Where Are They Now?
Los Angeles Radio People, H
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.
When he gave lectures and concerts, Karl would walk out on stage, he would pause and then say, "Well, I've often wondered what you look like, too."
Karl Haas died on February 6, 2005
.He was 91. Karl was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1997.
Habeck, Ted: KWST, 1979-81; KMET, 1981. Ted worked at 106.5 the Arch in St Louis and he was the financial director for Chrysler West in St. Louis.
Haddad, Edmonde: KUSC, 1956-58; KNX, 1957-58; KPOL, 1961-73. In 1961, Edmonde Haddad began a 12-year run as a newsman at KPOL. He later became an executive of the World Affairs Council. Edmonde died May 7, 2015, at the age of 83.
He was born in Los Angeles on July 25, 1931 and attended Hollywood High School. In a diverse career journey, Edmonde served in the Air Force, performed light opera, and graduated with a B.A. in Telecommunications from USC. He was awarded a CBS News Fellowship by a selection committee that included Edward R. Murrow. He worked at CBS Radio while earning an M.A. in Public Law and Government from Columbia University.
During his time at KPOL, Edmonde was honored by the American Political Science Association for distinguished reporting of public affairs receiving two Golden Mike awards.
As President of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, Emonde welcomed distinguished speakers from around the world – politicians, diplomats, writers, heads of state, and royalty – and moderated lively question-and-answer sessions. He led the Council’s diplomatic tours throughout Europe and Asia, and was one of the first Americans to visit China after diplomatic relations were restored, developing a lasting affection for the country. He loved attending conferences on international relations at Wilton Park, England.
From 1987-88, Edmonde functioned as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Public Diplomacy in the U.S. Department of State. He was appointed by then-governor Gray Davis to the Commission on Hate Crimes, a nine-member panel chaired by former Secretary of State Warren Christopher and former California governor George Deukmejian. Emonde was a member of PEN, the organization for writers, and the author of Look to the Rainbow, a book of poetry and political and social commentary.
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 Hoffmann, 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 Putnam County, West Virginia.
HALEY, Bud: KPOP, 1959; KRKD, 1960-63; KLAC, 1968-79; KABC, 1979. Born Haven Earlie "Bud" Haley, he was the all-night talk show host for part of his run on KLAC. A colleague remembers that Bud was an excellent poker player and played in the big
tournaments. Las Vegas
He went on to become an actor and while in New York, worked at WNEW.
He played a lot of golf and hung out at the
Whitsett Driving Rangein North Hollywoodin the late 1980s.
Bud's son, Jackie Earle Haley, was an actor and he starred in Bad News Bears and Breaking Away.
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, Mark Halburn, and Roger Hedgecock)
Hall, Phil: KLAC, 1982-83; KHJ/KRTH, 1985-90. Phil is president/ceo of AudienceBakery.com. He's 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, 2009-14. Wes works weekends 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, 1992-2007. Tricia created, produced and hosted hosted Brave New World at KCRW, a long-running radio show focusing on emerging artists. She was the first dj to present Pete Yorn, David Gray, The Eels, Death Cab For Cutie to Los Angeles.
Tricia is a new music junkie working as a film and television music supervisor — she currently handles Castle for ABC and The Big C for Showtime.
Born in Fullerton, she grew up in Concord. Tricia graduated from UCLA with a degree in computer science. For the next decade she worked at Xerox. "During that time I became an avid fan of Deirdre O'Donoghue's 'Snap' program on KCRW. I volunteered during a pledge drive and eventually became an evening host.
Why was her show called Brave New World? "Well, in Shakespeare's play The Tempest, a young girl who has lived her entire life on an isolated island suddenly encounters some fascinating strangers who will change her life forever. [Oh, Brave New World,] she exclaims loudly, [that has such people in't]! I discover the music that jumps, kicks, whispers and screams its way into your soul." In the fall of 1998, she became content editor at UBL, Ultimate Band List. She is now owner and music coordinator of Brave New World.
HALPERN, Frances: KCLU, 1996-2007. Frances hosted Beyond Words, a show or literary toilers, word lovers and political junkies that aired on weekends at KCLU.
Born in the Bronx, she married before she was 20, raised three kids, and at the age of 40 went to work as a newspaper columnist. She won many press awards and late wrote the Writer's Guide to West Coast Publishing and became widely known as a publishing expert. She wrote columns for the Los Angeles Times and Herald Examiner.
As a child, Frances wanted to be a performer. "I wanted to communicate ne way or the other." Before she had a career in writing, she volunteered with the Homeowner's Bulletin and the PTA Bulletin.
Frances had a stroke and lost her radio show. Now she lives in New Jersey, near her sister.
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; KHJ 1983-85. Born in 1947, Bob grew up in Philadelphiaand started his first radio assignment at , while still in high school in 1963. He owned Hamilton Communications, Inc. and was brought in from WIFI-Philadelphia, where he was pd, to change all-Oldies KRTH to Contemporary music. He was instrumental in bringing "K-Earth" to a "live" format after years of automation. In 1980 he added to his KRTH pd duties the responsibility of RKO national music director. WBCB-Levittown, Pennsylvania
In 1981, he went on the air when
& Engelman left abruptly for KWST. In 1986, Bob returned to consultancy and later he became vp/gm of KSFO/KYA-San Francisco. He brought Majic 61 (KFRC) to #2 in San Francisco. I the summer of 1995 was upped to om of Crescent Communications' KYLD (“Wild 107”)- London and KYLD/KSOL/KSAN/KNEW and K-101. San Francisco
Bob was also pd for Evergreen’s K101/KABL-San Francisco.
