough for Huggie Boy in the mid-1960s. He opened a couple of record stores and managed a nudie theater in
. But the times and the music changed. "Disc jockeying is a dead art; that era is over. I've become the George Burns of oldies." A familiar signature from Huggie Boy: "Remember...Others imitate. But none can duplicate the sound found here...The Huggie Boy Show must be the best. It's outlasted all the rest." Huggie Boy left KRTH in early 2002. Hollywood
Huggie Boy died August 30, 2006. He was 78.
Hughes, Bob: KWST, 1972-75; KSRF, 1975; KNJO, 1977-80; KZLA, 1982-85. Bob is a movie stand-in.
Hughes, Chris: KYSR, 2001-07. Chris joined AirWatch America in 1998 and left in late 2007. He was director of operations for Visionary Related Entertainment, based in Honolulu and is now part of Total Traffic in L.A.
(Dick Helton; Florence Henderson; David Haymore; and Ted Habeck)
Hughes, Luther: KLON 1990. Luther is a premier double bassist.
Hulett, Phil: KSUL, 1981; KLOS, 1981; KABC, 1981-85; KHTZ, 1984; KEZY, 1984; KNAC, 1985-94; KJAZ, 1994-96; KBIG, 1997; KFWB, 1997-99 and 2002-13. Phil is the morning drive co-anchor at newstalk KFWB. He's also the Anaheim Ducks PA announcer, co-founder of KNAC.com, and radio broadcasting instructor at Mt. San Antonio College.
Hull, Dave: KRLA, 1963-69; KFI, 1969-71; KGBS, 1971-73; KIQQ, 1973; KRLA, 1974; KFI, 1974-76; KMPC, 1978-81; KRLA, 1981-85; KHJ, 1985-86; KRLA, 1992-93; KRTH, 1994; KIKF, 1996. Dave was voted one the Top 10 djs in Southern California between 1957 and 1997. The "Hullabalooer" worked evenings at KWXY-Palm Springs. In late 2012, Dave published a 600-page hard cover of his life titled, Hullabaloo!: The Life and (Mis)Adventures of LA Radio Legend Dave Hull.
Hull, Rick: KNAC, 1969-70. Rick went on to become an Anchorman at CNN and now runs a consulting company based in Dallas.
Hulston, Rich: SEE Rich Cartter.
Hume, Dave: KTNQ/KGBS, 1976-78. Unknown.
(Don Hagen; Heidi Harris; and Steve Henderson)
Hummer, Rick: KIBB, 1996-97. Rick works at WBYT-South Bend.
HUMPHRIES, Herb: KFWB, 1967-71 and 1972-74; KABC, 19971-72. Herb, the architect for the launch of all-News KFWB on March 11, 1968, died August 24, 2003 of congestive heart failure and diabetes. "It's indisputable the launching of the all-News format on KFWB was among the most historic events in Los Angeles radio," commented Don Schrack who later became news director of the station. "The ratings and the industry nationwide could not have been accomplished without the vision, direction and motivation of Herb Humphries," said Schrack. Born February 13, 1932, Herb was in the ninth grade when he got his first peek at journalism through the Gladewater, Texas High School newspaper. From that point in 1944 and for the next 50 years, Herb was working for a newspaper or broadcasting news. His first radio job was at KGVL-Greenville, Texas, and he worked in Texas radio for the next ten years picking up several AP awards. He was one of the original newsmen at Westinghouse's all-News WINS-New York. When Westinghouse bought KFWB, Herb was named news director and was heavily involved in the conversion. Herb left radio in 1974 and spent his next 20 years at KMOX/TV-St. Louis. In 1995, a year after retiring to a fishing hole in East Texas, a newspaper poll still found him to be the sixth most popular reporter among those St. Louisans polled. In early 2003, Herb was nominated for the Texas Radio Hall of Fame. He was 71.
Humphries, Steven: KLAX/KXMG, 1996-97. Unknown.
(Drew Hayes; Dave Hull; Robert David Hall; and Larry Huffman)
Hundley, Hot Rod: KLAC. Hot Rod retired from calling JAZZ basketball games at the end of the 2008-09 season. The former Laker and Lakers broadcaster had been calling JAZZ games since the team's inception in New Orleans in 1974. He was Chick Hearn's sidekick analyst for two seasons.
Hunter, Ben: KFVD, KFI, 1946-50s. Ben died in the mid-1970s.
Hunter, Gregg: KIEV. Gregg hosts a restaurant show on CRN and writes a weekly column for The Tolucan.
Hunter, Max: KMET, 1985. Max is pd at KFMF / KQPT in Chico and he goes by the name Rick Anderson.
HUNTER, Mikel: KFI, 1969; KLAC, 1970; KRLA, 1971-72; KMET, 1972-74; KGBS, 1975-76. The North Carolina native was born Mikel Herrington in 1938. He arrived in Southern California from KLIV-San Jose. He was at KLAC during the "chicken rock" format. When he got to KRLA for the "underground" format, he worked late evenings and called himself "Hot Rocks Hunter" and "Motorcycle Mikel." During his stint as pd of "the Mighty Met," the environment was as irreverent as the music. The jocks had a wall full of "nude" pictures of listeners, and the ceiling of the studio was a mural with the moon and stars on it. The 1978 film FM was loosely based on his times at KMET. Mikel hosted several talk shows in Northern California before retiring to become a full-time win connoisseur. Mikel left KOME-San Jose in 1982. His voiceover career includes being the national voice for Sears.
Mikel died November 16, 1997, of complication due to leukemia. He was 57. Scott St. James remembered: "I worked for Mikel at KLIV-San Jose. I was hired off a fake aircheck. I saw a memo Mikel received from the gm telling him what a terrible mistake he had made and I should be gotten rid of. Mikel said that he was not going to fire me but he told me to get as good as that tape. And in a hurry."
Hunter, Rick: KLAC, 1989-93. Rick is at WRBQ-Tampa. He does two weekend air shifts and is the main weekday fill guy. He hosts a special show called "Top 20 Countdown with Rick Hunter" on Sunday nights. "When I got to LA I worked at Unistar 'Oldies Channel' until I left LA to work at WOMC-Detroit. Unistar became Westwood One whiie I was still there. During my time at the network, I also did weekend airshifts and weekday fill at KLAC unitl they dropped the Country format and fired the entire air staff. I did the second last Country shift on KLAC before the switch."
(Johnny Hayes; Bob Hamilton; David G. Hall; and Laraine Herman)
Hurtes, Hettie Lynne: KRTH, 1979-81; KRLA, 1985-86; KFWB, 1999-2005; KPCC, 2005-13. Hettie has an active voiceover career and anchors news updates at KPCC.
Hurst, Wilson: KRLA, 1959. Unknown.
Huser, Joe: KKGO, 1980-89; KKJZ, 1990; KLIT, 1991-92; KAJZ/KACD, 1992-95. Joe is the operations director for H. Hawaii Media in Maui. He also does mornings at KONI-Maui.
Huto, Harald: KQLZ. Harald worked afternoon drive at RTL (Radio-Television-Luxembourg), Europe's largest broadcaster.
Hutton, Rose: KOST. The long-time associate of Gordon McLendon's and general manager at KOST, Rose died January 24, 1997.
Hyde, Alan: KIEV, 1971; KLVE. Unknown.
Hyken, Beverly: KXMX, 1999; KFWB, 2001. Beverly was working at CNN Radio in Atlanta.
Hyman, Herb: KRLA, 1959-61. Unknown.
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