In a 1995 interview in Gavin, Bob reflected on his success: "Put research, ear and gut together along with a road map of where you want to go. Stop worrying about what's happening to the left or right of you and you'll reach your goal." In late 1998 he resigned from K101/KABC to start Hamilton Communications. One of his first clients was KLAC. He hired Charlie Tuna to revitalize the Pop Standards station. Bob is now a consultant working from Palm Springs.
(Bob Hudson w/child, Jeff Hanley, Steve Harvey, and Rick Hull)
Hamilton, Gary: KMGG, 1984-85. Gary is working for WASH/WBIG-Washington, DC and WLIF-Baltimore.
HAMILTON, Heidi: KYSR, 1998-99; KLSX, 2000-09; KABC, 2009-10; KLOS, 2012-16. Heidi was successfully 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 in early September 2012.
Heidi was born in Batesville, Indiana. “My little town (5,000 people) made caskets and hospital beds. That got a little depressing after awhile so I had to get out! I then ran off to college at the University of Cincinnati to study Broadcast Journalism. I thought I wanted to be Barbara Walters but I realized I would never ever perfect that accent and interview style of hers so I moved on. I was only in college to please my mom. If it were up to me I would have been running around New York City trying to get on Broadway. I wanted to be an actress; I still want to be an actress. I'm not giving up on that dream yet! I started doing radio in college when I needed to get some credits for a radio class. I called up the local country station and started washing the station van, getting lunch for the program director and begging everyone everyday to put me on the air. One day the midday guy got a case of ‘explosive flu’ and I filled in. Most of the afternoon I took calls on ‘your worst flu story ever.’ Not really a great topic for a lunchtime crowd but I was young and dumb. They all seemed to like what I did and I guess the rest is history.” Heidi started as the traffic person during the “Star 98.7” morning show with Frosty, Frank & Jamie. Heidi joined Frosty Stilwell and Frank Kramer at KLSX for a noonday show in 2000.
Hamilton, Jim: KORG/KIKF, 1980-82. Jim went on to host 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 did mornings at XX Sports in San Diego until early 2014.
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.
"Huntin' With Hunter" was the familiar cry every afternoon in the fifties and sixties.
In 2001, Hunter participated in LARadio.com Day at the Museum of Television & Radio where he shared many stories about those early days when r&b was emerging from the white halls of high school into the mainstream.
On September 25, 1954, comedian Stan Freberg had his record parody of the Chord’s song Sh-Boom played on the CBS show Jukebox Jury, a show that featured new music and a panel of judges who voted a Hit or a Miss. Stan was quoted in Billboard as saying about his parody, "I hope this puts an end to r&b." The article quoted r&b dj Hunter Hancock: "It’ll take more than Freberg to stop r&b!"
What Alan Freed was to r&b on the East Coast, Hunter Hancock was to r&b on the West Coast. He set a standard for a new generation of kids who were ready to embrace anything but the prevailing Pop Standards of Perry Como, Doris Day and Patti Page.
The voice was unmistakable to a youngster growing up on the beach in Santa Monica with his tube-infested Philco "portable" radio. "From bebop to ballad, swing to sweet, and blues to boogie…some of the very best in rhythm and blues records, featuring some of the greatest and most popular musicians, Negro singers, and entertainers in the world." That was how he opened his show. The man in control was Hunter Hancock, long before there was Chuck Blore, Boss Radio, 11-10 Men or Color Radio.
Tucked away in a small house with no air conditioning on Sunset Boulevard, at the current site of the Cinerama Dome Theatre, was KGFJ. In a house full of personalities, Hunter had the insight to play the most popular r&b records of the day. He didn’t play Rick Nelson’s I’m Walkin.’ He played the original by Fats Domino. Today you wouldn’t think twice about what Hunter did, but at the time it was a big deal.
When Hunter arrived in L.A. he started working at KFVD (1020AM). He had an hour show on Sundays sponsored by Todd’s Clothing Store. "My job was to appeal to the Negro customer so I played jazz music and the rest of the time I was the staff announcer," Hunter told me by phone from his retirement home in Claremont in a 1999 interview.
By the late 1940s a fortuitous meeting with a rep from Modern Records encouraged Hunter to play "race" records, which was rhythm ‘n blues music. "I started with one ‘race’ record a show and the reaction was so strong that the next show I played two and soon my entire show was r&b. My show very quickly went to one hour, then one and a half and a little over a year I was on 3 and a half hours a day," said Hunter. In 1950 the Sentinel newspaper said Hunter was the most popular dj in Los Angeles among the Negro population.
Hunter was born on Good Friday, April 21, 1916. He was born white in Uvalde, Texas. His father built stone buildings in Hico, Texas. "When that job ended my father led a big brass band. During World War One we lived in New Mexico where my dad worked in a mine for the war efforts. After the war we went back to Uvalde and my dad raised fighting gamecocks, which was legal then. He also repaired and tuned pianos. I was two weeks out of high school when he died." Hunter’s mother was a piano teacher and his brothers have gone on to careers in music. His older brother was a violinist in the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the other played in a dance orchestra.
Before Hunter got to Los Angeles he worked on the radio in San Antonio and Laredo. "Where I came from there was no respect for black people. In Los Angeles, my entire career I played black music and worked with black people. They are wonderful people. Thank God I changed," Hunter said. You can imagine the shock of the black people when he first appeared at concerts at Wrigley Field, sock hops, and the Lincoln Theatre and they saw for the first time that the man leading the r&b music radio charge was white. The white people were shocked to learn that he was white. "The black people accepted me because I was playing their music when no one else was," Hunter emphasized.
In the mid-1950s Hunter recorded his evening show from his office in Hollywood and his on-air partner, Margi, would play it back. Why did you record your show? "I was single and wanted to go out in the evenings. It was as simple as that."
In 1955, KNXT (now KCBS)\Channel 2 gave Hunter a half-hour on Friday nights to feature a show with local black artists. "We had everyone from Duke Ellington to Fats Domino to Little Richard," remembered Hunter. The show was called Rhythm ‘n Bluesville.
Hunter was a hunter. The walls of his office were filled with his prize trophies. "Your hunting wouldn’t go over so well today?" I asked. He was quick to retort, "If you don’t hunt, the herds get out of control and they die of malnutrition. Most people don’t know that."
In the late summer of 1982, Hunter was camping with his wife Dorothy in an isolated area. Two days later he was home when he experienced chest pains. He was rushed to Cedars Sinai Hospital. "Two days earlier and I would have been camping and I wouldn’t be here today," Hunter said matter-of-factly. He was going to have three-way by-pass heart surgery but the vein in his leg was so good, they did a six-way by-pass surgery.
He quit radio because of the "nervous strain" of putting together daily shows, mc’ing at records hops, and running a record label. "I was taking Valium four times a day and finally got off that and started taking Zantac," he said. "My stomach is not really in great shape and my heart has been acting up." His wife of 42 years passed away in February of 1999.
At his memorial service, Hunter Dunagan Hancock orchestrated one last show. In one of the more bizarre memorial services ever encountered, Hunter was host for his own funeral celebration. Showtime started precisely at 2 p.m. at the Claremont Methodist Church in Claremont. In a congregation filled with radio people, r&b stars (Jewel Akens, members of the Platters, and Robert & Johnny), and friends from Claremont Manor (his home for his last 8 years), we went Huntin’ With Hunter one last time.
Over the sound system, Hunter welcomed the guests. “Now, let’s sing four hymns. Relax, I only want you to sing one verse,” said Hunter. And off we were in a rousing round of hymns accompanied by a full choir. When we finished, Hunter’s voice suggested, “There is a place for us in His heavenly kingdom.” He then asked us to join him in the 23rd Psalm. And that’s the way it went for an hour and a half. There was a screen near the front of the church where award-winning photographs were shown that represented his passion for photography.
Hunter Hancock was one of a kind on the radio, in his life, and now in death. He did it his way.
(Arthur Hoehn, Ginny Harman, and Bob Howard)
Handel, Bill: KFI, 1993-2016. 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. He's now host of Jazz After Hours at KZAM.net.
HANING, Evan: KRLA, 1973-74. During a period of automation at KRLA, Evan and Johnny Hayes were the only personality voices.
Evan has been on Washington, DC radio for 30 years and comes to WNEW after nearly a decade of reporting and anchoring at WTOP Radio. Prior to his tenure at WTOP, Haning spent over a decade working at WRC-AM working alongside some of Washington, DC’s most interesting personalities. He’s done everything from filling in for nationally syndicated talk show host Jim Bohannon to being the “Welcome to Dulles International Airport. You are parked in the “GREEN lot” guy for a time.
Hannity, Sean: KABC; KEIB. His syndicated show is heard in middays at KEIB, The Patriot.
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, 2012-16. 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 wrote two books with Gershon Lesser, MD, including Healing and Spirit. Mitch died November 9, 2007, of natural causes. He was 79.
Mitchell was co-creator (with Mike Hodel) and co-host of the weekly KPFK science-fiction show, Hour 25, a program focusing on science fiction, fantasy, and science. His voice was one of the defining sounds of KCRW as it was growing from a tiny little station into the powerhouse it has become.
"A big man with prematurely gray hair, he could be prickly or generous, depending on his mood," according to Sarah Spitz, publicity director and producer at KCRW. "He kept to himself quite a bit, and one always wondered what he might be thinking and whether he was taking notes on the people around him for some great roman a clef about KCRW and its inhabitants. He once interviewed the man who created LSD for a program that aired exclusively on KCRW. It's quite likely Mitchell had some first-hand experience, though we'll never really know now."
Hardison, Greg: KSRF, 1984-85; KABC, 1983-1998; KCRW, 1999; KFI, 1999-2001. Greg had a long run at KABC, where he worked as a weekend news anchor, a relief ABC News stringer, relief newswriter and a program coordinator. Beginning in 1979 Greg attended Cal State University, Northridge and the UCLA Extension-School of Business and Management where he maintained a 3.9 GPA through completion of varied courses leading to a Certificate of Proficiency in Radio-Broadcast Management. He started in radio in 1981 at KNTF-Ontario. From 1990 to 2003, he worked at Metro Networks. Greg joined Premiere Radio Networks in 2004, where he became Network Operations Supervisor for morning-drive. He is now retired.
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. For those of an older generation, being called a nerd was not cool. Not today and Chris has embraced everything nerdy. He grew up in Memphis and was a member of the chess club, the Dungeons & Dragons club and the computer club. Chris was obsessed with comic books, sci-fi and Monty Python. Today, Chris is the founder and chief executive of the multimedia company, Nerdist Industries, which fulfills the dreams of all nerds. The king of all geeks employs 25 people. In 1984 he saw Revenge of the Nerds and felt like he'd discovered his tribe. He is the host of @midnight with Chris Hardwick on Comedy Central.
HARLOW, Karen: KNX, 2007-16. 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, 2008-15. Ginny worked a number of shifts at KKGO, "Go Country" until February 2015.
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, Andy: KYSR, 2015-16. Andy started at afternoon drive/assistant pd/music director at ALT 98.7 in March 2015.
He grew up in Washington State and moved with his family to Southern California in the winter of 2013. "Before I got here, I went the University of Washington and studied business and drama, bought a lot of records, went to a lot of shows, dominated my fantasy football league and worked at my local ALT radio station. In January of 2013, I got a call from DIDDY about coming to LA to work on the Revolt TV - a music television network that he was getting ready to launch (actually the call came from Revolt's president - an awesome dude named Andy Schuon - but we met with Diddy, so for the sake of this story, we'll pretend).
Andy was hired as Director of Music Programming at Revolt and after a couple of months he got his own show called In Harms Way. "ALT 98.7 has that unique combination of respect for the music and the ability to have fun on the air that I loved so much at my gig in the Pacific Northwest. It's a perfect fit as my family and I live and love southern California. I'm lucky to be working here - this station rules," Andy wrote on the ALT 98.7 web page.
Harms, Jerry: KEZY, 1966. Jerry served briefly as pd at KEZY.
Harris, Bob: KPOL, 1957-72. Bob has died.
Harris, Doug: KMET, 1976. Doug is still in radio in the US Virgin Islands as operations manager for JKC Communications, St. Croix Us Virgin Islands.
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 working 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, 2007-13. Steve hosted the afternoon show on Fox Sports Radio, which was carried on KLAC. He left at the end of the year.
Hartman, Tim: KDAY, 1973. Tim is now Judge Hartman, a justice of the peace in El Paso.
Hartmann, Thom: KTLK, 2006-13. Thom worked middays at the Progressive station, K-TALK. He's now in syndication.
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.
(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, 2000-14. Bob is a casual anchor and sports reporter at KFWB. Bob is concentrating on his Web site: bobharveysports.wordpress.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, 2009-15. 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.
(Abdul Hashem, Pat Haslam and Wes Hall)
Harwell, Ernie: KMPC, 1992. Ernie was the voice of the Detroit Tigers.
Hashem, Abdul "DJ A-OH": KRRL, 2015. Abdul joined the new Real 92.3 as assistant program director and on-air personality in March 2015. He arrived in the Southland from 103.5 The Beat in Miami, where he has served as pd and jock since October 2013. In addition, he has also served as an iHeartMedia Urban Brand Coordinator.
Hasick, Scott: KFI, 1994-99. Scott and Casey Bartholomew worked morning drive at KTRS-St. Louis until the Spring of 2006.
Haslam, Pat: KNX, 1999-2016. 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, 1982-2015. Tom came to KNX in the fall of 1982, the year he says “We just took our furniture out for a drive.” He had been working as news director at KCBS/fm in San Francisco and decided to move back to his hometown of Chicago. That was in February 1982. “Thomas Wolfe was right,” Tom says, “You can’t go home again.”
He graduated from Northern Illinois University and started his broadcasting career at WOLI-Ottawa, Illinois. Tom worked for a couple of CBS stations, including WBBM-Chicago and KCBS-San Francisco before joining KNX. Tom and co-anchor Linda Nunez have won the AP award for Best Radio News Anchor Team in California.
When his time at WBBM and WBBM/fm came to an abrupt end seven months later, Tom returned to California as a reporter and anchor at KNX. Among some of Tom’s memorable assignments were coverage of the Discovery Space Shuttle’s return to space flight following the Challenger disaster. “We set up a small city in the high desert and watched the Discovery return to earth. ”The Loma Prieta Earthquake. “I was on vacation at the epicenter at the time, but had all my gear stowed in the car. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff was surprised to see a KNX mic an hour after the first shock.” Former President Ronald Reagan’s meeting with Mikhail Gorbachev in San Francisco. “I had the chance to speak with both world leaders. There was a moment when a group of young children did a traditional Russian dance for Gorbachev and when I read the look in his eyes, I had the strong feeling that the Cold War was over.”
In 2005, Tom took a break from his duties on the air to work as operations manager for KNX. The task was to help move the station from its long-time location on Sunset Boulevard to its new facility on Wilshire and in the process, help train the KNX staff on an all-digital computerized newsroom. Two and a half years off the air was enough and Tom reunited with Linda Nunez returned to the air in 2007.
He retired in the summer of 2015.
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 is now president/ceo of his own Aircraft Sales & Brokerage firm, called Hawk’s Nest Aviationin Tulsa. He is also a part-time consultant to the news media and guest lecturer at Tulsa Community College on Media Broadcasting career opportunities for young men & women. Jerry also completed one year of study in the Broadcast Meteorology Department at Mississippi State University. He also celebrated his 25-year anniversary as a licensed commercially-rated pilot, performing aerial photography services for the Tulsa World newspaper in addition to years of airborne breaking news & traffic reporting duties.
Hawkins, Tommy: KGFJ, 1965; KABC/KLOS, 1970-85; KKJZ, 2007-12. Tommy worked 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 2013-15. 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 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, 2005-15. 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, 2008-09. Sean was 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 went to work 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, 1999-2016. Dick is the morning drive 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.
(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 did a Saturday night show on KFI. Currently he hosts a podcast at iTunes: philhendrieshow.com.
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. Gil hosted a nightly feature called "Private Line."
A native Angeleno, on his 17th birthday he joined the U.S. Navy Amphibious Corps, participating in numerous
actions. Gil started his broadcast career in 1945 at Pacific Island . In the late 1940s he joined Capitol Records. In 1950 he worked at KING-Seattle while majoring in psychology and philosophy at the KUTA-Salt Lake City . Between 1959 and 1965 he served as pd of stations in Universityof Washington Seattleand . KHOW-Denver
In 1965 he joined KLAC, originally to produce the “Lohman and Barkley Show,” but debuting “Private Line” a few months later.
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 the 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, 1980-2016. 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, 1992-2016. Laraine is a news anchor, news writer, and producer 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, 2013-15. 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.
HERRERA, Stew: KNAC, 1988-94; KLOS, 1994-2015. At KLOS, Stew is one of those unsung heroes who has done production work for over two decades. Along with writing, voicing, and producing for KLOS, he has nurtured and sustained a flourishing voiceover career and can be heard across a wide variety of projects, including movie trailers, network tv and cable promos, syndication, in-program narration, commercial, and industrials.
Stew is a local boy. He was born in Anaheim, and grew up in Buena Park, Cypress, and Fullerton, “as OC as it gets,” offered Stew. When he was growing up there were OC-oriented local stations, so he listened to 1190 KEZY and later KEZY/fm, as well as KMET, KLOS, KROQ, and KWST. “Between all that and my older brother’s Elton John, Beatles, and Beach Boys records and 8-tracks, I was hooked on both radio and music,” said Stew.
From the 2nd grade until puberty, Stew went to Catholic school because he thought he was going to join the priesthood, until he was kicked out of high school in his junior year. “So much for joining the clergy,” Stew said. “I attended Fullerton JC, where I learned my way around mixing consoles and tape recorders. I earned my Associate degree there under Jim Bain and Ed Ford. Fun fact: Mary Price was a teacher of mine, too.” His first radio job interview was at KOCM in Newport Beach with Lawrence Tanter. “I didn’t get the gig, and I suspect it was partially because my hair reached halfway to the floor.”
A better fit may have been KNAC, a heavy metal station based in Long Beach. In 1988, he got an entry level job answering phones for Tawn Mastrey. A year later he became paid morning show producer/ sidekick with “Gonzo” Greg Spillane. In 1994, Stew joined the production team at KLOS and worked with Mark & Brian for 18 years. Stew claims to be a decent enough guitarist and singer.
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, 2000-16. 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.Professor Hugh Hewitt is a graduate of Harvard College and the University of Michigan Law School, and has been teaching Constitutional Law at Chapman University Law School since it opened in 1995. He has been a frequent guest on CNN, Fox News Network, and MSNBC, and has written for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and the Los Angeles Times.
In a 2006 profile of Hewitt for The New Yorker, the dean of the Columbia University School of Journalism told his readers that Hewitt was “the most influential conservative you have never heard of.” Hewitt served for nearly six years in the Reagan Administration in a variety of posts, including Assistant Counsel in the White House and Special Assistant to two Attorneys General. Since returning to California in 1989 to oversee the construction of the Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, Hewitt has served as a member of the California Arts Council, the South Coast Air Quality Management District, and the Orange County Children and Families Commission.
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.
HICKS, Joe: KFI, 2006-09. Joe was a community activist who had a weekend show at KFI. He died August 28, 2016, at the age of 75.
"A man of his times, he had been a Black Panther in his youth, but shifted right as he grew older, suffering the brickbats you might expect from old comrades even though he served as Greater Los Angeles director of Martin Luther King's Southern Christian Leadership Council," wrote Roger Simon of PJ Media. "If someone embodied the best of the civil rights movement through the years, I can't think of anyone the equal of Joe. Through everything that has happened to us, black and white, Joe managed to preserve the true goal of racial equality and integration, devoid of cant and race-baiting. He was one of the guardians of the true dream of MLK. BlackLivesMatter was not for this ex-Panther. But he was so much more than an activist. He was what we used to call "a cool guy," someone you wanted to hang with."
HIDEO, DJ: KKBT. DJ Hideo died April 24, 2010, 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, Dave Hood, 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, 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 filled in on talk stations all over the country. He was based most recently in Boise. Austin died November 13, 2015, of cardiac issues. He was 51.
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, 1960-79, gm. The former gm at KABC and the founder of the Talk radio format in Los Angeles, passed away May 3, 2014. He was 91. Ben put his indelible mark on the history of LA Radio when, in 1960, he turned KABC into an all-Talk format.
In 1960, KABC was a little bit of this and a little bit of that until Hoberman made the bold move to launch an all-Talk concept. George Green started at KABC when the programming was, at best, described as a hodgepodge. The station was playing music and presenting network programming, such as The Breakfast Club hosted by Don McNeil. With few competing AMs, and fm virtually nonexistent in the ratings, KABC was still in the middle of the pack. Green was part of a five man sales staff when Ben Hoberman, from New York’s WABC would soon be arriving in Los Angeles to manage the station.
Hoberman’s arrival heralded a major shakeup at KABC. He announced to his staff that the station was going to try something very different – KABC would be an all-Talk station. No music, all talk 24 / 7. “I remembered my first reaction was pure astonishment,” recalled Green. “All talk....no music...how can you sell that?”(Thanks to John Rook for the photo of Ronald Reagan and Ben Hoberman)
“WOR (New York) and KMOX (St. Louis) had some talk programming, but KABC would be the first all-Talk station in the U.S. The entire sales staff, if not everyone else at the station, wondered how we were going to sell this new format.” It didn’t take long before the uniqueness of this new thing called “talkradio” became apparent.
Ben left KABC in 1979 to become president of ABC Radio. He resigned in 1985 and talked to KABC morning team of Ken Minyard and Bob Arthur about his resignation. ABC and Capital Cities Communications were merging and it looked like Cap Cities would be running the day to day operation.
Hoberman was one of the highest-ranking ABC veterans to exit after the merger. While being lauded by Wall Street as the single biggest media merger in U.S. history, the consolidation cost several hundred employees of both companies their jobs. It has also forced the sell-off of a number of radio and tv stations.
During his last six years with ABC Ben lived in New York and ran the network's radio division, which controlled ABC's six specialized satellite radio networks, six AM stations and six FM stations, as well as such syndicated programs as Casey Kasem's American Top 40.
Born Bernard G. “Ben” Hoberman on July 21,in 1922, the native of Minnesota began his radio career after graduating from high school. He started at a small radio station in Hibbing as an announcer and salesman.
When World War II broke out, Ben joined Armed Forces Radio in London, and was eventually commissioned. He was put in charge of the First Army’s mobile radio station during the Normandy invasion. At the end of his military career, Ben was in charge of all Armed Forces Network outlets in Britain and France.
When Ben retired as ABC Radio president, he had been with ABC for 36 years, first at WXYZ/TV in Detroit and then as general manager at WABC-New York.
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.
Hoffmann, Gary: KFI, 2004-15. Gary was a reporter/anchor at KFI and he hosted a Sunday morning show. In early 2014, he took over the 5 a.m. - 6 a.m. weekday slot prior to Bill Handel at KFI. In October 2015 he joined Shannon Farren for middays.
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, 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 is affiliated with Passion Life Church.
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. Sie was one of the first women to spin records in the early days of Top 40. She died June 23, 2006, at the age of 75, from small cell lung cancer (she quit smoking over 30 years ago).
Born Shirley Schneider in Giddings, Texas, her first radio work was doing book reviews as a teenager in 1948. She received a degree in broadcasting from the University of Texas and worked in radio and tv on the Texas Gulf Coast and Rio Grande Valley before moving to California. Her first full-time Top 40 dj shift was at KDEO-San Diego in 1959. (Photo of Sie from 1962)
Sie worked at KRLA from 1962-76 and then two years with 710/KMPC. During Sie's stint at KRLA, she had a Sunday night show and was the traffic supervisor. She played Daphney on all the Emperor Hudson skits as part of Hudson's commandos. Sie was an active participant on the award-winning "Credibility Gap News" and John Gilliland's "Pop Chronicles." At KRLA she worked morning drive with the distinction of not only being the first female jock in L.A., but also the first to work morning drive. When KRLA abandoned live personalities and went automated in early 1976, Sie and most of the other jocks were let go. James Brown of the LA Times wrote: "She was one of the first women to take any kind of broadcasting foothold on L.A. rock radio."
Sie was born November 10, 1930. When her L.A. radio stint came to an end, she returned to the Lone Star State in 1978 and lived as Shirley Schneider in Wichita Falls, where she cared for her mother. She worked for several years in real estate before she retired. She was active in local theatre, both acting and directing
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, 2011-14. 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.
Gary died in June 29, 2014 from Pancreatic cancer. He was 73.
Garygrew up in . “We lived near Frank Lloyd Wright’s Wisconsin , and we visited there quite often," said Gary when interviewed for LARadio People. "I played violin. My mother would awaken me to the Taliesin School classical music station, where I began my love for the music. Chicago Garylived in for 18 years and studied to be an actor. “I finally made it to Broadway in the musical Raisin, which starred Debbie Allen, among others. I was one of the singing Hitlers in the movie version of The Producers.” New York City
Early in his career,
achieved a dream by becoming an usher and valet to some of the world’s great musicians and conductors at Carnegie Hall. From there, Gary Garymoved on to become the assistant manager of ’s Philharmonic when it first opened. “I had the honor of escorting Jacqueline Kennedy backstage to meet Leonard Bernstein at the opening of Philharmonic Hall [now Avery Fischer Hall].” Lincoln Center
sailed around the world twice, working and entertaining on cruise ships. He lives in the Gary San Fernando Valley.“My interests range from astrology to bike riding and swimming. I swim a mile a day. I love to read when I have time, primarily non-fiction biographies. I love baseball, especially the Milwaukee Brewers, and I love the movies.”
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. Dave is a writer, director, producer, and actor. He is best known for his award winning entertaining and educational children's productions. He has been host of many travel oriented programs including PM Magazine and Tourific Destinations on the Discovery Channel. Hood is most recognized as the co-creator, writer and star of Warner Bros. Real Wheels - There Goes a ... video series, a set of 25 children's videos which aimed to be both informative and entertaining. The series won a number of awards including the Parents' Choice Award.
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, pd; KYSR, pd. Allan arrived in the Southland from KSFO-San Francisco. He started at KJOI in 1984 and programmed the switch from Beautiful Music to Adult KXEZ. When he left the Southland he went to KOIT-San Francisco. In the spring of 1997 he was named gm of KOYT-San Francisco (formerly KPIX) and added KZQZ to his duties in 1998. Allan had previously run WPEN-Philadelphia, KKSA-Sacramento and WAYK and WSWF-Ft. Myers, WWZZ-Washington, DC.
Since 2003, Allan has been a principal at Creativity on Demand and he lives in Boca Raton, Florida.
House, Gerry: KLAC/KZLA, 1986-87. Gerry has been a Country icon in Nashville. He retired from radio on December 15, 2010. In early 2014, he published, Country Music Broke My Brain.
Howard, Andrew: SEE Karel & Andrew
(Dr. Bruce Hensel, Liz Hernandez, Chris Hardwick)
Howard, Bob: KGFJ, 1970; KFWB, 1981-2009. Bob worked all night at all-News KFWB. He was laid off in March 2009 and is now retired.
Howard, Robert M.: KFWB. Unknown
Howard, Clark: KFI, 1998-2001; KLAC, 2001; KTLK, 2010-13; KEIB, 2014-16. Clark's syndicated consumer affairs show from Atlanta was heard early evenings at KTLK, the Progressive station until a format flip on January 1, 2014. He is now part of "The Patriot" on 1150 AM. In 2015, he was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame.
Howard, David: KLYY, 1997-2000; KTWV, 2000-04; KHHT, 2005-11. Dave was 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, 2010-15. Deborah works afternoons at "The WAVE."
Howell, Laurie: KNX, 1991-95; KLOS, 1995-97. Laurie is a writer/reporter for the National Science Foundation in Washington, DC.
(Rex Hudler, Harrison and Dave Wittenberg, Tami Heide, Shelley Herman, and Rich Hudson)
HUBBS, Kraig: KOST, 1983. Kraig worked 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 hosted a weekend show on KLAA and was the play-by-play broadcaster from 1999-2009. Rex Allen Hudler, born September 2, 1960 is a tv color commentator for the Kansas City Royals and a former Major League Baseball utility player who started for the New York Yankees. During his career, he was known primarily by the nickname "Wonderdog," after the character from the old Super Friends animated television series. He was also known by the moniker "Bug Eater."
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 corporate real estate broker for a company in Oceanside. "I live in Thousand Oaks. I am not required to be on the premises, so it's the greatest job I ever had, as opposed to many of the people who were not treated well that, i.e. laid off after so many years of dedicated service."
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 became part of Total Traffic in L.A. He now handles the website and social media for Salem's KRLA/KTIE, the Answer.
(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 2002-14. Phil was the morning drive co-anchor at newstalk KFWB until a format flip in September 2014. He's also the Anaheim Ducks PA announcer, co-founder of KNAC.com, and radio broadcasting instructor at Mt. San Antonio College. He hosts a daily podcast, Hulett and Friends.
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. The former NBA basketball player who broadcast Jazz games in New Orleans for 35 years, died March 27, 2015. He was 80. He died at his home in Phoenix.
Hot Rod worked with Chick Hearn on Lakers broadcasts for two seasons. Basketball has always been his salvation. It elevated him out of an appalling childhood and bestowed celebrity upon him at a young age. Hot Rod went into basketball with a devil-may-care attitude. But he also went at it with extraordinary talent.
The Jazz honored their beloved broadcaster during a 2010 game, hanging a banner in the rafters next to the team's retired numbers and dedicating the press room to him. Hundley broadcast 3,051 Jazz games from 1974 to 2009. He joined the franchise before its first season in New Orleans in 1974-75 and moved with the team to Salt Lake City in 1979-80.
A timeline of his career, including blown-up quotes from some of his more famous calls, and photos from Hundley's decades calling games line the walls of the Hot Rod Hundley Media Center. The mural features a big and bold "You Gotta Love it, Baby!" -- Hundley's signature line. "Hot Rod was the voice of the Utah Jazz for 35 years and his voice was synonymous with Jazz radio," Jazz owner Gail Miller said in a statement. "The expressions he used throughout the game broadcasts are legendary. He had the unique ability to make the game come to life so that you felt as though you could see what was happening on the floor when listening to him call the games.
As a player, Hundley starred at West Virginia, averaging 24.5 points in three varsity seasons. He was drafted first overall by the Cincinnati Royals in 1957 and was immediately traded to the Minneapolis Lakers. He averaged 8.4 points, 3.3 rebounds and 3.4 assists in six seasons with the Lakers in Minneapolis and Los Angeles, playing in the 1960 and 1961 All-Star games. "Rod was not only a great basketball player, but one of the best play-by-play announcers in the game. He will be missed by all those he touched through his legendary career as will his colorful story-telling," said Jerry West.
HUNTER, Ben: KFVD; KFI, 1946-60. Ben hosted the "Night Owl" program on KFI. It would not be unusual to tune into Ben's talk show and hear him talking with major celebrities like Elizabeth Taylor and Judy Garland. Ben was acknowledged as the pioneer of the Talk radio graveyard shift. Ben would talk and talk and then call people. The quality of the incoming phone lines was so inconsistent, he always called out to major celebrities. He also was the host of the Ben Hunter Movie Matinee on KTTV/Channel 11.
Born June 6, 1920, he was a native of Oregon and worked at KEX-Portland before arriving in the Southland.
Waiting for his break in L.A. he sold china door-to-door. Hunter is a Stanford graduate with degrees in psychology and criminology, who first worked as a broadcaster when he was in the Air Force. Ben died on December 30, 1980 at Inyo at the age of 60.
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, Greg Hardison, Jerry Hawkins, David G. Hall, and Laraine Herman)
HURTES, Hettie Lynne: KRTH, 1979-81; KRLA, 1985-86; KFWB, 1999-2005; KPCC, 2005-15. Hettie was morning news anchor with London & Engelman at “K-Earth” and served as news director during her time with the Oldies station. She is now part of the news operation at KPCC.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, Hettie attended UCLA and graduated from Northwestern. She was the first woman anchor in San Diego at KSDO. Hettie has also anchored at KTLA/Channel 5 and KCOP/Channel 13.
“While I was working at KSDO as anchor/reporter, it was a learning experience and I got to do everything from interviews, engineering, anchoring, writing and reporting," said Hettie when interviewed for Los Angeles Radio People. "It was very exciting and kept me busy 24/7. I knew from then on it would be my career.”
Hettie is KPCC's midday news anchor. Hettie has been a broadcast journalist for more than 25 years in Los Angeles. Most of her previous on air experience has been in commercial radio, primarily at KFWB.
During her earlier years in broadcasting, Hettie was a freelance reporter for CNN in Los Angeles and national film critic at the former RKO Radio Network.
Hettie has written for a number of newspapers and magazines including Orange County Magazine, Downtown L.A. News, Beverly Hills Business and BackStage West. She's authored two books: The Backstage Guide to Casting Directors and Agents on Actors. Her acting experience has extended to film and television (Terminator and Throw Mama from the Train, to name just two). She's currently casting director/actor for Drama West Productions at the Edendale Library in Echo Park – the only ongoing theatre troupe at an L.A. Public Library.
Hurst, Wilson: KRLA, 1959. Unknown.
HUSER, Joe: KKGO, 1980-89; KKJZ, 1990; KLIT, 1991-92; KAJZ/KACD, 1992-95. “Jazz is still my passion,” said Joe, who remembers Jazz KKGO as the greatest gig of his career. Joe worked both drive slots at Jazz, KKGO. “Hell, I worked with Chuck Niles, it doesn’t get any better than that.”
Over 42 years ‘playin’ the hits,’ Joe has been heard coast to coast and around the world. “Not qualified for any other form of legal endeavor, I stuck with what I knew and keep at it to this day,” said Joe.
Born in 1952 and raised in the San Gabriel Valley, Joe joined the army after high school and was stationed in Vietnam where he was assigned to Armed Forces Radio. His radio stops along the way include KIKX-Tucson, KUPD-Phoenix and KPOI-Honolulu. When he left the Southland, he moved to Sedona, Arizona, and opened a pharmacy specializing in both traditional medicine and natural therapies.
“I am now living on Maui and working as the operations director for H. Hawaii Media. We operate 5 radio stations and publish 4 magazines on the islands of Kauai, Maui, and Oahu.” Joe also works mornings at Oldies KONI-Maui as Buddha Joe Hawkins. “It's the best of everything...living and working on Maui and still having fun in radio.”
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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